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IMPORTER OFFERS TO
SETTLE FOR 1100,000
Secreta r y of Treasury Here to
Confer Over Extraordinary
Proposition.
MACVEAGH'S OTHER MISSION
Big Shake-Up Expected to Fol
low Report of Committee In
vestigating Appraiser's
Department.
Franklin MaeVeagh. Secretary- of the
Treasury, came to this city last night
Bar a conference this morning regarding
a matter that is looked upon by the cus
toms authorities here as epochal in its
inre. As the direct result of the
Panama hat undervaluation case, fol-
I as it did the sugar fraud pro3e
- and the other underweigh,ing
Mtipatinn, an importer, well known as
f the leading tariff payers in this
■eft, ha? offered to settle for undervalu
not known by Collector Loeb or
em, not known to the legal depart
tf the government and not likely
• 1 have been called to their atten
-
• federal authorities at the Federal
•.g and at the Custom House were
r> carding the amount of the
.-ntlement. It was said that
rter had offered his books for
-;■>• ction of Collector Locb's men
1 Bier of the sum as a total dis
the case. It was hinted that
t would be near $I<m.<»oo
MacVeagii, when he heard of
• . ■ '•tt-r's proposition, was amazc-d.
he had other important matters
- in this city he came on to sit
• r.ference at which the settle
m eonae up.
Wants His Name Withhold.
H e:at<*s Attorney TVlse said yes
■ V.at there was an Important case
SißQamnt of, but refused to go into
It was said that one of the
uiations of the importer -was that his
• should be withheld. This will be
• was reported, whether an agree
vas reached or not. If no agree
- reached the government will not
te. It "was eaid, ac It has given
the man practical Immunity by permit
•n t" submit the evidence against
■"
c was a settlement at the Custom
Hoaaw yesterday of a claim for $12,000
!r an undervaluation case, conditionally,
aleo. it was said, that the matter be
WUUBtJL The papers in all cases will
rave to be filed, but can be kept from
j übttdty.
Secret&ry MacVeagh has another mis
sion, and one that, in importance, will
be second only to the shake-up that fol-
wed Collector Loeb's assumption of
office, a little over a year age. The com
mittee that is 11 investigating the Ap
praiser's department is about ready to
report, and the Secretary will hear an
outline of the findings. It was said last
evening that there would he several re
movals and a general overhauling of all
the branches of the service-
Appraiser Not to Resign.
Thpre was a report that there would
be changes.that would affect Appraiser
TVanmak-er's personal staff, and that the
Appraiser might resign, but Mr. War
riaker denied the latter report. He has
I.F-*>n aiding the commission in its work,
and has expected good results in the re
organisation of the methods of doing
Lusinoss in his department.
A customs official said last night, re
ferring to the offer of settlement for
, ndervaluations \received from the im
porter voluntarily:
"That is the first time in the history
of the port, I believe, that there has
been any confession of wrongdoing
Trfcere the officials of the department
«*«• not warm on the trail. This per
*cn had nothing to fear, so far as he
knew. But the moral effect of the de
termination of the Treasury Department
tn have an honest administration of the
custroS at this port and the evidence
that there would be no discrimination
have shaken up the whole business of
the port as nothing: else could have done.
"The importers who have done wrong
may be expected to follow the example
of the man who has made the offer of
fttlement. It will, of course, depend
largely upon how he is treated whether
others* will follow his example. It will
save the government many thousands of
dollars if others do likewise, for the de
termination to clean house here was in
earnest and the Panama hat case was
but the • ginning of a big and general
crusade.*?
Secretary MarVeagh will witness the
Tale- Harvard boat rcce at New London
to-morrow. He expects to return to
"Washington on Friday.
FARMERS BULL WHEAT
Take Northwestern Situation in
Their Own Hands.
I By Telegraph to Th» Tribune.)
Ft. Paul, June 28.— Northwestern
farmers are running the biggest bull
market in wheat that Minneapolis has
«**:> in ten years. Every train is bring
ing delegations from the country who
seek brokers in the Chamber of Com
im-rc-e, ;xnd trade in big lots.
In UK* I when there was a drouth in
the Northwest and professionals hesi
tated, the farmers descended upon Min
neapolis in hordes and brought on a
great bull market. Wheat sold in the
sixties U^n. In June, when rain did not
come the price rose to 92% cents.
