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Sr ' '-" - Sunday Evening E CU T I O N , WASHINGP,.)BUJfD!A.T EVENING, JULY 9, 1911. PRICE ONE CENT. NUMBER 7136. Yesterday's Circulation, 53,090. Sixteen Pages ' y Fair Tonight; Tomorrow jfJk Wm'fr ri 1 53'dE TY TIlfTTwT I I 1 TTTT PU 11 II WIN UNABLE ALASKAN INQUIRY . RUSHED TO CHECK WHITEWASH PLAN House Committee Subpoenas Miss M. F. Abbott, Investigator, Who Discovered "Dick to Dick" Letter. Woman Whb Revealed Alaska Scandal , Z '. Her Mind Blank TO RECALL SHE DESPITE' WRECK, BE TELEGRAPHS Aviator Notifies Captain Oyster He Will Start at Four Today. HELD UP CRLICER HIS MACHINE IN SERIOUS SMASH-UP Air Pilot and Hamilton Fall Sev enty Feet Announces They Have Made Repairs. Harry N. Atwood and Charles K. Hamilton, undeterred by another accident this morning, will make an other attempt to fly to Washington this afternoon, starting at 4 o'clock. Neither a fall of seventy-five feet this morning nor the wreck of the new biplane will deter their at tempting the completion of the last leg of the Boston-Washington flight, according to a message which they sent this afternoon to Capt. James Oyster, president of the Chamber of Commerce. Although for a time Atwood and Hamilton gave up the idea of flying because the aeroplane which was sent here yesterday seemed utter ly unavailable, it suddenly occur red to Atwood that the parts of the machine which was wrecked In tno Burf Friday could be utilized and the two aviators were at once hard at work again making the necessary repairs. Message to Oyster. Then Atwood sent a messenger to t5a telegraph office with the-fojlowiia mes sage fo Captain pyste? ' I James F. Oystor, Washington, tt C: ' After a talk with Hunt, determined to fly to Washington. Have repaired machine. TVe leave at 4 o'clock for Washington, D. C. HARRY N. ATWOOD. Whether successful or -not, the per sistence of the two men Is being com mended. Tjus morning they fell seventy-five feet to the ground. A few minutes, later they were engaged in making the necessary repairs to the machine. Hunt's Message to Oyster. In the first minutes of ehagiin after the accident this morning, Atwood gave up the Idea of flying, and so 'nformed Granville Hunt, representative at At lantic City of the Chamber of Com merce. Mr. Hunt then wired Captain Oyster this message. "Atwood will not fly to Washing ton. Have Just had this decision from him. He started to continue his Journey by the air route this morning at 9:30, but met with an accident and his machine Is wrecked. He will go to Washington by train this afternoon. He regrets greatly that he did not fly to Washington July Fourth, saying, "If I had I would have avoided all this trouble and loss through the wrecking of two aeroplanes." " Atwood and Hamilton Have Smash-up in First Attempt to Fly Today ATLANTIC CITY, July 9. The start thla morning was made at Vent nor on the avlantlon field of Lieut. Hugh Wllloughby at 10 a. m. Atwood feared he would be forced to wait a long time if he stayed on the beach waiting for the tide to recede, so the aeroplane, after It arrived yesterday afternoon, was towed to Ventner, arriv ing .there about 7 p. m. At 'daylight Atwood and Hamilton were on the Job today. The aeroplane was apparently all in readiness. For hours last night they and the two aviators and the mechanician, Harry Wise, had bean engaged in tuning it up. But this morning the engine balked. Something was wrong in the third cylinder. After several vain attempts to leave the ground the aviators carted the machine back into the hangar. The first attempt to fly was a failure. The machine would not rise more than twenty feet from the ground. Not dis concerted, the two aviators reseated themselves in the machine and again turned on the propeller. This time fortune seemed to favor them The aeroplane made a perfect start and shot up as they soared over the meadow's. The men had gone about a quarter of a mile when the motor suddenly stopped. The aeroplane dropped like a plum met, bouncing the two men from their teats. Hamilton was slammed the hardest. He waj pitched backward, but wires caught him and prevented hl3 falling under the machine. WEATHER REPORT FORECAST FOR THE DISTRICT. Probahly fair tonight; Monday unset tled and continued warm; moderate south winds. TEMPERATURES. U. S. BUREAU. 