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K 8 THE WASHINGTON TIMES; SUNDAY, JANUARY-11 1917. Entered a second class matter at the Ponofflce at Washington. D. C PUBLISHED EVERT EVENING (Including Sunday) By the Washington Times Company, THE MUNSET BUILDING, Penns, Ave. FRANK A. MUNSEY, President K. H. TTTHEEINGTON, Secretary. C. H. POPE, Treasurer. One Tear (Including; Sundays). J3.M. Six Months. .. Three Months. 90c SUNDAY, JANUAP.Y 7, 1917. A SHOW FOR THE POLICEMEN Boston has set a civic example in paving the way to give its police jnen one day off in seven. There is no good reason why the policeman, like nearly every other city employe, ahouUnot have a weekly day of rest. In Washington more policemen are so hadly needed, and the present force-, working seven days a week, is so inadequate for the demands made upon it, that the weekly day off looms a long way ahead. But there are other things the Washing ton policemen are asking from the present Congress which deserve consideration. They wanted graded increases of pay for all men, they want an exten sion of their annual leave from twenty to thirty days; they seek al lowances for uniforms, and ask changes in existing laws regulating promotions. The policemen have not been nearly so insistent in pressing their claims as many other Government and District workers. The Washing ton force is made up of a high grade of men constituting a force of which any city may be proud, and many of the omissions that seem to reflect uponrthe department's record, really are to be attributed to a painful shortage of men. KILL THE FLIES NOWI A fjy killed now means a head ache for anybody who tries to figure out the number that will not be buzzing around between now and next November. The entomologists make the astounding calculations about the progeny of these pests, and it must be supposed theyknow. If they're right, or within meas urable distance of right, then every housewife should recognize the spe cial desirability of exterminating the left-over flies that thrive all win- ter on steam heat and other modern conveniences. It isn't hard to get at them, either, when they are confined to the house. Specialists in this line of extermina tion say that formaldehyde 'and sodium salicylate are the best agents. It is recommended to use a pint of water, to which shall be added three spoonfuls of either 40 per cent formaldehyde or powdered sodium salicylate. The rest of the proceed ing is thus prescribed: Nearly 1111 a glass tumbler with the solution, place over this a piece of blotting- paper cut to circular form and somewhat larger in diameter than the tumbler, and over this invert a saucer. Invert the whole device and insert a match or toothpick under the edge of the tumbler to allow access of air. The blotting paper will re main in the proper moist condition until the entire contents of thf tum bler have been used, and the strength of the formaldehyde solutiono will be maintained. A little sugar sprinkl ed upon the paper will lr;rcase the attractiveness of the poison for the flies. Either of these preparations may be safely used where there are young children, although the addition of sugar Is not recommended in such cases. Now, go ahead and kill 'em off 1 " COMPULSORY ARBITRATION With the whole railroad service situation, as affected by the strike threat and the Adamson act of last summer, now in a jumble that has brought in clear sight the possibility of a transportation tie-up, the intro duction of a compulsory arbitration bill in Congress is not surprising. The railroad brotherhoods have been bitterly opposed to compulsory arbi tration; but the whole course of events in the last half year has been toward that conclusion pf matters. The Adamson act of last August was taken into the courts for deter mination of its constitutionality and interpretation. The employes have been disaffected over the delays in its inauguration, and the danger of a strike has been plainly increasing. That it is more than a possibility is the ominous word that comes from the leaders. Compulsory arbitration has seem ed likely to be avoided by the rail roads, at least, if only the employes and the companies would make those mutual concessions necessary to ad justment under the old Erdman act as amended in recent time. The me diation procedure was developed through a period of years most suc cessfully. It prevented many strikes and tie-ups, and was apparently bringing the railroads and their em ployes to an understanding of each other, and of their joint obligation to the public, which foreshadowed an almost -idealistic relationship among these three factors. It was a shock to optimistic people when, last summer, after a