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WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 1906-TWENTY PAGES.
Midshipman Foster Brought Be
fore Court Today.
HE PLEADED NOT GUILTY
The Charge is Supported by Four
COMMITTED DIFFERENT DATES
Forced Victim to Stand on His Head,
Hang From Clothes Locker and
Eat Under Table.
ANNAPOLIS, Md., January 4.?The
court-martial which has been In session
here for several days hearing charges
against Naval Academy students charged
with hazing reassembled this morning.
Midshipman Decatur was brought before
the court Immediately after It met. and the
record of yesterday waa read and approved
In his presence.
^ Mldshlpmnn Trenmor Coffin, jr., whose
trial on the charge of hazing Jerdone H.
Klmbrough has been ocmpleted, was then
brought before the court and a minor
change In the record of his trial was made
In his presence.
Midshipman Worth \V. Foster of New
Albany. Ind., was then brought before the
rv^'"t,vt0 trle(l on the charge of hazing
rr ri ^'l, Chester S. Roberts of
? in J". charge Is supported by four
specifications, alleged to be committed on
anrerent dates ranging: from the middle of
October to the middle of December. The
first charges that Roberts was compelled
to stand on his head; the second that he
compelled him to hang from the clothes
locker, and the other time, that he made him
get under the table during the progress of
a meal. Foster plead not guilty to the
charge and all the specifications.
Opening of the Case.
At the opening of the case air. i;. s.
I heall moved that the first, second and
fourth specifications be stricken out on the
ground of indefinite allegations of the time
of tl?e a!le&ed hazing. The times
alleged, he said, covered fifty-seven days,
and the place alleged was any of the ami
rooms in Bancroft Hall. The court refused
the motion, holding the specifications were
The witness said he was told twice to K^r
under the table, and on one of these occa
sions he thought Mr. Foster had told him
to get under the table, and had been handed
his dessert by Midshipmen Rice and
f"<*ano?- H? explained that by the un
tint ten law of the academy only a llrst
classman could order a midshipman under
tuple, and the Jud^e advocate finally
secured the admission that Foeter was the
only first i-lassman at the table.
Court Not Satisfied.
Ihe members of the court were evidently
not satisfied with the manner In which
the witness answered, and nearly all the
members asked ?me questions, bringing
out some Incidents which showed Foster s
connection with the hazing.
Midshipman Will R. Mannler of the sec
was the ne3" witness, counsel
asked that the witness be cautioned tnat
not give testimony which would
? himself, lie was then askeu
if he had seen Roberts sent under the tabid
and !n repIy asked lf ln an*
werlng this question In the affirmative he
would be Incriminating himself by admit
ting being present when hazing was going
on and not reporting it. The court ruled
that his mere presence would not incrimi
nate the witness. He then said that Mr.
Roberta had been put under the table oy
Mr. Foster, ho thought.
First Witness Reluctant to Testify.
Midshipman Chester S. Roberts was the
first witness. He Identified the accused by
name He appeared most reluctant to tes'
tlify against the accused and parried the
questions of the Judge advocate until Cant
Rees the president of the court, cautioned
him that he was under oath to tell the
whole truth in the matter.
He 'hen said that about two weeks after
the school had opened Foster had ordered
him to report to Foster's roam and he had
done so. Foster had ordered him to go in
v, .jSwa'1 J"00? and that some one had then
held his thumb in four positions, these indi
cating, he said, that he was In succession
to tell his name, where he was from who
he succeeded In the academy, and to get on
his head. He was then compelled to do
Number 1(J" and then to hang on the
locker, both of which he did. He then was
asked lf he could do any better at the
Ordered to Hang on Locker.
The witnessed answered that he had done
his best before and was then ordered to
hang on the locker again. Roberts said
that Foster then sent him for Midshipman
Clevenger. Foster and Decatur were in the
room, he said, and he believed that Foster
liad made the motions with his thumb.
In response to a question of the court,
Mannler said that Foster was responsible
for the conduct at the table, and that It was
not likely that a midshipman would be
placed under the table and the midshipman
in charge not know It.
Midshipman C. R. Hyatt of the second
class said that he knew both Foster and
Rc/berts. He had seen Roberts go under
the table, he said, almost two months or
six weeks ago He understood it to be a
"first-class rate" to order a fourth class
man under the table, meaning that only a
first classman could order it to be done.
Roberts Ordered Under the Table.