8 a. m 79 9 a. m SO 10 a. m 87 11 a. m RS 12 noon S3 1 p. m 92 2 p. m 91 AFFLECK'S. S a. m 85 9 a. m ST 10 a. rn 90 11 a. m 93 12 noon ,'.. 95 1 p. m i... So 2 p. rn .-9S TIDE TABLE. Today High tide, 6:30 a. m. and 7:16 p. m. Low tlde,12:40 a. m. and 1:21 p. m. Tomorrow High tide, 7:12 a. m. and 7:57 p. m. Low tide, 1:23 a. m. and 2:03 p. m. . , . SUN TABLE. Sua risu.. i:S a, a. ; ua seta 7:80 p. m, ( : i f -7 ; i MRS. MARGARET LAFFEY, Who held up giocery store last night, and who today is unable to recall her act ' si wok' Board Tomorrow Will Con sider Proposal to Cut Price. At 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon the directors of the Georgetown Gas Light Companv will vote on the proposal to reduce the price of gas in the com pany's territory from Jl to So cents per thousand cubic feet. It is believed the reduction will be ordered and that It will be effective October 1. The board will also take the first steps toward issuing bonds of $1,000,0X1, of which JCSi.OOQ shall be Issued at once, for the following purposes: To retire outstanding certificates of Indebtedness, $23,000. To pay floating debt, JS0.000. To begin new gas plant, $220,000. The new officers of the company, elected by the board at its first meet ing, immediately after the annual meeting of stockholders a month ago, will preside at tomorrow's session. They are: President, Robert D. Weaver; secre tary and general manager, Robert L. Middleton c re-elected); treasurer, Henry Flatter. The directors, all of whom are ex pected to be present, are Maurice J. Adler, S. Thomas Brown, William A. Leetch William A. Means, George I Nicholson. William B. Orme. Robert D. Weaver, and Richard H. Golds borough. It was originally the Intention to make the reduction in the price of gas effective July 1, but the directors found it impossible to arrange for be ginning tho new plant and for extending mains in the company's territory as qulcklv as had been anticipated, ard It has practically been deter mined to wait until fall, by which time it is believed the volume of busi ness will be greater and the company equipped to extend Its opeiatlon3. In the meantime It Is expected bonds will be Issued and put on the market anl- the money obtained for starting the new plant and building up the system. Contracts have recently been made for a large amount of new pipe, which will be laid along the Conduit road and in the streets in the northwest section west of Connecticut avenue, where the demand for gas Is ranidlv Increasing, and where there are relatively few mains. B. & O. Purchasing Agent To Move to Baltimore CINCINNATI, Ohio. July 3.-Previous to his departure for Baltimore last night, W. S. Galloway, assistant pur nhnsinr ncent of the Baltimore and Ohio, gave out the information that Joseph A. Clark had been appointed in charge of the purchasing department of the Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Day ton at Baltimore. Mr. Clark v HI leave Cincinnati for Baltimore next Wednes day noon, with the equipment of the local office. The entire force In the purchasing department of tho Cincinnati, Hamilton, any Dayton here has resigned rather than move to Baltimore, with the ex ception of Fred Sterner, who will have charge of the Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton vouchers at Baltimore. C. R. Coughman, chief clerk to. the purchas ing agent. Is among the number who resigned. M . . . , Mr. Galloway announced Jus,t before he departed that tnere wouia De no branch of the purchasing department maintained here. This Is considered a -direct blow to the CJpcinnatl business Interests, wno felt mat mey ousm w h&ve part ot thla touinaa, Mrs. Laffey Surprised When Son Tells Her of Her Act. POVERTY AND OLD INJURY HURT MIND Long, Hard Struggle Against Mis fortune May Have Af fected Her. Memory has mercifully failed Mrs. Margaret Laffey today. Her mind, which under the stress of financial worry, and the effects of an old Injury, planned the moat dar ing hold-up that Washington has known in Borne time; which stead ied her hand to hold a revolver without a quaver against the head of Charles Mattfeld in his store on Park road; which took all tremor from her voice when Bho