long period of what had commonly been regarded as "bluffiing" on both sides, the coun try was brought up standing, face to face with realization that a strike was not only possible, but gravely menacing. Congress, with more haste than dignity undertook4c write into the books a plan for at least tem porary salvation of the situation, dictated by the President; but the uncompromising attitude f of the labor leaders now supervenes to en danger the whole settlement. The one obvious step left, apparently, is the one Judge Adamson outlines in his compulsory arbitration bill. If organized labor finds itself looking down into a gunbarrel, it may real ize that its recent attitude has been a highly calculated invitation to somebody to bring forth just this kind of artillery. A PREMIUM ON LAW VIOLATION : ( There is promise that the whole controversy over the titles to certain California oil lands, now in progress for several years, will presently gets a thorough airing in Congress. So much of misunderstanding and down right misrepresentation has obscured the merits, that it must be hoped this will prove true. . Uncle Sam cannot afford to inflict a great injustice on well-intentioned people who have invested their money and enterprise in operations that they believed were strictly cor rect, and that in fact were lawful. As a matter of fact, a law of Con gress actually undertook, in this matter; to place a premium ton viola tion of law. It is a remarkable case. The controverted lands were with drawn from entry by President Taft September' 27, 1909. It has been protested since then that persons who, in the face of that withdrawal order, proceeded with developments, should not now complain; they took their chances, hoping the order would not be held valid. The strance feature in this connec tion is 'that, nine months after that withdrawal, Congress passed the Pickett bill, which provided that those who had gone ahead with their development work should get their patents, (but those who had stopped work, in obedience to the terms of the order, should lose all rights! This is a remarkable aspect of the controversy. The operator who gave implicit obedience to a doubt ful order, is robbed of all his rights; the one who defied the Executive or- order and the Jaw gets the full re ward. If the withdrawal order was valid, then these lands' were withdrawn from the privilege of exploration for mineral or oil. If tnat Jvas the case, Congress by the Pickett act has re- 1 warded the operator who violated the law and went ahead with his op erations in defiance of it But if the withdrawal order was not valid, and merely suspended the privilege of titleracquisition until Congress should act -then persons who,. con tinued trieir .operations after- the' so called withdrawal plainly should be protected. The naval reserves must be in sured anil made absolutely ample. But the country's demands for oil, and the obligation that the Govern ment shall do no injustice to any class of people, press for a deter mination fair to these claimants. hThere is no doubt about the adequacy of the naval oil reserves, no matter how these cases be settled, and the question of naval needs need not prejudice justice by a hair's breadth. ITALY AND HER CAUSE The premiers of the, entente coun tries are meeting in Borne, and con jecture deals interestingly with the possible purposes of their conference. That Italy wants more, for its par ticipation in the conflict, especially if she shall henceforward widen the scope of that participation, than has been guaranteed to her in earlier ar rangements, is the impression; and it is not improbable. Italy has had some sad experiences in military ad' ventures overseas. The Abyssinian war was a national disaster which, like Britain's Boer conflict, taught the nation a useful lesson, but, unlike the Boer war, did not finally end suc cessfully for Italy. The Tripolitan war with Turkey was a costly and dubious affair. Now Italy is in the war, hoping to rectify her bound aries and secure her position about the head of the Adriatic, and desir ing further to establish herself in an indubitable posture in the Mediter ranean. She cannot afford to be overshadowed in that area by any hostile power. Turkey she is com pelled to view as a menace; an Austro-Turkish alliance is a threat; Austria's ambitions on the western coast of the Adriatic endanger Italy. Yet if Italy shall now throw a great force into the Balkans and help the allies win there, Rome may well fear the adjustment they would make, giving Russia a new and more potent weight in Mediterranean af fairs. In short, there is a complex ity of interests about the Mediter ranean basin which may easily give to