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Operators and Miners In
dicted for Lever Act
Indianapolis, Ind., March 12.
Ont hundred and twenty-five coal
operator! or miners of Indiana,
Illinois, Ohio and Western Pennsyl
vania, today are facing arrest as
th result of an indictment return
ed yesterday afternoon by a special
federal grand Jury here, charging
them with conspiracy in violation
of the Lever fuel control act, and
the federal criminal code.
Go Buck of Strike.
No names have been made pub
lie and their identities will not be
known until capiases are served.
However, it is known thbt more
thin half of the number are opera
tors and that many Of the alleged
violations antedate the strike of
bituminous miners which brought
about the grand jury Investigation.
The grand jury has been in session
almost continuously since Dec. 17,
1919, and it is said, examined more
than 300 witnesses.
Penalties Are Heavy.
Bond fur those indicated was
filed by United States District
Judge A. B. Anderson at $10,000 in
Kime cases and $5,000 in others.
Penalty on conviction of the
charges under which the indictment
was brought conspiracy to com
Blt an offense against the United
Slates provides for a fine of not
more than $10,000, imprisonment
tor not more than two years, or
. The Investigation was ordered by
Judge Anderson on Dec. 4, fol low
ing an information against mem
hm of the United Mine Workers al
teged to have been instrumental in
bringing abont the miners' strike.
Arrests Next Week.
Federal officials said today that
capiases would be served on those
indicted as soon as they could be
prepared. No arrests, however,
were expected before next week.
Washington, D. C. March 12.
The census bureau last night an
nounced the following 1920 popula
tion figures and increase.
Louisville, Ky., 234.S91, an in
crease of 10,963 or 4.9 per cent.
St. Joseph, Mo., 77.735, an In
crease of 332, or 0.4 per cent
Chambersburg, Pa., 13171, an in
crease of 1,371, or 11.6 per cent.
Alexandria, Va., 18,060, an in
crease of 2,931, or 17.8 per cent
Paris, March 12. A bill intro
duced in the chamber of deputies
y the government reestablishing
relations between France and the
Vatican was tabled.
ARE 8,300,000 TONS
New York, March 12. The United
States shipping board has 1,387
steamships totalling more than
MOO.OOO dead weight tons, of
hich 1,179 were jn actual opera
tion Feb. 1, it was made known
here today by the director of
operations, John Cushing.
These ships are being operated
trola 18 American ports and are
wring 40 trade routes, virtually
one-half of the tonnage being as
signed to northern European trade.
-v-meago, March 1!. Mrs. Mayme
frwley of Denton, Texas, today
"J Possession of her 2-year-old
Pted daughter after she and two
had fought for 30 minutes with
" Persons at Rockford, 111., and
evaded 10 policemen who pur:
"u ner to the Rockford city lim--
Otto TJnewuch, a deputy sher-
nd Martin C. Koebel. an attor
V accompanied Mrs. Bradley to
"Word and participated In the
f'lhL The child had been placed in
home of Alfred G. Bachelder,
i!rr"ln-law Mrs- Bradley, dur
i,J lattefs illness. The Bach
.12! refused to give up the child,
JMlBg to Koebel. and neighbors
tOhUieir assistance.
May Mean More Stren
uous Competition for
United States.
(Special to The Argus.)
Washington, D. C, March 12.
The navy department of the United
States looks askance at the plans
of Great Britain to stimulate the
building of a navy in each of her
colonial possessions, including Can
ada, Australia and New Zealand,
believing that thus the combined
naval strength of the British em
pire will be greater . than it has
been before and will virtually nul
lify the public statements of Sir
Auckland Geddes, t? new British
ambassador, and other British of
ficials, to the effect that England
is planning a reduction of naval
The discussion here is occasioned
by the completion of a report by
Admiral Jellicoe, after a trip around
the world, in which he advised the
British colonies on plans for naval
defense. Particularly did this
arouse comment here in connec
tion with Canadian naval defense,
for there never has been any feel
ing here that the two neighboring
countries needed any naval vessels
on the Great Lakes, and from this
fact it has been usually supposed
that special naval defense for Can
ada would never be attempted. On
the other hand, it cannot be said
that the question has been thor
oughly canvassed and it is early to
reflect Washington opinion. Thus
far the project of enlarging the
British navy through separate co
lonial navies is coming in for a
good deal of adverse comment, and
Canada is not singled out especi
ally. Indeed, coming upon the heels
of the controversy over the right
of the British colonies to vote as
six units in the League of Nations,
the question of building navies for
the British nations as well has al
ready been seized upon by persons
none too friendly to British cooper
ation as a vehicle for further ar
gument in that direction.
