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Unpleasant Throat Cutting.
For 2 Per Cent, 65 Per CeaL
"God, Unconditional ADy.'"
Poor Compliment for That Ally.
The Kaiser says to his troops on
"The year 1917, with its great
battles, has proved that the Ger
J?n people hare in the Lord of
Creation above an unconditional
and avowed ally on whom it can
absolutely rely. Without Him, all
would have been in vain."
If that is so, the Kaiser ought
to be ashamed of the length of
ttae it is taking him to whip the
allies. In the old days, when the
Lord took sides in a fight, His side
uldn t sit down for four years in
There- must have been a falling
off in efficiency since the days
when: "By faith the walls of
Jericho fell down, after they were
compassed about seven days."
Yon cant help wondering what
Kind of performance the Kaiser
would hare riven If the Lord had
ROT been his "unconditional ally."
. Dr. Haiselden, Chicago gentle
man, occasionally decides it better
to let an idiot child die than per
form an operation to keep an idiot
ftlife for fifty yean a burden on
its mother, and then on the com
Dr. Haiselden attracts attention
today by saying. This nation
Mrs more" attention to conserving
idiots than it does to caring for
It is true that the nation, through
the Agricultural Department, pays
more attention to the health of
ptgs than it does to the health of
Children. . But this Is a practical
ige and pigs are worth money. a
Dr. Haiselden treads on danger
ous ground. He says, "We let
the normal die by thousands
through overcrowding, bad milk
and under nourishment" Then he
blames the trouble on the fact that
"two per cent of the people in
this country own sixty-five per
cent of the wealth."
Take care. Dr. Haiselden, take
care. Wealth is sensitive. Two
per cent like to own sixty-five per
cent of all the money, but they
don't like to be TOLD about it
You will find It safer to stick to
your Idiots. Read Heine's warning
to the man that talked too much.
An American soldier found with
his throat cut after being cap
tured by tJermans. The Associ
ated Press alleges that this charge
was posted up where Pershing's
troops could reed it. That is un
pleasant news. It probably will
prove fa the-longr-runto-be more
unpleasant for Germans than any
body else.. A few bulletins of that
land, sod the gentleWeTiihlndthe
German lines will be reading some
'bulietins.that will surprise them.
It is Unfortunate that even
brutal war should sink to so low a
plane. But if it must it must, and
there have gone from this country
not a few men that, in case of ab
solute necessity, will be able to
"'show the Germans some variations
fa. "schrecVUchkeit" quite -unusual.
Who will succeed Senator New
lands, chairman of the Interstate
The Government of the United
States will OWN the railroads,
spend billions on them, and make
them Into a railroad system, OR
The Government will spend the
billions, build up a railroad sys
tem and give it back to the pri
vate owners for renewed exploita
tion after It has been built up at
the taxpayer's expense.
In either case, the chairman
ship of the committee that controls
the railroad interests of the coun
try. In November this country's ex
ports fell off twenty-eight millions
as compared with one year ago.
And our imports increased forty
These figures cause so-called
political economists to weep.
But they needn't weep. It is not
necessarily a good thing for a
country to send out everything
except the squeal of the pig.
If we keep more gooes at home
and import more from abroad, it
means that the people HERE hare
more for themselves. That is not
such a bad proposition.
Political economists should re
member that the revolution in
France broke out at a time when
the exports from France exceeded
imports for the first time in years.
The interior of the French peas
ants was more dissatisfied than it
had ever been in spite of exports
that caused the trouble.
The prosperous farmer eats
eggs, butter, and cream. The poor
farmer exports all that to the vil
lage store and eats canned goods.
Thank the Lord for common
sense in the army at least.
Pershing allows the men to have
light wine and beer, to save them
from brandy, drunkenness, and
drugs in spite of hypocrisy and
Now comes the information that
"American godmothers," loading
ship with mushy letters, written
by young women and sent to sol
diers that the young women
never saw, are not wanted.
The soldier doesn't want letters
from women that mean nothing to
him. The Government hasn't ships
to waste carrying such letters.
