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Colder tonight and Saturday.
Full Report on Page 3.
Yesterday's Circulation, 53,775.
WASHEsrGTOX, FKIDAY EVENING-, DECEMBER 5, 1913.
PRICE ONJS CENT.
PROBE LEGALITY OF PLAZA CONDEMNATION
alww to Mim
Congressman Johnson Quotes
Expert to Show District Has
failed to Collect Rental
Committee Reports Favorably
Bill to Revoke Charter of
Concern Members Want
More District Money.
At Its first meeting of the session
today, the House District Committee
ordered a favorable report on Con-1
sressman Hen Johnson's bill to re-'
pea. the charter of the Washington
Market Con.pany, terminate its
lental contract, and revert title to
the property back to the United
The bill probably wiircome up for
consideration "In-, the House., next-
Monday, tl represents, the Ideas of
Mr Qjlinson regarding the market
Says Company Gets Profit.
Mr. Johnson says the market com
pany has been enjoying special privi
leges whereby It Is $700.0(0 richer than
it would be had it paid $23,000 a year
rent as provided for by the original law.
He eald the rent, established by act
of Congress, had been reduced to $3,500,
which the District receives, and on the
other hand, he said, the District pays
back to the market company annually
$3,000 for the rent of the national guard
The District Committee also ordered
a favorable report on the Johnson bill
to prohibit the District from listing .is
revenue, to be met by an equal sum
from the Federal Treasury In the an
nual appropriation bills, the moneys
received from liquor licenses, highway
bridge, receipts, lish wharf receipts or
me revenue' aenvea irom any property
title to which is in the United States.
In calling the committee together
Chairman Johnson asserted there Is al
ready on the House calendar tho
Prouty bill to refund to the Unltea
States approximately $1,000,000 ad-
.-anced by the United States to pay In j
terest on the funded debt.
The District committee started ofT to
day aa if it meant business. Fourteen
of the twenty-one members were on
hand, and there was no point of no
Explaining that there is much legis
lation before It. Mr. Johnson proposed
that the committee meet again next
Tuesday and that Tuesday hereafter be
the regular weekly meeting day.
Mr. Prouty said his rsolutlon might
bring on a fight in the House.
"Why a fight?" asked Mr. Gorman,
jef New York.
"Because of an objection to paying
honest debts," said Mr. Johnson.
"The District auditor admits that the
money is due." he said, "but will raise
the question of whether the District
shall pay it all or the Federal Govern
ment half." Mr. Johnpcn said further
that experts of the cocimittee prcbably
would report soon other accounts show
ing that the District owed the Federal
Government large sums of money
While the bill to repeal the Wash
ington Market Company's charter was
under discussion Mr Johnson assailed
the existing arrangement. "A District
official," he said, "has told me that the
old market was put out of business m
the stall masters would have to coins'
and pay rent to the new market. He'
also said the original rent for th mar
ket space was $15,000, but It had been '
reduced, some years ago. not bv nrt of .
Congress, to $7,600. and the Government
pays $8,000 for the use of the armory.
The Washington Market Companv has
benefited fc the extent of1 about $70l,,0(W
under the arrangement."
Condemns Revenue Plan.
"I have heard that the market stall !
rents were exorbitant," observed Con
gressman O'Leary. "and the stall mas
ters have to purchase certain things
from certain people or get out."
Mr. Johnson, explaining his bill to
exempt a class of District revenues from
the half-and-half plan, .o the District
would not be forced to match dollars,
aid the District gets $1,000 fro ma bar
loom, while the Federal Government re
ceive a license fee of only $24. Vet the
Federal Government, he said, puts up
the fl.OOO when the appropriations come
in under the half-and-half plan.
The ftsh wharf receipts and the high
way bridge tollse, he said, are In about
ihc same class, and the Government is
letting the worst of the bargain.
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"GENERAL" ROSALIE JONES,
Who led the New York-to-Washingtoa suffragist hike last March, and who
reached Washington today to confer with her "sister" suffragists,, during
the closing hours of their convention which ends at the new Masonic
Temple today. "General" Jones will take no part in the convention,
other than appear in an advisory role.
TAX LAW IS UPHELD
Justice Gould Rules Against
Union Trust Company's Suit
to' Recover Payments.
Justice Gould, presiding in Criminal
Court, JCo. 2, today sustained the con
tention of the District of Columbia that
the tax imposed by the personal tax
law upon the gross earnings of banks
and trust companies Is a franchise tax,
and must be collected on th gross earn
ings of the lorporationi. without any re
gard to what they comprise.
