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SCORES BIG PROFIT
I IN SECOND TRUSTS
William D. Ham Writes to
i Ball Urging Need of Con
tinuing Rent Board.
Charging that second mortgagees on
jiropcrty in Washington are being sold
constantly on discounts up to 40 pef 1
cent and that "great prolits on land
sales and second mortgage loans
alone retard honest home building at
this lime" in "Washington, the Mu
tual Home Society in a letter today
to Chairman Hall of the Senate Dls
trict committee strongly urged the
need of continuing the District Kent
Commission for at least another two
years. The letter was signed by Wil
liam Dean Ham.
In asking that the Ball rent act
"be extended for at least two years
from May 22, the date that it is due
to expire, Mr. H;yn gave the follow
ing reasons: “First, a housing emer
gency still exists here: second,
profits on land sales and second
mortgage loans are all that retards
honest home building at this time
see the many ads to sell second
mortgages in The Star almost daily
at discounts up to 40 per cent,”
Conditions in Alleys.
Third, a most unsanitary condition
still exists in the alleys.
Mr. Ham said that the society had
Just completed a house-to-house can
vass in the area lying between K.
and C streets and Ist and 13th streets
northwest. In this section, he said,
it was found that 690 basements are
occupied by families and many of
them by roomers. It was found also
that there are 514 old wooden houses
occupied in this area and ' about 50
per cent of them house two families ■
and have roomers. In the same sec
tion there are 754 alley houses,, “all
so insanitary that they are a rca!
menace to the health of the entire
city.”
Rest of Canvam,
Mr. Ham said that a canvass of
the rest of the congested district,
northeast, southeast, southwest and
northwest west of 13th street, has
been made by automobile and has
convinced the society that the can
vassed area betw r een Ist and 13th
streets and K and I* streets repre
sented only one-sixth of the worst I
congested parts of the city. To be
on the safe side the society had esti
mated that area at one-fourth and
bad reached the conclusion that
there are 8.000 families living in
cramped and insanitary conditions
in Washington, or about 40.000 people 1
or one-tenth of the population con
tinue to need the help of the Rent i
Commission.
Mr. Ham said that the 8.000 fam- '
Hies are paying rentals out of all '
proportion to the service rendered
and t.iat many of the dwellings oc
eupied were in such condition that
they should be condemned. i
DAUGHERIV PRAISES
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
Lauds Former Associates for Bee
ord of Achievements and
Co-Operation. ,
Praise and appreciation for their !
co-operation in the “achievements” of
the Department of Justice was ex- I
pressed by Harry M. Daugherty in j
letters to his associates when he re- ■
tired recently as Attorney General. I
As made public at the department i
yesterday, some of the letters were i
as follows;
To Assistant Attorney General Sev- I
Tnour; “The President has seen fit To !
request my resignation as Attorney ;
General. In view’ of my high regard !
lor the office he holds and the high I
regard I have for the office of Attor- 1
ney General, as well as mv self-re- I
sped, I shall promptly comply with I
his request.”
Defends Department.
After declaring “the Department of
Justice at this moment is at the peak '
of its strength and efficiency,” Mr I
Daugherty said "those who for rea-’
sons of their own have seen lit to i
make attacks upon it have not even I
made a dent in it.”
“A peculiar situation," he said, “has 1
moved the President to eonsider ask- ‘
ing my resignation to be the w’isest i
course for. him to pursue. I do not]
agree with the President in thfd mat
ter. which is the first in which I over 1
disagreed with him, but lie js the ]
President of the United States and his i
wish in regard to retention of a mem- i
her of his cabinet must be acceded.
rites Achievements.
“Mo official act of mine as Attorney ]
General will ever be found to have j
been performed except with good con- j
science and influenced only by the
merits of the cause upon which I
acted.”
To United States attorneys Mr. i
Daugherty said;
"As the. head of this great depart- 1
rnent of the government X am proud
of our achievements.”
To United States marshals he said; :
"I am particularly proud of the I
record made during the railroad
strike of 1922, and am sure you can]
with reason share in this pride.”
DECLARES OFFICIAL j
STANDARDS BETTER
Senator Fess Says Conduct of Public ■
Men Constantly Is
Improving.
Higher standards of conduct exist
among public officials today than ever
before. Senator Simeon D. Fess of
Ohio declared at the lamlen service
today at Keith’s Theater.
“There Is a keener response to
moral virtue among public men than
I have, ever known,” Mr. Fess said,
declaring that this is true "despite
what might bo thought by those who
do not look beyond the headlines.”
Senator Fess told of the advances
in science in recent years and warn
ed against their misuses, saying that
the danger is that we may lose sight
of the higher elements still beyond
the truths of science.
Asking for the proper apprecia
tion of “the eternal verities.” Senator
Fess warned that “any agency that
empties churches is not profitable,
no matter how much money there is
in it.”
Science, he continued, can be made
the agency of the worship of God.
“and I am sure will be.” he said,
“but only when the people see to it
that they are devoted to the higher
life.”
Believed to be the oldest silver fork
in existence, one bearing the date
1632 was recently discovered in Eng
land.
It is predicted that by means of
colored glasses it. will be possible to
see two motion pictures simul
taneous Ls.
a
12 OFFICERS PROMOTED. ,
121st Engineers of D. C. National i
Guard Completed.
Presentations of commissions to the >
officers of the .completed regiment of
121st Engineers. National Guard of
the District of Columbia, will be
made at public ceremonies to be held
in Convention Hall next Tuesday
night, it was announced today by
Maj. Gen. Anton Stephan, command
ing the District of Columbia militia
and the 29th National Guard Division.
Gen. Stephan will present the com
missions to twelve officers promoted
to fill the officer complement of the
full regiment. At the same time he
will present trophies won during ath
letic. contests held during the year,
and prizes given by the National Rifle
.Association in the national gallery!
