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The Topeka state journal. [volume] (Topeka, Kan.) 1892-1980, January 18, 1909, LAST EDITION, Image 1

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All Afternoon the Topeka Pipes
Were "Dry."
People on a Frenzied Hunt for
Coal Men Rushed Deliveries
During the Day.
RELIEVED AT 8:30 P. 31.
But Has Continued Weak Dur
ing the Day.
Temporary Main Built Around
the "Blow Out."
At 2:30 today, I.. G. Treleaven,
manager or the local gs company,
made the following statement to the
State .Journal :
"I have been In communication with
the superintendent of the work at Ot
tawa, who teUs me that the repairs in
the mains wiU be completed this
afternoon. Of course no one can tell
' exactly how soon they will be com
pleted, but in any event I feel safe in
utirtii ine ii-opie limi 1L M ill inr- uu lit?
('; sonic time this afternoon. It will take
about an hour for the pressure to be
lucreased at this point. This, however,
is certain to reach here by supper
At an early hour this morning,
when the demand on the local supply
was at a minimum, the pressure at
the city limits was 33 iounds. During
the forenoon the pressure had been
reduced to 3.8 pounds and continued
at this limit during the day, although
it was slightly lower during the noon
The big reserve in the tank at First
and Monroe, which although small,
makes considerable difference on oc
casions like today, was emptied at
noon Sunday. During the night this
was partially refilled and it will be
emptied again should the needs of the
consumers demand it.
For the first time in the history of
natural gras in Topeka, the city was en
tirely without a supply for any pur
pose whatever on Sunday. The trou
ble waa caused by. a big break in the
mains of the Kansas Natural Gas Co.,
a short distance west of Ottawa, in
wmcn a "T" Joint and several feet of
pipe line were blown out.
The gas famine lasted nearly all
day. It started about nine o'clock
In the morning and continued until
8:25 last night. However the gas sup
ply in the local mains in some in
stances was not exhausted until near
ly noon.
Manager L. G. Treleaven of the lo
cal gas company was notified of the
break almost as soon as it had occur
red. The information was immediate
ly communicated to the State Jour
nal office, which remained open dur
ing day and evening with an elabor
ate bulletin window for the benefit
of the public, on which the latest in
formation concerning the situation
was immediately bulletined.
The same information was sent by
the gas company to the telephone of
fices and to the churches.
The break in the. gas supply struck
Topeka like a thunderbolt from an un
clouded sky. The gas supply had been
at a maximum for several days, or at
least sufficient to ward off complaints i
as to the supply. The day was a rath-
er warm one for this time of the year.
Housewives expected to cook their
Sunday dinners with gas, the restaur
ants nearly all depend largely on gas.
and the result was as bad as could be
Thero was not the inconvenience
however that one would expect. The
(newspaper bulletins had caused
the news to spread over the town and
before the gas supply was actually
shut off. nearly everyone was aware of
the trouble.
As soon as the supply began to
dwindle the office of the local gas
company was swamped with inquiries.
Seven extra telephone girls were de
tailed to handle the gas office callsi
And the calls at the State Journal of
fice where the public has learned to
come for the latest news were as nu
merous as an after election morning.
Hunted for Coal Burners.
Those who have depended entirely
' upon gas for heating and lighting pur
poses were the worst sufferers from the
famine Sunday. Had it been a "blue"
Sunday matters might have been even
worse. As it was every second-hand
store in Topeka was raided for coal
burners. The different coal dealers were
forced to open up their stores and call
their delivery wagons into service. As
eoon as the news reached to the To
peka Ice & Fuel company, R. F. Hodg
ins and Vince Kaczynski. two of the
proprietors called up their customers
and notified them that small supplies
of coal could be secured during the day.
The Kdlson company maintained an
open office all day by means of which
many of the druggists and others were
able to secure wiring for electric sup
plies which were installed in time to
be used by night.
The hotel and restaurants suffered a
great deal from the dearth of gas. Most
of them use gas entirely, although their
burners are such that coal could be
substituted. The different coal com
panies got out their wagons and deliv
eries to the restaurants and hotels were
the chief source of business for awhile.
lAnd these people had need of a lot of
coal for their business was greatly in
creased by the lack of gas. People
abandoned their homes and sought some
of the public eating houses rather than
eat cold meals in the seclusion of their
own homes.
