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The Net Circulation of the Washington Herald Yesterday Was 42,642
Today?Unsettled; Wednesday. fair;
shffhtly warmer, variable winds.
Highest temperature yesterday, 85;
lowest, 68.
?Is printed every day to The Waahtnfftoa
Herald then tn ?J1 other local papera In
addition, you get ALL the telegraph naws
worth while.
Mob Violence Threatens College Man Accused of Killing Girl
Negro Murderer of George
Peter Eludes Police De
spite Rigid Search-?
Trail of Blood to Stream
Is Only Clue to the Crime.
Wounded Daughter Recalls
That Farmer Was Ad
dressed as Mr. Peter.
Three Are Arrested in
Connection with Case.
Despite the rigid search insti
tuted by Sheriff W. W. Beall, of
Prince Georges County. Deputy
Sheriff Thomas W. Garrison and
posses composed of citizens yes
terday for the murderer 01 George
Peter, of \ruivdcl Station, whose
daughter. Miss Catherine Peter,
was also shot and left in a seri
ous condition, the negro was still
at large.
Su\e lor a trail ot blood that led
from a stream ntar the scene of
the tray?d> to a thick growth of
underbrush, no clue has been ob
tained as to the murderer's where
abouts. I
Tin trail followed from the
stream to the thickly wooded sec
tion at \rundel, ^n the hope that
the negro would be hiding in the
woods. Put the closest search
failed to reveal any trace of him.
Part* of the thicket are impene
t."ill?!?=?. and it was su?;-;e.sted that blood
hounds hp brought to the scene. An
app#.i1 wa.-* made for the dogs to a
mart in Virginia but the request was
Tvfus?*d Ummusc of thr fact that the
ira;i ha.-* only two. and he is holding
t < :n in case of an emergency in his
i #*ighh?>rhood.
It is believed that the murderer
.-topped at the stream to wash a
w urn! that was probably indicted in
thr ?tru~gle.
T(;,. ;t,;*hf?rit?rs are of the opinion
Burning Out ot Plow of
Trolley Car Causes Un
earthly Glare.
Downtown Washington was mysti
fied about 9".l-'? o'clock last night when
the skies over upper Seventh street
suddenly were illuminated with a
bright, greenish flare, followed short
ly by an immense volume of smoke.
This lasted only a few moments. ,
when a second illumination appeared, j
lighting up the rolling clouds of
smoke in a spectacular manner. Hun- J
dreds. ?n automobiles and on foot,
rushed to the scene from all direc
It was all caused by the burning of I
the plow of a Rock ?*reek Rridge car
at Seventh and M streets, which tied
up the Seventh street line for more
than an hour. ^
Cost of Coffins Rises
With Cost of Living
The high cost of dying is parallel
,n* the hi?-b cost of living
It was developed at a session of the
directorate of the Civic Betterment
Association. I*** H street northwest,
yesterday afternoon, that the cost of
coffins has been advanced about 7T?
per cent above the l*?fore-the-war 1
Keeping pace with the price of cas- S
kets for the dead, the rate for hearse
and carriage or automobile service
has been advanced equally high.
Would Block Planned
Jump in Collar Prices
High cost of collars has aroused.
Representative Siegel. Yesterday he
introduced a resolution providing for ;
w an inquiry by the Federal Trade Com- j
mission into the proposed increase In j
the price of men's neck rings.
The resolution calls for a report on !
the cause and alleged necessity of the
proposed rise in cea.
Japs Accused of Finishing Ships
"Just Too Late ' to Help Allies
First of New Ships from
Japan Puts Into San
San Francisco, Aug. 18. ? Scarcely
noticed during the welcome of our
Pacific fleet on the west coast, a,
brand-new 10.000-ton freight ship, fly
ing the Japanese flap, steamed into
San Francisco Hay a few days ago.
The usual ceremonies attending the
arrival of a vessel completing her
maiden trip across the Pacific were
conspicuous by the'.r absence.
Possibly theie might have been
more interest in the coming of the
Choyo Maru had the American public
been advised 'hat she was a unit of
a mighty fleet of merchant ships
which Japan is now building in thci
hope of becoming undisputed mistress
of the western ocean.
