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VOL. XXII. NO. 349.
WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY AFTERNOON, DECEMBER
THE IK! NOTE
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Chairman Henry Wires Tom
Lawson to Put Up Or
INQUIRY TO BE
PUSHED AT ONCE.
leak Scandal-Not tp Be Drop
ped by Congress Repre
sentative Henry Will De-r
mand Passageoi His Stock
Exchange Measure at This
Washington, Dec. 29. The controversy-over
Congressman Wood's reso
Union-for an investigation of wheth-(i-
;iny members of the President's
official family profited ill the stock
nat ki t because of "inside informa-
,4 km" on the President's i peace note,
cot into semi-official form today when
Chairman Henry, of the House rules
committee, telegraphed Tlicnas V.
Lawson, of Boston, to come. to "Wash
ington and substantiate his published
charge that he himself knew of the
o-c;illed leak and his prediction that
ihcv" would be another.
"Put up or shut up," said Chairman
Ilrnry's telegram "Cease slandering
and libelling Congress and public of
finals or make good yoiff charges."
Mr. Henry announced that he would
reintroduce his bill next Tuesday to
regulate the New York stock ex
change. If Mr. Lawson stated the truth
about the stock exchange and an al
leged leak,"-iie said, "it conclusively
shows that the bill introduced by me
in the Sixty-third Congress to regu-
laie the Nevr York stock exchange
should be speedily passed and be
made more drastic. This short ses-
jsion should find, a wj ta prfeecih!
American people against crimes suchfinent -of Justice, wneiie' 6'pdEpnCttrma6en'l juncture of Teu-
as i he one just perpetrated by Wall
Street if Mr Lawson is anywhere
ne;tr the truth."
LOSE STUDY OF
Washington Officials Making
Careful Examination of
Washington, Dec. 29. Carranza's
latert communication, asking modifica
tion of theprotocol and covering the
withdrawal of the American troops
from Mexico, is being examined close
ly today bysecretary Lane, chairman
of the American members of the joint
commission, who have been summon
ed to a conference with him here as
toon as j2issible. They will decide
haf answer will -be given by the Am-,
erican representatives when another
session of the commission iss held
early next week.
Although the document has .not
been made public it is said that Car
ranza's insistence upon the uncondi
tional retirement of the American
torces is not so strong as formally,"
chiefly because of the new military
situation in Northern Mexico. Neith
. ' -t does he flatly repudiate the protoc
ol already signed by his representa
What answer will be returned to
Carranza's latest request for modifica
tion in the protocol signed at Atlantic
' ' iiy will be determined here Tuesday.
()n that day the American members
"f the American-Mexican joint com
mission will meet and consider the
Mexican communication delivered
yesterday to Secretary Lane by Luis
Cahrera, chairman of the Mexican
BUT LITTLE SICKNESS
IN NEW BERN IN 1916.
Nw Bern, N. C, Dec. 29. Accord
ing to statements made by local .phy
sieians the year 1916 has been one
"i the healthiest in the history
Jition to the fact that the residentsjof
oi the city have ddHe their best to
keep the city in a sanitary condition
Hnd have done everything' possible to
avoid any sort of epidemic.
With the exceDtion of an outbreak
(Jt la grippe last winter there have!
hf,en no enMemina nf nv sort here!
and sickness, as a whole, has been;
'onfined to minor ailments.
There have been of course, some
few cases of contagious diseases,
such as typhoid fever .infantile par
alysis and smallpox, but these have
been nipped in the bud and quickly
Investigation of Prices and
Shortage Resumed In
Washington, Dec. 29. The Federal
Trades Commission re-opened hear-i "ccess tfl Germans made a strong
ings today in its news print paper in-)?Fort laSt mght l Penetrate tne
vestigation. Commission plans to pre- French Imes between hiU No- 304 an
sent again the facts concerning the!Dead Man'a HI11' the two dominant
cost of paper manufacture and theiemmences nortbwest of the fortress,
profit in news print paper. The news-1 AccordinS to Paris, the attack was
paper public claim they are beingL1
charged extortionate prices and an
i . .
"inciai news print snortage nas been
created by diversion of news print
paper making machines to other class cmt!rt5U on mu 1NO- ana on tne
of work. The manufacturers have j southern slPe of Dead Man's Hill,
contended that the prices are reason-! Tne activitv around Verdun is vir
able and that the makers are privil-! tualljr the on!y Dreak iu the monotony
eged to produce the kind of paper
that pays the largest profit.
