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^I'wnda your husband. I had to do It in Balf-defente." ?>, He loft tho house after depoeHln* tlie borrowed gun lnhloroom. was going to the .1*11 st Fort Mr?r Heights end surrender. but the county authorities think he changed hl? mind. as he did not appear there. Members of the Syphax family w*r# ?ery much dlaturbed by the tragedy. The Syphaxaa have resided on the prop erty for the last elghty-slx years and this morning's tragedy was the first thing in tho way of trouble * disturb them. They own the house In lJl? Vondermlller and Reeves famUles re sided. Vondermlller rented the premises and tho Reeves were subtenants. Called Officer to Arrest Beeves. Vondermlller made several efforts dur ing the night to cause the arrest of Reeves He communicated with county officers. It was about 1 o'clock In the morning when he reached the house of Special Officer George Frank Dennis and asked that the latter arrest Reeves. Dennis say9 that Vondermlller was a very uneasy when he reached bts house^ "He told me about the family and of their having been fishing. ?*'?* J?Pn"'.? "and said they had been drinking:. ? told me that Reeves was a dangerous man and that he was afraid to go b"?? "I had no warrant for Reeves, Dennis added, 'and I did not care to Jeopardize mv life without having such a writ. , Dennis said he went to the house or , Constable Burke, hut the latter was n t , at home, and he then made an unsuccess ful effort to procure a warrant ror Reeves. Snapped Pistol at Him. "Vondermlller," he said, "told me he had snapp-d a pistol four times at Reeves, but it would not fire." ? It fired all right this morning." said Maurice Ferguson, "when 'N ondermlller came and borrowed my gun. He wanted to leave the pistol with me as security for the gun. but I was afraid to trust htm. and told him so. While he was there I tested the pistol." When Vondermlller reached Ferguson s house this morning and asked the loan of the pun he said he was koItik gunning. Ferguson told him it was against the law to gun at this season, and he then told the story of wanting to kill hawks "He was sober and did not seem to be excited when he came to my house, paid Ferguson, "but If I had known what he wanted with the gun I would never have loaned It to him." It is said that the shooting was wit nessed bv two or three persons who were at the station waiting for the car. They did not remain at the scene of the shooting, however, but came to the city to their places of employment. Persons residing near Syphax displayed no dispo sition to discuss the troubles of the two families. The latter had lived there only about three months. Special Officer Dennis, who was among the iirst to reach the scene of the shoot ing. had the body taken from the sta tion and conveyed to the home of tne Vondmillers and Reeveses. where it was later viewed by a Jury of Inquest im paneled by Dr. S. T. Ashton, acting as coroner. * . Yonder-miller, who is about forty >?ar' old. It is stated, was formerly a resident of Canton, Ohio, and he resided with his wife and two children at 516 14th street northeast before he went to the country to live. Reeves was formerly a resident of Leefburg. Va. He is survived by his wife. They had no children. Sen Says He Choked Father. Louis Vondermlller. the nine-year-old son of the slayer, was much In evidence about the home at Syphax this morning while the county officers were conduct ing the investigation. "Are thev going to arrest my fa ther for kiillng him?" he asked, tears streaming down his cheeks. "He choked my father almost to death yes terday and tried to throw him off the bridtre. He was going to kill my fa ther." Mrs. Vondermlller became so ill over the affair it was necessary to send for a physician to attend her. While Vondermiller was trying to find an officer last night to arrest Reeves, it is stated, he told several persons that he was afraid Reeves would kill him. He said they had trou? ble several times and that about a year ago Keeves had knocked him un conscious. Vondermlller at one time was a member of Rattery K, 4th United States Artillery. He served at Fort Washington. Md., and was discharged about ten years ago. Arranged for a Lawyer. Attorney R. C. L. Moncure of Alexan dria county said this morning that Im mediately following the shooting Vonder mlller called him up at his home dver the telephone and informed him of the shooting and added that he would like to talk with him about his case. Mr. Mon cure said he made an appointment to meet him at his office a short time aft erward, although he failed to put in his appearance. Mr. Moncure says tnat he told Vonder mlller at the time that he would have to come early, inasmuch as he, Mr. Moncure, was leaving this morning for Manassas. Va. While Reeves was employed merely as s gardener at the Department of Agricul tui ??, he had recently been put on spray ing work and was regarded as a prom ising man. Dr. Howard, chief of the bu reau of entomology, said: "He was a man who had some Initia tive. He was taking well to the work and I was hoping for good things from him." It was said at the department by those who knew the story of the trouble t#iat Reeves' one shortcoming was a periodi cal spree. HUMANE SOCIETY MEETING. Reports for Month of May Sub mitted to Executive Committee. At the June meeting of the executive committee of the Washington Humane Society this afternoon. President Walter Stllson Hutchins in the chair, Mrs. H. E I.ucas, Mrs. Horace P. Springer and Miss Harriet Stor.e were admitted to membership. The secretary reported that during the month of May the agents of the society had examined 1,125 animals and prose cuted 155 rases of cruelty In the Police Court, convictions being obtained In 147 cases The president announced that the Band of Mercy work begun In the public ?chools In April, lyi'J, had been success fully concluded. All the graded school's both white and colotedk within thf Dis trict were visited by representatives of the society during this Interval, and 078 Bands of Mercy were organized, with a total membership of 33.383. These Elands of Mercy are intended to be permanent auxiliaries of the society, and will be visited regularly her. after, with the ob ject of keeping up interest In the work of kindness to dumb animals, and form ing new Lands as occasion may require. Washington, it is said, now leads every city In the country In the number of children actually enlisted in humane work among the helpless. The prize e??ay competition in- the pub lic schools will be closed the inth instant, and the prizes, eight in number, amount ing to *?