Newspaper Page Text
WxtWmhinn f me
Probably Showers To
night and Sunday.
Xw Xerk Market Cteafas PrUm
Yesterday's Circulation, 76,208
WASHINGTON, SATURDAY EVENING, APRIL 20, 1912
PRICE ONE OENT.
TITANIC WARNED TO L00K.0UT FOR ICEBERGS
ON SUNDAY NIGHT, SAYS WIRELESS OPERATOR
Colonel Captures Twenty
four Delegates in Two
IN BRYAN'S HOME
Fight for Bourne's Seat in Sen
ate Is Still Unde
cided. By JUDSON C. WELLIVER.
Nebraska, with sixteen, and Ore
gon, with eight delegates to the Re
publican national convention, are
today added to the column with the
Oregon named La Follette as Its
eecond choice, Taft running a poor
third. Figures are not yet given,
the advices from the Coast being
meager. Advices through the press
associations, the Oregon members of
Congress and the political comrult-
"tees are, however, agreed on the es
The belief Is that Taft ran consid
erably better than in North Dakota
where the total progressive vote
Rooseveii' andXa Follette together
was just about forty times the Taft
vote. In Oregon, it is thought, Taft
Is only beaten about five to one.
In the Democratic fight, Wilson Is
reported leading, and the Jersey
man's followers are confident of car
rying the delegation.
Nebraska's contest: was recrnrded aa !
more important than that of Oregon In '
both parties, and the Roosevelt victor
has caused much rejoicing: at Roosevelt
headquarters, because the Taft end La
Flollette people are charged with having
double-teamed in both theso States In
the effort to keep Roosevelt out at any
Nebraska's Senatorial fight is of great
interest. Senator Norris Brown Is fight
ing for a renomlnatlon and Congress
man George W. Norrls is opposing him.
"My frlcndB wire me that it's awfully
close; that's all I know about it." said .
Senator Brown this morning. "It -will
take till Monday to know whether Nor
rls or I gets the nomination.
"On the Presidential result there
seems to be no uncertainty. My advices
are that Roosevelt has got away with
It, with some suggestion that he has
, polled more votes than both the other
The Senatorial contest in Oregon Is
reported very close between Bourne and
Ben Selling, a Portland merchant. Selling
is a Hebrew, a leader in business, and
has put up a very active and aggressive
campaign. The biggest issue in tht
State has been parcels post, which
Bourne has urged in season and out,
thereby getting the country town people
arriyed against him. Tlio farmers and
the cities have been expected to come
through strong for him, and to save
Portland For Bourne.
The county of Multnomah (Portland)
went for Bourno by about 3,000. That
gave him a good apparent start; but
the country towns then began to Bend re
turns, generally hostile to Bourne; tho
farmers have not yet been heard from,
and the result is decidedly In doubt.
Fragmentary returns from all of the
six Nebraska Congressional districts up
to this forenoon, 'placed the strength of
the candidates as follows:
First district Roosevelt, 2,142; Taft,
1.0fl5; Lo Follette, 1,391.
Second district Roosevelt, 1,812; Taft,
1.051; La Follette. 90.
Third district-Roosevelt, 1.S97; Tart.
Ml: La Follette. 368.
Fourth district Roosevelt, 1.030; Taft,
313; La Follette, 401.
Fifth district Roosevelt, 110; Taft.
278: La Follette, 603.
Sixth district Roosevelt. 516; Taft,
198: La Follette. 2S3.
These figures give Roosevelt a con
siderable lead over the combined
strength of both his opponents.
Today's balance sheet of the political
situation shows that there have been
elected to date OH delegates to tho
(Continued on Eighth Page.)
FORECAST FOR THE DISTRICT.
Increasing cloudiness, probably fol
lowed by showers late tonight and Sun
day; slightly warmer tonight.
U. S. BUREAU
8 a. m 66
9 a. m 58
10 a. m BD
11 a. m 63
12 noon 6t
1 P. m , 70
2 p. ra 72
8 a. m 4S
9 a. m Rl
10 a. m &3
U a. m K
12 noon 66
Id. m 6S
lp. m 53 i
iftiiBL ' : IHIwWliil i I 'THMttr tin
TAFT TO DROP BIG
BOMBS UNDER FOES,
FRIENDS HERE SAY
In Massachusetts Speeches Next Week Presi
dent Will Spring Surprise,
It Is Declared.
Canceling all the engagements he had
made for this mornlne, President ,Taft
went to 'vork today on what la prom-
Ued will be the greatest political speech
of the present campaign.
rnmrrpsfimpn and Senators wno
brought the usual crowd of handshakers
and others who had matters of stato to
discuss wero Informed, after their ar
rival at the Executive office, that Mr.
Taft was at work In ills study and
would fcee no ono.
