YORK JARRED BY HGQPINOI Financial Center on WallStreet Scene of Shock. 29 DEAD, MANY HURT Noon Hour Catastrophe Causes Great Panic Evidence Discloses Plot and Warning Given. New York. A mysterious explo sion In Wall street, near Broad, be lieved by trained department of Jus tice and police Investigators to have been caused by an Internal machine, rocked the heart of New York's finan cial district at noon Thursday, leav ing death and destruction in Its wake. At least 29 persons were killed, more than 200 were injured, the bank ing house of J. P. Morgan & Co., the United States sub-treasury and assay office were partially wrecked and property damage estimated in excess of 51,000,000 was caused. Thomas W. Lamont of the J. P. Morgan firm expressed the belief, however, that the explosion was pure ly an accident caused by a collision between an explosive wagon and an other vehicle. The firm had received no threats of any kind, he said, and there was no real reason for the plant ing of a bomb outside the firm's office, The noon hour had struck and an endless stream of office workers had just started pouring Into the streets from buildings in the neighborhood, Suddenly a cloud of yellowish-black smoke and a piercing Jet of flame leaped from the street outside the Morgan office. Then came a deafening blast. A moment later scores of men, women and children were lying prostrate on the ground and the streets were cov ered with debris from thousands of broken windows and the torn facades of adjacent buildings. Two minutes later the stock and curb exchanges, the financial pulse of the world, had closed. Panic and confusion reigned in the heart of New York's financial district, Thousands of clerks and stenogra phers fled in terror from adjoining structures. Scores fainted, fell and were trampled on in the rush. Mean while the noise of the explosion which was heard throughout lower Manhattan and across the river in Brooklyn, brought thousands of the curious to the scene. Sub-treasury officials, fearing that an attempt might be made to rob the building, all the windows of which were broken, requested assistance of the military authorities at Governor's Island and a company of soldiers was sent to guurd the Institution. Hurry calls were also sent to all hospitals lu the downtown section of New York and scores of ambulances were soon speeding through the nar row streets. Dressing stations were established In the lobbies of buildings nearby, whore the less seriously in jured were given treatment. Chief Police Inspector Laney re ported that he had found evidence to Justify the conclusion that the explo sion was caused by a huge bomb load ed with T. N. T.trlnitrotuluol rein forced with iron slugs fashioned from window weight burs. Pieces of these slugs were found in Beveral adjacent structures. This type of weight bars, a close inspection by police and de partment of justice agents disclosed, is not used in any building within a radius of several hundred feet from the explosion. Warning that radicals planned renewal of bombing outrages were sent less than a month ago to all east ern clients of the William J. Burns detective agency, according to a state ment by Mr. Burns, who said he was convinced that the explosion was a premeditated attack and was not ac cidental, Legion to Fight Prices. New York. The American Legion has announced formation of plans to mobilize Its forces for a war against the high cost of living. In every com munlty where there is a post the le gion contemplates organizing retail dealers into au association, prospec tive merchant members of which, it is aid, have pledged discounts approxi mating 5 per cent from the current selling prices to the 2,000,000 members of the legion and their families. SUBMIT WORLD COURT PLAN Letter From League Council Goes to Nations Defers Opinion. London. The headquarters of the league of nations has just made public the text of the project for a perman ent court of international justice, as adopted by The Hague committee of jurists, of which Elihu Root was a member, together with a letter from the council of the league to all govern ments which have entered the league. The letter says: "The council does not propose to express any opinion on the merits of the scheme until it has had a full opportunity of considering it." It Btates, however, that the project was prepared by a most competent tribunal representing widely different national points of view and adds: "The council would regard an Ir reconcilable difference of opinion on the merits of the scheme as an in ternational misfortune of the gravest kind. It would mean that the league was publicly compelled to admit its incapacity to carry out one of the most important of the tasks which it was invited to perform. The failure would be great and probably irreparable; for, If agreement proves impossible under circumstances apparently so favorable, It Is hard to see how and when the task of securing it will be success fully resumed." The council states it will later sub mit its recommendations to the assem bly of the league of nations. The draft of the proposed court given out today consists of 62 ar ticles, divided into three chapters on