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HIS OWN IDENTITY
Crippled Yburig Man Begs
Detectives to Find Out;
Who He Is ,
JELLS PATHETIC STORY
.Worked on Fann Many Years and
Says He Always Has Been Called
Eyes of strons-hearted dettctlTea filled
with tears as a crippled yoxmg man of
twenty-three last nlsht at police heafl
nuarters pleaded with them to unraTel
the mrstery of his Identity.
"I have no name, no mother, no coun
try. They call me William Churchner."
When only three years old his parents
turned him over to a Mrs. Johnson, Jiv
ing then, it Is sId, at 1110 K street north
east. Mrs. Johnspn, after providing -.'or
nun ror some months, turned him over
to the board of children's guardians.
The Board of Children's Guardians .In
turn sent him to .the big Harris farm at
Pomonkey, Mi, near Marshall HaU.
There he worked as a farm boy until he
reached the age of twentyone. When
he became of age he left Maryland and
came to Washington. -He was known
i only as "William Churchner." Simon
Gordon, .SM3 M street northwest, cave
him a position as foreman dt his Virginia
larm near Baiuton. During the last two
years he has saved his small "'earnings
mat he might begin a fight to establish
his identity: to learn whether his name
really Is William' Churchner. and If. his
parents are dead.
Faintly Recall Brother.
"I can faintly remember that when a.
little :kld I used to carry dinner to my
brother, who was a conductor on a street
car line," he said. "I can't remember
his name or what he looks like. We
lived but a short distance from the car
line. I remember my father used to call
my mother 'Mary.' I remember I had
two sisters, Fannie and Katie.
"I have been told my father was- a
huckster, but this Is all I could learn
about him. I looked up Mrs, Johnson.
She now lives atStlL street northeast,
but cannot help me much. -She doesn't
know much about my mother or my peo
ple, whether living or dead. She does
not know where my people used to live.
"Mrs. Johnson did tell me the last she
heard of my mother she was working fir
a family named lloyle living at Bethesda,
Churchner. when a boy. on the Harris
farm met wjth an accident which has
crippled him for life. While riding a
horee one day the animal ran under a
tree, and, coming In contact with the
limbs he was thrown, back, heavily to the
ground. One hip was badly fractured.
Today central office detectives Will taka'
4ip -ChurchnerV cac-witu ailttiuanMUlait
to help the young man. George S. Wil
son, secretary of the Board of Charities,
under which the Board of Children's
Guardians come, will search the records
today in the hope of getting some infor
mation that will help clear up the mys
tery. "If my mother Is living I would like to
see her. I know not why she abandoned
me." said Churchner. "If my father Is
vjlvtig I want to see him, too. and my
Drother and two sisters. If they all are
dead, then I want to know where they
are burled and something of their livVs.
"This all seems like a dream to me. It
looks hard that a young man must come
up in the world under such a cloud and
I want the police to help me out."
The police have every reason to be
lieve Churchner's story. He gave them
correct locations and addresses of people
YES, SIR, THEY'RE WEARING EM
"What Whr OveralU All the Girls
New York, Jan. 18. The latest thing in
women's wear overalls arrived here to
day. These are not the usual type of
overalls worn by men, but are made of
silk or linen, and, according to the au
thorities upon the subject, are the late'st
creations In lingerie.
One of their chief claims to popularity
Is that they are especially designed for
dancing. However, it is expected they
will find equal popularity for ordinary
The new creation Is shaped exactly
like a pair of overalls, with the excep
tion of where the bib Is on the overalls
the new article has a bodice band vhlch
fastens In the back. Simplicity is the
keynote in the whole affair. Each leg
is finished at-the knee with a band of
linen or silk, and the trousers are neither
too tight nor too loose, but Just right
SCHOONER DISABLED AT SEA!
Marshfield. Oreg- Jan. IS. The steam
schooner Yellowstone Is disabled thirty
mues on coos Bay.
Th f,tntYl TOf-Mllrar..,. fta ...,
. ...w i.nav4 ua wig
HERE WITH SCULPTURE
FOR CAPITOL ENTRANCE
Paul Bartlett Brings Group Entitled
'-The Democracy of the
EpeeUl to The Washington Brnld.
