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Columbus, Indiana
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Evening Republican. THE WEATHER Cloudy tonight and Friday. Probably showers and local thunderstorms In south portion. Slowly rising temperature tonight. . AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER WITH WHICH 18 COMBINED THE COLUMBUS LEDGER HE Established 1877. Vol. 50, " AND I SHOT HIM" M'KEE SAYS ON STAM TODAY Man On Trial For Murder Details Version of Trouble With Willard Minyous. AFRAID HE'D KILL ME" STATE RESTV CASE AT 11:20 O'CLOCK AND ACCUSED MAN THEN GIVES TESTIMONY FOR DEFENSE. "Mel, why did you shoot him?" "I was afraid he'd kill me with that knife," said Mel McKee, 64. answering a question , propounded by C. J. Kollmeyer, his attorney, in the trial In the "Ircult court today where McKe T".t i charge of first degree murder In connection with the killing on May 2i. 1924. of WIIKrd Mingous, 30, a fellow farm hand, on the James Henry farm, went of the city. McKee was convicted in a former ' trial and was sentenced to. serve a life term in prison, but this conviction was reversed by the Indiana supreme- court and the- cu:;e was sent back here for retrial. The case sianeu in the circuit court Monday of this week. The taking of evidence probably will be" completed some time tomorrow morning, and tjie case should ko to the jury late tomorrow or some time Saturday morning, depending on the time required by the defense and the amount of time given for arguments by attorneys. Had Not "Acted Riaht." McKee took the stand this morning at about -11 :20 o'clock, immediately after the state had completed its case and rested. He first, with the aid of his attorney, painted a picture of his victim as being a tnan 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds, possessing a .fierce temper and of the strenghC of a giant. He said during the day in which the hooting occurred and on the pre-: vlous day-Mingous had not "acted fright." and that he had "been off." When the state Insisted that he be more specific, the witness- said Mingous hid been angry and pout-- "ed a lot, this resulting from his having to do some -work, which he did not like to do. o Describing the trouble which re- suited in the shooting. McKee said he and .Minguoa were working at a place where an old cblckenhouse! had "been" "razed.l'TMf nndnTbeen I for you, I wouldn't have had to do this work." McKee said Mingous said. "I didn't have a thing to do with it." McKee-said he-answered. "And 1 hot Him," Mingous then , flew In a rase, hurled a steel wrecking bar at -him, and pursued Kim from the barn lot into the Henry home, throwing sticks of wood and the like at him. Ab he entered the dining room he heard Mingous In the"" kitchen rummaging In a box where knives were kept and the next minute Mingous appeared in the doorway with asrbutcher knife in his hand. McKee testified, as the crowd which filled every seat in the court . room ' listened i Intently to this dramatic description, which led up to the very shooting. "I told him not to come in. He started in and I shot him,"the witness testified as he brough the climax. McKee spoke- without any show of emotion and in a very Impersonal manner. Mingous then, according to the witness, dropped the knife, turned and went to the barn and tied up a team of horses. McKee said he followed and Mingous asked him to go for a doctor. He went to the Aaron - Christopher home where a telephone is. located, but no one ' was at home and then he returned to the Henry home. Mingous was in bed at the home when he re turned. McKee testified. McKee, while giving direct testimony, told of several reports he had heard about Mingous being in trouble previously and of his su perlor strength, the purpose of this being to showl that McKee- had feared him. This evidence, was not permitted in the previous trial, but was one of the things on which the supreme -court reversed the first conviction and therefore was ad mitted today. ; State's attorneys made objections as a matter of form, but in the face of the supreme court ruling, had little hope of being able to keep this evidence from the jury. Say McKee was Drinking. McKee testified to acts of su preme, cruelty to animals, which he said he had' witnessed when Mingous had become angry. On one occasion he said Mingous knocked a horse down-with a cow whipand on another ho tied a dog up by the neck and beat it jun-mercifuljy, he said. He testified