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WEATHER. ZMtL 1 . . . . L^Trl 11 The Star is the only afternoon j
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Navy Yard Workmen Throughout
Country Protected.
Unskilled Manual Labor Only Classes
Not Included.
To Be Appointed by Commandants
ana nave une .Representative
of the Commission.
Twenty thousand skilled workmen employed
in the naval stations and navy
jarxls of the Navy Department, about
three thousand of them in the Washington
navy yai-d. were this afternoon placed
under the classified civil service by President
The order places all classes of navy
}ard employes, except those doing manual
labor, in the classified service. Boiler
scalers, hod carriers, stable keepers and
other manual workers remain as they
are now. under the protection of the registration
lists from which they were
Must Have Good Records.
The order of the President states that
until eligible registers are established,
which will he done as soon as possible,
employment from the present registration
lists is authorized for a limited
period, but not longer than June 30 of
next year. The order goes further and
states that employes wno have not established
good records Will not be included
in toe classification order of the chief
'ivil service examinations for employment
in navy yards and naval stations
xvdj be held in the future by laoor boards
appointed bv the commandants of navy
yaras, with the addition of one representative
of tne civil service commission.
Applications must be made to this board,
ami the examinations will ha to ascertain
the experience, fitness and training
of the applicants, the ratings of the examination
to be on the same basis aa
otner examinations by the civil service
Forbids Participation in Politics.
The regulations of the civil service commission,
promulgated along with the
order of the President, give the men
tiassiSed under this order the same
standing as in the classified service in a>l
other branches of the government and
especially forbids active participation in
politics or th? contribution of money for
political purposes.
i'ntli an opinion rendered by the Attorney
General in JWJ navy yard artisans
had been considered under the civil tervi'
e. and the civil service commission has (
l?v-n struggling ever since then to have i
them put back under the civil sendee. 1
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Leader TeJIs Suffragettes It Is ;
Tragic Cause Should Be
Made Comic Interlude.
hUXDOX, December 7.?Suffragettes
put John Redmond, the leader of the Irish
naiionahst party, to the torment this afternoon
at a Jiome rule demonstration at
Dalston. in the northeast of London.
For half an hour the Irish leader
watched tile forcible eviction from the
l:al >: disturbers, whose interruptions
an i desperate resistance to the usneis
ca'iiC'M a rapid succession of rough and
lu.i.'ue sier.es of tne most rowdy doscript.oll.
.tea as w.-11 as women were thrown
di.v out or th.' ha.I. Among the men
v . some < k rgj m. il w ho bad protested
dr-a.list t!j.* rougii i,a..dl.ng oi tne women.
. .ring tne ha.: i.our nr. Redmond was
aba to utt?-r only a single sentence,
wi. <-'n was to tiieffect tnat it seemed
lo turn aimost tragi that the women's
cause, which in tne minds and hearts of
bo many, was so great, snould be turned
into a <omic inter.ude.
Engineers of English Railway Object j
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iu jjiaiipiiiic ui incuiuci.
I-ONIx'jN. lx>'*-mber A great stiike
JiHs been declared today by the lo<<?mo1
iv* ongirvTs of tin- Northeastern Kailroad
Company because one of the engineers
engaged on the main line, owing to
a conviction for drunkenness while off
du?}, was reduced to running a pilot
The punished man had been promised
\y the management that if his future
conduct was good he would be reinstated
In :.js old position, but the locomotive engineers'
union demanded his Immediate
reinstatement, and as this was not granted
by tue company the men were called
Three thousand of the company's engineer.
have already <juit work, ar.d the
v.. oK railroad, main lines as well as
' 1 ranch lines, is disorganised
Fifteen Hotel Guests Narrowly Es- j
cape at McMechan, W, Va,
w HKKf.lNO. tV. Va.. December 7.? j
1' i hich swept t! business district of
?< >! chan. eight miles from here, til*]
rMir g. destroyed six buildings ;?nS |
damaged two others with a total loss of j
Firemen and apparatus from Wheeling i
;. in uuit i nearuy umns BuccetOM in j
Iffttinv the flames under control after
t<iur hours' work
Fifteen guests at Hart's Hotel, where
the lire originated from an overheated
stove, narrowly escaped suffocation.
