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HOUSE OF DAVID
CALL8 CULT GIGANTIC FRAUD
CLOAKED ' BY RELIGION
PERJURY HIO IMMORALETY
Finds Girls Were Forced to Conceal
Truth About King Benjamin's
Holy Rites In, Michigan Sect
Grand Rapids, Mich. The Israltte
House of David has .been found by
United District Judge John E. Sater
of Columbus, Ohio, to be the gigantic
fraud alleged by John.W. Hansel and
his family of Nashville, Tenn., who
spent eight years in the Benton Har
bor colony. ,
Based on his findings, Judge Sater
gave to the plaintiffs a verdict which
will amount to upward of $15,000 as
compensation for their services from
May, 1912, until Dec. 20, 1920, when
they alleged they were expelled. They
had sued for $0,000.
The court decision, filed here, de
clares Benjamin Purnell, head of the
colony, "has deliberately and system
atically taught utterance of falsehoods
and the commission of perjury."
Benjamin, also, he finds, has so
taught his religious creed as to cause
some of the female members of the
colony to submit to Improper relations
with him as a'roly rite.
Xhe colony, despite its "low moral
tone, fornication, adultery, attempted
rape, if not rape, and petty theft" has
gone unpunished and In almost all
cases unreuked. Judge Sater said.
"In political matters, the members
of the colony vote solidly for the per
sons designated by Benjamin," states
Benjamin, It is declared, has. In his
writings, made statements of no other
rational interpretation than that if an
investigation of the colony be had, its
members should answer untruthfully.
The evidence, it is pointed out, dis
closes that on other occasions Benja
min avoided and sought to stiffle in
vestigations "concerning Benjamin
and the girls."
The court ponders as to the reasons
of "Queen" Mary, wife of Benjamin,
for failure, to take the witness stand
at the Hansel trial, despite "evidence
which cast a doubt, at least, on her
virtue," in an attempt "to vindicate
her honor or to shed light on transac
tions in which she was said actively
to have participated."
Convict Brutalities to Be Aired.
Tallahassee, Fla. Additional re
ported convict brutalities will be air
ed this week by the joint legislative
committee investigating State and
county prison camps. State Senator
T. J. Knabb, former owner of a pri
vate lease convict camp, and John
Roddenhury, his alleged whipping
boss, the latter now under an Indict
ment, will be the principals ' in the
Counsel for Paul Revere White, of
Washington, D. C, who is alleged to
have received bruital treatment while
serving a sentence in the Knabb
camp, telegraphed the committee
that his client would be unable to
leave his home in Washington to ap
pear before the committee. , An affi
davit made by white together with
''the records of the Department of Ag
riculture relative to his case will be
Introduced in his behalf.
White ,a 19-year old youth, was ar
rested while walking on the highway,
near White Springs, Fla., it is alleged,
and after being arraigned in a justice
of peace court, was sentenced to six
months' imprisonment in the Alachua
He was charged with vagrancy. He
was later leased to State Senator
Knabb, who operated a turpentine
damp near Macclenny. White contends
he was put to work scraping turpen
tine boxes and "because I could not
do as much work as the negro hands"
his affidavit reads, "I was whipped the
third day after I arrived. I was kick
ed, beaten and whipped practically
every , day during the time I was
Methodists Name Conference Dates.
Nashville, Tenn. Dates for annual
conferences fixed by the ' Methodist
" Episcopal college of 'bishops, south,
in session here, include Virginia, Oc
tober 10; Western : North Carolina,
October 31; , North Carolina, Novem
ber 14; South Carolina, November 28,
Kentucky, September 5; Louisville,
September 26 and Baltimore, April
,. Harding Talk Shop to Editors. "
Washington. '"Editor '. Warren : G.
Harding talked shop' with his fellow
craftsmen at a banquet of the newly
formed American : Societv ' of News
paper Editor The '100 newspaper
men from all parts of the country
who have been threshing out problems
ranging from a code of ethics for jour
nalism to the use of boiler plate and
the work expected or reporters, invit
d Mri Harding to give his views of
4he vexing problem, which he- did, ln
formally. . ,
1,846,293 GERMANS 8LAIN
DURING THE WORLD WAR
' Berlin. Germany last 1,846,293
dead In the World War, according
to official statistics, just brought
up to date. - The number of de
pendents left by those who lost
their lives is fixed at 1,945,000.
Of the dead, 56,138 were officers
and officials, 212,069 non-commis-sioned
and warrant officers, 1,572,
623 enlisted men and 5,568 men
whose ranks were not reported.
