Ik punt closes
Laboratory to Go Out
of Business March 15.
STATEMENT ISSUED TODAY
Failure of Congress to Appropriate
for Its Maintenance.
REASON FOR DISCONTINUANCE
Owner Hopes for Action on His
Proposition at the Coming
The Nathan Straus laboratory is to bo
closed March K> ami the hundreds of
mothers who have l?een obtaining the
milk supply for their Infants for many
months from the central depot on H
street northwest near 13th street and
the substations will, in consequence, find
that supply cut off This announcement
was made at noon today hj* Miss Hurn,
who has been in charge of the laboratory
since it was opened and who labored assiduously
to have the government take
In a letter to Miss Hum. Mr. Straus
says that the machinery of the laboratory'
will be preserved intact and he will await
action by the extra session of Congress
hoping that it will take advantage of
his offer to deliver the plant to the government
as soon as an appropriation is
made for Its maintenance.
Mr. Straus Disappointed.
The failure of the last Congress to pass
the measure carrying an appropriation to
maintain the plant was very disappointing
to Mr. Straus.
In his letter he says:
"In view of the demands of my work
and means elsewhere it will be necessary
to close the Washington laboratory, and
I have written to this effect to Secretary
MacVeagh, Surgeon General Wyman,
Health Officer Woodward. Senator Ga'llnger
and Representative Oleott, and
erewith inclose copies of letters.
As you know, last year the Washington
laboratory accomplished, under your
management, with the aid of Dr. TaylerJones.
the purpose for which it was established,
in proving that properly pasteurized
modified milk saves the lives of
"My Intention, as announced, was to
close the laboratory January 1. but in
view of the desire of Secretary MacVeagh
and Dr. Wyman to make it a
government agency for the saving of
child life, and owing to the ursent representations
of Health OfllJbr Woodward
as to the necessity for the work,
I authorized you to continue the undertaking
pending action by Congress
upon the bill authorizing the acceptance
by the government of the gift
of the laboratory.
Expects Action at Extra Sosaion.
"This bill, adopted unanimously by
the Senate, lacked the concurrence of
the House, ottang to the shortness of
the session. In view of the fact that ,
the bill may be passed by the new
Congress at the extra session next
month. I will keep the laboratory plant
intact, so that It will be ready for instant
operation, and my offer to give
the plant to the government will hold 1
good, pending action at the special session.
MI trust that such action will be
taken promptly, so that the laboratory
may again be in operation before the
coming of the hot weather Increases
the peril of raw milk, and that the
public health service will carry on
practically the demonstration of the
truth that that body teaches in the [
Milk Bulletin, namely, that *pasteuriza- ,
tlon prevents much sickness and saves
ROCK CREEK DRAGGED :
IN SEARCH FOR DR. GRAYI
Harbor Police Report That No
Trace of Missing Druggist
Has Been Found.
It was reported at a late hour this
afternoon by the harbor police that no
trace had been found in Rock creek
of Pr. William A Gray, who disappeared
March 1. The creek was dragged
today because Policeman D. L.
O'Brien, stationed at Wisconsin and
Pumbarton avenues northwest, reported
that he had been talking with Dr.
Gray the afternoon of his disappearance,
and told him which car would
take him home.
Pr. Gray boarded a Rackville car. but
later returned to the Dumbarton avenue
comer. After again being directed
by the policeman. Pr. Gray is said to
have started east along Pumbarton
avenue toward Rock creek.
Dr Gray is supposed to have had a
large sum of money with him when last
It was believed by his relatives that he
was eitber assaulted or robbed and his
>odv thrown into the creek, or that he
wandered along the embankment and fell
Howard of $100 Offered.
A reward of $100 has been offered by
B Chew, a brother-in-law of the misstig
man. for information which will lead
to disclosing Pr. Gray s fate or whereabouts.
Members of the harbor precinct pro
?ded to the vicinity of the P street
in idge early this morning, equipped with
a small boat and several grappling irons.
They dragged the creek from the P
-neet bridge to its junction with the Polornac
JUDGE LAHDIS SEVERE.
Gives Frank Goll Heavy Sentence for
1 illi'AGO, March 8.?Judge Kenesaw
' Landis today tincri Frank Goll. who
ad been found guilty of oleomargarine
.lourxdiining." $."..<>? m ami sentenced him
i > serve tive years in Fort Leavenworth
lie is the third man sentenced to a
ng term in the federal prison and diled
to pay a heavy tine for this offense
in itie last two days.
Girl Held for Court.
Mary Anderson, colored, giving her address
as DOT 2d street northeast, was- held
'or the action of the grand jury by the
Police Court today on a charge of bouse
reaking Mary was arrested by Policeman
O. T. Davis of the ninth prei inct
\ esterday morning on a charge of enterng
the home of Alaj. Samuel il. Walker.
12" R street northeast.
Funeral of Miss McGregor.
