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Walker Brothers, Roommate, and Pawnshop
Keeper Under Quiz Before Fed
eral Attorney.
Quizzed by Federal Attorney in Murder Inquiry
Author, of Relief Bill Would
- Have Civic Bodies
I Advise.
Senator Declares Traction Com
panies Would Gain by Grant
ing Demand Now.
Senator John D. Works of Callfor
nia, author of the bill providing for
Universal transfers In the District of
Columbia, was at the White House
today and proposed, after a talk
with the President, a conference of
all the, commercial organizations of
Washington. At this conference, he
said, a bill should be evolved aiming
-to give the people of Washington
universal transfers, and to give them
this privilege upon a basis satisfac
tory to all the people.
"I shall press my bill with all tho
force I have," said the Senator thlB
morning. "But before I ask the Sen
ate to finally take it up, I would be
glad to confer, with representatives
of the business organizations of the
city and learn If they have a substi
tute for my bill more satisfactory to
the people of Washington.
Ready to Fight.
"From what I can gee," continued tho
Senator, "the organizations have dis
agreed among themselves as to the
nature of the bill which should be pass
ed by Congress. This Is unfortunate,
but should not stand In the way of en
actment of a bill which will give relief
to te ,DfstHct.' ' i '
v-i'There isno earthly .reason why the
people .of 'WashlnKtbn should not have
,unlveisal transfers. If the 'Street rail
ways would serve their own best In
terests they would grant this without a
ngm. it, nowever, it 'comes to a fight,
then T shall go ,lnto It to win and Bhall
expect to bo supported by tho best
people in the city.
' Asks People's Wants.
That is why I want to talk the
Whole thing over with the people hero
and see what they want. I am pre
pared to make this nght for the District
of Columbia, and not for my Immediate
constituents In California, and shall
therefore consult with the people hero
It they desire It.
"We had a fight with tho street car
fieople of Los AngeleB along the same
ines that we have- had to follow here.
The street car people refused to see the
Situation from our point of view, and
we were forced to take matters Into our
tn hands."
Iceman's Helper
Hurt in Car Crash
B. C. Bailey, an employe of the Amer
ican Ice Company, was seriously hurt
this afternoon when a northbound Ta
koma Park car struck one of the com
pany's wagons with such force that he
heavy vehicle waa smashed Into kind
ling wood.
Bailey, who is employd as a helper
on the wagon, was standing on tho rear
step at the time, and was hurled over
the top, and fell under tho car.
He was taken to the Garfield Hospi
tal The accident occurred at Ninth and
Q streets northwest. The car at the
time was filled with passengers, many
of whom were thrown from their beats,
and badly shaken up.
Senator Gallinger
Coming Friday Night
Senator Gallinger, chairman of the
Senate District Committee, will reach
Washington Friday night. Senator Gal
linger was not In Washington much of
the time lost session, owing to the death
of his son.
Tho quostlon of whether he will be
permitted to becomo president pro tem
pore of ithe Benato is one of the interest
ing ones to be settled this sosston.
Prominent Physician
Of Richmond Stricken
RICHMOND, Nov. 28.-Dr. John P.
Davidson, one of Richmond's foremost
physicians, and a specialist of wide dls
. Unction throughout the South, died to
day at his home, 316 Bast Franklin
Bain this afternoon ard tonight. Wed
nesday probably fair and much colder
with a cold wave.
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m.: low tide, 7:37 a. m. and 7:53 p. m.
Tomorrow High tide. 1:44 a, m. and
3:20 p. in.; low tide, 8:25 a. m. and S:53
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Quits When , , Confronted
With Alternative of Re-
duced Salary.
Cheaper Product Promised by
, New Controlling Forces'
on Board.
John R. MoLean, president of tho
Washington Gaslight Company, ten
dered his resignation as president to
the board of directors of the corpor
ation at a meeting held laBt Thurs
day afternoon. His resignation Is
the culmination of a long series of
disagreements with his directors,
and the end .of a fight for the en
hancement of the value of the shares
of the company; lower prices of gas
to the consumers; and larger divi
dends to the stockholders.
