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MR. WILSON ASKS
Now Is Time to Enact Anti
trust Laws, He Informs
CONFER OVER PROGRAM
Callers Give President Assurance They
' Will Begin-Work at Once I
It was decided at a conference held at
the White House last night that no time
should be lost In putties Into the form
- or law the anti-trust program submitted
to Congress yesterday by President "Wil
son. The President discussed the mat
ter at length with Representatives Clay
ton, chairman, and Carlln and Floyd, of
the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Today the President will take up the
question with Representative Adamson,
chairman of the House Committee on In
terstate and Foreign Commerce.
The President urged upon his callers
the necessity for early action on the
anti-trust bills. He said Jt was of the
highest importance that the bills out
lined In his message should be enacted at
the earliest possible date. Assurances
were given by the President's callers that
the Judiciary Committee would begin
work at once on the task in hand.
In the House this work will be divided
between the -Judiciary Committee and
the Committee- on Interstate and Foreign
Commerce. The latter committee will
prepare the bill proposing- the creation
of an Interstato Trade Commission and
another bill giving the Interstate Com
merce Commissi! supervision over the
issuance of railway stocks and bonds.
The rest of the Wilson anti-trust pro
gram will be framed so far as the House
is concerned by the Judiciary Com
mittee. The Judiciary Committee will report
bills giving more explicit definltltion In
law of the term "monopoly." It also will
report a bill prohibiting Interlocking1
directorates, a bill making guilt personal
in all cases of violation of the anti-trust
laws, a bill prohibiting holding- companies
so far as they are formed by Individuals
and a bill giving private Individuals the
right to found their suits for redress upon
the facts and judgment approved by the
Strerrrs on Senate Side.
On the Senate side all of this legisla
tion will be handled by the Committee on
Interstate Commerce, of which Senator
Newlands, of Nevada, Is chairman. The
legislation sought by the Presiden will
be embodied in a series of bills. i'ho
exact number has not yet been wter
mined. Wjjlle the House will Initiate the. Wil
son "antl-trast program. In the main,
Action Is Ilfc(ly to be take.1 on one of the
ilrb'lts propoa.,4 at an early date in the
Senate. Tomorrow Senator Newlands will
introduce a -bill creating an Interstate
Trade Commission, as recommended by
President Wilson. It will proide for a
commission of certainly fle members and
possibly set en members and the Commis
sioner of Corporations ill be named as
a member of the board. The Newlands
bill will direct that the new commission
shall be built up from the -organization
known as the Bureau of Corporations. It
will provide penalties for corporations
that refuse to give Information on de
mand by agents of the Trade Commls
slon. It will fix the salaries of the mem
hers of the commission at JIO.OUO a year
Chairman Newlands had a long confer
ence yesterday with Joseph E. Davles.
Commissioner of Corporations. There was
also an Interchange of views between
members of the Senate Committee on In
terstate Commerce and the House Judici
ary Committee. The new Trade Commis
sion bill probably will provide that that
body shall exercise no powers sae In
quisitorial, and that following an Investi
gation It shall report facts to the At
torney General." It Is doubtful whether
the bill will give the Trade Commission
authority to pass upon stock and bonds,
but several members are contending for
To Be Rased on Adamson'a BUI.
President Wilson's recommendation that
the Interstate Commerce Commission be
empowered to supervise the Issues of
reread stocks and bonds already Is em
bodied in a bill offered early in the ses
sion by Chairman Adamson, of the Inter
state Commerce Committee. This bill,
modified in some particulars, probably
will be indorsed as the administration
The bill proposes an amendment to the
interstate commerce ait whereby the
commission shall require any carrier that
has outstanding stocks and bonds in ex
cess of the actual value of the property
of the carrier to retire tho surplus secur
ities, the commission to indicate by an
order the manner by which the reduction
(hall be made. The bill prohibits an
carrier from increasing Its capital stock
or bonded Indebtedness without first
seeking the authority of the commission.
AGE OF THE PRESIDENT
COMPUTED IN SECONDS
Totaled 1.800.489.600 at Noon. Jan
uary 18. Boy Writes Mr.
President Wilson learned yesterday
that bis age, computed In seconds, is
I.S00.IS3.600, or rather this was his age
at noon January 18.
