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The Stars and Stripes will be hauled
down and the Mexican flag run up.
At the samp moment that the Mexi
can flay is being run up ?>n shore the
I'nited States battleship will run up the
Mexican flag on the staff of the bat
tleship, and will then respond with a
salute of twpnty-one guns. This is in
accordance with the naval formula cus
tom and precedent.
While the President declared the firing
of the salute would close the Tampico
incident, it will have no particular bear
ing on the general Mexican policy of the
administration. Other offenses such as
the arrest of h mail orderly at Vera Cruz
have been apologized for and the United
?State* will continue its position of neu
trality as between the two factions con
tending for the military supremacy of
the southern republic.
Means More Vigorous Policy.
It was pointed out that the adoption of j
forceful measures to compel a salute i
could not but influence the Huerta gov- j
emment in dealing with other demands i
made by the I'nited States in the future. |
The decision of the President to deal i
more vigorously with the Mexican sit- I
uatlon was taken by many observers to j
mean that any offenses to foreigners in ,
Mexico would be met by prompt and i
forceful demands for reparation.
The belief still is held by President ;
Wilson and his advisers thai the Huerta I
government'cannot last much longer, and i
that with constitutionalists daily adding
more territory by conquest the financial j
situation of the Mexican dictator is
On th?' other hand, the President and
Secretary Bryan are satisfied with the !
attitude of Gen. Carranza and Gen. j
Villa toward foreigners, though they still J
are using their good otlicers for the exil
ed Spaniard.-. The President has spoken
informally in praise of Gen. Villa's
treatment of foreigners in the recent
battle ;it Torreon. and relations with the
constitutionalists are described at the
State Department as amicable and satis
John Ivin f is still here conferring with
administration officials He is giving of
ficials thi benefit of his intimate study
of Mexican affairs, but intends to leave in
a few days for a vacation.
"Haggling" Over Salute
Will Lead to an Increased
U. S. Vigilance Over Mexico
That the "haggling" of the Huerta gov.
emment in Mexico over reparation for:
the Tampico incident wot.Id actuate the'
United States to increase its vigilance ]
over the Mexican republic, is assured, ac- I
cording to administration leaders in Con- !
gress who are in close touch with actual I
Tt was stated today that an augmented J
fleet would be left in Mexi an waters]
'ollowing the salute which Huerta has'
agreed to give to the flag and which this
government will return. Reasons for in- j
l easing the naval force on both coasts i
are several. It generally is conceded;
That fighting within Mexican borders is
to be more furious: that conditions are
*o become morn perilous to Americans
and other foreigner.- in the countrv, and
that protection to these must be afforded.
Furthermore, the provisional govern
ment in Mexico is believed to be in more
perilous position than ever since the ac
cession of Huerta, and an end of Huerta
might demand the immediate landing of
armed forces of this government in Mex
0 to aid in restoration of constitutional
No Time Fixed for Salute.
Senator Shively, acting chairman of
the foreign relations committee, after
conferring at the White House today,
said that no definite time had been fixed
when Huerta shou.d salute the American
eolors, but that he would do so was cer
tain. unless he should reverse his de
termination to yield to the American ulti
It would not be necessary for Huerta,
Senator Shively said, to await the ar
rival in Mexican waters of th- naval
reinforcements now en route there, but
that the salutary exchange might be de
layed until then was admitted as a pos
"One thing is absolutely certain.' said
Senator Shively. "and it is that the
I'nited States irrevocably demands a
salute to the colors, and th? country
should understand that such a salute
demands an acknowledgment from
American guns.
' Some members of Congress yesterday
seemed to think that such an acknowl
edgement would involve recognition of
the Huezta regime as the de jure gov
ernment. That Is not the case. The
matter of recognition primarily is a mat
ter of intent, and there could be no more
intent to recognize the de facto Huerta
government in returning a salute for an
affront than was included in the ulti
matum to the de facto. In the ultimatum
the United States did not recognize the
Huerta government, and it does not
House Is Not a Unit.
The House is not a unit regarding the
propriety of the United States returning
a salute to the twenty-one guns from the
Mexican battery which will be an apology
to the insult offered the flag in Tampico
harbor. The most terse expression of dis
approval today came from Representative
Murdock of Kansas, leader of the pro
"If we return a salute to those bandits,"
sa:d Murdock. "we might as well fire a
? w guns to the memory <?f Robin Hood
Ra!sull or to Jesse James. '
"We must remember," said Representa
tive Cooper of Wisconsin, th?- ranking
republican on the foreign affairs commit
tee, "that an international salute means
something. The word "Inter means be
tween. Tf we fire that salute ji, return
?s an international obligation then we i
recognise obligations 'between* nations. <
And where Is the nation? Is Huerta at i
the head of the Mexican nation? Have
we recognized him as such.
