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"WABHINJSrTOF, WEDNESDAY EYENINGy JANUARY 26, 1010.
PKICB ONE CENT.
WIDOW TO GIV
Attempt to Dismiss Indictment
Fails Last State Witness
' Unshaken Under Cross-Examination
Testimony to Defend Brown and
Spellman Will Not Be Com
bined With That Offered by
Defense of Mrs. Mohr.
PROVIDENCE, R. I., Jan. 26.
The State rested its case in the
trial of Mrs. Elizabeth Mohr
shortly after noon today.
The defense will open immedi
ately and it is expected Mrs.
Mohr will be the first witness.
Captain Monahtm, of Providence,
occupied the witness stand dur
ing the morning session and fol
lowing the end of his examination
Attorney General Rice turned the
casd'over to the defense.
Attorney Arthur M. Cushing,
Mrs. Mohr's counsel, immediately
moved that the indictment be dis
missed on the ground that , one
person, not three,ppmmittedthe
murder. The court overruled him.
4tST&TE'S tAST WITNESS.
The jury waa dismissed from the
loom .during the presentation of the
Captain Monahan, on cross-examination,
was unshaken In his story.
The officer told the story of the
morning of September 2 whon, the
State claims, both Brown and Spell
nuin confessed they were responsible
for the shooting-, and that they did
It at Mrs. Mohr's request and for he.r
"Spollman was the first to implicate
Mrs. Mohr," he testified "and waa
first or the two to admit that they
hot from ambush at the doctor's
It is understood thnt Mrr. Mohr'a
counsel will content themselves with
a general denial of the story toltl bv
Georgo W. Henlls and of the so-called
t'onfesslons of Brown and Spellman,
although the defense apparently has
vlllinly allowed much evidence to
go In to the effect that Mrs. Mohr had
Mifflclon cause to bo Jealous of the
physician's actions, and possibly
enough to loso all the love aho once
had for him.
Mrs. Mohr's self-control has been al
On only one occasion, when a young
assistant attorney scneral threw 'the
crimson stained clothlnjr of her dead
hurband on the floor of the court, has
sho Klvcn way to tears. But even then
she recovered quickly, and fifteen min
utes after she had been swaving with
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BRITAINl EM S.
Lansing Announces He Has Re
ceived Reply to Protest on
Secretary of State Lansing arncur.ced
tcdnv thnt ho hud received the reply
Of the Prltlsh government to the re
cent protest by the United States
against selr.uro and detention of Ameii
enn malls Mr. Lansing said that this
Go ernment'H protest and Great Brit
ain'! reply will be made public Fiiday
It Ih understood that Great Britain
rejects the demands of tho Cnltcd
States that she cesso further Inter
ruption villi American malls, justlfy
Inc her position both on the grounds -if
military necessity and that the malls
have teen used to set contraband Into
The Swedish minister discussed the
mail selrure) skuuttnn with Secretary
Lansing today. Sweden has mide ro
roated protests to Great Urltaln against
majl seizures and hate sonc further by
pclKlnpr British malls In transit through
Sweden as a reprisal. The Sw.jdlsh
minister was glon a copy of the :om
implications between the Lnlted States
nnd Grout Iiiltalr. on the mall lues,
The American protest Is understood
to have been based on the contention
that Great Britain has no Jurisdiction
over flrst class mall bound for neutral
countries, which has been involuntarily
brought Into tho hands of the British
Under International law England lins
a right to rensor all mall which la
routed through a British port, but may
not cenor mall bound directly to n
neutral port tut forced while en route
to enter a British port.
Entered in Race for Job
As District Postmaster
Clark's Secretary Would Be
! Postmaster If Chance is Not
Wallace Bassford, secretary to speak
er Champ Clark, Is a candidate for the
postmastershlp of Washington.
Speaker Clark has written- a letter to
Postmaster General Burleson, It waa
stated today on high authority, recom
mending Bassford In .oaso Postmaster
Merrltt O. Chance Is not confirmed.
