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(HielK WEATHER FORECAST: Cloudy and warmer tonight Full Report on Pago Two. LAST AND Home Edition INTOTBElR 806S. WASHINGTON, FRIDAY EVEJSTNG, JANUARY 23, 1914. PRICE ONE CENT. aWtmfan Wxmt0 B IE N SOME KNELL OF Willi IT ILAT1S OF Postmaster General Notifies Congressmen Merit System Will Decide Holders of Fourth Class Postoffices. Half of Republican Incumbents Likely to Retain Their Places Under Ruling to Stop 'Spoils' Appointments. By JTJDSON C. WELLIVER. The Postoffice Department is get- tjis; ready for a literal enforcement nf the spirit and purpose of the civil 1 1 rvlce law In the selection of fourth- ass postmasters. Postmaster Gen al Burleson Is about to send to all embers of Congress a letter an undng that hereafter the man at e top of the merit list made by the vll Service Commission will gret the o, politics or no politics. This innovation will mean well, it d mean grief and sorrow and cashing of teeth to a powerful ar y of Democrats who have been hop g that the easy and partisan meth 3 of administering the merit sjs m that prevailed under the Toft gime might continuo under the Ison. n the past, the method of selecting a fourth class postmaster has been mwhat like this; tage setting shows postoffice with odest salary attached. tTnter long line of applicants. Tie bllcans and Democrats. Business of taking civil service ex amination. oll of successful candidates is . ade up by commission. Suppose raft is President. In a Southern town " Democrat passes the best examina ion, percentage. &3.S. Second place es to another Democrat, S7.3. Third ace goes to a Republican. The Final Act. That list is certified to the postal authorities, and the Congressman or referee In that region is asked to indi cate which one of the three ought to be named. He never ' hesitates. He -jnes the Republican, at the bottom of e list, and the Bepubllcan is promptly . pointed. Business of winking Uie other eye lie the chorus does i rtfraln, telling w devoted we are to Uie merit sys m. Sell'. The Democrats had seen that t of merit system In operation for ars. They understood how it was ne. So when they came into power ey caicuiaiea max. vim tne boot the other foot, they vo:ld do the me thing, the Republican nt the top ' the list would be forgotten, and the emocrat down in the mediaeval re- on would, of course, be named. But the Postmaster General doesn't nc that Idea. So he is writing to jngrcssmen and Senators that here- 'ter he Is going to pick the high man t, the list, and name him, without re- lrd to anybody's recommendation, or politics. The letter anounclng this new and evolutionary policy has not yet been ailed, but it is learned fiom people io have seen a draft of It, that it determined upon as a ;jart of the partment policy. That It is backed by e President is not doubted. That it will bring a storm of protest to isn't doubted. On Merit System. if letter will state that hereafter .llcations for fourth class post office wdl be decided solely upon the er u of the competitive civil service animations, and that politics shall nothing whatsoever to do with the o t or. of postmasters. It has been w-aliy supposed that this rule has en followed to the letter since Prcsl- erit W Uson assumed charge of the na ns affairs. ijut the spirit of the law has been vio e3. Not that the Democratic party ib disregarded the civil service provi .ns any more than the Republicans; ey have not had the opportunity. But e it was announced that appoint entL to fourth class offices would be le ted from the eligible list, it has -n a standing Joke in Washington at a Democrat would be the lucky ar if a Democrat took the examina- To Follow Laws. Mr Burleson Intends to adhere strict to the civil service laws, and the rmon practice of permitting a Con- essman to "recommend" a postmaster f-r the Government has spent good -nej to hold an examination, is to be thing of the past r.c postmaster who is already In of- of course, has a better chance of .ibslng th examination than a man has not been schooled. Therefore. l Raid, at, least BO per cent of pres- n Republican postmasters have an ex- r lent chance of remaining on the Job. IN CONGRESS TODAY. SENATE. let at noon. laska railroad hill to te -voted on to day ..terrtate Commerce Committee con eiders procedure on trust legisla tion. Clash of jurisdiction with Ju-oic-'ary Committee. wstrict Commissioners heard on the District bill before subcommittee of Appropriations Committee. HOUSE. fct at noon tesuined debate