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Plan. to Make Stall Holders At
Produce Market Sell in Small
George JL JRoberts; superintendent
of weights and measures for the Dis
trict, will present to the District
Commissioners today a plan whereby
consumers iay 'xnakB purchases it
the Farmers" produce Market.
Twelfth and B streets' northwest, and
receive the advantage of buying food
in swan o.uantitie at wholesale
At present this market, is virtually
& wholesale establishment. The
.farmers sell their goods only in large
quantities te retail dealers. This
makes it impossible for the basket
buying public to make purchases at
The fanners pay 20 eents a day for
a stand at the market. Although no
licenses are required, the Commis
sioners have the right to refuse space
to the farmers. ,
It 4s iefiwierti pita to have the
Commissioners- regulate the quantity
to be sold. Sir. Roberts wants the
fanners to sell in quantities small
enough for the consumer to purchase
without inconvenience to the pocket
book. He plans te nave the Commission
ers rule that the farmers must sell,
if requested, in certain small Quan
tities. If the farmer refuses to sell
lu small quantities then the Cofairiis
sloners wlH refuse the farmer space
in the market
If Mr. Roberta plan is acted
upon- by the commission. - the bas
ket VuyThg public will be Able to
buy feed 'at a price much lower
than U charged in ether markets
throughout the cits'. "
m Cut Sroeefs' Profit.
This will necessarily ,ut out the
profit of the grooeper. If the gro
cerymaa $ been aaak4hg five or
tea cents profit, by this new Clan
the consumer wiU save tls money.
Of course, Mr. Roberts does not
want the cemmissien to make a
rule, -whereby taegreeeryraan- -will
suffer .considerably. Ta.t quantity
will net be as low as -sold in re
Mr. Roberts is hopeful his plan
will he acted upon before the end
of the week, so that the basket buy
ing public may visit the market
The first lair margins of profits list
of the Fair Price Association, which
-was organized last week to eliminate
profiteering in foodstuffs In the Dis
trict, Is expected to be Issued some
time this week.
The fair price committee, under the
direction of former District Food Ad
ministrator Clarence R. Wilson, has
been working on a fair price list for
foodstuffs, excepting meats; of a na
ture similar to that issued by the Dis
trict Food Administration during the
A definite plan fer defining fair
margins en meats has not yet been
worked out. The "blackboard plan"
of dealers chalking the prices for dif
ferent cuts of, meats en a blackboard
in front of their stores, may be re
vived, it was stated.
It is expected that the fair-price
committee may enlist the aid of the
Bureau of Markets in establishing
fair margin a pn market produce. This
-would allow the' committee to devote
all of Its attention to the other foods.
Representatives of District labor
and civic organizations, who organ
ised last week the Citizens' Buying
and Distributing League, will meet
Wednesday night to elect officers. It
is expected also that plans for enlist
ing wide co-operation in the District
wills be discussed.
FOOD SALE BY MAIL
IN D. C. THIS WEEK
Order Blanks to Be Given Out
to Housewives By Letter
Washington housewives will receive
order blanks for army surplus food to
morrow or Wednesday, and food dis
tribution will be under way in this
city by Saturday. Assistant Post
master Kerlln announced today.
Although the entire consignment
of 86 car loads of food has not
reached the city, Mr. Kerlln Indicated
today that he would not wait until
all the food had been received.
Order blanks for food will also be
on hand in the postofflce stations
throughout the city, it was stated
today. Letter carriers will distribute
food to housewives.
The last consignment of food re
ceived by the War Department came
last Saturday. It was a huge amount
of macaroni, the exaot amount post
office officials have been unable to
"We are clearing up details of the
distribution today," said Postmaster
Kerlln, "and we hope to be ready 0
begin real work by tomorrow."
Clarence R. Wilson, chairman of
the fair price committee in this city,
will hold a meeting of the committee
In ills office at 4 a'clook this afternoon.
At this meeting final plans for the
issuance of the 'fair price list In this
1 city will be completed. It will 6
several days, possibly a week, beforfe
the list will b given out, Mr. Wilson
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HELP WANTED ADS.
