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WASHfiTCTON. D. 0.. MONDAY. DECEMBER 25. 1913..
The Washington Herald Wishes lis Thousands of Reader sr a Merry Christmas
WOMAN IS SHOT;
AFTER WILD RIDE
Mrs. Marion McConnell Dy-
ins: from Bullet Wound-
HE WANTED A DIVOECE
Foiled in His Ambition to Wed
Member of Cult.
lecturer and Protege of. Ministers,
Andrew McConnell Is Known us
Fonnder of Colt of Unman Elec
tricity as a Universal Cnrc Po
lice Pnzzlcd by Peculiar Affair
at Ocean Gro-ve, . VJ.
Xcu York, Dec 24. Mrs Marion
Daniel McConnell, who was the wife
of Andrew McConnell, founder of the
Cult of human clectncit as a unhcrsal
-'re. lecturer to fashionable women in
iianj cities, protege of ministers and
well-to-do lav-men. lie3 fighting for life
111 her home at Ocean Groe, N. J, a
bullet through her head
Upon the strength of statements made
at lucid moments bj the woman the
police are ceking her husband as her
assailant She intimated that he had
shot her at 8 o'clock Saturday night be
cause she had refused finally to permit
him to obtain a decree of absolute di
vorce in order that he might wed an
other woman, whos name she gae as
Mrs Helen Stanford, a wealthy patron
ess of the cult
ca.ot be roiM).
McConnell himself could not be found
b the Ocean Grove police or the Mon
mouth County authorities The last clew
had of him was, when flffj minutes after
the woman was shot a man resembling
his description ..paid a chauffeur for a
wild night ride from OceanGrove Jo,
I.akewood'" s- - -.'. j
The chauffeur who had been hired at,
Avon had innoeentlj waited while the
man visited the McConnell home to "dis
tribute a Christmas present," as he had
ai . He had paid txtra for a record
flight from the seaside to the pine coun
trj It was thought he had stopped ut
forac hotel, but investigation showed that
lie had not put up at an important es
tablishment Mat became of liim during the night
is not known Thert were no trains or
trollcj cars out of tie place after he left
the automobile Ho did not leave on
anj of the eiirlj trains to-da, and on
tnenr is that he maj have wandered off
into the forests to add to the tragedj
Information In Scant.
Tills much was gloined bv the police
to-ila from the woman and from out
Shortlj aftor 7 o clock Saturday night
n w ell-dresed stranger entered the
parage of John Thompson, major of
Avon and said that he wanted an auto
mobile to take him to Lakewood He did
not ire what the price was
Thompson was not there when the
Mr.mger Arrived, but came In a few
m nutes later It was stormj The man
appeared worried and was not known, so
the pric was flcd at $18 The stranger
ceptcd without a word, and Edward
Thompson. -on of the proprietor, got out
a Mg machine, and they started
'Stop at Ocean Grove flirt." the pas
Rnger said to the boy as they bowled
nortn "I want to leave a Christmas
The chauffeur turned into the quiet
little resort, and at a sign from his pas
senger stopped at Webb avenUe The
mm Jumped out and walked rapidly
north The bov watched him. and four
blocks distant he turned into Olin street.
Mve In Modest Cnttasr.
Tor ssvcial months Mrs Andrew Mc
Connell, het mother, and one servant
have been occupying a very modest frame
cottage at 39 Olin street. They lived
very quietlv, and it was the general Im
pression that thej were Southern people
of good famib It was known there was
a Mrs McConnell, for several times dic
ing the summer, when they had lived in
another cottage, a man of that name had
nppcared In Ocean Grove, making a call
of an hour or more. It was vaguely
known that he was a lecturer or a writer.
Mrs. McConnell never referred to him,
nor did she discuss her own life with any
A half hour after the man had turned
into Olin street he reappeared, half
running, at the machine. He was
breathless, very pale, the boy says, and
Jrcmhllng violently. "He ordered the
boy to put on full speed as he jumped
Into the car.