on appropriations bill. nmlgration Committee held hearing on Baltimore Immigrant station bill. atum hearing continued before .Mine 'ommlttf'e. ib.'ommittee of District Committee re- jo'icd favorably on Proutv insurance Dill. M LAW FILM SHOWING SON IN WAR SHOCKS MADERO NEW YORK, Jan. 23. After members of his family here had endeavored for months to prevent him from learning that his son Raoul was fighting with the Mexican rebel army un der General Villa, Francisco Aladero, father of the murder ed President of the Southern Republic, actually saw his boy in action, reached his arms out to him as he dashed up on a spirited horse and then fell back in his chair, overcome with emotion. The elder Aladero attended a private exhibition here of motion pictures of the fighting about Ojinaga, with the widow of the former President -and two of his sons. General Villa was shown prominently on the film. Then an aide rode up. "Raoul, Raoul! I did not know you were fighting," the aged Mex ican exclaimed. The aide was hi s son. Alphonse, another son, put his arm about his father. "We knew," he said. "But it was one of the worries we tried to spare you." AS PRIEST IS BURIED Cardinal and Many Clergymen Assist at Funeral .of the Rev. Joseph F. McGee. The Rev. Joseph F. McGee, was buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery today following funeral services at the Church of the Sacred Heart which were attended by Cardinal Gibbons, and priests from every church in "Washington. Bishop Corrlgan, of Baltimore, was celebrant of the requiem mass. The Rev. Paul Griffith, of St. Augustine's Church, was deacon, 'the Rev. oJsep.li White, of Hickory.' Md., was sub decon, ana the Rev. William Carroll, of St Patrick's Church, was roaster of ceremonies. Fourteenth .street between Park road and Monroe street was lined" with hundreds of spectators, who could not gain admittance" to the church. From the altar tothe'cholr loft the church was croVded with Catholics and'Protestants who gath ered to pay. honor to the dead priest. Cardinal Gibbons occupied a seat in the sanctuary, flanked on either side by the priests. , , Sisters of the Holy Cross. Domini can, Notre Dame, and Charity orders occupied a reserved section in the body of the church. Lawrence McGee, a brother of Father McGee, and Mrs. O'Hare, a sister, were the chief mourners. Shortly after 11 o'clock, when the re quiem mass was finished, the clergy proceeded down the main aisle of the church, and formed a 'guard of honor from the church door to the curb, where the bodv of Father McGee was borne by eight pallbearers James Walsh, Fen wick Harvey, B. F. Saul. N. II. Shea, P. J. Nee. William McGee, Gen. Michael Cooney and F. S. Woodward. newDghTstobe Work of Making Washington Best Illuminated City Pro gressing Rapidly. Work of making Washington the best illuminated city in the world, is pro gressing rapidly, according to the Dis trict Electrical Department. In a few days the new system of lighting along Pennsylvania avenue, between the Union Station and Fifteenth street northwest, will have been completed. By March l the department will be ready to commence. Installing the 100-candIepower incandescent lights in E, F and G streets, between Seventh street and the Union Station, and in II and I streets, between New York and Massachusetts avenues. Assisting the electrical department In its work is the special committee from the Chamber of Commerce, of which Isaac GariB is chairman. Mr. (Jans bald today his '-ommlttee was pleased with the progress btinc made. Plans also arc being made for the in stallation of arc lamps in the area be tween Penisjlanla avenue and t; street and Seventh and Fifteenth streets northwest- Association of Pilots For Better Inspection Owners of small steam-propelled ves sels will no longer be permitted to oper ate them, under the provision!, fur the control of motor boats, if an amendment that is being advocated at the conven tion of the American Association ot Males and Pilots Is adopted. It is pro posed to make steam-propelled boats subject to inspection and control simi lar to that exercised over larger craft. The convention, now in session In the Ebbitt House, with President John H. Prultt, of Brooklyn, presiding, also au vocates that licensed officers temporar ily suspended from a given grade serve In a minor grade during the pe riod of his suspension. Dies As He Prays. NORWICH, Conn.. Jan. 23. .li.t-t as he was staring to pray at a rlnirili meeting last night. Howard N. lcai,p. tlxty years old. of