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WEAL THY WOMAN AND HER L.lA U..FFEUR FOUN D SLAIN ONAOA
somme"EDITIONm Nlm1,9.WASMINGTON, TUESDAY EVENING, JUY1,1.THEE CENTS VR hR Today "leuser MWpOtamLa. Oreen Always reens. Srrow if a Crown. The Eectrie Chair. Ansus Bassaat. S - esss. -es~ T6e skead from Dunr tO BWg Ad, salled "m--ptame. artery," out in three pleesm. And Loden, having recently added Mesopetamia to the "Empire," is verried. 'ie time table of that rieseed has names that *arry you hack a hundred centuries inte his try, and many hundreds of can tUfes before written history began. , Rnaming from Bu on the PeSflaa Gulf, the stops include OABYLON and BAGDAD. The a~lread serves the "valleys of the mris and the Euphratee." - If we could know the history of thoese two rivers of human life as Sgrew up on the sure crops from the fertile soil that the rivers Washed down, we should know the bisiery of the world, since history Is repetition. , After the steam locomotive waa N lavented men continued racing borse, for the purpose, they said, ef developing speed and stamina for stage coach work. Crowds went in the steam cars to see the horses race. 4 Now, at the coming international ratht race, spectators will look down from above in flying ships. Sports stand still, but other things progress. An independent citizen, who LAthinks he ought to be elected 'President, tells Frank Munsey that all the world's troubles )would disappear if we would eat only "greens." "Greens, greens, always greens," Is the motto of this latest succes sor to Danton. He is Mr. Prindle, from California, wears sandals and purple linen, and there is something in what he says about A diet of "always greens" would snake the people easy to handle. In India. three hundred million mild Asiats, eating only vege tb, are easily ruled by a few ns of beef-eating Englishmen thousands of miles away. Sheep eat "always greens;" it makes them peaceful and it suits wolves. The Empress Eugenje is dead at 6w s of ninety-feur. Rer many sorrows, phtheticall .described, are 3ejed forever. She lost a throne. WAe t by, te Pie MpEVat, was killed when he went fighting with the British against the Zulus. That was sorrow, but because she pushed France into the war with Germany, hundreds of thousands ,of French mothers were forced to lose sons, perhaps better than the Prince Imperial. Life and the nature of women are strange. Leaving out the -death of her son, it is probable that the greatest sorrow in Eugenie's life was the fact that other Queens and Empresses in Europe would have nothing to do with her after Napoleon III made her Empress. Boycotted by royalty she neveg "arrived" socially. Millions ot women in this country can testify that that is REAL sorrow. New Zealand governs herself, keeps out Asiatics, owns her rail roads, lets public contracts to OLD workingmen in groups that they may earn all they can, transports labor to the farms free of charge, allowing it to pay its way back, regulates foreign ownership of land, without making any excep tion In favor of Britishers. Now New Zealand builds houses for werkingmen with public money, sells the houses at cost, allowing workers to pay for them in in stallments. Down there they call that a common sense solution of the housing problem. Here we should call It SoeIalism ~or Bolshevism. It seems to us, enlightened de ecendants of Franklin, Jefferson, and the others, that there is some thing criminal in the suggestion that a workman's family should live In a house out of which no profiteer has made a dollar. An artist wanted to make a pic ture of the electric chair In Sing Sing prison. Major Lawes, war den, wouldn't let him. The warden says the electric chair has nothing to do with art. Nevertheless art might well have something to do with the electric e hair. Whn you see, at Cologne, Rubens' picture of St. Peter cruci fled, head downward, and when see other pictures of tortures on courageous martyrs, you d ise, cruelty. An that makes people hate cruelty is useful. A picture of the electric chair, hs a really great artist might present it, in all its brutal horror, iat well be hung up in every art falr. It would make men hate ieIgnorance that makes a com mon executiner of sciene, and seeks to bring government down to the level of the murderer, kill ing as he kills. Ahuman being strapped in the electric chair, and a second later straining hideously, turning pur nie, while reporters