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NWASHDsrGTOK, WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBEB 29, 1911.
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III ALASKA CASE
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TO URGE DISTRICT
NEEDS IN MESSAGE
Executive Tells Committee of Citizens He
Will Do All He Can to Get Action on .
HE WILL REQUEST PASSAGE
OF SIX IMPORTANT BILLS
Officers of Federation Who Conferred With Taft
E SEARCH TO
WILLIAM McK. CLAYTOIT.
E. C. DUTXOIT.
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Hunt Woman in Northeast
, Part of District and in
HAVE NEW FACTS
Belief Grows That Case Against
Smith Is Stronger Than Has
j Been Admitted.
Following several now clues as to
the whereabouts of "Qoldle" Smith,
who at one time is said to have
posed as the wife of James Smith,
uspected of murdering William H.
Micklo With a monkey wrench, and
accused of murderously assaulting
Morris Bennett with a hatchet, De
tectivo Sprlngman and several other
officers from Headquarters and the
Ninth precinct are today searching
Prince George county, Maryland, and
the northeast section of the District
this afternoon. It is confidently as
serted by police officials that they
will have an opportunity to examine
this much-sought young woman this
Officials are growing more confl
uent each day that they will be able
to convict Smith on the charge of
murdering Mr. Mickle, and their
conviction on this point leads many
to feel sure that the authorities must
have more positive evidence than any
they have yet made public.
Smith's Associates Watched.
That a'clpse'surveillance IsI'sUH being
t,V .keftfWTall -thcme-f. Who ;, haa, -recent ly
been associated with James Smith, and
that others arc? likely to havo charges
preferred against them as soon as tangi
ble evidence ots guilty knowledge ls se
cured, Is the positive statement -made
this afternoon by ono who Is In the
closest counsels of the police. -:
The District Attorney's office refuses
to confirm or deny the report that ar
rangements are being made to takelhe
written testimony Df other witnesses
this afternoon in the Mickle murder and
Bennett assault cases. The belief Is
that the police have arranged for
Qoldle" to-be taken. Immediately to the
District Attorney's office when she Is
Another attempted alibi of Smith has
apparently been exploded today.
Smith has made varying statements
as to where he spent the night on which
Mr. Mickle was murdered in his store
on Seventh street. One of these claims
a refuted by Mrs. "Frankle" Davis,
Who told the police that Smith met her
near the scene .of the Mickle crime
Bhortly after that crime had been com
mitted. JV. statement given to The Times this
morning; by Walter Costello, proprietor
of a saloon at Sixth and O streets, Is
to the effect that Lawrence Brltt, who
was Smith's roommate, was in his sa
loon eary Friday morning boasting of
having spent the night before on a
"good time" In Washington. James
Smith has contended that he could
prove an alibi through Brltt, saying
that he spent that Thursday evening
in the Walker home with Brltt.
An Interesting bit of evidence, which
may help solve the Mickle myBtery, was
brought to the attention of the police
today by Thomas Ryan, an official of
the Sheet Metal Workers' Union. Mr.
Ryan says that on the Tuesday or
Wednesday preceding the tragedy a man
Wandered Into a Baloon, where he and
some fellow-tinners were holding a con
versation, and declared that he was a
sheet metal worker, and wanted a
Found Man a Fraud.
"I asked the man where he had been
working," Mr, Ryan said toda, "and J
Boon i'juiij uiui lie was a iraua. iio
carried under hU arm a package he
aid contained a monkey wrench. The
Implement was wrapped in a newspaper,
and the stranger wanted me to buy It
frorr him. t refused. He left the place
angry, saying he would find a pur
chaser before the night was over. This
conversation occurred not far from the
Mickle cigar store."
Mr. Ryan seems to believe that It Is
P'iskI'jIo that the stranger who camo to
him failed to find that day or the next
a purchaser for the wrench. It Is 1i1h
theory that the stranger might have
stopped In the. cigar store while Intoxi
cated, suspecting that Mickle had mon-
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Noted "Dick to DickM'Epis-
tle Ignored in propping
SAY TAFT REVERSAL
Graham Committee, 'Probing Con-
troller Bay "grab,'; Says
Monopoly Is Frustrated.
