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MOBS ME LYNCHING
MANY IN VERA CRUZ,
, 8EXIC0 GITY HEARS
tfs c i i ir .
M,varranzas ooiaiere mutiny,
Call Him "Old Whis
kers" and Start Reign of
-Terror, Villa Men Declare
fe, PASo. th . Deo. iL Vera Crus Is
out - of Carranaa.' control and In the!
hit&a of mobs of his aotdlers. who nte
arreatln and exeeutlng citizens In great
numbers, according; to an unconfirmed re
jjorl which reached here today by way
ot Mexleo Qty .
Mexicans who aided General Funston
ilurln ? occupation or Vera Crus by
the American forxea wete said tp have
been the drat victims. That Cairansa
waa derided by his own aoldlera and
called "Old Whiskers" was stated In the
"reports from pro-Villa forces.
r General Scott. Chief of Staff, arrived
rjjut ittco. Arts., yesteixlay. and arranged
' 'separate conferences with Generals May
torena and Hill, leaders of the opposing
Mexican factions across the border.
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because of an old feud, aiaytoreoa, it
Js reported, threatened to execute any
of his soldiers causbt firing into Ari
zona. Both Mexican cenerats watched through
Held, glasses the. United States troops un
loading and putting their artillery In
Gutferxca Eeaaaures Washington
IVASHtNGTOX Dec IL Provisional
President Gutierrez notified the State De
partment today that Oeneral Maytorena
would move back from his position at
Ms co to a point beyond range of the
TWO HURT AT ARSENAL
Chemist and Assistant Injured in
An explosion of powder with which
they were experimenllns sit the Frank-
ford Arsenal today Injured two men
who were at work In the butldlnc at the
ttma and shattered evnry pane of glass
in the place.
The Injured men. William Williams, S3
years old. of ltd Foulkrod street, and
William Hopkins. 3 years old. of -271
Pratt street, are In .the Frankford Hos
pital. The. physicians said their condition
Is not serious.
The explosion occurred In a one-story
bulldin-r on the arsenal grounds, used as
a chemical laboratory, and was Isolated
from the magazine buildings. Hopkins,
who Is a chemist, and his assistant were
making experiments with powder to be
used Ja sheUv and while mixing up the
ingredients of the powder the combina
IRATTAP-AT TRANSFER RUMORED
Wilmington Company May Iase
line of Private Concern.
TVordiwas received here today that a
.move.ls on foot for the People's Railway
Company of Wltmlngto,n. DeL, which Is
v controlled by the John Dobson estate of
Philadelphia and R. W. Crook, of Wli
. mington. to purchase or lease the traction
part of tho property of the 'Wilmington
and Philadelphia Traction Company, a
rival concern. It is said an offer had
been made. Thomas W "Wilson, vice
president of the traction company, said
the rumor was ridiculous. General Man
ager R. W. Crook, of the People's line.
who Is one of the principal owners. Bald
he had nothing to say It had been the
Intention of the People's Company to ap
, ply tot tha Legislature for permission to
engage In the lighting business against
the other company.
An official of the Fidelity Trust Com
pany, 35 Chestnut street, which has the
Dobson estate In trust, when asked about
the deal, said, "We have knowledge of
the deal, but we are not prepared to
make any statement for publication until
negotiations have been completed."
nUTEBAI. OF C. H. DOTjaHERTTT
The funeral of Charles IL' Doughtery.
--who died suddenly last Friday, and who
'' was a dose friend of Secretary of State
' Bryan, was held today at St Patrick's
Roman Catholic Church, 20th and Locust
Mr. Dougherty lived at the BelUvue
Stratford and frequently entertained Mr.
Bryan at his summer home at Cape May,
N. J. Mr Bryan sent a wreath of Cowers
for the funeral.
IBTJRSE SNATCHEB SENTENCED
'. '"Tony davarrese. fa) years otd. of Fits
water street, near 5th. was sent to the
County Prison, for 5 months by Judge
, Davis today in Quarter Besshms Court
c aHeattng a pocket hpok from Mrs.
Martha MilchtU, of Xi St Marks Square.
Jtear d and Locust streets.
WASHINGTON. Dos. H.
"af eastern Xaarvaia and New Jar-
S'alr at coMor to and Tvm
sreett wsat winds.
asriMte (UMttrbaaee twrara the
Lake realm, with aaptber buHeaUd off
im new jurmuf wui is msnuag.
