Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, September 29, 1920, Image 1

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    VOL,. LIX XO. 18.G73
Entered at Portland (Oregon)
Postofffce as SfM:on1-C!i! Matter.
Comiskey Watches Em
pire Crumble to Dust.
Joe Jackson Tells of Merely
Japping Ball.
Cieotle fn Tears, Say Attaches, as
lie Tells of Thousands Placed
Under Pillows.
CHICAGO, Sept. 18. Indictments
were voted against eight baseball
stars today and confessions obtained
from two of them, when the "old
Iloman," Charles A. Comiskey, owner
' of the oft-time champion Chicago
White Sox, smashed his pennant-chasing
machine to clean up baseball.
The confessions told how the Sox
threw yast year's world's champion
ship to Cincinnati for money paid by
Seven Sox regulars and one former
player had true bills voted against
them by the Cook county grand Jury
and the seven Immediately were sus
pended by Mr. Comiskey. With his
team only half "a game behind the
league leading Cleveland Indians, the
"White Sox owner served, notice on
Lis seven stars that if they were
found guilty he would drive them
out of organized baseball
Cicotte Sheds Tram,
Officials of Chief Justice Charles
McLonp Jd'-s court, desirous of gwing
the rational game the benefit of
publicity in Its purging, lifted the
curtain on the grand jury proceedings
sufficiently to show a great hitter,
Joe Jackson, declaring that he de
liberately just tapped the ball, a
picture of one of the world's series
most famous pitchers, Clcotte, In
tears, and glimpses of alleged bribes
of foOOO or 110,000 discovered under
pillows or on beds by famous ath-
lctes about to retire. .r
Around the courtroom at one time
cr another were some of baseball's
jtreatest leaders, among them John J.
llcUraw, manager of the New York
Giants, awaiting a call to testify
tomorrow and John Heydler, presi
dent of the National league, w.ho
went before the grand jurors this
The exact nature of the Informa
tion Mr. Comiskey put before the
trand jury was not disclosed. The
men whom the jury involved as a re
sult of testimony uncovered by their
owner were:
Famous Players Indicted.
Eddie Cicotte, star pitcher, who
waived Immunity and confessed, ac
cording to court attaches, that he
took a J10.000 bribe.
Arnold 'Chick" Gandil. former first
"Shoeless Joe" Jackson . heavy
hitting left fielder.
Oscfar "Happy" Felsch, center
fielder. Charles Swede" Risberg. short
Claude "Williams, pitcher.
George "Buck" "Weaver, third base
Fred McMullin. utility player.
Cicotte, according to court at
taches, told the grand jury he re
ceived $10,000 from the gamblers,
finding the money under the pillow
when he returned to his hotel room
on the night before the first game at
"I refused to pitch a ball until I
tot It," they quoted him as saying.
Jackson, it was said, testified he
was promised 2u,uuu by Chick Garj-
oil, but received only S5000. Claude
Williams, according to witnesses, got
Weaver, after learning of his in
dictment and suspension, denied he
had agreed to help throw any world's
scries games and that he had received
any of the money. "I batted .333 and
made only four errors out of 30
chances in the world's series," he
said. "That should be a good enough
While the grand jurors voted their
true bills the "Old Roman" seated in
the midst of his crumbling empire
out at White Sox park, issued the
telegram suspending those Involved,
paid off Weaver, Cicotte and Jackson
on the spot, and announced that
checks for pay due the others would
be sent them at once. With his voice
trembling Mr. Comiskey. who has
owned the White Sox since the incep
tion of the American league, said this
was the first time scandal had ever
touched his "family" and that It dis
tressed him too much to talk about
Full Confession Rumored.
Both Cicotte and Jackson were
closeted with the grand jury for a
considerable time today and later
court officials reported that they told"
their stories in. substantial detail. As
they left the room they were taken In
custody by detectives of the state's
attorney's office and taken away.
Their detention was not in the nature
cf an arrest and it was announced
that they would be released later.