This information was conveyed to the
President in a letter from Albert A. Gam
ble, nineteen years old, of Rochester,
N. T., who la a student at the University
of Chicago. The student sent to the
President a clipping of a newspaper story
which attributes to him a marvelous fac
ulty for making rapid mathematical com
putations. In his letter he Informs the
President that recently a group of
friends, seexing to test out his ability,
had asked the date of the President's
birth, and that he had Instantly replied,
December ffl. 1S6.
A second question was with regard to
the President's age computed in seconds.
He was able, be said, to give a correct
reply without scarcely a pause.
Mutinous, Crew Rsk Ship,
Spedsl to ThB Wubhtttoa Hmld. '
San .Francisco, Jan. 20. The story of a
sea captain who was captured by his
crew, locked In his cabin and of the first
suite being compelled by threats to put
Into port by a mutinous crew, was re
lated here today .when Capt. Henry
Lawrence, of the British ship Philadel
phia was set free and his crew arrested.
Patient of Baltimore Specialist JRe
porlea Improving- Rapidly.
tpccial to The-CTufclnxtoa Hendd.
Denver. Colo., Jan. M. Telegrams re
ceived today from Dr, E. T. Hershey at
Baltimore. Jin, convey the Information
that tne raaium operation for cancer
performed upon George Mayer, wealthy
Denver contractor, has been remarkably
Thirteen tubes of tho radium were In
serted In the cancerous growth and the
patients condition has Improved beyond
the most sanguine hopes of his friends,
the doctor states.
OVATION FOB GOMEZ.
People of Native Province Proclaim
President a Hero.
Swdil Cabla to The Wuhiniton npr.ll-
Havana. Cuba. Jan. . Dispatches describing-
the arrival of former President
Gomez In Sanctt Spiritus, his native
province, state that the ovation given, him
by the people was tremendous. i
His popularity seemed to have in
creased, and as he passed about among
the people, with whom he had spent the
early -part of his life, he was acolalmed
as a hero.
MESSAGE IS WELL
With Exception of Progress
ive Leaders, Partisanship
MANN LEADS APPLAUSE
Careful Handling of Subject Won Ad
miration of Those Ready
By JOSEPH P. .U.M.X,
With a surprisingly universal measure
of approval. Congress yesterday listened
to President Wilson's analysis of the
problem of curbing and regulating big
business and monopoly. It was the Presi
dent's fifth address to the two Houses of
Congress, and his first extended utterance
on the trust question since his Inaugura
tion. With the exception of the leaders of the
Progressive party In the House, partisan
ship was almost entlrrA eliminated from
the reception given the President's
views. While It was apparent that the
language might have brought more pro
nounced evidences of approval from the
radicals if a little less conservatively
phrased. It was also apparent that Presi
dent Wilson, through the sympathetic
war In which he handled his subject.
drew to him the suppett of many mem
bers jvho would have been outspoken in
tbelr"cnticism of a less careful handling
of the subject. i
Although the address was near r" 2,000
words long. President Wilson nflned
his legislative recommendations into a
brief and exceedingly clean form, ex
plaining them briefly, almost tersely, but
In a way that illuminated the part of
the problem touched upon.
Flad Few Interrnptlons.
If there was a surprise In the message.
a point which had not already been
elaborated on and forecast In the news
papers. It was the pointed way In which
the President urged an extension of the
powers of the Interstate Commerce Com
mission to- supervise the organization
and financing of railroad companies, and
the Issuing of stocks and bonds for im
provements. This recommendation brought
one of the lew outbursts of applause
that interrupted tho President's reading.
and thl3 applause was led by Minority
Leader James R. Mann. This means that
the Democratic trust program will come
from two committees, that affecting
transportation companies, and the trade
commission having been referred to the
Interstate and Foreign Commerce Com
mittee, while the remainder went to the
From the Information already made
public as to the contents of the bills
which a special subcommittee of the
Judiciary Committee have framed, it is
apparent that the President's desires will
require few changes In the bills and it
Is understood that the President's views
as to the framing of bills creating a trade
commission and granting supervisory
powers over the financing of railroads are
contained largely In -measures already
before the Interstate and Foreign Com
merce Committee of the House.
Galleries Fill Carly.
Early In the morning hours before the
expected arrival of the President the
galleries of the House began to fllL De
spite the fact that this was the Presi
dent's fifth appearance In public at the
Capitol since he came to Washington
and the fourth for the purpose of de
livering a message to the Congress, in
terest In the newly re-established func
tion has not abated. Fashionable and
unfashionable Washington was out In
force. The galleries were packed to the
very walla Men and women stood In
the aisles of the galleries and at the rear
of the rows of seats. A small battery
of cameras unllmbered and prepared to
take pictures of the scene.
