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iNTOLBER 7684.
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Senator Will Push Anti
Merger Bill Before Dis
trict Committee.
"Warm Fight to Block Proposed
Scheme Promises to Begin
in a Few Days.
The fight to save Washington pub
lie utilities from the big merger and
Inflation project that has been im
pending -for months, will be on in
full force before the Senate District
Committee in a few days,
Senator La Follette has taken hold
of the subject, in an effort to pass
his bill prohibiting the merger. This
measure was introduced by him on
the last day before the holiday re
cess of Congress. It has not yet
been set down for any hearing before
the committee, but the expectation
Is that Senators Works, Kenyon, and
PomereDe will take the matter up
In the commlttee, and urge an early
report and action.
House Committee Hopeless
Senator Pomerene was in "Washlng
ton, as a member of the Clapp cam
paign fund committee, during the early
autumn, when -the merger was exciting
great Interest, and found time to -give
considerable attention to it. As a re
sult, he is, strongly in favor of what
ver .measures may b necessary to pre-
Trent the sort of a consolidation that Is
WhCtr''aVaeKiaber:&:r'y'' re going to show the world
there was still .hope that under the omi
"aous circumstances surrounding the
public service properties of the District,!
mcoause committee mignt be rorced
to move, to "report the public utilities
measure, and get it on the books in
time to prevent the consummation of
the juroject. But all hope of action in
that quarter has now been abandoned
by people who are concerned to see re
suits. The feeling in District govern
tnent and other quarters is that the
House committee Is utterly hopeless, at
least sofar as concerns the present ses
sion or congress.
Turned to La Follette.
In this exigency, friends of the public
Interest here -turned to Senator La
Follette and the Progressives on the
Senate District Committee, and the La
Follette anti-merger bill was the result
Jt Is a straightforward and drastic pro
hibition of ownership by one public
service corporation of thares in another,
and ot ownership of shares in this class
of corporations by a holding company.
Senator Kenyon has been away from
Washington on a holiday trip to Pana
ma, -and pending his return it has not
teen deemed desirable to press this
measure. On his return, it is promised,
affairs will begin to develop rapidly.
"What the House committee will do.
If this bill can be forced through the
Senate, is still a serious question. There
Is talk of an effort to force the House
committee to turn the measure over to
the House, with or without a report,
so that action may be had. This pro
cedure, provided for by the rules, is
none the less very difficult of execution
!f the Houto authorities are hostile, and
eppeal to It is never needed if the House
authorities are not hostile.
Warm Fight Promised.
Indications, therefore, are that when
the fighting friends of Washington get
busy, as they will In a few days, one
of the most interettlng fights on a
District of Columbia subject In yean
will be precipitated.
Dtlay Is about all the merger pro
moters are understood to want. They
are being furnished that. In ample
quantities, and Just to their liking, by
the dilatory tactics of the House Dis
trict Committee.
The complete naralvfln of nin-w
legislation In the House lias been a.
severe discouragement to the legal
authorities, who a few weeks ago llld
a caw In court In the effort to embar
rass and worry the promoters of the
merger. It was expected when that
action was startetd that Congress
would promptly come to the rescue.
The only chame of that happening ap
pears now to reside in tin possibility
that the La Follette measures will get
early attention
Aged Man Whips Thugs.
BOSTON'. Jan. 4 Twice shot at. beat
en over trie near! with a revolver and
trampled on. sevcnty-nve-year-old Wil
liam B, Randall tought off four thugs
and chased them rrom his Jewelry store.
1'alr tonight; temperature about 30 de
grees; Sunday Increasing cloudiness with
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Major General Wood
Chooses His Staff
For Inauguration
3TaJor Gen. Leonard Wood, chief
of staff, United States Army, and
marshal of the Inaugural parade,
has made appointments for his
staff for March 4, as follows:
Ylce Chairman Col. E. St John
Chief of Staff CoL Henry T.
Adjutant General Col. H. C.
Secretary Lieut John C. H.
Lee, Engineer Corps.
In Command of the Regular
Troops and West Pointers Gen.
