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WASHINGTON, TUESDAY EVENING, JANTC7ARY 7, 1913.
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"Safe and Sane" Rule in
Force at Day's
COST IS ESTIMATED
J. M. Baker Places Valuation of
$682,000 on Structure in
Undisturbed by such Ults as
ked tie bearing yesterday, the
House District Committee, investi
gating the insurance controversy,
held a safe and sane bearing today.
There was no attempt to "widen" the
scope of the investigation, which was
objected to so forcibly by Attorney
Douglas, of the First National and
Commercial Fire Insurance Com
panies, during the proceedings yes
James M. Baker, former treasurer
of "the' Southern Building Corpora
tion, which owned the Southern
building before its sale to the insur
ance companies, resumed his story
of the formation of the corporation,
and he was followed on the stand by
Snowddn Ashford, Municipal Archi
tect, who gave technical testimony
concerning the cubic foot cost oi
numerous' Washington structures
. Cost of Building.
'.Mr. Ashford estimated that the
Southern building coiifd be built at a
cot of 38 cents jxr cable footywhlch
would make Its value approximately
t&The- committee- -tevWenUy working
With a view to obtaining comparisons
r 4jetiyeenlthe cost ot the Southern build
ing and similar structures m ine dis
trict, in order that the investigators
ffiay determine whether the Southern
baa been given an excess valuation by
the superintendent of insurance and the
Tells of Holding Concern.
"When he resumed the stand Mr.
Baker again wag quizzed regarding the
history of the Richmond Realty Corpor
atlon, which figured lrr the hearings yes
terday. The company, he Mid, was in
effect a holding company, as It had been
in existence several year.
He testified '.hat the realty company
obtained 3;'' chares of the ccuthern
building stock "und falW u carry tut
any other agreement."
"The stockholders of the Souhtm
turned over theli stock to the Jti:h
ntond Realty Company, which company
refused to carry out the pooling agree
ments," suggested Congressman Red
field. yes." answered Mr. Baker.
Mr. Redfleld wanted to know why the
Southern building stock and bond hold
ers gave up their securities and took
..Richmond realty securities. Mr. Baker
aid "they got the small end of It," but
Mr. Baker seemed reluctant to amplify
the statement. Mr. Redfleld prodded
ldm for ten minutes or more, finally
Standi "Whole Thing."
"Who was Oliver T. Sands in the
"He was the whole thing," said Mr.
Baker, who also furnished the commit
tee the names of the executive com
mittee of the Richmond Realty Cor
poration E. E. Hawes, E. G. Ounn, and
"Walter Moore. Pressing Mr. Baker for
an explanation of his statement that
the Washington securities holders got
the worst end of the deal, the witness
Anally said he personally lost a part
of the value of his stock
Among the documents put into the
record by Mr. Baker was a copy of the i
agreement between John M. Parker and J
Charles H. Davis, on the one hand, and
R. H. McNeill and A. E. L. Leckle on
the other, binding the latter to convey
the old St. Matthew's Church property
to Parker and Davis. Congressman
Johnson Immediately wanted to know
where I.ecklc and McNeill got the
church property and the witness was
unable to tell him.
Mr. Johnson was also curious regard
ing the price of the church property.
Mr. Baker said lie understood the syn
dicate which stood between the church
and the Southern Commercial Congress,
as represented bv Davis and Parker,
rnade'110.S7S on the transaction.
"Who got that sum?" asked Mr. John
son. "Nobody. It was reduced to $100 and
by mutual consent was split up among
Messrs. Leckfe. McNeill. Charles A.
Douglas. James A. Baker. J. L. Kar
rick. and 8. W. Meeks." answered Mr.
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FORECAST FOR. THE DISTRICT.
Rain and somewhat colder tonight;
rein or snow tomorrow.
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INSPECTOR GEN. GEORGE UHLER.
