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Firstjto Last? the Truth: News ?Editorials
MONDAY, FEBRUARY US. 1 < ii> 1
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; THE WEATHER
l naettied to-d a y ; probably rain or anow
this morning; to-morrow gener?
ally fair; not much change
Fall Rupert <t? Last Pa??
In Greater New York
Within 20? ytllm
!200 Police to
Cordon of 100 Is To Be
Thrown Around Garden
for Horror Maas Meeting
of Germany^ Friends
Uvlan Is Silent as
Protests Pour In
Lesion Members and Ex
Scrvice Mea Prepare to
Attend; Fear Disorders
The must? ring of nearly 200 police
(?ccrs and reserves in the 21st Pre?
cinct and continued silence on the part
(?fK?yor Hylan are believed to indicate
that vo steps are to be taken by the
tir.-to stop the "Horror on the Rhine''
pa's meeting in Madison Square Gar?
ten to-ri?1 t. Because hundreds of
protests ha\ poured into the Mayor's
eiPce asking that the meeting be foiy
fcidden jyid predictions of trouble of n
??crious nature have been openly made,
flavor Hylan's silence caused much
One hundred picked men, under the
tommand of Captain James H. Post
Hid Inspector William Coleman, will be
It...v.r. around the Garden long before !
the time set for the meeting, it was
??aid last night. An additional hundred !
police reserves will be scattered ?
throughout the precinct subject to ;
emergency call, it was said at the 21st ;
pipcir.i't station housp last night. Cap?
tain Post, fearing trouble in the event
the meeting is held, had his fears con?
firmed yesterday when it was learned
(hit hundreds of American Legion and !
former service men are planning to !
tongregate at Twenty-eighth Street ?
tad Fourth Avenue early in the even- i
injsnd march to the Garden in a body
His only comment w|ts, "We. will have
|1 preserve law and order if trou'il?
Hundreds Join in Protest
Hundreds of letters and telegrams
protestinz against the holding of the
8i?eting poured into Mayor Hylan's of?
fice ye?terday and hundreds more, it |
is believed, will be received to-day.
Various organization-heads and indi?
viduals, alarmed over Mayor Hylan's
I ??Hence regarding a formal protest
lodged with him by the state branch of
the American Legion, yesterday lent
their efforts by means of protects and
appeals. So far as could be ascer- '
tained, the Mayor made no response
other than a brief letter of acknowl?
edgment to the legion letter.
The New York Chapter, Sons of the
American Revolution, through its presi?
dent, Oliver B. Bridgman, yesterday
font the following protest against the
holding of the meeting1 to Mayor Hy?
lan. The formal protest, a draft of
which was sent to the Denartment of
Justice and to the Police Department,
"I most emphatically protest against
the holding of the mass meeting in
?ladison Square Garden to-morrow
Bight by the 'Horror on the Rhine'
committee. Such a meeting ha3 ap?
parently ror Us one object, no matter
how carefully concealed, the rupture
of the strong tie between the American
end French people."
j One protest from upwards of 80,000
New York and Brooklyn school children,
members of the Loyal League, was de?
livered at the Mayor's office shortly
after 6 o'clock last night. The protest,
5n t?l?graphia foim. was tersely worded
and was signed by Mrs. E. M. Raynor,
president of the league and former
president-general of the Daughters of
the Revolution. Mrs. Raynor said that
the protest represented more than
80,000 school children from more than
100 school districts.
No Efforts to Cancel Contract
So far as could be ascertained yes?
terday, no steps to cancel the contract
held by the Committee of One Hun?
dred had been taken by Tex Rickard,
manager of the Garden. Mr. Rickard
has been confined to his home with ?
severe cold for several days and his
secretary, Frank Coultry, could not be
Dr. E von Mach, prominent German
leader and organizer of the New York
Campaign Committee against the hor?
ror on the Rhine, under whose auspices
the meeting is to be held, could not
oe reached at his office yesterday. His
secret;.* y, who vouchsafed the informa?
tion that she had been vested with au?
thority to spoak for him, said thnt the
Meeting would be held regardless of
the protests made by the American
Legion and other organizations. 'When
Questioned aa to the Rhine Committee's
attitude toward tho American Legion,
*he replied, "I have no use for the
American Legion." When asked to give
her name, she refused, and when in?
formed that she might be quoted as
naving made such a statement she Baid,
"I want to be quoted just that way."
She then hung up the receiver.
Daughters of Revolution Protest
Protests from the Daughters of the
Revolution and Daughters of the Cin?
cinnati were prominent among those
(wavered to Mayor Hyjan a oiiice yea
terday, Late last nigh? another pro
(Cenilnued en next pig?)
