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VOL. LXI NO. 19,246 Entered at Portland (Oregon)
Fostotflce as Second-class Matter.
PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, JULY 27, 1923
PRICE VIVE CENTS
FARMER,' LOW BIDDER,
TO RUN PHONE BOARD
MALE OPERATOR, ON $1000
WAGE, TO REPLACE WOMAN.
HOOD LOOP WORK
PORTLAND GIRL WILL
BE MADE COUNTESS
BISHOPS ACT TO CUT
OUT 'OBEY' FOR BRIDE
1912 DEFEAT LAID
TO ANGRY PRESS
.SEEN BY. LUMBERMEN
WESTERN PINE MANUFAC
TURERS DISCUSS PLAN.
IS DELAYED AGA
TO SUE AT
ADOPTION AS DAUGHTER OF
XOBILITY ARRANGED. .
EPISCOPALIANS WOULD DROP
VOW TO SERA E HUSBAND.
PRESIDENT REBUKES DEAN I
Labor Publicity Head Urged
, to Help End Walkout.
COAL CRISIS STUDIED
Secretary Weeks Says States With
Large Deposits Will Have o
Mine Own Supplies.
WHAT HAPPENED YESTER
DAY IN KAIL, STRIKE. .
B. M. Jewell, head of the.
striking rail shopmen, inter-:
national president of the
shop crafts; Timothy Healy.
president of the firemen's and
oilers' union, and A. O. Whar
ton, iabor member of the rail
road labor board, went to
Washington to see President
Western railway executives
issued a statement asserting
that freight was being moved
as offered without congestion
and that passenger traffic
President Harding conferred
with W. W. Atterbury, vice
president of the Pennsylvania
system, and Secretary Hoover
regarding the shopmen'? strike.
The Baltimore & Ohio rail
road made a written proposal
to its shopmen to end the
strike on its lines and sent a
copy to President Harding. '
BT ROBERT SMITH.
(By Chicago Tribune Leased Wire.)
WASHINGTON, D. C.. July 26.
Important developments came thick
and fast in the strike situation to
day, emphasizing the gravity with
which the administration now views
the Industrial crisis.
The high points of the day In
Washington were: President Hard
ing, In a message to J. VanCleave
Dean, chairman of the railway em
ployes' publicity association, of
Chattanooga, Tennessee, suggested
that the rail strikers accept the de
cision of the railway labor board
and return to work pending "a re
hearing on any question concerning
which there is reasonable doubt
about the correctness or the justice
of the decision made."
States Expected to Mine.
Secretary of War Weeks was au
thority for a statement that such
states as Illinois, Indiana and Ohio,
with large bituminous deposits,
would be expected to mine their own
coal and would not be permitted,
under yesterday's emergency order,
to obtain their supplies from non
union states, until they had made
every effort to relieve the shortage
by mining within their own con
fines. President Harding announced the
appointment of Attorney-General
Daugherty, Secretary of the Interior
Fall, Secretary of Commerce Hoover
and Commissioner Aitchison of the
interstate commerce commission to
act as a national coal distribution
committee to carry out the Hoover
coal rationing plan. Mr. Hoover ,1s
chairman. A fifth member will be
added to undertake the administra
Hoover Sends Telegrams,
Secretary Hoover, as chairman of
the coal distribution committee,
sent out telegrams to the governors
of the states calling upon' them to
set up state organizations to co
operate in distributing the available
coal supplies to the points of great
The Interstate commerce commis
sion, frankly declaring that the
emergency is "most acute," tele
graphed the various state commis
sions asking for their co-operation
in carrying out yesterday's order
declaring a national emergency.
Beginning with a conference with
W. W. Atterbury, vice-president of
the Pennsylvania, President Harding
made a new effort to induce the rail
way executives to abandon their
stand on the seniority rule, which is
blocking the way to settlement of
the shopmen's strike. r -
Changes Are Considered.
The president's telegram to Dean
was prompted by a message from
Dean assailing Mr. Harding, charg
ing that he was aiming at "invol
untary servitude" In proposing to
operate the mines and railroads by
military force and by drafting men
into mining or railroad service.