Cicotte, who earlier in the day had
denied vehemently any part in the
alleged plot, as described by Maharg
at Philadelphia, admitted on the
(Concluded on Fags 14, Column l.J.
Verdict Is Retnrned by Jury Be
fore Judge Dickinson in
V. S. District Court.
PHILADELPHIA, Eer.t. 's. Mrs.
Emma C. Bergdoll and her four co-
defendants were found guilty tonight
of conspiracy to aid two of Mrs. Berg-
doll's sons. Grover and Erwin. to
evade the draft.
The verdict was returned before
Judge Dickinson In United States dis
trict court.
Mrs. Bergdoll, her son, Charles A.
Braun and James E. RomJg former
magistrate, were found guilty on
every count in their Indictments. Al
bert S. Mitchell and Henry Schuh
were acquitted on the indictments
In which they alone were defend
ants, but found guilty with a recom
mendation for mercy on the joint
On application of their counsel the
defendants were released on $10,000
bail each pending a motion for a new
Aloyslu9 Badcr Dies After Plunge
From Scaffold.
ASTORIA, Or.. Sept. 28. (Special.)
Aloysius Bader, boilermaker em
Ployed by the Phoenix Utility com
pany, on the construction of the Pa
cific Power & Light company's new
plant, was ( almost Instantly killed
while at work about 9:30 this morn
ing." Bader and a companion were work
ing on a scaffolding. As they were
moving some f the planks of the
scaffolding Bader pitched headlong,
20 feet, to the ground, fracturing his
skull and suffer'ng other injuries. He
died soon after reaching the hospital.
The deceased vas a native of Rus
sia, 21 years of ega and left a widow
and one brother, Alex Bader, residing-
in this city, besides parents, whose
home is at 595 Upshur street, Port
The body will be taken to Portland
for interment.
Playmate's Death Hidden in Fear
of Arrest.
Karl Hanson, 9, 'was drowned
in a
"A in Mocks bottom , Monday,
cofaing to a confesslona made
night by one of his playmates,
said he had. feared arrest if he
of the drowning. The harbor police
made an unsuccessful attempt to re
cover the body last night and will
drag the pond again today.
George Finer, 0, of 717 Kerby street,
told the story of the drowning to
Patrolman Reed after the policeman
assured him that the confession would
not get him into trouble. The lad said
he and Karl Hanson were playing on
a raft in the pond and that Karl fell
off and sank after a few struggles.
The Hanson boy has been missing
since 1 P. M. Monday from 153 Alberta
street, whSre he lived with his' aunt,
Mrs. W. Haldeman.
Last Man Hanged in State and Hart
Killed Men of Same Name.
PENDLETON. Or., Sept. 28. (Spe
cial.) Oswald C. Hansel, the last man
hanged in Oregon. November 14, 1913,
and Emmett Bancroft, alias Neil Hart,
who is to be the first hanged since
restoration of capital punishment,
each murdered a man named Taylor.
Hansel killed Judge Frank J. Tay
lor, Astoria, Sunday. September 14,
1913. Hart killed Sheriff Taylor July
25, 1920. Both victims were promi
nent. Hart is sentenced to hang No
vember 5.
Shipping Board Announces Cut
During Fiscal
2S. A cut
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2S. A cut In
its personnel of 3224 employes, re
sulting in a decrease in the payroll
of S5, 530, 372 during the fiscal' year
of 1920, was announced tonight by
the shipping board.
On July 1, 919, the board stated.
Its employes numbered 11,706, with
an annual payroll of $22,299,676, and
on July 1, 1920, there were 8482 em
ployes with a payroll of S16.769.304.
J. R. Kelly of Seattle Loses Life at
Powell River, B. C.
SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 28. Captain
i J. R. Kelly of the steamer Wakena,
one of the best known Seattle naviga
tors between this, and British Colum
bia ports, was drowned in Pow-ell
river, B. C, yesterday, according to
advices received here today.
