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Yesterday's Circulation, 46,108
MONDAY EVENINa, JULY 10, 1911. Fourteen Pages
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STARTS HUNT FOR
Opening Alaska Inquiry, Probers Question
Commissioner Dennett About Con
troller Bay Case.
MISS ABBOTT AT HEARING'
READY TO GIVE TESTIMONY
,11 Will ID: WAITS
Leaders in Investigation of Controller Bay Scandal and Documents in Case
CHAIRMAN J. M. GRAHAM.
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Flight to Capital Will
Resumed at Six
ARMY AVIATORS TO
SAIL TO MEET HIM
Trip From Atlantic City With
Hamilton Record for Two
Scorched by the Intense sun rays
encountered between Atlantic City
and Baltimore, Harry N. Atwood and
Charles K. Hamilton are at the Hotel
Rennert, Baltimore, resting before
they resume their Washington flight
at 6 o'clock this evening.
Before they surrendered in a field
at Stemmer's Run, eight miles out
side of Baltimore, at 9:38 o'clock this
morning, they disposed of 200 miles
of the flight and established a record
for two men in a biplane. The time,
with more than an hour's stop at
Wilmington, was 4 hours and 45 min
utes. Exhausted by Trip.
When the aviators went Into Balti
more from Stemmer's Run, on an ac
commodation train, they showed plainly
the exhaustion incident to the trip.
Neither slept much last night, both
having worked on the repairs to the
Hamilton plane, which was Injured yes
terday when driven to the ground, and
which was mended with parts of the
wrecked Atwood machine.
Mr. Atwood explained that to attempt
to croBs the business section of Balti
more at an altitude of lets than 1.000
feet would be foolhardy, and so he de
clared that until the atmosphere cools
sufficiently to allow him to reach that
height he will not start on the last
ap of the trip.
They left the seaside resort shortly
before 5 o'clock this morning. Their
stop for gasolene at Wilmington was
at 6:45. If Atwood leaves Baltimore at
6 o'clock tonight as is Ms intention, he
should arrive in Washington in less
than an hour.
As soon as they learn that Atwood
and Hamilton have left Baltimore.
Lleuts. Dewltt Milling and H. H. Ar
nold, who are holding themselves in
readiness at the Government hangars
at College Park, will fly toward Balti
more to meet them, ana convoy them
To Circle Monument.
Atwood has expressed his Intention
of flying to the Monument grounds, cir
cling the Monument and tne dome of
the Capitol before he flies to College
CapL James F. Oyster, president of
the Chamber of Commerce, and Thomas
Grant, secretary of that body, have
been on the alert all day for the com
ing of the aviators. They have arranged
that as soon as they receive word that
Atwood Is on the last lap of his flight
to Washington they will have whistles
clown and a flag displayed from the
top of the Evans building
As socii as Atwood rea.'hes the city
a meeting of the executive commlttea
of the Chamber will be called, and
plans madp lor the entertainment of the
Was Beautiful Sight.
Until driven from the air by the In
tense heat, and the conditions of tem
perature, which Atwood described as
"bordering on the inferno." the avia
tor's flight from Atlantic City, over the
Jersey meadows, passing Philadelphia
to the southward and then on to Bal
timore, was a beautiful flight, although
JOung Atwood, who was driving the ma
chine, did not attempt to mako any al
titude record, and averaged perhaps a
height of 230 feet. When they pass
ed over Havre de Grace, on the west
bank of the Susquehanna, they were
but 100 feet above the ground, and both
waved their caps to the hundreds of
cheering people Just below them.
When he had reached Baltimore At
wood declared that the humidity and
the lntttve heat made altitude flying
Aviators Labor All Night.
All last night lights glowed in the
Atwood hangar, where the young Bos
ton aviator and Hamilton labored with
fifteen mechanicians to put the ma
chine in serviceable shape. Last night
he telegraphed here that he had no In
tention of abandoning his planned flight,
and that he would start at t o'clock
The two aviators snatched a hurried
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FORECAST FOR THE DISTRICT.