Under the plan proposed by the
manufacturers all publishers will get f of suspension because of the bad state
a small reduction under an arrange-!011 the ground and the unf a vorable, at
ment supervised by the commission 1 mospherical conditions, according to
by which the large publishers would j the Bntlsu authorities,
relinquish a part of their normal pa- tom Rumania, where the real ac
per supply for next year. jtmty of the war now centers. Field
Commissioner Davies made it clear Mar.shal von Mackensen is keeping up
that thP commissinn was riptfirmmeri
to find some relief for the publishers.
He said the commission, in the very
mmediate future, would decide if the
distribution plan' is feasible. If it is
not and the commission-can find no
other measure for . relief, other agen
cies ,of the government will be given
the facts. Report will be made to
Congress; on the situation soon.
, Some publishers thought Commis-
signer JgaTies Jgefgjrred .thepactr
other agencies. r I
Publishers who testified today;
were asked for suggestions as to a
solution. Representative Cramton, of
Michigan, proposed that if it-were not
unconstitutional that the commission
take into its own hands the matter
of price and distribution. When a
combination, he said, could control
a public commodity some puunc
authority should have the power to
see that justice is done.
Other publishers testified that j
'Pces were widely different. J. H.
- i J j . f M
declared it all depended on who the
publisher was whether he would,
have to buy in the open market.
C. S. Andrews, also ot Pennsylva
nia, declared his competitor from the
same town was able to buy cheaper
than he could.
Among the others to testify were
H. B. Varner, a North Carolina pub
lisher, and Frank Glass, of Birming
ham, Ala., vice-president of the
American Newspaper Association.
MEN MUST DIRECT
iBrotherhoodhiefs Decide to
Leave The Vital iues
i tion to Them.
New York, Dec. 29. The 400,000
railroad employes affiliated with the
four trainmen's brotherhoods will deA
cide the next step to be taken by the
authorized committee- which has been
handling their side of the controversy
over operation of the Adamson act, it
was announced here today by the
The brotherhood leaders, after a
conference here this afternoon, gave
out the statement, in fear that pending
litigation and future legal steps on the
nart of the railroads would delay in
definitely the investigation by Presi
dent Wilson's special commission.
NEW RECORD FOR GOING
THROUGH THE CANAL.
Washington, Dec. 29. The record
passing a ship through the Panama
Canal was lowered to 6 hours and 20
minutes December 27, when the Pa
cific Navigation Line steamer, Aca jut
la, passed through in that time, which
was 5 minutes better than the pre
Chicago, 111., Dec, 29. The Federal
grand Jury, which has heard a large
amount of evidence in connection
with the high cost of living, is to'con
clude its "sessions, today . and . will be
discharged. No indictments nave oeen
returned, according to
Make Big Onslaught, Which
Paris Claims Was With
out Success. j
TO THE CONTRARY.
Winter Almost Suspends
Fighting In The West
Rumania Is Still The
Striking back at the French in the
Verdun region on the Meuse, oppo-
'site the scene of tne recent French
uroKen up' ine ucrmaus succeeding
jin gaining a foothold in only one
irpnnn emu h rr i iai i l - uiii Usi
" - - -- . w.
ilin claims the French positions were
A . J I'll T HA 1 .
of tho winter trench, warfare along
the Franco-Belgian front. The battle
of the Somme is admittedly in a state
11,5 u,ru61 1UUB ime oi oerrem.
in Moldavia, driving the Russians be
fore him, the German reports intim
ate. Braila, important as a grain and
petroleum depot, is in doubt, being
under fire from across the Danube,
where- the Bulgarians, with German
and Turkish assistance, are vigorous
ly assailing the bridgehead. The
Teutonic object appears to be clearing
Dobmdja.. coinpletely ,of Tlixssxans, and
tonic forces in Wallachia at a point
on the lower Danube, which would be
j closed completely to Russian usage
and the way would be opened north
of the river for a possible advance in
Eessarabia, just beyond which lies
Take Many More Prisoners,
Berlin, (By Wireless to Sayvillc),
Dec. 29. In Rumania yesterday the
Teutonic troops captured several po
sitions, taking 1,400 prisoners, 18. ma
chine guns and 3 cannon.
