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Fair Tonigbl end Thursday; Little Temperature Change.
Full Report on Editorial Page.
With 1:30 Wall Street
NUMBER 10.1 ."i;j.
WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY EVENING. MAY 2, 1917.
PRICE ONE CENT. 1
Expected They Will Go After
Few Weeks' Training.
HARDENED BY BORDER SERVICE
Commissions Discuss Part U. S.
Navy Fill Play in War.
America's first contribution to the
military forces fighting the Huns In
France Is to be units of national
guardsmen, according to reports cur
rent today In army circles.
While for obvious reasons the de
tails of the plans being worked out
are not available. It Is understood
that these units may be started for
France within the next six weeks or
For two reasons It Is proposed to
send the guardsmen to Europe In
small contingents. In the flrst place,
the officials. It Is said, while anxious
to tret troops over as soon as possible,
wish to do so with as little Interrup
tion as possible to the transportation
of food supplies and munitions to the
allies. In the second place, by distributing-
the troops In small numbers
an many of these commerce ships,
it will reduce the chances of a large
waste through submarine attacks.
New York Slay lie First.
Should the arrangements under
consideration meet with final approv
al. It Is reported that the flrst of the
national guard troops to go would
probably include those from New York
By sending the national guard over
at this time, it is pointed out, the
guardsmen, already hardened to mili
tary duty by their six months service
on the Mexican border could be learn
ing the methods of modern warfare
at the front, while the regulars could
be kept here to train the selective
conscript). In other words the opin
ion among those favoring this plan
is that the United States could profit
better by reversing the process fol
lowed by the British at the outset of
the war. The British have since bit
terly deplored the fact that they sent
all their trained regulars In the flrst
expedition, leaving no training units
behind to handle the raw recruits.
Officered by Regulars.
It Is further reported that along
with the units of guard will probably
go groups of regular army officers
who will act as general officers In
command at the front.
If the Ideas of the French experts
are carried out the national guards
men, before being sent actually Into
the fighting, would be given from
Ave to six weeks Intensive training
close to the front, and within sound
-ana sight of Jhf, fighting. Under the
French scheme of training, infantry
companies would be divided into
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ALONG BRITISH FRONT
Field Marshal Haig Reports An
other Night of Inaction.
LONDON. May 2 Another night of
Inaction, In so far as large movements
were concerned, uas reported from
the British front today b Field Mar
"Between St Quentin and Lena
there was mutual artillerylng at
night," he declared "In the neigh
borhood of Kauquisart a German raid
ing party w as repulsed."
The halt in major operations on the
British front has now extended oer
three days Meanwhile the armies on
both aides continue locked along the
Scarpe. neither side being able to
gain against the big forces opposing.
GERMANS STILlHOLD LENS
Berlin Claims Failure of All Allied
BERLIN (via London). May .'.
Failure f British and Firnrh ad
vances around Lens on the north an'I
along the whole front to the south
was reported in today's official state
ment ""A est of Lens, near Monchy and
Fonte English advames failed." the
statement eflld. "Near Cerny and
o on the Ai-.no nnw.rful 1'reneli ,
reconnoisanees were repulsed.
"Vor.:,east of Slllerv we Inflicted
heaty losses on the enemy and took j
flftj prisoners In the Champagne !
fighting on Monday we look 400 ,
The French did not attain their'
objective at any point "
ARTILLERY LEADS FIGHTING
Paris Reports Heavy Cannonading
Around Mont Haut.
PAfclS Mnv ? lntn. nrtilierv
fire in th. Mont Haut and Mont Cor I
nlllet resions and a sun en fill French1
raid on 'rmnn trenches near Eparge. '
were anong the aeti-e in idents of
last night -. fighting on -the French
front loda offI lI statement re
Repulse of German attacks In the
front between Cerny. Hurlebls, and
Craonne was also detailed
The statement also told of a French
air raid on railway depots and mil
Itsry stations around Lsnn, itethel,
DR. MARY WALKER HURT.
