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Democrats Have Had
No Hand in Writing
Fordney Bill Which
is Highest Ever De
(Special Correspondence.)
Washington, April 20.?It should
be. understood in advance that the
Democrats in Congress have had
no hand or part in the framing of
the tariff bill recently reported in
the Senate. They were not called in
until the tinkering of the bill had
been completed and were then per
mitted to cast a vote on reporting
the bill, but having had no oppor
mity to see it or study it they nat
rally voted against reporting it.
he Democratic Senators, how
ever, have until April 20. to make
a minority report and until then
the. many objections to the measure
will not be known in detail. This
much, however, is obvious upon the
face of the bill:
It is a profiteers* tariff from
start to finish, and if enacted in its
present form w?ll greatly increase
the present high cost of living.
It displays throughout an ignor
ance of even the elementary princi
ples of economics; in many respects
it is as much of an economic joke
as it was when it came fresh from
the hands of Fordney of Saginaw
and was generally known as Ford
ney's Folly.
The rates of the Fordney-Mc
Cumber bill are higher than under
the Payne-Aldrich act against
Which the people revolted in 1910
and elected Democratic Congresses
for the following eight years.
,'fhe Senate bill apparently re
jects' the Fordney American Valu
ation plan, seneral|r opposed by
importers and business men. and
then givc-s the. President authority,
in defiance of the Constitution, to
modify tariff rates either upward
or do^ynward and to change the
basis cif ad valorem dutios from
the foreign to the American valu
In this bill a<? in the Emergency
Tariff act another e-ffort-is made
to fool the farmer by placing high
duties upon .agricultural products,
hut the opponents of the bill con
tend that the experience of the
farmer following the Emergency
Tariff act when prices of all his
products declined to a point at
which it was unprofitable to ship
them and compelled him to burn
his corn while millions were star
ving to death in Europe tor lack of
unsalable products, has taught hin:
for all time that what he needs is
not tariffs but markets.
Opponents of the bill also point
out that when Republican orators
this fall tell the farmer that this
tariff bill is framed in rhb? interest,
he* the farmer, will naturally ask
why the Republicans who have had
full control of Congress for three
years, have waited until now to
offer him prosperity in the form of
a tariff bill.
Although the bill itself has just
been published and only its most
glaring defects are apparent at a
cursory glance, it is already mani
fest that opposition to the bill is
not to be confined to Democrats,
but that Republicans themselves
are divided, and intense opposition
may be expected not only from Re
publican Senators but from a large
section of the Republican press.
It has been suggested that per
haps one reason why Attorney Gen
eral Daugherty has not started any
prosecution against profiteers in
general was because he has been
waiting to find out whether the
persons to be prosecuted would in
clude the Republican tariff tinkers.
Head of Aluminum Coporatioit
Seeks Contra of Great
Power Plant
Washington. April 22.?Propos
als for the use oi the power de
veloped at Muscle St.oals for the
manufacture of aluminum and fer
tilizer, with the government retain
ing ownership of the projects, al
though not spending any more
money on them, were presented to
the war department by President
R. R. Grant, of the American Xon
Ferrous Corporation and Alumin
um Wheel Company of America.
Railroad and Industrial Stocks
Reach New Mux im urns
New York. April 22.?The con
tinuance of the hoofii in the stock
market has carri*d tin* average
price of railroad and steels, equip
ments, motors and oils to new
maxim urns, with practically [he
same conditions in bonds.
? ?? ?
Mansion Hall Is
Destroyed by Fire
Carrick on Shannon. Ireland,
April 22.? The magnificrent Man
sion Hall was destroyed ify fire to
day, fcmpty petrol cans wx-re found
?nearby. m
iblished April, 1S50.
I -
Former Governor of
Indiana Brings
Hopeful Message,
From Russia
Washington. April 20?The Am-1
j erican relief administration now I
has Russian famine under control I
in all the accessible districts, former
Governor Goodrich of Indiana de
jclared today after conferring with1
[President Harding and Secretary:
j Hoover upon his. recent tnvestiga
j tion of conditions in Russia, !
} Mortality among children has
been reduced to normal, lie report- 1
j ed. and deaths from acute starva-j
j tion among adults are rapidly di- ?
J minishing, while the morale of the
j people in the famine districts has!
j shown an extraordinary change for
j the bettor. i
j Control of the Russian famine ?
j until the next harvest. Governorj
j Goodrich asserted, was purely a
question of railway transportation.,'
j the 'degenerated administration!
