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A- ". T--f -f tfesyy" tnr. .-'H;!"p: ii-ra lr WEATHER FORECAST: Showers and cooler tonight Full Report on Page 2. LAST AND Home Edition NUMBER 7822. WASHINGTON, THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 22, 1913. Yesterday's Circulation, 48,400 Sixteen Pages PRICE ONE CENT IheWaih J J KERNS MOVE FOR PROBE OF INF PEONAGE WILL BE FAVORABLY REPORTED MEASURE, ASKING INVESTIGATION, IS SWEEPING Provides for Inquiry on Charge That Workers Have Been CutOff Prom U.S. Mail. IMMIGRATION IS AN ISSUE Will Also Consider Control of Coal Lands By Alleged Illegal Combinations. The Kern resolution foe the inves-tijatlon-of conditions jjn: -the West Virginia coal fields will'be'-favorably reported to the Senate this afternoon toy the Committee on Education and Labor. The 'resolution will be adopted by the Senate not later than Monday. Prompt Investigation into the charges of peonage and other abases will then be Biade The inquiry 'will be ds the coming week. Is Sweeping. The resolution is sweeping In its language, so as to reach practically every important phase of the condi tions In the Paint Creek region. Here is the resolution as perfected: Resolved. That the Committee on Education and Labor is hereby au thorised and directed to make a thorough and complete investiga tion ot the conditions in the Paint Creek-coal fields- of West Virginia, lor the purpose of ascertaining: First Whether any system of peonage has been or Is maintained In said coal fields. Second Whether postal services and. facilities have been or are in terfered with or obstructed in said coal fields, and, if bo, by whom. Thlrd-Whether the Immigration laws of this country have been or are being violated In said coal fields, and, if so, by whom. . Fourth Investigate and report all facts and circumstances relating to the charge that citizens of the United, States have been arrested, tried, and convicted contrary to or In violation of the Constitution or the laws of the United States. Fifth Investigate and report to what extent the conditions existing in. said coal fields in West Virginia have been caused by agreements and combinations entered into contrary to the laws of the United States to control the production, sale, and transportation of the coal of these Belds. Blxth If any or all of these con ditions exists, the causes leading up to such conditions. .The resolution further includes the usual provisions as to subpoena of t.lt- , n esses. It provides the Investigation may be eith'er by the full committee or by subcommittee. Contempt Possible. Anticipating posible unwillingness en the part of some of the States authorities and mine operators to testify, the resolu tion also provides that In care of re fusal of any party to testify the statute which exists to meet such cases shall apply. In other words, the committee has paved the way for contempt pro ceedings in case any recalcitrant wit ness defies its authority. The resolution was perfected I' a subcommittee of Senators Swanson, Shields, Marttne. Borah, and Kenyoi. The Education and Labor Comm'ttee accepted the resolution drawn by the subcommittee. t One of the most interesting phases of the Inquiry will concern lutcrfcre.no with the maKs. It, is widely alleged the miners have been prevented from getting letters and using the malls In the full and free fashion to which every American citizen has the rlgnt. If the charges of interrerenre are proven, prosecutions are likely, Proso cutions may grow out of this phase of the investigation, as well as out" of the allegations of combinations of operators that violate the Sherman law. Stovall Is Reinstated By League President ST. LOUIS. Mo., May 21 Manager George Stovall, of the Browns, wss to day reinstated by President Ban John son of the American League, after being on the suspended list for nearly three weeks. Stovall must make a fair apology to Umpire Ferguson, whom he spat on in the game against the Naps. Then, also, acordlng to the letter, the leader of the Browns must nay a heavy fine. President Hedges declined to state the amount of the fine. It is generally accepted that the club will fav it. St. Louis fan's have been astuugins the American League heads sjMb pleas for Stovall's reinstatement. Km &:mM BBBSfli -' .JssBBBBBBBBSBBBBBBB HHHH H