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NUMBER 7695.
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WASHIXGrTCXST. WEDSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 15, 191JJ.
Eighteen, Pages
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MYSTERY LUIS
BEHIND DEATH
Police Force Door to Find Her
Dead and Her Husband
Half Starved.
RAVENOUS DOGS FIGHT
OFF RESCUE PARTY
Doctor's Anxiety Causes Police
to Break Down Door and
Find Couple.
The lifeless body of Mrs. Ella
-Simpson, sixty years old, only half
clad, sprawling across a first-floor
.hallway, and the almost famished
and frozen form of her husband,
"Robert Simpson, eighty-two years
ojd, until December 4 a watchman
at the Treasury Department, in an
upstairs room, were found by the
police of the Third precinct shortly
after noon today, when they broke
Into the building at 717 Twenty
second street northwest
Man Is Delirious.
The old man is. at tho Emergency
Hospital, delirious, and unable to ex
plain the condition In which he was
founcL It is hardly likely that he will
recover. ' Sirs. Simpson, who had appar
ently been In the best of health for
one 'of her years, had been dead since
Sunday night. It Is believed.
Coroner JJevitt 1s examining: the body
this afternoon. Later he will go to the
Emergency Hospital and endeavor to
learn from the husband facts which are
lacking at this time, and which make
' the affair must mysterious.
Suspicious of the quiet surrounding
the .Twenty-second street residence for
the last three days, 'and unable to pain
admittance since Monday morning. Dr.
J. IV.-Hart, who had been "treating Mr.
Simpson for injuries received in a fall.
December 4, early today asked the police
of the Third precinct to accompany him
to the borne.
Police Force Door.
Shortly after noon Policemen George
Newton and Frank. Stroman, with Dr.
Hart, visited the Simpson residence,
broke open the door, and narrowly miss
ed treading on. the prostrate form of
an aged woman. She was clad only in
night garments, her head resting, face
downward, on her hands. Dr. Hart In
spected the face, and found it to be Mrs.
Simpson.
The trio then took up the search for
Mr. Simpson, who had been ill for sev
eral weeks. They heard a pounding in
an upstairs room, and the barking of
dogs. Hastily they mounted the rickety
stairs, but were forced to stop on the
-last landing.
Dogs Attack Rescuers.
Two snarling dogs of the cur tpe
block their way and defied further
progress. Coax as they might, the ca
nines held the way, and it was several
minutes before the dogs left the landing
to return to their master; in a front
room.
Dr. Hart and the police found Mr.
Simpson, wearing but an undershirt and
ua old quilt thrown over his shoulders,
sitting on the side of the bed. with his
feet on the floor. He was muttering
continuously, and it was some time be
fore the intruders could attract his at
tention. They tried to get from him
the causes of his then present condition,
but failed.
It was impossible for Dr. Hart to
make him understand. An ambulance
was summoned, and he was rushed to
the Emergency Hospital, where It was
found he was in a dangerous condition.
Lack of food and heat, and failure to
receive medical attention due him had
so sapped his energy as to make his
recovery doubtful.
Reports that the aged couple. were in
want and had been starving for weeks,
were not vouchsafed for by Dr. Hart.
A bank book showing a balance of more
than $290 in the National Savings and
Trust Company, to the credit of Mr.
Hlmpson. was found on a bed beside
him. Dr. Hart sas the couple owned
property in ML Rainier. They origin
ally were from Maryland.
Dr. Hart believes that Mrs. Simpson
kid been dead since Sunday night,
I visited the Twenty-second street
home Sunday morning to see Mr. Simp
son." he said. "The old man suffered
a dislocated hip the first of December,
and since that time had been very ill.
I saw him Sunday, and told him I
would return the next morning. I re
turned Monday, knocked at the door,
and received no response.
Monday night, Tuebday morning, and
Tuesday night, and again this morning
I tried to gain entrance, but failed. I
then notified the police."
WEATHER REPORT.
FORECAST FOR THE DISTRICT.
Fair and warmer tonight; Thursdaj,
Increasing cloudiness and warmer.
TEMPERATURES.
U. S. BUREAU. I
WIN
AFFLECK'S.
S a. m 31
j a. m.... ....... 3j
10 a. m 38
11 a. m 40
13 noon 5
1 P. m 64
2 p. m , 70
x a. m 35
9 a. m 35
10 a. m 37
11 a. m, 33
I! noon 41
1 p. m 4Z
2 p. m (6 !