W. TV. Tfotherspoon.
In Command of the Militia
Brig. Gen. A. L. Mills.
The marshal for the naval rep.
resentatires has not yet been
Citizens' Organizations and
Business Men's Bodies
Will Participate.
Washington's part in the inaugural
piradc this year will be greater than
ever before. Chairman R. N. Harper, of
the civic organizations committee, de
clared this afternoon that he Is work
ing out a plan whereby Washington
business men' bodies, such as the
Chamber of Commerce and Board of
Trade, and citizens' organizations, as
'Well as fraternal and Bocial orders will
Play a big part In the parade.
"While the inauguration is a national
affair, it is nevertheless Washington's
great event,'' said Mr, Harper. "It Is
distinctly the city's entertainment to the
-nation, and as such it should have a
lane- representation ol,.'WaMhinKttm-m-
that we' can -give an excellent enter
tainment, ana an wasmngton organiza
tions are-going -to be urged strongly to
Will Not Be Political.
The inaugural parade, as far as ilr.
Harper's division Is concerned,vwlll not
be marked by any political machina
tions. His selections will be represen
tative. "This is part of the inauguration of
the Nation's Chief Executive," says-Mr.
Harper, "and as such It should seek to
honor him by being typical of Wash
ington, and the nation at large. It
should not be petty or political."
Governors of all the States will be
urged to take part In the parade. Mr.
Harpers plan calls for having every
governor on horseback with staffs rul
ing In the rear.
Heretofore only eighteen or twenty
State executives have participated, but
this year special effort will be nut forth
to get every one here. Of especial In
terest to many Washlnirtonlans Is this
proposition, and today there was ceneral
expression of approval. If all the gov
ernors cannot attend, then specltl ef
forts will be made to have all the
newly elected Democratic governors
come here.
One of the Important features of Mr.
Harper's work will be a section devoted
to the uniformed ranks of a number of
colored men's organizations. Plans for
this branch are not complete, but Mr.
Harper already has a number of letters
from colored organizations asking for
a chance to parade.
College Delegations.
The subject cf military institute and
agricultural college delegations will be
considered Monday night in a meeting
of the civic organizations' committee,
and also liter with MaJ. Gen. Leonard
Wood, chief marshal of the parade.
Chairman Richard N. Brooks of the
medals and badges committee, today
appointed the following members. Will
iam P. SUva, Henry K. Bush-Brown,
Mitchell Carroll, William B. Closson.
Henrv E. Cooper. F. P. Iteeside. and
John Jay Edson. The reception com
mittee appointments will probably be
made early next week by Chairman
Thomas Nelson Pace, who now is work- !
ine- to avoid too mucn diinllcatlon with
other committee appointments. His com
mittee will b- representative of Wash
ington's Interests, and. probably, will
nave several nunurea memDera.
Plans for decorations and illumination
of streets and the Inaugural ball room
will be developed aunnj the coming
week on a simple, but beautiful, basis.
Damages aggregating JiO.OOU arc asked
by the parents of Norman 1. Locke
and Marguerite KaulTman, who were
drowned while skating on Chevy Chase
Lake last winter.
The defendants In the suit, which
was Hied In the District Supreme Court
today through Attorneys Wilton J.
Lambert and 11. II. Veatman, arc the
Capital Traction Company and the
Chevy Chase Land Company. Mrs.
Loulxa K. Locke, administratrix of the
estate of young Ixcke, and Cioyd K.
KaulTman, administrator of the estate
of Miss Kauffman, are the plaintiffs.
'I Tie claim Is made that the two de
fendant companies offered Inducements
to persons to go to Chevy Chase Lake
for recreation and amusement, but
were negligent In throwing safeguard-!
about the skaters. The two victims
of the drowning went through the
ice on the side of the lake where the
power house is located, and it Is al
leged there was negligenco In discharg
ing the hot water and steam into the
I laki at that point. The charge W also
i maae tnai me aeienuants neglected to
.poll warnings.
Day Devoted to Testimony
Mostly of Technical
New York Expert Again on Stand
Admits Commercial Company
Had Surplus.
