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WASHINGTON, SATUBbAY EVENING, JANUABY 6, 1012
PBIOE ONE CENT.
SNOW WILL BE
RICHESON CONFESSES HE
Took Poison by Mistake
POISONED AVIS LINNELL
FN WW RE
Battle Assured Over Head of
MUST BE SETTLED
Presidential Boomlets Galore Also
Will Command Attention of
By JUDSON C. WELLIVER.
Something doing every minute; not
a dull Instant; a candidate on every
corner, and a potential' riot in every
That's the unofficial forecast for
the three or four days of Democratic
national politics that now Impend,
incident to the meeting of the nation
There's tho fight for the conven
tion's location, which is getting more
.than animated; then there comes the
row over the chairmanship of the
committee on arrangements, in which
the clover hoof has been discovered
by sapient persons who report that
the' tory element is trying to give
that potent job to Tom Taggart, chief
engineer of the famous Indiana
1 . Taggart Opposed.
If Taggart rets tho job It will bo
over the prostrate bodies of tho pro-
Bressives -so tho progressives allege.
They insist that Tom, whllo claiming
tobe for Marshall, the favorite eon ot
hla Stale, la in font tnr nnlviit. tn
l.- '-. l bea JKJjajfMlve' control. He's alleged
' lob a part of tho Charley Murphy-
".Ttogw Suluvan-TonTaggart trtumvtr
J at 'to get- Harmon oc some other con-
aervattve 'nomlnatod. ana they charge
that if he gets the chairmanship of the
committee on arrangements, he will
, have tho convention packed so that no
body less than Bryan will be able to
get a hearing' when he lifts up his
voice for real Democracy and the rule
of the people.
Then there must be noted the de
velopments in that Tennessee feud be
tween Mountcastle and Vertrees, for
the State's place on the national com
mittee. There was talk of compromise
yesterday; but when the Vortrees peo
ple got on the ground today, and the
Mountcastle followers appeared In
force, there was more to Justify ex
pectation of a riot coll.
"Compromise?; sniffed the Mount
castle people. "Compromise? There
sln't anything to compromise, and If
there was we wouldn't compromise it.
Mountcastle Is national committeeman,
ond If the national organization doesn't
. accept tljat fact, It will just naturally
be tying up the Tennessee electoral vote
in a neat package and handing It over
to the Republicans. Do you get that?'
"Compromise?" echoed the Vertrees
people. "We don't know any such
word. There Isn't any room for It In
ttto bright lexicon of the present Ten
nessee situation. Nothing doing. Ver
trees Is the national committeeman,
and he's going ot be recognized as such.
Anybody else that gets it will take it
over our deKH bodies."
They aren't using such strong lan
guage In connection with the discussions
or tne Pennsylvania contest between
Palmer and Guffey, but don't Imagine!
for an Instant that they don't mean
business. Of course, nobody from Penn-I
sylvanla Is enough ot a humorist to talk I
about "tying up the Pennsylvania elec
toral vote In a bundle and exnresslnir it
prepaid to the Republican organization."
Pennsylvania doesn't get much rating as
,a doubtful State; but It has a whole
cord of votes In the nominating conven
tion, and Its factions are making per
fectly clear that thoy Intend to stick to
'' Then there are the Presidential booms
and boomlets, coming by early trains
and being arranged for ready reference
and easy Inspection. No end of plan
ning and plotting already Is afoot, and
every move, from the balloting over the
convention city to the selection of the'
arrangements committee, win have Its
relation to tho fortunes of Wilson, Har
mon, Clark. Bryan, Underwood, and the
rest of them.
Sneaklnr of the rest of them recalls
that the Hon. 'Gene Foss Is amongj
tnose present in spirit, tie seems 10
be a good deal present, too. The amount
of conversation about him as an avail-
(Continued on Second Page.)
FOnECAS,T FOB THE DISTRICT.
Increasing cloudiness, followed by
snow Inte tonight and Sunday: not quite
so cold tonight, Lowest temperature to
night about 14 degrees.
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9 a. m 9
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12 noon 1G
1 p. m 17
2 p. m 20
Today High tide, 0:27 o. m. and 9:48 p.
m.: low tide, 3:30 a. m. and 3:46 p. m.
Tomorrow High tide, 10:20 a. m. and
10f40 p. m.; low tide, 4:2J a. m. and 4:13
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MISS FRANCESCA BUTLER,
Washington Society Girl. Dies on Eve of Return From Philippines.
