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WEATHER
Rain and colder tonight; Friday,
fair and colder; brisk northwest
winds. . . .
The Star is the only afternoon
paper in Washington that prints
the news of the Associated Press.
CLOSIXO WKW YORK D 4pT?
STOCK QUOTATIONS i /\VTHj ZU
Xo. 19.034.
WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1912-TWENTY-FOUR PAGES.
ONE CENT.
TURKS FALL BACK
FROMSALONIK
Garrison Withdraws After De
stroying Bridges Leading
to the City.
DRIVEN FROM POSITIONS
AT TCHATALJA FORTS
Fighting, Which Lasted Two Days,
Said to Have Been Severe.
LARGE FLEET IS ASSEMBLING
Vessels of Powers Gathering?Only
Five Little Districts Now Remain
in Possession of Turk
ish Government.
LONDON, November 7.?The
'I urkish garrison has been with
drawn from Saloniki after de
stroying a number of bridges
forming the approaches to the
city, according to a news agency
dispatch from Athens.
C ()Ll )GNE, (iermanv, Novem
her 7.? The Turks are reported
to have been decisively beaten
.by the Bulgarians and driven in
disorder from their positions at
the Tchatalja forts in front of,
Constantinople, according to a
dispatch from Sotia to thf
Cologne Gazette. The fighting
was very severe and lasted two
days.
Powers to Have Liberty.
PARIS, November 7.?Turkey has decid
ed to ^ive the powers complete liberty of
action in arranging conditions of peace,
according to a dispatch from Constanti
nople to the Journal Des Deiiats.
liodosto and Visa aken.
SOFIA, Bulgaria, November 7.?It is of
ficially announced that the port of Kod
osto, on the sea of Marmora, and the city
of Vista, southeast of Adrianople, were
occupied by the Bulgarian troops Novem
ber o.
Asks Grand Vizier to Resign.
SOFIA, November 7.?Gen. Savoff, the
Bulgarian commander-in-chief, reports
that after the battle of Kirk-Kiiisseh a
Turkish officer was captured bearing a
letter from his commander, Maiimoud
Mukhtar, to his father, the grand vizier,
adv.sing him to resign in favor of Kiamil
Pasha and conclude peace, as the condi
tion of the army was so desperate tliat
it was useie>s to continue the war.
Fignting South of Scutari.
LONDON, November 7.?Tiie occupation
of the port of San Giovanni di Modua, on
the Adriatic sea, as well as of the cities
of Aless.o an i Jakova, by the Montene
gr.n troojs is con>ir.Tied in a dispatch re
ceived by the Montenegrin consul genetal
here t" day.
Fignwng also is taking place around
Bonci an, .-.out Scutari. The Bul
? ri.ui ti"<>'>; - advancing on Constanti
u t- > ay (- l upied several villages In
tiie ? unity of the iine of Turkisn forts
- > T' .?ixi.-.lji., a. ording to a news agency
. : pa It : i fr-m S- tia.
J 11,11 ? the European nations
:i ? a:-s?*m i!:ug iii Turkish waters will
? omprisc ii-uru'fn battleships, twenty- I
i "> > .?'ii.-ers, i ftet n destroyers and aux-'
?liai
-drniral Sir Archibald Berkelej Milne.
? :..n ar.der-m- hief of tile Mediterranean
. ;a.iion, will be the senior officer o*
t inter' at'ona H<-?-1, and is expected
ai ? coir.nunu should conc< rted opera
t.uns become net e-sary.
Strong British Squadron.
!"h?* British governm nt a week ago
'?i .? :?'<! a strong s-iuadron for a cruise in
' ? Mediterranean. Hence Admiral
Ai .tu- wHl go into Turki: :i waters w ith
i uio.-r powerful battle f ree waioh has
? ?er llown the British i!ag east of
t-i:i>? altar.
In addition to the Kus-ian squadron
watching th?- Bosporus, says an Odessa
o."patch today, another squadron left
^stopal yesterday for the coast of
A?ia Minor with sealed orders.
German Red Cross Active.
KKRLIN. November 7. ? The German
1 < I'''-- Society is displaying great
} liviiy in furnishing aid to the sick and
wounded in the Halkan war. The central
?cmni;tt?e already has sent its fourth
< x edition of physicians and nurses, with
: < <1 f-al and sanitary supplies.
