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WASHINGTON, TUESDAY EVENING, APRED 18, 1016.
JPBIOB ONE CENT. :
STOPPED BY PHONE
Anonymous Caller Tells Con
gressmen There Will Be No
MAPES DISCOVERS "PLOT
Questions Person Calling and
Reoeiver Is Abruptly
An anonymous and mysterious tele
phone call to varloui members of tho
House District Commlttoe Informing
them that there would be no mooting
today, almost prevented tho meeting or
Chairmen Ben Johnson and other
memberi have not yet ascertained who
sent out the misleading telephone calls,
but there U a suspicion that It waa
dene for a deflnlto purpose, and goes
beyond the practical Joke.
CoBgtessman Mapes of Michigan,
when told that tho committee would not
meet, failed to rccognlzo tho volco of
the Informant, and becamo auspicious.
A noon aa Mr. Stapes asked "Who aro
you"" the man at tho other end of the
telephone wire abruptly nun up the
Chairman Johnson sat In tho commit
tee room for nearly an hour this morn
Ins; and was taken aback 'when almost
a dosen membors dropped in caeually
to ask why tho meeting had been post
poned. Mr. Johnson was quite angr
over the performance, and has started
an Investigation to ascertain, 1C pos
sible, who sent out the f.ilso telephone
When Chairman Johnson learnp'l'thnt
ome ono was tampering with tho com
mittee meeting dmerm:t tnnmonrs of
the committee were called over tho
telephone and a sufficient number fin
ally arrived to do buslnosa.
Home members of tho commtttco are
Inclined to think that a person inter
ested In one or moro bills pending to
Tore the committee sought to prevent
the committee meeting tor fear these
bills would be considered. It Is not
known At this time what bill caused tho
fake telephone messages.
The District committee decided today
to authorlso Chairman Johnson to. pre
pare a. unanimous, consent calendar for
the committee upon which shall bo
r laced all bills now, before tho commlt
r to which there Is 'no objection.
These uncontested bills will be con
sidered and reported at an early special
meeting. The District Commltteto In
tends to make no report for the present
on contested mattera. nn thu llntian
legislative program precludes consider
ation or any great quantity of District
legislation at this session.
District Must Pay
For Moving Mains
Comptroller Holds Water Depart
ment Must Provide for
Change on Avenue Bridge.
Comptroller of the Treasury Warwick
today ruled that the District Water De
partment must bear tho expense of low
ering the water mains 'on the new Penn
sylvania avenue bridge because of the
transfer of the Capital Traction Com
pany's tracks to the structure.
He also held that the railway company
must pave the space betwen Its tracks
and two feet addlUonal on either side,
from Twenty-sixth and Pennsylvania
avenue to Twenty-ninth street.
The case was submitted to the Comp
troller by the District Commissioners
because the transfer of the company's
tracks from the M street bridge to the
new structure will place the electric
conduits dangerously near the water
mains across the new bridge. The com
missioners believed the company should
bear the expense of moving the mains
further from the electric conduits. The
Comptroller, however, ruled that the
company did not wish to move Its con
duits, but was required by act of Con
gress to do so, and that any expense at
tending the removal of the water mains
must be borne by tho Water Department.
The Comptroller holds that when the
Capital Traction Company pays one
third of the cost of constructing the
bridge It will have discharged all Its
financial obligations In tho matter ex
cept to repave between the tracks.
City Officials Pose
For "Movie" Films
Commissioners Figures in Pic
ture to Advertise Washing
ton and Lincoln Highway.
Laying aside official cares for a mo
ment. Commissioners Newman, Drown-
low, and Kuta posed for tho "movies"
today. The picture was taken In front
of th District building, and wET be
used as part of the film advertising
Washington and -the Lincoln Highway,
which Is to be shown all over the coun
try under the auspices of tho Board of
Trade, Chamber of Commerce, and the
Itetall Merchants' Association.
The picture, showing scenes of life In
the National Capital, is being prepared
by the Joint committee on tho Lincoln
Hearing on Fairchild Bill "
Will Be Held Tomorrow
The House District Committee will
boM u !ie:ir?.g tomorrow inornliii n
the Kalrrhlld bill aiilli'iruln,; t mcrj'or
of the Potomac Klectrlc I'nww Com
pany and the Wn'hlngtmi ltullwuy mid
The District CumiduMtmri, ' o'pota
tlon Counsol Synv nn.l n'YIcla's ol tho
two public serilco cornoritlom me u
peceud to attenl.
