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of the official trials. Until that la definite
ly announced he is not likely to risk the
trip to Fort Myer.
Among those who were present were
Senators Elklns and Nevvland, Dr. Al
bert F. Zahm. one of the foremost au
thorities on aerodynamics; Representative
Kelfer of Ohio, Lincoln Beachey, who
made the first airship flight around the
Washington Monument; Representative
Cox of Indiana, Rpresentative Scott of
tvtJisas, former Senator Long, Senator
Chauncey Depew and Mrs. Alice Long
worth.
There will bo no flight Sunday. It is
expected, if the weather proves favorable,
that a longer flight will be made Monday
afternoon.
THREE WOMEN IN BALLOON.
Make Flight at St. Louis With
Aero Club's New Bag.
STT. LOUIS. July 17.?Three women
made a ba'Ioon ascension here today in
the St. Louis Aero Club's new balloon
?Missouri. H. E. Honeywell was the pilot
and he was accompanied by Mrs. Honey
well, Miss Ada Miller and a womaii
whose identity was not disclosed.
The gas bag of the Missouri t.as a ca
pacity of .19.000 cubic feet. The balloon
was becalmed above the business district
for twenty minutes and then tailed to
ward the east
The balloon landed at St. Marys. Mo..
Jifty-flve miles distant, after being in the
air three hours. Before ascending here
they christened the balloon the Missouri.
The balloon crossed the Mississippi river
twice.
PRESIDENT ON TARIFF
(Continued from First Pago.>
articles "the growth. product or manu
facture of the Philippine Islands" will
be admitted free.
The inclusion of the words "or manu
facture" is the subject of criticism in
many quarters. Many members of Con
gress think they would make it possible
to ship raw materials into the Philippine
Islands for manufacture with cheap labor
and then bring them to the United States
free 01 duty.
As originally adopted by the House and
later introduced In the Senate, the Phil
ippine section contained a provision re
quiring that manufactured articles, in or
der to obtain the benefit of free admis- ,
slon into the United States, should not;
coutsin ingredients other than products j
of the islands.
Canal Bond Issue.
Bv action yesterday the tariff conferees ?
settled the question of giving the Secre
tary of the Treasury authority to issue
flfty-ycar bonds at a rate of interest not
exceeding .1 per cent to cover the entire
cost of purchasing the site and con
st ruetfug the Panama canal. An amend
ment to the tariff bill giving the author
ity was prepared by Secretary MacVeagh
?nd delivered to Representative Payne at
the Treasury Department during the
noon recess. It was adopted when the
conference was resumed after luncheon.
The effect of the bond provision is to
repeal the limit of the authorization con
tained In the Spaoner act, although ?? not
Interfering with 2 per cent bonds issued
under that authority to the amount of
SM.6311*80. The estimated cost of the
canal Is 1375.201.000. which will be the
figures named in the new authorisation,
and bonds at the rate of 3 per cent may
be Issued as they are needed, therefore,
to the amount of $290,560,000.
It is understood that bonds to the
amount of fifty millons, covering the
eost of the canal property and the Canal
Zone, will bo issued at an early date In
order to reimburse the Treasury work
ing balance from which the money paid
for the property was drawn.
There la no longer any question that
the corporation tax amendment will be
accepted. Attorney General Wickersham
still has It In his custody, but the draft
has been seen by some of the conferees
and they have found It to be satisfac
tory.
Tt will tax the net earningsjof corpora
tions organized foi* profit at 'the rate of
1 per renfc Some difficulty was experi
enced in working out the deductions or
exemptions, but it is understood that all
objections to those features have been
removed.
Woolen Schedules Considered.
Practically the only subject considered
during the forenoon session of the con
ference was the woolen schedule. Three
reductions were made on women's and
children's dress goods, tops and yarns.
During the afternoon session an effort
was made to dispose of the cotton
rchedule, and many of the Senate's
specific rates were adopted. Work on this
schedule was not concluded, however,
as there mere numerous other questions
on which the conferees desired disposi
tion before adjourning until Monday.
The metal schedule, with the exception
of iron ore and a few of its products,
practically has been agreed- upon. Some
of the paragraphs may be reopened when
the Iron ore question has been settled.
On wire nails the rate of those of one
inch or more in leugth wus fixed at four
tenths of one cent per pound, and on the
smaller sizes three-fourths of a cent.