The insurance companies under in
vestigation had their first inning to
day when Charles P. Carusi, general
counsel for the First National and
the Commercial companies, and the
underwriting firm of Tuttle, Wight
man & Dudley, conducted a search
ing and partly successful cross-examination
of Alfred M. Best, the New
York insurance expert.
The testimony today was largely
of a technical nature, but this en
abled Mr. Carusi to obtain the ad
mission from the expert that at the
time of the report of the Insurance
superintendent, October 31, the Com
mercial company was solvent, elim
inating entirely the Southern build
ing valuation.
Criticises Literature.
Mr. Best acknowledged the company
probatly had a surplus of $13,000 to-Jll.-000,
but he stuck to his criticism of the
literature circulated by the Insurance
companies and their underwriters.
It developed during the hearing that
officials of the First National, includ
ing Justice Atkinson, Robert NjHar
per. and Ifr. Carnsf; had approved the
bookIet Jssucd.by tiurit'. company .and
also, thatr'tite "prcspeetuir hsftbeen" "dls"
cussed informally" at the Postof flco
General Wynne, said Mr, Carusi. will
explain later why the book waif "dis
cussed" at the department.
So technical did some of the testi
mony become today that Congressman
Victor Berger sat "up straight toward
the end of the hearing and demanded
to know "what it was all about."
"I know some Greek, but this Isn't
evenspreek," said the socialist member
of the commltte.
Best Again Examined.
When we resumed the cross examina
tion today Attorney Carusi asked Mr.
Best why he had "dragged In" the
affairs of the rpotectlon Corporation of
New York In his analysis of the First
National and the Commercial Fire In
surance companies.
"As an Insurance expert I saw a con
tinuity between the old ProtecUve com
pany and the Commercial," said the
"Is It because you criticised the litera
ture of both groups? Cannot each group
be considered on its own merits?"
"The stock selling campaign of the
Protective corporation of my 8tate was
In charge of Merrs. Wlghtman and
Dudley, and the stock selling campaign
of the Commercial, after Its purchase.
was In charge of Tuttle, Wlghtman and
Dudley, Incorporated," answered Mr.
"You criticised the literature circu
lated by the First National." said Mr.
Carusi. "Did you know that this book,
although written by Mr. Wlghtman.
who Is an advertising man and not an
Insurance man, was submitted to of
ficers of that company, and was taken
to the Postoffice Department and In
formally discussed there?"
"You told me so," said Mr. Best.
Then Tuttle, Wlghtman and Dudley
are not responsible for the book," con
tinued Mr. Carusi, prefacing his ques
tion with a statement. "Did you not
know that this book was carefully
edited by Judge Atkinson, Mr. Harper
and myself?"
Not Personally Informed.
Mr. Best said he was not personally
familiar with the details of the prepara
tion of literature of the company.
"You did not know that Judge Atkin
son had been for many years connect
ed with a West Virginia Insurance com
pany, did you?" continued the Insurance
"I did hot," said the expert witness.
"And you did not know that Mr. Har
per had been a director of the Com
mercial before Its purchase by the pro
tective corporation?"
"What did Mr. Tuttle have to do with
the selling of the stock of the Protec
tive concern, a New York corporation.
"I understand that It was originally a
Joint plan of Mr. Tuttlo and Ire A.
Manning. Mr. Tuttle was to handle the
lire Insurance end and Mr. Manning was
to do the promoting."
"Did you know that Mr. Tuttle dis
posed or $50,000 worth of this stock
among his friends and agents, and did
not charge 1 cent commission?"
"I did not."
"Ah to the dlscrec'It sought to be
placed on Mr. Tuttle, what Is there
against him except this former connec
tion with the Protective Company?"
"I do not know of anything against
him." answered Mr. Best.
"He was always regarded as a suc
cessful Insurance man at Syracuse?"
"Yes. In- always made money for his
"Aside from that connection and that
with these two companies, what do you
know to the discredit of Mr. Wlghtman
and Mr. Dudley?"
"Personally, I know of nothing against
them. I have received reports from
other agents, but I would not repeat
those reports here."