U-tder their sutueoce tight pree.ptis.ifew.
fcaa covered practically ail dUtrlela trees
- Bodnr Mounuias eastward iterta the
W J hear. The tEmparatttSM Juv
iWmi ta e,Wut normal coudMea-, to th
ea&Mr WJf of the country, watte a
(MjE drop is reported from the MUa4j-
Mirer westward to Ibe Becky
A isoderate geseral rise la
tnr aas occurred 1st weatera
asd la the bordering States. Ttie
stoma are xated la bum
ik eWly uieiibt aad to be lelowtd fcy
tebr poi catdsr TsUy.
U. S. Waatkaf Bureau BoJUUm
0-j-urnuhiaa sa4e Ml a . Butera Hsu.
k k ttlK
IN HIGHER COURT
CAnllnnrd from Fate One
for trial does ehnrg-e a crime We are
also obliged to hold on the same theory
that Thaw Is a fugitive from Justice.
"It has further been contended that If
thaw Is Insane he Is not eultty of uy
ertme under the. taws of New Tort, and
If he was not Insane he should have been
discharged, tint the statutes require that
if a supposedly Insane person commits a
Crime It Is necessary for the defense to
prove that he was Insane at the actual
moment of the overt act
"It has been held that a person may b
Insane and yet realise at the time of a
crime that It was a wrong act Mow this
Is not a trial of Thaw. That must oe
decided Under the laws of Mew Tork and
by a New York Jury
"Furthermore, no discretion la given In
the law providing for extradition It
plainly says that, Upon an Indictment
charging a crime being found, and proof
of that submitted to the 8 1 ate to whleh
the fugitive has lied, the fugitive must
be surrendered to the demanding State.
For thla and other reasons we reverse
the declaion of the District Court of
New Hampshire and place the costs upon
HABBY THAW TO DE TRIED IN
NEW YORK CITY, SAYS JEROME
NEW TORK, Dec. 21. Wll'lam Travers
Jerome today expressed himself as well
pleased with the finding of the United
States Supreme Court In the Thaw case.
He said that Thaw would be put on
trial for conspiracy In New York County,
where an Indictment has been returned
against him on that charge.
When asked, "Can a crazy man bo
gutlty of a crime?" Jerome replied In the
affirmative, but declined further to de
fine his attitude.
"I CAN'T BELIEVE IT,"
SAYS THAW'S MOTHER
PITTSBURGH. Dec. M.-"I can't be
lieve It" v.as all that Mrs. William Thaw,
mother of Harry K. Thaw, would say this
afternoon when told of the decision of
the United States Supreme Court. She
turned away and aiked her maid to try
to get telephone connections with Man
chester, N. H., that ahe might talk to
"No doubt the New York authorities
will send Thaw back to Matteawan." said
former Governor William A. Stone, one
of Harry K. Thaw's attorneys. "I do not
think It Is likely that he will be tried on
a conspiracy charge.'
EVELYN THAW SAYS SHE HAS
XOTJND WAY TO FREE HUSBAND
NEW TORK. Dec 21. "I am sorry that
Harry Thaw la to be taken back to Mat
teawan. But I know a way In which he
can gain hts freedom and I stand ready
to so to him and help him out of his
trouble It he will send for me, as a bus
oand should for his wife v. hen he Is In
This statement was made by Evelyn
Neablt Thaw today when Informed of
the decision against her husband.
"I know a way In which he can obtain
his freedom. I have been giving the
matter much consideration and I have
discovered a way. Once I took the stand
and fought for him. I fought Jerome
and all the rest of them. The whole
world knows how I fought and what la
more, I fought a winning battle."
THAWS SECBETABY SAYS
HE WON'T BE INTERVIEWED
BOSTON. Dec. It A futlle.attemptwaji
made to get Harry K. Thaw on the tele
phono in New Hampshire today when
the decision of the United States Su
preme Court became known. Thaw's sec
retary declared over the telephone that
Thaw had nothing to aay regarding the
matter and that anything made public
would be given out by Mr. Knox. Thaw's
counsel, who Is In Washington.
FIGHT TO RELEASE THAW
COST NEARLY 81,000,000
The "Thaw caae" Is probably the most
noted in American criminal law history.