The' churches suffered- from the gas
hortaaa. Many of the smaller
churches in the outskirts of town
abandoned their services in the even
ing, although most of the . churches
were warm in the morning. However,
all the down town churches with the
exception of the First Christian church
were supplied with coal and other
sources of heat. Many people who
were cold in their own homes went to
church, who ordinarily would never
have left their homes Sunday evening.
It was arranged by the gas company
that as soon as the break had been
temporarily repaired so that the pres
sure would again be resumed here, that
the whistles of the Continental Cream
ery and the Santa Fe shops should
blow, and that the bell at the fire sta
tion would ring. The whistles and bells
started in at 8:25 last night, and the
sound was a welcome one to the in
habitants of Topeka. The three blend
ed together really made some music.
The sound temporarily stopped the
church service. Even the preachers
stopped speaking long enough to give
their auditors a chance to hear the
musical strains.
Didn't Stop at- Once.
That the gas supply did not give out
as soon as the break occurred was due
to the supply that was already in the
mains. The pipe line which reaches
Topeka branches near the Haskell In
stitute and this was shut off there to
prevent the escape of all the gas
through the broken main at Ottawa. It
was some time before this supply was
Got Out' Oil Stoves.
Many Topekans got out their oil
stoves Sunday only to learn that as
the grocery stores were closed no coal
oil could be secured. For -the same
reason those who were without coal
oil and who had kerosene lamps were
unable to have light in their homes.
One grocer on the East Side who has
had a box of candles in his store for
several years, sold a few to his cus
tomers "for lighting purposes. Small
boys might have reaped a fortune by
carrying baskets of candles under
their arms and selling them from
house to house.
Csed Storage Tank.
During the noon hour the supply
was increased a little by turning the
big storage tank at First and Monroe
into the mains. This revived many of
the flickering burners and furnished a
supply that lasted over a half hour,
and the few who were wise were
able to cook a small dinner without
much inconvenience.
Some Amusing Incidents.
Hard as it was to be inconvenienced
by a shortage of heat and. light, the
situation was not without its humorous
side. Early this morning the office
wag- sprung the stereotyped joke about j
fire less cookers.
One of the amusing incidents report- I
ed was one that fell to the lot of
Harry Guthrie who lives at 1420 Har
rison Etreet. Mr. Guthrie heats his :
home with a gas furnace. As soon
as -he heard of the failure. of the supr
lily he made arrangements with a ;
friend of his who is a coal dealer for :
a supply of coal. Then he issued in- '
vitations to his neighbors to come to i
his house and keep warm. He ar- j
rayed himself in a pair of overalls, a !
big red sweater, and some gloves, and :
went to work on his furnace. A j
bunch of trash and other stuff of like j
nature was gathered together and ;
burned for temporary heat while the j
coal was being brought out. This
worked well and kept the house well
heated. During the afternoon the coal
arrived, a whole ton. A goodly por
tion of this was then thrown into the
rurnace right over the gas burners.
He placed his hand on the pipe leading
from the furnace to the flue, when to j
his surprise the pipe crumbled be
neath his fingers, having been cor-
rodtd by the gas. By this time the
coal had been ignited and Mr. Guthrie !
had a good fire in the grate. The !
heavy smoke from the soft coal was
filling the house, and Mr. Guthrie was
forced to use his lawn hose and put
the fire out. The next few hours he
spent in carrying out the coals and
ashes. By the time this was com
pleted the gas supply came back, and
his furnace was rendered useless. The
Guthrie family spent the night in a
cold house. Today the pipe to the flue
is being repaired.
One Santa Fe official took things
easier. He was better fixed than the
average mortal as he had a pass for
himself and family good on any portion
of the system. The family took the
first train to Kansas City and spent the
day riding back and forth between
these two stations. The cars were well
heated and lighted and the day was
spent in comfort.
Others resorted to different methods
of keeping warm. In many instances
whole families spent the day in the
down town stores where other means
of heat were employed. Many spent
the day in the Santa Fe offices, and
the different passenger stations of the
city were filled with a full quota of vis
itors. Around the newspaper offices much
trouble was experienced. The linotype
machines used gas as a means of melt
ing the type metal. Even before the
natural gas was brought into Topeka,
the old artificial gas was used.
The Trouble Today.
Patrons of the Consumers Light
and Gas company were notified last
night that the gas would have to be
shut off some time this morning
while the connections on the main line
were being made, and that work
might take until evening or perhaps
only a few hours.
