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N. Y. WORLD EXPOSES PLOT AGAINST MUNSEY TRUST CO.
Che Itehmgf an Wmt
Fair tonight and Tuesday.
(Full Report on Page Two.)
Yesterday's Circulation, 44,000
WASHTtfGTOI, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 8, 1913.
PRICE ONE CENT.
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His Scheme Would Reduce Dem
ocratic 'Delegates of Eleven
Southern States to From
One-Fourth to One-Seventh.
Republicans, Wielding One
Quarterof Convention Votes,
Would Have About One
Fifteenth of Members.
B7 JUDS0N C. WELLIVER.
Southern public men are wonder
ing what will be the effect on the
South of .passing a national Prcs'
dentlal primary law. There is a feel
ing that it might easily result in
grave injury to the power and pres
tige of that section, and in the con
sideration of any legislation the
South will be very sure to scruti
nize all provisions with the object
of preventing such a result.
The Presidenl's plan," as outlined,
in his me3S8ge. tae given especial
concern' to tho South, for it.sug-.
seeb an entirely new basis of dis
tributing the nominating power. The
South would bo swamped in a popu
lar primary vote. It casts a very
light vote, partly because" of the dis
franchisement of. the colored race,
partly because, there being only ona
real party In that section, there is
commonly little to induce great in
terest in voting.
Just what would happen to the power
and nrestlce of the South may be garn
ered from a 3howlng of the votes of
the eleven States of the "Old South,"
a compared to New York. Going back
to 19CS, a normal year, for purposes of
comparison, we find that the eleven
States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida.
Georgia. Louisiana, Mississippi, South
Carolina. North Carolina. Tennessee.
Texas, and Virginia cast a total of
1.5SS.7S2 votes for alt candidates for
President. "With those votes they were
entitled to 240 delegates in the national
convention of either political party.
In that same veah New York Stat
alone cast 1.63S.S50 votes for all candi
dates lor President: that is. New York
clone cast 50,000 more votes than tne
eleven States of the Southern group.
Yet New York in that year had only
event -eight delegates In the nominat
ing convention of each party.
The President recommends doing
away entirely with the nominating con
Acntion. He would give each State
power in proportion to the votes it ac
"jallv cast: no raor;. In actual work
ng. "tne plan would reduce the South
t political Insignificance as eomparei
to the potent station it has held hereto
fore. Will Be Opposition.
How will the South view such a pro
posal? There Is evidence already ac
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last extreme ar effort to force the pro-l
gram into law. Today the eleven States
cf the group that seceded from tho
T'nlon. possess Just about one-fourth of
the voting power in a national conven
tion. Bur what proportion would they
possess if thej were confined to their
ratio of votes actually cast?
Going back to the vote of 1S0S ence
more for comparisons, because it pro
vides a better basis than 1S12, this is
what we And
The eleven Southern States, now ex
ercising approximately one-fourth of
the power in a nominating convention
of the Democratic party, would be re
duced to a little over one-Beventeenth.
Those same States, exercising ap
proximately one-fourth of the power In
a Republican convention, would be re
duced to Just about one-fifteenth'
That Is what their actual voting
strength In 1908 would entitle them to
Small wonder that Southern publicists
an excited about the President's pro
posals. There are muterlngs about a
Southern President betraying the South,
and then again there are intimations
that the President must have proposed
his primary scheme without ev(r stop
ping to think out what its actual work-,
ing results would be. This hypothesis;
has a good many supporters
President's excellent record for looking
before leaping decidedly weakens the
presumption that It is correct.
Will Not Consent.
If he presented his plan with full np
preciatlon of the political significance
that would attach to It. then Indeed
did he perform a most courageous act.
It is needless to say that the majority
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LOSS OF POWER
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MRS. JAMES CAMPBELL CANTRILL.
. J. C. CANTRILL
Wife of Congressman Succumbs
to Tuberculosis, After Illness
of Six Months.
Mrs. James Campbell Cantrill, wife of
Congressman Cantrill. of tho Seventh
Kentucky district, died at her home In
Georgetown, Ky., this morning, after
an illness of six months. Tuberculosis
was the cause. The members of the
Kentucky delegation In Congress will
meet today to arrange to be represent
ed at the funeral, the date of which has
not been set.
Mrs. Cantrill spent the last five wln-
ters in Washington, and was prominent
socially. .Last April she developed
tuberculosis and was
taKen to Asnevine, i
N. C. for the summer. No improve
ment in her condition was shown, how
ever, and her decline was rapid after
her return to Kentucky a few weeks
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illd. James Edward Cantrill, a student of District government. When Con-
at the Staunton, Va., military academy,
uere at the bedside wnen aeatn came.
