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"DOGMATISM HAS ONE EYE: BIGOTRY IS STONE -Hubbard. LEWISTON EVENING JOURNAL LEWISTON ESTABLISHED 1847. LEWISTON, MAINE, FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 1923 16 PAGES PRICE THREE CENTS 1- ROW IN THE STATE HOUSE FOYER Do Lewiston-Auburn Want the Festival -Meeting to Decide NO QUESTION BUT HIGGINS PLANS TO RUN His Followers Very ConfidentAnnouncement Is Expected Soon By OSCAR SHEPARD Altho Hon, Leon F. Higgins of Brewer has made no formal announcement, one of the safest political forecasts ever sent from Penobscot county is that he will again seek the republican nomination for governor in 1924. He is confident, as never before, that the situation favors his political fortunes -that he is on the verge of achieving a longcherished ambition.

So far as Mr. Higgins is concerned, therefore, speculation ceases to be speculation and becomes fact. He has fully made up his mind to run, and awaits only what seems the most favorable time and opportunity for his announcement. He believes, say most intimately in his confidence, that the of an those, announcement is weakened it made too long in advance. Nevertheless, they look him to before the legislature adjourns--at some Continued on Page Seven, PRESIDENT'S PARTY SPENDS NIGHT ASHORE MIAMI, March from a night's rest ashore in the Cocolobo Club, at Cocolobo Cay, an island some 25 miles south of here, President Harding and his vacation party today awaited the calming choppy seas before venturing into the open Atlantic for a taste of barracuda fishing.

The Presidential party arrived at the island late yesterday after a round of golf earlier in the day on the Flamingo while Mrs. Harding spent first night ashore more than week. with her hostess, Mrs. Edward B. McLean, in a cottage near the Flamingo Hotel.

Besides being prepared for the barracuda, President Harding was anxious to take a fling at the amberjack and then kingfish as soon as conditions on the water would permit. Calmer seas were expected with abatement of the stiff northeast wind which held thruout yesterday and last night. Cut off from the main line by means Piscayne of Bay, with communication, a radio the PresIdent is enjoying more seclusion than at any time since his vacation began. Cloudy -Colder WASHINGTON, Mar. for northern New England: Rain "tonight; warmer Maine and colder in Vermont tonight; Saturday cloudy and much colder; southeast and south shifting to west, gales.

Forecast for southern New England: Rain this afternon and probably tonight; colder tonight; Saturdav and much colder, south shifting to west gales. JOURNAL ALMANAC 0-- SUN MOON Rises. ...5.56 29 days old Sets. ......5.51 Rises 5.31 a.m. Length of day, 11 55 mins.

Day's increase, 2 49 mins. 75th day of year. Tides Friday Saturday Correction Portland--20 min. Boothbay-29 min. Bath min, Rockland-28 min.

What's Going on Tonight Empire Theatre (Performances 6.45 and 8.30) White Flower" featuring, Betty Compson. Hall (Performances at 2 and 7.18)-Fid Gordon; Leonard and Whitney; Casson and Klem; Emma Raymond The Dios. Feature picture. Betty Blythe in "How Women AP St. John Comedy.

Strand Theatre (Continuous 12 to 10.30)-Frank Mayo. in "The Bolted Buck Jones' In "The Footlight rial Pearl White In "Plunder." Priscilla Thentre (Evening curtain at 8) Henri Meral French Stock Company. in Grace God." Lewiston City Hall--Boxing: Eddie Sheolin vs. Al Sears, two six-round bouts; other contests. EPITHETS HURLED BY SEC.

CHADBORNE AND BY SENATOR HINCKLEY Prompt Action Necessary if Anything Is Done--Director Chapman to Meet Those Interested, April 12 If Lew ston-Auburn seriously wish to share with Bangor and Portland the Maine (Music Festival, or and will give practical assurance to Director that Armory will be completed by specific date, he -the will take the matter under earnest consideration. It is, however, far too important for any or guess-work; contracts with artists and orchestra call for the expenditure of large sums. Therefore, Mr. Chapman will mect all interested in the Chamber of Commerce rooms at 10. o'clock on the morning of Thursday, April 12.

Upon the si.e and spirit of the gathering, and the assurance it makes--more specifically in regard to the completion of the Armory--he will shape his course of action. This, briefly, was the statement he made Friday morning when' questioned by a Lewiston Journal reporter. Must Act Promptly "Is It not true," suggested the reporter, withat contracts with your artists signed in a few weeks -90 that, if anything is done in Lewiston, it must be done promptly "Correct," agreed Mr. Chapman. "Are you sure your Auditorium will be completed in time? Will it be heated, lighted, the seats in placeeverything? It is a big proposition.