demanded his money, today, she says, tells her nothing of what she did. From the lips of her sixteen-year-old son, "Timmie," she heard tho story this morning. Boy Tells Her of Act. It was hard for the boy. who had come to visit her. to sit beside her j in her cell, at the First precinct, j and talk to her of the great shadow which had fallen over her, setting her apart from other mothers, and by her own confession,, before her memory failed, her. putting her outside the pale of tho jaw. But theboy aai there this morning and toldTjer hov fli tiad,jntorel the '" branch stor- J Ak Pyls,,ja. 52 FJfftrifc FoaA, fcr-He;$fll W now sne nan wnpiceit siowiy, into tnc place, 'and deliberately approached.: Mattfeld, and, drawing' a revolver from 'the (olds of her dress, demand ed Mattfeld's cash, and how she had taken the $106.10 and -walked away, only to be captured. Througji the recital, the woman re peated over and oven "Did I do that 7 Son, could I have done that?" Her Old Injury. And after the hardest part was over for the boy, he explained to the po lice that more than a year ago, his mother was lifted from beneath the wheels of a car, and the doctors shook their heads and said she could not re cover. Then he told them how she had gotten well, but had been "queer" at times. After the sickness followed loss of work, and for months the mother has had no employment. The woman was arrested while she was making her escape from the store she had robbed. Today she was tak en to Police Headquarters and her photograph added to the police gal lery. "God knows I am not guilty of de liberate robbery," she sobbed. "My mind Is clouded over always, and I am not always responsible for my ac tions. Reason must have left me be fore I entered the store and pointed a pistol at a human being, demand ing money." She wept bitterly as Captain Boardman questioned her. Here Two Years. She said she had been in Washington about two years, having come to this city from Piedmont, W. Va., with her son, who was then but fifteen years old. A story of poverty and distress and despair was unfolded, but the po lice paid little heed, suspecting that her story was pure fiction and believing her guilty of a similar robbery on April 2 last, when the Sanitary grocery store, at 3103 M street, was entered in broad daylight, and the contents of the till taken. A certain similarity In the method of the thief led Captain Board man to believe he had in custody one of the boldest woman crooks ever caught in Washington. The woman told a straight story, as far as it went, but she tried to shield herself behind the curtain ot mental unbalance. She said that some time ago she had received a blow on the head, and that since then her mind be came clouded for days at a time, ana she was Irresponsible for her actions. Captain Boardman put little faith In the statement. After a thorough exam ination she was sent back to her cell to await trial In Police Court tomorrow on a charge of highway robbery. That bitter poverty prompted her act. Is evident from the woman's dress and person. Tangled hair, matted and un kempt, strings down her back. Every moment, through nervousness or a de sire to improve her appearance, she makes a feeble attempt to straighten the gray locks. Took HisJgDney; Entering the storpatta hour when customers were feWand only one dim light burned, the f woman, wearing a black scarXaround her face, thrust a pistol In Mattfleld's face and in a voice as steely as a seasoned knight of the road demanded: "Give me that money or I will kill you in your iracKB. Mattfleld wno is manager or the store was frightened at her look, and without a wcrd turned over the bills, mostly of small denomination. Again threatening him with death unless h8 kept quiet, Mrs. Laffey turned, and still keeping the weapon pointed at the man's head, stalked from the store. -Then IU-waa..that -Mattfleld came to tcvntiautfl on Bcecsa ?,) jHyjk MISS M. F. ABBorr, JHkv", I Vho will be star witness in House is- iHHtt I vesugation ot auegea lon- HBi r'3&A I troller Bay grab. mKKm 4my of mm rmmaramai&7!7xxmmji im 'h-iii ui uiiuuw , wBjm-Ki.5rrTpc nrwvmr. . .' 1 IllUMUi tWm III Mho nil I 'j lEKm? jmwmwmmmWmWmWi IH9BH IBBHm m ID HORSES DIE IN CHICAGO BLAZE Three Persons and Three dred Animals Perish in' Fire. Hun- CHICAGO, July 9.