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William D. Melton,
Prominent Colum
bia Lawyer Elected
by Trustees to Suc
ceed Dr. Currell
Columbia, March 11.?William
TX Melton, one of the best known
and ablest lawyers in South Caro
lina and one of.the leading- busi
ness men of Columbia, was last
night unanimously elected presi
dent of the University of South Car
. olina to succeed Dr. William Spen
- eer Currell, who had resigned at
the January meeting of the board
of trustees. Mr. Melton accepted i
the presidency last evening. '
Mr. Melton will assume the du
ties'of president some time between
July l and September y and will
abandon all his business and pro
fessional activities, devoting his
entire time- to upbuilding the uni
Concurrently with the eiociion of
Mr. Melton as president of the
university, the trustees elected Dr.
Currell dean of the recently creat
ed graduate "school. Dr. ~ Currell
will become the. head of the grad
uate school just as soon as Mr.
Melton assumes the office of pres
ident ajtd he expects to have the
school well organized and equipped
by the next scholastic year. This
school was created by \he legisla
ture at the recent session.
Mr. Melton,* the president-elect,
is a man of large business* and
professional affairs and in accept
ing the proffer of the tr>?stees last
night told the board that he want
ed to take up th^ new work as
early as possible and woiild arrange
matters as quickly as he . could.
The new president was president
of the South Carolina Bar asso
ciation in 1920-21.
In accepting the resignation of
Dr. Currell the . trustees expressed
their highest esteeih for the work
the retiring president hf&;. done
and instructed Governor " Cooper,
chairman of the board, to conx^y
the board's esteem to Dr. Currell
by letter.
In casting about- for a successor
to Dr. Currell the board had two
ideas in view, -to find a man .who
would measure up to the require
ments of a real university execu
tive and a man of. ii^h^tjitiure and
character. These>Jlfcfc^}5CT? 0? the
board said, are believed to be em
bodied in the presidentelect.
Dr. Currell. the retiring presi
dent, assumed the office of the
presidency in~19i-t ands;since his
administration the university has
made much progress, both in schol
arship and attendance, v '-,
Mr. Melton, in his acceptance,
told the members of tfte board
that he would burn ail his business
bridges behind hiih and? would de
vote his entire time to the^ affairs
of the university: that 4*e would do
all in his power Uf increase and
broaden its influence and make it a
real vital force in the state. The
members of the hoard of trustees
pledged to him their entire support
and cooperation in the large task
ahead of him.
Xo other man was Riven consid
eration at the meeting than Mr.
Melton, who was in no sense a can
didate. The board, as exprsesed by
each member, /as of the opinion
that he filled all the qualifications
making for a high class executive.
William Davis Melton was born
near Riehburg. Chester county.
May 26. 1868, the son of Dr. VVil- \
liam C. D. Melton and Mary Jam*!
Poag Meiton. His early education |
was in the public schools of Ches-1
ter and after finishing his common j
school education he attended the j
University of Virginia from 1887 \
to 1890, graduating in the schools!
of English, Latin. French, moral
philosophy, chemistry, natural his
tory and geology.
He was licentiate instructor in
Latin in the University of Virginia
from 1889 to 1890. From 18!?0 to
1892 he attended the law school
of the University of South Carolina,
graduating with the degree of
LI^B. He was admitted to the
bar in June. 1&92, located in Ches
ter where he remained until March
of 1S93, when he removed to Co
lumbia. He is senior member of
the firm of Melton & Belser. He
has made Columbia his home since.
Mr. Melton was an alderman and
chairman of the ways and means
committee of the city of Columbia
from 1900 to 1906 and was au
thor of ordinances establishing the
waterworks system, the sewerage
system, the paid fin: department,
the recorder's court, the police
commission and other constructive
measures. He was chairman of
the state board of law examiners
from 1910 fo 1919 and president of
the South Carolina Bat association
in 1920-21. During the world war
be was state chairman of the
"four-minute men." State chairman
of the united war work campaign,
city chairman of the Red Cross
and V. M. C. A. campaigns and
active in all Li be it y loan cam
Mr. Melton has been elected to
an honorary degree of doctor of
laws by the university trustees and
this degree will be conferred upon
him at the commencement this
Mr. Melton is associated with a
large number of businesses ir. the
city, being one of the leading busi
ness men of Columbia. He is pres
ident of the City Development com
tblished April, 1850.
! -
! Several Hearings Arej
Scheduled For Next!
