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THJS MORMMx OKEGOMAX. - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1907.
ONLY SIX BODIES
Wreckage and Gas Prevent
Rescuers From Penetrat
ing Darr Workings.
AT LEAST 180 ARE DEAD
Terrible Destruction AVrought by
Explosion Bereaved Man Com
mits Suicide Gas in Old Work
ings the Probable Cause.
JACOB'S CREEK. Pa., Dec. 20. From
the Darr mine, of the Pittsburg Coal
Company, where a terrific explosion
yesterday Imprisoned and almost be
yond doubt killed every one of the 200
men who had entered the mine for the
day. only six bodies had been brought
to the surface up to 10 o'clock to
night. Others have been located and
lay in the entry awaiting a propitious
time for their removal to the tempo
rary morgue. Most of them, however,
are still hemmed in by heavy falls of
glate and other roof formation a mile
and a half and more beyond the point
to which the rescuers have penetrated
up to this time.
Preparing Way for Rescuers.
Rescue work has been halted. A
vast amount of bratticing must be
done before It can proceed. The res
cuing parties, 7500 feet from the main
entrance, have found conditions such
J.ha.t. to avert an additional disaster,
precautionary work must be done. The
poisonous gases must be forced from
the section beyond and additional air
and ventilation must be provided for
that section. To neglect these precau
tions and proceed with the explora-
. Hons is to risk the life of every man
of the rescuing force. To provide
these safeguards will require hours,
and It is not believed that the great
mass of bodies will be reached before
As to the number of victims. Coro
ner A. C. Wynn, of Westmoreland
County, said tonight that after a care
ful Investigation, he was satisfied the
number would be between 180 and 190.
Grief Drives to Suicide.
Conrad Schuth. 48 years of age,
crazed by the death in the mine of his
son and other relatives, ended his own
life today by drowning in the river near
the mine. He was a widower and
leaves four small children.
President John Mitchell, of the
United Mineworkers of America, tele
graphed from Indianapolis, authorizing
district officials to draw upon the Na
tional Treasury for $1000 for relief of
the families of the victims.
Six members of Troop "A." of the
State Constabulary, who arrived dur
ing the morning from Greensburg,
were at once placed on duty to keep
back the crowds which began to gather
at daylight, coming from all direc
tions. The cause of the explosion, is still un
known. Borne of the bodies' are dismem
bered and ara distorted by the agony of
violent death and disfigured and begrimed
by the concussion and the smoke and
dust of the explosion.
Remote Chance of Survival.
The foreign miners who escaped the
disaster made night hideous In the
little village. All night long there was
carousing and disorder, at times bor
dering closely upon rioting.
The Pittsburg Coal Company has ar
ranged to provide a Christian burial for
all of the victims, and will bear all ex
penses connected with the funerals.
W. It. Woodford, vice-president of
the company, said today that he and
his fellow officers felt that there was
scarcely a possibility of any of the
men still being alive, but on the re
mote chance that some may have sur
vived, the greatest possible volume of
air is being forced into the mine, and
the openings made as fast as possible.
Mr. Woodford believes the explosion
was due to gas.
Gas In Old Workings.
Many miners believe that the explosion
was caused by the gas in the "gobs," a
name given to worked-out sections of the
mine. These places accumulate gas, and
the men express the opinion that the gas
escaped into the newer entries.
Every man missing and supposed to be
in the mine was a member of the benefi
cial association of the company. Their
heirs will receive $150 and funeral bene
fits. The members of the association
contributed $400 to the relief of the suf
fering by the recent mine disaster at
WILL CHECK EMIGRATION
Japan Gives Canada Assurance Di
vert Stream to Corca.
TOKIO. Dec. 20. Negotiations be
tween Canadian Minister of Labor Ru
dolph Lemieux and the Japanese Gov
ernment, which has been delayed by a
hitch over details, will be concluded
within the next few days. It is under
stood that Minister Lemieux has fin
ally agreed to accept Japan's verbal
assurance that she will undertake the
self-imposed task of limiting emigra
tion to Canada, The exact method of
limitation will be left entirely in the
hands of the Japanese Government. The
assurance is identical with that given
the United States.
