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avenue, with such northerly deviations as
may be necessary to bring the tracks im
mediately in front of and adjacent to the
main entrance of the station, two junc
tions with existing tracks at .*>d and D
streets northeast and at the northeast cor
ner of Stanton square.
The City and Suburban railway is di
rected to extend its double track on North
Capitol street southwardly from the inter
section of G street to Massachusetts ave
nue. there to connect with the tracks
hereinbefore authorised on Massachusetts
The Capital Traction Company is di
rected to construct a double-track extend
sion of its lines from C street and Dela
ware avenue, along Delaware avenue to
the plaza, together with a double-track
loop passing in front of the station on
the plaza: also n double-track extension
beginning at Florida avenue and 7th
street northwest southeastwardly along
Florida avenue to its intersection with
North Capitol street, thence along North
Capitol street southwardly, over the ex
isting tracks of the City and Skiburban
railway, to its intersection with Massa
chusetts avenue, thence along Massa
chusetts avenue southeastwardly to the
plaza; also a double-track connection
from 1st and R streets southeast north
wardly along 1st street east to B street
The bill requires that there shall be at
least two sets of double tracks immedi
ately in front of the main entrance to the
Vnion station, the most northern rail be
ing not less than seventy feet from the
axis of the south portico.
Temporary Railway Proposed.
The Washington Railway and Electric
and the Capital Traction companies are
authorized and directed to jointly con
struct and operate by overhead trolley
a temporary railway for passenger
service from the Union station to the
Intersection of North Capitol and C
streets north, said tracks to be con
structed within sixty days from the
date of the approval of the act in ac
cordance with plans approve! by the
Commissioners of the District.
It is required that the construction
of the lines mentioned in the bill shall
be commenced within thirty days of
the passage of the bill and completed
on or before February 1, 190t>.
A number of minor and purely tech
nical amendments to the bill were sug
gested by 8enator Gallinger and agreed
to before the passage of the measure.
During the debate on the bill Chair
man Smith of the House District com
mittee was in the Senate chambcr lis
tening closely to everything that was
Hnmor of Coercion by Board of Edu
cation?Reference to a Rule.
Oyster's Denial.
Yon're a liar! You're another!
You're a knave! anil you're a fool!
Rut the teacher- oh. the teacher Just went on
a-teaching school.
Fifty thousand tonka discarded:
Breach of precedent and rule.
But t^e teacher, simple creature, juet continued
to teach school.
Lawyers, trials, recriminations;
Inefficient. brilliant. tool.
But the teacher did full duty and kept on
a-teacbing school.
Now we're waiting In mild wonder
F?r the people On the Rill;
But the teacher, without flurry, busily is teaching
The "round-robin" petition indorsing
the board of education and asking
that the present school law be given a
further trial, sent through the schools of
the District for the signatures of as many
teachers as possible, and intended for sub
mission to Congress, has caused much
comment. Reports are being circulated
Tjiat the members of the board are re
sponsible for the circulation of the peti
tion, and that they aro coercing the teach
ers to sign the paper. This the board,
through President Oyster, has denied em
Another phase of the situation is the re
lation of the petition to the rule of the
board of education, adopted about three
months ago, prohibiting teachers and
other employes of the schools from trying
to Influence legislation at the capital.
Tne petition, it is learned, is addressed to
Sanator Burkett, chairman of the sub
committee on schools of the Senate Dis
trict committee, and It sets forth that the
teachers have confidence In the board, and
asks that the law be given a further trial.
It is understood that the petition was pre
pared In opposition to the Dolliver bill for
the reorganization of the system and in
tended to have influence at the capital.
The teachers who have the circulation
of the petition In charge say that they
expect to send the paper to the board
with the request that the board s-iomit
it to Senator Burkett, and thus escape
violation of the rule.
Held Responsible for the Large Im
Considerable discussion was provoked
In the House of Representatives today
over a bill appropriating $2."50,?>00 for an
immigration station In Philadelphia.
Because the measure was reported by
the immigration committee a number of
members thought thnt committee was
encroaching on the domain of the com
mittee on public buildings and grounds,
but Mr. Bartholdt (Mo), its chairman,
said he waived his rights in the matter
Inasmuch as the money was to come out
of the Immigration fund.
Mr. I'nderwood (Ala.) sought to pin
him down to a definite statement as to
whether a general public building bill
would be reported at this session, but Mr.
Bartholdt. after some hesitation, replied
that he. was not prepared to say.
In the same connection condemnation
was heaped upon the steamship companies
by Mr. Hepburn of Iowa, who said they
were responsible for the large immigra
tion to the 1'nlted States, and the gov
ernment should not encourage them by
increasing their facilities. He had, he
said, seen advertisements of steamship
companies in Europe holding out false
inducements to the ignorant class to go
to the 1'nlted States The races coming
to this country today, he declared, were
wholly undesirable.
Mr. Rennet of New York said that the
advertisements complained of by Mr.
Hepburn had been issued twenty years
ago. but that no such advertisements
were sent out now.
No News From Admiral Evans, at
State Department or Embassy.
I'p to a late hour this nfternqpn no
word had been received at the Navy De
partment from Rear Admiral Evans in
regard to the reported anarchist plot to
destroy one or more of the venseln of
the Atlantic fl*et In the harbor of Rio
de Janeiro, nor has any information on
that subject reached the State Depart
ment or the Brazilian embassy.
Real Admiral Pillsbury was greatly
surplscd at the newspaper publications
regarding the mstter, and said that he
had no official advices.
