TH FlCV.IES COUlCTrC! TOURTH YEAR, NO. 148. TODAY'S NEWS TODAY. TIAKER REITERATES CROSS-EXAMINATION "Tells Senate Committee 791,000 Transport.Ton nage Estimate Probab ly Is Too Low . ' WON'T GIVE NUMBER OF MEN IN FRANCE -After Long Testimony, Com mittee Goes Into Execu tive Session to Hear Confidential In formation (By the Associated Press.) (By the Associated Press.) Washington, Feb. 6. Secretary -Baker came up for cross-examination today before the Senate Mili tary Committee on his picture of the - state of preparedness of the army, "which Congressional critics have at tacked as greatly exaggerated. But the principal points of the wohle controyersary the question of where the army is going to get ships for transport of men to France this year was left open partly, be cause Secretary Baker could not give the exact figures, and because the committee went into discussion as to whether or -not the public should have the facts. The upshot of it was that the ques tion of ships was left to be presented in' detailed exact statements to the -eommitfee at a further meeting to morrow. As the examination,, turned, to the question of supplies for the army, it became apparent from the nature of Secretary B-akers replies that he and President Wilson. 'had. -.been "dis ussing some further forms'. of or- ,v,iov, -X . " j ""y" " """'' who are pressing for the war cabinet bill. . 3Iore Men Sent Than Planned. Washington, Feb. 6. Cross-ex--amination of Secretary Baker on his Tecent statement before the Senate Military Committee was begun at a public meeting of the committee to day. Secretary Baker's cross-examination was started by Senator Weeks, Republican, member of the Military Committee. On January 1,. Secretary Baker said more troops had been transport ed to France, including both non combatant and fighting forces, than had been planned. Secretary Baker and Senator Weeks agreed that it was impropei to disclose the number of troops now in France. senator weeks asked if It were true that the War Department had 791,000 tons of ships available for transporting troops on February 1 Secretary- Baker did not know, but "thought that an under-estimate. Secretary Baker's former state ment that 1,000,000 more men could "be sent to France this year was again discussed. Senator Hitchcock' said that on "November 30 the Shipping Board ad vised him the total available Ameri can tonnage was ,502 ships of 3,721, 806" tons, including tankers a'nd for mer German and Austrian ships. Sec retary Baker said he could not esti mate the number of troops that amount of tonnage would supply. Secretary Baker could not say whether troops would ' be "kept in southern camps next Summer, but stated that if the heat was as exces sive as last summer, this could not very well be done, and transfer probably would be made. American tonnage losses, Secretary Baker said, have been exceedingly light. "The service the navy hag rendered in protecting the army," he :said, "has been unexampled." ' The much discussed editorial in the Metropolitan Magazine, of which Colonel Roosevelt was associate edi tor, attacking the War Department's method of sending troops to France, came up again. "Did the editor have any informa . tion other than an ordinary citizen might have had at that time?" asked ' Senator Weeks. "Oh, no," said Mr. Baker, adding that in August, when the article ap peared, he had been quite certain the Department could do more in train ing troops than had been stated. Examination ot Secretary Baker was discussed while Senators went into executive session to permit Sec retary Baker to give confidential in- formation. While the Senators were discuss :lng whether to continue in public session or go into private session, FORMER CLAIilS ON ci IT7I rxnmir Mnur WORST OF WINTER FOR NEW YORKERS (By the Associated Press.) New -York, Feb. 6w With 150, 000 tons of coal at tidewater ports in New Jersey cut off from New York by ice fields in the harbor,' and scarcely a day's supply or coal ahead, fuel administrators today were alarmed over the sit uation, which they described as the most critical of the winter. fOnly 14,000 tons of anthracite reached the city yesterday, less than enougti to supply hospitals, schools and other similar place. In the poorer sections the suffer ing is declared to be the most acute in years. 