watch his soul I5elag shot Into hell or heaven, isn't a plaatsigt. The publie shudbe copled to se It, in edrto knew what guvernment do.s In the public's am 1,500 M RO I German TWO SHOT TO DEATH IN AUTO Mrs. Arthur De Cordova and Driver of Her Car Meet Violent End. MYSTERY VEILS TRAGEDY Farmer Hears Shots and Finds Lifeless Body of Woman on Auto Road. NEW YORK, Conn.. July 13. The tragec death by shooting of Mrs. Arthur DeCordova, wife of a wealthy New York broker, and her h="Muau, sof* eaGeisuler, on a lonely motor road nw., Stonington tods7 has sbockes the residents of the f rionle summer colony of New ert here, and has given the authorities one of the most baf fling crimes they have had to solve in years. BODIES SPRAWLED IN ROAD. Their bodies sprawled in the road, Mrs. De Cordova and the chauffeur were found by James F. Brown, a farmer of North Stonington. Mrs. De Cordova was dead. Geissler was still alive, but unconscious. He was rush ed to a hospital here, but diedeearly this morning without regaining con sciousness. Between the bodies when found lay an army pistol. Mrs. De Cordova had been shot through the heart and ap parently had died instantly. Gelsl ler's body was hanging across a fence with bullet wounds in his head. Mrs. De Cordova and Geissler are said to have left Griswold, near here, 'Ofsterday afternoon in a tAree-pas senger asports model car. The De Cordovan came to Griswold on July 1. Arthur De Cordova, the husband, returned to New York yesterday. Late last evening Brown, the farmer, heard several shots, and upon investigating found the bodies of Mrs. De Cordova and the chauffeur. Geissler, who was thirty-one years old. and had a wife in New York, had been in the employ of the De Cordovas for five years. Relatives and friends of the De Cordova family today could shed no light on the tragedy. Prosecutor P.. H. Hewitt. of New London county. said early today- that he is not satisfied with the theory that Gelas er shot Mrs. De Cordova and then turnrA his weapon upon himself, and declared he will conduct a vigorous investigation. A purse containing $30 in money which Mrs. De Cordova had with her was untoudhed. Prosecutor Hewitt said this fore. noon that he was satified after hi investigation that the case was one of murder and suicide, and that no third party was involved. NO EVIDENCE OF STRUGGLE. "At first I thought that inasmuich as the trip on which the two had started in the automobile was evi dently to take some laundry to be waarhed, it was probable that a double murder had been committed. But thorough examination of the premises and the bodies has con inced me that there is absolutely no evidence to support that theory. "The two wounds which caused the death of Mrs. DeCordova were in the abdomen and indicated that she must have been facing Geissler when he shot her. The wounds revealed dis tinct signs of powder.flash, showing that they had been fired very close to her body. TFhe wound in Gleissier's head was in the forehead and pene trated his brain. The pistol lay be tween them. This was the conditinn when the bodies of the two were dis covered. There was a package of laundry in the automobile. "There was absolutely no evidence of a struggle of any kind and no evi dence that any attempt had been 'made to assault Mrs. DeCordows." Before her marriage. Mrs. DeCor dova was Miss Florence Mabel Wil llama. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al fred Wililams. of Germantown, Pa. She was prominent in Phladelphia society prior to her marriage. The couple were married about twenty two years. Mr. Wiliams. father of the slain womnan, was one of the founders of the Radnor Hunts Club and was long identified with the Union League Club of Phiiadatabia. )re Clerk Envoys al TO OUR READERS: To meet the mounting cost of newsprint; to main tain a better paper; to pay the higher wage scale, very properly increased; and to give the dealers and news boys a needed larger profit, The Washington Times yesterday inaugurated a 3 cent week-day price. It will be of interest to the public to know that on the first day ninety-eight per cent of The Times circula tion remained *ith us. For this tribute of appreciation, unprecedented in newspa perdom, The Times makes grateful acknowledgment. GLNERAL MANAGER, The Washington Times. CABINET GETS PENSION ROW Muddle Over Retirement Law Taken Up to Determine Uni form Interpretation. The muddle over the Civil Service retirement act came