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THE WASHINGTON TDfES; TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1913.
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TRAINMEN TELL OF
Mt. Vernon Avenue, Much Fre
quented by Motor Cars, Is
That within a distance of three
miles from "Washington on Mt. Ver
non avenue, one of the most frequent
ed automobile roads in this section
used by hundreds of automobllists
daily in traveling from the Capital
to all parts of the South and the high
way of traffic between Alexandria and
"Washington, exists one of the most
dangerous crossings in the United
States, where two fatal accidents have
occurred in recent years, was develop
ed at the coroner's inquest, which
was held In Alexandria yesterday
alternoon, to investigate the death of
"William X. Peck and Ernest Zell, who
ere killed at Hume's crossing Sun
High banks on both sides of the
railway track, covered with under
growth and effectually shutting out
a clear view of both the macadam
road and the steam road, a sharp In
cline to within fifty feet of the cross
ing and then a dip downward to the
railway steel, the absence of watch
man, gates, or alyming bell, combine
to make a crossing where every ele
ment of danger is present. Over this
danger spot are shuttled the trains
of the Washington and Old Dominion
railway, between Alexandria and Blue
niont Junction, where they Join the
main line. Trains traveling from the
cast are operated in the usual meth
od of running trains, but the other
half, those from Bluemont Junction
to Alexandria, "back up" the entire
Rear End Hits.
It was a. train which was "backing"
that crashed in the Peck automobile
and the startling testimony was de
veloped that the engineer was unable
to even see the crossing. Yet, al
though he testified that nearly every
trip, he saw automobiles waiting for
the train to pass, he considered a
speed of fifteen miles an hour safe.
Inexperience on the part of the rail
way crew and lack of proper signals
were developed in the hearing, and after
liMenmg to the tebtimony ot eight wit
nesses, the coroner s jury summoned by
Coroner R. J. Yatet orougnt in the fol
"We believe the crew to be inexperi
enced, and the accident could have been
aolded witn proper warning signals at
ciosstng and better braking equipment- '
The jurj was composed of Kobert h.
Green, foreman; John Gary, N. V. Clay
ton, George N. Wells, H. H. Powell,
and J. E. McPhereon.
The Inquest commenced at 4:30 o clock,
ind there were prebent a number of
lawyers representing the various inter
ests. The presence 01 Opt. Crandai:
MacKey, Commonwealth attorney of
Alexandria county, and the deep in
terest he took in the examination qt
witnesses indicated that action womd
be taken by tne county authorities look
ing to the abatement of the dangerous
conditions at Hume's Crossing.
The family of Mr. Peck was repre
sented by Eugene B. Taylor, who will
Ik asscciatta with Douglas ibtuart in
the caie, the family of Mr. Zell by
John M. Jonnson. while the interests 01
ihe raliwaj company were looked after
b Judge C E. Nlcol and Kudolph "iate
i an, tne latter ol the nrm of Lambert
A; Yatenidn, of athiimton, general
counsel tor tne Wasnington ana uid
Has Best Account.
Forrest L. Crook, of Alexandria, flag
man on the rear of the train, who was
btruck by pieces cf the automobile and
li jured by broken glas-s, gave the clear
tbt account or the accident. He said
ib the trair rounded the curve Just be
lcre reaching the- crossing he saw the
automobile approaching fiom a distance
of sixty to bent leet. He waed at
cue of the men in tne car, who waved
back at him. At that time he thougnt
the machine womd cross the tracKb
ba.fel, but at a distance of twentj-five
or thirl leet he sw that there would
be a collision. He jammed on his emer
gency airbrake, but it did not have
apy effect. The railwaj ear struck trie
aLiomobilc ir. the center and the lft
vheel rode on the pilot. The train wu
1 inning trom ten to fifteen miles an
hour, but he could not estimate the
i.r;ed of the automobile.
He had been employed as a ma
chinist on a number ot railroads, but
this was his first position as a mem
ber of a train crew. He had made
four, trips over Ihe road as flagman,
and had never been examined in the
rules of the company He testitieu
tl.ere was no method of communica
tion between himself and the en
t, inter except by waving his arms.
C M Darley, engineer of the train,
was questioned at length. He said
that blnce last July, when the "Wash
ington and Old Dominion railway had
tjken over the Bluemont branch of
the Southern railway it had been cus
tomary to back the trains from
Uli-cmont Junction t-i Alexandria.
