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i -uss'V THE WASHINGTON HERALD WEATHER FORECAST. Fair to-day and to-morrow; light to moderate variable winds. The Herald has the largest morning home- circulation, and prints all the news of. the world each day, in addition to. many exclusive features. . NO. 1906. WASHfiTCTON. D. 0.. MONDAY. DECEMBER 25. 1913.. ONE CENT. The Washington Herald Wishes lis Thousands of Reader sr a Merry Christmas WOMAN IS SHOT; T AFTER WILD RIDE Mrs. Marion McConnell Dy- ins: from Bullet Wound- HE WANTED A DIVOECE Foiled in His Ambition to Wed Member of Cult. lecturer and Protege of. Ministers, Andrew McConnell Is Known us Fonnder of Colt of Unman Elec tricity as a Universal Cnrc Po lice Pnzzlcd by Peculiar Affair at Ocean Gro-ve, . VJ. Xcu York, Dec 24. Mrs Marion Daniel McConnell, who was the wife of Andrew McConnell, founder of the Cult of human clectncit as a unhcrsal -'re. lecturer to fashionable women in iianj cities, protege of ministers and well-to-do lav-men. lie3 fighting for life 111 her home at Ocean Groe, N. J, a bullet through her head Upon the strength of statements made at lucid moments bj the woman the police are ceking her husband as her assailant She intimated that he had shot her at 8 o'clock Saturday night be cause she had refused finally to permit him to obtain a decree of absolute di vorce in order that he might wed an other woman, whos name she gae as Mrs Helen Stanford, a wealthy patron ess of the cult ca.ot be roiM). McConnell himself could not be found b the Ocean Grove police or the Mon mouth County authorities The last clew had of him was, when flffj minutes after the woman was shot a man resembling his description ..paid a chauffeur for a wild night ride from OceanGrove Jo, I.akewood'" s- - -.'. j The chauffeur who had been hired at, Avon had innoeentlj waited while the man visited the McConnell home to "dis tribute a Christmas present," as he had ai . He had paid txtra for a record flight from the seaside to the pine coun trj It was thought he had stopped ut forac hotel, but investigation showed that lie had not put up at an important es tablishment Mat became of liim during the night is not known Thert were no trains or trollcj cars out of tie place after he left the automobile Ho did not leave on anj of the eiirlj trains to-da, and on tnenr is that he maj have wandered off into the forests to add to the tragedj with silf-destruction Information In Scant. Tills much was gloined bv the police to-ila from the woman and from out nd witnesses Shortlj aftor 7 o clock Saturday night n w ell-dresed stranger entered the parage of John Thompson, major of Avon and said that he wanted an auto mobile to take him to Lakewood He did not ire what the price was Thompson was not there when the Mr.mger Arrived, but came In a few m nutes later It was stormj The man appeared worried and was not known, so the pric was flcd at $18 The stranger ceptcd without a word, and Edward Thompson. -on of the proprietor, got out a Mg machine, and they started 'Stop at Ocean Grove flirt." the pas Rnger said to the boy as they bowled nortn "I want to leave a Christmas present there" The chauffeur turned into the quiet little resort, and at a sign from his pas senger stopped at Webb avenUe The mm Jumped out and walked rapidly north The bov watched him. and four blocks distant he turned into Olin street. Mve In Modest Cnttasr. Tor ssvcial months Mrs Andrew Mc Connell, het mother, and one servant have been occupying a very modest frame cottage at 39 Olin street. They lived very quietlv, and it was the general Im pression that thej were Southern people of good famib It was known there was a Mrs McConnell, for several times dic ing the summer, when they had lived in another cottage, a man of that name had nppcared In Ocean Grove, making a call of an hour or more. It was vaguely known that he was a lecturer or a writer. Mrs. McConnell never referred to him, nor did she discuss her own life with any neighbor. , A half hour after the man had turned into Olin street he reappeared, half running, at the machine. He was breathless, very pale, the boy says, and Jrcmhllng violently. "He ordered the boy to put on full speed as he jumped Into the car. In spite of the weather and the heavy roads It traveled to the Laurel-ln-the Pines Hotel In Just forty-threo min utes v "Stop here," was the command. The man pulled a roll