The House assembled at noon and was
called to order by Speaker Clark. The
president was due to arrive at the Capi
tol at 12.r"and shortly before that hour
the Senate of the United States and the
Vice President ,flled In. Promptly the
Speaker designated Representatives Un
derwood, Fitzgerald and Mann a com
mittee to Join with the Senate commit
tee In escorting the President to the halt
Vice President Marshall designated Sena
tors Kern. Galllnger and Bacon for the
same office. On the dot the President
was ushered in, and, taking his place at
the clerk's desk, with the two presiding
officers looking down upon him. launched
into his address.
The reading of the message was com
pleted at 12X3 p. m. and with a bow, a
brilliant smile and a handshake for Mr.
Clark and the Vice President, the head
of the nation took his departure.
Texas Bank 10,000 Short.
SpecUl to Tilt Wuhktftoa Hmld.
Ausln, Tex., Jan. 20. The Lockny State
Bank, at Lockny, Tex., was today or
dered closed by the State banking depart
ment because of $10,000 shortage. An at-
tacne or me oana is cnargea with embez
zlement. STOPS TOBACCO HABIT.
Elders Sanitarium. located r mi
Main Street. St. Joseph. Mo- has pub
lished a book showing the 'deadly ef
fect of the tobacco habit, and how it
can be stopped In three to five days.
As they are distributing this book
free, any one wantrna- a conv hnnt
send their name and addrm n..
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TAKE ICY PLUNGE TO
RESCUE TWO CHILDREN
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William E. and Lawrence Higgins
Save Colored Boy and Girl
. from Drowning.
ICE BROKE BENEATH SKATERS
Wlliam E. Hlrglns. Jr., and Lawrence
nights, of 1200 Hamlin street northeast,
plinged Into the Icy waters of Rock
Creek a short distance south of the Penn
sylvania atenue bridge yesterday to save
Maggie Byrd, nine years old, and Leon
Hughes, seven, both colored, living In
King court northwest, from drowning.
The children attempted to skate on the
thin Ice covering the creek. The two
oung men were at the foundry of Will
tarn Higgins, sr., 2S2S Pennsylvania ave
nue, and hearing cries for help ran to
Harry Donaldson, 1040 Jefferson street
northwest, and W. H. Robinson, XH2 M
street northwest, also answered the cries
and helped the two rescuers after they
brought the boy and girl to the qreek's
EUGENIC LAW NOT TENABLE.
Wisconsin Federal Judge Holds that
Lanr Is Unconstitutional.
f Mctll to Tho CTuhtarUm Herald.
Milwaukee, Wis.. Jan. 20. The Wiscon
sin eugenic law, which pro Ides for the
Issuance of marriage licenses only upon
a certificate of good health. Including
the Wasserman test, from a physician,
was declared unconstitutional this aft
ernoon by Judge John Eschweller, of the
OTTT.T) "FLUNKED," TRIES TO DIE
Girl In Xetr York Schoolroom
bpedi! to The TVaafcinjtou Build.
New York, Jan. 20. Alma Brunicardl.
sixteen-year-old pupil of Public School
No. 25, attempted suicide by swallowing
Iodine while marching from her class
room to the opening exercises In the as
sembly hall today. Prompt action by her
teacher. Miss Anna White, and by the
principal, Frank Young, saved her life.
Alma wanted to die because she had
been notified that on account of her low
standing In her studies sho could not
graduate with the rest of her class.
THE SUNDAY HERALD
BIGGER AND BETIER
THAN EVER NEXTWEEK.
Remember the good things in ii
day before yesterday? All thr
news of the District the real
intimate news of Washmgfbn peo
ple, with a generous, supply of
features that only The Washing
ton Sunday Herald can give.
That wonderful story of the life
of Napoleon, written from the
significant spots in the path of
the Little Corporal; another
chapter of Theodore Roosevelt's
biography; the Genial Idiot, by
John Kendrick Bangs; .Uncle
Ashdod, by Ellis Parker Butletf
"Seeing life with John, Henry,"
by George V. Hobart;v stirring
short stories; Marion HarlancTs
home page, the latest fashions,
patterns, and instructions, for em
broidery, with an attractive ad
dition of illustrations.
