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,v'CTv: flP! i,mi3smmr'r Ito Watotttrnt Wm& WEATHER FORECAST: Fur Tonight (Pull Report on Pnj?o Two.) HOME EDITION NUMBEB 8874. WASHINGTON, TUESDAY EVENING, APRED 18, 1016. JPBIOB ONE CENT. : i-i 41 .C. STOPPED BY PHONE i Anonymous Caller Tells Con gressmen There Will Be No Gathering Today. MAPES DISCOVERS "PLOT Questions Person Calling and Reoeiver Is Abruptly Hung Up. An anonymous and mysterious tele phone call to varloui members of tho House District Commlttoe Informing them that there would be no mooting today, almost prevented tho meeting or that committee. Chairmen Ben Johnson and other memberi have not yet ascertained who sent out the misleading telephone calls, but there U a suspicion that It waa dene for a deflnlto purpose, and goes beyond the practical Joke. CoBgtessman Mapes of Michigan, when told that tho committee would not meet, failed to rccognlzo tho volco of the Informant, and becamo auspicious. A noon aa Mr. Stapes asked "Who aro you"" the man at tho other end of the telephone wire abruptly nun up the reoeiver. Chairman Johnson sat In tho commit tee room for nearly an hour this morn Ins; and was taken aback 'when almost a dosen membors dropped in caeually to ask why tho meeting had been post poned. Mr. Johnson was quite angr over the performance, and has started an Investigation to ascertain, 1C pos sible, who sent out the f.ilso telephone messages. When Chairman Johnson learnp'l'thnt ome ono was tampering with tho com mittee meeting dmerm:t tnnmonrs of the committee were called over tho telephone and a sufficient number fin ally arrived to do buslnosa. Home members of tho commtttco are Inclined to think that a person inter ested In one or moro bills pending to Tore the committee sought to prevent the committee meeting tor fear these bills would be considered. It Is not known At this time what bill caused tho fake telephone messages. The District committee decided today to authorlso Chairman Johnson to. pre pare a. unanimous, consent calendar for the committee upon which shall bo r laced all bills now, before tho commlt r to which there Is 'no objection. These uncontested bills will be con sidered and reported at an early special meeting. The District Commltteto In tends to make no report for the present on contested mattera. nn thu llntian legislative program precludes consider ation or any great quantity of District legislation at this session. District Must Pay For Moving Mains Comptroller Holds Water Depart ment Must Provide for Change on Avenue Bridge. Comptroller of the Treasury Warwick today ruled that the District Water De partment must bear tho expense of low ering the water mains 'on the new Penn sylvania avenue bridge because of the transfer of the Capital Traction Com pany's tracks to the structure. He also held that the railway company must pave the space betwen Its tracks and two feet addlUonal on either side, from Twenty-sixth and Pennsylvania avenue to Twenty-ninth street. The case was submitted to the Comp troller by the District Commissioners because the transfer of the company's tracks from the M street bridge to the new structure will place the electric conduits dangerously near the water mains across the new bridge. The com missioners believed the company should bear the expense of moving the mains further from the electric conduits. The Comptroller, however, ruled that the company did not wish to move Its con duits, but was required by act of Con gress to do so, and that any expense at tending the removal of the water mains must be borne by tho Water Department. The Comptroller holds that when the Capital Traction Company pays one third of the cost of constructing the bridge It will have discharged all Its financial obligations In tho matter ex cept to repave between the tracks. City Officials Pose For "Movie" Films Commissioners Figures in Pic ture to Advertise Washing ton and Lincoln Highway. Laying aside official cares for a mo ment. Commissioners Newman, Drown- low, and Kuta posed for tho "movies" today. The picture was taken In front of th District building, and wET be used as part of the film advertising Washington and -the Lincoln Highway, which Is to be shown all over the coun try under the auspices of tho Board of Trade, Chamber of Commerce, and the Itetall Merchants' Association. The picture, showing scenes of life In the National Capital, is being prepared by the Joint committee on tho Lincoln Highway feeder. Hearing on Fairchild Bill " Will Be Held Tomorrow The House District Committee will boM u !ie:ir?.g tomorrow inornliii n the Kalrrhlld bill aiilli'iruln,; t mcrj'or of the Potomac Klectrlc I'nww