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THE WASHINGTON HERALD
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WASHINGTON. D. C. THUBSDAY, MAY 30. 1912.FOUBTEEN PAGES.
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Delegates to Baltimore Elected
by Separate Factions Hew
COSTELLO FORGES FIRM
Bolters Put Opening Session in a
Turmoil FigM Now Shifts to.
Amid a stormy, .relgp of pandemonium,
with enraged Democrat yelling and
brandishing tbetr flits In the air, and a
halt doxen policemen striving to main
tain order, the Darr-Carr-Benton and
Harmon tactions and the -Newman wing
of the party yesterday afternoon bolted
us Temporary ueroocrauc convention in
the new Masonic Temple and held sepa'
rate, conventions, each electing delegates
to the national convention In Baltimore.
The Darr-Carr-Bentonlans and the Har-
roonltes upon bolting organized a con
rentton In Odd Fellows Halt In Seventh
Street Northwest, and elected twelve un-
instructed delegates and twelve alter
nates, each entitled to a halt vote, to
the Baltimore convention. The Newman
faction late In the afternoon held a con
vention in old Masonic Temple nnd elect
ed six delegates and six alternates fn-
Pauline ,Wayne in Sanger.
Neenah, "Wis, May 2. "Good
mornlnsr. Carrie." That's what
.President Clark, or Taft or Wll
on, or Roosevelt, or whoever Jie
Is, may be saying to the White
House cow next year. For be it
known there Is a. .base plot to
supplant Pauline Wayne, present
occupant' of the executive cow
shed. Caroline Parthanea Is the
new candidate for the honor. She
Is on exhibition at the annual
show of the SUte Holsteln
Breeders' Association here, and
la modestly billed as the best
Holsteln cow In the world.
President's Forces to Battle for
Control of State Convention
How in Donbt
CONFERENCE AT WHITE HOUSE
OLDTTMER IN BANKS.
Sssssssssf - -ssssssssssssssssssssssssml
Slid to lie ekieit Dnaocnt in DUtrict
structed for Champ Clark to the national
convention. After the bolters had left
new Masonic Temple the Costello forces
elected twelve delegates Instructed for
Clark, each entitled to a half vote at the
When 11 o'clock, the time for the open
Ins of the Democratic temporary conven
tion, rolled around yesterday morning,
J Fred Kelley. chairman of the Demo
cratic Central Committee, could not be
found. After a long wait, delegates went
to Mr Kelley's office in the Ouray Build
ing and found him there attending to his
own business. He was urged to go to
the New Masonic Ttmple, and Anally
Costello Calls MoednK.
When he reached the building he re
fused to call the meeting to order on
the ground that no certificates of elec
tion had been issued to delegates. He
explained that he had refused to Issue
these certificates, for the reason that the
ballots uf the various districts, with the
exception of two, had not been canvass
ed by the Central Committee, as provided
for. according to his interpretation, by
the rules and regulations set down by
the Democratic National Committee.
Walter J. Costello, vice chairman of the
Central Committee, called the meeting to
order shortly before 1 o'clock yesterday
afternoon, upon the refusal of Mr. Kelley
to do so.
John B. Colpoys was nominated for
, temporary ' chairman. ' and Immediately
Thomas Jamieson. leader of the Harmon
forces, delegate from the Ninth District,
and spokesman for the united Newman.
Darr-Carr-Benton. and Harmon ele
ments, arose to make another nomina
tion. Robert E. Mattlngly. of the Cos
Conttnued on Pajte Two,
Following CoL Roosevelt's sweeping
victory In New Jersey, a series of lm
portant conferences between President
Taft and his political advisers was held
at the White House yesterday. These
conferences resulted In a renewed de
termination on the President's part to
push the tight to a flnlsh-S
The final conference of the day, which
was held last evening, related to the
dhlo Republican State convention, which
Is to be held early next week. Control
of this convention has been In doubt,
but the Taft forces through their grip
on the Ohio State machine, will prob
nbly be able to dominate It If they care
to make the fight Senator Burton has
been doleful over the probable effect of
such a fight for the control of Ohio's six
delegatrs-at-large of the Republican
party In the State, and he has been urg
ing the Taft and Roosevelt forces to
compromise In the matter of these six
Insists on Xo Compromise.
