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POBL OF MATCH MAKERS UNDER FEDERAL SCRUTINY Government Has Been Looking Up Standard Wood Company and Its Doings. SMALL MEN TELL OF RUIN Their Complaints Led to Long Investigation. Beginning in Maine and Growing After It Came Here. An investigation under the Sherman act Of a combination of corporations. among: them the Diamond Match Com pany and the Standard Wood Company, handling* bundle wood, has nearly been completed by the Department of Justice. It resulted, it was said yester day, in the discovery of a pool in char acter similar to the cardboard trust «CTeenT»m. and of a hard and fast inter relationship into which no outside con cern could break. Any concern that ventured into competition was smashed. it was said, yesterday. George T. TVhyte. secretary of the Ftandard Wood Company, was before the federal grand jury yesterday. He vili 1-* the only officer or director of the twenty or thirty firms and corporations directly Interests in the so-caned pool to be called as a witness. He was be fore the. investigating body for nearly two hours, and when seen later said that he and his associate? were ready to rive the government any and all in formation It llilaftt wish to have. The government already has all the evidence In the case. The. bundle wood pool covered the ?Ce.w England States. New York. New jersey and Pennsylvania. According: to the complaints received from twenty competitors, who are no longer in bu^l- T^s. the methods used to eliminate op position were simple, but as effective as any ever invented in the anti-competi tive field. The government counsel v-ould not disclose these method? yester day, bat a recital of their effectiveness will be made when the papers are drawn. Directors Not Interchangeable. The Standard Wood Company is capi talized at $I^oo.ooo. and the Diamond Match Company at 516.000.000- Their directors arp not the same, nor are there any men on the match company's board t>ho are on the wood company's direc torate. Nor. so far as oanld be learned, m , th« men interested In either of the bis- companies directly investors in all of the concerns that axe allag^d to be !■ the pool. But there were agreements, compacts, understandings, no two alike. It was said, but all of such a binding •character that there was no. getting away from them. The central concern *' a? the Standard Wood Company. It was the operating Felling agency, purchasing agency, de livering medium, and so on. swinging the whole big business without a single hitch, bo far a? the companies In the ?.«reement > re concerned. The Standard company's officers sro Joseph W. Blais dell. president: George T. Whyte. secre tary: Joseph TV.. Frank L... Walter F. end Philo C Blaisdell. Aaron W. Kellogg: and Andrew H. and George T. Whyte. directors. The B;aisdeil family does own other companies in the agreement, nota bly the Blaisdell Machinery Company. of Bradford. Perm. The Diamond Match Company handles a (too.i deal of bundle wood, and much of it has gone to the Standard company. Then th^re are the Keystone Company, the Boston Bundle Wood Company, Bruns & Johnson and the Green Manu facturing Company. A long: list of minor concerns follows, all revolving eround the Standard Wood Company. When the latter company was organ teed about t«n years ago to handle all the products of the companies bound in ilie pool its capital was made $1,500. 000, but since that time, it was said yesterday, the concern had purchased back Che stock issue to within $200,000 Of th* total, and it has paid a dividend of 7 per cent right along. Complaints Lead to Actions. It was not th* magnitude of the busi ness nor the extensiveness of its opera tions that led to ■"■*■< action, but the complaints that were received con ■ lined evidence at such a character that ■■ was felt that Investigation was neces nary. and. if th» complaints were borne out. prosecution inevitable. The investigation was begun in Maine nearly a rear ago. Only three companies could be connected as in a ]>00l by the counsel for the government there, it was said, and the case was sent to this city. The cardboard trust was bring attacked when the papers were re ceived, and the similarity between the two ventures was marked .'it the time. Her** m the inquiry proceeded company aftfr company was added to the pool until the territory from Maine to Penn sylvania had representation. Concerns outside of the pool figured as ruined complainants. No two agreements were alike, it was f=of.n found, but each bound the company Tnakinp the compact cioac to the central body, the Stand&rd Wood Company, and ■•is