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CDomdy, probably mow late teaifht and tomorrow Ruing temperature to nJfbt; lowed temperature about SO de gree* Temperature at 8 a m, 22 degrees fk Ha?hutafon mimes INAL EDITION NUMBER 11,455. t-uklla**4 mrr ? un<-ltidins ?uo4?yi ? ?t?r(4 II iw?>4 cIih Mltw *1 llM paMul*c? >1 Wulili.| WASHINGTON. SATURDAY EVENING. FEBRUARY 28, 1920. (Cltni Will Strwt Pricwl PRICK TWO CENTS. Former American Consul In Mexico Slain By Bandits; U. 5. Demands Punishment of the Outlaws " WIFE OF SLAYER IN LOVE TRA6E0Y EXONERATES SUITOR AGENT KILLED NEAR COLIMA Widow, 80 Years Old, Still Liv ing at Place of Hus band's Death. EMBASSY IS TOLD TO ACT State Department Learns That Barry Fogarty, Held for Ran som, Is Released. Augustus Morrill, an American citizen and formerly a United States consul at Manzanillo, Mexico, was killed by Mexican bandits on Feb ruary 26 near Collma, State of Co !<??, the State Department was ad vised today. The State Department has in i structed the United States embassy J at Mexico City to call for the arrest and punishment of the murderers and the consul at Manzanillo has been directed to make similar represen tations to the local authorities. Children of Morrill are living at I San Francisco, Oakland, and San Ra il fael, Cal. His widow, who is eighty years old, lives at Colima. Morrill was appointed vice consul at Manzanillo on January 26, 1869, and was made consul there on Aug ? ust B, 1872. The State Department was also ad i vised today that Barry Hogarty, an ) American citizen who was recently i kidnaped by Mexican bandits, re > turned to his home, at Mapimi, on February 24. He arrived there safe ' and well. 38 STRIKES. IN COUNTRY. There are thirty-eight strikes and forty-four controversies which have not reached the strike stage, for set tlement before the Department of Labor, It was announced today. The Winner Of Limerick No. 20 Here's one time when it paid a man to smoke cigarettes. Hi# name ia S. H. Martin. He lives at 1332% E street northeast, and is a silk salos.rian in the store of S. Kins A Co. Mr. Martin had finished hi* lunch the other day. and indulged himself In a short smoke, when somebody railed him away, and he laid the little wisp of paper and Virginia tobacco nn an ash tray. On the way back he picked up a copy of The Times, with the day's limerick contest, which had to do with the colloquy between a jug ostracized because its former contents were under the ban of the Eighteenth amendment, and a "cof rtn-nall." on which some reformers have oast unfriendly ores. When he reached for the cigarette, he found that for so re reason It had retained Its fire. Then he looked at the limerick again. "Don't worry, old sport, I'm lit yet, was the line that flashed through his mind. Mr. Martin's wife had been an swering limericks consistently for a number of days, while he never had thought It worth while to get into the contest . .... It occurred to him that this was a ?0od time to do so, and the vote of . the judges shows that it was. * It must have been a good Incom plete limerick from the number and ?prightliness of the replies. Due credit Is to be made right here. The limerick editor didn't write it. It was contributed by the obituary edl tor. ' "The war made me dry and you wet," was the epigram o( W. R. Mc Elroy, Kails Church. Va. This Um% ?rick stood eeoond in the voting. Then there was this little thrust at the reformers: "Don't worry; I'm still Antl's pet." It came from Helen Petri*. *?? Park place northwest, and was among those that received serious consideration. "There'll always b? corn sllkj don't fret," came from Harold Moore, 1110 K street northwest, who evidently grew In the country or spent his sum mers there, and knows the Joys of a homS-made whiff behind the barn, when you haven't Quite enoufh to smoke like grown-ups. Here's one that wSe too deep for wine of the judges, but really ought to have mention for Its subtle pun gency. It is: "Lees noise from the nine oravenette." It comes from J. VoLlmer. loot E street northwest. The Said Jag to 'Tour day' Said Bi 'Ton ji Don't won TUIAJOR R. W. SCHROEDER, who fell five miles in an aeroplane yesterday and