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Forming of Finance Commis
sion Is Proposed at Pan
BIG PROBLEM TACKLED
Definite Scheme Presented by
Deputy Collector of New
STEAMSHIP SUBSIDY FAVORED
Delegation from Salvador Also Would
Exempt AH Pan-American
Vessels from Duties.
Establishment of a finance commission
empowered to provide a standard bank
ing system and uniform currency for the
sister republics of the western hem-j
Isphcre was one of the salient proposal
made vestcrdav t the Tan-American
financial confeienct. now in session here.
The proposition was introduced by Kd
mund I) I ishtr. deputy collector of the
nty of New ork. and constituted the
first definite pioposal made to settle the
ciKHlitic problem of financing the trade
between the Americas that is bound to
follow the chanscd maikct conditions in
cident to the European war.
Another interesting proposal, made by
the delegation from Salvador, was that
the conference recommend to all the
Ian-American republics absolute exemp
tion of Pan-American ships from all port
duties, tonnage dues and light-bouse fees.
including ferriage dues through the
Panama Canal. This delegation also
adopted resolutions favoring subsidies of
Slarlne Laws Vrced.
Enactment of laws tending to place the
merchant marines of the American re
publics on a basis of equality with those
of all other countries by the removal of
legal restrictions that may exist or by
the granting of direct or indirect subsi
dies, or both, was urged by the Uru
That th financial institutions of the
United States should adopt the methods
commonly employed by the banks of
Europe, particularly in England and
Germany, whereby financial resources are
placed at the disposal of foreign com
merce, was proposed by George L. Duval,
New York banker. This proposal was
unanimously adopted by the members or
the Peruvian delegation.
Many theories as to the best way to
swing the financial end of the big trade
problem of the Western Hemisphere have
been discussed. Some of the best-known
bankers'Of thto country are positive that
no single institution could be estab
lished anywhere in South America that
would be able to do all that Is to be done
to satisfy the trade and credit require
ments. On the other hand, several South
American delegations strongly are recom
mending a central bank In South America,
founded on United States' capital.
Mr. Fihcr's Dronosal follows: "The
Pan-American Finance Commission shall
cont-ist of seven members of recognized
experience In banking or finance who
shall be appointed and subject to removal
h the board of directors of the Pan
American Union, and whose duty in gen
eral ijiall be to advise and assist in the
solution of the fiscal and monetary prob
lems of the anous nations of the West
ern HemlfDhere. Each member shall
serve for ten ears. unless removed for
cause to be stated in a communication
sent to the President of the country of
which he Is a citizen.
hprclflr Dulles Oullliird.
"The specific duties of the commission
shall be: to advise and assist in the
fiscal development or the various coun
tries, securlnc necessary data and mak
ing suggestions in relation to the stabili
zation of national spirit, particularly the
payment or readjustment of currency
debt: and to crovin in the extent that
may be found practicable a standard
plan for the development of banking and
monetary av stems for the various coun
tries in the Pan-American Union and the
establishment of a uniform currency.
Such currency shall be suDPorted by a
gold reserve, or an equivalent available
credit. In conjunction with a subsidiary
coinage based upon an appropriate re
lations to the requirement of the people.
"The commission shall particularly de
vote Itself to Investigating and col
lecting information which would Justify
Individuals, corporations, or syndicates in
srantlnr loans from time to time for the
purpose of making effective the plan
The recommendation of the Salvador
delegation concerning exemption from
Panama tolls was madu by Jose E. Sua)'.
The delegates also expressed the belief
that new steamship lines must be started
or ths old lines Improved so that thero
may be speedy and fixed sailings between
San Francisco and the southern part of
South America on the Pacific, and be
tween San Francisco and the southern
end of the continent on the Atlantic
They also proposed axulliary lines for
Instance, one from New York to Colon
and one from San Francisco to -Panama
Great emphasis was placed yesterday
by the Peruvian group on the importance
OONTIHUED OlTraQE THBt
COLONEL BREAKS RIBS.
Aevv Horse Shoira Former Bonih
Rider Some Trlcka. I
New York. May 27. Col. Theodore I
Roosevelt broke two ribs on Monday last,
when a new horse that he was riding I
on his place at Oyster Bay threw hint. I
It was reported tonight that he Is now j
out of danger of being foieed to rcnuln ,
In bed. '
The accident occuried at 11 a. m , just
In front of the Roosevelt home, on Saga
moreHlll. It has kept the Colonel from
coming to New Yorifand It was reported
tonight It will be at least one week be
fore he leaver his home.
