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NO. 2292.
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Attempts to Kill Boarder Who
Shoots Him Dead After
He Fires on Spouse.
Tragedy hi Takoma Park Home.
Robert L. Thomas Gives Self
Up to the Police.
Roomie Stevens, fifty jears old,
carpenter and night watchman, and
Robert L. Thomas twenty-six
ears old, electrician and boarder
at the Steens home, at 33 Cedar
Street, Takoma Park, battled with
rcolvers in the kitchen of the
house last night because Stevens
believed his wife, Mrs. Eveljn
Stevens, forty-five jears old, loed
the boarder, Thomas, and when the
smoke cleared awaj Stevens was
ljing dead across the body of his
wife, who had a bullet hole
through her abdomen, and Thomas
was stanching the flow of blood
from a wound in the face
Warned bv "Wife.
Thomas had been warned that hl life
was In danger bv Steens wife and his
son. Le Hoy Stevens, nineteen vears old.
a painter, and Thomas had a .32 caliber
revolver, with a shell in every cnamDer.
hidden in his hip pocket -when the hus
band, standing not ten feet away, opened
fire point blank with a JS caliber bull
dog revolver, sending a bullet into
Thomas right cheek and causing htm to
whirl from his chair and spin acrosj
the kitchen to fall in a corner.
Believing Thomas had been killed.
Steens turned to his wile, who had
dropped her kitchen utensils and fled in
a panic into tho pantry. Stevens step
ped to the pantry door and saw Mrs.
Stevens cowering In a corner with her
niece. Miss Ivj Coleman Both women
were speechless with terror, but held out
their hands In mute appeal for mercy.
Stevens leveled his weapon and fired, tho
bullet entering his wlfes left side and
lodging near the spine. She fell head
long and lay at full leng'h in the pantry
Thomas, unconscious but for a second,
was daggering to his feet, tugging- at
the revolver in his hip pocket, as Stev
ens turned awav from the wife he be
lieved to be dying Husband and boarder
faced each other for onl a fraction
of a second, and then Thomas fired,
pulling the trigger three times while
Stevens fired once Stevens missed aim
ind fell llfele-s across the bodj of his
wife a bullet having entered hi mouth
ind passed through his brain "Run for
vour life," shouted Thomas to Miss Cole
man, believing Stevens was not dead
Wnlk. to nrtig storr.
But Miss Coleman did not run She
h.iw that Stevens was in his death throes
Mie watched the husband s last convul
lon and thin helped Thomas drag the
lifeless body olT Sir1. Stevens Thomas
ordered men boarders to summon a phy
sician, nottf) the police and "call an
imbulance and then he earned Mrs. Stev
ens Into a reRr vard While boarders
carried Mrs Stevens upstairs to her bed,
Thomas left the house and walked to a
corner drugstore where a clerk cauterized
the wound In hi, cheek
Policeman J T. Kenned), of the Tenth
rreclnct, reached the hoube in a few
minutes and then went to the drugstore,
where Thomas w is arrested on charge
of murdei A patrol wagon remdved
Mrs Stev ens to Garfield Hospital Thomas
rode beside her Tlie woman sat up with
out aid and talked to Thomas Later
Thomas quoted Mrs Stevens as saying,
en route to the hospital
'You have ended twentv vears of
threats unhapplness. and quarre's I
married mv husband after he threat
ened to kill me and he had been threat
ening me and quarreling eTer since "
Mrs. Stevens was carried to a ward
and a cursory examination made. She
showed no symptoms that the bullet had
penetrated the Intestines Phvsicians
round tho leid entered her left side be
tween the hip bone and the lower rlb3
Thev lelieve the bullet coursed the mus
cular laver of the side and back and
lodged near the backbone The location
of the bullet will not be learned until
an X-ray photograph is made to-dav
Mrs Stevens did not lose consciousness
and seemed to suffer little pain. Physi
cians declined to venture an opinion
concerning Mr Stevens chances of re
eov erv .
nullel In Ills Llurl..
Thomas also icceived attention from
the hospital phvsicians. The found that
a bullet had struck him in the right cheek,
glanced on the cheek bone and through
the fiesh The lead wa. later found
lodged In the will or the kitchen The
wound in Thomas' cheek is ebout three
inches long and two inches lielow the
right cxtreinitv of the right eve Had it
entered the eye phlcians ta. de-cth
probablv would have been Instantaneous.
