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Fair, with no change in temperature, is predicted. Price Three Cents ) f X Price Three Cents ) 5 ONLY NEWSPAPER IN MEMPHIS SUPPLIED BY ASSOCIATED PRESS WITH NEW OP THE DAYLIGHT HOURS AS SOON AS IT HAPPENS VOLUME 40. MEMPHIS, TENN., SATURDAY AFTERNOON, JULY 31, 1920. NUMBEIt 1S2, GIRL QUIZZED BY FOLLOWING DEATHJF LOFTIS Stories of Pretty Cashier and Fiance Differ Concerning Diamonds Merchants' Sud- den Demise n Apartment. CHICAGO. July SI, Miss Ruth woods, a pretty hotel cashier, who was alone with Samuel T. A. Loftis, head of the diamond firm of Loftis Brothers. when he died suddenly In his luxurious apartment last night, today told the police that Loftis crumpled to the floor dead after they had engaged in' a "friendly struggle." Although the police believe that the diamond merchant died as a result of concussion of the brain, probably caused by a fall, they express ' dissatisfaction with conflicting stories told by Kilos Woods, and Roy M. Ehayne, son of a late millionaire tnerchant, who also is held pending the Inquest. Miss Woods, who described Shayne aj her fiance, said she was called by Loftis to his apartment at 1 o'clock yester ' day afternoon, that they danced and drank together and finally Loftis at tempted to attack her. "We were having a playful struggle," Miss Woods declared, "and my atten tion was momentarily distracted from him. The next Instant I was startled by the sound of his body falling to the floor. I was at a loss to know what to do and rushed to the telephone to turn "mon Mr. Shayne." According to the story Shayne told the police, he reachtd the Loftis apart ment at about 8 o'clock, that Loftis opened the door to admit him and sud denly crumpled to the floor. As soon as Shayne arrived Miss Woods fled from the apartment. In the meantime Shayne called a physician and when he arrived the body of Ixjftis was cold, Indicating that Lof tis had been dead for some time. The police express the conviction that Loftis . died before Shayne arrived. ' Loftis gained wealth as an originator of the Jewelry mail order business. He was widely known In the city as a "good fellow" and regarded as a ready spender. He started the plan of selling . diamonds on the Installment plan of SI down and $1 a week. The diamond merchants' marital trou bles, his quarrels with his brother, and his escapades In -the night life of Chi cago gave Loftis a picturesque career. In 1907 Loftis was shot by his brother In a quarrel over partnership and two years later was expelled f-om one of Chicago's best-known clubs because he flapped his wife's face while on a dance floor. Later they were divorced. A coroner's physician reported today that his examination disclosed Loftis died frcm cerebral hemorrhage, but no marks of violence were found on the body. Loftis' housekeeper, Miss Hulda John son, told police her employer had been drinking heavily recently. She returned from a visit to Michigan a few hours after Loftis' death. V. COTTON RECEIPTS -SET NEW RECORD IN MONEY VALUES vARDON AND RAY Figures compiled Saturday by Henry Hotter, secretary of the Memphis Cot ton exchange, show that net receipts of cotton here for the past year were 614,846, valued at SllS.376,300, compared with 644,728 the year before, valued at (77,609,847. The averkge value per bale lor the season just eaoed was (192.53, an increase of J50.24. Total gross receipts were 1.222,075 bales, -compared with 930,679, and stock on hand is 58,608. Of this stock It was estimated Friday that 191,000 bales were in the hands of factors awaiting sale, the approximate value being in the neighborhood of 825,000,000. Total shipments for the year were 1,082,697, compared with 968,817. Aver- ' age weight of bales handled here was S19.ES pounds, an Increase of 8.48 ' pounds. Average prices received for the va rious grades were as follows: Good or dinary, 17.60; low middling, 33.15; mid dling,. 39.26; good middling, 41.04. : Receipts by states were: Mississippi, 178,772; Arkansas, 406,696; Tennessee, 153,232; Oklahoma and Texas, 168,273; Missouri, 30,046; Louisiana and all oth ers, 95,056; total, 1,222,075. Call Meeting For Modification Of ' Cotton Quarantine JACKSON, Miss., July 31. (Spl.) For the purpose of considering the advisability of modifying the existing quarantine against cotton and cotton products from Texas and Louislan, the State Plant hoard of Mississippi, will . hold a meeting In the office of Hon. P. P. Garner, commlsisoner of agricul ture and chairman of the board, Tues day morning, August 3. The quarantine regulations referred to and which will come under consid eration at this meeting were adopted March 17, In order to prevent the In troduction of the pink bollworm of cot ton into Mississippi. The purpose of this meoting la to consider such modi- flcattons of the present quarantine as will make It interfere as little as pos sible with the normal trade conditions and at the nam - time give as much protection as . sslbfe to the cotton Industry of Mississippi, PROHIS TO PUBLISH NOMINEES' RECORDS N- MONTGOMERY, Ala., July SI Dr. A. P. Baker, superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of America, said today that a committee of seven ap pointed recently from . that organisa tion, would meet August 11, In Birm ingham Ala., and publish the records of Senator Warren O. Harding, of Ohio, and Gov. James E. Cox, of Ohio, candidates for president on the Repub lican and Democratic tickets respect ively, on the prohibition question. Superintendent Baker is chairman of the committee and four of the seven memberse of the body are from the South. MAN ARRESTED AS BLACKMAILER MAY 4 PLEAD INSANITY t BULLETIN. At 