This squat, heavy-laden "sea pig"
represented the keenest rival America
will ever have for the foreign trade of
the Orient. Siberia and the Antipodes.
And that rival fs "on the job" months
ahead of Uncle Sam.
Word comes from Tokyo that a
great armada of frelerht and passen
ger vessels of the ultramodern type
is now receiving the "finishing
touches" in Japanese shipyards for a
great commercial "drive" extending
to every nook and corner of the Pa
These big turbine-driven liners, it is
reported, will represent the lust wonl
in luxury for passengers, at the same
time reserving enough cargo space to
insure steadiness and profits without
sacrificing speed.
It is rumored that Japan did not
quite "tote fair" in the matter of
constructing this formidable '?peace
navy" of hers?that she permitted
just enough work to he done on the
ships to insure quick completion when
hostilities in Europe should cease, but
kept them "not quite available" for
war purposes.
Kmg Swope. Soldier-Solon
Due At Capitol Today
If King Swope, first soldier of the
great war to be elected to Congress
arrives in Washington before noori
today he will, in all probability, be
officially seated in the House of Rep
Mr. Swope left Danville. Ky.. yes
terday. He is motoring to the Na
tional Capital, accompanied by his
wife, sister and mother.
Actors, Actresses and Stage
Hands Hold Remarkable
Parade in Rain.
New York. Auc. 18.?Shades of
darkness closed down on three morel
; theaters this evening: and also one
I roof garden. They were compelled'
( to douse their lights as the result'
of the walkout of stage hands and j
! musicians. The total of theaters!
closed up is sixteen and two roof
The houses affected tonight were
the Selwyn. Astor and Korty-eighth
Street Theaters and the New Am
sterdam Roof. "Those who walk
in Darkness." wa? the Play -it th~
Forty-eighth Street house. It saw
the light for only a week.
Tonight's action is an indica
tion that the stage hands'
musicians' unions intend to effect
a cumulative strike, gradually ex
tending through the nation, to forc?
the managers to treat with mem
bers of the Actors' ICquity Associa
Rain held no terrors for the strik
ing actors who marched today in
one of the most remarkable par
Retention of All Navy Yard
Employes Is Requested
A larg" delegation of workmen
from Washington Navy Yard
marched on the Appropriations
Committee of the House of Repre
sentatives yesterday and presented
a petition calling for the retention
of all men now duty.
Talk of laying off a number of
workmen in the Washington and
other navy yards because of lack
of appropriation has stirred the
mechanics. Representative Hood,
chairman of the Appropriations
Committee, heard the delegation's
plea with deep interest.
Colored Man Drowns.
Charles Beall, colored, of JflL* King
street, Alexandria. Va., fell into the
Potomac River, at Thirty-fifth and K
streets northwest, late last night and!
was drowned. He was strolling along j
the bank. The body was recovered.
Sharp Decline in Meat
Price Recorded Here
Mrs. E. A. Calvin Testifies Senate Hearings!
Have Effect Upon Local Retailers, j
Farmers' Representatives Testify.
"There was a sharp drop in meat
prices in Washington markets Fri
day and Saturday. Retailers, when
queried, admitted that publicity or
hearings of the Senate subcommit
tee investigating the high cost of
living in the District had caused
them to materially lower their
Mr?. K. A. Calvin, wife of the rep
resentative of the cotton States of
ficial advisory marketing boara.
emphasized this testimony at a
hearing of the subcommittee yester
day afternoon. Mrs. Calvin was the
flr>t of three representative Wash
in&t?? bouscwive* to tell their siae
of the story to the Senators, Her
testimony was made under oath.
When the members of the sub
committee heard Mrs. Calvin's
statement regarding a drop in local
; meat prices. Chairman Ball re
marked that such news was indeed
j "encouraging."
"Nearly all foodstuffs." Mrs. Cal
| vin testified, "were lower when I
marketed, Friday and Saturday."
She said that on these days she
paid 15 cents and 18 cents for stew
ing meat which had been held for
25 cents a? pound the earlier part of
I the week.
