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ers have been holding tip street cars and
ordering the occupants of thorn out.
Heretofore all have obeyed. I^ast night,
however, the three troopers and a deputy
sheriff were passengers, and. being arm
ed, refused to be ordered about by the
strikers. They resisted, and for twenty
minutes a battle ensued. It is apparent
today that all the dead and a majority
of the injured fell in this battle, loiter
when reinforcements arrived many more
were clubbed and shot, but the first bat
tle. waged by only four men against a
thousand strike sympathizers, was the
fatal one.
It is said the three troopers had not yet
joined the constabulary stationed at the
The force of state police located at
I'unxsutawney, J'a.. which recently took
? harge of the strike situation at the
Standard Steel Car works, Butler, Pa.,
has ber-n ordered here, and is expected to
arrive during today. The question oT or
dering out the miiitia has not yet been
Ijeniency heretofore displayed by the
constabulary toward the strikers is ab
sent today. Stringent measures are be
ing used, and the least overt act com
mitted by the strikers is met with a riot
-tick or the hoofs of a policeman's horse.
Mass Meeting Prohibited.
Attempts are being made today to pre
\ ent the holding of a mass meeting at
the historic Indian mound, where up to
ihis time the meetings of the idle men
have been held daily. Thousands of
strikers began their journey to the mound
early today, but many of them were
forcibly and abruptl\ halted and started
in nn opposite direction.
Owing to the sullen demeanor of the
strikers the strength of the constabulary
is concentrated In the vicinity of the In
dian mound. This i>oint, it is believed,
will not be the scene of any further dis
Sheriff Gumbert is being besieged with
complaints from large disinterested cor
porations situated or having property
within the strike zone. I
Informations against twenty-seven pris
oner? now detained in the box car jails,
charging them with aggravated assault
and battery, carrying concealed weapons
and Inciting a riot, were made today by
the state constabulary. Several score of
others are in custody for participation in
last night s disorder.
A house-to-house canvass is in progress
today. All weapons are being confiscated
by the troopers, while a rigid search is
being made for dynamite, a large quan
tity of which is reported to be in the pos
session of the strikers. A force of deputy
coroners has been dispatched to McKees
Rocks with instructions to ascertain if
possible the identity of the instigators of,
the trouble. Whether they are strikers j
or officers. Coroner Jamison says, they |
will be dealt with according to law, when
Practically the entire county detective
force has been sent into the strike zone j
for the first time since the inception of
the trouble.
During the rioting last night several
street cars of the Pittsburg Railway
Company were damaged, while bricks in
a number of freight cars on a siding of
the Pittsburg and Lake Erie railroad i
were used as missiles by the rioters and
scattered over a wide territory. Valua
ble property of other companies was de
stroyed, resulting in a demand being
made of Sheriff Gumbert for more ade
quate protection. During the night the I
sheriff swore in fifty extra" deputies, and j
as many more will be added before to
Hears Account of Strike Riot From
Capt. Groome.
PHILADELPHIA, August 23.?Capt.
John C. Groome. superintendent of the
state police, today pave Gov. Stuart an
account of the shooting at McKees
Rocks, and the latter was greatly dis
turbed over the occurrence. Inasmuch
as no word had been heard from Sheriff
Gumbert, who Is in charge of the situa
tion, as to whether the militia would be
required to quell the trouble, the gov
ernor has left the question of additional
troops to Capt. Groome. Capt. Groome
declared that he is in hourly communi
cation with Capt. Marsh, who is in com
mand at McKees Rocks, and the infor
? matlon he has received today is of a
?peaceful nature, there being no necessity,
he believes, for reinforcements. It is
quite likely, however, that a troop of
state policemen from either the "Wilkes
barre or the Pottsville stations mav be
ordered to the scene of the rioting for
the moral effect it may have.
Capt. Groome's version of what occur
red last night is that the state troopers
who were fired upon before the rioting
began were probably mistaken by the
Strikers for strikebreakers.
"Four enlisted men stationed at McKees
"Rocks," said Capt. Groome, "had left
owing to the expiration of their term of
service, and we werp sending four others
In plain clothes from the Greensburg sta
tion to take their places. Two troopers
from the barracks, also in plain clothes,
had gone to meet them. As they were re
turning on a trolley car the strikers mis
took them for strikebreakers.
The strikers ordered the supposed
strikebreakers to leave the car. They re
sisted and fought while lying low in the
car. All of them were armed. Trooper
John C. Smith, I understand, though
wounded, crawled to the barracks and
notified the troopers there, and the second
battle occurred."
Not Members of the Iron and Steel
Workers' Union.
Secretary Morrison of the American
Federation of Labor proposes to ask the
Department of Commerce and Labor to
investigate the conditions under which
men are working for the Pressed Steel
Car Company at McKees Rocks, Pa. Not
one of the men now on strike, he said,
Is affiliated with the Federation of I^abor.
"These workers." he said today, "have
been confounded with the strikers of the
Iron and Steel Workers of America. There
1s no relation whatever between these
two classes of workers. The Pressed Steel
workers are car workers, and if organized
would come under the jurisdiction of the
far Workers' International I'nlon. In
vestigation has shown me that there is
not a member of that union working for
the Pressed Steel Car Company.
"By the introduction of foreign labor
1hat company has reduced the wages and
< otiditions of these men to such an extent !
that these aliens, who do not speak our I
language, have revolted and are Strug- '
cling to obtain living conditions. An in
vestigation of these conditions by the
government would reveal astonishing
methods I have in mind now a request
to the Department of Commerce and La
bor to Investigate these conditions."
