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RAILROAD STRIKE AGREEMENT LOOMS ROADS’ PLEDGE TO STOP WORK FARMING CLEARS MAIN STUMBLING BLOCK TO CONSIDER PEACE OFFERS Announcement of Vote Canvass Shows Walkout Favored Most on Account of Leasing of Labor Chicago.—Hope for the speedy set tlement of the country-wide strike of the railway shopmen was seen in state ments issued by Ben W. Hooper, chair man of the United States railroad labor board and B. M. Jewell, leader of the shop crafts, who ordered the walkout. In reply to a letter from Mr. Hooper, which was regarded as concllatory In tone, Mr. Jewell declared that the strikers were willing to consider any negotiations with any one in authority for settlement of the strike. “We are willing to confer with any body authorized by the railroads to bring pence proposals to us,” said Jewell. “I include or exclude nobody, but if the labor board, for instance, came to us with a definite proposition we would not hesitate to consider it.” Mr. Jewell then made public for the first time the exact figures on the strike vote taken by the 400.000 mem bers of the six shop crafts. The vote was divided into three separate bal lots, the first on accepting a $50,000,- 000 reduction in wages ordered by the labor board, the second the restoration of seven working rules altered by the board and third, the abolishment of outside contracting by the roads. A tabulation of the ballots showed 94.7 of the men had voted to strike on the question of wages, the heaviest vote for a strike being on the question of outside contract labor, which polled 97.1 per cent of the vote cast. The ballot on rules came second with 96.2 for strike. Union leaders said that the vote indicated the‘relative importance attached to the three points at issue by their membership. In railroad circles It was declared that the way already has been cleared for a full settlement on the gravest Is sue, that of contract work, by the agreement of 12 roads to abolish out side contracting. NATION SECORE IN VETS’ HANDS, AVERS HARDING Responsibility Now Greater Than Dur ing War.—Destiny “Is in Good Hands” Marlon. Ohio.—So long as the Ameri can Legion is consecrated to the preser vation of the constitution and of law and order, the American rep üblic is everlastingly secure. President Harding asserted in a brief address to several thousand World war veterans who held a reunion here. * Reminding them they now were charged with a greater responsibility than they were on the battlefields of France, Mr. Harding declared the des tiny of the United States was in the hands of former service men. t have no hesitancy In saying,” he said, “that It is in good hands.” The president urged the men in his audience to serve their country as civilians with wartime consecration and devotion. Former sendee men from all parts of Ohio had flocked in to Marion to hold a reunion. Eleven Injured in Train Wreck Salt Lake City.—Eleven passengers were Injured, two seriously, when five Pullman cars of Salt Lake & Los An geles passenger train No. 8, east bound, plunged from the track near Pehrson, 60 miles west of Salt Lake City. So far as railroad officials could as certain, the wreck was due to an ob struction of some kind on the track. Would Give Scrapped Ships to Poles Washington.—Establishment of a navy for a new republic was the object of a bill Introduced by Senator France. Republican. Maryland, to authorize the president to give to Poland six of the American naval vessels which are to be scrapped under the arms conference treaty. To Stop Mali Service Delays Washington.—As a result of reports received by the superintendent of rail way mail service of interference with the movement of United States malls by striking railway workers, postoffice Inspectors will be dispatched to all points where trouble might arise in the transmission of the malls. Caterpillars Destroy Forest Regina, Sask. Caterpillars have eaten up £0 square miles of forest In the Kipling district near here. Scarce ly a green leaf remains and the dis trict presents the stark appearance of a winter scene, forestry officials say. Plane Carries Racehorse Madrid, Spain.—Word has been re ceived that Sir John Amatt sent his race horse, Pukha Sahib, by airplane to the race meet at San Sebastian. The plane was chosen for the journey as the horse is usually sick on sea voyages. | SWEEPING OIL PROBE BEGINS Government Sends Companies Ques tionnaires for Information on Finances, Stocks, Debts Washington.