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COMMITTEE UNFAIR
TO ROOSEVELT, IS
- CHARGE OF DIXON
Colonel's Manager Forces Campaign Senate
Investigators to Put What He
Demands Into Record.
WANi;S TAFT AND WILSON
LEADERS TO TESTIFY NOW
Murder Victim and Probable Scene of His Death
Furnace at Rational Capital Brewery, in which It It Believed Webster's Body Was Cremsted,
SILL GIRL WEEPS
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Father Is Indignant, Too,
But There Isn't Room for
His Daughter.
r By JTJDSOJ C. WELIIVEH,
Senator Joseph M. Dixon, manager of the Roosevelt pre-conventlon
campaign and chairman of the national committee of the Progressive
party, rough-housed things before the Clapp Investigating Committee
today In quite an unheard of fashion.
The committee assured the Senator that he wast Insulting It The
Senator apologised and proceeded at the next Interrogation point, to do
It some more.
Senator Pomerene Intimated the theory that Dixon ought to be sent
to Jail for contumacy or something else very awful. Dixon, apparently
overhearing the remark, which was made In an aside, took occasion, fol.
lowing the next Interrogatory, to remind the committee 'that he was a
United States Senator, too; he did It in a way which suggested strong
dissent from any proposal about locking him up.
Dixon Starts Out Angry.
Dixon was mad before he started testifying-;
he was madder beforo ho had
been on the stand a minute, and every
body else was mad. The trouble start
ed with a newspaper Interview which
Dixon gave out In New York last night
before he started for Washington.
"I'm going to .make them put the
cards on the table," Dixon was quoted
aa saying. "I am not going to let them
make It appear that Theodore Itoosevelt
accepted large campaign contributions
from corporations and people who con
trlbuted for favor. I will force them
to subpoena Charles P. Taft. Charles D,
Hllles. George Harvey. William Q. Mc-
Adoo. and William McCombs. If they
refuse, I will convict that committee of
the cheapest petty larceny game that
has evert been playMion the American
people." ,
At Odea With Oliver.
Bather strong language, considering
the traditional limitations that Sena'
torlal courtesy Imposes on members of
the upper chamber. When Senator
Dixon walked Into the committee room
this morning .he shook hands with some
of the committee members, but not with
Senator Oliver. Oliver was fingering
over a newspaper clipping of the Dixon
Interview, and he didn't extend his hand
to be shaken. Instead, he and Dixon
engaged in a little bout that was pre-
' llratnary to the artillery practice that
very soon opened.
Senator Dixon was angry because the
committee, as he said, has been devoting
Itself to Investigating the ancient his
tory of Roosevelt's campaigns, and the
contributions to the campaign of 1912.
while falling to take up the cases of
.other candidates for President now be
, fore the public. He demanded that
Roosevelt get an even chance: that the
managers for Wilson, Tart, Clark, Un
derwood, La Follette. and all the rest o't
this year's candidates be summoned and
put on the stand before election.
Starts OS With Fire.
Thcro was no delay about the situa
tion warming up. Dixon had come with
the purpose of getting Into the record
some things that he wanted there, and
wanted there at this stage of the In
quiryand nothing could stop htm. The
committee tried, but failed. Every tlmo
be was asked If he had spent any money
in a particular State, he turned loose a
description of the Federal machine In
that community, told how hard the Fed
eral office holders had rought, and how
the people had risen up in their might
for Roosevelt. lie mentioned, every
time he could get a chance, that Roose
velt carried every State In which there
was a primary; carried them against
the Federal and State machines, the
money, the postmasters, tho corpora
tionsall the Influences that could be
Bought to bear.
Committee Is Astounded.
nonpareil Interrogation point was
enough to Initiate a poster-type re
sponse, giving a historical sketch of
some phase of the campaign. Tho om
mlttee was surprised, then astounded
Then It tried to head oft the extra
willing witness, but to no effect. Dixon
just talked on and on and then the
explosion camo, me nrsi explosion.