It is reported that President Mc
Lean was opposed to tho recent
financing movement which retired
the $2,600,000 6 per cent certificates
that were presented to the share
holders some years ago as a divi
dend; that he was opposed to tho in
crease of the dividend to tho $4.80 a
Bhare rate annually, and that he
contended against the policy of
strict economy that has been intro
duced into the administration of the
corporation's affairs. Hejs also said
to, have been against the compara
tively, rocent out in t'prlce'pf 'gas
to, 85 cents. a-thouaand' cubic 4eet
Measures Put Through.
These various measures were forced
through by the directors and approved
by the shareholder, because they be
lieved the earnings of tho company war
ranted the distribution of largo divi
dends, and that a large percentage of
the earnings were wasted in extrava
gance In the management of the cor
poration. The entrance two years ago of Ord
Preston and Joseph Letter to the direc
tory of the Gas Company was the real
beginning of the fight. They controlled
6,000 and 6,000 shares, respectively.
On the books of the corporation John
It. McLean Is shown to be a holder of
2S8 shares of stock.
During tho last summer the economy
move began In earnest. James M.
Green, who had been elected to succeed
Milton K. Allea, resigned, and Joined
forces with Letter and Preston.
Big Saving.
In actual figures, -1217,000 was saved
for tho current year to September J,
and much more will be added beforo
the year Is over.
Economies were put Into force every
where. It had been the habit to send
the pay wagons around the city to pay
off the army of workers. "Cut this
method out." Bald one of the directors,
and the others supported htm. "Make
them come to the office and sign tho
nayrolls." was the order.
"How many horses?" was another
question, and when the answer was
given there were Insinuations that cen
tipedes and not horses had been shod.
Result, a big cut In the bills here.
In like manner tho coal bill was
probed, and finally the general super
intendent was brought on the carpet in
an Inquiry as to his W.000 a year pay.
He was reduced to superintendent of
meters and the $6,000 bad!;; cut.
The Gas Company has beon increasing
sales nt the rate of nearly a million
cubit feet a day, more than earning Us
dividend and demonstrating that gas at
a lower rate does not mean reduced
And these economical directors aro
considering a further cut In tho price
of gas In the not distant future.
;'It was the Btrong arm work of Jo
seph Letter that did much,'' said a
financier on tho inside today. Lelter
and Preston have been contending
(Continued on Sixth Page.)
Those of Secretaries Wilson and
Nagel Will Be Complet
ed First.
Cabinet officers are at work on their
annual reports to the President. Most
of them will be out In two weeks,
though the report of Secretary Wilson
Is being printed today and its contents
will be given publicity In a week.
Secretary Charles Nagel has dictated
some of his remarks and will have It
in tho President's hands within a week.
Upon the return of Postmaster General
Frank M. Hitchcock tomorrow, he will
resume work on his report.
Most of the reports this year will be
larger than last- year. The report of
Secretary Wilson will consume about 120
pages. Each of the departments is lim
ited to 6,ooo copies of tho jwuus.1 raperta.
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Two Brothers At Whose House James Smith, Murder Suspect, "'Lived, and Man With' Whom He Roomed. These
Three Were Called Before United States District Attorney Wilson In Attempt to Clear Up
Charge of Bennett Assault And Mickle Killing.
Both Armies Lose Hundreds.
Foreigners at Han Yang
in. Terror.
SHANGHAI.. Nov. 28. The. . rebels
rusheS" the NanWr.ff fortifications $b
duy and captured the city after a des
perate hand-to-hand 'light, in which 7G0
Imperialists and 500 revolutionists were
Advices from Han Tang today say
foreigners have barricaded tho streets
leading Into the concessions and are
preparing to offer desperate resistance
to any antl-forcign outbreak. Maxim
guns have been mounted by the for
eigners, but It Is not believed that a
vigorous attack could be withstood.