The conference at the White House
last night was attended by Senators
Burton and Crane. Vice President
Sherman, and most of the members of
the President's Cabinet The President
Insisted that there should be no com
promise, and the Taft forces will ac
cordingly push the fight for the con
trol of the Ohio delegates-at-large. In
asmuch as CoL Roosevelt carried thir
ty-four of Ohio's forty-two district
delegates, the colonel's supporters will
contend that the vote of Ohio Repub
llcans entitles him to the six delegates-
at-large. If the Taft forces control
the Ohio State convention, the Roose
velt jnen undoubtedly will bolt and
cry fraud, thus adding to the 'aggra
vated condition of the Republican par
ty in the Buckeye State. Senator Bur
ton will leave here to-day for Ohio to
take charge of the fight for Taft.
President Still Hopeful.
Col. Roosevelt's Impressive victory in
New Jersey brought further discourage
ment to the Taft managers, but the
President himself and his TollticaI ad
visers continued to assert that Mr. Taft
has a sufficient number o delegates to
be nominated at Chicago, and that he
will be named. The efforts of the Taft
men from now on will be centered upon
holding In line the delegates already
pledged to Taft and upon obtaining con
trol of the preliminary organization of
the Chicago convention.
The President's supporters have msde
a careful canvass of the Republican Na
tional committee and are satisfied that
Mr Taft will have at least thirty-two of
me nny-two members upon whom he can
-rely in the coming struggle. The Taft
people also have been in close touch with
all their Southern delegates. Instructed
or pledged for the President, and they
were confident last night that the Presi
dent was going to hold a sufficient num
ber of these Southerners to Insure his
Helm Bruce Testifies Judge
Allowed Him to Submit Ar
guments In Closed Case.
BAR PAID FOR TRIP ABROAD
Wire Pool Deal Is Raked Over, and
Committee Learns More Con
1 cernlng $500 Check:
CLAUDE ALLEN ON
Mrs. Amanda Chalmers-Loyd-Per-
ry-Ballantine-Spencer Parts from
Young: Annapolis Graduate.
New York, May 3. Harold S. Spencen
recent Annapolis graduate and twentj
two years old, has left, or was forced to
leave, his matronly wife. Mrs. Amanda
Chambers - Lord - Perry - Ballantlne
Spencer, whose fourth husband he was,
and has returned to his parents In West
The remarkable romance of the dash
ing young sailor came to a noisy cli
max In the Hotel Vafiderbllt last night.!
ana mere was aaattered forever.
Spencer met Mrs. Ballantlne In Europe
In 1319. and after a brief .courtship they
were -weaaea. Tney honeymooned in
Paris. Cairo. Tripoli, and Italy, and only
recently returned to this country. Spen
cer blames his' step-daughter. Mrs. Otto
Wsgner. for the trouble. Mrs. Spencer
war out with Mrs Wagner yesterday aft
ernoon, and did, not return until late.
Spencer accused his-wife of wrongdoing,
she says, and threw things at her. He
immediately left for Wisconsin.
-Harold wouldn't do anything." salid
Mrs. Spencer to-day. -He told me he
had an- Income of tS.000 a year, Jbut he
didn't, and. I have been supporting him."
"Why that boy was too silly for any
thing," said Mrs. Wagner, "much lessi
for my mother's husband."
Yonnger Member of Wytheville
Clan Tells of Shooting at
Wytheville. Va.. May S.-Claude Allen,
accused of the murder of Judge Thorn
ton Massle in the Hlllsville tragedy, took
the stand in his own defense this morn
ing. The prisoner was calm and un-
exclted, answering questions In a Arm
He stated that he went to Hlllsville
because of bad weather which prevented
ma uums o ai nome. m was un
armed, ne said, but Thursday morning
buckled on his weapon which Victor
Allen, his brother, had brought He
denied feeling his father's pulse the
evening before the shooting, and said he
am not remember speaking to Floyd
Allen at all Jn the court room. He re
called being asked by Judge Bolen to
go for some witnesses wanted by his
father In bis efforts to get a new trial.
He saw his father standing after the
Judge ordered the sheriff to take charge
of the prisoner.
He declared that he saw Clerk Goad
with a pistol, and thinking the clerk
was going to fire at his father he drew
his own weapon, but before he could
shoot he heard a shot supposedly fired
by Sldna Allen on his left The wit
ness said he fired at Goad to defend his
father. He did not see Judge Massle
at the time, he said. He swore he had
no animosity toward Judge Massle. He
snot tour times, nnng at Goad's head.