The changes represent an Increase on
the smaller sizes and a decrease on the
larger sizes in comparison with the
Dlnglty rates.
The conferees adjourned at 6 o'clock
until Monday.
Changes in Conference.
The only changes made In the wool
schedule from existing law have been
a 5 per cent reduction on the cheaper
grades of women's and children's dress
goods, a 5 per cent reduction on cheaper
grades of woolen yarns, and a slight
reduction on wool tops, classifying them
between scoured wool and yarns.
The conferees will probably compromise
on the duty oil lemons half way between
t'ie House and Senate rates.
Financial circles are considerably con
cerned over the terms of the Panama'
1-ord authorization, fearing that the new
?i per cent may depreciate the valua of
existing issues of 2 per cent bonds, if
t!ie new issue is to be used as security
tor bank circulation.
It is said that if the expected de
preciation should result and ihe outstand
ing 2 per cent of all issues should fall
l?elow par. the controller of the cur
rency would have to rail upon the banks !
to put up more bonds as security for j
circulation, and this would disturb the'
money market.
TARIFF CONFEHEHCEl
(Continued from First Page. ?
named in the bill. Many of the con
ferees believe that Washington should
ave the court, giving many reasons.
Canal Bonds Issue.
Secretary MacVeagh has submitted to
Senator Aldrich and Mr. Payne the pro
posed provision iu the tariff bill relating
to the issue of Panama canal bonds.
This provision permits the Treasury to
issue canal bonds to the amount of $375,
000.000, and gives the Secretary of the
Treasury authority to increase the in
terest rate on the bonds to .'1 per cent, it
necessary.
Under this authority the Treasury
would put out either 2 per cent or 3
per cent bonds, as the situation at any
particular time might demand.
The Secretary does not care whether
the provision in the Payne bill for an
issue of HI50.000.000 3 per cent certltt
(tttes is put into law. He has authority
now to issue $100,000,000.
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No War Horses for Horse Marines.
The practice has been more or less fol
lowed of allowing Marine Corps officers
to use army horses for the physical test
rides. This must stop, however.
The War Department has decided that
under existing law and regulations there
is no authority for loaning horses in this
manner. It was held that if any acci
dent should happen to animals thus loaned
there would be no responsibility under
the regulations and decisions of the de
partment for the loss or damage of the
government property.
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PEOPLE AND PLACES CONNECTED WITH THE SUTTON INQUIRY.
M/sj.
Henry
LbomarpXJ-3
Jotqe.
COURT NOW READ*
FOR SUTTON CASE
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Investigation of Marine Of
ficer's Death to Begin at
Annapolis Tomorrow.
TRAGIC STORY OF PAST
WILL BE MADE PUBLIC
Board Called to Pass Upon Newly
Discovered Evidence.
SECOND HEABING OF CAUSE
First Inquiry Behind Closed Doors.
Delicate Task Before Those Who
Are to Bender Judgment.
Action May Follow.
Special From a Staff Correspondent.
ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 17.?Whether a
mother's efforts to clear the name of her \
j
son of the stigma of suicide will prove
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successful or whether all the work of
nearly two years is to go for naught and J
end In bitter disappointment will be de- ;
elded by two officers of the United States i
Navy and one officer of the United States
Marine Corps, who, next Monday morn
ing, will begin a second inquiry into the
causes of the death of Lieut. James N.
Sutton, who met his end in the grounds
of the marine barracks here the night of
October 12, 1907. Sitting as a military
court of Inquiry the three officers, assisted
by a second marine officer as judge advo
cate, will endeavor to learn If any vital
evidence as to the cause of Lieut. Sut
ton's death was left undiscovered by the
court which passed on the case shortly
after the young marine officer was killed
and rendered a verdict of suicide.
In the midst of the most peacful sur
roundings Imaginable a tragic story is to
be dug up out of the past and laid bare
to the public. For many months the Sut
ton case had been considered a closed in
cident in naval circles. An Inquiry hk?.
been held. All concerned In the unfortu
nate afTair had testified, and, after due
deliberation, the court had rendered ltii
verdict. The public never knew what was
the testimony, for the inquisition was
conducted behind closed doors, and the
utmost secrecy was maintained. Every
body?that Is to say, everybody in the
6AS SLAYS FIVE ON COLLIER
TWO AMERICAN OFFICERS AND i
THREE FILIPINOS DEAD.
Bulkheads Stove In by Heavy Sea,
Noxious Odors Generated and
Men in Hold Overcome.