Second Classman William L. Beck said
that he had seen Roberts ordered under
the table. He did not know when It was,
but the dessert that day was dates. He
did not remember who ordered Roberts
under, but that It was a "first-class rate"
to do such a thing In answer to a ques
tion by a member of the court, the witness
sild that to the best of his knowledge and
belief Foster had sent Roberta under the
Midshipman Paul If Rice, a fourt* ola.-H
man, said that he had passed dates to Hob
erts when the latter was under the table,
but he did not remember who had told
Roberts to get under or who had told him
to pass the desserts. Rice was a very re
HAZING AT ANNAPOLIS.
House Naval Affairs Committee
Awaiting Secretary's Action.
The House committee on naval affairs is
awaiting the result of the Investigation of
hazing at Ann:ii>oli9 by Secretary Bonaparte
before taking any action. Resolutions pro
viding for a congressional Investigation of
affairs at the Naval Academy are still un
der consideration by the House committee
on rules, which also Is awaiting Secretary
Although Secretary Bonaparte has not
been requested to appear before the com
mittee in connection with hazing troubles
bi'rs winlri h85 S,a'^ t0day that the mem
rf" ,^ould b0, &Iad to hoar from him In
?.to attend ono of their meet
rags next week.
HEPBURN'S RATE BILL
Introduced in the House To
SOME OF ITS PROVISIONS
Apply to Any Common Carrier Engag
ed in Transportation.
DUTY OF THE COMMISSION
Hear All Complaints. Fix Maximum
Bates, Go Into Circuit and Ap
peal to Supreme Court.
Chairman Hepburn of the House commit
tee on interstate and foreign commerce to
day Introduced his Jons-expected railway
rate bill. It Is a document of tiwenity-four
printed pages, amending the ?nte?W*ecom
merce act in many sections. Among
features of the Mil are the following pro
To Whom the Bill Applies.
"That the provisions of this act shall ap
ply to any common carrier or carriers en
gaged in the transportation of passeng i J
or property wholly by railroad, or partly by
railroad find -partly by water when toth ara
used by a continuous carriage ^ shipment
from one state or territory of the United
States, or the district of Oolymbla, to a y
thfunU^Stalermough a j^^^Tand
nroDertv shipped from an> pflace in xne
fry1 to? any?plaoeP?n^the0Vnne^^tatVs?and
ProvWed?'howevc r, that the provisions
of this act shall not apply to the transpor
tation of passengers or property or to the
receiving, delivering, storage or handling
of uror>ertv wholly within one state and
not shfpped to or from a ^reign country
from or to any state or territory as afo
~U'The term 'railroad,' as used In this act,
shall include all bridges and ferries used,
or oDerated in connection with an> ran
road and also all the road in use by any
corporation operating a railroad,
owned or operated under a contract,
ment or lease: and the term transphTh"
tion' shall include cars and other vehiclcB
and all Instrumentalities anil facilitiesi ot
shipment or carriage, Irrespective
("?sliio or of any contract, express 01 im
plied for the U3e thereof and all sen. 'oes
fn connection with the receipt dclWery,
elevation and transfer in transit, T,entUa
tion, refrigeration or icing, storage an
handling of property transported; and it
shall be the duty of every carrier subject to
tlie provisions of this act to pro\ ide and
furnish such transportation upon reR*<'n
able request therefor, and to establish
through routes and just and reasonable
rates applicable thereto.
"All charges made for any service ren
dered or to be rendered in the transpor
tatlon of passengers or property as afore
said, or in connection therewith, snail d?
subject to the provisions of this act and
shall be just and reasonable; and every
unjust and unreasonable charge for such
service or any part thereof ft prohibited
and declared to be unlawful."
Duty of the Commission.