"I cannot believe it. It seems nr.^p? s
terous," said Admiral Plllsbury. It was,
he said, about on a* par with the rumoi
having its origin in Paris of an attempi
to destroy th* battleships Connecticut and
Missouri. He said that it would be a
strange thing if the anarchists should go
?o far as Brazil bent on the destruction
of the Pacific-bound fleet when they prob
ably could carry out their plot with much
Hi*a'<>r ease In this country. Thousand*
of visitors annually visit the battleships
at Haiupton roads. New York and otl.v
places, and it would not b? a very difficult
matter for any one having as an object
the blowing up of a ship to carry out his
Returned to This City.
Assistant Secretary Oliver and Judge
Advocate General Davis, who went to
Boston to attend the meeting of the Na
tional Guard Association, have returned
to this city and were at the War De
partment today.
Mr. Campbell's Views as to
Kansas Delegates.
Thinks He Will Be the Democratic
Nominee and Be Elected.
It Oought to Be Settled Next Satur
day?Southern and Union
Pacific Combination.
"I do not believe the Kansas legislature
Win take any action to prevent an early
convention in our state to cleet delegates
to the national convention," said Repre
sentative Campbell of Kansas at the
White House. "While I think it is certain
that the legislature will pass a primary
election law, one of the things for which
it was called in special session, I am of
the opinion that the law will be made to
apply first to the election of delegates to
the state convention that is to nominate
candidates for state officers and not to
the other convention. Whatever is done,
however, I see no reason to expect that
Secretary Taft will lose any delegates in
our state."
Mr. Campbells remarks were based
upon a statement appearing in dispatches
from Topeka that the legislature will
pass a state primary law that will go into
effect in ten days. If this should be done
it would defer the state convention for
election of delegates to the national con
vention until May and be somewhat of a
blow at the Taft prospects. The republican
state committee of Kansas, at a meeting
last Dece-mber. fixed Marcn as the date j
for the first convention to elect delegates, .
th; plan being to start the Taft boom roll- 1
ing that early in the year by an instructed
delegation from Kansas. The convention
to nominate state officers was fixed at a
later date. If a state primary law is
enacted at once the delegates will have i
to be elected much later on and the con
vention would be delayed until some time I
in May.
Says Bryan Will Be Elected. *"
M. E. Ingalls, former railroad man, at
present banker, business man and demo
cratic leader in Cincinnati, paid his re
spects to the President today. Speaking
of the political situation, he said: "As it
looks to ^ne, Taft will be the republican
nominee and Bryan the democratic. I
think Bryan will be elected. There does
not seem to be any question that he can
have the nomination if he wants it. If
lie doesn't want it some man suitable to
him will be nominated. No, I don't take
much stock in these proposed conferences
In New York or elsewhere designed to
shelve Mr. Bryan. These same elements
asked Bryan to stand out of the way
four years ago and promised to do big
things. What did they do? A most es
timable man was nominated, but the par
ty was badly defeated.
"As to Ohio, I think Judge Harmon will
have some delegates. He will get those
from the Cincinnati district, anyhow. He
Is a splendid man and would make a
great candidate of the democratic party."
Mr. Ingalls will return to the city sev
eral days from now after a trip to New
The Nebraska Patronage Fight.
The collectorshlp of 'Internal revenue
in Nebraska ought to be settled next
Saturday. The ' Pres dent two days ago
told Senators Burkett and Brown that
hl? advice wis that they call the five
iep~esentatlves of Nebraska into confer
ence and settle the fight as to the col
iector&hlp by a majority vote of the whole
delegation. The two senators asked the
representatives to meet them last Satur
day afternoon. They laid the wholo
thing before the lower house men, who
promptly asked the senators to step out
side a few minutes while they thought
it over. They did the thinking stunt for
over an hour, Vhile the senators walked,
up and down the corridors outside the
room. Then the doors were opened and
the senators were told that by a vote of
three to two the representatives had de
cided that they had nothing to do with
the little game of patronage, and didn't
want to have anything to do with it.
"We are willing to be sisters to you.
but that's all." was the verdict. The
senato s put up a great outcry. The
President had told them that the fight
must be settled that way. Furthermore,
if the representatives would join them
i his time they would be let in hereafter
on all good things, all patronage to be
settled by a vote of the delegation. This
sounded good the fellows who have
been getting nothing but small post of
fices for years, and they finally agreed.
A vote is to be taken next Saturday. "
Southern-Union Pacific Combine.
Attorney General Bonaparte had a con
ference with the President today. It is
understood that within a few days the
Department of Justice will begin pro
ceedings against the Union and Southern
Pacific roads to determine whether they
are bejng operated as a combination In
restraint of trade. The question of what
tho administration would do in these
cases has been under consideration some
time. There has been considerable talk
of criminal prosecution against K. H.
Harrlman. the head of both roads, but it
Is said that this is not likely to be done.
Senator Knox of Pennsylvania, in whom
the President has much confidence as a
trust buster, and Milton D. Purdy. the
trust expert of the Department of Justice,
were also in consultation with the Presi
dent during the day, whether on the
same subject was not learned.
Use of the Elks' Teeth.
Representative Knowland of California
handed to the President today a letter
from Judge Henry A. Melville of Oakland,
past grand exalted ruler of the Elks, to
gether with resolutions adopted under the
administration of Judge Melville as head
of the order, doing away with the" use
of the elk's tooth as an emblem of the
order. The President appreciated the
action of the Elks, as it did away with
one of the strong incentives for the
slaughter of these animals. The teeth be
came very valuable, largelv because they
were bought by the Elks So be made
into emblems. Artificial teeth are to be
used instead of the genuine.
