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an W. Showers Late Tonight La?t Edition 5 or on. Wednesday. KTJMBEB 7463. Yesterday's Circulation, 48,091. WASHINGTON, TUESDAY EVENING,' MAY 28, 1912. Sixteen Pages. PKIOE ONE CENT. PARTY LEADERS HOLD MEETING IN N W Y ORoosevelt Managers Discuss Program for Chicago Convention. HAFT FOLLOWERS SHOWING WEAKNESS All Former Feeling of Confidence Fades as Campaign Nears Close. By JUDSON C. WELLIVER. Leaders of the Roosevelt organi zation are in conference in Now' York" today, considering the pro gram for the fight immediately' pre liminary to and in the Chicago con vention. Today 1b accepted by the politicians as substantially ending the first phase of what may bo roughly called a three-part perform ance. ' The first stage is concerned with the selection of delegations, and will, in effect, end with the primary in New Jersey today. The second will deal with the preliminary work of the national committee, the hear ings of contests, and the preparation of the temporary roll of the con vention. The third, of course, is the convention itself. Greatest Since 1892. There has been no great convention fight for a Republican nomination for President since 1832. In that year Har rison defeated Blaine in the great Minneapolis convention. In 1896 McKIn ley had the nomination surrounded be fore the convention, and it was a ratifi cation. In 1900 it was a reaffirmation, in the face of pretty cetrain victory. In ,:1004 Roosevelt 'had sporadic opposltlooh In the early stages, but It didn't live to get in sight of the convention, and 1908 saw the Taft nomination assured before the convention met, though the con test for delegates had been a most ani mated one. This year there is fighting, and plenty of It, in every one of the three periods. No such struggle for delegates has ever been made as in the last three months. Likewise, every inch will be contested In the long series of hearings before tho national committee. The foundation will be laid there for a fur ther contest that will In all human probability be carried before the com mittee on credentials of the convention itself. Party Existence At Stake. With more than 200 seats In the con vention In controversy, the work of the committee will be of the greatest possi ble Importance. Never before In the party history has the absolute necessity for a Judicial consideration and a wise determination of contests been so absolute as new. It is a common ob servation among political old-timers that the very existence of the party may be at stake. The delegates to whom the national committee awards seats, will con stitute tho temporary organization, an-l will plunge at tliii very outset of the ses sion lf.to tho third stage of tlw fight ing ampalgn -the choice of a temporary chairman. This wll be. In many wav. n, crllloal affair. The temporary chalimar. will wield tho navel dining the citiral stage when the committee nn credentials will do Its work, make Its report, and lhat report will be debated anil voted on. Some VHrv prartteal politics was pro moted Into the situation todav bv tho report that the fintl-Taft candidate for wmpomry chairman will be Gov. Frank K. McGovern. of 'Wisconsin. M"Oov rn Is ii La Follotta delegate-at-larze. Jt Is p'MUmsa that he would have the import of the thirty-six La Follette dnJefites from Minnesota and North Dakota. Roland for An Oliver. Tn this proposal, the Roosevelt people pass bad; a Roland for the Taft men's Oliver, represented by the choice of Root to handle the baton In the tempor ary stages. Root was selected. It !s Etnto-1, because of the belief that he can hold the New York delegation solid ly In line, nnd thus gather in some twenty-four vots tht otherise would co to a Roosevelt candldute In addlt'on. eight or ten delegates In the I'llncls list iro said to be wllltn? to suopori a Tnft chairman, thouah ln Htrected for Roosevelt for President. That would make . possible thirty to till" ty-five Roosevelt delegates whom the Tuft people ol in to pr off bv the use of Senator Root for chairman. But the candidacy of McGovern, It Is calculated, would counter this by draw ing In the thirty-six La Follette men to take the places of those lost to "Roof. It would be well nigh Impossible for La Follette to refuse to let his delegates support McGovern. Indeed, there are reports that the La Follette people had Intended to present McGovern as their I candidate for temporary chairman even before the suggestion of the all-progressive coalition on organization had been made. To refuse to support Mc Govern would put La Follette in the position not only of rejecting one of his loyal supporters at home, but, further, of using his position to help the reactionary forces get control of the