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Aldrich Tariff Tinkering Not
Revision Downward.
Fact Shown in Framing Schedules to
Allay Public Antagonism.
Whisky and Beer May Be Made to
Pay Government Expenses.
House Likely to Acquiesce.
It Is admitted on all sides that the tar
iff bill as reported to the Senate is
framed in a very politic way.
The committee on finance has exercised
considerable political tact, in the opinion
of senators. In yielding to popular de
mand for no higher duties on gloves and
hosiery, increasing protection to the
farmer, and taxing wines and spirits,
while taking the duty off cocoa and spices
and keeping it off tea and coffee.
"The result will be," prophesiied a sena
tor, "that the attention of the country
will be drawn away from the tariff bill
by removing thesei obvious items of ir
ritation, which were stirring the general
public to protest. We can then proceed
at leisure to frame a bill scientifically and
for the best interests or all, without being
hounded by popular outcry against a few
schedules, objection to which served to
condemn the whole bill with the public."
?Provides No Revenue.
In one respect, however, the bill does
not yet meet a principal requirement of a
tariff bill?the raising of revenue. It was
admitted that the Payne bill, as reported
to the House, would not entirely meet
the revenues, and it is claimed that the
Aldrich substitute as now framed is cal
culated to produce less revenue than the
bill In its original draft.
Another thing, the closer the Aldrich
bill is examined the greater is the belief
that the Dlngley rates are being closely
followed. Where then, it is asked, is the
"revision downward" which President
Taft has demanded?
Senator Aldrich, in his statement yes
terday, said:
"In the main the rates are lower than
those In the bill as it passed the House,
the actual number of reductions being
about -three times the number of in
creases. The great mass of the rates re
ported are below those of existing law."
That may be true as to the "actual
number" of reductions and "the mass of
the'rates." But senators are finding that
many important schedules do not show
actual decreases.
Woolen goods, for instance, in the
schedule covering the clothing of the
people, show no decrease. The Senate
committee restored the rates in the wool
schedule to the rates in the Dingley law.
Crockery, china and earthenware re
main the same as the present law. In
glass and glassware the House made a
few reductions which the Senate indorses.
The bulk of the schedule remains the
Dlngley law.
In cotton and silk goods there have
been changes from ad valorem to specific
duties, which it will require expert ex
amination to analyze. As to silk, it Is
claimed there is "a slight average reduc
tion from the equivalent ad valorem."
Gloves and stockings are the same as
in the existing law.
In lumber there is a genuine and ob
vious reduction in rough lumber, the
House and the Senate committee being in
accord. Tobacco and sugar are unchanged.
No Beal Downward Revision.
The free list "in the main remains as It
Is in the existing law." So the "revision
downward," in the opinion of many sen
ators, will turn out to be more apparent
than real, if the Senate committee's
frame-up is accepted.
There is no doubt that the revenue pro
ducing feature of the new tariff legislation
Is going to give the Senate a great deal of
trouble and be productive of long debate.
It Is said that If Congress is delayed it will
oe due to discussion of this feature and in
ability of the tariff doctors to agree upon
the cure for the deficit.
That there now threatens to be a wide
margin between the expenses of the gov
ernment and the revenues is undoubted.
Mr. Payne, in his most optimistic esti
mate, fixed the probable deficit at $10,0U0,
Well, the first thing the Senate commit
tee did was to drop Mr. Payne's proposed
tax on legacies, amounting to 120,000,000,
sutting off that much revenue upon which
he counted. The best opinion in the Sen
ate is that the legacy tax is not accept
able to that body, because so many states
are now enforcing legacy taxes for their
awn revenues.
The House, after Mr. Payne made his
statement, proceeded to cut down other
sources of revenue. The House cut off $8,
>10.000 from the tax on tea. dropped an
other $8,000,000 by removing the tax on
the farmers' tobacco crop, and made other
changes affecting the revenues in minor
sums, but aggregating a large amount.
The Senate committee on finance pro
poses further reductions in revenue
through the loss of duties on cocoa,
spices and certain countervailing duties.
It proposes to add about $3,000,000 from
duties on champagnes and spirits.
Deficit Would Be Assured.
But the balance sheet will show a deficit.
The total deficit under the bill. If it
should become law In its present state, Is
estimated all the way from Ji'i.iKW.OOO to
tfiO.OOO.OOO by those who are inclined to
criticise it. .
Senator Aldrich reassures them by say
ing that the statement of the committee
now in preparation will demonstrate that
the bill can produce sufficient revenue.
But there is a pronounced "Missouri
spirit" among these critics, and they
want to be shown.
If a deficit is to be provided against
there Is no doubt that the beer and whisky
internal revenue tax will be turned to
for relief by a large faction in the House
and Senate. The House leaders were
afraid to allow a record vote on a propo
sition to Increase the tax on beer.
A record vote can hardly be avoided In
the Senate. If the Senate puts It on the
odds are 10 to 1 the House will retain It.
Stamp taxes may be resorted to. There
may be some shifting of the sugar sched
ule. The democrats will urge an Income
tax, and will be supported by the radical
republicans of the Senate.