before the Cabi net today. Government officials are alarmed over the chaos resulting from the dif fering policies of the various depart ments with reference to the enforce ment of the act and hope to arrive at a united policy. Outraged over the policy of Com missioner of Pensions Saltsgaber, who plans to retire every seventy year-old clerk in his bureau auto matically next week, a group of these superannuates have "gone over his head" and appealed their case to As sistant Secretary of the Interior Hop kins, in the absence of Secretary John Payne, who is now in Alaska. TROUBLE IN TREABURY. A big storm is brewing in the Treas ury Department because no depart mental policy has been determined upon, but each bureau has been left to interpret the law regarding retire ments in its own way. The War Department is reverberat ing with protests because of reports that Secretary of War Baker plane to follow the policy of Postmaster Gen eral Burleson and Commissio'ner Salts gaber and retire all the seventy-year old clerks automatically, without ref erence to their efficiency. The final desperate effort to save these clerks will have to be made this week, because they will be auto matically retired .July 23 unless some stop action is taken in the meantime. IGNORE PAYNE RULING. The storm-center of the controversy i the fact that the War and Postofface Departments, and the PensIon Bureau, are flouting and ignoring the general policy adopted by Secretary of the interior Payne four weeks ago. This policy, drawn up by a committee com prising E. J. Ayers, chief clerk of the Interior Department, (Charles D. Mahafnie, counsel of thn Interior De partment, and Comlniusioner Salts gaher himself, centered around these points: "That no arbitrary or tixed rule can be made applicable to the retire ment of all employes. 'That it will be necessary to con sider each case on its merits. "That all much persons as are neces sary to the service be certified for continuance In the service; that Is. in applying the ruts, the only test shall he the good of the service. That per. sonal consideration affecting the em plycs ought not and must not be considered as a reason for certify ing such person, for continuation in the service." On the strength of this policy huri dreds of Government employee who s To Be I SSpa Fle FIST FIGHT AT SPA PARLEYS Berlin Delegate Attacked by Bel glan Officer incensed at Prison Treatment. CROWD GROWS MENACING SPA, Belgium, July 13.-An at tack upon members of the German delegation attending the Spa confer ence was averted today when the Teutons carried out a strategie re treat and sped away in motor cars. The trouble began when a Belgian officer, whose treatment in a German prison camp during the war still rankled in his mind, got Into an argument with a German attached to the Tenton dlegation. '1I0 BeI gian fiufly struck the Gerinn with his rFt. w4 - VLZZ DOW IUD8 mTLEET. About a score of Gerenans who had come into Spa from the Germans' headquarters on the outskirts of Spa interfered. A orowd gathered and was menacing the Germans with at tack when the latter fled down a side street to their waiting motor cars and disappeared. No arrests were made, nor did the authorities seek the names of those Involved. Chancellor Konstantin Fehrenbach, head of the German delegation, gave formal protest to the Belgian gov ernment this afternoon and was promised that an investigation would be made. Further details of the incident re vealed that Herr Stockblosser. cor respondent of the official Wolff Agency, of Germany. was injured in the head. The crowd of Germans that had to flee included Dr. Dern burg, one of the best known public ists in Germany, and Herr von Eck hardt, a prominent Hamburg editor. BM LW BACKS POLE PLEA FOR ARMISTICE LONDON. July l.