After that explosions were the order of
the day.
Opening mildly and amiably, tho Sen
ator from Montuna admtttcd that he
had general charge of the Roosevelt
campaign for the Republican nomina
tion, by request of Colonel Roosevelt.
Most of the soliciting for funds was
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Important Part.
FATHER AND SISTER CONVINCED
HE WAS SLAIN AND CREMATED
Salesman Accused by Em
ployes of Using False Pre
tenses to Get jyioney.
WEATHER REPORT.
Little Mabel Weber, 78! Maryland ave
hue northeast, five years and ten
month old, Is at home crying because
she Is not now attending the Edmonds
School, where a week ago she started
when school opened for the year. Lit
tle Miss Weber's father Is Indignant bo
cause his daughter ha not been allow
ed to continue school, but her mother
Is less disturbed.
The authorities of the Edmonds
School are distressed over the situa
tion, but can do nothing. Little Miss
Weber seems to be the victim of com'
plicated circumstances, and her plight
Is shared by a number of other chit
dren In the DUtrlcL
The Webor child Is under thn legal
age for attending school, which Is six
years, although children a little under
tnat age are admitted sometimes when
they are mature for their years, and
when there la room for them. The trou
ble Is that there Is not room for tho
Weber child.
She becomes six years old In the mid
dle of November and children who are
thus situated are admitted by ruling of
the supervising principals when they
can be taken, otherwise they must
wait until the next term or go to kin
dergarten. Admitted at First.
When the little Weber girl first
tripped Bayly to the Edmonds school,
the principal. Miss M. A. McManU, Is
sued her a card admitting her the fol
lowing Monday, when school began.
Accordingly Miss Weber made her way
to the lower first grade room presided
over by Miss Maglll. Fifty-one other
little boys and girls went to the same
room, In which there are Just forty
eight seats.
When a week had passed, during
which time Miss Weber had come to
love school dearly, Miss Magtll sent for
the child's mother and told her that the
two or three little girls under the legal
age might welt be removed because of
the crowded condition of the school
room, and because they were not ma
ture of mind for their years.
Miss Magtll says she suggested that
Mrs. Weber withdraw her daughter until
the February term and that Mrs. Weber
fell In with the suggestion. A nelgh
borlng kindergarten was suggested, but
the mother did not fall In with this
Idea.
Girl's Father Complains.
Today little Miss Weber's father made
complaint In the matter.
"If it Is not one thing It Is another,"
sighed Miss MoMantz, the principal,
when she heard that Mr. Weber felt
agrleved. "Running a school Is not al
ways lying on a bed of roses."
Consensus of opinion among the boys
In the Edmonds school, which Is located
at Ninth and D streets northeast, Is
that Miss Weber Is more to be con
gratulated than condoled with. But the
little girls who love "teacher" say they
are sorry for her.
U. S. VICE CONSUL
AND TWO OTHERS
KILLED IN MEXICO
Murdered by Rebel Band
Attacking Ranch at
Durango
FORECA8T FOR THE DIBTRICT.
Fair tonight and Thursday, lighter
change in temperature.
TEMPERATURES,
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Four counts are contained In an In
dictment oharglng George P. Robinson,
a promoter, with false, pretences In con
nection with the sales of shares of stork
of the National Distributing Corpora
tion.
It Is charged that Robinson repre
sented to employes at the Treasury
Department that the corporation had
the exclusive right of tho manufacture
of "hellcold copy liners." and that It
was financed by well-known Washing
ton business men, Including John W.
Rrawner, John C. Walker, Llndley E.
Sinclair, and Edwin S. Marlow. It Is
alleged that he represented that Attor
ney Wilton J. Lambert was counsel for
me corporation.
Clarence Baker. Mrs. Mary R. Moore.
Mrs Christina Hendricks, and Robert
H. Hartshon, all Treasury Department
mployes, appeared before the grand
Jury and testified they were victims of
these alleged misrepresentations of
nnhlniton.
Robinson was arrested ny tne ponce
'onday and was released on 13,000
bond.
