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WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY EVENING. JULY 18, 1917.
PRICE ONE CENT.
GERMAN AGENTS SPREAD POISON
Regard Themselves As Physi
cally Incapable of Standing
Strain. Decision Reached
After Parley At Workhouse,
An appeal from the 60-days' sen
tences imposed on three or four of
the sixteen suffragettes now confined
in the District workhouse at Occo
quan is to be taken.
Dudley Field Malone, collector of
the port of New York, and volunteer
champion of the women, is on his
way from the District's workhouse,
where the women are now confined,
to Washington this afternoon to
make arrangements for filing appeal
Not Strong Enough.
"Whether the women 'who have con.
fated to permit Mr, ilalone to take
an appeal from the finding- of Judge
Mullowny.win remain at the work
house until their case finally la dis
posed of. or will ask for release on
bond. Is sot known. None of the
prisoners would answer this question
It was explained that three or four
of the women In reality, are not
strong enough physically to with
stand the hardships and rigors of a
workhouse sentence, and for this rea
son have agreed to allow an appeal
to be taken. None of them would
admit that they were looking- for an
excuse to leare the workhouse be
fore the completion of their sixty
The other developments of the day
1. Suffrage headquarters an
nounced that tblrty-slx pickets would
be sent against the White House
gates on Saturday In the greatest
"demonstration" for the ballot ever
staged In Washington.
2, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, press
representstlve of the National
Woman's Party, rushed to New York
last nlgbt to arrange a mass meet
ing of protest against the Imprison
ment of sixteen pickets at Occoquan
Will Appeal o Teddy.
3. It was learned that Mrs. Baker
will appeal to Colonel Roosevelt to
espouse the suffrage cause and fight
the Administration on that Issue.
4. While these Issues were devel
oping, news came from the Occoquan
that Mr Malone had tendered his
resignation as collector of the port
of New York, to the President
Malone himself refused to deny or
confirm the report, merely saying:
"I shall say nothing today or to
morrow." Close friends who shsred his con
fidence, however, declared his resig
nation was before the President.
Will Flood Reformatories.
The suffragettes are determined to
flood the District reformatories with
convicted pickets, as a protest
against the refusal of the Washing
ton police to permit them to picket
the White House, It was said today.
Already sixteen pickets are quar
tered at the Occoquan reformatory
and the suffrage forces all over the
country are marshaling for Friday's
demonstration. Mrs. William Colt,
of New York, will personally lead
fifteen volunteers to Washington
next Friday, all or whom have
vowed to take the limit of the law If
they are arrested.
The report concerning Malone' ten
dered resignation Is encouraged by
the fact that the New York collertnr
appeared at Occoquan this morning in
company with J. A. H. H.ipkltn, of
New Jersey, former Democratic nm
palgn committeeman, whose wife Is o
prisoner With the two men were
Miss Lucy Burns, directing head of
the party, and Miss Mabel Vernon,
bis chief aide.
They demanded of Warden Whlt
taker a conference with the suffra
gette prisoners, which was granted.
Gllsrn Gardner, local newspaper man,
and husband of another of the pickets
Imprisoned there, also Joined the con
ference. They were closeted with
llic rickets for more than two hours.
Mslone, It was said, is trying to
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OFFICIAL WHO WANTS
DUDLEY FIELD MALONE,
Collector of the Port of New
York Who, According to Rumor,
Will Besign if Government Scowls
HJpon His -Championing, tho Canap-of-J
ALLIES TO PLACE
TURKS ANO TEUTON
Turkey soon will be ahut off from
Junction with the Kaiser's European
forces. If allied plana carry.