Secretary I-oeh said today that there
was no truth in a New York dispatch that
the President lias donated to the Wash
ington Jockey Club a handsome silver
service to be awarded to the winner of
t special race for registered thorough
breds. ridden by commissioned army offi
cers. to be run at Benning this spring.
Representative Graff of Illinois intro
duced Charles H. May. owner of the Pe
oria Herald-Transcript.
Senator Warren and Judge Vandeven
ter. formerly in the Interior Department,
now on the Federal bench in Wyoming,
called upon the President.
Indian Chief Received.
A band of several Indian chiefs of the
Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes of Ok a
homa were introduced to the President to
day by Indian Commissioner Leupp. They
were an unusually superior-looking lot of
Indians, and all of them own property in
the new state They are in Washington
to talk with the Indian office about mat
ters of taxation. I'nder the Ireaty with
the government, which has nine years
yet to run, their real estate is exempt
from taxation, but personal taxex are im
posed. and th^ Indians do not understand
the distinction between real estate and
personal taxation. Among the visitors
were Prairie Chief. Cloud t'hief. Wolf
Chief. Little Wolf and Heap of Birds.
To Elect Senators by Vote of People.
Applications of the legislatures of Iowa.
Nevada and Wisconsin for a constitution
al convention by which the election of
I'nited States senators by direct vote of
the people may be oontidered were re
ceived at the Capitol today.
Ada Jean McKay, With Numerous
Aliases. Accused of Swindling
the Gothamites.
Members of the local police department
are much Interested hi the expose In New
ork which has followed the arrest in
that city of Ada Jean McKay, or Mary
McKee, or Mrs. Ada J. White, or any
one of a dozen other aliases, because, not
so many years ago. the accused woman
figured in a swindle here, in which many
men prominent, in the affairs of the na
tion were separated from goodly sums of
, money. She also left a trail of bad
checks in Washington, and the .sworn
complaint of Robert Cohen, a shoe dealer
at 10th and F streets northwest, is still
on the records of the local department.
Mr. Cohen knew her under the name of
Ada Jean McKay, and alleged that she
passed a worthless check at his store,
March The check called for
111.70, and was given in payment for a
pair of shoes. Mrs. McKay left this city
before a warrant could be served upon
According to the story printed in a
?ew \ork newspaper this morning,
following Mrs. McKay s arrest, she has
a police record in at least three cities?
Boston New York and Washington?
although nearly all of her later opera
tions have been confined to Near York
One of tier pet schemes Is said to be
the Bungalow Park Land Company; an
other, the American Touring Associa
tion; still another, the International
Progress Club, and finally, The "Golden
Age Company.
Sales of Stock.
As the Bungalow Park Land Company
she soid stock ' at $100 par salue
to several persons. The ? Golden
Age Company was the cloak for
the Golden Age magazine, a pub
lication which was used as the vehicle
to secure several "paid-for-in-advance"
advertisements, and also to "accept"
manuscripts from amateur authors,
W^re us<?d in turn to furnish in
tioductions to prominent clubs and to
prominent Individuals. The utility of
the International Progress Club and
tNe American Touring Association ki a
financial way does not seem to have
been as clearly established. But. aside
trom her numerous schemes, Mrs. Mc
Kay is accused of having passed a
number of worthless checks on New
.?rk merchants, and it is upon these
charges that she is held for trial
The story printed in New York this
morning regarding the accused woman's
exploits m Washington, is as follows:
"Mrs. McKay, using the name of her
husband, Charles F. McKay, went to
Washington, D. C., during the winter of
1JU0. Armed with a prospectus of a pro
posed book entitled 'Hands That Have
Built Empires,' or 'Manual of Hand
Psychology,' she began calling upon
statesmen from President McKiniey down
through the cabinet and Senate to Rep
resentative Sulzer of New York. She
stopped at the Hotel Gordon until she
owed a month's board, and then she Is
said to have registered at the Colonial
Hotel as Mrs. A. A. Wallace. She was
also known as Dr. E. L. Ferguson.
Career in Washington.
"Almost the first step in her Washing
ton campaign was the issuing of invita
tions saying: "Mrs. McKey requests the
honor of casting your hand in plaster, to
be used in an historical manual or psycho
logical text book to be entitled 'Hands
That Have Built Empires, Hotel Gordon.
Washington. D. C.' The fee was $25. A
large number paid in advance.
"William Jennings Bryan received an in
vitation and accepted it. He took Rep
resentative Sulzer with him to the Hotel
Gordon. For Mr. Sulzer Mrs. McKey pro
fessed great admiration. She declared he
had a most interesting hand and one that
portrayed a great character. She pre
dicted that in fifteen years he would be
come President.
"Just how she managed to obtain an
audience in the White House Is not ex
plained. but it is a fact that she had
what she said was a cast of the hand of
President McKiniey. Others of whose
hands she took casts are Senator Davis
of Minnesota. Speaker Henderson. Gen.
Miles, Rear Admiral Schley. Representa
tive Champ Clark, Olga Nethersole and
Miss Ellen Terry.
"March 12, 11)00, there came an explo
sion when the police were notified of
Mrs. McKey's skill in passing worthless
checks on Washington shopkeepers. The
clerks of the Hotel Gordon told of
modistes, merchants and milliners who
were losers. Robert L. Cohen, shoe mer
chant, swore out a warrant for her ar
rest, charging her with passing a fraudu
lent check for $11.70. The police estimated
that she had secured more than $1,000 on
fraudulent checks passed on tradesmen."
Special Dispatch to The Star.