All signs point to much trouble over the
revenue-raising feature. Some senators
are thinking of sending home for their
summer clothing.
Newark's victory over the Yankees Sun
flay set Chief Stallings a-thinking. Every
body' is mum on the subject, but there is
i big deal in the wind. Stallings wants
a hard-hittinp infielder, and Harry Wol
I'erton, manager and third baseman of
the Indians, is the player he is after.
Joe McGinnity wants a clear swing over
his local Investment, and If Stallings ac
repts life terms Wolverton will wear a
V'ankee uniform before the season is
much older.
McGinnity knows Stallings is In a hole
ind his terms are naturally high. Mc
Ginnity. it is said, is willing to part with
VVolverton. provided Stallings will hand
Dver a third sacker, presumably Austin;
Demmitt, 'outfielder, and a couple of
pitchers. To make his team complete the
?Iron Man" must have an outfielder and
i couple of seasoned twlrlers.
The two magnates had a long confer
?nce after the game Sunday, but no in
formation was given out on the subject.
Wolverton is a classy player at the bat
ind In the field, and his presence on the
Hilltop combination would almost fill up
the gap caused by Hal Chase's misfor
Semi-Annual Session of the Church
Held Today?Needs of the
Churches Discussed.
Rev. Dr. Arthur W. Spooner, In de
livering the narrative on the state of re
ligion in the churches of the presbytery
of Washington at the semi-annual session
of that organization In the Sixth Presby
terian Church, 6th and C streets south
west, today, declared that the Presby
terians of this section must bend their
efforts more strongly toward developing
spirituality In the churches. He asserted
that the time is ripe for spiritual devel
opment all along the line, and that the
membership of the church must be awake
to the opportunities of the present to
ward lifting the spiritual plane of the
members higher. Dr. Spooner delivered
the narrative at the close of the morning
session. . ?
Rev. Dr. John Lee Allison, pastor of the
Gunton-Temple Memorial Church, was the
acting moderator in place of Rev. Henry
Rumer, pastor of the Kensington Presby
terian Church, who was elected moderator
at the session last night to succeed Rev.
George M. Cummlngs, pastor of the Gar
den Memorial Church. Dr. Rumer arrived
late in the session, but did not take the
chair, preferring to allow Dr. Allison to
serve as acting moderator during the
Ministerial Relief.
Col. George Robinson, retired chaplain
of the army, delivered the report t>f the
committee on ministerial relief at the
opening of the session today. The report,
which is never made public, was adopted
as> he closed the reading.
A petition was received from the Hy
attsville Presbyterian Church asking the
presbytery to authorize a change of the
site in the church location. It was stated
that the congregation desires to erect a
new church and that the members do not
deem the old site a desirable one. This
permission was granted.
The committee on education, through
Rev. William Taliaferro Thompson, pas
tor of the Eckington Presbyterian Church,
chairman, presented a report requesting
the presbytery to receive under Its care
Harvey H. Chown and William Franklin
Mellott, who propose to take up study for
the ministry. This report was also re
ceived and adopted.
Rev. Drs. William H. Claggett of the
presbytery of Dallas. Tex.; D. H. Riddle
of the presbytery of Baltimore and David
Wills of the presbytery of Philadelphia
were received as corresponding members.
Presbytery Committees.
The following presbytery committees
were named:
Bills and overtures?Rev. George M.
Cummings, Rev. W. T. D. Moss and T.
P. Keane.
i Judicial?Rev. Joseph T. Kelly, Rev. R.
A. Davison of Falls Church, Va., and E.
S. Parker.
Engrossed minutes?Rev. J. Russell Ver
brycke and Rev. Edwin N. Kirby of
Ballston, Va.
Leave of absence?Rev. David A. Reed
of Riverdale, Md.; Rev. James H. Depue
of Arlington, Va., and A. R. Geer.
Rev. James T. Marshall, pastor of the
West Street Presbyterian Church, was
made general chairman of the committee
on sessional records.
The presbytery adjourned at 1 o'clock
for luncheon and reassembled an hour
later. The election of two delegates to
the general assembly of the Presby
terian Church, which meets in DenVer,
Col., in May, was taken up.
At the session held last night Rev.
George M. Cummings, the retiring mod
erator. delivered a sermon. He chose his
text from Matt., 1:23. His subject was
Rev. Dr. Rumer of Kensington was
later elected moderator of the presby
Chairmen of Subcommittees in
Charge of Details Appointed.
? Plans for the banquet to be tendered.
President Taft by the citizens of the
District of Columbia were given consid
eration today at a meeting of the com
mittee of arrangements, theld in the
rooms of the Board of Trade in The 8tar
building. Chairman John Joy Edson an
nounced the following chairmen of sub
committees: Decorations, Arthur C.
Moses; menu and dinner, Gen. George
H. Harries; reception, Theodore W.
Noyes; press, Allen D. Albert, jr.; music,
James F. Oyster.
The following resolution was adopted by
the committee:
"That the secretary of this commltee
(D. J. Callahan) be directed to send out
to the entire membership of both bodies,
without duplication, invitations to the din
ner. with the statement that the price of
tthe dinner will not be less than $20."
Replies to the invitations are requested
by April 10. All the members of the com
mittee attended the session today.