Dr Mory Walker is conflned to her
apartment nt Third and I! streets
northwen today, tufffiin: fioin the
effects of a fall she sustained mi the
steps or the I!oue oTIee lliiildiug i and enipl. es of others are meeting to
yesterday evening l. spite ' 'set ' decide on similar anion,
that she i y ev-eut nine vrs old. the The strikes now in progress are In
aged woman ief,, , ta trnt the poorer section of the city, and un
ment and was taken home in a private less something is done soon suffering
V-. . rf ,1 i 1.
GEN. OBREGON QUITS
Resips As Minister of War But
MHXICO CITY. May 2. general Ob
regon, one of the government's chief
supporters, resigned his position as
minister of war today, a short time
after President Carranza had been
sworn Into office.
His resignation was unexpected.
Carranza had depended on him for the
war portfolio In the cabinet, which Is
Just being formed.
Obregou pleaded III health. In ask
ing Carranza to accept his resignation
he declared he was always ready and
willing to serve Mexico in any na
Carranza went ahead with the or
ganization of his cabinet today.
Utilities May Employ Women
Public Service Companies Here Consider Sub
stitution of Feminine Labor For Employes
The possibility of women
lic utility service in Washington became apparent today when
it was learned that the Capital Traction and the Washington
Railway and Electric Companies, the Potomac Electric Power
Company, the Terpiinal Taxicab Company and the Washington
lias Light Company are considering-!
what steps will have to be taken in
cose conscription depletes the 'forces
of their employes.
Consideration of the employment
of women followed an announce
ment by the Pennsylvania Railroad
that superintendents on all Its lines
east of Pittsburgh had been directed
to investigate and report In what ca
pacities girls and women can be ef
ficiently employed In railroad service.
Many big Eastern railroads today
started making arrangements to em
ploy women In place of men called
to arms by the draft. Among the
roads which are taking these steps
are the New Haven, Lehigh Valley.
Erie. New York Central and the Lonir
Island. The Baltimore and Ohio
started these preparations a week
Labor Scarce Everywhere.
The employment of women to per
form public utility work In Washing
ton will depend on how short the
labor resources of the city become as
a result of the drafting of Washing
ton's quota of approximately 2,000
young men for the army. Labor all
- th "oantry -l -txpectcn to be
scarce, and companies offering serv.
Ices that are demanded by the pub
lic may be forced to severe measures
to fill the demand.
The Potomac Electric Power Com
pany has already made arrangement
for replacing men by women In many
positions where the women can ef
ficiently perform the work, according
to Clarence P. King, president of the
"The men will by no means be
forced out by the women," he said,
"but it Is to be expected that a num
ber of the employes of the company,
especially the young men, will be
conscripted as soon as the Govern
ment's machinery gets started. Prepa
rations muit be made to meet such
"As for the Washington Railway
and Electric Company, we have only
considered the use of women as a
last resort. We will try hard to get
men for the heavy work, and In no
case will we use women to handle
the cars unl ss the demand Is Impera
tive." Boys and Old Men First.
Superintendent of Traffic Elon von
Kulln, of the Capital Traction Com
pany, said the officials of the com
pany had considered the employment
of women only as a severe measure.
"We will us young bos and old
men first. Where women can do the
lighter work now being done by men
they may be employed if the men are
taken out of their positions, but we
will try hard to avoid asking Amerl
ran women to swing the heavy car
doors open and shut."
Howard S Iteeslde, vice president of
the Washington Oas Light Company,
said that the women would probably
e a'lowed to fill some of the clerl
cal positions and do other lighter
wor.. uiu u.ai mere were many occu
pat lot.. In which they could not be
"-"",l- ''" ''l,,1 h" '"-"- already had
several c.i'ers from women of wealth
''" offered . fill bookkeeping posl
lions or do other clerical work In the
place of m- n ailed to the colors.
" omen -nrtiot be used during the
I night hours in the taxi service very
easily." said J..hn J. lioobar. general
manager .f the Terminal company.
"but we lie of cotiise. considered
what will I. done in rase of an x
treme em. rgeni-y There are many
positions in wlijih women can be em
ployed, but we will not let them drive
,ne cabs unt" we h to do so
BREAD STRIKES HOLD
PHILADELPHIA IN GRIP
350 Bakers Quit, Demanding $2
Increase in Wages.