1 matches, in which the local National
Guard team came out at the top in .
competition with the regular forces. ;
Following the presentation of the I
commissions and prizes, the new regi- j
merit will be paraded and reviewed, j
after which then* will be a dance to i
i music furnished by the band of the i
12lst Regiment of Engineers.
ASSAULTED, GIRL
CRIPPLE
Jury in $500,000 Suit
Against Patrick J. Clifford
Hears Thrilling Story.
Miss Bessie I* Brennan, twenty -five
years old. residing at the Evange
line Hotel, today told a jury in Cir
cuit Division 2 before Chief Justice
McCoy a thrllihg story of an alleged
assault on her by Patrick J. Clifford,
a’ cripple, who is said to be a wealthy
j inventor of Scranton, Pa., and of her
escape from him and her wandering
J about until shs found a place of safe
ty. Miss Brennan is suing for $500,-
000 damages and is represented by
Attorneys Fowler, Geiger and Smith.
Attorney Harry A. Hegarty appears
for Clifford.
Tiie young woman said she was
introduced to Clifford. February 13,
and went riding with him that night
and again on the following evening.
It was on the second occasion, she
stated, when they were at a lonely
place on the road that he made love
to her and threatened her with a
pistol. To get away with her life
she said she agreed to marry him and
then he assaulted her, she claimed.
I Miss Brennan got out of the car once
but Clifford kept his hand on her
shoulder and made her get back into
the machine.
Flees Through Fields.
Later, -after she had persuaded him
to put away the pistol, the young :
(woman declared, she opened the door
j of the car and ran into the darkness,
j Across file road and through plowed
i fields she stumbled along, she stated,
| tearing her clothes and flesh in several
j places, until she found a house. No
• response came to her knocking, and she
! resumed her journey, she said. At
j the third house she succeeded in secur
j ttig aid. where she remained until
! morning when her benefactor took her
ito her hotel. Clifford called her on the
telephone the next morning, and sent
her a note with her hat which had
been left in his car. she said.
The witness was under cross
examination this afternoon.
COOLIDGE CONSIDERS
| ARCHITECT VACANCY
j
| Confers With Chairman of Fine
i Arts Committee Regarding
Bacon's Successor.
| President Coolidga conferred today |
i with Charles Moore, chairman of the |
j Commission of Fine Arts, regarding
j the filling of the vacancy on that \
j commission caused by the death of
‘ Henry Bacon of New York, architect
jof the Lincoln Memorial. Several
j names have been suggested to the
j President to consider in making his
j appointment, among them being that
( of J. M. Donn, an architect of this I
city.
It is thought, however, by those ;
1 who have conferred with the Presi- :
j dent about this appointment that he
1 will go outside of the District of Co- :
| iumbia to make his selection,
i It haj* been pointed out to the
j President by some of those in favor
of appointment outside of Washing- I
' ton that the commission is national ;
| in its scope and for that reason ;
j should have a man of national promi- j
| nence to fill the place,
j Those who have suggested Mr. :
; Donn’s appointment, including the '
| Washington Chapter of the Institute j
j of Architects, contend that the per- !
| sonnet of the commission as it. is
j now constituted does not include a
j Washington man and for that reason
i the President should appoint some
! one from this city.
2 SHIPS IN DISTRESS
i OFF VIRGINIA CAPES
.
j Baltimore Vessel, Overdue for
i Month, Picked Up by Coast
Guard Craft.
5
) By the Associated Press.
1 NORFOLK, Va, April 2.—More than
| a month overdue, the four-mast
j schooner Purnell T. White, from
j Turks Island to Baltimore, with cargo
I of salt, was discovered last night fly-
I ing distress signals five miles east
j southeast of Dam Neck Mills coast
guard station. The coast guard cut
ter Mascoutin today is towing the
distressed vessel into Hampton roads.
Distress calls were received early
today from the four-mast schooner
Esther K. of Rockland, Me., relayed
by the steamship Glencoe, which is
understood to be- standing by until
assistance can be given by the coast
guard cutter Manning. The Esther
K. is about ninety miles south of
(tape Henry and about thirty miles
from llatteras.
The long overdue Purnell T. White
sailed from Turks Island, B. W. 1.,
jon February 22. Since that time
' nothing had been heard of her. No
ship reported sighting her and dur
. ing recent days she was thought to
have been lost in the stormy weather
that has prevailed off the coast.
; Last night she showed up offshore,
. making way slowly, barely more than
' drifting, in the general direction of
1 the Virginia capes.
The ship is owned by Charles M.
Struven & Co.
SPEEDS VAILE BILL
■ ________
The House rules committee today
‘ ordered a special rule for early con
-1 sideration of the Vaile bill to settle
■ the controversy between the employes’
compensation commission and Con
troller General MuCarl on which a fa
vorable report has been made by the
House judiciary committee.
The new legislation would amend
the employes’ compensation act so as
to provide that there shall be no
review by any administrative or ac
counting officer, employe or agent
of the United States over the decisions
regarding compensation reached by
the employes’ compensation commis-
THE EVENING STAR, WASHINGTON, D. C.. WEDNESDAY, AFRIT. 2. 1924.
MEET TO FURTHER
BEAUTYOFCAPUAL
Civic Leaders of National
Note Will Gather Here
April 9.
National leaders in civic improve
| inent work will meet in Washington
on April 9 to bring to a common cen
! ter the needs of Washington and so
! cus the attention of Congress on the
! several projects for beautification of
! the National Capital along the lines
i of plans already approved,
j While in Washington delegates to
I the conference representing the vari
| mis cities in which committees have
j been formed to act with the American
j Civic Association to forward the fed
-1 eral plan, will hold brief business
session, will meet the President at
the White House and will take an all
inclusive automobile tour of the city,
in which every major point of inter
est to the city planners will be ex
plained.
* Delano Heads Committee.