Retain Only Five Districts.
i.ONDON, November 7.?Only five litWe
<1 .-'riots now remain in the possession of
! ;rkey over the vast t writorv in Euro; e
w ? ? she has ruled for centuries. Even
t; ? st- rive districts, comprising Constanti
nople. Adrianople. Saloniki, Monastir and
Scutari, are seriously menaced.
If i.- reported that the great stronghold
?>' >alonikl has been evacuates] and that
t ?? Turkish army stationed in the city
ht- iwen withdrawn, but no confirma
t i; 1 ' t!i:s has et l*e?fi received.
Monastlr. where Fethi Pasha has a
crj;<> Turkish army under him. also i?
s:.i?l to l ave lK?en occupied by the allied
l!;i k;ri troops.
Itetween the Bulgarian army and Con
st..: tit,.,pie now stan.l onh the Tchatalja
f' rt>. which are held by an armv that
I - S frered a series ?.f crushing defeats
and H at has been rendered it is believed
in military circles. Incapable of making
anv .stained defense against a vigorous
as-.ult Some villages in the vicinity of
t la>t line of defense are reported al
J?ndv ln the hands ?.f the Bulgarians
lie commanders of the Bulgarian in
^acl.-rs are said to have fixed Sunday
-IWL t V"; wh,ch ,he> *??? ?-"t.-r
the l urkish capital with their troops and
io.d a service of thanksgiving in the
Mosque of St. Sophia.
Make Stubborn Resistance.
The Turkish fortress of Scutari near
the Montenegrin frontier and that of
Adrian<>ple in the eastern sphere of opera
tions are still making a stubborn re
sistance. Military critics who know the
country will utter the warning not to
*xj?eot tie early fall of Adrianople prom
ised by the optimistic Bulgarians. The
< "t" s point out that the invaders have
(.Continued on Second Page.)
Virginia Agrees to Change in
Capital of Big Corporation.
NAME NOW IS DIFFERENT
Corporation Commission Grants
Amendment to Utilities Company.
WILL BE HOLDING CONCERN
Secretary Boothe Expects Consolida
tion With Washington-Virginia
Railway Company.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
RICHMOND, Va.t November 7. ? The
state corporation commission today grant-'
ed an amendment to the charter of the
Maryland-Virginia Railway Company,
? hanging its name to the Washington
I tilitles Company, with an authorized
capital of $50,<HK>.000. Gardner I-. Boothe
. of Alexandria, who is secretary and coun
! sel for the Washington Utilities Com
| pany, presented the papers in the case
j early this morning, and the commission
ers at once to<*k up tiie matter. The ap
plication was in due form, and every J
condition and requirement of the law was
complied with, and the formal order was
entered authorizing the amendments.
Mr. Boothe stated that the Washington
I tilities Company, whose promoters own
the Washington-Virginia Railway Com
pany. would most likely ?=ffect a consoli
dation, and also that the Washington
Utilities Company would be a sort of
holding company.
When asked if the Washington Utilities
Company would not seek to combine all
the properties of the several companies j
which have been figuring for some time
in court proceedings, he replied that he
did not think that there would be any
merging of properties, adding that the
new,- company owned the Washington-Vir
ginia company and "considerable stock
in the Arlington Light Company."
Norman Grey of Camden, N. J., is
president; W. W. Spaid, member of W. B.
? Hibbs & Co., of Washington, treasurer,
and Gardner L. Boothe, secretary, with
the former directors of the Maryland
Virginia Railway Company as directors
of the \\ asliington Utilities Company. Mr.
Boothe left on the noon train for liis
| home.
, -
Chance for Local Utilities.
hen informed this afternoon of the
action of the Virginia corporation com
mission in allowing the charter amend
ment applied for, William B. Hibbs, one
of the \\ ashington promoters of the gi
gantic holding company, stated that if
local utilities concerns desire to make a
financing vehicle of the corporation they
may now do so, to the end of rendering
better service to the public than they
have had the facilities for heretofore.
But there will be no attempt at co
ercion, he said. It will be up to the local
corporations to decide whether they want
to take advantage of the situation. The
holding company has been* made large
enough to meet any demand of this na
ture that may be made upon It, he pointed
out.
Mr. Hibbs confirmed the statement pub
lished several weeks ago in The Star to
the effect that, absorption by the hold
ing company of the Washington-Virginia
Railway Company probably would be fol
lowed by numerous improvements in the
service rendered by the latter concern.