The hearing will ho conducted beforo
the full District Committee, JnMead uf
HIM ON D
MEETING IS ALMOST
'BOOK OF HEART THROBS"
SENT TO LABOR UNIONS
Tragedies that are cvcry.day affairs m the- families of underpaid
Government employes, as pointed out in the "Book of
Heart Throbs" in last Sunday's Times, arc to be laid before
labor organizations all over the country.
Officials of the recently organized Federal Employes' Union ex
press themselves as highly gratified at this move by The
Times to impress, the Capital with the necessity for improve
ment in the clerks' conditions.
The organization has purchased enough copies of The Times con
taining the article to distribute to the central labor unions
in all important cities.
They are being sent out this week.
Houdini to Be Hanged
In Strait jacket at High
Noon Here Tomorrow
"Handcuff King" to Dangle 100
Feet In Air Before Crowds
At 12:30 o'clock.
WILL .EXTRICATE HIMSELF
Expert Knot Tiers Will Superin
tend Exhibition, to Which All
Harry Houdlnl has heen cordcmned)
to be hanged! i
Ho will bo hanged at 12:30 tomorrow
In front of the Munsoy building In plain
view of all of tho thousands of Wash
lngtnr.tanu who can gather on Pennsyl
The "Handcuff King" has escaped
from ovciythlng tho pollco or saVty
llrst artists of all sorts havo designed
to confine a vicious criminal and now
ho will reach tho end of hit rope! .
Tho end of tho rope will danglo 100
feet In mldnlr from the front of tho.
Munsey building -and Houdlnl will bol
attached to it by tho feet with, all tho
Ingenious knots the police or anybody
elan can devise .
Arms To Bo Rigid. I
Ho wil also havo his arms securely I
bourn, to his body and his body made
rigid with the most approved type of
straltjacket. All of these things will
be done to Insure the thorough hanging
of tint worker of magic.
And Houdlnl doclarea he will hang
only long enough to loose himself from
He laughs at tho proposition to hang
him. and declares those In charge of
the operation can go as far as they
like. He guarantees that he will free
himself. And It Is agreed that he shall
go fieo If ho docs get loose.
Tho rrocidura to be followed will bo
to confine Houdini in a regulation
straltjacket. A Jacket and two
husky attendants have been secured.
The men are experienced In restraining
dai.gcioiudy Insane patients. They havo
been instructed to use the most ap
proved Jacket a tvpo from which no
escape has ever been recorded.
Houdini hasn't seer, the Jacket that
vlll bo used apd will not see it until
they put It on him The two attendants
will see to It that tho "Handcuff King"
Is placid in tho Jacket In a way they
havo of putting men in Jicketa of the
samo kind for keeps. They state they
will put Houdlnl in the jirket for keeps,
as no ono they havo over put into one
of them has ever gotten out.
In Air 100 Feet.
Then a rone will bo nttached tn Hon.
dlnl's fet so that It will not come oil
ana tacKlo will bo attached to this
rope with which Houdlnl will be hoist
ed up about 100 feet and will dangle,
head down for
The exact length of time he will dan
gle Is all up to Houdlnl. Tho men
In charge will do It so well that they
Insist he will dangle until they let
him down. Houdini thinks otherwise.
He claim ho will be thero long enough
for an average person to wriggle an
oyellu about three times in deliberate
Ho wants Just a minute or two and
then ho claims he will free himself,
throw off the straltjacket and when
he wave his arms, tho tackle men
aro to let htm down.
Put he will not be lowered until ho
hns relvnecd himself ibsolutely from
Tho tltnn Ih M-30 tomorrow.
Thu pluca Is In front of the Jlumey
r.veniody In Washington Is Invited
to cheer Houdlnl or thu policemen
and nsylum attendants who think ho
can't get nway.
Women Lead 1,000
Strikers in Fight
Keep Workers From Entering
Munitions Factory After
HASTINGS, N. Y., April W.-Ono
thousand strikers, led by slv women,
routed men en routo to work at the mu
nition factories of the National Conduit
ana cable company nere today In a
pitchcii battlo with sticks and atones.
