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Weather Forecast Showers are provable with .little change in temperature. ( Price Three CentsT) VOLUME 40. ONLY NEWSPAPER IN MEMPHIS SUPPLIED BY ASSOCIATED PKRHH (HFrice Three CentsP) emit enr ' edtoi WITH NEWS O' THK DAVIJGHT HOl'lUi AS SOON AS IT HAPPKKH FOUR INJURED IN $100,000 FIRE AT WAGON FACTORY ' f., ' . . : Upward of $100,000 Hvas the estimate made Tuesday by offi cials of the James &, Graham .-Wagon company of fire loss at their plant, 198 Jefferson avenue, shortly after midnight. The plant was partially destroyed. Fire department reports say the cause is unknown and officials of the fire-fighting force declare there is no reason to believe that the blaze was of incendiary origin. A board of directors' meeting of the wagon company will be called within the next few days to determine what course will be taken regarding reconstruction, and whether or not the com pany will follow plans of several months ago to erect a new plant on their lot on South Somerville street. ' Four firemen, injured in the blaze, Tuesday were recuperat- Hum iiijuiica rcccivcu irom failing timDers The Injury are: O - ' brulsedabout KENNETT I,US(1H body. CARL STANFORD, bruised and slle-htiv cut. MILTON ROBERTSON, bruised art5 cut. WILL RHEMUS, wrenched arm.' None of the injured Is seriously hurt. They were attended Tuesday morning fcy Police Surgeon Drake, who declared their hurts are only minor In character. The four included no hospital cases. The first alarm was turned into head quarters at 1:42 a.m. Tuesday. Accord ing to Oeorge Waggoner, Gamcwell op r.rator at fire headquarters, the A. O. T. watchman's report showed the James Graham night man pulled his box at 1:30 o'clock. Fire reports say that Fire Chief Fitsmorrls, who was one of the first on the . scene, found the fjames well under way on the first, sec ond and third floors.' . The fire originated In the engine room on the first floor. Smoldering embers likely caused Its start, according to or a iiciais oi me company. tjt r The blaze was confined chiefly to the t'sJ eastern portions or tne piant. unices and workshops In the west part of the , building were undamaged save by water and smoke with several windows shattered. A. H. Thoda. general msnster, Tues day posted notice to employes to re port at the office Thursday for Instruc . Hons as to what plans the company had made. Valiant work by members of the new fire department saved the western por tion of the plant, according to officials who had been at the scene since o'clock Tuesday mornlnsr. The William R. Moore Dry Goods company-warehouse No. 4, on Adams avenue directly back of the wagon plant, was undamaged and probably was saved bv steel shutters In the win dows and prompt action of firemen in . throwing water on tne building. Chief Fltsmorris Tuesday was loud In. his praise of the new firemen who . he said, "to give . the. devil .his dues, waded In and fought the flames like " veterans of many, vars The lumber yard, Just east of the engine roon, was savod .when, firemen directed several lines of hose on lumber there. . it was said that insurance fully cov ered the loss and -although . officers, of jh James-Graham company did not give out what! they-termed as an exact estimate of the loss, it was intimated that: the - toss would he. xuUy covered Much stock was destroyed as the east portion of the building, contained the finishing rooms. Oils and paints in this department added -to the. lames', .fuel. The building is owned by the William R. Moore Dry Goods company. It Is leased to the wagon company. George R. James, now at the head of the dry goods concern, formerly was chief of ficial of the wagon organization. MOORE AND G SENATORS CLASH AT BOODLE PROB . 0; Y. E 1 PROUTT SWORN INp MEETS WITH BOARD F. G. Proutt, named on Sept. 1 as chairman of the Memphis Water Com rrdsslon. was formally sworn in as chairman bv Mavor Paine Tuesday. Mr. Proutt presided at n regular meeting or tne water commission Tuesday at 2 nVlnptr thla limner ht firat yalnn of the board since his selection as chalr f man to succeed J.- Thomas Wellfbrd. Only matters of a routine nature were scheduled to come before the water commission Tuesday,' Mr. Proutt stat ing Tuesday morning that no measures of importance were to be acted upon. Whether or not the board will take any action on the question of Installing Boparate meters for each consumer is a matter for speculation. That this plan Is favored by board monbers Is con ceded and some time ago the adoption of such a plan was advocated. It is pointed out that where more - than one water consumer Is supplied through one meter that it works a hardship upon the commission and de creases financial return. UNCONSCIOUS WOMAN IS FOUND IN PARK Dana Myles, aged 21, of 216 Mistletoe, Is held at Central police station and was to appear in city court Tuesday afternoon to answer a charge of drunk and disorderly conduct, following her arrest shortly after midnight by Sergt. Harris and Officer Elmore. The woman was discovered In an un conscious condition in Overton park Monday night shortly before 9 o'clock, by autolsts driving near the dancing pavilion near Trezevant avenue. An ambulance from the General hospital was summoned and the woman taken to the hospital where internes said she was suffering from alcohol poisoning. After being given treatment there she was taken to the police station. WHITEVILLE PLANTER ARRESTED AT BLAZE H. J. Rhodes, planter, Whltevllle, Tenn., was arrested by