Frederic A. Delano of Washington
heads the local committee on the fed
eral city. Committees have been or
ganized and are functioning in fifty
cities throughout the nation, all work
ing toward the end that Washington
may be developed along approved lines
with the entire co-operation of every
city planner of note.
The men and women who are on the
governing fyoard of the association
and the committees formed to repre
sent the several cities joined with
the organization represent the best
thought in civic work in the nation.
J. Horace MacFarland. president of
the association, has traveled through
out the country for more than a quar
ter of a century urging towns and
cities to take advantage of city plan
ning and zoning, to make proper pro.
visions for jm.rks and playgrounds
and schools and to improve living and
working conditions through commu
nity action.
J. O. Nichols of Kansas City,
vice president of the American Civic
Association, has become famous for
his development of a residential dis
trict of Kansas City, which rivals in
beauty and charm the. famous Roland
Park section of Baltimore. He is
chairman of the Kansas City commit
tee on the federal city.
Workers Nationally Known.
Other prominent and nationally
known workers foremost in the work
of the committee on the federal city
include Mrs. Edward W. Biddle, who
has long been an outstanding civic
leader in Pennsylvania and chairman
of the Philadelphia committee; Dr.
Albert Shaw, editor of the American
Review of Reviews; William C. Gregg
of Hackensack. N. J., a civic leader
of the metropolitan section; Dr. Hen
ry S. Drinker, president of Lehigh
University, and Arnold Brunner, an
architect, whose design for a new
i State Department building on the
! square west of Lafayette Park won
j first prize a few years ago.
j Meeting here, on April 9, with head
| quarters at the City Club, this group
j of Americans, all interested in future
development of Washington, will at
i tempt to fo< us the attention of Con
-1 press and the nation on the projects
! for beautification of the Capital.
CALLS ADDITIONAL I
GRAND JURY HERE
I i
I Justice McCoy Acts on Bequest of
Prosecutor; Move in Oil
1
Cases Is Seen.
I
j Chief Justice McCoy of the District j
j Supreme Court at the request of ■
■ United States Attorney Gordon late !
! yesterday afternoon signed an order •
1 directing the jury commission to sum- |
- mon an additional grand jury to be ;
(empaneled April 16. The jury is ex-j
| pected to hear the evidence gathered
by Atlee Pomerene and Owen J. j
! Roberts, special counsel in the oil in- 1
] vestigalion, in connection with the
| supposed criminal features of the oil j
■ leases.
While United States Attorney Oor- i
don will not admit that this is the 1
purpose of his request for an addi- |
] tional grand jury, the general impres- ,
i sion about the courthouse is that the i
j proposed oil inquiry is the primal i
i reason for another grand jury. This I
lis the third time in the history of j
\ the District courts that additional j
• grand juries have been summoned, j
iOn the two previous occasions in- ,
I’ qutries were conducted into alleged *
war-time frauds.
As it rarely happens that a grand
; jury is completed from the first panel !
! called by the jury commission and as I
! the Easter recess* of the courts will
| intervene, it is not considered likely
j that the additional grand jury would
j get down to business before the last
i week in April.

Poet Priest Sees Coolidge.
j The Rev. Francis C. Young, known j
; nationally as Chicago’s poet priest. !
: and whose verses appear regularly in j
j more than 200 secular daily papers, j
called on President Coolidge today i
land presented him with a leather-j
( bound, embossed copy of a prayer
j which he had written in poetic form, j
I and suggested its adoption as the j
I national prayer.
| •
Farmer Enrolled
I For 32d Year in
College Courses
i By the Associated Press.
j STATK COLLEGE, Pa.. April 2.
i —Pennsylvania State College has j
j one student who has been en
i ! rolled thirty-two years in college
' ! courses.
V. A. Stoneroad. a farmer living
j at Yeagertown, Mifflin county. Pa..
I first became a Penn State home
study student in 1892, when he
enrolled in an ‘’agricultural read
ing course.” When correspond
ense courses were started in 1897
Btoneroad was one of the first to
study agriculture by this method.
Since then he has been studying
by correspondence almost contin
uously. and recently signed up for
courses it; floriculture and root
i crops.
In these three decades of study
this veteran student has covered
practically every agricultural sub
ject given by the State College I
1 distance method.
_ ! ——
■I NOONDAY
LENTEN SERVICES
B. F. KEITH’S THEATER
12:30 to 1 O’Clock
SPEAKER TOMORROW
Rev. Henry Lubeck
CONDUCTED BY
Mr. William Everett
Every One Invited
No Collection
H
RECIPROCITY MADE
PRETEXT TO SWELL
FEDERAL REVENUE
(Continued from First Page.)
invite your attention to the follow
ing:
PrniMjt V rnmcrmrnl.
"The District of Columbia is now
collecting from the property tax on
motor vehicles $500,000 a year, and
for registration and license fe-cs also
$500,000 a year, making a total of
$1,000,000. Os this amount the Dis
trict of Columbia receives credit for
all of the property tax, or $500,000,
and 60 per cent of the amount paid
for registration and licenses, or $300,-
000. making the total credit to the
District SBOO,OOO of the $1,000,000 col
lected, with the L’nited States recelv-
L'A* credit for the difference of
$200,000.
~l<v Proposed law. assuming j
tnat a property tax on motor vehicles is i
to be included and divided with other !
items in the bill on the 60-40 basis, the 1
situation would be as follows, using the
fiscal year 1925 for illustration;
Amount received from prop
erty tax on motor vehicles. . $500,000
Amount received from regis
tration fee of $1 100.000
Amount received from two
cent tax on gasoline 900,000
■Total amount received under
proposed law $1,500,000
Only *IOO.OOO Increase.
