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Tair Tonight; Wednesday
Increasing Cloudiness.
Yesterday's Circulation, 45,093
Sixteen Pages.
Last Edition
Touching Faith of Little
Ones in Coming of Santa
C'laus Means Work.
Good Saint's Representative
The Times Office Wants to
Hear From "Kiddies."
There It no uie to try to dodge it
My longer. There are only twenty
two more days until Christmas, and
In that time all or the hundred of
appeals from children for Chriitmaa
alfta, to the St. Nlcholaa Girl, of The
Waahlngton Tlmei, muitbe answered
or preparation must be made for
their fullfllment. Each morning a
huge pile of mall la delivered to the
St Nicholas Girl's desk, and the most
touching thing about It all is the
blind faith with which the little ones
drop their letters to Santa Claus Into
the United States mall box, perfect
ly sure that In the course of time the
desired gift will result.
Forgotten Four Years.
One little girl writes to the St. Nicho
las Qlrl, saying :
St. Nicholas (Jlrl:
We have not had Santa Clam with
Us since my fatner dlod, four years
ago. I wish you would be so kind
as to send me a pair ot shoes, a doll,
a dress, and, please, If you have any
left, will ou aend me some candy,
flease don't forget me.
Would Hear From Children.
The fit, Nicholas Qlrl wants to hear
from the .children, not frem their
parents. Blie wants to make this Christ-
mas of 111! as happy as possible for the
children who have no other kind friends
or parents to provide them with a happy
Christmas. The work she Is doing Is
fraught with many disappointments, be
cause, perhaps, at the last minute there
will not be presents enough to go round,
and so for that reason sne asks that
only the poorest children in Washington
write her those who know from past
experiences that Santa Claus will give
them a cold shoulder at Christmas time.
Think of the hundreds ot children who
will wake up on next Christmas morn
Ins; and will And their little stockings
quite limp and empty. Is there say
more dreary tragedy In childhood than
One little chap has the true Christ
mas spirit, and has not forgotten tho
sensation of happiness and Importance
that came to him last year when he
gave all the toys he could spare to the
St. Nicholas Qlrl to distribute to the
little poor chlldien who had none of
their own. Here Is tho letter that came
from him this morning;
Boy Wants To Help.
Dear St. Nicholas Qlrl: I have no
'more toys to give you as I gave them
to you last car but I would bo glad
to help you In any way that I can.
As I get out of school at one o'clock
I might be able to help you In some
way. I also know the city pretty
well so If there Is any possible way
that I can help you drop me a pos
tal or call North 7tK and I am at
your disposal. Yours truly,
P. B. I have u lot of jam. pie
serves, and Jelly that I could give
you If they would help
Would you give up some very delec
table morsel for others? Jam, preserves,
and Jelly, probably have the same com
parative value to this small hoy that a
delicious course dinner has for you, dear
reader. Would you go wthout a one
bis dinner tor the sake of giving- some
poor little child a haPov Christmas us
wtlllnsU as Master Robert Chlsolm
does his lam and jelly?
One little fellow writes to Santa
Claus asking him to Rive a pair of
roller skates "These are all I want,
Mr. Banta Clam," lie says, "because I
can carry errands on them, and won't
nave to walk so far and wear out so
much shoe leather, because my mother
washes, and hasn't much money to buy
shoes, and I could save the soales If I
had some skates."
Here's an opportunity for some boy
or sdrl who has outworn his or her
IN roller skates to make u little boy happy
for a long time at little expense. Whllo
appeals for Christmas gifts have been
plentiful, the contributions to the Saint
Nicholas Qirl's fund have been some
what slow In comlne In.
She asks everybody who Is at all In
(rested In this beautiful movement
to communicate with her as soon as
possible, ror mere is mucn in ue uonu
In the less than a score of days that
remain until Christmas iluy. Dresstd
dolls, toys of every description, and
cash donations are necessary If evmy
poor child In Washington Is to be re
memberer by tho good old saint on
that holiday.