A Peking dispatch says that a brutal
daughter of foreigners as well as Chi
nese Is threatened at Han Yang, where
the Imperial forces aro looting homes
and killing all natives suspected of
being In sympathy with the rebel cause.
The capture of Han Yang was effected
by the Imperialists yesterday after a
battle marked by great slaughter. The
exact number of dead cannot be
learned, but It is supposed to be in the
neighborhood of 2,000.
The rebel army Is entrenching at Wu
Chang, Its leaders evidently expecting
a speedy attack from the victorious lm
porlallsts. Tho rebels are disheartened
over the defeat of yesterday.
A report is heard hero that Gen. Li
Yuan Hung, commander-in-chief of the
revolutionary forces, has asked the for
eign consuls to act as mediators In an
effort to restore peace. Tho Manchus
are spreading this report and are
seemingly greatly encouraged over the
prospect of saving tho dynasty.
The foreigners In the danger zone are
appealing to their home governments to
come to tnoir rescue, mere are oni
the usual number of cruisers in the
Yang Tse, and their commanders, how
ever, have received no orders to act.
Mrs. Patterson's Case
Ends; Jury Deliberates
DENVER, Nov. 28. Both sides rest
ed In the case of Mrs. Gertrude GlbBOn
Patterson, charged with the murder of
her husband. Judge Allen finished' his
Instructions to the lury nt 11:05 o'clock,
and they retired to reach their verdict.-
Indianapolis Mayor
In Food Price War
INDIANAPOLIS. Nov. 28. Mayor
Shank today continued his sale of
chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks at
cost In an effort to force tho lowering
oi nncgea exorouant rooa prices.
When the city market opened moro
than 300 advanco orders for Thanksgiv
ing poultry had been received.
One would hardly rxpect a celebration of Thanksgiving Day, but Col. John
S. Mosby, famous the world over as the leader of Mosby's Rangers, will have in
The Times on next Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) a most interesting story of a
war-time Thanksgiving Day feast which he completely broke up, and that, too,
without the slightest intention of so doing.
You'll want to read this story of that Thanksgiving Day on the Shenan
doah River. It will add a flavor to your own Thanksgiving Day celebration, so
be sure to
Threatens to Appeal to Indi
viduals on Steel Commit
tee to Get Inquiry.
Announcing that he would appeal In
dlylduolly to the members of the com
tntttco to override the chairman, it the
latter docs not accede to his request,
Congressman Martin Littleton today
sent a caustic letter to Chairman Stan
lay, of tho House Stool Investigating
Committee, demanding that official cog
nizance be taken of an attack on Lit
tleton, printed In tho New York Press.
Tho Littleton - Stanley disagreement
over tho propriety of such an Inquiry is
disconcerting members of tho steel com
mittee and may result in the Impair
ment of the work of tho committee un
less a compromise Is reached.
Chairman Stanley Is expected to an
swer Mr. Littleton this afternoon, and
will announce whether he will sum
mon those whom Littleton alleges to
be responsible for the newspaper arti
cle. Bitter Arraignment.
Mr. Littleton's letter Is a bitter ar
raignment of tho Natlonul Anti-Trust
League, whose officers have been much
seen about the Stnnley Committee, al
though Mr. Stanley declares they have
no official connection with the Steel In
vestigation. Mr. Littleton says that
the attack In tho Press, alleging that
he, Littleton, was an ally of the Steel
trust, was Inspired by Henry B. Martin,
secretary of tho league, which tho Now
York member terms a ''nebulous organ
ization." Congressman Littleton demands that
Chairman Stanley lssuo subpoenas im
mediately fbr:
Henry B, Martin, secretary of the
Anti-Trust League
Herman J. Schultcls Its counsel.
John A. Hennessy, managing editor of
tho New York Press.
