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WEATHER FORECAST:
Unsettled tonight and Tuesday.
Full Report on Page Two.
LAST AND
Home Edition
NU3IBEU 8064.
WASHINGTON, MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 19, 1914.
PRICE ONE CENT.
SULLIVAN GRANTED PUBLIC HEARING BY COMMISSIONERS
G.U.
PiPii
Hr TO CHARGE
OF
Authorities Hold Conferences in
Getting Materia! for Answer
to Resolution.
COMMITTEE TO MAKE
STATEMENT PUBLIC
Boards Will Meet Tomorrow
When There Will. Be Ex
tended Discussion.
A. statement In answer to the letter
from the faculty- athletic committee of
the University of Virginia, severing ath
letic relations between that Institution
and Georgetown, baa been prepared by
Georgetown. This statement, however.
Is not to be given out at the present
time. It Is understood.
Following the receipt of the letter
from the University of Virginia Informal
conferences were held today between
the Itev. Francis X. Anglirn. faculty!
athletic director at Georgetown; James.
Walsh, graduate manager of athletics,
and members of the advisory board and i
the executive committee of the athletic I
association. Following the conferences
the typewritten statement was pre
pared. This statement was to be given
out, after its approval by President
Donlon, of the university.
Father Donlon could n:t be seen at
an early hour this afternoon, and
Graduate Manager Walsh denied him
felf to callers.
It. was stated today that It was
probable that some answer to the Vir
ginia letter would be prepared at a
formal meeting tomorrow.
Review of Relations
Between Universities
By THOMAS KDiBY.
"Washington patrons of amateur sport
V RUNS
are today stunned by the loss of the divisions of the United States States
most attractive athletic spectacle that and Territories. This fact Is set forth
has been annually staged here. The , ,n ammai report of Br, Gen
Georgetown-Virginia game for 1311 Is1T. ,.. .. , , lt J.....
off, and what further intensifies
.. j
matter is the fact that the cancellation
is conveyed in such a form that the
opinion Is Justified that many years will
pass before the contest is restored to
the Capital's calendar.
Virginia has taken the initiative b7
offering a series of the most grievous
allegations ever presented against
Georgetown's athletic honor. Charges
Ihat Georgetown has deliberately vio
l&.ed ethics of sport by knowingly using
ineligible men. Georgetown is, on th
ether hand. Indignant at what is con
sidered unwarranted accusations against
the men who are selected as her guard
ians in the matter of athletic adminis
tration. Members of Committee.
In 1S06 the writer was a member of a
committee of two Branch Bocock. captain-elect
at that time of the football
team, being the other member that met
a similar board from Virginia, headed
by Dr. W. A. Lambeth, which brought
about a resumption of relations be
tween the universities after a breach
-that had extended over a generation of
Undergraduates. This old trouble had
been started through the publication In
College Topics, at Charlottesville, of an
article that was considered offensive to
the religious tenets of the men here.
In a scathing resolution Georgetown ad
mitted tho impossibility of amity be
tween the institutions, and voted to
ever all relations with the Virginians.
The first meeting of this inter-university
board met at the University Club
here m the summer of 1306 and the Vir
ginia men admitted the impropriety of
the statement in the Virginia student
publication and said It had already been
decided to make amends for the Injury
to feellnrs through the article.
This having been accomplished, the
zreatest barrier had been removed and
then came the question of the code
-inder which the annual meetings in
various branches of sport would again
be staged. "While Vireinla made no
objection to any individual athlete at
eorgeiown. tne ueorgetown delegation
to the meeting questioned the right of
llsmmond Johnfinn. ViKrinia'n cantafn-
elect. to play Although personally pop-j
Jlar with Georgetown men and prom
inent In bringing about the formation
of the committee at work then,
Johnson had played four years, start
ing hl over at Virginia Military In
stitute. Virginia contended that the
Lexington institution, despite the prom
inent part it has always played in the
athletic scheme In these parts, was
not a college in the athletic sense, and
after protracted discussion it was de
cided to leave the matter to the coun
cils at Charlottesville.