><?. will be presented in both white and colored schools on commencement .J _ Lodge's Vote for Reciprocity. Senator Ix>dge In n telegram to Henry M. Whitney of Cohasset, Mass.. has an nounced he will vote for the Canadian reciprocity agreement and also for the Root amendment, which has been ob jected to as fatal to the agreement, but he added that h^ will vote against "all hostile amendments." and will not press even his proposed fisheries amendment unless satisfied It will not imperil the agreement. The telegram, in reply to one from Mr. Whitney asking Senator Lodge's attitude, explained his position In connection with the President ! views expressed In a speech at Chicago Satur day night. Suicide From Melancholy. AUBURN. N. Y., June B ?Mrs. Mary B. Oaks, twenty-eight years old, committed Mtfelde by drinking carbol'c acid in a crowded restaurant hare last night. Melancholia cvoaed by ll'-health la given *? the caufc. OBJECTS TO CHANGE President Taft Opposes All Reciprocity Amendments. FOR THE TREATY AS DRAWN His Views Expressed Today to Sen ator Stone of Missouri. STATEHOOD FIGHT DISCUSSED President Takes No Part in Contro versy and Will Not Exer cise Veto Power. President Taft today announced himself as unutterably opposed to all amendments to the reciprocity agreement In the Senate. He Is opposed to the Root amend ment, the Lodge amendment and any amendment, no matter what its dress or form. The President would not oppose the Root amendment except that it sets a precedent for further amendments, and the information he gets is that the vari ous elements in the Senate desirous of swatting: the agreement through under handed process are hoping to pull off the amendment game in such a successful way that Canada will refuse to ratify what has been agreed to by the repre sentatives of both governments. The President's reiteration of his firm determination to oppose amendments was I made to Senator Stone of Missouri, the most active man in the Senate in behalf of the reciprocity proposition. Senator Stone told the President that the Senate is full of reports that the chief executive is willing to accept certain amendments, the result being to weaken the forces of reciprocity. The President unhesitatingly I stated that no one was authorized to quote him, directly or indirectly, as favor ing any change in the agreement, and he was perfectly willing to have that fact become known as generally as necessary. I Senator Stone said that he would return to the Senate and flght as vigorously as possible every amendment that is brought forward. "If so-calied 'harmless' amend ments are allowed to the agreement," the I Missouri senator said, "other amend- I ments will be tacked on that will not be so harmless and will defeat the bill." ' President Complimented. Senator Briggs and other callers today congratulated the President upon his forcible reciprocity speech at Chicago Sat- L urday night. The speech was declared to be the strongest the President has yet made on that subject and certain to stir public opinion at a time when the final ratification of the proposition is hanging I in the Senate. The President has received, from a thoroughly responsible resident of Ver mont, a statement with respect to the sentiment of that state on the question I of the Canadian reciprocity agreement. I The writer conducted an inquiry regard- I ing the attitude of the sixty dailr and weekly newspapers published in Vermont. Of 9 dailies, 8 advocate the agreement I and 1 is neutral. Of 51 weeklies. 38 are in favor, 7 are opposed and 3 are neu tral. These figures include both republican and democratic papers, and It Is noted that of the sixty papers published In V ermont only four are democratic. Ex cluding from the calculation the four neutral newspapers. It will be seen that SO per cent are supporting the reciprocity agreement. I Reflection of Public Sentiment. ! The President's informant says that I the newspapers of Vermont accurately j reflect public sentiment at large, and es pecially the attitude of the people on this issue in the towns and rural districts where the local newspapers circulate. I While the press of Vermont is as a whole I notably independent, editorial opinion In the concrete does not run contrary to I the real sentiment of readers on political questions of a national character. The census of 190M shows that 36 per cent of the population of Vermont, ten years old and over, engaged in gainful I occupations, are farmers, and the Presi dent s informant says that only 2 per I cent of the farmers have written letters in opposition to the pact. No Interference in Statehood Pight. President Taft. .it is understood, will not interfere in the statehood flght in the Senate. New Mexico and Arizona people I who are anxious to secure statehood by the pas&ige of the amendments proposed I in the bill passed by the House have been seeking to sound the President as to whether he will veto the bill. Ex Gov. Curry of New Mexico was with the President today on the subject. The belief now prevails, based upon remarks made by the President, that he will not veto the bill, but he will not interfere for or against it in the henate The President Is not so highly pleased with the bill as It passed the House, owing to the opportunity it gives to the people of Arizona to ratify their proposed recall of the judiciary, but he is not disposed to stop the admission of the two territories by a veto of the bill now before Congress Gov. Curry and others who wish to work for the passage of the bill did not care to waste time doing so if the Presi dent was hostile to the measure. Information for Sugar Committee. I Representative Hardwick of Georgia, chairman of the select committee of the! House investigating the sugar trust, con-1 ferred with the President today to ask that the execuive deparments be in- I structed to give all passible help to the committee. The facts in the possession I of the Department of Justice and Treas ury are especially sought by the commit tee. The President told Mr. Hardwick. the latter said, that he saw no objection to the departments aiding the committee in its investigations and will give In structions accordingly. The President today saw Representative Austin and a committee of Knoxville cit izens to arrange with them the date of his visit to the Appalachian exposition in I Knoxville. The President has agreed to be In Knoxville either September 10 or ?8. the exact date depending on the time he departs from Beverly for his western journey. The committee consisted of I... I p. Tyson, 8. H. Cohen, Asbury Wri*ht I and E. O. Oates. w 1 The President today tentatively ac- | cepted an Invitation extended by Repre-1 sentative McGuire of Nebraska to stop in Lincoln on