WIFE WILL DECIDE
President Returning to His Deck
After Several Days With
President Wilson gave the last evi
dence today of a well-trained husband,
when he told callers that the place where
he spends his Christmas vacation if he
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gets a vacation will be decided by the
"main (iiiiba" T,nnlTir. nf rnnp,. Mr
main house," meaning, of course, Mrs,
Wilson and her daughters.
The President was back at his desk
this morning with an accumulation of
work before him. Excf-pt for a nasty
cough which constantly interrupted his
usual flowing speech, he showed no seri
ous signs of his recent Illness, although
he seemed to tire easily. The fact that
the Senate promises to get the currency
bill out of the way and ready for tho
conference committee before the holl-
days, nleases the President greatly, and
he hones for that reason to be able to
get away. He offered n oobjectlons this
morning to the idea of a recess after the The case dates back to 190S. when
Senate has passed the hill, feeling np- stockholders of the building association
parently. that the points of difference be-, brought suit to wind up the uffairs of
tween the Glass and the Owen or the the Institution. The safe then was fore
House and Senate features of the leg-1 ed open and it was found that tho
islatlon are not as serious as m cause an
extended discussion by the conference
Bwauc of the cough, the President did
not dare to attend the funeral this af
ternoon of Colonel Galllard. Dr Gray
son Insisted that he should remain in
doors. IN CONGRESS TODAY.
i Met at 10 o'clock.
I Senator Swanson opens real debate on
the currency bill
: Alaska ranroaa mu uiuen up at z
Senator Cummin gets resolution adopt
ed with reference to importations of
J Iet n0on.
Considered GarJnr ImmiMntlon resolu
tion, later disro wired to ne not priv
ileged. Mr. Viderwood announced seeral com
Congrrrsman Edwards Introduced reso
lution to Invite foreign nations to par
ticipate in uext drainage cocgTCSi.
ME CRISIS IN
Foreseeing Change of Present
System By Congress, Lead
ers Decide to Stand For
Plan of Equal Rights.
Hold Municipal Suffrage Right
of Residents, As Well As the
Right To Be Heard on Plan
of Future Government.
Forty citizens of Washington, u-
1 eluding business men, representa
tives of organized labor, professional
men and women, and well-known
writers and publicists, have pledged
their support to a new movement for
the restoration of popular govern
ment in tho District of Columbia.
The first meeting of the Citizens
Committee of Forty will be held at
the Public Library on Wednesday
evening. This committee has no con
nection with the "Home Rule Com
mittee," which is contesting the ap
pointment of Commissioner Newman.
The members of the new organiza
tion believe' that District affairs nra
approaching a crisis in Congress.
They oelleva that a nou-partleaa or-
ganlzatlon, standing for genuino and
complete democracy, and represent-
lng all classes and interests in the
community, is needed to meet this
emergency, and that Congress will ,
give heed to its recommendations.
The preliminary statement reads as
Delegate Proposition Secondary.
"We havo conferred with some of the
most prominent and representative citi
zens of Washington regarding this new
move tor jwpular government. With
wnHn. It hnH been received
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Wltn entnusiasm. it is generally leu
that the "1-t-alone policy" no longer
meets the needs of the situation, in
view of the fact that Congress is strong-
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iJ. BARTON MILLER
United States Supreme Court
Refuses to Review Case of
John Barton Miller, three times con
victed of embezzling funds of the First
Co-operative Building Association of
which he was nccretary-treasurer. muht
serve his twenty-year prison sentence,
as today the United States Supreme
Court refused to review the case.
As a last step In a tight of three
ears to escape the penitentiary walls.
Miller appealed to the high court for a
writ of certiorari. The court's refusal
to grant the writ ends the light, and
only the necessary preliminaries are to
be attended to before Miller begins his
Solicitor General Davis appeared for
the United States in successfully re-
bisting this petition
books were missing. Miller refused to
produce the books, and later was In
dicted on the charge of destrojlng the
records of the institution Indictments
also were found against him on grounds
of cmbezlement. The total embezzlement
alleged In the thirty-four counts of the
Indictments first returned was $134,000,
but this sum was reduced when he was
placed on trial.
