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Full Report on Page 2.
Home Edition
Yesterday's Circulation, 49,403
Sixteen Pages
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Congressman Kahn Urges Ac
tion in Removal of Condi-
jC tions in Capital Alleys.
President's Wife Attends Ses-
sion of Civic Federation,
. Which Seeks Reform.
Bounding forth, a warning against
repeating In Washington the slum
experiences of other capitals, Con
gressman Kahn of California today,
before the women's branch of the
National Civic Federation, promised
his strongest personal support in be
half of alley elimination here.
Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, whose in
terest In the campaign haB given It a
decided impetus, was present and
heard .her praises sung by Mrs.
Archibald Hopkins, head of the or
More Slumming Parties.
The slumming parties which Mrs.
Wilson made popular will be continued.
Senators and others are showing In
terest, so Mrs. Hopkins will guide them
around this week. Mrs. Wilson Is main
taining her Interest In the work, and a
number of women, including wives of
members of Congress, will maice inspec
tions of Washington's alleys as her
Bills for converting Goat alley and
Snow's court Into parks will be Intro
duced In the House and Senate Friday,
If present plans carry, but a delay may
be occasioned by reason of certain by
laws in the National Civic Federation
constitution. Congressman Kahn will
father the House bill, and Senator Gal
linger will be asked to stand sponsor
for the Senate bilL
Pictures Girls In Alleys.
Congressman Kahn's warning' to
Washington today included a picture, of
girls aylngJnJWiealley from tubercu
losis for "want of fresh" air, of disease, ,
and crime rampant.
He pointed particularly to the fact
(Continued on JTlfth Page.)
Johnson and Griffith at Odds
Over Keeping Capital Player
. Off Ball Grounds.
CLEVELAND, May 21. Clark Griffith
Is In the midst of another mlx-up with
Ban Johnson's office, and unless there
la an end to it soon Klclc Altrock may
cause some trouble for his boss. Poor
Nick Isn't at fault, though.
"If Dineen insists on keeping Altrock
oft the field today as he did yesterday,
and I find need of him In the box. I'll
Eltch him," says Griffith. "The Cleve
ind club can protest him and then I'll
take my team off the field. The fine
for leaving the field is ilooo. I'll never
pay it. It's about time Johnson woke
up to what is going on in his own
league. I'm willing to Inform him, any
way." And there you have Griffith's whole
"Johnson says that I have twenty
five players without Altrock." continued
the Nationals' leader. Without the
league's beauty I have Just twenty
three. It's a wonder to me why John
son can't keep up to date on the sales
and releases of my players. But if
he insists on causing me trouble over
Altrock I'll take a chance and then
put It up to Johnson. I'd like to sec
him fine me U.000 for leaving the
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Griffith today wired the .head of the
league that Altrock is eligible and will
be used if needed. No word has been
received from Johnson.
O'Hara Is Cleared From
Charges of Immorality
SPRINGFIELD, 111., May 2L Lieu
tenant Governor O'Hara was cleared to
day of all suspicion of Immoral conduct
In a report submitted to the senate by
Senator Ettleson.
Senator Ettleson headed an examlnlnr
committee instructed to investigate
charges that O'Hara had Improper re
lations with Mrs. Maud Robinson in the
Hotel Sherman, in Chicago. January 17.
18, and 19. U13. Having exonerated
O'Hara. the examining committee criti
cised the senate white slavery examin
ing committee, of which the lieutenant
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srovemor Is chairman, especially tor me;
methods used In the examinations in
Sam Davis, the Springfield brewer,
who caused the Robinson affidavit to be
drawn up, waa censured.
Breaks World's Record
For Aviation Flight
PARIS, May 2L Aviator Ferryon
broke the world's altitude record for
an aviator's flight with a passenger
this ifttrnooti, at Buc. when he remain
ed la the air two hours and twenty-five
Unutea with one passenger at a height
1UB fart. Ha umA a miopias.
Thousands of Chronic Poisonings
Rival Walker Case, Says Woodward
Apropos of the bichloride of mercury poisoning case of B. Sanders
Walker, In Xacon, Gs, Health Officer Woodward this afternoon de
dared that there are thousands of kidney poisoning cases in Wash
ington of which the general public never hears. The Georgia case,
he said, is an acute one, while those to which he is referring are
Dr. Woodward says:
"Hundreds and thousands of deaths every year from kidney poi.
trouble night have been avoided by right living.