The dependents comprise 533,000
widows, 1,134,000 children who
were left partially orphaned, 68,000
orphans, 38,000 parental couples,
and 162,040 parents who were al
ready widows or widowers.
The statistics have been submit
ted to the Reichstag by the Min
ister of Labor.
LARGER TAX OH CIGARETTES
GOVERNMENT COLLECTS THIS
MUCH DURING MONTH OF
Figures ("dlcate Healthiest National
Business State, Says ' Treasury
Washington. An upward trend of
general business, in the opinion pt
treasury officials, is shown definitely
in detailed statistics on gross federal
tax collections for March, which place
the total for the month at $533,542,000.
While some specific items show a re
duction in returns as compared with
March 1922, officials regard the analy
sis of payments, which was made pub
lic, as giving evidence through gener
ally increased' returns from the var
ious tax sources of a healthier nation
al business state.
Proof of a more liberal spending
the country over Is shown, as the offi
cials view the situation, in the in
crease in manufacturers' excise taxes
on automobiles and accessories from
which In March the treasury received
$12,173,000, or $5,100,000 more than in
March, 1922. There also was a mark
ed increase reported in the tax on
capital stock of corporations from
which was derived $778,000, an indica
tion, it was said, of expansion in in
dustrial program. The tax is small
and an Increase of about $150,000, as
reported, was declared to represent
important developments In capital
Tobacco taxes afforded observers
another evidence, it was said, of great
er use by most of the public of the
current buying power, taxes on this
commodity aggregating $25,667,000 in
March, as against $21,427,000 for the
corresponding month a year ago. The
principal Increase in the aggregate
amount came from larger taxes on
cigarettes, which yielded a total for
the month of $15,130,000. Cigar taxes
netted the treasury $3,849,000 and
chewing and -smoking tobacco about
Documentary stamp sales for the
month were reported at $3,849,000, al
most $400,000 greater than for March
last year and also greater by about
$50,000 than in February. There has
been a generally larger sale of stamps
each month in the last year as com
pared , with previous months, except
for one or two periods when small de
clines were recorded. -
Theater admission taxes brought. In
$6,700,000 In March as compared with
$6,284,000 in the same month a year
ago, while the club does produced
$643,227, or about $75,000 more than in
March, 1922. Many other tax sources
also showed increases, but the major
ity were small and Inconsequential
although Important In the aggregate.
Texas Town Is Wrecked by Wind.
Henrietta, Texas. Virtually : every
building in Henrietta was damaged
and five residences and six oil der
ricks at Burkburnett, 30 miles north
of here, were blown to bits by a ter
rifle wind storm which swept up from
A fifty mile wind drove large hail
stones through every window in Hen-'
rietta, and blew In the roofs of the
three-story St. Elmo hotel, several
business buildings and a dozen residences.:-
V'; V ' ' . ,'
Hail piled up nearby a foot deep
in Henrietta streets, and a torren
tial rain which followed ; the wind
stom caused water to. fill basements.
.Methodist Plan $10,000,000 Fund.
St. Louis. Mo. Plans for the raising
of a $10,000,000 endowment fund for
superannuated ministers and widows
and Orphans' of ministers of the South
ern Methodist church, will bp present
ed to each of the thirty-eight annual
conferences of the church for approval
this year, it was announced by the
board of finance of the church.
Bank Looted by Officials. v:
York, Pa. Forged notes, ranging In
denomination from $100 up into the
thousands, constitute the evidence of
defalcation against Thomas B. Balrd,
jashier, and William H. Boll, assistant
cashier, 'of the City Bank of York,
according to state, banking officials,
Who closed the doors of the Institution
after' they had discovered a shortage
estimated at nearly $1,000,000, Both
Balrd and Boll, who are charged with
embezzling funds of the bank, are lit
jail in default of $100,000 ball each.
TWELVE DIE III
SIX CHILDREN AND SIX ADULTS
BURN TO DEATH IN SUDDEN
FORMER PUGILIST ASSISTS
A Hundred Woman and Children Pass
ed Down Rusty Fire Escape to
New York. Flames that suddenly
enveloped a five story tenment In east
109th street killed 12 persons, 'six of
them children, and led to Injury of
more than a score of other - tenants.
Two hours before daybreak Harhis
Vogel, from his . home across the
street, saw flames burst suddenly
from every floor of the building. He
called. Patrolman John Htlone and ac
companied him through the flames to
the second floor of the burning tene
ment. They shouted, broke down
doors and made their way to the first
landing of the rickety fire escape.