"American Man Just a
Big Baby' Says Gaby
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 8. Gaby Deslys said
today that if she mvrlip she will marr
nn American, "because they are noth
ing but big babies. The Englishman is
too serious, and the Frenchman ou can
Then. In tne name Dreim. sna added'
"You can never know when to believe
an American man. They are so im
puIMve. They are your friend In five
minutes, and then forget you r'ght
MUST SERVE TERM
New York Bank
Back of Tribune
Fight on Munsey
Trust Co., Says
New York World
The following story is reprinted from the New York
World of this morning.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. The fight which the National City
Bank of New York has been waging on the treasury Department and
the Administration since President Wilson entered the White House,
on March 4, reached a climax today, when Secretary of the Treasury
McAdoo served notice on Milton E. Ailes, the Washington representa
tive of the Wall Street bankers, that he and his employers must change
their tactics in some respects or there will be an accounting.
The immediate cause of the situation arose from the culmina
tion of the skirmish between the local financial interests which re
sulted in the absorptions of the United StatesTrust Company by the
Munsey Trust Company last week. But a long series of circumstances
which have been occuring with remarkable regularity since last March
is behind the situation.
The Administration has had circumstantial evidence tending to
support the belief that the National City Bank has inspired much of
the criticism against the Treasury Department, for the purpose of dis
crediting its activities. The reasons given for the attitude of the
New Yorkers have been two-fold, first, a well-defined determination
to defeat the passage of the banking and currency bill, and secondly
resentment at having had an end, put to the preferential treatment
which it has received at the Treasufy.Department during the last six-
Just as coon as Mr. McAduo canrjtc Washington woman whoirr
e National City Jiada installed inj-the Treasury Department to get
advance information on- the conditions of banks and other matters of-
interest to the big wall Street group, was removed. Immediately the
Secretary and Assistant Secretary, John Skelton Williams, were criti-
cised severely by the agents of the
From that time on Washington has been filled with rumors that
were unfriendly to Secretary McAdoo and Mr. Williams. It is alleg
ed that many of these rumors have been traced to the doors of the
Riggs Bank or the American Security Trust Company, one of the local
Several years ag Eldridge E. Jordan, a young Texan, scarcely out
of the twenties, injected himself into the local financial situation
much to the discomfort f the older group of bankers who follow the
lead of the Riggs Naional. Gradually Jordan made inroads into the
local business. He merged half a dozen institutions into the United
States Trust Company and he advertised widely high rates of interest
and superior accommodations.
An entente cordial was established between virtually all the other
banks in the city with the exception of the United States Trust Com
pany and a few small institutions which stood together. Ugly rumors
crystallized into direct statements that the Glover-Ailes-Stellwagen-Bell-Norment
group proposed to "get" the Jordan crowd.
For several months rumors '''ere whispered about Washington
with remarkable frequency that the United States Trust Company
and its 65,000 depositors, mostly poor people, would go broke when
the run started.
In the meantime the United States Company had been mak
ing money loans on a rising real estate market. When the compara
tive money stringency arose the rumors about the company increased
greatly. Friends of Jordan insist that he realized he would be put
out of business sooner or later and he offered to sell out.
One of the older group Clarence Norment was offered the
stock of the United States Company, and he was given an oppor
tunity to examine the conditions of the bank. He could not agree
to terms with the majority owners.
Immediately thereafter money became scarce, loans were called
on the United States Company's stock. A bank examiner was called
in, and he announced that the stock had been impaired. A midnight
meeting of the local Clearing House Association was called, and Sec
retary McAdoo was asked for help at 2 a. ra. He responded that he
would place with the local national banks enough money to save the
situation and protect the depositors in the event that some plan could
be worked out whereby the concern could be liquidated.
The local Clearing House Association refused to take a hand or
to guarantee the depositors.
While the negotiations were under way the loans were called on
the stock, the price was hammered down, and finally a run was started.
Jordan went to New York and sought to get enough capital to make
good the impairment.
He entered into negotiations with Frank A. Munsey, who owns a
local trust company, established about six months. It has no close
connection with any of the older banks.
R. Lancaster Williams, a brother-in-law cf John Skelton Wil
liams, is a director of the Munsey Company.
On the day of the run Munsey took the property over and
announced that he would guarantee all the depositors. One of his
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Wall Street group.
BAIL IS FURNISHED
FOR HIS RELEASE
CHARLES N. CHASE, ;"
former Financial SccntUxypiY. VL
C AVAecosed of. Tmi&ilemtkt
y i a OFFICERS
Also Retain Counsel For Secre
tary Charged With Embez
zling Society's Funds.
On cash bond furnished this after
noon by George W. Ray, of George
town, Charles N". Chase, former fin
ancial secretary of the Y. JT. C. A., was
released from custody. He will appear
before Judge James Pugh in tho
United States branch of the Police
Court December 16 to answer to the
charge of embezzlement of T. M. C. A.
Upon furnishing bond. Chase left the
Police Court building In company with
Secretaries C. L. Johnson and A. M.
