1 1 Poison Gases May Be Health Agents WASIIINCITON.-Experts of the Chemical Warfare. Service believe that the possibility of curing Influenza, Influ-enza, tuberculosis, paresis and other afflictions, by the use of poison gases bus been demonstrated by experiments now being conducted at Edgewood arsenal, near Baltimore. It Is asserted that through experiments experi-ments with chlorine gas, the chemists have established that epidemics of grip and colds mny be checked almost instantly in-stantly by the Introduction of weak concentrations of the gas into the rooms occupied by those exposed. That mustard gas is a specific for tuberculosis apparently seems to be demonstrated by the experiments conducted con-ducted under the direction of Lieut. Col. Edwsrd B. Veder of the Array Medical corps. Guinea pigs, inoculated inocu-lated with tuberculosis genus and a concentration of mustard gas were apparently ap-parently rendered Immune by the gns and failed to contract the disease. An equal number of guinea pigs. Inoculated Inocu-lated with tuberculosis germs, and not subjected to the mustard gas treatment, treat-ment, contracted the disease. As a result of experiments with the burning gns known ns lewisite, the chemists have evolved what appears to be a remedy, If not a cure, for paresis and locomotor ataxia. Lewisite Lewis-ite is composed of arsenic and acety lene gns. Dr. Loevenlmrt of the Uni- verslty of Wisconsin has been studying the effects of lewisite upon the human hu-man system In conjunction with the chemists at Edgewood arsenal. lie has the records of 42 persona committed to Insane hospitals with paresis, which have come under this treatment Of that number 21 have been cured and have left the hospital and taken uo lucrative employment and seven bid fair to be discharged as soon as a cur is effected. The fact that chlorine might be used to prevent or cure colds, Influents and pneumonia was demonstrated during the war at Edgewood arsenal by accident. acci-dent. It was remarked that cases of influenza or pneumonia did not occur among the workers in the department of the laboratory where chlorine was being made although 10 to 20 per cent of others on duty at the arsenal were victims. Investigation showed that in the rooms where chlorine gas was being made there was a slight leakage of chlorine, Just enough to act as a germicidal agent. ' Following out this Idea, the chemical chemi-cal warfare service and the medical department have made great advances on this line and It is now believed practicable to introduce small quantities quanti-ties of chlorine Into school rooms, factories, churches and other places where persons gather. Harding Deals Himself a Pair of Aces 1 THE Washington government Is looking forward very hopefully hope-fully to a restoration of diplomatic diplo-matic relations with the republic re-public of Mexico In the near future. The appointment of the Joint International Inter-national commission to discuss terms of agreement between the two countries coun-tries Is known to be a mutter In which President Harding personally takes great pride. President Harding is understood to have had much to do In a personal way in bringing about the understanding understand-ing with the Mexican government, which led up to the naming of the commission. He has been giving the matter very close attention. The choice of the American commissioners, commis-sioners, Clmrles U. Warren of Michigan, Mich-igan, former ambassador to Japan, I and John Borton Toyne of Chicago, who will represent the United States 1 In the negotiations, also is the work " of the President, although both are known to be perfectly satisfactory to " -scretary of State Hughes. Both the American commissioner have distinguished records of public I service. Mr. Warren's most Importnnt work was In connection with his post at Toklo to which he was appointed In June, 1021. ne conducted much of I the negotiations In connection with participation of Japan In the Washington Washing-ton arms conference and more recently recent-ly took port In the exchanges which led to abrogation of the Lansing lshll agreement. Mr. Warren has been engaged In the practice of law In Detroit since 1803, He was associate Justice for the United States before the Joint high commission to determine the Behrlng sea claims In 1800. In 1010 he was counsel for the United States In the north Atlantic fisheries arbitration with Great Britain Bri-tain before the Hague tribunal. He is a1 Republican, having been a member of the Republican national committee and executive committee since 1012. During the war he served with distinction dis-tinction In the Judge advocate general's department of the army, entering the service as a major In April, 1017, and being discharged as a colonel In February, Feb-ruary, 1010. He was awarded the distinguished service medal. John Barton Payne, also a lawyer by profession, Is a Democrat in politics. poli-tics. For many years