Byrd Was Withdrawn.
For four successive years, following
th pact of pease, Virginia lashed
Georgetown on tho gridiron. Keenly dis
appointed by the successive reverses,
Georgetown men contented them
selves with awaiting favorable de
velopments. As Georgetown grew
stronger, however, there were rumblings
that finally culminated in the Informal
protest of Byrd, who Virginia main
tained had not come within the one-vrar
tfldence requirement Tills athlrte"had
seen service at Maryland Agricultural
College and the previous year had
?ilayed at George "Washington George
own's attention had been called to the
cese by a former graduate manager of
athletics as well as a former captain,
(Continued on Second Page.) '
Read Ty Cobb's Great
Article on Baseball
The
Great
Batter of
the Tigers
Now a
Member
of the
Washington
Times
Unexcelled
Sporting
Staff.
Mr. Cobb's articles will be found
on the Sporting Pages each day. Begin
them now.
MILLS BITTERLY
Declares O'rgahizationVof "the
Country Are Unfit for War
If Called Upon.
In Percentage of male residents of
military age trained for duty In case
of war. the District of Columbia
stands at the head of all the other
-u.o. wile. JL IUU U1V1D1UQ OI
muma affairs of the war Depart
ment, which was made public today.
In other words, 2.24 per cent of the
male citizens of military age in the
District belong to the organized mil
i iin Th nnt ht ahnn.inn. i .u
UUa" Xne next best anowlnS Is that
of New Hampshire where the per-
centage Is 1.38. The average for all
the States and Territories is flfty
nlne hundreths of 1 per cent.
Big Loss To United States.
The report in general is a bitter ar
raignment of the shortcomings of the !
orsranlzod mllitln whlh rfi . '
organwea militia, which, during tho.
last ten years has lost more than
$1,000,000 of Government property, in-
i.i.., . j .... .-'."
..,....,. IvT. o:;: va"oua
sorts. It arraigns tha State organlra-
tion8 for indifference regarding mat
tors of training and personnel.
When, therefore, it chalks up "ex
cellent
on tno armory Instruction i
score of four District of Columbia out-!
tits, the fact Is a notable one Those
one Thns
thus scored are the Brigade Field
Hospital Corps, the headquarters
staffs of the First and Second in. I
ond Infantry. It distinguishes with
the score of "very eood." cZS
i&niry ana company K. or the Rpr-
the score of "very good," Companies
A of the Signal Corps. F of the becond
iM,n7 Srn.fW.P .? ..
Battalion r infnntrv tV,frrraLe .
Wants New Armory Here.
General Mills renews his recommenda
tions for a new armory for tho District
Guard.
'There is nothing new to bo said on
this subject," his report reads. "The
need Is still felt and will continue to
bo so until the want is supplied."
Regarding the failure of the yarious
State organizations to properly account
for tho equipment supplied them by the
Government, the report states that dur
ing the last year, a general survey has
been made of the situation with the re
BUlt that the department found that
iiu.uu worm or. property, either author
ized to be dropped or carried to the
suspended account for which a reckon
ing will be required represents the ac
cumulated shortage of the last ten
years. In addition to this, the report
says, it is known that there is an
additional shortage of something more
than $30,000
Of the total loss, the District Guard
is responsible for moro than 122,000, of
which about J17.200 has been droDDed
from the current returns and separatjjy
accounted for pending a ilnal settlement-District
of Columbia Guard Backsliding.
When It comes to disregarding the re
quirements laid down for tho proper
system of accounting for this property,
the District Guard, according to tho re
port, has "backslid" during the last
year, there being nineteen organizations,
including individual companies, out of a
total of twenty-nine, whose systems of
accounting do not show the total amount
of property on hand; tho amount re
ceived during the year; and th amount
dropped, and twenty-three In which
United States property wus allowed to
be carried home by enlisted men.