Money Trust Probers Told of
fouriiig"1- millions -j? dollars lniu J.-.T
P. Morgan's hands for investment was
disclosed today In the money trust in
vestigations. The "House of Morgan"
submitted letters showing that Morgan's
branch banks, in New York and Phila
delphia had $156,700,000 on deposit Janu
ary 1, 1912, and 112,.000 on November
How George IV. Baker and James
SUIlman, "partners" of Morgan, agreed
to take one-fourth each of the Equitable
Life Insurance Company stock promised
by Morgan In 1911, from Thomas For
tune Ryan, was developed.
Interest of many banks and bank of
cers in promoting California petroleum
stock last October was described by C.
C. Henry, a New York broker. He said
twenty-four bank officers subscribed for
$300,000 worth of the promotion syndicate
stock and received a "present" of $50,-
000 profits without actually receiving a
Henry said a public market was
"made" on the New York exchange
for the oil stock by four New York
brokers after the syndicate promotion,
"wash" or "matched" sales being
utilized to boom sales.
"That was done to steady the stock."
Henry declared, -and always have
somebody ready to buy or sell It."
Henry protested vigorously that this
process was not "manipulation" de
claring it was merely legitimate busi
ness. Henry's refusal to disclose tse names
of national banks which subscribed for
the oil stock caused Chairman Pulo to
threaten him ulth contempt procesd
Lng.?' Henr' "ood pat." however, and
fi ,!y ?'"" 1 d!vu'se the informa
tion. He said he considered such rela
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President Taft todav received rrom
J. O. Stubbs, of Portland, Ore., one
dozen eggs sent by parcel post January
1. None of the eggs were broken during
the 3,000-inllu Journej.
A telegram was received from the
sender yesterday, stating that the eggs
should arrive January 6. A search wag
made for them In the wi.Le IIou.
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dozen eggs was a dozen golf ball. ,,iSo ' office of the l,uckenbach's agents,
sent by parcel post, from Chliaco General I'hler went to Newport News
After indulging a conjecture regarding l? in8ure that Jhe ,,ives1t KaU,,n,.w,1" ,bn
the magic powers of th, ttllrAlM
to transmute eggs into golf tails, the I the facta arc to be brought out as to
executive office force forebore seta
bllng the goir balls or teelne the eggs,'
and sent the gift from Stub'is to the '
White House kitchen. '
A large number of packages arrive
at the White House each day by par- ,
eel post, many of them containing con-
gratulatoiy notch for President Taft on ,
the initiation' f the mall express busl- I
ncss during his Administration.
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa., Jan. 7. "In-
members of ' the Modern I
d of America met here today '
to plan a fight In the courts against I
Quickest Route to Miami, Nassau and
Havana by two hours. Atlantic Coast
Line, "N. Y. & Florida Special." 6:M
d. m. 3 other limited trains dally Sune-
rlor roadway, 1406 New York ave. n.w.
OF BAY HORROR
U. S. Officials at Newport
News Aim to Fix Blame
WORKING TO FREE
VESSEL ON BEACH
Tugs Busy With Indrakuata as In
pectors Prepare to Pre
While a wrecking crew and three
tugs are vainly trying to dislodge the
British steamer Indrakuala'from her
position on the beach five miles from
the point in the Chesapeake bay
where on Friday morning she ran
into aud sent to the bottom the
American steamship Julia Lucken
bach, costing the lives of seventeen
persons, a board of investigation' is
assembling at Newport News-to de
termine the exact causes of the dis
aster. At the Steamboat Inspection Serv
ice, Department of Commerce and
Labor, this afternoon, it was stated
that in all probability the actual in
vestigation will not be begun until
Crew Still on Board.
The British steamer, still having on
board the crew which manned her dur
ing Friday terrible storm, may be
dislodged with the rising of the tide.
A representative of, the Department of
Commerce and Labor is on the scene
to see that the utmost haste is used
in getting the Jhlp afloat again, and
towing her to -Norfolk: , ".
