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Pair tonight: tomorrow cloudy, probably followed by rain late tomor row afternoon or night. Temperature for twenty-four hours ended at 2 p.m. today: Highest, 68, at noon today; lowest, 41, at 1 a.m. to day. Full report on page 7. Closing N. Y. Stocks and Bonds, Page 28 "V,-. ‘)Q lufj Entered as second-class matter pest otKce Washington, D. C. DAUGHERTY RESIGNS AT REQUEST OF COOLIDGE; ATTORNEY GENERAL HITS BACK WITH SIZZLING REPLY , President’s Act Based on Belief That Official Could Not Give Disinterested Service. % CABINET OFFICER IN ANSWER SWEEPS REASON ASIDE AS FAKE [Refusal to Send Files of Department to| Senate Committee Immediate Cause of Demand hv Executive. * J At the request of President Coolidge. Attorney General CDaugherty today submitted his resignation, effective at once. The President’s decision was based on a conviction that Mr. Daugherty could not give disinterested attention to his official duties while under the stress of the Senate inquiry into his conduct. While disclaiming any intention to “prejudge ’ the issues j , raised in the investigation, the President wrote Mr. Daugherty | that his continuance in office must inevitably be a source of | “ever-increasing embarrassment.’’ DAUGHERTY’S REPLY IS TERSE. In a letter of thr’ec terse sentences, the Attorney General ■ ' replied that he was resigning “solely out of deference to your | request.” The correspondence was made public at the White House i without comment, but at the Department of Justice Mr. Daugh erty issued a statement in the form of an open letter to the : President which contained a sizzling attack on those who forced j him out of office. “Cowardice” and “surrender of principle.” the. retiring At torney General declared, never should be permitted to dictate policies based on “party expediency.” The Attorney General swept*aside the President’s stated reasons for asking his resignation as “unwarranted by the facts.”: The real purpose of the whole assault upon him, he said, was to! dethrone law and order, and by a constantly extending attack on \ the administration generally to set up an inquisition of “scandai j and terrorism.” TEXT OF PRESIDENT’S LETTER. The President’s letter to Attorney General Daugherty, in full, follows: “March 27, 1924. “My Dear Mr. Attorney General; “Since my conference with you 1 have examined the proposed reply you suggest making to the demand that you furnish the committee investigating the Department of Justice with files from v that deparment relating to litigation and to the bureau of inves tigation. You represent to me and to the in your letter that it would not be compatible with the public interest to comply with the demand and wish to conclude your letter with • the statement that I approve that position. “Certainly I approve the well established principle that de partments should not give out information or documents where ’ such a course would be detrimental to the public interest, and this principle is always peculiarly applicable to your department, which has such an intimate relation to the administration of justice. But you will readily perceive that 1 am qnable to form an inde : pendent judgment in this instance without a long and intricate investigation of voluminous papers, which I cannot personally make, and so I should be compelled to follow the usual practice in furh cases and rely upon your service as Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice. COULD NOT GIVE DISINTERESTED ADVICE. 1 “But you will see at once that the committee is investigating j your personal conduct, and hence you have bePome an interested j party, and the committee wants these papers because of a claim | that they disclose your personal conduct of the department.' Assuming that the request of the committee is appropriately limited to designated files, still the question will always be the same. In view of the fact that the inquiry relates to your personal conduct yon are not in a position to give to me or the committee what would he disinterested advice as to the public interest. “You have a personal interest in the investigation which is (being made of the conduct of yourself and your office, which) ' may be in conflict with your official interest as the Attorney < reneral. I am not questioning your fairness or integrity. I am merely reciting the fact that you are placed in two positions, one your personal interests, the other your office of Attorney General, which may be in conflict. v HOLDS TWO POSITIONS INCOMPATIBLE. “How can 1 satisfy a request for action in matters of this nature on the ground that you, as Attorney General, advise against it, when you. as the individual against whom the inquiry i> directed, necessarily have a personal interest in it? Ido not sec how you can he acting for yourself in your own defense in this Vnatter and at the same time and on the same question acting as my adviser as Attorney General. “These two positions are incompatible, and cannot be recon ciled. 