Anti-Vivisection Societies of Europe
Would Not Honor Dr. Carrel.
N B1V YORK, December 7.?Representst
ves of Ruropean ami-vlvtsectlon socleties
have lodged a formal protest in
Stockholm against the awarding of the
Nooel prize to Dr. Carrel of New York,
head of the Rockefeller Institute for
afech.-al Research.
T1 is 's the lirst time since the Nobel
prize distribution began that a protest
has been made against the choice of a
winner. Dr. Carrel has already left for
?10. klioim. where he will lecture during
the winter.
Expected to Announce Inauguration
Eldridge E. Jordan Thought to Have
"Inside Track."
Says He Is Not in Favor of Delaying
or Postponing Inauguration
\\ illiam F. McCombs. chairman of the !
democratic national committee, is expected
to arrive in Washington this afternoon
and to make announcement of the appointment
of a chairman of the inaugural
committee. He will attend the dinner of
the Gridiron Club at the New Willard
Hotel tonight.
Of the three Candidates most prominently
named for the office of chairman
of the inaugural committee. Eldridge E.
Jordan is reported to have the "inside
track." though Robert X. Harper and W.
V. Cox are still in the running. Much
political pressure has been brought to
bear in the interests of all these candidates.
and Mr. McCombs has found it a
difficult task to reach a decision. It is
said. Mr. Jordan, who has been in New
York for several days, returned to Washington
today. *
B. S. Minor Mentioned.
Benjamin S. Minor is being supported
by a number of prominent Washington ians
as a compromise candidate for the
chairmanship, it is said.
According to a dispatch received from
New York, Mr. McCombs is in receipt of
a letter from Gov. Wilson setting at rest
the report sent to this country from Bermuda
last Saturday that he was In favor
of a deferred, delayed or postponed
inauguration,celebration. In this letter.
Gov. Wilson declares that the report is a
misinterpretation of his views on the sub
Ject, and that he does not approve of a
plan to have him take the oath of office
March 4, holding the other ceremonies
of the Inauguration the last Thursday In
Wilson's Views on Subject.
G-ov. "Wilson declares that what he did
say was that he favored a later Inauguration
date on account of the bad weather
usually prevailing March 4. He would
h0re the President's term begin March
4, but he would have a later inauguration
In this letter, declaring that he favors
changing the Inagu ration date to one
later in the year, such as the last Thursday
in April, when better weather for
the ceremonies can be had, as a rule,
there is said to be no statement as to
tiow the change shall be brought about
t>efore the next inauguration and it is
lot expected that it will be. Advocates
jf the change to a later date expressed
;nemselves today as much encouraged by
:ne support thdt Gov. Wilson gives to
:he movement for a later date and dedare
they feel certain that with his influence
to aid them they will surely sucieed
in bringing the change about.
Insignias of Foreign Orders of
Chivalry Figure in Wide
spread Business.
BRUSSELS, Belgium. December 7. ? A
great scandal in connection with foreign
aeoorations was brought to light here today.
Numerous demands for authorization to
wear the grand cordon of the double
dragon of China had aroused the suspicions
of the Belgian foreign office, from
which Belgian subjects must obtain permission
before they may decorate their
buttonholes or breasts with the insignia
of a foreign order of chivalry.
Inquiries showed that the Chinese legation
here had no knowledge of the
granting of any such orders to Belgian
subjects. The diplomas, however, were
found to be genuine, and It developed
later that they had been stolen from the
Chinese legation in !/?n'lon.
Further investigation revealed the fact \
that a widespread business in decorations
was being carried on by a man named
I^izard, whose arrest was at once ordered.
The concern has branches in many
different countries. The orders usually
deait in were Jn the Lion and Sun of
Kerala, the Llbertador of Venezuela and
tne double dragon of China and many
forged diplomas of these orders of chivalry
were found In one of the branch oftices.