of bills from his pocket and handed the boy the fare demanded and walked rapidly toward the hotel. It developed later that he did not stop there, but the boy thought he did. Both Andrew McConnell and Tils wife came from Atlanta, Ga. Her maiden name was Daniel, a member of, a very good family or that city. Originally McConnell was from Alabama. For several years he conducted a lecture bureau In Atlanta and edited a- maga zine called Alkahest. He suffered a nervous breakdown In 1905 and for-a rear or more was In a sanatorium. KIUS HUSBAHD AHD SEEF. Sandwich, J1L, Dec. 21 Before a Christ mas tree which he was about to dec orate, Fred Fcasel, manager of a dry goods store here, was shot and killed to-day by his wife, who then cbmmltted sul-ide. She had recently shown tenden cies to mental aberration. THREE DIE IN WRECK. Freight Train Hits Bowlder in Na tural Tunnel. Bristol, Tenn., Dec 24 Three trainmen were killed and a. fourth probably fatally Injured early to-day -when a double-head er freight train on the Virginia and Southwestern Raliwav ran Into a bowlder which had fallen on the track In the Nat rural tunnel, forty miles west of Bristol. There Is a complete blockade of-trafflc and passengers are being transferred across the mountain which the tunnel penetrates. , E EILBEKflllllT Baltimore Working Hard to Secure the Prize. STILL CLAIMS THE LEAD The sudden hustle of New York for the Democratic nationar convention has given Baltimore and St. Louis some anxietj. It is "etlll the contention of Chairman Robert Cram and his band of Baltjyiore committeemen that their cltj is In the lead, and that the New York movement will eventually aid In giving Baltimore the prize The argument against New York Is that a national convention would simply be lost in that great city and arouse no public interest or enthusiasm It is recalled that the Republicans went to Philadelphia in 1C0 for the renomlna tion of McKInley, and were not at all happy over what was handed them even In that large city Col Crain promises much activltv for Baltimore during this week. Xfvv York's Last Com entlon. The last Democratic national conven tion held In New York was that of 1S6. when Seymour and Blair was the ticket. That convention was held in Tamman wigwam, then a new building, and It had almost Its dedication with the Seymour convention Horatio Seymour had been the Democratic governor of New York, but he did not want the Presidential nomination For weeks he declared, "Ypur candidate I cannot be," and then swearing he would ne'er consent, con sented, and made w hat seemed a .hopeless camoaiem from the start. The vote In Sectoral -college gave -Grant 3f otes and Semour but SO, although the popu lar maJorit for Grant was but 3)4,000 Sejmour managed to carry New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Louis iana, Georgia, Oregon, and Kentucky, but outside of New York the States he won had few electoral votes Since 1SCS there has been no great ef fort for a national convention In New York, and there is some wonder that a movement for the Democratic gathering should take shape at this time New York mij present Gov Dix as a Presi dential candidate, but there is no real activit in his favor. HILLES WILL NOT RDN THE CAMPAIGN Is Not Declining Something Never Offered, He Says. "There lias been no effort to suggest my name for the office of chairman of the Republican National Committee next June. I dislike to be put In the position of declining something that has never been offered me But it may be said that under no circumstances will I be the chairman of the committee." Thus did Charles D. HHIes, secretary to the President, put an end to any fur ther ouggestions that he probably will become the campaign manager of his par ty In the coming Presidential fight. Hi position, it Is now stated. Is based on a proposition of ethics such as would gov ern a member of the President's Cabinet. It Is to prevent the sligntes3UggestIon of a "spoils' s stem as much as anything else that prevents the secretary to the President from considering for a moment his own selection for this office. Regarding the statement, rather widely published, that he supported Collector Loeb, of New York, as chairman of the committee, Mr. Hllles'made the state ment that he was not In a position now to absolutely favor any one. He per sonally believed In Mr. Loeb, but could not at this time suggest the