"Os the total sum of $1,500,000 the
District of Columbia would be credited
with 60 per centum, or $900,000 (SIOO,-
000 more than is credited to the District
of Columbia from collections made under
existing law); while the United States j
would receive 40 per centum, or $600,000 i
($400,000 more than is credited to the
United States from collections made un
der existing law). Therefore, while un
oer the proposed law the District in the
r*- 1 1025 would collect a total of
H. 000,000, as against the collection of
a present total of $1,000,000. only SIOO.-
000 of the $500,000 increase in collec
tions would be credited to the District
of Columbia. On this basis the proposed
law would be a revenue measure de
signed to benefit the United States, and
not the District of Columbia.
"The appropriations made by Con
gress for street paving, maintenance
s,r< “ ets and county roads, paving
alleys and laying sidewalks for the
current fiscal year amount to slightly
more than $1,500,000; the United
States paying 40 per centum, or S6OO.- j
000. and the District of Columbia 60 I
per centum, or $900,000. Under the ;
proposal that ail moneys derived 1
under the provisions of the proposed i
gasoline tax law shall be set, aside j
for street improvements and 'main- 1
tenance, and using for the fiscal year
192 j the same total of appropriations!
as made for 1924, including in addi- \
tion the paving of alleys and laying!
sidewalks, it would mean that the i
total amount of the appropriation J
would be home by the owners of
motor vehicles in the District of Co
lumbia. with the United States paying
nothing.
"It is submitted it is just as unfair
-o require the District of Columbia to
turn over to the United States 40 per
centum of the property tax on motor !
vehicles as it would be to make the j
District pay over to the United States ;
40 per centum of taxes on all kinds i
I of personal property, tangible and in- j
tangible, and 40 per centum of taxes '
on real property."
AGREE ON AUTO TAX.
I
i Conferees Retain Personal Property i
Levy in Measure.
( The conference of the Senate and
.House yesterday afternoon reached a
jcomplete agreement on the gasoline
,tax bill for the District of Columbia. j
|The committee is to meet again Fri
!day. however, to check over its work.!
to make sure that no "jokers” may I
have crept in to thwart its real de- j
sires, as happened when the bill pass
ed both the House and Senate.
Pro pert Tax Retained.
The conference agreed to retain the !
j prseent personal property tax on j
automobiles, over the protests of the ■
citizens of the District. The tax on j
\ gasoline will be 2 cents a gallon, and {
;the license fee, $1 a year.
These taxes will lie paid into the.
Treasury just as ar-- all other Dis- ;
[trict taxes, and will be subject to'
'appropriation by Congress on the
60-40 basis, by which the District pays J
(60 per cent and the federal govern-t
jment 40 per cent of the expenditures!
:for the National Capital,
j The House, in passing the bill, had ;
provided fur a license fee of 15 cents
| per horse power on automobiles, but ;
i this was eliminated and the Senate
'provision for a license fee of $1 was 1
: approved by the conferees.
Adoption Is Predicted.
The conference report on the bill ;
1 will be made to the two houses either
1 Friday or Saturday, it is expected,
i It adoption was predicted.
' Before the conference committee
i began discussion of the bill in execu- !
I live session yesterday afternoon it
granted a hearing to a joint commit
tee representing trade and civic or- 1
ganizations of the District, making
a final plea that the personal proper
ty tax be abolished.
The committee consisted of Charles
W. Darr, M. O. Kldridge of the
American Automobile Association. Paul
B. Eton, president of the Washing
; ton Automotive Trade Association, and
j Kvan H. Tucker of the Federation of
i Citizens’ Associations. Mr. Darr acted
| as spokesman.
j He called attention to the fact that ;
1 the proposal for reciprocity between
; Maryland and the District of Columbia
j in the matter of auto licenses was not
| primarily put forward to raise taxes.
' He said that the gasoiine tax was. in j
j reality, a substitute for’the personal,
property tax; that the gasoline tax plus
! a $1 license fee would bring more money |
j into the District treasury than the $5
| license fee plus the personal property i
I tax, now operative.
(ills Taxes Here Highest.
! He told the conferees that the people
|of Washington operating automobiles
j are paying more taxes per mile of road
| than the people in any of the states.
! pointing out that in the District of Co-
I lumbia there are 525 miles of roads and
jin Maryland there are 14.772 miles.
PROTEST BY CITIZENS.
; Score Remedial Legislation as Ve
hicle for Taxation.
Protest against using remedial leg
islation, such as the auto reciprocity
j measure, as an instrument for in
creasing taxes upon residents of the
District is before the House District
committee from the Federation of
Citizens’ Associations.
This organization is described as a
, "delegate body representative of more
than 20,000 organized residents of the
1 District of Columbia.” It insists that
every consideration of fairness and
justice requires that the voice of the
people be heard and heeded in all
matters involving the imposition of
local taxation.
“That as such representation this
1 association vigorously protests
against petitions for remedial legis
lation being converted into mediums
for raising unnecessary revenue
through taxation” is stated in the
letter addressed to Chairman Reed.
It points out that Congress is
railed upon to "respect the only po
litical right vouchsafed the people of
the District —that of petition.”
It states that the people would pre
fer to have no legislation rather than
the passage of any other bill than
the original Commissioners’ gasoline
tax bill.
Sixty-five per cent of the traffic of
the railroads of the country origi
nates in mines.
Nearly 3,000,000 "listen in” over the
leadin daily in the* United States,
1
WEEKS, DAUGHERTY,
GOFF INDICTMENTS
ADVISED BY SCAIFE
(Continued from hirst Page.)
eral from any findings of wrong do
ing. Scaife insisted that the House
committee had expected prosecutions
to proceed against the concerns men
tioned, but that instead the whole
matter had been dropped.
Tells of Plane Disasters.
Scaife wandered into an account
of aircraft disasters during and after
the war, which, he said, he consid
ered a good field for investigation.
W. J. Burns, chief of the bureau of
investigation, had disagreed with his
suggestion, thus betraying, Scaife
said, that the Department of Justice
policy resulted in "crooks not being
I Investigated unless they were willing !•
I to he investigated.”
