Oklahoma Leader (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 62, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 26, 1921 Page: 1 of 8
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Vol. 2—No. 62
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA., W EDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1921
PRICE, T1IKEE CENTS!
TIRED OF BEING THE GOAT." SAYS LE
Trainmen Voted Against Issue
of Cut Pay By 88 Per
< OL1SE1UM. CHICAGO, Oct. 26 A
hot tilt resulted when Warren S.
Stone, grand chief of the engineers.
- wo8 cross-examined.
Stone attempted to read u prepared
statement. He was stopped by Chair*
"if that 1h the board's attitude I
bad better stop right here," shouted
"If the brotherhoods can not have
their case tried here, where can we
ko for Justice?
"You gentlemen have cited us here
because you allege we are In viola-
tion of the hoard's order.
"Vet forty railroads have violated
ihe board's orders and not one has
been found guilty and only one
The galleries broke Into wild
« beers and an attempt to fltotore or-
der was unsuccessful for two min-
Stone was emphatic and belliger-
ent a ltd the board did not examine
"him aV length.
"The railroads are to blame for th^
state of mind of our men today," he
COLISEUM, CHICAGO, Oct. 26.— '
The decision of the Brotherhood of
Railway Trainmen to strike was
made solely against the 12 per cent
wage cut ordered by the United
States railway labor board.
This Emission was made today by
\Y. *G. Lee, chief of the trainmen,
tinder questioning by Ben Hooper,
vice-chairman of the board at the
opening of the conference between
brotherhood chiefs and executives
called to avert the October 30 strike.
The board's inquiry as Indicated
by Lee's examination, will aim to
determine if the union leaders mean
to llaunt the authority of the board, j
Lee stated flatly he did not be-
lieve that either the railroads or the
employes Mere compelled to ob4' the
board's decisions if they did not
"Ah I understand it," he said, "the
traimportation act makes it impera-
tive on both the carriers and the em-
ployes to submit disputes to the la-
"But It is not my understanding
that either party has to obey those
'That is a matter that must yet be
determined by the courts."
The board called this rail peace
conference to determine If either side
was guilty of violating its orders or
contemplated doing so.
Lee admitted flatly that such was
the intention of his brotherhood.
"In your strike ballot was there
anything for the men to consider in
voting excepting the wage decision
of the board contained in wage de-
cision 147?" asked Hooper.
"There was not," said Lee in a
voice that rang throughout the audi-
"The issue on our ballots was
clean cut. There Is only one ques-
tion. It was whether the men were
willing to accept the board's decision
cutting wage 12 per cent.
"The men answered that they were
not by an 88 per cent vote.
"This vote was final, pending only
my approval. As I stated before the
board last June and this statement
Is contained in the board s record.
I for one. am tired of being the
Hooper asked Lee if the strike bal-
lots of the other brotherhoods con-
tained any other question than the j
wage decision of July last. Lee an- ■
swered that there were other ques- 1
tions in the ballots of the other big
four brotherhoods and for that rea-
son he had broken with the other
leaders early in October.
I^ee was quizzed on the strike now
in progress on the International &
Great Northern of Texns.
Lee said he had no power to call
off the strike.
"Did not the board order both c ar-
riers and employes to maintain their
status quo until after this hearing''
"I presume." answered Lee, "it all
depends on how binding the orders
of the board are. There is a serious
question in our mind as to the juris-
diction of this board."
COLISEUM, CHICAGO, Oct. 26.—
Rail executives and employes met
with government representatives In
open forum today In an attempt to
prevent the October 30 strike.
Railroad presidents and chiefs and
Rener^J chairmen of the five power-
ful i A road brotherhoods bowed to
RAIL SITUATION TODAY
CHICAGO, Oct. ;e. The rail
peace conference at a glance:
Two hundred railroad execu-
tives and 1,200 chiefs of the five
big brotherhoods summoned be-
fore the United States railroad
labor board to avert the October
30 railroad strike.
