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Sunday Evening
Unsettled Tonight
' 'Is
, and Monday.
EDITION
xve
NUMBEB 7657.
Yesterday's Circulation, 47,200.
WASHINGTON, SUNDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 8, 1012.
Twenty-two Page
PBIOE ONE CENT.
,
the 10 giftfiit f!ra
PROGRESSIVE HOST
GOING TO CHICAGO
TO RENEW BATTLE
Wave of Enthusiasm Sweeps Country as
Relegates to Convention Gather to
Advance Cause of New Party.
CAMPAIGN OF EDUCATION '
PLANNED BY BULL MOOSE
ST.
ffiNTUOI
HQGAN DECLARES
LEROY BAKBt-MMAR
This Eighteen-year-old Raffles Tells His
Own Story of His Thefts in'
Washington.
L
RESCUED FM
JORDAN DID NOT
IT PUBLIC i
HELPLESS SHIP!
AID PROGRESSIVES
NICHOLAS
R
warn
" By JUDSON 0. WELUVEE.
CHICAGO, Dec. 8. Frankly bidding for the confi
dence of the nation in its moral and intellectual leadership,
the Progressive party will put forth a'legislative, construct
ive program from its conference here this week that will be
pressed upon Congress and the legislatures of the several
States with all the force that the new party can organize
behind it.
Experts are now at work framing a series of eight bills
Nthiat will constitute the minimum demand, of the Progres
sives in the Illinois legislature. These are: A short ballot
measure. Initiative and referendum, and a Constitutional
amendment permitting initiation of amendments to the
Constitution. A complete new popu
lar primary law. Corrupt practices
act Minimum wage legislation. Pub
lie utilities legislation. A. measure
for the protection of railroad em
ployes. Will Present Measures.
An adaptation of the famous Kamai
"Blue sky law" to control the sale of
securities and Insure that they shall
have, value behind 'them before they
Stay be marketed.
These- measure, adapted, to the re
qtroments of each State, will be present
ad and pushed wherever there Is a leg
islature In session. They constitute the
backbone of the people's rule program
M the party. The leaders are confident
that many legislatures, under the spur
of public demand which the progressive
campaign has aroused, will move for
these things the present winter.
At the same time, progressive mea
sures will be presented In Congress,
constituting a party program there. The
Progressives of the House, eighteen or
twenty In number, propose to caucus
and to act as a party. They will de
mand committee assignments and gen
eral consideration as a political unity.
It Is expected that In addition to about
a score of members who will enter
the Progressive caucus there will bee
considerable number of others who
wtU 'decline to enter the Republican
caucus, and who will, without Immedi
ately affiliating themselves with the
Progressive caucus, associate them
selves with the activities of the new
party In a legislative way, and support
Its program.
Publicity Campaign.
The legislative activities of the new
party are to be handled In a new way.
It Is proposed to keep the national or
ganisation at all times In touch with
and actively at work to help the local
forces at Washington and In tho States.
Publicity will be provided In every way
possible to Inform the people and en
courage the workers everywhere.
The conference of this week aptly Il
lustrates the new pol tlcal methods tfat '
Viz. Jr... ,,,., i. iK,.!,in i it,. ,...
political platforms have been made for ,
Smp.lg.urpoHes Their real pur- ,
nose was served when they hud nro
vlded texts for orators to elucidate f-om
the stump; after the election the prob
lem usually was to keep the people rea
sonably satisfied, while doing Just as
little as possible of what lis. been
promised.
The Progressives have a new notion
about all that. They are going to keep
their platform nnd urogram before the
people all the time, and to keco rlrht
on fighting between seasons for every
possible chance of advance aid accom-
pusmni'm. u i" ub u mu national uni
mlttee of a nnrtv were to be consti
tuted a steering committee for the
whole nuMon, to get thlnts done ac
cording to party promises. In short,
the machinery of the new party Is to
be mode primarily a device for ge't'ng
things done, not for rapturing vote In
campaign time and then falling Into a
comatose state until tho next election
comes around.
Will learn From Europe.