Declaring that the emergency was
most acute, Commissioner Aitchison
telegraphed state railway- and pub
lic utilities commissions as follows:
"Commission desires to know
whether if local developments con
nected with our general service
orders require we can rely on hav
ing active assistancee of your com
mission. This possibly may involve
"Hello Boy" of Canby Co-operative
Line to Have Assistance
of Two Daughters,
CANBY,Or., July 26. (Special.)
The Canby Co-operative Telephone
company has just let the job of
"central" in its exchange to the low
est bidder? The company announced
that the person agreeing to do the
work at the lowest price would get
the place. When the bids were
opened their were, nine of them,
ranging from J1000 a year to J2000
a year. John Wells, a. farmer" of
Macksburg, bid lowest and was
awarded the job. ,
The salary the Company has paid
the present operator, Mrs. R. Soper.
who has served for 16 years, is
$125 a month, but it has been neces
sary for her to pay an assistant out
of this amount.
The officers of the company are
James W. Smith of Macksburg,
president; George Koehler of Canby,
secretary-treasurer. Each district Is
represented by one to compose the
board, there being seven districts.
Mrs. Soper, retiring operator, has
lived, in Canby since childhood, her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee, having
crossed the plains and taken a
homestead in Canby. She is to make
her future home in Newberg.
There are 400 local subscribers of
the telephone company. Besides from
-700 to 1000 local calls, each day
there are from 800 to 1000 long-distance
calls each month, necessitat
ing two operators.
The new operator probably will be
assisted by his two daughters.
REALTY AGENT FOILED
Daughter of Rockefeller to Build
Wall Around Estate.
(By Chicago Tribune Leased Wire.)
CHICAGO, July 26. Mrs. Edith
Rockefeller McCormick, daughter of
John D. Rockefeller and divorced
wife of Harold F. McCormick, does
not propose to be stared at by a
lot of mere bungalow dwellers in
Lake Forest. An enterprising real
estate agent has plotted off a sub
division adjoining Mrs. McCormick's
estate and bungalows are going up
on all sides of her.
The result was that Mrs. McCor
mick summoned her architects and
instructed them to erect a 16-foot
wall around the entire estate. . Not
only that, but Mrs. McCormick has
purchased 20 additional acres ad
joining her grounds 'to prevent
further encroachments by bungalow
LIQUOR RIGHTS GUARDED
British Refuse to Let V. S. Dry
Agents Search Vessels.
BY HENRY WALES.
(Chicago Tribune Foreign News Service.
Copyright, 1822, by the Chicago Tribune.)
LONDON, July 26. The British
government has rejected the unof
ficial proposal of the United "States
government requesting the right to
search British vessels outside the
three-mile limit suspected of being
engaged in smuggling liquor into
The British protests over five
such vessels being searched by
revenue cutters stand, and it is un
derstood that- the foreign office has
definitely repulsed suggestions
abandoning the nation's rights on
the high seas.
STATE COAL MART PLAN
Secretary Hoover Wires Sugges
tion to Governor Olcott.
SALEM, Or., July 26. (Special.)
Herbert Hoover, head of the depart
ment of commerce, has telegraphed
to Governor Olcott, suggesting a
state organization in Oregon for the
marketing of coal. Similar tele
grams have been sent by Mr. Hoover
to the governors of other states.
Mr. Hoover based his suggestion,
it was said, on the probable short
age of coal next winter as a result
of the miners' strike.
Governor Olcott, upon his return
here tonight from Portland, said he
had not yet had time to give Mr.
Hoover's telegram consideration.
EGGS DOWN 'UNCLE TOM'
Paralytic Stroke Follows Eating
of Dozen Scrambled. ,
YAKIMA, Wash., July 26. "Uncle
Tom" Fife, who is about 75 years
old and one of the real pioneers of
the Upper Yakima valley, this morn
ing ate a dozen scrambled eggs for
breakfast, after which he suffered a
paralytic stroke. His condition was
"Uncle Tom" was one of the
characters of the distrfct and left
a standing order for a dozen
scrambled eggs for breakfast at his
favorite restaurant whenever he
was in Yakima."
