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Fair Tonight and
WASHINGTON, SATURDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY G, 1015.
PRICE ONE CENT.
AS A SUSPECT
Washingtonian Giving His Name
as Nota McKinley, Held by
Alexandria County Authori
ties in 'Mysterious Crime.
Denies Ail Knoweldge of Mat
ter and Declares That He
Will Be Able to Prove an
Working on the scant clue of a
few incomplete footprints and a
few other circumstances, the au
thorities of Alexandria county late
yesterday arrested a man giving
his name as Noia McKinley, of
Washington, in connection with the
mystepious shooting last Thursday
night of Mrs. Constance Meagher,
wife of an artillery private sta
tioned at Fort Myer.
The man was arrested by Deputy
Sheriff Harry T. Palmer near the
Fort Myer reservation, and taken
to the Alexandria county jail. The
prisoner said he lived in Washing
ton, and that he had walked out
into Virginia this morning. He
denied any knowledge whatever of
the shooting on Thursday night,
and said that he could prove an
alibi, and that he was nowhere in
the vicinity of the place where the
crime was committed at that time.
Hole In Man's Shoe.
What may terminate in the solution
of the mjstery is h hole in the shoe
oC the man who did th shooting. This
was shown in the footprints which led
fro mthe rear of the Meagher house and
ve traced to near the Ft. Mer icser
vatlon. and subsequently1' to a house
somewhat distant from the rescnation
Just whHt warranted the arrest of the
man apprehended today the Alexanrdla
county authorities refused to say. They
stated that McKinley is being held as
a Biispcct and declared that the perpe
trator of the crime would be run down
within a short time.
Mrs. Mfagher. the victim of the shoot
ing, is reported today to have a betteyJ
chance of recov.rj than yesterday.
Physicians at the Georgetown Univer
sity Hospital, where the woman was
taken Immediately after the shooting,
said this afternoon that her condition
was decidedly impioved and that alio
now had a good chance to pull through
GETS OVER $1
Robber Covers Officers With
Pistol, Makes Them Hand
Over Cash ,and Escapes.
LIMA, N. V., Keb. 6. A lone hold
up man cuteicd the Bank of Lima
here today Jnat before noon, covered
the cashier and assistant with revolv
ers, compelled them to hand over be
tween $10,000 and 112.000 cash, then
bound them and made his escape.
Misses McAdoo and Briten
Arrive in British Capital
LONDON, Keb. 6. Miss Nona McAdoo,
daughter of Seeretar) of the Ticasury
McAdoo, and Mlsb Katherlne Bill ten, of
Washington, airhed here today, en
route to France to nilisc Ficneh
In the same part that crossed on the
Lusitanla weio Co' K. M. House, of
New York, and Mrs, House.
IN CONGRESS TODAY.
No session todnv. Will meet Monday.
1'oHtofllce bill ordered reported.
fenati leaders fac the extra teflon
Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Mobile,
Tonsacola. Feb. 11-16. Very low round
trip tares via Southern Railway. Four
dally through trains. Consult Agents
t6 16th tod SOS F EU. N. W-JUrt.
A WV VJIUIW&UI VVVLglU)
Official Scales Prove
Bread Bought in Ten Different Shops by Times Rep
resentatives Show Startling Differences No
Penalty for Bakers Under Law, However,
Say District Authorities.
Ten loaves of bread bought today in different sections of Wash
ington, each from a different bakery, showed a variation of five
ounces between the largest and the smallest loaf.
In no case did a loaf of bread weigh sixteen ounces. The heav
iest loaf was 15 ounces. This was bought from a downtown baker.
The smallest loaf, weighing 10 '( ounces, was purchased from a
baker in the northeast.
These loaves were purchased by Times' representatives in an ef
fort to find out just how much variation there is in loaves of bread
now being bought by Washington housewives. The weighing was done
on official scales at the office of the Superintendent of Weights,
Measures, and Markets. The weights, as tabulated by a Times repre
sentative, were verified by Superintendent Sherman, just as are all
weights made on the District scales at his office.
NO FIXED STANDARD.
There is no llxed standitrd Tor In.U
weights in the District, and no -violation
or the law is Im.uired In selling
a lont of any weight in Washington,
however small. The weights were tak
en simply In line with the teceiit recom
mendation ot Superintendent Sherman
tlmt housewlrs weigh loars In order
to determine which baker was giving
them the most Cor theli limine.