ONE SUCCEEDS IN .
WIFE FAILS IN ACT
John H. Staab Gives Up to
Despondency Mrs. Prince
One man ended his life this nlornlng
while In a lit of 'despondency. While a
woman tried to toko her life by drink
ing polton In the presence of her hus
band. Tho man was John II. Staab. a former
soldier,, who was found dying by one
of his roommates In a boarding .house
in tho Eouthswn section of tho city.
The woman Is Mrs. Florence Prince, of
452 K street northwest, who wunt to
her husband's office at 433 K street,
placed a ilal of Iodine to her lips, and
tried to swallow tho contents.
. Wife From Taking
Iodine in Bottle
Following a quarrel arising from J
domestic difficulties, Mrs. Florence
Prince, 462 K street northwest, made t
an unsuccessful attempt to drink the
contents of a bottle of Iodine this
morning. In the office of her husband,
William Prince, 433 K street north
west. As a result of the affair An
nie Henderson, colored, became hys
terical, and was thrown Into con
vulsions. She was taken to the
Homeopathic Hospital In the police
Both women have recovered.
William Prince struck the bottle of
lo.dlne from his wife's hands. She
succeeded in swallowing scarcely any
of It, although a purple stain re
mained on the left side of her face
(Continued on Third Page.)
Commissioners Not in Favor of
Works Bill to Restrict
Chairman Galllnger of the Senate
District Committee has received the
report of tho Commissioners on the
Works bill making It unlawful to
publish tho details ot crimes and ac
cidents In the District. The Commis
sioners report against the bill and
hold that legislation of this nature Is
"While there are doubtless In
stances In which tho detuils of crime
are tho basis of Injudicious and
harmful newspaper statements, ths
publicity given by the press general
ly tends to lesson evil conditions and
thus renders a useful publlo- serv
ice," say the Commissioners
The Commlssloneis hold that the
dread of publicity has a deterrent In
fluence on tlioHo disposed to crime.
Reasonable surveillance of such
publications might bo dublrable, the
ADVERSE REPORT ON
ANTl PUBLICITY BiL
DIES BY POISON
Miss Francesca Butler Swal
lows Deadly Fluid Instead
On the eve of her departure for home,
Miss Francesca Butler, a young Wash
ington society woman, who had been
visiting for the last two years at the
home of her sister, the wlfo of Major
John W. Joyce, In Manila, Philippine
Islands, by mistake swallowed tablets
containing bichloride of mercury. She
had reached for the bottle in the dark,
and got the wrong medicine.
Miss Butler's parents, Mr. and 'Mrs.
A. B. Butler, of Bradley lane, Chevy
Chase. Md.. several weeks aim decided
to send word to Miss Butler asking her
iu coino iiume.
The exact time that the body will be
received in Washington has not yet
oeen learnea oy memoers ot me lamiiy,
but relatives will leave Manila with the
bony witnin a day or two.
Miss Butler was popular in Washliur.
ton society, having been formally pre
sented thrca years ago, when twenty
Besides her parents, Miss Butler Is
survived by .three sisters tho wife of
Major Joyes, the wife of Capt. D. U.
Moore, U. S. A., and Gladys Butler.
Her brother, A. B. Butler, Jr., Is a stu
dent at Yale.
Mrs. Hoffman to Be
Buried Next Monday
HSSEMffiJ.r'X "r Mary R
WF&SEFtn ahstoredwhUUedeonny h
wav to work- vnntprdnv mnmimr m
905 Ninth street T northeast, at 8:30, after
which tho body will be taken to th
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mass will be sun at 9 o'clock. InSr-t
ment will bo In Mt. Olivet Cemetery,
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Two Fishermen Lost
Off Cape Ann, Mass.
Two Massachusetts flBhermen. In a!
dory, are lost somewhere off Cape Ann. j;orth Dakota and Minnesota, where a
Mass., according to dispatches received hIrty-two degree below sero tempera
at Revenue Cutter headquarters today. ;JL"vnverB a wide area.
Tho revenue cutter Gresham is out A?,C?h,h the Middle West aero
searching for the men today In an en-, ." HjS nrevaUs In Flo?fd
deavor to bring them In before they temperature P"8; " Florida
perish from cold and exposure. ' (Continued on Third Page.)