organization, competence of court and procedure. A preamble states the gen eral purposes of the court as follows: "A permanent court of international justice to which parties shall have direct access, is hereby established, In accordance with article 14 of the cov enant of the league of nations. This court shall be In addition to the court of arbitration organized by The Hague convention in 1899 and 1907, and to the special tribunals of arbitration to which nations are always at liberty to submit their disputes for settle ment." Article 2 and 3 gives the member ship of the court as follows: "The permanent court of interna tional justice Bhall be composed of a body of Independent judges, elected regardless of their nationality from amongst persons of high moral char acter who possess the qualifications re quired in their respective countries for appointment to the highest Judi cial offices, or are Jurisconsults of recognized competence in interna tional law. "The court shall consist of 15 mem bers. 11 judges and four deputy judges The number of judges and deputy judges may be hereafter increased by the assembly upon the proposal of the council of the league of nations to a total of 15 judges and six deputy ludees. "The manner of choosing the Judges by the different national groups is provided. The members of the court are elected for nine years. The presi dent and vice president of the court serve for three years. The seat of the court is established at The Hague; a session shall be held each year begin ning June 15, and an extraordinary session may be called whenever nec essary by the president of the court, who must reside at The Hague. '"The full couft shall sit, but It 11 judges are not available, nine judges shall Biiffice to constitute tne court. Three judges sit in chambers an nually to hear and determine sum mary procedure. Salaries of the court are fixed and expenses borne by the league of nations." "Article 31 gives the court juris diction over suits between states. The court Is open by right to states belong Ing to the league. Other states may have access to it under conditions pro vided by the league." Article 33 provides: "When a dispute has arisen between states and it has been found impos sible to settle It by diplomatic means and no agreement has been made to choose another jurisdiction, the party complaining may bring the case before the court. The court shall first of all decide whether the preceding condi tions have been complied with; if bo, it shall hear and determine the dispute according to the terms and within the limits of the next article." The questions which the court is competent to determine between mem bers of the league are given as fol lows: "The Interpretation of a treaty. "Any question of international law. "The existence of any fact which, if established, would constitute breach of an international obligation. Premier' Election Sure. Paris. Premier Alexandre Miller- and agreed to be a candidate for the presidency of the republic, to succeed President Deschanel, who has tender ed his resignation. M. Mlllerand's ac ceptance as a candidate for the presi dency has virtually averted the presi dential crisis, as it is conceded by all sides lu the chamber of deputies and senate that his election Is certain. He would receive more than 700 votes. $3,000,000 Damages Given. Duluth, Minn. The Great Northern Railway compauy was held responsi ble for the origin of the forest fire that swept the Cloquet district, Oc tober 12, 1918, and the district court has awarded to 273 plaintiffs dam ages approximating $3,000,000. The verdict is directed against W. D. Hlues as wartime director of railroads. Robbers Dynamite Bank. Sioux City, Iowa. Robbers dyna mited the Pierce bank of Linn Grove, la., 100 miles northeast of here, and stole $10,000 in United States bonds and $1000 in cash early Friday. Police are scouring the country here for the bandits, who escaped lu a motor car. 5 IN BRIEF. WW f Tf ?TTTT WW WW WWVWTV Willamlna. Mills here are unable to fill all the orders being received from various sections of the state. Every mill is working overtime at present and no shutdown is anticipat ed for the winter. Willamina. The hon crop is some what lighter than was expected in this locality, though the grade of hops Is excellent and the absence of aphis conspicuous. No damage is expected from the recent rains. More The county farm bureau will unload an 8000-gallon car of gaso line at Moro this week into storage provided by the farmers. The supply will be sold at 30 cents as against 42 cents charged from local pumps. Salem. The capital stock of the Spauldlng Logging company of Salem has been increased from $150,000 to $2,500,000, according to notice filed In the state corporation department. Albany. The county court of Marl on and Linn counties probably may not be able to complete the new steel bridge across the North Santiam riv er at Mehama this year, as a result of high water In the river this week, which washed out the false structural work. Salem. Thirty-eight aliens now re ceiving medical treatment at the state hospital left here Wednesday in charge of six attendants for New York City, where they will sail to their