Thaw shot and killed Stanford 'White.
famous architect, on Madison Square
roof garden. June 25. ISO. His first trial
began January 23 1507. It was Inter
rupted by a decision to have a lunacy
commission examine the murderer. The
commission reported that Thaw was sane.
Evelyn Nesblt Thaw, wife of the ac
cused, had told her startling story In
the attempt to prove that Whit had
ruined her life and that the account she
gave Thaw of Whlte'a actions had made
him the victim of an obsession that he
must kill the architect Thaw's trial re
sulted In a disagreement
The second trial was begun January (.
1SCK. Again the "unwritten law plea" was
advanced, on the ground that Thaw waa
temporarily Insane when he killed the
man. Thaw was acquitted February 1.
oa the ground that when he fired the
fatal shot he was Insane. He was Im
mediately committed to Matteawan.
William Travers Jerome. "Thaw's
Nemesis." frustrated all attempts to re
lease him. He had been District Attorney
during the Thaw trials and knew the
case like a book.
On November 22. 1S12. bribery was re
sorted to to effect his escape from th
asylum. The J24.W9 was expended In
On August IT. 1913. what Is believed to
have been a carefully planned plot was
successful. Thaw escaped In a fast mo
torcar He disappeared for two days,
and Anally turned up In a little Ca
nadian border town. From that moment
the State of New York haa made every I
effort to have him extradited for con
spiracy ta eTeet his own release from
Ma Ilea was.
It has been estimated Thaw and his
family have spent nearly a million dollars
la the right lor bis freedom, divided about
as foHows. First trial. IKK, ISW.CC0; sec
ond trial, laas. riEa.acO. first bearing, ISM.
i.0i; seeoftd hearing, DOS. JM.0CO; third
fcearisg WX. T5.W0: Incidentals. JBO.COO;
lawyers' expenses. IIM.OCO; paid to Eve
lyn Ntafcit Thaw. rM,000. paid to detre
ttses, SS.0: expenses siaee escape,
SXXMSS. Total. 1,30,000.
court rsr new Hampshire
HAD NO PRECEDENT IN CASB
The precise leaal question raised by
the attemM of New Tork State to ex.
tradtte Thaw, aucsriJlBS to Federal Judge
AMrtefe. at New Hampshire, who granted.
Tfcaw" aMHMauoo xer a writ of ttabea
ta the Wetmc ceost or New tsasaasfti-e,
waa wit Hani Meet-feat la either the as
ale s)AgUn or Amerieaa JuHspeu
ilessr Faita th deahlen ef Judge Aidrtett in
Taaw'a fa- the ease had bees appealed
u Ute aaprewi Court it, havlog bee
itailtHitngd free the begtoalag of the
i-iraim-HM Mat bawaves Judge AM
tijii'a rmut fNM dejdds. aa aapeal
bmheW x lakeet to tha ittgaest court
Ti CsnairUa proeeedtar were breusbt
W a halt wfaen fas ottUU washed thetr
haaakt of tM xa. sesax Thaw over the
(tee to New gaaspshlre. Ha wm tskea
ttue ctMUdy iy tiM aJfce? af Cw
CesMttr, aSMl thftst U9i seejMalUHs werta
tmjW ywwwi hi bg nent4
la sfaw feeti. Beams srM MM fceMr
0W -W; frsrtJr
t.ut ls.attsrstr lirt-)r,a that the -niaiit
bit atrmlwesi waa retaasar a! --tonal
a c- HMmsi the New Tart: slaui
I1 wire to take Tfea.v back ta thetr BUM
The Tfaaw mUomim fpirtisd ta ft
Jhtbwd t.iHtn aad Jlf Ald-rica revct
S ajatornltCfi i-i - ef )M,i 0M
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EVENING LEDGER PHILADELPHIA, MONDAY. DECEMBER
lion proceeding were Invalid, writing an j
elaborate opinion. Its sild that the ques-
tlons raised In the proceedings In his
court were new tp both American and
English Jurisprudence Inasmuch as Thaw
was In reality a fugitive from a decree of
custody entered in the New Tork courts
The real question, he held, was whether1
the process by which he waa sought by
New Tork was a due process of law.