aMsrisBBBBBBBBBBBBBBisV bbbbVpIsbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbsbsbbb LsHHIIIIIIIIIIIIm. v?iK s 1L1IIII1II1IIH SBBBBBBBBBBBBBBlSl -SSBBB SENATOR SWANSON. F GETS $2,000 WORE Subscriptions for Hospital Building Continue After Real Campafgn-Ends. - More thin $2,009 has been.recelved for Emergency Hospital since the close of the twelve days' campaign. Monday. None of the subscriptions are for very large amounts, but they are coming in in such great numbers that the total is being materially increased. "The number of unsolicited subscrip tions being received each day is re markable," said George W. White, treasurer of the fund, today. "Al though we have opened permanent headquarters in room 215, Corcoran building, the organization of the team workers has been temporarily disturb ed, and most of the $2,000 we haw re ceived in the last three days has cither been voluntary or from subscriptions not reported during the campaign. Employes in the Agricultural De partment today added $132.50 to the amount already subscribed from that department. Employes in the office of the chief clerk of the superintendent of the Treasury Department today turned In $21.73. and employes in the office of the auditor of the Treasury increased the amount already pledged from that office b.r $12.73. Nathan C. Wyeth brought In two subscriptions of $$0 each today from women whose names were not given. Zellers & Co. sent in a contribution of $50. Mrs. Melville Ingalls sent in $75. and A. Francis Foye gave $20. Two subscriptions of $250 each have been received since the campaign closed. One was from Charles J. Bell and the other from the Perpetual Build ing Association. The Boy Scouts have also Increased their report bv $103. Work of moving the headquarters of the campaign from the old Cafe Repub llque to the new office in the Corcoran building, which Is furnished without charge by William Corcoran Eustis, was completed yesterday, and when the di rectors of the hospital meet tomorrow details of the campaign that is to be waged until the entire $300,000 is sub scribed will be determined on. Highwaymen Try To Rob Messenger NEW YORK. May 22 Making a bold attack to rob a bank massenger who was carrying $9,000 to the offices of a manufacturing company from the Co lumbia Bank, four Italian highway men today engaged In a pistol battle with James T Wintreen, the messen ger, and several policemen, who were attracted to the scene by the early flrlng Bullets flew thick and fast when the police arrived on the scene, and one of the would-be robbers was shot down and captured. When the four men opened fire on Wintreen he was shot in the arm, but the wound is not se rious. Militants Are Blamed For $50,000 Blazes LONDON, May 22. Militant suf fragettes today were blamed by the police for a $30 000 Incendiary fire that destroyed the plant of the Improved Paving Company, In West London. A man seen leaving the place was ar rested and held on suspicion. It is said that the police have evidence that the man Is a hlrllng of the suffragettes. Shortly after the fire that destroyed tl.fe paving plant, a large lumber yard in West London was burned, causing a loss of $20,000. This fire, too, was saM by the police to be incendiary, and siflragettes were blamed. The man arrested in connection with the paving company firs said he was Sidney Vigors, manager of the concern. EMERGENCY i ORDERS PACE TO SERVESEHJENCE Justice Barnard Revokes the Parole of Linen Merchant Convicted of Libel. REITERATES HIS CHARGES New York Man Sent Petition to White House Assailing Department of Justice. Henry W. A, Page, the New York JInen merchant, who was convicted a year ago on charges of criminal libel for assailing the New York judiciary, members of Congress and other pub lic officials, must serve his sentence of five years in the penitentiary and pay a fine of $1,000. Justice Barnard placed Page on probation following his conviction and sentence on the condition that he would refrain from attacking the objects of his previous charges. Page promised to refrain, and nothing more was heard from him until last Saturday. Reiterates His Charges. On Saturday there arrived at the White House by express a huge docu ment of 113 typewritten pages en titled "A Petition to the oGvernmcnt of the United States (Executive and Judicial Branches) for. the