that he had heard Uiat Mingous had carried a shotgun across his knees while riding a disc in a field, this being for the purpose of "killing one of I his brothers." He said that he had heard that Mingous had made threats against the life of his mother-in-law, that he had knocked a man down at the Caldwell & Drake iron works and that he had chased a colored boy out of the Emerson-Brantingham Company's plant after he had struck the boy with a coke shovel. The. state previously had shown by Lee R. Walker, fonder, police chief here, and Arlie Arbuckle. former sheriff, f who investigated the shooting and put McKee under arrest that McKee had been drinking at the time of .the trouble. McKee testified that because of rheumatism and an injured foot his method of walking was not nor-pal, thereby attempting to explain" IConunued on page 4) No. 78. MADISON KIWANIS AND ROTARY TEAMS TO PLAY Several Madison mvn, Avell-known here, will appear in the basketball game between teams representing the Rotary and Ktwanis clubs of that city, according to word received heia. The game will be played tomorrow night and the proceeds will go towards boys' week, to be held in Madison. Among those who are scheduled to appear are Walter Caplinger, Louis Cohen, Prof. Millis. R.-Betha, Robert Ireland, C. Renschler, Chas. Johnson, Harry Chambers, John Cans, and -Dr. Fewell. REMODELING OF SCHOOLS WOULD COST $30,000 Figures On Wayne Township Work Made Known By State Health Board. ACTION EXPECTED SOON NEXT STEP UP TO STATE OFFICIALS CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL WOULD COST $50,000. Remodeling of the six one and Iwo-room school buildings in Wayne township will cost between $30,000 and $31,000. and construction of either one or two consolidated school structures will cost $50,000. These were the figures quoted by (). W. Holmes. Louisville architect, to the state board of health, whicli is said to be holding; condemnation of the present school structures in abeyance until a solution if the school situation in the township i.-i found. Another Hearing Probable. Mr. Holmes was employed , by John A. Jones, Wayne township trustee, to inspect the buildings and then draw up blueprints lor remodeling the structures and make estimates as to the cost of. the work. This was done by Mr. Hblmes, who sent the blueprints and estimates to H. R. Condrey, of the state board of health. Mr. Condrey, in turn, sent them to Mr. Jones and iHarley Talley, county superintendent of schools. . The next step, which is expected soon,- Is .now up to the state board, and so Mr. Jones and Wayne township school patrons are awaiting word' from that body.' It is thought that another public hearing, similar to the one held recently, will be held and,Tthe .school problem discussed byresidents and school officials of the township and state authorities. ' Sentiment Divided. Sentiment in the township over remodelling or construction of new buildings is . divided. Many wish that the present one and two-room buildings be remodeled, while others advocate the construction of either one or two new consolidated buHdings. The state health board has advised Wayne school officials and patrons that the present buildings do not have good lighting or ventilation and that - some changes must be made. The transportation Ouestion has been playing an important part in the discussion as to what shall be done. It is argued that transportation costs will be increased if consolidated structures are erected. . The same school situation is true in Jackson township. The- Why mansville school there has been condemned by the state school board, and the structure has been Inspected by Mr. Holmes, the Lou-, isville architect. His report was that it would cost between f 2,000 and $2,400 to remodel the bunding. CUSTER'S NAME IS SUGGESTED Indianapolis, April 7. (JP) Persons suggested to Governor Jackson for two impending democratic vacancies in the public service commission include Clarence C- Custer, Columbus attorney; A. H. Taylor, vice-Vresident Indiana farm bureau federation; O. C. King, of Marlon, former state senatorr Dolph McKesson, of Plymouth, a member of the state legislature. VISIT SONS IN MOVIE , STUDIOS AT HOLLYWOOD Mr. and Mrs. William Maynard.! 