I and equipment of the railways' j
(giving no certainty as to the con- j
i tinued movement of supplies. He j
j declared there were enough sup- j
plies on the way to Russia or stored
tin ports to control the situation un- j
[til harvest ii they could be deliver
; ed to the famine regions, but add- j
I d that congestion at Junction points
j where as many rus r>0 trains have
been stalled for weeks, threatened \
j the continued movements from the |
j port.
I The former governor said there
was every indication that the seed
provided by the American relief
administration would be sufficient
to provide for the next harvest. He
spoke in glowing terms of the work
of the American staff in the famine
districts and declared the members
had organized thousands of com
mittees in the various communities
to a high point of efficiency.
"The gratitude of the Russian
people towards America is un
bounded," Mr. Goodrich said. "The
word 'Ara/ initials of the Ameri
can relief administration, which is
the' protective sign on the whole
distributive machinery from cars to
warehouses and kitchens, has been
embraced as a word in the Rus
sian language expressing the gen
erous action of America.
"Xo doubt, poverty will continue
in Russia, more particularly in the
cities and larger towns, for a long
time to come, but this great disas
ter of famine from drought will
have boon overcome after the new
harvest in August. Except for the
amelioration of inherent poverty
from economic demoralization tht
work of the Americans will Lave
been accomplished."
Conditions Forcing Country
Into Grave Situation x
Paris. April 20 (By the Associat
ed Press;?Russia's population is
dying at such an appalling rate,
declared reports received today by
American relief agencies in Paris,
that the doctors are unable to cope
with tin- situation. In many cases,
the reports said, physicians, nurses
and hospital internes are succumb
ing to impoverishment and over
work and pedestrians are dying in
the streets daily.
The situation throughout the
country is assuming grave propor
tions. ?
Power, of Labor Board Given
j Distinct Shock by Federal
Chicago, April 22. ? Federal
Judge George Page upheld the
Pennsylvania railroad in the suit to
test the power of the labor board
by refusing to dismiss the tempor
ary injunction restraining the board
from censuring the road for refus
! in^ to hold new elections among its
[shopmen. The board members say
'the decision is a distinct shock.
River Falling Near St. Louis
?Great Damage Done
St. Louis. April 22.? The Mis
issippi is falling gradually from
St. Louis to Cairo, 111., leaving in its
wake more than two hundred miles
of inundated farm land, and caus
ing a loss of over two million dol
lars in crops, property and live
stock, and approximately one thou
sand persons homeless.
Thousands of Acres Thirty
Miles Below City Flooded
\'ew Orleans. April 22. Sixty
feet of levee on the west bank of
th?- Mississippi thirty miles south
of Mew Orleans broke, inundating
otgar plantations and orange
groves over an undetermined area
Aid is being rushed from here.
"Be Just and Fear '.
jFifteen Baseball Fans;
Sent to Hospital But!
I Majority Are Only:
Slightly Hurt
Columbia; April 20.?Collapse of
a section of the crowded west side j
bleacher^, at the ball park this at
teimoon during the game between
j Columbia and Charlotte caused the
j injury of fifteen men and boys, j
? most of them being slightly hurt, j
Of this number it.was only found <
j necessary to give hospital service \
j to seven, although thirteen were!
Itaken to the Columbia Hospital,
[five.being immediately discharged.;
I A,H the injured are residents of 1
j Columbia.
1 Two newsboys. Henry Cook. 1020 j
'Taylor street, and .John Quinn. j
I 1327 Taylor street, with injured;
[backs, and F. \V. George, 1110 j
j Green street, blinded from a blow:
ion the back of his head, are the!
j more painfully hurt, but hospital j
I authorities do not think they are!
j seriously injured.
I Others injured are C. H. Hatfield,
j 1X11 Gervais street, not badly hurl: j
I P. A. Xickh. Fourth avenue. Col- i
[lege Place, hip and ankle hurt: J.
I X. Kingsley. 1025 Lower street,1
[leg hurt: 11. U Davis. 140G Wlialey
street, leg slightly hurt: ,T. E.
IBrawley, 40< Taylor street, ankle j
[hurt; W. T. Hinsou. 2503 Laurel!