"New York and Florida Special,"
2th season of tlnest train operated to
Florida, Cuba, South, Atlantic Const
Line, 6:20 p. in. dally, effective Jan. 6th
i trains dally. 1108 New York ave. N.W.
To Be Guest of President, First
Visit Since She Was "First Lady
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Crowd Too Much on March
3, He Says, in Refus-
fusing Request.
Permission for womeu of tliu Dis
trict branch of the National Wom
en's Suffrafre Association to use Penn
sylvania avenue for a pajreant on
the night of March 3, was denied to
day by Major Sylvester, superintend
ent of police. The difficulty of af
fording police protection to any par
ade through the Avenue on that
night, much less a parade of women,
when the street is usually jammed
with people, thousands of whom have
come here for a pood time and do not
care how they have It. was given by
Major Sylvester as the reason for
his action.
The refusal has precipitated a line
row, and from this time forward there
will be war to the knife between the
suffragettes and the District authori
ties. At headquarters of the association
today officials declared that holdlntr
the pageant on some other street would
fall of accomplishing the purpose for
which the pageant was held.
"We want to go where the crowd Is,"
they said.
Major Sylvester said there was no ob
jection to the pngeant. He explained
that for several days before inaugural
ceremonies the people flock Into the city.
"The Avenue will be niled with
people," ho declared. "They will be
coming and going. Cars will be running.
Organizations from other cities will be
coming Into the city to take part In the
Senator Clapp Asks Committee to
Include November Contribu
tions in Probe.
Senator Clapp of Minnesota made an
unsuccessful efforL today to get the
scope of the campaign contributions in
vestigation extended bo as to cover the
recent prc-clpctlon campaign. He In
troduced a resolution for the purpose,
and, after stating briefly his reasons
therefor, said It was likely some tes
timony would be taken. vhl:e the state,
ments of expenditures have been made
public, .senator Clapp thinks some ex
planations should he made. Senator
Oliver objected to consideration, and
this forced the resolution to go over.
Senator Clapp grave notice that Monday
b would move Its adoption.
Young Man Slays Wife of
Italian Army Officer in
Her Home.
SAN FRANCISCO, Cal.. Jan. 4. The
police today -were, unable to furnish
a motive for the double tragedy late
last night when M. J. Howley. of
Scranton, Pa., shot and killed Mrs.
Rlla De Rovey. and then committed
The tragedy occurred In Mr? De
Rovey's apartment here, and when
Prof. Fritz Krueger. the only person
who heard the shots, reached the
scene a moment after the shooting;
both Howley and the woman were
Prof. Krueger went to the apartment
to rehearse with Mrs. De Rovey her
part In a German play to be given
by amateurs. Howley admitted him
and asked him to be seated until Mrs.
De Rovey appeared. Howley then went
Into tli: dining room and cloved the
Prof. Krueger heard him and the wom
an conversing in a low tone an then
heard two shots. Ho ran Into the
dining room and found the woman on
the floor. Howley was sitting In a
chair. Both were dead, cacli with a
bullet hole In the temple.
Mrs. De Rovey was a beautiful wom
an, the wife of a retired Italian army
officer and was prominent In German
social circles here. Her husband Is said
to have separated from her Her
friends assert that some days ago she
had a quarrel with Howley and sent
him away from her apartment when he
tried to borrow money from her.
"It's an 111 wind that blows nobody
Dr. y. B. Hudson, superintendent of
the bathing beach, today reported to
the Commlfcloners the destruction of the
bathhouses by the storm which swept
Washington yesterday. As a result Dr.
Hudson will recommend the abandon
ment of the present pools and the es
tablishment of a modern bathing beach
In the Tidal basin at the foot of Seven
teenth street northwest.
In the annual estimates for the beach
is Included an Item of $1,500 for re
pairs. Estimating, In view of the re
cent damage, that more than this sum
will be required to place the beach In
readiness for Its thousands of mimnier
lfltoin. it is considered by Dr. Hudvoii
ii measure or economy to provide new
us.tu.uate faculties.
Former First Lady of Land
Coming to Capital for
Her -Fiance and' Daughter, Miss
Esther, Will Attend Dur
ing Week.