Executives claim that railroad
rates and operating expenses are
too high and that there must be
a cut in wages in addtlon to the
$400,000,000 that was lopped off
payrolls July 1.
The brotherhood chiefs, repre-
senting 400,000 men. have ordered
a strike for Sunday morning.
Technically the strike is against
the July 1 cut, but leaders said
they would not have put the
walkout vote into effect if execu-
tives had not said they would
petition for another cut.
TRYING TO SOLVE RAILROAD CONTROVERSY
the authority of the government
when they answered the summons
of the United States railroad labor
When Chairman Barton of the
United States railroad labor board
called the meeting to order shortly
after 10 a. m. five hundred union
heads were grouped on the light
hand side of the coliseum.
A hundred heads of the great rail-
roads of the country were seated on
the opposite side.
Status of the shippers' organize
tions' representatives at the meeting
Barton said shippers were wel-
come. although they were not In-
cluded In the call.
"I hope they enjoy the scenery,"
Stone jumped to his feet and pro-
tested against the taking of flash-
"If we are to be butchered to make
a Roman hojiday, I protest against,
this flashlight powder?' he said to
Barton said no permission to take
pictures had been given.
As soon as Stone protested an-
other charge of flash powder was
exploded. The gray-haired chief
jumped to his feet and protested as
an "American citizen."
Barton again reproved the "art-
The meeting has been thrown open
to the public and is held in the Coli-
seum, the scene of many a stormy
Attempts made by the board to
settle the controversy between the
carriers 'and the workers before the
conference actually started were fu-
The 200 railroad executives en-
tered the meeting in a more of a re-
calcitrant mood than the 1,200 chiefs
and general chairmen of the brother-
hoods. The last public statement
issued by the board before the meet-
ing had the effect of a red flag on
No New Wage Cut Plea*
The statement declared that it
cancel or change present agreement
of rules and working conditions.
The reply to thin request from the
(Continued on Page ?. Column 2)
The United States Railroad Labor Board photographed before they went into executive session to try to
avoid the threatening railroad strike. Left to right: Horace Baker, representing the railroads: Albert 1'hillips.
representing labor; G. W. Hangar, representing the public; O. 1). Wharton, representing labor; Ben W. Hooper.
^presenting the public: Samuel 11 iggins. represent inn the railroads, and R. M. Barton, chairman.
Union Men Relate
Events Leading Up
To Strike Orders
Parman Raps Authorities Fol-
lowing Report of Locked
Locked fire escapes were found at
two city sehools by city fire inspec-
tors In an investigation ordered by
Bob Parman, commissioner of public
Two fire escapes were found
locked at the Washington school and
one at the Irving school. Each pre-
sented a possibility of death to hun-
dreds of school children In case of
fire, Parman declared.
The escapes are of the sliding
chute Jtind and were locked at the
bottom. Janitors said that they were
locked to prevent the entrance of In-
truders at night.
They declared that they werrt
opened every morning.
Both of them were discovered
locked by the fire inspectors between
10 and 11 o'clock Wednesday, Par-
"The janitors' excuses won't hold
good." Parman declared. "They claim
that they unlock them usually, but
forgot today. Some day they will
forget to unlock them on the day a
The investigation must continue
until every fire escape in the city
school building is safe, he said.
Fire escapes in poor repair were
found at several schools, b ing eaten
nwav at the bottoms by rust. This
can be easily repaired, Parman said.
Refusals To Negotiate Re-
ceived From Heads of All
Railroads They Declare.
Statement of events leading up t<
issuance of strike orders of different
transportation brotherhoods was
made Wednesday by officials of I*
The statement was signed by B. B.
