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mgtfltt A Fair Tonight and Wed nesday; Colder. Last Edition JTTJMBEIt 6998. Yesterday's Circulation, 49,333 WASHINGTON, TUESDAY ETTENTNTG, FEBRUARY 21, 1911. Sixteen Pages PBICE ONE CENT. LETTER CAMPAIGN FOR CLERKS TO BE THE TIMES' GREAT MYSTERY STORY REMOVAL OF TRACK VOTE IS EXPECTED . ON THE LORIMER ' Little Angel of Providence Hospital AT NAVY YARD AGAIN STARTED AT RALLY Friends of Employes Will Tl MORROW Carry Fight Into the States. WORKERS TO REMAIN SILENT UNDER ORDERS Crusade Will Be Preliminary to Step of Cummins in the Senate. A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS The mass meeting of Government employes at the Convention Hall Saturday evening at 8 o'clock Is as sured immense success, provided tho employes co-operate. It Is desired that on Friday even ing handbills be distributed at all Government buildings and depart ments, when employes are leaving, announcing the meeting. For this purpose, volunteers among the clerks are asked. Men and women alike will be welcomed. If the volunteers five to ten, at least, for every Government build ingwill report to my office, 318 Colorado Building, at 5 o'clock Fri day evening, the handbills will bo distributed to them and arrange ments perfected. I hope there will be ten times aH many volunteers as will be needed. Nothing would give more encourag ing evidence of interest. FULTON R. GORDON, In charge of arrangements. At the mass meeting of clerks to be held at Convention Hall, on Sat urday, February 25, Fulton R, Gor don, who will preside, will announce the details of a letter writing cam paign in the interest of better pay for the civil employes of the Govern ment This campaign -is to-be -one of the results of the mass meeting. The clerks are to be shown what may be done to improve their condition and then their friends and relatives at home will be asked to take up their fight by writing letters to their Sen ators and representatives. Cummins Bill to Follow. All this will come prior to the presen tation of a bill by Senator Cummins of Iowa in the Interest of better wages and civil service retirement. The Senator, as announced in The Times, already has pledged his best efforts to- the passage of this bill. Mr Gordcn, who is financing the meeting for Saturday night, and who Is giving practically all his time until then to make the event a success, has mapped out the big movement which he v. ill inaugurate In his opening ad- dress to the clerks and their friends. Mr Gordon said todaj 'While I have laid the ground-work for this letter writing campaign, I am hot quite renay to discuss the details or It 1 will, however, outline this at the meeting I will tell our friends that be- lore it Is over this letter writing cam paign will sweep the country, and Its Tterts will become so irresistible that ongress would not dare Ignore It Clerks Not to Take Part. The clerks may be assured that I shall not ask them to do one thing to ward this movement. The President has issued the order that the clerks must take no part In such matters, and they must obey the executive orders under which they work. They will not there fore b called upon to actively take any part in the letter writing movement. "We will look to the relatives and friends of the clerks to come to our aid. "We will reach them and make them understand that they owe it to their people in Washington to influence as many Representatives and Senators as they can." Will Make Work Easier. If the letter writing campaign goes as far as It is now proposed. It will make the work at the next session of Senator Cummins and other friends of the clerks In the House and Senate far easier. Othr details of the big mass meeting sre maturing. Today General Manager j'uller, of the Washington Railway and "lectric Company, who is greatly in terested in the general movement for the wclfaie of the clerks, wrote Mr. Cordon that on Saturday all the cars on his various lines would carry the sign "Mass Meeting. Government . lerks Convention Hall. Tonight." Mr Fulton expects the officials of the c apital Traction Company to join In the movement and contribute as did the othei company tnis much toward tho success of the meeting. WEATHER REPORT. FORECAST FOR THE DISTRICT. Fair and continued cold tonight and Wednesday; lowest temperature tonight . bout 18 degrees. TEMPERATURES. a. m 23 I 12 noon C7 S a. m S I 1 p. m JS l'i a. m 2 i 2 p. m 29 11 p. m 27 I TIDE TABLE. Today High tide. 1:56 a. m. and 2:12 j m.: "low tide, S:20 a. m. and 9:06 p. m. Tomorrow High tide, 2:00 a. m. and S 2 p. m.; low tide, 9:12 a. m. and 9:5S I m SUN TABLE. Sun rises 6:45 Sun sets fi:4 $100.00 In Gold For the Best Solution Js ANYONE MAY CONTEST All that Is necessary is to read the In stallments of this