Charges Against American Engineer
in Cuba Found to Be Groundless.
'Tames Page, . American engineer in
rl.argc of the work on*.the Cienfuegos
nqueduct. Cuba, and who was removed
from office by Senor I-iqueruela. then
secretary of public works, has been re
stored to his important post," says a re
rent issue of Havana Discuslon.
"The I'nited States government protest
ed ngainst the removal of Mr. Page and
asked ^the appointment of a commission
to Inquire into the charges against him.
Joaquin Chalons, at one time director
general of public works, and Mr. Mae
Comb, Supervising engineer of the sew
ers and bridges of Havana, were directed
to proceed to Cienfuegos and examine
Into the professional and administrative
conduct of Mr. Page's office.
"The report, favorable in every way to!
Mr. I'age, has been returned to Dr Da-i
maco Pasalodos, secretary to President
Gomez, and the restoration of Mr. Page!
to his office has been ordered."
Mr. Page is well known In Washington 1
as he was for many years the marine'
meteorologist at the Navy Department !
and la'er meteorologist at the weather
Hydrophobia Claims Maryland Boy. j
Special Dinpateh to Tlie S'tar.
BALTIMORE Md.. August ^5? Harry!
Montgomery, the thirteen-year-oid son <d
John Montgomery, of Ntinamakers mill,
near Keedysvllle. Md., who had been suf
fering from hydrophobia at the Mercy
Hospital, having been brought to ilie in-i
stitution for treatment the 1st of August,
died early this morning. The boy was
bitten by a dog July 29.
"Pooling System" Responsible
for McKees Rocks Trouble.
Skilled Workers Suffer for Faults of
the Less Expert. |
Cars Turned Out at Fixed Cost
Whether Individual Workers
Shirk Duty or Not.
The causes of the labor strike ;it the
j McKees Rocks plant of ti.e Pressed Steel
("ar Company are discussed in a recent
: number of the Survey, by Paul I". Kel- j
| lose.
i lie says the strike may mark a deter- j
; mined tren>! in industrial administra
j tion, as well as b^insr a "clean-cut illus
tration of 1110 part which the Slavs may
; play in the industrial life of this cotin
i try."
?'It is a protest of the half-assimilated,
the half-Americanized, the half-skilled j
against the very industrial policies which j
! have brought'them here. ' Mr. Kellogg j
says, "and which, by the deploying of
fresh migrations, tends to keep them all
down to what the company calls ordinal>
day labor." It is a later chaptei than
that of the stand of the native born
against the foreigner, or even of tiie
English speaking against those of alien
"It finds American workmen casting i
their lot with the Slavs, and it finds
public opinion in the Pennsylvania steel
district backing up their joint cause.
"More important to Pittsburg than her
j tonnage output is the making of good
citizens out of all who labor here. He
i is an optimist indeed who can see any
good at all in such economic conditions
I as are bared in this strike and attend
ant rioting.
"On the other hand, the strike may
mark an equally det? mined trend in in
I dustrial administrate n. It was caused
by the rigorous logical extreme to which !
the employing company carried out what
they conceive to be progressive policies
in multiple production.
Protest Against Pooling System.
"My understanding is," Mr. Kellogg j
continues, "that during the period of j
hard times they overhauled their equip- i
ment in such ways as to make them less |
and less dependent upon trained men.
i They established a track system, by
which even a crude working force prac- j
ticallv drives itself into tinning out cars, :
i and a pooling system of payment which j
keeps the labor cost per car within aj
fixe.l charge to the company, and which I
unloads the hazards of lost time and
mistakes in construction largely upon the
"Apart from the vagrant charges of
graft and abuse by foremen, which have
been given more than their share of pub
licity. the strike has been over a sweep
ing reduction in wages which the men 1
laid up to this new system."
Mr. Kellogg asserts that along with the
modern operating policies, the com
pany "clings to an inflexible assertion
of the most ancient property rights as j
as basis for running its plant. It will
not tolerate petitions or meet with repre
sentatives of the workmen, and it refuses
to arbitrate.
"The company holds that as long as a
man accepts employment In Its works iie
must accept the terms the company
grants or quit; that so long as he tan
quit work the man who thinks himself
underpaid has no grievance, and that
whether one man or a thousand quit
work is none of the public's business.
That is what the company pays taxes
The processes of making steel cars. Mr.
Kellogg explains, have reached a point
where very few skilled mechanics are de
manded, compared with quick operators
of heavy machines. The company claims
a month's training will turn an immi
grant into a riveter.
What "Pooling" Means.
The piece rate pooling system, which is
said to be something- brand-new. and to
the operations of which the workmen
have entered their strenuous objection,
was installed early in the present year.
Explaining the pooling system, the wiiter
says: "A track runs the length of the
erection aisle. The trucks are placed on
the track at fine end. electric cranes pick
up tiie plates, piece by piece they are put
together and riveted, ami a completed car
rolls off at the other end of the truck.
"There are perhaps twelve positions on
this track, and at each position a group
of men who perform one step in the
process of completing a car. Kvery po
sition is allowed, say, twenty minutes.
If the ;ang at position s is slow or has
difficult i s in getting out its stunt ft holds
up the whole procession, and every man j
in the earlier positions loses time.
"If time wages were paid, and a car
erected in a stationary position, all the j
delays would fall on the company, and j
only constant prodding from a foreman i
would keep a loafer or a "greener" at j
| high speed. By means of piece wages!
