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TAFT BALKS AT
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TO HIS DEMAND
iRumor Says He Refuses Ad- No Word Received From
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vice of His Campaign
HAMMER AND TONGS
SPEECHES HELD UP
Massachusetts Will Be the Battle
Ground For This
General Orozco Concerning
Americans in Prison.
NO DECISION ON
By JUDSON C. WELLIVER.
After all, that promised blast from
President Taft, that was expected to
blow Theodora Roosevelt out of the
water in Massachusetts, may not be
The President, according to today's
reports from his campaign man
agers, doesn't want to try the ex
periment. The story goes that Director Mc
Kinley, Senator Crane and some
others of the Taft management
strongly Insisted that the President
must "go after Roosevelt hammer
and tongs." There are circumstan
tial narratives concerning a long
conference at the White House, In
which the outline of a "hammer and
tongs" speech was discussed, and
the President's visitors told him he
ought to jump out and smash things
In every direction.
President Changes Mind.
But the President, It Is now declared,
Intervention Mistake, Write Con
suls on Scene of
TO LEAVE CABS
More Than 50,000 May
Quit Work This
HELD IN NEW YORK
FRANKLIN ADMITS NEWS OF
DISASTER WAS WITHHELD
FROM PUBLIC SIX HOURS
Big Tie-Up On All Railroads In
the East Seems In-
didn't want to do It. It Is Intimated
etrongely that some recent observations
of the sad experience of an unsinkable,
craft butting- up against on Iceberg Im
pressed him with the undeslrabultyj'of
getting- out his hammer and tongs and
going after Mr. Roosevelt.
Anyhow, today's report is that the big
doings that have been so anxiously
awaited, when Roosevelt was to be
demolished at one swoop, have been
The Massachusetts tight Is going to
bo pushed by both sides with the great
est vigor this week. It will be charac
teristic of the whole campalggn; the
Taft crowd Is going to do most of Its
work quietly and through the machine
and the "Interests." The Roosevelt
people will send a big battery of nationally-known
progressive speakers In
to the State, and make a whirlwind
appeal to the people.
Roosevelt Will Lead.
Roosevelt himself will head the orator
ical charge, while several of the pro
gressive group In House and Senate will
play Important parts. Glfford Plnchot
will open tomorrow, and spend the rest
f the week In the State. William Dud
ley Foulke will spend the entire week
Senator Borah of Idaho was adver
tised for the entire week, but It Is un
certain whether he can go. Mr. Borah
is the Senator in charge of the progres
sive flght for the constitutional amend
ment for direct election of Senators.
ThlB is the biggest piece of progressive
legislation of the session. It went to
conference last spring, the conference
couldn't agree, and it went over to the
present session, still hanging.
The reactionary crowd managed to
keep Borah oft tho conference, despite
that he was in charge of the measure;
so it has been especially necessary that
whenever tho resolution came up he
should be on hand. Week after week
passed, with the conference report pend
ing on the Senate calendar, but all ef
forts to get it up for consideration
Will Keep Borah Here.
Then It was learned that Borah was
,to go into Massachusetts and stump for
Roosevelt. Without delay the anti
Roosevelt people in the Senate got busy.
It was announced that the conference
report would be called upon Tuesday
of this week. This means that a long
debate will probably follow, and Borah
will be prevented from getting away till
it is over.
Congressman Norrls, who on Friday
was nominated for Senator by the Ne
braska primary, will spend as many
flays as possible speaklngln Massachu
setts. So will Victor Murdock. of Kan
sas; Senator Clapp, and Senator Poln
dexter. Local talent will be busy in
all sections, and tho flght will be
pushed, it Is understood, against Sen-
(Contlnued on Ninth Page.) '
Tho United States Is today awalt
lng tho ploasuro of Gen. Pascual
Orozco, variously described as a
rebel chief, outlaw and common
murderer, aB to whon tho two Amer
icans languishing in a vermin In
fested cell in Chihuahua are to bo
General "Orozco, up to tho latest
hour, has as yet to do the Stato
Department the honor of lotting It
know something definite on tho sub
ject, according to tho only statement
made today on the Bubject.