An exception was made in the case cf
Secretaiy of State Knox because of
the utcencv of th3 Msxico situation,
and the .Magdalen.i bay pioblem. but
for the r.-at of the day the Ff'dent
wns busy iircpuuiiK mo uumu -... ..
in di-ilared. will "blow roimer rren
dent Roosevelt off tho political map."
The material .Mr. Taft is to explode la
not of the usual class of political
gropogamla. it Is explained, bOt some
thing which will really cause a grave
Mr. Taffs spokesmen say that the
President would have taken quicker
action In tho matter but for tho fact
that tho sinking of tho Titanic dis
tracted public attention. It was de
cided that tho President had better
wait until the country quit mourn
ing over the frightful sea tragedy.
Tho politicians think the time is
now ripe, nowever, or will bo by tho
tlmo that Mi. -raft reaches Massa
chusetts on Thursday.
The President and his friends feel
that they still have a slight hope for
victory If that State gives him a
majority of Its delegates. Like drown
ing men catching at straws they
declare that If Massachusetts goes
for Taft tho Roosevelt landslide will
be effectively checked.
In the pursuance of this belief,
therefore, all the old war horses and
standpatters In the Administration
SHIPS IN CRASH ON
Eleven Members of Crew Have
Remarkable Escape to
GLOUCESTER, Mass., April Jp. Talcs
of a crash between two ships In a thick
fog oft 'New Foundland early Tuesday
morning, and the almost miraculous es
cape of eleven members of tho schooner
Uranus, of Nova Scotia, were told heio
today when the John Hays Hammond,
of Gloucester, limped Into port with her
bowsprit a splinter and her prow stove
When tho vessel lilt what is thought
to have been a small Iceberg, glanced
oft tho Uranus' port side, and swung
her around alongside tho Hammond. Six
members of the Uranus leaed aboard ibu
Hammond, but eleven didn't ,havo tlm
before she was swept outward. It was
thought they were lost until messages
from Nova bcotia Kaiu tne eleven men
abandoned the Uranus and rowod Into
shore. They were moro dead than allvo
after terrible hardship.
ISMAY TESTIFYING BEFORE SENATOR WILLIAM ALDEN SMITH'S INVESTIGATING COMMITTEE IN NEW
.ranks who have any influence at all
in the State vlll be present at the ;
pons wnen the primaries are held on
April 30. There will bo no scarcity
f ionoy with iwhlch .tlo 11 the
troubled seas, and every leader will
be on the Job personally.
The Taft leaders say, In this connec
tion, that Illinois would not have gono
as it did, and Pennsylvania might havo
returned a far different showing had
tho President's campaign managers
been vigilantly alert to the situation.
In addition to all this Mr. Taft will
Inspire the voters of the State of Mas
sachusetts by the force of his person
ality and such arguments aa may bo
able to bring to bear in his speeches at
Springfield, Worcester, and Boston. Ho
wii igo to tnese cities on Thursday.
Mr. Taft haB been Influenced to take
up tho personal plan of campaign, it
Is declared by his friends, who say
that unless he does "go after Teddy"
all is lost.
He is expected to take off his gloves I
ana name Air. Roosevelt personally, a
thing he has heretofore refrained from
doing. His speech which he Is pre
paring today will. It Is expected, bo
the most Important he has made thus
LONG SENTENCE FOR
rn'MT'r'00r,i ox i irrrw Uon system today and Assessor Rich
I ImrKNNrll SI AYH ards again pointed out the lmperfec
jJll lsiJiJL,U kJJLlIJLlV tions of the present methods.
Mr Richards testified that the small
force of Inspectors makes It Impossible
rr.,. . . . 'r the office to cover tho field thor-
Twenty-sevcn years in the penlten- ouglily and that there la a broad area
tiary was the sentence imposed on "Wade i in Washington carrying erroneous as
Baker, colored, who pleaded guilty be- ! sessments because of this condition
fore Justice Andprson In rvtmlnoi i Mr- Wcharas paid that the last ns
lorc Justice Anuerson in Criminal seS8ment brought some 1.70O protests,
Court No. 1, to murder In the second ' moHt of them from small property
degree. He choked his wife to death ' owners. He then asserted that the
last July at her home, 112 M' street
Domlnlco Pansa was sentenced to fif
teen years in prison on his conviction
of attempted assault on a five-year-old
girl. Thaddeus John Johnson, colored.
receivea ine same Benienco, me limit,
for an attempted assault on a seven-yacr-old
Bessie Pembleton received a sentence
of one year and three months In the
penitentiary when sho pleaded guilty to
manslaughter In connection with the
death of her Infant last August.
FULL STORY OF TITANIC DISASTER TOLD
IN THE SUNDAY EVENING TIMES
By GORDON MACKAY.