In taking the stand. Mrs. Calvin.
William B. Colver Presents
Facts Gathered by Trade
Case Is Made, Senator Ken
yon Says, When Hear
ing Ends.
Revelations before the Senate
Agricultural Committee, today, of
the activities of the big- five meat
packers convinced Senator Kenyon,
Republican, of Iowa, that Congress
should pass immediately the Ken
yon-Kendrick bills, under which the
packers would be licensed by the
William B. Colver. of the Federal
Trade Commission, presented the re
port of that body to the committee,
and was a witness all day. He told
the story of the packers, and at the
conclusion of his testimony. Sena
tor Kenyon announced that he had
no other evidence to submit to the
"I am satisfied that a case has
been made by this report, Mr. coi
ver's testimony, and the Federal
Trade Commission's report on the
leather industry." he said
Machine (irown, He Says.
With $178,000,000 in net profits
last year, and an ( ver-incre<*?ing
appetite for new fields in foodstuffs
and other necessities, the five big:
packers?Armour. Swift. Wilson,
Morris, and Cudahy?have perfected
Sixty Carloads on Way But
Postoffice Orders Are
Held Up.
I'ncle Sam. a." market man tor
Washington, through the parcel post,
is delaying work for several days
pending the arrival of supplies, it was
announced last night by the War De
Sixty carloads. Washington's assign
ment. were ordered shipped here sev
eral weeks a^o by the Quartermaster
General of the Army, but unsettled
railroad conditions brought about a
delay. The food is reported on the
way now from several sections of the
Distribution of order blanks is bcinc:
postponed until some of the food ar
rives. it was stated by Postmaster M.
O. Chance. Thousands of housewives
requested blanks yesterday.
Some had been distributed and a
number of orders, ranging around S3?
.:nd calling for a variety of articles,
were sent in. It was impossible to fill
them from the small store of food
already here.
Only Pen* anil llonns Here.
"The only foods available to Wash
ington are beans and peas." said
Postmaster Chance. "The War De
partment advised me to commence
sale of these two articles but this
plan is impracticable. We will wait
for further supplies, unless orders '
to the contrary are given."
An extra force of clerks, which will ?
number seventy-five when completed,
has been added to the personnel ot !
the city postoffice to handle the sale.
Thirty trucks, making two deliveries
a day. will be used. Postmaster !
Chance said. The sale is expected to
continue for several weeks.
"It is a tremendous task." declared
the official, "but the office will be ;
able to handle it efficiently."
Too Many Johnsons
Cause Court Mix-up
When Charles Johnson, held by the
police for drunkenness, was called be- !
fore Commissioner Isaac*R. Hitt, yes
terday afternoon, and charged with i
violation of the Harrison Anti-nar- 1
cotic act. he protested vigorously that '
Demon Rum was his only falling and
that he was not arrested in connec- j
tion with the drug crusade.
The man's plea was so convincing!
that Commissioner Hitt called up the |
Police Department and learned that <
another Charles Johnson was in the J
Asylum Hospital undergoing treat- j
ment for the effects of drugs and was i
charped with having narcotics in his
The Charles Johnson brought be- ?
fore Commissioner Hitt was greatly '
relieved when be was taken back '
to his ceil.
Buffalo, .\7. Y., Aug. 18.?
With a pitched battle between
strikebreakers and strike sym
pathizers of the New York and
Pennsylvania Traction Com
pany at Olean, N. Y., still rag
ing, fifteen men had been shot
at 10 o'clock tonight and three
had been beaten so badly as
to endanger their lives.
Philadelphia,. Aug. 18.?Two
men in red masks entered the
home of Carmine Rentr here,
after binding the two daugh
ters who were alone at the
time, and obtained $000 from
a trunk. The money repre
sents the lifetime savings of
an uncle, Charles Bentz.
Buffalo, \r. Y., Aug. 18.?A
city-wide search i? being made
tonight for the man who shot
Albert S. Kasbaum while he
was taking two alleged auto
thieves to the police station
early today.
Philadelphia, Aujf. IS?Charles A.