This question he further defined as a
question of n person sought for extradi
tion under the Federal Constitution be
oauie he had fled from guardianship cus
tody based upon the verdict of a Jury that
he waa Insane. Judge Aldrlch said -there
was great danger of the arbitrary. Uie
or extradition In a case where a man's
sanity had to be proved In the courts of
He itated that the Federal Government
had the power or seeing to It that the
power of extradition between the States
was equitably used, the source of the
wnoie power being In the Federal Gov
ernment PUT CASE VP TO SUPREME COURT.
In order to have extradition, th court
ruled, (here must be three elements; a
person, a crime and a flight. Such a
person must be a responsible person and
the flight muit be on to avoid th con
sequences of a crime committed. The
extradition papers presented by the State
of New York, the Judge said, showed on
their face that the peraon whose extradi
tion was sought (Thaw) was presump
Hla reaearch ahowed no caae either In
this country or In England where .It
had been attempted to employ the ex
tradition power to return a peraon whoae
night waa from a cuatody of the char
acter presented In th Thaw cast.
tie entered no ordar permitting Thaw's
treeoom from custody because, as he said.
It waa well understood that an appial
was to b taken to the Supreme Court
He put It up to the Supreme Court
whether Thaw should be admitted to ball
pending a final determination of the caae
and when appeal waa made to that court
to admit Thaw to ball the request was
The State of New Tork took Its appeal
to the Supreme Court on the ground that
Judge Aldrteh had erred In sustaining the
FALL PREY TO FLAMES
Several Motorcycles, Three Vans aad
'' Street Car Also Burned.
Twenty-four automobiles, several mo
torcycles, three moving vana and an otd
ntreet car were destroyed early today
during a twc-alarm fire In the garage of
Melville Brothers, Hi North Ud street
The building, which was once used aa a
street car barn, was a total lossjnnd cars
and machinery in It were reduced to
crap Iron. Two firemen of Truck No. 6,
Preston street and Haverford avenue,
were overcome by smoke and had to be
carried out For a time the whole neigh
borhood was threatened.
Fifteen pieces of fire apparatus were
throwing water on the garage by the
time the second alarm was turned In.
That the JjI-jo would have spread dan
gerously but for the rain and the tons
of water thrown on adjacent houses Is
the belief of Battalion Chief James T.
Stewart who directed the tire fighting.
James and Alexander Melville, who run
the garage, were unable this morning to
explain the origin of the fire. The theory
was odvancd that the watchman might
have dropped a lighted match near some
The burned street car was being used
by the Melvilles for experiments nlth a
p. r; r. track blockaded
BY HUGE LANDSLIDE
Traffic Impeded When Mountainside
Palls on Rails East of Renovo.
ALTOONA. Pa., Dec Il.-All traffic on
the WUUamsport division of the Penn
sylvania Railroad Is blocked by an
Immenae landslide which occurred today
Immediately after the Buffalo flyer, a
fast passenger train, heavily loaded, had
The entire mountainside about one mile
east of Renovo slid onto the tracks, cover
ing them with thousands of tons of earth
and rocks. So far as known no peraon
THIS IS ST. THOMAS' DAY
Precedes Shortest of Year, Whleh
Marks Winter's Beginning.
This Is St Thowas Day and precedes
the shortest day of the year, which marks
the official beginning of winter.
Many years ago the day was marked
by the custom among poor persons of
"going a goodlng." that la, calling at
the homes of their rich neighbors and
asking for money or provisions in order
to enjoy the approaching festival of
In return for the good things, it was
the custom for the recipients to offer
their benefactors a sprig of holly or
CRUSHING DEFEAT IN MEXICO
Washington Hears Constitutionalist
Army is Routed.
-WASHINGTON, Dec a. The Mexican
Constitutionalist army met with crush
ing defeat at Puebla yesterday, according
to official advices to the State Depart
ment from Vera, Crux this afternoon Nine
cars of wounded have already arrived In
Vera Crux and more are expected. The
bodies of four officers were received there.
RESCUES TWO JfROM PLAMES
Blueeoat Carries Man and Little Girl
A man and a four-year-old girl were
rescued by Policeman Musset or the (Sth
street and Woodland avenue station, at
a Are caused by an oil stove at 4914 Wood
land avenue today. Joeepn Btelstr, 3
years old, attempted to put out the
flames, sat realising the danger.
Musset carried hlia to the street He
alto rescued the little daughter of Mrs.