Secretary of Stato Knox admitted
today that President Taft is "consid
ering" the advisability of sending a
vessel to tho rescue of tho Ameri
cans reported In danger along tho
west coast of Mexico, but declared
that definite arrangements had not
President Fears War.
The President of tho United States
and tho State Department are frankly
appalled by tho turn of affairs In Mcxlo.
They are afraid that somo overt action
the part of the rebels or tho fed
orals will plunge the United States into
war, and they fear the awful toll of
lives and the vast expenditure of money
which such a step would exact.
In tho meanwhllo both the rebels and
the federals, for some mysterious rea
son, are busy baiting the United States
by depredations which hove all but
exhausted diplomatic discussion. General
Orozco, despite his "willingness" to
recognlzo the right of American consuls
to address him in their official and
diplomatic capacities, is not displaying
any urgent haste in complying with
the demands made upon him. And at
the same time the Mexican government
itself has served notice on the United
States that it does not intend to be hold
responsible for any murders or out
rages committed by tho rebels.
A dispatch to the State Department
today says that Senor Calero has loft
Mexico City for Washington to assume
tho duties of Mexican ambassador hero.
ii is understood tnat he Is coming by
way of Vera Cruz, Havana, and Key
It is also declared that American con
sular officers in Mexico who have been
asked to comment on conditions have
written to the department that Inter
vention by the United States would be
a tenlblo and oostlv mistake.
NEW DIVORCE CODE
Law's Central Idea Is to Have
Witnesses Heard in Open
FORECAST FOR THE DISTRICT.
Rain this afternoon and tonight.
Tuesday fair and cooler.
U. S. BUREAU. I AFFLECK'B.
8 a, m.
9 a. m.
in a. m.
11 a. m.
1 p. m.
3 p. m.
8 a. m 68
9 a. m 61
10 a. m 64
11 a. m C3
12 noon 61
1 p. m 65
2 p. m 66
Today High tide, 11:43 a. m.:
tide, 6:27 a. m.. and 6:32 p. m.
Tomorrow High tide, 12:16 a.
and 12:42 p. m.; low tide, 8:32 a.
and 7:34 p. m.
With a request for Its early enact
ment the Commissioners sent to Con
gress today a bill to amend the Dis
trict code of laws relating to divorces.
The proposed legislation, they say, is
designed to secure important reforms
In the procedure of the courts In the
District In equity cases, divorce suits,
und suits for annulment of marriages.
Its cenirai idea is to have the witnesses
In such cases heard In opon court In
Htead of through depositions taken be-
The bill was framed by a committee of
lawyers appointed by Corporation Coun
sel E. H. Thomas, president of tho Bar
AssocIdTion of the District, consisting
of A. A. Blrney, chairman; A. B.
Browne, II. H. Glassle. William Henry
White, and F. L. Siddons. The meas
ure is behoved, the Commissioners say,
to be of the utmost Importance in tend
ing to lessen the expenses of litigation
and to prevent delays fn the adminis
tration of Justice, which now are fre
quently the causes of complaint.
The bill provides that in equity and
divorce cases and proceedings for the
annulment of marriages In the District
the testimony shall be taken orally In
the presence of the court upon oath or
oftirmatlon administered by the presid
ing justice or clerk or assistant clerk in
attendance. It Is provided further that
the court shall decide each case within
ninety days after it is submitted.
The Commissioners also transmitted
to Congress today a copy of the report
on the measure made by Corporation
Counsel Thomas In which he urges Its
adoption. The report In part is as fol
lows: Tufts College Men
Cheer For Speaker
While he wos too busy to shake
hands with them, Speaker Clark could
not escape a college cheer from the
Glee Club of Tufts College, of Massa
chusetts, when they Invaded the
Speaker a room this morning. Speaker
Clark told the college men he was too
busy to shake hands, but that he was
NEW YORK, April 22. Tho east
ern portion of the Umtbd States wait
facing today tho most paralyzing
strike in Its history. Moro than 60,
000 locomotive engineers, the men
who handle tho throttle on all of
the railroads north of tho Ohio river
and east of Chicago, wore expecting
orders to quit
At tho Broadway Central Hotel a
scoro of gray-haired, bronzed men
were In secret conference today.
