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THE EVENING STAR .
WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION. ?naiaeu Office, 11th Street ud Pennsylvania At*. Tii? ETening Star Newipaper Company, THIODORI W. N0YI8, Pweidmt. ? European Office: 3 Refect St.. London. Ei^iasd. X*w York Office: Tribute Bufidin*. Chicago Office: First National Bask Buildia*. The Erentnf Star. wlm the Pun'lay mo?-nInjr i *41'loo. ? delivered by carrier*, on their .wn t tCv 'tint, within the city at 50 cente per month: i irlthcut The Sunday Star at 44 cer.ta per month. By mull. po?t??e prepaid: Drily, Sunday Included. one month. 60 crntp. T?atly. Sunday excepted, one month. 50 f-nts. I Saturday Star, one year, >1.00. JN O. Sunday Star, oae year, *1.50. 7,278. WASHINGTON' JANUARY 14, 1908.-TWENTY P^GES. TWO CENTS. Weather. Fair tonight: minimum tem perature about J5 degrees. To morrow fair, with rising tem perature. OPERA HOUSE FIRE STARTS A STAMPEDE AND SPREADS RUIN Yerrible Holocaust in a Thea ter at Boyertown, Pa. CAUSED BY BURSTING TANK Audience Rushed Out in Wild Panic and Confusion. "HILDREN TRAMPLED TO DEATH Fire Apparatus Proved Wholly In adequate and Engines Broke Down at Critical Moment. Estimates placc the number killed in last night's theater hor ror at Boyertown. Pa., from joo to 250. The town officials think at least 150 lives were lost. O11I3' a few were injured. The tire department chief says the fir^t rush toward the >ta^e Mas caused by several men and women becoming- frightened when the hose connecting the moving picture machine and the tank sup plying the light slipped off its connection and made a hissing noise. The tank itself did% not explode, he says, until after the flames had reached it. At 2 o'clock this afternoon 100 bodies had lhccn removed .from the debris. BOTERTOWXj. Pa., January 14. -When daylight dawned today the full extent o*f fast night's horror, when Rhoads- Opera House was burned, Va? apparent. The list of dead Is* placed at 1,"?0 and the in jured at seventy-five. How mapy were killed may nevrr be known, for among the victims of this awful disaster were a number of visitors and some strangers who may have left no relatives to trace them to their untimely fat*. 1 It !s estimated that there were ton per sons In the playhouse when the explo sion <ft the gas tank occurred. The tank was being used in connection with moviifg pictures. An amateur performance of ? Scottish Reformation" for the benefit of St. John's Lutheran Sunday school was bring produced. Instantly the explosion occurred somo j one yelled "tiro," and in almost j. ss time ! than it takes to tell it the eemter of the; opera house was a seething furnacc. Th< raaidity with which the flames spread was by the upsetting of the coal oil lamps, used as the footlights, by some of the persons on the stag<f who endeavored to allay the fright of the women and chil dren and quiet, the audience. Men Lost Self-Control. Rut even the men seemed to lose all Control of themselves and fought with the women and children, who composed the greater part of the audience, to gain the street. In this manner many women and children who might otherwise have escaped the roaring flames were forced back and trampled upon. Particularly i was this the case with those who were taught 011 the stairways. Pandemonium reign'd and the inad scramble for the exits is simply indescribable. The weaker ones were brushed aside and in many in .-tanees trarnph d to death. Scores of persons on the second floor, i seeing the awful jam on the stairway.**. 1 risked their Bv>s by jumping from the windows. In this way several were so! badly injured that they died before reach ing any of the numerous temporary hos pitals. Boyertown is a village of about *2,.Yk> population, and there is scarcely a house ;n the little town that has not been af flicted by la st night's v toft at ton of tire. Reuben w. Slover. one of those who es ap"d the flames, in speaking of the tire, .-aid today: A Survivor's Statement. ?When the explosion occurred there were at least thirty boys and girls on the stag..: wiille many more were behind thf scenes. Without warning there was a terrific explosion, win h seemed to shake the entire building Immediately there waff a wild rush for the exits. "The people on the stage jumped over tiie footlights into the audience. Kvery t.ody seemed to have lost control of them selves. The flames tirst consume*] the flimsy scrnery, and then came toward the ' rowd like a ?reat wave. and the suffo cating smoke dropped men. women and < l?Hdren in Its path. Tl.