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CHRISTMAS RECESS DESPITE EFFORT OF SPEAKER CLAR* AND OTHERS TO CALL OFF VACATION. DEFER RAIL LEGISLATION V.4aders do Not Hope to Accomplish Much. pfore Adjournment Except to Pass Few Appropriation Bills. May Dispose of Prohibition Bill. Washington.-With a holiday recess planned to begin Saturday and extond antil January 2, congressional leaders -do not hope to accomplish anything before adjournment except the pas-. sage of a few appropriationl bills in 'the House, and possibly the disposi. ition of the Sheppard prohibitioni bill dbr the\ District of Columbia in the :Senate. Considerationl of railroad legislation and corrupt practice election mesas-, ares, having been deferred until nex. umonth, membefs 'already are planning %their Christmas vacations, despite the -effort made by Speaker Clark and - ,others early in the session.to do away with the usual 10-day recess. Prohibition for the District of Co. iumbia will be before the Senate again with amendments providing for a ref. 'erendum and Senator Smoot's sub irtitute, which would not only bar man afacture and sale of liquor for bever age purposes, but also prohibit im. 1portation of liquor for personal use. The judiciary committee's fovorable neport on the Webb nation-wide pro lb40ition measure probably-will be sub -mitted at the end of this week by Rep zesentative Carlin of Virginia, a mem ber of the committee who recently be rame converted to the dry cause. A rule for consideration of the resolu 1llon will not be asked until after the 3ecess. The Federal suffrage amend ument resolution has been received by 4he House and a rule probably will The asked on it early in January also. ANTI-LIQUOR BILL GIVEN FIRST PLACE ON CALENDAR. *keppard Bill Gets First Place on Senate Calendar by Margin of One Vote. Washington.- By a margin of one -ote the Sheppard bill to prohibit the -manufacture and sale of intoxicating Mquors in the District of Columbia, -was put into first place on the Senate -alendar to be taken up this week and -4ebate until it is disposed of. Senator Townsend sought without success to keep the volunteer officers retirement WU befQre the Senate as unfinished 'usiness. Senator Martine of New Jersey, op. Miosing the bill, said the saloon should aot be abolished until some other 7form of club for the poor man could Re established. The Senate Commerce Committee adeferred iAction on the $50,000,000 ficod control bill for the Mississippi ~and Sacramento rivers. Debate was then ' resumed in te he .flistrict of Columbia prohibition bill. land Senator- Sheppard finally succeed -ed, by a margin of one vote, int having At given fir-st place on the calendar for dhis week. In the House, Chairman Adamsont, est the. Interstate Commerce Commit liee, introduced a joint resolution ex 'tending the time for the railroad int westigation until January 14, 1918. 'MILSON GIVES $2,500 TO MAKE UP DEFICIT. Washington.-President Wilson has tsent a check tot' $2,500 to Treasurer Narsh of the D~emocratic National committee, as his contribution toward ~k?-ip'ting the deficit inE the committee's - arpai gn fund. SUFFRAGETTE PEACE MEETING BROKEN UP. London. - Sylvia Pankhturst. the unlitant suffragette, and a number of sympathizers. endeavored to hold a *'demonstration" at the East India 4ock gates to demand peace, but a big <crowd prevented. BI-BOATS RESPONSIBLE FOR BIG SHORTAGE OF WHEAT. Washington-.-erman U-boats are jplaying a large p~art in increasing the wtheat shortage. Blritish vessels ca wying hundreds of tons of wheat are theing Bunk by submarines. How ex . tensive is the damage wrought to British shipping by submarines was !learned from a Briton in the United States on an important mission and tin receipt of constant advices regard dag the real state of affairs. ImOVEMENT TO ADVERTISE CHURCHES THROPH PAPERS. St. Louis.