Says Recognition Is Involved.
Of course there is some sort of a gov
ernment there, but suppose some robber
knocks ?t on the h*ad and declares him
self president. I we then feel obligated
internationally to salute him? With a
Navy department regulation against a
salute to a government not recognized
we Immediately face th^ problem of
whether Me have recognized the Mexi
can government or not '
Representative Fred x Britten of UH
? s. a militant republican member of the
House naval affairs committee, said he
ind inquired among naval officers and
ad cf.-ne t,? the conclusion that the
ntted St3tes may return the salute with
?erfect propriety.
These officers tell me that the naval
emulation spoken of means that wherever
nation is not in position to fire a salute
? ? return a salute no salute on our part
-nail be rfred. That's all there is to
tt at " ?
Representative Rainey of Illinois, one
? . the democratic leaders of the House,
id the situation was simple.
Merely a Salute to Flag.
We -to not recognize Huerta by re
turning a salute. We have already
1 ' ognized that there is a republic of
Mexico with a flag which ha* been used
ior years We would be merely return
ing a salute to the fla?. We would n??t
be recognizing Huerta any more than
*.**,. recognizing <*arranza or
\ 11 a.
one of the best known members of
r affairs committee said
? If there were an> way of the Prc|
.ent appointing a successor to fhar-e
> .-haughrersy he would <lo so I know
hat If Ih. re conld I... f?lln? a way to
" . 1""hont reeosnizInK Huerta
' ? .--haUKhne*sy would last only as lonj;
" ? reach Mm. John
ind will not he sent to Mexico Citv
He mixht be shot."
British Official, Forced to Carry Vil
la's Demand, Beaches El Paso.
PASO. Tex . April 17.?IF. S. Cu
nard-Cummins. until recently British vice
onsul at Torreon. who carried to Gen
Velaaco Gen Villa's demand for the sur
render of that city, has reached here
Irom the war zone.
-Mr. Cunard-Cummlns, who Is on his
?ay to Mexico City, confirmed newspaper
accounts that he carried the message un
der compulsion and threats of Gen Villa
He will report the incident to the British
ambassador at Washington
Englishman, Charging Insults
in This Country, Buys $1,000
Draft for Mexican.
Declaring he had been grossly Insult
ed by customs officers in New York and
by other officials of the government and
that he wished to retaliate for the treat
ment accorded him during his visit to this
country, a well dressed man about fifty
years old, who claimed to be an English
man, called at on* of the national banks
of Washington Wednesday and purchased
a draft on I?ndon for $1,000 made payable
to Victoriana Huerta, provisional presi
dent of Mexico.
The Englishman kept his reasons for
wanting the draft a secret untii after he
had it in his possession, and then ex
plained to the astonished bank clerk who
had waited on him that he was thor
oughly disgusted with the United States,
and that since trouble between this coun
trv and Mexico seemed Impending he
wanted to help lluerta by donating $1,000
to his cause. Yesterday the bank learned
the Englishman had forwarded the draft
to th?* Mexican embassy in this city.
Stranger to Officials.
Officials of the bank say the supposed
Englishman was a total stranger to
them. When he arrived at the bank he
explained to an attendant that he wish
ed to purchase a draft and asked to be
directed to the clerk in charge of such
"I desire to purchase a draft on London
for ?LH*>, payable to President lluerta of
Mexico." said the Englishman, as he pro
duced ten $1<*> bills from a leather wallet
he carried in his inner coat pocket.
The clerk explained that he believed
the full name of the President of Mexico
should be stated on the draft and asked
the stranger if he knew Just what it was.
? Really, I do not know." replied the
Englishman, "perhaps you can ascertain
for me."
Learns Huerta's Full Name.
It took some time to get the desired in
formation. After making several in
quiries, the bank clerk learned from the 1
Mexican embassy that Huerta's full name j
is Victoriana Huerta. The draft was j
filled out accordingly. The Englishman
paid the amount of the draft and the
other customary charges.
"I regret having put you to so much ;
trouble." said the stranger, as he placed j
the draft in the wallet from which he
had produced the ten $100 bills a few j
minutes before.
"I am grateful for the kindness you
have shown me. Perhaps you will be
interested to know just why 1 have
purchased the draft.
He Charges Insults.