I Last Minute News Told in Brief
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ATLANTA. Go., Jarf. 6. Ministers are
bitterly denouncing the reported at
tendance at a prize fight here of Oov.
John M. Slaton and Qen. Albert L.
Mills, V. S. A., commanding tho De
partment of the Gulf. ,
TROOPS ARE REA77.
MANILA, Jan. 6. Troops are being
held In readiness to go to China as
coon as orders to that effect are re
ceived from Washington. It Is be
lieved 1.S00 men of the Fifteenth In
fantry will mako up the first expedi
tion, 'although 3.600 more can bo sent
U conditions warrant It.
Temperature Scheduled to
Dro Several Degrees
- in Capital.
ALREADY IN CITY
Children of Washington' See Bright
Side in Skating Prospects.
Coldest SpeJl in Years.
With- the city already experiencing
a cold wave that for length and In
tensity has been equaled less than
half a dozen times In the Weather
Bureau records Blnce 1872; with Buf
fering already so widespread that
facilities of the Associated Charities
and other charity .organizations are
being taxed, the Weather Bureau this
afternoon predicted a heavy snow for
tonight and tomorrow, which will be
followed by another drop In tempera
ture, lower than that which has pre
vailed for tho last twenty-four hours.
This snow and the cold wave yet
to come threaten widespread suffer
ing, such as has seldom been re
corded in tho National Capital. Hun
dreds of men employed out of doorB
are being thrown out of work and
their call for aid is being added to
the scores already on tho lists of the
Its Marked Endurance.
The phenomenal thing, about 'tho pres
ent cold-spell Is Its ondurahco through-;
out the dayUme, AUhpugh. the. mini
mum temperature, for nights has sv-
eral times ..in the last ten years gone
oeiow that of last night, not since!
February 11, 1889, has the thermometer
remained so low during the daytime
irom sunnso to sunset as on yesterday
This morning the Weather Bureau
thermometer, lnvarlablv conservative
as to ht'nt and cold, registered 6 degrees
above lero. Downtown thermometers
whKenrhed,2unnrosa.dC8reCa above zero
The lilKhest Dolnt yot reached today at
the Weather Bureau was 13 degrees at
1 o'clock. Until noon the mercury ho
vered about 10 'legrees.
Today the Municipal Lodging House,
the aospel Mission, and the Central
Union Mission, were taxed to their ca
pacity. .Not realizing the suffering brought
In the wake of tho cold wave, hun
dreds of children, however, were
gladdened with the biting cold this
morning. They welcomed tho news
that there Is no sign of a break In
the cold wave.
Query By Children.
"Will there bo any skating." was
the repeated query that came Into
the Times office since early morning.
BV actual count 172 persons called
up the Zoo before 10 o'clock. Super
intendent Frank Baker wanted to be
accommodating, but ho decided there
was too much of It, almost as bad as
on April 1 when the calls for "Mr.
Lyon" from tho vlctoms of near
humorists kept his telephone busy.
So he notified the sporting goods
stores there would be skating, and
declined to answer any more ques
tions. As soon as he 1 carried the Ice on
the bird pond was thick enough, the
suDerlntendent detailed a force to
capture ,lhe birds, and take them to
.hi er . VEf,0Il ,i? P8"
his afternoon, nut there is likely to,
too ewly. The briik"wlnd MowtnFyes-i
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hum 8u wi u hwms.-
K,, SSL thmiJh helv is exneitid to'
"le snow th.?uJt.lJ ?ff .YZJL "Pf.1 t0 1
let .up by sunset tomorrow evening,
Washington is not as bad off as other
. .(, o fr triA niinT"V- -i nrnuirn lmann
parts of the country. Through Inland issue a statement covering tho lines
New England and Inland New York the of wo7, which will have to be aban
temperature today Is below zero. As doned because of tho lack of help. He
far BOUth as ElKins, W. Va., It Stands fnrthAi. nnnnunxnrt that In thn ninr fn.
at ten degrees below zero. All through
the mountain region of western Pennsyl
vania and Virginia a similar tempera-
..- i . ..'.im.. nnri.ii .-, in
COLD AT OYSTER BAY.
NEW YORK, Jan. 6. It was very
cold at Oyster Bay. Thero was a hugo
"no outsiders wanted" sign hanging
from the gates of Sagamore Hill, and
Colonel Roosevelt was as silent th.ere
as ho has been for the past few weeks.
