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. ITATE HISTORICAl. COM P. ' TOPEKA.tAW. 999KS« I THE DAILY REGISTER : VOLUME XXXyi. No. 126. SueceBBor to Th« lola Daily Begister, TU« Jola Daily Record, tind lols Daily Index. lOLA, KAS., FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 24, 1933. The Weekly Register, Established 1867. The loU Daily RegisUr, SstabUshed 1897. SIX PAGES RELEFORDSAYS LEGISUTUREIS TO BE PRAISED Representative Tells of Record'Made by Lawmakers in Topeka •FOR GOOD OF WHOLE Needed Economics Enacted Through Non-Partisan Politics Representative J. Lee Releford returned from Topeka last evening, having faithfully remained ini at= tendance upon the sessions of the . -legislature until the final gavel fell. Interviewed this morning by a Register reporter he expressed himself >s fa:irly well satisfied with the ; .work of the session. r: "Some measures were passed nat- ,uraUy which ^ should have changed or omitted altogether." he, said, "but . :in the main and taking the record as a whole I believe it will compare favorably with that of any preceding i legislature. This thing, I know is true: That the members gave practically no attention to partisan poU- jtics. Every measure was considered on its merits and the votes represented individual judgment, not - political considerations. Without re' ;gard to party the members seemed ^ io have set themselves to carry into effect the program to which they , had pledged themselves in the cam; paign, and they did that to a re- 1 inarkabte extent. - :: "Of course the one thing all the members had constantly before them yas thp pledge to reduce state expenses which both parties had made , in their platforms, and they certainly succeeded in doing that to a V remarktible degree. According to the i Uest estimate that could be made at this time, it is going to cost .something like $9,000,000 less to run the state of Kansas these next two years than it has cost the last two. ' Salaries have been reduced all along the line and many employees whose services were not essential have been , ; dlismisscd. Appropriations for the maintenance of the state school.s ; and various other state institutions - were drastically reduced. And yet tliese reductions were made. only , after careful investigation and de- y bate and after the legislature had ^; been i convinced that they could be • ihado without lowering standards or impairing efficiency. There was ' riothlng of the spirit of vbolshevlsm ; In this legislature. "The hardest fight was over the income tax law. but I believe the measure finally passed comes about As near meeting party pledges as '; could be devised and I think that ; when the people become accustomed • to it and find out how it workSrfthey will be well satisfied with it. The - law guards as carefully as posBible 3gainst the possibiUty of the new tax becoming .'just another tax.'" Asked how he "liked the job." Mr. V Rcleford said that with the excep- ; tion of preaching he liked It better than anythtog he had ever done. He • enjoyed the association with other members, the good fellowship of the ^ House, and the discussion of public ; iquestions. But of course he is glad to get home, particularly since the session lasted nearly three weeks " hcyond the time when the salary • ceased—if $3.00 a day ,can be regarded as a salary! And it goes ; without saying that the people of his chwch arc glad to have- him home again, j , :\ The* Views of Senator F. J. Oyler. . Iola"s other representative \in the .; legislature, could not be obtained to; - day, due to the fact that The Register could not get into touch v.Mh him. ONE DAIRYMAN FIGURES THINGS OUT One Allen county dairyman has well made up his mind that the Fanners Holiday movement will receive no aid and comfort from him. Said; he In The Register office yesterday: "The reason the price of milk 1« down U because people haven't any money. How arc you going to force the price up by holding down production? DOCS that put any money In the IKwkets of a man that's out of •work? , . "When 1 reduced the price of my milk from 6 cents to 5 cents a quart, I almost doubled my sales. I'm selling all the milk I can produce now and I'm making a little money even at 5 cents. But what good would it do me to be getting 10 cents if I'd find no market for three- fourths of my milk? That is exactly what would happen If any scheme to force up prices by holding down on production actually succeeded. We might get the price up, but sales would drop to the point where we'd be worse off than before. "We -wouldn't need to worry about prices If people had money with which to buy." SCOTT TO SPEAK TONIGHT Publisher to Address Business Wom< en at Portland Hotel. "Things