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Senate District Committee Approves Nomination of Dr. Van Schaick
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Committee Orders Favorable
Report on Van Schaick in
Executive Session.
Jones Declares He Will Oppose
Confirmation on Floor
of Senate.
I By a vote of five to four, the Sen
ftte District Committee today or
' dered a favorable report on the
! nomination of the Rev. Dr. John Van
j Schaick. jr., to be a Commissioner
1 of the District of Columbia.
I Action on the nomination was
'taken in executive session only a
few minutes after Dr. Van Schaick
had submitted sworn affidavits, at
an open hearing, to prove that he is
not now a voter of New York State.
Fight Will Go On.
The vote In committee doe* not
mean the end of the fight on the
part of certain cltUcns of W ashing -
ton to kill the nomination of Dr
Van Schaick.
There la every indication of
sharp fight being staged against ?Ue
??srE 'AT^,
confirmation. Senator
uid that several members of th?
committee wh?. Miere oppose.a to Dr.
vanx sarswrMsusst o.
the Uloor," he said.
jo?M OKrra
The motion to vote on the nomi
nation of Dr. Van Schaick wan made
on behalf of the committee by Senator
.Jones. Republican, of Washington.
His motion was seconded by Senator
Sheppard, Democrat, of Texas.
The five Senators who voted to re
port the nomination favorably were
Senators Calder. of New York: tap
per. of Kansas: Ball, of Delaware:
Sheppard, of Texas, and Jones, of
Washington. All are Ilepublleans ex
cept Senator Sheppard.
Those opposing conlirmatlon were
Senators Sherman, chairman of the
committee; Dillingham, Republican,
of Connecticut; New, Republican, of
Indiana. a*d King. Democrat, of
Heartag I? Brief.
The hearing thlB morning was very
brief. Dr. Van'Schaick told tho com
i mittee of his reccnt trip to New
| York State, where he Investigated the
1 records In his former voting prc
| el net. .He laid all affidavits betoro
the committee.
Col. C. C. Lancaster and A\ llllaBl
McK. CWton representing the citi
zens who opposed the c,'n:
firmatloii. tried to cross-examine the
witness at length. They were cut
short by Senator Jones of Washing
?on, and Senator Sherman of llll*
noli, who declared that the comftli
tee had heard enough on he score
of the nt>mlncc?a voting. ?,nc?
Van Schaick had to d everything
there was to be told with utmost
frankness." _ .
Confronted by the copy of The cob
lesklll Times, of recent date, referring
to him as a "Coblesklll man. Dr. Un
Schaick turned to Mr. Clayton and
*ald emphatically:
"I would consider myself unfit to be
, resident of the National Capita or
anywhere else if 1 forgot the place
where I was born and the people who
were good to me as I grew up.
He told the committee that because
Coblesklll was his birthplace the
home of his father, his mother, brotlj
er and sisters he naturally felt ex
ceedingly tender toward It.
GRTf I.and Tt City.
he told of his Interest in the
growth of the town; how he had
given ten or twelve acres of land to
the city as a public park, and how he
I hoped some day to donate the city a
: pubUc library. . . ...
I Opening his testimony before the
i committee. Dr. Van Kchalck made the
I following statement concerning the
results of his trip to Coblesklll:
-I have been completely successful
In my trip to Coblesklll. Ballot No.
1?8 at the election November ?. 101..
which made the trouble. Is on the
original records, credited to my
father, who actually voted this ballot
'""x'have the sworn statement of the
town clerk of Coblesklll. N. Y Aura
J Brown, custodian of tn? election
records, that the only vote cast by a
John Van Schaick In U17 was ballot
No. 1 ?s. and that this was on his rec
ords credited not to John Van Schaick.
Jr., but John Van Schaick.
Other S???n? Slate?eM?.
?'I have the sworn statement of
Francis U Smith, poll clerk, for that
election. Ihat ho knows both my
i father and myself, and remembers hy
father voting and that 1 did not vote.
He swears that he entered the name
I of John Van Schaick on the poll list
ntlnued on Page 3. Column 3.)
