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Increasing cloudiness and warm er today, probably rain. Monday fair and somewhat colder. FULL REPORT ON PAGE THREE. No. 453.?No. 19,429. AVASHINGTON, D. C., SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 7. 1913.* II Says the District Has Prac ticed Extortion Upon the United States. REPORT TO CONGRESS MADE LATE YESTERDAY Dangerous Measure May Come Up in the House for Discussion Tomorrow. With the charge that the District of Columbia has practiced extortion upon the United States in treating the rent of the Washington Market Company as a revenue and having .. matched by an e<)iial sum by the United States I reas ury In appropriations. Representative Hen Johnson, chairman of the House com mittee on the District of Columbia, ex plained. In a report to Congress made late yesterday, the merits of his recent bill ? xemp in? about fcVHi.OOO of District revenues frmi the principle of the half and-half plan of appropriation. The District committee Friday ordered the bill reported, after hearing Mr. John son's explanation of his views. Although this bill is the most danger ous to the organic act of the District of Columbia of ull the legislative pro posals that have been aired around the Capitol recently, no citizen has asked for a hearing on it?the bill was introduced and reported .almost the tirst hour the District committee could get together. This bill may be taKen up for discus sion in the House tomorrow. If it passes it will be the tirst inroad Representative Johnson has vet been able to make on the half-and-half plan, but it may be speedily followed by others. Provisions of the Bill. As explained in The Star on previous occasions, the bill provides that nione> from liijuor licenses, market company rent, tisli wharf licenses, revenue from the passage of cars over the Highway bridge and from all other licenses and fees derived from the use of property in which the United States has an interest shall not be matched bv an equal sum from the I'nited States in appropriations. "For many years." says the report, nia>le by Air. Johnson yesterday. "the Commissioners of the District of Colum bia have made their estimates for ex penses sufficiently large to annually exhaust the District treasury. When those estimates are being made up the actual needs of the District of Columbia are not given as much consideration as is the desire to spend every dollar obtaina ble. In this way the Commissioners have grown into the habit, not so much of estimating the expenses of the District of Columbia, but oi ascertaining the last dollar of revenue and then providing for expenditures. Every dollar that comes into the District treasury is treated as a revenue, which the l.'nited States is asked to match with an equal sum. Whenever the United States becomes generous toward the District of Colum bia, beyond contributing to the payment of halt of all Its expenses, that gener osity or contribution is treated by the financial agents of the district as a reve nue. which must be matched by an ad ditional like sum of money by the United States. "Subject to* the unwise lease made a number of years ago of the property at 7th street and Pennsylvania avenue up m which stand tiie buildin'-s of the Wash ington Market Company, the United States owns the land. The Washington Market Company, since 1871. has been paying to the District of Columbia ?7.r>?; per annum as rental for property owned by the I'nited States. This is a gift pure | ar.d simple from the United fa.ates to the i District of Columbia. Noi withstanding this fact the District has ftated this :7.30? per annum as a revenue, against which the United States has put up i~.'< additional each and every year since 1K71. "In other words, the District of Co lumbia. the beneficiary of the United States, has so treated this gift as to ex tort from the 1'nite;! States a likr- sum annually. When Congress passe:! this act making this donation to the D'strict of Columbia it is reasonably certain that Congress did not then think the District of Columbia would so handle her finan cial accounts as to extract from the Treasury of the I'nited States double that amount. What Act Provided. "The act of Congress which granted a c arter to the Washington Market Com pany provided that said company should pay t tiie District of Columbia as rental for the above mentioned property the sun oi ??>.'RX> per annum; and further provided that this amount should go to the poor of the District of Columbia. Shortly aft'-r the passage of the congres sional a,-t of Ma> 'J", 1 *7<'. which fix'd ! ' < rental at f'_To:<)0 the market company. '?> a piece of legerdemain, succeeded in havinu the authorities of tne District of Columbia inot Congress) r?->iuce this ren tal to ST .?>?) per annum." This will b.> more 11:K> g'>;;? into in a future report, >a>> Mr. Joimaon. "The J7.."> o annual rental." the paper ? ontlnues, "since 1N71. forty-two years, amounts to all of which should have gone to the poor |>eople of the Dis trict of < olumbia, ut not a single dollar of it lias gone to them. The District of Columbia ha.