Foreign and Domestic," is the title of the speech which Charles F. Scott, publisher of The Register, will deliver tonight before members of the lola Business and Professional women's club and their guests at the Portland hotel. Tlie speech will follow the annual pub- tic relations banquet of the club. Members of the lola Community club and representatives from the ten women's clubs in lola have been given special invitations but others who wish to attend may do so providing their reservations have been made in time. Those not attending the banquet but who want to hear Mr. Scott should be at the hotel by 7:10. SAIHUEL WILSON AT TOPICS Secretary of State Chamber of Commerce to Speak Monday. The speaker at Current Topics next Monday evening, at the Portland hotel, will be Mr. Samuel Wilson, secretary and manager of the State Chamber of Commei"ce. Mr. Wilson has kept in Intimate touch with the legislature during the past winter In order to promote as much as possible of the program tlie State Chamber had recommended, and his addi^ss will be a review of the acts of that body. If, therefore, you wish to know just what the legislature did and what it failed to do, come to the Portland hotel next, Monday evening. Mr. Wilson is not only clear and accurate in all his statements, but he is a fluent and pleasing speaker and his address will be. entertaliiing as well as informing. WITT EXgCUTlON LATER Indiana Supreme Court Postpones Fatal Day for Convicted Murderer UntllJuly 21 SUN.SHmE CHOIR TO .SING - HnmboWt Organization to Be Heard at Christian Church. The' Humboldt Sunshine choir, an organization which has gained considerable notice through its broad- i c^fits from KGGP in Coffeyvllle, ^ will be ! In charge of the music at the evangellslic service at the . Chri.stlan church'tonight, the Rev. J.I/^c; Releford, pastor of the church,!said today.; Mr. Rcleford also reported that, attendance tind interest are increa.s- • ing at the .scries of meetings which is being led by the Rev. CO. Wil- sori of Frcdouia. The public !s invited to attend. WEATHER and ROADS FOR KANSAS —Mostly cloudy with rain in extreme east, somewhat colder in west and south portions tonight; Saturday partly cloudy. For jlola and Vicinity—Cloudy with ra.in and somewhat colder tonight; Saturday partly cloudy; little change in temperatiore. Tempjerature—Highest yesterday, 52; low^t last night 39; normal for today 48; deficiency yesterday 3; excess sii>ce January ist 497 degrees; this date last year—highest 66; lowest 4o. , , Precipitation for tlie 24 hours ending at 7 a. m. today .10; total for tbi.s year to date 4.00; deficiency since January 1st .88 inch. Relative humidity at 7 a. m. today 82: per cent; barometer reduced to sea level 30.11 inches. Sun rises 6:19 a. m.; sets 6:37 ,p. m.. Kansas Weather and Dirt Roads. Coffeyvllle, partly cloudy, roads good. Emporia, cloudy, rains, roads miiddjl " Ottajwa, raining, roads slippery. Manhattan, Topeka, Sallna, raining, rdads muddy. 'Pittsburg, cloudy, roads good. Arkansas City, cloudy, roads good. "Wichita, cloudy, rata last night, roads sUppei^. Indianapolis, Ind., Mar. 24. (AP)— The Indiana supreme court today postponed until July 21 the execution of Charles Vernon Witt, ,of Bainbridge, Ind., sentenced to death for the murder of Lafayette A. Jackson, Indianapolis chain grocery store owner during a holdup. Witt was to have been electrocuted March 31. The stay was granted to permit consideration ol an appeal. Witt's alleged accomplice, Louis E. Hamilton, lola, Kas., was sentenced to die In August. G. COMMITTEES MEET Three Groups {Have Business and Social Sessions Vesterdsy Members of three senior high school Girl Reserve committees bad special meetings yesterday. The G. ,R. room committee, with Helen Roberts as chairman, hiked to the shale mound where they had a picnic supper. Members attendtag were Ethel Flnley, Ruth Edgerton, Betty Lefller, Berdlne Wheeler, Mary DeFore. and one guest, Mary Catherine May. The publicity committee met at the home ol Helen Bartlelt for a grub, foUowed by a line pUrty to the theater. Those attending were: Amber Stonaker, Mary Jane Reld, Josephine Wells, Betty Epley, Dorothy Curtis. Hazel Dresson, Regina Steimel, Nellie Ciunmtags, Rowena Arbuckle, Margaret Griffith, Louise Abts, chairman, and Mrs. J. B. Bruce, sponsor. The music committee met for a grub, business meeting, and line party to a basketball game at the home of Amy Lou Langsford. Those present: Elizabeth Christy, Ann Tliaycr, Doris Taylor, Evelyn Antrim, Eva May Dickson, Delma Connor, and Barbara Beay, chairman. TEMPLAR OFFIClERS INSTALLED Charles E. Kietzman Commander of Order in lola. Charles E. Kietzman was Installed as commander ol the Esdrae- lon