VARDAMAN HELD FALSE
E-Senator Is- "Untrustworthy,"
Avers Mr. Wilson.
JACKSON, Miss., July 26-In an
swer to a query relative to what he
thinks of ex-Senator James K. Var
daman, who is a candidate for United
States senator, Dr. James F. Mc
Caleb of Carlisle, Claiborneeounty,
recently received a reply from ex
President Woodrow Wilson assert
ing that he thought Mr. "Vardaman
"thoroughly false and untrustworthy,"
Definite Promise of Aid
by County Awaited. '
RUDEEN AND HOYT VOTE NO
Unsatisfactory Bids Hold
Up New Awards.
40 MILES' CONTRACTED
So More Projects to Be Under
taken Except Where Prom-
lses Have Been Made.
DOIGS OF HIGHWAY COM
MISSION. Because cf unsatisfactory
bids being received no more
work will be let this season
except where commitments
have been made to counties.
Surfacing of Mount Hood
loop grade again delayed by
Charles Rudeen, chairman of
Multnomah county commis
sion. Bend Commercial club calls
on other communities to aid
highway body in securing fi
nances to complete rOad pro
gramme in five years.
Work on coast road ap
proved by Roosevelt Highway
Number of projects ordered
advertised for letting at Au
gust session of commission.
Forty miles of road work
Until satisfactory assurances are
received from Multnomah county
that it will reimburse the state for
work on the Mount Hood loop, no
contract for "surfacing the grade,
already made, will -be let. This is
the attitude of the highway com
mission, voiced by R. A Booth,
chairman, at a conference yesterday
with the Multnomah county com
A resolution, prepared by the
highway, commission and making
specific guarantees, was voted for
by Rufus C. Holman and was voted
against by R. W. Hoyt and Charles
Rudeen. Chairman Rudeen offered
a substitute resolution which the
highway body deemed insufficient
Mr. Holman has always been for the
loop road and Mr. Hoyt against it,
so the decisive vote rests with Mr.
Rudeen. He declined to support
resolution which would have justi
fied trie highway commission in or
dering rock surfacing started at
once. The contract for surfacing
has been held up a month.
As Chairman Booth has. stated
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Madame Pierre Tartoue, Formerly
Claudia Windsor, Is Consid
ered Modern Cinderella.
NEW YORK, July 26. An impos
ing legal document drawn up today
in a Broadway law office is the
modern glass slipper which will
make of an American girl born in
Portland. Or. a twentieth century
Should the slipper fit her foot
or rather, should the document be
certified In surrogate's court tomor
row it will transform Claudia
Windsor Tartoue, the daughter of
Mrs. R. Bengue Barnet of Portland
and the wife of Pierre Tartoue,
portrait painter, into "the Countess
de Rampan 'and Countess de Chan
Madame Tartoue. formerly Miss
Barnet of Portland, is being - of
ficially adopted as a daughter by
the Countess Clarel de TocquevlUe
de Rampan de Chanquetot, after a
friendship of years.
DUP0NT IS ON STRIKE JOB
Disinherited Son of Millionaire to
Work 1n Rail Shops.
WILMINGTON, " Del., July ' 26.
Alfred Victor Dupont, the disin
herited son of Alfred I. Duporg, one
of the 0 richest men in the United
States, starts work tomorrow as a
strike-breaker in the local shops of
the Pennsylvania Railroad com
pany. . "
Young Dupont is a student at
Harvard. He was here spending the
vacation season at his mother's
home. His announcement that he
war coin? to take the place of -striker
as an apprentice was a sur
prise. The former heir to 40, 000,
000 or f50,000,000 will earn 20 cents
an hour by working eight or ten
hours in the humid shop building.
Just what his intentions are no
one seems to understand.
RUNAWAY BOY LOCATED
Youth of 14 Takes Long Ride iu
Boxcar Before Being Found.
