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tutcd by a court of review the effect cm
discipline am) cfllcleney Id most Injurious.
It undermine authority, lead to Insub
ordination, tends (11 destiny the loyiit im
operation which thu cxtciitlvc nutiiiillty
must have to secuie result mill make
his tenure of ntllco ltnMjssble.
"Assuming therefore tluit I weto free
to choose after tlm completion of tin
canal I would Kindly accept your offer
provided a change In tin- luw In mcuinl
which would vest lhrlght of tetiioval
In cafe of unsatisfactory service In tlio
hands of the Commissioner.
"Appreciating Jour consideration, mid
with best wishes for the success of your
administration, t remain yours sincerely,
"dEORUK W. OllKTIIAl,."
After the Mayor hail Riven out t'ul.
Ooethals's letter, ho said ;
"Fully tertllilng the great ltuMirtaiicn
of Holvlng live police piohlcm In this idty,
the thought uppermost In my mind when
Alerted Mayor was to secure tin- right
man for Police Commissioner.
"The place requires it man of unusual
qualifications, and after considering a
number of names I I made up my mind,
from all I could learn, that I Nil. Ooethals
waa the tnnn for the place. However, I
did not know him iiersonally and natuially
felt that t wanted tu seo hliii. talk with
him and learn for myself of hW great
work on the Isthmus.
Ideal Man for Place.
"I went to Panama and came away
more Impressed than ever with the fact
that he was the Ideal man for Police
Coninilslonci, If no could possibly get
him. Ho has done a great piece of en
gineering work on the Isthmus, but lit my
Judgment the gruntest piece of work he
has done has been In coordinating a great
force of mei( Into a harmonious, loyal,
enthusiastic working organization. The
human problem down there was a vast
and difficult one. Just as It Is In the
Police Department here, lie has besides
proved himself a great administrator,
"After prolonged negotiations and over
coming many objections and In the fare
of the naturally atttactlvc opportunities
opening tu him In other directions, 1
havo been uble to get Col. Oouthnls to
ay that he will come here as Police.
Commissioner If he can be retired from
the army and provided the powers of the
Commissioner, as they now exist, can be
"He states his position clearly and gives
his reasons for desiring these Increased
powers In a letter to me made public
with this statement, llellevlng. as I do,
that the Police Commissioner should have
these additional powers, I shall Imme
diately ask the legislature for the neces
sary change In the laws.
"There Is nothing more Important to
this community than the proper manage
ment of the Police Department. It natur
ally takes Its color, Its Inspiration, Its
Ideals from Its head, and I believe that If
we can secure Col. Ooethals an this head
he will 1 able to Infuse Into the depart
ment the same alms and Ideals, the same
loyalty to the city and Its Interests, that
ho has Inspired In the men In Panama for
the Government and Its Interests.
"The thousands of splendid men now In
our Police Department, as well ns the
citizens of the city, are tntltled to the
kind of leadership that Col. Cloethals ran
Had Just Left Husband.
Mis. Itoosevelt's part In setting Col.
Cloethals to come to New York be
gan when she was on her way back from
her trip to South America, where she
left Col. lloosevelt to carry out his ex
plorations In tho Amaxon country. Mrs.
lloosevelt came up the west coast of
South America and crossed tho Isthmus
on her way to New York.
She found Col. Cloethals n few day
after Mr. Mltchel. had returned to New
York. The new Mayor had opened the
nuestlon of the Police Commlsslonershlp.
but Col. Cloethals had said that he wanted
to stay on the Isthmus. The Mayor
Mar ted back to New York without having
lodt hope entirely, but prepared to look
elsewhere for a Pollco Commissioner. He
tried and failed.
Then Mrs. Roosevelt returned to New
York with the news that Col. C.oethals
was weakening. Travelling with Mrs.
Ttoosevelt waa Mrs. Ooethals. who Is tired
of living on the Isthmus. She told Mrs.
lloosevelt that she would use all her
power to Induce Col. Ooethals to leave
the tropica and como to New York.
Mrs. Roosevtlt In conversation with
Col. Ooethals himself found that he was
restive under restraints placed upon him
In tho administration of the Canal Zone
and she believed that with a little more
urging he would consent to leave the
hardest engineering Job In the world,
nhlcli ho has virtually completed, nnd
como to New York to take up the mean
est Job of administration that any city
In the world presents.
It end)' lu Reconsider.
The repoit that Col, Ooethals was ie
consldtr.ng. or at least In a temper to
tecunslder. brought Mayor Mltchel up
standing. He cabled Col, Ooethals an
found that he was not Inclined to come
Another cablegram from Mr. Mltc el
brought a reply which showed that ho
was open minded. Then Mr. Mltchel tie
tided that If some one lepresentlng tho
Administration and good at persuading
were sent to Panama he would come back
with Col. Ooethals's consent.
The man who fitted Mr. Mitch.)'" pur
pose was Ocorge V. Perkins. Mr. Perkins
hud been a party to the secret that Col.
Ooeth.ils was reconsidering and he agreed
to undertake the Job for the Mayor. He
left New York by ship on January 7,
reaching Colon early In tho morning of
January 14. Mrs. Perkins was with him.
They went straight to Col. Ooethals's
residence, where they were entertained.
The report was given out on the Canal
Zone that Mr. and Mrs. Perkins were on
the Isthmus merely for the trip. They
looked over the canal and Mrs. Purklns
agreed that If Col. Ooethals. could do the
things that she saw along the canal she
would, as she said, "take off her hat to
him an where."
