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SHAKE-UP IN SIGHT
Aftermath of Wiley Row May Prove Interesting. OFFICIALS TAKE NOTICE Housecleaning in the Department Intimated by President. ALL QUIET AT THE BUREAUS Chemistry Chief Declines to Amplify Statement That His Vindica tion Is Complete. Tin re ?yit' nt> outward s:gns of excite ?nent at the Department of .Agriculture today, following the statement of the President that lie exonerated !>r. Wiley from all in?iit of wrongdoing in the ap pointment of I>r II II. Rushy of New York t<> a sixteen-hundrefl-dollar job as an expert, where he wa.? supposed to earn his salary by working every day in t-he > ear. Secretary >>f Agriculture Wilson is stiil on his vacation in the u est and it was said at his office today that he bad com municated no intimation that he intended to cut short his absence and return in side the three weeks bis original plan had rontemplated. The same was true of Solicitor .McCahe, who is vacationing somewhere beyond the. luoth meridian. The members of the personnel board who stirred up the original row over Dr. Wiley were all at their desks today with tlie exception of the solicitor. Assistant Secretary Hays was still the acting see letary of the department. Prof. C. C. i'larke was busily engaged in the minute duties of the chief clerk of the depart ment. and L?r. F. L. Dunlap was still act ing chief of the bureau of chemistry. Dr. Wiley Remains Silent. Dr. Wiley, the chief of the bureau, who had testified before the congressional committee that he could do nothing in the pure food line becau5?e he was al ways overruled by Dr. Dunlap and Solici tor McCahe. who constituted a majority j of the pure food board, remained at bis ' Bluemont farm, lie said that lie had i gone his conversational limit in saying liiat lie considered the President's letter a full vindication of his course and he would not be enticed by telephone or otherwise into further comment. The thing, however, that is interest ing all the rank and file of tlie Depart ment of Agriculture i*? what might be termed the sting in the tail of the Presi dent's letter, wherein he intimates that tuere may be a thorough shake-up of the department made necessary by the investigation of the congressional com mittee. If such a general housecleaning is started, the various bureaus* of the department do not know where it may stop. Consequently the future is viewed by them with considerable interest, if not with apprehension. DR. RUSBY IS GRATIFIED. Now Looks for Progress in Prosecu tion of Pure Food Violators. NEW YORK, .September IB?Dr. H. H. Rusby, the New York expert whose em ployment bv the Department of Agri culture was the bone of contention in the Wiley case, is highly gratified at the President's decision clearing Dr. Wiley. "1 believe that we shall now see real progress in getting better enforcement of the food and drug act." he declares in an interview published today. "This better enforcement." Dr. Rusby explains, "will come through co-operation of all Interests concerned with the law. the gov ernment, the importers and the manu facturers. "Conditions are now much better than a few years ago, and they can still be Improved. Five years ago 7."? per cent of the drugs received at the port of New York were more or less defective. Today '.*> per cent arc pure and I hope we shall see the time when a foreign ex porter will not dare to ship drugs to this country which are impure or adul terated in the slightest degree. The President's interest in the enforcement of the pure food law will. 1 hope, in sure this improvement In condition. "Even if foreign exporters send the drugs here and they are all right they are often adulterated before they reach I the point where they were consigned. We must have careful interstate inspec tion and the states themselves* must co operate with the federal government." LAVA BAFFLES ASCENT. Attempt to Climb Mount Etna Has to Be Abandoned. CATANIA. Sicily, September 16.?An at tempt to ascend .Mount Etna was made today, but it was impossible to get nearer than tifty feet from one of the craters, owing to the intense* heat and thick smoke. In which no one could live. The eruption of lava continues. Near the source the river of lava flows swift ly. outdistancing men who run along its edge. Further down tlie volcano's sides the mass cools gradually and, thickening, it divides into four principal streams and loses much of its velocity. Great masses of rock wrenched from the erat cr's edge, float and roll down the slope, slowly liquefying. Tiie constant cannonading of the vol cano is fairly deafening. MEETS NEXT IN MILAN. Anti-Alcohol Congress Invited to Washington for 1915 Session. THE HAOl'E. September tfi.?At yes terday's session It was decided to hold the next international congress against alcoholism at .Milan. Italy. Edwin C. Dinwiddie of Washington invited the con gress to meet in the I'nited States in l!?i:,. the year set for the opening of the Panama canal. Rev. E. Dinwiddie. who lias lived in Washington for a number of > ears, is superintendent of the National lnter church Temperance Federation informa tion bu: t au, which is located in the Bliss building. B street northwest. He is also national electoral superintendent of the Order of Good Teriplars. chairman of the l.utheran temperance committee, and Washington representative of the Nation al Temperance Society. During the past feu years he has been a resident of Washington Mr. Dinwiddie lias l?een especially ac tive in all matters affecting flic work of the temperance cause here. MULTIMILLIONAIRE A SUICIDE. Prominent Mine Operator Believed to Have Been Despondent. DOS ANGELES. Cal., September Martin f"ostello. sixty-five, of Tombstone, Ariz., prominent for more than a quarter of a century in the development of mines In the southwest and reputed to be a multimillionaire, committed suicide here last night. Costello dressed himself in faultless after-dinner attire, left his family at home and rented a room in a lodging house. He folded his coat for a pillow and, lying down on the Moor, sent a bullet through his heart, dying almost irstantlv. Despondency is believed to have been