his western trip. I President Going to Brooklyn. President Taft has made arrangements for his trip to Brooklyn Thursday, when he will review $nd speak to over 200,000 school children taking part in the annual parade of the Sunday schools of that city. The President will leave here at 8 o'clock I Thursday morning on the Pennsylvania road, arriving in New York at 1:06 o'clock. He will go from the Pennsyl vania station in New York to the Han over Club in Brooklyn, traveling by way of the Williamsburg bridge. He will stop at the Hanover Club a short time, and before leaving will pass through the lines of the eastern district divisions of Sun day school children. From this point he will go at once to the Union League Club as the guest of William Berrl, meeting the members of I the club. At 2:30 o'clock he will begin his review of the different sections of school children, making brief addresses at four points. After a strenuous day in I Brooklyn the President will go to the Hotel Astor in New York and address the Cotton Seed Crushers' Association on reciprocity. Bartholdt Approved by Germany. The President has received * cablegram from Ambassador Hill at Berlin lndlcat-1 lng that the emperor would regard Rep resentative Bartholdt of Missouri as a ? most accerfjable representative from this I country on the occasion of the transport to Germany of the replica of the von Steuben statue. Senator Works of California has writ ten to the President suggesting that the Joaquin Miller cabin be located In Rock Creek Park, and the President has prom ised to take the matter up with the Dis trict Commissioners. Resolutions have been received from the Boston Chamber of Commerce urging the prompt ratification of the reciprocity treaty for "the best Interests of the In dustrial and commercial organisations of the country." J. J. McGlnnlty of Denver, Col., secre tary of the National Paint aijd OU As sociation, has invited the President to attend the annual banquet of the organi zation at Richmond, October 3. Frank K. Sanders, president of Wash burn College of Topeka. Kan.? has writ- I ten to the President, asking him to Bpeak to the students September 27. The Pres- | iflent has written in reply that at this j time it would be impossible to promise I definitely. The executive committee of the Nation al Retail Druggists' Association wants the President at its annual banquet, Aug ust H. at the Hotel Astor, In New York, hut the President is unable to say def initely whe\her he will be able to at tend. Offer of Summer Home. The President has received an urgent letter from Henry W. Goetzlnger of 2J>8 Banfil street, St. Paul, asking him to make his summer home in Minnesota this year. The President has written in reply that he will summer on the north shore of Massachusetts this year. The President has sent his regrets in reply to an invitation from J. Benny O'Neil, county commissioner of Pittsburg, to attend the seventh annual free picnic at Pittsburg June 7. William B. Melllsh, past grand master of the Masonic order in Ohio, has writ ten President Taft to give him an ac count of his attendance at the recent meeting of the Grand Lodge of England, held at Royal Albert Hall, London. J. H. Patterson of Petersburg, Va., has written to the President asking him to attend the South Side Virginia agricul tural fair, which is to be held at Peters burg October 17-21, but on account of previous engagements the President will not attend. MAY INVESTIGATE DISTRICT AFFAIRS (Continued from First Page.) am influenced to a large extent to be lieve it has not been done, from a con versation which 1 recently had with one of the Commissioners, as I was about to say, that they were laboring under the impression that, because these sums were in the appropriation bill, that they were allowed to go without giving the ,United States government credit. If so. then the Treasurer is perhaps construing it the same way, whereas my contention is, inasmuch as it has to be appropriated in advance to meet the needs of the District, that it can come in no other way than in an appropriation bill." TTie District committee will get to gether after the passage of the reso lution and decide upon the manner in which the inquiry shall be made. STOBM CAUSES THREE DEATHS. Two Persons Grab Live Wires, An other Hit by Lightning DETROIT, Mich.. June 5.?At least three lives were lost as a result of the electrical storm that swept through Mich igan last night, and wires are down in so many directions today that reports of the damage cannot be regarded as complete. i Bryant Smith, seventy-nine years old. of Wyandotte, a suburb of Detroit, and Arthur Bushay, nine years old, living near Chene street and Trombley avenue, gripped dangling wires in the street to day and were almost instantly killed. J. H. Howell, sixty years old, was killed by lightning while milking cows at Montrose, near Flint, last night. In this city the wind reached a. velocity of sixty miles an hour, while out In the state a velocity of ninety miles was reached. The heaviest damage to tele phone and telegraph wires was near Ypsl!anti, though serious damage was re ported throughout the state. CATHOLIC SOCIETY CONVENES. St. Vincent de Paul Delegates Gather at Boston. BOSTON, June 5.?Following an early mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross today, the delegates to the annua] na tional conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the great international Catholic charitable organization, thronged Lorlmer Hall for the first conference ses sion. The 'meeting was presided over by Thomas W. Hynes, president of the par ticular council of Brooklyn, N. Y., who read a paper on "The General Field of Preventive Charity." John Rea. president of the particular council of Phlladeljihla, presented a paper on "Economy In the 1'se of Household Supplies," after which the meeting was thrown open to Informal discussion. The final hours of the forenoon were taken up with the discussion of t?.e care of the sick, temperance, instructing the poor in household management, tuberculosis and teaching habits of thrift. The afternoon program provided for visits to the various city institutions in Boston harbor. BUYS MILLION-DOLLAR HOME. Consul General From Panama Pro vides for Infant Son. NEW YORK, June 5.?Russell Hopkins of Atlanta, consul general from Panama to this country, has Just purchased a million-dollar house at 1015 5th avenue for his baby son, John Randolph Hopkins, who was born two months ago in the Hotel St. Regis. The baby's grandmother, Mrs. J. J. Lawrence, will spend $25,000 in furnishing a suite of rooms, which are to serve for the nursery. The roof of the house will be covered with a