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Fair and Warmer
Last Edition
Yesterday's Circulation, 44,000.
Sixteen Pages.
Testify Against Burton W.
Gibson for Killing of
Mrs. Szabo.
Accused Man and His Wife Smile
Sarcastically at Testi
mony in Court.
GOBHEN. N. Y., Nov. 20. With tho
ground work of its caso completed
the prosecution In the trial of Burton
W. Gibson, for the murder ot Mrs.
Rosa M. Szabo, today presented its
expert witnesses, who testified that
the woman died as the result of
Strangulation and not by drowning as
Gibson claims.
Gibson and his wife chatted and
laughed together In court for half
an hour before the trial opened. If
cither felt apprehension regarding
tho result It was not evident from
their attitude. They seemed light
hearted and very confident.
Saw Pair Fall From Boat.
The first witness called. John Mln
turn, a Greenwood Lake merchant,
wore positively today that he saw the
pair fall out of the boat. Both wera.
standing up, he said, and he saw the
man's hands go up toward the wom
an's neck. Then both seemed to bend
over and a moment later he saw the
splash as they went Into the water.
The witness used a court attendant
to illustrate what he said happened,
albion and his wife followed every
word and movement of the witness
carefully, the accused man smlllns; sar
castically. Says Boat Did Not Capsiie.
Tho woman fell backward and the
man forward as they went Into the
water. Tho boat did not capsize. Short
ly after the splash ho saw the man
come up and swim toward the boat, lie
threw hla arms over It and overturned
It. Then ho reached up with his arms
and clung to It.
Mlnturn did not stand up well under
cross-examination lie became much
confused, occasionally contradicting
himself, and finally admitting that ho
was hazy In his recollection of th.nn
he had told on direct examination. Mln
turn admitted that he was so far from
the scene of the accident that he was
unable to say whether It was a man and
a woman In the boat or two men. lie
also admitted that he wuh mistaken
when, In hla orlglnul stor), he said that
ho had recognized Gibson as the man
ho saw struggling In the water.
Mlnturn dented evei having been an
Inmate of u lunatic asjlum, but said
once h- wus ' so III he had to go away
for treatment "
Fred C. Tilden, superintendent of Bay
View Cemetery, In New Jersey, told ot
selling the bravo to Gibson, and Ed
ward L Weston, a Jersey City under
taker, told ot exhuming the body for
the autopsv.
Mrs Margaret Btern, of 1M West
eighty-ninth street, New York, testi
fied that ihe knew the dead woman as
"Mrs Rltter." She said that ' Mrs Hit
ter" told her about July 3 that she was
going to Europe on Jul) 27 Sho saw
Gibson and tho woman together. About
the latter part of Jul Gibson sold
her some of "Mrs Rlltcr h clothing
and her canar bird, Bavlng that the
woman had gone away.
On ci oss-exam nation the witness ad
mitted that she had had several quar
rels with both "Mrs Hitter' and Gib
son, and that sho was not friendly to
ward either
Mrs. Szabo's Brother Called.
Franz Menschlk, brother of Mrs
Bzabo, was next called llu gave his
testimony through an Intcrprttir. Ho
said that he had reco ved frequent let
ters and npstai caids from his slBter
duilng the cars she 11 ed In this coun
try. Ho received a letter ftom her In
June saying that she was coming homo,
and tell tig her famll) that she had
saved some 115 000 during her slay In
the United Mates
Menschlk Identified a pillule of his
sister, who he said, icrt home In isot
Ho told of the- death of tho r mother,
and said that Mrs Szabo knew of It
Mrs tieorgo Telchman, ot 330 West
Flflv -fifth street, New Yoik, said Gib
son nn tci hei house on July IT! and
its' ' f""" l'teis for Mis hzubo She
asked him why Mrs Szabo had not sailed
ii .... ..o in. emit d, but he told
lie! thai snu would go later, and said
not hi ng about her having been drowned.
Ul Otto ijchultze, of New York, and
T)r Arthur P H.isklns, assistant county
physlelan of Hudson count, N J., who
pei formed the autopsj on Mrs Szabo
and who will tctif thnt she was stran
gled before being thrown Into the water,
listened Intently to Mlnturn s stoiy.