Improvements Along the Line.
The company's line will be completely
i double-tracked from Washington to
\ ienna, he said, while a lighting service
will be provided for Fairfax and probably
other Virginia towns, if the railway com
pany is taken over by the flfty-million
dollar corporation.
Mr. Hibbs said that if the Washington
Railway and Electric Company should be
come a part of the system free transfers
would, in all probability, be issued be
tween the lines of that company and the
Washington-Virginia comj any, while
various other improvements doubtless
would follow.
It is not known on what basis the stock
of the Washington-Virginia company will
in* trade 1 for the securities of the new
corporation. Mr. Hibbes said that the
details of the transaction would be made
j public v. h( n the Virginia corporation com
, mission is asked to approve the consoli
dation.
SIDNA ALLEN ON TRIAL.
Four Members of the Jury Are
Quickly Secured.
Y\ YTHEV1LLE, Va., November 7.?
Trial of the last two members of the Al
len j^ang, charged with the Hillsville
courthouse assassinations .March 14, be
gan here today.
Sidna Allen and Wesley Edwards, two
alli'^< d ringleader* who escaped from th?-"
region after the shooting and were taken
in Iowa. j?re before the bar. Two of
their kinsmen, Floyd and Claude Allen,
are under sentence to be electrocuted No
vember SJ. Friel Allen and Sidna Ed- i
wards are serving long terms for com- j
plieity in the same crimes.
Sidna Allen was first to be arraigned.
The court overruled a motion of the de
fense to consolidate indictments, and the
prisoner was put upon trial for the kill
ing of Judge r. L. Massie. Before re
cess six veniremen had been examined
and four accepted. The prisoner took a
lively interest in the examination.
PASSENGERS TRANSFERRED.
Four Hundred Taken From Ground
ed Ship Royal George.
MONTREAL, November 7.?A wireless
message today from the Canadian North
ern Royal mail steamer Royal George,
which went aground in the St. Lawrence"
river last night ten miles below Quebec,
confirmed earlier news that 40t? of the
vessel s '.sol passengers had been taken off.
The transfer, according to this message!
was made at 1:15 a.m. by the first tender
that reached the steamer. Four other
tugs were standing by at that time, and
it is believed the work of transferring
the passengers continued through the
night.
A dispatch from Quebec earlier this
morning announced that all the pas
sengers and cr*w were safe.
The Royal George was bound from
A van mouth, England, and was due here
today. She was reported hard aground
on tae rocks and in a precarious position.
First Voted in 1840.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
MARTINSBURG. W. Va., November 7.
?Rev. Dr. William Gerhardt cast his
eighteenth presidential ballot on Tues
day. His first was for William Henry
Harrison in tMO. Though ninety-five
years old, i>r. Gerhardt walked to the
polls.
FEARS OF CLERKS
HELD UNJUSTIFIED
Uneasiness Over Stability of
Government Positions Is
Regarded Baseless.
WELL INFORMED OFFICIALS
SEE NO CAUSE FOR ALARM
Expect No Upheaval From Advent
of Democratic Administration.
EFFICIENCY RATINGS AWAITED
Enforcement of Law Will Begin
Shortly, But Will Be Liberally
Interpreted by Democrats,
It Is Believed.
The feeling- of uneasiness prevailing
among classified employes of the govern
ment as to what may happen under the
new democratic administration has not
heen allayed by any official statement
from President-to-be Wilson, but the be
lief among well informed officials and citi
zens is that even if Gov. Wilson has noth
ing to say on the subject, his course,
when he assumes office, will be just as
favorable to government employes in the
classified service as that of Presidents
Taft and Roosevelt.
Hundreds of employes fear there is to
be an overturning under the next admin
istration which will losa many of them
their positions, and that the demand from
hungry democrats for office will be so
strong that it will require more than the
presidential offices to satisfy.
Wilson Silent on Question.
During the entire campaign Gov. Wil
[ son hardly touched upon the question of
the civil service and the democratic at
titude toward it, but there is said to be
little ground for fear that the democratic
rush for office will be allowed to extend
into any part of the classified service.
It is pointed out that the country is too
fully committed to this law to permit any
return to the old spoils system, and that
all the parties have at various times
agreed in their platforms to keep the
civil service in operation and even ex
tend its scope whenever possible. No
President in many years has allowed a
backward step to be taken as to the civil
service, and President Taft has gone far
toward strengthening the civil service
laws by extending their benefits to the
bulk of postmasters in the countrv.