A report has been received at the Navy
Department of the death by suffocation
from gas on board the United States
collier Nanshan of First Officer Frank
B. Larkln and Second Officer Harry C.
Rapp and of W. L. Fernandez, V. Bar
colau and Emlla Iman, Filipino members
of the crew.
When thirty-six hours out from Manila
the Nanshan met a fierce typhoon and
shipped a heavy sea forward that stove
in the bulkheads and flooded the locker.
This generated noxious gases that soon
overcame the men who were below.
Capt. Carter and Mr. Rapp went down
to see what was the matter when the
alarm was first given. They were them
selves immediately prostrated. The ship
was brought to, a wind chute was rigged
and the vessel was partly rid of the
fumes.
Thomas de Lacrtiz volunteered to go
down and try to get the unfortunate men
out. lie made seven efforts, remaining
down each time until -lie was almost
overcome.
He finally brought up the unconscious
body of Capt. Carter and one of the
Filipinos. Both were fearfully injured,
but they were resuscitated alter a hard
struggle.
Third Officer Saunders took command
of the ship. She went on into Hong
kong. where the funerals of the men
were held, the crew of the United States
ship Helena and the Masonic fraternities
of the city participating.
MOB ATTACKS TWO OFFICERS.
Kentuckians Force Them to Sur
render Man Wanted for Murder.
LEXINGTON. Ky., July 17.-A mob of
mountaineers attacked two officers from
Oklahoma at Cannel City. Wolfe county,
today and forced them to surrender their
prisoner. Grover Whlttaker, who was
charged with shooting his wife at Ard
more Okla. several mouths ago. The
officers were on the depot platform
waiting for the train with the prisoner
when 100 of Whittaker's friends rushed
forward, overpowered the officers and
ordered them to leave town.
FATAL OHIO TROLLEY MISHAP.
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Two Killed and Others Injured
When Interurban Jumps Track.
NEW BREMEN. Ohio, July 17.?Two
persons were killed and many Injured
here today when an interburban car on
the Western Ohio railroad line Jumped
the track and turned over.
Herman Hortrats, conductor on the car.
admtw3trat?ok~5ldq
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Marine Corps?was apparently satisfied
with the results.
Mother Was Not Satisfied.
But there was one who was not satis
fled?Mrs. James Sutton, mother of the
man who was declared to have taken his
own life. To her mind it was inconceiva
ble that her boy could have killed him
self. She began, soon after the verdict
was announced, to work for a reopening
of the case. She even carried her story
to the White House. President Roosevelt
referred her to Assistant Secretary New
berry of the Navy Department, and that
official refused her request, after conter
ring with *he members of the court and
studying the evidence.
In the meantime Mrs. Rose Sutton
Parker, sister of the deceased, joined her
mother in the light. She came to An
napolis shortly after her brother's death
and conversed with the marine officers who
had been with him the night he died. The
more she heard from them the more con
vinced she became that her brother had
not committed suicide.
Orders Another Inquiry.
Finally the. influence of Senator Bourne
of Oregon was enlisted, and through him
Mrs. Sutton obtained an interview with
Secretary Meyer. After a careful review
of the case and the new evidence pre
sented by Mrs. Sutton. Secretary Meyer
ordered the case reopened and appointed
a board of inquiry. The members are
Commander John Hood of the navy,
president; Maj. Wendell C. Neville of the
Marine Corps and Lieut. Henry N. Jen
son of the navy. Maj. Henry Leonard of
the Marine Corps will act as judge ad
vocate, or Inquisitor, his duty being to
get at the fact? from an Independent
standpoint.
It is a delicate task that this board of
inquiry faces. In the first place, its very
existence as a board Is due to an im
plied reflection on the original board,
composed of brother officers of the board
which convenes here Monday. The re
flection is, of course, not necessarily upon
the integrity qf the first board. Henry
1 E. Davis of counsel for Mrs. Sutton >s
emphatic in his statements that a new
inquiry is demanded only because certain
testimony which could not be brought
out at the original inquiry is now avail
able. Nevertheless, the delicate position
of the members of the new board is ap
parent.
Length of the Inquiry.
Commander Hood told The Star corre- j
spondent that ho did not know how much
timo the investigation would require. That
would depend entirely, he said, on the
number of witnesses. All he could say
was that the hearings would be held in
the court-martial room of the adminis
tration building at the academy, and that
the court would convene promptly at 10
and a lineman, name unknown, who was
a passenger, were instantly killed.
