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THE EVENING STAR
WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION. V?aia<M Mm, 11th Stmt ui Pscasylrtait Atom. Tie Brroiiyr Star Newspaper Comptny. No. 16,847. WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1906-TWENTY-TWO PAGES. TWO CENTS. THEODORE W. VOTSB, President New York Ofiea: TriWno Bailing. Chicago Office: First National Bank Building. The Evening Star, with the Sunday morning edU tioo. la delivered by carriers, on their own account, within the city at AO cent* per mouth; wlthont the 8nnday aorntng edition at 44 cents per month. Rr fLifl. nostnsrp nrcuald: Dally, Sunday Inolntfed, one month. 60 ceotfl. Dally, Sundar excepted, one montb, 50 cents. Saturday Star, one year, $1.00. ??ta- one rear, tl SO. HAU IS CHARGED WITH MURDER DF MOTHER IN LAW Police in Baden Baden Allege That He Assassinated Frau Molitor in a Quiet Street. - DAUGHTER WAS WITH HER Motive for the Strange Crime Said to Have Been Insane Greed for the Fortune of the Rich Woman. ODD TELEGRAM TO MRS. HAU In a Wire From Frankfort She is Asked by Her Husband Not to Reveal His Address ? Wife Declines to Make Any Statement. The refusal of his mother-in law to satisfy his greed for gold is the motive which it is believed lv irl I4ni ?*a vwu.-'vvi i\oi i x inn, audd OidII, iu 11" sort to murder. The police of Baden Baden believe that the pro fessor killed Fran Molitor, who was rich, in order that he might obtain her fortune, and like a page from some mediaeval romance reads the tale of the crime. A false beard, decoy telegrams and a deep-laid but faulty plot have led to the detention of the allegecl murderer, about whom a difficult and tangled skein seems to be weaving. The wife of the accused assassin refuses to be interviewed in London. An ex planation of a telegram sent her from Frankfort on November 6 would be of more than passing in terest. Han's friends in this city, of whom there were many, abso lutely decline to believe in his guilt. BADEN-BADEN, Germany, November 9.?Kail Hau. al.Us Stau, the 1 wyer of Washington, D. C., who was arrested in London yesterday and held for extradition. v. vi.v .wva> i^vucc uii cue cniarge of murdering his wife's mother, Krau Moll tor. The motive of the alleged crime ap pears to have been Insane greed for money. Frau Molltor, who was Wealthy, refused many times to comply with llau's requests for money, having given her daughter a considerable dowry and arranged that she should tnherit part of her fortune. When Hau married Lena Molitor six years ago shewaa twenty-five years old, and Hau, a stutdent, was nineteen. Their engage ment seemingly was against Krau Molltor's wishes. Immediately aftr their marriage the couple went to America and Hau at tained a good position In Washington. Hau, ' ins wife and their daughter, three years old, came to Germany last Summer to visit Frau Molltor. rMs. Hau and the child stayed several months at the villa Molltor. Hau arrived there later via* Constantinople. Haus and Frau Molitor Friendly. Visitors to the villa obsereved that the best relationship existed between the Haus and Frau Molitor. A fortnight ago Hau left Baden to return to America, and his relatives thought he was either on board ship or had already arrived in the United States. Hau, it is now claimed, some days after he left Baden-Baden, sent his mother in-raw <i ittist* ifiegram dated f&rls, ask lng her to go and see her married daughter there. The falsification was discovered and the Inquiries of the postal authorities with the view of discovering the Identity of the sender of the message were still going on when the murder was committed. Money the Object. During the evening of November 6 Frau Molltor received a telephone message at her home in Baden Baden ashing her to *o to the post office and get a parcel which liad reached there for her. Frau Molltor. accompanied by her young daughter, start ed at once for the post office, and while passing through a quiet street she was shot from behind and fell dead with a bullet through her heart. The man who commit ted the mu'der wm discovered as belnar of medium height and seemingly under forty years old. lie wore .a beard, but It 1? stated that it wan a false one. The police believe the murderer was the man who called up Krau Molltor on the telephone. The telephonic message which induced Krau Molitor to her death was received by a servant of the household, who says she thought she recognized Hau's voice, and ?o informed her mistress, but the lat ter Insisted on rultiF tn th? nA?t Disguised With Beard. Hau after leaving Baden sent his wife nd child to I?ndon and stopped a\ Frank fort, where he