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PARTY SPLIT ON
Taft as Leader of Progressives,
Shaw of Standpatters,
Wage the Battle.
ROOSEVELT IS WITH
THE TARIFF REFORMERS
Canal Purchase Policy Sets Poli
ticians to Talking Over
Special to The Journal.
Chicago, May 18.Walter Wellman
in a Washington special to the Record
Present indications are that the re
publican party is to be split in twain on
the tariff question with a bitter struggle
for supremacy between the standpatters
on one side and the progressives on the
Alreadv two aspirants for Oe repub
lican presidential nomination in 1908
are taxing position as leaders respect
ively of tlie rival factions. A most in
teresting phase of the affair is that both
of these aspirants and rivals are mem
bers of President Roosevelt's cabinet,
and that to this extent at least the ad
ministration is divided as to the tariff.
These clashing leaders are Secretary
of War Taft, the progressive, and Sec
retary of the Treasury Shaw, the reae
tionarv. It is an1
open secret that
President Roosevelt's sympathies are
with Secretary Taft.
President a Tariff Reformer.
The president is a tariff reformer. He
welcomes the episode which has precipi
tated another discussion of the tariff
questionthe action of the Panama
commission in deciding to go into the
world's markets and buy where it can
buy cheapest, regardless of the home
market theories of the protectionists.
The political pot in Washington' was
today fairly boiling, and that purchase-
in-the-cheapest-market policy of the
canal commission supplied the caloric
needed to keep things bubbling.
Secretary Shaw was visibly ruffled.
As one of" the standpatters, as a presi
dential aspirant who has thru thick and
thin thought it wise to stand by the
historic policy of the party and to op
pose the slightest modmeatio'n,
in the in
terest of the progress, he was seriously
alarmed over what to him seemed a
colossal blunder on the part of the ad
ministration with which he is as
Shaw Looked Solemn.
Mr. Shaw shook his head and looked
solemn when the canal order was men
tioned in his presence.
"Don't take too much stock in the
theory that President Roosevelt is re
sponsible for this decision," said the
secretary of the treasury to a news
paper man. I warn you that if you
do you will make a mistake."
When this admonition was reported
to Secretary Taft later in the day, the
recent sitter upon the lid, laughed hear
don't know who gave you your
warning," he said, "but it will do no
harm to tell you that the whole affair
was thorolv discussed by and in the
presence of President Roosevelt, a'n'd the
policy has his hearty approval. It
T'oul'd not_ have been adopted had he
had objections to it. So far as respon
sibility for this great crime is con
cerned, I am quite -willing to assume
all that myself." President With Taft.
Mr. Taft declined to say anything
more, but at the White House his ver
sion of the episode was amply confirmed.
President Roosevelt is as earnestly in'
favor of the policy adopted by the
canal commission as Secretary Taft
The law commands the president to
construct a ship canal across the Amer
ican isthmus as cheaply as possible. To
obey the law it may be necessary to buv
some supplies and materials abroad. It
will almost certainly be necessarv to
buy ships in foreign countries, and it is
besides pretty well understood that
President Roo*sevelt is not at all dis
pleased at the turn of events bearing
upon the tariff question.
The deficit in the treasury, the pros
pective trade squabble with Germany,
and now the right of the government to
buy in the cheapest market have all
synchronized in a focus of public atten
tion upon the Dintley law, and the
economic policy of the near future.
Roosevelt Is Happy.
Mr. Roosevelt smiles over the out
look. Things arp coming his way. He
has not felt so good since he killed that
last bear out in Colorado.
Altho the professional standpatters
and the protected interests and ship
builders, who are displeased at the canal
policy are bearing down on the war de
partment with their protests and threat
ening to "raise hades" if the commis
sion persists in its program, Secretary
Taft appears to be altogether happv.
He believes he is right and he doesn't
care how loud the howls are from the
lailed jades. So far as he is concerned
the beneficiaries of the protective
svstem start in to ruin his presidential
prospects, and succeed in doing so, he
will shed no tears. Mr. Taft stands
by the decision despite that.
But Shaw Is Worried.
With Mr. Shaw it is different. He is
to crazy to be president, so eager to
catch at every straw that may help his
prospects, that he thought he saw a fine
opportunity in this business. He would
seize It he would pose as the outraged
and indignant friend of protection and
the protectees, even at the risk of incur
ring the displeasure of his chief in the
Mr. Shaw's notion is that if he cat'
contrive to make the beneficiaries of
protection realize that here in Washing
ton he is their frend that he is fight
ing their batttles that he is so devoted
to their interests that he is willing to
take all sorts of risks in their behalf,
thev may be grateful enough to turn in
and use their mighty power in pushing
him along the road to the White House.
