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Vol. L3
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TRIBUNE IS GUARANTEED
No. 27,092
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(Copyricht. 1021,
New \'ork Tribune Inc.)
Truth : ?V ews ? Editorials?Advertisements
TUESDAY, JANUARY ~HsT ?92T
THE WEATHER
Fair and conti&acd cold to-day; cloady
to-morrrow with rising tempera?
tore; di-nlniahiag winds.
Foil Report an I__t Pac?
*f-_-rt
_^L
* * *
TWO OBNTS
In Greater New Tork
Within 200 Mile*
Eb-thm
British Adopt
New Policy to
Pacify Erin
gjoyd George and Green?
wood Reported to Plan
Calling Off Gunmen
Causing Reign of Terror
Dublin Raid May
Be for De Valer?
Searchers Make Only Two
Arrests; Cork Police
in a Half-Hour Battle
By Arthur S. Draper
from The Tribune's European Bureau
Copyright, 1921, New York Tribune Inc.
LONDON, Jan. 17.?A radical change
Ja the government's Irish policy tend
?B| to end the reign of terror is ex
Meted within a short time as a result
ef a series of conferences between
Premier Lloyd George and Sir Hamar
Greenwood, Chief Secretary for Ire?
land. Sir llamar, who has been the
gatst of the Premier at Checqut-rs,
departed to-day for Ireland.
That maitial law and military coer?
cion have failed to produce the desired
effect is admitted even in quarters
which we're once the most optimistic.
It is learned on the best authority
that the government now realizes two
fupremely important facts regarding
Ireland?that military rule is driving
the moderates to the extremists' camp
and that the Sinn Fein will not work
under the Home Rule act beyond con?
testing the elections in order to keep
other parties from upsetting Parlia?
ment. With this realization, for the
first time there is a real gleam of
hope that the present terror will be
brought to a close.
Would Strengthen Moderates
P.'hai form the new line of procedure
vil! take is not clear at this moment,
bot indications point definitely to rid
??Bg Ireland of both sets of gunmen,
and that* should clear the atmosphere
% such an extent that settlements, now
Sisfgarded as impossible, could bo con
j;;u.-?. Such a policy would reconsti?
tute the great body of moderate opin
:op which, iu the iast analysis, would
ueepi the term.-; now rejected con
K?iptnously by the extremists of both
?fte Impending return of Sir Auck- j
,-,n-l Uedi]..-. Ambassador to the United
States; may be of importance in this*
..-".n?etun, as it has been announced
i lut he ?3 coming Home to discuss ques?
tions of Anglo-American po-icy with
th? Premier, ana the Irish problem
?S considered as one of those to be
:.i:ec up.
\ Meantime the military is exception
t.?.y active in Ireland. The most ex?
tensive raid ever earned out by the
roi/n forces there ha3 been proceed?
ing in'Dublin since Saturday night.
Une entire section of the city, several j
acres ui extent, remains isolated behind i
h cordon of barbed wire entanglements, |
tasks and armored cars while a house- j
'o-house search procer-ds.
Une Corner Evacuated
Ope corr.er of this area, centering !
..bout the four courts in the center of '
?he city, was evacuated this morning,!
which appear.-* to confirm the report j
Eist the raid will end to-night.
Official quarters remain silent on j
tlie reasons for the unusual activity. ?
&>me advices say that leading Sinn ?
reiner* are btlie/ed to be the objects i
of ?he search, the names of De Valera !
ind Collins being mentioned among j
others. Color is lent to this theory by j
the fact that only one or two unimpor- I
WBtarre^tshave been made in the raid'
ft?? far. Another dispatch says'that;
the capture of gunmen and the location j
of arsenals arc thought to be the pri?
mary objects of the raid.
No Arms Found in Raid
DUBLIN, Jan. 17 (By The Associated j
frets).?Thus far only two arrests ?
5fv? been made and no arms have been ?
discovered.
Conceded hoards of arms, ammuni- I
t-oo ar.d gelignite are officially reported j
I9 ."*'% been discovered in Fermoy j
*M Glcnvorth Castle, in the martial
*? area of Cork. i
A detachment of soldiers from the !
J*??* Regiment, says an announcement I
?ron general headquarters, to-day sur- I
:?it .a Par,-y <*f men preparing an \
??"??a at Tirm-league, County Cork.!
mn was an exchange of firing and
9">iy-iive civilians were captured.
** -roopg suffered no casualties.
^CORK, Jan. n.?A large body of men
o?s"?i?- "iuckcy Street police sta
?"?> -::k ciorning. They were repulsed,
.??_?____ <C?stl?s-?i ?? pai? fhrt)
*avy May Use Catapults
To Start Planes at Sea
^W oPVaking Off From
?tup?' Deck? Craft Would
,_ Be Shot Into Air
??MSHINGTOK. Jan. I7.-Naval alr
&*a' .iB?**?d of "taking off" from
Sa ?L i*?? th'ipn whiIe at ???. Will
?2/; r. ''T NV''*>' apartment prove
<*\T .f?'' the ,lou*?? Naval Committee
<W:r ,t0"d?y ?>/ Captain T. T.
