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Uan Beeved to Be Early Caller
Blocks Prob, With
NUW YORK. July 23.-The au
theritles have "more than a suspic
1oN." as to the identity of the man
Who called on Joseph B. Elwell early
o the morning of June 11, when
he We* shot to death. The murder
in9qt~ry, however. has been haltea. ac
cording to Assistant Diptrict Attor
Sey John T. Dooling. because the call
or has absolutely, Tefused to talk.
Mr. Dooling said yesterday:
"This man undoubtedly has a rea
son for his repeated denials that he
was In Elwell's home tn the murder
morning. V think, Iowever. we shall
find a way to nake him talk."
Society circles today are gossiping
over the seizure of a 45-caliber auto
matic Colt army revolver. owned by
William Maylew Vashburn, husbaid
of Mrs. Elisabeth Clarkson Washburn,
which was turned over to Mr. Dooling
by Mr. Washburn and the latter's at
torney,%Harold A. Content. yesterday.
Mrs. Washburn is the young woman
who received a 200 check as a wed
ding present from Elwell on the
morning of her marria.e. Oct4ober 29
Mr. Dooling said lavt night that
Mrs. Washburn and her husband had
informed him tId ehek had been re
turned to Elwell, adding:
"Elwell's check. Mr:. Washourn
said, was deposited in lici husbin's
account at the tnie of its receipt.
Bank records bear out the accuracy
of her recollections uponl i,:!s point.
The same recorde sho - that Mr.
Washburn's bank pa'' oUt a $:00
check on January 7, 1920.
"Mr. Washburn di: n- know Mr.
Elwell. When he an.i iis; wife re
turned from their wedding trip to
Asheville, N. C., and went over the
presents, they decided it would be
better not to accept the [gift from El
well. The check must have been re
turned prior to January 7, although
Mr. Washburn unfortunati'lv has
been unable to locate his check-tubs
or canceled checks."
Mr. Dooling said the "gossipy" let
ter written to Mrs. Washburn, then
Miss Betty Clarkson, and forwarded
by her to Elwell, was received by
Mrs. Washburn in the spring of 1918.
Pressed for the name of the author
of the letter, Mr. Dooling said:
"You won't get that from me."
Later he said it was a letter from a
Beginning at-8 a. r
and continuing until 3
stage a big event by p
variety of Men's Two
Measure, which were f
but which on Saturday
These suitings are of all-wo
workmanship in the city. A perfe
All Good Tailors, who have
heart, close at 3 p. m. on Saturda:
COME IN AND GE
810 F Stri
WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT,
of Nev: Yrk, who died at
his Pari home yesterday. He
was asreaty years od sad had
been Ill since lat April 15. Of
'e years be had spent much
of he time In France racing
his string of temroghbredw.
"school teacher in the Middle West."
Mr. Washburn's .45 army revolver
and a number of cartridges were
founr in the room occupied by him at
his mother's home. Mr. Dooling sent
the revolver to police headquarters
for expert examination.
The assistant district attorney aid
Mr. Washburn told him he was not
on the roof of the New Amsterdam
Theater the night of June 10-11. In
his wife's party, said Mr. Washburn.
were Mr. and Mrs. F. 'A. B. Washburn,
his brother and sister-in-law, and a
man friend. He said, according to Mr.
"My wife joined the party on the
spur of the moment. I was not at
home when she left. When I got
back I found a note from her. - 1
saw her when she came in."
Mr. Dooling said this checked up"
in every detail with Mrs. Washburn's
story. She said her husband was at
home and in their room untfi after
9 o'clock on the morning of June 11.
a., Saturday morning,
p. mn., we are going to
blacing on sale a large
-Piece Suits, Made-to
orinerly priced at $50,
will only be
ol tnaterilI and are the best In
et fit is guaranteed with every suit
the interest of their employes at
T YOUR SAMPLES
set N. W.