NEW YORK, January 20.?W. J. Bryan
is moving eastward for the fourth time in
five months, and will find New York and
some other states along the Atlantic
coast again the enemy's country, so far
as democrats regard his nomination for
President this year. Mr. Bryan is to be
in Washington Saturday of this week, and
there he will encounter open hostility to
his nomination on the part of a large
number of democratic senators and rep
resentatives. It is reported from Wash
ington that more than one-third of the
democratic members of Congress arc op
po.*d to the nomination of Bryan.
Opposition to Bryan In tills city and
state is beginning to take shape. A con
Terence of conservative democrats has
been called to meet in the Waldorf-As
toria Thursday afternoon. This meeting
is not called in the Interest of any can
didate, but to devise ways and means to
unite the party and secure the nomina
tion of a conservative candidate for Presi
The first of a series of discussions of
the present condition of the democratic
party will be held in the Brooklyn Demo
cratic Club tomorrow. These discussions,
it is understood in advance, will be dis
tinctly anti-Bryan in character. The
Kings county delegates to the national
convention, as well as those from New
York county, will go to the convention un-?
Cold Hand From Tammany^
Even tlie friends of Mr. Bryan lnvthis
city say that the meeting In Cooper Union
last Thursday niRht. which was arranged
by Ills local press agents, did not help his
campaign. The press agents tried hard to
secure the attendance of some Tammany
district leaders, in order to make it ap
pear to the country at large that the
meeting was a Tammany Indorsement of
Bryan. None of the Tammany leaders at
tended, ami the real purpose of the meet,
ing was not accomplished.
It Is well known that leader Murphy
favors an uninstructed delegation to the
national convention. With the aid of Big
ami Little Tim Sulllvans he is now claw
ing up the ranks of the organization so
that there will be no contests at the
March primary, and no chance that any
congressional district convention in the
county will Instruct its national conven
ticn t!el? Kates.
1 joch 1 democrats who are closely watch
ing the situation say that conditions have
so far developed that It will be impossible
for Mr. Bryan to capture the seventy,
eight delegates from New York. The fact
that this state Is against him. It is ex
pected. will have an important Influence
on the rest of the country. Mr. Bryan ig
expected in this city a week from Satur
Gen. Duvall Resumed His Duties.
Gen. Duvall, assistant chief of staff,
resumed his duties at the War Depart
ment this morning, after about a week's
| absence due to a bad cold.
(Continued from First Page.)
terposing himself between her and her
husband, Mrs. Thaw's voice had a tone of
womanly defiance in it that was lacking
at the first trial, and that did not add to
the effectiveness of her recital. *
When the prosecutor occasionally would
take his seat. Thaw would gaze intently
at his wife. When Mr. Jerome was on
his feet the defendant would crane his
neck to get a view of the blue-clad figure
on the witness stand with the round vel
vet hat and its crown of violets.
Mrs. Thaw, as last year, constantly re
Iterated that she was repeating only what
she had told Thaw in Paris. District At
torney Jerome constantly objected when
it seemed to him the witness was trans
The witness, when Mr. Jerome offered
some of his objections, would turn to him
and insist: "That's what I told him, Mr.
Justice Dowllng ruled that Mrs. Thaw
first must tell all she remembered of the
conversation without any questioning
from counsel unless it appeared the wit
ness had forgdtten any details when her
attention might be called to them.
In the Studio.
The witness said ler experience in the
24th street house occurred after her
I mother had been sent by Stanford White
to visit friends in Pittsburg. Mrs. Thaw
said it was the day after she had gone
with Stanford White to a studio in Bast
22d street to have some photographs
taken in costume that she received a note
from him asking her to lunch with e.
party at the 24th street house after the
theater. She was playing at the Casino
at that time.
"When we got to the house there was
no one there except Mr. White and my
self." continued the witness, "and he
said: 'They have all turned me down;
but never mind, we'll have dur supper
and then I'll show you all over the house.
Yon have never seen it.' "
Mrs. Thaw's voice broke at last when
she told of all that happened and she
went on with some difficulty Thaw
broke down completely and wept. The
witness speedily regained her composure
and resumed her narration.
The story varied In no detail from the
narrative of last year.
"Mr. Thaw, when I told him, got very
excited, and walked up and down the
room and moaned and sobbed; his eyes
were wild," said the witness. "He bit
his nails and said. 'My God, my God.' "
"How long did that keep up?" asked
Mr. Littleton.
"All night."
"What did Mr. Thaw say when you had
"He said It was not my fault and that
he thought just as much of me as ever.
He said he wanted me to marry him, and
I said it would make him the laughing
stock of his friends, for some people
knew of what had happened to me. He
wanted to know a lot about my mother,
and how often she had seen Stanford
White and what he had done for her. I
told him my mother did not know any
thing about it."
Worked All Night to Save Thaw's
Mrs. Thaw then. gave the details of
securing physicians and the manner in
which they worked over Thaw ull night
to save his life. This was the first
new incident she testified to.
Going briefly over the incidents of
1004 in Europe and of Thaw's repeated
offers of marriage, the witness said
the wedding finally occurred in Pitts
burg in April. 1003, in the presence of
her mother and the members of Thaw's
family, including his mother. Mr. Lit
tleton here brought out the fact that
Thaw and his wife had endeavored to
secure" passage on the steamer Mrs.
William Thaw had taken for Kurope
the Saturday preceding the Monday on
which the tragedy occurred. Unable
to do this, they had engaged passage
on a steamer leaving the Friday after
the tragedy.
Mrs. Thaw next took up the events
on the evening of the shooting and
told of the dinner party at Martin's?
she and Thaw, Truxton Beale and
Thomas McCaleb forming the party.