the Near Eastern question a new phase of peculiar difficulty to Italy, even before the end of this war. A.ustro-German-Turk victory would leave Italy at the mercy of a com bination especially hostile because of Italy's defection from the triple al liance. Yet on the other side the success of the entente might mean the rise of Russia in the Mediter ranean to a posture hardly less threatening. Small wonder that Italy, then, before plunging into the Balkan campaign in its present dis astrous condition, wants assurances as to just what may be expected in future. , Here and There In the News For years John Jasper, the colored preacher, was one of the most con spicuous of Virginians. His famous sermon on "The 6un Do Move" put htm in the class of DeWltt Talmage and the Rev. Sam Jones and the Rev. "Billy" Sunday. It was talked about everywhere, and visitors to Richmond from, other parts of the country and from foreign lands went to hear him preach and were Invariably Impress ed with his native force and hli great earnestness. He preferred the use Of big words, and one of the stories told about him Is that in one of his sermons be frequently used the word procrastination, and after the service one of his oldest parish loners went to him for an explana tion. "Brer Jasper," said he, "1 notice you use dab wud procrastina tion berry ofen In your discourse dl.i mornln', and I'd lak ter kno' de true significance ob It." "Why, Brother Rastus," replied the preacher, "don't you know that that Is the -leading doctrine of the Presbyterian Church. How They Differed. One of the stories that the late Major Robert W. Hunter delighted to tell, and he was one of the best story tellers in the land, and a mem ber of the Episcopal Church, ran somewhat as follows: "in our church, said he, "not a great deal of attention had been given to missionary efforts in some of the backlylng districts, and it was determined to send an archdeacon down into Texas to look over the field. Meeting one of the natives he asked. 'What about the religious sentiment in thls-part of the country, my friend; whht about the churches? 'Well, the native .replied, 'there's lots of re ligious sentiment down this way. There's lots of Baptists and plenty of Methodists, and a few Presby terians.' 'But what about the Epls copallansr persisted the archdeacon. 'Well,' answered the native, 'I've never seen one of them; but I got a friend who lives on the upper lake, and he told me that he shot one of tlem about three weeks ago, .and that he couldn't see that there was much difference 'tween him and the ordinary Mallard 'cept that his bill was turned Jes a leetle more to the right " Prlmltl-re People Religious. All primitive or developing peoples are deeply religious. It was so with the negroes In the days of slavery, and there was doubtless more sincere piety among them then than there is now that many of them have grown into the company .of the higher 2i"...!E L,e .f" ?S! .VS V? In the Bible at once placed himself under -suspicion Jonah and the whale, Daniel and the lions, Samson and the Jawbone, Joshua and the, sun, the scarlet-colored beast with seven heads' and ten horns were all the same to him and In no degree weakened his faltlr. With him It was "evidence of things not seen." i Hta Idea of Dnty. Stephen Donnald, an old colored man who could not read or write and had none of the -advantages of the "new Issue freedmen," as they have been called, went to a Sunday school in a little town In South Carolina Just after the war to be taught by compe tent men and women in the elements of Christianity. Ho was a faithful pupil, and after six months' Instruc tion was asked one day by the super intendent of the school: "Well, Stephen, what Is your Idea of God?" and Stephen answered promptly, "I dunno, Marse William; but I 'lows He Is sort of cross 'iween a iiorse and steam engine." That sounded Irrev erent, but It was not. On the con trary. It was the highest tribute the poor fellow could pay out of his un tutored mind to the Majesty in the heavens. It was the ascription of beauty and power to the Almighty in Stephen's mind there was nothing more beautiful than the horse and nothing more powerful than the steam engine. It was beauty and power. None of the higher critics have done better than that. Avnint of the Hereafter. "Lltt" Bradley was another of the negroes in the same community who received religious Instruction. He had been mere Impressed, evidently, by the terrors rather than by the gracious promises of revelation, and when the day of his examination came and he was ask ed: Tltt, what sort of a pUti: do you thing hell is?" answered w'Uiuu. a mo ment's hesitation: "Marse William. I think hell must