Tokio House Lifts Ban
On Women in Politics
Passes BiH Permitting Them to
Attew? Rallies and Join
?OKIO, Feb. 27. The rights o?
Women in Japan were advanced a step
lay when the. House of Repre
vea adopted a bill giving women
the right to attend political meetings.
i?-me annuled a law which pro
hibited women from joining political
?ssocihtions or being present at politi
6?-1 gatherings. It has been commented
:ii>on aa an important advance toward
laneipation -of Japanese woman
bill, which was given a pre
ry discussion and referred to a
ttee of the House early this
s ?nth, w.-is supported in a strongly
?fsil Hurii p. s signed by thousands of
and presented to the chamber.
?hey assorted that to deny women ac
I i nolitiaaj knowledge and political
.- a .. ? | ioua m} m ; ica and
?Vtat the existing lav; ??as not in kcep
*%* With the spirit of the time?.
Former Mrs, Leeds Hl
Of Ptomaine Poisoning
ATHENS, F?b. 2G. ? The
American Princess Anastasia has
been seriously ill for several days '[
with ptomaine poisoning'. Five
doctors have been in attendance
upon her. To-day it was said
that, although her rendition was
serious, she was improving.
Queen Sophie also is ill. suf?
fering from the grippe.
Ex-Premier Rhullis is being
taken to Paris to undergo radium
treatment for cancer cf the face.
The doctors here feared to oper?
ate on him, owing to his ad?
On Yap Issue
Paris Understands Tokio
Will $eek Solution in
Good Wi!l and Not Ask
More Than Facts Justify
Cable Division Proposed
Envoy? Reported Unable to
Find Wilson Reservation
in Secretary's Minutes
By Ralph Courtney
Special Cable to The Tribune
Copyright. 1921. New York Tribune Inc.
PARIS, Feb. 27.?Japan is understood
to be prepared to compromise the ques?
tion of her mandate over the Island of i
Yap, against which the United States j
protested so vigorously to the League
of Nations Council last week.
The Tribune correspondent is in- '
formed in reliable quarters that Japan
has no intention of pushing her claims
to the Pacific cable station beyond tho I
point supported by the facts in the
case. Japan, however, has gone care?
fully into what happened at the peace
conference negotiations over the island
and cannot discover that President
Wilson actually made tho reservations
to the council's decision which are
claimed for him on the occasion of the
famous discussions and conclusions of
May 7, 1919.
Sir Maurice Hankey was supposed to
take the minuses of the conferences of
the Big Four. The Japanese govern?
ment went to Hankey and obtained
from him the minutes of the session?
in question and found that no men?
tion of Mr. Wilson's reservations was
to be found therein. Neither has
Hankey any recollection that the
President made such reservations.
Seeks Satisfactory Arrangement
Nevertheless, Japan will do every- I
thing she can under the circumstances
to come to a satisfactory arrangement
with the United States. The Japanese
assert that as they had no representa?
tive present at the conferences of the
Big Four they cannot know positively
what President Wilson said or didn't
say. They consider this a question of
fact about which only the governments
who were represented there?Italy,
jFrance and Great Britain?can decide.
^That the judgment of these powers is
in favor of Japan is unfortunate for
President Wilsons' point of view, but
it is one for which Japan cannot b?
blamed or held responsible.
It cannot be denied that the ques?
tion of Yap and of the cables that con?
nect at that island was mentioned in
the peace negotiations. Secretary of
State Lansing in particular is said to
have brought up the subject several ?
times in private conversations, but
such mention was in no way connected
with the formal conferences.
It is explained here that when the
peace conference first began the dispo?
sition of Yap itself and the destiny
of the cables constituted' two separate
questions and the suggestion is made
that this early division of the caae
might have given rise to the misunder?
Would Show Good Will
In the general negotiations which
presumably must now take place be?
tween the United States and the
league Council or between the Har?
ding Administration and the Allied Su?
preme Council Japan plans to demon?
strate her greatest good will in com?
ing to some agreement.
Much depends upon the discussions
which are now taking place among
members of the Supreme Council, but
the Japanese do not consider an
equitable solution out of the question.
In view of the olear declaration of
witnesses that President Wilson failed
in Paris to bring his reservations home
to the peace negotiators, it is explained
that all thought of internationalizing
the island itself must be abandoned.
The disposition of the cables, on the
other hand, might be discussed out of
deference to the American claims, be?
cause Japan in any case has no wish
!*to act contrary to right.
One possible solution, and one which
there is reason to think would be ac?
ceptable to Japan, would be to give the
United States control of all the cables
between Yap and the United States and
leave to Japan those proceeding west?
ward and southward from the island.
It is pointed out that only one of the
| latter lines is in working order.