The district attorney received a letter
todav In ii woman's linmlwrltnlg de
nouncing Gibson, and demanding that
"that fiend ' bo punished
rOHUC'Ahl' l'ult Till: DISTU1C1.
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This Portia. Rules
Against Herself
At Divorce Trial
ST. LOUIS, Not. 20Mm. Annabel
Arnold, an attorney, who cdo.
eated her husband as a phjsl.
clan, decided u law point against
herself In Judge Grimm's court
In her snlt for divorce from Dr.
Waller K. Arnold.
She bad testified that she was a
lawyer and proprietor of a prl
rate school. Her attorney, Ens
face C Wheeler, attempted to
introduce In erldence a letter
written to her by her husband
since the separation. Turning to
the plaintiff Judge Grimm saldt
"Kow, Mrs. Arnold, I want to ask
yon, as an expert on law, do you
think this letter Is competent
Without hesitation sho replied i
"Well, your honor, under a strict
interpretation of the law tho let
ter would properly he consid
ered a privileged communication
between husband and wife."
New York, New Haven and Hart
ford and Grand Trunk Agree
ment Being Investigated.
NEW YORK, Nov. 20 Tho United
States grand Jury today began an In
quiry Into tho agreement between tho
Now York, New Haven and Hartford
railroad and tho Grand Trunk rail
road to dotermlno whether such
agreement Is not In restraint of trade
and devised to stlflo competition.
District Attorney Wise Is In personal
charge of the Inquiry aided by spe
cial assistants from tho Department
ot Justice.
The two first witnesses subpoe
naed were Timothy E Byrnes, a
vice presldont, and Alexander H.
Cochrane, a director In tho New
Haven system, but It was stated thnt
all of the responsible officials of both
systems will bo called.
District Attorney Wise refused to
discuss the Inquiry because his oath
of office forbids It, but it was learned
that indictments are considered cer
tain by those familiar with the sit
This Question Will Be Decided To
morrow as Protection for
Flat Dwellers.
A question of Interest to residents ot
tho District of Columbia In general, and
occupants of apartment houses and second-hand
clothing dealers In particular,
will probably be settled In the Police
Court tomorrow.
The question Is. Has the occupant of a
house or apartment tho legal right to
use force, such as a well-placed blow
from the pedal extremity. In ejecting
second-hand clothes men who ore per
sistent In their endeavors to hav u afore
Huld citizens part with their old or dis
carded clothes for such consideration us
tho dealer thinks just and equitable
Annovtd by the persistent ringing of
tho bell to his apartment this morning,
John J Heffert, of 1117 Park road north
west, ordered Samuel ladosky, a
second-hand clothesman, of 1712 Seventh
street northwest, to ieae the premises
Vladosky Insisted thut Herfert had
some clothes for sale Heffert was
iqually Insistent that such was not the
Heffert gave the dealer u tlnal answer
by landing the too of his boot In such
an effective manner ugalnst Wlado
ski's anatomy that the ilealir did not
.stop unUl ho rtuelied the foot of the
stairs and collided with the wall Ho
went to Garfield Hospital to hao sev
rnl bruises dressid and Heffert culled
I ut the Tenth precinct polleo station, ex
plained what hjet occurred saving ho
would meet Wladovsky In Police Court
tomorrow and li t tho Judge decide the
status of tho ease
Maryland Statesman Appears
Lose Power of Recupera
tion. to
The condition of Senator Isldor
Ilayner of Mnrvland was perceptibly
worBe todav than for three davs past
After having spun a fairly good
night, It vv.m not belli ved he would
linve a poor d.i, espeilallv In vie ,v
ut the recupt 'iitlvi powir ho has
The senatoi hus Ijeen uncouselous
throughout the dy ml has ' een In
a practlrallv unuruken deep slme
vcstirdav Tor the llrst time since his
Mm s he his not enmm inlinted with
'in inters of hli tnmllj In Viu morn
Inn This led to the rln uliitlun of
iKhsimlsili rcpoits unn ir his frlendd
todav and rnnnv of them called ut
tin I unei rcilelnce, on Flithteer til
el noithw'st for Inform ition r
lln,: till. distinguished Mil Wand
er. fnmilN is hopeful that his condl
i m todav daj! not unsafe a iirave
tin n tor tin worse wllhlr the not
ten hours Ills otoslclnns have nut
Issued aflr statement today.