By JUDSON C. WELLIVER., '
Whothor the famous "Dick to
Dick" letter, alleged to have been
written by Richard S. Ryan to for
mer Secretary Richard Balllnger,
was a hoax, a fako or a fact, prob
ably never will be proved.
That was the letter In which it was
alleged Mr. Ryan, while seeking own
ership of terminals on Controller
Bay, Alaska, said he had overcome
objections of President Taft, by get
ting Charles P. Taft to explain mat
ters to the President
The Graham committee of the
House, which was Instructed to In
vestigate Alaska matters after the
"Dick to Dick" letter was given out,
probably will drop the Investigation
without any verdict as to the letter
Work Is Done.
As to all essentials Involved In the
Inquiry, the committee will report that
Its work has accomplished the desired
results. The Administration has adopt
ed an Alaskan policy that locks to the
cotissrvatlcn of mineral Interests In the
public lntereit.' and which points to the
construction by the Government rof rall
rnadaVJt., these. jeticc.eflsoxyrV. q open
op the' Interior resources on such tran's
poitatton 'conditions as will lnsuro
Chairman Graham ha not luld before
his fellow-members of the committee
the tentative draft of a report, but it
Is understood that In nil probability
the commltteo will report In favor of a
Government road. It will be poInV-'d
otit that subsequent to the committee's
Inquiries last uummc-i- Secretary Fisher
went to Alaska, looked Into conditions,
returned, and made a speech outlining
the new pollcv of the Administration In
such fashion as to bring It Into har
mony with the views ot the most ad
vanced conservationists. That much ac
complished, the chaltman fceli' there Is
no necessity for further prosecution of
Interest In Letter.
But the "Dick to Dick" letter, though
really an unimportant detail, has com
manded the major public interest In
connection with this Inquiry, and there
Is no reference to It' In the statements
given out today by Chairman Graham
and the committee's counsel, Louis D.
Mr. Graham said concerning this
"The Implication of the 'Dick to Dick"
letter was that Mr. Ryan, seeking to
control the shore lnnds of Controller
bay, wanted these withdrawn from the
Chugach forest, and wanted advance,
exclusive Information that they would
be withdrawn, so that he could HIo on
them ahead of any competitor. On that
point there Is no uncertainty, In view of
the documents in the case that werv
Rent to Congress pursuant to the Senirto
resolution asking them, and that are
now In print as Senate document 77.
"In that compilation Is a letter which
shows that the President did give Mr.
Ryan some assurances of the sort he
wanted. AIbo, there Is printed a tele
gram from Washington to Mr. Ryan, at
Seattle, notifying him, later, that If he
made surveys, etc., In expectation that
the lands would be withdrawn from the
forest and open to entry, he would do It
at his own risk.
"But the fact stands that, while
warned not to be too suro of getting
the lands, he did gci assurances from
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WITH TAFT DENIED
Statement Printed in the Matin,
of Paris, Declared Untrue From
the White House.
The White House today did the un
usual thing of. denying a newspaper
story when an official statement was
Issued deploring an alleged Interview
In the Matin, of Paris, In which the
President was quoted concerning vari
ous foreign affairs of the Government.
The statement says: "An alleged in
terview In the Matin of Paris, purport
ing to quote the President on certain
phases of the attitude of the Govern:
ment of the L'nlted States toward cer
tain foreign affairs, was this morning
brought to the attention of tho Secre
tary to the President.
"Mr. Hllles cxplalnedtthat much sur
prise had been felt at the White House
In finding that a gentleman, a couBln
of the French military attache, coming
Introduced by the French ambassador,
should have sought, without authoriza
tion, to circulate aa an Interview his
recollections of casual remarks made by
tho President In the course ot a hurried
conversation. The gentleman in ques
tion was one of a very large number
received during a busy morning, and n
interview whatever wac authorized."
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ALLAN H. DAVIS.