The body had not been recovered.
Captain Kelly was a native of San
Juan county.
William Loren Fisher of Vancouver
Is Commissioned.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Sept. 28
(Special.) William Loren Fisher,
Vancouver barracks, has been com
missioned chaplain in the regular
army with the rank of captain.
George Augustus Johams, of Fort
Stevens, Oregon, has been commis
sioned as captain of infantry in the
regular army.
Youth's Pig of 8 Weeks
Best of 15 Entrants.
Throngs in Stands Greet Lass
Introduced at Races.
Portland Rotarlans Welcomed.
Drill Team of Visiting Boosters
Competes for $2 0 0 Prizes.
EY Tv A. I
(Salem Correspondent for
The Ore-
SALEM. Or, Sept. 2S. (Special.)
There have been coronation ceremo
nies in honor of kings and oueens and
many other events of world-wide in
terest, but nothing has ever trans
pired in the young lives of Lester
Lynch, 11-year-old Estacada youth,
and Dorothy Briggs, 15-year-old Her
miston girl, quite as important as the
announcements of the state fair
judges this afternoon that the former
had been proclaimed the state cham
pion in the open class competition for
Chester White pigs, while the latter
had won second highest honors In the
boys' and girls' Industrial club live
stock judging.
Miss Briggs was entered from Uma
tilla county and scored 405 out of a
possible 500 points. In recognition of
her success and as a tribute to her
exceptional ability, she was Intro
duced to the throngs that taxed the
capacity of the grandstands during
the races this afternoon.
Pig Klght Wrfkn Old.
Toung Lynch had as his offering a
pig whose entrance into the world
was an event of not more than eight
weeks ago, under the title of the
"Pride of Multnomah." "When In
formed by the judge that his pig con
formed with practically every re
quirement under the rules of the com
petition, the boy's face brightened and
he strode proudly across the grounds
envied by many of his elders. Lynch
competed against a fieid of more than
15, some of whom had been engaged
in pig raising for many years.
A sympathetic weather man. crowds
larger than had ever before attended
a state fair in Oregon on the second
day and exhibits and races far sur
passing those of previous events
combined to make boosters' day s
history-making epoch in this state
Tonight the state fair management
reported that the receipts of the day
had exceeded all expectations, while
the attendance indicated the growing
popularity of Oregon's annual event.
The out-of-town booster organiza
tions, including the uniformed Pru
narians of Vancouver. Rotarlans of
(Concluded on Page 5, Column 1.)
- A rftftSJ' ---,- '. . m ... ---
VYomcn at Multnomah Club and
Elsewhere Strongly for Senator.
Some Workers for Debs.
?! 5 S- 2a
. i ; I & '
N-thwest Bridge
& Iron Co 62 ST 63 7
"Water front.... 34 18 ... .
Multnomah A. A
C. Women 64 12 ...
City hall
Men 67 16 ...
Women 20 4
Total 257 87 63 7
The close of the second day In the
informal straw ballot being conducted
throughout the city by The Orego
nian found Senator Harding far In
the lead and still gaining. A vote
was taken yesterday among employes
of the Northwest Bridge & Iron
company, the women's annex cf the
Multnomah Amateur Athletic club.
the city hall employes and along the
waterfront, with a net return of 257
votes for Harding. 87 for Cox, 63
for Debs and 7 for Chrlstensen.
Eugene V. Debs, socialist candidate
for president, won by a nose in the
ballot among employes of the North
west Bridge & Iron company, with 63
out 'of a total of 169 votes taken,
senator Harding was a close second
with 62, Governor Cox a weak third
with 37 and Chrlstensen, the third
party candidate, an "also ran," with
a total of 7 votes.
The vote was taken at the noon
hour at the steel plant. Seated
around the yards in groups, devour
ing their lunch hurriedly in the short
half-hour allowed at noon, the work
ers considered the question of the
coming presidential election "between
bites." A few, very few, considered
the problem seriously: the vast ma
jority appeared to be indifferent
about the outcome. Many of the lat
ter announced that they had never
taken the trouble to register, de
claring that "it made no difference
to them either. way."