stirring serial up to the last chapter "The Whole Truth" then sit down and write us what, in your opinion, "The Whole Truth" should reveal. The sender of the best solution of this mystery story will bo awarded $100.00 In gold, irrespective as to penmanship, grammar, or even neatness. This puts every contestant on an equal basis. The Sinsof By CDGAlt CHAPTER 1. The End of the Reckoning. BIRKER, sitting at the head of the long table in the Deston library, ran his keen legal eye through the last line of the last care fully typewritten sheet and laid It aside. Ho drew a long, slow breath then, and glanced up. The others thought that he was about to Fpeak, and thp low conversation died away. Instead, Barker looked down at his papers again. Somehow, having reached the tinal bimple detail of his executor's account ing of John Deston's big estate, the contrast between past and present struck him more forcefully than ever. Barker smiled whimsically; for the moment things were distorted. Gerald Forbes there, Denton's nephew, should have been a youngster of ten or so, not a man of nearly thirty. Norman Deston should be a determined, investigative boy of eight or nine not a rather lean, square-Jawed man of twenty-seven And his brother, Wilkes why. Wilkes had no business sitting there as a mas sive, very quiet, rather moody man of thirty-two. Wilkes ought to be a wise eyed, dark, thoughtful child of twelve or thirteen. That was how they had all been when Barker knew them first! And Nina Amato and her father, too. Not that time or money had changed Amato very much; Deston's oldest friend, with all his South American mil lions, was the same old black-haired, quick-tempered Amnto. But Nina good Lordl- Nuw-had not fttf.hed tl c" -A'alk lng stage when Barker first laid eyes on her; now she was a woman grown, amazingly beautiful and amazingly like her father. Well, If it came to that. Barker him self had passed the forty mark two or three years ago. He had been the veriest plnk-and-whlte legal bud nine teen or twenty years back, when Des ton discovered Stedmore and the beau ties of the country thereabouts, and he himself had been sent up as the repre sentative or his fathers law firm to look over the title to the property, and I so on. No "millionaire's special" ran up to the end of the branch line In the days when Deston shut off his newly-purchased hundred acres from the rest of the world and set the landscape gar deners and builders to work on the task i of creating tho country estate he had dreamed of through less opulent years. But when the great house at last was ready, when vast stretches of lawn lay smooth and green and tho woods had been pruned and pathed and the lit tle river damned into the artificial, lake even then Stedmore had begun moving on tho way to Its present-day position of the wealthiest and the most exclu sive of all the wealthy suburban col onies about New York. Deston had made Stedmore and lived and died there, nearly eight months ago now. and "Well, Mr. Barker?" With a start, the lawyer came back to the present, smiling faintly. He bunched the few sheets and proffered them to the speaker with: "There is the last detail of my ac counting, Norman, for your profound consideration." A little smile came to Norman's own strong lips as he glanced through the few pages. "I know that my profound considera tion isn't necessary, Mr. Baker," he said, lightly., "But " His rather small hand picked at the papers for a moment, and he regarded them further. Then, looking away at last from the neat totals, he faced Bar ker and concluded: "But imagine being able to put all that on four sheets of paper" "Eh?" Gerald leaned forward. "The entire accounting," Norman said. "This covers everything, doesn't It, Mr. Barker?" "Every detail." "And accounting for every penny of over thirty-one million dollars" the younger son breathed. The lawyer smiled at him. "The credit for that belongs to your father, Norman," he said. "Your father kept his affairs In such shape that an Intelligent offic-boy could almost have handled them after death." "I know." "Of course, I knew very little about his dealings when in active business," Barker went on thoughtfully, "i have heard my own father, a great many times, speak of Mr. Deston as the most marvelous manipulator and slmplifier of great commercial enterprises ho ever knew. But In my own time, since ho retired and converted his entire for tune into securities as simple and solid as Government bonds, and de cidedly more profitable, I must say that for perfect system and perfect method there never was a man like Mr. Deston!" $100.00 In Gold For the Best Solution the Fathers FR.VKLI.V, "Thero never was a man like John Deston in any other respect, sir!" Vmato said r.ither testily. Tho lawyer