The Englishman then went on to ex
plain how he had been subjected to
many insults while in this country. He
said he had arrived in New York a
short time before in company with his
daughter. He said both of them had
been insulted by the customs officers,
who insisted on removing some aigrettes
from his daughter's hat. The act con
stituted 4-n insult of the worst kind, he
The Englishman said he did not blame
the custom oiwcers for they were merely
doing their duty. He held the United
States responsible for the insult, he as
serted, and for that reason wanted to
retaliate by aiding the cause of Huerta.
The bank clerk declares the Englishman
seemed to be greatly excited and that
his remarks concerning the United States
were very abusive.
Although he declared he had been In
sulted on numerous occasions since his
arrival in this country, he failed to state
specifically the nature of the insults with
the exception of the aigrette incident.
The day following the sale of the draft
a man who stated he was connected
with the Mexican embassy called at the
bank and inquired whether the draft
was genuine. The cashier assured him
that it had been purchased in due form,
and that if indorsed by President Huerta
and presented to the bank in London, on
which it was drawn full payment would
be ma.de.
Times Thinks Attitude of Washing
ton Government Lacks in
LONDON, April 17.?The Times, in an
editorial this morning, finds Washington's
treatment of Huerta in curious contrast
to the unprotesting mildness with which
the United States has suffered insults and
rebuffs and downright defiance at the
hands of Villa and Carranza. The Times
thinks that considering the extremely em
barrassing and anomalous position in
which lie has been placed by American
diplomacy and the unique demands made
upon him, Huerta, during the past thir
teen months, has displayed remarkable
courtesy "and self-control in his dealings
with the United States.
"None the less,' says the Times, "his
elimination remains a fixed point of
American policy, and the dispatch of
the Atlantic fieet signifies rather a
change of method than of aim. Unhap
pily there is little discernible pros
pect that the present proceedings will
bring a lasting solution of the Mexican
problem any nearer."
Inquiries for Transports.
As proof of the thoroughness of the
American preparations in the event of
Mexican resistance, inquiries were made,
according to the Daily Mail, by Ameri
can representatives among the British
ship owners of London regarding thQ
chartering of liners as transports.
The Daily Telegraph says: "It seems
plain that Huerta's face is thoroughly
well saved, and a very considerable
strengthening is given to his position in
the eyes of his countrymen. He will call
the acknowledgment of his salute a
measure of recognition, and if the Mexi
cans regard it in that light it matters
little what Washington may say about
The Graphic says: "The bargain has a
double advantage?satisfaction to Presi
dent Wilson and the saving of President
Huerta's face."
Moral Victory for TJ. S.
The Post says: "It is a moral victory
for the United States, which will leave
lluerta just where he was. President
j Wilson's policy is not quite intelligible
! to observers outside the United States.
But for the Monroe doctrine, it is prob
able that several European governments
would co-operate to secure the re-estab
lishment of order and the protection of
their Interests in Mexico "
"President Wilson," adds the Post,
"is a clear-headed and courageous
man, and doubtless will find a way out
of the difficulty. In the meantime it
seems as if Mexico must settle down
to its civil war."
The Daily Mail says: "President Wil
son's display of the mailed fist seems
likely to attain its object. President
Wilson has scored a distinct success by
his vigorous diplomacy. The world will j
now hope that .he will show equal firm
ness in enforcing upon the constitu
tionalists that respect for the American
llag which he required from Huerta."
Some of the Teasels of the Atlantic)
fleet rushlnjar, under command of Ad- j
miral Badger irlKht), on Its way to
Mexican ?water* to enforce the demand
of Admiral Mayo (left) for a flac .salute
from the Mexicans. Admiral Mayo is In
command of all the American forces at;
Tampico. Admiral Fletcher (center),
commander of the forces at Vera Cruz,'
In prepared to jdve shelter to all those
"ho seek refuse under the Stars and
Admiral Fletcher Places Small Guard
on the Esperanza.
Rear Admiral Fletcher, at Vera Cruz,
reported to the Navy Department today
that he took over the liner Esperanza. at
\ era Cruz yesterday afternoon and placed
aboard her a small guard and a detach
ment of signal men in command of Lieut.
Fletcher. He has also taken on a few
refugees. He does not say whether it
still will be necessary to send the
peranza to Tampico.
He reports the return to Vera Cruz
from Mexico City of Lieut. George McC j
Courts, an aid on his staff, but he does
not say what the officer's mission to
Huerta s capital was. He confirms re- ?
ports of a tire, covering several blo.ks
in the Spanish quarter of the Mexican
capital, and adds that a number of for
eigners are cumins to Vera Cruz.