tiie cause. I FUGITIVE CANADIAN IS CAPTURED BY POSSE I | Alleged Abductor of School Teacher Had Escaped Across Border. i HAXXAH, X. D.. September 1<>.?Elud ing Canada's mounted police and posses of over 'J >o citizens, and escaping across tlie international boundary to Xoriii Da kota, only to be captured by a party of Hannah residents, was the fate today o! "Bill" Miner, alleged abductor of Eleanor Grace Price, the Snow-flake, Man., school teacher, whose experiences caused the entire province to reach a high pitch of excitement. Miner had laid aside his gun and part of his clotbes in a shack on a farm yes terday. but spent most of his time in a strawstack. Today he came forth and had a talk with a young farmer, with the re sult that he went to the Haliasy farm three miles west of Hannah, where he had bieakfast. While Miner was at the breakfast table one of the boys 011 the farm mounted a horse anil rode to the nearest telephone, notifying the Hannah officials and a half hour later, after Miner bad gone back to the haymow, an automobile carrying th? Hannah men arrived. Surprised in the haymow and unarmed, i Miner submitted tamely. He declared he wanted to be taken to Hannah in stead of Snywflake. Man., evidently fear ing violence. In Hannah he was held a prisoner at the state hank until after the arrival of the sheriff from l-angdon. FRAUD CHECK SHOVERS SWINDLE RENO BANKS Secret Service Officers at Work on Two Counterfeit Schemes. Man> counterfeit United States Navy pa\ tiiecks, which were forwarded to Washington for collection from banks in Reno. Xwv., have been turned over to the secret service. The checks purport to have been issued by A. I,. Staton, former enlisting officer at I^os Angeles. Tbe checks are printed on bankers safety paper, but in other respects are said by Treasury officials to be a clumsy counter feit. Secret service agents have also dis covered in circulation more than a thou sand counterfeit transportation orders, purporting to be signed by Rear Admiral Xicholson. chief of the bureau of naviga tion. These are printed on pink paper. The genuine orders are blue. Railroad companies have been warned against the fraud. Chief Wilkie of the secret service branch of the Treasury Department returned to Washington yesterday from a trip through the west, and immediately took charge of the case. An arrest is expected in the near future. Ten of the bogus pay che< ks. made out for from -510 to $lt*> each, have already come to light in Wash ington and more are expected. The government will not lose any money through the forgeries, as the banks Jhat cashed the orders will be held responsible. The srheme of the counterfeiter was very simple. He had printed duplicates of regulation navy pay checks and trans portation orders, and then tilled in the necessary dates and names. He passed the checks wherever he could and sold the orders. , "When men present themselves for en listment in the navy at the various re cruiting stations and are accepted they are given orders on a railroad for trans portation to the point to which they are to be sent," said Admiral Xicholson last night. "These orders entitle them to free transportation. The orders finally come to the Treasury and are paid if properly made o.u and Indorsed. This man lias used my name, and in that way has. passed some of the orders. "It is the first time the transportation orders have been counterfeited, and the first time know of that the navy checks have been counterfeited." Same Man on Both Jobs. "We are paying little attention to the forged transportation orders, but are only looking for them incidentally." said As sistant Chief Moran of the secret service last night. "The checks are what we are after. We are certain both have been prepared by the same man, as we traced the checks directly to the place where the book of blank orders was found in Reno. The transportation orders are so different from the regulation ones that few rail roads should be fooled." Chief Wilkie said he had little doubt the secret service agents would soon catch the counterfeiter. "Just as soon as we ma'?e the arrest all details will be given out, but in the meantime we want to work just as quietly as possible." he said. "Nothing would have been given out at this time had it not been that we feared railroad compa nies and hanks would be swindled fur ther." ON LOOKOUT FOR MONA LISA. Dragnet Set for Thieves in North-; era Minnesota Swamps. ST. PAUL, September 1 tJ.?From in formation which they have received re cently Treasury department officials be lieve that Mona Lisa, the masterpiece of painting, which was stolen from the Louvre, Paris, will be 'smuggled in through the swamps of Northern Minne sota. Acting through orders received Trom Washington, it is understood, George (J. Foil Ikes, special agent of the secret serv ice, in charge of the customs offices on the Canadian line from the great lakes to the Pacific coast, left yesterday for northern Minnesota, where he will take charge of the dragnet which the govern ment is setting for the picture thieves. It i* believed the picture will not come through any of the regular pons of en try. but will come by the caravan route. Winthrop on Way to Ei^rope. Beekman Winthrop, assistant secretary of the navy, accompanied by Mrs. Win throp. has left Washington for Xew York, to sail <>n the steamer George Washington today for Plymouth, Eng land, to spend a month in Europe. Sec retary Meyer is expected to arrive in Xew York Saturday from England and will proceed to Massachusetts. Rear Admiral Xicholson will act temporarily as Secretary of the Xavy. Extending Postal Sank System. Charlotte Courthouse. Dendron, Edin burg and Ctark9ville, Va., are in the list of third-class post offices designated to open postal savings depositories October 17. There have been uW offices of the third class made postal savings deposito ries up to date. Woodbine. Md., and .Clarksburg and Crozet. Vt.. have been advanced to the presidential class of post offices. Norman C. Baker. ag-*d forty-flve. j for a number of years engaged in the dry : goods business In Hagerstown, Md.. died at bis residence Thursday night of con sumption. I A