smiled again. "Far be It from me to dispute that, Mr .Amato. At our very first meeting Mr. Deston became my standard of everything that was good and upright and desirable In a man!" "You could have placed your standard no higher." Barker nodded and sighed. "And now he H gone and we are left," he said soberly, "and we have even eye to the end of settling his affairs aNJhe desired." He leaned llphtly on the back of his chair and glanced from one to the other, and his eyes finally settled upon Norman Deston as he asked: "Everything is quite clear eh'" "Quite, Mr. Barker." Tho jounger son glanced at the papers. "The few debts against the estate have been paid In full to the first of the month yes teiday." "Yes." "The sum of fifteen million dollars. In securities listed and described here, has been assigned by you to Gerald Forbes, my cousin, according to the terms of father's will." "Yes." "Other securities amounting to the same sum have been assigned to me. The title to the entire estate here has passed to Wilkes. The trust fund for the maintenance of the estate is also noted.' "Exactly." John's flsuw.'olre!" Amato mutter'd. Wilkcrf Deston's somber ees turned toward the elder man, with thilr pecu liar nnd usually disconcerting steadi ness, and he nodded slowly. "I have noticed that, too, since father died," he said "Norman Is very like him." "And the trust fund securing Wilkes" private income of JlO.Ono," pursued the younger son. "And the cash balance of something over t!,000 to the estate's credit. Nothing could be much more simple, Mr. Barker." "No'" The lawyer nodded and nursed "ls 1,ps "That's the beginning and the end of It, Norman and I'm thoroughly glad that we have been able to keep the will altogether out of the newspapers, right through!" "Whv, Mr. Barker?" The lawyer turn,d In the direction of the clear voice and Norman followed his gaze, to smile softly toward the glorious ', jrtrl in the big armchair. Gerald was watching her, too, with his nervous, 5ldly Intent gaze and she was smiling directly at Gerald and Barker's face showed the merest hint of a frown. Was It altogether his imagination, or did that dazzling smile wander more often toward Gerald Forbes than um else where? "Why ah where an estate of this magnitude is divided practically between the younger son and a nephew, Miss Nina, leaving the elder son only the home and a comparatively small In come " "But Isn't It generally understood by this time that that was my own strong wish." Wilkes' deep tones broke In with a trace of Irritation. "Father, at least, knew perfectly how little money means to me and how ery anxious I have always been to shirk the respons ibility of his fortune." "Exactly, my dear boy. But what we here understand very well might be twisted Into anv variety of highly col ored stories, you know. Wherefore I say that it was an extremely good thing my being able to convince the gentle men of the press that the John Deston will held absolutely nothing that could interest the great and much esteemed general public." The lawyer's tone was almost sooth ing. Wilkes Deston nodded shortly and muttered a single: "Yes." Gerald turned swiftly to the elder son; his eyes were twinkling curious ly and the quick color had surged to his cheeks. "Wilkes." he said, "you know that I was never so completely dumfound ed as when I learned that Uncle John had bequeathed me " "Gerald, please'1' "No! I tried to tell jou at the time that the greatest favor you could do me was to take; " "My dear boy," Wilkes said with gentle patience, "even now, after all these years, can't you see that great wealth has absolutely no significance to me, save'as a burden? I have my books and my home and my whole time for scienuuc researcn ana more money than I can possibly spend, and pshaw!" Barker smiled Indulgently. "Mr. Deston's disposition of his for tune was perfectly correct," he said. He stopped. Outdoors, the long call of an automobile horn came to them through the early night. Miss Amato, too, had risen; and her father was saying: "Ah, yes! Yes. You're going to the (Continued on Sixth Page.) BEFORE THE HOUSE Foss Fails to Carry Ques tion to Courts for Settlement. FIGHT PROMISED ON BATTLESHIP PROGRAM Eight-Hour Clause in Naval Bill Also Stirs Up Debate. Realizing that a fight is Impending on two of the most important claus es in the bill those relating to the naval increase and the proposed re peal of the eight-hour law govern ing tho construction of battleships the House resumed debate on the naval appropriation bill today. The House devoted a few minutes of today's session to the passage of private bills on the unanimous con sent calendar. When the naval bill again was taken up the early hours of the debate were consumed in an academic discussion concerning the