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2& j2fic'9ffiT$? -wr?'? T5fV5iSbt.m?W'f3ESS5! 3$r -y "" . ; - -v - $ - - iy " c.J- -Stf iZT t. J" - a V? "3 r ' i-j s . w --j f'i -Vi Siflra IT il i?a Tonight and Thursday. c Last Edition - fi WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 30, 1911. NUMBER 7191. Yesterday's Circulation, 55,215 Sixteen Pages PBIOE ONE CENT. rf ARMY AND NAVY TRANSFER LAW FOUND BURIED FOR II YEARS BEATTIE DEFENSE STRIKES HARD AT PAUL'S TESTIMONY Confronts Youth With Witness Who Says He Said : "I Don't Thinjk Henry Did It." Scene of Bloodspots in Beattie Case and Witnesses I "p POSTS DAMAGED DIAGRAM OF PIKE AND BLOOD SPOTS. ; ' V f In ir " I INCREATSTORM iw. IV, .Departments Get Reports of Destruction at Charleston. MANY BUILDINGS ARE UNROOFED Fifteen Thousand Dollars Sent to Cover Emergency Expenses. Unroofed Government posts, cut off from all telegraphic communica tion, "He along the south Atlantic seaboard In the wake of the two days' hurricane which swept South Carolina's coast Sunday and Mon day. Urgent messages arrived at the War and Navy Departments this morning. Anxious commanders, In charge of the damaged posts, are awaiting Instructions. The naval and military stations at Port Royal, Fort Moultrie, outside of Charleston, on Sullivan's Island, and the post at Charleston itself, are the heaviest sufferers. Half a dozen of the navy's finest torpedo boats lie high and dry on a spit off Charleston harbor. ' Reports Incomplete. The reports so far are Incomplete. Thoi are also alarming to the Govern ment officials. The first report since the telegram yesterday announcing the mishap to the torpedo boats was re ceived tills morning by Acting Secretary of the Navy Winthmp. Thij message today was fiom the Port P.oyal ard, but it was necessary to Hie it by-wny of Vemasee. S. C, no dirl communication with Charleston having yet been established since the storm. . from 'the reports half a million dol la"3 of damage is estimated to have been done The Navy Department has already placed J15.000 ut the command Of the Charleston yard officials for emergency repalis. The telegram received today reads: "Violent storms Sunday and Monday All roofs more or less damaged. Build ings used as company quartets unten able except part of recruit quarters, un til repaired. Officers' quarters and fur niture generally badly damaged. -Quartermaster's storehouse and commissary lost roof and windows. No other build ings available. Electric light wires down. Approach to wharf budlv washed atrl cannot be used for haul ing. Houndary fenco destroyed. Power plant and pumping station undamaged." No Word From Them. All morning the Navy Department ex pected somo news from tne Charles town naval officials, but nothing has como to supplant the Information wired to the department yesterday to the ef fect that six torpedoe boats were ashore and other damage of a serious nature bad been wrought. Mr. Winthrop ex pects a complete report from Charles ton either late todav or tomonow. The War Department is today In re ceipt of a report from the officers at Fort Moultrie, S. C. located on Sulli van's Island, near Charleston, to the effect that this army post was badlj damaged In the recent storm. Many of Its buildings were either blown down or unroofed and other injury received by the post property. Not until the full reports are received by both the War and Navy Depart ments will the Government know just what It will have to do to repair the wrecked properties. Cloudburst and Wind Storm Sweep Over . North Charlotte, N. C. CHARLOTTE, N. C. Aug. 30. North Charlotte a suburb of this town, suf fered considerable damage today In a hurricane that wrecked a church and unroofed a number of other buildings. A cloudburst accompanied the wind. Coast Liner Brings Report of Wreckage In Wake of Storm ATLANTA, Ga., Aug. SO. Brief dis patches from Savannah today report that several vessels crippled in the re cent hurricane were towed into port there. The steamer City of Savannah, for which fears were felt, was safely (Continued on Seventh Page.) WEATHER REPORT FORECAST FOR THE DISTRICT. Rain tonight and probably Thursday; continued cool. TEMPERATURES. TT. S. BUREAU. I AFFLECK'a 8 a. m Q f a. in 61 10 a. m 60 11 a. m ,60 12 noon 60 1 p. m 61 2 p. m.... 61 8 a. m 67 3 a. m 63 10 a. m 67 11 a. m 67 12 noon 67 1 p. m 67 2 p. m 67 TIDE TABLE. Today High tide, 12:20 a. m. and 12:32 p. m.; low tide. 7:02 a. tn. and 7.14 p. m. Tomorrow High tide, 1:19 a. m. and 1:11 p. m.; low tide, 7:55 a. m. and 8:05 p. m. SUN TABLE. ..... 