DISTILLERY IN RUINS ? < Tramps Blamed for Starting Early Morning Fire. FIREMEN ARE HANDICAPPED Have to Pull Apparatus Through Axle-Deep Mud. FANNED BY A STIFF WIND Neighboring Property for a Time in Peril?Loss Is Estimated at $15,000. K#nned by a brisk southwest wind, fire which was fought under great difficulties by the fire companies that re<yionded to an early morning alarm, broke out shortly after 1 o'clock this morning in the liquor distillery formerly owned by the Capital Supply Company, at the foot of I'.th street southeast, on the Pennsylvania railroad tracks, completely destroying the plant. This is the fourth tire that has occurred in the building during the last three years, and it is the belief of Fire Marshal Nicholson that in this case, as in the others, the fire was caused by tramps who had broken into the building hunt ing for liuor. Damage is placed at $10, <M*?. thought to be covered by insurance. Since last winter, when the distillery was closed because of trouble with the I'nited States revenue service, it had not been in use. but recently it changed into the hands of J. A. ;Cole of l.'.77Vs 1? street southeast, who has formed a company in North Carolina, and was to reopen the plant October 1. It was only after a desperate struggle to get to the scene of the fire that the firemen were able to stretch their hose to the burning building. When tiie alarm was first given by William Maguire. night watchman in that neighborhood, by tele phoning to tire engine No. 18, the flames were bursting from the roof of the build ing high into the air, and the entire struc ture in few minutes later was wrapped in them. Apparatus in Mud. Through oozy mud that came nearly up to the hubs the firemen tugged and strained at the wheels in an attempt to get the engines to the fire. One hose cart got stuck in the soft mud a considerable" distance from the fire, and volunteers, w ho were awakened from their midnight slumbers by the loud clanging of the bells, ran ost and assisted in stretching the hose from the fire plug two blocks away. It took Capt. Thomas McLeane of No. IS only five minutes to see that it was a physical impossibility to fight the fire alone, and at 1:30 o'clock he told Maguire to turn in an alarm from the box at L. and l.'Uh streets. The man was so exhausted by his ef forts to help pull the engine out of the mud that he sank to the ground before he could reach the box, and John Cross pulled the alarm that brought out the No. & and 15 fire companies and No. 7 truck. By the time that the companies arrived on the scene the fire had gained such headway that it was impossible to do any thing with it. A stiff wind from the southwest fanned the flames from the frame offices to the east and south of the massive stone building and the interior <rf the distillery was like a blazing oven. To attempt to enter it was too risk one's life. Several large casks of liquor and bun dles of rosin wood that had been stored away caught fire and the entire roof suddenly seemed to burst out in flames. There was a great crash as the roof gave way, followed by other loud reports caused by the overturning of three giant casks that were on the second floor. Helped by Volunteers. There was another struggle to get the fire engines that had just arrived through the mud, and hundreds" of hands tugged at the wheels and pushed from behind. Sparks were flying so dangerously near houses a block away that it was mo mentarily feared the flames weuld spread, and two cars belonging to the I'nited States fish commission that -were stand ing on the tracks at a close distance were hastily puiled out to escape possible in jury. The fire was fiercest in the south end of the building, where it is thought it must have broken out. This consists of frame outhouses standing against the stone walls. It is believed that tjie flames were swept by the wind to an east shed that was used as an office, and thence were swept, through the interior of the building. The only things left standing are the stone walls, boiler and smokestack, much damaged by the fire. VIEWS TAKEN BY AVIATORS. Films of Moving Pictures Delivered to War Department. That moving pictures can be success fully taken from an aeroplane in rapid motion has been demonstrated by the roll of film which was yesterday laid on the desk of Col. Si riven, acting chief signal officer. The roll was taken by one of the army aviators in training at College Park, near the city, and it shows Benning rate track and other features of the landscape in the neigh borhood with great clearness. With a little more experience in turn ing the crank of the recording machine so as to arrive at the proper speed of rotation it is believed the aviators can succeed in making a panorama of the country over which they fly that will be invaluable for military purposes. An attempt is to be made to sketch the country while the machine is in flight, and if this succeeds tiie com bination of the sketches with the photo graphic rolls is expected to afford the military strategist!: all of the data they need for maneuvers against an enemy in a strange country. SAILORS ILL. ONE DIES. Result of Eating Fowls That Were Unfit for Use. That there was some illness produced aboard the battleship Michigan by the use of unfit fowls' appears from a re port to the Navy Department received today from Capt. I'sher. commanding the ship. The captain forwards without comment the report of a board of survey which examined the fowls and condemned them. It appears that the chickens were pur chased in the usual manner ashore and that they were carefully examined and were apparently plump and sound and fresh. Nevertheless, when they were served for dinner, September ." (the Michigan being then on the southern drill grounds, seventy-two of the blue jackets were made ill before the next meal was served, and one of them died subsequently aboard the Solace. A board of three officers was appoint ed to survey what remained of the chick ens, and although nothing wrong was discovered, it was deemed prudent to condemn them, and they were thrown overboard. BROOD TOO MUCH FOR HIM. New Hampshire Man Absconds Upon Birth of Twelfth Child. NASHl'A, N, H., September 16.?At the age of twenty-seven years, the mother of twelve children, none of them twins, Mrs. Alfred Paquette was today taken in charge by the county commissioners. The twelfth baby was born this week, and the'1 husband and father forthwith disappeared, leaving no provision lor his family. Over 2,000 Business Letters Disclosed by Confession of Man in Custody. Inspectors Hal B.