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VOL. L VIII. NO. 18,418
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PORTLAND, OREGON, SATURDAY, DECEMBER G, 191i).
PRICE FIVE CENTS
TEAM FOR PASADENA
TO BE CHOSEN TODAY
MOTHER AND BROTHER
OF DEAD GIRL TAKEN
WALTER TABOR, ARRESTED AT
WEED, DENIES CRIME.
TACOMA STRIKE ENDS;
TODD PLANT TO OPEN
AGREEMENT REACHED ON
FLAMES CAUSE PANIC
IN NEW YORK STREETS
SEWER GAS EXPLOSIONS SHAKE
BUILDINGS FOR BLOCKS.
PROBE IS ORDEREO
Indianapolis Judge Calls '"
OREGON ELEVEN HAS ODJDS
President Jokes With Two
MEXICAN SITUATION KNOWN
Mews of Jenkins' Release
Comes During Conference.
STAGING HELD PERFECT
Comment Is Hitchcock's Fall Is
Kmphatic in Pronouncing Ex
ecutive lrully Competent.
OKECOXIAX NEWS BUREAU,
Washington, Dec. 5. (Special.) Dis
tressing rumors concerning President
"Wilson's condition will be partially
dismissed as the outcome of the visit
ef Senators Hitchcock of Nebraska
and Kali of New Mexico, a special
rommittee of the senate, to the White
House this afternoon to discuss the
When the two senators emerged
from the main door to the White
House proper at a few minutes after
t o'clock, they were surrounded by a
zealous group of newspaper men in
whose minds but one question was
It was not about Mexico. It was
directed to the president's health and
this dialogue with Senator Fall
quickly ensued: "Senator, from your
conversation with the president are
you satisfied that he is fully com
petent to handle this Mexican situa
tion?" "Mentally, do you mean?" queried
"That is right."
"Ira" Is Emphatic.
"Tes, entirely." he replied with em
phasis. All of tha early questions were
highly personal, bearing on the presi
dent's demeanor and physical appear
ance. Two or three inquiries were
to learn if they found the president
attired in his old gray sweater for
which he has shown somewhat of a
passion in the last few weeks during
liis hours out of bed. Other questions
followed In rapid succession.
"Senator Fall did the most of the
talking, ask him," suggested Senator
Hitchcock, but before the inquisitive
correspondents could turn their bat
teries on the senator from New
Mexico, Senator Hitchcock said:
"The president appeared much bet
ter than when 1 conferred with him
come time ago. He was feeling well
nd displayed a fine sense of humor.
He brightened the conversation with
eeveral little jokes and even grew
humorous on the subject of his own
condition in the conversation with
rreaidrnt Telia Story.
This was understood to mean that
the president had made some witty
references to the alarming rumors of
"When the matter of Mexican in
tervention was mentioned," continued
Jir. Hitchcock, "the president told the
etory of how some one asked Hen
Ticssy if he thought the United States
would have to take Mexico, to which
Hennessy replied: 'Shore. Mexico is
getting so contagious I don't see how
we can help taking it.'"
Senator Hitchcock then told how
the news of the release of Jenkins
vhad been communicated by the state
Apartment to the president by Dr.
Grayson right in the midst of the
conference and, commenting on the
peculiar psychology of the delivery of
the message at such a moment, said:
"Oh, this thing was perfectly staged."
The newspaper men had ?en ap
prised of the release of Jenkins by
Secretary Tumulty a few minutes be
fore the senators came out.
The two senators said they found
the president in bed, instead of being
in the much-mentioned wheel chair,
they may have anticipated. He was
not propped up, but reposing in a com
fortable position with his head pil
lowed in the ordinary manner.
"Did he say whether he had been
officially advised by the slate depart
ment of the Mexican situation?" some
one asked Senator Fall, who replied:
"I did not ask him."
Mexican Knowledge Shorrn.