For the fiscal year 1914, the District
(Continued en Second Page-)
ARI
Ml
E
Commissioner Harding Expects
Paper on Dividend to Be
Ready in Ten Days.
Decision as to Its action as the results
of Its investigation of the payment by
3." J" fl
cent on Its common etoek
r , .. tiwu. -i'iuwu ui i jiw
cent on its common stock will be
TRACTION R
POT IS
ALWOST COMPLETED
re-ueu uy uie TjDiic uiuiues wm- opinions or present such inforraa
misshm within ten days. , Uorf th might posseB8.
Engineer Commissioner Harding.' Tnc rep, of tne Commissioners was
chairman of the commission, is spend- that they believed an lmmedlato recog
lng from three to four hours dally in nltion of the needs of Kant Washington
tho preparation of a digest of the tea- was more pressing than the necessity
tlmony offered by tho officials of the rteda ttMf referen. Sr!t
company at the recent hearings. Com-, the plan of smaller regional high
mlssloners Newman and Siddons were schools.
not attendants at these hearings. Com-' following this reply from the , Com
missioner Harding being aided by Cor- "SfrutJtSffi apprrlaUon
poration Counsel Conrad H. Symo and and require that JTjO.OOO or it be used to
Capt Julian L Schley, executive offl- erect a central high school at Eleventh
cer of the commission. Upon the com- and Clifton, and that the rest. 50.000,
win r .,.-.. i . .u j, . bo used to bu Id an Eastern high school,
pletlon of the preparation of the digest This bill is now befoer tho Senate Dls-
ui iouuiuujt, v-uiiuiu3oioner jiaraing
win can a meeting of the commission
and read to it his conclusions.
A copy of these conclusions. Com
mlsf i.oner I.rdinK "Ji may be sent
w. "'S wiiiniu xutny ana tiiec-,
trie Company, glvinc ihe corporaUon
an oportunlty to reply.
The recent hearings' were conducted
behind closed doors, because of thA
refusal of the Washington Railway and
Electric Company to -roduce Its books
and records in open learinss. Tho star' . ,7, , , .... ...! ,. n,i
chamber proceedings were agreed to by I Mr- llton ,,tKan by stating the argu
the commission with Jie undei btandlng i roents for bringing together, in one es-
tnat all lniormation oota:neil was to I
be transmitted to Congress. The an.
illLb u.11 iiuuiihouwji ujii.iii;
nual report of the Public Ut'llties Com- j
mission containing an account of the 1
miosiun whwiiihs xu ujuiu ui tuts i
Investigation or the atfalrs of the j
Washington Railway ai.d Electric
Company will bo forwarded to ron-
" -J?. " .. " . WT --"
sioner Hardlnc said .oday that he was
not prepared to state at present wh.th-
fl..t . JSfL?,1 "eJi?p?" 3Sn , S
the investigation will Le made nu
before its transmission to Congress
It heinc a ouesti'm hich the cominla
slon will decide t alowlnc coneidoratlon
of the digest of tho evidence.
Priest Not at Fault
In Automobile Fatality
A verdict of accidental death was
given by a coroner's Jury at tho In
quest today over tho body of Charles
F. Keys, of "(7 Adams street north
west, who died Sunday In Emergency
Hospital from Injuries incurred Sat
urday night he.n he was struck at
First and Ad uns streets by an auto
mobile driven i,y the Itev. John Siicns
ley, of the Catholic University. Testi
mony of witnesses 3howcd that the ac
cident was In no way due to careless
"is on the part of tho R"V. Dr. Spens
ley. Cj
IN CONGRESS TODAY.
HOUSE.
Met at noon.
liilla on private calendar considered.
Radium hearing held before Mines Com
mittee. Interctate Commerce Committee con
tinued safety appliance hearings.
SENATE.
Met at noon.
Senator Overman Introduces Joint res
olution looking to neutralization and
independence of Philippines.
Subcommittees of Appropriations Com
mittee named.
Senator Ponrotc Introduces bill for re
organization of Bureau of Indian Af
fairs. Alaska railroad bill considered.