be a most 'nwdaclou.V kind of a place." John ,Calvln himself never said more than that c better than that in all his Institutes." Giving; of Their Store. One of the outstanding facts connected with the religious life of the necroes is that they pay for what they get in the way of religious ministrations. They give for the support of their churches and educational institutions an amazing nrrpunt considering their general finan cial condition. Only a few weslcs nso one of the smaller conference "came across" as the street would express it, with ,800. thus, meeting all the assess ments placed upon It by the controlling powers, and on every Sunday they give In all their churches much more abun dantly than some of the people on the outside think the Lord has prospercJ them. It Is really wonderful how every little bit counts In the making up of big sums for large adventures. THE COMMENTATOR. TEXAS LEADS IN GUNNERY Great Improvement In Target Prac ' tlce Shown by Fleet. The battleship Texas led the Amer ican navy in gunnery last year, ac cording to a statement by Secretary DanielB. The Texas was given hlfrh' score with a mark of. 08,854. The Ver mont was low with -5.554. Marked Increase In accuracy of gun fire Is -shown In the report of last year's target practice. The average merit mark, which is determined by both accuracy and speed In firing, was 52.002 last year, as against 20.150 the year before. Rivalry among the vessels In target practice Is encouraged by making the gunnery standing of ships a part of the records of their commanding offi cers. I MANY RUMM FOR CHAMBER OFFICES Thirty-nine in Field for Direc tors' Berths in 'Trade ". Body. SINCLAIR FOR PRESIDENT Others May Be Placed in Norni . nation, Though, attest ing Tuesday. With thirty-nine candidates in the field, for the ten directorships In the Washington Chamber of Commerce, which are to he filled at the annual election, Tuesday evening-, and no less than ten names mentioned for the presidency, Interest Is Increasing hour ly as tne time -for balloting ap proaches. While A. Leftwlch Sinclair is the, only candidate for the presidency whose name has been formally posted on the bulletin board of the Chamber, a number of other members' have been prominently mentioned as possible candidates. While the by-laws of the Chamber require that the names of candidates for the board of directors shall be posted for not less than trard weeks, there Is no such rule regarding candidates for presidency and vice presidencies. Any member of the Chamber may nominate 'any other member on the floor at the annual meeting, without notice. Among those whose names have been men tioned as possible rivals of Mr. Sin. clalr for the honor, are John Dolph, narry u-ing, Isaac Cans, D. J. Kauf man, E. C. Graham, W. T. Galllher, and John G. Capers. - Mr. Sinclair's chances for the pres- aency seen? to be excellent, his notn InaUon bearing the signatures of the following prominent members' of the Chamber: James F. Oyster, Washington Topham, William F. Gude, Robert N. Harper, W. T. Galllher, Carl A. Droop, C. L. Howaer, -Benjamin W. GUy, Henry H. Glassle, Albert Schultels, Lewis J. BatUe and J. F. Slaven. Schnltels May More- Up. There seems to be little doubt that Albert Schultels, now second vice president, will be promoted to the first vice presidency. Isaac Gans and Harry King; both are prominently mentioned as vice presidential candi dates, and it Is regarded as probable h"'1 ne or the other will be chosen second vice president. The ballot, which has just been printed, contains the names of forty one candidates for" directorships, but since Its Issue two of the candidates have withdrawn their names. They are William Berens, Jr., and Carl Droop, The ballot as It now stands contains the following names: William D. Barry, George V. Buck, Walter Brown ley. N. L. Burchell, Marion Butler. S. T. Cameron, Roy C Claflln, Charles W. Clagett, Harry F. Clark. Wade H. Cooper, R. J. Earnshaw, Burr N. Ed wards, -William J. Eynon, Joseph Fisher, J. Blake Gilpin, E. C. Graham, George W. Harris, James B.' Hender son, S. B. Hege, W. B. Hlbbs, Charles u. iiowser, Joseph Jacob!. Samuel A. KImberly, Ormsby McCammon, Robert B. Mann. Arthur J. May, Thomas B. Melton, K T.,Moran, James F. Oyster. D. S. Porter, A. H. Rogers, B. F. Saul, Charles W. Semmes, Frank C. Stew ard, B. Hi Stlnemetz, William McK. Stowell, W. C. Sullivan; George S. Wain wrlght, .and George T. Worthlng ton. Each Has Strons; Backing;. Each of the above named candi dates Is backed by a group of strong personal friends who are campaign ing vigorously in behalf of their re spective candidates, and all are well known and popular. There Is much speculation as to the