HOMELESS KAN POUND DEAD
When employes at a stare at f Market
street came to open the establisaiaeat
this morning- they found AHesj MtHen
years old. dead oa the floor. Muter,
was pernutted by the preptlete last
algbt ta sfa4 the night In the stere
after he h4 asked Fcrajjeloa tor do ao.
sayteg he had bo heme.
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WILLIAM V. CLEARY
Acquitted of the murder of his
son-in-law in New York State.
Justice Morschauier, who pre
sided, said, in discussing the ver
dict, "Some people lose tight of
the crime itself."
JAMES G. FOX BANKRUPT
Court Appoints Receiver for TJown
ingtown Business Man.
WEST CHESTER, Pa., Dec 21. Buat
nesa circles in Downlngtown were agi
tated today by the announcement that
the properties of James O. Fox, a former
Register of Wilts In this county, had gon
Into the hands of a receiver. Mr. Fox be
came a voluntary bankrupt In the
United States Court In Sunbury last
week. The receiver la the Mechanics
Trust Company of Harrlsburg, and the
Cheater County Interests are In the hands
of W. Logan Rogers, of Downlngtown.
Mr. Fox Is the owner of the Farmers'
Baxaar In Downlngtown, the largest prop
erty of Its kind In that section of the
county. Mr. Fox la also the owner of a
rM-acre farm, one of the show places
on the Main Line.
BOARD OF TRADE INDORSES
TAYLOR'S TRANSIT PLAN
Resolution Strongly Commends
Move for High-speed System.
Endorsement of A. Merritt Taylor's
plans to give Philadelphia a high-speed
transit system was given by the Board
of Trade at Its regular monthly meeting
held this afternoon In the Bourse Build
ing. The defeat of the Coatello ordinance
was also urged.
The Board of Trade passed resolutions
stating that they were In hearty accord
with the plans of the Director of Transit
which are favored by a majority of both
Select and Common CouncIImen.
Resolutions pledging their co-operation
with Councils to get better Are apparatus
recommended by J. II. Howland, of the
fire prevention committee of the National
Fire Underwriters. An Investigation by
the Board of Trade, made two months
ago, disclosed the astonishing fact
that 40 per cent of the fire hoae In
service In this city was undt for use
nhlle 70 per cent of the fire apparatus
The action of the Interstate Commerce
Commission In granting the Eastern rail
roads the S per cent Increase on freight
rates was also commended In resolutions
adapted by the organization.
The board tabled a letter received
recently from Representative A. T Gard
ner, of Massachusetts, requesting Its
committee to write letters to the repre
sentatives from Pennsylvania In the
House and Senate urging their favorable
action on a bill providing for a national
security committee to Investigate the pre
paredness of the United States for war.
The proposition for a stadium for Phila
delphia was approved of and the sup
port of the organization pledged to It
DEAD IN HER 102D YEAR
Almshouse Inmate Remembered
Events in Country's Early History.
Eliza, better known as "Mother Clif
ford." died today at the Camden County
Almshouse at Blackwood. N. J., after
living to be more than 100 year old.
A family Bible, yellowed with age,
showed that the woman was born In
February. 1513. She frequently recalled
scenes of the country's early trouble
and had a remarkable memory.
No near relatives of the woman can
be found. Those last heard of lived at
DRIVER POUND UNCONSCIOUS
John Mcnamln, 33 years old. of 371
Wlngohocking street, unconscious and
with a broken leg, was found lying on
Ogontz avenue today by Policeman Mc
Goldrlck. of the Cermantown police sta
tion. Menamln, who is a driver for Thomas
Meehan t Sons. Chew and Phll-Ellena.
streets, Germantown. said a trolley car
struck him. The team was standing
near by uninjured. He was taken to the
Address Books 35c to $3.
Diaries 30c to $3.
75c to $6.
"Htmdy" Notes 75c to $2.
"Pest-Haste" $U5 t p-
Sleppiig Lists 51c U $2,
iltt CHESTNUT fppt
BURGLAR FACES LONG TERM
Pleads Guilty to Eight Mom Rob
beries After Si-year Sentence
A rounsr burster, already facing a M-
I year Jail sentence that automatically will
. extend Itself to 45 years If his behavior
-He not good, pleaded guilty today before
f . TkAMn- ln ih. United states
Iietorlot Court to eight potomce rob-
, berles In different counties of this State
Tnee July, UU. The prisoner Is Jacob
7 TsVould tKe Federal Court Impose the
, maximum entence. It would mean an
"prttmional 40 years for th man to rve.
but Chief Postoffice Inspector torteiyou
asked that a tight sentence be Imposed
In view of the 21-year term facing the
The Jlyar term waa Impoaed by an
Allerltown court whn Fryer pleaded
guilty to numerous robberies In that city
and vicinity. His aenUnce was fixed at
4S years, of which 34 years are to be
auspended for good behavior. After sen
tence was passed at Allentown. Fryer
waa claimed by the Federal authorities.