1 ADOO TAKES STEP TO Appoints Committee to Have Charge of Relieving Crowded Lines DIVERT SHIPMENTS Traffic Will Be Routed From Busiest Lanes of Commerce . to Those Less Filled, Much Coming to the South (By the Associated Pres.) Washington, Feb. 6. Further J steps looking to diversion of rail road traffic from the most congested eastern gateways were taken today by Director-General McAdoo in the appointment of "a commission to handle the situation. "This committee," sa'd Director- General McAdco's announcement, "is to make a close, etudy of the great tramc routes of the country, in or der to shift traffic from the COngest- prt rniitpe tn tho loaa rnniroaforl Knoa END CONGESTION aau - n - om me congesiea gateway loiiun is I'assea i narumouly ty rmato the - less congested ports for ship ment. Appointment of the committee is n line with the railroad adminis tration's policy of diversion, an ex ample of which was dispatch of bo- ween 50,000 and 100,000 bales of cotton recently to South Atlantic ports for transmission to New York or to European destinations. POUGHKEEPSIE SUFFERS IN HALF MILLION FIRE Steamboat Comimny's Warehouse and Big Grocery Storage Arc Burned in Conflagration (By the Associated Press.) Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Feb. 6. The walls and warehouses of the Hudson Steamboat Company and the J. W. Aiattnews company, wholesale gro cery warehouses on the water front at Newburgh, were destroyed and several other nearby warehouses were damaged today insa fire sup posed to have started from an" over heated furnace in the steamboat warehouse. The damage is estimat ed at $500,000. PARIS PAPER REVEALS SPY PLOTS IN AMERICA (By the Associated Press,) Paris, Feb. 6. The Petit Pari3 ien publishes a letter of instructions to German military agents In the United States dated January 15 1915, and signed "General Head quarters, Dr. Fischer." In the let ter directions are given concerning the destruction of property and the blowine ud of munitions plants in the United States. It says: "Agents to carry on destructive work can be recruited among the workmen's .unions, which have an archistic tendencies." WEATHER FORECAST. For North Carolina: Generally fair and somewhat warmer to night and Thursday with light southwest to west winds. Secretary Baker said that he had per haps been unfortunate in giving his original opinion to the committee rather than being specific on infor mation prepared by experts. Secretary Baker gave the opinion that new legislation would be de sirable to give the President power to coordinate various functions and departments as new conditions arise That purchases would be In the hands of Edward R. Stettlnus was In dicated by the Secretary. "Mr. Stettlnus Is relied upon to do this thing," he said. HENDERSON, N. C.,' WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, FEBRUARY 6, MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS RECENT KING WILL G. B. MEANS GAVE F Illinois, Attorney-General Files Petition Charging False Pretense in Famous Case MRS. KING'S PART" ONLY NOMINAL SUM By New Document, Filed by Means, Recently Ac quitted of Her Murder, She Received Nearly $3,000,000 (By the Associated Press.) Chicago. Feb. 6. In a petition on file today in the probate court. Ed ward Brundage, attorney-general of the State, charges that the will of the late John C. King filed some time ago is a forgery and not the last testament of the millionaire lum berman. March 12 has been fixed as the date for the hearing. After King's death In 1905. a will was niea leaving the widow only a nominal sum. It was understood at the time she had waived all dower rights on receipt of $10,000 before