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EDITION
VOL XI
THIRTY KNOWN DEAD IN BIG STORM
INJURED NUMBER BETWEEN THREE 1
AND FOUR HUNDRED AND PROPERTY
LOSS RUNS UP INTO THE MILLIONS!
Illinois and Indiana Were
the Two States Most
Severely Hit By Cy
clone Which Today Is
Over the Lower Lake
Region
Chicago, April 18— Revised figures
on the casualties anil damage caused
by the storm which swept over the
Central States yesterday and last
.night today were: Thirty known dead
V— eleven in Illinois; seven in Indiana
\md two in Missouri; three to four
lundred injured, and property dam
age running into millions of dollars.
Large Loss or Life
Chicago, April IS. —Sweeping north
eastward through the middle western
states, a storm, which'had its origin
in the Rocky Mountain region Sunday,
had passed over Ohio today leaving :
in its wake death and much destruc
tion. A loss of nearly fifty lives was
attributed to the storm which devel-,
oped considerable energy as it pro
gressed over Illinois and Indiana, tak-.
ing in many places the form of tor- i
nadoes. Damage to property will
mount into- millions, it is believed.
Accompanied by rains which sent
streams, then swollen far beyond their
usual channels, the storm brought ad
ded suffering and inconvenience to
some communities which for several
days have been influenced by flood
conditions. A drop in the temperature
to below normal added to the dis
comfort of many families some of
whose homes have been destroyed or
been made uninhabitable by floods,
are now living in tents or shelters.
Indiana apparently felt the full ef
fects of the wind storms yesterday.
In that state twenty-one persons are
known to have met death in different
communities. Early yesterday morn
ing the storm centered in Illinois.
Striking a number of villages in the
darkness tornadoes wrought havoc to
many homes and such reports as were
available from agricultural communi
ties which had been stripped of near
ly all means of communication indi
cated that twenty-two persons had
been killed.
Missouri, lowa and Kansas had felt
the storm early Sunday but in these
states it lacked the intensity which
marked its sweep across the Illinois
and Indiana and into Ohio.
,As it passed over Indiana there
were two distinct tornado belts. The
one in the southern part sustained
some damage but across the southern
part of the state there was a wind
swept strip in which the loss of life
was heavy. Warren county, in the
western part of the state reported a
loss of twelve lives. Four met death'
in Madison county in the central por
tion of the state.
The death toll was greatest in Cen-'
tral Illinois. The villages of Irving
ton and Plainfield, near Centralia
were badly wrecked and several per
sons were killed.
Other fatalities in this state were
in small rural communities.
Wires were blown down by the wind
and telephone and telegraph com
panies hurried today to make repairs.
With restored communication it was
considered probable that the complete
reports might indicate even greater
disaster than was indicated early to
day.
Indiana Hard Hit
Danville, 111., April 18.—Ten persons
are known to have been killed and
forty-one injured, several probably
fatally in a cyclone which swept
across Champaign and Vermillion
counties, Illinois, and Warren county,
Indiana, late yesterday afternoon dur
ing damage estimated at a quarter of
a million dollars. The little village
of Hedrlc, Indiana, was almost wiped
out. Four houses and two churches,
comprising a group known as Pleas
ant View Corner, were razed, and on
the Ulrich Hunter farm, five miles
north of West Lebanon, Ind., three
bouses and many farm buildings were
destroyed.
NO FIGHT PROGRAM
Cherbourg, France, April 18. —(By
The Associated Press.) —Jack Demp
sey, pugilist, does not plan to engage
in any bouts on his present trip to
Europe, but wil return if suitable en
gagements and opponents can be
found.
“I have not come for a fight, but
for a holiday,” he told the corres
pondent when asked as to the truth
cf a report that was to meet Car
pentier again while here.
"If I find opponents worth while
I shall accept, but foi: the next voy
age,” he added.
NEGROES MAKE BIG HAUL.