The committee of women In chaigu
of the toy distribution will meet with
in a few days, and actual work of
lacking tho tn.'s and classifying the
10 000 names will begin. Before tint
time, however, there will be some one
on hand at Tho Times office to receive
all toys, or to sena lor mem, 11 ncv
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(lowliness; piobablv followed by rln lato
at nlvht; not much change In tempera
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Under Federal Quiz
Vice President of the Grand Trunk.
Employes' Liability Act Ap
plies to Those in Gov
ernment Positions.
Kven though an employe of the United
States, drawing compensation pay un
der the emploers liability act. Is dis
charged, or his appointment expires,
nis pa status and right to compensa
tion pay Is not disturbed.
The employers' liability act. In Its re
lation to Government employes. Is most
liberally Interpreted by tho Comptroller
or the Treasury.
Though a Government workor Injured
In the line of duty, has only a tem
porary appointment that expires In a
few days or more, or though he Is dis
charged and his name stricken from
the register, he must be given full pay,
until his Injur mends or for a maxi
mum period of one year, as provided
In the emptojers' liability act. This
Is the opinion of the Comptroller, the
last authority on Government disburse
ments. In consequence of this decision Wil
liam A. Baumback, temporary plate
printer at the Bureau of Engraving
and Printing, will draw full pay until
February ffl, 1913, the compensation date
fixed by Secretary Nugel, of the Depart
ment of Commerco and Labor.
Mr. Baumback was appointed July 28
as temporary plato printer at the
Bureau for a period of sixty days from
August 7. August 2? he sprained his
nrm, it Is claimed, while pulling a press.
He has not worked rlnce. The Secre
tary of Commerce and Labor approved
compensation pay for him to February
2H. On October B. the date of tl.e ex
piration of his temporary appointment,
however, the Treasury Department
dropped him from the rolls and ceased
paying lilm the regular per illem.
Secretary Nagel, whose department
has Jurisdiction under the employers'
liability act, took the matter up with
Secretary of tho Treasury Mac-Veagn.
Finally the whole problem was put
before the Comptroller on appeal.
In his opinion tho Comptroller de
clared that If an employe Is other
wise entitled to the compensation pay
provided bv the liability act, his
right to receive It Is not affected by
the fact that when he was Injured
he was working under a temporary
appointment which afterward lapsed
prior to his recovery from his Injury.
"The act makes no distinction be
tween temporary and permanent em
ployes." The Comptroller also held that
where a man Is discharged because
of lack cf work, or because his serv
ices are no longer required while ho
Is drawing compensation pay from
Injuries, such discharge or dropping
from the rolls cannot affect his right
to receive full pay, oven though dis
Governors' Conference Decides to
Hear Arguments for Wo
men's Votes.
RICHMOND, Vs., Dec. 3 With a we!,
coming address by Ciovernor Mann, of
Virginia, tho fifth annual conference of
goernors was opened here today, Nina,
teen Statu executives, two former govcr
norK, and one governor-elect were pres
ent. Tho number Is expected to be
swelled to thlrt-llve by the time the
conference In well under way.
Major Alnslea welcomed the confer
ence on behalf of tho ilt nnd (lovcrnor
Norrls, of Montana, responds!
Prior to the opening session, the to
quest of Mrs 11 IJ Valentine, president
of thu Kqual Surf rage League of V,i.
glnla, for a hearing on woman's suf
frage, to be accorded herself, Ur. Anna
II, Shaw, and Ulss Mary Johnson, was
I grants.
Officials Wanted to Testify
About New England
Traffic Pact.
Grand Jury Takes Up Inquiry of
New Haven-Grand Trunk
Subpoena servers, working under
Instructions from the Department of
Justice to hide their work with the
Utmost care, were sent Into New
England today to summon high rail
road officials to testify before the
Federal grand jury Investigation In
New York Into the traffic agreement
between the Grand Trunk and New
Haven railroads. This was learned
today on tbe highest authority.