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon R. C. Edmondson was placed on the docket charged with arson. Insanity will probably be the pica offered by R. C. Edmondson, 320 Mulberry street, being held on the secret docket Saturday by local police as an alleged blackmailer. Police say Edmondson sought to secure 910,000 from Claude H. Moore, prominent lumberman, and assert that he may have figured in similar schemes for a period of several years previously. They also declare that Edmondson may face charges of in cendiarism in connection with the recent $40,000 fire at the plant of Moore & McFerren, lumber concern, of which Claude H. Moore is manager. Edmondson has enraged as his at-O torney Jesse Edgtngton end Mr. fc.u- gington alter conferring wun nis cnenc Saturday Indicated that insanity would probably be the defense plea offered. Local police say that Edmondson has confessed to charges of attempting to extort money from Moore. Edmondson was arrested Friday night by a squad of officers. headed by In spector of Detectives Griffin. His ar rest followed six weeks of endeavor to nab him and came only after a tele phone rush. He will be docketed Sat urday, according to Griffin, who says as soon as the case Is worked out fed eral charges also will be placed against the man. Edmondson is alleged to have threat ened Moore's life and also to have threatened to set fire to the lumber plant In letters now In the hands of Inspector Griffin. Hiring of special telephone operators, watch on several avenues which have thrown suspicion on Edmondson and a trip to Missouri by Moore figured In the details which worked out what police say is a clear cut case against the alleged blackmailer. The scheme which Edmondson used, according to the Inspector, is one of the best planned to come under the de partment's eyes in years. Threatening letters first were sent to Moore sign ed by "Baker," They were in series and were to be answered by classified ads in newspapers. One ad was to read that the lumber company desired tim ber cutters in one instance. In another it was to say that Moore and McFerren wanted a cheap grade of Cottonwood lumber. They were Inserted In news papers. Following receipt of the first of these communications from "Baker, Moore went to the police. He was told to bring all such letters to the detectives without opening them. The letter, mailed to Moore and McFerren company, were contained n two envel opes the inside one addressed: 'To be opened only by Claude H. Moore. Newspaper clippings were forwarded by "Baker" all being of fires and de struction saying It was part of our work. One was of a fire at Yazoo City, Miss. Operators on Watch. With two special operators at the teleDhone company to advise officers at once of all calls at either the Moore residence, 826 Court avenue, or the plant, when the call was for Moore himself, police waited for several weeks.. Friday night a "Mr. Bmlth" phoned atHnnA and asked for Moore. Police, on learning that the call came from a Linden avenue house, accord tn a VnanAflnr Griffin, rushed to the dace and found Edmondi on talking over the phone. He had been enraged 1 . jMvnMit .nvsrsfttfnn with a mimhrr of the Moore family. The Linden avenue place is a rooming house. Haled to headquarters Edmondson was questioned and also his photograph and finger prints laaen. rui goner, Bertlllon expert,, made prints of both immeaiaieiy, 1 ne miner iuik.. Inspector Griffin declares, correspond exactly with those on letters received by Moore. . About three weeks ago Moore re ceived a demand to come to Haytl, Mo. He went, accompanied by Lieut. Boyle, of the police department. According to instructions In the letters he was to walk down the railroad tracks until a piece of white paper was found. There a consultation was to take place be tween the . blackmailer and his victim. No sign was discovered. Fire Follows Note. Shortly after returning to Memphis Moore received anomer letter saying that only one more was to follow. Then In a few days the lumber plant suffered a fire and was saved only by the hard est fire fighting. Taken at Edmondson's home, which dvertises for roomers, was a trunk con taining stationery, said to be of the same variety on which letters to Moore were written, and a typewriter which Saturday was declared by Grifgfln to be the one on which tpe letters were typed. Edmondson's wife, officers allege, told them that her husband on numerous oc casions locked himself In a room and wrote many letters. None was permit ted to go near this room at these times, she Is further said to have declared. "Mechanic" was the occuoatlon given by Edmondson. He is 45 years of age. fouce say the letters, all written in a crude style and with numerous words misspelled, were merely methods 01 a stau. jpjamonason is eaucatea, or fleers declare. One In demandlnr 310. 