CHILDREN'S PAROLE ENDED
Judge Gorman Orders Release of 2B0
Judge Gorman In the Juvenile Court to
day gladdened the hearts of 2S0 offenders
when he ordered their release from pa
role. Testimonials relating to the good
behavior of the children during the past
year were read by probationary officers.
Anxious that the- children on parole
thould have clean bill concerning thtlr
careers. Judge Oorman recently ordered
the several probationary officers to pre
sent him with the recorda of the ISO Juve
The letters testifying to the good be
havior of the children come from various
Institutions. In the Hat of. those on
parole there v.ere XII boys and 33 girls.
FIGHT OVER LITERACY TEST
President Assembles Forces to De
feat Immigration Bill in Senate.
WASHINGTON, Dec It-The admin
istration is now assembling Its forces In
the Senate In an effort to defeat the
pending Smith-Burnett Immigration meas
ure with the literacy test Incorporated
President Wilson and Senator Lewis, of
Illinois, today held a conference In which
plans to overthrow the measure In Its
present form were discussed, and It Is
now considered a certainty that If the
literacy test Is Included In the bill when
It is passed, the President will veto the
TO SUE ALLEGED TRUST
Government Will Press Charge
Against Local Manufacturers.
Proceedings Instituted several months
ago by the Government against the so
called "Paper Box Board Trust," which
Is said to control a number of paper
mills In Manarunk. will be heard to
morrow In the United States Court in
New York city.
The Government In Ita suit seeks to
dissolve several paper mills In Pennsyl
vania on the ground of violation or the
Sherman trust act
Among the witnesses who are sched
uled to testify at tomorrow's hearing are
a number of Phlladelphlans who are'
known as Independent manufacturers of
paper box board,
AUTO AND JEWELRY STOLEN
Car Was Taken on Street and Gems
Prom Two Homes.
The police of the 19th and Oxford streets
police station reported today the auto
mobile of Walter Cabell. 3711 North leth
street a real estate owner, bad been
stolen last night, while the owner was
visiting friends at 1403 North Sat atreet
The police of the same district also re
ported that Jewelry worth 3311.50 had
been stolen from the home of Mrs. Fannie
Campbell. 1753 North Uth atreet. last
CREW AIDS STOWAWAY
Wallace Hope, a 19-year-old stowaway
on board the steamship Texas, of the
American-Hawaiian Line, not only suc
ceeded In beating his way from San
Pedro, Cal, to Philadelphia, but today
pocketed a collection taken up among
the crew to pay hla fare to Muncte, Ind.,
so that he could reach home in time for
Christmas. Hope told Immigration offi
cials when the steamer docked today
that he wanted to get to Muncle by
Christmas, and that he thought his best
chance lay aboard the Texas. The. crew,
who had grown to like him after his
presence on board was discovered, then
took up a collection for bis carfare.
Will there be a Change on this Map
when the War is Over?
IF SO, WILL IT AFFECT INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE?
We sincerely hone that,
nations at war, a lasting peace wiU ioonLe established in EuroL nutfW
mm4 to the moTtlom of ukM tare. Although how acWhaDof
hur of Peee will arrive is known only ta Destiny experieisctti k
nxrn M&m&km that tte mmmm o this war, whatever it ny "wHI
Ht fetS"rVM fS "WWi of long knLkcri
P. R.R. FILED RATES
Cetturaed "rent re One
luslon between the railroads and the
Pennsylvania Commission at hand, the
commutera are asking whether It was a
Joke of the Ccmmlsslon to hold a hear
ing here on December iO and 11. Unless
It was a practical Joke the commuters
declare that the course of the Commis
sion is Indefensible and will serve as a
basis for formal charges against each of
The Jotnt Transportation and Suburban
Committee of the United Business Men
Association meeting this afternoon in the
office of Bdward B Martin, chairman,
decided to press the charges ftgalnst tho
Commission unleas the IS questions sub
mitted by Mr. Abbott Uat week are pub
licly answered before midnight. The
charges will be drawn up tomorrow morn
ing and forwarded tojOovemor Tener.