Bringing any part of the Music Festival here is a big proposition, too. Nothing can be left to chance or guess- thought deeply for a minute and added: "This is what I will do. I shall be in Lewiston on the night of April 11, to conduct a rehearsal. If, on the morning of the twelfth, people are sufficiently interested to meet me, I will be glad to meet them. We will discuss the subject all its phases and find exactly where we stand.

"Nothing would please me more than to give a concert in Lewiston Auditorium on its opening night that will impress all New England. remeant what I said a few months ago. But, before Festival contracts are signed for the expenditure of additional thousands, the people of Lewiston- Auburn must make it plain they are in earnest, too." Later in the day. Secretary Greene of the Chamber of Commerce said he would be glad to have the meeting at Chamber of Commerce headquarters, Strand theater building: The Festival, wholly or in part, would mean a great deal to Lewiston--culturally and financially. It is hoped that there will be a very large attendance.

GOVERNOR SUGGESTS A SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO STUDY TAX EXEMPTION No Definite Recommendation, But Inference That He Desires One Is Strong -Message to the Legislature AUGUSTA, March 16 Baxter, Friday, sent a message dealing with the tax exemption problem of the State to the House all Senate. The message discusses ac considerable length the matter or intangibles, and while he makes no positive recommendation for a special recess committee to investigate the subject and report to the next legislature he does say that such a one would, no doubt, secure valuable information; also that if it is appointed it should be given a sufticient appropriation to meet its needs. The message follows: The Message To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the 81st bills have been introduced during the present session of the Legislature to change our tax exemption laws. These bills have drawn attention to the unsatisfactory status of the 'laws now governing this subject. Chapter- 10, Section 6, of the Revised Statutes, as amended, gives in detail the several classes of property that are relieved by law from bearing their proper share of the tax burden, Fundamentally, all the property within the State equally should pay taxes and no of property spoula be allowed to reap an unfair advantage, thru tax exemption.

From time to time legislatures have ex tended their tax privilege until al present, in the sections of the Statutes above referred to, there are thirteen separate paragrapns In which are enumerated more than forty different classes of property that are tax free by law. In this message I am not cussing property lawfully taxable but which escapes taxation, but am confining myself to property that 19 lawfully exempt from all tax assessments. A study of our Tax Exemption Laws indicates that they are not based upon any fundamental prin ciple but are the result of slow and unregulated growth where each new exemption was added to relieve solve special class of property from taxa tion. Today these laws are ill balanced and unfair. Without doubt abuses have crept into their administration so that property of great value that should be taxed is now relieved from this burden.

Thes: laws need to be revised by unbiased men with a Statewide vision. at the present accurate figures could be obtained to show the amount of tax exempt property in the State, some constructive action might be taken by the present Legislature. It is a fact, however. that no such tabulation ever has been and while some Local boards of assessors have uncom- Continued on Page Sixteen WOMAN PRESIDES IN THE MAINE LEGISLATURE AUGUSTA, March 16. woman for the first time in the history of Maine, presided over the deliberations of the house of representatives on Friday morning.

Mrs. Dora 'B. Pinkham, representative from Fort Kent, was called to the chair by Speaker Holley, very early in the session. She was the speakers' desk by Mes. senger Hayes amid the applause of.

her male associates. As presiding officer, Mrs. Pinkham conducted herself in the same careful manner, which has characterized her work thruout the session, and demonstrated her familiarity with parliamentary procedure. The ought to pass report of the legal affairs committee on the bill increasing the pay of the chief of police, captains of police and patrolmen of Lewiston, was tabled by Gagne of Lewiston. The legal affairs committee reported ought not to pass on the bills to provide for licensing of cats and FORMAL DEMAND FOR FALL RIVER WAGE INCREASE April 1 Set as Date for Advance to Take Effect--Early Conference Is Asked FALL RIVER, March -The Textile Council today made formal demand on the owners of the cotton mills in this city for a wase increase of 15 per cent.

April 1 was set as the date when the advance should take effect. The Textile Council also requests the Manufacturers' Association to arrange a conference at "an early date" for the purpose of discussing the question of wages. This demand of the Textile Council which eix craft unions, brings approximately one half the 36,000 workers in the 111 mills here back of a wage increase demand. The United Textile Workers of America several weeks ago made a demand for an advance of 29 per cent. A.

strike to support the demand has been voted by the constituent members of each. Neither has set a date for such walk out, however. STATE PIER RESOLVE GETS FINAL PASSAGE OVER GOVERNOR'S VETO The Senate Acts in Concurrence with the House -Two Other Vetoes Voted Down; One Sustained AUGUSTA, Mar. 16 measures( were passed over the governor's veto by the Senate Friday morning, in concurrence with the house. These were the resolve appropriating $165,000 for repairing sheds at the State pier in Portland, the resolve in favor of the Eastport bridge, and the bill appropriating money for the expenses of the commissioners of pharmacy.