I and a track down the erection aisle one
gang drives another.
"The installation of such a system, even
in a few departments, as was done at
McKees Rocks, was bound to provoke
some friction at the1 start. But pressing,
punching and riveting steel plates of all i
shapes is not so easy to reduce to a
piece-rate standard as the tonnage which
runs through all departments of a steel
mill. Therefore the piece-rate pooling
system was installed.
A Sample Account.
To make the system clear, Mr. Kellogg
takes a sample pool of six men whose
account for a fortnight was given Jum
| at the companv's office. They performed
this work: .">oo pieces at 1?? cents each,
S.v>; loo pieces at K> cents each, $ir>; jnu
pieces at 20 cents each. $4o; :uh> pieces at
10 cents each, $?!<?. Total 'if pool, Jl.'I.'i.
The pool piece-work earnings of each*
tnan was apportioned in this way: It all
the men in the pool had been paid by
their hourly ratings they would have
earned a total of $lo7. But by handling
1.100 pieces during the fortnight at piece
rates the pool was entitled to gl.*'5-, or
excess. Divide $1.C> by $107 and you
have 1.11617 for a pool rate, with which
to multiply the day-rate earnings of each
man to get his share of the excess. Thus,
John Doe, helper, in the sample pool, w ho
worked ]oo hours and was rated, at 17
cents, was entitled not only to lo'? times
17 cents, or $17, but to 1.1M17 times $17. or
$21.45?his pool piece work earnings for
the fortnight.
"From a manager's standpoint the pool
piece-work system lias a signal adminis
trative advantage in making the men
each other's monitors in keeping up speed j
and discipline. When the earnings of i
an entire pool are dependent upon the j
output of every man in it. it is claimed,
the men will get rid of the drones, anil I
develop spirit and team play.
"The charges brought by the men
against the way the Pressed Sieel Car
Company applied the system are many
and definite. Since the strike the com
pany has offered to look into and adjust
the cases of individual grievance brought
before it, but has flatly refused to take
them up before an impartial board of
Complaint of the Men.
"In the lirst place, the men claim they j
ha>ve no way of checking up what is
coming to them. No piece rates are post
ed, as under the ohl system. They do
not know what the pool is going to get
per piece for any of the work it does,
nor the lump sum due it at the end of
a fortnight. The\ claim the hourlv rate
is not a guaranteed minimum; that many
of the men have received pay far under i
what they understood their rating to
be, and thai foremen and superintendents
have refused to tell others what their j
rating was.
"If one nang spoils its pari of the l
work, the first gait:; loses also on the!
[ spoiled piece. Mis'?ikes of the foremen j
resulting in the undoing of work is lost !
by the pool."
Some of (lie claims of the foreign work
men, as given hy Mr. Kellogg, are that
they have no quarter where their com
plaints against bosses, small pay, etc.,
would he listened to; their treatment by!
the special company police and other
things. I
In conclusion. Mr. Kellogg say*:
"The men have made a pool of tjjeir 1
own. The very deadlock of the strike is :
prophetic. It throws into relief the forces
which during the next decade are like'y
to determine the standard of living among j
immigrant wage earners in the Pittsburg i
Chief Executives of Baltimore and
Alexandria Reply -to Chairman
Gans' Invitation.
Chairman Isaac Gans of the Chamber of
Commerce floral parade committee today
received letters from the mayors of Bal
timore and Alexandria containing cordial
responses to Mr. (Jans' recent letter in- j
vit:ng the automobilists of those cities to
participate In tlie coming festival. Mayor
Maiiool of Baltimore and Mayor Faff of
Alexandria botn write that they have
taken up the?matter with the commercial
interests of their respective cities and
that the invitation is being favorably re- j
There will be a meeting of the com- I
mittee in the Chamber of Commerce I
rooms Wednesday night, when a report ,
will be received from Commissioner West, j
chairman of the committee 011 prizes, re- ;
lative to the number of prizes that have
been donated and the method of dis
Invitation to Business Houses.
.Several clerks are busy sending out the
following letter, prepared by JAmes F.
Oyster, chairman of the commercial *?tc
tion of the parade:
"Dear Sir? The Chamber of Commerce
automobile floral parade affords an op
portunity for bringing your firm even
nio.e prominently before the Washington
"We understand your Arm is equipped
with tine commercial motor vehicles, and
ask that as a public-spirited citizen you
will enter them in the parade.
"Already ten cups for first prizes and
over twenty-five second prizes have been
offered, and more wrtl probably be re
ceived. The parade bids fair to be the
most unique in the country. it has been
suggested to the committee that a dis
tribution of small samples from your car!
of any commodity you care to advertise |
would lend a publicity to the article of
much value.
"Will you enter your cars, donate a j
prize, dr help in some way to make this
first commercial parade to be held in the j
District a success?
"Very truly yours,
"Chairman Commercial Section." j
One Day's Record of Swimming Fa
talities at Resorts.
Special Dispatch tr> The Star.
CHICAGO. August li't.?Six Chicagoans
lost their lives swimming at resorts yes
terday. The victims were Oliver Cieslin
ski, sixteen years old, 880 West Diversey
avenue; Thomas Cie.-linski, sixteen years t
old, 880 West Diversey avenue; Homer !
Morber, twenty-four years old, 3616 Ellis j
avenue; boy believed 10 have been Ig- j
natius Sonnenfleld, sixteen years old, 3521 |
West Diversey avenue.