1 am sure you will sec that it is necessary for me to have the advice of a disinterested Attorney General, in order that I may discharge the duties of my office in this and other matters. v ;i feel certain that you will know how deeply I regret that this situation has arisen. It only illustrates the difficulties which are certain to recur with ever increasing embarrassment and your inability to perform satisfactorily the duties of Attorney General under present conditions. “You will readily understand that it is not now my intention to prejudice the issues which remain to be developed in this in vestigation. I recognize that you are entitled to a full and fair hearing, but as there is no way by which you can divest yourself of the interest you have personally in the investigation, I can see no way but for you to retire as Attorney General, and I am, therefore, compelled to request your resignation. “Very truly yours, “CALVIN COOLIDGE.” Attorney General Daugherty’s acknowledgment of the receipt of this request follows, in full: A “March 28, 1924. *‘My Deaf Mr. President: “I hereby acknowledge receipt of your letter of March 27, by " (Continued on Tag*- 8, Column 1.) * " Munim Sfetf. V, J V V WITH SUNDAY MOENING EDITION L/ WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 1924-FORTY-EIGHT PAGES. _* Resigns “By Request” I HARRY M. DAUGHERTY. j PRESIDENT'S STAND I UNTENABLE, SAYS I DAUGHERTY REPLY - - ... Twice Offered to Resign, He States—Leaves D. C. for Atlantic City. | Declaring that while he was aware | that the argument of “party expe diency" had been used to secure his ; retirement, but that “cowardice and 1 surrender of principle are never ex pedient.” Attorney General Daugherty ; amplified his formaj letter of resig nation today with a lengthy letter to the President, replying to the Chief Executive's communication request- i ing his resignation. The retiring Attorney General de ! dared that the grounds upon which the ■ President had forced his retirement | seemed to him ‘•untenable.’’ Sen* Crista in Country, Declaring the attack on him was only "a part of a definite program to discredit the administration as a whole, Mr. Daugherty declared the country - was confronting a grave crisis, which must determine whether the country is to be governed by law and order or by "slander, terrorism and .fear.” Any suggestion that he could not "function as Attorney General and defend myself against these charges at the same time.” the letter said, was | “hardly warranted by the facts.” Twice Wanted to Unit. Mr. Daugherty recalled that he twice had offered since Mr. Coolidge became President to retire, but had been requested to remain. . Immediately after signing the last letter to the President. Mr. Daugh erty left Washington for a brief rest 1 at Atlantic City. The text of the letter follows: My Dear Mr. President: Under separate cover I have just i handed you my formal resignation !as Attorney General of the United States, to take effect forthwith. Now i that I am no longer a member of vour cabinet I feel constrained, as I a private citizen, in all kindness, to j call certain matters to your attention. Your request, Mr. President, for my i resignation is based on grounds which seem to me untenable. As you will perhaps remember. I did not intend to seek your advice with re gard to compliance with the demands of the Senate committee for the in discriminate delivery of the confiden tial files of the Department of Jus tice, or parts thereof. As I explained to you. my duty was clear, for I had frequently been called upon to de termine this question. My answer I was ready, as I informed you, and 1 furnished you a copy thereof. Reveals Sole Purpose. My sole purpose In taking the mat ter up with you was to let you know the position 1 was compelled to take in the Interest of the public business and for the protection of the govern ment, that you might be In position to advise other departments, If sim ilar requests were made, what course they should pursue. Your suggestion that I cannot func tion as Attorney General and defend myself against these charges at the same time, I believe, Is hardly war ranted by the facts. You know that I have employed counsel, at my own expense, to take the responsibility of representing me at the hearings be fore the Senate committee in order that I could devote my time to the public business, which I have