There naturally will be a huge over
turning so far as presidential offices go.
In the department life of Washington the
changes will affect all assistant heads *or
departments and their private secretaries,
heads of independent bureaus and estab
lishments, some of the prominent officials
at the White House, and, of course, col
lectors of internal revenue, customs,
United States attorneys and marshals,
ambassadors and others in the diplomatic
service.
For a number of years appointments to
the consular service have been under the
merit system, although examinations
have not been held by the civil service
commission. It will be within the power
(but not. it is thought, the disposition)
of the new democratic administration to
change all this and shake up the con
, sular service by naming some of the I
hungry democrats who will want re
wards for their services to the party.
The Efficiency Rating Law.
Regarded as of great importance to
classified employes in Washington and
elsewhere is the carrying out of what is
known as the efficiency rating law put
through the last session of Congress in
the closing day#. It is contained in the
j legislative appropriation bill and is sec
[ tion 4 under the heading of "judicial."
I his section, the enforcement of which
will begin under the present administra
tion, but will be interpreted under the new
administration, is as follows:
Section 4. The civil service commission
shall, suoject to the approval of the Pres
ident, establish a system of efficiency rat
ings for the classified service in the several
exeutive departments in the District of Co
lumbia, based upon records kept in each de
partment and independent establishment
with such frequency as to make them as
nearly as possible records of fact. Such
system shall provide a minimum rating
of efficiency, which must be attained by
an employe before he may be promoted;
it shall also provide a rating below which
no employe may fall without being de
moted: it shall further provide for a rat
ins below which no employe mav fall
without beins dismissed for inefficiency.
All promotions, demotions or dismissals
shall be governed by provisions of the
civil service rules.
"Copies of all records of efficiency shall
be furnished by the departments and in
dependent establishments to the civil
service commission for record in accord
ance with the provisions of this section
Provided, that in the event of reductions
being made in the force in anv of the
executive departments no honorably dis
charged soldier or sailor whose record in
said department is rated good shall be
discharged or dropped, or reduced in rank
or salary.
"Any person knowingly violating the
provisions of this section shall be sum
marily removed from office, and may also
upon conviction thereof, be punished by a
fine of not more than ?l,ooo, or by im
prisonment for not more than one year."
Ratings Soon to Be Ready.
The civil service commission has been
at work for some t'me on the schedules
of the law. endeavoring to fix the ratings
that will mean so much to clerks. The
commission will soon be ready to furnish
the departments with the schedule of rat
ings so that the preliminary putting into
effect of the law may begin.
The new democratic administration will
interpret this law liberally, i\ js believed
so as to prevent any unfair treatment
of clerks or the injection of politics into
the dismissals, demotions and promotions
There is naturally, however, a feeling of
uneasiness on the subject at t'ds time.
If Mr. Wilson, when he gets into office,
follows the policy of President Taft he
will leave to his cabinet officers instruc
tions, after conferences, as to how the
law shall be handled. In presidential ap
pointments under the various depart
ments, too. Mr. Wilson will be a very
busy man if lie does not leave the selec
tion of the gre^t majority of men to his
cabinet officers, merely confirming the se
lections or rejecting them when not suit
ing his own views.
Wyoming Legislature Republican.
CHEYENNE, Wyo., November 7.?Un
official returns this morning from Uinta
indicate the republicans will have six
majority on joint ballot in the legisla
ture. and Senator Warren's re-election
seems assured.
J
MISS DEMOCRACY: "LAN' SAKES! WHAT'LL I DO WITH 'EM?"
By the President of the United States of America
A PROCLAMATION
yjy God-fearing" nation, like dUfS/dwefc" If 10 its Inborn and sincere sense of moral duty to
\7\ testify its' devout gratitude to the' All-giver for the countless benefits it has enjoyed. For
many years ft has been customary* ttfe close of the year for the national executive to
call upon his fellow-countrymen to offer praise and thanks to God for the manifold
Wessings \1ouchsafed to them in the past and to unite in earnest suppliance for their continu
ance.