Commandery No. 49, of the Knights Templar at services held to the Macqnic Temple last night. Other iofllcers taducted were: Thomas O. Waugh, generalissimo; Thomas A. Rallsb'ack, Humboldt, captata-general; J. D. Buchanan, senior warden; Walter R. Arndt, junior warden; Seaman A. Ellis, treasurer; J. c. Littrell, recorder; th^ Rev. J. H. Sowerby, prelate; Dana Decker, of Gamett, standard bearer; ftay R. Hale, wafder; and A. A. JMosher, sentinel. BREW MAY BE SENT BY MAIL, OFFICIALS SAY Other Questions Yet to Be Solved Before the Drouth Ends April 7 FROM WET TO DRY? Department Not Ready to Rule on Shipments Into Dry States Washtagton. Mar. 24. (AP)—Officials of the postolfIce department said today in an informal ruling that legal beer could be sent through the mall after midnight April 6. Attorneys said that since the beverage Is held non-tatoxicating by the bill permitting sale, and adver- tlstog matter in connection -with it is mentioned specifically as legal, there would be no attempt to bar its delivery through parcel post. Under this taterpretatlon beer would pass through states which are dry under their own law without toter- Xerence. Another question in connection with the. new law—whether shipment by rail from one wet state to another will be permissible—was not left clearly defined. While no formal ruling on the matter was available attorneys charged with enforcement of the law expressed a belief that states could not Interfere with Interstate commerce and that transportation would be possible. It,;was pointed out that the president has the power to call out federal troops to prevent taterference^with legal interstate commerce and that since beer Is so classified under the new law the supreme court would probably uphold its transportation. Dry View Given. On the other hand, Edward Dunford, attorney for the Anti-Saloon league, said in suggesting means of attacking the constitutionality of the beer bill that "the attorney general or other law officer of any dry state may file a petition for an tajimction to restrata a common carrier or others from transporttag such beer through the state on the ground that It Is a transportation of intoxicating liquors, prohibited by the Eighteenth amendment." Attorney General Cummings informed President Roosevelt today of his ruling thiat beer advertising ot an anticipatory nature announcing beer sales on April 7, and thereafter could be used now by newspapers. It was said at the White House that the president had sent an inquiry to the attorney general as the result of .many requests for a statement by newspapers. Horace Donnelly, postofQce solicitor, said today he was not ready to rule on the various legal questions in connection with use of the mails which the beer bill has brought before him. He was analyzing the act and an- swertag wherever possible requests from postmasters over the country for guidance, i He said it would be I 'several days before regulations could be laid down.' Beer Through Malls in Kansas? Among the questions propounded today were whether newspapers published in dry states but with circulation in wet states could accept beer advertising; whether inhabitants of dry states could obtain beer through the mails, and whether newspapers published in wet states and carrying beer advertisements could circulate freely through the mails into dry states. The solicitor expressed an Informal opinion in reference to the latter query that under Attorney General Cummings's taterpretatlon of the law no interference could be made with newspapers gotag into dry states through the mails. Donnelly potated out that In many instances It would be neces: sary to lay the new federal law alongside of state laws before a definite conclusion could be reached. An amendment to the postoffice appropriation bill in 1917 prohibited circulation of liquor advertisements in states which had already voted themselves dry. The national prohibition act extended I this ban on advertistag to the entire country, while the new beer law says that nothing in the 1917 amendment "shall prohibit the deposit in or carriage by the mails of the United States, or the dellverj- by any iMstmaster or letter carrier, of any mail matter containtag any advertistag of, or any solicitation of an order or Orders for. any of the followtag contataing not more than 3.2 per centum ol alcohol by weight: Beer, ale, porter, wine, similar fermented malt or vtaous Uq- uors, or fnut juice." Plethora of Advice Fails To Deter Robin Redbreast Mail From the Pacific to the Cumberlands Contains Su{i:ge8- tions to Keep Kansas City Bird From Fij^hting His Shadow in Windows of Doctor's Office. Kansaa City. March 24. (AP)— Cock Robta's determined attack upon his