, New York, Jan. HAirthts and art
collectors predominated la the passenger
lit the French liner La Provence.
whlch arrived here this morning, and
objects of art formed .lie most valuable
part of the ship'., cargo.
Jesse Levy, an art dealer, brought with
him J3SO.O0O worth of paintings, all of
which were sent to the public stores for
Paul Bartlett, the sculptor,- brought
over his group for the entrance to the
National Capital at Washington, which
U an allegorical group, .entitled "The
Democracy of the United States."
He also had u. subgroup of the piece
entitled "Peace Protecting Genius." The
main piece is eighty feet long and weighs
Mr. Bartlett Is on his way to Washing
ton where he will complete the group.'
He announced that he had a commission
to make a bust of the mother of Edgar
Allen Poe. The money for this was
raised by men at 'BJchmond, Va.
Mathurin Mehout, the famous painter
of submarine life and flora, also was. a
passenger. He is making a tour of .the
world in search of new subjects, having'
recently received a commission to make
the trip from the French government.
r - '.y, ' .' -: -
rialajU ClJlseJlMte Wife's
"XtTectttnu ;Ask ,.
-Providence," R. I., Jan. It Amos D.
Palmer, the Ktojm "lunatic at Urge."
who roams the city at will while sup
posed to be committed' for'llfe'ln the
Butler Insane Hospital, today assert
ed nhat the sa5,eo allenatlon-of-affectiona
suit brought against him. ii a Joke and
that If.wiU'never come to trial.
The. suit was filed ly Daniel J.
Mahler, a 'manufacturer of barbers" ap
plies, and Talmer today defied him' to
bring the suit to an issue.
"I am committed aa Insane after .being
found .not guilty of having murdered my
wife." Palmer" asserts. "This' was, ten
years ago. The- courts have repeatedly
ruled that I am UU Insane, and yet Mah
ler files 'suit on the ground that In 1SU
I alienated the affections of 'his young
wife. Thawi and the. Jerome 'fiasco has
nothing on this farce they are trying to
Involve me in." '
Will Try to Meet -Mi Wilson's
Views on Selection of
WILL BE OFFEREDSOON
Effort to Be Made to Avoid Conflict
tfith Election Laws of
Definite plans for a Presidential primary
law to .meet the wishes of President Wil
son are being completed by Chairman
Rucker. of the House Committee on
Elections. Mr. Rucker has been in close
touch with the White House since under
taking the formulation of this legisla
tion. .In an interview yesterday he said:
"The bill will be presented at the pres
ent session of Congress. It will be so
drafted as to add in "no way to .the Fed
eral government's existing rights in con
nection with the holding or elections in
the several States.
"The Demoorats will guard against the
danger of possible" Federal control of the
Presidential primaries. The States will
conduct these' elections under their- own
laws not In conflict -with the Federal
There will be no difficulty In getting
around the special State laws under
which women have equal rights with men
to cast the ballot. 'With specific recog
nition. of-such State laws' the. women "will
have the right to vote In the;Presldentlal
"There can be no legal question that
jfhere-sueh-a'law declares-that men may
vnt in stat under eertaur-aaauaca-
vote cannot be prevented from exercis
ing thst right.'"
The "Grandfather Clause."
Mr. Rucker did not discuss the "grand
father clause" inflections laws in many
of the Southern States, under which a
large body of the colored citizens are de
prived of a vote. His declaration that
there shall be no conflict with State elec
tion laws Is assurance that no attempt
will be made to repeal or modify these
laws In connection with .the country-wide
exnresslon of Presidential preference.
Suffragist leaders have urged that the
Presidential preference primary law shall
abandon the use of the term "male citi
zens" qualified to vote and provide the
broader term of J'cltliens qualified to
vote." Mr. Rucker insists this Is un
Southern Democrats are opposed In most
instances tb woman suffrage. On account
of the House. rules. Democratic commit
teemen refuslnr to rive the suffragists a
special House committee to' consider their
claims, even a qualified recognition of the
suffrage movement will be excluded from
the Presidential primary bill.
DIVINE SARAH DEFENDS BRYAN
Better to hectare Than Graft, De
clare Noted Actress.
Spreiil Cable to The Wlihlirton Bcnld.