Manager Treleaven of the local gas
company said concerning the pros
pects for today's supply: "I can not
state for certain whether the gas will
be entirely shut off or not. nor for
how long, thought It will probably be
for but a short time. A large force
of workmen went to work at day
break this morning installing the new
main north of Ottawa. They were
forced to wait until today as no lights
can be used around the burst main,
reven an electric light is sufficient to
touch ofr an explosion. The gas has
been supplied through a six inch pipe
laid around the broken main since
the break. This will be In operation
until the main is ready for connection
but is run under a pressure of only 7 5
pounds while the big main was a 16
inch pipe operated at a pressure of
250 pounds. We hope that enough
gas will have been forced into the
main between Topeka and Ottawa to
run over the disconnection of the tem
porary pipe and the connection of
the big main. Yesterday morning the
supply held up two hours after the
break and it is quite likely that we
can run without an entire exhaustion
today. There is no doubt as to a per-
(Continued ODj Pace Eight)
State Journal Bulletin Service
. on Gas Situation.
People, Eager for Information,
Crowded Sidewalk.
Gas Users Notified to "Close
the Talyes."
Then Told to Listen for the
Signal Whistles.
With a desire to serve the public the
State Journal early established a bu
reau of information to answer all
questions of interested citizens rela
tive to the gas situation, and thou
sands of anxious householders were
thus kept informed of the situation on
Superintendent Treleaven of the gas
company at once realized the impor
tance of giving the bad news of the
break in the gas mains to the public.
He called up the State Journal about
9 o'clock Sunday morning and asked
that the news be announced by bulle
tin that within a very short
time the supply of gas would be
practically exhausted. He also re
quested that the citizens be warned to
turn off the burners as soon as the
gas supply failed, in order to guard
against possible danger to life from
escaping gas after the repairs to the
big main' had been completed.
Immediately upon receipt of this
information from Supt. Treleaven,
this office called up "information"
on both telephone lines and announc
ed that this paper would fur
nish information relative to the gas
Over the long distant telephones a
concise report of the exact nature of
the accident was secured direct from
Ottawa and bulletins were promptly
posted in the windows telling of
the trouble, the probable time of re
newal of the gas supply, and also giv
ing warnings to citizens with respect
to closing the burners.
Director T. B. Jennings, of the
weather bureau, was called up for in
formation concerning the condition of
weather for the remainder of the day
and night, and a weather bulletin was
posted. Also a warning was given
from Jesse Shaw, superintendent of
the city water works, directing house
holders to use all precautions to pre
vent the freezing up of the water
pipes in their homes.
Employes of the business and edi
torial rooms were busy during the day
and four telephones were necessary to
handle the calls of anxious citizens
seeking information- from 9 o'clock in
the morning until the sounding of the
signals about 8:30 In the evening. Dur
ing the entire day the side walk in
front of the newspaper office was
crowded by citizens reading the bul
letins posted for their benefit in the
front windows.
Among the bulletins posted were
the following: i
Topeka Without Gas Caution: Close
Valves. j
A serious accident has happened at '
Ottawa to one of the principal gas
mains leading to Topeka. A large
valve has blown out. Superintendent j
Treleaven said to the State Journal at
9 a. m. : "I have just received the j
very bad news that Topeka is likely to '
be entirely out of gas within half an j
hour. I wish you would caution con- j
sumers to turn off their burners im- j
mediately, so that when the gas sup- I
ply returns it will not escape into the j
houses. I have not received particu- !
lars but presume it may take five or
six hours to make repairs ana resume
supply of gas."
Topeka Not the Only One.
Lawrence. St. Joe, Atchison and
Leavenworth are also without gas on
account of the break in the main.
T. B. Jennings says this morning:
"The weather will remain partly
cloudy, with but little change In tem
perature." Signals.
When the gas pressure returns
warning will be given by ringing fire
bell and blowing Santa Fe and Con
tinental creamery whistles.
Gas Will Not. Be Turned on Between
9 p. m.. and 6 a. m.
Should the gas supply return before
9 p. m., warning will be given and gas
will be turned into the mains at once.
However, if the pressure should not
return until after 9 p. m., the gas
will not be turned into the mains un
til after 6 o'clock Monday morning on
account of the danger of its escaping
into rooms where people are asleep.
Drain Water Pipes.