000 stated that unless the request was not complied with "You will be blown sky high. If you do the good ship Zlon will sail smoothly along for both of us. Edmondson was arrested In June charged with carrying a pistol. He was a "squatter" on land owned by the Moore & McFerren company In Arkan sas, ponce say. WHEAT HARVESTING IN DYER OVERCOATS LARGE NEWBERN, Tenn., July 31. (Spl.) Wheat threshing Is now practically over, and local thresher men report the grain to be the lightest yield that was ever known in the history of the crop. There have been several loads placed on the Newhern market at s a bushel. Reports from everv territorv are that one of the largest oat crops on record was harvested. The present crop outlook has made a remarkable growth for the past two weeks In this section. Corn and cot ton will make one of the best yields this year than was ever known before in the history of the county, and the prospects are good for a big second crop of clover. Will Show What u Associate v .V V- NEGROES FLEE AFTER ATTACKJJN WOMAN OZARK, Ala., July 81. Following an attack on a white woman at Midland City, south of here, and the killing of two negroes, Mils rlpinks and Juster Jennings, several negroes have been "given twenty-four hours to leave and have fled the community," according to 1 ' specials received here today. The bodies of the two negroes killed by possemen late Thursday night lay out in the road until Friday morning at 11 o'clock. Andy Splnks, chargod with making an attack on the white woman, whose hame was entered Thursday night, and resulted In the double killing of his son and Jennings Is in Jul! In Montgomery. He will be ' brought back here and tried some time In August. Feeling here is very high again' ' nd several other ne fsruea : ' BUILD ADDITION TO SCHOOL AT TRIMBLE UNION CITY, Tenn., July 81. (Spl.) The board of education of Trimble Tenn.. part of which town Is In Obion county, Is erecting a two-story addition to the school hulldlng. The addition win be ready for the opening of schoo. In September. A department of .agriculture has been added and an experienced teacher will nave charge of this line of work. CALLED TO DOOR. SHOT. ASSAILANT ESCAPES YAZOO CITY. Miss., Julv 31. (Spl.) Kenneth Smith, son of Albert Smith, of Mechanicsbure. an Inland vlllare 1.1 miles southwest of Yaxoo City, was cauea 10 me ironi aoor and snot down by an unidentified man, at 8 o'clock jrruiay nignt. The younr man was taken to Jackson for treatment and the extent of his injuries could not he learned. Gant a bloodhounds arrived this morning from Crystal Springs, and were put on the trail 01 tne woulrt-r murnerer. ON TRIAL FOR MURDER. GRENADA. Miss., Julv 31. (Spl.) Emmett Thomas, indicted Jointly with his two brothers on a chnrire or mur dering S. A. Duboss, In this county In uecemoer, isis, is on jrial in tte circuit vviu h unit WILLPWY HERE Famous British Golfing Stars to Give Exhibition Sept. 6. BY AL WILSON, Memphis golfers will be given oppor tunity In early September of seeing how Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. Great Britain's celebrated professionals, swing a driver or Iron and tap with a putter. Information Saturday from Walter C. bherwood, former local pro, said Itin erary lor me two, now en tour the united tSates, Included Memphis on Sept. 6 when an afternoon will be spent on the Memphis Country club course. Several Southern cities are included In the list of engagements which Sher wood forwards. It will be the first time two such distinguished golfers and mas ters of the royal and ancient game have visited the South. At present Ray and Vardon are in the East where they are giving exniDltlons. Their swing South will start at St. Louts on Sent. 6 to be followed by Memphis, Birming- nam, Atlanta, cnattanooga, Knoxvllle, Nashville, Louisville (two days) and then back North. Sherwood's letter declares Columbus, O., will close their tour on Sept. 15. They return to the Atlantic coast and sail tor home early in November, he says. Memphis already has had one golf ing treat this season In the Western amateur championship, which brought out "Chick" Evans as the winner. In the past many stars have competed here both in exhibitions and tourna ment play. However, golf that Is ex ceeded by no player In the world In Bysieinauc juogment ana execution probably will be furnished by Ray and Vardon. The latter Is six times win ner of the Brittsh open title. Ray also has taken the coveted crown of open champion of Britain. The latter is re garded as one of the game a longest men off the tee, not even excepting the mighty and sweet driving Jim Barnes. Vardon 's class comes In his iron play and his steadiness on the green. Not as long with his wooden ciuDs as nis compatriot, varaon, how ever, is considered as the one man who always is straight for the flag. Kougn seldom ootners mm. 1913 Recalled. Everyone who remembers 1918 and who has ever heard the word "golf" re calls how Vardon and Ray came to Brookllne, Mass., for the TJ. S. open and how, for the first time In their careers, they met defeat In tournament play at the hands of an amateur. Fran cis Ouimet was the amateur. They lost In a triple playoff for the title that year. This season marks the Britishers' first return to this country since that occasion. Reports from various matches In which they have participated indi cate their game Is at top form now. Of course, they have suffered defeat, but on these few occasions it has been by but the barest margin, generally no greater than a single hole or stroke, and then at the hands of home stars. The two will have a fine mark to shoot at In playing the Country c'.ub links. This is a 69 made by the re doubtable Bobby Jones, In taking med alist honors in the Western a couple of weeks ago. The best a professional has ever done over the course is 7U, hung up by Sherwood. "Chick" Evans has never been able to shoot better than a 72. There will be but one match In all likelihood. This will be In the after noon and find Vardon and Ray matched arainst two local amateurs. It will be a best ball foursome affair. Invitations will he Issued Dy tne country ciud to all Memphians to Join the gallery. Of course, no admission will be charged. ORPHANS HAYE BIG TIME AT OVERTON Overton park Saturday afternoon pre sented a picturesque appearance when the orphans of the several Memphis In stitutions were guests of the Klwanls club In a big picnic and general good time. The orphans were met by mem bers of the club in autos and conveyed