PIIirjVnrci.PIIIA. May" 2. Uread
strikes are gripping Philadelphia to
day. More tlrnn SW) bakers employed
In shops In South Philadelphia are on
strike ti1ny for a J2 Increase In
wages, Sffeetlng at least 100 bakeries
irw ituoiciiiing is aone soon sunerli
among these people will be Intense.
GERMANY FAILS TO
Explanation of Torpedoing Ship Not
Expected to Avert Break.
RUF.NOS Ainns. May 2. Oer
many's explanation of the torpedoing
of the Argentine steamer Monto Pro
tegido is unsatisfactory to the Ar
gentine government, according to in
formation from official sources today.
It was generally believed that Ar
gentina will announce a break In
relations with the imperial govern
ment. No announcement was made as to
the exact excuse advanced by the Ger
man government for sinking the
The Monte Protegldo was sunk off
the Spanish coast. At first there was
some question as to the authenticity
of her Argentine registry, but this
was cleared up.
being employed generally in dud-
FOR DEFENSE ASKED
Secretary Baker Emphasizes Need
of Closest Harmony In War.
States' and Federal Governments
must work In closest co-operation In
the nation's history. If the nation Is
to be successful In the greatest of all
wars. Secretary of War Baker told
representatives of all State councils
of defense when they opened sessions
, here today.
Baker did not mention anecMcullv
the matter of military co-operation,
but he plainly hinted that this Im
portant matter still Is unsettled, and
always would be subject to change.
Army Co-operation Needed.
Especially will this complete co
operation be necessary In putting to
gether the parts or the army machine
authorized by Congress. Baker said.
As far aa possible, every effort will
I be made to preserve the Identity of
the callonal guardIn lhS bulldftig'ip
01 tne great army-to-be. Baker con
tinued. In outlining roughly the plans
for enforcement of the selective con
The sessions today marked the first
real step of cc-operation between the
States and the Federal Government,
In the matter of national defense, and
Baker urged the States to make the
first nation-wide conscription regis
tration day "a great national demon
stration of patriotism and firmness of
Wilson Host For Ilelerntrs.
The council representatives will be
received by President Wilson this
afternoon, after which they will go
Into session with the Council of Na
Secretary of I-abor Wilson and Pres
Ident Plerson, of the Iowa State Ag
ricultural College, will talk on labor
and food problems
FOOD PRICES NEARLY
DOUBLED DURING WAR
Average Increase 85.52 Per Cent,
Gallinger Shows Senate.
Figures showing the enormous In
crease In the cost of living were
put In the Senate record today by
Senator Gnlllnger of New Hampshire,
who presented a table which dis
closed the rlsM in the retail prices
of foodstuff in the District of Co
lumbia since the beginning of the
The figures were furnished to Sen
ator Oal linger by th OM Dutch
-i rn.- , ,li is i
covered sixty articles, embracing all j from N"0,a' " " "d Lasher,
of the common food products In use TTTT ... . ,.-.. .
draTm,hs:nfrt,wdCeT,;r.e!HUGE WAR BUDGET IS
tall prices of April. 13H. shortly be
fore the war opened, and April, 1917
The average inrrease for the sixty
articles amounted to SS 12 per cent.
brothers niP nii ,amf nAY
-. r , , $3,000,000,000 Measure.
E. Jesse Conway and Walter Con
way Called by Death. The House gave practically unanl-
Almost at the same hour that I'd- '
wafd Jesse Conway, local newspaper
man, died nt Hniergency Hospital yes
terday from heart disease, his broth
er. Walter Conway, expired at In
dianapolis, according to word received
Jesse, ns he was known to fellow
newspapermen ' and to officials with
whom his work brought him In con
tact, was stricken suddenly In the
local office of the New York American
and hurried to the hospital. He lived
but a short time after reaching the
He Is survived by a wife and two
children and his mother, who are now
In Indianapolis, where Jef.se was born
thirty-six year ago. The body will
be sent to thst city tonight.
Jesse's brother. Wnlter. was em
ployed In the postofllce at Indian
apolis. RUSS EVACUATE MUSH.