He Perishes With Daughter After
Saving Wife and Son.
NEW YORK. December 7.?Melville
B. Mendell, a lawyer, after rescuing
his wife and son front their burning
home in the borough of Queens early
this morning, lost his life In an attempt
to save his fourteen-year-olddaugliter
lJllian. The girl also perished.
Mendell. awakened from his sleep by
smoke and the noise of crackling ,
flames, first carried out his wife, who !
already had lieen overcome. He then
returned and rescued his twelve-yearI
itlrl ?nn
Neighbors attempted in vain to prevent
film from making a second trip
into the burning house to save the
daughter. When the flames were extinguished
the father and daughter were
found dead In each other's arms on the
floor of a bedroom.
Kills Father-in-Law and Self.
liODLAXD, Tex.. December 7.?
Sampson Williams was shot and killed,
and his son. Hex Williams, was seriously
i wounded here today by Mat Armstrong,
who then shot and killed himself. Armstrong
was a son-in-law- of Sampson
Williams. A family dispute is said to
have led to the tragedy.
Killed in Fall From Porch.
SCRANTON. Pa.. December 7.?Charles
h Ilawley, prohibition party candidate
for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1*<* 1.
was killed today by a tall from the
porch of his home here, lie was a
prominent attorney.
Belief That Others Are Buried
Under the Debris.
Four Employes Injured, Two of
Whom Hay Die.
Disaster Occurs on the Western
Maryland Main Line, East
of Pen-Mar.
Special ?OrrespoiidaKe of The Star.
HAG ERSTOWN, Md., December 7. 1H12.
A disastrous wreck occurred on the main
line of the Western Maryland railway
last midnight when a train of empty passenger
coaches met in a head-on collision
with an extra freight train at a point just
east of Pen-Mar, near an overhead bridge.
Five men are known to be dead, several
others are believed to be deed under
the wreckage, and a half dozen are injured.
several probably fatally.
The dead: Harry Herbig. freight engineer,
Ilagerstown: Frank Leiter, baggagemaster,
Highfleld, Md.: William H.
Eichelberger, freight conductor. Haterstown:
George Clayton, freight lire man,
and James McCaffrey, in charge of
cement shipment, Belmar, >a.
The seriously injured are: Coleman
Cook, passenger enginenian, Baltimore,
head and chest crushed, in semi-conscious
condition and will probably die; P. G.
Burgan, brakeman, Hagerstown. expected
to live: Oscar BLxler, assistant in
charge of cement shipment, Westminster.
i>ody crushed, condition serious.
Others slightly injured were: Engineman
J. H. Thompson, Ilagerstown, and
Fireman J. C. McWhitter, Baltimore, in
charge of engine No. tilo, which was
helping extra freight No. 757 over tlie
Buried Under Wreckage.
Several trainmen, reported to be dead,
but names not learned, are reported to be
burled under the wreckage, which will
not be cleared away for hoyrf.
The freight train that figured In the
wreck was known as extra No. 767, west
bound, while the train of empty coaches
was running as first No. 204. east bound.
The cause of the wreck Is not definitely
known, and the railway officials decline
to make a statement, pending an investigation.
One report is that the east-bound
train crew failed to stop at Edgemont
station for orders, which, if followed,
would have side tracked this train at
Blue Mountain, at a point west of the
scene of the wreck.
Running swiftly in the mountain section.
a short distance west of the highest
point in the Blue Ridge region, the.
two trains went together with & crash
that echoed for miles. One of the first
to reach the scene was Harry H. Myers,
who conducts a hotel and general store
near Pen Mar station. Mr. Myers at
once telephoned to the Western Maryland
headquarters In Hagerstown, and a wreck
train, with physicians aboard, was hurried
to the scene.
Injured Trainmen Aid Others.
When Mr. Myers arrived he found that
only three trainmen ha/1 managed to
crawl from under the wreckage. Although
injured, these men were already at work
trying to rescue their less fortunate comrades.
One by one the bodies were taken
out, some dead and others apparently dying
or injured beyond hope of recovery.