The young women should be en
, couraged to make themselves use
ful, or at least not a nuisance-here
In war-are needed discipline, or
ganisation, supplies, FIGHTING,
SOtSHUhl i -r- -
Member of Mission to Russia
Does Not Believe Lenine
Trotsky Regime Can Last
By DAVID LAWRENCE.
(Coprrlsht. HIT, by New Tork Evening Port
Charles R. Crane, member of the
American mission to Russia, dropped
in at the White House today and
brought with him some welcome op
timism After leaving Russia Mr. Crane
visited the British' and French fronts
and spent three days with General
Pershing at American headquarters.
Views On Russia.
"What may we expect cfKunU?"
I asked him.
"Of course." it 1 dlgflcult to keep in
toiich with a situation that Is so
rapidly changing and there Is very
little the United States can do to
affect it. No artificial aid can be
given. Russia muit work the thing
out herself and the beit thing we
can do li to let her alone, keeping
up, of course, our Red Cross work
and oar aid through the railroad com
mission. When a rovernment
emerges that mm to have a reason
able chance of succeeding, we can
throw' our support to it"
Germaa-Itnaa .Peace Doubted.
"Will the peace negotiations be
tweenjBermany .and the Lenlne-Trot-sky.
retime be successful!"
"1 don't see how they "can be," re
plied Mr. Crane. "Ever since the out,
break' of the -revolution, the popular
cry'has been no annexations.' The
attempt has been to have all the na
tions adopt that as a world doctrine,
but I don't believe Germany is going:
to make peace with Russia without
obtaining: some territory."
"Do you believe the Trotaky regime
will lastr - -. .
"I do not In fact, there are Just
five crises going; on in Russia at
this moment, all of which tend to
weaken the hand of Trotsky.
"I mean the military clli. the food
crisis, the transportation crisis, the
Industrial crisis, and the political
crisis. Of course, you may regard
them all as aspects of the same prob
lem, but each seems to be getting
worse as time goes on. I think the
Russian problem In some respects is
a greater problem than the war Itself
especially for the future. Think of
180,000,000 people living- in a state of
"What Is Ambassador Francis doing
In the situation?"
"The ambassador is playing' his
part skillfully. I think he is the best
diplomat In Petrograd."
"What kind of a man Is Trotaky?"
"Well. I'll tell you a little story
that might Illustrate. When I got
back from Russia, I went back into
the Kitchen of my house to tell some
of my Russian servants of the things
I bad seen. My cook said:
"'Did you see anything of Trotsky
over therer I said. 'Yes, I went over
on the boat with him.
"'Well,' she said, "he owes me ten
dollars,' and another maid broke In
and added: 'Aqd he owes me twenty.'
"I discovered that in a little Rus
sian club in New York the same Trot
sky had managed to collect quite a
little fund to make his return journey
Mr. Crane spoke enthusiastically of
his visit to England and France.
"Of course, there's pessimism here
and there, but the strange thing was
that the lowest note we heard was in
the House of Commons, and the high
est in the trenches.
"The spirit of the troops is mag.
nlficent. 1 talked with the British
and French commanders. They have
now worked out a theory of offense
and defense with which they are very
well satisfied, and I had an oppor
tunity to see the plans executed In
one assault wherein the French, al.
though the attacking party. lost only
7.000 mtn, while the Germans lost
30,000. I am quite certain our allies
can hold their own until we get there
In full force."
Interview With Pershing.
"What does General Pershing think
of the outlook r
"I spent three days with him. I
was the only visitor at the time, and
I had several long talks with him.
He Is content and calm, and is very
happy over the splendid relationships
built up with our allies. I asked him
if he had an complaint to make If
he nefted anything. He said:
"'No, I haven't a complaint to
make, and you can tell the folks back
home that I think Mr. Baker Is the
best Secretary of War we have ever
had. He Is a man of quiet- decision,
and that is what we need.'"
Mr. Crane said the morale of the
allied troops was line, and that the
American troops particularly looked
J well and eager for the fight.