Above them women and children
Malone tried to drop the ladder to
the side-walk. Rusted with age. it
stuck. A taxi-cab, driven by Mannie
Friedman, a former pugilist, pushed
through the hysterical crowd until it
was directly beneath the fire escape.
A hundred women and children were
passed down the fire escape to the top
of the cab and were saved.
Meanwhile, on the top floor, the
family of David Mandelbaum, painter,
was trapped. Mandelbaum's son, Hy
man, crawled with his family to the
fire escape and was saved.
Mandelbaum tried to go back for
his wife and six other children, rang
ing in age from one to sixteen years,
but failed. .
In the apartment adjoining that of
the Mandelbaums an entire family
perished. Aaron Kuxls, his wife, their
daughter, Bertha., 21 years old, and
their 18 year old son, David, were
found on the floor near the open door.
Bertha was engaged to be married.
She would have been saved but went
back to get her wedding dress. When
her body was found a bit of scorched
lace was clutched in one hand.
Mrs. Isaac Brownstein, who lived on
the third floor, died in a hospital from
Announce New Gas Price Cuts.
New York. The Standard Oil Com
pany of New Jersey announced an
other cut of one cent a gallon in the
price of gasoline throughout its domes
tic territory with the exception vof a
few points where varying adjustments
were made. This is the second cut
within a week and IsVdue, the com
pany states, to a surplus production
pf crude oil and a consequent lower
The Standard Oil company of Louis
iana, a subsidiary .of the New Jersey
Company, also has reduced the price
of gasoline one cent a gallon In Louis
iana, Arkansas and Tennessee.
The Texas Company and the Gulf
Refining Company also announced re
ductions of one cent a gallon in the
price of gasoline in their territories.
Robbers Take 20 Barrels of Rum.
Louisville, Ky. Fifteen men held
up guards at the W. B. Samuels distil
lery, near Bardstown, Ky.. and carried
away twenty barreli of whiskey Jn a
stolen truck, according to reports re
ceived by Federal prohibition officers
here. ' ' -' (-
After overpowering the guards, the
robbers fired more than 150 shots, ap
parently for the purpose of preventing
interfrence, the report said.
Soon after receiving a renort of, the
robbery, P. Green Miller, chief prohibi
tion agent for Kentucky and Tennes
see, left Louisville, at the head of a
posse of Federal agents and police,
armed with riot guns. The posse
members were to block roads leading
from-the scene In an attempt to head
off the robbers.
n Amnesia Victim Drops Off Map, v
Baltimore. As mysteriously as he.
appeared in Baltimore the amnesia
victim from Charlotte,- N. C., disap
peared a few: hours later. Before
dropping out of sight he visited several
of the leading hotels and , examined
their registers for several years back,
He explained that the could recognize
his handwriting although he .could
not recall his name, which he thought
was W. G. Farnsworth. Writing his
name he compared it with three other
names he found on one hotel register,
and pointed out discrepancies which
proved he had not written the origin
als. ', . ' . ;..." .'
. Guards Block Jail Delivery.
St. Louis. Six prisoners were shot
and several others , beaten severely
when guards frustrated a wholesale
escape at the city workhouse here ,
bout fifteen prisoners sawed
through the bars in the cell room and
let themselves into the prison yard by
means of a rope, according to guards,
who said one of the prisoners with a
clevel imitation of a pistol carved ont
of wood - attempted to hold up Fred
Giese, 60 year old guards and obtain
hit km '.
TRAIN STRIKES CAR
KILLING FOUR MEN.
Cincinnati. Four men were kill
ed when a passenger train on the
Big Four railroad, 'Cleveland to
Cincinnati, struck an automobile at
a crossing at Elmwood, near, here.
The accident happened five minutes
after the crossing watchman quit
Th dead: Harry Frank, driver of
the automobile; Donald Tenny,
George Biefold, Elwood Jones. All
are residents of Cincinnati and
ranged in age from 21 to 25 years.
According' to a lone witness, a
negro, the .victims apparently paid
no 'attention to the whistle of the
train, which was running at a high
rate of speed. The automobile was
struck squarely in the center and
the occupants thrown to opposite
sides of the tracks.
The view of the right of way at
this section Is unobstructed. ,
PRESS HEARS PRESIDENT
HARDING CHAMPIONS U. S. MEM
BERSHIP IN international"
Address Made Before Thousands1 of
' Nation's Leading Newspaper EdU
' ' tors and Publishers.