Com pany and the Wn'hlngtmi ltullwuy mid Electric Company. The District CumiduMtmri, ' o'pota tlon Counsol Synv nn.l n'YIcla's ol tho two public serilco cornoritlom me u peceud to attenl. The hearing will ho conducted beforo the full District Committee, JnMead uf a subcommittee. HIM ON D MEETING IS ALMOST 'BOOK OF HEART THROBS" SENT TO LABOR UNIONS Tragedies that are cvcry.day affairs m the- families of underpaid Government employes, as pointed out in the "Book of Heart Throbs" in last Sunday's Times, arc to be laid before labor organizations all over the country. Officials of the recently organized Federal Employes' Union ex press themselves as highly gratified at this move by The Times to impress, the Capital with the necessity for improve ment in the clerks' conditions. The organization has purchased enough copies of The Times con taining the article to distribute to the central labor unions in all important cities. They are being sent out this week. Houdini to Be Hanged In Strait jacket at High Noon Here Tomorrow "Handcuff King" to Dangle 100 Feet In Air Before Crowds At 12:30 o'clock. WILL .EXTRICATE HIMSELF Expert Knot Tiers Will Superin tend Exhibition, to Which All Are Invited. Harry Houdlnl has heen cordcmned) to be hanged! i Ho will bo hanged at 12:30 tomorrow In front of the Munsoy building In plain view of all of tho thousands of Wash lngtnr.tanu who can gather on Pennsyl vania, avenuo. The "Handcuff King" has escaped from ovciythlng tho pollco or saVty llrst artists of all sorts havo designed to confine a vicious criminal and now ho will reach tho end of hit rope! . Tho end of tho rope will danglo 100 feet In mldnlr from the front of tho. Munsey building -and Houdlnl will bol attached to it by tho feet with, all tho Ingenious knots the police or anybody elan can devise . Arms To Bo Rigid. I Ho wil also havo his arms securely I bourn, to his body and his body made rigid with the most approved type of straltjacket. All of these things will be done to Insure the thorough hanging of tint worker of magic. And Houdlnl doclarea he will hang only long enough to loose himself from His lncumorances! He laughs at tho proposition to hang him. and declares those In charge of the operation can go as far as they like. He guarantees that he will free himself. And It Is agreed that he shall go fieo If ho docs get loose. Tho rrocidura to be followed will bo to confine Houdini in a regulation straltjacket. A Jacket and two husky attendants have been secured. The men are experienced In restraining dai.gcioiudy Insane patients. They havo been instructed to use the most ap proved Jacket a tvpo from which no escape has ever been recorded. Houdini hasn't seer, the Jacket that vlll bo used apd will not see it until they put It on him The two attendants will see to It that tho "Handcuff King" Is placid in tho Jacket In a way they havo of putting men in Jicketa of the samo kind for keeps. They state they will put Houdlnl in the jirket for keeps, as no ono they havo over put into one of them has ever gotten out. In Air 100 Feet. Then a rone will bo nttached tn Hon. dlnl's fet so that It will not come oil ana tacKlo will bo attached to this rope with which Houdlnl will be hoist ed up about 100 feet and will dangle, head down for The exact length of time he will dan gle Is all up to Houdlnl. Tho men In charge will do It so well that they Insist he will dangle until they let him down. Houdini thinks otherwise. He claim ho will be thero long enough for an average person to wriggle an oyellu about three times in deliberate succession. Ho wants Just a minute or two and then ho claims he will free himself, throw off the straltjacket and when he wave his arms, tho tackle men aro to let htm down. Put he will not be lowered until ho hns relvnecd himself ibsolutely from thn straltjacket. Tho tltnn Ih M-30 tomorrow. Thu pluca Is In front of the Jlumey building. r.veniody In Washington Is Invited to cheer Houdlnl or thu policemen and nsylum attendants who think ho can't get nway. Women Lead 1,000 Strikers in Fight Keep Workers From Entering Munitions Factory After Pitched Battle. HASTINGS, N. Y., April W.