CHICAGO, July 26. Francis Den
nison, 14, who ran away from home
and was locked in a box car en
route west, was located last night
at Casper, Wyo., according to mes
sages received here. . - - . "
The youth was playing with com
panions in the railroad yards Sat
urday afternoon. He . entered .the
box car and dared his companions
to take a trip west with him, ac
cording to their1 story. When a
switchman appeared .the other boys
ran. Francis was locked in a car,
the switchman failing to see him
where he was hidden in a darkened
corner. A short time later the car
was switched onto a train and the
long journey began.
Wool Tariff Cut Opposed.
THE OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU.
Washington, D. C. July 26. With
the exception of Senator Borah, the
senators from Oregon, Washington
and Idaho stood out solfdly .today
against the Lenroot amendment to
reduce the tariff on low-grade
wools. Senator ,Poindexter, who is
back in Washington state, was
paired against the amendment.
BACK IS THE WORST THING
Standardization of Product With
Elimination of Waste Would
; Reduce Expenses.
The working out of a vast plan,
national in its scope, looking to the
standardization of the lumber prod
uct of the country and the elimina
tion of waste, was taken up for con
sideration at yesterday's session of
the Western Pine .Manufacturers'
association at the Multnomah hotel,
and the same problem will come up
at the sessions today and tomorrow
of the National Lumber Manufac
No definite action looking to the
adoption of a programme was taken
at yesterday's session, but a general
discussion took up various phases ,
or me pian ana it is expeciea win
prove of benefit in working out
final details. Government experts
have figured, it was announced, that
the i adoption of 'the programme
standardizing the output through
out the country and eliminating the
waste would save the country an
Herbert C. Hoover, secretary of
commerce, is co-o'peratihg with the
lumbermen in every way in the ef
fort to work out the standardization
plan and Wiilliam A. Durgin, as
sistant to Mr. Hoover and in charge
of the division of simplified prac
tice, was at yesterday's session of
the lumbermen andtwill attend to
day's and tomorrow's gathering.
Previous to this gathering, ses
sions of lumbermen were held In
Washington, D. C, with Mr. Hoover,
and in Chicago; and a committee of
engineers formulated a possible
basis' of standardization as a result
of a meeting at the federal products
laboratory in Madison, Wis.
That the department of commerce
is attempting to help the industry
in working out the problem of
standardization and not to dictate
was the declaration of Mr. Duggin.
He urged that one problem at a
time be taken up with the lumber
men and worked out. He said that
the lumbermen should feel elated if
some little progress were made at
the present gathering looking to the
final accomplishment of the ideal.
A. W. Cooper; secretary of the
Western Pine Manufacturers' as
sociation, in presenting his annual
report urged that haste be made
slowly in carrying out the plan.
"Our efforts should be evolution
ary, hot revolutionary," he said. "We
rrfust feuild up"bn what Ve have, not
destroy and try to begin all ' over
During th afternoon B. J. Knott
the traffic manager, discussed the
railroad rate situation and Arthur
C. Spencer, general, attorney for the
O.-W. R. & N., gave a presentation
of the Union Pacific's side' of the
unmer'ging of the Central Pacific
and Southern Pacific lines.
About 30 representative pine lum
ber producers from the region east
of the Cascade mountains were in
attendance at the sessions, which
were presided over by E. H. Polleys
of Missoula, Mont., the president.
A. W. Cooper, the secretary-tmaA-ager,
assisted in the' programme.
This morning the National Lum
ber Manufacturers' association di
rectors, of. which John W. Blodgett
of Grand Rapids, Mich., is executive
head, will begin their two-day ses-
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High Society Folk to Be
Called to Stand.
ONE PROBLEM FASCINATING
What Girl Missed by Not Be
ing Wed Is Involved. ,
HIGH LIVERS TO EXPLAIN
One Legal Action Is to Be for
Affiliation and One for
Breech of Promise.
BY JAMES WHITTAKER.
(By Chicago Tribune Leased Wire.)