steel wire case and converted into a playground. One end will be used for a small private zoo. OLD HESSIAN RUM FOUND. Discovery in the Ruins of Fort Washington on the Hudson. NEW YORK, June 5?Two large bot tles of Hessian rum, 150 years ol<". are among the latest finds of historical ex perts who are excavating In the ruins of old Fort Washington, on the Hudson river Just above Riverside drive. The excava tions are on the site of the Hessian bar racks, In what was for a long time known as "Death Gulch," from the large num ber of Hessians who fell In the rout of Washington's army from the heights. The rum bottles were found twelve feet under ground. An old map shows that a tavern stood a short distance away from the barracks on a spot now occupied by a million-dollar apartment house. Charting the Greenland Coast. Foreign Correspondence of The Star. COPENHAGEN, May 22, 1911. The Greenland explorers, Knud Ras mussen and Peter Freuchen, accom panied by Eskimos, have started on a sledge expedition to the Peary canal in order to chart a part of the Green land coast which has not yet been charted. The expedition will go along the coast to a northern point at the Humboldt glaciers, thence passing over Inland Ice to the Sherard Osborne fjord. Investigating soma unknown fjords to the east, and proceeding via the Peary canal to Cape Glacier. RAP FOR OFFICIALS Criticised for Exhausting Con tagious Disease Fund. VIEWS OF MR. FITZGERALD Appropriations Committee Head Says Law Was Ignored. OPPOSED TO DONATING MORE ! Asks What Commissioners Would Have Done If Congress Were Not in Session. Representative Fitzgerald of New York, chairman of the House appropria tions committee, today criticised officials of the District government for exhausting that portion of the appropriation for the prevention of contagious diseases which Is available for the payment of personal services, and then asking Congress for a deficiency appropriation of $3,000 under this head. He declared in plain terms that if the $10,000 of the contagious ? disease appropriation of $24,500 from j which personal services may be paid is j exhausted it is due to the fact that the law has been ignored. When the District appropriation bill for the current year was under considera tion In the House a limit of $6,000 was placed on the amount that might be spent for personal services out of the contagious disease fund of $24,500. In the Senate this limit was raised to $10,000. Henry L?. West, one of the Commission ers at that time, approved o< the action of Congress in fixing this limit. In a letter from the District Com missioners sent to Speaker Clark sev eral days ago they urge that a joint resolution to provide funds for the maintenance of the contagious dis ease service during the remainder of the current fiscal year be enacted at the earliest possible date. "In making the appropriation for the maintenance of the contagious disease service during the current calendar year," the Commissioners say In their letter, "the act provided $24,500, but it limited the amount that might be expended for salaries or compensation for personal .service to a sum not exceeding $10,000. So as to keep within this limit, an earn est effort has been made to restrict the amount expended for personal service, even to the extent of assigning Inspectors from the sanitary Inspection board to duty In the contagious disease service. Such transfers have been made, and work relating to the contagious disease service has been assigned to the sani tary inspection board to such an ex tent as to materially reduce the ef ficiency of the sanitary Inspection board. But these efforts have proven unavailing, and there now remains for the payment for salaries or compensa tion for personal service in the con tagious disease service, only $985.30. Two Courses Open. "As matters now stand, this amount Is sufficient to continue the contagious dis ease service only until about June 5, and should there be any substantial Increase in the prevalence of communicable dis eases, particularly In the prevalence of smallpox, available funds would not be sufficient to continue the service even until then. # After the funds now available are ex hausted there will oe but two courses open: First, to discontinue the conta gious diseases service. Second, to ask the employes In the service to continue on duty, expecting that Congress will in some future deficiency bill provide for their compensation. As the employes In the contagious disease service are without other means of support and are not provided with sufficient available capital to al low them to continue on duty without compensation, the latter course would worlc serious hardship. The former course?the abandoning of the con tagious disease service is out of the question. "Of the appropriation for the conta gious disease service during the current year there remains unexpended $8,155.51, but In view of the limitation upon the use of this appropriation for personal services, only $985.30 1b available for such sevlces. There" is no likelihood that any considerable part of said balance, not available for personal ser vice will be needed for any other pur pose." Chairman Fitzgerald thinks the Com missioners have the wrong idea entirely concerning the action of Congress, and that they should see to it that the con tagious disease force was so reduced as to make the $10,000 last throughout the year. Mr. Fitzgerald said: "My attention has been called to several statements as to the condition of the appropriation for the contagious disease service of the health depart ment of the District. A statement in one of today's papers declares that the present dilemma of the health office is due to a misunderstanding on the part of Congress In appropriating for this service. Due to Ignoring Law. "On the contrary, the present situation Is due to the deliberate ignoring of the law by the District officials and an at tempt on their part to substitute their Judgment as to the amount of expendi tures for the specific purpose to the de clared intent of Congress as enacted In law. "Congress deliberately limited the sum which might be expended for personal services out of the appropriation for the contagious disease service. It was done after a thorough investigation, and with the approval of one of the Commissioners, although contrary to the wish of the health officer. It was done to prevent abuse In the use of the appropriation. "The District bill when it passed the House had a limitation of $6,000 on the expenditure for personal serv ices from this fund. After a hearing in the Senate the limitation was changed to $10,000. "Commissioner West In the course of the investigation