Twelve Clerks Testify.
Twelve clerks of the Teaury Depart
ment. Including Clarence Baker, told
the stoery toady of how they had been
fleeced by Oeorge P. Robinson of more
than 12,800 through false representations
of his connection with Hellcold Copy
Lining Company, of Baltimore, and the
so-called National Distributing Cor
poration, of this city.
Last February Robinson approach
ed numerous employes of the Treas
ury regarding the purchase of stock
In the companies and through glow
ing promises of a large dividend to be
declared shortly by the latter com
pany succeeded In making a number
of them Invest. He allowed them to
pay a small sum down and took notes
for the balance of tho stock to which
thev subscribed.
Against his express promise, they
testified, he Immediately took these
tint,, tn certain banks and cashed
them at a large discount. When these
notes came due they vAire presented
for payment suspicious of the Treas
ury stoCKnoiaers wrra aruuscu.
Company Investigated.
Thoy quickly discovered that the Na
tional Distributing Corporation was lit
tle more than a figment of Mr. Robin
son's Imagination, in which he had al
lotted (00,000 worth of stock to himself
and had tried to procure tlO.OOO In real
money from others.
Mr. Robinson mode no accounting of
the money received, but offered to ex
change his stock for that of the Hell
cold Copy Lining Company. This con
cern found! to be bankrupt and his pro
position was declined. The matter was
placed In the hands of tho district at
torney on April l last.
Robinson Is well known In tho city
and has hod at various times offices
In the Lenmen, Davidson, and Wyatt
buildings.
ARTHUR A. WEBSTER,
N. Y. DEMOCRATS
THREATEN TO VOTE
FOR BULL iOSER
Independents Demand Pro
gressive Candidate or They
Will Indorse Straus.
TIDE TABLE.
Today-High tide, 11:60 a. m. Low
tide. 6:10 a. m. and 6:53 P- m.
Tomorrow High tide, 12:20 a. m. and
12:45 p. m. Low tide, 7:0S a. m. and 6:63
p. m.
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Sunrise 6:68 Sun sets IsU' kept In seclusion.
Colored Man Fined for
Giving Liquor to Boys
Charged with giving Intoxicating
liquor to several minor colored boys.
ueorge urown, coiorea, was sentencoa
to pay a fine of 1100 or serve thirty days
In the workhouse In the District branch
of the Police Court today.
Vice President Better,
Leaves Summer Resort
CLINTON, Conn., Oct. 2.-Vlce Presl
dent James S. Sherman and Mrs. Sher
man left Drove Beach today for their
home In Utica, N. Y.
According to his physician, Sherman
has entirely recovered from an attack
of neurltU. During his stay he has
NAME NEW MEMBERS
OF SCHOOL BOARD
MrS. Edith Kingman Kern and
Colored Doctor Appointed
by Court.
Mrs, Edith Kingman Kern, wife of
Joslah Qulncy Kern, president of tho
League of American Pen Women, and
Dr. Charles H. Marshall, a colored
physician, were today appolntod mem
bers of the Board of Education by the
District Supreme Court.
f.a Ttnrn succeeds Mrs. Elizabeth
Hoeke, who died recently. Her term planned to take a recess until tonight,
will expire July 1, IBIS. jwnen canaiuaie. wm us uwiuiuBwu.
SYRACUSE, Oct. Xr When the
New York Stele Democratic coa
ptation assembled here this after
noon for Its second day's session, a
threat to vote for Oscar 8. "trans,
the candidate of the Progresslrc
party, unless tlie convention) nam
ed a progressive Democrat for gov
ernor, was flans; In the face of
"Doss" Murphy.
William Lusgarten, chairman of
the ProsjressUe Democrats, a
strong organisation of Independ
ents, was the man who hurled this
ultimatum at Murphy.
"Unless the convention nominates
a candidate vttth whom our organi
sation Is In sympathy, said Lus
garten, "the members will Indorse
the candidacy of Mr. Straus."