indist-olubly as possible. Tbe govern ment has the papers covering th^ opera tor,* of the pool or trust from Its incep tion, it is said. The documents were ob is ined <-n subpoena largely, but some of lh* most important were furnished by ihe cornplaininc former competitors. When Mr. Whyta '.".as seen yesterday he would not say that he had h*-> -n be fore the grand jury. He said be believed ■;hat the government's inquiry would re sult In no prosecution. All his com pany's business, be said, mas legitimate. j>nd ■ tere was no semblance of restraint practised on other concerns. The Stand ard Wood Company had handled wood from the Diamond Match Company. is tii<-r« anything to prevent us from buying bundlo wood where we choose r-A celling it to whom we choose?" Mr. Whyte ask<>d. 'We hav»> a right i<» do with our goods v.hat we choose to do," he con tinued. "We have informed the United States Attorney that wo wish to con form to th*> law and have aafeed that be define the requirements of the Sher man act, so that we may conform our business to it, if it does not do so now. We have not sought to evade the law, aor have we broken the. law." in the cardboard prosecution about thirty-five concerns in the pool pleaded guilty through their officers, and a fine *** '. N '■' as Imposed on each company. i jESSKKr *^B ~^^^B9^^^^^^^^^^ '**** § *^ '^^^^^r^ m ' ~^^^p ~~ (^isHS l^nkXfllrQv^T^ fl H^k^^^^B^'^R •* , ~'~ . . ' »' "*■ ' . — ■ — - To-day uml to-morrow, fair. ROBBED HOME OF 0. T. PAINE Rye Patrolman Dazzled by Jew els Obtained by Young Men. Happening: to plance down a dark alleyway in the rear of Christ Church, in Rye. yesterday. Patrolman Byrnes, saw two younß men crouching: together, intent on examining something which they held in a hat. Byrnes crept up until he was right behind the two. and then he almost collapsed from surprise and rubbed his eyes as though blinded. In the hat was a flittering mass of dia mond rings, bracelets and scarf pins, which the youths were letting slip through their paper fingers, like AH Baba in the cave of the Forty Thieves. Byrnes marched them to the village lock-up, where a charge of burglary was made against them. When they were arraigned before Justice Edwards they gave their names as Samuel and Nathan Harris, aged eighteen and seven teen. respecti\-e\y . and said they lived at the Hotel Vanderbilt, in New York. They confessed that they had obtained the jewels by breaking into the home of O. Tayloe Paine, on the Milton Road, yesterday morning. Mr. Paine and his •wife are in Europe. At the Vanderbilt Hotel it was paid the boy 9 were not liv ing there. DISAPPEARS WITH $4,858 Newark Firm Reports Absence of Pay Clerk to Police. The Newark police were told yesterday that Peter Lawson. confidential clerk of the Eagle' Company, manufacturers of carpet sweepers, and who had charge of tbe company's payroll, had been missing since about noon on Thursday, and that %4JBBB belonging to the company had also disappeared. The informant was George Badenoch, secretary and treasurer of the company. He said that on Thursday a check for jJa.s.Vi. the amount of the payroll, wbs given to Uwsnn at noon to be cashed. Lawson tr.ok the check to the Federal T'-ust Company and cashed it, but failed to return to the company's office. The company delayed reporting the case to the police, in the hope that Lawson. In whom every confidence had been placed, would return and be able to explain his abs^n^e in a satisfactory way. As noth ing was heard from liim yesterday it was de-id^d to report the case to the police. Lawson has been in the employ of the company for six years. Mr. Padenock said last night: "Neither I nor the other officers of the company think Lawson dishonest or that he is re maining away voluntarily. He has not stolen the money, of that we are sure. That h* 1 has been assaulted and robbed we fear. '•Mr. Lawson had one habit that may have led to his undoing. He liked a glass of ale. and was in the habit of tak ing several nightly. When he did not appear we started to trace him, and found that, true to his habit, he had visited several places last night as usual. He was alone, but after these visits, which were nightly ones, he can not he traced. We fear the fact that he had a considerable sum of money became known in some manner to some per sons he met and they robbed him. We were : so confident Mr. Lawson would show up we didn't notify the police until late this afternoon. Now we do not ask his arrest, only that he may be found." CAT ATTACKS YOUNG MAN Sinks Teeth and Claws in Leg and Body — Victim in Hospital. As the result of an encounter with a rat in