New York. President Harding com
mitted himself and his administration
without equivocation to American
membership In the permanent court of
Speaking at the annual luncheon of
members If the Associated Press, Mr.
Harding set, fotth the reasons which
Impelled him to recommend to the
senate shortly before the adjournment
of Congress the adhesion of the Unit
ed States to the world court protocol
as drafted under the league of nations,
outlined the advantages be believed
would accrue from adoption of the rec
ommendation and presented for the
first time answers to the arguments of
opponents of the administration plan.
In doing so, .the chief executive as
serted his conviction that American
membership in the court would be "In
harmony with party platform pledges,
candldatorlal promises and American
aspirations." It would not be and
could never be construed as being an
indirect entrance into the league of
nations, he declared with emphasis.
The address made before a thou
sand of the nation's leading news
paper editors and publishers was gen
erally considered as the beginning of
the presentation which the President
plans to make during the spring and
summer of the principal policies to
be pursued during the next year.
Political leaders throughout : the
country admittedly In disagreement
as to the wisdom of the world court
recommendation awaited with Intense
interest the address and were watch
ing for the country's reaction. What
ever reception it might be accorded
by the American people, the President
indicated clearly that he stood firmly
behind his recommendation.
The address was the principal fea
ture of the executive's visit to New
York, the first In a year and a half.
Accompanied by Mrs. Harding and
several high officials, he arrived in
the Metropolis shortly after 6 o'clock.
After breakfast on- his special train.
he with his party went to he Waldrof
Astoria hotel The morning was spent
rather quietly In receiving callers.
Great Loan to Be Made to Austria.
New . York. Part of a second huge
loan to Austria, totalling $135,000000,
is to be floated in the United States
through "one of Wall Street's best
known Intrenatlonal banking houses,"
the New York World says. It would
be the first loan to a world war
enemy In which this country has par
ticipated. v ' . , V ' ' ' .
The new loan, .. according to The
World, is part of the League of Na:
tlons reconstruction' plan for Austria
which, the newspaper points out, sav
ed that nation from utter financial
collapse after it had been declared
bankrupt ' .
Morrison to Aid Jefferson Fund.
New York. Governor Cameron Mor
rison has accepted the invitation of
Governor E. Lee Trlnkle, of Virginia,
to serve on the .National Governors'
Committee of the Thomas Jefferson
Memorial Foundation. . ?, ;
The Governor's Committee has. been
organized for the purpose of co-oper
ting in the national movement to pur
chase Monticello, the Virginia home
of Thomas Jefferson, and preserve it
for all time as the physical expression-
of the' country's reverence tor, the
memory of the author. of the Declara
tion of Independence. ' ,
, Explosion Kills. Soldier.
, El Paso, Texas; One soldier 1s dead
and another reported dying as the re
sult of a poisonous gas explosion In
the seventh cavalry's blacksmith shop
at Fort Bliss. 'The dead mantis Pri
vate Morris Pousky, 23, of Philadel
phia, a horseshoer. The man 'in the
hospital is private' Martin B. Schultz,
25; Both were commended 4y com
manding officers for heroism which is
declared to have saved Fort Bliss from
possible destruction, ;
NAVY DEPARTMENT WILL ABAN
DON ITS PROGRAM FOR
NOT TO SPEND ANY UDNEY
Question of Interpretation of Wash
ington Arms Treaty Is
Involved. : '
Washington! Modernization of the
older ships, of the American flet will
await specific authority of Congress,
Secretary ' Denby announced, and the
naVy department will abandon for the
time being the program which it con
siders may have been approved under
a misapprehension of the situation.
The secretary's decision, which was
said to have the approval of President
Harding, was regarded as closing the
incident created through the protest
of the British embassy against state
ments made before congressional com
mutes when the department was seed
ing appropriations for installing post
war improvements In the battleships.
Navy officials then asserted that ao
criticism of the work could be, made
as contravening the live-power naval
treaty since Great Britain had com
pleted similar alternations. t This was
denied by the embassy.'
As a result of discussion the $6,500,-
000 appropriated by the last Congress
for. gun elevation will be left in the
treasury and refunded at the end of
the Ileal year as "unexpended money."