police at the James-Graham fire and later docketed on charges of carrying a pistol, driving an automobile while Intoxicated, drunk A and disorderly and running over fire hose. It is alleged that he came down Jefferson avenue while the fire was in progress and ran over a line of hose and otherwise impeded the work of the firemen. Forfeits In his case and bonds amount to over $6no. It was expected that he would make bond Tuesday. His case was set in city court Tuesday after noon. ... Rhodes is said to be a prominent man of Whlteville. According to police a .12 Colt and a Remington automatic was found on him when he was searched at the station. GAS FILLING STATION ORDINANCE NOT READY An ordinance prohibiting the con struction of public filling stations upon the streets or sidewalks of Memphis will not be presented to the city com mission at Its regular meeting Tuesday, the city attorney not naving completed the ordinance. The ordinance will perhaps be pre sented for passage on first reading on September H. and will prohibit the erec tion of ary public lining stations within the city limits except upon private property where It will be necessary for nulomn'cll.g to drive onto the private property. Private filling stations will be per mitted wherever the permit Is npproved by the police department and the street department. Public filling stations now ii use will not be affected by the ordl-"n Personal Representative of Cox Tells Committee It "Is Not Seeking Best Evi dence" to Prove Charges. CHICAGO. Sept. 7. The senatorial committee investigating campaign ex penditures "is not seeking the best evi dence' to prove Gov. Cox's charges against the Republican party. Edmund H. Moore, of Youngstown, the gover nor 8 personal representative, told the committee on the stand today. Moore told Senator Kenyon there were men better able to tell of tho Republican plans than him or Gov. Cox and asked why William Boyce Thomp son, of New York, chairman of the Re publican ways and means committee, and 'the 60 men of the paid organiza tion" were not called.- Gov. Cox sent him to Chicago. Mr. Moore said, to "give the committee' the list from whom the senators could get the Information to support the gover nor's charges." He mentioned Harry M. Blair, first assistant to Fred W. Upham, Republican national treasurer, and several other employes of Up ham's office. "Have you all the leads Gov. Cox has?" Senator Kenyon asked. "I couldn't say as to that." "He didn't ask you to give us Just part of his information?" "Certainly not. But the Republican bulletins and the Republican papers furnish all the leads necessary." r "Gov. Cox has no evidence outside what you have brought to us." Senator Kenyon continued. I think not.".. W , .j.-. t Friction Is Shown, v Signs of friction continued wh Chairman Kenyon Questioned Mr. Moore about an Interview he gave newspaper correspondents last Thursday when he appearea to testily Dut was not called. The chairman asked Mr. Moore if he had said the committee was afraid to call him to the stand, and if he said (Continued on Page 12. Column 1.) NEGRO PROWLER MAN WANTED AS ROBBER Sheriff Perry Identifies Black Nabbed on Suspicion. When Police Sergeant W. Roger Ham recently spied a nearo on the porch of a Barksdale street residence and arrested him on suspicion of being a aayugnt prowler, he hullded better than he knew. For Sheriff O. H. Perrv. to whose custody the negro was bound from the city court, Tuesday, identi fied the negro as Tom Malone. now un der indictment on charges of highway roDDery, assault to murder and carry ing a pistol. Malone gave the name of Garrett when arrested by Sergeant Ham. The Indictments grew out of an at tack and robbery of Harvey P. Sim mons, Randolph building, broker, ol the firm of Albright & Simmons, about three months ago. Simmons, driving with a young woman companion near the Normal school, was iisld up, robbed and badly beaten by three negro foot pads, who also robbed his companion of her purse. The negroes fled. Sherlfi Perry and deputies captured two ne gro brothers named Jackson, shortly after the robbery. They were indicted. Perry found where a negro named Tom Malone had pawned a watch which was taken from Simmons on the night of the robbery. He learned Malone's name but never had been able to find the negro. MKMPmS, TENM., TUESDAY AlTEltNOON. SEPTEMBER 7, 1920. OLXU'LfcN VniikH NUMBER 214. WHAT COX THINKS OF HARDING as x. .ffi . as m . ; .si m GOVERNOR COX ON SENATOR HARDING 27 TRUE BILLS ARE RETURNED BY JURY J. Wesley Durham was indicted twice by the grand jury Tuesday, on Charges of obtaining goods through false pre tenses and larceny by trick, scheme and device, and forgery. The first indict ment was prosecuted by M. G. Bailey, president of the liberty Savings bank; the second by John M. Fox, Jr., as sistant cashier of the bank. The In dictments charged that Durham claimed w D' tne owner or a promissory note for $3,800, drawn by a Danville, Ky., man, and that he obtained (200 on tho note from the bank. In all. the grand jurors considered 28 bills, and returned 27 of them as true bills. They Ignored a charge of carry ing a pistol against Gussle Vinson. While a majority of the hills wero for minor offences, two Indictments charging manslaughter, growing out of killings by automobiles, also were re turned. These were against A. W. MurrRv. charged with the death on Aug. 22 ol Louise Kwlng, and Harper Brewer, charged with the death on Aug. 18 of Chester Buxhaum, RAIN CAUSES WOMEN TO POSTPONE SESSION