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WASHINGTON, MONDAY EVENING, MAY 27, 1912.
PBIOE ONE GENT.
Testimony Offered Before
Senate Committee in Jones
PROTESTS MADE, BUT
NOT ACTED UPON
Both Temperance and Liquor In
terests Testify to Results of
When the excise law of 1893 was
pasBcd it provided that the Excise
Board should be -the three District
Commissioners, but the following
year this was amended so that three
assistant assessors, who should be
designated by the, assessor, and who
shall serve for life, unless removed
for cause, should constitute the Ex
cise Board, which now prevails.
The law vests great discretionary
powers in this board, and com
plaints from those interested in di
minishing the number of saloons and
In preventing certain applicants from
"getting licenses have been very nu
merous. The board has been under fire dur
ing its life, and in the Senate hear
ings upon the Jones-Works bill
many criticisms were launched
agalnBt it. The chief of these criti
cisms was that it disregarded the
recommendations of the police au
thorities concerning the character
of saloons, and also disregarded the
protests of property owners and
citizens who protested against cer
tain saloons being granted a re
newal of licenses.
Result of Criticism.
As the outgrowth of these criticisms,
the proposed Jones-Works bill abolishes
the present Excise Board, provides that
the new Excise Board shall be appoint
ed bv the President, subject to the ap
proval of the Senate, and shall serve
for only three years. It also places ex
traordinary powers In the hands of the
Superintendent of Police, stipulating
that In event he recommends the re
fusal of a license that the Excise Board
cannot go over his veto except by
unanimous vote of the board.
Some of the testimony which Induced
the Senate committee to make thea
Mr. Dinwiddle, of the Anti-Saloon
League, was the first witness to criti
cise the methods of the board. He re
lated how the board had made a ruling
that persons who kept house In an
apartment house were not residents
within the meaning of the law, and thai
Buch a ruling made farcical the pro
vision that before a license can be
granted the applicant must present the
written consent of a majority of the
residents within the block where he
wants to open a saloon.
Mr. Dinwiddle showed by many Illus
trations where this ruling had miti
gated in favor of the saloon keeper,
because residents keeping house in
apartments neighboring the proposed
saloon had objected In great number,
but their protests had received no rec
ognition by the Excise Board under Its
To Clean Up the Streets.
Major Sylwstor, superintendent of po
"Then attain, I think, so fr as tlu
granting of l'censen is concerned we feel
ih'tt aioni powtr should be j,iven to tho
Governn-mt o control, to cancel, to
annul, and to auiogate. In casos
where I have gone to the owners of
hitloi.ns And through inv captains and
mid them that I wanted the disorderly
and unsightly crowds of ueople who
h.t.! congregating in front of their ,
places Bvnt away, so that the nlucos
w.iuld be cleat, and that if thev did
net I would make u report against thi'm
when tiwlr applications came in for li
censes, I found very little heiw elen
to it in some snuions. wheieas if tho
law weld permit us to nay th.U whn
I nave told von is golru to be carried
Into effect, if I had mv club to that end.
I hel'evf it wo'ild Improve conditions.
It woull make the man who went Into
the barroom undu.ilund that he could
not haiu -.iro.ind on the outside. The
imin on tl c Inside I do nut liellovo
nants him to nan oround in there uu
'CS.S he has uom..'tlilni.- to spend, und
fciiiwet-n tho two I think ho would be
The Chairman Do you think glvn,r
t" the rjxc'.so Hoar J or the Beard of Com
mlssiontTi full discretion with refer
ence to the granting of licence, or the
ri'lsuvnncf ct llcenwH, or allowing a
transfer. vould assist in betterinc con
dltlonu. Maloi Sylvester I think t Us. Mr.
Chairman I ixsll'ivo that if a :apUln
of polio; reports sc-Unst a locution mak
ing an application, or agaltut an ludl-
ni.iklnj- an aonllctlon for a 11
anil i hat ropait Is approved by
the mil'.r and superintendent, the mnn
should not rec.ive n license. That la.
if the maior and the superintendent of
police s'iouM report to the (xcls-i board
tt.at It Hli'Mld not be prantul that tho
t-xMre boaid should withhold the II
cnse. Senator Works What have you found
to be tho fact with respect to yoir
recommendations In . this direction?
Have you been supported pretty thor
oughly by the Excise Board?
Major Sylvester I am not familiar
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PRESIDENT TAFT'S MESSAGE TO
Copyright by MofTett.