He swore that Goad fired once before
he himself fired. He also saw KMn.
-iien ana one otner person whom he
couia not recognize snooting.
Illinois Official Dies.
Springfield. IH.-, May 3. Secretary of
State James A. Rose died suddenly at
his home at sao o clock this afternoon.
He was taken 111 at 11 o'clock last night
but his Illness was not thought serious.
Hew Fast Train West
Via Chesapeake and Ohio By.
Commencing Sunday, June i. C and O.
will operate new fast train to the West,
leaving Washington 8:35 p. m with Pull
man sleepers to Cincinnati and Chicago.
Train now leaving at 4 o. m. win. n
and after June 2. Ieare WaehinrtAn r
3:40 p. ra., with Pullman sleepers to St
.unus, A-owsYjue, ana Cincinnati.
That Judge Robert W. Archibald, of the
Commerce Court, permitted a railroad
attorney to submit additional arguments
privately In a esse pending In his court
after the taking of testimony and ar
guments of counsel had been completed
was the prnctpal development yesterday
in the Investigation by the House Ju
diciary Committee of charges against
Judge Archbald preferred by William P.
Boland, a coal operator of Scranton, Pa.
Judge Archibald's leniency in imposing
small money fines on the defendants in
the wire pool cases In New Tork and a
trip to Europe at the expense of the
members of the bar of his court In
Scranton, were other subjects upon
which the conmlttce obtained testimony.
Helm Bruce, an attorney of the legal
department of the Louisville and Nash
ville Railroad Company, testified regard
ing correspondence between Judge Arch-
bald and the railroad In connection with
three rate cases filed by the New Or
leans Board of Trade against the rail
road. In which the New Orleans organi
zation attacked the reasonableness of
rates between New Orleans and Mobile,
Pensacola. and Montgomery. The Inter
state Commerce Commission decided in
favor of the Board of Trade. The rail
road appealed. After the arguments had
been concluded, declared Mr Bruce.
Judge Archbald wrote to him asking
whether the testimony of C B. Compton,
traffic manager of the railroad, had been
correctly reported, and later the Judge
sent another letter, in which he asked
the attorney's opinion regarding the
contentions of the Interstate Commerce
Commission in Its decision In the case.
Mr. Bruce produced a long letter reply
ing to Judge Archbald. In which the
railroad attornev discussed tho leral
questions which Judge Archbald Inquired
Was Supplemental Brief.
"This letter was pr2lcally a supple
mental and prlvat -Brief In the case.
was It notT" asked Representative
"In- a-'sense it -was," admitted -Mr.
"Did you not regard It as unusual for a
Judge to write a letter to you asking
jour view In the case arter the argu
ments of counsel had been completed r
asked Chairman Clayton.
"So far as writing the letter Is con
cerned. replied the witness, "I should
say that IE Ik unusual."
Mr. Bruce admitted that as far as he
knew the counsel on the other side of
the case were, not aware of the cor
respondence between himself and Judge
"The counsel for the New Orleans
Bosrd of Trade or the Commerce Com
mission did not have an opportunity of
replying to your arguments in your let
ter to Judge Archbald?" asked Repre
"Not so far as I know," replied Bruce.
Mr. Bruce declared that he had also
received a letter from Judge Mack, of
the Commerce Court, asking for a copy
of --k document mentioned In the case
which the Judge was unable to find In
trie record. Mr. Bruce said that he
sent the document in question to the
When the Commerce Court decided In
favor of the railroad reversing the de
cision of the Interstate Commerce Com
Contlnned on Pose Four.
FOREST FIRES 'MENACE
IN THE TNTEBIOB
St Johns, N. FMay & Forest fires,
which have already swept two villages
and nave several others surrounded, are
reported from the Interior of Newfound
land. High winds add to the menace.
At-Botwood thousands of dollars', worth
of wood pulp have been consumed. No
fatalities have been reported.
DELAYED TEIEGBAM TELLS
OF BEBBEBS TAXING
"POSSESSION OF FEZ
Bredll CaUa to The WiiMnttoa Bmld.
Paris, May 3. A delayed telegram re
ceived her to-night from Tangier says
the Berbers have tsken the city of Fes.