<? flames did the r<-st. "It was a pitiful sight and I will carry ? le recollection a.?* long as I live. Once the crowd began to liu.it its way toward the doors no power on ..nth ? .mid have saved all the i:v. s. but 1 believe i:' t!i^ men 1 id not. lost control of themselves tie loss of life uould have be.-t: verv small.'* Fire Burned All Night. The fire was not brought under control ? i.ntll early this morning, after assistance had arrived from Reading and Pottstown. Physicians and nurses were also sent to Boyertown from Reading and aided ma terially in alley:.jt,ng fh? sufferings .?f the ii.jur.-d who had leaped from :!.?? windows in their mad rush to escape the flames ? ?r.y today about titty members ?>f the state constabulary which is stat on. d in this district < ame over from Reading on a special train The \?orK of removing tiie b.?dl? s fiom the (iebris will b?- unusually tedious and hazardous. When the crush was at its height the floor gave way precipitating many persons to tiie basement and the tidies of these w il be buried beneath the charred t imbers and tons oi bi ii k from the ruined walls. In addition to the opera house the Farm ers" National Bank. Kahn s hardware store at.fi the dwellings of George Halm, llarry Pennypacker and Alfred S. K .sh ard were burned. Monetary Loss Only $75,000. The monetary loss will amount to only $7.", I Mill. Kor several inontl> :! t Siuida) liool pupils of Kt. John's Lutheran Church had been rehearsing "The Scottish Reforma tion. which was being staged by Mrs. II K Monroe of Washington, the author ess. and when the curtain rose at s o'clock tiie opera house was thronged with repre ^Continucd on Filth Page ) Insanity Plea Drags Out Fam ily Skeletons. SOME IMBECILE RELATIVES Defendant's Boyhood Teacher Tells of His Deficiency. UNCLE DIED A MENTAL WRECK Two Cousins Were Confined in Asy lums?One Is Now in a Home for Feeble-Minded. NEW YORK. January 11.? The direc' case of th? people against Harry K Thaw, accused ?">f the murder of Stanford White. , i.s finished, and today the defense will begin its effort to show that Thaw was not mentally responsible for his act wli^n he shot down the architect on the roof of Madison Square Gar d n the nl^ht of June 10<n>. That insanity pure and simple is the defense on which Thaw's attorneys will rest their case was made plain in the opening ad dress of Martin \V. Littleton. Thaw's chiet | counsel, yesterday. The attorney prom ised to show the jury that Thaw had been inline since a boy, that the burden of insanity came- to him from both the I paternal and maternal line, and that in the very nature of things he could not have been mentally responsible for his ac tions on the night of the tragedy. How Mr. Littleton expe-ts to show that Thaw is now sane, and so save him from the asylum for the criminal insane, jf he does expect to do so, lie did not say. It is ex pected that hi? first witness *s called will be mediial authorities, probably those who attended Thaw during his youth or those who are prepared to testily to the mental condition of other members of the Thaw family. Dr. Deem a r and Dr. Bing aman. botii of whom were called at the first trial, will again be witnesses. Evelyn .Ne.^bit Thaw will, without doubt, be called to the stand, but District At torney Jerome wiil make a hard fight to ke. p her story out of the record of the ease. Thaw Had St. Vitus' Dance. There was a. delay of half an hour in beginning the trial today. Justice Dow ling having been caught in a subway blockade on the way downtown. Dr. John T. Deemar. one .of the Thaw family physicians, was the first witness called to the stand. His home is at Kit tanning. Pa Dr. Deemar testified at the first tr'al that he treated Harry Thaw as a boy for St. Vitus' dance and measles. jfe repeated this testimony today, and told also or attending members of the C'opley j family?the mother's branch of the de fendant's ancestors. Dr. Deemar said th^t Henry W. C'oplev. a brother of the elder Mrs. Thaw, died an imbecile. Dr. Charles Wagner of Binghamfnn. ! N. Y.. and Dr. Smith Kly JelliPTe. two of the alienists for the defense, were present , today when court opened. Dr. Deemar was asked as to the pres ent mental condition and whereabouts of i John Ross, a maternal cousin of the de- ' fendant. but District Attorney Jerome ob jected on the ground that the doctor ob tained his information while acting in a professional capacity, and it would re quire a waiver from his patient before lie could testify. Justice Dowling sustained the objection over protest of Mr. Little ton. who declared it did not lie in the mouth of the prosecuting officer to raise such an objectioli. Cousins Were Deficient. On cross-examination Mr. Jerome drew out the fact that Henry t'opley. while incapacitated for mental work. ! was never confined. Dr. William W. S. Butler of Roanoke. Ya.. former assistant physician at the Western L>unatic Asylum. Staunton. \ a., where Horace S. Thaw, a paternal ; cousin of Harry Thaw, was .