One of the most pitiful cases was that of
Fireman Clayton, whose leg had to be
amputated by the physicians before he
could be rescued. As the wreck occurred
in Pennsylvania, about fifty yards
north of the Mason and Dixon line. Coroner
Mcday of Franklin county directed
that the bodies be not removed from the
state until an inquest could be held.
Aboard the wreck train which left
Hagerstown short.y after midnight were
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the Western Maryland railroad, here, ami
Drs. W. Roth, Campbell. Wagaman and
Laughlin. They rendered aid to the Injured
and were later assisted bv physicians
from Waynesboro, who were hurried
to the scei^e by trolley.
Both engines were badly damaged, the
mail and express ears and one passenger
coach being smashed into splinters, and
eight freight cars, several loaded with
cement, were derailed and badly broken
up, the debris being piled high and scattered
over a large area.
Baggagemaater Frank loiter was a
son of Deputy Court Clerk George T.
Reiter of Hagerstowr,. and was formerly
a Western Maryland passenger conductor.
Heavy Traffic on Single Track.
Speaking of last night's wreck, which
was but a continuation of the series of
fatal wrecks on this road during the past
few months, a veteran railroad man
stated today that it was a plain case of
an effort to do a doulde-track business
on a single-track road. He pointed out
that since control of the Western Maryland
had passed to the New York Central
an enormous amount of freight
originating In and around Pittsburgh
and at points west of there was being
diverted to the Western Maryland, and
that this business was more than the
Western Maryland could handle on a
single track.
It is stated the interstate commerce
commission, which has been investigating
the recent wrecks on the Western Maryland,
will make thorough inquiry Into
ia-st night's disaster.
Insanity Ascribed by Jury as Cause
of Double Tragedy.
HRIOHTLINfiSEA, Eng., December 7.
?A verdict of "willful murder and suicide
whi.e insane" was returned by the coroner's
jury at the inquest today on the
bodies of Junius Booth, an American,
and liis wife, who were yesterday found
shot dead in bed here. None of the witnesses
called was able definitely to
identify Booth. They ail described him
, as an American who conducted cinematograph
shows and some of them declared
that he was addicted to drugs. Evidence
was Riven to show that he was very excitable
and was much worried because
his show had failed to pay. A note was
found in the bedroom, which said:
"I have Riven my wife a sleeping
draught to ease her pain. As 1 cannot
live without her I will give myself
Sir George Howard Darwin Dead.
DONDON, December 7.?8ir George
Howard Darwin, second son of the late
Charles Darwin, died this afternoon in
hlj sixty-eighth year. He was professor
of astronomy and experimental philosj
ophy at Cambridge University. He mar|
ried in 1M>1 Maud du Buy of Philadelphia.
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Electricity Price Fixing Meas-i
ure Also Offered
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Both Resolutions Referred to House
District Committee.
A resolution for an investigation of the
Washington <las Light Company aiul
another to cut the maximum price of
electric current in half in the District
of Columbia were introduced in the
House of Representatives today by Representative
Dobeek of Nebraska, a member
of the District committee and chairman
of a subcommittee which has been
investigating gas and electricity in this
Representative Doheck's gas resolution
follows the Investigation into the price of
gas and several resolutions regarding the
use. manufacture and sale of gas which
occupied the time of the subcommittee
at the last session.
it was determined then that no legislation
on the price of gas couid be framed
uy the committee unless a deep and
(.e.chnlcal investigation should be made.
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J IIt3 Lull aim llic icowiauvii ? ri c uuni
referred to the House committee 011 the
district of Columbia, and Mr. I -obeck
<a!d that he expected to he present in the
District committee room next Friday
ready to press the two measures.
The Gas Resolution.
The resolution providing1 for an investigation
of the physical valuation of
the Washington Gas Light Company
reads us'follows:
"Resolved, That the committee on the
District of Columbia of the House of
Representatives, or a subcommittee
ihereof, is hereby authorized to make an
investigation into the affairs of the
tVashlngton Gas Light Company, a corporation
authorized under and by \ irtue
acts of Congress, and doing business
in the District of Coiumnia, and to report
the facts to the House.