TIDE TABLES.
High tides. 1:10 a. m. and 1:37 p.
Low tides, 7: a in. and 850 p. m.
SUN TABLE.
....7:2G I Sun sets 5:03
Sun rises.
FEDERAL
CETS CHARTER
IN FEWJOURS
Promoters of New Concern
Rush for Stock and Get
Temporary Quarters.
JOHN POOLE SLATED
FOR THE PRESIDENCY
Financiers Plan to Name Offi
cials Today for Institution
Formed Following Split.
The Comptroller of the Currency
today Issued a charter to the Fed
eral National Bank, making a record
for speed in such matters, it Is be
lieved. The application .was made
this morning and the charter issued
within a few hours thereafter, when
usually it takes thirty days' interval
between the application and grant
ing of the' charter.
Another record was made in the
subscriptions for stock. It was es
timated at 1 o'clock that the capital
and surplus had been oversubscribed.
Still another record for speed In the
organization of a national bank in
Washington was made in the opening
cf a vacant building at HOS G street
northwest at 9:30 o'clock this morning
and its furnishing for temporary busi
ness within another hour.
The subscriptions for stock and sur
plus were on the basis of $100 for the
stock and S3 for surplus, the total b
ing $500,000 of the former and 1123,000
of the latter.
The committee on organization
will meet this afternoon at 3 o'clock
at the office of1 Clarence B. Rheem and
discuss the personnel of the board-and
the other officers. The subscription.!
lists will be examined and stops taken
to obtain permanent quarters.
''Negotiations aro on "foot for the. lease.
of the building at the southeast cornet
of Fourteenth and G streets northwest,
diagonally across the way from the
Commercial National Bank.
jmw3&3M.? th.edvance
at 1408 G street today there were a num
ber of persons already gathered there
to make subscriptlonsc to the capital
stock.
At the Commercial National Bank,
wnose election or directors yesterday al-
ternoon was the direct cause of the for- !
mation of the new national bank, there '
was much activity today. Eldrldge E. '
Jordan, vice president, whose coup yes
teraay resulted in the election of a
number of his friends to the board, was
present when It opened. He declared
that he wished every success to the new
institution.
Arthur Liee, son-in-law of former Sena
tor Henry G. Davis of West Virginia,
will be chosen by the directors of tho
Commercial to the vice presidency of
the bank made vacant by the with
drawal of X. H. Shea. A. G. Clapham
Is to remain as president, and Tucker
K. Sands as the other vice president.
New Cashier Uncertain.
No selection for the vacant cashlur
ship, caused by the withdrawal of Mr.
Poole, has as yet been dotermmed upon,
but It Is possible that one of the present
members of the clerical force will be
promoted. This program has not been
determined upon. It Is said.
There will be few, if any. additions to
the board of directors of the Commer
cial, except the addition of Mr. Lee, it
was said by Mr." Jordan today. The
new board, composed largely of those
closely Identified with the Jordan inter
ests, will be a unit as to the future
policies of the bank.
Those who have withdrawn from the
Commercial directorate are Byron S.
Adams. Walter A. Brown, W. A. H.
Church, J. J. Darlington, Wilton J.
Lambert, Ralph W. Lee. John L. New
bold, John Poole and N. If Shea. In
addition to thew John H. Ctann Mv.r
Cohen and Clarence B. Rheem were not
re-elected to the board mil CVant, n i
re-elected to the board and Frank b!
Noyes declined re-election. Leon TO'
.j ...! f . ,
krlnnK an Atin. T -! i ,
associated in the fomaUoh or Ih.u'M" MacKac. sister of Percy Mac
The deposits of the Commercial Na- I
ffnnnl Rank At th 1.nt rnmntmll..
CadafHll Ttt Tll
call were 3,nj.6S8.
Pastor Pays Fine
After a Big Row
OMAHA, Neb.. Jan. 15. After making
a dramatic declaration that he would
"go to h 1 rather than pay n JI0 line "
In police sourt. the Rev. Frank M.
Weks, a Presbyterian minister and
owner of the Lafayette apartments, to
day paid the fine levied for assault upon
William Kuhn, a department store meh
renger. Kuhn was delivering two suit
cases to the apartment and being unable
to open the electrically-operated front
dfor. forced the lock. The Rev. Mr.