-Ono thousand strikers, led by slv women, routed men en routo to work at the mu nition factories of the National Conduit ana cable company nere today In a pitchcii battlo with sticks and atones. Sheriff's deputies drove tho strikers back, but not until after they had pre vented the workers from entering the factories. The attack was led by a woman, who seized a machinist by the hair and knocked him down. In the melee several persons wero slightly Injured and every Gano of lu.is on ono side of a company ulldlug knocked out, Tho munition wotkers have been on strike for several days, demanding an eight-hour day, tlmo und one-half for ovoitlmo, and an Increase In wages of 5 cciils an hour. Yeggs Get Small Change. NEWTOWN, Pa.. Anrll 18,-Yeggmcn arly today blew the safe tn (ho post ofllce here, and escaped with less .than a dollar. I '-- 4'sslsssssslsK" iHsssB- ' w9Pi:ulllH HpImssH lHsMisHPv 1SIbHCB 4 K-HsSSSWr ' ssHsfK. fwK " " ussssssB i$rjBi IssssssH .sssssssssssssssssHsissHi' (ssssssH VsssssssssssssssPv HARRY HOUDINI. TO Haudremont Works and 700 Yards of Trenohes Near Thiaumont Captured. HBRU.V, April H. Capture of Im portant Kronen positions north and northeast of Verdun in yesterday's lighting was announced by the war of nce this afternoon. Tho Germans took 1.7U0 prisoners. The captured positions Include tho workr south of Haudremont farm, near Hep per Heights, and 7U0 yards ot Kronen trenches on the heights north west of Thiaumont form, near Douau mout. French troops attempted to attack In the Calllette Woods, near Douaumont. but were met by German artillery lira and held to their trenches at practically every point. In the Wocvre region and on the front southeast of Verdun Krench artillery was active throughout yesterday and last night. Violent Attack Made On East of the Meuse PARIS, April 18. German troops, rrom rive different directions aggregating lOO.Ott) men, participated In yesterday's violent attack against the Krench lines east of the Meuse, It Is officially an nounced. In last night's fighting, tho Germans wero partially thrown back from a first line trench they penetrated In Chaur four forest, northwest of Douaumont. The bombardment of mil 301 Is in creasing in violence. The Germans attacked with tho great est lolcnco on a ragged rront, extend ing from the Meuse In o. southeasterly direction .to the Douaumont-Urnes road. The first blow fell against the Kronen barriers In the narrow ravine southeast of Pepper Heights, the scene ot furi ous fighting ten days ago. Time and again the grey-clad legions piled un against tho French works In fruitless charges. Tho ravine and Its wooded slopes were swept bv a steady stream of shrapnel and machine gun fire until the gorge Itself was choked With bodies. Repulsed In this attack, tho Germans extended tho fighting on both Hanks. Tho heaviest blow was struck on the eastern wing. Gathering uu two di visions, the German commanders hurlod them against tho Krench line In Chauf four and Ablan woods, driving south ward in an attempt to reach douau-mont-Ilras road. , .... Tho second assault carried tho enemy Into the advanced positions and forced thu surrender ot a redoubt and Its con nected advanced trenches forming an exposed Salient northwest of Douau mont village. ' The Krench successes reported In to day's communique Iron) tho war office apparently were against these advanced positions taken by the Germans yes-Urday. GERMANS ADVANCE nenh VERDUN STOP U-BOAT WAR ONMERCHANTSHIPS, LAST WORDOF U.S. Note Expeoted to Go to Berlin Tonight Said to Leave Thli Doorway to Germany. DECLARES PLEDGES BROKEN Indictment Sums Up Submarine Case and Alleges Array ef Proofs. America's last word to Germany on the submarine Issue probably will leave for Berlin tonight. A Ungthy not.e re markable for lta dispassionate language but unmistakable aa to Its purpose, has been completed by the President him self. The message was laid before the Cabinet meeting today. .This afternoon ii proDaoiy win oe shown to Chairman William J. atone, of tho Senate Commit tee on Korelgn Relations, and, perhaps, to Chairman Henry D. Flood, of the House Committee, it may be sent to the cablo cfflce before nightfall. The communication Is said to leave but one doorway open to Oermtny, If sho would avoid a diplomatic break with tho United States. She roust aban don her submarlno warfare against mcrcnaut snips. With palntaklng care the note sums up tho Indictment against Germany. i lleglnnlng with the still unsettled case of the Curiard liner Lusltanla, case after i case Is cited, the total being regarded by this Government as comprising an overwhelming array of proofs that Ger l many has violated -the rules of human- ; lty nud broken her pledges. Recalls Berlin Promises. It tells of the cases which Immedlatu- ly followed the I.uslUnla, and the prom Iocs glvn by Oionuny at the lime of tho sinking of tlis A.