—Searching inquiry into the financial accounts and general bus iness operations of more than 350 oil companies, Including practically every refining, producing and marketing con cern in the country, is made by the senate manufacturers’ committee in questionnaires which have been sent out and made public. The questionnaires were accompan ied by letters explaining that the in formation was requested under a sen ate resolution and would be made a vital part of the inquiry. Financial schedules for the oil Industry, special reports on organization and business of companies in the oil industry and price schedules for the oil industry for the period from January 1, 1920. to June 30, 1922, were part of the ques tionnaires. Refinery, wholesale and tank wagon or retail prices are to be given with a view of learning the spread between the selling and service station prices of gasoline and oil. The differences between prices for crude oil and fin ished products also are inquired into. The questionnaires call upon the oil concerns to state their banking con nections, their current debts, their stock and bond obligations, manpge ment, personnel and any inter-corpor ate relation. The schedule of organization and business is intended to develop the inter-corporate relations, if any. exist ing between the various companies en gaged in the oil business, also to de velop any common stock ownership that might exist, together with any strong connection existing by virtue of any financial relationship. Special inquiry into the stock hold ings of oil companies is made in the questionnaires which call the names and addresses and amount of stock of every stock possessor holding in per son or in trust one per cent or more of the stock of each compahy. AMERICA WILL RO ON DESPITE MENACES Touches Eighteenth Amendment and Labor; Pershing Advocates “Fearless” Use of Law Marion, Ohio. —With an ethphatic declaration that the constitution and laws sponsored by the majority must be enforced, President Harding, ad dressing his “friends and neighbors,” who assembled here to celebrate his home coming, declared that “menaces do arise, which must be suppressed by the government pending their enforce ment by public opinion.” Coupled with this assertion was the prediction that “America will go on” and that the “fundamentals of the re public and all its liberties will be pre served.” During his address the president touched on prohibition, discussed the rijtht of “a free America” not only to labor “without any other’s leave,” but to “bargain collectively”. General Pershing, who also delivered an address, was loudly applauded when he advocated “fearless” use of the strong arm of the law in communities which openly sympathize with ruthless, murder of Inoffensive people in the exercise of the right to earn a liveli hood.” The president also mentioned the eighteenth amendment in connection with his advocacy of strict law en forcement. Declaring that “majorities, restrained to the protection of minori ties, ever must rule,” he added: “The eighteenth amendment denies to a minority a fancied sense of per sonal liberty, but the amendment is the will of America and must be sus tained by the government and public opinion, else contempt for the law’ will undermine our very foundations.” Federal Surplus Is 315 Million Washington.—A reduction of $1,014.- 000.000 in the public debt during the fiscal year enaed June 30, and a re duction of $175,000,000 in the debt dur ing the month of June has been an nounced by the treasury. Final figures revealed a surplus of $314,000,000. Los Angeles Chosen for Meeting Chautauqua, N. Y. —The 1924 bien nial convention of the General Federa tion of Womens’ Clubs will be held In Los Angeles, it has been announced. 100 Per Cent Dividend by Reo New York. —The Reo Motor company has announced the declaration of a 100 per cent stock dividend. McCUMBER DEFEAT CAUSED BY POOR SUPPORT IS CLAIM Washington. Senator McCumber. (R), North Dakota, in n letter made public by him ascribed his defeat for renomination in the North Dakorn pri mary to “the bi-partisan combination which had been made against me on the one side and the Nonpartisan or ganization which so loyally supported my opponent.” Senator McCumber discussed his de feat and expressed appreciation for | the support given him. STRIKE EXTENSION HAS BEEN AVERTED °LEA OF LABOR BOARD HALTS WALKOUT OF 400,000 TRACKMEN TRIBONAL TO SETTLE DISPUTES Announcement Follows All-day Con ference; Parleys With Roads to Include Wage Reductions Chicago.—The threatened extension of the strike of railway employes to 100,000 trackmen was averted through the efforts of members of the United States railroad labor board and offi cials of the United Maintenance of Way Employes and Railroad Shop La borers. Postponement of the strike was an nounced by the president of the main tenance of way organization, after he and his executive council had con ferred throughout the day with the •hairman of the labor board and labor members of the board. Maintenance of way chairmen were instructed to proceed to take up main 'enance of way disputes with the In iividua! roads and In case an agree ment was not reached, to refer the mat ter to the labor board. These disputes nclude the wage cut recently author ised by the labor board for main tenance of way employes, changes in maintenance of way rules and the con tracting of track work. Members were directed to continue work under the wage cut ordered by the labor board, but to make any re vision in rates retroactive to July 1. Postponement of the maintenance of way walkout was accomplished only if ter a most strenuous day. After a lengthy conference, the main tenance of way men withdrew to dis cuss the matter, then assembled with the two board members. When these officials agreed to withdraw outside '•ontracts, the maintenance of way of ficials announced immediately that they were ready to postpone the’r strike. SENATOR ATTACKS PRO- GRESSIVE DAMPER MENACE “Meddling” Effects Marriage, Business, Industry, and Even Sports; Worst to Come New York.