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Sunday Evening
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DUMBER 6937. Yesterday's Circulation, 48,221
Sixteen Pages
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Retirement of Clerks Debat
ed Thoroughly From
All Angles.
Details as to Ballots, Voting
Places, Etc., Will Ap
pear Tuesday.
The last suns in the civil service joint
debate in The Washington .Times are
being1 fired today.
Advocates of each retirement plan
have hart their say. Opponents of each
retirement plan have had their say.
Every possible angle of the retirement
controversy has been covered, and the
Information contained in the five ar
ticles published has been hungrily con
sumed b ythe 25,(W0 or 30,000 Govern
ment employes In Washington who are
to have a chance to vote in The Times"
poll this week.
Today each of the five authors whose
crgumenls have appeared In The Times,
sums up his cate in brief. The articles
have been boiled down to facts and fig
ures and are instantly comprehensve.
It is the intention now to hold the poll
of Government employes on Thursday
afternoon, beginning at 4:30 o'clock. De
tails as to the form of ballot, the poll
ing places, and other arrangements for
conducting the voting will be published
en Tuesday.
Competent to Speak.
The autnors of the articles that
have appeared in the past week are
persons who have made thorough in
vestigatlons of the subject tinder
i consideration and are competent to
present their respective views.
Herbert b. Brown is the accredited
author of the Glllett bill providing
for the contributory form of retire
ment and has in seeral instances
been emploved by the Government to
tompl'e data and statistics on the sub
Ject of superannuation. His research
has led him into an investigation of
the systems of retirement in vogue
in other countries.
'f less active In Investigating va-
,1, ., SP-tlpu-artZ plvur hus .been "Dr.
Jewllyn Jordan, who has written
the arguments against the straight
pension plan. He has collaborated
iwfth 3tr Brown in several articles and
jntrrcsslonal documents, and has
tvati ills time and energy gratis to
f! retirement movement for a dozen
Ifears He feels he is just beginning
"to realize the fruit of his labors.
Another debater who has itevntpA
years of tirne to the interests ot the
civil service employe and the reform of
the service is Michael F. O'Donoghue,
president of the United States Civil
Service Retirement Association. He
possesses a wide knowledge of condi
tions in the service.
An Ardent Warrior.
Miss Ethel M. Smith, an ardent ad
vocate of straight pension and a mili
tant warrior against the contributory
type of retirement, probably has made
a deeper study of the subject than any
woman in Washington. She is an active
supporter of the salary Increase cam
paign. The fifth debater. Joseph W. Buck,
has devoted most of his endeavors to
ward obtaining a better wage scale for
the classified civil service employes. He
resigned his position in the service near
ly two jears ago to devote his entire
time to crusading for Increased salaries,
but after bpending hundreds of dollars
of his own money, re-entered the Gov
ernment service. He has continued to
lend his talents and experience in the
war for better wages.
Each writer was selected because ot
peculiar fitness or familiarity with the
several propositions, and while the con
tentions lia e seemed to be at variance
in a number of instances, the whole of
the arguments will prove beneficial to
the employes when they vote on the
propositions to be submitted at The
Times poll.
For Contributory Plan
If Pay Is Increased
To the Editor of The Washington Timet
I heartily congratulate you on jour
earnest work in behalf of a pension and
an increase of pay for Government
I npprove of the contributory plan
after an increase In pay is granted.
The trouble with the entire agitation is
that it dbes not include myself and my
fellow employes of the Navy Yard, who
arc not under civil service.
It is not our fault that we arc not
under civil service, where we might
have better protection. 1 have given
the best years of my life to the Gov
ernment, both on land and on sea, in
peace and in war, and I would lovo to
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Rain tonight and Monday: warmer to
night, colder Monday night: winds be
coming Southeast and south and In
8 a. m..,. 31
9 a. m 31
10 a. m 31
31 a. m ,. 3i
12 noon 31
i p nitii.i,,,l,.,1,,,liat(,,,,,,lt,,,ai 21
Eun rises 7:13
fciun sets, t , 4:15
TJoth rivers clear.
New Year's Day Observed
In Quiet
President Taft and Mrs. Taft hear
New Year sermon at All Solas.