Simultaneous with the Introduc
tion In Congress of a resolution de
manding an investigation of tho
agreement; whereby the New Haven
line waa to retain. Its monopoly of
transportation in Now England, tho
grand Jury Inquiry waa started lu
New York today.
Use Utmost Secrecy.
Invented with tho utmost secrecy and
with every effort mode to guard the
names of the witnesses or developments
from the public, consideration of tho
combination, which it hai bctn alleged
Is In criminal violation of the Sherman
1 ntl-trust law and of the regulations of
the Interstate Commerce Commission!
was taken up.
Four witnesses were examined today.
AlthoLBh even effort was made tu
cloak the Identity of the quartet In su
rrecy, It was learned that threo of
them were Vice Picstdent E. II. Flts
hugh, of tho Grand Trunk; Thomas K.
lljrnen. vice prexldent of tho New York,
New Haven, and llurtloul, und Alex
ander II. Cochrane, a director of the
latter s)steni.
In Charge of Probe.
Assistant to the Attorney General
Adklns, Is in charge of the plot, In
being assisted by Henry A. OU)ler, of
District Attorney Wise's staff, and
Special Deputy Attorney General Den
ham, of the Department o'f Justice.
Adamson Bill Is
Called Up; Huge
Task Is Imposed
The Adamson bill for the physical
valuation of railroads, which Imposes
a glgutitlc task upon the Interstate
Commerco Commission, was called up
In the House this afternoon. This H
the first bill to recelv tho considera
tion of the House at the new session.
During the last session the Rules
Committee presented a special order
making the Adamson bill privileged
and accordingly It occupied a favored
nlace on tho calendar.
in me unsencc of Chairman Adam
son, of the House. Committee on In
terstate and Foreign Commerce, who
was called home today by the illness
of his wife. Congressman Mma. nt
Tennessee assumed charge of thu
measure ana 11 prooaoiy w-111 no put
through the House In short older.
Would Cost Millions.
Tim plijHltiiJ valuation bill outlines
a three-year Job for the Interstate
Commerce Commission, and the esti
mated cost of the proposed Investi
gation Is $3,000,000.
Tho bill directs that tho commis
sion, with the aid of such experts as
It may deem necessary, shall begin
Immediately to mako a physical val
uation of all common cairlers subloct
to the Interstate commerce laws.
In the report accompanwng the bill
It Is stated that the Investigation will
embrace the stocks and bonds of rail
roads, as well as other assets and lia
bilities, and the following comment 'Is
"The anomaly has grown up, gradu
ally and unconsciously, as It were,
grown up In the courts themselves as
well as n the commission, that public
cariieis are to be allowed to churge
an Income on what they owe as well
as what they own. Nobody else In the
world with whom ue are acquainted
Is allowed that privilege."
People Dissatisfied.
It Is declared further In the report
that the complaints of "millions of
shlppeis attest the dissatisfaction of
tho people" with present conditions.
"They are entitled to have the truth
known," rays the report, In touching
upon the great task which tho bill
Imposes upon the Interstate Commeice
CommlHHlon. The passage of the hill
Is urged that "the llcht muv slilnn n
all future transactions and operations
vi nuirouus as 10 pnsicui propert.
storks, bonds, boards of directors, and
llnanclal control."
The physical valuation bill waa fnU.n,
up In the House Immedlatelv fnllnuimr
tho reading of the President's message
uiiu iiiu iruimuciiun 01 ruuuno ousiticas.
"June Brides" Gave
$15.65 to Aid Wilson
PITT8HUROH. Dec. 3-"June Rrld. h '
contributed 115 ft towaid Woodiow
Wilson's campaign In AlUgheny Counu,
Hccoiiiing to an expense account filed
by Hexirge II. Htcngrl, trcasiuer of the
Democratic County Committee.
Stengel reports receipt; of IW.ojj.u,
and apsndltursf at tMti.0. .