PEKING i PERIL;
Navy Prepares to Dispatch
Marines to the Chinese
That the missionaries in the Method
ist mission In Peking aro In serious
danger, was Indicated by a dispatch
received at tho State Department this
morning from Minister Calhoun, asking
for a company of marines to guard the
Immediately after tho message was
received the Navy Department officials
were consulted and a strong guard was
ordered to Shanghai at once aboard
the Saratoga for Peking.
No details of the danger threatening
the Methodists Is given In the tele
gram from the minister. All that Is
stated Is that 140 American churchmen
are In the mission and that a stronc
guard would be advisable at once.
The minister was Instructed today by
the State Department, according to an
official announcement, to inform the
representatives of the other powers in
Peking of the decision ot this Govern
ment with regard to the troops neces
sary to guard the railway from Poklnc
to Tien Tbln. In the message sent to
.Mr. Calhoun, he was Instructed to say
that tho Government of the United
States recognizes the obligation con
nected with tho rights secured In the
protocol of 1901 and will hold In con
stant readiness at Manila a force of
from LOO to 2,500 men for dispatch to
China upon short notice.
Just as soon as tho necessity for
action arises, tho official announce
ment states, these men, as many of
them as can be useful, will be ordered
to China. A transport Is at Manila
eady to embark the soldiers, and in
three or four days they can bo on
Other dispatches from China today
say that Imperialists have captured
Hanyang and that all foreigners have
withdrawn from Slakuan, the port of
Nanking, the bombardment of which Is
IN THE MIDST OF WAR'S ALARMS
One would hardly expect a celebration of Thanksgiving Day, but Col. John
S. Mosby, famous the world over as the leader of Mosby's Rangers, will have in
The Times on next Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) a most interesting story of a
war-time Thanksgiving Day feast which he completely broke up, and that, too,
ivithout the slightest intention of so doing.
You'll want to read this story of that Thanksgiving Day on the Shenan
doah River. It will add a flavor to your own Thanksgiving Day celebration, so
be sure to
GET THE TIMES ON THANKSGIVING DAY
Because the 30.000 Government em
ployes m "Washington today have the
privilege of drawing on their salaries
In anticipation of Thanksgiving Day to.
morrow, much extra work Is being done
In tho various disbursing offices. Al
though no work will be dona tomorrow
on account of Its being a legal holiday,
the disbursing officers were not author
ized to advance the pay day from Fri
day to today. Advances were paid out.
and these were deducted from the regu
lar semi-monthly payment.
To provide the school teachers, po
licemen, and firemen with Christmaa
money, still more additional work will
have to be done In the disbursing of
fices An extra pay day has been ar
ranged for In December.
On recommendation of Commissioner
Rudolph, the board decided today to
pay the school teachers, policemen,
and firemen two weeks salary
after December 15. A decision of the
Comptroller of the Treasury forbidding
payment for services until actuaaly
performed, prohibits the payment of
a full month's salary.
The action of the Commissioners
means additional work for the audi
tor and disbursing officer. Both, how
ever, expressed pleasure at the pros
pect of aiding In the visits of Santa
Claus to the homes of District em
ployes. Payments, It was announced,
will be made on or before December
Provision for Government employes
getting money for their Thanksgiving
celebration today has been made In all
of the departments. Friday, under the
law, would be pay-day, but because to
morrow Is a holiday employes will have
finished their half-month's work to
night. In most of the departments the em
ployes will get what money they want
for the day on an order upon tho dis
bursing officer. Notices are posted In
the various bureaus. Instructing the em
ployes how they can get holiday money.
Wetmore Declines to
Run Again for Senate
PROVIDENCE. R. I., Nov. 29. United
States Senator George Peabody Wet
more will not be a candidate for re
election when his present term expires
This announcement was made today
In a letter from Senator Wetmore to
Charles A. Wilson, head of the Republl
the State organization, who made It
Seek Boy Slayer.
CHICAGO, Nov. 29. Eleven-year-old
Emll Zurnueheln, a fugitive, Is being
hunted by the police for the alleged
murder of his playmate, seven-year-old
Richard Schapanskl, who died from a
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tU -OLEIW BROWH.Vrfi
WIFE'S UNIQUE PLEA
Court Holds "Guilty Party"
Cannot Have Remarriage
Legal in District.