Order next Sunday's Herald now
yoa can't get in on good
y thinx too soon.
TO THE RESCUE.
WOMAN SUSPECTED 0Fv?LAYING
Another Arrest Looked for 1
ot Bills KUllna-.
Sprdil to The YTaafclartoa Urreld.
SomervlUe. N. J.. Jan. 20. Reports were
persistently circulated here today that a
woman soon Is to be arrested In connec
tion with the msterious shooting of
Monroe F. Elllsthe millionaire lumber
merchant. She Is not Mrs. Grace F.
Holly, who has been eliminated from the
case.- "v. - .
Pr-!rieriitor Fralcrlck A Top', of Somer
set County declared that he had obtained
a new "lead" In the shooting, and that
another big arrest might be expected.
Mr. Pope said a Stato Investigation
would be made Of the manner In which
prhata detect lcs wrung a fake con
fession from young Paul Carl, now un
der arrest charged with having shot
Ellis, and that he will soon be released.
AEB0 MAKER TO GO TO PARIS.
Glen CnrtUs Says He Will Store Fac
tory from ir York State.
Spedtl Ctbl to The WMhlntton Herald.
Paris. Jan. 20. Glen Curtlss, the Ameri
can aviator and aeroplane manufacturer,
has practically decided to move his en
tire factory from Hammondsport, N. Y.,
to France. Curtlss made this announce
ment today when he learned for the first
time the full decision rendered by the
New York State courts a week ago In
which It was decided he was infringing
on patents held by the Wright brothers.
"The Judgment closes the door to all
aeroplane progress In the United States,"
said Curtis;, "except so far as the
Wrights aro concerned."
OWNER OF SILK MILL
TO FOLLOW FORD PLAN
Workers in Factory of Arthur
Tweedy to Get 10 Per Cent
SrcrUl to Tie Wubisston HrrlU.
Danbury, Conn., Jan. 20. Arthur
Tweedy, president of the Tweedy Silk
Mills and accounted the wealthiest man
ufacturer In this city, today announced
his Intention ot following the example
of Ford, the president of the Ford Aufo
Company, In distributing part of his
profits among his eir.plojcs.
Mr. Tweedy stated that he had been
Inspired by the exsmple of Mr. Ford and
would give to each employe who had
worked a year In his mills 10 per cent
ot his wages for a year as the em
ploye's share ot the profit.
CULLOM'S CONDITION CRITICAL.
Slight Improvement JVoted by Phy
sicians After Nightfall.
SJleht Improvement was noted last
night In the condition of former Senator
Shelby M. Cullom, of Illinois, who Is In
a critical condition at his residence, 1113
Massachusetts avenue northwest. Mr.
Cullom sank rapidly from noon until
after nightfall, and at one time it was
thought that his death was but a ques
tion of hours.
He took nourishment at tho dinner hour
and rallied. Shortly before 9 o'clock tbe
patient fell Into a restful sleep and the
two attending physicians, who had been
at the bedside throughout tho day, were
so reassured when they left the house for
the night, leaving word that they should
be called at once If a change in his con
Mr. Cullom baa been suffering from
a general breakdown for more than a
month. Heart trouoie ana complications.
combined with his age of elghry.four
years caused physicians to believe he
PLENTY OF WORK IF IT SNOWS.
Bridgeport, Conn., Man Wants to
Keep Grave Clean.
SpkUI to The WuMnttca Benld.
Bridgeport, conn., Jan. ra me-follow
ing- want ad -appeared In a local news
"Wanted A young, wen educated man.
must be strictly sober and good looking,
to shovel snow off of my wife's grave. A
colored man preferred on account of. deep
mourning. Steady work to right party
If there Is plenty ot snow. WaMam
Lundberg." ';. i
21, 1914.-TWELVE PAGES.
CLARK REFUSES TO GO
TO "PEACE DINNER"
Denies, However, thai Bryan's Pres
ence Is Responsible for His
CUTS ALL FUNCTIONS, HE SAYS
No doe for Speaker Clark. The olive
branch, like the olive, is an acquired
taste, and the Speaker has not jet ac
This becamo clear esterday when
Speaker Clark declined to attend a so-
called "peace dinner" tonight, as arranged
by Thomas H. Plckford, at which tbe
Speaker and William J. Brian were to
do a Damon and Pythias or a David and
Jonathan stunt, or exemplify the work In
the Siamese twins degree.
