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WEATHER. Y k 4 L W In Washington about every one
? m-** I A^4 / ^j4L*+ who reads at all reads The Star.,
Threatening this afternoon and m 1 Bm 91/ I J f l^V 'Vj ^ T \bT Largest circulation?daily and
tonight.^ Thursday not much | | |^ | III III A ^ ^ J g Sunday.
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Daring Aeronaut, Erbsloeh, Inventor
of lll-Fated Balloon,
One of Those Killed.
Every Head Crushed In and Not an
Unbroken Bone.
Gondola Torn to Bits?No Life Remaining
in Any One of Crew
When Picked Up by
LEICHLINGEN. Rhenish Prussia. July
13?The dirigible balloon Erhsloeh. recently
refitted for a passenger service,
was destroyed in midair today through
the Texplosion of a benzine tank. Her inventor.
Oscar Erhsloeh, and his crew of
four men dropped to their death.
The bodies of the aviators were fright- i
fully mangled. The gondola was torn to
bits. The motor buried itself beneath the
surface of the ground.
The victims were men well known to all
Germans interested in aerial feats. Erbsloeh
gained an international reputation, I
when, in 10?>7. at St. Louis, he won the
international cup in the distance race for
His companions were Herr Toelle. a
manufacturer of Barmen; two engineers. ^
Herr Kranz and Herr Hoeppe, and Herr
Spicke. the motorman.
Many Mishaps to Erbsloeh.
The Erbsloeh was constructed last year
and had had a dubious career. The tlrst
time it descended it crashed into a clump
of trees and its occupants narrowly es- ]
caped injury. A few days ago, during a
trial flight, a propeller was broken.
The balloon, of the non-rigid type, had ^
just been made over, preparatory to the
establishment of a passenger service between
Elberfeld and nearby points. Today
it was inflated for a final test by the
The aseent was made near Opladen and
during a fog. There were few eyewit- ^
resses of the accident. According to t
these the start was well made. p
The Erbsloeh rose gracefully, pushing j
* * l- *w? o hoio-ht oati- I *
1"* way inruugn mc ? ..v.s... t
mated at several hundred yards. At this ?]
altitude a series of evolutions was be- ?
run. To ' the onlookers the airship ap- 0
1 eared to obey her helm perfectly. f
Dirigible Crumples Up. ''
Suddenly there was a loud report. At h
the moment the fore part of the vessel v
^rumpled up. and the gondola was twisted g
about until it appeared as though standing
on one end.
As the gas escaped from the forward
compartment the pr w swayed downward. t
For a flash the airship fluttered like a t
' wounded bird and then fell swiftly to t
earth. ^
Erbsloeh and his companions were kill- g
ed the second that they struck the ground. c
Their heads were battered in and every r
limb was broken. t
An examination of the wre-kagp show- v
ed that the benz'ne tank had burst, tear- ji
ing to shreds the rubber envelope directly J
above it. The destruction of this envel- ?
ope caused the bow to collapse. The
stern compartment was still filled with r
gas when it struck the ground. i
The death of Erbsioeh and ids crew, <
with the destruction of the balloon, for J
which much had been hoped, following (
closely upon the loss of Count Zep- <
pelin's Deutschland, has caused gloom
in aviation circles. *
The public had scarcely recovered from s
the shock caused by the accidental death
of Charles Stewart Rolls, the English
aviator, when they learned that Erbsioeh
had been added to the long list '
of Germans who had lost their lives f
while hall<>oning. The effect was depressing.
Erbsloeh's Daring Feats. *
Oscar Erbslneh had made many daring J
and successful balloon flights. In the ,
gt. Louis aerial race, when he won the .
International cup which had been taken
the year before by Lieut. Frank P.
lahm, at Pari?, he covered the distance .
of *76 miles.
Starting at St. Louis, he landed at
Asburv Park. X. J., two miles farther
from the point of ascent than his nearest
competitor. M I.e Rlanc of FYance, who
came down at Herbertsville, X. J. Erbaloeh
on that occasion piloted the bal- [
loon Pom mem.
In February. 1P0P. Erbsloeh made a remarkable
balloon trip across the Alps.
His balloon, the Berlin, remained in the
air for thirty hours, reaching a maximum
altitude of about ISOhn feet. An
average temperature of about 111 degrees
below zero was experienced.