Funeral services for Miss Anne Grace
McGregor, daughter of John McGregor,
a contractor and builder, who died at her
parents' home. 212 .Maryland avenue
northeast, yesterday, will be held at
her late residence at 2 o'clock tomorrow
afternoon. Miss McGregor was born in
this city and was twenty-four years, or'
"Lame Ducks" Pay Final Call
at White House.
OTHERS ALSO RECEIVED
Archbishop Ireland Pays Respects,
While Members of Senate' Talk
Departing statesmen paid farewell calls
on President Taft today. Home of them
are of the "lame duck" class, while others
are still in the ring politically, but
are leaving the city tor vacations.
Ex-Senator Nathan Scott, national committeeman
from West Virginia., saw the
President and talked about post ottice
and other appointments in that state, lie
is to talk with the President again. Four
congre-etnonal districts of the state are
represented by democrats, and Mr. Scott,
as national committeeman, will control
all the patronage of the state except in
the one district having a repfcblican on
Archbishop Ireland was a caller during
the day. 'Oh, nothing of significance,"
said the prelate. "I am just giving evidence
of my American citizenship bypaying
my respects to the chief of the
Senators Penrose, Guggenheim, McCumber,
Brandegee, Gamble, Thornton, du
Pont, Owen and Borah were among the
representatives from the upper house
with the chief executive. Ex-Senator
Burrows was also a visitor.
Discussed Magazine Rates.
Ex-Representative Calderhead of Kansas,
former member of the ways and
means committee, called on the President
to discuss Kansas matters. He showed
the President brief telegraphic correspondence
he had with Gov. Stubbs of
Kansas just before adjournment of Congress
regarding the postal rate on magazines.
Mr. Calderhead received the tollowing
telegram from the governor:
"I am advised upon excellent authority
that the proposed increase In secondclass
postage is aimed directly at pro
gressive magaz.nes and pcriodi. als; that
the rates pioposed are confiscatory and
will practically ruin every popular periodical
in the country, and will, therefore,
deprive the people of their only free
press. A vast ma.ority of the people of
Kansas are oppos.d to the inc:ease, and
I most earnestly urge you to vote against
it. YV. R. STl'BBS."
The reply of Mr. Calderhead to the
governor was as follows:
"Dear Governor: Your message is at
hand, and, as usual, you are wrong. The
Congress of the United States is not the
enemy of the people, and the freedom
of the press is not in danger. I wish
you would get some correct information.
"W. A. CALDERHKAU."
Location of Lincoln Memorial.
Mrs. John T. Henderson talked with
President Taft today about the location
of the Lincoln memorial. She favors
placing this memorial, whatever "it may
be. on the crest of Meridian Hill, claiming
that it is the highest and most
commanding spot in the city. The
President is chairman of the commission
that will erect the memorial, to
cost $2,000,00b. The President informed
his visitor that the matter is now in
the hands of the art commission.
Dr. E. M. Gallaudet today invited the
President to attend the anniversary exercises
of the Institution for the Deaf
and Dumb, in May, and If possible to be
present May 10. when the new president
of the Institution, Percival Hall,
will be installed.
The President is a patron of the insti*11
Hnn anri aires area t interest in its
work. Dr. Gallaudet -vv-111 retire in May
after a service of tifty years.
President Taft received an invitation
today to attend the cornerstone laying
of a Pythian Temple at Gaithersburg.
Grand Chancellor Rhinehardt of the
Grand Lodge, Knights of Pythias of
Maryland, extended the invitation, accompanied
by B. H. Warner, jr.. H. C. Price,
Alexander Carlisle and F. H. Trazarre.
President Taft will, it is said, name exSenator
Carter and ex-Representatives
Tawney and D^hbv, as members of the
international joint commission to pass
upon boundary waters of Canada and the
Tnited States. Congress appropriated
175.000 for the expenses of this commission.
ON THE ARLINGTON Slit
Company of Financiers Formed
for the Erection of Modern
An organization was formed yesterday
by the incorporators of the company
which proposes to finance the construction
of a large and modern hotel structure
on the site now occupied by the
Arlington Motel and the adjoining properties
belonging to the same holdings.
The enterprise will require millions to
carry it out, but from the names of the
men who are interested in the project,
which have just been made public, it is
concluded that the raising of the necessary
money will not be difficult. The
corporation is designated as the Arlington
List of Directors.
Among those mentioned in the list of
directors are Gen. T. Coleman DuPont,
Charles P. Taft and Edward B. McLean,
the complete list or oracers ana directors
being as follows:
George Howard, president; F. M. Andrews
of New York, .vice president;
James F. J. Archibald of New York,
secretary: William D. Hoover of Washington.
treasurer. The board of directors
consists of George Howard. F. M.
Andrews."J. F. J Archibald, William
D. Hoover. F. S. Butterworth, lid ward
McLeai), William B. Hibbs, F. E.
I'hapfn. Gen. T. C. du Pont, Charles P.
Taft. William A. Ulman, L. L. Dunham
and Murray Cobb.
Sale of Present Property.
Woodbury Blair and the National
Savings and Trust Company yesterday
acepted a deposit for the sale of the
Arlington Hotel property to the Arlington
Hotel Company of Delaware, subject
to the leases of the present tenants.