"Some of the causes are faulty diet, excesslre use of alcoholic
liquors, mental overwork, insufficient nuscular exercise, and a failure
to pay attention to the body.
"Ignorance, work, and worry exact the penalty of premature death.
"Sometimes ambition to accumulate larger fortunes, more dignity
or fcouor bring about the same result
"While hundreds die yearly, they excite no attention or sympathy,
as does the case of the Georgia man poisoned with corrosive sabli
mate." The body often contains substances as poisonous as corroslre sub
limate because of neglect.
Many people cannot plead Ignorance nor force of circumstances.
They saerilce themselves to the overwork and nerve strain incident
to their ambition.
Senator Hopes to Report Bill
on June 7, and Changes
Are to Be Made.
Efforts to hurry along the tariff bill
in the Senate were made today at a
meting of the Democratic members of
the Finance Committee. It was an
nounced that Senator Simmons hoped to
report the bill to the Senate" June 7.
The following statement was given
out by Senator Simmons'
"The Democratic members of the
Finance Committee of the Senate dc
aire that all persons who wishto con
fer with the subcommittees with ref
erence .tomthefchedules referred to
them'Should do to before the close of
next ,xuesaay, Aiier men, ine ouu
commlttees will begin the work of
actually framing, the schedules'
The subcommittees will work the
rest ojj next week- shaping the ached
ules, and will then report to the full
committee. Senator Simmons hopes to
report the bill to the Democratic cau
cus June 3.
At the meeting of the main committee
a resolution was adonted for the print
ing of briefs and lists of persons ap
pearing before the subcommittees and
the majority memoers oi me nwn com
mittee. An important fact brought out at the
meeting of the committee tcdar was
that the Finance Corrfmitteo would
make numerous changes in the House
Washingtonians Will Go
West With Roosevelt
O. K. Davis, secretary of the Pro
gressive national committee; Gifford
Pinchot, John Callan O'Laughlln, and
Gilson Gardner, two Washington news
paper correspondents, will accompany
Theodore Roosevelt from New York to
Marquette, Mich., on Saturday, where
the colonel will press his $10,000 noei
auit against George A. Newett, editor
of the Ishpemlng Iron Ore.
The suit was started ad a result of
certain statements printed in the Iron
Ore reflecting on Mr. Roosevelt's pri
vate character. The iron Ore has been
strongly Republican.
Others who will accompany Mr. Roose
velt to Marquette to disprove state
ments are Dr. Alexander Lambert, Mr.
Roosevelt s family pnysician; KODeri
Bacon, former Secretary of State: Will
lam Loeb, Jr., private secretary to Mr.
Roosevelt when he was President, and
Lawrence Abbott, of the Outlook.
Wilkie's Resignation
From Customs Accepted
The resignation of John E. Wllkle as
chief of customs agents of the Treas
ury was accepted today by Secretary
McAdoo. The resignation takes effect
at the end of the fiscal year, June 30.
Mr. Wllkle resigns to become assistant
to Henry A. Hlalr, chairman or the
board of directors of the Chicago Rail
ways Company.
Secretary McAdoo In his reply "regrets
the determination to quit the service,
as I had looked for a continuance or
your work In the department: but I can
readily understand your desire to take
advantage of the business offer which
you tell me la the occasion of your les
ignatlon. Wishing you great success In
your new flpld of activity."
Lawyer Gibson's Trial
Delayed Till Friday
NEWBURGH, N. Y., May 21. The
second trial of Lawyer Burton W. Gib
son for the murder of Mrs. Rose Mensch
Szabo before Justice Tompkins, was con
tinued tndnv until Vrlriav mnrnlnc .ihAn
- " . - r. . - : - "..v.
counsel tor me aerenaant announced
that they would file an affidavit. The
document was not ready.
The court granted the delay, telling
counsel for the defense that the affi
davit must be before the court by Fri
day. Arnold Loses in Denver.
DENVER. May 21. With fewer than
one-third of the precincts counted early
today, the only thing that seemed cer
tain about the result of yesterday's
commission government election was
that Mayor Henry J. Arnold has been
overwhelmingly defeated In his candi
dacy for commissioner of finance. Re
turns from forty-eight out of ISO prj
clficta show Arnold running fifth.