GEOAKED BY FOG
Regular London Mist Made
Virginia Metropolis Dark
Richmond, Va., Dec. 29. Richmond
had a saturation fog (100 per cent, hu
midity) at 8 o'clock this morning with
a temperature of 68 degress, which
was spoken of at the weather bureau
as quite remarkable.
Street cars and automobiles ran
with their lights on until the fog had
lifted. A West Hampton interurban
car ploughed through a string of wag
ons, killing four mules.
RACK SAFE AND
Robbers Loot Texas Bank and
Escape in Automobiles
Posse In Pursuit.
Sherman, Texas, Dec. 29. Robbers
blew the safe of the Hageman State
Bank at Hageman, Texas, . fifteen
miles northwest of Sherman, today
and escaped in an automobile with
Officers are in pursuit of the rob
bers, jWho had about two hours' start.
Telephone wires were cut before the
robbery was undertaken.
TURKEY'S REPLY RECEIVED.
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Washington, Dec. 29. Turkey's
reply to President Wilson's peace
note was received today at the
4 state department. It is substan-
v tially the same as that of Ger-
many, and Austria-Hungary.
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H MllU WAb
Norway, Denmark eftid Swed-
en Address a Note to The
APPROVE ACTK)N -
OF UNITES STATES.'
Acting Especially In Behalf of
Humanity Danish So-
cialists Cable The
London, Dec. 29. The Scandinavian
governments have sent a joint note to ferences which have been in progress
the belligerents supporting the eaco for several days the entente's reply to
note of President Wilson. , the German note is now completed. It
A Reuter's dispatch from Copenha- could go forward today or tomorrow,
gen says the Danish, Swedish and except for the necessary formality of
Norwegian governments have in- transmitting it to all of the allies be
structed their legations to address the for final decision. . It means that de
governments of the belligerent coun- livery will be made early in the mid-
tries notes in which the Scandinavian
governments, adheringto the note of
President Wilson coficernins: thr
measures to be adopted for facilitet-
ir o- n iiinnMA ii
would consider themselves failing in : The reply is very long; much more
their duty towards tl&r respective len&'tny tnan the German note. This
people and towards li&inanily, as a'5t is Pint3d out has'been one of the
whole, it" they did ncfe express the' matters discussed during considera
most profound sympathy for every ef-:110' the objection having been made
fort that may contributed towards put-!that was to lons and should be
ting an end to the "suffering and j short and sharp. There were so many
losses, moral and material, which are "ts fi elucidation and such a corn
ever growing in consequence of the . p!ete Terence .of conception of the
A Reuter's v dispatch from Copen
hagen says the "Danish Socialist
Democrats have cabled President
Wilson expressing theiri sincere wish
that the President's effort to end the
war and establish a lasting peace
DESTROY PIGS BECAUSE
FEED IS TOO HIGH.
London, Decr 29. Because of the
high cost of food stuffs, farmers have
been destroying litters pjfH young pigs
government- agricultural 4 committee,
which has been conducting a cam
paign to induce stock raisers to help
ward off a pork famine. Farmers de
fended their action with the statement T
that the government was allowing ex
port of meal to Holland which ought
to be kept in this country. The con-sequent-increased
priee- of feeding
pigs, the farmers contended, made it
impossible for them to make a profit
on their pigs.
Winners of The Valuable
Prizes Are Now In The
Making and This Period
Will Go Long Way Toward
Determining Whp They
$685 Overland Automobile.
' Ford Automobile.
Carolina Beach Lot.
$100 in Gold.
$50 O. K. Mystic Range.
$40 Sellers Kitchen Cabinet.
$25 Wrist Watch.
Two $t50 Diamond Rings.
One of the most important periods
of the contest started last Saturday
morning and will close two weeks
from tomorrow night--Saturday, Jan
uary 13, 1917. After this period there
are only two more weeks of the con
test. At that time an Overland Au
tomobile, Ford Automobile, Carolina
Beach Lot. $100 in Cash, $75 Victrola,
$50 Kitchen Range, $40 Kitchen
Cabinet, -$25 Wrist Watch, will be
awarded the people who have se
cured the most votes in' the contest,
and two $60, Diamond Rings will be
awarded for special work, during cer
tain periods."" All others who remain
active until the close will receive ten
per cent, commission on all hew sub
scription inoney that they urn in dur
ing the campaign" - -
The ; winners of : !; these valuable)
prizes . are , now in the... making ana
this period will go a long way to
ward determining the winners. The
IKE IIS YOUR PERIOD
10 "-MM OVERLAND AUTO
Will be Handed Am
Minister in Paris Sometime
During Next Week. '
Said to Meet With General
Approval Wilson Note
Will Next Be .