attracted attention owing to a long beard which he wore. This, how ever, Is now asserted to have been pur chased from a lialrdresser at Frankfort. The day of the murder I fau left Frankfort at 11 in the morning on the Baden train and returned to Frankfort at 10 o'clock the same evening. After his arrival there be sent the following telegram to his wife at the hotel: "Arrive tomorrow night. Don't betray address." This telegram gave the police a clue to the Identity of the murderer and they promptly notified the Ixmdon police. Ilau's arrest followed. It 1* asserted here that Frau Molttor had long been threatened and that she was aware that deep-laid plots had been made against her life, and it Is believed that the summoning of Frau Molltor to Paris was part of a plot to murder her, which miscarried. LONDON, November ft.?Neither the police nor the German embassy here has received any information respec iiiB the murder at Baden Boden. for which Karl Hau. the Washington law yer, is detained in custody here, beyond the original cable dispatch from Germany requesting nis arrest i ne iii^KSiis?= ?o= very brief, simply asking the London police to arrest a man named Hau, a native of Bemcaste!. Gerr my, whose present ad dress is Washington, D. C., and who is wanted for murder. Hau arrived at the Hotel Cecil during the evening of November 7. Unofficial dis patches from Baden Baden appear to in dicate that the murder was committed No vember 6. Mrs. Han continues to deny herself to all callers and declines to receive even writ ten communications. Statement by H. B. Burton. In connection with the reported arrest in London of Prof. Karl llau on the charge of murdering lils mother-in-law. Mr. H. Ralph Burton of this city, who has been looking after Mr. Hau's affairs here, this afternoon declared utter d'sbelief in the published re port of.a conspiracy on the part of the Sul tan of Turkey against Mr. Hau. It is ex plained that Mr. Hau was a friend of the Turkish consul-general. Mr. Schoenfeld. the latter having known Hau before he came to this country. It was poi- ed out that Mr. Hau represented large firms, and that busi ness rivals lnleht have nltrmntpil trv (lis credit him; but there Is no probability. It was stated, that the sultan was involved In It. When he went abroad Mr. Hau took his wife and child to visit Ills mother-in-law, and in a letter he informed friends 1n this city that Mrs. JIau and the child were with Mrs. Hau's mother and were receiving the best of treatment. Dr. Scott of George Washington Univer sity. according to Mr. Burton, expresses the highest confidence in Mr. Hau, and Dr. Needham, president of George Washington University, says Mr. Hau is among the .iiuoi ov.iiuiaii), upiigill clIlU UUIISCieilllOUa men lie has ever known. Mr. Hau graduated from the universities of Berlin. Freiberg and Bologna with high honors, and also with high honor* from the Academy of France. He passed the exam ination and is a member of the local bar. Mr. Burton denies that Mr. Hau was un popular here. On the contrary, it it de clared he was kind to the students and of democratic spirit. It is added that lie was devoted to his wife and child. The father of Mr. Hau was a commis sioned officer in the German army, was decorated with the iron cross, was a mem ber of the reichstag, and a man of wealth. Mr. Hail is also nf in/lonon(l?.n? moan Ing Inherited estates from Ms mother, who was a German baroness. Mr. Burton says the friends her? of Mr. Hau regard the charge a')eg?? to have been preferred against him In Lo;don as preposterous. Had Valuable Concession. Special CaMegram to The Star. I..ONDON, November 9.?Facts regarding the recent movements of Carl Hau, the pro fessor In the George Washington University at Washington, D. C., who was arrested here yesterday charged with murdering his mother-in-law In Germany, are being brought to light by the inquiries of the po lice. Among other facts it has developed that Prof. Hau was In Constantinople last April and was about to secure a valuble concession from the Turkish government in connection with the establishment of an oil depot at Tstikbukll. when the Russian am bassador threatened, unless the concession were given to a Russian, Russia would withhold 1U> consent to the .1 per cent In crease in the Turkish customs to which the porte was then endeavoring to get the con sent of the powers. The porte acceded and the professor lost his franchise. KINO EDWARD'S BIRTHDAY. Many Valuable Presents at Sandring ham Palace. I.ONDON, November 9.?King Edward Is today celebrating his sixty-fifth birthday quietly at Sandrlngham, surrounded by his family. He is In excellent health. Many congratulatory