Paris, Jan. IS. Sarah Bernhardt does
not agree with those who find fault with
Secretary of State Bryan for delivering
a series of Chautauqua lectures while
holding public office.
"Why shouldn't Mr. Bryan lecture. to
augment his Incomer said tEe "Divine
Sarah" to an Interviewer. "America
should be proud of an official who aug
ments his Income honestly and openly In
stead of being a grafter, like so many
of those holding similar offices In
DEER IN DEADLY EMBRACE.
Bodies Are Found with the Horns
Spokane. Wash., Jan. IS. With their
horns Interlocked so that it has been
Impossible to extricate them, hunters at
Priest Lake, in Northern Idaho, last week
found the bodies of two big deer which
had battled for-supremacy' in the forest.
One of the bucksk already bad expired,
but the other-still. was allve'when found
by the hunters..
One buck had -fourteen points on its
antlers and the other ten. The hunters
attempted to rorce the antlers apart, but
have been unsuccessful. The heads will
be mounted In their deadly embrace.
Blore Teeth t Fewer Books.
London. Jan. IS. At an Inquest held
in. London on a man who possessed only
two teeth and died because he was. un
able to digest his food properly, the
coroner suggested that millionaire philan
thropists might do a greater service to
humanity if they provided the. poor with
artificial teeth Instead of giving money
for free-libraries and universities.
Step on Lost Diamond Bin;.
Pennsburg, Pa-, Jan. IS. A diamond
rinir lost far Mrs. Samuel Crom. of Bprlnx
Mount, three years' ago, came back to
her. oddly. A neighbor, Mrs. Jefferson
Grimly, walking up a hill near the Crom
home felt something cling to the sole ot
her shoe. Examining it. the thing proved
to be the long-lost ring.
Saont with Two Snoot.
Dixie, Wash., Jan. IS. Among a Utter
of ten at the barnyard of Paul Thonney,
sr.. near Dixie, .a pig without a single
bristle and possessed of two snouts ar
Arrival at .Ocean Steamship.,
Nftr York. Jan. U. Arrived: Caronla;
Liverpool; Provence, Havre; St. Louis,
Southampton: Minnewaska, Loudon; Cal
ifornia. ChrUUania. ,
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AIDS WONAN ACCUSED
AS MER PLOTTER
Wealthy. Lumberman. Goes Bail 'for
Employe, Crtarged with, Instigat-- .
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HEX ARREST KErT A SECRET
Special to Tha WuUntra Bcnld.
. Somervtile. N. J Jan.'lt Mrs. Grace
Tlolly. ,of 'Bernardsyille.,N. J., has been
arrested, as a materia witness in con
nection with the-shooting of Monroe F.
Kills, at Basking Ridge. N. J., two years
ago, and for which Paul Carl Is being
held here upon his own confession.
It was learned tonight that the- arrest
of Mrs Holly, took place last Wednes
day night.' The entire affair, was kept
secret, and until today none except the
authorities connected with the investiga
tion .knew that Mrs. Holly spent, last
Wednesday night In .the Somerrllle jaiL
FsrIyThursday morning Kills drove to
Somervtile, in, an. automobile and bailed
Mrs. Holly out. He. then took her to her
home In Beraardsville. Mrs. Holly for
a number of years -has been in charge
of the office force' at the Conkllng Lum
ber Company at BernardsvlUe, of which
Ellis is the. president.,
Mrs. Holly was implicated by Carl In
his confession- as the. woman -who paid
him MOO to shoot, Kills. Carl declared
that he met Mrs. Holly near the Kills
home on the night, the shooting oc
curred. The detectives are investigating the
story told. last night by, Mrs'. Sarah Carl,
mother of 'the young man now In jail
here, to the effect that her son was at
home at Strousburg, Pa., on the night
Ellis was shot. She has also repudiated a
majority of the confession made by her
son, and has Intimated that be la addicted
to the use of drugs. Carl .will be exam
ined by alienists tomorrow.
' AMBASSADOR PAGE BETTEE.
Convalescent After Bad Attack of
London, Jan. IS. Inquiry this morn
ing show's that Ambassador Page is
making satisfactory progress towards
convalescence. Mr. Fowler, his secre
tary, also, is convalescing,.
