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SON OF CAPT. PECK
OF POLICE FORCE
KILLED BY BROTHER
Lad Shot in Library of Home, Dying Almost
Instantly, When Revolver Is
FATHER IN THE HALLWAY HEARS
REPORT AND FINDS BOY DEAD
Heroes of the Battleship North Dakota Honored By President Taft
IN LOMAX CASE
Aids Times' Efforts to Save
Woman From the
TO DEATH PENALTY
Attorneys for Condemned Slayer
of Husband Withhold Plans
for Mass Meeting.
The efforts of The Washington
Times to obtain the commutation of
the sentence of death in the case of
Mattle E. Lomax, who has been con
victed of the murder of her husband,
received a substantial boost today
when another influential Washington
woman joined the movement
Mrs. William E. Andrews, presi
dent of the District Federation of
Women's Clubs, declares emphatical
ly against the execution of the sen
tence, and adds her plea to that of
other prominent men and women of
the District, who are urging Presi
dent Taft to prevent the hanging of
a woman in the National Capital.
Attorneys for Mattle Lomax said they
were not yet ready to announce plans for
the proposed mass meeting of protest,
at which plans will be made for circula
tion of petitions against the infliction of
the death penalty. Announcement ot
the date and speakers for the meeting
will be made later.
The colored citizens of the District will
hold a mass meeting at the Cosmo
politan Baptist Church tonight. It is
nxpected several thousand will be pres
ent and that committees will be selected
to circulate petitions among colored
Mrs. W. E. Andrews
Of Lomax Sentence
Another influential champion of her
own sex has come to the support of
.Mattle E. Lomax, the negress who will
die on the gallows July 31 unless Presi
dent Taft modifies the sentence of
death which hangs over her. This time
It is Mrs. William E. Andrews, presi
dent of the District Federation of
Women's Clubs, who lifts her voice in
Srotest against the Infliction of the
eath penalty and in appeal to the
Chief Executive for clemency for the
In a statement to The Washington
Times today. Mrs. Andrews said:
"I cannot find better words to ex
press my feeling over the Lomax case
than were used by two of the people
who have been quoted by The Times
One was Mrs. Gore, the wife of the
blind Senator from Oklahoma, and the
other was the Rev. John an Schalck,
Points to Mrs. Gore's Plea.
"Before making any statement myself,
J wish to set forth what they said.
The portion of Mrs Gore's statement
which appeals to me particularly is
" 'Here Is a woman about whom we
know practically nothing. What are
thi workings of her mind? What influ
ences has she been subjected to, physic
ally and mentally" What opportunity
has she had to learn love, and com
panionship, and sympathy and appre
ciation of her fellow-belng37 What
chance has she been given to know
her duty to society? What sort of
mental and spiritual Instincts did she
have when Bhe came Into the world,
and what sort of training and upbring
ing did she enjoy?
"'We Know nunc HI iuS..o- -
Mid no attention to her while she was
Bfeg among us and struggling blindly
forperspectfve. for a vision of life, but
eudJenly for reasons of which we are
ignorant, she commits murder. Then
we take cognisance ot her existence
We know she is among us and one of
U '" -And what do we do? We murder
her We stand her up on a scaffold,
Tvt a black cap over her head, slip a
Eoose around her neck spring the trap
and choke out her life. We send her
Into the hereafter, and the next day
le go back to our labors, believing we
have done our duty, righteous In the
eupposltlon that the problem creif
by her Inexplicable murder has been
B"V,It' is not solved. It is not even
halted In Its awful progress. It Is made
more problematical, more complicated,
more difficult of solution. Wo were ap
palled at her murder, but we think we
apply the remedy when we murder
her. I feel that we are not only brutal,
heartless, and Inhuman, but that we are
(Continued on Fourth Page.)
FORECAST FOR THE DISTRICT.
Shotorers this afternoon, unsettled to
plght. Wednesday fair, model ate.