I Week I
! Columbia, April 11.?The rail
road commission has several hear
[ings scheduled for its next regular
I meeting time, Wednesday and
!Thursday of next week. On the!
119th it will have a hearing in Co-j
htmbia on the question of contin- j
uing the railroad agencies at Horry. j
in Ilorry county, and at Snellings. |
in Barnwell county.
On the 20th. the commission will j
j go to Columbia to hold two hear
ings, one on seed potato rates from
the port of Charleston to interior
i r*. ,nts on the Seaboard, certain ad
justments being asked: the other j
hearing on the question of train j
service on the Walterboro railroad, j
between Green Pond and Ehrhardt. ;
The railroads want to discontinue j
certain service put on as a "try- j
out" service, and now said not tc \
have sufficient traffic.
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Judge iJischarges Man Held j
For Fifty Year Old Crime j
Tuscaloosa. Ala., April 13.? j
George Nichols, held here in con
nection with the killing of Peter !
Mooney. at Rome, Ga., fifty-one i
years ago, was released last night |
by order of Judge Foster, of the j
circuit court, on habeas corpus pro- i
ceedi ngs.
pany, the Argus Investment com- |
pany, Liberty Realty company, Mu- j
tual Holding company, and is asso- j
ciated with other development cor- j
porations. He is attorney, member!
and director of the finance com- ;
mittee of the National Loan & Ex
change bank of Columbia, Colum
bia Savings Bank & Trust com
pany. South Carolina Insurance i
company. Homestead Building & j
Loan company. Acme Building & j
Loan company. Rich land Building I
& Loan company, Columbia Real j
Estate & Trust company and in j
addition to these is associated in
other business enterprises of Co
May 10, 1S9S, Mr. Melton was j
married to Miss Caro Heiser of j
Summerton, who died May 10, |
1903. lie was married to Miss i
Netta Loeb of Charleston Sep- j
tember 17, 1911.
Mr. Melton is a member of the !
Kappa Sigma fraternity, the First j
Presbyterian church of Columbia
and is a Mason.
Following the receipt of a reso- I
lution from the student body pro-I
testing against the requirement of j
attending church eyery Sunday the j
trustees reitreated their regulation j
that every student at the institu-;
tion must attend church on Sunday j
unless he is excused by the presi- j
dent. The resolution said the
students attended church but ob
jected to the compulsory feature of!
the attendance. They must sign a i
I card stating they attended services.)
The resolution was couched in
language that indicated the student
body was "against" the regulations
as carried out at present.
The board adopted resolutions to
the memory of the late C. E. Spen
cer of York, for years a member of
j the board, and appointed a com- j
j mittee to adopt suitable resolutions j
I on the recent death of P. A. Will*
! cox. another member.
Commendation to and a pledge]
of cooperation with the efforts of j
Prof. A. C. Carson and the Co
nlmbia chamber of commerce in
their efforts to have established a
radio telephonic broadcasting sta
tion at the university were ex
pressed by the board.
It was decided to leave the mat- I
ter of procuring plans for the con- j
templated women's building with j
the building committee, with the!
proviso that the plans should takej
into consideration a structure to|
house a oopulation of between 200 j
and 300 students.
The members of the board pres- j
**nt were Governor Cooper, state;
Superintendent of Education .1. E. |
' Swearingen, D. M. Winter of Co
j lumbia, August Kohn of Columbia.
' J. Cordon Hughes of Union. James
H. Sullivan of Laurens. Dr. R. O.
McCutcheri ' of Bishopville. B. A. j
I Hagood of Charleston. W. J. Cor
. mack of Columbia and D. R. Cok
! er of Hartsville.
The board was almost in con
tinuous session from noon until 11
j o'clock last night.
!dr. currell !
becomes dean
Columbia. April IL?Dr. W. S.
j Currell will become dean of the j
[graduate school of the University
j next September, with tin- opening
j of the next session. Tie- new]
j preside nt will succeed Dr. Currell
j then, the resignation of the present'
{president, submitted some weeks I
J ago, becoming effective with hisi
?eb'vation to tin* position of head of
! tht- graduate school,
j ~i he trustees were in session
[practically all of Mon lay. going in
j to the budge; Cor year ahead]
and also setting up the new school,
of graduates, authorized by the re-|
Jcent legislature. A_ |
Far Seeing Financiers
Convinced That Co
operative Market
ing is the Solution
of Cotton Selling
Columbia, April 11,?Believing
that cooperative marketing of cot
ton will mean much for the future
welfare of the state, bankers all
over South Carolina are Throwing
themselves actively into the light
to sign up the 40i?,000 bales by
May 1. necessary to perfect the
organization of the South Carolina
Cotton Growers' Cooperative As
sociation. In some counties the
bankers have gone out into the
rural districts canvassing for con
tracts and urging the growers of
cotton to sign.
