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Billings Weekly Gazette (Newspaper) - April 29, 1924, Billings, Montana THE BILLINGS GAZETTE VOL. 42. BILLINGS, MONTANA, TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 1924. PRICE FIVE CENTS 114 LIVES MINE EXPLOSION INDIANA GOVERNOR IN JAIL Scraps From the Editorial Wastebaeket Sifted From the GrUt 1------By WILL AIKEN Dear a. vceli :IRO your ro-respondent receives one of most rare treats liiat IKL.S came his way cndurln' of his rut ire journalistic eric nee, same beln' an opportunity n> confer with 1'iof. At 1'halfa. wlw fomes to the Xroarls from way off yon- der nutl reputed be one of the most successful tlieorcticule farmers lifts -spoke for tlio downltod sons of toil since tlifi days when .lorry Simpson In fit his Eoclis itv n. Ilille game of
fears that the; is poin" to beer mo personal, her bavin' lived among ritir.fiiK for more than two ilecaycds, and tliry serf is one Knitna parey to sin- IH> bought off from j j-poakin'. Hut i-ffoil.s don't 111 eel j xrith no FUCCCJSF. nn-1 iho TrcHire will be pulled off as aftrr it lias tax and on VtrsonnU in this hero hut lie votoil. Monday, lij- the sonata m refuses in mnkc same jiuljlii-, fpclin' as! ailvanrine rrnisiilemtlon of tlio rvvcnuo how It -n-ill hilKootl for the souls raid Notice was Eivn. liowovrr. that l.rominent citizens if Ihcy's allowed tr, j would, he made later on both (ax was incrwiscfl Minority Afforded an Opportunity to Write TheirCorporation and Income Levy Ideas. April of lhe f a scheme to defraud, by a jury in federal court after less han 15 minutes deliberation, was ordered taken to jail to await sentence at 9 a. m. Wednesday by United States Dis- rict Judge A. B. Anderson. "I am repeated time and again, was the only comment'of the governor as he left the court room, accom- >anied by United States Marshal Linus Meredith. Unless McCray tenders his resignation as governor of Indiana, he will continue in office until impeachment pro- ceedings are brought against him in the general assembly of Indiana. Early in the governor's financial difficulties, when efforts were being made by party leaders to have f liim resign, he stated he would resign if the charges made against him were proved. Portland. Ore, April fa vorable weather have enablec fire fighters to bring under control o extinguish all the blazes which recently taxed stale and federal re sources, although one new flro ha roken out in Washington, according to eports to state and federal forest of- icials. Efforts now are heinr; conducted against the new Tire, in Pacific county, and against tlio blaze which Sunday burned over several farms in Clarke county. Washington. The latter blaze las been threatening green timber. APPEAL IS DOUBTFUL. Whether an appeal of the cilsfi would be taken had not been determined defi- nitely at night. James W. Noel, thc governor's personal attorney, when asked regarding an appeal, said he had nothing to jay at this time. When M. A- llyan, one of the gov- ernor's attorneys, was asked regarding an appeal, he said: "We don't know. We arc not sure. But my guess would be. No." Governor McCrny was the only wit- ness used by the defense. After one question put to J. .1. Kiser. Indianapolis banker, a rebuttal witness, the taking of "evidence ended. Judge Comments on Vast Fraud. Til denying bond lo tho governor and ordering him lakea to jail, JuOge An- derson declared ho "had never seen so many felonies' committed by one indi- vidual." "Here 19 a continued Judge 22 DEAD RECOVERED IN COLUERY BLAST Hope for Rescue of 92 Others Virtually Aban- doned at Benwood Workings; Recent Evi- dence of Gas Only Theory to Fit Tragedy. Wheeling, W. Va., April bodies had been recovered, Monday, frori the Benwood mine of the Wheeling Steel corporation, where 114 miners were entombed during the day by an explosion. Nineteen of the bodies were found by rescue workers in the Brown's Run air shaft, while ,-onsMPra.tion N'orlh Dakota? ing "Miller had never been on any Ford pay roll and never was authorized to act as Mr. Ford's agent in dny matter." Miller, it was said, had con- tributed articles to the Inde- pendent, but he never had had any other relations, "either with the paper or with Mr. Ford." Weeks Absolves Coolldge. K F c re t n ry P was on f h c s la nd vhen Iho telegram was renrl thc rommiller liy Xorrip. Ho fore rrartfnR tho Mcinram, Norria nskcfl thr fcrrrtary if lie conkl explain why Koni camo to AVashinglon aclmlntsl ration over I-RAS steam plant, part ot tho Musrle Shoals property, to the company. after an with the president became idly towanl tlie administration and inrlnrsgrl Mr. Cool Id fie. After llic loU-iiram liail been read, Irrretnry Weeks said: don't brilvvo tho president at that at any other tlmp sluteil that IUT1C sentatives to Cali- fornia for Facts. Karramrnlo. Cal.. April 