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1 p. m
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10:15 v. m. Low tide, 3:47 a. m. and
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Reading from left to right August
GEM MEDALS AND
PRAISED BY TAPI
Sailors Who Saved North
Dakota Honored at
President Taft paused in his work to
day and kept his Cabinet waiting, while
he recognized as Commander-ln-phlef of
the Navy, the bravery of six naval
h.v He prtsentpd tht-m v llli mJIi
of honor, and told them that their
heroism In saving the battleship North
Dakota from destruction was worthy
of the best traditions of the American
The ceremony took place in the office
of the President, and In the presence
of members of the Cabinet, Captain
Wylle, commander of the hhlp. and a
number of Invited guests. The sailors,
attired In the uniform of their rank,
ranged before the Executive and heard
him tell them that their heroic example
in wading waist deep Into water, blinded
by smoke and deadly gases from, burn
ing oil. and choKed by escaping steam,
to save their ship and their comrades,
would live long in the history of the
The President himself was deeply
affected as he reviewed the deeds of
his subordinates in the navy and as
he addressed them and offered them
the testimonial of their Government
fcr their bravery. His voice broke
The men honored today were Thom
as Stanton, of Rhode Island, chief ma
chinists' mate, Karl Westa, of Massa
chusetts, chief machinists' mate; Pat
rick Reld, of New York, chief water
tender; August Holtz, of Bt Louis,
chief water tender, Charles C. Rob
erts, of Newton, Mass., machinists'
mate, end Harry Lipscomb, of Wash
ln.tnn water fender.
As recalled Dy me .rresiueiu meats
men rushed into the boiler room fol
lowing tho explosion of oil on the North
Dakota, September 8, 1910, and brought
out the dead bodies of three comrades.
They also fought the Are and probably
saved the ship from complete destruc
tion by preventing the explosion of ltt
Tribute of Taft.
In presenting the medals today the
"It is a great pleasure for me, men,
to be the Instrument of conveying to
you the gratitude of the nation for
what you have done. What you did
was bravery equal to anything In battle,
under circumstances in which you were
facing death close at hand, and It
sends a thrill down my back to feel
that you are Americans, and that you
acted with the spirit or the American
sailor, as we like to think him, in sav
ing the lives of yoUr fellowmeri, and
that you have brought credit on the
profession which you are following, and
have furnished an example In the serr
lce that I am sure will pot be lost. God
bless you! I hope that you will all live
inn? unit useful lives, and that this
work which you have done In offering
your lives up will be tne source or hap
piness to vou and pride to all that come
Delay Is Decided on
In Lorimer Hearing
The Lorimer Investigating committee
at a meetlg this morning decided to
begin the hearings Thursday June 2.
It had previously been decided to begin
the hearing June 19 and a considerable
number of witnesses had been sum
moned to appear then and later.
At today's meeting Senator Lorimer
appeared and-sald that Judge Elbrldge
Hanecy, his counsel In the last Investi
gation, and who Is to be his sole counsel
In the present Investigation, Is engaged
In trying a case In Chicago which may
extend beyond June 19, and so he asked
for a postponement.
The commltte allowed the postpone
ment, and decided to begin the hearings
on June 22, if Judge Hanecy cannot ap
pear earlier. . .
The committee discussed the question
of employing .counsel, but reached no
decision, and the matter went over Until
Holtr, of St. Louis; Thomas Stanton, of Rhode Island; Harry Lipscomb, of Washington; Patrick Reld, of New York
Karl Westa, of Massachusetts, and Charles C. Roberts, of Newton, Mass.
HALF MILLION LOSS
IS TOLL OF STORM
Middle Atlantic States Swept By Wind,
Rain, Hail and Lightning With
Twenty-five lives lost and property damage -amounting to $500,000,
are the results of the terrific electrical storm which swept the Middle At
lantic States and the ocean coast line. From Norfolk, Va., to Syracuse,
N. Y., and New England on the north, and Pittsburg on the west, wind
and rain, hail and lightning, wrought havoc with life and property. Hun
dreds of thousands of trees are on the ground, and strewn with them
are miles of telegraph and telephone wire.
More thunderstorms in the same region are due tonight, says the
Washington, cut off for hours from communication north of Balti
more, has a wire service established by a loop through Pittsburg and
another through Cincinnati. Richmond and Norfolk can be communicated
with, but these Virginia cities are unable to reach many small towns on
the peninsula, where loss of life is believed to have been the heaviest.