probable out come. All agree that- the election Tuesday night will be one of the most exciting In the history of the organi zation. President P. T. Moran has appointed the following a committee of tellers to make tho official count Tuesday evening: , Walter B. Guy, chairman; George C. Altemus, E. C. Berger, William Beuchert, W. W. Bowie, E. S. Bras hears, John Brewer, John Brawner. August Brill, Harris N. Brown, Gus Rucholz, Henry Carroll, Horace Chan dlee, George Cooke, P. J. Cook, O. J. DeMoll, A. M. Fischer. Charles Gawler, J Blake Gilpin, Adolph Gude. Harry B Hallery. P. J. Haltlgan. William B. Hardy, P. H. Hill, G. F. Johnson, Wln neld Jones, Capt. Thomas Judge, Dr. H M. Kaufman, George Ktlllan, Phil King, J. Leo Kolb. Richard Lamb, J. L. Leverton, John H. Lorch. Robert E. Mann. Samuel M. Marks, Fred Mers helmer, Oliver Metzerott, John Morris, John C. Ronayne, John L. Shedd, Sid ney Strauss, Lewis M. Thayer, I. C. Weld, Adam Weschler. TO HOLD SMOKER Congress Heights Body to Meet To morrow Evening. The Public Improvement Associa tion of Congress Heights will hold a banquet and smoker tomorrow night in Loeftler's Hotel. All of the eight teams of the Ana costla Bowling League played their first games on Scott's alleys, In Nich ols avenue, last week. Games In the future will be played on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights. Salem Lodge No. 22, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Is arranging a special meeting next Thursday eve ning In the Masonic Hall, when the recently elected officers will be In; stalled. The Rev. Henry T. Cousins, pastor of the Anacostla Baptist Church, re sumed his duties this morning fol lowing an Illness of several week. Mlneola Tribe, No. 14, Improved Order of Red Men, Is arranging a special meeting next Friday night when new officers will be installed. The Ladles' Benevolent Society of St. Teresa's Church Is arranging a supper In the church school hall Feb ruary 15 and 16 next. ANY ONE CAN BE ART 6RITIC TOMORROW Public Invited to Vote on Merits of Corcoran Exhi bition. Have you ever yearned to be an art critic? Here's your chance. Tomorrow the balloting begins at the Corcoran Gallery of Art for the most popular picture of the midwin ter exhibition. Everyone who visits the gallery will be given a ballot. Upon going out each visitor may deposit hhT bal lot In a box, which will be (opened at the end of one week. The artist who painted the picture that gets the .most votes will be given the prize of $200 awarded by the gallery's cbmmlttee on works of art. The art referendum is attracting wide attention. Art critics and ar tists are watching It, to determine hpw closely the public taste conforms to the artistic Judgment of the flvo artists who made up the committee awarding the four prizes for the exhi bition. Artsists themselves are far from being of one mind about the merits of the exhibition, and the award of the first prize, that of $2,000 and the Corcoran medal, was severely criti cised at a meeting last week of the Arts Club. ' "The object of the balloting is to get the public to study the pictures." explained C Powell Mlnnlgerode, di rector of the gallery todoy. "Through this balloting we believe visitors will go carefully into the merits of the pictures. Instead of taking a cursory view or them." . The gallery fa open daily from 0 to G o'clock, and on Sundays from 1:30 to 0 o'clock. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are "pay days." On all other days admission to the gallery is free. At the ned of the week the ballots will be counted by a committee to be made up of artists not connected with the gallery. , WHArs ON PROGRAM Many Interesting Events of Import ance Are Scheduled. Today. Mass meeUnr In adrocacr of the Shepcard prohlWUon bill and against a referendum!, under auspices of the District AnU-Saloon League and other organlxaUons. with Bv. Bam Small and Judge WUIUm Do Lacy, as speakers. New National Theater, 3 p. m. Address, Rev. Sam Small, chapel of United States Soldiers' Home. S p. m? """" Address "Religious Unity," Joseph H. Han nan, before Bahal Assembly. Studio Hall, ia Connecticut avenue northwest, t:li p. m. Address, ."Following: the Compass." Dr 1 A. Bauer, All Souls' Church. Ij. tZ Concert, United States Soldiers Home Band Orchestra. Stanley Hall. 6:30 p. m. Election of officers. Hebrew Home for th. Aged. Pythian Temple, 2M p. m. Mass meeting for general disc uslon of Ques tion of referendum rote in 'the District Poll's Theater, 3 p. m. , Address. "Congress On tha Job," Julian Meeting. Vounr FroIIckers' Club, at home of 4iiumu aauuumu. rufmoni apartment, t Address, "The Struggle for Free Thought Ftee'tfpeech and Free Prat in th ttm,.I States." Franklin Stelner. before Washing - - . -", jiuu Aempie, z P. "I. Tomorrow. Concert. United States Marine Band. Marine Barracka. 