5:25 4 Sua. sets.,.... SuarlBe6. 6:3fi Only Traction Companies Knew of Its Existence, Is Charged. COURT ORDERS SUIT TO TEST VALIDITY Statute Requires Companies to Grant Exchange of Transfers and Track Privileges. A universal transfer law has been on the statute books of the United States for the past seventeen years, and Its terms require every street railway company In the District of Columbia to Interchange transfers and trackage facilities where lines connect The District of Columbia has had a universal transfer law since 1S94, and its existence has been known un til today only to some officials of the Capital Traction Company and the Washington Railway and Electric Company. This is the opinion ex pressed today by Harry I. Lerch, one of the attorneys for the Baltimore and Washington Transit Company. Would Force Exchange. The company Is seeking to force the Capital Traction Company to accept transfers from Its new line from Tako ma Park, and to Issue transfers from the Capital Traction's Fourteenth street line to the new line, which connects, at Fourteenth and Kennedy streets north west. Not only Is this the lawyer's opinion, but he quotes the law, and, undr thj law. the receiver of the new raTlrnad company has been authorized by Justice Stafford to enter suit against the Capi tal Traction Compacy asking th court m i-uiupei umi. tompony 10 enter tuto reciprocal transfer arrangements with the new line The papers In this suit were nrenared by Attorney Lerch and sent by him to day to the receiver, Arthur L. Shreve, who Is in Baltimore, for his signature, ana iney win te niea in court here to morrow morning. Law Kept Under Cover. The apparent loss of the law for so many years, and the Ignorance of the general public of its existence was explained by Mr. Lerch on the theory that while the law has been known to both companies, its existence has been kept quiet by them and no one in Washington has ever brought it for ward in all the universal transfer agi tations which, since that time, have ensued. Also, he poliftcd out, the law is so worded that apparently no one but one of the street railway com panies has a right to Invoke the law, and, since neither of the old com panies would call It Into effect against the other. It remained for a third line, the new Baltimore and Washington Transit Company, to take advantage of Its provisions. Not until a few days ago when the company's lawyers began studying a legal means of forcing the Capital Traction Company to accept transfers from the new line did they themselves become aware of the existence of the law. Expected Another Course. Until Its discovery the officers of the new company thought thev would have to rely solely upon the wording of their own charter to effect an exchange of transfers, or falling In that to appeal to Congress for special legislation. The discovery, therefore, came to them like the unexpected finding of pay dirt to a miner. It was quoted to Justice Stafford by Attorney Lerch and Attorney Henry V, Williams, of Baltimore, and he author ized the receiver of the road to enter suit at once. The provision of the law, while evi dently framed so that Its provisions can be ureed only by a party railway company, may, too, be construed by the court to enable a citizen to Invoke It aaglnst any street car company in the District ard force transfers at any Junction point. The provision relating to universal transfers was Included in the law of Aucust 2. 