FIRST SHIP SETS
The first vessel of the new
United States merchant marine
goes to work today. The Ship
ping Board received a telegram
from CapU J. F. Blaine, district
supervisor for the Emergency
Fleet Corporation at 8eattle, an
nouncing that the Seattle, the
first steel ship to be completed
under the board's vast building
program, sails today on .her maid
The Seattle, 8.S00 tons dead
weight, was built at. Seattle by
the Skinner-Eddy Shipbuilding
Many coal operators have taken ad
vantage of war times and are making
much greater proSts now than before
war was declared, Fuel Administrator
Garfield admitted at the Senate coal
hearing today under questioning by
Senators Jones and Vardaman.
Garfield's statement that the opera
tors must be encoursged by high
prices brought a bitter denunciation
of the operators by Vardaman.
"I can see no patriotism in the
man who insists on making more
than a normal m-nflr nnw" uld
"Tou are not relying on patriotism
but higher prices to Increase produc
tion, ana the consumer must pay the
bill. Isn't that correct?" asked Jones.
'' UardCeal Outleok Better.
The anthracite, coal situation is fair,
ly gooa.-rtqw,-Carf leld said.
"How have you tried to Increase
production?" asked Senator Kenyon.
"By placing the emphasis on pro
duction, not price," replied Garfield.
'Do you believe the operators have
made big profits by this campaign?"
asked Kenyon, who in Chairman
Reed's absence questioned Garfield.
"I hardly see how to stimulate pro
ductlon, without allowing these
profits," the fuel administrator re
plied. Increases above the President's
fixed coal prices have been granted
forty-one operators by the fuel ad
ministration to stimulate production,
"These are mostly small mines,
which would not be able to operate
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BY CIVIL SERVICE
Pensions and retirement for all
Government workers on a contribut
ing plan Is recommended by the Civil
Service Commission in its annual re
port made public today. (
The commission declares that lh '
number of appointments declined by
ellglbles is ample evidence of the In
adequacy of Government salaries of
fered. In this connection the com
"Difficulty of securing ellglbles
with the qualifications needed for
proficient service Is Increasing. There
Is little distinction In salary betVeen
employes with technical qualifications
and those without. The Increase in
the number of employes due to the
war has been accompanied by great
disparity In salaries paid for the same
kind of work. The appropriations
for most of the departments fix defi
nite salaries to be paid. The appro
priations for many of the newer es
tablshments and for much of the
war work In the- departments are In
t sum. The departments and es
ta. thments having these lump-sum
app jprlatlons fix the entrance sal
aries and, In order to obtain em
ployes, make appointments at higher
nalaries than are possible to be paid
by departments In which salaries are
fixed by law. Attempts at stabiliz
ing the service have been made by
Congress In provisions prohibiting
transfer at higher salaries to be paid
from lumpsum appropriations. The
highest efficiency can not be reached
until there Is standardization and
classification of salaries on the basis,
of work performed so that employes
on similar work in the various de
partments and offices will receive
the same pay."
MEXICAN RAIDERS LOCATED.
MARFA, Tex.. Dec. 10.--The bandit
force which raided the 1-,-wn of Can-
deleria, Tti., was located today, SO
I miles south of the International bor
;dcr. encamped 500 strong, according
I to reports reaching her.
COAL MEN ARE
TEA IN EACE
Patriotic Mrs. E. H. Harrell Re
sented Slurs of Wife of Cap
tain Zollner on U. S. "Med'
dling" in War.
ANNAPOLIS, MiL, Dec 26 A
cup of hot tea, thrown full in her
face, was the treatment received by
the Baroness Iona Zollner here last
summer when she voiced pro-German
sentiments it was learned today.
The. baroness is sow awaiting
trial on espionage charges at Chatta
nooga. Woman Threw it.
The incident took place at a tea
attended by a number of officers'
wives and others prominent in the
semi-official society ot Annapolis.
The tea was thrown by Mrs. H. E.
Harrell, well known here for her In
. Although, the United States had not
entered the war; at that time, feeling
was intensely' anti-German because of
the Lusltanla and other incidents.