NEW YORK, July 26. The suits
to establish the paternity of her
child and its right to the' enjoyment
of a fraction of the Whitney mil
lions will be brought against Cor
nelius Vanderbilt (Sonny) Whitney
by Evan Burrows Fontaine imme
diately. This decision was made to
day following a protracted tele
phone -conversation with Evan in
Los Angeles, by. Charles Firestone,
299 Broadway, her attorney.
Within a short period, therefore.
New York will witness a parade of
such witnesses as have not been
seen in a court room since Harry K.
Thaw dragged with him into disas
trous prominence half the social
Ball Guests May Be Called.'
Any who attended the famous bal
bleu, given by Mrs. William K. Van
derbilt in March,. 1919, at the Ritz
hotel, may be properly summoned to
relate jthe circumstances under
which". Sonny and Evan first met.
According to Firestone, one fascin
ating legal problem involved is the
determination of exactly what Evan
missed when fate and two stern
parents decided that she could not
be boosted by marriage into the
pedigreed classes. .
The lawyer intends to solve this
by summoning impartially a crowd
of high-living bachelors ahd bene
dicts' of the towh and another crowd
of girls of the theater to whom the
bachelors and benedicts are believed
to' have extended the courtesies of
their yachts ana their bank rolls,
but always with the left hand. Evan
will tell of the yachts and th bank
rolls she met in the company of
Sonny and Firestone will ask the
"Why can't the kind of men you
are marry, the kind of girl the
plaintiff is?" '
Whitney May Be Good Witness.
Firestone is confident that young
Whitney will be his best witness.
"He is a gentleman and will not
lie," ha said. "Though he once
faced Miss Fontaine with the state
mentthat he believed that the" child
was not his, I do not think that he
will stick to thg denial of paternity
under cross-examination. When he
goes on the stand, the Whitney de
fense will collapse."
The' suits will be one for affilia
tion and one for breach of promise,
fought in the order named. Suit for
affiliation is a legal rarity. Its ob
ject is proof that an illegitimate
child has no certainty of care and
support and further proof that the
defendant should be made its legal
provider. As It involves the moot
question of Baby Cornelius Vander
bilt Whitney's paternity, it will be
the most bitterly contested of the
two. Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney's
ultimatum to her husband and son
has been that she will not stand for
any settlement which gives the baby
the legal right to the portentious
name it carries.
Change of Heart Shown.
How Sonny, at one time, forced to
act in accord with this principle,
evidenced his change of heart and
mind to Evan was told today by
Mrs. Florence Fontaine, the baby's
young grandmother. -
"Sonny's final break with Evan,"
she said, "occurred four months be
fore the birth of her child, when
Evan had - already talked to Mr.
Leslie Whipp, a Chicago lawyer,
about her trouble. Mr. Whipp went
to see Sonny in New Haven and
found him In the gymnasium at
Xale. Whipp talked with him to no
good purpose for a half hour, and
finally asked him, point blank:
" 'But don't you know that the
unborn child is yours."
" 'I don't know If it is or not. Per-ija-ps
it is, and perhaps it isn't,' is
what Sonny answered.
"Whipp said he could perceive
that the boy had been coached In
what to say.
Appointment Is Not Kept.
"Then Evan feared that Whipp
had offended Sonny, perhaps by
some truculence in his attitude cr
speech and, the following day, she
called Sonny on the telephone. She
demanded that he marry her and
gave her word that, once' the mar
riage had been made, he would
never see or hear from her again.
Sonny accepted the solution and told
us to meet him the following Sun
day in the lobby of the Robert Ful
ton hotel at 221 West Seventy-first
"We waited there four hours
Some Bridegrooms Have No
"Worldly Goods," So Drop
Pledge Is Suggestion.
(By Chicago Ttibline Leased Wire.)
CHICAGO, July 2.S. The joint
commission of bishops, clergy and
laymen of the Protestant Episcopal
church not only has recommended
that the word "obey" for the bride
be omitted from the marriage cere
mony, but also proposes to cut out
the bridegroom's "with all my
worldly goods I thee endow."