1KM. which was passed to enable the Metropolitan Railroad Com pany to change Us mode of propuUlon to underground electric equipment. The universal transfer provision reads: "Provided, that every street railway company In the District of Columbia whose lines connect, or whose lines may hereafter connect, with the lines of any other street railway company. Is hereby subjected to the same requirements as to transfers and trackage arrange ments and upon similar conditions, as In this section provided in the case of the Metropolitan Railroad Company and the lines connecting therewith." Census Office Force Is Being Diminished Fifty-six clerks in the Census Office have resigned during the current month. Seven more have turned In their resig nations for dates in October. As a consequence of all these resig nations there will be no. dismissals from the bureau on September 1, as. was ex pected. The census force, according to Director Durand. will have to be cut down from time to time to me"etthe falling off In the work, -until only the permanent force remains, but as long as the resignations keep pace with the decline, there will be no dismissals. Many of the clerks who resigned dur nir the current month did so to accept other positions under the Government. Thev took the civil service examination 'n the spring a"nd they are now being certified to the various departments by the commission. Many others resigned to resume school teaching in various' "arts of the country when the fall terms begin. They came to the bureau from rural schools because of the greater pay. with the prospect of dis missal. They are returning' rather than take the chance of being without em ployment, , ' L &LOOD ' ' ft r SECOND BLOOD SPOT ' I W GUN VrVIS FOUHD TESTIFIED TO BYAieX - jKjflPHF 'TSPv- 11 jWKfWr?Pmm. 1 1 t ' "NiiHr iHI 11 a -' if " 'JvaH 1 1 Detective Sergeant Thomas Wren. Detective Sergeant Jack Wiltshire. LOPES FROM COT HELPS BRIDEGROOM A. M. Elliott and Tevis Morgan Wed at Midnight. From his cot at Garfield Hospital, swathed In bandages and weak from a serious surgical operation, Alexan der Monroe Elliott, son of the late Thomas M. Elliott, went to the home of Miss Marie Tevls Morgan, the twenty-year-old daughter of Thomas P. Morgan, 1715 Itlcgs place north west, last night, and asked her to culminate a romance of their child hood days In marriage. They were married at 1 o'clock this morning, without the knowledge of relatives, at the residence of the Ttev. G. J. S. Hunnlcutt, and Mr. Elliott's trained nurse at the hospital, who had nursed riim through the danger ous days after his operation, was maid of honor. Accompanied By Nurse. Miss Wlnnona Taylor, the nurse, and Thomas P. Green, Jr., accompanied the bride and bridegroom to Dr. Hunnl cutt's home at 610 D street southeast. Mr. Elliott went to Garfield Hospital ten days ago. After the operation he was critically 111, and the physicians refused to allow his friends to see him. Miss Morgan, who Is well known In the younger social set, and Mr. Elliott had been something more than friends since their grade school days. But Elliott went to Pittsburg at mannger In that city of the branch of a Phila delphia company, returning to "Wash ington about six weeks ago with the certainty thatian operation would be necessary to save his llfe Some trivial quarrel had separated (Continued on Eighth Page.) HOoPTAL Last Minute News Told in Brief ELEMENTS STOP MEET. . SQUANTUM AVIATION " FIELD, Mass, Aug. SO. Because of high wind and another deluge, the contest com mittee of the Harvard Aviation Asso ciation announced that the program for today is off. PERRY HITS SCHOONER. .BOSTON, Mass., -Aug. 30. The United States torpedo boat Perry collided with, the schooner Dorothy B. Barret, from Bath, Me., according to a wireless mes sage. Both' boata continued, to port. . E IN HOSPITAL EIRE Iff Randall's Island Institution Has Threatening. Blaze -This Morning. NEW YORK. Aug. 30. With skill and effectiveness of regular firemen, 300 boys of the New York City Hospital and School on Randall's Island today fought a fire which threatened the lives of 1Z5 women employes of tho school laundry who were asleep in the build ing. The women were thrown into a panic by tho flames and smoke, but the boys, manning the ladders and handling tlje hose, rescued them all and controlled the tire until arrival of the regular fire men, who extinguished the flames. Soul-Mating Opposed By Japanese Consul CHICAGO, Aug. 30. K. YamasakI, Japanese consul In Chicago, has Just returned