been doing continuously. Hold* Method* Efficient. Those employed in the department have given no time belonging to the government to this so-called investi gation, except to furnish data re quired by the various congressional committees. The business of the de partment is at its peak in efficiency and accomplishment, and I am pre pared to demonstrate this fact before any tribunal if opportunity is af forded. Your suggestion that an attack updn a cabinet officer disqualifies him for further official service is a dangerous doctrine. Mr. President, all the pre tended charges against me are false. But whether true or false. If a mem ber of the cabinet is to be incapaci tated or disqualified by the prefer ment of charges against him, no mat ter how malicious and groundless, and he is compelled to give up his re sponsible position and sacrifice his honor for the time being because of such attack, no man in any official position is safe, and the most hon orable, upright and efficient public servant could be swept from office and stable government destroyed by Clamor- Calls Himself Victim. T have often advised you that my elimination is part of the program now being carried out. The origin of (Continued on Page 4, Column 2.) VALET DESCRIBES PARTIES HELD IN DAUGHERTY HOME Colored Servant Testifies I That “Plenty” of Whisky Was on Hand. RECEIVED LARGE “TIPS” FROM SINCLAIR, HE SAYS Declares Amour Company Sup* j plied Haras and Provisions Without Charge. The Daugherty investigating com mittee was thrown out of step mo mentarily today by the resignation cf Attorney General Daugherty, but j when the excitement caused by the announcement had subsided it plod ded along in its task of gathering evidence against the Attorney Gen eral. Life in the Daugherty apartments, where Jess Smith, the Attorney Gen | oral's friend who committed suicide lived, was gone into through the medium of Walter Miller, former valet, who told of whisky being j brought and kept there, of the many j visitors, including Albert B. Fall, j Harry F. Sinclair. Will Hays, Howard Manington, Wiil A. Orr and a host of others, and of some "social games" in which some of the visitors en gaged. Overheard Conference*. ; He had often heard. Miller said, con ferences between Smith and Daugherty on qualifeations of prospective federal employes. Many seeking government appointments called at the Daugherty house, he said. Richard Washburn Child was a caller, lie added, and he said he knew of Child's appointment to the ambassadorship at Home "before it came out in the papers." Former Representative J. Van Vec.hten Olcott of New York told the committee of conversations he had with a “visitor” at his office, in which jhe was told that he would be expected to pay SIO,OOO when his name was sent to the Senate for a federal judge ship. He identified the visitor as “Wayne Wilson" and said he hail not been told he represented anybody j n [the Department of Justice. Government Auditor Appears. Much of the testimony today was from Allen J. Piekering. formerlv auditor for the government in the air craft cases, who testified of conditions in the industry and of the govern ment's bequests to airplane companies. Wheeler Warns Committee. Senator Wheeler, democrat, Montana, committee prosecutor, announced that Attorney General Daugherty's resigna tion should not affect the committee’s work. The committee, he said, would j proceed with its inquiry “with the ob ject of clearing out the rottenness we believe has been disclosed in Washing ton.” Chairman Brookhart supported Senator Wheeler's position. Olcott First Witness. Mr. Olcott of New York city, the first witness called, told of conversa tions he had with the “visitor” at his office. “Two or three days later he came back." said Olcott. "He told me that a little money was necessary. I told him I couldn't possibly see any rea son in that,” "What amount did he mention?” That SIO,OOO would be required when my name went to the Senate and $25,000 when I was confirmed. * I sized it up as one of those cases where a fellow learns about a candi date who is to be appointed, and he thought 1 would be gullible and easv ” Previous experience, Mr. Olcott said, made him think the proposal was a. fraud. "Did he come under the Department of Justice?” Senator Jones, repub lican, Washington, asked. bill Not Name Smith. "I think he said he was investi gating for the Department of Jus tice, but the department didn't come in in any way. I think he mentioned ‘the boys.’ ” Wilson had not named Jess Smith, Howard Mannington or WiU A. Orr Olcott said. "Was Wilson prominently identified with politics in New Y'ork?” Senator Jones asked. “He joined the National Republi can Club back in 1921. I think when I was president,” Oloott said. “Can you give me the exact time?” Senator Ashurst, democrat, Arizona, asked. “Wasn’t there a special session of Congress when President Harding took office?” Olcott returned. “It was during that session, when there was a bill up to increase the number of judges in the southern district of New York,” “Have you seen Wilson since then?” Senator Ashurst continued. “Oh, yes.” Get News of Dnfkerty. Olcott said he had “mentioned his experience as an interesting item.’' He also said he was not certain tt was the National Surety Company with which Wilson was supposed to be connected, but was sure “he had some connection with the surety business.” Paul Howland, attorney for Attor ney General Daugherty, asked that Wilson be brought in for questioning. First word of Attorney General Daugherty’s resignation reached the committee through the Associated Press. “We have nothing to do with the Attorney General’s resignation,” Chairman Brookhart remarked, when he heard the news. Ex-Senator Chamberlain, one of Mr. Daugherty’s attorneys, said that he bad “known it was coming.” Allen J. Pickering, the next witness, was formerly auditor for the govern ment in aircraft frauds. Assigned to the Standard Aircraft Investigation, he said he found “considerable oppo sition from that company, and from Mitsui & Co., the Japanese bankers who owned it.” Says He Had No Help. Pickering said Howard Mingle, president of the Standard Aircraft (Continued on Pago 2, Column 2.) I I • JEALOUS. LANGLEYPUTSUP &000 TRIAL BAIL Representative Accused as Dry Conspirator Innocent, Counsel Declares. John W. Langley. representative from the tenth district of Kentucky, who was indicted yesterday by the grand jury on charges of conspiracy ' to interfere with the orderly opera- j tions of the United States govern- | ment through alleged illegal with- ] drawals of whisky from government | warehouses, gave bail of >5.000 today i for his appearance for trial. Attorney Henry E. Davis, who has been retained to defend Mr. Langley, j stated the representative wished to be J present at the assembling of Congress | today and had an engagement to ap i pear before the House investigating I committee early this afternoon, and ; his appearance with bail was delayed somewhat. Arrangements will be made to have five codefendants appear in court or give bail bonds: early next week. Two Indictments Returned. Langley is mentioned alone in one indictment. In the second he is in dicted again with Millard F. West, former deputy commissioner of in ternal revenue of the United States; Russell M. Sackett, a prohibition agent in Pennsylvania: Ben L. Moses and Harry Sattler, co-partners, trad ing as the Union Drug Company of Pittsburgh. Pa., and Sidney Reis, who is described as a person carrying on i the business of procuring intoxicat- I ing liquors in large quantities for I clients. Although Representative langley declined to comment personally on the indictments. H. E. Davis, hi's at torney, issued this statement; “1 have for some time been aware of the movements to indict Mr. Langley, and may safely say that I know the movers in the matter and their mo | fives. Mr. Langley is absolutely in nocent of the charges against him. and will demand and insist upon- an immediate trial, of the result of which I I entertain not the slightest doubt. The sufferers in this business will not include Mr. Langley.” Langley Serving N Inth Term. Representative Langley is one of the rpost picturesque figures in the House. He is chairman of the pub ’ lie building and grounds committee,/ and is serving his ninth term as a member of Congress. Shortly after the Chicago grand jury reported that two members of Congress were in volved, Representatives and Zihlman, the latter of Maryland, and both republicans, announced that they had heard their names had been mentioned and demanded congres sional investigations. A special House committee has been awaiting reports from the grand jury and has been investigating in formally the charges referred to in tire Chicago grand jury’s report pend ing the findings here. The, commit tee was called together today to de cide what course it would pursue. Chairman Burton said It undoubtedly would proceed with its investigation next week, but it had not decided whether to hold public hearings. Conspiracy Is Charged. The indictment alleges that the per sons accused, together with others who testified before the grand Jury, formed a conspiracy to pay >IOO,OOO to Elias 11. Mortimer, Herman Geltzeller, land Donald J. DeLairtey to secure the purchase, withdrawal and transporta tion by Moses and Sattler o*f whisky from a distillery warehouse to the place of business of the