What Daniels Thinks.
The sensitive attitude of con
gress and the navy department
may be discovered in the steno
graphic record just available oi
Secretary Daniels' testimony before
the house naval affairs committee:
"Representative Browning: Did
you seen an article in this morn
ing's paper in regard to the Brit
ish navy?
"Secretary Daniels '. Yes.
"Mr. Browning: Saying that they
did not expect it to be any larger
than the American navy?
"Secretary Daniels: I saw that.
"Mr. Browning: Have you any
comment to make on that state
ment? "Secretary Daniels: Of course. I
would not like to make any com
ment on it as being official. Unless
I had an official statement from
(Continued on page four).
Beirut, March 12. The Syrian
congress at Damascus declared
Syria to be an independent state,
and it is reported Prince Feisal
was crowned king.
Holds Adequate Fleet There Would
Have Made Home Waters Per
fectly Sale.
Washington, March 12. A mis
conception of the problems of de-j
fending the American coast irom
submarine raids was partially re
sponsible for the failure of the
navy department to act on repeat
ed recommendations as to opera
tions abroad during the early
months of the war, the senate in
vestigating committee was told to
day by Rear Admiral Sims.
Agreed with Allies.
The officer said that during the
first six months of the war he was
told repeatedly that operatons
abroad would be dependent upon
what could be spared from the ad
equate defense of home waters.
The policy was adhered to, he said,
despite his efforts to convince offi
cials in Washington that it was the
censensus of allied naval opinion,
as well as his own, that the best
defense for the American coast lay
in offensive operations against sub
marines in the eastern Atlantic
Waned of Coning'.
The correspondence read by the
admiral disclosed the high degree
of efficiency attained by the allied
system of discovering the move
ment of enemy submarines. His
messages to the department, found
ed on this information, gave warn
ings in advance of the sailing of
.. . . u.i. A i.AMB.
toe two u-uoais which umw
American shipping in American
waters; of their probable mission
and of the points at which they
could be expected toatxika.
Coal Commission Reports
Withheld Pending
Wilson's Effort.
Washington, March 12. An effort
to compose the differences between
the majority and minority of the
bituminous coal strike commission
will be made by President Wilson,
it was announced today at the
White bouse.
Officials said that neither the
majority nor minority report would
be made public if there was a prob
ability of bringing the members of
the commission to an agreement on
their principal differences the
amount of the wage advance and
the hours of work.
White for 7-Hour Day.
John P. White's minority report
on the strike settlement was to be
submitted today to President Wil
son. Meantime, the president was
studying the majority report, com
pleted yesterday.
Mr. White, the miners' represent
ative on the commission, refused to
discuss his recommendations, but
it was understood that he Lad held
for an increase in wag en of ap
proximately 35 per cent and for a
7-hour day. The majority; Henry
M. Robinson, representing the pub
lic, and Rembrandt Peale, the c per
ators' representative, recommended
a wage advance of approximately
25 per cent and no changes in hours
and conditions of work.
Officials said today that John P.
White, the miners' representative,
had held ut for a six-hour day
throughout the negotiations be
tween the commissioners, in an af
fort to reach a unanimous agree
ment The miners originally de
manded a six-hour day and five
days a week.
-.- ' Lewis is Silent
John L. Lewis, president of the
United Mine Workers of America,
who hurried here last night from
New York, where he has been at
tending the anthracite wage confer
ence, ' conferred today with Mr.