The fanners now threaten to boost the
snufcet stronger than In W'- The
wheat pit was in an uproar when the
Minneapolis market opened to-day.
September wheat fold at $1 Q~hk. against
Saturdays olose of fl<K3%. Minneapolis
Jttfy Wheat advanced at in- opening t«»
f 1 V2hi. The fanners are largely from
North Dakota, and several are rated as
millionaires. Telephone and telegraph
orders are received from many who have
Hot touched the market since the M **s
rust year of 1904 and the drouth of
I
• So easy lib delightful. £l* n Maw « I*
« jegjasees with. 'UiisiV guards. 21 ilaideni^.
— Aavt
To-day and to-morrow,
fair and -warmer; wet* winds.
A GLIDDEN TOUR HEROINE
Missouri Girl Flagged Car with
Her Red Dress.
fHy Telegraph to The Tribune]
">maha, June 27— Miss Blanche
Younger, of Burlington Junction, Mo.,
proved to be a heroine this evening when
she prevented an accident that might
have endangered the lives of the four
passengers who were riding in the Amer
ican Automobile Association official Reo
car in the Glldden tour.
Noticing that a culvert had been struck
and displaced by a speeding Gliddenite,
and believing more tourists would soon
follow, she attached a part of her new
red dress to a stick and with it nagged
the flying Reo car, which stopped three
feet from the broken culvert.
The passengers were L. Ferguson, tour
secretary, and his assistant, J. A. Hem
street, of Brooklyn; C. TV. McDowell,
driver, and J. W. Cogarn, of Mount Ver
non, N. Y.
NEGRO SHOOTSJNTO CROWD
Ex-Judge Parker Sees Assailant
Overpowered in Street.
Plate J. Jerry, a negro, and his wife
boarded a northbound Madison avenue
trolley car last night, and the man of
fered the conductor, Joseph Eichele, two
transfers that were mutilated. Eichele
objected to the condition of the trans
fers and he and Jerry got into a dis
pute. For some distance Jerry directed
a f usilade of abuse at Eichele.
At 56th street, after helping his wife
alight, the negro struck Eichele a blow
in the face. The conductor jumped off
the car and ran after the negro, accom
panied by several of the passengers. As
the crowd was closing in on him. Jerry
fired a revolver. At this juncture ex-
Judge Alton B. Parker stepped off a
car and watched the excitement.
Jerry replaced^ the revolver in his
pocket and Eichele and the crowd over
powered him. It would have gone hard
with the negro had not Patrolman Nilon
taken charge of him. Jerry was locked
up at the East 51st street police station
on charges of felonious assault and car
rying concealed weapons.
SENATOR BORAH'S JOKE
Treasury Doorkeeper Wouldn't
Let a "Progressive" In.
fFrom The Tribune Bureau. l
Washington, June 28. — Senator Borah
has added a new word to the vocabulary
of a doorkeeper in the Treasury Depart
ment. The Idaho Senator is well known
at the Capitol, for he Is a frequent and
able contributor to the debates. He is
not so well known In the departments.
He had some business at the Treasury
to-day, but was so busily engaged in
making preparations to leave Washing
ton for the Weßt that he did not reach
the department until a few minutes after
4:30 o'clock, the closing hour. As he
stepped briskly through the door he was
accosted by a venerable doorkeeper, who
announced that the department was
closed to visitors. Mr. Borah' did not
stop, and again the doorkeeper made his
announcement. When Mr. Borah smileci
the doorkeeper said:
"This building closes at 4:30 o'clock,
and nobody is permitted to enter after
that hour except members of Congress.
Are you a member of the House?"
"No," replied the Idaho Senator; "T'm
a progressive."
"You cannot get in," said the door
keeper.
It took Mr. Borah ten minutes to ex
plain what he meant when he used th^
word "progressive." Finally it dawned
on the aged guardian of the door that
he was talking to a United States Sena
tor, and Mr. Borah was promptly ad
mitted.
IMPROMPTU CHARIOT RACE
Sixth Avenue Enlivened by Run
away Chased by Cabbies.
Sixth avenue between 42d and 33d
streets was the scene last night of a
rare exhibition of horse racing. It be
gan when a horse attached to a hansom
took fright at exploding torpedoes
thrown by mischievous buys, and ran
away down the avenue. _
At least a score of "cabbies" went
after him in close pursuit, and for a
considerable distance it looked as if a
chariot race was in progress. Not a few
persons narrowly escaped being run
down.