Diplomats said today that It Is
proposed to swing1 the Greeks Into
the seventy-mile mountain stretch
now held by the Bulbars, thus closing-
the only gateway between Tur
key and Bulgaria, Austria and Ger
many. Military men do not anticipate that
this move will decide the war, though
they feel that ultimately It will open
up to the allies oil and wheat sup
plies in the Baku and Odessa regions
The Greeks now have an army of
250.000 men, well armed and equip
ped, and this number can be greatly
increased by calling home reservists
from the United States and other
PEACE BY PARLEYS
TO LAST FOREVER,
IS REICHSTAG IDEA
Peace by negotiation and a per
petual reconciliation among nations
Is the German Reichstag majority
peace program, according to reports
to the State Department today.
An outline of the program of the
majority mainly Center-Progressives
and Social Democrats Is reported to
be mn follows:
'On August 4. 101-1. the following
words were spoken from the throne:
'We are Impelled by no thoughts of
"On this platform the German peo
ple stand today as they did when the
words were spoken. Germany has
taken up arms only In the defense of
her liberty and Independence and for
the protection of her territorial pos
sessions "The Reichstag aspires to a peace
by negotiation and a perpetual recon
ciliation among nations. With a peace
such as this, all annexation by force
and all political. Industrial, and finan
cial measures undertaken by violence
"The Reichstag disapproves all
plans which lead to empty Isolation
and enmity among the peoples after
"The freedom of the seas must be
secured. Only an Industrial peace will
pave the way for a friendly Inter
course among nations.
."In Its unity the German peode
stands unconquerable The Reichstag
feels Itself to be one with the men
who In battle have a heroically
guarded the front The Imperishable
thanks of the entire people Is their
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CRISIS IS DUE
IN SIP ROW,
Question Whether Canal Builder
Shall Have Free Hand in Cre
ating Merchant Marine Is
Brought to Head Today.
BY THEODORE TEMPLE.
The Goethals-Denman controversy,
which is holding up the Govern
ment's wartime shipbuilding pro
gram, will reach its head this after
noon at 4 o'clock.
General Goethals wrote Chairman
Denman of the Shipping Board early
this morning, asking for a confer
ence with the board. Mr. Denman
agreed, but admonished General
Goethals to be ready with a fall
statement of his plans for fabri
cated steel construction.
Friction or- Harmony
-jne- tonf erenca'thU afternoon prtb
ably wilt determine "Whether there is
to be continued friction or harmony
between General Goethals and the
There were rumors today that Gen
eral Goethals was about to resign. At
General Goethals' office It was de
clared that "nothing la known about
such a thing." The general manager
of the Emergency Fleet Corporation
mmaeir could not be seen.
Irritation tn Congress.
Meanwhile members of Congress
are growing Impatient over the ship
ping row. There are muttered com
plaints that unless the President can
get the two factions together both
Chairman Denman and General Goe
thals ought to quit and turn the
shipbuilding Job over to someone able
to proceed with the wartime pro
This afternoon's conference should
bring a showdown between General
Goethals and the board. The board
recently wrote the Panama Canal
builder, asking that he furnish de
tails of proposed contracts for steel
ships and the construction of two
Government ship construction plants.
Wants Advance Data.
General Goethals' reply was de
clared by Chairman Denman to be
incomplete and unsatisfactory." It
gave Information in a general way
Following this latest flare-up. Gen
eral Goethals today suggested a per.
sonal conference with members of
the shipping board.
Chairman Denman dispatched s
prompt reply, agreeing to the con
ference. but informing General Goe
thals that before the board could
consider and approve his program It
would have to be In possession of Its
Should General Goethals come to
the conference with Information
which the shipping board considers
Incomplete there will be little prog
ress made, and the row will be In
Considers Board Responsible.
It Is the contention of Chairman
Denman that the shipping board
responsible to Congress, the country
and the President for the expendl.
ture of the $720,000,000 shipping fund,
The board. It Is claimed. Is willing
that General Goethals should have
reasonably free hand In constructing
ships, but the board Intends by all
means to exercise strict supervision.
General Goethals has been unac
customed to working In a subordi
nate capacity. Personally the rela
tions between General Goethals and
Chairman Denman were declared to
be pleasant Officially they have
clashed at almost every point
Would Scan Contracts.