reflection in window panes at the home-offlce of Dr. H. E. Songer has won him friends and fan: mail. True some of the friends suggest he shoiUd be put to death, but most wish him weU ta the fight he laimched IS days ago. "We will not kill It," said Mrs. Songer positively. "He belongs to a family of robtas that has tahabited our yard three years. They follow me in the garden without fear. Often I have picked up a worm and tossed it to them. That is.the reason, I thtak, why we cannot frighten him away." Cock Robin is a modest warrior, pan mail has come from the Golden Gate to the Cumberlands. More than 100 persons have offered advice about him. Exploits of other G.B.S. KNOWS ALL ABOUT U.S. Playwright Scores Baby- Kissing Candidates And Penal Code LEGISLATURE STILL MEETING Clochs May H»Te to Be Stopped to Finish Woriu Topeka, Mar. 24. (AP)—The Kansas legislature still was ta session today, although most of the seats were vacant and all but a few of the members had gone home. Today was the date fixed for sine die adjounmient, but the formal ending of the session was betag delayed to permit eim)llment of some of the final measures passed, taclud- tag several major bills. Up to noon, bills which had not yet reached Governor Alf M. Landon tacluded the tacome tax, tax limitation, cash basis, and county and state salary reduction measures. Possibility .arose that it would become necessary to stop the bouse and senate clocks before midnight tonight, as was done Tuesday night whcSD the deadlock arose over county and judicial salary reductions. San Francisco, Mar. 24. (AP)— George Bernard Shaw, the 77-year- old British playwright, arriv^id on the American nuiinland today for the first time with tiie abrupt pronouncement that he "knew more of AJmerica than its inhabitants." He told a mass of tatcrviewers and cameramen that Americans elected their public officials "because the candidates had their pictures taken with a baby In their arms." During a discussion of the Tom Mooncy! case .(Mooney was convicted of participation in the preparedness day parade bombing at San Francisco in 1916) Shaw stated Americans "were romanticists in their treatnlent of the whole criminal sj-stem." "You Americans am get romantic about 20 to 30 years in prison," he said, "but to a man in prison six months is terrible. Generally I would say to bury a man aUve in a vault for 17 years is extremely foolish. I am a foreigner and as such would not criticize your courts or police. But if Mooney is not lit to live, have the courage to shoot him. It would be a great relief to me if the governor of your s^aie would pardon Mooney. He has unfortunately been made a political mark." The United States, he charged, wt.s a drinking nation because it was an unhappy nation. "A sick man is given chloroform for an operation but in your crowd­ ed'cities, when a man gets, sick from excessive hours of labor, he takes alcohol. "I am a teetotaler but I cant expect the United States to come up to my standards. I doni like it. I don'ti need, it. "Are there any happy people?' a questioner asked. "Yes, there are, in the cemeteries, I suppose." "But have you foitad any happy living people?" "I haven't visited all the countries yet." I. ,"I don't know how Hitler -i/ill turn out," he answered a questioner. "ThK whole German people are ta a state of .suspense and chaos. Tftey arc trying out Hitlef like you are trying out Mr. Rooseyelt. In rour years 1 will be able to tell you about them." Sparring with a questioner. Shaw declared "we couldn't get anywhere without a dictator. "No one is responsible, otherwise. Dont fear a dictator. Make him responsible and fix it so you can get rid of him If he goes wrong." • Shaw accused the American people of giving no thought to the qualifications of their officials. "Why," he said, "it was Roosevelt's baby that got him elected." "But Roosevelt had no baby," an interviewer said. "Well, that's serious. Then whose bab>* was it that Roosevelt photographed with?" militant birds have been hurled, so man has yet caught him ,at the attack but he has been snapped ta Ve- pose. "We have tried everythlrife," Mrs. to speak, in his teeth. No camera- Songer said, "except the plactog of cloths or papers on the outside of the wtadows. ; "There are ntae wtadows on that side of the house and the Bobta will light his shadow^ ta any of them. We carmot shut out the light ta the rooms because they are walttag and consultation rooms," From C. B. Aldrich, San Francisco, came a suggestion on the reverse f de of a business card: "Try leaving the wtadow : open, doctor." But March wtads have been cold here. Mrs. Samuel Chaney Hunt, Chicago, proposed the wtadows be shaded and the songster be "gathered ta for a few