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CITY EDITION STOCK MARKET NEWS PAGE FIVE VOLUME 35 FRANK L. SMITH DEFIES SENATE New ‘Game Fixing’ Scandal Rocks Baseball World SPEAKER NAMED WITH TY COBB IN LANDIS CHARGES Pair Accused of Betting And ‘Throwing Game’ Between Cleveland And Detroit NOTES ARE SHOWN CHICAGO, Dec. 21 (AP) —Two of the greatest baciball players in the history of the game, Ty Cobb, and Tris Speaker, today were named by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, in an expose of a scandal that went back to 1919, the year climaxed by the famous crooked world’s series between the Whic Sox and Cincinnati Reds. Cobb, famed as the. “Georgia Peach,” and Speaker, the famous “Spoke” of the Indians, had their names linked with “Dutch” Leon ard, and “Smoky Joe” Wood, both former American league pitchers, in a conspiracy to bet on an al leged "fixed” game between De troit and Cleveland, played at De troit on Sept. 25, 1919. Cobb, until after the close of the 1920 season, was manager of the Detroit Club, and a star play er on it for 20 years, while Speak er held the same managerial posi tion with Cleveland. Both resign ed suddenly after the finish of the 1926 pennant race. Old Scandal Recalled The scandal, breaking today, was the third that has rocked the ma jor leagues since the barring for ever of the eight White Sox play ers. for conspiracy to throw the 1919 wol'ldd’s series. The sum of money involved in the latest scandal was a S6OO bet by Leonard, a one time Tiger pitcher and Wood against $420 on the Tigers to win, Detroit won the game. Nothing in the one hun dred pages of testimony or letters made public by Commissioner Landis reveal that either Cobb or Speaker wagered on the game, but it indicates that they had knowl edge of the betting. The scandal came to light when Leonard, pressing a claim against the Detroit Club, turned over two letters, one from Cobb, the other from Wood. These letters were presented to a secret meeting of the hoard of directors of the American league, held here last September, Ban Johnson, the American league president, immediately presented them to Commissioner Landis for investigation. .Ref “Under Grandstand” Leonard, Detroit pitcher, assert ed that he, Cobb, Speaker and Wood, pitcher for Cleveland, met “under the grandstand” of Navin Field, Detroit, on September 24, 1919, and agreed that Detroit should win its game with Cleve land on the following day, thus clinching third place in the Am erican league pennant race. The four planned, Leonard as serted, to benefit by betting on the outcome of the contest, wtili Cobb putting up $2,000; Leonard SISOO and Wood and Speaker SIOOO each. The former Detroit pitcher said that the plan did not go through because Cobb and Speaker did not put their share of the money, but he said that he and Wood won $139 apiece, when Detroit defeat ed Cleveland 9 to 5. The story of Leonard, denied unqualifiedly by Cobb, brought in its wake the tacit admission of baseball officials that its impend ing revelation prompted Speaker’s unexpected retirement some weeks ago as manager of the Cleveland Club and that it was a factor in Cobb’s resignation, soon after the 1926 season ended, from the man (.Contiuued on Page 2) > A PAPER FOR THE PEOPLE G.^ SIX PAGES Rail Chief Opens Quiz on Wreck Officials Start Inquiry At Santa Fe Offices; 16 Are Reported Slightly Hurt With their battered appearance testifying to the force of yester day’s rear-end collison, trains No. 10 and No. 2 limped into Winslow early yesterday afternoon from the scene of the crash at Ashfork. No delays were caused in main line traffic, as the wreck occurred di rectly in the Ashfork yards and through trains were routed around the wreckage. Complete reports from the scene of the wreck show that a total of 16 persons were injured, though none were hurt badly enough to warrant medical attention. George Bardin, engineer on Number 2, which crashed into the rear of No. 10, had his left knee twisted, and two brakemen received minor in juries. Eleven employes of the buffet car, which received most Os the force of the collision were shaken and bruised, and two pas sengers had their heads bumped. Wrecking crews and trains from Winslow and Prescott were pushed to Ashfork when the news of the wreck was received here at approx imately 2:30 a. m. yeterday, and in a few hours had both trains in shape to make the run to Winslow. No. 2 arrived at 12:15 p. in. and No. 10 at 1:45. It is reported that No. 10, in charge of Conductor Conway, was on a siding in the Ashfork yards. No. 2, driven by engineer George Bardin, apparently failed to “take the air,’ and crashed into a buffet car on the rear of No. 10. The heavy locomotive buried about half its tank in the buffet car, reports state. Members of the crews of both trains, including Firemen J. D. Carathers of No. 10, and J. M. Dem ic on No. 2, Conductor A. Young of No. 2 and Engineer Frank Golds worthy of No. 10, were called to the office of Superintendent E. E. Mc- Carthy last night for an investiga tion. Numerous other witnesses were called to testify at the hear ing. They included other train crew members and car employes. Results of the investigation were not made public last night. 