To add to Murphy's discomfiture,
he received reports today that
Straus was arousing tremendous
enthusiasm, on his tour up-State
and that canvasses showed aeven
out of ten voters In the rural com
munities In favor of his election.
Sulzer In Lead.
When the delegates took their seats
In the convention hall. Congressman
Sulzer still held a lead over the other
candidates. Martin 31. Glynn. Justices
Gerard and DowUng, and Governor Dlx
were still in the race, but far behind
Sulzer In strength.
Beforo the convention met Murphy
decided, as a concession to progressive
sentiment, td lift tho unit rule which
binds the New York county delegates.
Thomas Mott Osborne opened a fight
on tho selection of Alton B. Parker for
permanent chairman as soon as the con
vention settled down to business. He
prepared to follow this up with a fight
against the platform.
Taft Is Attacked.
As approved by the resolutions com
mittee, the platform attacked ths Taft
Administration, praised the work of
the Demociats In Congress, but gave
Governor Dlx scant praise. It was Just
as unprogresslve as tho Republican
State platform.
After the platform was adopted It was
MEXICO CITY, Oct 2. American
Vice Consul Allen Maccaghan and two
other citizens of the United States have
been murdered by Mexican lnnurrectos
In Durango, according to an official re
port received today by Ambassudor
Henry Lane Wilson.
The killing occurred Sunday night,
and was unprovoked, according to ad
vices received by Wilson. The rebel
band numbered 300. After shooting the
Americans to death, the lnsurrectos
looted the ranch houses, and took all
the live stock they could drive away.
Others Reported Slain.
The other Americans reported slain
are A. C. Cliff, owner of the San Juan
Tavlche ranch, and Herbert L. Rus
sell, manager of the ranch. The report
was sent to Ambassador Wilson by
former United States Consul Hamm,
who Is now living In Durango.
Mr. Hamm said that the ranch was
attacked at night bv rebels under the
command of Luis Caro. one of the re
volutionary leaders In the state of Dur
ago. Members of the band started
shooting Immediately, and when the
Americans fell dead began to loot the
place. They found a quantity of am
munition, and carried It away with
them.
Rides to Get Aid.
A. Vaquero, employed as a cow boy
on the ranch, rode his pony to the near
est federal post and gave the alarm.
Forty Mexican soldiers started In pur
suit of the rebels, who managed to es
cape. Mr. Hamm concluded his message by
asking Ambassador Wilson to appeal to
President Maaero to send enougn rea
eral soldiers Into Durango to catch and
punish the rebels.
San Juan Tavlche ranch lies near the
border of the state of Zacateca.
Whether a bunch of steel keys will melt or completely disintegrate
at a temperature of 2,800 degrees will play a large part In Identifying -ths
remains supposed to be those of Arthur A. Webster, found In the
combustion chamber of the furnace at the National Capital Brewery.
Arthur Webster always carried with him a bunch of steel keys, among
which was a key to his tool chest
This morning his father, Charles Webster, asked the wife of the
missing man for the keys as he wished to open the tool chest. She re-
plied that the chest was locked and that Arthur had the keys when he
disappeared.
"Twenty n wo hundred degrees is a good 'steel heat,' " said the father
of tho missing man today. "When the temperature goes above that point
steel will begin to drip off. Sometimes, under certain conditions, a
higher temperature will not melt a pleco of steel. Some trace of those
keys should be found."
Convinced Son Was Murdered.
Charles Webster said today that he
was convinced as to who was respon
sible for the death of his son.
"Nevertheless, I think 'Shorty' Barrett
and Andrew Magnum should be ques
tioned closely by the police. Both of
these men know a lot more than thoy
have ever told," he asserted
Webster left a wife and three children.
They are now at the home of Webster's
father, 1243 C street southeast. The
younger Mrs. Webster Is prostrated and
a physician was called today to attend
her- I
Wltnessea examined by central-office
detectives today made It more certain
that the presumption Is correct that
Webster was murdered and rremated.
r-nmaniy me detectives attempted to
establish the allegation that the suicide
or Lcntle L. Jett, fireman at the Na
tional Capital Brewery, who had had
trouble with Webster and who was the
at person who saw him alive, was
directly connected with the mysterious
npearance of Webster.