The commission is authorized and em
powered, and It shall be Its dut>, when
ever. after full hearing upon a complaint
made as provided In section thirteen of
this act, It shall be of the opinion that
any existing rate or rates, charge or
charges whatsoever, demanded, charged or
collected by any common carrier or car
riers. subject to the provisions of this act,
for the transportation of persons or prop
er'. v as dedned In the first section of this
act. or that any regulations or practices
whatsoever of such carrier or carriers af
fecting such rates, are unjust or unrea
sonable. or unjustly discriminatory ur i'n
duly preferential or prejudicial n \ location
of any of the provisions of this act, to
determine and prescribe what win In its
judgment be the just and reasonable and
fairly remunerative maximum rate or ia.es,
charge or charges, to be thereafter ob
served in such case; ar.d what regulation or
uractlce in respect to such transportation is
fu?t fair and reasonable to be thereafter
followed' and to make an order that the
carrier shall cease and desist from such
violation, and shall not thereafter publish,
demand or collect any rate for such trans
portation in excess of the maximum so pre
scribed. and shall conform to the regula
tion or practice so prescribed. Such order
shall go into effect thirty days after notice
to the carrier and shall remain in force and
be observed by the carrier, unless the same
?ha!l be suspended or modified or set aside
bv the commission or suspended or set aside
bv a court of competent jurisdiction ^) ben
ever the carrier or carriers, in obedience
to such order of the commission, shall pub
lish and tile joint rates, fares, or charges
and fail to agree among themselves upon
the apportionment or division thereof within
twenty days after such order of the com
mission Is made, the commission may make
ft supplemental order prescribing the por
tion of such joint rate to be received by
each carrier party thereto, which order
shall takt effect as a part of the original
May Establish Maximum Bates.
"The commission may also, after full
hearing of a complaint, establish through
routes and maximum joint rates and pre
scribe the division of such rates as herein
before provided, end the terms and condi
tions under which such through routes shall
be operated, when that may be necessary to
cive effefJt to any provision of this net. and
the carriers complained of have refused or
neglected to voluntarily establish such
through routes and joint rates, provided no
through route exists.
"Any carrier, any officer, representative,
or agent of a carrier, or any receiver, trus
tee lessee, or agent of either ot them, who
knowingly falls or neglects to obey any or
der made under the provisions of section
fifteen of this act. shall forfeit to the United
States the sum of five thousand dollars for
each offense. Every distinct violation shall
be a separate offense, and In case of a con
tinuing violation each day shall be deemed
a separate offenso.
May Apply to Circuit Court.
"If any carrier falls or neglects to obey
any order of the commission, other than
for the payment of money, while the
same is In effect, any party injured there
by, or the commission In its own name,
may apply to tho circuit court in the dis
trict where such carrier has its principal
office, or in which the violation or diso
bedience of such order shall happen, for
ar enforcement of such order. Such ap
plication shall be by petition, which shall
state the substance of the order and the
respect in which the carrier has failed of
obedience, and shall be served upon the
carrier Ir. such manner ?s the court may
direct, ar.d the court shall prosecute such
Inquiries and make sucii investigations,
through such means a? it ahall aeem
AT THE CAPITOL,
needful In the ascertainment of the facts
at Issue or which may arise upon the
hearing of such petition.
"If, upon such hearing as the court may
determine to be neccsaary, It appears that
the order was lawful and was made and
duly served, and that the carrier is in dis
obedience of the same, the court shall !n
force obedience to such order by a writ or
injunction, or other proper .process, man
datory of otherwise, to restrain such car
rier, its oflicers, agents or representatives,
from further disobedience of such order,
or to enjoin upon It, or them, obedience
to the same: and In the inforcement or
such process the court shall have those
powers ordinarily exercised by it in com
pelling obedience to its writs of Injunction
An Appeal to Supreme Court.
"From any action upon such petition an
appeal shall lie by either party to the Su
preme Court of the United States, but such
appeal shall not vacate or suspend the or
der appealed from.
"The venue of suits brought In any of
the circuit courts of the United States to
enjoin, set aside, annul or suspend any or
der or requirement of the commission shall
be in the district where the carrier against
whom such order or requirement may have
been made has its principal office. 'J'hs
provisions of 'an act to expedite the hear
ing and determination of suits in equity,
and so forth,' approved February 11. Hilti,
shall be, and. are hereby, made applicable
to all such suits, and are also made appli
cable to any proceeding in equity to lnforce
rny order or requirement of tho commis
sion, or any of the provisions of the act to
regulate commerce approved February 4.
18S7, and all acts amendatory thereof or
INTEREST IN THE TRIAL
FORMER PHILADELPHIA OF
FICIAL ATTRACTS PUBLIC.
PHILADELPHIA, January 4.?Interest in
the trial of John W. Hill, former chief of
the nitration bureau, on charges of forgery
and falsifying tho records of his bureau, 3s
steadily growing and scores of people were
unable to gain admission to the court room
today so great was the crowd.