Patrolman Benjamin Merritt. of Traf
fic Squad C. was at 34th street when he
saw the runaway coming along at full
speed. A few feet ahead was a woman,
who was guiding two children across the
Ftreet. The horse was almost upon them
when, snatching • red lamp from a car
starter's hands, the patrolman flashed it
at him. and thus r*u*de him change his
course, and the mother and her two chil
dren were not injured.
At 33d street the horse ran into a
wagon filled with iron rails for the Mc-
Adoo tunnel work, and it was fully
twenty-five minutes before it was dieen
tangk-d.
The animal and vehicle were taken to
the West 3<>th street station, but up to
a late hour last night had not been
claimed.
N. Y. HOTEL MAN HELD
Massachusetts Police Charge
Him with Burning His House.
[By T'lesn-aph to The Tribune.]
Worcester. Mass.. June ■.-Charge* with
burning his farmhouse in Rutland with
intent to defraud. William D. Rockefeller,
thirty-seven years old. who says he. fa the
assistant manager of the Hotel Martinique
of New York, was arrested in this city
by th* state police to-day.
During the first part of last November
Rockefeller bought a tract of land with
several buildings on it near Rutland for a
'summer resident, and on December 7 the
buildings, with two horses and several co s
were burned to the ground. Following We
tiro Rockefeller put in a claim to an m
surance company for $20,000. the amount
the buildings were insured for. but on ac
count of mystery surrounding the fire,
which the state police had. been working
on from the night of its occurrence, the
. or,v ha-- not yet made a settlement.
The iafe Police 5 to-day said they had
,nou-h evidence in their possession to
rr~ nt the arrest of Rockefeller, and on
. rrival in Worcester tins afternoon
hIS uT taken to the local Police H«ad
hC * Js w"here ha was released in *«
ball until July 6.
NEW- YORK, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 191 0. -VOV HTEEN PAGES.
ZEPPELIN'S GREAT
AIRSHIP WRECKED
I The Deutschland, Conquered by
Storm. Lands on Top of
Pine Forest.
HELPLESS IN HEAVY GALE
Motors Fail to Work — Twenty-
Newspaper Men and the Ten
Members of Crew
Escape Unhurt.
Dlisseldorf, Germany, June 28.— Count
Zeppelin's passenger airship Deutach
land, the highest developed of all the fa
mous aeronaut's models, lies to-night on
top of the Teutoburgian forest pierced
with pine tree stems, a mass of deflated
silk and twisted aluminum. The thirty
three persons on board, after a wild con
test with a storm, escaped uninjured,
climbing down a rope ladder from the
wreck.
Herr Colesmann, general manager of
the new airship company; Herr Duerr,
chief engineer of the Zeppelin company,
and Captain Kannenberg, who personal
ly had charge of the crew of ten, and
twenty newspaper men sailed from Diis
seldorf at 8:30 o'clock this morning for
a three hours' excursion. The objective
point was Dortmund, about thirty-five
miles from Dtisseldorf, but a strong head
wind prevailed, and an effort was made
to reach MUnster, a garrison town, so
that a landing might be made on the pa
rade ground by the aid of the soldiers.
It was realized that it would require a
large number of them to hold the vast
contrivance of silk and metal against
the wind.
It was dangerous to attempt a land
ing in an open field, because of the
storm, as the metal was likely to pound
to pieces. In the high wind one of the
motors refused to work, and the other
two were not powerful enough to make
any progress against the gale. The air
ship drifted, swaying in the violent gusts
and sometimes leaning to an angle of 40
degrees. All the while the engine men
were at work repairing the disabled
motor. When this was done all four
screws were driven at their full power,
under which in normal conditions the
airship was capable of attaining a speed
of forty miles an hour. The helmsman,
however, w-as unable to keep his course,
and the great craft was swung about at
the mercy of the winds.
Fear of Overturning Balloon.
Colesmann did not dare to turn the j
ship around for fear of overturning, and
he decided to drift in the gale, which
was now blowing at the rate of fifty j
miles an hour toward Osnabruck, which 1
is also a garrison station. If he missed
that he would continue on to Senne.