days ot watchful care ere agata tumtag it to the outer world." Mrs. Songer matatains the bird can't be caught. "Besides," she said, "I think the robta is coming to his senses. His breast is getting redder and his appetite is retumtag. He feeds off a bittersweet vtae outside our breakfast room." Mrs. Earle C. Derby, Columbus, O., wrote to tell of a redblrd with wViich she had a similar experience. A cat she suspected, got it. Another red bird was revealed as the hero ot a combat at the Corsicana, Texas, home of Miss Dorothy Drane. Miss Drane said it had been battling glass, enclostag a conservatory two years, either fighttag its reflection or seektag admittance. Miss Jennie Clements of Independence, Mo., wrote that a male cardinal had been tatermittently attacking its shadow in the windows of her home since last December. ACCUSED OFFICER DtATE Court Martial of Norman BailUe- Stewart Held up While He Cools After Questions of Court London, Mar. 24. (AP)—The cross-examination of Lieut. Norman Baillic-Stewart, being tried on a charge of revealing army information, was Euljoumed for ten minutes today when the young officer became angered at questions concerning his relations with a young Berlin woman known as Mane Louise. The prosecution contends that money the young officer of the Seaforth Highlands claims the Berlin woman gave him because of her infatuation was ta fact pay for army information he allegedly revealed to a foreign agent. The prosecution dwelt today on visits the lieutenant paid to Holland last summer and fall to meet Marie Louise and the letter containtag*| money she sent him. At one point the judge advocate asked the defendant if it was his view that the money from Miarie Louise was sent him "for Immoral services rendered.": The defendant said he thought the money in question was "given for the whole of our friendship— more as a gift." The testimony continued along this Itae and at one point the court asked the direct question whether Marie Louise had paid him £S0 "lor you to be her paramour." "Yes sir," Baillie-Stewart replied, "I would like you to believe that the money was for the whole of our friendship." SENATE MOVES TO ALTER FARM REUEF MEASURE Administration Approval, However, Withheld From New Bill MAY CURB OUTPUT Secretary Starts Action On Plan to Link Nations Together Washington, March 24. (AP)— The senate drive for drastic rewrit- tag of the administration farm bill was latmched today at a closed meeting of the senate agricultiure committee, but Secretary Wallace said he had not yet given approval to any substitutes for the origtaal sweeptag measure. Senator Smith (D., S. C), chairman of the committee presented a sul>stitute bill, making material modifications which earlier he had predicted would prove acceptable to the administration. Wallace, however, said the proposed changes would be gone over later ta the day at a session of the cabtaet with President Roosevelt. He will appear before the committee tomorrow. The Smith plan,, on which the committee took no immediate action, would reduce the amount of the processtag tax to be levied to the bare amount needed to lease the lands to take them out of production. The allotment and licensing features of the admtaistration bill would be struck out entirely, but the cotton option plan would stay tatact. While Wallace was reserving opinion on these changes, he undertook ta conferences with other officials to set ta motion President Roosevelt's ! plan for a world-wide agreement to curtail wheat production,; to bring it in Itae with consumption. Farm Leaden Called. After recelvtag the Smith plan the senate committee called ta for brief hearings John A. Simpson, president of the Farmers' Union and George Peek, of Mollne, 111. After hearing Wallace tomorrow, committee members hope to be able to set about full discussion of the program and the Smith substitute. Senator Kendrlck (D., Wyo.), Indicated the attitude of moat, saytag: "In my optaion we will not know definitely what form the biU will take until after we have heard Secretary Wallace tomorrow."' femlth told newspapermen that if the committee should decide to limit the commodities to which the bill would apply, "there would be no need for extended hearings." Both the administration bill and lOLANS REPORT SHOCK OP FALLING METEOR. AmarlUo, Tex., Mar. 24 (AP). A blue-white meteor, passing "slowly" from east to west, Illuminated the north] plains of Texas at 6:05 a. m. today, and a few minutes later awoke many citizens with a thuhder-llke rumble, which some Interpreted OS the final explosion as the meteor nearcd the earth and disintegrated. Bill Coyle, Transcontinental Western air mail piloj, reported he was flying high, above a sta- tum