Judiciary and Territories Committees
mttt,
PLEADS FOR ONE
NEW HIGH SCHOOL
Principal E. M. Wilson Shows
Advantages of a Combina
tion Building for Central.
NOT IN SYMPATHY WITH
SENATOR LANE'S POLICY
Appropriation Should Not Be
Split for Two Schoolhouses,
Says Educator.
By JDDSON C. WEIXIVER,
"Whether a great Central High School
la to bo reared In Washington, or. In-'
stead, two smaller Institutions shall be
built. Is becoming an acute Question In
'cgislatlve and educational circles.
The last Congress appropriated S1.2C0,
000 to establish a great central Insti
tution, on the site at Eleventh and
Clifton streets northwest. That was
supposed to settle the matter in favor
of that typo of school the cosmopolitan
or combination school. In which all the
different courses and phases of work,
such as academic, manual, techlncal
and business, should be brought to
gether In one great establishment.
But after Congress had provided bo
handsomely for a central Institution,
and the school authorities were unani
mously pleased, opposition began to
spring up. At the risk of mussing up
the whole situation, postponing Indefi
nitely any development at' all, and giv
ing Congress the impression that Wash
ington could not be satisfied with any
thing done for It, a few opponents of
tho combination type of school under-took-tb.-mako-troublcrand-Jo.gct
tLe
wholo program revised.
Senator Lane Interested. !
Accordingly, Senator Lane of Oregon -
was interested, and he Introduced a
resolution asking the Commissioners to
report whether in their Judgment It was
preferable to build a single central
establishment, or two or more smaller
,i i rt(rrr.nt -Hnn nt th rifv.
VarioU3 other mattere wcro brou.ht
forward in this resolution, in wnicn tne
commissioners were asked to express
J trict Committee.
Bitter Fight Waged.
Around this proposal a bitter fight Is
bolnc waxed, between the advocates
ana tne opponents ui. uio ranuw oviuuv.
Lr tho combination type. Tno case for
, . . .h. i . ,JI,. .fti
advorcte8n,of thnf. P,?W 'f'w
to The Times by Emory M. Wilson.
and the opponents of the central school
( principal of Central High school.
e. .i hnrinl. th hio- .mtmi srhmi.
tabuahment, the dlrlerent activities
the academic, manual, business, ana do
mestic c-conomy work. Ho said:
mestlc c-conomy wo
"There are many
lucre uie iiiuii reuauna mr uic mwi-
binatlon school. In the first place. In
order to determine what the ideal high
school should teach, we must answer
.iuo i"uu. tw.u.. ,o ti.Q imnuoo v
tho hlBh school In the general scheme
of educational development, from the
kindergarten to the university?
"The matter to that question is found
In the experience of 90 per cent of the
parents of the children leaving the
grammar school Tho difficulty which
confronts them is to determine what
studies the boy or g rl Just entering
the high school should take. If the
question is, as it is here in Washington,
to decide which of several types of
tchool the pupil shall enter, tho prob
lem takes on greater difficulty, for in
the average case r.e ther the parent nor
the child knows what the latter Is going
to do after ho leaves tho high school.
Pupils Are Undecided.
"Comparatively few boys and girls at
the age of entering tho high school
know what thev want to do us a life
work. Still fcw.r know what they aro
fitted by temperament, by typo of mind,
to do It is precisely this question that
tho 1 igh school should answer for tho
hoy. It should give him tho opnor-
itunlt.v to discover himself. Little In his
elementary schooling has enabled him
to do this. He has leurned much to
stick to a task, wo hope; much about
thing!: little about himself in relation
to those things.
"In the high achool his touch, slight
as it often is, with sciences, language,
history, mathematics, manual training,
or business practice, awakens Interests
which cause him to begin to think of
his vocation. Ills typo of mind is re
veaud both to himself and to his
teachers. Whether he Is fitted to deal
with ideas, aa docs the engineer; with
facts, as does the lawyer; or with af
fairs, as does the merchant, becomes
evident.