W ' U[r'-cf-"r o? Nava! Aviation.
w? ar*. bmg made, he ?aid, at the
?Mb-intft^r, i.'atvy yard, where it is
K '" ?hoot a aeaplane from a
?SiKL ,J>on *? **?* ^thc plan ia
'ii^K^l ?'ravtn ?*id a?) was eon
***!% new w-ctho?? would prow
id *? Pr?-?,,nt attempt*! to get
3*2**r w?y irom deck?, limited in aiw>.
*w *-avy *? ?ttemptl/iic ?Ibo to con
?wnet eoll?-*-?lbl? plane?, the commit
7* w?* informed, to they can be taken
T*n and tv,r-A inboard during bad
**tfeer at ?.?a,
?? pr???nt ayatem of koeplng ?Jan??
Ml? ih* tunr*ta. Captain Craven
'??V??*,|?Pr?**d urisati?factory, a? they
???a the way ??,* r/oatruct vialon.
t/* ^ftropriat;?.-- of 126,000,000 ha/i
T?" i**l*Je*?>4 ft,r naV?j ?y|*tlon dur
c<"i"!ria? ft**-?11 y**?
". .I
Revolt, of Peasants in
Ukraine Alarms Reds
LONDON, Jan. 17.?A Central
News dispatch from Riga, dated
Sunday, says:
"Moscow reports a . serious
peasant rebellion has broken out
in the government of Podolia,
Ukraine, under the leadership of
Colonel Titjunik.
"The Soviet government fears
the revolt will spread in conse?
quence of the unrest of the Ukrai?
nian peasants over the refusal of
the Soviets to remedy numerous
grievances."
i . . __i
Langdon Slayer
Admits Firing
The First Shot
Japanese Sentry Changes
Story About Killing U. S.
Lieutenant to Conform
to Victim's Statement
Ordered Court-Martiale d
Other Americans Halted at
Vladivostok Since Shoot?
ing. Washington Hears
Fny>!\ 'The Tribune's Washinato^ Burea*
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17-.?Additional
Americans have been halted by Japan?
ese sentries in Vladivostok since the
killing of Naval Lieutenant W. H. Lang?
don, the State Department was advised
to-day. Advices from Vladivostok said,
however, that there existed no anti
American sentiment in that port, and
that no tension between Americans
and the Japanese military was notice?
able. The information that the Japan?
ese troops continued to halt Americans
was believed to refer to the period be?
fore General Oi, Japanese commander
at Vladivostok, had given directions
that foreigners be no longeT halted by
sentries.
Both the State and Navy Depart?
ments were advised to-day that Lang
don's slayer had changed his story
and had now admitted ?ring at the
American officer first. The sentry had
originally insisted that Langdon was
the aggressor.
Admiral Gleavcs, who is, proceeding;
to; Vladivostok to investigate the inci?
dent, reported that the Japanese court
of inquiry had recommended trial by
court martial for the sentry.
"According to official .advices," the
State Department announced, "the
Board of Investigation and Court of
inquiry convened by the Japanese gov?
ernment seems to establish that the
sentry who fired upon and killed Lieu?
tenant Langdon had left his post and
molested an officer in uniform who
was proceding in an orderly manner
along the street.
Sentry's Story of Shooting
"The final story, and the full admis?
sion of the senti-,, made after a thor?
ough ' interrogation by the Japanese
Board of Investigation, was that the
sentry left his post, ran across the
street, three times called out 'Halt' and
that Lieutenant Langdon did not halt.
The sentry said that he then took a
position three paces in front of Lieu?
tenant Langdon with his rifle held at
the position 'charge bayonet.'
"Lieutenant Langdon then stopped,
according to the sentry's story, and
shifted hi.5 electric pocket fla.-.h lamp
to his left hand, groping with his
right hiftid into the pocket of his over?
coat. The sentry asserted that he him
se!f then took tne position 'for action'
and queried Lieutenant Langdon with
the words 'Russian or American?' The
sentry admitted that he was very ex?
cited. He protested that he did not in?
tend to 3hcot Lieutenant Langdon, but
that his purpose W83 to seize Lang
don's electric flash lamp' and compel
him to accompany him to the guard'in
order that he might ascertain who the
Lieutenant was. He declared that he
then discharged his rifle accidentally.
He added that after he had discharged
his rifle by accident, and wounded
Langdon in the bieast, Lieutenant
Langdon fired' two or three revolver
shots at him."
Langdon Total Abstainer
The State Department's report said
that the surgeon's examination of
Langdon disclosed that the ball had
ranged upward emerging above the
heart. -This was confirmed also by a
large rent in the front of Lieutenant
Langdon'r overcoat just *^ove the
heart.
At the time Langdon made Mb ante
morten statement he was fully con?
scious the report said, and added
that the naval officer "was a total ab?
stainer and was not under tho influ?
ence of alcohol at any timo."
