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, .,y Wat "Wahftiatatt ffime WEATHER FORECAST: Fair Tonight (Full Report on Page Two.) Sunday Evening . Edition NUMBER 10,038. WASHINGTON, SUNDAY EVENINa JANUARY 7, 1917. PRICE ONE CENT. STRIKECALLON . AGAIN IMPENDS Brotherhood Leaders Feel They Were "Buncoed" by Last Congress. . CHIEFS TO MEET THURSDAY Men Oppose New Adamson Bill Providing Straight Eight hs Hour Day. The threat of a general railroad strike, paralyzing the nation trans portation and business, was renewed today. Following a. conference between "Warren 8. Stone, grand chief of the Brotherhood of Xocomotlve Engi neers, and H. E. .Lewis, legislative agent of that brotherhood, the word went out that "a strike call is more than a possibility." The feeling of railroad leaders that they were "buncoed" in the legisla tion adopted by the last Congress to avert a rail strike, and the bitter opposition the rail leaders feel to the Adamson hill, introduced yesterday, to "put teeth" in the Adamson law. now under Are. have combined to create a new strike crisis. Labor Chiefs Meet Thursday. President Stone, of the engineers, at the Willard today, refused to make an authoritative statement, as he has not yet conferred with his asso ciate railroad leaders. A conference of chiefs of the tour brotherhoods will be held at Chicago Thursday. There were reports today that at this conference a strike call may He-issued, under the blanket au thority given their leaders by the men. Mr. Stone would not discuss this. "The railroad brotherhoods will not be represented by counsel when argu ments in the Adamson law are heard by the United States Supreme Court tomorrow," President Stone said to day. Mr. Stone added that be would be present to hear the arguments. President Stone would not discuss the new Adamson bill, which is de signed to supplement the present Adamson Jaw, but it Is knows he is unalterably opposed to 1U provisions. Iindifs 0pee Xrw Mil , Other labor leaders attacked the new Adamson bill aa distinctly in imical to the interest of theSaenThe provisions 'of the sew bill which the railroad men will oppose are: That preventing any railroad em ploye from 'working more than eight hour without the consent of the In terstate Commerce Commission. That providing compulsory arbitra tion and prohibiting strikes while rail disputes are under investigation. That empowering fhe President to-i commandeer and operate the lines of railroads while strikes are pending, which it is feared would compel the men to remain in operation of trains while disputes were under arbitra tion. Straight Eight-Hour Law. 'The "railroads have said the pres ent Adamson law la a wage law and not -an eight-hour law," Congress man Adamson said today in explana tion of his new measure. "The new hill Is a straight out-and-out eight hour law." Railroad brotherhood leaders have resisted eight-hour legislation In the past. What they have sought is the (Continued on Page Fourteen.) $10,000 FOR UNIVERSITY T. Herbert Shriver Leaves Bequest to Catholic Institution. $10,000 has been bequeather to the Catholic University of America by the terms of the will of T. Her bert Shriver, a. wealthy resident of Westminster, lid, filed for probate with the register of wills for Carroll county yesterday. No restrictions are placed on the benefit. Shrler made bequests aggregating 330,000 to Catholic educational and charitable organizations, including ums of $500 for Cardinal Gibbons, and J1.O0O to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Baltimore. Other beneficiaries under the will are St. Joseph's House of Industry, $2,500; St, Elizabeth's- Home, Balti more, $5,000; St. Vincent's Infant A'ssylum. Baltimore, $1,000: St. Vin cent's male Orphan Assylum, $1,000; the Little Sisters of the Poor. $1,000, and the Baltimore House of the Good Shepherd. $1,000. WATER DAMAGES CAESAR Mantell Shakespearean Company Manager Breaks the News. This water la a dangerous thing. SomeUmes. they tell us, it rusts one's ln'ards. Sometimes it gets in our shoes and gives us colds. And now -It has just aided in a twentieth century reproduction of the assassin ation of Julius Caesar. Julius is dead that is as far as Washington Is concerned, for the next week. This morning, L. Stoddard Taylor, manager of the' Belasco Theater, re ceived this wire from J. B. Dickson, manager of the Robert B. Mantell Shakespearean Company, which Is to appear here beginning tomorrow: ''Julius Caesar badly damaged by