character of coal to be used in the ships of the navy. Navy Yard Track Again. The old question of tlxr Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railway Company's track to the navy yard also bobbed up again. The naval bill last year Included a provision directing that this track be removed and enter the navy yard by a different route. Con demnation proceedings of the land adja cent to the present tracks were author ized. It developed in today's debate, however, that the tracks have not yet been moved. Chairman Foss, of the Naval Committee, proposed an amend ment today authorizing the Attorney General to proceed in equity to settle the long standing controversy. This would have had the effect of throwing f'heontlr tuattfJ mttf fv-iuVts. ' Mr. Sims of Tennessee declared this would mean that the matter might drag along ror years, and that it would virtu ally give the railroad company an in determinate lease. He knocked out the Fosa amendment on a point of order- Mr. Sims then attempted to obtain an amendment prohibiting the railway com pany from carrying freight over the spur track except freight Intended for the navy yard. The company, it was alleged, carries freight for a number of private concerns in that section. Mr. Foss, in turn, knocked out the Sims amendment, and the spur track question remains in status quo with last year's order that the tracks be removed in iorce. Fight on Battleship Program. The House will devote all this after noon to a fight over the battleship PrSram. about which there always is diversity of opinion. The naval bill this year carries the usual provision for two new battleships of 27,000 tons each, one fleet collier, one gunboat, one river gunboat, two sea-going tugs, two submarines, and one tender. Representative Fitzgerald of New York will wage a fight of his own be cause the Naval Committee proposes to repeal its former action which re quires than one battleship each year must, be built In a navy yard. The de partment says that private contractors can build them cheaper, and if the House takes a similar view the Brook lyn Navy Yard will lose an opportunity to build one of the new ships. The struggle over the eight-hour law comes because the Naval Committee declares this is costing the Government money. The naval bill probably will pass tho Mouse Derore adjournment tonight. Hobson Foresees War. Representative Hobson of Alabama I going to make a fight again this year to have the House authorize the con struction of more than two dread naughts a year. Some of the more economical Democrats will fight for only one. Mr. Hobson'ln a fiery speech last night predicted that the United States will be engaged In a war within ten months. "Will the gentleman name the nation that is preparing to fight us?" asked MMr. O'Connell. "I know that the gentlemen are wait ing for me to do that and I will not disappoint them. It is Japan," anawered the Alabamlan. "You may not agree with me now," Mr. Hobson continued, "but it Is my Judgment that we will be struck In al most as many months as you can count upon the fingers of your two hands; we will be struck and will be unpre pared. The nation that attacks us will be prepared." Financed In Advance. "Is Japan able to finance a war against the United States?" asked Rep resentative Gaines, of West Virginia. "Japan is the only nation with acute ness and ability enough to finance a war before It begins," was the prompt response of Mr. Hobson. "Japan Is 'broke' today because she has financed in advance the war she will wage against the United States. "It will be a humiliating experience for us, and it will require years before we regain the Panama Canal, the Pa cific coast, and our insular possessions." Mr. Hobson declared that Japan has been preparing for war with this coun try ever since the United States took Hawaii and the Philippines. Representative Hughes of New Jersey ls leading the fight in the House today (.Continued on Second Page.) MARGARET NUGENT, Who Has Recovered From Burns After Months of Suffering, and Is Going to Her Home in Alexandria. REPORT PRESENTED ON TEACHERS' BILL Senator Burkett Makes Strong Argument and Earl Action Is Expected. Declaring that the desirability of pro- vldlng for a teachers' retirement sys - tern In the District of Columbia had long , This pathetic little plea, from the lips since passed the point of speculation, of a fragile girl of seven years who has Senator Burkett of Nebraska today laid lain on a cot at Providence Hospital before the Senate the report of the 'nearly two years, will be gratified next Senate District Committee In support j week. of the measure for establishment of a Then Uttle Margaret Nugent, or "An teachers' retirement fund. fre Margaret," as she has come to be This Is the bill on which the District known about the hospltah will receive Committee took favorable action yester- her dearest wish, to be taken back to day and authorized Senator Burkett to i her parents, at Alexandria, and rejoin prepare a favorable report. Senator her playmates. Burkett, in his report, gives an an-i Since July 4. 