They wero the groat chiefs of the
Brotherhood of Locomotlvo Engi
neers, if tho strike comos, and they
admitted they feared it was inevi
table, they will manage It, and they
Bhowed by their attitude that they
realized tho grave responsibility, for
for tho brotherhood Bcldom strikes.
Armistice To Expire.
Over In the Hudson terminal building
was another group. Its members were
fully as earnest as the englnfern. This
was the committee of the general man
apers of the railroad, and they wero
getting ready for anything that might
The armistice between tho roads and
the men was duo to oxpiro at 3:20 this
afternoon. Unless the roads' represent
atives offer material concessions before
that hour 'or appeal to the Government
tho engineers said negotiations would
be broken off. Then the division chiefs
of the brotherhood will rush to their
stations and, within three hours after
they get there, which will probably be
between twenty-four and twenty-six
hours, the strike order will be Issued.
"It looks bad.' was all that Grand
Chief Stone, who will be In charge,
would say today.
Other engineers said they did not see
how a Btrlke could be averted unless
the companies recede from their present
position. Tho strike, if it comes, will
mean practical starvation to the cities,
as with traffic paralyzed foodstuffs,
especially mint ana dairy products, can
not bo moved. The result must be an
Inevitable Infant mortality that will
shock the nation.
Managers In Session.
The managers went Into session short
ly before 10 o'clock, and It was an
nounced that a statement would bo
made later. At that hour the engineers
were In session, and Bald that It was
the company's next move. Commis
sioner of Labor Charles P. Nolll was
In touch with both meetings. The en
gineers flatly declared they had nothing
to arbitrate and If Nelll was to be ask
ed to mediate It was "up to the rail
roads." A noted New York politician called
on Grand Chief Stone, of tho engineers,
today, and asked if the engineers would
agree to a truce and then join In an ap
peal to Congress to go over the heads
of the Interstate Commerce Commis
sion to permit the roads to advance
rates. The politician told Stone that if
the engineers would go Into the scheme
the general managers would show Con
gress "Increases In freight rates pro
posed was easily Justifiable." Stono
"I told him that Western roads wero
paying tho increased wages under pres
ent rates," Stone said after the con
Comment Is Pessimistic.
commissioner of Labor Nelll and
Judge Martin L. Knapp, of the Federal
Commerce Court, after a conference
with representatives of the railroads
and of the engineers, wore distinctly
pessimistic In their comment.
"Wo were not sent here'by the Presi
dent," said Judge Knapp, "but came of
our own initiative to try to prevent a
terrible industrial calamity. We will
urge arDitration, but the outlook is
really serious, if we can have the
questions in dispute arbitrated the men
will name one man, the companies
another and the pair will name the
third. Failing to agree wo would
name the third. But the great task
is not getting an arbitration commit
tee. It 1b getting the roads and tho
men to ask for arbitration."
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Vice President of Marine
Company Tells Senate
Probers He's Innocent.
NOT ACQUAINTED WITH
EQUIPMENT OF LINER
Crowd Fills Room While
Hearing Is In Progress
P. A. S. FRANKLIN,
Vice Pre-ident of the International Mercantile Marine Company, Who Testified At Inquiry Today.
Letters of Commendation of
Aide and Sympathy to Taft
Continue to Reach Him.
Rlaea 6:14 I Sets
mighty glad to see them.
echo with their cheers and the Speak-
rhe boys made the House corridors
er smiled broadly before retiring to
his private office.
BUFFALO. N. Y., April 22 -A strike
of locomotive engineers may affect 2.393
engineers on the Burtalo division ot
the fourteen roads entering this city;
it would tie up 111 passenger trains
and approximately S00 freight trains that
dally enter or leave the city.
Practically no preparations have been
made for a strike by. the railroads.