"In making such investigation said committee
shall especially inqu.re into the
cap.talization of said company, including
its stocks, bonds and cert Ideates of indebtedness.
when and by what authority
issued, their volume and value; also Its
holdings in other companies, their character
and value; also the extent, character,
cost and value of the physical properties
of said company, the cost of operation,
dividends declared, how and when
paid, the volume and qu&uty of gas som
and price collected therefor, the character
of service and ail other matters relating
to tile business of said corporation."
Electric Light Bill.
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II lit- Ulli 11'idUi.f, l>.> ill*: I'lftll iv; llglll snuation
In the District provides:
"That on and after the first day of
July. 1013, the maximum price of elect.ic
current sold or furnished by any person,
firm or corporation to any consumer in
the District of Columbia shall be reduced
from Its present maximum price of
to cents pe: Kilowatt hour to not exceeding:
5 cents per ki owatt hour, and
, any person, firm or corporation chargln
or collecting an amount in excess of the
rates herein prescribed shall be gui ty of
a misdemeanor and sha I pay to the District
of Columbia Sr>0 tor each and every
offense, to be collected as other funds
ate now collected In the District of Columbia."
Threatened With Assassination, He
Leaves Cuba for New York.
HAVANA, Cuba, December 7 "Bridgic"
Webber, one of the "informers" at
the Rosenthal murder trial, who arrived
here Wednesday, departed today on the
same vessel for New York, where he is
expected to arrive December 10.
The reason given for his. leaving was
that he had been threatened with assassination
if he remained in Cuba.
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Westnorl Crash on New Haven
Road Clearly Avoidable, Declares
Mr. McChord.
Severe criticism of the New York. New
Haven and Hartford Railroad Company is
contained in a report made today to the
interstate commerce commission by Commissioner
McChord upon the accident October
at Westport. Conn., in which
many persons were killed or injured.
The accident?a derailment of a passenger
tram en route from Boston to NewYork?was
practically a duplicate of the
distressing Bridgeport wreck on the same
system. Commissioner McChord personally
investigated the disaster, although
the duty of such inquiry usually is intrusted
to the chief inspector of safety
Making Up Time.
The commissioner's report says the accident
was due to the excessive speed of
the train as it passed a cross-over from
one track to another. The train was
twelve minutes behind time and the engineman
was endeavoring to make up the
Commissioner McChord holds that the
accident was clearly avoidable and would
not have occurred had reasonable precautions
been taken. In that connection
his report says:
"The commission is satistied that the
neglect to comply with the recommendations
in its report on the Bridgeport
wreck was largely a contributing cause
of the Wesport accident and its accompanying
loss of life. The recommendations
of this commission arc not mandatory.
if, however, they are ignored and
negleeted and large loss of life results
! therefrom, there cun be little doubt of
j our duty plainly to report it.
Duty of Officials.
"If railroad directors and managing officials
remain passive and give to sucn
occurrences on sucli serious eonsideratio.u
as the situation demands, then it beoome.tho
duty of public officials bluntly ant
plainly to point out to them their dut-t.
as trustees ot the safety of the travci
ing public. The appalling catastrophe,
of the last few years imperatively ca..
ujion all connected with railroad manage
ment tor more strenuous efforts to secur.
safety for those who travel."
Commissioner McChord strongly urge:
the adoption by all railroads Of an auto
ma tic train-stopping device to be used a
all such points of danger as cross-overs,
in an effort to "reduce these harrowin.
railroad, disasters to the limits of the unavoidable."
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Christmas Shopping
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Peace Envoys to Meet in St.
James' Palace.
List of Delegates From Turkey and
the Balkan Nations.
LONDON*. December 7.?The British
government has placed the historic St.
James Palace at the disposal of the peace
plenipotentiaries representing the Ottoman
empire and the allied Balkan nations
for the purpose of holding their
The meeting of the diplomats, which is
arranged for next Friday, December 13,
is looked forward to with great interest
here, and the hope prevails that the outcome
of the negotiations will be a settlement
of the Balkan question, which has
troubled Europe for so many years.