!street, back probably wrenched;;
-,C. n. Fowb-r. Brookland, leg slight
ly hurt: R. A. Miller. 1023 Taylor
'street. slgihtly hurt: Everett
Meetze. 1113 Green street, slightly
I hurt: Ernest Traynham. 123 i'ick- j
?ens street, slightly hurt: T. L.
; Revels. 225 Pickadilly street, ]
i slightly hurt, and M. L. Mitchell,!
I 004 Oak street, slightly hurt. Other j
than these probably half a score
J of persons received scratches and
[abrasions from the collapse of the
i As soon as the stand collapsed
j police and spectators extricated the j
[injured from the tangle of boards
; and they "were put on the grass
'and in automobiles, where they!
\ were given immediate examination
j by Dr. .Jennings and practically all j
j of them were ordered to lhe hos-j
pital for detailed diagnosis. All]
available ambulances and the po
? iic-c* patrol wagon were rushed to,
j the ball grounds and the injured
i were rushed to the Columbia Hos-]
I pital.
I The news quickly spread through
i the crowd that many had been in-;
ijured, and this detracted from thei
l interest in a very slow opening'
game of baseball. Many anxious
mothers in the grand stand wuivj
^ons of theirs in the bleachers sent
anxious messages to tind if theyj
! were among the injured.
As soen as the bleacher section!
j collapsed Fire chief May examined j
the remainder of the stand and or-;
I de red sections of it cleared of the j
I overweight.
I There were four bicycles crushed
j under the stand and their youthful 1
? owners were very solicitous as to j
! who was to pay for the damage,
i and they were anxiously hunting!
'for Dixon Foster, president of th-'
Columbia Baseball Association.
! The grounds and the sta?ids are!
the property of the University 01 j
South Carolina, but they have been;
leased to ?'?.?? local association for
the baseball season.
'tobacco1 '
season date
j Independent Warehousemen j
Set August 8 !
; Florence, April 21.?-At a meet
ing here independent tobacco,
warehousemen, that is to say.
i those who have not turned their j
[warehouses over the Tri-Statej
j Growers' Copocrative Association. !
'decided t?> open the markets of!
JSouth Carolina on August s. the I
? same date that the markets ot!
North Carolina will open. It. is
? stated that there was no agree
ment between the .Vorth am! South j
j Carolina associations of ware
housemen concerning hte date for
! onening. North Carolina will opori
I - " . . 1. ..1; ..
.its mallets some weeks oai iiei
'than usual while this state will
! be at least hree weeks laterr than
I heretofore. Warehousemen from
Mullins. Con way. Nichols. Lake
;<"ity. Timmonsville. Manning. Sum
ter and Florence were |iresenl :r.
i t!i.- meeting t?? the number "f fpur
| teen. "We have absolute assur
janees." said .I. W. I Jorge r. of Flor
ence, speaking for tin- association.
?**th?t 'I"' tobacco companies will
have their regular corps of buy. rs
Jon the Srnie markets to buy .!!
auction sale/" The warehousemen
discussed plans lor handling t??
I baeco this year under the grading
and lying act. This year no loose
tobacco will be offered for sale on
w:uvhouse floors. An appreciable
? increase it; acreage for S-mth Car
..Una w:is reported by tin- ware
' housemen.
| ambassador
to germany
Mr. Houuhton Presents (Cre
dentials to President Eberl
Fieri in, April L'L'. Arm riean Am
bassador Houghton today pres.-nt
ed his credential:: to i'resident
Not?Tx.'t all the ends Thou Aims't a
Stimter, S. C, Wedne
Central Figure in 0
Pres. Jewell Plans To
Call Over 600,000
Men in Fight For
Chicago. A]>iil 22.?Grievances
centering about the contract sys
tem employed by some railroads
in handling repair work resulted
in a vole by railway employes de
partment of the American Federn.-]
t-ion of Labor to send strike bal
lots to its six hundred thousand)
members. This department com-1
prises shop crafts and switchmen.
President Jewell stated that the
balloting was a counter move to!
"a;i effort to crush our organ iza- i
lion completely. The carriers have!
restored piece work und resorted \
to farming out system to dodge
labor hoard decisions. 1 am sure!
the issue will came to a showdown, i
So far as we are concerned it is a
tight for existence." I
Representative of Erskinej
College Wins First Place i
Greenwood, April 2L.~.T. C. fieid.j
Jr. of Charlotte, representing.
Hrskine. won first place tonight inj
the annual South Carolina inter-j
collegiate oratorical contest, His
subject was "A Nation's Tempta- j
Second place was won by Louis.