Overcast weather: probably local
thunder showers tonight or Tuesday;
not nvioh change In temperature.
U. S. BUREAU.
8 a. m S3
9 a. m K
10 a. m 89
11 a, m 91
12 noon 92
1 p. m 93
2 p. m 96
8 a. m S3
9 a. m 93
10 a. m 9:
11 a. m 97
12 noon 100
1 p. rn 102
2 p. m 101
Today Hlh tide 7:12 a. m. and 7:57 p.
m. Low tide, 1:23 a. m. and 2:02 p. m.
Tomorrow-High tide. 7:54 a. m. and
S:34 o. m. Low tide, 2:05 a. m. and 2:42
SUN TABLE. M
Eun rises. 1:42 a. m, 1 Sun sets.. 7:26 p. m.
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Justice Anderson to Decide
If Family Finance Secrets
Will Be Published.
Testimony to ascertain the Income of
Stllson Hutchlns, the aged Washing
ton millionaire, seriously 111 at his sum
mer cottage at Narragansett Pier, R. I.,
is being taken this afternoon before
Louis Dent, auditor of the District Su
Mrs Hutchlns, who is asking to have
her monthl'' allowance of J1.000 increas
ed, Is -expected to attend the hearings
this afternoon. It is understood that
she left Narragansett Pter yesterday
fo rthls purpose.
To have secret star chamber sessions
before the auditor was requested today
by attorneys for William J. Dante,
trustee of the Hutchlns estate. Justice
Anderson will decide whether the de
tails of the Hutchlns Income will be
kept secret. Auditor Dent to day re
fused to hold secret sessions to receive
this testimony, referring the attorney to
Trustee Dante will be the first wit
ness this afternoon. He brought ten
account books before the auditor this
afternoon as evidence of the exact
amount of Mr. Hutchlns' income. Mr.
Dante is called as a witness for Mrs.
Hutchlns, although he and Mrs. Hutch
ins' son are opposing the suit of Mrs.
Hutchlns for an increased allowance.
Coast Steamer Collides
With Fishing Schoonef
NEW YORK. July 10. The Fall River
line steamer Commonwealth came Into
port todav badly damaged, as the re
sult of a collision with a fishing schoo
nei off New London. Conn., during a
The 1,200 passengers, many of whom
are Elks and their families on the way
to Atlantic Citr to attend the conven
tion, wen on dock when tho accident
occurred. There was some excitement,
hut the officers auicklv reassured the
passengers The flshinc schooner re
fused aid from the steamer. Some of
the passengers sav they saw a man
jumo from the schooner hefore the col
War in First Session
Of National Educators
SAN FRANCISCO, July 10.-A big
fight among the Insurgent delegates to
the National Education Association over
the policies that have been pursued by
the organization for years was expected
when the first session of the annual
meeting began today.
Of the nearly 1,000 delegates on hand,
the insurgents estimated that they con
trolled more than half. The city was
gailj decorated. "Welcome" floral pieces
being set In all the public parks. Not
all the delegates have yet arrived, and
several special trains from the East
earning the teachers came Into Oak
land during the morning.
Hint Ireland dnd
Farley Will Get Red Hats
ROME, July 10'. That Archbishops
Ireland and Farley will be made car
dinals at the next conclave, is being
asserted with much posltlvenese, and
apparently upon good authority, In
Archbishops Bourne and Walsh, of
England, are also said to b6 slated for
tho "rtd hat."
REPRESENTATIVE W. E. COX. I . f ?, ''- r V?JT-'K i"fclJlUJ v" II
Washington gas mmWm
LIGHT DIRECTORS PKMa
VOTE A DIVIDEND pyiial
Six Per Cent Is
Directors of the Washington Gas
Light Company met at noon today and
declared a quarterly dividend of 6 per
cent on the company's stock of $2,600,000.