List of Delegates.
The delegates named by the different
countries to act on their behalf at the
conference are:
For Turkey, Tewfik Pasha, ambassador
in London: Nizami Pasha, ambassador in
Berlin and Rechad Pasha, minister of
For Servia, G. Novakovitch of the
Servian treasury department; A. Nikolitch,
speaker of the Servian parliament,
and Gen. Boyovitch.
For Mnntmpcro. ex-Premier Mivusko
vitch, M. Popovitch, formerly minister at
Constantinople; Count Veyovitch, chief of
the cabinet.
For Bulgaria, L>r. Guechoff, prime minister;
Dr. S. Daneff, speaker of the chamber
of Deputies, and Gen. Savoff or Gen.
It has not yet been definitely decided
whether Greece will send plenipotentiaries
to i>articipate with the representatives
of her allies in the peace negotiations
to be held here. In fact, a report
published this morning says she will enter
' nto separate peace negotiations with
. urkey in one of the European capitals,
vobably Vienna.
Cholera Is Spreading.
cholera is causing great havoc in tiie
ative quarters of the Turkish capital.
,t is officially admitted today that more
man 1,000 cases have occurred during
,ne last twenty days and that half of
hem have been fatal. This total, however,
is believed to be much below the
. eal figures, and the opinion is generally
expressed that the authorities are minimizing
the outbreak.
The prefect in a proclamation issued
today refers to the extent of the epidemic
and warns the public that failutc
lO notify cases of eiiolera to tne authorities
will be punished by fine and imprisonment.
Attitude of Austria.
PARIS, December 7.?Austria-Hungary
was at first opposed to the project put I
forward by Sir Edward Grey, the British
foreign minister, for a conference of
the ambassadors of the great powers, aecoidlng
to the Temps. She objected to
participating in the discussions if it ^-ere ;
ihe intention of the conference to debate ;
the question of giving Servia a port on j
the AHrlaHo i
Later Austria-Hungary waived her ob- ;
jeetion, on representations being made I
to her that the holding of a conference 1
would be without object and impossible if
all the great powers, as they had a right
to do. were to fo.low Austila-Hungary's
lead and stipulate beforehand what could
and what could not be discussed.
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Notification to Greece.
ROME. December 7. ? Both Italy and
Austria-Hungary have notliled Greece
that they cannot allow- the Albanian city
of Avlona or the surrounding country to
be occupied by a foreign state, according
to the Marquis dl San Giullano. the Itali- i
an premier, in reply to a question in the
chamber today* , |
nterstate Shipping of Money {I
Aimed at by Clapp.
IVould Halt "Dumping" of Funds by ^
Wealthy Communities.
Expects It to Form Basis for Measure
to Be Passed by Senate *
at This Session. j
Senator Clapp, chairman of the Senate I
committee that lias been investigating
campaign contributions and expenditures,
today introduced a bill that would pro- '
tiibit the sending of campaign funds from
me state to another to aid in the campaign
of candidates for President. Vice
President, representatives or senators.
The measure does not represent the
concerted action of the investigating com- (
mittee. but Was presented by Chairman
Clapp as Ids suggestion of the remedy !,
for excessive' use of monev for cam; aign '*
Statement to Senate.
In a statement to the Senate, in* declared
such a law would prevent the
"dumping" of great sums of money into
outlying states by wealthy communities
like New York.
"Tills bill is aimed to meet the vice of
gathering funds in large centers and then
sending them to distant states to inluence
the election of President. Vice
President, members of Congress or senators,"
said Mr. Claj p
At his request the bill was referred di- i
ectly to the investigating subcommittee, ,
K'ithout the usual formality of consideration
by one of the standing committees ''
ot the Senate. Senator Clapp stated that '
tie hoped the measure would form the i
tjasis for a bill to be passed by the Senite
at this session.
Against Interstate Shipping.