Mrs. Grover Cleveland, for nearly
four years first lady of the land,
will be at the White House next Sat
urday night as the dinner guest of
President and Mrs. TafL
This is her first social visit to
Washington since President Cleve
land's term.
Visits With Hammonds.
Mrs. Cleveland will be entertained
here by Mr. and Mrs. John Hays Ham
mond, at whose home she will arrive
on the Sth. Her fiance. Prof. T. J.
Preston of Princeton University, will
come to Washington later as a guest
at the Presidential dinner.
Many entertainments are planned for
Mrs. Cleveland, who during her resi
dence in the White House was great
ly beloved as a woman of democratic,
charming manner.
On Thursday, Mrs. L. 7.. Leitcr will
give a luncheon in honor of Mrs. Cleve
land, and Mrs. Hcnrj Dlmock will glvo
a muslcale.
Accompanied by Daughter.
The following day Mrs. Richard
Townsend will entertain with a din
ner, and then on Saturday will come
the White House dinner. Mrs. CteveUid
will be accompanied here by her daugh
ter. Miss Esther Cleveland.
In addition to the entertainments al
ready announced several others are
being arranged at present.
The AVhlto House dinner, notable In
view of the peronal!ty of the guest
and her approaching marriage, will fol
low a strenuous week of dining bv the
President at the Secretary of War's
dinner, the Diplomatic dinner, and a
reception and dinner with Mr und
Mrs. John Hays Hammond.
L.UCV Scrognn. four years old, was
burned severely about the face and up
per part of her body while playing with
fire nhortly beforo noon today at her
home, 06 Mar land avenues southwest.
At the Children's Hospital, where she
was taken in the Emergency Hospital
automobile. It was said little hope was
entertained for recovery.
The child wait playing in the kitchen
and during her mother's absence opened
the door of the cook Ktove. She tore
a piece of paper and poked it In the
coals. As she took tho burning paper
from the stove the flames llred her
dreH. and beforo her mother, who was
In another part of the house, reached
the kitchen and smothered the flames,
the child was burned.
Seven Are Rescued From Spar After Ter
rific Crash in Chesapeake Bay
- Near Tangier Island Light
Twenty-three men and one woman, including Capt. "S.
E. Gilbert and his yrife, were drowned when the steameri
Julia Luckenbach and Indra'kuala collided yesterday morn
ing at 7 o'clock in Chesapeake bay, near Tangier Island. 4
heavy fog and the hurricane caused the accideat. -
First Officer Hunt and six seamen, were picked up
from a spar at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon Ty the steam-
er Pennsylvania.
The Ihdrakuala was beached three miles from the scene
of the collision.
The Eevenue Cutter Apache left for the place, of the
collision as soon as word arrived here of the accident, and
at noon was proceeding at full speed toward Tangier Island,
having passed Point No Point.
Wireless dispatches from the steamer City o'f St LooIsrgaTe the in
formation that the bis schooner Bessie Whiting was in distress off Cape,
Hatteras, with every sail blown away in the storm yesterday and last
night. The revenue cutter Onondaga has gone to' her rescue.
The liner Amerlia, of the Hamburg-American line, is in soft' saad
.today in the upper bay off Tompldnsvllle. She Willi be Seated offa& sook
as tugs can reach her with the proper
jrke. line.tpok; boUonjCir
.danger. The line officials, harried
that he. would be floated quickly and certainly at the HCrt high tMe
' The Amerika sailed from her Hoboken pier at & o'clock; Owing to the
high wind and peculiar currents, she was forced to proceed" very slowly,
and was running at greatly reduced speed when her bow bit the sand.
Her captain immediately reported the mishap by wireless" to the linsv
officials, coupled with the reassuring statement that there, was no damage
to the hull. ' .
Virginia Congressman Is Chosen
for Foreign Affairs" ,
Congressman Henry D. Flood of Vir
ginia, wll succeed Governor Sulzer as
chairman of the House Foreign Affairs
Committee. This was decided today by
the House Ways and Means Committee,
the "committee on committees." Ills
name will be presented to the Demo
cratlc caucus next Tuesday.