messages reached his ritk jesty during the day and many valuable presents were received from the sovereigns of Europe and personal friends. The cus tomary salutes were fired by" the warshlua at the naval centers. WOULD 8AVZ COUNT BONI. Creditors Do Not Want Divorce Granted Tet. PARIS, November 9.?Counsel for the Countess de Castellane in her suit for di vorce against her husband, Count Bon1, are confident that the application of the count's attorneys for an examination of the wit nesses in the case will be denied by the court wnen tne matter comes up next Wed nesday. It is also regarded as measurably certain that the public prosecutor will" not avail himself of the right which he pos sesses to be heard 1n the interests of the general public. Nevertheless it Is known that the creditors are using every Influence to prevent the granting of a divorce until after their case Is disposed of. Philippine Election Law. MANILA, November 9.?According to the proposed election law. the coming Philip pine assembly will consist of eighty-one memoers, representing, each one, a popula tion of 90,000. The election of members of the assembly is to be held July I, 1007. The election must be ordered bic, the President after March*7, 1907, the expiration of the two years of peace provided in the act of Congress. If there is an insurrection before then, it will be necessary to wait two years more. Lynching in Florida. VALDOSTA, Ga.. November 9.?A mob of several hundred white citizens from the northern Dart of Madison cnuniv via went to Madison, the county seat, last night and alter disarming the jailer secured a negro prisoner charged with assault upon Miss Orambiing. a young white woman, near Hanson. The crowd took the negro a short distance from the jail, where it hanged him from a tree and riddled his body with bullets. The negro had been identified and confessed his crime. Dumont's Flisrht Postuoned. PARIS, November 0?Such an enormous crowd collected in the Bois tie Boulogne today to witness M. Santos-Dumont'* at tempt to win the Grand Deatsrh-Arch deacon prize which require a flight of more than a kilometer In a machine heavier than the air, that the guardian of the bois Insisted on a postponement of the attempt until better police protection can be ar ranged at a later data. WILL FOUJWDURAND Erme W. Howard Will Be British Charge d'Affaires. I EXPECTED ABOUT DEC. 1 Now Consul General in the Island of Crete. FIRST COUNSELLOR OF EMBASSY auiuasgnuui iviu juch v c About the Middle of the Month for England. LONDON. November il.-rEirae Howard, British consul general in the Island of Crete, lias been appointed to the recently created post of councilor of the Brlltsh em bassy at Washington, and will be acting ambassador during the interim pending the appointment of a successor to Sir Mor timer Uurand. Erme William Howard was born at Grey stoke Ca.-tle, Cumberland, in September, 18B3. and is the fourth son of the late Henry Howard of Greystoke. He married in 18!M Lady Isabella Giustinianl-Banainl, daughter of Prince Giustiniani-Bandini. Earl of Newbursh. Since 1903 Mr. Howard has been British consul general in Crete. Previous to that he had been assistant pri vate secretary to the Earl of Carnavan In Ireland, attached to the British embassy at Rome, third secretary to the embassy at Berlin, assistant private secretary to the Earl of Kimberly when the latter was sec retary of state for foreign affairs and sec retary to the embassy at Rome. He served as a trooper in the imperial yeomanry in South Africa during 1900, receiving a medal and four clasps. Mr. Howard has had a varied career in the diplomatic service and is highly es teemed at the foreign oflice, where he is considered to l>e one of the most able of the younger diplomats. His wife, Lady Isabella Howard, is a daughter of the Earl of Newburgh, who also bears Ihe Ro man title of Prince Giustlnlani-Bandini. Both Lady Howard and her husband are very popular socially. i nc AMUtwnrsa ifuiiis oniciauy that, although Sir Mortimer Durand is going 'home at the end of the year, he has a two moDtius' vacation dile him, so the appointment of Ills successor will not be officially promulgated until the expira tion of his leave. The British government is particularly anxions to secure the right man; cne wjio Is not only thoroughly conversjjit'with all the ?iue-<uiei?8 of Can ada, Newfoundland and elsewhere, affect ing Anglo-American relations, but whose qualifications will insure him a hearty wel come to America socially as well as offi cially. Will Arrive About December 1. It is stated at the British embassy that Mr. Howard, at present British consul-gen erai at Crete, who has been