water. Impossible , produce rtext week. Change repertoire and sub stitute Macbeth for Friday night. Richelieu Saturday matinee, P.lchard J II Saturday night." i THIS HOLD-UP MAN A REAL NICE CHAP Will Allow Victim to "Redeem Jewels What Could Be Fairer? If you are wending your way home In the -wee -ama hours of the morn ing, say about 1:30 o'clock, and a man apporaches you and asks you to take a walk," don't do It. Robert W. Shoemaker, 3113 P street northwest told the police thAi while he' was at Connectlct avenue and H street northwest this morning after 1 o'clock, a white man approached him and suggests a stroll. Robert went. When they apporached Thirteenth and L streets northwest, the man asked Shoemaker for his money. There was nothing left for Shoemaker to do but hand It out fifty cents,' mere was. 'ice man fprther took a gold band ring, set with four Jewels, valued at 420, and a. gold watch chain. But the hold-up man was a nice man. He gave Robert back his watch with one condition. The con dition was that Robert meet him to night at Fourteenth and O streets norhwest, and bring with him enough money to redeem the jewels. Now, what could be fairer? FEAR OF U-BOATS ' HOLDS UP LINERS This Reason Advanced, Though Companies Give Coal Short age as Cause. JIEW YORK, Jan. 7. Three transat lantic liners the St Louis, Espagne and NIeuw Amsterdam are being held hens with no definite hour set for their sailings.. According to previously announced schedules all should now be well on their way across the Atlantic. Officials of the companies operating the steam ship say the delay is due to the short age of bituminous coal. But it was learned yesterday from an authorita tive source that they have been de tained upon orders from the British ad miralty. Within the week-Just past a German war submarine had been sighted oil Nantucket Lightship, it is stated. It Is known that captains of incoming liners have steered their course 'into this oort far from the established lanes of trans- Atlantic travel, thus giving .Nantucket a. WW berth. k , - Trt-"WTele "Warning. At no time within the last ten days baa )t been reported that British cruisers ..patrolling the Atlantic off una coast have sent out any wireless warnings of a submarine in that vicinity. But it is pointed out that had such been the case none of the captains would have admitted the re ceipt of such a warning. On the other hand, these same captains have told of receiving word of the presence in. the Atlantic of a German raider. It l-rbelleved that by their willing ness to make known what they knew of the raider they sought to conceal the presence of a U-boat In these waters until the British cruisers suc ceeded in locating her and. If possible, capturing or sinking her. Held Up Pending Conferences. It is thought the three detained liners and other steamships scheduled to sail with in the next few days willl oe neia up until tne conclusion or im portant conferences now being held in Rome and Berlin. In Rome ' high officials of the entente have gathered. while the conference in Berlin Is be ing attended by representatives of the central powers. The connection between these con ferences and the holding up of ship ping from this port Is eaMly traced. It is declared that upon the outcome of these conferences hangs Germany's intention to prosecute again, immedi ately and vigorously, her U-boat cam paign against unneutral shipping. According to the report. Germany now has a fleet of war mibmarines placed advantageously In the Atlantic ready instantly to carry on a ruthless campaign. , EGGS HEADED FOR $1 MARK Hens on Strike, With No Relief In Sight. ' Eggs are headed for a record price of $1 a dozen. Dealers stated today that It cold weather continues there is no limit to the price that eggs will bring. A dozen sterile fresh eggs sold yesterday for 70 cents at many up town Btorcs. There Is no reason for the strike of the hens apparently, but it is a fact, nevertheless, that they are not doing their duty. Warm weather Is the only hope to cut the price of eggs. The cold stor age men also are said to be holding down the price of eggs. The hun dreds of crates that they ar.e pouring on the market are being bought 'rapidly, thus Xeeplng the price of strictly fresh eggs down. HIT BY STRAY SHOT Ptrlck Magner, thirteen years old, 149 D street southeast, received a srtaall flesh wound in the arm last night, when be was struck by a stray bullet from the National Rifles' Association target range. The shot is supposed to have come from a boy thirteen years old, 1114 Four-and-a-half street southwest, who was firing a small rifle. The shooting was accidental and Patrick only slightly injured. LANSING FAILED TO ENROLL. WATERTOWN, N. V., Jan. 7. Rob-erf- Lansing, Secretary of State. In not an enrolled voter. It became known today that Mr. Lansing failed to enroll with any party when he, registered last ran. - REFERENDUM! IN MEETINGS Sentiment of D. C. Registered " For and'Against "Home Rule." 