Just to Illustrate the sort of appeal
that will bo made to the country, and
the sort of eduratlunal work that Is In
mind, It Is worth while to mention that
a plan Is under consideration whloh
lookB to sending a commission to
Europe, on behulf of the new party'j
(Continued on Tenth Page.)
WEATHER REPORT.
ivipffABT FOR THE DIBTItlCT.
Unsettled and colder tonight, Monday
fair and much colder.
TEMPERATURES.
7 a miliKAU,
AFFLECK'S.
S'U. m JJ
9 a. m JJ
10 u m
Jl a. m
12 noon, J
i'-m M
3 p. m...., 0
8 a. in
9 a. m
10 a. in
11 u. m
12 noon
1 p. m
2 p. m
SUN TAHLE.
Sun rises 7:00 I Bun sets 4:SS
TIDE TAHLK.
Todsy High tide, 1:02 a. in., and 1:30
p. m.; low tide. 767 n. m.. and S:W p. m.
Tomorrow Hlah tide. 1:15 u. m.. and
2:13 p, m.; low tldo, 9:u a. m., and 9:2C
p. a.
DONNELLY HITS AT
WASTE IN PRINTING
PUBLIC D3CUMENTS
",
Uncle Sam's Printer Recom
mends Limit Be Fixed
by Legislation.
Censuring what Is apparently political
use of his office and present methods
Is a waste of energies and materials
at the Government Printing Office, Pub
lic Printer Samuel U. Donnelly, In his
annual report. Just made public, makes
a pointed Issue of surplus Congres
sional printing.
He also takes Issue with the proposed
valuation plan for the distribution of
publio documents now under conx.ucru
tlon In Congress, declaring that undei
It. the present loss In unused docu
ments will be offset by Increased cost.
Would Limit Documents.
'The waste paper baling room," he
says, "Is unfortunately the destination
at which a major portion of the product
of all printing presses ultimately ar
rives. "The obsolete document Is frequently
nothing more than a memento of a
dead political Issue that no one cares to
(reserve.
"The law now provides that each
member of Congress may have. one ropy
of each public document to which he
may be entitled bound free, and the
copies are supplied to the Public Printer
by the House nnd Benato Document
ltoonm. The figures undoubtedly show
that vast surplus has been printed dur
ing the years mentioned."
."'" I,"'l "Ii.v. "X """.,,
situation, recommends that the printing
rne fuoiic rrinier, in solution ui una
of public documents bf"'n't!dh "f !
res that ,W ajffi fSr
by Congress. On this subject he says:
Would Decrease Cost.
"The edition of 75 per cent of the
documents and reports printed can be
reduced without Interfering with tlir
work of the Houses and their members
or depriving the publio of Information,
and the elimination of Irrelevant mat-
! tcr will result In decreasing the cost of
printing hearings.
"My four years of experience In the
pi In ting of public documents leads me
to recommend that a minimum and
maximum number for editions be fixed
by law and that the power of fixing the
edition within these limits be conferred
upon one official.
The Public Printer makes no mention
of hU controversy with the general
supply rommlttee that led to his declar
ation that the machinery In the big
print shon ' being damaged by the
use of Inferior lubricating oil supplied
on the committee's contracts.
The adoption of the ternmmendatlon
of the President for tho mailing of all
Government publications from the
printing office, he says, will prove of
great economical value,
Mr. Donnelly recommends that the
power plant ut the Government rent
ing Office be remodeled, and that It be
used to supply current to the new city
pnstofftro being erected adJMnlng the
Union Station.
SLAPS CHAUFFEUR;
SAVES FIFTY CENTS
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. J.-Mrs. Nel
lie Norrls, of this city. Is studying tlio
following table of expenses:
"To taxlcab fare for seventeen
squares. tl.&O.
"To flno In city hall for punching
chauffeur on nose, slapping him on face,
and scratching his ear, 11.
And now she Is flrmlv convinced that
It Is cheaper to hit the chauffeur than
to pay him taxi Mrs.
Washingtonians Responding
to Appeals for Gifts to
Make Tots Happy.
THOUSANDS TO BE .
MADE MOST HAPPY
Letters of Children Are Appeal
ing to Those Whe Are Ready
to Donate to Cause.