Kansas City, April 18. —Two negroes
with revolvers singled out a bank mes i
senger on a crowded street car here
today, forced him to get off and en- j
ter an automobile and robbed him of |
<II,OOO, <4,000 of which Vas in cash.
Lakeland Evening Telegram
FULL LEASED WIRE REPORT OF
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Big Fire At
Long h man
A fire of unknown origin late
last r.ight at Loughman damaged
the Everglades Cypress Company
Mills, and lumber stored in its
yards, to the extent of $175,000.
The loss is thought to be in a con
siderable measure covered by in
surance. The blaze is supposed to
have started near the boiler about
10:30. The fire department of
Kissimmee, is vice-president and
of the mill. J. Wade Tucker, of
Kissimmee, is vice-president and
general manager of the company.
HOME COMPANY
GETS CONTRACT
MILL SUPPLIES
Lakeland Manufacturing Company
Will Furnish Huge Bill Of
Material For Southern
Bids were opened this morning by
the trustees of Southern College for
the supply of mill work in connec
tion with the erection of the college
buildings. A Lakeland firm, the
Lakeland Manufacturing Company, of
which W. F. Sneed is president, was
awarded the contract to supply the
sash, doors, and other mill supplies
at the quoted price of $31,017. Pre
vious supplies sent to the College
grounds run this total up to more
titan $33,000.
Other bidders were the Seldon Cos.
at $36,325. the Schell Cos at $32,788,
and the Dugger Lumber Company at
$36,798.81.
When interviewed by a representa
tive of the Telegram this noon, Mr
Sneed said that the Lakeland Manu
facturing Cos. is in a position to
supply any or all of the material as
required.
THREE DEAD IN FIRE
New York. April 18. —Mrs. Laurine
Helms and her two small children
were burned to death early today in -
a fire in a newly constructed apart
ment house in the Washington
Heights section of the city. Only a
few of the rooms in the building were .
occupied and firemen did not know of j
the presence of the woman and her
children until after the fire was ex- i
tinguished. The superintendent of I
the building said Mrs. Melms who was j
the daughter of Chas. A. Sherwood,
general manager of the Boston Tele
gram, called last evening to inspect j
her apartment and he supposed she j
left soon after.
MRS. SHIELDS INDICTED
DeLand, April 18.—Mrs. Alice E. ;
Shields was indicted for murder in [
the first degree today by the Volusia
county grand jury in connection with
the killing of her husband. Win. A. i
Shields, formerly of Moline, 111., near
here the night of February 6. The
true hill charges her with having aid
ed, abetted, hired, procured or coun
selled the unidentified person who -
killed Shields. Pete Smith, negro, who
has been in jail since the shooting of
Shields, is declared by the woman to ]
have killed her husband. After the in- i
dictment was reported the grand jury
immediately began investigation of
Smith’s case.
Shields was shot supposedly from
ambush while with his wife on his
way to his poultry farm a few miles
from here. Mrs. Shields’ arrest sev
eral weeks later resulted, the authori
ties stated, from information fur
nished by the Ku Klux Klan.
DAWSON RESCINDS ORDER.
Tallahassee, April 18. —Marion L.
Dawson, state tax equalizer, today
rescinded the order that the tax as
sessment roll of Duval county should
be increased 15 per cent. The action
of Mr. Dawson resulted from a pro
test made yb the board commission
ers of Duval county through its le
gal representative, J. Turner Butler,
to the equalization board, composed
by Governor Hardee and other mem
bers of his cabinet.
A delegation from Hillsborocoun
ty headed by Tax Assessor S. E.
Sparkman, was to appear before the
board this afternoon to protest the
increase ordered for that county.
LEVEES ARE HOLDING
Vlekshurg, Miss., April 18.—Heavy
rains yesterday, last night and today
have accentuated the danger menac
ing the levees in the third Mississippi
river district according to reports to
headquarters here but no breaks have
been reported.
Many reports of sloughing and
slides have been received up and
down the river.
• “She” Gets ’Em
f iLjBKt I K
JF :; : ’V .