Numerous other changes are also
set forth in the revised "form of
solemnization of matrimony" in the
book of common prayer of the
church. These changes will be. put
before the triennial general con
vention of that communion. This
will open in Portland Or., on Sep
tember 6 and 'will continue for three
weeks. If the revision is adopted,
not only will the woman no longer
have to promise to obey her hus
band, but she will no longer have
to take a vow to serve him. The
proposed new ceremony makes the
vow of the woman identical with
that of the man, and a reason given
by the commission is that this is in
keeping with the new position of
woman as the civic equal of man.
One reason, for the" proposal to
cease asking he bridegroom to en
dow his bride with all his "worldly
goods" is that the law takes care
of that, anyway. Another reason is
that there are bridegrooms who
have no worldly goods with which
to endow their brides.
I A striking omission in the revised
service is that the clergyman will
no longer ask in his prayer "that
as Isaac and Rebecca lived faith
fully together" so may this newly
married couple. The principal rea
son for this is that some modern
thinkers have come to doubt whether
the married life of Isaac and Re
becca furnishes a perfect model, be
cause Isaac represented her to be
his sister when tley went to Gerar
to live. ' .
ARTIST'S MODEL ELOPES
Sister-in-Law of Rich Reeluse De
cides to Wed Student.
(By Chicago Tribune Leased Wire.)
BOSTON, Mass., July 26. Marjorie
Elsie ' Jenkins, Brookline artists'
model and sister of the wife of
Charles Garland, the millionaire
recluse farmer, eloped last night
with Huxthal F. Frease. student at
the Massachusetts Institute of Tech
nology summer school, and a mem
ber of a prominent and wealthy
Canton. O., family.
The bride is 23, daughter of James
A. Jenkins, Brookline, and has par
ticipated in several '.'beauty con
tests" in this city, Cleveland and
other cities, winning stme of them.
DIVA DAMNS REPORTERS
Madame Walska Refuses" to Dis
cuss Harold McCormick.
(Chicago Tribune Foreign News. Service.
By Chicago Tribune Leased Wire.)
PARIS, July 26. Madame Ganna
Walska denied reports received
from America today saying she had
refused to marry Harold F. McCor
mick, who motors with her daily.'
"That story is absolutely untrue,"
Madame Walska told the Tribune
over the telephone. "I have never
told anyone that I refused to marry
"D6 you mean you will marry
him," the Tribune inquired.
"Damn all you reporters." she re
turned and angrily hung up.
INDEX OH TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature.
74 degrees; minimum, 56 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair and warmer; northwest
Permanent stabilizing of coal industry
declared object ot president. Page 2.
Two strikes worry nation. Page 1.
Follies dancer to sue at once. Page 1.
Both majority parties in Nebraska bury
their factional differences. Page 7.
Bishops act to change marriage service.
Bfiron RothschHd is sued by girl. Page 8.
40 and 8 society opens convention at The
Dalles; Page 5.
Farmer is Canby "central." Page 1.
Two ex-klansmen testify at Medford.
Tricky Red Sox larrup Chicago, 2-1.
Pacific coast league results: At Port
land S, Seattle 8; at Salt Lake 4, Sac-
-. ramento 3 (10 innings) ; at Vernon
"11, San Francisco 5; at Oakland 12,
Los Angeles 5. Page 14.
Leonard and Tendler clash tonight for
lightweight title of world. Page 15.
Al Demaree becomes manager of Beavers
today. Page 14.
I- I l anj -w 1
Transportation now becoming big factor
in grain market. Page 22.
Harvest of early sown spring grain
shows good results. Page 22.
Kxport business strengthens Chicago
wheat market. Page 22.
Uncalled Victory notes advance. Page
Cut in west-bound cargo Is possible.
Page 12-1 '
Bad fruit handling facilities costing mil
lions. Page 23. i
Portland and Vicinity.
' Plan to save J200.000.000 a year dls-
" cussed y luniDermeu. rage l.
Mount Hood loop work again delayed.
Deputy marshals leave to serve Injunc
tion order in eastern Oregon. Page 11.