W. H. TAFT.
MEASURE TO LEAD
TO BITTER FIGHT
Automatic Retirement of General Wood and
Other Items in Conference Report
Recommended to House.
Providing for many changes in the administration of an army, In
cluding a section which will automatically retire MaJ. Gen. Leonard Wood
as chief of staff March 4 next, the conference report on the army appro
priation bill waB filed In the House today. Although tho more Important
details of the conference report "leaked out" several dayB ago, the formal
presentation of the document makes certain that the following compro
mises have been agreed upon by the House and Senate managers:
The House yielded in its demand for the abolition of five regiments of
cavalry and this goes out of the bill.
The term of enlistment will bo four Instead of five years. The later
figure was proposed by the House, in lieu of the present three-year term
and tho middle ground was finally accepted by the conferees.
A compromise has also been reached
on the proposal to begin the abandon
ment of so-called useless army posts.
The House yielded in Its demand for
the Immediate abandonment of a num
ber of these posts.
It Is provided that there shall be a"
consolidation of the quartermaster,
paymaster and commissary depart
ments of the army. The combined de
partments will be known as a supply
The sum of $44,000 is made available
for a military road from the southorn
end of the pew Highway bridge across
the Potomac to some point on the south
ern boundary of Arlington cemetery.
That section ol the bill which would
result In the displacement of General
Wood as chief of staff provides that no
man shall be appointed chief of staff
who has not seen ten years actual ser
vice in command of troops as a com
A bitter fight s expected In the House
when the conference report is called
up. It Is expected that the Wood
Alnsworth controversy will receive an
other airing, and General Wood's
friends probably will attempt to reject
that part of the conference report which
strikes a blow at the chief of staff.
Tn conferencn the anoronriatlon for
the purchase of airships was Increased
from rio.000 to 1100.000.
Wood Is Supported
By Secretary in
Secietary of War Stlmson In a state
ment Issued late this afternoon deplores
the attempt of certain members of Con
fess to lels'ate Gen. eLonard Wood, tho
present chief of staff, out of office after
March 4 next
The Secretary says: "This attempt H
a pretty hlh price to pay for personal
lelslatlon. What I am concerned wltn
primarily Is the effect dr such lelsla
tlon to affect the status of Individual
officers for ood or ill has been, the bane
of the American army.
In the present proposition tho evil
is exhibited In Its ost exaggerated form
and I doubt If the American people have
on' a capable officer who served his
any great sympathy for an attack up-
country well in Cuba ana in tne t-nuip-pines
and who is serving It with en
ergy and efficiency as chief of staff.
The provision In the conference re
port that no officer shall be permitted
to serve as enter oi sioii unman uc
shall have served at least ten years
as a commissioned officer of the line
with rank below that of brigadier gen
eral. If adopted, would have conse
quences of a serious character, accord
ing to the secretary.
Is Granted Leave.
Major George B. Duncan, on duty at
the War College, In this city, has been
granted leave of absence for two
FORECAST FOR THE DISTRICT.
Far, warmer tonight. Tuesday un
U. B. BUREAU.
8 a. m 63
9 a. m 71
10 a. m T3
11 a. m 75
1 p. m 77
3 p. m 78
8 a. m 67
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11 a. m 79
12 noon 84
1 p. m SG
2 p. m 16
Today High tide, 5:09 a, m.; S:44 p. m.
Low tide, 11:50 a, m.
Tomorrow High tide, 5:5.1 a. m.; 6:23
p. m. Low tide, 12 a. m.; 12:40 p. m.
Sun rites 4:37 Bun sets 7:16
"I am sincerely gratified to learn of your government's energetic
measures to put down the disturbances, and to know that you are'
confident of being successful. As was fully explained to the Cuban
charge d'affaires here, this government's motive in sending ships
to Key West, just as in sending the Prairie to the Guantanamo'
naval station, was merely to be able to act promptly in case it
should unfortunately become necessary to protect American life
and property by rendering moral support or assistance to the
Cuban government. As was made clear at the time, these ordi
nary measures of precaution were entirely disassociated from
any question of intervention."
ARWY BILL GRANTS
$33,000 TO PAY EOR
Legislation of Importance to
District Contemplated in
The army appropriation bill, which
Tame out of conference today, allowu
JKS.ffiO to reimburse tho District gov
ernment for the reformatory site, con
taining 1..7X) acres.