The court sustained a demurrer filed
by the Db-trlct to a suit to recover $,
379.S3 brought by the Union Trust Com
pany to test thi validity of the tax Im
posed on rents from real estate partly
occupied by the company and partly
under rental, and on the Income on Its
capital and its surplus invested In stocks,
bonds, and mortgages. The tax sought
to be recovered had been paid under pro
test. Justice Gould declares that these
rents and incomes from Invested capital
are properly subject to taxation under
the personal tax law which does not
constitute, as claimed by the company,
a double taxation.
Texas Floods Recede;
Center Shifts Today
DALLAS, Tex.. Dec. : Flood condi
tions were Improving in this section to
da. the high-water center shifting to
the south around Heme and Hichmond.
Waco and San Antonio were the great
est sufferers, the three days' rain and
flood having caused In them alone a
half-mllllcn dollars' damage. The death
list early today still totaled tenty
four. Two Die in Electric
Chair At Richmond
RICHMOND. Va.. Dec 5. Two men
paid the death penalty in the electric
chair here today. The condemned were
NewWl Walker, a farmer, of Charles
City couniyt convicted of uxoricide last
year, and Lee Archer, colored, convict
ed of criminal assault In Princes Anne
"Source of New York Tribune
Articles Known and Dis
credited," He Says.
Articles published in the New York
Tribune, directing Innuendo and sus
plclon against the relations of thcTreas
urv Department to the Munsey Trust
Company's absorption of the United
States Trust Company, have called
forth from Mr. McAdoo, Secretary of
the Treasury, a pointed denial. The
Secretary observes that "the source of
these publications Is known to and
thoroughly discredited by the depart
ment." The Tribune articles have Intimated
and suggested that there was Impro
priety In the transactions which ended
the run on the United States Trust
Company and consolidated that company
with the Munsey Trust Company. The
basis for this suggestion was that John
Skelton Williams, assistant secretary,
and Lancabter Williams, a director In
tho Munsey Trust Company, are broth
ers The insinuation was very clearly
conveyed that the Treasury oltlclal had
permitted the Government's resources
and Influence to be used to the advan
tage of an Institution with which ills
brother 's connected.
Wide Circulation Aimed At
Aside from the manifest desire to
make partisan capital for a Republican
newspaper out of an attack on the Dem
ocratic administration of the Treasury,
the Tribune articles appear to lndlqato
that that paper was m sled by people
with an Interest In Injuring the consoli
dated financial Institution in the con
fidence of Washington people. Special
and strenuous efforts have been made
to secure the widest pops ble circulation
or the Tribune containing these insinu
ations. The papers have been hawked
with sensational and misleading an
nouncements in the neighborhood of tho
Munsiy Trust Company offices.
The possib llty of unfortunate results
from such attacks caused the police
authorities to Issue orders that the ven
dors of these papers must not be per
mitted to use misleading statements, as
they had been doing. As a result of
these orders Philip Mllstonc, a news
boy, was arrested on a charge of dis
orderly conduct. He gave $3 collateral
at the police station, but the case was
biter withdrawn. '
The New York paper's articles have
alleged that an Investigation of '.he
conduct of the Treasury and of the en
tire procedure Incident to the assump
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OVER REPORT DF
MISS ALICE PAUL
Mrs. Catt, Confused By Tangle
of Congressional Union and
Committee of National As
sociation, Asks "One Army."
Miss Jane Addams Says, "I'm
Afraid Mrs. Catt's Proposal
Is Out of Question" Fight
Expected in Board Meeting.
A combined report by Miss Alice
Paul, embodjlng tho activities of
toth the Congressional Union, of
Washington, and the Congressional
committee of' tho National Woman
Suffrage Association, proved the big
gest bomb yet exploded in the Na
tional Suffrage convention here and
by some was tnought to threaten to
disrupt the association.
The, question Is whether the Con-j
grcsslonal committee, which has five j
members, really owes its allegiance,
to the National Association which
created it, or to the Congressional
Union, wnicri tho committee Itself
organized and which has raised arid
spent ,$25,000 H.irice last April in -.the
intere8tofbeHequal suffragii amend
me3tr Jto Uie5 Constitution of tho
Unite5 States'. This is almost double
the entire annual budget of the Na
Report Is Cheered.