Sheriff's deputies drove tho strikers
back, but not until after they had pre
vented the workers from entering the
The attack was led by a woman, who
seized a machinist by the hair and
knocked him down. In the melee several
persons wero slightly Injured and every
Gano of lu.is on ono side of a company
ulldlug knocked out,
Tho munition wotkers have been on
strike for several days, demanding an
eight-hour day, tlmo und one-half for
ovoitlmo, and an Increase In wages of
5 cciils an hour.
Yeggs Get Small Change.
NEWTOWN, Pa.. Anrll 18,-Yeggmcn
arly today blew the safe tn (ho post
ofllce here, and escaped with less .than
a dollar. I
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Haudremont Works and 700
Yards of Trenohes Near
HBRU.V, April H. Capture of Im
portant Kronen positions north and
northeast of Verdun in yesterday's
lighting was announced by the war of
nce this afternoon. Tho Germans took
The captured positions Include tho
workr south of Haudremont farm, near
Hep per Heights, and 7U0 yards ot
Kronen trenches on the heights north
west of Thiaumont form, near Douau
mout. French troops attempted to attack In
the Calllette Woods, near Douaumont.
but were met by German artillery lira
and held to their trenches at practically
In the Wocvre region and on the front
southeast of Verdun Krench artillery
was active throughout yesterday and
Violent Attack Made
On East of the Meuse
PARIS, April 18. German troops, rrom
rive different directions aggregating
lOO.Ott) men, participated In yesterday's
violent attack against the Krench lines
east of the Meuse, It Is officially an
nounced. In last night's fighting, tho Germans
wero partially thrown back from a first
line trench they penetrated In Chaur
four forest, northwest of Douaumont.
The bombardment of mil 301 Is in
creasing in violence.
The Germans attacked with tho great
est lolcnco on a ragged rront, extend
ing from the Meuse In o. southeasterly
direction .to the Douaumont-Urnes
The first blow fell against the Kronen
barriers In the narrow ravine southeast
of Pepper Heights, the scene ot furi
ous fighting ten days ago.
Time and again the grey-clad legions
piled un against tho French works In
fruitless charges. Tho ravine and Its
wooded slopes were swept bv a steady
stream of shrapnel and machine gun
fire until the gorge Itself was choked
Repulsed In this attack, tho Germans
extended tho fighting on both Hanks.
Tho heaviest blow was struck on the
eastern wing. Gathering uu two di
visions, the German commanders hurlod
them against tho Krench line In Chauf
four and Ablan woods, driving south
ward in an attempt to reach douau-mont-Ilras
road. , ....
Tho second assault carried tho enemy
Into the advanced positions and forced
thu surrender ot a redoubt and Its con
nected advanced trenches forming an
exposed Salient northwest of Douau
mont village. '
The Krench successes reported In to
day's communique Iron) tho war office
apparently were against these advanced
positions taken by the Germans yes-Urday.
STOP U-BOAT WAR
LAST WORDOF U.S.
Note Expeoted to Go to Berlin
Tonight Said to Leave Thli
Doorway to Germany.
DECLARES PLEDGES BROKEN
Indictment Sums Up Submarine
Case and Alleges Array ef
America's last word to Germany on
the submarine Issue probably will leave
for Berlin tonight. A Ungthy not.e re
markable for lta dispassionate language
but unmistakable aa to Its purpose, has
been completed by the President him
self. The message was laid before the
Cabinet meeting today. .This afternoon
ii proDaoiy win oe shown to Chairman
William J. atone, of tho Senate Commit
tee on Korelgn Relations, and, perhaps,
to Chairman Henry D. Flood, of the
House Committee, it may be sent to the
cablo cfflce before nightfall.
The communication Is said to leave
but one doorway open to Oermtny, If
sho would avoid a diplomatic break
with tho United States. She roust aban
don her submarlno warfare against
With palntaklng care the note sums
up tho Indictment against Germany.
i lleglnnlng with the still unsettled case
of the Curiard liner Lusltanla, case after
i case Is cited, the total being regarded
by this Government as comprising an
overwhelming array of proofs that Ger
l many has violated -the rules of human-
; lty nud broken her pledges.
Recalls Berlin Promises.