It is stated that the hitch aroe over
the desire of the Canadian Government
to secure a definite promise in writing
outlining the undertakings. This was
positively declined by Japan because it
would entail a sacrifice of treaty
rights. Minister Lemieux also desired
to secure from the Japanese Govern
ment a note giving the exact number
of laborers that the Government pro
posed to allow to emigrate to Canada.
This was also refused.
The Japanese Government Is pre
paring a programme of administration
under which the promise of limitation
can be fulfilled." Minister Lemieux will
probably leave for Canada this week,
going by way of Siberia and through
The Government has practically de
cided to subsidize the Oriental
Colonization Company, of which ex
Prime Minister Count Katsura is the
principal promoter. The company has
a capital of $10,000,000, with authority
to issue debentures to the amount of
$100,000,000. The company will ad
vance capital to emigrants to Corea to
be repaid yearly.
It is estimated that Corea offers
room for 3.000,000 emigrants. The
Government expects that this scheme
will divert emigration entirely, and,
Indeed, it is not improbable that in
consequence of this opening up of
Corea and other sections, the govern-
ment may decide to entirely stop the
emigration of laborers.
EXCHANGE OF KIND .WORDS
Kaneko and O'Brien Pledge Friend
ship of Nations.
TOKIO, Dec. 20. The American Ambas
sador, Thomas O'Brien, was the guest of
honor at the banquet last night of the
American Friends' Association, of which
Count Kaneko, the head of the movement
. for an International Exposition,' to be
j held here in 191A Is president. The ban-
quel was attended by the most promi
nent omciais ana Dusmess men oi uus
city. Foreign Minister, Viscount Hayashi.
sent his regrets, his absence being due to
an official entertainment in honor of the
Corean Crown Prince.
Viscount Kaneko, on toasting Ambassa
dor O'Brien, said that the society was
organized for the purpose of having it be
come an intellectual bridge connecting the
Pacific Coasts of two nations who had
assumed the joint responsibility of main
taining peace on the Pacific, therefore the
greater the naval power of America, the
less would be the burden of Japan.
'The fact that Japan had announced
an exposition, said Kaneko, to take place
in 1912, was a declaration of Japan's de
sire to pursue peace with all countries in
the world. If she entertained the least
Idea of warlike preparation, the Nations
would not be Invited to participate, as
preparations for war and an international
exposition at the same time are incom
patible, the one working for destruction,
the other for peace, and in pursuit there
of. "President Roosevelt is the warmest
and greatest friend of Japan. This is
the general feeling throughout Japan, and
the entire nation has expressed Its warm
est gratitude to the American people. The
two countries can never be estranged or
shaken by small Irritations.
"The monument to Commodore Perry,
erected by this association in 1901, stands
facing eastward to express the national
gratitude to otir benefactors, the govern
ment and people of the greatest Republic
on the globe.
Ambassador O'Brien's reply was Intend
ed as an Important pronouncement. Af
ter giving thanks for the courtesies ex
tended to him during his short stay, he
said that the Pacific was- intended to
serve as a great highway for the use of
mankind: as a highway it must be main
tained a,nd the responsibility of secur
ing its freedom rested upon Japan and
America. It was true that America's re
sponsibility was the heavier, because of
its more extensive area and population.
"The United States," he said, "has
nothing that Japan cares to take or buy.
On the other hand, the United States has
no wish to own any of the fair acres of
Japan. Each can continue to develop its
respective resources and thus exhibit
themselves to the nations of the world,
not only as models of the highest civiliza
tion, but also provide an untrammeled
way to come and go in the xechange
of the products.
"The purposes and plans of the Jap
anese people no one can question or
doubt, and it ought not to be necessary
to continue the reptitlon of denials from
sources of the highest authority in both
countries that nothing exists, between
them except harmony and good will."
In conclusion, Ambassador O'Brien paid
a high tribute to the Japanese, and said
their qualities are well known to the
world. Japan's determination to make
a high place for herself among Christian
nations deserves, said he, the sympathy
and support of the entire world.
MOB SEEKS NEGRO BRUTE
FEELING AT CRIME MAY CAUSE
Fiendishly Assaults Young Married
Woman Alone In House and
Then Makes Escape.