Thomas ultered little from the wound
.uid walked from the hospital unaided
He was removed to the Tenth precinct
station and locked in a cell
Vttornev James F. Kelly was retained
is counsel by Thomas. After investigat
ing the shooting and interviewing, hlsl
llent, Kellj said "Mr Thomas killed
Kellv in self defense. There is no ques
tion of the fact. Thomas had been wound
ed bv Stevens ind would have been killed
If Stevens had used a little better aim
fter Stevens had shot his wife and was
gain advancing on Thomas with a pistol
lKiinted at Thomas' head. Thomas shot
and shot to save his vm life. The tes
timony of everv witness proves this to
lie a fact bevond the question of a doubt.
I expect Thomas' acquittal
Thomas came to Washington from his
home in Thomas ville, Divldson County,
about twentv miles from Greensboro, N.
", six years ago and studied for one
5 ear at the Bliss Electrical School be
fore going to work as an electrician.
Thomas has been a boarder at the Stev
ens home about a jear, and for eight
een months has been in the employ of
the Webster Electric Company, 717
Ninth Street Northwest Stevens had
Continued on. l'ane Seven.
Impeached Judge Removed
from Office and Disqualified
by Senate.
Jurist Convicted on Five of Thirteen
Articles Submitted by House
.Robert W Archibald, of Scranton. Pa..
Judge of the United States Circuit
Court, detailed to service in the L'nlted
itates Commerce Court, was found
cuilty of "high crimes and misdemean
ors in office ' yesterday afternoon b the
United States Senate, sitting as a court
In Impeachment. He was convicted on
rive or t!' thirteen articles of Impeach
ment reported by the House By a unan
imous vote of the Senate he was re
moved from office, and bj a v ote of 39 to
K he was 'forever disqualified from
holding and enjoving an office of trust.
honor and profit under tne inuea
Judge Archbald is the ninth lederal
official to be impeached by the United
states Senate since the adoption or the
Federal Constitution Of the other eight
oi.lv two were found guilt) Thtte were
John Pickering, tnitect States district
Judge JW3-1 and West II Humphrev,
i Iso a 1 ederal judge, whom the Senate
lemowd from office In ISC
The sentence imposed on Judge Arch-b-ild
was contained In a resolution offer
ee1 bj Senator James A O Gorman of
New lork It was in tne loiiowmg
' Ordered, that the respondent le re
moved from the office he i ow hoids and
be forever disqualified from holding and
enjoying anv office of honor, trust, or
piofit under the United States
A motion was made bv Sen Uor Oliver
ot Pennsylvania to divide the resolution,
giving Senators an opportunity to vote
separate!) on the quesUon of removal
from office and the extreme penalt) of
disqualification In addition to removal,
which the Constitution fixes as the maxi
mum penalt)
No I)lrntlnc Vote.
No roll vtis called on the question of
removal from office The vote was viva
voce and no dissenting voice was raied
On the question of adding disqualification
to the removal, imposing the extreme
penaltj, a roll call was demanded by
Senator La Follette of Wisconsin, and
the vote resulted as follows
A) es Republicans Borah. Bourne,
Brlstow Brown, Clspp Crawford. Cum
mins, Dixon. Gronna Kenvon I a Fol
lette. Page and Pomdexter Democrats
Ashurst. Brian Chamberlain. Clarke
(Ark ), Culberson Fletcher Gore Hitch
cock Johnson Kern Mirttn Martlne,
Ncwlands. O Gorman. Owen Perky,
Pomerene Reed, Snivel' Simmons Smith
( riz ) Smith (Md ), stone Swanson,
Tillman- and Williams Total S
Nas Republicans Brandegee, Burn
ham Burton. Catron, Clark (W')O.),
Crane Cullom Curtis, du Pont GUlin
ger, Jones I.ippitt I-odge. McCumber,
McLean, Nelson, Oliver, Penrose. Per
t rs. Richardson. Root banders smoot,
Continued on Pnce J'.
Monaco, Pa., Youth, Angered When
Refused Money for Candy,
Kills Widowed Parent.