If rough-necks disturb auto spoon
ing parties In Cambridge, Mass.,
they are likely to get a stiff punch
in the jaw. Inspector Jack Neilan
dresses as a woman and sparks
with a man, waiting for the rowdies
to be thus decoyed.
PORTUGUESE AVIATORS ON
MOST DANGEROUS LEG OF
PORTUGAL-BRAZIL FLIIGHT
Porto Praya, Cape Verde Islands,
:April 18.—(By The Associated Press)
—The Portuguese trans-Atlantic avia
jtors. Captains Coutinho and Sacadura,
j hopped off at 5:50 o’clock this morn
i ing for St. Paul's Rocks on the third
land probably most dangerous leg of
their flight front Lisbon to Rio de
Janeiro.
Their route lay over 900 miles of
! water, devoid of markers or guide
ships. They expected to reach the
| Recks, in mid-Atlantic, in ten to 12
hours flying.
The aviators flew their plane here
from St. Vincent yesterday in pre
paration for today’s start, conditions
being more favorable for a success
ful get-away.
The landing at St. Paul's Rocks
is expected to he difficult, as there
is only a small hay or opening be
tween tile two islets on the northeast
side. This bay or cove is only 56
yards across at the entrance and one
hundreds yards long, and presents
some difficulties even to vessels, ex
cept in the most moderate weath
er.
The seaplane is awaited at the
Rocks by the Portuguese cruiser Re
publica. which is carrying a supply
of gasoline, and which will spread
broadcast the news of the aviators
arrival.
From St. Paul's Rocks, the intre
pid airmen plan to fly to the inland
of Fernando Noronha, approximately
350 miles off the Brazilian coast and
from there to Pernambuco.
EASTERN STARS IN SESSION
Jacksonville, April 18. —The eigh
teenth annual session of the Grand
Chapter of Florida, Order of Eastern
Star, began in Morocco Shrine Tem
ple here today with Mrs. Cora R.
Franz, of this city, presiding at the
initial session. Mrs. Franz, past ma
tron oli the grand chapter of the
Jacksonville lodge No. 15, is right
| worthy associate grand matron of thy
I grand chapter of the World, the sec
| cud highest honor of the order.
Officers for the ensuing year will
jhe elected tomorrow forenoon and
the convention will adjourn tomorrow
after installation f the new officers.
NOT IDENTIFIED YET
Jacksonville, April 18—The body
lof Friftik Horton, 65, said to have
lived in Newark, N. J., and who died
in a hospital late yesterday shortly
after being removed from a train rrorn
St. Petersburg, was being held in a
mortuary today pending the outcome
of efforts to get in touch with rela
tives or business associates. The
man, who is said to have spent sev
eral months in St. Petersburg became
111 on the train and a heart attack
is believed to have been the cause of
his death.
A. letter addressed to Frank Hor
ton, Mandeville-Horton, and Tibbala,
inc., 33 Mulberry St., Newark, N. J.,
was the only other article found on
the body which would lead to iden
tification.
CHINESE-AMERICAN CHAMPION.
San Francisco, April 18. —George
Washington Lee. a California born
Chinese hoy, returned to this city yes
terday on the Steamer Nanking from
China where he holds the bantam and
lightweight championship. Lee de
feated every aspirant to those titles
in the Orient and now wants to meet
unconvinced pugilists In the United
States.
Ancil Hoffman, Lee's manager, who
came with him, said a match had
been arranged with Johnny Buff, ban
tamweight champion in Grand Rapids
Michigan.
Lee Is a native of Sacramento.
LAKELAND, FLORIDA. TUESDAY. APRIL 18. 1922
CONFEREES ARE
UPSET BY PACT
RUSSIA-GERMANY
Allies Scarcely Know
What To Make Of This
New and What May
Prove To Bea Very
Serious Situation In
European National Af
fairs
GERMANY IS BARRED
Genoa. April 18. — (By the As
sociated Press.) —The Allies
have decided that Germany,
having effected her own ar
rangement with Russia in the
treaty signed Sunday a. Rapal
lo, is debarred from further par
ticipation in the discussion of
the conditions of the agreement
between Russia and the various
other cour-’ries represented at
the economic conference.