to the plcnio grounds where good things galore to eat and drink were await ing them and where the children were given the time of their young lives with games, races and prizes for contes tants until time for eating arrived. Preceding the picnic, a parade was given through downtown streets where the kiddles had good times yelling and voicing their enjoyment as the well filled autos passed. A feature of the picnic was that all expenses of every kind were borne by the Kiwanis club without appeals to any outside source for help. W. R. nrmriTn mm mi in BOOM III If I NEXT SIX IV10NTHS KINO. What are the benefits to be derived from the Cotton States Merchants' association? This question will be answered ty W. R. King, chairman of the execu tive committee of the association on the second day of the convention in Memphis, Aug. 10, 11 and 12. If anv member of the organization should be able to answer that ques tion Kina Is the man. For three years he has been named as chairman of the executive committee and for a longer period than that he has been one of the most active members. Kins- oredlcts that the convention to be held this year will be the most successful of any conducted so far. F ERNANDEZ AN LEROY SAME MAN OFFICER STATES DETROIT. Mich., July 31 A photo graph said to be that of Oscar J. Fer nandez, reported to be In Saltlllo, Mex ico, was identified today as that of Eugene LcRoy, wanted here in connec tion with the Detroit-New York trunk murder mystery, th- police announced today. The photograph received from San Antonio was shown to Patrolman Leo Trumbull, who knew LeRoy Intimately, and five other Detroit residents. All re said to have declared postively that the photograph Was tnat of LeRoy. Authorities here today still were wait ing word from Mexico on their request for f ernanaess apprenension. SEARCH FOrTlECOND TRUNK IS FRUITLESS BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 31 A three days' search for a second trunk, said to have been shipped here from De troit, and believed to contain vital part) of the body of the young woman found In a trunk In New York, was without results early today. No further trace of the trunk delivered to the house of Mm. C. L. Johnson, 800 Twelfth ave. nue. and for which the police are look. tng, had been found. Lieut. John P. Smith, of the Detroit homicide squad, remained here to assist local detectives In their search. MANY MEMPHIANS GO TO SEWANEE SCHOOL A large delegation of Sunday school workers of the Episcopal church will leave Memphis Sunday night to attend the Episcopal summer training school for Bible study workers at Sewanee. This will be the tenth session of the training school for the fourth prov ince of the Eplscopnl church, which In cludes all of the Southeastern states. The session will last about two weeks, and will be attended by the bishops, clergy and prominent laymen through out the province, virtually every par ish being represented. Two Memphis young women will be instructors. Miss Mabel Cooper will teach child study and Miss Nettle Barnwell will teach manuel training and craft work. In addition to the training school, all the various church boards for the various provinces will hold meetings at this time. Among those who will go from Mem phis are: Mrs. Davis Taylor, Mrs. P. S. Smith, Miss Pauline Smith. Miss Evelyn Smith, Mrs. Hal P. Phelffer, Miss Mabel Cooper, Mrs. Jack Harris, Miss Annie Morton Stout, Mrs. Stevens, Miss Nettle Barnwell, Mrs. W. F. Ormberg, Mrs. W. B. Rogers. Mrs. W. F. Wltxell, Miss Harm, Mrs. LeRoy Taylor, Mlsa Sallle Barnwell, James Howells. Wil liam W. Deupree, John F. Robinson, Miss Mildred Cash, Miss Jane Wash ington, Miss Elsa Geratcl, Mrs. W. H. Clement, Mrs. William Myers and Mrs. T. J. Deupree, Miss Elizabeth Hor-ton. ELECTION SUIT ECHO SOUNDED An echo of the William B. Gray-Mll-ton J. Anderson flection commission suit In chancery court during 191. was sounded In chancery Saturday by W. Tyler McLaln, county attorney, when McLaln paid over to the chancery clerk and master $836.60 salary due which ever one of the pair is found, on hear ing, to be the election commissioner for the period. To decide who shall pull down the salary McLaln paid In to the clerk and master Saturday, a hearing of the case on Its merits mint be held. Neither man can take office, though, for since the time of the controversy, new elec tion commissioners for the county have been name,rt. SENATOR C0LDWELL TO CANVASS FOR ROBERTS VNIOM CITY. Tenn., July 31. (Spl ) State Senator D. P. Coldwell, of this city will open a vigorous campaign at once In this county In the interest of Gov. Roberts, making speeches and dis tributing literature, showing just what has been done and will be done by him when he assumes the duties of his second term. The field here Is full of local can didates for representative: Squires S. R. Bratton and McPade, both for rep resentative, and Clarence Cloys, an ex perienced farmer ana politician, ore mnklng things lively In the county, and are making active campaigns before the county primary Is held, on Aug. 5. The outcome of the race for representative Is looked forward 10 with much interest. OXFORD ATHLETIC FIELD IS N E A R I NG. JC0 M PLETI 0 N OXFORD. Miss.. Julv 31. (Sol.) Work on the new athletic field at the university Is moving right along and about one-third of the gradina has been completed. When completed this will De one ol tne Best atliletlc fields In the South, and will have a first class clnitcr track, football field, base ball diamond and a landing for air planes. It Is Ideally situated between two small hills south of tne science hall and near the tracks of the Illinois Cen tral railroad. The plans are to erect concrete bleachers on both sides of the field. R. M. Hammond Asserts Man ufacturers Are to Construct Homes for Emplyoes Be cause of Shortage. , 'The next six months will witness A tremendous amount nf homt huihllnar by larire manufactures eomnantea. the homes to be used b yemployes of the company," said R. M. Hammond, or tne -oca i real estate firm of llammono Sons, Saturday. V 'With the home problem In Memphis growing m re acute every week, with more peop'.. moving to Memphis to work unU' the favorable conditions existing h . and fr.llng nowhere to live, the b 'Wing of . small horrw,n on a large ec:il4i'y the more progressive of the manutj Ing :"icfniaiut la I!e only solut,' to the prMiWm. 