Senator Fall said that while the
Mexican crisis was not gone into in
detail the president exhibited a gen
eral knowledge of the situation and
asked that the report of the Investi
gation made by the Fall subcommittee
ue submitted to him. This memoran
dum, Senator Fall said, would be sent
to the president tonight. A copy of
the Fall resolution to sever diplomatic
relations with Mexico was left with
Mr. Wilson and whether he had seen
it before was not revealed.
The president was not asked
whether he approved the course of
Secretary Lansing in dealing with the
Carranza government. Senator Fall
said, and the latter when asked if the
interview had been satisfactory re
plied: "Oh, ys, I had him where he
had to listen and I improved the op
portunity," and he and Senator Hitch
cock smiled as though they had en
joyed the brief visit, which lasted ap.
proximately 40 minutes.
Dr. Grayson, the president's physi
cian, was seen later at the executive
offices and said that the conference
(Concluded on face 2. L'oluinn 3.)
Committee Takes Time to Investi
gate fully Before Choosing
LOS ANGELES, Cal., Dec. 5. (Spe
cial.) Whether the University o
Oregon or the University of Wash
ington will line up against Harvard
in the annual east-against-west grid
iron classic at Pasadena on New
Year's day, is still a matter of con
jecture. Although the Seattle insti
tution is not yet out of the running,
the odds seem to favor Oregon.
Members of the alumni of both are
hot after Messrs. W. F. Creller,
Seward A. Simons and A. J. Berton
eau, who compose the football com
mittee of the tournament of roses.
An official notice signed by the
trio of members of the football com
mittee and issued after its meeting at
the Maryland hotel, Pasadena, today
gave out the information that the
western choice will not be named un
til tomorrow. Today's bulletin read:
"The football committee feels that
in justice to the Harvard football
team, the public and the west, and in
courtesy to numerous requests which
have come over the wires this morn
ing the committee will take until Sat
urday to investigate carefully the sit
uation before making its announce
ment of the western team."
Chairman Creller said that the
western club may not be named untii
ITALIANS LEAVE AMERICA
Steady Exodus Attributed to Pro
hibition in C. S.
SAN FRANCISCO. Dec 6. (Special.)
Prohibition is beginning to reap Its
harvest in a hegira of Italians from
San Francisco, according to the an
nouncement of the railroad officials,
who reported that a special train
carrying 170 Italians bound for New
York, en route to Genoa, Italy, left
the Oakland Mole today. This is the
second such special train to depart
from California In the last three
weeks. The train cost the travelers
$17,000. Their total transportation
expenses to their native land will be
At the local banks it was learned
that members of the party today
carried with them letters of credit
aggregating .more than $200,000.
Tomorrow another party consisting
of 70 passengers will leave here,
bound for New York In two special
cars. It is generally conceded that
prohibition is the real cause of the
departure of the Italians. It is also
stated that the fact that an American
dollar is equal to 121s Italian lire is
ICE-BOUND MEN ESCAPE
Skis Made From Seals of Boat
Caught in Klamath Lake.
KLAMATH FA LLS, Or., Dec. 5.
(Special.) After becoming ice-bound
when the engine of their motorboat
failed several miles off-shore near
Rocky Point, on upper Klamath lake
during last week's cold spell, Paul!
and Louis Wampler, ranchers, escaped
by fashioning skis from the seats of
the boat, on which they were ablo to
cross the ice safely.
The boat is still in the ice and will
remain until spring. Report of the
ranchers' experience reached here to
day. The cold came on, they said.
with unusual rapidity, and as their
boat lay in the water, with its engine
dead, the lea seemed to form about
it Instantly. In a few minutes they
were absolutely hemmed in.
PLANE USED AT ELECTION
Yakima Schools Plan Opponents
Drop Circulars Over City.
YAKIMA. Wash., Dec. 5. (Special.)
Opponents of the school nurse plan
and other similar school activities,
through their organization, the School
Protective league, adopted modern
methods of circulating the city on
They engaged an airplane to scat
ter their circulars broadcast over the
The work was done late in the day.
however, and lost much of its effect,
its promoters admit. At any rata
their candidates were defeated.