* Mosby and L. II Mitchell of the Washington division of post office inspectors have reported to Carter B. Keene. inspector in charge, a discovery made by them which resulted in the recovery of a great quantity of stolen mail sent out from Norfolk and points south, much of it business mail for northern houses conta'ning large re mittances. There is now in the Lynchburg jail a man who gives his name as David Lee j Madison Henderson. He is charged with I passing had checks. Some of these i cheeks got into the hands of the in spectors and were traced by them to their makers, who were able to furnish the date of their mailing. Stolen at Transfer Station. With this clue the inspectors discovered that a pound) containing thirty-four mail packages, including somewhere near li.tKKl letters, was stolen at the time of the transfer of the mail between the Roanoke and Hagerstown railroad post office to the Baltimore and Ohio mail train at Shen ! andoah Junction, W. Va., the night of August UN. Henderson admitted to the inspectors, it is claimed, that some of the checks he passed were obtained from a package of mail stolen about that time, and he also informed them they would find a mail pouch and some more mail, in the cul vert near the Junction. Search was made ; and a cut mail pouch, with a very large quantity of business mail, .was found by them in the culvert. The mall had been in the water, and was exposed to the weather for about seventeen days, but it was gotten in shape and sent on its way. Henderson does not admit that he stole and cut the pouch, however. Checks and Orders Cashed. Among the checks and orders cashed by him was an Adams Express money brder for $50, which he cashed at Cum berland and converted the proceeds into clothes. He was arrested September S by the state authorities of .Virginia, and made his confession to the inspectors September 13. He had already passed about $2U<> worth of paper obtained by him from the siolen mail, say the inspect ors After answering to the Virginia author ities for passing the checks the United | States will probably take him in charge for robbing the mails. LABOR FIGHT TO COURT Bricklayers Want Civil Service Commission to Show Papers. The civil service commissioners are to be haled into court to answer why they will not show certain vouchers in their possession which go to show that John Moore, colored, is a competent bricklayer, if the plans of Emmett L. Adams and John J. Brosnahan, business agent of the local Bricklayers' Union, are successful. Moore is the lone colorfed man laying brick on the small addition to the gov | eminent printing office which is now in process of erection, and whose employ ment as a bricklayer bv the officials of the printery caused the members of the Bricklayers' Union to leave the job sev eral days ago, after declaring that he is not a bricklayer and should occupy the job of laborer at ft a day, as for several years past, instead oC drawing down .per diem, as at present.. Adams and Brosnahan want the Central Labor Union to take up the cudgel. The row with the civil service commis sion began today, when Messrs. Adams and Brosnahan asked Secretary Doyle if they might see the vouchers. Mr. Doyle asked the commissioners for permission to show the vouchers, Mr. Adams says, but a refusal was given. Now Messrs. Adams and Bros nahan are to ask the Central I^bor I'nion at the meeting to be held Monday ovenlng for permission to ask the courts to compel the civil service com missioners to bring the desired infor mation into court. Mr. Adams hinted at "ways that are deep" when he discussed the case this afternoon, declaring that lie would not 1 have thought so much of the refusal today if he hud not previously been al lowed to examine similar vouchers. He also asserted that Public Printer Don nelly told the bricklayers a year ago that Moore would not be allowed on the bricklaving jobs about the institu tion as a bricklayer. Secretary Doyle of the civil service commission could not be located this afternoon. HOST KILLS HIMSELF. Fires Bullet Through Heart After Entertaining Card Party. CHICAGO, September Id ? After acting j as host at a card party given at his resi- i dence, George McMullen, thirty-two years old. manager of a department for Armour & Co.. went to the bathroom and, seating himself before a mirror, tired a shot through his heart. lie was dead when his wife reached his side. Mrs. McMullen said her husband had been in good health and she knew of no reason why he should commit suicide. Dr. Davidson Urges Them in Addressing Colored Teachers. DOESN'T WANT ANY 'PULLS' : Predicts That Co-Operation Will Make District School System 1 Best on Globe. Teachers of the public schools should keep high i.lcalx always before them. No teacher of (he public schools should i attempt to use influence i>r "pull" for person?I sain. j Those are to be two of the leading policies of the Davidson administration [of tbe public schools, according to an address made by the new superintendent , at tbe M Street High School this morn ing before all the teachers and officials J of the colored public schools. This was Dr. Davidson's initiatory address before a body of teachers of this eitv. Dr. Davidson's principal theme was the need for teachers to maintain high ideals and to keep themselves ever in touch with the world's greatest and best per sonalities. He spoke impressively of the power of the teacher for developing the j child's best qualities, for fitting him for) the highest forms of citizenship and good character. j Child's Future a Problem. Although he could predict of birds and animals their future, from a scientific viewpoint. Dr. Davidson declared that i such a thing was impossible for a child. j hen 1 look into the face of a babe in . the cradle," said the speaker; "when 1 1,01 ^ben he enters sehool for the JniJ T' when t see him again as he wIiaI i n third or fourth grade, or ih. t,i k see ,lini as a graduate of 8C,hools. 