Another meeting has been caled Thurs
day morning, at 11:30 o'clock, in the
rooms of the Washington Board of Trade.
National Academy of Sciences to As
semble in This City.
The annual meeting of the National
Academy of Sciences will be held in
Washington, commencing next Monday
and lasting three days. The business
meetings will be held at the Smithsonian
Institution and the public meetings for
the presentation of scientific papers In
the lecture hall of the National Museum.
These meetings will be Tuesday and
Wednesday afternoons. The hour for the
meetings is 2 o'clock, but Tuesday the
members of the academy are to be re
ceived by President Taft, and they will
meet at 2 o'clock and go to the White
House, so that the public meeting will
begin later.
During the meeting the association will
elect a foreign secretary for a term of
six years. The present foreign secretary
is Prof. Simon Newcomb, and there would
be no question of his re-election if he
so desired, but he has been in rather
poor health, having recently undergone
an operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital,
and it is said to be probable he will ask
to be excused from serving further.
Two members of the council will also
be elected to replace those whose terms
expire by limitation. Thb retiring mem
bers this year are Alexander Agasslz and
R. S. Woodward.
The full list of papers to be presented
before the academy has not yet been
made out, but will soon be announced.
Secretary Dickinson Will Sail for the
Isthmus Tuesday.
Secretary and Mrs. Dickinson, who have
just returned from a visit to Chicago,
drove down to the Washington navy yard
yesterday afternoon and made a brief in
spection of the President's yacht May
flower, on which tiTey are to make a
cruise to the Isthmus of Panama. The
Secretary is going to make an Inspection
of the Panama canal In order to acquire
a personal knowldege of the character
and progress of the work. He will make
the trip at the request of President Taft,
and the Mayflower has been placed at his
disposal for that purpose. The present
plan is for the Secretary and Mrs. Dickin
son to board the Mayflower at Charleston,
S. C., next Tuesday, and proceed direct to
Colon. They expect to be gone about a
Died Soon After Reaching Hospital.
Margaret Robinson, colored, forty-flve
years of age, 980 Union court, died sud
denly last evening at Freed men's Hospi
tal. She was near 11th and Harvard
streets shortly after 7 o'clock, when she
became sick, suffering, It is believed, from
an attack of acute indigestion. She died
shortly after reaching the hospital, and
her body was removed to the morgue.
Coroner Nevltt gave a certificate of death
from natural causes.
Girl Is Killed and Companion Se
riously Injured ? Damage
in Western Pennsylvania.
PITTSBURG, April 13.-One dead and a
number of persons seriously injured are
the results of a severe windstorm in this
city and vicinity today.
The property loss will amount to thou
sands of dollars. Ait 10 o'clock the veloc
ity of the wind was fifty-two miles an
The fatality occurred at Jeannette, Pa.,
near here.
At this place the storm was especially
severe. A number of small houses were
unroofed, windows broken, signboards,
fences and awnings were sent flying
through the streets.
The wind struck the north wall of the
Jeannette Opera House, recently damaged
by Are, causing it to collapse and fall on
the residence of Dr. A. A. Custard, which
adjoined the theater. The great mass of
debris crashed through the roof of the
doctor's house.
Mildred Felton, sixteen years old, who
was visiting the Custards, was Instantly
killed. The girl's body was fearfully
Grace Swift, sixteen years old, a niece
of the physician, was seriously injured
about the head and body. Two other
members of the family were slightly hurt.
The full extent of the damage through
out western Pennsylvania has not yet
been learned, owing to wire trouble. Com
munication with some points is entirely
cut off, indicating that the storm has
probably cauved damage at other places.
In this city it was almost Impossible to
walk along the streets.
Eyeglasses Smash and the High
Wind Hakes Flags Flutter Bravely.
The brisk southwest wind that blew
over the city today with unusual vigor
was no respecter of persons or things.
It tore "merry widow" hats from moor
ings in seas of silken tresses and whirled
them merrily upland down the streets
regardless of their beauty or their cost.
The big ones, the great, round, fat ones;
the mushroom and the fried egg type
were its special delight.
Swish they went with a roar and a roll
that even the fleet-footed newsboy and
the serene dignity of the fat policeman
were unable to cope with. Out into the
streets always they rolled, under the
wheels of motor cars and street cars,
lingering with special fondness when
they encountered the active legs of a
nervous horse, and often vainly endeavor
ing to push their way into the wide-open
sewer traps on the street corners.
Some were caught and some were not.
Some were restored to their owners more
or less dilapidated and bereft of their for
mer glory, and some?but pity 'tis to tell
of them.
It was a good day, too, for the opticians.
Competing merrily with the ladies' hats
were the unchained eyeglasses, only they
didn't roll as far. More often they crash
ed to the pavement with a squash, that
put their days of usefulness in the realms
of recollection.
Many a bad word they blew into the
record "book for judgment day that would
never have been uttered otherwise. It
was a great day for smashing eyeglasses.
A lone straw, the flrst blossom of the
springtime, chased Itself merrily down
Pennsylvania avenue about noon and was
soon lost in the distance. It was a high
roller, and it left a bald head fas, far in
its wake.