- treated this ;is a revenue of the District which the fed eral government sir;.-, lsts has matched by ptutii.^ ip another *7.,V? i annually, there'>v inaiiing the total am -unt approxi mately whi>"h is simply ,t gift of the 1 nited States to the !> strict of Co lumbia over and above the half-and-half contribution annually mad- . ' or many years the federal govern met<* has be# n subsidizing the liquor; traftir hi the District of Columbia t<> the! extent of nearly half a million dollars annually < '.njtresji has power over the granting of all licenses relative to tin sale or liq uor> in the District. For each ,c. ns. io --el'. liquors in the District of c?.|un: >!a the District receives the sum ? ?f .?].?# while the federal government :e.-eives the sum of *J.Y The ?t1,o>n> re ve?l . v tli?* District of Columbia is ? .11? i by the District as a revenue, ....ai i- hi?-h tht federal government is ? ompelle'l. .u^ler .-xlstiriR law, to put up mi additional .<1.)"*>. Therefore the fed ? ? al -jivernmei t is p.-naliz. d to the extent of annually on evi rv li?juor license granted in the District of ?"olumbia. "! ?uring the last ten years the District <?f Columbia has collected from liquor licenses the sum o! f 7i?, which ii.is been treated by the Distri# t as a rev enue. To match which the federal gov t'j nnDfrit fias put jtn e?ju;il sum. The M.t>M,7n v% hlch the federal ?;overnment has paid out of the public Treasury belonged to all the people ..f the United States millions of whom are op posed to having a tax placed upon what tiny cat and wear in order to lend in ducement to the District of Columbia to in'rease the number of barrooms in the Nation's Capital." Honor Bestowed on M. Dejean. i'ARlS. December <?.- M. iJejean. first secretary of tin. French embassy at Washington, has been appointed assist ant general commissioner for France a,*. the l';Uiania.-Fuciiio exposition. IS NOW CANDIDATE 1 FDR STATUARY HALL "Butch" McDevitt Breaks His Long Silence With an Am bitious Proposal. COMING HERE. SO HE SAYS, IN SPECIAL TRAIN SOON Declares He Will Be Accompanied by a Band and Vocalists Who Can Sing in Irish. Special Dispatch tn The Smr. PHILADELPHIA. Pa.. December 6.? The "most successful failure in the world" will be the next candidate for a place in Statuary Hj.11 at Washington. "Butch" McDevitt, who was a million aire for a day. and believes with all his heart that money is only good for! what it will buy; who likes special trains better than marriage, good fel- 1 low-ship better than place and pelf? 'Butch" John J. McDevitt, late of W ilkes-Barre, Pa., but now a guest of Countess Eugenia Hildegarde von Boos at Landsdowne, would plant his statue beside that of famous men in the Na tional Capital the second week of Jan uary next. 'War clouds are hanging all over the horizon, began "Butch" toni-ht. "just like the day 1 was born. There was a! coal strike a-goin oil. Two things' happened in that year. ls7t>? 1 was born and the Philadelphia centennial. 1 acted similar to other children until the age of two. when it was observed' * was not an ordinary child. Ever since the day they gave me ?33,O00 to get off the tieket in Luzerne county, and I took that little journey to New York, my fame has been grow ing. It s now at fever heat. the burst ing point, you would say if it was a pimple. "Here is the next great contribution to the literature of the world." "Butch" pointed to the manuscripts lying about him on the table, for. be it known, he has sought the quiet of J Landsdowne in order to complete his1 autobiography. "Here is the masterpiece that is going j to buy my next special train the second ' week of January, when 1 take my statue 1 down to Washington and place it in the hall of fame." He paused and read ex cerpts from his autobiography. Where the Money Comes From. "You want to know how I'm going to pay for that marble bust they're making of me over there in New York and how I'm going to pay for that special train, the wine, the cigars, the band, the en pine and the cars, to say nothing of the vocalists, who will be instructed to sing in all languages, especially Irish? I'll tell you. "These." he said, waving the manu scripts above his head, "are already sold; Fold, mind you, before they're finished. "I guess we're going to pay that sculp tor and the railroad all right, aren't we," he said, gleefully. "And what are we going to do if they don't let us put the statue in the hall of fame? "Give yourself a mental picture of me, I. myself, John Jay McDevitt, standing before the committee on artistic furnish ings of the National Capital and asking permission to set up my statue. Imagine the pompous gentleman in the frock coat explaining that it can't be done. What will be the next move? How will I get out of the National Capital without los ing my self-respect and the last word in the argument? "It's all as clear us dominoes to me. I have my purchasing agents out look ing even now for an island in the