-??nfined. 1 | was the next witness. ^ hen Dr. Rutler was asked as to i Horace Thaw's condition up to tin-j time of his death. District Attorney) Jerome again objected on the ground of the confidential relation between | physician and patient, and was sus- 1 tained. The district attorney also suc cessfully obje. ted to the Introduction j in evidence of the commitment papers' prepared when Horace Thaw was ad mitted to the asylum on the ground that they were hearsay. Mr. Littleton took an exception to both rulings. Dr. L. S. Foster of Norfolk. Ya.. for merly of the Kastern State Hospital fo>- the Insane, at Williamsburg. Ya.. where William S. Tlifiw. another <ousin of the defendant, was conlined, was next on the stand. Thaw's Old Teacher. Dr. Foster was asked to identify the records of the asylum as lo the admit tance of William Thaw and did so. When the record was offered in evidence Mr. Jerome objected on the ground that it was not competent testimony, and wjs j sustained. Mr. Littleton i? ? i*?? recalled Dr. D?*emar j and tajccecded in circumventing tin- for-1 | m< r objections <>f the district attorney as j io the case of John R->s- Dr. Deemar , ,^.<id li< ceas> d t'> be Ross' physician after th? latter w :icommitted to the Hoj*- In stitution for the Ke?-ble-ininded. where he is still a iMtient. He was allowed to tell of Ross' mental condition and declared it unsound, the .symptoms 1 ?? -i? ? k maniacal. t "liarles Koehler of Winona. Minn., who was a teacher- .it Woosier University, Ohio, in IKsd. when Harry Thaw was a student there, took the stand and was asked to tell his impressions of Chaw a*? a hoy of sixteen or seventeen years of age. District Attorney Jeronn objected, i Irit the witness was allowed to proceed. "Harry Thaw always had a nervous gait and walked jerkily." he said. "His eyes w??re siriking. his complexion ane mic. Ills mantlet hi the classroom was abstracted and indifferent His ?yes usaally had a tix> d. staring gaz*-. There was never any warmth in his eyes?no illumination." Mr Koehler said he s< t down many of Thaw's eccentricities in a diary, which was destroyed ten years ago. Thaw's mind always worked slowly and he had great difficulty in follow ing any <l< m->u stration hi* manner was irrational. Was Sad Example. < 'ross examined by District Attorney Jerome. Mr Koehler said '.'no hoys came under his care at Wooster. and since that tim- as a teacher lie lias been thrown in contact with I.-"??hi hoys or more. The witness insisted, however, that the mem ory of Thaw a pale-faced, twitching lad stood out above the others. When Jeroiuc asked if lite witness had carl'd Thaw along in Ids mind as --;i I tor rl hie example Mr. Littleton objected and was sustained by the court. Koehler said he had utten used 'ihaws GROUP OFLE NOTRE-McKIM TREE-BUTCHERS AND NATURE-BUTCH cRS. Architect McKim, Arcliitcct Bur nham. Architect Glenn Brown, A rchitect Green, Architect Hornbloxvcr. Architect Donn. A ?o % - ' "3>" -?i >? "Oi *. . v^\ k ^ vf, ddAs * > * ? fjfT*. ? O ' ~f r r-vji r-| i ? ci aw g "I Fne group of tree-butrliors and naiUre-butchers depicted above are represented as on their wav with aves .. , eloaii-^weep. as tpf-y proclaim, ot all the grand olu tj.-.-s .m the M ill Thev ure , *?t> with axes to maki j An-hitM MrKIm heads the party. Ho iH blowinK a hi? horn-his own.' He'also lias ?, hhjTea^ A rHi^e \'tv?1**' n."^' recognized by his conceited upturned no.se. In the retr nc nu n l? irine n ere ,? * . Arfniteit Donn win b?: repla.