'The rrrvrnufucturer la tii.i. onlv man able te-'do the building In thee times, with the high retail price of materials of all kin , but the manufact'itvr Is able to ,'et all the materlnl fan can use at wholesale prices. The lumber man can get the lumber, and the oement man the cement, and Interchange tiielr proaucts tnat both would get the benefit of- the wholesaler's purchase price, and both could build the houses for their employes. It is merely a mat ter of Investment. When the workman Is given the chance to acquire a home of his own at a very low price, which win ds pam lor oy very tow mantniy payments, he becomes a permanent fixture of the company. He becomes thrifty, and is able to save, as the monthly payments would not be pearly as high as the rent he would have to pay for the same sized house." Mr. Hammond went on to say that the owning of a home by the workman would do more toward stamping out Bolshevism than any other thing. The Bolshevist, he said, Is the man who Is poorly fed, and Is hard put to it to pay his rent bill each month. And the owning of a home at from IS to 60 per cent less than the market price would convince him that this country is after all run on the most sensible plans possible, as well as furnishing the concern which made the home pos- siDie wun a loyal, . nonest workman, and a permanent one. "There Is much evidence in' other sections of the country that the work man will be soon given the chance to own him nwn hnma1' ha bu M "In ant some of the largest firms In the ooun- try have already started the erection of such homes. One of the largest real estate iirms in tne country has estab lished a system of loaning from 1500.- 000 upward for the benefit of large corporations who desire to build such homes, the monev loaned for this spe cific purpose. This is the spirit in which to tackle the ' oroblem. And for these reasons, I say that Memphis will not be slow In inaugurating aucn a stabilizing system, and that the next few months will witness the erection of many such 'profit-sharing' homes .for the benefit ot tne Memphis workmen. . i i i i hi Clufstetisen Would Meet Candidates In Nashville On Aug. 9 NEW YORK. July 31. Parley P. Ohrlatensen, presidential nominee of the third, or farmer-labor party, today Is sued a personal challenge to Gov. Cox and Senator Harding to visit the Ten nessee legislature and Influence a ma jority vote In that body In favor of ratification of the suffrage amendment. Mr. Chrlstensen charged that the Democratic and Republican parties are In a conspiracy to stifle ratification ny Tennessee, the remaining state whose approval Is necessary to make the amendment effective. Mr. Chrlstensen Is conferring here with third party leaders on national campai gn plans. FAST FREIGHT TO ATLANTA ANNOUNCED A new fast freight train between Memphis and Atlanta, with a sched uled running time of 19.66 miles per hour, will be put on Sunday by the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis railroad. It was announced by John C. Ryan, general agent, Saturday. The train will be known as the grain ami meat special and will handle high class manifest and perishable freight. Leaving Memphis at 9:30 a.m, the train will arrive at Nashville at mid night; at Chattanooga at 1 p.m., the next lny: and at Atlanta at 11:69 p.m. that night, the entire running time be ing about 38Vi hours. Stops will be made only for fuel, water and change of crews. This will be one of the fastest through freights In the South, Mr, Ryan said. LUMBERMEN INTERESTED IN RATE BOOST PROPOSAL Memphis lumbermen are greatly In terested In a hearing before the Missis sippi state railroad commission Tues day on a proposal of the Southern rail way to make a heavy Increase on its charges for loading logs. There will be no objection to an Increase In dally charges for the use of locomotives from $62.50 to 1100 per day. as It Is be lieved that the Increased coats of op eration may Justify such an advance, but a vigorous protest will be made niralnst the proposi-d charge for load Ing logs on cars, which Is considered excessive by local lumbermen. POLICE UNCOVER EVIDENCE ABOUT NASHVILLE MAN BULLETIN. NASHVILLK, Tenn., July l.4ohn Thompson, Jr., who d'sappmr cd Thursday nlplit from the Memphis-Nashville slwpor en route to his home here, was located today at Texurkana, Ark., on the Iron .Mountain railroad train, according to message telephoned to his wife. Memphis police, aided by a special aent of the X., C. St. L. rnll road, Saturday afternoon were ensafted In Invest lat Inn the mysterious dl8appearanc of John Thompson, Jr., at Nashville, Tenn.. wealthy con tractor, JTrom the fart N., C. & St. I train en route to Xa,hville frons Memphis Thursday night, with rumors rife about the t'entral police sta tion Saturday that Important facta may be uncovered here in Memphis. While Inspector of Detectives Griffin and police officials are reticent regarding latest developments In the caae. It was known that Special