convention. Taft People Would Lose. In addition to the thirty-six La Fol lette delegates who are expected to Bupport McGovern, the half-score of Cummins delegates are counted upon as a sure accession to the progressive cause In the light for organization con trol. Thus the Roosevelt people stand, apparently, to gain rather more voles, by skillful politics, than the Taft people (Continued on Fifth Page.) alienists will watchpageas he tellsms Linen Merchant Hisses, Shouts, and Gesticulates in Court Today. PROSECUTION TO TAKE NEW COURSE Employment of Specialist Pre sages Startling De velopment. Indications that the charges of criminal libel against Henry W. A. Page, the New York linen merchant, may take a startling turn, developed in Criminal Court No. 2 today, when at least two alienists appeared at the instance of the Government prosecutors to listen to tho spec tacular recital of the defendant on the witness sfand. The alienists are Dr. George H. Schwinn, assistant superintendent of the Government Hospital for the In sane, and Dr. D. Percy Hlckline, of the Washington ABylum Hospital. They occupied Beats directly in front of the defendant and kept their eye intently fixed on him. Face Flushed. His face flushed and his voice tense with the emotion that seemed to pos sess him. Page stood up In the witness box for two hours and a half and read to the Jury correspondence that passed between himself nd Congressman Henry D. Clayton, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and resulted In his Indictment. Condemnatory utterances were fairly hissed at the Jury, so earnest was the witness In the presentation of bin pica of Justification. , Sometlnreahe gesticu lated or pounded the' side of the wit ness box In the favor of his remarks, and frequently he shouted out his sting ing statements only to revort to moder ate tones with dramatic force. The prosecutors refused to divulge their plan of action or to say whether they had engaged more than one alien ist. Neither would they say whether Dr. Hlckllng will be placed on the wit ness stand when the defense rests. When the New York linen merchant took the witness stand this forenoon Justice Barnard Inquired how long he would take to tell his story. "Your honor, If I am not Interrupted, I think I will be able to finish In two days," responded the witness. There was immediate objection on the part of the prosecutors, who explained to the court that they had reasoned that the trial would be expedited by letting Page tell his story In his own way, but that they would certainly have to protest against his consuming two days. Page declared that It was necessary for him to go Into details. Reads Letters. Justice Barnard permitted the defend ant to talk and read from letters dur ing the morning serslon. The letters were filed with denunciation of the New York Judiciary and the House Ju diciary Committee. The witness read from the objection able pamphlet called "Death of Liber ty," containing the utterances on which the indictment is based, and was de cidedly dramatic at times. He also read letters bearing on his attempt to have the House Judiciary Committee institute Impeachment pro ceedings against New York Judges who , had granted his wife a divorce from him and had awarded her (4.000 a year i alimony and custody of their children. With the conclusion of the testimony I by Page the defense closed this aftcr l noon. The linen merchant wished to go I Into further details, but the court would not permit and asked that other wit nesses be called. There was practically no cross-examination of the defandant, as he admitted the authoiship of the utterances on which the Indictment is predicated. Congressmen Not Called. Page summoned nineteen members of Congress in his defence, but when court convened this afternoon his counsel, Samuel Bell Thomas, of New York, stated that all witnesses for the de fense would bo excused, and that his side would close. Attorney Thomas stated that he knew that Dr. Hlckllng was In court to ob serve hlB client, but said he felt satis fied that no charge of insanity would develop before the case went to the Jury. "We will flght any such suggestion to the limit," declared Attorney Thomas. The defendant laughed at the idea of his being lnsan, saying that he would not be surprised If his enemies went to the length of making such accusations. He said that Insinuations against his saanlty had been made by his enemies In New York. II is belU'ed that the case will go to the Jury before night. Attorney Thomas hus In his possession newspa per clippings of accounts of political speeches wherein the word "crooks" was used bv Colonel Roosevelt. He also has editorials ppeaking harshly of pub lic men, which he will use In his ad dress to the Jury. WEATHER REPORT.' VnPPPAST PAP TUL. IMt.n,, Unsettled; showers late tonight or on Wednesday. TEMPERATURES. U. S. BUREAU I AFFLECK'S. OU. Ill W I 3 a. m "2 i 10 a. m "5 I 11 a m 77 I 12 noon SO I 1-p. m 82 I s a. m 9 a. m 10 a. m 80 11 a. m &! 