During a discussion of international
affairs, the Baroness Zollner took oc
casion to vole her disapproval of the
"meddling" attitude" of the United
States, and followed it up by other
remarks of a similar nature. It is
Mrs. Harrell took' execution in the
comments, and threw a,' cup'ofea In
Following the tea-tlroWfag
dent. It Is stated, friends smoothed
over the troubles, and mutuaUapolo
gles were forthcoming.
It also was learned todsy that the
federal authorities were cognisant ot
the baroness' pro-3erman sentiments
during her stay here, and are under
stood to have kept her under surveil
lance, notwithstanding the fact that
her son, Beresford Shope, was a mid
shlpman at the United States Naval
Baroness Was Outspoken.
The baroness made no secret of the
fact that her husband was a captain
In the German army, and frequently
expressed pro-German sentiments. It
Baroness Zollner first came to
Annapolis In September, 1910, and
lived for a time In a fashionable
boarding house. Later she rented a
cottage near the gates to the Naval
Academy. She left here last August.
During her residence here, the
Baroness fraternized freely with the
families of officers and because of
her son's presence at the Academy
was given more or less freedom In
visiting the grounds.
Midshipman Shope is declared to be
greatly unnerved by the charge made
against his mother, lie refuses to
make any statement, and Is keeping
closely to his quarters. It is stated.
It was declared, unofficially today,
that the charges against Baroness
Zollner will in no way affect young
Sbope's standing at the Academy.
' TO 16 BY TOMORROW
When you wake up tomorrow
morning and look out the window
and see the sun sinning, don't fool
yourself and think that It Is nice and
warm. It's going to be cold
much colder. In fact, than It Is today,
says the weather man.
"Fair and continued cold tonight
and Thursday, with a minimum tem
perature of 16 degrees." Is the
EXTRA-FARE ; TRAINS TO
NEW YORK FORBIDDEN
The Pennsylvania rsllroad was de
nled permission to establish extra-fare
passenger trains between New York
and Washington by (he Interstate
Commerce Commission today.
2,826 Lines of Advertising (10 Cols.)
Over the Corresponding Day (Dec- 26) Ist Year.
EVENING, DECEMBER 26, 1917.
TO SECRET BRIDE'S HUSBAND
Hello Girls Voting
To Strike, Boston May
Lbse Phone Service.
BOSTON. Mass., Dec. 26. Bos
ton 'faces telephone tie-up as the
result of. the proposed strike of
3,500 operators, according to labor
leaders today. The girls began
voting this morning, and Judging
from the opinions of the leaders
the result will be overwhelming
ly in favor of a strike to enforce
their demands for higher wsges.
CUT OUT RED
The Senate Military Affairs Com
mittee today told Secretary of War
Baker to cut oat routine and supply
every' nun in cantonments and train
ing camps with clothing suitable for
The committee unanimously adopt
ed a resolution demanding that Bak
er eliminate red tape, and give camp
commanders authority to buy woolen
blouses and overcoats in the nearest
town, if they can get them quicker
that way than the Quartermaster's
department can supply tnem.
Thls action followed presentation
ny senator aiciveuar oi icicsreui..tl4CIj proerm of the .Bolshevik!
irom camp comroanuem, """""ni'government .and its peace plotting.
snortages oi overcuais ua wwt"
Names Needy Camps.
Baker wass requested to take Im
mediate action with regard tofcamps
-nrfcl.i- R1i,W. TfekrtifrV- Ttlx'3MJtV
..... --. - Ki-n
son. Grant; cuiter, iseaurrffuara, .onu
.IerAeeain j"" JfcS
it had unquestioned -proof that many
men in these are. without blouses and
On the ground that there may be
shortages at Camp Dodge, Doniphan,
Punston. Wadsworth. Fremont. Bhert-
dan. Greene, .and Pike, and other
camps. Baker was requested to learn
by. wire today whether such .short
ages exist and if he learns that any
camp Is In need ot heavier doming
that he take Immediate action to
The resolution presented by Senator
"It appearing to the Committee on
Unitary Affairs of the Senate from
unquestioned proof adduced before It
that many enlisted men In Camps
wheeler, Shelby, Kearney, DIx, Jack
son, Grant, Custer, Beauregard, and in
the camp at Fort Worth, Tex., are
without woolen blouses and overcoats,
the combined shortage In the several
camps above named being not less
than 20,000 overcoats and 47,000
woolen blouses, this committee here
by requests the Secretary of War to
take Immediate steps to supply nld
enlisted man with overcoats and
For Immediate Action.
