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SENATE OPENS |[
Mellon Submits Plea of
Lloyd George for Cancellations.
WEIGH BILL TO FUND
DEBT FROM ALLIES
Would Halt Additional
Loans Arranged During
Senators will endeavor to learn
from Secretary of the Treasury Hello*
on what terms the administration
proposes to fund the debts of
the allied foreramenU, before the
bill to grand funding powers to
the Treasury is enacted.
Correspondence furnished the Senate
Finance Committee by Secretary
of the Treasury Mellon and
Assistant Secretary of the Teasury
Wadsworth yesterday disclosed that
the British government refused last
fall to continue negotiations with
the United States government for
the refunding of its debt on the
ground that it might- Interfere with
a general agreement among all the
allied nation* for the handling of
war debts. In such an agreement
the British government would have
welcomed a general cancellation of
The documents furnished the committee
Included a letter written by
Premier Lloyd George to President
Wilson on August 5. 1020. and a cablegram
from the chancellor of the
British exchequer to B. C. Lindsey.
representative of the British treasury
in the United States, which was
given by him to former Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury LefflngwelL
The latter document was dated
February 0, 1920, and wag in
part as follows:
Ssgfesti Clesi Slate.
"Turning to the more general considerations.
it is evident that a financial
crisis in America would greatly :
mdanjer the incipient recovery of
Continental Europe. It Is impos- I
xible to forease the consequences. |
With the continent a prey to bankruptcy
ana anarchy and the United
States unable to provide credits
of any sort owing to the Internal
crisis, the world's position would be
indeed serious If I may venture
on what I fear is controversial
ground. I may say that It Is largely
beccause of these dangers that we
should welcome a general cancel- ,
lation of interallied governmental *
"The existence of these International
debts deters neutrals from
giving assistance, checks private
credits and will. I fear, pr^ye a disturbing
factor in future international
relations." ' \
In the Lloyd George letter it was t
stated that the British government
had refused to cancel debts of the 11
French government on the ground S
that it was impossible except as t
part of a general settlement of
ia^failied indebtedness Including
casMmtion of amounts owed by c
the European governments to the n
United States. %
^ Waits Separate Pset.
In explaining why the British i,
government had refused to continue g
negotiations relative to the postponement
of interest payment and P
the funding of the British debt to h
the United States. Lloyd George e
stated that his government would .
be glad to fall in with any scheme
which would not Interfere with ?
a subsequent general agreement a
among the nations relative to the v
handling of the interallied debt.
Secretary Mellon did not state
whether there has been any change ?
In the position of the British government
since last August or ML
He indicated, however, that the only
progress made by the Treasury in ?
connection with funding the Brit- a
Ish loans since the new adminis- p
tration came Into power consisted c,
of one conference between himsel'
and the British Ambassador. At 11
this conference only a preliminary t<
discussion of the situation took p
later, at the ambassador's request.
Mr. Mellon furnished various ^
documents bearing on the sltua- o
Bill rider Qaestlea.
The Lloyd George letter and the
messags of the chancellor of the
British exchequer were read by Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury 11
Wadsworth as a result of inquiries P
by Senator LaFollette. of Wiscon- a
sin. as to whether there were any &
documents containing requests of ^
European governments for cancellation
of debts owed to the United 11
States. In urging the relevancy of d
an Inquiry along this line. Senator. *'
i-aFollette declared that If appeals B
of this nature have heretofore Cl
been made by debtor nations it Is **
desirable that Congress should
know of It before granting the
Secretary of the Tressury unlimited a
authority In the funding of silled c
Secrettry Mellon pointed <\ut that tl
the pending bill under consideration 0|
hy the committee doaa not give any tl
authority to cancel debts and that p
Oie present administration is op- UJ
P?*ed to any such action. t<
Senator LaFollette admitted that p,
the pending bill did not go so far ni
as to permit cancellation of debts, w
but Insisted that the matter should
be gone into.
Senator Reed of Missouri, asked
numerous questions relative to m
credits granted by the United States u
to various nations. Senator Reed
declared that documents relative to fr
foreign loan, which he ha. eiam- ?