COLUMBUS, O., Dec. 20. Men on foot,
in buggies and automobiles and on horse
back are after an unknown negro, who
today assaulted young Mrs. W. B. C. Her
shey, wife of the president of the Excel
sior Seat Company, at her home. Mount
ed policemen also are after the culprit,
in the hope that they will be able to get
him before determined neighbors run him
Hershey is still partly unconscious.
She was alone in the house and, hearing
something in the basement, went down to
Investigate. As she stepped in she was
seized and thrbwn to the floor by a negro,
who stuffed a rag in her mouth and then
deliberately took off his shoes. He re
mained with the unconscious woman for
some time and. left her more dead than
alive. Sneaking out of the basement, the
negro walked some distance, put on his
shoes and disappeared. Neighbors found
Mrs. Hershey lying in the cellar, bleeding
from blows on the face and body.
The indignation is so intense and wide
spread that the authorities fear if the
posse catch the negro nothing will pre
vent a lynching.
GRAND JURY VERY BUSY
Many Indictments Returned in Kan
( sas- Citny.
KANSAS CITY. Mo.. Dec. 30. Nine
hundred and thirty-eight indictments
were returned here today by the county
grand jury, principally for violation of
the Sunday closing law. Of this number
65 indictments were against the managers
and employes of theaters, for specific vio
lations of the first Sunday; several
hundred were against pool and cigar
store owners and 20 against negroes for
selling or boot-legging whisky on Sunday.
In the two months this grand Jury has
been in session It has returned a total
of 2089 indictments, over 600 of which have
been against actors, actresses and theat
rical managers and attaches. This all
is a result of the Sunday closing crusade
started by Judge William H.. Wallace, of
the Criminal Court.
Fined Under Sunday Law.
OMAHA. Neb., Dec. 20.-SeveraI Sunday
law violators were fined In the Police
Court yesterday, but a few escaped on
the showing that their labor was one of
Those lined Included a bootblack, harness-cleaner,
photographer, florist, ex
pressman hauling baggage, cigar dealer
and a boy caught shooting at a target.
The fine Imposed was $3.50 in each
The court decided that the delivery
of milk and cream on Sunday was nec
essary. "Teetotaler" Causes Deadlock.
CHICAGO, Dec. 20. Whether a "tee
totaler" Is competent to serve as a
juror In the trial of the Thomas ChanaLj
for operating a Sunday saloon In viola
tion of the state laws, was a question
that caused a deadlock Thursday for
more than an hour, between contending
attorneys In Judge Heap's court room.
The defense alleges prejudice.
Terrorist Woman Hanged.
MOSCOW, Dec. 20. The woman, who
on December 4. made an unsuccessful
attempt to kill Lieutenant-General Guer
schelmann, Governor-General of. Moscow,
by means of a bomb, was exectted here
this morning. She refused to partake of
the sacraments. On the scaffold she
said to -her executioners:
"We wlU soon stop your hangings."
THROW STATE ON p
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(Continued from First Page.)
some ot our employes, or some of our own
members, are forfeited as a consequence,
the blame cannot be laid at our door.
Hilton Appeals to Roosevelt.
Mr. Hilton today sent a telegram to
the President, to which no reply has as
yet beeir received, as follows:
Every effort yesterday by us for confer
ence and settlement refused by mineowners.
Commissioners hearing only enemies of or
ganized labor as witnesses. Not square deal.
No disorder here and will be none. Willing
to concede everything for honorable adjust
ment and return to work. Can you and will
you help us?
This telegram did not reach the Presi
dent before his order regarding the re
moval of the troops was made.
The sending of Mr. Hilton's telegram
followed the receipt by him of a letter
from the Mineowners' Association say
ing that the executive committee of the
Mineowners' Association would be
pleased to receive him as an individual,
but that the decision of the mineowners
to ignore the Western Federation of
Miners In the future is Irrevocable.
Arrival or Strikebreakers.
Fifty strikebreakers arrived on ' the
train from California at 11:45 A. M. They,
were in charge of guards and detectives
of the Mineowners' Association and were
taken at once to the temporary boarding-house
at the Combination mine. A
large number of the Western Federation
of Miners were gathered at the depot,
but beyond passing some - uncomplimen
tary remarks did nothing Attempts
were made by strikers to approach
the strikebreakers to induce them to de
sert the mineowners, but were thwarted
by the guards. A strong line of guards
now patrols the grounds around the Com
bination buildings and prevents pickets
from talking with the strikebreakers.