Tliutia-ht Job Impossible.
Mr. Perkins found that Col. Ooethals
believed the Job of administering the hi
lice In New York was all but Impossible
under the existing laws. He said that If
he were to lake charge of the pollen he
niiit have the same despotic power over
them that lie has enjoyed In tho adminis
tration of the work on the canal.
Mr. Pei kins said that, the law might bo
'hanged, so nit to give tho Police Com
mlsslnner the right to revoke cnuit or
ders lelnstatlng policemen discharged from
the service on charges. Then Col Ooethals
raised tho question of his if tlrement from
the in my, and agreed that If thtso two
objection could be t el come, he would
be Mr. Mltchers Police Commissioner.
Mr, Perkins took the next ship back
fioin Panama, tho AtemiH, which sailed
from Colon on .lauuaiy 15. at 3 o'clock,
lie reached New Orleans eutly Tuesday
(inornlng. telegraphed tho Major, and came
lo New York as fast as he could. He
reached the Pennsylvania Station early
yesteiday afternoon by a trnln which was
live hours late.
Ho talked with the Mayor over the tele
phone, and then met him last night to
deliver Col. CloethalH'H letter. ,
"I consider It a very line thing Indeed,"
said Mr, Perkins, "to have got Col, (Joe
thai lo t'lke tip. place ax Police Com.
inlololier of New Ymk lu the face of
tlm lii.my attractive offeis he has had to
go elsewhere. You know he had tint
chance to run the city of Dayton on Ids
own terms, financial and otherwise,"
Mr. Mltchel was asked, after he gave
out the Ooethals letter at his house last
night, whether the lem.trk of tho Colonel'
that In: would not 1ltils.li his woik on tin)
IHIunus for a year meant that New Vorli
need not look for hlni until 1HK..
More Details Later.
"I cant sn) : 1 1 1 thing about that to.
ii'v'H i-.ild the M.ioi "I Ml have n
Mion i), lailnl i-lat inent In pii out about
It late on
.Mr. .Mltchel wan Odd that despatches
Hum tlio Canal iciAivtal Imti itiukC
tk sH9T .4bLbLbH
l y"s' "HB I
Indicated that Col. Ooethals had no In
tention of leaving Panama.
"Well," said the Mayor, "there'a his
letter with' his signature"
The Mayor said he had had no com
munication with Washington about tho
chalices of getting a retirement for Col.
It was uld last night that Col. Ooe
thals's willingness to leave the Canal
Zone might arise from the fact thnt Will
iam J. Ilryan's partisan, Hlchard L. Met
calf, head of tho Department of Canal
Administration, had been interfering with
Col. Ooethals In running thu local gov
ernment of tho Canal Zone.
Metcalfe was editor of Hrynn's paper,
the Comiaonri', and was once authority
for tho statement that President Wilson
ought to use the Jobs at Panama as cur
rency for paying political debts.
Metcalfn has fathered a plan to put a
three-headed commission in charge of the
.one after tlio canal Is In operation. Col.
Ooethals bus Mood resolutely for a one
man administration. No secret has been
made In Washington that Metcalfo ex
pected one of the three commlsslonershlps
to fall to himself.
The fact that a retain was given out
In Washington early this week to the ef
fect that Col. Ooethals could have ab
solute dominion on the Isthmus was as
sutned to bo metely an nttempt on the
part of Mr. Uraii to keep the record
straight. It was chaiged In New York
yesterday that Mr. Ilryan had heard of
Mr. Perkins's visit and of Col. Ooe
thals's Intention of coming to New York
and had finally consente.il to the one man
Idea when he knew that It would not be
WILSON FORCED TO ACT.
Will . formally Offer tiortlml'
("nun I Cot eriiorslili. j
WasiiimitoN, .Ian. 23. Report-, that I
Col, Ooethals had t'Otalltlonaliy accepted
the tHt of Pollen Commissioner of New
York wero received In ofllclal quarters
with Incredulity at first and later wlthi
amazement, when the reports became
more definite the question Immediately ,
"What has happened between Ooethals I
and the Wilson Admlnlstiatlon that has i
led him to consider thW pi ice before he'
has realUeil tra- ambition he has cherished
of turning over a peifectcd canal"" '
The reports came as a complete ur-1
prise to President Wilson and It was ap-1
parent that the White House was ills,
turbed over the prospect of losing Col. I
The reports If they accomplished nothing
else served to disclose detlnllely that It Is
President Wilson's Intention tu name Col.
Ooethals as head of the new civil govern
ment In tho Canal Zone and thus to give
him complete contiol over the opening
and operation of the great waterwa I
Ilipect a Withdrawal.
The belief here Is lint Col, Ooethals If
he has given any conditional acceptance i
to .Mayor Mltchel will withdraw this ac
ceptance as Mion as ho Is definitely In
formed that President Wilson Intends lo
make hint head of the new civil govern
ment. Col, Ooethals's friends In Washington
believe further that nn consideration he
may have given to the .Mltchel olfer was
due chiefly to dissatisfaction on Ills part
over the delay by the Wilson Ailmlnls- '
tratlon In organizing the civil govern- 1
ment In the Panama Zone.
In the closing months of the Tuft Ad
mlnlstiatlon Col. Ooethals urged the ne
cessity of Immediate action. lie con
tended that tho organization and training
of an operating force were Impossible
under present i ondltlons and that It was
necessary that ii one man government be
established without ihda.