Several hundred Sons of Jonadal
wind up an all-night session wit
a banquet-breakfast at o'clock.
Special New Year sermons and
music in almost all of the Wash
ington churches.
Postponement to tomorrow by gen
eral consent of the usual jolly
New Year hospitality.
Special Sermons in Churches
and Late Sleepers Only
Signs of Holiday.
li,n1 u, , r-..i m
Usual Uproar in Early Morning
Is of Short Du
ration. With two days instead of one for New
vi. k..,-,.,,c ,h .,, minn
of the occasion has been peaceful and
quiet and proper, and the rounds of
New Yoai calls and Jovial hospitality
are largely being put off until tomorrow,
In some parts of the city the sup-
pressed New Year effervescence proba-
bly will bubble up tonight, and It Is
likely to bubble out all the livelier to-
morrow because of the twenty-four
hours, of repiesslon.
The ony evidences of New Year this
morning was the fact that most every
body stayed In bed later than usual,
and most of the churches this morning
bad New Year sermons as features.
Among the sermons on the lesson of
the day were "Crossing the Line," by
the Rev. C. E. Granger, at Gunton
TejnplP Mrmoiial Church "The flc
Of the- YearlSiD. by the -ttev. uUiice.jguj:.e of law oi otherwise, in that sense.
Radcllffe, in New York Avenue. Presby- I as the believe, and their supporters be
terian Church; "Memories and Hopes," Jleve, they will have achieved a victory
by the Rev. S. H. Woodrow, in the ' In the Balllnger-Pinchot light under any
First-Congregational Church, and "The
Pastor's New Year Message," by the
Rew W. W. McMaster, in the First
Baptist Church.
Sons of Jonndab Celebrate.
First prize for real enthusiastic New
Year observers should go today to the
members of a fraternal society, the Sons
of Jonadab. There are several councils
of the organization in this city, and
they Invited the councils at .Harpers
Ferry and Baltimore to help them out
in doing New Year up Jn proper fashion.
AH of the councils met late last night
in Pioneer Hall, 623 Louisiana avenue.
At midnight they Initiated a large class
of candidates. At 1 o'clock this morning
they sat down to a banquet.
Speaking followed the banquet, and
then each of the members pledged him
self to abstain from liquor this year.
The exercises were continued, and at 7
o'clock this morning all the survivors
had breakfast together in the hall, and
went home to bed.
President At Church.
President Taft observed the day by
attending services In All Souls' Church,
as usual, and Mrs. Taft accompanied
him this morning, instead of attending
her own church. The pastor, the Rev.
I lysses G. B. pierce, preached a sermon
appropriate to New Year.
The ushering in of the New Year at
12 o'clock was not made the occasion of
hundieds of stay-up-all-night parties, as
it usually Is, owing to the strict enforce
ment of the Sundav law by tho police,
but for the few minutes before and
after 12 it wah a gav time at scores of
hoaels and resaaurants,
In tin. cafe Renubliquo the New l'ork
custom of seeing wine only was Insti
tuted. There every table was crowded.
A large number of South American and
Central American diplomats Tcre among
the gay parties there.
Bugler Sounds Taps,
rach hotel had its own Ideas on tho
celebration, but all allowed ahe patrons
to spontaneous! v develop their own ob-
crvance. In one tho guests started
'Auld Lane Svne," and in another the
management had a bugler sound taps
for the old vear and the reveille for the
New Year.
Ac ncnil thpm was sin nnmi nf
whistles, horns and other noise-making
contrivances for a few minutes at l:
o clock, but the usual sound ot revolver
snots was missing, owing to ii;e ponce
orders and the racket was cut fchorter
than ordinarily.
Special formal services were held only.
In the Kplphany Church, and the Rev.
Randolph McKlm madp a brief address.
House Badly Damaged
Black Hand Bomb
DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 1.-Unidentl-fled
persons, believed to be members'
of tho Black Hand, blew up a portion
of tho front of the residence of Augus
tlno Vltalq early tills morning, and
made their escape before tho- polico
could locate them. This Is the second
Italian residence that has been blown
iiji since last Wednesday.
The dynamite- was piacea unaer the
front Rtens nnd pt off. Vitaie nnrt
members of ills family were sound
asleep when tho explosion occurred, and
fortunately escaped Injury.