selection of any man as campaign manager. "The whole thing Is so Indefinite." said he, "that It would be useless to try to speculate on the possibilities of the June convention. It has been stated that there was talk of Mr. Loeb as chairman of the committee when the committee met here, but I have no knowledge of this, one way or the other." POPE PIUS X 'CABLES A CHRISTMAS BENEDICHON TO THE NATION'S CAPITAL Pope. Pius X, through his private secretary, sends the follow jng Christmas greetingto Washington through The Washington Herald: The holy father sends cordial grrfetimgs and his papal bene diction to the beloved American people, repeating with the an gelic choir: - " "Gloria in excelsis Deo et in terra pax hominibus bonae vol untatis." "" (Glory to God or high and will.) Some "Sleuthing" On ihePart 4$f "ARealDetective" Patrick O'Brien, Genuine Thief Chaser, Can Tell When His Own Pocket Is Picked. Aha' Discovered' Patrick O'Brien, Washington's real detective Not a theo rist, like Sherlock Holmes, William Burns, and others, but a real dyed-in-the-wool sleuth, who can discover a crook picking his own pockets and make an arrest without further clew. He was standing in a Pennsylvania avenue department store Saturday night. Many listless minutes rolled by, and Pat rick O'Brien rolled on with the crowd. Suddenly he felt a tug at his pocket. He ran his hand to the hand that was In his pocket. He discovered that it be longed to William Smith, a colored waiter, who lives at 1107 Fourth street northwest. Smith, when taken to police headquarters and searched, was found to have numerous articles In his pockets alleged to have stolen from department stores. The management of these stores will appear against him In Police Court to-morrow. STREETS OF TAFFY. Million Gallons of Molasses Plow in Boston. Boston, Dec. 24 More than 1,000,000 gal lons of molasses ran two feet deep through the streets to-day, when the plant of the Boston Molasses Company, In South Boston, the largest molasses plant In the world, was damaged by Are to the extent of $250,000. Great streams of the molasses poured over the wharves Into the flats and turned the water to a dirty brown mess, which was immediately pumped back Into the burning building oy nreboats. One hundred firemen, including Dis trict Chief Grady, had a narrow escape from death when a steel stack 150 feet high melted at the base and toppled over on a brick wall around which the men were working. District Chief Taber and three firemen were slightly Injured by falls. The Are started In the boiler room, and within two minutes communicated to the storehouse, where nearly 4,000,000 gallons of molasses wero stored. a earth peace 'to mea jpf good A - THF. I.faHT THAT NRVF.R FATT.S - . President Eludes Guards; '" tie Loses Maj. Baft, Too Mr. Taft Escapes from Aid and Secret Service Men Makes Some Informal Calls with Mrs. Taft. President Taft ran away from his Se cret Service guard jesterday afternoon and for a few hours tried living again Just like an ordinary mortal. It was. the first time in almost three jears that the President has eluded Mr. Wllkie's alert young men, and he returned to the White House, declaring he had a fine time. It was tire- President's Christmas treat to blmself. The Secret Service men are stationed at the White House with strict instruc tions to accompany the President wher ever he goes. When the President goes In his automobile one of the Secret Service men H In the front seat. When he rides horseback either the Secret Service men or police officials trail him on motorcycles. When he plays golf, he is constantly under the ee of the Secret Service. When he goes to call on friends or to the theater his guards ac company him to the door. Even when he goes to church the Secret Service men are there. Col. Roosevelt, when he was President, used to revolt occasionally at this pro tection and run from them for a swim through Rock Creek or some other one of the colonel's gentle little diversions. The Secret Service men used to be sit ting on needles when they were charged with the safety of Col. Roosevelt, but they had come to regard President Taft as enUrely safe and sane In this respect; They were therefore entirely unprepared yesterday afternoori for Secretary Hllies' telephone message asking if they knew where the President was. TWO AUTO MISHAPS. Naval Officer Senn Escapes Serious Injury. Two automobile mishaps within a few blocks at almost the same time last night all but marred the Christmas Eve with serious results, but no one was badly hurt and damaged machines was the only cost of the crashes. Commander T. JSenn, U; S. N., was .struck while walking at Dupont Circle and ConnecUcut avenue shortly after 6 o'clock and knocked down. He wasaa slited. by the driver of the machine; W. Fred Holtzman, of 2315 Cllffbourne place .northwest. 