Mrs. James Wallace was washed over
board from a motor boat at Spring I-ake
and Clarence Franklin met a similar fate
at Hartford, Wis.
The Cieslinski twins &nd the other boy
wero drowned within 2?X) feet of the
shore, off Belmont avenue. The boys
were learning to swim and were clinging
to a log which turned over, causing them
to lose their hold and fall into the water.
Seeing his brother fall in, Thomas Cies
linski, who had hold of the log a few
feet away, reached out and caught Oliver
by the arms. A sudden twist of the log
threw the three boys into the water and
they sank before help arrived.
Wife of Admiral Potts Stricken on
Voyage From London.
NEW YORK. August 23.?Cnconscious
and believed to be dying ol" apoplexy,
Mrs. Robert Potts, wife of Rear Admiral
Potts. I". S. X.. retired, was removed
from the steamer Minnetonka, which ar
rived here today from l.ondon. Her son.
Jj. I. Potts of Brooklyn, accompanied by!
Kev. Father Dooley of Fordham Cniver- j
sity, boarded the steamer at quarantine !
and 1 he priest administered the last rites.
Mrs. Potts has been abroad for a year
to regain her health, and when she and
her husband boarded the steamer at Lon
don she appeared to be greatly improved.
Last Monday she was stricken with what :
appeared to be an apoplectic stroke and
has not yet regained consciousness. Siie
was removed to St. Vincent's Hospital,
where it was said she would probably
live but a few hours.
Light Punishment Inflicted Owing to
Their Injuries.
Kdward Dixon and Thomas Horsey, col
ored. participants In the "razor social"
on the steamer River Queen, early yes
terday morning, were lined $"> each in
Police Court today. This light fine was
levied by Judge Kimball on the repre
sentation of Policeman Flathers. that
the men were badly cut up. and had prob
ably suffered enough. Neither was seri
ously injured.
Tiie other four negroes who were held
by the police as participants forfeited j
Delia Schools, after the sortie from the
steamer, summoned a waiting hack, and
called Jimmie Green to ride with her.
Just before the hack reached its destina
tion Jimmie slipped out. The driver got
down from his box, and after much effort
aroused Delia, who had fallen asleep. She
told the driver she had no money, and to
get it from Jimmie. The driver there
upon drove her to the sixth precinct sta
tion. She was lined S4 in court today.
Veteran Riverman Will Be Laid to
Rest Tomorrow.
The funeral of Capt. P. P. Faunce. who
died at his home, till 8th street south
west, Saturday night last, will take place
tomorrow at _ p.m. from ids late home.
The interment will be in Congressional
Capt. Faunce had long been a sufferer
from a pulminary trouble, but until a
week ago his condition was not regarded
as serious. He was a native of this city,
the son of the late Capt. George Faunce.
When otiite a young boy he started
sailing and (ishing on the Potomac.
About thirty years ago he became en
gaged in the wholesale handling of tisii
at the 11 til street wharf market, and for
the past twenty years was associate!
with the firm of R. A. Golden & Co. at
the wharf. Capt. Faunce was a genial '
gentleman, and to know him was to like
him. He had a fund of information re
garding the river, and often would talk
with his friends of old fishing days when
herring, shad and sturgeon were plentiful
and in season were dally caught in large
His wife, two sons. Philip and Leonard
Faunce, both of whom are in government
employ, and one daughter. Miss Mildred
Faunce. survive him.
("aids are out announcing the marriage
of William Lefevre. son of Peter lyfevre
of Ashbirrn. and Miss Leba V. Ankers,
dans iter of Mr. and Mrs. William Ankers
of Waxpool. Va.. at the latter place by
Rev. G. W. II. Ilopki'v nastor of Mount
Hope Baptist Church
Test of Bamboo Flier at Ben
ning Race Track.
John H. Smidley Believes He Has
Achieved Success.
If Successful. Steel Construction
Will Be Tried and Govern
ment Interest Invoked.
Be lining rare track will bp tlie scene
of tlie next aeroplane trials to be held in
Washington, though the trials will not
he open to tlie public, and it is not ab
solutely certain that the machine will
? fly. Everything looks propitious, however,
and t lie machines will be taken there to
J. H. Smidley. who l.as been working
on a monoplane here for several months,
is the inventor in question, and, having
completed his machine, is going to g ve
it a trial, as stated, over the infield of
the Benning track. The machine was
tirst put together in a small shop on
Capitol Hill, and was >.ien moved to
the Vermont garage, near Thomas Circle,
where it has h?*en for several weeks, re
ceiving the finishing touches.
It is the first monoplane built in Wash
ington and if it proves successful will he
the first one to fly in the 1 nited States.
The machine is bui!t on nov< 1 lines but
is a counterpart of gliders which Mr.
Smidlev has operated and which have
proved" successful. The point of greatest
interest to aviators is that his weights
supporting surface and horsepower are all
about of the accepted standard for suc
cessful machines. The monoplane has a
weight of about pounds and carries a
little over a pound to the square foot ot
supporting surface. It has an eighteen
horsepower two-cylinder air-cooled motor
that drives an eight-foot two-bladed pro
peller with an increase in pitch, which
theoretically should give a driving force
of -?? pounds. Mr. Smidley says his Pi"e"
vious experiments have shown him that
he will be able to get into the a r if the
propeller develops 150 pounds.
Built of Bamboo.