However, it is thought that the
^eran.Za '"r thp present furnish
sufficient room for any refugees who
may seek safety. Acting upon instruc
11?Ki from the Navy Department. Ad
r;t Fletcher has canceled the charter
of the Ward liner Guantanamo.
WILL bOhTgOests
French Ambassador and Mme. Jus
serand Accept Invitation
of Society.
The French ambassador and Mme Jus
sorand have accepted the invitation of
the Sons of the Revolution to be guests
of the society at its triennial convention
which begins tonight. The organization
plans to honor Admiral de Grasse. the
French naval officer, whose aid helped
Gen. Washington force the capitulation
of Gen. Corn wall is in 1781 and end the
revolutionary war.
Co!. Henry May, president of the local
chapter of the society, will offer reso
lutions tonight, whose adoption Is as
sured. it Is said, providing for the ap
pointment of a committee to obtain
the erection of a "suitable statue as ?
memorial to the Comte de Grasse and
to the services of the French fleet un
der his command in the cause of Amer
ienn independence."
This year's meeting of the Sons of the
Revolution will be itinerary in character
Leaving here tonight on a Chesapeake
ba> boat the party will reach Yorktown
early tomorrow and spend several hours
there going over the historic battlefield.
x> u ve luncl*eon at Virginia
Beach then return to Fort Monroe, where
a drill will be given in their honor to
morrow afternoon, and in the evening a
banquet will be held at Old Point Com
01"t? at which Ambassador Jusserand
will be the principal speaker. Leaving
Old Point late Saturday night the con
vention will reach here Sunday morning
and will Immediately adjourn.
Approves Encampment Site Selec
tion. But Wanted to Be Consulted.
The militia division of the War Depart
ment arranged with the adjutant general
of the state of South Carolina to hold
the encampment of the organized militia
of the states of South Carolina, North
Carolina, Florida and Georgia this sum
mer on the Isle of Palms near Charles
ton. That selection has been held up.
however, by Secretary Garrison, because
of the receipt of a telegram from Gov.
Blease complaining that be was not per
sonally consulted by the agents of the
War Department in the matter. He ad
mits, however, that he favors the
selection of the Isle of Palms for the
It Is stated at the War Department that
all correspondence between the War De
partment and the organized militia of
the states always is conducted between
the adjutant general of the army and
the adjutant general of the state, the
presumption being that the latter is
acting for the governor Just as the ad
jutant general of the army is acting for
the Secretary of War. Unless Gov
Blease approves of the selection of the
Isle of Palms. Secretary Garrison said
this morning that the joint state en
campment will be held in some other
one of the four states concerned.
Earthquake in Martinique.
^PORT DE FRANCE, Martinique, April
!<??An earthquake occurred here at \ :.*?>
o. clock this morning. There was no se
nous damage,
The commissioning of the New York, the latent n<l<lltion to thi* Atlantic fleet, at the New York navy yard, was
shorn of all formal ceremony because off the present Mexican crisis. Photo nhown < apt. Thomas S. It offer a ^oinff
aboard to take command after Commandant Albert <;ica*es had read the orders putting: her into commission.
United Mine Workers Confident of
Success of Referendum.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind., April 17.?Addi
tional unofficial reports from various lo
cals in the eleventh district gave the of
ficials of the United Mine'Workers added
confidence today that the report of the
policy committee had carried in the ref
erendum vote of the miners. The policy
is said to have been adopted by a sub
stantial vote at Clinton. One of the
Clinton locals voted unanimously for
the report, it was said.
The subscale committee of the miners
ana operators which was appointed
Thursday morning to take up the ques
tion of a new scale resumed its work to
day. Members of the subcommittee de
clared they could not venture a guess
as to how long the session would last
Indiana Farmer Then Turns Weap
on Upon Himself.
BOONVILJ^E, Ind., April 17.?Pushing
his wife, Mary, forty-two years old,
against a hot stove in his home here
today, William Folsom, fifty-two years
old. formerly a prosperous Warrick
county farmer, held her while he fired
two shots into her heart, killing her in
stantly. He then turned the weapon on
himself, inflicting three wounds in the
breast, none of which, the doctors say.
will prove fatal.
The shooting occurred from the wife's
denial of infidelity made to Folsom, it
is said, and her refusal of his demand
that she surrender her wedding ring.
The Folsoms arc parents of ten chil
dren. ranging in age from three to
twenty-five years. Three of the younger
ones, in the house at the time of the
shooting, fled, fearing thr-i- father
would turn the revolver on them.
Weather Observer in Damage Suit.