Jackson Tinker, Washington corre
spondent. David Lamar, bear oporator in Wall
Robert W. Wooley, special Investiga
tor for tho Stanloy committee.
Conference Held.
Immediately after receiving tho Lit
tleton letter, which Is In effect an ulti
matum, Chairman Stanley went Into
conference with Representatives Rea.ll
and McGllltcuddy, Democratic members
of the committee.
Mr. Littleton, also a Democrat, said
that If Stanley refused to summon tho
witnesses named ho would clrculato a
petition among all members of tho com
mittee today asking that tho committee
meet despite any possioio oDjccuon by
tho chairman.
The four Democrats on the commit
too met In a three-hour conference yes
terday afternoon, and were unable to
each an agreement. Mr. Littleton then
announced that ho would put his de
mands In writing, and It unable to per
huadc tho cbmmttteo to Investigate tho
newspaper report, ho would appeal to
tne House.
In his caustic letter to the chairman
of tho steel commltteo Mr. Littleton
(Continued on Eleventh Page.)
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Delia Qgden Turns on Gas
in Room Employed in
Cafe as Waitress.
,vDcspondent, ,civer th recentdeathjOf
her "motherj" Miss Delia Odgen, aged
twenty-two years, formerly of Camp
Springs, Md committed suicide at 1014
Twelfth street northwest, by asphyxia
tion, her body-being found at noon to
day In her room.
For tho last six months she had been
employed as a Walter In Wallls' cafe.
In Twelfth Btreet. Sho retired early
last night. Early this morning a col
ored boy working at the house detected
the smell of gas from Miss Odgen's
room, but at first thought It was from
a gas heater. Upon Investigation It
was found she had not reported for
work at the cafe, and It was then sus
pected she had committed suicide. The
room was opened by force, and sho was
found dead. The windows had, been
fastened, and a door leading Into an
adjoining room bolted. A phystcjan
aa summoned, but It was found she
had been dead for hours.
It was learni'd that Miss Odtrn'n
moihpr died abut three months no,
since which time Bhe had been despond
ent. A slater, Miss Hattie Udgu. lives
In tho southeast recllon and the n-llr
are, enda.vorlnr to locate hi-r. Conner
weviu nas taxen cnarge of the b;dy.
George A. Connor Dies;
Secretary to Patton
Georgo A. Connor, secretary to Con
gressman Charles E. Patton of Pennsyl
vania, a graduate of Georgetown Uni
versity Law School of the class of lSu2,
died this morning of pneumonia. He
nad been in oaa neaitn ror several
weeks, and when he came to Washing
ton from his vacation at his home in
Renova. Pa., he was very 111.
Mr. Connor was born In Renova
forty-four years ago, and had been a
resident of the Capital for twelve years
He Is survived by his widow, Nellie
Mahar.y Connor. After short funnral
services st tne home, 604 Twenty-first
street northwest, tomorrow afternoon,
it which the clorgy of St. Steven's
Catholic Church will officiate, the body
will be Bent to his old home for burial.
Confederate Veteran
Killed by Robbers
RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 28. Advices
received in this city tell of a startling
murder committed last night .at the
postofflce and store on the farm of
George W. Patterson, at Manteo, Buck
ingham county, on the Chesapeake and
Ohio railroad. .
The victim was John Branch, a Con
federate veteran, who was acting In the
capacity ot watchman and evidently
lost his llfo In attempting to prevent
the robbery of the building.
Governor Mann has agreed to offer a
reward equal to that offered by the
county for tho apprehension or the rob
ber. Yeggmen are believed to be responsible.
Five important witnesses In tho Bennett assault and Mickle murder
caseB were summoned to the District Attorney's Office this morning and
their written testimony was taken by United States authorities.
