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Mexican Government Keeps
Cloae Tab on Sentiment To
ward Country in U. S.
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?MBnUry as Cuba was handled, but
there wa? no official comment.
Latin-American representative? were
Tbe Japanese expressed unconcern.
Maying they had no Mexican Inter
The American note has been in the
hand? of th? Mexican authorltie* for
??? daya ft aeked for the ?mmedi
ate" release of Jenkins, and Is cap
atol? of no m luco ? struct i on.
There Is a possibility that the
Cabinet today will decide on a strong
rtJ?d If, however, it follows pre
oedent, nothing will be done until ?
reply 1? received from Mexico.
ladead. It was intimated that the
United States could proceed no fur
th er until Mexico, In some sort of
message, described the charges under
which Jenkins Is held.
Cmatam **???* Fe'lew?-?
It la customary for a government,
whenever aa official representative of
another nation Is in difficulty, within
its border, to inform his government
immediately of all the facts in the
ease, but the State Department Is
still In tbe dark concerning the
?seflnHe and detailed chargea against
?Dee forecast today of the tenor of
tbe Mexican reply was that It won .1
inform tha United States Oovernm?-tit
ef tbe receipt of Its note and ?ay
that it was having an investigati? ?
Bn->de of tbe ?-treuil?tance? surrou-d
lag tha detention of the Amerio.*?
Tbe note doubtlessly. It was pointed
?sat. would declare that, up to .he
present time, the matter was one
that waa being handled by the ?au
thorities of the state of Puebla, ina
had, therefore, been oat of the prov
ince of tbe Federal authorities a?/
Snch a response, it wa? deemed
likely, would mean but one thing?
that Jenkins would remain in jail so
long as the Mexican government
could dally along in the matter.
' mmaoa Dt|si fist'i Stateaeat.
Tbe State Department had but a
few words to say officially on the
Jenkm? casa. Its s_t?t_ent waa:
"The State Department has not yet
?Meet ved the answer _ the Mexican
government to the American note
calling for the Immediate release of
WUl'ad- O. Jenkins, the American
?angular agent of Puebla. Mexico, who
??-as rear rested aad put in the peni
tentiary ahortly after hi? release by
kktnapera near Puebla
"It is understood that the Mexican
?sab I net had tbe note under considera
tion Friday and that ?"?overnor Cab
rera of Puebla was ??ailed in from
Puebla for reports."
At the Mexican embassy today An?
6?asador B-cg-??-? said that he had
seeerred no messages from his Gov
ernment hearing on the Jenkins case.
ant} that bis expected tbe Mexican
i-e'-Hy we?4 be sent to the Atre ri cae
?nabaser at Mexico City for trans
????lea to the 8tate Department. He
declared he did not kaow when the
???ply would be made.
C_l_ Iv-r-aat Was Briba??
The Mexican embassy has received
newspaper accoun s of the a'? est of
Jenkins and the chief of these, which
appeared in the La Patria, or Puebla.
giies what evidently is the tasis of
tbe charges against tbe American
This paper declares that three days
after Jenkins was kidnaped he ap
peared at his hacienda near Puebla
accompanletd by Federico Cordoba.
*J?e chief of the bandit gang that
-.fptured him. and another desperado
known as Ubero.
He I? said to have breakfasted with
tfce men, and then given a -ervant
two ten-peso pieces to keep st"I about
trie matter. The Puebla authorities
".??arge that Jenkins connive?] with
tire bandits to mulct the Mexican
**-over*_ment out of the $160.000 de
manded as his ransom.
Jt_-la_ to Wealthy Strnu.
The State Department, however, has
faith in the integrity of the Amer'can
-gent, and does not believe this story.
Jenkins, moreover is a wealthy man.
On the other hand, it is pointed out.
the Puebla authorities could easily
have trumped up such a story so as
to hide their inability to protect the
-econd largest city in Mexico from
the Incursions of rebels and bandits.
Evidently Mexico believes the ar
? rest of a consular agent is not a
matter over which to become excited.
Mr. Bonillas today said that the
Mexican consul at New Orleane, Ber
nardino Mena Brito. was under arrest,
but that he considered the mater one
t? be settled by the local officiale of
DEMOCRATS NAME HOEY.
?_iAl?XTTTE. H C, Nov. 25.?Clyde ?