Cupid on Tennis Courts
At Both Ends of Nation
Game Leads to Engagement of
Newport Society
NEWPORT, Dec 3. Hits Row
Phinssy Groivenor, daughter of
Mrs. William Groivenor, of Provi
dence and New York, hat taken
out a marriage license to wed
George Peabedy Gardner, jr., of
Boston. The wedding will take
place in Providence on January
Kin Groivenor is called often "the
most amicable girl in Newport
society." Young Mr. Gardner was
graduated from Harvard and is
studying law. It It said here that
Misi Groivenor and Mr. Gardner
fell In love while playing tennis,
ai if Cupid had set the net.
-ommissioners' Report Advo
cates This As Most Im
portant Legislation.
Immediate ennctment of tho pub
lic utilities bill, the acquisition of
additional land for park properties,
the establishment of a municipal gar
bage reduction plant, Increase In the
police force and the replacement of
horse-drawn by motor-propelled Are
apparatus aro recommended by the
Commissioners In their annual re
port submitted to Congress today.
Tho report rovers the operation of
every department of the District gov
ernment for the fiscal year ended
June 30. 1912.
Public Utilities Case.
Referring to the public utilities bill,
the report says:
'The necessity of the establishment of
a public service commission Is very
urgent. There are many questions in
volved In the operation of publlu utili
ties In the District of Columblu which
need to be handled by such a commis
sion. At present there Is nobody vested
with power and authority to Investi
gate such matters, to make necessary
rules and regulations and to see to thtf'r
enforcement. As a conscquencu thcro
is no data to show whether rates
charged for scrvlco are excessive.
whether the earnings uro based on
proper capitalization, whether capital
stock Is nut watered, whether bonds
have not been Issued In excess of neces
sary requirements, whether the corpora
tions should not furnish better serv
ice at decreased rates and charges, and
whether extensions necessary In street
railway linen should be made bv exist
ing corporations or whether new cor
porations should he chartered.
"If the bill which has passed the
Senate nnd Is now before the House,
shall become a law. It will provldo for
the determination of these and other
questions affecting public utility cor
porations, and the Commissioners earn
estly recommend the passage of such
legislation during the next session of
Features Of Report.
The following ore the principal fea
tures of the report:
The 1 eduction on the unfunded debt
during the vcar waa $fiS.C50, und of tho
unfunded debt on nccotint of gcnirtl
advances by tho United Stutes, $o.v,.
020 R, Advances wcr made by the
United States on account of special
park Improvements amounting to M,.
691.96, upon which repayments were
made In the sum ot S7O.0IH.7S.
The value of the taxable real estate
In tho Dlstilct is 1330,12.!, M7, and of pei
sonal property, $'.t,ft09,7w 1C
The total tax e-olleotlons for the ear
amounted to S,33,?j9 55, an Increase
over last jear or any previous jrcur of
171,48: 33
All annual Instead of a triennial as
esrment of real estate Is recommenrii (i
mid attention Is directed to tho Insuffi
ciency of clerical emplojce to aid the
assessors In thcli tield uoik.
Tho board again urges the enactment
of the bill providing for the enforce
ment by a bill In equity of liens upon
real estate acquired through tux sales
This or soma similar mcusure, It Is
said, Is absolutc'lv necessaiy to insure
the collection of tax arrearages
The Commissioners renew their re
quest that an audit be maclo of the
chsrgo of $7fii!hS6 09 which tho uundrj
civil bill provided he assessed against
the District for the care ot Its Indigent
Insane at the Government Asylum for
the Insane, from 1S.S1 to 1891. Atten
tion Is direct! d to a mistake of 150,000
In this charge against tho District
Pensioners' Relief.
Immediate enactment of llm hill for
(lie creation of a pollto and firemen's
relief fund Is urged. As the result of
deficiencies in tho fund for the fiscal
j ears lull and 191.', the District is now
indebted to ite pensioners In tho sum of
(.Continued 00 rout lb rsft-1
Thomas Bundy Will Play Double
With Miss May
LOS ANGELES, Cat, Dec. 3 An
nouncement was made today that
Miis May Sutton, long national
woman's tennis champion sad for
two years world's champion in
women's singles, would be mar
ried here December ti. The
bridegroom it Thomas C. Bundy,
who with Maurice McLaughlin is
joint holder of the American
championship in men's doubles.