Fulfill ment of the- Mandate in Amendment Fourteen of the Constitution and for the Restitution of Bights despoiled and Violated through its Suspension." In the "petition" Page .bitterly as sails the Department of Justice and reiterates all the other charges he made. Joseph P- Tumulty, secretary to President Wilson, turned the docu ment over to United States Attorney Clarence R. Wilson. An Investigation was made and Assistant Prosecutor James M. Proctor prepared ai petl-,, tlPn for the"rccovatl0r.' ot the proba tion by Justice Barnard. Parole Is Revoked. The parole was revoked by Justice Barnard, and a bench warrant for the arrest of Page was issued and sent to United States Attorney Marshall, at New Tork. with a request that the linen merchant be taken Into custody; Unless Page fights requisition he will be sent to the federal penitentiary at Stillwater. Minn., to serve the five years' sentence. Pages' or'glnal petition, entitled "Death to Liberty." in which he called members of the House Judiciary Com mittee "crooks," resulted In his arrest and conviction. The crievances of Page date back to divorce proceedings Instituted by his wife In New Tork in 1907. Mrs. Page obtained the d'vorce and then Page be gan his attacks on the courts and charged corruption. He carried his as saults to congress ana attempted to have an investigation of the New Vork Judiciary made, but failed. Daniels Expectes Much Of Navy Aeroplanes Aeroplanes for defensive purposes have come to stay, according to the be lief of Secretary of Navy Daniels, who yesterday made a flight at Annapolis. He returned to Washington this afeer noon delighted with his experience and convinced that airships are pract'eal for navy work. The Secretary was a passenger In a flying boat with Lieut. John Towers. Reports from Annapolis indicate that the trip was about eight Imles ae a height of BOO feet. Secretary Daniels' onlv comment this afternoon was: "It was high enough for the first time." The Secretary's experience caused him to declare that the navy aviator should be i practical man. He Is opposed to "gylnnastlcs, dare-devil tactics, and sensational flights," but. according to his views, as expressed this afternoon, he Is In favor of practical men, ready for any emergency. The Secretary made an Inspection of conditions at the Academy. He expects to return June 3. but probably will not attempt a second flight. His aide, Capt. Leigh Palmer, also made a flight yesterday afternoon In a biplane. Stenographer Witness In Heeter Investigation PITTSBURGH. May 22. Mrs. Alice Wessels, former stenographer in the office of Superintendent of Schools S. L. Heeter. took the stand as a wit ness befcre the citizens' Investigating committee today to re-tell, before the committee, the story sh recntly told In a sworn affidavit, alleging the school ofrirlal made Improper pro ncsals to her while she worked In his office. Mrs. Wessels testified on condition that the hearing be public and that Heeter or his attorney be present. Both were present today, but the doers were opened only to newspaper men and others having business with the, committee. Mrs. Wessels said she testified because she felt it was a duty she owed the women of Pitts burgh. Mikado Suffering With Pneumonia TOKIO. May 22. The Mikado Is suf fering from an attack of pneumon s. He has been In ill-health for several days, but that his Illness was of a seri ous nature was not announced until 'oday. Contributors to Alley Crusade Fund MRS. CHARLES WOOD. LsllVLsllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllKaW BHHHKa. ' 7 S v3liSBllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllm. $&&oPisiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim. svpJIIPswt1!lliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiV SSrc&4BSBBlllBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBH J ?&!&?3&m3m&& , ST ais fck ii i?Vcv.: ??' -A' tSjjt If BKSsiisiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiBiSTI i ?I . 