still I** lives. He was seven miles in the air when his machine dropped. Two minutes later, at an altitude of two miles, the plane wu righted and he landed safely, but with both eyes frosen shut. The Lo Pere C 11 machine he used is shown in photograph. BRITISH LINE SEEKS OCEAN TRAFFIC OF GERMANY LONDON, Feb. 88.?New York dispatches telling of the work of the Canard Itae to capture tJer manx'a former emlgraat and freight traffic between Central Europe and America are feu tared In the Daily Mali. The pnper says the Canard line is negotiating for purchase of the Hrmbura-Amerlcan docks and sheds at Hamburg and will open the new service with the liner Saxonla. ft the pale Cigarette: 5 coming soon, yon can bet.' ltt with a shrug: ialous old Jug? y, old sport, Fm lit yet." S. II. MARTIX, Of 1332Vi E Street Northeaat. Winner of Limerick No. 20. Limerick editor was forced to diagram it for the benefit of aeveml persona. A cravenette la an overcoat. A pine cravenette la a wooden overcoat. Back In aome of the civil wi- atorlea you will And thla piece of irrlm army ha>> pltal humor: "Where'a JonoaT" "done for hl? wooden overcoat." What the hutt said to the Jim waa to be decoded as: "You're dead; ahut up." There were aome clever drawings accompanying laat lines. One waa by Florence Hafrlflnger, 1212 O street i northwest, representing a very sprightly cigarette addreaalng a very moroae Jug with the line: "You'ra done, but they've not canned me yet." If very cloae restriction* hndu't been placed on meter. 8. M. Nelson, room 4!S P. O. Department, would have atood a fine chance with the line: "Old Bacchus beat by 'Baccu yet." The pun la a good one. I.lmerlrk No. ST anil rnlea f?r the f*at?et will a* toia4 as ???(her Five-Mile Fall In Aero Fails To Daunt Flier Who Set World Record DAYTON, Ohio, Feb. 28.?"I'll make it the next time." / Undaunted by the norrowest of narrow escapes from death when his airplane fell five miles after breaking all, altitude records, Major R. W. Schroeder, test pilot at the, McCook experimental field, here today said he was only1 waiting for his eyes to return to normal before attempting to reaeh the height of 40,000 feet/ Rose 38,020 Feet. He la credited with attaining ? height of 36.030 feet la his flight her? yesterday. While at that height hi* oxygen supply gave out and he was rendered unconscious. The machine fell for fully five miles, It was estimated. The gaa tank was crushed like an eggshell by the sudden change from low pressure araas to the heavier atmoaphere be low. Schroeder regain consciousness when the machine was about two miles above the earth and managed o regain control and make a safe anding. He became unconscious igaln as his machine alighted. Hos pltal authorities said today he would jufter no permanent Injury. Sought Oxygea la Vain. "With no thought other than at taining the height that I know that plane can go I had to suffer a lack of oxygen," he complained'. "All at once It stopped flowing. I leaned forward and turned the cock wide open, but no oxygen came. "My main tank, sufficient to do at least three hours, gave me none whatever, and what 1 had consumed was that taken along for emergency. "I thought something was wrong, so X raised my goggles, which were roated with ice within and without, just to see whether I had fully opened my tank containing my emergency jupply. It had exhausted Itself. "All at once It seemed as though there was a terrible explosion within my head and I don't know what hap pened. My eyes hurt terribly and I could not get them open. It just teemed like I was peeping through a crack. Rash of Air, Thra Fall. "There was a terrible rush of air and I knew I was falling. I guess I pulled up hard on the stick, be cause I know I must straighten out for a glide. That thought has al ways been paramount In my mind; It has been the aafety flrst Idea that I guess became a part of me. "Then the ship seemed again to ride easy. Once more I opened my eyes and apparently the ground was nowhere about. Again I closed them tightly and once more opened them as much as I could. I then realised I waa over Wilbur Wright Field and nlose to hangars. I couldn't land there; I was afraid of my eyes