In spite of the weather and the heavy
roads It traveled to the Laurel-ln-the
Pines Hotel In Just forty-threo min
"Stop here," was the command. The
man pulled a roll of bills from his
pocket and handed the boy the fare
demanded and walked rapidly toward
the hotel. It developed later that he
did not stop there, but the boy thought
Both Andrew McConnell and Tils wife
came from Atlanta, Ga. Her maiden
name was Daniel, a member of, a very
good family or that city. Originally
McConnell was from Alabama. For
several years he conducted a lecture
bureau In Atlanta and edited a- maga
zine called Alkahest. He suffered a
nervous breakdown In 1905 and for-a
rear or more was In a sanatorium.
KIUS HUSBAHD AHD SEEF.
Sandwich, J1L, Dec. 21 Before a Christ
mas tree which he was about to dec
orate, Fred Fcasel, manager of a dry
goods store here, was shot and killed
to-day by his wife, who then cbmmltted
sul-ide. She had recently shown tenden
cies to mental aberration.
THREE DIE IN WRECK.
Freight Train Hits Bowlder in Na
Bristol, Tenn., Dec 24 Three trainmen
were killed and a. fourth probably fatally
Injured early to-day -when a double-head
er freight train on the Virginia and
Southwestern Raliwav ran Into a bowlder
which had fallen on the track In the Nat
rural tunnel, forty miles west of Bristol.
There Is a complete blockade of-trafflc
and passengers are being transferred
across the mountain which the tunnel
Baltimore Working Hard to
Secure the Prize.
STILL CLAIMS THE LEAD
The sudden hustle of New York for the
Democratic nationar convention has given
Baltimore and St. Louis some anxietj.
It is "etlll the contention of Chairman
Robert Cram and his band of Baltjyiore
committeemen that their cltj is In the
lead, and that the New York movement
will eventually aid In giving Baltimore
the prize The argument against New
York Is that a national convention would
simply be lost in that great city and
arouse no public interest or enthusiasm
It is recalled that the Republicans went
to Philadelphia in 1C0 for the renomlna
tion of McKInley, and were not at all
happy over what was handed them even
In that large city Col Crain promises
much activltv for Baltimore during this
Xfvv York's Last Com entlon.
The last Democratic national conven
tion held In New York was that of 1S6.
when Seymour and Blair was the ticket.
That convention was held in Tamman
wigwam, then a new building, and It had
almost Its dedication with the Seymour
convention Horatio Seymour had been
the Democratic governor of New York,
but he did not want the Presidential
nomination For weeks he declared,
"Ypur candidate I cannot be," and then
swearing he would ne'er consent, con
sented, and made w hat seemed a .hopeless
camoaiem from the start. The vote In
Sectoral -college gave -Grant 3f otes
and Semour but SO, although the popu
lar maJorit for Grant was but 3)4,000
Sejmour managed to carry New York,
New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Louis
iana, Georgia, Oregon, and Kentucky, but
outside of New York the States he won
had few electoral votes
Since 1SCS there has been no great ef
fort for a national convention In New
York, and there is some wonder that a
movement for the Democratic gathering
should take shape at this time New
York mij present Gov Dix as a Presi
dential candidate, but there is no real
activit in his favor.
HILLES WILL NOT
RDN THE CAMPAIGN
Is Not Declining Something
Never Offered, He Says.
"There lias been no effort to suggest
my name for the office of chairman of
the Republican National Committee next
June. I dislike to be put In the position
of declining something that has never
been offered me But it may be said
that under no circumstances will I be the
chairman of the committee."
Thus did Charles D. HHIes, secretary
to the President, put an end to any fur
ther ouggestions that he probably will
become the campaign manager of his par
ty In the coming Presidential fight. Hi
position, it Is now stated. Is based on a
proposition of ethics such as would gov
ern a member of the President's Cabinet.
It Is to prevent the sligntes3UggestIon
of a "spoils' s stem as much as anything
else that prevents the secretary to the
President from considering for a moment
his own selection for this office.
Regarding the statement, rather widely
published, that he supported Collector
Loeb, of New York, as chairman of the
committee, Mr. Hllles'made the state
ment that he was not In a position now
to absolutely favor any one. He per
sonally believed In Mr. Loeb, but could
not at this time suggest the selection of
any man as campaign manager.