he practiced law in I Chicago and served as a Judge ot tbe Superior court, Cook county, Illinois, from 1803 to 1808. In 1917 he became I general counsel Qf the United States shipping board, Emergency Fleet corporation. cor-poration. Mr. Tayne then became counsel to the director general of railroads, rail-roads, serving from 1018 to 3010. For the year following he served as chairman chair-man of the United States shipping bonrd. From February, 1020 until March 4, 1021, he wus secretary of the Interior In the cabinet of President Wilson. On October 1, 1021, Mr. Payne was ap pointed by President Harding as chain man of the American Red Cross. Marine Band Is a National Institution ONE of the most remarkable Institutions of offlelul Washington Wash-ington is the Un'ted States I Marine band, generally re garded as the finest organization of the sort In the world. Now that radio can carry music to every corner of the country the playing of the Marine band promises to be better known than In all the 125 eventful years of Its existence. The early history of the band suggests sug-gests the dsredevll side of the well-known well-known matlne corps temperament. Tresldent John Adams established a marine corps In 1798 and authorized ns a pnrt of it sixteen drummers and slx-1 slx-1 teen fifers. This little fife and drum 1 corps was the beginning of the Marine I band, but the band remained In that Insignificant stage only a short time. In 1S()2, during the wars with the Rarbary pirates, Capt. Daniel McNeill t- brought the frigate Boston to port at o Messina, Italy. Word went out that Americans were In port and a regl-" regl-" mental bund of the city enme abmird to show the "wild men" from the United Stutes what good music was. The murines were appreciative of the Italians' skill, so appreciative, In fact, that Captain McNeill Impulsively tripped anchor and set out for America with bis guests. The thirteen kidnaped kid-naped musicians were frantic but helpless. When the ship reached the United States the Navy department promptly expressed its official disapproval of Cuptaln McNeill's system of recruiting musicians. Kecords of all this were lost when the British burned Washington Washing-ton In 1814. It Is known, however, that the government was in no hurry to return the fine musicians to Italy, They were put on duty at the marine barracks at WnsUngton, where no doubt they taught the Amerlcsn musicians mu-sicians and served as an Inspiration. Certainly the Marine band was playing play-ing In good form the next year, for an old order book of the marine corps shows that the band was to play at the presidential reception at the White House, New Year's day, 1801 From this earliest period of Its career ca-reer this band has been regularly associated as-sociated with state functions. Gradually Gradu-ally a Marine band tradition was built up until now no great official ceremony or celebration Is complete without It. It has played In the Inaugural parade of every president since Thomas Jefferson, Jef-ferson, In 1801. It never leaves the United States. ! H. C. L. Has Advanced Canal Protocols 3 THONG opposition In Omta Ulca Is preventing approval by the f national assembly of rhdt cinin-i cinin-i try of the protocol with the United Stutes providing that I" event en lnterocennlc canal Is built In Central Cen-tral America the rights of Costa Itica In the San Jumi river would be made the subject of special negotiations. This protocol was agreed to and signed by Secretary Hughes and the i Costa HIcan minister. Kafael Oream- uno, during the progress of the receut : Central American conference. ! The opposition In Costa HIca Is un-; un-; derstood to bo based on the claim that. the United Sates, which previously ! hud upheld the treaty of 1H5S between ': Nlcnrngua and Costa HIca which pro- vlded that neither country should ever make a treaty with another country n regarding the building of a canal wlth-out wlth-out informing and consulting with the !16 other, afterwards practically Ignored the existence of the Nicaragua-Costa I Rlcs pact end proceeded to negotiate with Nicaragua without the knowledge and consent of Costa Itlca. The opposition to the protocol, It Is asserted, Is due largely to some anti-American anti-American sentiment which has been fed by the charge that the United States did not play square with Costa HIca. It Is understood further that certain Costa Weans feel that Nicaragua, which received $3,000,000 under the Hryan-Chnmorro treaty fur her rights In the lnterocennlc canal route, should have been paid more generously: or at any rate that It was foolish to sell these rlyhts so cheaply when by waiting wait-ing a few years she might have been paid much more handsomely. These opponents of the protocol fear, It Is said, that Costa HIca will have to sell her rights when the tlms comes for less thnn their actual value, which they hold may be many millions above the figure which Nlcurague re celved.