.This news-coincides with, a rumor that
Cupid has been detected hovering around
the embassy and Is likely to shortly
claim a victim of the embassy staff.
Forbid Saloon Cambllns;.
South Bend, Ind., Jan. IS. All saloon
keepers, cigar and drug store proprietors
have .been notified to remove' slot ma
chines, ' punch cards and all kinds of
A Triumph in Newspaper Making
THE SUNDAY HERALD
The Sunday. Herald yesterday carried more news of the' District of Columbia than any other
newsDaoer. What the people of the District were doinp; and tryinp; to do their civic endeavors
v and achievements; their sports,
.i !--- -;. .1..-
ices ail .uicse uiings, wiin ine transactions oi vuiigicas .auucu, -were ioiu uy xiic tvcumugiuu
Herald triore fully, more interestingly, than by any other newspaper.
News of the whole United States and of. foreign countries was told, too, with a superiority
which marked The Sunday Herald as. a newspaper upon which the-people of Washington can
depend for knowledge of what the" world is doing and thinking., - .
As added attractions the magazine section presented such features, as Napoleon's biography,
written by a historian who wrote from the significantkSpbts upon the path trod by the Man of.
Destiny; a part of Theodore Roosevelt's autobiography; a , story .of Judith Lee's wonderful de
tective, feats; a "Father Brown" story, by Chesterton; an .installment of The Genial Idiot, by
John Kendrick Bangs; another of "Uncle Ashdod," by Ellis- Parker Butlei-;va flashing bit of
"rSeeing Life with John Henry," by-George V. Hobart; a page: of,' M Quad's humor; the latest
fashions; Marion -ffarland's fielpful home hints, -arid half ;a-, dozen other features, all illustrated
with reproductions' ofJthe besTphritographs and 'drawings tobVha'd. t
There IL be another as good or better netotSundayorderfnow.
TRAMPS ARE PUT TO WORST
Seventeen Are 'Ronnded Up and
Sent to Construction Cant.
Centralis, IIL, Jan. IS. A .representa
tive of Guthrie. McDougal & Co rail
road contractors, building the Puget
Sound' and WUIapa Harbor Railway
through Centralis, aked the police de-partJiefoc-Mrnty'flvaborers
coastrwUonaap near Maytbwxu'Th
call-was-inader just 'after forty-two husky
vagrants .had been released from Jan.
' Several -patrolmen were sent out and
rounded up seventeen men, who were
loaded Into a wagon and started for the
Considers ble, force had to be used-In
persuading three of the men to accept
0, & VULARD FACES
COURT FRAUD CHARGE
Conspiracy Is Alleged in Affidavit
Before New York
Newburgh, N. T Jan. It Oswald Gar
rison Vlllard. publisher of the New York
Evening Post, was charged with conspir
ing In an illegal and corrupt manner to de
ceive the court, in a motion before "Su
preme Court Justice Tompkins here yes
terday. A secret written agreement between
Vlllard and Mary L. Clark, an inexperi
enced woman wno own? a'ttrip of mineral
land. In the Orange Mountains, was pro
duced to support the charge that Vlllard
had' conspired to pay the attorneys for
both the plaintiff and one of Vlllard'a own
corporations .which was made a defend
ant, for the purpose ot defrauding a. third
person who was a co-defendant with Vll
lard. James M. Clark, formerly treasurer of
the Hudson Iron Company, was the . co
defendant with the Hudson Iron Com
pany, of which Vlllard la now president.
In the suit brought by MaryL. Clark.
There ' Is no relationship between the
In his ' affidavit on file with Justice
Tompkins as the basis of the 'motion to
set aside the judgment against him,
James M. Clark says that he has newly
discovered evidence ot this agreement
which he characterises as "illegal, cor
rupt and done to deceive the court."
Feed Rabbits' to Hogs.