I HK AUO, Frk. a.?Tkr iwtt
tialnat earth dUlMMani la
?iir ?>lka have km la pra?
remm alao* t?u a'rlath Ikla a>r?
lag. At that krar the what
(nifk at the Cahrrtltf ?? Chi
rac* aharrralary hegaa rmrt
lac what ahaervera 4?acrlW4 aa
"<hf aiaat aarIllal loaaa" HOftH
thla year.
The llatarhaaeea atiil iwllaai.
V loir a I tutarbaaara war* Ia4l
ratr4 aa tha wlaaagta^h at
tiaantatawa Ualvendty higtaalat:
at gi^l thla aaarala* aai eaatla
ul a a aatu >i<U.
father Taa4arf, af tha Oaatu
tawa f artif Iy xalnt that tha alaa
aafrafh rrearta ihaatl ihUrk
aaeea (rtaltr thaa aajr raflitcr
et far aaa y aiaatha.
"Tha ttalvkaana ara aeverr,
hut I ahauld Mat aar alarailag."
Kathrr Tuatarf aaM.
Court of Appeals Sustains De
cision Affecting Wet Goods
Worth $200,000.
Tim Court of Appatjs, Uiraugh
Ctalaf Justice 8myth?/ today con
firmed th? ruling* of Justice Oould.
of the Ufatrlrt Supreme Court, and
held that all lienor which was con
fiscatad after February 25. 1M8, hy
the Police Department, under the pro
visions of the Reed bone dry art,
must be returned to tha owners, aa
it wts not subject to confiscation.
This involves something aver
$200,000 worth of wet foods held in
storage in the District which the po
lire took from express companies
after the President had signed the
Heed act on his way from Boston to
Washington upon his arrival from his
first European trip. Prior to the Reed
act. it was lawful under the Shepherd
law to bring liquor into the District
for personal use In any quantity de
sired, providing a prescribed affidavit
to that effect accompanied the ship
ment, but the Shepherd law provided
that a violation of Its provisions
would entitle the police to consflscate
the liquor.
The Reed Rone Dry Act provided
penalties for bringing In any liquor at
all Into the District, but made no
specific provision for confiscation. A
large quantity of liquor was in tran
sit to Washington on February 24.
which arrived here on February 25.
anil no one seemed to know of the
fact that the President, the night be
fore. had signed the bill, except the
police, who. following Major Pullman'"
directions. pro<-e?ded to confiscate all
liquor found in the hands of the ax
press companies on the morning of
February 25.
^The court rendered its decision in
the case of Oladding Kxprass Com
pany, which first ra.sed the point at
issue, and holds that the provisions
of the Sheppard I?aw cannot be read
into the provisions of the Reed U?
Liid that the Reed T-aw being without
a provision for confiscation, no right
existed on the part of the pollcc de
partment to take this property.
The Court of Appeals, having final
Jurisdiction In the matter, the opinion
rendered will be conclusive. T???
case was contested throughout hy
Attorneys Wilton I^mbert, R. 1L
Yeatman and T. M. Wnmpler, for tfcs
Express Company, and by former Cor
poration Counsel Synie and Aaaiatant
Corporation Counsel F. II. Stephana
on behalf of the District of Columbia.
Keeping Up With
The Timet
F. A. Seiberling, president
of the Goodyear Tire and Rub
< ber Co., effectively expresses
? his faiJi in advertising; in
three terse paragraphs:
"We have never looked
upon advertising a.i a tem
porary device, as an inter
mittent stimulant for trade,
or as something not entirely
"We have never 'avored ?
policy of waiting for emer
gencies that rw.tiire forrcd
";:ther have we looked
advertising su a deli
nit# tool of constant utility."
Announces He Will Bring Pact
Back on Senate Floor
Monday. )
Democratic Leader Had Planned
Similar Action for One
Day Later.
Seuator Lodge today gave formal
notice la the Senate that on next
Monday be will ask unanimous con
sent that Senate rules be suspended
and the Peace Treaty reservations
be taken up.
If unanimous consent is refused,
Lodg* announced, be will more to
suspend the rales.
This will forestall Senator Hitch
cock who has announced he will
move to take up the treaty on Tues
day February 10.
Action Astonds Democrats.