The machine is built of bamboo and is
joined at the connecting points witii
light metal collars. *1 he construction
is simple, strong and light. The main
frame is. roughly speaking, a big rec
tangular box of bamboo with the en
gine set a little below the center and
driving the propeller by a chain, tne
center of the propeller being about on
a level with the main planes.
The main planes are in the form of
huge horizontally extended wings a
little above the center of the rectangu
lar box. They do not quite meet in the
middle of the monoplane, the space
between being left for the passage ot
air to increase the stability of the ma
chine while in flight. There is a smaller
rectangular plane at the top and in
front and a semi-circular tail at 'lie
rear, both ot" them tending to give fore
and aft stability, but both of them per
manentlv fixed in place and having
nothing to do with the steering of the
NoVel Steering Device.
The steering device is one of the novel
features, and if it works with the big
aeroplane as it has done with the glideis,
it is claimed it will prove one of the
devices not in conflict with the W right
patents. It is semi-circular shape, with
the diameter of the circle forward. It
is split from the diameter to the rear
circumference, so that one-hal; of the
plane may remain raised while the other
half is pulled down. Pulling down either
TTalf of this semi-circle acts on tJie air
like backing water with the oar of a
boat and tends to throw the machine
around. Dropping both of these forwurd
rudders will send the machine up in tne
air and elevating thfcm both will guide
it down. The whole of this steering de
vice is controlled from a bicycle handle
bar set in the center of the machine.
The operator's seat -is just back of this
handle bar and forward of the motor.
The machine rur.fi on very small ball
bearing rollers and rises off a track but
without the aid of a falling weight. It is
possible that skids will be put under the
machine for landing before a trial is
made, as Mr. Smidley thinks the rollers
are a little too small for operating on a
dirt surface. ,
May Be Exhibited.
Ii has been decided if the machine
proves a success to put one or perhaps
two of them on the road for exhibition
purposes during the remainder of this
season, ^nd to start a factory for build
ing other machines of the same model
either in Washington or Baltimore. Mr.
Hmidlev is himself a mechanic and de
signer," and has been interested in the
subject of mechanical flight for several
vears. lie has maiie a business arrange
ment with Charles Tribbv of Washington,
who will furnish the financial liacking
for the enterprise if a factory is started
Mr. Smidley says lie is not at all satis
fied with the mechanical construction of
his present machine, but built it simply
to try out the principle on a nmn-carr> -
ing scale. He and Mr. Trtbby both wish
to build another machine of steel instead
of bamboo, and if the one of bamboo
proves capable of (light they will endeavor
interest the War Department in the
Court's Action in Gould Divorc? Case
Goes Over.
NEW - YORK. August 25.?When (he
motion for a final decree of absolute di
vorce in the action brought by Mrs. Helen
Kelly Gould against Frank J. Gould was
called in the supreme court today, an ad
journment was granted until tomorrow.
It is not expected there will be any oh-j
jection to the granting of the final de
cree when the case comes up tomorrow,
although there may be some question
about the custody of the children, Helen
and Dorothy. The interlocutory decree
permitted Mr. Gould to have the children
from May to December, his wife to have
their custody for the remainder of the
Bass Angling Champion Lands Blue
Fin in Fifteen Minutes.
A V A DON. Cal., August 1SJ.?D. G. Mur
phy, the holder of the world's record for
black sea bass angling, yesterday made
another remarkable world's record by
bringing a lis pound blue fin tuna to gaff
ip fifteen minutes.
The reason given for this phenomenal
angling was that on the first leap of the
monster fish, the line became wound
about the fish and materially aided the
Murderer Menaces Brother of Wom
an He Killed.
SjH-rlal I>is|>:tt<-li to TUe s"t*r.
WIDKESBARRE, Pa.. August ?
Keepers at the Luzerne county prison
this morning prevented George I,. Marion,
the New York theatrical man wiio mur
dered his wife, from attacking Earle E.
Dee of Zion City, III., the brother of the
murdered woman, who came here to take
charge of the bodj and of the four-year
old child of the couple.
Dee visited the jail to make Marion rr
tract some of the statements he had
made to the newspapers about the niur-^
tiered woman ami did so after ?.{ heated
interview. At the close Marion grew so
angry that he tried to attack Lee, hut
was prevented by keepers.
Marion said this morninc that he had
expected to kill himself after shooting his
wife in the office of Chief of Police I-onji
last Friday evening, but he was over
powered before he couid do so. He also
says tiiat his wife and the man she ran
away with planned to murder him at
i Blairstown, N. J.. hut he discovered the
plot and avoided them. I,ee says lie will
i return here to see his sister's murderer
j hanged.
Spelling of the Designations of
Places in All Parts of
the World.
The I'nited States geographic board has
jus; issued a publication containing all
ideciFions rendered fiy the Ivard durum
i the year ended July I, I'.HW. In i's prefa
' lory note, it is stated that "the board
'passes on all unsettled questions concern
? ins; geographic names which arise in ti"
i departments, as well as determining.
! changing and fixing place name? within
1 the I'nited States and its insular posse.?
sions. and all names hereafter suggested
| by any officer of the novernment shall be
referred to the board before publication.