1 know that I cannot i,s flIture- What can that spark ,/ 'e become? In the personalltv and the ideals of you teachers rest the future or human lives. believe that he who sneers at ideals has a foothold in our world very .5? /J1*5 ""Pclntendent, continu ??? ? ?. ,ideals today determine what out nation shall be tomorrow. If J have a message to deliver to you it is: Believe in jourselves, and in ideals, and in the Inspiration of the heart. I congratulate you that you have an opportunity to serve the Children of this city. I hope that every teacher will aiwa.\s stand in touch with the greatest personalities and keep high ideals." Later in his address the speaker touclTed upon the use of "pull" by teachers and others connected with the school system. "I wish every teacher to pursue the proper channels. I do not -believe in 'pull' in connection with the advancement of teachers in the public school. No public school administration can reach its high est ideals in the face of such methods. If we can harmonize on this we can make the school system of the District of Columbia the greatest op the globe." He advised the teachers not to see "mem bers of the hoard or influential men to have their personal ambition realized." Only Touch Worth While. A thought which I hold above every thing," said Dr. Davidson, returning to ideals in teaching, "is 'the human touch.' It is the only touch wortli while. Our work is an intensely human business? that is why we need ideals. Any one who can put into a boy's life a love for the highest tilings in art and literature and the highest things in life, is a great and mighty teacher wherever you find him. Be optimistic in your teaching. Flee from pessimists as you would from the plague. I say to you that the Amer ican republic and the world are better to day than ever 'before " In illustration of the "human touch" the superintendent, in concluding his ad dress, quoted a poem: As Ion? as tli<- grass is growing. As long as the waters run. The heart will forever In- winning. As th?' heart has forever won. Commanding the battle of life Till the battle of life is won. ('apt. James F. Oyster, president of the board of education, spoke briefly o:i tbe desire of the board for a good adminis tration. "The board of education." he said, "will support the officers of tbe j school system. Our first duty is to the child: after that we look to your welfare. 1 wish you Godspeed for the year." Pay Tributes to Stuart. Both ('apt. Oyster and Dr. Davidson paid high tribute to. ex-Supt. of Schools A. T. Stuart. Dr. Davidson referring to him as "the man who put into hearts of the teachers and the people of the Dis trict high ideals." Roscoe (.*. Bruce, assistant superintend ent of colored public schools, who has recently been the object of some adverse < criticism, was heartily applauded when he arose to open the meeting. The clap ping of hands did not subside until sev eral minutes after Mr. Bruce arose. The assistant superintendent asked the teachers to give their undivided aid to securing co-operation between home and school and toward making the school a social center. "The last, however," said Mr. Bruce, "is another chapter which only the future will develop." He also urged the teachers to have the children under tliein utilize to the fullest, extent all outside education facilities, such as libraries, museums and other institutions, in connection with the school work. At the conclusion of the meeting the ; three officials held an informal reception. I the teachers later conferring with the su- j pervising principals and heads of depart- I ments for more detailed instructions. , Apparently in the best of health. Mrs. At wood Montgomery died suddenly at her home, near Rising Sun. Md.^ Thursday night. She had just been enjoying- a foast of watermelon with her husband and daughter when she was taken ill. Circulation of The Star. The Evening Star has but one edition daily and no duplication or waste circulation figures in its statements. Its bona fide circulation in Washing ton is more than 20,000 in excess of its nearest competitor. The Sunday Star's circulation is many thousands in excess of any other Washington Sunday news paper. STATEMENT. 1911. Saturday, September (>.52,144 Sunday, September 10.45,483 Monday. September 11.56,183 Tuesday, September 12.56,468 Wednesday, September 13.56,022 Thursday, September 14.55,092 Friday, September 15.55,543 1910. September 10 49,152 September 11 43,507 September 12 51,909 September 13 52,185 September 14 52,419 September 15 52,629 September 16 52,568 AFFIDAVIT. I solemnly swear that the- above statement represents only the number of copies of THE EVENING AND SUNDAY ?STAR circulated during the seven days ended September 1.", 1!>!1?that is. the. number of eop'.es actually sold, deliverc.l, furnished or mailed, for valuable consideration, to hour, lide purchasers or subscribers?and that the copies so counted are not returnable to or do not remain in the office unsold, except in the case of papers sent to out-of-town agents only, from whom h few returns of unsold papers have not yet been received. I.EROY W. HERRON, Advertising Manager, The Evening Star Newspaper Company. District, of Columbia, ss.: Subscribed and sworn to before me this sixteenth day of September, A. D. 1011. E. K. RAMEY. (Seal.) Notary Public. SINCLAIR STEPS OUT ' Resigns as Special Counsel for District of Columbia. HAS DONE VALUABLE WORK \ Saved District Thousands of Dollars in Union Station Grade Dam age Cases. A. I.KFTWHH SIXCXAllt. ? A. I.eftwich Sinclair, special counsel j for the District of Columbia, resigned today, to' take effect November 1. Mr. Sinclair tias been engaged in the work of appraisement of the damages result ing to real estate in the District by reason of changes made in the grades of streets in connection with the estab lishment of the Union railroad station and terminals. That work being now practically completed, Mr. Sinclair will enter on the practice of law. On re ceiving