Mr. Bassford Is well known In Wash
ington, and was prominent In the last
pre-convcntlon campaign for the nomi
nation of; speaker Clark. Ho Is from
Opinion is divided on whether "tW
.Senate will confirm Mr. Chance. Efforts
are bein? made to block It, hut tho
friends of Mr. Chance In the senate say
ho will be confirmed. In any event. If
ho Is not rejected, he -will hold office at
least through tho present session of
Speaker Clark and Postmaster Gen
eral Burleson have composed their past
political differences, and It Is considered
possible that if Mr. chance should fall
of confirmation Mr. Bassford might be
Clears Up Administrative Mat
ters to Leave Here for New
President Wilson has cleared up
pending Administration matters pre
paratory to leaving Washington for an
almost uninterrupted tour of eight days
In behalf of his preparedness program.
Tonight tho President and Mrs. Wil
son will leave Washington for New
York city, where, tomorrow night, he
will make two addresses. He will re
turn hero on Friday for a few hours,
leaving on Friday night for his West
In addition to the regular stops the
President will make a number of rear
platform sjKeches. On his way from
Cleveland to Milwaukee on Monday, he
Will speak briefly at Waukegcn, 111.,
and Kenosha, Wis. En route from Chi
cago to Des Moines ho expects to speak
at Grlnnell and Iowa City, and possibly
other points. He will also make plat
form speeches at Lawrence, Kan., East
St, Louis, III., and Racine, Wis.
0wwg to the tact that tho President
desires to speak to as many people as
possible on tho trip and hence will re
quire rest between speeches, no ofter ot
entertainment for himself or for Mrs.
Wilson haH been accented. All tne
Pspecches will be at large meetings witn
the exception or tne preakrast tendered
by the St. Louis Business Men's League.
to which .Mrs. Wilson will accompany
the President. While In Topeka, tlie
President and Mrs. Wilson will havo
luncheon with Governor and Mrs. Cap
CALL FOR HELP F
Unidentified Vessel Sending Up
Signals escue Vessels Are
Nearby, Is is eported.
HALIFAX, Jan. 26,-An unidentified
vessel h reported In distress off Capo
Itace and BCidlng up rocket signals for
Tho French liner Rochambcau wire
lessed the Information to tho marina
and fisheries department.
Tho Rochambcau reported tho steam
er Finland had been standing by tho
disabled vessel and had wirelessed other
vcmcIs to look out for her.
FOR WESTERN TRIP
SHIP OFF CAPE BAG
Report Now Planned by Public
Buildings and Grounds Body
HEARING NEXT WEDNESDAY i
Proposal for New Department
of Justice Building Here Also
Tentative plan for a report of ho
till autliortohtg- n. n.itlonal guard um
orv ln the Mall, no.ir Plth street and
a new home for the repnrtment of -J s
tlce on the land purchased south of
I'ennsjlvnnln avenue, between Four
teenth nnd rifttenth streets, wrre made
ot a rrretlm' nt tl'c House Committer
on Public Ibilldlnss nnd Grounds to
day. Despite the opposition of the dtrln
lslrntlon to an cmnlh.is publ'c bjlldlngs
bill, the House Committee bollce.es there
may be pressing w-ed here for o new
annory and a tuildlnir for the Pepjrt
ment of Jfsilcc, and Mils authorizing
thrsu structures ivssiblv will bo le
ported as Independent measures.
General Harvcv. commanding the Dis
trict National Guard, conferred with
members of the Building Committee to
dav. and It was nrranced that hearings
will be held, ntobably next Wednesday,
on tho Dyer bill to erect an armory.
Following the hc-nthiKs members of 'the
committee will bo Invited to co to see
the present Inadenuate headquarters of
the District National Guard.
Chairman Clark, of tho Ilulldliurs
Committee, is tin advocate of a new
structure for the .Department of Jus
tice, and ItU may hp uulnorlicd -it thU
SUPPORT SHIP BILL:
Senator Clarke of Arkansas Also,
Won Over to Measure by;
A stir whh caused at the C'nnltol today
bv the disclosure at the White House,
following a conference between the
President and Congressmen Kitchin and
Fllsrgerald that both men probablv will
support the Administration shinning bill.