White and William Greeu. tecre
tary of the miners' union, familiar
izing himself with the facts. He
still declined to make any state
ment, but It was expected that the
full executive committee of tbe
miners would be summoned to con
sider the futnre action of tie work
ers. Basis For Agreement
While the commission faikd to
reach a unanimous decision, asked
for by the president, it was said
today that its labors nad not been
in vain, and officials generally be
lieved that the two contlicting re
ports could be used as a basis for
an amicable agreement between the
operators and miners.
Secretary Green said he majority
and Mr. White were not far apart
on the matter of wages and he was
hopeful that the differences t.culd
be smoothed out in direct confer
ences. The failure of the majority
to recommend improved working
conditions proved a disappointment
to the miners, it was said, as this
had been one of the chief demands
of the men.
Washington, March 12 The fed
eral board for vocational educa
tion has asked for an. investigation
of charges that it had instructed
its agents to be "hard boiled" in
dealing with soldiers seeking edu
rational rehabilitation.
Chairman Fess of tbe house edu
cational committee announced to
day that the inquiry would be
started by his committee tomorrow
night and that members of the
board and others would be called
Results of games in the "Little
Nineteen" conference basketball
tournament, played at Augustana
college gymnasium today:
Game 13: Milliken, 47; Bradley,
29 (S a. m.)
Game 14: Illinois Wesleyan, 34;
Hedding, 27 (9 a. m.)
Game' 15: McKendree, 30; Car
thage, 23 (10 a. m.)
Game 16: St viator, 50; Car-
bondale, 20 (11 a. m.)
Game 17: Milliken, 43; Illinois
college, 22 (1 p. m.)
Game IS: Wesleyan, 40; Eureka,
29 (2 p. m.)
Games to be played this afternoon
and tonight: (19) Augustana vs. Il
linois normal, 3 o'clock; (20) Lorn-'
bard vs. Charleston, 4 o'clock; (21)
Lincoln vs. Carthage, 6:30; (22)
Macomb vs. Carbondale, 7:30; (23)
Loser of Lombard-Charleston game
vs. Milliken, 8:30; (24) Loser of
Augustana-Normal game vs. Wes
leyan, 9:30.
Opening tomorrow, the last day's
session, McKendree will clash with
the winner of the Uncoln-Carthaw
Method Employed for
First Time RyTvicLean
County Sheriff.
Bloomington, III.. March 12.
Sheriff Ralph Spafford of McLean
county, in order to serve prospec
tive Jurymen for duty in the trial
of Edgar A. Strauss, charged -with
the murder of Berne M. Meade, has
sworn in Lieutenant Lyle D. Bal
bach of Chenoa, as a deputy sheriff.
The latter will use his airplane to
get to remote places in the county
to serve summons on men whose
names have been drawn for service
in this trial. An unusually large
venire has been ordered.
The country roads are in a very
muddy condition, making it almost
impossible to get over them with
automobile or horse and buggy,
hence the modern method of travel
has been brought into use. It is
believed this is the first time in the
history of the United States that an
airplane has been used for this
purpose. Lieutenant Balbach was
an instructor in southern camps
during the war. "
OF 50,000 MEN
Washington, March 12. The bod
ies of about 50,000 of the American
dead In France will be returned to
the United States, while between
20.000 and 25,000 will remain per
manently interred overseas. Secre
tary Baker today informed Chair
man Wadsworth of the senate mili
tary committee. ,
The secretary, who wrote in re
sponse to a senate resolution, esti
mated the cost of returning and
concentrating the bodies remaining
in cemeteries overseas at $30,000,
000. Congestion of the French trans
portation systems and shortage of
matenals used in the manufacture
of coffins is handicapping the work,
I Mr. Baker said.
i Whiie 111 bodies of American
dead have been returned from
Archangel, Secretary Baker said
the same number still remained in
northern Kussia and that it was
improbable that anything could be
done toward their removal for a
Evacuation of bodies in England
is progressing, he added, while ini
tially all the bodies have been con
centrated ready for return to this
LEFT HIS $500,000
Chicago, March 12. The will of
Captain Clifford Bleycr, who, with
Mrs. Ruth Randall, was found shot
to death in her apartment last Mon
day night, bequeathed all his prop
erty to his widow and two children.
