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Fair Tonight and Thurs
day; Colder Tonight.
COAL PIES TO
District Weights and Measures
Chief Calls Charges Unrea
sonable. SHORT WEIGHT ALLEGED
BY MEASURE INSPECTOR
Cost of $16.30 Per Ton to
Those Least Able to Pay, Is
"Unscrupulous dealers are charg
ing the poor of the city for coal at
the rate of $16-30 a ton."
This was the statement made to
day of Col. W. C. Haskell. Superin
tendent of Weights and Measures,
following an exhaustive investiga
tion' of tho sale of fuel in small
quantities. As a result of the in
quiry prosecutions will be entered
in the Police Court within the next
few dayB against a number of deal
ers on the charge of violation of the
weights and measures law.
The investigation shows, according
to Colonel Haskell, that many mer
chants are substituting smaller cans
and sacks in place of the standard
Sold in Sacks and Cans.
In a report to Colonel Haskell, in
spector L. S. Schoenthal, who made the
"I Und that In numerous small stores
about the city red ash coal. Ja being
sold In small paper -sicks which have
the appearance ox 'contains) one peck
and lone-half bushel respective!-.- The
former, weighing thirteen and three
ounrter' tcu.ids and containing live
eighths or a peck in bulk, sells for 10
cents, while the latter, holding twice as
much, sel.s for 15 cents a sack, the
10-cent sack being paid for at the rate!
ui ,e.so a ton. and tne l&-cent sacK
belling at the rate of J.Z25 a ton."
The statement Is made also by Mr.
Schoenthal thai dealers are selling coal
In metallic measures which contain one
'and a half pecks, the customer sup
posing that It Is a bushel. By calling
It a -can" of coal. Colonel Haskell, said,
'the dealers hope to escape prosecution
being. If the charge Is made, that the
customer did not specifically ask for a
bushel of. coal.
Poor Are the Sufferers.
"The sale of coal In small quantities
la restricted almost In every instance
to the very poor of the city, theise who
can least afford to pay exorbitant
prices," said Superintendent Haskell.
"It is because they are so poor that It
Is necessary for them to buy in less
than quarter tons, and while they real
ize that they must necessarily pay more
for small quantities, they are not con
scious of the fact that the advance
takes on such huge proportions.
Whether or not the law is broad enough
to coer the cases in question is of little
consequence as the remedy lies in the
hands of the public If they ask for a
given quantity such as a standard
weight or measure they must receive
it or the person selling it will be liable.
My advice is to purchase In quantities
of not less than aquarter of a ton, but
If circumstances are such that it can
not be done, then buy by either the
bushel, peck, or half peck, and insist
on buying that way
Should Befuse to Buy.
"It Is only because the public will buy
In uncertain quantities," continued Mr.
Haskell, "that the dealer can sell by
that method. If the nubile will refuse
to buy a "blind' quantity, the merchant
will have to pack his coal to conform to ,
the demands of the public." i
Realizing that many of those who are
compellKl to pay exorbitant prices are
unversed In the law and practically
helpless In the hands of unscrupulous
dealers. Colonel Haskell will not con
fine his efforts to the education of the
public; but will prosecute vigorously all
cases of the sale of underweight. The i
maximum fine Is J 100. which the au-1
thorlties will ask be impobtd in the case j
of even' conviction. J
Commissioner Rudolnli said todav '
inai every enorc win De made to pro
tect tho pcor, and expressed the hope
that means villi be found for the vigor
ous punishment of thobe by whom they
are being victimized.
Insurance Man Is
Cleared of Charge
Wal'ace W Chlswell. nresldent of th
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People'? Mutual Benefit Insurance
Companj, arraigned In the District
branch of Pdlice Colii yesterlaj on
a charge of colliding v.-Itn an automo
bile occupied by S G Klrtlnnd who is
associated with David Hendricks In the.
automobile business in H street north-1
west, was exonerated of the charjo I
against him the court holding that the j
coIllFlcr. was unavoidable. !