It tells of the cases which Immedlatu-
ly followed the I.uslUnla, and the prom
Iocs glvn by Oionuny at the lime of
tho sinking of tlis A.-iule. It remind
i Germany that tho HattuJ Htalts. vlil-.
ing to subordinate her past grievances
to tho Interest of humanity, was 'ie
pared ta accept these promise, when
Germany Issued her n;w .1 ecus', stating
that on and after March J sbn would
begin attacking all Aimed enemy mer
chantmen without warning. - t- x.
Almost Immediately, thq.nate. g.r on.
to say; thero began' a" succession ot
cases .of submarine attacks, the most
noteworthy feature ot which waa the
fact that, whereas the March 1 decrte
was limited to armed enemy liners,
most of the attacks were against un
armed ships, many of them being ot
The noto draws the Inference thut
either Germany has rccalii'd tier past
pledges, or that her submarine have
bun unablo to distinguish the charac
ter .ind nationality of the ships that
havo I een made the targe..
Preferring to believe the latter view is
the correct one, the note Insists that
circumstances have demonstrated the
utter Impossibility of pursuing the sub
marine timpalgn without transgress
ing tho rights or neutrals, and lor that
reason the United States feels cilled
upon, solemnly and with due regard tor
the good relations between the two
countries that cannot otherwise con
tine, to Insist that Germany abandon
the submarine warfare.
At Parting of Waya.
Officials of the Administration thor
oughly appreciate the fact that the re
lations between the two countries are
at the parting or the ways; that within
two weeks Germany, by her reply, may
force the United States to sever these
At the same time the President lb said
to be determined to settle- the matter
once and for all, and has so drawn the
note that Germany cannot fall to real
The Cabinet waa In session longer
than It has been for some time. Al
though the manner of the members as
they left the White HoUso reflected the
gravity of the situation, they declined
to make any comments.
Liner Zent U-Boat
Torpedoed Without Warning With
Loss of 49 Lives, Investi
LONDON. April JS.-The BritUh Unor
Zent, which waa sunk with a lost of
forty-nine lives, was torpedoed without
.warning, un admiralty Inve&tlgAtlon
It wis also announced that tho Dutch
tteamer HJdlJk, beached on tho coast
of England, waa the victim of an en
The Dutch steamer waa most conspic
uously marked. She carried tho Dutch
colcrs painted on her Mdea in four
places and a rigid ensign on the fore
mast and malnmost. Her name and
port of icplslry were painted In largo
letters on her side.
Fraimnnt of steel and brass found in
her hull leave no loom for doubt that
she was torpedoed the Investigation
Asqfiith Seeks To
Halt Cabinet Crisis
Will Explain Recruiting and Con
scription to Parliament To
nlorrow. LONDON, April It. A possible crlrla
tn the cabinet haa been delayed until
at least tomorrow by the official an
nouncement that Premier Asqulth will
not make his expected statement on
recruiting In Commons this after
noon. Under present plans, the prime min
ister wilt explain matters to Parlia
ment tomorrow afternoon,
In the meantime he Is using all his
powers of conciliation to prevent the
Eosslble resignation or those mem
ers or the ministry who are deter
mined upon a policy of general conscription.
Victims of Treachery in
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Troop M, Thirteenth Cavalry,
Center PRIVATE HOBERT LED
FORD, Troop M, Thirteenth
Below PRIVATE CHARLES H.
EICHENBERGER, Troop M,
Thirteenth Cavalry, missing.
AFTER LIVELY FIGHT
Von Igle, Arrested Under Plot
Indiotment By U. S. Agents,
Puts Up Struggle.
NEW TOIIK. April 18. Wolf von Igle,
secretary to Capt. Franx von Papen, re
called German military attach, was ar
rested In his office at 60 Wall Street by
agents of the Department of Justice to
day after a lively tight. Four special
agents overpowered von Igle, when he
Attempted a get-away.
Von Igle was Indicted yesterday with
von Papen, Capt Hans Tauscher, hus
band ot Mme. adUI, and others In con
nection with plots to blow up the Wei
land canal and put bombs upon allied
ships. His name was kept secret until
Agents of tho Justice Department call
ed at his office yesterday, but It was said
he was out ot town. Returning today,
they found the former attache's secre
tary. Von Igle at first refused to admit Joe
Baker, assistant to William Offley, head
of the department's investigating bureau,
nit 1i!m three denutles.
Uakoi llnally convinced hlm-they were
coming In, forcibly. If neces'sary, and
the door was opened. Von Iglo hurried
to tho sare as uaKer and nts men en
tered slammed the door shut and
throw on the combination, locking It.