I On the day of the disaster to the
j Army airship Roma at Norfolk, Va.,
jin February. 1921, the witness said,
he had prepared a telegram to the
department’s agent at Norfolk in
structing him to start an investiga
tion, but when it was submitted for !
W. J. Burns’ signature the latter
refused to sanction It. The War De
partment had not asked for an in
vestigation.
ItruoiLs Ignored.
Scaife said he had "reason to be
lieve” half the aircraft accidents were
due to criminal negligence. The com
mittee did not go into reasons for
suspecting that there was something J
wrong in the Roma case.
Thomas L. Chadhourne. an attorney, J
got the Wright-Martin Aircraft C-m-!
! pany its cost-plus contract, Scaife j
i.said, as a substitute for an original i
fixed price contract.
"The fees paid Chadbourne for turn
ing the contract into a cost-plus as- i
fair,” Scaife went on. "were added lo j
the costs of the company as presented j
to the government under the cost- i
plus system.”
(.’hadbourne a Democrat.
The committee identified Chad- (
bourne as a democrat, and Scaife j
added “he w-as a large campaign fund f
contributor.”
Taking up the Wright-Martin Com- |
pany case, Scaife said that the com- !
pany's “minutes” showed that it had !
| been agreed by the directors that 8 i
j per cent would be a fair profit on i
, war contracts for planes, while the j
1 audit of the company’s books showed !
' that "250 per cent net profit had been j
[taken. "He added that the audit also
| disclosed an overpayment by the gov- j
j ernment to the company of $5,267,000. i
I Scaife read items from the audit to 1
I show that cigars, laundry and simi- (
t lar chrages for company officers !
! had been included in what the gov
ernment was required to pay for. i
The cigar item was for S9OO, and in- j
eluded a special box for the company •
president.
BECK AIDS G. B. MEANS.
, Solicitor General Takes Steps to '
Halt Court Action.
Acting Attorney General Beck has j
[ taken steps to halt proceedings for ■
| the arrest of Gaston B. Means and his j
! return to New York for trial on a
I conspiracy charge, pending the eom- I
j Pletion of his testimony before the i
■ Senate committee investigating the
i Department of Justice. i
| Forfeiture of bail bond by Means 1
iand the bench warrant proceedings
\ f° r his arrest have been stopped by j
: the United State-* district court for
the southern district of New York.
Mr. Beck informed the Senate com- 1
j mittee. after Senator Wheeler of j
Montana, who has been acting as -
■prosecutor in (he senatorial investi-j
j gat ion, had called on him to request j
i that such steps be taken.
ALLEGES PRESSURE I
! UPON DAUGHERTY
Heflin Brings Up Messages:
I Sent Attorney General in |
Land Fraud Probe.
5
I I
! Telegrams sent to former Attorney j
General Daugherty were brought to ;
the attention of the Senate commit- I
I tee investigating alleged land frauds '•
:in the lower Rio Grande valley of '
i Texas today by Senator Heflin, demo- j
crat. Alabama, who, with the. aid of i
I James R. Fag* of Kansas City, Mo., j
is prosecuting the inquiry,
i The committee also went further j
into complaints from purchasers of )
| the property on file in the Post Office
■ Department, having ordered Page and 1
! George A. Hill, jr.. of Houston. Tex., I
j attorney for R. B. Creager of Browns- ;
,'ville, republican national committee- |
; man from Texas, to make a summary '
| of these letters not already read into j
i the record.
j Rush D. Simmons, chief of the divi- j
i sion of postal inspectors, who has |
been on the stand since the Inquiry j
i began, was kept in attendance for |
further questioning,
i The telegrams to Daugherty were
: brought out by Senator Heflin as in- j
i dicating an effort to influence the;
; former Attorney General to have '
| cases against Rio Grand-- valley land 1
[companies dropped. Creager has'
i been accused by Senator Heflin of j
[being a party to the alleged frauds.
I and also of using influence in Wash- I
1 ington in an effort to stop investiga- i
i tions.’
ALLOWS COUNSEL
FEES IN WILL CASE
j
i Justice Hitz Signs Order in Hutch
ins Litigation—Widow
Files Appeal.
j Approving the report of Jesse C.
■ Adkins, special master appointed,by !
i the court. Justice Hitz of the District
' Supreme Court today signed an order
I allowing counsel fees aggregating
i $120,000 to the lawyers who defended
1 the will of Stilson Hutchins, who died
lin 1912 leaving an estate valued at
$1,000,000. Mrs. Rose Keeling Hutch
ins, widow* of the millionaire, noted
an appeal from the order.
The trial of the contest over the
’ will occupied five months and the liti
gation has been in progress for
twelve years. A renewal of the con
; test over an earlier will of Mr.
Hutchins Is scheduled for next Oc
-1 tuber.
Under the order Mr. Adkins, as spe
cial master, is given a fee of $3,000,
and an allowance of SIO,OOO is made
' to cover other expenses connected
, with the litigation, including the
fees of the alienists, who examined
Mr. Hutchins shortly before his
death. Interest at 6 per cent is al
lowed by the order of the amount
[ specified until paid.
Attorney Charles H. Merillat's fee
is fixed at $50,000; that of Henry E.
Davis, at $25,000. and P. H. Marshall’s
• fee at $5,000. The estate of R. Ross
Perry is given $15,000 and (he estate
of Edward H. Thomas, $25,000. Both
Mr. Perry and Mr. Thomas defended
i the will at the trial, but died shortly
thereafter^
RESCUERS IN FLOOD
AREA BATTLE COLD
Cumberland District Grad
ually Clearing Debris and
Aiding Sufferers.
Special Dinpatch to The Star.
CCMBERIAND, Md., April 2.—With
Icicles hanging from the buildings and
workers shivering from the sudden
change of temperature, the work of
restoration in the Cumberland flood
area went on today while scores of
buildings were being pumped clear of
water. Gradually places are being re
opened for business, but it will be
weeks before the normal is attained.