Directors of the Georgetown Gas Light
Company will meet at 3 o'clock this
afternoon. It Is practically certain they
will adopt a resolution reducing the
price of gas In the Georgetown district
from $1 to 85 cents, to be effective Oc
The dividend of the Washington com
pany will be payable August 1. and will
amount to $156,000. It means that the
company will pay 24 per cent this year,
or will distribute among stockholders
$624,000 of earnings. This Indicates that
cheaper gas, which has prevailed for
two years, has been profitable to the
company and to the stockholders. In
the past the Company has sometimes
paid 10 per cent per annum, and some
times 20 or 30 per cent. The average
has been between 15 and 20 per cnt.
At the meeting of directors of the
Georgetown Company this afternoon it
Is understood opposition to reduction in
price Will be made by two directors,
William A. Leetch and George L. Nich
olson. It is learned, however, that the
other directors Maurice J. Adler, R. H.
Goldsborouh, S. Thomas Brown, Wil
liam A. Mearns, William B. Orme, and
Robert D. Weaver have determined on
the reduction, and will put it through.
PlanB for constructing a new plant In
Georgetown also will be mkde. The
policy announced some time ago, em
bracing extension of mains. Installation
of a new plant with modern machinery
and reduction In price, will be put Into
operation Immediately. The bonds prob
ably will not be Issued until fall, but a
sue tor tne new plant will be pur
chased at once, and the bid plant will
be improved to care for tne company's
extending business, pending the con
struction of the new plant. The com
pany has arranged to borrow the money
with which to accomplish these re
forms, and will eventually repay it
from the proceeds of the bond sales.
it was definitely announced today that
simultaneously with the reduction in
the price of gas in the Georgetown ter
ritory within the District, the price
would be reduced to the consumers out
side the Dietriet, in Chevy Chase. West
Chevy Chase, and other towns In Mary
land served by the Georgetown Com
pany. . ,
At the meeting of the directors of the
Washington Comapny today. It was an
nounced the company would immedi
ately begin laying about eight or teii
miles of mains beyond Atiacostla, in
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
2,000 feet elevation on C. & O. Rail
way. Entirely reconstructed and mod
ernized. Seven hours from Washington,
New and experienced management. Call
at C & O. Offices for booklets.; Advt
Facilmtln of Ml Abbott's note of the postscript of letter written by It S. Ryan
to Richard A. B&lllnger, then Secretary or the Interior, July 13. 1910. It accompanied
the. enclotura of a letter from Probst, Wetilar & Co, commlnlon bankers, of New York,
which firm said It was th backer of Ryan, and that the firm was not connected with
the Morgan-Guggenheim Alaska Ejrdnlcate. The letter was signed "R. S. Ryan." and the
postscript, written with pen and Ink. was:
Dear D. 1 went to See the Preslden t the othr day about this Controller Day
affair. The President asked me whom It was 1 represented. I told him. accord
ing to our agreement, that I represented myself. But that didn't seem to satisfy
him. So I sent for Charlie Taft and asked him to tell his brother who It was I
really represented. The President made no further objection to my claim. Yours
Miss Abbott had been handed a wrltln g pad by Mr. Brown, and It was such a one
as is used about the offices of the Interior Department, with "Interior Department"
printed across the top, as shown in the ph olographic copy of Miss Abbott's copy of the
HE WILL USE VETO
President. Makes It Known He Will
Send Back All Bills Ex
President Taft has sent word to the
Senate that he will veto such separate
schedule bills as the Senate may pass
this session after It passes the reci
The president has communicated this
to some of the leading Senators on the
regular side. The statement that he
was taking this position in his talks
with leading regulars was made today
by one of the foremost of the regular
So far as could be learned today, the
discussion on the Mayflower between
the President and the Senators who
were his guests, was general ,so far as
tariff was concerned. The President, It
was declared today, had not said what
he would do. Whether he did so when
talking with Individual senators on the
trip is not known.