PITTSBURGH, Pa., April 17.?Accord
ing to the sworn testimony of Henry
Penny will, United Suites weather ob
server, the banner northwest wind in
Pttsburgh blew the afternoon of May 31,
1911, when it reached a velocity of sixty
four miles an hour. This testimony was
developed in a suit for damages brought
by George S. Martin against a property
holder whose sign had been blown down
and in falling struck Martin. Attorneys
for the defendant declared it was "an
act of Providence,'" and caljed in the
weather observer tc prove it.
Astor's Weddii% Not Pbstponed.
NEW YORK. April 17.?No arrange
ments for a postponement of the wedding
of Vincent Astor and Miss Helen Dins
more Huntington set for April 150 have
been made, notwithstanding Mr. Astor's
illness. This announcement was made
at the Huntingtons' country home today,
in contradiction of reports that the cere
mony had been indefinitely postponed. A
postponement may yet be found expedi
ent, however. Mr. Astor spent a com
fortable night and was pronounced
"about the same" today.
Socialists Pick Candidates.
MANCHESTER, N. H., April 17.?John
P. Burke of Franklin has been nominated
for governor by the socialist party. Wil
liam H VVilkins of fclaremont is the choice
for United States senator. The party
platform contains a recommendation that
"the solution of the liquor problem is the
elimination of private profit in its manu
facture and sale." A protest against
armed intervention by the United States
government in Mexico is also included.
House Overwhelmingly Votes for
Increase for Children's Bureau.
Increased appropriation for the chil
dren's bureau, amounting to $139,000 more
than the appropriations committee origi
j nally proposed to give the bureau, was
overwhelmingly voted this afternoon by
the House of Representatives during the
series of roll call votes on the amendment
for the legislative, executive and judicial
appropriation bill.
The total amount for the bureau is now
to be $HS5,000 instead of about $25,000.
The vote on this was 270 to 47. The de
feat of the appropriation committee and
the increased appropriation for the pur
pose of carrying on an investigation into
subjects including child labor conditions
in southern cotton mills is a marked vic
tory for the labor group In the House.
Federal Government and Fourteen
States Have It Under Ban.
The passing of the common towel is re
corded by the public health service. Since
1 1 fourteen states have enacted legisla
tion restricting or prohibiting the use of
common towels in public places.
By executive order President Wilson
has ordered the roller towel and other
common towels out of service in public
buildings all over the I'nited States. By
order of the Secretary of the Treasury
the common towel has been eliminated
from passenger ears and others cars,
from passenger stations and all properties
of common carriers.
The states that have fallen in line wth
the crusade against this menace to gen
eral health are Arkansas. Connecticut,
Iowa. Maine. Massachusetts, Missouri,
Montana, Nevada. North Dakota, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont
and Wisconsin. Ather states have pro
mulgated regulations restricting the use
of roller and other1 types of common
towels in public or semi-public places.
Members of Temple-Noyes Lodge
Enjoying Trip from Georgia.
Members of Temple-Noyes Lodge, on
board the steamship City of Savannah
on their return from the dedication of
the Archibald Butt memorial bridge at
Augusta, Ga., are enjoying the ocean
trip, according to an aerogram received
today from C. Fred Cook, chairman of
the committee on arrangements for the
The aerogram was sent while the
steamer was off Cape Hatteras about
noon today. It conveyed the greetings
or th<- Washington party of Temple
Noyes l.odge members, adding that "all
are well."
Licensed to Wed in Rockville.
Special Correspondence of The Star.
ROCIv VI DDE, Md., April 17, 1014.
A license tc marry has been issued by
the clerk of the circuit court here to
Alfred Samuel Trail, twenty-two years
old. and Miss Dollie Viola Duvall, aged
twenty-one, both of Washington.
"Dynamite" O'Brien Seriously 111.
NEWARK, N. J., April 17.?"Dynamite
Johnny" O'Brien, who gained fame as a
filibuster and blockade runner in Cuba's
revolutions, is seriously ill at his home.
O'Brien is sixty-seven years old. For
the past thirteen years he has served as
chief government pilot of the Cuban re
public a position given him as a reward
for his services io ?he Cuban people.
Railroad Company Attacks
Ruling in Plaza Condemna
tion Proceedings.
Application to strike from the tiles of
the District Supreme Court an order of
President Wilson directing: the dismissal
of the condemantion proceedings for the
acquisition of Capitol Park and the dis
continuance of the case by the United
States attorney in consequence of tne
order of the executive was made today j
by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Com
The refusal of President Wilson to con
firm the awards was based, it is said. on.
the claim that the holdings of the com
pany within the area sought to be con
demned were excessively priced by the
President's Power Questioned.