-e the biK trees destroyed branny a sie.,t number of tubbed trees Intended to For further particulars inquire wttiijn * case as an ilustration. Ho was asked where ami when and to whom. ?'To a hoy named Bingham " began the witness. "What Bingham," demanded Jcromo, "the police commissioner?" Thaw himself joined in the general laughter. He looked annoyed, however, when the witness said tic had used the defendant as the example of tlu- son ot a rich man. At the conclusion of Krc-hler's testi mony luncheon recess until *J o'clock p.m was ordered. ? WILL NOT RESIGN. Secretary Taft Says There Is No Foundation for the Rumor. Secretary Taft today Indicated that he would like to he quoted as saying that; there is absolutely no foundation tor the rumor that he is to resign from Presi dent Roosevelt's cabinet. The printed story was to the effect that Secretary; Taft would resign from the cabinet in the near future in order that lie might. <Jo- , vote his entire attention to his campaign j for nomination as President. Taft to Speak in Philadelphia. Secretary Taft left here at o'clock i this afternoon for Philadelphia, where he will make an address at the banquet of ! the Ohio Society of Philadelphia tonight. | It is said that the Secretary will speak 1 extemporaneously and will not confine >his ; remarks to any particular topic. He will return to this city tomorrow morning in i time to appear before the House cotnmit 1 tee on appropriations to explain the n-ed.i of the Panama canal work. KENTUCKY SENATORSHIP. Former Gov. Beckham Three Votes Short of Election. ! LOriSVIlJl.K. Ivy.. January 14.?A telephone message from Frankfort says the result of the ballot for United States senatorship in the house and senate today leaves former Gov. Beck ham three votes short of election. Separate ballots were cast today in the two houses. A joint session will be held tomorrow. CONDITION OF CUBA. Gov. Magoon Commended by- the President. In transmitting to the Senate today the report of Provisional Governor Magoon on conditions in Cuba the President said: "! cannot too heartily commend the ac tion of the provisional governor and his civil associates and of the army in all its parts in connection with this Cuban mat ter. 1 am plad to he able to say that wc can now definitely announce that one year hence by or before February 1. l!xr.). we shall have turned over the island to | the president and congress to be elected j next December by Mie people of Cuba, j Our word to turn over the island to its j own people will be scrupulously reg.iriled ! and through their own president and con- j Kress they will administer the government j of the island a year hence." Goold Appeal Dismirsed. ] Special I'sblpgritu to The Star. MONTH CARLO. January 14.-The ap peal of Vera St. Leger Goold and his wife for revision of She sentences passed upon them on December 4 for the murder of j Emma l.eviu has been dismissed. j j Goold was sentenced t>> penal servitude 1 for life and his wife to death, the trial! court being of the opinion that Goold was ' instigated to his share in the crime by his ( wife, who lias much the stronger eharac ; ter. Should the sentence be carried out in i Mrs. Gould's case siie will be guillotined. * LOCAL INTERESTS IN SENATE BILL FOR WIDENING OF 16TH STREET INTRODUCED. Numerously Signed Petition Re- , ceived Favoring Street Rail way Extension. _____ A bill for t]po -widening of 1'iili street northwest at Piney branch introrfyiced in the Senate today b\ Mr. G-illing^r It provides for 1110 condemning of not more than four and one-half acres <>n the ca.it side of l<ith street between Shepherd street and Spring road, so as to preserve the v.iHey grade and connect with P!ney Braneh parkway. Along with the 1 ?i 11 Senator linger presented a letter from Commissioner West favoring its passage. Dr. Chancellor's Dismissal. A resolution >>i the North Washington Citizens' Vswjciatiun commending the dis- j missal of Dr. William li. Chancellor by the hoard of education, presented to the 1 Senate by Senator tiallinger yesterday, will be considered by Senator Burkett's subcommittee. whieb is to investigate the local pni>!i<- schools. Street Railway "Extension. Senator (xallinser lias received a petition | signed by about cit'zens of East \\ asliington and others favoring the pas sage Of a bill directing the Capital Trac tion Company to construct a double-track line from 7th street northwest east a!onS Florida avenue to sth street northeast, and thence south on .sth street to connect with Its present lines at 8th street and Pennsyl vania avenue southeast, and also a dou b!e-track line :rom Sth and F .