4-while the oilier three were located In jllic main passageway. Son of Superintendent Dead. I One of the dead, miners was Identt j Tied as George Holliday, .Tr.. sen of the i superintendent of the mine. Superin- tendent Holliday declarer! that a check disclosed 1L4 miners were in the mine i when the explosion occurred, There I remain unaccounted for. and hope' 1 that any may be founti alive virtually F has been given up. i I. M. Kcott. president of the corpor- -jalioti. declared that while thc mine was j An old working, evidence of been found vintil lu-o months Ago. A Ismail explosion occurred then, he said. ibut an air.shaft was snmk immediately I and work had without dif- Iflc.ully for 6fl days. Mr. Kcott was n, "who devised a scheme to defraud and carried it on almost en- tirely by use of the mails. He has testified he wrote letters and, if so. lie is guilty of violating the statutes 2.500 times. He is guilty of forging- hundreds of fraudulent notes. He U (ruilty of obtain I UK money under false pretenses. He has violated not only the. written law, but the laws of his conscience as well., I think I ehall order him to Jail." Honest Verdict, Sayi Court. When Thomas Hamilton, superin- tendent of tho Gray Street Railway company, foreman of the Jury, reported the verdict. Judge Anderson "As honest men you could coine .no other verdict. There is no question tn my mind as to whether I ought not o order the. defendant to jail." Governor MeCray, after eating dinner i a dairy lunchroom accompanied by Marshal Meredith, returned to the mar- shal's office, where, surrounded Uy a number of friends, he remained until a ate hour. He gave no indication of hat his next move would he. "Will Be Late for'Supper." While Me Cray was waiting in the marshal's office, word came from nlghtstown. the home of Raymond C. Morgan, speaker of ttic Indiana house of representatives, that Morgan would n Indianapolis, Tuesday, to confer with Republican leaders regarding the situation. Action of the court In ordering governor to Jail came as R complete surprise to McCray, who during the short recess before the Jury reported, telephoned his office in the statehouse ;1 asked that liis home be notified he would be late-for supper. Faces Flvo-Year Term. The penalty provided by statute may be a fine of not to exceed fl.OOO or imprisonment for not more than fiva years, or both, within the discretion of the court. Approximately 150 witnesses, most of them bankers and McCray employes and business associates, were called by the government. They identified a mass of correspondence with the gov- ernor regarding notes, "cattle and financial statements sent to tha Counties were not selected there in which loans are to he made. But they ounties in Montana the sal wilh tlio of tne gallon sent hy (Jnvernor Hunt, of Art 7ona. to InvcFltfiatP fnot and mouth rtlscase ritiiatlon. arrived here. Monday. for a conference with federal nnd stalA authorities before starting on a survey of Infected areas in this state. This com mil tf r-. which has for its cbairivnti B. J. presitlenl, of i be was anxious to turn over tlic Muscle Shoals property to Mr. Ford or to any- think lift expressed Ills i able to assign any cause for the cxplo- Flre Boss Own Victim. Upon that possibility rescue crews In short shifts xvorknd fianlicAlly Ihe Arizona livestock sanitary board. is expected make a. complete invf'5ti- igation of the eradlratinn work and quarantine rcgnlationjs in force and l-r report on tho advisability of modifying phe F perns to be connected with this here Mister Al Hcdoo, who is poln' to have a great to-do at thc inctrolopns in the Mary nmnth May. H seems like Two-tdo ho Is tfoln' to cross what tlioy calb< liuruin1 pnnils at said date, ami Tin WhLnlo Tinker a program thai no promUos put Two- 1 ae In proper coiniltinn for the big pvont, if piswistefl In. Kir.vl thc hny.s blind folds Ihe vieiins nnd bogtirs him. and after patldln1 up flosby p.iri? whi-'h they In liko u, frr-t In roiitud whh ohsiaclcs and snn-drled, (Continued on Page 2; Col. 2.) of the North Carolina- senator. In voliivT for tbe repeal of the mi ir-lrgranh and telephone ine-ssnRea, thc senate rojorteil the rorrniiiiicnrtalUm of tlxc flnnnc.' conimltli'. tontana in the mailer of tlio livestock loan plans which were formu- lated by tho corporation at request of rroflidr.nt i'ooUclgf- and for which the corporal Inn has set aside body opinion In liis address to the nf ITrrrmbtr. He certainly Arizona. rever expressed any such opinion Thus far thcrf; lias to mo. aiul V.o has never inllTnatcd animals RUell tWllR mr- Says Coolidge Led Up to It. "rrrponally. I am in favor of turning over that property to the men or corpor- ation, if It Is 'o Im turner! over, that will in.iVr tbf JarRCSt return to the jrovernnirnf. and T don'I think Mr. Ford's of f f