The number of people who are en
rolling; themselves on the list of
Good Fellows to assist the St Nich
olas Olrl of The Washington Times
In giving Christmas cheer to ten
thousand little unfortunate children
tbla Christmas, la growing every
day. Yesterday several hundred of
them bought tickets for "The Old
Homestead" for Monday and Tuesday
evenings, thus boosting the Christ
mas fund along.
By tomorow it is expected that all
of the tickets will have been sold,
for everybody is anxious to do what
ever can be done to help swell the
fund that Is to provide several thou
sand kiddles with Christmas gifts.
Girl Is Patron.
The first patron or the St Nicholas
Girl's benefit mstlnee was a little girl
who walked up to the box office of the
Columbia Theater on Friday afternoon
and laid her t2 down quite like a grown
up person. "I wsnt two tickets for Mon
day hlght," she said to Manager Mets
erott, who .happened to bo' at the ticket
window just then. "I am going to take
my grandmother to see "The Old Home.
stead. She says she saw It twenty-five p
again just to help the little children
along,"
Not long afterward the ticket sale
started In earnest, and the management
of the Columbia was kept busy taking
In coupons and selling the tickets for
the two big benefit nights.
The St. Nicholas Olrl again Impresses
It upon those who desire to help her,
that no benefit to the Christmas fun
will be derived, unless the coupon print
ed n The Times accompanies the dollar
which buys the ticket. Any S3 and $1.M
seat In the orchestra circle may be
bought for tl when accompanied by the
coupon, and every dollar thus spent,
goes direct to the Saint Nicholas Girl
who will use It judiciously In buying
dollies, and trains, drums, horns, and
other toys that are dear to the hearts
of little boys and little girls.
Several Good Kellows were welcomed
Into the Bt. Nicholas Girl's circle yes
terday, and, strangely enough, most of
them were little people, who seem to
take more Interest this vear In the EL
Nicholas Qlrl's work thsn the grown
folks. They are coming forward with
telr old toys, and a great many new
ones. too. All day long yesterday there
was a procession of little Good Fellows
who came Into the St. Nicholas Girl's
office with their arms full of .toys which
they wished to give to some poor child.
Some brought the contents of their
banks, which thev had been saving up
since last Christmas, for this very pur
pose, and they verv cheerfully gave up
the money so that come poor child
might have a merry Christmas.
Two little boys brought 60 cents each,
and another little fellow had a whole
pocket full of pennies and nickels.
"Everv time my uncles came to see me
I told them to put some money In my
bank for the St. Nicholas Girl," he ex
plained, as he poured tho year's accu
mulation of coins on the table.
No Hatter How Small.
Koch and every donation, no matter
how large or how small It may be, Is
being- turned right over to tho St. Nich
olas girl to be used for the youngsters
who are so poor that their acquaint-
ance with Hanta man. Is very verv
s is it. rne hi. Nicnoias vir
Nicholas girl wonders
., . , .
what the little boys and girls who have
(Continued on Third Page.)
WINS "HELLO" GIRL
IN PHONE COURTSHIP
Rich Mining Man of Mexico to
Wed New York Operator
in Washington.
NEW YOllK. Dec. 8. Broadway Is
today dlscusilng the romance of Jose
Marino, a wealthy mining operator of
Guadalajara. Mexico, who Is to many
Miss Edith Robinson, of Brooklyn, u
telephone operator In the Imperial
Hotel, after a courtship conducted
principally over the telephone and
through correspondence. He was ex
pected to arrive hero today, according
to the young woman, who told tho story
of the romance, tier cheeks flushing
when she wok asked to recount tho de
tails. The couplo will be married In
Washington, ami will live In Mexico.
Mr. Marino was stopping at the Im
perial on his return, about a ycur ugo
fiom a business trp In Europe. Culllnir
tho desk on the telephone from his
room one morning, Miss Robinson an
swered the call. lie was struck by tho
voice of tho telephone operator, and
that day Mr. Marino tpent U.30 on "out
side calls" In conversation with the
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Washington's criminal
terestiridlviduaMhanXeroy Baker, fhfiefgttteen-year
old burglar, who, after setti.rtg the whole city by the ears by
his depredations, was arrested Wednesday night, and is
now awaiting trial. That so youthful a criminal should
have successfully accomplished burglaries of so daring a
character as were Baker's makes his own story of his mis
deeds particularly entertaining, and it is given below just
as it was told by him.