Under this decision Germany
will be excluded from member
ship in the conference sub-com
mittee on Russian affairs.
A no-Jee embodyir.3 such ex
clusion was sent this evening to
the head of the German dele
gation here.
Situation Is Gloomy
Genoa, April 18.1—By tile Associat
ed Press. I —The consternation caused
by the German-Russian coup in con
cluding the treaty at Rapullo sup
planting the Brest-Litovsk pact,
showed no signs of abating as the
economic conference delegates con
tinued their deliberations today.
On the contrary as the different na
tional groups examined the text of the
new agreement and deliberated on its
possible effect upon tile future bal
ance of power in Europe, they were
impressed with the deep importance
'lie signing of this separate pact was
likely to have on the general political
situation.
The prophets who when the eco
nomic conference was inaugurated
predicted that it would result either in
great good or disaster to Europe were
inclined today to take the view that
the congress seemed to he headed in
the direction of disaster, which only
the coolness of Prime Minister Lloyd-
George anil other notable con
ference leaders could prevent. Some
men in allied circles read into the
Russo-German treaty, and the manner
in which it was signed, a future alli
ance between these two countries.
Allies Drafting a Note
Paris, April IS. —(By the Associated
Press, i —A Haras dispatch from Ge
noa this afternoon says the allies arc
drafting a note to the Germans anil
Russians, notifying them it will lie
impossible for the Germans and Rus
sians to continue to participate in the
sessions of the Russian affairs com
mission of the conference if they per
sist in maintaining the Russo-German
treaty.
FRENCH CABINET MEETS
Paris, April IS. — (Bv the Associated
Press, i—Premier Poincare assembled
his cabinet today to consider the al
titude to lie taken by France in case
Russia and Germany choose to main
tain a separate arrangement regard
ing tile restoration of Russia. It was
decided to withhold announcement of
the policy tentatively decided upon
until receipt from Genoa of the action
taken at the meeting there today of
the principal delegates, called to con
sider tlie treaty signed by the Ger
many and Russian delegates.
The clause mutually according most
favored nation treatment, was re
garded as indirect opposition to the
peace treaty and tile new pact also
was held to dispose of property in
tlie hands of Germany over which the
reparations commission has a prior
lien.
It is understood tlie cabinet ap
proved further instructions to Vice
Premier Barthou at Genoa to regulate
the action of the French delegation in
case it is required to take a prompt
decision. The indications were that
Premier Poincare was handling the
crisis cautiously awaiting a decided
expression from the allies before com
mitting the French government to a
definite policy.
The view taken in international
circles is that Rapalo accord
prejudices tlie questions which were
up before the inviting powers and the
soviet delegates as to tlie conditions
of Russian precipitation in the Rus
sian conference and that it is impos
sible for the allies to allow the Rus
sians and the Germans thus to domi
nate tlie proceedings of the confer
ence. It was predicted that the
French action henceforth would tend
to a closer accord with the allies and
a more Intimate co-operation with the
Little Entente which later is thought
likely will be extended to take in La
tavia and Finland and possibly Lithu
ania, as well as Poland.
Situation Now Impossible
Paris, April 18.—(By the Associated
Press.)—A high official of the French
government declared this afternoon
there was no possibility of continuing
the discussions at Genoa unless the
SENATE REPUBLICANS VOTE TO PASS
SOLDIER BONUS BILL AT THIS SESSION
Washington April 18.—Decision to
pass a soldier bonus I>lll at this ses
sion of congress was reached today
by senate Republicans in party con
ference. Tlie vote was 26 to 9 on
a motion offered liv Senator Lett
Boot. Republican, of Wisconsin.