The plans for the building, designed
to cover the entire side on Vermont
avenue between H and I streets, have
already been prepared by F. M. Andrews
of Now York, the vice president
of the company, and it is expected an
early beginning wil be made of the
work of construction.
MEET TO NAME BISHOP.
Rev. Robert Talbot's Name Presented
to Kansas. Episcopal Churchmen.
KANSAS CITY. Mo.. March 8.?Twenty
Episcopal churchmen and seventy-flve
laymen are In convention here today for
the purpose of electing a bishop of the
diocese of Kansas City to succeed the
late Bishop Edward R. Atwtll.
Among those nominated for the office
are Bishop Cameron Mann of the diocese
of North Dakota. Bishop Sidney C. Partridge
of Kyoklo, Japan; Rev. Robert
Talbot of Washington, D. C.; Rev. Edward
Henry Eckel of St. Joseph, Mo.,
i Rev.* Robert Nelson Spencer of till?
SUIT OVER HOPE GEM
Jewelers Seek Payment of
$180,000 for Diamond.
ACTIONS AGAINST NIcLEANS
Firm of Cartier Files Papers in District
TO BE PAID IN INSTALLMENTS
Jewel Keeping Up Its Reputation
of Causing Hoodoo to Attack
The hoodod of the Hope diamond, which
has followed its successive owners since
the jewel graced the corsage of the illfated
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France,
has attacked the new owners of the expensive
bauble, Mrs. Evelyn \V. McLean,
daughter of the late Thomas F. .Walsh,
the multi-millionaire mine owner of Colorado,
and her husband, Edward B. McLean,
son of -John R. McLean of Ohio
The first evidence of the unpleasant notoriety
which is said to radiate from
the exquisitely chiseled fades of the
diamond to reach its present owners is
! shown today in a suit at law filed In the
District Supreme Court by "Cartler" of
New York and Paris to recover $180,000,
the price of the gem, from Mr. and Mrs.
Louis J. Cartler and Pierre C. Cautier,
diamond merchants of New York, trading
as "Cartier." ask judgment against
Evelyn \V. McLean and Edward B. McLean
for the purchase price of the celebrated
jewel. Through Attorneys Clarence
W. DeKnight and Brandenburg &
Brandenburg the Cartiers say they delivered
the Hope diamond and its accessories
to the McLeans on their promise
to pay the sum of $180,000.
Though requested to make settlement
several times, it is alleged, McLean has
failed and refused to pay.
Terms of Sale.
The terms of sale as set out in the
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that $40,000 was to be paid in cash January
28, 1911, on which date Mrs. McLean
was to deliver to "Cartier" an
emerald and pearl pendant owned by her,
and for which the merchants had agreed
to allow her $29,000 on account of the
The remainder of the purchase price,
$114,000, was to be paid in installments,
the Cartiers tell the court, but the
amounts and times of payment of the
installments are not disclosed by the
The declaration filed in court today is
in three counts. One claims Judgment
for $40,000, the cash payment claimed to
have been due January 28 and still unpaid.
The second charges the failure of the
McLeans to keep their alleged promise to
deliver to "Cartier" the emerald and pearl
pendant, which was to figure in the
transaction at a valuation of $26,000. For
this alleged refusal judgment for $2<>,000
is asked. The third count seeks to recover
the entire purchase price of
$1,80,000, which* includes both the previous
counts and the deferred installments,
amounting to ?iii,uw.
Say They Decided Not to Buy.
Although Mr. McLean could not be
located this afternon, it is understood,
his friends say, that he had not definitely
decided to keep the stone when
it was given into his possession by
Cartier, January 28 last.
I A few days after Cartier left the gem at
their residence, Mr. and Mrs. McLean decided
they did not desire to purchase it.
and, it is said, several times since then
the firm of Cartier has been requested to
take the diamond back.
Those familiar- with legal procedure in
cases of this kind say that the jewelers
must produce agreements to substantiate
their claim for $180,000.
Mrs. McLean has not worn the stone,
which weighs 44Vz karats, at any of the
social functions which she has attended
The dazzling violet blue rays of the
stone were first given prominence at
the court of Louis XIV of France. One
report has it that the stone was a people's
ransom for the conquering arms
of Louis. Another report ascribed it
as a gift to Mme. de Pompadour from
an Asiatic potentate seeking favor at
the court of Louis.
Later it was among the crown jewels
of Louis XV and his queen consort.
Again it adorned the corsage of Marie
Stolen Many Times.
In the dark days of the reign of terror
history loses sight of the stone. It was
stolen, fought for and sold many times.
It reappeared in the latter part of the
last century as the property of a fabulously
wealthy English banker, Henry
Philip Hope, from whom it took the name
it has since borne.
He passed it on to Lord Francis Hope,
who married in 1894 Alay Yohe, an
Eater Sultan Abdul Hamid of Turkey
coveted the jewel and paid, according
to report, $400,000 for it. When it returned
to France is not definitely
known. It was lately in the hands of
a French syndicate, which, in turn, sold
it to or placed- it on sale through the
Cartier firm, a transfer being effected
with great secrecy.