The Combination mine and mill worked
today with more men underground than
on any day since the strike was declared.
Commission Finishes Work.
The members of the commission sent to
this city by the President to investigate
the labor situation will leave tomorrow
for Los Angeles and thence will pro
ceed to Washington. A report was sent
to the President this morning and it was
upon this presumably that the President
acted in ordering the troops away from
Goldfield .on December 30. A final effort
will be made tomorrow by the Mineown
ers' Association' and the civic' bodies of
Goldfield to induce the President to allow
a portion of the troops to remain.
TROOPS WILL LEAVE DEC. 30
Roosevelt Says Nevada Must Provide
for Own Peace.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20. President
Roosevelt today directed the with
drawal of United States troops sta
tioned at Goldfield, Nev., on Monday,
December 30, next.
Telegrams on which the decision to
withdraw the troops is based were given
out at the White House today. The first
under date of December 17, directed to
Governor Sparks, of Nevada, and signed
by the President, reads:
"I sent troops at your request because,
from the tenor of your telegram and from
the representations made me by the two
Senators from Nevada, and the members
of the lower house of Congress from
Nevada, it appeared that an insurrection
was .imminent, against which the state
authorities would be powerless. The
troops have now been in Goldfield ten
days and no insurrection has occurred,
and seemingly no circumstances exist to
justify your calling on me for action by
the troops under the provision of the
Constitution. The troops were sent to
Goldfield to be ready to meet a grave
emergency which seemed likely at once to
arise and not to provide a substitute for'
the exercise by the state of Its police
functions. I don't feel at liberty to leave
them Indefinitely under such circum
stances that they will In effect be per
forming on the part of the United States
those ordinary duties of maintaining pub
lic order in the State of Nevada wTiich
rest upon the government of the state.
As the Legislature of Nevada has not
been convened. I am bound to assume
that the powers already vested in the
police officers of the state are adequate,
and that if they choose to they can main
tain order themselves.
"Under these circumstances, unless
there be forthwith further cause shown
to justify keeping the troops at Goldfield,
I shall direct that they shall return to
their former station.
The following telegram was sent to
Governor Sparks today by the President:
"I have received no answer from you
to my telegram of December 17. In which
I said that unless there was forthwith
further cause shown to justify keeping
the troops at Goldfield I should direct
their return to their former station. I
am Informed by the three representa
tives of the Department of Commerce and
Labor who are in Goldfield by my order
that you have stated to them In writing
that you will not convene the Legislature
to consider a call for troops nor take the
necessary step to form a safe military
force. Thoir report further satisfies me
that there is no disturbance threatened
which the government of Nevada ought
not to be able to control If it starts to
work with a serious purpose to do so, but
that no effort Is being made by tho gov
ernment of Nevada to take the step
necessary in the matter. I stand ready
to see that the National Government does
its full constitutional duty in this mat
ter of preserving order, but this readi
ness on the part of the National Govern
ment does not excuse the state govern
ment for failure to perform Its full duty
In the first place. Federal . aid should
not be sought for by the state as a
method of relieving itself from this duty,
and the state should not be permitted to
substitute the United States for the gov
ernment of the state in the ordinary
duties of maintaining order within the
"For the reasons given In this and my
former telegram. I have accordingly di
rected the troops to return to their for
mer station on Monday, December 30,
next. THEODORE ROOSEVELT."
CITIZENS WANT THE TROOPS
Say Conditions Warrant Their Re-
' maining at Goldfield.
RENO. Nev., Dec. 20. Republican Na
tional Committeeman H. L. Flannigan,
of Nevada, has telegraphed to President
Roosevelt that the action of Governor
Sparks In calling for troops for Goldfield
had the indorsement of every reputable
citizen of Nevada and that the with
drawal of the troops would be followed
by a return to the dangerous conditions
that prevailed before the soldiers arrived.
Tonight- the dispatch to the President was
signed, in addition, by 200 of the leading
business and professional men of Reno.
Sparks Too III to Talk.