Min Florence Sutton will be brides
maid and Simpson Simbaugh the
belt man.
Sees New Era in Interna
tional Life With Opening
of Panama Canal.
Bounding to the country and to
the world notice that the United
States now stands full grown aa a
peer of the greatest nations, and
that tbe nation must be prepared for
the new era In International life
which will como with tbo opening of
the Panama Canal, President Taft
Bent to both houses of Congress to
day his annual message dealing with
foreign relations.
It la the last of the regular an
nual messages which the President
will send to Congress upon this sub
ject, and because of that It had to
some extent tbo nature ot a review
of the progress of diplomacy fn the
Taft Administration, and the nature
ot a foreword as to tho future.
Wants Nation to Prepare.
President Taft foresees tho need of a
greater and a broader American diplo
macy to meet the new situation which
the country must face, a situation In
which, aa he believes, It must play a
large part on the great stage of world
events. Ho wants the country to be
prepared for what Is ahead He holds
that this country has become one of
the most powerful of the great world
nations and that Its diplomacy must
measure up to that standard. The days
ot swaddling clothes have been out
grown. Vest consequences, as he be
lieves, are to follow on the opening ot
the Isthmian waterway to traffic, und
he sounds this note ot admonishment to
Congress and to the American people:
"We must not wait for events to take
us unawares. With continuity of pur
pose, we must deal with the problems
of our external relations with a
diplomacy modern, resourceful, mag
nanimous, and fittingly expressive ot
the high Ideals of a great nation."
Among many Important phases of the
message on foreign relations Is what
President Taft savs on tho non-partisan
character of appointments. lie seeks to
show that the merit sstcm has been
carried forward and broadened out, and
he calls for legislation which will make
the application of the merit svstem a
mutter of law Instead of departmental
Head between the lines, the state
ments of President Taft on this sub
ject are udvtsory to his successor,
Woodrow Wilson, to apply the merit
system as far as passible to consular
and diplomatic appointments, a subject
In which the American business world
Is now deeply concerned.
Defends Dollar Diplomacy.
Stirred no doubt by the bitter criti
cisms of dollar diplomacy. President
Taft comes to Us defense. He upholds
the policy as one demanded by the best
Interests of tho nation.
lu the order treated the points touched
I), the President are: The effective re
organisation of the State Department
elnco 1909, the enforcement of the morlt
svstem lu the consular und diplomatic
corps, tho position of diplomacy as "u.
handmaid of commercial Intercourse and
peace," tho prevention or ending of sev
eral Iailn-Amcrlcun wars, tho wisdom
of co-operation In the development of
China, the need of Central America In
adjusting her llnuncea und tho enfoi ce
ment of'neutrulltv laws.
Ilegardlng this last point, the Presi
dent recommends that Cortgiess devoto
its attention tu an iiincndment of law
that might prevent several American
polls being usnl an icvolutlonury
The policy of non-lntcrfcreneo In
Mexico Is upheld, und legislation to aid
rural co-operative credit societies Is
urged, The president then turns to
(OosUouss en Wants ra4
Accused Federal Jurist Is
Prepared to Fight Charges
of Misconduct.
Opening Ststements for Esch Side
Are Begun at 2 o'clock
This Afternoon.
The Benate, sitting In solemn ses
sion as a court, entered today upon
the trial of Judge Robert W. Arch,
bald, of tbe Commerce Court, who
was Impeached last session by the
House of Representatives.
It was at 12:30 when the case was
taken up. A crowd filled tbe gal
leries to look; down on the unusual
spectacle ot a judge of the Federal
court on trial charged with grave of.
fenscs unfitting him to hold his re
sponsible office.
This Is the ninth time In the his
tory of the Republic that such a trial
has been conducted.
Has Array of Counsel.