If the contentions of Hankey, the
i Japanese and others of what occurred
at the peace table are correct, they
throw great responsibility on the diplo?
macy of President Wilson and Secre?
tary* Lansing not only for not securing
; formal notice of their reservations but
i also for permitting the separation of
? the question of the disposition of the
cables from the ownership of the island.
Despite the fact that this was Sun?
day, the League Council this morning
had another so-called "informal"?that
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Mrs. Alice T. Lattimer Is
Arrested by Syracuse
Police for Larceny
as She Steps From Ship
Left Her Patient
For Florida Trip
Authorities Also Report?
ed to Have Found Poi?
son in Food in Home
' Mrs. Alice T. Lattimer, a. trained
nurse, who has been spending a month
in Florida, was. arrested on board the
steamer Arapnhoe, of the Clyde. Line, ?
when that boat tied up to her pier at
the foot of C'harlton Street last night.
The nurse was arrested by Detective
Thomas J. Lynch, of the Syracuse Po?
lice Department, on a charge of grand
larceny, issued in that city, and was
taken to Syracuse on a late train last!
As the Arapahoe was late in docking
the detective fro;:i Syracuse, who was
accompanied by Detective Daniel Car
bone, from Police Headquarters here,
had been waiting for hours to make the
arrest. As the boat swung past j
Pier 36 the two men jumped on board
and were directed to Mrs. Lattimer's
stateroom. The nurse expressed no
surprise when presented with the war?
rant. She explained to the detectives
that she had received a mysterious
wireless yesterday which warned her
to beware and 'that trouble was ahead. ;
She said that this radiogram was
signed simply "A Friend in Syracuse."
After being arrested, Mrs. Lattimer,
who is pretty, dark and trim, was .taken
to the Charles Street . police station,
where she was questioned at length.
It could not be learned what the de?
tectives questioned her about. She was
taken to Syracuse on the 11:45 train
Attended an Invalid
Mrs. Lattimer, until she left for
Florida a month ago, had been attend?
ing Mrs. Ruth Crawford, sixty-eight
years old, an invalid widow of Syra?
Mrs. Crawford, while under the care
of Mrs. Lattimer, it is charged, has
been completely cut off from all her
relatives and friends. It has recently
developed that during this year Mrs.
Crawford has suffered considerably
and that she has been strapped flat on
her back in bod the greater part of
When Mrs. Lattimer left for her so?
journ in the South, her patient was
placed in charge of Mrs. Cora Lamson,
who has acted in the capacity of an
assistant to Mrs. Lattimer during the
last year. According to Mrs. Lamson,
Mrs. Lattimer gave her the strictest
orders before leaving for Florida In
regard to keeping the patient strapped
to her bed.
Say They Found Poison
Last Friday the Rev. Elman A.
Jaynes, pastor of Trinity Episcopal
Church, decided to make an effort to
sec Mrs. Crawford. When he failed he
communicated with the police and ex?
plained to them that he was afraid
everything was not right in the house.
Detectives were sent to the house and
made a thorough search.
According to reports, it is said that
these detectives seized a quantity of
food in the kitchen which, on examina?
tion, was said to be poisoned. It is also
said that a bottle was found on a chair
by Mrs. Crawford's bed which con?
tained a poison, chloral hydrate.
After a thorough examination of the
house, servants and friends made cer?
tain sworn statements to the police,
which have n?.* been made public, but
which are believed to bear directly on
the condition in which the patient was
Investigation of. court records, it is
said, showed that Mrs. Crawford for?
mally deeded her Emma Street home to
Mrs. Lattimer, at the samo time exe?
cuting a power of attorney. It was
known that Mrs. Crawford inherited a
large estate a few years ago.
It is reported that detectives who
were working on the case also discov?
ered that Mrs. Lattimer had made ar?
rangements with an undertaker of
Syracuse for Mrs. Crawford's burial in
case she died before her return,
Mrs. Lattimer, doctors who were at?
tending Mrs. Crawford say, was en?
gaged to stay at the Emma Street home
and take care of Mrs. Crawford for $18
a week. Mrs. Crawford was confined
to her bed for a period of seventy-six
weeks, during which Mrs. Lattimer told
all friends who called to see her that
Mrs. Crawford was too ill to receive
Mrs. Cora Lamson, Mrs. Lattimer's
assistant, when questioned by the
police, said that on the numerous oc?
casions on which she had attempted to
loosen the straps which held Mrs.
Crawford flat on her back, she was re?
buked by Mrs. Lattimer.
.SYRACUSE, N. Y., Feb. 27.?District
Attorney Frank Malpass of Onondaga
County announced here to-night that
he would submit evidence to the grand
jury to-morrow in connection with al?
leged mistreatment of Mrs. Ruth Craw?
ford, an aged woman, whom Mrs. Alice
T. Lattimer, arrested in New York to?
night on a grand larceny charge, is said
to have attended as a nurse for some
Police officials declare Mrs. Crawford
has complained that she was kept in
bed for more than three years, al?
though in good health and against her
protests. Chemical analysis of a medi?
cine taken from a bottle in the room
of the aged woman revealed traces of
poison, authorities declare.