"It further appearing that there
may be shortages ot said articles at
Camps Dodge, Davidson, Kuneton,
Wadsworth, Fremont, Sheridan,
Greene, and Pike, and perhaps other
camps, the Secretary of War Is also
requested to ascertain by wire today
If any other shortages of clothing ex
ist In any of our camps, and If so that
he direct that such shortage bo sup
"It Is the sense of this committee
that, with the cold season now on, the
usual routine shall be suspended as
to this matter, and that the command
ing officers of the several camps
shall be directed, If this is the quick
est way, to buy these articles at the
nearest points to their camp at which
they can b obtained so that our sol
diers may be supplied as soon as pos
McKellar presented telegrams from
commanders of practically every can
FRISCO'S 'MASTER SPY'
WAV PnAVPlSro. Tier -A w-nm.
an spy, creuemiaicd oy wuneim-i
ptrasse, as one of tho highest agents!
In the German secret service, directed i
the movements of Franz Schitlenberg.J
"master spy." who Is held by the Fed-1
eral authorities. It Is said.
it Is reported that chulcnberg has
made a partial statement.
EDGAR D. SHAW,
In the Meantime They Are Mak
ing a Supreme Effort to
' Reach Venetian Plains Before
Winter Ses In.
PETROGEAD, Dec 26. Germany
has asked postponement of peace
negotiations until January 24, ac
cording Id semi-official announce
ment here today.
WITH SOCIAL DEMOCRATS;
COALITION IS UNDER WAY
PETROGRAD, Dec, 28. A compro
mise has -been effected -between the
Bolshevlkt'and'the social revolution
arles, and a coalition government la
being formed, the Telegraph Agency
Seven members of the social revo-
lutlary party -will be included in the
new cabinet, it was said,- .
Tba Bolshevik! and .social revolu-
Uon)irIei naTe Deen at odds over the
VIOLENT ALLY ATTACKS
'. RULSED;WJTH LOSSES?
, 1M AJVMMWUItJ .. ,v
Violent enemy codnUr-attacks In the
neighborhood of Coldelroso and at
neighboring heights broke down with
heavy losses' tothe- attacking-fortes,
today's German official Statement
PLOT TO OVERTHROW KING
OF ROUMANIA REVEALED IN
PETROCRAD, Dec. 28. News of s
revolutionary plot against King Ferdi
nand of Roumanla has been received
at the Smolny Institute, the Bol
shevik! headquarters. There also are
said to be disturbed conditions In
Roumanla. These reports are con
firmed In some respects by dispatches
received here Indicating unsettled con
ditions and a political crisis.
There has been little news from
Roumanla since the Roumanian array
was forced to agree to an armistice
on the eastern front. It'has been re
ported Bolshevlkl and German propa
gandists were at work among the
Roumanian troops. A few days ago
General Stcherbatcheff, the Russian
commander In Roumanla, was reported
to have taken command of the
BEARER OF DISPATCHES
FROM RUSSIA ARRIVES
TO EXPLAIN SITUATION
AN ATLANTIC PORT. Dec 26. Car
rying Important dispatches from
American Ambassador to Russia Fran
cis to the State Department, C. T.
Williams, secretary of the American
Red Cross In Roumanla, arrived at
this port today on a liner from Arch
angel, en route to Washington. Mrs.
Butler Wright, wife ot the counselor
of the American embassy In Petro-
grad, arrived on the samo liner.