Suddenly he perceived a whirlwind
coming and ascended to a height of
nearly four thousand feet to avoid the j
worst of it. With the whirlwind came j
an avalanche of rain. After half an I
hour the Deutschland came down to
permit of observations, and it was seen
that the Teutoburgian forest lay be- !
low. The forward motor again stopped, i
and Colesmann sent five of the corre- }
spondents to the aft gondola to ballast j
the vessel.
The Deutschland sank rapidly, having
lost much gas in the high altitudes, and
dragged along the top of the dense
forest. A heavy branch of a tree broke
through the floor of the cabin amidships,
throwing two of the guests to the floor.
Other branches ripped through the gas
compartments, and the whole great
structure settled down thirty <>r forty
feet from the ground.
The Deutschland after starting Bailed
over the towns of Elberfeld and Soling
en, fifteen miles from Diisseldorf, and
then was driven by the wind over Kal
tenvenne. This place is seventy miles
north of Diisseldorf. When over the city
the pilot attempted to bring his craft
about, and after some manoeuvring
headed her for Miinster.
"It isn't the fault of the Zeppelin sys
tem." exclaimed Herr Colesmann; "that
is all right. It is our own fault, and our
benzine ran out."
The Airship Badly Damaged.
The airship, for w:hich Herr Coles
mann's company had just paid $137.."i(">,
looked like a wreck. The frames were
broken, but the motors were not dam
aged. The silk was ripped and had
fallen in a torn mass on the tops of the
trees.
A rope ladder was swung down, and
every one was mustered below uninjured,
except for a bruise or two. The peasants
identified the spot as near Wellendorf,
east of Osnabruck.
Many persons of the countryside must
have seen the descent, and reports of
disaster, explosion and death were wide
ly spread. A party of officers and sur
geons came by automobile from Iburg.
The district governor and his wife, with
first aid to the injured, arrived at the
scene within half an hour by special
train. A company of infantry was sent
from Osnabruck and picketed the
wreckage.
The accident occurred at 5.30 in the
evening. The early part of the flight
was delightful, much like automobiling,
without the jarring. The airship main
tained an altitude of about five hundred
feet, and during the first hour or two
the passengers felt almust contempt for
the trains rumbling below and spoke of
automobiles as out of date. This was
when the airship was sweeping gently
across the country, but during the height
of the storm the consciences of those
on board were not so eas-v.
TEXAS TELEPHONE REGULATION
Company Must Obey Drastic Ordinance
Passed by Dallas.
\r.y I>!e-Krai))i to Th.- Tribunal
Dallas, Tex.. June 28.— State Court
of Civil Appeals to-day upheld the city of
Dallas in a case appealed by the South
western Telephone Company, attacking tlrfe
constitutionality of the initiative and ref
erendum ordinance, passed at the city elec
tion last April. kill':-
The ordinance fixes the rates of charges,
prohibits the telephone company from col
lecting in advance for rentals, and gives
subscribers 10 per cent- discount 00 hills if
paid by the M" day of the month follow-
A ZEPPELIX AIRSHIP FLYING OVER THE TOWN AND LAKE OF ZUBICH.
THE ZEPPELIN AIRSHIP NFO. 3 AFTER BEING DISABLED BY
STRIKING A TRJEE WITH ITS BOW.
lr yesterday's accident the big airship came down on tree tops and was badly torn.
TERRELL TRIES SUICIDE
Former Minister to Belgium
Shoots Himself in Texas Home.
[By T.legTaph to The Tribune. 1
San Antonio, Tex.. June 28. — Edwin H.
Terrell, former United States Minister
t'> Belgium, is dying at his home here
from the effects of a self-inflicted bullet
wound, it is learned to-night. Mr. Ter
rell has beeVi ill for several months. He
is a graduate of Harvard and one of the
wealthiest men in the Southwest.
Mr. Terrell fired a bullet Into his fore
head on Sunday night. It ranged up
ward, splitting the brain. Tluit he has
survived so long is considered remark
able. His act is attributed to melan
cholia.
Mr. Terrell is a Republican leader. In
1899 he was appointed United States
Minister to Belgium, and served at that
court four years. He was one of the few
Americans who enjoyed the confidence
of King Leopold, and was in constant
correspondence with him until the time
of the King's death. He was decorated
by that sovereign as a grand officer of
t!ie Order of Leopold.
RELEASES ITALIAN PRIEST
City Attorney Proves Reality of
Imprisoned Franciscan's Claim.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune.]