native lands. Another Bhipment of six Mexicans will be made later in the month. Prineville. The frequent rains In this section of the country are prov ing harmful to many farmers who have not their second crop of hay stacked. In Ochoco valley, under the Irrigation project, hundreds of tons of hay is ready to be stacked, but all work is stopped. Hood River. A crew of wreckers has begun razing the old Wau Guln Guln hotel, pioneer resort hostelry, the site of which was recently pur chased by S. Benson, who will finance the construction of Oregon's first ex clusive all-season tourist hotel, for Henri Thlele of Portland. Medford. Property, owners and oth er citizens of Jacksonville held a mass meeting Wednesday night for the pur pose of discussing ways and means to combat the movement started by Medford and Ashland business men to have the courthouse removed from Jacksonville to this city. Bend. A marked decrease in orders received at the pine milling plants of the Brooks-Scanlon Lumber company and the Shevlin-Hixon company is re ported here by the general managers of the two local companies. The de cline in business is virtually coinci dent with the rise of freight rates, it Is said. Eugene. Three new structures have been erected on the grounds of the Lane county fair and even with the additional exhibit space all stock stalls have been spoken for. The pa vilion is expected to be crowded to overflowing, according to Will C. Yor- an, executive secretary of the fair as soclatlon. Medford. In the opinion of District Attorney Roberts the report of State Banking Superintendent Bennett upon the condition of the defunct bank of Jacksonville will not be ready for at least ten days. The bank examiners are still facing a tedious task in au diting the books, as they were in a chaotlo condition when the bank failed. Salem. More revenue raising with out increasing the taxation burdens on land was the chief subject discussed at the recent meeting of the National Tax association at Salt Lake City, Utah, according to Frank Lovell, state tax commissioner, who returned from that city last week. Mr. Lovell said representatives were present at the convention from 41 states. The Dalles. Poultry culling demon strations will be held in Wasco coun ty for three days commencing October 16, according to an announcement made by E. R. Jackman, county agent Charles S. Brewster, formerly head of the poultry department of the Ore gon Agricultural college, will conduct the demonstrations at Chenowith, Thompson's addition and Dufur. Roseburg. Mrs. J. M. Lane, a resi dent of North Roseburg, has complet ed 40 days of fasting, according to an nouncement made public here Friday. Mrs. Lane was not on a "hunger strike'" but took this method of dis posing of some stomach ailment. She says she has taken only a little lemon and orange Juice during her fasting period and the experience has cost her a loss of 25 pounds in flesh. She has not been confined to bed any of the 40 days. ctatp ivrcnire CHAPTER VIII. Continued. 12 "I like to hear a man talk that way. despise modesty In business. Of course you are coming In with us? As I said, we shall require five addi tional millions, perhaps more, to work the thing properly. There Is no need now to go Into further details. You understand the situation even better than I do." He paused. Since this Is Saturday," said FItz hugh, "and since nothing can be jalned by your knowing my decision before Monday, I shall meet you Mon- Jay morning at ten o'clock and will then give you my answer." A slight frown appeared on Otis' thin face. He began gathering up his data. "Very well. At what place?" "At my brokers' Shirley & Co., in the Merrlmac block. At ten? very well. I know al ready what your answer will be an emphatic 'yes.' " Suddenly he stood up, with a sweeping gesture, as though to force Into the background everything pertaining to business. "Now let's talk no more shop. We've had enough for one night" While they were exchanging part ing words the hall door opened and Mrs. Otis and Kathleen entered. Fltzhugh's heart seemed to stop for the Infinitesimal part of a second, and then, as Kathleen came down the hall, It leapt, bounded, raced on with mad dening speed. He tingled to his finger tips. It was the first time he had seen her since that moonlight night two summers ago. Then, with the soft June moon on her glorious hair, a gauzy scarf -Over her bare shoulders, he had thought her exquisite, ethe real. Now, with her sables, her tur ban of white fur, the tang of the frosty night in her glowing skin, he thought her ravishing, dlstractlngly beautiful. Momentarily Otis seemed to hesitate, as though reluctant to do somethinng that might afterward earn him a re buke. But as Kathleen and her mother drew near he Intercepted them with his guest and presented hlra, first to his wife then to his daughter. As the girl spoke an acknowledg ment of Fltzhugh's salutation she looked up for the first time into his eyes. The next Instant she started visibly, and, seemingly unconscious of her act, did a rather singular thing: she came very close to him and looked senrchlngly Into his face. The bright color heightened In her cheeks. Her fingers closed