Deiptil. N. v., rtilH stricken with heart diM-asc anj died. S1.25 To Baltimore and Return. Every Saturday and fiunday, Pcnnaylvanla Uialroad. Tickets good to return until :09 A. II, following Monday. Advt, CROWDS MOURN IN OPERATION SOON E IS Utilities Commission Can Null ify Recent Interstate Com merce Order. Through intervention of the 1 ublic Utilities Commission, express rates in the District will not be Increased, not withstanding the fact they were author ized by a recent order of the Inter state Commerce Commission. When the new rates which aprly throughout the United States were made public it was found that those affecting the District were in excess of the rates in force at the time of the passage of the public utilities bill. Under the public utilities law cor porations in the District cannot In crease their dates without approval of the Public Utilities Commission, which necessitates a public hearing; When these facts were broueht to the attention of the express companies Jt was agreed thero would be no in crease In the tariff in 'he District. The rates, therefore, for expressing goods within the District will be 50 cents for a. mixinTunt Velght of 100 pounds for first-class matter :.nd 40 cents for second-class matter. The now rates would have been 05 and 43 cents, respectively. CIRCULARS SENTOUT T Descriptive Announcements Tell of Alleged Work of Harrison and Miss Malone. Several thousand descriptive circu lars, requesting the arrest of Sidney B. Harrison and Alice E. Malone, former employes of the brokerage firm of N. I Carpenter & Co., wanted on charges of embezzlement, were sent out from police headquarters today. Both have been missing since December 1. It Is alleged that Harrison embezzled J2MX) of the llrm's money and that Miss Malone took JS.000. The circulars state that the police hold copies of indictments and bench warrants for botli fugitives. Harrison is thirty years old and .Miss Malone Is llfty. The police have been working on the theory that they are not together. "These persons had been employed "or years about banks and stock brokerage offices, are expert In that class of work, and will no doubt .eek such employment." th.. circular states. Willed Fifty Dollars; Jury Gives Him $10,000 A verdict for J10.000 was returned by a jurv to Justice Anderson in Circuit Court. No. in favor of James O. Gor rell, against Samuel A. Drury, executor of the will of Mrs. Amelia J Lyle, a former school teacher. Gorrell asked lor 12,u00. asserting that Mrs. I.yle, his aunt, had promised to remember him liberally in her will because of work done for her from 1904 to 1103, but that I$e'ened"ln IsST""1 f J"'V Mr8- Wife of Bradley Girl's Soulmate Still Silent 8CRANTON. Pa.. Jan. 2: -MnJ Joel M. Foster, wife of the wealthy poultry farmer of I'emberton, N. J , who eloped wrth Delilah Bradley, his slxtccn-year-old stenographer, refused today to break the silence she hai maintained since her husband s escapade With her tifteen-year-old daughter, she has b-tn staying at the horn" of her father-in-law. T. J. Foster, million aire preidint of the International Cnr respondents Schools, since she was rfe fcerted by her husband. e " de Women Urge Ban Upon Tango in'Movie" Shows ROME. Jan. K.-TI10 National Catho II, Women's League, of Italy, today presented a petition to the govern iiient cinematograph censor to urohlbit films showing the tango and turkey Cardinal I'riso. of Naples, today fell Into line with the other prelate- in" spiled by tin- Vatican, who have' de nounced the tango as a sin to bo con fessed, and for wliUt penance must be lone. . IN EXPRESS RT 0 TRAIL FUGITIVES RUf MST IS WOMAN'S CHE Miss Downer Files Complaint Against Policeman, and Threatens to Sue D. C. SAYS SHE WAS FORCED TO GO TO PATROL BOX Admits Slapping Boy, But Declares He Kicked Her Dog and Then Her. Formal charges that Policeman Castle of the Second precinct exceed ed his authority in arresting her were made today by Miss Frances A. Downer, Vermont avenue and N street northwest, who said that 'she suf fered the humiliation of being taken to the police station in a patrol wason after she had pleaded with" the officer to accompany her to her home, a block distant, to get sufficient money to pay her ball bond. Just before filing the charges, she said: "Major Sylvester sent for me. They want me to quash this suit, but I'm not going to do it. I will file my s'llt for $50,000 damages against the District of Columbia for false arrest Just as soon as my attorneys can prepare the paper. I was falsely arrested, and they know Rode In Patrol Wazon. Policeman Castle arrested Miss Down er on Fourteenth street on the charge of disorderly conduct and having an un muzzled dog. She resisted being taken to the station in the natrol wacon. She said she suffered the humiliation of be ing "forcibly" taken to the station. The arresting officer, in the Police Court today, said Miss Downer slapped three-year-old Calvin Murphy, colored. 