Weeks ejected Kuhn with force.
Arrested as "Bookie."
Charged with conducting a handbook
on the races, Daniel Plummer. twenty
eight years old, colored, of 102 Four-and-a-half
street southwest, was ar
rested yesterday afternoon by Sergeant
Catts and Detective Howes, of the First
precinct.
Through the Southland Fine Balmy
weather Is being enjoyed. Just the kind
for out-door life. All resorts now open
at Ashevllle, The Land of the Sk, Au
gusta. Aiken. Summery He. Charleston,
Savannah, Brunswick. Florida, Nassau.
Cuba Southern Railway offers excel
lent service. Consult agents, 705 15th St.
and 806 F SL N. W.-Advt.
FORTY SECTIONS
in me PARADE
FOR SUFFRAGE
Women to March Up Avenue to
Tunes Played by Two Score
Bands of Music. t '
WOMAN AVIATOR IS
TO BRING MESSAGE
Executive Mansion-Will Be
Surrounded by Gala Array
of Vote Seekers. ,
More than forty sections ofjparad
crs devoted to the cause of -women's
suffrage, each section Headed by ,a
band, and accompanied by suffrage
banners, will take part, in the pa
geant here March 3 forming what
probably will be the largest affair
of the kind ever held.
Starting from the plaza of the
Capitol, and passing down In front
of the Peace Monument, more than
10,000 persons representing all the
different departments of work with
which women are associated, will
move up Pennsylvania avenue, sweep
nearly completely around the
grounds of the Executive Mansion,
and disband at Continental Hall in
Seventeenth street
Message Through Air.
The parade will be started immedi
ately following the dellcry of. a mes
sage from 'The World" by a woman
aviator, who will come from the North
west, present the message to thn na
tional president of the National Wdm-'
an'
a ounrage league, swoop oyer the.
course,
M- . Jl t "'.I t
.-. ana moappear.m me wesx. -
At the close of the parade .the'raes-
senger from the air again Will appear,
circle about over the "Whlto House and
.the Continental Hall, where the masi
meeting of suffragettes will be In prog
resB, and perform a series of evolutions
from a position of dependence to one of
freedom.
The complete line of parade and the
details of the march from the Capitol
to the home of the Daughters of Amerl-
run Vrinm ni .iv.. ,. ti...
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headquarters of the Woman's Suffrage
ieague, nu t' street northwest.
Virginians in Line.
First in line will be the Daughters
of Virginia, mounted on thoroughbred
horses, many of them famous through
out the State. The beautiful cream
colored Arabian stallions of Mrs. Helen
II. Gardner will lead this contingent,
with Mrs. Mosby Coleman, daughter
of the famous dashing cavalry officer,
as commander.
Mrs. nichard Burleson, wife of Lieu
tenant Burleson, of Fort Mjer, accom
panied by Mrs. n. C. MacLcnna, presi
dent of the Society for Protecting the
Dignity and Honor of the Uniform of
the United States, a famous horsewom
an, will precede this section.
Following the Virginian petticote cav
alry will march the national officers of
the league auccompanled by a band of
ushers. leading the way and emphasiz
ing the importance the suffrage move
ment has attained here. These unliera
are being chosen from among the joung
Foclety women of the city, many of
whom hut; acted as pages at the big
conventions of women held here In the
past.
Floats Next Due.
Two series of floats representing the
suffrage countries and the non-suffrage
countries will close the first division
of the pageant. These floats will repre
sent allegorlcally certain phases In the
J,""
?'"5
murage movement. The general dC'
f.'5I15.are,n-l"1 na1as l " lenml
. Ainiiiii. ciiairrnaxi 01 uic iiuKcani
VimmlUee,
and will be confirmed by
i Kaye. the famous dramatist, In a few
da-2,B'
'1'
he second division will be led by a
detachment of petticoat cavalry from
the Northern State. Connecticut ind
Rhode Island will be prominent In this
contingent. The Misses Elsie and Clara
Hill daughter of Congressman Hill, cf
Connecticut have charge of this sec
tion and probably will ride at thtc
head of the mounted squadron. Floats
representing the "pioneers" of suffrage
will form the other prominent feature
of the division.
The third division will contain tlio
cavalry section from other Northern
States. Here will be the rlnest wom
en riders from New 1'ork, New Jersey,
(Continued on Sixth Page.)