Monaca, Pa.. Jan 11 Because his
mother refused to give him 5 cents tor
candv, Leros Higgins, eleven, to da)
shot and killed his mother. Mrs Mary
Higgins thirt) -five, a wiaow, in tne bed
room of their home In Monaca Heights
He used a single-barrel shotgun After
killing his mother, and. in order to make
It appetr, aceotdirg to the authorities,
that somebody else fired the shot, the
ho T-sinnried the gun. then went outside
and fired through the walls of the house.
The boy was taken into custody
After telling several different stories
about the killing, the boy admitted he
shot his mother, the authorities allege.
The bo qualified his alleged confession
bv declaring the. shooting was accidental
The police, however, are working on the
theorv that the shooting was deliberate.
It is "said that some time ago Mrs Hig
gins conferred with District Attorney
Graham in reference to some disposition
she could make of the bo), telling the
district attorney that he frequently
threatened to kill her, and she was
afraid of him. The bov's father died
even weeks ajfO.
zij.2jr -T gfj
President-elect for First Time
Announces Plan to Favor
Trust Imposed by People Shows that
Old Ideas Hare Gone by the
Board, He Says.
Princeton, N J . Jan. 11 In a speech
to the Presidential electors of New Jer
sey, delivered at a banquet In Trenton
just prior to the casting ot the electoral
vote for Wilson and Marshall, President
elect Wilson to-das made It plain that
he Intends to surround himself as Presi
dent with progressives, and onlj pro
gressives This Is the first time the President
elect has declared himtelf on the sub
ject The reactionaries, therefore will
find little solace In his administration of
the next four vears The speeeh was
vvildl) cheered and applauded by the
guests, who Included also the Democratic
legislators, members of the State com
mittee, ind State officials The banquet
took place at the Hotel Sterling Gov
Wilson said, in part
"Some men have been slow to observe,
but the majority of us have seen that the
t,eople of the United States have taken
a definite choice. I happen to be ono
cf the instruments through whom that
choice is expressed, and that choice is
for the long future The people of the
United States have turned their faces in
a definite direction and any party nv
man, who does not go with them In that
direction, thej will reject and thev ought
to reject
"Therefore, in looking forward to the
responsibilities that I am about to as
sume, I feel first, last and all the time,
that I am acting In a representative ca
pacity. I am bidden to interpret as well
as I can the purposes of the people of
the United states and to act so far
as my choice determines, the action only
through the lnstrumentalltv of persons
who also represent that choice
3fnnt Kct fur People.
I have no liberty In the miller. I
have given bonds. Mv saered honor is!
Involved, and nothing more could be
Involved Therefore. I shall not he acting
as a partisan when I pick out progres
sives, and only progressives I shall be
acting as a representative of the people
of this great countrv nd therefore.
It is a matter of supreme pleasure to
me to find In everv direction as I turn
about from one group of men to an
other that men s minds and men s con
sciences, and men's purposes aro yielding
to that great Impulse that now moves
the whole iieople of the United States.
"I do not foresee any sericus division of
counsel in be Democratic party as i
national body. On the contrary, I find
every evidence of solidarity. I see everv -where
evidence that rrrn who have not
hitherto viclded their judgment to the
movement of the age are now about to
jield their Judgment I will not say
their will Thev do not seem to be irt
ing under compulsion, they are beginning
to vleld their Judgment to the common
judgment of the nation. I find in dis
cussing questions of bus ness roTiTrirv
to the impression which prevails In some
editorial rooms that in speaking to men
of butdness I am speaking to men whoso
vis on Is swinging around to the path
which the nation has marked out for
' I fel, mvself no bitterness about
-in thing that has happened Thcie are
gentkmtn who I fear have entertained
bitter feeling whom I would lv
tco and grasp hands with at the end of
the journes
The lresldcntlal ele tors, after casting
their vote in the Senile chamber, paid a
lleasant compliment to llu Prxsldent-
r.ect bv selecting his oousm, Kitznilllam
Mcvlasters Wood row, of niumoi
C, as messencer to convey tin vote to
Washington oung W nod row Is a .
at Prlnciton I'nlvcrsltv.
Editor of Paper that Published Alleged
Libel Against jXing Says
Article Was True.