H- did not known w hy this was done,
as It w"as possible to run on the main
line at the former station and re
verse the train In answer to an in
quiry ah to whether he thought it
dangtrous to back a train over such
an important crosa'ng as Hume'i,. he
said that it would be safer to have
the engine in front. The engineer
-aid that he knew nothing of the ac
cident until he had let-n told liv his
fireman, 100 yards after passing ths
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Facts Developed By
Hume's crossing on Mt. Vernon
aTenue, used by hundreds of
automobllists dally, is one of the
most dangerous crossings In the
Both the railroad and the mac
adam road enrre at this point,
and high embankments obstruct
the tIctt from all sides.
There is no watchman, gates, or
alarm bell, and the crossing
sign is on the north side of the
road, not plainly discernable
when approaching from the
Coming toward the crossing in
both directions a steep grade is
encountered until within fifty
feet of the railroad, when there
is a down grade to the tracks.
The trains of the Washington and
Old Dominion railway "back"
between Alexandria and Bine
mont Junction,' a distance of
seven miles, passing this cross
ing many times a day in a re
Three of the four train employes
were inexperienced. The fire-1
crossing. From his seat in the cab
he could not see the crossing, and
the first thing he knew that any
thing was wrong was a puff, of dust
and smoke in his face. He heard the
flagman apply the emergency, air,
brakes and tried to apply the air
from the engine, but found that it
had no effect. "When notified by the
fireman he reversed the engine and
stopred -within a distance of 900 yards
from the crossing. .He said that he
was "drifting" at a speed of fifteen
miles an hour, but acknowledged thai
he was behind time and had made up
three minutes between Bluemont
Junction and the crossing, a distance
of five miles.
Engineer Darley paid that he blew
his whistle four times for the cross
ing at the whistle board, a distance
of "900 yards. He blew again for the
station. He hed never heard of the
State law which requires an engineer
to tlcw his whistle continuously when
approaching a crossing. Under cross
exr.rr.lnatlon Parley said that he con
sidered fifteen miles an hour a safe
speed at that crossing. He had fre
quently seen automobiles standing
on both sides of the track waiting
for the train to pass.
Employed As Fireman.
Lewis N. Smith, who has been cm
ployed as fireman on the road for three
man had been employed on a
train three weeks, the flagman
on the rear had been over the
road four times, and the con
ductor had been serving in that
capacity three months. Neither
the fireman or the flagman had
eTcr been examined on the rules
of the company.
The engineer testified he was un
able to see the crossing from
his cab, and did not know that
there bad been an accident un
til he had been informed by the
fireman; he tried to use his air
in stopping the train, bnt found
the air was exhausted; he re
versed his engine, but was un
able to stop the light train
within" 300 yards from where the
automobile was struck.
The air brakes on the train were
defective, and could not be used
according to the portions of
the apparatus which were ex
hibited by the coroner.
There was no way of commnnica
tlon between the flagman on the
rear of the train and the en
gineer, except by hand signals.
weeks, without previous railway experi
ence, and without examination pn the
rales, said that he saw the automobile
approaching and crash Into the car. He
notlfld the engineer about thirty seconds
after the crash. As soon as the train
stopped he ran back to where the bodies
were found. He saw that Zell" 'was
dead, and helped another man pull Peck
from beneath his burning car. When
taken out Peck was dead,
Lee S. Crockett, conductor, did not
see the accident. - "He said- the. .train
was running fifteen miles an hour. He
heard the engineer blow for the crossing
ana lor tne station. James w. King,
of St. Elmo, and George Hatton, of the
same place, witnessed the accident, and
helped to pull Peck from his car. They
said It was at least fifteen minutes be
fore the train crew came from the train
to the scene of the accident-
The funerals of the two victims of the
accident were held this afternoon. ,Mr.
Peck was burled from Sharon Chapel,
Fairfax county, the services being con
ducted by the Rev. Edgar Carpenter,
rector of the Grace Episcopal Church.
The Elks ritual was read at the grave
by George T. Caton, esteemed leading
xnignt or Alexandria loage or eiks.
Funeral services for Mr. Zell will take
place from his residence, 705 North
Payne street, at 5 o'clock, and will be
conducted by the Rev. P. P. Phillips,
rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Burial will be In Bethel Cemetery.
THIS is the time of the year when
merchants get in shape for a busy
season when householders prepare for
the fall and winter when furnished
rooms and apartments and desirable
boarding houses are in demand.
Watch the Want Ads Grow
The Want Ad pages of The Times will reflect the
Big and little firms who want help;
Boarding house and apartment owners with va
cancies; Property owners who want to buy or sell;
Men and women who want employment;
Families in search of houses for rent;
Housewives looking for servants;
will put their wants in writing and print them in The Times.
"Main 5260" Call U By Phone!
Your Want Ad will be received over the telephone by an
experienced operator rapidly and accurately. Or bring it direct
to The Times Office, Munsey Building, Room 425, where an ex
perienced advertising writer will help you, if desired, to word your
advertisement in the most effective manner.