DR. BELTRAN ELECTED.
Will Be President of Honduras on
PUERTO CORTEZ, Honduras, March
8.?Dr. Francisco Bcltran, who was
agreed upon last week by the peace conferees
as provisional president of Honduras,
was elected yesterday by congress
as premier designate, or first vice president
of the republic. This is a full acceptance
by the congress of the conditions
of the peace agreement, and Beltran
becomes the constitutional as well as
provisional president of the country immediately
on the resignation of President
Rafael Lopez Guiterrez was elected second
designate by the congress, which
means that in event of lite death of Beltrau
lie will succeed to the presidency.
Dr. Beltran, accompanied by the members
of the peace conference and probably
by Gen. Manuel Bonilla, will go to
Tegucigalpa within a few days. Immediately
on his arrival at the capital Dr
Beltran will take over the reins of the
All of the troops in Puerto Cortez were
assembled yesterday and the terms of
the peace agreement read to them.
TRIAL FOR CONSPIRACY.
Alleged Attempt to Fraudulently
Obtain Alaskan Coal Lands.
CHICAGO, March 8.?Five witnesses
from Alaska in tho government's forthcoming
suit against half a score Americans
on charges of conspiracy to defraud
the government out of valuable
Alaska coal lands arrived in Chicago
today"and registered at various hotels under
assumed names. Government officials
are seeking to keep their identity from
becoming known until they appear before
the federal grand jury tomorrow
and until indictments arc returned.
These witnesses were five weeks on the
journey here and their time since arriving
has been spent in the federal building.
where they are aiding the government
investigators In chocking over documentary
evidence which Assiatant Attorney
General D. B. Townaend will presfnt
to4 the grand Jury. It is expected
the inquiry will last several days.
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MYER CONVEYING SUPPLIES Tt
Departure of Three Batteries
From Fort Myer.
TAKE PART IN WAR GAME
Over Fifty Cars Needed to Carry the
SIXTY-HOUR RIDE LIES AHEAD
Battery D Proceeds Through City to
the Union Station, But Other Commands
Entrain at Bosslyn.
Three batteries of the 3d Field Artillery,
U. S. A., have left Fort Myer, and
within sixty hours after the cars start
this afternoon will be at San Antonio,
Tex. Their leaving Fort Myer this morning
gave Washington a thrill, as the
actual sight of an active part in a great
mobilization of troops was offered to
thousand of people.
Fifty or more cars and three long trains
had b^en furnished by the railroads, and
all speed possible has been urged upon
railroad men all the way along the lines
to the objective point.
Batteries E and F entrained at the
Pennsylvania freight yards in Rosslyn,
and Battery D at the Union station.
Of great historic interest to those who
watched the departing troops was Battery
D. This famous organization, now
under command of C&pt. Willard Newbill,
has for its *own special bit of pride
the fact that it was the first organization
to enter the City of Mexico in the war
between the United States and that
The men of Battery D all knew of
the record of their organization and not
a few of them spoke of it as they loafed
in the snow this morning waiting for
troop cars, box cars and "flats" to back
up to the proper railroad siding.
The War Department has urged speed
on the railroads. The officers of the
three batteries urged speed on the men
this morninir. The men themselves had
the freshly outfitted look that goes with
the start of a long campaign, or a long
Parade Through City.
Battery D, originally scheduled to leave
from Virginia avenue and 4'/i street
southwest, was sent to the Union station,
and as horses and men and guns and
wagons filed through the downtown section
of the city, thousands of men and
women, who have seen Fort Myer's artillery
a hundred times with little or no
comment, rushed to windows and stopped
work to see this historic battery go by.
From Fort Myer the wagons carried
huge loads of ammunition, which stuck
out at open ends of wagons with the label
plainly showing that it was real shrapnel
and not merely lireworks. Great
wagons off hay for the horses and mules
in transit were sent over the railroad,
and kindling wood and much-worn camp
cooking outfits gave the departure a solid,
real campaign sort of look.
The artillerymen looked lean and brown
this morning, and the revolvers tucked in
holsters, and dangling a careless rawhide
thong, looked well enough like war Mules
and gun carriages, limbers, escort wagons,
ambulances, harness, tentage, rusty
looking camp baking outfits, cooks' supplies.
wood and hay for the batteries
were all loaded on a tremendous train
furnished by the Southern road.
The first section on the Pennsylvania
was composed of a tourist kitchen car,
two tourist sleepers, three box cars, live
flat cars, two gondola cars and six standard
The second section had a tourist kitchen
car, two tourist sleepers, a sixty-foot baggage
car that was loaded to the limit,
three box cars, five fiat cars, a gondola
car and eight stock cars. The Southern
train carrying Battery D was similar to
these other trains.
Entraining at Rosslyn.
At the llosslyn freight yards a big
crowd had gathered by !> o'clock this
morning to see the soldiers entrain.