from a 10.000-mlle honeymoon with his young bride, daughter of Baron K. Ishll, vied minister of foreign affairs of Japan, and said the wisdom of parents counts for more In soul mating than love itself. He thinks this country ought to set an age limit under which parental advice is necessary be fore persons may be united In mar riage. "In matrimonial matches In Japan the loVd element does not count for much," said YamasakI. "The important thing about a marriage is whether the par ents will consent. AVe have fewer di vorces in Japan than In this country as a result. Such a policy in this coun try would be a positive benefit, in my opinion." NORWEGIAN SHIP SAFE. PORTSMOUTH, Va., Aug. SO.-Tho Norwegian steamship Splca, which was reported disabled In the hurricane, -came Into the Capes safe, despite fearful bat tering by the waves. LAWYERS WIN BIO FEE. Jones H. McGowan and Elijah V. Brookahlre, attorneys, won a fee of $41,000 by a decision of Justice Stafford fqr services in securing a claim of the late Joseph W. Parish, amounting to $181,000, against the Government for ice furnished during tbo civil war. BO S iM EROC WORK 1ARCF BLOOD SPOT AT scere County Detective George JarrelL E Use of Defective Rail Is Subject of Searching Investigation. "Old Doc Wiley" may bo tho man to stop railway wrecks as well as Indi gestion, heartburn, dizziness, and that mpty feeling after eating. The Interstate Commerce Commission is going to decldewho was to blame for the Manchester, N. Y., railroad wreck by dint of a chemical analysis. The wreck was caused by the dislnte gratlon of a steel raall laid, new, In October, 1910. They have found and picked up seventeen pieces of the rail thus far, and nobody knows how many more pieces are missing. What was the matter with the rail? Why did it fall to pieces under the weight of a train traveling tweney three to twenty-five miles an hour? These are the questions which will be developed under the searching in quiry the commission is to make. H. W. Belnap, chief inspector of safety appliances, came back this morning from New York, and at his offices. 1413 F street, refused to say a word. Mystey Is Maintained. "My orders are that I am not to discuss this case, and I am going to obey them," he said. At the headquarters of Chairman Clements, of the. commission, much the same attitude was taken. Mystery surrounded, the whole matter. The chairman Was not at his office to day, but it was learned the analysis of a steel rail might determine the blame for the wreck in which a score and a half of lives were lost. This question of steel rails seems to1 be coming in for a real airing. A few years ago, according- to the evl- (Contlnued on Third Page.) REPORTS SEA RESCUE, ' NEW YORK, Aug. 30.-A wireless dls-patch-sfrom Captain Kemble, of, the Clyde liner Mohawk, says he has res cued the crow of the schooner Malcolm B. Seavy, with the exception of one seaman, and that the Beavy sank off Georgetown, S. C TWELVE WORKMEN KILLED. 'PARIS, Aug. 30. Twelve men wera killed and twelve others badly hurt, many of whom will die, when a rail road bridge in course of construction near Brail. Switzerland, coUapyjd, MY TODETRMIE OE LEHIGH DISASTER PROSECUTION RESTS CASE; BLOODHOUNDS RULED OUT By JAMES E. BREADY and JULIA MUBDOCK. Over Times' Leased Wire From Chesterfield Court House. CHESTERFIELD COURT HOUSE, Va., Aug. 30. The terrific task of 'saving Henry Clay Beattie, Jr., from conviction of tho murder of hia wife began at noon today. Paul Beattie was recalled to the stand as the defense's first witness. Before Paul was called, however, the defense succeeded In haying stricken out all testimony in regard to the action of the bloodhounds. This was considered important, as it was claimed by the prosecution that the fail ure of the hounds to take a scent away from the scene of the crime in dlcated the murderer rode away in the Beattie automobile. A smashing blow was hurled by the defense at Paul at the opening of its testimony this afternoon. Paul, who sat in the witness chair, was confronted by a man named G. W. Boothe. Lawyer Smith quizzed Faul Beattie then as to an alleged conversation with Mr. Boothe. In thia talk, on the