New Haven. June 28.— Alter keeping
Father Salvatore Laeorti in jail for five
days, believing him to be a fake Italian
priest, the local officials to-day let him
go, after learning that ho was a bona
fide representative of the order of St.
Francis, in Italy.
Father Laeorti was soliciting funds
for the order here, and among other
places, visited several saloons. The
priest wore his robes at the time of his
arrest, and through an interpreter re
peatedly told the police he was every
thing lie pretended to be. They refused
to believe him. and as he was unable to
furnish bonds he went to jail for five
days.
Assistant City Attorney Rocco Seradi
became interested, and found that the
priest had papers proving that he repre
sented the order. Then his case was
nulled.
SUDDEN DEATH JAMS STREET
Wailing of Wife and Sons of Heat Vic
tim on East Side Draws Big Crowd.
The sudden death of Baruch Llshin in
his fruit and vegetable store at No. 367 East
4?th street, followed by hysteria on the
part of his wife and hfs two sons, resulted
in the calling out of the reserves from the
East Hat street station last evening:.
I^lshln was waiting on customers when he
pitched forward to the floor. An ambu
lance surgeon from Flower Hospital diag
nosed, the case as on; of heat ration,
and immediately after his departure Mrs.
Lishin collapsed, and »he two sons, nineteen
and twenty-one years old. respectively,
thereupon lost control of - themselves and
also became hysterical.
Patrolman John Fraser labored in vain
with the crowd that was attracted by the
wailing and had to send for the reserves
of the East 51st street station to clear the
street.
MRS. TOM PIERCE ARRESTED
Taken to Bellevue on Complaint
of Park Casino Management.
Mrs. Alice Crowninshiel<l Rogers
Pierce, the divorced wife of Thomas W.
Pierce, jf Boston, and a well known
member of the Meadow Brook Hunt
Club, is a patient in Bellevue Hospital,
where she was taken late yesterday
afternoon from the Arsenal police sta
tion.
Mrs. Pierce arrived about .°> o'clock
yesterday afternoon in an automobile at
the Casino. There she met two women,
one of them a well known actress. They
invited her to join them, and they sat at
one table, aii'l ate. drank and chatted
sociably until the afternoon was almost
spent. When the other women arose to
go Mrs. Picne sprang to her feet and
began pulling the tablecloth off the
table. The actress tried to persuade her
to leave the Casino, but the woman re
fused.
Mrs. Pierce then " went outside and
tegan to crank up her car, but she could
not manage it. The chauffeurs, standing
outside, looked on a while, laughing,
and then began to offer suggestions, to
whirh she retorted in vigorous terms,
according t'< the police. The situation
gTew so embarrassing that the Casino
management insisted that the women be
taken away. Policeman Higgins and
three other policemen managed to get
her into her car. One of th<=> chauffeurs
ran the machine to the station house.
When she was arraigned before Lieu
tenant Mason and charged with intoxi
cation and disorderly conduct, she said
her name was "Alice Pearce," and that
she lived at Pelham Manor. Lieutenant
Mason telephoned to the Presbyterian
Hospital for an ambulance, and Dr. Bell,
who responded, decided that she was suf
fering from alcoholic hysteria. He took
her to Belle'-ue Hospital, where he filled
out an information blank as follows:
"Alice Pearce. aged eighteen, married
and divorced; father's name, Arthur S.
Rogers; home, Pelham Manor. Best
friend. William L. Payne, Majestic Hotel,
72d street and Central Park West;
diagnosis, alcoholic hysteria."
The William L. Payne mentioned is the
husband of Mrs. Leslie Carter. Mr.
Payne went to Bellevue last night and
offered bail for the woman, but it could
not be accepted. Mrs. Carter Payne, at
her apartments at the Majestic, said last
night that she had n<>t seen Mrs. Pearce
in a year, and that the reason the latter
gave her husband's name as "her best
friend" was because most of her friends
were out of town.
ANOTHER BOMB IN BARCELONA
A Citizen Killed and Four Policemen
Seriously Injured.
