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R. W. Boiling
To Be Called in Ship Inquiry President's Brother - in - Law and Head of Downey Ship? building Corporation to Answer Sands's Charges Contractors Deny Bribes Letters to Walsh Committee Say Contract Was Signed BeforeDowneyMetBanker * __________ When the Congressional committee .nvestigating the affairs of the Ship? ping Board resumes its sessions in the Federal Building, in this city, this morning it will have on the lift of witnesses expected to testify before it R. W. Boiling, President Wilson's brother-in-law, and Wallace Downey, president of the Downey Shipbuilding Corporation. Both were mentioned last week in testimony before the committee by Tucker K. Sands, who alleged that they had been involved with h'.m in graft connected with the granting of a contract by the Shipping Board. Mr. Downey and Mr. Boiling both ?e expressed their readiness and ??es.re to eo before the committee and tell their side of the story, which is in "ut contradiction with that of Mr. .-and3, according to statements made public by Mr. Boiling in Washington and b> Mr. Downey in New York. Another witness expected to be eard by the committee is William H. Denman, former president of the Kir.ergency Fleet Corporation, who left ?at post following a controversy with ral Goethals over the construction of wooden ships. Mr. Denman has requested to be heard before his re urn home to the Pacific coast, and .- assured by Congressman Joseph Walsh, chairman of the committee, ?hat he would be given an opportunity to testify when the committee rccon ?. enes. Downey Firm Denies Charges The Downey Shipbuilding Corpora? tion yesterday made public* corre? spondence with the Walsh committee in which the corporation and the Providence Engineering Corporation answered the charges of bribery made r. Sands. Mr. Sands testified that the Downey Shipbuilding Corporation had paid $40,000 to him, Mr. Boiling o officials, of the Emergency Corporation to obtain a con t. The Downey corporation denies thai - aided it to obtain a shipbuilding - tract and denies also that it paid ? ? y to Sands or any official of the Emergency Fleet Corporation. The Btatement asserts that the con? tract the Downey Shipbuilding Cor? poration obtained from the govern to build ten ships was signed months before Wallace Downey met Sands. Providence Corporation Paid $40.000 Mr. Downey, speaking for the Provi Eng neering Corporation, of . he is the head, also sent a letter ? e Walsh committee. In this com :ation the Providence corporation u ed that it did pay $40,000 to Mr. The circumstances under which ? ayment was made arc narrated as f i 11 o w s : "Many months after the Downey Shipbuilding Corporation had obtained its contracts the Providence Engineer? ing ( orporation put in a bid to the goveri The bid proved to be the lowest, but tbo Shipping Board requested ;. guaranty of the respon? sibility of thi successful bidder. At this point Mr. Sands was brought for? ward as vice president of the Com X.:' ? al Bank of Washington. He agreed that for 540,000 his bank ke a thorough investigation - ? responsibility of the Provi ? ' ng Corporation. Mr. ey paid the money to Mr. Sands h< a representative of a bank and for ? y knowledge what oever that Mr. Sands was to pay? ing to Mr. Boiling or anybody In its communication to the Wa ? :\ committee, signed by Wallace Downey, president; A. A. Cannon, sec? retary-treasurer, and Henry C. Hunter, counsel, of the Downey Shipbuilding n, the corporation declared, in part: "\\ e deny that Tucker K. Sands aided the Downey Shipbuilding Corporation ?n any way or manner to procure a g contract from the Emer Fleet Corporation. We deny that we paid money to Tucker K. Sands or to any officia! of the Emergency Fleet Corporation to procure such a cor. tract. Contract Signed July 3, 1917 "The Downey Shipbuilding Corpora? tion had only one shipbuilding contract th? Emergency Fleet Corporation. This contract, dated July 3, 1917, was for the construction of ten steel ships, <md is known as contract No. HO S. C. Wallace Downey, founder and presi manager of the Downey Ship . rig Corporation, negotiated all of . ial stages of the contract ex? clusively with General Goethals, then the vice-president and genera! manager of the Emergency Elect. Corporaliori, and Mr. Theodore* E. Ferris, its naval architect. Negotiations started about May, 1917, and after General Goethals. Mr. Ferris and Wallace Downey had agreed upon the fundamental details of the contract, such as price for mate? rials and labor, technical designs, plans, specifications, etc., Wallace Downey completed negotiations with Joseph P. Cotton, then counsel for the Emer? gency Fleet Corporation. The contract was ftnallv signe,-! by William H. Den man, president of the Emergency Fleet ''orporation, acting on its behalf and Wallace Downey for the Downey Ship? building Corporation. "Prior to i.nd during the negotia? tions for this contract and for a long period thereafter, Wallace Downey had never seen nor heard of Tucker K. Sands or of any one of the other per? sons mentioned by the