"The whole thing Is so Indefinite." said
he, "that It would be useless to try to
speculate on the possibilities of the June
convention. It has been stated that there
was talk of Mr. Loeb as chairman of the
committee when the committee met here,
but I have no knowledge of this, one
way or the other."
POPE PIUS X 'CABLES A
TO THE NATION'S CAPITAL
Pope. Pius X, through his private secretary, sends the follow
jng Christmas greetingto Washington through The Washington
The holy father sends cordial grrfetimgs and his papal bene
diction to the beloved American people, repeating with the an
gelic choir: -
" "Gloria in excelsis Deo et in terra pax hominibus bonae vol
(Glory to God or high and
On ihePart 4$f
Patrick O'Brien, Genuine Thief
Chaser, Can Tell When His
Own Pocket Is Picked.
Aha' Discovered' Patrick O'Brien,
Washington's real detective Not a theo
rist, like Sherlock Holmes, William
Burns, and others, but a real dyed-in-the-wool
sleuth, who can discover a
crook picking his own pockets and make
an arrest without further clew.
He was standing in a Pennsylvania
avenue department store Saturday night.
Many listless minutes rolled by, and Pat
rick O'Brien rolled on with the crowd.
Suddenly he felt a tug at his pocket.
He ran his hand to the hand that was
In his pocket. He discovered that it be
longed to William Smith, a colored
waiter, who lives at 1107 Fourth street
northwest. Smith, when taken to police
headquarters and searched, was found
to have numerous articles In his pockets
alleged to have stolen from department
stores. The management of these stores
will appear against him In Police Court
STREETS OF TAFFY.
Million Gallons of Molasses Plow
Boston, Dec. 24 More than 1,000,000 gal
lons of molasses ran two feet deep
through the streets to-day, when the
plant of the Boston Molasses Company, In
South Boston, the largest molasses plant
In the world, was damaged by Are to the
extent of $250,000. Great streams of the
molasses poured over the wharves Into
the flats and turned the water to a dirty
brown mess, which was immediately
pumped back Into the burning building
One hundred firemen, including Dis
trict Chief Grady, had a narrow escape
from death when a steel stack 150 feet
high melted at the base and toppled over
on a brick wall around which the men
were working. District Chief Taber and
three firemen were slightly Injured by
The Are started In the boiler room,
and within two minutes communicated
to the storehouse, where nearly 4,000,000
gallons of molasses wero stored.
a earth peace 'to mea jpf good A
THF. I.faHT THAT NRVF.R FATT.S -
President Eludes Guards;
'" tie Loses Maj. Baft, Too
Mr. Taft Escapes from Aid and Secret Service
Men Makes Some Informal Calls
with Mrs. Taft.
President Taft ran away from his Se
cret Service guard jesterday afternoon
and for a few hours tried living again
Just like an ordinary mortal. It was. the
first time in almost three jears that the
President has eluded Mr. Wllkie's alert
young men, and he returned to the White
House, declaring he had a fine time. It
was tire- President's Christmas treat to
The Secret Service men are stationed
at the White House with strict instruc
tions to accompany the President wher
ever he goes. When the President goes
In his automobile one of the Secret
Service men H In the front seat. When
he rides horseback either the Secret
Service men or police officials trail him on
motorcycles. When he plays golf, he is
constantly under the ee of the Secret
Service. When he goes to call on
friends or to the theater his guards ac
company him to the door. Even when
he goes to church the Secret Service men
Col. Roosevelt, when he was President,
used to revolt occasionally at this pro
tection and run from them for a swim
through Rock Creek or some other one
of the colonel's gentle little diversions.
The Secret Service men used to be sit
ting on needles when they were charged
with the safety of Col. Roosevelt, but
they had come to regard President Taft
as enUrely safe and sane In this respect;
They were therefore entirely unprepared
yesterday afternoori for Secretary Hllies'
telephone message asking if they knew
where the President was.
TWO AUTO MISHAPS.
Naval Officer Senn Escapes Serious
Two automobile mishaps within a few
blocks at almost the same time last
night all but marred the Christmas Eve
with serious results, but no one was
badly hurt and damaged machines was
the only cost of the crashes.