1413 N street northwest, and that her aog was unmuzziea. Miss Downer, with her attorney. N. S. Bowles, appeared in court and asked for a continuance of the trial until January 23. This was granted. Miss Downer's Story. "I had Just returned from a two hours' ride in the open air." declared Miss Downer this morning, "and I 'had occasion to go to a shoe shop on Four teenth street to get x rnuzzle more se cure than the one worn by my little dog. As I approached the shoe shop the little colored boy kicked at my dog, and the mnrzle-droDDed from his nose. but remained suspended from his neck. I took the child by the arm and slapped its hands and said It was a naughty boy. The child then kicked me twice. "The officer came up Just then and asked: 'Is that your chlldH" I re sponded that he knew me. and that I had no children. He then said I was under arrest, and forcibly took me over to the patrol box and called for the wagon. Followed By Crowd. "I asked him what was the charge, and he replied that I was disorderly and had an unmuzzled dog. I told him I would not go to the station with him, but told htm that I would give him the monev at my home. He Insisted, and I was taken tot ho police station in the patrol. A great crowd saw the whole affair, and I will push my case for $30,000 -iamages for false arrest." Policeman Castle said he arrested Miss Downer for two violations of law, being disorderly and having an unmuz zled dog. Mrs. A. M. Murphy, mother of Calvin Murphy, the colored boy in the caBe. said her eon told her he was spanked by a woman PROUTflLlTS F Subcommittee Advocates Mea sure to Further Regulate In surance Companies. The I'routy bill, for further regu lation of lnsurunco companies organ ized in the District, was acted upon favorably by a subcommittee of the House District Committee today. Tho bill, with minor amendments, will b3 reported to the full District Com mittee at l In next meeting. The bill gives the superintendent of Insurance authority to regulate the solicitation of stock subscriptions by insurance concerns, and h i-j also to have censorship over circulars and advertising matter, issued by them. Companies wishing to increase their capital stock shall apply to tho super intendent of insurance for permis sion. Misleading advertising Is forbidden and the cost of securing stock sub scriptions shall not be moiu than 10 per cent of tho amount subscribed. No dividends shall bo paid except from actual earnings. Interlocking directorates are forbid den among competing companies, and officers and directors of 'n.surance com panies are prohibited from holding in terest in an underwriting comprny hav ing contracts with the insurance con cern. No insurance company shall Invest more than Zi per cent of Its capital and surplus In real estate and this r:-al es tate must consist of the home office jf the compJlry In the District. Heal es tate now In possession -f the con-panlin or which may be acquired through foreclosure may be held tor three yeais. It shall then be dtapostd of un'ess held in accordance -vith the provisions of the new bill. Fullest publicity of the opcratlos of the companies is provided Insurance companies may appeal to the District Cominlsloners from the decisions u. tho superintendent of insurance, and tho decision of the Commissioners shall be final. The rrconhi of the office of the su perintendent of Insurance are to be open for inspection. RLE ACTION TO 1FJUJPGES Will Acquiesce in Any Legisla tion Demanded By Demo cratic Hosts, He Says. MAKES POSITION CLEAR ON ANTI-TRUST BILLS President to Agree With Any Party Plan For Curb of Stock Gambling. Should tho Democratic majority in Congress decide it wants to foster legis lation regulating stock exchanges and ino nice, resident Wilson will ac quiesce In that decision. However, he win take no hand in the framing ot laws along this line. The President made this plain today to members of the Cabinet, who dis cussed with him his statement of yes terday afternoon, that he stood only ror tne legislation advocated in the Baltimore platform. Tho President told his advisers that his position was not a new one, that he bel'oved, as leader of the Democracy that ho is responsible for seeing the party pledges are carried out. And the fact that the people approved the plat form, at the last election, has caused him to take the stand th.it hi n,ivn. cac of legislation Is necessarily llmlt- cu. Explains His Position. He explained that when he said yes tett'ey he would have no part in fram ing laws affecting stock exchanges, he did not mean to assume the position that he would oppose such laws. The President. It Is Stated linnn mithni-ltv under no circumstances will attempt to mtc.