At the offices of the Commission In Har
rlsburg today it was said that the com
mtaaloners would not gtvr any conaldera
tion to tho questions since they were not
received until after the Commission ad
journed Friday night and therefore they
know nothing about them officially.
Governor Tener today refused to dis
cuss the charges against the Commis
sioners, but It Is understood that he holds
the members In high esteem.
THE COMMISSION'S LETTER.
The letter from Secretary McGlnty fol
lows. In part: ,
"On the Sth Inatant the commission re
ceived the application of the Pennsylva
nia Railroad Company, dated December
4, 1911, requesting authority to reissue
and supplement tariffs: first, so aa to
modify CO-trlp tickets to be Issued for 30
daya from date of Issue Instead of cal
endar month; second, to restore 100-trtp
ticket baste Ui cents per mile; ten-trip
ticket basis 2 cents per mile, good for
bearer or persons accompanying htm or
her; ISO-trip tickets to be Issued for three
months from date of Issue Instead of
three calendar months; and, third, to
modify 51-trip tickets to be Issued for
30 daya from the date of issuo Instead of
"On December 10, 19H. the commission
Issued Its special permission No. 30,413,
granting said company authority to Issue
the schedules herein contemplated, to be
made effective not earlier than December
15, 1114. upon j.three days' notice to the
commission, and. on December 12. 1914,
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company filed
copies of the schedules In question ef
fective December IS, 1911, naming fares
as stated In Its application."
In excusing the commission for giving
the railroads advance Information, Com
missioner Johnson declared last week such
a coursa was necessary atnee new tariffs
had to be filed with the Interstate Com
merce Commission by December 13. This
explanation was ridiculed by Mr Abbott
today on the basis of revelations made
In the letter from Washington. Mr. Ab
"This excuse falls flat, and Is brushed
entirely away when we see that tho In
terstate Commerce Commission simply
stated that they could not become ef
Clocks ana Bronzes
China ana Glass
Decorative Home Furnishings
Chestnut Street' , .;!'.'
without anv chance In rh
fective earlier than December is excrr'i
upon three dayr notice.
"This makes the whole action of fef
railroads and the Pennsylvania PabdeH
Service Commission one that I ebtfthitei
y indefensible. Three days notice ofi
the approval of the filing of these hew!
schedules to become effective would havtj
nnlr been necessary before any rf.t.S
fixed, so that the Pennsylvania rtallroasTl
Company couiu nave nieu mo Chedu!J
on December IS to become effective mM
December 19 or at any other time upottj
the same restriction. 9
"Therefore, there was no necessity ,,-$
hurrv and no necessity for the PeMi.J
sylvanla Public Service Commission tski
Ing the bases of adjustment submitted '
by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a oom, :
oromtse without either considering ttia
evidence taken at the public meetings or
caning into consultation counsel repre
senting tho commuters.
The records of the Interstate Commerc"?
commission completely suDstantiate every
charge made against the Pennsylvania's
Public Service Commission, and these,
facts aro now In such shnpo as to ben
officially laid before the Governor tomori
row unless full, frank and complete ex.
planatlon la given of their extraordinary
"HOUSING COMMISSION PLANSi
AIDED BY COURT'S ACTION '
Permission Given to Pile Brief s in1
Suit to Mandamus Councils.
Plans to simplify the question of ap
propriating money for the Division, ef
Housing and Sanitation were decided''
upon today by Judges Martin, Ralston
and Stnake, sitting In Common Plea
r . -. r m. . w
uu.k. .-u. v. Aiiey save permission 10 ja
counsel representing tho Philadelphia
Housing commission nnd to Assistant
City Solicitor James Gay Gordon to sub
mit briefs In connection with Ihn man.
damns proceedings, which woro Initiated -S
several monins ngo to compol Councils
Flnanco Committee to appropriate the
money for the new Division of Housing
end Sanitation created by tho last Legis
This Is the fourth or fifth time that
the new housing law has been aired In
the Pennsylvania courts.
Citizens who lira tnklmr an nctlve in
terest to improve the housing conditions -
of the poor believe that the action of-
the judges win decide tho question. Anally,
and they oro hopeful concerning tbo out
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