""V. wholly un- J,
Justified and Illegal." J"
Hooch i.lii., Ahead. w
Secretary Mellon declared It to be
bis posit Inn that the nations which '?
have not exhausted their credits
*?ch as Greece and Liberia, are not
"titled to further payments from W
the United tates in Vi?w of the F"
conditions which were Justified P?
(ONTIMED o77ao? TSUI. hi
" *. *
ORD MAKES OFFER
ON NITRATE PLANT
AT MUSCLE SHOALS
Secretary Hoover Says
Bid Is Question for
Congress to Decide..
A proposal by Henry Ford for
he utilisation of the Muscle Shoals
litrate plant was transmitted by
ecretary of Commerce Hoover yeserday
to Secretary of War Weclcs.
The negotiations grew out of repesentations
m^de to the Departlent
of Commerce by the Mississippi
'alley Association, the Tennessee
'alley Association and the Amer:an
Farm Bureau Federation, that
ome use should be made of the
roperty. The government already
as expended $8,000,000 on the projct.
Conferences on the subject have
een held by Assistant Secretary
[ Commerce Huston with Mr. Ford,
rlth the approval of Secretary el
The principal points in Mr. Ford's
1. He will take a 100-year lease
n the Wilson dam and No. 3 dam
nd electric installation when comleted.
This work is estimated to
ost $28,000,000. After a short" preiminary
period, Mr. Ford proposes
a pay interest at^the rate of ?
er cent on the sum of $28,000,000
nd to amortize not only this sum.
ut the entire cost of both dams
ver a period of 100 years.
2. To purchase all the nitrate plant
nd equipment, lands, steam plant,
tc.. for $5,000,000.
it. To convert and operate the
irge nitrate plant (No. 2) for the
roduction of fertilizer compounds
nd as a stand-by for government
(plosives in case of war, and to
ecp it up to date in both arts.
4. To limit the profits of the ferllizer
plant to 8 per cent, an inependent
board embodying repreentatives
of the American Farm
ureau Federation and the Nationar
range.wnd the Farmers' Union to
jrtlfy fhis maximum.
Weald Use Kxrf w Power.
The completion of these works
lakes the Tennessee navigable to
hattanooga. and thera are underikinrs
by Mr. Ford for maintaining
le locks, etc. Tht power devalued
will ultimately .greatly exceed
requirements of the fertilizer
lant. and Mr. Ford proposes to
te It In hU own business. In order
> meet the annual payments proi>sed.
a very large use of power
lust be made outside the fertiliser
Secretary of Commerce Hoover
ade the following comment:
"The acceptance of the offer Is
atter for decision by Congress tnd
tat body will no doubt be greatly
iilded by Secretary' Weeki' views
i the matter. Mr. Ford haa made
genuine proposal. It shows courts
to tgree to pay out $S.?0?,?#0;
> spend further aums upon large
6rks and besides to take an an-1
sal obligation for about $1,SM,000
r 1*0 years and to agree to mainiln
a nitrata plant In reserve for
le government for that period,
'hatever may be the result, Mr.
nrd's offer does prove what the
ibllc associations have contended
that the completion at this project
is a commercial value."
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DY NEED A SECOND
C^c ^ PRESS
OPEN NEW FIGHT
\Northcliffe Papers Begin
i| Attack on Curiam as
(Sptcisl Cable to Tb? Wa ikia*toa Harsld
and Chioaf* Triim;wt.)
By JOHN 8TBKLE.
LONDON, July 14.?Oue tf
prettiest row* between mw?papern
and novernmrnt official*
wklck Kadaad kn k>om f?r
years has brokem ?nt between
Ike llncN aid other Urd
Northellffe newapapers ?ae
haad and Lard Carson. tie far- ^
rlKa secretary, a? the ather.
Lord Carsoa Is probably aupported
by Priae Minister Lloyd
(.rorge. bat the latter has aat
disclosed his haad.
The trouble befcaa yesterday
whea the Times, coaameatla* oa
the disarmament co a fere see,
protested aacalnst either Lloyd
( eorge or Lord C'urson represent
inK F.ajclaad; the prime
mlaJater beenuae he Is dlatrusted
as too nitaetle aad Lard
Carsoa becanse af "pompoua 4
aad preteatlous manaer of the
foreign ailalster, his business
Incapacity aad hla obsequious
docility uaflt him for the dls.
chsrxe o( the respoaslble
Lard Cursaa immediately ordered
the exclualoa af all representative
af the Northelilfe
papers fram the foreign office.