There was a face under the bald head
that in the milder days of spring or
summer might have been wreathed in
smiles that are a Joy forever. But the
charm of the face was lost in the ve
hemence of the voice that muttered
things unfit for publication, while the
fellow who clutched his soft felt mur
mured something about forcing the sea
Never has Old Glory floated more
proudly in the breeze than today. Wher
ever it flaunted from a flagpole its latent
beauty lay bare in the breeze, enhanced
with rippling waves as it fluttered in the
wind. It was a sight to make a patriot
proud, if the patriot didn't wear a merry
widow, eyeglasses or a broad-brimmed
early straw hat.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, At>rll 13.?Mr. and
Mrs. James P. Boyle, under arrest at Mer
cer, Pa., on the charge of kidnaping
Willie Whitla of Sharon, Pa., were again
indicted by the Cuyahoga county grand
jury here today on the charge of child
stealing and harboring a stolen child.
Following the arrest of the Boyles here
March 22, the day after the Whitla boy
was returned to his father here, the grand
Jury indicted the couple on the charge of
blackmail. This step was taken as a pre
caution against the possible failure of the
Pennsylvania authorities to obtain a con
viction. It was feared that Mrs. Boyle
especially might be able to evade the
charge there.
Later developments have shown there
may be real grounds upon which to base
th^ fear, and the local authorities decided
to further protect themselves against a
miscarriage of justice by having the ad
ditional indictment found. The Boyles are
now hcarged with blackmail, kidnaping
and harboring: a stolen child in this
Scout Cruiser Chester Defeats Salem
and Birmingham in Test.
NEWPORT, R. I., April 13.-The scout
cruiser Chester won the twenty-four-hour
endurance run at full speed, defeating the
Salem -and Birmingham, according to a
wireless message picked up here today.
The trial ended at 10:45 a.m., chronometer
NEW YORK, April 13.?The scout
cruiser Birmingham arrived here early
today with her machinery disabled, hav
ing withdrawn last night from the twen
ty-four-hour race with the Chester and
the Salem. It Is expected the Birming
ham will put Into the Brooklyn navy
yard for repairs. She had completed
less than twelve hours of the high-speed
run when she waa forced to withdraw
from the contest.
Third Fire in Week Destroys Main
Hospital Building in Oklahoma.
WOODWARD, Okla., April 13.?The
third flre in a week at the Oklahoma
State Insane Asylum at Fort Supply,
twenty-flve miles northwest of this city,
last night destroyed the main hospital
building. No lives were lost, but it was
necessary to carry fifty-six of the fifty
nine patients out of the building.
The hospital building, which was one
story in height, was a landmark, having
been erected wtt8h Sheridan and Custer
had their headquarters at Fort Supply.
Thirteen Months in Jail for Youth.
Frank Davis, a colored youth, who
came near precipitating a small-sized riot,
and. incidentally, struck a policeman In
the back with a stone, near 13th and D
streets southeast yesterday afternoon,
was convicted in the Police Court today
of assault and destroying private prop
erty. He was given absolute sentences
totaling thirteen months In jail.
Body of J. 0. La Fontisse
Found in Hotel Bathroom.
Manager of Hostelry Says Rag Was
Against Crack of Door.
Deceased Recently Completed the Re
port of Government Work Per
formed During Last Summer.
J. O. La Fontisse, a title expert of the
forest service. Department of Agriculture,
of Jacksonville, Fla., was found dead
shortly after 12 o'clock today in the bath
room adjoining his room at the Regent
Hotel, 15th street and Pennsylvania ave
nue, with the gas turned on.
The body was discovered by E. W.
Wheeler, manager of the hotel, who de
tected the odor of gas. Mr. Wheeler
summoned several porters, and with their
assistance reached over the transom of
the door, and with a stick pushed back
the bolt which held the door fast.
He entered the room and was nearly
overcome by the fumes. Mr. Wheeler
opened the bathroom door and saw the
body of Mr. La Fontisee on the floor. A
rug had been pushed against the crack
of the door. A gas jet was turned on full
Coroner Is Investigating.
Policeman Wheelock of the first pre
cinct was summoned, and later Detectives
Pratt and Howlett arrived and took
charge until the coroner reached the
Coroner Kevitt made an Investigation,
but was not satisfied, and deferred giv
ing a certificate as to the cause of death
until he could make a more thorough
inquiry. No notes were found among
the effects of the deceased. Numerous
government papers, as wqll as personal
papers and money belonging to Mr. La
Fontisee, were in his suit case.
The body was attired only in the un
derclothes and socks. The bed was un
disturbed except for the appearance that
some one had rested on top of the cov
No one about the hotel Is known to have
seen Mr. La Fontisee enter the place last
night, and It is not clear at what time
he went to his room. It is stated tha he
generally retired late and slept until a
late hour in the morning.
Recently Completed Report.
The deceased was about thirty-seven
years of age. and entered the forest serv
ice in July of last year. He was appoint
ed a title expert, but last summer col
lected data regarding the production of
naval stores. He came to Washington
during the early part of January for the
purpose of compiling his report and only
recently completed it.