of clouds, 50 miles west ot here, and saw the flaming body rushing west. He said It apparently dlstategrated suddenly. Airport attaches reported the flash of the meteor was seen as • far west as Winslow, Ariz. A report from Guymon, Ok., to the Oklahoma Panhandle northwest of here, said the meteor passtag over that place at 6:15 a. m. and residents there believed it struck the earth ^ somewhere northeast of Keyes, Okla., as it disappeared north of Guyman, persons said the earth trembled a few seconds with an accompanying low rumble. That the shock which several lolans reported feeltag early this momtag may have been the same one which residents of Guymon, Okla., reported to the Associated Press was considered possible here today. A number of residents of this vicinity said that the earth seemed to tremble, causing wtadows to rattle, shortly after 6 a. m., and The Register received numerous .ta- quiries concemtag the source of] the tremors. SUICIDE ESCAPE FOR A STEVENS Son Kills Himself While Father Lies on His Death Bed JAPSAPP^UNG TO NO COUNTRY, MATSUOKA SAYS Island Empire Not Vassal To America or Any Nation WITHDRAW U.S. SHIPS Chicago, Mar- 24. (AP)—Closing acts In the drama of the rise and fall of the once poy^-erful Steveai family were being enacted today as Raymond W. Stevens, 59, lay dead from what police said was a self- inflicted bullet wound while his 80- yeor-old father was believed to be on his death bed following a.stroke of ajjoplexy. Both had-been indicted some time ago with another son and brother, Ernest J. Stevens, on , charges of embezzlement ta connection; with the failure of the 150 million dollar Illinois' Liie Insurance Company of which they were former^ officials. The death of Baymoiid occurred yesterday afternoon ta the sun room of his brick colonial mansion in sub- his substitute provide that the re-,urban Highland Park. As told to RUM RUNNER SLAIN was TRIBUTE TO THE MAN Newton Halts Business Oming Funeral of CoL P. M. Hoisington Newton, Kas., Mar. 24. (AP)—The fimeral of Ool. Perry M. Hoisington, Kansas National Guard commander for many years and commanding officer of the 137th infantry at Camp Doniphan, Okla.. was held tills afternoon from the First Presbyterian church here. Public address amplifiers carried the service across the street to "v large Methodist church where listened more than a thousand persons unable to find a place to the Presbyterian church. The service was conducted by the Rev. Frederick Black, assisted by Dr. John Bailey Kelley, president of the College of Emporia, of which Holstagton was a trustee. Grand Master George O. Foster of Lawrence, Grand Master James A. Gassier of McPherson and Grand Junior Warden John H. Wendomn, Leavenworth, conducted the Masonic Grand Lodge service at thef grave. Knights Templar drill teams from half a dozen cities attended, furnishing an escort. Company F, 137th Infantry fired a salute and a bugler sounded taps. Business was suspended during the service. Bullets Snuff Life in Former Home Of Oscar Hammerstein. Mlddletown Township, N. J.. Mar. 24. (AP)—A gigantic and murderous struggle for control of a rum fleet was seen today as an explanation for the slaytag last night of Alexander (Al) Llliien, called a master liquor runner. Sudden death by bullets came to LUUen In his Hilltop mansion, a stronghold from which he could peer out over Sandy Hook where rum vessels ply. A mysterious telephone call to township police sent them dashtag to the house, once the home of Oscar Hammersteta, impressario. On the floor in the big frOnt hallway, they found Lillien sprawled, three holes through his skull. Detectives reasoned that the killers swept up to the front door in an automobile, rang the bell and shot Lillien dead when he answered it. They sought to ftad the connection between Lillien's sudden end and the killing of Charles "Ktag" Solomon, Boston racket leader known as a partner of UlUen's. Sol- , omon, a night club owner and reput-', ed overlord of vice and liquor rings, fell before gimmen ta a Boston night club just two months ago last night. Police said another partner, whose name they did not recall, was slain ta Baltimore last week. Chief Detective Harry B. Crooks announced that Walter Gerlett, caUed Lillien's body guard, and William Feeney, caretaker of the mansion, were betag held as material witnesses. The former Hammersteta house, federal agents charged, had been the headquarters and control potat for a large rum fleet. Raidtag It ta 1929, they said they found a large quantity of arms, and a powerful radio set used ta directtag the fleet's maneuvers. lief should, apply to wheat, cotton, com, hogs, cattle, sheep, rice, tobacco, milk and dairy products. The administration