the resignation Commissioner Judson prepared a letter of acceptance for Mr. Sinclair, complimenting him on the manner in which the work was done. and especially on the fact that thousands of dollars have been saved for the District by the efforts of the special counsel. The last, report Mr. Sinclair made show ed that trie settlement of grade damages had cost the District S430.4HS.10 up to the close of the last fiscal year. This figure was less than previous expectations had led the Commissioners to believe the cost would be. Estimate of Damages. At the time of the passage of the grade damage a^t it was believed the damages in the immediate vicinity of the Union station would reach $600,<>?K>. I?ater Coi? gress passed another relief act for citi zens in the southeast ^nd southwest whose property bordered on the Union station zone. The figure mentioned in the annual report is for all three sections in which claims for damages have been heard, and is over $100,000 less than the original estimate for the immediate vi cinity of the Union station. Mr. Sinclair is a product of the Dis trict schools, and graduated as an UL. B. from Georgetown University 'I>aw School in 180.'!. received the degree of L.U. M. in 1804 and was admitted to the bar that same year. For several years - was connected with the late Andrew Brown Duvall, corporation counsel for the Dis trict, who died in 1905. Mr. Sinclair served as assistant corporation counsel under Mr. Duvall. In addition, he acted as president of the police trial board. In 1005 he was made special counsel for the District to carry on the damage work which he will relinquish November 1. Mr. Sinclair is a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, is a director of the Chamber of Com merce, member of the executive commit tee of that body and chairman of the committee on law and legislation. He is a member of the Board of Trade, the Columbia Heights Citizens' Association, a member of the official board and vice president of the Men's Club of Foundry M. E. Church, and is a director of the Lucy Webb Hayes National Training School for Nurses. He will engage in the general practice of law. Work Is Commended. The letter to Mr. Sinclair from the Commissioners, signed by Cuno H. Rudolph, president of the board, follows: 'The Commissioners of the District of Columbia accept your resignation a? spe cial counsel engaged in the settlement of claims for damages incident to changes in grade in connection with the elimina tion of grade crossings in the District of Columbia, tendered by you September 16, 1011, to take effect on the first day of November, 1011. "As you state in your letter of resigna tion. your work has been practically completed. You have been engaged on this work since May 25, 1005. and your services have been most valuable to the District. This work has been very arduous, and lias been conducted by you in a careful and painstaking manner with most advantageous results to the District. ??The Commissioners desire to express to you their appreciation of the splendid work you have done and to extend their best wishes for your success in the prac tice of your profession." SIT DEAD AND ROBBED Paymaster David Steen of Pittsburgh Coal Company Victim of Thugs. PITTSBURGH. September If..?David Steen, paymaster for the Pittsburgh Coal Company, was held up. shot dead and robbed just before 1 o'clock today near Bresto. about twelve miles out of this city. County detectives have been dis patched to the scene. t Steen was paymaster for the Pittsburgh Coal Company's mines in this section, and Saturday is the regular payday for these mines. The offices of the Pittsburgh Coal Company here close at noon, and none of the officials hrs yet been reached. It is said tuat Steen carried with him sev eral hundred thousand dollars in cash. YEGGMEN GOT $258,000. Bnlk of Montreal Bank Loot Con sisted of $5 and $10 Bills. NEW WESTMINSTER. B. C.. Septem ber 1*>? Officials of the local branch of the Bank of Montreal, the vault of which was entered by safe blowers Thursday night, today issued an itemized list of the stolen bank notes. Fifty thousand dollars in ten-dollar bills was taken and $1<M),000 in five-dollar bills. No bills of a larger denomination were taken. The remainder consisted of gold and mixed notes tof other banks). Twenty thousand dollars in gold and no silver was taken. Total, ?258,000. Spinners* Elect Thornton. BOSTON, September 16.?The annual convention of the international spinners' union closed here today with an address by John Golden, international president of the United Textile Workers. George Thornton of Pawtucket was clected presi dent. ?! ? (Continued from First I'age ) farm land. The STn.OW.ooo includes wood land and unimproved land. The improved land in farm-* has increased about i:i ten years, or some 1"? ! per Cent. but this, it will be se?n. is not i equal to the increase in population. Pressure of Population. "Now. if our population increases as rapidly as it has heretofore we shall in fifty years have upward of :mo,ohh*H? of people in this country to support- on this S73.HOO.OUU acres, much of which is prob ably not capable of producing a great deal. There are some 30,uu-MMt? acres of ?wamp land that can be drained, and there are W acres of land that can be irrigated: but with all tins* it is perfectly palpable that within the life or many who arc born now \% c shai pressing to the limit of our self-support from tiie soil unl? ss some other method than the extension of are.) l?e found 01 the in reaslns of our crop production. "In the nest years, if this is to bo a s?e|f-si>staining country, we must adopt ivw methods of farming and pursue them with eagerness an<1 intelligent enter prise There lias been, as we know, a movement from the farm to the city. Mow can these present evils that threat ??11 the progress of our agriculture he remedied? How can the movement from) the farm to the city be stopped? How can proper labor be secured upon tlie farm? Is there no remedy, or n"ist we change our nature as a people and all become a manufacturing nation and lock for our future supplies to some other source in distant count ties which them selves