His wife was with him in this city and
they resided at a house on Vermont ave
nue until a week or ten days ago, when
.she returned to her home, 1652 Iona
street, Jacksonville, Fla. Mr. LaFon
tisse registered at the Regent Hotel Mon
day, April 5, and paid his bill last Fri
day. He occupied room 156, which fronts
on Pennsylvania avenue.
It was said at the forest service this
afternoon that Mr. LaFontisse was of a
cheerful disposition, and that if he took
his own life no reason could be assigned
there for the act.
Widow of Wealthy Greek Merchant
and Her Brother Arrested
Charged With the Crime.
CARLISLE. Pa.. April 13.-With four
bullet wounds in the body and one in
the head, John Pisho?tta, a wealthy Greek
merchant, was found murdered today in
the cellar of his home in this city by
the police. His wife and her brother, An- j
gella Formatore, were arrested, charged I
with the crime. The authorities) say the
killing probably was the result of a fam
ily quarrel.
The police were informed of the affair
by a bootblack employed by the merchant
and who occupied a room in the former's
home. The bootblack was awakened early
this morning by the shots, but did not
notify the police until later. The police
went to the house and found the mer
chant's body in the cellar, buried under
stones and lumber.
After arresting the wife and her broth
er the authorities searched the trunk of
the latter and found a revolver covered
with blood and several "Black Hand"
letters, the contents of which were not
made public.
Several years ago, after a quarrel, Mrs.
Pishotta Informed the police that her
husband was a fugitive from justice in
Pittsburg, where he was wanted on a
charge of bribing a Jury. He was ar
rested and taken back to Pittsburg,
where he wfib convicted and served a
term in the western penitentiary. He
returned recently to his home here and
It Is believed the old quarrel was re
Murder Starts Vigorous Efforts to
Stamp Out Outrages.
CHICAGO, April 13.?The murder last
night of Joseph Flllipelll of Chicago in
circumstances which plainly Indicate a
Black Hand plot elicited the assertion
by Assistant Chief of olice Schuettler to
day that similar crimes or attempts to
commit them have increased alarmingly
since the Sicilian earthquake of last win
Whether this Is due to the number of
Italians who fled to, this country after
the catastrophe or to frantic efforts of
relatives already here to secure money
to send to destitute persons in the old
country or to growing boldness growing
out of previous successful extortions
Capt. Schuettler was at a loss to say.
The Black Hand squad of the police
has been increased and vigorous efforts
will be made to stamp out the outrages.
Flllipelll was shot dead In the presence
of his wife and baby in front of his gro
cery store at 7037 Greenwood avenue.
A bullet fired by an assassin through
the window of the bedroom of Joseph
Arrlgo at his residence, 100 Larabee
street, was imbedded in the wall twelve
Inches above the pillow on which Arrlgo
|gy &sl66pi
FilUpe'.ll, with his two-year-old son in
his arms, had left his store and was
about to cross the street to his residence
when two men ran out from behind a
fence and one of them knocked the baby
from the father's arms and then attempt
ed to stab him. The comrade became
frightened at the cry raised by the wife
and fled, leaving the two men struggling
in the street. FilllpelU.'s assailant finally
fired two shots, one of which entered the
grocer's abdomen.
Entertainment at Brookland.
William & Andrews, auditor of the
Treasury, will deliver an address and
Clifford Berryman. the cartoonist of The
Evening Star, will give a chalk talk at
the monthly meeting of the Brookland
Brotherhood tonight. The meeting will
be held In the auditorium of the Baptist
List of New Officers and Constitu
tion Submitted to the Dis
trict Excise Board.
As a sequel to the action of the courts
sustaining the excise board in refusing to
grant a renewal of its liquor license, rep
resentatives of the Chamberlin Club ap
peared before the excise board this morn
ing and asked for a license, on the ground
that the club has been reorganized in ac
cordance with the views of the board as
to a bona fide club. The decision of the
board will be announced later.
At a recent meeting, W. H. Robeson, the
attorney for the club, said, the members
decided to reorganize, adopt a new con
stitution, elect new officers and Increase
the dues from $5 a year to $10 per year.
As under the present constitution of
the club a certain time must elapse be
fore amendments to the constitution can
be adopted. the reorganization has not
been perfected, but the members votfed
that as soon as the specified time had
elapsed they would adopt a new consti
tution, a copy of which was submitted
to the excise board.
The newly elected officers of the club.
It was stated, are L. H. Mattlngly, presi
dent; Charles J. Glllett. vice president;
Malcolm Hufty, secretary and treasur
er; directors, Watterson Stealey, E. B.
Stumph, Dwight Anderson and F. W.
Plugge. Admitting that under the old
plan of running the club one man was
In control, Attorney Robeson declared
that the new organization will provide
for purely club management.
A. E. Shoemaker, attorney for the
Anti-Saloon League, appeared before the
board In opposition to the granting of
the license.
I Two Chiefs of Police and Former Po
lice Commissioner Implicated.
Testimony of Editor.
L08 ANGELES, April 13.?Testimony
given by E. T. Earl, proprietor of
the Los Angeles Evening Express, before
the special grand Jury called to investi
gate charges of protection to vice against
former Mayor A. C. Harper and officials
of his administration has been given out
by presiding Judge W. H. James of the
superior court.