"You don't have to be a criminal at heart to' be a burglar," said Leroy
Baker, the boy burglar, as he sat in a cell at the First precinct police
station, 'telling 'of hla sensational and daring robberies that terrorised the
entire city the early part of last week".
"They painted me pretty black,"
know the circumstances, and some of the things they said were not true.
FAILED TO FIND WORK IN CAPITAL.
"In the first place, I never 'broke fhto"
any place. I am not that kind. If the
front door was not unlocked I went
away. I didn't even have a skeleton
key. If you have lived In a boarding
house, you know that It Is the custom
to leave the door unlocked. I knew
that .and I also knew that It would
be an easy matter to get In any num
ber of places.
"I didn't fear the. police, -because I
didn't think they could catch me. I
kept my own counsel and not another
person In the world knew what I was
doing.
"When I ran away from the reform
BChool In Baltimore and came to Wash
ington I intended to lead the right sort
of a life. I thought It would be easy
to get a Job and arn a living. . Uut
wasmngton is not a bow Km u. -
, . , ih srt
i .1. .... lhe Wanf columns of all the
papers and answered every advertlse
mnt r "mil tlnri IMnhodv wanted me
to work for them. Borne of the people
anted references, and tnoy are not
easy to give when you have run awai
from a icform school. Of course, I
hmi tn trivn a wronif name.
Then I began to get hungry. The
llttlo money 1 had wncn I came here
had given out: I was walking along
the etrret-Vlfteonth. street. I think It
uas-whn I saw a big house where St
didn't look as If any one was nt home
. Aixnn tnnw whv 1 thought so! mavbe
it was Instinct. I went up and rang the
doorbell. I waited and no one came
Then I tried tlm door. It was unlocked
It was so easy that I couldn't resist
tho temptation. Tho thought of a good
meal urged mo on. I guess.
"I looked carefully through all the
rooms for money, but there was none
n "a I took soma other things.
Just think, when I told the detectives
uboia tho robbery after I was arrested,
and went to tho house with them, the
woninn didn't even know she had been
robbed. .. . . .
"It was so easy that I went In an
apartment houso and did the same
thing. I was looking for money, but
couldn't tlnd any. I guess most people
take their money with them when they
go out.
Decided To Oo
After Money Nights.
"After that I reached the conclusion
that the best way to get real cash
was to go In the houses at night, t
knew I would have to have a revolver
tor thut kind of work. 1 thought I
might us uell mako a good lob of
whatever I did, so I got the electric
flash light and tho masks. I didn't use
the masks though, because I found a
handkerchief was better.
"It was ufter midnight Sunday when
I started out. The revolver was
strapped around my wult where I
could draw It In a hurry, and there
history - includes no more in-
continued the lad, "but they didn't
was no way of any one detecting from
my appearance what I Intended doing. I
put a mask In my s!de pocket, and the,
electric light In another. The first
few houses I tried the doors wers
locked. I knew most of the places In
the towndown section were boarding
houses. It was nearly an hour, how
ever, before I picked out a place where
nil the lights were out, and the front
door open.
"It was In Thirteenth street, I think.
I walked In and started to put on my
mask. It scratched my face, sa I put
Itjiack in my pocket Then I took my
handkerchief and tied It around my
head and over my face. I took mv re.
volvcr and, lantern and tried the door
01 ine rear room on the first floor. It
was unlocked.
.J'Y.h?n l ""bed the lantern and out
the light on the bed I saw an old man
-.ccping mere, no nan a Willie beard,
and I would not have used my revolver
on him If It had meant my es.-,-ip(-. He
was snoring, too, s.. that I knuw he wna
fast asleep. . I went through his clothes
and found a little over a dollar.
Locked His Victim
Up In the Bedroom.
"A I was going out I thought I might
as well try one of the other rooms on
the same floor. So I locked the old
man s room from the outside, so he
could not got nut nt his loom If he
should wake up boforo I left tho houno.