It was clearly apparent at the ship
ping board offices today that If the
conference this afternoon Is to bring
results, General Goethals must come
prepared to "lay his cards on the
table." Chairman Denman and mem
bers of the board do not wish to In
dulge In mere conversation about
shipbuilding. They want General
Goethals to "bring the papers" In
fact. Chairman Denman advised Gen
eral Goethals that the board wanted
to see his contracts and plans before
going into the conference.
Unless General Goethals should
supply this data the breach will
widen and the belief will be encour
aged that It Is Impossible for Chair
man Denman and General Goethals
to work together.
Appeal for Imprisoned Suffragists
HAS THE EM
SET IN HERE?
Many Controversies, Some for
Public Good, Some Due to
Personal Friction, Make War
Business Look Unimportant
By DAVID LAWRENCE.
(Oopyrurnt, 1117, New York Evening Fost Co.)
Anyone reading the headlines on
Washington news at breakfast today
might pardonably have gotten the
impression that an era of irritation
and controversy has set in at the
Nation's Capital beside which the
huge task of conducting the enter
prise of war itself would appear as
There are outbursts in the Senate
about shoe contracts and the build
ing of cantonments. Dr. E. E. Pratt,
chief of the.JJureao' of (Foreign -and.
Dd,-r.rplc .rincrca, '7rsW;ngtitat4,
Secretary Eedfield 'femwatctf-W
Census Figures Questioned.
'Senators are angry over the re
ported Joggling of census - figures,
talcing a larger proportion of men
from, the North than the South.
Others, especially from New England
States, claim that aliens are being ex
empted from conscription by the mil
lions, while the American-born are
decimated. Senators LaFollette and
Gronna upset the carefully laid plans
of the War Department for an Im
mediate beginning on the aviation
The cloakroom gossip Is that two
of the "wilful twelve" mean to 'dls
cuss at length" the provisions of the
bill, which passed the House quickly
and without discussion because of the
military secrets involved.
General Goethals and Chairman
Denman are at odds and Dudley Field
Malone, collector of the port of New
Tork. tells President Wilson he will
resign as a protest against the treat
raent of the suffrage pickets.
Attacks on Herbert Hoover and the
advisory commission of the Council
of National Defense continue, and.
were it not for the summer's heat It
might be proper. If not Inelegant to
say the fur Is flying.
Some of these controversies are
merely personal, some will by their
exposure aid the public weal. As It
looks today. Dr. Pratt had to resign
because he talked Indiscreetly and
a little too much to suit President
Omnia and Draft.
"JuKKlIng" of the census figures
may have been arithmetical miscalcu
lation, but the suggestion that there
! more In ft than appears on the sur
face, and that a reapportionment of
quotas may yet result. Is morn or less
borne out In executive quarters. There
will be at any rate a thorough lnres
The argument that aliens ought to
be required to do military service
also seems to have some weight with
high official. Senators IaFoIlette
and Gronna will not be able to block
the aviation program long If the ma
Jorlty want to invoke the cloture
rule. And the secrets can be kept
by holding executive sessions.
As for cantonment work and Gov
ernment contracts, the haute with
which the country has gone Into the
war business accounts to some extent
for laxity, but charges of favoritism
will unquestionably end sooner or
later In a Senatorial Investigation.
Self-Seekem Am Partor.
Disgruntled seekers of contracts
are responsible, of course, for some
of the agitation and for some of the
information In ths hands of Sena
tors. Hut before cantonment con
tracts were awarded, some high of
ficials anticipated controversy They
said the work had to be parceled out
to so many people In such haste that
mistakes naturally would be made.
Itut this explanation will hardly sat
isfy Congress even at this date.