Harcelona. Juno 28 — The police found a
bomb in the streets to-day, and while they
were comreytaf it to the Hty laboratory In
a patrol wagon It exploded, killing a
passerby and seriously Injurtag four potteo
men.
j Hudson River Day Line Special Pough
1 keepsie Service, one hour later than thru
j boats. Music and Perfect Service, Set- advtd.
r Jurrt
• IMUCi: ONK CENT
MATTRESS IN BROOM
1 $38,000 IN CASH
Brought from Egypt, Govern
ment Says, by Bank Embezzler,
Who Has Disappeared.
FAIR COMPANION IS HELD
Tells Immigration Authorities
How to Recover Money, but
Refuses to Disclose Her
Lover's Whereabouts.
Money to the value of about 5."5,000,
believed to have been stolen from a bank
at Cairo. Egypt, has been extracted from
a mattress in a Brooklyn boardin?
house. It is now in the hands of the
immigration authorities, and so is an
attractive young woman who has beea
resting- on the mattress since June IC>.
She is a Rumanian Jewess, who says
her name is Marcelle Webber. She is
twenty-eight years old, wears fashion
aMr gowns and came here as the wife of
Paul Webber, who is charged with the
theft of $60,000 from a German bank in
Cairo. He was employed there a3 3
clerk in the foreign department.
The Webbers arrived as first class
passenger? on the steamship Graf Wal
•lersee. of the Hamburg- American Line.
Paul Is still at large. The woman Is a
prisoner at Ellis Island, having been ar
rested on a warrant issued at the direc
tion of the Department of Commerce
and Labor. The charge against her is
that of being an accomplice in the em
bezzlement.
Dodged Detectives in Landing.
The Webbers experienced no difficulty
in landing on Juno 16. although the irP
migration authorities were requested by
the German Consul to scrutinize incom
ing steamships for the alleged embez
zler. The German government's ad
vices disclosed that the thief was ac
companied by a woman.
Escaping detection at the pier, the
travellers, rarrying German currency to
the amount of 100.000 marks, sought se
curity and calm in a boarding house in
Brooklyn. The money was placed in the
mattress, and plans were discussed con
cerning the best way to spend a long
vacation that should run on into the
winter. Neither worried about the price
of coal.
Webber was out spending some of th*
money when the woman was arrested at
the boarding house. It was learned he
had been there only a few hours before.
This was on Monday. The woman was
taken to Ellis Island, and through a
greater part of Monday night, under a
severe examination, stanchly refused ro
reveal the whereabouts of her compan
ion.
Woman Breaks Dov.n.
At first she denied having an unusual
sum in her possession, but later, the
pressure telling on her. she broke down
and agreed to turn over nearly $4'U*K>.
which she said was concealed in Brook
lyn.
She was taken from Ellis Island early
Tuesday morning. The greatest secrecy
had been maintained regarding the cause
of her detention. Even the guards on
the immigration boat could not under
stand why a person, ordered detained,
was permitted to pass back and forth
on the ferry. When she returned to the
island on Tuesday afternoon the immi
gration officer who had her in dMfffji
carried in his pocket a huge roll of bills
that the mattress had uncovered.
Commissioner Williams rame over
from the island a little later with this
money, hurrying through the Barge Of
fice on the way to a safety deposit l'«>x.
The Commissioner expressed surprise
that his mission was known, ami de
clined to discuss the case. The authori
ties are now bending their eCorts tow
ard the capture of Webber. Meanwhile
the woman will be held awaiting further
orders from Washington.
Edcjewood Inn, Greenwich, Conn. — 2S miles
from N. V.. Just off Post Road, tiaraK golf,
tennis, music. Ideal resort for holiday outing.
— Advt
In City of New York. .Irr^r t itv and Hrthokea,
EI>EV.HKKF TWO CENTS.
TWO MIDSHIPMEN M
YOUNG WIDOW DROWN
Went for a Sailing and Bathing
Party from Academy at
Annapolis.
THEIR EMPTY BOAT FOUND
Middies Thought to Have Given
Lives in Effort to Save Su
perintendent Bowyer'3
Daughter -in -Law.
[By Telegraph to Th» Tribune.]
Annapolis, June 28. — The Naval Acad
emy is shrouded in gloom to-night over
the disappearance and probable drown
ing' to-day of first class Midshipmen
Sherman M. Xason, of Newport, R. 1.,
and Grisby E. Thomas, of Union Bridge,
Ga.. and Mrs. Marie Bowyer, daughter
in-law or Captain John M. Bowyer,
superintendent of the academy.