by the Senate com mittee, said: "Mr. Chairman, if you will allow me to say so, I think there ought to be a limita tion. I have very positive views on this point. Of the $24,000 or $25,000 spent un der this item last year, $18,000 went for salaries. "I think it was $18,000 or $18,000. I have the figures or did have them accu rately, and I want to say that every once In a while there comes along a new ap pointment In the health office of some doctor or somebody else, on the ground that his services are absolutely required, although, as was testified before the House committee, there was ohe special epidemic of contagious disease in Wash ington for many months. Yesterday a clerk was put on under this salary. "I think there ought be a limitation on the amount of money that can be spent out of this lump appropriation for per sonal services.' Understanding of Congress. "Congress was under no misunderstand ing in placing a limitation upon this ap propriation. "Under the so-called anti-deficiency act It was obligatory upon those charged with the expenditure of this appropria tion to so apportion It that there would be no deficiency. To employ personal service* in excess of that authorized by law, except in certain prescribed In stances, Is a criminal offense. "This law was enacted to prevent Just such situations as the present one in the health office. The law was enacted to prevent abuses, jt must be obeyed. No appropriations will be made, If 1 have any influence to prevent them, to make good deficiencies created by the violation or ignoring of this act. "It happens that Confess is in session now to enact legislation which, in the opinion of the President, justifies an ex traordlnary session. What would the District officials have done if Congress were not in session and they had ex hausted this appropriation? The answer to that question solves the present dilem ma. as no sufficient excuse for the ex haustion of the fund is contained in the communication from the Commissioners to the Speaker requesting an additional sum for personal services." SCRUTINY IS PROPOSED OF SECRET PAYMENTS Bill to Prevent Misuse of State Department Emergency Fund. A bill intended to present misuse of the secret emergency fund of the State Department will be Introduced in the House tomorrow by Representative Ham lin' of Missouri, chairman of the com mittee on expenditures in the State De partment, which has been investigating the discrepancy between the $8.10 paid by the department for a portrait of former Secretary of State Day and the |2,4fiO drawn from the emergency fund for the purpose. Mr. Hamlin's bill will provide for the appointment of a committee of six memoen, three senators and three rep resentatives, to whom shall be sub mitted at each session of Congress an Itemized account of the expenditure made from the one-hundred-thousand dollar fund annually placed at the dis posal of the State Department for secret diplomatic ourposes. This information must be kept inviolate by the joint committee, except in cases where it is believed that there has been a wrongful expenditure. The Hamlin bill provides that all such wrongful expendi tures shall be regarded as high crimes and misdemeanors. Will Appear Before Committee. Senator Root of New York, who, as Secretary of State?according to tes timony before the Hamlin committee? ordered the voucher for the Day por trait withdrawn from the department files, will appear before the committee tomorrow to testify. It is understood that before withdrawing the voucher Mr. Root had an investigation made, and the committee is anxious to know what was discovered at that?time. Secretary of State Knox, although de clining, by authority of President Taft, to give the committee any information concerning the portrait transaction when he was brought before it on subpoena last Thursday, has been summoned to ap pear again next Wednesday. He lias been served with a subpoena ordering him to produce c6pies of all records bear ing on the discrepancy in question. MARQUIS DE OJEDA DEAD. Former Spanish Minister to Wash* iftgton Expires in France. BIARRITZ, France, June 5.?Marquis Emilio de Ojeda, the Spanish ambassa dor to the Vatican at the time of the rupture of diplomatic relations between the Madrid government and the holy see. and formerly minister at Washington, died here today. Marquis de Ojeda, who occupied the Spanish legation in Washington from June, 1902, until late in 1906, was one of the most brilliant diplomatists In the Spanish foreign service. He began his career at the age of eighteen as attache to the Spanish legation at Peking. Later he served at Rome In the same capacity. After holding similar posts in Japan and South America he was made political secretary of the foreign office in Madrid in 1888. He went to Lima, Peru, in 1800 as minister plenipotentiarw. While repre senting his country at Tangier in 1898 he was apointed secretary to the Paris con ference for the treaty of peace with the United States HUSBAND PLEADS FOE WIFE. Woman on Trial in French Court for Killing Eival. Foreign Correspondence of The Star. PARIS, May 26, 1911. There was a poignant scene at Aisne Assizes during the trial of Mme. Pauline Devoislns, a strikingly beautiful Italian woman, for the murder of a girl nar. ed Emilia Steph-ini. The Devoislns lived at Pisa, but their married happiness was ruined by the husband's infatuation for Emilia Ste phani, the daughter of a factory foreman, whom the wife had befriended. In vain did Mme. Devoisins try to make her hus band, who was eighteen years her senior, give up the girl. A kind of reconciliation took place, but Mme. Devoisins learned that her rival was living at Tergnier and that her husband used to go and see her every evening. The wife at last want to Tergnier and shot the girl. At her trial It was her husband who pleaded for her acquittal. The small, pale man, who recounted the tragedy in a broken voice, said: "I am the sole culprit. There are two victims? this one here," and he timidly designat ed his wife, who sat weeping in the dock, "and the poor little thing down there." The jury brought in a verdict of not guilty on all counts and Mme. Devoisins was acquitted. EX-SULTAN VERY ILL. Said td Be Suffering From Chronic Kidney Disease. Foreign Correspondence of The Star. CONSTANTINOPLE, May 22, 1911. Abdul Hamld, the ex-sultan. Is suf fering from chronic kidney disease, which causes him the greatest agony. He has lost much blood, and has fre quent fainting fits. During his last fit he almost expired, and was only revived by the efforts of the few faithful women who remain with him to- the last. Abdul Hamid's condition Is consid ered to be critical. According to a telegram from Salonlki, Abdul Hamld recently attempted to commit suicide by throwing himself out of the window of his prison house. He was rescued by his women and put to bed, screaming. The doctors, ac cording to this report, say that his brain is affected. Long Island Train Jumps Track. NEW YORK, June 5.?Five passen gers were hurt today when a Long Island train Jumped the track just east of Brldgehampton junction. The train was from Sag Harbor, due here at 11:34 a.m. The tender and a combination car went down an embankment and a day coach left the rails, but remained in the roadbed. None of the Injuries Is serious. Uses Butcher Knife on Throat. Samuel Owens of 1011 g street south west cut his throat with a butcher knife this morning while standing in front of a meat block in the shop of his employ ers. Wilson & Rogers. 