The bill would permit national political
ommittees to gather funds from any ;
state, to pay the expenses of traveling
md special trains, for candidates or
speakers; to pay for the distribution of
literature and the placing of advertisements.
Any collection of money in one
state and its distribution in another, however.
by a "person, firm, corporation.
association or committee," would be
punishable by a prison sentence of from
six months to one year for the persons
Men Who Convicted Claude Allen
Want His Sentence
Special Dispatch to The Star.
RICHMOND, Va_, December 7.?Practically
all the jurors who returned a verdict
of guilty of murder in the first degree
against Claude Swan son Allen, have
signed a petition to Gov. Mann asking
that the sentence be commuti*d to life imprisonment.
This was the announcement
made today hv an official who is interested
in preventing the execution of the
father and son, Floyd and Claude Allen,
Friday next. The petition and a letter
have been received here and will be
formally presented to Gov. Mann Monday.
The official said this morning:
"This letter and the petitions now in
hand are much stronger than anything
that has yet been presented to the governor.
We hope and believe that the
governor will agree to receive us Monday
morning and hear Just a brief statement.
"Miss Wissler, the sweetheart of Claude
Allen, has been a powerful factor in
working up the case, and to her effort is
largely due the collection of data that
will throw a new and strong light on the
side favoring the commutation. Miss
Wissler may not be here In person."
Firemen in Hospital, Four May Die.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn., December 7.?
Eight firemen are In hospitals here today
and four of them may die as the result
of being overcome by smoke in fighting
a blaze that destroyed four stores In
Gold and Main streets, with a loss of
J Betting on Honesty 1
By Bailey Millard
| ] | tells of the enormous busi- < j j
ness that has been built up ;;;
;;; by surety companies, who ;
risk, and sometimes lose,
j: millions, but often make |
many more millions by tak- >
ing chances on human na- ;
: ture. ::
i Christmas Bound to Live s
By Calllaa Shackelford
is not only timely, but in- j
tensely interesting. Not a j
mere history of the world- :::
wide festival is this, but a I
sympathetic study of the
great holiday, in times past ;
and present. Even the Brit- :
ish parliament could not kill ;
Christmas, and Mr. Shackelford
shows why,
I: _ \\\
; The Shadow Before
By Oeorgr Hlbbard
:: is a powerful ta!e of love :
:! and a threatened murder, j
with a psychological Inter- ; ;
pretatlon. One of Hibbard's ;
;; best. j j
; The Hallucination
By Hapaburs ljebe
is a talc of mountaineer life ;
; such as the young Tennessee ;
author so well knows how 1 :
;; to write. ?
i Sunday Magazine
Sunday Star 1
Representative Burleson Calls
on President Taft.
Desires That Commissioner Be Given
Best Assignment Possible.
He Is a Big-Hearted Man." Snys
Socialist, When Pardon Is
Granted to Soldier. j(
Representative Burleson. hainnatt of
t!ie subcommittee on tlie District of V'olumhia
of the appropriations eommittVe
of the House, conferred for more than
half an hour this morning with President
Taft over tlie contemplated nomination of
two District Commissioners and the transfer
of Col. Judson to the Panama canal,
to lie succeeded hv Col. Spencer Coshy
Mr. Burleson did not rnrr to discuss
the recommendations and suggestions lie
made to the President, hut it is understood
that he advised that Col. Judsou
In* given the very la-si assignment jxissitde
in tlie army and If snu to Panama
one of the highest posts there. He considers
Co!. Judson an aide man. Col.
Judson, it lias been asserted, was tieprincipal
adviser of Mr. Burleson in District
matters In tlie last session of Congress.
and did much to shape the course
followed liy Mr. Burelsoti in the appropriations
tliat were passed. Col Judson
was repeatedly in conference with Mr.
Burleson, while the District bid was being
made up. and gave his views freely
to tlie. subcommittee.
Goes to War Department.
From the White House Mr. Burleson
went to tlie War Department, where tlie
question of tlie transfer of Col. Judson
and the assignment of Col. 1 Yisby or
some other engineer officer is under consideration
by the Secretary of War.