CON'STA.VTINOPi.r.. May 2 Etaru
atlon of Mush by the Russians and
their retirement to the nnrtii uua .in
nounced. In an official statement today, j
4 MORE GUNNERS
OF VACUUM SAVED
Captain Harris Also Ashore.
Lieut Thomas Is Lost
REPORT FROM U. S. CONSUL
Survivors Tell Graphic Story of
How Steamer Was Sunk.
LONDON, May 2. Capt. S. S. Har
ris, of the American armed steamer
Vacuum, was officially reported as
riscued in a statement issued by the
American consul at a British port to
day. The consul quoted the captain
at definitely declaring that Lieut. C
C. Thomas, U. S. N., In command of
the Vacuum's gun crew, had been
In addition to Captain Harris, thi
consular report said four additional
American navy gunners had been
This makes a total of eight gun
ners who are so far known to bava
been saved from the torpedoed vessel.
- In contradiction to this, the Vacuum
Oil Company's offices here received
word that six additional gunners had
been picked up, which would make
a total of ten saved. With Lieutenant
Thomas definitely known to have
been lost three other, nee .till nn.
accounted for. U
Explosion Follows lilt.
Survivors who reached London to
day. Including some of the American
bluejackets, said It was about 10
o'clock on Saturday morning when
the submarine was flrst sighted, very
closo to the Vacuum.
Hardly a minute elapsed before the
torpedo which the U-boat Immediately
fired struck the side of the ship. A
tremendous explosion resulted, throw
ing many of those on the Vacuum's
deck off their feet.
Survivors said the Vacuum began
filling and sinking at once, going
down astern. Meanwhile the subma
rine slowly circled the ship, firing
four shells Into the foundering hull.
Thcso smashed the wireless. All of
those rescued united In asserting that
the attack came so swift that 'the
Vacuum did not have a chance to
use her defensive armament.
Tells Graphic Story,
George Wilson, of the first sur
vivors' party of eighteen, arrived at
Liverpool today, with a graphic story
of the disaster.
"The submarine fired her torpedo
then submerged," he said: "Later she
reappeared and fired her guns at ui,
completing the work of sinking of
the Vacuum. Two of our boats were
damaged In. .lowering and sank.
While consular reports today put
the number of gunners Included In
the additional list of survivors with
Captain Harris at four, the Vacuum
Oil Company's advices put the num
ber at six.
American Gunners Parker. Will
iams. Luykie, and William were re
ported as the four men Included In
the second survivors' list.
Captalnn Wife Overcome.
NEW YORK. May 2. Cablegrams
received today by New York offices
of the Vacuum OH Company gave the
names of eighteen survKors of the
torpedoed American oil steamer
Vacuum. The list Included three
gunners, and was identified with.
I'nlted States dispatches received
yesterday Reports of the landing of
additional men as announced today
I In cable dispatches are expected later
1'pon being adised today that Capt.
Harris was among the saved, the
oinpnny telephoned Mrs. Harris, who
has been hoping against hope that
reports of her husband's probable
death would not prove true. She wai
n ome ami could only sob, 'thank
The State Department received to
Iduv from the American consul gen
I ral In London the following names
of those rescued from the torpedoed
American steamer Vacuum:
i Orcar 11. Gallee. John Simpson,
I Robert Williams, W Lundgren, A.
Lotus. William Orell. G Wltzan.
I Louis Ptirdle, J. MlnBChuel, A. Hyl,
' Mark Slnglos. Ramon Nunex, Camlllo
Andrews. Leslie Hotton. John Necola,
George Wllxon and F Iashor.
The massage said nothing of the
rescue of additional gunners aside
APPROVED BY HOUSE
Indon, Socialist, Sole Opponent of
nious approval today to the first big
wnr budget, carrying appropriations
of nearly fXOOO.OOd.ooo for the pros
ecution of the conflict with Germany.
The vote on the bill wan V.iVl to 1. Con
grcssman London. Socialist, who Is
opposed to wnr. wns the single mem
ber voting against the hill.