'Commander Scnn was not seriously hurt and was able to walk to jhls home at 1S58 MIntwood place north west. Three hundred dollars damage was caused when an automobile driven, by Richard Harrington, of 184S Wyoming avenue, collided with a machine occupied by P. N, Barker, of Chevy Chase, and driven by Samuel Morris shortly before 6 o'clock In Connecticut near Wyoming avenue northwest. No one- was injured. The machine driven by Harrington is owned by Lewis Holmes, of 23K Q street northwest. , SATS STAJtT $00 FIRE. X v tiMirtag Matehea Caase et Blase ta Cesser' Barreem. Rats gnawing' matches started a. flre. la the barroom of Jactesea Connors, 186 a street northwest, that did J80Q worth at -damage .early ttk motrIuc. Tbe- bulldlBC ! ewa bx Tlpetkz Kaya afca-m g Mr Hilles had dropped around at the White House lato in the afternoon and could not find Mr. Taft there. What was more remarkable, however, he could not ascertain where he had gone. Secretary Hilles called up Maj. Archibald W. Butt, the President's military aid "Why the President is at the White House," said Maj. Butt. Secretarv Hilles soon convinced the major that the President was not there, and then the major Joined the chase. Mr. Hilles next tried the Secret Service men. They were positive 'that Mr. Taft never would have left the White House without telling them about It. By that time a deal of commotion had been stirred up, and the Secret Serice men were not at all reassured when they learned from a White House employe that the Presi dent had left the grounds on foot with Mrs Taft. It was raining when the Secret Service men started out In an effort to get some trace of he President. They scurried about town for an hour or more running down every possible clew, but failed to land the President until he walked Into the White House smiling broadly with Mrs. Taft holding his arm. The President and Mrs. Taft, It de veloped, had started out to pay a Aw little Christmas calls on their friends, Just as they used to when Mr. Taft was Secretary of War. They had 'not notified any of their friends of their In tentions, so that there were some sur prised folks when the President of the United States and the First Lady of the Land walked In in this Informal way with a Christmas greeting. PERSIA ACCEPTS RUSSIA'S DEMANDS Dispatches Say Butchery Continues at -Tabriz. Teheran. Dec. 24. The cabinet to-day dispatched a note to the Russian lega tion officially and finally accepting' the Russian ultimatum, agreeing to all Its provisions. A detachment of Russians compris ing a regiment of Infantry and a mounted battery of Cossacks IeftIs pahan. Persia, to-day for Tabriz. It is reported here that the Russians are bent on avenging 'the death of their comrades- shot yesterday in the battle at Tabriz, and the action causes great uneasiness. - London, Dec. 2t A dlsiatch fr6m Te heran contains the startling news that the vice governor of Tabriz has wired the capital that Innocent 'women and children are being butchered In the streets of Tabriz- by tho 'Russians. He says 500 liave already met death. J5t Petersburg, Disc, 24. Th Jtussfan government to-day ordered, feaavy re-en-torcements sent at once from the Cau casus to Tabriz, la Persia, where fight ing occurred yesterday. The government reiterated its statement that it would htake the .matter of Justic.ia Persia into its own nanns ana wouki qw no- mercy to thofe. whom they -claim are rMeonslbfe torjine artair at xaon. -rite iossow we inteW to jflve." said one eflfetal to-day, "wlirin- I JrwnsawctC- MRS.JWCHORD HURT. Wife of I.,ClC. Commissioner Run , " Down by Auto. Louisville. Ky., Dec. 24. Mrs. C C. Mc Chord, wife of the Interstate Commerce Comrafirloner, was run down and badly injured late lasf'nlght by an automobile delivery wagon. She is in a hospital with a fractured skulL Mrs. IcChord is reported to-night as sliglitly Improved, but not yet out qf danger. The McChords had come home for Christmas. WEALTHY HOTEL