ADMITS HALF OF
Secretary Daniels Says Only
Five to Seven Proved Ef
fective in Games.
TO PUSH INVESTIGATION
Aim of Inquiry Will Be to Find i
Remedy for Collapse of
Kiank admission was made etcrday
by Sccretar of the Navy Daniels that
of the twelve submarines which went to
New York for the maneuvers, only from
five to seven were "effective during a cer
ta - period of these maneuvers."
Secretary Daniels has therefore ordered
a thorough and complete investigation
to ascertain the cause and find a remedy
I for the breakdowns of submarines.
Representative Augustus Gardner and
othrs. including Admiral Yates Stirling,
who contended during the session of Con
gress that the submarine service of the j
United States was totally inadequate and
defective, are certain to find Indication
for their charges in the Secretary's ad
Inojalry to Be Started.
In the statement issued. Secretary
Daniels said that the showing made by
the submarines in the recent maneuvers
"strengthened his determination to begin
at once a thorough Investigation to ac
tually detcrmlpe the cause and If pos
sible to find a remedy for the too frequent
breakdowns of KUbmarlr.cs."
"The submarine." he said, "la still In
an experimental stage and the boat of
two years ago, as compared with these
now in actual service abroad. Is probably
even more comparatively obsolete than
an automobile of three years ago would
Referring to the submarines in the ma
neuvers." he says, "that out of the twelve
which came from New York one was un
able to proceed and various others suf
fered from breakdowns, necessitating re
pairs of greater or less Importance
which took them out of the game for
arjing lengths of time."
Small Number Effective.
Secretary Daniels says that full reports
are not yet In, but that "reports unof
ficially give a number of varying from
five to seven as the total submarines ef
fective during a certain period of the
It Is known that the E-l and E-2 and
one of the K boats and two others were
found In greater or less degree defective
during and immediately after the recent
Mr. Daniels says that in the meanwhile
"the plans for the twentjr-Blx new sub
marines authorized by the Sixty-third
Congress are being pushed with all pos
sible speed. Bids will be Invited for
their actual construction next week."
BRITAIN HAS NEW
FIRST SEA LORD
Admiral Sir Henry Jackson Appointed
to Head of Naval Forces Fisher
London. May 27. It Is officially an
nounced that Admiral Sir Henry Jack
son has been appointed First Sea Lord
of the admiralty.
Sir Henry Jackson's appointment as
First Sea Lord removes all doubt as
to tte possible retention of Admiral
Fisher in the post. Both Winston
Churchill, who was first lord of the ad
miralty, and Sir John Fisher, who was
admiral of the fleet, have now been
definitely eliminated from the control
of the navy.
TUBS SUBMARINE ELUSIVE.
Constantinople Beport Telia of
MnklnK of Brltlab. IVarafclp.
Constantinople (via Berlin and Am
sterdam). May 7. Official announce
ment was made today that the subma
rine which sank the British battleship
Triumph Tuesday in the Gulf of Saros
had returned safely to its base. The
attack on the Triumph was made un
der cover of darkness early on the
morning of Tuesday. The submarine
was only 300 yards from the battleship
when it fired the torpedo.
The submarine was pursued by a
number of British torpedo boats and
destroyers, but eluded, them and es
FIVE LOST Dr SEA 'STORM.
Schooaer Elmer Wrecked Oat Coast
f Nova Scotia.
Montreal, May 17. Five lives are re
ported lost In a storm off the Nova
Scotia coast, which wrecked the schooner
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DEATH CHECKS AUTO
TRIP ACROSS COUNTRY
Mrs. Julian P. Dodge, of Washington,
Killed in Car Accident in
The trans-continental motor l.ip of Mr.
and Mrs. Julian P. Dodge, IKi First
street northwest and their guests, Mr.
and Mrs. S. M. Snapp, 115 Adams street
northwest ended tragically yester
day when their automobile overturned In
Ohio and Mrs. Dodge was killed. The
other members of the party were Injured,
It Is feared. They will arrive In Wash
ington this morning with the body of
"Word or the accident was received yes
terday afternoon, when Mr. Dodge tele
phoned from Lisbon, Ohio, to Mrs. Lewis
Randall, wife of Rev. Lewis Randall, 2E
First street northwest, pastor of the
Rhode Island Avenue M. P. Church. The
members of the party were communicants
In Dr. Randall's congregation.