FRANCS AND POUNDS DROP
New Low Levels Reached in New
NEW YORK, Dec. 5. Demand ster
ling or bills on London fell to $3.84 ?i
to the pound in this market today.
representing a decline of 2ic from
the recent low level and a discount
of about 21 per cent from the pre-war
rate of J4.S6H-
Rates on Paris also made a further
decline; the purchasing power of the
franc falling to almoet 10,34 to the
dollar, or a discount of slightly more
than 50 per cent.
HILDA ROOSEVELT SCORES
Cousin of Late Colonel Succeeds in
PARIS. Dec 5. (By the Associated
Press.) Miss Hilda Roosevelt, cousin
of the late Colonel Roosevelt; made
her first appearance at the Opera
Comique last night in Manon."
Newspaper critics praise her oper
atic debut highly.
Plan to Occupy1 Essen,
PEACE TERMS INSISTED ON
Field Marshal Wilson Confers
With Marshal Foch.
ULTIMATUM IS FAVORED
French Press Expresses Belief That
Coercion Is Necessary to Make
Impression on Enemy.
LONDON, Dec. 5. There was a per
sistent rumor in the stock exchange
this morning that the supreme council
of the peace conference had threat
ened Germany that unless the final
peace terms were agreed to, allied
troops would occupy Essen and
Frankfort. Up to this time the mar
ket has not been affected b;- the re
Official announcement that Field
Marshal Wilson has gone to Paris in
response to "an urgent summons to
consult Marshal Foch in connection
with the peace treaty." Is regarded by
some morning newspapers as of con
siderable significance. It is printed
alongside the address made in Glas
gow last night by Andrew Bonar Law,
in which he said he believed the al
lies had the power and if necessary
will exercise it, to insure putting into
effect the Versailles treaty by Ger
many. It is suggested that steps to
exert pressure on Germany, may be
lllimalum Is SURBcated.
"There has been enough solemn fin
ger wagging at the Germans, who
have come to believe it safe to defy
the allies," says the Daily Mail, in
commenting on the situation. "A wise
and merciful course would be t tell
them plainly that if within a fixed
time they do not comply with the al
lied conditions and rulfill the treaty
terms the blockade will be renewed."
PARIS, Dec. 5. Coercion is the only
argument likely to make an impres
sion upon the Germans and induce
them to sign the protocol of the peace
treaty, according to today's news
papers. It is said this conclusion was
reached at the secret session of the
council of five yesterday, at which
Marshal Foch was present
It is reported that the marshal un
dertook to execute the plan he drafted
last June, the mere threat of which
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Mrs. Lester Tabor Is Found at Bray,
Cal. Prisoners Are Removed
by Sheriff to Ireka.
WEED, Cal., Dec. 5. (Special.)
Walter Tabor, presumably the brother
of Miss Maud Tabor, whose body was
found in the trunk at Lawton. Mich.,
was arrested here today by Sheriff
Andrew Calkins and his deputy.
Mrs. Lester Tabor, his mother, was
arrested and held at Bray, Cal. The
pair will be brought to Yreka tomor
row. YREKA, Cal., Dec. 5. Walter Tabor
was taken into custody at "Weed today
by Sheriff A. S. Calkins. His mother.
Mrs. Lester Tabor, was detained to
night at Bray for the sheriff, who
said he was holding them on tele
graphic instructions from Michigan
authorities in connection with the
finding In a trunk at Lawton. Mich..
of a body supposed to be that of Miss
Maud Tabor, sister of Walter Tabor,
and daughter of Mrs. Tabor.
The sheriff said that the telegrams
contained the information that Michi
gan officers would come west, bring
ing formal charges.
Tabor, who was brought to the
county jail here tonight, said he. had a
sister named Maud Tabor living at
Lawton, but denied all knowledge of
her death, according to the sheriff,
who quoted Tabor as saying that all
he knew of it was what he had read
in the newspapers!
Sheriff Calkins said Tabor told him
he had been visiting another sister in
Oregon. After concluding the visit,
he and his mother had traveled south
ward in an automobile looking for a
small ranch on which to settle, ac
cording to the story told the sheriff.