Mother Is Limited
In Visiting Child
Justice Anderson, In Kqulty Court No.
2, today signed a decree limiting the
visits of Mrs. Elizabeth Welsh Cameron
to her daughter, Eflzabeth Welsh, who
Is the waid of Miss Sarah Llpplncott,
In charge of St. Margaret's School, fol
lowing litigation between the child's
parents. After the divorce of the
parents the little girl was placed in the
custody of Sister Angellcj. of the
Academy of the Holy Cros. but re
cently was transferred to MIfs Llppln
cott, The latter requested the court lo
prevent Mrs. Cameron vUltlng the child
so frequently, nnd Justice Anderson
fixed Wednesday" afternoons betkeep
1:30 and 3:30 o'clock as the only thru:
the mother can call at tht school.
ATHLETE ENDS
LIFE By LEAP
mim SEA
Dewitt Ellsworth, of This City,
Is a Suicide on Way From
Panama Canal.
WAS ONCE PROMINENT
AS SCHOLASTIC STAR
Represented Tech High andY.
M. C. A. in Different. Sports
in Competition Here.
Dewitt Talmadge Ellsworth who,
as a student in Technical High
School, and later as a member of the
Plstrict National Guard, and the Y.
M. C. A., wa3 a prominent, athlete
In Washington, and for the last $wo
years has been In the Government
employ in"Panama, leaped overboard
from the steamer Allanca on Janu
ary 11, and was drowned.
Word was.hrought today when iho
steamer docked In New York. Toung
Ellsworth had suffered a nervous
and physical collapse, and bis pa
rents, at 1248 GIrard street, were no
tified that he was being sent home!
- At Tech High.
Young Ellsworth became prominent in
Washington when a student at Techni
cal High School. He made the track
teams and the baseball and football
teams. He later went to George Wash
ington University, but before he com
pleted his course in that Institution he
enrolled aa a student of the Massachu
setts Institute of Technology, where
ho graduatcd-as a draughting engineer.
He returned to Washington and was
en.Bloved br-the Government for4
- '.J - - I 1 . '
thort while, during w
hich lmo he-C?
came a 'member of the" National Guard
and the T. M. C A. He represented
both organizations in track and basket
ball teams and was considered one of
the foremost athletes of the city.
After a short term of employment In
Waablngton Young Ellsworth took the
civil service examination Tor Panama
service and wan sent to Culebra cut.
Just before leaving Washington he was
married to Miss Clara Barclay Wllkle.
of Camden. N. J., who went to Panama
with him. The climate or tnc canai
zone was too severe for Mrs. Ellsworth
and a few months ago she came back
to the United States and lemalncd for a
short while In Newport News, Va.
While there she received word that her
father was desperately HI und has been
at his bedside tiince.
While In Panama young Ellsworth
received especial commendation from
Colonel Goethals for the invention of a
"dump valve" which, according to
Colonel Goethals, has saved the Gov
ernment thousands of dollars since its
adoption.
A short while ago Mrs. Ellsworth,
his mother, received a letter from him
saving that he had been HI for some
time, due to overwork and nervous
ness, but that he thought he was bet
ter. I,ast week the officials under
whom Ellsworth worked notified Mr.
and Mrs. Ellsworth that the youth had
suffered a nervous and phylcal collapse
and was neither mentally nor physical
ly able to continue his work. They
therefore sent him home on vacation
until he should recover.
Leaps Overboard.
On January 11 voung Ellsworth eluded
all watchers and leaped overboard. Tho
Alllanca searched the sea for him un
til there was no hope for the recovery
of his body and then steamed on her
way.
Yesterday D. G Ellsworth went to
New York to meet his son, but not un
til today did he learn of his fate. He
will return to Washington tonight.
Young Ellsworth's mother and father
live In Washington and a sister, Mr.
Do Leon Carleton. lives In Marlon, N. C.
"Goody' Ellsworth, a brother, lives In
Seattle. Wash., and Curtis Ellsworth,
another brother, lives in Arizona.
High Court Decides
Aliens Must Die
RICHMOND. Va . Jan. 15. Retrial for
Floyd and Cluude Allen, the HillsvlUo
mountaineers sentenced to die for their
part In the murders In Judge Masste's
court room last March, was dented by
the Virginia supreme court today. Un
less Governor Mann interferes the
father and son will die In thu electric
chair here Frldav morning.