'PK A Lt?. .ei.4 ,v?% t in 1 \eivi?tiinir t li.el e .a
i ur * ir^iurui i." ur^iuuil>8 a
irreat d^al about District commission*-! ship
timber and he would probably have
had a number of District callers today
but for his canceling all engagements
after 13 o'clock that he might write the
speech made before the governors in the
east room this afternoon.
Senator Oallinger and Representative
Johnson axe to ta.k with the President
on District subjects In a few days.
There* were many congressional visitors
at the White House the morning hour
These included Senators Oliver, Bacon,
Perkins. Smoot, Thornton, Curtis and
Owen; Representatives Madden, Levy,
Rodenberg, Sterling, Doremus, Dwight.
Cooper, Crumpacker, Clark of Florida and
Riley. Govs. Carroll and Bberh&rdt also
Berger Gets Soldier Freed.
Representative Berger of Milwaukee,
tlie lone socialist member of Congress,
worked hard today for the pardon of a
soldier as a Christinas present to the imprisoned
man, and he succeeded. He took
up with the President the case of Harold
A. Ohde, formerly of Milwaukee, who
was a private in the 13<ith Company Of
Coast Artillery.
"Ohde got drunk and was sentenced to
one year for that," Berger told the President.
"Then he told a small lie, a harmless
one, in connection with the drunk,
and got another year for that. He haa
served nine months, an outrage.
"Give the man his freedom for a < 'hriatmas
present, Mr. President?" asked Berger.
"I'll do it, Berger." said the President.
"Go to the War Department and tell
Stimson to have a report made to ine on
the case."
President Bie Hearted.
"The President Is a biff-hearted mail."
declared Berger as he left the White
House. "I wish the American p.?>pl?
knew him as some of us who deal with
him know him."
Thomas S. Hopkins, who is governor
general of the Society of the Mayflower,
invited the President to attend the annual
dinner of the society December 14.
The President found he had an engagement
for that night to attend the dinner
of the.Carabas Society, but he decided
that he would drop In on both gatherings
during the evening.
Peelle's Retirement.
Justice Peelle of the Court of Claims
had an appointment with the President today,
but will call next week. The information
Is that Justice Peelle will retire
from the court in January, when lie
will be eligible for retirement. The President
will nominate to fill the vacancy
Henry S. Boutell, now minister to Switzerland,
and formerly a member of th<*
House of Representatives from Illinois.
There is doubt whether the Senate will
confirm the nomination of a republican
to this position, owing to the democratic
attitude on nominations.
Dined With Jackson. '
President Taft had a letter a few da|W
ago from Edmund Berkeley of Haymas^
ket, Va., eighty-nine years old. who llnaS
with President Jackson In the Wbth
House seventy-five years ago. Mr. Berkeley
is the only man 11 ring, he statea. whs
dined In the White House that maByyears
ago. Mr. Berkeley la so active, he
states, that he does not use glasses to
read or write, and only a few days ago
killed a number of partridges on the wlag.
FUunei Discovered in Suite Occupied
by Washington Student.
PRIKCETTON, N. December 7.?FTrs
which for a time threatened the whole
of Witherspoon Hall, one of the university's
largest dormitories, was discovered
early this morning i na suite occupied
by XL M. Dixon of Washington. D.
and M. XL Crlchlow of Salt Lake City,
both members of the senior class.
Practically the entire student body responded
to the emergency call and formed
a bucket brigade, whlab fought the Are
until the arrival of the town Are department.
The fire was confined to three
suites. The damage amounted to about
President-to-lbe Wood row Wilson room*
ed In Wltherspoon Hall during his undergraduate
Man Who Prevented Kidnaping of
Young Woman Is Murdered.
NEW YORK, December 7.?A sequel
to a frustrated plot to kidnap a young
woman a week ago was the killing before
daybreak today of Salvatore Tripodo,
who rescued her from four men
who had been about to carry her off
In a taxlcab. Tripodo was shot down
just outside his home In an East Fide
tenement house. The assailant escaped.

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