The right of the President to direct the
dismissal of the proceedings is attacked
by Attorneys Hamilton, Yerkes & Ham
ilton, representing the railroad company,
who claim that Congress alone, having
begun the condemnation, is authorized to
direct its dismissal.
The proceedings, having gone to final
judgment, it is pointed out, and the find
ing of the commission approved by the
court, can be dismissed only by order of
the court entered after Congress has de
clared its intention to abaRidon the con
demnation which it had solemnly author
ized. Such order of court, it is urged,
would alone relieve the property owners
of the cloud resting on their titles.
To Clear the Title.
Counsel for the railroad say they de
sire a ruling by the court on the ques
tion of whether the President or Congress
has the right to dismiss the proceedings.
If the action of the President meets with
the approval of the court and that tri
| bunal will order the case dismissed, coun
1 sel declare they will be satisfied. The
removal of the cloud from the title to
their lands, so that the property may be
sold or improved, seems to be the sole
purpose in having the court act in ref
erence to the dismissal of the proceed
Lieut. Porte Arrives From England.
* NEW YORK. April 17.?Li.'lit. J. C.
Porte of the British navy, who expects
to help to pilot Rodman Wanamaker's
aeroplane in an attempt to cross the At
lantic. arrived today on the Lusitania.
Beavers to Meet in Atlanta.
ATLANTA, Ga.. April 17.?The Supreme
Dam of the Independent Order of Heav
ers will hold its annual national conven
tion here May S and according to an
announcementmade yesterday.
Death of Aaron J. Zabriskie.
NEW YORK. April 17.?Aaron J. Za
briskie, engineer and secretary of the
New York monument commission since
lh88, died suddenly at his home yester
day. He was sixty years old. >lr. Za
briskie designed and superintended the
placing of monuments to the memory of
soldiers from New York who died at
battle during the civil war at Chat
tanooga. Antietam. Gettysburg. Vicks
burg, Andersonvilie and other places, |
Issues Order That Efficiency
Records Shall Not Suffer
Through Military Duty.
Billing First Sought by Capt.
Clark. Paymaster in District Guard.
Militia Board Acts.
"April 17. 15>14.
"To Heads of Bureaus an'1 Chiefs of
Divisions. Secretary's Office. Treas
ury Department.
"Gentlemen: It is hereby ordered
and directed that the efficiency record
of employes of this department shall
not be adversely affected by reason
of leave of absence from depart
mental duty or field sen-ice with the
organized militia.
W. G. McADOO. Secretary."
With the issuance of this departmental
order, today, by the Secretary of the
Treasury, the chain of departmental ac
tion. suggested by the Secretary of War.
to eliminate bad marks from efficiency
records of clerks who are also serving
their country by learning to he soldiers,
is complete. Every administrative de
partment is now on record as interpreting:
the law as favoring to the utmost degree
the government clerk who attaches him
self to the organized militia.
Government clerks losing time from
their civil labors by reasons of ordered
militia duty hereafter will not find their
civil service records impaired because of
loss of time from their civil labors.
The Treasury Department was the only
department of the government on record
as opposed to the theory that militia
service should be encouraged bv full lib
xi, . w"lth?ut detriment to other duties.
That absences from civil duty for militia
fZV'r%>mlght be tak*n ?nto account in
nwu e".u reLord of a government
Skew?r, ?-,me ofllcial attitude of John
if- Williams, announced when as
sistant secretary of the Treasury
",e Treasury Department is align
ni . w'hat is regarded by the War
Department as the sentiment of Congress
expressed in law. and a proper course
M,?MStent Wlth the nationaT^llcy ?o
evilva'if an, elective organized militia
necieii? ! United States a? the
fhf ^ ? a volunteer army upon which
the nation roust rely in time of war.
Garrison Takes Initiative.
Secretary Garrison of the War Depart
ment. in a communication to each of his
associates in the cabinet, written several
tude ora.h?' ca",*d attention to the atti
tude of the national militia board, and
Indorsing its view that service with the
hv .hf'f militia should not be impeded
records ntar deficiency marks on the
each * government clerks. He asked
head of an administrative depart
known his attitude, antic
lPatin? their accord with this construc
of the law, which provides that nc
government clerk shall lose time nor pav
for service with the organized militia.
ln .LS^JeCt matter of the reference
n asur>; Department was Ions
th? ^l, nfKac"?."' largely because o!
ihl ^wi?La s involved 'n organizins
Xr K?i rVe..bank system and
duties on the shoulders of th?
