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Setback In Crusade to Stop
Alleged Handbook
Vagrancy Charge Does Not Hold,
and "Suspects" Are Released
By Judge Pugh.
" Police of tho First' precinct, spe
cifically the "powers that be" In that
branch of the department, who have
caused the arrest of Louis G.
PfelfTer, well known In local- sport
ing fraternity, twice In tho last
month, charging him with being a
vagrant and professional gambler,
were bitterly scored by the defend
ant's attorneys in the Police Court
today, where PfelfTer was again ex
onerated of the charges against him.
Probably no case in the recent an
nals of the Police Court has caused
so much interest as that of Pfeiffer's,
it being a test on which hung many
other'similar cases, Involving the ar
rest of any man-about-town sus
pected of making handbooks on horse
races. ' ,
War on Gambling.
In tho fight to break up he practice
of jnnklnjy or taklng'bcts on horse races
the police have been unable to obtain
evidence enough to warrant a charge
of handbook making being placed
against numerous Individuals suspected
of making their living by this gaming
Consequently the Information against
this class of suspects has been brought
under the vagrancy lours and several
other District statutes. Pfelffer, Wil
liam E. Casey, and .Bernard Wrenn, all
well known In the downtown secUon pt
the city, were charged with being vag
rants soveral weeks ago. Judge Pugh,
of the Police Court, District branch, on
hearing the testimony In the caso of
Pfelffer, who Insteaa of being a vag
rarit, proved that he was a property
owher and had o'ther "visible' means of
support," dismissed the charge against
the man and in consequence the charges
gainst the other alleged vagrants were
also dropped.
Calls It Persecution.
"This Is a case of pure persecution and
not prosecution," said Attorney Hobert
E. Mattlngly, counsel for Pfelffer, af
ter twelve policemen of the First pre
cinct had all testified that the defendant
was known as a professional gambler
and that he had that reputation.
. Clyde 3. Ambrose, special agent of
Catts. Detectives llowo and Simpson,
ana numerous otner omccrs or ine pre
cinct each testified that Pfeiffer's rep
utation was that 6f a "professional
In each Instance tho court and Attor
neys Mattlngly andKMlchaol W. Sulli
van, for the dofense,' on cross-questioning
of tho policemen, made the wit
nesses acknowledge; that they had never
gambled with Pfelffer and could not
bring anyone Into the court to testify
who had.
"How can you expect me to convict
this man? Can J do so merely on his
reputation? You policemen have brought
no evidence1 hero whatever to show that
this man 1h a gambler," declared iJudgo
Pugh. "Why, It Is an easy matter to
hear a group of barroom gossips de
clare, that a man Is a gambler. You
policemen should first obtain the proper
evidence 'before you bring a man into
Wants Specific Evidence.
Judge Pugh further declared that it
was "funny" some one had not obtain
ed specific evidence" against Pfelffer to
the effect that he was a gambler.
Attorneys Mattlngly and Sullivan, for
the exonerated -man, threaten to take
the arrest of Pfelffer to persons "higher
up- in tne rouce uepariment, anu
"oven further than that, if necessary,"
to prevent the further persecution of
their client.
The coBes agatnBt Casey and Wrenn,
as a consequence or tho dismissal of
the second charge against Pfelffer, were
Immediately dropped, according to at
torneys representing the man.
Inability to convict . Pfelffer and the
other men .under either the vagrancy
statute or the ' statute) permitting the
prosecution of gamblers, Is a severe
blow to the crusade against scores of
Individuals throughout the city suspect
ed of handbook making. The Police
Court Judge has decreed that to convict
a man of handbook making or gambling
specific evidence Is necessary, and not
the mere statements of police officers
that the man's reputation Is that of a
Tears. In Eyes of Some As
- '"Diabolical Plot" Is
Victim Fails To Identify Colored
Man, But Court Fixes Bail
At $4,000.
