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(THE Mortzthg IIANSAS CITY STAR) Titv Time a I VOL. 90. NO. '288 KANSAS CITY, DECEMBER 2. 192T..-FRIDAY-28 PAGES. PRICE: 11: ctwt erg, g f eb 00' HIGHEST LIVING IN HISTORY HOOVERS ANNUAL REPORT SHOWS A CONTINUATION OF PROSPgRITY. some Farm Depression and Backaard0000 in Individual Lines of Indus. try Are the Only Marring' Events of the rear. Since 1889 the per capita output of America has increased 55 per cent. ' procperity characteristic of America ille last six years was maintained, marred only by some continuing de- pression for agriculture and some backwardness in individual lines of industry. Increase in production had most to do with a "corresponding advance in standards of living." With proper effort on the part of American business men "we shall be able to maintain our share of the steadily expanding world commerce." --From the annual report ot Secretary Hoover and his aids. alit the Associated Press.) WASHINGTON, Dec. 1.--Economic prog, rest in 1927 brought Americans to the highest material living standard this country or any other country had ever known, Secretary Hoover declared today in his annual report to the President. A situation. of prosperity which he said has now been characteristic of American industry for six years," was maintained,. marred only by some continuing depression for agriculture and some backwardness in individual lines of industry. ' Mr. Hoover's statistics showed a steady level of wholesale prices, declining slightly .in recent months; a maintenance of relatively large building construction programs; an increase in the expedition of railroad transport4tion along with a bettered service to titers; and a year of "sound but uneventful growth" in the banking field. - CAPITAL ABROAD NEAR 2 BILLION. Foreign underwriting by Americans in the fiscal year exceeded that of any corresponding period in the history of the United States, the report said. Foreign capital securities privately taken, plus direct new investments abroad probably increased the total to 1.850 million dollars for the year. Financial reconstruction abroad continued on the whole to be encouraging. - "The value of American exports during the fiscal year 1928-27 was greater than that of any other fiscal year since 1920- 21, and when account is I taken of the much lower price level, as Compared with the war years' trade, was the largest in our history," Mr. Hoover continued. "The value of imports was about 5 per cent less in the last fiscal year, bnt here again a fall In prices occurred after allowing for which there is a quantitive increase." New construction undertaken in 1927, "amounting to some 7 billion dollars in value, constituted a powerful factor in maintaining .business activity , and prosperity," -Mr. Hoover added. TRIBUTE To RAILROAD MEN. He paid high tribute to the management of American railroads, asserting that, "the continued advance in the efficiency of the railways which has been going on since the war" had "reacted favorably upon the entire economic structure." The rapidity of freight transportation in the United States has increased since 1919 by 30 or 40 per cent. In seeking out the causes of the material prosperity Mr. Hoover described, i E. Dana Durand, of the department's bureau of statistical research, laid down the proposition that "extraordinary increase iri the production of American industry in recent years" had most to do with a "corresponding advance in the standards of living." "Between 1899 and 1925 the output of agricultural products hicreased about 47 per cent," Dr. Durand said, "that of mining about 248 per cent. and that of manufactures about 178 per cent, while the volume of railway service increased by 199 per cent. Meanwhile population had grown only about 55 per cent, so that per capita output rose also by about 55 per cent." - INTO NON-PRODUCTIVE OCCUPATIONS. "Even that comparison," it was added, "failed to measure fully the progress in 1 production, since larger proportions of the country's population in recent years ' have engaged in professional, mercantile, and service occupations, rather than in actual production. "The true causes of the prosperity and economic progress of the country are not difficult to discern," Dr. Durand continued. "At the foundation lie the rich resources of the country, not taxed by an excessive population and the energy, intelligence and attitude toward work of the producing population. "In our earlier days, advance was in considerable measure attributable to the Opening of new resources, but in the last quarter century this has not been a major influence. The principal factors in the recent increase in productivity are what may be called human as distinguished from natural factors, One of the most profound modern tendencies is the swiftly expanding use of electric current." KLEIN SEES EXPANDING MARKETS. For the bureau of foreign and domestic commerce, Dr. Julius Klein, its chief, Pointed Out that American foreign trade today represented 16 per cent of the world's total commerce, whereas in 1913 it represented only 11 per cent. He predicted that "manufactured goods will continue to gain in relative importance In our export trade," while the growth of population it home will "continue to tail for the consumption of a larger and larger proportion of foodstuffs and raw materials produced by our farms." He foresaw vigorous competition for foreign trade in the future, but predicted that with proper effort on the part of American business men, "we shall be able to maintain our share of the steadily expanding world commerce." A TOWN SELLS- JAIL AS JVNK. The Transaction Leaves Clinton, Mo., Without a City Prison. CLINTON, MO., Dec. I.Clinton is now without a city jail.1 The fail has not been used for some time and the city council has sold it to the Cohen Junk Company of this place. The wooden building adjoining the jail will be used to store the street sweeper. 4 C0111 miss the Business & professional Women's Bakaar, Dec. 3rd, Levit2Lyle. NEW FORD ON EX11111T TODAY. The Mop lay Will Be at Convention Hall and In Ketoses City, Italians. The new Ford motok car will be exhibited today and tomorrow in Convention hall. Doors will be opened at 10 o'clock this morning and closed at midnight. Dealers of Kansas City will provide 100 salesmen to explain the car and take orders in the arena while an orchestra plays. The cars sill not be operated; they merely will be displayed and lectured about. Motion pictures of the car in operation and of the Ford plant at Detroit will be shown. The car will not be exhibited Sunday. Beginning Monday it will be exhibited In Kansas City at 2421 McGee traffic-way. Alter a week of exhibition there, dealers will be supplied and each will conduct his own exhibit. Exhibits today will be only at Convention hall and 744 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. Dealers will have only pictures for exhibition. COMBS SEES TWO BIG ISSUES. A Place on Rivers and Harbors Committee Sought by Kansas Citiam WASHINGTON BUREAU I- THE KANSAS CITY STAR , 610 ALDER BUILDING t By The Stara Correspondent.) WASHINGTON, Dec. 1.--Tax reduction and waterway legislation will be the most important subjects to come before congress this winter, in the opinion of George H. Combs, jr., new representative from Kansas City, who arrived in Washington today. Mr. Combs will make an effort to obtain a place on the rivers and harbors committee, although he recognizes the difficulties in the way of a new member and, a Democrat obtahnng such recognition. He has taken offices at the capitol and will confer tomorrow with Democratic leaders regarding comnuttee assignments and the legislative program for the forthcoming ses NO CLEW IN ROTHMAN SLAYING. Helen McKee and Frank Wilson Still Are Held in Bootlegger's Death. - Detectives last night said they were without a clew in the slaying of Harry Rothman, bootlegger, who lived at the Commonwealth hotel. , Rothman's body was found on a road cónnecting with federal highway No. 71, nine miles north of Kansas City. early yesterday. Helen McKee and Frank Wilson, arrested yesterday, still are held. In Rothman's room, which had been occupied by Helen McKee also until they quarreled Thanksgiving day. detectives found three dresses, identified as having oeen stolen November 23 from the Rubins women's tailor shop, 1112 Baltimore avenue. STILL GET RADIO SQUEALS. Some Believe Latest nave Allocation Does Little Good. , The long looked for adjustment- of radio broadcast waves, with the expectation that it would eliminate the heterodyne whistle that results when two stations are working on the same wave length, failed to perform last night, several observers reported. Some noticed that the squealwas less noticeable than previously, however. The federal radio commission really located the waves lengths of big broadcasting stations, expecting that the separation of stations to different wave lengths would clear the air of whistles. However, it was reported, the whistle still lived when stations two or three meters apart were on the air. TO PROBE AUDITORIUM .):EED. Judge McElroy hamee a Committee-- Building May Be a Bond Item. - The city's need for a munkipal auditorium, a fund for which may be Included in the proposed bond issue to be submitted early in the spring, is to be investigated by a committee named late yesterday by H. F. McElroy, city manager. The committee: Oust! Waltman. chair- Fred M. L. man, , frank J. Dean. Samuel J. Whitmore, A. P. Rothsch,dd. Joseph M. Robinson. Judge McElroy atated in his letter to the committee he had nothing in particular to suggest, except that he believed the city plan commission should be consulted on the location. - A DINNER BY THE COOLIDGES. The V. hite House Stolid Season Opens ' With the Event. - , (By the Associated Press.) WASHINGTON, Dec. 1With traditional formality, the White House winter social season was opened tonight when President and Mrs. Coolidge entertained at dinner for members of the cabinet and their wives and Vice-President and Mrs. Dawes. "DANNY" SHAY IS DEAD. A Bullet Wound In the Ilestd la Fatal 10 Ex-Pilot of the Blues. Daniel C. Shay, former manager of the Kansas City Bluea'and a veteran sportsman, died late yesterday at the General hospital of a bullet wound in the head. He was found shot Wednesday night In his room at the Majestic hotel, 1217 Baltimore avenue. It is believed he shot himself. ' Shay leaves a daughter, Miss Florence Shay, Havana, Cuba; a son, Daniel C. Shay, Jr., of Oklahoma, a civil engineer, and two sisters, Miss Sadie 'Shea, 90.6 East Thirtieth street, and Mrs. Bedelia Armstrong, Detroit. Miss Sadie Shea said her brother's name properly was Shea, but he chose to spell it Shay. ' Funeral services will be at the Sheehan chapel at 8:30 o'clock tomorrow Morning and at the Cathedral at 9 o'clock. Burial will be ink Mt. St. Mary's cemetery. Invitee Coolidge to California. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 1.(A. P.)Raymond Benjamin, lawyer and Republican leader here, revealed today he recently had invited President Coolidge to California for his 1928 vacation, and said the invitation had been "well received." Let it snowbolster yourself with Delicious, Steaming Pickwick Collee.Adv. Get your Want Ad in all editions of The Sunday Star by sending it in before 9 p. tn. today. Drop ads in want ad boxes or phone IlArrison 1200 and Lk for an ad taker. DETROIT SETS THE PACE ALTHOUGH THAT CITY'S CHANCES BOOM, KANSAS CITY GETS A BOOST. Charles D. Hines. Neiv 'Fork Commit.. teeman. Favors the Convention In Missouri it San Francisco Doesn't Get It. WASHINGTON BUREAU ' ''' t"'" 7 g. nt, Noon 7 p. m. I THE KANSAS CITY STAB Ora thermometer .., 27 3 89.4 40 6 610 ALB MIMING wet thermometer 23 5 31.4 82 8 (By The Star's Correspondent.) - Relative humidity per eent.56 37 38 WASHINGTON, Dec. 1.With Republican THE ALMANAC. . presidential and convention city politics Wootal-37,76,5,:net pa' TAitx:m5egts. I t 1 fsq: seething today with arrival of several Moon phase. Decenibei.g important committeemen, Detroit surged to the front in the speculation as to the - . INSULL IS READY TO ANSWER. probable winner of the convention city .. fight. , Chicago Hears Prosecution in Cato-For Kansas City, however, came an paign Pond Case May Be Dropped. unexpected boost when Charles D. Hilles, CHICAGO, Dec. 1.Samuel InSull, public committeeman from New York, upon his utility magrmte, and Daniel J. Schuyler, arrival made known that if San Fran- Jr., his attorney, may escape the prosecu-1 cisco did not land the convention he tion for contempt that has been hang- i would favor Kansas city. Western Re- ing over their heads ever since they re-1 publicans had crossed the continent nine fused to tell the names of all the men times to attend conventions since one to whom campaign contributions were had been held across the Mississippi, he paid in the primaries of 1926. - said. Expressing the hope San Francisco In connection with the presence in would win, although nearly everyone else Chicago of Senator James A. Reed, believes its chances have gone glimmer- chairman of the senate campaign fund ing, Mr. Hilles predicted western G. O. P. investigating committee, it was discommitteemen and women would unite closed that Mr. Insull and his counsel upon Kansas City if the committee did have made a written offer to come in not choose San Francisco. and answer the questions to which they SOME SAY- DMOIT IS ''SLATED." refused to reply last winter. Whetker this means that the threat However. the "tip" was being passed of contempt proceedings will be assiduously about that the powers that be in the Republican councils had talked dropped is not certain. It is said on the situation over, and while they were good authority that no agreement to not closing it finally. they would rec- that effect has been made. If their ommend Detroit to the incoming corn- offer is accepted there probably can be mitteemen who had not made up their no prosecution. But they have not even minds. Flat assertions came from sev- been given assurances that they may eral prominent Republicans that Detroit have another chance to testify, it is said. was on the "slate." , This development puts on an entirely One story was that several leaders had new footing the whole matter of the elec- decided it was unwise to take the con- tion of Frank L. Smith as United States vention more than a night's ride from senator from Illinois, which is expected Washington because congress would be to occupy the center of the stage when in session right up to the convention. the seventieth congress convenes on That would mean Detroit. Cleveland Monday. , or Chicago. But whether the majority (By Th e Stars Leased Wire Service.) of the committee will find this a valid - argument next week remains to be seen. A NETV APARTMENT TO KANSAN. Presidential politics vie with gossip J. North Mehornay Sells Property at over the convention city. Of the ten or 12th Penn . d pe to J. c iii twelve committeemen here, about half --11 - . K ars". are for Secretary Norbert Hoover, if An apartment building of eighty-two President Coolidge is eliminated. So furnished suites, completed six weeks naturally Mr. Hoover's chances pre- ago by J. North Mehornay at the north-dominated in the talk. In fact, there east corner of Twelfth and Penn streets, , was surprise here over some of the corn- was bought from Mr. Mehornay yestermitteemen - who are lining up for day by J. C. Killarney of Atchison, Kas.. , Hoover, as they generally had been 1 on a valuation of $265,000. As part of counted otherwise. Most of them will wait until after the Republican national - that consideration Mr. Mehomay was deeded two 6-apartment flats at 1325-31 lie commitments. But Clarence C. Ham- committee sessions before making pub-1 East Thirteenth street. The broker in lin of Colorado is one committeeman ' the purchase was George W. Tracy, with who makes no secret of his purpose to j the F. C. Sharon Real Estate Company. support Secretary Hoover. - . , , HILLES BOOMS HITCHES. - - , TO PROTEST CODE CHANGE.