These witnesses are John Walker, in whose home James Smith, the
accused man, was living when arrested; Cleveland Walker, John's
brother, who lives in the same house; Richard Lawrence Brltt, with
whom James Smith roomed in the Walker home; William Anderson, pro
prietor ot a wood yard; and Mrs. Ida Goldstein, who conducts a pawn
broker's shop, at 917 Four-and-a-half street southwest
John Walker is the man who went into Mb own home and brought
Smith out to surrender him to the police on the morning of the Bennett
assault Mrs. Goldstein is the woman who identified the monkeywrench
found in William H. Mickle's store after the tobacconist was murdered,
as one sho sold to William Anderson, proprietor of the wood yard where
William Stout and James Smith had slept William Anderson identified
the wrench as one that disappeared from his wood yard at the time Stout
and Smith left
Taking of thla written testimony to-1
dav lias a double significance. The ex
amlnatlon of William Anderson and Mrs.
Goldstein ahows the authorities believe
they have good grounds tor connecting
James Smith with the murder of
William H. Mlcklo. an well as with the
assault on Morris Bennett four days
Taking written testimony shows that
tne police Intend to make sure of the
evidence while they can get It, and
avoid possibility of any of the witnesses
later proving Jntractable, Thla was
foreshadowed. When ""'a reporter trom
The -TlmriiriWBpairo- officer -tfot" tie
Ninth precinct lost night,. to admit- Vhat
tney nave nesiiatea to connect some
.others bealdea. Smith with the assault
'case because theae others could give
Important testimony and they feared
It these persona were angered they
would refuso to give this testimony.
Want Testimony Written.
These witnesses occupied the atten
tion of tho District Attorney's office
for more than three hours. Officials'
declined to discuss the case further
than to say they are endeavoring to
reduce all the testimony to writing, thus
Inferring that they also had taken the
written testimony of William Stout and
Mrs. "Franklc" Davis when they were
taken before the District Attorney sev
eral days ago.
A peculiar coincidence between the
two crimes in Washington and the two
in Chicago, with which James Smith Is
chargod, was commented upon today.
In both Instances the deeds of violence
were committed four days anart.
! This latest development In the care
was a complete surprise to mosi oi
those who ha'e been in close touch
with the detective work that has been
In progress since the murder ot W'lham
H. Mlcklo a week aFC last Thursday.
It confirms the prediction made by
The Tlmts exclusively last Friday that
othors than Smith were being carefully
watched and would bo requlieo to glvo
a good account of their lime on the
days when the murder of William H.
Mickle and the assault of Morns Ben
nrtt worn committed. Developments in
thla surveillance and suspicion have
been reported each day exclusively In
The Times.
Official announcement that the stains
found on the clothing worn by Jumes
Smith at the time of his arrest, eight
days ago, charged with assaulting Mor
ris Bennett, are bloodstains, was made
by the department chemist, who, today,
finished his analysis. The outer as well
as the underclothes, worn by the pris
oner were submitted to tho analysis.
Detectives this mornlnc located two
men the police believe will prove Im
portant witnosses '.n the Mickle murder
case and tho Bennett assault case. Thcv
oi e lsaa: Berman. a grocer at 201 M
street southwest, and John Johnson, a
colored man employed bv Berman.
Berman's Story.