Secretary of the Navy Daniels in
(C?ntlfiuod en page five)
Both Houses
Fix 175,000
Army Limit
Baker Given Plain Intima?
tion That Enlistments
Must Be Held Up Until
Excess Is Wiped Out
Final Agreement
Is Expected To-day
Mondell Calls Action of
Secretary "Contemptu
ousN?efiance" of People
From The Tribune's Washington. Bureau
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17. ?Congress
to-day fixed the size of the army at
175,000 men and practically ordered
Secretary Baker to stop enlistments
until the force has been reduced to
that figure.
After protracted debate the Senate
reconsidered the Wadsworth bill as
amended by the Lenroot amendment to
fix the army at 150,000 men and then
passed the measure with a limit of
175,000.
About the same time the House
passed the Kahn bill, which stops en?
listments and hx-es the size of the
| army at 175,000. The House acted after
brief debate and by a vote of 285 to 4.
Agreement on the two bills will be
an easy matter and will probably be
accomplished to-morrow.
The House's sudden decision was a
surprise, as- there had been much talk
of the House voting to reduce the army
to 150,000 after a fight The action of
both houses is attributed to the fact
that General Pershing and other army
'officers- and Secretary Baker have in?
sisted that an army of 150,000 was too
small. General Pershing, before the
Senate Military Committee Saturday,
opposed # reduction below 200,000.
Moreover, in the Senate, Senators
Wadsworth and New have been active
since Saturday labdring with Senators
and wiring absentees to be on hand
for the test they expected to-day. Sen?
ator Phelan, of California, offereii the
motion for reconsideration,'in the Sen?
ate Saturday and offered it against the
advice of Senators Wadsworth and
New, who at first did not believe it
would prevail.
Wilson Veto a Factor
Other factors in the decision were
the desire of both houses to stop
adding to expense by allowing en?
listments to go on at the rate of from
1.000 to 2,000 a day and the fear that
if the measure 'was passed on the 150,
000 basis the President would veto it
on advice of Secretary Baker.
The Senate discussed the bill nearly
the entire afternoon. Reconsideration
was brought about by the adoption of
I the Phelan motion. It was adopted
45 to 26. Several hours of spirited de
: bate followed, Senators Peed, Williams
|and McKellar, Democrats, and Borah,
! Republican, making vigorous pleas for
! the 150,000 army, and Senators Phelan
j and Fletcher, Democrats, speaking for
i 175,000.
I The tesl roll call, which virtually
| fixed the limit at 175,000, was:
! For the I.?-nroot amendment :
Republicans- -Borah. Capper, Gronna,
Kehyon, Jones, of Washington; Da Fol?
lette, McNary, Norria. Smoot?'J.
Democrats?Dial, Gerry, Gore, Harrison,
Hefiin, Johnson, of South Dakota; Jones
of New- Mexico- Kintr, McKellar, Overman,
Owen, Pittman, Heed, Sheppard, Simmons,
Smith, of- Arizona; Smith, of Maryland,
Stanley, Swuason, Trammel, Underwood
Walsh, of Massachusetts; Walsh, of lloO'
tana; Williams?24.
Total for l.enroot amendment?33.
Against the J.enroot amendment:
Republicans?Brandegeo, Oalder, Colt
Curtis, DUIinnham, Fall, Fernald, Freling'
j huysen, Goodlng, Hale, Johnson, of Call
| fornla; Kellot?g, Keyen, Knox, McLean
; Moses. Nelson, New, Penrose, I'blpps
| Poindexter, Sherman, Spencer, Sutherland
! Townsend, Wadsworth, Warren. Willi:
1 Democrats??Ashurst, Beckham, Fletch
I ?r, Gay, Harris, Henderson, Hitchcock
Kirby, Myers, Phelan, Ransdell, Robinson
! Smith, of Georgia?13.
Total against Benroot amendment?41.
Colt and Curtis Reconsider
The most marked changes of positiot
among Republicans were those of Son
ators Colt and Curtis, who last weel
! voted for the Lenroot amendment. J
! number of Senators who were absen
[ last week cere on hand for vote to-day
? Among them were Senators Lodge anc
! Penrose.
? Senator Reed, of Missouri, waa th<
j first to take the floor for the Lenroo
plan of a 150,000 army.
"I am delighted," he said, "to fim
that the same committee that a fev
months ago insisted on an army of 300,
000 has now revised its views and i?
j willing to reduce' the army to 175,000
j It's an indication that some of the oh
> ideas that our government had befor*
I the war are beginning to filter into th<
(Continued on pa.?? four)
Policeman Admits He Left J
Beat to Spy in Divorce Gase;
Evidence of the use of* New York
policemen as private detectives wan
disclosed yesterday in a divorce case
tried in Newark.
The cace was neard' by Vice-Chan?
cellor Walker and was brought by
Robert K. Reeve, of 179 Chadwick Ave
nue, Newark, against his wife Mabel
Reeve, known a.s Mabel Johnson, who
lived at 851 West Fifty-fifth Street,
Manhattan.