"I am glad to see that the
farmers are realizing the benefit of
cooperative action ior the purpose
of disposing of the basic crop of
cotton in an orderly manner and
securing to themselves a reason
able return upon the capital and la
bor expended upon it," says R. O.
Rhett, president of the People's'
Bank, of Charleston, in a message
received today. "The methods
pursued heretofore have been most
disastrous, cooperative marketing
on the plan proposed would not
only aid the farmer but would
stabilize the price and in tin- end
benefit both the "manufacturers
and the consumer. 1 earnestly
hope that the campaign will ter
minate successfully."
From Wm. C. Bcaeham. presi
dent of the Peoples' National Bank
of Greenville, came this message:
"I am very glad indeed of the op
portunity to endorse the present
effort to form a cooperative asso
ciation in this state for the mar
keting of cotton. Cur farmers
have suffered great losses in the
past on account of the marketing
methods of their cotton, and co
operation, as suggested, appears to
me to be the only practical meth
od of relief that has been suggest
ed." ->.
YV. E. Atkinson, president of the
Planters' Bank of Orangeburg,
sent this message: "I am veiy
glad to know of the splendid pro
gress the organization committee' is
making towards the quota. Effec
tive, organized, cooperative mar
keting of our cotton through such
an organization as the movement
proposed appears to be the solu
tion of our largest marketing
probleim. I am very glad to en
dorse such a movement that prom
ises so much for the cotton pro
ducer and this section in general,
and I trust that the campaign now
on in this state will be brought to a
successful conclusion."
Four Year Time Limit For
Minister lo lie Discussed
Columbia. April 13.?A discus
sion of tlie four-year time limit for
Methodist ministers, with the pos
sibility of lifting this restriction,
will feature the general confere . -e
of the Methodist Episcopal church
of the south, to be held at Hot
Springs, Ark., in May. Many Meth
odist ministers from all parts of
this state, will attend the bi?; con
ference, leaving on a special train
which starts from Columbia on
May 1. over the Southern Rail
The Hot Springs conference
opens May 1 and lasts about three
weeks. Among tin; ministers from
ihe Cpper South Carolina confer
ence who will attend are: Rev.
.1. R. T. Major, Rev. R. E. Stack
house and Rev. Mark L. Carlisle,
of Columbia, and Rev. B. R. Tur
nipseed, of Spartanburg; and lay
men include. Dr. IL N. Snyder, of
YVofford College. Spartanbtirg: c.
C. Featherstone, of Greenwood: L.
L. Hardin, Columbia, and .1. C.
Smith. Waterloo. Among those
who will attend from the lowei
conference are Rev. B. M. McLeod,
of Marion: .1. YV. Daniel of Sum
ter: G. E. Edwards, of Orange
burg, ami Rev: Peter Stokes, oi
< >rangehnrg.
New bishops are (o be elected at
the Hot Springs conference ami
many other matters of' importance
;*re i<? be considered.
Little Girl Thinks It Is Olive
Florence. April 1-2.?Four-year
old Eugenia, daughter id Mr. .mil
Mrs. .1. C. Kendall, had a very nar
row escape from death last even
ing, when she drank pan of :i bot
tle of gasoline. Wit .hin a few ser
onds alter she had swallowed lh?
stuff her mother found her denthH
sick in the bathroom. The lit.!.
e.irl just was able to Jell her rnothei
that something sic- had drank <nii
? >t' "that bottle" had made her v< r>
ill. Medcial aid was called imme
diately and her life was saved on)}
by two hours of heroic effort.
Not?Lot all the ? nds Thou Aims'!