"Who cares whether Harding or"
Cox is elected?" asked one man
loudly. He was a riveter, whose ears
were partly deafened by the inces
sant staccato or his "riveting gun"
against the steel skeleton of a -partly
completed hull. "It makes no dif
ference to us. Neither of them is
the people's choice. I'm for Debs. He
won't be elected, of course, but I'm
for him, anyway."
"It makes no difference In my
young life," said a gray-haired la
borer, sarcastically. "I haven't voted
for 15 years, anyway, and we've had
a president right along just the
A group of young steel workers sat
in the shadow of a towering pile of
patterned steel, smoking with lazy en
joyment in the few minutes left be
fore the blowing of the whistle would
take them back to the shops.
"Who am I backing for president?"
repeated one of them. "Let me see
which one of those birds is for booze?
(Concluded on Pace 2. Column 1.)
Palmer's Refusal to Agree to Pro
posal Opens Way to IAtigatoin.
When Case Is Heard Oct. 7,
WASHINGTON, Sept. !S. The plan
of the "big five" Chicago meat pack
ers for disposition of their stockyard
interests was rejected by the govern
ment today on the ground that it
provided new means by which the
buying and eelling of livestock could
be restrained and controlled.
Formal objection to the packer pro
posal and. to Frederick H. Prince &
Co, Boston bankers, aa a proposed
purchaser . of the packer inter
eats, was filed by Attorney-General
Palmer la the District of Columbia
supreme court. Refusal of the attor
ney-general to agree to the plan
opens the way- "for litigation when
the case is heard In court October 7
The government offered no alter
native plan.
Attorney-General Palmer, in
statement, declared any plan for dis
position -of the stockyard Interests
"must safeguard competition. Insure
the divorcement of packer control
and must with certainty set forth
proper provisions to prevent creation
of a stockyards monopoly."
Details of Peace Treaty Under Con
sidcratlon at Riga.
RIGA, Sept. 28. Consideration of
the details of a preliminary treaty
of peace between soviet Russia and
Poland was begun here today by four
commissions named to look after dif
ferent phases of the problem before
the peace conference.
The soviet representatives demand
that the conference consider the
granting of amnesty to residents of
both countries who are charged with
anti-government activities and ques
tions regarding consuls and transit
Ex-Chairman and William G. Mc
Adoo to Tour California.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28. Homer
Cummings. former chairman of the
democratic national committee. Is to
arrive In Los Angeles October 27 to
tour southern California In behalf o
the party presidential ticket, the
western headquarters of the commit
tee announced here today.
It announced also that William G
McAdoo will arrive in San Francisco
on October 23 to tour northern Cal
Ifornia for the same purpose. '
Party Names Candidates In New
Mexico and Colorado.
ALBUQUERQUE, N. . I.. Sept. 28.
The farmer-labor party of New Mez
ico. In convention here today, nomi
rated a full state ticket. W. E. Mc
Grath is the nominee for governor.
DENVER, Sept. 28. A complet
slate of candidates for presidentla
electors and state officers was file
by the farmer-labor party with Secre
tary of State Noland last night, he an
nounced today.
State Commission Plans
for 1921 Work. .
$2,000,000 in Securities Sold
at Good Figure.
HjghTvaj-s In Many Parts of State
to Be Graded, Macadamized
and Hard-Surfaced.
Road work In nine counties
agreed on; road work In three
counties under consideration.
Pledge made to build Crater
lake road from Trail to Agate
16 feet wide.
Definite action on Wallula
cutoff postponed until Novem
ber. Two million dollars In road
bonds sold for SI. 822, 202, which
Is better than recent bond sale.
Contracts to be let In Novem
ber for paving near Seaside, Cor
vallis and Newberg.