The year now drawing to a close has befen notably favorable to our fortunate land. At
peace within and without, free from the perturbations and calamities that have afflicted other
peoples, rich in Irarve^s so abundant and in .industries so productive that the overflow of our
prosperity has advantaged the whole world, strong in the steadfast conservation of the heritage
of self-government bequeathed to us by the wisdom of our fathers and firm in the resolve to
transmit that heritage unimpaired, but rather improved by good use, to our children and our
children's-children for all time to come, -the people of this country have abounding cause for
contented gratitude. ? ?
WHEREFORE, I, WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT, President of the United States of Amer
ica, in pursuance of long-established usage, and in response to the wish of the American people,
invite my countrymen, wheresoever they may sojourn, to join, 011 Thursday, the twenty-eighth
day of this month of November, in appropriate ascription of praise and thanks to God for the
good gifts that have been our portion, and in humble prayer that His great mercies toward us
may endure.
* IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United
States to be affixed. - ? -
Done at the City of Washington this seventh day of November, in the year of our Lord one
thousand nine hundred and twelve, and of the independence of the United States of America the
one hundred and thirty-seventh.
. WM. H. TAFT.
By the President:
* ALVEY A. AD EE,
Actiner Secretary of State. .
Indications Now Are That He
Will Carry the State
by 15,000.
ST. PAT'k, Minn., November 7.?Minne
sota apparently has swung: from Wilson
to Roosevelt, and the colonel probably
will carry the state by about 13,000.
Roosevelt found his greatest strength in
the rural districts. The vote complete
from l,Ks<( of the 3,lMi3 precincts, in
cluding those in liennepin and Ramsey
counties, shows Roosevelt received 91,085;
Wilson. 84,117; Taft, 5U.79W. Roosevelt in
the canvaes of vottes is gaining an aver
age of seven and one-half votes a precinct
on Wilson in the county.
Gov. Eberhart has been re-elected by a
plurality ranging from 30,000 to 40,000.
The election of the entire republican state
ticket is practically assured.
Senator Knute Nelson is leading all the
republican state candidates. Returns from
about two-thirds of the precincts indicate
that his majority over Dan W. Lawler
will be about 80,<R'0. Ringdahl is leading
the democratic ticket.
It is not probable that President Taft's
vote in Minnesota will greatly exceed
73,000.
EARTHQUAKE IS RECORDED.
Instruments at Georgetown -Show a
Disturbance.
Severe earthquake shocks, lasting al
most an hour, were recorded early today
on the seismograph at Georgetown Uni
versity. The disturban-es continued in
termittently from 2:40 until 3:44 o'clock,
the most severe being noted at 3:08 a.m.
According to the university authorities
the disturbances took place about 3,500
miles from Washington, but the direction
could not be determined.
GOVERNORS ELECTED.
Colorado.... .Elias M. Ammons <D)
Connecticut: Simeon E^. Baldwin (D)
Delaware.Thos.. M. Monaghan <D)
Florida Park Trammell (D)
Idaho John M. Haines (R)
Illinois.....:.Edward F: "Dunne (D)
Indiana Samuel M. Ralston (D)
Iowa.... George W. Clarke tR)
Kansas Arthur Clapper (R)
Massachusetts.Eugene X. Foss <D>
Michigan. Woodbridge N. Ferris (D)
Minnesota. .Adolph O. Eberhart (R)
Missouri Elliott W. Major (D)
Montana Samuel V. Stewart (D)
Nebraska...:John H. Morehead (D)
New Hampshire In doubt
New York William Sulze:- <D)
North Carolina Locke Craiji (D)
North Dakota..F. O. Hellstrom (D)
Ohio...-; James M. Cox (D>
Rhode Island..Aram J. Pothier (R)
South Carolina..Cole L. Blease (D)
Soutli Dakota In dout>t.
Tennessee Benton McMillin (D)
Texas O.^c^r B. Col<iuitt (D)
Utah John F. Tolton (D)
Washington Ernest Lister (D)
W. Virginia..H. D. Hatfield (R & P)
Wisconsin F. E. McGovern (R)
CLAIM ILLINOIS WILSON'S
Democrats Say Missing Coun
ties Will Take the State
From Roosevelt.
CHICAGO. November 7.?Col. Roose
velt's lead in Illinois, which early returns
gave him, has been reduced by later fig
ures to less than over Gov. Wilson,
and early today Democratic National
Committeeman Charles Boeschenstein
claimed that complete returns will give
Wilson a plurality of 15,000 in the state.