Colonel Sibert Urged for Place
as Chief, Engineer, Sought by
Colonel Goethals.
What is expected to develop Into a.
lively army scrap over patronage de
veloped today, when a delegation, head
ed by Senators Johnston of Alabama
and Ransdell of Louisiana, called at
the White House to press the candi
dacy of Lieut. Col. William L. Sibert,
engineer in charge of the Atlantic
division of the Panama Canal work,
for the post of chief United Statu
engineer. This office will be vacated by the re
tirement, on .December 27, next, of Gen.
William H. Blxby, who has held it since
June 10, J910
Wh'ero the 'right is expected to de
velop is that Colonel Goethals, chief
engineer of the Panama Canal Zone. Is
knbwn to be a candidate to succeed
General Blxby, and a clash between
Colonel Sibert and Colonel Goethals,
his superior, Is expected.
Blame Colonel Goethals.
Friends of Colonel Sibert say he never
has had auffclent credit for his work on
the canal, and they say Colonel Goe
thals has shown a disposition to take
ail the credit.
Colonel Sibert is a member of the
Isthmian canal commission. As divi
sion engineer of the Atlantic division
of the canal work he had charge of
the construction of the Colon break
waters, the channel excavation from
Gatun to the Atlantic ocean and the
construction of the Gatun dam and
locks. Colonel Goethals had more direct
charge over the Culebra cut excavation.
Colonel Goethals is due to come home
from the Panama canal zone In a
month or so. It Is denied that he has
been sent for by the President. Wheth
er the Blxby succession will be one of
the matters discussed at that time Is
not known.
Post Is Important.
The post of Chief United States En
gineer is one of the most important
Governmental positions. The army en
gineers have come prominently before
the public as one of the chief branches
of the tervlce by reason of the won
derful results accomplished In build
ing the. Panama canal. There will be
another big field of work opened up lr
the engineers are placed In charge of
a comprehensive plan of river Improve
ment, as it is ociievea tney win be
within the next few years.
Col. John M. Vance, former Congress
man from Ohio, and president or the
Ohio Valley Improvement Association:
Capt. William P. Rodgers. of Pitts
burgh, and Albert Bettlnger, of Cin
cinnati, also were In the party.
President Wilson heard the argu
ments. Secretary of War Garrison's
office was visited, but the Secretary
was not In the city.
Urges Bureau to Study
Life-Saving Inventions
The establishment In the Department
of Labor of a museum of life-saving
devices and a bureau to study occu
pational diseases was urged upon Pres
ident Wilson today by Congressman
Bremner of New Jersey.
Mr. Bremner's Idea h to maintain In
Washington a laboratory showing all
life-saving devices of every character,
and to have experts on hand to explain
such Inventions. He also desires that
the Department of Labor shall make a
study of occupational diseases and from
time to time send lecturers througnout
the country to talk upon this subject.
The President lh understood to have
been favorably Impressed with Mr.
Bremner's suggestion, and will give It
further consideration.
Must Cancel Order
For Soldiers' Meat
By a decision of the Comptroller of
the Treasury today former decisions are
upheld respecting the purchase of sup
plies for various departments of Gov
ernment for use In Washington. The
law stntids, says the Corojitroller, that
such bids for supplies mfisl be adver
tised for by the Secretary of the Treas
ury, even though the supplies are
bought outside the District.
The surgeon general and quartermas
ter general of the army and the en
gineer officer of the District made three
separate but similar appeals on this
same question, but all are overruled.
By the decision a contract made for
furnishing Washington barracks rltb
fiesh meat will ha to be canceled.
Committee of Upper House
Favors Making Inquiry of
the Widest Scope.
Serfdom, Immigration, and
Combinations to Be Subjects
of Broad Investigation.
The most important investigation (
into labor, industrial, and railroad
conditions which has been under-.
taken by a committee of the Senate
in recent years will be the outgrowth
of the charges of peonage and other
grave abuses made by the miners in
the Paint Creek and Cabin Creek re
gions of West Virginia.
Searching Inquiry Planned.
Developments at the meeting today of
the Education and Labor Committee of
the Senate made it clear that the In
quiry will be of a scope which writ little
expected when the demand for a Con
gressional Investigation first arose.