Liberty street yesterday after noon. Loots Krevsky. a salesman, living at Elizabeth. N J.. was rushed off to the V»'illard Parker Hospital for treatment by r.rder of I>r. Whftmore, of the De partment of Health, who is inclined to believe that Krevsky is threatened with raoiea. Krevsky was on his way toward the Liberty street ferry, about (5 o'clock, when the cat sprang out of a hall, clam bered up his right leg and sank Its sharp teeth into the flesh. Then the animal reached bis wrist, where it held fast and inflicted bite after bite. Patrolman Flanagan, of the Green wich street station, pulled the cat off. Krevsky and beat its skull in. He took the young man to the station house, where Dr. Brown, of the Hudson Street Hospital, treated him. When the case was reported to Lieu enani Bchulum the latter called up the I>«=partrn'-nt of Health and consulted with Dr. Whitmore. who ordered that Th" cafe body be picked up and that Kr-vsky be taken to the Willard Parker Hospital at once for treatment. The cat'a body will be examined to deter mine whether or not the animal was afflicted with rabies. CHARLESJN.JV!ORSE ILL Wife Anxious as to His Condition — In Prison Hospital. |Bj T>l»>rrar' h to Th * Tribune ] Atlanta. Aug. . r ».— Mrs. Charles W. M<>rs--. who arrived in Atlanta yesterday to visit h*r husband, is greatly worried over his condition. While .*he 1? not quoted, it Is said that Iforse is an ex tremely si< k man. Morse is still in the hospital under the care of the prison physician. When be came to Atlanta he was placed in the library, Where he worked every day. but about three months ago his condition became such that he was sent to the hospital, where he has remained since. BANK TELLER DIES SUDDENLY Charles H. Harriott Succumbs to Heart Disease on Ferryboat. Charles H. Harriott, sixty years old, pay ing teller for many years of the Bank for Saving, Manhattan, died suddenly at 6 o'clock: last night while crosstab from Perth Ambojr to Tottenvllle. on the Totte.n ville ferryboat Warren. Mr. Harriott was rwitfa a party of friends, who were return ing from b trip through New Jersey to New York, BJIMU he died. Me was seated In the rear seat of an automobile, and at first his friends thought ho had fallen asleep. When th« fitaten Island shore wns leached his friends tried to awaken him and found he was dead. Coroner Jackson wiu notified, and he gave orders to have the body removed to Bedell's undertaking establishment, in Tojtenvllle. Heart dis ease is supposed to have been the cause of death. 5,2.50 TO ATLANTIC CITY AND RETURN. Pennsylvania Railroad Sunday next. Spt-cial train lrvavts t;4l A M.—Advt, NEW- YORK, SATURDAY, AUGUST «. 1010 -FOURTEEN PAGES. SPANISH CATHOLICS INCLINE TO PEACE Decision Not to Hold Demon stration at San Sebastian. CANALEJAS STANDS FIRM Many Troops Sent to Summer Capital — Priests Are Said To Be Distribu ting Arms. Madrid. Aug. 5. — It is officially an nounced that the anti-clerical demon stration scheduled to be held at San Sebastian on Sunday hfis been aban ■ doned. The Catholic newspapers will publish statements explaining the decision. Premier Canalejas to-day issued a statement outlining his policy in the premises. H«; says that the demonstration would have been permitted elsewhere than at San Sebastian or Bilbao; in fact, that he desires it to be held in order that its strength may be shown. He says, how ever, that the law will be enforced, and that his adversaries will be responsible for whatever happens. The text of the statement follows. "I would have allowed the manifesta tion if it had been announced to be held elsewhere than at Bilbao, where a strike of coal miners is in progress, or at San Sebastian, which is crowded with visitors on Sundays. "I know that priests are distributing arms, and also that the manifpstants in tend to bring women and children with them in order to prevent military inter vention, but I am determined to enforce respect for the law. Troops will be dis tributed a.t strategic points, and the rail road will be held for reinforcements. 