With official opinion in the navy
from Secretary Denby down holding
unanimously that the modernization
program is permissible under . the
treaty drawn up at the Washington
arms conference and essential to the
American naval, standing, it was re
garded as certain that the matter
would be presented anew, to. Congress
during the December session.' The de
partment's recommendations, however,
then Is expected to be based on the
technical necessities of. the situation
without regard to what any other na
tion has done or may do.
While the immediate problem was
removed by Secretary Denby's state'
ment, naval officials declared that a
large question of treaty, interpreta
tion remained which ultimately would
have to be answered. Among the five
signatories of the Washington naval
convention, Great Britain has Indicat
ed specifically she considered changes
In gun elevation to come within the
provisions prohibltng lateraton of de
sign of main batteries. France has
taken the opposite view, several bat
tleships , now being in dry dock for
Dry Laws Being Investigated.
Washington. Prohibition troubles
from ' bootlegging to ellegations of
bribery in several states accumulated
here and engaged attention of high
officials of at least three federal agen
cies, the treasury and justice depart
ments and prohibition enforcement
headquarters. There were indications
that facts developed from the several
investigations in progress might ulti
mately come before President Harding
; Charges of fraud among former and
possibly present prohibition agents
caused orders for an investigation by
the bureau of internal revenue. An-
other Investigation, along similar lines,'
involving alleged tenders of bribes for
"protection" to former prohibition of
ficers already is under way by, the de
partment of justice, whose agents are
making inquiries among "bootleg", cir
cles In a number of dities.
: The Internal revenue bureau's In
vestigation also was said to extend
Into several states, Involving the per
sonnel of several state , prohibition
Navy Voids Pay Schedule Change.
Washington. After receiving pro
tests from naval authorities In charge
of . various, shore' establishments the
Navy Department announced, that the
wage schedules recently promulgated
to become effective May 1 would be re
called and revised. , ' . : ".
Orders were issued for the conven
ing of new boards at the various yards
to collect data and 'to recommend a
revised scale to be effective July 1 and
to continue until January , 1, 1924.
Pending this revision, the Department
announced "no reductions' will be made
from the scale, which was put Into 'ef
fect September 16, 1921," and upon
which wages fo civilian employes of
the Navy are now based. : ' i
Russian Refugees to Be Given Home.
Washington. President Harding de
cided to permit transportation to the
United States of the 500 Russian refu
gees who recently landed In the Philip
pines after a stormy Voyage in their
own ships from Valdivostok-
Secretary .Weeks said the refugees
who are remnants of a band of anti
Soviets, would make desirable citizens,
most of them being skilled workers
or professional 'or technical men.'; Ar
rangements to bring them, to this conn
try have been completed, v
1 TWO YEARS
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Iron From Cuba.
Along the north shore of Cuba, near
the sea at Its eastern end, In three
areas which formerly appeared to be
simply expanses of barren ferruginous
soil, recept exploration and 'test have
shown that there ,0x1st deposits of a
very pure Iron ore, amounting to 2,000,
000,000 or 3,000,000,000 tons. When de
prived of the large percentage of wa
ter which It contains, ( this ore wilt
yield from 40 to 43 per cent of Iron,
Ore from this source has already been,
exported to the United States.
Lift Off with Fingers
Doesn't hurt a bit I Drop a little
"Freezone" on an aching corn, instant
ly that corn stops hurting, then short
ly you lift it right off with fingers.
Truly I . . ,
Your druggist sells a tiny bottle of
"Freezone" for a few cents, sufficient
to remove every hard corn, soft corn,
or corn between the toes, and the cal
luses, without soreness or Irritation.
quickly relieve! the dlatrear
Ins oar ox jam t. Used for
fff 66 yean and rnralt of loog
1 a ezperlene In treatment of
iiiMoicjru.-.a throat and lung; dlaeaaea by
a 7 . Dr. J. H. Guild. TSKB TRIAL
BOX, TreatlM on Asthma, Its
eanaea, treatment, etc., sent
ii Don reaueat. ita. and SI .00
at druggists, J. H. QUILlJ OO., BUPEKT, VT.
DRIVE KALAE1A CUT OF TEE SYSTEM r'
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Funny Story Not His Forte. 1
: President J. J, Bernet of the Nickel
Plate road makes a reply which Is
humorous In itself:., . i;- V ' , f :
,"I have yours suggesting a funny
8tory.' Frankly, I am so serious that
I wouldn't recognUe one If met lt
on the street. If I should perchance
hear one I probably wouid forget It
before I left the room. ; ,
Would like to meet , your wishes,
but don't seem to have the. material 1"
--New York Herald. , . ;
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