"It must be obvious, then, If this be
the problem that confronts tho high
school pupil, that thnt school is best
whlfh most perfectly reproduces for
ihe boy tho world lr. which the activities
of the man aro to bo worked out. Wo
aro bearing rjuoh thebe days of voca
tional guidance bureaus. The high
school should bo tho great vocational
(Continued on Second Page.)
Wail of Cancer Sufferers
For More Radium Heard
By Committee in Congress
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DK. HOWAED A. KELLY.
THAW CASE TO COME
BEFORE M'REYNDLDS
Attitude of Federal Judge Aid
rich on Extradition Annoys
W. T. Jerome.
Following a long conference between
former District Attorney 'William Tra
cers Jerome and Attorney General Car
rncdy. Jeromo announced today that
tho entire Thaw extradition proceed
ings in New Hampshire would probab
ly be submitted to tho Department of
Justice.
The New York Stato authorities take
exception to tho attitude of Judge Al
drich In questioning the good faith of
New York State in the extradition pro
ceedings. In his statement Judgo Al
drichc declared the real and substantial
purpose of New York authorities in en
deavoring to procure Thaw's extradition
for tho crimo of conspiracy, is the re
confine him in Matteawan.
"It looks as though Judge Aldrich
thought ho could arraign the State
of New York at tho bar of his court
and inquire Into its motives and pur-1
poses In seeking the extradition." said
Mr. Jerome. it seemeu to me auor- .niittee room a dozen wax casts reveal
r.ey general and myself that this would inc ln dreadful detail cancerous growths
cot "'elSrSy" VsmI?' 1 i "" "uched the mag.c
Constltut.on of the United States would ; of the new cure.
tend to destroy good feeling between I "The crying need of the times is more
the United fatates and the several States
nf tho Union.
fw Trttrir nla
said that Thaw's
,.,.tUiitnnt I1.11I heen thnrnntriilv
fought out before the State supreme
courts and appel'atn divisions on ha-
beas corpus proceedings, and Justice
DowHngs commitment of Thaw held
to he constitutional.
Thaw's "nemesis" refused to discuss
former Senator William E Chandler
and his recent criticism of Jerome's at
titude In the rae. He slmuly said:
"The Senator in an old man. We
could not extradite n fugitive without
a criminal churt;e and the only crim
inal charge of which Thaw Is guilty.
Is conspiracy to escape from Mattea
wan." Thaw's Consul Alarmed.
CONCORD. N. II., Jan. 19. That
Harry K. Thaw and counsel aro genu
inely alarmed over the activity of New
York officials. Including Governor
Glum and Attorney General Carmody,
was coniirmea toaay oy tne calling or
Meirll' T. ShurtlefT to Concord for a
cnfirence with Thaw and his New
Hampshire attorneys.
It was understood tho attorneys will
plan to meet tho sudden onslaught of
New York officials on Stanford White's
player In their briefs, to bo filed with
the rederal court January 16.
The Matteawan fugitive and his legal
staff wero confident of release on ball
until Now York officials suddenly be
came active, and Glynn and Carmody
issued statements regarding the delay
in jrococdlngs.
Change of Schedule, Effective Jan. i8th.
Southern Railway Local train 9 leaves
Washington 7:30 A. M. Instead of 7:45
A. M for Danville and way stations. No.
43 Fast Mail. 10:40 A. M instead of
11 A. M. Advt.
IS
Tho wall of 75.000 sufferers from can
cer pleading for more radium waa
heard" in a House committee room to
day. There, those who members labeled
"Lane, Foster & Co.." argued for res-e-vatlor
by the Government of all lands
containing radium bearing ore. It was
a public hearing by the House Mines
Committee on ihe bill sponsored by
Secretary of tho Interior Lane. Dr.
Howard A. Kelly, foremost authority
on the treatment of cancer by radium,
told in crisp, graphic sentences how
sufferers aro crying "Give us moro
radium."