Commander T. JSenn, U; S. N., was
.struck while walking at Dupont Circle
and ConnecUcut avenue shortly after 6
o'clock and knocked down. He wasaa
slited. by the driver of the machine; W.
Fred Holtzman, of 2315 Cllffbourne place
.northwest. 'Commander Scnn was not
seriously hurt and was able to walk to
jhls home at 1S58 MIntwood place north
Three hundred dollars damage was
caused when an automobile driven, by
Richard Harrington, of 184S Wyoming
avenue, collided with a machine occupied
by P. N, Barker, of Chevy Chase, and
driven by Samuel Morris shortly before
6 o'clock In Connecticut near Wyoming
avenue northwest. No one- was injured.
The machine driven by Harrington is
owned by Lewis Holmes, of 23K Q
SATS STAJtT $00 FIRE. X
tiMirtag Matehea Caase et Blase ta
Rats gnawing' matches started a. flre. la
the barroom of Jactesea Connors, 186 a
street northwest, that did J80Q worth
at -damage .early ttk motrIuc. Tbe-
bulldlBC ! ewa bx Tlpetkz Kaya
Mr Hilles had dropped around at the
White House lato in the afternoon and
could not find Mr. Taft there. What was
more remarkable, however, he could not
ascertain where he had gone. Secretary
Hilles called up Maj. Archibald W. Butt,
the President's military aid
"Why the President is at the White
House," said Maj. Butt.
Secretarv Hilles soon convinced the
major that the President was not there,
and then the major Joined the chase. Mr.
Hilles next tried the Secret Service men.
They were positive 'that Mr. Taft never
would have left the White House without
telling them about It. By that time a
deal of commotion had been stirred up,
and the Secret Serice men were not at
all reassured when they learned from
a White House employe that the Presi
dent had left the grounds on foot with
It was raining when the Secret Service
men started out In an effort to get some
trace of he President. They scurried
about town for an hour or more running
down every possible clew, but failed to
land the President until he walked Into
the White House smiling broadly with
Mrs. Taft holding his arm.
The President and Mrs. Taft, It de
veloped, had started out to pay a Aw
little Christmas calls on their friends,
Just as they used to when Mr. Taft
was Secretary of War. They had 'not
notified any of their friends of their In
tentions, so that there were some sur
prised folks when the President of the
United States and the First Lady of the
Land walked In in this Informal way
with a Christmas greeting.
Dispatches Say Butchery
Continues at -Tabriz.
Teheran. Dec. 24. The cabinet to-day
dispatched a note to the Russian lega
tion officially and finally accepting' the
Russian ultimatum, agreeing to all Its
A detachment of Russians compris
ing a regiment of Infantry and a
mounted battery of Cossacks IeftIs
pahan. Persia, to-day for Tabriz. It is
reported here that the Russians are
bent on avenging 'the death of their
comrades- shot yesterday in the battle
at Tabriz, and the action causes great
London, Dec. 2t A dlsiatch fr6m Te
heran contains the startling news that
the vice governor of Tabriz has wired
the capital that Innocent 'women and
children are being butchered In the
streets of Tabriz- by tho 'Russians. He
says 500 liave already met death.
J5t Petersburg, Disc, 24. Th Jtussfan
government to-day ordered, feaavy re-en-torcements
sent at once from the Cau
casus to Tabriz, la Persia, where fight
ing occurred yesterday. The government
reiterated its statement that it would
htake the .matter of Justic.ia Persia into
its own nanns ana wouki qw no- mercy
to thofe. whom they -claim are rMeonslbfe
torjine artair at xaon. -rite iossow we
inteW to jflve." said one eflfetal to-day,
"wlirin- I JrwnsawctC-
Wife of I.,ClC. Commissioner Run
, " Down by Auto.