London, Dec. 29. As result of con-
die of next week; perhaps Wednes-
day. The delivery will be made at
Paris, after which the communication
win be forwarded to Germany through
Am'prip.fln pTiji rmp1s
two sides went to war that, it was
found necessary to extend the note to'
Unusual optimism is shown here as
to the result of the final form which
the reply has taken and it is believed
to be such that it will meet with satis
faction at Washington.
Reply to the American note will fol
low in a few days after delivery of
the reply to the German note.
Southport, N. C, Dec. 29. There is
talk here of Southport owning its own
electric plant, which could then be
used better in connection with the
waterworks plant and upon which de
pends much now that the town has
entered into a contract, under a bond
of $5,000 for performance, with the
government to furnish water to Fort
preliminary test of strength will be
this period. All who are gotixg' to
try to win will have secured a great
majority of their votes by the time
this period is over.
Those who have not made a start
toward securing subscriptions and
votes should start at once today
and do all they can this period. Your
opportunity of success may depend
upon what you accomplish this, the
second period of the contest.
Each $15 club completed this pe
riod will give 140,000 extra votes. A
great majority of the candidates have
a right idea about this vote offer.
They believe in taking advantage of
every vote offer made to the limit.
If you have completed a club then
hustle for another one. If you have
started one then hustle to finish it
and get the 140,000 extra votes. Each
candidate is entitled to as many of
these big vote ballots as she can se
cure by the close of the second pe
riod. The contest mariagpr ha3 been
continually urging the candidates and
their friends to make a house-to-house
canvass, taking a street at a
time, and calling at every house,
every store, every shop or factory,
and upon every person possible. The
candidates ,who follow this advice
will be the ones who will get the
votes and . subscriptions. No matter
how many candidates have canvassed
Khe same street, rural route, or town
make the territory just the same.
You will find that you will get sub
scriptions where others have failed.
It is all in the way you approach the
people, your personality, and the way
you talk. In many of the outside
towns practically nothing in the way
of subscription getting has been
done. There are a great many
streets in the city of Wilmington
where nqt a single candidate, -has
been seen or heard -from. Now make
this period your period and win.
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MEET PHUT DEBT
That Only Way to Help Wipe!
Out The Big Government
HE AGREES WITH
j Qn Income ancJ Inheri-
tance Would Raise Rest
Panama Canal Bonds
Wilson has tentatively agreed with ad -
ministration leaders in congress on a Robbery and. an old feud between
bond issue to meet part of the treasury I Waler and Reeves are given.a8 the
deficit which confronts the government jmotives Th negTOes claim that
for fiscal year " ending June 30 1918, j tb fQrced M ,n kmin
estimated at $180,000,000 With Secre-j w Long and the negroes have
tary McAdoo the President is ork:,been irited away from Mlnden. It
Iri?..?n ? P r raiSmg thG reported that they have been tak
additional revenue. en t0 the penitentIarjr at jton
The President has pointed out that Toure
he believes a bond isue should be used i
only to meet temporary and emerg-j
ency expenditures. Many of these
have been caused by the Mexican sit-,
The treasury already has authority,
by act of , congress,., to use Panama
Canal bonds and about $240,000,000 cf
these are available. They will bear 3j
per cent, mieresi.
and Inheritance tax and special taxes
on internal revenues and imports.
The deficit figures differ, according
to congressional and administrative
viewpoints. Secretary McAdoo esti-
mated in his annual report that the j
actua deficit in the working balance
of the treasury on June 30, 1918 at
$185,583,000, on account of the ap
propriations unexpended, " combined
with the left-over balance.
The congressional " appropriation . Every employee of the postoffiCe ;
committees, basing the estimate onjwas on hand at this occasion "and it '. .
actual appropriations, calculate it will was thoroughly enjoyed and before ;
be something like $3135,000,000. departing each and every one of them
: voted Postmaster Daniels the. most
R. S. Newton Wires His Res
ignation anbContest Now
On For The Job.