New lork. Jan 11 That the storv of
i morganatle marriage between King
George of England and Miss Elizabeth
Culme-Seymour in IK" was true was the
declaration made to-dav bv Fdward Hol-
ton James, editor of the Uberator. who
came here to secure the release of Ed
ward F Mvlius. author of the srory.
lrom Ellis Island where he is held by
the Lnlted States Immigration author!
ties Mr James, who claims that Mvlius
is held because he served a'vear in prison
in Fngland for libel said he would go
to Washington late tonight and lay
facts before the Department of Com
merce and Labor, which he believes will
effect Mvlius release
"The storv of the marriage of King
George, then Prince of Wales to Miss
Culme-bevmour is true, declared James,
who Is a son of Prof William James, of
Harvard "I Investigated the facts per
sonalis, and if I had been convinced that
the IJlierator was In error I would havu
published a retraction At an rate,
Mylius was illegall convicted because
his accuser. King George, did not appear
in court against him '
Secretarv of Commerce and I-ilxir
Nagel jestcrdav received a telegram
from Edward H James stating that the
latter will arrive In Washington to-day
to give testimunv in the case of Kdward
F Mvlius
Mvlius, who irrivcd in this country
about ten dajs ago, was detained at
Ellis Island for examination, and the
board there reported that he bad been
convicted in England, his native coun
trv. of libel, a crime Involving moral
turpitude, and. therefore, under the im
migration laws, was an undesirable alien,
and should be debarred.
Mylius .appealed to Secretarv Nagel.
who has the final say In the case, and
James, who lives in Paris, cabled that
he would like tp be heard before final
action was taken In the case.
Csnrevltch tnnr Kelnpse.
St- Petersburg. Jan 11 Toe Czarevitch
has had a relapsejatter his convalescence
had progressed far enough to allow His
Joining the Christmas festivities at the
Asarcka Selo Palace and is again con
fined to his b-d The boj'fl grandmother,
the Dowjger Empress, U also abed with
lumbago V j
NewHaven, Conn Jan 11 To furnish
a suite for President Taft, the'Taft ho
tel to-day gave an order for a special
bathtub, eight feet long, four feet wide,
and four feet deep. The suite which
President Taft will occupy was chosen
because It contained the largest bath
room In the hotel, but the bathtub It.
contained was decidedly too sman, ana it
will be hauled out to make room for the
Taft tank
Thu suite which the ex-President will
occupj when he comes here to fill the
lole of "Prof." Taft. of Yale, fills the
entire front ot the sixth floor of the ho
tel It consists ot nine rooms including
sis: sleeping apartments, a studj. recep
tion room, and dining-room
Tho President will come here next
week to attend a meeting of the lalo
corporation, and will then look over his
lojms. although the new bathtub will
pot be sent from the factory here until
April 1
lie has sent word that after the In
I'uguratlon of President Wilson, March
4. he will go South for a short rest. He
will make his home at the Hotel Taft
till fall, when he will lease a house In
New Haven for perhaps two vears. The
Kent lectures in law, which he will glvt,
a ill not begin till next fall.
Electors of Forty-eight- States
Meet in Capitals and
Announce Ballots.
Pennsylvania Breaks Tradition and
Goes for Roosveelt and
Wilson ind Marshull (Dent )
Hoosevelt and Johnson (Pro )
Taft and Butler (Rep) .
New York Jan 11 Presidential elec
tors In all the States met to da) at the
various Slate eapitols ard formal!) an
nounced the votes of their respective
States for President and Vice President
of the United states, and chose their of
cial messengers to earn the voles to
Washington, where the) will be delivered
to tho President pro tem of the Senate.
The Tcturns wlU be canvassed February
3i in jo'nL session of the Senate and
HDouse when Woodrow Wilson will be
lormatlv declared elected President of
Ihe I lilted States. Ohio for the first
lime in sixtv wars iast a solid vote for
Ihe Dmocratic natlunil ticket The
twent)-four vous of the state went to
Wilson and Marshall The Ust previous
Demoeratic Pr stdent It voted for was
Fnnklln Pierce In lv5I-
Ice Presidcnt-elcet Marshall, at In
dianapolis In thanking the fifteen elec
tors of Indiana for the vote the) cast
foi him and President-elect Wilson,
pledged himself anew to help carrv out
the provisions of the platform adopted at
thi Baltimore convention
( linnet- for Dispute.