Seats in Front .of Reviewing
Stand at White House to Be
Plans for the welcoming celebration
to be accorded General Pershing and
the First division when they arrive
from overseas next month are rapidly
nearlng completion, according to Col.
Robert K, harper, of the District com
mittee on arrangements.
Within two weeks, Colonel Harper
said today, work will be started on
the two gigantic triumphal archest
one to be erected On Pennsylvania
avenue in front of the White House
and one on Jackson place. Beth sides
of the Avenue in front of the White
House will be lined with reviewing
The seats in the stands en the north
side of the Avenue will be sold to the
public, Oeloaal Harper said, to aid ih
defraying expenses of the celebration.
While September 16 has been set as
a tentative date fer the parade. Col
onel Grant, f the War Department,
explained this morning -that this date
Is eobtlngent upon the arrival of the
division from overseas.
Arrangements for handling the
equipment of the division are belnaj
maoe ny the war Department. Col
onel Grant has anhouaoed that this
equipment will be placed on exhibit
for the benefit of the public.
The various welfare organizations,
mch as the Knights of ColUinbus, the
t. M. C. A. the Jewish Welfare Board
and the War Camp Community Serv
ice are formulating plans for the dare
of the division,
U. & EmpIoyesUnion Head Re
bukes Shipping Board for
Pretest against summary closing of
the Division of Planning and Statis
tics of the Shipping Board on August
SO and the consequent dismissal of
100 employes with only a little more
than a week's notice, has been filed
with Chairman John Barton Payne, of
the Shipping Board, by W. Carson
Ryan, Jr., president of Federal Em
ployes' Union No. 2, of this city. In
his letter to Chairman Payne, Presi
dent Ryan says:
'On August 22, employes of the Di
vision of Planning and Statistics of
the Shipping Board, about 160 in num
ber, received notice that the division
would be abolished and their services
would no longer be required after
"This is less than ten days' notice,
and I cannot believe the action Was
carefully considered. I am writing,
therefore, to request you to reconsider
your decision in this case and extend
the date of dlscontlnance to Sep
tember 15 instead of September 1.
accumulated leave to be granted In
accordance with the existing order.
"I am sure you will appreciate the
fact that these employes will need
some time to look about for new posi
tions. Responsible commercial Arms
would give at least a month's notice
in such cases, but I believe the em
ployes will be satisfied if the time Is
extended, as I have indicated, to Sep
"I trust you will find it possible to
give these employes the additional
With the aid of the "great voice," a
wireless magnifying telephone, the
address of Vice President Marshall,
speaking at the Trinity Church, was
heard in most of the District and
parts of Virginia last night
Listeners reported that the vice
president's address was heard dis
tinctly at Bowling field, the steps of
the Capitol, the Washington Monu
ment and on the President's yacht,
the Mayflower. Passersby at Fifteenth
and H streets were startled when
they heard a voice from the sky
praising the league of nations and
predicting its adoption by this gov
ernment. The Vice President In hts address
discussed the league, and declared
the time has come when America
must take part in all world wars
wherein the question of right and
wrong is concerned. He denounced
profiteers, and declared the American
people should practice thrift and buy
less of the luxuries of life.
ASKS DIVORCES FOR CRUKLTT.
George B. Hedges, through Attor
ney Fred B. Rhodes, today filed suit In
the District Supreme Court against
his wife, Mrs. Margaret Lilian Hedges,
for a limited divorce; alleging cruelty.
They were married at Austin. Tex.,
August 2d, 1806, and have two chil
dren whose custody is requested by
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The upper picture shows Engine No. 5343 a few hours after it had plowed into Section 9 of the
Atlantic City excursion train, containing more than 600 persons, at Elwood, N. J., early yesterday
morning The engine is standing just as it struck the preceding train, and it can be seen how the
crash caused the telescoping of the forward coaches. It was in the fifst coach that Otis W. Wathen,
of 810 6 street southeast, met his death.