His intense earnestness and pleading
for the victims realistically brought be
fore tne committeemen the picture of
sufferers begging for the hoped-for cure.
Cancer Experts Testify.
Dr. C F. Burnam, of Baltimore; Dr.
Harvey B. Gaylord. of Buffalo, and Dr.
HoDert Abbe, of New York, were the !
other cancer experts who urged conr
vatlon of the most costly of metals. Dr.
Kelly passed pnotographs among the
committee members showing cases of
cancer cured by the application of
radium. Dr. Abbe brought to tht corn-
radium," said Dr. Kelly, at whose sani
tarium Congressman Kobert Bremner Is
i undergoing treatment. "Tncro ha3 ncv
ler been such a tremendous activity
I am0ng medicul men in tnls fight against
cancer. Doctors in New York, Cnicago,
C T
URGED BY EXPERTS
Washington, Baltimore, ana eisewusre Senate Appropriations Committee
are heeking a cure even at the langer of wiiich will deal with the various ap
uacrinung tneir own lives. nronriation measure
"Tno newspapers are tilled with ad-1 p"P"a"n measures,
vertisemcnta ot quack cancer cures. They The subcommittee on Distrjct ap-
are frauas and Congress snould p.ibs a,
law prombiting sucn impositions upon
niH mi one. Recently I received a letter
irom a man wno said he nad discovered
a cure for cancer. I wrote mm 1 would
nave notnlng to do wltn a man wno
would not turn such a boon over to the
public if he possessed it."
Congressman '1 ayior of Colorado asked
Dr. Kelly if rauium ores mlgnt not
best be developed by pnvato enter
prise, bringing about competition, in
stead ot having the Government "lock
up the radium-bearing lands."
Urge sFederal Ownership.
'I do not understand that the Gov
ernment proposes to lock up theao
lands." he said. "I think the Gov
ernment Mhould develop them and dis
tribute tho radium obtained as fast as
possible I d not think it is the in
tention of those who want to conserve
tho radium supply to prohibit the ex
traction of radium from the public do
main. That isn t tho Idea, at all."
"Has radium any possibilities beyond
medicine?" asked Congressman Ham-
"It has wonderful possibilities in
chemistry and physlca." said Dr. Kelly.
"The possibilities cannot be dreamed
of, but for tho present, with the sup
ply so limited and precious, its pos
sibilities Ho only in medicine."
SECRETABY OF IKTEBIOR LANE.
OPERATING REVENUE
OF MU1 FULLS
Decrease of $67.73 a Mile in
Net Receipts Shown in Re
port Issued by 1. C. C.
Net operating revenues on the large
railroads in the United States fell oft
an average of 67.73 a mile during 1913,
according to a report Issued by tho
Interstate Commerce Commission to
day. The total for November last was
t9.O0O.00O less than for tho same month
In 1312. Total operating expenses in
creased about J1S per inlle during the
year
Shafroth Replaces Chamberlain
on District Appropriations
Subcommittee.
Senator Martin of Virginia today
announced the subcommittees of the
propriations announced last week has
been slightly changed. Senator Shaf-
roth of Colorado replaces Senator
Chamberlain of Oregon, so the sub
committee now consists of Senators
Smith of Maryland, chairman; Lea.
Shafroth. Galllnger. and Dillingham.
The subcommittee is strongly In
favor of adherence to the half-and-half
principle.
Sentor Martin wants the District
bill disposed of shortly and it Is ex
pected Senator Smith will call the
subcommittee together early this
week.
Other subcommittees are:
.On sundry civil bill Martin Over
man. Chamberlain, Warren. Perkins.
Legislative Martin, Overman, Bryan,
Galllnger, Smoot.
Deficiency Martin, Bryan, Shafroth,
Warren. Smoot.
Diplomatic and consular Overman,
Tillman. Lea, Oliver and Jones.
Fortifications Bryan. Chamberlain,
Smith. Perkins, and Oliver.
Permanent appropriations Tillman,
Owen, Culberson, Dillingham, Jones.