-tcre nu me prerogatives of any Senator or Congressman. Should any member introduce and obtain the pas fcfiS ' bills designed Jo regulate stock cx.hanges, the President hlmtelf will consider such legislation, when It reaches him, entirely upon Its merits. Tie. wilt nnt InrilenfA l n,tn,i.n ...... position he will take, and will wait unui uie uuia come oeiore mm tor nis signature. If they do come before him, before deciding what action to take. No Stand Taken. Discussing the anti-trust nmrnm with the Cabinet, the President made it nlaln he hiut tnlren no fiavri nn fat stand incwnnectlon.-wiU-thwblllsrJntroT In his message. He believes these bills are the proper remedy for the conditions complained of. but they will be subject to change should public opinion indi cate this is necessary. It was because of this fact, the Presi dent oxplained, that he has Insisted on public hearings before the bills are acted on by Congress. Advocate Joint Hearings. Joint Senate and House hearings on the trust bills were advocated In a se cret meeting of the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee this afternoon, while it was agreed by the majority members that no caucus would be needed. At the conclusion Senator Neniands announced that full participation of the minority was desired In shaping the trust legislation, and for that reason he and other members of the Interstate Commerce Committee did not think a caucus should be held. Members of the committee declared the Joints hearings would prevent a du plication of work and would also sae time. It was also frankly stated the Inter stit; Commerce Commissi n would In sist on considering all of tho trust bills, despite the reports that the Judiciary Committee, of which Senator Overman is acting chairman, believes it should have the trust bills not rclering to tne trade commission. Chairman Clayton, of the Judiciary Committee, stated that the three trust regulation bills would not be Introduced in the Houso In their present rorm. The only bill to be introduced formally, is that creating an interstate trade commission, which was offered in the House yesterday by Clayton and today in the Senate by Senator Ncwlands. To Dra wBill Itself. The Interstate Commerce Committee will Itself draw the bill to give the In terstate Commerce Commission Jurisdic tion over Issuance of railroad securities. Representatives Clayton, Carlln. and Floyd will not attempt to draw this bill the fifth and last of the "five brothers" upon the Administration program. They said today that the only reason for in troducing the Interstate trade commis sion bill was to give the Interstate Com. merce Committee Jurisdiction ovr that subject. Several conferences on the tr'tst pro gram were held today by the. Demo cratic leaders. Congressman Henry of Texas, who has several anti-trust bills before Congress, and Congresjman Ad urmon, chairman of tho Interstate Com merce Committee, conferred regarding a plan to Introduce a now hill cm bodying practically all ot the tentative "Clayton" anti-trust hills. Samuel Vnteremeyr was also here to day vainly trying to resurrect tho "Pujo Money trust" bill for regulation of the New York stock exchange, which the President had disapproved. Seneca Searching For Vessel's Blazing Hull rtl.n MUAnlin CMlt titl Cart ti iifmb n.1rt lilt v4w. -... U' x-c. VU1 IUUU) of the schooner Puller. Palmer, reportoti IO DC O'1 -"' "CO D'JUUI VI V-fcJt; Sable. Nova Scotia. The achooner was ahandoneU about two weeks ao l lie Ewiii'ui"; 'uiju nun in uii:;.; iuvcq Into Boston by tho Ciresham. Wilson Frees Convict. Paul endes. who. on Fobruar 20. 1100. was sentenced to life imprisonment for murJcT committed In Indian Tcrro tory. will he freed from Atlanta peni tentiary February id, according to an order signed by President Wilson. Florida Superior Service Via Atlantic Coast Line. "New York ami i.-inri.l.-L Siiocial" leaves 6 :20 n. in. d.iiTv S other trains dally, 3:05. 