OF TAKING BRIBE
Oklahoma Jurist's Decision
In Million-Dollar Oil Suit
j ? Was Paid for, Charge.
SAPULPA, Okla., July 14.?A bitter
legaj battle over the SI.000,000
estate of Tommie Atkins, "spectre
Indian." whom the Federal government
alleges never existed, reachod
a climax here today when charges
of bribery were made against the
District Judge who handed down
the most recent of several decisions
In the famous uase.
Attorney-General Trlnce Freellng.
of Oklahoma, swore to charges that
Judge L>ucien B. Wright accepted a
bribe of 910,000. The decision Judge
Wright handed down held that of
the two women who claimed to be
Atkins- mother. Sally Atktns was
the legal heir to 11,960,000 worth of
oil and oil lands In the Cushlng
pool. This'was aftfer Minnie Atkins
had won the same Judgment n Federal
Interests headed by Charles Page.
Tulsa millionaire, put detectives U?.
work on the case ami turned eW?
dence over to Freellng Jurig*
Wright gav. bond for $10,00". Hl?
preliminary hearing will to held
FOUR DIE IN AIR j
AS PLANE BURNS
MODE8TO. Cal.. July 14.?Four
men were killed her* today In an
airplane accident The left wing 6f
the plane crumpled wljen. It was
about MOO feet above the (round
The plane caught flr* as it fell and
within a few minute* was a mass of
flame. The machine (truck high
voltage wires In the fall.
Spectators declared they, believed
the men were dead before the imchine
struck the ground.
L JUDICIAL SYSTEM
I Confers with Daugherty,
Judges Sater, Clyne
Reorganization of the judicial machinery
of the country was discussed
at a conference yesterday attended
by Chief Justice William H. Taft,
of the United States Supreme Court?
Attorney General Daugherty; Judge
John E. Sater. of Columbus, Ohio;
District Attorney Charles F. Clyne.
of Chicago, and District Attorney
William Hayward, of New York.
Judge Sater is chairman, and Attorneys
Clyne and Hayyward members
of the special committee recent*
Ly appointed by Attorney General
Daugherty to investigate means of
clearing up congestion in the Federal
courts due to thousands of
While the committee originally
considered matters relating only to
congestion due to liquor cases. Attorney
General Daugherty ?aid last
night that a broader program Is
now contemplated. hTe new chief
justice was called in to advise the
committee and the Attorney General
on the bwt methods to pursue.
. It is the desire of the administration.
Mr. Daugherty said, too remove
the Federal judiciary from politics
and to perfect a system, if
possible, by which the appointment
of Federal Judges will be made
without regard to political considerations.
The purpose, he said, is
to perfect a more scientific judicial
POLICEMAN AS DAD
CHICAGO. July 14.?Facing the
problem of selecting for parents
either a policeman and his wlf??
who adopted him at the age of one
?or hie real mother and a wealthty
broker stepfather.. 5-year-old
Jimmle Shakespeare Caul cuddled
close to his adopted mother in court
here today, paying no attention to
the weeplpg woman who bore him.
and left to Judge Hugo Pam tu
decide whether It was a case for
the Solomonic solution.
Jimmie's real mother, now Mrs.
Albert Frankenstein, denies the orphanage
authorities had a right
to give him to the Cauls, while the
Cauls' attorney* Insist that Jimmle
was abandoned by his parents.
Today will be found as indicated
Editorial.... Page 4
?cl?ty , Page 6
Sports.. Pages ?.j
The Weather Page I
Financial .Pag* 10-11
The aumpt ......... Pag* i?
Borrowed Hu*hand?. Page If i
Four Page* of Classified
Ada in Second Section.
Lloyd George and De Valera
Confer Alone, as *
"Man to Man." ?<
"ALL SATISFACTORY*' ;
IS ONLY COMMENT 0
Great Crowds Sing and j
Pray?Will Resume ,
Parley Today. [
MCLkaht. Jmir "
rttilu knkr rat tml?M *
Ttrit etreet district. where ill"
tlrrnnnaa revtlvrr *nr
I4.JHMII Klrl was killed ? '
tmm pelleewes aad tw? HrlHlM t
WW umaM. t ?