appointed coun cilor and first secretary of the British em bassy in this city, will arrive here about December 1. By virtue of his office he will become charge d'affaires of the embassy on the departure of Ambassador Durand, and will serve in that capacity until a regular successor to the retiring ambassador enters upon his duties In this city. According to present plans Ambassador Durand and the members of his family will leave here about the middle of December for England, with a view of tncniiinn Christmas holidays at the family home stead. The resignation of the ambassador has been accepted to take effect on the 1st of January, and he will be granted leave of absence until that date. It has been ar ranged that he shall remain here until the arrival of Councilor Howard, in order that he may acquaint that official with the state of business at the embassy and formally in troduce him into the official circle at Wash ington. The New Ambassador. It has been officially announced at the foreign offlno in tV>c?* T J w- ? viaaib ucuiici liUiU Curzon, former viceroy of India, nor any one else, has been selected for appointment as British ambassador at Washington. Lord Curzon Is not in the diplomatic serv ice. and is said to be ineligible. In other quarters It is learned that the appointment may be announced within a short time, but that the new ambassador will not arrive here until about the 1st of February. It is intended that he shall aasume his duties a few weeks, at least, before the ad. journmeiit of the United States Congress, in order that he may become acquainted with the members of the legislative branch of the government and the new members of the President's cabinet, so as to ge: In early ivuv.ii mui euvciuuiciu aiiairs. Mr. Howard, who will be In charge of the British embassy until the new ambassador takes hold, has been In the British diplo matic service since 1880. As first secretary of the British embassy here he succeeds Mr. Walter B. Townley, who has recently been promoted and transferred. SHOT FIVE TIMES. T?nri&t. uiuuimwa nnu UW UlUCr! W1K ttlt Charge. PHILADELPHIA, November 0.?Fred erick Schafthauser, a civil engineer In the bureau of water of this city, was shot and probably fatally wounded while at work on the seventh floor of the city hall today by Frederick Homberger, a fireman at one of the city pumping stations. The shooting was sensational and at first was believed to have been the result of politics, but later it developed the attempted murder was the outcome of domestic affairs. Soh?rrhnii??? for the past year has been much In the pub lic eye, principally as a star witness in the criminal proceedings against John W. Hill, former head of the bbreau of filtration. SchalThauser was called from his office to the corridor of the seventh floor today on the pretense that a friend wanted to see him. He was met by Homberger, who shouted: "You have killed my .wife and I am going to kill you." He had not finished the sentence when he began firing at Schaffhauser. Homberger shot live times and two of the bullets took i effect. The victim fell and Homberger started to walk away, but was Intercepted j and held by eye-witnesses to the shootin* unttl placed under arrest. j In the central police station, on the sixth floor of city hall. Homberger told the po lice that SchalThauser had beeen intimate with his wife and that her relations with > him resulted In her death recently from | disease. | BchafThauser was removed to a hospital, [ where his condition was found to be so s critical that the physicians sent for a mag ! Istrate to take his ante-morten statement. The shooting created considerable excite : ment in and about the great city building. 1 and political leaders and others interested > In the reform movement In Philadelphia ! hurried to the city hall when they heard ; of the shooting expecting to hear of some | political development. DARING TR AIN ROBBERY MASKED HIGHWAYMAN GOES THROUGH THE PASSENGERS. KANSAS CITY, Novemmber ft.?A lone robber, heavily masked, boarded the rear sleeper of the eastbound combination Chi cago and Alton-Rock Island California lim ited train known as No. 44, between Slater and Glasgow, Mo., shortly after midnight last night, robbed the passengers of a sum placed between $1<X) and 1500 and escaped in the darkness. The train left Kansas City last night at 0 o'clock and was due to arrive at Chicago . at 8 o'c'ock this morning. The robber, who is descrJbed as being tall and wearing a long black overcoat, boarded the rear s'eeper at Slater. When the train had got- ? ten well under way he entered the sleeper, an obsrvatlon car, bound through from Cal ifornia. In a Thickly