FRIDAY, FBBRUAKY 19, 1M , a ions To Master Report illdByCity Councilor F.M, Manning Acts on Behalf of Wood River Cashier's Check Is Issue Had Been Offered With Bid on Sewer Job Late; Abandoned EDWARDSVILLE, Feb. 19 .. (Speelal)-VThat Wood River would not pass through Its battle to ens Iti 143,500 *wer check lying down wa* hinted today. Corporation Counsellor Francis Manning wu reported on good authority to htv« filed, objection! to the report of Master-ln-Chancery f. A. Gareiche who conducted a hearing last week on the petition of R. B. Hlgglni & Sons, contractors, for a writ ordering the return of 1U'$43,500 certt. fled check by the city andbythi Granite City Trust ft Savinn Bank. Late this afternoon, Counsellor Manning confirmed the report thtt he had filed objections. The master's report was to havt been submitted to the court thli afternoon, and until the repott had been filed attorneys, who hid'' been given advance copies to study r for possible objections, would not discuss. The fact that the City of Wood River filed objections to the report implied the recommendation of, the master-ln-chancery had been against the city. The check was deposited with the Wood River Board of LocM Improvements as a statutory indication of "good faith" when th> Higglns firm made its bid on the $435,000 Wood River sewer improvement. Later 'board of local improvements declared the check and contract forfeited, but wai thwarted In its attempt to cash th« check when the Granite City bank returned It. During the hearing befori 3aersche, the city offered little but routine objection to the clalmi made by the contractors. The procedure hinted that thi city might later concentrate lit defense In Circuit Court, where tne city has filed a civil suit against the contractor and the bank for the sum of the check. China to Execute 70 In Narcotics Drive SHANGHAI, Feb. 10, «P)-Sev enty -residents of the so-called "mbdel city" of Nantung, 75 miles northwest of Shanghai, were con-. vlcted today of habitual use of- narcotics and sentenced to be shot In the government's "be cured or die!" campaign. Extending the anti-narcotic drive to Nantung after first executions of dealers at Peiping several weeks ago, Chinese police arrested 2000 others suspected of selling or tiling habit-forming narcotics.