The excess water Tuesday morhlna necessitated the postponement of a meeting of the good milk crusader which was to have been held at the Community center, e North Second street, at 10 a.m. Dr. J. J. Durrett, city neaun supervisor, ana t. u. lsiey, chief t tne oureau or sanitation, have taken photographs which -were later made Into slides. These slides, depleting con ditions in the sources of Memphis' milk, were to be shown at the meeting, which was postponed until 3 p.m. Thursday. WEATHER BUREAU PREDICTS SHOWERS The weather forecast for Memphis Is showers Tuesday night and Wed nesday. The stage of the fiver Tues day morning was 13.1 feet, Indicating a fall of .1 of a foot during the last 24 hours. Senator Harding, personally, Is a man of appealing Individuality who makes friends readily and whose character and record entitle him- to the high re speot in which he Is held. As a speaker and as a writer he has a charming way of putting what he has to say. More over, I believe that he Is conscientious and that he arrives at his conclusions Bonestly. He Is standing for principles ... mimves una is using an his force to make them effective As to the meaning of those principles and write later!' m m,ne 1 w,n iiif ? feIIw Ohio editor I have, natur ally, known Senator Hardin. tnr -... naneS I"' Jh.Ugh Sot Intimately. His J'SkJM?.". -St"' . be'nK to a f..T. x. u or wnicn mine, the ?reynont J"8?? problems have not been the same, and in. no h?d h opportunity of know lES.SUc.t !bSut hls n"iPaper career, except that I have been told he has specialised largely in the editorial end h i. . wrlte a very good editorial which Is easy to read and which has a charming style and the conduct of his editorial page shows expert judgment c. . "a umancing. The Marlon .J" an admirable newspaper and, considering the site of the city in which it is published, has achieved a very substantial prosperity. This prosperity is due I am told, to Senator Harding's character and to the esteem In which he Is held among his fellow townsmen, as well as to Ws selection of subordi nates who have largely relieved him of the business cares Incidental to pub lishing. While In the fraternity of the news paper business Senator Harding and myself have much In common, and while I hold for him a personal high esteem, when It comes to political thoughts we are as far apart as the poles. Nor Is this merely a matter of partisanship. Perhaps through natural temperament and certainly through a II re long training we travel very differ ent mental paths. His beliefs and mlno are so fundamentally opposite that no one can mistake wherein we differ. He Is a generous man, generous of his time and of his monejK but when it comes to the exercise of his influence and authority In affairs of government he Is as cold to the claims of the indi vidual or of the mass of Individuals as if they were only so many pawns In some great game. This little imaginative description, given to me by a man who had been to Washington watching Harding a work In the senate, will elucidate what I mean. j.ne senator," said my Inform ant, "cannot resist any appeal for char ity. If approached on his way to his office by a beggar he would cheer fully empty his purse, and, perhaps, obligate himself for more. Then, Just as cheerfully, he would take his place In the senate and vote for some meas ure which would no$ tend tp. help, the, masses." As I study the record and utterances of Harding this seems to be a fair pic ture of his mental processes. He is 1 warm-hearted, kindly, generous and lov able to his friends and to those who come in personal contact with him, but he seems dominated by the idea that tha few and. not tha many -were- born to rule. Ha has no . personal , antjya thv for the masses, and even . enjoys mingling, with the people on occasion, but hefavors all those measures which tend Kb centralize power into the hands of a selected few. For Instance, he Is against direct primaries,- of iwhich as Is well known, I am in favor. Of the great measures of progressive legislation which are now the. accepted standards pf our .last der cade of political life In this country, and especially In Ohio, he has favored practically none. Sometimes his oppo sition has been lukewarm, sometimes it has been open, but always It been con sistent. For Instance, there are the two great measure for which I have persistently tnd. 1 am glad to say. successful'y fought. These art the workmen's com pensation law and the rural school law. I want no monument better than the fact that these two laws are now on the 4. $Y GOVERNOR JAMES MIDDLETC HIS POLICIES be i M,m fax' h Iv h 1 1 i f. ' , A . ' " ' w''L''w'wi,'cia'w',w I ; - 1 nfy J statute' books of Ohio and in effective operation, and placed there while I was governor or tne state. wnen I formerly traveled about the country, among the furms where I was raised as a boy, I could not help but note the drift of the farmers to the towns, and it was largely because they felt they lacked in the country the op portunity for the education of the chil dren which they could find in the cities. Out of this observation grew my fight for our new rural school law which has been . declared to be the model law of Us kind for the whole world, and oper ating under It, there are already in Ohio 1,1.0. temples of learning in the oorp flt Ms. Our" (Wintry children' no longer have to go to tho city to get the best education. Harding, and the Interests that fought the new constitution, evidently did not see the possibilities