Only ono loaf weighed moio than foui
tcen ounces. Three of the Ion loacs
weighed tipped the scales Ht moio than
thirteen ounces. One of these was fnnn
one of the largest bakeries In the lii
trict, and the other two weie bought
from laige bakers of the notthwest bee-
ptlon. Three moic
loavesQ weighed be
SEES FIRE MENACE f
AT PATENT OFFICE!
Commissioner Ewing's Report I
Are in Daily Peril.
Laying special emphasis upon the
crow"ded condition and the flie danger
in the United States Patent OfhV
Commissioner of Patents Thomas
Ewlng- today filed his annual teport
The report shows that duiing 1011
there were Issued 39.545 patents to
gether with 1.715 design patent and
190 re-Issued patents, making a total
of 41,850. Trade marks, labels, and
prints were registered at the Patent
Office to the number of 7,871.
The total net receipts of this bu
leau for the ear were $-J,251,89'J.S'j,
and the expenditures $,J,Q0U,770 I",
leaving on December 31, 1914, a bnl
ance of $251,122.70 to be uddid to
the balnnce alieady in the Treasuiy
to the ei edit of the Patent office of
"The crowded condition in the Patent
Ofllcr. ficquenth called to the attention
of Congress, in steadily growing worse.
Eas the Commissioner, and points out
that copies of patents kept for sale to
the number of about 47.OoO.OOn are "scat
tered all oer the office, and as they
are stacked on wooden shelves and un
exposed, the dangei of lite is ciy
The Commissioner asked for an ap
propriation of J.'.MiO to defray the ex
penses of preparing pi. ins for remodel
ing the present building, which will be
devoted entireU to the Patent Ofllee
upon the removal of the UflU e of the
Secietao of the Inlet lor some time
within the next two oi three jcars
Ho also asks foi an augmented force.
Including more examiners and two new
members of the board of examiners in
New York Firemen Carry Three
Down Ladders While Rest
Flee Over Roofs.
NEW YORK. IVb d -Todaj bring the
Jewish Sunday probabl pieented a
smallci edition of tin . Ti tangl shli t
waist tile at l'U-lo5 Avenue . today.
l'"lu stalled in the fouith llooi of ,i
seven-story building occupied by Wolfo
,fc Abraham, nianiitactuieis of fiiinitiue.
'1 hrough the week the 111 m employes
about sixty men and foitv women on
the miner thiol s Theie weie only
i twelve today.
. Ircmen cairiccl tnie down tin- lad
ders, overcome by smoke. Tin icst
escaped ovei the loots, one iiiciiiau
fell thiough a llooi and was siiiously
burncd. 'the loss is $luO.0uO.
Would Bar Cigarette
Users as Instructors
MADISON, Wis., I'cb fi --No educa
tional institution of anj kin. which Is
supported In whole or In par l public
money shall employ a le.ic lit i w ho
smokes clgarctti s, noi slial any insti
tution grant a diploma ot , .itiflcate of
education to an one who snol. ciga
rettes. Such arc the provisions if n bill in
troduced In the asseinll b llepu
Imnorted La Carolina (.hertitos. 10c.
Equal to tb lintel Havana cigar. Advt.
tween twelve-ami tliiiteeu ounces One,
bought from a northwest baker, weigh
ed 11 ounces. This loaf also was pur
chased ttoni a baker In the central
notthwest Kcttlon The loaf weighing
0 ounces was put chased In the east
ern northeast M-ctl'Mi
Stale Bread Lighter.
Hakeis asscil that arlous loaves of
their lucid ai- In weight, and that the
weight glows b'.'.M us the bread grows
Male. The Hist ailation. though, sel
dom is moio than an ounce. An effort
to eliminate ilic second vnilatlon was
linidp by bmlng only freshyl baked
The weighing made today has no con
(Continued on Second Page.)