Patrolman Russell McKay, of the
West Forty-seventh Street station, was
Mr. Reeve's star witness. He testified
that on three different occanions dur?
ing December, 1919, he hud spied upon
Mrs. Reeve from an unoccupied build?
ing in West Fifty-sixth Street, which
was on his post.
"I^on't you know that it is against
the regulations of the New York Po?
lice Department for a patrolman to do
this sort of work?" interrupted the
judge.
"Well, we had permission," the patrol?
man replied.
"Who granted the permission?" Vice
Chancellor Walker ask?d,
"Well," the policeman henitutcd, "Mr.
Reeve told me that h? bad received
permission."
At this point the patrolman watt cx
m*?A and Reeve called to the stand.
"Who gava you permission to take
thia patrolman off his post on three
different occasions to engage in private
work for you?" Vice-Chancellor Walker
demanded.
"I went to the district inspector's
office and was referred by them to the
?captain of the West Forty-seventh
street station," Reeve replied. "There
the captain told me that it would bo
all right for me to use Patrolman Mc?
Kay, and I did."
"Is that captain still in charge of
that precinct?" the judge asked both
Reeve and McKay, and they told him
hj was.
According to the police records, the
captain of West Forty-Boventh Street
? station?the 2(5th precinct?James Mc
| Aulcy, was entitled to retire on a $2,000
| a year pension lat-t Saturday midnight.
Last night It was said McKay was
| still attached to the precinct.
Recalled to the stand. McKay testi
| fled that he had received no money for
his work and expected to receive none.
There having been no defense to the
suit entered, Vice-Chttncellor Walker
had no alternative, ho anid, but to
award a decree to Reeve. But in ren?
dering his decision he said that he did
; not believe, that the case was built on
truthful testimony and doubted if the
patrolman had received official permis
i ?ion to leave hi? post in order to gather
tii" fact? to which he testified.
1 Poultry Hliow all ?hi* vtmfiV. Madison
Bquar-j oardsn, 3 ?. ?a.'lO'.iO p. n>.? A'Ivl.
Harding Said
To Plan Extra j
Session Apr. 4
Fordney Brings Word**
From Marion President-1
Elect Expects Congress
to Hasten Tariff Task
Tax on All Sales
Scheme Favored
Bacharach Has Indication
of O.K. of 700 Million
Excess Profits Substitute
f'?'? The Tribune's Washington Burra?
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17.?April 4 is
the date President-eject Harding has
selected as the time for the probable
call for the extra session of Congress,
according to Chairman Fordney of the
House Ways and Means Committee,
who has just returned from Marion,
where he and Mr. Harding conferred.
Mr. Fordney informed Senator Har?
ding that the Ways and Means Com?
mittee would be prepared to report a i
tariff bill on that date, and gained thel
impression that this date would in all
likdlihood be fixed \ipon, in fact, had j
been practically chosen.
While dispatches from Marion to- j
night indicate that Mr. Harding has
not finally fixed April 4 as the dale, it !
is regarded here as the time likely to j
be fixed. Much will depend on the j
progress of legislation in the present ?
session. H any of the important ap- I
propriation bills should fail of passage ;
by March 4 this may make a differ- j
ence in the time and result in an ]
earlier call, as it is thought by some J
of the leaders it will be important to ?
have these out of the way before the j
Ways and Means Committee reports i
and the tariff bill is taken up. Senator
Harding has said he would like to see
the appropriation bills passed this
winter.
Earlier Date Suggested
Senator Harding has been urged by
leaders to call the extra session as
Parly as March 15. lie has been told
that the task of tariff revision and
tax revision is going to be long and
arduous -and that it is important not
to dalay ' it. The belief to-night is
that Mr. Harding has decided he will
need several weeks after March 4 to
get tbo executive machinery running
without having Congress in session.
If the date is fixed as late as April
4, as Mr. Fordney believes, it will mean
that in all probability it will be well
along in the fall before Congress ends
the extra session. In fact, many be?
lieve .the extra session .will be so pro?
longed that it will practically run into
the regular session.and Congress will
sit almost continuously from the time
it assembles next spring until it goes
out of existence March 4,. 1923.
President-elect Harding will favor
a general sales tax as the basis of
the tax revision program, according to
Representative Isaac Bacharach, of
New Jersey, author of the sales tax
bill 'no* before the House Committee
on Ways and Means, who returned to?
day from Marion. The Congressman
discussed with Senator Harding the
repeal of the excess profits tax, the
sales tax, customs receipts and ?-impli?
cation of the tax laws.
Advised by Treasury
"I believe that the President-elect
will want the sales ta:: scheme put
into the revenue program," said Mr.
Bacharach. "That is the impression I
carried from our meeting."
In discussing proposed revenue legis?
lation, Representative Bacharach said
to Senator Harding:
"The Secretary of the Treasury has
advised us that it will be necessary to
find some new ?ource upon which a
tax may be levied to take the place of
the excess profits tax.
"To find this new source is the great
problem which confronts Congress, and
more especially the Ways and Means
Committee."