ENDS LIFE BY GAS
Joseph Breedon, Sixty Years
Old, Borrows Tube to Com
Frantic from noise and the rumble
of nassinc cars on the H street line.
Joseph Breedon, sixty years old, owner
of a little grocery shop at 41 H street
northeast, borrowed a gas tube from
his landlady's kitchen early this room
ing and ended his life while stretched
across a little cot in the back room of
Mrs. Bertie Sachase. who rented the
shop adjoining her house to Breedon.
arose about 7 o'clock this morning ana
found the place reeking with the fumes
of Illuminating gas. The door between
the back room of Breedon's store and
her kitchen was closed? and Mrs.
Sachase was unable to find the tube to
her gas stove.
She walked "Into the shop and dis
covered the aged man stretched 'out
across a cot, with the gas tube dangling
from a fixtures near the ceiling. The
room was heavy with gas, and Mrs.
Sachase saw at a glance that Breedon
was unconscious. She notified the Sixth
precinct police, and Officer Montgomery
Investigated and found Breedon dead.
Everything about the case points to a
suicide, as the gas tube found hanging
near Breedon's head showed evidences
of having been used to Inhale gas. It
had been taken from a stove In Mrs.
Sachase's kitchen and affixed to the
Breedon came from Remington, Va..
a short time ago and rented the little
shop at-. H street. He was In poor
health, and several times he complained
to Mrs. Sachase that the noise of the
passing cars nearly set him crary.
Breedon was extremely nervous, his
landlady said, and was able todo but
little work around the store. The shop
was run as a Kht grocery, and was
stocked with probably 1200 worth of
KBreedon lived with his wife and several
grown children at Bennlng, D. C. He
left the grocery shop at 8 o clock last
night and at that time he had a satchel.
He told Mrs. Sachase that ho was go
ing to sell out because the cars an
noyed htm so badly he would have to
give up his business.
Anna Held's Latest.
NEW YORK, Sept. 9. Anna Held is
"exposing" her daughter. Llane. to the
stage, hoping to discourage hr from
following In her mother's footsteps.
Thorough understanding of the stage
will render her Immune, Miss Held believes.
SEARCH IN VAIN
FOR RIVER VICTIM
Body of Leonard Lewis Is Still
Unrecovered Parties Are
Retarded by Rocks.
The body of Leonard Lewis, the boy
who fell Into Great Falls Sunday after
noon and was drowned, has not yet
been recovered. A fruitless search was
carried on all day yesterday for the
body with lines and hooks.
Parties armed with heavy hooks and
lines dredged the water In the vicinity
of Great Fella for hours, but without
result Lieutenant Giles, of the Ten-
leytown police, decided the bottom was
too rough to drag for the body, and re
turned to his station.
Nevertheless, several parties of men
continued to drag for the body until
lAte In the afternoon. They were con
tinually losing their hooks in the crev
ices of 'the rocks.
Efforts of those searching for the
body have been greatly Impeded by the
lack of facilities and the nature of the
river bank. There are no boats just
below the falls, either on the Virginia
or the Maryland side.
It is expected that the body will rise
to the surface tomorrow or the next
day at the latest
Saved Dog, Loses Life.
NEWARK. N. J., Sept 9. Sympathy
for a dog which was being abused cost
Walter Pearson his life. The dog bit
him while he cared for It and yester
day he died of rabies.
f. e. h. Toledo
Call at the address below or better yet use the telephone
Overland Washington Motor Co., Inc., Distributers, 829 14th St N. W. Phone Main 6916
The Willys-Overland Company - - Toledo. Ohio
tail and dash lights
35 horsepower motor
Model R Schcbler car
buretor Three-quarter floating
Steps From Bridge to
Run a Canary Farm
NEW YORK, Sept. 8. From dl
retting the soTements of a
great fleet of battleships to con
ducting a canary bird farm Is
the step just taken by Rear Ad
miral Hugo Osterhaus. retired.
Arriring here froHjDnesbnrg,
Germany, Admiral Osterhans
brought with him sixteen Tain
able canary birds. They came
from the bird farm owned bj
his father' In Germany.
"I am going to start a bird farm,"
said tho admiral. "I will breed
canaries principally, but win
also raise dotes.
Would Bring Army-Navy
Game to Washington
With the Idea of bringing the Army
Navy football; game to Washington next
year, Guy Camp and Edward Schmidt,
as a committee of the Chamber of
Commerce, are Investigating the cost of
50,000 portable seats, which might be
used at a ground to be fixed up at
the ellipse, or some other part" of Po
tomac Park. The idea la that 20,000
seats may be 'allowed the athletic, as
sociations of each of the Institutions,
while the remaining 10,000 seats would
be sold to defray the cost of fitting
up the park; and holding the game.