Chesley, of the Y. 31. C. A., who have
shown a friendly attitude toward him
since his arrest last week". Chase was
removed from Precinct No. 6 this
morning to the Police Court building,
where he remained until his release
The bond furnished by Ray was the
result of efforts bj Chase's attorney,
John E. l.asky. Secretaries Johnson,
and Cheiley, and Chase's sister-in-law,
who participated In a conference in
the police Court lasting all morning.
Counsel for Chaso was also arrang
ed by Secretary Johnson. Chase's
bond.man Is now surety on the bond
of $20,000 furnished for J. Barton
Mllltr, thrice sentenced for embezzling
funds from the First Co-operative
Uuildlng Association of Georgetown.
The continuance of the trial until
December 16 was requested by Assistant
United States Attorney Ralph Given
this morning, and it was at Mr. Glven's
suggestion that tho bond was tlxert at
Ji.Ou). The Information against Chase
cliaices him with the embezzlement of
$llO from the Y. M. C. A. betw een June ,
10 and the present time. It Is signed by
Detectives Clifford L. Grant and Franlc
M. Helen Attorney Given stated that
the additional time Is necessary to de-,
termlne the amount of tliu real em- r
bezzlement. Auditors working on the
books of the Y 31. C. A. are expected '
to complete their Investigation scon.
Until completed. It will be impossible to
state the exart amount of the shortaKe.
Attornej Laskey was not prepared to t
state todny that the V. 31. C. A. officers
would Liideuior to dismiss the suit
Hgainst Cluse. He spoke on the frlend-
ittitudo of Secretaries Johnson and
Chesley, who participated In the all
morning conference, but he refused to
comment on tho merits of the case
against his client
"I want tc correct one misappre
hension, however," said Attorney
Laskcy, ''nnd that Is the report that
3Irs. Chase h"S turned ngalnst her
hi.slMiid. Tho report that she is not
standing with him Is un injustice to
l.im and tr her, and plca-c say that
thi- is tuvci to him in his time of
trciinl- and will continue so.
"The friendly spirit manifested by
the Y. 31 V A. office Is in the favor
of my client, but 1 am not prepared
to sa that the charge will be ills
missed ngalnst him. In fact. I have
glen my lime this morning largely
to procuring bond and getting a lino
on the reul facts In the case. I can
net env vhethrr I v-!U waive the Dr?-
J llnilnarj hearing when appearing De-
ceinucr id jjciuic wuuo -ujfv.
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HF WILL NOT INITIATE ANY
EQUAL RIGHTS LEGISLATION OR
READ A MESSAGE ON SUBJECT
President Admits He Has Declared His Belief
That Suffrage Committee in House Would
Be a Good Thing Women, Obviously Dis-
. appointed, Make No Effort to Join Line ta
Shake Hands With Chief Executive.
President Wilson this afternoon made it plain to 400
women, who called on him that he will not take the initia
tive in. obtaining equal suffrage" legislation, and left not a
vestige of their hope that he would make the issut of votes
for women the subj'ect of a message to Congress.
The delegatibnvhich waited on him at 12:30 was ihe
official committee of the National American Woman Suf
frage Association, and was headed by Dr. Anna Howard
Shaw, its president, who acted as speaker.
The President, after listening to the appeal of Dr.
Shaw, calied attention to the many forms and precedents
that hedge the Chief Executive about and said that he was
noVfree to speak his own mindv and was not, at liberty to-,
-urge. rf Congress anypolicTes other than, thclse' of the pr
ganic bod which elected him.. To quote the. language ot
the.streets, he.said he was not
ASKS TO WHOM
AIT PICTURES OF
Letter and Photograph From
Princeton, Ind., May Clear
Up Her Identity.
Pending the receipt of a letter. Inyl
closing a photograph and detailed de
scription of the Ferris girl wanted in
Indiana for alleged violation of the
postal laws, the habeas corpus hear
ing of "The Girl of, 31ystery" detained
by the local police. Is being continued
from hour to hour.
hTere Is still doubt as to the Iden
tity of the girl held at the Dentention
Home, and until the mystery Is clear
ed. Justice Barnard is not disposed to
take definite action. Attorney Mat
thew E. O'Brien and United States
Atorney Wilson agreed with the court
an dconsented to waive the hearing
until late this afternoon, if necessary,
until positive information arrives.
A telegram was received this after
noon by 3Ir. Wilson from a postofflce
Inspector saying that Alary Louis Fer
ris Is actually wanted for alleged vio
lation of the postal laws in connection
with the operation of a matrimonial
bureau by 3Iartln L. Ferris, of Prince
ton. Ind., but the message shed no light
on tho Identity of the prisoner.