The dispatches brought by Wil
liams carry a detailed account of the
true situation In Russia, and are of
the utmost Importance. They give. It
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OTTAWA, Onf., Dec. 26. Deputy
Minister of Naval Affairs Desbarats
announced this afternoon that he had
tecelved .-ord from Port Yukon,
Alankn, that Explorer Stefanssen and
his party have arrived there safely.
The explorer and his party prob
ably v.111 make their way to Nome
and take the steamer there. It Is
thought here that Stefanssen spent
lat winter un Melville IsWiid. Ills
puny i-ompilses about twenty-four
The explorer set out for the north
UNTIL JAN. 24
WaD Street Prices. pn,CB wlraLywL?0UIM,,u-lfc
FAVOR RAY BAKER
AS SUCCESSOR TO
Capitol gossip today named Ray
J3aker,-'t Reno, Nov., director of
the mln'ttas likely to succeed
the late Senator Francis O. New
lands of "Nevada. Governor Boris,
of Nevada, la' expected to appoint
a successor to fill the seat until
an .election is Tield.
Baker, according to Reno advices,
planned to run against Newlaa"ds
four years hence at the regular
election. Baker Is a close friend
of Senator Flttman of Nevada,
also stands wallriih, the 'gover
nor, and is reported here to be
agreeable to the -Administration.
J. P. Tumulty, secretary to the
President, and Senator Phelan of
California, are said to favor
John SkeltOB rTlUlamji; Comp
troller of the Currency, win to
night be named railroa3v dicta
tor, according to good authority
this aiternoon. It was -stated
- that the President has defermln.
ed taking this step without con
sulting Congress. The entire
operation of all the roads will,
be placed la Tnukms' hands
and he will be" 'given power
Utrpsgh nse.ofwhfch -kejrlU be
mMefed,-"toTb'r?iiaf order 6nof
IE cxlstiflg transportation ckfun
The statement was inada In high
circles here that the -nation's trans
portation facilities would be taken
over by the President or the United
States on Monday, December 31, next,
according to a Washington dispatch
to. the New York Times.
While no confirmation, of this state
ment waa forthcoming from the Whits
House, the Information given to The
Times is that the President has de
cided finally upon this step as a -way
to solve the problem of the increasing
The President's proclamation has
been prepared, it is said, and is ready to
be made public after his conference
with representatives ot the Big Four
brotherhoods and the railroad presi
dents later in the week.
Wage Problem Insistent.
An Immediate problem before the
Government Is the demand of the
brotherhoods for Increased wages.
The President proposes to obtain a
complete agreement with the officials
of the brotherhoods when they come
here tomorrow at his request as to
their attitude on wages when the
roads come under Government control.
The report here is that these offi
cials are prepared to assure the Presi
dent that they will loyally support
the Government, and that a satisfac
(ContWed on Page 4, Cot 2.)
One child was burned to death,
three houses destroyed ond another
partly burned by a fire which threat
ened for a while to wipe the town
of Queen City, Va., off the map
shortly before noon today.
The fire broke out In the home of
Mrs. Lavlna Motrle, when her grand
daughter, Rene Henry, thirteen years
old. was left alone while her grand
mother went to work.
Only the work of the chemical en
gine from the Government's experi
ment farm near Arlington Cemetery
prevented the destruction of the
town. Engine Company. No. 16, from
Washington and the Cherrydale Vol
unteer fire department arrived after
the fire was under control.
Washington fire fighters are spray
ing the ruins and searching for the
body of Rene Henry.
in addition to Mrs. Motrle'a house
the home of Mrs. Maude Sllvay and
a vacant house were burned to "the
cround. Mrs. Fannie Lipscomb's
house was half burned.
Damage Is estimated at 12,000.
Queen City Is about two miles south
from the trginia end or tno Jllgh
way bridge on the Arlington branch
of the Washington and Virginia rail
xvav. Coroner Ashton of Ballston Is
conducting an investigation.
R. R. DICTATOR,
3 HOIS LOST IN
QUEEN CITY FIRE
Dr. Johnson, Held fsrJNHctk tf
Secret Bride, Se51$ii ly
Dr. Horton, WhrTio frl
RICHMOND, Va., feei- "jThat
Dr. Lemuel J, Johnson, the T9&(.'