1S09, this child, who alysls of the bill, and then makes an I seems younger than her seven years argument In support of the proposed and wno now appear even more deil leclslation. He takes the position thatcate after months of almost constant it would contribute greatly to increased efficiency in the teaching force, that it ls necessary for the best Interests of the pupils, and that it ls humane and Just to the persons retired. favor of a teacher retlre'ntentstemVergone four skin-grafting operations- wnicn senator aurKeii sees, is inai sucn a system would attract to the schools of the District of Columbia the bright est aim musi wUiC wm:.. ".""'" ; come known among nurses and physi result In keeping the strong teachers " whn nthprwisc would De lmDeieu io leave and accept places elsewhere, or adopt some other method of earning a livelihood. Another nhase of the matter discussed hv Senator Burkett is that a retirement system wouia enaoie ine sciiuui auuwn ties to replace the infirm teacher who has outlived the period of most efficiency with the strone and efficient teacher. The hill is now on the Senate calendar and it is expected early action will be taken on it. In reporting the bill to the Senate, Senator Burkett gae notice that he would call It up for action tomorrow If Dossible. and If not then, at the first possible opportunity. Bonilla Granted, Truce For Peace Ldirence To reassure the Honduran revolution ists that their leader Manuel Bonilla might take part in the peace negotia tions on board the United States steamer Tacoma at Puerto Cortez without fear of being arrested, the State Department today Instructed Minister Dawson, who Is acting as intermediary, to Inform the revolutionists that no attention will be paid for the present to the indictment of Bonilla and other revolutionists by the court at New Orleans on charges of violating the neutrality laws. Bank President Who Took Funds Sentenced NKW YORK. Feb. 21. A sentence of not less than two years and two months nor more than five years and two months -was imposed by Judge Rosalsky today on William B. Montgomery, for mer president of the Hamilton Bank. Montgomery was convicted last week of having devoted to his own use. Just be fore the doors of the Hamilton Bank were closed on October 23, 1907, $4,000 of the banks funds. Troops Being Mobilized On Siberian Frontier PEKING, Feb. 21. Today's dispatches from the frontier say that Russian troops are being mobilized In Siberia. close to the frontier. This ls believed to do preparatory to the occupation of the 111 province No Indication of any armed resistance to Russia Is manifested here. "ANGEL MARGARET" 10 LEAVE HOSPITAL Alexandria Girl Going Home After Nearly Two "Fears'" of Suffering. "I want to run around and play. And 1 1 want to go home to mamma." sunering, nas noverea near ueatn as a result of burns from a slant fire cracker. At times her suffering had been so great as to cause her to lapse Into unconsciousness, and she has un She bore all this torture with a pa tience and endurance that seemed so far beyond her years that she has be- """ "" "-" " "J "-"j .-... ., i. hospital as "Angel Margaret." With the exception of making earnest pleas to be taken to her mother, the little sufferer has hardly complained. Despite the care and intention lavished on her, the flowers and books and dolls . brought her by pitying grown-ups, she has not been spoiled, her nurses say, and she still wants to leave all that behind her to return to her home. The last operation was successful. The healing was slow, but now the burns are nearly covered by fresh skin and by the latter part of next week physicians expect she will be able to oe taken to her home. Even then It will be some time before she can run about. Meanwhile "Angel Margaret" ls count ing the days until she will be carried from the white room of the hospital. Senate Will Safeguard Humane Society Revenue Senator Galllnger filed a motion In the Senate this afternoon for recon sideration of the vote by which the bill for the police and Cremen retirement fund was passed, and for the recall of this bill from the House. He asked that no Immediate action be taken on the motion. The object of the motion is understood to be to make a correction in the bill, which will safeguard the interest of tho Humane Society of the District. It has been discovered that under the bill as now drawn the Humane Society would be debarred of that part of its support which Is now