2.50 t m Meetlnr, North Waihlncton Citizen'. Asso- " ,jo otugoi, a p. m. Meetlnr, Washlnzton branch of the Woman's nm. ij. n uiaro, t p. m. Meeting-. Interior branch of the Kcderal Em ployes' Union, auditorium. Pzthlan Temple. 8 p. rn. Meeting-, Northeast Washington Citizens' As sociation. Northeast Temple. Twelfth and II streets northeast. S p. m. Annual dinner. New Hampshire State Asso ciation. Dewey Hotel, 7:30 p. m. Address, "Highway Construction," John B. Crandel. before- Engineering Society of George Washington UnHerslty, at the Bu reau of Standards. p.n, Meeting. Vermont State AssoclaUon. 1010 Sov. enteenth street northwest. I p. m. Meeting, Piner Branch Cltlxens' Association. Iowa Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, 8 p. m. Meeting, Legion of Loyal Women, for Instal lation of officers, Raleigh, S p m. "Safety First" meeting, section . American Electric Rallnay Association. 31 Four teenth street northuest, S p. m. Address, 'The Theory-of Foreign Ezchanga," IL barker Willis, before Washington Chap ter. American Institute of Banking, chapter rooms. ia F street northwest. :ts p. m. Illustrated talk on rifle practice. Major Wil liam C Harllee. U. 3. M. C before Men's Club of Mount Pleasant Congregational Church, Columbia road and JTburteenth street northwest, 8 p. m Address. "The Relation of Salesmanship In struction In Our Public Schools to Actual Business Problems," George S. DeNeale, before class In salesmanship In Thompson School, In school, 8 p. m. Meeting, board of directors Washington Board of Trade, board rooms. 4:15 p. m. Recital for the blind. Miss Helen Belt, Epip hany Parish Hall, 8 p. m. Lecture. "South America, and Its People," Dr. Thornton B. Penfield. Y. W. C. A., 8 p. m Meetlnr, Citizens' Association of Chevy Chase, D. C. In Chevy Chase School. 8 p. m. Masonic Dawson. No. 16: Pentalpha, No. a; Stanabury, No. it; Temple, No. 13; Colum bia, No. 16, Eastern Star. Odd Fellows Union. No. 11: Beacon, No. U: Langdon. No. :; Esther, No. S, Rebekahs. Knights of Pythias Decatur, No. ; Calan the. No. 11. Knights of Columbus Potomac Council. Tuesday. Masonic Federal. No. 1; Acacia, No. 18; Ta koroa. No. 29; Potomac No. 8. Royal Arch Masons: EangeIIst Chapter, Knights Rose Croix, Scottish Rite; Bethlehem, No. 17, Eastern Star. Odd Fellows Amity, No. S7; Washington, No. : Golden Rule. No. 21: Fred D. Stuart, No. 7, Encampment: Ladles' Auxiliary, Canton Washington. No. 1, Rebekah. Knights of Pythias Webster. No. 7: Excel, slor. No. 14. Capital, No. 21; Myrtle, No. 2S. Wednesday. Masonic School of Mlt Association; Star. Instruction, St. John's Naomi, No. 3. Eastern Odd Fellows Eastern, No. 7. Harmony. No. S: Federal City. No. 20; Columbia, No. 1. Encampment; Mount Pleasant, No. 9, Re bekahs. 9 Knights of Pythias Hermolne, No. IS; X?nlon, No. 22; Columbia. No. 26. Mount Vernon. No. C: Washington Company. No. 1, Uni form Rank: Friendship Temple, No. 9, Pythian Flsters. Knlghts of Columbus Advisory committee and building company meeting. Thursday. Masonic The New Jerusalem, No. 9; Grand Chapter. Eastern Star. Odd Hellows Columbia, No. 10; Excelsior, No. 17; Cotenant, ro. 13. Knights of Pythias Washington Company, No. 1, Uniform Rank. Friday. Masonic Hope. No. 20: Capitol. No. 11: Royal Arch Chapters: Columbia, No. t. Knights Templar: grand chapter, election. St. John's Lodire. No. 18. Eastern Star. Odd Fellow s Central, No. 1; Phonelx, No. SI; Martha nasnington, o. a; uorcas. No. 4, Rebekahs. Knights of Pythias Syracuslans, No. 10: Rathbone-Superlor, No. 29, Rathbone Tem ple, No. 8, Pythian Sisters. Snturdny. Masonic Lafaette, No. 19: grand chapter. Eastern Star. Odd Fellow s Canton ashIngton. No. 1, Patriarchs Mllltantr Knights of Pythias Ways and Means Com mittee, relief bureau. TOOK ADTO, CHARGE, AND WENT TO DANCE Grocer Identifies Men as Pair - Who Held'Hifn Up in Store. George Gaylor. grocer at 200 Elni street northwest, went to the Sixth precinct police station today and Iden tified James C. Clarkson, 1TS8 Seat on street northwest, and Bernard West, 1130 Union court northwest, as the two negroes who held him, up with a pistol In his store last night and rob bed him of $2. -Charges of robbery and joy riding will be placed against them. . Early last night two negroei en tered Gaylor's store and commanded him to give up his money He handed them a S2 bill, which he had in bis pocket. Mrs. Gaylor, In an adjoining room, heard the hold-up men, secured a re volver that was In the bouse and rushed into the store. The negroes fled from the store end were whizzed away In an automobile