Complete returns from sixty counties,
including Cook, and estimates based on
partial returns from the remaining forty
two counties, give Roosevelt a plurality
of 4.175.
Reports to democratic national head
quarters here, according to Joseph Davies,
western manager, are that Wilson has a
substantial plurality in Illinois with twen
ty-three counties missing.
SULZER LEADS WILSON
IN NEW YORK'S VOTE
Candidate for Governor Ob
tained a Plurality of
205,675.
NEW YORK. November 7.?Latest re
turns show that Wilson obtained a plu
rality of 204,363 In this state Tuesday, I
while Mr. Sulzer's was 205,675. The totals
of the vote in the slate on fairly com
plete figures now stand:
Wilson, (547,156; Taft, 442.793; Roose
velt, 380,374; Sulzer, 650,118; Hedges,
444,443; Straus, 391.840.
Greater New York, by the final returns,
gave Wilson a plurality of 123,<588 over
Roosevelt, his nearest rival, and the colo
nel led the President in the five . bor
oughs by 61,801.
Sulzer ran only 8,787 votes behind Wil
son in Greater New York; Hedges ran
15,080 behind Taft, and Straus ran only
4,732 votes ahead of Col. Roosevelt. In
Manhattan and the Bronx Straus ran
12,607 ahead of Roosevelt, but in Brook
lyn Roosevelt ran 4.455 ahead of Straus.
The colonel ran about 3,000 ahead of
Stiaus in Queens.
The democratic pluralities in New
York city on the state ticket below gov
ernor were uniformly larger than that
of the head of the ticket, due to the sen
timent for Straus in Manhattan and parts
of the Bronx, which worked out so as
to give the minor candidates on the state
ticket pluralities running from 135,000 to
145,000, as compared to the Sulzer plu
rality over Straus of llo.ltfl).
New Railway in Trouble.
S|H>cial Dispatch to The Star.
CUMBERLAND, Md., November 7.?
Constable Jonas Rowland distrained on
the furniture and fixtures of the Hagers
town and Clear Spring Electric Railway
Company for $250 rent. The company
started to build a trolley line between
Hagerstown and Clearspring. twelve
miles. A number of bonds were sold and
work was begun, but before it had pro
ceeded far, financial difficulties aros*.
TAFT KEEPS SMILE
President Returns to White
House and Work.
MEETS GOVERNOR HADLEY
Believed Missourian Will Not Accept
Vice Presidential Post.
EXECUTIVE WILL BE BUSY
Messages to Cfongress Must Be Writ- 1
ten and Several Appointments
Made Before Term Ends.
. President Taft and his famous smile
were back in the executive offices today.
Hanging above both, on the right of the
President, as he sat at his desk, was the
large painting of Theodore Roosevelt, put
there by the President after entering the j
hite House and allowed to remain
through the bitter days of the presidential
nomination fight and the campaign that
followed. On the other side of the wall,
to the left of the President, is the same
size painting of his father. Alonzo Taft.
these being the only two pictures in the
room of the President.
Mr. Taft arrived in Washington this
morning about 0;:{o o'clock and proceeded
to get down to his day's work. If he
felt bad over his defeat nobody could
tell It from his actions or his words.
Had Expected Defeat.
The President had expected defeat, and
lie finds pleasure in the valiant manner
in which his friends stood by him. There
were no cheers as the train came back,
but this was because the people had put
politics aside, turned to business and did
not know the President was passing
through.
Another consoling feature to the Presi
dent was the immense bunch of kindly
messages received at the White House
since Tuesday night, coming from all
parts of the country, and couched in
the warmest terms.
The defeat of Tuesday will not change
the purpose of the President to take an
active interest in the solutions of the
large questions of the next few years. He
will, as already stated in The Star, re
turn to Cincinnati and resume the prac
tice of the law. He is not a wealthy man,
but hi3 law practice, which he will limit
to suit his tastes, will be sufficient to
meet his demands and at the same time
he will be enabled to save some money
for the future. There is little doubt that
Mr. Taft. as a private lawyer, can com
mand immense fees. His son. Robert
Taft, will soon graduate from the Har
vard law school, and will join him in
the practice of the profession.
Hadley on Taft's Train.
On the sanie train with the President
returning to Washington was Gov. Had
ley ot Missouri, so strongly mentioned as
the man who will be selected as the re
publican candidate for Vice President in
the electoral college.