Experts estimated the' value of the
estate at $500,000. The will, which
contained fewer than 100' words,
was -written on a piece of plain
white paper.
The widow also will receive in
surance to the amount of $75,000.
Whether she will veceive an acci
dent policy of $18,000, depends upon
the verdict of a coroner's jury,
which will decide whether Bleyer
was killed by Mrs. Randall. '
Buenos Aires, March 9. Captain
Parodi, an Argentian flyer, has
crossed the Andes twice without
landing. He piloted his plane from
Mendoza, Argentina to a point over
Santiago, Chile, and returned to
Mendoza without having touched
ground during the entire trip.
Chicago, March 12. The Chicago
federal reserve bank today issued
instructions for the exchange of
temporary. Liberty bonds for per
manent bonds. The final interest
coupon on $3,800,000,000 third Lib
erty loan bonds falls due Monday,
when holders may begin making
the exchange.
After April 1, first and second
Liberty 4's and first and nranH
Liberty 44 a may be exchanged at
banks for permanent bonds. Of
tne four issues approximately
;ie,uvu,uuv is
ruirstnnnin. in ha
i Chicago district, aocording to Ue
Chance That League of Nations
Get Necessary Senate Majority
More Going Out Than
Coming in Since Coun
try Went Dry.
New York, March 12. Prohibi
tion is causing so many foreign
born to leave the United States
that emigration is exceeding immi
gration, according to Congressman
Isaac Siegel, a member of the
house immigration committee.
Ellis Island records show to date
that immigration since Jan. 1, to
taled 53,000, while 61,000 persons
lett the country. Most of the latter
have gone back to Poland and
Czechoslovakia to stay.
while a desire to live in a rejuve
nated homeland is a factor in emi
gration, Mr. Siebel believes that
prohibition is the principal reason.
Inability to buy beer or wine, he
says, has created considerable ill
feeling among foreign born resi
dents, particularly in mining dis
Chicago on Rations.
Chicago, March 12. Consump
tion of whisky in Chicago will be
limited to 32,000 pints a day. Cap
tain H. E. Howard, state prohibi
tion director, announced today. He
told the Retail Druggists' associa
tion each druggist may sell 100
gallons of whisky, wine or gin each
month. There are 1,200 druggists
in Chicago. "
Major A. V. Dalrymple, prohibi
tion enforcement officer for the
central states, declared "Chicago
now is over-drinking its allot
ment" He said druggists are sell
ing as much as 200 cases of whisky
each per week and "there is an ex
tremely large percentage of un
scrupulous doctors who are pre
scribing liquor at wholesale with
out examining their patients."
Newberry Case Again Halted After
Witness Shows Inability to
Grand Rapids, Mich., March 12.
Paul King, Newberry campaign
manager, made a vain attempt to
resume testimony in the Newberry
elections conspiracy trial tdday.
Suffering from effects of a nervous
collapse, which incurred last Tues
day, King was exhausted after five
minue3' effort to recollect happen
ings of the 1918 senatorial cam
paign. Court was suspended while
two physicians and Mrs. King at
tended him. Then the doctors or
dered him back to bed.
After 45 minutes' conference be
tween attorneys in the Judge's
chambers, the case was adjourned
until tomorrow morning. Whether
King will again attempt to testify
or the government waive his cross
examination and proceed in rebut
tal, was not determined.
Dr. James B. Bradley, former
auditor general of Michigan, and
one of the defendants, was one of
the physicians who attended King
in court. He said the chief de
fense witness was "a complete phy
sical wreck," and doubted whether
he would fully recover from his at
tack for a year.