Goes to New York
On Strike Situation
As the reprovntatlve of the United
Statrs Government. Congressman Jef
ferson Low of New York, left for New
York city this morning, wheie ho will
cenfer with ths representatives of the
1 '.illroad engineers of the nftv Eastern
lallreids. who threaten to go on tsrlkd
hecaiisn the railway companies refuse.
to i-rnnt their demands for increased
He will confer with Grand Chief
Stone, of ths Brotherhood of Locomo
tive Engineers and later will ee Jude
Martin A, Knapp, chslrman of the Com
merce Court, who also Is In New York
trying to avert the strike.
Tho National Guard of the State of
Wyoming today sent a message to
President Taft offering to contribute to
the memorial monument planned to be
erected in this city to Major Archibald
Letters continue to pour In on the
President from men In all stations in
life and from associations of every de
scription expressing the greatest admi
ration for the military aide's courageous
conduct In the face of death.
una teller lejis ui u iiiusa ineeung ol
citizens In Kansas City, at which sym
pathy was expressed for the relatives
and friends of the Titanlc's dead. It
"They gave their lives for others
none can do more."
The University of the South, at Sewa.
nee, Tenn., the college which Major
Butt formerly attended, sent a message
of regret and notice of a memorial serv
ice to be held on April 2S.
Rabbi Leonard Levy, of Pittsburg,
was another to write of his great per
sonal sorrow over the brave officer's
tragic end. The President acknowledged
this letter personally.
Resolutions of sympathy were today
also received from Fairfax Commandry,
No. 26, Knights Templar, of Culpep
er, Va.; from the Louisville Press Club,
through Col. Henry Watcrson, the
editor of the Courier-Journal; from the
Sewanee Alumni Association, of New
York city, which held memorial services
yesterday, and from the Daughters of
the American Revolution, to which the
President replied, in part, as follows:
"Major Butt's sturdy manhood, his
sterling qualities, won him a big place
In my affection, and I mourn his going,
consoled by the knowledge that he died
Threatened with a far greater de
mand for seats at the Major Butt
memorial service the afternoon of
May 6, than the National Theater will
nccommoaate, me hckci vuuiiuiiibu
of Temple Lodge, A. F. and A. M.,
which is arranging the exercises, will
meet tonight at 8 p. m. to attempt
to work out a solution of the prob-
It'ls announced tl.e following plan
will be submitted to the committee
of which Stirling Kerr. Jr., is chair
man, and It is expected that the com
mittee will voto approval- Reserva
tions are to bo made for Major Butt's
relatives, the White House and Cab
inet contingent, members of the
grand lodge of Masons of the District,
army ofrtcers. and supreme officers
(Continued on Fourth Page.)
Facts Obtained From
Over six hours before the news
was made public the White Star
line knew tnat twenty lifeboats
hlled with Titanic passengers had
been picked up.
Faith in belief that Titanic was
an unsinkable boat made White
Star officials look upon report as a
rumor that should be withheld pend
ing authentic confirmation.
Officials made every effort to se
cure confirmation from other boats.
Nothing was done by White Star
line officials to censor wireless mes
sage from Carpathia or other ships.
White Star line officials tried ev
ery source at command to get in
formation regarding third-class pas
sengers and crew.
TAKEN TO JAIL
Trial for Shooting Up Court
Will Begin Tomorrow.
MORGUE SHIP FINOS
FIFTY BODIES NEAR
SCENE OF DISASTER
Some Are Buried at Sea and
Others Embalmed, to Be
Brought to Port.
NEW YORK. April 23. Fifty bodies
of Titanic victims were recovered by
the cable ship Mackay-Bennett, accord
ing to the following message received at
tho Whlto Star offices here today by
"Latitude 41.58, longitude 49.21 Heavy
southwest squall has interfered with
operations. Fifty bodies recovered. All
not embalmed will be burled at sea at
8 p. m. with divine service. Can only
bring embalmed bodies to port."