(Hilill OsMs U TV. Wl-llWtM Hetald >'
ad United * -? ) P
Br A. K. jOHKMIT. J
LONDON, July 1??Meeting a? man
to man rather than a? premie .
and rebel tender, Lloyd George and I
Eamonn de Valera have exchanged
the preliminary terms upon which
the British-Irish conference hopes
to found a lasting peace in Ireland.
For three hours the two leaders,
alone and undisturbed, discussed
the basis upon which a workable
agreement may be arrived at. while
thousands of English and Irishmen ]
watched and prayed and sang outside
the premier's home in Downing
"The conference is proceeding
satisfactorily," was the substance
of the message sent to the waiting '
crdwds and the public when the 1
"president of the Irish Republic" ,
emerged from Downing street with j
his friends and colleagues.
"Everything is amiable," said Art
O'Brien, president of tha Gaelic
League in I-ondon, as he left the \
premier's residence. But what Lloyd ,
George said to de Valera and what .
de Valera said to Lloyd George has
not yet been told.
At the conclusion of the confer- )
ence the following official com- |
munlque. as b?lef as some of the
famous 'documents of the allied wprrma
council, was Issued:
"A free exchange of i^aws o?- I
leurred and. the relative positions of .
Great Britain and Ireland were defined.
The conversations will be
resumed at 11:10 o'clpck toaor- 1
The British premier, who had been
scheduled to speak at a big ooalltion 1
dinner In the evening, cancelled the 1
engagement at the last moment, do- 1
daring that It was "absolutely nec- 1
essary" to confer with his col- 1
leagues on the developments la tUe '
Great Crowds Cheer,
An extended meeting of the Cab- i
inet ministers took place in the j
evening and the day's developments (
were also discussed in the House i
of Commons. i
De Valera, Robert C. Barton and
O'Brien arrived at the Whlteha'l entrance
to Downing street promptly
at 4:30, making their way 1
through a mass of waving Sinn j
Fein flags and cheering people. Just
a short lime before the British delegation
had appeared and been greeted
with as much enthusiasm as that
displayed for the Sinn Fein executives.
although with the Premier .
was not only Austen Chamberlain
tut Blr Hamar Greenwood, who is .
generally held responsible for the
Brltsh policy of repression in Ire- .
land and whose name has consequently
been anathema ty the entire
-Soutn of Ireland.
As the officials entered the pre- .
mler's residence, the crowd broke '
into old Irish songs'. Interspersed at
times with other melodies, of which
Anld Lang Syne was decidedly a
favorite. For hours the singing t
continued. There was a more j
solemn touch In the little knots of c
people who prayed audibly, robirles c
In hand, for the success of the t
The liours passed and as even- *
Ing came on some of the throng f
disappeared. But their places wsre v
filled later by otlter crowds' leavlnit \
the shops and when the session t
came to an end, some time aftsr s
7 o'clock, the street wss once more ?
tilled with an enthusiastic throng.
^ Rata Railed God Oata 1
In the evening came the drissle 1
of rain?the flrst that has fallen it* *
many weeks of terrible drought. *
But this, rather than dampening '
the ardor of the vociferous assem- p
blage, was received as the most f
favorable of omens, for London has
suffered this summer as never before.
As had been agreed on. the pre- c
mier and De Valera, although ac- ?
companled to the council chamber r
by th*lr coHeagues, were gives p
this flrst opportunity to exchange t
their personal views alone and un- e
trammelled by the necessity of UStending
to other debaters. The =
ray is now cleared for the general
sessions of tha conference at which
every branch and every faction will
While the fate of Ireland was
being discussed at Downing nrelt,
directly across the way In the foreign
office the fate of another crown
colony was being settled, for Adly
pasha and six other "Egyptians
mere negotiating with Lord Curson, ,
rereign minister, over the future
status of their ow.n country. This
was the beginning of a serious
event In the history of Egypt, and
the first time since the war that
the British government has dealt
In .official conference with the leaders
of the'territory concerned.