of the new order without It there would have been no transformation of rural life. It was the samo In our fight for the workmen's compensation law. Under the old common law of the state of Ohio, which had been modeled on Eng. llsh Jurisprudence of a century before, the injured workman had little or no chance to secure Indemnity through the courts. The fact that F.ngland had long since discarded these Iswh under which we were existing Beemed to have no Influence on those, including Senator Harding, who still favored the old re gime. The old way was good enough for the fathers and It was good enouRh for them. Our arguments that the new way would benefit employers as much as employes and lespen the cost of acci dent to tho entire community had no effect on them. They saw nothing ex cept an added expense to the employing clues and they opposed the Innovation pn principle. Fortunately we triumphed, and I am sure thnre would not be the nllghtest chance of repealing the workmen's com pensation law In Ohio today. In fact, many employer! who opposed ua in 19U ami 1914 nui"'iirteil me in IslK BfT lh had found, through experience, that the law not only relieved them of all post of litigation, but also materially reduced accidents. i I do not know what Senator Harding's attitude would be on these questions to day. I only know that he opposed the new way at the time, and that this op position was typical of him and nffords an excellent Illumination of his- type of mind. His Influence then was of the kind for which ho seems to be noted, that of deliberate rounel and ot I'mg cuiifer. ence behind closed doors on the part of a few self-constituted leaders. Thess men caused the publication of a weekly paper, known as the thlo Star, which was devoted to furthering the propa ganda against those progressiva meas ures. Tho Ohio Star was printed and pub lished in the office of Senator Harding's m-wsnuper. the Mnren Stn Jut what part he hod In Its editing I do not know, but I hnve always understood that his was the guiding hand lehind the edi torial policy of the publication which could only exist on subsidy and which, I am 'glad to say, proved to be inef fective. In countless other ways, which might be tedious to attempt to rehearse in a limited space. Senator Harding has al ways stood for the forces of reaction. He venerates the past. He now wants us to turn the hands of the clock back to the time of Hanna. In other words, he wants us to forget that this i llliO and to go back to 1898. Do people in their right sense think that this can be done? Would the doctors of today discard all that has been learned In medicine and surgery since 1896 and willingly re adapt their methods to those of twenty five years ago? There has been little enough progress in legal procedure, yet would tho lawyers of the country bo willing to throw away the lessons of the past quarter century in their call ing? What would manufacturers say if they were asked to carry on Indus try as did their fathers In the time of McKlnley? Yet Senator Harding and his friends want us to run the greatest government on earth in the antiquated method. Senator Harding would like to have the country believe that the Issue In the present campaign, or a chief issue, Is tha dislike that he shares with his fellow Republican senators for Mr. Wil son and his destructive opposition to the policies of Mr. Wilson. In this, as In other things, he seems capable of dwelling only In the past. It seems strange that he does not realuo that Mr. Wilson Is not a candidate to succeed himself. Whatever happens on Nov. 2 the next president will not bo Mr. Wilson, and it would seem to be more candid with the public to consider what Is to bo done next year lhan te strive either to egam no rirmotw im or to bewail the immediate paat My Idea of the r""'dency Is that It IS a JOD requiring ever wiinwit op tion by a busy executive whose acts msut be guided by the light of tho im mediate present. The right man there must be ready at all times to taks any situation hy tne nape oi me iiecu mm uhnko a result OUt of It. If h StOpS too long to Inquire what the fathers wnu'd have clone in ni piace u ni overwhelm and bury him. The constitutional, tri-partite division of governmental authority seems to mi exactly right. I would not have It changed The execu'l'-e and legisla tive and Judicial functions should re. main as they are, but the methods by which the executive functions should be performed seem to me to require a man of the 1320 model. JAMKS M. COX. (Copvrlght, 15:o, by King Features Syn dicate, Inc.) UNION MEN CLAIM , MORE THAN 6,000 NAMES ON RECALL 1 .... , : - ..... . ' '. Although drnylna; form! action by the Central Trade and Labor, Council, or any individual union, K. I. Tucker, chairman of the com mittee In rhnrft-c of the recall petitions directed against the city 1 mljilht ration, declared Tuesday that members of the unions are iffa lng the etiUona unanimously and are working for the tttcceM of the recall, fioln further, he a!d that at the JLabor day celebration, an event attended by several thousand, that all the union men signed and that the number of triirnaturcs obtained to date U between 6,000 and 7.0OO. Headquarter for the campaign were opened Tuesday morning in the Lytle block on the same floor aa the office of the Labor Review, of ficial publication of the Trades and Labor council. " ', .. 