S?mter, S. C Saturd;
v * Miss Lillie Raynor breaks a bot
?which Captain Raold Amundsen wll
He named It "Kristina," This, at V
; Cooperative Market
ing* Associations in
Control of Nearly
Four Million Rales
of 1922 Crop
Columbia. April 12.?Approxi
I mately 3.725.OO0 hales will have
j been signed up to lie sold through
I the various state-wide cotton co
operative marketing associations
I in the belt before the crop
; goes to the market, according to
' figures compiled by officials of the
. South Carolina Cotton Growers'
1 Co-operative Association. These
i figures were received from the
i heads of the various state-wide or
jgnnizntions, and show that a very
i heavy percentage of the crop this
i year will be controlled by the co
| operative associations,
i The sign-up of the Texas associa
tions. 700.000 bales: Oklahoma*
; 450,000 bales: Mississippi. 225.000
i bales; Arizona. fiO.0'00 hales; Ar
Ikansas. 225.000 hales; .Vorth Car
olina. 400.000 bales, and Georgia,
I 2c5^0O'0 bales; making a total of
2.325.000' bales. South Carolina is
I expected to sign up 400.000 by May
j 1 and Alabama 200.000 oales by
f.!iirte 1. Oklahoma is expected to
j signup 200,000 additional. Texas
500v0t>0 additional and tin- other
I states Hi0,000 additional, making
ja grand total of 3.72?.O00 i>ales.
j Officials of South Carolina asso
| ciatiou said today that this was
i certainly a heavy enough percen
j tage of rhe crop to prove a very
i stabilizing factor in the market
i next fall and everv rear thex*eaf
I ter. Over 22.moo bales were sign
I ed in the- .state Monday and Tues
i ? ? ?_
I Contract For Operation to Be
j Given to Highest Bidder
,| Columbia, April 13.?That con
tract for the op.-ration of the chair
factory in the penitentiary, will be
let to the highest bidder Oil May
is. was a decision reached at a
meeting of tin- board of directors
of the stat.' prison held in Colum
bia Wednesday afternoon. The di
rectors mei to consider the proposal
> to renew the contract which has
been in force for the p ist five years
with the Pibereraft Chair com
pany, of Prankfort, Ky.. operators
, of the factory in the penitentiary.
The Pibercrafl company asked
for a renewal of the contract with
a the per cent increase in its share
of the profits, due to increased
' j selling expenses. The directors con
sidered the matter for several
! hours, and it was finally agreed 10
j i postpone action until a meeting,
, i May is. at which time the best bid
j will be accepted. There was ou?j
j other hid submitted Wednesday.
The chair factory has been in
I operation for five years. It pay*
tithe state l?iu returns. being a
I money making proposition. At the
:sam<! time u gives employment Ui
M prisoners, most of whom are crip
! pie or otherwise ineapacifated foi
oi lo r more severe w oi k.
Trans-Atlaniic Flight Pre
vented In Rad Weather
Lisbon. April 13. Bad weatbei
? prevented the start of Captain*
? I Sadnra and Coutinho. the I'ortu
? j guese aviators, on th?< third Stage
.lot' their flight t<> Brazil from Cape
j Verde Islands to St. Paul Lock
j in mid-Atlantic.
?t be thy Country's, Thy God s and
iy, April 15, 1922
Plane Christened
:le of (?) on the propeller of the plane
1 use for flights from his Arctic ship,
le Curtiss Flying Fieldj Long Island.
Frank W. Duryea an
Officer in the Army
Kills Himself at San
Francisco ? Cause
of Deed Unknown
San Francisco, April 11.?An
army board of inquiry into the
death of Major Frank W. Duryea.
in his quarters today, found that
he had committed suicide by shoot
ing, but learned nothing of any
Major Duryea, a member of a
wealthy New* York family, was a
son of <"en. Hiram Duryea.
Zouave leader in the civil war. He
served two years overseas in the
ordnance department und had
been stationed tit Ninth Army Corps |
Ari a headquarters here about a i
year in tin. nuance department.
Death Hovers Over Family.
Xew York. April 11. ? The
spectre of violent death whieh ap
parently lias been relentlessly
tracking tin- male line of the
Duryeas, wealthy Xew York so
ciety family, claimed its third vic
tim with the suicide in San Fran
csico today of .Major frank IV.
The first w;is G.en. Hiram Dur
yea. a white-haired, picturesque
figure, win) led the Zouaves in the
stirring flays of tin* civil war and
who on May f>. 1914. at the age of
eighty-one, was shot down and
killed by his son, Chester, in his
home in tin- Day Ridge section of
Rroo klyn.
Chester, who was alleged to
have fired the fatal shot after his
father had refused a demand for
money, now is in an insane asy
lum. Tie- next Duryea to tall was
killed by his own hand. lie was
Harry 11. Duryea, a brother of
Chester ami Prank.