There are three generally accepted
methods which can be employed in the
adoption of a sales tax and its collec?
tion, Mr. Bacharach told the President?
elect. The first and easiest to collect,
ho sfaid, would be a tax on everything
at its source. This sort of a tax, it is
estimated, would bring in about
$650,000,000.
The second plan, known as the "turn?
over" tax, at the rate of 1 per cent
would bring in about $1,900,000,000,
while the third und most favored sales
tax is strictly a merchandise tax on
final sales. This produces approxi?
mately' $900,000,000.
"I realize that there is some opposi?
tion to the adoption of such a tax be?
cause of the fact that it is a direct
consumption tax," Mr. Bacharach ad?
mitted in his talk with Senator Har?
ding. "But my faith in the proposition
is so strong and in order that the
plan might be given a fair and square
trial I am suggesting that the rate be
made extremely low, or a tax on final
sales of 1 per cent," he.added.
"Even at thi:; low rate it is estimated
that the returns would approximate
?900,000,000, und if we apply the tax to
not?is and similar institutions?and I
think the sentiment would be to tax
them on the same basis?it would in?
crease the returns approximately $50,
000,000 additional, or to a total of
$950,000,000."
Sparta Now "Bone Dry" ;
Vanderlip Sole Owner
SCARBOROUGH, N. Y., Jan. 17.?
The village of Sparta is now owned
entirely by Frank A. Vanderlip and
will be "bone dry" from now on, ac?
cording to Mr. Vanderlip to-day in
an announcement to the effect that
he had purchased all the property in
Sparta of Nicholas Sellazzo and M. R.
Burgaon, the only two who "held out"
when Mr. Vanderlip acquired the re-it
of the village several weeks ago.
Before the prohibition law became
effective, Sellazzo ran a saloon. So in:
citizens and Mr. Vanderlip derided t
"buy up" the village and thereby g?;
rid of the undesirables, who w.-r
looked upon as n menace to th
country homes of Mr. Vanderlip an
other cummer colonists nearby.
But Sellazzo refused to sell his hal
of a combination store and dwnllin
unless Mr. Vanderlip bought every
thing Sellazzo owned ?n the* village
some land near Sinfe Sing prison an
a dwelling house near the Cove. Thi.
Mr. Vanderlip finally did. The pur
chase price was not given, but Sella/.
maid he "gdt hla price," which, accord
ing to hi? friend?, was $20,000.
Whitman, Citing P?nal Code,
Forces Hylan and Enright to
Agree to Revokef Listen In'Rule
Storekeeper
And Son Shot
In a Hold-Up
Two Young Men Enter
Place as They Sit by
Stove, Shoot and Flee
With Money Untouched
Samuel Meshman, sixty-five years
old, and his son, Abraham, forty-five
years old, had their chairs drawn up
around'a wood stove in the rear of
their store at 435 Hegeman Avenue,
Brooklyn, at 8 o'clock last night when
two 5-oung men entered.
They closed the door quickly and
with hands thrust into their pockets
started back toward the rear of the
store. One of them suddenly drew a
revolver and the other darted behind
the counter and wont toward the cash
register.
The father and son rose quickly,
looked from one of the intruders to
the other, and seemed undecided as to
just what to do. The bandit who had
drawn the gun, evidently fearing that
the two men would attack him, fired
two shots and the two Meshmans top?
pled to the floor. The father was struck
by a bullet in the chest, While the pon'
was wounded in the abdomen.
The firing of the shots seemed to
disconcert the man behind the counter.
Instead of thrusting his hand into the
cash register, over which he was stand?
ing, he ran from behind- the counter
and out the front door with his com?
panion on his heels. They ran past
several persons who had heard the
shots and were on their way to the
store to investigate.
In several minutes the store was
swarming with people. At the rear of
the store they found Samuel Meshman
and his son lying alongside of each
other, bo?th serio'usly wounded, but able
to tell what had happened and to give
a description of the gunmen. The
drawer of the cash register was found
open, but the money untouched.
Opinions, differed as to just how the
bandits left the neighborhood. Sev?
eral persons said they fled toward the
Jamaica Bay meadows in an automo?
bile. The father and son were removed
to St. Mary's Hospital and late last
night they were reported to be in a
serious condition. They live at 078
Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn.
Detectives and policemen from the
Liberty Avenue and Brownsville sta?
tions began an immediate search for
the tuen. Detectives were of the opin?
ion that "the actions of the men upon
entering the store and after the shots
were fired stamped them not as or?
dinary hold-up men, but as amateurs
in the game.
.- ?
Holland Reported Asking
Kaiser,and Prince to Go
Participation in Preparations
for Revolutionary Coup by
Pru?8iau9 Charged
BERLIN, Jan, 17.?The Tageblatt's
Vienna correspondent gives an unnamed
authority in Vienna in confirmation of
; a report that the Dutch government has
j expressed the wish that the former
German Emperor and former German
I Crown Prince leave Holland.