-For' the purpose of gath ering and disseminating in a 'reliable 'form religious news the Federal Council of the Churches .ot>Christ in America, representing 30 denotnina tions, has established a religious pub licity service. The Federal Council has just held its annual convention. fte addition, to establishing this news aervice it is proposed to make a sys - tmatic study of paid advertising in newspapers HIPOLITO IRIGOYEN Hipolito Irigoyen Is the new presi dent of the Argentine Republic. BRITIANS MAY CONSIDER CRITICISM CAUSED BY FIRST AN. NOUNCEMENT SUPPLANTED BY CALMER JUDGMENT. French Premier Warns Nation to Guard Against Trap.-League of Nations to Enforce Peace May Be Suggested By President Wilson. Information contained in news paper reports in London leads to the belief that the political leaders of Britain will give the peace proposal from the Central Powers to the En tente Allies sober consideration, which might possibly lead to a fur ther note -from Germany and.her al lies setting forth definite terms upon which they would agree to end the war. Criticism heard on the streets of London a$ the news of the peace move became public, seems to have become less aevere with a feeling that some conaideration should be given the note when it arrives there. Premier Llpyd-George and the mem bers of Cabinet ,. are maintaining a strict ailence until they have an op portunity to study the text of the note. An entirely diiYerent reception was given the peace announcement in Paris as Premier Braind in a speech to the Chamber of Deputies, which voted to sustain the activities of the new Cabinet, sounded a note of warn ing against taking the German pro posal for what it appearad to be on its face. In a stirring address, he referred to the conditions as they exist at present. However, in his words there seemed to be a sentiment reflected for consideration. Announcement of the resignation of the Austrian Government in a Reuter dispatch from Amsterdam may be the forerunner of internal political dis sension in Austria which would have ant important bearing on the progress of a peace move. Announcement comes from Wash ington thtat the President is serinusly consider-ing submission of a prop)osl lion to organtize a league of nations to enforce peace in the event there Is dliaeussion of peace terms by the ituropean Nations. A waiting atti tuade has beent adopteri by the Admint istration until the~ note arrives and the heads of the FIautente Allies give some e xpressiont of their at lt itle. BERLIN PRESS CAUTIOUS AGAINST. TOO MUCH HOPE Tenor of Opinions Shows Belief Pre vails Allies Are Not Prepared to Act Hastily on Peace Plan. Berlin, via London.-The K~reuz Zel tung expresses the featr that any peace which to the IEntente Allies does not bear the aspect of defeat would pr-ove a great danger for Germany and be only an armistice. Die Post doubts the expediency of the peace offer', but says it Is glad no neutral has been asked to mediate. The Taeglichle Runuschau tears that the 1Entente Allies wvill drawv out the negotiations by making implossible counter proposals, hoping to enlist pressure from "nteutral America." The Tages Zeitung says it. wishes Doctor von Bethimann-Hlollweg had emnphasized more strongly the fact that Germany offered pence as a vic tot- and that the peace ter-ms must adequately rewardi Germany for the sacrifices she has made. The Tageblt surmises that Ger many's peace terms will be racson able. for "an offer of peace can menan naothintg unless wise moderation ac c-ompatnies the conciliatory act." The newspaper- warns' the peopie against htavinag too opt imnitic expectations. BOER GENERAL'S SON IS SAFE IN MEXICO Presidio. Tex. - Mexicans arriving here from the interior of Mexico said they had passed trough San Pablo de Meotlui sevent days ago, .where 4they 'had seen Oullermo Snyman, soni of the 'atn General Synmnan of the Ber arnmy, ife and unharmed. The report that Synman, a British 'tbIect, had been killed was received 't the border last F~riday in the form of a telegram to a relative from one WILSON WILL SEND NO OFFER WITH NOTE AMERICAN PGOVERNMENT ACTING AS INTERMEDIARY OFFERS NO MEDIATION. IS ALWAYS READY TO SERVE President Is Holding Himself in Read. iness to Serve in Any Way Possible to Bring Warring Nations To. gether. Wasiiigton.