-In a half-mlllion-dollar Are which destroyed the four story brick stable of the Arthur Dixon Transfer Company, Fourteenth and State street, early today. Fire Marshal Seyferlich narrowly escaped death. Three hundred horses were cremated and three men lost their lives when the building collapsed. Two hundred persons in a neighboring three-story lodging house were thrown into a panic. Many were trampled In the narrow exits, but none was reported seriously Injured. Marshal Seyferlich, who had respond ed to-a special call for engines, was directing his men near the building when the went wall fell! Tons of brick missed the chief and his men only by a few feet. The blaze, which started from an un known cause, gained headway rapidly. In a few moments the entire struc ture was ablaze. Sparks swept through the district by a strong lake breeze, kept busy dozens of volunteer fire fighters on the roofs of adjacent build ings. In the building were stabled nearly a thousaand horses. The screams of the frightened animals as the ire ran through the building could be heard for many blocks. Thousands of spectators In scanty at tire crowded the sidewalks and many assisted the firemen in their efforts to lead the horses from the building. The horses were blindfolded and led to the street by the dozen, but there were hundreds left in the building when the work of rescue was abandoned. The flames spread with such rapidity that Marshal Seyferlich, seeing the building was doomed, ordered a concen tration of water on adjoining struc tures. The stable was a total loss. X Take The Times On Your Vacation SO CENTS A MONTH. c (Dailr andCSunday.) "Call Tho Times Circulation Dept. ' ' Mala 6280. . . . . -v-i '.-v. leOftllHESo IS TO Lift HEBE Former Consuelo Vanderbilt to Have Mansion on Site of Quay House. Sale of the old Quay home In K street to the Vanderbilt family means that Consuelo duchess of Marlborough, Is coming to this city to reside. Tired of the snubs and affronts which she has experienced in England since her separation from her husband, the duchess has made up her mind to live for a time at least in this country, and has elected to dwell among the cos mopolitan smart set of Washington rather than the neutral-toned atmos phere In New York, in which she was born and reared." The old Quay house as It stands will not house tho duchess. A new resi dence, handsome and modern, will be erected on the site of the old building, and a commission already has been given to a well-known New York firm of architects. ' This new residence will cover the en tire lot 125 by 200 feet, and if not as large as the tremendous Blenheim castle, country seat' of the' Mart boroughs in England, will afford plenty of room for the duchess and her ser vants, many as these will' be. The fact that the Quay houVe was bought fo? the duchess explains the ex traordinary secrecy surrounding " the sale of the property, which the Union xrusi company, or MttsDurg, con veyed. The duchess will have as her neigh bors some of Washington's most distin guished citizens. Admiral Dewey Is Just across the street, and so are Secretary Knox and former Senator Hale. Sen atpr Wetmore's residence flanks the Quay house on one side and Senator Elkins on the other. The duchess and Miss Katherlne Elkins have been ac quaintances for some years. The Duchess of Marlborough is not the first American girl to make her home in Washington after marriage to a nobleman had turned out unhappily. Many years ago Betsy Patterson, the American bride of Jerome Bonaparte, who went back to Europe and repudi ated her, dwelt here for a time, and not long ago it was announced that Mrs. Alice Thaw, who divorced the Earl of Yarmouth, would come to live in this city. Robed in White, Woman Tries to Preach in Church PHILADELPHIA, July 9. Claiming to have been divinely Inspired and rob ing herself in a cloak of white and gold, with a head dress Improvised from her handkerchief, Mrs. Mary Price, thirty ye'ars old, appeared In Ihe center aisle of the fashionable Holy Trinity Church during the services today and began to preach. The Rev. Dr. Floyd W. Tompkins, tho rector, was in the midst of his sermon when the woman appeared like an ap parition. "I have been sent, and