Host Plckford chose his old CaHert
mansion. In Riterdale. Md.. for the set
ting, and Invitations arc out. but Hamlet
will not be In the play. He may enact
Ihe role of the "melancholy Dane," but
he will play It In his library at home.
Mr. Clark read the story of the peace
function yesterday morning, then he
threw down the newspaper and wrote a
letter of regrets.
Last night Speaker Clark gae out a
statement concerning the Rickford din
ner, as follows:
"I think a great deal of Mr. Plckford.
He Is one of my best friends. I hat
declined on a dozen different occasions to
go out to Calert Hall for dinner, be
cause I hao cut out all dinners and
functions except those I feel under obli
gations to attend in my official capacity.
"I did this for two reasonsr 1. Because
I have not time to attend them. I have
"too much to do. 2. Mr. Spofford, so long
librarian ot Congress, once told me that
most public men and army and nay offi
cers who died In Washington "dug their
graves with their own teeth' a saving
which I took to heart.
"The people of the country are not In
terested to any considerable extent about
dinners In Washington, but they are In
terested very much as to what Congress
does and when ft does It and I am try
ing ray best to expedite business so that
wo can get away from here before the
frost flics next fall and give the country
a rest. That la a good policy for both
the country and the Democratic party.
"I" PASSENGERS IN PANIC.
Car Jniup Track and Short Clrcnlt
Gt-edAl to Tbe WuhiDfton HenM.
New York, Jan. 20 Fifty passengers
on a Third avenue elevated train were
panic-stricken today when the front car
jumped the track and set Are to the
elevated structure and to the train, be
tween Pearl and New Chambers streets.
The moment the front car left the rails
the fnetal parts of the car struck the
third rail, forming a short circuit and
shooting a line ot fire back to the train
that Ignited both cars and structure. The
blaze was soon extinguished.
The Red Flag
When you do not advertise your
business you are Inviting the sher
iff to come and do It for you.
His red flag and bell form the
It is poor poUcy to save your
advertising for your business obit
uary. Just run your eye over the adver
tisements in today's Herald.
You will notice that the names
attached- to them are the names
of men who enjoy sound financial
ratings. Certainly they are names
of those on whom the bankers
look as good moral risks.
They are mighty good company
to be with' and a man Is often
Judged by the company he keeps.
. It Is better to march behind the
band of progress than to halt
under the rsd flag of failure.
X0THEX KILLS SELF AID 107.
JHrs.lataan If. Stadler n Cmtla
Dptrial to The Wi4nastoa Herald.
Pawtucket. Ji. L. Jan. 20 Mrs. Jiathan
H. Studley, one of the leading young
matrons or this city, a collegiate grad
uate and daughter of one of the best
known Baptist clergymen of the State,
killed herself and her four-year-old baby
boy. Rector K. Studley. with Illuminating
gas early today.
The bodies of the mother and child
were fcund In the mother's bed.
THDTK AUTO BROUGHT PISTOLS.
Police Tracing; Clew In Oklahoma
gperul to Tbe Wuhincton Hmld.
McAlester, Okla, Jan. 20. Efforts were
being mado today to identify a large
motor car that stood outside the gates
of the State penitentiary for more than
an hour the night before last.
It was believed that the occupants ot
this car smuggled Into the penitentiary
the revolvers that were used by three
prisoners whose dash for liberty cost
the life of former Representative J. It
Thomas and six others, and caused the
wounding of three other persons.
Ethics and Psychology Latest
Craze Taken Up by
Residence of Miss Elizabeth Timlow
Crowded at First Day of
Nearly twoscore of stvllshly garbed
women, most of them leaders of the
Capital's smart set, crowded the drawlng-
rmm nf Ml Elizabeth TImlow's resi
dence at 1SC0 Scott circle yesterday after
noon and received Instruction in the new
society craze ethics and psychology
which already has taken precedence over
the tango and threatens to engulf nearly
all who belong to the elite of Washing
ton. Dame Rumor was among those present
and made It knon that Miss Eleanor
and Miss Margaret Wilson, daughters
ot the President, have not only Indicated
a deep Interest in the unique diversion
that is more than rivaling tbe dansants,
but have signified their Intention of at
tending one of the "thought" gatherings
some time in the near future. Madame
Gossip, also among the guests, averred
that if the White House 'girls adopt
ethics and psychology, the onslaught cf
the movements will be Irresistible.