Tokio, March 12. Two American
Methodist mission schools in Ko
rea have been ordered closed by
the governor as a result of partic
ipation of students in celebrations
of Korean independence day.
The Weather
Fair and cold tonight, with the
lowest temperature about 20 to 25
degrees. Saturday and Sunday, fair
with rising temperature.
Highest' yesterday, 56; lowest
last night, 32.
Wind velocity, 16 miles per hour.
Precipitation .56.
12m: 7 p.m. 7 am.
yester. yester. today
Dry bulb temp.... 55 52 52
Wet bulb temp... 53 i 52 32
Rel. humidity ....87 97 100
River stage, 5.1; a rise of .6 in
the last 24 hours.
J. M. SH KRISRJslatftortJtjeace,
Washington, March 12. The new com
promise reservation to article X presented by
Senator Lodge today follows :
"The United States assumes no obligation to
preserve the territorial integrity or political in
dependence of any other country by the em
ployment of its military or naval forces, its re
sources or any form of economic discrimination,
or to interfere in controversies between nations
whether members of the league cr not under the
provisions of article X, or to employ the military
or naval forces of the United States under any
article of the treaty for any purpose unless in
any particular case the congress, which under
the constitution has the sole power to declare
war or authorize the employment of the mili
tary or naval forces of the United States, shall
in the exercise of full liberty of action, by act, or
joint resolution so provide?'
Here is article X as framed by the peace
"The members of the league undertake to re
spect and preserve as against external aggres
sion the territorial integrity and existing polit
ical independence of all members of the league.
In case of any such aggression, or in case of any
threat or danger of such aggression, the coun
cil shall advise upon the means' by which this
obligation shall be fulfilled."
Find 18,279 Schpglsjn
Country Closed Due to
Washington, Mart 12. The
country i3 faced with a serious
shortage of school teachers, chief
ly through failure to provide ade
quate salaries, according to re
ports to the United States bureau
of education. Conditions are be
coming slightly better, however,
the report states, in some sections.
Based on returns from state
school officials, the reports show,
that on Feb. 13, last, there were
18,279 Bchools closed because of
lack of teachers and 41,900 being
taught by teachers characterized as
below standard, but taken on tem
Fordney Resents View
That Votes Cut Figure
Washington, March 12. Members
of congress will support soldier
bonus legislation in order "to get
votes," Frank P. Keech of New
York, a former lieutenant in the
inspector general's department, de
clared today before the house ways
and means committee, which is
holding hearings on relief legisla
"I consider that an insult to mem
bers of congress," declared Chair
man Fordney.
MI didn't mean it as an Insult, but
it is true, Keech replied.
Berlin, March 11. The German
charge d'affaires in London has
handed to Premier Lloyd George a
note regarding the entente extra'
dition list, it was announced today.
After asserting that the imperial
court will be guided only by con
siderations of justice and will con
duct an impartial inquiry, the note
demands that the arrest of Ger
mans in the occupied territories on
charges similar to those enumerat
ed in the extradition list, shall
cease and that those arrested shall
be delivered to German courts.
Demand Dropping Case.
The release of Germans who for
similar reasons have been detained
in war prison camps also is asked
for. The note finally demands that
the allies abandon the reservation
regarding their right to try for
crimes committed during the war
any Germans not mentioned in the
list if encountered on allied terri
tory, saying that incidents arising
out of the war should be consigned
to oblivion with the advent of
of Teachers
porarily in the emergency." Great
er shortages are shown to exist in
southern states.
Average Pay Low as $606.
Salaries paid teachers in 1918,
statistics show, were on an aver
age of $606 for elementary teach
ers and $1,031 for those teaching in
high schools.
A. O. Neal of the bureau's divi
sion of rural education, said today
there is an increasing withdrawal
of men teachers from the profes
sion, the percentage of male teach
ers in 1918 being only 17 per cent
or one in every six.
"Members of congress are in
fluenced by the will of the people
and rightly so." said Representa
tive Garner, Democrat, Texas.
"I consider it an insult for any
person to say that I would spend
two billion dollars of the public
money to be elected to congress,"
declared Chairman Fordney.