-iule. It remind i Germany that tho HattuJ Htalts. vlil-. ing to subordinate her past grievances to tho Interest of humanity, was 'ie pared ta accept these promise, when Germany Issued her n;w .1 ecus', stating that on and after March J sbn would begin attacking all Aimed enemy mer chantmen without warning. - t- x. Almost Immediately, thq.nate. g.r on. to say; thero began' a" succession ot cases .of submarine attacks, the most noteworthy feature ot which waa the fact that, whereas the March 1 decrte was limited to armed enemy liners, most of the attacks were against un armed ships, many of them being ot neutral nationality. The noto draws the Inference thut either Germany has rccalii'd tier past pledges, or that her submarine have bun unablo to distinguish the charac ter .ind nationality of the ships that havo I een made the targe.. Preferring to believe the latter view is the correct one, the note Insists that circumstances have demonstrated the utter Impossibility of pursuing the sub marine timpalgn without transgress ing tho rights or neutrals, and lor that reason the United States feels cilled upon, solemnly and with due regard tor the good relations between the two countries that cannot otherwise con tine, to Insist that Germany abandon the submarine warfare. At Parting of Waya. Officials of the Administration thor oughly appreciate the fact that the re lations between the two countries are at the parting or the ways; that within two weeks Germany, by her reply, may force the United States to sever these relations. At the same time the President lb said to be determined to settle- the matter once and for all, and has so drawn the note that Germany cannot fall to real lie this. The Cabinet waa In session longer than It has been for some time. Al though the manner of the members as they left the White HoUso reflected the gravity of the situation, they declined to make any comments. Liner Zent U-Boat Victim ProbersFind Torpedoed Without Warning With Loss of 49 Lives, Investi gation Discloses. LONDON. April JS.-The BritUh Unor Zent, which waa sunk with a lost of forty-nine lives, was torpedoed without .warning, un admiralty Inve&tlgAtlon disclosed today. It wis also announced that tho Dutch tteamer HJdlJk, beached on tho coast of England, waa the victim of an en emy submarine. The Dutch steamer waa most conspic uously marked. She carried tho Dutch colcrs painted on her Mdea in four places and a rigid ensign on the fore mast and malnmost. Her name and port of icplslry were painted In largo letters on her side. Fraimnnt of steel and brass found in her hull leave no loom for doubt that she was torpedoed the Investigation disclosed. Asqfiith Seeks To Halt Cabinet Crisis Will Explain Recruiting and Con scription to Parliament To nlorrow. LONDON, April It. A possible crlrla tn the cabinet haa been delayed until at least tomorrow by the official an nouncement that Premier Asqulth will not make his expected statement on recruiting In Commons this after noon. Under present plans, the prime min ister wilt explain matters to Parlia ment tomorrow afternoon, In the meantime he Is using all his powers of conciliation to prevent the Eosslble resignation or those mem ers or the ministry who are deter mined upon a policy of general conscription. Victims of Treachery in Mexican Town. , ,iH ' ivJwt&m. fl VssssWj,"j ' f. Zy -m; II fc-.T lk jlaH sbsK" 'Jrlt aW ' aV ssssssK- t .sssW tit alsKf K KiH V BKc3k-IBBBBBBBB at -if bbIbm - VtBiBiBT I III ''3&; V&BMb0l Above SERGT. JAY, .RICHLEY, Troop M, Thirteenth Cavalry, dead. Center PRIVATE HOBERT LED FORD, Troop M, Thirteenth Cavalry, deadr Below PRIVATE CHARLES H. EICHENBERGER, Troop M, Thirteenth Cavalry, missing. PAPEN'SAIDESEIZED AFTER LIVELY FIGHT Von Igle, Arrested Under Plot Indiotment By U. S. Agents, Puts Up Struggle. NEW TOIIK. April 18. Wolf von Igle, secretary to Capt. Franx von Papen, re called German military attach, was ar rested In his office at 60 Wall Street by agents of the Department of Justice to day after a lively tight. Four special agents overpowered von Igle, when he Attempted a get-away. Von Igle was Indicted yesterday with von Papen, Capt Hans Tauscher, hus band ot Mme. adUI, and others In con nection with plots to blow up the Wei land canal and put bombs upon allied ships. His name was kept secret until today, however. Agents of tho Justice Department call ed at his office yesterday, but It was said he was out ot town. Returning today, they found the former attache's secre tary. Von Igle at first refused to admit Joe Baker, assistant to William Offley, head of the department's investigating bureau, nit 1i!m three denutles. Uakoi llnally convinced hlm-they were coming In, forcibly. If neces'sary, and the door was opened. Von Iglo hurried to tho sare as uaKer and nts men en tered slammed the door shut and throw on the combination, locking It. Von Igle declared he would not sur render embassy nancrs. and falling to secure documents he expected to take from the saro uaKer