9 MO p. m., 4:20 a. m. 1106 New York avc. c w. W ON KCEI! Advt, GOETHALS, kkkkwkkW.f'JSkkWfJkwkkkkklkkXvXXA I ! K' 'triHHH Mill iHHH wKrQfS&sSklkkktoSMikkkkkmkkkkkMlillr vvv1BK4H9Vyv --?-" ' 'SSSvS?KBv5r COL. GEORGE? Feeling Grows That Japan Plans Attack on United States' Foreign Policies. Baron Maklno's latest utterance- In the Japanese parliament, censuring the United States for Its attitude In -the Mexican situation, comes as a "surprise to Secretary of State Bryan, he ad mitted today, although, he said. tne nr,vimn sneech retrardlni? the anti- alien land law In California was sub mitted to him some time ago. The feeling Is growinj; in official clr rie that A scries of attacks on the foreign policies of the Tinted States Is planned by Japan. District Estimates Are Before Subcommittee Tho nlsirlrt aDoroDriatlon bill was k.rnm the subcommittee of the Senate Appropriation Committee today. Sen ator John Walter smitn presiuou. ino District Commissioners went over the ,.tiintM hchind closed doors. There was renewed Insistence "n ttie l.alf- and-half principle, me coiiniuvi.ee i meet again Monday. Divers Pass Hawsers Under Submarine A-7 r-T.YMOTTTH. Enclanj. Jan. 23. Di- ,.. ,, work today on the sunken sub- i a 7 n(rnrlff1 In rtajtaln? haw- sers around the vessel, which is under 200 fCtt Of water aim imueuueu m mvii- ty feet of sand anu mua. with its eleven dead, will not bo raited until Sundaj . May Attempt to Show Schmidt Confession False vi.-w vnm:. Jan. JS. At the tri.il of Hans Schmidt for tho murder of Anna i.niia. todiv. Terrence J. McManus. of counsel for the defense. Indicated that he mlsht seek to show that Schmidt did not actually k II the younr; 1 .... ..- he .'nnfesseil. M P.Man US ,11,1 ot indicate that the insanity plea would be auanaoneu. .iiuunuua ii .. t ?.-!.. .lncelv m to whether noneu iJi. lrffiv faJllnir nn her mlsht have caused tho depth of the Klrl. considering iinvi sue io ji n covering from a serious operation. Signs Brokaw Divorce. NEW YORK. Jan. 23. Supreme Court Justice Hcncdlct today sisned tho final decicc of absolute divorce for llary IJIalr Brokaw against w. oouia aro BRYAN SURPRISED SULLIVAN'S FRIENDS BY WAKIHO'S WORDS INT TRIAL FOR HI MUM HEAD NEW YORK POLICE W. GOETHALS. Would 'Give Deputy Fire Chief Chance to Answer Charges Made' Against Him. Though no decision has been reached by friends of Deputy Fire Chief Andrew J. Sullivan, ot the District Fire Department,- as to what further proceeding will be asked, many of the men who In terested themselves In his behalf favor a demand upon the Commissioners for a formal trial In which he will be given opportunity to answer any charge made against him. Th next step in the Sullivan case is up to Charles w. Darr. Commissioner Newman, in adjourning tne puduc hearing yesterday, said that the Com missioners would keep the' matter in abeyance pending a request from Mr. Darr for further proceedings. Mr. Sullivan has left the matter en tirely in the hands of the host of friends who have stood so loyally be hind him since the day that Commis sioner SIddons gave tho word that his retirement would be welcome. In some quarters it was suggested to day that the Commissioners might be oKtaeri to nass on the case in its present status, following tho demonstration for Sullivan yesterday. Mr. Darr will flle with Uie Commis sioners today a written request for a statement as to the latitude to be al lowed In a new Inquiry, or in a con tinuance of the inquiry made Dy com missioner SIddons. , In the meantime Mr. Sullivan will con tinue on duty In his present position. Mine Workers Advise New Party For Labor INDIANAPOLIS. Jan. 23. Tho Unit ed Mine Workers ot America have adopted a resolution declaring the time had arrived "for the laboring people to come together in a political labor party." No party was designated and no preparations for a new party were contained In the resolution. Baltimore Wants New Immigration Station Appropriation of $600,000 fir .i new immigration station at Baltimore was requested today before the lions? Pub lic Building Committee by h committee headed by Mayor Preston, of Baltimore, and Congressman LInthlcum. Gale Delays Sayres. NEW YOK. Jan. 23. Owing to heavy scas and a high gale, which she has battled for days, the Whito Star Uner Majestic, with Mr. and Mrs. Franclx Howes Sayrc". son-in-law and daughter of the President, aboard, will not reaiti here until tomorrow. The Majestic was due yesterday; MAYOR WWl SENDS PERKINS WITH PROFFER New York Commissionership Awaits Decision of Noted