0 GASOLINE PRICE UP PHOENIX, Dec. 21 (AP) On instructions from San Francisco, the Standard Oil company of Cal ifornia raised the price of Arizona gasoline two cents a gallon, mak ing the retail price at filling sta tions here 25 cents. “Mayor” Will Rogers Agrees He’ll Split Fifty-Fifty On All Graft and Urges Good Murder For Publicity BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., Dec. 21 (AP) —Will Rogers, who criticizes national politicians when he is not throwing the lasso for the movies, was inducted into officer here to day as this film residential sub urb’s mayor, after many and alleg edly ambiguous promises concern ing the “stand of my administra tion.” After the cowboy-comedian had taken the oath to the tune of “The Old Gray Mare,” played by the Los Angeles Fire Department band, Douglas Fairbanks chairman of the reception committee, sternly demand that the new executive lay plans to provide for the poor of Beverley Hills and engineer a movement for private swimming WINSLOW, NAVAJO COUNTY, ARIZONA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1926 ARIZONA LOSES MOVE 10 DELAY ACTION ON 01 California Delegates Rise Against Plea of Reid For More Time To Settle Issues SWING TAKES HAND LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (AP) California delegates were victori ous today in a skirmish at the tri state Colorado river development conference here over a proposal by the Arizona representatives that Congress be asked to delay action on the Swing-Johnson Boulder Canyon dam hill for two weeks. . The suggestion was made by F. A. Reid, of Arizona, who asked that the California and Nevada representatives join in a plea to Conogres for delay. The plan brought quick opposition from Cal ifornia and later was dropped without coming to a vote. “It /would be fatal,” declared Senator Ralph Swing, of Califor nia. “It would mean that there would he no Colorado river legisla tion at this session of congress.” 'rime Need Pointed. Reid, however, declared that the delay might give an opportunity to three states to iron out some of their differences. The question of a royalty pay ment by California for power used from the proposed Boulder Can yon dam was re-opened at the conference today. California has offered to pay $1 per annum per horsepower, while the Arizona de mand is interpreted by California to mean a charge of $6 per horse power. H. S. McCluskey, of Arizona, said Arizona did not Intend to charge California a liiger rate on power than would be charged within the state of Arizona. By holding the tax rate dow r n to this limit, he said, California would he guaran teed that Arizona would not charge “all the traffic would bear.” Adroit Query Sidetracked. An effort by Assemblyman Wal ter J. Little, of California, to get a statement of position by Arizona on whether that state would ac cept the remainder of the seven state compact, even though Con gress should invalidate a power tax clause, did not elicit a defin ite answer. S. C. Evans, former mayor of Riverside, said liis community would be willing to pay a rate of $1.25 per horsepower for electric power from the proposed dam in Black Canyon, but would not meet the demand for $6 per annum horsepower. The tangle of figures on the question of water rights of the pools, bridle paths and golf cours es to be cared for out of the public fund. Replying, the move roper said his first official act would be to enlarge the suburban jail. Rogers told his constituents that he would be “the only mayor who is purposely “funny” and he promised the city a “real estate administration.” “What we need is a good murder here; some good-looking woman to shoot someone,” said the new mayor, outlining his “reform” pol icy. He added: “I could pick the victim.” Some of the other flashes of the wit of the humorist-mayor of the city of movie stars and million aires were: CHICAGO YOUTH FACED BY TOTS AMTS CRUS Formal Murder Charge Is Made As Prosecutor Assumes Personal Charge of Case DEMANDS HANGING ‘ CHICAGO, Dec. 21 (AP)—Five days after he beat six year old Walter Schmith to with a blacksmith’s hammer,, in the loft of a riding club, Harold Joseph CroajC-- kin, 26, was indicted today for murder. Since his surrender siim day, Croarkin, son of a wealthy family, had been held in strict se clusion without a formal charge, but today he was placed in the county jail. Five witnesses, intituling. the father of the dead boy, and Dr. Jacob Goodman, coroner's' physi cian, appeared before the jury. The coroner's physician testified that the lad had not been mis treated and that .testimony -Was ac cepted as beariilg out Croarkin’s confession that he slew tlie child in fear that little . Walter vould tell his parents that Croarkiii had tried to force hint to commit an act of degeneracy. , Croarkin was identified-today by six little girls as haying made im proper advances towards > them within two months. Croarkin has confessed that he mistreated three little girls and five boys but he denied that any of the half dozen tots who con fronted him today were among his victims. The date for Croarkin’s trial will be set tomorrow. Robert E. Crowe, state's attor ney, announced that he personally would lead the prosecution, with a demand for the death penalty. NEWSPAPER MAN KILLS SELF GREAT FALLS, Mont., Dec,. 