ordered von igle to come with him. Von Igle endeavored to escape Be fore ho hud gone far toward the door ttaker ana nis tnree assistants were unon htm. The struggled about the of fice, overturning furniture, but the de- upon him. xnev struggled about the or haiflt and marched the secretary away. When taken before Federal Judge Howe, von Igle refused to plead to the Indictment, He declared he was not rep resented by cbunsol and also that the Uovernment had no right to arrest him as no was connected with tho German embassy. He protested against the seizure ot any papers In his Wall street ofllce, saying that was cmbassadorial territory and Inviolate. Judge Hqwo advised von Igle to pro cure counsel at once. He adjourned the hearing until i p. tn. that the prisoner might get a lawyer, and told him his rights would be safeguarded. Less Beer In England. LONDON, April 18. Under govorn mont orders restricting the Importation of beer making apparatus. English brewvis will reduce their output by one glass of beer in every eight. RENEW HUNT FOR MLLA; DEATH ONLY HOAX, SAYS BELL Army Officer Declares ricated the Story of Bandit's Death- Orders Go Out From San Antonio for New Troop Activity. DEFENSIVE PLANS Lines of Communication Are Given Greater Protection Troops Are ' " Digging Themselves In" to Prevent Further Hostile Acts By Carranza Forces. SAN ANTONIO, Tex., April 18. On receipt of a dispatch from General Bell, at El Paso, declaring that the report of Villa's death had evidently been manufactured in Juarez, army officers directed a renewal of the search for the bandit leader today. General Bell officially reported to Major General Fun ston declaring his belief that the entire story of Villa's body having been found was a fabrication and originated at Juarez. . A statement from Consul Letcher at Chihuahua fur ther discredited the story, asserting that dispatches from Cusihuiraichic made no mention of the body. Early advices to headquarters told of a g.ilheriug of scattered American detachments near Satevo? r "-Indications point to resumption of the bandit hunt on a scale limited to conform to the present line of com munications. This is believed to mean that Funston in tends to make the best of the facilities at hand, meantime hoping for permission to use the Mexican railways or sanction for a new line with the American base near Pre sidio, Tex. TAKES STEPS TO DEFEND SUPPLY LINE. EL PASO, April 18. The Villa hunt is a secondary matter to the guarding of American lines of communica tion, according to army officers here. Concentration of troops to prevent renewal of such attacks as that at Parral is being undertaken. Brigadier General Pershing, it is understood, has re ported to Major General Funston that his troops are "dig ging themselves in" and are prepared to meet any move of Carranzista troops or bandit bands. He has established himself at Namiquipa, where he can be in touch with all parts of the line and better meet any hostile move. American officials here are ready to accept General Carlos Carranza's identification of the body said to be that of the bandit chief and advise the withdrawal of troops as having accomplished the object of the expedition. Certification of Villa's death by officials of the de facto government is all that can be expected, say officials here, although it is expected that no obstacle will be placed by Carranzista officials in the way of further confirmation by the American authorities. The question whether the body, presumably being taken into Chihuahua City, is that of Villa is still holding attention, but the safety of the American expedition, fol lowing the Parral incident and the withdrawal request from General Carranza is uppermost in the minds of army chiefs along the border. PERSHING LEAVES SATEVO. Pershing has left his advanced base at Satevo and re turned to his Namiquipa staff headquarters. At Nami quipa, about midway along the lines of communication, he can keep a closer witch on the situation and better direct his army. No American troops are now believed to be south of Santa Cruz. If Villa is not dead, but has escaped into Durango, as formerly reported, the American pursuit has apparently been halted. If the body reported exhumed west of Satevo is not Villa's, neither the United States nor the Mexican authorities have any adequate idea of the bandit chief's whereabouts, they admit. Mexican officials, professing to have direct knowl edge of the finding of Villa's tody near San Francisco Porja, claim that cutting of wires last night prevented re ceipt of further information today. While the failure of the Mexicans to produce the body Juarez Officials Fab ARE PERFECTED I "