Up to ten days ago the roll of aviators
killed since September 17, IflOS. stood at
ten. July 3 Charles Wachter fell to his
death at Rheims, Kranee. Yesterday the
English sportsman Charles Stewart
Rolls died beneath the wreckage of his
aeroplane. Today Erbsloeh and his crew
of four were dashed to pieces.
Baltimore Amateur Aviator Tumbles
With Aeroplane at St. Louis.
EAST ST T/)UIH. July 13.?Howard
\V. Oill of Baltimore, a novice aviator,
fall 100 feet laat night and sustained
serious injuries.
Ha was flying outside of tha aviation
field. where the novice meet is to open
Thursday. A runaway team of horses
beneath bim temporarily took hia mind
from his levers and he lost control*of
the machine.
With a sudden jerk it almost earpsiaod
and started for the ground. Gill
was thrown several feet away from
the machine, which was wrecked.
He had just finished a quarter of
a mile trial flight when the accident
At a hospital to which he was taken
it is said his injuries will confine him
for several days. He sustained a
broken rib, a broken nose and an injured
Death Roll oi
September 17?Lieut. Thomas E.
fall with Orville Wright, near
September 7?Rossi Ena, killed ir
September 7?E. Lefebvre, killed
Sur-Orge, France.
September 22?Capt. Louis F.
j December 6?Fernandez Antonio
feet after motor exploded.
January 4?Leon Delagrange, kill
April 2?Le Blon Herbert, install
San Sebastian, Spain.
May 13?Chauvette Michelin, kill
June 17?Eugene Speyer, killed a
June 18?Robl, killed at Stettin, (
July 3?Charles Wachter, killed
July 12?Charles S. Rolls, killed a
July 13?Oscar Erbsloen and fou
Baroness Delaroche was almost k
biplane at the Rheims meetinj
Howard W. Gill of Baltimore wa
a fall from biplane at East St.
Pennsylvania Educator Be- S
lieved to Be a Suicide.
rhink He Was Affected by Recent Si
^ice President of Military College O
and Recently Appointed Consulting
Engineer of Chester.
CHESTER. Pa.. July 13.-The body of '
"ol. Silas E. Comfort, vice president of Sf
he Pennsylvania Military College and h
rominent in city affairs, was found to- n,
ay in L?eiperville creek, in the rear of aj
he Colonial Hotel, Leiperville, near here.
The body when discovered was sub- st
rierged. head down, in the shallow water Q)
f the creek to the waist line. Col. Com- C(
ort's hat was found on the bank, at first
eading to the belief that it had been {f
mocked off in a struggle. There was a '
ruise on the head and the watch chain
fas broken, as though an assailant had
Tabbed for Col. Comfort's watch.
Suicide is Suspected. hl
The police after investigating the mat?r
t?? the belief that Col. Comfort |
ommitted suicide because of criticism ej
hat had been directed at him following fr
lis Sacent appointment as consulting en- c(
;ineer of the city of Chester. It was t}
laimed that he did not have enough j
practical experience. It Is also known ^
hat he had suffered from the heat. He ^
vas last seen alive yesterday morning at
i o'clock, when he left the Military
tcademy. and it Is believed he wandereu
iround until last night before jumping "
nto the creek. *?
His wife and two Children, when he did v<
lot return home last evening, made anx- 01
ous inquiries for him, but no trace of a<
:ol. Comfort could be found. The suicide r?
heory is strengthened by the finding <ff tfc
:ol. Comfort's gold watch near, the body. te
}ther valuables in the clothing were not
The police believe the bruises on Col.
'omfort's head were received when he
itruck the bottom of the shallow creek. 8<
Recently Given Office.
Col. Comfort was about fifty years old. ai
de was born in New York state, but had *>l
eslded in Chester for many years.
Only last week he was appointed con- a
suiting engineer by city council. The
:lty recently borrowed 1000,000 for new c'
?ewers, paving and additions to the c!
vater supply and Col. Comfort was seected
as the most competent man to advise
in the expenditure of this money. p
" * P?
University Professor Says They Are e
Devoted to Fudge, Giggles, Etc.