Ambler. State Insurance Commission
er unde-r the Brumbaueh adminis
tration, wag arrested in this city to
day charged with North Penn defal
cations "running into hundreds of
thousands of dollars." -
He was arraigned at the City Hall,
where bail was fixed at $15,000. for a
hearing September 2, after the pris
oner had been denounced by the Dis
trict attorney's representative for
"committing acts of dishonor with
out number" and "breach of public)
Bail was entered for the. politiciaj?
eontractor by the Natiorml Surety 1
Company of New York, the poliec |
court bail arrangements being per- |
sonally looked after by Davis Page |
Smith, son of Mayor Smith, who is I
chief owner of the Thomas B Smith |
Company, Philadelphia agent of the
National Surety.
S. R. Bowen. vice president of Wash- j
ington Railway and Electric Com
pany, declared yesterday that de
mands of the company's workman for
a 25 per cent increase in wages to take
effect September 12 will not be grant
ed or even considered.
A committee of the brotherhood of
the company's employes, consisting of
H. W. L,ynn. A. E. Denis and F. H. J
Ourank, appointed to prrsfnt the'
workmen's demands, had prepared no .
statement last night m reply to ,
Czecho-Slovak Laden Ship
Is Aground Near Japan
Seattle. Aug. IS.?The Pacific Steam-)
ship Company steamer Heffron. car- ^
rying 1.100 Czecho-Slovak and other]
soldiers from Vladivostok back to !
their native land, went ashore at
Rokuren, northwest of the Shimoneski I
Straits. Japan, it was reported here |
today. !
The ship is not in danger and is
probably afloat by this time, accord
ing to the officers of the company
here. The Heffron left Seattle June
Love Letters to Figure
In Wife9s Plea for Divorce
Nineteen-year-old Mother
Says Husband Carried on
Affair With Another.
? ?
Love notes couched in terms of deep
est affection, and professing undying
love, are a part of the petition for
limited divorce filed yesterday by Mrs. I
Myrtle R- Thompson. 3263 P street
She charges the notes were ex
changed between her husband. Ray C. ;
Thompson, employed in the office of
the Chief of Staff of the army, and ,
a young woman.
Mrs. Thompson is 19 and pretty, and
is the mother of two children.
"Waiting patiently to see you." one _
oT the alleged notes read, "knowing i
more can be revealed and touched ,
upon then, I close with a heart over
flowing. and ever responsive to the j
dearness of your own. dearest dreamer j
and ^oul mate, believe me to be. until I
we meet again?Wholly Thine.'*
One of the notes whtch Thomp
son is accused of having received,
??This makes the third time this
OuiiXM/fcU UO PAtiB riVK. i
Thin kodnk picture will be
one of the exhibit* in Mr*. Myr
tle R. Thompson'* nuit for dl
vorcr. she nllcKcn that It In a
picture of the co-rcspondcnt
holding thr Thompson*' little
daiiKhtrr. Mr*. Thompson xajn
nhr **a* not present when the
?niptbot ?u made*
$15,000 Quickly Raised
In Little Border Town
Troops Massed on Border to Emphasize U. S.
Demand that Carranza Government
Act at Once to Save Officers.
LI Paso, Texas, Aug. 18.?The $15,000 ransom money for the re
lease of Lieutz. Peterson and Davis was delivered at Kirfcpatrick's s^are
at Candelaria (ou ght.
Marfa, lex., Aug. 18.?Bearing $15,000 in gold, ransom to pre
I vent Mexican bandits, headed by Chico Cano, from taking the lives of
military aviators?Lieuts. Harold G. Peterson, of Minnesota, and Paul
! H. Davis, of California?a party of Texas frontiersmen should rcach
jthe store of Dawkins Kilpatrick at Candalana tonight.
Several troops of the Eighth Cavalry, commanded by Col. George
i E. Langhorn, marched from here this afternoon for the Rio Grande.
\ fifty miles distant. Companies of army tracks were assembled, pro
j visioned for men and animals moving through desert country.