POLICE BAFFLED A. B. Hyatt Figures in a Mysterious "Accident." WIFE TELLS SAME STQBY Slashcd in the throat, breast, and "wrists in a manner unknown to the police, A. B. Hyatt, the wealthy pro prietor of the Lincoln Hotel at Tenth and H streets northwest, and formerly proprietor of a drug store at Ninth and F streets, was taken to Emergency Hos pital late last night jWhether his in juries were the outcome of an acci dent, whether he was attacked, or at tempted to end his life, the police can not learn. Central Office detectives are making every effort to find his as sailant if there was one ACCIDET," SWS WIFE. Neither the hotel proprietor's wife, the employes at the establishment, nor the guests were able to throw any light on the affair. Mrs. Hatt, when vues tloned by the police, said "it was an accident," but would not tell how she knew this, nor in what way the acci dent occurred. Hyatt was found in a room on the fourth floor shortly after 11 o'clock. He was almost unconscious and was bleed ing profusely when employes tele phoned to Emergency Hospital and carried him .to the suite he-usually oc ctinles orf the first floor. When the rpnysielans from the hospital arrived the Injured man at first refused to tell anything of the affair. As he was being carried to the oper ating table he gasped in an almost in audible voice: "Be sure and tell them It was an acci dent." An effort was made to learn who was meant by "them," but the Injured man would say nothing more Later when the police arrived It was considered safe to question Hyatt again. "How did this happen?" he was asked. "I won't say about that," he replied. "Did jou fall on a pane of glass?" "I won't say." "Is there any reason for trying to hide this?" "None," he replied, "except that I don't care to tell " All Keep Reticent. Suspicious from the nature of the cuts that the "accident" was not fully ex plained, the police visited the hotel and found every one there prepared to keep absolutely quiet regarding the affair. Ef forts to learn at what time Mr. Hyatt had gone to the fourth floor and why he had gone there brought forth no "reply. Apparently no one knew of his mission there, unless It was Mrs. Hyatt, who steadfastly refused to make any state ment, other than she "knew It was an accident." Friends of the Injured man scout the Idea that he may have attempted to end his life He had been in splendid health and Is known to be possessor of a mod erate -fortune, besides his large Income from the hotel. At "a. late hour last night the police wei searching the hotel for knives which might have been used In the attack. It was notlcable that In the room where the accident occurred, there were po signs of broken glass. The determi nation of the police to keep at the case until a full explanation has been made apparently worried some of the em ployes of the hotel, who kept pleading "with the officials to accept Mrs. Hyatt's explanation. Injnrlen Mny lie Fntal. Though It is not probable the injured man will die, his Injuries are sufficiently severe to keep him in Emergency Hos pital for weeks. The cut In Jils throat Is most severe of all. The Implement which caused this cut came within a quarter of an inch of the jugular vein and laid open the skin for three Inches. A coat, saturated with blood and bear ing marks of slashes, was found after midnight and was Identified as the one which Hyatt wore when he went to his room. x Noother person was seen to enter or leave the room yhlle. Hyatt was 3n there. The police are now trying to learn whether any person could -have gained entry and dlspappeared without being seen by any one along the lower cor ridors or the first floor lobby. Hyatt will be questioned again to-day. 4- TW0 AIEJJOHSIDEjXED FOBTPALCOiWS POST Rome, Dec. 24. Cardinal Fal conlo to-day conferred with Car dinal Merry def Val, papal secre tary of state, concerning the ap pointment of Cardinal Falconlo's successor as papal delegate at Washington. 