GRKELEY, Col., July 13.?Girls turning
sixteen are absolutely irreligious, accord- lb
ing to Dr. G. Stanley Hall, president and h
professor of psychology at Clark Unlver- si
sity, Worcester, Mass.. lecturing at the H
summer normal school here yesterday. I h
Hence it is, he explained, that they are J
devoted to rats, puffs, psyche knots, P
fudge, giggles and other ephemeral things. p
"The budding girl 1? as baffling a prob- n
lem as the soul of a woman," said Dr. 11
llali, "and the world now knows that in- J1
stead of no soul at all, woman now has "
one, two, three or even four more than
man. "The
young girl is absolutely irreligious
in her nature. She is myopic, seeing the
immediate present, whereas a boy looks I
into the future. Her life is all emotion,
and for that reason a certain religious
fervor Is likely to appeal to her. She
should be protected from professional religionists."
i o
Collier's Engine Disabled, t
HONOLULU, July 13.?The departure a
of the collier Prometheus, which came g
here from Mare Island navy yard to u
tow the cruiser Chattanooga to San Fran- ?
cisco, will be delayed for about two weeks *
by engine trouble which developed on *
the way-to Honolulu. The Chattanooga 1
loet her propellrr and will be towed to
M&re Island for repairs. ^
Morgan Sells School Bnilding. ?
CHICAGO. III., July 13.-J. Plerpont
Morgan of New York city has sold the
former public school building in the town
of Pullman for $15,000. The Pullman *
company disposed of its holdings last h
year to individuals In conformity with f
the decision of the supreme court that a
the company could not hold real estate
other than that which it used In con- ?
nection with its business. As one of the
stockholders of the company,'Mr. Morgan G
acquired this piece of property. t
: Aviation.
Selfridge, U. S. A., killed in
i Rome in machine of his own
in Wright machine at Jusivy<
Ferber, killed at Boulogne,
, killed at Nice, falling 1,000
led at Bordeaux, France,
itly killed, falling on rocks at
led at Lyons, France.
t San Francisco,
I at Rheims in Antoinnette
it Bournemouth,
r companions killed at Leich%
illed by a fall with her Voisin
g, July 8.
s seriously hurt yesterday by
. Louis.
ealer Haskell Has It in for
This Sort of Cheat.
hort Weights Given at AUnring
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n* t.. n?
u\?uu?ia m vb w wv vu ujr
feit of Collateral
in Future.
Harsh measures are in store for all
lort-weight grocers, according to Col.
askell. superintendent of weights and
easures, who has entered a crusade
gainst the cut-price grocer who adverses
staples at a price lower than wholeile
and then cuts off from one to three
jnces in handing the package over the
"This is one of the most pernicious
>rms of cheating the public," said the
>lonel today. "It puts the ccst of living
way up above the normal, and the poor
msumers think they are economising
hen in reality they are paying extra
igh fancy prices.
Offenders Bun to Earth.
"I have run several of these grocers to ,
irtti recently. They have generally gone i
ee by forfeiting a comparatively small ]
>llateral. I intend to see to it hereafter i
lat any grocer who cheats his customers |
i this way and then gets away with a (
nail collateral is brought back to trial t
y an auaciiiueuu
"The way they do this is to circular- '
e a neighborhood advertising a cut
ite sale of som6 important article of
>od. The worst offenders never ad>rtise
In newspapers, for they have
lly a neighborhood trade. They will
lvertise shoulders and hams at a
diculously low price per pound, and
ten have the scales set so that thiren
ounces make a pound.
Crooked Computing Scales.
"Others have computing scales, fixed
> the customer can see the actual
>mputation, but does not know that
le gear has been tampered with, so
i to cheat the eye-teeth out of the (
"I have Just finished with the case of
flagrant violator. Assistant Sealer
shoenthal found some of this man's |
rculars advertising shoulders at 13V4 i
snts a pound. Other stores were
narging 16 cents, and other prices on
le circulars were below the wholesale
"Mr. Schoenthal paid 62 cents for a ,
loulder that should have weighed four
ounds and ten ounces, and which
eighed by our official scales Just one
ound short. The transaction cost the
rocer $26.
This Grocer Gets His Medicine.
"Another grocer, who was crude in
is manner of cheating his customers,
ad a beam scale with the pound mark
8t at fourteen and a quarter ounces,
[e had nothing to say in defense of
is scales and was fined $65.
"Still another short-welght-and-cutrlce
man resorted to the old-time exedient
of putting a weight undereath
the scoop, of his scales, so that
he consumer paid for an ounce of
othlng on everything bought, whether
: was a quarter pound or five pounds.
french Cabinet Sanctions Adoption
of Western European Time.
PARIS, July 13.?The cabinet has deIded
to submit a bill for the adoption
f western European time in France.