Lodge's announcement, made just
after the Senate met, apparently
astounded Democratic Senators. who
asked him to repeat It. Senator
WalsU or Montana rave notice, on be
half ft Senator Hitchcock, (hat the
latter would move on February 10 to
take up on the treaty. Lodge thus
forestalled HUn?Cprk -br sailing the
date of his motion one day ahead oi
"I sincerely hope," sail Lodte, in
maklnr his announcement, "that
unanlaoous consent will not be re
fused. If It Is, 1 shall make the neces
sary motion." ?
Waiting M Absentee*.
'?Why wait so Ion*?" asked Sen
ator Ashurst of Arisen a, a Democrat.
"Why not tomorrow or next day?"
"Ill say to the Senator," replied
Ixxige. "that I've given that considera
tion. But so many Senators are ab
sent that 1 think It better to wait
until next Monday."
Lodge's motion requires u two
thirds vote for its adoption. Hitch
cock's would require but a majority
vote. l?dge's decision was reached
after conferences with other Repub
licans and a study of the record of
the treaty debate In the last session.
t> Te Wlbra, Saya Capper.
"When the peace treaty with Ger
many shall be ratified by the Senate
rests wholly with President Wilson."
This declaration by Senator Capper
of Kansas, a Republican of independ
ent tendencies who favors ratlflca
? Ion, was regarded by a number of
bis nolleagucs today as being espe
cially pertinent and timely. In view
of I.ord Qrev's indorsement In a letter
to the LontJou Times of the Lodge "res
Grey*a Aetlea Si* Marprlse.
In diplomatic circles the approval
by the British ambassador to Wash
ington. now In Kngland, was re
garded as fresh evidence that the
British government entertains no
objection to the Senate adopting
Americanfalni? reservations to the
treaty as long as the United States,
with its vast econoihlc and financial
resources, and Its immense man
power, is committed to the League
of Nations.
Senators conversant with foreign
affairs, or In direct touch with the
European chancelleries, have known
(Continued on Page 2, Column T )
Refutes Rumors Chief Executive
Will Leave For Sojourn at
Health Resort.
Officials at the White House today
stated they knew nothing of the re
ported plans of the President to go
to a North Carolina resort for recu
Kor the past week there have been
very Indefinite Intimations that the
President mlg!)t take a trip to s
nearby resort, but Dr. (Jrayiion has
steadfastly declared that any such
plans are altogether indefinite.
The President's departure from
'Washington is dependent upon his
own wishes. It was stated at the
White House, and up to the present
the President has keen satisfied to
remain here.
Carter Glass Is to take his seat In
the Senate this week as Senator from
Virginia. He will be sworn In
probably todsy or tomorrow.
David f. Houston, who succeeds
Glass as secretary of the Treasury,
will assume his new duties as soon
as his own successor. B T. Meredith,
has taken the oath of office os Secre
tary of Agriculture. Meredith ar
rived here yesterdsy.
Allies Refuse to Consider Propo- j
sition for Hearings
Across Rhine.
Council of Ambassadors Also
To Demand Coal for France
Be Speeded.
lalrrulUul New* < >p) -
Hd(, im By lateraatloaal
AMKRONUKN, Htllu4. Feb.
'1,?Tbr rt-Kal?rr ?( Urraur l?
llvli( la naortat fear of iuhmI
At tfce former eaapfnr'a ir?SMl
Ihr Datck tm?N> about the Heiw
Hark raatle are kelaf rkaacrd
every forty dm >?.
Tke ex-Kaiser la reported to be
IIvIbk like a beraalt aaS la fearfal
of atruiera.. Ilia eompaaloas
arc afraM ta permit blaa ta talk
with visitor* beeaaae of hla rank
aaaaer of airlif wkiterer la oa
kla aalatf.
PARIS, Feb. !.??The nuggestiou of
the Q*rm*n gottmment that the
trial of Genpaa. government officials
accused of' war primes bfe conducted
before German coftrts, with the allies
prosecuting, was rejected by the
council of ambassadors today.
Prepare Trial List.
The ambaaaadors approved the
draft of a reply to the recent Ger
man note regarding war culprits, and
alao approved a lint of names of
German* who will be demanded for
trial. Thia Met will be formally
handed to th? Germans either to
morrow or Wednesday.
The rejection of the German situa
tion for "war trials" in Germany was
contained in the reply.
1he ambassadors did not discuss the
Fiume situation.