Baltimore and adjacent parts of Maryland are the heaviest property
losers. Hall, falling for hours, with stones the size of hens' eggs, has
cut vegetation to bits and smashed thousands of window panes and green
house roof lights. So great was the force of the hailstorm in various
parts of Maryland that tin roofs are authentically reported to have been
cut by the hail.
WASHINGTON ESCAPES WITH SMALL LOSS.
Woh(ncrtnTi hn p9caocd lightly. One
man, an Italian In the employ of a
street car company, met death; a num
ber of trees are down, and one church
steeple and one flagpole were demol
ished by lightning.
On the Virginia coast great uauiwn
is believed to have been done to ship
ping. Craft in Norfolk harbor were
forced to put to sea, and those vessels
which rode out the storm In the harbor
. i aa..nniv rlnmnircd. Along
nave utoji .-. j - -
l, . ..mnnnlnll OTA AtTIiaSt tO
snore, railway .wi"" - --- ,
find that the wina nas uuruu
dreds of freight cars, leaving their con
tents at the mercy of further rain or
sun. Rain did soak through thousands
of dollars' worth of freight left thus
unprotected by the force of the wind.
The storm broke In Baltimore at 5
p. m. yesterday, an hour ahead of Its
visitation in Washington. A chill
wind had been blowing from the great
lakes south and this came Into col
lision at Baltimore with the rain
storm which beat up from the South.
The conjunction of the two storm
centers caused the congea. nK of
moisture and the fall of hall which,
according to all accounts, was pro-
'Resldents of suburban sections de
clare the stones were as large as wal
nuts. Out In the country reliable wit
nesses assert that the size of eggs
was equaled by the hall which fell
an unusually long time. Chicken
houses, unroofed by the ftind were
i. .'.i.. . thn Vinll and nun-
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dreds of chickens have been found
today slain by the Impinging Ice Balls.
Baltimore estimates Its damage at
from $100,000 to twice that sum. As
much more has been done In the coun
try outside. Loss to property In Vir
ginia will run at least as high as in
Maryland and these losses, together
with the damages sustained by tele
phone and telegraph companies, will
bring to the total up to a half mil
lion for the States north and south of
the District of Columbia.
Further property loss Is known to
have occurred in parts of Pennsyl-
VLIghtnlng killed flvfr .peopie In that
State. Three men dfed in ft house at
Allentown, when a bolt struck a tree,
which fell against a live wire. The wire,
In turn, fell against the corrugated iron
side of a house and electrified the hole
buUfllng." Two men instantly dfopped
dead, and a third, who ran to pick one
of them up, was killed the Instant his
hondB touched the dead man's bodv.
Two school children, were slain at
"Wllkesbarre, when lightning struck the
house of a miner named John Glowan.
Reports from the Virginia peninsula,
most of which was still Isolated this aft
ernoon, will be anxiously awaited. Fear
is expressed for the lives of many sail
ors on the coast. A terrible storm
raged at sea as well as on land, and
smaller sized vessels are likely to have
come to grief.
At Newport News small craft were
swamped while riding at anchor, and In
Hampton Roads fifteen fishermen are
said to have drowned. While the storm
was at Us height a sand schooner drag
ged Its anchor and rammed into the
submarine Seal and the Old Dominion
(Continued on Third Page.)
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LA FOLLETTE WAKES
Calls It "Diplomatic Masque
rade" Framed to Aid the
By JUDSON C. WEILIVER.
The, Canadian reciprocity treaty was
returned to the Penate to1a hy the
Finance Committee, without recom
mendation, and without report from
Senator La Follette, progressive, and
Senator McCumber. made adverse re
ports; the Democrats briefly set forth
their reasons for favoring the pact.
Chief Interest centered In the La Fol
lette document, because It represents
the attitude of the progressive wing.
Senator La Follette did not say he
would vote against the measure, and
the Impression Is that most of the
progressives will support It If after
discussion It comes to the final vote
Mr. La Follette charged that the
pact trades off the American farmer's
Interest, to get bigger profits for the
Hill railroads, the millers, the Beef
trust, and to save publishers from the
He will Introduce amendments to re
vise the cotton, wool, steel, and sugar
schedules, all In the direction of vast
savings to the consumer. The pact
as presented, he says, would give
profits to a few combines, but save
nothing to consumers.