'DRYS' GATHER AT RATIONAL Forces Favoring Underwood Amendment Meet This After noon at Poll's. The sentiment of Washington both for and against the proposed referen dum on prohibition is being register ed this afternoon at the two big mass meetings. One meeting Is Held In the interests of a referendum vote; the other will take action opposing any course by Congress that would leave the question of prohibition to the citizens of the District. To discuss the question, "Do you want a referendum for the settlement of what is deemed best for the citi zens of the District," the District of Columbia Referendum Association is holding a mass meeting In Poll's Theater.. The society has the sup port, it is declared, of the Board of Trade, the Retail Merchants' Associa tion, and the Chamber of Commerce. Prohibition 'Worker Gather. Meanwhile the forces of prohibi tion, opposed to the referendum, gath ered beneath the banners of the Anti- Saloon League In a mass meeting held at the New National Theater. There the question of , indorsing the Sheppard prohibition dim, wnicn comes up for a "vote in the Senate on Tuesday, with the present Underwood amendment -providing for a referen dum curtailed, will be discussed by prominent citizens, and temperance leaders. ' 'The District of Columbia Referen dum Association, according to Chair man William F..Gude and Secretary Charles J. Columbus, is pledged to .work for legislation on all matters affecting the, general welfare of the citizens of the District. They' will start on the ground that the referen dum or suffrage on all questions vital to the District is necessary to the further Americanization of the citi zens of the District of Columbia, t To Sound Public Opinion. The citizens of the District have been placed at s-'disadvantage with th'elr countrymen, .throughout hna-j Hon by the denial, of the Inherent right of participation In popular gov ernment,' said a statement issued by the committee. "It Is in order to give those who are interested in the referendum Idea an opportunity to express their desires that the refer endum mass meeting has been plan ned for Poll's this afternoon.". At the New National the Rev. Samuel Small, of Georgia, and former Judge of the Juvenile Court William DeLacey will advocate the Sheppard bill, and urge the defeat of the Un derwood amendment. They will speak on general prohibition. A number of District societies. It Is announced, have pledged their support to the meeting, among these the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, the Pastors' Federation, the District Kpworth League, the Chris tian Endeavor Union, the Washing ton Civic Association, the Good Tem plars, and the Sunday School Asso ciations of the District. COST OF CRUISERS CUT Bethlehem Steel Co. Will Reduce Price 10 Per Cent. NEW rORK, Jan. 7. In response to an appeal from Franklin D. Roose velt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, tlie Bethlehem Steel Company has an- nounced that it would make a reduc tion of 10 per cent In the cost of steel castings, rudder and turret fit tings, and other materials for the four battle cruisers authorized at the last session of Congress. A similar reduction b other steel companies which furnish material 'to the shipbuilding concerns for war ships. It is said, will lower tho cost of each battle cruiser about $1,000,000. keeping It within the SIO.SOO.OOO ap propriated by congress for each vesse.I Officials of the Bethlehem company said mat tnc reduction would be made regardless of the quantity of material supplied to the shipyards which may obtain the contracts, and regardless of tvhether any of the ships are constructed by the Union Irn Works or the Fore River Shipbuild ln Corporation, which are controlled by the Bethlehem Steel Company. In making public copies of tele grams which passed between ' Mr. Roosevelt and E. G. Grace, president of the Bethlehem company, I( was said i that the action of the steel con cern was In line with the policy