4 1 0 When seen Tuesday Tucker u in the offices of the labor organ. H do- CITY WILL INSIST ON GAS COMPANY GIVING SERVICE POLICE MAY HAVE WRONG PRISONER Some Officers Say Dawson Held Is Brother of Man Sought For. Police Tuesday were In a quandary as to whether or not B. S. Dawson, age 26, painter, 312 Jones avenue, arrested Monday night and charged with being one ot the four men who assaulted Mrs. J. Finley Brown, of I.lttle Rock, Ark., was the rlirht man. Tlawson. docketed on formal charge of robbery, still was detained In city prison Tuesday pend- ntr henrlnr in eitv court. Inspector of Detectives Griffin, after taking Dawson berore tne woman Mon day night, when she is said to have Identified hn as a memhrro,f the party, again interviewed Mrs. Brottn Tuesday with newspaper men. Mrs. Brown said she thought Dawson was one of 1 the men, but that she could not swear to his being in the machine from which she was thrown. Griffin said after her second inter view that he was in doubt as to the man detained being one of the quartet. JVteetive Joe Hewitt, who has been working on the case with Detective Taylor, declared Dawson was not one of the four wunted. Hewitt said he and Taylor questioned Dawson last Thursday after the assault took place and that the man now In prison offered every assistance. B S. Dawson is said to have a broth er named Tommy, said to be sought as one of the assailants. B. S. Dawson Is said to have told officers he did not know his brother's whereabouts. Mrs. Brown Tuesday told newspaper reporters the man now detained was, she thought, one of the men who took turns at driving the Chandler ear dur ing thepy ride. A statement issuea previously said "Al," myterious ring SHELBY REPUBLICANS WINCE WHEN CHAIRMAN WILL HA YS GETS BIJSYFOR BOB CHURCH leader of 'the gang, was owner and sole driver of the car. Mra.' Brown is in no condition to leave the station, Griffin said. The in spector said no charges had been prc j .r.in.ht her and that she would be permitted to leave when able to do O' . . . The : Bdp . .r.eierrea 10 in imnreuuvn iti, th nsNnult Is said to have come to Memphis from Chicago several weeks ago Police declare ne tains wnn Northern accent and uses slang. The Dawson detained has lived in Memphis practically all his life. v- un,hr elpwa am to the still, said tob operated by the four men wanted, had been discovered Tuesday. BABY SHOW PUT OFF FOR INDEFINITE TIME After' havfn'g' been postponed twice previously, because of Inclement weath er, the proposed baby show which was scheduled to be held Tuesday afternoon at Blckford park, was once more post poned Tuesday morning because of the heavy downpour of rain. This time the ppstponement wis to an Indefinite date In the future, the promoters of the ex hibition, evidently fearing that to set any fixed time would mean another big rain. The Republicans from Shelby county who returned Tuesday morning from a meeting of the state" committee at Nashville Monday, were not at all en thusla8tlc over the prospect of deliver ing Tennessee Into the Republican col umn in November. The selection of John Gore as chair man of the state committee under other circumstances might have been satis factory. Gore Is a splendid gentleman. He served In both branches of the Ten nessee legislature. He was one of the strong supporters of Gov. Hooper dur ing lils administration. But from time Immemorial it has been the custom for the party nominee to designate the chairman, who is elected by the state committee. Gore is not satisfactory to Alf Taylor, the Republican nominee. It is claimed that his selection was due to outHide. influ ences traceable possibly to Will Hays, chairman of the national committee, who usually works through Ham Sells, member of congress from the First dis trict. Sells succeeded In having Gore named chairman to succeed Hal Clem ents, of Knoxville, over the protest of the nominee, and many leading Repub licans from al parts of the state. The chief grievance local republicans have againKt the action of the state commit tee Is that it placed Bob Church on the committee from the Tenth congression al district. Church was thrown out of the national convention by the commit tee on credentials and the white ele ment of the Republican party. They perhaps thought it was rid of him and his influence for a time at least. But it developed that Will Hays was not In sympathy with the action of the na tional convention, and evidently passed the word down the line throuKli Sam Sells that Church should be reinstated as a member of the state committee. The records of the committee show that no election was held in the Tentlj district for state committeeman, and it was expected that the state commit tee would elect two white Republicans to fill the vacancies. Instead of that the committee selected S. K. Murray ana v nurcn. So long us Church Is u factor and has an official place in the party coun cil It is not likely that the influential white Republicans will exercise them selves to any great extent in behalf of the party under Church's flag. Alf Taylor was so inceiined over the conduit of the state committee which refused to permit him to designate his campaign manager t hat he left Nash ville before the chairman waH elected, according to the statement made by some of the local Republicans on their arrival Tuesday morning. They believe, however, that Taylor's chances for election, iflNtead of being Injured will be strengthened from lack of harmony with the Htatc organization. They expect that the lack of close aflllutlon will result in his receiving many Democratic votes on account of dissatisfaction in some quarters