Mr. Dodge gave but few details of the
accident. He said they were near Han
over. Ohio, across the Pennsylvania State
line, when the steering gear swerved and
the car overturned. Mrs. Dodge was
crushed beneath the machine, dying al
most instantly. Dodge was driving. He
declared the others were "safe."
The parly left Washington Tuesday
morning for the San Francisco Exposi
tion. They had planned to tour through
California and make a sight-seeing trip
about the West.
Mrs. Dodge was 29 years old. Dodge
formerly owned a grocery store at 1910
First street northwest, retiring In March.
Snapp is a sign painter. Rev. Dr. Ran
dall and other friends will meet the party
MURDER IT SECOND DEGREE.
Jorr in Poland Case Returns Ver
dict After Three Hours.
A verdict of murder in the second
degree was returned by the jury at
S o'clock last night against William
A. Poland, charged with murdering
Mrs. Mary L. Naylor in the home of
William E. Wilkins, in Twining City,
on July 10 last. The jury was out
just three hours. The penalty for
second-degree murder is from twenty
years to life imprisonment.
The jury was charged by Chief Jus
tice Covington, sitting in Criminal
Division No. 1, of the District Su
preme Court. Arguments by Attor
neys George P. Hoover and P. 3.
Scantling, counsel for Poland, and by
Assistant United States Attorney S.
McComas Haw-ken. for the govern
ment, were not concluded until 5:3d
o'clock yesterday afternoon, and Chief
Justice Covington's charge was not
finished until nearly 6 o'clock.
ARGUES FOR FRANK'S DEATH.
Georrla'a Legal Representative Files
Protest to ComBSlaalon.
Atlanta. Ga.. Mayr 27. Solicitor Gen
eral Dorsey today flsd a formal letter
with the prison commissions, protest
ing against trie communication of Leo
Frank's death sentence, but whether he
will appear in' person before the com
mission at the hearing on Monday to
oppose clemency is. not certain.
Coincident with the Dorsey letter to
the commission It became known that
many lawyers in the State have made
appeals in the doomed man's behalf. V
2t CkariottearHla a Reran
Mav 31. Southern Railway., SoeclaJ t J
leaves Washington :- a. so. Adv.
SEVEN TORIES JOIN CABINET WITH ASQUITH
the eight Unionists who have become
Disabled Ship Crawls Into
British Dock Showing
WAVES WASH HER DECKS
German Envoy Denies that Injury
Could Have Been Caused by
Spccut Cable to Tha Winrton rfrrlld.
Liverpool, May 27. The American
steamship Ncbraskan, which was dam
aged by an exterior explosion oft Fastnet
Rock Tuesday night arrived at Liverpool
The damage to the Nebraskan consists
of a hole In her starboard bow thirty
by fifteen feet. She Is down by the head.
Her forward deck is awash.
The Nebraskan docked at the West
Canadian pier at 10:15 p. m. '
Experts to Report.
Among the experts who will examine
the hull of the Nebraskan when she goes
into drydock for repairs are Lieut. Tow
ers and Naval Constructor McBridc. both
of whom are attachedlo the American
Embassy In London.
London, May 27. American Ambassador
Walter H. Page, today sent Capt P. A.
Symington, naval attache, to the United
States Embassy, to Liverpool to make a
thorough examination of the steamer
Nebraskan to determine whether or not
she had been torpedoed by - submarine.
Capt. Symington was also Instructed to
receive the report of Capt. J. S. Greene,
master of the Nebraskan, which will be
transmitted to the State Department at
Washington by Ambassador Page.
Envoy Denies Story.
Count Von Bernstorff. German Am
bassador, called at the State Department
yesterday and filed a practical disclaimer
of theory that the American ship Nebras
kan could have been destroyed by
a German mine. The statement of the
German Ambassador, which was In writ
ing, was as follows:
"With reference to a report which I
read In a Washington paper this morn
ing. I beg leave o advise that I have
official Information from our admiralty
that German mines laid in the sea are of
such a nature that they become innocu
ous when they break from their an
chorage." Count BernstorfTs statement Indicated
to some ot the officials that Germany
will not only contend that It was not a
German mine that disabled the Nebras
kan, but that there will be a total ab
sence of proof that the Injury was due
to a German submarine.
Up to a late hour 'last night the ques
tion as to whether the Nebraskan was
attacked by a submarine or ran over a
mine, English or German, remained un
answered at the White House 'and State
Often- Again 8elle4 frem fky..