This testimony embodies the statements
made by Nick Oswald, "king of the ten
derloin," against former Mayor Harper,
former Chief of Police Edward Kern and
Thomas H. Broadhead, who resigned yes
terday as chief of police.
Specific Charges Made.
The charges are specific. Details are
given of transactions in which these thre?i
former city officials are alleged to have
received sums of money at intervals from
Oswald in return for protection alleged
to have been given to dens of vice in the
The statements of Oswald were secured
by Mr. Earl to be used by him in defense
of libel suits brought against him by for
mer Mayor Harper for statements pub
lished in the Express.
After the special grand jury was called
by District Attorney Fredericks, Mr. Earl
was called before it as a witness to make
the statements known to the Jury.
Implicated as Go-Between.
In the statements of Oswald, presented
to the grand jury by Mr. Earl, besides the
three officials mentioned, Samuel Schenk,
a former police commissioner, but who re
signed before the acts mentioned are al
leged to have taken place, is implicated
as a go-between. It is alleged that on
numerous instances he took money from
Oswald and delivered It to Harper, Kern
and Broadhead.
Intimation is made that payments were
made to these three officials monthly for
a considerable period of time. Oswald
tells how the money was collected in the
"red light district," and also details al
leged acts of officials construed to be in
the nature of prosecution of dive-keepers
and gamblers.
Six Injured in Riot at Mining- Camp
Near Pittsburg.
PITTSBURG. April 13.?In a riot at
Manifold, a mining town above this city,
early today, six foreigners were seri
ously injured, two of them fatally. Dag
i gers and revolvers were the weapons
The six injured men were suitors for
the hand of Lizzfe Mozeka, the belle of I
the settlement^ The father, to help the
lovers, proposed drawing lots to decide
the question. A foreigner named Chen
zo won and the five other suitors vowed
vengeance. Early today a free-for-all
fight started and all the lovers were seri
ously injured.
The police have arrested eight persona.
(Japanese Government Negotiating
With American Builders.
NEW YORK. April 13.?The Japanese
government is negotiating with an
American bpllder of submarine boats for
the purchase of plans and specifications
for a new type of submarine of smaller
model than the type now in common use.
but of double speed. It is stated that
the proposed new craft would have about
the same destructive power as the pres
ent type.
The purpose of the Japanese govern
i ment, ir the negotiations are success
fully concluded, is to send draughtsmen
to New York to make drawings under the
direction of the American builder, but to
build all the new boats of the new type
in Japan.
Chicago Graduates of Gallaudet Cel
ebrate College Anniversary.
Special Dispatch to The Slar.
CHICAGO, April 13.?Rickety, rackety,
sis, boom, ah, rah, rah, rah! G-a-l-l-a-u
The foregoing college yell was not given
with the leather-lunged explosiveness of
the ordinary collegian celebrator last
night, but 250 rapidly working fingers
moving with the yell-giving spirit ex
pressed the same sentiment at a banquet
given by the Alumni Association of Gal
laudet College for Deaf-mutes. The an
nual dinner was held in honor of the
forty-fifth anniversary of the founding
of the college in Washington, D. C. Be
tween the courses the fingers moved like
lightning, and the continuous laughter
told Its own story of the Jokes and merri
ment of the banqueters.
After the dinner the Rev. George Flick,
the toastmaster, who has charge of the
Episcopal Church work among the deaf
In Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Min
nesota, told of the deaf in Illinois.
"There are 6,000 of us," he said, "and
we are all doing well. The state has no
cause for complaint of its deafness."
Prison for Matrimonial Agent.
CHICAGO, April 13.?Marion Grey, the
youthful matrimonial agent whose man
ner of conducting the "Searchlight Club"
at Elgin, 111., led to a sentence of one
year In prison, must serve her time. The
court of appeals today affirmed the de
cision of the lower court, which found
her guilty.
Negro Youth, Who Thinks His
Wages Small, Took What He
Wanted From Employer.
"I dldnt have no Sunday clothes to go
to church In. and I needed them." ex
plained Joseph Sprigg. a seventeen-year
old colored boy. explaining to Justice
Gould, in Criminal Court No. 1 today,
why he had entered the store of Louis
Sacks and taken a quantity of clothes and
99 cents in money.
"So you needed new clothes for church
and stole them from the man who em
ployed you," commented the court.
"Yes, sir. He didn't pay me enough
money," answered the prisoner.
"How much did he pay you?" queried
Justice Gould.
"He gave me $150 a week, but was
going to raise it the next week," explain
ed the boy.
Reminding the boy that it was In his
power to send him to the penitentiary for
a long term. Justice Gould explained to
him the gravity of the crime and advised
him to reform after he had served six
months In the workhouse, the sentence
which the court imposed because of the
previous good character of the prisoner.
The things taken by the boy are de
scribed in the Indictment as one coat,
worth (1; one vest. 50 cents; one over
coat, $o; two sets of underwear, $2; one
hat, 75 cents; one pair of suspenders. 25
cents, and a leather belt, worth 25 cents.