Gov. Hadley got on the train at Har
risburg. He did not know the President
was aboard until they got to Washing
ton, when the two spoke as they left the
train". The Missouri governor said he
had corns to Washington on private busi
ness, and did not seem inclined to talk
about- the vice presidential nomination.
When asked if he would take second place
on the republican ticket he said:
"I haven't been asked." When told that
this did not answer the question of ac
ceptance he said he was in doubt what
he would do. ?
It was expected that Gov. Hadley would
see President Taft during tiie afternoon
and that the vice presidency would be
discussed, but no date for a meeting had
been arranged up to noon today. The
President, in shaking hands with the gov
ernor, invited him to call, but that was all.
May Not Accept Place.
There is a mighty strong feeling in
Washington today among well posted
men that Gov. Hadley will not accept
the vice presidential honor from the na
tional committee. If the republicans had
won the governor might have been will
ing, but with defeat his viewpoint may
be changed. The belief grew today in
high circles that the empty honor of the
second jdace on the repunlican ticket will
be offered to and accepted by some man
more willing to stand by his party under
^all circumstances and conditions.
Gov. Hadley and the Missouri republi
cans gave President Taft a whaling big
plurality over Roosevelt in the elections
Tuesday, but the governor's, future polit
ical course, it is said, is likely to be al
tered with conditions, there being no cer
tainty that he will remain with the re
publican party or follow it through its
vicissitudes.
It was certain today that Gov. Hadley
came to Washington on his own motion
and not upon the invitation of the Presi
dent or the national committee.
Sends Efis Condolences.
The President today sent to Mrs. John
L. Wilson a letter expressing his sincere
legret at the news of the death of her
husband, former Senator Wilson. The
President said:
"I have just received the sad news of
your husband's death. I extend to you
the heartfelt sympathy of Mrs. Taft and
myself in your great sorrow. Senator
Wilson was a warm and constant friend
of mine, and 1 deeply regret his death. '
President Taft's next few weeks will be
exceedingly busy. He must write two
messages to Congress?his regular mes
sage and a special message explaining tne
presentation to Congress of the budget
system of estimates, along with the regu
lar form?and make a number of im
poi tant appointments, including thqse ot a
successor to Dr. Harvey W. \\ iley, a suc
cessor to Indian Commissioner Vaientine
and the industrial commission authorized
by Congress.
Secretary Nagel, who consulted with
the President today, has been working
upon the industrial commission, sorting
out the candidates and preparing th. ir
histories lor the President. -Mr. Nauel
was too busy during the campaign to
complete the work and will do so as
early as-possible, so that the nominations
may go to Congress early next month."
The President is also to take up ihe
Panama canal protest of Great Britain, a
question of big moment in the diplomatic
world. The writing of the messages will
be undertaken during the President's
spare hours.
ends life in steamship.
Allan Germert of Bridgeport, Conn.,
Jumps From Liner New York.
'NEW YORK. November 7.?Allan Ger
mert of Bridgeport. Conn., cut his throat
and jumped overboard from the American
line steamship New York en route to this
port. Announcement of the suicide was
made when the liner reached here today.
Germert was thirty-seven years old and
a second cabin passenger.
Friends tried to restrain him after he
had slashed, his throat, but he eluded
them and sprang over the ralL "Search
for him was made in vain.
''N
WILSON DECLINES
TO STATE POLICY
Wants to Know Popular Senti
ment Before He Declares
Himself on Issues.
NEXT PRESIDENT ASKED
SERIES OF QUESTIONS
Interrogated in Regard to Possible
Extra Session.
SOON WILL GO TO BERMUDAS
Expects to Leave Princeton Novem
ber 16?May Be Succeeded
as Governor by State
Senator Fielder.
PRINCETON, N. J., November 7.?"I
think my right course just now is to
hear everybody and that I should not
make any statements." This was the an
swer made by Woodrow Wilson, the next
President, today to a series of requests
for statements of his attitude on national
and international questions. He was ask
ed by various newspapers abcut an extra
se=sion of Congress. Canadian reciprocity,
international relations, thp Panama ranal
and a variety of issues, in line with his
campaign argument that the presidency
should be conducted "through the com
mon counsel of the country." He will
now, so far as possible, assume a recep
tive attitude rather than one of pronounc
ing himself on issues before he takes of
fice.
Gov. Wilson looked eagerly toward a
big basket of mail tilled to overflowing
It appeared that he woufd continue his
custom of opening all vmail himself. He
likes to do it.