going entirely back on me. "I tilted the machine for a climb, Intending to make sure of a good altitude and jump for It In my para chute. But at that Instant McCook altitude came In sight and I guess I became an automaton and came down all right. I don't remember landing. Thoaght of Jumping All the time I was thinking of mak ing the jump In my parachute be cause I knew this could be done with my eyes closed. I bad no sense of fear. It wasn't that; It was pain In my eyes and that awful explosion In my head. "When I took oflt I headed West ind In the ascent think I got as far \m Richmond, Ind., about forty mllas. Tha wind In the upper strata was ter. rifle?a sort of trada wind blowing eaat. Still I kept the ship's nose to tha west and continued to climb, but by tha tlma I had attained my great est height the wind going at a ter rible rate, had pushed me back to a tolnt possibly thirty miles eaat of Dayton. "I may not hava been that far, yet I could nut make any r ->rogreas against the wind. I lost an -ha time. "Oh, well. If there's another war the Ymerican blrdmen will grlve the fcnemy something to shoot at." kkraHrr Telia His Story. Between periods of unconaciouaneaa. Major R. W. Schroeder last night told the story of his fight against wind, cold, and lack of oxygen almost seven miles above the earth. That he had shattered the world's attitude record, fallen mora than Ave miles, and nar rowly escaped death, did not aeem Im portant to him In view of his failure to reach ? height of 40,000 feet, the goal he set for himself when he took (Continued on Page 3, Column S.) ROPEpOFfSPOST AS REVENUE CHIEF Commissioner Tenders Resigna tion to President and Will Accept Business Offer. Daniel C. Roper, commissioner of internal revenue, has tendered his resignation to President Wilson. Commissioner Roper has asked that he be relieved of his duties by April 1, but has agreed to hold office until June 1 if the President so desires. Commissioner Roper gives as his reasons for resigning the desire to return to private business. Commissioner Roper has found his increasing duties a bit strenuous, as he is charged with duty of collecting (axes and the enforcement of the pro hibition. The prohibition enforce ment task ha* been a stupendous one, and Commissioner Roper has experi enced considerable difficulty, par ticularly in guarding the millions of dollars of Intoxicants now held in' storage. Rules and regulations laid down for the prohibition enforcement by Com missioner Roper have been most stringent, and he has bi cn severely criticised In some quarters for his Interpretation of the law. A lively contest for the appointment of a sucoeaeor to Roper la expected, with both the "wets" and the "drys" bringing great pressure to bear upon the Preaident to secure the appoint ment of a man who has views which accord with their own. Commissioner Roper was In New York today. It was learned that his formal resignation haa not been sub mitted, but ha haa informed the Preaident of his Intentions and has asked for Instructions aa to when the formal resignation shall be made effective. Commissioner Roper, whose home Is In South Carolina, has been In the Government service for mora than twentv-flve yeara. He haa been con nected with Congreaalonal Commit tees. the Census Bureau. and has been First Assistant Postmaster General and vice chairman of tha Tariff Board. He waa In charge of organi sation work for tha Democratlo party during tha lttiO campaign. I TO SELL SHIPS Board Practically Decides to Put Thirty Ex-German Boats in Passenger Service. BENSON MAY CHANGE POLICY Successor to Payne Expected to End Allocation to Pri vate Interests. Restrained from Belling the entire fleet of thirty former German ships by the terms of the court injunction secured by William Randolph Hearst, the Shipping Board has practically decided to place the ships in opera tion as paxsenger vessels, it became evident today. To Repair George Washington. Congressman Richard Olney. of Massachusetts. wu advised by the board that the George Washington, one of the principal vessels of the fleet, will proceed aoon to the Boaton navy yard for repairs. One million dollars. Olney wu told will be