witnesses before you on November 20. Neither Tucker K. Sands nor any other party or par? ties, except authorized officials and attorneys of the Emergency Fleet Cor? poration and Downey Shipbuilding Cor? poration, had anything whatever to do, ('irectly or indirectly, with negotiating or closing said shipbuilding contract. Downey Shipbuilding Corporation or Wallace Downey did not agree to nor did they pay, directly or indirectly, any commissions or gratuities of any kind or amount to Tucker K. Sands or any other person in connection with nego? tiating or procuring said contract." Senate Opposes Idea Of Armenian Mediation V' ilson May Act if the Invitation Comes to Him Personally and His Health Permits it From The Tribune's Washington Bureau WASHINGTON, Nov. 25.?If the [ League of Nations invitation to Presi I dent 'Wilson seeks the services of the United States jrovernment as mediator between the Turkish Nationalists and the Armenians the Senate will with? hold approval of the scheme, leaders of the upper house indicated to-night. If the request is directed to t+ie President personally to serve in the capacity of mediator, the proposition l may be accepted by Mr. Wilson if Dr. ! Cary T. Grayson, the White House i physician, will permit, it is believed 1 here. An indication of the reception the 1 proposal that the United States gov I ernment serve as mediator in Armenia j will receive was given here during the ! last session when President Wilson's ' request that his nation become the ! mandatory power over Armenia was i promptly rejected. While the Ameri i can Senate entertains the greatest sympathy toward the Armenians, the : upper house was disinclined to author ; ize the employment of thousands oi American soldiers who would be re? quired for police duty in Armenia i should the United States become the : mandate power there. In the caso of Mr. Wilson serving as ? a mediator, however, the Senate woulc ! have no voice, but the President's ill ] ness may operate against his assum : ing any such arduous task. The Presi ; dent's duties have been reduced to th? j minimum by the White House ph-?si i eian because of his illness, arid al though steady improvement in his con dition has been reported, the proposa that he give personal attention to th? task of ending the. strife in Armepiar territory mav enfail too much of i strain upon him. The President is known to entertain the greatest desire to continue as an international figure, and to serve the League of Nations in any capacity that may be suggested. Has 7c. Fare, Wants 10c. Jersey Trolley Company, After I Two Years, Asks Second Raise ' TRENTON, N. J., Nov. 25.?The Tren- I ton and Mercer County Traction Cor- ; potation, which obtained permission ; two years ago to increase its 5-cent j fare to 7 cents and charge an extra cent for a transfer, has applied to the Public Utilities Commission for per? mission to charge a 10-cent fare, with free transfers. Mayor Frederick W. Donnelly, who ? is chairman of the New Jersey State : League of Municipalities, said to-night.| that he had heard a report that the Public Service Railway Company, which operates most of the trolley lines in northern New Jersey, intended to apply for a 10-cent fare on all its ; lines and would support the application of the local company. He announced that he would consult with the authorities of all the commu- ' nities affected and retain counsel to fight the move for higher fares. Next ; week, he said, he would ask the City Council to authorize franchis'**- fi r ,. bus system to parallel the trolley tracks here and charge a 7-cer.t fare. U. S. Guards Jews at Piagu Flag Raised to Protect Emi? grants From Mobs VIENNA,Nov. 25 (Jewish TeleirraDhic Agency).?In an effort to protect Jew? ish emigrants against attacks by anti Semitic Bohemian crowds, the Ameri? can Consul at Prague has permitted the American flag to be raised over the building of tho Jewish Community in that city, according to reports received here to-day. Prague is filled with hundreds of Jewish emigrants from Poland and Ukrainia who are makine their wav to America. These gathei daily in front of the Jewish Community building try? ing to get information about their de? parture. Bohemian mobs attacked these waiting emigrants and destroyed the passports of many. A. special dele gati ': cal led ai 4t- American ' on sulate an?! obtained permission to hoist the American flap. The American Consul also obtained the protection of the police for the buiidintr. Yale Closes Dining Hall _? NEW HAVEN', Conn., Nov. 25.?Com? mons, "where Yale eats," is definitely closed for the college year, according !" an announcement to-night by George Parmley Day, treasurer of Yale Uni I versity. The big dining hall was closed recently because of lack of patronage. It was said that the university was | losing money on the eating place be? cause only 700 undergraduates took : their meals threre, while it could ac ! comodate twice that number without | increase in the overhead expense. It. was planned to re-open Commons ! next Monday under private manage ; ment if 1,000 students could be listed as regular