Says Conditions March 4 Were the
Most Severe Ever Experienced
by His Department.
Further arguments for a change of the
inauguration date from March 4 to the
last Thursday in April are contained in a
statement submitted to Commissioner
Macfarland yesterday by James M. \>ood,
superintendent of street cleaning.
"The weather on March 4. 1909, was the
most severe ever experienced by the
street cleaning department." Mr. Wood de
clared. "At roll call, 5:30 o'clock a.m., on
that morning it was practically impossi
ble to distinguish a man at a distance of
ten feet. When my men went to work,
shortly before 6 o'clock, the snow and
sleet were very severe.
"Two drivers of hired teams furnished
by Contractor R. V. Rusk positively re
fused to work on such a day. and went to
the stable. After daylight, about 7:30
o'clock, the hail stopped, but the driving
wind and blinding snow continued, makinc
it Impossible to distinguish a team of
horses the width of Pennsylvania avenue.
Causes Double Work.
"The snow continued the best part of
the forenoon, causing this department
double work. After clearing the avenue
once we found three Inches of newly
fallen snow upon It that had to be re
moved. That operated as a very severe
setback to the department.
"From 2 o'clock In the morning, when I
arose to prepare a cup of coffee prior to
going to -work, until nearly 11 o'clock the
conditions both overhead and underfoot
were the most disagreeable I have ever
known, and I - have seen some severe
weather, for I lived for eighteen years in
northern New York and northern Mich
igan. where severe weather in the winter
time is the rule rather than the excep
Misslssippians' Deside as to Presenta
tion to Battleship.
A formidable delegation, consisting of
the entire congressional representation of
the states of Mississippi. Louslana, Ar
kansas and Tennessee, called at the Navy
Department this morning to advocate a
change In the department's plans to have
the silver service donated by the people
of Mississippi to the battleship Missis
sippi presented to that ship at Horn
Island, In the Gulf of Mexico. The visit
ors, who claim to represent the popular
sentiment of their respective states, de
sire to have the big battleship enter, the
Mississippi river and proceed as far north
at least as Natchez. They want the pres
entation ceremonies to take place at
that city and at the same time give the
people living along the river an oppor
tunity of seeing a modern warship of the
first class.
There was some misunderstanding
about the visit and Secretary Meyer
failed to put in an appearance. He was
reached at the cabinet meeting, however,
and said he would be pleased to see the
southern delegation at some future time.
Summer Home of the President's
Family Not Selected.
It is stated at the White House that
although President Taft undoubtedly
would occupy a cottage in the neighbor
hood of Beverly, Manchester-by-the-Sea,
or Gloucester, Mass., no decision has yet
been reached. It is believed that the
matter will be definitely decided within
the next few days. Mrs. Taft has looked
over a number of places and Is personally
arranging the matter. The fact that the
President is to take a cottage and have
a summer home does not mean that he
will not do a great deal of traveling tills
Merely Routine Business at Mount
Rainier Democratic Meeting.
The sensation expected at the meeting
of the Seventeenth District Democratic
Club at Mount Rainier last night failed to
materialize, adjournment after the trans
action of the routine business putting an
end to developments. There was a large
attendance at the meeting, and it seemed
evident that there was to be a clash be
tween the Wells and Ray factions, as
they are called.
J. Enos Ray, the speaker of the Mary
land house of delegates, has announced
himself as a candidate for the nomination
for state senator. Dr. Charles W. Wells
of Hyattsvllle is also out for the honor,
and has a strong following In the seven
teenth (Chillumt district. The club lias
indorsed Mr. Bay, but many of the mem
bers are in sympathy with Dr. Wells, and
declare they will work for him. Both Dr.
Wells and Mr. Ray have tickets which
they wish to have indorsed at the pri
maries. R A. Van Horn has announced
himself a candidate fer the nomination
for county treasurer. He belongs to the
Wells faction, and there were many mem
bers of the club prepared to offer a reso
lution Indorsing him. The opposing
forces, however, cut matters short by ad
journment. Dr. J. S. Ohlendorf, secretary
of the club, has sent in his resignation
and announced his determination to sup
port Dr. Wells.
Visitors Register at Star Office.
The following visitors to Washington
have registered at The Star office:
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Younkin, Markleton,
Harry E. Root, Nantlcoke, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Moody and Miss
Florence 'Moody, Rixford, Pa.
John G. Conlon and Wm. M. Stuart,
Lawrence. Mass.
Henry E. Doebele, Cleveland, Ohio.
PBMffl OF WE ?,
Castro Asserts That Is His
Present Status.
May Die on Voyage, But Fats His ,
Trust in Ood.
Cruisers North Carolina and Mon
tana Following the Steamer Con
veying Fallen Dictator.
NEW YORK, April 13.-The Herald
prints ttfte following under date of Point
a Pitre, Guadeloupe, Monday:
The steamship Versailles, still escorted
by the United States cruisers North Caro
lina and Montana, entered this port at
10 yesterday morning with Senor Castro '
aboard. I asked Immediately for an In
terview, which was refused under the
pretext of acute suffering. Orders, I was
told, had been given by Senor Castra to
avoid all visitors.