! Airman May Fly
To Brother Who
Is Held Captive
Oakland, Cal.. Aug. IS.?I>ieut
? Karl I>avia. brother of Lieut. Paul
1 Davis, held for random by Mexican
j bandits, will fly Into Mexico in an
' attempt to free hja brother, fight
ing with a machine gun if neces
sary. he announced today.
Dr. Waldron B. Davis, the father.
I has an airplane in waiune at
' Struthmore.
Karl left for Ptrathmore today.
jTentative Agreement Calls
For 25 Per Cent Wage
! New York. Aug. 19.?'The rabway and
[elevateri railway strike ended late last
, niprht when members of the Inter
i borough System Brotherhood voted to
i accept the agreement reached by their
? representative. P J. Connolly, w th
1 Public Service Commissioner Nixon,
i Vice President and General Manager
Frank Hedley. of the Tnterborouch
: Rapid Transit Company, and others
i in Mr Nixon's ofF.ce
The full electrical power was f=ent
lover the entire Interborouph system
! at midnight and the resumption of full
i service On all its lines followed as
'speedily as possible. By the time
[New York's traveling millions are
j ready to go to office and factory this
morning the service is expected to be
I in fall swing
' The terms of agreement tentatively
[accepted by Connolly and ratified last
night at a System Brotherhood meet
ling. give the strikers half of the riO
| per cent wage increase demanded,
leaving the remaining 2T> per cent to
I be settled by arbitration.
Negro Woman Killed by Auto.
I Hi lone Corbin. colored. - years
old. 1329 Oregon avenue. wa> killed
late last nipht at Seventh and
Florida avenue by a speeding auto
in which were riding five netrro
men. The woman's body, hurled
I against the windshield, was push
ed off onto the street. The ma
chine. did not stop.
Thr- State Department yesterday
called upon Carranza to effect the
release of the two American avi
S ators hold for ransom by Mexican
"Quick action" is wanted, the d**
? ment declared in its message to the
! Mexican President.
The tone of the dispatch indicated
that the United States is not disposed
to tolerate further delay of the Mexi
can government in affording adequate
protection to American citizens an<l
American property in Mexico.
Concentrate Tro?p? on Border.
There was a strong intimation that
should Mexico continue its dilatory
measures in this direction, this gov
ernment would undertake to !ook after
It* citizens and interests below the
border That this is more than an
! Berlin. Auc. 1$.-Four persons were
'killed and four wounds In ? clash
ytw(*n min?rs and soldic-s in I rP*'r
' Silesia yesterday. Spartaran a^ita
1 tor* have b? n snreadmc w lid ru
mors to keep the strike alive in that
1 district, but the povemment believed
today there were si=n? of s. col'.njxe
Meat Dealers F'med For
Sale of Spoiled Meat
Alphonsa Wheelock. a rr.eHt dealer,
dome business at the Northeast Mar
ket. Twelfth and H streets north
east. was fined S.v> in Police Court
yesterday morning for selling meat
which, it Is charged. was spoiled
Samuel L. Gelston swore out a war
rant for the arrest of Wheelock
char pins him with offering to sell
him a piece of corned beef which was
Wheelock explained that the ice
short ace was partly responsible for
the spcnl^d meat.
Rent Inquiry Deferred
Until Early Next Week
Members of the Senate subcommit
tee investigating the high cost of
living in the District are not ready
to shift their activities from food
, stuffs to rents.
Chairman Rail of the subcommittee
announced after yesterday s hearing
that they would not be ready to take
? up charges lodged against local reaJ
: estate owners and dealers until the
first of next week.
Reports of British atrocities in
Egypt were read in the Senate yes
terday by Senator Rorah. of Idaho,
who declared Great Rritam had inau
gurated an era of bloodshed and mas
sacre in Egypt to crush the forces
which were working for indepen
S-T.at or Borah's particular reason
for calling the matter to the Senate s
attention was to point out that if the
proposed league of nations were in
operation the United States would l?e
compelled under articles ten and
and eleven to assist Great Britain in
her efforts to conquer the Egyptian
S Senator Borah declared that the
British and French news agencies
have prevented any news regarding
the British atrocities a(ain*t the
Egyptians from reaching this coun
try The warfare has be?n coins on
for six or seven months, he ssid. and
the only information which has come
to the United States has been
brought by special representatives of
t the Egyptians.