12 noon S2 1 P- m. (In sun). 85 2 p. m Si I 2 p. m. (In sun). Ii Main Points in Senate Titanic Report BLAMED. Captain Smith, commanding tho Titanic For ignoring repeated ice warnings, without decreasing speed, doubling lookouts, and warning passengers following col lision. Capt. Stanley Lord, of the Call fornian -For ignoring distress rockets, for "indifference or gross carelessness" when less than nine teen miles from sinking Titanic. Titanic's Officers For failure to notify passengers of danger; to load lifeboats to capacity, and to maintain discipline. British Board of Trade For cursory tests and inspection of new ship, lax life-saving regulations, obso lete maritime laws, and anti quated rules. White Star Line For suppressing news sixteen hours, and sending misleading messages. Survivois of Ciew For failure to "bunch" survivors, and return to drowning persons. PRAISED. Captain Rostron, ot the Carpathia "For following a course deserv ing of the highest praise and worthy of especial recognition" in his work of commanding the rescue of the Titanic passengers. COWARDICE AND INEFFICIENCY CHARGED IN TITANIC REPORT RAYNER AS I STREET CAR LINES OFiSlGT In Discussing Titanic Disas ter, Senator Attacks Pub lic Service Institution. Senator Rayner of Maryland, In the course of a speech on the Titanic dis aster this afternoon, bitterly criticized the street railroads of Washington. Senator Rayner in the course of his speech said the Titanic taught the les son of corporate responsibility. Legis lation must be enacted to mako the su perior oflcers of corporations crimin ally responsible for the careless and negligent management of the public sorvlce corporations which they control. In this connection he said: "Did we ever hear of a director or a president of any public service corpora tion being Indicted for manslaughter in an American court In any case whatever where the accident was directly at tributable to the oversight, neglect or carelessness of the company's manage ment? "Take the street railroads of Wash ington. I have never In any city of the Lnlon seen such an utter disregard of tho people's rights. I have time and time again Intended to offer some mea sure here to bring them to bay and call them to terms, and I expect to follow up this purpose. "I have been In these cars hundreds of times when afflicted and helpless peo ple have been made to stand simply be cause tho management will not give a sufficient number of cars and will not give to the people of this District tho rights they are entitled to. They forget that they are the trustees of the public as well as the trustees of the stock holders." Mad With Ambition. "The sooner we awaken to a realizing sense of our responsibility, the better It will be for the elevation of the coun trywe are running mad with the lust of wealth and of power and ambition. May the heartrending scenes upon the night of anguish and woe on which the Titanic sank give up faith and lead us back to the altars of our fathers." Thus did Senator Rayner of Mary land eloquently sum up the sermon he preached to the Senate this afternoon on the Titanic disaster. The Maryland Senator, one of the most forceful speak ers In the upper house, swayed his au dience with his burning oratory. "What this nation needs are some se vere lessons that will strengthen the pillars and the altars of Its faith," he declared. "We are to a great extent today defying the ordinances of God. Wo are separating society Into castes, with fabulous fortunes upon the one side, and destitution and poverty on the other. Warning for Americans. "It takes a terrible warning to bring ua back to our mooring and our senses. If this disaster teaches no les son or points no moral, then let us pass It by with stoical indifference until the next disaster comes, and In the mean time let the carnival go on. But may the heartrending scenes upon that night of anguish and woe give us faith and lead us back to the altars of our fore fathers." Rayner pictured In eloquent phrases the agony of separations on the ship, and explained that he knew one pas senger and his wife that died the wife refusing to -leave her husband. Ho told of the "rallying cry for the living and the dying" the strains of "Nearer, My God, to Thee " "As the sea closed upon the heroic dead." he concluded, "let us feel that the Heavens opened to the lives that were prepared to enter. Father of the Universe, what an admonition to the nation!" Rayner declared that tho admiralty and navigation