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VOV OI ~ LXX ...N° 23,274.
Government Has Been Looking
Up Standard Wood Company
and Its Doings.
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
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
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To-day uml to-morrow,
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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
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
Pennsylvania Railroad Sunday next.
Spt-cial train lrvavts t;4l A M.—Advt,
Decision Not to Hold Demon
stration at San
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 ■
The Catholic newspapers will publish
statements explaining the decision.
Premier Canalejas to-day issued a
statement outlining his policy in the
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
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.
Discussing the crisis ;in the King's library. .
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.
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.
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.
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-
Woman, After Fainting in Street,
Tells Police Stones Are Gone.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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. /
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.
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»
Never ?^}entioned Sherman, Cur
tis and McGuire to Gore,
He Says.
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*
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
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
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
• 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
"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

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