--Prli.e1de1n1t Wilson has decided 'hat the notes of the Central Powers proposing a discussion of peace to the Entente Allies will he sent forward by the American Gov ernment, acting as intermediary. without any accompanying mediation offer of its own. fie lias not deter mined whether any action in behalf of peace will be taken later by the United States on its own account, butl is holding himself in readiness to serve in any -way possible toward bringing the warring nations to gether. The course to be pursued was made known after the President had con ferred with Secretary Lansing, and after a prolong, d Cabinet meeting. It was stated that the delay in for. warding the notes to the Entente capitals was due to the fact that te massages received from Germany. Austria-liungary and Turkey, identi cal in bubstance. differed slightly in phraseology as a result of different translations. Since the first note arrived, the one from Germany. the President and his closest advisers have been absorb ed in study of the stiuation. The Austrian note followed, and the one from Turkey came later. Those from Germany and Austria have been gone over carefully by the President and Secretary Lansing to make certain of their meaning, and so that they may be sure to represent properly the in tent of the Central Powers. ANTI-LIQUOR BILLS FLOOD TWO HOUSES OF CONGRESS Webb Sure e4ation-Weide Prohibition Will Win at Next Sesbion. Washingt.on --Legislative ineasuers aimed at destruction of the liquor traf fic continue to accumulate in Congress as both houses are deluged with pe tions from all parts of the country urging adoption of the national plrohi bition constitutional amendment and ,nassage of other anti-lionoir measures including the Sheppard bill to prohib it the manufacture and sale of liquor in the District of Columbia. ' The House Postoffice Committee onened the door to another phase of the problem in reporting favorably a bill designed to vlose the mails abso lutely to advertising of any intoxi eating liquors and to deny mil order hour-es the right to go into either "wei or drv" territory to silicit sales through the medium of the mails. No move was madle by prohibition lenlers in the House regarding the (o-O stitutional amendlment rep~orted from the judliciaruy -ommi tee, b~ut Riepre sr'~ntlye Webb. ''hairmain of the conm mittIee. plans to ask thle rules com-. mnittee for a sp~ecial rule to get the rsol ution befor'e the II ouse sooni after the holidays. CONFIDENT OF VICTORY, PEACE O)FFER IS MADE. London.-" (onfirleist t hat w e are 'omplhetely the vic'tors. I yesterday miade a proposual to thle enmey' to dis (cuss the question 0of furt her war or Peace." said the Germny Emperor in add~ressing the troops in Alsace re cently, accordling to a despatch pub lished in The Cologne Gazette, says a Reuter's dispatch from Amsterdam. "What wvill come of it, I do not yet know." the Empeor is rep~ortedl to have continued. . "it is a matter for the enemy now to decidle if the tight inx is still to go on. If the enemy still t hinks lhe has~ not had enough, then I know you will"'- -here the Em peor says the c-orespondent, made a "warlike" gesture. which "produed~ a fierce smile on the faces of all his meni." VILLA IS MAKIN'i OVErITURES TO U. S. El Paso. T.'xas.-- -Francisco Villa Ithirough represenitat ives here, has madle over-turies to the United States and has promise dto cease his depre dtaions upon AmerIcan property andl 'discontInue killing Americans ini Mex ico. The r-eport thaiit representatives of Villa are wvorkiung to have Villa spare Amer-icans lives and property in returni for- assuranices that his move ments in Mexico would not be inter fored with by the United States army. GOVERNORS MEET NEXT IN SALT LAKE CITY. IWash ington .--The Govei'nors' con ference. in session here, voted to hold its next annual meeting in Salt Lake City at a time to be fixed by the executive committee composed of Governors Manning of South Care lina, Spray of Utah and Capper of Kansas. Former Governor Fort of New Jersey was re-elected treasurer of the conference. The sessions were devoted to discussions of state admin istrative problems. defenseand nac. CHARLES C. M'CHORD Interstate Commerce Commissioner McChord, after investigating the rail road car shortage that is choking the industries and rail movements of the West, put in operation a plan of relief by which all cars are to be returned to their home lines as soon as possible. PRAY FOR PEACE SUCCESS SOUTHERN COMMERCIAL CON. GRESS HAS BUSY SESSION AT NORFOLK, VA. Ground Is Broken For Fort Storey at Cape Henry.