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night, lowest temperature tonight tbout
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Sun rises 7:04 Sun sets.
Yesterday's Circulation, 46,070.
WINS FIGHT TO
Court Sets Aside Will of Father
and Grants Her $25,000 a
BLAMED FOR FAULT
Miss Alice Gordon Promises to
Carry Out Wishes Expressed
Miss Alice Gertrude Gordon, twenty-one
years old, will receive the an
nual income, amounting to more than
125,000, from the $500,000 estate of
her father, Major James J. Gordon,
whose will providing that she
receive only an annuity of $3,600 was
set aside by a jury before Justice
Gould in Probate Court today.
Major Gordon's will, which was
executed March 2, 1911, two months
before he died at the age of seventy
six years, provided for the annuity
of ?300 a month for his daughter, his
only child and heir-at-law, and that,
twenty-one years after her death., if
she left no children, the estate should
go to the Episcopal Eye, Ear and
Throat Hospital, the Episcopal Home
for Children and the Southern In
dustrial Educational Association, the
latter beneficiary to use the legacy
to improve the condition of tho
mountaineers "residing "in the 'Appa
lachian region Jrom. West Virginia;
to the Quit States.1 y &&iilf''
Illness Is "Blamed.
Miss Gordon,. who'became twenty-one1
years old on January 12 last, 'filed a
caveat to the will, setting forth that fcer
father was suffering from an Incurable
malady at the time the document was
executed, and did not comprehend that
she was not to cet more than the mere
J3.600 a year from the estate.
Wltneses testified today that they had
talked with Major Gordon severnl
months before his death and the execu
tion of the will in question, and that he
had Informed them that it was his wish
ami intention to make provisions so
that his daughter would have the bene
fit of the entire Income from his half-mllllon-dollar
estate. Miss Gordon also
testified to the same effect.
The verdict of the Jury fas in the
nature of a compromise reached by
counsel for Miss Gordon and possible
beneficiaries, and there was practically
no contest of the young woman's claim.
Attorney A. 8. IVorthtngton. represent
ing Miss Gordon. Informed the Jury that
she had agreed to execute a deej of
trust to the National Savings and
Trust Company with a view to carrying
pui the wishes of her father with re
spect to the conditional legacies, as f.ie
would be entirely satisfied with the In
come. Estate Worth Million.
Miss Gordon, who is an attractive
joung soman, resides at 1600 Sixteenth I
street northwest, and is prominent in
the younger society set. The estate
from which she will receive the In- ,
come consists of J400.000 personal prop-
erty and valuable coal lands In Wen .
Virginia. It was stated todav that tho
value of the coal lands Is not definite
ly known and that there Is strong
possibility of the estate being worth
n.ore than a million dollars, although
the case was litigated on the estimate
that It was worth at least JMO.000.
Attorney J. J. Darlington appeare.1
for the National Savings and Trust
Company In the proceedings today.
BE HEARD FRIDAY
West Virginia Legislators Wait
With Bated Breath for New
CHARLESTON. W. Va.. Feb. i With '
the legislators and the public generally j
dumfounded o er the legislative expose '
of yesterday, the operations of the law-
mailers have been checked, and interest t
f Anlnr. In t.A n.,itlnifni.. I .. -
-. ....M . ,.,., jjiciimjiwiv untiring OI I
the accused legislators, all of whom fur-
nlshed bond jesterday evening in the
penalty of s6.ooo each for their appear-
nc before Magistrate Dering to an-i
swer mc nnaings or tne grand jury.
Delegates Duff and Asbury waived
- xaminatlon. but the others are willing
tj stand trial tomorrow.
The hearing will begin at U o'clock
Friday morning, and the principal wit
nesses will be the detectives, the sheriff,
and the prosecuting attorney.