Agent Martin, acting under orders of Chief Agent Krnnk Fltrpatrhk, of the railroad forces In Nashville, waa In Memphis working with IlcteetJve Remount Will Joyce upon the case. PARTY ATTITUDE ON COVE BE MADE NANT TO CLEAR It Is known that local firms with whom Thompson has had dealings wetr1 RED CAVALRY HAS REACHED PRUSSIAN FRONTIER, REPORT Polish Morale Stiffened by Arrival :: cf Anglo-French Missions-Gen. Haller In Su preme Command. -' . PARIS, July Jl. (By the Associated Fre, Bolshevik cavalry forces havs advanced to the East Prussian " fron tier, 'according to a report from -the French military mliaion In Warsaw to the French foreign office. The Bol shevik linn extends from Suwalkl, 60 miles northanat of Grodno, more than. SO miles to a point almost directly north of Warsaw". Tlie Bobthevlki have not setuallv croseed the borders of ADensteln end Wardenwprder. but .are fraternUlna; with th German. 1 ' - , The mliwhm saym H n!' rstnnrts hs visited Hatuniay by Joyce and MarC jmans atid . Ilqlsh'evtkl WASHINGTON. Julv II. The oosltlon of the . Democratic narty with refer ence to the league of nations "will be ml nerfectlv clear" when Gov. Cox delivers his speech accepting- the presi dential nomination, George wnite, new national chairman, declared today, in answer to the Inquiry of Senator Hard ing as to the purtri stano on tne ad ministration's foreign policy. Chairman White declared that until Gov. Cox had delivered his speech of acceptance he did not care "to engage In a newspaper controversy with the Republican candidate." It might be pertinent to aax, now- ever, he added, "wnetner former iti dent Taft or Senator Johnson, of Cali fornia, correctly represents the Repub lican attitude with respoct to the league." - ' ' , . Mr. wnite prooaniy win leave Wilm ington today without having called at ha Whit Unuan. He has not lecelved an Invitation to visit the president and expects none, he said, adding mat n had had an 'accidental meeting" with Secretary Tumulty at a hotel and had The appointment of Win. H. O'Brien. of' Iwrencehurg, Ind., former slate auditor, as Western campaign manager was announced. Mr. O'Brien will have headquarters at Chicago. Mr. White made public a telegram which he has sent to the Democratic i.at.iotnr. iffi n i t Tennessee' be the th state to ratify the federal suf frage amendment. This would Insure "the friendship of all American wom en." the telegram snld. tv. ,w r u. white's messaae. ad dressed to Democratic members ot the lul.lMtH fnllnVml Th.,. a'overnor of Tour- state "has signified his intention of calling your i i.tn..H in hj naf future Into ex traordinary session lor hi. f"i-" acting on tne leaerai uiirc iu-....-ment. Gov. Cox will make his speech of acceptance of the Democratic noml nniinn for nresldent of August 7. It would be most pleasing to Gov. Cox and Democrats throughout the nation If on August 7. when we begin the drive In the coming campaign that will hroalr l h. Renublican lines In the No vember election, we had assurances from a majority of the Tennessee legis lature of their Intention, in the forth coming special session, to make Ten nessee the thirty-sixth state to ratify the suffrage amendment, thus en suring the enfrsnchtsement of the wo men of America. As the new chair man of the Democratic national com mittee I Invite your co-operation In this great progressive movement and shall greatly appreciate a favorable re sponse by wire." WORK ON RIVER TERMINALS HERE TO BEGIN WITHIN PERIOD OF THIRTY DA YS Work on the (rovernn"'nt riv'p t'rnl'nnls at Memphis, involving- an expenditure of approximately $500,000, will start within 30 days. Final surveys and other details huve hcen completed and with the filing, and approval of these papers at Waahliiffton, the flrnt real start will be made on the long-promised Improvements. Theodore Brent, federul manner of the government barge lines; Col. G. E. Humphries, manager of the Mississippi division, and J. I. Hlgglns, traffic manager, spent the latter part of the week In the city making In spections of present terminals and looking over the ground preliminary to the new work. A conference between the government officials and Mayor Talne waa held, at which the entire Improvement was discussed. SIX DAMAGE SUITS KEEP COURT BUSY Memphis banks were asked reaardlii affairs of the missing man. Just wt local police were seeking to learn from these sources, official refused to dis close. While advices from Nashville Bat Urday Indicated that relatives believe Thompson was either dead or seriously injured and therefore unable to make known his whereabouts, local rumors heard were that police were not alto gether following the theory of sui cide or accidental death in their In vestigations. The Memphis police have found that Tho.npson, just previous to bardlng his train for Nashville late Thursday night went to a small cafe across from the Union station and purchased a pack age of clgarets. These el na rets were not found in Mr. Tnompson a enecia after he disappeared from the train. According to advices trom rsnvni Saturday a reward of $5M) for the re covery of the body. If Mr. Thompson has met death, has been offered by relatives there. The following telegram was receiver by Sheriff O. It. Perry early Saturday. It la from A. J. Banhell. chief of no lle of Nashville: ' "John Thompson disappears on w N C. St. L. train last night He Is In his underclothes and possibly demented. Relatives offer 500 re ward for the recovery of his body, or Information of him If alive. He 1 6 feet 4 Inches and has mashed finger on one of his hands. Wire me promptly If you get any Information. Under the personal supervision of President Whlteford Cole, of the N., C. & Kt. Tj. at Nashville, every foot or the right-or-way between aiempms sou Jackson was carefully searched Fri day bv section men and track walkers without finding a single trace of the missing man. It was stated Friday that Thompson was believed to have dis appeared from the train somewhere between Memphis and Jackson and most probably between Somerville and Jackson. - Pickle. Painter, To Face Pickled Charge Pickle alanr for getting drunk. Paint also slang to celebrating or getting aoueea. Drunk exhlllarated condition now said hv mil Ire to be Impossible. It Is not very often that the three run together. Before Eighteenth amendment days such may have been but J. A. Pickle, painter, spent the night in city prison charged with being drunk. lie was to tell Judge Barker about it In city court Saturday. 