Although It was unnecessary, the
House had a roll call on the appro
prlatlon bill Consideration of the
bill wus completed last night, but a
vote was postponed until today In
order that members might be given
notice of the vote ami demom.rate
that the lower branch of Congress
was unanimously behind approprla
tions for the war.
As passed the bill carries approxi
In view I'f the hi tion of both houses
In Increasing the pa of enlisted men
from JIB to J30 a month during the
war. more than Sin0.00O.ouo was added
to tile tiltsl Of the RMirnnrlatlAn t.111
to meet this cxnen-e As originally
- .nn.fPa the iin .-o.i-a ....., .,
OVER PEACE OFFER
Anticipate Nothing From
New German Proposal.
"WAR CORRIDOR" IS MENACE
Teuton Clutch on Vital World
Artery Must Be Broken.
Members of the British and French
missions now In Washington are
manifesting the keenest Interest In
dispatches telling of the new propos
al of peace scheduled to be made In
the German Reichstag by Chancellor
Although no member of either com
mission would permit himself to be
quoted. It was learned today that the
distinguished envoys anticipate noth
ing from the German government In
the way of peace offers that would be
acceptable to our allies at this time.
It can be stated that even If Ger
many agreed to withdraw entirely
from Belgium and turn the provinces
of Alsace and Lorraine back to France,
such terms would not be construed as
constituting a basis for peace. The
envoys, however, do not expect Ger
many to propose to restore Belgium's
sovereignty to her and give back
Alsace and Lorraine to France.
To Insure Permanent Peace.
Our object In going Into this war
was to Insure permanent peace and
to make a repetition of world con
flict Impossible." said one of the com
missioners. "The restitution of Bel-
glum and the turning over of Alsaco
and Lorraine, while they would be
tremendous things which would Im
press the world, would not touch the
real vital thing In this war.
"The greatest menace to the world
today Is that long war corridor run
ning from the western boundary to
Germany, through the Teutonic em
pire, through Austria, through Bul
garia, through Constantinople to Bag
dad and thence to the Suez canal. The
location of Germany and her allies Is
more than a question of European
"This corridor gives Germany a
clutch on one of the principal, perhaps
the most Important of the arteries of
tho world's vitality.
Problem of War Corridor.
"Any talk of a cessation of this
war, any Idea of permanent peace.
must center on the solution of the
problem of this war corridor, which
will be an enormous menace so long
as It lasts.
"Germany might well concede to the
allies on the west everything we
might ask and still come out the gain
er ny retaining her status with re
gard to the near east."
Other members of the commission
expressed the belief that Germany
rnma c'vo n conaWntlow-tottU
"corridor" In her pea. e proposals.
They did not wish to appear In the
light of discounting the "peace feel
ers" before Bethmann-Hollweg made
them, but they emphasized the fact
that the terms of settlement would
be made by the allies, and that the
basis of peace as viewed from the
German perspective would bo very dif
ferent from the allies' idea of what
constituted grounds for cestatlon of
Specific Terms for Serbia.
"Germany has stubbornly refused to
see this war or Its underlying objects
from our point of view," said one of
the commissioners, with a significant
"It Is scarcely reasonable to expect
that tomorrow Germany will change
It was learned that the allies might
not seriously object to postponement
of discussion of the general Balkan
question until the other Issues of
peace had been settled, but France
and Kngland will Insist that definite,
specific and unmistakable terms be
applied to Serbia, which Is In prox
imity to "that menacing corridor."
BRIDE SEEKS DIVORCE.
Married about sevi n weefcs. Mrs.
Irene A. Illes today filed a petition in
the District Supreme Court for a llm
Ited divorce from Kdward M. Rlcs,
The two were married 'n Alexandrlv
Va, February 2T, last, according to
the petition, and a short time later
cume to Washington. Iltlng In an
apartment at TEI7 Kleenth street
northeust. Mrs, Hies Is represented
by the law firm of Haw ken & Havell.
Kominntlons sent to the Senate to
day were: To be chaplains with rani?
of captain, James F. Houlihan and
Louis A. Carter. To be second lteu
tensnt of engineers, coast guard.