Prominent among those who came to
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see ine reguiai o i/n nao u*?uvt v*v?*>
Nelson A. Miles, retired. Sherman
Miles, his son. is first lieutenant in F
Battery. Lieut. Miles was on hand early
at the Rosslyn freight yards and superintended
the loading of the forage and
stable supplies in box ears. His father
was with him. He watched the loading
of the field guns and horses wKh the
eyes of a critic, but volunteered 110
advice to the younger and active officers.
"I don't know that I have anything to
say about the movement of the troops
south," he said. "It's all been explained
in the papers. This work here is being
Loading the Guns.
The guns were loaded on flat cars
Each piece was unlimbered from its carriage
and the two run on the car with
the wheels turned toward the car couplers.
Two guns, two gun carriages and
a caisson were loaded on one forty-foot
car. The wheels were then chucked with
heavy oak blocks and naile4 to the car
As a further security against slipping,
each piece was lashed with ropes to the
steel sockets on the sides of the cars. The
whole was then covered with a tarpaulin.
The guns, gun carriages and caissons
were run from the street on the cars over
a heavy plank platform. Four cars were
required to load the gun' and caisson
equipment of each battery.
The field wagons and other heavy equipment
were loaded in the same way, the
wheels being locked and lashed to the car
sides. The horses were run over a stock
loading plank into the stock cars and
hitched with a short halter line.
The animals were loaded about twentj
to twenty-five to a car without unnecessary
crowding. Officers and men are to
be carried in tourist cars. These cars
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had not arrived at the scenes of entraining
early this afternoon.
Each battery will travel as a section,
i Their route goes from here to Baltimore,
i thence to Ilarrisburg, to Indianapolis,
St. Louis. Iron Mountain and San Antonio.
The officers with the departing troops
are: Capt. Brooke Payne of Battery F,
and in command of the squadron; Lieut.
Sherman Miles and Lieut. Bronson, both
of Bubprv F\ Ra.tterv TVs officers are
Capt. Willard Newbill, Lieuts. William
H. Shepherd, Samuel R. Hopkins and
John Lund. Battery E's officers are
Lieut. David C. Seagrave in command.
and Lieuts. Frederick W. Stewart and
A. W. Smith. The commands consist of t
! 363 officers and men and 3'.?7 horses are
FALLS FROM HIS HORSE;
IS DM fl SQUARE
William Hogan, Member of
Battery, Unable to Go With
Comrades to Texas.
William Hogan, a member of Battery
D, 3d Field Artillery, was not able tb
, go to the front t<?day with his ccmpan;
ions. He fell from his horse at I'enn!
sylvania avenue and 14th street while
( his battery was on the way to the Union
station, and was painfully hurt.
Hogan was dragged along Pennsylvania
avenue from a point a short distance
east of 14th street, to 13*^ street,
; and a number of people ran from the
i sidewalk and endeavored to stop the
J horse. Blood was streaming from a
; cut in Hogan's face and he seemed to
i be unconscious. Based on an examination
made later at the Emergency Hos- i
pital, the opinion was that he had befen
but slightly hurt, but it is possible that
lie sustained internal injuries and the
physicians advised that he be detained
at the hospital until he recovered from
the severe shock.
Rescued by .Policeman.
Policeman Wittstatt, detailed for duty
about the Municipal building:, ran across
Pennisylvania avenue to intercept the
horse, and the animal fell just before
the policeman reached the north side of
the thn-oughfare. Just as it arose the
officer grabbed the bridle.
Several of the artillerymen had urge*
their horses ahead to rescue their comrade
from his perilous position, and they
reached him about the time the policeman
stopped the horse. Hogan was lifted from
the side of the spirited animal and placed
in an automobile, to be taken to the
"Don't take him to the hospital," said
one of the artillerymen. "I'll take care
"He's sdriously hurt," . the policeman
said, "and he will have to be given treatment."
Quick Run Made.
A quick run was made to the hospital.
Hogan had1 partly recovered from the
shock when the institution was reached
and he objected to entering the operating
room. He was assisted into tne room,
however, and placed on the table.
Hogan. who says his home Is in Boston.
did not lose consciousness during: the
exciting run of the horse. He was able
to leave the hospital this afternoon, and
it is stated he returned to his post instead
of joining those 011 the way to the Mexican
ENOUGH DOLLAB BILLS.
Treasury Department Temporarily
Discontinues Issue of Greenbacks.
The issue of one-dollar greenbacks,
which was planned by the Treasury Department
several weeks ago to meet the
pressing demand for small bills, has been
It was found that the conversion of the
large outstanding silver certificates into
one-dollar denominations promises to
meet tho demands for the present, at
least. There are about $35,000,000 in large
denomination silver certificates which will
be retired and dollar notes will be Issued
in their places.
There has been no one-dollar greenback
since 1885. The announcement of the intention
to reissue the old not* caussd
wide comment in banking circles.