Von Igle declared he would not sur
render embassy nancrs. and falling to
secure documents he expected to take
from the saro uaKer ordered von igle to
come with him.
Von Igle endeavored to escape Be
fore ho hud gone far toward the door
ttaker ana nis tnree assistants were
unon htm. The struggled about the of
fice, overturning furniture, but the de-
upon him. xnev struggled about the or
haiflt and marched the secretary away.
When taken before Federal Judge
Howe, von Igle refused to plead to the
Indictment, He declared he was not rep
resented by cbunsol and also that the
Uovernment had no right to arrest him
as no was connected with tho German
He protested against the seizure ot any
papers In his Wall street ofllce, saying
that was cmbassadorial territory and
Judge Hqwo advised von Igle to pro
cure counsel at once. He adjourned the
hearing until i p. tn. that the prisoner
might get a lawyer, and told him his
rights would be safeguarded.
Less Beer In England.
LONDON, April 18. Under govorn
mont orders restricting the Importation
of beer making apparatus. English
brewvis will reduce their output by one
glass of beer in every eight.
RENEW HUNT FOR
MLLA; DEATH ONLY
HOAX, SAYS BELL
Army Officer Declares
ricated the Story of Bandit's Death-
Orders Go Out From San Antonio for
New Troop Activity.
Lines of Communication Are Given Greater
Protection Troops Are ' " Digging
Themselves In" to Prevent Further
Hostile Acts By Carranza Forces.
SAN ANTONIO, Tex., April 18. On receipt of a
dispatch from General Bell, at El Paso, declaring that the
report of Villa's death had evidently been manufactured in
Juarez, army officers directed a renewal of the search for
the bandit leader today.
General Bell officially reported to Major General Fun
ston declaring his belief that the entire story of Villa's body
having been found was a fabrication and originated at
A statement from Consul Letcher at Chihuahua fur
ther discredited the story, asserting that dispatches from
Cusihuiraichic made no mention of the body.
Early advices to headquarters told of a g.ilheriug of
scattered American detachments near Satevo? r
"-Indications point to resumption of the bandit hunt
on a scale limited to conform to the present line of com
munications. This is believed to mean that Funston in
tends to make the best of the facilities at hand, meantime
hoping for permission to use the Mexican railways or
sanction for a new line with the American base near Pre
TAKES STEPS TO DEFEND SUPPLY LINE.
EL PASO, April 18. The Villa hunt is a secondary
matter to the guarding of American lines of communica
tion, according to army officers here.
Concentration of troops to prevent renewal of such
attacks as that at Parral is being undertaken.
Brigadier General Pershing, it is understood, has re
ported to Major General Funston that his troops are "dig
ging themselves in" and are prepared to meet any move of
Carranzista troops or bandit bands. He has established
himself at Namiquipa, where he can be in touch with all
parts of the line and better meet any hostile move.
American officials here are ready to accept General
Carlos Carranza's identification of the body said to be that
of the bandit chief and advise the withdrawal of troops as
having accomplished the object of the expedition.
Certification of Villa's death by officials of the de
facto government is all that can be expected, say officials
here, although it is expected that no obstacle will be placed
by Carranzista officials in the way of further confirmation
by the American authorities.
The question whether the body, presumably being
taken into Chihuahua City, is that of Villa is still holding
attention, but the safety of the American expedition, fol
lowing the Parral incident and the withdrawal request
from General Carranza is uppermost in the minds of army
chiefs along the border.
PERSHING LEAVES SATEVO.
Pershing has left his advanced base at Satevo and re
turned to his Namiquipa staff headquarters. At Nami
quipa, about midway along the lines of communication, he
can keep a closer witch on the situation and better direct
his army. No American troops are now believed to be
south of Santa Cruz.
If Villa is not dead, but has escaped into Durango, as
formerly reported, the American pursuit has apparently
been halted. If the body reported exhumed west of Satevo
is not Villa's, neither the United States nor the Mexican
authorities have any adequate idea of the bandit chief's
whereabouts, they admit.
Mexican officials, professing to have direct knowl
edge of the finding of Villa's tody near San Francisco
Porja, claim that cutting of wires last night prevented re
ceipt of further information today.
While the failure of the Mexicans to produce the body
Juarez Officials Fab