40$wk&ffiwti I IclsiiiiiiiiiiliiifliBiiiiiiiB U lriifJfthiktdm::ii I iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiflBSllllllV K P!tflsiBBMlSSt3 QNH mi x ' w LHHHIIIIIIEi- '. HsiB ifsiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHik:! iHHBkt'&'xL isiiiiiB sdLLiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHJ B'iH isisiiHiliisiiiiiiiiiiiiH riisiiiiiiiiiiiHBWiiiiiiH liiiiiBttf2MisiiiiiiVV UlllllllllllllHfiiiiiiiiH HHHSHHlllW jijBjBjBjBjBjBjBjBBBBjBjBjBjB BJBJSJSJK ?SPSIIIIIIlr ' 1SSSSSSSSSSSKHE?1SSSSSSb BSSSSSSSSSSftLaftPlSSSSSl X. MRS. E. K. KERH. National Drainage Congress Has Comprehensive Plan For Flood Control. Fifty members of the general educa tional committee of the National Drain age Congress this nfternoon urged President Wilson to support a move ment for the creation of a new Govern ment Department of Public Works, with an office in the Cabinet. This movement, started by Isham Randolph, one of the most noted en gineers In this country, proposes a sin gle control of river Hood matters, along with the control of the Reclamation Service, the construction of good roads, and other public constructive works. The members of the committee held a general discussion of policy today pre vious to making the trip to the White House at 2:30. After discussing the project thoroughly with the President, they will visit Secretary of War Gar rison to ask his stipiiort. Tomorrow the party has engagements to meet Vice President Marshall. Speaker Clark. Sec retary Lane, and Secretary Houston. Has Comprehensive Plan. Tonight -Moirls Knowles. of Pitts burgh, will spak on "Flood Protection At Home and AbriuJ" at a smoker at the Cosmos Club President Kdmiiml T Perkln. of the congrifs. declared thl afternoon that the g'-ncrnl nliic.itlon.il committee does not ask the I'nlteil States to pay for the woik of flood pi-irntlon. instead it would have the Go eminent undertake the work and Uun lie reimbursed by the persons benefiting theiefrom. The Mil shown to President Wilson this nfternoon proponm a comprehen sive Mem of r!.- rand harbor work, dralnuge nmtrul, netorologlral work to detcrmint cxpctan y of Hoods. ool roads lmp--oeniiit. nml nil similar sub jects denlinc with Hood matters ami public oixtriictlve problems. May Go Before Congress. The c ongress proposes, during Its visit, to reach an agreement for pre sentation of the measure to Congress. The Initial appropriation for such a department would be half a million dol lars. Among the speakers this afternoon be fore President Wilson are President Perkins. Attorney T infant,,.,. ,.r ti.i cl?' wIl? exP'al the constitutional side of the problem, and lsham Ran dolph, who Inaugurated the movement Senator Robinson of ArkansaH. and others took part In the morning discus sion of general policies. One of the most Interesting members of todays gathering is Maud Griffith, who runs a farm of 1.200 acres in Mis souri, and heads a farmers' organisa tion which Includes practically all the women farmers of her State. She Is vitally interested In flood and other problems. Sunday In Philadelphia. A Trip Full of Interest and pleasure. Sunday ex S?Slon..lIyB,'50 ph.iaelpnla and re- Vrx7ii2fil,-ad' !" t0 Chester: $2.00 ?.1 SPJCFP an4 "turn. Special train leaves Washington 7 ;20 A. M. Advt M PUBLIC WORKS BERTH IN CABINET MRS. CHARLES GOLDSMITH. . LEITER ESTATE FIXED AT $3,672 J2S Record of Appraisement, Filed in Probate Court, Values Jewelry at $104,653. The record of the appraisement of the estate of Mrs. Mary T. Lelter, which was filed In Probate Court to day, shows that the total vulue of the personal estate, exclusive of the household effects. Is S3.673.725. Jewelry, estimated to bo worth j:50,000. Is appraised at J101.633. The jewelry Includes a diamond lavalicr w ith a black pearl, worth JIU.000. a diamond and ruby necklace valued at JI.OOO, a diamond necklace with cut diamond pendants worth 13.000, a pearl, diamond, and rubj '.loit col lar" north 115,000 and a dlamonl Lrocch worth J10.00U. Other pieces of Jewelry are appraised at from $1,200 to SK.noo. Securities arc listed as follows: Two thousand shares of American Security and Trust Company stock, KiOO.000; l.i"o) saares of Capital Traction Company stock, J2M.0fi0; 500 shares of C. B. & i. Railroad Company stock. 105,(KO; 1,50) shares of Chicago. St. Paul & Omaha stock. MSO.OOd; 1.2U shares of Chicago & Northwestern stock, 1160,000. l.'0 shares of Consolidated Gas, JISO.'WQ; l.Pifl shares of Great Northern, J12J,ifl; 1,632 shares of Pullman Company stock. JJ31.u)0. 