The tribesmen encountered little resist
ance, and confined themselves during
the last twelve hours before the surren
der 'to sniping, but the lost of life was
The dispatch seems to set at rest all
rumors of a massacre of French officials
end foreigners In Fez. The Berbers have
been swarming about F.ez for several
weeks, but have been repulsed on every
attack by the Prench garrison.
WASHINGTON MEN HONOBED
BY CITY PLANNEBS IN
SESSION IN BOSTON
Bpedil to The Wuhlagton Herald.
Boston. Mass., Msy 3. At the closing
session of the fourth National Confer
ence on City Planning, held this after
noon, Richard B. Watrous, secretary of
the American Civic Association, Wash;
ingion, was re-eiccica a memoer or. me
executive committee, and the following
from the District of Columbia were
elected members of a general advisory
committee: Hon. Walter L. Fisher, Sec
retary of the Interior; Lieut Col. Will
iam V. Judson. Engineer Commissioner.
and Glenn Brown, secretary of the
American Institute of Architects,
TO BE FOUGHT ,
IN CUBA TO-DAY
Rebels Gamp Within Sight ot
Government Forces, but'
DECISIVE ACTION EXPECTED
MAYBE 'IT'S fig HAHE.
Philadelphia. Ma J) The police
of the Third and Dickinson
Streets Station are endeavoring
to learn theMdentity of a man
who says he Is.,Braybe Ebryie
quahkllmaymonetslngigar, s gyp
sy, and who was committed to
the Philadelphia Hospital as In
sane, by Magistrate Hughes today.
DISASTROUS FLBE SWEEPS
THBOUGH THE CITY
OF SAIISBUBY, N. C.
Sreritl ta The Wubinston BcimM.
Salisbury. N C. May 3. Early this
morning fire destroyed the plant of the
Salisbury Evening Post with a loss of
flS.000; the Grubb Building, with a loss
of 10,000: M. L. Jackson's mear market
loss 15,000. and other small losses aggre
gating J37.000. The fire was In the heart
of the business section ot Salisbury, and
was one of the worst ever seen here.
Its origin is unknown.
Gen, Estsnoz. Commander of Blacks,
Says He Will Take Guanta
namo Is Defiant.
CAPT. LOBD BELIEVED
FB0M DUTY TO
Liverpool. May S- The reictt from
Boston that Capt Lord, of fit Califor-
nlan, had been relieved of his command
ause he fulled to go to the assistance
q. the Titanic was emphatically dented
by General Msnager Roper, of the Ley
Is nd Line to-day. He said that the Cal-
lfomlan was temporarily under another
commander, because they had been com
pelled to keep Capt Lord here to testify
In the British Titanic lnquirj.
GLRL SAVES LIFE OF
THEN MABBIES HIM
OLLIE JAMES DEFEATED
BY GOV. McCBEABY IN
Louisville, Ky- May 3. A hard-fought
contest for control of the Democratic
State convention ended this afternoon
with the defeat of United States Senator-elect
OUIe M. James by Gov. J. E.
McCreary. who was elected chairman by
a narrow majority. When It was certain
that he could not be elected. Senator
James made the motion which elected
McCreary by acclamation.
Two districts this afternoon Instructed
their delegates to support John C. C
Mayo for national committeeman against
Urey Woodson, secretary of the Demo
cratic National committee.
Champ Clark will have a solid delega
tion rrotn Kentucxy to the national con
Boston, Mass , May 3. Love that be
gan when the young woman leaped Into
the water and saved him from drowning
ended In a wedding for Clarence C. Bur
gess, an attendant at the Medfleld State
Asylum, and Miss Marguerite M. Pell,
of Chestnut Street, Woburn.
Until a week ago Miss Pell was a
nurse at the Medfleld Asylum where
Burgess Is employed. She Is nineteen
and he twenty-three. They had met
each other In their work., but It was not
until two months ago that their ro
mance started. Both were out boating.
The canoe in which Burgess had been
paddling capsized and he shouted for
Miss Pell paddled her canoe up close
and then dived Into th ,water. She Is
an expert swimmer. She told her friends.
afterward that saving Burgess' life was
easy for her.