Mrs. Thaw was about to tell about
the note she slipped to Thaw at Mar
tin's. reading: "That B. (blackguard)
was here, but has gone away again,"
meaning Stanford White, when 'the
luncheon recess was taken nt. 2:30
o'clock. The note is said to have been
mislaid, but its contents will be ad
Evelyn Nesbit'g Story.
With the probability that Justice Dow
ling will not grant District Attorney Jer
ome's request that the testimony of Eve
lyn Nesbit Thaw be heard in secret, the
latter will resume the stand today.
The attorneys for the defense seem -to
think that the district attorney has some
ulterior motive In attempting to exclude
the publle from the trial, and their at
titude will doubtless prevent the judge
from complying with Mr. Jerome's sug
gestion. The story which Mrs. Thaw will
tell will, In all probability, be practically
the same as that she told before, although
it is possible that the district attorney
may be able to keep some of the original
story off the record. He was much more
careful last Friday in objecting to all
parts of Mrs. Thaw's testimony that were
not entirely material to the case, and has
already succeeded in keeping out much
minor matter that served on the first trial
to lend color to her story.
It seems that Mr. Jerome is preparing
for a cross-examination of Mrs. Thaw
which will be fully as severe as the one
she underwent at the last trial. Mr. Jer
ome is now fully conversant with the
story, and has had nearly a year in which
to study it from every point of view and
prepare himself for a cross-examination
that may be even more searching than
the first one.
Mrs. William Thaw, the prisoner's
mother, who told part of her story Fri
day. will probably follow the younger Mrs.
Thaw on the stand if her health Is equal
to the strain.
?Public Not Excluded.
When the trial was resumed at 10:20
o'clock this morning Mrs. Evelyn Nes
l.v Thaw was called to the stand to re
peat the story of a year ago. District
Attorney Jerome immediately renewed
his motion of last Friday afternoon that
the public, including the representatives
of newspapers, be excluded from the
courtroom. He cited a criminal case tried
in Monroe county several years ago as
a precedent for excluding all persons ex
cept those immediately concerned with
the trial.
Mr. Littleton, for the defense, said he
desired to leave the matter entirely in
the hands of the court.
District Attorney Jerome declared he
understood Mr. Littleton to join in the
motion when It was made last Friday,
and did not quite grasp the change of
front. '
"I said on Friday," retorted Mr. Little
ton. "that I would like to spare Mrs.
Thaw frpm the gaze of the Idly curious,
but as to all points of legality and pro
priety, I reltterate what I said then, that
the matter rests entirely with the court."
Justice Dowling said he had consulted
all the authorities cited by the district
attorney and could find no warrant under
the constitution for excluding the public
from a capital case. The harm done by
publishing the details of revolting testi
mony, he added, was more than offset
by th?> safeguards thrown around a de
fendant by granting him "a speedy and
public hearing."
"The court will not exclude any one
who conducts himself with propriety."
Mr Jerome Objects.
Mr. Littleton then asked Mrs. Thaw to
telf the story of her experience with
Stanford White as she told it to Thaw in
Paris in 1903, when he asked her to be
come his wife.
District Attorney Jerome was at once
on his feet with a strenuous objection.
He argued the matter at some length.
"Here Is a recital of years before the
homicide." declared the prosecutor. "It
certainly does not come within the Wood
case, where the man to whom the story
was told was so mentally affected that he
Immediately went off and killed a man.
It Is absurd on the face of It to say that
this conversation three years before ac- i
counted for the insanity of the defendant
at the time of the killing."
Justice Dowling interrupted the district
attorney to say that he found nothing in
the authorities fixing a time limit to con
versations or statements inducing or tend
ing to induce Insanity. He thought the !
Wood case covered the point and over- 1
ruled the objection.
In the Velvet Swing.
Young Mrs. Thaw was suffering today
from a bad cold and coughed frequently
while testifying.
In response to questions from Mr. Lit
tleton, the witness-told again, but more
briefly than last year, of her experience
in the 24th street house, where she was
taken to lunch with Stanford White, and
drank champagne and became dizzy. 8he
told again of the velvet swing and the'
mirrored room, and the big Japanese
parasol attached to the ceiling.
"Every time you were swung up to the
ceiling your feet would crash through the
paper of the parasol." said the witness,
'and a fresh one would be put up."
Special Dispatch to The Star.
PETERSBURG, Va., January 20.-Gen.
Robert E. Lee's birthday was observed
In Petersburg today by the closing of
the banks and the different offices. There
was a parade of A. P. Hill Camp of Con
federate Veterans; A. P. Hill Camp. Sons
of Confederate Veterans, and the Peters
burg Grays.
Petersburg Chapter of the United
Daughters of the Confederacy gave a tea
at which crosses of honor were presented
to those of the Confederate veterans who
had not previously received them. To
night A. P. Hill Camp of Confederate
Veterans will give a banquet at Masonic
Exercises at Memphis.
MEMPHIS, Tenn..' January 19.?The
birthday of Gen. Robert E. Lee was ob
served here today with appropriate exer
cises conducted under the auspices of the
local company of Confederate veterans.
Among the features of the exercises was
the presentation of crosses of honor by
the Daughters of the Confederacy to a
number of veterans.
Services' in Winchester.
WINCHESTER, Va.. January 20.?With
sermons in several churches and special
memorial services at the. Presbyterian
Church last evening the anniversary of
the birth of Gen. Robert E. Lee was cele
brated in Winchester. The services were
under the auspices of Gen. Turner Ashby
Camp, Confederate Veterans, and the
local chapter of the Daughters of the
Confederacy. The battalion of cadets of
the Shenandoah Valley Academy acied as
military escort to the Confederate camp.
Rev. Dr. J. Horace Lacy, the pastor of
the Presbyterian Church, was the princi
pal speaker. A memorial sermon on Gen.