The ground given is participation of
! the Hohenzollerns in preparation for a
I new revolutionary coup, involving for?
mer Gannan officers.
i LONDON, Jan. 17?A Prussian Royal
i ist party has been formed in Berlin
! and has been chosen to bring tho
? "Orgesch" into line with similar move
l monts in other states, the Berlin corre?
spondent of The London Times says.
| The Leipzig Tageblatt explains that the
I "Orgesch" in Saxony will be trans?
formed into a political party to act as
: a compromise between the extreme
political camps.
THE HAGUE, Jan. 17.?The former
German -Empress is reported to be in
a very serious condition to-day. She
suffered a relapse immediately after
the former Crown Prince Frederick
William, who had been visiting her,
returned to Wieringen.
Court Will Spare Dog
Convicted as a "Killer"
! Two Puppy Sons of Fox Hound
{ Exonerated After Trial That
Attracts Wide Attention
WINCHESTER, Ky., Jan. 17.?Old
' King, a foxhound, owned by Frank
; Jones, was convicted of sheep slaugh
! ter by County Judge W. Lee Evans to
' day after days of deliberation. Conyic
? tion for this offense usually means
I death, but Judge Evans has promised
; to withhold the sentence if Jones will
send the dog away from the county.
! Two puppy sons of the hound were
1 exonerated.
Old King has for years been an in?
separable companion of Jones and the
I old man has not said whether ho can
| bear to kill the foxhound or send him
' to one of the numerous persons in
! various states who have asked that he
: lie given to them.
The trial which decided the fate of
'he hound and his sons created inter
! est in this section which compared
?with celebrated eases in which men
i lutve beer defendants.
? ri.omivA spKCiA?." ?-s? r. wr. daily
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Um-. 124U IT Way, i el. Iyiin|*.;ro 5?6S.?AJrt.
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O'Ryan Reported as Hylan
Choice to Succeed Enright!
Neither He nor Mnyor Will Deny Rumor of Appoint?
ment, but General Says He Wouldn't Accept
Post "if It Came on a Silver Platter*"
I Major General John F. O'Ryan, com- ]
mander of the National Guard and of i
the 27th Division in France, is the man [
whom Mayor Hylan has picked for
Police Commissioner, according to an
officer of that department, who is on
most friendly terms with the Mayor.
Neither General O'Ryan nor Mayor
Hylan would confirm the report, but
neither of them denied it.
General O'Ryan was badgered by dil?
igent reporters into saying, however,
that he wouldn't take the job if it came
to hirn on a silver platter. When the
rumor first gained circulation General
O'Ryan denied himself to newspaper
men. Employees in his office asserted
that he had nothing to say.
So persisted were his callers, how?
ever, that General O'Ryan admitted
them.
"I- wouldn't consider for c moment
acc<-pting that office," General O'Ryan
said, When asked whether he had been
I asked to become Police Commissioner.
j "I would?t't take the office if it was
handed to me on a silver .platter."
"Has the Mayor offered it to you?"
his questioner persisted.
"Now I am not going to permit you
to cross-exumine me," said General
O'Ryan, with a smile. "I have, been a
lawyer myself, but I am only inter?
ested now" in recruiting the National
Guard."
! Mayor Hylan, although his attitude
toward reporters was more tolerant
than at any time since he became Mayor i
and even though he seemed to approach <
un attempt at joviality, was even less1
communicative on the subject than
General O'Ryan had been.
To the utter astonishment of the
City Hall reporters, a figure which
loomed at the door of their room at
dusk revealed itself as that of Mayor
Hylan, who never before, in all his ad?
ministration had recognized their ex?
istence.
"Helio!" cried a merry voice and
to the further astonishment of those
in the .-oom, the voice also was that
of the Mayor. Silence followed, but
t! ? Mayor undaunted, proceeded along
?the line of campaign he had laid down.
He singled out one of the reporters
by name.
"I couldn't pass by." he explained.
' withoul seeing you before I went
heme. Hello everybody!" and the jolly
apparition vanished.
The more ak-rt ?>f the newspaper men
recovered ''rom their dazed condition
in time to overtake the Mayor at the
steps.
"Has Commissioner Enright re?
signed?" demanded the sprinting
chorus.
"Now, I like you," replied the Mayor,
"but don't ask me stich questions."
"Have you offered the Police Com
missionership to General O'Ryan?" an
unquenchable optimist inquired.
"I'm going home," announced the
Mayor, and so far as any observer could
tell, h?* did.
5th Ave. Crowd
Sees Fugitive
Felled by Shot
Alleged Shoplifter Drops
Stunned by Bullet From
Detective's Pistol That
Barely Grazes His Head
Shoppers Join in Chase
Expensively Dressed Woman
Accompanies Man. but
Vanishes in Excitement
Hundreds of shoppers in Fifth Ave?
nu** at 5 o'clock yesterday evening wit?
nessed an exciting police chase that
ended when the fugitive dropped to the
sidewalk, apparently stunned by a bul?
let which grazed his head.. He was
picked up and taken to the East 'Fifty
first Street police station, where he
gave his name as William Davis, thir?
ty-four years old, of 122 West Seven?
ty-second Street, and wns locked up
charged with grand larceny.