The news was looked on at the Capitol
a3 one- of the most Important of recent
lcglslath o developments. The view
wldeh taken In Senate and House Is
that this means the shipping bill will be
Pa sed. v
It has been tho tcw of Senators op
posed to the shipping bill that the meas
ure would pasS the Senate and would
be killed In tho House bv Democratic
Senator Clarke rf 4rl:niifeas. who kd
the light agalnrt the bill lest yar. nnd
Scnatorj Simmons nnd Fletcher, who
led the fight fur the Mil. also atfnded
the conference today. Senator Claik.
will bo In charge of the bill it this
session, ar.d whllo (vpot.eri to 4jni3
featured of It. it is liellccd ho will
suppoit It In Its llnnl form. Mr. Kitch
in Paid he believed he. too, would be in
favor of the present bill .and .Senator
Simmons and Fletcher will again sup
The principal change in the measure
from that which failed In tho last Con
gress provides that the Government af
ter purchasing and building ships and
establishing routes may sell or lease
them to private parties, holding tho
right, how over, at any time to comman
deer them Into fccrvlce, In case of war.
for a fair compensation. Tho original
bill provided for permanent Govern
ment ownership. The present hill pro
vides for ?. bom' Issue of JoOTooo.OOO to
buy and build ships, and also controls
LABOR PLEDGES ITS
But Conscription Is Believed
Certain to Meet Strong De
nunciation in Convention.
BRISTOL, England. Jan. a -By a big
IlinlnrltV. rnrittnntnllv.a Af inn., tl.n.
2,000,00) English laboring men today!
uuuiJieu ii resolution pieuKinR tncir sup
port to tho British government.
Tho resolution wns passed amid
cheers shortly after the three-day ses
sion of the labor conference opened.
With the .same majority, the delegates
adopted a resolution condemning Uer
man atrocities in Franco and Belgium.
Tho resolution of support refrained
from mentioning conscription, which
Is practically certain to meet with
strong denunciation ln resolutions to
hf nrefiantpi! Altlim Into tnilav m. n
..:. v.v,.!i A-"v"; ,.' ."' l" i
muirun. iiiiam iimvioru Anderson, i
labor'member of Parliament, who pre
sided, sounded tho keynote of the at-
innt nn nnnanptntlnn ivliui. It. .1.-1 i '
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compulsory servlco was not only
doomed to certain failure, but certain
to cause bitterness among the workers.
SUPPORT TO BRITAIN
Steel Hovers Above
84 Mark on Exchange
Steel common opened today,
85 3-8 to 80.
At noon it was 85.
At 1 ' o'clock it dropped to
Ono year ago today, when the
dividend had been passed,
steel closed at 51 1-2.
The 1915 low mark for steel
was 38, on February- 1, and
the high record 89 1-2 on
Congressman Bailey Introduces
Bill That Would Let Women
of District Vote.
nirctlon of members of tho Board
of Education by the citizens of the
District cif Columbia Is proposed In a
bill Introduced today by Congressman
Bailey of Pennsylvania, a 'Democratic
member of tho Ilojise District Com
mittee. The nalley bill provides that for the
purported of the school board election
tho frnnchl.se shall bo extended to
women as well at men. hut that nil
electors shall have resided In the
Pistrlct one year before being allowed
to vote. The voters must also be
twenty-one ycais of bko or oioic.
It la proposed that the elec'ons shall
be held in tbe school bulldlnKs ami
thnt Congress shall prescribe the time
and manner of elections and the terms
of oifico of members of the board. Con
gress would nlso appropriate Tor the
"The peoplo ol the District arc quali
fied to manage their school Hfluliv,
said Mr. Bailey. "1 believe In local
solf-govci nment, nnd desire that It sha'l
bo extended, to eltlaens of the District
They are as well qtialittcd to nuinugt
ihelr educational and other ufTalrs a.s
the citizen or my own town and Starr.
.My bill ought to command tho npprovui
ol every man and woman In the Die-'
For "Principal Groups"
System in the Schools
A plan for naming "gioup principals"
for a number of Washington schools lo
cated near each other, and thus creating
larger school unlti under one super
vision, will bo outlined to the Board 01
Kducation at Its meeting this aftet
noon by Ernest L. Thurston, superin
tendent of schools.
This plan marks one of the most Im
portant proposals hi recent years for a
change in the method of supervising
.'chools. It Is the reault ot Iour and
caieful lUudy of a method to ovcicomo
the handicap of the many small elght
lonm buildings in Washington.