Senator Buzzell of Waldo urged upon the Senate the importance of sustaining the governor's veto in this measure, and intimated that if it were done a sufficient amount to make the pier safe would be taken from the contingent fund. Senators Eaton, Wadsworth and Brewster urged the Senate to vote against the veto, and the vote was 25 to 5 against. Gov. Baxter sent a veto message to the Senate Friday on the resolve providing for a commission to investigate the necessity of a State library building' and report to the next eLgislature. The veto was sustained by a vote of 23 to 9.

STATE MAY TRY AGAIN TO OBTAIN INDICTMENTS IN MOREHOUSE MURDERS BASTROP, March sufficient evidence to warrant dictments in connection with masked band activities in Morehouse parish and the deaths of Watt Daniel and T. F. Richard was reported by the Morehouse parish grand jury to Judge Fred M. Odom late yesterday. After stating that it "had carefully considered all the evidence brought before this grand jury as to the activities as to masked and hooded men" the report added: "The majority of this body are of the opinion that the evidence provided was not sufficient to warrant the finding of true bills against any particular party." The jury since MArch -5 have.

heard more than 125 witnesses and also considered the testimony brought out at the opening hearing in January. Judge Odom in his charge a year ago, last summer, and when en the present jury was organized vigorously arraigned those responsible for the various crimes and laid them at the door of the Ku Klux Klan. The report caused little surprise here as it had been forecast by many of Bastrop's citizens. Captain Skipwith, exalted cyclops of the Morehouse klan, declared he was 4 satisfied with the verdict. "The state has done its duty and L' hope it is satisfied and will let the matter rest," he said.

May Try Again NEW ORLEANS, March The state may move obtain a new grand jury In Morehougel Senator Branded Governor "'A Fakir" Chadbourne Alleged to Have Termed Hinckley "One of Cheapest Things in State" AUGUSTA, Mar. 16 that Gov. Baxter was "cheap fakir," and that Senator Hinckley of Cumberland was a man who would sacrifice his state to advance his own political interesis were exchanged in a public discussion between the senator and Gilbert R. Chadbourne, private secretary to Gov. Baxter, which tooK place in the foyer of the house Friday noon.

According to spectators and the principals in the which proved the sensation of the week in legislative circles, Secretary Chadbourne and Senator Bemis of Somerset were in conversation when Senator Hinckley came along. Senator beckoned to Senator Hinckley, who joined them. Senator Bemis then remarked that they were discussing the matter of vetoes, with a special reference to the vote of the senate a short time before in over riding the veto of. the Stata pier resolve. Senator Bemis expressed the opinion that it might be wrong- -and then the trouble start ed.

Then the Sparks Flew According to Secretary Chadbourne, Senator Hinckley charged that Gov. Baxter was a cheap fakir; that he was not sincere and that he was also endeavoring to use the veto power of the chief to control legislation. He further said, according to Mira Chadbourne, that he "was tired sick of a cheap secretary who was putting out cheap propaganda at all times in support of the governor." "He said," continued Mr. Chadbourne, "we know all about that Washington trip and the cheap propaganda which you put out about it." Mr. Chadbourne says he replied that Senator Hinckley wag going about the state house organizing the legislature against the governor, that ne should be ashamed of himself, and that he ought to give more attention to his duties.

"And I apologize to those around me for being mixed up in such a dirty argument," says the secretary. Hinckley's Version Senator, Hinckley's version of the affair is in the main the same; but he says that Secretary Chadbourne started the trouble upon the remarks of Senator Bemis by saying with much profanity that the ator and the Legislature ought to be ashamed of their course. He then told the senator, said Senator Hinckley, that he was a cheap politician who was willing to sacrifice his State to gratify his own political ambitions and that it was--a disgrace for the Senate to do as it had and the Legislature to over-ride the vetoes. "Mr. Chadbourne told me that I was one of the cheapest things in the state and that I was not regarded as straight." said Senator Hinck- ley.

Called Governor Fakir Among other things Senator Hinckley says that he said, was he could not regard the governor as sincere, that he did regard him as fakir, and that he was tired and sick of a private secretary who constantly putting out the kind of cheap propaganda that he (Chadbourne) Was. "I was referring ito the story of last night in a Portland paper about Justice Riddell's visit here." says the Senator, adding: "And that trip to Washington, with its vice-presidency and ambassadorship to Japan." COLBY EXPECTS EARLY U. S. INTERNAT'L MOVE NEW YORK. March -America, is on the verge of a in con-.

formity with its international responsibility and wants information from administration on this subject, Bainbridge Colby, former Secretary of State, declared to the Life Insurance Association of New York at its- 57th annual dinner last night. DUESSELDORF, Mar. 16 (By the Associated Press) -One French soldier was killed and three soldiers and three French railroad men were injured when a French troop train was wrecked near Treves, in the Rhineland today, the result of DRIVING RAIN STORM AFTER THE SNOWFALL Trunk Line Trolleys Out of Lewiston Canceled City Crews Clearing Way for the Expected Deluge On the heels of a 3 and 3-4 inches fall of snow, came a driving tainstorm, at 9 o'clock Friday. By noon, Lewiston streets were approaching a flood condition and ide were becoming masses of deep snow and water. Lewiston and Auburn received 30 inches of rainfall starting 9:30 Friday morning and ending 2:3) at in afternoon.