West Indian waters, just the size for rny king dom. I'm going to set myself up as a dictator, oligarchy and b-e-l-o-n-a not withstanding. And we will declare war ori the ("nited States for the insult of fered to the King of Acre. It is to be just one acre in size, that island. And I'm to be king of Acre. With the war clouds hanging all around the southern end of the United .States, as they are at present, I hardly think they will dare set off our tinder. Now, honest Injun, do you?" SENATORS!1 AN ISSUE California Progressives Re pudiate Republican Party and Lay Campaign Plans. SAN FKANCISCO. December 6.?Pro gressives of every congressional dis trict of the state met here in party conference today, repudiated their one time affiliation with the national re publican party, cheered their leader. Gov. Hiram Johnson, and prepared to consider the senatorial situation as it affects the next candidate of the party for governor. Francis J. Heney and Chester Howell of Fresno are candidates to succeed Senator Perkins, whose term expires next year, and who will not be a can didate for re-election. There has been a feeling that this ri valry ought to be settled before it went ! to the primaries. Many leaders who counseled settlement urged Gov. Johnson as the strongest man to represent the party nationally. Opposed to this group was one which argued that Johnson was needed in the state to hold his party to gether as a candidate for governor again. It was expected the governor's set speech would point out a way of settle ment, but the executive ignored the sub ject. He exhorted all progressives to stand together and tight hard. None o! the leaders seems any nearer a solution of their differences than they were when the conference opened. | GOV. GLYNN'S BILLS READY Abolition of the State Convention for Nominations Provided. ALBANY, N. Y., December <>.?Aboli I tion or the state convention as a nonii nating body, adoption of the Massachu | setts form of ballot at primary and gen eral elections and the nomination of | I "nited States senators at primary elec ' tions are provided for in bills ' which Gov. Glynn will send to the legislature next week. By the Massachusetts ballot party em blems will be eliminated at primary elec tions and figures will be substituted for the convenience of those who have dif ficulty in marking their ballots. The ef fect of the laws will be state-wide. I he bills will go to the legislature next ZVii wlth the support of all i?kcuun& ul tnc dcinucraUc party. Claiming to Be Her Father, In diana Man Wires for Her to Be Returned. I PHOTOGRAPH SENT HERE MAY UNTANGLE PUZZLE Attorney Declares Police Thought She Had Done Wrong and Tried to ' Bluff" Her. Louise Ferris, the name Riven by the girl who was arrested last Thursday ! night and around whose identity much mystery has been thrown, started on a hunger strike yesterday afternoon, but late last ninht changed her mind. She was returned to the house of detention | yesterday afternoon, when the effort made by Albert H. Lovett for her re lease on a writ of habeas corpus failed, j Chagrined at being sent back to the institution, she refused to eat. Officials at the house of detention, how ever, refused to take much stock in her hunger strike. They said she told them the other day that on several occasions she abstained from food for days at a time. Dispatches from Princeton, Ind., last night said: "Three members of the fam ily of Miss Mary Louise Karris recently were inilicted by a federal grand jury upon charges of violating the postal laws in conducting a matrimonial bureau here. Her father. Martin \V. Karris; her moth er and a sister were alleged to have swin dled men in many parts of the country with their scheme. "According to the government agents the daughter answered letters which pro posed marriage and promised to go to the men upon receiving money to pay her expenses. This, the government charged, she failed to do. It also was alleged she received many presents from her numer ous fiances. , "Farris, who formerly was city mar shal here, today telegraphed the Wash ington police asking thern to send his daughter home and requesting that the jewelry she had be expressed to him. He ' did not explain how Miss Mary acquired j such a large assortment of rings." The difference in the name?whether it is Ferris or Farris?the Washington po lice say, is explained by the girl, who told the police that some of her rela tives spelled it Ferris and some Farris. Her Picture Sent Here. Yesterday afternoon after Justice Barnard refused to discharge the girl from custody a number of telegrams passed between Princeton, Ind., where Miss Ferris resided, and officials in this city. United States Attorney Charles W. Miller, at Princeton, last night mailed to United States Attorney Clarence Wilson a photograph of Mary Ferris, daughter of Martin W. Ferris, who Is under indict ment in Indiana in connection with the conduct of a matrimonial bureau. Messages exchanged between the Princeton police, Martin W. Ferris and the local police yesteiday afternoon con tained the suggestion that the girl in custody is Mary or Tressie Ferris, daugh ter of -Martin and Emma Ferris. Attor ney M. E. O'Brien, who appeared yes- | terday as the girl's counsel, last night told a reporter that his client is not a daughter of the Ferris' mentioned in the Princeton dispatches. "She is a niece of Martin Ferris," said the lawyer, "although she was always known as his daughter." Attorney O'Brien declared that Miss Ferris has not done any wrong, and when she is presented in court tomorrow morning, he said, he is certain she will be discharged. "Louise Ferris, under arrest, is my daughter.