During the old days of enmity toward
England the French steadily refused to
ccept standard time, maintaining the
olar time of Paris, which la nine mlntes
slower. The confusion resulting,
specially In telephone communications
rith England, as well as the change In
Franco-English relations. Is responsible
or the decision.
Occident on Staten Island Rapid
Transit Railway.
NETW YORK, July 13.? Fire parsons
rare injured when a passenger train
ound for New York, on the Staten Island .
tepid Transit railway, jumped the track
,t Princess Bay avenue, at Princess Bay.
arly today. None of the Injured will dla
Among the sufferers were Jeremiah and
itanley Guloss or Reading, Pa., who susalned
bruise* on the head and body.
Mew Ruling in Treasury Department
Prevents System
of "Loose Vouchers."
There will be no between-*>ay-day paynenta
in the Tregaury Department in the
uture. a hard blow to the employe who
iaa heretofore depended on drawing: his
>r her salary right up to the day of leavng
on annual vacation.
Orders changing the old system recently
were Issued by Secretary MacVeagh. and
sent Into effect several days ago. It
ioes away with what have been known as
'loose vouchers." and hereafter employes
will get money only on the 1st and 16th
>f each month. If an employe works
intll the 7th of a month and wants to
eave on the flth he canndt get pay for his
lervlce to that day until the 16th.
Made Much Extra Work.
At one time In recent year* much
money was advanced on loose vouchers
and the disbursing offices were given
much extra work by. reason of the custom.
The action of the Secretary was
taken in pursuance of plans to consolllate
the disbursing offices and cut down
the expense of maintaining them. Both
the disbursing offices of the Treasury
Department proper recently were consolidated
and the branch disbursing offices
in the sixth auditor's office and in
the office of the auditor for the War
Department, Winder building, were abolished
altogether, the duties being placed
upon the one disbursing officer of the department,
W. 8. Richards.
It is proposed to change the offices of
the disbursing officer of the department
to a point nearer the center of the Treasury
building, so as to be accessible to
all clerks and save time in going to and
fro for pay envelopes.
Question Decided by the Voters of
Detroit Suburb.
DETROIT, Mich., July 13.?The Bible
has made its reappearance in the public
schools of Michigan by way of Highland
Park, a suburb of Detroit. In deciding
by an overwhelming majority that hereafter
the Bible shall be read and the
Lord's prayer said at the opening of the
morning sessions of the village schools,
the voters of Highland Park took action
which probably will cause much controversy
in this and other states. 1
Both the reading of the Scriptures and
the prayer are to be without comment.
The school board was empowered to appoint
a committee of villagers to compile
a set of readings from the Bible for use
in the schools.
Alleged Horse Thief Handcuffed
After Manifesting Resistance.
MONROE, La.. July 13.?Returning here
early yesterday with Philip Ward, alleged
horse thief, Sheriff Parker and his deputies
reported that they came upon Ward
while he was standing by the half-filled
grave of his wife near Ouachita City.
Ward drew a revolver, but the deputy
knocked it out of his hand. He drew another
and it met the same fate. As he
was drawing a third revolver, the posse
decided it was time to Intrude still fur
- * ? 1? J
ther upon me OOsequiea, aim me* piavcu
him under arrest and handcuffed him.
Ward's wife committed suicide Monday.
He says that he had self-destruction
in mind when the posse drew up and
no thought of harming them. There are
at least half a dozen charges of horse
stealing against him and he is alleged
to have fired on a negro farmer from
ambush several days ago.
Storehouse for Pyrotechnics Destroyed
by Explosions.
BOSTON, July 13.?Fire starting among
refuse dumped near the C3ielsea line pier
at Everett today reached a two-story
wooden building occupied by the National
Fireworks Distributing Company.
? The building was filled with manufactured
goods and a considerable quantity
of gunpowder in bulk. Explosions destroyed
all these, as well as the building.
No serious casualties resulted. The loss
is SMMMk
Police Looking for Reputed
Agent of Zeiaya.
Accused of leaving Unpaid Bills Behind
Believed That He Is Now on Hie
Way to Nicaragua to Deliver
Message to Irias.
When the news leaked out this morn
ing or the recent presence in this cit:
of Waldemar Harald de Bille, allege<
to be at present a personal representa
tlve of Zelaya, the former President o
Nicaragua, the local police immediatel:
got a few lines out in an endeavor t<
find out something definite concerning
his movements. They want Mr. d<
Bille on charges of false pretenses.