219 10th street northwest. He was hurried In an am bulance to the Emergency Hospital, where it was said he would probably re cover. The blade of the knife was ex ceedingly sharp and gashed the windpipe. No reason has been given by Owens er his wife for the attempt. UE PASSED AT HEARING BY SENATOR INCUMBER But Later Modifies Language About Statement of Her man Ridder. . * The Senate finance committee today re sumed hearings on the Canadian reciproc ity bill, Herman Ridder, until recently president of the American Newspaper Publishers' Association, being called to the witness chair. Mr. Ridder had not proceeded far when Senator McCumber of North Dakota startled the committee by challenging one of his statements as an "absolute falsehood." Senator McCumber's action brought a quick protest from Senators Stone and Bailey, who declared that witnesses should not be insulted. Mr. Ridder had made the statement that the newspapers of the country and the Publishers" Association had not at tempted to suppress facts or to color stories sent from Washington on the sub ject of reciprocity, when Senator Mc Cumber Interrupted with his charge of falsehood. Several senators insisted that Mr. Mc Cumber's remark should be stricken from the record "If any witnesp appearing before this committee," said Senator Bailey, "were to Imply that some senator had told a falsehood, I would insist that It be stricken from the record." Agrees to Modification. Senator McCumber agreed to have his : remark changed so as to make It read ! that what Mr. Ridder said was "un I founded." Mr. Ridder In reply to questions from members of the committee de 5 clared that he, as president of the Publishers' Association, had sent out j word to the members of the associa | tlon telling them the reciprocity agree ; ment was of vital importance. I "But I would not have favored the I agreement," added Mr. Ridder. "if I had not thought it would be of good I to the whole country, independent of my interest in It as a newspaper pub j lisher." j Mr. Ridder declared that, while he was in favor of reciprocity as a whole, his reason, as a newspaper man, for urging its passage was so that he might get out of the clutches of the "paper trust," which, he said, was robbing the news i paper publishers of the country. "Have you ever made an efTort," asked Senator Bailey, "to have the paper trust punished by the Department of Justice?" i "Yes," replied Mr. Ridder, "1 had fifty-two papermakers in New York in dicted and they paid $2,000 apiece. These were manufacturers of various kinds of paper, although it has not been possible as yet to prove legally that a white pa per trust exists. Mr. Wallack, vice presi dent of the international Paper Com pany, swore before the Mann paper com mittee that there was no combination of any sort, although reports were being made to him every month as to what the various paper mills of the country were doing." j Opposed to Trusts. "Would you be satisfied," asked Senator Heyburn, "if the 'paper trust' were pun ished in some other way than by the passage of reciprocity agreement?" "I want help during my lifetime," said Mr.' Ridder. "I have not yet seen any trust magnates go to jail. I favor the measure so that I may buy paper in the open market. I do not intend. If I can help it, to let the 'paper trust' dictate i to me what I must pay for paper." Mr. Ridder 6aid he was opposed to all trusts. WILL NOT BE REPORTED. Clark Resolution For Government Hospital Investigation Is Dropped. The rules committee of the House to day decided not to report the resolution introduced by Representative Frank Clark of Florida providing for an investi gation of the Government Hospital for the Insane. The resolution charges that Supt. White of the hospital Is Incompe tent, the administration of affairs ineffi cient, the food poor and the patitnts not properly handled. Although no official statement was made by the committee on the subject, it is understood that the members were practically unanimous that Mr. Clark, who, accompanied by Richard P. Evans, an attorney of this city, appeared at two hearings to urge a favorable report on hlsresolutlon, did not make out his case. SENATE AT A STANDSTILL. Takes Two Votes for President Pro Tempore and Adjourns. In the absence of Vice President Sher man the Senate was called to order today by Secretary Bennett and for the first time In ten days there was a renewal of the effort to elect a president pro tempore to succeed Seantor Frye. After two Ineffectual ballots the Senate adjourned for the day without transact ing any business. There was no change in the relative standing of the candidates. On the first ballot Senator Galllnger, reg ular republican, received 27 votes; Sena tor Bacon, democrat, 25, and Senator Clapp, progressive republican, 7- On the second ballot Messrs. Bacon and Clapp each gained one, due to the en trance of senators who had been absent during the first roll call. The progressive republicans generally Joined with the regulars in forcing an adjournment until 2 p.m. tomorrow. LARGE PAPER PRODUCTION. i Increases Shown by April Report of American Association. Increases of 2,007 tons In production, 1,721 tons In shipments and 1.462 tons In stocks on hand are shown by the April news print paper statistics of the Amer ican Paper and Pulp Association, filed with the commissioner of corporations. The month's production was 05 per cent of the computed normal, as compared with 87 per cent for March. The aver age daily output was 3,042 tons, as com pared with 3,535 tons In March, 3,707 tons In February and 8,821 tons In January. The total production was 98,350 tons; the total shipments 96,888 tons and the total stocks on hand 31,734 tonB. At the close of April, 1910, stocks on hand were 18,000 tons, this figure, however, covering a smaller number of mills. The shipments of book, board and writ ing paper showed a marked falling off, but there was also a decided contraction of output, so that the increase in stocks on hand wa? not pronounced. Stocks of wrapping paper Increased by about 2,000 tons, to 26,099 tons. Lawyer O'Reilly Gets Prison Term. NEW YORK, June 5.?Daniel O'Reilly, the lawyer who was convicted of receiv ing stolen goods In the Bancroft bond robbery case, was today sentenced by Justice Davis In the criminal branch of the supreme court, to five months In the penitentiary. Abraham Levy made a plea In his behalf, but District Attorney Whit man made a demand for a jail sentence. O'Reilly apeared to be deeply affected bjr his sentences _ i CRESPOCOMES HERE Will Succeed Zamaconas as Mexican Ambassador. LATTER GOES TO LONDON Change Hade At Hit Own Beqnest. Madero's Triumphant Progress. Diaz Sails from Havana. MEXICO rrTY. June S.