Ex-convict captured aa he' is breaking
into dental college safe. Page 7.
Thousands attend grocers' picnic. Page 6.
Pupils of three schools redistributed.
Move to bankrupt concern charged.
Weather report,' data and forecast.
Twenty-seven solos make up radio pro
Republican Refusal of
- Demands Blamed.
FREE NEWSPRINT IS ISSUE
Presidency Is Declared Of
. fered Cannon as Bait.
REFUSAL IS RECALLED
Kx-Spc'aker of House Said to
Have Called Servant and Or
dered Tempters to Leave.
WASHINGTON", D. C, July 26.
Defeat of the republican party in
1912 was attributed to day in the
senate by Chairman McCumber of
the finance committee to the refusal
of that committee three years pre
viously to heed the demands of news
paper, publishers that newsprint
paper be placed on the free list in
the Payne-Aldrich tariff act.
His declaration brought demands
from the democratic side for full
details and was followed by reci
tals by Senators Watson of Indiana,
Smoot of Utah and McCumber of in
cidents which they said had taken
place behind the scenes in congress
a decade ago.
Senator Robinson, democrat, Ar
kansas, declared that if Senator
McCumber's statement that the
newspapers of the country, because
they "could not intimidate" the fi
nance committee into giving free ;
news print had turned against the
republican pa'rty and defeated it. ,
were true, it was "a terrible indict
ment against the press of the United
States, the men who own it, nnd
the men who control its policy."
N nines Are Demanded.
Asserting that he could not ac
cept it vithout first having "definite
and complete" information, the
Arkansas senator and later Senator
Stanley of Kentucky demanded that
Senator McCumber give the names
of . representatives of the publishers
who had ni::i'e threats to the com
mittee. Stating i hu( he .wanted to give
the senau tin.- "facts" Senator
SmoSt said the lati.. John I. Norris,
representing the Newspaper Pub
lishers' association, had appeared
before a finance sub-committee of
which Mr". Smoot was a member;
had refused to compromise on the
matter of duty on news print and
stated that if a duty were imposed
"the republican party will be driven
from power." The Utah senator said
he supposed this was the statement
from which Senator McCumber had
"drawn his conclusions" and added
that he did not think Mr. Norris had
been authorized by the publishers
to make such a statement.
Statement l Reiterated.
Later reiterating his original
statement that spokesmen for the
publishers had told the committee
"give us fret print paper and we
will support the republican party
i and the administration: refuse to
I give it, and we will destroy you if
I we can," Senator McCumber said he
had been present at conferences be
tween the publishers' representa
i lives and members of the committee
. and remembered details of them.
He added that on one occasion
when there was a discussion of a
compromise as between the duty of
$6 a ton and $2.40 a ton on the
paper, a publishers' representative
had stated that he would not yield
"one damn cent" and that if the
committee failed to make the de
sired reduction for newsprint the
publishers would drive the party
from power if they could.
Senator Watson of Indiana told
the senate of what he said had been
his personal experience "with these
same gentlemen" in 190S, when he
was a member of the house. He re
lated that Mr. Norris and the late
Herman Ridder, another representa
tive of the publishers, had sought to
"force" through a bill by the then.
Representative John Sharp Williams
of Mississippi placing newsprint
and wood pulp on the tariff free
He declared Mr. Norris had visited
the then Speaker Cannon in the
speaker's office and told him in the
presence of Mr. Watson andt others
that if Mr. Cannon would permit the
Williams till to go through the
' Publishers would start a campaign
that would make him president and
that if he refused to let the ill go-
through they would drive him from
Norris Calls on Speaker.
"Mr. Norris called on the then
Speaker Cannon and in my pres
ence," said Senator Watson, "told
him that if he would let that bill
be called -up and passed, he would
be made president of the United
States. He told him that he had had
a wonderful career and should cli
max it by being president.
"Mr. Cannon passed it over lightly.
Later Mr. Norris called again and
this was after the ways and means
committee had voted down the Will
iams bill in pro forma fashion,
and asked me to take him to the
"We entered the speaker's private,.
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