Robert, J. -Tapley and Edward vw.
u!v.. T4.r.A- .. 4jiamhnnf In
'tC '? vorfoiv. -racttn, under the
direction otSupervlslng Inspector Gen
eral George Uhler,"will conduct the in
Instructions wenf wirelessed to Nor
folk to Supervising Inspector John YV.
Oast, to instructor. Tapley and Mr.
Bray to conduct the investigation. Gen
eral Uhler. on his arrival at the Vir
ginia port, repeated the instructions.
The Steamboat Inspection Service in
Washington this afternoon announced
that as soon as the Indrakuala reaches
Newport News the preliminary inquiry
will be begun.
The Merritt and Chapman Company,
the wrecking corporation Having charge
of floating the Indrakuala, has three
powerful tugs In the Chesapeake bay,
straining and pulling at the beached
steamer, endeavoring to dislodge her
and tow her to her berth at Newport
News, where she vill remain till the
conclusion of the investigation.
Crew Will Appear.
There seems to be no doubt In the
minds of the inspectors of the Govern
ment but that the crew of the Indra
kuala will voluntarily appear before
the board. ... ,
"The crew Is safe in Us present posi
tion, and unless we are sure there v ill
be a tendency to evade the investiga
tion we will await their pleasure. Mr.
Tapiey said today. "Thev will come to
us as soon as they land, of that I
-Should' the master of the indrakuala
seek to evade Investigation, a United
states marshal with a subpoena will be
dispatched to the scene of the wreck
and force the unwilling witnesses to
"The Investigation we are about to
begin will be an informal one preliml
narv to the real trial which will be fol
lowed if It be deemed necessary, bhoulrt
the preliminary Investigation warrant
it, we will prefer charges against the
officers Involved and try them wlt'i
a view of nxlng the responsibility.
Probe To Be Deep.
According to Mr. Tapley's account.
It would appear that In the impending
investigation and trial, should the lat
ter be necessary, the Norfolk board
will be prosecuting attorney. Judge, and
Jury, because the Indrakula will be
brought to Newport News for dry dock
when she Is finally floated. The Britih
consul at that port. Hugh Fitzgerald,
will look out for the interests of Cap
tain Smith, master of the ship. As yet.
however, his office has not been In com
munication with him.
"If Captain Smith has need of us he
will call upon us,' said the assistant
The Merritt Chapman neople also dlf-..-.(,-h.i
t. i,t tnrinv to where the Julia
, uutkenbach lies In fifty-two feet of
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the facts are to be brought out. as tc
whether or not Captain Smith, of the
Indrakuala, refused to stand by the
I.uckenback as he Is obligated to do by
the written and unwritten laws of navl-
The survivors of the Luckenback will
be called upon by the inspectors to say
whether or not the Indrakuala stood by
after the collision or whether or not she
steamed off after backing away.
it has been charged by individuals
f the Luckenback's crew that no ap-
,,arrnt effort was made by the offlcets
"i me inaraKuaia to save me sanors
clinging to the rigging of the American
sllP- Kvery officer and sailor of the
inaraKuaia win ie cai.eu iu uie wuness
mjiiiu nnu everv ui iui w, i,c uul-h-
1 cnbncU will either make an afflvadlt
or be summoned to appear Derore tne
Though no statement has been made
l.y Captain Smith or Ills crew It is the
belief of navigators that Captain Smith
Kli.nmeT nfr in Ivarh his own veutel.
' le&ring for htr ufety. . -.
LEADS TO LOOT
Two Gangs of Alleged Rob
bers Traced to New York
Suspects in "Rope Ladder Dinner
Burglaries" Include One
NEW YORK, Jan. -.Nearly a
score of recent victims of the apart
ment robberies that have been of al
most weekly occurrence in the up
per West Side residential section
were called to police headquarters
today to Identify, if possible, part of
the $250,000 worth of alleged loot
recovered yesterday when Deputy
Commissioner Dougherty personally.
led his men into the ramshackle
basement junk store of James Prltch
ard, on West Forty-second Btreet.