- Mr. Hilles brought from New York to- Building Regulations, Should Be Tried, dal', not only the. plea for- Ban 1Pran- - - c. of C. Committee Believes. cisco first. and. as a second choice, Kan- sas City, but the Hughes boom as well. The building code committee of the He said candidly Mr. Hughes felt that Chamber of Commerce will appear before Mr. Coolidge should be nominated and the public improvements committee of favored the President. But Mr. Mlles added the New York delegation to the the council today to protest against convention would be for Hughes and amending the code. predicted other states would support him. I That action was decided on yesterday Reiteration by Vice-President Dawes at a meeting of the committee at the at the White House today that he was Kansas City Athletic Club. The meet-not a candidate and his declaration for lug was executive. At the conclusion, his friend. former Governor Frank a Frank Furgason, chairman, said the Lowden of Illinois, was to be expected. committee believed the building code The vice-president will continue to play should be given a fair trial before that role up to the convention. But amended. politicians take it with many ;rains of "We spent virtually seven years in salt. , . . , trying to draft a modem code," he de. They assert, there is as much work dared. "It was modified and remodified being done in Mr. Dawes's behalf right and finally adopted. It has been in force nowunder coveras there is for Hoover about eight months and along comes or Lowden or Curtis. Mr. Hilles. for someone with amendments. We feel it instance, who is boosting Mr. Hughes should be given a fair triaL" so lustily, is said to be on Dawes" as Others who attended the meeting: a second choice. Eastern banking- in- A. C. Freshens- Merle B. Grant. Hermann C. Muriel. terests are believed to be extremely busy ri.JA,FsTititseif: A. S. Keene. for the vice-president. , George H. Gorton. Mr. Furgason. It ED SEVEN TIMES IN 20 YEARS. A TITANIC "VICTIM" APPEARS. English Wanton Tells Little of Life Since the Wreck of the Vessel. ' - thy the Associated Press.) 113p ft10 Associated Press. COALVKLE, LEICIBITRSHIRY. ENGLAND, I Dec. I.Mourned for nearly sixteen years I as a victim of the Titanic disaster, Mrs.' Robertson walked into her old home at this place recently and nearly frightened her elderly mother to death. When she left. Coalville she was Miss Wilkinson. She had booked passage on the Titanic. but a'. the last minute changed her plans. About her mys- terious doings in the long interval, in which her father and four brothers and sisters died, she would say little. She uplained that she had married and done war work in Germany and had been captured by the Germans. The steamship.Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York In April. 1912, struck an iceberg off Newfoundland and foundered. More than 1,500 persons perished. - - DOTY TO BE RELEASED TODAY. The Commanding Offierr'ot American , Announces the Ottochargm - (By the Associated Press.) PARIS, Dec. 1,--Bennett J. Doty, American soldier, who went back to Morocco recently to serve the unexpired term of his enlistment in the French foreign legion, after having been released from prison, will be mustered out tomorrow. Doty's commanding officer sent a message announcing this to the Associated Press tonight from Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria, where Doty is stationed. The legionnaire will be given his liberty at Oran, and will embark Saturday for Marseilles. To DISCUSS CEMETERY CONTROL The Nest t p to Get City Supervision to Be Taken Cy Monday. The board of control of the Union Cemetery Lot Owners' Association will meet at 2 o'clock Monday at 901 Continental building. Henry S. Conrad, attorney, said the board would discuss the next step towqrds getting the city to assume control of the cemetery. Prompt delivery Bernice Anthracite Coat Gray-Bryan-Sweeney, Tel. VI 3250. Adv. Your dimes are welcome here. 5 ; Int. I , ----- --- ---- "--- --- Join Pioneer's Christmas Savings club' bnawnee tas. km tatner Maj. Jonn M. next step towgrds getting the city to assume control of the cemetery. for 1928, starting now. 1014 Baltimore. Hadley. was a Presbyterian Quaker. Adv. , After attending the public schools at Prompt delivery Bernice Anthracite, 1 Olathe young Hadley went to the Uni- Coal. Gray-Bryan-Sweeney, Tel. VI 3250. Kansas City's biggest bargain oppor- versity of Kansas, where he was