The Intervention of Dudley Field
Malone In the suffrage dispute Is
perhaps the most Interesting of all
the developments of the last two
days. The New York collector Is
rather excited about the "mistreat I
ment' of the suffragettes, and da
clidmed about it to President Wilson ivcc At the tra Beion of the
for forty-five minutes last night, lie, eBfl.at1jre prorMon wll, be made
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D.C. PRIMARY OFF;
ny niLL mice
President Wilson does not favor a
preferential primary, such as pro
posed by the Federation of Citizens'
Associations, to recommend to him
a man for Commissioner of the Dis
trict to fill any prospective vacancy,
and the plans to hold such an elec
tion will be abandoned.
The President feels that the scheme
would embarrass him, and that the
method proposed would not achieve
the results hoped for by Its promoters.
On the big question of statutory
suffrage for the District, the Presi
dent will withhold expression of opin
ion at this time. Later on he may let
th people of the District know his
The President vcjll advise Charles
8. Shreve, president of the federation.
that he would consider any name laid
before him by the association, either
formally or through a primary, but
that the primary proposition Is not
favored, the President believing It im
practicable under existing conditions,
and not likely to further the cause of
word of thn President's decision
will go to Mr Shreve .oday, and tat
position taken by the head of tht
federation Is that nothing will be
done without the approval of the
PLAN MERCHANT SEA SCHOOL,
NEW YOUK, July IK Representa
tives of the National Marine Ieague,
Trans-Atlantic .Steamship Lines, the
naval militia and other maritime In
terests, met at the office of August
Ilclmont today, planning a school for
training of sailors for America's mer
chant men. Belmont Is chairman of
the lommittee in charge.
SOLDIER VOTE TO BE TAKEN.
ALBANY, N. Y., July IK The New
York State military authorities will
accept without question the Federal
estimate of the number of men New
York Is to furnish for military ser-
'or taking the soldier vote at the
-.- L r.. .
cominR eieciion. i no aviate may as-
cd) to a reprenUtlve to tne
camps ,n thls country or yr,nc, to
take tha vote.
The German Prophecy,
U. S. Service Toast
To "Id Comment"
WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY
IN FRANCE, July 18. The Amer
ican "service" toast when two
regulars or bluejackets meet used
to be, "Here's how.
American Sammies have brought
that same toast to France only
the way they say It here Is "lcl
comment" literally "here" and
One of Pershing's regulars who
bought a Pollu a drink the other
day got the combination of words
after a great deal of delving Into
French dictionaries. It seems like
ly to stick as "service slang."
REVOLVER IS TRACED
IN TRIPLE MURDER
JOHNSTOWN, Pa., July 19. Investi
gation today established thot the .32
caliber Savage automatic revolver
with which the Edmund I. Humphreys
family waa slain near Carrolltown
Sunday was purchased from the
Schwank Hardware Company, of
A member of the hardwa'e firm to
day declared It would not be possible
to ascertain the name of th-j pur
chaser, as no record had been made
of the sale.
It Is probable that clerks who have
handled recent revolver sales will be
taken to Ebensburg by county of-
Itclals In an effort to Identify George
C. Tompkins. Jr., now In Jail there
charged with the triple murdr, as
one who purchased a revolver of that
MARKET PROBE PLAN
REFERRED TO SOLONS
Senator John Walter Smith, chair
man of the Senate District Commit-
ee. today named a subcommittee to
consider the King resolution for an
f.,.lKlnn Intn tTin P,nt,r TftrWt
The subcommittee consists of Senators
I'omerene, Hollis. King, jones, ana
FhA (nl.Atlnni ,r, thf, anhrnmmlt
tee will make a favorable report on
STORAGE TIME FOR
The order of the Interstate Com
merce Commission allowing con
signees two days, exclusive of legal
holidays and Sundays, In which to re
move shipments of food from depots
contributes greatly to food losses.
This declaration was made by Dr.
William C. Woodward. District health
officer, today, following a series of
Investigations conducted by his of
The order in question was adopted
by the Interstate Commerce Commis
sion a short time ago.
The department. It was said, haa no
means of determining the extent of
such losses, but consignments mad
to two commission merchants are
cited as cases In point.