Opposition on the putt of the Demo
crats in the Semite deteried I'uhldeni
Taft from sending in his nomlniitlou
Since then Col. Ooethals has continued
to Impress upon Washington the neus
slty for haste. He has been aiinoed by
the sending of Htchanl I.. Metcalfe, for
iner editor of Secretary Ilryan's paper,
to the Isthmus as a Canal Commissioner
and by Mr. Metcalfe's activities In sug
gesting a commission form of govern
ment. A rnr's l.eeTH lOxpeeteil,
uilU'l.ils lii Washington Urmly believe
that Col. Ooethals under no conditions
will leave the eanul until after the formal
opening on January I, 1!H.', If he con
tinues to hnvv tho support of President
Secretaiy Oairlsou Indole leaving for
New York to-day characterized the report
concerning Ooethals as Incredible. He In
dicated that iHvopt'inee of the Police
Coinmlssloiiel ship lo Col, lio-'tlialx would
bo a step contrary to the Indications iroml
his previous aelloiv and statements, !
There Is no doubt that If Col Ooethals I
serlous asked for his letlreineut ll would I
1... r- r.t..,l l.nl 1,1. wf,.t ..ln.O.i......
! One of the most peculiar features of
the Ooethala cast Is the almoM unanimous
declxloii of Col. Ooethals's friends that It
would be a mistake for hlnl lo accept the
New York Police ('onituleidiiiicmlilp.
"More Solid HocU,"
"I wish he hint tail taken It for his own
sake," aid Sinator William Allien Smith. I
"ll' nlll niaKe a good one, bill It la such
a haul place to nil, ll U not an eiulueei-i
lug Joll lb Will elieullliler nunc -,,i 1
look to lihial and luoie slides than he ctci'l
lint it Hi lu d'tiglii" Ihe canal,
"I halo to see hllii lean. Hie canal work ,
1 nippo,! they have tried lo play pullllcs
with him and he couln not stand for it,"
was the comment of Senator Nelson.
It Is acknowledged In Washington that
the work on the canal would In no sense
be Jeopardized by Col. Ooethals's retire
ment. Only a comparatively few of tho
details' remain to be added, but tho or
ganization on the Canal Zone and the
finishing touches would move along mora
smoothly under the direction of the man
whoe head and hand have guided the
operations through the years of great
If Col, Ooethals does retire soon, Presi
dent Wilson might take advantage of that
opportunity to organize tho new civil
government or appoint another army offl
cer, possibly Col. William L. Slbert. who
has been associated with Col. Ooethals or
Major-Oen. Wood na head of the Canal
Many of Col. Ooethals's friends won
dered If Oeorge W. Perkins had been talk
ing politic to tho Colonel nnd had dan
gled the Police Commlsslonershlp before
hit eyei ns a stepplngstone to even higher
honots. In this connection It was recalled
that Col. Ooethals's name was mentioned
as a possibility for the Itepubllcan Presi
dential nomination In the last campaign.
Col. Ooethals was a warm friend of Col.
ltookeveli and was appointed to dig the
cannl by Mr Roosevelt.
MITCH EL DECIDES ON POLK.
Appointment aa Corporation Conn
Bel Xot Concession to Hearst.
Mayor Mltchel will announce to-dny or
on Monday the appointment of Prank L.
Polk ns Corporation Counsel. The ap
pointment of .Mr. Poll, has been lumnred
on good and bail authority since tlu
close of the camp-ilgn, but within a
few days men in too contldenco of the
Major have pointed to Mr Polk ns the
most probable man tor tne Jon.
The. npiHiintment of Mr. Polk .Is not
taken either as a concession or an af
f I out to the Hearst lorces, who have ben
fighting to control the C'oiporatlon Coun
sel's olllce. Mr. Polk backed the canvass
of .Montgomery Hale, who was Mr
Hearst's candidate, lie l nn Independent
Democnit without an ludependenc
Mr. Polk was regaiiled Inst spilng as
the Piesldent's selection for Collector if
the Port, which tlnallj fell to Mr. Mltclul
Frank L. Polk
himself. Ho was eliminated at the last
Krank Lon Polk is tho son of Dr.
William Mecklenburg Polk und a great
nephew of President James K. Polk.
He was born III New York In 1S71, He
was graduated at Vale In USUI nnd studied
law at Columbia,
lie went to the Spanish war with
Troop A and became Assistant Quarter
master under lieu, 111 list, with the rank
of captain. I'nr two years he was In
the olllce of I'.vaits, Choate lleamau,
and Is now a partner In the law til in
of AlcMiliilei, Watrlsn & Polk at 112
He Is a Iruatee of the lluieaii of Mil
nlilpi1 Itesearch and a director of th
I lairliiii.il National Hank. He was presi
dent of the Allinlelp.il Civil Seivl.-e Com
mission III lluiT. In the early days of th
DK campaign he ua a member of
Tlioniiih '.Molt Osborne's iuiorrntlr
League lie served aa treasurer of .Mr,
Alltchera personal oiimpnlmi lust fall.
Mr, Mltchel has picked hlni to head lh,
I'oi'l'iii'iitlon I'ounxrl olllce as an ail.
llilhhtiMloi iillle as much is a l.v.v.vei
Tin Miimi' i:ia iilr'is Im the to iplcic ie
oigapualloit of the olllco and expects
that Mr, I 'oik will curry out the plans,
Html sidp.l Words Howl Ovt
I'lllilic Schools in Itl'imk
100 LINK 'p FOB TIIK KHAY
Iwnnilii's anil Tonclit'i's CIioop
Cinitcstniits in Crowded
Academy of liisic.