The glass fronts of practically all the
buildings In the business section hit
by the flood were torn out.
The survey by Red Cross workers
who came here from Washington, this
being in the Potomac division area,
shows that all cases of want are being
well taken care of. The worst suffer
ing is reported from Piedmont. Wesl
ernpon and Kltzmiller, relief having
not yet reached the latter town this |
morning, although messengers from |
that place who arrived at Oakland said j
the population had supplies enough to !
I las-t several days. It is thought food !
(and clothing will be gotten in by i
j means of sleds today, as the ground
j is covered with a deep snow and trucks I
icannot he used. I
1,000 Phones Disabled.
j At least 1,000 telephones were put j
out of commission in Cumberland due i
ito wet cellars. The Chesapeake and j
j Ohio canal will be repaired by the!
-Vang Construction Company. The
(water ia still swirling through the
j opening cut by the river, fifty feet!
j long and twelve feet deep. A spur j
j will have to be built from the West- !
iern Maryland railway to get tna-I
j leriai lo the break and cofferdora j
> installed for the protection of work- ,
| men. 'Havre is another break below
|t he dam and one at the waste lock. |
i Tliese two tills, it is said, W'ould be j
[made by the canal company itself,
i Genera! Manager G. E. Nickolson j
[of Washington, who was here, would ;
; give no credence to the report that
j the canal would be abandoned.
’Hie Kelly-Springfield lire plant re
i sumed operation today.
Street** tndrr Patrol.
| The armed patrol had the streets in
; the flood area well covered last night.
[These streets are still without light.
I Eight has been restored lo other sec-
I ti--ns.
Official report shows the Potomac
rose 19 feet Saturday. This was made
jby Harvey H. Weiss, United States
j weather observer here. The flood j
, stage at Cumberland is 7 feet, and j
(the rise was 12 feet 2E inches above )
j Hood stage. It went 4 feet l'-x inches |
(above the flood of 1902. The river to
i day gauged 3 feet 4 inches. The nor- i
[ mal height is about 2 feet.
• Engineer H. F. Shaffer of the state 1
, hoard -if health arrived today, and 1
i with County Health < 'Hirer C. C. Me-j
Cililoch has gone to Weslernport and j
j Kltzmiller to inspect the drinking ■
i water sources.
Ben A. Harlan of Washington, di- j
i rector of disaster relief of the Red \
| Cross, sent this telegram from Pied-i
1 mont: "Conditions in Piedmont and I
1 beyond require immediate attention. ■
! Weslernport without safe water sup- i
j Ply.”
RITCHIE ORDERS RELIEF, j
Action Follows That of Assembly j
Voting 875,000 Loan.
[ By the Associated Press.
i BALTIMORE. Md.. April 2.—An i
[ order that every state department do [
. everything in its power to relieve ;
the sufferers from the Potomac river
j fi--od was issued yesterday by Gov.
j Ritchie. i
This is the second step taken by
the state to help the hundreds of
1 persons who lost their homes and [
; possessions when the waters of the
; river inundated towns along the j
. river. East night the general as- |
: sembly passed a $75,009 loan bill to [
I reconstruct the flooded areas.
\ Conditions among the refugees of 1
i the flood, many of whom are without
: heat and heavy lothes, have become
! more grave when the weather be- ■
! came cold and the heavy snowstorm I
I blanketed the mountain sections. i
MONTICELLO DRIVE
i GOES THROUGH APRIL
! Headquarters Moved From Hotel
to 1413 F Street—Play
to Aid Fund.
| Continuance of the campaign ef
forts during the greater part of April
j for the Jefferson Opportunity in be
'• half of the plan to present Monticello
j to the nation was announced today,
j Announcement was made also of
1 the removal of headquarters of the
I National Monticello Association from
1 the Willard Hotel *o 1413 F street,
[where the Jefferson Opportunity sale,
i is now being conducted under the di
' reotion of the team of Mrs. David
■ Meade Lea and Mrs. Julian J. Mason,
| with Mrs. Charles P. Cocke as chair
man.
I Among activities planned are the
• Shakespearean play. “Two Gentlemen
! of Verona,” tomorrow morning at 10
! o'clock in the Chevy Chase Library
i by children of the sixth and seventh
j grades of the Chevy Chase Country
J Day School, under direction of Prof.
1 Htanwood Cobb, and the mass meet
j ing on Saturday morning at 10:15 at
j Keith's Theater, when the children’s
' gift to Monticello will he received.
; Mrs. Rose Gouvemeur Hoes and
: Mrs. Richard Parker Crenshaw, dl
- rectors of the Jefferson opportunity,
j announced today that owing to the
j continuance of team activities it will
be impossible to award cups offered
! until later in April.
j CHECK SENT FOR SHRINE.
Detroit Catholic Club Makes 825,-
000 Subscription.
t The first installment of tbe $25.-
000 subscription made by Detroit Chap
i ter. Salve Regina, for work in the crypt
of the National Shrine of the Immacu
i late Conception now under construction
as Brookland, I). ('.. was received yes
terday by Rev. Bernard A. McKenna,
[secretary to Bishop Thomas J. Shahan
■of Catholic University.
| The check came from Mrs. Wetah
. G. Marenlette, president of the Ladies’
j -Society of St. Ann’s Church. Detroit,
land is to commemorate the eighly-
I third birthday anniversary of Rev. J.
•J, Aboulin, pastor of the church, who
!is one of the originators of the idea
which has developed into the building
of the National Shrine. Archbishop
Pumasoni Biondi, papal delegate,
made an informal visit to the shrine,
yesterday to inspect the progress of
the work.
$21,000 GIVEN TO Y.W.C.A.
Amount Pledged by 1,200 Persons
in Budget Campaign.