<nrcets i northeast to the Futon station. Control of Car Lines. A petition lias been referred to the Sen- : ate District committee favoring the pas- \ sage of a measure giving the District! Commissioners control of the local street I railway companies. Another petition, pre sented by Senator St<?n<- of Missouri, pro testing against the enactment of leg sia tion prohibiting tiie sale of intoxicating liquors in tin* District of Columbia, and signed by the officers of the Si. lxuis j Hotelmen's Association, lias been received 'jy the committee. I DISTRICT IN CONGRESS. House District Committee to Hold Hearing Thursday. At 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon the District committee o! the House will hold a public hearing on the bill u> permit the street railway companies to extend their tracks to the I'nion station and on the proposition for a cross-town line on Flo rida avenue and a north and south line to connect with the Capital Traction C m- j pany. Tliese extensions were provided , tor in a bill argued before the District committee last session, but whleli tailed of passage. At 10 o'clock Thursday morning the | Distrii t committee will continue its eon sideration of the permanent trackage bill. ^ with reference to the universal transfer ; ane ndment offered by Representative Madden of Illinois at yesterday's s? eret session of the committee. A warm tim? is expected, as It is certain that the vari ous interests affected will all be repre sented. To Open P Street Northeast. , .Representative Gardner of Michigan, a I / member of the House appropriations com mittee, lias received from a number of cRiz< 11s of Kcnilworth .1 request that P htrec*. northeast be opened to the District line. Mr /J-ardner will introduce a bill I on the subject. The complaint of the Kcnilworth citizens alleges that P street is not open across the Pennsylvania rail road tracks, and that there is not at present a thoroughfare across those i tracks. Forbidding- Liquor in Union Station. A bill forbidding the sale of intoxicants 111 the new Union station was introduced in the House today by Representative Ileffiiti of Alabama. The measure was re ferred to the District of Columbia com mittee. of the House, and will be submlt 1 t>xl to the Commissioners Tor report. JUDGE WILFLEY HERE. More Anxious About Needs of Tri bunal Than Charges Against Him. Judge Leljbeus R. Wilfl-y of the United Stat.-s district court In China has ar rived in Washington, and says he is pre pared to meet any and all persons who desire to question his administration of justice in the new court at.Shanghai. The judge called at the State and War de partments today to talk with the officials about liis court. He was very much more concerned over the needs of the new 1 tribunal in the matter of additional laws land a proper habitation than over the charges preferred against him. lie said lie knew that Judge Andrews and Mr. | Brooks, both members of the bar in Shanghai, had aadresstd themselves di "rectly to the President in opposition to his administration of the court, but lie felt satisfied, he said, to let the President and JSecretary Root dispose of any charges that might be preferred a?ainst him entirely upon the basis of the court's record. The purpose of Judge Wilfley's visit to Washington, according to his own state ment, was not to defend himself against 1 charges, because these had already been thoroughly exploited and thrashed out. What lie tiici desire, lie said, was to secure 1 congressional authorization for the adop ! tion by his court of the California code as a basis of judicial procedure. For a | year the court has b? en working along entirely under the common law. good , enough in itself, but entirely inadequate and too archaic to meet modern condi tions. As appeals from his court would lie. to the California court it would be In the interest of simplicity and expedite business to have its procedure based upon the same code. Judge Wilfley also declared that the court was very insufficiently housed, and will endeavor to interest Secretary Root in the proposition to erect a courthouse in Shanghai for its accommodation. THE SMALL BUILDING. Wanted for the Overcrowded Treas ury Department. In his deficiency estimates for the pres ent fiscal year, recently presented to Con gress. Secretary Cortelyou has asked for an appropriation for rent for four floors of the Small building. 