Todav a let^ Treasury and his aids
.J letter went from Secretary
Garrison from Secretary McAdoo an
f Vnfins that a departmental order
had been issued in line with the sue
g*s!Lon3 e Secretary of War and
of the national militia board
George E. Downey, controller of the
him fo^Jo.^a? the question submitted to
him for opinion. In a memorandum for
I nVn C a.ry ,he Treasury, Controller
Downey interpreted the law- in its de
partmental aspects, considering the quel
"?,as to whether ten days? leave fo
EaveV'Si *v d addltLon to the
iea\e of thirty days, should be granted
to fheTrrnmen,t clerks wlth?ut detriment
c?erkselrHeerrVeaCd ,T?,rds as ?>?en.mS
ing the Cleric of any^ogs of
pay. and in its whole Intent favoring the
militia service of the government clerk
ments 86 l? encoura?e such enlist
Chiefs of bureaus and divisions of the
had been Pre^?uslv
in \ itea to give their views based ut>or
their experiences with the clerical force'
directed by them. While it is not prob
I fn o a11 ?tch chiefs of divisions were
Ziffh u'I the theory that militia
duty Should be an excuse for extra leave
beyond that granted to other clerks a
good majority regarded such service as a
patriotic duty that justified the loss of
service to the administrative work of the
Capt. Clark Brings Up Question.
Capt. Clark, paymaster in the National
Guard, of the District of Columbia, and
a cierk in the office of the auditor for
the Treasury Department, raised the issue
of the effect of his militia service on his
efficiency record. In a letter to Assistant
Secretary \\ iiliams he set forth that he
had been advised that his absences for
militia service had been detrimental tu
his advancement. He asked Mr. Williams
for an expression of attitude.
On the reply of Mr. Williams that ab
sences from civil duty for militia service
might properly be taken into account in
the rating of a government clerk. < 'apt
Clark tendered his resignation in the Na
tional Guard. His letter, stating his rea
sons and the situation, was laid before
Brig. Gen. George H. Harries, comman
dant of the guard, and tiie resignation
held up.
Gen. Harries took the matter to Secre
tary Garrison. He also presented the
case to the national militia board. There
was no division of sentiment from these
quarters. To foster the organized mili
tia, an announced national policy, in the
opinion of these authorities, required con
ditions most favorable to encourage men
to join It. The law was plain in this pur
pose. in every such opinion.
The national militia board took action,
and Secretary Garrison was moved to put
the matter before his associates. Every
other administrative department has act
ed in accord with Secretary Garrison's
suggestion some months ago, and the
Treasury Department is the last.
Man and Woman, Burned to Death,
Found Bound With Wire.
GEDDES, S. D., April 17.?What ap
pears to be a double murder was dis
closed here today when the bodies of W.
H. Menzie, manager of the Farmers* lum
ber yard here, which was burned last
night, and his bookkeeper. Miss Blanche
Signal, were found In the debris of the
lumber office. Both bodies were badly
The feet of Miss Signal were tied with
a wire and' her hands wired behind her.
Her skull had been crushed with a ham
mer. which was found nearby. Mr. Men
zie's feet also were wired together and a
wire was found on one wrist, the other
end was broken. His skull also had been
fractured. There is no clue and no,
known motive for the murder has been '
discovered. j
Mr. Menzie and Miss Signal were last
seen alive when they went to the office
about 8:30 o'clock last night to do some
extra work. Miss Signal had agreed to
meet her mother at ? o'clock, they hav
Ing planned to attend a dance. The lire
was discovered about 11:31) o'clock and
had started just back of the office. It
had gained such headway that nothing
could be saved.
Votes That Only Actual Ex
penses of Lawmakers in
Traveling Be Paid.
Body Also Refuses to Increase the
Salaries of Secretaries From
$1,500 to $1,800.
The H-.use of Representatives l>i?i good
by tod a \ to what is sometimes cal '
"the mileage graft." as 1t voted 237 r ?
05 to stand by the appropriations co
mlttee in the proposition to pay repr. .
sentatives and senators actual expens e
instead of 20 rents a mile. The vote t -
day was on the amendment offered se -
eral days aKo u hich would take fro- ,
the legislative, executive and jud.ciai I :
the new proposition to pay actual ? -
penses. and substitute therefor the prev
ent law?20 cents a mile.
Elections Are Coming-.
At the time the House overthrew rv ?
appropriations committee a few days mim
and stood tor 20 cents a mil.-, tlio mem
bers were sitting in committee of \)
whole, in which there is no record vot?.
but when confronted with the possibility
of having their names apj?ear forever in
the archives of Congress as favoring ?
cents a mile instead of actual expenses,
and in face of a campaign for re-We*.
tion coming on, scores o: them change .
their opinions and voted today for th
lowered rates.