1,1., t HuwalktJf The northern wing of (. -r i. irnmnvviKi army now ia mena;in -irv,w directly from tfw north as well as from the easL ': liolsoevikl now &ra ZS miles southwest of JBialystok. The allied troops in Allenatein and -Marlenwerder, which are mostly French, win be held there until the situation clears, although their plebiscite dutioa have been completed. uen. Homer, commander or tnenrtt Polish army, which suffered most se verely In the vital rerion northeast of Warsaw, has been relieved, and Gen. Joseph Haller has been given supreme command of the northern group - , or. . armies. ."-.. The advance of Gen. Haller. who com- manded the Polish divisions in Franc and la French trained. Is the first steo In the reorganisation of the Polish arm which was begun by the .Anglo-French t misnion yeateruay. Aimougn important technical services are being taken over by French officers and advisers, an-l-large authority has been placed with ait tne stairs. On the Gal elan front a Follsn bolster offensive is being organised. Tnree polish armistice delegate int Warsaw yesterday. They are Oerw Romer. Col. Snllohub, who negotiated successfully with the Bolshevikl at; , Murmansk, and M. Wroulewski, vice minister of the council. . Finland and the Russian soviet grrr mment have resumed the Dorpat con ference over several Olsputed . Dis tricts, which was broken off recently. The mission reports tne morale oi in Polish armv stiffened remarkably dur ing the last week because of the mis sion's arrival, newa of munitions en route, and the fact of allied support. The mission states that only the Bol shevikl cavalry now Is effective, the infantry being wortniesa. OLD NEGRO FOR ALLEGED ATTACKS Police Arrest Giant BlacI After Many Complaints Are Received. Plans as thev stand will give the cltv one of the most comprehensive sys tems of river terminals In the country. Its development the first year after completion Is estimated as more than four times the present shipping records. At present the annusl amount han dled Is between 75.0no and 0.0u0 tons. This Includes the heavv cotton move ment and other freight. Under the work contemplated bv the government the tonnngn for the first year will run between 2SO,ono and 300.000 tons. The development Is of such a nature as to take care of future business and ex pansion to r.00,000 tons annually is looked for In a few years. The government barge line now has In service 28 new barges of the .0nn ton capacity model and 25 barges of ca pacities running from MM to 1.000 tons. Twelve more of the larger type now sre under construction and will be resdy If needed by the time the gov ernment Improvement Is completed. tine of the greatest problems', en countered in tne expansion U the 4ea m getting motive power. However, one towhoat Is under construction and will be completed within a few weeks while others are to be rushed as fast as possible. 1'nder this program It Is an ticipated there will be sufficient tow boats available by the time the gov ernment project Is complete. Kngineers representing the govern ment have made complete reports on the Memphis situation. The visit of theso men followed the recent visit of Hrig -Oen. Frank T. Hlnes. who marie a thorough inspection of the possibili ties of the city. It is assured that there will be enough frcluht to bring on a rapid In crease In shipping. At the present It Is Impossible for the few barges to hsniile sriytlilng near the amount of freight given them. Three barges of the 2.4100-ton type now ere In Mem phis and are being used here. Announcement, on the contracts and other details Is expected to be made within a few weeks and first active work begun, All Are Tiled Within Two Hours Before Close Friday. Rummertime dullness In Shelby county courts would be banished entirely, if all office hours of the day proved as busy as the last two of Friday. Six damage suits were filed In the final two hours, with a total of almost $40 000 damages asked. It was the huslest two hours since the courts "closed shop" for the summer. Mrs. Mary Wooldrldge filed suit for J 20 000 damages, snd her husbsnd, W. H. Wooldrldge for $5,000 additional aralnst the city of Memphis, the Mem phis Artesian Water department, the receivers for the Memphis Gas A Flec Irlc company and the company Itself. They alleged thnt while -driving tlu'lr automoblle out Vnlon avenue on Au gust 1. 191. thay struck an excavation In the street at Lumpkin, which had been made for the purpose of Installing sewer, water and gas pipes, and had been left unguarded by a red light. Their bill was filed by Attorneys Holmes A Tannic and L. C. Going. J. J. Trotten trailed In with a suit for $10,000 damages against Theodore I'rlnstein, proprietor of the American Pharmacy. 