I IN CONGRESS TODAY. T
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SENATE.
Met at noon.
Clapp committee takes furthet testi
mony on theft of Standard Oil letters.
Resolution Introduced to grant Mrs.
Daniel M. Ran&dell twelve months'
salar of late sergeant-at-arms of tho
Senate.
Legislative bill taken up
Fore'gn Relations Committee meets.
HOUSE.
Met at noon
Congressman .Sims delivered speech re
garding features of lnsurunce Investi
gation. Insurance probe icsumed.
Monej trust Investigation resumed
Currency hearings resumed.
House considered routine matters on
Wednesday calendar.
Commands Gunboat Sent to Mexico
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COMMANDER THOMAS .WASHIHGT0.
WARSHIP HURRIED
TO HAH COAST
10 1 AMERICAS: WRIESWy
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Cruiser Denver -Sent to -Save
Folk in Peril When fleports
of Rebels Are Received.
The third class cruiser Denver today
was ordered to proceed to Acapulco, on
the Mexican Pnclfls coast, for the pro
tection of American Interests there
which are threatened by rebel forces
which, in the vicinity, number more
than 2,000.
The order was issued by the Navy
Department on request of tho State
Department to which Ambassador
iicii.jr oiii.- mi. ociii me win mr
cm. arter navmg tieen lnrprmed by Con-
bui tawaras, at Atapuico, or tne tnreat- between Connecticut avenue and Mas
enlng conditions there. Tho Denver, atjsachusetts avenucbridges.-
J?an Diego yesterday, will require four
days to make the trip.
Alarming reports of conditions near
Acapulcor have reached the State De
partment, Refugees from the surround
ing country have been pouring Into the
coast town, railroad work through Costa
Grande has been given up because of
rebel threats and the rbad. through too,ZX"EZZr''XE"lZ
Wclnlty, entirely under control of the
rcDeis. arc nuea wnn numerous small
bands of rebels and marauders.
Court of Russia
Expecting Stork
BERLIN. Jan. 16. St ePtersburg dis
patches today confirmed the report cir
culated In Paris that tho Russian Im
perial family Is awaiting an interesting
eent, expected early In the spring.
The court chamberlain lias been or
dered to omit the Czarina's names from
nil court functions, and this Is the ex
planation of why the Empress did not
attend the Chrl&tmas festival of the
Cossacks at the palace recently.
Czar Nicholas II married the Princess
Alexandra Alex, or Alexandra Feodo
tovna, daughter of Ludwlg IV, Grand
Dute of He ve. In No ember, lfXM. They
have live children four daughters, the
Grand 'Duchess Olga. the Grand Duchess
TltlRiia, thu Grand Duchess Marie; the
Grand Duchess Anastasla and one sou,
tho Grand Duke Alexis, the Czarevitch.
Rich Old Woman
Starves to Death
Philadelphia. Pa.. Jan i;-
Found dead of taiatIon amid scenes
of squalor und poverty, an agea woman
at
first thought to be an outcast and
beggar. toda was Identified as Mrs.
Rebecca Watson, seventy-four yean
old. once a wealthy resident of the
city, and now worth more than flO.WXX
The old woman deserted her relatives
seven enrs ago and led the life of .1
recluse against the will of her family.
Relatives say the estrangement thug
brought about caused Mrs. Watson to
become despondent nnd starve herself
to death.
Find Spinster Dead.
NEW YORK. Jan. 15. The Incessant
howling of six pet dogs led to the break
ing in of the apartment door of Miss
Kannle Luff, sixty years old. She had
been dead three days and her dogs
were weak with hunger but still able
to howl.
CONGRESSMAN IS
BinTfiLYlTAGKS
Banker AssaitaMor-HiS'Sttry
- at Insurance -Quiz and Al
leged Land Deal.
A sharp echo of the District commit
tee's insurance investigation was heard
in the House today when Congressman
Sims' arose to a question of personal
privilege and denied certain xornrnit
rnents mads before the District commit
tee" by Charles C. Glover, president of
thcRiggs Bank.
Mr. Sims reiterated his charge of
three years ago that Mr. Glover 'had
. attempted to "unload" upon the Fed'
Cral Government a tract of land laying
Mr. Sims also took direct Issue with
Mr. Glover that he. Glover, never had
neard or these charges until a short
time before his appearance at the In
surance Investigation, i
"That is not a fact," jsald'Mr. Sims.