The car was entering the town at a
high rate of speed, and as it approached
a curve in one. of the streets the motor
man lost control. The wheels struck the
curved rails and after bumping along on
, the road a short distance the car top
pled over on its Bide.
The name of the passengers killed, it
was learned later, was George Allendorf,
of Dayton, Ohio. None of the other
passengers it is believed, was fatally
hurt.
i New York Confirms Equipment Plans
NEW YORK. July 17.?The executive
officers of the Baltimore &. Ohio railroad
announced here today that the company
has asked for bids on ?,0U0 freight cars,
seventy passenger oars and sixty-five
locomotives, to cos-t, in all, between
SO,000.000 and $10,000,000. Delivery must
be at the earliest possible date.
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Coldest and Wettest Since 1854.
PARIS, July 17.?France has experi
enced this season the coldest and wet
test June and July since 18M. The pre
vailing low temperature und excessive I
rains have wrought severe injury tr j
vegetables, fruits and grapes, and de
layed the maturing of all cereal crops.
Discovery of Smallpox Microbe.
Sfi^olal V'iitilosram to Tho }*tar.
RIO DF. JANEIRO, July 17.-Dr. Os
waldo Cruz, director general of the sani
tary service, made an important an
nouncement today to the Rio de Janeiro
I Academy of Medicine, declaring that the
microbe of smallpox, which is of animal
ortgin,. had been discovered during bac
teriological researches at the Oswaldo
Cruz institute by Drs. Henrique Beaure
paire de Arago and Prowwazek.
Longshoremen Elect O Connor.
GALVESTON, Tex.. July 17.-After
electing officers for the ensuing year and
selecting New York as the convention
city for 1910. the International Long
shoremen's Association adjourned sine
die today. President T. V. O Connor,
who has been filling out the unexpired
term of Daniel J. Keefe, was elected b>
acclamation.
Rublee Out of Danger at Vienna.
VIENNA. July 17.?William A. Rublee,
the American consul general at Vienna,
who was operated on a few days ago
for gastric ulcer, is now considered ?ut
of danger. He has shown marked im
provement in the last 24 hours.
Home Mission Worker Dies.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 17.?Rev.
S. F. Gale. D. D.. for twenty-three years
superintendent of Congregational Home
Association in Florida, Georgia, Alabama
and North Carolina, died late last night.
He was sixty-seven years old. a native
of Vermont and served with distinction
in the Union army.
o'clock Monday morning. The hours of
its sessions and the general details as to
mode of procedure will be determined by
the full court when It meets.
The disposition on both sides is to get
through as quickly as possible. With
the naval and marine officers the desire
for promptness is due partially to their
intense dislike of having the affair brought
up Hgain. Attorney Davis said he saw
no reason why the proceedings should
take more than three days. The im
pression prevails that the hearings will
<?ome to an end Wednesday or Thursday.
It may be, however, that the testimony
of two witnesses who were summoned
and who cannot reach Anna-polls for two
weeks will be necessary. In that event
the court will hear all the witnesses
row on hand and then take a recess
?o await the arrival of the others. The
inquiry will be public. This, also, is
desired by both sides. The service men
want it because they want to avoid any
criticism that might follow a secret in
vestigation. Mrs. 8utton and Mrs. Par
ker desire all the facts to be known be
cause they are confident that all doubt
that Lieut. Sutton was killed by another
hand than his own will be removed.
As to New Evidence.
j In spite of the many stories that have
been circulated concerning the new and
vital evidence that Is to be produced,
the fact remains that nothing has yet
been made public which can be expected
to shed any light pn Just how the kill
ing of Lieut. Sutton occurred. Some
things have been brought out which must
change, somewhat, the accepted ideas of
conditions that existed prior to the fight
which ended in the marine officer's death.
But if there was a witness to the kill
ing who was not heard at the first In
quiry his identity has been kept secret.
It Is hinted that the Sutton attorneys
are In possession of certain facts that
they have kept strictly quiet.
Annapolis seems apathetic toward the
Sutton case. Most of those who were
at thn Naval Academy or the marine
barracks when the tragedy occurred are
away now. Those who are still here are
extremely reticent. They realize that
to talk of tho affair would be prejudicial
to "the good of the service." Even tho
naval officers will not say anything aboi^t
the case, although not a naval officer
was involved in it. All are going about
their duties at the kcademy as though
nothing out of the ordinary Is on the
tapis. All day long tho new foyrth class
cadets, who reported in June and who
are still exceedingly raw, drill and work.