Southport, N. C, Dec. 29. The
fight for the postmastership of
Southport has now opened in full!
blast. Shortly before noon today
Postmaster R. S. Newton wired his I
resignation to the Postmaster-Gen-j
eral at Washington and requested
that some one be placed; in charge
of the office, as it is understood that I
he contemplates moving away from (
At once those who desire the po
sition,and their friends, got active,
and the wires' have been kept hot
ever since, with more activity to fol
low. Those in the race for the posi
tions are J. W. Ruark, Will Davis
and R. O. Daniels. Effort is being
made by the friends of the latter to.m the presence of a number of rela
have him take charge pending ap- tives and friends. :
pointment, while those who are . Mr and Mr9 Lipman returned to
against Mr. Dameis naturaiiy wani)New Bern on the midnight train and;-;
to keep him out, thinking tnat sucn
a move would give him the best of it
JAP. LOST IN THE
Artist From New York Disap
' pears in The : Wilds of
Norfolk, Va., Dec 29. Takeo Shi
ota, a prominent and well known Jap
anese artist, who lives at 254 Fifth
Avenue, New York city, has been lost
in the Dismal Swamps, near Moyock,
N. C, since yesterday about. noon.
Searching parties were at "once
formed and are at work. The swamp
in this section is very dense and 'wild, j
Negroes and White Youth
Claim Neighbor of Reeves
The Ring Leader.
TO PLACE OF SAFETY;
Robbery and Old Feud Were
The Motives For The Crime
Christmas Eve Night Five
Members of Louisian Fam
ily Were Killed.
Minden, La., Dec. 29. Two negroes
held as suspects in connection with
the killing of five members of the
family of John Nelson Reeves, nine
miles north of here, Christmas eve,
have confessed, according to ; the
county officers, implicating Henry
Waller, a farmer, and neighbor of
Reeves, and John Long, a 20-year-old
young man. Long, it is said, also made
a confession, declaring Waller in
stigated the crime and with an axe
1 killed Reeves, his wife ' and " three
GIVES IS CLERKS
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, New-' Bern Postmaster SHow
ft.' i '. :.v a"-'
nis Mpprecianon m. jur? -t
New Bern, N. C, Dec. 29. In ap-
preciation of their excellent work dur
ing the holiday season, Postmaster L.
G. Daniels last night tendered the;
clerks and carriers in the localk posjt- '
office an oyster roast at his 'home, on '
lEast Front street.
: genial of hosts. -i
The Christmas entertainment of the
Sunday school of the Tabernaclev Bap- ;
jtist church was held last night ahd
1 It proved to be one of the most ep.- ,
joyable events of the holiday season.
J An annrnnriatft nroeram cnnRlntlricr
i me MiNiiiiFT
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of songs prayers and recitations had ' ,
been prepared for the evening and; a
large audience was on hand- to par
ticipate in this. - " . . - ", :
Santa Claus was on hand to make '
lthe occasion a' merry ' one and those
who attended declared it . was one pf ' ,
the most successful . ; entertainments
ever held there.
A marriage which came somewhat'
as a' surprise to the friends of the V
contracting parties took place' -et
Gofdsboro last night ,when Miss Je'h-;
nie Coplon, the attractive and ac-. '
complished daughter of Mr. and Mrs.lv
s Coplon, of this city, became . the
bride of Mr. Sol Lipmanalso of Ney
Accompanied by the parents of the
bride, the young couple left for Golds-:
boro yesterday afternoon and upon ar
rival theer they went at once to the
home of Rabbi J. tiV Mayerberg,
.where the ceremony was performed
will continue to make their home in
Mr. Lipman, who owns and con-'
ducts a tailoring establishment, is one ;
, of New Bern's most prominent yonng;
business men His bride - enjoy a
wide circle of friends and the best
wishes of these for a happy and pros
,'perous life have been showered upon
the young couple. - ;
Dr. Earl S. Sloan, who 'owns; a; :
magnificent estate two miles west of .
New Bern, today received three fine;
Jersey cows and three Berkshire hogs
which he intends to place onhis farm
and use for breeding purposes, y -'
Dr. Sloan is a great believer in
stock-raising and is of . the ' opinion"
that this can be made one ' of the
greatest stock-raising sections of the
State and is doing everything possi
ble to bring this about." v'-
His farm is now stocked with some"
of the best breed of cattle and swtae
and he intends to improve this as
time goes -by.