Third Lieut. Isaac James Van Knm
men. GOOD NEWS FOR
The Times will cck to assist
its readcni by publishing each
day a list of food articles which
on the day folio ins will be pur
chasable at lower prices than
those which have prevailed. This
list represents consultation by
Times representatives with the
proprietors of more than 100
stores, home one of which is near
you. Tomorrow's (Thurwlay's)
cut price foods include:
Cucumbers Texas onions
Most vegetables are rather
scarce. Strawberries are higher
in price, due to rain. Kale and
spinach niche. in price as sprinjr
crop is not crowinc fast enough
MRS. VAWTER CALM AS SHE
MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE
A T TRIAL OF HER HUSBAND
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va., May 2. A jury of farmers,
bearded, bent with toll, and scarred by a thousand battles with
the elements, is trying Charles E. Vawter. There is a singular
contrast betwe-en the two. The dapper teacher in his neat fit
ting blue serge suit and immaculate linen and the rough coun
trymen in their wrinkled "store clothes."
Both are Virginians, but of the opposite strains. The proud
'F. F. V." and the equally proud mountaineer. They were
chosen with startling rapidity, all of them answering questions
with such decision as one would never find in a city court. And
even if they are of a different type they are the sort of men
who can give Vawter a fair trial. Here they are, their names
G. G. Correll, farmer. C. W. Allen, miner.
Jerry Grant Whittaker, farmer. R. H. Shelton, farmer.
M. W. Zirkle, merchant. D. H. Lucas, farmer.
G. W. Sisson, mer. and farmer. W. C Hensley, farmer.
A. J. Altizer, farmer. Joseph M. Kanode, farmer.
J. T. Welch, carpenter. R. T. Smith, farmer.
Roosevelt Army Gains Favor
Senate and House Military Bill Conferees Shift
Toward Plan of Sending Colonel
to the Front in France.
The Roosevelt division issue again today was the most
interesting, if not the most important, before House and Sen
ate conferees on the Administration's army bill. All other
differences are expected to be settled quickly.
Since the bill passed the Senate late yesterday strongest
pressure has been brought to bear-
on those opposed to permitting
Roosevelt to plant the Stars and
Stripes on the battlefront. These op
ponents are known to be wavering
today, many of them having taken
the stand they did against It solely
because they thought that to Inject
the Koosevelt Idea into the selective
conscription tight would weaken and
perhaps kill the hill in favor of a
v01uniersrCeni .of raising an army.
Roosevelt proponents declared to
day they even believe President Wil
son may come out in favor of author
izing Roosevelt to raise and lead a
fighting force to France.
Sentiment is being sounded out In
the House to determine how far op
ponents of the idea there would go,
should House and Senate conferees
accept the Senate amendment which
overwhelmingly passed giving Roose
velt the permission he so craves. It
it Is found the House now will ac
cept It, Fresldent Wilson Is expected
to sanction it.
It Is stated on highest authority
that the conference committee is
fairly evenly divided, with a slight
leaning toward Iloos'telts plan.
HENRY FOUND 'GUILTY;
TirDV IC nilT 1C llfillDC1
JUJA1 lu uUl lo llUUlvu
Verrlirt nf ErtuWzlement on Two
IC1UIU Ul LUlUCmcmein UU mu
Counts Against Broker.
John William Henry, of the de
funct stock brokerage firm of Lewis
Johnson and Company. today was
found guilty of embenlement on two
counts by a Jury In the criminal divi
sion of the District Supremo Court,
Justice McCo presiding.
The verdict was returned after the
twelve men had been out for eighteen
hours. At 10 o'clock this morning
I.A.. ...a a hrnlt hi Intn ,AII,t fonvlnf
nsketl for further instruction, an." '
within twenty minutes they reached
The specitic chnrgc agnlnst Henry
was that he had taken twenty shares
of Mergentlmler Linotype stork, de
livered to him to be sold by John
Helmus mid Mary I? Helmus, and
tint he hnd hvpnthecnted them at n
local bank devoting the money to the
uio of I,ew-lH Johnson and Company.
The Jury asked If this constituted a
criminal offcne, provided the de
fendant Intended to mnl.c restitution
to the owners of the stock. In reply
Justice "McCoy said the Intent to
make such restitution would not
absolve him nnd that the only thing
to prove was criminal intent in hy
pothecating the stock.