5.0X) shares of Wsolilngton Gas Light Company stock, J425.00U. Boruls are appraised as follows: 1.7) Illinois Central certificates, I120.O; -33 Washington Gas Light Company l,onr. J125.0no, 73 Zlegler Coal Com pany, JITj.nriO. and 1.037 certificates of Chicago Railways Company. J100.OT0. It. K. Peterson and T. L. Cogswell were the appraisers. New York Barbers Strike Near End NEW YORK. Slay 22. The barbers strike, whlrh has resulted In Brooklyn and parts of Manhattan going long haired and shnveless for the last two weeks, was near an end today At a meeting of the boss barbers It was cred practlrnllj to accede to the de mands of the strikers The bargers have been working sevens-two hours a week and demanded a fjfiy-slx-hour week. The employers agreed on sixty-nine hours, and the proposal was laid before the strikers. J fnder the new arrangement shops will I be closed on Sunday Plans Church Inquiry Into White Slavery ATLANTA. Ga., May 22.-.V church investigation of the white slave traffic as the plan advanced by the bills and overtures committee of the Northern Prefh'terlan Assembly here today. Members of the delegation from Chl cno. where the Illinois senatorial vice investigation has uncovered much valu able Information In regard to the causes iinnerlylng white slavery, wer mainly responsible for the move. MS WHITEHDUSECAR iFFnrPAl ARMOR PI ANT m nnrssi iimwurk "! """.'. - it uuLU!!!."w,m mTuonn ETD CTRAV Mrs. Wilson Loans Automobile to Parties Who Investigate Washington's Alleys. JOHNSON'S AID IS ENLISTED , Chairman of District Board Is Member of Party on Trip Through Poor Section. Mrs. Woodrow Wilson has not only taken the alley elimination fight to Chairman Ben Johnson, of the Dis trict Committee or Congress, but she also placed today at the disposal ot a slumming party one of the White House automobiles. Late yesterday afternoon she made a slam trip with Congressman John son, Mrs. Archibald Hopkins, Mrs. W. L. Brown as part of 'her effort to have Washington's alleys banished. In White House Motor. Today a party of women, said to In clude" one or more Senators' wives, went with Dr. Woodward, District Health Officer; Roy E. Haynes. of the board for condemnation of unsanitary dwellings, and Mrs. Hopkins on an other Inspection trip. The White House machine carried some of the party, al though Mrs. Wilson was not in It. The alleys visited in the two-hour journey were Dixon court. Bear's gap. Pleasant alley. Shott's alley, Nolan's court. Van alley. Willow Tree alley. Goat alley. Snow's court, Fenton place, Knox alley, and Limerick court. On the trip' late yesterday afternoon Congressman Johnson was shown by Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Hopkins some of the terrible conditions wnicn tnese women are seeking, with the aid of District organizations, to banish from the Capital. A 'slumming expedition is scheduled lor tcmorrow, wnen uns. winaries B. Howry. Mrs. Archibald Hopkins, and several other prominent women will make an automoblls journey' through some of the" hidden alleys'. This party, jt ,Js Mid. will. lncli.ie vowe Senators' wlre3, but Mra. Howry and, Mrs. Hop kins today would not disclose the list of guests. Y orkers in the alley crusade are hope- (Continued on Second Page.) IKES PEACE MOVE Possible Healing of Breach in Party Seen in Make-Up of Senate Committee. A possible bridging of the gulf be tween Progressives and regular Re publicans was suggested todav by a caucus of Republicans in the Senate when a committee composed of Sen ators Galllngers of New Hampshire, Townscnd of Michigan, Clark of 'Wyo ming, Jones of Washington, and Nor rls of Nebraska was named to arrange with House members for the selection of a Congressional Campaign Com mittee. A resolution was passed providing that this committee, with one from the House, shall arrange for a Joint caucus of Republicans In Congress to select a campaign committee at an early date. A formal statement Issued by Senator Galllnger declared the consensus of opinion favored the opening of head quarters for publicity and the promo tion of Republican principles In prepara tion for the campaign next year. Three members of the committee chosen today belong to the regular fac tion of the party and are In harmony with the national committee, whose ex ecutive committee will meet here on nturday. Senator Xorrls Is a Progres sive nnd Jones Is one of the commit tee on mediation chosen nt t)e recent Chicago Progressive conference. This latter wing of the party will on Satur