The Thompson and Franklin schools
now afford the only example where this
plan has been trlrd. These schools,
within n block of each other, have been
conducted by one principal mo success
fully that .he believes they furnish an
example of what might be done all over
the city wlieie schools are within short
distances of each other.
Though Mr. Thurston declined to give
the names of the schools which might
be affected bv the pioposal, In advance
of his lecommendatlon to the board,
some of the groups which aie rightly
located for such an experiment are the
Johnson, Powell, and Johnson annex;
the Polk and Henry, the Towers and
Wallach, and the Jefferson and Aml
don. It alo Is understood that Mr. Thurs
ton's plan Is not to have a non-tencu-Ing
principal lor these groups, but so
to lighten tho teaching woik ot tne
principal that he or she will be able to
give more time to the work done by
teachers !n lower grades.
The plan also, in the case of schools
within a block ot each other, would
afford an opportunity for sending all
smaller children to one school ami
older children to the others, thus facil
itating playground and administrative
GET SPECIAL TRAIN
Americans There Will Be Taken
to Chihuahua, State Depart
ment Is Informed.
A special train left Chihuahua yes
terday to take employes of the Yonulro
Development Company and other Amer
icans who havo taken refuge with them
from Mlnaca to Chihuahua, the agent
of tho company reported, according to
dispatches to the State Department to-
v messago from Consul General Silll
m'an at Queretaro. says Carranza 'Is
making every effort to comply with the
demands of the American Government
for the" capture and punishment of the
murderers of tho Watson party.
EL PASO, JanT 29. Dissatisfaction
was felt here today with tho progress
of the Carranzlsta plans to capturo
Francisco Villa, dead or alive.
With refugees confirming reports of
five Americans killed by Vllllstn ban
dlts a month ago. the hundreds of other
Americans and Foreigners still in Mex
ico are not considered safe until Villa
and his band are exterminated.
Report of Villa's whereabouts are
numerous und change constant. Most
agrco he Is somewhere in mountains of
western Chihuahua, where for years tho
bandit chief dellcd tbp efforts of Diaz
troops to capture or kill him.
Wall Street Still Buoyant Over
the Declaration of Five Per
BOOM IN OTHER. ISSUES DUE
industrials and Railroad Stocks
Expected to Be Active From
Now Prosperity Era Hailed.
NEW VOUK, Jan. 26. Wall Street
whistled on Its way to work today.
Its Judgment that the country is
making money, having been confirm
ed by the announcement of unprece
dented earnings of the United States
Steel Corporation and the placing of
Steel common back on the old S per
cent basis, the Street Is now expected
to throw Itself to another display of
Tho fact that the earnings of the
Steel corporation for the last quarter
exceeded by nearly $6,000.00 any other
three months In tho history of the
wiiw.ii. ., ci (lUMUCU H. IIIUHJ UB Rll i
Indication that the extent of tho bust-
ness being done In the country has '
hardly been realized even bv those I
closest to trading center. Highest
estimates of the 8tcel corporation's
earnings placed the figures at about
$50,000,000 and that this extravagant
estimate snoum nave been too low
was the biggest surprise of the Steel
Call It Stimulated Boom.
While the announcement of the un
precedented earnings and declara
tion of the regular dividend were re
gal did a h victory for tho faction
which was opposed to malting: politi
cal capital of the country's "Industrial
haronioto"." there wore leaders In the
financial district today who Insisted
that the Croat earnlne.t of tho of.
poritllon -vvfere a farther Indication' of j
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IK DECIDE NOT:
TO WEND II
Continue on Job Pending!
Framing of New Scale of
INDIANA POLLS, Jan. td. Th Unit
ed Mine Woikcrs today decided not to
Mippnd work April 1, pending the
framing of a new wnrce scale with
tho operators when their present con
traits expire. The delegates who
Noted against a suspension In case
new wjige pcalts have not been drawn
lv April 1, represent -100.000 union
itinera. Tho resolution against sus
pension wan carried by an overwhelm
'I he vote wai taken following many)
speeches by miners icprcsentlng widely i
scattered districts in wuich the non
susperclon policy of President White
was unvaryingl Indorsed.