KISSED BEFORE WIFE"
HE SUES FOR $1,500
C" Griffin Asks Damages
frt PUam,, r!-l9
ivi oiiuius wins Lmorace in
Damage I,, the sum of $I..Vhi because
he was Mrl ,,y ron)s
Pie3once of his wife while at the Casino
ri-eate, ,t .Inml,u HIO )if)1((1 f
suit tiled IC ,JlHtrkn s
todav bv c. Mason auriln
.... ..commits nan.r.l n n,n ,w,.iin
uhn ,.i. ',.;".:'?."" air
r. i..n " ".""'. '"" that
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made hliu a subject of
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snul tsaid plaintiff th ,t iV i as"
lad did kiss the pi' n ff Hln'iK
will of raid pL.lnflff TrtthXima
did no nMjoaiMiiiraro this Hs:uilt "
six lis hUed'
Four Fatally Hurt, and 168 Es
caped From Shaft at Clair
mont, W. Va
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nineis weie killed foui faulK nnri
and 1CS escaped toda when a , ,.Y
Plos'on 01 curied in one of n, ,...
Klvei Coal Company's mines heie. One I
shaft lias been ilosed. The explosion !
"Thi'ri0 oflw ltdeadbCTtl '
she rth after noon and it w!, "ulm
ail that tluee othejj would b reached
h I o clock
One bod iecovere.1 was not liore
minted among th-i dead and this - lVe
Hse to a icport that seven dead were
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Unprepared ! Unprepared !
The United Slates went to war with Spain in 1898 and won.
But the United States was not prepared for that war, any more than it is prepared now for war.
What happened then the ghastly story of demli due to ignorance on the part of the volunteer soldiers
and lack of organization and direction higher up as well as Congress' part of the blame for the terrible results
is told by Oscar King Davis in the second of his series of war articles in tomorrow's
nirnnill TU IM
Personnel Supposed to Be De
finitely Decided on, But
Changes May Be Made If Re
fusals Are Reconsidered.
Public Reception of Names
Heretofore Put Out Fails to
Produce Enthusiasm in Any
,.. ii.ncAtr f ti.L.i i tirt?n
IJV JUUWll V.. EiLilI V CIV.
The personnel of the Trades
Commission, supposed to have
been irrevocably decided by Presi
dent Wilson, is, as a matter of fact,
likely to be changed before the
nominations are sent to Congress.
Public reception of the tentative
list of names heretofore put out as
substantially decided upon for the
commission has not produced
either enthusiasm or confidence, in
or out of Administration circles.
On excellent authority it was
ItdlliU iwuay inn, ,n ivditii,.,ns -p. i.,, ,nn,o frnm 1-, l.r4MA
has tendered appointments Oil this
commission to a long list of thor
oughly representative men, and
that the tender has been declined
in so many instances that the Pres
ident has become a good deal dis
gusted over the prospects of get
ting together a body of men that
may be relied upon to make the
new law worth while and to build
the commission into a teal plaice in
Close To President's Heart.
This trades commission, it Is explained
by close friends of the Admlnlstiatlon
lies very close to the heait of the Pies
ident. He considers the law as It now
stands, as alwas in such cases, is meie
ly a beginning, n ague charting of a
course, a suggestion of the character
and Intent of a policy that is yet to
(Continued on Fifth Pase.)
ON EXTRA SESSION
Will Take Up Question With
Senate Leaders If Ship Pur
chase Bill Fails.
Piesident Wilson will take up with
Democratic leaders of the Senate next
week the question of holding an extra
session of Congress. If the ship pur
chase bill fall of passage before
Mm eh 1. Senator Simmons of North
Caiollna. chairman of the committee
which lias been endeavoring unsuccess
fully to bring the lecalcitrant Demo
crats back into the fold, will see the
President on Monday
"Peisonalls . he declared, when he
called at the White House today to ar-
range for his engagement with the
President, "I am of the opinion that an
rxtia session ought to he called if the
' f'1"8 of " f ot k"ow
that it will be necessary. I am hoping
,nat ll vl" nnt 1p" tlllt l 1,cllevo '"'
nhlp puicliase hill should be kept be-
fore the 3enale until It la voted on,
ecu it we risk thetebj an ctia ses-
wion for the purpose of passing the
NEUTRAL NATIONS TO
rr-mk w a
liliKMAJN W AK
ASK UNITED STATES TO LEAD
FRENCH SHELLS SET
Twenty-five Supply Wagons De
stroyed by Big Guns in the
dai i nniM ic ddhiirut nnuM
ir,ww, .w ,,w.,,. .v,
Three Prussian Officers Dashed
to EarthKaiser Renews
'Attack in Alsace.