Revolt Against Soviet
Rule Declared Serious
LONDON, Feb. 27.?In connection
with the reports of a mutiny at Oron
stadt, and also reports of rebellions at
Petrograd and in the Ukraine and dif?
ferences between Nikolai L?nine and
Leon Trotzky, The Graphic to-day
claims to have "exclusive and unim?
peachable information" that a really
serious attack is in progress against
th? Bolshevik government in Russia.
T?? newspaper says the most impor?
tant factor "i this attack is the in?
creasing dissatisfaction of the Russian
people against the. Bolshevik r?gime
which is taking drastic form and th?
details of which may transpire at anj
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German Envoys Discard
Uniform and High Hat
BERLIN, Feb. 26. -Not a uni?
form nor a high hat was observ?
able among the delegation of
German government officials, sec?
retaries and clerks that left here
unostentatiously at noon to-day
for London to attend the repara?
tion? conference with the Allied
premiers. Major General von
Seecht, the Chief of Staff, trav?
elled in mufti. The delegation
resembled a crowd of business
men rather than a diplomatic
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Allies in Clash
Over Plan to
French Alarmed by Lloyd!
George's Suggestion of !
Doubt Whether They Can !
Cross Rhine Before May I !
Delay Fatal to Briandj
British Comment Points to1
Modification of Details
in Terms of Reparation!
By Arthur S. Draper
From Thn Tribune's European Bureau
Copyright, 1921, New York Tribune Inc..
LONDON, Feb. 27.?At an informal !
conference to-day at Chequers, the Pre?
mier's country home, Lloyd George sug?
gested to Premier Rriand of France that
a commission of experts be appointed !
to report, to the Supreme Council Tues- i
day whether the Allies legally can im- !
pose the Versailles Treaty sanctions on |
the Germans before May 1. The sane- '
tions involve further occupation of j
German territory and seizure of the
German customs service, it has been !
expected that they would be applied
immediately by the Allied armies if the
Germans at the conference here this
week balked at meeting their treaty
Lloyd George's move was a complete
surprise to Briand. The French
Premier strenuously opposed it, for it
was plainly a complete upset for his
plans. The French delegation was
gloomy to-night, holding that if such a
commission reported that it was illegal j
for the Allies to apply the sanctions
before May X the downfall of Briand's
ministry in France would be sure to
War Bill Main Obstacle
Marshal Foch and Field Marshal Sir
Henry Wilson took part in the informal
discussions with the two premiers, j
The question of German disarmament,
upon which their advice will be spe- i
cia?ly needed at the coming conference,
is not expected to occasion much diffi?
culty, but the Aliiedleaders are agreed
that the settlement of the terms of
Germany's war bill is going to require
a long, bitter fight that may well run
over until next week. In general,
Briand has found Lloyd George reason
able and sympathetic, but the Premier's
suggestion to-day came as a hard blow
The Germnn delegation of sixty will
be here to-morrow noon. A labor rep?
resentative is a member of the Berlin
delegation. He is to plead the cause
of the German workers, and what is
probably more to the point, do a bit of
propaganda work among British work
injrmen who already have announced
their dissatisfaction w.th the terms the
Allies have made to the Berlin govern?
The belief is becoming more wide?
spread here with the approach of the
conference that the details of the rep?
arations account as drawn up by the
Allied premiers in Paris will be ma?
terially altered this week. The French
are now willing to reduce the number
of years in which Germany must pay.
At Paris the premiers fixed the indem?
nity as payable in annual installments
ove'r a period of forty-two years. The
export tax feature, which was to ex?
tend over the same length of time, is
not regarded as highly by the British
as it was a month ago.
Modification of Terms Forecast
J. L. Garvin, editor of the Sunday
Observer, who generally enjoys the
Premier's confidence, forecasts to-day
a modification of the Allies' terms. He
writes: , ,.
"We believe common sense could dic?
tate no stronger line than to ask for
what is payable in the way it can be
paid and to insist simultaneously on
disarmament to the full. The moder?
ate parties in Germany will be on firm
ground witti regard to the illegal mili
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Go On Until
? City Is Dry
McCarthy, New England's
Enforcement Chief, As?
serts His Men, Active on
Saturday, Will Remain
Out for 100 More
Nuisance Clause of the
Volstead Act May Be In?
voked to Close Property
The forty-six Boston prohibition
agents who raided sixty cabarets, res?
taurants and saloons in this city Satur?
day night will remain in New York two
weeks longer, it became known last
night. William J. McCarthy, New Eng?
land supervisor, who is here with his
men, has promised that-during the re?
mainder of their stay they will use
some new methods in the way of pro?
hibition enforcement. The feature of
these new tactics, he said, will be the
element of surprise.