I assure )ou there will be no dis
pute in the iwominh national adminis
tration for I do not intend to oppose
President Wilson hi said This was
the lust lime -Ince 1W3 that Indiana cast
Its lHtnnl vole for a Democrat for
The electors of Mar)land met at An
il ipolis in the old senate chamber where
George Washington resigned his commis
sion us commander In-t hi f of the ion
tlnental arm and fist their eight
volts for Wilson and Marshal
The four nepubiican Presidenta! elec
tors of Utah cast their votes for Presi
il nt Taft for President and Noeholas
Mumo Butler of Columbia Inlversit)
ork. for ice-President Prior ti
the meeting the electors announced that
thev favored Governor Hadley of Mis
souri for ice-President, hut later de
elded to honor President Butler Mrs
Margaret Jone Wicher will be the mes
!'rniisltnnlft for Hull Moose.
An addition to Woodron Wilson's cel
lectlon of luikv thlrteens was made b)
the thirteen electors of Kentucky when
the) met to-da, the thirteenth, to vote
for Messrs Wilson and Marshall
Resolutions declaring for a continua
tion of the Progressive part) and call
ing for a national convention were adopt
ed b) the thirt) -eight Penns)lvania elec
tors, who voted for Roosevelt and John
son This was the first tjme In more
than lift) vears that the electoral vote
of the State went lor candidates othr
than regular Republicans In concluding
the meeting, the electors sang "My
Country. Tls of Thee."
The four electors of Vermont cast thaj
vote of the State lor rresiaent tan ror
President, and Nicholas Murra) Butler
for Vice President
The meeting of the five electors at
Prov ldence K. I , was opened with a
prayer bv the Rev John C Vlchert. The
vote went to Wilson and Marshall
Former Representative Albert F. Daw
son Leads Iowa Delegation
to the Capital.
It Isnt often that the government has
ah opportunit) to sav e $1 :W,0 or more
through the appropriation of ISOOOtVand
former Representative Albert F. Dawson,
of the Second Iowa district, has come to
Washingtcn from his home in Davenport
to explain to the 'appropriations commit
tee how It can be done Mr Dawson Is
ono of a delegation from the tri-cities of
Davenport. Iowa, and Rock Island and
MOllne. Ill The other members of the
delegation are Irving C. Norwood, for
merly of this clt) and now secretary of
the Greater Davenport committee and
tho Davenport Commercial Club, Walter
Rosenfleld. of Rock Island, a member ot
the Illinois and Michigan canal commis
sion, and William A. Meese. a prominent
attorne) of Moljne.
Havana With Tbroush Service in Key
West -Atlantic Coast i.ines
Florldi Sneeial " K 20 n m 4 Ltd
trains .lailj. 1IVS New York Ave. nw.
Insurance Probers' Questions
Indicate Probable Nature
of Mayes Report'
More Experts Called to Testify to the
Value of the Property on Which
Sonthern Building Stands.
What may be taken as a more or
less authentic indication that the report
of Scott Maves, expert accountant em
plojed by the special Investigating com
mittee qf the District committee to probe
Into District affairs, will show that the
District stands indebted ito the United
Statts for moneys paid out against
lirlnclpnl and interest on the 16S District
bonds e,une out In the cross-examination
of witnesses before ttie Insurante
Investigation yesterday
Two members of the special commit
ter of the House District Committee In
vestigating local -insurance companies
also are members of me special com
mittee which probed or is probing into
the financial relations between the Dis
trict and the United States since 1578.
Representatives Redflefd of New York
and Berger of Wisconsin are these mem
bers Virtual!), the only known feature of
the District Investigation upon which no
report has been offered, is that being
conducted, supposedly under the indirect
supervision of the chairman of the com
mlttee. b) Scott Mayes Mr Ma)es has
leen at work, supposed!), for many
months, but his movements have been
more or less enshrouded In mystery,
and no direct Intimation as to his find
ings have come forth
Two flnrnttoiiii Lppermost.