"And say. It was the greatest thing I
eer did, for It has won me a husband,"
T. B. NOT LIKELY TO
CONDUCT THE CHICAGO
FIGHT IN PEBS0N
MAY BE WEDDING
Mrs. Helen Hilton Story Said to
Contemplate Matrimony with
Stanley Forde, Actor.
New Tork, Msy fj. Friends of Mrs.
Helen Hilton Story were greatly In
terested, to-day In a report that she Is
about to marry Stanley Forde, the actor
who was named by her husband, Allen
Lawrence Story, In his suit for divorce.
Mrs. Story, who Is soon to Inherit
several millions from the estate of the
late Judge Henry Hilton, professed to be
greatly amused at the report
'Qulte absurd." she said. "Not- one
word of truth to it I suppose people
think that I'm going to msrry Mr.
Forde because they know 1 am soon to
Intimate friends say, however, that It
Is ail settled: mar airs, story means to
marry- Forde on the evening before she
sails for Europe, and that the ceremony
Is to take place -In New Jersey. James
H. HIckey. Jier guardian, declined to
deny or admit the truth or trie rumored
The sailing date has been arranged to
colncle with declaring of the permanent
decree of divorce, Mrs. Story's three-year-old
daughter? Ruth, Is living with
her rather and his parents. Mr. and
Mrs. William Cummings- Story, In this
New Tork, May St. Before leaving for
Gettysburg to-night. Col. Roosevelt was
asked about a report that he was to go
to Chicago and personally lead the fight
for recognition of his delegates whose
seats are contested.
"It's a 1,000 to 1 shot I will not" he
said. "I cannot imagine that anything
will come up that will Impel me to go. It
Is not In my mind to go."
The colonel will reach Gettysburg to
morrow afternoon.- There he will de
liver a Memorial Day address before the
locomotive engineers and take the train
son after for this city. He expects to
reach New York late to-morrow even
ing. From Friday on the colonel will give
his attention to the convention prelimi
naries, keeping in touch with his aids
In Chicago, where the National Com
mittee meets next week.
Asked for a statement in regard to
New Jersey the colonel said:
"The result speaks for Itself. I do not
see that Jersey has left much for me to
He was asked If he would now begin
to make plans for the fall campaign,
since he felt confident ot obtaining the
"In the course of a long period as a
hunter." said he. "I have learned never
T6 prepare the bear skin until the bear
Sprdtl Cible to The waihtafton Hfrald.
Havana, May 3. Although the main
body of Insurgent blacks Is now within
sight ot the Cuban troops, under com
mand of Gen. Mendleta, In Orlente Prov
ince, no engagement is expected until the
arrival of the detachment of Havana
troops, under Gen. Monteagudo. who are
due early to-morrow. It Is the Intention
of the government to administer a de)
drive blow to Estenoz and his followers,
snd the fight Is expected to-morrow.
Reports of fighting and burning by the
rebels In several localities reached the
government to-day. Twelve Insurgents
were captured at Saesta. a small fruit
port at the entrance to Nine Bay. As the
government has given the order to show
no quarter to the rebels. It Is expected
tney will be executed. Traffic on the
Ouantanamo and Western Railroad has
been Interrupted for several days.
Eitenom Ready to Flh.
Gen. Estenoz states that he Is ready
to fight and late this afternoon defiantly
claimed that he would take Guantanamo
while Gen. Tvonet Is capturing Santiago.
In his Interview the rebel leader said:
If the United States Intervenes they
will recognize me and my followers as
a political party We are prepared to
continue fighting no matter what hap
pens. All the responsibilities for inter
vention must rest on the shoulders of
President Gomez and the government"
Gen. Estensz declared that he would
declare the present movement oft as
soon as the government repealed the
Morua law. He made the statement also
that an Immense amount of the arms
which the Cuban government has been
Riving to Its citizens hss fallen into the
rebels' hands, and that they have been
conspiring for eighteen months without
the government's knowledge.
nebel.' Bold Move.
The boldest move of the rebels to-day
was the sacking of the town of San Ra
mon de las Vaguas. Here they captured
six rural guards and over 4,900 rounds of
smmunltlcn ftxtl burned several houses.
The ammunition Is something they have
been looking for, as the rebels have re
cently secured 1.000 new guns, for which
they had no cartridges.
The government has ordered all gun
boats post haste to the Orlente coast
for patrol duty night and day to prevent
the landing of supplies Gen. Estenoz,
It Is learned, keeps his outposts eighteen
miles from bis main army. He declares
that owing to the topograpliv of the
country he can defy the government Indefinitely.