her husband's death. Some yean later a new will purporting to bo the last, was discovered by Gaston Means, secretary to Mrs. Maude A. King, who was tried recently in North Carolina and acquitted of her murder. This later document was filed In the probate court here. By its terms Mrs. King received an es tate the approximate value of which was about $3,000,000. SOLDIER'S MORATORIUM PROVIDED BY CONGRESS I Nearly Same Form it Fanned The House. (By the Associated Press.) Washington. Feb. 6. The sol diers and sailors civil rights bill. providing a moratorium for men In tne military establishment, was unanimously passed today by the Senate virtually in the form it pass ed the House. RED GUARDS DEFEATED BY FINNISH COMMANDER iattle lasted Two Days, and Many Were Killed, and City of Uleaborf? Is Captured (Dy the Associated Fress.) Stockholm, Feb. 6. General Man- nerheim's- forces have defeated the Red Guards and Russians at Ulea- borg and captured the city, which Is the chief military depot of northern Finland. The battle lasted two days and several hundrer were killed. Total Enrollment Now is 934 as Compared With 1200 for the Year Attendance records for the city scSiools for the fourth month ot the present session were announced Wednesday by Superintendent R. G. Ktttrell. The showing Is considered as n remarkably good one In view of the very bad weather conditions that pcrvalled during the greater part of the month. Miss Rosa Cheathams grade In the Central school made the best average, the record being 97 per cent. In thtf high school the ninth grade averaged 95.3, the cightth-A grade having 94 percent. and the eleventh grade 93. The fifth-A grade at the Central school had a record of 93, and the thlrd-A grade at the Central school had S9 per cent. The enrollment at the present time 13 given as 948, divided as follows: high school, 177; Centratl, 404; bCorth Henderson, 156; South Hen derson, 151; Harris, 31; and Worth am school 29. The total enrollment of the session up to the present time was also given, this showing 190 at the high school. 544 at the Cen tral. 184 at North Henderson, 194 at South Henderson, 48 al Harrla school, and 40 at Wortham school, with & total for all of 1200 even. ) DECLARED DRGERY GOOD ATTENDANCE RECORD IN SCHOOL " ,7 LV -r-wv-- SOGCESS OF PLAN Head of Emergency Fleet Corporation Says Great est Need Now Is for Workmen EVERYTHING ELSE IS HERE IN PLENTY Three Shifts Working Every Day for Fifty-Two Weeks Instead of One Shift -i Needed to Beat The ' U-Boat (By the Associated Pre.)' .Washington, Feb. 6. Responsibil ity for the success or failure of Ihe government's shlp-bulldlng program was put on labor today, by Charles Plep. vice-president and general manager of the Emergency Fleet Corporation In an appeal for ship yard workers. "The shipping board bat t nccssary yards, material and tea money, and alyl that U lacking." ht said, "is the spirit In the nation to sCnd the army of men Into tn plants We are now working ontwtO shift a day." "If we are to keep ahead of tfcf'i submarine campaign, he said, "we must run three shifts a day for fifty two weeks in the year." SPECULATION IN COFFEE -ON EXCHANGE FORBIDDEN Food Administrator Hoover Stmts v ift" Trade' In Green Iroduet on ' New York Market. - 'r j . (ny the Associated Fres.) Washington. Feb. 6. Speculation fagrccn coffee otr tho New York Cof fee and Sugar Exchange was ordered discontinued today-by Food Admtnlt trutor Hoover. Tho Food Administration's action was taken after a conference with members of the New York Coffee ana Sugar Exchange in which deal era offered to take the necessary steps to stop speculation. JUDGE BINGHAM HEADS THE SOUTHERN CONGRESS LouUvillo Iawycr to bo Inaugurated President of ComerclI Organl cation February It. (Ry the Associated Fress.) Washington, Feb. 6. Judge Robert W. Ringham. of Louisville, Ky., will be Inaugurated president of the Southern Commercial Con gress here February 11 at a dinner to be tendered In his honor and In honor of Senator