Brazil Congress Rises. ,
RIO JANEIRO, Jan. 1. Having: of
ficially approved a budget forlSll which
approximates JIOO.COO.OOO, congress ad
journed here last night. . ',
Files Brief With President
Telling of the Alleged
Former Forester Makes Effort to
Block Grants for Cunningham-Claims.
The battle for conservation of nation
al resources In the new year of 1911
was begun today by Glfford and Amos
Plnchot, who, in a last great effort to
prevent the Cunnlngnam coal claims in
Alaska from going to patent, filed with
President Taft an exhaustive brief set
ting forth in detail their reasons for
preventing the alleged conspiracy to
loot the Government of enormously
If the last stand of the Plnchot
brothers in this great case is a failure.
pms " b l8sucd to partles for
coal lands that dominate the Bering
river district, in Alaska; the Govern-,
ment will be dispossessed of coal worth
mm at H conservative estimate.
and the Cunningham claimants, opera t
lng in conjunction with J. P. Morgan
& Co. and the Guggenheim Exploration
Company, will bo in a position, as Glf
ford Plnchot charges, and as It has
DPen lreel a"CB '" ",c ...
many limes, 10 "main a """ '""-
' nopoly of coal produnlon In Alaska,
Means Balhnger Victory.
' jr the brief hent to the White House
'today by the Plnchots is unsuccessful in
, Mocking the Cunningham claimants
' amj the President permits the claims to
EOt patent, then in large measure the
victory i'i the light which has been
j waged for many months between Glfford
Pmchot and the men who support him
against Secretarj Ballinger will have
been won by Balllngcr.
It is true that in the contest he has
waged for the carrying out of a policy
of real conservation the former Chief ;
Forester, Glfford Plnchot, and his lieu
tenants have stirred up a tremendous
public sentiment against the spoliation
the irMio 'lore tn, whether uniXcr ti
But It the Cunningham coal claims are
sent to patent, a gigantic monopoly in
which the Morgan und Guggenheim in
terests are involved will have gained a
grip that it will forever be Impossible to
shake off on one of the most valuable
coal regions in tho world.
The value of thiB coat region will In
crease more and more as the years go
by and the Pacific coa&t country and the
far Northwest finds its coal supply
scarcer and scarcer.
Means Much to Alaska.
That the possession of this coalfield
in the Bering river district, or the key
to it, gives whoever has possession of
that field tremendous influence on tho
future of Alaska goes without saying.
The brief of Glfford Plnchot und Amos
Plnchot filed wih the President today
represents the results of a most thor
ough and careful examination into all
the facts, records, and evidence avail
able regarding the Cunningham claims.
They obtained permission from the
President some weeks ago to file it.
They were allowed until today. Today
Is the last day for filing under the leave
granted by the President, and the de
posed chief forester and his brother
have been working day and night in an
effort to completo their statement.
Secretary of the Interior Balllngcr has
a plan for disposing of the Cunningham
claims, which was set forth In his an
nual report. It proposes that the cases
be turned over to the Court of Appeals
of the District of Columbia for adjudica
tion. Would Shift Responsibility.
This would shift the responsibility
from the President and the Interior De
partment, on whom It rests by law. in
order to do this, special legislation
would be necessary. Mr. Pinchot is em
phatically opposed to this plan. He doc3
not want the matter disposed of by the
Court of Appeals. He takes the view
the claims are so tainted with fraud
that they are not entitled to patent, and
that under these circumstances the pat
ents should be flatly turned down.
The brief of Messrs. Pinchot embodies
a clear setting forth of the -facts and the
law. It is extremclv lengthy and has
Jieen carefully prepared. It Is for the
most Dart a dispassionate anrument.
The facts in the Cunningham raises have
rJCen i,0"5"-, out' "l0UKl -n nore or
less disjointed and disconnected form In
hearlncs before two committees of Con
gress. One was tho special committee,
which investigated the Balllnger-Pin-cbot
controversy, and the other was the
Senate Committee on Territories.