In the arrest of Pritchard, a stoop,
shouldered man of more than fifty,
and of George Carr, Mrs. Carr, Percy
Wyckoff, Harry Willis, and George1
Maddocks, the police believe they
have rounded up the most important
band of burglars and the biggest,
"fence' 'operating In the East at the
Safe Full of Jeyels.
In Pritchard's Junk shop the police
.found a safe, full ot broken gold and
dismounted Jewels, and many boxes of
ricS furs and expensive gowns.
- One gang known as' the "rope ladder
dlnnerCwbrkers," haa'.Jn .the last tjn
MontnsVrpbbcd- thfhorots"rjf vteirrv
Yorkers, getting away with silver plite
and Jewelry valued at almont $100,000. -
Guests of the St. Andrew's Hotel have
been victims of the other gang since
last June. These thieves, two bellboys,
have confessed to Inspector Faurot that
they made Ave big hauls In the hotel.
Many smaller thefts bring the amount
of their loot up to about $30,000.
Trails of both gangs, the police say,
lead to the same fence, the pawnshop
of Jim Pritchard, in West Forty-second
Pawn Broker Accused.
Deputy Commissioner Dougherty says
a rough estimate of the value of the
property found In Pritchard's place is
$230,000. The police took possession of
the pawnshop and spent all or' last
night examining the property there.
They found a drawer full of unset dia
monds, new and costly furs and gowns
bearing the mark of department stores.
When arraigned In court today Pritch
ard will face an additional charge of
having two loaded revolvers In his sleep
ing room back of the pawnshop.
Confession of the bellboys who plan
ned and executed the St. Andrew's Ho
tel robberies led to the arrest of the
"rope-ladder gang" and the raid of
Pritchard. The confessions were ob
tained after an examination that lasted
Bellboys Confess Thefts.
Percy Wycffoff. one of the bellboys,
waB arrested at Rectors Hotel on Sun
day night, Broadway and Forty-third
street, where he had been working lor
a week. Wyckoff is twenty-three years
old and lives with his wife In Columbus
Harry Willis, described by the police
bh the leader in tne St. Andrew's Ho
tel roblTeries, was arrested an hour
later in West lOid street.
BEATING WIFE WITH
LAMP COSTS $50
Eternal Triangle of Wife, Man,
and Mother-in-Law Has
That oft-hcard-of "triangle." wife
and husband and the latter's mother-in-law.
to which so much of the
world's troubles have been attributed
formed the personnel today of a
comedy drama In the United States
branch of the Police Comt
Beating his wife with a lighfd
lamp to make her come home In time
to cook his supper was the method
Lawrence Lltz, of 1.'56 K street Muth
east. took to form a cliururterstlc of
punctuality In the moral makeup of
his better half. It was on a charge
of Inflicting Injury to his wife In
tho aforementioned manner thnt Lit4
was arraigned In the court Despite
the fact that Lltz declared his wife
and mother-in-law to be prevari
cators the court sntnced him to pay
a fine of $50 or serve four months
NEWTON. Knn., Jan. 7. The Kan
sas Development Association, which is
conducting n well-oiganlzed campaign
to attract desirable immigrants ar.d
capital Investments to this State,
opened Its quarterly meeting heie to
day with a large and representative
Convict System Reform.
LITTLE ROCK. Ark.. Jan. 7. The
Arkansas convict system, brought
Into prominence recently by tho par
doning of 360 ccnvlcts by Governor
Donaghey as a protest against tho
lease system, is one of the flrct mat
ters to bo considered by th Stato
Ltfiil&turi which conventd loOay.
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Georgetown Junior Held at
Baltimore on Charge of
William A. Miller, nineteen years old,
a Junior at Georgetown University, Is
under arrest in Baltimore on a charge
of carrying concealed weapons and at
tempted fraud In connection with the
alleged raising of figures of a deposit
he made in the Hopkins Savings Bank
there yesterday, according to dispatches
received here today.