It is understood that one hundred
more warrants are being sought by the
enforcement officials ?s a part of this
Mr. McCarthy last night revised th?
number of arrests in Saturday night'f
raids, bringing the total up to 125, am,
he said a part of his forces will spend
the next few days looking for fortj
more saloonkeepers, restaurant proprie?
tors and others who could not be fount
when their places were visited Saturdaj
night. The agents looked for therr
again yesterday unsuccessfully and re
ported last night that they fear somi
of them may have suddenly decided t(
take a vacation.
May Prosecute Property Owners
Tt was learned from prohibition offi
cials yesterday that in the effort to drj
up New York the prosecution of thi
persons arrested in the raids Saturda;
night may be followed with prosocutioi
of landlords of the places where liquo
was sold, whenever such action is pos
It was pointed out that under tin
nuisance, clause of the Volstead act i
landlord can be held responsible am
charged with violating the prohibitioi
laws if he has on hiB premises a ten
ant who violates .them. It is believe,
that it will be difficult to push thi
form of prosecution without first ob
taining injunctions in cases of con
viction, restraining the places fror
reopening for one year under penalt
Prohibition officials announced thn
every possible form of prosecutio
will be brought against the person
taken in the raids. Wherever possi
ble, it was said, a proprietor will b
chr.rged not only with selling, but wit
illegal possession and transportatior
Seeks Bootlegging Ring
It also became known last night ths
Mr. McCarthy is on the trail of an al
leged New York bootlegging ring whic
has been trying to push its operation
into New England. Agent Richard /
Kelly, who is in direct charge of th
New England forces und'ir Mr. Mc
Carthy, and two other agents from Bo:
ton have been investigating the ring1
operations for the last three weeks.
The methods of this ring have bee
to buy bona fide permits, according t
information in the possession of M
Kelly, have the liquor released froi
bonded warehouses and then divert
for bootlegging purposes. These open
tions were discovered soon after the
were extended to New England, r
said, through an investigation inl
the ostensible theft of two auto truel
loads of liquor at Worcester, whic
had been withdrawn at Boston an
presumably was en route to a perm
holder in New York.
Brings $1,500 a Barrel
The investigation disclosed that thi
theft was "planted" to keep the wrnsili
in New England, said Mr. Kelly. M
McCarthy explained that since all <
the roads into New England stat<
have been closely watched night ar
day bootleggers are loath to take tl
chance of shipping by auto from Ne
York ind have been trying oth<
schemes to make huge illicit whist
profits. Bootleg whisky brings $1,5(
a barrel there, he declared.
The presumable theft was necessar
because all whisky released from Ne
England warehouses is accompanied 1
revenue ageuts until it is entered up<
the books of the permit holder, aft
which he is responsible to the gover
ment and a check c^n bo kept on h
etock. These two trUckloads of for
barrels were stolen while the two rev
r.ue agents guarding them were spen
ing the night in a hotel in Worccst?
Agent Kelly .recovered thirty-ri
barrels of the shipment and then e
tended the investigation to New Yoi
He learned, he said, that the permi
on which the liquor was withdraw
from the Quincy Market warehouse
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A. F. of L. Calls On World to Stop
Unionists' Slaughter by Soviet
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27.?Organized
labor throughout tho world, especially
in the United States, is urged to raise
its voice in protest against the "ruth?
less persecution and slaughter of
labor unionists" in Soviet Russia, in
an appeal issued here to-night by the
American Federation of Labor.
"Let the Soviet savages know what
labor of the civilized world thinks of
their bestial system," the appeal de?
clares. "Let every labor organization
in the country respond."
The federation's statement declared
that after "tricking" labor into sup?
porting the Soviet r?gime Trotzky and
Ltnine, its leaders, began "carrying
cut their threats of extermination of
the leaders of labor and peasant par?
ties and also of so-called 'hostages."*
"The offense of the labor unionists
was very clear," said the appe*L
"They are fundamentally opposed to
the so-called government set up by
L?nine and his handful of associa e
dictators. As far as is possible under
that ruthless tyranny organized labor
of Russia is everywhere in a stute of
'The organized workers are doing
what they can to reuab the hearts and
minds of the laboring humanity in all
countries, but they are working against
overwhelming obstacles?refusal of the
bread card, which means immediate
starvation for their families, the firing
squad, doath by torture in prisons. It
is difficult for them even to speak, and
a decree especially forbidding speeches
at labor union meetings has been
The appeal cites at length a list of
charges against the Soviet r?gime, de?
claring that it has established a system
of "slavery," made long hours and
Sunday work cqnipulsory and has for?