He had left his mother at Bray while
he went to Weed to take railroad
employment, he said.
LAWTON. Mich., Dec. 5. Reports
received here tonight tha Walter
Tabor and Mrs. Lester Tabor, brother
and mother of Miss Maud Tabor,
whose body was found in a trunk in
the basement of the family home here
last Sunday, had been taken into cus
tody in California, revived the dwin
dling hopes of local authorities of
clearing up the mystery of the young
woman's disappearance four years
The mother and brother, it was es
tablished at the coroner's inquest
were the only members of the family
at home on the day Miss Tabor was
last .seen here and - officials had
searched throughout the west, finally
adjourning the inquiry until next
week in the hope of having them
here as witnesses.
So far the witnesses. Prosecuting
Attorney Adams admits, have failed
to produce evidence warranting ar
rests in the case, nor has the manner
in which Miss Tabor met death been
Mrs. Florence Tabor Critchlow, sis
ter of the dead woman, and Joseph
Virgo, Miss Tabor's close friend up
to a short time before her death, i
being held as material witnesses in
the ' inqupst.
Eight-Cent Increases in Wages j
Held in Abeyance; 3000 Men
to Resume Work. ' .
TACOMA, "Wash.. Dec. 5. The Todd
Drydock & Construction corporation
strike, called by the men October J.,
ended officially at 3:30 o'clock this
afternoon, when representatives of
the builders and the metal, trades
council affixed their signatures to an
agreement "under which the plant
would be reopened and more than
6000 men return to work.
The principal features of the agree
ment, which is designated as an in
terpretation of the San Francisco
wage agreement of last August, pro
vide that the increase of 8 cents an
hour be left in abeyance, with the
proviso that If at any future time the
government grants any wage in-
crease, nothing in the agreement shall
prevent the men from receiving It;
that all men employed on September
30, when the strike was declared.
shall be re-employed in their former
positions and at former rates of pay.
and that two weeks' grace shall be
allowed for all old men to return to
work, with no new men being em
ployed during that time.
Joseph Reed, vice-president of the
International union of boilermakers.
here as the personal representative
of the metal trades department of the
American Federation of Labor, did
not sign the document, because, he
said, the San Francisco agreement, to
which the metal trades department
was a party, stipulates that there
should be no section agreement.
The department could not thus put J
itself in the position of officially be
ing a party to a violation of the San
Francisco coast district pact, officials
Mr. Reed, however, was quoted as
saying that while the international
unions and the metal trades deart
ment were not parties to the local
agreement signed today. It had been
entered into in good faith by the local
unions and must be so kept.
Commissioner E. P. Marsh, federal
mediator, expressed himself as highly
pleased with the outcome. He leaves
for Seattle tomorrow, but will spend
a few days here next week before re
turning to San Francisco.
One hundred maintenance men will
go lo work at the yard tomorrow to
get the various departments In shape
for the resumption of work next Mon
day, although it is estimated that two
weeks will elapse before the entire
crew of 5000 men wiii be . at work
MAYNARD STARTS SOUTH
"Flying Parson" Will Deliver Ad
dress Before Commercial Congress.
MINEOLA, N. Y.. Dec. 5. Lieuten
ant Belvin W. Maynard. the "flying
parson," left Mitchel field today on
a flight to Savannah. Ga.. where he
is to address the Southern Commercial
congress Saturday afternoon.
Maynard plans to return here be
fore December 11 and then start on
hia one-stop flight across the country
to San Diego, Cal.
State Department Says
Notes Get Results.
SITUATION MUCH RELIEVED
Dispatch Arrives as Fall Con
fers With Wilson.
PRESIDENT IS INFORMED
Consular Agent Opposes Talk of
Intervention, as He Believes
Some Other Way Better.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5. William O.
Jenkins, American consular agent mi
prisoned at Puebla. Mexico, was re
leased Thursday night.