MillIoqaire, Who Died In Paris,
To Be Buried in Family
PARIS, July 23-- Many messagel
of condolence over the death of Wil
liam K. Vanderbilt were received by
the family from the United States to
day. Funeral services will be con
ducted on Monday at the American
church, but later the body will be
sent to New York for interment in
the family plot.
Mr. Vanderbilt. who- was seventy
years of age, had suftpred from
angina pectoris for several monthst
and his death was not unexpected.
Colonel Gross, family physician for
many years, had stated yesterday
that the aged capitalist could not
survive riore than twelve hours. Mrs.
Vanderbilt, her two sons. Harold and
William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.. and her
daughter, the Duchess of Marlbor
ough, were at the bedside when the
The Duches of Marlborough and
Harold arrived here from London
yesterday morning in an airplane. in
response to a hasty summons front
Colonel Gross, while admittind that
the aliment might permit Mr. Vander
bilt to cling to life five or six hours
longer, frankly told the family the
sands of his patient's life were run
ning out with resistless swiftness.
RECONCILED WA WIFE.
Mr. Vanderbilt had been uncon
scious since noon yesterday. Four
nurses worked over him in relays.
under the superv!#on of Mrs. Van
From intimate friends of the fam
ily it was learned that a complete re
conciliation between the patient and
his wife took place Wednesday. as
soon as it was realised that the end
was near. While apparently on the
best of terms, those in the "inner
circle" had .known for a long time
that the couple lived more or less
William Kissamm Vanderbilt. one of
America's foremost financiers and
sportsmen, was the son of William H.
Vanderbilt and grandson of Commo
dore Vanderbilt. He was born at the
home of his father at New Dorp,
Staten Island, December 12, 1849. His
early education was received from
private tutors, and later he was sent
to Geneva, Switzerland. where he re
mained several years, completing his
Returning to this country, his
training for the railroad business be
gan. He was placed in the office of
C. C. Clarke. treasurer of the Hudson
River railroad. He progressed
through various clerical grades until
he became vice president of the New
York Central and Hudson River Rail
road. where he remained from 1877 to
IN MANY CORPORATIONS.
He was then elected president and
chairman -of the board of the New
Ydtk. Chicago and St. Louis Railroad.
He held this post until 1898. In the
same period he was chairman of the
directors of the Lake Shore and Mich
In 1800 Vanderbilt became presi
dent and director of the New York
and Harlem Railroad. and to this road
he -devoted the greater port of his
time. His activities became extended
until he was director or managing
official of the Michigan Central, Pitts
burgh and Lake Erie, Cleveland, Cin
cinnati, Chicago and St. Louis. Lake
Erie and Western, Chicago, Indiana
and Southern. Chicago and North
western Railroad. Rutland Railroad.
New York and Ottowa, Lake Alliance
and Wheeling, and Dunkirk, Alle
gheny Valley and Pittsburth Rail
Mr. Vanderbilt's sons, William K.
r. and Harold, are directors in more
than 150 railroads and other corpora
The Duke of Marlborough married
Vanderbilt's only daughter, Consuelo,
In international sports Mr. Vander
bilt was a large figure. He was a
membe of the syndicate which built
the yichts Columbia and Defender.
He gave the Vanderbilt cup, for which
automobile speed kings contested over
Long Island roads. He was long a
patron of the French turf and main
tained a racing stable in France.
In the world .war Mr. Vanderbilt
was active in hospital and relief
work abroad and in promoting the
work of the Lafayette Escadrille.
The rosette of the Legion of Honor
was copferred upon him.
Mr. Vanderbilt was married twice.
He wedded Miss Alva Smith, of Mo
bile. Ala.. in 1374.
She divorced him on March 5. 1395.
le made no defense to the suit. The
papers were sealed.
A short time after the divorce was
granted Mrs. Vanderbilt was married
in the City Hall to Oliver H. P.'Bel
FELT WEALTH A DURDEN.'