'If my adversaries want a lesson, they shall have it. They will be responsible for whatever happens. "The manifestation has only been ad journed T desire that it shall occur in order that its strength may be shown; but it must occur elsewhere, and with out constraint or threat?." Seftor Kelin. the chief of the Oarlists, has invited the Carlists throughout Spain to send delegates to the demonstration. "El Liberal." in its issue of to-day, de mands the expulsion of Monsignor VTco, the Papal Nuncio to Spain, on the ground that he is inciting Catholics to rebel lion. Premier <"analejas said t»-day that the violent denunciations in the telegrams which he was receiving warranted the prosecution of their senders. A regiment of hussars left Madrid for San Sebastian this morning, followed by another regiment of cavalry and two battalions of chasseurs. A regiment of infantry was also ordered to San Sebas tian from VSttoria. Both General Weyler. the Captain General of Catalonia, and Count Sa gasta, the Minister of the Interior, will go to San Sebastian to take charge of affairs in case of disorder. The government believes that the Carlists and the members of th«» relig ious ordprs. which are numerous in Northern Spain, are openly inciting their followers to violence. The governors of the Basque provinces and the adjoining province of Navarre to-day Issued orders to the mayors of all the municipalities to warn the Roman Catholics against assembling or entering the city of San Sebastian with arms, and that the most energetic measures would be taken to repress any attempt at a demonstration. The government openly charges that the demonstration at San Sebastian was secretly arranged in Rome at a meeting of five cardinals, among whom were Merry del Val and Rampolla, the object being to bring pressure on King Alfonso to oust Premier Canaiejaa and appoint a new and more friendly ministry, with which th< negotiations between the gov ernment and the Vatican could be re sumed. It is said that th*' question of thf reo.-il! of Monsignor Vico, the Papal Nuncio, depended on the fall of the Premier, who said to-day that he knew of the alleged intrigue, masking an ap parent religious movement, and that King Alfonso hud been Informed. Bilbao. Aug. 5. — Since the government has ordered the railroad companies not to furnish special trains for the proposed demonstration at San Sebastian on Sun day the Catholic adherents are already beginning to start for the summer capi tal on the ordinary trains. Feeling in the city runs high. The committee which is organizing the demonstration sent a telegram of pro test to-day to the sovereign against the interference of the authorities, and also issued an appeal to their followers in dividually to telegraph similar messages to King Alfonso. A telegram of sym pathy was also sent to the Pope. Two hundred residents of the province of Navarre have telegraphed Premier Canalejas that the history of Navarre is writti-u in blood, and that they are ready to die for their religion. Deputy Serlano and Senor Urqulpo, leader cf the clericals, have exchanged defiant telegrams in which they agree to meet each other in the streets of San Sebastian. Home, Aug. f>. -Cardinal Merry del Val, the Papal Secretary of State, re ceived in audience to-day the Marquis de Gonzales. counsellor of the Spanish Embassy at the Vatican, who is in charge of the embassy since the recall of the Marquis de OJ«-da. Tber*» was a long discussion of the Spanish situation, at the close of which Cardinal Merry del Val and Marquis de GonsaJea expressed hopes that a solution would be found. San Sebastian, Aug. EL — The Repub licans lm\e tendered their services to the governor for the maintenance. Of order during the proposed demonstra tion on Sunday. Many clericals are coming here on foot from various parts of. the four- nearby provinces. Two trains from Bilbao were so overcrowded with passengers that half of them were ordered to disembark on the way. A regiment of cavalry has been ordered. lure (ruin Saragossa. SENOR CANAI.EJAS AND KING AI.FONSO. Discussing the crisis ;in the King's library. . CANCER STOPS 'WEDDINGS St. Joseph Official Bars Mar riages with Sufferers. 1 [By Telp^raph to The Tribune.] St. Joseph. Mo.. Aug. Though the parents gave their consent. Prosecuting .Attorney Keller decided to-day that a marriage license could not be issued to Lennie Harding, twenty years old. and Hazel Morris, sixteen years old. because "their marriage would not make for the public good." He had learned that the young woman's mother was afflicted with can cer, which, according- to a physician's statement, would soon cause her death, and that the young woman herself re cently developed symptoms of a cancer ous condition of the blood. Two other marriage licenses were refuted to-day for similar cause. J. B. SWANN BADLY HURT Virginia Polo Player in Collision at Narragansett Pier. [TV T>l< praph to Th«« Tribune] Narragansett Pier. R. 1.. Aug. T>. — In a practice game on the new polo field here to-day J. R Swarm, of the Fauqiner County Freebooters, of Virginia, was thrown under his pony, and probably fatally hurt. He has not regained con sciousness, and little hope is held out for his