"One shipment of eight cases of
tomatoes." Dr Woodward says, "was
received In Washington July 12. and.
according to the local freight agent,
the consignee was promptly notified
of Its arrival.
"Two daya later a food Inspector
found these tomatoes still In the
custody of the railroad company, with
a considerable part of them spoiled.
On the suggestion of the Inspector.
the freight agent again notified the
consignee. The consignee, upon ex
amination of the consignment, de
clined to receive It because of its
then bad condition. What remained
good of the entire lot waa sold at auc
tion by a representative of the rail
road company, such as was salable
bringing about one-third of the mar
"If these tomatoes had been prompt
ly put on the market on the days of
their respective arrivals, the price of
tomatoes might have been lower, the
supply been more abundant, and
moreover the shipper would have got
ten some return for his shipments."
ENVOY TO JAPAN CH08EN.
Roland S. Morris, an attorney of
Philadelphia, has been decided upon
by the rresldent as Ambassador to
Japan, to succeed the late Ambassa
dor Guthrie, it waa learned today.
It Is understood that Mr Morris will
be acceptable to the Japanese ffor
IN KANSAS AS
Tainted Court Plaster Sold and
Given Away, By Teutons, De
clares United States Attor
ney, Following Arrests.
The following- report trans
mitted to The Times by the
United Press was submitted to
oEdals or the Department of
Justice who said "we cannot dis
cus the matter for publication."
KANSAS XITY. Kan Jnlr 18-
Charged with conspiracy to scatter
winecast infectious and deadly dis
ease germs through the medium of
court plaster, three Germans, agents
of the. Kaiser, .according, to Fred
TZrrm TTIf- C-.-- Jl-C.i.1. ..
! The alleged' conspiracy was dis
covered by W. R. Smith, State chem
ist, uoon analysis of ermrt -nlafr
distributed free by the three men in
various Kansas towns and villages.
Find Tetanus Germs.
The first laboratory test made by
the State chemist Droved a nunl an
three other exoert chemists wr Mum-
moned. All three found tetanus (lock
jaw) germs In their samples. Other
germs not identified were also fonnd.
Evidence was found that country
doctors without the aid of analytical
facilities would easily be deceived by
the court plaster. The germs are so
mads un that detettnn ! ,imiiit im
The three men there may be
others, officials believe traveled
through the State, selling the plaster
where noaslble md in manv in
stances giving- them away.
Lynching; la Feared.
Charges of Intent to kill, fraudulent
use of the malls, violation of the pur
food laws, and conspiracy were filled
against them here todav. tobartson
The names of the suspects and tha
towns where they are held are belntr
kept secret tqr fear of lynching.
CLAUSE DENIES COUNCIL
SAY ABOUT CONTRACTS
Senate Passes Item Lnitrag Scope
. of War Aimsers.
Attacks on the National Defense
Council's Advisory Commission cul
minated today In the Senata passing;
an amendment to the food bill, pro
hibiting the council from making
contracts between the Government
and firms tn which they are financial
However, the amendment, offered
by Pomerene of Ohio, would permit
council agenta to advise In awarding
such contracts, provided they first
file with the Government a complete
list of their business connections.
This feature waa regarded as a
Joker" In the amendment by thoie
who have bitterly opposed the ad
visory commission's contract powers.
Reed of Missouri moved for recon
sideration of the vote.
HOOVER SHOWS CATTLE
PRICES HAVE DOUBLED
A Jump In price from 18.30 to
112.13 per 100 pounds for cattle la
the last live years Is shown In a state
ment made public by Herbert C
Hoover today as the first step In his
campaign against the high cost of
meat. In the same length of time
hogs Jumped from S8.G4 per hundred
to 113.15, and sheep from M-10 to
FOUR DIE IN BRAZIL RIOTS.
RIO DE JANHIRO. July 18. Riot
ing by anarchists spread to more
Brazilian cities today. Four persons
were kilted at Campinas and many
others wounded. General strikes have
been proclaimed at Santos, Sao Paulo