Dismissing the suit for divorce
brought by Charles A. Cotterlll against
Henry Garland Cotterlll, Justice
"Wright in Equity Court. No. 2, today
delivered an opinion holding that "tha
guilty party" In a divorce case cannot
go out of this Jurisdiction and remar
ry and have the marriage legal within
The secret hearing was halted sev
eral weeks ago when Attorney W. Earl
Ambrose, counsel for Mrs. Cotterlll,
raised the unique contention that, In
asmuch as Mr. Cotterlll, who had been
divorced by his llrst wife, and was
"tho guilty party," admitted that he
and wife No. 2 had gone to Maryland
to evade the District laws, that the
wholo proceedings should be dismissed
on tho grounds that the Maryland mar
riage Was not valid In thn nintrlct
I Tho court sustained tho motion.
The court said In part:
"Suppose a citizen of the District
should Journey abroad to Turkey or to
some land where polygamous marriages
were good and carry along a caravan
of women, and there, marrying himself
to each one of them, brlmr them all
back again, would It be tolerated by our
people, mat tnose marriages being law
ful In thn place of their celebration
should bo so held by the public and the
courts here In the District of Columbia?
"It the principle be carried to Its last
results It would sustain this: That all
people of the District when they Ought
to marry might go outsldo to marry In
defiance of Its laws, marry against Its
laws and then come back again, all
lawfully married even against those
laws; this is a nullification of the power
ot me siate or sovereign to determine
for Its citizens rules and regulations for
the domestic status."
Relntlve to the validity of the second
marrlago of Cotterlll In Maryland, the
"The marriage may or may not be
valid within tho State of Maryland.
Maryland must bo accorded tho right
to determine that question for herself."
RILL DIVORCE lunrnm 'bni nirno
President Taft is strongly in favor of a continuance of tho half and
half principle of appropriations for the District of Columbia. Ho set at
rest' all speculaUon upon his attitudo upon this subject by declaring It
today to the officers of the Federation of Citizens Associations, who were
granted a conference with the President relative to District matters.
The President also told the members of the committee that ho now
felt inclined to send a special message' to Congress this year upon District
affairs. He told them he sympathized with the people of tho Capital in
their irritation over Congress' indifference to the urgent needB of the city.
It was for this reason that Mr. Taft was disposed to make a Bpeciflc
and direct appeal to Congress to give attention to legislation affecting the
people of Washington.
The committee presented six important questions to the President for
treatment in his message. They were:
A public utilities commission for the District, with authority over all
public Borvice corporations.
The improvement of the park system under the plan of the Park
Commission, and not by haphazard purchases.
The building of 'a stadium for athletic purposes and for high school
A teachers' retirement system, appropriated for by Congress.
The creation of a policemen's and firemen's pension fund by a Con
A conUnuance of the present plan of making appropriations for the
District, the Federal Government paying half and the people of the
District half .of, all expenditures. 7
LOOT DOOMED CITY
Chinese Rebels Invest Nan
king Loyal Troops
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forces have set Are to HanTang ana
It Is feared the greater portion of tho
city will be burned. It Is bellevod tho
Area were etarteU by looting soldiers
and not upon the command of officers.
Desperate efforts are being made to
save the arsenal and powder factory
The rebei troops are now In possession
of practically the entire city cf "Nan
king. The Imperial forces, under Lieut
Gen. Feng Kwo Chang, have loct
heavily during the lat two days, nnd
are In Immediate danger of annihila
tion unless they are speedily reinforced.
The rebel forces succeeded In enter
ing the city through threo different
gates late yesterday. The Imperial
troops concentrated at the east gate
for a last desperate stand and suc
ceeded In driving the rebel forces Into
the center of the city, taking tho lat
ter by surprise while many of the sol
diers were looting.
A fierce encounter ensued In the
center of the city and many were slain
on both sides. The city probably would
have been retaken had not a wing of
the revolutionary army entering through
the east gate flanked General Feng's
The imperialists were forced to turn
and flee out of the east gate after cut
ting their way through the flanking
division. The loss to the imperial
troops Is estimated at 1.600. General
Feng Is said to have made a stand
Just out of the eastern part of the city.