Amsterdam. May XI. The allied, avia
tors have made another successful at
tack on Ostend; causing extensivedam
age and Inflictinc heavy loss of life among
Its German occupasjts, according to ad
MEMOEfas OF JKfEV CNaUSH WaJ.- CABrE.T
members of the present "war cabinet" under a Liberal Premier.
Invaders Sweep Into Dual
Monarchy with Small
ONLY 4 REPORTED DEAD
Alpine Advices Tell of Strong Teu
tonic Forces Massing Behind
Sprcul Cabfo to The WafJunfton nrrald.
Rome, May 27. Italy's armies continued
to press forward without interruption to
day, sweeping what little resistance was
offered out of the way with small diffi
culty. Official bulletins at nightfall told
of the retreat of all Austrlans encount
ered, who fell back northward and east
ward. The victorious Italians at ono
point penetrated to Wrlpbach, within
twelve miles of Triest.
Refugees arriving In Verona report that
the Austrlans have abandoned many
points In the Lower Tyrol without await
ing the appearance of the Italian troops.
They have simply withdrawn, after
burning or dynamiting bridges over which
they had passed in order to hamper pur
suit. Only Four Reported" Killed.
The Italian forward movement cen
tered upon the mountainous country
f Immediately beyond the Austrian bor
def. east of the Italian line, and form
ing a gateway to Trieste and also to
The absence of resolute resistance
on the part of the Austrlans has caus
ed no little comment, particularly in
view ot the fact that bulletins record
only fifteen casualties four dead and
one officer and ten men wounded. This
official casualty list comes from Mon
'tebello. Carnla, In the wake of a bul
letin stating that the Italians occupied
a lofty, commanding peak near Mon
tebello and Luxella Prevalla.
Another bulletin records the capture
Kof an entrenched Austrian camp near
Capacretto. Here tents, ammunition
and stores In large quantities were
taken after having been abandoned
by the Austrlans In their flight.
Official bulletins also report artillery
actions of importance along the moun
tainous frontier of the Carnla district
In which the Italians shelled the deefnd
Ins Austrlans and caused them to with
draw farther Into their own territory.
While the Italian forces are push
ing eastward, reports from Alpine sources
bring the disquieting Information that
large forces of German troops are mass
ing behind Ala, on the northern frontier
above Milan and Verona. Ala Is the
Austrian customs station on the most
direct mall route from Berlin to Rome
HUE ARlESTEir AT RACES.
Men Taken at Belmont Under New
York Gnaabllas Law.
New Tork. May 27. Three men were
arrested at the Belmont Park race track
this afterncon charged with violation of
the gambling law. The men gave their
names aa D. Harmonde, C. Jandorf and
W.-B. Pyrott.-a.of JJw-IrCi
BECKER GIVEN ONE
MORE WEEK OF LIFE
Stay of Execution Approved by Gov.
Whitman, Former Nemesis ql
New- York, May 27. The stay of one
week In the execution of Charles Becker
for the murder of Herman Rosenthal
1 has been granted by Gov. Whitman, he
announced tonight in Chicago, where he
itopped on his way to the Pan-American
Exposition In California.
"There is no doubt that Becker can
talk," he said. "It Is impossible for me
to discuss the matter any further. I have
granted Becker a reprieve until July IS.
will return to Albany July 12. What
ever official action I may take In the case
will be at that time."
This indicates that the friends ot
the former police lieutenant are ready
to adopt the last resort to save his
life, although It was announced to
night from a source that cannot be
disputed that all hope had been aban
doned by his family.
It was intimated that when Gov.
Whitman returns to Albany on July
12 he will be asked to commute Beck
er's sentence of death to life Imprison
ment in return for which the latter
may tell all he knows concerning the
gambling graft In police circles with
which he was connected.
RIGGS INDICTMENTS RUMORED.
mdavlt Submitted by Bank Offi
cials Is Qnenttnnrtl.
There Is a rumor current here to the
effect that the next step In the contro
versy bewcen the Treasury Department
and he Riggs National Bank will be
an indictment of some of the bank of
ficials in connection with an affidavit
Introduced In court relative to alleged
stock dealings by bank officials. In
the course of the trial Just concluded
a division of opinion arose as to
whether the affidavit truly stated the
facts discussed in it. ''
Emphasis Is given the rumor yester
day by the statement that Justice Wal
ter I. McCoy, who heard the case, has
recently been In repeated conferences
with the District Attorney.