The House, managers uppcared, head
ed by Judge Clavton, of Alabama. Tho
defendant, Judge Archbald. appeared,
accompanied b his array of counsel,
A. 8. Worthlngton, of this city; Rob
ert W. Archbald, Jr., and Alexander
Blmpsun, Jr., of Philadelphia.
Senator llacon, us acting President
pro tern, of the Senate, presided. Tho
hour ot 2 o'clock wac fixed for thu
dully .opening of the court sessions. An
order was udopted that only one per
son should make the opening state
ment, for each aide. Senator llacon
preferred a. request that hereafter thu
House nianauers appear without formal
announcement, and mis course was
decided on.
The Senate, as a court, then recess
ed until 'i o clock, when the trial uus
proceeded with and the opening state
ments eniereu on.
Bitter Arraignment.
"Misbehavior and misdemeanors" In
office are the formal charges against
Judge Archbald. The Indictment, pre
sented by the House, consists of thir
teen articles, a most xcathing and bit
ter arraignment ot tho 1'ederal Judge.
Use of his office for personal proHt
la thu substance ot all the cnarges
against the defendant. He Is charged
with attempting to lloat deals In refuse
coal deposits In Pennsvlvanla, through
railroad officials, and also Improper re
ceipt of favors from attorneys before
his court.
Sweeping denial of wrong-doing Is
made by Judge Archbald to every one
of the thirteen charges against h'm. Ite
contends that no Improper motive can
be predicated from any of his acts,
private or official, and that he never
gained or sought to pront by Improper
use of his office.
When the Senate met today It was
planned to devote from two to four
hours dully to tuklng testimony ot tho
one hundred witnesses who will bo
called for by both the Oovurnment and
the defense. About sevent) witnesses
were before the House Judiciary Com
mittee when the Impeachment chargo
wua unaer investigation. At those hear
ings Judge Archbald, by force of prec
edents, could not and did not submit
any evidence or offer testimony ef any
witnesses. Ho did not tako the stand
himself. Whether ho will testify be-
iuiu in.- oi-iiuie nas not Deen disclosed.
Tile Impeachment irlnl ir,,l , . i .i,
flrst held In the Senate since Judge
Uwayne, federal district Judge in Plorl-
, "" incu ana acquitted In 1905.
Ouster of Archbald will uqulro a vote
of two-thirds of the Senators, although
a niajorlty oni of tho lloimo was re
quired for Ms impeachment.
Today's trial had Its inception In a
complaint Mled last February before
Interstoto Commerce Commissioner
Henry B. Meyer, by William P. lloland.
president and general manager of the
Marian Coal Compunv, of fininlon, Pa,
lloland told Meyer that he feared Arch,
bald had been or was Interested In aid
ing certain railroads In Boland's litiga
tion with the carriers.
Opens Investigation.
Commissioner Mcer reported Bo
land's complaint to Attorney General
Wlckersham, who caused nn Investiga
tion to be made by Wrlsley Brown, spe
cial assistant. On tho sticngth ot
Brown's report, Attorney Ucneral
Wlckersham reported the circumstances
to President Taft. On April a, 191J,
tho President sent a special message
to the House, laving all of tho evidence
before the House for Its action. Tho
House, Judiciary Committee, on May 7,
began tho Investigation, concluded June
4, and on July t recommended that
Archbald be Impeached
In Its report the Judiciary Committee
"Your committee Is of tho opinion
that Judge Archbald s sense of inoial
lesponslhllltv has become deadened. He
has prostituted his high office for per
sonal protlt. He has attempted by
various transactions to coiumerclullzu
his potentiality us a Judge. He has
shown an overwcanlng desire to muko
gainful bargains with persons having
c.ihih heforu him or llkly to have cum a
In fore him- He hus degraded his high
nrflm nnl tlpHlrnvtd tho I onfidnni n nt
, tin- public In his Jiullilal Integrity. Ilo
lias roricucri uie nmuinuii upon wJiicu
he holds his oimnisMon (nood behavior)
and should be removed fioiu ofilcu b
This committee report was unanimous,
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Bequests Totaling $122,500
Are Left in Special Be
quests by Philanthropist.