The residents of Annapolis care even
less about the affair tlian the folks of
the academy.
Arrivals Expected Tomorrow.
At a late hour tonight none of the prin
cipals in the drama that will begin Mon
day had arrived, tho only one present
being Commander Hood, who is sta
tioned here. The commander was on the
Santee attending to his routine duties
and apparently undisturbed by coming
events. Tomorrow, however, others will
begin to arrive. Mrs. Sutton and her at
torneys, Van Dyke & Van Dyke and
flOCKf MOUNT HOTEL BURNS
BUILDING CROWDED WITH
PATRONS AT THE TIME.
Guests on Upper Floors Forced to
Flee for Their Lives?Loss Re
ported to Be About $20,000.
I RALEIGH, X. r... July 17.?A special
[from Rocky Mount says: Fire was dis
\ covered in a room on the third floor of
the Hammond Hotel this morning at 4
o'clock and the city lire department
wan promptly called out and rendered
valuable service. The building was
crowded, containing about one hundred
guests. Rare presence of mind caused
tho opening of a water tap on the third
floor by the first fireman who reached
tho burning building. This preserved the
stairway until the third floor occupants
could hurry from the building in their
j 'ii?tht clothes.
One guest was forced to flee by an up
stairs window and out to the tin roof,
but was rescued by the fireman without
being hurt. Another broke his arm in
I the excitement.
Women Carried From Building.
Several women were carried from the
building by firemen. Some little of the
contents was saved by the occupants of
the lower floors, but those on the upper
floors were forced to flee for their lives.
The loss is reported to be about J'-'O,
U00 on the building, with not Insurance.
The furnishings were worth about $30,
000: one-half lost, partly insured.
The fire originated from defective elec
tric wiring.
AUTO CRASHES INTO TREE.
Six Thrown From Machine at Isllp,
N. Y.?One Fatally Hurt.
ISLIP, N. Y., July 17.?A crowded auto
mobile running at full speed crashed into
a tree here today, throwing out three
men and three women. One woman
struck the tree and was probably fatal
ly hurt. The others escaped without
6erious injury.
Thus far the police have been unable
to get the names of any member of the
party except the chauffeur, Peter Roo
ney of Brooklyn. Rooney, who clung
to his steering wheel, and was unhurt,
is being held pending an investigation.
CRUSADE AGAINST BAD SHOWS.
Federated Catholic Societies to Try
to Interest Others.
CINCINNATI, Ohio. July 17.-Federated
Catholic societies of Hamilton county
have started a crusade against improper
theatrical shows. An effort will be made
I to interest other societies throughout the
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Henry E. Davis of Washington, have en
gaged rooms at Carvel Hall, as has also
Mrs. Parker. They are expected tomor
i row afternoon. Maj. Leonard has made
! no reservations at the hotel, but is ex
J pected to report to Commander Hood to
! morrow.
None of the witness ?s is here except a
few civilians who reside in Annapolis.
Several marine officers and enlisted men
are reported to be rearby and r?;*ady to
appear before the court Monday morn
ing.
As for theories, they are legion. Every
body has one differing, if only a little,
from those of others. There are three,
however, which stand out prominently.
All admit that the row started soon after
Sutton, Roelker, Os'erman and Adams
left Carvel Hall together for the barracks,
and that it started as a fist flght. Then
the theorists begin to differ.
One of the Theories.
One of the theories Is that Sutton, aft
er he shot Roelker, which. It was stated
at the first trial he did, turned the re
volver on himself and lired the shot which
caused his death. One of the witnesses
said that Sutton exclaimed, when, told
that ho had killed Roelker, "Well, then,
here goes." It was this version of the
afTair that the court accepted. Another
theory Is that Sutton and another officer
were struggling for the posses-ion of the
former's revolver when It went off. The
third theory Is that through operation
of a mysterious code that is alleged to
exist in the Marine Corps, Sutton killed
himself after his fellow-officers had de
rided that he should. Nobody here be
lieves that Miss Stewart, the Pittsburg
girl whom Sutton was with early the
night he was killed, had any connection
with the affair.
One phase of the case Is the report that
Sutton was extremely unpopular with
his brother officers.