Contracts likely at next meet
ing for most of ungraded part
of Klamath Falls-Ashfand high
way and from Bartlett spring
to Fort Klamath on The
Dalles-California highway.
Gravel contract to be drawn
at next meeting for 18 miles of
John Day highway.
Concrete paving contract
from Oregon City to Multnomah
line via Oswego awarded.
Contracts awarded aggregat
ing 467.031.67.
Another extensive road work pro
gramme was decided on by the state
highway commission yesterday, in
volving grading, macadam and hard-
surface paving for- next year In
many counties of the state. The
commission informed delegations that
it la somewhat shy of funds, but has
arranged to carry on projects with
county funds voted for co-operation.
If the commission, at the November
meeting, maintains the pace set yes
terday, 1921 will be another big year
in road construction. The bond
market is improving and there Is an
indication that other things are on
the decline, all of which govern the
amount of road work set afoot by
the commission.
Tho proposed Wallula cut-off,
which would be an extension of the
Columbia river highway from Uma
tilla to Wallula junction at the state
line, approximately 20 miles, was not
acted on for the present.
Route to Be Reviewed.
Chairman Benson made a motion
that the route be surveyed and put up
to the government as a project. He
said that Umatilla county would not
be asked to co-operate, as it is a state
enterp'rise. Commissioner Kiddle con
tended that there is no need for this
route at present. Commissioner Booth
suggested that action be deferred un
til he could go over the ground in
person, a proposition agreeable to the
other commissioners.
Noticing that the government Is ad
vertising six miles of the Mount Hood
loop, on the east end. the comrrfTssion
decided to request the government to
postpone this work for the time be-
f. The commission Is not keen on
building the entire loop, but Is com
mitted to co-operating up to Govern
ment camp.
Work Line-up Indicated.
Here is the work lined up by coun
ties for contract at the November
Clatsop Columbia highway. Con
tracts to be advertised for paving '18
feet wide on a black base from Sea
side to the junction of the Warrenton
cut-off. To widen with fill from the
junction of the Warrenton pavement
to Young's bay. If a sand fill is made,
this section to be paved next summer.
Curry county Coast highway. To
grade 1.6 miles from Port Orford to
the new grade at Hubbard creek. The
county will be asked for co-operation
on this Job.
Benton county To pave nine miles
from Corvallis south to the end of the
present pavement.
Jackson county-Crater lake high
way xo grade ana rocK 13 miles trom
Trail to a point near Agate. Road to
be 16 feet wide. To advertise to clean
up Incomplete portion of Ashland
Klamath Falls highway in Jackson
Klamath To grade 18 miles from
Jackson-Klamath county line to Keno,
on the Ashland-Klamath Falls high
way, providing rights of way are se
cured by the county court. To grade
from Bartlett Springs, at end of pres
ent grading job, north to where the
road forks beyond Fort Klamath. This
is on The Dalles-California highway.
Malheur county To gravel 18 miles
on the John Day highway, from Vale
to Jamieson. Survey ordered on Cen
.ICoacluded 9a Page. 2. Column i.X
Sugar Takes Another Tumble; New
Quotation, $15.30, Will Go
Into Effect Today.
More automobile prices, following
in the path of Fords, tumbled yester
day. Portland distributors of the
Hudson, Essex, Stuaebaker, Overland
and Willys-Knight cars all received
telegrams from their factories an
nouncing decreases ranging from a
little more than S100 to S200.
Prices of Hudson and Essex ears
went off S200. Studebaker cara
dropped S125 to $200, according to
modeL The Overland went down S140
and the Willy-Knight S105.
On the other hand, makes ef the
Fierce-Arrow, a high-priced car, an
nounced an increase in prices. All
models of the Pierce-Arrow were
raised $230 each.
Announcement was made by whole
sale grocers yesterday of another de
cline in the price of sugar. The drop
this time is only 25 cents a bag. The
new price, S15.30 a hundred pounds,
will be effective this morning.