Lee was also preached by Rev. William
D. Smith of Christ P. E. Church.
Celebration at Baltimore.
BALTIMORE, January 20.?With little
ceremony, the 101st anniversary of the
birth of Gen. Robert K. Lee passed un
eventfully yesterday. An oyster roast was
given at the Confederate Women's Home,
1020 Linden avenue. The home was pret
tily decorated with palms and flowers. It
was also the birthday of Mrs. Dorothy
Swann, who is eighty-four years old, and
an inmate of the home. Mrs. Swann was
born in Caroline county, Virginia. Her
two sons. James Monroe Swann. who is
an inmate of the Confederaie Soldiers'
Home, at PikesvlIIe, and the late George
F. Swann, both fought in the civil war. A
special dinner was served at the Confed
erate Soldiers' Home, Pikesville, and me
morial services were held in the chapel.
Tonight the Society of the Army and
Navy oi" the Confederate States in Mary
land will hold a banquet at the Hotel Ker
nan. More than 200 members will be pres
ent. Among the prominent speakers will
be Senator Daniel of Virginia.
Chosen as av Representative Irish
DUBLIN, January 20.?The Irish peers
voted today upon Lord Curzon's candi
dacy to the seat in the IriBh peerage va
cated by the death of Lord Kilmaine. It
is unofficially stated that Curson was
elected. The official announcement will
be made tomorrow.
Lord.Curzon had expected to be able to
take his seat in the house of lords as a
former viceroy of India, but Sir Henry
Campbell Bannerman refused to further
his ambition In that direction on the
ground that he should have been ap
pointed, if at all, by Balfour, the preced
ing prime minister. Then a nomination
was offered him by a number of Irish
peers, and he accepted It.
There was considerable opposition to
him in Dublin and other Irish political
centers as "the Englishman who has
nothing to do with Ireland, and who looks
for Irish votes merely as a means of
carrying on his own political career."
One of his opponents said of him:
"Lord Curzon is not Irish, he owns no
interests or stock In Ireland, and. as Sir
Charles Dllke used to say to his friends,
never interested himself in Irish affairs
because no credit was to be had from
them." Besides It argued that Curzon
would, sooner or later, Inherit a seat In
the lords on the death of his father. Lord
Scarsdale. Meanwhile he will hold a
seat properly belonging to an Irishman.
Nevertheless Lord Curzon won, beat
ing among other competitors Lords Farn
ham and Ashtown, both Irishmen. His
election will add piquancy to the contest
between him and Campbell Bannerman
for the lord rectorship of Glasgow Uni
versity,* the election for which will take
place next month.
Maryland Physician Victim of
Acute Indigestion.
Dr. William Octavlus Eversfleld. resident
physician at the Maryland Agricultural
College, died suddenly thi? morning at 2
o'clock, at his home in College Park,
Md., from an attack of acute indigestion.
Dr. Eversfleld was born on the old Evers
fleld estate in Montgomery county, sixty
seven years ago. Up to the time of his
death he had enjoyed very good health,
and his sudden demise was a shock to his
relatives Pnd friends.
Dr. Evfrstleld's early education was re
ceived In the public schools of Montgom
ery county. He graduated from St. John's
College, Annapolis, when a very young
man. lie entered the University of Vir
ginia and was graduated, and also was
a graduate of the University of Pennsyl
vania. After leaving the latter institution
he entered Dr. Agnew's school of surgery
at Philadelphia and graduated with hon
Just prior to the civil war he was senior
surgeon of the Panama railroad, and at
the breaking out of the rebellion he was
surgeon of the 1st United States Cavalry,
| and continued with this force until the
close of the war.
I Dr. Eversfleld was ex-president of the
I Prince George County Medical Association
and a member of the American, the Mary
land and the District of Columbia medical
I associations, respectively. He was a char
| ter member of both Mount Hermon and
I Birmingham lodges, A. F. and A'. M., un
der the Maryland jurisdiction. For the
I first time since its organization Dr. Evers
| field was unable to attend a meeting of
the Prince George County Medical Asso
ciation last Saturday night.
The funeral Will take place from the old
Beltsville St. John's Church Wednesday
afternoon at 2 o'clock, and the services
will be In charge of Mount Hermon Ma
sonic I>odge.
Dr. Eversfleld's wife, one son and two
daughters survive him. >
Services Held in Commemoration at
the Central Presbyterian Church.
Congratulations Extended.
4In celebration of the fortieth anniversary
o'f his pastorate. Rev. Dr. A. W. Pltzer
preached a sermon at the Central Presby-!
terian Church yesterday morning. The
celebration, which also marked the for
tieth anniversary of the founding of t?he
church, was made notable by the raising
of $2,300 to pay for extensive repairs
made to the edifice within the pp?st year.
A large audience greeted the Veteran
pastor emeritus, and both before and after
the morning service he was the center of
enthusiastic groups of members of the
congregation who extended their congrat
In opening his sermon Dr. Pltzer said he
wished to express his thankfulness to God
that he has been spared to serve the
church for forty years. It was a rare ex
perience, he declared, and he appreciated
the honor of It.
Me wished to congratulate the church,
<he said, on several points. First, he
commented on the fact that the church
has recently been renovated and beauti
fied, in excellent taste, at a cost of $2,300.
The new pastor. Rev. James H. Taylor,
was the subject of his next congratula
tions. He recounted the experiences
which led to the calling of Mr. Taylor
how he came to preach In the ohurch ac
cidentally, after the congregation had
heard twenty or thirty different candi
dates. and how the congregation decided
to call him after hearing two sermons.