The commotion started when per?
sons in the avenue heard call3 of
''Stop that man; he's a thief!" The
doorman in front of J. M. Gidding &
Co.. 564 Fifth Avenue, sought to de?
tain Davis, who was fashionably
dressed and who had just left the
store accompanied by a woman wear?
ing an expensive fur coat. A struggle
ensued and the man broke away. He
ran a short distance south toward
Forty-sixth Street and then back
toward Forty-seventh Street. Two per?
sons realizing what was taking place
blew police whistle-?.
Detective John Barron, on duty in
Fifth Avenue, saw a crowd of persons
pursuing Davis west in Forty-seventh
Street and joined the chase. Accord?
ing to Timothy Finnegan, doorman of
Giddings, when the fugitive failed to
halt at the detective's command, the
detectfve fired and the man fell. The
bullet evidently had only grazed the
man's head. Blood was trickling from
a scratch near the right ?ear.
The man was helped to his feet by
the detective, and said he was not
hurt. He was led back to the atore,
where Nathaniel Gidding, a member of
the firm, accused him of stealing
an imported beaded bag valued at
about $100.
Joseph Owen, floor manager,' said
that Davis and the woman entered
the store together about 5 o'clock, in
I quired for the French room and were
?directed to the fourth floor. The man
j returned to the main floor afone a
few minutes later and a salesgirl told
the floor manager that she had seen
him slip a beaded bag into his over?
coat po?ket. Ho was joined by the
woman and both started to leave the
store.
The woman and the man were bo
well dressed that the floor manager
said he feared to make a mistake by
arresting them, and was considering
what to do when he saw a price tag
sticking out of the man's pocket as
he went out the door.
Owen called to the doorman to stop
the pair. During the subae<-*uent strug?
gle and chaae the woman disappeared.
At the East Fifty-tirat Street station
Davis said he was a salesman. The
police there denied that any shots had
been fired at him or tiiut he had been
?grazed by ?a. bullet.
: SEABOARD FLORIDA -LIMITED ? 6 ?20
; p. m. -JrII-* for nil Florid? (Havana con?
nection). Famous Southern Cooking-?Cried
! Chiajun. Vli-j-tnl? limn. Muffin?, ?cuerva.
it??**;*: liai Wroa.jwuy. Tel. Mad. 3<*j. 1?7S.
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! Simple Country !
I Giri Confesses j
? Fifty Hold-Ups
1 "It Was So Easy I Often
? Wondered Why I Spent
20 Years on the Farm."
Chicago Woman Admits
' -
Victims Had It Coming
Each Ready to Take Advan?
tage and Was Properly j
Fooled, She Tell* Police
1_?_ !
Special Dispatch to Thn Tribune.
CHICAGO, Jan. 17.?Mrs. Clteopatraj
McGory Hurtzman, twenty years old,
confessed to-night that she was the
woman lure for a band of hold-up men,
led by her young husband, and that she
had participated in more than fifty
hold-ups in the last two months. Her
husband and another alleged member
of the gang are under arrest.
The woman was arrested to-day in a
South Peoria street residence, where
she had taken a position as house?
keeper when the police chase became
warm.
In a bored, cynical tone and with the
sophistication of her celebrated name
sake she. told how she managed her
victims in the hotel and restaurant
district and led them to where her hus?
band and his fellow bandits waited far
the spoils.
: Just a Simple Country Girl
| "To begin with," .she said languidly,
I evidently enjoying herself, "I was a
simple .country girl." Then with a
sigh of retrospection, she murmured:
"It was so easy getting the money from
the chumps that I often wondered why
I spent tv snty years on the farm."
.According to her story, she had
passed the greater part of her life on
a farm near Wichita Falls, Tex. She
married a farmer, and when he died
she went out into the world, leaving
her two children with relatives itt Har
low, Okla. She joined a carnival com
j pany, and was one of the dancing girls
in a "Days of '49" show.. Then she
came to Chicago, became a waitress and
I married Kurt Hurtzman. She said he
j lost his health and they decided to be?
come bandits.
"The'y are .all the same?those men,'
she said, registering the conventional
motion picture expression of the blas?
vampire. "Each of them laid the trap
for himself. Some promised me furs,
diamonds and motors." and she yawned
slightly.
Kiss for Each Victim
"I laughed, in my sleeve and let
them to the darkened hallway whert
Kurt and hi^ gang waited. ] always
kissed them once we left them alone
tied up in a room in a strange place,'
she continued.
She explained that she would wall
along the street, watch out for a pros?
perous looking man and then tell hirr'
she was lost. She would tell him she
wanted to go to a certain address, am:
when he would explain that it wa:
only a short distance away, "I brouglv
forth a smile and generally he woulc
Volunteer to accompany me."
"Each was the superior being
ready to take advantage of a woman
and each was properly fooled," sh?
concluded, and registered the satiatec
vampire look which indicates deep sa;.
isfaction after ? victim has met hi:
doom.