Supt. Jesse Shaw of the city water
works says: "To -avoid any risk of
water freezing in the pipes tonight,
house holders should turn off the
water in the cellar and drain the
6 p. m.
At 6 p. m., Supt. Treleaven said:
"A temporarily pipe line has been'
built around the scene of the accident .
and Topeka will have gas in about an !
hour. The supply will continue dur- j
ing the night and until after break- j
fast time Monday morning, when . it
will be again shut oft for a short time
to make the repairs permanent."
Threw 400-lb. Casting 175 Feet.
Ottawa, Kan., Jan. 17. Noon. A
blowout in the natural gas pipe line
occurred this morning two miles north
east of Ottawa at the crossover or
tee. The explosion made a hole 16
feet square and destroyed a consider
able portion of the 16 inch cast iron
main. One piece of the valve weigh
ing 400 pounds was thrown 175 feet.
The telegraph and telephone wires
which pass over the place were de
stroyed. No one was hurt. Officials
of the Kansas Natural Gas. Co. state
that repairs will be made and gas sup
ply resumed before daylight Monday
Order for 5,000,000 Cartridges.
Philadelphia, Jan. 18. Orders have
been received at the Frankford
arsenal in this city, for the manu
facture of 5,000,000 rifle cartridges.
This order, with those on hand, will
keep the arsenal busy day and
night until the end of the fiscal year in
June. The arsenal has been working
day and night since September.
Bull Still Obscured and Conditions Are
Not 'Pleasant.
All indications to the contrary not
withstanding the mercury has risen
steadily since 6 o'clock this morning.
The atmosphere is filled with dampness
and this has given rfse to the sugges
tion that the mercury has been drop
ping. To assist ia the effect a piercing
breeze has blown from the southwest
at the rate of 12' miles an hour.
The forecast indicates fair weather
tonight and Tuesday with warmer con
ditions prevailing in the eastern part of
the state and colder conditions Tues
day in this section of the state. The
sun has not shone a minutfe today and
the conditions have been anything but
agreeable. The following were the
temperatures since 7 o'clock this morn
ing: o clock 2o j 11 o'clock.. 26
8 o'clock 25
9 o'clock 25
12 o'clock 28
1 o'clock 29
2 o'clock 29
10 o'clock 25
In a Wreck on the Mo. Pac in East
ern Colorado.
Pueblo, Col., Jan. 18. Four per
sons were slightly injured and a score
of others narrowly escaped death or
serious injury In an accident that oc
curred last night at 7:05 o'clock, on
the Missouri Pacific railway, two miles
west of Pultney, a-small station in
eastern Colorado, six miles from
Boone. The exact cause of the acci
dent has not been determined but it is
believed to have been caused by
spreading rails.
The injured are as follows:
Martin Tessick, Bingham, Utah,
sprained right arm.
Mrs. Mary Ehrlich, Longmont, Col.,
slight injury to left side.
Miles Harvey, Iola, Kan., back
sprained. '
John Kersley, Greeley, Col., slight
injury to right side.
The train was eastbound No. 4 the
St. Louis express from this city and
was running at the rate of 35 miles an
hours, when the accident occurred.
The tank of the engine, which was No.
5523, left the track derailing a train of
six cars, which went over into the
ditch, the engine remaining on the
track. None of the train crew jump
ed or made an attempt to save him
self and none of the crew was hurt,
the injured being1 all passengers.
That none was killed or seriously
injured was considered remarkable
and the first reports had it that sev
eral had met death and serious injury.
Wrecking crews hsve been sent to the
scene of the wreck and it is expected
that the tracks will be cleared by this
afternoon. '.-
Traffic over the road Is delayed
about 20 hours and passengers for the
part are being detoured from this pity
over the Santa Fe. The train crew
consisted of E. R.- Lockhart engineer,
C A. Black, conductor -and Eidward
Easton, fireman. .
Equal Suffrage Mass Meetings Are
Held in Chicago.
Chicago. Jan. 18. The contemplated
lass meetings of a campaign for an
equal suffrage plank in Chicago's pro
posed new charter have begun. At the
first of these. Mayor Brand Whitlock
of Toledo, advocated placing a vigilant
representative of the league at Spring
field and saii:
"Chicago is not governed by the citi
zens of this city; it is ruled from
Springfield by a set of political repre
sentatives of corporations who know
nothing and care less about the needs
of the municipality. There are women
in this community who live by 'check
book' and who are content to barter
their rights for small garrantries such
as seats in street cars and theater tick
Depositors and Bankers United In Op
posing Stensland's Release.