RUN OWN GAS PLANT
New York Sun Speoial Service.
Indianapolis, May 18.The board of
public works has served notice on the
directors of the Consumers' Gas com
pany, whose franchise has expired, and
whose mains and house connections in
clude a greater part of the city, that
the citv will exercise its right under
tne ordinance of 1884 to purchase the
property, and will proceed to appoint
appraisers within the time specified in
the ordinance. The board intends to
supply artificial gas for fuel.
LIGHT ON ISSUES
Roosevelt Will Not Permit Rate,
Private Oar, or Canal Pur
chase Question to Rule.
A$cy of Railroads tc^ Obscure
thfc*^ Question Defeated
by !bw Native's Action.
By W. W. Jermane.
Washington, May 18.For several
days the senate committee has been
having fun with the private car com
panies. Witnesses have been testifying
as to the outrageous practices of this
monopoly, and the senate committee has
been enjoying that testimony to the full,
for it should be remembered that the
railroad companies are as much opposed
to the private car companies as the
public, and equally anxious to have
them restrained. Originally, the rail
roads fostered the private ears, but in
the end the car companies became so
strong as to be able to dictate to the
railways as well as to the public. Hence,
the glee of the senate committee.
There is another cause for this merri
ment on the part of the senate com
mittee. It is fondly hoped by the rail
road companies that the public mind
can be focussed on the private car and
similar abuses, with the result that
legislation regulating these companies
will be accepted in lieu of legislation
conferring the rate-making power on a
Keep Rate Question Alive.
The president, however, promises to
keep the rate question alive, and his
ability to do this is so apparent that
many thoughtful people are now in
clining to the opinion that congress
must go far toward complying with the
president's recommendations, or else
jeopardize republican success in the
elections next year. This is the situa
tion which will confront the senate next
fall, and from the senate point of view,
it is filled with serious difficulties. As
a betting proposition, the odds are
decidedly in the president's favor.
The standpatters are also concerned
in the railroad controversy. Last year
the president earnestly recommended
revision, but shortly thereafter the rail
road question came to the front and
revision was driven into the back
ground. Here it was the hope of the
standpatters that it was to remain in
The president's canal policy, however,
has seemed to bring revision out of re
tirement, and to make it, potentially,
of as much importance as rate-making.
Both these questions now seem likely
to come to the forefront in the next
congress, and if they do, the president
will be "de-ligbt-ed" to an unusual de
Views of President.
Old-line republicans are already hint
ing that he isn't a very good party man.
Men with more accurate perspective,
on the other hand, are saying that it is
a good thing for the country that he
puts Americanism ahead of mere par
tisanism. Should the tariff question con
tinue to develop in the popular thought,
it is understood the president will dis
cuss revision in his message. That he
is anxious for an opportunity to do this,
is conceded by those who have talked
with him since his return from the
Altogether, the next session of con
gress promises developments that will
make some of the republican factions
wonder why they supported Roosevelt
in the last campaign.
FROM N. P. BOARD
Hill Interests Control First Share
holders' Meeting Held in
New York, May 18.After more than
two years of delay, resulting from the
Northern Securities litigation, a share
holders' meeting of the Northern Pa
cific Railway company was held today,
and resulted in the election of new di
rectors to succeed E. H. Harriman,
William Rockefeller, James Stillman,
Brayton Ives, Samuel Rea, Eben B.
Thomas and H. McK. Twombly.
The stock held in the names of Union
Pacific interests voted for the new
board. Most of the shares represented
at the meeting were voted by a proxy
committee consisting of J. P. Morgan,
Daniel Lamont, J. J. Hill and John S.
The new board is as follows: For
three years from the first Tuesday in
October, 1904: John S. Kennedy, D.
Wills James, George F. Baker, John
Sloane, Robert Bacon. For two years,
Daniel S. Lamont, Lewis Cass Led
yard, Howard Elliott, Charles Steele,
George W. Perkins. For one year, Wil
liam P. Clough, James M. Hill, Amos
Tuck French, Alexander Smith Coch
ran, Payne Whitney.