An inkling of the lino the defense pro
poses to follow was obtained from the per
sistent efforts made by Hill's counsel to dis
credit the testimony of Frederick Schaff
hauser, an engineer, who yesterday testi
fied that while he was employed in the
filtration 'bureau he had been paid $300 for
altering figures in favor of the contractors
The defense sought to make Sehaffhauser
admit that subsequent to his discbarge he
had made threats against Mr. Hill. Much
stress has also been laid by the defense
upon the fact that payments were made to
contractors only after they had been au
thorized by higher officials than Mr. Hill
William J. I,ogan. a clerk In the ''filtra
tion bureau, who was on the stand yester
day when court adjourned, resumed his tes
THE VENEZUELAN QUESTION.
Paris Foreign Office Reports No Ma
PARIS, January 4.?The foreign office
says tho Venezuelan question has under
gone no material change. France continues
to rely on her understanding with the
United States, whereby efforts are proceed
ing to adjust the controversy. In the mean
time tho government has given a distinct
murk of confidence In M. Talgny, the French
ohargo d'affaires at Caraoas, by promoting
him from the rank of second secretary to
first secretary of legation.
The officials here recognize the annoyance
to which M. Talgny has been subjected and
they say that under ordinary conditions he
would be withdrawn as a measure of pro
test. But the Venezuelan situation is con
sidered to be so abnormal that M. Taigry
romains at Caracas chiefly to give offiolt.1
protection to the large French interests in
A renewal of the resognition of M. Talg
ny s official status by Venezuela contiruos
to be an indispensable condition of the ad
justment of the questions in dispute be
tween France and that republic. M. Wiener
tho French minister to Venezuela, remains
in Paris on leave. His return to his post
might afford a possible solution of the diffi
culties, but no consideration has yet been
given to such a move, as the French gov
ernment Insists that the Talgny incident
must be fully adjusted before further action
PROGRESS OF THE DEWEY.
Big Floating Dry Lock 520 Miles
Southeast of Cape Henry.
The Secretary of the Navy this morning
received a copy of a wireless telegram from
the U.S.S. Glacier, flagship of the Dewey
towing expedition, dated today, as fol
"Five hundred and twenty miles south
east of Cape Henry. Weather glorious.
Light southeast winds. Smooth sea. Speed,
four knots. Potomac goes Bermuda."
The Potomac mentioned in the above dis
patch, is the smallest vessel of the towing
fleet, and goes to Bermuda to report prog
ress and get the mall for the fleet
REFUSAL FOE FATEICK
GOV. HIGGINS DENIED APPLICA
TION FOR A REPRIEVE.
ALBANY, N. Y., January 4.?Gov. Iliggins
today announced that he would deny the ap
plication for a reprieve for Albert T. Pat
rick. the lawyer who is confined In Sing
Sing- prison under sentence to die In the
week beginning January 22 for the murder
of the aged New York millionaire, William
The application was made on Tuesday by
ex-Senator "William Lindsay of Kentucky,
who is practicing law in New York, and A.
C. Shenstone, also of New York, who ap
pear In Patrick's behalf owing to the illness
of David B. Hill. They askefl Gov. Higgins
to grant a respite in Patrick's case to en
able them to examine the t!,000 pages of tes
timony taken on the trial in order to perfect
an appeal to the United States Supreme
DENSE FOG AT NEW YORK.
Harbor Craft Went Astray ? Traffic
NEW YORK, January 4 ?Scores of tugs
and steamers went astray in a dense fog
which enveloped New York harbor, Hudson
river and East river for over an hour to
day. One wreck, a collision in which one
man was fatally Injured and several
smaller accidents were reported. Fully half
the ferry lines stopped running for about
an hour. Thousands of persons living In
New Jersey, Long Island and Staten Island
wore delayed from entering Manhattan to
attend their business and many of those
ferryboats which did venture to penetrate
the white veil hiding Manhattan arrived at
their docks with stories of hairbreadth es
On Romer Shoal, a tugboat was sunk and
the life savers went to the rescue of her
crew who sought refuge on one of a string
of ecows which she had in tow.
The Eric railroad passenger ferryboat
Passaic was run down in Hudson river by
the ferry Binghamton of the Delaware,
Lackawanna and Western raiiroad. The
Passaic's side was crushed in so badly that
the walls of the men's cabin fell partially
into this room. One bulkhead was also
crushed in. Nicholas Carlo, a deck hand,
was fatally injured and Thomas F. Piper,
a passenger, was slightly hurt. Fortunate
ly the Passaic was carrying very few pas
sengers. The Binghamton backed away in
the fog, leaving the Passaic helpless and
listing, with one paddle wheel crushed.