Representative Henry T. Rainey.
Democrat, Illinois, told Keech he
did not consider his remarks an
insult and that "he would appeal to
the committee to overrule Chairman
Fordney's effort to suppress free
dom of speech among witnesses."
But Mexico Rejects
Oilmen's Plea for
Second Time.
Washington, March 12. A sec
ond request by the state department
that the American oil companies in
the Tampico district will be permit
ted to use airplanes between Tam
pico and their plants to transport
money for their payrolls has been
refused by the Mexican govern
The Mexican foreign office, in its
second refusal, it was learned 40-
day, states that the Mexican govern
ment is studying a plan to establisn
this service with government own
ed and operated planes.
The American companies' request
resulted from frequent attacks
made on the men carrying the pay
Bismarck, N. D March 12.
Bloodhounds, today are searching
for four convicts, who escaped last
night from the state penitentiary,
near here, by tunneling throvU,
Ijail of tae prison buiMing
Changes Form, He Says,
But Not Substance of
Washington, March 12. A sub
stitute for the Republican Article
, X reservation to the peace treaty -was
introduced in the senate today
'by the Republican leader. Senator
I Lodge, Massachusetts. In general
I it follows the form .of tbe draft
agreed on several days ago In bi-,
partisan compromise negotiations.
I early Enough Votes.
I When the reservation was offered,
! it was declared among the Repub
, licans, that the negotiations had
! lined np almost enough votes to
'ratify the treaty on that basis, but
I that final agreement had not yet
'been reached. The Republican
' leaders planned to obtain a vote
jlate today.
I la presenting the substitute. Sen-,
lator Lodge said he did so in the,
i interest of compromise and not be-'
cause the new draft represented:
'any substantial change in tbe mean
ing of the reservation.
Keeps Substance.
"I do this," he said, "in full con
sonance with what I bave stated on
the floor of the senate several times.
I do not feel that I should be jus
HHedUl "lliHlSllUg" on defeat' oT the
treaty on a mere question of the
phraseology of any reservation. If
Htwa'gni.the modification made any
change in the substance of the res
ervation I not only should not offer
it but I should vote against the
treaty with it included."
Several Refuse Terms.
It was apparent that the Repub
lican leaders bad failed to unite
their colleagues behind the new;
reservation. Senator Frelinghuy.-'
sen. Republican, New Jersey, whoi
voted for ratification last Novera-:
ber, told the senate the modification'
had a weakening effect and that he
would not support any reservation
which did not go as far as the
original. He offered a substitute.
The irreconcilable opponents of
ratification also indicated they
would not vote to substitute the
new draft for the old one, but the
leaders insisted they would hold
close to thirty votes. Compromise
advocates among the Democrats
predicted that about the same nunv
ber on either side would vote for
the substitute. It takes 64 to rati
fy, however.
Iindon, March 12. A new Hun
garian peace treaty has been defin
itely agreed upon by the pt;e con
ference and placed in the hands of
a drafting committee, which has
gone to Paris. It is expected that
the treaty will be completed within
a week.
The territorial terms against
which Hungary protested so rig
orously remain unchanged, but va
rious economic concessions have
been granted. ,
Branson, Mo., March 12. High,
water loomed today as a further,
menace to life and property in Ta-;
ney county, heart of the "Shepherd!
of the Hills" country, where a tor!
nado late yesterday took at least 11
lives, brought Injury to numerous
persons and caused property dam
age the extent of which cannot be.
estimated until complete report
are received from the localities Yis-t
ited by the storm.
Incessant rains which preceded
and followed the tornado have
sent every stream in the Otarksi
bankful and if the precipitation,!
should continue, it was declared to-j
day, the danger from floods will be-,
come serious.
Bed Cross at Scene.
St Louis, Mow March 12. Ed-j
ward B. Orr, director of disaster:
relief of the southwestern division
of the American Red Cross, today1
departed for Branson to direct re
lief work in tornado RtrirVnn south.
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