ex pended In placing the George Wash ington In first-class condition. In the absence of Chairman John Barton Payne, who la 111, tha announce ment that Immediate repalra would be made on tha Oeorge Washington Is construed to mean that the 8hip plng Board has Anally renounced Ita efforts to sell the fleet, and will not attempt to appeal from 'the pro visions of the injunction preventing the sal* of the vessels. All Put la r??aal?slan This will insure,' it ft fcellfcved. the ultimate placing of the whole fleet of thirty vessels In commission as a passenger unit. It was stated at the Shipping Board that Payne probably would relinquish the chairmanship to Rear Admiral Benson before March IS, when Payne will assume office as Secretary of tht> Inferior, and it was generally believed that no more of the ex-German ves sels will be allocated to private com panies before that time. This already has been done In the case of the Leviathan, which has been turned over to the International Mercantile Marine as a unit of the American line. Benson (? Ckbafe Pnllcy. The beller prevails that Admiral Benson may put a sharp check to the prevailing policy of the Shipping Board to sell and allocate ships to private Interests. Propaganda a! ready has been started against the change In the policy of the foard which probably will be effected when Admiral Benson takes office. This propaganda, which Is said to emanate from shipping concerns, de sirous of obtaining more Government vessels, is to the effect that Admiral Benson may not accept the chairman ship, now that he is on the navy re tired list, and does not wish to incur the responsibilities ln\olved. That there is little If any founda tion to such reporta ia shown by the fact that Admiral Benson already has attended sev>ral meetings of the board, to famillarlxe himself with tHe problem which will confront him as chairman. SHIPPING BOARD WILL OPPOSE BRITISH CLAIM Great Britain Plans to File Bill for Loss Entailed by U. S. I>elsy. A claim by Great Britain for loss Incident to this Government's delay In turning over the Imperator anil other former German Ilnera will be opposed by the Shipping Board, it was learned today. As yet no claims have been made, but officials here expect them. The shlp? of the Imperator group which were alloted the United States for troop transportation were with held from the British for aome time after British offlclala were ready to take them over. CENSUS SHOWS THREE CITIES HAVE INCREASED Census Bureau today announced following population totals: Padurah. Ky , 24 73ft Lima, Ohio. 41.*06 Hasleton, Pa , .12 267. The reports credit Lima with an inorease of 16.79ft sines the 1010 cen sus, which Is .1(1.4 per cent. Msileton's population Increased B.ftlft. or 26 ft per csnt. Paducah. 1.07S, or 8.7 per csnt. Mere Startling Diselnsnrss la IM Mr fiery 6f rresldent Snoots' vanished millions In n??t Sunday's N?? Tork American. Larg ,ast oircalalUa la I marten.? * HUSBAND SHOOTS 'OTHER MAN' WHO HAD HAUNTED HIS HOME A love triangle in which un angered and jealous husband shot a suspected suitor of his wife had a fatal endiug in the Capital today. George Saur, the alleged suitor, twenty-eight years old, of 2416 Evarts street north east, died this morning at Casualty Hospital. Albert H. Erskiue, thirty-five years old, of 2730 Twenty-eiglrth street northeast, Langdon, D. C. is held at the Ninth precinct police station charged with the shooting. The woman in the case, Mrs. Flora Regan Erskine, thirty-two years old, a pretty brunette, is prostrated at her home. With her are her three children, to protect whom Erskine claims he shot Saur. "I shot him in defense of my home," Erskine told Detective Sergeant Thomas Swee ney, after he surrendered at police headquarters. The shooting occurred at the Erskine home yesterday afternoon. Saur called at the house, found the husband there, and after a brief altercation, Erskine demanded of his wife to choose between him and Saur. Fearing to answer, the wife hurried to her children. Erskine then shot Saur in the abdomen. - c ? 