125 Keller avenue, returned last night from Hollywood. Calif., where they have been spending a month with their two sons. Kenneth and Kermit Maynard. both of whom are playing in First National pictures. Kenneth Maynard. it is said, has just finished making a feature'pic-ture entitled, "The Land Beyond the Law," and is starting another feature, "The Devil's Saddle,," . in both of which he takes the leading part. The younger brother Is playing minor rols. PAINTS DARK FUTURE. Vienna, April 7. The history of the decline of the Roman jfcfopire is repeating itself in Europe, declares Cardinal Piffi, archbishop of Vienna. He denounces small . fam ilies, modern dress or women, and the more recent dances as sure signs that European civilization is decaying. But he says the fox-trot, tango and shimmy are harmless. W. C. T. U. BACK OF SHARPNACK AND DOBBINS Law Enforcement Officials Heartily Endorsed During County Meeting. - SEVERAL TALKS GIVEN INSTITUTE BEST HELD1 BY OR GANZATION FOR NUMBER OF YEARS, IS DECISION. Judge Julian Sharpnack, of the Bartholomew circuit court, and Prosecuting Attorney "William- H. Dobbins were heartily endorsed for their law enforcement activities, especially the enforcement of the prohibition law, yesterday" by the county Women's Christian Temperance Union, during the organization's annual institute. The two law enforcement officials were praised for their efficient work and W. C. T. U. members ex pressed themselves as especially I pleased with the decisions of j Judge rfSharpnack. At the conclu-j sion of the meeting it was unanimously voted to endorse the twOj county officials in tlieir stand upon prohibition enforcement and other j law matters. ) Discuss Citizens' Obligations. J The institute was an all-day af fair and was held In the East Columbus Christian church. The meeting was recorded as one of the best held by the organization for a number of years, it was said today. The program during the afternoon opened with devotionals, after which there was a vocal duet by Mrs. Claude Marr and Mrs.; Lucy Doup, of Taylorsville, follow-1 ed. by introduction of the subject, j "The Obligations of the Individual Citizen." Under this subject were four sub-titles, the first two of which "For Registration," and "For Visit ins Courts and Creating Public Sentiment," were discussed by Mrs. May Blessing, and the other two, "For Enforcement of Law," and "For Getting the. Truth to the.j People About the Failure of the Quebec Plan," by Mrs. Lucy Doup. Mrs. Zelma Gross and Mrs. Blessing gave, a vocal duet, and Mrs. Bertha .Davis gave a short talk In which she pointed out to the institute the importance of subscribing and reading the "Union Signal," the union's official publication. Miss Mary Williams, county nurse, gava :talk-dirAleohol" a Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine." Mrs. Odessa Baylo, of Franklin, state institute worker, who throughout the "meeting gave- Instructive and inspiring heJps and suggestions, gave a talk on "Tithing," which was pro nounced as on-3 of the best num bers on the program. Mrs. Bertha! Anthony, of Hartsvllle, sang a solo, and Mrs. Blanche Carr, of Harts-ville, gave a talk on "Child Welfare," in which she discussed the child labor amendment. White Ribbon Pinned On Babe. During the latter part of the program the' White Ribbon Recruits service was held In which a white ribbon bow was pinned on the infant son of the Rev. and Mrs. Guy Lowry, of East Columbus', and the mother's pledge to rear the child in Christian temperance was received. The meeting closed with the adopting of resolutions and reports of various committees. CHILD DROWNS IN TILE PIPE Falls Into Receptacle Used As Cooler in Hot Weather. Greenfield, Ind., April 7. Robert Graham Kessler, age 3, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Kessler, is dead today as the result of drowning while playing in the yard at the family home in Buckcreek township, Hancock county. Mrs. Kessler was hanging the family washing on a line and left the yard for a few moments to go into the house. When she returned the child was missing. An investigation revealed he had fallen into a 16-inch tile which had been sunk into the ground and which served as a cooler In the summer. The tile had been left uncovered and a heavy rain had filled it with water. The child is survived by the parents, a brother and two sisters. MAY INSTALL ALLEYS IN BASEMENT OF BANK i Arrangements have been made to construct an additional class, room for Sunday school purposes in the basement of the Tabernacle Christian church, and for that reason it would be impossible to reinstall bowling alleys in the basement, church officials said today. The alleys were in the