The lower picture shows the wreckage of two of the day coaches.
Heroism of Dying Man
After Train Collision 'Is
Despite his suffering while dying,
Otis Wathen the younp man who
was killed yesterday in the wreck of
the Washington-Atlantic City excur
sion train, at Elwood, N. J., called to
his young wife, and stifling his
groans of pain, said: "Kiss me, I am
Then removing his scarf pin and
giving the return excursion tickets to
his wife, Wathen heroically prepared
for his death.
Thus Mrs. Emma Tcnn. .108 E
street northeast. " who was on the
train at the time of the accident, de
scribed today the last moments of
her son's life.
"My boy seemed to have a streak
of misfortune," she said. "Odle just
about one year ago was badly hurt
in a wagon accident, and before that
he was taken seriously ill with the
Worries Over Wldovr.
Mrs. Penn, suffering from the shock
of the wreck and the death of her
son, lamented more the condition of
her young daughter-in-law than her
"Alice is in a very nervous condi
tion," she explained, "and I only hope
that she will pull through all right.
The doctor says that she is merely
suffering from the shock."
It was reported that Mrs. Penn was
bruised about the limbs, but she was
able to g.it about her home today.
The young man who was killed was
cne of seven brothers. One of the
brothers died recently, and Ave broth
ers, a sister, his mother, and a step
father survive the dead man.
Persons who were with the young
man at the time of the wreck told of
how young Wathen struggled for life,
despite the fact that the flesh of his
lower limbs wes entirely torn away
from the bones.
yo Ijlgbtft in Coach.
"From the time we left Washington
until the terrible accident occurred,"
declared Mrs. Penn, "there were no
lights In the coach."
Other persons In the excursion train
corroborated this statement, saying
that the conductor was obliged to use
a lantern when collecting the tickets.
WASHINGTON, MONDAY, AUGtJST 25,
by His Mother
so that ho could light his way through
the cars and assure himself that the
tickets were properly punched.
J. J. Crow, 818 I street northeast,
who suffered Injuries -about the head
and back in the accident, ook the ex
cursion trip to Atlantic City, neigh
bors said today, to give his invalid
wife and young daughter, ten years
old, a much needed rest. It was said
that Mrs. Crow, for the past seven
years, had been suffering from nerv
ous spells, and that her husband,
thinking that a short stay in Atlantic
City would benefit her, made the ex
Word had not been received here
today as to the condition of Crow or
Crow has been for many years an
employe of tho Henderson Furniture
Company, and neighbors reported th.at
he was devoted to his family.
Fred G. Schultz, 1518 Eighth stroet"
northwest, said: '
"My wife nnd I were sitting in
about the fourth coach from the tear
with William Asmun, my cousin,
when we felt the shock of the two
colliding trains and heard the falling
of shattering glass. I didn't realise
that I was hurt at all, but directed
my attention to Mr. Asmun. My wife
noticed that blood was trickling from
my head, coming from a wound which
evidently had been inflicted by fall
"It seems that every precaution was
taken to avoid tho collision, because
our train was constantly blowing the
whistle And the rear lights were on.
"When the occupants of the rear
coach saw the searchlight of the on
coming train, many of them ran for
ward, and, I think, avoided certain
death by doing so. The young 'man
who was killed was penned in the
vestibule of the second coach from the
rear. After he was extricated from
the wreckage he called for water and
we 'gave him his last drink of water."
Mr. Schultz tried to go to his work
this morning, but was compelled to
return home on account of his
Many of the victims of the acol-
Train Wreck Near Atlantic City
un(i ii in jii inmit
dent praised the work of the con
ductor. Who tried to do every thing,
possible, It was said, to help those
who were injured. It was said that
he called to the occupants of the
train, "Is there no able-bodied man
here who will help me," as he en
deavored to remove the shattered
tlmbors from off young Wathen's
Leslie J. Johnston, 308 Tennessee
avenue northeast, who escaped being
seriously Injured, declared that ade
quate precautions against accident
had not been taken.