The committee went on record In favor
of an Investigation of the broadest fcurt.
That the Senate will back up the com
mittee and order an investigation of
the kind which It recommends is not
The light is to be thrown on the alle
gations of peonage, and the charges that
the mine operators have brought about
a virtual Russianlzatlon of the faction
of West Virginia where the strike l.as
prevailed for something like a year ptst.
But the Inquiry will not stop at the
point of finding cut whether m.rers
have been held In the 8tatc of serfcUm.
which Senator Kern and others htveH
charged. These are among the otter
important angles of the stluatlon wh.ch
will be Investigated:
Seek Light On Combinations.
Immigration and Its relation to the al
leged depression of wages and otter
abuses. vi-t$
xne lacts ana circumstanocs ermznf
to the alleged violation of the Constitu
tion and laws o fthe United States by
operation of military tribunals while the
civil court were open.
The causes leading ud to the Dresent
conditions In tha West Virginia mining
fields, the wages of the miners ,and the
Whether combinations of rrlne
owners as to the sale, production mil
transportation of coal In West Vir
ginia have affected conditions.
The Inquiry Into whether there are
combinations undoubtedly will lead
into the question whether there have
been violations of the Sherman law.
Good reason exists for the belief that
back of the mine operators stand
powerful financial and railroad Influ
ences. The Intention is to throw the
x-ray on them. In this connection
big politics may be shown to be In
volved. Sub-Committee Appointed.
Both Republicans and Democrats of
prominence In West Virginia have
rushed to the defense of the opera
tors in this crisis. Former Senator
Watson. Democrat, who Is heavily
Interested in mines. Is one of those
who has fought against an Inquiry.
Senator Goff, Republican, and Scna
toi Chilton, Democrat, have both op
posed the Kern resolution on the
floor of the Senate.
It will be extremely Interesting If
the forthcoming investigation should
get Into the facts as to whether the
big mining Influences of West Virginia,
backed as thev are aliened tn he. hv
railroads, are engaged In swaying a
bi-partisan political power in the State
and whether Republicans and Demo
crats alike are In their grip.
The Sducatlon and Labor Committee,
called together by Senator Hoke Smith,
took up the Kern resolution for an in
vestigation today. After discussion and
after Senator Kern had appeared be
fore the committee. It was decided to
name a subcommittee of five to perfect
the resolution and broaden Its scope.
This subcommittee consists of Senators
Swanson, Shields. Marline. Borah, and
Kenyon. Senator Kern urged a sub
committee of five .netend of three to go
Into the West Virginia mining regions
and see conditions
Will Visit Strike Region.
The subcommittee was entrusted with
wie snaping up or the resolution. Both
the main committee and the subcom
mittee agreed on a broad Investigation.
The subcommittee u report at a meet
ing or the main committee tomorrow.
Iwiter. the subcommittee entrusted Sen
ator Swanson with the actual drafting
of the resolution It was decided thnt
it ould cover the ground already de-
scribed. ' I
Furthermore It n.-.i .t....i.i...i ,i,. .k I
main committee .shall conduct hearings
in wanington. but that a subcom-1
mlttee. probably of five hit-ill -o 'nto
tneuh.Ik" roKl"- This subcommittee
probably will consiui rr i. ,.. ,i,.
Senators who were directed to shape I
up ine resolution The .Senate will ii.hi I
me resolution a soon n it i re-1
ported Inck from the Kducntlon and
Labor ( ommlttee. nnH tim investli?.!.
Hon probably wm i,eRn noN-t w(.,.i
with the calling m of various proinl-!
nent figures in the rai..t c..k .nH
Cabin Treek troubles. Including Gov
f,rno' Hattield Kugene V. Debs is
likely to be one of the first witnesses.
State Senator on Trial.
NEW YORK. May 21.-rharged with
bribery. Slate Senator Stenhcn J Still-1
wen .oda;. wrnl l0 ZL
flmrem n ",P l;r,mlnal ''ncl, of the I
fuiremo rourt. stnta c.....A- tii.i
land, oncinjlly assigned r counsel l.v
the court, was too III : appear ni-I
Rebe-t M Mooie .-.nd William T. Byrn-.-ocled
In his stead.