The only thing they discovered wa:
that he had really been here. Only tha
and nothing more. They are preparinj
a description which they will send broad
cast throughout the country in an efTor
to locate him before he departs thes<
shores, but there is said to be reason t<
believe that he is now on his way t(
Nicaragua to deliver a message fron
Zelaya to Gen. Irlas of the Madrix fac
Spent Money Freely.
Young Mr. de Billj, who is described
as being about thirty years old anc
as possessing an air of nonchalanc
and sang-froid, spent some time i:
Washington about eighteen months ago
and was very popular in one of th<
social sets in town. He was entertained
somewhat extensively, and wai
particularly devoted to the giving ol
theater parties.
Soon after he left town complaints reachet
police headquarters concerning certali
bills which it was alleged that he hat
failed to pay. The most important o
these Was from M. Stein & Co., tailors
who accused him of having obtained $15*
worth of clothes from them on the repre
dentation that he was a lieutenant in th<
army, assigned to the office of the adju
tant general.
Arrested in New York.
Another complaint came from a cab
man, who asserted that he had a big bit
against the young man, who had led hin
to believe that he was a person of somi
consequence. The police became busy
and young Mr. de Bille was eventuall:
arrested in New York and was arraigne*
before a United States commlssione
there, but the requisition which was pre
sented was not honored.
"ITie young man is a son of the late Dr
Waldemar de Bille of New Orleans. Hi
mother lives at present in the Ontarii
apartment house. He speaks with a pro
nounc.ed southern accent, is well edu
rated and is said to hatfe always had i
love -for adventure.
He has been for several years one o
Zelaya's aids. In 190T when Nicaragui
was at war with Honduras he served a
an aid to Gen. Altschul and was late
an aid on the staff of Zelaya. He canv
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lO 11 lt9 VVFUI1VI J m?* vw IM t Uiigu u vv??
tract with the American Bank Not
Company for the printing of paper cur
rency which Zelaya Intended to circulate
His Present Mission.
One story has it that he was dispatch
ed on his present mission to this coun
try by Zelaya, who Is now rusticatini
at Brussels. Belgium. It is said tha
he was given a letter to be delivere<
to Gen. Irias of the Madriz faction, am
that he was also authorized to make ai
attempt to influence certain news
papers in this country In favor o
Zelaya and the Madriz government.
He spent two weeks In New York am
a few days in Philadelphia before com
lng here less than two weeks .ago.
Troops to Stop Refugees.
MADRID, July 13.?Spanish troops ar
being concentrated In the province of Va
lencia in readiness to move into Catalonii
because of the reported intention of tb
Spanish refugees to cross the Fredc]
frontier with arms.
Three Washingtonians Held
Up in the Western Suburbs
of Baltimore.
Spedsl Dispatch to The Star.
BALTIMORE, Md? July 13.?Washington
suffered at the hands of Baltimore
I when three visitors from the Capital city
were held up at the business' end of a
revolver by a trio of Monumental citizens.
their valuables stolen .and their
<clothes stripped from their backs to
cover the bodies of the local thieves. The
hold-up and outdoor-dressing-room act
occurred on Lexington street, not far
from Calverton road, in the western suburbs,
between 2 and 3 o'clock yesterday
. morning. The names of the victims are:
Charles Latham, 561 Maryland avenue.
Harvey Krlchton, 921 9th street north>
William Parrillo, 314 5th street northf
/ This morning John and Robert Maton
were brought before Justice Carr in the
J northwestern police court. The specific
t charge against them was the theft of a
watch, a penknife and $1.24 from Latham.
Both Enter Denial.
5 The Ma tons were arrested by Sergeants
t Ward and Plantholt of the northwestern
I district upon descriptions of the men
- which had been printed on the "lookout"
t sheet issued from headquarters. Both of
! the accused men denied their guilt of the
5 hold-up and said they knew of no hold'
ud and if there had been one thev had no
1 hand in it. Justice Carr, however, con
tinued the case until July 19. In order to
give the three Washingtonians a chance
to identify them.
The three young men from Washington
were making their way here to look for
1 work, and tramping along were thinking
I of nothing but the good times they felt
e were in store for them when they got
n jobs In Baltimore. Their dreams were
rudely shattered at the very threshold
' of hospitality, however, by the jumping
i out of three masked figures.