Two weeks ago this morning. Ber
man told the police, a man resembling
the newspaper pictures of James Smith
came Into hla store while he was open
inir un shortly after B o'clock and said
r.o wanted 5 cents worth of cheeso and
2 cents worth of crackers The man
Marshal Is Accused of Offering
$500 to Prospective
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28.-Bert Frank
lin, former deputy United States mar
shal here, and now cjilef Investigator
for the McNamara defense, was arrest
ed today by Samuel Brown, chief In
vestigator for the prosecution, on charge
of attempting to b ribc G. N. Lockwood,
a prospective juror In the McNamara
trial. " "
Brown asserted that he and Detectives
Jerko, Ong, Campbell and Holmes saw
Franklin pass M0 to Lockwood at the
corner of Third and Main atraata this
fiasrmn. CuckwuoU auti waa arrsaUo,
commenced eating tho cheere and
rackera but did not offer to ray for
"Olve mo my money." Berman toll
"Oh. there's plenty f time for that,"
the man replied, throwing back hla coat
and displaying a hatchet in his' inside
"When he did that," said Berman thla
morning, "I knew there was likely to
be trouble. I wtnt around back of
the counter and put mv- revolver whero
It would be within rurh. ..Jlnhnann
heardihe argument I was havlnsr with
the- man an.l-caniu Into-thA ntor frimr
theH wjnAroom.wliiiru.-hr waa-"dolnr
jwnu. fcK, ,., i-,1
"John Aid to him:. -Pay him that
money.' and when ho "saw there was
tyro of us an-I that I had a revolver, he
gayo. me the 7 cents ond walked out
i cannot say positively from hla
photographs. 1 know tho man well,
however, und when I see Smith I can
tell It he was the man."
Berman told the police the man who
came Into tho btoro had often been
there before. He said he drove-a wagon
for a wood dealer In South Washing
ton, and that some time ago he came
to his store two or threo times a week
and brought him bundles of wood. He
never asked tho man's name. howorr,
and did not make special Inquiry by
whom he was emp!oed.
Berman sald he understood the man
from whom ho bought his wood was
employed by William Anderson, who has
a email wood yard at Second and N
htrects southwest, where Smith at one
time was employed.
Feared Attack.
"I don't know whether the man In
tended attacking mo with the hatchet
when ho came In the store," said Ber.-
man, "but it looked very suspicious. His
manner was threatening .and I think if
T had been alone and unarmed ho might
have struck me had l insisted on hla
paylns me. It was early In the morn
ing, and there aro fow people around
at that time."
It Is expectc.l tho police will take
Berman to tho District Jail to look at
Smith this afternoon. Berman says
Johnson also can identify the man who
was In the store, and he, too, probably
win go to the jail and Io6k at the prls
oner. "Mrs. 'FranUlc' Davis Is going to be
one of our most important witnesses
when James Smith Is brought to trial,"
on our charges," Is the statement em
phatically made to The Times' by Cap
tuln Daley, of the Ninth precinct. 'We
have about a dozen reliable witnesses
whose testimony coincides nicely as to
time and plaee. coveilng the actions of
tho accused on the morning of the aa
nault on Mortis Bennett. Wo also pre
following some new clues from which
we hopo to secure valuable evidencrt."
Smith as Theatrical
"Angel" Described by
Former Chorus Girl
A two-year period when James Smith
posed as a veteran theatrical man, skill,
fully giving tho Impression that he had
money, and boasting of his influence
with women, which has hitherto been
the blank In records of tho mechanic
actor's caieer. today waa laid bare by
a seventeen-year-old girl confined in
the House of the Good Shepherd.
Mario Biggs, tho close and boon com
panion of "Goldle" Smith, the woman
with whom the man suspected of a long
list nt crimes lived, and In whpm he Is
believed to have confided, was called
from a sewing class this morning to tell
of tho gay life she led with the com
panions of Smith when she was a mem
ber of his theatrical troupe.
Timid and Bhrlnklng, wearing a thim
ble on the finger that once had been
adorned with rings given her by Smith
and his companions, the girl told how
Smith had accosted her, got her to be
come a member of the troupe and re
counted some of the significant words
and actions of the "mun wo thought
was putting up all the money."
' Smith lold ns he was married," tho
ujrl said, "fiut ni would not rhow us
hla wife. He had a picture of hcr anl
ho never would let us see that. Onco
when a ulrl tried to get it from him
he flared un with that awful temper ho
rftcn dlsplayitd and grabbed It from
"Wi knew the 'Ooldle' you describe ns
'lloEle. i don't know her surname.
She waa ns 'mysteiloua around ua ua
waa Smith, Hha lived uptewn but whvii
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