Senator La Follette opposes the bill,
claiming It Is not a treaty, but a reve
nue bill; not framed on any recognized
principle of tariff legislation. It Is
neither a tariff for revenue nor a pro
tective measure. It Is more nearly a
free trade measure than either. He
"I supported during the Payne bill's
consideration, the principle that the
tariff should represent the difference be
tween cost to produce here and abroad.
I believe In reclpiocky with Canada.
But this diplomatic masquerade Is not
reciprocity. It Is a trade conceived In
special-Interest selfishness, negotiated
In secret, brought Into the open with
the label of reciprocity. The farmer
is to surrender his market at enormous
loss, to secure valuable concessions for
a few prosperous railroads, the milling
Interests, and the Beef trust.
"The Hill railroad has fifteen or twer-
ty branches into the Canada wheat
regions. Mr. Hill Is one of the strongest
supporters of the pact.
"The effect on our farmers does not
concern Mr. Hill. There will bo no re
duction In his freight rates. The mill
ers are sate. Canadian flour cannot
come in under the pact.
'For the Reef trust it means free cat
cle and sheep, strengthens the trust's
position, and makes It "asler to hold
down livestock prices.
"The trifling reduction of duty on
meats will not Interfere with the
trust's control. It will put from 112
to $18 In the pocket ot the packer to
remove the duty from the fat steer.
"A protective tariff must apply im
partially to all. This agreement violates
that principle. It forces free trade on
the farmer, but corifers benefits upon
a few combinations behind the Fayne
tariff. , , ,
"Tho protective tanff has never bene
fited the farmer directly except In a
degree far less than Its benefit to other
great interests. Th farmer has been
promised that If he would pav the rlgh
er prices necessary to maintain high
wages In the factories, he would be
comitensated by a tetter market at his
door. The home market htts thus been
developed. Nov it is prorcsed that tha
farmer shall divide it with Canada.
Heavy Loss Predicted.
"This loss will reach tens of millions
annually. The incentive to apply our
lands to Intensive cultivation and scien
tific management will also be impaired.
"It is scarcely less than criminal to
make a scapegoat of the farmer for the
benefit of any unlawful combination.
President and Congress had ample op
portunity to benefit every consumer and
reduce living costs by revlsloit of duties
downward in the Payne-Aldrlch act.
That, too, without Impairing protection
on manufactures. The combined forces
that stand between the American farmer
(Continued on Second Page.)
Walter Finlon Peck, the fifteen-year-old son of Capt Charles T.
Peck, of the Second precinct police station, was shot and instantly killed
at 12:15 o'clock this afternoon by his brother, Charles T. Peck, Jr. The
shooting, which was accidental, occurred 1n the Peck, residence, 58 Q
Charles Peck, Jr., was seated in the library 0f the home on the second
floor cleaning a revolver. The younger boy was at a desk writing a let
ter. He had Just come home from the Emery School. The younger boy
had hlB face turned" slightly toward the older one and when the revolver
discharged the millet struck straight in the heart. Death was Instan
taneous. Captain Peck had come home for luncheon and was in the act of
hanging his hat on a hall rack when he heard the shot. He ran upstairs
and saw the younger boy had fallen out of the chair. The brother, who
had held the revolver which he was cleaning, sat gazing in a dazed
way at his accidental victim.
No one believes that the shooting- was anything bat an accident
Both boyB have excellent reputations and have always been on the
most fraternal terms.
UTTERLY UNNERVED YOUTH UNABLE TO TALK
Captain Peck sent the older boy,
who is twenty years of age, to call
a physician and one arrived In a few
minutes. He declared that life had
been extinct a second after the shot.
"Charley was cleaning the revolver
preparatory to our annual trip down
to Colonial Beach," said Captain Peclc,
"We always go there, tne wnoie iam
lly. for a couple of weeks and the
boys practice revolver shooting."
Mother Consoles Son.
Mrs. Peck was at first stunned by the
rix,tr Hut Kore uo bravely ana at'
tempted to console the boy who had
..! vii. k.Ka.- f-hnrlps Peck. jr.. Is
Blioi Ilia uivv...
.ii kv the accident. He Is utter
ly unable to explain how the gun was
discharged. He had taken hold of It,
removing it from a bureau drawer, but
a minute before the weapon went off.