He added that the new pastor not only
has helil all of the old members of tihe
congregation, but also has Increased the
membership of the church. In the third
place. Dr. Pltzer said, he extended his
congratulations upon the election of addi
tional elders and deacons for the church,
the new officers, he said, being of fine
Dr. Pitzer's Discourse.
Dr. Pltzer next turned to a discussion of
the principles which actuated the movers
In the enterprise, the anniversary of which
was celebrated yesterday, and of the prin
ciples upheld by the church since. In part,
he said:
"First, the church was started right. It
originated in no bad feeling. It is record
ed by one of the first members of the
church: 'It is our love for the truth and
scriptural worshiD of God that has ac
tuated us in starting this church.' It was
non a secession, a rebel, a political or a
sectional church. It was for all men alike.
From the first day until now men from
the north and men from the south, demo
crats and republicans, have found here a
church home.
"Secondly, the churcjs was not antago
nist to any other chufch. Its work was
not to contend with Its brethren in Christ
as to minor points in theology and church
government. When the world Is asking.
'Is there a God?" 'Is there a Bible?' 'Is
there a judirment?' we cannot waste time
In discussing the refinements of ecclesias
"But thirdly, we have always been true
and faithful to the system of doctrine and
government contained in the standards
of our church. We have no apologies to
make .''or being Calvlnists or Presbyteri
ans. Personally I do not believe that
Calvin was infallible, nor Is every one of
the many affirmations of the confession of
faith of the church: but I do believe that
the system as a whole is a statement of
truth Riven by God in the sacred Scrip
"Fourth, we have exalted the Scriptures
of the Old and the New Testaments as
the word of God that abideth forever.
And after fifty yearn of dally and earnest
studv of these sacred books, I am more
assured than ever that they are the works
not of man. but of God.
"Lastly, all we have done and are now
dolnic is to exalt the Lord Jesus, the Son
of God. the Son of Man. the Divine Re
deemer and the only name given under
heaven among men whereby sinners can
be saved."
Besume of the Work?Mention of
Injunction Proceedings?Re
ceipts and Expenditures.
The report of President Samuel Gom
pers of the American Federation of Labor
was the principal matter considered by
the executive council of that organiza
tion at Its session this morning at head
quarters In Typographical Temple. The
report of Secretary Frank Morrison was
also presented and showed a marked in
crease In the membership and finances
of the American Federation of Labor.
The only absentee was John Mitchell,
who is said to be in attendance at the
convention of the United Mine Workers
of America.
President Gompers' report comprised a
resume of the work of the Federation of
I^abor since the convention at Norfolk
last November. He enumerated all the
resolutions that were adopted at the Nor
folk convention, and said he had carried
them out or made such disposition ol
them as was necessary for their consum
mation. The report dealt with the in
terests of. labor in Its economic aspect
as well as legislation sought at the hands
of Congress and state legislatures.
He reviewed the conditions of various,
organizations, local, state and national,
showing that steady progress has been
made: that the literature of the Ameri
can Federation of Labor has been trans
lated Into German, Spanish. French and
Yiddish, and that much of the literature
will be utilized not only throughout the
United States, but will be placed in the
hands of immigrants coming into this
country "that they may be Informed as
to labor conditions and have a better un
derstanding as to their duties to this
Injunction Proceedings.
The subject of the suit of the Bucks
Range Company against the Federation
and the injunation against the A. F. L.
was reported to the council officially by
Mr. Gompers. and he stated that an edi
torial has been written dealing with the
matter which will appear in the Federa
tionist, organ of the A. F. L., for Feb
ruary. He said It will be a review of the
injunction with the principles involved.
He also officially announced that Alton
B. Parker, former chief Justice of the
court of appeals of New York, has been
retained as senior counsel in behalf of
the federation in the suit and injunction
case, with Ralston & Sitldons.
President Gompers stated that in ac
cordance with the authority of the exec
utive council a circular has been pre
pared and will be aent broadcast asking
for voluntary financial contributions to
aid in the defense of the suit and in
junction matter, particularly as regards
the constitutional guarantees of a free
press and free speech.
Attention was called to direction of the
Norfolk convent.on of the federation in
regard to such political action as may
be necessary to secure the enactment of
measures affecting organized labor, par
ticularly as to the abuse of the injunc
tion. child labor, the enforcement of the
eight-hour law and to prevent the labor
of convicts from competition with the free
labor of this country. *
It was stated that a circular has been
issued for the holding of a convention
at Huntington. W. Va., next month for
the establishment of a state Federation
of Labor. An. organizer will be sent there
to assist in the work.
To Ossiet Movement.
Attention was called to the forthcoming
conference of representatives of the build
ing trades of the United 8tates for the
formation of a building trades section of
the American Federation of Labor. The
conference will be held In this cdtjr Febru
ary 10. The council decided to assist in
that movement.
President Gompers reported that the
jury of awards of the Jamestownicxposi
tion had given a gold medal ard diploma
to the federation for its exhibit there.
It was recommended that all labor or
ganisations be asked to aid the bureau*
of labor of the several states in collecting
labor data for the I>epartment of Com
merce and Labor, and that companies and
corporations be required to give full in
formation on such subjects. It was al.?o
recommended that legislation be demand
ed In the various states and cities relative
to the regulations, if any, that may be in
force for the protection of the lives an<i
limbs of workmen enguged in the con
struction of buildings; also what safety
appliance# ar% employed by railroads In
transportation and in tleir shops. Mr.
Gompers mentioned the recent mine hor
rors and declared it is nee ess ary to secure
legislation to protect the miners.