Deep In "Thought."
Just what happened within the drawing-room
Is a secret that has not been
divulged, but Its Inmates bore little ot
the animation that comes of tangoing
when they left. Instead;- fair feminine
foreheads bore slight reminders of
wrinkles which were accepted as tell
tales of the deep thought awakened by
the learned discourse of Miss Timlow,
who Is known as one of the foremost
lecturers of the city among the fairer
A mild sensation was created when It
became known that Mrs. Ten Gyck Wen-J
den. a Boston memoer ot Washington s
winter colonv, who introduced ethics and
psychology, has plans for pprlnglng even
a bigger sensation. It was bruited about
that Mrs. Wendell has Issued cards for a
morning entertainment to be given next
v ednesday at her residence, 1639 Connec
ticut avenue, when "The Art of Right
Thinking" will be Introduced.
Mrs. Vance Cheney, of California, of
1SSI Columbia road, will talk of "The
Purpose of Human Life, and Suggestions
for Drills In Mental and Physical Re
laxation." At meetings to follow, Mrs.
Chaney will tell of "Recognition of In
dividual Power, and Suggesticns for
Drills In Concentration." Other subjects
of Mrs. Cheney's will Include "Power
f Thought In Establishing Health- and
Overcoming Diseases," "Prevention and
Cure of Nervousness, and Suggestions
for Drills in Mental Control," and "Sug
gestions for Drills In Overcomi- Self-
Clamor for Idmlttance,
A number ot society women have of
fered their homes for the meetings.
among them Mrs. Charles JBroughton
Wood, who has tendered the use of her
handsome Rhode Island avenue residence.
The clamor for admittance to the meet
ings has been so great that Mrs. Wendell
is seeking larger meeting places.
It Is known that Sirs. Wendell Is much
opposed to the tango and similar dances
and It is believed that her Introduction
of ethics and psjchology and kindred
"thought" movements 'was Intended to
divert the minds of the younger mem
bers of her set from the lure of the
fascination of Terpsichore.
Among those who have recently joined
are Miss Margaret Draper. Miss Dorothy
Thatcher, daughter of Representative and
Mrs. Thatcher, of Massachusetts; Mrs.
Lathrop Brown, formerly Miss Helen
Hooper, of Boston: Miss Kathleen Glad
stone, daughter of Mrs. Henry Gladstone.
ot England, who. with her mother. Is
spending the winter at Washington; Mrs.
Frederick Atherton, of Boston: Miss Alice
Whiting. Miss Julia Whiting. Miss Julia
Calhoun, or New York: Miss Kibbey, and
Mrs. T. De Witt Talmage.
DANIELS' PLAIT IN FORCE.
.Men on Board Battleship XortH Da
kota Conning; Their Books.
New York, Jan. 10. A training school
for the crew has been established on
board the battleship North Dakota, lit
accordance with the plan formulated by
Secretary Daniels, ot the Navy Depart
ment. The battleship is at present lying
In tho Brooklyn navy jard as a receiv
Under the plan classes are arranged
every afternoon and the men are then
Instructed In reading, writing, arithmetic
spelling, geography, history, duties of
citizenship, and other branches. There
are separate classes for the various
grades ot noncommissioned officers, and
engineering is taught to the men em
ployed in the engine rooms.
Midshipmen and executive officers aro
Installed as instructors" under the plan
and each has to take a class.
Captala Bsraed on Board Ship.
SrerUl tr The WuhissKxi HmM.
New York, Jan, ZO. Capt. William
Willis, of the barge S. R. Thomas, was
burned to death today when fire broke out
on the vessel whila moored at St. Qtorgs,
Ben Johnson Knocks Down
Attorney 'Shields When .
Lie Is Passed.
CAUGHT HIM UNPREPARED
Lawyer Hits Back
Chairman Yells for
Representative Ben Johnson, of Ken
tucky, a gun-fighter with an impresslva
death Hat behind him, and John R.
Shields, a Washington lawyer, former;
football star and all-round athlete, en-'
gaged in a lively one-round battle of
fists yesterday In tho rooms of the
House District Committee.