L. R. Glavis and others have testified
before the special committee as to the
alleged fraudulent nature of the Cun
ningham claims, and their reason for
looking at them in the light of sus
picion. Before the Committee on, Terri
tories, in n hearing last session, it was
brought out that the Morpan-Gugjccn-hcjm
syndicate, had an option on this
great coal tract, in the heart of the
Bering river district, and that repre-
sentatrves of me syndicate considered,
the option still good.
Worth Hundreds of Millions.
It was brought out before the Com
mutes .on Terrltortes that the coal to
which the coal region claimed by the
Cunningham claimants Is' the key, is
worth hundieds and hundreds of mil
lions of dollars;, ot almost unknown
wealth in fact.
The Cunningham coal claims cover an
area of 5,280, acres. Under 'the lay, an
Individual can obtain not over 160 acres.
An association Is limited to 640 .acres.
NowT It is charged that the scheme to
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ALASKA LANDS mMW'" - rm&&tim&MBA
White House Gate and Big Motor Car After Collision
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Accident Result of Attempt
of Driver to Pass An
other Automobile.
Crashing Into one of the heavy iron
gales nt the entrance to Executive ave
nue between the White House and the
State, war, and Navy building, with
force enough to demolish tho motor car
and to wrench the heavy gate from one
of its hlnijes, G. G. Hammer, local man-ago.-
o th'tiWer Safe Compaqy At-
lit-.. .'. i.i. ti - , b-i'-TJu j-uceiiier us.e..iiit U fc.iuinat.cu that more than sutty
of the North GermeiiyLloyd Steamboat j have already' been put to death without
Company, and two others had a mar-a trial.
velous escape from death about 5 o'clock' .Reports from various parts of the re-
tills morning. '
Mr. Hammer, who lives at 17uS F street gaining strength, and Is apparent that
northwest, was returning home from a.) the government regards the situation
N'pw Year celebration with Ml. Mach-.na desnerate.
ler, who livs at 2a John Marshall plaev.
anu two acquaintances wiiuae xiiiuea
. v..,- ,i n isn.iw "1'iior wpi ni-Hreillnfr
northward on the small strip of drive-1
&.. M'l.f.A Ifnit.a unit ,11.
way oetwecii me ii nuuoc mm .m.
ilirartmMit hulldlnir at aDout twelve!
miles, an hour, according to Mr. Ham-j
mer. when a second automobile loomed
up 111 1IUI1I. Ul WiCUi
Hammer, who was driving a two-
seated Bulck car, attempted to pass the
second automobile, which was going
north. Just at the gate exit. To do so,
h. snlri. he nut mi a little mure SDeed.
The slippery street made the front j
wheels sRtu, ana tnc car usunvt;u
against the great iron gate witn torce
enough to completely splinter the left
front wheel, demolish both lights on the
left side, carry away the running
board and both mud guards.
The tire of the splintered wheel was
torn off the metal rim, but was not
punctured. The right front wheel was
doubled under the body of the car, and
the radiator and fender mashed be
yond any. hope of patching. The large
three-inch bars of the gate were bent
double In some places, and a center
piece of the V'nlted States arms was
knocked forty feet.away.
The car which Mr. Hammer tried to
pass belongs to R. E. L. Yellott, a real
estate dealer, who was at his home at
the time. His chauffeur was taking the
car to a garage in the city after takiv?,
Mr. Yellott to his Cleveland Park homy.
Mr. Yellott's car was not damaged.
Two Go tc Hospitals
After Motor Accidents
Horry Brown, thirty-eight years old,
of Chcrrydale, Va., is in Georgetown
University Hospital today suffering
from bruises and shock which he re
ceived when knocked down by an auto
mobile at midnight. The car, which In
jured Brown, say the police. Is the prop
erty of William Bonds, and was oper
ated by Robert Miller, who was alone
in the car.
Brown was near Thlcty-slxth and M
streets northwest when struck. He had
just stepped from tho curb when the
automobile hit him. He was thrown to
the ground, partially stunned, but was
able to-regain his feet while waiting for
the patrol wagon of the Seventh pre
cinct. In which he was conveyed to the
,A Terminal toxlcab. operated by Car
roll Crawford, of 608 Seventh street,
figured in a collision yesterday after
noon with a Capital Traction car at
New York avenue and Fourteenth
street. Tho cab was wrecked and tho
vestibule of the car smashed. Neither
the passengers In the car nor the driver
of the cab were injured.