Settled Country. He encountered the Pullman conductor and porter, and at the point of a. revolver com manded them to proceed ahead of him and wake up the passengers. The sleeper was well filled. As his demands were carried out the robber, keeping the conductor and porter ahead of him, systematically re'leved the passengers of money, watches and jew elry. When lte had made his way through to the front end of the car he started for the second Pullman. Before the robber could enter the second car the porter slammed the door In his face. The train then was at a po!nt about one mile east of Glasgow. Realizing that he could pro pulled the' air rope. While the train was s'ackening its speed he jumped off and dis appeared in the darkness. Early this morn ing officers were started out from Glasgow, Slater and Kansas City to trace the robber. The territory in which he worked is thick ly settled and it will be difficult for him to make his escape. FAVROT IN A FIX vuxtiuus tumrLiUAl'lOM FOL LOWS LOUISIANA SHOOTNG. BATON ROUGE, La., November 9.-An unusual legal situation has followed the killing by Congressman-elect George K. Favrot of Dr. R. 11. Aldricli, und the re sult may be to keep Mr. Favrot in jail for sixty days without hope of bail. He was judge of the district court here, before which his case should legally come- up for consideration. His resignation from this office yester day left this court without a judge, and it will b? sixty drrys after notice of a new special electiwi in servert- br-fore -his sue i-ccoui vr.u v nuouy. XIIQ oiaic uvmiiLU* Hon makes no provision for appointing a successor. The prisoner cannot secure baii until his ease gees before the court. It was reported that Mr. Favrot might issue h statement today clearing up the cause for the shooting. FOBTY MEXICANS KILLED. Blnndv Fitrlit "With P-nrnrora T.aaf Night. HOUSTON, Texas, November 9.?A dis patch from T^aredo, Texas, says: "Texas rangers were ambuscaded last night by armed Mexicans between Fordyc? and Rio Grande City. Forty Mexicans were killed In the flght that followed, one was wounded and two captured. The rangers suffered no casualties. A special train ^is taxing iroops 10 ine scene. BROWNSVILLE, Tex., November 9.-A detachment of. Texas Rangers en route to Rio Grande City to Investigate the assassi nation of Judge Welch, which occurred Monday night, was attacked by a body of armed Mexicans and a bloody fight resulted. One Mexican was killed and many wound ed. Gov. Lanham Is rushing troops to the scene and the situation Is regarded as crit ical. More fighting Is expected before the troops arrive. The Mexicans are said to be aroused over the opposition to their voting in the recent election. NEW HOTEL CAVES IN. Ten to Twenty-five Workmen Dead in Ruins. LONG BEACH. Cal., November 0.?The new diauj uuiti. uemg erected on tne beach here, caved in this morning, sup posedly from weak construction, and pos sibly a score of men ore burled in the ruins. The building is of reinforced con crete. The whole structure caved in without warning from the basement to the fourth floor, leaving but one wing standing. Great confusion reigns, and It. is impossible to obtain an accurate report of the number of workmen juried In the debris. Esti mates of the number of dead range from ten to twenty-flve. The injured were taken from the ruins as fast as they could be extricated. Hundreds of persons flocked to the scene and dosens were pressed Into service to aid In the work of rescue. So far nearly a dozen In jured. many of them believed to be fatally hurt, have been removed from the wreck ? w. it- it ai& uiiici?.iui|iuwucu uciienin me con crete and steel girders are heard crying for help. As many as a dosen dead are still burled In the ruins. The number of i casualties is estimated now at twenty-five. Relatives and friends of workmen employed on the structure quickly flocked to the scene and rushed frantically over the ruins in search of their loved ones, adding to the confusion. Wives wept hysterically when they were unable to And any trace of their husbands. Others fainted as they saw men dragged out from under the debris. SUNDAY BASE BALL BABBED. I ouiuicia jxlh.y aoi nay ax iron Logan. Special Dispatch to Tbe Star. | LITTLE ROCK, Ark., November 9.?The i ban has been placed on Sunday bait playing in the array by Secretary Taft, according j to a letter received from Washington last ; night by Lieut. Col. Sharp, commanding : Port Logan. The letter, which was from the Secretary , of War himself, contained instructions that when enforced will prevent t he soldiers from playing teams on the lot set apart at the fort for such sport. Secretary Taft < explained that he had been informed of the sunaay games Dy Rev. Dr. Cochran, pastor of Memorial Church at Argenta. PRESIDENT ON HIS WAV TO PANAMA i uni iu i mvnivin Battleship Louisiana Passes Through Virginia Capes. TWO CONVOYS ACCOMPANY Weather Observer Misses Signals That Were Made Off Cape Henry. TRANSFER NEAR PINEY POINT Weather Was Charming and the Trip to the ''Ditrh" "R#?