Report has been freely circulated that
charges similar to those against Senator
Ren JV. Smith and Delegates Duff, of
jatnuuii; mil. nouur), anil ItnOlC8 Will
be made against six other Republican
members of the Legislature. If thlt be
the. case and immediate trial rtiiitk in
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conviction, the Republican majority will
bo cut to a dangerously narrow margin.
Developments are being watched with
eagerness, and the vote on United States
Senator today is expected to indicate
the nature of the change brought about
by the exposure.
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BRIBE CHARGE ILL
5the TBaftmaf wt
Formal Canvass of--Electoral
Vote Is Made Today in Joint
By THEODORE TILLER.
Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey, and
Thomas R. Marshall of Indiana, werej
today declared to have Deen ciecica
President and Vice President, respec
tively, of tho United States.
The Senate and House met in their
quadrennial Joint session and formally
promulgated the decision of the voters
of the ,nlonV,.There,18 now ""'".i0
?,r.t,;'.entMr' Wilson from entering the
Whlt? Ho"Ee ," aT,c.h S?d. nob.odJ
disputes Sir. Marshall s rlrtit to wle.d
Lhe Ravel as PresldlnK "lcer f the
L.MiItant Democrats and a sprinkling
of philosophical Republicans and also
suftragnttes and antl - suffragettes
crowded the galleries of the House and
watched the Impressive ceremonies on
the floor below. Standing room was at
a premium and nobody was admitted to
the Capitol who did not possess a card
of admittance designed especially for
Result Was Certain.
Of c(tpc everybody knew that the
Joint on of the two bodies of Con
gress would give Mr. Wilson and Mr.
Marshall title to their offices. There
were rumors last November to the effect
that these candidates had been elected,
and Mr Wilson was even so confident
of the action of the vote counters today
thta he has gone ahead picking out a
Cabinet and writing an inaugural ad
dress. The tabulation of the vote by the Sien
(Continued on Fifth Page.)
TO COME OP FRIDAY
Senate Committee Will Consider
UUIIIIIIIUCC Will UUIIOIUCI
Eight-Hour and Electrocu
The Senate District Committee will
hold a meeting Friday and consider Im
portant District measures.
The eight-hour bill for women and
girls will be considered among others.
PI.. .1..I.A.Ilttnn Kill oldI Will K tuti-AH
I1C VICLllVkUllUII fill CI" ..... .... ll.
up and probably will be whipped Into
Last week It was expected a subcom
mittee would conduct a hearing on the
anti-merger bill for the Disnict today.
Hut it was not possible to arrange the
urn pnii p rPTrn fmmWiKMm. ri luwui I-f tint '
wilson Elected, jpflKiHi - clerks will not
CONGRESS DECLARES EliiwWHH WORK fMMKZ
Generals, and Arsenal Being Bombarded Today
.- 'Jr.-'ollmTzsmMlmlmlmlmlmlmlmlmlmlmlmlmlmBa sy z'imr
On Way To Aid Diaz.
TAFT SEES HIS AIDES;
President Closeted With Knox and Stimson.
Brigade of 15,000 Troops Ordered to Be
in Readiness for Immediate Service.
President Taft la closeted this afternoon with Secretary of State
Knox and Secretary of War Stimson discussing the Mexican situation.
The conference 1b considered to be of tb,e utmost importance as regards
immed'atc action by the United States with respect to the'crlsis in Mexico.
When the two Secretaries hurried from their offices to join the Presi
dent in a conference at which all rthers were excluded, they intimated
that they had news of the gravest importance to communicate to Presi
TROOPS ORDERED TO BE READY.
Orders were issued by the War De
partment at noon for the provisional
bilgade of the army, numbering 13.000,
to hold itself In readiness for instant
service. The brfEade would be gathered
from points as far north as Niagara
and as far west as thu Presidio, San
Francisco, in the event that orders of
mobilization were given.
The Mexican situation Is so acute that
Secretary of War Stimson and' Secre
tary of Stale Knox, who had Intended
to go Willi the President and Cnblnct
to Philadelphia this afternoon, decided
shortly before noon to s:ay on the Job J
Minute by minute awaiting news froml
Mexico which will force the hand of
this Goernment to armed Intervention.