The report of Miss Paul was of It
self very inoffensive, and tho -lele-t-atcs
rose to their feet and cheered
when she concluded. It was verbal,
and Miss Paul told simply how the
Congressional committee of five had
been appointed by the national board
last January to carry on tho work
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Two Men Are Shot Down in
Riot in the Streets of Indi
anapolis. INUIA.NAPOI.IS. Ind.. Dec. 5.-Two
Cincinnati strike breakers on a non
union a?on were shot, one possibly
fatally, this morning In an attack by a
crowd of striking teamsters and sym
pathizers. Follow Ing a utonlns, the three strike
breakers on the w.iRon opened lire on
the crowd. The strikers returned the
fire, hUtliis li. V.. Williams In the knee
and ankle, and Jacob Somenlleld In the
Peace Prospect Better.
So far as known, no one in the strik
ers' crowd was hit. The third strike
breaker whipped up the horses and
drov away, followed by the mob. The
police riot sfjuad came up In automo
biles and restored order. The scene of
the outbreak was Uolton and West
Washington streets, near the WJilto
river. With the employers offering 12
to drivers of a single horse waKon. to
$14 for a two-horso wagon, which Is
onlj $1 less per week than the striking
teamsters demand, and with Federal
and local mediators active, the outlook
for an early resumption of normal busi
ncii conditions was bright today
The Kencral strike asked by the" team
sters was halted by i;ace plans of a
citizens conciliation rommlttee and
John H. Densmore. an aRent of the
Federal Department of libor. Dens
more conferred with Governor Ralston
and Mayor Wallace, and today met
with members of the Chamber of Com
merce. The question of a general strike
comes up again tonight before the Cen
tral Labor Lnlon.
Several thousand mt-n who are on
strike in the building- trade have
Instructed their delegates In the Cen
tral Labor Union to vote for a gen
eral strike J pmber of th Cham
ber of Commerce active In the
teamsters, strike, said they did not
believe a general walk-out would be
Densmore Increases Activities.
The outbreak came today at a' time
when the employers and ih .i a
ministration believed the backbono of
the strike nau neon broken and violence
wn over, rearlnc mnr hinni,i. ..i .ul
citizens' conciliation committee and' So
licitor ivciii.iii.ji is imrraBcu tnelr activ
ities In behalf of a settlement.
$1.35 To Baltimore and Return. Every
caiuruajr, .,i4 aunuay, Pennsylvania
railroad. Tickets good to return until
1:00 A. M. lollowin Monday. Adrt
I AND THE $2,000 CAT CAME BACK I
LOOKING LIKE" A HUNGRY STRAY
MISS. MARY J0HHS0H, -
Who Rescued Miss Taytor From riglst
' " ened Cat. '
Prize Siamese, Wearing $1,500
Necklace, Which Fled After
Scratching Woman, Had
Spent Night in Coal Bin.
Covered with coal smut from head to
tail tip, as grimy and disreputable as
the verleat back yard stray. Lady
Sonla, the prize Siamese cat. valued at
$300, and wearing a JI.500 necklce. which
escaped Into the cellar of the cat show
quarters in Kramer's greenhouse, 916
F street, last night, after biting and
scratching Miss Gertrude Taylor, was
recovered early this morning by her
owner, Mrs. F. Y. Mathias, of Green
Thoroughly repentant for her mis
deeds, and disgusted with the dark and
the dirt of coal bins, I-ady Sonla ans
weied her mistress' call eagerly and
was rescued through a trap door lead
ing Into the boiler room of tho build
ing, about 5 o'clock. Mrs. Mathias and
a friend. Miss Marlon Johnson, both
wr.pt tears of Joy at the recovery of the
lady, and the glad news was commu
nicated to Miss Taylor, who had spent
a sleepless night at her hotel, worried
more by the cat's disappearance than
the wounds inflicted by tho lady's claws
and teeth. ,
Lady Sonla was taken to Mrs
Mathias' rooms and thoroughly bathed
tnd scrubbed. She rebelled vlgorously
but futilely. Later she was placci
tilider lock and key whilo Mrs. Mathias
it nd Miss Johif-on removed the traces
..i i. ins nnil murkv cellars caused
bv their cearch. Mrs. Johnson crawled,
the length of a building In a cnute in
the cellar not oer three feet squi'.re.
using a. Mash light In the attempt to ilnd
Lad Sonla. When Miss Johnson
emerged, her gown was lulned and her
make-up would have gone well for a
Topsi in an Uncle Tom's Cabin produc-
Both Mrs.' Mathias and Miss Johnson
spent the night In the greenhouse, with
the exception of about two hours early
this morning. The former would
hae liked to haa tne cai i:n
hr all the time this morning, but the
rules of the hotel barred even prize ones
from the dining room. Not knowing
fhi Mrs. Mathias took Lady Sonla to
hir table the llrst morning she pont
at the hotel and was feeding her when
hhe was informed of the rules of the
house. . . .