The V. W. C. A. campaign has pass
ed the $21,000 mark, according to Miss
Suzanne Moore, finance secretary.
Mrs. Harry Hull, chairman of the
finance committee, said today that
the workers have shown great loyalty.
Expense has been kept at the mini
mum, and the fact that but 1.20 ft per
sons have been solicited from so far
is held to be proof that there are
many waiting- to bo approached.
SUMMER HOME BURNED.
C. H. Johnson Advised of Fire in
Watch Hill. R I.
Annccrawf, the handsome summer
estate of Charles Hubert Johnson.
2517 Connecticut avenue, at Watch
Hill, li. 1., was destroyed by fire early
today, with a loss estimated in excess
of $25,000, according to dispatches.
Mr. Johnson was first advised of
the fire shortly before noon, and will
leave for his estate in the north this
afternoon. Dispatches received here
were brief, and it is not known yet
whether the entire house was razed |
or just a wing- of it.
Information conveyed to Mr. John- i
son in the brief message, however, j
was that at least the most valuable part ;
of the mansion, one of the hand
somest in that section, was destroyed
with its entire costly furnishings and
treasured family heirlooms.
j from Yesterday’s 5:50 Edition of The Star.
ADJUSTED PENSION
| MEASURE PASSED;
; Senate Votes Bill to Remove
; Inequities to Veterans
of Several Wars.
!
j An “adjusted pension bill,” design- j
Jed to remove 'inequities between j
| gratuities now paid to veterans of j
{ the several wars, was passed yesterday I
j by the Senate.
■ The bill provides a flat rate of $72 j
j a month for veterans of the Mexican j
I and civil wars, as compared with the j
j Present basic rate of SSO, and makes !
j the allowance for each dependent $S j
jper month instead of from $2 to $6. i
j A new provision, said to have been I
j inserted to meet objections which led
Ito the veto last year, provides that j
widows of civil war veterans must have j
consummated their marriage prior to I
June 27, 1907, in order to be eligible
for pension. The bill carries a grad u- j
ated scale for these beneficiaries, rang
ing from S3O per month at sixty to sls ;
at seventy-four. There is a!so a gradu
ated scale for Spanish-American vet
erans based on disability, ranging from
$2" a month to a maximum of SSO.
Senator Dial, democrat. South Caro- 1
lina, who has led the opposition since
1 the ijjj] was first presented, asserted ’
I $31,000,000 of the total would go to
“widows who were not born when the
war ended.” He warned his colleagues 1
that the bill was “another effort to
; buy votes for the republican party.”
j adding that the repeated demands upon
I the Treasury were sapping the founda
| tion of national prosperity.
I The vote, on passage of the bill, was
. 51 to 10, those opposing being Sena
tors Bayard. Delaware: Bruce. Mary
land; Inal and Smith. South Carolina:;
I Mayfield and Sheppard. Texas; Stan
• ley. Kentucky, and Stephens, Missis- !
! sippi, democrats, and Borah, Idaho, and
j Heed, Pennsylvania, republicans.
INSIST STATE HEAD
j
APPEAR IN INQUIRY
i House Committee Members Issue
New Call for Hunt in At
tack on Work.
1 :
| The House irrigation committee to- j
i day voted to repeat its request that
; Gov. Hunt of Arizona appear to tes
tify in regard to recent charges by
jhim that Secretary Work was using
Jhis position to favor the state of
! Colorado in the proposed Colorado
I river development. The vote was 7
| to 2.
j The action was taken after Chair
i man Smith had read a telegram from
i the governor in which he said im
; portant business would prevent his
. appearance.
j Gov. Hunt several days ago charged
[ the interests of Arizona were being
! neglected in the proposed deveiop-
Iment. Upon receipt of a telegram
! containing the charges the commit
• tee requested the governor to testify,
j The motion to insist that the gov
| ernor appear was made by Hepresen
i tative Baker, democrat, California.
Deaths Reported.
j The following deaths have been reported
|to the health department in the last tweuty
jfnnr hours:
Henry E. Shumaker. 58. 905 7th st. s e.
i Amanda bond. ''o. the H e Mantis apts,. 500.
1 Paniel W. Edelin. til. Garfield Hospital
■ Kuftis I’riulz, 54. Georgetown University
i Hospital, v
j Gunter Jahn. 37. Homeopathic Hospital.
\ Genetieve A EeklofT. 38. 4 i st.
' Violetta S- V Douglas, S'-*. 417 A -I. s.e,
i .1, Arthur Knssell. 49. 319 Shepherd st.
Mary II Myers. 79 1741 Kilbourne st.
Vingenza Ax. 04. * ; 7S Him st.
Harriett Dwyer. 64. Georgetown Hospital.
Charles A. Miller. 54. 3853 Davenport st.
Howard M .Tones, 49, 1462 I tiftoll st.
William VV. Mockahee, 56. George Washing
ton bniversitv Hospital,
Samuel D Smitheriefl. 72. St. Elizabeth's
Hospital.
Otis G. Stanton. o.i. 441 o Georgia ave.
Sivert S. Skregsiadl, 63. Si. Elizabeth's Hos
pitab , , ... ...
Fred Fraze. 10. Georgetown t Diversity Hos
pital.
Julia M. Buscher. 63, 1711 33rd st
Joseph Bell. 2. St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
] T.iiiian •! Iliehards. 57. i.arfield Hospital.
James !.. Owens, 58. 1310 Wiseonsin at* .
Willard F. Vincent. 10 months. 1216 6tU
• Joseph Moran, 9 months. Children's Hospital.
Infant of Robert C and Ida 15. Smallwood,
• 3 (lavs. Georgetown I Diversity Hospital.
Frances Cook. 4 days, Georgetown University
1 Hospital.
■, j n fant of Royal W. and Susie A. Davenport.
‘.4 hours. PiH Florida ave.
i J X.ueille Brown. 1, 471 K st.s.w.