"In the next room the man and
woman both woke up as soon -is I put
the light on them. I had th-n covered
with my revolver and told them to bo
still, I spoke very softly, so a not to
wake any one else. I kept thorn cov
ered until I had gone through tho mall's
Mottles and found u small amount of
change.
"I knew they would report what had
happened to the police as soon as I
got out the front door, but that d'dn't
worry me any, I took off the handker
chief In the vestlbulo and nut my flash
light back In my nocket. I kept my re
volver In my right hand and put my
hand In my outside coat pocket so that
It would be handy If any one tried to
stop me.
"I took my time In walking down the
steps and then started toward Pennayl
vanlan avenue. Under the electric light
on the corner I saw a policeman, so I
decided It would be better to go tho
other way, I know the police would be
called to the houso right away. nnil
while thev were engaged there I rca
soned that It would be a good oppor
tunity to get in another plare. I walked
up tho street and went In a big house
on the corner.
"In there a man jumped out of bed
when I got In his bedroom. He told me
to get the h out of there and I
(Continued en Second rage.)
Three Women in Panic When
Steamer Atlanta Is Crip
pled in Fog.
DISABLED CRAFT IS
TOWED TO ANNAPOLIS
Pasengers on Vesel Drift
All
Night Before Saved by
Passing Ship.
BALTIMORE, Md., Dec. 8. After
drifting about the bar during the
night nnd early morning on a help
less ship without lights and hidden
In the fog from other vesela, twenty
eight passengers were rescued from
the disabled steamer Atlanta, of the
Eastern Shore Development and
Steamship Company before dawn
this morning and brought to Balti
more by the Old Bar line steamer
Virginia.
The passengers, Including three
women, were transferred to the Vir
ginia by means of! a small boat and
the crew of the Atlanta remained
with the vessel which, at a late hour
today, bad not been towed to any
bar port f
Bankers Wife Resced.
Among- the passengers rescued were
Mrs. Albert W. Sick, wife of the banker
and canner of Preston, Md.; Mr. and
Mrs. Dowllng, of Chicago, and a civil
engineer of the same city, and Francis
of A. White, head of the Maryland
bureau of statistics.
Miss Mary Andrews, of Hurlock, Md.,
injinsr en ine rrstuou, eaia alter tana'
log In Baltimore
"It was terrible. There In the 'dark.
ness we feared that another steamer
migni come down upon us la the fag
and It was with relief that we saw the
lights or the Virginia. We ware low
ered to a little rowboat that had to be
balled out before use and the water
looked terribly close as we rowed to
the other ship. When we reached the
tide of the Virginia ropes were put
around our waists and we were helped
up the rope ladder to the deck."
Vessel Left Helpless.
The accident was due to a leakage of
boilers, and the long, anxious wait of
the passengers from early In the even
ing until 4:30 this morning was made
more perilous because of the fact that
the stoppage of power cut off all lights
on the disabled vessel, leaving her drift
ing In the path of Bay boats in the
foggy darkness.
The Atlanta, left Claiborne. Md.. for
Annapolis late yesterday afternoon on
her regular run. The passengers were
enjoying the trip, some on deck and
others In the cabins, when, about S
o'clock, lights on all parts of the vessel
went out and the ship slowed down,
finally coming to a stop.
Women In Panic
A commotion on deck caused a panic
among the women aboard, and one be
came hysterical. Mate passengers fin
ally qulted her, and the boat's officers
spread the word that a slight accident
had happened to one of the boilers,
which could be repaired within a few
minutes.
It was found that a severe leak was
allowing the water to run freely from
the boiler and, after a cursory Inspec
tion, It was realised that tile repairs
could not be made.
The Atlanta was towed Intl Annapo
lis this afternoon.
WOMAN COLLECTS
TWIN INSURANCE
Most Novel Policy Known Is Paid
by French Company to
Mother of Two.
PARIS, Dec. B'. The most novel claim
an lnsuranco company has yet had to
settle would appear to be the payment
of (2,000 just handed out by a French
Insurance company on the birth of
twins.