Take The Times On Your
no .cfairrs a month.
(Dally and Sunday.)
Call Tbe Times Circulation Dept.
Unsuccessful Bidder for School
Work Makes Change of
Gross irregularity In receiving bids for
construction of an addition to the Arm
strong Manual Training School is
charged against Commissioner Judson
In an Injunction suit filed today in the
District Supreme Court against the Com
missioners by tho Melton Construction
Company, an unsuccessful bidder.
Justice Anderson issued a rule against
the Commissioners to show cause Friday
why they should not be restrained from
awarding the contract to the Davis
Submission of the bid of the Davis
Company and Its receipt by Commis
sioner Judson last Thursday after the
bids of its competitors had been opened
and recorded Is charged
Four minutes after the District com
mittee of wards opened otherbids.it is
alleged the Davis Company's bid was
submitted for the first time. This tld
Was rejected by the committee.
In the Injunction suit it is charged
that the Davis company then ascer
tained the flumes for the work of tho
Melton company and two other bidders.
The following day Commissioner Jud
ron is said to have received the bid of
the Davis company. lower than that of
the other prior bidders, held a special
meeting, and announced the Davis com
pany would be given the contrast, de
spltn the alleged irregularity of pro
ceedings. To restrain tho Commissioners from
Hiving the contract to the Davis com
pany is asked by tha Meltor. company.
Readvertlsement for bids or award of
the Work to tha plaintiff is asksd in
By JUDSON C. WELLIVER.
With a care and deliberation which Indicated expectation of a long
siege, the House Committee on Interior Department Expenditures today
began Its search for the famous "Dick to Dick" letter that Is alleged to
have implicated Charles P. Taft in the Alaska harbor grab at Controller
Bay, and that has been alleged, too, to have disappeared from tho de
partment flies since it was discovered there by a newspaper writer, MIbb
M. F. Abbott.
Miss "Abbott, pretty, petite, and dainty in -white frock, hat, and shoes,
arrived early in the committee room, but was not called during the first
sitting. Fred Dennett, commissioner of the General Land Office, was to
"Did you ever see or know anything about a certain 'Dick to Dick
letter in connection with the business of your office?" aBked the lawyer
for the committee.
"Only as I have read of it In the newspapers. It would be at the
Interior Department building, In the flies there, and not in my office,"
replied Mr. Dennett
IAFI PERTURBED BY
HUNTS FOR LETTER
Finds No "Dick to Dick"
Note in Hi's Owrt or
Bo perturbed was the President over
the developments In the Controller Bay
land grab when he returned to this
cltv this mornlntr that he immediately
sent for Secretary Fisher and learned
that the Secretary believes there had
never been any such communication as
the "Dick to Dick" letter.
a nntf ratA. tha Secretary told his
chief he had searched all the flies of
the Interior Department and that no
oould find no such letter as now fur
nishes the basis for the House Investi
gation. He added that he did not be
lieve there had ever been any.
KTr, fnrmni ntntpment was issued at
tho White House today, but informally
tho results of the hurried investiga
tions, instituted by tho President, came
Tho statement was made br official
consent that the President had never
,,.A in hla hrother. Charles P. Taft,
about Richard Ryan, and that he had
never received any letter from him on
Takes Up Question.
As soon as the President reached tho
White House he went into the Con
troller Bay matter. Ho had heard that
the name of his brother had been
brought into the controversy, and he
wanted to know how it came to pass.
He could remember no conversation
with C. P. Taft on tha subject, nor
could he remember any letter from
A complete search of all the flies
In the office was ordered by the Presi
dent to see if any letter had ever
been Written to him by his brother
hntit Ttvnn nr the Controller Bay
matter. The result was, according to
the announcement, that no such letter
had ever been received by the Presi
dent. Then the President sent for Secre
tary Fisher, who has Just returned
The first thing the Secretary did
when he reached his office was to
begin an Investigation on his own
part. He ordered every fllo in tho of
fice to be examined that might in any
way bear on Controller Bay. While
he was eneatred In this work he
received the White House summons.