At 10 o'clock the three women escorted
Lady Sonla bark to the cat ehow
..firtnrs where Bhe was placed again
in her cage, where she is expected td
stav until the exhibit ends tomorrow
""Please make it plain that he Is not
vlcltus." paid Mrs. Mathias this morn
ing "She was simply frightened, that
Ik all Miss Taylor wao handling her
and everything would have been all
light If two colored men had not hur
ried forward at that moment to get a
closer look at her.
"She never J aw a colored person be
fore and their rush forward frightened
her nost to doath. She didn't realize
that she was bltlnff or scratching Mls3
Taylor. She Is the most amiable crea
ture In ine wor:u.
After the cat. wearing n J1.500 tur
quolso and gold necklace, had fought
ckar of MNs Taylor's arms. It bolted
inm thp cellar, the pursuers and babble
of voices nnd glar of lights onlj serv
ing to make It crawl deeper into the
dungeons beneath the main floor. Only
prompt action of several attendants pre
vented the escape of several other cats
which had b-.-en taken out of their cagrss
to poso for pictures, and which became
soared nt tho hubbub.
Alarmed at Miss Tavlor's wounds. i
call wan sent to tho Emergency Hospi
tal, but .before the ambulance arrived.
hf- had been trented by Dr. Carl S.
$500 Prize Siamese Cat
MISS GERTRUDE TAYLOR. 1.
Who, was victim, of priie cat's icratchM
y.ag.wrf- n fgjV
JOINS FORGES OF
Declares She Will Do Anything in Power to Help the Movement.
Suggests Federal Legislation Similar to That Recently
Passed in Indiana Relative to Cold Storage Products.
Mrs. Fa Lollette Promises Aid.
Mrs. Thomas R. Marshall, wife of the Vice President of the
United States, today threw herself into the fight which Washington
women by the hundreds are waging against high-priced eggs. She de
clared herself to be in perfect sympathy with the movement to reduce
the price of eggs by boycotting them, and suggested .that Federal legis
lation similar to that recently adopted by the State of Indiana rela
tive to cold storage products, be enacted.
"I am in perfect sympathy with the movement started by the
Federation of Women's Clubs," Mrs. Marshall told Mrs Ellis Logan,
president of the organization, this afternoon. "Anything I can do to
help the matter along I will do willingly."
TELLS OF INDIANA FIGHT.
She then told of what Indiana Is do-
Ins through drastic laws to govern the
sale and prices of cold storage products.
Mrs. Robert La Follette, wife of the
Wisconsin Senator, and Mrs. Cummins,
wife of the Senator from Iowa, also
wished the club "good luck" In Its
work, and promised co-operation and
Wives of other Senators today wero
brought Into the Washington egg boy
cott, to Join the wives of- Cabinet of
ficers, who already have added their
Influence to the movement to force a
reduction of prices. Letters werei
mailed to the Senators
petitions when the clubwomen carry
their campaign before Congress.
Mrs. Logan today sent requests to all
organizations who are in favor of tho
movement to send In their signed peti
tions. Five women's club organizations
already have sent In petitions signed by
their entire membership.
The llrst of these, clubs was the Ex
celsior Literary Club of fifty women,
whose petition pledged all the members
to abstain from buying or eating eggs
until the price of fresh eggs is reduced
to 3T cents a dozen and the boycott Is
"Today I requested twenty-five differ
ent women living In all parts of Wash
ington to give mo their experiences in
buying eggs slmre the campaign wa3
opened." bald Mrs. Logan. "Every one
of them told me that egg prices have
been reduced from 2 to 6 cents a dozen
this week. And all looked for further
reductions In the price, because they
said they were told egg sales had fallen
Today and tomorrow Mrs. Logan and
the clubwomen associated with her In
getting signatures to the egg boycott
petitions will bring the campaign U a
Monday has been set as the .ast day
of the campaign, but little can be dono
finn.inv and tomorrow the last general
onslaught of the petition circulators will
Monday the petitions will be assem- Tonight
bled and prepared as one peUtlon for Taught,
presentation to Conyr4. when coiuld-' Advt.
and Her $1,500 Necklace.