DEC. 9
House Subcommittee Denies
Friction With Samuel
Request for Papers From Presi
dent Taft Said to Have
Been Fruitless.
Issuing a denial of reports of fric
tion botweon Chairman Pujo and
Samuol Untermycr, counsel for tho
Investigators, tho subcommittee of
the Houbo Commlttco on Banking
and Currency, investigating tho
Money trust met this afternoon and
selected December 9 as the date for
resuming tho taking of testimony.
Tho official announcement Indi
cates that Mr. Untermycr will con
tinue as counsel for tho commltteo,
and both ho and Chairman Pujo do-
cllno to discuss In detail tho con
tinued reports of a disagreement on
the method of procedure.
Outline of Work.
On December 3 the commltteo will be
gin to collect farts regnrdlng tho clear
ing house associations and stock ex
changes, and will next tako up tho main
theme of tho Inquiry relating to con
ecntriitlon of money and credit and the
causes thereof.
In Its announcement todav the com
mittee admits that Its hnnds are some
what tied In tho Money trust Investiga
tion until the Senate acs on he Pujo bill,
glvlnsr the committee vlsltorlal powers
over national banks and their docu
ments. Tho Senate sidetracked this bill
at tho last session, and the Polo
committee today acknowledged thil "no
comprehensive inquiry can be completed
untli this power Is given."
The statement ot tho committee shows
that Mr. Untermever. on September S3,
asked Pr sldent Taft for certain In
formation regarding national banks now
In the hands ot the Comptroller of Cur
rency, Not Yet Acted Upon.
The President referred the matter to
the Attornc) General, and the commit
tee sns Mr Wlekersham has no, yet
acted unon the reauest
"Notwithstanding these embarrassing
complications," says the official state
ment given out today, "the committee
intends to press forward ana take tistl
mony on the main head ot tho Imiulrv '
No announcement wob made as to the
witnesses who will be called when the
Monov trust Investigation Is resumed
It was stand that this question was
not formally considered becuuse of the
absence today of a quorum
Likely to Call Morgan.
Only Ave members of the subcommlt
tec were present at the meeting todav.
these being Chairman Pujo and Con
grotsmen Held, Doughertj, Haves and
Brown It la generall understood that
J P. Morgan, George K. Baker, and
others of the flnanelal district of New
York will be requested to testify before
the Monev trust la completid
After leaving tho commltteo room this
aftcmoon, Mr. Untcrmjer exhibited foilv
telegrams from K II. Tarrar, assoclito
counsel of New Orleans, who resigned
csteiday These telegrams denied
stories of friction In the committee and
disagreement between Untermvrr and
The reports denied with such vohem
enco today hv Mr Untermj er, Chulrl
man Pujo, and members of the commit
tee were to the general effect that the
chairman intended to curb the activities
of the eommltlees ehlef counsel and to
eonduct the leading examinations him-si-lf
In other words, rumors hae leak
e(i from tho committee room thut Attor
iihj t'ntermver was taking to himself
too miirh nuthorltv und too much credit
In the Investigation
Another report whs that Congressman
Glass who hends the subcommittee de
signated to frame legislation umendlng
the bnnklng and currency laws, also ru
sented the alleged encroachment of the
uttornej for tho Pujo subcommittee.
"Stories Are Inspired."
"The'e Btorlea are Insplnd and arc
put out to hurt the work of the com
mittee," was the Indignant comment of
Mr Vntcrmyer todij.