Although Miss Margaret I Kllroy,
the Treasury Department clerk, whom
he Is alleged to have attacked with a
knife In hr residence, 216 Second street
southwest, early last Sunday morning,
failed to IdenUfy him ag her assailant,
Oeorge White, the colored man arrested
,n the case shortly after Miss Kllroy
was sent to tho hospital for treatment,
was held In $-1,000 bond In the Police
Court yesterday for the action fcf the
grand Jury.
White pleaded not guilty. He wes
Identified by n. colored man who swore
that he saw him leave the- Kllroy house
about tho tlmo the assault occurred.
The man's description tallied with that
given by Miss Kllroy of the man who
attacked her. White, tho police In the
case testified, told conflicting stories of
his whetenbouts on the morning of tho
Testimony explained how Miss Kllroy
was awakened by tho noise of a prowler
In her room ub'out 3 o'clock Sunday
morning. She started from her bed to
Investigate! and was confronted by a
colored man standing over her. Before
she could rise tho man drew a knife and
nlashed her arm. Twenty-five stitches
were taken In Miss KIlroy'sj,arm by a
nospltal physician.
Woman Slightly Burned.
Mrs. Mary E. Grinder, of 213 C street
southeast, was Bllghtly burned about
the hands while attempting to extin
guish a small blaze In a pile of clothing
In the hallway of her home last evening.
The fire did J5 damage.
(Continued from First Page.)
denunciation of the defendant, ap
parently much to her relief.
Tho heat was Intensely oppressive,
and Mrs.' Grace sat nervously fanning
herself throughout the attorney's speech.
Denounces Alleged Plot.
"Attorney John W. Moore, for the de
fense, then took tho othor side. In bit
ter denunciation ho scored tho course of
the prosocutlon in "attempting to fasten
a- case on this poor, unfortunate
"Measuring my words In tho presence
of God," tho attorney declared'ln dra
matic tones "this Is tho first case In
my experience as a lawyer where it has
been necessary for the defense continu
ously to struggle to forco the State to
present tho truth. .
"Thev have sought to convict this
poor, unfortunate woman by what7 By
evidence? No. By circumstances? No.
But by concealing and covering up."
Tho attorney pulled up his sleeves,
walked oyer to the Jury box. and In
confidential tones, addressed them:
"There Isn't a man on this Jury who
does not know that Eugono Graco wrote
a letter which tho prosecution has un
dertaken to saddle upon this woman.
Has It como to pass that tho authori
ties are so anxious to convict this
woman that they must try to conceal
tho truth? Vhen did It become the
functlcn of a lawyer to conceal and
cover upr
Mrs. Grace Listens Intently.
MrB. Grace leaned forward throughout
her lawyer's fiery dltrlbo against the
prosecution's counsel, drinking In every
word, and occasionally nodding her head
In affirmation.
Moore pounded the table in front of
the Jury tn his fervor, and then turned
defiantly toward the State's attor
neys: "Here In our fair Southland," he de
clared, "this Jury haB witnessed a set
ting that should so mortify tho perpe
trators that, they could not look hon
est men In the face
"This poor, persecuted woman, hero
in a land of strangers, was made the
object of a theatrictl attempt to force
a breakdown while she was making her
simple statement.
Failed to -Break Her Down.
"You thought when vou brought Ku
gene Graco In hero that you would mako
hor break down; but your theatrical
plot failed miserably. This defendant
has been sustained desplto your effort,
by her Innocence. There was tho ring
of Innocence In evory word she uttered.
They tell you she was merccrnary. Evi
dence thar fell from the lips of Draco's
own people showed that It was they who
wero struggling with financial difficul
ties. The theory of the State was born
In tho kennel of mercenary motives."