day lay Its program before the national Republican executive committee. It was believed that the action of the Republican Senators' today gives tru Chicago conference progressive group a better opportunity than thev would have otherwise had to Impress their de mands for reorganization upon the na tional executive commlttte. The caucus also decided t' at Repub lican Senators shall Indlvldua'ly settle the question as to whether they shculd enter pairs In future with Senate Demo crats. Drinkwater Promoted By Secretary Redfield Louis P. Drinkwater, clerk In the Bureau of Navigation, was today pro moted by Secretary of Commerce Red field, to the next higher clerical grade, with an Increaso In compensation of BOO a year. Clytus A. Freeman was appointed spe cial agent In the Census Bureau, for the collection of statistics. Appoint ments of Miss Mary T. Marsh as clerk In the Census Office, and Sawyer W. Clark, as clerk In the Coast and Geo detic Survey were terminated. I1.50 Philadelphia and Return $3.50. Only $2.35 to Chester, and 12.00 to Wil mington and return, Pennsylvania Rail road, next Sunday, May 28. special train. leaves Washington 7:20 X M. Advt REPUBLICAN BE BUILFNEAR CAPITAL i!l! $1600,000 FUND I JEO ii FOB FACTORY K REQUESTED llllllSPWlt- S? iliiiiiiiiiVHBVi' LsVBisH SE1CATOR ASHURST. JAPAN TO INSIST ON TREATY RIGHTS Nation Will Demand That All Discriaiinaiion Be Removed,, Says Authority. While the Japanese foreign office has assured the American charge at Tokyo that consideration will be given Presi dent Wilson's argument about the com plexities of our State and National Gov ernments, It can be said on the highest authority that Japan will insist on hold ing the United States to its treaty obligations and will consistently demand that all discrimination be removed. Ambassador Chinda is in dally com munication with his foreign office over the tenor of Japan's rejoinder, and has resisted the contention of President Wilson and Secretary Bryan that "State rights" must be respected by the Fed eral Government. There Is some slight resentment felt over the attitude of the Administration in attempting to Justify California's action on the "State rights" theory, as the treaty of 19U puts the burden on the Nat'onal Gov ernment to enforce the stipulations In the convention. The American charge, in his report to the State Department, as stated In The Times yesterday, is not so optimistic as Secretary Bryan would seem to imply, but rather points out the dangers which may beset the ministry. He declares that the ministry is against war, al though its power is not strong. Ambassador Chinda expects to be able to submit the rejoinder to the State Department early next week at the latest. The feeling at the embassy Is that the rejoinder will enlarge on the question of Japan's national honor be ing hurt, but notwithstanding this phase of the controversy efforts will be made to hold the United Stales down to the technicalities Involved, as the funda mental basis of the formal protest Is the claim that the commercial has been violated. The charge that the Califor nia act Is discriminatory will doubtless be elaborated In the rejoinder. "There will be nothing said untll'there Is something to say," was Secretary of State Bryan's smiling comment today when asked for his views as to the re ported reception by Japan of the Ameri can note In reply to the Japanese pro test of the California antl-al!en laud law. The Secretary has received no word from Ambassador Chinda. Make Patrons Settle, Though Cafe Is Burning NEW TORK. May 22--Sam Gunchet. employed In a small restaurant in Uni versity place. Is a stickler for duty. Therefore, when a f're broke out today In the building In which the lunch room Is located and the half dozen patrons made a break for the door. Sam blocked it. "Pav your checks, gentlemen, before leaving." was his admonition to the diners. Out the Dlace Is in flames," protested one. "I should worry," was the retort; "the boss, he could not blame me for that, y understand, but the checks I am re sponsible for. nnd that's something else, again. No pay, no out. absolutely." Sam had his way. and having rung up the right amount In each case, he hur riedly vacated, for his coattalls were beginning to smoke. Hale Statue Unveiled. BOSTON. Masa. May 22. A status of Edward Everett