The decisions of the board are to be ac
cepted by all the departments of the
government as standard authority. Ad
? visory powers were granted the board
concerning the preparation of maps, com
piled or to be compiled, in the various
offices and bureaus of the government,
with a special view to tiie avoidance ot
unnecessary duplication of work, and for
the unification and improvement >' 1 e
scales of maps, of the symbols and con
vention-! used upon them, and ot the
methods of representing relief. Herea'ter
all such projects as are <>t imp..name
shall be submitted to this board for ad
vice before being undertaken."
t The officers and members of the board
j are: Henry Gannett, chairman; Frank
I Bond, representing the general land of
j lice. Department of the Interior; Andrew
I Bra:d, coast and geodetic survey. Depart
| ment of Commerce and Labor; Henry
i Gannett, geological survey. Department
of the Interior: Adolph von Haake. Post
Office Department: Arnold B. Johnson,
lighthouse board. Department of Com
merce and Labor; Thaddeus W. J-ones.
office of the chief of staff. Department of
War* Frank A. Kiod. government print
I ir.g office: William McNelr, bureau of
j rolls and library. Department of State: C.
' Hart Merriam. bureau of biological sur
i vey, Department of Agriculture: John S.
I Mills, office of the Secretary, Department
of the Treasury: Fred G. Plummer, forest
1 service. Department of Agriculture:
j Charles S. Sloane. bureau of census. De
partment of Commerce and Labor:
Charles W. Stewart, library and Naval
War Records office. Department of the
Navy: Albert G. Winterhalter, hydro
graphic office, Department of the Navy.
Some Queer Names.
Decisions are rendered on the spelling of
names of places located in all parts of
the world. For instance, we have "Ban
darabbas." a seaport on the southern
coast of Persia, which is not to be spell
ed "Bandar Abbas," "Bender Abbas,
"Gambroon" or "Gombrun on charts,
! maps or publications issued in this coun
| try.
"I"' is the spelling of the name of an
i island east of Quelpart, southern coast of
I Korea. This is the shortest geographic
I name known.
"Fifteenth Cavalry" is the name adopt
ed for a pass in Mindanao, Philippine
Islands. ?
"Heilungkiang." is the spelling of a
province in Manchuria. China, it taking
the place of the various lorms heretofore
in use. as follows: Helungkiang. Hei
lung-kiang, He-lung-kiang. Hilung-chiang
anu Tsitskhar.
Coming nearer home, we have "Caloosa
hatciiee," a river in Lee county, Fia.;
"Canada del Corte de Madera," land
grant, five miles southwest of Standford
University. Cal.; "Paradise Dry." is the
name of a canyon in Cache county. 1. tali.
"Van Deventer," is a name given to an
island in the Potomac river in Montgotn
i ery county. This island was heretofore
i variously known as Gassaway, Gassa
ways, Van Devender, Van Devener and
"Asquith" is an island in Honga river.
Dorchester county, Md., which is not to
be known as "Ascombs" or "Aiaquith,"
as heretofore.
"Backgarden" is a spelling adopted for
a creek in Dorchester county, Md. This
takes the place of "Back Garden," "Bear
Garden" and "Big Pond," which are
names variously used for the same place.
"Chieamacomico" supplants the old
spelling of Chicimacomico and Chick
amaromico. being a liver in Dorchester
county. Md. While "Pone" is given as
the name to what was formerly "Billy s.
an island in the same county.
"Selden," an island on the Potomac
river. Montgomery county, takes the place
of the ohl spelling, "Sheldon."
"Spotsylvania" county and courthouse,
Virginia, is adopted instead of the former
spelling of the word with two "is."
America Aviator Makes Fast Time
at Rheims.
RHEIMS. August I'M.?Glenn H. Curtiss.
the American aviator, inade a record here
today. He covered one lap. a distance of
0 1-5 miles, in 8 minutes 3-5 seconds.
This is the official timing.
Wright Brothers' Aeroplane Suit
Riles Him.
RIIKIMS. August Glenn 11. Curtiss
expressed ureal surprise today at the de
cision of the Wright brothers to sue him
personally. He insists that the Wrights
never have specified completely wherein
he has infringed upon their patents.
Cortland F. Bishop, president of the
Hcrring-Curtiss Company, maintains
that the Wrig.it claim for a basic patent
is not good and that Mr. Curtiss does not
employ the warping wing principle which
is a distinctive feature of the Wright
The partisans of Mr. Curtiss are mani
festing considerable bitterness against the
rights for bringing this suit at the mo
ment when Mr. Curtiss is the sole rep
resentative of the I'nited States in a for
eign flying contest, especially as they de
clined to enter this contest themselves
and the Wright aeroplanes here are class
ed as French machines.
It is understood that the Wright broth
ers always have insisted that most of
the foreign types of flying machines were
infringements upon their patents, but
they purposely refrain from bringing suit
until aviation week should have demon
strated the superiority of their machines.
Such suits will then lie brought.
Baltimore Traveling Salesman Dies
at Norfolk. Va.
NORFOLK, Va.. August J.5.?J. S. Mil- <
ler, aged thirty-eight years, a traveling [
man from Baltimore, was found dead i
in bed at his hotel here Sunday after
noon. He arrived Friday and was ap- \
parently in the best-of health when last!
seen Saturday night. A chambermaid j
discovered the body. Coroner Knight j
decided that death resulted from natural ?
Miller's home was at ltrjl Linden a\e- ?
nue. Baltimore. The body is beiug held I
for instructions.
America-Canadian Cricketers Meet.
MONTREAL, Quebec, August i'5.?In
the international cricket match between
the Associated Crick-t Clubs of Philadel- j
phia, representing the I'nited States, and ;
a picket team of Canadian clubl* heuau !
here today. Of the thirty-live previous !
matches oetween the two countries
twenty-four have been won by the I
United States, nine by Canada and two j
have been drawn.