The car, crowded to Its strap-hanging
capacity, had Just Ief t" the Treasury
when Crawford attempted "to get across
the tracks in front of it. Tho two came
lu&ewier. v
wrong side of the street and will have
to appear in Police Court tomorrow.
William S. Royer, of 2810 Cathedral
avenue, was one of aparty of four; au
tomoblllsts, who came'to grief early this
morning, when the cat they were using,
which belonged to lister JX Moore, ot
1207 N street northwest, Bkldded and
smashed into the curbing at Third street
and Pennsylvania avenue northwest.
The cor was driven b R. C. Smith,
of S23 Fourteenth street, n& the acci
dent occurred when he turned from the
Avenue into Third street.. When the
collision came, Royer was throw out
He was picked up -unconscious and
taken to Emergency Hospital suffering
from a concussion. He had pretty well
recovered hy an early hour this morning
however. Tho two women, who the po
lice say made up 'the party, escaped un
hurt. The car was slightly damaged.
One Hundred Others Are
Awaiting Execution With
in Next Few Days.
MEXICO CITY, Jan. 1. -No quarter
to the rebels," is the substance of orders
which have been Issued to the govern
ment troops by President Diaz.
More than 100 revolutionary leaders
and sympathizers have been marked for
execution, and will -bo shot wlihla the
next tfn dar if tv-r- do pp cwaac
public indicate that the rebellion Is
The revolutionist are well Provided
wmi iuun;j, tw-it ia sujow""!,
lllar .administration, which had believed
that lack of resources would make the.
.ulialllnn fl 1 1 -4fh(n Q ltinTt ftlllP
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i.vREDO, Tex., Jan. 1. A report re-
celved here'staus that a detachment of
armed men iiad crossed the Rio Grande
Inin TTnltivl Ktnfp torritorv. and after -
Into United States territory, and after
ward had been disarmed and dispersed
hv United States regulars. It Is said
the men were seeking recruits for the
revolutionary army In Mexico.
Royalists Crowded
Into Portuguese Jails
LISIJON, Portugal, Jan. 1. Hundreds
of royalists and others who, during the
days of the kingdom were thought to
have been connected with the Royalist
paity, are today languishing1 In the Jall3,
which are crowded to overflowing.
The situation is tense here since the
recent dlscoverv of an alleged plot to
replace King Manuel on the throne, and
that proirional President Braga has de
cided to adopt a policy of firmness was
shown today when he sent out secret
service agents with more than 100 addi
tional warrants.
These warrants, it is said, call for the
immediate arrest of more royalists and
certain members of the republican army
3r.d navy who are suspected of" having
indulged in opinions of caustic criticism
of. President Braga's government.
Among President Braga's cabinet, it
was admitted todav that tho .present
form of government is running within
the danger line of popular discontent
and danger.
However, It was emphatically claimed
that if the present polity is kept up
the crisis can be passed and the public
ilnallv relieved of the idea that a re
publican form of government means
riches for everyone, regardless of their
Negro Defeats a Mob
' Bent on Lynching Him
BOND, Miss., Jan. l.-Jake "Warren, a
negro, who killed James Odun and
wounded tho latter wife, fought a mrt
pt forty men who were bent on lynching
him as he was being removed from 'the
jail- hero and came off victor after
wounding eleven ot his assailants. t
"Yarren Is known as the "strongeft
negro In the world" among those of. his
racejand, has been both feared and hated
for years.
Ho used first a water bucket with
which he cracked six skulls In. quick
succession, .tie men wrestea a scanning
from one of the members of the 'mob
and did bloody work' with that also.
OHe.of the attacking party succeeded In
shooting Warren, but the wound is not
serious. The Jailors Anally got, re-enforcements
and rescued the mob,
Burglars Start a Fire
That Sweeps Over Town
LEXINGTON, Ky., Jan. 1. The vlI-J
lago of Kings Mountain, Ky., Is re
ported to- have been almost destroyed
by Ore .following an explosion of nltro-i
glycerine, which burglars used In a gen
eral -merchandise store yesterday.