The) had set white faces, the liny
"champ" spellers of the primary grades
of more than 100 schools of IJiooklMJ,
Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties.
when with flue marching precision they!
swung onto tho stago of llruoklyn'i
Academy of Music last night to light It
out to tlm last vowel nnd consonant In
the biggest spelling bee perhaps this land
Kncli little tad, or each little girl, first
of all was to receive from the hands of
Prof. Franklin W, Hooper, head of the
llrooklyn Institute a medal donated by
tho llrooklyn .ie. tho publishers of
which arranged last night's battle of tho
consonants. The medal showed that the
boy or girl had defeated every other
"near champ" In Ills school In tho pre
liminaries mid therefore was entitled to
do battle last night,
Perhaps the late Air, .Mendelssohn would
have written his war march fur his priests
of "Athulla" even more rtltrlngly had he
seen the stony eyes and tightened Ill's of
the tiny warriors of last night as they
tramped ucross the stage to that same
"Athalla" clang and clash. .Maybe they
heard the thunders of applause rolling
down upon them from an audience of
mothers and fathers, sisters and cousins
and aunts and teachers, who packed tho
great amphitheatre from pit to dome.
And the pent up sighs would burst forth
tlemulously from these s'ame teachers,
parents and playmates In the audience
Just as excitedly as they canio from the
rosy Hps on the stage. When the bigger
toys and girls of the orchestra of the
Commercial High School had played "The
Star Spangled Hnnncr," when the medals
for the preliminaries had next been pre
sented and when Dr. Hooper had made an
opening speech, then came the pause be
fore the avalanche.
And Thru the llattlc HroLc.
Thn strain was terrific. Pronouncr
Henry Oalnes Hawu arose beside an awe
some Webster"!! unabridged. Near by sat
the three Judge Mgr. H. W. MeCarty.
rector of St. Augustine's Catholic Church;
Mlaa Orace C. Strachau, district superin
tendent, and Principal William L. Kclter
of the Olrls High School.
From one of the many boxes hung a
blue nnd white silk banner bearing tho
legend that behind It sat a committee
from the llrooklyn Spelling Reform So
ciety. Next door to the stage was an
other banner disclosing the whereabouts
of the "Simplified Spelling Hoard."
"And when," cried Dr. Hooper nt one
tlm during hl speech before the battle
perhaps the doctor hadn't noticed the two
banner "we seek to chang our his
toric spelling by these letter day 'simpli
fied' or other so-called reform methods,
we do violence to the Kngllsh language"--k
statement greeted with much happiness
while nil eyes turned toward the two
boxes containing the reformers.
Hut the warriors can't stand much
more of this tremendously awful sus
pense, so let's up and at It. You can seo
their lips moving, eyes staring Into space,
as mentally they aro running over and
over the words that most trouble them
and which, doggone It '. doubtless will be
the Very words Mlstah Hawu will usk.
Sweaty hands urn twisting and turning
at skirts so abbreviated to begin with,
that t-oon, along tho front tows, nickel
garter clasps were glinting plnln!) among
fluffs and flounces and billows of unmen
".Misspell and You're llotru."
"JJach young lady or young gentleman,"
explained Pronouncer Hawn, "will rise In
turn, repeat the word after me, spell It
without going back after once starting,
say the word again and stt down, If the
Wold IS misspelled the pUpl! will utile
from the stage. 1 shall give each of )ou
a word until all lute xucieided or failed
III this Hint lound. and then theie will be
a second and a third lound as outlined.
Th first lound consisted of wonts
taken from a list of l.uuO used In the
school ptellmlnary trials, The second list
was made up of 5i)l uoids handed to the
champs only last Monday, Then there
was the whirlwind last round In which
the thin pale line ol survivors had to walk
light up and throttle wonts they never
had studied in school
That's where the gioans and death rat
tle were frlghtfuleat. And no matter
how Indignant lop or mom out In the
audience might lie when their nffspt Ink
bit the dust It' safe to say that when
they led their chlldten home toward mid
night thtic was no paternal unhcaval.
How are you going to lace Into your child
for falling down when any moment said
offspilng might tuin on ou on a DeKnlh
avenue car and ask n.ivagvl) :
"Well. If you know so much, pup, how
would you spell that there word Mlstah
Hawn gimme to spell'."'
Yes, old top, how do )iiu spell
loosldodeeaheilion" Come awn, the whole
car Is waiting'
llui'k Ague .Snrll (asualtlrs.
Stage fright undoubtedly had much to
do with the very eaillrst casualties. Nov
el thelrss of the sixty-eight little girls
und forty-live little boys note the piopor
Hon of lady and gentleman prcllmlnary
champs on the stage only seven gills
and two boys had to tut n light around
and splosh their leary way. iff tho stage.
"Liivlronmint" was the first shot Hied
by .Mlstah Hawn. A cinch! The diminu
tive brunette piped It off without stopping
for breath, llut two hair ribbons down
the line a blond miss decided uncertainly
that tlm thing you throw Is a "m-l-s-s-l-e
"That peifectl) fall," whlspeitsl the
picss gallery, but Webster and Mlstah
Hawu, It appeal tsl an Instant Inter, some
liuio ago had fixed It up that one can oul
throw a "m-t-s-s-l.e."