For a time the ferry seemed to be in such
danger of sinking that the life boats wore
lowered ready for use. Tug boats answered
the ferry's distress signals and towed the
damaged vessel ashore. Carlo was put on
one of the tugs and sent ashore to a hos
pital. He was seated with his back to the
outer wall in the men's cabin, being thrown
completely across the room by the shock of
A Semi-Centennial Celebration to Be
PITTSBURG, Pa., January 4.?United
Presbyterian congregations throughout the
United States next week will take the pre
liminary steps looking toward the semi
centennial celebration of that church to be
held in this city in li)08 and the raising of
an offering of $2,000,000, which will be di
vided among the interests of the church at
home and abroad. The semi-centennial
i commission of the general assembly, Rev.
R. M. Russell, D. D., of this city, chairman,
has sent literature concerning tho proposed
celebration to every minister and congrega
tion in the denomination. Beginning with
Sunday, January 7, a week of prayer will
be held and the congregations are then re
quested to start subscriptions toward the
ON STATEHOOD BILL.
Consideration Begun by Senate Com
mittee on Territories.
The Senate committee on territories met
today and began consideration of the Joint
statehood bill. This was the first meeting
of the committee to consider the admission
The pending bill wag read and considera
1 tion by sections begun. It is expected that
--meetings will be held nearly every day
until the bill Is reported. Several interested
parties will be heard
RETIRED OFFICERS' MILEAGE.
The Secretary of War Calls Attention
to a Defect in the Law.
The Secretary of War has sent to the
Speaker of the House of Representatives a
letter asking that Congress so amend the
law prohibiting retired officers above the
grade of major receiving any pay or allow
ances beyond their full retired pay as to
permit retired officers performing militia in.
sections under the orders of the War De
partment to obtain mileage for the reim
bursement of their travel expenses. The
controller of the treasury rendered an opin
ion that mileage is an allowance "within the
meaning of the act of Congress prohibiting
allowances to these officers," whereas the
department does not regard mileage as an
allowance, properly so called, but merely a
reimbursement of money expended from the
pay of an officer In meeting his travel ex
By reason of the controller's decision the
department has been deprived of the serv
ices of retired officers in making inspections
under the militia law, as it would be mani
festly unjust to require these officers to
pay their travel expenses out of their own
pockets, and as matters stand, there Is no
way in which they could be reimbursed.
It is not thought that Congress Intended to
compel retired officers to pay their own
?travel expenses and thus discriminate
against them as a class, and legislation Is
therefore asked which will enable the de
partment to utilize the service-s of these
officers on inspection duty and pay them
the mileage provided by law to cover their
travel expenses which tlwsy have incurred
in the performance of this duty.
NOT WORTH A DENIAL.
Chairman Shonts' Comment on Report
of Intended Resignation.
The attention of Mr. Shonts, chairman of
the isthmian canal commission, having been
called to reports that he Intended to re
sign, he said he must decline to dignify
this misrepresentation of his Intentions by
a denial. He added that such reports, re
gardless of the posltiveness with which they
are made, will hereafter be ignored.
A NEW RULE ISSUED
HOUSE EAST AND WEST COR
RIDORS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.
A new rule went into effect today at the
House wing of the Capitol, governing the
use of the corridors by the public and fa
cilities for sending in cards to representa
tives. Hereafter persons desiring to send
cards shall apply at the north door of the
House. The rule was issued today as fol
"tinder authority conferred by Rule 1, the
Speaker of the House issues the following
order, and directs that it be enforced by the
doorkeeper, the sergeant-at-arms and the
superintendent of the Capitol:
"During the sessions of the House the
east and west corridors on the House floor,
from the main stairways to the elevators,
shall be dlosed to the general public, and
only opened to those entitled to admission
to the floor of the House, the families of
members of the House and members of the
"That part of the corridor known as the
east vestibule, on the House floor, Is set
aside for the exclusive use of members of
the press gallery, to be used by them ohly
In their communications with members of
The members of the press are afforded ad
ditional facilities under the new regime for
gaining access to the members of the
House. The small lobby on the east side is
set apart for their especial use, as a re
ception room, where they can talk with
representatives and they can also send In
from the east and west doors on the south
side of the chamber.
Appointments and Promotions in the
Changes in the Navy Department are an
nounced as follows::
Appointments?Bureau of navigation, Geo.
M. Fuerst, copyist at $940 per annum; Ben
R. Davis, copyist at $720 per annum. Hy
drographic office, Earl G. Fogelgren, copy
ist at $720 per annum. Naval observatory,
Jesse Pawling. Jr., temporary piecework
computer. Secretary's office, James E. En
nis, laborer at $600 per annum, temporary.