Seat Came to Pieces.
"I was sitting in the Pullman, rid
ing backward, att 4:30 o'clock a. m.
I felt the brakes applied suddenly and
unconsciously braced myself. Wl th
ing a few seconds the train stopped
very abruptly, all those who were
asleep being awakened and many jar
red from their seats. My companion
was sitting opposite me, facing for
ward, and his seat literally 'came to
pieces,' both he and the seat sliding
down on the floor in front of me."
In describing tho facilities for ex
tricating the Injured, Mr. Johnston
stated: "From all appearances there
was no saw or axe to be located on
tho .train. An effort was made to
knock out the partition with a maul,
this effort proved fruitless an ave was
found, and finally the man was gotten
out. Two and one-half hours after the
accident the injured were taken to
Atlantic City, arriving, there about
"30 o'clock. The wreckage still re
mained on the track, no wrecking
crew having yet arrived at that time.
''All, or nearly all of the cars ap
peared to be of wood, of the oldest
type, and bore the names of nearly
as many different railroads as there
Were cars. In my estimation if these
cars had been of steel, all Injuries
would have been confined to those
caused by flying glass. At the time
of the Impact, the rear train was
probably not going more than ten or
fifteen miles an hour.
Return Trip a Disgrace.
"The return trip was even more of
a disgrace to the railroad administra
tion and the Pennsylvania railroad
than Was the trip going."
Mr. Johnston declared that pas
sengers had to furnish their own light
by striking matches, and that there
were no toilet facilities on the train,
despite the fact that there were from
600 to 1,000 passengers aboard, includ
ing many women and children.
A number of those who were in
the accident and who were reported
injured were able to return to Wash-
Photo by Atlantic Fotn Service
OTIS W. WATHEN,
The only person killed in the wreck.
His body was pierced by a steel
silver as th.3 coach was struckv
Ington last night without assistance.
Mrs. L. M. Fitzgerald, 1105 P
street northwest, employed at the
Bureau of War RlskJnsurance, was
reported to have been Injured in
the left " leg and knee. Mrs. Fits
ererald had not returned to her
home today, but It was learned
that she was well enough to con
tinue her stay in Atlantic City.
She had panned to take a vacation
there for two weeks.
Selts at Hospital.
George T. Selts, 28' years old, llv
Ing at 1252 Maryland avenue north
east was reported at the Atlantic
City hospital today. His wife, who
lives at the above address is pre
paring to leave Washington today
for Atlantic City.
Cornelius W. Doremus. who was
Injured, said, "It all happende in a
flash. We had slowed up and I was
at the water cooler, drinking, when
the coaches jolted, throwing me
against the iron. The next thing I
knew I was on the floor and my head
was bleeding. Lights were extin
guished, and we could not see."
Thomas Johnson, of Berwyn, Md.,
was reading a magazine when his
coach was struck. "We were all
thrown forward," he says. "Judging
from the copfuslon and shouting
there is a wonder that more were not
hurt. It was necessary to cut a part
of the train out. In order to get at the
From dark, last night until long
past 12 o'clock, and even into the early
morning hours. Union Station was
crowded with thousands of relatives
and friends of passengers on the
wrecked train. Detective Sprlngman,
assigned to the Union Station, aided
anxious mothers and wives, seeking
information of the smash. When the
Atlantic City excursion trains began
to arrive, many anxious faces watch
ed the passengers as they passed out
of the gates.
The first train arrived soon after 8
o'clock, and at frequent Intervals
thereafter, more came In.
SILENCE BROODS. OVER
EN ROUTE TO DISTRICT
The return trip to Washington by
passengers of the "telescoped"
coaches was ominously quiot.
With the exception of remarks
about a marvelous escape, or of re
markable endurance by Injured, few
wordB were spoken. Not a single
person was seen to sleep, as many
had done before the crash.
BUSY TELEGRAPH WIRES
SUMMON CURIOUS CROWD
TO SEE WRECK VICTIMS
Telegraph wires to Atlantic City
were busy within a few minutes after
the crash. .