1 "I ahot him becauae ha tHed to | ateal my wlfa," declares Ersklne. "I i bad ordered him away from my home. I Ha peralatad Id calling and annoying my wife, lly wlfa bad complained j that ha paid undue attention! to her ?that he followed her when ?he wa? on the street, attempt!** to get her to allow him to go alone with her. "This man I thought a friend. I had. known, him tor .a.long time. 1 Invited him to my bouae. but of late he wan an unwelcome visitor. My wife had told me about hla attempts to curry her favor?her love. She had told me that he expressed hla af fection for her. She told me that aha had told him to keep away from the heuae. I don't know that ahe did. All I know ia that she told me ahe did. Rhet far CklMrri'i Sake. "T have three darling children, the oldeat a daughter who ia fourteen years old. It was for their sake that I ahot Saur when he refused to letve my home, and when he told me to my face that he "thought the world of my wife.' What was I to do? "I probably would not have shot, him had I not feared he intended to kill me. When I ordered htm fr->m my home yesterday, he put his hand to his hip pocket, and I thought he was going tb draw a gun. I then took the rifle and flred on him. r'an't a man protect his own home? Weil, that is what I did. I shot him In protection of my home?my wife and three children. I am sorry he la dead, but I auppoae I will have to face the mualc.. I feel that a jury hearing the truth will exonerate me, and permit me to rejoin my wife and children, whom I dearly love." Offer* to l.favr W Ifr. Juat before Erakine ahot Saur, he aald: "Saur, if you love my wife better than I do, I will turn her over to you--1 will divorce her!" "Well, Eraklne," coolly answered Saur. "you have asked the question, and I'm going to tell you that 1 think the world of your wife!" A moment later, Saur had been ahot. Eraklne picked a rifle from a nearby cabinet and leveling the weapon at Saur'a heart, fired. Tho bullet, how ever, penetrated the man's stomach. Saur died ten houra later from In ternal hemorrhagea of the stomach at the Casualty Hospital. HUSBAND COMES TO CRY AND GIVES UP TO POLICE After shooting Saur, Ersklne came to the city yesterday, walking Into police headquarters and asking for Inspector Clifford L.. Grant, chief of detectives. When he was ushered Into lnapector Orant'a office, Erakine j aald: "lnapector, I auppose you are look i tng for nie. I am Eraklne. 1 ahot a 1 man out at my home, In Langdon." He thruat out his hand, taking In spector Grant by aurprlae. and aald: "I feel I waa Justified In ahootlng him. He tried to steal my wife from me." While Eraklne waa In police head quartera Detective Sergt. Thomas Sweeney waa acourlng the city for ; him. Soon after he had shot Saur, ! Eraklne paased Polrceman Edward ] Anderson, of the Ninth precinct, stat- I Ing: "I'm going to aurrender to you j after a while." He then hurried down the road to catch a car. A f?w minutes later Polloeman An deraon aaw Saur staggering toward the home of Otto Wagner and he aent him to the Casualty Hospital. When Eraklne flred on Saur, as he waa lighting a cigarette, his wife and three children ran from the , room, fearing that he would flre on them. "He ran around the houae like a era*jr man for a few minutes^" aaJd j lira. Eraklna, I Albert h. erskine, who is held for slay ing of George Saur, of whom he was jealous. NO CAUSE FOR BEING JEALOUS, VICTIM'S LAST WORDS Erskine inveigled me to his home. He met me Thursday night, told me to call at his home and after I arrived there yesterday afternoon he began to question his wife's fidelity and to accuse me of paying undue attention to her. He had no provocation for shooting me as there had been no intimacy between Mrs. Erskine and myself. I had been friendly with h*r, thought a great deal of her, but I never at any time attempted to alienate her affections. The shooting was the result of Ers kine's jealousy of his wife whom he thought was fond of me." ?Statement made by George Kaur Just before he died at Cas ualty Hospital today, from a bullet wound Inflicted by Albert II. Griklnt. PREMIERS TO TAKE UP EUROPE'S FINANCES NEXT Council Will Devote Coming Week to Solution of Economic Problems. LONDON. Feb. M.?The council of premier* has decided to concentrate Its energies upon the solution of Eu rope's