Promotions?Hydrographic office, R. L.
Lerch, from assistant at $2,(XX) to assistant
at $2,200 per annum. Bureau of navigation,
Edw. Henkel, from clerk at $1,400 to cle<-k
at $1,000 per annum. Bureau of ordnance.
Robert E. Belt, from copyist at $810 to
copyist at $900 per annum. Bureau of steam
engineering, Henry Fuehs, from stenog
rapher and typewriter at $900 to clerk at
$1,000 per annum; C. H. McCarthy, from
clerk at $840 to stenographer and type
writer at $900 per annum. Bureau of sup
plies and accounts, C. H. Dorsey, from mes
senger boy at $400 per annum to laborer at
$600 per annum. Bureau of construction
and repair, P. J. Boiseau, from clerk at
$1,000 to clerk at $1,100 per annum; N. K.
Buck, from copyist at $9w to clerk at $1,000
per annum; F. G. Butler, from messenger
boy at $600 to copyist at $900 per annum;
W. Davidson, from messenger boy at $400
to messenger boy at $000 per annum.
Resignations?Bureau of ordnance, Frank
. Bechtold, copyist at $900 per annum,
ureau of supplies and accounts, James A.
Blakeney, laborer at $600 per annum. Bu
reau of steam engineering, Morris Stern,
clerk at $1,100 per annum. Hydrographic
office, "W. E. Splllane, plate printer at $700
per annum. Secretary's office, Geo. J. Sells,
laborer at $660 per annum. Bureau of con
struction and repair, B. E. Hinton, clerk at
11,100 per annum.
Autopsy Upon Body of Dead
New Yorker Today.
A VERY MYSTERIOUS CASE
Charles A. Edwards May Have Been
Murdered While Sleeping.
AT HOME OF BROTHER-IN-LAW
Revealed That Victim Could Not Have
Shot Himself Because He Was a
NEW HAVEN. Conn.. January 4.?That
Charles A. Edwards, the New York business
man who was mysteriously shot while in
bed at the home of h!s brother-in-law,
Charles A. Hiller, did not commit suicide,
la expected to be the report to be made to
Coroner Ell Mix this afternoon by the sur
geons who have viewed the body. It will
then rest with the coroner to determine the
form of death, and It is thought he will
state that Mr. Edwards was murdered. The
official autopsy has not been held and the
coroner's Inquest, begun last night, had
not been reopened at noon.
The Hliler homestead, on College street.
Is now entirely in charge of the coroner^
and this noon workmen were busy ripping
up drainage pipes and floors under the eyes
of a squad of police. Coroner Mix and
Deputy Coroner Pond were in conference
examining the evidence submitted last
Ill-Feeling Over Estate.
-Mr. Edwards married the sister of Charles
A. and A. Maxcy Hiller. Their mother.
Mrs. Abigail Hiller, died on November U
last, intestate, leaving property the total
value of which Is as yet unknown, but
'>fhJ!50 n|>(|C'Uj0S reaity of an tt?sefsed value
v,1" weeks which have elapsed since
Mrs. Hillers death no application has been
mads in the probate court for the appolnt
m . ?Lan administrator, and the explana
tion is that the two Hiller brothers and Mr.
Edwards and his wife were in dispute over
| Repeatedly. It la said, Mr. Edwards has
',er? fr,?m New Vork to discuss the
situation, and at times, according to those
who are near friends of the family, there I
was much acrimony and a show of ill-tern- i
per on the part of the Hliler brothers. But !
? , H111^r the Inquest last nigh;
stated that only the best of relations ex- '
.sted between himself and Mr. Edwards I
An Inquiry into the family affairs Is ex- !
pected to be officially opened. Mrs Ed- I
wards, widow of the dead man, has retain
ed counsel to protect her interests In the
Hiller estate. Only a short time ago her
husband consulted counsel in order to he
PJ.<?Pafed 'or a legal contest over the dis
tribution of the property.
Autopsy to Be Held Today.
An autopsy, which will be held upon the
body of Charles A. Edwards, the New York !
business man who was fatally shot In a ??
mysterious maimer while the guest of his
brother-in-law, Charles A. Heller, on Col
lege street, early yesterday. Is expected to
determine whether the shooting was sui
cide or murder. In case the latter Is in- j
dlcated the police will proceed to run down
some clews which they possess, but which
do not at present offer much promise of a
When Dr. Benjamin Cheney was called j
in to see the dying man yesterday he did l
not discover the bullet wound until he I
turned Edwards over. He ran a probe Into '
the wound and located the bullet In the I
lower section of the brain. The bullet has
not been removed.