C. La.Moite of Clinton, representing!
the Presbyterian College of South
Carolina. His subject was "Wast
ed ' ..rarces. Blighted Lives."
\;:< Kinard of Johnston, repre-1
isenting Xo wherry college, won j
third place. His subject was "The!
Price of Permanent Peace."
Nine colleges were represented;
i in the contest this year, which]
was held in Lander college audi-j
I torium. In addition to the Winnen*,
the following spoke: lt. L Her-j
bert. Wofford college. "The Rights
rof All and the Desire of <>nc:" A.!
i i". Ph? Ips, t h?* ("itadel, "The Plac ?!
tin the Sun:'- G. .). Campbell, Fur.-]
man university. "Crowning the Fn-i
crowned:" fsndore GIvner, college
of Charleston. "America's Need;"j
iJ'ant Kelly. Fhivcrsity of South;
[.Carolina, "The Sovereignty of i
[Good Will:" Ii. VV. Coursoy. Clem-1
SOU ctdlege. "An Ideal National
i <'ha raet er."
i Mr. Lea!, winner of first place?]
? is 'Z1 years of age. In pejn he won]
I second pi.ice i'i the state oratorical
; contest. !!?? is a member of the!
l.a . hall squad of Krskine college:
and a member of The lh>kinian j
statt', .fudges in the contest were:
Dr. William Way. Chester: Judge
i-C. C. l'e:ithers:tone. Civenwood: A.I
C. Todd. Lauiens: J. I:. Park. |
(; r< ? a u i ?? >d . I n*. F. Slieppardsoi;. j
Chest, r. j
The annual oratorical contest ir
on* of the most important events!
in :h< college year among Sentit
i Carolina colleges and annually at
Uriels large numbers Ol visitors.
Fatal Accident at Gasoline
Tanks Near Los Angeles
1 Los Angeles. April 22. Five!
deaths are reported in hospital;*!
! i! uii the explosion of trasolihe j
tanks at Downey. Five others arc'
i In i critical condition.
t be thy Country's, Thy God's and
sday, April 26, 1922
klahoma Shooting
I, a former Oklahoma supreme court
eck, commander of Post Field.
15,000 BALES
Cotton Marketing' As
sociation Campaign
Sweeping Onward
to Success
Columbia, April 22?From all
over South Carolina today same
the same message, officials of the
South Carolina Cotton Growers
Association said today, and that
was of steadily increasing enthus
iasm in the cotton cooperative
marketing campaign. Officials of
the association estimated that over
l.",i"Mi bales were sighed in the
state yesterday. Large farmers in
almost every county w ho have heen
holding out since the beginning of
the campaign are signing now and
are helping to swell the total hales
Orangeburg eounty is th? latest
big county in break loos.-. Over
."..Him bales have been signed in
that county in the last three days
and there is now a rush for con
tracts t he-re.
In almost every county in South
Carolina big 'preparations fire be
ing made for the observance of
"Cooperative Day" and all records
for numbers of hales signed by a
state in one day are expected to
!>'? broken on that clay.
Lauren:** county yesterday won
the honor of having signed the
largest number of bales ever signed
in ;i county on one day in the
sou;'n. 4.".)<; bales having been
signed at a barbecue there.
Ftusiness men all over the state
are going out Tuesday and for
the remaining days of the week.
Some of the biggest bankers in the
state have pledged their service
for the entire week, declaring that
the future welfare of the state i->
very largely dependent on the out
come of the day. Many schools in
the s*.a!'- will take pari in the ob
servance of the day. having set
an hour for the discussion for co
opera ti\ e marketing.
ben h. harvin
for farm board
Clarendon' County Man Out
For Vacancy Made by Lever
Ilarvin. April 21. -The candi
dacy of r.? n 11. Ilarvin, for the v:t
eaiTcy on the Federal Farm Loan
l5oard mad.' 1?\ the resignation ot
A. I*'. Lever, was announced hero
tonight. Mr. ilarvwi is from Ilar
vin. in Clarendon county, and is
well known throughout the state.
Ii>- worked his way through the
L'nivorsity of South Carolina, grad
uating in the class of ':'i. .-ind has
been farming sin.-.- boyhood. For
tine.- years he served lie- litte
Congressman George S. Legare. oi
Charleston. ;i< private secretary.