Spears, local chairman O. R. C.:
E. S. Mulanax, local chairman
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen
I and Engineers, and R. C. Shepard,
local chairman Brotherhood of Rail-
The statement follows:
The executive officers and general
chairman of the five transportation
! brotherhoods met in Chicago last
I week for the purpose of canvassing
the strike vote. The result of the
canvass showed that more than 88
per cent of the total vote cast by
the membership of these organiza-
tions declared in favor of a strike.
Before the strike ballot was sub-
mitted the labor organizations had
addressed communications to the
railway executives of all the rail-
roads In the southeastern region, in
western territory. 'n southwestern
territory, in eastern teritory and in
southeastern territory, asking the
railway executives if they would ap-
point conference'committees to tak-
up with representatives of the labor
organizations the following ques-
1- The recall of all wage reduc-
tions pending negotiation!, so that
each party to the conference is on
! an equal basis.
2.—Give assurance that for a fixed
' time to be determined by agreement
i no further reductions would be re-
quested or made.
3.—Enter into an agreement that
1 no effort be made to take away from
the men time and one-half time for
over time; and
4. Enter into an agreement that
! for certain fixed time to be agreed
upon no attempt would be made to
Continued on Page 4. Column 5
W1RTH TO FORM
A NEW CABINET
I BERLIN, Oct. 26.—(By U. P.) —
< hancellor Wlrth has accepted the
mandate offered him by President
Ebert and was forming a new Ger-
man cabinet today.
Announcement of the personnel
was momentarily expected.
By Next Cabinet Seen.
WASHINGTON. Oct. 2(1 -tB> 1
P.)- The next German cubinet is
likely to repudiate openly the pollc\
of absolute fulfillment of the Ver-
sailles treaty, heretofore urged by
< hancellor Wirth. according to in-
Quite certainly, the new cabinet
will not take a stand for uncondl-
; tional fulfillment.
Wirth—is known to feel himself
"stumped" by the situation resulting
from his cabinet's overturn. Though
he la trying hard to gather a new
ministerial group, the task is a
most difficult one.
EMERY EXPECTED TODAY.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.. Oct 26.
Major John G. Emery, national com-
mander of the American Legion, was
to arrive here today from his home
In Grand Rapids. Mich., legion head-
I quarters announced. The conven-
tion opens here Monday,
Classen Boulevard Home Bro-
ken Into—Loot Estima-
ted at $10,000.
After a careful investigation at the
M. R. Dunning nome, which was
i looted Tuesday night of valuable
jewelry, silverware and clothing.
: police found little or nothing that
would asstst them In the search for
'the burglars, according to Chief of
Detectives John Hubatka. Wednes-
While Mrs. Dunning, living at 2307
Classen boulevard, was at a theater
Tuesday night, her home was broken
into and robbed of property valued
at $10,000. The robbers escaped
According to Mrs. Dunning, the
theater party left the house a few
minutes after eight. The burglary
was discovered by J. R. Adkinson, a
' cotton buyer, who rooms at the
Dunning home and who returned to
the house about 10:30, The entry to
the house was made by breaking a
large plate glass window facing the
boulevard. Mrs. Dunning declared
that the blow and the falling glass
must have made a big noise and
| was puzzled to knpw bow the house
breakers dfecaped detection when
hundreds of cars were passing all
the time and neighbors lived a few
steps from her home.
' According to Mrs. Dunning. sh<
lost a platinum wrist watch set with
diamonds, a dinner ring containing
fifteen diamonds, a large quantity of
silverware and practically all of her
; < lothing and furs and about $65 in
Mrs. S. A. Beasley, who lives with
Mrs. Dunning, lost a diamond bar
pin and all of her clothing and furs.
Her husband's clothing was also
taken. Adkinson lost two suits and
an overcoat, according to police.
Mrs. Dunning declared that she
had no idea what the loss would be
until she checked up each item lost.
Insurance covered a small per cent
of the property, she said.