"You know that I can recognize the
typewriters of sonic of my personal
friends," he mused. "I don't know just
how I do it. I guess I'll need a tonic to
go through that pile, though." He began
slowly to open some of the letters as lie
talked.
Program in New Jersey.
He was asked about his future course In
New Jersey.
"The state platform in this election pre
sented an extensive program," he said.
"I will tsy to get the leaders in the state
together just before the legislative session
and then speak for them as well as iuy
t self. We will endeavor to map out a
plan of action as well as a program "
Among the reform measures which the
governor said he looked forward to ac
complishing was a revision of the corpo
ration laws. "We have advocated that
every year," he remarked, referring again
to the fact that the legislature has not
hitherto been democratic in both houses.
Mr. Wilson said he would stay "on the
job at Trenton" until he had carried out
his reforms, hut with a democratic leg
islature behind him this is likely to be a
smooth process when the legislature con
venes January 1.
Though campaigning vigorously for the
presidency, < lov. Wilson concentrated
earnest appca s In New Jersey. Nothing
gives him more satisfaction than th?
fact that not only Is New Jersey to be
represented by two democrats In the
United States Senate, but for the first
time in his administration as governor
roth houses of the state legislature will
be democratic. A year ago lie stumped
the "state to 'obtain a democratic legis
lature. but was beaten.
He be'ieved that the program of reform
he had in mind for the state would be
advanced by the fact that as the future
executive of the country nation-wide at
tention probably woulJ be attracted l?y
ills policy in the New Jersey legisla
ture.
"Whatever we do in New Jersey," lie
said, "will hare the force of tl<?* whole
country behind it."
Fielder May Become Governor.
When Gov. Wilson resins, in accord
ance with tile state constitution, the pres
ident of the state senate will become
governor until the next regular. electiofi.
which is due next fall. James 11. Fielder,
senator from Hudson county and demo
cratic minority leader of the ujiper house,
it is said, will be elevated to the presi
dency of the body, and therefore may be
Gov. Wilson's successor.
Mr. Wilson expects to leave here No
i vember 1(> for his brief vacation. He
1 will sail on a private yacht furnished
| him by a peisonal friend. With Mrs.
Wilson and his host and some correspond
ents he will make the trip to the Ber
mudas. where before this he has recuper
ated from ha *d work as president of
Princeton.
Hundreds of TelegTams.
Telegrams by the hundreds piled ~p at
the home of President-elect Wilson to
day. Congratulations came from every
where?from republicans, progressives and
democrats aliko.
Speaker Champ Clark wired as follows:
" 'Twas a victory. Congratula
tions to you and the country."
From Oscar W. Underwood. majority
leader in the House of Representatives:
"You have won a wonderful victory for
ithe democratic party. I congratulate you
Jon the result t.nd you have my sincere
! best wishes for a successful administra
tion of the affairs of our government."
From Gov. Judson Harmon of Ohio:
' My heartiest wishes for a pleasant and
successful administration to crown your
great victory an the polls."
From George W. Perkins, chairman of
the national progressive party executive
committee: "You have won a great vic
tory. Permit me to congratulate you
I very heartily."
Former Gov. Franklin J. Fort (republi
can) of New J?rsey: "No more sincere
I and hearty congratulations on your elec
' tion can be sent to you than those whicij
I now convey. 1 know you will make a
great President."
From Gov. E igene Foss of Massachu
setts: "Hearty congratulations on youi
vote. It is the most remarkable trihutt
ever paid to an American public official
While it is als) an indorsement of th?
democratic platlorm, its magnitude show?
unmistakably that the people of the en
tire country believe in you and look for
constructive statesmanship."
Other messages were received from
Perry Belmont, John Hays Hammond,
Govs. Plaisted cf Maine and Dix of Nev.*
York, former Mayor George B. McClella.j
of New York. Mayor Carter Harrison
of Chicago and a host of members o."
the United States Senate and House oJ
Representatives.
William Morrissey, secretary of th.:
Colorado Brotherhood of Locomotive
Trainmen, wired that the organisation
would give the new President "its
hearty support."
A cablegram from San Juan, Porto
Rico, read:
"Hearty congratulations to standard
bearer of democratic principles In Amer
ica. Union party fully confident justice
at hands of party that always stood for
"BARCELO. President."
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