OE TAET IS ACTIVE
Will Call Convention Soon to
Start Campaign for Delegates
MILWAUKEE, Nov. 23. Following
closely on the campaign started by Re
publican prpgrefslves In Ohio, looking to
the procuring of La Follette delegates
to the national convention, E. L. Philip
announced hero today that ho would
call a meeting early In December to
start a campaign tor Taft delegates in
Philip plans to get the stalwarts to
gether shortly after the progressive
meeting on December E. It Is under
stood the Philip plan had Its incen'
in a conference he had with President
Taft on the occasion of the executives
recent visit to Milwaukee.
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Favora Present S5t$mr; i
Vfresideht .Taft ws-"enditfatlc in hi
ValY-Ocacy ,fltaUa,.tkalV'H.lUlf. - system, '
I iio told his vjKltors today,? that tola was
uj- nauonai cuy; the city ot the ,vfaole
people, and not merely a municipality
depending upon Its own' resources for
It was for this reason, the President
pointed out, that tho Government should
bear half of the burden of making im
provements and in maintaining order In
Washington. He could not believe that
there were any forces In the city or in
Congress who seriously meant to change
this plan, and said so plainly. He made
it clear, too, that no change would take
place during his Administration If ha
could prevent it
Another Important proposition which
tho President was keenly interested In
W.that of M1? creaon of a public
u tillt j commission, for which Tfie
v.V."llin?Tt01; Tlmes has been fighting fr
Jhhi"6 let the committee understand
u.1 P1?. waB Probably the only way in
which the people could be properly pro
ISfih? gainst any aggression which
JTnF,!1,1 ibe attempted by the legal ana
naur"l monopolies of the city
.V,ilft.ri McK. Clayton, head of the
aiS?CilJltlon'..Hrsed "e utilities commli
slon Idea with particular force.
Glenn Brown Speaks.
Glenn Brown dlscussiu tho park sys
tem with the President He was partic
ularly interested In having Rock Creek'
Park connected with the Mall and with
having the whole parking system con
nected by means of the Anacostla watpr
front park. All that he said was heart
ily Indorsed by the President
President Allen Davis of the Business
High School took up the question of
a stadium and showed forcibly the need
of such an Institution. Ho said that It
whs patent that this could not be lo
cated near any of tho high schools, but
regardless of that, he said, It should be
authorized and located wherever a
proper site might be found.
A Federal appropriation for the fire
men and policemen's pension fund was
strongly urged upon tho President by
l-.dwln C. Dutton, secretary of the
federation. He told of the lack of
money to properly finance the pension
plan, and of the unfortunate fact that
the fines fro mthe Police Court were
applied to that use.
Mr. Davis also presented tho teach
ers' retirement needs for tie District
Ho said that no legalized fund was now
at tho command of the School Board,
and thii as a result old and Inefficient
teachers wero kept on tho pay roll
simply for humanitarian purposes.
W. H. Richardson, president of Bon
nlng Citizens' Association, was pres
ent during the interview, and indorsed
tho plans presented to the President on
behalf of his community.
Board to Co-operate in
A decision was reached today by tho
executive commltteo of tho Board of
Trado to co-operate with the execu
tive commltteo of the Chamber of Com.
merso in the entertainment of tho elev
en governors of Western Slates who
reai-h Washington December 7. The
Tjembors of ihe two committees will
Join in showing the gubernatorial party
over the cltv and In explaining District
affairs and needs.
President Thomas C. Noyes today
named the committee on public order,
with Walter A. Brown as chairman,
E. F. Cplllday. vice chairman, and Alan
O. Clcphane, secretary.
Breaks Glass to Obtain
Turkey Dinner in Jail
CHICAGO, Nov. 29. Friendless and
hungry, Joseph Novak, aged twenty
four, hurled a brick through a plate
glass office building window downtown
60 that a policeman could arrest him,
and he could have a Thanksgiving din
ger tomorrow la Cools county J all.