obtained from the revenues from fines. Kaiser Retains Officer Who Attempted Suicide BERLIN, Feb. 21. The Kaiser set aside the verdict of dismissal from the army against Count Hans Pfeii, because he attempted suicide. The finding of the military tribunal was submitted to the Kaiser as the su preme war lord. "I cannot approve the verdict." the Ivalser said. "For attempting to take his life Count Pfell ls responsible sole ly to God and not his own conscience It Is not a matter for any tribunal. I order that the order on this indict ment be canceled." B. R. Coles, UphoL ph. M. 6516,-Advt. Burrows Says He Will Call for Ballot After Sena- -tor's Defense. OPPOSITION CAMP BECOMING ALARMED Stand of Senator Cullom Expect to Have Great Effect on Result. After many weeks of debate, the Senate is close to a vote on the Lorlmer case. Senator Burrows of Michigan, chairman of the Privileges and Election Committee, gave notice in the Senate this afternoon that he would ask for a vote following the speech of Senator Lorlmer tomorrow afternoon. Senator Lorlmer has al ready given notice that he would speak in his own defense at that time. It is expected there will be no ob jection to a vote, and that before the Senate adjourns Wednesday after noon the important question of whether Mr. Lorimer is entitled to his seat will have been decided. Sums Up Opposition. Senator Beveridge of Indiana spoke at length In the Senate this afternoon In opposition to Lorlmer. His speech was In the nature of a summing up of the case from the anti-Lorlmer standpoint, and in answer to Senator Bailey's re cent speech in behalf of Lorlmer Senator Beveridge spoke to crowded galleries and his speech was an elo quent arraignment of the methods used in the election of Lorimer. He declared the real issue was not the personal for tunes of the sitting member. If that were the case, he said, there was not a Senator present who would not sup port Mc Lorirnef .But the Issue -was J not that. This was not a criminal court. It was the Senate of the United States, and it had to decide the greatest Issue that could possibly arise under the in stitution. This was the validity of an election held under a Government whose very existence depends upon purity of the election. Lorimer May Retain Seat. Senator Lorimer's prospects of re taining his seat in the Senate are looking up His friends now believe that he will be able to muster enough votes to help him in the upper house. Latelv. there have been indications of a shifting of enough votes to Lor imer to enable him to cling on to hl9 place. For a time, it looked certain that he would be declared illegally elected. Senator Tillman came out "or Lorl mer several days ago, amy jw Senator Bradley of Kentucky hr followed suit. Lorimer is getting enough other acces sions of strength from directions deemed uncertain heretofore, to make the situation in the Senate extremely close. Opponents Are Alarmed. The opponent!- of Lorlmer are alarmed. They fear that enough Sen ators are going over to Lorimer on the pretext of Senator Bailey's speech to carry the day for the Illinois Sen ator. Much will depend on the way Senator Cullom votes. Senator Cullom, who l nearly eighty-two years old. never has been gien to dodging a vote, and he will not dodge one now. He will vote, but It Is not known how. If he votes for Lorlmer, it will have a great effect, and will swing several votes to him. If he votes against Lorimer, it may turn the situation against him. Whalley Rewarded for Work In Sugar Suits As a reward for his sen-ices in the Investigation and prosecution of sugar frauds at the New York Customs House, Richard Whalley, former bpeclal agent, who was discharged at the conclusion of the trial, has been placed In the classified civil service, it was, announced at the Treasury today. He will have permanent employment in New York under Collector Lseb. IN CONGRESS TODAY Senate Finance Committee heard repre sentatives of National Grange on reciprocity. Many protests against reciprocity agree ment filed In Senate. Senator Burkett presented report for teachers' retirement legislation. Senator Galllnger filed motion to re consider hill for retirement of police men and Bremen. Senator Beveridge spoke In opposition to Lorlmer. After passing a number of private bills by unanimous consent, the House re sumed debate on the naval appropria tion bill. The House Ways and Means Committee held an executive meeting to consider a bill Introduced by Representative Gaines to promote a customs compact between the United States and Canada. White House Callers. Senator Carter bf Montana. j REPRESENTATIVES. "M IcCall, of Mass. Drlscoll, N. T. i Nye. Minn. Hamer, Idaho. McKlnney. 111. Taylor. Ohio. Admiral Dewey. 11 General Leonard Wooi u ,. ., iH'ftt '' 1 v -. -fcx.