Chicago, Jan. 18. The state board of
pardons will meet at Joliet tomorrow
and it is expected to pass upon the ap
plication for release from the peniten
tiary of Paul O. Stensland, former
president of the Milwaukee Avenue
State bank and convicted wrecker of
that institution.
An element of the situation which
may work against Stensland will be
the fact that thousands of former de
positors are emphatically against the
freeing of the wrecker and that the
bankers of Chicago as a rule are op
posed to release with only twenty
eight months of imprisonment.
Labette Man Chairman of Important
New House Committee.
One of the most important of the com
mittees announced in the house by
Speaker Dolley today is the new com
mittee on claims of wh!ch Sig Lehman
of Labette is the chairman. Upon this
committee will fall the task of decid
ing on the justice of all miscellaneous
claims claims where really knotty
problems must be solved. There will be
no precedent by which this committee
can be guided. The members must
weigh the evidence and decide as they
think just and right in the case. The
speaker has selected an able and ex
perienced set of committeemen to han
dle the difficult work that will be sure
to come before them before the 1909
session has adjourned sine die.
Says He Will Take Xo Part in the
Tariff Discussion.
Washington, Jan. 18. President
Roosevelt today declined an invitation
to attend the National Tariff Commis
sion convention to be held at Indian
apolis, February 16, stating that he
did not desire to interfere in a question
which should be and. would be settled
by his successor. The president
added that he had several times ex
pressed himself in favor of a general
tariff commissiotk
S, 1909.
Mr. Lambert's Timepiece Taken
From Copeland Ruins.
Case Blackened by Fire But Not
Was a Present From Wife on
Clerk Wiley Tells of Measures to
' Awaken Guests.
David Tipton, the Emporia man who
is searching the Copeland hotel ruins
today, recovered the watch which be
longed to I. E. Lambert. The watch
was found by G. W. Baskerville, a To
peka man, who also found the charred
remains of the Emporia lawyer. The
watch was found near the spot where
the body was found. It is a hunter's
Watch. Which Belonged to I. E.
case of solid gold and was bought by
Mrs. Lambert last fall at Geneva,
Switzerland, while she was abroad. It
was given to Mr. Lambert as a Christ
mas present and though it is blackened
by the fire the monogram on the out
side case and the inscription inside can
be easily read. The chain and locket
are also intact.
Clerk Wiley Explains.
W. W. Wiley, clerk on duty the night
the Copeland hotel burned, has - made
the following statement of incidents
during and immediately prior to the
fire. "I was making out bills about 3:40
in the morning and was almost in front
of the switch board when the telephone
rang. I answered it immediately and
L. R. Baker, who was assigned to room
126 said that he detected the odor of
smoke and asked if the hotel was on
"I told him that as far as I knew
that it was not but that I would in
vestigate. I called two bell boys who
were standing at the end of the coun
ter talking and one of them went to the
top floor of the building immediately,
using the elevator and the other one
went up the stairs. I went to the ele
vator shaft but could see nothing to
indicate a fire and went to the dining
room and all was dark but not the
slightest odor of smoke or indication of
"It seemed but a moment and I
heard one of the bell boys cry fire and
I called central over the telephone and
asked her to call the fire department.
I held the receiver to my ear and a
little later asked her if she had called
the department. She replied that she
had and that the department was on
it3 way and a moment later the fire
wagons commenced to arrive.
"I stepped to the elevator shaft to
see if I could locate the fire, but could
see nothing and returned to my desk
and attempted to call the - rooms by
telephone. Before I could call any
one the switchboard lighted up and all
the globes were red. I suppose that
was when the wires burned off in the
rear of the building for I could get no
one over the telephone.
"All possible haste was used by my
self and the bell boys in notifying the
guests and people were pouring out
of the hotel by the time the fire de
partment arrived which was not over
a minute or so after the alarm was
tuT-neH In Senator Stannard and Ren-
I resentative Lehman were the first to
come down stairs and at my request
they each carried out an arm load of
"Some man fainted and a woman
cried that her husband was in their
oom and then-the rush down the
i stairs began. I took the hotel regis
ter and the guest cams ana me money
out of the till and started across the
street to the Y. M. C. A. building and
even then I could see no flames and
but little smoke. I lost two coats, my
glo'es and my false teeth in the mix
up and feel that I did all that was pos
sible for the escape of the guests.