News of the accident startled the
IN MOTOR TRAGEDY
Evidence in Mitchell-Kitchin In
quest tends to Show Crash
An inquest over the bodies of Harry
W Mitchell and Fred Kltchln, killed
In 'an automobile accident at Rosslyn.
Va.. Sunday night, was held at the
Alexandria county court house this af
ternoon. All of the testimony tended
to show that the accident was unavold-
8 vitnesses testified that Mitchell, who
was driving the automobile, had Just
started across the car tracks from the
rear of the freight shed when the ma
chine was struck by a Great Falls and
?0cTwasCven to tha W.tl
o'clock, but at 1 o'clock no verdict had
Grandparents to Care
For Two Children Made
Orphans by Accident
Frances and Viola Mitchell, seven and
four years old. daughters o Harry
Mitchell, wera made
Rosslyn aociuem, ""-.,,
home with Grandfather and Grandmoth
er Mitchell, rrom wnom u.
took his name. he. too. having been u
orphan. As a little boy. he waa adopted
bv the Mitchells, vho reared him as
thWlth hta lire so svddenly snuffed out,
noon the Mitchells again devolves the
flStr of guiding chliaish steps the way
K.J Should zo The children's grand
rScThe? in' 'ofncarlyn declares she will
"It seems I am destined to always be
a mother. What better fate can bo In
store for a woman?"
Foreign Aviator Falls
In Race and Is Hurt
MAGEEBtiRG, June 13.-Whlle at
tempting a landing here today Karl
Mueller, one of the participants In
the national aviation circle race, losf
control of his biplane and. fell over
100 feet. He suffered a concussion of
the brain ahd Is now in the hospital
where it id said he likely will recover.
Wittensteln. Llndpalnter. Buchner.
Koenlg. Laltsch. and WelnCilns all
started today On the second leg of the
flight, from this city to Bchwerln, 113
miles. Llndpalnter. Koenlg. and
AVelnczlns completed the flight with
out a stop, landtag on the Schwerln
parade ground, where they were wei
corned by Grana Duke Frederick
Francis of Mecklenfiurg-Schwerln.
neighborhood, and in a few minutes the
street was full of children, and a few
adults. Neighbors speak highly of both
The revolver which caused the death
is s six shooter. Smith & Wesson,
and was formerly carried by Captain
The l?61Ice Department notified' the
coroner who will conduct an Investi
gation into the circumstances of the
shooting even If he holds no formal
The police have made no effort to
remove the older youth from the home
because they believe tha shooting unintentional.
So little time has elapsed since the
tragedy that no funeral preparations
have been made other than the calling
of an undertaker. It Is uncertain
whether an Inquest will be held.
No Further Action on Straus Lab
oratory Matter To Boost
Two decisions of policy for the
Chamber of Commerce were agreed
upon, so far as the executive commit
tee Is concerned, at its meeting this
There is to be no further action t
the present time with reference to
the Government's assumption of the
management of the Straus Milk Lab
oratory, and the Chamber is to Stand
squarely behind every local Industry
and commercial enterprise.
The milk decision arose as the re
sult of the knowledge that the Pub
lic Health and Marine Hospital Serv
ice has undertaken to have the plant
retained as a national experimenta
The other matter of policy upon which
the committee acted was In answer to
a protest made by an out-of-town mo-
tftr car rnmr.anv azalnst the recent
.favorable report of the executive com
mittee OI tne manuiaciurers cobuuii
tee on the plant of a Washington auto
mobile manufacturing company.
IN CONGRESS TODAY.
Senate met at 2 o'clock.
Reciprocity agreement reported and
minority reports made by McCUm-
ber. La Follette and Williams, Kern
Senator Nelson presented monster
protest against reciprocity.
Lorimer Investigating Committee met
and Lorimer appeared before it in
The House resumed debate on the
Representative Dalzell. Republican.
made a 'speech severely condemning
the Democratic measure.
The Republicans of the House held a
caucus and voted that they would
attempt to recommit the wool Bill
when It Is presented for final pas-
The Stanley committee continued Its
investigation ot the Steel trust.
The Hardwlck committee continued
ltd investigation of the Sugar trust.
The Committee on Expenditures In
the State Department continued its
probe of that department.
White House Callers.
Candler, Miss Sparkman, Fla.
Dr. William A. Granville, Fa.