At the request of t)ie French rep
resentative. who pointed out Germany
is more than one millions tons of
coal a month behind In her coal de
liveries to France, the council de
cided to ask Germany to speed up
There now Is more coal per capita
in Germany than In France. It was
Hereafter, the Belgian ambassador
will attend the council's meetings
when matters of Interest to Belgium
come up fdr dlscusion.
Wronged Wife and Brother-in
Law Arrange Bond for
Girl Mother.
NEW YORK. Feb. 2.?Mrs. I'erlev
Splker. of Baltimore, and Guy Spiker,
her husband's brother, arrived here
today ready to fulfill their offers of
help to Miss Emily Knowles nnrt her
baby, whom Perley Spiker said in an
affidavit is his child.
Miss Knowles is held at Ellis Is
land with her baby hy immigration
authoritiies. She came to New York
on money provided by the Splkers.
who declared In sffidavits their desire
to make amends for Miss Knowles'
difficulties that grew out of her ro
mance with Spiker in England, where
he was attached to the American
aviation service.
Mrs. Splker and her brother-ln-liiw
went to the offlec of their ottorney,
who was to provide bonds for tem
porary entrance into this country of
Miss Knowles. The bond was to be
filed late today.
Miss Knowles has recovered from
a heavy cold that had threatened to
develop .into pneumonia.
PAAMi Feb. 2.?One hundred car
loads of American war materials pur
chased from the American nriny have
arrived in Poland. The goods are be
ing used to outfit the Polish army.
The army materials have been sup
plemented by an issue of underwear,
socks, and sweaters provided by tlM
American Ked Cross. A new levy of
300,000 men Is being outfitted almost
entirely with A,merican army uni
forms, Including overseas caps
Ootid? tonight and tomorrow;
slightly warmer tonight; lowest
temperature ahoot *2 degrees.
Temperature at ft a. m , 27 df
PRESIDING judge at
* Newberry trial and -
United States assistant
district attorney, who will
direct prosecution of the
United States Senator for
alleged election frauds.
Opening Statements Expected to
Keveal Thoroughness of
I Election Investigations.
GRAND RAPIDS. Mich., Keb. 2 ?
Uncle Sam will outline his rase
against United States Senator Tru
man H. Newberry today.
It wan expected the opening state
ments in the trial of Newberry and
his 134 political aids, charged with
corrupting the Michigan electorate,
would reveal how thoroughly the 1918
election* were Investigated. The de
fense, uncertain as to exactly what
the Government will present, was not
ready to announce what lines Its
opening statement will follow.
Court was to convene at 2 p. m. to
day to permit the return of jurors,
witnesses and defendants who went
home over the week-end.
Change of Front Causes Jubilation
Among Women in
Secretary- of the Treasury Carter
Glass, known as a bitter opponent
of woman suffrage, caused Jubilation
in suffrage circles here today by urg
ing ratification of the Susan U. An
tony amendment by Democratic legis
latures which have not yet taken
such action, on the ground that the
Democratic party cannot afford tqr lose
the favor of women voters.
The letter, written to Senator Mupp,
one of the I? fS'icratlc leaders in Vir
ginia, says:
"Needless to say I have no con
cealment to in., ke of my view of the
strategy of the suffrage situation. 1
assume that it is well known that I
have been ami am utterly opposed
primarily to woman suffrage, espe
ciallyby Federal amendment, hut be
ing opposed to a thing does not make
me refuse to ?<>" farts as they exist.
Kven without constitutional amend
ment women have the right to vote
in ?-very pivotal State In the Union.
"The simple! sensible question is:
Do w? want them to vote with the
Democratic party in the next Presi
dential election or with the Repub
lican party? Do we want the Fed
eral amendment. the ratification
which aeetn*: inevitable, applied by a
friend!? Congress and a Democratic
Congress or fcy an adverse Congress
a?><l a Ueiftibllcan President? Are wc
ROing to refuse or repel woman rotes
merely because we did not want
women to have the ballot?
,"Tht> la the case stripped or
rhetoric and laAientatlnn, and I
should say that the Virginia general
assembly would not be-*vll|lng to de
cide It precipitately or rashly."
Suffrage leaders expressed surprise
on learning of the letter, having ccta
logued the Secretary as "hopeless."