As a result, hundreds of curiosity
seekers met the special train carrying
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1 PROBES ON
TO FIX BLAME
N N. J. CRASH
Large Number of injured Due to
Use of Wooden Coaohes on
(Continued from Page One.)
In local hospitals today. They are
George T. Seltx, of 1232 Maryland
avenue. Washington, who suffered a
fractured hip, and Ralph Townsend,
of CasBden, N. J., engineer of the train
which crashed into the first section
as it was standing at Elwood station.
feeaped From Cab.
It developed today that Townsend
had leaped from his cab a moment
before the impact. He escaped with
a fractured Ug and several broken
Criticism of th6 Pennsylvania fa
cials and the Railroad Administration
was Hfe in Atlantic City today. The
coaches which made up the train had
been recruited from material that
should have been condemned. It Is
said. Further, It was pointed out. If
the coaches had been of steel, In
juries to passengers, if any had been
hurt at all, would have been slight.
Coroner Cunningham this afternoon
will impanel a jury which will begin
an inquest Thursday afternoon. Tw
score or more witnesses will be ex
amined. .Engineer Townsend declares there
were no signals to indicate that the
first section had stopped and that he
was not aware of the danger until the
crash was imminent. The crew of the
nrst section, however. Insist that
every- precaution had been taken, even
to the placing of torpedoes.
First Section Behind Schedule.
Passengers aboard the first section
declare the Condition of the coaches
of thS first section was a faster eon.
tributing to the wreok. These re
pairs, which compelled stops at sev
eral points, caused the first section
to fall behind Its schedule, they de
clared. Persons who were passengers lathe
coack (n which Wathen and his wife
were passengers say there was. na
Water in the tanks. The supply gaxe
out soon after the Journey began. -ma
aiu, oa a boihb rcpianisaco.
to another and was caught betwien
two coaches, which telescoped.
WRECK TAKES HOLIDAY
SPIRIT FROM CROWD;
MANY' RETURN AT ONCE
The wreck of the excursion train at
Elwood, N. J yesterday morning
took the holiday 'spirit from the
hearts of the thousand or so Wash
Ingtonlans, who had left the olty In
tent on a day of pleasure. The ma
jority returned home at the earliest
possible moment, waiting In groups
Long before time for the first train
to leave the station was crowded by
persons eager to get away.
Very few took advantage of the
Ideal bathing, and the hunBreds of
Philadelphlans at the beach .remarked
at the quiet groups of persons who
had been passengers on the ill-fated
FATE HAS RED CROSS
NURSES AT SCENE TO
HELP WRECK VICTIMS
The hand of fate played a part in
the ministrations to the Injured at
Elwood, N. J., Sunday morning.
No sooner had the steam and fog
cleared from about the ill-fated trains
than many nurses, wearing Red. Cross
uniforms, started to render first aid
to bruised and bleeding passengers.
One aged woman declared the hand
of God had the nurses awaiting the
train. In fact. Red Cross nurses had
been on hand to receive wounded
soldiers. As soon as the crash took
place, they made their way to the
wreck and began to give first aid.
Prompt and efficient service on
their part probably saved the lives of
several persons, thought to be seri
ously injured. The Red Cross women
went through the coaches before
work of clearing the track was be
gun, ascertaining that all victims had
been saved. They then accompanied
the injured to a hospital in Atlantic
FIRST NEWS OF WRECK
TOLD IN MESSAGES
TO RELATIVES HERE
Hundreds of telegrams from pas
sengers on the trains to relatives and
friends in Washington, informing
them of injuries sustained or of re
markable escape from death, brought
the first news of the wreck to Wash
ington. A short time later The Times
was beslege'd with telephone calls by
persons wanting definite details of
All day long the thousand or more
families, whose loved ones had taken
the trip to the seashore, sought news
of the wreck.
The list of casualties published in
The Times relieved the minds of,
many, to whom had come rumors of
D. C. COPS TO PROTEST
The Central Labor Union will meet
tonight, and It Is expected that the
question of the authority of the Dis
trict Commissioners In forbidding af
filiation of the Police Union with the'
American Federation of Labor will
be brought up.