convulsively on the muff she carried. Her eyes traveled swift ly over him to his feet, and came to rest again on his face. She seemed In a state of bewilderment Then, recovering her composure as quickly as she had lost it, she mur mured something conventional and was gone. He never quite knew, when he found himself walking rapidly down the drive, with the snow swirling round him, how he got there. His brain was In a whirl, his pulse on fire, and over and over he repeated to him self: "She's wonderful more wonder ful than ever . . . And she knows me I knows me Of them all she is the only one. . . ." His appointment was with Hunt at a Michigan avenue club. It was here he renewed the third acquaintance ship of that memorable day. A "quiet little game" was brewing In an upper room, and he arrived In time to Join at the beginning. The first deal fell to him, and as he shuffled the cards In high feather, exchanging quips with the men around the table anent his obvious good spirits, the door behind him opened and some new players entered. The next moment FItzhugh was be ing Introduced to the new arrivals. "Mr. FItzhugh, this Is Artie Sparkle." A foppish young man, smiling vacu ously, came forward with mincing step and held out a flabby, bejeweled hand. The "quiet little game" lasted all Saturday night and until late Sunday afternoon. Fltzhugh's GoWen God dess, Luck, frowned upon him at first and he lost steadily J but later his su perior playing began to tell, and as her Inclemency gradually turned to smiles he won much faster than he had lost. He was decidedly the mas ter of the others. Artie Sparkle lost continually. Also, he continually drank. It was not julte clear whether his adversity was responsible for his intemperance, or vice versa, but certainly as his liba tions Increased he played the more recklessly. He distributed his paper freely, but as he became more intox icated there was a decided reluctance to the advances. At length he was flatly refused and advised to go to bed. At this point FItzhugh, who so far had loaned him nothing, removed the requested number of chips from his generous heap and shoved them across the table to the tipsy one, who with much difficulty counted them and gave In exchange his I O U for five hun dred dollars. They soon went the way of the rest, and he sat slumped down in his chair, his arms dangling limply at either side, his head sunken, his mouth open, leering stupidly from under drooping lids. FItzhugh caught his wandering eye. "Better try another stack, Sparkle," he Invited In a friendly way, and be gan cutting off a small section of his chip pile. "How many may I help you to, Sparkle?" Artie struggled valiantly to speak distinctly. "A thou a thou a hlc! a thousan', oP shap." With considerable slowness and de liberation the transaction was made, and FItzhugh pocketed Artie's I O U for a thousand dollars. The early winter darkness had closed In before the game ended, and most of the gamblers were reudy for bed. Very quietly FItzhugh went in turn to all those who had taken Artie's I O U's and bought them In. In all they amounted to over eight thousand dollars, and the ones he himself held brought the total to ten thousand five hundred. FItzhugh was alone In a private compartment of his broker's office on Monday morning when, promptly at ten, Otis entered. With a brief "Good morning," the capitalist came straight to the point. "You are with us, FItzhugh?" "Sit down, Otis. Make yourself com fortable. Try one of these cigars? You'll find them of an excellent fla vor." Otis took a cigar from the prof fered case and sat on the edge of the only remaining chair In the small room. Resting a long hand on his knee, he tapped his wiry fingers Im patiently against his leg. He was a little annoyed by Fltzhugh's easy cor diality. He never liked to mix good fellowship with business. "Well? You are coming In with us?" "For all I am worth." "Good I" Otis sut back a little far ther on his chair and smiled his sat isfaction. "Good for you." "What we want most of all just now Is cash?" "Yes, and lots of It." FItzhugh took out his check book, rested It on the small writing table, "No!" Artie Jumped Violently. "You Let Me Have No Such Sum. It's a - Falsehood!" dipped a pen In the ink. "I will give you my check now for two hundred thousand." Otis returned to the edge of his chair. "We must have at least half a million now, and perhaps five millions altogether. I thought we went Into all that Saturday night." "So we did. And I repeat I am with you for all I am worth." Otis removed the glasses from his aquiline nose, and, twirling them on his finger, looked at the younger man Inquiringly. "I don't believe I quite understand you," he said. "Didn't I spenk distinctly? I say again I am ready to pool my Interests with yours to the last cent I possess, He opened his check book, filled In the date, stopped with pen poised. "Will you take my check for two hun dred thousand?" While FItzhugh talked a great light had been dawning upon his caller. It now burst upon him effulgently and he saw the truth. He stood up. "I understand," he said icily. hardly think there is need for further words." He, turned to go. But suddenly the