laws must be changed this was the main lesson of the Titanic. lilSPiESlRPgJSl' BffiK S. TbbBILLM CAPT. E. C. SMITH, Of the Titanic. CAPT. A. H. ROSTRON, Of the Carpathia. SfflTOR SMITH URGES CHANCE INJAWS Drastic Reforms Necessary to Prevent Similar Dis asters on Sea. With rare force and eloquence. Senator William Alden Smith of Michigan, chairman of the subcom mittee of investigation, presented tho report on the sinking of the Ti tanic on the floor of the Senate this afternoon. Those responsible for the loss of hundreds of lives were arraigned in scathing terms for the needless sac rifice, while high tribute was paid to tho courage of the heroic men, whose deeds have become known. Cowardice and criminal inefficien cy were keenly portrayed, and rec ommendations offered which, if car ried out, will make the recurrence of such a gigantic disaster nt sea impossible. The report was accompanied by a speech of the chairman. Brings Tears to Many. The address of Senator Smith, at once a severe denunciation of the White Star line, a caustic criticism of the British board of trade, ana Its laxity of regu lation under ancient and Inadequate shipping laws, and a sad and mournful eulogy of the noblo men and women who were plunged to their ocean graves on that fateful Sunday night, not soon to be forgotten In marine annals. A gold medal and the thanks of Congress carrying with It the rare privilege of admission to the floor, was recommended by Senator Smith as a fitting recognition on the part of this nation, of the bravery of Captain Rostron, of the Carpathia. Smith Introduced a resolution to this effect at the conclusion of his speech. The measure ei'logized the commander In glowing terms for Mb rescue of 706 of the Titanic survi vors, and specified that President Taft be authorized to have struck and presented to Rostron a medal containing $1,000 worth of gold. The resolution was adopted unani mously. In anticipation of the report and the address, a large crowd of spectators lilted the galleries, and there were many wet eyes as the Senator from Michigan told, In striking fashion, the succinct and moving story of the Titanic's loss. Overconfldence and neglect of the warnings given him. faults In part ex piated by the heroism of his death, were charged to Captain Smith, the commander of the Ill-fated vessel. For J. Bruce Ismny. Senator Smith had only Implied criticism to make. He did not judge In specific terms 'of the conduct of lsmay in quitting the ship and leav ing the great bulk of those on board to go down. For some of the Junior officers who quickly deserted the ship he had severe criticism to offer. Captain Lord, of the Callfornlan, who was within easy reach of the Titanic, who was warned of the fact the Tl- (Continued on Seventh Page.) RECOMMENDATIONS. That no vessel be licensed to carry passengers from United States ports until all regulations and re quirements of the United States laws have been fully complied with. That statutes be amended as to definitely require sufficient life boats to accomm6date every pas senger and every member of the crew of passenger boats. That passengers and crew members be assigned to lifeboats before sailing. That every ocean steamship carry ing too or more passengers be re quired to carry two electric searchlights. That a wireless operator be on duty on steamships at all hours, and that auxiliary power, either stor age battery or oil engine, be re quired. That all ocean and coastwise sea going ships carrying joo or more passengers have bulkheads so spaced that any two adjacent compartments may be flooded without sinking the vessel; that all water-tight bulkheads and decks be proportioned to with stand, without permanent deflec tion, a water pressure equal to five feet more than the full height of 'the bulkhead. TO URGE CONGRESS TO E Money Needed to Properly Observe Battle of Gettys burg Anniversary. The conference on ttte celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the batt'l ot Gettysburg resolved Itself this after noon into a series of committees of one to wait upon members of Congress and urge the Immediate passage of tho bill Introduced by Senator Oliver of Penn sylvania yesterday afternoon, which pro vides an appropriation of $150,000 for the peace memorial. A committee, composed of Gen. Felix H. Robertson, of Texas; Gen. C. Irvine Walker, of South Carolina; Gen. Ell Torrencc, of Minnesota; H. G. Bartlne. of Nevada, and G. K. McClellan, of Hawaii, was appointed to wait on the House Rules Committee to urge tho passage of the Oliver bill. Another committee, composed of Edward O. Skelton, Gen. E. M. Law, and Admiral J. C. Watson, was appointed to wait on Speaker Clark to urge his tavorablo attention to the measure. The Oliver bill