The American embassy in Mexico
City reported his release in an offi
cial dispatch received by the state
department this afternoon and almost
at the same time news dispatches
were received from Mexico City which
said a check for J500 had been de
posited with the civil authorities at
This difference in the two reports
seemed to raise some doubts as to
whether Jenkins was released uncon
ditionally on the diplomatic represen
tation of the United States govern
ment, or whether he had been re
leased on bail, ajs the Mexican au
thorities contended he could.
Proleat Get ItmuItM.
The state department. however,
took the view that Jenkins had been
released on its diplomatic represen
tations and issued this statement:
"The release of William O. Jenkins,
the American consular agent at Pueb
la. Mexico, was reported this aftrr.
noon irom the embassy at Mexico
"The release of Consular Agent
Jenkins was brought about by urgent
diplomatic representations made by
this government and the resulting- In
vestigation made by General Pablo
Gonzales, who was sent to Puebla by
the Mexican government to investi
gate the facts in the case. The inves
tigations by General Gonzales, who
was at Puebla on December 3. had
then practically substantiated the po
sition taken by this government on
behalf of Jenkins.
Two peons from Santa Lucia ad
mitted to General Gonzales that they
had made declarations against Jen
kins under threat of execution. Other
witnesses testified they had been
compelled to make false statements
against Jenkins under duress. One
witness was threatened with a pistol,
another suspended by a rope, and still
another beaten until he made his dec
laration against Jenkins.
"These facts are shown in the court
record of the case."
Jenkina Abducted October in.
The embassy's dispatch reached the
I state department coincident witli the
1 arrival at the White House of Sen
ators Fall and Hitchcock, who were
instructed by the senat foreign re
lations committee to discuss with the
I president pending resolutions propos
ing that the president be requested
to sever diplomatic relations with the
Jenkins was abducted October 19
and the American embassy was Im
mediately instructed to take all pos
sible measures to effect his release
from the bandits who had robbed and
kidnaped him. Jenkins was released
on ransom, returning to Puebla Octo
ber 26, was taken to a hospital on
I that date and was arrested November
Il5 by the Mexican authorities and
taken into custody.
While the release of Jenkins served
to relieve in a way the tension here
on the Mexican situation, officials
have explained that the Jenkins case
I was only an incident in the Mexican
situation. Senators regard the charges
of Senator Fall that the Mexican
ambassador and consuls in the United
States have spread "red" propaganda
as the more serious.
Jrnklai Aaralnat Intervention.
Intervention in Mexico is opposed
by Jenkins, who in a letter received
today by Representative Davis of Ten
"It ought to be possible to solve the
Mexican problem without actual in
Writing from the state penitentiary
at Puebla, on November 26, Jenkins
said he had refused to give bond, "as
it seemed best to meet these people
squarely and have it out once for all.
as otherwise they would trouble me
for months and months."
The letter said the general feeling
there was that "Mexico will make one
I of her usual insulting replies" to the
American note requesting Jenkins' re
lease, and that the American embassy
at Mexico City then had a representa
tive at Puebla, "taking evidence that
the court has refused to take."
"I would not like to see intervention
at all. Jenkins wrote, "as I think
that it ought to be possible to solve
the Mexican problem without actual
intervention, although the attitude of
the present government is hard to
understand at times.
"Mexico had the greatest chance on
I earth to get on her feet and stay there
during the big war by taking a stand
In favor of the allies, but it is well
known that the government was vio
lently pro-German and from the con
tinued .prosecution that they are
IConclud.d oa Faga V, Culumo 2.J
Lights Extinguished and Burglar
Alarms Set Ringing Police
Used to Control Crowds.
NEW YORK, Dec B." Hundreds of
theater-goers were throwp into a
panic tonight by an explosion of sew
er gas in the White Light district
which blew the tops off a score of
Blue flames leaped above the pave
ment, and police reserves had to be
summoned to control the frightened
Hundreds of persons In adjoining
buildings rushed Into the streets be
lieving that an earthquake had oc
curred. Windows were shattered for
blocks and electric lights throughout
the region were extinguished. The
ringing of private burglar alarms
added to the confusion. At Broadway
and Twenty-seventh street a wide
crack appeared in the sidewalk.