IS NEAR DEATH
Night Patrolman Kills Two
Negroes After Being
ENID, Okla.. Oct. 26. Lon « ross-
1 in, merchants' night patrolman, is
in a hospital dangerously wounded
and Clarence "Blue" Jones and
Charles Yates, said by the police to
be notorious characters in petty
thievery, are dead as a result of a
revolver battle at the rear of a
jewelry store last night.
Officers say Crosslin in his rounds
surprised the negroes attempting hi
enter the store. The negroes are
said to have opened fire first, wound-
ing Crosslin in the abdomen and left
leg. Crosslin returned the fire while
wounded, shooting both negroes in
Crosslin has little chance to live,
it wh" said at the hospital. He was
Brewing Under Regula-
tions Seen Certain.
WASHINGTON. Oct. 26. An
amendment to the tax bill, designed
to give the government additional
revenue through the use of beer and
wine for medicinal purposes, under
the regulations just Issued by Sec-
retary Mellon was introduced today
by Senator Wadsworth. New York.
The amendment proposed a tax of
. 60 cents a gallon on beer, $1.20 a gal-
lon on wine and $6.40 a gallon on
whisky or other liquors.
WASHINGTON. Oct. 26.—Red tape
will be slashed In the operation of
the new beer bill regulations to give
, the people the benefit of their beer
;ind wine for medicinal purposes
without unnecessary dqlay, Commis-
sioner of Internal Revenue Blair an-
Brewers throughout the country
may make application immediately
through the state prohibition direc-
tors for permits to resume the manu-
I facture of beer. Instructions have
been given the state prohibition of-
j flclals, Blair said, to act favorably
ion all applications for the manufac-
ture of beer where no good reason
exists for their refusal.
Brewers who have not been guilty
of violating the prohibition laws
within the past will be given permis-
sion to sell to druggists within the
next few days, it was said
Blair declared it was not the in-
tention of the treasury department
to withhold the benefit of the beer
regulations in the face of opposition
to dry forces.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26. Selec-
tion of a "beer and light wines con-
gress" is to be sought next year by
; the country's "wet interests."
They are preparing now for wlmt
, they term national freedom on the
question of amending the Volstead
law to permit sale and use of these
Their plan is to put forward beer
and wine candidates In every state,
both for the house and senate, as
far as is possible. Twelve senators
are to be elected, and in most cases
the present members will seek re-
i election. But in all forty-eight !
states the entire house delegation
will be chosen anew.
IN MAIL LOOT?
NEW YORK. Oct. 26 (By U. P.)
l^oot stolen by the bandits who
held up a mail truck on lower
Broadway Monday night may total
$5,000,00U, it developed today.
The only clew Is a muslin laundry-
bag which the robbers tied over the
bead of Frank Haveranick, driver of
Federal agents believe they will
be able to locate the laundry, the
name of which was printed on th«-
sack, but partially obliterated.
FAILS TO OPEN
The Oklahoma State bank at Guth-
rie failed to open it^'door Wednes-
day. according to Fred G. Dennis,
state bank commissioner. No other
information was received in his re
port from Guthrie, he declared.
I The bank is capitalized at $70,000.
! Dennis declared that he could not
j go and would not be able to send
I anybody to Guthrie before Friday.
Property Damage Throughout
State—Storms Also in
North Pacific States.
■IA( KSONVII.LK. Flu . Oi l. 2C -
(By U. P.)—Three persons were
drowned at Tampa during the tropi-
cal storm which passed over that
city Tuesday, according to word from
Plant City, a small town near Tampa
Thus far these are the only deaths
reported as a result of the storm
which swept over the state in a
i northeasterly direction.
No word has been received from
St. Petersburg since Monday night
up to a late hour today.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 26.—
(By U. P.)— The schooner Sedome of
Mobile, was abandoned in a water
logged condition off Key West early
today as a result of Tuesday's storm.
The coast guard cutter Tampa was
instructed to go to the assistance of
the derelict. The cutter Is now in
I Key West.
Reports are that the crew has
not all been landed yet.