basement some time ago. but were removed.. A movement is on to place the alleys in use again and it i possible that they may be installed in the basement of the Union Trust Co., it was said today. Only one perpetual pension is now being paid by the British government. This is the annual sum of $25,000 to the holder of the Nel son earldom, COLUMBUS, INDIANA, THURSDAY, APRIL 7, WHY CRITICIZE THE CHINAMEN? TRAIN ROBBERS ESCAPE WITH $20,000 LOOT Gag Express Messenger and Force HimttTOpen Safe Near Joliet, III. BUT TWO IN HOLDUP BOTH MASKED MEN JUMP OFF CAR WHEN IT REACHES CAGO PASSENGERS AWARE OF EVENT. Chicago, April 7. (JP) T-wo arm- ed men, their faces shadowed by closely drawn caps and partly cov ered by . black neeting masks, last night robbed the express car of the Chicago and Alton's Lincoln Limited of cash and valuables variously estimated from $2,400 to $20,000 as the train sped between Joliet and Chicago. A. A. Gotthoff, the express mes senger, told union stations police that there was $20,000 or more in cash, drafts and bonds in the safe. Express company officials declined to estimate the amount taken, although Stephen Healy, chief special agent of the company, denied that the safe contain- Led $20,000 in .valuables. Another unofficial estimate was that the $2,-400 in currency was obtained from the car strong box. The robbers who appeared to be about 22 years old, and short in stature, boarded the train at Joliet, the last stop before Chicago. They entered the combination smoking "express car" and trussed and gagged Hotthoff and the conductor, James Connery. Forced to Give Combination. Gotthoff was forced. at a revolver's point to reveal the combination of the express company safe. Frank Wenglass, dining car. employe, and George Mitchell, a negro porter, entered the car while the robberyVas, in progress, and were overpowered, bound, gagged and placed on the floor with Gotthoff and Connery. Contents of the safe were placed on the floor of the car and the negotiable and non-negotiable paper separated. The. latter was burned. The remainder1 was divided between the two. The robbery apparently was carefully planned. A signal wire on the railroad five miles out of Joliet had been cut, causing the slowing down of the train to permit the robbers to escape. Delay in opening the safe, however, compelled the robbers to alter their plan of escape. Seeing the tracks clear, the engineer proceeded, not slowing down again until the train was inside the Chicago city limits. The man, one of whom wore an army overcoat, leaped to the ground at different grade crossings and escaped. Passengers were unaware that anything was wrong until the train entered the union station here, 15 minutes after the robbers had departed. Inquiry for the conductor led to a search, and the trainmen were found. The Lincoln Limited runs from St. Louis to Chicago. SHOT FROM THE HIP. Chicago, April 7. W. A. Spau-dau. garage owner, spent his earily years in the west when King Colt 'ill ruled. He's never forgotten how to draw quickly and shoot from the hip. Four hold-up men followed- him home recently. Drew revolvers, demanding money. Spau-dau's gun barked. One bandit will die, another was wounded, all were J cartured. 'r ( WEUW MAN I TODAY'S EDITION The news of unusual values to be found in Columbus business houses is to,be carried to 11,300 homes in Bartholomew and parts of adjoining counties today in this special 22-page edition of The Republican. The paper is made possible through the co-operation of the Retail Merchants Association and business '. institutions of Columbus. There are approximately 115 . advertisement in the edition, all with news oi interest to persons," who will find it very profitable to trade n the county seat city of Bartholomew. ' --he manufacture of a 22- page newspaper in the average publishing plant in a city the size of COilunibus is somewhat of a feat, and while it has been done several times in recent years by The Republican it . represents a monumental piece of work that can only be produced by capable and efficient employes, who .have modern and up-to-date . machinery at their command. Over two tons of news print paper will be used in printing a sufficient number of papers to put one In every one of the 11,300 homes in the Columbus trading territory. There is one thing which every recipient of this' edition of The Republican should read. It is the article on the first page of the third section, entitled "Why It Pays to Shop in Columbus." This article was written by a Columbus woman and is a most interesting narrative of her. experiences as "purchasing agent" for "her household. It is not mere ' "tradeni-uotumbus" propaganda. It is a most interesting story of what she learned by observation. Read it. MRS.AHLBRIGHT DIES SUDDENLY Mrs. Pearl L. Ahlbright, 48 years old, wite of Ernest Ahlbright, died suddenly last night at 10:30 o'clock at the family home, nine miles west of the city, her death being due. It is believed, to heart trouble. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.. Mrs. Ahlbright was apparently in good health yesterday, and ate a hearty supper last evening. After completing her home chores she talked for some time to her husband and retired at about 10 o'clock. A little later she called to her husband and told him she believed she was going to die, and the husband Immediately summoned a doctor and neighbors. She grew worse rapidly and passed away before a physician could reach the home. Mr. and Mrs. Ahlbrteht had lived in this county only since last November, having moved here from Marion. Ind. She was a well-liked women by her neighbors and was highly esteemed by .i those .who knew her. She leaves her husband and one daughter, who lives at Marion. HE SAVED HIS CIGAR. Greenville, Oh!o. April 7. Fifty-two years ago i storekeeper gave T. J. Burns a 10-cent cigar. Burns decided to "keep Jt until after supper" and after, supper decided to keep it until he was older. On his seventy-seVenth birthday recently he smoked the cigar that he had kept moist . and wrapped in cotton so many years. 1927. SEE FOUL PLAY IN BURNING OF ITALIAN PLANE Editors in Rome Ascribe De Pinedo's Accident to Anti-Facist Agents. MATCH START OF BLAZE THROWN UPON OILY WATER OF. LAKE A3 FLIERS ARE READY TO TAKE OFF AND FLAMES ENVELOP PLANE. Rome. April. 7. (JP) The leading Rome newspapers today expressed the opinion that destruction of Commander De Pinedo's seaplane at the Roosevelt dam in Arizona yesterday was caused by anti-Fascist agents. At the same time they voiced appreciation of the action of the United States in offering the Italian flier another machine. Apache Lodge, Roosevelt Dam, Arizona, April 7. (.) Commander Francesco De Pinedo today planned a new route for the North American section of his four-continent tour, interrupted when his monoplane, the Santa Maria, burned on Roosevelt lake here yesterday when a boy dropped a match on the oil covered water. - ," The Italian flier and his two companions were enthusiastic, over the prospect of continuing the flight in a.plane ordered shipped from Italy by Premier Mussolini. Although plans for the new route were only in the tentative stage today, De Pinedo had definitely decided to assemble the replacement plane at New York. The match was tossed en the oil-ocated surface of- the lake about the plane after the youth lighted a cigarette and within a few minutes the ship on which De Pinedo had lavished such care, was a mass of flames. Fire Investigated. While De Pinedo, Captain Del Prete and M. Faechetti. ship's mechanic, supervised salvage of the charred skeleton of. the plane today, investigation of, the fire was continued. Although James Gibson, one 'of several boys: in the boat from which the match was thrown, told of an argument with the youth who dropped the match, efforts to locate him were unsuccessful. Persons who witnessed the boys' quarrel over the danger of lighting a cig-aretbe while the ship was refueling, could not identify the youth who dropped the match- Gibson said they had argued while the tanks were being loaded with oil and gasoline and that just as the plane was declared ready and De Pinedo was saying goodbye to friends on shore, the boy threw the match. Flames enveloped the ship immediately, forcing Del Prete and Fachetto to jump for their lives. A government employe was burned In an attempt to extinguish the blaze. Volunteer workers were to assist today in salvage operations, including attempts to raise the twin engines, which dropped into the water when the fire, weakened supporting framework. GIRL8 ARE BARRED. New York; April 7. The "float ing university" that left here last September for an eight months cruise around the. world will not be co-educational hereafter. , The first college cruise is carrying 500 men and .women, but hereafter it will be for men only. No explanation has been offered for tb.e ruling. MOTHER, BABE DIE OF BURNS AFTER BLAST