An aye anil no vote was first taken,
but a division was demanded. Tho ris
ing vote showed the non-suspension
policy winning overwhelmingly.
Those favoring strikes wished them
as a club to hold over the operators.
Those opposed to suspension declared
such action would open union markets
to non-union cool.
it Is now assured, delegates enld. that
wage scale negotiations will go on un
der peaceful conditions, at least until
the miners arc certain thnt tho opera
tors will not grant their demands. The
miners appeared confident a satisfac
tory agreement will be reached. Nego
tiations will begin at Mobile, Ala., Feb
TELLS SENATORS ALL
T BE SOLDIERS
Captain Mpseley Declares Uni
versal Military Training Is
Essential for U. S.
Without univetsal military ccrvicc tho
I'nited Btatci never can hope ror an
eitectlso army, Capt. V. H. Mosciey.
of th' War College, to'd the Kcnato
MIlItT-' Affni") Comni'tec todav. lie
fhvorod the Swiss system of universal
"When your son and my son. and the
sons of worktngmen and millionaires
all are side by sldo In the ranks, tne
whole nation will be alert to see they
havo corrcit training and proper equ:p
mnnt " ho said.
"Dut, I thought when I attended a
dofenjo nuetlng the other "veiling,
nv main of theso sk-oplo know a
soldier in the regular army orv even
lnii vhf name of one?' What real
interest can they htve In soldlci'""
Slate nationl'l gunids lie chaisi'tei
ized u UFflcfis. Too much politics
and gold luce spulled '.heir military
clfectlvonc ii he raid IIotiliiy of
labor unnns also was a militia weak
uesa, he cuid,
Plans Relief Work to
Help Poor of New York
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MRS. VINCENT ASTOR.
Plans for Starting Shops and a
Store Discussed by Her
NEW 'iOItK. Jan. i6. Mr. Vincent
Ast,or today took up the gauntlet In
behalf or NW York,' JhiinXTi' and-ldle
mem She will endeavor to perfect n
plan to feed them and clve work to
the unemployed. To that end Mr.
Ardor entcrtHlnd prominent N"V
York rwiAt workers at p. luncheon.
At the Invitation of ?In. Astoi n
group of men and women identified
Ith social and Induntrial yervice as-8-omblcd
at her home. Ii wus the first
f a series of social weirare lunch
eons, at which plans for the better
ment and as!Mancc of the unemploy
ed aro to be discussed.
The subject was "t nemployment,"
(he principal spenkej being William
Alhertl Writing, former superinten
dent of tho municipal lodging house,
who piosentcd the problem of tho
employable nnd the unemployable,
after which there wns a general dis
cussion on the bails of Mr. Whiting's
This Wihtcr's Problem.
The meeting wa held for the pur
pose of considering the need of de
veloping work supplemental to- thnt
of tho municipal lodging house and
to co-oneratc with other work now
being carried on by the mayor's com
mission and other organizitlons. It
grew out of some problems that arose
last winter in connection with the
Iiundl .'Jay and the gieat unemploy
ment in New Vol It At that time nn
ndvisory committee was formed to
work with tho lodging house in its
f-oeial relief work, but it was found
that certain limitations ot the char
ter In the matter of giving outdoor
relief made It Impossible to do this
work as largely as the city would
lii.e to do.
The problem this winter, with the
percentage of unemplo ment very much
smuller, 's that of separating the un
employable from the employable, to
take care of homeless men who are out
of work for the first time, and who are
not properly subjects for city care or
It Is planned to open shops for skilled
and unskilled labor, and to conduct a
SENATE SPEEDS UP
'ON PHILIPPINE BILLS
Effect of President's Policy to
Hurry Up Session Is Seen in
Some of the effects of the President's
policy of speeding up Congress were
apparent in the Bcnato today. Efforts
were'made to hasten along th consid
eration" ot the. Philippines bill and
bring It to a vole without mi'ch more
Seintor HiichcocK meseoded in get
ting the bill taken up Immediately after
morning buslr.es General debate fol
lowed. The controversy today revolves about
the Clarke amendment 'and klndreel
amendments, looking to the independ
ence of the Islands in two to four
years. President Wilson has sanctioned
the Clarke amendment.