1 Among those men tioned for the place are Mgr. Stag nl, apostolic delegate to Canada, and Mgr. Avers, apostolic dele gate to Cubs. " Try XtrtH ttje mallear r Ke Weak. WaAerr Ires aad Clrault. XralMs. IfrgWsrHM Tt r QsiNH. k SIJUO SPENT FOR IAS GIFTS Shopping .Records Broken, Merchants Agree. PEOSPEEIT? IN CAPITAL Every Man, Woman, and Child Averages $3 for Presents. Value of "Shop-Early" Campaign, Although It Kept Down Crush Daring Final Week, Did Ttot Pre vent Week Before Christmas from Exceeding All Others In Both Sales and Crowds. Records 'for Christmas purchasing In Washington have been swept aside and a new mark set by the prodigious sale of goods for the Yuletide season of 191 1. according to the statements of the prominent merchants in all lines of business. Between $1,000,000 and $1400,000 changed hands during the few brief shopping weeks, besides the $600, 000 more that went to make up Christ mas dinners. Probably $10,000 was ex pended for charity, in addition to those sums that were not distributed through some philanthropic agency. PROSPERITY IX CAPITAL. The tremendous amount of money put Into circulation in Washington tflls Christmas Is accepted by merchant as unquestionable proof that the nation's Capital at the present time is enjoying a state of prosperity, unrivaled in Its his tory. They declare that In the last week alone more than S6W.0OO was taken In by stores In all kinds of business. Second In interest to the huge sum of monejr expended was the noticeable fact that there was a comparatively small de mand for presents that werc-mothing but presents "and a growing requirement for1 useful articles. The knick-knacks of no apparent purpose or usefulness have bwn supplanted in popular favor by clothing, blankets, articles for household use, and the like, so merchants say. Besides the sum spent for charity, it is stated that every man. woman, and child in the District of Columbia spent, on an average, J3 for Christmas presents. The value of the "shop-early" cam paign, though it undoubtedly aided In keeping down the crush of business dur ing the final week, did not prevent Christ mas week from exceeding all others in both crowds and sales Opinions differed as to the big day of the week. Some merchants found Mpnday to have been the biggest day; others declare that Sat urday led all days in matter of sales. Did Big Dullness. Jewelers did a tremendous business from December 10 until Saturday. The furriers of the city date the beginning of overflow sales about three days earlier, and state that business continued gradu ally to Increase until aew days before Saturday, when the slack began. De partment stores had every branch crowd ed to capacity after the first of the month The following are some of the comments on Christmas shopping: Joseph Stranburger, president of the Retail Merchants' Association! "The advance in the amount of money in circulation this years over previous years Is encouraging. Sales, as far as I have been able to learn have exceeded the records of other years by thousands of dollars. From a general estimate of the sales of four big department stores, I would say Contlnned on Page 3, Column 4. SHOES TO COST MORE. Price of Footwear like Cow and the Moon. Brockton, Mass., Dec. 2t Shoes will cost 60 cents more a pair next autumn, wholesale and retail. If contemplated advances are made, the public must pay K50 for footwear which cost $1 less In the autumn of 1910. Manufacturers pro fess to be unable to foresee when there' will be a reduction, or when prices wilt stop going up. They are explaining the situation In catalogues sent out for the autumn and winter of 1912 to distributers. Removal of the duty on hides by the Tayne-Aldrlch tariff law did not cheapen them. It is explained, and prices of leather have advanced steadily. An opportunity to prevent much. It any, in crease of' price In shoes is said to exist In agreements among manufacturers ahd dealers as to prices. s. FAINTS IN PULPIT. Her. Dr. Snively Starts Panio in Congregation. Lakewood. N. J., Dec. 2t The fashion able congregation attending divine erv-. ices at All Saints' Episcopal Church to day was thrown Into confusion when Rev. Dr. Snively. of New York, suddenly threw up his hands and feu In a dead, faint In the pulpit; A moment of tense silence, was -broken by MIss'Helen Hoyt. a chorus girl, who emitted a -piercing scream and almost went Into hysterics. Mrs. Jay Gould was sitting directlv In front? of the altar and. although she; was much excited and turned very pale, she. remained throughout the services. Several members of the congregation left the churCh. Dr. Snively was removed to tho vestry, where restoratives were applied, and Rev. E, E. Mathews went on with the. servCc. 4:10, 9:40 p. m.. 40 a. m, Alt.ateeU fce trlc-l!htl Pullmans. AtianUc OssXr LlM, Ml tW York Mr, nw, ' .