Duncan U. Fletch er, of Florida, the retiring president, according to plans made public to day. BAPTISTS MEET TO PLAN ENDOWMENTS Representatives of Two As sociations Arc To Meet Here Thursday Frcachcra and laymen from the Tar River and the Flat T.Wrr Rap- tlst Associations will gato r here Thursday In the First lUpti .. church for a meeting to dlscusj way and menaa of rablng the allotment tor these two associations of the pro posed million dollar endowment fund for the HaptM educational In stitutions of the State. Twenty-five or more are expected to atend. There will be only one fccsiJon. which Is set for 10 o'clock In the morning, and Is to la.it for three hours or more. Dr. R. T. Vann, for mer president of Meredith College at Raleigh, and now general secretary of the Baptist educational work In North Carolina, and C. J. Thompson, of Raleigh, who Is financial secretary of the million dollar endowment campaign, are to bo present and ad dress the meeting. Apportionment ef Che shares of the fnud to be assessed upon the Tar River and Flat River Associations has not been announced but this la expected to be outlined Thursday. Each association Is entitled to a representation of twelve laymen, as well as the pastors from every church. The visitors are to be guest la the homes of local Baptist during their stay in the city. p SHIPBUILDING lEPENDS ON LABOR 1918. 1 1 11 1 n -' -- .in , 47 ARTILLERY FIRING IS CONTINUED ON AMERICAN FRONT r. ' (tly the Associate! Frr,) With tle Amrtieaa Army la Frances Tuesday, Feb. 3 (Ry thm Associated IYtm)-smrrkaa ar tillery kept up a roatlaooa fir on tbe rortny battery throegboal Tuesday and Ihm Grmua re- ponded, with Ihm reml that there m lively tiring oa tbe Am erican sector. At tho tame lime America air craft were bay rrpetllasi attack, ami la making otnena lion ot rr the German liar. TO BREST-LITOVSK Von Kuehlmann and Czer nin Leave German Capi tal to Reopen Parley RUSS - CROSS LINE Berlin Ncwipapcr Says Thrtt Amy Corp on II on a Enter German Ranks Alter Fail, ure to Beat Roumanians (Ry the Associated Frew.) Amsterdam, Feb. C The Ger man and Austrian Foreign Minister Dr. von Kuehlmann and Count Cier nin.. left Rerlln Last night for Rest- Lltovsk to continue the peace ne gotiations, according to a dlipatca from the German capital. Three Russian army corps on the Russo-Roumaalan front, the Lokat Aniclgcr, of Iterttn. says twice at tempted to croaa the rtoaraaaa frontier, bat only small dtucbee its succeeded in griUng tbfooch. It It added that 2.000 RumUcs oa bori-s crossed Into the lin of the Central irowe- FOOD SHORTAGE FACED SAMMIES NOW IN ITALY t'in Contractor IVnrrrd Fo. Whirls Wett So High Mew Couldn't Hay Ihe Frvdncf (Correondenee Aoriatrd Fres,) Amerlraa Aviation Camp. South ern Italy, Jan. 20. The food prob - TEUTONS GO Ml lent recently atatln-d lb dlcrslty ofcbartb at 4 vui d cee..!iac a crll here. When the Called ' church $rtrty b arKs4 tb p States government arranged for the J tJtioai f u. FAlrtrvb f a!! Res training cf At.-nan bre. It wa'U. wfco b r!:-d ra bu foIJw agreed that file lire pr day sboqli be paid for the feeding of each avia tion r.ecr In lb making, a i-jra amply equal to advanced food frier, considering Ihe several hood red of men lo be fed. A contraci to f Ihe men was let to a local rtaoraat proprietor bat be bcam Imbued with the Idea that Americans bate plenty of money and are antloas to spend H. For many erfc, ihe Am ericans, absorbed in their training, accepted the food 'given Ihera. They merely went down In Ihelr on pock et and patronlted the candy store of the city. It reiarant. bot par ticularly Ihe canteen where the Ital ian sol Hern f the camp spent their money for drinks, ardwiehes at4 omelets. Gradual! the price of canteen products roe so blch the Italian sol dier were unable to patronUe II and complained lo Ihelr oncers. The-? latter Investigated jointly with the American ofScer. with the reoil that canteen price were redaced 1 per cent and the contractor la chare of