Wednesday after the murder, Beattie said he did not say: "I dont think Henry did it He was always fond of his wife.' Paul denied this the day before yesterday on cross-examination. He denied it again today. . Immediately afterward Mr. Boothe took the stand and swore that Paul used these very words in talking with him on the bridge the morning after the homicide. DRAMATIC MOMENT IN TRIAL. The confrontation of the two men was the most dramatic moment of the trial. next to the startling apparition of Monday when Mrs. Owen, Louise Owen Beattle's mother, came In so suddenly. Paul Brattle did not tremblr. or qulwr when suddenly confronted with Boothe. He reaffirmed that he had not known LBootfce" br "Jjame," burlaTcf hT had talk-" ed with him on Other subjects than 'Henry's guilt, and fondness for his wife. "You dfd not tell Mr. Boothe over here," thundered Smith, "that you said Henry wai. not guilty; that he was too fond of his wife to have slain her?" "I did not." said Pul firmly. Mr. Wendenburg failed to hurt Boothe much on cross-examination. He sought to show him an Intimate friend of Henry Clay Beattie, but Mr. Boothe admitted only a "business Intimacy." Mr. Wendenburg did force an admission that Mr. Boothe and Beattie had talked of the murder together. The Commonwealth rested Its case at 12H2. o'clock, after examination of twelve men In a last desperate attack on young Beattie the effort to repair the breach caused by the testimony given b Alexander Robertson, the small boji who yesterday exploded u bomb in the camp of the prosecution by testifying as to his discovery of a "sec ond blood spot," which he found on the Midlothian pike about two miles from the scene of the tragedy. The testimony given by the men who were examined this morning was nega tive. While all were positive thut. though they made a most careful ex amination soon after the murder, they saw no spot of blood on the pike, other than the one where the tragedy took place, yet It is possible that the boy's direct testimony, given in straightfor ward, lucid manner, will have much weight with the jury. Young Robertson is the lad who also testified that he found an amber-colored shell hair pin, half burled In the read, at the scene of the murder. Society Girl On Stand. The first witness' called this morning was Miss Louise Reeves, maid of honor at the wedding of Louise Owen to the man who is now on trial to answer for her death. Miss Reeves entered the court room heavily veiled, her arrival causing a distinct sensation. She was accompanied by her father, who sat at her side during the time she gave her testimony. , . Her answers were given in a voice sorrow-filled, and but faintly audible. Her eyes filled with tears when she Identified the pin as one of the kind that her filend usually wore. . When Thomas Owen had Joined otners In testifying that there was no second blood puddle, the prosecution rested, and at the requoit of Attorney Hill Carter, of the defense. Judge Watson retired with all the attorneys, to hear argument on a motion to strike out wme of Ue Commonwealth's testimony. Society Girl Is Witness. At the opening of court Judge Wat son announced that he had a phys ician's certificate that Mrs. M, C. Steg er a witness for the defense, was too 111 to come to the trial. Lawyer Smith said "she 13 a most important witness and we must have a deposi tion taken if she can't come here. Miss Louise Reeves, a Richmond society girl; was the first witness of the day. She testified that she was maid of honor at the wedding of Louise Owen Beattie. Mr. Wendenburg asked:; "Do you know about the kind of hairpins she After an objection was overruled, Miss .Reeves said: . Yes? she wore light ones, like the kind you have Just handed me. This was the pfe picked up by Al exander Robertson on the Midlothian cike near the first blood spot. Mr. Wendenburg made a slip in asking a question: "Of course, there a' hundred thousand nlns manufactured like this one. I could not expect you to Went -fy his particular pin. Just say If it Is like the kind Mrs. Beattie used to WThe defense at. ouce seized upon the fact that Mr. Wendenburg had raid "a hundred thousand," and Mr. Wenden hurg