Mr. Vanderbilts friends felt at that
time that a second marriage was
farthest from his thoughts.
On August 22. 1901. as his steam
yacht Valiant sailed into Southamp
ton harbor he said to a friend:
"My- life was destined never to be
quite happy. It . was laid on lings
that . I could foresee almost from
childhood. It has left me nothing to
hope for, with nothing definite to
seek or strive for. Inherited wealth
s a big handicap to happiness. It
is as certain death to ambition as
cocaine is to morality."
However, on April 22. 1903, he mar
ied Mrs. Ann Harriman Sands
Rtherford in London.
He went abroad last winter so iii
that he was carried on board ship.
He grew a little better abroad, but
lad an attack of heart trouble last
April 15 wile attending the Auteuil
Mr. Vanderbilt was one of the
fouders of the Union Clu~b and da
active also in the Knickerbocker,
Raquet and Tennis. Jockey, Metro
politan, South Side, New York Yacht.
Knolwood, Meadow Srook(, Player.'
Turf. Country and Larchmont Yacht
KILLED CHASING HER HAT.
rHiiAP)EiJ'H IA. Jusly 2J3--$t'pping
from an automobile in which she
was riding to chase her lhst, which
had blown off, Mrs. Amelia Win kier,
sixty-one years old, was struc kby
another car and killed almost insta'nt-I
Isaiah Fountain, Girl Asstilant,
Attempts to Slash Throat
Hour Before Death.
EASTON, Md.. July 33. - Isaiah
Fountain. convicted negro assailant
of Bertha Simpson. a thirteen-year
old white girl, was hanged in the
corridor. of the aston jgil, at 3
o'clack this morning. An hour be
fore his execution, the negro at
tempted to commit suicide by slash
ing throat with a safety razor blade.
Investigation is being made to deter
mine how he qbtalned the blade.
"You are killing an innocent man."
declared Fountain a moment before
he dropped to his death on the gal
lows. The trap was sprung by
Sheriff C. M. T. Souluby precisely at
3 o'clock and Fountain was pro
nounced d-ad from strangulation
thirteen minutes later by Dr. James
Fountain paid the death penalty
for the attack made on Miss iimp
sqn. April 1. 1919. He had persisted
in protesting his innocense, although
he had been positinvely identified by
the girl, and the authorities are cer
tain of his guilt.
EUGS 5uHMivir TO SMOOT Kim.
Cringing in his cell at the sound
of hammers and saws as carpenters
were carrying out their gruesome
work of building the gallows, the
negro. two hours before the time
set for his hanging, pleaded with
Sheriff Soulaby to shoot him.
"I cannot stand it," he cried.
"Please shoot me, Stheriff."
Fountain unsteadily marched up
the steps of the gallows. He had
spent most of the early part of the
night with the Rev. Abram Chase.
of Trappe, and the 11ev. T. H. Wood
ley, colored, of Easton. They ap
pealed to him to confess if he was
guilty. He said he eould not confess
to a crime he had not committed.
At midnight, a meal of bacon and
eggs, potatoes and coffee, was brought
to his cell, but Fountain ate little. He
declared he could not eat, that he was
too nervous. All during the wy he
expressed horror of death on the gal
lows, and as each blow of the ham
mers of the carpenters resounded
throughout the little prison the negro
NO RELATIVES PRESENT.
None of Fountain's relatives was
present at the hanging. They re
fused invitations offered by Sheriff
Soulaby. They notified the sheriff that
they would not bury the body. After
the negro's death his body was taken
to his farm, where his wife and two
children live, and buried before day
light behind a barn.
Fearing that the threatened mob
violence would deprive them of carry
ing out the legal hanging, Talbot
county authorities had a large de
tail of policemen from Baltimore and
motorcycle officers from the office of
Automobile Commissioner Baughman
on hand. It was because of precau
tion against any such attempts of
citizens to lynch the negro. that the
gallows were built in the corridor of
the jail. There were but few wit
nesses to the hanging.