<rvm TTr?r!#?v Ifncf Favorable Conditions. NORFOLK. Va.. November !>.?President Roosevelt, on board the United States bat tleship lyOuisiana bound for the isthmus of Panama, passed out to sea through the capes of Virginia exactly at 0:4? o'cloc-k this morning. The Louisiana was followed I PRESIDENT ] A in'w photograph neT (Copyright,- 1606, by tlie armored cruisers Tennessee and 1 Washington, which are to convoy the bat tleship on her southern trip. Immediately upon passing out the capes the warships turned and proceeded rapidly southward In a smooth sea with the wind blowing from the southwest only six miles an hour. When some distance off Cape Henry, the battleship ILouisiana rarsed signals of some kind. The I'nited States weather observer at the cape tried iiard to distinguish these, but found it impossible-to do so. This was partly because of the battleship's distance from shore, but principally because of a great amount of smoke being emitted from the funnels of the Louisiana and other ves sels at the time. Warships Made No Stops. Neither of the warships made any stop. , however, and soon passed out of sight to i the southeast of Cape Henry. The weather at sea today is charming and ! Ulc CUIIUUIUIIO lUt a uvngi.iikii li ip u.* IIIC President and his party could not be more promising than at present. Wireless telegraphy messages ar- ex pected from the President all along the coast. The Louisiana will not leave the coast shore for any great distance and wlM be in touch by wireless during almost the entire trip. All Well on Board. NORFOLK, Va., November 9.?Wireless telegraphic communication between the battleshiD Louisiana and the convoyinjc I cruiser Tennessee, heard In Norfolk today, told that all was well with President Roosevelt and party aboard the Louisiana, bound for Panama. The warships bearing ths President were ' then some distance to the southeast, of Cape Henry, passing down the Ncrifl Carolina coast. During the forenoon the 1 captain of the steamship City of Colum bus, bound from New York to Galveston, Texas, got Into communication by wireless with the Louisiana and sent a message to President Roosevelt wishing him a safe and pleasant voyage to the isthmus and return. Some time later the City of Columbus ! again got into communication with the 1 Louisiana asking for any reply that the President might have sent. The operator on the Louisiana responded that the Presi dent had filed no message up to that time for the City of Columbus. Transferred to Battleship. The first wireless message from the pres idential party afloat was received at the wireless station at the Washington navy yard this morning and communicated to the Navy Department. It was simply to the ef icvi iiwi me x icojuc.it ami n;s party were ^ transferred from the naval yacht Mayflower , to the battleship Louisiana at It o'clock i last night at a point in the Potomac river i opposite Plney Point, about ninety-one miles below Washington, and that the i Louisiana and her convoys, the b&ttleshlpa : Washington and Tennessee, w?re near Cape j Henry, Va.. about 5 o'clock this morning on their way out to sea. It was originally planned that the trans fer of the presidential party from the May dower to the Louisiana should be made near the Wolf Trap light, in Chesapeake bay off the north of the Rappahanock river, about 2 o'clock this morning. It was ex plained at the Navy Department that the change to Piney Point was probably due to the existence of rough water at Wolf Trap and the fact that the transfer could be made at Piney Point with less trouble and at a more seasonable hour. After discharging her dis4ngui?hed pas senger the Mayflower continued her cruise around to Annapolis for the purpose of en abling her crew to engage in sm.tU arms target jfraotlee on the range near that city. PRESIDENT S DEPARTURE. Left the Navy Yard Yesterday After noon on the Mayflower. Responding to the farewell salutations of a number of people in the Washington navy yard yesterday afternoon. President Roosevelt, standing on the afterdeck of the yacht Mayflower, shouted, "Good-bye, I am going down to sea how the ditch is getting along." .The Mayflower then pull ed out. In the official program given out yesterday afternoon it was stated that the Dolphin would be used, but this was an in