"It seems v??ry strange,"' an Annapolis
man, who knows all the men involved in
the affair, said, "that none of us around
here ever heard of Sutton's alleged un
popularity until after his death. Until
then he seemed quite popular. He was In
the Naval Academy at one time, but
failed to pass his examinations and was
country, and make the crusade national.
A letter prepared by the committee on
morals has been sent to David Belasco,
Jj. S. Shubert, H. W. Savage and Klaw
& Erlanger, In New York, protesting
against Immoral shows, as well as im
moral features of first-class productions.
The letter comments on the fact that
President Taft and Secretary of State
Knok recently left a theater in Wash
ington owing to the immoral features of
a dance.
FURLOUGH FOB MARINE BAND.
j Concerts of September 25 and 29
in Washington Are Canceled.
It is announced at the Navy Depart
ment that the orders for the United
States Marine Band to play at the White
House grounds September 25 3nd at the
Caplto!. u-Tounds September 29 have been
canceled in order enable the band
to take a well deserved furlough."
The band has been authorized to accept
engagements in Pittsburg and in Mitchell,
S. D., during the period Indicated.
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| CURIOUS QUESTION RAISED.
Contention Over When a Railroad
Journey Begins.
"When docs a railroad journey begin?"
This is tlie curious question which was
j presented to the interstate commerce
commission yesterday. It involves some
intricate legal po.nts, and, therefore, is
a problem about which already there is |
serious contention.
Several railway lines hold that a pas
senger's journey begins when he passes
through the gates from the station to
the train and his ticket is punched by the
gateman. Although, for any one of many
reasons, the passenger may not tako the
train, the companies refuse to refund him
the amount he paid for the ticket, main
taining that the passenger began his
journey when he passed the gateman. ?
It is quite likely that the question will
be fought out before the commission next
fall, In a formal hearing, unless the rail
roads should accept as final an admin
istrative ruling of the cji .m-sslon on the
subject.
Takahira Puts Off Departure.
In accordance with his plan to remain
In this city until Congress has disposed
of the tariff. Baron Takahira, the Japa
nese ambassador, has canceled his en
gagement to sail from New York July 24.
It is understood that he is acting in that
respect under instructions from his gov
ernment, in order that he may be able
to give full Information on the subject
to the authorities at Tokio during his
prospective visit. During the ambassa
dor's absence from Washington the em
bassy will be in charge of Counsellor
Matsui.
Personal Mention.
Mr. Kenneth Mills, a Washington grad
uate of Lehigh University, who has been
engaged in mining engineering In Mexico
for the last three years, is visiting rela
tives aud friends in this city.
set back one class. Rather than go on a
year behind the men he entered with, he
resigned and entered the Marine Corps. It
has been whispered that he put on airs
and had little to do with those marine of
ficers who had never had any training
before they got Into the corps. But I
never heard of that.
"Moreover, I do know that Sutton was
extremely popular with women. Maybe
that had something to do with his unpop
ularity among men, if such unpopularity
existed."
Popularity in Doubt.
Marine officers told Mrs. Parker, during
her Inquiries into the case, and have
stated to others that they disliked Sut
ton. The reason for this dislike has
never been made clear. Perhaps it will
Come out at the trial.
The value of the civilian witnesses in
Annapolis has begun to be doubted.
Evidence that is expected to result in
courts-martial after the Suttou case is
disposed of is looked for from employes
of Carvel Hall who were on duty the
night that Sutton was killed and who
saw the pafty of officers leave together.
They will prove, it Is said, that a great
deal of drinking had been done, but none
by Sutton. Beyond that little is expected
from the Annapolis witnesses
Pending the opening of the court peace
fulness reigns supreme. The town of An
napolis is sleeping quietly. The state
house and the governor's mansion show
no signs of life. At the academy the
"plebes" drag out their weary existence
and hope for the end of their first year's
service, which has barely begun.
The storm will break Monday, when, it
is thought, the light of publicity will be
turned on a story that may result iu
1 drastic action by the Navy Department.
No Letter Challenging Sutton.
ST. PAUL, Minn.. July 17.?Lieut. Hugh
A. Parker, whose wife, Mrs. Mary Sutton
Parker, left for Annapolis last night to
testify at the inquiry into the cause of
the death of her brother, Lieut. James
N. Sutton, at Annapolis last August,
stated today that his wife never had
found a letter among the dead lieutenant's
I effects challenging him to light.