President Taft stayed In Ills private of
fice at the White House today, denied
himself to all callers except Cublnet of
ficers, and concentrated Ills attention
on what maj prove to be the most
serious, foreign problem ht has been
raller upon to solve.
Secretary of War Stimson held a
short conference with tin President.
The Secretary of the Navy and Secre
tary of State Knox were at their desks
early, despite the conference held at 2
o'clock lust night, and orders were cur-
' r " both departenvsits that the
slightest news touching the Mexican
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Washington's Birthday , " and
March 4 Set Aside for Holi
days for Employes.
Orders closing the departments of the
Government Saturday. February 22.
have been Issued by nearly VI the Sec
retaries of the Cabinet and the one or
two who have not yet made such order
will do so soon.
The day is a legal holidty In the Dis
trict, and the orders are more or less
perfunctory. However, they serve to
set at rest In the minds of workers' in
the classified service any doubt as to'
the matter of working or staying away
on such a day. f
Similar orders with regard to March
4 will be Issued in duo time, and will
be of more importance, for March 4
Is not a legal holiday, and the Execu
tive order Is what will justify clerks h)
absenting themselves that day from the
The order to be issued at the Treas
ury Department will contain notice with
regard to use of the building that, day.
The north and south corridors will be
opened. It Is stated so as to permit
ticket-holders In the stands to enter
the corridors and warm themselves If
the day be cold.
Employes of the Treasury Department
will have access to the Treasury March
4 by card, as'usual. This means that em
ployes who have offices In rooms which'
overlook Fifteenth street or Pennsyl
vania avenue will be able to watch the
parade from these windows
State Supreme Court Hands
Down Adverse Decision To-
JEFFERSON CITY. Mo.. Feb. li-J
The State supreme., court today hand-J
ed down a permanent order cf ouster'
aiinst the Standard Oil Company, j
This means the corporation must leave M
tho State of Mlfsourl.
Only One Night Out to Florida Via At
lantic Coust Line. 4 limited trains dally
3:06, 6:. U:40 p. ni.: 4:3) o. m. All-steel
electric-lighted Pullmans. Superior road
way and service. 1406 New York ave. n.w.
OUSTED IN mm
AS MEXICANS RENEW
Bombardment Starts Blaze That Imperils Heart
of City Residents Flee in Terror Instead
of Fighting Flames Foreigners Fear Rebels
Will Turn on Them; .
AMERICANS AID IN
MEXICO C(T,Y, Feb. 12. The third day's battle be
tweenthe Madero.and Diaz forces was started at daybreak,
and an hour later rifles and machine guns were, pouring
shots .back and forth from, the rival camps. A tiomb from
the rebel forces set fire to the Mutual Life Insurance Com
pany Building, and a large area in the heart of the city is
now threatened by flames.
The. firemen, panic-stricken, because of the seriousness
of the raging battle, are unable to cope with the situation,
and residents are fleeing Instead of aiding in extinguishing
, Diaz,, according to his announcement last -night, is
'isafiowed to malce'WucBrndt
i present regime will be at hand.
Foreigners are. quartered in the various headquarters
of their governments, and Ambassador Wilson, of the
BORNEO By REBELS
Salazar Leads Mexican Forci
Toward Juarez, Dealing De-
struction on Way,
EL PASO, Tex., Feb. 12. Moving from
Casaa Grandes to 'attack Juarez, the
Mexican rebel array of Ynex Salarar l
flWtrZrM business section of the city have
Mexicans and foreigners, according tot been hit by shells and heavy damage
today s advices.
Colonla DIax. with a normal popula
tion of 700 Americans, is In dufns. only
one house, the home of E. V. Eomney.
escaping. Included In this were a large
TA.mnn rhtlrrtl and tho ColOnV.StOrCS.
Colonia Dublan. also an American
town Is reported to have been fired
upon while other colony towns are n
danger of destruction, refugees say.