r is t he offer, and. therefore, r am personally not in favor of it." Why Did Ford's Anger DEe. Wlien war secretary took the stand, the first request put to him by Xorris was for an explana- "Jn the plans that havo so far heen Arizona's embargo asalnst California fruits and vegetables. State officials promised to investigate a report from A. A. Johns, prepidf-nt of the Arizona Woolgrowers' as5odat1on. that a circus has passed through the quarantine around F.os several weeks ago and now was traveling In n P. total of in California as a result of the outbreak of thc About half were cat Ho, Groups f animalfi affected nnmbereii Arizona Delegates Given to Coolidge out the day and right, but bad not reached the scene of thc explosion at nipht. Tho first victim whose body was iid-inlified was ,1. T. Toylc, the fire boss, Tho biiiletin at iho mouth of Ihe mine Indicated ho had inspected the mlno pronounced It safe beforft the day 11 gilt shift wont to work. The ex- plosion occurred; n, short time after tho day thc mine. A tempi.rary morgue has heen es- tablished at the mouth, of the mine at Benwood to care for the bodies when they are brought to the surface. Phy- and nurses stand ready to rcn- tanks through the Forged Names. Attorneys for tlie governor based their defense on lark of intent to de-fraud. Governor McCray. testifying n his own behalf, admitted signing lames of others to notes, but contcnclel signature as indorser established his responsibility and lie believed him- self able financially to meet all of his obligations. He disclaimed any Inten- tion of attempting to defraud bankers lo whom he sold the notes. An indictment against McCray charg- ing violation of the' national banking laws and conspiracy lo violate the na- tional banking laws, is still pending In tho federal court. tlon of "why Ford, pot over his anger toward President Cooliilgo nnd the ad- ministration after an interview nl the v amonnllnc lo 'In "hich vvf. as n'miy anrl U Hurt rcswrrnl lo nnrlhwfsioru ..prmg vhnl nrca. arr, li'll bv liprauyft It 1 fMnirl'nc-nWMiT lo more r-v- Mr. SrlvHcr- Mirl Him ho in Ihc tliftn hr- fortlicnminp moxuTf ai framed by touW (Continued on Column 5) Wiiito "That evidence that, he, in a sensi- ble man." Mr. Weeks replied. vpii Ihe consideration j "ThM is StJtnce iha( he of the Matos in Hie some reason for BOMB CARRIER ARRESTED NEAR HOME New York. April C'Eiargcd with carrying a bomb aiu a man who gave tin? a loaded revolver. name of Alexander mirfay afternoon In Kiss was aiTCitr-l SUiyvesani r. M'irpliy. fore, n-ih-hhorh with iln'iiiFrirxl.s wliom iiaiii'iial vronilncnrs, w im ha.l iraiJif r.-d to pay respects to th- d'.'i'l Tammany rbicfiain. home of A Imiirs be- '.'i liail IICCH fllloil moat of ID ;lfr to any who arc alive. Thft C'KplopSou occurred about threo miles back from the rlrift mouth. j Scores of men, women and ehlMrrn. POOH gathcrptl on a slope facing the en- try. They in a drizzle of rain. spurring on Iho who were i digging frantically at the mass of iwk blocked thr- vay into iho ininr. Two men found at thn fool of tho air shaft dlPd before they could be brought the surface. Two bodies, Phoeniv. Arh.. April j'bftHly charred, were found in a mine, delegation of nino to the RppuMlran molor- from the entry. lvafl behind In her school SIUUICF. national convention was Instructed "to tag the number of known dead to four, j daughter of Mr. and their utmost efforts" to secure the I The rescue crew of the Lnltcd Slntcaj y .Johnson, of Anaconda, nomination of Calvin Coolldsc. by the made a hasty Jn spec fl riphi temple Tit Ilepubllcan Flaie convention here day. Girl Slays Herself tc. April because was behind [n h.-r school sludtCF. SUPREME COURT TRIBUTE. lion of tho workings nnd the opinion that few. If any. of the minors would bo I rough I out oJlvc. Those, who OR raped explosion and fire prob- lably fell victims of tho deadly iraaes, Helena. April until: Vedno-Eilay was taken Monday by the Xo-ris relovteti. The with prosidon (Continued on 2, Column lumping.1' I'hairmaii I Montana supreme court a.i a mark of j WILBUR VISITS LEAGUE ISLAND. respect lo ihe memory of ihe laie FM- VlHlartelplila. April CS.--SccrRtary of ry s.Tiil r.-.nfori'Ert'wVn 1.. Xflrris, former governor of Mon- Navy Wilbm ihe rhiM- >a n-1 Tho C'f Hie delphi.i navy y.i rd. Mimrlay. fnc court aiv honorary tor the ,all the hmmrR rhie (Lie hoiul of the funcml st UreM Falls Tucsdaj1. fired a Monday. She died at At SI. Ann's hospiltal. She attended school as usual in the morn During1 the lunch hour she entered ihe room of a cousin, who rooina at her home, look his revolver ami firC'l Che phot. A note Ml by tlic i explained thr art wan committed en account of belnv hrMnfl in her Sunday Hi" cir] liecamp membri1 of the CnrintlAn church of Anaconda.
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