gradu-Adv. tunities are always advertised in The : ated in 1892. The next two years were Star. Here are some examples from I spent at Northwestern univemity in obYour dimes are welcome here. 5 Int. last night's Star$100 coats for 858I taining his law degree. Citizens Loan & Liv. Co., 10th McGee. I Christmas cards at 25 reductionC.50 Many Kansas Citians remember the Adv. 41.11114 for $1.61)-43.95 halo' for $1.66. tall, dialled young man who came bere THE WEATHER-SLIGHTLY COLDER. Kansas CityPartly cloudy with temperatures ranging from about 26 thia morning to upper 306 in afternoon. The thermometer readings yesterday: p. m SOL 8 p. m 2 P. M 42L 9 p. m 1 p. m 40: e p: m 40 2 p. m 43$ 9 p. m 39 3 p. m 44,10 P. m els 4 p. in 4511 p. m 37 IS is. m 4412 midnight ... ..... 36 8 p. m 421 1 a, m 75 7 p. m 411 2 a. in 33 Unofficial. A year ago yesterday:. High. 43: low. 25. Precipitation in 12 hours ending 7 p. m.. O. Highest wind velocity yesterday. 30 Tiles; south. River stage. 7 it. in. yesterday. 4.0 feet; fan of .3 foot. 7 a. nt. Noon 7 13 m Dry thermometer ..,.........27 3 89.4 40 6 Wet thermometer 23 5 31.4 82 5 Relative humidity. per cent 56 37 38 Building Regulation" tibould Be Tried, c. of C. Committee Believes. The building code committee of the Chamber of Commerce will appear before the public improvements committee of the council today to protest against amending the code. That action was decided on yesterday at a meeting of the committee at the Kansas City Athletic Club. The meeting was executive. At the conclusion, Frank Furgason, chairman, said the committee believed the building code should be given a fair trial before amended. "We spent virtually seven years in trying to draft a modem code," he declared. "It was modified and remodified and finally adopted. It has been in force about eight months and along comes someone with amendments. We feel it should be givfn a fair trial." Others who attended the meeting: A. C. Frerham. Merle H. Grant. F. J. Fetter, Hermann C. ilenricl. H. A. Fitch. A. S. Keene. George H. Gorton, Mr. Forgason. It ED SEVEN TIMES IN 20 YEARS. Four linnbando of a Pennsylvania Woman, 389 Die Aceidentally. - f By the Associated Press.) - , in YORK PA Seven huban , ., Dec. . sds twenty years is the record of Mrs. R. C. Chronister, 38. who recently was married for the seventh time. Four of her for- mer husbands were killed accidentally, ! one died and she was separated from the I other by the divorce court. COLDER WEATHER IS LIKELY. A Slight prop Forecast by P. Connor In the Lpper anst This Afternoon. Slightly ecilder and partly cloudy weather is in store for this vicinity to- clay. P. Connor believes The wind is Slightly colder and partly cloudy weather is in store for this vicinity today. P. Connor believes The wind is expected to change to the North this morning, sending the mercury down to around 26 degrees. Temperatures this afternoon are likely to be in the upper 20s, he believes. rES, MICE DO CAUSE FIRES. At Least. That is Deportment's Report Despite the National Board. A mouse, or mice, according to the report of the Kansas City fire department yesterday, put one over on the National Board of Fire Underwriters. That organization, after a research of fifteen years, determined that mice and matches were not a combustible combination; that the two would not start fires. - But the fire department report stated mice and matches caused a fire yesterday in the 1-story frame dwelling of A. Miller, 4226 Holmes street, causing damage estimated at $525. A 43D BUS REPOIIT TODAY. The Result of Ilse Sarver' l4lsouid Be Bendy at Noon, Butte Sam The result of the survey for the bus line requested on East Forty-third street should be compiled at noon today, P. Buffe, vice-president of the Kansas City Public Service Company, declared last night. HERBERT& HADLEY IS DEAD ILLNESS FATAL TO EDUCATOR AND FORMER MISSOURI GOVERNOR. One of the State,s Moat Popular Po-Mien Figures, Health Forced Him Het IrementChaneellor of Vt'aah- inplon V. Since 10'23. Sr. Lours, Dec. 1Ex-Governor Her.. bert S. Hadley, chancellor of Washington university, died at his home here at 7:15 o'clock tonight after a prolonged illness. Hadley, well known in national educational circles, and fields of law and politics, suffered a breakdown in August, but recovered in September and was removed from a hospital to his home. When Rebstock Halls the new building for the department of biology at Washington university was dedicated, Chancellor Hadley had been announced as the principal speaker, but he suffered a relapse a day before and could not be present. Mr. Hadley fought illness even while he was governor of Missouri and after his first term moved to Colorado in the hope of recovering. He had fully regained his strength when appointed chancellor of the university. He was 55 years old. MARRIED KANSAS CITY oral.. Mr. Hadley is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Agnes Lee of Kansas City whom he married in 1901, and two sons and a daughter. The sons are John Hadley, a lawyer. with offices in the National Bank of Commerce building; Herbert S. Hadley, Jr., a student in the