14th and G streets northwest, all of that building except the rirst floor. In ease the appropriation is granted the Treasury will at once move a number of the employes of the auditor for the state and other departments to tlv* building. The Treasury is tremen douslv crowded and room must be found for some of the offices. The Small build ing is uflderstood to be fireproof. Judicial Nominations Confirmed. The Senate in executive session lias cor.hrmed the nomination of Ralph K. Campbell to be United States district judge for the estem district of Oklahoma, and of John H. Cottcral to the same office^ in the western district of that .state," .- . ? / I SECRETARY TAFT ASA The Only One Who Is Working Aggressively. A POLITICAL MACHINE He Alone Has One at Work in His Behalf. HE GOES OVER THE COUNTRY Making Speeches and Friends for Himself, for the Effect on Ohio Politics. ' Politicians point to the fact .is bMng significant tihat Secretary Taft is the only republican presidential candidate who Is j doing anything, who is getting anywhere. They point out that other supposed or woiqd-be candidates are muttering in their beards, exchanging dark looks and oml- j nous shakes of the head with each other, and that meanwhile Secretary Taft pro n;i his way making 'liuy whtl" the j sun shines and in the open. Secretary Taft is the only candidate who has an active, aggressive and open and . above board political ma-cliin** work in his behalf. In point of fact, lie is the only candidate who thus far has come out and said: "I want that job. and you bet I am going to try to get it. Suiting action to the won], he is going in jvitih might and > main to pull it off if he can. It is pointed out by politicians that no- t where else in the presidential field is there 1 any candidate intrenched, with outposts and sharpshooters. The "favorite sons have not done anything outside of their own states. Senator Knox has Pennsyl vania. but it is not in evidence that .lie has anv other state, or thai he I.as. in fact, tried to make headway in any other state. Speaker Cannon is loudly proclaimed in Illinois as the choice of that common wealth. but he is so busy attending to the very important undertaking of running the House of Representatives that lie has not put his fortunes to the test elsewhere. Vice President Fairbanks is also holding down his office and is not adventuring in distant political waters. New York's Favorite Son Not. Known New York's favorite son has not been disclosed. Gov. Hughes coyly shies and j sticks close to his knitting. Secretary Cortelyou by the same token allows that lie wiil attend to the Treasury portfolio. , There is T.a Follette in Wisconsin. ' uni-v ill ins in Iowa and Forak*r in Ohio, all waiting .or the lightning to strike. \s for Secretary Tafl. no pent-up 1 tic* contracts his powers, but the whole boundless universe of politics 1s his. lie I gallops up to New England, lopes out to ; West Virginia, paces back to New York. I and wherever ne goes ho gives u to b? 1 understood that he !s an active and ag gressive candidate for the presidential nomination: that he is not sitting idly by. blushing behind a. fan and waiting for a partner, but that he is in the dance in earnest, and all the way from a dreamy waltz to the Mobile buck he will put his best foot foremost. Secretary Taft is the only candidate who has an active organization equipped with ! monev and employing men of brains and ?of political sagacity. He has a big press ' bureau in Ohio and his agents are abroau thfougb the countrv. He has men on his pav roll in Washington who are watch ing his Interests at every point and who are utilizing potential forces ot the public press in his behalf. i Employed in his behalf are some of the , most . lever writers for the public press , who miss no opportunity* to forward his ? campaign. His own magnetic nersonalit> is used in frequent addresses to publi'- as- I semblages. find all the time, at all sea sons and in all places, the fact is being constantly out before the public that lie is a candidate for the nomination and will obtain it if he can. Backing of the Administration. In addition to all of these elements of pnictic-al political strength he has the j hacking of the national administration. Vll of President Roosevelt's nower and in fluence in the nation are being exerted for him. and it is not denied that federal pa tronage is being drawn upon to aid turn. Practical politicians realize that at the crucial stage of a political campaign fed eral patronage is a most tempting bau in 1 PoliUcians say that with all these forces at work S?cretary Taft is a niost forni da t>le randidate especially ni consideration. . and it is so admitted, of the f?