Jurisdiction over it ts transferred to
the Secretary of War. it beinir tha In
tention to usa the tract for a remount
stat'on for the cavalry or for kindred
purposes. The Secretary Is empowered
to author1? the Commissioners to use
tho clay deposits on the property for
the brick manufacturing plant at Oc-
The provision in the law of 9'0 that
the two tracts of land to bo acquired
as sites for a reformatory and woik
hoitse shall bo widely separated. Is re
pealed. This makes it possible for the
reformatory to be established near tho
()l tn total appropriated for roads,
walks, and wharves. $22,000 is allowed
to be spent to macadamize tho roadwiy
on Government property between tho
Government experimental farm and Ar
lington National Cemetery, a Senate
amendment to construct a highway from
the highway bridge to the southern
boundary of Arlington has been stricken
Orders a Favorable
Report on Bills
Tho Senate Appropriations Committee
ordered a favorable report today on the
Joint resolution fixing appropriations to
supply deficiencies In the contingent ap
propriations of the House, and also
providing for making up various other
The Senate Judiciary Committee or
dered a favorable report on a bill which
has already passed the House to allow
parole of life-term prisoners after fifteen
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IN THE TIMES
L CLERK TELLS
OF PAGE CALLING
Pamphlet Libeling Members
of Judiciary Committee
Sent Out by Defendant.
Fighting stubbornly on the question of
jurisdiction, Henry W. A. Page, the
New York linen merchant, began his
defense In Criminal Court, No. 2, this
afternoon to an indlctmenr charging
libel of tho Houso Judiciary Co ctn It
tee in the circulation of a pamphlet call
ing the members "crooks."
When the Government rested lta
case Attorney Samuel Bell Thomas re
newed his motion to quash tho Indict
ment, contending that Page should be
tried in New Vork and not In the Dis
trict, as the evidence abduced proved
that he was In the former Jurisdiction
when the alleged libelous statements
Justice Barnard overruled the motion
after extended arguments had been
made by Attorney Thomas and Assist
ant Attorney General J. C. Adkins. Ex
ceptions wcro taken by the defendant's
counsel, and tho record Is being pre
pared for an appeal to thai District
Court of Appeals In tho event, oftho
conviction of P.ige.
Congressman Henry D. Clayton, chair
man of tho Judiciary Committee, was
the last witness for the Government.
HIh testimony was entirely formal.
Mlsn Maud Frlel, a stenographer and
former employe of Page, gave the most
damaging testimony agaliwt the defend
ant. She told the Jury that Page dic
tated the utterances to her, and then
ordered them sent through the mall to
tho members of Congress and the news
paper mm In the House and Senate
The word "crooks" was written on
the prckuge to the Congressmen, li'it
!t was aftcr-varil eraced, according o
M'ss Frlel. The stenographer alpo told
of Pago's divorce troubles.
"His wife obtained a divorce and trots
It.OPO aliroon;.,' said Miss Frlel. nmllln?
at the Jury.
Members of tho House hav been sum
moned to tosurv in behalf of Page.
Congressman Flovd was the only wit
ness from tin) Houso this forenoon,
tho others subpoenaed being called for
it is o.nectf(l thot the trial will conw
U- a close tonionow.
At the request of CongrcFsnian Clay
ton, chairman of the House Judiciary
Committee, Justice Barnard excused
the members pf that committee with
the understanding that they would re
port In court when requested. Thirty-two
Congressmen were subpoenaed,
but aside from Mr. Clayton only Con
gressmen Sterling and Floyd were put
on the witness stand by the Govern
STATE RESTS CASE
AGAINST ALLEN, JR.
Death Penalty Asked Against Son
Of Man Already Con
victed. WYTHEVILLE, Va,, May 27. At
noon today, the Commonwealth conclud
ed its direct evidence against Claude Al
len, son of Floyd Allen, now held to
expiate in the electric chair his part
In the Hlllsville murders.
The State Is likewise demanding the
death penalty for young Allen for his
part in the shooting In Judge Massle's
Wilbur Wright Worse.
DAYTON. Ohio, May 27. Wilbur
"Wright, who has been ill for twenty
four days with typhoid fever, is worse
today. After showing a temporary re
turn to strength and consciousness he
suffered another relapse late last night,
and his condition Is again critical.
SAYS TAFT, WHILE
SHIPS HURRY ON
President Sends Note Reassuring Gomez,
But at Same Time Reserve Squadron
Gets Ready. .
President Taft dispatched a cablegram to President Gomez, of Cuba,
today, asserting that the centralization of both military and naval lighting
forces near tho island must not be construed as tho forerunner of
intervention by the United States.