recovery. Mr. Swarm and F. Mallet, of the Fauqui< j rs. were playing on the same side. Swarm was following the ball, with several other players, Jn front of the west goal. Folding had shot for goal. when both Swarm and Mallet rushed their ponies and ran together at three quarters. In a flash the three ponies and their riders were in a heap, with Swarm under his mount. Mallet was only stunned. Swarm was hurried to Oreen's Inn. The physicians say he has a fractured skull and internal injuries. Mrs. Swarm, who accompanied her husband from their home In Marshall. Va., was sum moned from Saunderstown. where they have been staying. BLEW IHIMSELF UP Theory That Ridgeway Mayor Tried to Provide for Family. Hoanoke, Va.. Aug. s.— Holding a stick of dynamite in his lap, Mayor A. H Bousman of Ridgeway deliberately lighted the fuse with his cigar in order that his family might reap the benefit of heavy Insurance which he curried, ac cording to detectives who Investigated the mysterious explosion .it Ridgeway on July 24 Bousman was said to be deeply in debt, and it is believed that he planned to destroy himself in order to save his family. He held an accident policy for $6,000 and life policies aggregating $3, 000. Bousman had recently experiment ed with dynamite* It is believed be lay on his lawn at night, touched the fuse Of a stick of dynamite with his lighted cigar and awaited results. The detec tives have officially reported to the Town Council, and their theory of the. mystery has been accepted by Bow man's friends. HYGIENE CONGRESS PLANS. Paris, Aug. s.— The International School .Hygiene Congress will hold its session of 1913 at Buffalo. N. Y. Or. Luther H. Oulick. of. New York, has been elected (resident of tin congress- THE BELIGIOUS CRISIS IN SPAIN. AX ANTI-CLERICAL DEMONSTRATION IN MADRID. DIAMONDS LOST, SHE SAYS Woman, After Fainting in Street, Tells Police Stones Are Gone. UNCUT GEMS IN A HANDBAG Miss Bonner, of Jewelry Firm, Was Taking Them to a Dealer for Sale. Miss Tinni^ Ronn*»r. of the jewelry firm of Bonner & Altman. of No. 49 Maiden Lano. mysteriously lost uncut diamonds which she valued at $2,000 yesterday afternoon, when she suddenly became ill and fainted in 42d street, near Fifth avenue. There she was found by patrolman Brady, surrounded by a crowd of men and women, who were trying: to revive her. Brady called for an ambu lfitice from Flower Hospital, and after she vas taken there and regained con sciousness Miss Bonner missed the dia monds for the first time. Mis.s Runner, the hospital surgeons said, w,is suffering from an attack of epilepsy when she fell in 42d street, on her way to a jewelry store where she was taking the stones. Patrolman Brady said that just as Miss Ronner was being placed in the ambulance a woman ap y>roaehed him and said: "Here's the sick lady's handbag:." He took it and gave It to those in charge at the hospital. Miss Konner's story throws no partic ular light upon the disappearance of the diamonds. She said that she started from her Maiden Lane office about 3 o'clock, taking the diamonds In the handbag. She intended going directly to a jewelry store on Fifth avenue, where she hoped to sell them. She remembers taking a subway train to the Grand Central Sta tion, leaving It there and starting to walk through 42d street. She also re members asking the way to Fifth ave nue and being 1 seized with- a sudden faintness. She said she thought a woman caught hold of her as she fainted. When she came to in the hospital Miss Runner's first thought was of the gems. Later she noticed that her two side combs and belt were found in her bag at the hospital. The police of the East 51st street sta tion and detectives' from the third branch bureau. in GOth street, near Sec ond avenue, are working on the case. The identity of the woman who handed the bag to Patrolman Brady was not learned, for she disappeared at once. Miss Bonner scouted the suggestion that she was suffering from epilepsy, and said she never had such an attack before. She was able to go to her home. No. 38 West ll«ith street, after half an hour treatment at the hospital. A MARYLAND NATURE FREAK Remarkable Story of a Roosevelt Omen from the Staid Town of Cambridge. [By Telegraph to The Tribune.] Cambridge. Md,, Aug. s.— Mrs. George Travers forgot to shut her south third story window when the rain began on Mon day night, and the storm played a strange trick Upon the window shade. As the water washed the shade it caused some of the dye to run an. l when this dried It left. accord ins to Mrs- Travers and her neighbors, a clearly outlined picture of the White House Mini grounds, with Theodore Roosevelt standing beside th.