The government Is considering the propo
sition of an aviator who has offered to
drop bombs In the rebel camps.
Plot Conieii to Llsht.
A plot of a black uprising In Havana
came to light to-day when a rebel spy
was captured and complete plans of the
conspiracy were found upon him. Many
arrests hae been ordered, it Is reported.
although the government profess no fear,
stating that besides the several hundred
trained troops remaining here thousands
of armed volunteers are ready to spring
to the city's defense at a moment's no
The manager of a big American sugar
mill at Tlguabos to-day was granted per
mission to arm all of the laorers.
Francis Tracy Tobln. a Philadelphia
lawyer, to-day sent to President Gome:
the offer of the services of himself and
100 men to aid In putting down the rebel
lion. President Gomez refused his offer
with thanks, and said that the help was
PIH CAUGHT BY
Baltimore Broker, Charged with
$225,000 Swindle, Back in
PRIES OFF LID
IN TAX OFFICE
Herbert J. Browne, Expert In
vestigator, Makes Sweep
SUPPORTED BY MR. GEORGE;
CHASE OF MANY MONTHS
EXTENDED FAB 0VEB SEAS
Wife Accompanies Accused Man,
Who Was Canght in Greece.
Ont on Bond.
Baltimore, Md., May 3. Pembroke W.
Pitt the defaulting grain speculator, who
arrived In New Tork this morning aboard
the Carpathla, after having been cap
tured In Naples. Italy, following a chase
that covered half the globe, reached Bal
timore in custody this afternoon and
was released on 00.000 ball.
Pitt Is charged with swindling banks
out of CS.OOO by means of bogus bills
of lading. He admitted to-night that
this amount was correct, and stated that
restitution had been made for JS.KO.
Pitt's wife, whose devotion prompted
her to follow her husband to Europe and
by doing so furnished the detectives with
the clew .that led to his arrest, was also
a passenger on the Carpathla, but she
did not travel to Baltimore with her hus
band and his captor. Detective Kahler,
who followed the fugitive to the other
side of the world. She came to Balti
more on a latter train and did not Jola
ner nusnana until ne naa been to neaa
quarters, photographed by the Bertli
lon system and released on ball.
Mny Effect Settlement.
The bankers of Baltimore who were
victimized by Pitt are disposed to make
him serve thsK and in pursuance of this
a meeting of these financiers has been
called for to-morrow It Is known, how
ever, thst Pitt's relatives will do all
they can to keep him out of prison, and
It is believed that a settlement will be
effected out of court
Kahler. whose 'feat In locatlnx and or
renting Pitt' It, regained as a rcmarljable
prvrs oi-wur. i riuoE aeiecuve ape
parenuy not more tnan twenty-nve years
old. Pitt Is about forty-five years old.
with gray hair. His wife Is an attract
ive young woman.
The brokerage firm of which Pitt was
a member was an old" and respectable
Baltimore house. When Pitt disappeared
some months ago and his alleged swin
dling operations wer discovered. Detect
ive Kahler learned that h had gone to
New Orleans and from there to Hon
duras. Central America. Mrs. Pitt Is a
great traveler, and It was through tracing
her baggage that Kahler found that Pitt
had gone to New Tork and that she
might Join htm
Testimony Taken as Indication that
Single .Tax Advocate Will
.Attack "Organic Law."
CLASH WITH LAW
MOVED TO STRATEGIC
POINTS IN CUBA
PBESLDENTIAL BEE IS
BUSILY AT W0BK UNDER
MAYOB GAYNOR'S BONNET
Mayor Gaynor. of New York, believes
thst he will be named as the Democratic
Presidential candidate" by het Balti
more Convention. With the frank
ness for which he is noted, the
Mayor has told New Tork leaders here of
the notions he entertains as to' the out
come ot the deliberations of the Demo
cratic coventlon. MV. Gaynor has seized
the opportunity afforded by his visit to
Washington to canvas the pollUcal situa
tion, and after a survey of the field he
has come to the conclusion that the
Mayor of New York will be the Presi
dential candidate ot his party this year-
In a conversation with a New York
leader in Washington yesterday morning.