When I insisted I alone was granted
an aua>ence. It lasted half an hour. Senor
Castro lay In bed. apparently suffering.
The door of his cabin was guarded by a
valet. The deposed president showed
signs of great depression, at times waving
his hand on which glittered an enormous
Who would have recognized in this man,
heedless of all decorum, the dictator who
only a short time ago scornfully mocked
the powers? "Comediante-Tragediante!"
said Pope Plus VII of Napoleon. These
famous words flashed to my memory as I
listened to the fallen president, now an
exile without refuge, hospitality being de
nied him everywhere.
Makes Strong Protest.
Senor Castro was at first annoyed by
the interview, but slowly gained confi
dence and became very talkative. , He
protested against the treatment he had
received from the French at Martinique,
which he considered a breach of all inter
national laws. He said that, against his
expectations from a nation which held
the record for hospitality to exiles, he
was expelled by the Governor of Mar
tinique, th8t although sick and even dy
ing he was carried despite his protest to
the Versailles at 8 o'clock in the evening
on a litter, escorted by gendarmes and
the mayor.
Being unable to move, he has since been
confined to bed in his? cabin. His passage
was paid by the French authorities, he
having refused to purchase a ticket.
Asked about liis future plans, he replied
that France alone can decide, as he con
siders himself a prisoner of the French
His intention, he declared, was to re
main at Trinidad only to attend to liis
private, commercial and financial inter
ests in Venezuela. Hospitality having
been denied by the British, he landed at
Fort de France, confident in the French
nation's courtesy, only to be. four days
later, expelled "manu mllitari." He de
clares before the whole world, through
the Herald, that it is a shame to thus
treat a dying man who never committed
any crime.
In Poverty, He Declares.
If allowed to land in Venezuela, he de
clared. he would claim before the courts
his land and fortune, which were spoli
ated, and asserts that France. England
and America have agreed to be the in
strument of revenge of his enemies in
Caracas, and that such a position is un
dignified for civilized powers.
Senor Castro added that he is now
ruined, having scarcely $600 instead of
the $00,000,000 as reported, and, accord
ingly, is incapable of any military attempt
to regain the presidency. On being asked
regarding his Intentions on his arrival at
St. Nazaire, French territory being pro
hibited, he declared that he will not pro
ceed to Germany or elsewhere, but will
remain a prisoner of the French govern
ment. which will decide, if he does not
die during the voyage. He said he in
trusts his fate to God.
The Versailles steamed away at midday.
Bridal Party Assembled, But Groom
Unable to Appear.
Lying 111 at his home, 1125 10th street
northwest, Wallace Landon Ls making
heroic efforts to get well enough to be
married tonight or tomorrow. He was to
have been married to Miss Loretta Van
Lill at St. Martin's Church, Baltimore,
yesterday morning, but he was taken ill
Sunday and the wedding had to be post
poned. Since then he has grown better.
It was said at the Landon home today
that the young man was In constant com
munication with the Van LIU family in
Baltimore and would probably decide to
night or tomorrow when the wedding will
At the church yesterday the guests were
all assembled and ready for the ceremony. ?
So was the bride. She knew Mr. Landon
was ill, but he had informed her that he
would make every effort to be on hand
in time for the wedding. At the last min
ute, however, his strength failed him.
Amid great consternation the guests were
dismissed and it was announced that the
wedding had to be postponed on account
of Mr. London's illness.
Executive Council, Federation of
Labor, Hears Gompers' Flans.
After laying before the executive coun
cil of the American Federation of Labor
at today's session a detailed report of his
proposed trip to Europe to study and re
port upon the industrial, sociological and
economic conditions of the laboring peo
ple in those countries, President Gom
pers announced that he would sail from
New York on the Baltic June 1!3. The
executive council gave its hearty indorse
ment of the projected visit by authorizing
an expenditure to meet the expenses In
cident to the trip. Mr. Gompers will visit
England. Germany, France, Sweden and
Italy. He had not expected to visit Rome,
but when he called the council's atten
tion to an invitation from the Italian
commissioner general of immigration to
visit that city he was given authority to
do so.
Mr. Gompers also announced that suffi
cient funds for the present to meet the
expenses In connection with the federa
tion's legal defense in the injunction and
contempt proceedings against the Buck'*
Stove and Range Company of St. Louis
had been raised, and that it would not
now be necessary to levy an assessment
of 1 cent per member per month, as au
thorized by the Denver convention.
Date Appointed for the Unveiling of ?
the Shepherd Memorial.
The subcommittee on arrangements of
the Alexander R. Shepherd memorial ,
committee, of which William V. Cox is
chairman, met today in the rooms of
the Washington Board of Trade in The
Star building. The decision was reached
that the unveiling of the Shepherii
memorial and the incident exercises shall
be held at 3:30 o'clock the afternoon of
Monday, May 3. There was a general
discussion and interchange of views on
the matters of the ceremonies, the pro
gram and invitations.
The subcommittees having immediate
charge of the arrangements for the un
veiling ceremonies, which met today, is ,
composed of the following members, be- ,
sides Chairman Cox: J. Henry Small, jr.,
William, F. Gude. Rudolph Kauffmana
and W. P. Van Wickle.

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