boarders. Mr. Day said that it i had been found impossible to sign up 1 that number of undergraduates. i _ _ London Times Praises Sims LONDON, Nov. 2fl.?The Times, in an ! editorial to-day, pays high tribute to ; tho cooperation of the United States navy with the British navy in the World War, especially to Rear Admiral | William S. Sims, commander of the American nasal forces in the war zone. which the newspaper says it would have been indiscreet to say "during the con 1 troversies" of the election period. "It is history with the many heroes, for every man in that joint fleet was a hero, but the American sailor who is , tlm symbol to us all of that wonderful ' tune of common effort and of common victory is Admiral Sims," it says. AV /C&V "Thm Ormntoat W^Wl^ilvl Tr?a."iur? Ho??? J*? ig^--''^ Of" ?.inane A?*. Trod* A/ar* TS there a more attractive gift for the ?*" appreciative girl than McCutcheon's Pure Linen Handkerchiefs? Bewitch ingly colored to harmonize with her sport clothes, or daintily white for her evening gowns. James McCutcheon & Co. Fifth Avenue, 34th and 33d Streets U. S. Demands Equal Rights In Mandates (Cantli-iued from ?an en?*'_ cation of the principle of equality of treatment to the territories of the Near East to be placed under man? dates, and specifically to the petro? leum resources of those territories as affected by that principle. "Before considering: the observa? tions of his majesty's government on the general principies advocated by the 1'nited States and agreed to by the Allied powers for application to the mandates over former Turkish territory, as outlined in the notes of May 12 and July 28, addressed to you on behalf of this government. I think it will clarify the discussion to indicate certain of vour state? ments and assurances which this government has been pleased to re? ceive. Thus, I note that the assicn ment to Great Britain of the mandate for Mesopotamia was made and ac? cepted subject to no friendly arrange? ment whatever with any third gov? ernment regarding economic rights, which, of course, would have been wholly at variance with the purpose and contemplation of any mandate. "It is also gratifying to learn thafc his majesty's government is in full sympathy with the several proposi? tions formulated in the note of Mav 12, above referred to. which embodv or illustrate the principles which this government believes should be ar> plied in the mandated regions and which are essential to the practical realization of equality of treatment. British Good Faith Admitted "The statements of your note, to the effect that the British govern? ment has refrained from exploiting the petroleum resources of the man? dated territories in question, that the operations referred to have beer conducted for purely military pur poses under the immediate super vision of the army authorities and a army expense, and that no privatt interests whatever are in any way in volved, are accepted with a full sens? of the good faith of the British gov? ernment. "The government of the Unitei States notes that his majesty's gov? ernment has found it necessary t? suspend, during the period of occupa tion, the grant of facilities and op portunities to British as well as t other private interests to invostigat the natural resources of the countrv either for the purpose of acquirin new claims or strengthening ol ones, and that there is no reason fo assuming that the administrado either of Mesopotamia or of Pales tine has at any time failed to carr out the assurances of his majesty' government. "This government welcomes you pledges to the effect that the natun resources of Mesopotamia are to t secured to the people of Mesopotf mia and to the future Arab state t be established in that region, an that it is the purpose of the Britis government, fully alive to its obligi tion as a temporary occupant, m only to secure those resources to tr Mesopotamien state, but also its al solute freedom of action in the coi tro) thereof, and in particular thi it is far from the intention of tl mandatory power to establish ar kind of monopoly or preferred pos tion in its own interest. "The government of the Unit? States appreciates, likewise, the co: enrrence with its view that the me its of all claims to rights alleged ' have been acquired in the mandan territories before the outbreak of ho i tilitles mast be duly established be? fore recognition or suen claims will be accorded. v Mandatory Pledge Understood "Adverting at this point to the views of hit majesty's government regarding the nature of the respon? sibilities of mandatory powers under : the League of Nations, I desire to call to the attention of his majesty's government tho fact that, while tho draft mandate, Form A, was not j adopted at Paris, it was the under i standing of the American rcpresenta | tives there present that the British j government entertained and had ex I pressed conviction favorable to said j form and that, presumably,"its reprc I sentatives would exercise their in? fluence in conformity with those con I viciions. "I need hardly refer again to tho fact, that the government of