In the cross examination of witnesses
In the Insurance investigation jesterday,
Representatives Redfiekl and Berger
were much interested in the opinion of
real estate experts Introduced by the
edfi use as to the probable effect upon
real estate values in Washington If two
things should happen, viz A decision by
Congress that the District Is indebted
to the Lnlted States to the extent of
millions of dollars and should be re
quired to pa) that debt quickl)
suiting In an Increase of taxes, and.
secondly If the organic act should 1
repealed nnd the District required to
bear the entire burden of taxation
To the reader s Interpretation of the
stenographts report of the examination
upon these points will be left the deel
slon as to whether the interrogators In
dicated the possession of advance Infor
mation on these points or whether they
referred to them merely as possibilities
The examination on these points follows:
Mr Berger Suppose the organic act
should be abolished and vou would have
to pa) vour own taxes how about the
value of propert) then
Mr Girdiner Well, we would pay the
taxes, that Is all
"VVonld VfTcct Rmldrncr Properts.
Mr Brger Do )ou think property
would grow at this same ratio
Mr Girdiner As to business propert
I do not know Mr Berger. If It would
have a great deal of effect But it would
affect residence propert) If I am not
mistaken that Is. the wealthy residence
Mr Redlield Suppose It should be d
termimd too that the District of Co
lumbia was largelv Indebted to tho
I nlt.il Mates a debt which It might be
called upon to p) within the next few
virs and for that reason there would
be i large enhanced burden on the
books How wool! that affect the values
of propertv
Mr Gardiner It is rather hard to say
what effect It would have
Vlr itcddcld buppoxe that both ot
those things vvcie possible to happen
1 otll that the District might be called
upon to pav Its own taxes, and might
he celled upon, also to pav the burden
of an .ictumulated debt which it has
1 eretofcre not assumed, and that thoe
both came into effect as a burden upon
the District, within the next three or
four viars would that affect the value
of real propertv
Mr Gardiner It would for a period I
do not believe, however, the increase in
taxation, the half-and-half being wiped
cut would have a material effect on the
value of District real estate
Mr Berger 1 am very glad to hear
that v
Refers to Question.
little later in the afternoon session,
while Kldridgc B. Jordan was on the
stand, Mr Berger said
"Mr Jordan. I understand vou are a
kind of Napoleon of Washington finance,
and )ou would be Just the person to
answer a few pertinent questions"
'I will be verv glad to answer any
questions," replied Jordan smllingl).
Thereupon Mr Berger assured him that
he believed his Judgment was good
"You believe It is rlgiit we the peo
ple of tlie countr) at large) should pay
half )our taxes" asked Berger
I do"
I do not blame ) ou at all from your
point of view "
"You said I had good judgment," re
turned Mr Jordan, still smiling.
The entire afternoon session was given
over to the examination of real estate
experts called b) the defense in an. ef
fort to prove that the $2,000000 valuation
placed upon the Southern property and
building by the three appraisers appoint
ed b the Insurance Deartment was not
excessive. The prosecution's witnesses
valued the property nt between $30 and
Returns to Answer vspemlons.
Mr. Jordan returned to the stand after
his examination Frida) to answer what
he considered aspersions against his tes
timony and to prove that the purchase
cf the Montrose Hotel propert, nt Four
teenth and II Streets, was a bona fide
transaction in which the actual consid
eration was $jl a foct Mr. Jordan said
that of the $173,000 paid for that prop
erty $3O,C00 was paid in two installments
to secure the deal and the balance, se
cured by the property was to be paid
within five jear
A. S. Gardiner, a real estate broker,
valued the land upon which tse South
ern Building stands at $15, if -vacant,
and believes the present Improvement en
hances the value of the property by $5
a foot. Testifying as to the business
value of property in the vicinity of Fif
teenth and It Streets. Mr. Gardiner, un
der questions by Charles A. Douglas,
said that J. H. Email &. Sons.. the florists,
bad vacated premises which were valued
at $Ki a foot and moved to the corner
in question.
I '
sssWiF?'-- W&&J
Wife of Lieut. Burleson, of the Third
Field Artlllerv. now at Fort Myer. Va.
She has been appointed grand marshal
of the suffragette parade to be held
In Washington. March 3.
Rider to Postal Bill Offered by
Hoosier Representative
Strikes at Postmasters.
Amendment Would Remove Protection
of Classified Service from Many
Government Employes.
lir joskpii p. ivmv.