When the Money trust Investigation
Is resumed December 9, tho work of the
Pujo subcommittee will be circum
scribed unless the Senato passes the
hill which went through the ouse en-ini-elnir
the nowers of the committee
over national banks Nevertheless
Chairman Pujo nnd his colleague have
the authority to Investigate the rli ir
lug housis the stock exch inges and the
concentration of credit and money and
will make a stab In that direction
The comnilttio's counsel Is understood
to be at work on bills which he will
ask the committee to recommend and
which will urovldo for the Federal mi
pervlslon of clearing houses and stock
rank of admiral
Bcciitarv of the Navy Mever will
urge In his annual report to Congress
this yeal that prov lslon be made foi
the rank of admiral and vice admlial
In tin nnv This samo recommenda
tion was made last viar
T ho House Committee oh Naval Af
falls considered It favor.iblv but the
piragraph went out on n point of oidei
when the hill was lepoited It wus
Inserted In the Senate and again went
out on a point of older mudc by Sen
ator Urlstow.
End of Balkan War Is Con
sidered to Be in
Cholera Epidemic Near Constan
tinople Is Growing More
CONSTANTINOPLE, Nov. 20 -Representatives
of Turkey and Bui
garla were named today to draw
peace plans The Ilalkan war 1b
considered definitely over.
Tho Sultan appointed Mazlm Pasha
as Turkey's plenipotentiary. Ho Is
the Turkish war minister.
King Ferdinand selected General
Savoff, tho commander-in-chief of
his army, to appear for Bulgaria In
the negotiations. Savoff is with his
forces at Clmtalja.
Agreement Is Sure.
A deadlock between Turkey's and the
allies' rcprescntatlcH was deemed Im
possible They were believed certain
to arrive at some sort of a peace agree
ment Pending peace negotiations, the Ilul
garlan troops at Chatalja wore ordered
today to cease fighting anil merely hold
their positions
The condition of Ihe Turkish army
Is frightful, lictween losses In battle
and the ravages of dlseaso the num.
In r of the Sultin's troops has been cut
In two since the war began. It was
stated. The cholera epldemlo grows
moro serious dall. All public and Pri
vate schools In Conrtontlnople were
closed today on account of the dis
ease. It was not thought. possible h-ro
that tho Sultan should r fuse to cum
to terms
It alio Just began to leak out today
that conditions among the Bulgarian
troops are scarcely less appalling than
among the Turks Cholera smallpox
and tvphus are earning off hundreds
of soldiers every day. The Bulgarian
nttacks on the Chatalja line thus far
have been practically lneffcctle Dul
garla Is at the end of Its resources.
AH They Could Face.
They had expected assistance from the
Servians and Greeks, but, though dl
patches from Uelgrade and Athena have
concealed the fact, the forces of both
nations have hud all they could do In
tho face of the resistance they have
met with from tho Ottoman troops In
western Turkey. The allies were conse
quent!) depended on to be reasonable
In their demands
How the conflict of Interests between
Austria and Hervla will result depi-nds.
It wrs felt, on tho development of re
latlens between the civil government at
Itclsrado anl the nrm ofllcers or
ganization which has grown up In the
imst few weeks If Ihe civil govern-
Intent has Its wa no tiouble was x-
pectin tiio army orncers. nowv'r,
an In n hlghl) Jingoistic mood and the
government Is compelled to nan He
them carefully, lest It precipitate a
revolution The outcome, diplomats
said, was Impossible to predict.
Austria Weakens Servia.
VIKNNA. Nov. 20 Servia weakened
today under Austrian pressure, and al
lowed a courier from the Vienna for
eign ofdeo to start for Prlzrend to In
terview Consul Prochaska.
The ProchaBka incident grew out of
the consul s attempt to shelter a num
ber of native women nnd children In
his house when the Serv Ian troops cap
tured the Albanian town. According to
Servian accounts he fired on thn sol
diers when they appioached Austria s
Information was that the Servians
broke Into his lesldcnci, havoneted him,
looted the house, und butchered the
lefugi es there
Whatever the reason was, Prochaska
ceisid abruptl to communicate with
hidaquarters, following Prlzrend a full
The foielun olllio dispatched a courlei
to Investigate, but the Servians stopped
him at Belgrade, Austria wus to have
delivered an ultimatum to the Helgrade
government beforo night If It had not
Trouble Between Allies.