Homo tlmo ago a woman called at the
offices of this comnany and said she
! u anted to Insure against the risk of
having twins. The official. Issued a
policy Insuring her against the birth of
twins tor a premium ot r:.w, payaDie
monthly, for six months.
A few days ago tho manager of the
company received a dainty card an
nouncing the oirtn or twin aaugniers
to their client. He at once forwarded
a sack of bonbon and a check for
12,000 to tho mother.
AMERICANS LEAD
FIGHT ON PLAGUE
Hoffman Philip, secretary of the
American embassy at Constantinople,
a native of Washington, and Major
Clyde U. Ford. U. H. A., Medical Carps,
formerly stationed here, have been
doing valiant work aside from their
legular duties In nghtlnir thn wavo
of cholera which has swept over Con
stantinople, lcuvlng desolation unci
death behind,
Mr. Philip Is a nephew nf Mrs
Charles Worthlngton, of IM6 N streot
northwest. Major Ford Is on a leave
of absence.
Sees McCombs as Matter of Justice, and
Presents Facts in Case in Their
Proper Light.
CHAIRMAN IS STANDING PAT
ON INAUGURAL APPOINTMENT
Chairman William F. McCombs, of the Democratic
National Committee, is standing pat today on the selection
of a chairman and other officials for the Inauguration Com
mittee. He has promised to make an announcement of his
choices through District Committeeman John F. Costello,
but Mr. Costello today would give no intimation of what '
these will be, and remarked that it would be safe to say that
the announcement will not come until tomorrow.
Talk of Eldridge E. Jordan as chairman of the com
mittee, with Robert N. Harper and William V. Cox draw
ing the consolation prizes of chairman of the finance com
mittee and treasurer, continues strong, but influence is
POLICE SEEK TRACE
OF MISSING YOUTH
RECENTLY ARRIVED
Nephew of Pastor Disap
pears After Coming Here
o Accept Clerkship.
Forrest Wlllard. of Northfleld. Mass.,
who srrlved In Washington Thursday
to spend the winter with his uncle, the
Jtev. Arthur V. Kpooner, of the Sixth
Presbyterian Church, has disappeared.
The police ot Washington and several
Srtvate detectives are looking for him,
ut nothing had been heaid from him,
Wlllard, who Is just twenty years old
and of exemplary habits, had been a
teacher In West Halifax. Vt.. but ac
cepted a position with the Southern
railway here last week. He arrived here
Thursday and was supposed to go to
work yesterday. At the time he should
have arrived at Dr. Spooner's homt for
dinner last night Wlllard did not show
up.
After waiting for a reasonable time.
Dr. 8pooner became nervous and tela-
fihoned to oJhn Robinson, who Is WU
iiril'a Imm.rilat. aiinortiic In fh. Rnnth.
ern office, and dlacovered that Wl'lard '
had not been to work at ail tnat day.
ur. spooner waitea unw eariy touay
and then Informed tho police and em
ployed detectives.
Wlllard Is described as five feet seven
Inches tall, brown hair, brownish gray
vjvmf a iiiq. iurcnnu, aim u. Buvu ay-
npArane. Ma bashful Thai Inwer
Rurt of his face, especially his chin. Is
eavy. He was dressed when last seen
in a dark brown suit of clothes, a soft
brown cap, a brown pair of shoes, and
wore gloves.
TOWN-HEARSE KEEPER
SUES FOR "SALARY"
East Providence, R. I., Man De
clares He Has $1.80 Com
iiy; to Him.
PROVIDENCE, R. I.. Dec. 8.-Samuel
E. Lincoln, keeper ot the town hearso,
of East Providence, having seen his
successor appointed to that office, la
now to sue the town for two years.' sal
ary $1,80 at 90 cents n year.
The lob of keeper of tho hearse Is
thirty-four years old so l the hearto.
Originally the job paid ITiO a year.
After the town council had paid thU
amount for several years the demand
for the hearse fell off and the Job paid
only $.10, and finally dwindled down to
90 cents ii year.
The position Is awarded annually to
somebody who Is persona non grata
with the town council, ns a sort of
political boony prize.
AFTER WILSON, FAT
MEN INVADE ISLES
Bermudans to Have Good Glimpse
of How "Hefty" Boston-
ese Look.