177 Beale avenue. His bill, which was filed by Attorney B. F. Booth, alleged that on July 4 he pur chased candy from the drug store, and after eating a portion of It, found that it contained oartlcles of elass. Plns'eln was Indicted on a manslaughter rlvtrgo several months ago. following the death of Mrs. Bertha Handle, from drinking of Jamaica ginger. whl h had been om rounded with wood alcohol, and v.Mloh, It was alleged, had been purchas-sd at his slnr. A suit for $721.27 damages was filed against the receivers for the Memphis Street Railway company by Attorney W. T. McLuIn and L. J. Dejaeli, for the Thompson-Graham company, paving contractors. The bill alleged that a street car hit one of their trucks on Third street on January II. The head of the firm, which Is plaintiff In the suit. John Thompson. Jr., disappeared from a N., C. ft St. U train Thursday nlEht. Bhelby county also filed a damage suit against thf receivers for the street car company, for a smash between the workhouse wagon ami a street car at Main street and Washington awnuu, on November 25. 191. W. T. Mclnn, who Is county attorney, filed the imt. Thev nsk $773 34 damages. A. K. Joyner filed suit for $2.6"0 d.-imasvs against the 818 Tire & Vul cvnlilng company, allegii.g that on July 17. as he was crossing North Court avenue at Second street, a service car ururk and injured him. .KUln and Bejash filed h,t suit also Continued Fair, Scott's Forecast The weather prediction for Memphis nnl vlunlty is fuir t-'aturday night and Sunday with little change In the tern- nerat ure. The Mississippi river Is scheduled to fail In this district for an Indefinite period. The river stage Saturday was 16 6 feet. Indicating a fall of . of a foot during the last 14 hours. Rare Portrait Of Gen. Washington Given Museum NEW YORK, July S A rare and comparatively unknown portrait of George Washington, painted In oils on a marble slab, bv Archibald Robertson, has been deposited In the New York Historical society by Tarrant Putnam, a lineal descendant of the artist. It was announced today. The colors of the painting are said te be as bright as If It had been Just completed, and shows Washington clad as a civilian In pale brownish coat, with broad white ruffles down the front. A notation by the artist on the back board filling Indicates the portrait was painted In Philadelphia In December. 17V1. The artist had written that when the painting was made, Wsshlng ton did not wear his false teeth. Girl Swimmer Goes To Antwerp ,-'' U f--V M ' ' Al aW7fa 1 ,.W.ftrfl.aVe4 HELEN ME ANY. Helen Meany, of New York, is one of the youngest of the American swim mers mi on their way to Antwerp to tske.part In the Olympic games. She was Chosen because of her suoerlor recor In diving ics taM eputlitl of at' Jlrrr Prest. negro, ( feet ( Inches was arrested Saturday by Denut Palmer and Bradley on a charge of tempted attack on a white woman. H was hailed into Squire Maher's court and is now In the county jail awaiting action of the grand Jury. The testimony produced brought out the fact that Presti Is alleged to have been active along the pigeon Roost road and to have made several at tempts to attack white women recently. On one occasion It Is alleged that ha was armed with a shotgun and attempt ed to stop a car and force a woman to get out. Deputies have been on Ms trail for two weeks. MINERS TOLD TO RESUME WORK INDIANAPOLIS. Ind.. July II. Strik ing mine workers In Indiana and Illi nois today were ordered back to work by President John U. Ijewls. of the United Mine Workers of America. In A telegram directed to every local union In the affected districts, he Instructed that Immediate meetings be called and steps taken to get the men back te work. APPENDICITIS FATAL TO LOCAL SALESMAN Sam Lee Fisher, id. died Saturday morning at :10 o'.clock at St. Joseph' hospital, following an oneration for an- nenrllcltls. Mr. Fisher Is well known In Memphis, and has been a traveling salesman for a tea and coffee company here for several years. He is a broth er of W. H., J. B.. J. C. and R. IX Fisher, of Memphis, and Mrs. O. C. lie Kee, of Colorado Sprints. Col. The funeral will he held Sunday from the residence of his brother, R. T). Fisher. Ii20 I.smsr boulevard. The body will be taken to Colllervllle. Tenn., for burial. Services will also Be held at I o'clock. PELLEY ASSIGNED. J. J. Pellev. at one time superinten dent of the Illinois Central railroad at Memphis, now general superintendent of northern lines with headquarters at Chicago, has been assigned to Important special work with the car service com mittee st Chicago, and will be suc ceeded ss general superintendent by George E. Patterson, superintendent of the Illinois division. J. W. Haveron. superintendent st Fulton, will succeed Mr. Patterson. C. R. Young, trainmas ter at Cairo, ill., formerly located at Memphis, has been promoted to super intendent at Fulton, to succeed Mr. Hevron. POWELL AT FORREST CITY. FORRKST CITY. Ark.. July II. (8nl. dmesd Powell, of Camden, candidate for governor, one of the nine, addressed the voters In this city at the court house Thursday. He had a good audi ence and made the usual speech. Twenty-four hours to noon July It: Temperature Hour. Dry bulb. Wet bulb. Humid' T p.m. yes'day M 72 $ 7 a.m. today 7 70 73 Noon today ..ft 72 SO Maximum .09 .. . . Minimum . . "5 . . Hun sets today 7:04 p.m.: rises to morrow, fi:00 a m. Moon rises 7:17 p.m. tonight. Precipitation none. e i . . Tennessee Fair. Mississippi Fair. Arkansas Generally fair. Kentucky Fair In south, sowers In north portion. North and South Carolina and Geor gia. Fair. Northwest Florida. Alabama and Ok lahoma Generally fair. Louisiana Generally fair exoept scattered showers near coast. Fast Texas Partly cloudy, robabl showers near coast. 1 West Texas Partly cloudy. .