provides that tho Fed eral Government and the State of Penn sylvania shall divide the expenses of the proposed camp next year, provided the total expense does not exceed $300,000. The War Department estimates that It will cost KS7.000 to maintain tho threu days' camp In July, 1913. The f.rst estimates of the cost of tho camp woie much higher, but the War Department decided that wooden doors would not he needed in the tents during the warm July weather, and this decis ion effected a saving of $72,000. A resolution was adopted this morning urging Governors of States to Issue pro clamations with the view of finding out how many veterans expect to attend the Gettysburg encampment. The State representatives will go be fore the several State Legislatures dur ing the coming winter to ask the States to appropriate money to send the vet erans there. New York has alreadVan proprlated $275,000 for this purpose. Six other States appropriated money last year for commissions to ascertain the size of the soldier population and the cost of sending them to Gettysburg. The camp proposed" at Gettysburg Is the largest that the Government hai maintained In recent years, and present difficult problems because of the ace of the men. In 1S9S there were 35, (Xw men in camp at emegamauga parK, but they were young men. The average age of the 40,000 veterans expected at the Gettysburg camp will be over seventy years. MOTOR CARS NEEDED FOR THE VETERANS m order that many veterans too feeble ' to take part In the Memorial Day par- ade may not be deprived of attending I the exercises at Arlington, following the parade, the Memorial Day Committee of the Department of the Potomac Is- Biied an appeal this morning to auto-' mOwneer08WSf "motor cars are asked to! bring them to the G. A. R. Hall on I Pennsylvania avenue, near Fourteenth ' street, Thursday morning at 10 n. m. ; Those who resDond to the call will hbW for Major Howard or other members of the committee, who will make assign ment of veterans to cars. It Is expected that some car owners will send their chauffeurs In charge of the automobiles. The main body of veterans will take cars on B street and rldo to Arlington via the Washington, Alexandria and Mt. Vernon Railway. PA MEASUR CARRYING $150,000 NEW ORDER WILL SEND MORE SHIPS TO FLORIDA PORT Whole Atlantic Fleet to Be Off Key West Within Week Torpedo Boats to Escort German Vessels. ALL OFFICERS DENIED LEAVE; SEA FIGHTERS PROVISIONED Within one week every available battleship of the At lantic fleet will be anchored at Key West. This was learned at the Navy Department this after noon when it was announced that the Kansas, Louisiana, South Carolina, and New Hampshire, which had previous ly been instructed to meet the German Imperial squadron off the Virginia Capes May 30, would not perform this duty, but that the escorting squadron would be the second division of the torpedo fleet, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Bennett. The Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and South Carolina have not yet received orders to sail for the Flor ida port, but they have steam up, and are fully provisioned at Hampton Eoads, are ready to start South at a minute's notice. PiCTORE SHOW BLAZE IN SPAIN COSTS 103 LIVES Doors Open Inward, and Women and Children Are Trapped. MADRID, May 3. Today's advices from Villa Real; In Castellon province, add to the magnitude of the holocaust that accompanied the burning there last night of amoving picture house. It Is now known that 103 were burned to death, most of them women and chil dren, and that many of the Injured will die. So serious Is the calamity to the little village that nurses and doctors were asked for and sent from Castellon city. The theater was only recently opened and. In addition to being constructed only of wood, had very few exits ex cepting the main entrance. The cine matograph was installed on a platform directly over the entrance, while the doors swung Inward Instead of out ward. The house was crowded, the audience beinir mart nn nlmnnt entirely of women and children -----,- -. --r-4n Doors Blocked Them. A spark set fire to a film, and the lmflammable celluloid blazed upward in a flash, setting firo to the entrance doors. There was a wild panic imme diately, and the audience broke for the flaming exits. Weaker women and little children were knocked down and trampled on. Only one of the doors could be swung open, the others being held tight by the fighting, struggling mass of people, who were pressed upon them by tha greater crowd In the aisles. A few cooler heads managed to throw open the windows, and in this way many were led to safety. No Firemen. The town had no firemen, but the ma jority of the males who arrived on the scene got to work on the doors with axes, and after breaking them down managed to get a few persons out before being driven back by the rapidly spreading flames. it was not until today that the ruins had cooled sufficiently to permit tho search for bodies. Eighty-three were taken from the pile of charred forms covered with debris at the main door way, whilo the other bodies were taken from varldus parts of the auditorium. The disaster has caused mourning throughout the entire province. Tho governor of Castellon wired today that he has ordered a careful Investigation to placo the responsibility. L0RIMER DISREGARDS PHYSICIAN'S ORDERS Senator Announces He Will Leave . Chicago Today For Wash- inotnn lngion. lCtA ?