This does not compare with the last rainfall of a month ago when over three inches of rain fell. In spite of the forecast of colder weather for Friday afternoon the temperature at the gate house' was on the rise Friday afternoon. 2 and 3 o'clock in the afternoon the records showed a temperature of 38 degrees above zero. Trolley cars were resuming schedules both in city and on trunk lines in the afternoon, Catch basins thru the two, cities were fairly well open. Big crews were cleaning streeis and drains and keeping basins open so far as possible.

HEAVY SNOW AND GALE IN THE MIDDLE WEST CHICAGO, March 16. Blown py a strong gale, snow fell in sheets in Chicago early today, but by, dawn had given way to sunshine. Much of the western plains states today lay. under snows of from inches to a foot and a half, buc snow fall ceased. Further south strong winds mark ed the eastward progress of another storm which swept up from New Mexico.

Swirling into a tornado, that storm apparently took its toll in the northern Mississippi, WILL NOT NEGOTIATE UNTIL RUHR RETURN TO GERMAN CONTROL Unofficial Response to Franco-Belgian Announcement of Terms of Withdrawal parish and thru it make a second attempt to obtain indictments on murder charges of those believed to be responsible for the death of Watt Daniel and T. F. Richard, according to T. Semmes Walmsley, assistant attorney general, here today. He indicated that at the same time the attorney general's office probably would file information against more than two score indiy.

iduals whom he said had been linked with the Morehouse parish crimes on minor charges, such as lying. in wait, assault and battery and deporting from the state. It this plan of procedure were carried, out, he explained, the case in which the. men charged with minor offences were involved would not require action by a grand jury and the state. could proceed with their prosecution in the courts.

FORMER QUEEN MILENA OF MONTNEGRO, DIES ANTIBES. France, March 16 (By the Associated Press). Former Queen Milena of Montenegro died at 1.20 o'clock this. morning. The end came one hour after her daughter, Queen Helena of Italy, had left Antibes for Rome by special train.

When the royal carriage Genoa, Queen: Helena, who had hastened to hor mother's bedside on Wdnesday, received a message announcing the death. Milena, who was 76 years old, had been suffering. for some time from aeterio solerosis and chronic nephritis, BERLIN. Mar. 16 (By the ated unofficial response to the recent announcement that France and Belgium will evacuate the occupied regions us fast as Berlin makes tangible guarantees, asserts that only a complete withdrawal of the allies will make possible any negotiations.

The opinion SO far has been expressed only in the press and in Reichstag circles, but it is known that editors and politicans alike have been informed by the government that any negotiations on the reparations question are conditional upon the return of the Ruhr to. German control. BIG IRISH SHOOTING AND BURNING PLOT IS UNCOVERED AT DUBLIN for the bonding of public motor vehicles. The legislature adjourned to 4.30 Monday afternoon. SIGN RUSS-POLAND FRONTIER PROTOCOL PARIS, March 16 (By the Associated Press) -Premier Poincare, Count Maurie Zamoyski, the Polish minister and the Allied Council of Ambassadors yesterday' signed the protocol fixing the frontiers between Russia and Poland, NEW YORK, March joined with patriotic organizations in a medallion of the late Theodore Roosevelt aboard liner President Roosevelt yesterday.

The bronze tablet was donated by Mrs. John Hays Hammond, president of the Roosevelt Memorial Association, Startling Plans Revealed in Documents Found in Raid- -Prominent Men on Black List DUBLIN, March 16 (By the Associated Press) -A document found in a raid in this city on March 7 reveals startling plans for the destruction of residences and a campaign of shooting on sight. meet the desperate and barbarous methods being adopted by the enemy to destroy the government," the document said, "the publican army's general headquarters has decided to amend and. In some cases make more drastic the action ordered in recent general orders to commandants. "Some of these orders have been cancelled and the action directed In them embodied in a new order which.

will come into operation it any further executions by the ens my are carried out in this area alt er this date." Among those mentioned as liable to be shot on sight are members at the Free State parllument, army officers of all ranks, legal advisers and the and directors of the hostile press in Ireland and the sentor officials employed by the same, such as editors. sub-editors and leader writers In cases where It is know that those offlelals are hostile.".

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