"Up with your hands," came the comJ
mand from one of the hold-uppers.
i Robbery Was Complete.
i Deft fingers ran through the clothes
J of the victims, and in a few seconds
, nothing of any value was left in the
j Washingtonians' pockets. This act con
eluded, the curtain fell for a moment
e while the three thugs held a consulta
tlon. Finally the spokesman of the bandits
broke the silence.
"Take off your clothes," he snarled.
They're going to leave us naked," cried
_ a horrified Washingtontan. "Won't you
. leave anything?"
"Nix," was the retort. "You'se can
1 put on some of our duds."
s The victims complied and in a few min,
utes stood clad in the highwaymen's
v clothes, somewhat the worse for wear.
. "Now you can get?and get quiet," were
the further instructions.
r With the muzzles of the revolvers re
minding them of the seriousness of life
the three seekers after Baltimore's hes
pitality retreated backward until out of
s range. Then they made for the nearest
? ?i _ _A.il 1 ~ *u * KAAI.
3 punctf BlUllUili wiicic mry iviu ul uiou
- wrongs. .
Two More Arrests at Newark.
f NEWARK. Ohio, July 13.-The police to*
day arrested two more men who they say
r are implicated in the lynching of Carl
e Etherington, the "dry" detective. Their
- names are withheld. The saloon of Adam
e Berri, a Roumanian, was raided today
- and he was locked up and held without
* ball.
$5,000,000 For Winnipeg Fair.
J WINNIPEG. Man.. July 13.?At a luncheon
yesterday to Sir Wilfrid Laurler,
* given by the city, the premier promised
. a grant of two and a half million dollars
11 by the government to the world's fair to
3 be held here in 1014. Railways and the
a local governments have promised an equal
- sum.
a Tower as Cleveland Memorial.
- NEWARK, N. J.. July 12.?The trustees
of the Grover Cleveland memorial fund,
appointed to select a suitable type of memorial
to the late ex-President and a site
e therefor, reported today that It had been
- agreed to erect a tower in connection
& with the new granite building on .the
e grounds of Princeton University. Of
s $100,000 needed, $75,000 has been raised,
and the balance is assured.
Roosevelt Wants Best Man
for Governor.
Loeb's Name Not Prominent in Conference
With Hughes.
Has Nothing to Say About Plnchot
and the California Political
OYSTER BAY. N. Y., July IS ?Theodore
Roosevelt today grave his first indication
of his position in respect to
the nomination of a republican candidate
for Governor of New York this
Col. Roosevelt in an interview said:
"My position In regard to the govenorship
this fall is this: I want to find
the best man for the office: the man
who is most acceptable to the rank
and file of the republican party and
the independent voters. I intend to
do everything in my power to see that
such a man is elected."
Col. Roosevelt's indication of his position,
made less than an hour after the
departure for New York of Gov. Hughes,
is taken as a significant sidelight on the
conference between the governor and the
colonel. While both men refused this
morning to disclose the precise subjecl
matter of their conference, it is believed
from the colonel's attitude that it was
decided that Mr. Roosevelt would take
an active personal part in regard to the
nomination of a candidate for governor.
Gov. Hughes left at 10 o'clock for New
York in the automobile of William R.
Wilcox. He said that he would meet hti
military secretary, Frederick M. Croesett,
at the Hotel Astor, and that they wouk
leave this afternoon for Washington,
where the governor is to select a house tc
move into this fall when he goes on the
Supreme Court bench. That was all he
would say.
Delightful Visit With Hughes.
Col. Roosevelt was smiling contentedlj
when he was seen shortly afterward.
"1 had a delightful visit with Gov
Hughes," said he. "We had a most interesting
"Did you talk politics with him?" he
was asked.
The question seemed to amuse him.
"Of course we talked of political condl
tions," he replied. "What else could we
talk about? We discussed things whiol
we have been anxious for a long time t<
talk of."
That was all he was willing to say as t<
the conference. The next question wa:
whether he had anything to say abou
the visit of Gifford Pinchot, Marsha
Stlmson of California and Francis J
Heney, the Ban Francisco graft prosecu
tor, to him in New York yesterday.
Mr. Stimson told him about politics
conditions in California and immediatel;
after his talk announced that Mr. Pincho
would leave at once for California to tak<
the stump for Hiram Johnson, insurgen
candidate for the republican nominatioi
for governor.