will speak. The lost sheep must be found.' she cried. She broke up the service. The woman was taken to the pollco station by an officer, where she de clared that she -was from England, and that she'had only arrived in this coun try a few weeks ago. A police surgeon, after an examination, said that the woman was sufferings Xrow th hot waUsr, . ' REPORT THAT DOCUMENT IS ' GONE CAUSES A SENSATION By JTJDSON C. WELLIVER. MIbs M. F. Abbott, editor and writer on conservation topics, and Bta dent of Alaska affairs, was last night served with a subpoena to appear before the House Committee on Expenditures in the Interior Department. Tho committee will Bit tomorrow to begin an investigation of tho Con troller bay grab and especially to sift the remarkable story which Miss Abbott -has told, involving Charles P. Taft as an aid of Richard S. Ryan in securing for Ryan the shore-line lands on Controller bay. No such political sensation has been seen in Washington in a long time, as was produced by the publication of Miss Abbott's story, the conflicting statements and reticence of officials, and the determination of the Interior Department committee to take the matter up without an hour's unnecessary delay. It developed today that one reason for haste on the part of the House committee, was that reports had reached some of Its members, that a plan was under consideration, of having the whole question of Controller bay turned over for investigation by a "whitewash com mittee," selected by the Senate, and of such personnel that a verdict favorable to the Administration could be assured. MODERATE HERE, BUT HEAT WAVE IS 'ON ME Weather Good for Crops, Except in Southwest. Big Cattle Loss. Varying temperatures prevail over the United States today and Wash ington is again one of the cities which the Weather Bureau calls "moderate ly warm." But it is not so hot here today as In many other places, notably Chi cago, where the heat wave Is very much back on the job. Reports from various parts of the country regard ing "the weather as related to the crops" are generally good. In the great wheat regions of the West heavy rains have fallen and are fall ing again today. The Southwest, particularly Texas, hus suffered terribly from drought, and cattle losses in western Texas and the Pecos valley are estimated at $750,000. Rains have fallen In some places tho last few days, but the drought has left no vegetation for the rain to freshen. Heat, hunger, and thirst have slain cattle by the thousands. How well off Washington ha been In the matter of deaths, Is seen In fresh computations of the heat victoms In Chicago and Boston. For the eight days ending Saturday night 279 persons succumbed to the heat. Boston had 196 and Baltimore at least fifty. In this city there were but two deaths. "Probably fair tonight; Monday un settled; continued warm; moderately light winds," Is the prediction this morning of the Weather Bureau. The temperature started climbing briskly this morning. At S It was 8a degrees at Affleck's and 79 at the Weather Bureau. By 11 a. m. It had climbed to 93 at Affleck's and 87 at the Government thermometer. The Government fore casters do not look to see the highest temperatures of last week equaled to day, even If the mercury seemed ambi tious this morning. Two deaths and one case of insanity, due to the heat, occurred in Buffalo this morning. Five Hurt in Motor Mishap in Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS. July 9. George H. Price, his wife and two children, of Ex celsior, and Harry Stair, of Minneapolis, were Injured today when their automo bile turned over near Anoka. The party was taken to Anoka and placed under the care of Dr. George K Hagaman. The accident occurred three miles south ot Anoka, on the Osec roar. when the machine turned ovar while making a sharp turn. Price was pinned under the side of the car. His left arm was fractured and he waa palnfullv bruised. Wilbur Trice, his son, was badly cut above the eye. Phyllis Price suffered a bruised hip, and Mrs. Price was badly shaken up. Boy Disobeys Mother And Now Lies Dead i NEWARK. N. J.. July 9. Had he not disobeyed his mother, eleven-year-old Ignatius 'E. Hanlon would not be lying dead In his home today. The boy went out to play with some