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BROUGHT DOWN A PEG
Montanan, Who Made Charges
Against Ballinger's Office,
B. C. Leech, sr., commissioner of the
United States court at Valier, Mont., It
was said at the Interior Department offices
today, has learned that it Is not
compatible with the dignity of a federal
officer to make reckless and groundless
charges against other federal officials.
November 17, 1910, he wrote to the
President regarding a contest in which
he was involved with adverse claimants
to certain public lands which he desired
to possess in the Great Falls land district,
Montana. In his letter lie alleged that
the attorney at Washington, whom he
did not name, for his opponent in the
contest, "has a "great influence* with the
general land office," and that to secure
prompt and fair action in that office it
was necessary for him to have the influence
of the President.
Letter Referred to B&llinger.
The President referred the letter to Secretary
Ballinger, who called upon Mr.
Leech for details regarding the alleged
great Influence, Mr. Leech, it is declared,
replied evasively, indicating that he had
no facts upon which to base the charge
The matter was laid before the Department
of Justice and. February 11 Judge
Carl Rasch in the United States district
court for Montana cited Mr. Leech to
appear before him charged with conduct
unbecoming an officer of the United
Mr. Leech madeapology to the court
for the language he used and was informed
that he would not be further punished
if he wrote a letter of apology to all concerned.
Under date of February 27, he
wrote an apology to the Fresldent and
another to Secretary Balliriger.
In the letter to Secretary Ballinger Mr.
Leech says that at the time he wrote his
original letter *1 did not fully appreciate
the full importance of the statements
contained in my letter, neither did I have
any evidence in my possession or within
my knowledge to substantiate my statements."
' HAS NOT COME HOME.
Blanche Barr, Who Eloped With
Considine, Still in New York.
Blanche Barr, who recently left her
home here and went to New York with
John Considine, a married man and a
salesman of this city, and who was detained
in New York 011 the complaint of
her brother, has not yet returned to her
home. Her mother, Mrs. F. H. Barr of
1225 O street, said today that her daughter
was still in New York with her two
brothers, one of whom lives in this city
and the other In Brooklyn.
Mrs. Barr will not discuss the elopement
of the seventeen-year-old girl. The girl I
will be brought home, It is expected,
within a few days by her brother. F. J.
Barr, a cierk in the Interior Department.
The delay is probably caused by the
prosecution of the case against Considine
in the New York police court.
WILL BE IN GOLF CABINET.
New Secretary of the Interior a
Lover of the Ancient Game.
CHICAGO, March 8.?Walter L. Fisher,
who has been appointed Secretary of the
Interior by President Taft, is an enthusiastic
golfer, and undoubtedly will become
a member of the President's "golf
When Mr. Fisher Is In Chlcagro he
spends a large part of his recreation hours
on the Onwentsia and Skekic courses. He
is said to have a record considerably
Banker John A. Ve-dier Dead.
GRAND RAPIDS. Mich., March A?
John A. Verdier, a wel". known banker,
died today of heart disease. He was
seventy-two years old.
HEAR OF PROGRESS;
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Development of South Since11
War Topic of Discussion.
OUTLINE NEEDS OF FUTURE I
Southern Commercial Congress Opens ("
Session at Atlanta?Two Thou
ATLANTA. Ga , March X.?Two thousand
business men of the south?mem- ^
bers of commercial clubs, chambers of
commerce and boards bf trade- -had arrived
in Atlanta this morning; when the
opening session of the Southern Commercial
Congress was called to order
by President John Parker of New Orleans.
At the meeting were northern men. j
successful in business ami official life. <.
who have come to this meeting to hear
of the progress the south lias made
"since the war."
Among the northern visitors will be
President Taft. Theodore Roosevelt and
several cabinet officers.
Speaks for All Southern States.
Responding to Gov. Brown's address of
welcome at the opening of the convention,
Gen. Julian S. fair of Durham.
N. C., second vice president of the congress,
delivered a brief tribute to each
of the southern states.
"For Maryland, my Maryland." he said.
"I speak to you for the state which
honored in having been the tlrst of ail
the colonies to grant freedom of religious
worship; the state which in its infancy
gave to the nattcn Francs S ott Key
and his 'Star Spangled Banner.'
"I speak tor Viig.ma, inothe. of Presidents,
in whose hallowed soil rests toe
ashes of her great men.
"I speak to you for that sturdy state
carved from the loins of her noble
mother?West Virg.nia. Wealth beyond
the dreams of avarice is he d in her j
mints, her rorests ant ner rivers.
"For North Carol.na, I cry 'All hall!'
Adversity she has borne with <1 gn ty.
and prosperity ha- not in her dr ed up J
the sources of k.ndly svmpath\ with all ]
them that struggle painfully along the
pathways of life. (
"I speak for South Carolina, state ot :
the cavaliers, that state which gave Cal- j
houn to the nation and could rest her
claim to recognition and lame on that
one fact alone, if there were none other.
"I speak for Tennessee, tie state of
Old Hickory and numberless ".thers
whose names are inscribed on the honor
roll of the nation's records.
Tribute Paid to Others.