Union Drug Company, at 915 sth avenue, Pitts burgh. Os the alleged bribe of >IOO,OOO, the Indictment states, >5,000 was to have* been paid to Langley to prevail upon him to procure Millard F. West, John F. Kramer, Arthur McKean, Ralph E. Clepper and Russell M. Sackett, “by promise to them of official tenure and promotion to connive” at the removal and transportation of the whisky. The Joint indictment alleges that Representative Langley and the five other defendants combined to defraud the United States of certain taxes to become due to it and “by corruptly prejudicing, obstructing, perverting, contravening and defeating the ad ministration of the Internal revenue laws of the United States concerning such taxes and of said national pro hibition act as it pertained to said whisky.” The whisky, it is pointed out in the indictment, could not lawfully be sold at the distillery warehouse for bev erage purposes or sold for beverage purposes without the payment of the internal revenue tax, >4.20 per gallon. The overt acts set out in the indict ment are four in number, the first that John W. Langley and Ellas H. Mortimer. * (Continued on Page 15, Column 1.) 40,000 COAL MINERS MAY GO ON STRIKE I j Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas Represented at Conference. By the Associated Press. KANSAS CITY, March 28.—A strike of 40,000 coal miners in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas was considered imminent today by offi- ! eials of the Southwest Interstate Op erators’ Association, when a three day conference between represent atives of the operators and miners to ! consider a new wage scale opened here. Operators have agreed a lower wage I scale must be adopted if the mines I continue to operate, but they consider if improbable that the miners will j agree to a reduction. The present j wage scale expires April 1. j Charles F. Spencer, Pittsburg, Kan., 1 president of* the operators' associa tion. said every effort will be made to reach an agreement and- avert a strike which would cost approxi mately >10.000,000 in wages to the workers and in business to the opera tors. J2SBM ESTATE I LEFTBYWILSON Mrs. Wilson Files Petition for Probate Through McAdoo i and Lesh. ; Woodrow Wilson, former President of the United States, who died Febru ary 3, left an estate valued at >250,- 000. according to the petition for the probate of his will filed today by the widow. Mrs. Edith Bolling Wilson. Justice Frederick L. Siddons of the District Supreme Court admitted the will to probate, and issu.ed letters tes tamentary - to Mrs. Wilson, fixing her bond at >I,OOO. MeAdso and I.enK File Papers. The petition filed thiough Attor neys William G. McAdoo, son-in-law of Mr. Wilson, and Paul E. Lesh, of the Washington bar, sets forth that the late Chief Executive owned no real estate In the District of Colum bia. but was possessed of personal property consisting of ca&h in bank, bonds, securities and personal effects in the estimated value of >250.000. The only debts left by Mr. Wilson arc those incident to his funeral, which will not exceed >2,000. Canwits to Probate, Consents to the probate of the will and to the issuing of letters to Mrs. Wilson accompany the petition and are signed by Margaret Woodrow Wilson for herself, and for her sister, Jessie Woodrow Sayre, under author ity of a cablegram to her from Bang kok, Siam, where Mrs. Sayre is re siding. and by Mrs. Eleanor Wilson McAdotg Those signing the consents are the daughters of Mr. Wilson by his first marriage, and are his only heirs at law. As the will of Mr. Wilson provided an annuity of $2,500 to be paid to his daughter Margaret, while she remain ed unmarried, she also signed a con sent, that no more than a nominal bond be required of Mrs. W'ilson, as executrix of the estate. Under the will Mm Wilson is nam<*i the chief beneficiary of the estate. 25 TRAPPED MINERS ARE BELIEVED DEAD I Explosion in West Virginia Shaft . . Entombs All Men at Work, Says State Report. WELCH, W. Va., March 28. — Twenty-five men were entombed to day In a mine at Yukon, McDowell oounty, by arr explosion. According to reports received here the men are believed to be dead. CHARLESTON, W. Va., March 28. The state department of mines to day was advised of an explosion in a mine at Yukon. The report contained no mention of the fate of twenty-five miners who were in the workings when the blast occurred. There is no telephone at Yukon, and reports from nearby villages meagsr. JOHN WALSH DENIES OIL CONNECTIONS Calling of Brother of Mon tana Senator Causes Hearing Row. i • j John Walsh, a "Washington lawyer | and a brother of the prosecutor of ( the Senate oil committee, was called j before the committee today and ques- j