Louisville. Ky., Dec. 24. Mrs. C C. Mc
Chord, wife of the Interstate Commerce
Comrafirloner, was run down and badly
injured late lasf'nlght by an automobile
delivery wagon. She is in a hospital
with a fractured skulL
Mrs. IcChord is reported to-night as
sliglitly Improved, but not yet out qf
danger. The McChords had come home
A. B. Hyatt Figures in a
WIFE TELLS SAME STQBY
Slashcd in the throat, breast, and
"wrists in a manner unknown to the
police, A. B. Hyatt, the wealthy pro
prietor of the Lincoln Hotel at Tenth
and H streets northwest, and formerly
proprietor of a drug store at Ninth and
F streets, was taken to Emergency Hos
pital late last night jWhether his in
juries were the outcome of an acci
dent, whether he was attacked, or at
tempted to end his life, the police can
not learn. Central Office detectives are
making every effort to find his as
sailant if there was one
ACCIDET," SWS WIFE.
Neither the hotel proprietor's wife,
the employes at the establishment, nor
the guests were able to throw any light
on the affair. Mrs. Hatt, when vues
tloned by the police, said "it was an
accident," but would not tell how she
knew this, nor in what way the acci
Hyatt was found in a room on the
fourth floor shortly after 11 o'clock. He
was almost unconscious and was bleed
ing profusely when employes tele
phoned to Emergency Hospital and
carried him .to the suite he-usually oc
ctinles orf the first floor. When the
rpnysielans from the hospital arrived
the Injured man at first refused to tell
anything of the affair.
As he was being carried to the oper
ating table he gasped in an almost in
"Be sure and tell them It was an acci
dent." An effort was made to learn who was
meant by "them," but the Injured man
would say nothing more Later when the
police arrived It was considered safe to
question Hyatt again.
"How did this happen?" he was asked.
"I won't say about that," he replied.
"Did jou fall on a pane of glass?"
"I won't say."
"Is there any reason for trying to hide
"None," he replied, "except that I don't
care to tell "
All Keep Reticent.
Suspicious from the nature of the cuts
that the "accident" was not fully ex
plained, the police visited the hotel and
found every one there prepared to keep
absolutely quiet regarding the affair. Ef
forts to learn at what time Mr. Hyatt
had gone to the fourth floor and why he
had gone there brought forth no "reply.
Apparently no one knew of his mission
there, unless It was Mrs. Hyatt, who
steadfastly refused to make any state
ment, other than she "knew It was an
Friends of the Injured man scout the
Idea that he may have attempted to end
his life He had been in splendid health
and Is known to be possessor of a mod
erate -fortune, besides his large Income
from the hotel.
At "a. late hour last night the police
wei searching the hotel for knives which
might have been used In the attack.
It was notlcable that In the room
where the accident occurred, there were
po signs of broken glass. The determi
nation of the police to keep at the case
until a full explanation has been made
apparently worried some of the em
ployes of the hotel, who kept pleading
"with the officials to accept Mrs. Hyatt's
Injnrlen Mny lie Fntal.
Though It is not probable the injured
man will die, his Injuries are sufficiently
severe to keep him in Emergency Hos
pital for weeks. The cut In Jils throat
Is most severe of all. The Implement
which caused this cut came within a
quarter of an inch of the jugular vein
and laid open the skin for three Inches.
A coat, saturated with blood and bear
ing marks of slashes, was found after
midnight and was Identified as the one
which Hyatt wore when he went to his
Noother person was seen to enter or
leave the room yhlle. Hyatt was 3n there.
The police are now trying to learn
whether any person could -have gained
entry and dlspappeared without being
seen by any one along the lower cor
ridors or the first floor lobby. Hyatt will
be questioned again to-day.
Rome, Dec. 24. Cardinal Fal
conlo to-day conferred with Car
dinal Merry def Val, papal secre
tary of state, concerning the ap
pointment of Cardinal Falconlo's
successor as papal delegate at
Washington. 1 Among those men
tioned for the place are Mgr. Stag
nl, apostolic delegate to Canada,
and Mgr. Avers, apostolic dele
gate to Cubs. "
Try XtrtH ttje mallear r Ke
Weak. WaAerr Ires aad Clrault. XralMs.
IfrgWsrHM Tt r QsiNH. k
FOR IAS GIFTS
Shopping .Records Broken,
PEOSPEEIT? IN CAPITAL
Every Man, Woman, and Child
Averages $3 for Presents.
Value of "Shop-Early" Campaign,
Although It Kept Down Crush
Daring Final Week, Did Ttot Pre
vent Week Before Christmas
from Exceeding All Others In
Both Sales and Crowds.