"For queenly Alabama I speak, the
development of whose marvelous natural
resources has proceeded by leaps and
bounds and Is one of the wonders of this
wonderful country of ours.
"From Mississippi I bring you greetings;
from the* state of Jefferson Davis,
the great leader of the Confederacy, the
luster of whose name and fame no praise
can add to nor any cavil can tarnish.
"Next in the roll call Is Arkansas,
whose progress in material wealth has
been the wonder of the last decade.
"The etate of fair women, swift horses
and Marse Henry Watterson greets you
through me. There is none that can
boast of greater glory than Kentucky. ,
"I speak to you for Missouri, than
whom none other of all the states bears
"Let me speed to the state of sunny
"Again I fare on to the land of flowers,
o fair Florida. Indescribable le the charm
and the attraction of Florida. i
"Imperial Texas speaks through me to
you?state of the Lone Star. I
"Youngest of all the southern states,
Oklahoma makes her bow, with an area ;
as targe as that of all New England. i
"I have saved the Jjest for the last, i
How, indeed, my friends, shall we ever
be able to forget the warm hearts of i
Georgia'? people, who through their gov- 1
ernor have bid me welcome today?" - 1
Need Money to Develop.
In his address to the members of the i
a ? 1 a 1 .4 i
I congress Secretary yuaries aetiareu umi
the organization stands with every editor
and practical business man who preaches
against the futility of congresses and conventions
that meet with a blast of
trumpets, accomplish little and adjourn
to lie dormant until a future time. ;
"We. do believe, however." he continued,
"that the raw material, the water
power, the mineral deposits and the i
vast acreage of idle lands In the
south are calling for people and money.
And we further believe that no one
community, no one state, within this
section, having so many conditions in i
common, can do what is needed to con- i
vert the national mind to the truth
about its health, climatic, social and i
educational conditions and its unlimit- ;
ed opportunities. I
"However, a sane and earnest com- ,
bination of the available constructive i
forces can work out by the time the i
Panama canal has opened a destiny for
the south which will be not only a 1
mighty uplift of all conditions affecting
our people, but also the return of '
the south to the councils of the nation
in all the potency of statesman- !
ship we once enjoyed."
OFFICIALS LEAVE TODAY. ;
President Taft, Secretary Wilson and
Others Going to Atlanta. <
A general exodus of officials from J
Washington Is scheduled to begin this i
afternoon ttf attend the meeting of the I
Southern Commercial Congress at Atlanta.
President Taft. Secretary of
Agriculture Wilson and Victor H. Olmstead,
chief of the bureau of statistics
of the Agricultural Department, are all
going, and will all deliver addresses in
the course of the meeting. It is considered
that the present session of the
commercial congress is the most important
business gathering ever held
in the south.
DRIVEN ASHORE BV GALE
British Vessel Off Norfolk, Va., 1
With Crew of Thirty-Five in 1
NORFOLK. Va., March 8.?With their
vessel hard ashore, being lashed by a
forty-two-mile gale and swept constantly
by furious seas which continue
to drive her farther on the shore,
thirty-five men on the British steamer
Manchuria today are In imminent peril.
The Manchuria, bound from Newport s
News to Tampico, Mexico, with a cargo j
of coal, went ashore yesterday during t
thick weather. Life savers from the <
Little Island and False Cape stations f
spent the night on the beach and today ,
are on shore awaiting an opportunity <?
to shoot a breeches buoy line over the
vessel. The wrecking steamer Rescue t
is standing by to effect a rescue of the
men and begin salvage operations
when the weather conditions permit.
Th$ United States revenue cutters
Onondaga and Seminole are on their t
way to render any assistance possible. p
Capt. Traylor and his men refused t
yesterday to leave their atranded ves- c
sel, preferring to take the chances of ?
remaining on board in hope the ship ?
would be floated. Today they have t
been signaling frantically to be. taken
from their dangerous position. fa
The ship began to leak during the t
night and today Is full of water, e
Though the heavy seas are breaking *
over the Manchuria ehe le believed to f
be etlll Intact. li
AFTER BOY FIREBUGS
Police Engaged in Effort to
Break Up an Active Gang.
REWARDS FOR INFORMATION
rorch Applied to Sheds at Rear cf
Dwellings in Northeast.
3THER SECTIONS ALSO VISITED
Band of Juveniles Causing Troubla
and Expense to District Fire
A bright blHae in f?r of t* ?: K.si
tol street last night abo ;t t*o lock
laitned wide attention and a prompt
-esponse on part of the .firemen prevent* 1
:he flames from spreading to h neat b
frocery store and dwellings, although ti a
tore building was sore bed. The 10
ice officials say they have reason to I *leve
that the fire was the work of an
ncendiary, being one of many simlla
dazes that have occurred in the raster i
section of the city during recent weeks,
end the fire department chiefs share tins
"Boys are undoubtedly responsible lor
most of the fires,'' said hire Marshal
Nicholson to a Star reporter today. "Not
>nlv have boys set tire to sheds and outbuildings
in the eastern se.ction of the
city, but they have started a number ?>r
"For a time," the fire marshal added.