The note was dictated on tho President's campaign special train,
and was in answer to the plea of President Gomez that he was well able
to suppress the rebellion of blacks.
Simultaneously with the publication of the text of the President's
note, however, came the report that the Government is prepared to dis
patch the reserve squadron now stationed at Philadelphia, to Join the
nine warships on their way to Cuban waters. Naval officials today re
garded such a move as extremely probable.
T DAY IS -
AGAIN SET ASIDE;
HOPE FOR FUTURE
Speaker Clark Says Local
Affairs Will Be Con
District Day, which has been more
than once the legislative football of
the House, was again kicked aside to
day in order that debate on tho naval
appropriation bill might be resumed.
The sidetracking of District legislation,
however, was not accomplished until
Speaker Clark had expressed the opin
ion, which Is practically tantamount to
a promise, that tho District would be
given a substitute day.
Chairman Johnson, of the District
Committee, and Congressman Cannon
attempted to get unanimous consent to
set a day certain for the consideration
of District bills. With an eye to the
tmportanco of appropriation bills and
conference reports, however. Chairman
Fitzgerald, of the Appropriations' Com
mittee, entered objection and the Dis
trict will dove-tall In wherever it may.
Before the House voted to take up
the naval appropriation bill, which
frobably will be pushed to a passage
ate today, Speaker Clark said:
"This is really District day, but by
an agreement It has been decided that
the House should give Its chief con
sideration to the naval bill, the Bundry
civil bill, the Military Academy bill, and
the general deficiency bill. I wish to
say, however, that District business
must be considered at some time, and
I am sure the District will have its
day in court as soon as we get rid of
some of these pressing bills. If tt
takes more than one day to dispatch
District business, I personally feel that
tho time should bo given to the Dis
At this Juncture "Uncle Joe" Cannon
asked an agreement to name a .certain
day for District business, with the
proviso that District legislation would
not Interfere with the unanimous con
sent calendar, conference reports, and
The interest in District affairs mani
fested by Speaker Clark has encouraged
the members of the District Committee
to hope that a couple of days may be
devoted to Its legislation before the ad
journment of Congress.
JOSE H. GOMEZ.
Text of the Note.
The text of the President's note, die
Utcd-of t.fx-an"cxlentv6 Interchange of
telegram's between the President in" New
Jersey and Secretary Knox in Washing-
"I am sincerely gratified to learn if
your government's energetic measures
to put down the disturbances, and to
know that you are confident of being
successful. As was full explained to
tho Cuban charge d'affaires here, this
Government's motive in sending ships
to Key West, Just as in sending tho
Prairie to the Guantanamo naval sta
tion, was merely to be able to act In
case it should unfortunately becom3
necessary to protect American life nnd
property by rendering moral support or
assistance to the Cuban government. Au
was made quite clear at the time, these
ordinary measures of precaution wcro
entirely disassociated from any question
of Intervention "
At the same time that the text of this
message was given out at the State
Dipartnum, It was ntlmated that tha
courso of this Government in the pres
ent Cuban sltuntlon would not be guid
ed by advices from tho Cuban govern
ment. The policy of the State Depart
ment will be determined bv advices
from its consular agents, and especially
important will bo the report from tho
commander of the Paducah. who la
making u personal invrBiu.'ai.uu u .i,.o
hay 11-3 is expected to inform the de
partment of condltlonb at mi, tenter cf
the trouble within the next few hours.
Big American interests.
Americans in this region own prop
erty valut-d at $25,100,000 and the State
Department has been bombaidei with
telegram requesting protection, and in
m:iny cas;s nterventlon Is demanded.
The five days' requested bv certain
Cuban officials In which to put down
the uprlslne may not be granted by this
Government, and If consular agents say
conditions wan ant It the foice of 1.30")
.narlnea und .W bluejacket with tha
fleet which In duu at Key West tomor
low night, will bo landej at Havana
by Thuisday afternoon. Havana is
about nlnotv miles from Key West, and
the trir across the sea at that point
mi'.v be made in six hours by tho war
sh'ps. nuantantmo. situated at the other end
cf the Island, will be the base for the
marines nbord tha Prairie, and this
forco will bo right at the heart of tho
war xonc when thev land.
Seven Hundred Men
From the Prairie
Land at Guantanamo
HAVANA, May 27. The cruiser
Prairie, with 7C0 American marines
aboard, reached Guantanamo naval
station today and the marines wete
Immediately landed to reinforce the
small guard already on duty there.