Several persons were severely in
jured by flying glass.
A building occupied by the War
Camp Community , Service in West
Twenty-seventh street was badly
shaken and practically all windows
The heavy plate glass windows in
the New York Telephone company
building in Broadway were shattered.
The explosions continued for nearly
Carloads of sand were used to ex
tinguish the blue flames escaping
from the sewers. The sand was
poured down the manholes until the
fire was smothered.
JUDGE'S AUTO KILLS BOY
Vancouver Lad Struck by Auto
Driven by Orricer.
VANCOUVER. Wash.. Dec. 5. (Spe
cial.) Byron Dimiek. aged 8. stepson
of L. H. Converse, 312 West Thirty
first street, was struck and killed by
an automobile driven by Cedrick
"Hat" Miller, police judpe of Van
couver, at 5:30 o'clock this afternoon.
Young Dimick died almost instantly.
An liquest held by W. G. Knapp.
county coroner, tonight showed that
the boy started to cross the street,
sighted the lights of the machine
driven by Judge Miller, hesitated and
then started to go back.
The accident is a setback to the
campaign begun here several days ago
to reduce the number of traffic acci
dents. Bight violators of traffic
rules summoned before Judsre Miller
yesterday were fined. Co-operation
of citizens was requested to prevent
HUNGARIAN TREATY READY
Approved Provision Puts Western
Galicia in Poland.
PARIS, Dec 5. (Havas) The
peace treaty between the allied and
associated powers and Hungary Is
ready for signing, the supreme coun
cil having adopted economic, financial
and reparation clauses today.
The supreme council also approved
treaty provisions regulating the
frontier between Poland and Czecho
slovakia which places western Galicia
within the boundaries of Poland.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature
oS decrees; minimum, -i degrees.
TOD A T'S Fair; moderate winds, mostl:
Allies threaten German invasion to enforce
peace terms. Page 1.
Juffo-Slavs notify supreme, council of
preparations to resist D'Annunzio.
State department learns that Jenkins is
released by Mexicans. Page 1.
President alert on Mexican crisis. Page 3.
Wilson found mentally alert. Page 1.
Habeas corpus w'rit won by Goldman and
Berkman, both held at Kills island for
ieportation. Page 15
Secretary Lansing's dry proclamation is at
tacked in mandamus proceedings.
Sewer gas explosions cause panic in New
York streets. Page 1.
Conspiracy to limit coal output under
probe. Page 1.
Pandolfo conspiracy case goes to jury.
Mother and brother of Maude Tabor ar
rested. Page 1.
Milton man heads farmers union. Page 7.
Oregon Hotel Men's association re-elects
R W. Price president. Page 4.
Tacoma shipyard strike, called October 1
Is ended. Page l.
10,000 tons of coke seized at Spokane un
der libel proceedings charging collusion
to raise price,. Page 2.
Alleged slayers of Chinese merchant at As
toria captured. Page 4.
Governor backs up civilian reserve. Page 7.
Chance that Oregon will play Harvard
pleases grid fans. Page 12.
Wilde set for debut in American arena.
Huge reorganization task faced by Seattle
pilot. Page 12.
Western tea m for Pasadena ga me not
chosen. Page 1.
Commercial and Marine.
Government flour will be offered to trade
at lower price in few days. Page 19.
Com declines at Chicago, owing to unex
pected increase in receipts. Page 19.
Portland and Vicinity.
Memory of Dr. John Heilry Atkinson, Con
gregational pioneer on Pacific coast,
honored. Page 13.
Vernon residents tire of fight to oust Prin
cipal Parker. Page ft.
Leginn intimates Juggling of city jobs.
Dow Walker quits legion post for politics.
Building xone plan ready for council.
Romance and war fill busy life of master
of sailing schooner now in port.
Oregon-Wash Ington passenger sen Ice to
be reduced to save coal. Page 2.
John S. Smith ready to enforce dry act.
Portland business men to build $200,000
hotel at Uearhart park. Page 11.