Johnson, who is chairman of tho House
District Committee, after three years la
Congress, finally managed to come to
blows. If he was unfortunate In his
selection of an antagonist, he made no
complaint beyond running from the
room In search of his trusty gun, which
he didn't happen to have on him at the
time. Johnson, who. unblushlngly oa
several occasions, has confessed to being
utterly Ignorant of the sensation oCfear,
struck Shields the first blow, a left
hook to the chin, when the lawyer was
Shields was apparing In behalf of
local policemen In advocacy of the Kann
Mil. permitting public servants In tinl
form to ride free of charge on street
cars in the District of Columbia. John
son, gratuitously, called the attention of
the subcommittee to a report that
Shields had received a contribution from
nearly every member of the crossing po
licemen contingent of the, force for
"lobbying" through a bill Increasing
their pay and placing them on a status
with other members of the force.
Scenting trouble, members of the com
mittee sought to adjourn, and a motion
was put and carried. Shields protested
that he should be given an opportunity
to reply to the Johnson charges. John
son had risen and taken a position near
Shields, who was addressing other mem
bers of the committee.- He was denied
the privilege of replying Immediately.
Lie Is Passed.
"Then do I understand that I am de
nied the privilege -of making replies to
utterly false statements?" he demanded.
BlffT Johnson swung and Shields
dropped, only to spring up again and.
plant a stiff jab under Johnson's right
ee. Members of the committee jumped
In and tried to separate the combatants
w Ith but Indifferent success, the men jab
bing each other persistently and lrregn
ularTy. Johnsqn'a tws'elerks. Sam Esksw1
and Fred Allen, fearing that Johnson
might be toting his hardware, tried to
hold his arms, for which kindly thought
they were severely upbraided shortly
Finally Johnson broke from the melee
and ran Into his private office.
"Walt till I get my gun, m km
the " he jelled.
While some closed the door and held
Johnson temporarily a prisoner, others
sought to push Shields out into the halL
Shields was in no mood to run from a
gun. apparently, for he fought his way
back and was with great difficulty per
suaded to leave the Immediate vicinity
of the room. A little later Johnson, still
complaining at the Interference which had
prevented him from killing Shields ac
cording to his notion returned to the
public room, swabbing his face with a
towel. The right side of Johnson's face
was noticeably marked, while Shields
face was considerably the worse for
wear. The two men are evenly matched
In height and not far apart In age, though
Shields Is considerably heavier than John
son. Johnson Issues Statement.
Later in the day Johnson made the fol
"The hght Is over so far as I am con
cerned and there will be no aftermath.
I am too old In the game to try to keep
up a fight after It Is ended I can take a
licking or give one. and considering the
fact that I have been sick. I think I cava
him a plenty.
Following my charge that Shields hsi
been lobbying for a bill he accused ma
of falsehood. There was nothing for me
to do but hit him. and I got In two good
licks before somebody grabbed me. Then
CONTINUED OM PAGB THREE.
CONGRESS IN BRIEF.
Senator Ken) on urged appointment ot
commission to Investigate government
ownership or railroads, declaring the
question of government ownership Is live,
one and that American people want to
Senator Polndexter spoke in favor of
Alaska railroad bill.
Judiciary Committee amended work
men's compensation bill to give employes
the option of court procedure or settle
ment for damages under terms of bllL
Commerce Committee heard testimony
In support of Townscnd bill to provide
retirement pay for life saving service.
Senate recessed for hslf an hour to go
to the House In a body and hear the
delivery of President Wilson's trust mes
sage. Adjourned until noon today.
The President read bis anti-trust mes
sage and that part of it relating to tha
creation of an Interstate trade commis
sion was referred to the Interstate Com
merce Committee. fh remain,. il,.
o the Judiciary Committee.
' Jnrttrlarv PnmmlHM .mK.1,1- it.
..... ...... ..w aj.wwaui Will !
port out its part ot the administration
anti-trust program within the next few
House resumed debate on the Postof
fice appropriation bill.
Treasury Department submitted esti
mates of SX3K.0GO to supply deficiencies
In appropriations for various depart
ments. Elections Committee overruled contest
filed by Clde Kearney for seat of Rep
resentatice J. M. "!. Smith, of Mlchlgam.
and voted to report that Smith la en
titled to his place.
Rivers and Harbors Committee contin
ued hearings on Its appropriation bllL
Representative Stone, ot Illinois. Intro
duced bill to make Lincoln's birthday a
Chairman Ben Johnson, of the District
Committee, and John R. Shields, a
Washington lawyer, engaged In a fist
fight at a committee hearing when John
son accused Shields of being a lobbyist
and Shields asserted Johnson was guilty
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