A man of prominence in tin- li
nancial world he ivas found shot
to death in his Madison avenue of
fiee on .July l'T. 1921. His attorney
declared that Mr. Duryea. inherit
ing a large fortune from his father
who had been President and found
er of thi- National Starch Company,
had no linancial worries.
Tin- widow and sou of Major
Frank Duryea who holds a hi;4ii
position in the business world and
social life of the city were stunned
today when dispatches from the
coast tcid tie- story* n' another
Mrs. Duryea received word of her
husband's death over the telephone.
Although she said sin- was pre
pared for bad news, she dropped
the receiver with a gasp and fainted
when tin- blow came.
V.'right Duryea expressed himself
entirely mysriiied at Iiis father's
sudden end. declaring he knew of
no reason which would cause him
to take his own life.
Mississippi Cuts Sixty Fool
Kol? in Hank
- ? !
Helena. April I.: - Fifty men
have been dispatched to Oldtown.!
Ark.; to throw up embankments i
I-hind a sixty foot hole discovered!
in the Mississippi river iev?-e iasr
Nine Villages in i
Ark., Mood Bound;
Helena. Ark.. April !::. - - Nine \
villages, in centers of the farming
and commercial activities of east
ern Arkansas, are either inundated
or surrounded by water as a re
sult of the Hood of the Arkansas
and White River.
Russian and French
Delegates Disagree
Violently i n t h e
Opening Session at
Genoa. Apri 110.?A clash over a
disarmament proposal by George
Chitcherin, the Russian Soviel for
eign minister, which occurred be
tween Chitcherin and M. Barthou.
of France, threatened to disrupt
the conference.
M. Barthou said that France
categorically refused to discuss
disarmament at Genoa. M. Chit
cherin replied that Russia thought
France would be ready to discuss
this question because M. Briand.
the former premier, had said at
the Washington conference that
Russia's armaments had made dis
arma ment im possible.
Russia to Forefront.
Genoa. April 10 (By the Asso
ciated Press).?Russia, the status
of which is one of the questions of
supreme importance to be decided
by the economic conference, came
to the forefront soon after the
opening of that great assembly to
day. Speeches had been made by
the presiding ollicer. Premier Fac
ia, of Italy; Premier Lloyd George,
of Great Britain; Dr. Wh-th, of
Germany, and spokesmen of
France; Japan and Belgium; all of
a conciliatory nature and voicing
adherence to the Cannes resolu
tions, upon which the present gath
ering is based.
Mr. Lloyd George said that all
the delegates met on a footing of
equality, provided they accepted
the conditions set forth, which,
briefly. declared that countries
must not repudiate their contracts,
that they must nor wage war on
the institutions of another, that
they must not engage in aggres
sive operations against others and
that the people of one country
should be entitled to justice in the
courts of another.
George Chitcherin, the Russian
Sovi?-t foreign minister, in speak
ing for his delegation, announced
their adherence to the resolutions
and then declared that Russia was
ready to support any proposals
that would avoid war or lighten
the burden.
M. Barthou immediately protest
ed and declared with some heat
that France would absolutely re
fuse to discuss the question of die
armament at this conference.
Mr. Lloyd George hastened to
intervene, and in his contention
that disarmament could not be tak
en up. certainly, not,before a peace
basis had been reached at Genoa,
he was supported by Signor Facta.
Eventually, the discussion on this
point ceased, after M. Chitcherin
said the Russian delegation would
bow to the collective will of the
The clash between the Russian
am.l French delegates disclosed the
fact that disarmament is not on
the agenda, and that therefore this
matter is not to be taken up Coi
considerat ion.
The k-.-ynoie of Lloyd George's
speech was peace, and lie made a
powerful appeal to the delegates to
work in unison for (he restoration
of good relations and normal eco
nomic conditions throughout the
world. He believed that if the con
ference was successful in its
achievements, the United States
'?would not merely come in, but
conn- in gladly."
The Italian premier, who was
elected permanent chairman of ths
conference, was equally earnest in
Iiis desire for unanimity and prom
ised the aid of Italy in carrying
out any resolution likely to guav
antee peace and stability among
the nations.
M. Paribou pledged the loyal
support of France in whatever t.r*
conference might do to put ?nto
execution tite tasks of reconstruc
tion and good relationship whie.i
i; has mapped out.