-' Martin Ferris wired Maj. Syl vester. "Yes; buy her a ticket for Prince ton, put her on a train and send her home. Ship money and jewelry by ex press after deducting expenses. "Wire answer when she leaves."' From D. J. Haley, chief of police of Princeton. Maj. Sylvester received a mes sage saying he hail reason to believe that the girl in custody is Louise or Tressie Kerris, daughter of Martin and Kmma Ferris. Chief Haley ventured the information that Kerris thinks the girl is his daugh ter, but he refuses to say any more ac cording to the chief. It is stated in the message that Mary Ferris has an im pediment in her speech, and her descrip tion is given. "The description in the message," said one of the officers interested in the case, "tallies with that of the girl under ar rest and she has an impediment in her speech when she is excited. When Miss Ferris came to this city, the police say, she was accompanied b> Martin Ferris, said to be her father, anil was left in charge of a physician who is a friend of her father's to be eared for until later. It is thought by the police that she intended to return home when the case in Indiana was disposed of in court. Martin Ferris, it is stated, went to the Capitol and saw Representative Lieb of Indiana to complain against the post office authorities. Complained of Mail Trouble. The complaint he made, it is stated, was about the handling of his mail, his claims haVing been that his court trou bles were brought on by persons con nected with the postal service. He re turned to Indiana, and tne girl remained here, occupying a room in a yth street house. It was because of her hysterica] condition, it is stated, that an occupant of the house took an interest in the girl arm interested others. Miss Ferris was well supplied with funds about three weeks ago, when she went to police headquarters to settle a dispute about the payment of a bill for room rent, and she readily settled the bill. It is said she also wore a number of articles of jewelry at that time The jewelry taken from lier and that recovered in her room, the police say. is worth about $1,250, making her cash and jewelry represent about $2,000. The young woman was disappointed yesterday afternoon at the failure of the effort to free her, and she com plained bitterly when she was returned to the house of detention. "Why do I have to come back here?" she asked, having declared she had done nothing wrong, and did not know why she was being detained. "If people wanted to befriend me." she stated, "why did they not offe- nie a good home with them? 1 am used to better than I have here." According to information received from Chief Haley of Princeton, Mfry or Tres sie Ferris has_ been away from there since August !?>. Not much was seen of her in Prin?*ton. the chief stated. Attorney O'Brien last nisrht conferred with Detective Burlingame about his client's case. He later told a Star re porter that since the receipt by the po lice of the letter from Kerris he had spnt Mr. F crris a. dispatch concerning the girl s identity, and said he expected to receive an answer before morning "The girl is innocent," he declared ?She has never been i t/arged with any offense, and when the case comes b? (Continucd on Second Page.) SQUASH CENTER COMMEVib JN T11E PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE. Passengers on Runaway En dangered After Engine Blows Up, Killing One. ROANOKE, Va., December fi.-An en gine drawing a fast passenger train blew up this morning at 7:1."> o'clock about a quarter ?f a mile east of Willis twenty mi'es from Bluefield, on the Nor folk and Western railroad, killing the fireman, C. M. Virts of Roanoke, and slightly injuring Engineer Linkous. The force of the explosion was downward, and Norfolk and Western officials say it was due to the blowing out of a crown sheet. Engineer Linkous was blown through the window of the cab. but fell beside the engine only slightly bruised on the leg. Fireman Virts had just finished putting in "a fire" and was in front of the fire box door. He was blown off his feet, going through a maze of telephone wires into a field, leaving parts of his clothing swinging to the wires. The body was horribly burned and had two bad wounds in the head. He died within twenty minutes after being found. The presence of mind and prompt ac tion of W. C. Sale, a railway mail clerk, probably averted a serious wreck. The