FOR CONSULAR BILL
Christiania, May 18.The lower
house of the Norwegian parliament to
day unanimously adopted, without dis
cussion, the bill providing for the es
tablishment of a separate Norwegian
Previous to this action former Pre
mier Hagerup moved to postpone con
sideration of the measure until the
electorate had an opportunity of pro
nouncing on it, but the motion was re
jected by 80 to 6 votes.
GIANT LINER AGROUND
36 HOURS AT HOOK
New York, May 18.After lying for
thirty-six hours firmly embedded in the*
sandy bottom on Flynn's knoll, the
shoal three-quarters or a mile off San
dy Hook, the giant Cunard liner Ca
ronia was floated today just as the
wreckers were beginning to abandon
hope that she would be released before
a portion of her eargo was removed.
As the big ship glided into deep wa
ter and swung slowly half around, ap
parently uninjured from her mishap, a
cheer went up from the passengers, who
had been involuntary prisoners almost
within sight of the New York docks
The Caronia will resume her voyage
at 4:30 p.m. The ship was not dam
aged by the accident.
GHOST SITS WITH
Gilbert Parker Sees Astral Body
of Absent Member in House
New York Sun Special Service.
London, May 18.Sir Gilbert Parker,
who says he saw the astral body of Sir
Carne Rasch in the house of commons
while the latter was ill in his home,
is receiving corroboration. Sir Arthur
Haytor writes as follows:
1 beg to say that I not only saw
Sir Carne Kasch, myself, sitting below
the gangway, but called him to the
attention of Sir Henry Campbell-Ban
nerman, with whom I was talking on the
front opposition bench. I said I won
dered why all the papers inserted no
tices of Sir Carne's illness while he
was sitting opposite apparently quite
well. Sir Henry replied that he hoped
the illness was not catching."
It seems that this is not the first
instance of the sort that has occurred in
the house. In 1897, Mr. O'Connor, an
Irish member, went to Ireland to be
present at the deathbed of one of his
parents. Swift McNeil saw his wraith
in his usual seat on the third opposition
bench. It also was seen from the press
Twenty years ago a member who went
abroad, suffering from an acute malady,
received an urgent five-line "whip."
He replied that he would attend the
house at whatever cost to his health.
The house was divided on the matter at
issue, and on division the lobby-tellers
saw the member and counted his vote.
The next day it was found that the
number of votes recorded by the divi
sion clerks was one les3 than that given
by the lobby clerks, and on the list of
the former this particular name did not
appear, as it did on the list of the lat
ter. At the time the division was
taken the member was dead.
IN A FARGO STREET
Woman of the Town, Held for
Dolman's Death, Puts Crime
Special to The Journal.
Fargo, N. D., May 18.Charles Dol
man died early today and a few min
utes after being found lying in the
street by the police. He had been
stabbed thru the heart.
Dolman had been in Moorhead with
Clara Clark, a street character, and the
pair were seen coming to this side a
short time before Dolman's body was
found. The woman is under arrest, but
disclaims any guilt and says the stab
bing was done by Nick Miller with
whom Dolman quarreled after return
ing to the Fargo side.
Both men were friendly with the wo
man, and all roomed at tne same house.
Miller is missing and the police have
been unable to locate him.
Dolman was known as "Swede Char-
EULOGY FOR KIRKE LA SHELLE.
New York, May 18.The funeral of the
late Kirke La Shelle, the theatrical man
ager and playwright, was held at his
country home in Bellport, L. I., today. No
minister took part in the service, which
consisted of a short eulogy by Herman
J. Ridgeway, the publisher. Only rela
tives and a few intimate friends attended
the funeral. The interment was in Wood
lawn cemetery, Bellport.
RUSS ADMIRAL lUNNERVED,
WILL BRAVE JAP ONSLAUGHT
JAPS LOOK FOR A
Rojestvensky Has Put to Sea and
Is Making His Way North-
s' VICE ADMIRA! VON VOELKEBSON,
Who as Next in Command Would Suo
ceed Rojestvensky if the Latter
Tokio, May 18.The reported depar
ture of Vice Admiral Rojestvensky
from Hon-Kohe bay northward renews
the popular expectation of a naval ac
tion in the near future. It is-believed
that Admiral Rojestvensky, having filled
his coal bunkers and resupplied his fleet,
is now in a condition to assume the ag
gressive, if he so desires.