PA HIS Feb rrench shells et fire
to a train of twenty-five ammunition
and supplv wagons In the Woevre re
gion, causing their total destruction, It
wa icporled In dispatches from the
front lodn (itber nitlllery batteries
In the same region dispersed convoys of
Hie enemy, with considerable losses.
This remarkable effectiveness of the
Ficnch artillery work was further rni-
fiont around Rhflms. There a French
dicll. from a distance of several miles,
lore n hole thiough a Herman ob
"ir'Mlini balloon inside (lie Merman
lints The lnlloon collapsed French
aviator lrported that three German
officer" who were stnvejlng the French
positions were dashed to earth and
KiRbtinR Resumed In Alsace.
Attlllery (ontlhts lontlnue from Arras
southward to Hheims, with the French
showing supeiiurlty in the shelling of
ti cliches Dispatches from Alsace Indi
cate a resumption of the fighting around
Hartmannswellei. whn. the (Jermans
me renewing their attack upon a strong
l-rench position on a hill.
Reverses Cause Reign
Of Terror in Bohemia
LONDON. Feb fi.-A reign of terror
I? sweeping Bohemia because of Aus
trian defeats, the Heme coi respondent
of the Exchange eTIegraph wired to
day. His Information, he said, came
from reliable sources 4n Prague.
Military law now prevails over nearly
Ihe entire province. There hav been
wholesale arrests of editors and poli
ticians. In some Instances the death
penalty has been oidered.
Thus far there have been no organized
revolts, the correspondent wired, but
the population is extremelv restles
Several Persons Injured and
Near-Panic Follows Collision
in New York.
Nr;w YORK, Teb. 6.-Sevora passen
gers wero Injured and a near-panic fol
lowed a collision on the Ninth avenue
elevated railroad at Fiftieth street to
daj during the rush hour tnuel.
n o.piss train, south-bound, was
inn Into by another tialn and half a
dozen of the cars were smashed. For
tunate none fell info the stieet. or the
loss of llfo would hae been gieat Thlr.
Is the third serious eleated wreck here
Th wrecked cais caught lire fiom a
slioit-clicuit on the tail, and 111 emeu
wei hastily called to extinguish the
blaze. Ili emeu and police reserves as
sisted the passengers along the atruc
luie to the nearest station
CRUSH CATCH FIRE
t "vt t
III mWtmm-'fKnm -: mil
MINISTER W. L. F. C. VAN RAPPARD,
Who conferred with Acting Secretary of State Lansing today in regard
to a proposed world-wide protest against the German "paper blockade."
Weird Tale of I.O.O.F.
Orderly Brings Probe
Mysterious Deaths Investigated by Yonker's Offi
cials and Use of Chloroform to Dispose of Aged
Is Charged in Confession of Er.,)loye.
NW YORK, Feb. 6. The weird tale told by Frederick Mors, a
former orderly in the Yonkers Odd Fellows' Home for aged people,
that he murdered eight of the inmates "just to put them out of the
way," is the cause of four persons being in jail today pending further
investigations by the coroner.
Mors' astonishing story, in part has been corroborated by three
other porters at the place. Mors in now in Bellevue Hospital, where
he was sent for an examination as to his sanity. Max Ring, Fritz
Reichert, and Frank Schmidt, the three porters, and Adam Bangert,
superintendent of the home, arc in custody as material witnesses.
CHLOROFORM WAS USED.
"There is no doubt In my mind that
Mors, actuallj poisoned all these people,
a he confesses," said James D. Dunn,
coroner of Yonkers, last night. "Our In
vestigation proves conclusively that they
were all killed by chloroform."
The lctlmB were Christian Hitzcl.
Henry Hendle, Carl Cass, Catherine
l'laz7a, Mrs Fred Fre. Mrs. Elizabeth
Ho4son, Henry Horn, and Frederick
Schold. All died within the past four
months under suspicious circumstances.