The seven Egyptians arrived a>
( o'clock In great limoaslnea, Immaculately
groomed In silk hat*
and morning dreas. Tha three ,
Irishmen arrived In ordinary street
clothes and in a common taxlcab.
The dllterMce was reiiwrked by the
% . , . . * *
Hearing on M
'All Miner?' Fault," S
; Union Head Chars
The United Mina Worker, are "n
and of robber*" whose purpose it
i to "take over all the coal mi net
n the United States and Canada
rlthottt paying preeent ownere a
ed cent for them." Wl Z. Taylor
'Inson. rounsel for coal operator*
f the Williamson, W. Vs., field delared
yesterday before the 8ente
Ubnr Committee, which bum
n Investigation of the Mingo coal
"In IMS." said Vinson, "this union
dopted the principle that what it
ould not get by law It would take
,y force. This Is the cause of all
he trouble. It Is the cause of the
lurders. burnings, anarchy and revlutlon."
"All Mines** rsslt."
"We emphatically assert." Yin-,
on declared, "that all of the trouble
hat has occurred has been directly
auaed by the criminal practices of
he United Mine Workers. For .
ears past It has pursued a criminal
oilcy and Is attempting by means
ecidedly criminal and unlawful to
ubstitute for law and orderly gov- I
ON TARIFF BILL
BROUGHT TO END
Five-Minute Talks Operative
General debate on the Fordnry
ariff bill was concluded last night
n the House, and beginning today
he Mil will be considered under the
Sve-minute rule, with amendments
Under the rule governing the bill,
the House may consider only
imendments reported out by the
Ways and Means Committee, except
that floor amendments may be ottered
to Are sections, those covering
Mdes. dyes. oil. cotton and aaphalt.
- Rides Schedule ls4w rise.
A determined effort will be made]
to transfer hides to the free list.
The amendment to be offered will
provide that they be made dutiable
lither at two -cents a pound or at
Ifteen per cant ad valorem.
The dyestulfs section amendment
rill be offered by Representative
Frear. of Wisconsin, and will be to
itrike the three-year embargo prorision
from that schedule. Around
this and hides will probably range
the hottest fight.
The oil amendment will be to
transfer petroleum and crude oil
from the dutiable to the free list,
ind will probably be offered by
(le presents tlve Tread way. of Maslachusetts.
The bill as reported
makes petroleum dutiable at JSC
lid fuel oil at !Sc per barrel
Raw Cat ton 1* Cent.
The cotton schedule amendment
rill be to make raw cotton dutiable
?t probably 10 per cent ad
It Is the plan to make the amendment
cover both long and short sta^Ths
asphalt amendment will be to
transfer It to the free "?*;
The Ways and Means Committee
.as numerous amendments under
'onaideration, but they are ch.efly
o change language or correct
qualities In schedules of whichi the
Tariff Commission hss complained.
ipoke in support of the bill, ^exotng
themselves chiefly to the An*er
can valuation, b*rs*
IvestufTs sections of the bill.
Democrats Flay Measnre.
The Democratic speakers declared
he bill was full of inconsistencies
dr. Tague (Mass.. Demi, member
if the committee, criticised the
ommittee majority for the secrecy
n which It prepared the bill, delarlng
that its contents were
mown to the Sew Englsnd manuacturer.
long before they were
mown -to members of the House,
rho must vote on them. He stacked
the agricultural schedule as]
t tax on the table of the workingnen.
particularly In New England.
Representative Cockran <N. Y..
>em.>. attacked the protection sysem
as the father of monopolies
nd declared that the Fordney bill
ras a "survival of savagery," in
hat It was Intended to stop commerce
between the nations, the
nest mark of civilisation. He dels
red that It was a "scheme of
obbery" which- would "rob the
(oor to serve the rich" and that
axation at the customs house
ould only be Justlfled for support
f the government and not for enichment
of a few favorites. He
redicted it would be th* last proective
tariff Congress would ever
nact into law.