Sunday In Philadelphia. A Trip Full
of Interest and pleasure. Sunday ex-?!?,onnn.,yBIZ-50
p"lPhla and re-l-h
K' B"ndny. May 15. Pennsyl
vmla Itailro.id. s? k rti..-. .
to Wilmington and return Special ti'-'n
Knit Maaniriston 7::o A. M. Advu
Seven Thousand Grade Pupils
and Teachers in Brilliant
Pageant at Ball Park.
Event Held Under Direction of
the Public School Physical
Training Department.
Feaiures of Big Play
Fes ival io Be Given
By Grade Pupils Today
Mass drills, seventh and eighth
grades, 1,500 pupils.
Eighth grade folk dances, 433
lupils, 18 teachers.
Belay race, fourth grade girls,
160 runners.
Leap-frog nice, fourth grade
boys, 80 jumpers.
Folk dances, first grade pupils,
iti dancers.
Folk dance, sixth grade pupils,
360 daacers.
Championship of four sections
of city, relay race.
Championship of city, 60-yard
dash, 9 picked runners.
BeuHbag exerlcses, second grade
900 pupils, 45 teachers.
Folk duces, third grade, 360
Straddle ball game, 126 pupils,
la nine teams of fourteen each.
Games, fifth grade, 860 pupils,
18 teachers.
Total amber of pupils, 6,011;
teachers, 303.
"Z)am;iV ovur rfieifrveosvarcr'al
the ball park, running relay races
for the championship of the city,
drilling en masse with numbers ap
proaching four figures, demonstrat
ing what physical culture work of
the public schools amounts to nowa
days, nearly 7,000 pupils and teach
ers of the elementary grades of the
public schools or Washington this
afternoon staged a mammoth field
day and play festival, the first of its
kind in the District.
Brilliant Scene Presented.
From the minute this afternoon when
twenty-eight classes, twenty children to
a class, of first grade children left
the grandstand and began to dance to
the music Humperdlnck composed for
"Hansel and arete!' until late In the
day, when nearly 1,000 eighth grade
children unite In a mass drill, the
American League Park will have pre
sented a scene of animated color and
action, a pageant In which numbers
have been, equaled by variety and In
hlch precision of maneuver rivaled the
military drills of older school boys, who
owned the park yesterday and the day
The field day was presented bv the
physical training department of the
schools, under Dr. Kebecca Stoneroad,
director. Unless rain mars It before
the program concludes this afternoon, it
will go down In school history here as
an Instance of where energetic en
deavor overcame heavy handicaps for
only three days ago plans had to be
changed and the festival held two days
(Continued on Ninth Page.)
Philadelphia Shipping
Tied Up by Stevedores
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JiA.,,Te JTt"L! . i Ma.X .21--Trans-
Atlantic and coastwise shipping at this '
port Is completely tied up today, follow-1
ihk in-- ui-n-i uuii oi jiracucnuy every
large liner by the few remaining steve
dores and longshoremen who refused
to strike when a walkout uw n.-,!..-,..)
I I.a .,.. .. .4 -. ..
last week.
There are now over 3.0flo men Idle,
and attempts will be made later to cali
out laborers who are unlmwiinir fmi.-i,.
at the railroad yards along the Dein.
ware river. Details of mountni ,rii
and private guards are patrolling the
ver irum. uuiso tar mere has been
no serious disorder
J'"- shipping interests today offered
the men a j-cent Increase, but the rtneU.
me" refused It. They state they will
nom " ") r ineir original
manna oi oj inns an nour.
Spencer's Assailants
Admit Their Guilt:
Joseph OTJonnell. Frank Daugherty, I
and Joseph N'eedham. who were Indict- I
,,! with John J. Patten on a charge of'
Hon "" ,h "ath of John Spencer.1
s3 $ Z'ssszjs&urd, il
VJ,s,ice Stafford, In Criminal Court No i
tnurocr in mc uroi uesree in counec-
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l-aticn was incu iasi weeK and found i tarv Tumultv this morning in tne in
cullty of manslaughter. Pending th i..i. nf Mr. Dovnlngs candidacy.
disposition of a motion for a new trial
an " "" -i-i-i.... rcinrnce nas
l,ePn tlef,?r"'d. Justice Stafford will
not sentence O Donnell. Daugherty, and
Xcedham until the Patten case is out
of the wny.