Canada won the toss for today's game,
and when time was called for luncheon !
had scored 110 runs for tiv? wickets. j
Council of Sons of Veterans at
Arlington Hotel.
Proceedings of Regular Session to
Begin Tomorrow.
1 Plans for Next Encampment at
Atlantic City and Other Matters
Considered Today.
i ? .
Maj. F. S. Hodgson.
With the convening of the council-in
ehief of the Sons of Veterans. 1". P. A.,
at the Arlington Hotel this afternoon, the
wheels of the twenty-eighth annual en
? eampmenl of the organization were set
; in motion.
The real work of the convention will be
gin tomorrow when the opening session
of the encampment will be held at the
The sons and daughters of Union Vet
erans will be welcomed to Washington
by Commissioner H. 1?. F. Macfarland
and William F. Glide, president of the
Chamber of Commerce. The responses
will be bv 0(kmmander-in-Cl)ief Edgar
Allen, jr., of the Sons of Veterans; for
mer Senator John M. Thurston and Wil
liam F. Muse. It is expected a repre
sentative of President Taft will*also ad
dress the assemblage. The business ses
sion will bo opened at !?:.".<? o'clock to
morrow morning. The public will be ad
mitted at 11 o'clock a~m.
There will he another session beginning
at J o'clock tomorrow afternoon and me
morial exercises will be conducted by
National Chaplain Benjamin F. Jones at
4:W o'clock. The crowning event of the
encampment, a campfire. to which all
patriotic societies in the District i^re in
vited, will be held, beginning at T o'clock
tomorrow evening.
Council Considers Business.
The council-in-chief at its session this
afternoon gave consideration to matters
of importance that will come before the
encampment for action during its session.
Among these was the "matter of holding
the next annual encampment at Atlantic;
City conjointly with the G. A. It.
The decision was reached seme time
ago to meet every year at the sam - time
, and place with the Grand Army, but as j
E. R. Campbell.
the convention city this year?Salt l.ake
City?was so distant, it was agreed to
meet in ihis city.
Another mat er that was considered was
the proposition for the erection in this
city of a peace monument b> th Sons j
| of Veterans, t'. S. A., and the Cnited
Sons of <k>nf derate Veterans. It is be-'
lieved the encampment will consummate |
the peace monument plan this year. A
committee will be appointed to co-operate
with one from th Sons of Confederate |
Veterans as to plans, ways and means. j
Plans Permanent Headquarters. !
Still another matter of importance tak- 1
en up by the council was a plan for the j
establishment of permanent national
headquarters here, and the erection of a
memorial hall upon the "baby bond" plan, j
to be the property <??' the organization, it j
is proposed that the building shall be self- |
sustaining from rentals received. It is j
understood to !>e the opinion of niost of j
the# members of the council that head- i
quarters should !>*? located at the cajrital i
of the nation.
Headquarters at tiie Arlington present
ed a busy aspect today as the delegates '
and members of the Daughters of Veter- I
ans arrived and were assigned to board-!
ing places. One of the early arrivals to- 1
day was George W. Pollitt of Patersoa, :
N. J.. who is a candidate for commander
Other arrivals were John A. Bomhardt
of the council-in-chief, who is a candi
date for election as councilman-at-large
in his native city, Cleveland. Ohio: H. A.
Davis of Cleveland, the present division
commander of Ohio, ami delegations from
Delaware. New Jersey. Indiana. Ohio,
Massachusetts. Pennsylvania, Maine and
It is estimated that '-In- attendance i
will be between 1.000 and 2,00th in sev
eral instances excursionists arc accom
panying t lie delegates.
Auxiliary Officers Here.
Miss Molly Donaldson of Paterson, N.
J., president of 'the Daughters of Vet-1
?Milns. and Miss Mary J*. Tredo. nation <1
spciciaiy. arrived in this city toda> and
opened national headquarter* of tlio
Daughters at the Arlington. The ses
sions of their organization *'.11 also bc
gin tomorrow morning.
Senior Vice Commander-'n-<*hief Arthur*
I. Yescelius of I'aterswn. N J., lias open
ed his headquarters at the Arlington lit
is supporting (Seorge XV. Pollitt for toni
The round of pleasure to wliioli the vis
iting delegates w ill be treated by t lie lo
cal sons was inaugurated yesterdav after
noon by Maj. H. K. Campbell, past com
mander-ln-ehlef. who was host on an au
tomobile trip through Hock * 'reek Park
to the Soldiers* Home, and through the
picturesque Suburbs of Washington lli<
guests were Past Commanders-in-Chief
Pr. Ralph Sheldon of Albany and K. M.
Amies of Altoona. Ph.. Mrs Amies at.d
National Secretary Horace 11 Hammer
of Heading. Pa.
Star the Official Paper.
I The Star has l>een designated as th*
official paper of the encampment, and an
office has been established at the Arling
ton Hotel, where subscriptions for the
encampment numbers of this paper will
be received.
A bureau of information has been
opened at the I'nion railroad station,
where members of Pushing and l.in.oin
? amp- of this city will be on hand to
rive delegates and others information, .j -
r-.-t them to their hotels or hoarding
houses. see to their bagna^e. etc.
I'on'inander-in-cluef IMtav Ailcr
of Hi' Immnd. \"a , arii'fd liere today aiul
ue:'; at mi< e to headquarters at the A*
\ telegram from P.ostor. announces tJ ? *
t nariy of seventy-five sons and ding
ters of veterans left that citv la^t hic
for Washington via the Pall Kiver sieiii!