The attornoy then f eellngly referred
to Mrs, praco's testimony of her hus
band's cruelty to her. For tho first
time since the trial started. Mrs. Graco
we.pt openly at his dramatic denuncia
tion of her husband for this alleged
mistreatment, and all hut broke down
completely when tho attorney concluded
"Will you lot this old and broken
mother lead her blind grandson over
tKe red hills of Georgia In search of
the prison home of their daughter and
Mission Fathers Sued
To Compel Sale of Land
A suit to compel tho Society of Ob
late Fathers for Missions Among tho
Poor to completo a contract for the sale
of 9.96 acres of land at Michigan ave
nuo and Fourth street northeast, has
been filed In tho District Supremo Court
by Patrick J. Walshe and the associate
professors of St. Mary's Seminary, of
Baltimore. It Is claimed that the cost
of tho proporty was to be J47.O0O, and
that $5,000 has been paid. The court Is
asked to direct the conveyance of the
property to the defendant on the pay
ment of the balance.
Tug Nina Not Found;
Search Is Abandoned
Having searched for three days and
not discovered any obstruction to nav
igation off the east coast of Virginia,
the revenuo cutter Unalga is now re
turning to its homo station, according
to report to Captain Commandant
Bertholf live. Thus ends the theory
that this alVged obstruction Is the tug
Nina, lost at sea, two years ago.
Sues' Railway Company.
Fannie L. Munn asks 13,000 damages In
a Butt filed In the District Supreme court
against tho Washington Railway and
Electric Company, she claims that she
was Injured by being thrown from a
street car on Slay 26, 1911.
Castro Said to Be Concerned"
In' Plot to Foment Rebel
lion In South America?
The revolution In Nicaragua took a
turn for the worse today when a num
ber of exiled politicians who have been
In Costa Rica landed at Blucflclds to
Join In tho Insurrection. They are all
followers of Zelaya, (he deposed presi
dent. Reports at tho State Department to
day Indicate that hundreds' of othor
refugees are hurrying to Nicaragua
from all points in Central America.
Even from New Orleans and New
York where there are a. number of
"emlgrados polltlcos" there is a pro
cession southward. Juan Estrado, for
mer political leader In Nicaragua, la
said to bo In Brooklyn, buo the depart
ment has not learned whether ho will
Join General Mena Ip the latest revolt
or not.
It has been known here for, some tlmo
that plots were being hatched In this
country against the peace of Central
America. One rumor connects tho namo
of Clprlano Castro, exiled president of
vcneiueja, wun pians ior me over
throw at the governments of not only
Nicaragua, but those of Honduras, Sal
vador and Venezuela.
Castro, according to tho State Do-
fartment records, Is now In the Canary
stands, and a close watch Is being
kept on his movements. In some
quarters It Is said that the plotters are
lined up in a scheme to have Guatemala
once more attempt to cxerclso a sinister
Influence upon one or two of her weak
er neighbors.
Capt. W. J. Terhune, commanding the
U. S. S. Annapolis, is still at San Juan
del Sur, but will steam to Corlnto to
protect American Interests should it be
necessary. He has reported to the
Navy Department that the Nlcaroguan
government la suffering from lack of
munitions of war and he adds that
there Is much treachery existent.
The capture of the town of Rlvas near
the Costa Rlcan border has alarmed the
American consuls In tho country, 'for
they fear Arias, the exiled leader, may
cross tho border and Join Mena In his
fight on President Diaz,
Mormons xWiIl Relinquish
All Claims to Their Prop
erty Across Frontier.
Col. Rdosevelt's Manager
Says Progressives Will
Win Easily.
Col. E. Z. Stcever today telegraphed
to Gen.Leonard Wood, chief of BtafC of
the army, that there are now about
2,500 American refugees from Mexico,
mostly Mormon women and children,
at EI Paso, Tex. The army officers
are distributing rations to the victims
and are quartering them in tents sup
plied by tho War Department.
The latest body of refugees, a'bout
500 in number, arrived this morning
and there were five children to every
woman In the party.