When the attention of officers of the
Dank was called to the rumor, the state
ment was made that the probable action
of the Treasury officials or their attor
neys was unknown, but that If any fur
ther steps were taken, other than the
issues now in court, the purpose would
undoubtedly be to divert public atten
tion from those Issues.
CROWDS AT VANDERBILT RITES.
Police Neceaanry to Control C'nrlona
nt Memorial Sertlcea.
New Tork, May 27. Memorial services
for the late Alfred Vanderbllt. who lost
his life o the Lusltanla. were held to
day at the home of his mother, Mrs.
Cornelius Vanderbllt. Among those pres
ent were Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbllt. Mrs.
Alfred Gwj-nne Vanderbllt. and her two
children. Chauncey M. Dcpew, Mr. and
Mrs. Henry W. Clews, Hamilton W.
Cary, Worthlngton Whitehouse, Mrs.
Frederick Neilson, Alfred R. Conkllng.
William J. Schleffelln, Mrs. R. Nulton
Cutting, Maurice Roche, and Lawrence
The Rev. Lelghton Parks, pastor of
St. Bartholomew's Church, who officiated,
made no reference to Mr. Vanderbflt's
death In his sermon.
It. required a .big. squad of policemen
to keep back. crowd of carious.
British Lose Two
Lines Cut Twi
Submarine in Dardanelles Adpliary
Ship Princess Irene Blown Up in
Sheerness With Loss of 324-
Austrian Statement Tells
Front of Russians Have Been Pierced German
Reports Mention Only Fighting in West, How
ever Critics Think Flanders Threatened.
The Austrian-German armies of Cen.
on Mackensen have pierced the Rus
sian front southeast of Permysl. while
the legions of Cen. Linsingen, staking
from the southeast have broken through'
the Czar's lines near Stryj. These strik-'
inn successes arc reported in the official!
statement issued at Vienna last night.
Berlin says little concerning the fight-
ing in the east, devoting most of its at
tention to detailing repulses of French
attacks in Northern France. The Ger
man war office, however, states that .it
last reports the troops of the Teutonic
allies were progressing to the northeast
of Permjsl and In the district of Strj'J.
In, the west, meanwhile, Berlin and
Paris are at variance. The midnight
communique issued In Paris reports fur
ther gains for the French forces in the
sector north of Arras. Here the French
troops are said to have taken the ceme
tery at Ablain. a position strongly or
ganized by the Germans, and to have
progressed even 'beyond this point.
Berlin takes ah entlrelyopposlte tack.
"Regardless of theirTaUure of May
25," sas-s the German statement, "the
French repeated their attempts to break
througli our lines between Vermelles and
the Lorette Hills." It then goes on to
state that French attacks on this front
and against the Souchez-Neuville lines
were repujscd with heavy loss to the at
tacking forces, while South of Souchez
no decision has jet been reached in the
fighting going on there.
Both statements agree, however, that
the Germans are purely on the defensive
In the western theater, while directing
all their energies toward crushing the
Russians in tho east.
Life Toll Heavy.
Military observers believe that before
long the Germans will be forced to draw
upon Von Mackensen and otrer command- j
ers In the east for men to re-enforce their
battered lines In France and Flanders and
to send to aid the Austrians against
Italy. Consequently they believe the
whole energy of the German staff at
present Is directed toward increasing the
efficiency of these eastern armies, so that
the Russians may be struck so terrific
a blow that, even if they are not forced
to their knees, they will bo unable to re
cuperate In time to aid the French and
British by launching a new offenshe to
ward the Carpathians.
Meanwhile the German war lords
appear to be content to let the French
and British hammer away at the
strongly defended German positions,
paying heavy toll In life for the sake
of whatever gains they make. Should
the French succeed In shelling the
Germans from Lens, which Is a dis
tinct possibility. If they are enabled
to clear the Kalser-s forces from the
Lorette Hills it would, of course, be
an entirely different thing, as tne
Teutons then would be forced to give
up a large section of conquered ter
ritory. But Berlin seems to be willing to
take that risk apparently, believing
that the German lines In the west can
withstand the French assaults long
enough for Mackensen to get in his
trip-hammer blows which will send
the Russians back In flight from Ga
licla, their whole plan of campaign
shattered and their morale broken.