Explosion at Elkhart Follows Pouring Kerosene Upon Wood Stove Fire. ' SMALL SON GIVES ALARM IN KITCHEN AT TIME OF EXPLOSIONFLAMES DAMAGE HOME HUSBAND AND FIVE CHILDREN SURVIVE. Elkhart, Ind., Aril 7. A two-year-old baby boy and his mother, Mrs. Anna Holler,- age 32, w-ere fatally burned in an explosion in the kitchen of the Holler home here last night. The explosion was caused by pouring keroseqe on a wood stove fire, The kerosene can, the bottom of which had been blown out, was found in the. charred kitchen. The husband, Clarence Holler, a New York Central railroad boiler maker, and five other children, ages 13 to 5, survive. Donald, age 8, was in the kitchen at the time of the explosion. He received a small scratch when hit by a piece of flying tin. Stephen, age ten, ran to a fire alarm box a block away and turned In an alarm. The fire was extinguished In about 20 minutes, but the kitchen, adjoining-shed and one other room of the small frame house were damaged. Mrs. Holler was taken to the Elkhart General Hospital where she died. She was Anna TudOr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs .Stephen Tudor, living near Peru. The Hollers moved to Elkhart from Peru! more than a year ago. WILL SEEK 1928 STATEMEETING G. A. R. Launches Movement to Bring Next Year's State Encampment to Columbus. A movement to bring the 1928 state encampment of the G. A. R. to Columbus was launched yester day afternoon at a meeting of the local G. A, R. and w R. C. organi zations held in the Red Men's home. Fifth and Franklin streets. It was unanimously agreed to send a message, inviting the encamp ment here next year, to this year's meeting which is to be held at Gary during the month of June. H. Karl Volland, who has been active in assisting the local post with its work, made a short talk during the meeting yesterday in which he made a motion that an effort be made to bring next year's meeting to Columbus and the motion met with hearty approval. A committee including Mr. Volland as chairman, Frank S. Jones, Mrs. Carrie George and the Jtev. and Mrs. Lewis King, was appointed to promote the movement. Twenty-nine jears ago, this June, Columbus entertained the state encampment and if the meeting can be se cured for next year it will fall on the thirtieth anniversary of the meeting here. Interesting Program Given.' The meeting yesterday, which was an all-day affair with a noonday dinner, was In observance of Grand Army Day, and the afternoon program was patriotic in nature. "America" was sung as the opening number after which the invocation was given by the. Rev. King. Miss Ruth George gave a piano number, "The Storm," which was followed by a patriotic ; address by Frank S.- Jones, locaj attorney. Mr. Jones, in his discourse highly commended the G. A. R. for its patriotism, and also paid a tribute to the Women's Relief Corps. Miss .Alma Hailway gave a monologue with .Mrs. H. Karl Volland, pianist, accompanist, the title of the number heing "The Splirt of '76-" A reading, "The Little Bronze Button," was given ' by Miss Lula Patterson, and the Rev. King gave a short-history of the G. A. R. and the purpose of the organization. Mrs. Grace Hoffmeler, of Indianapolis, state president of the W. R. C, gave a talk in which she said that the- corps is thelargest women's patriotic organization in the world. She explained this by saying that the organization takes as members, women who possibly had no relatives whatever in the Civil War, yet who were In some way connected with the strife, possibly by losing a brother or sweetheart or had themselves been active in giving aid to soldiers. Mrs. Lewis King read an original poem which was written on the occasion of the 83rd birthday anniversary of Jonathan Baker, a member of the local post. Mr. Volland's talk followed, after which the audience sang two patriotic songs, and the program closed with the flag salute and the reciting-of the American Creed. Three members of the post, W. F.i Kendall, H. I. Wood, post commander, and Solomon Gllck, all of whom seldom failed to attend a meeting of the organization were absent yesterday on account of illness. - CLEAN UP PARIS STAGE. Paris. April 7. Movements under wav in New York and London to scour the filth from the legiti mate stage has spread to Parts. French critics are. more outspokea in condemnation of the new "prudery" but a wave of public sentiment Is expected -to force the reform. PRICE THREE CENTS SOVIET ENVOY WARNS POWERS AGAINSTRAIDS