out lined In the recent utterances of Charles M. Schwab, that the Bethle hem company did not desire to make capital out of the military necessities of the United States. PRESS BUREAU FOR BRITISH Planned to Relieve Ambassador of Trouble, Is Report. The establishment of a press "In formation" bureau In Washington or New York is being seriously consid ered by the British government. The object of the bureau would be to keen American correspondents Informed of the British government's position on questions In which Americans are Interested. '' The British bureau, it is under stood, will offer only such Information as Is requested of It, and the chief reai-on for Its establishment will be to relieve Ambassador Spring-nice of the burden of furnishing this Information, so as to give him more time to devote p nis diplomatic duties. TEUTONS ADMIT FOODSHORTAGE German Press Openly Declares Conditions Are Almost Unbearable. BUREAUCRATS ARE BLAMED More1 and More Drastic Curtail ment of Supplies Is . . -Hinted At LONDON, Jan. 7. The success -of the British blockade and the alarming economic conditions which" have re sulted are practically admitted now by the German newspapers, which openly discuss the danger of the allies' starvation policy. Most of them' urge the people to bear up under their privations and tighten their belts. The advice to bear sufferings silent ly is not to the liking of the Taegllche Rundschau, which espouses the peo ple's cause, k protesting against food restricUons. It says: 'What are we to eat? As thought the existing conditions were not bad enough,'' signs now appear; that the food difficulties are about to be fur ther accentuated. Little by little the belief )s spreading in Berlin that this will be arrang'ed according to a, pre conceived official plan, so as to mold the population into the acceptance of mass feeding. Wants Honesty, of Statement. "We respectfully but energetically ask the authorities to spare us such schoolmaster, drill and tactics. Let them tell us Honestly what they want of us. We shall yield inevitably, as we have already yielded to so many privations and unreasonable hard ships. "However, no noble heart will bear, not even the noble, patient heart of the German people, the conditions in Berlin, which have become utterly unreasonable during the last few days. Would we could for once .take a lesson from the Americans and lynch a few ofthe bureaucrats who seem to have nothing better 'tj' do than to think out ever more impos sible ordinances and .regulations re garding the requirements of our stom achs We -can absoitc!ybcar so-further additions' tdtht-mVt The Cologne Volkszeltung, however, takes a, different-view and says: "JVhatever the outcome, the Ger man people must be prepared to suf fer. If our valor in the field avails us not against a world ( of enemies we must at least preserve our valor at home and be prepared to endure bravely whatever ills fate may have J In store for us. Urges Courage On People. The Berlin Kreuzxeitung says: "We are not Indifferent to the poignant suffering of the German people. Wc would, however, conjure our country men not to weaken, not to allow their nerve to be slackened, not to behave (Continued on Second Page.) CARDINAL RECEIVES Baltimore Prelate Holds Annual New Year Receptlcfi. BALTIMORE, Jan. 7. Cardinal Gib bons held his annual New Year recep tion today at his residence here, after the solemn high mass at which he presided and delivered a sermon. The caidinal was In fine spirit as he shook hands with the hundreds who came to pay th'elr respects to him. His sermon was on charity, particu larly that charity which this nation In Its prosperity owes to those peo ples across the water In tbtJir period of adversity. Among those uho heard the cardi nal and me him were many Protest ants. They attended as a tribute to IiIk years of usefulness as a citizen of Baltimore and to his tact and di plomacy In managing the affairs of the church. The long line formed In the cathe dral gardens, marching through the tall and imposing pillars of the Ca thedral street entrance portico, around the lawn to the rear of the cardinal's home. There the line en tered. passing Into the south parlors where members of the cardinal's household, the priests of the cathe dral, headed by Mgr. W. A. Fletcher, gae a warm greeting to all. DIE IN EATING CONTEST Fills Mouth to Win $5 Bet and Falls Over Dead as Opponent Wins. WASHINGTON. Pa.. Jan. 7. Appar ently vanquished In an eating contest