advertence. Accompanying the President wore Mrs. Roosevelt and her maid. Surgeon General Rixey of the navy, and M. C\ Latta, one of the assistant secretaries at the White House. The Mayflower was to take the party to Wolf Trap light, at the mouth of the Rappahannock river in Chesa peake bay. where the baitit-ship Louisiana, which is to convey the President to and from the isthmus, was waiting. President and Mrs. Roosevelt arrived at the navy yard shortly before 4 o'clock. where they were met by Secretary IyOeb, ROOSEVELT. er before reproduced, hj Cllnedinst.) Cant. I^eutze, the eommanuiirr. of the yard, and.Capt. A. T. Loag of the Mayflower. A oompany of marines anil a detachment of Bailors were drawn up about the whirf and I as the presldenliaal carriage arrived a wel come was sounded from the bugler aboard th<S ship and from a drummer in the ma rine ranks. For a few moments the Presi dent and Mrs. Roosevelt chatted with the naval officials on tlio wharf and then as the band aboard the ship played the Star Spangled Banner and the bugle sounded another welcome they walked down the gangplank aboard the vessel. Here had assembled to meet them Postmaster Gen eral and Mrs. Cortelyou. Ambassador Jus serand and Madame Jiisserand, who car ried a large bunch of flowers for Mrs. >?uv/Kiv??<i. ciwu aauico xv. vjai HCHI, iiic Ll/ill" missioner of corporations. They remained with the President for about fifteen min utes until the order was given to start. Then a United States flag was run up on the vessel's gaff, the gangplank was taken In, the ship loosed from her moorings and the trip to Panama was begun. The Presi dent will return November 27. As the ves sel started President Roosevelt appeared on deck and shouted a good-bye to the crowd which had assembled. He appeared to be in particularly good spirits and re mained on deck until the vessel was out of sight. As the ship passed the lower end of the navy yard a parting President'* salute of twenty-one guns was fired. The Louisiana will be convoyed to and from the isthmus by the armored cruisers Tennessee and Washington. Aboard the Louisiana is Lieut. Frank Kvans, who will utilize the wireJess telegraph apparatus with which the ship is eouiDL<ed for com municatlng with the White Hcuse at Washington whenever the President de i/ires It. In this way the public will be nccurately informed of the movements of the ships. Secretary Loeb will give to the press dispatches from the President which may be received from time to time. LORD MAYOR OF LONDON. New Feature Introduced in the Great Annual Pageant. November 9.-Sir William Tre oar's term of office as lord mayor of Lon ion was inaugurated this afternoon with .he usual pageant, but the customary gaudy symbolical cars were eliminated from the procession, which wa3 representative of the civic history of London for tlvo past even centuries, each century baling repre sented by a figure depicting the most fa nous lord mayor of the period surrounded sy his retinue, garbed in the dress of the period. The streets, as usual, were bril iantly decorated. Two-Cent Bailroad Fares. 3pe: lnl Dlspatrh to The Star. HARR1SBURG, Pa., November 0.?At the annual meeting of the State Board of Trade here today Secretary Williams announced: "Seventy per cent of the members of the next legislature are pledged to legislation for a two-cent fare on steam railroads and giving trolley companies the right to carry freight.'' The board made a personal canvass of the legislative candidates before election, and has the written pledges ef more than enough of the men elected to pass the de sired bills. Secretary William* says the railroads will lot oppose the two-cent-fare bill, but will make a hard fight against permitting trol ley lines to carry freight. * Weather. Fair, warmer tonight; to* morrow partly cloudy. FIVE FIRES CREATE PANiCJJOTHUM Vaudeville Performer is Arrest ed as the Incendiary. ONE WOMAN LOSES LIFE Rumors Spread About the Neighbor nooa causing wig-ht of Terror. MANY HOTEL GUESTS AROUSED There Were Numerous Narrow Es capes and Daring Rescues of the Tenants by Firemen. NEW YORK, November 9.?One woman la dead, a.man Is in a hospital suffering from severe burns, 2.0(H) persons fled from their home in panic and thousands more passed a sleepless night as a result of a series of In cendiary fires In the two blocks bounded by 00th and 01st streets and Columbus and West End avenues early today. Scores of persons whose lives were endangered l>y the conflagration were rescued by tlieinen. In all there were five llres, every one of them incendiary, between midnight and II o'clock tills morning. The woman who lost lier life was Mrs. Caroline Swain, seventy