This wns the scond trial of Ilenrv
In connection with the operation of
Lewis Johnson A- Co. Another Indict
ment against him Is pending. The
penalty for embezzlement Is from one
to ten years' Imprisonment.
Mrs. Henry. wife of the
fendant sat beside her hv.shtn 1
when the enllct wns announced.
Neither betrayed nny emotion
Former Judge lianlel T Wright
and T. Morris Wampler were counsel
for the defense, nnd District Attorney
John I. Ijiskev took personal charge
of the prosecution, lining aided b As
sistant District A'iorne Archer.
Ilenjaiiiln W. Wooduifr. who was
also of the tlrni of 1-w is Johnson &
Co. was Indicted Jointly with Henry,
but wns granted a separate trinl. the
date uf which lias not been tx-l
SAFE BLOWERS LOOT BANK
JOHNSTOWN. Va. May 2 -The
First National Rank at Lilly, neic
here, wns robbed h fie men early
today, Jl.000 In coin beins taken from
the vault which was blown open. On
man was captured and $100 recover
ed. The others escaped.
U. S. WOULD INSURE -LIVES
OF ALL SEAMEN
Administration Asks Anthority to
Protect Officers noi Crews. -
The Administration has asked Con
gress for authority to Insure the lives
and persons of officers and seamen
of American merchant ships, it was
The plan advanced by Secretary
of Treasury McAdoo and approved by
President Wilson would be admin
istered by the Federal War Risk In
It contemplates not only Insurance
against loss of life but also Indemni
ties for loss of limb and compensation
during captivity. Tho life Indemnity
Is to be not less than $1,500 and not
more than J5.000, with "proportlonatd
pay for loss of limb."
Owners of all American merchant
ships would bo compelled to Insure
an orncers and men of their ships,
JUi,t as tby n0" insure their hulls
j -rt e must see that the gallant men
c,,ant 8blps are Kivrn cveTY p'W!
protection by their Government.'
Secretary McAdoo said.
"Reciprocal Insurance arrange
ments." with our allies also Is sought
to Insure "the fullest co-operation be
tween their war risk bureaus and our
own." It was said.
"Enlargement" of the powers of
the War Risk Bureau was also asked.
PITTSBURGH TRUST CO. '
WRECKED IN TWO DAYS
New York Promoters Alleged to
Have MUked It for $1,900,000.
PITTSBimOH. Pa., May 2. One of
the greatest clean-ups In wild finance
In the hl.-tory of the city was dls
closed here today as Investigators
under State Insurance Commission J.
Denny O'.Vell delved Into the books
of th Pittsburgh Life and Trust
Compan. Commissioner O'Neil de
clared shortly before noon that It
was evident that the concern has
be n wrecked.
Within two days, he said, a group
of New York promoters, headed by
Attorney Clarence llirdscye got con
trol of. the big concern and milked
It for Jl.tiOO.ooO through the opera
tions of a set of dummy directors.
LOSES MONTrTcARLO LUCK
Man Who "Broke the Bank" Is Now
NEW YOltK. May . The original
"man who broke the bank at Monte
Carlo" is in New York todav. lint
broke, hut cheerful, despite his seven
ty oun ears. lie is Ldwln Stanton,
who won KOO.ihiO in one sitting at
Monte Curio tlftv yeurs ago. and
closed the Casino temporarily. Since
Hint time he has wandered all over
the world He lias been living in Al
bany, nnd bo-irded a steamboat there
nt night with a deck passage ticket
for New York
He slept all right in a chair, and
when h trieil to get up this morning
he fell to the floor "The chief trouble
with me." he whispered, when he was
carried to a couch, "is that I have not
eaten lor three days."
WIFE OF ACCUSED
HOLDS BACK TEARS
Sits With Her little Bey surf
Grl Facinf Judge.
STATE ENDS CASE QUHUT
Closes Presecatjoi After Fwty
lffiaates of Testiway.
By ROBERT B. BERSIATJf-
CHIUSTTANSBTJRG, VL, lly Xr
The second day of the Vawter trial
opened exactly on time. The. sheriff
called for order In the court while
the courthouse bell was still tolling
out Its signal for 0:30.