Sugar supplies in the market were
exhausted yesterday, but a freeh sup
ply arrived last night on the steamer
Rose City and it will be distributed
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 8. Sugar
at the refineries was brought to the
New York price of $14 a huntfred
weight here today, marking a decline
of SI in two days. The retail price
for the new allotments should be 17
cents a pound here.
.The falling off of raw sugar quota
tions was given as the reason for
the decline. The Hawaiian raw quota
tion now Is S10.78 a hundredweight.
Further declines may be looked
for, the refiners announced.
TACOMA, Waeh.. Sept. 28. (Spe
cial.) The first drop in restaurant
prices for several months was an
nounced today when one restaurant
reduced the price of Its merchants
lunch from 40 to 35 cents with cor
responding cuts on many other arti
cles on the menu.
"I am not paying an exorbitant
price for sugar nor S200 a ton for
potatoes now and flour has dropped,"
was the explanation offered by the
Tne drop in coffee enables me to
sell It now at & cents a cup Instead
of 10," he added.
CHICAGO.' Sept. 28. J. A Green
berg, owner of several apartment
buildings, today announced a 10 per
cent rent reduction, effective October
1, and stated that a similar reduc
tion would be made next May.
"We are following In the foot
steps of the manufacturers who have
inaugurated a decline in prices," said
Mr. Greenberg.
Twenty -two hotel owners today
agreed o cut their restaurant prices
from 25 to 33 1-3 per cent. Vegetables,
fruits and cereals will be cut the most.
Former Indiana Senator to Start
Stumping .Tour October 2 .
CHICAGO, Sept. 28. Former Sen
ator Beverldge of Indiana will begin
his stumping tour of the west in the
interest of Senator Harding' October
2 at Madison, Wis.
This was announced at republican
national committee headquarters today-
The Weather.
TESTERDAT'S Maximum temperature, SO
degrees; minimum, 57 decrees.
TODAY'S Fair and cooler.
Germans in Pakota grill Cox on league.
Page 6.
Wilson releases campaign thunder for
bourboDS. Page 5.
Oregonian straw vote shows Harding has
big lad and is gaining. Page 1.
Democratic paper rebukes Cox. Page 2.
Campaign now at stage where voters
minds are made up. aays Mark Sullivan.
Page 2.
Harding la Idol of West Virginia. Pass 1.
Two killed, many hurt in Irish riots.
Page 2.
French aviator wins International trophy.
Page 8.
Government rejects big five packers plan
to sell stockyard interests. Page 1.
Dome tic
Mother of Bergdoll and codefendanta found
guilty. Page 1.
Thousands attend last rites for Olive
Thomes. Page 8.
American Legion decides to take no part
in controversies between capita.! and
labor. Page 3.
Pacific Northwest.
roy and girl win crown at fair. Page 1.
Jail break pact related by Hart. Page 4.
Bird bill opposed by business men. Page 7.
Cight National baseball star. Indicted for
throwing gamts. Page 1.
Coast league results: Seattle 2. Portland
1"J; Oakland 6. Los Angeles 7; Vernon
' S, San Francisco 6; Sacramento-Salt
Lake traveling. Page 15.
Trambitas facing acid test in Thorp.
Page la.
Cleveland nearer American pennant.
Page 14.
Commercial and Marine.
Recover- of domestic wool market la alow.
Page -3.
Wheat weakened by declining price, cf
commodities Page 23.
Standard stock, recover from recent de
clines. Page 113.
McNary confers with chamber of com
merce on port problems. Page 22.
Deep draft vessel easily handled in harbor.
Page 22.
Shipping Interests petition "Wilson to trans
fer coast guard to navy. Page 22.
Portland and Vicinity.
Half-cent Increase In local milk prices an
nounced by commission. Page 8.
Highway commission's road-building pro
gramme for 1921 extensive one. Page 1.
Prices on several make, of automobiles re
duced StOO to 20U. Page 1.
Four changes in city charter proposed.
Page l(i.
Park-to-park auto caravan reaches Port
land. Page 4.