with Gov. Roberts, owing to his attitude on the suffrage question. RAN DOES GREAT DAMAGE 10 CROPS Earthquake Shocks Bring Tragedy And Grief To Tuscany ROME, Sept. 7. Verv narked earth quake shocks were reported today from points In Tuscany, Casualties' have re sulted, the reports slated, and the au thorities have snt aid. The points from which the shocks wre reported were CaBllenuovo dl Oarfegfians. PIevfosclani. Castigllone dl Garfagnana and Villa Collemandia, 11 In Tuscany. A shock lasting about five seconds was felt at 7:65 o'clock this morning In Milan and Genoa, according to dis patches frqm those cities. NICE. France. Sept. 7. A heavy earthquake shock was felt along the Italian coast at :30 this morning. It was only slight along the Riviera, but was felt in every town on this part of the coast. Harding Leaves To Speak At St. Paul MARION, O., Sept. 7 Senator Hard ing left Marlon on a special train to day for St. Paul, Minn., where tomor row he will deliver his first speech Of the campaign outside of Ohio. Mrs. Harding accompanied th sen ator. " Auto Skids In Ditch; Street Cars Blocked Thirty street cars were blocked for 20 minutes on Main street during the. aownpour eany i uesoav wnen a small auto skidded and lodged Its front wheels in the ditch where new tracks are being laid. Seven men flnal'y lifted tho car and carried It to safety. Sept. 7. Temp. Bib. Wet Bulb.Hurn. Twenty four hours to noon 1620: Hour. Dry 7 p.m. yes day so 7 n.m, today . .6'J oon todav ..US Maximum M Minimum 69 Sun sets 6:ls p.m 5:38 a m. Moon rises 1:20 a.m t-reclpitation 3 88 inches fi8 06 Rises tomorrow tonight. Tennessee: Showers. Mississippi: Showers. Arkansas: Showers. Alabama: Showers. Kentucky: Showers. Louisiana: Showers. N Oklahoma: Showers. North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida: Cloudy. East and Wet Texaa: Cloudy. Proutt's Survey Will Show Fi nancial Condition of Public Utility, But Will Make No Recommendations. The report of F. Q. Troutt, which is to be an analysis of the financial con dition of the Memphis Gas and Elec tric company, Is not yet completed and was not presented to Mayor Paine Tuesday. Mr. proutt stated Tuesday that he might complete the report by Wednesday, but that It would possibly be Thursday before It would be reudy. "The report will contain no recom mendations," Mr. Proutt declared, "but will simply show the amount expended for construction and expended for op eration together with receipts and dis bursements. If I am so instructed I can and will make recommendations but I have not so far been Instructed to do other than report on the financial status of tho company. There will be several copies of Mr. Proutt's report and Its completion will doubtless be timed so It will be rdidy to submit to the mayor at the lime Walter P. Armstrong, city attorney, reaches Memphis. Mr. Armstrong Is scheduled to return Wednesday. The Idea followed out by Mr. Proutt In his financial analysis Indicates to a large extent tho cltv's attitude toward the gns company. The mayor declared last week that the city would Insist upon efficient management. Advises Mayor. While Mr. Proutt has indicated that his official report will contain no recom mendations he has held frequent confer ences with the mayor and will glvo th mayor benefit of his findings In tha Y.t9lL recommendation not lu writ- Adoquate service la another feature that the cltv will Insist upon and there Is ample power under terms of mo contract between tho city and tho gas company to empower tho city to rniuicfl i imminent or mis contract. Ills, continuance of extension service Is re garded by city officials aa being a vio lation of tho contract. That the gas and electric company i. iuki niivo us own rinancini proniem In SO far as new ennaf rti.tbin ( .Ann-.n. If the unanimous opinion of the city lunmiiBKiun. j ne city is perrectly will Ing that the company receive a suf flcient return to assure ample funds iq pay cost or operation and give a reasonable return upon investment, but any move to secure a rate increase of suiiiciem sue to permit construction or new plants or rehabilitation of old Plants is out or the question, city of- mat there will be but very little runner aeiav on the nart of th rite seems assured and Indications Tuesday were that the city would stage Its fight before the state utilities commission rntner tnsn berore the federal court. This course will be adopted for t wn rn. sons, Ihe principal of which Is that the ngnt would eventually have to so he- fore that body and the second being that the appointment of a new Indira for the Western district of Tennessee will perhaps be delayed for some time. A portion of the report of Mr. Proutt Is being written up Tuesday, but there remains some Information that he will have to secure before the final touches can be put to the report and made reauy ror suDmission to the city com lllivniuil. MACSWINEY HOLDS CONSCIOUSNESS AS WEAKNESS GROWS IN THJSDISIRICI With a total of 3 88 Inches of rain fall in Memnhls Tuesday morning and brief reports from other places In this district received indicating a heavy downpour clsewhiro, the local l S. veather bureau estimated that Tues day's early morning storm would prob ably do thousands of dollars of dam age to crops In Western Tennessee, Northern Mississippi and Eastern Ar kansas. The reports from outside nolntn were fragmentary but Indicated that the rain which in Memphis rivaled a small cloudburnt In Imenslty was wide spread over this section. The rain In Memphis caused