The loss. Is estimated to have been
Another Is Dying at Hospital
Following "Jy
BALTIMORE, Md., Jan. 1 -The life
of one young girl crushed out beneath
a heavy touring car. another girl dying
lr th Marviand n.nfmi Hnmitai a
f a , u , GeneraJ Hospital, a
man badly shaken up and on the verge
of a nervous collapse, and a chauffeur
heid at the Northern police station, is
t-lrtr t-raa-jtlcv. pf a rM joy
rwe Jast night through the historic
I Green Spring Valley.
J The dead girl Is Anna Forewood, aged
eighteen, youngest daughter of Oliver
A. Forewood,
22 Hickory avenue.
The injured are Ina Cross, 61 Falls
road, and James Powers, a druggist, of
217 Koland avenue.
The chauffeur, who ls locked up at the
Northern police station, awaiting the
..Mnti 9 41... nr...... niillin.lllAa l
action of the county authorities, ls j
Charles J. Hayes, employed by John R.
Bland, of Rolling road, Catonsville.
Hayes drove the car containing his
f employer, John R. Bland, of Rolling
' ,- m- . .1 1
road, Catonsville. to the home of a
friend 'in Roland Park before 9 o'clock
last night. The festive season's spirit
gripped Hayes, and he ''drove to the
shopping districts, where he took on as
passengers the two girfs, who were Just
leaving their place of employment in a
department store.
To complete the partv James Pow
ers, a druggist, of 217 Roland avenue.
waa vickco Ui. . . ."," .''.- ii., h. hn.U.-
Then they startea on a long, swut casion wr '"""" -
ride through historic Green Spring val- fiom the relatives. . .
i-v Thev SDed on and on through the , So many little details indicating per
uarknsyuntDd suddenly Hayesrfme- Ject happiness and unq ues tUmln g hope
bered that at midnight he was to take for the future .enjoyed Y bothot the
r ttsn VS.' ev 25E j !-thisVeelT for hbride and him
ded, and the car turned completely over. Be". , fc Sunday Miss Elosser joined
Hayes said he Was hurled far into a th"niyethodist Church In anticipation of
ditch. -Then ho heard Uie voce of the the MeUWU X puned for to
girl who had chattered gayly at his . wAda't JJ h gave hCr experi-
sl"e- . t, . , ,. ' ence and the church members arc con-
Take" this machine off me, please." defVer would have committed
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DUl WUCil liajca .wi'-i. ... .c "w
dead. Hayes then, with the assistance
of Powers, got Miss Cross out. and
later managed to get a conveyance to
carry the party to town.
Inaugural of Harmon
Will Be Simple One
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 1. Governor!
ilarmon has set his foot down on an
suggestions of elaborate display at his
second Inauguration a week from 'to
morrow. There will bo no grand recep
tion and no big military maneuvering.
The usual Inauguration ball ls alw
,., V n...k 4 .t.n annn. if 1iaJ
younsce tne; the sugtlon'
has been, made that the oath of office Ho broUgnt the wedding ring- -with
be administered In tho rotunda of the nim and found It did not fit. They
capltol in tho presence of the general then made arrangements to go to a Jew
assembly. Today the governor refused ; eler In the evening and Jiavo it fitted,
to permit .even this. t From 1 to 2 o'clock Mrs. Elosser heard
. Cfuef Justice w. a opear, ot uiu.uiem launning ouuuoiuii6 -"u
supreme court, win come to me execu
tive chambers, and In the reception
room will administer the oath, using
the Harmon family Bible. That will be
all. During tho afternoon tho Governor
and Mrs. Harmon will hold their usual
New Year reception at their home In
Town streets
Report Rebels Have
Captured Capital
GUATEMALA CITY, Jan. 1 It is re -
ported here that Honduran rebels- are
now in possession of Tegucigalpa, the.
capital ot Honduras, having marched
upon tho city Saturday morning. It is
reported that tho capture was mado
practically without a fight as the resist
ance offered was only passive.
The revolutionists now have an army
of about 8,000. In the field, probably the
most formidable force ever assembled
at one time by the various attempt
which have been made at rebellion In
Evidence Is Lacking to Prove
Couple Committed
Mystery Enshrouds the Death of
Young People Engaged
to Many.