-"" "V vlce of n,B Phvslclan. Senator William borlmer announced today that he would leave during the afternoon for Wash- lngton Mr. Lorlmer refused to affirm or deny the report that his departure for the East was hastened by the visit of Vice President Sherman on Saturday last. Gentry Bros.' Shows, i6th & U Sts. N. W. All thU week. 25c Advu Furloughs Denied. Every officer connected with this, the second, division of the Atlantic fleet, has been denied furlough, and those who were absent have been recalled and warned to be ready to sail upon receipt of official orders for active sea service. The battleships Utah and Florida, now at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which were to be Included In the squadron to meet -the German vessels. hhvolBwcefvr ordera superseding theavintfuctio, nnd they are nqy preparing to jyt to sea, ostensibly for Cuban waters. The battleship Delaware, now an chored In the Hudson river, off New York city, will sail Bouth Friday. When this program is carried out the battleships Michigan. North Dakota, Ver mont, and Idaho will be the only first class ships left In North Atlantic wa ters, but It Is pointed out that these could be sent South with little delay. The State Department today admit ted that thousands of the followers of the Cuban Insurrectionists who feel themselves obliged to live by pillaging are causing the most serious trouble in the Island. Property Threatened. Officials of the department are worried over the fact that vast foreign holdings in the easternmost provinces are threat ened. The fact that the Cuban authori ties have had a large armed force on the spot well equipped for an effective campaign against the rebels and that notwithstanding this no Important en gagements have occurred, creates a sit uation difficult to explain, according to State Department officials. U.is rPrted on the authority of one or the Cuban ennpm). iiiot .kA.A ... Per,"aPs 3.000 armed negroes In revolt I and that the unarmed noprnpn urn mnM. ,.,,.. .i ::.:-?.."r. -". "'." o.r;7 "i i"uv'te oj. unenie wniie about 7 W0 developments- numbering Further re-enforcements were to leave Havana yesterday for Santiago on board the Cuba under command of Gen eral Mpnteagudo. This force Bhould "f""8, tne army In Orlente up to fully 4,000 troops by tonight. The rebels are reported to have col lected forcibly J1.000 from the manager . ,lhe $JL M1Kuel sugar mill, to have stolen Ja.000 from a Spanish shop in El Cainey. del Sltlo. and to have burned fullv $80,000 worth of sugar cane on the property of the Esperanza mill, a Bpan ish concern. v After setting fire to this tract the in surrectos were frightened awav bv ru ral guards. The strike situation in Havana seems to have Improved materially, as the pineapple growers seem to be willing t0. "hUnue their direct arrangement with the lightermen and stevedores and the latter are likely to continue their present armistice for twenty-five days. The State Department Is of the opin ion that the growers win suffer consid erable loss by this arrangement, but at the same time It should serve to save their crops. Rebels Safe From Attack in Hills; Signs of Weakening SANTIAGO. Cuba, May 2S. The at tack of federals against General Ivon efs army of 1,200 negro rebels has been postponed until re-enforcements arrive. (Continued on Third Page.) IN CONGRESS TODAY SENATE. Senate met at II o'clock. Senator Smith speaks on Titanic dis aster. Submits report of Commerce Committee on Titanic inquiry. Senator Rayner of Maryland speaks on Titanic. Conferees hold first meeting on Dis trict bill. Will meot again Saturda Secretar Stlmson before Canals Com mittee on Panama bill. Early vote on Steel bill expected. Senate passes resolution giving thanks of Congress to Captain Rostrom and the officers and crew of the Car pathia. HOUSE. House met at U o'clock. Debate of naval bin resumed. Congressman Roberts of Massachusetts offered amendment providing for two new battleships, and expected flght over navnl Increase developed. Archbald investigation continued.