years old. Slio lived at 107 West 00th street, adjoining one of the liuildlnes which was fired. She died of heart failure, induced by flight. Adrian Tompkins Is in a hospital with hit hands and feet severely burned as a result of climbing down a redhot fire escape, lie is in a serious condifion. Excitement Over to Broadway. The rapidly succeeding fires, the crowds of evicted tenants and the terrifying rumors spread through the neighborhood, with the constant appearance and reappearance of the fire engines, and the big squads of police raised the people throughout the vicinity to a high state of cjccitement, which did not lessen until daylight brought a measure of assurance that the incendiarism was stopped for a while. The excitement spread even to Broadway, and in the Mart* Antionette, Ansonia, Empire and other big hotels in tiie neighborhood of IJncoln Square the guests were arouse 1 by the com motion. In the St. I'aul Hotel, at the south past corncr of <11 st street sm) Columbus avenue, and the Hotel Hudson. at <>2?J street, both close to the fires, all the guests were aroused and few slept at all during the night. All Flat Houses. All lhe houses where the tires occurred were nai iiuu>es. imee ui 1.111-211 were oc cupied by whites and two by negroes. Most of the tenants were In bed when the fires broke out, and escaped to ,the streets (n the scantiest cloihlnf?. The first fire was In a five-story tenement ' # house at 105 West Uotti stret-t. occupied by five families, all of whom escaped. Mrs. Caroline Swuin, the woman whose death was Induced by fright, lived in the ad-, joining house and had been taken by her daughter to a window in preparation for flight from the house when she collapsed and died. The firemen were still busy fighting that Are when the second blaze l?egan at 137 West 00th street. In a lot of rubbish In tl>9 basement. All the tenants escaped. At the third fire at 215 West iloth street there were several narrow escapes and j daring rescues of the tenants. t.llll.im | Murray, who lived on the third floor, car I rled out five of his children, and James I Smith, a spectator, went Into the hojs? and brought the Murpliy child down to the second floor and jumped with it In his arms IU llic siufwnin. n.iumri oyci m tor caught them both. The child was un hurt. An aged negro was carried out by other spectators. Vaudeville Performer Arrested. An hour later the fourth fire \va< discov ered a block north at 248 West <H?t street. It was p.uickly extinguished. The fifth and worst of the tires wan dis covered at lit) West fllft ftrcet at .'1 a.m., while the street was still thronged with frightened and excited people. There were twenty apartments in the building, and the escape of the occupants of the upper floors was cut off by a bl_iie In the lower hall. Th'e tenants were to dazed that they were in danger of losing their lives when |Hill<'e men and firemen went up on the fire es capes and brought theni down. A'irian Tompkins, who lived on the top floor. lin gered so long that he was painfully burned while climbing down the fire escape. In each case the firemen quickly stopped the progress of the flames. The loss was about J20.000. Frank Morris of Boston, a vaudeville in former, was arrested on suspicion of set ting the flres. The police allege that In each of the flres tenants reported that when they fled from their apartments Mor ris was the first person they met. When Morris, whose home Is in Huston, was arraigned In police court, Klre Marshal Prial expressed the opinion tliat he was mentally Irresponsible, and asked the mag istrate to commit the boy to Bellevue Hos pital for five days for examination. The magistrate, however, refused, and held Morris In ball for further examina tion on Sunday. SUE INSURANCE OFFICERS. William Nelson Cromwell Defends New York Life. NEW YORK, November it.? Argument* on the moiion in the action brought by Stephen J. Farrelly against the New York IJfe Insurance Company for an injunction restraining the officers and trustees of the prtrivirfttion from SDpndiirfir the comnanv'i funds for campaign purposes, were con tinued today in the supreme court. At the previous hearing Samuel I'nter myer, v.'lio represents Farrelly, claimed that the whole office force of the New York IJfe was turned into an electioneering ap paratus, with the idea of knocking down and violating the only provision in the new law preventing the stuffing of ballot boxen. Speaking today for the New York I>lfe Company, William Nelson Cromwell said that the papers before the court were sim ply founded on information and belief. He contended that the allegations arc visionary and have no basis in fact.