thought of how simply he had been "taken In" became too much even for his halt-starved sense of humor. He stopped at the door. "It was very cleverly done," he con gratuluted. "You are a gifted actor.' "Then you won't accept my check?" - "No. This is no game for rabbits to play In." FItzhugh smiled. "So you think I am a rabbit?" Otis deemed the question unworthy an answer, and the door closed behind him. CHAPTER IX. Monday afternoon FItzhugh rang the doorbell of Artie's apartment Soon Artie appeared. "My business," explained FItzhugh, when the servant had gone, "has to do with your I O U's which I hold." "Aw, yes. You did let me have a few hundreds, I remembah." "The total amount," said FItzhugh, Is eleven thousand dollars." "No 1" Artie Jumped violently. "You let me have no such sum. It's a false hood 1" " "Don't get excited. I bought in all your paper after the game. It totals eleven thousund dollars, Just as 1 said." Artie sprang to his feet, and, light ing a cigarette, began pacing nerv ously to and fro. Tossing the ciga rette aside, he sat down, resting his elbow on his knee, and . passed his hand shakily across his brow. "I can't do anything for you now," he muttered, without looking up. My allowance Is overdrawn and I in In a hole. You'll have to wait, that's all." "Have I said I wouldn't?" suggested FItzhugh. Artie looked up quickly, a sudden glad hope leaping to his pale eyes. "Then you won't press me for It? he wondered eagerly. "I may not ask you for it at all. I may make you a Christmas present of the entire batch, if you" "Only command me I I'll do any thing you sny." "The last three days," continued FItzhugh, watching the effect of his words, "I've had detectives working for me on a rather delicate matter. They were making a secret Investigation of you and your family. I know to a nicety your financial status, your so cial standing, and I knew before 1 came here that you were unusually hard up at present. "I need a social valet, and I'm willing to give you the job." "My deah fellow" "I shall want to 'join the best clubs. Your part Is obvious. You will Intro duce me to people whom I wish to meet, you will procure me the entree to homes I wish to enter. There will be other commissions which I shall give you from time to time, and as you fulfill them I will return, one by one, your I O U's." The effect of the proposal upon Ar tie was somewhat singular. He screwed up his mouth in a ludicrous manner and emitted a sound thut was a cross between a baby's crow of de light and the screech of a peacock. "It's excruciating I" he cried, when he found his breath. "It'll be fright ful fun." He sobered suddenly. "Aw I sayl One teeny-weeny peep at the slips, what?" FItzhugh showed him the I O U's and he nodded his head brightly. Then his mirth overcame him a second time and he went off Into another peal of delight. While FItzhugh snt watching him In critical silence a servant entered and announced several cullers. - "Ask 'em to toddle right In." Then, turning on FItzhugh : "I'll try you on . my friends what?" He smiled pret tily. "I suppose I can stand it." The four or five youug men who en tered were, for the most part, of Ar tie's class. They were flaccid, listless, seemingly consumed with ennui and a-weary of the world. They talked languidly of tailors and different makes of motorcars. They expressed lukewarm preferences for a certain brand of cigarette or a particular kind of mixed drink. None had any Indi viduality but all were cut from the same pattern. Some time later, In the street be- -low, FItzhugh paused a moment In the falling snow and spoke feelingly to himself. "It's enough," said he, "to muke a man stop posing." Then he went home, addressed an envelope to Kathleen Otis, slipped therein a one-dollar bill and after It a card, upon which he wrote : "May you have a Merry Christmas is the wish of him who bought the soap and water." FItzhugh planned well in making Artie his "social valet." After that Monday conference In his broker's office he had surmised the relations between himself and Otis would thenceforth be unamlcable. His sur mlsal proved correct when not long afterward he met Otis and his wife one Sunday on the drive. He doffed his silk hat with a Chesterfieldlan gesture and was rewarded for his courtliness by being ignored more pointedly than If he had been an ut ter stranger. Clearly after this there wns but one way for him to see Kathleen, and that was by the aid of Artie Sparkle. FItzhugh never required a second at tempt to scale the citadel of any home, no matter how "exclusive" that home might be. He Immediately be came "the sensation" wherever he went. What with his distinguished appearance, his flashing wit-,- his skill at repartee, and, above all else, his gift of adapting himself readily to any role and playing It with avidity, his popularity was of a wondrous growth. He never lacked an audience, nor did he ever fall to keep one hanging on his every word. But FItzhugh had little time to be a society pivot Though he was be come a Hon he seldom went out to roar. Only when he believed he should see Her would he accept any of the invitations. (TO BE CONTINUED.) All is fair In love except brunettes.