- door and the figures "1913-Wl7" above It. • * PRICE ONE CENT MISS SEARS DOESN'T SMOKE Never Uses Cigarettes and Also Opposes Habit, She Writes. Miss Eleanora Rears, the well known tennis player, swimmer and walker, in dignantly denies that she smokes ciga rettes. In a letter written from her home in Boston to Miss Lucy Page Gas ton, who is here trying to down the j cigarette evil. Miss Sears says: "Please excuse me for not having answered your letter before. I assure you that the newspaper stories about me are very much exaggerated and most of them are not true at all. I certainly do not approve of women smoking ciga rettes, and I naver smoke them myself." Miss Gaston was greatly relieved last night when she received the letter. FELIX MOTTL DIVORCED Munich Court Dissolves Mar riage of Noted Musician. Munich. Auff ."..—A court dissolved to day the marriage of P>lix Mottl, the Ba varian musician and former conductor of the* New York Philharmonic Orches tra, and his •rife, a/too was Henrietta Standhr>rdtner. Fran Mottl was for merly a singer at th-- Royal Oflera at Karlsruhe, and their matrimonial dif ferences came to a h*>ad several months ago, when each announced an intention ; to sue for divorce. MORE PANAMA HATS SEIZED Total Taken for Undervaluation Now Nearly $230,000. More Panama hats were seized yester day by customs inspectors, making the total gathered in by the federal author ities on charges of undervaluation nearly $230,000. Shipments of over three times that value are still to be investigated, and formal seizure is pretty sure to follow. There were eleven cases sHzed yester day in three warehouses, the appraised value being $2&30 O. The goods were consigned to Hirzel. Feitmann & Co. and I.ustig Brothers, of this city, and Jacob J. Seeds & Co., of Philadelphia. The papers were forwarded to the United States Attorney for action. That made the third seizure since the first definite step was taken by the gov ernment in the investigation of the im portation of Panama Vats, as told ex clusively in Tht- Tribune. The first was valued at SlG.~.O<*>. Just when the trade despaired of getting any of these goods the government attorney* accepted bond for their release. The second seizure was valued at 541.701K A BRITISH LESSON Cruiser Scylla Temporarily Raits Honduran Warfare. ■ By TelPKraph 1 N TIM Tribune.] ceiba. Spanish Honduras, July ?A. via New Orleans, AuC .'.—The British cruiser Scylla sailed froaa Ceiba this af ternoon after having taught the Hon duran officials a aalutary lesson and se cured prompt and energetic measures following the killing of an English sub ject. CommanuVr Thesiger of the cruiser impressed th* necessity of pro tecting British subjects and respecting British officials. The arrival of the war ship temporarily snapewdci war opera tions. Alexander Thurston, an employe of Vaccaro Brothers, is alleged to have been assassinated by the commandant of the garrison, who is a brother of the governor of this department. A. R. Taylor, the British Consul here, in try ing to investigate the case, was rebuffed by the Honduran authorities and threat ened with bodily harm. He thereupon cabled to Kingston for the cruiser Scylla. Captain Theslger formulated an ulti matum, which Consul Taylor trans mitted to President Davila. Before sail ing away Captain Theavjvr informed the British Consul that If he was subjected to any Indignity to cable him imme diately and the warship would return and act. / BONILLA SEIZES TWO ISLANDS Utila and Ruatan Expected to Become Base of Operations. Mobile. Aug. 5. — News received here to day by steamer from Celba, Honduras, is that Manuel Bonllta ami his expedition hay« seized two islands. Utfla ami Huatan. about twenty miles north of there. In view Of tho failure of the plan to seize Puerto Cortex, than inlands are expected to be made the baas of operations against the important points OS. the north. m Landmarks of history on the famed Hudson best seen from decks of Day J.me st— mar* — Advt. In City of New York, Jerw City mnd Hob«ke» ELSEWHERE TWO CENTS. HAMON SWEARS HE OFFERED NO BRIBE Never ?^}entioned Sherman, Cur tis and McGuire to Gore, He Says. WAS WORKING FOR HASKELL Investigating Committee Decider Not to Call Vice -President — Creager Contradicted by Hamon. Musko?