th<* United States has consistently urged that it is- of the utmost importance to the future peace of the world that alien territory transferred as a re? sult of the war with tho Central powers should be held and adminis? tered in such a way as to assura equal treatment to the commerce and to the citizens of all nations. In? deed it was in reliance upon an un ? derstanding to this effect, and ex? pressly in contemplation thereof, that the United States was persuaded that the acquisition under mandate of certain enemy territory by the victorious powers should be consist? ent with the best interests of the worlil. "It, is assumed, accordingly, that your statements with reference to Mandate A, together with the state I ment that the draft mandates foi | Mesopotamia and Palestine havi been prepared with a view to secure equality of treatment for the com merce and citizens of ail states whicl are members of the League of Na tions, do not indicate a suppositior on your part that the United State; can be excluded from the benefits o nSe principle of equality of treat ment. Right of Voice Initiated On "This government is pleased to fini that his majesty's government is it full sympathy with the principle: formulated in its communications o .May 12 nnd July 28. But it is un able to concur in the view, containei in paragraph 15 of your note, tha the terms of the mandates can prop erly be discussed only in the Counci of the League of Nations and by th signatories of the covenant. Sue powers as the Allied and associate nations may enjoy or wield, in th determination of the governments status of the mandated areas, ac crued to them as a direct result c the war against the Central powei The United States, as a participan in that conflict and as a contributo to its successful issue, cannot cor sider any of the associated power the smallest not less than itself, d< barred from the discussion of any ( its consequences, or from participi tion in the rig'-ts and privileges si f cured under the mandates provide I for in the treaties of peace. "This government notes with il j terest your statement that the dra I mandates for Mesopotamia and f? Palestine, which have been prepare with a view to secure equality ? , treatment and opportunity for tl j commerce, citizens and subjects ? I all states which are members of tl : League of Nations will, when a] ! proved by the interested Allied po\ ! ers, be communicated to the Counc of the League of Nations. Tl : United States is, undoubtedly, one i I the powers directly interested in tt I terms of the mandates, and I ther fore request tha: the draft manda i forms be communicate?! to this go : ernment for its consideration befo i their submission to the Council I the league. It is believed that h majesty's government will be ti? mor? ready to acquiesce in this r Pershing Chuckles as Soldier Trounces Gob The army added a fistic tri? umph to the aerial victory over the navy at Mitchel Field yester? day. It occurred just as General | Pershing was bantering Secre- ; tary Daniels. At this minute a j gob happened, either by accident or design, to jostle a doughboy detailed to guard the sacred en? trance to the wooden stand. The incident resulted in imme? diate complications, and a few seconds later the army emerged a winner, while General Pershing showed his appreciation by pleas? antly nudging the Secretary of the Navy with his elbow. quest, in view of your assurance that his majesty's government is in full sympathy with the various principles I contained in the two previous notes 1 of this government upon this subject. "The establishment of the man? date principle, a new principle in in ; ternational relations and one in which tke public opinion of the world is ! taking a special interest, would seem : to require the frankest discussion I from all pertinent points of view. I It would seem essential that suitable I publicity should be given to the drafts of mandates which it is the intention to submit to the Council, I in order that the fullest opportunity ? may be afforded to consider their j terms in relation to the obligations assumed by the mandatory power and the respective interests of all gov? ernments, which are or deem them? selves concerned or affected. Resources a Potential Irritation "The fact cannot be Ignored that the reported resources of Mesopo? tamia have interested public opinion of the United States, Great Britain and other countries as a potential i subject of economic strife. Because I of that fact they become an outstand? ing illustration of the kind of e?o l r.omic question with reference to which the mandate principle was es? pecially designed and, indeed, a peculiarly critical test of the good faith of the nations which have given their adherence to the prin? ciple. This principle was accepted in the hope of obviating in the fu? ture those international differences that grow out of a desire for the exclusive control of the resources i and markets of annexed territories. To cite a single example: Because of the shortage of petroleum, its con? stantly increasing commercial im i portance and the continuing