at a boarding house In Monessen, John Busko, thirty-eight jeafs old, endeav ored to win a "5 wager by a spurt and crammed a quantity of food Into his mouth. He choked and fell dead, while a score of boarders hilariously applauded his opponent, James Ken der. The men had an argument at the noonday meal as to which could con sume the most food. Each posted a wager of $5, while the, other boarders agreed to pay for the provender. Busko threw up his hands and fell unconscious to the floor Just as Ren der was being acclaimed tho winner. A physician was hurriedly called, but Busko was dead before his arrival. Kender refused to take the dead man's money, BgLGfAN. CHIEF DEAD. HAVRE, France, Jan. 7. Maximil ian Wlelemans, chief of the Belgian general staff, is dead of pneumonia contracted In the trenches. LEAKS A 1 WHITE HOUSE, SPIES HEM IN PRESIDENT, SA YS PROVIDENCE PAPER Stage Set for Climax in Leak Investigation at Capitol Tomorrow Morning. WITNESSES ARE POURING IN1 Men of Every Type to Testify Before Committee When t Hearing Is Resumed. - BARUCH NOW ON WAY HERE Men High in Official Circles, Financiers, and Reporters All to Appear. The stage is all set for the moat drimatlc act In the Congressional in vestigation into the allegations that advance information was given Wall Street on President Wilson's peace note. The House Rules Committee' iias prepared a list of the persons whose names have been connected with the allegel "leak," and'eomingrom every section today to; appear before that body, 4tre men who have been sub poenaed. Baruck On 'Way., Bernard Baruch, the New York broker, who Is alleged to have "clean ed up" the week preceding Christmas, and whose name has oeen prominently associated with the i"leak" charges, is on his way to Washington today, and will appear before Chairman Henry's committee, probably tomor row. Barouch left Georgetown, S. C, yes terday afternoon over the Seaboard Aalr line, for New York. He an nounced that be' would 'stop off in Washington, Telegraphic idlspatches from South Carolina today state' that the broker still declined to reveal any of the details or the Statement he had earlle'r sent Chairman Henry, la Washington: To Stay At Shoreham. Baruch will stay at the Shoreham while In Washington, a suite-of rooms alreardy having been engaged for him. Throughout the forenoon, scores of telephone calls came Into the hotel from outsiders, asking if the broker had arrived. Men high In official circles, alleged ''bear operators" on the Stock Ex rirenge, a banker, an attorney and newspaper correspondents, are to ap pear tomorow before the committee. That the day will bring forth'sensa tions Is entirel- likely Itange of Sensations. The.e sensations may range from tha demand of Joseph P. Tumulty, sec retary to the President, that Congress man Wood of Indiana apologize for bringing Tumulty's name Into the "le"ak Inquiry, to the heralded revel lntfons by th- spectacular financier, Thomas W. Law son, of Boston. Seldom. If ever, has a Congressional Imestlgatlng committee announced (Continued on Second Page.) BARRELS LABELED TICKLES' Full of Flask for "Dry" Virginians, f I Charge. BALTIMORE, Jan. 7. HI Ward II. Deanc, Isaac Becker, and Joseph Deane, respectively president, vice president and secretary -treasurer of the Tidewater and Old Dominion Dis tributing Company, Inc., and Harry Quern, colored,, their employe, who,-t Is alleged, tried to evade the "dry" laws ef Virginia by shipping whisky to that State In barrels labeled "Jar red Pickles," were held for the action of the United States grand Jury yes terday by Commissioner Bond on the charges of shipping misbranded pack ages in Interstate commerce, and also with selling liquor at wholesale with out a license. Tho ball of each of the white men was continued at $-.000, and that of the negro at $500. Tho testimony of internal revenue .officials showed that six barrels la beled "Jarred Pickles" came from the warehouse of the accused on Southi Charles street. When opened at the steamboat wharf they were found to be filled with pint flasks of whisky. It was testified. They were consigned to E. E. Jones and E. Cospedge, Clem ent's Whalf, Va. PLEADS FOR "DOPE" Prisoner Breaks Down In Policy Headquarters. "Officer, can't you do somethiig for me? 1 need some 'dope." I've been hitting It up pretty regularly, and I need it," This was the plea of Harry Thamcn Just before ho broke down while In custody at police headquarters last night. He was removed to Emergency