R. Ho-y, of Shelby. Federal assist
ant district attorney, was nominated
in the Democratic primary in the
Nintb district today for the seat In
Congreso vacated by ?. T. Webb, re
cently appointed to the Federal
bench. The nominee will be opposed
ha a special election, December 16. by
John M. Morebead. of Charlotte. He
"POISON PEN" MAN
Friends of Secret Bride Unable
to Locate Army Officer Who
Drove Girl to Death.
N'EW TORK, Not. 25.?Who Is the
army officer who wrote the "poisoned
pen' letter which drov* pretty Elisa
beth Schmltter of W??t New ?ork
secret Bride of Edmund Moffett. a
college seudeat. to end her lite by
leaping from the deck of a North
river ferry boat a week ?go?
This question is being asked on all
sides by friends of the girl who ?re
backing the investigation into her
tragic suicide today. In a letter to
her mother. Miss Schmltter Identified
the army officer merely as a "discard
ed sweetheart" without giving bis
name 4ir any clue that might lead to
the establishment of his identity. She
declared that she had been driven to
?he decision to take her life bv
threats contained in letters received
by her from the officer. ?
Advices from Chicago say that the
officer was recently stationed at
Camp Grant. He was declared in
these dispatches from Chicago to be a
graduate of sn Eastern college and
a well-known football player. He
was discharged from the service
-bout a month ago, the same advices
stated. Tt was also reported that one
Secret Bride Who Ended Life and
Husband Who Believed In Her
time he was stationed In a military
camp near Washington, D. C.
Mai ? lea In Secret.
Some time ago Miss Schmitter, who
was twenty years old. had become
engaged to Edmond Moffett, a stu
dent of New York University. The
day she took her life she had an en
gagement to Meet Moffett, and it was
while crossing to Manhattan on a
ferry that she jumped to her death.
In her farewell letter to her mother,
Miss Schmitter declared the writer
of the poisoned pen letters waa try
ing to injure her with her fiant**. Mys
tery was added to the tragic death of
the girl by the discovery that she and
Moffett had been secretly married on
The girl's parents, who live in Mil
waukee, declare they had no objectii ?
to the engagement and that Moffct
was a descendant of the British royal
house of Stuart. It was l?*arn?-H..
however, that Moffett's family"" was
not quite so anxious for the wedding.
Xrled Te WIM Bark GlrL
They contended Moffett had not
graduated from college, and ask?? I
that the marriage be postponed until
after he had reached the age of twen
ty-two. At that time Moffett wouli?
have been out of college a year.
It also was learned that the writer
of the "poi.?oned pen" letters had not
been told of this marriage and was
trying to ?in back the girl who ac
cused him of ruining her life. Wheth
er the young woman's husband knew
of the association of the writer of the
"poisoned pen" letters and his wife
could not be learned, but it was Inti
mated this knowiedsre might have led"
Miss Schmitter to jump from the fer
The last letter of the dead girl, ad
dressed to the "Dearest Mother In tne
World," to!d of the misery and the
heartaches which had come to ner
through persecution and constant at
tacks upon her character in missives
to her fiance.
I.aaghe? At Letter?.
The letter aays Mr. Moffett laugh
ed at the letters and tore them up
assuring her that nothing could alter
his faith in her. But, she declared
"It has all preyed upon my poor min?!
so that ? no longer know what I am
about or care what I do."
The final message to the alleged
destroyer of her contentment was
costained In the envelope to her
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OJfDI AXD *-*-UK*IOVf ????! PL Ri HASKD
ELIZABETH SOHMITTKR MOFFETT.
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W. G. GARDD?R RETIRES
AS D. C COMMISSIONER
Office Now Vacant as Officiai Re
nmee the Prec?ce of
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was promptly confirmed by the Sen
ate and began his official duttes
His commission was for the unex
plred term of Major Newman, who
had entered the army at the begin
ning of the war. The commission ex
pired July 13 last. UrfoVr the law
Mr. Gardiner continued to serve legal
ly as Commissioner until his succes
sor wss nominated and confirmed or
his resignation accepted.
Since July 13 he has taken part la
Important District matters either as
Commissioner or as a membtr of the
Public Utilities Commission, the util
ities law providing that th? three
District Commissioners shall com
prise the public Utilities Commission.
The acceptance of Mr. Gardiner's
resignation Indicates that the Pr si
dent is probably prepared to name a
successor upon the reasseml ng of
Congresss. His action In relieving Mr.