CUMBERLAND, Md., Jan. L Double
murder, instead of double suicide, Is the
belief today In the extraordinary case of
Grace Elosser and Charles Edward"
Triggs, who were to have been married
today, but were found dead together in
the parlor of the girl's Home here yes
terday afternoon, from poison.
Already attention Is being centered
on a. woman in a neighboring town to
whom Triggs had been paying some at
tention, and who was suspected of being
very Jealous when she learned of the
coming marriage.
When the coroner's Jury begins the
taking of evidence the townspeople are
certain some testimony will be produced
along this line to Indicate that It was
not suicide, as at first asserted.
it is no longer possible for us to say
was suicide, or wnat It was." de-
ciared Coroner Franklin B. Beall today,
after having conducted his investigation
all night. "We can And no vessel or
package of any kind which might have
contained poison, anywhere around the
parlor, or on the bodies of either. We
no longer think we know Just what
poison was used. It Is simply a case of
the mystery getting deeper."
May Be Poisoned Candy.
State Attorney Robb and Deputy
Sheriff Walter Clay are Just as much
in doubt as Is Beall. This attitude Is'
In marked contrast with the view last
night that It was a case either of double,
suicide or murder and suicide. All their
Investigation simply piles up evidence
against the possibility of suicide.
The one theory which is being given
most weight by the public here, and
which is based on certain definite re-
porta of the Jealousy of a rival woman.
ls that iIlss E'osser and Twlgg ate.
poison cand whlch nad ,,cen gj,ven
her by her rival
l It is true that no candy has been
.found in the house, so far as the
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as at nrst declared. lor mere was no
receptacle there anywhere.
Today there ls just the least suspicion
that the members of the family who dis
covered the two bodies have not been
entirely frank with the authorities, but
that is probably caused by the bald
simplicity of their story. Before the
coroner's Jury late today all this will
be gone over thoroughly.
The Jury lmpanneled this morning
consists of residents of South Cumber
land, In the neighborhood of the Eloiser
home. The jurymen are Albert Charles,
foreman; Elbert O. Burch, Albert E.
Glisan. Abel D. Randall, Mallard K.
McEltish, George L. Hahne. Walter t
Palmer. William A. Brashears, William
a McCray. James H. SIrbaugh, and
George C. Frey.
Jury Views Bodies.
The jury assembled at the undertaking;
rooms of Louis Stein today and viewed
the bodies. They then allowed them
o be removed by friends. This wis
simply a formality. The autopsy was
made vesterday afternoon, and the con
ifnist 'nt the stomachs have ben kept
for analysis, so mat mere was nooc-
niorka In various stores visiteu d
Miss Elosser last week, as she was
completing her trouseau, speak of her
joyous anticipation of the wedding.
hTe wedding cake had been specially
baked at the Wilson bakery, and Miss
Elosser herself had suggested the wed
ding bell on It.
- iho nihor hand, evidence is accu
mulating that Twlgc- had paid attentions
to other women of this section. The
names of many upon whom he has fre
quently called are known, and it is not
unlikely that he somewhere aroused
some Jealousies.
The couple were found dead seated on
the sofa of the parlor of tho Elosser
home at 116 Saylor street yesterday aft
ernoon. Twlgg, who ls a prosperous
merchant and horticulturist of West
Keyser, witn an income large iur una
.Telephoned to Friends.
Shortly after 2 o'clock came tho most
remarkable circumstance. Miss "Elosser
was overheard by her mother talking;
over the telephone to a girl friend about
the wedding next day. This wan the
last that her voice was heard, and must
have been only a few minutes before
ner death.
At 2:45 o'clock Mrs. Elosser went Into
the parlor and spoke to .them. She re
ceived no response, and then noticed
! Sne Iound they were both dead., land
that the head of each was hanging.
had evidently been dead for some time.
The bodies were later removed to the
undertaking establishment, by direction
of the coroner, and the 'autopsy held.
Miss Elosser was a divorcee, und
Twlgg a widower. She was twenty
eight years old, and her husband was
Maurice C WlUIson. member of a well
known family of tho county. Three
years ago she obtained a divorce, and.
resumed her maiden name.
, Twigg was thirty-three years old, Ht-J
wife died four years ago, about a year
' after their marriage.
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