-A. Bonar Law announced in the House of Commons yesterday afte~ran,* that the British (Continued on Page 3. Column 2.) Slayer of V$ Unborn Bo Hero, Says The War Department hau Carl. Wanderer, confessed sla. unborn child, and a "ragged gallant military service or f duct. It is stated by offiias of the de partment that LUeutenant Wanderer served for a while in France with a machine gun battalion of the Sixth' division. This unit, however, saw no active service on the battle front, it is added, and was sent around about so often that it became known as the "sightseeing battalion." The War Department today prepar ed the following statement, showing the complete record of Wanderer: "Enlisted August 28, 1912, assigned to Troop 1, Sixth Cavalry; discharged as private August 28, 1915. Enlisted August 18, 191?, as a private. aasignt ed Company D, Fifty-second Infantry; served a. sergeant to December 22, 1917. Transferred to Seventeenth Machine Gun Battalion, appointed First Sergeant, Company D. Di' charged as first sergeant, Seventeenth Machine Gun Battalion, and appointed as seonud lieutenant, Infantry, April 38, 1919. Disearged second lieuten ant, infantry, at Camp Grant, June 2, 1919. At this time this officer stated that he desired to .complete~ hia separation from the military serv ice. No application for appointment in the regular establishment nor in the Officers' Reserve Corps is on file in the War bepartment." The War Department, it was stated. has no defnitte information atsnut Jhn J. Maloney, identihid as the (emtianed em Page 3. Celuma 1.) rransfer !e When H..rta Desir.. is . AU Mexie* Bme Dry by Leiaive Este MEXICO CITY, July 13-Leg1s lation making all Mexico dry is being prepared for presentation to the next Congress at the ofice of Provisioaal President de Ia Huerta, says the newspapei- "Universal." "The Provisional President -has decided on this stegir," announces the newspaper. "as a means of so complishing the regeneration of the Indian and halfbreed races, which are great consumers of alcohol." ANTI-SUFFRAGE WRIT REFUSED Justice "Ise Ho"d Suit to Pro vent Amemment Presfama ten is Premature. I Justice Bailey. of the District u preme Court, today dismissed the bill of the American Constitutional League against Bainbridge Colby, Secretary of State, and A. Mitchell Palmer, Attor ney General, to restrain them from proclaiming the ratification of the proposed Nineteenth Amendnfent, granting suffrage to women, which is now awaiting affirmative action by the thirty-sixth State to make it ft fective. Justice Bailey's action was based on the ground that he had no power to go behind the action of the vari ous State legislatures and that the suit was premature, as a sufficient number of State legislatures have not ratified the amendment. Plaintiffs noted an appeal and the court fixed a bond at $100. The 'constitutional league was rep resented by Everett B. Wheeleh, of New York, who was Secretary of the Treasury under President Cleveland. The matter came up on a motion to dismiss the bill, which was argued by Solicitor General Frierson and As sistant United States District Attor ney James B. Archer. Mr. Wheeler argued the right to (Continued on Page 3, Col. 5.) ife and by "Fake" War Dept. no record to show that Lieut. rer of his wife in Chiogo, his stranger," was promoted for r any other outstanding con THURSTON TO SPEND SUME NCAPITAL Shows No Ineimation to Aesept One of Various Piaces Offered . Him. Ernest L. Thureton, former superin tendent of schools, Is still "marking time" and has not to date accepted any of the many propositIons present ed to him. Mr. Thurston has been woh'ing at his home en Madison street north west since the day be retired from the superintendeney. He said today that he had under eonsideration sev eral offers, but expressed no desire to accept one of them. He probably will remain in Wash ington all summer, and if he follows his own inclinations, will accept one of the offers. he has had to remain here. Reports that he will Soin the faoulty of Oeorgfe Washington University still =e jandeniad.e ed. Here I Beli Belgians LABOR UNITES WITH 48 PARTY Factions at Convention Finally Agree Upon Merger After Lengthy Session. WILL NOMINATE TONIGHT By GEORGE I, HOLMES, Inteenatienal News serviee. CHICAGO, July 13.-After two days of bickering and n29t=ating between the inor polN now in Chicago ,the way was cleaed here shortly before noon for the birth of a united third party, prob *ly tonight A oin convention. embrcigthe iml 'heu Party. an rea Of organsations y will be held at w i anidates for nt ad Vice President will be nominated and a platform adopted. MUST DECIDE ON NAME. The agreement to Meet in a joint convention was made with the name of the new party and the platform still in doubt. These will be settled later. The instrument through which the amalgamation was effected was found after a morning of dissension during which it appeared several times that the coalition was doomed to failure. The Labor party, at its convention in Carmen's Hall, finally forced the issue and voted to go ahead and nom inate a candidate for