No "Dick to Dick" Note.
Hurrying to the Executive offices
the Secretary told the President ho
had found no Dfck to Dick" post
script on any letter in the file and had
not heard of any such communication
until ho read about it in the papers.
He Was of the opinion that there had
never been any postscript as describ
ed. Another thing the Secretary told the
President was that sltt Miss Abbott
submitted her original article to him
for his approval, he had read it through
but had failed td flhd in it any reference
whatever to the "Dick to Dick" post
script. He said If there had been any
such reference he believed he would
have seen It.
These were the results of the Presi
dent's investigations. They satisfied
him that the Interior Department knew
nothing about the matter.
These results prompted the President
not to issue a formal statement He Is
taking the position today that the Ad
ministration U not on the. defensive.
Today's inquisition of Mr. Dennett had
to do with the technical procedure in
the Controller Bay case. Mr. Dennett's
testimony may be summarized thus:
It was customary to eliminate lands
from national forests by proclamation
that was the almost invariable practice.
But in the present case it was done
by Executive order.
It is customary to forward such all
order at once to the land office bavins
Jurisdiction over the lands.
But in this case there was a delay
of six days from October 28 jo Novem
ber 3, 1310.
"I would not consider that it had
been 'held up,' " replied Mr. Dennett to
j Question whether tils' order was held
up after it was issued. The presumed
purpose of holding it up was to give ad
ditional advantage to people cognizant
of Its issuance.
Mr. Dennett said unsurveyed lands
are not subject to entry. These were
unsurveyed when the order was Issued.
Legality of Survey.
But, evidently knowing they were jo
lng to be opened, Ryan had had survey
ors in the lands surveying them before
tho order was made.
"Could a survey thus made, before
lands were opened, be afterward ac
cepted and legaUzed by the depart
ment?" Mr. Dennett was asked. He
didn't want to commit himself; it was
a legal question, and he had never con
fronted It before.
It has been charged that In this case
a survey, thus made, was afterward
accepted and made the basis of plats
in accordance with which Ryan and his
associates entered the lands.
There was a decided sensation as
accompaniment to the development of
these features, all confirmatory of the
charges that have been made about
how the Government alienated the lands
which dominate the last possible har
bor, from which the Alaska coal fields
can be reached. The fame of the in
quiry had drawn a great crowd of lis
teners, and the first formal proceeding
of the committee was to institute a de
mand for a bigger hearing room, so
that the business might be done in
FennelPs Probing Ability.
W. p. Fennell appeared as counsel
for the committee, and it was a joy
to observe a Congressional inquiry un
der dlrecvlon of a man who knew Just
what he wanted, how to get to it by
the most direct course, and could net
be lost in the mazes of legal technical
ity and terminology, which befog ev
ery effort of laymen to get at some
thing about the public domain. Mr.
Fennell has had a long career of prac
tice in this very department; he can't
be bluffed or misled. He knows the
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IN CONGRESS TODAY
Senate resumed consideration of reci
procity. Senator Simmons opposed the agree
ment. Vote before adjournment today on
Cummins and Simmons amendments.
All doomed to defeat.
Senator Galllnger introduced bill for ex
tension of Rhode Island avenue.
The House was not in session today.
The Committee on Expenditures In the
Interior Department began its Inves
tigation of the Controller Bay charges.
Commissioner Williams appeared before
tho Rules Committee and defended
the emigration service at New York.
Speaker Champ Clark left for Atlantia
City, where he will deliver an ad
Tho committee investigating the Sugar
Trust called a meeting for tomorow,
at wblch.it wll lresume hearings.
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White House Callers,
Thornton, Ta. Foster. I.
Stevens, CaL Foster, Vf
CarUn, Va. Watkins. La.
Daughton. N. C. Wlckllffe, La, , ,
Brown, W. Va.
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