United States will probe Hedderly killing,
Throngs Battle to Hear
Standard Bearer.
Nominee Pledges Party Win
Put an End to Waste.
Democratic Estravajrance IT a 3
Brought Nation to Brink of Fi
nancial Ruin, Senator "Warns.
WHEELING, TcVa., Sept. 18. Be
fore a tumultuous crowd whicn.
packed the Wheeling auditorium,
while thousands more battled In th
streets for admission. Senator Hard
Ins laid down hero tonight a policy
of government economy and strict
business administration.
Krom the time of arrival her, in
tho early afternoon the republican
nominee was besieged by howling
thronfjs and during the auditorium
address his words again and again
awakened avalanches of applause.
So dense and tumultuous was th
crowd along the line from the sen
ator's hotel to the auditorium that
both his car and that which carried
Mrs. Harding were lost for a time in
traffic Jams. Mrs. Harding reached
the hall first and was given an ova
tion as she was pushed through,
crowded aisles to the platform.
Crowd Cheera for Minutes.
"When the nominee arrived the)
crowd rose and cheered for more than
a minute.
Previously Senator Harding had
made a short talk denouncing one
man government before a crowd of
many thousands who flocked tho
slreets about the "hotel and earlier
in the day he spoke to five crowds
that gathered around his private car
as it came across West Virginia
Senator Harding told his audito
rium audience why he preferred th
front porch campaign.
"It wasn't because I didn't desire to .'
come to you and preach the gospel of
Americanism from tho republican
standpoint." he said. "I have been
doing that all my life: that's why
I'm a nominee for president. But
I choose to speak from the front
porch over at Marion for the very
reason that I have encountered in ,
Wheeling today. I didn't like to dis
appoint anyone. When I came to your
city. I find the tide of republicanism
running high and there are 30,000 peo
ple in Wheeling who want to hear
the gospel of republicanism as I de
light to preach it; but only about
50U0 of us can crowd in here.
I'rr.a III Mouthpiece.
"One thing I could do In Marlon was
that I could talk to virtually all of
the American people through the
medium of the great American press.
"I think the American people have
heard, I know they have heard up In
Maine, and I think they have heard
everywhere and have resolved we
ought to do two things, first, to put
1 our own house in order and tnen let
I the world know that we can manage
. our own affairs."
I Declaring that democratic extrav-
J agance
and mismanagement had
hmiiiriit tho nation to the DrinK oi
financial disaster. Senator Harding
said that the republican party pro
posed to inaugurate a policy of econ
omy and efficiency that would put the
whole federal government on a sound
business basis.
The nominee quoted treasury de
partment figures to support his
charge of unwarranted expenditures,
and asserted that one effect of the
administration's proposal for a new
issue of treasury certificates would be
to further handicap the money market
and increase the cost of living.
Budget System I'romiied.
He scored President Wilson for his
veto of the budget bill passpd by the
last republican congress and prom
ised that a budget system would be
one of the first policies inaugurated
by a new republican administration.
"Unless we check the existing sys
tem of waste and extravagance," ha
continued, "we shall run head-on Into
disaster. We have heard during the
last few days from the democratic
administration at Washington that it
needs money, more money, always
more money. And during these same
days we have heard from a democratic
candidate that, if he is elected to the
presidency, he will give to tne people
of this country a budget system such
as the present president, with whom
he says he Is in accord, rejected last
Senator Harding said the public
debt had increased from $24,299,321.
467 June 30. to $24. 324. 672, 123 August
31, and that the deficit for the last
year would have been nearer three
billions than one billion, had not the
republican congress cut down admin
istration requests for appropriations.
As an illustration of financial in
efficiency." he quoted Brigadier Gen
eral Lord, director of finance of the
war department, as saying that the
department went into the war with
out any fixed financial policy, with
the result that a dozen bureaus were
competing in purchases and driving
prices skyward.
Referring to the proposal for a new
Concludd oa l as
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