The legislative bill provides for mil- -
I age for senators as well as represen*
J atives. and the proposition will not b -
| come a part of the law until the Sena'
passes the bill.
The mileage question was the occa
sion for the first of several possible re !
call votes on the legislative bill.
Following the vote to cut down mile
age to actual expenses, the House als-?
voted to refuse to raise the salaries < '
representatives' secretaries from ?l.5?*?
to $1.S<?0. The vote on this was 107 ay
and 177 nays.
Will Ask Separate Votes on Items.
Considerably knocked about and swol
len In parts under the influence of ii
sistent members of the House who wouid
not agree with the proposed economy of
the appropriations committer the leg:
lative, executive and judicial appropria
tion bill was finished in the committ
or th?? whole late yesterday afternoon,
and notice was given that separate vot?
would be asked on some of the amende-<
The last hour of the bill s consideration
called forth from Representative Mann
of Illinois a prediction that unless th*
House stopped abusing approprlatio
bills and taking advantage of ever:
technical opportunity to make points <?'
order and thus delay legislation, ti ?
rules of the House would have to b*
His reference was aimed principal y
at Representative Fowler of Illinois
who made about three hundred points
of order against the bill where it car
ried salaries at greater ligures tha i
those established by the or*ranie a^t*
of the various bureaus or departments.
Last Big Fight on Bill.
The last big fight on the bill occurred
over the amendment offered from the
appropriations committee. which, if
enacted, will establish the salaries as
fixed in this bill as permanent law.
That means that hereafter no points of
order will be forthcoming on the
salaries which have been carried for a
generation at an increase over the
original salary established many years
ago. and is aimed at such technical ob
jections as Representative Fowler has
been making.
Representative Bryan of Washington
made a last stand against the office of
the auditor for the Post Office Depart
rnent. and entered in the Record some
bitter letters against Auditor Kram.
The letters, he said, came from em
ployes of Mr. Kram. Representative
.Bryan offered an amendment calling for
f an" investigation <?f the auditor s office.
, but it was rejected.
Delegates to Farm Conference For
and Against Union Regulation.
CHICAGO. April 17.?Acknowledging
that farmers* marketing associations a ?*
operating contrary to the .Sherman an:
trust law, delegates planned to introdi.
a resolution at today's session of t
second national conference on marketii -
and farm credits, asking Congress to ? >
empt co-operative marketing assoi iatio -
from the provisions of the Sherman la -*.
It was expected the resolution wo -
draw much opposition from delegates v. ?
believe that farmers' unions should f ?
regulated. State market commissions ais ?
were to be advocated.
Victims of Wreck Float Ashore.
The body of Mrs. II. <*. Hardy. wif? ?
the captain of the schooner Charles
Buckley, which stranded and went
pieces on the beach near here Wedn' ?
day night, floated ashore today, as
the bodies of three members of the cr<
Ten persons perished in the wreck. <):
sailor was rescued.
For Indian Commissioner's Sala.v
Senator Robinson of Arkansas today rv
troduced a bill in the Senate to fix t-.
salary of the commissioner of Indian a
fairs at $7,500 a year. His salary a
present is $5,000.
Liner Majestic Sold.
LIVERPOOL* England. April 17?Th
( White Star line, in view of the a proa* .
ing advent of the 50,<?0i>-ton Britanr;:o
into the service, today sold the Majes: ?
to be broken up. The price paid for tiie
J old liner was $125.0ix?.
I Church Services in Memory of Bard.
NEW YORK. April 17.?The three h-.n
dred and fiftieth anniversary of tin* bin
of Shakespeare will be observed in ma:
New York churches next Sunday. ?
clergymen having agreed to make Sha1
speare the subject of their serin.'
Thursday of next week school child ?
will participate in the exercises at
Shakespeare statue in Central Park
outdoor civic celebration will be held
Staten Island Friday, and Saturda
number of public school principals h
arranged for exercises in public parks
Gets Bequest of $250 for Cigar*.
CHICAGO. April 17?Oliver W. Norton
a wealthy Chicago manufacturer, v\;?s
notified today of a bequest of a fund
amounting to $250 to be dedicated 'o
purchase of cigars. The money was w ; -
ed to him by Mrs. Elizabeth C. Vincent,
who died recently at her home in Cin
cinnati. The will, which was filed in
Cincinnati yesterday, provides: "To Oliver
W. Norton, to be expended for the best
cigars he can buy. I give and bequeath
Henry Waters, sixty-nine years old,
familiarly known as "Mayor of Pines
burg," died suddenly at Hagervtown,
Md., of heart disease.

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