"Ib-iuoi rhuge" had one boy going for a
while, for after one tentative "r" h swal
lowed haul, grow white, or whiter, and
hung suspended, so to speak. With it gasp,
however, he broke the tingle silence wjth
a husky second r and a h-a-g-e, a woman
shrieked with Joy mid then the applause
cracked the celling.
Also a moment latci. when nnother one
tlmo champ tossed off v-,i.s-c..l-.n-t.e"
as If he wcie giving a college yell, a man
In the audience down near the press tables
b t go with an explosive- hand clapping and
a proud gilli, that lessemd, foiled, tied lis
Mlstah lliiwn. certain that tho was ex
cess baggage, wined tho sinner Into tho
It was In that last grim battle over
words the pupils still left oil the stage
never hud como across In their spelling
lessons that on" thought perhaps It would
he well lo telephone for otllcera of the
S, P. P, C lo step in and end the misery.
Mi Hint it Hill Forlorn Hope,
Tho bo or gill who spelled oiory othr
champion down was to lecelve a gold
medal and be crowned figuratively as ,
e'lainplon speller of Long Island. Finally,
nnd It now was mil) an hour befoin mid
night, Ktnoil a thlrtceii-yeai-olil boy of
svrloti fHce, somewhat lull for hi- age.
about the most dignified looking small
1oy one might find
Perhaps Mgr. McCiuty, rector of St
Augustine's Church, didn't begin to watch
that boy nnsluitslv now as the monslgnore
sat among the Judges, That lad Is a
mipll In the parochial school of St. Augu
tine's parish. Another boy and two little)
girls compiieil the hand now left.
"P-r-o (sniff) d'l-it-a-e o-
ii-." "Next.'' "P-cr-" "Next 1" "P-r-
o d-e-d-g " "Next!" And only the
hoy from JUr. AlcCartj'a purnclil.il
school was loft now of all the public and
Parochial schiad children who had come
onto the sage two hours before. The Isiy
Mood up with his usual dUnlty.
"P-r-o-d-i-g-l-o-u-s," said Master Am
brose O. Lllaney, 13 years old, of 80 Ster
ling place, llrooklyn, and a product of
St. Augustlnu's Sisters school, who wnkts
up this morning with a silver medal, a
xlorlous gold medal and greater than nil,
the publicly crowned champ of the flower
of Long Island's champ spellers. Ho was
almost as happy as he stood there burled
In the applause as Mgr. MeCarty him
self. MAJESTIC DELAYED BY GALES.
Liner llrliiu lllltiullter nnd ioii-Iii-
Inir nf tin I'rrslilent.
The White Star liner .Majestic anchored
In Quarantine last night after a stormy
pn,'tsago Unit iMajed her twenty-four
hours. In n whole Kale flom the north
west on Tuesday she covered only 120
Anions her passenger lire Mr. nnd
Air". Francis Howes Sayre, son-in-law
and daughter of President Wilson. The
Alujestlc Is due at her pier about S o'clock
MRS. WILSON'S SISTER VERY ILL.
Air. .Morten ret It. F.lllott Prostrated
at llorLelcy, Cat.
fU.s' Francisco, Jan. 2.1. - Alls .Mar
garet H. Klllntt, sister of Airs. Wiaalrow
Wilson, Is seriously ill In her home at
Uerkelcy. .Mrs. L'lllott Is the wife of
Prof. H. H. Clllutt, formerly of Prince
ton and now lectin er mi International
law and Jurisprudence at tho Fn'verslty
The L'ltlotts came to Merkeley fiom
Princeton a tew months ago. Prof. Kill
ott Is now In the Fast and will not return
until next week. For six Weeks his wife
hat been under the care of a trained
nure. She Is too 111 to fcelvo visitors.
DISPUTED LAND COST
MRS. WILSON $3,000
President's Wife Taid luxes
Also mid Did Not. C.ct
IjOs Amieles, .Inn. 23. A telegram
was received to-day by Receiver O. R.
Robinson of the local land oftlco from
t'nlted States Land Commissioner Tall
man of Washington, and n letter by
Homer L. Ooddard from Airs. Woodrow
Wilson, through her secretary, bearing on
the contest for eighty acres of land In
the Coachella Valley, to which the wife
of tho President, Ooddatd and Airs. Aluud
Henslc are partners.
The telegTnm contained an order that
no further appropriation of tho land In
question he made until the conclusion of
the hearing and nskea that Robinson
send Tallman the status of the case.
Airs. Wilson did not acrjulie the land by
Oovernment grant, but paid $3,000 In cash
for It, as well as the taxes, according to
the letter from Airs. Wilson. The letter
wa used as evidence In the hope of cstub
llshlng Airs. Wilson's clear title to sixty
of tlio eighty acres. It wns dated nt Pass
Christian, Miss., January
John T, King, original owner of thu en
tire disputed tract, was questioned at the
hearing to-dny by Attorney Sllverbert.
representing Airs. Alaude Compton II nsle.
In an effort to asceitaln whether C. L.
Compton has a ted as King's agent lu the
It Is probable that It. -ulster Ruieii and
Receiver Robinson will not decide the case
and that It will be nveral mouths bt
for" a division Is ri-ached. lluren Is s,-iv-Ing
ill nffUe until Ills suetessor call be
named, his term alicady having expirciL
Robinson's t,rm cplr,s lu .March
When the testlmoi.v l finished King
will bo allowed twentv rlav In which ta
tile Ids briers. Alls. Heinle then will
have twenty days to lite her briefs, King
will be allotbd ten additional davs in
which to file an aiiswei.