"boys turned in false alarms of fire to
see the engines run, but Igtely they have
ipplied the torch."
After the Firebugs.
Oapt. Mulhall, in command of the fifth
police precinct, has had membe-s of hia
command doing duty in civil an clothes
for some time in order to apprehend the
luvenilc fir-bugs, but thus far the latter ^
have managed to prevent capture.
It has been common talk about some
of the Ka.st Washington schools of late
that boys were setting fire to mods. Tvi
their identity has not yet been staldis ed.
In several instances burned pa... r
atfd rags were found, but at tl nr. hit
night the destruct oh wa.- so eomplct.
mat noining was lei to ten ni" i.i <
One of the shed fires. Fire Marshal
Nicholson stated, resulted from < hildre
plating with matches, and the flames re
stilted accidentally, but in the ott er In
stance*?, he stated, he was convinced that
the tires had been started intentionally
Such fires, when discovered in time, are
easily ext ngulshed, although there is
always danger of a serious conflagration.
Brush Fires Numerous.
While most of the shed fire? have been
confined to the eastern section of the
city, the brush firee have occurred in different
parts of the District. Last Sunday,
the fire marshal stated, boys started
a blaze in brush near University Heights,
and it extended over seveial hunch ei
acres of land.
"Firemen saw the boys and tried to
oveftake them," Marshal Nicholson saiu.
"but they did not succeed, as it wu*
necessary for them to give almost thenentire
attention to the tire."
Last Friday boys started a blaze on a ,
lot near 34th and Q streets northwest,
and the same day the firemen were
called to Albemarle street cast of Connecticut
avenue. Fort Stanton and Pan- >
core woods. The latter part of February
brush fires in Cox's woods, Thompson <
woods and on property on the Vviictl*
and Tunlaw roads, near Good Hope, and
at 1st and N streets northeast claimed
More serious attention is being given
the fires in sheds in East Washington,
however, and the police will pay rewards
for information leading to the arrest an4
conviction of the perpetrators of tlieni.
The latter part of November fire nu
discovered in sheds in tlie rear of loll
and 1013 North Carolina avenue southeast,
and last month burned paper was
found under the rear gate of 1011.
Deliberate Attempt to Start Blaze.
"The paper was put there for the purpose
of setting tire to the shed and
fence." suggested the fire marshal, "but
it burned itself out before it cam* in
contact with the timber."
A similar effort was made to set fira t<?
the automobile shed in the rear of 1?1
11th street southeast last month, while
the shed in the rear of 112 10th street,
across the alley from the automobiia
shed, was burned.
Hay in the stable on premises No. 324
8th street southeast was fired February
23, and the police and firemen were satisfied
that the blaze was the work of a
juvenile incendiary. Burned rags were
found in the shed in the rear of 211 Sth
street southeast the 24th of February,
while the same day burned paper was
found on premises at the rear of iwi
Massachusetts avenue northeast, where a
slight fire occurred. 4
February 28 fires back of 802 D and .'>12
5th street southeast claimed the atten
lion of the police and firemen of the. Dis
Iriot, while a blaze in the shed at lot#
10th street southeast two days ago. the
ire marshal says, was accidentally starte l
by children who were playing in the shed
So frequent have the fires become that
residents of the eastern section of th?
dt.v have become greatly alarmed because
of the danger that some of the
fires started for the purpose of burning
sheds and fences may spread to dwellings.
ACTION OF TRADE BOARD
Movement in Behalf of Government
Employes to Be
Advocates of the movement inaugurated
by P. B. Chase to aid government clerks "
in their efforts to obtain increased salaries
are awaiting with interest tho action 4
which will be taken by the Board of
Frade at its meeting tonight.
It is expected the board will formally
launch the crusade toy appointing ten
members to serve on the committee of
jne hundred which is to direct the campaign.
These ten members will form th.?
mcleus of the committee, which will
nclude representatives from every stata
?nd practically every largo city.
Chamber of Commerce to Aid.
The Chamber of Commerce. It is underitood.
will not be slow In doing its shai ?
owards starting the crusade, t'apt. Oyaer
has carefully studied the suggestions
>f Mr. Chase, and at a meeting of tlie
_ m . a ^ f ii>a ehn m nar t fim, * i _
>oara 01 air^ci'/r^ ui mc
ow night he will explain the situation in
letail. The full chamber meet* ne\t
Tuesday and tinal action is expected at I
hat session. I
What Committee Is For. I
In reply to those persons who assert I
here Is no interest In the clerks' cam- I
>aign outside of Washington. Mr. Chase I
oday said: "That Is exactly what thla
omnrittee of one hundred is to be or- H
;anlsed for We will educate the peoplo ,
nd create public sentiment strong enough H
o be felt in the halls of Congress."
It became known today that a num- H
er of business men and commercial in- H
erests in Washington, are ready to gub- *
cribs sums to the movement, but are
raiting for the two trade bodies to H
ormtlly give approval to the project and H
lunch the propaganda H
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