The corridor in which Fountain was
hanged is 20 feet long and 5~j feet
wide. The scaffold itself was 14 feet
high. When Fountain stood over the
trap his head nearly touched the ceil
ing. In cells nearby, although they
could not view the gruesome hanging,
were several other negroes. They.
too, had protested against the hang
ing of Fountain in the corridor, and
high pitched excitement and nervous
ness reigned among them up to the
moment of Fountain's death.
When Dr. Me rick. in low voice,
announced the legro was dead the
other inmates of the prison breathed
a *igh of relief, and more so when
his body was carried from the prison.
The effect of the hanging on these
prisnners as to their future actions is
a matter of speculation. But it is
certain they will guard against meet
ing such a death themselves.
WAS CONVICTED TWICE.
Fountain was twice convicted of
the crime against the girl. At his
first trial in Easton a few weeks after
the assault occurred he was convicted
by a jury and sentenced to death by
Judges Adkins and Wickes. On the
first night of the trial, F.ountain, fear
ing the crowd that had gathered in
front of the jail was about to lynch
him, leaped from the window of the
sheriff's office and escaped.
Two days later he was captured in
Hartley, Del. Eugene O'Dunne, for
mer deputy State's attorney of Balti
more, the negro's attorney, on the
ground that Fountain did not then
have a fair trial, appealed and the
Court of Appeals granted a new trial.
The second conviction occurred in
the Circuit Court of Tlowson, Balti
more county. The verdict was brought
in by Judges Duncan, Offut and Mc
Lane. At both trials, Fountain at
tempted to prove an alibi, but both
times the girl identified him as her
One month ago. Fountain. wvith the
assistance of other prisoners at the
jail, sawed the bars of his cell and
escaped. He was at liberty for more
than a week before he was caught in
a barn on the farm of Calvin Ander
son, about fourteen miles north of
Designed to give maximum
strength with minimum weight
of material. Transmit more
power, practically indesttactible,
lighter than cast iron, and
guaranteed for double belt
piete line of Power
fi n issiem M a
e hIngyv i. Was
AWARD $392,000 IN
Corson & Gruman and Cran.
ford Co. to Resurface Struets
With Sheet Asphalt.
Contracts calling for the espondi
tures of $32.W0 for resurfacing
streets in Washington were agarded
by the District Commissionerd today
to Corson & Gruman, paving con
tractors. and the Cranford Paving
These companies will resurface 64.
8 A. M. t<
IT'S exactly 23 di
ing for twenty o
turers began a dist
talk and wonder of
Originally planned 1
many shoe manufacturer!
pose has been accomplish
Nearly 80,000 Pairs
prices for which a grateft
tion to us over and ove
paper with the complimer
fact, word-to-mouth advei
in its success than all our
Till 6 o'clock Saturd
ton may take advantage
Values, that remain.
W HEN the doo
close the onl'
comes to an end is
TO THOSE WHO BC
QVER; w,- want everybot
urday, the doors of the "
ceive and adjust any defi
purchase may develop.
But we look for ver
that the shoes entered in
of the backing of "HAHl'
who perhaps have never
surely want to deal regu1
the extraordinary valuesi
THE "House of]
thanks all who part
for their cordial su;
0 square yards of vistrict streets;
Corson & Uruman 27.o0 square
yards at $3.96 ceats a square yard.
and the Crasford Company 37, at
$3.97 a square yard. Sheet asphalt
will be used.