RENO, Nev., Dec. 20. Governor
Sparks is ill at his home in this
city, and no statement could be ob
tained from him tonight regarding the
order of President Roosevelt that the
troops be withdrawn from Goldfield.
SCENIC PHOTOS FOR CHRISTMAS.
Klser'a make fine presents. 243 Alder.
.SPECIALS- FOR TODAY
In connection with the matchless bargains contributed by every department to the pre-Holiday Sale, we
offer for today's special selling a list of attractive holiday items that will prove both timely and suggestive
to those who have yet to complete their selections of Christmas gifts. Mail, telephone or c. o. d. orders not ac
cepted for specials advertised for tomorrow only. i
SOFA PILLOWS ill
$1.75 AND $2 VALUES
SPECIAL 95c EACH
Today the Drapery Department's
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annual uuuutji duo vi ovi i?
Pillows an immense assortment to
select from all twenty-four inches
square filled with silk floss and cov
ered in velours, reps - and damasks
Great holiday values in these at the
$3.00. $4.00 and $5.00 values,
velours special, each
TODAY IN CROCKERY DEP'T. .
Set of 6 silver-plated Teaspoons, vintage
pattern, regular $1.25 value special,
Set of 6 silver-plated Dessert Spoons,
vintage pattern, regular $3.00 value '
special, set $1.95
Set of silver-plated Knives and Forks,
6 of each, plain satin finish, regular
$3.75 value special, set ...... S2.75
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75c Teapots special, each
85c Teapots special,' each
90c Teapots special, each
$1.00 Teapots special, each
Regular $4.25 values in
this heavy and well-propor-tioned
design, 36 inches high,
in the polished and quarter
sawed golden oak finish,
TERR DOWN YELLOW FLftfiS
PEOPLE REVOLT AGAINST THE
One Man Faces Officer With Gun,
Threatening to Shoot if Rag
COLVILLE, Wash., Dec. 20. (Spe
cial.) County Coroner Cook received
advices from Quarantine Officer S. G.
Thurman, at Maud, that a number o:
persons had revolted against placing
smallpox quarantine flags on their
residences where cases of the disease
had been found, and that one man nad
torn down the flag Sofore the officer
had left the dooryard, and with his srun
In hand declared he would shoot ihe
first man who attempted to replace the
Dr. Cook, declares his intention to en
force the quarantine at all hazards.
The Prosecuting Attorney will back the
coroner by instituting criminal pro
ceedings against those who break the
A Perplexing feature is that there
are 20 smallpox patients in the Summit
neighborhood, and new cases are
breaking out daily. All prosecutions
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COMMENCING TODAY, OUR STORE WILL
c r b
covered in silks, satins, velvets
nit . mr
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Today in the Basement Department we
offer a heavy, decorated Umbrella Jar,
in glazed finish, twenty-one inches high and
eleven inches in diameter, in artistic de
sign and rich colorings a regular $325
value, at the
V Highly glazed and richly
decorated Enrfish Earthen-
. . -
ware ieapois, in xancy
shanes. of which there are
several patterns. v
In the Drapery Department, sixth floor today from
7 P. M. to 10 P. M. another evening special that will prove -suggestive
to Saturday holiday shoppers:
Regular $2.75 values in fringed and full-size Couch Covers
special, each 95
Regular $5.00 values in fringed and full-size heavy Couch
Covers special, each $1.95
HOLIDAY SALE OF
Everybody appreciates the
distinctive weave, superior
wearing qualities and beau
tiful . colorings of these
Rugs. Today the Carpet
Department offers two sizes in these 30-in. by 30-in.
and 24-in. by 48-in. regular $5.50 and $6.50 values at the
must be conducted in the precinct
where they are found, and commit
ments to jail must be suspended or
special guards furnished to care for th
convicted persons until entitled to
leave quarantine to serve a jail sen
tence. FAMILY BANK IN TROUBLE
Cashier Disappears Depositors Paid
in Personal Checks.
CHICAGO, Dec. 30. Richard Noelck,
adopted son of August Saehn and cash
ier of the private bank of August Saehn
& Co., Bryn Mawr and Evanston avenues,
this city, has disappeared. The business
of the bank was halted today and Mr.