Cok'cvUle. Wyo.. Jan. IS. A plague of
jackrabblts which for several .weeks has
been bothering farmers with hay stacks
is being put to-profitable purpose by local
raisers- of- hogs. They are buying .rab
bits, havlng,dIscovered that hogs' fatten
raoldlv unon them. So numerous have
f the rabbits been that the amount ot hay
they consumed alarmed .farmers.
their social gatherings, their fraternal meetings, "their church serv-
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ASCRIBED TO AUTOS
Machines Main Cause of Poor Church
Attendance,, Says Rev. Dr.
r C Ernest Smith. ,
MINISTERS ALSO ARE BLAMED
On the' automobria falls the greatest
burden or blame for the modern decline
In church j attendance, in the opinion of
Rev. Dr. C Krnest Smith, rector ot St.
Thomas Episcopal Church, who yester
day refuted the theory recently advanced
that women's clubs have been the cause
ot the decresse In church attendance
That there has been a falling off in
congregations of this country and even
of.the world was adenttted by Dr. Smith,
but he holds that It is partially due to
the ebb and flow of sentiment and par
tially to the ministers themselves, who.
as. a class, do not spend the time they
should with-their people.
"The tendency for some years has been
away from the church," said Dr. Smith,
"but I think' I see a reverse movement
and the tide that has gone out is about
tb come in again. I think It has started
. "No, the clubs do not form the most
dangerous menace to the churches, as I
see It. Much of the blame can be laid
at the door of the ministers themselves.
They do not work hard enough.
"But -the chief menace Is the automo
bile. When Sunday comes the family
with an automobile thinks of the coun
try or maybe of the country club, where
they can go at- spend the day on the
golf links or In some other form of out
"The churches have lost a large part
of their congregations, but the sentiment
Is changing and the churches are coming
Into their own again."
WORE EOR 5,000 STEEL MEN.
More Plants Resume Operation In
the Pittsburgh District.
Pittsburgh. Jan. IS. In the resumption
this week of full operations by the Pitts
burgh Steel Company, which has been
operating on a 60 per cfnt basis for
more'than'three months. Pittsburgh busi
ness interests see a further indication of
returning prosperity. Its plants at liones
sen and Glassport. parts of both of
which have been Idle for somo time, will
begin work tomorrow morning. v
This resumption, together with the re
turn to full- time operations of several
small lnterestsvllt is estimated will give
employment to about 5.000 men who
have been out of work.
womo swauxnoa lax.
Taka Bin .WhHe. Sttaiers tHUa-tWer
Aeokanrf. "Wash' 'Jan. 12. While skaters
gilded over the smooth' ice at one, end of
Harden Lake, forty miles east ot Spo
kane, Mrs. Anna Zerbe and Mrs. Waller
Bchute.took a fifteen-minute swim at the
other end of the lake. The women swam
through the icy. water a distance of SO
yards, and when they came oat said they
Mrs. Zerbe and Mrs. Schutcboth riI
denta of Spokane, are experienced swim
mers. 'Mrs. Zerbe is the only- woman In
Washington who Is a member of the
United States volunteer life-saving corps.
She has taken part In seventeen rescues
of drowning" persons at a spoxane naw
torlum. "It was a dare that started Mrs. Scbute
and. I to .make.the swim,'' states Mis.
Zerbe. "We put on our bathing suits in
our house by- the lake shore. Then we
ran down the frozen ground to the lake.
We had to run about two feet out en
the Ice. as the water was frozen near the
Ultimatum . Delivered with
Consent of United States,
It Is Reported.
GIVEN UNTIL TOMORROW
Official Here Say.They Hare;He.rd
Nothing of Such
Mexico City. Jan., IS. A report that the
European powers, with the consent and
approval of the United States, had de
livered another ultimatum demanding
that Huerta resign the presidency Imme
diately, to make way for some Mexican
from civil life to assume the provisional
presidency, has been circulated widely
today, but could not be confirmed. Next
Tuesday, .according to the report, was
the day set for the expiration of the
The financial situation Is being compli
cated by the action ot many French and
Spanish merchants who have been melt
ing down and exporting the gold coins
obtained from the banks In exchange for
silver or paper money. Warnings against
the continuation ot this practice have
been without effect.
Fear Federal General.
Kl Paso. Jan. IS. A protest against
the detention of Gens. Mercado, Balstar
and Itojas and other 'Mexican federal of
ficers at the Tort Bliss prison camp has
Been forwarded to Wa"aTngtonby- cohi
stltuUonallst agents In this city.