BOSTON. Dec. 8. The Now England
Fat Men's Club Is planning u nlne-dny
trip to Bermuda, about twclvo tons of
human llesh being Included In the party.
While the president of the Fut Men
does not uxplaln Just whv Tlermuda
should huvc been selected at thla time,
It Is well known that stout parties gen
erally feel that Bermudans may recent
ly have ttalned un altogether erroneous
Impression ot what the typical pioml
nent man of the United Btates looks
Ilka.
being brought to bear against Mr.
Jordan because of stories that be is
a Progressive and contributed to the
Progressive party campaign fund.
Gave to Special Fund.
These stories misrepresent the facts,
according to Frank J. Hogan. national
committeemen of the District for the
Progressive party, who today saw Mr.
McCombs, aa a matter of fair play, and
told htm the real facta about Mr. Jor
dan's contribution. A.
Mr. Hogan was asked taUrfSTMs.
Jordan was a contributor to 'tlft -Progressive
campaign fund, and If so, un
der .what circumstances. Mr. Hogan re
plied" to the reporter:
"During the recent campaign I sent
out a number of letters to prominent
Washingtonians asking contributions to
a fund of tl.OOO to be known as the
Roosevelt birthday fund. It was my
purpose to send this fund to the na
tional commltteo on Colonel Roosevelt's
birthday. I met Mr. Jordan at the
Peyser banquet and he smilingly In
formed me that he was a Democrat and
In favor of Mr. Wilson's election. He
said, however, that he would like for
personal reasons to assist In a small
way In raising the birthday fund, and ho
contributed S2S for that purpose.
Mr. Hogan declared further that whllo
he has no personal Interest In the pres
ent contest for the chairmanship he
iccis mat justice demand ;d his cxplan-
atlon to Mr,
iicuomDs ana the state-
ment to The Times.
. X'16. statement of Mr. Jordan's con
tribution to the Progressive party fund
camc Friday In the list submitted to
the clerk of the House of Representa
tives. Since then nls opponents hae
been giving him the title of a Bull
Moosers and have been urging It as n
reason sgnlnst his selection to the
leadership of the Inaugural committee.
McAdoo Take a Hand.
Jordan's friends are saying that
s tho best man for the nlaee. imi
.
' l,(
i nt because of his lack of affiliation
Ii anv of the opposing factions of
Democracy here, he would tend to
i o a harmonizing effect on the sltua-
on,
Mr. McCombs. It wAs said today, had
a number of conferences with promi
nent Democrats, but he was not In
when a reporter called. Itwas said,
however, that he had left the matter of
an announcement nlth Mr. Costello.
The standpat, silent attitude of the
loaders la taken to mean that the talk
against Mr. Jordan. Is giving them
pause, for It la certain that he wan
slated for the chalrmunshlp before tho
rumors of his party standing cropped
out at the week-end.
It had been anticipated that Mr. Mc
Combs would mako announcement ot
the chairmanship appointment List
night at the Gridiron dinner, but the
guests were doomed to disappointment.
He did nothing ot the sort.
William McAdoo arrived today to loin
the ranks of the Democratic national
committeemen already in tho city, nnd
It seems probable that the whole prob
lem will be well threshed out before to
moriow. COMMITS SUICIDE
TO AVOID FLAMES
Man of Seventy-seven Cuts Throat
With Pocketknife in
Own Barn.
BIDDEFORD. Me., Dec. 8.-Rnthc!
than meet what seemed certain deatt
In the flumes of his burning barn, WU
lUm Brlggs, seventy-seven years old
rut his throat with a pocket knlfu
Physicians assert that ha has a chance
to recover. Wnen tho barn was aflro hi
crawled under the building, thinking hi
had time to save his poultry. A m
ment later he was Burroundcd by bias
Ing tlmberH. Neighbors managed to ge1
Into th barn nnd cut away part of thi
floor. They pulled Brlggs out and upoi
discovering that ho had slashed hti
throut rushed him to tho hospital.
Garrett Coming Home.
BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 8.-John W
Oairett, tho American minister to tht
Argentine Republic, und family, havi
left for the United States. The mill'
Istcr will return In March.

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