University of Kansas, and Miss Henrietta Hadley, a teacher. Mrs. Henrietta Lyman, widow of John 'W. Lyman, 3312 Holmes street is a sister. Mrs. Hadley and John Hadley, the elder son, were with the chancellor at his death. They said he apparently was much better this morning and his condition was reassuring. Early tonight he ! weakened visibly and a physician was ' called. The end came quietly. Members of the university corporation called tonight to pay their respects, as did Dr. George R. Throop, who was recently appointed acting chancellor. Funeral services will be at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon in Graham Memorial chapel at the university. Classes at the university will be dismissed and the university flags will be at half staff. Burial will be in a vault at Bellefontaine cemetery, pending decision as to a permanent resting place. " TOLD BEACH HE EXPECTED TO DIE. (lie the Associated Prese) Sr. Louts, Dec. 1.That Chancellor Hadley did not expect to recover from his illness was indicated by a -remark he made while talking to Mayor Beach of Kansas City. Beach and Hadley were cousins and snent their boyhood together. When Beach sat down by his bedside, Hadley turned upon his pillow and said: "Bud I am going to die, but I am going to fight right up to the shore." "Oh you'll pull through, I'm sure," Beach told him. "I saw you in worse condition than this out in Colorado." "I know," replied Hadley, "but this is different." Mi. Lyman and Herbert S. Hadley, Jr., left for St. Louis on a Missouri Pacific train at midnight last night. They were accompanied by Mrs. A. Ross Hill, 800 West Fifty-second street, an intimate friend of the Hadley family. Herbert came to Kansas City from Lawrence by bus. A FOREMOST KASAS C , NM AN .. The Presidenry. Itself, Once Mats Aot Far Front Mr. Hadley. Herbert S. Hadley probably could have had any public office within the gift of the people of Missouri had Ins health permitted him to remain in politics. Some of his admirers have frequently said he might even have been President of the United States. In fact one of the political questions in Missouri has been lwhether Mr. Hadley might have had the Republican nomination in Chicago in . . said he might even have been President of the United States. In fact one of the political questions in Missouri has been lwhether Mr. Hadley might have had the Republican nomination in Chicago in 1912 instead of William Howard Taft had he consented to a compromise between the Taft and Roosevelt forces. Four years after he retired as governor, when in the height of his popularity, ill health forced Mr. Hadley to abandon his law practice in Kansas City and move to Boulder, Col., where he was a law professor in the University of Colorado until 1923. In that year after rejecting a tentative offer of the presidency of the University of Missouri, he returned to become chancellor of Washington university at St. Louis. In that place he served until his death. Although forced by his position to take no active part in politics, his influence in state Republican politics continued strong to the last. Mr. Hadley has ranked as one of the foremost public men produced by Kansas City and this state. He was quiet, dignified and always suavea born diplomat. His friends and admirers included leaders of both political parties. When virtually the only Republican state official, he was able to combat imccessfully with legislatures of opposing political faith. Democrats as well as Republican leaders went to him for advice. Herbert Spencer Hadley was born at Olathe, Kas,, February 20, 1872. His grandfather. Jeremiah Hadley, had been the head of a Quaker mission school at Shawnee, Kas. His father, Maj. John M. fresh from'college in 1894 to enter the I practice of law. In 1898 he was appointed to his first public office, that of assistant city counselor. In 1901 he . was drafted, then elected prosecutor of I Jackson County. . In the prosecuting attorney's office, Mr. Hadley. one of the youngest to hold that position, began to attract public attenion. His record for convieions paralled that of Senator James A. Reed. In the first year in office Mr. Hadley obtained 206 convictions in 208 cases tried in the criminal court. The young prosecutor, two years later, failed of re-election. It was the only time he was ever defeated for a public office, which did not prevent in later years. however, the coining of the fa- mous political phrase in Missouri, "Had- ley luck." In 1904 the young Kansas City lawyer decided to go to the Republican state con- r vention in Jefferson City as a delegate. He was about as much surprised as anyone when the convention by acclamation gave him the nomination for attorney general. A Republican nomination for state office up to that time in Missouri had amounted to little more than a political gesture. But that was the year of the "Mysterious Stranger," when Roosevelt swept 1 Missouri into the Republican ranks. . As attorney general Mr. Hadley soon I attracted the attention of the entire' country by his ouster proceedings against i the Standard Oil Company. He went to r New York and put the