T% contracts awarded comprise
paving the following streets: , Con
necticut avenue, from Chapel road to
obqvy Chase cireie Aprthwest; C
street northwest. from Twelfth street
to-Obio avenue; M stree,. northwest.
from Virginia avenue to Twey
third street; Twenty-fourth street.
from X street to Virginia avenue.
nothwest; Nineteenth street, from V.
street to Now York avenue, north
Avest; New Hampshire avenue f rtep I
street to Twenty-seventh street.
northwest; Jefferson street. from 'K
street to U stret. northwest. Girard
street, east of r fteenth street. north
west; California street. front Phelps
3 6 P. M.-Othe
k Hours. N
n's Greatest Shoe
ution at The
turday at 6
tys since "HAHN'S," a<
verstocked Shoe Manufa
ribution that has been t]
to relieve an actute situation ti
found themselves facing, its pi
of Shoes have been disposed of
il public has expressed its apprec
r again. We could fill this ent
tary things said about the sale.
-tising has been a far greater faci
av at the Coliseum only-Washir
of the Less-Than-Cost-To-Ma
rs of the Coliseum final
r part of the great sale th
the active selling of me
)UGHT SHOES, these sales are N(
1 who purchased to know that c
at, while the Coliseum closes S
-AHN" Stores are wide open to
ciency or lack of service that a
y few such complaints as we kn<
these sales have been fully wort
S."' And many of the purchase
bought at our Stores before, w
arly with us the more they reali
:hey have secured.
Iahn" again reiterates i
to those who bought ar1
icipated in this great evei
coE t14-16 Fb.Ave
7'1 42K 233 Pa Avt SC
street to Twenty-third street. north
west; Nichols avenue, southeast, from
Sheridan avenue southward, Masa
chusetts avenue. sedtheast. fwent
Fourteenth street to Fiftenth street.
Potomau avenue. southeast. from
iCieventb street to Thirteenth street;
( street. southeast. from lCighth
street to Ninth street; Fourteenth
street northeast. from P. street to 0
atreet; Thirteenth street. northeast.
fromi C ptreet to D street. and Four
teenth street southwest from L)
street to Water street.
MAY WRIGHT SELL,
NOMED EDUCATOR, DIE
INDIANAPOLiS, Id., July 23-May
Wright Hewail, seventy-mix, interna
tionally known for her activities In
4qucatiort Imad cultural work, died
t at. licent's Hospital hers late
Dr "HAHN" Stor
% Pinal C
hy - sI
rs, .mllr rop
illo Tenni y
ze hes Rubbe
$1.50, $2.75, t
* $3.45, $3.75.
- Final C
A bout 250 pairs
mining of Misses'
Children's Strap Pump
Boys' and Girls' high
Play Shoes at
Broken sizes of
Boys' and Girls'
good solid Barefoot
Sandals and Play
Oxfords at $1.
YEARS, S FODIVORC
Mrs. btose lierrett, wedded fifteen
years, of 22 Florida avenue northeast,
filed suit today for divorce from the
father of her four children. Vhe al
leges uon-suppoirt and cruelty.
Mrs. Uerrett. who in represented by
Attorney Leo A. Rover, declares that
on Januar) 10. 1915. her husband
ordered her out of their home. &ad
that they have not lived together
The wife says her husband. William
T. Berrett. is a pipe fitter. dmployed
at the Washington Terminal Comban).
and earns about #240 a month. He
gave'her $60 a month until last June,
she iys,. but since then has refused
to contribute for her maintenance.
They were married at Ellicott ('ity,
Md., September 2:1, 1895, and have
three children living.
I one-day "WIND-UP"
I remaining Women's
that have made the
im the most talked
plice in all Washington.
of attractive styles still
-although sizes are
in each kind. White,
Tan and Patent Leather
" Ties, strap effects;
i three great sections
.95,' $2.95 and $3.95
ioes that you will never
ble to purchase at any
Select the style
you want from the
tables and our sales
men will fit you to
your size as quickly
Don't Miss This Last
The final wind-up of
e three big -storefuls
EMen's Shoes at the
oliseum. Oxfords and
igh Shoes of many dif
rent styles,, makes and
athers-,bes fty every
rt of wear. A1lof them '
rictly reliable -in quality
-fully warranted by
HAHN'S." Values that,
>u will always have to
ay double these prices
>r or more.
km't Miss the Last