There were signs toda of trouble
among the allies when they come to
dlvldo the Turkish tirrltorv the havo
At Salonika. It has been learned, tho
Greeks and Bulgarians came close to
nn actual fight for possi sale i of the
town They finally tonipiom. aed on a
Joint occupation, but the tltlo temalns
to be settled
Bulgaria thinks it should havi Monu
stlr b-cnuse It Is situated In a dial 1 1 t
where Bulgarluns are numerous The
111 eiks want It on the ground that theli
natlonullt) Is hugely represmted In tho
population of the town Itself The Shiv
ians say they captuied and aiu entitled
to keep It.
Other differences of opinion wore
thought llkel to develop before the par
tition of tho country Is completed
U. S. Likely to Send
Medical Officer
to tiaikan Conflict
In addition to six arm) officers ul
readj assigned n view .he Ilalkan vv.u
for nillltarv purposes, tho Win Ilepait
rnent will prohab!) send, according to
nn nnnoiincenu ut tcda, a medlcul of
ficer 'I lie tinltuiv ondltlnns In Tin Upv
huve become so bad thut it is lull A" I
the itum can get some vuluablo lufoi
mut'on ftom in iirinj officer pi-rfornilng
such a mission Hvm If he gets there.
.. e. tU. ..... lu II.. 11. A I i i.
Jlllll'l III' mil 10 luiinpjui, in Hill UU
uble to do some valuable work.
Bulgarian and Turkish Peace Envoys
Ri i s 3 jiiiiiiiHiBBEcKiHliifiVfflliiB ;
HjAi rkHK!SS
Who Will Look After th Interests of
Czar Ferdinand.
Justice Goff Names Day for
Imposing Legal Limit on
Men Convicted.
NEW YORK. Nov 20. Justice Goff
today fixed Tuesday, November !6 as
the date on which he will sentence
the four gunmen, convicted vesterriay
of the murder of Herman ItosenthaL
to death In the electric chair The
four were brought Into court todav
and the motions to set aside the ver
dict and grant a now trial formally
made bv their counsel, former Magis
trate Wahle, were Immediately
Wahle moved that the wives of
Dago Frank and ' Gyp the Blood"
bo released from the house of de
tention and tho motion was granted
bj the court. Tho court then ordered
that tho pedigrees of the onvlcted
ciuurtct he taken He caused n genual
smile of amusement bv warning the
quartet that If they failed to "ans
wer fromptlj and truthfull.' he
cojld dcclaro them In contempt and
Inflict either a prison sentenco or u
Ihe four conflimed their original
records. 'While!" Lewis, saving he
wus a hookblnder, 'Dago Prank '
that he was a steamfltter. " l.cft
I ihiIs' that hi was a salesman, and
"Gvp the Blood' declaring ho had no
This formallt out of the way, Ihe
four wero taken back to th"lr cells
In the Tombs All had regained their
defiant attitude and denounced th"
vertlliV as unfair They said thev
wero satisfied that thev would get a
new trial when their case was taken
to the court of rflicals
Buffalo Grand Jury Returns Spe
cial Report Against J.
Frank Hickey.
HI KI'AIjO, N. Y. Nov 20 -The
grand Jnr In a special report at noon
today returned an Indictment charging
J. Frank Hlckt), now undei arrest
at Toms Klver, N J, with murder In
the (list dij.ree In causing the death
of little Joseph Josephs at Lackawan
na, N. Y
Yeggmen Blow Up Postoffice Safe
in West Virginia and
Rob Yards.
WKLLSLU'HG, W Va , Nov :0 Shcr
llf Drown ivlth several deputies mm a
pac't of bloodhounds, left today for
Well ton, mat lien, wheie he picked up
the trpll ol vigginiti who list i 'il
blow tho Welrton postoffice safe and
escaped with about Jlrnj in cash and
The lobbers also broke into the I'.m
handlo lallroad freight station and
stole valuable merchandise.
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f9Hiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii& 'VIA? irffinBnm3MM 1 1
Representing the
Failure to Grant Warrants
for Arrest of Archbold
May Be Probed.