neces? sity of replenishing the world's sup ! ply by drawing upon the latent re ', sources of undeveloped regions, it is of the highest importance to apply to the petroleum industry the most ! enlightened principles recognized by ! nations as appropriate for the peace? ful ordering of their economic rela? tions. "This government finds difficulty in reconciling the special arrange? ment referred to in Paragiaphs 18 and 19 of your note, and set forth in the so-called San Remo petroleum agreement, with your statement that the petroleum resources of Mesopo? tamia and freedom of action in re? gard thereto, will be secured to the future Arab state, as yet unorgan? ized. Furthermore, it is difficult to harmonize that special arrangement with your statement that concession? ary claims relating to those re? sources still remain in their pre? war position and have yet to receive, ' with the establishment of the Arab BROADWAY oAt 34th STREET METROPOLITAN CLOTHES for MEN We are now offering Exceptional values in MEN'S SUITS -every one made to sell in our regular stock at a higher price and now regrouped to sell at SUITS strictly Metropolitan in every line, de? signed by our own organization, and up to that standard of workmanship which in the past has placed our clothing first in oAmerica. 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Indeed, this government un? derstands your note to deny having j taken, and to deny the intention to l take, any such ex parte and prema? ture action. "In this connection, I might ob? serve tha,t such information as this ; government has received indicates that, prior to the war, the Turkish Petroleum Company, to make specific reference, possessed in Mesopotamia no rights to petroleum concessions i or to the exploitation of oil; and in view of your assurance that it is not the intention of the mamia tory power to establish on its own behalf any kind of monopoly, I am at some loss to understand how to construe the provision of the San Remo agreement that any private petroleum company which may de? velop the Mesopotamian oil fields 'shall be under permanent British control.' "Your lordship contrasts the pres? ent production of petroleum in the United States with that of Great Britain, and some allusion is made to American supremacy in the petroleum industry. I should regret any as? sumption by his majesty's govern? ment or any other friendly power that the views of this government as to the true character of a mandate are dictated in any degree by con? siderations of the domestic need of production of petroleum or any other commodity. U. S. Oil a World Commodity "I may be permitted to say, how? ever, for the purpose of correcting a misapprehension which your note i reflects, that the United States pos? sesses only one-twelfth approximately of the petroleum resources of th< world. The oil resources of no othe*. nation have been so largely draw upon for foreign needs, and youi lordship's statement that any proph? ecies as to the oil-bearing resourci of unexplored and undeveloped coun i tries must be accepted with reserve hardly disposes of the scientific cal ' culation upon which, despite their problematical elements, the policies of states and the anticipations of i world production are apparently pro? ceeding. The government of the | United States assumes that there is i a general recognition of the fact i that the requirements for petroleum are in excess of production, and it believes that opportunity to explore and develop the petroleum resource: of the world wherever founi should without discrimination be freely ex? tended, as only by the unhampered development of such resources can the needs of the world be met. "But it is not these aspects of oil production and supply, in so far as they are of domestic interest to the United States, with which I am con ! cerned in this discussion. I have I alluded to them in order to correct confusing inferences, liable to arise ! lrom certain departures, which I believe I discern in your lordship's ! communication, from the underlying '< principles of a mandate, as evolved ? and sought to be applied by the Al I lied and Associated powers to the territories brought under their tern porary dominion by their joint strug- | gle and common victory. This do? minion will be wholly misconceived, not to say abused, if there is even the slightest deviation from the spirit and the exclusive purpose of a trusteeship as strict as it is com? prehensive. "Accept, my lord, the assurances of my most distinguished considera? tion. BAINBRIDGE COLBY, "Secretary of State of the United States of America." Lloyd George Believe* Russian Deals Exaggerated LONDON, Nov. 20. Premier Lloyd George was asked in the House >?f Commons to-day if he had seen reports that Americans had obtained contracts from Soviet Russia to the extent of ?600,000,000 for locomotives and all kinds of rolling stock. To the question the Premier replied: "I did see that, but it left on my mind an impression of exaggeration This statement of the Prime M?i ister was received with laughter. 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