-Simple Ceremonies Mark Dedication of Site For De fense of Harbor. Norfolk, Va.-*The breaking of ground for Fort Storey at Cape Henry, prayers for the success of peace offers made by Germany and her Allies, the tabling of a resolution favoring the distribution of the South's negro population among the other states, and an address by See relary of Labor W. B. Wilson were fe:.tures of the activities of the Southern Commercial Congress here. Simple ceremonies marked the ded Ication of the site for the great land defense tle Government proposes tu erjct, for the protection of Hampto1 Ijads, Baltimore and Washington Governor Stuart of Virginia turned tha spade of earth. The National Association of Coni missioners of Agriculture met and discussed cotton crop diversification, c6nservation of the Sputh's resources and a better system of marketing. Some speakers hailed the federal farm loan act. as a means of increas ing the South's agr'icultural yield by enabling tenant farmers to become land owners. A movement to have the Congress go on record as favoring the location of thte proposedl Government nitrate plant at Muscle Shoals, Ala., was launched at the first meeting of the Woman's Auxiliary of the Congress. Mrs. G. HI. Mathews of Alabama urged the adoption of a resolution which lihe Alabama delegation was to ofter. A resolution asking the Congress to declare f'or equal suffrage was laid on the table, but the comimittee ap proved one by Rea r Admiml Dilling hanm, U. S. N.. retired, urging that the Navy be immedilately' increased b~y 561,000 to fully man the piresent ships) of the Navy. S Cotton's relation to internationai r'econstrulct ion wvas thle sub1ject' oft~n address by Col. Harvie' Jordan, presi dent of the Southern ('otton Growers' Congress. Secretary Wilson told the congress he did niot belive immigration from IEu'rope after the war would be as great as it had been before because history showed that it was a people's tendency to stay where they had suf fer'ed. lHe said lhe was in favor of a more equitable distribution of inmi grants in this country and thought that as far as possible they should be placed on farms so as to develop wasle lands. DALE TESTIFIES TO DEFRAUDING U. S. Jacksonville, Fla.--Graham D~ale of Jacksonville. indied with Thomas McCoy of Asheville, N. C.. and four other .Jacksonville men in charges of dlefraudling the t'nitedl States Govern' ment out of internal revenues, testi fled for the Government at the trial of McCoy. Dale corroberated testi mony that the Long Branch distillery here was run at night after the Gov ernent gauger and storekeeper had left, and that no r:evenue was paid. MISS ADDAMS ASKS SUFFRAGE AMENDMENT. Washington.--Headed by Misi Jane Addams, a delegation of the Woman's Peace IParty was heard before the House Judiciary Committee, 'urginag the Susan B. Anthony amendment for suffrage. The Foreign Affairs Com mattee urgedl favorable report on the Keating bill far an international com mission to pave the way for good re lations between Japan, China and the Hatted am.. PROHIBITIONIS .I RECOMMENDEO I HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEd C VOTE TO PROPOSE PROHIBI TION AMENDMENT. IS ENTIRELY UNEXPECTED 1 "Dry" Advocates Jubilant Over Vic. tory Scored In Congress.-Con gressman Webb Will Ask Passage of Bill By Special Rule. Wasthington.