The conlllct over possession of tho land,
which has given use to on., of the most
i oinplkatfd situations m man) .veals, is
traced apparently to a tMirographlcal rr
lor In the publication of King's notice of
filing his entry. This resulted In ths
Oo eminent cancelling King's posses-Ion,
which ho already had sold to Airs. .Mar
garet Axson Llllot, sister of Airs. Wilson,
and gave Airs. Ilensle the tight to tlio on
TRAIN BANDITOETS $1,000.
f, 11, Cramp by Blrrpllia on lllultt
llle ine III,IHHI.
ClllCAilo. .Ian. 23. A lone bandit a
slendei. nervous young fellow with a big
revolver--held up a Allchlgtn Central
passenger train at 1 I, I o'clock this morn
ing near Jackson, Allch., robbing and
tcrrlflug passengers lu one Pullman
sleeper The tlalu. which tlavels between
Detroit and Chicago, arrived hele at
v jllii o'clock this morning with Its twelve
well lllliid coaches an hour late.
The uniqueness of the lobhers methods
coiittlbuted laigely to his HlK'iess. both
lu the holdup and In his escape Al
though he aroused six drowsy passengers
with the aid of u scared porter, lie suc
ceeded In getting less than ll.iliiu In
money He would not take Jewelry.
A porter Jerked an emorgenc) brake and
frightened the lubber off the train Just
ns he was aland In awaken Courtliind n
Crump of th William Cinmii . Sons Ship
and Knglun llulldlng Coinpaii) of Phila
delphia. Air. Cramp slept peacefully.
More than flli.uuii In inimej anil Jewelry
remained lu his pocket
"I saved $10,000 or moie because 1 al
ways sleep on my right side," said Air.
Cramp when he 1 cached Chicago "I am
a little deaf III my left ear and always
sleep 011 tin, right side."
SUBWAY TRAIN CRUSHES WOMAN.
Mission Her M(ri, Alias llncl.ctt
Hip From I'lntforio,
Alias .Million llackctt, 27 year old, .1
saleswoman of Twenty-fourth strict and
Neptune avenue, Coney Island, missed her
footing while trying to Imai'd a south
bound subway express at Fourteenth
street yesterday afternoon and fell be.
tween tho train and the platform, Until
her less were lacerated. She was taken
to llellcvue Hospital by Dr Fried and
went homo In a talc.ib.
MAY BUY CR0SST0WN LINE.
Third Aienlle lift lllultt In Aciiulie
JtHih Htreet llond.
The I'ubllc Service Commission an
tllorlred the Third Avenue Railway Com
pany )eterihiy lo buy the Alld-Crosstown
Railway Company, which owns the
Twenty-eighth and Twent) -ninth street
ciosstowii lines. The Alld-Crosstow 11 s
authoi Ircil to Issue II .",11,111111 M capital
stock, which the Third Avenue cm nr.
ipilre by Issuing new hoods lu nn aniotml
no! to cm I flSi.nou
The conipa i.i asked the 1011 11 --.ion to
hu the Mid-Cro-i-1 iwn with the pioeccl
uf a $,10U,U0U bond Umio, bill ItK Pi-iiucM
nits pared down almost two-third.
WILLETT BORROWED '
TO FOOL POLITICIANS!
l-inv.vcr. Act'iiscd of Haying
Nomination. K.luins Why
Ho dot 82t"i.00O.
DKNIKS It ! Ill NO CA.SSI l)Y
histici! Sciiddor. Called ns Wit
ness. Supports Tnle
of 111 tiff.
William Willed, Jr., who Is being tried
on the charge of paying for a nomination
to the Supreme Court In (Jut ens, took the
stand In his own defence nt a night
session of court last night.
lie. explained why he borrowed 25,000
Just before he got the nomination and
denied that he paid Joseph Cassldy or
Louis T. Walter for tho honor.
Wlllell's testimony was largely In cor
roboration of that already given by Can
sidy and Walter. He told of seeing Wal
ter about the nomination and of meeting
Cnsshiy, whom ho had previously op
posed, on the train. Walter had already
Informed Wlllett that Cassldy was not
actively opposed to his nomination.
"Suppose I wore a candidate for the
Supreme Court bench, would you oppose
me?" Wlllett asked. Cassldy replied thut
he would not,
Thereafter Wlllett decided to assist
Cassldy In his primary tight, he said, ami
told several of his friends that he would
finance the fight. It was for this pur
jkiso thnt ho borrowed the $5,000 from
Frank It. Merrill. He concealed the fact
from his partner because they were op
posed to Ills spending money for such a
purpose while there were outstanding ob
ligation against the firm.
Uorrunril In MnUc MltuiT.
An to the alleged worthless Htock he
bought from Walter for JJ.UOO, und which
has been looked uism by the prosecution
as a blind to rover bribery, he said that
he considered tho stock of good value and
that Walter first wanted $10,000 for It.