Army Engineer MAYOR RECEIVES NEWS THAT HE MAY ACCEPT Will Issue Statement of the Situation After Hearing Re port of Emissary. NEW YORK. Jan. 23--CUayor Mitchel this afternoon announced that Col. George W. Goethals, who, built the Pan ama canal, would be .appointed police commissioner of New "York city. Mayor Mitchel. this afternoon said: "I cannot say anything" now, except tha't from the beginning I have wanted and tried to set Colonel Goethals. I did not Intend io say anything until Monday, when I will have a statement prepared George "VY. Perkins went to Panama with a message from .e'with a view of set ting "Colonel Goethals to accept. I have heard from Mr. Perkins, and expect to see hrm tomorrow night. All I can say now Is that tie result is very satisfac tory." Garrison Would Keep Him Secretary of War Garrison said today he had received no word from Col. George V. Goethals regarding his re ported appointment as police commis sioner of New York. "I can scarcely credit the report." he sold, "as the colonel turned down the recent proposition to become 'gen eral manager of Dayton.. Ohio." "If CoL Goethals has accepted such a place,' the Secretary continued, "the loss to the country will be far greater than the gain to New York city. It would be unfortunate. It seems to me. that he should leave the army. In view of his brilliant record." If was assumed that If oGethals did accept the New York post, he would apply for retirement from the army, or resisn outright. General Wood, chief of staff, com menting on the report, said be was posi tive Colonel Goethals' would not accept. "It Is hardly believable that Goethals would take this position." General "Wood said. "In the first place. I don't think he would leave Panama unless angered at some aeuoerate acront. and there ras been none. Un the second plac. If he snouia resign ne could earn nve times as much money as a consulting engineer -as he would receive In salary in New York." Donbt the Report. At the V.'ar Department and at the Isthmian Canal Commission's offces the story was universally discredited. General Alcshlre. General Mclntyre, and others had heard nothing of It, and doubted that such an offer would prove attractive to Colonel Goethals pending the completion of his work on the can.il and the determination of what reeogni tlcn shall be accorded him by Congress for his Herculean task. At the Isthmian canal offices it was. stated that Colonel Goethals is now on th Caenal Zone, and that no word has even been received from him as to when he will make his annual visit to "Washington to appear before the Con gressional committee with reference to estimates for the coming year. While It Is recognized that the offlc would not necessarily be advised of any change contemplated by Colonel Goethals, it was thought that some thing would have reached the office 1C such a move was in contemplation. Col. George TV. Geothals. through hi work In the construction of the Pana-' ma canal is one of the best known hgures in the civilized world today. Though no official confirma2ton has teen received of his appointment, and nothing Is known of his actual or prob able acceptance, the story of his ap pointment created wide interest In Washington today. Should he take the New York police commissionership. Colonel Goethals will follow In the footsteps of a number ot eminent army engineers who have di rected "New York's finest." The most notable of them pvrtiiaps, was General Bingham, who was for a long time en gineer officer In charge of public works in "Washington. Colonel Goethals sprang into Interna tional fame when President Roosevelt, tired of a succession of civilian engi neers who failed to stick in charge ot the Panama Canal construction work, decided to put the task over to army engineers. Colonel Goethals was select ed, and the solution of Panama affairs was found. , , Under the direction of Colonel Goeth als the canal was pushed to practical completion in a remarkable manner that attracted universal commendation. Ills work in the zone will stand as a monument. Since the canal has reached the fin ishing stage, many jobs have bwii found for "The Canal Builder.' and he is much sought. New York city has frequently sought and obtained highly competent arm; men to direct the police department u position of difficulty In whlrl-i-gte on municipal strife, and civilian police com. mlssloners have gone on and oTf of the Job with consistmt regularity. I'TieliuS oi v-oionei uucvaais are skcp tlcal of his acceptance of the appcuu- ment, .