-Gllberto Crespo y Martinez has b??en appotnt?*<l ambassador to Wtrhlnnton to succeed Manuel de Zrmarona e Inclan, who will he returned to London as the govern ment's financial agerlt. Since Mr. Zamacoria's appointment as ambassador the I^ondon post has been filled by Pablo Macfdo. Maredo resigned last week. Ambassador f'respo In now minister to Austria. He formerly was minister to Cuba. Ambassador Explains Transfer. In explanation of his transfer and to express his appreciation of the courtesies extended to him In the National Capital of the I'nlted States, Ambassador Zama rona has made the following official state ment of the reasons controlling his de Fire to return to Europe: "That I had urgent need to return to Europe on account of the illness of Senora Zarr.aecna, who, according to recent med ical advice, will not be able to come to Washington, I informed President do la Barra about a week ago. "President de la Barra telegraphed m?, expressing his regret and Inquiring if I would go back to my old post as financial agent of the Mexican govern ment in Ix>ndon. Senor Ernesto Madero, secretary of the treasury, has advised me that I have been appointed financial agent. I have accepted the appointment. "I regret leaving beautiful Washington I have been courteously treated by their excellencies, the President, the Secretary of State and the honorable members of the cabinet, the diplomatic corps and by Washington society, which is so hos pitable. I will tarry with me pleasing remembrance of the moments I have spent in the capital of this great nation. "The embassy has no official advices as to who will be my successor in Washing ton. Senor Gilberto Crespo y Martinez, whom the papers report this morning as having been appointed, is highly esteemed in Mexico, and has made for himself a record as civil engineer and man of let ters as subsecretary of the department of public improvement, and as a diplomat. "Senor Crespo y Martinez is now Mexi can minister at Vienna, w here he Is popu lar. This record is an assurance that he would be equally successful if appointed ambassador to Washington." DIAZ SAILS FROM CUBA. Havana Does Its Best to Make Him Forget Downfall. HAVANA, June 5.?From the time that former President Diaz of Mexico came into the harbor, at dusk Saturday night, until his ship, the Yplranga, carried him out past Morro castle yesterday on the final lap of his journey to exile in Eu rope, Havana did all it could to make him forget that he Is not still the hon ored president of a neighboring republic. Senor Pasalodos, secretary to President Gomez of Cuba, headed the official dele gation which boarded the steamship to say farewell. Among the company were the Mexican consul, consuls of "several i^atin-American states, a representative of the governor of Havana, provincial and municipal officers and prominent Mexican residents. THOUSANDS GREET MADEBO. Insurrecto Leader Heartily Wel comed on His Way to Capital. TORREON, Mexico, June 5.?The train bearing Francisco I. Madero and his party left for the south at daybreak this morning. The bursting of bombs, the firing of cannon and the sharp crack of musketry from the ranks of 3,000 former insurrecto soldiers, drawn up on both sides of the railroad track, welcomed Madero and his party yesterday. Fully 20,000 residents of the town, including hundreds of Amer icans and other foreigners, participated in a huge demonstration. Counting the throngs gathered at vari ous stations en route, Senor Madero ad dressed nearly 50,000 persons. The firing of salutes, which had been growing more frequent as the party penetrated farther into the hotbed of pro-Madero sentiment, caused a change in the schedule of the special train. Instead of proceeding di rectly last night to Zacatecas, the train left Torreon at i? o'clock and aa hour later was sidetracked for the night. UNDER THREE SENTENCES. Frenchman Incurs the Death Penalty for the Third Time. Foreign Correspondence of Tlie Star. PARIS. May 25, 1911. A man named Charles Phillipo has Just incurred the death penalty for the third time. Phillipo was sentenced to death for murdering an old woman some months ago, and immediately after his trial was sentenced to death a second time for a second murder in another place. This week he tried to murder his jailer and very nearly escaped from Riom prison, where he is awaiting execution. He pulled a pointed stone up from the floor of his cell, fractured the jailer's skull, and was caught just as he was climbing the outer wall of the prison. He will be tried for this crime, for a curious point of French law makes it im possible for him to toe guillotined until he has stood trial on the third count. Says He Was Bobbed in Hotel. Louis P. Holladay of Staunton. Va., told Detectives Burlingame and Sprlng I maim this morning that he had been ; robbed of $1,350. the money, he says, hav j ing been taken from his room at the Na I tional Hotel. Holladay explained that he ' was awakened this morning by hearing a noise in his room. He saw a white man near the foot of his bed. he said, and. re calling that he had left his money in the hip pocket of his trousers, he shouted for assistance. The intruder hurriedly left the room. Simon Newcomb Had Merit Order. To the Editor of The SUr: In your "Epitome of events ending June 3" you stated: "The Prussian order o*f merit has been conferred upon Prof. E. C. Pickering of Harvard, the first American since Agasslz to be so honored." For the sake of truth and in honor to one who brought so much honor to Washington, please have this corrected. Before me lies a sealed statement from the State Department which begins with "An Act Granting to Prof. Simon New comb. United States Navy, retired, the right to accept the decoration of the order "Pour le Merite, fur Wissenschaften und Kunste." The