The Republican resloulion as made
public is as follows:
"It is the sense of tliis conference
that tlie senate should at this session
pass a soldi erbomis bill and that
tlie Republican members of tlie fi
nance commission be requested to
report such a hill within a reason
able time."
Tlie conference also decreed that
the senate should proceed to the
consideration of tlie administration
tariff bill on Thursday, without any
further delay.
The measure will be called up at
that time and it was announced the
majority membership would ake ev
ery effort to hold a quoru con timt
oit sly.
HIGH WATER AT NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans. April IS. -Predictions
of a flood stage of one foot higher than
ever known here between May 1 and
May 10, were made by the local
weather bureau today. This is the
fourth time flood stage figures have
been revised upward since tlie start of
the present rise in the Mississippi
and now calls for a stage of twenty
three feet.
The highest stage ever recorded
here was reached momentarily during
a heavy rain in tlie flood of 1912. ac
cording to weather bureau records,
and was maintained for only a few
minutes.
Tlie river this morning registered
21.S feet, a rise of one-tenth of a foot
during tlie past twenty-four hours.
WON METROPOLITAN STAKES
London. April 18. —Joseph Benson's
four-year-old chestnut cold Kangrail.
by Santoi. out of Marie Lloyd, an out
sider in tlie betting, easily won the
great Metropolitan stakes today from
a field of sixteen starters. .1. Plevin's
5-year-old chestnut gelding Flint Jack,
by Rock Flint, out of Country Girl,
beat out It. Day’s Adorna for second
place by a head. An accident marred
the finish when tlie favorite. Sir
George Hullogh's Leroi. fell ami El
liot. wiio had the mount on the fallen
favorite, was injured.
CRAZY MOTHER’S AWFUL DEED
Columbia. Ky.. April 18.—Mrs. Ar
nold Holt, in a sudden fit of demen
tia at her home in Russell Springs,
a village near here, today killed two
of her children, attempted to kill a
third and then fastened a hatchet in a
fence with tlie blade toward here,
hacked off twenty feet and ran into
it head-on. Physicians say she will
die.
SPAIN WON TENNIS MATCH
Barcelonia, April 18. —A tennis
contest between teams of the Britislt
Isles and Spain, concluded here yes
terday resulted in a victory for Spain
by Seven matches to none.
Russo-German treaty were cancelled.
Even if it were annulled, he declared,
the moral effect would remain of two
parties to the Genoa conference ma
neuvering on tlie side to forestall the
conference’s work.
Under these circumstances, the of
ficial added, it was clear that nothing
could lie done for either Russia or
Germany. Whether the conference
could accomplish something for cen
tral Europe apart, from Germanyfi was
a different question.
What Ltoyd-George Says
Genoa, April 18.—Prime Minister
Lioyd-George this afternoon went so
far as to say the German-Russian
pact was a step in the direction of di
viding Europe into separate camps,
tlte very thing the conference wished
to avoid.
Apparently the Germans were deep
ly disappointed at not being able to
take part in the private conference of
Allied leaders with the Bolshevik in
an endeavor to lay down the general
lines of agreement, before bringing
the discussions into the conference
committees, thus reducing the chances
of a break.
MERGER OF BIG CHICAGO PACKERS
IS PLAN OF J. OGDEN ARMOUR
Chicago, April 18.—Informal nego
tiations for a merger of three of the
"Big Five" packing companies into a
$500,600,000 corporation have been
conducted by J. Ogden Armour, head
of Armour & Cos., according to the
Herald and Examiner t|)day. The cor
poration would have as its president
Thomas li. Wilson, president of Wil
son and Company and Mr. Armour
would he chairman of tlie hoard of
directors, according to the newspaper.
Mr. Armour is said by the newspa
per to he actuated by the motive of
desiring a successor to the presidency
of Armour & Cos., a position handed
down to him by his father. Having no
son to carry on the business, he is
forced to go outside the family. Mr.