Damage by Tuesday's hurricane to
truck and citrus crops in Florida
were today estimated by the growers
'exchange to run over ten million dol-
lars. while reports of train crews ar-
riving early today from Tampa state
that over five million dollars in dam-
age was done to that city.
The new municipal docks and
terminals were totally destroyed. It
Telegraph service has not been re-
established yet to Tampa. Damage at
jTltusville was also great, according
| to reports of trainmen.
WASHINGTON. Oct. 26.—(By U.
! P.)—Three storms, one In the south,
one In Nebraska and the third in the
north Pacific states, were reported
by the weather bureau today.
The tropical storm off the Florida
coast Is moving northeastward.
Strong winds and gales are sweep-
ing the Atlantic coast as far as the
Continued on I'age 4, Column 6
KARL AND ZITA TO
BE HELD AT ABBEY
BUDAPEST. Oct. 20. (By U.
P. > Former Emperor Karl and
Empress Zita were to be removed
from their castle prison at Tata
Taveros today and interned at tha
Benedict I nc abbey cm Plat ten
PARIS. Oct. 26.—(By U. P.) —
The ambassadors' council was
expected to announce today the
wish of the allies regarding the
disposition of former Emperor
Karl and Empress Zlta, who are
to be Interned, probably in Spaiu.
Switzerland has indignantly
and definitely refused to have
anything more to do with the
President Urges Political and]
Economic Equality to Bir-
BIRMINGHAM. Ala., Oct. 26.—Tk
federal government will tolerate the
threat of no minority that challenges1
the authority of the law or endan^
gers the common welfare, President"
Harding warned here today on
eve of the threatened railroad trike. 1
No minority, however weak, will I
be denied tta right, but it must not.]
question the rule of the law, he de- J
dared, speaking at a business men'a
Harding's remarks were also taken-1
by some to refer to the Ku Klux'fl
Klan, whose activities in this terri-
j tory has Just been investigated bj
House Divided on Move to!'on!!"86;. . u „ .
Expel Texas Democrat Pre"WeDt H*rdlng ■
economic and political equality
for the negro brought only dead
silence from thousand* of white
listeners whose thundered cheers
only a ten minutes before run-
ning in his ears.
The president's Ire was frank-
ly tirml up by this apparent
During one tense pause he
squared his jans and pointed
straight at the white section of
"Whether you like it or not,
unless our democracy is a lie,
you must stand lor that equal-
ity," he declared, referring to po-
The negro section cheered loudly, |
UP TO II VOTE
Commissioners Set Election
at Same Time as City's,
County bond issue of $200,000 for
a tubercular hospital will be sub-
mitted to a vote at the same time
with the city bond issue, Nov. 28.
county commissioners decided Wed-
Petitions for an election were pre
Rented to the board by the Oklahoma
County Tubercular Society. The
petitions contained 8.000 names.
I WASHINGTON, Oct. 26. (By U.
j I'.)—The house appeared split today
Ion the resolution to unseut Represen- !
Jtative Thomas L. Blanton, democrat, [
I of Texas.
i While Representative Mondell, re-
, publican floor leader and author of
the ouster resolution, and a strong
| group among democrats and repub-
licans were standing firm for expul-
J sion, a large number of members de-
clared their determination to have I
the resolution modified to one of
I Action on the resolution is sched- j
juled for tomorrow.
Blanton was to return to the capl- J but there was only silence from the
tal today from Wheeling, W. Va., and white portion.
was expected to make a statement When President Harding reached
from the floor Immediately upon his the part of his prepared speech that
arrival. touched on the race question, he
Will Not Resign. turned to the negro section.