companions, and was warned not to go near the Morris canal, but the temptation was too great when one of his playmates con verted a wooden packing case Into a boat and began to propel it with a stick. Tha boy lolned In the fun, but lost his life. His companion was aa,vd PJf CMBCHHI Wt M VVt mm To Thwart Whitewash. Whatever may be the facts in this regard, seme of the members of the House Expenditures Committee be-" came fearful that a whitewash was to be undertaken, and that unless they busied themselves Immediately, they might lose their opportunity to brine out the whole story in Its full details. Chairman James 'M. Graham acted, without any heriffan. where ha,, be came convinced, that conditions, requlrul It. As a member of the committee of. inquiry In the Balllnger-Plncbot case, he had been impressed with the possi bility of doctoring flies, inserting papers, burning others, and generally "fixing up" affairs when ihere was necessity for such a course. Mr. Graham does not want to give oppor tunity for any fixing. If he can avoid it. Denials Give Incentive. Additional incentive to haste was given, because of denials that were published yesterday morning, of the existence of the "Dick to Dick" note which Miss Abbott claimed she found in the files at the Interior Department concerning the Controller Bay case. Miss Abbott was sent for by some of the members of the Graham committee, told her story to them in the utmost detail, and convinced them that if the "Dick to Dick" letter is not now in the flies. It was there when Miss Ab bott examined them, and that its dis appearance will demand investigation and explanation. The ohly witnesses who have been summoned for Monday's sitting of the committee, it was stated today, are Miss Abbott and Fred Dennett, Com missioner of the General Land Office. It Is the purpose of the committee to open Us Inquiry by an Investigation of the Chugach forest land surveys that had to be made after the Controller bay parts were restored to entry. The com mittee will demand to know about these surveys, their cost, the orders under which they were made, etc., and this will, lay a foundation from which the investigation will be pushed out to a wider range, taking in the entire ques tion of the disposal of the Controller bay shore. Questions Before Committee. There are two big questions 'before the committee. First, whether Richard S. Ryan represented the Guggenheim Alaska syndicate. On this point some sensational testimony will come out from authorities not heretofore brought Into this matter. Ryan filed with the Interior Department a letter from a New York banking firm, which said he was not a representattlve of the Gug genhelms; that this firm was backing him. Also, Senator Simon Guggen heim and his brother, Daniel Guggen heim, assured Secretary Fisher that Rvan was entirely independent of them. These assurances at the time entirely satisfied the Secretary. They have not satisfied some other Investigators, and the Graham committee will develop testimony from the financial district of New York, calculated to discredit these statements and establish that the real mission of Ryan was to get thes lands for the Guggenhelms, while pre tending to be Independent. Ryan, about a year ago now, when he was working Jon his project In Wash ington, told people here that he was working In the-Hnterest of the Guggen l'elms. Testimony on this point will be adduced early, if is promised. There Is no dlsagieemeni as ,to the former employment o' Ryan by the Guggen helms; In earlier years he has been In Washington frankly enough as their PcenL The question Is, whether a new relation existed at the time he got the Controller Bay lands. Uncertainty About Letter. Next to this Is the uncertainty about whether the Interior Department files contain the "Dick to Dick" letter that Miss Abbott will swear she found there. This letter could easily have been ab stracted, from thg flies without Inter fering with the continuity of the nom inal record. It was evidently not In tended, by Its writer, to be made a part of the public record. Miss Abbott says it was fastened by a wire "clip" to a formal and unimportant letter from Ryan to Balllnger, dated July 13, 1910. The 'postscript, which was the really. 1 --- At t A. -X