Minen Trapped in Explojion.
Trinidad. Col.. Aug. 18.?Two men
| were killed and forty others, trapped
In a shaft, were believed In danger of
! suffocation here today, following a gas
'explosion In the Oakview .oal mine
near here. Rescue parties have been
Groups of Citizens and Stu
dents Declare They Will
Puriish Donald W. Fether
If Court Fails to Hold
Him for Trial Todav.
Evidence May be Submitted
That the Youth Plied the
Girl with Liquor Before
Drowning Her ? Miss
Crance s Mother Talks.
Itl.aca, X. v.. *1,C 18.?Word
reached the district artomey'i
office late tonight that mob vkv
lenee threatens Donald \V. Fetber,
Cornell student charged with tht
murder of Haze! Cranee
Croups of townsfolk and mem
bers of the Mudeni body oi the
university ininnaieri that if Fethet
freed in Ca/enovia tonio^'o* by
the habe*> corpus prew-f-ed'nc* be
will be mobbed
Sheriff Given. ?-ho had m?t arrive* i~
town. uinounml ihai ?n ?.i?ck or
the county j?,| where Keiher n. ??
wouln be fruitless but that ?*. m
tions have Wn taken in en!. r 4
> oanjr student.
A strong guard *ili aciotitp;
TV t her to Cssfnovm tomorrow tu
,n,> ft wa s said h<>r* 'on'clit -*1
Fether*s parents havo ?n %nt:H
ocmmodauon.- to take Lhe.r .-on -
mediately to *"*alifo~iia in the
he l*s freed in order to frustrate ;t.,\
demortst n* Uon should \u r*-ti:tn h?-re
Have Drvecerf 0?p|.
A nem ele.-nem of +\iien . ?h>. h
will be submitted if the chare* Ntcmn i
Fether ever com*s to trial. *?> re
vealed todav by j p Cohins wne
ip ?Mistinp District Attornn Adam- ir
the prosecution
* ollins 5aid he had conferr#*d wit* ?
man who dcrlar^d he ,<?&? a cai.o*
drifting on L*ke Cayuga the night of
July 19. and that a woman's: feet wera
protruding over the p.tie* <"olt<n?' in
formant said he beiiev**d the vomm
to be under the influence' of liquor, c
dd not investigate further R\ iden??
already has been submitted to the ef
rrvvtinted n?c r\cr. two
Foreign Relations Commit
tee to Ask About Peace
Members of the P\>r*iirn Relatlem*
Committee of the Senate today will
question President Wilson about th*
pcace treaty and the leap-no of na
tions covenant A . orfer^n^e will
he pin at the Whu % use at 10 a m.
Republicans arr planning que*,
tions about the Shantung settle
, ment. British representation on the
| league, and other point on which in
formation hap bern soucht at corr>?
mittee hearings durint the pa^C
After the conference, admtnistra
tion leaders are planning to for**a
th?i treaty out of <ommttt*e as soon
as possible. Senator Hitchcock,
rankinc minority member, predic t
prop..sod amrndmonts will h* d?v
featcd bv the Senate as rapidly a?
they are called up.
The President a'so is to be ask-d
about the affect of suggested res
ervations. They ha\> been consid*
ered as a possible means of com
Fullest publ.city is to be given,
the conference. Stenographers will
take down all is said, and will re?
lease it to newspapermen while th?%
conference progresses.
Proposes Commissary
For Federal Employes
Every officer and employe of tha
District and Federal government who
resides in the l?istrict would be g?v?n
the privilege of purchasing food an.!
clothing from the government at cost
if a bill introduced yesterday bv Rep
resentative Hen Johnson become* a
law .
Mr. Johnson considers this sn ef
fective means of combating the high
cost of living. The bill do* s not niaca
a time limit, but contemplate.- operat
ing a permanent government commis
sary for government employe* Me
has introduced a companion men tare,
making this system applicable tt- go - -
ernment employee throughout th'

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