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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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