train was running away when Sale dis covered the engineer and fireman were missing. He pulled the emergency cord and stopped the train. Traffic . was de layed four hours. THREE DIE IN EXPLOSION. Windows in Two New Jersey Towns Smashed and Buildings Rocked. MI1.LVIL.LE. N. J., December Nearly every window glass in Millville and the nearby town of Bonhamton was broken, a forest lire was started and build, iligs a mile away were rocked as though by an earthquake by an explosion today in the smokeless powder and dynamite factory of the international Praeposit Company, on the edge of Millville. Three buildings at the plant were blown into matchwood and three workmen were killed. Flames from the debris spread to the surrounding forest and threatened the storehouses of the company, containing thousands of pounds of explosives. A large force of men was set to work to check them. The fiames in the woods were put out before they reached the storehouse. The men killed were Charles Bradley, foreman; h!s son, Charles, and Leo Snyder. The company manufactures smokeless powder and dynamite. PLAN GRAPE JUICE COCKTAILS. To Be Served in Bryan's Honor at Kansas Democracy Banquet. TOPEKA, Kan., December t>.?At the annual banquet of the State Democratic Club here January 5. William J. Bryan, Secretary of State, will be the principal speaker. In celebration of the coming of the Nebraskan. a grape juice -cocktail will be served to the 2,000 men and women who will attend. Two hundred and fifty gallons of grape juice have been ordered. "HARVESTER KING" DYING. William Deering in Critical Condi tion at Miami, Fla. MIAMI, Fla-, December H.?William Deering. the "harvester king," is lying critically ill of a paralytic stroke at his country home five miles south of Miami. He was brought to Miami in a helpless condition several weeks ago, and taken to his residence in an ambu'ance. Deering is eighty-eight years old. No hope is entertained by relatives and friends here, who regard his condition as serious and say that it is merely a matter of time until death comes. His wife and sons, Charles and Jam?ti, are at his bedside. BELIEVE LOPEZ ESCAPED Search of More Than Half of Mine Fails to Reveal Slayer of Six. BINGHAM. Utah, December Search of more than half the Utah-Apex mine for Ralph Lopez. Mexican desperado, was completed tonight without result. The probability is that the slayer of six men has escaped. The poisonous gases forced into the mine for the purpose of asphyxiating I.opez, following his killing of two dep uties in an underground fight a week ago, were cleared from all the passage ways and tonight the search was contin ued in parts not yet explored. The clearing away of a cave-in in the upper workings showed that Lopez had not taken refuge in the stope behind it, as had been supposed. More, than 200 miners, who were thrown out of em plovment when the mine was closed in order to fill it with gas, returned to work in the lower levels today. PHOEBE COUZINS IS DEAD. Was First Woman Lawyer and First United States Marshal. ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 0.?Miss Fhoebe Couzins died here this afternoon at the age of seventy-two years. Death came as the result of a long illness which she had suffered in pov erty in a squalid room in a erowded sec tion of the city. Appeals for assistance recently had been made by friends in her behalf. Frequently in recent years she had sought aid from the federal gov ernment and from breweries, whose cause she had chanipioued in many campaigns against prohibitory legislation. Miss Couzins was the first woman law yer in the United States, having grad uated from the Washington University Law School. She also was the first wom an to become a United States marshal. STEAMSHIP IS BEACHED. Seminole Not Believed to Be in Dan ger at Puerto Plata. SANTO DOMINGO. December 6.?'The Clyde line steamship Seminole, which has been beached at Puerto I'lata, on the north coast, is not believed to be in a serious condition, according to the latest advices received here The Seminole, which sailed from New York last Saturday for ports in the West Indies, struck some obstruction while en tering the harbor of Puerto Plata and began to take water rapidly. She was run ashore to prevent her sinking. Part of her cargo was landed, in a slightly damaged condition. Efforts are now be ing made to repair the steamship so that she can proceed on her voyage. Considerable water has been pumped j out of the vessel and the cargo in the lower hold has been sreatly damaged. A German steamer, on entering the Pu erto Plata harbor this morning, hit the same obstruction, the nature of which has not been ascertained. This steamer escapyd injury. MANY MAINE DIVORCES. I "Brake Must Be Put On," Judge of That State Declares. PORTLAND, Me., December 0.?"If marriage is to mean any thing, a brake must be put on the granting of divorces," said Judge Jose Connor y in the superior court today when he Insisted that all the facts in a case on trial should be pre sented, "I'm not going to grant