In November, IMS,- I talked over this
very subject with Mr. Glover in the
Rlggs bank and'Congressman Smith of
of March, 1909, in which I made these
charges about Mr. Glover.
"Yet. Mr. Glover says that he never
heard of them until two days prior
to his nppearance before the insurance
Investigation committee.'"'
Adheres To Statement.
Congressman Sims stuck to bis state
ment that Mr. Glover first attempted
to sell tho land to the Government for
$600,000. the offer was then made at
5V)VI0, and flnully JU5.O0O.
On the witness stand. Mr. Glover
characterized this statement as false.
"I have a poor opinion of any man,"
shouted Mr. Sims, "who gets an option
on land and tries to sell It to the Gov
ernment. This Government does not
need any man's option. It can get all
the land It wants by condemnation."
Mr. dims old tho House that Mr.
Glover's statement has been printed In
full In one Washington newspaper and
that "It must have been paid for."
Session Is Routine.
While Congressman Slms. In the
House, commented upon the real estate
situation in the District as aired be
fore, the investigating committee, the
Insurance Investigation before the
House District Committee was of rou
tine character.
Theodore Starrett. formerly nresldent
of the Thompson-Starrett Company and
a builder of skyscrappera, testified that
It probably would cost more tl.000.OOU to
reproduce the Southern budding today.
He asked what estimate he wou'd put
on the building if It were assumed that
It cost $681,000 to build two years ago.
Mr. Starrett said It would cost 20 per
cent more today. Attorneys for the In
surance companies, however, claim the
building was constructed at a cost of
much more than bSl,000.
Congressman Redfleld and the wit
ness engaged in un extended Intel
change of viewn regarding New York
and Brooklyn real estate and the ap
preciation and depreciation In values.
Charles F. Schneider, an expert In
iron, and steel, of Washington, testified
that structural steel here now costs
SCO to ISO a ton.
Billions in Gambling.
ROME. Jan. (15. According to an of
ficial return Issued by the ministry of
commerce, Italians have lost H.S0,
000,000 in gambling during the last fifty,
two years.
ROCKEFELLER
BUT WELL
TESTIFY JAYS DOCTOR
Oil Man's Condition, Physician Declartt, Is Sv&fc
j As to' Permit Examination bv Piiio Com
mittee If Probe Into Monty Trust Clew
At End of Two Hours.
BIG BANKERS HELD HERE ON SUBPOENAS
TO SATISFY CONGRESS INQUISITORS.
William Bockefeller, Standard Oil millionaire, is iwt
too sick to testify briefly in the Money trust inquiry is Aa
opinion by Dr. C. "W. Richardson, given to thePujo commit
tee today, the committee's throat specialist, who examined
Bockefeller at Miami, Fla., fast Sunday; Trfe said. 8.1011
examination might be dangerous. An examinatiom of aboat
two hours can be endured without danger, if the matter i
of very great importance, is the statement made by Dr.
Richardson. The magnate's vocal cords are badly affected,
his voice can only be heard for twenty feet. The millioa
aire is also a victim of shaking palsy, which will make k
impossible to conduct an examination in writing, it.
said.
Dr. Jtichardson admitted itas 'a question no mm
mmnw
f SPREff PLEA
Self-Defense Is Claim Advanc
ed by Thomas as Cause for
His Shooting Husband.
In spite of his plea of self defense.
Robert L. Thomas wan this afternoon
held for the action of the grand Jury
by "the coroners' Jury at the Inquest
over the body of Roomie Stevens. 1
whom he shot and killed In the Stev
ens' home in Takoma PPark Monday
evening. Thomas took the witness
stand in his own defense and sought
to 'Vindicate his act by claiming he
killed Stevens after the latter had
'shot and dangerously ' wounded his
wife, Mrs. Evelyn Stevens. Thomas
was shot in the right cheek.
Morbid Crowd Gathers.
Inspired b ymorbld curiosity, a large
crowd filed into the little court room
when the inquest opened. Dr. George
Hclncke, 3654 Georgia avenue, who was
summoned to the scene immediately
after the shooting, told of going to the
house and finding Stevens lying dead
on the kitchen floor Mrs. Stevens with
a bullet wound in left side, had been
taken to the home of a neighbor, while
Thomas, with a bullet wound In his
cheek, was In a room over a near-by
drug store.