District Commfecfontrs Mum m
Actkhi If Men AffMate W&
A. F. of L
The City ?elWessen's t Tfeie' wjli
meet Thursday nlght of this week
and decide whether te aeee4e t te
request of the Distriet CommUsmsts
that the union immediately withdraw
all affiliation from the Averted
Federation of Labor.
At this meeting, L. K. De4r.
president of the Uniea. and ehahrmaa
of the legislation-oommttUe, will pt
the matter squarely before the men.
He wiU tell f hie eoaferenee wtt
the three CemmiMleaets . the
policy the eeauslMMB has takes is
this matter. j
Whether the peltoe will etfaMsf
affiliation with the . Federation e
will veto for a WRKdrawal te a mt
ter of speoulatiea. Many members eJ
the union are known to be to faver
of continuing as part of the F4-
eration, in defiance of the CdssailtH
Sank On JTe-Strike Otaase.
The pollee feel that with the "M
strike clause m their barter, the.
CesMttsskmers shouM Jet their at
ganistfuen' go en unmolested, Th
CewmiMteaers. while ssmmewdhrsj
the "no-strike' attitude of the ,
openly state they will sot permit th
present organisation to MstisMt is.
the ranks of the pe Woe department
Federation officials today, are ready
to "baok up" the pollee if they vot
to remain with the Mg labor organi
sation. The Commissioners state that
they will take the nooeosary stopo jl
keep the union from outside labor
What the Commissioners mean by
"necessary steps" they refuse to dis
close. The CommfMloners do not be
lieve they will have any diCicttky is
p&trelmg Washington in event they,
find it neoesoary to discharge all sf
the policemen fer affiliation with tltfto
Make Pollee Slater Tksndmr.
ThMoxjAf meeting will make hts-
tIon officials probably, will be os
hand to speak to tho pelleeatoa.
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Another important issue which may
come under discussion is the talk of
the Congressional Investigation into
The attitude of the pollee toward
the anhoMoesaent in Coagreoo that
tho "lobbying" cf the union among.
members oCtheMeuae and Senate will
be the subject of an investigation la
There are two courses the police oas
take in event they vste to remain with
the federation. , v
Mar Tak Case To White 8000.
.- One is to seek the aid of competent
lawyers of the federation and makl
the ease a subjeet fer s court de
cision. The second is to take the case
directly to the White House.
In the meanwhile all Washington
Is looking on to see whether the Soard
el "District Commissioners have the
right to tell a policeman he must sot
join a union that is affiliated with as
organization outside of the ranks, of
The Commissioners olaim that is
event of a strike by any union affili
ated with the Federation of Labor, the
police would be charged, even, if tho
chafge be false, with siding with the
The Commissioners want the Pollee
Department te be independent. It they
must have aa organization, they say
the organization "must" be entirely la.
the ranka of the department with, so
outside connections whatever.
PUNS TO SPEED UP
Sterling Confident Measure WW
'. Be Given Prompt
" ' Consideration.
Although Immediate action is. im
possible. Senator Sterling hopes fer
passage ortheSUrlkig-Lehlbaok oivt
service retirement bill as soon as tho
prohibition enforeement measure is
out of the way. This may not be for
another week, and even then tho
chances are against consideration of
the retirement bill.
Senator Sterling looks for no In
terference lor the bill, however, and
the hqpes of 489,086 employes of tho
Government in Washington and 1a tho
neid service or tne united states ax
based on early passage of the me
The ehief difficulty In the
the Sterling-Lehlbach bill is
position to grand Governme
slons on more thana- flfty-fii
trlbutory basis. Under the
slon bill the Qovernmei
about five-eighths oi
fund. In other ret
much ltke the McKj
About 6,5 (Ml emi
tired annually ui
The historic C
street and PennsyT
been Purchased bj
and Levi H. David.1
tlon is said to have
property was part