Air. Ilarvin has been successful HA
newspaper correspondent', and in
many lines of business, and is to
day, promineni as ;i f:vrm?T. ,-i met*
chant. broker and .1 fertilizer
dealer. He is well khVvw n in Wash -
ing???ti. win r>- h<- h ts many
Iii- tuls.
at dublin
Armed Men Unit! Steamer and
Shoot Watchman
Dublin. April "2. Fifty armed
men raided the steamer Uathlin
head. >iiot the watchman and set
tlie vessel afire. The flames were
extinguished I.< tore serious dam
age wa~ done.
! Believes Consolidation:
of Seaboard With
Illinois Would Hurt'
Port of Charleston
Columbia, April 2J.?Contending
I that the tentatively proposed mcr-j
iger of the Illinois Railroad and'tho
Seaboard Air Lino Railway by the
I Interstate Commerce commission.!
acting under authority of the!
[Transportation Act, would miti
gate against the port of Charleston 1
in favor of the port of Savannah,
the South Carolina Railroad Com-]
mission today unanimously adopt
ed resolutions protesting against
the proposed consolidation,
j The commission in its resolution
h.oks with favor on the suggestion i
of Prof, Ripley o& the department
of economies. Harvard University,
that the Seaboard Air Line be
maintained as a separate unit and
that it take over the Carolina
i Clinch field and Ohio Railway.
Should the proposed merger, a'
hearing on which will be held be-1
j fore the Inteistate Commerce Com-:
mission on April 24. take place, the;
commission is of the opinion thai
j the Illinois Central, through its
j subsidiary, the Central of Cleorgia.!
Railway, which owns largo termi
|r:al facilities there, would develop
[the port of Savannah. leaving
j Charleston as the coal outlet of the
Southern Railway only.
I A copy of the resolution was;
.transmitted to the Interstate Com-1
merce Commission in a letter from
Prank \Y. Shealy, chairman, who'
strongly urged the maintenance ofi
the Seaboard Air Line Railway as
a separte unit, contending that
the proposed consolidation would;
be an ? rror at this time.
I The following is a copy of the'
j resolution: '"Whereas, it has come :
to the attention of this commis-'
I sion that the interstate Commerce
j Commission, acting under authority
conferred upon n by the Transpor
lati n Act to consolidate tin- rail-j
roads of the country into a limited
number of systems, has tentatively I
proposed to merge the Seaboard
Aii- Line Railway Company with
the Illinois Central Railroad Com
pany and intends to hold a hear-;
ing it: respect thereto on the 24thi
day of April: 1 922. and
?'Whereas, the Seaboard Air Line
Railway Company has been within!
1 the pas; twenty-five years the
j greatest builder of new lines of
I railroads within the State, and j
{ therefore has a well-matured ami
[definite plan for tin- development!
land tin- agricultural commerce ami;
I other industrial interests of the
j Stare, and
j Whereas, the merger of thej
Seaboard Air Line Railway Com-j
pany with the Illinois Central Rail
Iroad Companv would tend to rc?
tard the development of the port
of Charleston in that the last
named road would naturally favor j
the development of tie- port of Sa-j
j vannah. where its subsidiary, the:
Central of Georgia Railway, wei
are informed, now owns large in-1
tcrests, are!
??Whereas, the tentative plan of
the Interstate Commerce Commis
sion would leave the proposed
Southern Railway system in prac-i
tieal control of coal traffic moving!
into and through the port of;
Charleston, which would not be the
Case i: the recommendation of
Prof. Ripley that the Seaboard Air;
Line Railway he maintained as an
I inde]>ondeni system and the Caro- j
! Una. Clinch-field and Ohio Railway;
Companv be considered with it.
" Tin refore, be it Resolved, in
view of the foregoing and many!
other reasons that could be as-j
agned. this commission is of the
j unanimous opinion that the best
j interests of the South, and partic
ularly of the State o? South Cai'O
! Una, would be best served by the
I Seaboard Air Line Railway Conv
Jpany being continued as an inde
| pendent system, and that this com -
j mission respectfully recommends
I to the Interstate Commerce Com
J mission that this be done and that
a copy of this resolution be sent
the Interstate Commerce Commis
sion with the hope that it will help
I thai body to see the situation as
i dot s the South Carolina Railroad
Commission, in which event results
two :ire sure will be for the hotter
interests of all parties concerned.*'
i Chairman Shealy *s letter of
? t rar.smissal follows:
"The enclosed resolution speaks
for itself. The things referred to
therei nare of vital interest to the
pe -pie of South Carolina and so far
as is possible for us to have in
formation", is the same to the en
tire South, which is served by the
Seaboard Airline Railwax Com
pel ny.