°e, Ok!a.. Aug. — With Jacob L. Hamon, accused by Senator Thomas P. Gore of offering him ft bribe of 525.000 or $."0,000 to influence his action In Con gress, denying that he had ever done any such thing, the investigation of the Oklahoma Indian land deals by a com mittee of the House of Representatives was continued to-day. Chairman Burke of the .Investigating committee authorized a statement that Vice-President Sherman would not b«* summoned to appear before the com mittee. : It was said that no evidence had been . introduced to show that Mr. Sherman could throw any light on the matters under investigation. More testimony from Senator Gore will probably be heard. The Senator an nounced that he Intended to accompany the committee to McAlester. where ses sions will be held on Monday. Senator Curtis and Representative McGulre prob ably will testify to-morrow. Hamon's testimony wag a continuous series of denials relative to his alleged relations with what are known as th» McMurray contracts, by which. accord ing to Senator Gore. $3,000,000. or 10 per cent of the $3n.nr»©.onr» to be realized from the sale of Indian lands. to a New York syndicate, was to be withheld from the Indians In the form of "attorneys* fees." Replying to Representative Creager's charge that Hamon had suggested that an "interest" In the contracts might be available to the Congressman If the latter helped remove opposition to ap proval by Congress. Hamon testified: "It was. just this wav: I was down here in Oklahoma attending to my busi ness, when a friend told me Creager had said I had approached him improperly in regard to the McMurray contracts. So I hopped on a train and went to Washington. I as*, hold of Creaxer and said: 'Look here, you know I never said any such Thing." ;.-. - "Then Creager said: -Now. Jake, that certainly: was. the impression I got— that you suggested I might pal an in terest in the contract?.' • - I replied: 'You certainly are mis ! taken." ~ "Then Cranes* saM: 'Well, if you -ay I shouldn't go I won't go before that in vestigation committee down at Musko gee and testify that you approached me." " A Series of Denials. Among Hamon's denials were the fol lowing: He denied that he had at any time beer. I Hill I 111 with Senator Gore in the Senator's office at Washington to urge approval of the contracts. He denied he had ever mentioned Vlce- President Sherman. Senator Charles Curtis, Of Kansas, or Representative McGuire, of Oklahoma, as being "inter ested" in the contract?, as charged by | Senator Gore. | He denied that he had ever spoken of a bribe to anybody about any legisla tion or ever waa Interested in the Mc- Murray contracts. He denied that at the time the con tracts were being discussed he had called up Representative Creamer on the tele ; hone in Washington asking for an ap pointment, but said Mr. Creager had called him up. Mr. Creamer previously I had testified that Hamon MM an ap pointment, at which the "interest" in the contracts was spoken of. Hamon denied that he ha.l ever said: "Dick, the Senator Is becoming mighty hard on his friends." in the presence of D. F. Gore, brother of Senator Gore. D. F. Gore had testified that Hamon made the remark Just after the Senator refused the alleged bribe. He denied that he had ever said. "I want to make a lot of money, and don't care much how I make it.- in the pres ence of J. Leroy Thompson. Senator Gore's stenographer. Thompson testified yesterday that Hamon made the remark. Representative Saunders. a member of the committee, said: "Now. Mr. Hamon. you have denied the testimony of all of the witnesses who have preceded you. You have branded the assertions of the Senator, his brother, his clerk and- the Congressman as being absolutely false. It would ap pear from your denials that a conspiracy had B«ea entered Into grossly to misrep resent you. How do you account for that?" Hamon Can't Account for Storiffs. "That's beyond my rower conject ure." replied Hamon. "1 never had one penny* Interest In the McMurray con tracts and never oftVr»»d a bribe to any one. • It is barely possible that I did <«** Senator Gore on May ♦> last, when he says the offer of a bribe was made. I saw him frequently, but at this time, I believe, he took me up into the library of the Senate and closed the doors. He wanted to talk over with me his com ing campaign and see how I could help him out financially. Although I am a Republican and he a Democrat. I was in the habit of helping him out." "You and Senator Gore had been good friends, had you not?" asked Chairman Burke. "Yes; I had known him as a friend for about nine years*, and had business deal ing with him." Asked to explain some of his business dealings. Hamon said several years ago at I ■■SMI when the government de cided to sell some lands belonging to the Indians at public auction, he. Sen ator Gore and others entered into a com bination not to bid against each other. ».o that the property might be obtained