-t that he is a most attractive man. 1' is not denied , that he possesses in his own right ti ? el??- j ments of a desirable nominee tor the i presidency. Evey those who would c.n- j [th? nomination admit t .at he is mag netic. that he is able, that lie has had experience in governmental affairs and In every way is qualified for the place. In fact the only objection that thus far has been raised to his candidacy is on , the score of his being the legate* of President Roosevelt, and even in that re- i snect the criticism has not been so much against himself personally, but against the manner and method of his candidacy and because it was couple.d with a crusaue against the political prospect ot a col logue and political predecessor. Senator Foraker. Many republican politicians are of opinion that if Secretary Taft could have entered the race on his own account and without involving an attempt to crush the man who lirst introduced him into public life there would be little op position to his candidacy. Effect on Ohio Politics. Some of those who resent secretary Tafl's attempt to come in as the legatee of President Roosevelt say that his ef forts at this time to forward his boom i are "mainly for the effect upon Ohio politics. They say that a., of this ac- I ttvity of the moment has for its imme diate object a bearing upon Ohio. Even . Secretary Taft's most enthusiastic friends > are not oblivious to the fact that tilings are not as they should be in Ohio. They , know that th" first big bat. o will come | off in the Buckeye state between now and .March. They realize that if there should be an acute division in Ohio and it that ? state should b- divided between Taft and ; Foraker the effect-upon the national con vention would be detrimental to Secretary Taft's interests. They say that the main purpose, there fore. of the present activity :n behalf of the Taft boom in other states is to create a favorable Impression in Oh o by point ing out to the country at large a ad to the voters of Ohio in particular the claim ! that Secretary Taft is the prospective winner. The politicians are more keenly alive to this situation from the fact that they realize and admit that Secretary Taft of all the candidates is the only one who is doing anything openly and above board Politicians of high degree in Congress and , out of it talk about the situation every day and lay plans deep and dark to puil wires at the national convention. In the meantim ? Secretary Taft is going about the country making speeches an making friends and his campaign bureau, j backed by the national administration, is . working night and day anil all the time to bring his candidacy before the voters in the districts in every state which will ^end delegates to the convention. EVANS' MEN FEAST 'MID TROPIC PAEMS Brilliant Entertainment of the Officers at Rio. RECEIVED BY PRESIDENT Congratulatory Speeches Exchanged at Petropolis. DINED BY OUR AMBASSADOR Display Was the Most Lavish That Has Yet Been Shown the Vis itors?Table Decorations. RIO JANEIRO. January 14 ?Ths first the m?nv official functions to ho given in honor of the vistting American naval off rot s during thrfr stay here took pla<o yes terday. The first event was a \ !s:t to the Brazilian minister of marine. Admiral Ahr.ear. and this vas followed hy a re ception by tho president of the republic. Dr. Penna. and a banquet by the Ameri can ambassador. Irving B. Dudley. Or. penna eordlally welcomed the visitors to Brazil. The ambassador's function was a. brilliant affair. Trip to Petropolis. In the afternoon the American officers wont out to Petropolis, the home of th* diplomatic corps. s?>me twenty-two miles distant from the capital. They wore a< < ompanied by many high Brazilian offi cials and hy representatives of the various legations. At the railroad station of thin suburb tlr-y were r? ??? ived oy tlie privaiS secretary of Mr. Dudley and joined short ly aiterward by the ambassador himself. The part* then proceeded to me resident* of tino president. Mr. Dudley presented Ad miral Thomas to Dr. Penna and Admiral Thomas then introduced to the president each officer in turn. Replying to a short oomplinientai .v address made by Admiral Thomas. t?r. Penna said: Addressed by Penna. " I am extremely gratified at the pres ence hfre of the officers ? omtnandlng the powerftil fleet sent to these nutcrs by the friendly nation of the north, a nation to v\ iiich we arc united hy bonds of strong friendship. I congratulate you upon your abilltv as navigators and express mv ad miration. You have arrived punctuall> at your destination in suite of the great difficulties presented hv your undertaking You -are cordially welcome here and 1 trust that your stay in Brazil will bs happy." In response Admiral lliomi? made a short speech of thanks. Dinner at Embassy. T'pon leaving the residence of Dr. Penna the officers were driven to the home of Mr. Dudley. Til** banquet wag superb. The entire house and the grounds were illuminated by Venetian lanterns and col or.