It is the opinion of some that Ro
jestvensky may make a demonstration
in the vicinity of the islands of For
mosa and the Pescadores, and then en
ter the Pacific en route for Vladivo
stok. This is, however, purely specu
lative. Everything depends upon Ad
miral Rojestvensky's plans which, while
as yet undisclosed, may include an ex
tended stay in southern waters.
It is reported that the contractors
who supplied the coal and provisions to
Admiral Rojestvensky in In/lo-China
waters, approached the French colonial
officials prior to the arrival of the Rus
sian fleet and arranged- a rendezvous
at Kamranh and Hon-Kohe bays. Con
firmation of this report is, however, not
BOJESTVEN8XY IS ILL
He Will, However,1
St. Petersburg, ^imay 18.Fears ex
pressed here yesteVdaly, that, owing to
the reported Trervotra break-down of
Vice Admiral Rojestvensky, the Eus
sian fleet in the far east would lose
its present commander-in-chief, turns
out to be unfounded.
Captain Zilotti, the aide-de-camp of
Minister of Marine Avellan, today au
thorized the statement that Rojest
vensky had not applied to be relieved
However, the condition of the Rus
sian admiral's health continues to be
a source of anxiety. It is confirmed
that the report that he had applied
to be relieved may have arisen out of
the virtual decision, in view of the
condition of Rojestvensky's health, to
send Vice Admiral Birileff to Vladi
vostok, where, in the event of Rojest
vensky's success in the coming battle,
Birileff will take over the supreme
Continued on 2d Page, 5th Column.
TTTT FRJE^EDEHTIAL BASEL
ARE GIVEN BACK
Gems Stolen from the Guaranty
Building Jeweler Are Re
turned by Thieves.
The $3,000 worth of diamonds stolen
on March 30 in broad daylight from the
store of John S. Allen, the jeweler in
the Guaranty building, have, it is be
lieved, been returned to Mr. Allen. The
entire detective force of Minneapolis,
aided by the St. Paul department, was
at work on the case. Moreover, it was
not work in the dark, for it has been
definitely known who did the job.
Forced almost to the wall, and hoping to
call off the pursuit, the trio finally re
turned the goods.
Mr. Allen will make no definite state
ment nor will he say that the goods
have not been returned.
I have nothing to say at present,"
said he today. I do not care to dis
cuss the matter and will neither deny
or affirm the story that the goods have
been returned to me."
The robbery was one of the cleverest
'and most daring pieces of work ever
pulled off in Minneapolis. Three men,
all accomplished experienced "penny
weighters," were implicated. While
one "stalled" on the outside, the oth
ers worked inside. One engaged Mr.
Allen in conversation and the other
slipped behind the showcases and boldly
lifted set diamonds worth $3,000 from
the display window.
The police department and private
detectives at once went to work in the
case and soon knew where to place the
credit for the job. While it was prac
tically known who was in the deal, it
was another thing to find them. Their
haunts and their associates were closely
watched night and day. Every avenue
for disposing of the stolen property was
carefully guarded. Fearing arrest and
hoping to stop the chase, the three fin
ally decided to "cave" and return the
goods. The return was quietly made,
without any prearrangement with the
New State Timber Board Starts
with Resolve to Make No
Hereafter there will be no "settle
ments" made by representatives of the
state with trespassers on state timber
The new state timber board, created
by the 1905 law, consisting of Gov
ernor J. A. Johnson, Attorney General
E. T. Young and State Treasurer Julius
H. Block, met today at the capitol and
agreed to stick by the letter and spirit
of the law. They decided that acci
dental trespass must be adjusted by
payment to the state of twice the value
of the timber cut, and that wilful tres
pass must be adjusted by payment of
three times the value of the timber.
Five small trespass cases were con
sidered by the board, and a demand
ordered made by the attorney general
for $750, according to the foregoing
BRITISH "COMMONER STRICKEN.
London, May 18.William O'Doherty,
nationalist member of parliament for the
north division of Donegal, was suddenly
stricken with paralysis In the house of
commons today and was taken to a neigh
boring hospital in a serious condition.
Mr. O'Doherty was born in 1868.
GRAND JURY ON
Five Local Brokers Indicted for
Alleged Violation of State
Long Stop-overs in Minneapolis
Granted in Consideration of
A war of extermination has been de
clared against railway ticket scalpers
The grand jury today finished a thoro
investigation of the scalping business
by returning indictments against five
prominent ticket brokers, and there is
widespread consternation in the ranks
of the men who sell cut-rate transpor
tation. Arrests will be made at once.