bill calls for a tax equalltag the difference between the current price for a commodity and a price based on the 1909-1914 average. Smith's substitute provides that the processtag tax shall be fixed by the secretary of agriculture ta an amoimt si^Bclent to provide, revenue for leastag lands to take them out of production. This tax could be revised by the secretary from time to time as necessary. No Approval Tet. Despite the drive of many senators to obtata administration approval of farm bill amendments Secretary Wallace today said he had not given his approval to any changes from the original draft, but that some of the amendments proposed would be discussed at a cabtaet meettag later ta the day. Meanwhile, Wallace took a hand ta preliminary plans to carry out President Roosevelt's tatention to seek a world agreement to curtail wheat production. 'He conferred with Dr. Herbert Fete, economic advisor of the state department, and discussed approaches to the question of brtagta^ production of the chief wheat-pro- ductag nations ta Itae with consumption. In advocattag his farm relief program, the president said that it would give this country advantages ta discussions of agricultural and surplus control at the world economic conference next sununer. Others who took part ta the conference tacluded Dr. Mordecal Ezek- lel, Wallace's economic adviser; Dr. Nils Olsen, chief of the bureau of agricultural economics, and Dr. Rexford Guy Tugwell, assistant secretary of agriculture. TOM SAWYER'S SISTER DIES. Last Survivor of Famous Fiction Character Succumbs at 82 IF YOU MISS THE REGISTER QAUU W Ofi 520. (3ouer D'Alene, Idaho, March 24. (AP)-Flavilla Ptaeo, 82, known here as the Bister of the original of Mark Twata's famous Action character, Tom Sawyer, died here last lilght Mrs. Ptaeo, a native of Ottawa, 111., was said to be the last survivor of the immediate Sawyer family. She moved to Minnesota when a young girl. From there, she said, her older brother, Tom, left home and became a worker on Mississippi boats, to become the hero of Mark Twata's book. AOfcheU Pleads Not Guilty. New York, March 24. (AP)—A plea of not guilty was entered today by tJharles E. Mitchell, former chairman of the National City bank, to an tadictment returned earlier ta cbargtag him with evasion of to- the day by the federal grand jury come taires of $573,312.82 for the year 1^9, police by a son, Raymond Jr., a shot was heard as he ahd.iiis mother and his sister, Mrs. Webster Neeland Stafford were leavtag the house. Rushing- back he said they found his father unconscious in an easy chair. There was a bullet wound ta his head behtad the ! right ear. Oh the floor lay a .38. caliber" revolver and on a nearby table was an encyclopedia . open at a chapter on birds. That was all—no notes—no last word. Stevens died l^ss than an hour later. He did not regain consciousness. The son told police his father had Ijeen morose of late. News of his son's death was kept from, the sick room of the elder man, James W. Stevens. The rise of the Stevens family began 40 years ago, at the time of the last world's fair ai few years after they had come to| Chicago from Colchester, HI. They Sprang from the rank of small merchants to control of the Illinois Life Insurance company and two of Chicago's largest hotels, the La Salle and the Stevens. • James W.. Stevens founded the insurance company and became chairman of the board. Raymond W. was the presidents and Ernest J. was president of the; hotels. Then six years ago| they built the Stevens hotel—one pf the world's largest—and then began v the decline. The hotel with its overhead operattag expense of $50,000 dally became a financial "white elephant.' Finally last Deceml?er both it and the La Salle hotel went into receivership followed shortly by similar action of the Insurance company, which had 70,000 policy holders on Its books. . From that tta^e ev6nts progressed rapidly resulting in a grand Jury investigation and the indictments charging the three men with em- bez7 !ement of $1,200,000 or the ta- surance company's funds for use of their hotels. COGSWELL TO COMMISSION Master of State Grange Named by Landou to Xvs. Body. Topeka, Mar. 24. (AP)—Governor Alf M. Landon announced today the appotatment of C. C. Cogswell of Pretty Prairie, master of the state Grange, as a member of the state; tax commission ta succession to Walter Huxman, of Hutchinson. ! Huxman, it was announced, had tendered his reslgnatiort effective April 1. A Democrat, he was ,ap- potated to the commission by former Governor Harry H. Woodrlng- Cogswell's appotatment was for the r^- matader of Huxman's unexpired term endtag March 20, 1935. The governor's office also announced appotatment of Willis