tioned at length by Senator Spencer, j republican, Missouri, regarding his ! activities and connections. The witness said he never had been connected directly with any oil com pany, but was general counsel for a holding company. He denied that this company had any "interest in oils in Wyoming or any other north western state.” The examination developed another row between Senator Walsh and Sen ator Spencer. during which the former charged that his brother had been called in an effort to "cast some suspicion on me.” Hoth the senator and the witness, •urged Senator Spencer to press his! i questioning further, but he replied! that if he had any more questions to ask he would put therm later. Ideologist Heard. The committee also heard F. W. Sardeson. a Minneapolis geologist, de scribe the oil properties of Teapot Dome, but adjourned until Tuesday without calling to the stand William Boyce Thompson, formerly connected with the republican national commit tee. Ho is to be questioned about campaign contributions and the com (mittee also will recall Will 11. Hays, 1 who was the republican national chairman in 1920. Senator'll Brother Heard. Walsh was subpocned yesterday at I the instance of Senator Spencer, re- i publican, who insisted that be I be heard today. Senator Spencer I said he was not ready, but after Sen- ! ator Walsh said his brother’s business had been under investigation and that the fact that he had been sub poenaed had left him under suspicion, Walsh took the stand. Under questioning Walsh testified that he never had been associated with the Mutual Oil Company, nor directly with any other oil company, but that he is a director and general counsel for the American Republic Cbrpor&tion. a holding company. “Does your company have any in terest in W'yoming or jn California which have any connection with the 1 naval oil reserve leases?" asked Sen ator Spencer. “I am glad you asked that ques tion, because the republican national committee Is making an investigation of that,” replied the witness. “My company has had no interest In oils in Wyoming. Montana or anywhere else in the northwestern states.” Names Companies. Senator Spencer insisted on having the names of the companies for which Utc American Republic is the holding company. Walsh said the American Petroleum Company, the Federal Pe troleum Company, the Apoose Oil Company, Republic Producing Com pany and the Fidelity Securities Com pany were engaged in the oil busi ness in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma. Walsh said he had never appeared before the Interior Department in oil matters and never engaged in the oil business in either Montana or Wash ington. . "I think, in view of the statements which have gone out, I have been placed under suspicion,” insisted the witness when Senator Spencer had finished his examination. "If you have anything in mind let me have it now.” “I am not ready to examine you further this morning,” said Spencer "and X will not examine you until I am ready and should it turn out that I do not desire to examine you further, I will not summon you.” Asks Testimony Stricken Out. As Walsh was excused Senator Walsh moved to strike out all of his testimony as irrelevant, to test the sentiment of the committee, but he later withdrew his motion. Senator Dill, democrat, Washing ton. insisted that the testimony re lated in no way to the naval oil leases. “All this is, is an attempt to in crease the suspicion, which the Sen ator from Missouri wishes to excite about this fitness,” interrupted Sen ator Walsh. Senator* la Argument. “The senator from Montana is en tirely mistaken returned Senator Spencer. He said that if it should develop that Walsh’s testimony was irrelevant he would be the first to (Continued on I*agc 5, Column~2j “From Press to Home Within the Hour ’* The Star’s carrier system covers every city block and the regular edi tion is delivered to Washington homes as fast as the papers arc printed. Yesterday's Circulation, 102,746 MILLER IS OUSTED AS D. C. INSURANCE HEAD ALTER CODE CHARGESARE AIRED Rudolph Calls on Him to Re sign as Superintendent. Denies Accusation by Blanton in the House. RECITES NEED OF LAW AND LONG EFFORTS MADE Documents Charging Fourteen In surance Companies Paid Official $6,820 Toward New Law. Laid Before Congress by Texas Rep resentative, Following Report. Burt A. Miller, resigned today a superintendent of insurance of the District, at the request of Commis sioner Rudolph. In a statement issued by Superin tendent Miller, he said that while no reasons were communicated to him for the requested resignation, he as sumed that the request grew out oi the charges made against him by Representative Blanton of Texas, in