Senator Hitchcock nnd Senator Stone
have Introduced amendments which arc
much tho same as the Clarke amend
ment. They provide, however, that If
this country shall not be able to ef
fect i neutralization agreement with
the leading powers. It nny make agi ce
ments with Individual nations looking
to safeguarding for a period of five
years the sovereignty of the Islands.
German Ambassador Smiling
and Affable as He Leaves
State Department After Xalk
With Lansing ,
Feels Confident That Present
Deadlock Will Be Relieved
Within a Week Refuses to
Secretary of State Lansing to"
day delivered to Count von Bern
storff for transmission to Berlin
the final proposals of the UnitcB
States for settlement of the Lus:
Count von Bernstorff was
closeted with the Secretary for
about thirty-five minutes. Arriving
at the State Department at 1 1 :45,
it was about 12:20 when he left.
He was smiling and affable, but
declined to make any comment.
It was learned, however, that the
ambassador feels confident that
the present deadlock will be re
lieved within a week. This confi
dence, it is believed, is based op
the intention, of the ambassador
strongly to advise his government
to meet the wishes of the United
As hes- entered his limousine the Am
bassador was flngciing a folded piece
of letter paper, which is believed to
have contained Secretary Lansing'-,
views of the kind of agreement which
Germany should make. Nevertheless, it
was stated that Mr. Lansing had not
presented to the ambassador any foi
mal memorandum containing tho pro
posals of this Government
After stepping out of the Secretary's
office the ambassador remained a few
moments In the ante-room, where ho
dhtated a communication ot some son
to Sir. Lansing's private stenographer
This Is understood to have been a com
munication which he ambassador de
sired to send to hla government by
wireless, and which, under tho rulesv
the State Department censorship, mu:fv
pass through the department
Arrangements were made that Anl
bassador von Bernstorff should ejflfiU
this communication to his government
Immediately over State Departmei
wires. Nothing further will be dons
until Berlin Is heard irom.
Austrian Charge There.
H nen the German ambassador
renched tho State Department, Barer
.wledlnek, tho Austrian charge, waj
In conference with Secretary Lansln ;
Count von Bernstorff waited in tlib
anteroom until his colleague left Lan
sings otllce, when the two Teutonip
diplomats discussed the submarine
Secretary Lansing and the Gernnu
ambassador refused to discuss the L-tisl-tanla
case at the closo ot the Inter
view. Their .position Is that the ques
tion Is now up to Herlln and there !
nothing furtner to say or do until be
lin either accepts or rejects tho ternu
of settlement proposeel by the Unite .
Last Word of.U. S.
While In the nature of a counter pro
posal, since the plan of settlement re
jected yesterday was submitted by the
Herlln government, the communication
that will go forward today Is expected
to be tbe last word of the United States
The German proposals have rcpeatedb
cvadeel the qui stion of admitting tho il
legality of the Lubitanla attack. The
United States is insisting on an ex
plicit and not an implied disavowal of
responsibility for the Lusltanla attack'
This Is the onl question over which
there Is disagreement. The German pro
posals agree to pay full Indemnity for
American lives and property loss. Jju,
even In expressing Its willingness tee
pay Iniiemnltj tho German government
m Its pioposals, rejected by the Unltefl
States yesterday, refused to admit lin
legal liability to pay such Indemnity
There was ellstlnct'-dlsappolntment ln
official and diplomatic quarters over
failure of the negotiations for settle
ment of tho Lusitanta case. Th
friendly tone of Berlin dispatches haet
encouraged officials in the belief that
Germany would meet the main demands
of the L nlted States.
It will be at least ten days longer be
fore a reply can be received from Bei
lln to the new proposals to go feyward
today, ln the view of -diplomatic offi
cials. Meanwhile Ahc new delay ln tlv
Lusltanla negotiations may cause a
postponement of tho dlplomatlo Intei
ehanges with Austria-Hungary for set
tlement of the Ancona case.
Greek Officers in Duel.
ATHENS. Jan. 26. A duel was
fought by two naval officers. M. Cour
nioulls and M. Mclas. M. Courmoull.i
was wounded Tho disagreement erev;
out of the foretl teslgnatlon of M,
Melan' brothor u socrotary to King
Conotantlne on recount of his polit