After the autopsy Coroner Mix Is ex
acted to reopen the Inquest, which was i
held for many hours last night by his
deputy, i'hlllp Pond. Over night no clews i
were brought to light by the detectives
who continued to examine the H?ller home
A servant girl In a neighboring house had
told of hearing three pistol shots during i
1 uesday night, and scrutiny was made of i
the walls and ceiling of several roians to
see If any stray bullets could be located.
Bullet Fired at Close Range.
That the bullet was fired at close range is
Indicated by the statement of Dr. B. H. :
Cheney, who was summoned to attend the '
injured man. The lobe of the ear was \
black with powder stains around the
wound. Dr. Cheney found no stains on
Mr. Edwards' finger.
It seems to be generally known that there
were disagreements between Mrs. Edwards,
wife of the dead man, and her brothers
Charles A. and Maxey Heller, over the -=et- i
tlement of the estate of their mother, Mrs '
Abigail Heller, who died six weeks ago
Mr. Edwards recently consulted counsei
preliminary to what was expected to be a
contest In the courts over the division of
the estate, which Is said to be worth
Medical Examiner Barflett summoned
to the undertaking rooms where the body of
Edwards had lain all night Doctors Benja
min H. Cheney, William H. Carmalt, who |
is understood to represent the Hiller fam- i
Sly, and Jay W. Seaver. formerly of Yale
gymnasium, who is an authority 'on physi- '
cal measurements. The surgeons viewed
the body, but did not begin an autopsy and
will not do so until they have made a re
port to Coroner Mix as to their opinion re
garding the manner in which the wound
A Right-Handed Man.
At the inquest last night it was positively
stated that Mr. Edwards was a right-hand
ed man, and. If so, the locality of the wound
was such that It would be impossible. In the
opinion of some of the surgeons, for hfm
to have self-inflicted It. Moreover, the
first joint of the index finger of Mr. Ed
wards' right hand was amputated to re
move a felon years ago. a close friend
of Mr. Edwards says that It is his recol
lection that the latter was an adept at bail
playing with his left hand.
Coroner Mix will Interview Mrs. Bd
| wards later In the day, and will inquire
more fully Into the family business af
fairs, especially those relating- to the set
I tlement of the estate of Mrs. Hiller.
A. Maxcy Hiller, In an Interview today,
reiterated his statement of last night that
both himself and his brother Charles were
on the most friendly terms with Mr. Ed
wards. Maxcy Hiller la evidently suffering
at present from nervous trouble, and this
morning remained at his home on Temple
street and declined to see any but closest
Certain Documents Missing.
It was reported that the inquest evidence
showed that certain documents which Mr.
Ediwards was supposed to have with him
were missing, but Coroner Mix is quoted
as saying that nothing has been missed
as far as determined. There has been no
evidence presented as yet to give strength
to a report that there wis an argument
and quarrel at ths Hiller homestead Tues
Contest Between Printers and
EACH SIDE REMAINS FIRM
Two Proprietors Repored to Have
Yielded to Demand.
BREAK IN UNION RANKS. ALSO
Shops Run Since Morning With De
pleted Force Composed of Non
About 125 journeymen printers, mem
bers of the Columbia Typographical
Union of this city, nnd 1C printers' ap
prentice boys are out on a strike today
from fourteen of the largest book and
Job printing offices in tho District. A
meeting of the strikers was held last
night at Typographical Temple, another
was held this morning, and still another
will be held this afternoon. The strike is
to be conducted along peaceful lines, and
| ample provision. It is claimed. Is being
made to care for the men who are out of
The employers in this city who are un
willing to accede to the demands of tlio
International Typographical I'ulon of
/iorth America for the eight-hour day,
and are in the contest with the printers,
are nearly all doing business today with
small forces of non-union men brought
in from other cities and country towns.
They claim that by the end of the week
they will be in such shape as not to be
Inconvenienced by the strike to any great
extent. On the otiier hand, the union as
serts that enough non-union printers
cannot be secured to conduct the busi
ness of these employers and that the lat
ter wlil be forced to yield to the demand
for the eight-hour day and the union
shop. The leaders on both sides :.re still
defiant, and each side claims that vic
tory is assured.