TO MAKE DIVORCE CHEAPER
LORD GORELL OPENS CAMPAIGN
AT KING EDWARD'S REQUEST.
Motion Dealing "With the Subject
Resisted in the House of Lords
by Archbishop of Canterbury.
Spe<i*l Cablegram to Thf S:ar.
LONDON*, July 17.?Lord Gorell. who
resigned the presidency of the high court
of divorce in order to devote himself to
securing cheaper divorce facilities, it is
stated, at the king's earnest request,
has opened his campaign by introducing
Jn the house of lords a motion dealing
with the subject. The lowest price at
which a Londoner is now able to secure
a divorce in an undefended case is about
J300. The present system, however, not
only makes divorce available only to the
rich, but the fact that Jurisdiction is
confined to only one court in London In
creases the Costa to litigants who dwell
outside, owing to the expense ot" bring
ing witnesses to London, etc. The mo
tion Introduced by IiOid Gorell urges
that jurisdiction should be conferred on
the county courts, at which the poorer
classes could have their cases heard.
Lord Gorell, In introducing hi^ motion,
dwelt on the hardships undergone !n
this connection and gave instances in
which poor people had saved up for
twenty years before they were able to
bring proceedings, which were then un
defended. The impossibility of obtaining
i a remedy led many persons to commit
bigamy or to live in open immorality.
The opposition to the motion was led
by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who
feared that to grant wholesale facilities
for divorce would encourage pressure
with the object of making divorce ob
tainable for other causes than those for
?which It was obtainable today. He said
i the case of America, where the number
| of divorces had so largely Increased, was
a lesson to England.
j Viscount Halifax also pointed out the
American system as an example to
avoid. He declared that divorces were
| multiplying in America thrice as fast as
1 the population. Upon the lord chancellor
undertaking to consider the appointment
of a comndttee to inquire into the mat
ter Lord Gorell withdrew his motion.
! Marriage Bar Waived.
By direction of the President the mar
riage of J&rries B. Epps of Georgia, one
of the candidates for appointment as
second lieutenant in the Coast Artillery
Corps, has been waived as an obstacle to
his appointment. Mr. Epps was a candi
date in the examination last February,
but was prevented by illness from tak
ing the examination. His application re
mained on file, and he was again desig
nated for examination. W lien he report
ed he read over the printed form of tne
conditions of the appointment, ami at
once informed the department that since
his first designation he had be?:n married.
Under the circumstances th>- decision
was made to waive the usual bar.
Lawyer Douglas of Atlanta
Replies to Charges.
ANSWER IN DIVORCE SUIT
Declares He Is Not the Stingy Man
He Is Described to Be.
KISS CONTRACT REPUDIATED
Calls Spouse Backslider From tha
Church?Drew Line on Lamb
Chops for Dog.
Sp^cifcJ Uiitpatoli t?> The Star.
AT1.ANTA, C?a.. July 17.?Alleging that
his wife is a "backslider" from the Bap
tist Church, that she drank wine and
beer, that she 1* of an exacting nature,
reads trashy novels and la the "spoiled
child" of wealthy parents, E. Lee Doug
la?. tlie rich Atlanta lawyer, today filed
answer to his wife's suit for divorce, in
which she charged him with being th?
stingiest man in the world) Douglas de
nies that he Is stingy, that ho charged
his wife for every meal she ate or that
he made her pay him when she enter
tained her friends.
Mrs. Douglas* petition for a divorce
was the mom remarkable court paper
ever tiled in a Georgia court. Chief
among its features was tlu> now famous
agreement which she said she prepared
and which was supposed to regulate their
manner of living. Ono Of its provisions
was that when one of the two quarreled
and madrt up the party in the wrong
should submit to he kissed at least one
hundred times.
In his reply to her suit Mr. Douglas
does not deny the existence of the agree
ment, but says It was only a burlesque
and was never Intended to be signed.
Answering her chaigu that he "scruti
nized with microscopic eye" all her bilia,
ho says that, he inspected them at her
request, she having no knack for figures.
He refers to the trip out west, during
which, she had charged, he compelled
her to ride in a tourist car to save
money. He denies that he compelled her
to do this, but says the experiment, was
made for her comfort. He also denlrs
the charge of infidelity, and that he ever
refused to allow his wLf? to enter his
room.
Did Not Care for Baked Apples.