Hos pital for treatment, and later taken to Washington' Asylum Hospital, where he is now under medical atten tion. Thamen, with Joseph Phellar, was arrested at Ninth and G streets north west by Detective Kelly of Central Office on suspicion of being a pick pocket. Kelly found tho men with two others at the Ninth street corner, WITNESSES $HOAKE TO TALKTOMORRPW List of Those Summoned for Hearing Before House Rules Committee. - Witnesses who are due to appear before the Rules Committee of the House tomorrow to testify is regard to charges that a leak to Wall Street occurred rom the State Department on the President's peace note, are: Secretary of State Lansing, Joseph P. Tumulty, secretary to the Presi dent: Thomas W. Lawaon, of Boston; Charles H. Sabln, president of. the Guaranty Trust Company of New York, mentioned indirectly by Mr. Law-son in connection with the leak; Bernard Baruch. Otto Kahn, Judge William M. K. Olcott, of New York, counsel for Congressman Gardner, and the representatives of the Wall Street Jaurnol, Financial America, and the Central News Association, who are alleged to have sent advance Info r ma. tlon, given out to the press is confi dence, of the proposed note. ATTACK OH GALATZ BEGUN BY GERMANS Mackensen Sweeps on in New Operations After Seiz- ing Bralla. LONDON. Jan. 7. Mackensen is con tinuing the battle for the Sereth line with marked success along the 100- mile front from the Western Moldavian mountains to the Danube. Following the capture of Bralla, the Teutonic troops swept forward to the right bank of the Sereth at two points between Galatz and Focsanl, captured five vil lages that blocked their path and drove the Russians across the river near its confluence with the Danube. Au doubt aa to whether Mackensen woudjarUInue his operations, against 1 we. .Russians anu Koumanmns alter tne seizure- of Bralla was removed today by the German official announcement. "New operations that are Intended are being begun," the statement says, add ing: "Galatz is under our fire." Odessa ToBe Goal. Undoubtedly this means a plan for the clearing of all-Moldavia and the subsequent invasion of Bessarabia, with Odessa the goal. This plan em braces a double drive against the allied forces. , The Danube arm and the major part of the Ninth army probably will be used to force the Danube at Renl, east of Galatz. From this, point an Important ralffoad runs northeast ward to Bender, from which town branches lead Into Jassi and Klshl neff, on the one hand, and to Odessa on the other. The first strong opposi tion to such a movement might be ex pected in the territory traversed by Trajan's Wall, between ihe Pruth and Lake Sasyk, an inlet of the Black sea. Second Drive Planned. " The second drive, prosecuted by Falkenhayn and von Gerck. aims at the capture of Tecuclu, east of the Sereth and about the same distance fro mlt at Fossanl is on the west. Success in the movement against Tecuclu would cut the Roumanian line of communications east of the Sereth and endanger their entire line of defense. GRAVE CONFERENCE ON. ROME. Jan. 7. A British nayal mission today Joined the conference ministers of all the allied powers now in session here. The greatest secrecy Is being manifested as to the matters under discussion the only explanation being vouchsafed is that the meeting is to decide on greater ulty and aggression in the waging of the entente's war. TRAINS ON TIME, PROTEST New Jerseyites Want 'Em Held for Tardy Ferryboats. NEW YORK. Jan. 7. The principal topic of discussion before the Browning Societies, sewing circles! and nature study clubs of towns in New Jersey along the line of the Erie railroad threatens to be a recent official action of the company, to wit: Instead of holding the commuters' trains for the ferryboats, which are sup posed to connect -a lth them, if the boats arc late, the railroad has an nounced that the trains will leave Jer sey City on schedule time in future. Trains previously had been held for tho ferries which were scheduled to connect with them. The new rule af fects only the eevnlng rush hour. Half of Hackensack Is up in arms against the order. The Community Council demanded of General Passenger Agent Wallace that he explain the new order. line said It was designed to please more people that It would an tagonize. Mayor Gerber of Rldgewood wants to take some official drastic ac tion, but he can't And out how the ma jority of his oonstluents want him to act. MOON TO TAKE REST. The moon will enter the