Genoa. April LI.?The admis
sion of tlie Russian ami German
representatives to membership on
principal committee of the econom
ic conference, was strongly oppos
ed by the French and Belgians, but
Premier Lloyd George, with Pre
mier Facta, and Foreign Minister
Sch?nzel*, of Italy, intervened and
succeeded in smoothing over the
differences, resulting in the ad
mittance of both i he Russians and
(; t-rmaas.
-?> ? ?-?
Case of \V. N. Milier Results in
The ease of W. X. Miller VS.
Walker I >. Nines, director general
i.t the A < *. L. railroad; w hich was
taken up for trial during the court
session of Wednesday was placed
in the bauds of the jury on Thurs
day morning. A mistrial was de
clared a;t<r the members of the
jury had remained for several hours
in deliberation und with no pos
sible agreement as to a verdict
reached. 1'Iaintiu's counsel. Tal
ma and Wood.-; defendants, Rey
nolds and Reynolds and D. McKay.
Case now being tried. J. Y Pair.
Adm. vs. Lime Cola Bottling Co.
the trite sou
Courts Asked to Re
ouire Estate of C. A.
C. Waller to Settle
Greenwood. April 12.?Trial of
the ease of Furman university vs.
the estate of C. A. C. Waller began
today in the court of common
pleas. Judge James S. Wilson is
the presiding judge.
The plaintiff is bringing suit for
$9y900 against the estate of the late
C. A. C. ?Valier. alleging ihat Mr.
Waller pledged the sum of $10.000
to Furman university in the Bap
tist $75.000.000 campaign, only
?100 of which has been paid. Dr.
Coieman P.. Waller of Spartanburg
and Hunter Gibbes of Columbia, as
administrators of the estate, are de
fendants in the case.
Witnesses called by attorneys for
the plaintiff today were Dr. J. R.
Jester, pastor of the First Baptist
church of Greenwood: Dr. W. J.
MeGiothiin. president of Furman
university, and H. L. Watson, form
er president of the Furman Alum
ni association and a member of
the board of trustees.
Furman university is represented
by Haynsworth & Haynsworth of
Greenville and Tillm?n, Mays &
Featherstone of Greenwood. The
defendant is represented by GrLr
& I'ark of Greenwood.
Augusta City Council Comes
to Agreement With Augus
ta-Aiken Corporation
Augusta. April 12.?City council
ami the Augusta-Aiken Railway
and Electric corporation came to
agreement tonight and the street
cars, which have been in the barn
for a month, will resume operation
Saturday. The cars were halted
because unrestricted competition
by jitneys had cut deeply into the
com pa ny's revenues.
The city now agrees to restrict
jitney operations to the. extent of
not allowing them to take or dis
charge patrons within one block oi!
streets on which street car tracks
are laid. Street car fares are sev
en cent < when tickets are purchas
ed and ten cents for casual riders.
Situation Growing More Seri
ous in Helena District
Xew Orleans, April 12.?Reports
from Helena. Ark., that approxi
mately 235 square miles of land in
the lower part of Phillips county
were covered by Hood waters from
the White and Arkansas rivers,
whict .if.' backed up by the high
stage of the Mississippi river, gave
a more serious aspect to the rlood
situation today.
The village of Melwood. in the
Hooded area, was reported covered
with from eight to ten feet of wa
ter, while Elaine is completely
surrounded by water with water a
few inches deep in the streets.
Railroad and all vehicular traf
fic lias been stopped in the flooded
area ami few people remained in
j their homes to take chances with
the high water. Practically all live
stock has been removed to higher
A hurry call for levee builders
: was sent out from Arkansas City
today and men were rushed to that
point to aid in strengthening a
one mile stretch of levee along the
Mississippi river. The levee is
holding, being raised to a greater
height t<> meet tin- increasing floods
In tin- Helena districts scores of
houses, whi? h were flooded by
backwater, have been washed off
their foundations and a number
demolished by the high waves re
sulting from the winds, which
have contributed largely to the
present higher river stages by pre
venting the water from Mowing
sou: hward.
Levee engineers in all tin- dis
tricts continue to express confidence
there wilt he no serious break or
overflow at any point. Strict guard
is being maintained at all prob
able danger points, while material
and equipment to handle any
emergency has been placed at
strategic pbints.
At Old Town. Ark,, where a se
rious break was successfully over
come about ten days ago. renewed
sloughing was reported today at
tit.- southern end of the old slough.