There were 82 guests registered the
night of the fire and there was ten or
fifteen employes of the hotel in the
Wilmarth Explains.
G. O. Wilmarth, the head of the To
peka . fire department, denied today
statements credited to him to the effect
that the Copeland hotel's fire escapes
were satisfactory. He made no such
statement. The following is all that
Mr. Wilmarth ever said:
. "It is a rule In the placing of fire
escapes to place them at the end of
hallways, where people can get at
them. This had been done at the Cope
land. . There were escapes in front and
at the rear. There were no halls ex
tending to the north side of the build
ing, so there were no escapes there.
It would do no good to have iron ladder
escapes in the private rooms because
few people would think of unlocking
their door to the room, and, in conse
quence, only the parties in the room
would be benefited. No hotel in the
country is required to have an iron
ladder fire escape leading from every
room, for it would be practically im
possible to enforce such a regulation."
Chief Wilmarth feels that his men
spared no efforts to save the life of I.
E. Lambert, the loss of which he says
is regretted by no one more than him
self. The fire department will main
tain an oversight of the work of clean
ing up the salvage, and have already
stretched ropes to keep the crowd back.
Chief Wilmarth thinks it' will be all
right to leave the walls standing while
the work of searching lost valuables is
being completed'. Then Chief Wilmarth
will give further orders.
Councilman Will Lead Movement to
Kevoke Gas Iraiu-liise.
General J. W. F. Hughes, councilman
from the Sixth ward, was among the
hundreds of spectators who viewed the
Lambert Taken Prom the Cotcland
bulletins In the State Journal bulletin
window last night and this morning.
"The gas company has violated the
terms of Its agreement, said the gen
eral as he talked with a State Journal
reporter, "and we will try to take a fall
out of them in the council meeting to
night. The terms of the franchise pro
vide that in case the city is entirely
without gas, that the local company
shall manufacture artificial gas and
supply the consumers with it, until the
natural supply Is again resumed. Here
we were all day Sunday without a sin
gle cubic foot of gas to supply the city,
and at the same time the company made
no efforts to manufacture any.-. There
is nothing left for us but to revoke the
And the Sixth ward alderman really
looked as though he meant it. He was
standing with his light checkered salt
waving in the wind and his familiar
white vest exposed to the elements. He
wore neither overcoat nor gloves.
Messina, Jan. 18. Slight earthquake
shocks continue to be experienced at
brief intervals, showing that the earth
has not quite settled. The quakes are
not being registered by the observa
tories in the Immediate vicinity which
is evidence that the movement Is local
General Mazza has given instruc
tions that all papers, documents or
other property found in the ruins of
the American consulate be turned over
to Stuart K. Lupton, the new consul
of the United States.
Will Not Become Attorney for Dis
cliarged Brownsville Soldiers. ,
Washington, Jan. 18. Senator J. B.
Foraker, in a signed statement today,
set at rest the story that after his re
tirement from the senate, March 4, he
would become the counsel for the dis
charged negro soldiers of the Twenty
fifth infantry. The story, he says', is not
true and he adds that he could not ac
cept such employment should it be ten
dered. Both Senator Foraker and Bish
op Johnson deny all knowledge of any
fund being raised for the purpose of de
fending the Brownsville soldiers.
Pneumonia Causes Death of 150 in One
Week in Chicago. -
Chicago, Jan. 18. One hundred and
fifty persons died of pneumonia in Chi
cago last week the largest number
recorded for a similar period since
May of last year. Impure air, the
health department declares, in its
weekly bulletin, is responsible for this
Weather Indications.
Chicago. . Jan. 18. Forecast for
Kansas: Fair tonight -and Tuesday.
Warmer tonight and colder Tuesday.
Willett of New York . Attack!
Koosevelt in a Speech.
Full of Vituperation and Seven
And a Tyrant But Always to Ea
Laughed At.
A Solecism, a Mixed Metaphor
Yivants an Impossibility.
He Is Voted Into Silence by 12G
to 78
But Not Until He Had About
Ended His Speech.