standing at the curb. Toorlsis; Car Stolen. Shortly before the hold-up R, F. Burke reported to the police that bis touring: car" was stolen from in. front of the St Nicholas apartment house' In California avenue northwest. About 10 o'clock Policeman Stran ley and Brown apd Detective Guy Walsh, all of the Sixth precinct, saw an automobile containing three negroes stop at North Capitol and F street. Going closer, the policemen noticed that the number on' the car were those of Mr. Burke's machine, for which they -had just received a look out. They placed the negroes under arrest. A revolves was found In the car. Dropped Oat For Dance. Clarkson, who was Identified as one xf the hold-up men, was In the car at the time. From one of the other negroes they learned that a fourth, ernard West, had been in the party earjler In the evening, but had dropped' in Anacostla to attend a dance. olice hurried to the Anacostla dance hall In a patrol an darrested West, and the grocer identified him today as one like the man who was with Clarkson in the hold-up. The police say West has. a blue handkerchief when arrested. which they say, Gay lor also Identified. MARSHALL MUST DECIDE Committee Awaits Answer of Vice - President on Inaugural Ball. Until the members of the inaugural committee have ben given an oppor tunity to put the question squarejy up to Vice President Marshall, Wash ington will not know whether or not that executive will be tha guest of honor at the proposed "social func tion" to be glven here on March 5, as a substitute 'or the lnaugural;ball oi past Administrations.- - -- - Lf Mr. Marshall can'be persuaded to attend the affair, with Mrs. Marshall, the committee will Immediately be gin work on erecting a giant hall, of a temporary character, somewhere on Fourteenth street or in Mt, Pleasant, In which the ball will be held. That there Is a big demand for a substitute for the inaugural ball is shown by the letters received, today by Col. Robert N. Harper, chairman of the general Inaugural committee. The special meeting of the Inau gural committee, for 11 o'clock tomor row morning, has been called off. Chairman aHrper said that the mat ters to have been taken up tomorrow will be discussed at the regular meet ing Wednesday. HURT IN AUTO SMASH Man and Girl Seriously Injured; Other Shaken Up. A man and, girl were severely In jured, four men were badly shaken up, and two automobiles nearly de molished in collision early this morn ing at Twelfth street and Pennsyl vania avenue southeast. Harvey Else, 434 Massachusetts avenue northwest, received a broken collar bone' and minor injuries, and Winona Pierce, 105 Alabama avenue southwest, was cut and bruised. The oth.er occupants of the machines, Horace Jones, of Bradbury Heights: Thomas Rollins, Arthur Guthrie and Wendell P. Hedrelck. were slightly injured. Jones was driving Miss Pierce in a small machine south along Twelfth street southeast, while Thomas Rol lins was driving a limousine along Pennsylvania avenue, west. In the limousine were Guthrie, Hedrlck and Else. HUNT AUTO BANDITS Posset Scour Two States for New Kind of Highwaymen. PITTSBURGH, Jan. 7. Western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio are being scoured for trace of the-masked bandits who staged a new variety of automobile hold-up In Tarentum, near here, yesterday, and escaped 'with $0,000, constituting the payroll of the Flaccus Glass Company. The bandits, in a big car, ran into the light, open automobile In which Paymaster Daniel King and Chauffeur Camello Turko were riding with the money. When King and Turko, off guard, stepped Into the road to size up the damage the robbers slipped masks over their faces, drew re volvers, and took the glass company's satchel. They speeded off westward. One of the highwaymen was ar rested by county detectives, and has been Identified by the chauffeur, the police announced. JAMESTOWN PAPERS HERE. Secretary of the Navy Daniels has before him today papers showing the physical valuation of the ground and buildings In the Jamestown Ex position tract which have been of fered for sale to the navy as a naval base. Senators Swanson and Martin and a delegation from Norfolk and vicinity visited the Navy Department late yesterday to present the papers In support of their claim that a fair value has been set upon the property. LEWrSfflNOCENt -PARENTS ASSERT- Fathers of Both Principals in Model Murder 'Declare He Did Not KHI Girl. DEMAND FURTHER PROBE Elder Colbert Says Ho Proof Has Been Furnished of Prttsburgher's Guilt. PHILADELPHIA. JanT 7. Whlla de tectives still aay they are sure Ber nard Wesley Lewis, scapegrace soa . of a wealthy Pittsburgh family, waa the murderer of Maxie Colbert, pretty