Mrs. Stevens, the physician said, was
conscious and sitting in a chair. She
told him she thought she had been rhot
through the stomach ana was arraid to
look because she feared she had been
seriously wounded. He had her taken
to Garfield Hospital. Beside the wound
In her left side, he said there was a
bruise In the center of the abdomen,
which might have been caused by the
same bullet or another bullet. The phy
sician said he saw Mrs. Stevens at the
hospital early today and that her con
dition was most favotable.
Was Shot In Back.
Dr. Charles S. White, deputy coroner,
who performed the autopsy, stated that
Stevens had been shot twice, both
times In the back. One bullet entered
his back about two Inches below the
right shoulder, passed diagonally
through the body penetrating both
lungs. The other bullet entered the
back just to the right of the spine.
(Continued on Page Thirteen )
Eight Are Injured
In Traction Crash
PHILADELPHIA. Jan. 15. Eight men
were injured, one seriously, and two
cars badly damaged when a Chester
Short Line trolley car. bound for Eddj
btone with about one hundred work
men, crashed into the rear of another
on Island Road noar Crums Creek. An
open switch caused the accident. Both
of the cars were carrying employes of
the Baldwin locomotive plant In Eddy,
btone.
Birthday of Pancake.
VIENNA. Jan. 15. The centenarv of
the pancake. Invented bv aKtrina Plat
ser in 13U was celebrated with an elabo
rate menu and ceremony at the Double
Eagle Cafe.
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will hol4 a secret seesloa about i;W.
That it' night, fee daagereee to
."take a chance? is cowBeHtay Roeie
feller to testify was .the general sen
timent oLthe committee, awl Attor
ney TJntermeyer. The latter said he
felt doubtful if Rockefeller shqaM
be forced to testify. The-general Im
preeetoH is that Rockefeller woaM
not be called.
Dr. Richardson said, that Mr. Rock
efeller came from Nassau to MlasM
solely for the examination. The ex
amination took one hour. "His Case
Is more serioas than Dr. Chappel, hte
private physician, indicated In his af
fidavit His condition dates back to
1905.
"His right vocal chord Is entirely
gone. His pulse was ICO. and blood pres
sure lfS-s, a little abnormal even for h!
age. He was excited, accounting fer
hls rapid pulse.
"He wrote .with great efTort. He
has shaking palsy gyrating of the
head. It took him two and one-half
minutes to write eleven words."
Replying to the question, "Is he too til
to testify here or elsewhere?"- Dr. Rich
ardson said: "His phjsician fears he
might have a hemorrhage. That, Is a
possible result He has two very serious
and chronic conditions, t believe a'
shoit examination could be carried on
with only slight danger. A long exami
nation would cause his voice to become,
practically extinct A prolonged exami
nation Is very likely to be detrimental
physically In a remote way."
Witnesses Await Hearing.
Awaiting examination today were
George W. Perkins, formerly of J. P.
Morgan & Co.? H. P. Davidson, now
senior partner of the Morgan lira;
Thomas "W. Lamont another Morass
partner, and heads of Speyer & Co.. and
Kuhn, Loeb & Co.. fiscal agents. All
were subpoenaed to relate the inside
history of big financial transactions of
Morgan.
Albert C Burrage. a Boston lawyer,
told of the organization of the Amalga
mated Copper Company In ISSO. He wan
a director. He admitted a board of di
rectors was first formed Including J. P. 1
oMgran. II. H. Roeera. Marcus TJalv.
J William Rockefeller. James Stlllntan.
ueorge t lower. Kooert Bacon and other
tinancial powers, to bring copper, coal
and lumber companies into the "com
bine." Burrage disclaimed knowledge that
the promoters made .$30,000,000 profit
about 20 pcr cent. He could not recall
his share of the profits, nor he did not
know If Thomas, W. Lawkon made ,
CO3.00 in the deal.
William Rockefeller "probably" kept
the promoters accounts, Burrage de
clared. Burrage said that copper stock: was
distributed among the promoters by
Roiers or Rockefeller.
TURN RULE FOR AD
Untermeyer attempted to show that
Rogers. Rockefeller, and their Associ
ates, as stockholders of the constituent
copper companies, sold their holding to
themselves, as directors of Amalga
mated, at great profit.
Burrage said when Lawson, and Rog
ers began quarreling ha destroy,! every
scrap of paper regarding hia cevptr
deals wtia both mtxu.
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