Attorne General Wlekersham may
have to answer to the House Committee
on KxptndlluiPH In the Department of
Justlco for his refusal to allow war
rants to be served on John D Archbold,
H C Tolgir, ji , and W C. Tcaglo, of
the hiandaid Oil Companv. in the case
In which the Mugnolla Oil Company of
Texas wis Indicted by a Federal grand
Jurv In loxas for criminal violation of
the Shtrman law
It was dcclireil todav the matter
would be brought before the House
Committee on i:pelidllures In the Di-i
partment of Justke, and an Inquli)
made as to what Justification the At
tornn Ginerul had for s.ilildlng Aicli
bold, I'olsci, and Tiagli fioni uirist
Ihe head of the eomm.ttie Is Con
gri isman Jack lleall of Ti ns It Is
expccleil Mi. lit all, who hills fiom the
Dlstilct wluit. tl u IndlctmentH were rt
tuiiii.il. the Uillas district, will be moie
than wllllnr, to piobe the cuse
Lawyer Is Vexed.
W H Gr, the Houiton attornej
who tamo here to protest to tho Attoi
ne Gunral beciuse tho warrants were
not seived on Archbold, I'olger and
Teagle, Is still In Washington (!ra
sa vv tin Attonuv (ienenl csleula
and was told t liti wauauts would nut oi
served until enough i lei m c whs ad
due Ml to show tlure was good reasun
lor It
lir.n wits iMiicted lo lonfei fuilhri
with thi otIUlals of the L)i puitnunt of
Justliu tod.o hut up to noon no coi,
fi ii lice ii id in en hili!
It ippeurs Uri was a wltniss liefoie
tin t,i Hid Juiv He Is not, then fox,
pieiiurnl lo il'sc use what eviilinci hu
t hi that hodv 'n secret Hut If t'le
House Committee on Hmii ndltuies In
the Drpai tint lit or Justlci subpoin.is
him he will be obllhid to talk lnclli i
tlons are todus that the controvaisj
will assume set ions pioportlons uiiles.s
tin Attonuv liuurul who has sent lor
thi dlstilct altoim of the Northern
district of Tcmis chiiiRcs hi mind und
illows the .iriests to he made
No. 37, the New York, Atlanta anil New
OilMns Limited h lives Washington 10 41
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1 ftl ltIJ nil.... -. .juuh.viii iinu-
wav, reaching Atlanta next afternoon
low Orleans second moinlng Gulf Coas.
Hi soi ts Consult Agents, TW 15th st una
W5 1' ut N. W. Advt.
Seeks General Injunction to Halt Proceed
ings Until Congress Can Pass
Utilities Measure.
Corporation Counsel Thomas has practically com
pleted the first draft of a bill which will be filed early next
week in behalf of the Commissioners of the District of
Columbia, praying for a general injunction to restrain all
further proceedings in the merger of public utility corpora
tions of Washington.
Without doubt, the filing of the bill will be the signal
for opening one of the longest and most determined litiga
Ottoman Empire.
Intense Hostility Along
ternational Border
Intense feeling of hostllltv between
American lesldents of Tens und
New Mexico and Melcuns residing
along the International border has
developed according to official ad
vices toda, and officials hr fear
that son e untoward mav occur to
P i i I 1 1 a t o a serious issue biiween
this cauntrv and Mexico A Stnlo
Depnitmcnt dlspatih todav showed
tint In a bnivvl In Chlehuhua Jjhn J
lliooks, an American, was killed
after bavlnt; a gun llzht with tho
pilme mior of Casas iSrandes ni w
a rebel leader It appears t lat the
Mexican official tried to hold i p,
lliooks for 111), and tho nhootlng fol
lowed The War Department announced to
iln that It hid Investigated a riot i.t
llricketvlllc. Ttx, between Amen nn
soldleis fiom Fort Clark and Mcslcira
who were American citizens In the af
frav Kcveial men were stabbed nnd n
Mex'ian killed Mx soldiers arc now
uiiler coert-n.artinl The departments
advices ure that the soldiers thought the
Mexicans were trving to Insult thim
General Salatar Is operating along
the butler of New Mexico with 150 rebel
folloveis. Latest advices are that he
Is nt Monument ranrh ,. few miles
M)uth of the International line I'nlttd
Mates army guilds will drive him back
to Mexico f he attempts to c ros the
horde i IVvilopiimiit. In th luti rlor
of Mexico Indlcite that the inbel activi
ties lem.iln about the same
HOCIIi:STi:u, N Y . Nov 20 -The
question of ludustiiul unionism was dis
cussed at gieat length by the American
Federation of Labor In session here to
duv The question uiosi thiougn a
refcolutlon, Introduied bv the delegates
representing the I'n'ted Mine Workers
favoring industrial rathei than eiuft
unionism, In order to ' offi i a more
eoheslvo opposition to the L'nlted Asso
ciation of Kmplnves
A majorlt) and nilnuiltv leport was
pitsentid and the cut re matter
threshed out on the lion It was in--lleved
that the debate would consume
the entire da).