I Fanny Brooks. Mb 309 I sb s. w
i bollise Boyd. 41. 52(1 R st,
; I Victoria Johnson. 4.». 134 Pierce st. it.
I 1 Carrie Ja- kson. 30. Freedmen’s Hospital.
I Theodore Clark. 40. Freedmen’s Hospital.
Hannah E. Burke. 28, Freedmen's Hospital.
Ellen Tyler, 20, 10X9 Kenyon st.
! Gabriel Green. 67. Emergency Hospital.
! Howard Talley, 34, Emergency Hospital.
I Mary Beasley. 36. Columbia Hospital
i j Vivian Washington, 1, 94 Fenton st. n.e.
j paniel W. Waters, 68, 1322 S st.
( «
IBankok, Siam, and many cities in
the Malay peninsula are planning to
install scenic railways and other
amusement park devices.
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i*
TRAGEDY IN WE
OF GOTHAM STORM
One Man Killed and Thirteen
Persons Hurt as Eie
j
vated Trains Crash.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, April 2.—Mild Aprrt.
tongue in her cheek and tragedy in
her wake, all day yesterday crashed
deep thunder, spat forked lightning
blew from the northeast at forty-five
knots, and whipped to u.-d flurrying
la snowstorm which nude .lush and
j snowdrifts from the Virginia capes
ito Eastport. Maine, all in striking
1 contrast to the arrival in N'ew York
!of the first Louisiana strawberries
j and new green peas from California.
! Snow clouding the vision of a
Imotorman brought on a collision of
elevated trains in which one man was
j killed and thirteen taken to the hos
| pital with broken bones and other
| injuries. Piling on the track, the
(drifts delayed and held up trains, in
j Baltimore caused the postponement
lof the races at the Bowie Irak, in
' Washington paralyzed traffic and
| caused adjournment of the Senate two
! hours earlier than nsu-aa.
Wires Carried Hunt.
; Wind and snow curried ami t.D
--{ photo and telegraph wires through
out the east, harried harbor traffic
I in New York and Boston and imp- lied
[the display of storm signals at <’ap
i Halt eras. A tongu. of lightning lick
ed the. roof of a chiropractor’s house
j in New Jersey as he la nt over a
| patient. Before aid could be sum
I mowed the flames had caused con
siderable damage.
| The storm came from the south,
venting its fury in Maryland early
yesterday morning. ■ reeping north
|to burst on the metropolis shortly
( after noon and speeding on spreading
i hail and havoc far up into Canada
■ Baltimore reported nine inches of
'snow, the Cumberland valley six. and
New York shortly after midnight
: three.
FREEZE HITS FRUIT CROP
Heavy Damage in Mississippi Re
sult of Weather Change.
• JACKSON, Miss , April 2.—Freezing
I weather in the territory - around Port
Gibson, Miss., has caus< d heavy dam
-1 age to vegetables and fruit crops, ac
, cording to r*-ports n-e. iv. d hen to
day. The mercury was said to have
'dropped 29 degrees and ice was visi
• ble in exposed places. Fruit orchards
in full bioom in I’ort Gibson and
Grcenvilb w ■ r> believed to have been
heavily damaged.
WEATHER HAS VARIETY.
Rain. Snow. Shine. Thunder Give
Philadelphia Unusual Day.
| PHILADELPHIA, April 2. —Philn-
(delphia and vicinity has had a variety
iof freakish weath-r. List night the
i city was in the grip of the worst blizzard
i of the year with transportation systems
S partially paralyzed with peib strians
and automobiles struggling through
six inches of snow ■ r more and s’ush.
■At different times during th. day the
.sun shone, it rained, lightning tla.h
--i ed. thunder rumbled and high winds
i blew.
j The electric storm cairn w i»h tic
i smow early in the afternoon, blowing
•out fuses and cripp.'.ng telephone
j service.
SNOW SHATTERS RECORD
* Baltimore Covered by Blanket of
April White Nine Inches Deep.
! BALTIMORE. Md.. April 2—Sweep
-1 itig up-coast from tic gulf state-,
j the heaviest snow ever recorded in
1 Baltimore in April was registered
{yesterday, when downtown Balii
* more lay under a nine-inch blanket.
iln the suburbs this depth was ex
ceeded by two it ch. s
The snow wits light and fluffy, how
ever, and lit;’, delay to Trallh or
lines of eomniunicai ion was occa
sioned, Arriving steamers wer»* run
ning slightly behind schedule and no
sailing .Taft chared port because
of the driving snow.
GEN. PATRICK GIVES
VIEWS ON MERGER
Appears Before House Committee
on Army-Navy Air Service
Partial Consolidation.
Maj. den. Mason M. Patrick. , i.i K f „■
the Army air service, presented IBs
views to the House naval committee
today on the feasibility of consolidal
; ing certain activities of the Army and
; Navy air force-.
The witness said there wajs no dupli
! cation in the Army defending shore
j stations and the coast, but that a
! saving might ho f-ttV-ciod in morginsr
th*'* Army and j.ibval air • xnermu-nial
‘ stations and activiii- >; for train in& po
em i»s.
i* Patrick said th»' pros<*ni air
forre of his branch is i n. c u dicier, t ■>
defer.d the const. H- has r t L.»n.-
• mended iis eniar^emeni.
.. —•
School Teacher Sought.
An examination ~f applicants r
; teaching positions in the < oitnad
; public schools will be conducted g
the Franklin Sehoo April 15. b> the
board of examiners of the colored
schools. Teachers are needed for th.
following subjects; Mathematics,
medieval and modern European hi
; tory, freehand draw-in.... general
science, psychology, practic. leaching
! arithmetic, physical training dottiest'•
i art, speech improvement and .- ho. .
j gardening.
i j •-
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ly invented ice cream can op-ner
lids which h..vr. be, ,rn- froze i. - ,

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