So far as tho revolution In the island
is concerned It was positively as
serted today by tho Government of
ficials that it is entirely confined to
Orlente provlnc. and that It will soon
be stamped out.
Many veterans have protested
against the apparent slowness of the
troops In the field in moving against
tho bandits and as a result of this,
and the danger of American Inter
vention, the operations are being
Two of the negro leaders in Santa
Clara province, Arementeros and
Pacholco, have surrendered to the
authorities there. Vandalism was ro
ported todav at points in the vicinity
of Guantanamo, but 'It wan the work
of Individuals and not of organized
The message from President Taft
declaring that the movement of
(Continued on Fourth Page.)
TALK OE THIRD
PARTY TO BEAT
Bolters May Act If Split
FROM THE INSIDE
Open Sessions of Committee on
Credentials Advocated by
, Party Men.
By JUDSON C. WELLIVER.
"The Constitutional Party" will be
the name of the anti-Roosevelt
branch of the Republican party, or
ganized out of the disaffected bolters
and the extreme conservatives. If
there 1b a split following tho nomi
nation of Mr. Roosevelt at Chicago.
This is the prediction of people
who have had opportunity to know
something about the real inside dis
cussions of the political situation,
among tho people who are leading
the movement to prevent Roose
velt's nomination. They have
reached the point where, in expecta
tion that nothing can stop Roose
velt's nomination except foul play,
they are talking more openly than
ever before about holding a sepa
rate convention after the Chicago
gathering, and organizing a new
Follow Plan of '96.
It Is not expected that there will be
two nominations at Chicago. There la
understood to be no presont purpose of
organizing the boUng Taft element
for a. rump convention at 'that time,
natheri the cbtvlderatlon thus far given
to the subject "Involves thought ,of a
movement such as" the gold 'Democrats
put forward In 1896, with the Palmer
and Buckner ticket as bearers of the
A later convention, at some different
place, and a- frank surrender of tha
name "Republican," are regarded as
probable parts of the plan.
This movement would make its appeal
to various clawes. The defeated Re
publican bosses, seeing their fate clear
ly written In the nomination of Roose
velt, would in some cases be expected
to give personal adhesion to the project,
and In others to give effective encour
agement without violating their own
claims to formal regularity.
Then there would be a bid for the
class of sincere conservatives, who al
lege that Roosevelt's success means
subversion of the old traditions and
ideals of the party: and finally, there
would be a strong bid for the support
of the moneyed interests, the big busi
ness elements, that have been against
Roosevelt throughout the present cam
paign, and that opposed him while he
was President before.
Want Open Sessions.
From now till the national committee
meots In Chicago to take up the con
tests, a vigorous propaganda will be
kept at work. In the effort to Induce
the committee to hold open session for
consideration of the cases before it.
This would Involve the violation of all
precedents, for the committee has al
ways held Its contest hearings behind
It Is urged this year, however, that
as the determination of the contests Is
likely to be of the greatest Importance
In determining how the convention shall
be composed, and as there has been an
nouncemet by the Taft people of their
purpose to boss the whole thing through
the national committee and seat none
but Taft claimants tn all cases, the com
mittee ought to protect Itself, and tho
I There will be early Indication of the
disposition of the committee, for on
1 June 7 the cases from Alabama and
Arkansas, coming In the alphabetical
roll call of the States, will be called,
testimony will be taken, and It Is not
impossible tnat votes muy be reached.
These cases ousht to give opportunity
for a test line-up of the committee, and
make reasonably clear how it is going
to divide as between the Roosevelt and
the Taft claims In the contests gener
ally. States Most Interested.
Keen concern Is being expressed oy
the Republicans of Kentucky, Indiana,
Michigan, and Washington as to the
disposition of the national committee
In the contests In those States. Mlclil
(Contlnued on Fourth Page.)
IN CONGRESS TODAY
The Sennto mot at noon.
The confcicnce teport on army bill
muni . i . .-.u aim b iitfht, j
expected over it.
Committee on Cuban Relations held a
meeting and considered legislation
with relet enco to Intervention In
Vice Piesldant $homan picRldes over
Senate, but has nothing to say about
Sfnators tako it for granted Lorlmcr
. ei'lM ii. . . j. i u
pertM debate over his case will delay
Senator Hitchcock dlsrussoH his resolu
tion calling on tfonnnlhsloiipr of Inter
nal revenue f.jr detailed information
about various corporations.
Houso met at 11 o'clock.
District Day sidetracked and debate
on naval bill resumed.
Conference report on army appropria
tion bill reported.
Archbald investigation resumed.
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