Mann Returns to House.
Congressman Mann, minority leader,
appeared on tho floor of tho House to
day for the first time ln a week after
being confined with a severe cold.
COMMITTEE FAVORS
HALF-AND-HALF L
THURSDAY SB
AS DATE FOR
IF T NUKE
EXPLANATION
District Heads Make It Clear
That the Deputy Will Not
Appear in the Light of a
Defendant.
Announcement Follows RscelpS
of Petition Bearing Hun
dreds of Signatures of tho
Friends of Fireman.
Deputy .Fire Chief Sullivaa will bs
given a public hearing before any
further action is taken on Commis
sioner Siddons' request for his resig
nation. Action was taken by the Conimis
fcltwer today, when Thursday xaorn
ing' at 10 o'clock was selected as tho
.date for the public hearing; It will
be held In the board room, at the Dis
trict Building.
-Ihe- request Tor Sulliran'3 retirc
raent followed the accident at Che Ctj
which destroyed the America Fiva'
and Ten-Cent" store, December ZlK
when live -firemen nearly lost their
Uvea.
This announcement follows tho re
ceipt of petitions bearing the names of
hundreds of Washington business and
professional men, and members of the
Fire Department, requesting that Dep
uty Chief Sullivan be not forced on the
retired li3t untn given a hearing:
Position la Stated.
The position of tha Commissioner:!
ln holding secret sessions followtns
the December 24 fire, was explained
in the statement Issued. "It -may
fairly be presumed that the Commis
sioners ln making such Inquiries will
act within the law and with no other
purpose than to arrive at Just con
clusions and to attain Just results,"
they explained.
This is the statement of the Com
missioners: "Upon consideration of the applica
tion of Deputy Chief Andrew J. Sul
livan of the Fire Department for a
public bearing on tho circumstances o
his part In the management of the
fire at the Five and Ten-cent Store, oa
December 24, In which five firemen
nearly lost their lives, the Commission
ers have determined to bold such a
hearing. In the board room at the Dis
trict building, beginning at 10 o'clock.
Thursday, January 23, 1914.
Tells of Request.
"Acting1 upon information adduced
ln an Inquiry conducted for the Board
of Commissioners by Commissioner
Siddons. the board, through Commis
sioner Siddons, ten days ago suggest
ed to Mr. Sullivan that If he would
apply for retirement on the pension
allowed by law It would be ordtrad.
Mr. Sullivan responded to this sug
gestion by requesting a publio hear
ing, which the Commissioners today
decided to hold, for the purpose of
enabling Mr. Sullivan to present any
addltlonal Information he may have.
If any, which should be In the posses
sion of the Commissioners before they
take final action on the question of
responsibility for the Injury and nar
row escape from death of the five
firemen caught In the collapse of the
Five and Ten Cent. Store.
"It Is further deemed proper to state
that Inquiries by the Commissioners otf
any one of them into conditions of ad-
ministration or conduct or mumcinai
employes in the performance of their
duties, cannot, as a general rule, and
Indeed in justice to all concerned, should
not. be made public It may fairly be
presumed that Commissioners, tn mak
ing such Inquiries, will act within the
law and with no other purpose than to
arrive at just conclusions and to attain
just results.
Based On Request.
The action of the Commissioners to
based on a request submitted to Com
irlsslcner Siddons by Deputy Chief Sul
livan through Attprney .Darr. While
there are no charges against the deputy
chief, and he will not appear In the
lleht of a defendant. It Is presumed At
torney Darr, as his next friend, will
appear at uie cn"& . uiutua vj
resentatlve. In the petitions presented to the Com
missioners by members of the Fire De
partment and cltlxens, it was requested
thnt consideration be given In any ac
tion the board might take, to Deputy
Chief Sullivan's record, which covers a
period of thirty-five years service ln
the Kirs Department. The position of
Mr Sullivan's friends has been that
before any action looking toward his
mtirement is decided on. he should ha
given a "day, to court,'' .

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