The theory on which the central office
Is now proceeding la that outlined sev
lal days ago to Fifth precinct officers
by Charles Webster, father of the miss
ing man, and Mrs. Ella Webster, his
wife. Both Charles Webster, his wife,
.. the wife of the missing man are
onvlnced that Jett was responsible for
the disappearance of Arthur Webster.
Statements of Employes.
Following the taking of a signed
statement from Michael J. Barrett, help
er in the boiler room at tho brewery,
who left the two men together on the
morning of September 17, the detectives
this morning took similar statements
from threa other brewery .employes.
They ara Daniel Hlston, engineer, who
llevs at 168 Fifth street northwest;
Vincent Accardey, otler in the englno
room; and George Wise, night watch
man at the brewery. All were on duty
the night Webster was at the brew
ery, the last time he was seen alive.
Accardey told the detectives that he
went from the engine rodm to the boil
er room about 2 o'clock In the morning.
Jett. Webster, and Barrett, he said,
were all drinking beer, and Webster
seemed to be under the lntliv;nce of
Uquor.
Barrett told the police that Webster
and Jett seemed to be auarrellng, but
FUNERAL SERIES
ARLINGTON FOR
LIEUT. ROCKWELL
Last Tribute to Aviator .Kill
ed in FalUt College
Park.
Lieut, Louis C. Rockwell, the army
aviator killed at College Park. Md.,
Saturday afternoon when his biplane
hit the earth with terrific force, was
burled with military honors at Arling
ton National Cemetery yesterday after
noon at 4:30 o'clock. Following the
sounding of taps, the usual salute was
fired over his grave.
Funeral services were held at St.
John's Episcopal Church. Sixteenth and
H streets northwest, at 3:15 o'clock, at
tended by relatives, brother officers and
close friends. The floral offerings were
numerous and beautiful. The army
aviators gave a handsome design, in
the form of an aeroplane. Several
hundred persens stood on the outside
of the church, and more than 100 went
to the cemeterv bv street cars, while
others followed the cortege In auto-
mobi es and carnages.
onicers of the Signal Corps, and other
army men. close friends of the dead
aviator, attended In full dress uniform.
The body bearers were: Corporals
Benjamin T. Ostrander, James W.
Whalen, J. Lynch, Clarence T. Adams,
Ward F. Rice and E. T. Holing, of the
Signal Corps Aviation School. The hon
orary bearers were Lieut. Frank M.
Kennedy, Lieut. Harold Gelger, Lieut.
Thomas DeWltt Milling, Lieut. William
Sherman, of the Aviation School; and
Lieut. H. Legarde. of the Tenth Infan
try, a close personal friend of Lieut.
Rockwell.
The bearers acted at the funeral of
Corporal Scott held at Arlington dur
ing the morning.
JURY SELECTION IN
LABOR CASE EASY
Mexican Rebel Force
Wipes Out 200 Federals
In Fight at Tehuacan
General Agullar, leading the latest
revolution In Southern Mexico, has
wiped out a force of about 200 federals
at Tehuacan. This report, together
with the statement that Gen. Felix
Dlsz has taken up arms against the
government In northern Puebla, at a
place 'called Zacapoaxtla, today gave
State Department officials fresh cause
for alarm.
The rebels In the north under com
mand of General Orozco are marching
to the Interior and It evidently Is the
Intention of tho Insurgents to Join
forces for a concerted attack on the
capital city. , . .
It was admitted by high officials of
i state Department today that the
government Is making no secret of the
fact that It Is now negotiating with
General Zapata for peace. Zapata has
been a thorn In the side of the Madero
t ilnlstrotlon ond, while working ln-
rinnndently from Orozco, has com
mitted a series of depredations In lower
Mexico that are appalling.