It was definitely announced at the
department today that tho directors
of the Mormon Church aro desirous of
removing all Mormons from tho scenes
of disturbance In Mexico. This Is
taken to mean that they are willing to
relinquish all claim to their property
In Mexico. (
All the horses owned by tho Mor
mons were confiscated by the rebels
some time ago and now their cattle,
crops, ranches, and homes in the
Cnsas Grandes district are at the
mercy of tho marauders
It Is likely that this Government
will in a few days institute proceed
ings to require tho Mexican govern
ment to pay the claims of tho exiled
The State Department announces
that tho progress being made by this
Government in having tho various,
claims met. by tho Madero g.ovornmeTU
is satisfactory.
Many of the Mormons now in Kl
Paso are going to live with Mormons
In Arizona. Tho remainder may go
on to Utah as soon as transportation
facilities are arranged. "-
The consul at Juarez reports that
credence is given to rumors which
tell of a battle said to have taken
place north of Casas Grandes In
which the federals were victorious.
Juarez Is quiet. Ensenada continues
quiet, and In Monterey and the sur
rounding country conditions are un
changed. Tclegrar.hlc communica
tion is open with Chihuahua via Monterey.
CHICAGO, Aug. 2. Senator Joseph
M. Dixon, campaign manager for Col
onel Roosevelt, today predicted an
overwhelming victory for tho Progres
sive party In the fall campaign.
"President Taft will not get a single
electoral vote," he said. "He Is out of
tho fight entirely. Governor Wilson Is
losing strength and there Is a probabil
ity that there will be a landslide to the
Progressive party this fall."
Tho Woman's Suffrage plank Is to
bo made a live issue in tho campaign,
according to Dixon,
To emphasize this fact he announced
that Miss Jane Addams of Hull House
will be Invited to' be a delegate to the
Progrcsslvo national convention next
Senator Dixon was today busy with
final preparations before the meeting
of the national committee tomorrow to
hear tho delegate contests that must
be settled before a temporary roll of
the convention Is made up.
Leaders of the party are flocking t4,
Chicago. By tomorrow most" of the big
men In the movement will be here and
it Is expected that a number of tho
delegates will also be on hand. ,
Senator Bourne to
Run As Progressive
PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 2. United
States Senator Jonathon Bourne, de
feated at the primary for tho Repub
lican nomination to succeed himself, will
enter the fight' for re-election as an in
dependent progressive. Selling, the man
who defeated him In the primary, has
como out for Taft. '
The Roosevelt Progressives will put a
candidate in the field and Bourne's
friends behove that as an Independent
ho would stand a greater chance against
the field.
The Man's Store
525 7th Street N. W.
Special Mark-Down Sale
Summer Low Shoes
All Men's & Women's $3.00 Low Shoes Now $2.45
All Men's & Women's $2.50 Low Shoes Now $ 1.95
Cn0r:r,. Women's $3.00 White Nu-Buck Pumps, $1.95
jptXIOI. women's $2.00 White Canvas Pumps, $1.50
1 Just one square north fE ".&', --f """W ) HJJ ij
I of H street cars. l.TT Jr-V. -. '"V ,- 2 S
I Onlv $3,275 IfeWissWfi i . i
f ' T f pjarA vibbbips"' : Lr.iL a
I Only $3,275
Inspect Today
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heat, side-oven gas ranges, colonial porches, large yards, 15-foot
rear paved alley, making ample room for garage or stable; steel
beams, handsome mantels, press-brick fronts.
Open Daily and Sunday and Lighted Until 9 P. M.
1314 F Street Northwest
Busy All Over the House!
D. J. Kaufman's
Honest Half Price Sale
Of Fine M. S. M () Suits
Just at Its Heightl
This is no small business it's the biggest clothing business in Washington and this'sale includes
Hundreds of the finest Hand Made M. S. M QK;) Suits (the best in America) at Honest Half
prj'ce Get in today or tomorrow.
$35-00 Suits - - $17-50
$3000 Suits - - - $15-?
$25-00 Suits - - - $1250
$20-00 Suits - - - $10-00 '
$15-00 Suits- - - - $750
, Remember (Always) : MONEY'S WORTH OR MONEY BACK
Penna. Ave.
Penna. Ave.

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