The message was dated Sunday, and It
Is believed a number of bodies of the
Titanic survivors have already been
committed to the deep from the morgue
ROANOKE. Va., April 22. Guarded
by detectives armed with repeating
rifles, Floyd Allen and his two sons,
Victor and Claude Swanson Allen, and
his nephews, Frlel Allen and Stdna
Edwards, and Byrd Merriam were taken
from the Roanoke Jail at 3 o'clock this
morning. After having had their break
fast at a local restaurant, the men were
hurried to-a special car attached to the
early morning train and taken to Hills
ville. The trial will start tomorrow morn
ing In the Carroll county circuit court.
Floyd Allen, suffering still from his
broken and badly-shot leg. had to be
carried by detectives.
Victor Allen was not handcuffed. The
other prisoners wtre manacled together.
All of the prisoners were cheerful and
chatted among themselves. They have
not been allowed to speak to one an
other since their arrest and incarcera
tion in the Roanoke Jail.
On arrival at Hlllsvllle, efforts to have
Victor Allen balled will ut once be
made. There seems to be little, if any,
evidence to connect him with the shoot
ing. Victor is a rural mall carrier, and
Ik anxious to return to his work. His
amllv la enlri tn Ha hflhrllv In nenri nf
' his help, as the property of the house
I hold is practically tied p.
Thousand sof Miners
Out in West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W. Va., April 22.
Between eight and nine thousand min
ers, affecting seventy-flvo mines In Kan
awha valley coal district, went out to
day as result of operators and miners
falling to agree on wage scale.
No disorder has as yet been reported.
Every mine along the Kanawha and
Michigan railroad in West Virginia is
By JOHN SNURE.
The strange story of Jiow
the White Star offices re
ceived information about 1
o'clock Monday afternoon
last, that the Titanic had
sunk and the Carpathia had
picked up twenty boats with
survivors, but still clung fatu
ously to the belief the Titanic
was unsinkable and was still
afloat was told today to the
Senate investigating commit
tee by P. A. S. Franklin, vice
president of the International
Mercantile Marine Company.
Despite the receipt of this
information, it was not until
evening that the public was
at last informed definitely
by the White Star line that
the boat had gone down.
Throughout that time the
officials refused to admit to
a public, agonized with wait
ing and suspense, that the
vessel was lost.
According to Mr. Franklin,
between noon and 1 o'clock
Monday afternoon a message
came through the Parisian
reporting in effect that the
Titanic had gone down and
the Carpathia had picked up
twenty boats with survivors.
News Not Confirmed.
He proceeded to tell the commit
tee, while reading to it what pur
ported to be all the messages re
ceived by the White Star offices
through that fateful Monday, that
all this time he and the other o&
cials clung to the belief that the
vessel was unsinkable. They could
not bring themselves to believe the
vessel had gone down and that there
had been a tremendous loss of life.
Did Not Give Up Hope.
White House Callers.
Brown, Neb. Oliver. Ta.
Butler. Pa Davidson, wBi.
'Illicit. Mass. Hill, Conn.
District Day In
House Is Postponed
District day, the football of the House
calendar, was shunted over until next
Monday by agreement between Chair
man Johnson, of the District Commit
tee, and Chairman Moon, of the Com
mittee of Postoftlces and Post Roads,
today. The postoftlce appropriation bill
was taken up as a result of this change
In the program.
He sought to Impress the committee
with the fact that he and the com
pany did not give up hope until even
ing, when at 6.16 the message came
from Captain Haddock of the Olympic
telling that the Carpathia had reach
ed the location of the Titanic at day
break, found boats and wreckage only
and had taken the survivors aboard,
and was returning with them to New
Mr. Franklin told graphically how the
news arrived that at last shook his
faith and convinced him the magnificent
liner had gone to the bottom.
"It was 6:16," said he, "that the mes
sage from Captain Haddock was timed.
"It was such a terrible shock to me tht
It took me two or three minutes to re
cover myself. I then telephoned (or
some directors including J. P. Morgan,
jr., Mr. Steele, and others. 1 also sent
word to the reporters. Tho reporters
came in and I had no Booner announced
to them "The Tttanlo sank at 2:20 a.
m.," than there was not a reporter left
In the room. They did not stay to hear
particulars so anxlout wero they to get
the news to their offices."
According to the statements ot Mr.
(Continued on Second Pace.)
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