The true bills are drawn under the
1903 statute and charge the defendants
with selling tickets without a license
from the secretary of state. The fee is
nominal, but ho license is granted with
out the indorsement of some railroad.
Thus the rigid enforcement of this new
law means the extermination of scalpers
and the realization of the railway com
panies' long-cherished hopes.
The prosecution of the ticket brokers
is the direct result of pressure brought
to bear by the business men and mer
chants of Minneapolis, who are planning
for a great influx of flour city visitors
this summer. It means that all the
railroads will grant stop-over privileges
on their excursion tickets to the Port
land exposition and that thousands of
travelers will spend a. few days and
more dollars in this city.
Never have the prospects for a heavy
summer traffic thru Minneapolis been
brighter than this year. Thousands of
easterners will take advantage of ex
cursion rates to the Portland fair and
most of them will pass thru Minne
Believing that Minnesota's law
against ticket-scalpers would be en
forced, the railroad companies have not
only made remarkably low thru rates to
the coast, but have prepared to make
cheap terminal rates to the twin cities.
In view of the fact that ticket
brokers were still violating that law
with apparent impunity, the railroads
announced that they would refuse to
give stop-over privileges for Minneap
olis and St. Paul unless something was
Wallce Gr. Nye, secretary of the pub
lic affairs committee of-the Commercial
club and foreman of the grand jury, is
in a particularly favorable position to
appreciate the value to Minneapolis of
these privileges. GeorgesoV. B. Hill, an
other grand ."juror, *s
a member of
the public affairs committee, and took
up the matter with enthusiasm. It was
placed before the grand jury and the
LYNCH OF MINOT
PUT UNDER ARREST
Former Clerk of Court of Ward
County Charged with Em
bezzling Large Sums.
Special to The Journal.
Minot, N. D.. May 18.John Lynch,
a justice of tne peace and former
clerk of the district court, was arrested
today on order of Judge E. B. GOBS,
for embezzling $8,871 in feeB received
during Lynch/s twelve years as dis
Bonds of $10,000 were furnished by
business men of Minot.
The arrest is the result of an investi
gation of Lynch's books by an expert
employed by the Ward county commis
sioners at the expiration of his term
on Jan. 3, 1905.
A bank account, amounting to $6,400
and belonging to Lynch, in the Minot
National bank has been garnisheed by
STOLE TO SAVE
HIS BOY'S LIFE
Carl M. Spencer of Des Moines
Indicted for Taking Funds
D,S Moines, Iowa, May 18.Carl M.
Spencer, a former trusted employee of
the Des Moines National bank, was in
dicted by the federal grand jury to
day on a charge of embezzlement and
fraudulent entries in the bank's books.
The amount of Spencer's alleged
shortage will not exceed $5,000.
There is a pathetic story in connec
tion with a confession made prior to
the indictment. For many years an
nually he had been taking an invalid
son east for medical treatment. He
had been unable to meet the expenses
incurred by the medical attention, and
to save tne boy's life had taken the
Another clerk, suspected of the theft
and subsequently dismissed from the
bank, is completely exonerated by Spen
ROCK ISLAND WILL
RUN OWN "FREEZERS"
Chicago, May 18.It is learned from
an authoritative source that the Chi
cago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad
has made elaborate plans for the instal
lation of its own refrigerating cars
thruout its system. This will mean the
end of use of private cars owned by
packing and other corporations and
hauled oy the railroads.
The contracts provide for 1,500 new
cars. Two hundred refrigerating
cars are alreadv in use by the Rock Is
available within a short time,
land and many of the new ones will be
JULY WHEAT IS UP
3 GENTS IN CHICAGO
Chicago. May 18.In a whirlwind
finish on the board of trade here today,
wheat for July delivery closed exactly
3 cents a bushel above yesterday's fin
al quotations. The highest point of the
day was reached at 89^c. The closing
price was practically at the top. Ur
gent general demand due to a multi
plicity of crop damage reports was the
cause to which was attributed the
DASHES CHICAGO'S I
HOPES OF PEACE,
Strike Leader Declares Teamsters
Will Not Accept Backdoor -u
Meanwhile Strike-Affected Ap
pear to Be Working with
Chicago. May 18.President Cor
nelius P. Shea of the Teamsters' Inter
national union threw cold water todav
on all peace moves. He declared that
he had not considered arbitration in any
form between the Teamowners' asso
ciation and the Teamsters' union and
that he had never agreed to arbitrate
the question whether the teamsters
should deliver to boycotted houses.