After getting tho $5.0n0 ho said he bor
rowed $10,001) to make tho politicians
think he had money to spend. Then lie
boriowed a second $10,000 to buy tho stock
and pJV off hi obligation to .Merrill. He
borrowed, ho said, the $20,000 after his
Wlllett asserted that the charge that he
bought his nomination originated In the
ofllee of Surrogate Noble, whom he de
feated. He heard the Surrogate' chief
clerk. Hondrlck.son, making the charge In
11 street corner speech Just after ho was
nominated, he said. It was various sub
ordinates In that officii who spread the
Supremo Court Justice Townscnd Scud
der, testifying a a character wit
ness for Wlllett. i-ald that Wlllett
had told him on October 1, 191 1.
that he did not pay a cent for tho Su
premo Court nomination, the buying of
which ho Is now Indng tried for before
Justice Jaycox and a Jury In the Supreme
Court In llrooklyn, but that It wan necca
sary to have money und Hash In order to
get a nomination In Queen. This last
was brought out on cross-examination.
It wait before Justice Scudder, sitting
as a committing .Magistrate, that the
charges against Wlllett were originally
heatd and It was Justice Pcudder who
held the Supreme Court candidate for
the QueenH county Orand Jury, so that
his ajiiw.irance as a character witness oc
casioned some surprise. He said that he
had known Wlllett for fifteen years and
testified to his good character up to the
time he had to hold him for the Orand
Askril AVIIIelt About Itnniora.
"The first time he eKke to me about
the charges against him w.v two day
after he had been nominated," Justlco
I Seudder said. In it spouse tu a question
by litrlrt Attorney Crops?) . Ho came
to court where I wns presiding. 1 In
vited hlni to take the bench and con
gratulated him and then I told him 1 had
heard dlsagrceablo rumors. The rumors
I had heard were that money had been
used in connection with the nomination
anil 1 said th.it 1 hoped they wero not
"What did he say?"
"That It w-us nothing lilo- as bud as
the talk. '
"Thl was a da) ni two after the
nomination- and oti hud hr.tnl these ru
mors'" "Ves, 1 in, in the hotbed of the ru-
I mors- "
1 The next time .lustiie Seudder tulkul
to Wlllett about the matter wns on No
vember 'J, tlm first day he sat an a com
muting Aliiglsttaln On that occasion
Wlllett had told hlin ho wanted the hear
ing (oiiductrd publicly and not privately,
"On the last day of the hearing tile
cember 5) Air. Wlllett came to my
chamber before I went on the bench,"
Justice Seudder continued. VI recall
tlmt he said to me; 'Judge, oii seem
to think 1 did this. 1 did not do It nt all.
although things look against me. I did
not give a cent for my nomination. Hut
1 knew the people 1 was dealing with.
I knew 110 man could get the nomination
lu win ens county who did not show h
had the money I drew the money to
show I had It, but Intended to keep
It Hiid spend ft In my own way.'"
llrolli-i- tintr Worthless fltri-L,
Alarlnus WlllBit told how he had raised
money on a worthless check for $5,000 to
meet the note his brother cave Frank R,
.Met 1 III for tho u,ouo loaned Just three
da)s befoie the primaries, This the wit
ness did III order to gain time, he said.
It would never do to have hi brother's
ciedlt Injured right then. The Jamaica
blanch of the Com F.xchang Hank held
the note. Refill e the worthless check could
be piesented for payment ho hoped to
make good 011 tlm note and the check ton.
Aim 111 came to his assistance again with
fifty shares of stock, which he sold for
about J .'.,0110.
BOY KILLED BY AUTO TRUCK.
Another Victim In llrlletnr In n
Viltoinohilf. trucks killed a ho and
ei lousi) Injured a woman yestenla)
About a dozen small bo)s were ilodg
lug back and forth In the afternoon across
llro.ulway nt Myitle avenue, one of tho
busiest places In Williamsburg, when
Hcnnbi Shulmnn. '.i years old, of ssji
Alyillo avenue, was struck and killed bv
an eleetilo truck. The driver of the
truik, Harry lllngenltr. of 112 Smith
street, Hiookl)ii, was taken to the Ver
non avenue police station, but was re.
leased when witness,. said that ho was
not to blame.
A department store automobile truck
operated by John Keough or 200 Rust
Thirty-second street ran down Margaret
Kennedy, ilL' years old, of 200 Fast
Thlrt) -eighth street, at Second iivenim
and Thirty-ninth street early last eve.
ulng as she tried lo cross the street be
hind 11 trolley car. Or. Riitlcdgc took her
lo llellcvue Hospital, Her condition Is
Shelby M. Tallinn n llrllrr.
I shiiiviiton, ,Ihii. 23.- -Shelby ,M. Oil
1 loin, former Senator fiom Illinois who
(has been critically III at his lesldctice In
i as -ungual, was cpoi ,1 to-ilgln 10 !
about III the Hume condition as for about
two il:i)M past.
In Aid of the Artiit Fund font!)
the French Benevolent Socitty
St'tcMlu Xtlrttril lialtrnri
for thli KtMbmnn
Fifth Avenue (t 53rd
From Jan'y 24lh lo 30th, ,11... 51.00
From Jan'y 31st to Feb. Nth. 50 ds
WEAK POINT IN U.S.
(ion. Lcoiinnl Wood Sny.s 11,'iwdii
roiiltl Not Ho UeM in
(!nso of Wnr.
WANTS I'OHCKS DOCIHiKI)
Hir (inns Aro Soul to Islmiils
find Iihtoiim' in PonniiiiPiil
(iiirriMin Is I'lnn.