Gardiner was because of the tatter's
strong desire to leave official life.
While it would be legal to appoint
a Commissioner until Congress met
and then send the name to the Sen
ate, the logic of the situation wou'd
be to hold the name until a nomina
tion is made.
The President's choice, If already
made, has been kept well under cover.
The man most talked of has been the
Rev. John Van Schaick, chairman of
the Baord of Education, and well
known in Washington for his patri
otic and public services. For many
years he has taken a deep interest in
local affairs. Shortly after ,v,e i>e
irinning of the war he went to France
and Belgium, representing the ' Ked
Prose in an important capacity, and
knowledge of his fine work abroad
was imparted to the President. He
returned months after the armistice.
Many Good l-T04t-peeta.
Mr. Wilson has had a wide range
of Commiselonership ma-**erial to se
lect fnom. Many recommendations of
'ocal citizens are on tile in the White
House and the President could not
well go wrong in a choice ef any of
them. So far as known the President
talked with only one committee of
That was a coTimittee from the
Federation of Citizen*' Associations,
of which he is now a me**>l>er
through his having signed a member
ship card a few days ago in the
go.*d citizenship drive going on by
that body. District citizens ere all
proud of "Citizen" Wilson, a mem
ber, with dues paid up, in the West
End Citizens' Associotlon.
Mr. Gardiner took part In momen
tous activities as a city father. Of a
mrvoui, active temperament himself
h- gave to his official work a close
personal attention from the view
point of his own Individuality. This
citen resulted in dissentine; onlnions
dorn hfs fellow Commissioners either
on municipal matters or on u.illty
As a lawyer he frequently ap
proached the questions befor? him as
a lawyer would, espi cia'ly ??'annine;
th? lenal phases most mlnut.'ly. HI?
arslyses were usually from this
The differences of opinion caused
n-? personal Hl-feetlne: sminp the
Commissioners, notw'thstand'ng tha'
Mr. Gardln'-r many times stood
r.galnst the other two Commissioners
v.hen their official opinions or deci
'l'in were not uran'mous. Mr. Oar
dli.er was perfectly wi'lin?? to "g-o
tr the ma'" with his co'leaifues and
did so often enoutrh to 4*?|??* ?in Im
pression that the board wss not as
hatmonloii? as It should b?\ The
differences, however, were frlnndlv
and n-> ii*-to"-ard results to the Dis
Mr. Gardiner waa not always In ac
cord with the other two members of
the Public Utilities Commleeion. Hie |
most notable difference was In re
gard to the valuations of the Wash
ington Railway and Electric Company |
and the Capital Traction Company.
He courageously took the position
that these properties should have been
valued much higher than found by his
colleague?, basing his conclusions,
mainly upop decisions of the United
"Hate? Supreme Court, Hla colleagues
likewise depended upon these same ?
decisione, but did not construe them
exactly as Mr. Gardiner did.
r.ar-i-rr Make? Mate
After making public the correspond
ence with the White House Commis-1
sloner Gardiner gave this ?nteresting j
"The letter? of resignation and ac- j
,ceptance speak for themeelve?, aad I j
have nothing to add thereto except j
to say that I have a young and grow
ing family and I found it Impossible
to live on the salary of District Com
missioner, and It became absolutely
necessary that I should return tq the
practice of my profession in order to
earn sufficient sums to properly pro
vide for them.
"The statement? heretofore made
In the press to the effect that I have
been supporting certain candidates
who are desirous of being nominated
by the President as my successor, are
without foundation tn fact I have
?tot supported the candidacy of any
man, nor will I do so. believing that
It would not be proper for a District
Commissioner to suggest to the Presi
dent or to anyone else the name of)
"I have, as one who haa lived in
the Dletrlct of Columbia for many
years and who expects to live here
for many years to come, a deep In
terest in having a man who has had |
wide experience in business or con
siderable lefral knowledge a? District ?
"I desire to say that 1 have learned
three lessons during my encumb ncy
of the office of District Commissioner:
First?The statement, which I have
so often heard, that every man In pub
lic life is condemned, is not correct
My experience has taught me that at
least 00 per cent of the citizens of the
District of Columbia are willing and
anxious to do every thing that Is pos
sible to advance the interests of the
city and to support those adminisUr
iiiK its affairs.