are looking forward to a limit u] on their production? Has Hope of the Future. "1 am an optimist and believe that sit i nations, however, threatening or imme diately discouraging, have in themselves elements that justify hope of betterment. Tl.e increased price of farm products has increased the value of the farms and ' has made more certain the profit of farming. That necessarily works upon the cupidity of those In the past who have gone into the city, because it ofTers a prospect of a better income and a more comfortable living. Today, with im proved roads, with subui ban railw a> s. with the telephone, with a rural free de livery and. 1 hope soon, with the parcels post, the life of the farmer will approxi mate much more nearly that of his city brother than it ever has in the past. in addition to all the<e elements that are working to the restoration to the farms of increased efficiency in their manage ment Is the education which is given in the country and on and near tiie farm in scientific agriculture. In the states we have long had agricultural colleges. Now these are being supplemented by ag ricultural high schools and by what are called the consolidated rural schools, all of which have the eftect to create much more than heretofore a closer farmer community and to give growing youth a knowledge of the best methods of agri culture and a prospect, in the high prices of farm products, of an adequate return for modern farming on proper principles. Education of the Farmer. This will give to the brothers who stay on the farm a much more certain pros pect of a good income and a comfortable living than those who seek to join pro fessions or to engage in business In which j the chances for the profits and a com fortable livelihood for the individual are growing less, while those upon the farms are rapidly increasing. The promotion of this movement of vocational education of the embryo farmer in the sons of the present farmer is as high a function as anv government department could per form. and that is what is being pressed forward under the Secretary of Agricul ture in every state in this-nation. The vocational schools must be increased in every state. It is proposed that in every county in every state there shall be a trained agriculturist, to be paid by the countv, who shall by actual experiments on the different farms in the county il lustrate the proper methods of tilling crops, or retaining them, who shall give the benefit of his experience as to the proper organization of farms as well as the improvement in the breed of plants and in the breed of cattle and other live stock. Effect on Coming Generations. "It is thought by such experiment in high schools and agricultural colleges a stimulus may be given the present gen eration of farmers, that its effect upon the coming generation will be doubled. Of course, we must observe economy in every expenditure of the government, and we must not allow our enthusiasm in favor of a particular cause to blind us to the necessity of care in the disbursement of public money, but 1 am bound to say that I do not know any part of the government business in which the public receives a more certain advantage than from money expended under the appro priation bills for the Agricultural De partment of the I'nited States." Effect of State Fairs. In closing his speech the President said: "It has given me great pleasure to at tend this fair, one of the greatest of its kind in the world, and to find in it, and all like enterprises, another stimulus to the improvement of agricultural methods in the exhibition of the remarkable re sults of close attention to the workings of nature and industry and patience, to gather with common sense and business management. The revival of interest in the state fairs all over the country is an indication of the movement for better agricultural methods and more thorough agricultural education. It Is one of the happiest auguries of the future of this country that the federal government ami the state governments have shown the greatest capacity for tneir closest co-op eration in the development of agricultural science and the teaching of it to the people." NEW WITNESS FOUND. Intended by Prosecution as Surprise at Trial of Melano. Another boy who looked in upon the struggle in the little cobbler's shop at 4th and H streets, which is supposed to have marked the tragic ?iid of fourteen year-old Harry Smith, tor whose death Antonio Melano. mender of shoes, is now held in the District jail, has been found by the police. The boy's surname is Alexander. The police withhold the details of the boj'* observations, intending to keep his evi dence for a "surprise at the trial. Myrtle Smith, sister of the dead hoy. whose collapse at the graveside at the funeral of Harry Smith resulted in her removal to Washington Asylum Hospital, remains at that institution. Her going away is entirely under the control of/her relatives. She has been quiet and per fectly rational since her sojourn at the hospital, and no fears for her reason are entertained. NOTED BIBDMAN DEAD. Edcuard Nieuport Succumbs to In juries Received in France. YERDl'N. France, September 10 ? Edouard Nieuport. the French aeronaut, died today as a result of internal injuries received when he fell with h<s machine yesterday. Nieuport accomplished some notable feats Inu flying at Chalons. l ast June, competing in the preliminaries for the in ternational aviation cup. he established a new aerodrome record, covering ninety miles at the rate of eighty miles an hour He finished third in the contest for this cup. which was won by the Xmerican. Charles T. Wcymann. at F.ast church England. Wcymann. on this oc casion , used a Nieuport aeroplane, one of the fastest racing types yet developed. As the designer of this machine, Nieu port. won wider frfme than he did in fly ing and it was In one of his own make that he established the aerodrome rccord. Issue in Politics Created by Governors' Conference. LEGAL CIRCLES INTERESTED Gov. Harmon to Discuss Question Be fore U. S. Supreme Court. BASED ON COURTS DECISION Principle Involved in Denial of State's Power to Regulate Railway Rates. Profound intercM j- jvit Ih?m in Ic^al and political circles of tli?