Miller Is the son of J. Z. Miller. Jr..
a wealthy Kansas City, Mo., banker,
and his arrest in Baltimore caused
much surprise among students at
Georgetown, where the young man bore
an excellent reputation. The first Inti
mation the faculty had of Miller's ar
rest was when Informed by a Times re
porter. It was stated he had not re
turned to college from the Christmas
holidays, and It was supposed he was
still in Kansas City.
When he was searched and the pistol
found In his possession, Miller declared
he did not have nerve enough to kill
any one, but that he carried tho pistol
to give him confidence.
Loves Jewelry; Sought Ring.
Miller was arrested by Headquarters'
Detective Pohler, following an alleged
attempt to obtain a diamond ring val-
ued at $200, from William I. Miller, a
Jeweler The Jeweler says the young
man presented a bank book in the name
of James W. Pierce on the Hopkins
bank, purporting to contain a deposit of
The Jeweler suspected there wjs some
thing wrong, and he telephoned the
i-avlngs bank and ascertained that
Pierce, or Miller, had deposited only $1
(arlj In the day
Questioned at Police Headquarters, the
student is said to have broken down
and confused that he a-e an asumed
name to the bank when he made tho de
posit of $1. and that his effort to get
possession of the diamond ring was be-tvus-r
lie was fond of Jewclrj, which Ills
father had persistently refused to buy
"Mv father Is a wealthy financier,"
Miller 'n quoted as saying "He has an
automobile, and because I wanted to
use It conetantlj and wenr lewelry he
got angry with me. He sent uie to
Georgetown and has been sending n:c
funds, but notn eough to permit me to
be a 'good Jellow."
"I came to Baltimore yesterday, -went
to the savings bank and deposited Jl.
After lcavlns tho bujik I changed the
llgures In the book."
At the university today It was said
Mill r was a rather quiet young tnan.
htudlous, and had made a good recortl
at the ttnivcrsltr. He rt,d not take part
In uthletlcs, but had figured In social
PETITION OF ALLENS
SET FOR TOMORROW
RICHMOND. Va., Jan. 7. Because of
the Illness of Attorney Smith, defense
counsel, filing of a petition with the
State supreme court asking for retrial
of Floyd and Claude Allen, the two
Hillsvlllc mountaineers, sentenced to
die January 17 for complicity In the
courtroom murders, was postponed to
day u&ui tomorrow.'
for Mrs. Cleveland
Photo by Harris & Ewlnr.
MRS. JOHN HAYS HAMMOND.
Former president's Widow
Will Be Guest at Bril
One of the two living former mis
tresses of the White House, Mrs. Cleve
land, widow of President Grover Cleve
land, will arrive in Washington tomor
row, together with her daughter, Esther,
to be the house guests of Mr. and Mrs.
John Hays Hammond, and to be the
guests of honor at a dinner at the
White House Saturday evening, where
Fresident and Mrs. Taft will greet them
for the second time during their stay.
The President and Mrs. Taft will dine
with a few other guests at the Ham
mond residence In Massachusetts ave
nue tomorrow evening.
A luncheon to be given Monday by
Mrs. -Levi 2. Lelter for Mrs. Cleveland
1?, next to the dinner at the White
House, the most interesting event on
the program of the visitors, for Mrs.
Lelter and Mrs. Cleveland are the best
of friends. When Mrs. Cleveland was
mistress of the White House Mrs. Lelter
and she were nearly inseparable.
Mrs. Richard Townsend Is to be anoth
er of Mrs. Cleveland's hostesses while
In the city, as is Mrs. Dimock, sister of
the late Secretary of the Navy Whitney.
At the dinner tomorrow evening be
sides Mrs. Cleveland and Miss Cleve
land and the host and hostess, the
guests will be the President and Mrs.
Taft, Miss Hammond, and Prof. T. J.
Preston, Mrs. Cleveland's fiance, who
comes here especially for this dinner.