B. Crowther of Saltaa as attorney for the tax commission ta succession to Ernest E. Bltaooe of Fbrt Scott, recently named a member of the tstste corporation commission. : Feeling in Japan Would Be Improved, Envoy Says on Arrival l^ew york. Mar. 24. (AP)—Yosuke Matsuoka, head of the Japanese deMgatlon to the League of Nations, arrived ta America with five fellow delegates today and asserted that Japan was "not appealing to any- 6ne for it is not a vassal state to Anierica or any other nation." He also suggested that Japanese- American feeling might be improved If ^he United States would withdraw its -fleet from the Pacific ocean. He said he did not know whether or not Japan tatended to withdraw froih the League of Nations. In answer to a specific question, be declared that ilapan had no taten­ tion of relinquishing the mandated islands whether or not It remained ta the league. J A crowd of Chinese were gathered in the street outside the pier as the Leviathan docked with Matsuoka and his fellow delegates. "They had congregated to protest against what they said was Matsukoa's Intention to engage In a campaign of propaganda while ta [America. A police guaifd of about 150 uniformed men and detectives had been assigned to the dock to prevent possible disorder. 1 One Chinese, Un Nap Hln, a student, was held for questioning, after police found be h&d a revolver with him. He displayed a permit! to cariTT the weapon." I Matsuoka received newspapermen in his stateroon^ aboard the Levla- •tftan at Quarantine. He was affable and smiling. | No Denial. •The fh -st quesdon was: "Is it true that you-are to] be ambassador to the United States?" ^"They make all sorts of speculations about me,? he replied. Then he explained that he would spend four or five days in New York, go to Washtagtion and sail from S^n Francisco about April 13. He was asked if he planned to confer with President Roosevelt, and htJ knswered: i "f would like to, but I know that h^ is a very busy man at this tlma and I don't like to intrude." . Matsuoka, who is a graduate of the; University of Oregon, was asked If he felt that the Japanese are ndsunderstood in it his country. "I feel that," he said potating the-pipe stem at his questioner. '.'Is that why you are here?" ,"No. I am just on my way home, a private citizeni Of course, while I 'dm here, I shall see many old friends." " •He drifted to discussion of the Manchurian situation. Hard Problem to Solve. "It is always very hard, very difficult," he said, "for people, such as Americans, 5,000 miles from the scene to understand actual conditions; it would be difficult, for our people who have no taterests over hBi-o. to understand you. >|We Japanese are poor pr(^>a- g^ndists, as is -well known, that is why we are misunderstood. "We are not appealing to anyone. We are not a vassal state of America or:any other country." Then he went on to explata that in his. opinion the greatest enemy of peace is ignorance and lack of understanding arid he saia tlvat for that reason Japan hopes to have the happenings ta Manchuria understood by the world. "The developments In Manchuria will educate the world eventually," ht; sal'd. "Our people regard Manchuria aa the' life line of Japan," tie said, "that- means that Manchuria is tbo first Itae of defense to Japan. Japsa Staked her all, her very exlstenca, 30 years ago to recover Manchtirla for tlie Manchu dynasty. We sacrificed 100,000 men and 2 billion yen to get It bock from Russia—that wias a staggering burden to Japan at the time. For the past 25 years Japan made great sacrifices to develop Manchuria. We opened it up and It became known to the world tfirough the Initiative and effort of Japan; • Fear of Russia. "We have big Russia to the northeast and you are seeing chaos ri^tit aif, our door. We cannot ^ow any people hostile- to Japan to control Manchuria." He called reference to Manchukuo as Japan's puppet state a "big mis- ttjOce—k)ne thing that is not under- stpod ta the west." •He [said that the door to United Slates trade in; Manchuria would riemain open, "as- it always has l^en." • i 'He said he regarded Oregon as bis second native state. Someone asked, facetiously, "that doesn:t mean, does it, that you ara planning to annex Oegon to Japan?" ' ; Matsuoka laughed heartily. "No," Be said, "we haven't gotten to thaK yet." Former Prairie Employe Dies, Independence, JCas., Mar. 24. (AP) Hie funeral of Robert McElwatae, 43, former asstetant secretary of tba Fralrie OH & Gas company, who died at Ills home here yesterday, tto be held tomorrow. Mr. Mc- Blwatae had been connected witb the Prairie stoce 1813.. He Is ataf* yived bjr his widow and one ifoj^ '

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