—An attack on the “in sane and pernicious saturnalia of so cialistic legislation” passed by and be ing urged on congress was made by Senator Stanley, (D), Kentucky, in an address here. Traditional principles of the American government are being abandoned, he declared. In the so-called “progressive” movement and the people are being harraj'sed by innumerable government boards and bureaus. Criti cizing the “progressive wing” of the Republican party, he said it was “the most ingenious inventor of new ways and means of invading the vested rights of the states and the liberties of the citizen. “In sport and In fine, we have come to the parting of the ways. The old guard, impotent and discredited, is left to the mercy of the Nonpartisan league and a triumphant socialistic organiza tion masquerading under the emblem of Bull Moose. “And the worst is yet to come for hills are now pending to regulate, su pervise. censor or control the public press, public utilities, the sale of se curities. the mining of coal and min erals. the weaving of cloth, horse rac ing. football, baseball, moving pictures, Sunday amusements everything In fact, from the birth of the baby to the burial of the corpse and from the operation of a railroad to the setting of a hen.” Fourth Arrest In Big Holdup New York. —The fourth arrest has heen made in connection with the sen sational holdup last year of a mall truck in lower Broadway, when securi ties valued at more than $1,000,000 were stolen. The prisoner gave his name ns John Serville. German Mark at Low Tide New York. —The German mark has reached a new low record of 1.932 marks to the pound sterling, after vio lent fluctuations between the extremes of 1,775 and 1,955 marks to the pound. Rum Sale* Are “Scandalous” Grand Forks, N. D. —Josephus Dan iels. former secretary of the navy, speaking here, characterized the sale of Hquors on United States shipping board vessels ns “scandalous.” Pennsylvania Road Signs Wage Scales Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania railroad company has announced that agreements covering the readjustment of wnees have been reached affecting 10,000 clerks and 7.000 members of the miscellaneous forces. $12,000 For Fair Premiums Styeridan. —Twelve thousand dollars will be awarded in premiums and •rizes at the Sheridan county fair, ac ■ordiug to plans made nt a meeting of he fair board. A number of Dew cutures are to be FINAL BALLOT BRINGS BPLUjyiNOiiin Obstructionists Swelter Through Four Hour Talk.—House Rate on Flour Boosted Washington.—By a vote of 38 to 12. the senate approved a tariff of 30 cents a oushel on wheat. Democratic leaders declared during the debate which preceded the vote, this rate would cost * the American people $100,000,000. Senator McCum ber, (R), of North Dakota, in charge of the measure, stating frankly the purpose of the rate was to keep above the world level .he price of northern spring wheat from the Dakotas and Minnesota, said he did not think the tariff proposed would be carried on to the consumer, but even if it were, it would not amount to $2 a year to each consumer. Minority leaders sweltered through a four-hour fight against the wheat rate, talking most of the time to many empty seats. De spite the fight, however, the minority split on the final vote. Senators Jones of New Mexico, and Kendrick of Wyo ming, voting with the solid Republican majority for the committee rate which is an increase of five cents over the house rate, but a decrease of five cents from the existing emergency tariff duty. With the wheat fight out of the way the senate made unusually rApid prog ress on the bill, approving a score of committee amendments. The first to be agreed on was a dutj' of 75 cents per 100 pounds on flour, an increase of 28 cents over the house rate. I ALL TRU'HS OPERATING WITHOUT INTERRUPTION Executives Assert That Any Move For Settlement Will Have to Come From Commission Chicago. With the country-wide strike of shopmen declared by union leaders to be practically 100 per cent perfect, the nation’s great transporta tion machine continues its work with out interruption. Railway executives were unanimous in expressing their belief that the strike would have little effect on the operation of their roads and nt the same time asserted that any move to ward a settlement would have to come from the United States labor board or the employes. The only display of force reported was at Beardstown, 111., where several hundred shopmen after failing to per suade four companlon-Ato join them in the walkout, picked thMi up bodily and carried them out. , Lid Clamped in Vicksburg Vicksburg, Miss.—Blue will be the prevailing color in Vicksburg on Sun day hereafter, with the lid clamped tight on Sunday baseball, movies, pool halls and newspaper plants. The daily papers will not appear as usual. The blue law move is the outgrowth of a mass meeting of 235 men and women at which a petition was signed asking suppression of “Sunday amuse ment places, bootleggers, gamblers and disorderly houses.’’ Taft to Attend Lawyers’ Meet San Francisco.