ACCEPTED BY BOARD
Excise Committee Decides What
Is and What Is Not "Rush
ing the Duck."
Approval was given by the Excise
Board today to a type of retainer, here
after to be known as "the official
The board has decided that a glass jar
with a wire contrivance which effectual
ly seals the top comes within the mean
ing of the regulation. The Jar may be
of a quart or half gallon or even larger
capacity, and may be sold if filled In
the place where the beer is sold. The
rule is laid down by the board, how
ever, that the growler while being con
veyed from the saloon to tho place
whero the beer Is consumed, mus: be
covered with paper otr Incased In a pa
Fruit Jars with tops that screw on will
not be considered as coming within the
regulation. One advantage of the offi
cial growler Is that it la difficult to
drink from It without spilling most of
the contents on the consumer's clothes.
This. In the opinion of ther board, will
do away with drinking on the streets
and In public places.
Some Money $375,000,000.
Estimated cist of I'anama Canal cnmplettd.
Now moit InUiritlns: and Instructive. Beat
rchi by Southern Railway through Xcw
Orleans and KeyWt. Consult AienU, 705
litit at and r st. N. W.--- .
SHIPPING TRUST IS
PLACED ON GRILL
IN .HOUSE INQUIRY
Probe of Giant Combine, Charged Witfc
Rtbating and Traffic Monopoly, to Reach
Everv Quarter of Globe. 1
CONSPIRACY DEALS BLOW TO
AMERICAN FOREIGN TRADE
By JUDSOW C. WBLLIVER.
Backed by hundreds of millions of capital. American
and European alike and charged -with manipulating rates,
service, and conditions of ocean transportation to thegreat
injury of" American, foreign commerce, the alleged ocean
shipping combination was today put on the grill for a Con
gressional investigation that is confidently expected by its
managers to be second in important results to no other in
quiry that Congress has held.
Improper relations alleged to- exist between American
railroads and the mercantile
Jooked into with great care.
REBATING AND MONOPOLY INVOLVED. "
The' systematic asphyxiation of Asaerlcan forelga trade,. espeeteUir" .
with the South American conatrles, ia order that European countries may
benefit, Is among the features that the investigation is expected to devefey.; f
Rebatinr of the-most unfair character, moaopoly of traffic eaforced y;
extreme measures, and other offenses are Involved
vrunm u lit
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Dr. Davidson and Architect
ear Before House
Arguments for a 0,000,000 appropria
tion for the new Central High School
building were- made today before the
House Appropriations Committee by
Superintendent Davidson and William
B. Ittner, architect, retained by the
Board of Education and District Com
missioners. At the same hour the Commission
ers were transmitting to the Comptrol
ler of the Treasury a letter from the
Board of Education asking information
about the longevity pay for teachers.
r. Ittner showed the Congressmen
the plans he has drawn for the new
school building. Dr. Davidson ex
plained the necessity of the new struc
ture. The longevity question affects many
teachers. It is asked to have reviewed
a previous decision that teachers ap
pointed to a lower class are entitled
only to the basia salarv of that class
without longevity Increase, regardless ot
previous length of service.
American Agent jn Hungary Suc
cumbs to Attack of Heart
LONDON, i Jan. 7. Paul Cleveland
Bennett Nash, American consul-general
at Budapest. Hungary, was found dead
early today In his suite at fclarldge's.
He apparently was In good health
when he retired Jast night. Doctors say
he died of heart disease.
A naUve of Geneva, N. Y.. Nash was
thirty-live years old. He had served In
diplomatic positions In Bankok. Vladl
vostock. Rhelms and Venice before be
ing sent to Budapest. His wife was the
Baroness Margherlta Mayncri, of
WITHIN TWO WEEKS
Contrary to announcements, the de
murrers to the bill to prevent the ab
sorption of the utility companies of
Washington by the Washington Utilities
Company, the thlrty-mllllor-dollar cor
poration recentjy organized, will not be
filed for several days, perhaps two
Counsel for ieveral of the defendants
named In the bill tiled by tho District
said that all the demurrers will be sub
mitted at the ame time. The demurrers
will question the right of the court to
entertain the suit and will be a general
denial of the right of the corporation
counsel to bring action to prevent the
Read Our $9,000 Rambler Automobile
Ad. Th's week's Saturday Evening- Poat
H..B. Leary. Jr.-AdTt.
marine combination -will be '
Profee To Be World-Wide. - j
It Ja Tiroposed. to get at tfcettrath be-- '
hind charges that our trade vrtth. tk.'"