divorces," he continued, "to accommodate people or be cause they want to t>take up with some other man or woman." JudKe Connolly quoted statistics show ing the ratio of divorce in Maine is 1 to every 0.55 marriages; while in Kansas it is 1 to 12; Massachusetts i 1 to 17; in Minnesota 1 to 24, and la llary land 1 to 51. t * Kaiser Declares Its Constitu tional Rights Shall Have Stricter Observance. BERLIN, December 6.?The constitu tion of Alsace-Lorraine is not going to be "smashed into fragments," nor is the territory to be made into a Prussian province, as Emperor William was re ported to have threatened in a moment of anger last year over the Alsatians conduct. Now comes the declaration from him that its constitution shall be upheld. The official Strassburg Corre spondence, in an article announcing the transfer of the Zabern garrison, says: "Furthermore, the viceroy has firm as surance from the emperor of his will that hereafter the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Alsace-Lorraine shall tind strict er observance in all respects." The return of Count Charles von Wedel, the governor general of Aisace-Lorraine, from Donaueschingen recalls the return of Chancellor von Buelow from an inter view with the emperor during the excite ment over the famous Emperor William interview, which appeared in the London Daily Telegraph in October, 10U&. Chan cellor von Buelow was then able to an nounce that his majesty had promised to impose greater restraint upon himself. Now comes the governor general of Al sace-Lorraine with the important declara tion of the emperor's will that the gov ernment shall be a government of laws. IS SAME CALIBER BULLET. ! Another Point Made in Mayfield, Ky., Murder Case. MAYFIELD, Kv., December ?>.?A bullet removed from the body of Hush Atchi son in the cemetery at Bardwell this afternoon proved to be of the same cal iber as those used in the pistol with which Miss May Copeland declared she killed Atchison in his home last July. A jury before which Miss Copeland and Lucien Turk, her (iance, had been on trial, charged with Atchison's murder, was discharged yesterday after it failed to agree. It was the contention of the prosecution that Turk, not Miss Copeland, tiled the shot that killed Atchison, and today's autopsy was aimed at clearing up any doubt on this i?oint. Miss Copeland as serted she killed Atchison, who was her brother-in-law, because ho had wronged her. FORBES WILL BE HONORED. Former Governor General of Philip pines to Be Tendered Dinner. NEW YORK, December ?>.? A compli mentary dinner to W. Cameron Forbes, just returned from the Philippines, oi which he was governor general, will be given here Friday, December IP, by the Philippine Society and the Harmony Club of America, it was announced tonight Former President W. H. Taft will presidt and be one of the speakers. Mr. Forbes. Dean C. Worcester, secretary of trie in terior of the Phi ippines from 15*>l to lJU.'t. and Judge Almet F. Jenks are others who will speak. The dinner, it is announced, is to he non-partisan in character and is intend ed to constitute a tribute to Mr. Forbes work as this country's representative dur ing his service in the Philippines. TOBACCO MOVES SLOWLY. Kentucky Banks Get Extension of Crop-Moving Loan. LEXINGTON. Ky.. December ?.-The United States Treasury Department to day extended for thirty days a loan of $:$75,<?00 made to three Lexington banks out of the national crop moving fund. The request for the extension was made because the tobacco crop, the principal product of central and eastern Kentucky, Hb being moved slowly. About hundred million pounds of tobacco will be handled in Kentucky. LONG PEACE TALK SENDS HOUSE HOME ? Attendance Dwindles From 200 to 5 as Hensley Reso lution Is Debated, x MAY VOTE TOMORROW ON NAVAL HOLIDAY IDEA i Schedule of Ten Members to Speak an Hour Each Proved Last Straw. Although "international peace." one of the moat comprehensive subjects before the Sixty-third Congress. was discussed on the floor of the House yesterday after noon. the attendance of that body dwin dled from about "joo at noon to al?out tive when the House adjourned Fully six hours of talk on the Hensley resolution, pledging the House to auree with the Winston Churchill proposition of a naval holiday for one year, occupied the time of the lower legislative body yesterday, and whether or not the House Relieves in a suspension of naval activi ties on the part of the world's powers will possibly be known tomorrow, w hen a vote may be taken. However, no matter how hot was the oratory and no matter how deep into the subject the speakers delved, the attend ance of the House simply dwindled, so that when Representative Sloan of Ne braska. in a frock coat, arose at 4 o'clock with a ripping >good speech, but a dozen and a half members were present. One of the notable addresses in favor of universal peace and a naval holiday was delivered by Representative Hullngs of Pennsylvania, a warrior who has seen service with the Pennsylvania volun teers and who fought