-Nation-wide prohlili. ' tion took a long stride toward con 0 gressionial consideration when the 8 lIouse Judiciary Committee unexpect- 11 edly voted to recommend adoption of a the proposed constitutional amend- n ment to forbid th manufacture and I sal eof liquor for beverage purposes in the United States. Even the most t enthusiastic champions of the amend. t ment had not expected favorable a acticn so 1oon. S How far tile resolution will pro- o gress is problematical, and Adminis- C tration leadpra doubt that it will reach a the senate in time for action at this o session. Prohibition advocates are I Jubilant, however, and predict ulti. It mate adoption of the resolution and il its reference to the legislatures of a the various states at a much earlier e dati than they heretofore had hoped f for. A two-thirds majority in both c houses is required. e Coincident with the committee's d action, tile Sheppard bill to prohibit e the manufacture and sale of liquor in the District of Columbia bet'ame v the unfinished business to be kept be. i fore the senate until disqposed of. As F an amendment. Senator Underwood a has proposed a referendum to the male voters of the District. Senator ( Kern of Indiana, has added a proposal F that women should participate in tile ( referenduin. During discussion of the Sheppard 3 bill. several Senators, among them. 1 Sheppard. Vardeman and Owen, pre- t dieted triumplh for tile cause of na tion-inide prohibition in v, ir future. lardly any one doubted that pro hibition will be a dominant legislative issue before the new Sixty-flfth Con gress if the constitutional anendment does not reach a vote this winter. Ill tile house, before the amendment can be taken up for consideration, a special rule must be adopted giving it right of way. Representative Webb. chairman of the Judiciary Com mittee, will ask for such a rule arly in January. and endeavor to press the resolution to an early vote. ANOTHER IMMENSE CREDIT VOTED BY HOUSE OF COMMONS Amount is 400.000,000 Pounds Ster ling, and Will Have t6 Be Sup plnmented Soon. London.-The House or Commons 'nanimously passed a vote of c2redit dY' 400.000.000 pounds sterling, moved by a Bonar Law, chancellor of the ex chequler, whlo madie a lenlgthy slpeOchl. exulaining tile ulation's financial situ 101on, and( tonehiin g on the German peace proposals. Tic anntoulnced that the daily average expenditure of Great 'frieainl for- t he war now amounts to it710.000 Dounld ster llng umi'i Ithat. tis vole of credit woulld problably have to be supp~llemlenltedl lebruary 24 with an oth~er vote or 20)0,000.000 potniii st er 11ing. Tis w~onil make1( the Iotal Ivoted for tile .vear 1.9ti0.000.000 pounidS sterling. or ?.50 .000,000) pounds24 st erlintg miore' than I tile estma mii iade somtle mo~th- i ago by Regi nald Mc Kenna then. I102chan-f Cellor. WOMAN SUFFRAGE ADVOCATES SCORE PARTIAL VICTORY Washinlgton.--Wk~manl suffrage ad-t vocates won a partial victory Inl theiri bong fight to have the Susan B. An-. thony federal amenldmenlt voted on in Congress when tile Ifouse judiciary committlee reported the measure for , (-onsidiera tioni withbout recoammendia lion. A campaign no0w wiii he launch ed1 to get a special r-ule to bring the0 amnendmlent befor-e tile Ilouse for ac-. .tioni, probialiy some timle inu Janualtry. - CARRANZA'S VIEWS REGARDING PROTOCOL New Yor-k. --The views of First Chief ('arran-za regar-ding tile ratineca tion of tihe p)rotocoI signied at Atlantic City by the Mexican-Amer-ican joi nt comfmissionl were submitted by Al berltO J. Pantilhere to Lis Cabrera, chlairmnan of tihe Mexican comamisslion. and Alexican Ambassador Designate 1 Arredondo. 'Mr. Pani ar-rived hlerei from Quer-etar-o, wihere he went to pla4ce tile agreemei-t before ('arraniza for is r-at itoa voni. COMMERCIAL CONGRESS. AT CLOSE URGES CROP CM4ANGE. bill, development of drainage for in creased se rvice of .lroduction and the intenstificationl and dsiversiflcation of crops were appiroved by' tile gouthlern Commercial Congress at tile close of its eighth gnnulal convenltionl. The Congress also urged greater effi ciency In tile manlagement 0' cities and tile more thlorough and genleral education of the masses in all Uine I to taffort IAPTISiS WILL MEET 4 iT STATE GAPITAL OLUMBIA SELECTED FOR CON VENTION OF 1917.-CHANGE . IN SYSTPM. HE DEFICERS ARE ELECTED tate Convention at Newberry Plans For Progress.-Strong Sentiment For Schools to Fore. Newberry.