much trouble to persons seeking to get down town for work and did minor damage to the wooden block paving on some of the business streets. The precipi tation especially was intense between 8:10 and 8:15 a.m., a total of 43.100 of an inch falling In that flve-mlnute period. Reports from Little Rock, Ark at 7 o'clock stated that there had been JO inches of rainfall at that time. Fort Smith telegraphed that there had been a fall of .HO inches and it was stiii raining hard at 7 o'clock. Other sec tions of the trl-stntes were not ex pected to r port until 'ater. Officials of the farm bureau of the Chamber of Commerce said Tuesda) that thev could see ihsolntely r.o ben efit to he derived from the rain and predicted that if It kept up for the remainder of the day the loss to the cotton crop would lie tremendous. The damage to the hay crop will also be large, they said, due to It being ready for harvest and the rain causing much of it to rot In the fields; The corn crop will not be hurt to anv extent hut according to the farm bureau of ficials It can derive no good from the rain. No damage to tho highways of West Tennessee had been reported to the good roads department of the Chamber of Commerce earlv Tuesilm- An amusing Incident of the rain earlv' brother Is to die is an Insult to free- l uesoav was noticed on North Park- "wrn. nonor. t way oetween Kunlop and Avers street where two automobiles loaded with persons attempting to get down town to work, became stalled In a large puddle of water formed bv the sudden rain. The water wss so deep that thek engines oi me two machines were slopped and the two euios remained rtatlcnary for more than an hour while other autolsts attempted rftcues. MAIL ACCUMULATION DELAYS EARLY DELIVERY Mall which accumulated In tho post office over Saturday afternoon. Sunday and Monday caused some delay In tho early" Tuesday morning dellvon throughout the city. There was over twice as much mall stacked In the distribution room as is generally the esse on the average day, hut the carriers set to work with gesi and the big pile was soon separated and the carriers set out on their regmc runs. Not a carrier was more than an hour late and tho most of them wero only a few minutes tardy In getting out of the offlco. LONDON. Sent. T Terence Mo. Svlney. lord mavor of Cork who hu necn on a hunger strike since August 12. and for s;veral davs has been In a critical condition In Brixton prison, was reported appreciably weaker this morn ing, but conscious and able to speak. Father Dominic, private chaplain to MacHwIney. said the prisoner was suf fering Intense pain In the left side of his abdomen and In the heart. Regarding the statement made bv Premier Lloyd George indicating that Mayor MscSwiney probably would be released If guarantees were given that the murders of police In Ireland would cease. Father Dominic said the mavor had no authority to make my promise for the cessation of murders in Ireland, as he was only an Individual Sinn Fc'ner. "If th government Is satisfied that murders ere taking place." Father Dcm Itdc adued. "why doesn't It capture the murderers and execute them?" Mary MacSwlney, sister of the lord mayor, has addressed the fololwing tele gram to Mr. Bonar Law, government leader, who yesterday announced the government would not release the Irish prisoner: l our letter reiterating that mi ruth and everv democratic principle. Eighty per cent of the Irish people have asserted their right to freedom you so fulsorrwly lauded In the case of Poland and Cxecho-Slovakla. . . . . Do you call the Poles rebels because they are determined to be free? Why. then, do you call the Irish rebels because they desire likewise? . . . . You and the people mho elected you are causing the death of Terence MacSwlney and his comrades because they have a living belief in and will dlo for tho Ideals you pretent you fought for." Sneak Thieves At Wrk Labor Day Sneak thieves Monday entered the home of A. J. Stahl. 1219 Jefferson avenue, and after ransacking the place stole a purse containing 198 In cash and r check for 1100. The purse and check were found bv members of the family In the alley directly in rear of the Stahl residence. Entrance was effected by forcing a window. Pollca heard Btaal i com-plaint.1 rlard that no time had been set for iwesentatlon of the petitions. Ho sal4 a called meeting of the campaign eom mltte likely would be held Tuesday night, but declined to divulge the place . of meeting, Neither would he gl out the names of men constituting tha aom mlttee. , - What business men are behind the movement can not be ascertained. Tucker Insists that several are actively working but will not name any. He also , declare that on hie committee are professional men. business leaders and representatives from manufacturing Interests. . According to Tuoker, the committee Is In no hurry to complete the petitions. Each list handed In to headquarters will be checked. Reports that members of the striking firemen's union are at work and are devoting much time to circulation at petitions are denied by Tucker. J Conference Held. . At an informal conference Monday night, several of the labor leaders were called In and the matter discussed. However, it was declared by Tucker that none of them, excepting himself, participated in a committee meeting held at the same time to devise plans for canvassing the results. . One incident in the securing of signa tures is being stressed by Tabor men as Indicative of the labor man's attitude. This was