"There probably never has been in
modern times or in any country," the
statement concludes, "a more ruthless
persecution and slaughter of labor
unionists than that which is now tak?
ing place in what the Norwegian Labor
party calls 'barbarous Soviet Russia.'
Things have gone so far that M. Merr
heim, secretary of the largest French
labor union (the metal workers), al?
though an ultra-pacifist and revolu?
tionary syndicalist himself, has issued
an appeal to organized labor of the
world to raise its voice in protest. This
appeal deserves a response in every
country of .the world, and especially
1 the United States." i
45 Killed, 100 Injured,
When Fast Trains Crash;
Victims Die in Flames
16 Lost When
Cut in Two
One Killed, 15 Missing as
American Merchant Ship
Hits the U. S. S. Wool-;
sey Off Panama Coast!
From The Tribune's Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27.?The Amer?
ican naval destroyer Woolsey collided
with- the American merchant ship Steel
Inventor thirteen miles southwest of
j Coiba Island, just off the Pacific coast
of Panama, at 6:20 a. m. yesterday, and
! later sank, the Navy Department was ]
| advised to-day in a radio message from
! Admiral Hugh Rodman, commanding
the Pacific fleet. The casualties are:
One dead?Tom Stanley Woodcock,
Two injured?D. M. McCraigo and A.
Fifteen missing?D. T. Blakeley, fire
: man; Floyd Coltengin, fireman; Ro?
man Fie.ckie, blacksmith; John Jo?
seph Galcher, machinist's mate; George
Joseph Zibello, fireman; Elbert Jesse
Harson, fireman; Henry George Han
I cock, engineman; Emerson Floyd Long,
?storekeeper; Leo'Norwardski, fireman;
I Harold Reed, fireman; Mattie Owen ,
?Stewart, fireman; Webb Stubbefield,
?fireman; George Elmer Wochiinan,
electrician; Charles N. Yost, fireman;
Emerson Dale Waight, fireman.
The Woolsey sank to-day while be
j ing towed in by the destroyer Aaron
Merchant Ship's Damage Slight
All the casualties are of the navy,
i the merchant ship escaping without
loss of life and with very little dam
age. She is proceeding to Balboa under
the convoy of the. destroyer Buchanan.
Admiral Rodman's radiogram gave
few details of the accident. It said the
I merchant ship crashed into the Wool?
sey, cutting the destroyer in half at
the after tank and the outer part of the
ship immediately flooded.
The 112 survivors of the Woolsey
were taken aboard the destroyers
! Aaron Ward and the Philip, companion
ships of the Woolsey.
The Woolsey was in command of
Commander H. C. Gearing jr., and had a
commissioned strength of eight officers,
eight chief petty officers and 106 en?
listed men. It was one of the navy's
most modern 310-foot destroyers, with
B displacement of 1,154 tons. It was
built by the Bath Iron Works at Bath,
Me., at a cost of approximately $1,500,
000. It carried four 4-inch guns of 50
caliber and two 3-inch caliber guns,
with 21-inch triple torpedoes. Tl was
launched September 17, 1918, aiurcom
missioned September 30, 1918, and as?
signed to the Pacific nee^ when the
fleets were divided.
Rodman Asked for Details
Radio instructions were dispatched
to-night to Admiral Rodman to furnish
additional information of the disaster
at once. He was directed to take
every possible step toward the recov?
ery of the missing sailors.
A naval court of inquiry will be j
convened by Admiral Rodman at Bal-i
boa upon the arrival of the vessels
now en route there and a full investi?
gation will be made of the disaster,
which is the first to have occurred in
the Pacific fleet, naval officers said.
The Navy Department to-morrow will
make known the home addresses of the
dead, wounded and missing sailors.
| SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 27.?The
United States destroyer Woolsey was
sunk in a collision with a merchant
vessel about 125 miles north of Pan- j
| ama while returning north with the j
rest of the Pacific fleet at ?:20 a. m.
? yesterday, according to a radio mes
i sage received here to-day. One man
? was reported killed, four injured and
I fifteen missing.
The Woolsey left this port January
7 with the rest of the Pacific fleet
when it started south for maneuvers
with the Atlantic fleet in Central and
South American waters.
About a month before the Woolsey
went south the destroyer and the
I tender Prairie were in collision in San
! Diego harbor, the Woolsey being badly
! damaged amidships. Repairs, however,
were made in time for it to leave with
the rest of the fleet.
? i ..- ??