First complete account of the trip of the vast liner, begun beneath blue skies,
which ended in death and horror beneath the waves off Cape Race.
STORIES OF THE SURVIVORS
Revealing heroism of men and the courage of women, told for the first
time with the entire details of the wreck and the sinking of the vast ship.
GREATER THAN ANY FICTION.
llHKJ. - ' V:
OUT FAULTS IN TAX
Richards Tells Committee
A subcommittee of the House District
Committee continued Its investigation of
t of the District's assessment and tara-
Board of Assessors is too small to cov
er tho entire field thoroughly and prop
erly. He acknowledged that thcro Is
now on the- books of his office property
assessed at too high a figure, which
v.. ..a. n.titf fv fudir. aA Itiettvmnf nfhlla
lltuai. .... . tu... J.............. ...... w
other instances were cited wnere ror
lack of time tho old assessments had
been allowed to stand. An appeal on
one bit of property, ho said, had caused
an adjustment to be mado for two
blocks surrounding it.
The wide areas of land along Connec
ticut avenue extended, he said, had In
creaked 400 per cent in ton years.
SYSTEM OF DIS
NATION MAY RAISE
TO DISASTER'S HERO
I !- "
Whole Country Likely to Be Asked to Con
tribute to Fund for Monument for Major
Butt, Who Gave Life for Others.
An agitation has been started at the
White House among the friends of
Major Archlbuld Butt for the erection
of a memorial monument In this city
for tho President's late military aide,
who gavo up his life for others on tho
It Is planned to make the project a
national tribute to tho hetoic offlcer.
and to have Congress pass an appro
priation of $200,000 for the purpose.
John Hays Hammond, who is a per
sonal friend of President Tnft, Is one
of those Who has enlisted himself In the
"I meant to start a private subscrip
tion fund for the purpose," he said at
the White House today, "but I think it
would bo much more appropriate and
fitting If Congress took tho Initiative.
Tho memorial would then take on the
naturo of a national tribute. Major
Butt's conduct was that of a hero and
deserves official recognition.
The War Department today gavo out
a letter written by Mr. Taft while ho
was a member of the Philippine Com
mission in 1901. recommending Major
Butt for appointment as a captain and
assistant quartermaster In the United
States Army. The letter was written to
the Secretary of War and read as fol
lows: Tho Honorable,
The Secretary of War.
Sir; I have great pleasure In com
mending to you ror appointment as cap
tain and assistant quartermaster In the
United States Regular Army, Archibald
v nutt. He now tills this position In
the United States volunteers, and Is In
charge of land transportation in the
City of Manila. I havo had occasion to
know something about the very great
efficiency with which Captain Butt has
discharged his duties, and the respect
and approval which he has merited and
won from nis superior oincers. in ais
- .. ...l.l, nl mo-
-auJ'"k re "'?Jlv' ",'"' tV,, ' im
i Arthur ho said to me that I should
uui iciiiuy umivcj iiu iiiioicicvu .ii icuiii"
mending Captain Butt for tho position
to which he aspires.
His experience hero has been most
valuable to him, and It seems a pity by
tho mere lause of tho volunteer law to
llose an officer who has demonstrated his
capacity to do things and to meet dif
ficulties which presept themselves In a
situation, with the means he had at
hand, without sitting down to wait for
somebody elso to furnish additional in
struments. WILLIAM H. TAFT."
Liked By Roosevelt.
The Secretary of tho Navy also dis
closed a memorandum expressing the
highest respect of Former President
Roosevelt for tho military aide. Mr.
Roosevelt said in a letter that Captain
Butt was possessed of unusual ability
and was "exceptionally tactful and dip
lomatic." "He Is an exceptionally able and ef
ficient officer and If over asraln It should
befall me to command troops I should
desire klm to servo under me," con
cluded Mr. Roosevelt.
Expressions of the greatest praise of
the unfortunate military aide's high
character, bravery and efficiency con
tinued to bo heard on all sides at the
White House and at tho State, War and
Navy Building today.
Captain McCoy, U. S. A., today made
public a telegram received from Mr.
Roosevelt which read in part:
"Am deeply shocked and grieved about
Secretary of the Navy Meyer and Sec
retary of War Stlmson today contrib
uted additional statements of sorrow
nvr Vio rtrnwnlne of Malor Butt. Both
declared that no finer officer and braver
man over lived.
Negotiations are on today to obtain
one of tho largest theaters in Wash
ington fcr the memorial service May
E for Malor Archibald Butt
A larga auditorium will he necessary
for it Is agreed that tho mem
service will bo the largest ever con
ducted In tha city under MaBonlo
In Other Cities.