21 (AP) —Sivert E. Peterson, secretary of the Montana Newspaper Asso ciation and until recently secretary of the Great Falls chamber of com merce, committed suicide here by shooting himself through the head while he was in the garage at his home. The body was found to night by Mrs. Peterson and the jan itor of the apartment house. states was engrossing the confer ence as it closed today. Charles P. Squires, of Nevada, chairman of the conference, said after adjourn ment that he expected to see the conference close tomorrow after noon, leaving a drafting committee to work out deltails of a possible agreement over the Christmas hol idays. “I’m for the common people, and as Beverley Hills has no common people, I’ll be sure to make good. “This town is progressing. I remember when I first came here and there were not more than twenty-five mortgages in the whole municipality—but it’s an unique town; we’ve got two swimming pools to every bible. “I won’t say that my administra tion will be exactly honest, but I'll agree to split fifty-fifty with you and give the town an even break. “Concluding, some of you won der why I’ve been running around the country exhibiting myself, and I’ll tell you the answer: ‘l’m God’s gift to those who didn’t see Queen Marie.’ ” 9emtor -David Reed, the of the the appotutee "the ouster advocate These names autl faces loom in the news as the. U. S. Senate prepares to plunge into the business of deter mining whether appointment, of Frank L. Smith as senator from Illinois, to fill the nil ex pi red term of the late Senator McKinley, and his election for a full term are to be thwarted. .Senator Asliurst started the ball rolling with a resolution to prevent the seilthtg l of Smith. Senator James A. Reed, investigator of cam paign funds, was called on for a report of his probe into campaign gifts to the Smith cause, including one of $125,000 from Samuel Insult, public utilities magnate. Senator Dave Reed spoke in defense of Smith. RIVERTRAGEDY DEATH LIST 51; 21 ARE MISSING NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (APl—The probable death toll due to the cap sizing of the launch Linseed King in the Hudson river was set at 51 today when police announced that 21 passengers were still unaccount ed for. Thirty bodies were recov ered and 29 persons were saved from the ice-cholted river. The launch left the 95th street pier on the Manhattan shore ear ly yesterday morning, loaded with laborers answering the advertise ment of an Edgewater, N. J., plant. The advertisement offered 47 cents an hour for unskilled labor and the applicants were singing for joy as they left the pier at the thought of obtaining employment. The river was jammed with ice floes down* from the upper river and in mid stream the launch cap sized. Tugs and other river craft pulled from the freezing water all who had been able to get out of the cabin. Police check-ups today showed there were 80 men on board although the captain, him self among the survivors, said there were but sixty. Three bodies were found float ing in the ice where the launch overturned and the rest were taken from the cabin after the boat had been carried upstream several miles by the ice. Captain John Rohweider, of Jer sey City, was under police guard today in Knickbocker hospital, suf fering from shock and submersion and charged with homicide and neg ligence. He was picked out of the river as he was swimming through the floating ice for the Jersey ! shore. Men of the Hour in Smith-Senate Battle Girl, 19, Doesn’t Want To Be Rich Man’s Cinderella PHOENIX, Dec. 21 (AP)—What had promised to become an embro yo “Cinderella” case anent the deration of J. M. Freeman, weal thy Riverside, Calif., man, that he contemplated adopting Jackie Hen ley, 19 year old Denver Miss, to day had simmered down to the fact that Freeman had not even made application for adoption. This assertion by Probation of ficer Barnes of Phoenix came as a climax to an earlier statement by Judge Ben B. Lindsey of Den ver that Miss Henley did not want to become the adopted daughter of Freeman, who is 50 years old and a retired stock broker. Barnes blamed Judge Lindsey for giving out the story of the con templated adoption. “Why, Judge* Lindsey should allow to become public property private matters such as this is beyond our com-' prehension,” Barnes commented. “I wrote Oscar C. Chapman, con fidentially, at the request of Mr. Freeman to secure some informa tion about the girl." Chapman is the Denver probation officer. Barnes said Freemen had merely indicated a