ihe American mens had to beg lo b given m chance bold bU con tractor. ThU happened Jul before Chrtt ma and as thj Americans were b- Inc paid off for the rl time la lhrr month, they persaaded their commander to let then gi lo Rom a?.d Nap!e and gore thensevc. There they engaged la veritable food orele. They bought candy ar.4 nsts and cake by Evepoan4 lo:. retlr- Irg to their rooms to eat after tak ing regular restaurant meals. S-m of the men were reported to have eaten six meals a day. One of the features of Ihe recep tion given at Rome by Ambassador Thomas Nelon Fag and Mrs. Fage at the Flarxo del Prago lo Ihe oung men was a spread of cake and candy weighting dofen several table. Although all pretext at freely from tho tables, Ihelr appetite teemed merely to hav bjrea whlted, for they were Lated foand standing oat in front of candy stores eating more cake and candy. Several started to mas at Su Feter'sbal were nnabU to get any farther than a mlaaraal facing the chu Many a xaaa tkl&ka himself a rnln bacausa be fivts by bU wti.Ua4. ay a report reacbtsg kera. vi i TWO CENTS A COPX REGULAR EDITION SPRING OFFENSIVE B Whole Western Front Ex perience Raiding Oper ation! and Heary Ar tillery pueli ENTENTE CLAIMING THE ODDS THUS FAR Situation in Russia Appears Less Favorable to Bol shevik!, and Church War Against Them Seems Sure fRy tat Associated Fre. Raiding operations aal artillery dot are lacrratlsg ea Ibe westers front as the tlae for tct&a!sg of spring operations aproacbe. Two years ago. after a sccif8l attack at Sottcheg. tb Grtae bga tbtir drive on Verdun with heavy ariHUry erw oa February 21. wMfc. a last jrar tfce Rntia caftarr"! Lra&S. coon oa the Fos;ts ttvzi a Feb ruary T, a4 tb Cenaaas two wks Utea rtlrrd frota the After. tb em t? la tb rrirrat to it llia- dfcborg lit. All o?kUl statretr&u r;rt4 great artillery activity. Tt grt gon have fc--n by arxa4 Ytrr, and bfofe Catifcraf. oa tfce RnUa front, oa tbe rlcbt baak of tt en lb Fresfh frost, aai a ttie Amrrlcaa sector. Tbe Rrttib tave made a trefe! raid aortatt cf Yprr. sa4 Frt.eb tr-ts trocli back prisoner la tbe Arcssse fort. Gerwaa attacks la Cbast;gt have ba tplei ly tf Rritlta and Freceb rv?tfatJy. The sal trtbwett f Toal bav hn cUarv-4 cf a!rf&!; f tba ftar. FoieeK mifmm bat t-rt rffv. Rmih rum a Moaiy drc j;4 tbre to f ib a- rt&!rd for right alr;Ut. wnb it ef oc tr.ae b!a ra lb u:ua fnat ttatua at4 Rnub !ior bar roogt! dove !Urlr9 cay t ebln-. wt', ihm Cttz bate ar? borabed FaJaa, fa Rtta tk :!tioa a;;ra Ut fvrat! is tt lv:itui. A 1 drr by li !MMii r !Jtg er lo defa4 .e etrtb The cUb btea lie two f rtl: it ail lo be SfCvurbtst. New o;;.sl! a a lb FotetUI b aria song it Trtr ltt!rs KrjJeako. in cctetd of ib ttlb viai i roe?". ! si4 lo bate ba ar retted by FoJib ire-f- la Kiev lb t'krania&s ar r-;ried lo bate g rd Ihe nyrr bs4. After a coafercc wnb the Ger man Fraprwr. the Cermaa &4 A Irian ForHco Wlauter are r -fi ed lo be rtsreig lo Rre-t Urovk. Grmaa tpjr are sujisg tbtt if face t decollated w$lb lb fh ranlan. iJt'.Ie attention will t rH to the Ft.betlll tVaet. rtj Rrnrte.! I W-L Lrx4on. Feb, T"be t'XtUHoti al l!ret-IJiottk bate la brVa off, ihe corrp-or.4 tl at Fetrc-grad of the Ftche Tejefrajb Cossjaay 4S be I lafortsed.. REFOHMATOEY BUILD X.GS IN I2tDLV!A AS.E ETJRNTID All f lA Iri in ttwiif ie tarvti la hfei. l Try t I Hy Ibe A'-xUI'l I r - I Jpf?ero3. I4... I eb. I'ite cf Ibe six bail lite ! tbe it?? ot bulllinrs ccc:pfiug Ibe Itiian i?:ate Rerormatory were ttroje4 ty ttv erly lolay. Tbe III tfisers la eHt ail la dormltor.e were tranu:.-t at ite word. at4 atl xrtb4 lo safety. N'cse tried to l. MA!fY TT.00PS IJUTJRED u v; rnrLAJ.'D coLUSiorr Trwla lliled WHU tUi Caard tV.le to Aatler Crrf lax So4dleT lq tpT Tteta. " Dy the AuocUted Frea.) Loo4oa. F'a. , A great BtaUr of person tr tsjared la a co::iloa by a trala loaded with Red Gaard ax 4 a rovtrsstst trala $zl to la !ttrtpl Red Gesr4i la sortbra Fla FGIN IN FLANDERS

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