Shea's declaration came as a sur
prise to all concerned, as it was ex
plicitly stated last night and today that
Shea had made such an agreement.
At the time of Shea's statement, the
team owners were in conference select
ing their member of the arbitration
board whieh they declared both they
and Shea had agreed to.
Shea Won't Arbitrate.
I am not going to arbitrate the
question of how they shall conduct
their business," said Shea. "There
will be no back-door settlement. When
I am beaten I shall come out and say.
The teamsters are still running this
strike,_" he Baid. "Do you think we
are going to arbitrate the question
whether or not merchants may deliver
goods? That is what this proposition
to arbitrate means. Do yon think we
all want to go to jail? We have not
received any notice of an arbitration
The Teamsters' joint council is here
to decide such matters. It" has not
taken any such agreement up. The
team owners are talking a great deal.
They are meeting to appoint their
representative to act upon an arbitra
tion committee. They have to do some-,
thing to keep the Employers' associa-*
tion crowd off their necks."
Gompers Like Shea.
Like Mr. Shea, President Samuel
Gompers of the American Federation of
Labor, professed today to be surprised
to read in the papers that the teamsters
had agreed to arbitrate the teamowners'
proposition. He said:
have made no proposition to ar
bitrate this strike. I would not if I
could, and I could not if I would. All
I can do is to pave the way, if possible,
for a peaceful settlement. But the mat
ter of settlement must be taken up by
the officers of the two respective organ
izationsthe Employers' association
and the teamsters.
"Any statement that has been pub
lished that I have proposed arbitration,
or attempted to effect a settlement, is
untrue. I have no authority to take
such a course. The best I can do is to
work for peace and try to bring- the
two opposing parties together. If I can
find a plan by which they can meet,
then they must pass their own judg
ment upon whether that plan is right or
not. That is the limit of my power
here. I wish to make that very plain.
No Attempt to Interfere.
I have not attempted to interfere
with the legal or official right of either
the employers or the unions involved
in this fight. I think I have been mis
represented as to that. This statement
from me is final. I am merely endeavor
ing' to find a way to bring about peace
and then to submit that plan to the two
organizations. I expect to meet Levy,
Mayer, attorney of the Employers' as
sociation, some time today."
Mr. Gompers said he would leave to-.
night for Dayton, Ohio, where some la-"
bor matters demand his attention, and
that he will return to Chicago either
Saturday night or Sunday. He expects
to meet representatives of all the Chi
cago labor organizations Sunday to re
view the labor situation.
No Rioting in Btreets.
No change was noticed today in the
method of conducting street traffic by
the houses affected. There was no
abatement of police vigil and the dep
uty sheriffs manned wagons. Rioting,
however, did not hinder the transac
tion of business to any extent.
Alderman Dever, chairman of the
city council "peace" committee, has
not lost hope. He says there are so
many in a receptive mood that he would
not be surprised if his committee, in
its conference with President Shea this
afternoon, accomplished a step toward
bringing the teamsters to a middle
ground with the employers.
James Sullivan, a union driver em
ployed by the Schaffer eTaming com
pany, was attacked by colored strike
breakers while driving a wagon. Witft
out provocation, so far as eye witnes
ses could see, the crowd tore off Sul
livan's union button and chased the
wagon, throwing stones and pieces of
coal. The only thing that saved him
was that he had a speedy horse.
OWNS 5 MURDERS I
LAID TO OTHERS
Letter Writer Confesses to Crimes
for Which. Other Men F|we
Chester, W. Va., May 18.In a letter
to the police authorities of this city,
a man signing himself "A. Johnson**
and claiming to be a companion of
Henry Williams, who was recently ex
ecuted in Roanoke, Va., has confessed
to five murders and numerous robberies,'
His reasons for writing are that other
men have suffered for his crimes and
his conscience troubles him. He says
he has been conyerted.
The dates and manner in which the*
different crimes were committed as fur
nished in Johnson's letter are more com
plete than the police records, and the
authorities believe it authentic.
According to Johnson, he killed a
woman at Chester, W. Va. two Italians
at Uniontown, Pa. a man at Hyndman,"
Pa.^ and a woman at Martins Ferry,
Ohio. He also claims to have assaulted
a woman at Staunton/ Va., for which
crime, he says, another man was