Records 'for Christmas purchasing In
Washington have been swept aside and
a new mark set by the prodigious sale
of goods for the Yuletide season of
191 1. according to the statements of
the prominent merchants in all lines of
business. Between $1,000,000 and
$1400,000 changed hands during the few
brief shopping weeks, besides the $600,
000 more that went to make up Christ
mas dinners. Probably $10,000 was ex
pended for charity, in addition to those
sums that were not distributed through
some philanthropic agency.
PROSPERITY IX CAPITAL.
The tremendous amount of money put
Into circulation in Washington tflls
Christmas Is accepted by merchant as
unquestionable proof that the nation's
Capital at the present time is enjoying a
state of prosperity, unrivaled in Its his
tory. They declare that In the last week
alone more than S6W.0OO was taken In by
stores In all kinds of business.
Second In interest to the huge sum of
monejr expended was the noticeable fact
that there was a comparatively small de
mand for presents that werc-mothing but
presents "and a growing requirement for1
useful articles. The knick-knacks of no
apparent purpose or usefulness have bwn
supplanted in popular favor by clothing,
blankets, articles for household use, and
the like, so merchants say.
Besides the sum spent for charity, it is
stated that every man. woman, and child
in the District of Columbia spent, on an
average, J3 for Christmas presents.
The value of the "shop-early" cam
paign, though it undoubtedly aided In
keeping down the crush of business dur
ing the final week, did not prevent Christ
mas week from exceeding all others in
both crowds and sales Opinions differed
as to the big day of the week. Some
merchants found Mpnday to have been
the biggest day; others declare that Sat
urday led all days in matter of sales.
Did Big Dullness.
Jewelers did a tremendous business
from December 10 until Saturday. The
furriers of the city date the beginning
of overflow sales about three days earlier,
and state that business continued gradu
ally to Increase until aew days before
Saturday, when the slack began. De
partment stores had every branch crowd
ed to capacity after the first of the
month The following are some of the
comments on Christmas shopping:
Joseph Stranburger, president of the
Retail Merchants' Association!
"The advance in the amount of
money in circulation this years over
previous years Is encouraging. Sales,
as far as I have been able to learn
have exceeded the records of other
years by thousands of dollars. From
a general estimate of the sales of four
big department stores, I would say
Contlnned on Page 3, Column 4.
SHOES TO COST MORE.
Price of Footwear like Cow and
Brockton, Mass., Dec. 2t Shoes will
cost 60 cents more a pair next autumn,
wholesale and retail. If contemplated
advances are made, the public must pay
K50 for footwear which cost $1 less In
the autumn of 1910. Manufacturers pro
fess to be unable to foresee when there'
will be a reduction, or when prices wilt
stop going up. They are explaining the
situation In catalogues sent out for the
autumn and winter of 1912 to distributers.
Removal of the duty on hides by the
Tayne-Aldrlch tariff law did not
cheapen them. It is explained, and prices
of leather have advanced steadily. An
opportunity to prevent much. It any, in
crease of' price In shoes is said to exist
In agreements among manufacturers ahd
dealers as to prices. s.
FAINTS IN PULPIT.
Her. Dr. Snively Starts Panio in
Lakewood. N. J., Dec. 2t The fashion
able congregation attending divine erv-.
ices at All Saints' Episcopal Church to
day was thrown Into confusion when Rev.
Dr. Snively. of New York, suddenly threw
up his hands and feu In a dead, faint In
the pulpit; A moment of tense silence,
was -broken by MIss'Helen Hoyt. a chorus
girl, who emitted a -piercing scream and
almost went Into hysterics.
Mrs. Jay Gould was sitting directlv
In front? of the altar and. although she;
was much excited and turned very pale,
she. remained throughout the services.
Several members of the congregation left
Dr. Snively was removed to tho vestry,
where restoratives were applied, and Rev.
E, E. Mathews went on with the. servCc.
4:10, 9:40 p. m.. 40 a. m, Alt.ateeU fce
trlc-l!htl Pullmans. AtianUc OssXr
LlM, Ml tW York Mr, nw, '