Thn Mexican federals claim that they
were victorious In a skirmish which
took place on tho night of September
SO In Canyon Aura, near Baroterran
station of the National railway. About
600 men were engaged on each Bide.
The fight lasted over eight hours and
federals and rebels alike lost many
killed and wounded.
In Iho San Luis Potosl district condi
tions remsln quiet.
In their zeal to capture a rebel who
was supposed to have taken refuge In
the Mexican Hotel at Douglas. Ariz.,
nlnht. tho Mexican consul there
and four officers of the Ninth Cavalry
entered the establishment and searched
aitafV vnnTn
Tho proprietor, Indignant at tho ac
tion. Instituted legal proceedings Im
mediately and the five men were ar
rested. The consul was today released
from jail on 1500 ball.
Alleged Dynamite Conspiracy Trial
Will Probably Open
Tomorrow.
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct t-HopIng" to
comnlete beforo the end of the after
noon session the Jury that Is to hear the
labor dynamite conspiracy cases, the
United States District Court resumed
the hearings today. When thev began
the morning session twelve men had
been Dasscd for cause by the defense.
and five of them had been pased by
the prosecution. The attorneys ior the
Government resumed tne questioning of
the men In the Jury box when court
convened.
The answers of the veniremen were
unexpectedly unprejudiced, and tho
work of Jury selection went forward
much more rapidly than had been an
ticipated bv either side. It was Inti
mated bv both sides today that no per
emptory challenges would bo used should
the answers today be as favorable as
were those yesterday.
THREATEN TO CALL
A GENERAL STRIKE
Accardey said that riurlmr the flvn tain
utes he was In the boiler room there
was no Indication or trouble of any
kind. He told, however, of the fight
Webster and Jett had last spring.
Knew -of 111 Feeling.
The two men met In front of tho
brewery, he said, and Webster struck
Jett In the nose with his list, knocking
him down. Jett got up, and, grabbing
a milk bottle, started to bit Webster.
Accardey got between them and pre
vented any more blows being struck.
ccardey said he had been told that
the two men had made up their differ
ences, but he said he knew there was
11 feeling between them.
The boiler room and the engine room
are entirely separated, and Hlston, the
engineer, remained In the engine room
all the tirr he was on duty and did not
see Webster tht night. Wise, the
n teliman. said that he did not see
Webster around the brewery that night,
although he had seen him there on
evlous occasions.
Give Police Little Aid.
Except to corroborate the statements
that Jett and Webster had had troublo
and been In a fight, tho evidence given
by the three men examined this morn
ing aided the police but little In their
Investigation.
The theory on which the detectives
are working Is not that Wobster was
deliberately murdered, but that he was
killed during an altercation and his
body thrown Into tho furnace and cre
mated tn the Iropo that the crime would
be concealed.
Link by link Detectives Daur nnd
Cornwell, who are working on the en no
In conjunction with the police of tho
Fifth precinct, nave patcnea logemcr
... . ., i 1 the circumstances that have como to
ESS.tH'.i worker. of'The Wor d Ight so far. and are convinced that Jett
2 ft! JIn.?"tr.lai.Wo-r,rfii IS; riSort had some knowledge of the manner In
marked time today awaiting the report
of a special commission, appointed by
the executive coninunco ui mo uian
Izatton, to meet agents of the various
mills to ask that thoso workers dH
charged for alleged participation In
Monday's Ettor-Glovannlttl strike be
reinstated.
The I. W. W. lenlers declared that
unless the demand was granted they
would precipitate a general strike In
the Lawrence mills.
Conditions were quiet at the mills
today.
whlph Wphntcr met his death.
Although there la no actual proof that
the 1-ones are those of Webster unless
there are unexpected developments this
will never be pro-ed-the detectives say
that th circumstantial evidence Is such
that their Identity Is practically estab-
Whe'ther Jett was actually Implicated
In the killing, tho police believe that ho
was In the boiler room when Webster
was slain and his body thrown Into tho
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