President at 8:30 o'clock tonight regardless of every thing. Then at the Horrison Hotel, where the convention of the Forty-eighters was in progress, H. F. Wilkie. of Maryland, as chairman of a commit tee on political procedure. brought in a report. stating: "The Labor Party of the United States and the-Commit tee of Forty-eight shall unite in a new political party." REPORT IS ADOPTED. Put to a vote, Wilkie's report was unanimously adopted and a commit tee was immediately appointed (to notify the labor wing of the action and to arrange details. The commit tee was termed "the midwife." The Wilkie report was in the form (Continued on Page 3, Column 4.) THIROPARTYWILL PIK LA FOLLETTE Wisconsin Senator 1s Command Ing Favorite With Delegates At Chicago Convention. Dy WILLIAM PHILIP SIRES, Internatieual New. berYice., CHICAGO, July 13-Senator Robert M. LaFollette of Wisconsin will be the Third Party'. nominee for the Presidency, probably by acolamation, if there is a Third Party, it was be-. lieved here today as the various po litical conventionp got under way. If it is not LaFollette-that is, if the Senator f'rom Wisconsin will not acept the nomination -- It may' be Henry Ford. the automobile manufac turer. He will not refuse to run, if drafted, it was stated here today. The automobile manufacturer. it was understood, had made no direct reply to thp unofficial queries bent out from thie conventions here, but Charles H. Hoffman, of Michigan, was informed by Ford's secretary, speak ing for Ford, that while the latter was in no way to be considered a can didate for any office whatever, if in spite of~ himself he should be nomi nated, he would feel obliged to accept and run as a matter of public duty. Senator La Foliette. however, fer the present looms well nigh as a eet tainty, provrided the two big conven tions-the Committee of Forty-eight and the Lab9er Party-can enter into the real co mbbine and gather about them the other advance d parties: T1he Nonpartisan League, the Ameria Constitutional Party, the Single 'tan Party, the American Party of Tems, the World War Veterans, the Private i Ry Shippi ARD Threaten Ship Board Clerks Write Here For Apartments Sm of $2,000,000 Wit Be Added to Government Pay roll i Win l inton i Septem bet--Bra Offimes To Be Loated at Sizth and B Streets. Washington merchants, bankers and real estate men are looking for ward with anticipation to Septem ber, when the Government pay roll in this city will be increased almost $2,000,000 annually by the transfer to this city from Philadelphla of the Division of Construction add Repairs of 0 Emergency Fleet Corporation. Announcement was made today by the Shipping Boatd that plas h4 practieally been completed for the transtes. whicb will mean that apprfmiately I0 persqns will be Boad, it as stated. I be housed in one of the emergency buildings constructed during the war at Sixth and B streets northwest, and efforts are also being made to obtain houses and apartments for the em ployes affected by the transfer. Despite the fact that several thou sand Government war workers have been separated from the service dur ing the last few months, many of whom are returning to their homes in various parts of the country. housing conditions in Washington are still acute. and may be even more so by September, when huvn dreds of Washingtonians, who have rented their apartments while -hey are away for the summer, return. Already far-sighted employes of the Fleet Corporation in PhilaJel phia have beseiged Washington :eal estate men with letters asking that apartments be reserved for uldm beginning with the month of Sep tember. Real estate dealers do not look for any great Increases in rent as a result of this inAux, they said this morning. It was thought that in some few cases rents might ad vance. but in the majority of the cases they would remain about the same. The Division of Construction and Repairs of the Emergency Fleet Corporation was originally in Wash ington, but in May, 1918. was moved to Philadelphia. taking almost 2,000 employe from this city, nearly all of whom will return. WHITE HOUSE GETS FARE RISE PROTEST "Commuters' Club" Asks Presi dent to Reopen Case Won By W. B. & A. A vigorous protest against the in crease in passenger rates on the Washington, Baltimore and An napolis Railroad line was filed with President Wilson at the White House today by Joseph 16 Riggles, of Sea brook, Md., as chairman of a "Com muters' Club." The