connection with the efforts to have a new insurance code enacted for the District. Supt. Miller tells the Commissioners in a memorandum today that in so fal - the charges impute any misfeasance or malfeasance, they are absolutlcy false. Continuing:, he states; "The money received by me from the insurance companies to be used in the preparation of the drafting of the proposed code of insurance law for the District of Columbia has all been fully and properly accounted for in so far as the same pasted through my hands. A proper accounl j in?r has also been made of all moneys | subscribed to the information bureau. In this connection I wish to call I the attention of the board to the fact that my action in seeking sub scriptions for both of these purposes was Known to the board and no ob jection was made thereto. Says Legislation »ed. "The need of modern insurance leg islation for LheJJistrict of Columbia has been apparent for many years and various attempts have been made to have Congress pass such legisla tion. To prepare a code of insurance law which would meet the needs rc | ijuired a considerable amount of 1c- I gal research and of comparisons of the laws of the various states, such as would be done by the legal re search bureaus established in the va rious states of the Union assist of ficers of governments in preparing needed legislation for their depart ments. No such help was available to the superintendent of insurance of this District and in preparing legisla tion it was necessary for him to seek the help of others. This, of course, required the expenditure of funds." Appeal for Needed l und>. “The department having no funds available for the purpose, jt was necessary to appeal to those inter | ested, and this appeal was only fnade. as has been before said, as it had been I brought to the knowledge of the | board of Commissioners of this Dis- I trict. Not one penny of the money I subscribed was improperly expended. 1 not one cent was used "for the pur i pose of influencing the action of any ! member of Congress, either directly jor indirectly. Practically all of the j money contributed was spent for the | cost of printing and the legal services. "The preparation of such legislation was a matter of great interest to me. I took pride in endeavoring to have prepared and introduced what I hoped would in- looked upon as a model code of insurance for this Dis trict, and I have no apology to offer for my action in seeking the aid of people experienced in the insurance held and in insurance Jaw to assist me in that work "It has been charged thaU T was in, debUd to Mr. Louis A. Dent, and if was by reason of that indebtedness that he was employed to do the legal work in connection with this hill The inference sought to be conveyed is that I had paid my indebtedness to Mr. Dent by employing him at a large compensation for this work. That charge is absolutely false. I was ncl indebted in any way to Mr. Dent, n-ff have I ever been. “It has been charged that I trieA to borrow S3OO from C. C. Taylor of the Federal Life insurance Company this charge is false. It has been charged that I borrowed S4OO from Jesse A. Foster, vice president of that company; this charge is false. Securities Turned In. “It is true that I had in my posses sion as superintendent of this de partment only $25,000 worth of secur ities of the Federal Life Insurance Company, which came into my hands only on yesterday from the title company. This Is in the form of a note on a mortgage secured by real estate and the note and the mortgage securing the same are transmitted to you herewith. "It is not true that T collected tho interest on this security; the onl> basis for such a charge is that upon one occasion an interest check wa» sent to this department, which was at once mailed to the. Federal Life Insurance Company. The manner in which this incident is referred to in Mr. Blanton’s report is. to infer that I had diverted this interest to rny own use. < "As stated in the beginning, I feel that I should have been given an opportunity to answer these charges before your board before my resigna tion was requested, and I am submit ting this resignation solely because it has been requested and to save any possible embarrassment to your hon orable board and for the further pur pose that if my elimination will re move the opposition to the bill now before Congress I am willing to make that sacrifice.” Making good a former pledge to the House District committee that ho would make startling charges in connection with the legislation for a new insurance code for the National Capital, which has been favorably reported to the House. Representative (Continued on Fage 2, Column s■) TWO CENTS.