Mine properties in Chlruahua and So
nora States are also being wrecked.
Advices from Austin. Tex . say troop
are being held In readiness to start for
the border at a moment's notice.
The Mexican town of Ascension, fao
nora. has been destroyed by rebels, ac
cording to dispatches received today.
Other dispatches brought news that all
the federal forces In Cludad Chihuahua,
numbering 3,000, declared for Felix Dlaa
Over Prospects of
Running Mexican War
FIUNCETON.. N. J.. Feb. li-Ap-..,,
tn the least worried over
1 the prospect of coming nto office with
a war with Mexico on hi shahds. President-elect
.Wilson shut himself In his
study today ana reiusea iu ue unmiutu
even by the newspaper correspondents.
To a message sent Into him asking tr he
had heard from President Taft about
the Mexican situation, he sent out tho
""ihave received no communication
from the President or anybody else."
The governor intended to go Trenton.
.,.. mv,inWI at home when he learned
that the legislature had adjourned over
S .!ndht0ue & without3 interruption read
ling various documents and writing let
liniid.ir. rte pmiu 3 wh,,cu w
Former Plate Printer
Found Dead in His Bed
Albert Saphor, sixty years old, was
Hanhnr was formerly a plate nrlnter at
! the Bureau of Engravhn? and Printing.
but more, recently naa conducted u
small stationery and periodical store at
the Thirteenth street addro.53. which
was patronized chiefly by employes of
the bureau. Death was due to natural
PRICE ONE CENT
LIVES AND PROPERTY
onslaught on the-Qovernraent
United States, representing the for
eign diplomats, is using every effort
to relieve them of anxiety, although
he himself has expressed fear thai
at any minute the fighting forces
may turn upon them.
High' Building Shelled;-
The .sheluny of the high bulldlnss
where Madero's machine guns werr
worklrs continued all day-wlth marked
effect. Many roofs were clared ot
federals br the expert marksmen op
erating Dial's guns.
A -shell just struck the wall of the
office where your correspondent is
Vrltlng his dispatches, and exploding;
wrecked the room adjoining this one.
and toi large hole in the side ot ths
llanj of the hlgn buildings in the
has "been wrought. Shrapnel which
both sides were firing over the center of
the city was doing much damage.
Three thousand prisoners were re
leased from Belem prison during the
righting today and are scattering over
the city. Anarchy prevails In several
sections of the city while the bombard
ment in the business streets continues.
It Is Impossible at this time to obtain
any authentic estimate, on the loss of
life In today's fighting, although" it I?
known that hundreds b&ve been killed.
. Wilson Issues Statement.
Ambassador Wilson today Issued the
"Everything possible Is being dona to
insure the safety ot American lives and
property In this city, and as neither the
government nor the revolutionary fprct-
seem able to afford protection the for
eign elements, and principally AMERI
CANS, have taken the matter In their
j own hands, and are now doing active
I Dollce duty through all the residential
district where foreigners are mostly and
where the diplomatic establishments are
situated. It Is hoped that this force, in
the event that no assistance 'comes from
j other sources, will be able to protec
American me- any piriieriy msainsi
Zapatistas or the 'Violence of the worst
"HENRY L.UJE WILSON."
Consul Shanklln. of the United States
and his attaches are at the American
embassy whence they fled last nigh
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IN CONGRESS TODAY.
Senate met at 12:40.
Shortly before t o'clock, Senate goes
to House chamber to attend joint.
session for count of electoral votes.
L"Net weight" bill ordered reported.
District Committee will meet Friday.
Senator Rcot protests before Canals
Committee against free tolls. -
Secret hearing of employes on the
Met at noon.
Congressman Graham delivered an ad
dress upon the life of Lincoln.
At 1 o'clock the Senate and the Hous
met in Joint session to count the elec
toral votes for President and Vice
The Labor Committee resumed i'a
hearings on the eight-hour bllL
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