decoration Itself had to be returned to Germany, through its ambas sador, after Prof. Newcomb'g death. The black and white ribbon which corns with it is now in the case containing other treasures, which were sent to the pro fessor and now given by me to the Na tional Museum. The abdfre-mentioned permit will soon go there. It was signed in 1906. In Prof. Newcomb lunched with the kaiser. MRS. SIMON NEWCOMB. Georgetown Gas Company to Have Up-to-Date Plant. ORDERED BY DIRECTORS Robert D. Weaver Elected President to Succeed George Howard. PRICE OF OAS TO BE REDUCED Future Consolidation With ths Washington Company Forecasted. A bond if sue amounting to fl.nno.on) will b? made by th? Georgetown Gas Light Company, which *111 be used 10 erect a new ?nd up-to-date pa? plant and to take up the present lndebtedne?s of the company. Rotxrt D. Weaver was elected presi dent of the Georgetown Ga? Light Com pany. succeeding George Howard, who recently resigned. This, In brief, in the result of the an nual* meeting of stockholders of the com pany held at noorf today at the company's office. <>n 2Mth street northwest, and of the first meeting of the new board of directors elected by the stockholders, which took place immediately after ths stockholder?" meeting. The price of ^as to consumers In Georgetown will be reduced at an early date. It was stated Immediately following the meeting of the board of directors. It is expected that It will be reduced from $1 a thoiu-and cub'o feet to 8.r> cents, the price now charged in Washington. The matter was laid over until the July meeting of tho board. The reduction in price will be effective for the consumers who purchase gas from the Georgetown Gas Light Com pany of Montgomery county also, it wa* predicted. Action of Stockholders. The stockholders voted directly upon the bond issue and the project for the erection of a new plant and elected the board of directors. The directors, in turn, elected Robert D. Weaver, president; M. J. Adler, vice president; Robert L. Middleton. general manager and secretary, and Henry H. Flather. treasurer. The directors were re-elected, and on? was added to the board. George Howard, the retiring president, was not a member of the directorate, but was elected from the stockholders, and was ex-officio a member of the board of directors. The president th'.s year was selected from tha membership of the directorate. 1 he board of directors, therefore, consists of M. J. Adler. S. Thomas Brown, Richard H. Goldsborough, Wil liam A. Leetch. William A. Mearns, George L. Nicholson, William B. Or me and Robert Weaver. Mr. Goldsborough is the new member of the board. There was no opposition to the plan for the reorganization of the George town company's finances and the erec tion of a new gas plant. The majority stock, some 3.275 shares, held by the Washington Gas Light Company, was voted in favor of the proposition This stock was voted by Howard Reeside, William B. Orme and Ricahrd H. Golds borough. The other stockholders, holding 2.7l5 shares, also indorsed the project. The proposed reduction in the price of gas in Georgetown will make it the s.tme as it is in Washington. That it was only just that the consumers west of Rocic creek should have ?as as cheap as those living east of Rock creek has 1<e?*n ap parent for some time to the officials of the Georgetown Gas Company and to those of the Washington company, the majority stockholder in the Georgetown corporation. It Is said. May Lead to Consolidation. It is believed that the steps taken to day by the Georgetown company will lead eventually to the consolidation of the two gas companies in the District, and slso to a further reduction in the prie? of gas throughout the District. It is planned while the new plant is building for the Georgetown company to purchase as mucn Kas as may be needed to meet the demands of the Georgetown consum ers from tne Washington company's plant. It is understood that the purchase price will be 40 cents a thousand cubic feet. When the meeting of the Georgetown stockholders was called to order the resolution adopted at the last monthly meeting of the board of directors pro viding for a financial reorganization of the company and the erection of a new plant was laid before them for action. It was adopted without change. The new bond issue will he of gold bonds, with interest coupons payable in gold semi-annually at the rate of 5 per cent a year. The bond6 will be In five hundred-doilar denomination, dated Au gust 1, 1011, and payable August I, ltf?;i. The payment of these bonds will b? se cured by a deed of trust to the Ameri can Security and Trust Company, as trus tee, on all the property and privileges of the Georgetown company. Certificates Outstanding. There are $225,000 In certificates of In debtedness now outstanding which will b<* taken up by the new bond Issue, as well as $i*>,0lJ0 of floating debt. To start the erection of the new plant and to purchase a site $220,000 of the bond Issue will bo made Immediately available. The selec tion of a site and the kind of plant la left to the discretion of the board of di rectors. The stockholders of the Georgetown company will have the first option on the new bonds, and if they fall to purchase them all the remainder will be sold in public market. As the bonds will sell. It is said. In the neighborhood of 110, th? stockholders may reap an Immediate har? vest if they choose. FAVORABLE REPORT ORDERED ON LEWIS Nomination of Colored Lawyer for Assistant Attorney General Indorsed. The Senate judiciary committee to day ordered a favorable report on ths nomination of William R. Lewis, the colored attorney of Boston, to be as sistant attorney general. The nomination had been referred to a subcommittee composed of Senators Root. Sutherland and Bacon. The sub committee reported to the full com mittee today, in favor of Mr. Lewis, and the full committee approved that report. Senator Bacon, it la understood, was opposed to a favorable report, and sum* of his democratic colleagues from ths south joined with him in opposition when the question was discussed In the full committee. The action of the committee doea not assure the confirmation of Mr. Lewis by the Senate, and already there are moves toward determined opposition. Most of the southern democrats will bo opposed and will fight the nomination in the Senate. The judiciary committee also ordered favorable reports on the nominations of William Schofleld to be circuit judge In the first judicial circuit, of H. A. M. Smith of Charleston, S. C., to be United States district judge for South Carolina, and James D. Elliott of South Dakota to bo United States district judge for South Dakota.