high officials of 1 the company on the witness stand. His prosecution re-established competition with a great saving to consumers. That was before the day of the motor car. His fight on the insurance companies brikught another annual saving to policy holders of $800,000 a year. He forced a recognition of ,the new 2-cent railroad fare law. The youthful attorney general enforced an anti-pass law by taking, advantage of a constitutional provision. He also forced the Delmar Jockey Club to forfeit its charter, aiding Governor 'Folk in his fight which stopped race . track gambling in Missouri, and put the 'Sunday lid on the saloons of Kansas ,, City and St. Louis. He proceeded against i ' the so-called harvester and lumber combines. After the record he made is attorney I general, it was only natural the Repub-1 'beans of Missouri would look to the possessor of the "Hadley luck" to lead the , state ticket in 1908, Mr. Hadley was " opposed for the governorship by another ' Kansas Citian, William S. Cowherd. 1 ' Mr. Hadley was successful. At 38, he , , became the thirty-third governor of ' Missouri, for the first time breaking the hold of the "rebel Democracy" on the state capitol since the Reconstruction , days following the Civil War. There had I been previous Republican governors,' 1Joseph W. McClurg. who was elected be- !fore all the es-Confederates had been Ienfranchised. ., and in 1870 B. Gratz Brown, a Liberal. But after that time came a solid line of Democratic execu I tives. Although two tiler Republicans, lArthur M. Hyde and Sam A. Baker, have served in the governorship. it was Mr. , Hadley who caused Missouri. since 1908, I to be classed as a doubtful or a Re- publican state. 1 - As governor, Mr. Hadley began the fight to raise the educational standards , of Missouri. He started a fight for good !roads. He fought for a public service Icommission and a workmen's compensation law, the latter to become a law only I within the last year, and obtained a bipartisan election board for Kansas City land St. Louis. In Jefferson City, Mr. Hadley made many friends. He was virtually the only Republican state officer, excepting the lieutenant governor. and was forced to obtain concessions from the Democrats to succeed with his legislative programs. In that administration was James Cow-gill, state treasurer. who later became a Democratic mayor of Kansas City. In Mr. Hadley's administration, in 1911. the state capitol burned. He started the machinery to work and obtained the states first large bond issue, with which the present new capitol was erected. When the history-making split in the Republican party occurred in 1912, Mr. Hadley was one of seven governors to urge Theodore Roosevelt again to become a candidate for President. The "old guard" was backing President Taft I for re.election. Mr. Hadley soon became I recognized as one of the Roosevelt spokesmen, and later in the Chicago convention of that year was floor leader of the Roosevelt forces. Many stories are told of the deliberations of this convention, which ultimately made possible the election of a Democrat, Woodrow Wilson. One of the stories was that the Taft forces offered the presidential nomination to Mr. Hadley. It is understood the offer was discussed in the conferences of the "old guard" leaders, but rejected. Mr. Hadley refused to "bolt" to the Progressive party, and ultimately came out in support of Taft. - Governor Hadley was graduated from the University of Kansas in 1892 and completed his law course at Northwestern university. Shortly afterwards he came to Kan' sas City and started the practice of law with R. D. Brown and J. C. Swift. This partnership was dissolved in 1898 and in January 1899 he associated with Hugh C. Ward as Ward & Hadley. In 1904, shortly after Mr. Hadley was elected attorney general of Missouri. Ellison A. Neel was made a member of the firm. Mr. Neel had entered the office as a law clerk. Mr. Hadley remained with the firm until elected governor in 1908. At the close of his administration he returned to Kansas City and entered partnership with Senator A. L. Cooper and Mr. Neel, as Hadley, Cooper & Neel, He retired from the firm about three years later, because of ill health, lung trouble having developed. While a student at the University of Kansas he lived with his uncle. Prof. David Hamilton Robinson. Dr. Ernest P. Robinson. 