tions of its kind that has ever
been undertaken in the coun
try. The only contingency
that can possibly avoid such
a protracted fight is the early
passage of legislation by Con
gress, giving to some properly
constituted administrative au
thority, such as a public utili
ties commission, full author
ity over all transactions cuch ag ara
Involved In the merger plan.
Hope for Act'm.
It Is pretty well undei stood that
tho Commissioners, hope that Con
gress will pass, during tho short ses
sion, the public utilities measure
that was pushed bo earnestly and
with so little avail at the last ses
sion. The question Is, whether the
measure can be passed before the
promoters of the merger have carried
out their program. If the merger Is
completed before the legislation
passes, the new utilities commission
will have Its hands tied and It Is
very doubtful whether effective Inter
ference with the big consolidation and
Inflation project will then be possible.
It is hoped that the tiling of this
bill will to far embarrass and hinder
the plans of the merger operators
that there will be time to get Con
gress ot pass the utilities measure.
The bill which Corporation Counsel
Thomas has practically completed will
be filed In the Supreme Court of the
District within a few davs For the
better part of a month Mr. Thomas has
been devoting himself almost exclusive
1) to Its preparation This has Involved
a most painstaking examination of
cases and authority In order to be cer
tain that the strongest possible case
should be presented.
The bill gives a detailed historv of the
remarkable network of holding ami un
deriving corporations which now make
up the properties of the Washington
Hall way and Electric Companv In tilts
regard, It will be a document of vir
gr-tt public Interest, for there has
never before b-en a satlsfactorv com
bination of all these facts together
with ixamlnatlot. of their legal be ji inl
and significance
It Is shown, for Instance, that the or
ganization of the present Washington
Kullwa) and Electric Compan was In
Itself a gigantic project In lunation ot
capital, and It Is pointed out that on top
of this the proposed further noiganlia
tloii und consolidation would he a still
moie gigantic operation of the same
Among the sensational allegations In
the bill Is the charge that r-cent divi
dends declared by the Washington llall
wuv and Electric Companv were not
Bill's Curious Feature
One of the curious and interesting
features about the hill Is the fart that
In the beginning the Corporation on
sel Is compelled to devote a i.iio u'l
of spaie to demonstrating th.u the
District of Columbia Is a government,
that It has the powers of s sovereign,
and by leosou thereof Is entitled to
appear III couit In lis sovereign tapaei
t) as the lepresentatlve of tne public
lull rests It Is explained that the par
ticular circumstances su -rounding this
Mctlon made It necessary to pitsenl this
formal demonstration
A careful resume Is given of the
powers that the Dlstrli t Commission
hb nossebs over the public scivlce eoi
porutlons, l order to muke certain
tb it the hill mat not be tluown out
on the technical ground that there has
been no proof of Uie petitioners ilvlu
to claim standing in tourl In tho ca
puelt) In which appeals
Tin bill then taaes up ihe street i.ill
wav situation Ii Waahln.'ton and gives
u ntume of the corponite history of
the various companies that have Imu
In lecint llmis brought together under
the control of the Washingon Hallway
aiu1 Kleetilc Compmij Liberal .iu
tutlons are given from the statufs
undei which the dlffe-nt corpoiutlons
wire ortanlzed with the purpose of
slow Inc. what llmltatlonu ere phucd
ii' on tlnlr corporate powers
The object of this careful presenta
tion is to te-enforce the argument that
In mam risiects the proposed merger
nnd recipitullrallon of this entire series
of properties through n holding corpora
tion, involves manv things that are be
vond Inn powers and authorities of the
underlvliig companies
A good deal of reliance. It Is under
tContlnuel on Seventh rage.)

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