They look upon the latter as one of
the most important nontr I button* to
their cause since (he amendment *.u>
adopted because of Secretary Glass
Influence In the Democratic t?*r'y.
and the fact that h? is * 9?itli?r?cr,
CAN'T be cui
Company May File Petition for
Increase on or Before
April 1.
May Be Satisfied With Present
Rate If Other Prices
Come Down. f
Continuance of the present sa
rate, which is 95 cents per thousand
cubic leet, or a higher rate, will l>?'
I asked of the Public Utilities
j mission by the Washington C*?s
Light Company on or before April
II next, the date of the expiration of
the existing rates.
I This was learned today from the
report of Howard S. Reesido, prebi
dent ot the Kas light company, sub
mitted to the company's stor.- .
holder's today.
Hinges on l-ubor Prlffs
| The increased rate will be sought
only if tlie price* of labor and mat<
j rial maintain their same level or
show signs of an increase
The report of Presidenr Reeside
cover* a period of on<' year- en*'-'1
^ Jeceinber 31. 1?1?. freatdent Tteosid
'^?rvlews the work of the year atK.
points out that the sudden ending of
the war increased the consumption of
gas here, rather than decreased it, as
was expected.
Some provision must be made to
Increase the holding: capacity of the
Kas company, says Mr. Keeslde, who
tells his stockholders that the plain
duty of the company is to make
preparations for the future.
"The expectancy of a falling off In
the population of the Capital, the war
being over, and a consequent falling
off in the demands for pa*, haa not
been realized." says Mr. Reeside. "On
the other hand, the conaumption ha*
steadily increased. During the pas'
year the plants have been working a'
full capacity, especially in the win
ter months, and every precaution has
been taken by the management to
meet this increased demand.
Large Sua KifHf*.
"Large amounts of money have been
spent on the works to have them In
thorough repair, and increased man
ufacturing apparatus has been In
stalled. That we have been able te
meet without difficulty the hea*v
strain put on the worka baa been
gratifying to your directors."
Additions! manufacturing capacity
either of water, gaa or coat Kas, Is
needed, saya the report. A step In
this direction haa been taken by en
gineers who have been studying the
question for some months, it Is
pointed out.
The sale of gas In the District ha."
Increased 00 per cent during the past
live years, says Mr. Reeside In point
Ing out the need of larger holdinf.
A shortage in ?as oil is predicted
In the report. Continue# Mr. Ree
"In water gas manufacture Ihe
principal Item of expense, outside
of labor, Is for anthracite coal and
gas oil. When you consider that
75,000 tons of anthracite coa\ cost
ing in the neighborhood of $10 a
ton, and 17.000.000 sallons of gas oil
are required annually for our pref
ent output, the uncertainty and ar
ratlc prices of gas oil is a matf
that must be given careful cotisl'i
eratlon. Unquestionably there is go
ing to be a shortage of gas oil, t."
les* there are discoveries in nev
fields, and the oil industry of today t?
now engaged in diverting Its reflnltiF
of gas oil into other channels that
will bring to It higher prices, such
as motor fuel and gasoline."
More A?l?nr?l?? \eeded.
President Ueeside takes th>! fires'
part of his report to point out the
need for more gas manufacturing
apparatus. The company lia; land on
which to build :i gas plant. Sir. Re>>
side said. This location i? the
Analosian Island, purchased for I'.m
purpose. .
"The site is ideal.'' says the re
port. "the best possible location. and
about the only one with water facili
ties and railroad near. It comprise*
about eighty acre* of land."
If adltlonal ka? plafft appaiatus Is
built a marl." t must be developed fo>
by-products, such as coke, tar and
ammonia, It I* stated.
Approval of the action ot the Dis
trict Commissioner* in sendJnar to
Congress a bill which would make
possible the consolidation of the
Washington <!as I.lght Coin pap y ana
the Georgetown <las I.lght Company
was expressed
The compan\ stated that H h*f in
creased wages of employes from tlm*
So lime, and that, n* for as Ishoi is
concerned. tb<- <ompan Is tunning
satisfa ti rl1> It I said tlisl f
effort* of the n?*tiagenV?ti in *uf" y
g?od *er> Ice and . ontlnoe the goo '
will of the consumer have not be**
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