An estate worth approximately
$2,000,000 la distributed by the will ot
Alvln M. Lothrop. member of the Arm
of Woodward & LotHrop, and promi
nent business man, tiled In Probate
Court today. The will Is dated Jan
uary 24. Ml.
Mrs. Harriet l.othrop Luttrcll, the
only child of Mr. Lothrop, Is left the
remaining estate after bequests aggre
gating iZ!,Uf are made.
The sum of $25,00) each Is bequeathed
to a sister, Mis. Caroline E. Stcxns, of
South Acton, Mass.; a brother, Kmery
D. Lothrop, of South Acton, Mass ; and
a brother. Prank B. Lothrop. of South
Acton, Muss.
Ten thousand dollars each Is left to a
nephew. Frank C. Lothron. of Mllford.
Mass.; a niece. Miss Mary II. Lothrop.
01 bouiii Acton. .Mass ; ana a sisier-in-
law, Airs tiarah .N. Eastman, of Falls
Church, Va. The two sons of Mrs.
Kastman, William H. Eastman, a Bur
geon In the United States armv, and
Frank 11. Eastman, of Falls Church,
Va . aro to en $5,0uu each.
Max Fischer, who Is named as one of
tho executors of the will, Is left $5,000 In
lieu of any fees for his services, and
Martin Van Buren Mitchell, who Is de
scribed In the will as "my faithful
servant," Is bequeathed I.'VJO
Mrs. I.uttrell and S W. Woodward
are named as executors with Mr.
Fischer. Mr. Woodwurd btlng named In
a codicil dated February 25. 1911 At
torney 4ohn B. Lamer tiled the will.
McCumber Would Pay Them $10,.
000 a Year as Commander of
Army and Navy. '
Senator McCumber of North Dakota
today set the ball rplllng In the Sen
ate In the direction of taking care of
former Presidents of the United
States. He introduced a bill providing
for the retirement of tho President
as commander-in-chief of the army
nnd navy at retired pay of $10,000 a
venr. The bill also provides that hii
widow, so long as she remains un
married, shall receive $5,000 a year.
It vvns refcircd to the Pensions Com
mittee". The bill Is similar to one Intro
duced by Mr. McCumber In the SlMy
tlrst Congress
r-enutor Works Introduced i bill for
an amendment to the Constitution
abolishing the electoral collrito and
providing for the direct election of
President nnd Vlco President.
P.esolutlons vvero Introduced to pnv
the funeial expenses of Vice. Presi
dent Sherman and Senators Heyburn
and llavner.
Ssnutoi Borah Introduced by request
a duplicate of tho Kovvlor cuirency
bill 'rV't Into tlje lloimo vestcrdav.
Scnatoi Penrose put In a bill which
would provide for one-cent letter pns
tnge in all cities In the cnuntrv.
Understood That Chief Adviser
Will Resent Movement to
Increase Army.
TOKYO, Dec. .".Because of the dif
ficulty In finding a successor to Lieu
tenant lencrul I'yechera, inlulstci of
win, It win wild today that the Maiquis
HalmiJI, the piemler, liml decided to
tendei his lenli-'imtlon o the Mlkudo
(Itiieial I'.tcchcra reulgned lieeausi, of
the rufiifnl ,of the othei memheis of
the nilnlMiv to suppoit IiIh demand foi
an Increase of tho Japanese urm
It was said In offlelul elides Hint
Prjnsc., Mauutii iirnhnHf. eves ,ihs
Hasty nuta to sucrisa oawnji,
Girl With Gun Suspected of
Daring Thefts From
Seven Homes.
People Who Siw Midnight Thief
Believe Form That of
Female Sex.
Dressed in masculine attire, and
brandishing a revolver with as much
ease and grace aa a Western cowboy,
a woman, assuming; the role ot a
burglar, Is responsible for the series
of burglaries committed In northwest
Washington Sunday night and yes
terday morning, according to Infor
mation now being investigated by
the police.