Breaks Left Leg as He
Broke Right Year Age
LYNDIIURST. N. J., Jan. 17.?Georg,
Fit?., a stableman,.who fell from -?fce<
box a year ago to-day und broke hii
right lug t*nd later had to ?have i
| amputifted, fell from the same feed bo:
to-day and-broke his left lep.
j Ho is fifty-seven years old and live
j on Green Avenue here. He was takei
I to the Iiuckcti?ack Hospital.
City Officials Promis?
to Furnish Police Aid
for Grand Jury Inquiry
After Hearing the Law
fcAP Thomas to Get
On the Job To-day;
Mayor and Commissioner
Not Quizzed ; Indictment
Reported Threatened
Rule 184 of the Police Depart?
ment, ' by which Mayor John P.
Hylan and Police Commissioner
Richard E. Enright could virtually
tap the wires of a grand jury inves
ti pat ion. is to be rescinded. ?
Any member of the Police Depart?
ment called by the January extraor?
dinary grand jury to assist in the
investigation of the Hylan adminis?
tra?: on will be assigned to former
Governor Charles S. Whitman, spe?
cial counsel, without limitation. '
Mayor Hylan and Commissioner
Enright, who had refused police aid
for the inquiry, have capitulated, ac?
cording to an announcement made
yesterday by Mr. Whitman, after an
hour's conference with the two of?
ficials.
Tribune Exposed Existence of Ral?
The Tribune exposed the ?existence o?
Rule 184 a week ago yesterday. Dis?
trict Attorney Swann and Mr. Whitman
immediately made a demand for its ab?
rogation because it was felt that it was
a Berious handicap to the investigation.
The rule says:
"Any member of the department
summoned to the District Attorney's
office of any county, in connection
with a case in which he or any other
member of the department is apt to
be made or become a defendant, will
report the facts in detail at once to
the Police Commissioner."
ilylan and Enright were under grand
jury subp?nas when they appeared at
the Criminal Court? Building yester?
day. The issuance of the subpoena?.
followed the refusal of both officials to
assist, the grand jury in conducting
this investigation.
Hylan Asks for Conference
The Mayor, the first to arrive, went
to the office of District Attorney Swans
and sent a process server to Mr. Whit?
man's office to announce bis arrival.
Old-timers in. the Criminal Courts
Building gasped when they found that
the Mayor was seeking an interview
with the man who, as counsel to the
grand jury, had subpoenaed him to ap?
pear for examination. It was without
precedent, they said.
A few minutes later Police Commis?
sion- r Enright arrived, but not until
after Mr. Whitman had been in con?
ference with the May,or, reading to the
city's chief executive Section 1851 of '
the Penal Code, ?which makes it a mi?
d ?meanor for any person -wilfully to
obstruct an official investigation,
Statement by Whitman
Following an hour's conference, the
last fifteen minutes of which Commis?
sioner Enrijrht remained in an outer
room, Mr. Whitman gave out the fol?
lowing statement:
"The District Attorney is a constitu?
tional officer. He is answerable to the
Governor, iot to the Mayor. He
is the chief criminal law officer of the
county and he proooses to act as Euch
until further notice. Section 184 of the
police regulations will be rescinded at
once. The regulation, as I am informed
by the Commissioner, was adopted for
disciplinary purposes solely.
"The Police Department, and every
member in the department, from patrol?
man to Commissioner, will conform to
the requests of the District Attorney
in connection with his efforts to en?
I force the law.
"We will have all the men that we
need and they will be assigned to us
when we a?k for them and such mea
as we ask for."
Sergeant Thomas to Report
In giving out the statement, 3Jr.
Whitman said that he had been assured
that Detective Sergeant "Al" Thomas,
conndenti'il man to Whitman when
District Attorney, would report to his
office this morning for assignment.
The action of the Mayor and the
j Polite Commissioner did away with the
? immediate necessity of a demand by
! Mr. Whitman for the removal by the
, Governor of Mr. Enright and the en
' tertaining by the State Executive of
! charges against the Mayor.
i It eliminated also the necessity of
: humiliating them by indictment by the
! grand jury.
Neither the Mayor, the Commissioner
nor Mr. Whitman would discuss what
occurred at the conference between the
three. S
Gossip about the Criminal Courts
Building, however, was that Mr. Whitj
man made his position very plain.
Throughout the building it was said
that Hylan and Enright at first were in?
clined to hold to their original posi?
tion of refusing police aid to the grand
jury investigation.
Threatened Indictments Rumor
Section 1851 was read to them, ao
cording to the gossip, and then they
1 asked for permission to consult with
! the Corporation Counsel. This rumor
| i.s based on Whitman's statement, in
! which he said that he was a state
I officer and in no way responsible M
I the Mayor.
ii is said that. Whitman informed
both officials that he would get what
he wanted in the w?** of .-?upport from
the city administration or h<* wo-sld
: ***** in i'i*'? ?, >k for indictment;., befos*
either left the building. v
i i u ???o rumors wen-* put to Mr
Whitman, he said:
"All 1 have to say about the <*oa>
ferenee with the Mayor and Mr. En.
[right has b*n .-. stated in the announce
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