THE infinite advantages and mani
fest economies of large, unrestricted
automobile production must be
clear and evident even to those who
have neither experience nor concep
tion of what governs, controls and limits
a manufacturing institution. It is a certain
and established fact that the largest auto
mobile producer can readily get his
manufacturing costs far below the
"average" and thus undersell the
Each year Overland value has in
creased" "?" "-
Each year Overland prices have de
creased Each year the Overland output has
been enlarged and it is the greater pro
duction that makes feasible an mcreased
car value at a reduced Price.
Our output for 1914 is 50,000 cars,
which is the world's largest production
on this type of car.
And every Overland value increase
is just as visible, just as conspicuous and
just as actual as the material reduction
of our selling price. While other manu
facturers refer you to more comfort,
more grace, sweeter running motors
and other invisible and more or less
imaginary incidentals, we give you, in ad
dition to more comfort, grace and beauty,
increased value that is substantial and
Look at the newest Overland.
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MSS WILSON PICKS
Sayre, Then, Leases Place in
Williamstown, Mass., as a
While carpenters, painters, and plas
terers are getting things in ship-shape
order at -the White House foe- the wed
ding of Miss Jessie Wilson, the Presi
dent's second daughter, to Francis
Bowes Sayre, of New. York. November
25, Miss Wilson and her betrothed are
enthusiastically planning' they interior
arrangements of their future home. ,
Mr. Sayre has leased for 'a year the
home of Prof. William E. McElfresh,
40 Grace court, Williamstown, Mass..
for, as a professor at Williams. College,
it will be necessary for the young bride
groom to live ln'that town. It is a ten
room wooden structure, two stories In
height, with broad verandas and at
tractive lawns Just the sort of cozy,
homey place that a young married
couple would want to live in. Except
for signing the lease, Mr. Sayre Is not
responsible for the selection.- -He sim
ply went alone to Williamstown re
cently with his finance and Mrs. Wilson,
and when the young girl picked out the
McElfresh residence, be enthusiastically
Indorsed her choice.
Mr. Sayre will be the assistant to Dr.
Henry A. Garfield, president of the
Just as she picked a 'home typically
American In . appearance. Miss Wilson
has declared emphatically for an Ameri
can trousseau, made of American roods
by American women, and there "will not
be a Paris creation in the entire outfit
OUT FUTURE HON
But the price is lewer thorn ever.
The motor is more powerful. It hat
baen increased to 35 horsepower.
But the price is lewer than ever.
The tires are larger 33x4 in. Q. D.'
But the price is lower than ever.
The equipment includes such ceslb
additions as electric lights all around r
bead, side and tail even under the dash.
But the price is lower than ever.
The body is designed with full cowl
dash and finished in Brewster green
with lighter green striping and trimmed
in polished nickel and aluminum.
But-the price is lower than ever.
Then there are Timken bearings; a
$40 jeweled Stewart Speedometer (set
so that it can be read from the driver's
seat) an Electric Horn, deeper uphol
stery, and an 18 in. steering wheel.
But the price is lower than ever.
And so we could go on, almost in
definitely, giving new additional features
new value increases one after tho
other. vv v
You had better see this car before
you buy., Any one of our dealers will
be glad to give you full details and a
There is an Overland dealer right in
your town. Look him up to day. We
advise prompt action for in'seven days
after our 1914 announcement we had
immediate shipping orders for over
Squabble at Early Morning Per
formance of "The Lure," to
NEW YORK. Sept 9. "You wouldn't
bring your mother and sister here."
shouted by a man in the Maxlne Elli
ott Theater at 3 o'clock this morning.
almost caused a riot during a special
performance of "The Lure" one of the
.white slave dramas now being attacked
in th courts.
"Yes, I would, and here they are," e
yelled a man who saii he was a physi
cian and psycloglst. pointing at two
women beside him.
By that .time the house was In an up
roar, most of the audience demanding
that the critic be "put out" Four T
husky policemen then told the doctor
to "keep still" and, ejected the dis
The special performance - was staged
by the Shuberts to show critics, minis
ters, lawyers, suffragists and news
paper writers "that -The Lure' -is not
immoral, indecent or suggestive."
The play had, a marked effect upon
the audience. A minister was moved
to say that every woman should wit
ness the performance. Harriet Stan
ton Blaten, noted suffrage leader,
spoke for ten" minutes on its general
3oth"The Xure" and "The Fiafct"
have been condemned by police censors
and warrants have bees issued for the
rldn(f. Brut oAytr &.- ...
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able, today. Magistrate McAdoo has
ruuuuiy cvnacninca in cm ana tne near- ,
Ing Is .scheduled before him this after
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