An amendment' to the post-offlce ap
propriation bill, offered jesterda) by
Representative Cullop. Democrat, of In
dlam. was adopted b) a vote of W to
18, If enacted Into law. will have the ef
fect of removing the protection of the
civil service- from ltt,W postal em
ployes. '
The adoptlti.of the amendment wawas offered in a case where a life"hurg
the first retaliatory move Indicated In
the House for the recent action of Pres
ident Taft In placing under the civil
service the remaining utPTU fourth class
postmaster. The amendment includes
all fourth class postmasters. "o.OOJ In
number, all assistant postmasters
first and second class offices. S.400
number, and approximate!) G000 clerks
and letter carriers In first and second
class offices
The amendment has several stages to
pass through before it ibecomes a law
and It Is virtually certain that It will
not become law this seslon The bill
with all pending amendments first must
be adoptc d b) the committee of the whole
House, then again bv the House, and
then It must go to the Senate If that
body permits the 'ection to stand, and
it tinallv goes to the White House, li
Is assured of 1 veto as long as Brest
dent Taft remains there If it is sent
back again during the extra session.
the new administration will be forced
Into tlie undesirable necessity of declaring
emphatlcall) for or against the civil
service and Its contingent efficiency
standard at the vcrv outset of its course.
May "Nor Force luor.
In view of rhe embarrassment which
would result for the new president, it
i-j highl) improbable that the Demo
crats vvill force the l-sue It is possible
that when Hie bill returns to tho rlouse
from the committee of the whole, the
obnoxious clause will bfi knocked out
at tlie behest ot the leaders and ad
ministration spokesmen
A significant feature of the vote ves-
terda) was that no Republican voted on
the question, evident") In the belief that
the amendment would be knocked out
before the bill leaves the House.
Because of the class of emp!o)es lilt
at In the bill, the enactment of this
hostile provision would be a terrific blow
against the efficlenc) of the Post-office
"I have not seen the amendment and
cannot be sure from what I have heard
whether the letter carriers are Included
in the measure or not." said First ssist
ant Postmaster General Charles P
Grandfield last night ' The enactment
of the amendment Into law, however.
whether the letter carriers are included
or not, would be a olow to the depart
Ileiiulrc revhulenl Training:.
Of the o'erks and assi4ant post
masters included lri the amendment, as
I understand it. fully SO per cent are
men of whom are required a technical
training and experience Most of them
are engaged in distribution or work of a
similar nature Investigation In the de
partment has shown that It takes a new
man about five ears to attain his high
est degree of efficlenc), that Is, he may
be expected to Improve steadllv for the
tln.t five years of his service In other
words, they have to be trained in the
department, and the course consumes
five )ears
"These men are not picked up in the
streets and thrown into thelr.jobs Every
assistant postmaster and supervisory of
ficer we have has practtcallv growa up
In the service.
The debate In the House over the
amendment drew the lines between the
spoilsmen and tho civil service-advocates
on the Democratic side. Representative
Hamlll of New Jersey took up the cud
gels in behalf of the civil service In a
short speech He said:
I think that any measure mat wouia
be a blow at the Civil Service ought to
be spumed bv the members of this
House. I know that in taking a position
wherebv assistant postmasters could be
removed. I would be doing something
which, from the point of view or patron?S
age. would be very benenciai to raj sell.
I believe, however, that since we nave
established Civil Service and recognized
life tenure, this House would make a
mistake of this time If It passed .any
legislation that would menace or imperil
tho continuance of that meritorious and
experience-proved s stem."
Jury Finds Negro Guilty and
Recommends Sentence
to Death.
No Defease Offered at Trial Verdict
Ccnaeaded bv Prominent Gti
zens of WasJMBjtoB. '
"The authorities are to be. high
ly commended for their prompt ac
tion "I. II. Droop, president of
Board of Trade.
"' am not, generally, in favor
of the death penalty, but tills
particular case ,ls of so atrocious
a character, that I heartily Jom
mend the Jury fo- Its verdict."