Besides the nervlco hero May 5,
which must bo In the afternoon If a
theater Is to be utilized, services
in memory of Major Butt will be held
In two other cities. Sewanee. Tenn.,
where Major Butt attended the Uni
versity of tho South, and Augusta,
Qa., where Major Butt grew to man
hood. At Sewanee tho exorcises will
be hold a week from tomorrow, but
at Augusta the date Is not settled.
Service was held yesterday of com
momoratlvo nature in Tampa, Fla.,
where Major Butt was stationed dur
ing the Spanish-American war for a
time and whoro ha had .many friends.
Company F, of tho Second Florida
National uuard, directed tno aerv-
'ce . .
President Taft will attend and speak at
the Temple Ixdge exercises here and It
Is probablo that Henry Watterson will
bo another speaker. Invitations will go
out today to a number of other promi
nent men who will talk of Major Butt's
homo life in Georgia, of the major as
u newspaper man, as a soldier, and as
a Mason. President Taft probably will
given an intimate sketch of Malor
Butt's character, babed on his familiar
knowledge of tho soldier who was
drowned when tho Titanic went down.
Chairman of committees announced
for tho memorial hero are C. K. Ber
ryman, speakers; Stirling Kerr, Jr.,
tickets; Mcrrltt O. Chance, special In
vitations; Matthew Trimble, grand
bodies, W. W. Price, publicity; Percy
S. Foster, music: W. H. Ranlcy. deco
rations; Frank P. Sperry, membership
farler B Keene, grand master of
(Continued ou Second Page.)
Wireless Operator Bride
Tells Senators Message
Was Sent to Bridge.
DELAY IN SENDING
NEWS OF DISASTER
Details of Sinking Flashed to Bal
tic at 10:30 Monday, Testifies
NEW YORK. April 20. That news, ..
of the Titanic disaster was sent from
the Carpathia at 10:30 o'clock Mon
day morning to tho Bteamcr Baltic
of the White Star lino and that none
of these details reached the shore
until Monday evening was dne of the
startling points revealed In the tes
timony to the Senate invesUgating
It was also developed that the Ti
tanic had been warned to look out
for icebergs Sunday evening. Harold
Bride, assistant wireless operator on
the Ill-fated ship, testified that be
sent a copy of the message of .warn
ing to tho bridge.
A frank admission that tho steam
ship Callfornlan had tried to report
icebergs to him was mado by the
operator. He said he had been too
busy at the tlmo to take the report
He was making out reports and
heard "M. W. L.," which was the
Callfornlan, call him, Baying he had
an ice report
Message of Warning.
"I was busy and I did not answer
at tho time. Half an hour later I heard
the same operator transmitting an ico
report to the Baltic, and I copied it.
I thought it was the same message that
I refused previously, but as It was not
official I did not copy it In the book,
although a copy was sent to the bridge.
Whether Captain Smith received It or
not, I do not know. It told o'f three
great bergs In a certain latltudo and
longitude, which I do not now re
member." The delay of more than twelve hours
In getting news of the Titanic disaster
ashore, and the cruel reassuring mes
sages that came through the White
Star offices all day Monday were tho
subjects about which Thomas Cottam,
the wireless operator of the Carpathia,
Cottam said ho himself flashed the
details to the liner Baltic at 10:30 Mon
day morning. Tho Carpathia was then
out of touch with land stations. None
of these details, no word that a thou
sand or moro had gone down with the
Titanic, reached the shore until Monday
"I sent several messages to the Bal
tic," bald Cottam, answering questions
by Senator 8mlth. "But I kept no
record of these. There wero many of
thorn, and I waa too busy sending. At
10:30 Monday morning I sent all of the
details to tho Baltic. It was the whole
story. The Baltic was then coming
toward tho wreck. I told of the total
loss of the Titanic, and of the rescuo
of those we had picked up. I told them
we wero going to New York."
Smith Seeks Facts.
Senator Smith then made an attempt
to get soma lino on the reassuring news
of Monday afternoon that the Titanic
was being towed into Halifax.
"DIdyou send anything In any of your
messages about Halifax?" ho asked.
"I think that one of my early mes
sages said wo might take the survivors
Into Halifax. That was talked of at
(Continued on Second Page.)
IN CONGRESS TODAY
Senate met at 2 o'clock.
Wheel tax bill Introduced by Senator
Martina applying to automobiles ana
motor vehicles in the District.
Foreign Relations Committee meets and
Titanic matter discussed.
Public utilities bill expected to bo
brought up this afternoon.
Outlook for passage of steel bill good.
The House met at noon.
Debate on Henry bill begun, requir
ing publicity of contributions to
candidates for tho Presidential nom
ination. A resolution from tho Cuban Senato
of sympathy en Titanic disaster
Congressman Wilson, of Pennsyl
vania, presontod a memorial from
tho Seaman's Union, asking Con
gress to enact more stringent laws
District Committee resumed Investi
gation of tho District taxation eya.