participation of Horace John son, commissioner of public utilitiea, in the parade Monday and the signing of palters asking his recall by every man surrounding bim. Leaders declar every member of the Typographical union in the parade have signed, John son la a member of this union. Tho petition against Mayor Pain reads, in part: , "That the said Pains has been gross ly extravagant in tha expenditure of public revenues. He and the other commissioner have wasted the public revenue and, although' tho revenues of the chw of Memphis have ben much larger during the past year than ever before In the history of the city, every department of tho public serv ice has decreased in efflcency and has poorly performed its functions. "Tho said Paine snd the other com missioners have failed to repair the streets of the city and by reason of such failure the expensive pavements are being rapidly destroyed and the Subtle la put to great Inconvenience eeause of holes in the pavements. . tThe said Paine and the other com missioners have fulled to repnh and rebuild certain bridges In the city, no tably the bridge across the railroads on Trigg avenue, by reason of which many large factories snd other large buildings sro rendered Inaccessible for tho fire department in' case of fires. "The said Paine failed to enforce the sanitary ordinance made for the purpose of Insuring tho health of the city. His especial department gives practically no supervision to the pub lic eating and drinking places in the city, many of which operate In a filthy condition, and the state Inspectors fre quently come to the city and arrest open nnd notorious violators of the slate law regulating the sale of food ana drinks, wno have been permitted bv 4he city authorities to conduct their places of business la open violation ( law. s As to Sewers. . . 'In recent time the sewers . of the city have polluted tho public water supply by reason pt a defect In the sewers, snd the said Paine and the other commissioners have taken but feeble and Inadequate steps to pre vent recurrence of such pollution. "The said Paine and the other com missioners have almost suspended street cleaning and street sweeuln operations, the same being so Inad equately done as to leave the streets snd gutters generally In a dirty and niiny condition, to tne great detri ment df the public health. , "The said Paine and the other com- mlsslonerss hsve almost ceased to have tho streets of the city sprinkled, to the detriment of the public comfort and health. ," 'The said Paine and the other com missioners have devised snd put Into operation, over the protests of the citizens of Memphis, s filthy and dis gusting method of collecting the gar bage In certain portions of the city. arbitrarily requiring the garbage to he deposited in boxes on the street curb In front of each residence, there- ' hy filling the neighborhood with foul ' odors and offending the sight with dis gusting matter, to the great detriment of the puhllc health and comfort, and .' the said Paine and other commission ers threaten to extend said method of collecting the garbage all over the city. "The said Paine and the other com missioners have put Into operation unjust, absurd and vexatious street traffic regulations, the effect of which is to render life and property insecure in the streets, and to hirass and hu miliate the people who use the streets. The said Paine ana the other com. mlssloners have demoralised the police department by unjust and tyrannical regulations, by the discharge of honest, . capable and experienced officers, and hy the appointment of Inexperienced and Incompetent strangers as police of ficers. Most of such newly-appointed policemen are so Incapable and Ignorant of the city as to be the constant butt of Jokes at tho hands of the Dubllo and newspapers. i Fire Department. . " 'The raiii Pslne and the other mm. mlssloners have demoralised tho fie department of the city, and have taken hut little care to Instruct and discip line the new members of that depart ment who have Joined since the re cent strike. . The said fire department I now Inefficient and Incauabla of dia. chsrglng its duty properly. "The said Paine and the other com missioners have authorised and per mitted the Bry-Block Mercantile com psny to take possession of and to build a five-story storehouse on the alley that runs ram inn west oetween Jerrerson svenue and Adams avenue on Fmnt street, the same being done In flagrant MiHHwon ui inc taw ana oi tne publla right The said Paine and the other com. mlssioners have gone to distant states and have obtained ahsoluta strangers to the city of Memphis and, have appointed said strangers to Im portant offices In the city govern ment, and by reason of their Ignorance of local conditions, said strangers are Incapable of pToperly discharging the duties of the offices to which they have been appointed. "The said Paine has been guilty of many acts of omission In tho discharge of his duties, sll to the areat detrl. ment of the public service. ( "Whererore, the undersigned peti tioners pray thai the said J. Rowlett Paine be ' recalled and removed frem the said office of mayor and member of the board of commissioners of the city or Memphis ana that an election be held, and that a competent and trustworthy person be elected to suc ceed him snd to fill said office, in the manner and foim prescribed by law. And that alt proceedings under this petition bs carried on In pursuance of the statute laws of Tennessee for uch purposes mad and provided."