Mayor Gaynor expressed the belief that
the Democratic delegation from the State
would hold the key to the situation at
Santiago, Cuba. May 3. United States
marines were to-day moved to strategic
positions to protect American lives and
interests In Santiago province against at.
tack by the black rebels. The first ot
the soldiers to go Into action against
the rebels was a detschment from the
cruiser Prairie, which arrived yesterday
at Camanera. The blacks near that point
attacked a plantation, but were soon
driven off by the Amerfcns. As soon a
the negroes Taw the sailors approaching
Marines are being stationed at Santiago.
Guantanamo, and NIpe Bay. There are
large American Interests at NIpe Bay
both plantations and mines.
President Gomez claims to have 9,000
armed troops In the field sgaln.it the
rebels. These, he declared, have been
divided into small detachments for the
better protection of plantations. The
military authorities are apparently watt
ing until 1.3)0 additional troops ordered
to the front reach there before a gener.il
campaign Is begun against the Insur
gents. The most serious disorder exists In the
regions about Guantanamo, San Luis,
Palma Soriano, and La Maya. Large de
tached bodies of blacks have been seen
on the northern coast but they were
The main body of the rebels, under
Ivonet and Estenoz, Is not far from La
Maya, Intrenched In the hills. The fed
erals. In order to attack, must move
through a thickly .grown Jungle and cross
MaJ. Gen. Monteagudo !s In command
of the government troops, which are
drawing up in front of the rebel column.
Several skirmishes between rebellious
blacks and rurales are reported. In all
or which the rebels were defeated.
Federal troops were sent this afternoon
against a band ot rebellious blacks, who
gathered at Yarayabo with the Intention
of attacking a train on s the Cuban rail
road. The superintendent of the railroad
notified the government of the presence
ot the. rebels and their intention. The
train, which was bound for Bayamo.
was detained at Palma Soriano until
troops could disperse the blacks.
Edward B. Thomas Charged with
Transferring Assets to Wife to
New York. May 3 Edward Russell
Thomas, former multi-mulllonalre brokir
and banker, was charged to-day in the
Supreme Court with having fraudulentlv
trsnsferred to his wife property and se
curities worth at least Jl.000,000 to de
feat the claims of his creditors.
Linda Lee Thomas, the beautiful wife
of the defendant, recentlv sued him for
divorce, naming "Teddy" Girard. of
larls and New York, the creator of one
version of the Vampire dance Mrs.
Thomas lives In New ork and Thomas
lives In Paris. He has announced his In
tention to live abroad permanently. The
plaintiffs In the new litigation are Ed
win M Post and Grove E. Little,
brokers. They secured s Judgment of
74.43S last Januarj against Thomas.
The execution has been returned un
satisfied. Since this Judgment was en
tered Thomas has confessed Judgment
in the Supreme Court for IL34,tST of
claims held by others.
OF BABIES FREED
The lid was pried oft of real estate
taxation and "assessment conditions here
yesterday through the testimony of Her
bert Jl Browne before the George In
vestigating subcommittee of the House
Mr. Browne Is an expert Investigator
who has been working for the subcom
mittee for some months. His testimony
concluded with a denunciation of the
wrork of the District assessor which was
tantamount to an accusation ot willful
"One In forced to the ronelaslon
aid Mr. ntoitif, la cleslair. his (estl
moay for the day. "that the assessor
purposely avoided obtaining arenrato
formation throngb fear that thereby
be would be compelled to assess prop.
ertr In harmony with that Informa
tion Ishowflns; ktom undervaluations
In business properties!, and thus raUo
the assessment on mlnable business
property. . This property has escaped
Its Just share of the business burden,
vrhlle nt the same time enormous In
creases la these values served to en
rich the owner, when less favored
portions of the District sections of
mall homes, where there haa no ma
terial increase In valuation, has been
assessed clear .0 the breaking; point.9
Gives Damnsrlnc; Testimony.
Mr. Browne's denunciation came as the
climax of a line of testimony decidedly
damaging to the administration of the
District Assessor's office. After giving
examples of gross Inequalities through
undervaluations, which examples, he said,
had been run down through Information
accessible to the District Assessor, Mr.