Not a word came regarding the con
ference between tho former President
and James R. Garfield, and Rooselt
denied himself to all visitors.
WILL VOTE FOR TAFT.
Another vote was promised the Presi
dent today. Lord L, R, Robert?, twenty-two
years o'( age, and Just a bit moro
than two feet high, culled upon Mr.
Taft this morning and promtrcd to cast
his first vote for the Executive.
THE REV. C. V. T. RICHESOlf,
Who Confesses to Having Caused the Death of Avis LianelL
TO BE DISMISSED
Director Durand Orders Re-
duction Because Funds
One thousand one hundred tcttiporary
clerks employed at the Census Bureau
will bo dismissed January 10. Director
of the Census Durand said this after
noon that Uils reduction is necessary
because of a shortage In the appro
priations. The order dispenses with the services
of all the temporary clerks except those
engaged on the results sections of the
divisions of population and acrlculture.
which means that tho number retained
will be about 300. Tho entlro force will
number about 900 after the reduction
has been mode.
In the order today tho director as
sures the remaining 300 clerks that no
more dismissals because of lack of
funds will be made prior to February
9. However, there is a possibility that
at that ttmo a further reduction In
tho force may be found necessary.
Because of tho reduction ,ln the cleri
cal force Director Durand expects on
January 31 to give up the occupancy
of the Armory building on L street,
known as Annex No. 2, and transfer
the clerks either to the main office
building or to the Dmlth building,
known as Annex No. 1. It is expected
for Bevoral months vet. It belntc located
next to the main building,
Coincident with the order for the big
partly" wUhdmwlnair leave rlvll
overtline wSrk beginning January 15,
jjirecior jjurana aeciarea me reaucuon
h,S 'IT W,,J ,nier ""We
to comPlete, cert,ain, branches of tho
census work within the prescribed
ends June 30, 1912. He
, stated that In the near future he will
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, ture a large number of special agents
employed for expert and neiu worn
will be dropped from tne rou.s.
The one-half hour overtime ordered to
begin January 15 means that all the em
ployes will be required to work until
5 p. m. It Is poKslble this order may
result In special appeals being made to
have It rescinded, as was dono a year
ago when extra time was proposed for
the civil service employes.
MORGAN IN WRECK.
PARIS, Jan. 6. It has been learned
here that J. Plerpont Morgan had been
In a railroad accident near Cherbourg,
but was uninjured. A tramcar struck
his special train, but no serious dam
age resulted. Morgan was met at the
depot hero by Ambassador Bacon, who
escorted him to tho American embassy.
WARNING TO SHIPPERS.
CHICAGO, Jan." 6. The Weather
Bureau sends out a warning to shippers
that in the North and Northwest they
must expect temperatures of from 25
to 35 during the next forty-eight hours;
20 to 30 to tho West; 20 to the South
west, and 10 to IE to the South and East.
STREET; HEAVY LOSS
Tenants of Miller Apart
ments Routed Iron
Driven Into tho street, barefooted
and In their sleeping garments, four
families at 706 E street southwest.
In the Miller apartments, narrowly
escaped death or Injury from Are
this morning at 2 o'clock.
Damage amounting to $8,000 was
done by fire which swept the Iron
works of Oeorge White's Sons, Maine
avenue, between Four-and-a-half and
Sixth streets southwest, shortly be
fore 11 o'clock this morning.
The foundry adjoins the big lumber
yard of Martin Wclgand. Four-and-a-half
street and Maryland avenue, and
It was believed at llrBt that the lire
was In the luoroer yard. Dense, black
smoke that' hung over the section of
tho city In the vicinity of the blaze
a few minutes after It was discovered
made It difficult to determine the ex
act location of the Are.
The first engine companies to arrive
believed that the Are-was In the lum
Twenty-one alarms sounded in the
District this morning and last night,
(Continued on Third Page.)
STATE BY TAFT
Proclamation Signed at White
House by President at 1:30
At 1:S0 o'clock this afternoon New
Mexico became a State, and otto more
star now adorns tho r.btlcnal ensign.
President Taft at that hour sighed
the proclamation which admitted the
Territory to the sisterhood of States.
This act at once placed In motion the
machinery ef the new Commonwealth.