* < apital n\er the a-lion of the governors' conference at Spring l.ako in de'egating Gov llar mnn of Ohio to appear Itcfmv t i*> I'nitc.l States Supreme Court as the represent;! - tive of the executives of t.e >tate? to argue h i ase in uhirli it i.i c'aimcd th<? lights of the states arc Involve*!. I lie proceeding i.s unprecedented, it ? declared. and is fraught i?uh deep politi cal and legal significance. As a -ld? issue, democratic presidential politi-s niav be Involved and perhaps a political issue created?preservation of rights of the states against federal encroachment. It may give (5ov. Ilfcrinon a popular issut for his own presidential aspiration-. That the governors of several great states should feel it necessary to tak? concerted action is regarded In legal circles hero as indicating existence ?>f .< remarkable situation in governmental af fairs. As was pointed out in the debate of the conference yesterday, it rests upon the Mates to defend their rights. s?in< ?? otherwise the affirmative of the proposi tion of state s rights would have no ad vocate before the court, and if the deci sion in question, of Judge Sanborn of the circuit court, should l?e affirmed bv the court of last resort, the principle would be settled for all time that a stat** I cannot regulate commerce within its own borders if it has an Interstate aspect. Conference Issues Statement. The statement given out last night by tiie conference of governors explains the situation as follows: I "In view of the apparent misunder standing by some of the action of the I conference yesterday, it is deemed ad visable thai a statement should b? made as to its exact nature and purposes. "As the decisions of the I'nited States fcircuit court in what are known as tli.i .Minnesota rate cases, to the effect ttaa-. the state of .Minnesota had no authority to regulate railroad rates within its own borders, because interstate commerce was thereby affected, and as other casrs in volving the sarr.e question In other states would come before the Supreme ?'our: of the I'nited States for decision, the . On ference considered it advisable that a committee should be appointed to sen that the state's side of this controversy is properly prepared and presented to the Supreme Court. The committee ex pects to deal only with the legal side of this controversy, anil the action taken yesterday was one of only ordinary pre caution. ?'Every state in the I'nion is vitally in terested in the decision of this question, as the right of each state to regulate its own internal commerce would be de stroyed by an adverse decision. We ex pect to ascertain as to what cases wi 1 first be considered by the Supreme Court I in which this question will be decided, and if it is deemed advisable we will ask leave to present to the court a brief in argument in support of the right of Dm stales to regulate commerce wholly witii In their borders." May Boost Harmon. Tiie politicians who are watching th* trend of presidential politics say they can see political possibilities for Gov. Ila: inon in his espousal of the cause of states rights, especially if either the argument, or the court's decision should come along in suitable time. Gov. Harmon is regarded as oty; of the great lawyers of the country and will be counted upon to make a gallant fight lor the side he advocates. He has figured in the past in one prominent railroad cage, as it will be remembered that he was delegated by President Roosevelt to go after the late Paul Morton for rebating and that he made a report on that caso adverse to the railroad. His report was not acted upon by President Roosevelt, which led Mr. Harmon to sever his con nection with the prosecuting arm of the government. Creation of New Issue. It is thought by politicians that a sa lient issue, possessing features out of the line of the time-honored Issues of the pe riod. may come as a political windfall to Gov. Harmon and perhaps lie seized upon by the democratic party, so his course in the feature will be followed with keen in terest by the politicians. TALK ON WOMAN SUFFRAGE. Governors of States Which Have Approved It Will Be Heard. NKW YORK. September lii.?The gov ernors" of the five states which have ap proved of woman suffrage are expecte-l to make speeches tonight in the cause of votes for women at a mass meeting to In> held at Cooper I'nion. "Come and hear the truth ahout the states where women vote." is the procla mation of tiie advance leaflets sent out broadcast by the promoters of the meet ing. Govs. John P. Shafroth of Colorado. J, li. llawley of Idaho, Joseph M. Carey of Wyoming. M. K. Hay of Washington and William Spry of I'tah are the ad vertised speakers. An admission fee of lU'i cents will b?* charged up to S o'clock, after which tim ? admission will be free. Platform seals are SI. The proceeds are to be seht t?? the suffrage campaigners of Califoritfft, where the woman suffrage amendment now is pending. PAULIS BOY STILL LIVES. Johnson Being Detained Pending Outcome of His Injuries. Harry Paulis, fourteen yearn old. who was accidentally shot by Paul D. John son. a companion, while returning from a gunning trip Thursday night, is still alive. Physicians at the Washington Asylum Hospital said this afternoon that his condition was about the same as it was when he was brought there. Paul Johnson is still neing detained at the house of detention to await the result of the wound Pauli* sustained li is probable an effort wi 1 be made to have him released on bond. CHURCH NOTICES. BAPTIST. KI.I)Kit .1, T. BOWK. PKIMITIVK. IIAI'Tlilt. will preaeli hi l(?fII. l.VC I till st. n.? SiiiuImv. September 17. hi 11 ?.m. mul p.m. * " MOW THOUiHT MISS VAN VOAST VVII.I. SPKAK SI MIAY AT s p.m.. 14SS Cliflon *f.; tuple. "The Tri.i* "Teacher": Friday, t? p.m., ??R^-eptlvlly." All rurdiu'ly welcome. * DIED. KKAftSOX. On Soptpuil?or 15, 11*11. at In* rorn?T JOtli and Hamlin itiwu. Krooklaud. II. ? ll.l.lAM IV IKARMiV lifl?Tft| liu*ltunil of Aiiiim B. Kmrwm oie" Theoker). Kuiiernl from Oak IIIII chapel M"l?l?y. v-ejttria Imt is. ri 2 u'l'bx'k p.m. Rclatlret ai>4 frieuds invited to attend. ?