MRS. F: Y KATHIAS
Owaer of- tke prixawinmac- cat-
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eratlon of the cold storage regulation
nd pure food 'measures now pending: Is
The House Interstate Commerce Com
mittee today enlisted In the anti-cold
storage fight. It appointed a subcom
mittee to consider bills designed to
curb the "cold Btorage trust," and also
pure food law extensions. The com
mittee consists of Chairman Adamson
and Congressmen Covington, Cullop.
Hamilton, and Lafferty. The bill of
Congressman McKellar of Tennessee,
proposing drastic regulation of storage
traffic, was referred to the special com
Veteran Erie Engineer
Killed in Train Wreck
BROADWAY, Ohio. Dec. 5. Joseph
Dando. sixty-nine, the oldest engineer
in point of service on tho Erie railroad,
was killed and four other trainmen
seriously injured today, when passen
ger train No. 10 split a switch near
here, sending the engine and three
baggago and express cars into the
ditch. No passengers wore injured.
Dando served the Erie continuously
for flfty-one yars.
City Employes Must
Get on Water Wagon
JITTSBURGH, Dec. 5. Four years on
the water wagon under penalty of dl.
mi. - ,i WM tn nrgDect tclnv w.-.
CCO applicants for positions under H. H.
Jackscn, who assumes office as district
attorney on January 5.
"Not temperance, but clency,' ex
Fish Walk. Dancinar
J795. Not public.
I IMIT OCT
Treasury Cannot Honor War
rants in Excels of That, Ac
cording to Statement to
Whole Matter' May Have, Been
. Instituted Without Authority
of Law, Says Johnson Wid
ows Likely To Be Sufferers.
That the coaderaaattea ot property
for the extension of the Capitol
grounds waa iwlthcwt authority of
law, and consequently in Yfolatiaii of
the constitutional rightr accorded
citizens of the United State lljtfce
question thaUtas been pot Bptcrtfce
Attorney GenenqiteiiW trn
series of eomraanleatlenf frost
Chairman Ben JoiraskfbtneTTXs-"
'trictJCommlttee of tneBeev toe.
last of which, forwarded yesterday,
lanikely to bring, early action.
As -compared with this question,
the several Instances in which exces
sive valuations are alleged, pale In
to insignificance, it is said, .and the
entire future of the property may de
pend upon the findings of the De
partment of JasticeT If the point .
raised is found to be well taken. It
will require further legislation be
fore the tangle can be straightened
out, and it may be years before the
matter is finally disposed ofL
The only law authorizing condem
nation proceedings in the 'extension
of the Capitol grounds was contained
In the sundry civil appropriation act
approved June 2i. 1910. Under the
terms of that law, in the event ot
the tenders of property at private
sale, or the excessive demands of
such tenders, the commission was
authorized to institute condemna
tion proceedings "in order to secure
any or all of the land therein au
thorized to be acquired, bit net ie
exceed what they eitisute to be Ave
hundred thosand dollars' worth in
any one fiscal year."
Is Not Amended.
This law, in so far as tho limitation
is concerned, has not been amended, "
and it Is the contention of Chairman
Johnson and others that the condemaa- -tlon
proceedings were not authorised
by law and that In view of that fact
the Treasury Department cannot honor
warrants in excess of $300,000' at this
It Is contended that although C.S2J,
IK2.35 was carried under this Item In the
last sundry civil appropriation act, no
revocation of a specific limitation was
authorized and in the absence ot such
specific revocation of the limiting
clause not more than 500,000 can be ex
pended in any one year.
But even beyond this a question la
raised as to wnether the fact that thai
condemnation proceeds for the entire
property were instituted without au
thority ot law does not vitiate tha en
tire proceedings and estop the Govern
ment from acquiring any of the prop
erty Involved in such proceedings. It
such la the case another jury of con
demnation would have to be appointed
in addition to supplemental legislation
either to repeal the limiting clause re
ferred to and make the last appropria
tion available until expended, or to pro
vide for the continuation of the yearly
Beyond this there la a serious per
sonal question Involved as to the lia
bility of the memgexs of the commis
sion, which was composed of the then
Vice-President of tho United States,
James S. Sherman; the former Speaker
ot the House of Representatives. Jo
seph G. Cannon, and the Superinten
dent of the Capitol Building and
Grounds. Elliott Woods.
Their friends allege that even though
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