They started out sailing in a skiff, or
•'half rater." this morning. According
to the statement of Lieutenant Com
mander Mirtzbaugh. aid to the super
intendent, they were in bathing costume,
Mrs. Bowyer wearing a long cloak over
her costume. The party Intended to re
turn early this afternoon. At 2:30
o'clock the boat was discovered by the
lookout aboard the station ship Hart
ford. It was unoccupied, and apparently
drifted on to Horn Point, which juts out
into Annapolis Harbor, half a mile from
the academy.
A launch was sent out, and an investi
gation revealed that the craft was
anchored, as If the occupants had been
bathing. In it were portions of the
clothing of the party, while near by on
■ the surface drifted a midshipman's
jacket.
A search was organized at once by
numerous steam launches, directed by
Lieutenant Scales, officer in charge of
ships, from their torpedo boat Bagley.
At the same time a land party, consist
ing of several companies of marines,
was sent across country to scour the
shores of the harbor. Both parties
failed to find any sign of the missing:
trio.
It Is supposed that the party went
ashore in shallow water to go bathin?
that Mrs. Bowyer got beyond her depth
or into a hole and that the midshipmen,
lost their lives trying to save her.
Miss Ruth Bowyer, daughter of the
superintendent, was invited to be one
of the party, but for some reason did
not. go. Midshipman Bushrod Howard,
son of Captain B. Howard, U. S. N.. la
the roommate of N'ason. and has been
sailing with him nearly every afternoon
since the summer term at the academy
began. He did not 50 with the party
this afternoon. ._„,_-...■
Mr--. Bowyer was extremely popular
at the academy, as were both the mid
shipmen. She was the «MM of Joseph,
Bowyer, a, son of the superintendent,
and had made her home with Captain
and Mrs. Bowyer since her husband's
death two years ago. Prior to her mar
riage she was Miss Marie Dean, of
Pittsburer. She was twenty-eight years
old.
Xason was a star athlete and an ex
pert swimmer. This latter adds mys
tery to the affair and strengthens the
theory that Mrs. Bowyer got into too
deep water and that the midshipmen
were drowned in their efforts to save
her. Nason was a promising football
player when he fir3t came to the acad
emy and was considered the best quar
terback ever trained by local coaches
until a bad injury to his knee put him
out of the game for good.
Both Xason and Thomas, who wer*
each twenty years old. were members of
the Academy rifle team, which will com
pete in the national matches at Camp
Perry. Ohio, in August. With the rest
of the squad they remained behind for
the spring practice at the Academy
range when the midshipmen went on
the annual cruise in early June. The*
rifle team was scheduled to leave the
Academy to-morrow morning: for th©
regular navy practice range at Wake
field, Mass., where several weeks of final
practice were to have been put in.
Captain Bowyer, after the search hail
been abandoned for the night and when
every possible effort had been made to
find some trace of the missing trio, in
formed the Navy Department and th©
relatives of Mrs. Bowyer and the two
midshipmen of the affair. After setting:
forth the circumstances, he said that
they were probably drowned. The searcJi
for the bodies will be resumed at t>
o'clock to-morrow morning.
DIDN'T WANT TO QUIT
Arm Broken in Slide. Youngster
Tried to Finish Game.
It was all that a policeman and an
ambulance surgeon could do to get little
eleven-year-old John Slcha to abandon
the ball game which his team was play
ing yesterday, although his left arm had
been broken in two places.
It was in the ninth inning, with the
score tied. John, captain of his nine,
was on third base, which was covered
by a rock, when he saw a chance to
steal home, also represented by a rock,
on the big field from I.VJiI to l.V.th street,
at Wales avenue. As he slid he struck:
another rock full force, and his faca
was white with pain when he picked
himself up.
DRYDOCK DEWEY FLOATED
Officers Elated Over an Appar
ently Hopeless Task.
Manila. June 20.— The drydock Dew#)
was refloated this morning, apparently
undamaged by its long submersion. The
attempt to refloat the dock yesterday
failed, and it seemed Impossible to ac
complish the task with the apparatus at
hand. The pumps, however, were kept
going and large gains were made In the
flooded chambers, and the dock* rose
gradually during the night, finally float
ing clear.
The officers in charge of the work are
greatly eluted nt their success. A board
, is now engaged in ■ careful inspection
jof the dock to determine th« cause of
[its sinking

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