Middlesex. N. C dentist; )mMknw4ttts 3
me cyanide of potassinas mmfimmmm
the death on December l-flpShli-'
secret bride of three aenths, m hor- -si
"" "t "?"- "Vi a,
of detectives probing the mrsteryiiHSf1
Dr. L. K. Horton, of Norfolk.
former professor at the Medical Col
lege of V!rglnJeJn this city, and con-
cectea witn tne insuiuuua muo
Johnson .was a student there, has
M.tti.ai ..t fc.t .Tnhfimn teata-fa
Norfolk only a short while befa ft
ped on the street and entered Into a
conversation with him.
Told. Dentist' Wife.
0 Dr. Horton later cams to Richmond
and on one- of the last days that Hrs.
'Alice KnlgW Johnson, ths Jrallsfa
fwlfe, was aphirwork a,
hraDhex ai' the" coUati1Misk
-dsndsl- jaidut'-ysrt--"'-! WkRts
Johnson InNorfolk. 1bXrtermiG
a.viAaloersDna say-that Hrs. JaJnt-v
fson replied: "No, ou didn't. I kno.
ha was not mere, c
Dr. Horton remarked to friends at
the college that he bslieved John
son was trying to keep his visit t
Norfolk si secret from hla bride.
A detective will go to UorfoDc to
morrow to confer with Dr. Horton.
who said Johnson told him ha waa
seeking dental supplies.
Will Produce Cyamlaa Bex.
Detectives stats that Dr. Johasoa'e
visit to Norfolk was Immediately af
ter he sought to purchase c7sslde of
potassium In Wilson, K. C and fail
ed. They further assert that they
will shortly he able to produce the
box that contained the poison; that
they will have the druggist who sold
it face the young dentist, and swear
that ha sold It to him.
Dr. Johnson was told today of this
further proof against him. Ha agate
denied that he had been to Norfolk,
and said that ha had not seen. Dr.
Hla statement to The Times repre
sentative yesterday that Dr. Iew!s
and not he had been In Norfolk to
stand an examination and seek ap
pointment as a dentist la a naval
training' station is refuted by the fact
Dr. Dawls Is a physician and surgeon
and not a dentist. It has also been
learned that Dr. Lewis was not la
Norfolk on the date when Dr. Horton
says ha talked with the young den
To Coaler With Mrs. Kalgbt-
Detectlves Wiley and Smith, in
charge ot tho case, will hold aconfsr-
I ence today with Mrs. George S.
1 Knight, mother of the dead bride.
It Is probable tnat oraers win d
given today that Dr. Johnson will not
be allowed to receive visitors In the
future, aside from his counsel and
those having special permission from
That sentiment is divided here as
to the guilt of Dr. Johnson is shown
by the fact that a score of friends
called upon him yesterday and today
at the city Jail some to offer sym
pathy and bring gifts and others to
pledge their faith In his innocence.
Johnson Is accused of giving his
child-wife two or more capsules filled
with cyanide. From the effects ot
one of them, taken on Saturday, De
cember 13. she died. He later at
tempted suicide by swallowing aeoni
tlne poison at a hotel in Wilson.
N. C on the day after ho, attended
her funeral In Richmond.
Pastor Comes Te Cheer.
Among his callers yesterday waa
the Rev. J. It- Johnson, pastor of the
Venable Street Baptist Church. Mr.
Johnson married Dr. Johtson and his
bride on September 18 at the church
parsonage, and leaa than three months
later preached the bride's funeral.
"Innocent or guilty, I have come
to minister to you In any way that I
can." said the minister. "Only you
and your God know the secret."
"But there Is no secret," Interrupt
ed the young dentist.
"Be that as it may, the outlook
at present Is not bright for you, and
only you know the solution of the
"An Incident of your marriage cere
mony at my hsme mads an indelllbie
Impression on me as well as on zar
wife. I have married seventy-seven
couples this year and will officiate'
at three more ceremonies daring the
"I shall never forget the look upon
the faces of you aad Alice Knight
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