Trio of robbers loot downtown jewelry
store in broad daylight. Page 10.
Telegram defense attacks Atzamon Lucaa
ta ltbl suit trial. Pag U,
Special Grand Jury.
MINERS, OWNERS, ACCUSED
Limitation of Production Evi
dence to Be Investigated
UNION DEFENDS OFFICERS
Attorney s Secured for Contempt
Case Train Service Gets Fur
INDIANA rOLIS. Ind., Dec. 5. The
national administration entered the
investigation of alleged violation of
the Lever art and anti-trust laws
begun here today by local govern
ment agencies. A special session of
the grand jury was ordered yesterday
by United States District Judge A. B.
Anderson after information had been
furnished him that evidence existed
of a conspiracy involving both miners
and operators to limit production of
Compilation of evidence continued
today and it was stated there will
be no delay in starting the investi
gation when the grand jury convenes
Monday. Arrangements already have
been made, it was said, to procure
the appearance of witnesses Monday,
some of whom are from outside of
Attorneys for officials of the United
Mine Workers of America cited for
criminal contempt for alleged viola
t ion of the injunction again: t the
strike, announced today that they will
be assisted by J. H. Ralston of "Wash
ington, attorney for the American
Federation of Labor. Information was
filed with the federal court today
charging officers of two locals at
Clinton. Ind.t with violation of the
court's injunction by the payment of
WASHINGTON, Dec 5. The gen
eral coal situation was discussed to
day at a meeting of the president's
cabinet, but there was no intimation
of what new step was contemplated
by the government to meet the grow
ing appeals from various sections of
the country for enough fuel to keep
the big industries in operation.
Fuel Administrator Garfield, sum
moned here from hia home in Massa
chusetts to take up some of the bin
problems developing in the last few
days, and Director-General Hines
told the cabinet what had been done.
Dr. Garfield later conferred with de
partment of justice officials and the
executive committee of th bitum
inous coal operators. The fuel ad
ministrator indicated that coal pro
duction was increasing over las?
Operators Deny ComprnrolNr,
The operators committee issued u
statement characterizing as "vicious
and misleading published reports
that they were considering proposals
to compromise with striking mine
workers by paying more than the 14
per cent increase suggested by Dr.
Garfield, and increasing the prico of
coaL There will be no compromise.
the secretary said.
In connection withthe action of the
federal court at Indianapolis order
ing a grand jury to investigate their
actions with a view to bringing in
dictments under the Lever act, the
operators sent a telegram to District
Attorney Simms at Indianapolis ask
ing that the hearings be expediteo.
CHICAGO. Dec. 5. There was op
timism in the east that soft coal pro
duction was slowly increasing in spite
of the miners' strike, and surface in
dications that changes for the better
were anticipated among the operators,
but in the west there was little im
provement and closing of industry
and business houses continued.
One-third reduction in passenger
service now has been ordered on near
ly ail the government-controlled rail
roads of the country. The eastern and
southern regional directors today took
nearly the same action as the direc
tors of the north, central and south
western regions took yesterday In
ordering a one-third reduction in
"train miles' which meant cancella
tion of many trains and much luxury
equipment. Two famous 20-hour trains
between New York and Chicago, the
Twentieth Century and the Broadway
Limited, were ordered suspended.
Many Trains Canceled.
. The Chicago, Milwaukee and St.
Paul system had arranged for can
cellation of 36 trains. More tnan
dozen fast trains on the Missouri Pa
cific, the Frisco and -he M. K. & T.
systems were ordered eliminated. The
reduction in the north, central and
southwestern regions is effective
Monday, in the southern Tuesday and
in the eastern Wednesday.
Coal was said to be at t- oat 45 per
cent of normal production.
Governor Cox of Ohio, after a con
ference with operators and m triers,
said prospects were good for opening
some Ohio mines soon.
Only a few men returned to work In
Missouri where Governor Gardner
bad called out state troops and ap
pealed to the miners to return. The
mines were seized and volunteers will
go to work soon
Governor J. D. Robertson of Okla
homa proclaimed martial law in the
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