Former Hank President Dies
in County Jail
Chicago. April 12.?Dr. .1. C.
WilbN. formerly a famous surgeon
and bank president, and ren years
aso worth half a million dollars,
died :n the county jail today where
he was awaiting trial on charges of
passing $123 worth of bogus
Mr. Willis wrote many medical
text looks and was a recognized
authority on certain nerve dis
eases. He lost his fortune through
TJTROX, K>? tblishcd June I, lS?6.
[Fat Film Comedian
Escapes on Third
I Trial
Sun Francisco. April 12.?A ver
dict of acquittal was returned by a
jury tonight in the third trial o?
Ro"=ooe C. (Fatty) Arhuekle on a
j manslaughter charge growing out
of the death of Miss Virginia
Rappe, motion picture actress. Th?
jury wax out six minutes.
The defendant was deeply nf
| fected. He received the verdict
with a great sigh of relief*. There
was no demonstration, the-court
j having warned against it. Mrs.
Minta Durfee Arbuckie, the de
S fondant's wile, cried quietly. Both
j she and Arbuckle shook- hands with
the jurors. ^
The quick return of ?he jury was
a surprise.
Edward Brown, whose presence
on the jury was objected to by the
prosecution, was foreman. There
j was t slight delay when the jury
! returned, due to the absence of the
district attorney.
The verdict was by acclamation,
the deliberation taking less than a
minute. The additional time was
consumed by details.
Another Step Toward Restor
ation of Normal Conditions
(Jenoa, April 12.?The necessity
of bringing about equilibrium in na
tional budgets, if the European sit
uation > to be stabilized, formed
the m?-< important subject of dis
cussion at the meeting today of the
sub-commission on s finance at
which Sir Robert Stev<msoa-Horne,
the chairman, proposed an inter
national conference of the great
banks issuing currency, including
the American reserve banks.
The commission decided to make
the London experts' report the ba
sis of-Us-"4elU>erat:ons and to ap
point another sub-commis.<ion to
examine exchange, with a second
sub-commission to study credits,
the commission itself devoting its
labor to the question of currency.
Dr. Andreas Hermes, the German
minister of finance, created some
commotion by alluding to the ques
tion of reparations. He declared
that the Germans had examined the
London report and were in a'ceord
on many points but wished to em-,
phasize that Germany would find
extreme difficulty in establishing
equilibrium in her budget while
? obliged to support heavy payments
externally. Germany, he promised,
win bring in practical s. ggestiona
i later.
! A report was current In confer
jenoo circles that the German chan
jeellor. Dr. Wirth. would return to
j Berlin within a few days, conc-rned
over internal conditions in that
After making the statement that
in two years the Russian army had
been decreased from 5,3G0,0jQu to
l,4")0,fl00. it.was said by a mem
ber of the Russian delegation:
??Russia has already disarmed but
all will be useless until the great
! masses of gold, which rightfully
j belongs to all countries, shall be
j distributed fairly, instead of being
I concentrated in the hands of a few
I nations."
Emil Gluckstadt, Danish delegate,
j who was a member of the eommis
I sion which investigated the tinan
j cial situation in Austria, urged the
?imperative necessity of returning
! rapidly to the gold standard- as the
real basis of world currency, and
j thus bring about equilibrium in the
; budgets.
Sir Robert " outlined the gnvi
goal of the conference as: first, t<?
establish an agreement on the tin tn
icial programs of all govern?
j meats: second, to achieve the unaa
jcial equilibrium of the budgets of
? all states. a.nd. third, the estaM'tsh
i meat of the gold standard as an
! effective monetary unit.
The Russian and German a- le
gates announced that they hoped
tomorrow to submit definite sug
gestions based upon the report of
the London experts. The day's de
i velopments showed distinct prog
i ress in the serious application and
J study of the economic problems of
i Europe.
j In the meantime the plans on
j which Russia will he permitted to
I reenter the comity of nations on
j the basis of social order prevalent
j in the remainder of the world is
I now squarely before the Bolshevik
Savannah is Given Cut of
Fifteen Cents .
I Atlanta. April 12.?The State
I Railroad commission today reduced
the Savannah gas rate to $1.4.1 net
a thousand cubic feet, a cut of 15c
from the present net rate and low
j ered the Valdosta rate to ?05
'net, a reduction of 15c. Applica
tions from eight other Georgia
I cities and towns are pending. v
When the political pot boils
there's always lets of smoke.

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