-With the re-el6ction of T. Hyde as president, the electlou 1 other officers, including the Rev..E. iReaves as secretary to succeed the .ev. Charles A. Jones, D. D., and the lection of Columbia as the next teeting place the South Carolina aptist convention adjourned' here. Dr. P. J. McLean made the report of ie committee on time and place of ie next convention. The report as dopted inaugurates an entirely new ystem, and provides for the meeting t the next convention to be held in olumbia, on December 3, 4, 6, 1917. 4 nid that delegates are to provide their wn entertainment at hotels. The aptist convention has grown so trge in recent years that it was felt was a burden upon any city In the tate to entertain it free as has been ustomary in the past. It has there ire been put upon a pay basis. The hurches are requested to provide the xtra expense of their ministers and elegates. The following officers were lected: President, T. T. Hyde of Charleston; ice presidents, C. B. Bobo, Laurens: '.N. K. Bailey, Greenwood; secretary, tev. S. 8. Reeves, Honea Path; assist nt secretary, Rev. W. C. Allen, North Lugusta; statistical secretary, Rev. C. . Brown, Columbia; treasurer, C. B. lobo, Laurens; auditor, J. A. Hoyt. !olumbia. The Rev. Charles A. Jones. ). D., of Columbia, who has served as ecretary of the convention for a num er of years, resigned on account of he pressure of other duties. Dr. ones is now the secretary of the laptist board of education in South 'arolitna. The convention adopted resolutions ondemning the action of Gen. Funs on in denying Dr. J. B. Gambrell's re luost for permission to hold evangel stic services among the soldiers on Ae border as tending to encroachment 3n religious liberty. The resolutions tio not call names but clearly refer to the discussion now in progress be tween the United States commander knd the state secretary of the Texas Baptist convention. The convention also adopted a res >lution in favor of the adoption of a prohibition law and a committee of en was appointed to communicate vith the governor and general assem Ily. It seeni to be the prevailing opinion hat 'he session of the flaptist state onvention was really epochal in the Ife of the body. Several members of he convention who have been attend ng its sessions for years were heard, o exclaim that they were glad they tad lived to see this day when the ubject of Christian education was irought to the very forefront. The tetails of the reports and frankness of liscussion seemed to clear the Baptist ducational sky andi the heartiness vith which the convention finally de '1d1ed to commit itself to anm advanced1 ducational program b~y a rising vote vidlently implressed the delegatesN hat there was realizatlont that the eti y life of the denomination was at take. Bryan Sees Probable Peace. Charleston.-William Jennings Bry i, here to lecture before the Char eston County Sunday School associa ion, declared in anm interview that he hought Germany's proposal for a con erence to. negotiate for peace would ardly be rejected. Hie made the sig ifleant statement ,also, that he (lid Lot see it would aid the cause of eoace for neutrals to suggest terms. 'he Great Commoner was in a jovial 100(d, although rather travel worn ipon arrival. A large committee in utos met him at the union station .nd escorted .him to his hotel. State Reunion May Meet Ecarly. Columbia.-Southm Carolina diviionu. anited Confederate Veterans. will robably hold its annual rennuianu at ihester during April, as suggested by samp Hampton of Columbia at its Iast neeting. D. R. Flennikeun. adjutant. ransmitted the camp's resolutioni to len. B3.,H. Teague of Aiken, command ng the division. Glen. Teague replied hat the proposal to advance thue (late net with his hearty concurrence and, me was asking the secretary of the Thester Chamber to Commerce to onfer with him on the subject. Greenville May Get Big Hotel. Greenille.--Probability of a large ou~rist hotel in Greenville became cnown when papers were signed for he purchase of the Chioera college >ropeirty for approximately $160,000. L. C. Good, the owner, who bought le college building and land from he college boar'd two years ago, has greed upon the conveyance of the rop~erty to a capitalist of Florida who loes not wish to become known yet or business reasons, It is known that us has large inrestmlents in Florida nr4 Kentucky.