Attorneys George P. Hoover. W. K
jmhrorw. R T. Doyle, and P H v.t.v.'
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Congressman Warned By President
Against Jingoist Speech.
Commissioners Will Push Case
AgaittlCar Companies Be
fore Utilities Body.
"The District authorities will exhaust
every legal effort In an endeavor to
compel the observance of the law re
quiring the issuance of transfers be
tween the cars of the Capital TracUon
Company and the Washington Railway
and Electric Company at Fifteenth
street and Pennsylvania avenue."
This was the statement of Commis
sioner Rudolph today, coupled with the
announcement of the Public Utilities
Commission, that on June :, at 10 a. m.,
a formal hearing will be held In the
board room of the District building
relative to the complaint filed by the
Metropolitan Coach Company concern
ing the refusal of the street railways
to accept its transfers.
The initial clash between the District
authorities and the street railway cor
porations began in the Police Court
Saturday afternoon. Arguments were
heard by Judge Mullowney on the mo
tion to quash information filed against
the Capital Traction Company charging
violation of the transfer law. The com
pany s defense is that the law Is un
So Important Is the issue, in the opin
ion of the commissioners, that Corp
oration Counsel Thomas was assignej
personally to conduct the case. R.
Ross Perry & Son, G. Thomas Dunlop,
and Edwin Allan Swingle appeared as
counsel for the corporation. Judge
Mullowney has not rendered his de
cision. Await Police Court Decision.
Whatever may be the decision of the
Police Court, which has not yet been
rendered bv Judge Mullowney. It will
have no effect on the action the Public
Utilities commission will take, accord
ing to a statement of Corporation
Counsel Thomas today.
The public utilities bill expressly pro
vides "that the commission shall In
quire Into any neglect or violation of
the laws or regulations now In force in
the District of Columbia by any public
utllltv enrnoratlon dolnc business thori
ln an(J shall have the power, and It
"i.'..if ,. i. h.i,v tn enforce the nra.
vision of this section, as well as all
other laws, relating to tne uisincf-
The probable procedure will be that
prosecutions will be begun against tha
street railway companies by the Public
I'tllitles Commission in addition to the
Informations now on file in the Pollco
Court. Corporation Counsel Thomas,
being th legal representative of the
commission, will appear at the hearing.
Coach Company's Charge.
Formal complaint against the Capital
Tractlon Company and the Washington
Railway and Electric Company for re
fusal to accept the transfers of the
Metropolitan Coach Company was filed
by S. Dana Lincoln, president of the
latter corporation. April 16.
While the street railway lines have
declined to ncccpt the transfers, there
Is no Instance yet recorded of the expul
sion of a passenger who refused to pay
another fare.
Downing Candidate for
Juvenile Court Judge
p. Downing, a Washington attor
is one of the leading candidates
rr nirtce of the Juvenile Court.
Concresmnon Alien of Ohio saw Secre-
Tie emDhasized the fact that Mr. Down
Inc has been activo In sociological work,
and that he Is temperamentallv fitted
for the Juvenile Court Judgeship. It Is
understood, however, that this appoint
ment Is not to be made for some time,
as It Is said to be the President's In
tention to delax other District appoint
ments until he h:is named the two
.i i .
' civilian CommlEsloaus.
Congressman Who Made
Fiery Speech on Land Bill
Ordered to Curb Inflam
matory Tendencies.
President Wilson today placed an emphatic embargo
upon any speechmaking in Congress which would tend to
complicate the dispute vith Japan over the California anti
alien land bill. He went to remarkable steps and estab
lished a new precedent, when he made a request, which
amounted to a peremptory order, on Congressman Sisson,
Mississippi Democrat, with regard to Sisson's speechin the
House Friday on anti-alien land legislation.
Sisson was summoned to the White House today by
the President after the Congressman's announcement yes
terday in the House that he proposed to speak Friday on the
anti-alien land bill. Sisson was asked to give in substance
his speech, and in detail. what he proposed to say regarding
the Japanese situation.
President Wilson requested Sisson to eliminate -'any
portion of his speech which would tend to inflame or arouse
feeling by Japan.
Congressman Sisson told the President that he had
not intended to comnvt any diplomatic breach and pro
posed to discuss merely the legal phases of alien land own
Anti-Alien Land Act Arouses
Even Conservative Classes
to Protest Against Bill.