"'I his railroad has ea.USed and is
causing development in a largo
i ? rritory in this Slate, which, bui
i'f.r tin- Seaboard Air Line, would
In- to a groat extent a barren ter
ritory The people of South Caro
lina have confidence in tin- Sea
board Air Lin- and it is one of tin
few trim!', lines serving the South
thai has noi boon to a great eX- !
rent made u ? of bankrupt rail
roads, but their lim-s have been
built directly by this company, In
the construction of their linos in
I his State t In- Sea boa rd A if Liu ?
did not hesitate at any condition,
which prior to that time other
railroad companies apparently,
dared not attempt to build any- I
tier true sor
Two More of Lindsay
Gang Rounded Up]
by Police
New Vork. April 21.?Maj. Re
dondo Sutten. West Point graduate
and clubman, and Dr. K. Knute
Arvid Endlind went to the Tombs
today in default of $50.000 bail af
ter their arrest on two n"\v indict
ments growing out of charges that
Alfred E. Lindsay, former broker,
swindled society women out of large
sums by a story of a "domino club"
at which insiders met to "rig the
market." Today's indietmnets were
returned after Lindsay's appear
ance before the grand jury. Sut
ton and Endlind previously had
been indicted after Lindsay was
said to have implicated them, but
the lirst time they were released on
$.7.000 bail.
Tlie new indictment charged the
pair with the larceny of .$1,450
from Afiss Florence .lames and
$17.000 from .Mrs. Vera E. Arnold.
Assistant District Attorney Murphy
asked for high bail because, he
said, more indictments would fol
Attorneys for Phelan R. L.
Beale. receiver in bankruptcy for
Lindsay, continued hearings before
a referee seeking assets, but Lind
say was absent. The only witness
was R. B. Parrott. president and
treasurer of the Pacific Miners'
and chemical company, with which
Lindsay. Sutton and Endlind all
formerly were connected.
Parrott declared Lindsay was
secretary of the company for only
a few weeks but continued as a
stock salesman until he was arrest
ed near Philadelphia. The witness
said he advised issuance of glow
ing pamphlets because Parrott
said he "told us he was capable of
going among wealthy and influen
tial friends and could raise the
money easily." The witness found
considerable difficulty remember
ing whether he was treasurer of
the company now but finally after
several times having said, "1 think
1 am." recalled that he had been
appointed September 1021. lie
said he did not know how much
money the company had because
he had not consulted the books.
Finally he testified that the bank
with which the company deposited
had closed out the account after it
had dwindled ro *2.:>">. He said the
company had three mines, one of
which was appraised at $15,000,
000 and another at $lv700,000, but
that nothing had been done to
work them.
Hands Torn bv Grenade. Dial I
Asks for $10,000
Washington. April 21?Senator
Dial t->day introduced a bill to ap-1
propriate $10,000 tor the relief of:
Elmer Hall, a little Spartanburg
boy. wh<> in L?I0 had one hand
blown almost entirely away and the
other hand badly injured as a re
sult of picking u; a live grenade
which some soldier had carelessly
left on the ground at Camp Wads
worth.. The bill i-, endorsed by the
American Red Crass.
To Handle Eleven Million But
Can't Buy Stamp
Washington, April 21.?Created
by congress to negotiate the fund
ing of $11.000,000,000 in debts
owed this country by foreign na
tions, the allied debt commission
yesterday found itself without
means to buy :i postage stamp for
setting the wheels of the funding
machinery in motion.
Senator Smoot, a member of the
commission, was in;rusted with the
duty of obtaining from congress an
appropriation to meet necessary ex
penses of operation.
thing even on the order of a rail
road. A consolidation of this line
.-it this time with other trunk
lines, in our opinion, would not be
proper and we believe it could not
have a good effect on the morale of
the people in the territory served
by this road. Wo earnestly trust
thai your honorable body will find
sv>meway <?? prevent a consolida
tion of this ureat system with
other systems which, in our opin
ion. c"u!d not on account of hold
ings elsewhere give the considera
tion to the territory now servel by
the Seaboard Air Line, as is being
giv?-n by this railroad at this time.