Washington, Jan. 18. Character.
izing President Roosevelt as a gar
goyle and aa the pigmy descendant ot
IJutch trades people, and charging
him with having "esta"jllshed a court
in the White House which would have
delighted the heart of Alexander
Hamilton," Mr. Willett of New York,
in the house of representatives today
made one of the most bitter attacks
on the chief executive ever heard lr
that body. Mr. Willett took for hi
theme "the passing of Roosevelt," and
In a speech of great length, dealt with!
numerous of the president's acts sinca
he came into office and scathingly de
nounced them.
After declaring that in the face o(
all sorts of conditions Americans wera
possessed of a universal sense of hum
or, Mr. Willett said that to such a
people "It must be confessed, a chief
magistrate who has himself no senra
of humor, moving like a horse tedder
ed over the hay field of American ac
tivities; stirring up every drying blade
of once green grass, to let it fall dry
er than before; quarreling ono day
with the practical politicians, then
with the part-your-hair-ln-the-middle
reformers, then with the socialists,
then with the great industrial corpor
ations; wrestling in agony of ppirit
with Noah Webster and our glorious
English tongue; taking a fall out of
nature fakers; exhorting our women
to avoid race suicide, .can not be an
unmixed nuisance.
. "He plays the tyrant, to be sure, but
he is a tyrant who fears the carnival
tickler. : He sees things that have a
bad smell, but the fresh breeze of
capitol hill does not let the odor lin
ger. "He tries our patience, but he Is al
ways good-to-laugh-at. Thank Heaven
for the things that make us laugh.
Without them we might easily become
raw, untamed Anglo-Saxons, mak
ing much of Magna Charta, bellowing
about an effete bill of rights or even
ready to fight for freedom of thought,
freedom of speech, and freedom of the
press, as did our uncivilized ancestors
at Lexington and Bunker Hill."
Mr. Willett gave a brief biography o
Mr. Roosevelt beginning with his ex
periences as a cowboy, down to thai
present time, and accused him, in his
early manhood, of having had pre
posterous notions, of having "knifed'
Secretary Long, of being "a warrior
alone in Cuba," of having won the gov
ernorship of New York by a. mr
fluke, "when the false halo of San Juan
hill was above his head; the beneficiary
of assassins, and last and crownin
piece of luck, the nominee for president
when all the aggressive elements ofi
passion wanted to see their own candi
date defeated. The mammoth Jocular
Ity has got to laugh with every appear
ance; the gargoyle has been funny
from the hour it left its natlv
Continuing Mr. Willett said:
"And Mr. Chairman, should the gen
tlemen who view this curious figure
with feigned admiration ask me ho-w
any son of Adam can be at the earn
time a hay tedder, a jocularity and a.
gargoyle, I can only answer that this
particular hero Is an eccentric excep
tion to all rules, a solecism sui-generis.
a mixed-metaphor-vivant, an impossi
bility; a comet that roves at will re
gardless of the limitations of order and
law that arply to earth and moon, to
stars and planets."
"He boasts of Irish blood, but rr
historic Irishman would have treated
an ally as he treated Mr. Harriman.
"He exults in a strain of the old!
Huguenot but the French gentleman
does not fly into a passion and lash
the horse of a timid young girl whose
only offense is inadvertently passing
the royal party in a public highway.
Even Louis XIV was not that sort of
a tyrant, and Henry IV. Henry ot
Navarre, the great Huguenot king,
wore the white plums of noblesse
oblige.. . , x
"He tells us that southern aristo
crats were among his polyglot an
cestors; but I can inform him that if
the wife of a Robert Toombs or of a
Jefferson Davis had been treated by
him as Mrs. Minor Morris was, he
would have been called out or
branded as a coward if he had boen
a thousand times a president.
"He is proud to insist that the
family whose name he bears comes
from Holland : but his rady surrender
to the politicians of his own party
makes it clear enough that fat
burghers who put up their shutttrs
at the first beat of the war drum
must have been his progenitors. He
beats the Dutch, however, as even
his severest critics must confess.
"Are you shocked that a chief
magistrate should justify such
characterization? I am shocked, too.
1)0 you say that the place he holds
should make us all dumb before him .
Hear what this foundation of bil
lingsgate has said of his predecessors
in that high office, and own that no
man's tongue should be stilled by such
a consideration?
"Of course," said Mr. Willett. "those
condemnations roar us gently as any
cooing dove when compared with his
denunciation of John Paul Jones as a
'pirate,' of Napoleon the Groat n.i
'utterly unscrupulous.' of Now Eng-
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