-.1 ele. trie lights. Within the salons were ablaze with graceful illuminations and gorgeous with coloring of flowers. The tah]? s were laid in two of the salons and were united bv an arch of flowers. They were decorated with cut glass, beautiful silverware and more flowers. \mnnc those nreseut were all the Amei ican admirals, the commanding officer of each battleship, the Brazilian minister of marine, the Brazilian minister of war. the chief of the naval staff, an official repre senting the minister of foreign affaiis. Baron de Rio Braivo. and a number of deputies and senators. Sailors in a Riot. Scenes of disorder marked the presence* ashore of the sailors from the American battleships last night. Ten sailors were slightly injured in a disturbance at the fleet landing, and the trouble was so serious t.'iat tli- liberty parties wcr-s re called to the ships. The riot was due to the arrest of a na tive by the fl? ?t police. The sai'.ors say the man flourished a knife and that the Rio polic; released him. In the confusion the man. it is alleged, cut two sailors. A great crowd fought the sailors, and stones were thrown and knives used. Three hun dred sailors and natives were in the fight until officers intervened and rest-.ted order The reserve police were summon^!. Fight sailors were hit by stones. Sea man Doyle of the Louisiana was struck on the head and sent to the hospital. Men were sent through the city ordering tie sailors hack and three natives were ar rested. The officers say the liberty order mav be revoked or modified. Fortv-two guests were at the embassy dinner, including Rear Adm-rals rhomas. Emorv and Sperrv. th-_- ministers of for eign affairs. v.iW and marine. Messrs. I,or rlllard and Glade of the embassy; Sen ator Acevedo. vice Admira' Maur. y. Sen ator Machado. Alexander Mackenzie and Dr. J. Rodriguez. The officers made a trip on the president's yacht and train and greatly enjoyed the scenery. Admiral Thomas doing the honors. Evans Has Rheumatism. Brazilian officials are taking advantage of the visit of the fleet to show they have forgotten any feeling tihat might have been aroused as a result of the clash be tween Ruy Barbosa and Joseph < hoate at The Hague. ? The commanding officers visited t minister of marine. Senor Alencar this morning. Owing to an attack ot rheuma tism Admiral Evans was unable to ae company the party. Dater the minister and Brazilian admirals visited the i on necticut. AH were profuse in extending official welcome The officers say the trip from Irtnldad demonstrates the steaming radius. They satisfactorily explain the delay in reach ing here as due to a minor breakdown, strong currents and trade winds head on. Every day a ship or so would burst a tub ? or valve and leave the column for an hour Other ships would reduce speed to allow the delayed vessel tim? to catch up. Three sailing vessels wore sighted be tween Trinidad and Cap * Saint Roque. Speech by Dudley. At the?er.d of the banquet Ambassador Dudley made an address. He said: ??It is for me a very great and deep satisfaction to call your attention to the warm welcome that the Brazilian govern ment and the good people of this city have prepared for the fleet of Bear Ad miral Evans, and it was with equal pleas ure that I was inform d beiore y..ur ar rival of the proposed program of S*n*r o'is hospitality?a program upon wh ? the fleet can rely as sincere. ?,nd.wh'^1' assuredly will render your sta> in this beautiful country most agret a hie. "As is to 1?. expected, the nwvew.'n * of the .American battleship fleet In its vovage to the Pacific are being followed with the greatest interest by the govern ment the press and the entire population of the I'nited States, and I am confident that our people at home are keenlj ap preciative of the courtesy ana honors I