FUtton "One Fli
Section _ ,
Strange and *na<
of a maid, especially
ing wave tops, and 1
from the tea'* veil <
ingo Trouble f
lays Owner#' Counsel;
res Operators Hire
trnmtnt the policy and practice ot
Vinson asserted that there It nc
controversy between the mine ownera
and their employee. He eal?
that the ml nee are producing M
per cent of the normal output, de
pite depressed market conditions.
The primary cause of ths trouble
Vinson aaid. was the attempt ol
the miners' union to force all mln?
era Into the organisation. He d?CONTINTED
OW PAGS THEE*
Note of Acceptance FaiU
To Mention the Far
l Japan ha? come only half way ii
responding to President Harding'
invitation for her participation tr
the proposed International confer
ence at Washington on limitation o1
armaments and Pacific and Fai
Eastern problems which menaci
Responding yesterday to this gov
ernment's proposal, the Japanese
government states that it would t*
delighted to participate In the conference
on limitation of armaments
and stopped there. Japan, accord
in* to the State Department, wai
silent on the other phase of discussion.
which is regarded by th?
United States and the other r.atiom
to participate, as of the most vita)
See Breaker* Ahead.
Limitation of armaments, it ii
agreed, must be cantingent upoi
adjustment of the problems of thi
Pacific and the Far East. If Japai
is going to rebel against considers
tlon of these Issues there may b<
serious breakers al?end for thi
world statesmen who are about t<
enter tke Washington conferenc.
with -high hopes for reducing th<
expensive armaments el the world
The President and Seeretar:
Hughes are known, however, to b<
confident that Japan eventually wil
agree to participate in the whol'
program. So confident are thej
that they are ignoring Japan's failure
to respond to the second sectloi
of the American Invitation and H
was announced that the official cai
for the conference would be Issued
by the President In the near future
probably within two neeks. China
the last of the powers to be hear<
from, having replied favorably am
LMk fsr Ae??le?renee.
The State Department made I
clear, although not publishing th<
text of the reply, that the reaponsi
did not express any "unwillingnessto
participate in consideration o
the Eastern questions.
Notwithstanding the optimism ol
the administration, the reply fronr
Japan is regarded as significant I*
some quarters here. But even (hos?
who believe that Japan may lnsisl
upon stipulations or qualification!
before agreeing to participate is
the whole program outlined by th<
President, do not think that she cat
lcng stand out against Great Britain.
France, Italy and the Cnlte<l
States. Orest Britain, with th?
Anglo-Japanese alliance hanging Ii
the balance. It is recognised, has (
formidable weapon of influence ovei
the Far Eastern nation.
There have been reports received
here unofficially th#t the Japanes<
statesmen wish to have an understanding
that there will be no immigration
decision at the conference
which would be against the Interests
of Japan. Another obatacle tc
prompt acceptance by Japan of the
Invitation to participate In discussions
of the eastern issues, is said
to be the fact that China, although
not one of the interallied group,
has been Invited to a place at the
council table. Japan would prefer, it
is believed, that issues such aj
Shantung and other questions Involving
China, would be considered
by the big powers only.
Nothing ha# been done yet regarding
detailed plans for the conference.
Each nation Is to be limited
In the number of men who will
actually take part In the discussions.
but this number has not beer
fixed and probably will not be until
the matter has been considered
with the nations concerned. But the
motive Will be to keep the nuanbei
aa small as poaaible: probably not
more than four or five from each
ash of Sommer"
xountable are l^c wgyi
r when the moon ? fM-otnance
teems to beckon
Admits 10.69r; Profit op
' DIFFERENT CLAIMS
W. R. & E. Co. Says Cut
Would Be Ruinous '
A ?trai*tat 7-cent fare with t-<*?
transfers would net the Capital
1 Traction Company a fair return on
' its valuation, as determined by tha
Public Utilities Commission. 3. H.
Hanna. vice president of the Capl|
tal Traction Company, told the
Commissioners at the afternoon session
of the public utilities bearing*
in tha District Kuilding yesterday.
William F. Ham. president o/ the
Washington Rsilwsy snd Electric
Company, on the other hsnd. Inflated
that s reduction to less than
8 cents cash with seven ticket# fo*
' 50 centa would be ruinous to the
i Washington Railway snd Else trie
At the request of Chairman Kuts.
r Mr. Hanna produced figures showr
Ingr the possible net return on fares
, ranging from 7 to 5 centa.