model, the parents of both principals scout this theory and demand further Investigation. , James H. Colbert, aged father' of the slain Woman, has Just broken his silence for the first time since bis daughter's body was found In bed la her apartment, clad only la-silk pa jamas. Xa Froof f Guilt. "I am convinced that my daughter was not killed by Lewis " he announc ed. "The police have been unable to give me any proof that my daughter died at Lewis' hands or that he had any connection with her death. "I demand that the detectives con tinue 'their search for the murdsrer. They; must not stop until he lias been actually found, and made to pay the law's penalty for his foul crime." Sore Of Xaaeceacev And, while Lewis, who committed -suicide in an Atlantic City apartment while detectives battered at his door to arrest him on a technical charge in connection with the murder, was being buried from his home in Pitts' burgh today, his father, wealthy re tired coal magnate, expressed his be lief that his son had not. committed the crime. The declaration of. Lewis' inno cence is strengthened by the letter, just maue public, which he wrote to a friend on December 17, days before the murder, and which shows he was contemplating suicide then. ltttr tor Friend. The letter waa to -James S,' Mc Fadyan. a stock yards man In PHta- burgh, and one of Lewis' closest friends. It, follows: Before you get this letter I will hayo paid for my mistakes. Tou were one real friend upon whom I could rely. This is my last request of you. Please, so long as you live, see that no harm comes to Laura and Betty, and lell Betty about all the pitfalls ahead of her so she may miss them. I'd do this for you if the tables were reversed, and I ask you in God's same to look out for Laura and Betty. I am only a wreck now, but they must have some peace and happiness. Laura is a wonderful woman, and I'm paying tonight for wrecking her life, tor what we ve been, in the .past. Jlm.tmake, the road for father and mothernuid Laura "and Betty as easy as possible. This Is "my last word. , BERNARD." "VTctlsa of Details." "There is a possibility." said Mazle Colbert's father in discussing this letter, "that this man Lewis was the victim only of some unpleasant de tails that surrounded his name .and that this suicide was made after he had become deranged by the way that he became dragged into it- Un fortunately Mazle's mother is ex tremely 111. For several weeks he'r condition has been critical We dared not tell her of the manner of our daughter's death and .for this reason we have been compelled to leave everything drop. We will Insist that the police do not drop the case owing to this man's suicide and wo will insist upon an Investigation into every clew they may have, until they run down, the real perpetrator of the crime." Asked whether he thought that anyone was being shielded. Colbert replied that he dfd not know. As fpr the elder Lewis, he is pre paring to leave for Philadelphia at once to take personal charge of the efforts to clear his son's name. ONCE MODEL HUSBAND Former Servant of Family. Says He Got Wayward In 1913. ATLANTIC CITY.- Jan. 7. Until three years ago, Bernard W. Lewis was considered a model husband. It developed here today. Letltla Chilton, the English, maid formerly employed In the Lewis fam ily, says that Lewis did not become wayward until 1913. when he made frequent trips to Philadelphia, New York, and Atlantic City and was in volved with other women and In need of money. "In 1014. when he became involved in a financial mlxup and served a day In jail." she said, "Mrs. Lewis left him. They were reconciled about ten months later through their little daughter. After th'at there were quarrels with other women, and last November the final estrangement oc curred. He left Pittsburgh then. "Mrs. Lewis never heard of Mails Colbert." Mazle Colbert was a manicure here last summer, under the Hotel Whittle, In Virginia avenue. She attracted much attention at the fashion show during Eastei; week. TARIFF COMMISSIONER. Prof. Frank W. Taussig, of Har vard, who has written extensively on tariff questions and Is a renowned teacher of political economy, has ac cepted a position on the tariff com mission. The other members have not been announced. It is thought that Prof. Taussig probably will be made chairman of the commission. Because of new tar iff adjustments after the European war. the work of the commission will be very heavy. "MOVIE" DIRECTOR ILL. WILMINGTON. Del.. Jan. 7. Her- bert Brenon, noted motion picture di rector, Is seriously HI in a hospital here of typhoid fever. Brenon directed "A Dauchter nf th Gods," "Neptune's Daughter," and 'War Brides," famous films. ' a a i j.