The protest declares that the presence
of these men In this locality is a men
ace to the safety of the constitutionalist
position at Juarez. It is suggested that
the prisoners be moved to some Interior
point where there -will be less danger of
their spying on the rebels or of being
liberated by sympathizers.
The caravan of prisoners now en route
from Presidio to llarfa Is expected to
reach the latter point Monday and win
be brought to Fort Bliss the following
Torreon Ileperted Fallen.
Juarez, Jan. IS. A rumor that Torreon
has been evacuated by the federals was
current today, but could not be con
Fifteen of Maximo Castillo's band of
freebooters were killed today near
Palomas, where the band was surprised
by a detachment of rebels.
o Word Here,
When the attention of Secretary of
State Bryan was called last night to
dispatch from Mexico City statins that
a report was current there that the
European powers. In accord with- plans
ot the State Department, had forwarded
an ultimatum to Huerta demanding bis
abdication by next Tuesday, he said:
"I know absolutely nothing ot the
sending of such a document and I have
not been advised of such a plan."
Solicitor General Folk also denied L
knowledge ot any such plan.
HUERTA A MEKTAL
WRECK; HELD CAPTIVE
IK PALACE, IS REPORT
New York. Jan. It The Tribune this
morning prints an El Paso dispatch say
ing private dispatches from Mexico City
declare President Huerta Is a mental
wreck and virtually Is held a prisoner in
the national palace The succession ot
rebel victories Is said to have greatly
depressed fho dictator.
"I.f I. had a dozen American army oRl
cers to help me." he is quoted as sayin;
"I could put down this rebellion In a lit
WEAVES CARPET EOR WILSON.
Mr, biktmaa, 92, Start Work an
tLee, Mass., Jan. 17. Mrs. Clara Dike
man, of East Lee, observed her ninety
second birthday yesterday by beginning a
rag .carpet she Intends as. a gift to
President and Mrs. Wilson. She had the
warp all In and yesterday began hammer
ing Into place the first rows ot an elab
orate 'Tilt or miss acaign.
For' fifty years she has been weaving
on a hand loom and her carpets have be
come celebrated. Summer residents buy
all her products. She says the carpet for
the President will have thirteen colons,
thirteen being his lucky number.
'TRESH" EGG IS nVE. YEARS OLD
Identified by Woman Who Wrote
Her Xane on It.
Bellefontalne, Ohio. Jan. IT. Mrs. John
Wright, of Bellefontalne. has proof that
an egg sometimes remains in cola stor
age nearly five years.
At least six months before she was mar
ried she was working In a store at Lake
view,. Logan County, Ohio. She wrote her
name and address on an egg that was
placed in a crate. Four years ago. -'uly
3,, she was married to John 'Wright. Re
cently she received a tetter from Now
York, addressed to her in her maiden
It, came from John J. Sweeney. No. 172
East Ninety-fourth'street, New York, who
anW he had lust bouzht the egg. Mrs.
Wright hss written Mr. Sweeney, saylnsr
If- la now at least five years since she
wrote her name on the egg, which.
ay, he bought aa "strictly fresh."
Father" of "Little Jajue"
Probably Will Begin
HAS NOT SEEN WENDALS
Lawyer LWrt Whether Will Leaving
Girt to Asat WUI HoU ia
Court, if Fought.
Thomas Swift, of Atlanta. Ga, mil
lionaire father of Tattle Jaequt," the
"thlrty-thoasand-dollar baby" whom
her mother, Mr. Jacqua Bradley 8wlft.
on her deathbed at Providence Hos
pital last Wednesday willed to .her sis
ter, Mrs. Harry WendaL ot 123f Mary
land avenue northeast, last night ar
rived In Washington with u. view to
instituting proceedings In tha District
courts to regain, custody of the child.
Up. to an early hour this .morning
Mr. and Mrs. Wendal had received no
visit or any communication from Mr.
swift, and Attorney' John J. Kelly, who
has been engaged by tha Wendal. as-
serted that Mr. Swift had not been lnt
communication with him.
It was learned by a person cloee to tha
Swift family that the first step to be
taken by Mr. Swift in the legal battle for
custody ot "little Jaeque' will b'
e institution of nines corpus pro
ceedings against .the Wendala. The
court will be asked to compel Mrs.