The letter expected by 3Ir. Wilson
comes from United States Attorney 3U1
ler, of Indianapolis. In response to a
query sent Saturday. 3Ir. 31lller tele
graphed that he had sent a photograph
of the girl wanted, and detained Infor
mation about the case.
Doubt in the case develops from the
fact that the girl held a prisoner hero
declares that her name is not -.Mary
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ties say that the girl sought nv thim
In 3tarv Farris and that she is more
than twenty years old.
It has practically been asrreed by
District Attorney Wilson and Attorney
O'Brien that the girl will be released
from custody, on bail at least. If there
is nothing definite today to substanti
ate the suspicions of the po Ice that
she Is reallv a fugistive from justice
31r. Wil'on expects to receive the letter
from Indianapolis this oftorooon. and
ho believes that It will clear up the
mystery and make it possible for iiim to
take final acttlon.
Rio Grande Runs
Under Her Own Steam
NORFOLK. Va.. Dec. 8. The Govern
ment wireless station here today was
Informed that the 3Iallory liner Rio
Grande, which reported a fire last
night, needs no assistance, and was pro
ceeding on her course under her own
steam. The revenue cutter Seminole,
which had been ordered to aid the ves
sel In view of wild reports that the
Rio Grande carried seVeral hundred
passengers, was recalled to Norfolk. The
Rio Grande Is a freight vessel, and.
apparently, there are no passengers
GIRL OF MYSTERY
free to "start anything.'
THEY SHALL GO.
"May I ask yu a question" said Dr.
Shaw, when the President had deteed.
his position, to which he assented MMt
"Since you, as the President, are sot
at llberty-to lake up our cause; as 70a
havo made It cleat to us, we are left
without a spokesman. To whom, mar
we turn In this extremity; who can.
speak for us?"
The President thereupon smiled broad
ly and said that most women seemed
able to speak for themselves, but Dr.
Shaw said that they- could not speak
Some of the women who called at tns
White House found 'a crumb of aatj.
faction In the President's statement that
when asked for his opinion by a mem
ber of the Houso Rules Committee ha
had said he believed a suffrage commit"
tee in the House would be a good thing.
Meat of them, were obviously disap
pointed at the stand the President tooK
and made no effort to Join the Una that
bbcok hands with hlnv ' 1
There were eighty-eight women in the
double line that formed In front of suf
frage headquarters. ICO F street, at
noon, and among them were wives ot
several Senators and Congressmen.
Ten Women Ride.
Dr. Shaw, Miss Alice Paul, and ten
others rode to the White House In au
tomobiles, but the ma!n delegation
walked, fighting their way In the teeth
of a gale that threatened momentarily
to tear their hats and furs from them.
In the front rank were Mrs. MedJl
McCormlck and Mrs- Stanley H. Mo
Cormlck. and they leaned Into the wind
Jtst as though there were no such
things as luxurious limousines In tho
v orld. Dr. Shaw was tbenrat to alight
at the White House, and she waited la
the ante-room till the "hikers" arrived.
They were shown into the President's
office almost Immediately, and -Dr.
Shaw began her talk to the President,
which continued about five minute.
The suffragist leader began by tollinj
what the national association stood for.
She said that for forty-flve years this
association had'been active in Washing
ton, but that equal suffrage measures
were always -ur'ed In committees and
never brouxht to a vote in the Houso
Hope For Aid.
"We hope that the Administration. Ot
which you axe the head, will come to
our aid in one of three ways, or in any
other way which majr appral to yOu.'
! I r. Sh.vr. "We ask rtrst that you
send a special mevagc to Congress, ask
lng that It submit the matter of wom
an suffrage to thr legislatures of the
various States In tho form of an amend
ment tt the Federal Constitution.
'Should you not see tfi to do this, we
ask you to Include such a recommenda
tion In some other mesago which you
may send to Congress. But if you find
It Impractical to do this, we nsk that
you use the Influence ot the Adminis
tration to procure a committee on suf
frage in the House of Representatives."
She concluded by saying the. women
of this country have in the past read his
, messages to Congress with great Intar-
est and that they all admired him for ,
his "splendid spirit ot justice.
Breaks Lamp Post
Skidding on the slippery pavement In
Connecticut avenue, between California
and Wyoming avenues, an automobile
bearing District llscense 4771. the police
say, crashed Into an electric light pole
knocking it down.
The machine was driven by a mau
whese name was not learned. License
4771 is credited to Mrs. A. Waller, ot the
Portland apartment house.