Latte Americas hast been the s-OTerer -J?
for many yeara'becaaw sMpptegfaeflf- 1
ties werectfetroUed'aBd oBMfM,i.t '--
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hve Beenewployed. x rn'
-.! cflarged that rates have prettr
I steadily advanced since the formation
or.-ine internauonal Mercantile Marine
Company, which is the grea power hi
the trass-Atlantic business. This com
pany was organized by American inter
eats, though the various shipping Hnea
comprising the combine are mainly c
ducted nnder foreign flags:
The investigation wUT reach out to all
quarters of the world. South Americas,
African.. Oriental, and Mediterranean
traffic will come. In for UlumlnaUoa.
while the coastwise traffic of this, coun
try will get attention. The -whole study
Is expected to shed, valuable light on
the problems which must be met and
solved In connecUon with the adminis
tration of the Panama canal, and also
to point the way to reforms in our navi
gation and coastwise shipping laws.
. Give $50,000 for Prolie.
The House has provided $50,000 for the
expenses of the Inquiry, which Is In
charge of the Committee on Merchant
Marine and Fisheries. The membership
of the committee includes Congressmen
Alexander, of Missouri, chairman;
Hardy, of Texas: Wilson, ot Pennsyl
vaenla; Carter, of Oklahoma; Barnhart.
of Indiana; Collier, of Mississippi:
Ayres. of New York-. Thayer, of Massa
chusetts; Burke, of Wisconsin; Stone,
of Illinois; Young, of Texas; Post; of
Ohio; Falson. of North Carolina; Demo
crats; Greene. ot Massachusetts:
Humphrey, of Washington: Henry, ot
Connecticut; Hinds, of Maine; Porter,
of Pennsylvania; Stephens, of Call-,
fornia. and Pairan, of Maryland. Re
publicans. Joseph J. Slechta, who represents In'
New York tfce Brazilian Steamship
Company, which Is operated directly
by the Brazilian government, was
among the first draft of witnesses sum
moned before the committee. Mr..
Slechta was formerly vice consul at Rio
de Janiero, and has made a long-time,
study of merchant marine conditions.
It is expected that his testimony will
be found particularly Important, be
cause It has been Mr. Slechta's desire
to explain some of the bearings of the
shipping combination on American
commerce with South America.
Business at Double Sate.
The "Brazilian conference," or com
bination to control the Brazilian busi
ness. Includes the Lamport and Holt
Steamship Company, of Liverpool; the
Hamburg-American, a German line, and
the Prince line, British. The only com
petitor with this combination for I'nt
ted States business Is the Brazilian
Steamship Company. This Is nrimarily
a coastwise shipping concern. operaUnir
some sixty-five vessels up and down the
(Continued on Second Page.)
IN CONGRESS TODAY.
Met at noon.
Col. R. M. Johnston takes oath as mem
ber of Senate, to succeed Bailey.
Final hearing on Kenyon red light bill.
Omnibus claims bill taken up.
Archbald' trial resumed. Judge Archbald
to be cross-examined.
Senator Swanson Introduces good roads
Met at noon.
pebate on Indian bill resumed.
Insurance Investigation continued.
Pujo committee resumed Money trusts
Shipping trust Investigation was begun."
Ways and Means Committee continued,
'the tariff hearings.
Appropriations Committee considered
District appropriation bill.
Glass Committee began hearings on cur-;
xeacy legislation. i.
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