Hale, the famous Unitarian clergyman and author, was unveiled In the Public Garden today as the crowning feature of the Unitarian anniversary week. Former Gov. John D. Long presided at the exercises and former President Taft was one of the speakers. The statue was designed by Bela L. Pratt. Senate Gets Ashurst Measure For Own Manufacture of Battleship Plate. IN LINE WITH DANIELS' VIEW Proposal Follows Bitter Attack on Methods of Corporations Who Sold Supply. Senator Ashurst of Arizona Intro duced in the Senate this afternoon a bill appropriating $1,600,000 for the erection of an armor plate factory. The location of the proposed fac tory is left to a board of navy offi cers. In view of the fact the naval gun factory is located here, when the proper time comes the merits of Washington as a location for the plant will be set before the board". Aim To Fight Trust. It is not at all unlikely that out of the legislation proposed by Senator Ashurst will come the establishment In Washington of a great factory for the manufacture of armor plate by the Government, a factory that will make the Navy Department independent of the. so-called Armor-plate trust Introduction of the bill follows on the heels of the demand of Senator Ashurst for an investigation of the Armor-plate trust, and the statements of Secretary Daniels with reference to the same alleged combination; also on the declaration of Secretary Daniels in favor of a Government plant for manufacture of armor plate. Provision of BilL The bill of Senator Ashurst provides: Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Uni ted States of America In Congress assembled. That the sum of J1,5C0, 0W be. and the same is hereby, ap propriated, out of anv money in the Treasury not otherwise appropria ted, for the erection of suitable buildings and the purchase of suit able machinery and materials neces sary for the establishment and main tenance of a plant for furnishing armor plate for the use of the Navy of the United States. That the Secretary of the Navy Is hereby authorized to appoint a board to consist of three officers of the navy, who shall examine and re port what, in their opinion, la the most suitable site for the erection of a plant provided for in the fore going section of this act; and no money shall be expended until the point so selected shall have been approved by the Secretary of the Navy. That the board so appointed shall report to the Secretary of the Navy within three months after the pas sage of this act and that work on the erection of the manufactory and plant shall begin within six months after this act goes Into effect and be continued with all due expedition until completed. Like Powder Making. Just as the Government has shown that It can successfully make powdet at figures far lower than the Powdet trust exacts of It. ro Senator Ashurst Ii convinced there would be economy, tc say nothing of military advantage, ic the Government manufacturing its owe armor plate. That It would make pos sible the upbuilding of a greater navj nt comparatively small cost. Is the be lief of the Arizona Senator, w;ho is ae upholder of the cause of preparedness, and far from being a little navy man. It Is taken for granted the proposa. will excite the bitterest opposition front the friends of the armor plate concern in Congress. In Introducing the bill. Senator As hurst made a brief statement In whlct he pointed out that early In January 1S96. the Senate Naval Committee con sldered a bill for a Government armor plate plant. It conducted hearings and made an investigation and came tt the conclusion a Government armor plate factory should be established. The estimated cost then was $1,500. 000. Senators Bacon and Tillman wen then members of the committee. I' was estimated at that time by naval of fleers that armor could be produced bj the Government for $250 per ton. Shouk this prove to be correct, the Govern ment would save about half it spends ot armor-plate. IN CONGRESS TODAY. SENATE. Senate Republicans held conference. Finance Coc-lttee Democrats meet. Senator Ashurst introduces bill fo: armor plate factory. Kern resolution for West "Virginia In vestlgatton reported. . Senator Norris threatens to introduce resolution demanding prosecution a Coffee trust. a &. & 1 i- -jaa is.- &&Mt&z fv-V! -&&& .1. tiA&?Sfi'-&ttr-- sC M . 1. ! V .