during the Span ish war. Mr. Hulings, who is also known as "general." accompanied Gen. Miles and his famous porcelain tub to Porto Rico, in 'JJ8. As a man who had stood in his place on the firing line. Mr. Hul ings assured his colleagues that Sherman struck the right note when he charac terized war as "hell." Nearly All Agree With Huling-s. Nearly all the members of the House agree with Representative Hullngs. Near ly all of them agree with the Hensley resolution that the President be asked to let the world powers know that the United States is ready to begin a naval holiday?but very few stay around while it is being discussed When Representative Sloan concluded his speech Representative Townsend, who loves the good things of life, mildly reminded the Speaker that It was nearly dinner time. "Some of us here indulge in the hope that we may be able to get away in time for an early dinner," he remarked. However, the Speaker announced that Representative Hardy of Texas was due to speak for one hour. Mr. Townsend left. "How many more gentlemen are sched uled to speajj?" asked Representative Mann. "Ten members are down for one hour each," responded the Speaker. Ten minutes later, while Representa tive Hardy was saying that the Hensley resolution was one of the greatest meas ures ever placed before any Congress, bound to attract attention from one end of the world to the other, eleven mem bers were discernible from the galleries, but each and every one applauded Mr. Hardy. Five minutes later eight mem bers were present. In order to keep the House from dissolving into Representa tive Hftrtfy and Sj?eaker Clark and Joe Sinnott. the doorkeeper, some one sensi bly made a motion to adjourn. BADS CITIZENS' CLOTHES Chicago Police May Doff Uni forms Only With Knowledge of Their Wives. Special Dispatch to The Star. CHICAGO, December 6.?Every uni formed policeman in Chicago was last night put on parole to his wife or mother or whoever is at the head of his house hold. Chief Gleason issued an ordei that no uniformed man shall wear citi zens' clothes unless he has first gone home so that his family rtiay know that he is off duty. "Chicago is the only city, so far as I know, which compels its policemen t< wear their uniforms all the. time unless they have permission from the command ing otfb? r to wear citizens' clothes," suiu the chief. Must Go Home First. "Now. I'm going farther with this thing. No man shall keep his citizens' clothes around the corner from the station, raalu the change and go out for the evening while his family thinks he is at work. He must go home tirst. "In other words, if he goes out at night he will o with the approval or knowledge of his wife or his mother. "Any man disregarding this order will be liable to trial before the board. It nia> be hard to get a line on all the ! offenders at lirst, .but we'll land them all j in time." BURNED EATS TO DEATH. Cleveland Man Will Be Tried on Animal Cruelty Charge. CLEVELAND. Ohio. December ??.?"Is it cruelty to animals to burn rats to death?" This question will be decided in the local courts some time next week, when Stephen Carman will be tried on a charge of cruelty to animals. ]>referr?*d by H. K. Ferry, officer of the Humane Society. Ferry caused Carman's arrest rfter he cremated tive rats he had caught in a cage last night A local attorney will defend Carman free of charge. He wi 1 contend that it is no more cruel to burn a rat than it is to give it rat poison, tne action of which, he claims, is slow and painful. Bishop Divorce Decree Signed. NEW YORK, December 6.-A final de cree divorcing Mrs. Abigail Hancock Bishop and James Cunningham Bishop, a New York banker, was signed today. Six weeks or so ago the time limit expired for making Mrs. Bishop's interlocutory decree final, and she was still undecided whether to have this done. Bishop suc cessfully appealed to the courts to compel her to take out a final decree. * So Gen. Villa Believes as He Moves Cautiously on to Chihuahua. TO OCCUPY THAT CAPITAL AT NOON TODAY, HE SAYS Does Not Expect to Be Unresisted in Advance Toward Mexico City and Will Mass Troops. JFARFZ. M? x., December ?? The f.-.-l ing spread ann'ng rei>??l leader* today fiat I the Huerta government was preparing some sinister surprises in connection wltii the projected march of ';? n. Francisco Villa's army toward Mexico <'itv Tiiat tiie federal troops had abandon?*d nearly all of the northern part of the republic, after they had been beaten | and forced to seek safety in the moun j tains or on the 1'nited States border; and that Gen Salvador Mercado, the federal commander, had pronoun. ed hi* forces bankrupt, was not accepted as in dicating that the rebels will be unre sisted in their advance south. Some ijelief was expressed that the fed erals had an object in evacuating Chi huahua and other isolated federal garri sons where it was impossible for theni ! to do much more titan defend themselves. ! and that their purpose in abandoning their posts was to permit a more con certed and energetic defense in the cen tral and southern states where fo.