Wilson’s success in the packing in
THE WORLD’S NEWS AT YOUR
DOOR
A New York
Tragic End
NVw York. April 18. — Frank
Muller kiss<d his wife goodbye on
a subway platform today, then
shot her and killed himself, she
was taken to a hospital in a seri
oils condition.
Mr. and Mrs. Muller had been
estranged for years. When she
refused to return to him lie said:
“Well, you tell the police how it
happened,*’ embraced her. then
fired.
In Muller’s suitcase, found on
the station platform, was a letter
to his parents saying: ’‘By the
time you receive this letter you
will probably be somewhat upset
Kverything has been a failure. I
cannot live without my wife It
is too had Klsie and I could not
agree and must he parted. Please
lake* care of Mildred this daugh
ter). Please bury us in the same
grave."
SAVANNAH PUTS
HEAVY PENALTY
ON JAZZ DANCE
, Savannah, (la.. April 18.— At a spe
• cial meeting of the city council, yes
i terday, an ordinance was passed de-
I elating jazz dancing to be "indecent
| and injurious to public morals." ami
i prohibiting it in all public dancing
; places. Professionals on the stage
are hatred just as effectively as those
; who danee only for pleasure and pas
time. The ordinance was adopted at-
I ter a very brief consideration by tlie
J mayor and aldermen. Only two mem
bers of the hoard were opposed to it
when the debate was on and they did
not vote against the ordinance on its
* final passage. The penalty for jazz
dancing is SIOO line or thirty days
imprisonment, either or both, in the
discretion of the court. Alderman A.
.1. (iarfunltle. when lie drew the or
dinance originally exempted proles
sionals from its operation At the
special meeting. Alderman McCarthy
moved to amend the ordinance In in
cluding professional dancers and this
motion was seconded by Alderman
Saussy and accepted liv the author.
Tile meeting was attended In a great
crowd, mostly women, male church
workers and ministers.
Now the question of "what is jazz?”
is being sprung. There may have to
lie a jazz bureau established to deter
mine this knotty problem. So far
there lias been no change in dance
programs because of the adoption of
the ordinance.
ANOTHER TURK MISSING
Berlin. April is.—A man who was
shot dead here last night is reported
to have been a brother of Talaat
Pasha, former Turkish Grand Vizier,
who was assassinated in Charlotte!)
burg, a suburb of this city March 15.
1921.
Talaat Pasha was shot and killed
by Salomon Teiliran. an Armenian
student. The slayer said he had com
mitted the deed in revenge for the
massacres of Armenians at tlie direc
tion of the former grand vizier and
was acquitted.
BAKMETOFF IS IMMUNE
Washing!on. April IS. Boris Bakli
ntetoff. Hie last accredited ambassa
dor from Russia to the United States
isrecognized as the representative of
Russia in the United States aqd as
such enjoys the diplomatic immunity
which attaches to ail envoys of for
eign governments accredited to the
United States, Secretary Hughes de
clared in a letter transmitted today
to the Senate.
NEW YORK COTTOM MARKET
New York. April IS. —Cotton opened
steady: May 17.96: July 17.52; Oc
tober 17.52: December 17.40; January
17.28.
dustry hat* made him the logical can
i didate. says the newspaper, which
points out that to secure Mr. Wilson,
.Mr. Armour is forced to huy Mr. Wil
son's company.
Rumor Is Denied
Chicago, April 18. —Flat denial that
an amalgamation of the Armour,
Cudahy and Wilson packing compa
nies is contemplated was made today
hy J. Ogden Armour and Edward
Cudahy presidents of their respective
organizations. Thomas E. Wilson,
head of Wilson & Cos., was not in the
city.
•'The Cudahy company is not in any
waj' concerned in such a merger,’’
said Mr. Cudahy.
Mr. Armour did not make a formal
statement but authorized a denial
over his name.
THE WEATHER
Partly cloudy In *ourn and prob
ably local showers ir. north portion do
night and Wednesday. Cooler in north
portion.