Seven houses were entered by the
mysterious person and valuables ot
varying value taken.
Woman Is Suspected.
information was placed In the hands
of Capt. Itobcrt H. Boardman, chief of
detectives, this afternoon, to the effect
that the intruder was a woman experi
enced in the art of a cracksman, and
that each of the seven thefts reported to
the police was committed by her.
The burglaries themselves were the
most daring ever committed here. At
the point of the revolver, the Jlromle
Valentine, after entering the seven
boarding houses, relieved the occupants
of whatever money and valuables they
had. In every Instance, she was aa cool
and unconcerned as a stage cracksman.
The Central Of flco men are prone to be-
llevA that If the burslar VII a woman
she will represent tiie roost dangerous
law breaker they ever have given chase.
A woman with nurve enough to calnilj
rob seven houses In one night. In each
of which resistance was offered, la a
dangerous character, the detectives at
work on the caso say.
Seven Houses Entered.
It was alio learned today the "un
known" had got Into another place es
tcrday morning, making a total ot
seven houses entered by the robber in
a period of about three hours. The de
tectives believe the burglar also en
tiled a number of other houses, but
failed to get In the bed rooms because
tho doors leading to tho hallways wern
Joseph It. Williams, proprietor of a
small stag hotel at 733 Ninth street
northwest, said today that he was
awakened about 3:30 o'clock yesterday
morning by a nolso.ln his bed room.
Looking up he saw a man standing
over him with a flashlight In on hand
and a revolver In the other.
"Be quiet, man." the Intruder said.
But Williams did not keep quiet. He
reached under his pillow for his re
volver, but the thief fled from the
room and out of the building before ha
had a chuncn to use the weapon.
Of Female Build.
Dressed In male attire, the burglar
appeared at flrst to Williams to be a
roan. He asserts, however, that the
person's figure waa certainly that of a
woman. Her voice was shrill, her waUt
narrow, and her hands small and deli
cate and white, like those of a woman.
"The Idea of a man saying, 'Be still,
man," In a low, well-modulated voice,"
said Williams today. "Think of a real,
sure-enough burglar msklng such a re
mark A man would say, 'Shut up or
I'll kill you,' but never, "Man, be still.' "
The description of tho hold-up "man"
given by Williams tallies with that of
the other victims. 8evcral persons told
the detectives that tho "man's" hands
were too small and whtte for a man.
The two vaudeville actresses with whom
the burglar shook hands before leavlnv
their room, In a Thirteenth-street room
ing house, said that the robber's nails
were carefullv manicured and looked
exactly like those of a woman. They
nlso said the "unknown's" figure was
like that of a woman dressed In male
at tiro.
The complete list ot places which the
masked burglar Is reported to have
entered Is as follows: GOSH Thirteenth
street northwest: Tenth street and
Oram place; 909 Thirteenth street; 1301
K street: 13t"i L street; 937 H street, and
731 Ninth street northwest. Kroni the
several plnces the thief obtained only
a little more than $:0 In money.
Semrle met at 1 o'clock.
Senators Perk) of Idaho, and Jackson
of Maryland, take oath.
Message of President on foreign reli
tlons rend.
Senator McCumber Introduces bill to
repeal newspaper publicity law of
last session.
Senator Oalllnger Introduces bill to
amend charter of German Orphan
Sennte sits ns court of Impeachment to
try Judgo Archbald, of Commerco
Various Important hills Introduced", In
cluding one by Senator McCumbci to
retire the President as Commander-in-Chief
of the army and nSvy.
House met at noon.
President's message read.
Adamson bill for physical valuation of
railroads called up.
Congressman t.ovj Introduced resolu
tion to authorize Treasuiy to deposit
&o,000,nno of surplus In national banks
Commlsslonsrs submitted opinion on
feasibility nt ronitruKilrif m!tilt
i hospital cm od wMKfcauat alu.

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