We think it would be an error to
molest the present situation. From
our ow n knowledge we have every
reason i" beiiev? that the Seaboard
Air Line is gradually pulling over
i In- crisis and in a few more years
will be. in position to render a
service second t<> none, and at the
same time be a paying proposition
i<> those who had the consideration
and ability to make the invest
ments i'i this property that have
been made. We hope that this i.t
:.-r will be taken in the spirit in
which it Is written, which is none
other than for the welfare of the
i.est interests of :<ll parties con
VT. J. Cormack.
THRON, Established 4mm i.
Russo-German Treaty
Eliminated from the
Controversy ? Rus
ia Sends Reply
Genoa, April 21.?The K?nnmio
conference today made a great
stride forward. The elimination of
the Russo-German treaty from tho
controversy, and Soviet Russia's
provisional acceptance of the
lied conditions concerning foreign
debts and confiscated property of
foreigners, produced a very defi
nite hope that the greatest congress
Buropean statesmen ever held wilt
accomplish something real and
tangible for the reconstruction of
Europe, including Russia.
The demands of the powers
which have been accepted include
the waiving by Russia of her coun
ter claims, based on military in
tervention: recognition of war
debts to the governments, with the
understanding that they will be
considerably scaled down: recog
nition of debts" and financial obli
gations due to foreign nationals
and the right of foreigners to have
confiscated property returned to
them or to be given proper com
pensation for it.
The conciliatory nature of the
.answer of the Soviet government
contributed to the" optimism that
the Bolshevifci seek arrangement
with the powers by which Soviet
Russia will be permitted to entei'
into the comity of nations. The
[clear and brief demands of the al
lies, which afford a concrete basis
for discussion, are compared here
by the observers to the concrete
! American proposals for naval lim
itation which was introduced at
the outset of the Washington con
ference and which t-ve the delr -
I gates to the 'Washington confer
ence gathering an opportunity" to
[concentrate discussion on some
j thing tangible and constructive.
; The insistence of ?.he soviet on
foreign financial aid. as a neces
sary condition to Russia's .salva
tion, served to turn all eyes toward
the United States, for it seems to
be recognized that effective suc
cor for Russia is* impossible with
out the participation of American
capital. This conviction is so pro
found that the allied representa
tives are hinting that they would
like to see Richard Wash bur.
! Child, the American ambassador to
I Italy, attend the discussions on
Russian affairs.
The sentiment regarding Ameri
can financial support was sum
med up today by former President
Motta, of Switzerland, who said
(hat without assistance from the
United States it would be dif
ficult for Europe to win-out. "We
do not believe that America will
forget the ties binding h. r to Eft
, rope." he declared,
j Signor Faeta, chairman of the
j conference, tonight officially voiced
I hope or the success of the ?.oni'er
lenee which the Soviet reply of to
day is considered to justify. A com -
I mittee of seven experts, represor.t
1 ing Great Britain, Prance, Italy,
Belgium, .Japan. Holland and
Czecho-SIdvakia, will meet the So
viet oxoerts tomorrow to inaugu
rate a practical discussion of the
entire situation. Rumania \vas as
signed a place on the board of ? ex
? pert?, but withdrew in favor of
j tV.echo-Slovakia.
! Children Not to Give Plays
and Entertainments
I Greenwood, April 20?Hereafter
Greenwood school children cannot
j be asked to take part as classes
in any performance necessitating
[expenditure of money for costume*?,
according to a ruling passed by the
j board of trustees at a recent meet
ling, following numerous complaints
! from parents. The trustees als??
I passed a resolution forbidding the
soliciting of money in the schools
! without first obtaining the permis
sion of tho trustees.
! Parents of children had com
plained to ihe trustees that vari
ous functions in which children
were asked to appear in costume
i were causing heavy drains upon
; family rosoure? s.
Reply of German to Ultima
tum of Allies Displeasing
Genoa, April 22. France today
submitted a proiest against the
German reply to ihe allied note,
contending that Germany may ba
sier upon discussing the questions
not settled by the Russo-German
? i n aty.
; i'hitcherino shocked Italian So
i cialists and Communists by meeting
! King Victor Emmanuel and ac
cepting an Invitation to luncheon
; aboard an Italian d'.vadnaaght.
Commit tee of Experts Begin
Work on Reconstruction
Genoa, April 22.--Actual work on
a plan for the reconstruction of
Russia has boon -started by ex

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