penumbra. In which part of the sun's light Is cut off by the earth at 11 :35 o'clock tonight, and will be In total eclipse, tne first of seven eclipses of the moon and sun this year, at Z o'clock tomorrow morn ing. It will clear the penumbra at 130 1 o'clock. Details of Private Letters and . Phone Conversations Get to Bernstorff, Is Charge. SECRET SERVICE AT WORK Journal Asserts Either Presi dent's orState Department Employes Are Guilty. INDIGNANT DENIALS MADE Tumulty,, Hatzfeldt, and C. A . P. Manager All Scoff at Allegations In Story. A dispatch from Trovidence. R. L, says the following story appears to day In the Providence Journal: "President Wilson fpr many months has been greatly bothered by reason of the fact that detail of his private correspondence .and of certain. Impor- " taht telephone conversations have found -their way,, in some mysterious manner, to the Germany embassy. "Secret Service officials have been busy continuously since last spring in attempting to discover the guilty par ties, who are knbwn to be either sub ordinates In the President own cler ical 'family or In the employ of the State Department. Ties Third Party. "By .reason of these leaks, tha Prestdent has been compelled many times to carry on bis correspondence with Colonel House through a third party In Washington. The President's physician. Dr. Grayson, has been 'act ing in -f.hls capacity. "Wlien Colonel House .correspond wlihJitr,. Wfl.wn-'In Vonnecttoir'witk ' International matters., iie JtuariaMf addresses his letters to Dr. Grayson. who hands them to the President per sonally. The President sends his let ters .to Colonel House through the same channel. ... Phone System Changed, "Some time ago the entire tele phone system of the White House was secretly changed. Mr, Wilson la the first President who has been com pelled to adopt the precaution of having his private telephone wires In his own apartments entirely outside of the White House office exchange. "On more than one occasion both the President and Secretary Lansing have received startling proof that matters of graV.e International Im portance, sO" closely guarded that only three or four people could pos sibly have known anything about them, have found their way, within a very few hours, to Count von Bern storff, the German ambassador. Telia of Leak. "On one Occasion, when the Jour nal induced an employe of the per man embassy to tell the entire story of the Huerta plot to Secretary Me- Adoo and Joseph P. Tumulty, the President's Secretary, the fact that this employe had told the story was known to the embassy within an hour and ihe employe was discharged the next day. "These facts have never been made public, but they have been in posses sion of the Providence Journal for a long period of time. Whether they have any bearing on the present al leged 'leak to tho stock market in connection with the President's peace message. It. is .impossible to say, but Secret Service officers connected with the Treasury Department are hard at work in their efTorts to -discover the facts of this recent situation." Called Ridiculous not. The sensational cllarges of the Providence Journal of a leak from th, White House to the German embassy were Characterized 'as "ridlculoutr rot" by Joseph P. Tumulty, secretsry to the President, today. Prince Ilatzfeldt, councellor of the German embassy, when questioned about the charges, said the German embassy would not "dignity these charges with a reply." Prince Hatzfeldt did, however, spe-. clfically deny that the German em bassy had any knowledge of the charge that an embassy attache had given information concerning the Huerta plot to Secretary of the Treas ury McAdoo and Secretary Tumulty, and that the embassy employe had been discharged the next day. No One Discharged. "No one employed at the embassy has been discharged since the war began,"' Prince Hatzfeldt said. Ha had never, he added, heard of an In stance where an embassy employ gave Information to the two secretar ies. Secretary Tumulty would enter Into no discussion whatever of the Provi dence newspaper's charge. "No attention will be paid to such ridiculous rot." he said. Charles T. Clagett, contract man ager of the Chesapeake and Poto mac Telephone Company. laughed when questioned about wire- tappers at the White House. He wa told that a report was In circulation that It had become necessary to completely overhaul the entire telephone system at the White House because of th 3 ! m w TjI l - ; - V'