Saehn Is paying off depositors with
checks on his personal account. The bank
had a capital of $60,000 and a surplus of
$40,000. The deposits are $80,000. Noelck
had been separated from his wife for a
month. He disappeared a week ago last
Tragedy Due to Meddling Mother.
O LATHE. Kan., Dec. 20. Olive Bart
lett, daughter of J. J. Barlett, a retired
farmer, was shot and killed at her home
here last . night by J. Frederick Kasten
d!ck, a former sweetheart, who then
hilled himself. The parents of the girl
were In an adjoining room when the two
shots were fired. Kastendlck and Miss
Bartlett had both been married since
BE OPEN EVENINGS UNTIL
A very attractive holi
day valuein these Arm
Rockers a most com
fortable and pleasing
pattern in the polished
golden oak and mahog
any finish with saddle
seat and fancy top
panel. Today we of
fer this regular $5.75
Rocker at above special.
As a special inducement to even
ing shoppers we offer today from
7 P. Mr to 10 PTM. in the
Crockery Department fancy dec
orated 9-inch Cake Plates and Salad
Bowls, in German , china, two pat
terns in each to select from, at the
SPECIALS 35c AND SOc
their infatuation for each other years
ago. Miss Bartlett secured a divorce
from her husband, regaining her maiden
name, and Kastendlck recently left his
wife and came here from Colorado to
resume his attentions to Miss Bartlett.
In a note left by Kastendlck, he says
miss Bartlett's mother is to blame for
the tragedy, having "upset our arrange
ments twice." Miss Bartlett was 30
years old and the man about 25.
FAVORS -GIVING TITHES
Joseph Choate Would Apply Mosaic
. Law to Financial Troubles.
NEW YORK, Dec. 20.-Joseph H.
Choate .In an address at the annual
meeting of the State Charities Aid Asso
ciation yesterday advocated adherence to
the old Mosaic law that one-tenth of all
property be given to charity. He said
he did not believe many of the rich wom
en and men who composed his audience
had lived up. to the law and that If all
the people of the country had done so
there would not have been any financial
troubles like those through which the
country has just passed.
Offered to Sell Whole Jury.
BUTTE, Mont., Dec. 20. Amos Doney,
a Juror, has been arrested on the charge
of soliciting a bribe of $50 from James
V. Collins, president of the Olympia
Brewing Company, to render a verdict
Take advantage of this suggestive
holiday special in richly cut and heavy
Tumblers; set of twelve, in a very artis
tic design; regular $4.50 value today
only in the Crockery Dep't at the
SPC'L $2.80 Dor
We place on sale for tomorrow
three designs in these attractive
and substantial little pieces, made
of solid oak, in the fumed finish,
and covered in genuine leather.
Regular $3,00 Stools, on sale all
day today at the special,
Another lot in two designs spe
cial this evening only from 7 to 10
Regular $2.25 Stools your choice
at, each $1.25
' LADIES' DESKS
for him in a damage suit. Collins' affi
davit is supported by affidavits by two
detectives who were secreted in an ante
room of Collins' office and overheard the
conversation. Doney. it Is alleged. Im
plicated practically the whole of' the Jury,
declaring he could guarantee a verdict,
as he had been appointed by the Jury to
look after this case.
3WN TERMS Jf
PREMIER DEMANDS A DUEL
Wekcrle, of Hungary, Challenges a
Man Who Calls Him Dishonest.
BUDAPEST, Dec 20,-As a result of an
allegation of political dishonesty made
against him during the sitting of Parlia
ment, the Hungarian Premier, Dr. We
kerle, has challenged ex-Minlster of Jus
tice Polonyl to fight a duel with pistols.
Seconds have been appointed and the
meeting will take place shortly.
VIENNA, Deo. 30. As he Is Premier of
a country the laws of which prohibit
duelling. Dr. Wekerle requested Emperor
Francis Joseph to grant him a dispensa
tion to fight, as his majesty always docs
to his Ministers or other high officials.
The Emperor granted the request. This
does not mean that approval of the con
flict Itself has been given, but, should the
duel take place, the Minister will not be
Efforts are being made to prevent a
meeting between Dr. Wekerle and -A.
Poloyl by an exchange of declarations
satisfactory to tooth parties.