-ts are more numerous and communication among them easier. Villa to Mass 20.000 Mei*. Gen. Villa's intention to augment his present army of by scattered bands about Torreon and Zacatecas and to mans a solid force of or more rebels on the march to Mexico City would place | ttte rebels in a unique position Heretofore they have been scattered, while the strength of tlie federals was divided by their having to garris<-n the northern cities. As the rebels gain territory tin rela tive positions of the federals and rebels will be reversed, the latter having t > pro tect what they have won. while t!-> fed erals will be more at liberty for aggres sive lighting. It was this conditio^ that led Villa to consider whether th? gov ernment at Mexico City was not planning a cimpaign of considerable extent fa rther south in which the comparatively imdis ' cipiined rebel forces might have t<* con tend with greater numbers arid superior fighting machinery. Noon tomorrow was tixed by Gen Villa for his entry into Chihuauua, the stale capital evacuated a week ago by Gen. Mercado. who with six other general* and troops and civilian? are fleeing toward the border at Ojinaga. Is Thirty Miles From Chihuahua. _ _ Gen. Villa was encamped at 8auc to night. about thirty miles north of Ci?4 huahua. Communication between the city and his capital was by courier, as the telegraph between the two points had not been restored. Federico Moye. the civil governor, an nounced his readiness to turn the citjr over to the new authority. It Is the first time since tlie days before President Diaz that this capital had changed au thority while a revolution was pend ing. The event will be signalized by the ringing of bells and the blowing of bugles. Word came from the viefn'ty of Ojinaga, on the Texas border, that Gen. Mercado and the other federal officer* and troops were moving slowly, and that many of the civilians were oil foot. The rebels had promised not to disturb them until the border was re?i?hed. The picturesque exodus of tlie people across the desert has attracted .thou sands of persons to Presidio, opposite Ojin^a. Somewhere behind tlie refugees bul lion train is strangling across? the desert with 12,500,000 worth of metal from the silver mines at ParraJ. Parral has been cut off from train service for months, and it was decided to bring the silver to the border in wagons. Villa Repairs Damage. Reconstruction the telegraph lines and temporary rebuilding of the railfoads, marking the first semblance of peaceful industry in northern Mexico in 'nany months, occupied Gen. Francisco Vilia's rebel army today. Almost the entire line from .Pare* southward is guarded by rebels to pre vent fugitive federal troops from cutting it. Both telegraph ajid railroad are still only in a temporary stage of repair and Gen. Villa has decided to take tiis time with reconstruction, since he believer, the federal troops have been thoroughly ?out ed and there is not much pros|?e< . oB early fighting. Intimations have reached the rebel that Gen. Huerta would welcome" the massing of a large body of rebels ii- the southern territory, and would even en courage their passage into the interior, with a view of preparing for them .<t a given point, ami then attempting to *io%v them, down with machine guns and-su perior numbers. Thousands of the r?>els are undisciplined and accustomed Vri'y to guerrilla tactics in fighting. Tlie!rt be ing massed in ;? large i>od\ such as says he will take toward Mexico City would expose t hem to an attack by a ^>*d eral army acquainted with technical id vantages. Washington Hears Check Is Probably Received by Constitutionalist Armifcs In the absence of any change in Site political situation in Mexico, official 'n terest in Washington centered last nijfht upon the military operations. Con fidential reports indicated that tin- vic torious sweep southward of the consti tutional is: armies has received a sho< k. the extei t of which !s not yet know i. That the rebel leaders themselves ha?e taKen alarm and are preparing to hhh*' fy their plans of campaign to meet tlie threatening aspect ot the federal forc*-? was, however, positively affirmed. Owing to the absence of telegraphic communication and to the reluctamv -'f the officials here to divulge any of the movements of the contending armies a Mexico, which by any chance might aid one or the other tactions unfairly, <t was not possible to ascertain all of the phases of this last military development. It was understood, however, that the federal leaders in the north, who, after the supposed defeat sustained by thesu in the battle at Tierra Blanea. were believed to be fleeing northward in an effort to find refuge across the ln>rd??r in Texas, actually had abandoned thi?t purpose. Instead, it was reported, they ha*e reofr ganized their forces and began a flankin* movement on the army which the rebel (Jen. Villa has rushed from the capturo4 city of Juarez toward Chihuahua. Villa? line is very much extended and his coir ?