"Second?I have aleo learned that
every member of both houses of Con
gress has a deep interest ^"Washing
ton as their Capital and are ready
and willing to help the District In
any way that they can. It has b? en
my experience that they have at all
times been willing to give the Dis
trict everything that they felt that
they could give, and if at times we
did not get all that we th lught we
STOrS entitled to, I am entirely con
vinced that it was due to our imabil
ity to give them full information on
the subject unii? r inquiry.
"Third?I have also learned that the
newspaper men of Washington, es
pecially those with whom I have come
In close contact In the District Build
ing, are fair, frank and honest with
me. I have learned to trust them ab
"In conclusion I desire to say that
those employed by the Dletrlct Gov
ernment are In a very large measure
able, honest, conscientious, loyal, and
that they are not paid more for the
valuable services that they are render
ing to the District and Its people is a
source of much regret to me.
"I hope that Congress will soon real
ize that unless they Increase the sal
ary of the District Commissioners, the
President will have great difficulty In
securing capable men to accept and re-j
main In oftlce."
TO HONOR BACHES.
The Rev. Dr. Bach, head of the
Lutheran churches of Parla and its
vicinity, and Mme. llach. will be en
tertained at the church parlors ofl
Luther Place Memorial Church, |
Thomas Circle nothwest, this even
DENY BIG PROFITS
Owners Displeased With State
ments of Treasury Ex-Chief.
. Call Him Back Number.
Coal operators are not at all pleased
today with the statement made by
William O. McAdoo yesterday to the
effect that they had made excessive
Thomas T. Brewster. who is head
of the coal operators' wage scale
committee, meeting here, said today.
"We wish the Government would fol
low Mr. McAdoo's proposal and pub
lish the income tax returns of the
coal operators, it might help us in
the present struggle.**
Brewster admitted that in the first
six months of 1?17 bituminous coal
prices were profitable to some opera
tors whose holdings were in the East
"This was stopped when the Fuel
Administration-? was created, and the
finv?r?-?,?nt fixed prices," said Brew
! ster. "After the armistice there was a
great decrease In demand, and prices
fell below the Government fixed
prices. The price? have remained
down up to the present crisis, except
in a few fields, where consumers have
voluntarily bid the prices up."
Brewster Intimated that the Mc
Adoo statement might have be-**
made for political purpose?, and said
it wa? "either with deliberately mis
chievous Intent or with the Intention
of currying favor In some quarter"
FALSE TEETH FAMINE
UNLESS EACH PAIR
HAS UNION LABEL
NEW YORK, Nov. 25.
?A false teeth famine is
threatened by the latest
labor trouble in this city.
Samuel S.^?todel, organizer
of the Dental Workers'
Union, declared today that
the makers of false teeth
may strike unless the union
?9 recognized and the union
label stamped on every
pair of false teeth turned
"McAdoo Is a back number.** said
Brewster, "and he knows that the
Government already has* all of the
figures showing what our profits have
"DRUMMER BOY" DEAD.
PEOR?A. ??- Nov. 28.?-J. H. Mon
roe, famed after the civil war as
"The Drummer Boy of Shlloh,*" la
dead here today at the age of sev
enty years. He entered the North
ern army at the age of ten year?
from Burlington, Iowa, and ?erred as
? drum ner boy In Company I, Sixth
Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry.
A statue of him am. a drummer Is on
the soldiers' monument in Dea
MORGAN LOAM TO ROSS
Detail? ef Great Fake ef WE?EE?B
NEW TORK. Nov. 2ft.?Th? d?tail?
of the great hoax by which J. p. Mar
gan was purported to hav? loaa?d to
the west Russian government "KM,?
000.4XK) marks for tea years have Just
been published here, ?tatas a ?sopy
right dispatch from London to tar
The security for the loaa wa? to
have been a mortgage on the e ? tir?
country under ?control of the west
It has turned out that aa ?geni,
who represented himself as acting for
Morgan, was tn reality ? GrCi-man hav
ing no connection with th? American
firm, and that the whol? thing wa? !
FINDS WAY TO REVIVE
Parie Pkyakftaa Dleeercn Tkat Sa
lati? of Gaa Arakfc assi Sea
PARIS, Nov. 28.?Aa aanc
meat of world-wide Importaste* to
the medic*! fraternity was mads to
day by the Academy of Sclen.ee whea
It was ?tated that Dr. Barth?l?my
haa found a method of reviving hem
orrhage patients with a eolation ?4
gum arable aad aaa salt.
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