The headquarters of the local eight
hour committee, which have been estab
lished on the third floor of !><?- L> street
northwest, were the center of consider
able activity this morning. Hereafter all
meetings of the strikers will be held In
these rooms, and the men will report
At the meeting in TypOKraphle.il Temple
last evening the strikers were addressed by
the officers of the union and the members
of the eight-hour committee and counseled
to conduct the-mselves In such a way
that the public may have no cause to com
plain of disorder in connection with the
strike. Any man who is found intoxicate?
will, it is understood, be dealt with sum
marily by the union.
Claims Victory is Won.
The chairman of the locul eight-hour com
mittee, Mr. T. C. Parsons, claimed this
morning that already the ranks of the Ty
pothetae have been broken In this city,
through the fact that Clarence E. Davis,
whose printing establishment is located at
URX5 F street northwest, and who had post
ed an open-shop notice, signed an eight
hour contract with the union last evening.
Mr. Davis employs from two to live print
ers. He stated this afternoon that the class
of the work he does, which Is almost en
tirely mathematical, requires the most ex
perienced men, and that he was practically
forced to yield to the union's demands, be
ing unable to secure non-union men to do
tho work. lie s.iid he did not know what
his status with the local Typothetae is, now
that he has "bolted" the lighting sc'.iedule.
It is understood that he will no longer be
considered a member of the organization.
At union headquarters It was also stated
today that the Manhattan Printing Com
pany. of the Typothetae. which b id de
clared for the nine-hour day and the open
shop, has given In, although a enntract has
not yet been signed. Cole it Giles, an inde
pendent firm, is also said to have vielded
to the union's demands.
The leading m? mbeis of the lo ? il Ty
pothetae. however, are far from giving In
this afternoon. They are negotiating for
non-union workmen from out of town, and
expect to have plenty of help in a few days.
Mr. George IS. Howard, who has one of the
largest printing concerns In the city and
does a great variety of the finest of work,
told a Star reporter this morning that all of
the fifteen union men In his employ ate out
today, and that he has been able to secure
seven non-union men to take their places,
all of whom are at work.
"I think the strike is unjust and without
a grievance," said Mr. Howard. "My own
men, who were all high-class workmen,
with whom I am In sympathy, took this
view of it themselves, but they h id to obey
union orders. Most of them had ! een with
me a long time, and they left quietly and
very reluctantly, asking me to hol.l their
places open for them. I will say that I in
tend to stand firm against the In ??rn.i: ional
union, no matter how hard it may be. I
fully expect that we will win out in the
Depletion of Force.
The Judd & Detwieler Company lost
forty-six men by the strike, and have * ight
non-union printers at work today , with tlie
expectation of securing many more the first
of the week. Byron S. Adams lost a number
of workmen, but is doing buslne.-.: . Gibson
Brothers had eight men walk out, leaving
four men at work. The firm expects to have
a full force working within the next day or
two. The Globe Printing Company hod eight
men leave. Three are now working, with
no new men. The manager exp < ; - to have
a full force shortly'. McGill & \\ ullace lost
sixteen men, leaving one apprentice boy at
work. Two non-union men went to work
this morning. Thty expect to nave a full
force in a short time. W. F. Hoi..us & Co.
lost seven men. and four non-union men
went to work this morning, il. 1 Kothrock
lost no men, and has two non-urn n men at
work. S. F. Tomllnson lust one man and
has only apprentice boys at work. G. 8.
Whltmore lost one man and has no new
man at work. The Wilkins Printing Com
pany lost fourteen men. and ha- two non
union men. who came into the oitice this
morning, at work.
Bolt From Union Ranks.
There have been two instances of bolting
from the union ranks, in both cases these
were foremen. Mr. Howard explained this
morning that his brother, who is his Tora
man, and has been a staunch union man.
preferred to stand by the business. Tue
union men look upon his case us having ex
tenuating circumstances, in the other in
stance the foreman of the Glolie 1-Tintlu*
Company deserted the union and remained
The members of the Typothetae held a
meeting In room ?111 of The Kventng a:ar
building at 1 :W o'clock this arternoon to
discuss the situation. They were all in a
Jocular mood end disposed to regard tne
whole subject In a very sanguine manner.
A Star reporter was told that the organisa
tion Is very much gratified with the pres
ent situation and expects to have all the
men needed to take the places or the strlK
crs In a very few days.
It was also stated that the Typothetae
will make public an official statement ot
the exact situation at the proper time. wMh
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