Washington, Jan. 23. Testimony given
before the fortification sub-committee of
the House Appropriations Committee dis
close a seeming lack of confidence on
the part of high ofllclals In the ahlllt
of the United States lo hold tho Hawali.i ,
Island In the event of wnr In the Pacific
It I nlso disclosed that for a considerable
period the War Department ha been
straining every nerve to malto tho H.i
wallun archipelago Impregnable. To that
end thnro have been transfer of heavy
ordnance to the Islands. These transfer
havo been effected as an emergency meas
ure and without seeking Congressional
sanction or specific appropriation. ll
forc the sub-committee Itrlg.-Oen. Crorlei.
chief of ordnance of the army, mado the
following statement :
"For the land defence of a portion of
the Island of Hawaii Immediately In th
rear of Honolulu and for Corregtdor Isl
ands In the Philippines wo found It ad
vlsaulo to transfer certain guns and car
riages, with their ammunition which w
already had on hand In the Cnlted Sta'e
There were some 6.000 guns, r, Inch guns
4.7 Inch guns and some C Inch guns, ami
the corresponding ammunition. Now '
has len the practice, of the committee
specifically to authorize everything tin
ts to be us, (1 fr,r thu Philippines and
Hawaiian Islands except mobile mat, rl.i
which uccotupanles troops. This Is .1
class of material which does not ao-nm
p.tny ttoops and which will be Hi flxei
emplacement and therefore the authoris i
tion of Congress should ! obtained '
Alajor-Oen. Ia;onard Wood appeared 1,
fine the committee on December '.'n. 11 s
testimony was made public tu day. II"
was qiHstloned with regard to the sltua
tlon In Hawaii and expressed himself In
this way :
"The reasons for holding Honolulu or
the Island of Oahu so secuiely re.-t r -marlly
on tho protection of the naval b.i
and In n secondary way In preventing t'-
occupation of the Island nnd Its possi'de
use as a bnsls of operations against r-it
Western const and po-slbly the Panama
lorlirlnu I'cittl llnrlior.
"The navy, after a very caiefui or
sltleration of the whole situation, decided
to establish at Pearl Harbor a naa
base of very contldcrable Importance. Th
task of securely defending this naval fcas.
agalnst any raiding attack or attacKJ- c
force which might result from opcrat'mt
following temporarily thu Ioh of sea ivji
trol on tlm Pacific necessitated In 11
case of the army a system of foitltlcntm:,.
which have been roughly outlined to .,,
In previous preliminary talks These for
tlflcntlons include- seaco.tst defences and
very strong line of Innd defence."
it will be noted that specific mention
made both by flcn. Wood and Oen. Crone,
of the Impoitance of piopor safeguarrilns
of the land approaches to the naval ba.
at Pearl Harbor and to the Insular form'
cations, n Is tecognlsed thnt a force nr
the In the Pacific against the t'nlted
States, once having lemovrd the Ami"
can naval fotce from consideration its .
defending factor, would have small trouh'
In obtaining control of the Hawaiian !.
and outside of the defences themsfhes
This would also be of great Importance
the event of any revolt by alien reslden
of tht Hawaiian Islands lu nvmpnthv w
any Power with v hum the I'ntto.l Stat.k
might be at w a-
Wit nl Infi-onse In Tronpn.
Strengthening the personml of in,. ,.
fending force In the Hawaiian Islands . s
advocated slrongl) h Urn Wood 1
tin sent force In tin islands euMst-
SHI commissioned offlcois nnd 7 ifi'i .
listed men. Oen. Wood urged that t s
number be more thai doubled ami ,
poses a h g.tnlson for the Island
'aim rill; otflceis ami in.firtr. enlisted , ,
ail Inctease ,, 22v officer and s 1
Hen. Woods nihoeaiy of Uns ast
crease In the defending lone at the
of liahu Is pi .-incited ,, a ,., B, ,
mind which lias non,. i ,m ,.ri.t , .
The fact was biougnt out in a srh
UUestions In I'h.ilrinan Fitzgerald, w
"Oen Wood, nn 1 ,,-,. Ihvtion u,a.
explained hist w ai that In the e, , e ,
plans foi the iletence of Hawaii lh.
were certain Hoops always Intended t, 0
held In feaiilniss at San Francisco "
"That Is exactly t. point," replied ,.e
Wood. "The Id.M was to hold a laig.
of the gairls. in at sun Fi aiiclsc, an. I .
simy nt otiier Pacific ,nst p,,,,,,, 1
nrluclnallv nt s-,o i.v,,,,,u ,. ...
lof sending them over In time of thr, af.
war. 11111 mat plan, In view of ih v. . .
mints of a possible hostile naval sii.-o.-Ill
the Paclllc, soon caiilo to be legatd. I
absolutely unsound It meant the .1
ment of tioops across 2 nou miles ,,r
under conditions which if the pie.
hostilities would certainly ,,,:t ..
them. Such a movement of troops
not have been inMnken as am thing ..1'
mini 1111 hoi prt tlnilu.iri ..f war o
Ipart. and If .111 en, in was n-ath , mi,-,
I plating an attacl, hi would .tlu-L l
them troops could be mined"
I Vettnrk Sell. M 1 ,11110,111111 lloiuls.
I Nkwwik, N .1 .Ian. 2'1 civ rv-ei.,-
II roller Tyler Pin ml) to-da) "old ?)
000 worth of six months bonds foi s .i
I opening lo L. Von Hoffman ,t f ur
Wall street, New York The city wd. , .
4'-., percent, Inteiist. with ,1 piein a 1 '
111 B a a 1 c a u
n0MI so tvisttflM Via K)t
Nmilii 1 Imarl.-t t-isl!-.
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