5021 Sunset drive, and Dr. !David B. Robinson, 421 West Sixty-first Istreet, are first cousins. In Colorado, Mr. Hadley lived in virtual retirement for several years. How, tever, he served two years as counsel for the state railway commission. and at one time was discussed as a possible candidate for governor of Colorado. While a rprofessor of law he took a keen interest Iin the national movement for a revision of court procedure. and in efforts to combat crime through a modernization of criminal practice. His active interest in this work, including aid in the recent ! Missouri crime survey. continued until the time of his death. I Mr. Hadley, while in Colorado, made 1 ---- ------- - (Continued on Third Pagel OTHER STATES GET ROADS BUT IOWA, FOR EXAMPLE, DIDN'T WHEN IT USED KANSAS'S PLAN. Word Reaching 'Topeka Indicates fano timent In Kama Rapidly I Veer ing Toward state Control of Highways. TOPER, A RITREAtt THE KANSAS CITY STAR (Bit a Stall Correspondent.) TOPEKA, Dec. 1.The difference be4 tween the Kansas system of road con. trol and the system of state control as adopted by other states appears to be that Kansas does not get the roads. For instance, Iowa, which last year discarded the system under which Kan. sas now is working, spends more money than Kansas spends on its roads. But Iowa now is being given roads for its money. According to the records in the office of the Kansas state highway commis. sion. Iowa's county and township road funds amounted to 18 million dollars last year. The Kansas county and township road funds amounted to 12 million dollars. But last year, Iowa. with its 18 mil.; , lions, constructed 4.298 miles of paved or surfaced county and township roads. Kansas. with its 12 million dollars, surfaced and paved about 300 miles of county and township roads, according to estimates made by the Kansas highway commission's engineers today. At the beginning of the last year Iowa had 743 !miles of township roads surfaced and 'no miles of county roads surfaced. In the year, Iowa's road building enterprise Jumped from 743 miles of surfaced township roads to 2,588 miles. Its I county road mileage jumped in the same it year from 70 miles to 3,323 miles of , county road. WISCONSIN ANOTHER Maine. Take Wisconsin as another example of ! the difference between state control and f the Kansas system: ; ; Wisconsin has constructed, in the last ten years in which Kansas has been i i struggling to obtain roads, 9,922 miles of ! ! highwayspaved or surfaced. I Kansas, with its headless system, has I 1 paved or surfaced in ten years 1.554 I miles. That is the grand total of the improved roads in Kansas. ! 9- Wisconsin last year, under its state!! I system, paved and surfaced 1,072 miles of new road. Wisconsin spent only 15 million dollars for the construction and maintenance of roads. Kansas, under its present system, let contracts for the building of only 546 miles, paved or surfaced, last year. It cost Kansas 27 million dollars to : get one half the mileage of new road 1 last year that Wisconsin obtained for 15 !millions. IIowa trailed with its headless system i of road control for many years before it I threw it into the junk heap and adopted a state system. WHY IOWA CHANGED. The Iowa plan was almost identical to the present Kansas system. Iowa rejected its old system because it was not getting roads, although it was spending money, according to the statements made by road I officials of that state. 1 It is stated that the objections urged i in Iowa against the rejection of the old isystem and the adoption of the state I system was the fear that under the state !system the county and township roads i I would be neglected, while the state sys! tern would "build roads for tourists." 1 That is the same objection, and the ! chief objection, made again changing to i the state control system in Kansas. 1 The result of the change in systems i was, however, to multiply the road mile' age on Iowa's township roads by two and Ia half times, and to multiply the county road mileage by more than three times in a single year. The mileage above mentioned means paved or surfaced mileage. . The above figures deal only with the county and township roads in Iowa. In 1 the state at large, Iowa, entering the work of building roads in earnest, reports 1 that it spent last year 84 million dollars ! on all its roads. But it received in reI turn for that money nearly 5,000 miles i of improved roads. - 1 THDID SPENT, TENTH RECtIVED. 4 I Kansas spent more than one-third the amount of money on its roads last year that Iowa spent in the same period and received for its money only one-tenth the number of miles of improved highway. , Sentiment in Kansas rapidly is chang' ing to demand the state road system, since the disclosures made in The Star in the last week as to the vast amount I of money the state is spending. I This fact is Made apparent by the exi pressions of Kansans coming to the state !capitol in the past two or three days. R. O. McBumey, the new president of 1 the state organization of county commissioners, in consultation with the state i highway commission this week, an-flounced that the commissioners would I make a complete change in policy as 811 I organization, under his administration. ! I Mr. McBurney lives in Kingman County. He has announced that the policy of i the county commissioners organization I this year would be that of close co-operation with the state highway commission !I to obtain connected highways. MORE FOR SPECIAL sissioll. The talk ot a special session of the legislature to make a change in the road system appears to be on the increase as the people of the state analyze the amount of money expended as compared to tne returns being made for the money. Governor Paulen, who has insisted Governor Paulen, who has 'misted I1rOn , the beginning et his present act.

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