D. A. Kdwards, president of th
Federation of Citizens" Associa
tions. "Death was the only possible
penalt)." S Sowerbutts. secretary
of the Northeast Citizens' As
sociations. "Justice demanded the death
penalty The Jury fonnd as an
American Jury would have to In
such a case." John G. McGratn.
president of the Parkview Citizens
People of this suburb, who
were horrified 1.) the details ot the
case, expected nothing else." Al
fred T. Gage, secretary of the Con
necticut Avenue Citizens' Associa
tion ' I am clad that it has been jdone
so Quickly. A speedy execution of
the sentence Is also to be wished
for " M. I 'Weller, secretary of
the East Washington Citizens As
sociation. V record was established in crimlna'
legal history In the District Suprem
Court yesterday, in that a jury in
Justice Stafford s court, before which
was tried the case of Nathaniel
Green, colored charged with felonious:
assault on Mrs Adelaide E Green
on Christmas night, brought in a.
verdict of guilt), recommending th
death penalty within thirtv minutes Th
Jury retired at I o clock and thirt) min
utes thereafter had agreed on the ver
dict which will send Green to the gal
lows Nor was this the onl record that was
established It was the first case on
record in the Dtslrict-jwhere no defense
in the balance and where the prisoner
stood mute with the death penalty star
ing him in the- face
Standing on his plea of guiltv. as en
tered Januar) - last, when he was ar
ra'gned. Green, through his counsel, de
clined to take part In the trial. Notlco
of a motion in arrest of Judgment was
filed by Green's counsel. The motion, tt
is understood, will be heard without de
lay rienm-d srltli erdlrt.
District Attorne) W ilson expressed him
self as highly pleased with the verdict
and said that the government will prose
cute cases of this kind with vigor and
determination to stamp out crlms
against women
The assault took place In the areawuv
of Jl. C Street Southeast, lwtween th-
hours of 7 and S o clock, and public in
dignation ran high when The Herald
the following morning carried the news
of the atrocious assault When Green
was arraigned Justice Stafford refused
to accept the plea of guilty, and set th
trial for yesterdav assigning Attorne) s
George It Macdonald and Benjamin T-
Gasklns to conduct the defense. Coun
sel for the prisoner took the position
that the court wis wltHmit authortty
to decline to accept a plea of guilty
The) argued tliat there was no lsstia
to submit for determination to a Jury, ss
Green had admitted his guilt, and. there
fore, declined to participate in the trial
Justice Stafford overruled the objection
to the calling of a Jury, and also to tho
swearing in of witnesses offered by thi
prosecution Counsel for the pnsoncr
decllned to examine an of the Jurors,
and also refused to cross-examine any
of the witneses
Knocked Her ene1es.
Assistant Attorne) Proctor made th
opening statement for the government,
nnd said he xpecttd to ,io that Greer
had struc-k Mrs Grant a stunning blow
on the left jaw, coming up behind hr.
The blow knocked her senseless and she.
was dragged b) Green Into an areaway
ot premises S15 C Street Southwest
'All that the victim of the assault,
remembers was that she was suddenly
rendered unconscious, "said the assistant j
prosecutor "I-ater, Mrs Grant recalled ,
of being under the Impression of being
In a deep hole struggling with a. man
who was endeavoring to- overpower ner.
She again relapsed into unconsciousness
and knew no more until she found her
self seated on the steps In front of the
house, where the policeman had placed
her t await the arrival ot the am
bulance "
Mi's Margaretta Van Ness, or 1 ,
Street Southeast told on the witness I
stand of a visit made to her bv Mrs.
Grant and of her departure about 7
Continued on Second 1'nur.
New York. Jan. 11 Finding the steam
ship Abjsslnla. of the Hamburg-Ameri
can line, reeling aooui in a iiuy raw
south of the Grand Banks, with her
rudder gone and her shaft broker, the
White Star I.lner Cedrlc stood by the
strickc.1 vessel for stx hours, flashing
ntrir messages for help, until the
Armenian, a White Stnr freighter, picked
up the calls and came to the rescue.
Wireless dispatches received from the
captain or the Cedrlc at the White Star
offices told of the Abyanla's plight.
The Abyssinia carried no passengers,
but had aboard a valuable cargo ot 6,00u
tons of merchandise. The Cedrlc car
ried almost a full complement or pas
sengers. The Abyssinia was tossing wildly
when the Armenian reached her. An
elehtv-mlle gale was blowing. The
Cedrifc stood by until the Armenian threw
tho Abyssinia a tow nne and wen pro
ceeded on her way to New York. The
Abvsslnta Is bound for PklladtlptiU.

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