Smoke in Mystery Fire
Drives Out 28 Families
Even Firemen Are Unable,
I After Search of Hour? to
Find Origin of Blaze
Twenty-eight families were driven
to the street from an eight-story ele?
vator apartment at the corner of
Eighth Avenue and Fifty-seventh
Street last night by a fire, the origin
of which remained a mystery even
after it had been extinguished.
Occupants of the house had smelled
smoke from 7 o'clock in the evening
until 9, at which time smoke had be?
come so dense that the structure was
practically deserted by women and
children, while scores of men searched
frantically for the fire but without
At 9 o'clock smoke was pouring from
: store fronts extending from 975 to 979
Eighth Avenue, when Patrolman James
' Suliivan, of the West Forty-seventh
Street police station, turned in an
' alarm, and within a few minutes Bat
I talion Chief Dennis Curtin had his en?
tire force at work hunting the blaze.
- The smolje appeared to be thickest at
'the rear of 975 Eighth Avenue, where
i the dividing walls were pierced and
! water poured in.
By 10 o'clock the fire was under c?m
I trol and the evicted persons had re
' turned to their homes, but the firemen
I were still digging to find out where the
i blaze started and appeared to have an
1 ?U-night job.
Champ Clark Has
Critically III, Says PhysU\
eian* Who Calls Tivo
More Into Consultation
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27.?Represent?
ative Champ Clark, Democratic leader
of the House, was described as seri?
ously ill^in a bulletin issued to-night
by his physicians after a consultation.
The condition of the former Speaker,
who has been sick for several days, was
said to be not so favorable as yester?
Mr. Clark, who is suffering from a
series of complications resulting from
an attack of pleurisy, showed a decided
improvement yesterday, but a turn for
the worse developed during tho night.
His physician, Dr. Jesse Shoup, to-day
called Dr. Lewellys F. Barker, of Bal?
timore, and Dr. Thomas A. Claytor, of
Washington, into consultation. The bul?
letin issued to-night by the three
''Mr. Clark is seriously ill. He has
had an acute infection. He now has
fluid in the right plural cavity, an
irregular heart, increased frequency of
respiration and glucosuria."
Graft Hunt May
Whitman Aid Said to Havel
Discovered How Steam-1
ship Company Paid Sum;
to Get Things "Fixed"!
Former Officials Sought
Detectives Reported to Have
Received Thousands in
the Stolen Bond Cases
Sensational developments are ex?
pected to-day in the Whitman investi?
gation1 of alleged irregularities in the
letting of city piers. This inquiry, be?
fore it is finished, is expected to take
in the entire activities of the Dock
Department. The inquiry is being di?
rected by William Chilvers, assistant
to former Governor'Charles S. Whit?
man in the latter's municipal in?
Mr. Chilvers spent the greater part
of last week in going over the books
of various steamship companies that
for several years have been leasing
piers or pier space from the city.
Mr. Chilvers said yesterday that he
had found a number of interesting en?
tries in the books of a downtown
steamship company, and to-day he ex?
pects to have several men, formerly
connected with the concern in an of?
ficial capacity, before him in an effort
to gain more information concerning
$15,000 Charge Suspicious
One of the items in the accounts
that particularly interests Mr. Chil?
vers is a disbursement of $15,000,
which is said to have been charged to
"strikes." From those connected with
the -steamship company Mr. Chilvers
has been unable to ascertain what was
done with this money.
The investigator is said to be in pos?
session of information which leads him
to believe that this money was paid to a
certain New York politician who "fixed
things" so that the steamship company
could obtain tho use of an East River
Mr. Chilvers said yesterday that much
light could be thrown on the methods'of
renting city piers if a certain former
steamship official could be located. This
man is said to be beyond the jurisdic?
tion of the local courts, and to have
evinced no inclination to tell what he
knows of the political maneuvering al?
leged to be necessary to procure wharf?
age in this port.
A certain national bank in this city
is reported to be anxious to ascertain
the whereabouts of this man to clear
up some "unfinished business" in con?
nection with a $500.000 loan obtained by
a maritime corporation with which he
was formerly identified.
Agents of the Federal government
who have been investigating certain d?.
j funct steamship concerns that during
the war operated out of this port, have
called on Mr. Chilvers and offered him
their assistance in the pier probe.
Graft in Bond Recoveries
Another phase of the Whitman inves?
tigation being directed by Mr. Chilvers
i is expect*d to reveal within a few days
! an entirely new form of police graft.
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Can't Pay Federal Tax
Sayles Executors Seek Legisla?
tve Aid to Pay United States
PROVIDENCE, R. L, Feb. 27.?Un
! able to rai3e $10,000,000 with which to
; pay Federal taxes assessed against th*
i estate of Frank A. Sayles, exeeutors of
I the late Pawtucket millionaire's will
i have a?ked the General Assembly for
; special legislation empowering thetn to
: borrow the money.