"Did Mr. Stimson come with Mr. Pin
shot?" asked Mr. Roosevelt. "I though
he came with Mr. Heney because he is ai
old Harvard man."
"But after Mr. Stimson saw you he sai<
that Mr. Pinchot was to speak for the in
surgents in California," was suggested.
"Aren't you telling me news?" aske<
the colonel, with another smile.
Expects Harmony in New Tork.
A question about his talk with Jamei
W. Wadswjorth, jr., speaker of the Nei
York assembly, came next. He replle<
that a great mystery was being madi
of that meeting and that he merely wen
over conditions with Mr. Wads worth a:
he was to do with State Chairman Wood
ruff during his visit today.
He was asked If he thought that har
mony in the party of the state was to t>
expected during the campaign, and re
plied that he thought there would be n<
difficulty on that score.
He said he was confident that all rela
tlons would be harmonious.
Then the colonel stated his views as t<
the candidate for governor. He refuse<
positively to talk of various men whi
have been mentioned as candidates.
The colonel said that his guests las
night. In addition to Gov. Hughes, wen
Judge Rose, of Baltimore, whom he de
scribed as an old and intimate {fiend
Lawrence Abbott of the Outlook, Capt
W. Robert Foran, rormeny a ttntisi
army officer, and Guy Scull, an ol<
Harvard man, who came to Sagamore
Hill to talk about hunting: in Africa
It is believed here that the name o
William Loeb, Jr.. collector of the por
of New York, was not taken up at an:
length in the Roosevelt-Hughes inter
Representative Charles N. Fowler o
New Jersey arrived on the noon train
He said that he had come to taki
luncheon with Col. Roosevelt and t<
continue the discussion of political con
dltions. which was begun yesterda:
in New York.
Talked Until After Midnight.
Gov. Hughes and Col. Roosevelt kep
up their conference last evening unti
after midnight. At midnight the colonc
consented to see reporters, who had beei
within easy hailing distance.
"I haven't a thing to say, boys," sale
the colonel. "There is positively nothlnf
I can talk to you about. I'll see if the
governor wants to say anything to you.'
Col. Roosevelt made this suggestion t<
his guest.
"No, I have nothing to say," said Gov
tlllgnes. .Tieuner win i ua>c a.u* wiine
to say in the morning'."
When the reporters withdrew the colonel
and the governor resumed their talk
in' the dark, remote corner of the veranda.
The colonel seemed to do most of the
talking. Moreover, it seemed as if he
were making to the governor some proposal
which required very convincing
Talked Long After Midnight.
The colonel and the governor talked
in low. earnest tones. They had hitched
their chairs close together, and long
after midnight the two were still close
together, still In earnest conversation.
From time to time the colonel interrupted
his discourse to walk with
quick strides up and down the veranda.
Then he would resume his seat beside
the governor, talking ever more earnestly
than before.
Although Col. Roosevelt would say
nothing regarding his conference with
the chief executive of the state, he
did make a surprising announcement.
Me said that Timothy L Woodruff
would come to 8agamore Hill today
for a conference with him. The colonel
would not tell whether Mr. Woodruff
had asked to come or if he had been
Invited. It is underfctood. however, that
the former Is nearer to the truth.
Admits Aged Man Gave Her
$27,000, But Did Not
Pose as Medium. 4 ?
Wanted to Marry a Mist Smith, But
Deterred by Threats.
Avers They Are Impatient for Aftd
Man's Death and Anxious to
Secure His Fortune. /
That she amr ao# any aoar,
from P.ntitD J. Hard. ml
elshty-nlne years, tkraacfe pretratei
spirit ifaaapf treat his
That she doesn't helleee la splrItaallsatt
that Hard did, thonsh
she tried te reason hlat oat of It.
-mat sae rtralvH from bin
ealy 92T^MM, aot MMM. aa
t clatacd.
That the noarr was cleea ?
her as a reward for her affee*
ttoaate aad daughter-like rare of
the aged a?aa.
That Feataa J. Hard feared his
nob, Byroa L. Hard, woald hill
hln aad his bride If he aiarrted
That Featoa J. Hard save ?12,OOO
to Hattle lalth, whoa he
wasted to bat feared to wsrry.
[ That It was the desire of the
* old naa to aire away Ms atoaey
to preveat his sea gettlag It.