To this end the Austro-German suc
cesses reported by Vienna yesterday
will go a great way. The great fort
ress on the San Is practically Jnvestec
now and Lemberg appears to be Im
periled by heavy Teuton forces ap
proaching It from the west and south
west. Converting armies, surrounding
Permysl and drawing on Lemberg ap
pear to, be driving the Russians be
fore them in every Instance. Petrograd
reports furious fighting In all this
Representative Walker, at Gcorsrla,
Improving After Operation.
Baltimore. Md.. May 27. Represen
tative J. Randall Walker, of Georgia,
who entered the Union Protestant In
firmary ler yesterday, was operated
on at that Institution this afternoon.
The physicians at the hospital after
the operation said the patient's con
dition was fftvonkl-
Torpedoed by Enctht
of Two Points at Which
Srcul Cable te The tViJnnrtan HrrrtJ.
London, May 27. The day's lost
to the British naval forces was twe
'P. ttic battlohip Majestic, sunk in
t,,c fighting in the Dardanelles, and
":c auxiliary ship Princess Irene,
bIo"n "P " Sheerneis Harbor.
I The official nress hnreati tnnicht
gave out the following statement for
"An enemy submarine torpedoed
and sank H. M. S. Majestic. Capt.
II. V. C. Talbot this morning while
it was supporting the army on the
Gallipoli Peninsula. Nearly all the
officers and men were saved.
Only One Sarvlvor.
The auxiliary naval ship Princess
Irene, which, formerly belonged ty the
Canadian Pacific Railroad was blown
to pieces in Sheerness Harbor day.
AH of her crew except four men per
ished, and in addition, seventy-eight
dock1 workers who were pn board lost
ably never be known, for 6
on board is still alive and he was picked
up too badly burned to tell what hap
pened, even if he knew.
The force of the explosion was so great
that ceilings fell in houses several miles
away. Those who saw it say that two
pillars of flame, one following the other
after an Interval of a few seconds,
rose to a height of 300 feet. Dense white
clouds of smoke hid for several minutes
the place where the ship had been and
when the smoke cleared away only a
few pieces of floating debris remained.
The admiralty announcement of the ex
plosion states that it Is believed to have
been accidental. It does not state the
number of members of the crew aboard,
saying merely that three "were not
aboard at the time of the disaster." The
announcement first read that three "were
board." The "not" was subsequently
Assuming that the Princess Irene had
a crew of 250 the total loss of life would
Many seamen on vessels near by were
Injured by falling debris. Part of the
Irene's boiler fell on a vessel half a
mile away. Some fragments fell ten
miles away. Remnants of human bodies
were picked up in the near-by marshes.
narsea Go with Her.
Two barges moored alongside the Irene
were blown to fragments.
"She did not go down, she simply went
up,"iald an officer of one of the vessels
ncarHr7 who witnessed the Irene's ex
plosion. "Her remains were distributed
for miles around. The Medway was
j spotted with pieces of wreckage and fur-
nlture and little bits of human bodies.
"I was near enough tothe Irene, so
that when she went up I could distinctly
make out the forms of men amidst the
flying wreckage. It seemed to me that
the Irene went up in a cloud of 10.000
fragments a mile high."
The Majestic was a battleship of
14,900 tons displacement and normally
carried a crew of 757 men. She was
built In 1S33( being one of the old pra
Dreadnoughts' class. Her length over
all wa413 feet. She was armed with
four 12-lnch guns, twelve 6-lnch. six
teen 13-pounders, and twelve 3-pound-ers.
besides two Maxims and two Im
pounder boat guns. She also had four
18-Inch torpedo tubes submerged and
one above water. She was covered with.
heavy Harveylx ed armor. Her ,speed.
limit was IS 1-2 knots. ."".
IT. S. WARSHIPS DAMAGED.
Georsjla aid -febrnskn In Collision
Dnrlnar Gnle. 1
Newport. R. I.. May 57. The bat
tleships Georgia vand Nebraska were
damaged during a gale on Narrangan
settBay last night, when they were
driven Into collision by the wind.
Both' ships lost some of their side
gear. A portion ot the .Nebraska's
bridge was carried away and soma
of her guns were slightly damaged.
mum Harpers Ferry. ;3f arA
brg. gt Berkeley Sartnaa anal 9N
to Ca tnerlanal and Rrtsts.
Baltimore .Ohio Sunday, May-JO. from
Union Station, S::s a. m. Returmtac
aaaae day. Adv.
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