Several minor committee, vacancies In
the House were also filled by the Ways
and Means Democrats today. They de
elded not to fill the vacancy on the
Ways and Means Committee, caused by
the resignation from the House of Sena
tor-elect William b. nughes. or new
Jersey. Ansberry is the choice of the
Democratic leaders for Hughes com
mittee seat.
Retirement of Chairman Robinson, of
Arkansas, to become governor from the
House Public Lands Committee Janu
ary 14, and Governor-elect Cox. of Ohio,
from the Appropriations Committee; will
be awaited before their successors are
Major Leonard Will Map Out Im
provements for Leavenworth
An investigation of the Federal peni
tentiary at Leavenworth, Kans., to map
cut Improvements in organization, dis
cipline and handling of prisoners was
begun by Attorney General WIckersham
today when he appointed Major Harry
Leonard, U. S. M. C, retired, as special
investigator. Major Leonard recently
reorganized the Portsmouth naval prl
son. It is reported nere mat tne heaven
worth penitentiary is overtaxed by
nearly aw prisoners.
Permanent alimony in tho sum of $55
monthly is awarded In a decree of legal
separation signed by Justice Barnard. In
Equity Court, No. i, in the suit of Mrs.
Margaret C. Padgett against Edward K.
Originally the suit was an absolute
divorce, but Mrs. Padgett amended It
and asked simply tor legal separation.
Attorneys Milan & Smith appeared for
Mrs. Padgett, while Attorney John Boyle
Carmody represented Padgett.
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tugs down, to hentajrf it was stated
ThrQwn From Lifeboats.
BALTIMORE, Jan. 4. The colli
sion between the Julia Luckenbach
and the Indrakuala occurred at the
entrance to. the thirty-foot channel
near Tangier sound during the worst
of the storm,. The Luckenbach. was
bound for Norfolk; and carried 'a
crew of thirty-one men. A ntttiaher
of the crew managed to get Into life
boats,' but the. small craft' could not
livein the sea that was running, and
the ocupanip were thrown into tha
Icy water.
. Tug to the Rescue..
The Merritt-Chapman Company's tug
Rescue is coming at full 'speed from
Norfolk to the aid of the Indrakuala,
and to pick np anw survivor who may
be clinging to wreckage. Th revea
survivors from the LucKenbacn will be
taken to Norfolk.
The Luckenback sunk five minutes
after the Indraiuala. coming 'out of the
fog, dealt her a death blow.
Only those on the top deck had time
to escape. First Officer Frederick R.
Hunt, who has a wife und four child
ren and seven members of the crew
climbed Into tha Urging and hung there
lor six hours in tue terrible cold until
t&rDa2i?a U.5cr Pennsylvania, rescued
yj ?" Xu oters. caugnt below decks,
pined. knowing what had ha
T,1, Intlrakuala, with a bir hoi in
in J Sh,e' ba?Ha,yay tm tie sink
ing ship and headed Tor the beach
around Tangier Sound. She was ground
ed in time for all or her crew to be
The accident happened when the bay
was thick with fog. The LucRenbacKl'
f rnS, uundn, up the tay to Baltlmore
from Port Tampa. The Indraquala was
bound down the bay to New York. '
Indrakuala Disappeared.
After the Luckenback sank. Hunt and
the six men lashtd to the rigging tried
to attract the attention of the ship
that had rammed them. It disappeared
In the fog.
The wind was blowing forty miles an
r.our and the heavy seas that broke
(Continued on Third Page.)
Met at noon.
Judge Archbald trial resumed at"l:3u.
Senator Cummins falls to get date set
to vote on Presidential one-term
Senator Clapp seeks to get campaign
contributions investigation extended
to cover past campaign, hut Senator
Oliver objects. ,
Senator Smith of South Carolina called
home by death of one of Ms children.
House met at noon.
Debate on Indian bill resumed.
Insurance Investigation continued.
Appropriations committee considered
District appropriation bill,
Pujo m,oney trust committee announced
that William. Rockefeller .bad ftaally
accepted service of his subpoena.
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