wished to withdraw his words, but the defense insisted they were In the "county Detective George Jarrell fol lowed Miss Reeves. "There was no blood spot on tne road except the one at the murder scene. If there had been one. I would have found It I must have found It. I went up and down the road more than anv other man the next day. It was I who found fie Lig one. where the homicide occured. I made a minuto inspection of the whole road, looking for blood." "Did you have a reason esnedallz to lookfcr.blood7"- - f91"- The Question wu ruled out. '-When the car stood in Mr. Owen's yard, after the murder, and you saw It, was any blood leaking from the car?" The attorneys fought bitterly over this question, and the court ruled for Mr. Wendenburg. "There was no blood leaking from the car then," said Mr. Jarrell. "Was there a blood spot two miles In from the scene of the homicide, near Rice's gate, on Wednesday?" "No." "Was there any there on Thursday?" "No." The defense took the witness. "Why did you go back on Thursday to look for a blood spot?" ?.sked Carter. "We had heard there was a blood spot there." "Oh, you heard there was one there? Where did you hear or It?" Mr. Jarrell thought he might have read of it in the Richmond Evening Journal. Scherer On the Stand. This ended the examination, and L. L. Scherer took the stand. "I made an examination Wednesday, twice, maybe three times, and abo on certain portions on Friday morning, I think. Both days I was looking es pecially for blood spots. I'd heard there were some other blood and I went to look, though not believing (The last three words were at once ordered stricken). I went up and locked es pecially from telephone post 160 to the Belt Line. In company with Taylor Robertson, brother of Alexander Rob ertson, v.o looked at the point where it was claimed a spot had been. We could not find any, and there was no Indications of there having been any other. The blood spot at tne homicide scene was plainly visible at this time (Friday). "We looked for any drip around the large blood spot, and found none. It was one large blood spot," said Scherer, referring to the first big blood spot. On cross-examination Mr. Carter em phasized that the witness had been making investigation because he "had heard of other blood spots." "I Investigated because I " "Stop!" cried Mr. Carter. "You are stopping to think, and I fear you may be trying to hand us a solar plexus." "I am not trying to hand you any thing," replied Mr, Scherer with spirit. Patton Saw No Blood Spot Major James D, Patton, who brought the bloodhounds to the scene, as preitr dent of the State penitentiary board, i followed Mr, Scherer, He swore that he, too, had seen no blood spot by Rlc gate, . "If there had been a blood spot there eighteen by twenty Inches, elliptical In shape, it, could not haye missed my vision," On cross-examination Major Patton said he could have even seen, a sprinkle or drip on the road. The defense show ed he was sitting in an automobile, In the rear part, while the car was golmj fifteen miles an hour, and looked out only on one side of the car, Ben Owen Called. Ben P. Owen, Governor Mann's sec retary, and brother of Robert V. and Thomas Owen, followed. Major Patton. The defense at first objected that Ben Owen had beard all the testimony in the case, but withdrew the objection. Mr. Owen had not been Intended as a Commonwealth" witness. "What relation were you to the lata Mrs. Beattie?" was first asked of the witness. "Uncle," answered Mr. Owen. "I made a very careful examination," he continued, "at 5:30 o'clock the morn ing after the murder. I sat-In front of tho car, bending 'over, looking at each side. I was particularly looking for anything unusual on the road, and I was disappointed at seeing nothing. If there' had beefi an eighteen by twenty Inch spot, I must certainly have seen It. I did "See two small spots of water, which 'J' could see were water. The car ran last, but the road was clear, and I looked most intently.'' The witness added that he had not heard Alexander Robertson's testlmoay. (Coniing4-s4rhJJd. Page.) ( I a TE w. &!&&; :. .ggg. ij!&:.jfe& -i &-'r ! ,, r .7-,5-i- f" .1lt "I'tr, 4. .