—Chief Justice Taft o fthe United States supreme court will be among the 2,000 or so lawyers from over the United States who will meet In San Francisco during the first 12 days In August to attend the annual conventions of the American Bar As sociation, the California Bar Associa tion and the national conference of commissioners on uniform state laws. Big Motor Merger Dayton, Ohio.—An $80,000,000 con solidation of manufacturers of automo biles. trucks and auto parts, with fac tories in seven states, has been com pleted here under the name of Asso ciated Motor Industries. The merger Includes seven automobile and truck factories, in addition to motor, body, gear, Ignition and other part makers Offices will be located here. U. 8. Treasury $2,000,000 Stronger Washington. Whisky withdrawals fell off nearly 7,000,000 gallons during the past fiscal year, according to a statement issued. Nearly 1,500 court cases were re ported by general prohibition agents, and fines amounting to $2,159,410.39 were Imposed by federal courts. Plan Huge Plans to Circle World New York. —The “American Eagle,” a 100-passenger hydro airplane with which it Is planned to circumnavigate the globe, has been designed by a group of American experts. <4,000,000 LOSS IN RAIL ELEVATOR BLAZE Baltimore. Md. YJghtning struck one of the several grain elevators nt the Baltimore A Ohio railroad’s ter minal at Locust Point and In a few minutes the immense structure was in flames. The elevator contained more* than 500.000 bushels of grain, which, with GO carloads of export tobacco on the pier, were destroyed. The railroad company’s loss Is estimated at between $3,2000.000 and $4,000,000. WYOMING STATE NEWS comine; events. July 25-28—Frontier Days Celebra tion. Cheyenne, Wyo. Gillette will be host to the Grand Lodge of the Odd Fellows and the Wyoming Rebekah Assembly July 11, 12 and 13 of this year and plans are under way to make the gathering a memorable one. Wyoming is decidedly short of cat tle on the ranges at the present time, in the opinion of Jeff Scott of Doug las. who has been In Colorado during the past couple of weeks making pur chases of stockers to send to his ranges in the north. J. W. Bozorth of Burns has been appointed local chairman of the World’s Board of Aeronautical Com missioners. The appointment was made by the board of governors of the organization on nomination of War ren Richardson, sectional chairman for the county of Laramie. The executive committee of the Wyoming Medical Society and the State Dental Association selected Lara mie as the meeting place for the next annual joint convention. The dates will be June 20 to 22. An invitation to the State Druggists' Association to join them will be extended. James R. Jones, general counsel of the Western Pipe Line Company, has announced that for the next two years at least the Midwest Refining Com pany will furnish the pumping facil ities for the common carrier pipe line which the Western Company is build ing from the Salt Creek field to Cas per. The second largest Individual wool clip shorn in the world, that of tlie Warren Livestock Company, and one half of the largest wool clip shorn in the world, that of the Swan Land & Cattle Company, were sold In Chey enne recently, for a price not an nounced, hut said to be well above a quarter of a million dollars. The board of trustees of the Uni versity of Wyoming, at its meeting in Laramie, closing the commencement of 1922, elected the following officers: President, William C. Deming of Cheyenne; vice president, Dean Pros ser of Tie Siding; treasurer, F. W. Geddes of Deerwood, re-elected; sec retary, Fay E. Smith, who has been acting secretary for several months. Douglass will be the scene of the annual encampment of the Wyoming cavalry troops this fall, according to word received from Adjutant General R. L. Esmay by Charles A. Guenther. Esmay said the school of Instruction will open at Douglas about August 30 and that the encampment program would open about September 6 and continue for two weeks. Investigation of the records of the sheriffs office In Douglas brought to light the fact that Gus Grimes, alias Brown, served a jail sentence In Doug las in December, 1909. At that time he had no aliases, being known by his lawful name, Ernest Bush. He was arrested by Sheriff Messenger Decem ber 20, 1909, on a charge of stealing a wagon from the Florence Hardware Company. Destruction by fire of the house oc cupied by Kirk Walter, town marshal of Mills, west of Casper, recently pre ceded and followed by a stream of threatening letters signed “K. K. K.,” culminated in the arrest of Mr. and Mrs. W. K. McCune by operatives of Sheriff Marquis’ office. Now Mr. and Mrs. McCane are being held on a di rect charge of blackmailing G. T. Boyle, mayor of Mills, and for Inves tigation relative to their connection with sending other letters both before and after the recent blaze at Mills. The Wyoming Funeral Directors’ As sociation will hold its sixth arrraal convention in Thermopolis July 27 and 28 and arrangements have been made to show the delegates a big time. On recommendation of the State Board of Pardons, Governor Carey commuted the sentence of Alford E. Walker from hanging to life Impris onment. The attitude of the state of ficials was that Walker was the lesser offender in the murder of Taxi Driver Louis