"Such records of leases as I have pre
sented are readily obtainable by the As
sessor, who acknowledges he has not ob
tained them. There are not to exceed 353
Important leases, containing U all im
portant information SlUd each yer. The,
gleaning orinformatlon of this character
from the leases would not Involve the
expenditure of ten minutes a day bv
either of the Assessor's two clerks. The
Assessor showed that he was fully awaro
of the fact that real estate selling values
should be based upon the potential earn
ing capacity of the propertv. and vet
he neglected to obtain this Information.
and Js, Instead, seemed to rely on such
prejuaicea imonnaiion as ne could ob
tain, not under oath, from real estate
agents and principals In the transfers.
This kind of Information, when com
pared with figures obtained from records
of title companies. Is shown to be noto
riously unsteady and Inaccurate "
Need No Federal Help.
Questions asked the witness bv Chair
man George pointed to one extremely
important development of the investiga
tion. After pointing out discrepancies be
tween the assessed valuation of the
squares upon which the present House
and Senate office buildings were erected
and the price allowed by the District
Supreme Court in the condemnation pro
ceedings. Mr. Browne, when asked by
Chairman George to account for the dif
"I can account far It only ten -the
basis that the saeM-ors ore and have
been for the last twenty years eon
fronted with the obvious fart that IC
they assessed real estate In Washing
ton adequately, at the rate at HSM
per tlOO, they would produce a reve
nue so large as to direct the attention
of Congress to the fart that the Dis
trict of Columbia has sufficient prop
Continued on Pnare Three.
LINERS IN CRASH
NEAR NEW YORK
French Steamship Hudson Rammed
Almost in Shade of Tower
New York. May 3. The Porto Rican
liner Berwlnd. outward bound, to-dav
rammed the French Line steamship Hud
son, coming in from Bordeaux, about a
mile off Sixty-ninth Street Brooklyn,
tearing a big hole in the port bow of
Elghty-ont persons, many of them
women, were on board the Hudson, and
were thrown Into a panic when the crash
came. They rushed upon deck in scant
attire, and It was with difficulty that
members of the crew restrained some
from leaping overboard.
Meantime. Capt G. David had pointed
the Hudson's nose toward the Long
Island Railroad docks, at the foot of
Sixty-fifth Street Brooklyn, and was
proceeding ahead, at full speed. He did
. LOO-to Harper's Ferry and Martins
burg; S1.3S Berkeley 8prtngs; J2.00 Cum
berland, and return. Sundsv. June Bal
timore and Ohio. Special train leavts.
Brooklyn Supreme Court Acquits
Miss Winifred Ankers of
New York, May . As she gleefully
bounched her own laughing baby In her
arms. Miss Winifred Ankers. In the
Brooklyn Supreme Court lste to-day was I not know what damage had been done
declared not guilty for the murder of I to the Hudson and was taking no
cnances ot naving ner sink.
A strange feature ot the collision,
which will be Investigated, is that It oc
curred in clear weather, and that Cap:
David saw the Berwlnd when she was
some distance away. He believes that
Capt Christopher, of the Berwlnd, mi--understood
his signal or Obeyed it too
Part of the bow of the' Berwlnd was
torn- away when she struck the Hudson.
She turned about and made for the
docks o the New York and Porto Rico
Steamship Company. Which owns her
Both boats were so badly damaged
that they will have to go lno dry dock
While the Hudson was racing toward
shore the panic-stricken passengers, hav
ing In mind the Titanic disaster, ran up
on the decks and begged the crew to
lower the lifeboats. Several women
Richard Gamersall, an Infant Inmate of
the Brooklyn Nursery and Infants' Hos
pital. The young woman still stands ac
cused of killing eight other Infants b
poison, and Is held In 2.000 ball on an
other charge; but It is not likely that
she will ever be tried on the other In
dictments. Ball will be furnished Fri
day by Mrs. William Halgh, who will
give the young mother and her baby a
Counsel for the defense declared that
many suspicious deaths In the hospital
were due to carelessness In administering
medicine to Infants. A grand Jury Inves
tigation of the hospital was demanded.
Justice Scudder delivered a charge.
claiming thst the police violated the law
when they denied the defendant an Im
mediate hearing- before a magistrate and
kept her a prisoner in the hospital until
they obtained a confession which she
Matinee, Columbia risyers, "Wildfire."
10-day, sua, at the common Theater.
SLOO Blnement and nctnrar Sunday,
Jnne i. Southern Railway. Trains leave
Washington Sd5 a. m. (LtdJ. and SJS
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