At T rests atr?t**t. It w mm
nkewB, the set rsnli** f#r the
pant year weald have kffi mt
the rata of N.T1 K* eeat. it T
reata fMk with tleket. far
25 real a, JX2 per ee?t? ? S
eeat a. 1 per eeat or aae half
the aeeeaaary aaseaat fa pay the
latere*! mm the eanapaalea*
koada. The earaisaa mi theraaapaay
far the year eadlag ^
April 3S. Vke Prealdeat Haaaa
stated, were at the rate mt ! .
Charges RIr Stlek Bale.
Preaident Ham introduced hip testimony
by stating that the Federstlon
of Citisens Assoeistions would
i have the commissioner* use
t stick" methoda to drive the railway
companies into a merger that was
f illegal and by requesting the !ni
stitution of a separate fare for the
Capital Traction Company oontrsdicted
their statement that they d 6
6 not wiah to injure the Washington
p Railway and Electric Company He
j pictured thg Washington Railway
snd Bfectric Camps ay as a public
benefactor that without justilsble
s remuneration had extended and
o^lntalned lines reaching Into a
y comparable m-Ildemess In order to
i render a service to the people and
I facilitate the growth of the city
i He acknowledced that perhaps
. the Washington Railway and Eleetric
Company had d ?ne more to In,
crease the value of property In the
. District of (MmMi than any other
. institution in Washington, subm;*.
ting figures showing the growth of
the city from the efvfll war per od
to the present day to substantiate
j *ays Redaetiaa tafair.
A statement mas produced by Mr.
Ham for the purpose of showing
that a reduction at this time wa?
t not juatifled inasmuch as the earnt
fngs on the commission's vahiation
t was but 7.87 per cent. Other Rlstes.
Mr. Ham claimed, had been more
f liberal to their utilities corporation*
and to preas his point quoted tha
f rate of return allowed bv the pubi
lie utilities commissions and courts
i of other cities.
William MrK. Clayton took ext
ception to this statement, claiming
i that an average of the ra'es cited
i by Mr. Ham would not prove that
l the t*t? allowed the Washington
i Railway and Electric Company wg*
proportionately low. The reduction
I of cent in the rate was Then
1 claimed to be unjust by the presi1
dent of. the Washington Rgflwav
[ *nd Electric, as it would net the
company but 5.84 per cent on their
*epair? Are ceded.
11 then showg in a statement
prepared by the Washington Hail t
w*y *?d Electric Company that tke
earnings of the City and Suburban
' I Railway Company were one-half of
> 1 per cent during the paat jre*
It will soon be necessary to make
repairs on thi* line that tha City
snd Suburban Company cannot afford
to make, it was explained
and unless the Washington Railway
and Electric Company can be assured
of a fare thst will permit
I them to advance the necessary
funds to make these repairs, the
City and Suburban will be left te
Its own devicea The same case applies
to the other suburban lines
Mr. Ham said, although he made
! thia statement, he explained, without
the authority of the board of
Mr. Ham grew indignant ovar
I criticisms appearing In the press.
, Charging the Washington Raiway
and Electric Railway Company with
mismanagement He emphatically
t denied that there had been aay mismanagement
of the WaLshlngtoa
Railway and Electric Company.
Will Ahaadsa Liaea.
There are some utility experts
who have advocated throwing the
Washington Railway and Electric
Company into bankruptcy. It was
stated, but before the Washington
Railway and Electric Company
win be ruined. It will sbsndon its
suburban lines. Mr. Hsm declared.
He also desired to reft.te the statements
recently made comparing the
properties of th? two traction companies.
The Washington Rsflwsy and
Electric Company has cars to
*88 of the Capital Traction Company."
he stated "We operate over
111 miles of track to their miles.
We employ MM employes to their
1.4*1. and oar payroll is 88.1*2 ##.
compared to 88.884.0*# of the Capital
Traction Company *
President Ham then explained
that he was not in fsvor of a tope
system, but claimed that a .?yste*n
such aa had been explained by ProAlbert
8. Ritchie was Juat and
equltale and should the commiaeier
decide to reduce the fares he asked
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