The southerner will not resign his "I want to look at you directly as
seat to escape the expulsion proceed- I this." he told them, "because
ings, his friends declared today but 1 ani never going to say anything
will "fight the move to the end." that I can't say to every section and
1 Blanton can save' himself, in the to all the people.
Opinion of many house members, if "I am thinking of the North and
he apologizes properly from the floor the South, the white and the black
I for his action in having printed in i 1° terms precisely alike."
the Congressional Record of last Sat- .
urday an affidavit regarding the gov- BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 26.— (By
•■rnment printing office, alleged to U. P.)—The uegro must be given a
• ontaln indecent language. chance to make good. President
The affidavit was the writing of an Harding declared in a discussion of
employe of the printing office which the race problems In the heart of the
the Texas congressman had printed south today.
in the Record. A two-thirds vote in The black man, he said, must be
the house is necessary to expel Blan- given political and economic equal-
ton, but he can be censured by a ma-*ity as a matter of Justice and na-
jorlty vote. He already has been cen- tional welfare.
sured twice by the house this year, "Surely we shall gain nothing by
once for remarks made on the floor, blinking at the facts," President
and once for certain statements ap Hardiug said in bringing up the sub-
pearing over his name In Texas Ject in his main speech at the Birm-
newspapers. ingham semi-centennial celebration.
Political and economic equality, h« ,
explained, does not mean social
equality. On the other hand he
urged that both sides recognise the
"absolute divergence in things social
Harding, In a rather startling
fashion, protested against his owa
party's use of the black man as %
(Continued on Pnge 4. Column I)
LIGHT FROST PREDICTED
Fair and colder Wednesday night
was the prediction Wednesday for
Oklahoma City and vicinity. Okla-
homa City will have a light frost
Wednesday night, according to the
local weather bureau.
Thursday will be fair and some-
what warmer, the weather man said.
Legion Sees Red;
er Would Ban Publication
and Mailing ot Radical Lit-
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 26 More
drastic legislation governing the
transmission of anarchistic and radi-
cal literature through the mails was
recommended by the National Ameri-
canism commission of the American
Legion which opened it pre-conven-
tion session at the Baltimore hotel
The commission heard the annual
report of Director Alvln M. Owsley
of Texas, and began the formulation
of a series of recommendations af-
fecting citizenship which will be sub-
mitted to the national legion con-
vention next week.
Passage of a law which would
"prohibit the sending through the
malls of any printed, written, pho-
tographic or pictorial matter that
has an un-Ant*ricun tendency, and
also an in uratfr '• cl
the sale of any such matter.'* was
"There is too great a looseness
now In the carriage through the
mails, of anarchistic and otherwise
un-American publications," Owsley
summed up the opinion of the com-
"The present laws are not strin-
gent enough. After due considera-
tion the Americanism commission
has decided to write a copper-riveted
leak-proof measure that will remedy
this condition by eliminating alto-
gether the publication of material
aimed at the destruction of the in-
stitutions of government which
guarantee us our liberties.''
The present situation in regard to
Eugene V. Debs and Grover Cleve-
land Bergdoll, both of whom have
become objects for punishment were
discussed by the members of the
"Debs violated certain statutes of
the United States." declared Lindsay
Blayney of Texas.
"He was found guilty and sen-
Union Representative to Visit
Meeting ot City Employ-
Invitation was extended to Edgar
Fenton. president of the State Fed-
eration of 1-abor, to attend a meet-
ing of the Oklahoma City Employers
association Wednesday noon to dis-
cuss the labor situation and attempt
to reach a working agreement.
Fenton was out of town and could
not be present, but delegated W. S.
Frazee. business agent of the local
painters, to represent him at the
This call for a joint discussion,
coming on the heels of the state*
ment by W. J. Pettee recently to the
effect that the local employers de-
sired to restore industrial peace, in-
dicates an increasing desire on the
part of those who have formerly
supported the open shop to bring
about an amicable settlement, cer-
tain labor leaders declared.
I,OS A NGF.liF.S, Oct. 26.—A«
automobile containing *60,000
worth of jewelry wax stolen here
today hjf two during dm light
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