desire to adopt the girl producing letters to show that she might want to become his adopted daughter. “I believe Mr. Freeman was sincere and earnest in his de sire to give the girl a real home,” Barnes continued. Freeman has been here some thing over a month for his health which Barges described as failing. Miss Henley, he said, is formerly i from Hastings, Nebraska, and is j now working as a domestic in a | Denver home. Freeman himself had not been located today. (5c PER COPY) SOUTH AMERICA FLYERS FETED IN BORDER CITY BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Dec. 21 (API —Riding tonight on the gen tle waters of La Guiia Madre, 20 miles east of here, the army’s five Pan American flight planes had completed the first, leg of the 20,- 000 mile journey they began at San Antonio shortly before noon to day. The winged messengers of peace to neighboring nations to the south lay close into the shore of the once pirate island of Padre, ready to start on the next lap of the flight tomorrow morning with Tampico, Mexico scheduled as the goal. Planes Closely Guarded While the pilots were being fet ed in Brownsville tonight by of ficials of the United States, and Mexico, the planes were under the watchful eyes of coastguardsmen frbm Point Isabel. -The 260 mile hop from land to water was made in two hours and 40 minutes, the planes averaging about 90 miles an hour. All the ships were functioning normally as they roared down to wards the gulf and circled the land-locked Laguna. Coast guard launches scurried out to the ships as they struck the water, throw ing high the sparkling spray. The aviators were taken to Browns ville by special train to be enter tained at dinner. All were ordered to retire at 10 p. m. Tampico Plan* Welcome At Tampico, on the east coast. of Mexico, arrangements have been , made for a welcome befitting the j squadron's first landing on Latin-1 American soil and expressing the j (Continued ou Page o) i CITY EDITION Subscription Rates: One Year $6.09 Six Months 3.25 One Month 60 NUMBER 11 PLANS TO TAKE IW'KIEY POST DESPITE GR!T!OS Washington Divided Over Question of Procedure In Attempt to Oust Illinois Man ASHURST MAIN FOE CHICAGO, Dec. 31 (AP) Ac ceptance of the appointment as IJ. S. Senator, to succeed the lute William B. McKinley, by Frank L. Smith was announced here today by Governor Len Small, lint Mr. Smith tonight refused to affirm or deny any such action. “I am not ready to say any thing” Smith told The Associated Press by telephone from his home in Dwight. “I do not think Gov ernor Small would speak anything but the truth. When I get ready to talk I shall have a statement to make but until that time I will not talk.” That he will go to Washington and present his credentials sonic time after the first of the year was the statement of Governor Small, however. “No man ever refuses an, ap pointment for the United States Senate by. the governor of Illinois,” the governor said, indicating that lie had a very definite understand ing with Col. Smith before the sen ator-elect was named for the short term. “Nothing can deter an accep tance to such a high office.” NEWS UPSETS CAPITOL WASHINGTON. Dec. 21 (AP) Acceptance by Frank L. Smith of the appointment to serve the re mainder of the term of the late Senator McKinley today set in mo tion two separate moves designed to prevent him from taking his seat. The Senate is divided sharply over the question as to whether Mr. Smith’s qualifications should be challenged before or after lie appears to take the oath. When news of the acceptance reached the Senate, leaders of the movements became active in at tempting to persuade other sena tors to their viewpoint and opinion was freely expressed that Mr. Smith would not he permitted to. serve out his short term appoint ment. He was elected to the sev entieth congress in November. Cautious Moves Advised Constitutional lawyers in the Senate also were divided over the law and they were advising the more impulsive members to go slow for fear of setting up dan gerous precedents. Senate leaders while expressing disappointment over tlie acceptance, were relieved over tiie fact that the fight would lie postponed until after the holi days, allowing time for conferenc es in which they will attempt to consolidate a majority of the Sen ate behind one program to avoid delay. The possibility of a special session will spur them to get the Smith case settled as speedily a;, possible to avoid wrecking (lie leg islative program. As soon as Mr. Smith appears with his credentials, Senator Ash-’ urst, Democrat, Arizona, plans to call up Ids resolution which would withhold the oath until the special Senate campaign funds investigat (Continued on Page 3) THE WEATHER L j Arizona: Wednesday ami Thurs day unsettled, probably rain or snow north ami east portions, not much change in temperature. New Mexico: Wednesday and Thursday unsettled, probably snow north portion; not much change in temperature. LOCAL weather High temperature |:s Low temperature *2l ■'« precipitation.