He also denies that he asked his wlfa
to pay for extra meals for her guests, as
she charged, and so far from demanding
a baked apple pie ?t breakfast which
had been left over from supper, lie says
he had indigestion and could not eat
baked apples.
Douglas files many letters written to
him by Mrs. Douglas. In these letters
they used pet names for cach other. He
was called Jack, she Itea. In this let
ter. which she wrote him from New YorK.
she begins it. "Dear Uord Jack," and
signs it "Lady Jack (D-N It)." "Last
night we saw a play called the 'Devil.'
a play so horrible and true to life that
I have been all worked up today over the
thoughts suggested. It was a story of
how temptation comes to us so disguised,
and so deceiving, and how even the best
and purest tight against evil all through
life, and at last are compelled to see
that they have all along been yielding
unknowingly, inch by Inch, until they
wake up to see that they have yielded
completely to the temptation they havo
hwn fighting. So you see that you used
misnomer when you called me the merry
widow. 1 feel today that I am the
tragedy widow. Be sure and pet Skeetef
(the plaintiff's dog), and don't scold or
frighten her. Yours, 'Lady Jack
(D-N it).' "
One letter to him said "Don't flirt too
much. With love and kisses from your
wite." Another said. 'Take care of my
fat husband and give him lots of lovo
and kisses, from his loving wife. Itea. '
Other letters were addressed and signed
"Dear Lord Douglas" and "Old Mist>'
and "Mars Douglas.''
Once a Church Worker.
Douglas says Mrs. Douglas was once a
I great church worker ahd abused hlin
roundly for drinking a bottlo of beer. She
became u "backslider," however, and
drank beer and win* at night to mako
her sleep, and said "Don't be a fool" once
when he refused to drink.
In another letter from her in New YorK.
Douglas says, she wrote "Leontlne and
I are having the time of our lives. Wo
have bought the silence of all the Atlanta
crowd, and that was the only thing In
the way of our having a high old time.
And I was really your first sweetheart ?
Well, you can certainly be congratulated
on the Improvement In your taste In that
line, and I am sure by the time you
select your real sweetheart you will havo
the finest girl of all."
Another letter from New York: "We
have just come in from a dog huut; we
are going to some cafes where actresses
go. A Mr. i a friend of the . Is
going with us. He is an awfully good
fellow. I call it a mean trick to write
so little about Dr. and the cocaine."
Douglas declares the only time he ever
i objected to household expenses was when
the learned h.s wife was ordering lamb
I chops for her dog.
Douglas is worth $MO.OOO and his wife,
has about the same amount in her ow ii
right, which she Inherited from her fa
ther. The couple are socially prominent.
Corporations Not Proper Benefici
aries.
The judge advocate general of the army
has rendered an Important opinion 'n
the matter of designating benenclarles
i under the legislation by Congress in
the army appropriation act of lStw.
wrhereby six months' pay of the officer or
enlisted man who dies'in the line of duty
, is to be paid to the widow or dorignatod
beneficiary of the deceased. Recently a
soldier named a corporation as trustee o;'
his benefit payment, and at onc<; the ques
tion was raided whether, in view of the
language of the act. that could be done.
The judge advocate general holds that
a person and not a corporation must he
selected. Without such designation the
payment is made at once to the widow of
the officer or enlisted man.
i Delegate to Alcoholic Congress.
The President yesterday designated
j CJeorge 1*. Cotterill. the president of the
I Good Templars of the United States, to
j be a delegate to the alcoholic congress
I to be held In Ixmdon commencing today.
! Mr. Cotterill is now en route to Loudon.
Alleged Illegal Voting at Bristol.
BRISTOL. Va.. July 17.-The petition
of the temperence advocates asking that
the local option election of July 8 be set
aside was filed today in the corporation
court. It alleged one hundred and
seventy illegal votes were cast.
j Two Killed in Mississippi Shooting.
MERIDIAN. Miss., July 17.?At Union,
a small town near l>ere, today Joseph and
Peter McDonald were killed and two
others seriously wounded m a shooting
affray.
Former Washingtonian Killed.
A message was received at police head
quarters last night from Mechanicsville.
N. Y., telling of the killing in that city
yesterday morning of Richard Brown, an
electrical worker who formerly lived
here, but the message contained no state
ment Indicating how he was killed. It
was stated in the message that Brown
lielonged to the International Society.
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and
the police notified members of that or
ganization of his death. The f>ollee did
not succeed last night In locating rela
tives of the dead man.

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