Secretary Frank Morrison, in his report
for the p:?t three months, showed that
the receipts of the A. F. L. had been H?t.
:t25.SW; expenditures. $47,240.?N; leaving a
balance in the treasury January 1. of
9141.flP5.33. Sixty charters were Issued the
past quarter, as foTlows: One sty'.e branch,
fourteen central labor unions, thirty-six
local trades unions, nine local federal
labor unions.
A recess was taken until this afternoon.
VICTORIA, B. C.. January 20.-The
steamer Mlowera a-rived today from Aus
tralia bringing details regarding the tlnd
Ing of the castaways from the wrecked
barkentlne Dundonald, who, for eight
months struggled to exlsi on Disappoint
ment Island. 200 miles south of New Zea
land. Dundonald, with a crew of twenty
seven, was smashed on the rocks off the
island March 7 last, twelve being d-own
ed and fifteen survivors were found at
Auckland Island, which they reached in
a rudely fashioned boat eight months
afterward, by the New Zealand steamer
The castaways lived Qn mollyhawks
and seals, and built a fire and kept it go
ing for seven months, until May. Can
vas from the ship was uaed for cohering
Cold weather came with snow and hall,
and with their hands only they dug holes
in the ground above which huts were
built. In these they lived on mollyhawks
and seals. At first they cooked food on
the fire, but later built a mud oven and
cooked food on a spit.
Built a Strange Craft.
They knew a government food depot
was placed In Auckland Island, five miles
away, and finally decided to build a boat.
In July a strange looking boat was fash
ioned of crooked sticks and canvas, cloth
ing and blankets saved irom the sh p
also being used. A small bone, saved from
a bird, with a hole pierced in it was us d
as a needle and some wire from the ship
was used. The boat started July 31, but,
failing to find the depot, the men came
back August 9. They used four or their
six valuable matches.
A second boat was built in September
and a third In October, but these were
smashed. They then sent the first boat
ahead and after walking through brush
and scrub for fifteen miles, the food
depot was found. There was a good boat
there and, making sails from their cloth
ing, the boat's crew went back to Disap
pointment Island and brought the others
to Auckland Island. The Hineoma. pass
ing with a scientific party, saw the sig
nals and a month after they reached
Auc viand, rescued them.
COFFEYVILLE, K?n., January 20?
Fire yesterday destroyed the Sunflower
Glass Company plant, causing damage of
$100,000. The property was partly insured.
Four hundred men are thrown out of em
ployment by the Are. The plant has been
closed down for several months. B. F.
Burke of Indiana, the principal owner,
had been preparing to open the plant to
day. !
Buffalo Club Building Damaged.
? BUFFALO. N. Y? January 20-The
building of the Colonial Club, on Lafayette
avenue, was damaged by fire last night to
the extent of $T>.000.
Daniel O'Connor, a fireman, remained in
the burning building too long, and was
overcome by smoke, dying soon after be
ing removed.
Andrew Leo Lucas Asks for Writ of
Habeas Corpus.
Charles F. Tabler and Andrew Leo
Lucas, who were arrested in this city Sat
urday night in connection with the in
vestigation of the .theft of car tickets of
the Washington Railway and Electric
Company from the establishment of th?>
Hamilton Bank Note Company, 88 Gold
street. New York city, as stated in The
Sunday Star, will probably be arraigned
in the Police Court tomorrow morning.
Warrants were sworn out against the
men today by Detectives Mullen and Ver
million. Tabler is charged with the lar
ceny of 14.838 tickets, and Lucas is
cnarged with having received them
It is said Tabler may be returned to
New York for trial, because the theft
is alleged to have occurred in that city.
Harry Wlmzatt and George Myora, two
of the men who were arrested in New
York, It is reported, were held in $l.'Mio
security each yesterday when taken
before Magistrate Butts In the Tombs
police court.
Tabler and Lucas were taken to po
lice headquarters yesterday and ques
tioned by Inspector Boardman and A.
L. Drummond. superintendent of the
Drummond detective agency. Gen.
George H. Harries, vice president of
the \\ushington Railway and Electric
Company, was also in attendance.
Inspector Boardman said that Lucas ad
mitted having received the tickets and
disposed of (Mime of them. During the
time the investigation was in progress,
it is stated, many of the tickets weie
purchased by persons who were employed
to get evidence. Harry Wimsatt. one of
the two men under arrest in New York,
it Is stated, lived in this city a number
of years, his parents having come here
from Alexandria. Va. Wimsatt, it is said,
is the man who gained notoriety several
years ago when he was manager of tlio
Florodora girl, Marie Gamble, who after
ward n>arried Freddie Gebhardt. being
with the show at the time. Last year,
friends of Wimsatt sav, he married a
telephone operator.
l,eo Lucas, arrested in connection with
the alleged swindle involving tickets of
the Washington Railway and Electric
Company, late this afternoon filed a peti
tion for writ of habeas corpus. He con
tends that he i? deprived of his liberty
without due process of law. The super
intendent o* police, in reply, will contend
that Lucas is properly held. The hearing
on the petition was set forth shortly after
3 o'clock this afternoon in the District
Supreme Court.
Geological Survey for Investigation
Into Cause of Mine Disasters.
An emergency appropriation of 1200,
000 is requested by the geological sur
vey in a communication sent to Congress
today to enable an immediate and seareh
ing investigation to be made into the
cause of recent mine disasters. The di
rector of the survey states that the
money is desired for the establishment
and equipment of a station where til*
investigation of mining accidents and
dangers may be carried on. It is pro
posed to construct a steel gallery In an
all-concrete structure, where explosions
can be brought about under conditions
similar to those which prevail in mines
many hundreds of feet under ground.

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