Proceedings were delayed for a,
few minutes while routine matters
lwere brought to Judge Moffett's at'
tentlon. Sheriff "Bill" Martin had a
good deal of trouble keeping order '
In the court because, although, the
benches for the spectators had bees
filled for half an hour, the lawyers
were Just beginning to file In.
Ten minutes later Mrs. Vawter made
her flrst appearance In court. She
was accompanied by her two little
children, Charlie and Rachel Vawter
and ber husband's sfster Miss Leona
Vawter. They all took seats behind
the table for the counsel for the de
fense, the two children between Mr.
and Mrs. Vawter.
Mrs. Vawter, a handsome woman
who looks barely past twenty despite
ber thirty-odd years, was dressed la
blue, a sprightly fashionable figure.
looking oddly out of place In the
dingy court room.
Were Tailored Salt.
She had on a tailored blue serge
suit relieved at the throat by a snowy
filmy Jabot, her great mass of chest
nut hair was surmounted by an ex-
qultely plain blue hat, stiff and un
adorned save for some quiet bead
Her hands encased in white kid
gloves, piped with black, clasped a
blue-bordered handkerchief and a
mesh purse: she was shod with high,
tan boots. -Despite the ordeal through,
which, she has gone andthe greatsr
one still" which she faces, her com
plexion has retained the hue- of youth
end she Impresses one more as a
debutante than a professor's wife for
ten years and the mother of two
She vorr an air of nonchalance
when she first entered, sitting quietly
and leaning over now and then to talk,
to her husband in hushed, apparently
As the time wore on, however,
proceedings being held up by some
minor delay, she gradually became
nervous, clasping and unclasping her
hands, swinging her handkerchief.,
and toying with her purse. She)
fidgeted, slightly, in her seat, and
turned her gray-brown eyes toward
the press table, trying to read what
the flying pencils of the reporters
Sits Between Children.
Finally she shifted seats with little
Rachel, so that she sat between her'
One of the children, Rachel, Is by
far the most striking in aDDearanee.
Clad in a neat blue frock and wear
ing a small black straw hat, she sat
beside Mrs. Vawter patiently, her
mother's daughter, with the same
startled eyes, the same finely chiseled
features, ith all the promises of the
great beauty which her mother baa
The boy who sat on the other side
of Mrs. Vawter resembles his father,
under-sized, slender looking, rather
bewildered. He typifies little, if any
thing, save a rather much frightened
little boy who doesn't more than half1
understand what Is going on around
He was dressed neatly in bine
serge. His father sitting next to
him. seemed more worn than he was
yesterday, possibly because he had
his loved ones with him to suffer,
where yesterday he faced the trial
alone. He sat with one arm around
his son. his face a little screwed up
by worry, trembling now and then
and arising every now and then to
hold whispered conversations with his
wife or members of the audience.
Mlu Vawter Pretty.
Miss Leona Vawter sat dsVectly be
hind the others a pretty woman, but
not the striking beauty of her sister-in-law.
She wore a trim brown toque
and brown veil; her body was al
most entirely enveloped In a brown
ish dust-covered automobile coat, a
blue serge skirt barely showing be
neath. Bernard Williams, the V. P L stu
dent who was boarding In the Vaw."
ter home at the time of the tragedy.
soon came in and took a seat beside
Miss Vawter. Of all the family
group, he was perhaps the lesst nerv
ous, looking around the courtroom
and smiling and nodding every now
and then as he recognised acQualnt
ances. He Is a manly looking chap,
rather lame because of a laboratory
accident some time ago.
Little Rachel Vawter showed a
natural childlike Interest in all the
proceedings. Seemingly undaunted
at being the cynosure of all eyes, she
allowed her eyes to roam around the
courtroom, and paid especial attention
to the correspondents' table, directly
next to which she sat.
At one point she allowed her curi
osity to master her entirely, and,
leaning over to one of the reporters,
asked with a beautiful little smile.
"What cha" wrlttn aboutt"
At 10:25 the delay finally came ta
an end and Dr. W. S. Hesdenoa.