An examination was made of Mor's
tiutik, which he left In the home, and
according to the Yonkers police, his
clothing sna'lled Wrongly of a drug be
lieved to be chloroform.
rtlng. the police sa, told a story simi
alr to that leclted by Mors, who insisted
that he had killed the aged Inmates un
der Instructions of a superior official be
cause thc were "too old." Itlng also
gave information regarding three mys
terious deaths In the home when It was
located in Unionport, in Bronx county
According to the police, Iting told
them he came into the room where
?cJaf ,tns Inmates waa at the point
of death. He remarked there seemed
tone a strong ordor of chloroform.
"Hush." he was warned. Then the
gas was lighted, he stated, to clear the
air of the odor of the drug.
The Odd Fellows Home was moved to
onkei8 last June, and the first sus
picious death occurred about four
months ago. ,The last death was on
January 6 last, when Schold was found
dead In bed. Jn December Horn died.
. FIccaubc of the discovery of foot and
mouth disease In the stockyards at
Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville. Cin
cinnati, Columbus. Buffalo, Jersey City
and Pittsburgh, Federal inspectors to
day were instructed by telegraph by the
Agilculture Department to close all
these i,ard gr 4tslnfection after tho
animals rwr u tttmeit have been dls
These antnttfti win be allowed to go
to their destinations, provided they have
shown no symptoms of the disease and
have not been handled in Infected pens
and provided also that their destina
tions are within ouai untitled areas and
that thev weie shipped for immediate
The question of reopening tlio closed
yards will be determined later
Special Excursion to Florida Feb. 9
from Washington, $22.65 round trip. At
lanlle Coast Lirie, 1406 N. Y. ave. N. W.
EIGHT STOCK YARDS
BLOCKADf TAKEN UP
World-Wide Concert of Action
in Interest of Peaceful Ship
ping Is Probable.
WASHINGTON IS "SOUNDED"
Netherlands Minister Holds Long
Conference With Acting
Secretary of State. ,
For the purpose of ascertaining
whether the United States would
consent to join with other neutral
nations in protesting against the
German "war zone" decree, Che
alier W. L. F. C. van Rappard.
minister to the United States from
The Netherlands, had a long con
ference today with Acting Secre
tary of State Robert Lansing.
The subject matter of the intci
view between Chevalier van Rap
pard and the' Acting Secretary of
State, described by Mr. Lansing as
"confidential and informal," was
laid before President Wilson this
afternoon. Mr. Lansing spent
about an hour with the President,
during which the proposition of the
Dutch minister was thoroughly
No Official Note.
After his long conference with the
President, Lansing, while declin
ing to discuss the details of his in
terview with the Netherlands min
ister, admitted that it related to
the German decree. In this con
nection he stated that the Govern
ment is still without official con
firmation of the reports from Ber
lin that the decree is intended as a
notice of blockade.
Whether a formal profest is
framed or not, it is expected that
as a result of the interview at the
State Department this morning
some concert of action will be
taken by the nations of the globe
that are not at war to resist by dip
lomatic pressure the constantlv
increasing restrictions and hard
ships being placed on neutral com
merce by the belligerent powers.
The German ambassador issued"
a formal statement saying his gov
ernment did not intend to interfere
with American commerce by it
"blockade" of England.
Entire Situation Discussed.
Following the Interview with Hie
Netherlands minister all that Ml. Uhii.
sing would suv w,as that he and the
minister had a general discussion o
the entlic situation. Whether van Hap
pard was acting on formal Instruction'
from his go ernment is not known, bin
It Is suspected that his purpose wa
to sound the attitude ot the I'nitC'i
States, primarily with respect lo llv
Uerman decree, but also regarding thr
general lights of neutral comnnuo
In the meantime, the Administration
Is still awaiting receipt ot an offltlai
copy of the decree ltselt. i:ldence of
the alarm that la felt In official circles
Mipoitcd tho idea that this Govcrnmce.
might be moio willing now than bei.
toloie to enter Into a gencial ngrd'
ment among the neutral powers to in
sist upon their lights.
The idea of joint action Is not a ti. ,i
one. It was proposed almost at the o'H
set of tho war, when the rapidly chum
tng policies of the wairlng nations wit 1
rivpert to contraband placed ii'iitrn
commerce In tho precarious position o'
iifNcr knowing when It would be sun
jct to seliure and other hardihltfs.
The plan fell through, owlntt to the