Sale of property to raise the money
I cannot be effected, it is claimed, with
| out seriously affecting the conduct of
I what is held to be one of the largest
textile concerns in the worid.
The estate already has paid a state
I tax of more than $1,000,000. It? total
i valuation is understood to be ?n the
? vicinity of $70,000,000.
Michigan Central Express
Plunges Into N. Y. C. In?
terstate Where Rails
Cross at Porter, Ind.
27 Bodies Found;
Failure of Engineer to
Heed Block Signal Is
Blamed for Catasfrophe
PORTER, Ind., Beb. 27.?Forty
five or more persons were reported
killed and more than 100 injured to?
night when a westbound New York
Central train crashed into a de?
railed eastbound Michigan Central
train here in what railroad officials
said may be one of the most disas?
trous wrecks in history.
Unofficial reports made the death
list as high as fifty.
The towerman of the Michigan
Central was arrested immediately
after the wreck.
Train Cut in Half
The Michigan Central train, known
as the Canadian Express, left
Chicago at 5:05 p. m.f bound for
Toronto, Canada. It was cut in half
by the west-bound flyer, and both
engines plunged down an embank?
ment. The train was carrying sev?
eral hundred passengers.
Both enginemen of the New York
Central train were killed. The engi?
neer was Claude Johnson, of Elk?
hart, Ind. Five bodies were r?scov
ered near the d?bris of the two en??
Identification of many of the bodies
was impossible because of their
A partial list of the dead follows:
Claude Johnson, engineer of tbf
New York Central train, of Elkhart,
George Deland, fireman of the New
York Central train, of Elkhart, Ind.
Mrs. Barney Cramer, Michigan
W. G. Engjer, Detroit, twenty
years old; identified by means of a
Mrs. Ralph See, Michigan City.
Ind., and her eight-year-old daughter.
Keeler, former superintendent of
schools of Michigan City.
Peter Cain, Regina, Saskatchewan.
T. J. Campbell, eighteen years old,
address not learned.
Mrs. Pearl CavanBUgh, Michigan
Mrs. Frederick Schnier, Michigan
Mr. and Mrs. Addlson E. Van Riper,
Th-i list of those seriously injured
Louis Heck. Jackson, Mich., salea
man for a Chicago firm.
Miss- Rosenwald, school teacher,
of Michigan City; home, Ch??iago. %
All of the victims so far as known,
except the two member's of the New
York Central engine crew, were occu?
pants of the wooden day coach and
were mostly residents of Illinois, In?
diana and Michigan points. Sixteen of
the bodies have, been removed to Ches?
According to railway officials, the
disaster was caused by the failure of
the engineer of the Michigan Central
train to heed a block signal at the
cross-over where the Michigan Central
and New York Central tracks inter?
Train Automatically Derailed
The block signal automatically set a
derailing switch. When the Michigan
Central train failed to heed the signal
against it, it struck the derailing
switch and plowed along the ties for
300 feet before it stopped, with the
wooden coach directly on the track in
front of the oncoming New York Cen?
tral train, which hit it squarely and
plowed its way into the wreckage.
The telephone operator at the local
exchange sent out an emergency call,
and farmers for miles around gathered
to aid in the work of rescue.
At 10 o'clock twenty-six bodies had }
been recovered from the wreckage and
railway officials were of the opinion
that the total death list raig^.t exceed
Twenty bodies were taken to Ches?
terton, Ind., and four to Michigan City,
Ind., in automobiles.
There were no physicians hare and
first aid was given the injured only by
The only dead known on the New
York Central train were the two ??
ginemen. The engineer of the Mich?
igan Central is missing. It *.an re?
ported that ho leaped from his cab
when he saw the oncoming New York
The towerman was blamed by railroad
officials for allowing the Michigan Cen?
tral train to attempt to cross ahead tf
the westbound train.
A few persons living at this junction
point immediately began the work o?
rescue, using lanterns in their search
for the dead and injured. Relief train?
arrived from Michigan City and Chi?
cago about an hour after the wrack,
carrying nurses and doctore. The vic?
tims were taken to Gary at i to Mich?
CHICAGO, Feb. 27?The noiniora?
passengers ori the New York Centn!
train, which crashed into a Michigan
Central train at Porter, Ind., wer?
brought into Chicago on a special train
John H. Gelhart, of Oak Park, t?
one of the New York Central Das'
sengers, gave a graphic description of
tue wreck as follow?-:
i "The first intimation we had of fhr
jHaaster came when cur train began
to jerk and jump ?fea? the em?-?"*
brakes were 3uduenly applied * "
? -The next moment tho windows w??.
shattered b> bit? of wr^ksw ,!
,t ore wtfa ? terrine rrind?aga, ?1
Plowed through tb.P othef ?&'