Iniat route. They ar? expected here :?
'I he ?l"r from Saturday, \mkiini 31.
to Thiirw?lay, INI. Inelimlve. eon -
falniiiK foil reports ?f the roatrnilmt
<>f the *>. (). V_ *?l|| he mailed to nay
uddresK in the ( nited State*. pi?inu<*
prepaid. for INI eent*. Kour N?u?enir
p?iMt en id* "III he Kheu with each miiIi
j Department's Program Formulated
Early in the Summer Is to Be
Carried Out.
No reductions have be?n made recent 1
in the force at the Washington tiavv
yard, and none are in contemplation,
either as a result of contracts already
made with private establishments for the
manufacture of naval guns or as a result
of new contracts of that character unde>
j consideration. The ordnance program of
f the Navy Department was made and an
: nounc d early in the summer, as soon a.-*
1 it became known how much money would
be available for the purpose, and that
program Is to lie carried out.
1 Recent or prospective contracts with
1 private manufacturers, as well as t e
needs of the Washington gun factory, w re
i fully considered at the lime and t;ie pol
[ icy then laid down is to be followed un
1 less some unexpected contingency shou'd
arise to necessitate a change. That policy
was reached after full conference with
the officials of the Washington gun Uu
torv as to the allotment of work required
to maintain the existing force in operation
; during the present fiscal year.
Estimates to that end were based on
the operation of all the machines at the
i yard with one shift of men. That is con
sidered hv officials of the department and
of the yard as sufficient to meet normal
New Appointments.
No reductions are to be made in the
working force except such as occur b\
resignation, death or inefficiency. It is
admitted, however, that reductions occur
I ring in that way will not lead to new
appointments until after the force has
| reached its normal quota.
All the above statements are made on
! the authority of Capt. Chase, acting
j chief of the bureau of ordnance, and
| other officials of the Navy Department,
j having jurisdiction in the matter, and
! may be accepted as accurate and re
liable. They were made with full
knowledge of the purpose of giv ing con
tracts to the Hothlehem and Midvale
Steel companies for the manufacture of
about half the number ??! big guns re
quired for the batteries of the new bat
tleships Arkansas and Wyoming.
Naval Academy Practice Squadron
Need Not Go to Hampton Roads.
At the request of the commander of t ??
Naval Academv practice siuadron. the
Acting .Secretary of the Navy has au
thorized toe omission of Hampton roads
from the itinerary of the squadron on its
return to Annapolis from its s itnmer
cruise along the north Atlantic coast. The
squadron consists of the cruisers Olympia.
Hartford and Chicago, and ti e moiiit' r
Tonopal:. and is jusi concluding a prac
tice cruise with the naval midshipmen
prior to ii eir resuming t fir utli lies at
the Naval Academy.
No explanation is ui*. e;i of 1 ie i'ailure
to make ti.e usual stop at Hampton roads
beyond the siippositii.n that the mid-hit
men are in a hurry to get back to \'i
napolis. Great disappointment, it is con
ceded, will he felt at Port Monroe and
Norfolk over tljis decision.
Death of John P. Brown. Wealthy
Resident of Kansas.
ATCHISON. Kan.. August 'SI.?John P
Brown, a pioneer railroad builder and on.
of Atchison's wealthiest citizens, died at
his home here today, aged eighty years
Mr. Brown came to America from lie
land when a boy. Karlv in his career h?*
was a member of a surveying party on
the Pennsylvania railroad between Pitts
burg and (Jreensburg. In 1KVI he took <
grading contract with trie Baltimore and
Ohio company, and lnt?-r built the S1
I.ouls. Iron Mountain and Southern rail
way between St. I.ouls and Pilot Knob,
Mo. In l*r.M Mr. Brown located in Atchi
son and helped to build the central
branch of the Missouri Pacirtc.
Washington Man in First Division
at Norwich Tournament.
NORWICH, Conn., August Keen
interest is being displayed today in tlie
(losing matches of the national roquc
tournament and a large gallery followed
the morning play. C. G. Williams of
Washington, D. C.: Harold Bosworth of
New* London, G. H. Clark and Edwaid
Clark, both of Springfield, are closely
placed in the race for chief honors in the
first division.
In the second division at the close of
play last Saturday, first place lay between
J. C. Kirk of Philadelphia and R. II
Steele of Springfield. The defeat of
Steele this morning by Capt. H. Warly.
leaves Kirk in first place. The morning
play resulted as follows:
First division?H. Bosworth beat E.
dark, G. H. Clark beat C. P. Browning.
C. Jacobus defaulted to W. H. Wahly. W.
II. Wahley defaulted to W. I.. Rooirison
II. T. Webb deefaulted to W. Hogeland,
C. Jacobus defaulted to I. J. Baker, W.
-H. Wahley defaulted to W. Hogeland. I.
J. Baker defaulted to E. Clark, W. Hoge
land beat C. P. Browning, T. Rudd beat
G. H. Clark.
Second division?Capt. H. Wahle.v b< at
R. H. Steele.
Moors Attack Spanish Convoy.
MELILLA. August U3.?A Spanish con
voy was attacked by the Moors today at
a point near Sidimusa. After severe light
ing. In which seven Spaniards were
wounded, the convoy was extricated from
its position. The Moors are receiving re
inforcements in large nutr

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