That Hard's relatlres are 'tan
pattest for his death aad eacer
to obtala for then selves eoatrol
of Ms property daring Ms lifeline."
r Disavowing the possession of "occult'*
powers and denying the charge that by
means of spirit writings, purporting to
be from his dead wife, she secured >40.000
j from eighty-seven-year-old Fenton J.
Hurd, grandfather of Dr. Lee li. Kurd
of Greenwich, Conn., Mrs. Laura R.
, Cramer, a State Department employe, toi
day answered the rule recently issued by
3 the District Supreme Court against her.
Dr. Hurd, as conservator of the estate
g of his grandfather, who has been adjtidgt
ed "incapable" by a Connecticut tribunal.
1 sought an Injunction to prevent Mrs.
- Cramer from drawing against an account
j kept by her at the Washington Loan aad
f Trust Company or from disposing of
g the contents of a safe deposit box said
t to have been rented from the same ootn1
pany. He also seeks an accounting of
- # k. CJA/WVi wrhUk k? slalass kl- swantl^
HIC fIU|VW WttlV.II lie VIM1UD 11 ID
J father cave Mrs. Cramer during the ten
years Mr. Hurd resided at Mrs. Cramer's
\ home in this city.
j A Believer in Spiritualism.
The elder Hurd, Mrs. Cramer aaya.
shared with many thousand Americans
the belief that departed spirits may com9
munlcate with their loved ones left be'
hind. This belief he entertained since
* early manhood, and she knew that he ree
ceived, from time to time, through the
t medium of certain persona, supposed coms
munlc&tlons from his deceased wife, but
. she has no knowledge that he was ever
Influenced in his business affairs by su?,h
Being a member of the Roman Cathe
ollc Church, Mrs. Cramer avers, she neither
. professes nor believes In spiritualism, and
has at no time ever claimed tae powe s
of a medium or acted the part, tiiie
frequently discussed the doctrine with
" Mr. Hurd. she says, and often attempted
to dissuade him from his belief in spirit
* manifestations, but without success, air.
1 Hurd had suggested to her, she alleges.
5 his opinion that she might be possessed
of the powers of a medium, but she toolc
1 no stock in the suggestion. She den.e*
B flatly ever giving any supposed communi"
cations to Mr. Hurd from his deceased
* wife to procure money from him.
} Influence of a Daughter.
b Through Attorney A. A. Birney Mm.
- Cramer admits she had some influence
J over the elder Hurd, but declares it was
never & "dominating" influence. It waa
- such only, she alleges, as arose from the
strong afTection whleh he felt for her
f and which she had earned by giving him
L the care of a daughter during the many
8 years of their close association. Mr.
? Hurd, she states, was affected thereby
" only as a father might be influenced by
f a wise suggestion from an affectionate
daughter in whom he had confidence.
In admitting that Mr. Hurd had made
her presents of money aggregating $27.,
000 and no more, for which she gave
| him no pecuniary consideration, Mrs.
" Cramer says her elderly patron was
'1 actuated by a desire to compensate her
n for "the affectionate care which she, for
many years, showed him and for wlUch
. he was intensely grateful." w
Mrs. Cramer says she had assumed the
I part of a daughter to Mr. Hurd when
> he was incensed at and in fear of bodily
* harm from his son. Byron Hurd, father
of Dr. Hurd. and that it was but natural
that Mr. Hurd should seek to provide
for her future in the event she lost her
' position or became incapacitated for
' work.
In Fear of His Son.
By means of an open letter, which
she says she found in Mr. Hurd's desk
| addressed to his son. Mrs. Cramer ex
plains lO me couri mai me m. lu^eu*! ia it
f had some time ago formed the intent to
dispose of his wealth, which at that time
amounted to $00,000, in order to divert
it from his son, Byron Hurd. In the
I letter the old man accuses the son of a
threat to kill him and his bride, should
1 he persist in a determination to take a
' second wife. The son is alleged to have
i declared that no woman should take h,s
mother's place and to have sworn by
everything most holy to kill both hie
father and the tatter's bride, if he should
' take one.
To a Miss Smith, in whom he had be,
come interested, the letter states, Mr.
Hard gave $12,000, and announced to
the son that by other gifts he had reduced
hla wealth $40,000. a sum far in
excess, he explains, of a widow's dower
in his enttre estate at the time he wished
to marry Miss Smith.
Letter to His Son.
The letter appended to the answer is
(dated Washington, D. C., and addressed
'.'Son Byron." It reads:
"X write this te be forwarded to you

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