Advices from Japan to the effect that
even the conservative classes In Tokyo
are developing decided resentment to
the California anti-Japanese legislation
and are echoing the anti-American sen
timent so loudly voiced by the Jingo
element, are worrying the Administra
tion. The fact that President Wilson di
rected that Arthur Ballly-Blanchard,
American charge, should visit Baron
Nobeakl Makino, the Japanese foreign
minister, and amplify this Government's
reply with assurances that the United
States Is exerting every effort to pre
vent an affront to Japan's national
honor is regarded as highly significant
of the uneasiness of the Administration
over the possibility of a dangerous
break In the negotiations.
Jiugo Element Feared.
Both governments fear the jingo ele
ment and realize that hostile anti
American movement must be curbed or
there will be serious complications. The
signing of the bill by Governor John
son has aggravated the situation, and
the bellicose classes are now looking to
the Japanese government to take deci
sive action, and will not be content with
lengthy diplomatic negotiations.
The American charge d'affaires is
keeping the State Department Informed
as to the situation in Tokyo. It Is as
serted that there Is no cause for alarm,
but that the tottering ministry faces
the necessity of pacifying the Jingo fac
tion If It remains in power. The over
throw of the mlnlstrv because of sup
posed weakness would lead to a serious
situation, as It Is not believed that war
could be avoided if the radicals got In
Japanese Pride Pricked.
Japan's rejoinder to this Govern
ment's reply will get down to the de
tails of the contention that the com
mercial treaty has been violated, and
will also probably elaborate on the
question of national honor. Japan's
pride has been pricked to tho quick,
although thus far this phase of the
protest has been only secondary In the
However. If It becomes apparent that
the United States intends to defend
firmly the action of the California
Legislature, the question of humiliating
discrimination will become a potent
factor in the Issue.
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Utoea Wllhlngton 7:0 A. J&, Ayr,
He told the President that
Instead of taking any position
against Japan, his proposed remarks
would be highly complimentary to
Urges Caution.
In view of SIsson's explanation, tha
President did not ask the Mlssisslppian
to call off the speech, but the President
cautioned the Congressman against
making any remark which could be
construed officially as derogatory to
Japan, and also cautioned him against
saying anything which would by the
remotest chance be objectionable to
Japan and thus increase the diplomatic
burden now facing this Government
It was reported today that the Presi
dent's unusual procedure in summoning
Sisson to the White House would cause
material alteration in the latter
speech Friday.
A few weeks ago, in a most fiery ad
dress. Sisson declared In the House,
that he would "flght" before he would
permit Japan to dictate how land In
th's country should be owned.
The censorship of SIsson's speech by
the' President was taken today as a
broad hint to both Senators and Con
gressmen to use caution In debate with
reference to the Japanese controversy.
Post to Be Assistant
Secretary of Labor
Confirmation was issued in tiu D--partment
of Labor today of the sta e
ment that Louis F. Post, of Chleasc-.
to be Assistant Secretary of Labor, that
Anthony A. Caminetti. of San Fran
cisco, is to be Commissioner General of
Immigration and that John B. Dm-
more of Poison, Mont., is to be solicitor
of the department.
Mr. Post la an editor, author, lawyer,
and lecturer. He was a member of the
famous Mayor Dunne Chicago sct.nl
board, ousted by Mayor Busse when
he came Into office. With Jane Addam.
Mr. Post led a strenuous but logins
light against Mayor Busse and the Chi
cago Tribune.
Mr. Caminetti has heard much of Im
migration questions lately, having been
a member of the California senate. He
voted against the anti-Japanese owner
ship bill, it is announced. Mr. Den
more Is said to be a progressive Mon
tana Democrat. Post and Caminetti ure
also radical Democrats.
Geological Survey
Thanks Fire Department
In appreciation of the "constant and
fatherly caree"' bestowed by the Fire
Department upon the Geological Sur
vey, George Otis Smith, director, haa
sent to Chief Wagner a check for 1100
as a contribution to the coffee fund.
Accompanying the check was the fol
lowing letter:
"I wish to say that I personally feel
much indebted to the Fire Department,
not only for its constant and fatherly
care of the Geological Survey, but es
peclallv for the recent gallant service
or the members of your tores, ao abV
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