Swift's sister and her husband to show
cause why they should not surrender the
child to its father.
Lawyers Are Skeptical.
Meanwhile members of the District bar.
as well as Jurists all over the countzn
are watching with Interest for further
developments In the strange ease. Al
though Mrs. Swift, who died at the local
hcspttal after an operation, willed the
child to her sister in a testament which
on its face la said to be perfectly legal,
a number of local lawyers yesterday
commented skeptically on the possibility
ot this strange will holding good when
fought in the courts.
The probate branch of the District Su
preme Court has been asked by Attorney.
Keuy in a guardianship petition to ap
prove Mrs. Swift's testament and to
formally appoint Mrs. Wendal the child's
guardian. The court's action upon this
petition,, it is expected, may be awaited
by Mr. Swift before he himself takes any
"I have scrutinized the District court
annals with a view to finding a similar
case, but find that there Is no-precedent
at least in the last twenty years." said a
prominent lawyer last night. "The logi
cal step for Mr. Swift eeem to be. a writ
ot habeas corpus,, however, and I expect
that this will be the first move on his
"Little Jacque, who Is In perfect
health. Is still at the home or the Wen
dais, carefully guarded by her relatives
and a nurse. No arrangements have been
made thus far for the removal of Mrs.
Swift's remains to her home city in' Vir
ginia. The body is In a vault in Glen
USD GIANTS' SKELETONS.
WInnsboro. La.. Jan. 13. Skeletons ol
a race of giants who averaged twelve
feet in height were found by workmen
engaged on a drainage project at Crow
vllle, near here.
There are several score at least ot
the skeletons, and they lie in various
positions. It is believed they were killed ,v
in a prehistoric fight and that the bodies
lay where they fell until covered with
alluvial deposits due to the flooding ot
the Mississippi River.
No weapons of any sort were found
and It Is believed the Titans must have
struggled'with wooden clubs. The skulls
are in a perfect state of preservation, and
some of the Jawbones are large enough
to fit around a baby's body.
QUITS PULPIT TO TEACH TANGO.
Circuit Rldlnsr Minister Finds
French I a- Doesn't Fay.
Hammond. Ind.. Jan. IS. Northern
Indiana farmers are tango mad, and
the rural dwellers are getting lessons
on tangoing and hesitation waltzing
from L. II. Laroy, who was once a
clergyman and a circuit rider. He
found teaching the Gospel did not pay:
now he haa bought a phonograph,
hired a feminine dancing partner, and
Is giving instruction at farmhoussa
and cross-road villages.
There Is now "too much mustard" In
nearly every farmhouse up this way.
and the former preacher la doing a
land office business.
Find Ring Lot Twenty-twa Years.
St Johns. Mich.. Jan. IS. Mrs. Koseot
Carl, of Bath, has recovered a gold rim
given her by a relative "and lost raert
than twenty-two years ago. A visitor si
the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
William White, of Olive, noticed the ring
shining in some day which had been
thrown out of the cellar. It was in a
state of perfect preservation.
FORTY DERELICTS ARE
MENACE TO BIG SHIPS
Schooners Abandoned in Gale- En
danger Coastwise and Trans
SjrrUl to The Waafchittoa HmM.
New York. Jan. lS.-rForty derelict
schooners are reported between Portland,
Me., and Norfolk, Va. All of these .ves
sels have been abandoned as a result ol
the terrific northwest gale which hat
swept the Atlantic Coast for the last few
days. No lives have been lost so far as
Is known, but in many cases the rescues -were
accomplished under great dlfflcultlM.
Many of the schooners are close to shore, '
but several of the vessels are reported te
have been blown to sea and are a, serious
menace to navigation.
Four Atlantic liners: La Provence St.
Louis. Coronla. andjMInnewaska, arrived
here today fronr twenty-four to thirty
six hours late as a) result of the gale.
AH ot the liners were coated In Ice. The
St. Louis reported receiving a wireless
message from the- Royal Mall Llnei
Chlgnecto. sister ship to the Cobequld,
which foundered on Trinity ledges thlt
Week, raying that the crew of the Britisl
'schooner liiJyemith had been rescued
The Ludnmith wse abandoned M mlle
Wt of KaaaT Hook.
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