A delegation headed by Congressmen
elect Curry and Fergusson and former
Delegate Andrews was present during
tho ceremony, and thanked the Presi
dent for his action.
The returns ot tho New Mexican elec
tion had been canvarsed by the Presi
dent and found correct on yesterday,
and It was the plan to Issue the procla
mation at that time. The Department
of Justice officials stepped In at the
last minute, however, with a request
that tho Issuance of the proclamation
be held up for a day or two until some
litigation pending In the Territorial
courts could be disposed of.
This morning the President sent for
tho New Mexicans now in the cltyvand
told them to be on hand nt 1:30.
Tho proclamation was signed In dupli
cate. The original will be kept In tho
Ales of the Department of State and the
copy will be .turned over to tho New
Mrxlcan Historical Motlety for preserva
tion. The pen with whoh the President
signed the Instrument v.ill also bo
given to the historical socloty for Its
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MLLLU Uini. IU
GET IB OUT .
In Letter to His Lawyer H
. Makes Clean Breast
HOPES GOD WILb
EXTEND HIM MERCY
Mind Almost Broken by Terrific
Strain Since His Attempt
BOSTON, Mass., Jan. 6. That ha
was responsible for the death of Arte
Linnoll, was tho confession made this
afternoon by tho Rev. Clarence V. T.
Rlcheson, tho young minister Trho
has been in the local Jail for several
weeks on the charge of murder.
His attorneys said that he had
made a complete breast of the .mur
der of tho young girl, whom- he
poisoned in order that he might get
her out of the way so that he would
be free to marry Violet' Edmands, the
young Brookllne heiress.
Ever since he made the sensational
attempt to mutilate himself, as the
result of which a serious operattoa
had to be performed by the doeters, UfA
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Confesses In Letter.
The confession Is in the form of a
letter written by the minister to his
attorney, in which he recites the
story of his crime. The text of the
"John L. Lee. Esq.,
"William A. Morse. Esq.,
"Philip R. Dunbar, Esq.,
"llsntlemen: Deeply penitent for
my sin and earnestly desiring, aa
far as lies In my power to make
atonement, I hereby confess that I
am guilty of the offense for which
I stand Indicted.
"X am moved to this course by,
no inducement of benefit or leniency.-
"Heinous as Is my crime, God has
not fully abandoned me, but my con
science will not admit of further
"I recognize that there is still by
the mercy of the Master, some rem
nant of the divine spark of good
ness still lingering within me.
"I mill not admit of my still fur-.,
ther wrongdoing, by a public trial,
her whose pure yousg life I have de
"Under the lashings of remorse, I
have suffered and am suffering tor
tures of damnation. In this I find,
a measure of comfort.
"I wish to live only because with
in some prison walls I might, in
some small measure, redeem my sin
ful past, help eorae other despair
ing soul, and at last find favor with,
"you are Instructed to deliver this
to the district attorney or to the
Judgo of the court. '
"CLARENCE V. T. RICHESON.,r
His mind breaking under the strain
of the nighmare that filled his waking
time, and made horrible , his sleeping
hours, Rlcheson confessed yesterday
after a long conference with his law
yers. Through the long hours of the night
these lawyers pleaded with District At
torney Pelletler for leniency for the
Pelletler was obdurate. He held out
for the chair. Without hope of life,
Rlcheson gave in, and at 1:12 this
afternoon his lawyers made public his
story of murder and lust.
"Suicide Is Confession."
When Rlcheson mutilated himself
In his cell In the Charles street Jail
there was repeated all over Boston
Daniel Webster's famous statement:
"There Is no secape from confession but
suicide, and suicide Is confession:"
And so, since the attempt, Boston
has been waiting for the young divine
to confess orally what his suicide' at
tempt convinced them ho had done.
The crime, with the persons involved
and the unique setting, has become, one
of the most famous in New England's
Clarence Vlrgtl Thompson Rlcheson,
a Virginian, was pastor of the Baptist
(Continued on Flf UA Page.)
IN CONGRESS TODAY
Senate not In session until Monday.
District Commissioners' report to Sen
ate District CommlttHO against Works
hill tn provont publication of accounts
of rrlmes oc accidents. '
National Monetary Commission put In
finishing touches on its report. ,
House was not In session today.
Democrats of tho House will caucus
this afternoon. ,
House will meet tomorrow at noon to
eul6gtie the memory ot the late Sen
ator Stephen B. Elklos.
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