financial and economic prob lems to tha exclusion of all else dur ing the next week, according: to plans outlined today. The chief questions befora the council are: High cost of living, In flation of currency, adverse exchange rates, necessity for greater produc tlon by Industry and agriculture. The work of the council Of premiers has been divided Into political and economic problems. While the coun cil Is devoting all Its time to the grave difficulties of Internstinnal finance, the purely political questions will be treated by tha foreign min isters. As the American ftenate has not j ratified the peace treaty, the United 1 Slates will not have representation at tha discussions. Many European I experts will b? called In to glv* their Ivtowa. "I don't think my husband should have shot Saur." said Mrs. Ersklne, at her home today. "There had bean nothing In common between Sauer and myself. He had been rather an noying in forcing his attentions on me, but I ignored him. "My has (vend suspected me. Bat. i saur was his friend. Cannot a hus ! band trust his wife with his own | friends?men he brings Into his hornet My husband was Jealous, lie thought that Saur and I had been too friendly ?he suspected more. But, God knows his suspicions were unfounded. "It is true that Saur did come to the house during the absence of my husband. Other of my husband's fdiends also^alled. They were his friends, and Just dropped in to talk. Always Faithful. "I have always been faithful to my husband. I have three darling chil dren and for their sake, if for noth ing else, I could not conceive of any wrong doing. When Saur came to the house yesterday, he did not knock, > but walked in without announcing | himself. That made my husband an gry. Saur then took off his overcoat, and started to make himself at home. My husband objected to that?but Saur was his friend, and I don't see any particular harm in what Saur did. "We were all in the living room, gathered about the stove. I was standing at the stove, my husband and Saur were sitting near by, and the children were playing in the room. "My husband told Saur he did not want him coming around the house. He practically ordered him out. Saur seemed unmoved, and then my hus band asked Saur if he wanted him te get a divorce from me. "I saw my husband was flushed, and that he was angry. When Saur said he thought the world of me, my hus band lost his head. He seised the rifle and flred. "I started toward him, shoutlnr. 'Al, think of the children.' He dropped the rifle and rushed upstairs, where my father was sick In bed. "Saur made no comment, other than to say, "I've been shot.' He staggered out of the room, opening tho door and going on the street. "I was afraid my husband would come back and shoot me. I got the children close to me, and kept quiet. My husband Anally came into the room and said he wis going to sur render to the police." TkMItl of Children. "When I saw my husband pull the rifle from the cabinet, I feared he would kill Saur. It all came to me like a flash. I thought what would happen should he kill Saur?I thought of the disgrace?the children?and I shouted to him as he placed the rifle to his shoulder: "Al. for Qod's sake think of the children." "But. he had flred the shot before I could stop him. He raced around the house like a crazy man after he had shot Suar, and then dashed madlv to the street. I think he must have been crasy. He never acted like that before. "I have always loved my husband. We were married when I was fourteen years old. He has always been a good husband, but was Intensely Jealous? Jealous of men he brought Into our home, I often told him he would do better not to bring any men Into the house. "But, he had his friends call, and when they paid any due respect or favor toward me, he became angry. He was particularly Jealous of Saur, and had warned him against what he suspected as undue attentions to me. "I am sorry for the whole thing be cause of the children. There are three of them?two daughters, th* oldest fourteen, and a little boy. "Mv husband's suspicion of my un faithfulness was unwarrantsd. Mrs. Ersklne visited her husband at the Ninth precinct station this naorniag.