Will Hold Them Responsible if Russian Consulate in Shanghai is Attacked.' FEARS ANOTHER DRIVE .SUCH ACTION IS RUMORED, HE SAYS SPEECH RESULT OF RAID MADE AGAINST EM-BASSY IN PEKING. ShanghalApril 7. (JP) The soviet consul general, Wilhelm F. Linde, today called on the Norwegian consul general as dean Of tho consular corps here and announced that if ' the soviet ! consulate in Shanghai was raided as were the buildings attached to the embassy in Peking yesterday, he would hold the consular body , .responsible. There have been rumors that such a raid was contemplated. - . Discussing with newspaper men the possible effect of the Peking raid.' M. Linde said it was not impossible that the soviet embassy would be removed from Peking to Hankow, the present seat of the Cantonese regime. Denounces Raid As Vandalism. ' He denounced the raid as an act of vandalism, which, if actually approved by thp Peking diplomatic corps, ; would set a precedent . en dangerlng the foundation of diplomatic prerogatives. ,, He believed, however, that the raid might be regarded as an act of irresponsible Chinese militarists, and that hence there would be no reprisal. The only sizeable weapon seized in the raid, he said, was a machine, gun. All the foreign diplomatic missions were entitled to possess such weapons, he Bald, and do possess them, M. Linde, who was formerly Russian charge de'affalres in Peking, said the soviet club was located In the embassy and that this accounted for the discoxery of Cantonese flags, as the cluoVwas decorated with the flags of the, various . nations. , He said he understood permis- -sion for the entry of the Chinese troops and police into the legation quarter was obtained solely from the dean of the diplomatic corps ' and not from all tho members of the corps. The latter would be impossible;-since 'the soviet embassy " Is on. the same basis as the other foreign diplomatic representatives; but was not. consulted.. ... ; , FIRE DAMAGES BARN, GARAGE Investigation Being Made Into Origin of ; " Blaze. ; . Fire of unknown f origin badly damaged a large barn in the rear of the Mrs. Winnie Reynolds property, 729 Lafayette avenue," and several other buildings In the vicinity last night about 8:15 o'clock, entailing a loss of more than $100, only part of which is covered with insurance. r . J - The Reynolds' property had been vacant, for several days and how the fire' started is - not known. When it was. first discovered al- most the entire roof of the barn was ' afire. The flames made rapid headway and spread to a fuel shed, adjoining the barn, - - and also ' spread across the alley to a garage In the rear of the Mrs. Mary Volland home. Both fire companies an swered an alarm which was turned in by pejrsons who discovered the fire in passing along the street. Several lines of hose were laid and" the flames were confined mostly to the barn and were extinguished speedily. The barn where the fire started was empty with exception of some hay in the mow, and the fuel shed was also empty. The roofs were burned off of both buildings. The roof and one side of the Volland garage was badly burned; but two automobiles, which were parked in the building, were not damaged. It , is said the damage to the Volland property will amount to between $50 and $75 with some insurance. ; Investigation was being made today into the cause of the fire. ' Two Still Alarms Today. ' Two still alarms were answered in the city this morning, both occurring about f 8:45 o'clock and these took Both fire companies out at the same time. The Fifth street company, was called to the Mrs. Louise Grove home, 615 Sycamore 6treet, where a spark from a flue ; set fire to the shingles. The flames were extinguished with a bueket of water and only slight damage was done. At the same time the Orinoco company was called to Ihe Pete Ferry home on Fifth street, where the roof was afire, the flames starting from a flue. A bucket of water was used to extinguished the ; fire and there wa3 but little damage. , WOMEN FIGHT FIRES. - Oberjoch, Germany, -April 7.- Winter and summer, stormy land fair, women in this mountain vil-. lage roll their hose. At least, they do when 'fires are put out and the women's fire department is ready ' to go home and finish cooking dinner for the family. The fire bri-. gade originally was composed ) of men, but they were so slow in responding to alarms that their -wives usurped them. ' 'fr

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