WILSON MAKES
DENIAL THAT HE
APPROVED REED
Former President Re
veals Some Of the
Trouble He Had From
the Recalcitrant Gentle
man From Missouri
Who Always Had the
Administration In Hot
Water
St. l,ouis April 17. —Wood row-Wil
son. former president, in a letter last
night denied a statement printed re
cently in the Globe-Democrat that he
thanked Senator James A Heeil. Dent
e< ratio eandidate, for nomination and
re election, for "(Treat service which
the senator rendered him perfect
ins and passing the Federal Reserve
hill." The statement was issued by
l.ee Merriwether. attorney and sup
porter <f Reed here.
Aeeotppanvins Mr. Wilson's letter,
the Globe-Democrat prints another
from Senator Reed in which a pur
ported copy of the letter from Wilson
to Reed is given. The letter from
the former president follows: .
"I note in your issue of April 12th
that one l.ee Merriwether is quoted
as sayingthat he had seen a letter
from me to Senator Reed, warmly
thanking him for the great service
tie- senator rendered in perfecting
• ;nd passing tin* Federal Reserve bill.
I have no recollection of ever having
written any such letter. On the
contrary I clearly remember that Mr.
lined as a member of the committee
on hanking and currency interposed
overv possible objection to the com
pletion and adoption of the hill. His
objections indeed, were so many so
'varicul and so inconsistent with one
another that 1 recall speaking to him
about tlii-m in conversation. Having
spoken of reading a certain parody
on a well known novel, 1 told him
that his c nurse in the committee re
minded me of the conduct of the hero
ill that parody, who. when rejected
by the heroine, rushed from tho
house mounted several horses and
tnshed off in every direction.
"Settlements such as the one quot
ed from Mr. Merriwether appear to
lie intended to create tin* impression
that Mr. Rccel anil I have held the
same principles ami advocated the
s; me policies, and that he is entitled
to and may lie assumed to have my’v
endorsement as a candidate for re
election to the Senate This is far
from !e*ing the ease*. To those who
have closely observed Mr. Reed's ca
reer in Washington In* lias shown him
self incapable of sustained allengiance
to any person or any cause. He has
repeatedly forfeited any claim upon
my confidence that lie may ever have
been supposed to have had. and T
shall never willingly consent to any
further association with him.
'I beg that you will do me the
courtesy to publish this letter.
"Very truly yours.
"WOODROW WILSON.”
A letter and a statement given to
a Washington representative of the
(llohe Domocrat by Senator Reed in
part says:
"I did have a difference with the
president, entirely good-natured, over
tin* Federal Reserve* hank bill. The
kernel of tin* controversy was that
tin* president insisted that the bill,
which had originated in and been
passed by tin* house, should be re
ported out of the* senate committee
and passed very speedily without be
ing given an opportunity for hear
ings 1 insisted that hearings should
be granted and they were granted.
Asa result of the hearings, the hill
was amended hundreds of times.”
Merriwether today repeated his
statement that lie had seen a ropy
of a letter by former president Wil
son praising Reed's attitude on the
Federal Reserve hill.
Merriwether also said lie had seen
a letter from William 0. McAdoo, son
in-law of Wilson, written when Mc-
Adoo was secretary of the treasury,
commending Reed's work on the Fed
eral Reserve bill.
Merriwether's statement follows:
"When tlie league of nations fight
was on in 1919. and while there was
much criticism of Senator Reed in
public prints because of his opposi
tion to the league pact. I asked sen
ator Reed what he had to say in reply
to the charge that he was always
knocking the president.
"The senator mentioned several
important measures in which he had
cooperated with the president one of
tlie measures being the Federal Re
serve act.
“He called his secretary. Don Hunt,
and told him to ‘show Merriwether
those letters.’
"In substantial inn of senator Reeds
claim that he had received the appro
bation of the president for his work
on tSie Federal Reserve bill Hunt
produced from the senator's files, first
n letter from secretary McAdoo in
which McAdoo very warmly com
mended and thanked senator Reefl
for his work he had done In perfect*
ing the Federal Reserve MIL
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