Failer south of Cheyenne in March, 1921, and that It would be a miscarriage of justice to have Earl Moss, whom it regarded as the greater offender, escape death while his part ner in the crime was hanged. Because she had quarreled with her husband and did not want to live alone, Mrs. Grace Dennis, 23 years old, committed suicide by shooting herself through the temple with a re volver, according to authorities at Casper. Death was almost instantan eous. Mrs. Dennis and her husband, who is a allroad are said to have quarreled last week, for the first time, and he is alleged to have left her. Mrs. Dennis left a note saying that she did not want to live alone. “Gus Grimes,” Omaha maniac, whose melodramtlc career came to an end when he was shot down with a rifle bullet, In the country north of Med icine Bow, went down fighting. The weakness of a spring in his automatic revolver saved the life of at least one possernnn, and Pie struggle that en sued after he was shot was filled witli ail of the madness and strength for which lie has become notorious. A petition requesting tlie opening to settlement of the land now withdrawn under the Carey act, has been circu lated in Jackson and vicinity. WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 1922. X3fie AMERICAN eLEGIONe .Copy iu. .um u«parini«ni supplied by the American Legion New Service.) DADDY OF AMERICAN LEGION £. Lester Jones of Washington, D. Founder of the Movement Back In 1919. ( E. Lester Jones of Washington, D. C., because he was the founder of the American Legion movement in America, was called the “dad dy” of the or ganization back lq 1919 and the title has stayed with him ever since. Mr. Jones was one of a handful of veterans who met In Washlng to n, March 7, ■ >’ 1919, and formed what was known as the John 5. Pershing post of World War Veterans. Later, when the sev eral societies of those who had fought (n the World war combined under the name of the American Legion, Ur. Jones was made commander of :he newly-formed George Washington post No. 1. When the department of the District of Columbia was formed, he was made departmental com mander. Legionnaire Jnnes was an enlisted man with the District of Columbia National Guard prior to the World war. During the war he rose from private to colonel, taking all the grades. LEGION HONORED ALL DEAD Organization Participated in Services at Final Interment of Men Brought Home. Army transports in which many of" .hem went across eager for the con flict have carried back the last of the 45,000 A. E. F. dead, those relatives" had requested to be returned to this country for permanent burial. The graves registration service of the army, which had the work of return ing these bodies in charge, did an al most superhuman task. But this* service could not give the comradely human touch to the handling of these bodies after they reached the United States that seemed due them. No organization was so well suited to perform the last rights of honor and respect for these soldier dead as was the American Legion. Tlie men of the Legion took upon themselves thq obligation. Forty ship loads of bodies came to eastern ports during a period' of two and a half years. It was not always possible to have an elaborate service, because the arrivals were too frequent, but in every instance there was at least a prayer by a chaplain of the Protestant, Catholic or Jewish faith, an address by a prominent citi cen or army officer and a rifle salute. A number of times, however, the services were noteworthy. President Harding delivered an address at services arranged by the Legion, May 23, 1921, when the Princess Matolka arrived with 451 bodies. General Pershing and Senator Lodge spoke when the Somme and the Wheaton ar rived. July 10, 1921, with 7,000 dead. The last cargo of bodies arrived in Brooklyn, in April, 1922, on the Cam bral. On that occasion, the body of Private Charles W. Graves, Company M. One-hundred and Seventeenth in fantry, Thirteenth division, was borne on a caisson through the streets, lined with silent throngs, to the army base, where simple ceremonies marked the Hose of the last public demonstration for America’s returned dead. RAN TOWARD BERLIN IN 1918 Clarence De Mar, Winner of 25-Mile American Marathon Race, In terested In Boy Scouts. Clarence H. DeMar of Melrose, Mass., winner of the 25-mfle American L'*** -k' . ... u Marathon race, got some of his endurance as a I o n g-d Is t a nee runner while run ning toward Ber lin in 1918, and h e undoubtedly acquired a good deal of his agil ity and sureness of foot while dodging Fr 11 z’» missiles. De Mar finished fourth in a long-distance race between the men of the A. E. F. and the other allied nations in the Pershing stadium i» Paris. His chief interest, however, does aot seem to be in racing, but in the welfare of a troop of boy scouts of which he ha. 3 been in charge for sev eral years. Ten Years to Displace the Blue. It will require about ten years to •lothe all French troops In khaki de spite the efforts of the higher council of war to equip all brunches of the French army In uniforms of that color. Tlie horizon blue and steel tray cloth on hand must be used up ind it will take tan years to, do it, die ministry of war declares.