President is asked in a petition to have the In terstate Commerce Commisslo nre open the case and "hear the injustice the present tariff inficets." The text of the petition follows: "In behalf of the enlisted men at Camp Meade, thousands of low-paid Government emiployee, and folk. of moderate meane, patrons of the W., B. and A. 3. Rt. R., we appeal for justice in a decision handed down in favor of the properous, money-mak ing W., B. and A. R. Ii., which re from 8 per cenit to 100 per cent. ceived a raise in fare .July 11 ranging while its' bankrupt competitor, the Annapolis Uhert Line, received only a 30 per cent raise of fare. Such de-ci alone cause uhirest and serious think ing in our democratic nation. "The W., B. and A. E. R. R., with capital stock of $4.719.260 (large por tion of awter), paid 7% per cent div-i dend~ on comimon stock last year and had a corporate sutples aind Liberty bnds eqtal to 10 per cont. 7. The enlisted men at Catap Meade (many over sea veterae) are disap pinted ever the raise s it Will mean jower trips to town ad eaes life will ae the same old sriad. TheV wern rig Board Violence D. C. HEAD GOES TO PRESIDENT Text of Reply, Now In Hands of Chief Executive, Not Made Public. DEFENDS EAGLE HUT ACTION Believe Wilson Will Stand by Commission Until Supreme Court Rules. District Commissioner Brownlow late yesterday afternoon placed be fore President Wilson % 7ly to the charges made , against the remt wb boo do clarem t ~a kes uncesstltutional. While Mr. Brownlow refused to dis. close the text of his statement this morning, it Is understood that be makes a sweeping dental of the rent commissioners' declaration. CONFERRED WITH TUMULTY. With the exclusive publication yes terday by The Times of the Rent Commissioners' charges, which are in the hands of the President, Mr. Brownlow lost no time in going to the White House and conferring with Secretary Tumulty. Following this conference the District Commissioner returned to his office and later trans mitted a statement of his position to the President. "I drafted a reply to the charges of the Rent Commission yesterday morn ing." said Commissioner Brownlow this morning. "In the afternoon I sent it to the White House. I cannot give out my reply. It is now in the hands of the President, and I have nothing to say at this time." DEFENDS EAGLE HUT ACT. It is understood that Mr. Brownlow vigorously defends his position in the controversy over Eagle Hut, at Nihth street and Pennsylvania avenue northwest, in his communication to President Wilson. When the case was aired before the Rent Commission, Mr. Brownlow took the stand that the Eagle Hut had been erected as a war emergency with agreement that it be rased when such an emergency had ended. He declared that it never had been sano tioned as a branch city postoffice, and that since the hut was constructed on a Government reservation in the District the District Commissioners had jurisdiction over such property. President Wilson now has before him both sides of the controversy which he has been asked to referee because of the clashing of two Gov ernment departments. THINK HUT WILL STAND. It was generally interpreted this morning that by going to the White House. and thereby following the suit of the rent commissioners, Mr. Browniow is backing down on his previous position in which he de clared that the Hut would be rased August 1 in spite of a contrary de cision of the rent commission which had ruled that the City Postmaster could continue the branch postoffiee in the building. Thare is every indication now that 1Cagle Hut will not be torn down en the above date, as Mr. Brownlow had threatened it would be. It is believed that the President will vial. that the authority of the rent com mission, created under act of Con gress. is not void because the Bali act has been held unconstitutional by the Court of Appea.is of the Dis trict. There is a prevailing opinion that the, P'resident cannot do otherwise than hold the rent commission'e de cisions bindIng until the constitutiom ality of that body ha. finally beon psajped upon by the Supreme Court of the U'nited States. der if you really know contdition5. 35 closed letter from commanding of ficer of Camp Meadte states on account of delay the soldiers' gievances were not heard. You hsve always been a sincere friend of the masses, your heart anld armpathies are with the soldiers who saved America. In their behalf we ask that you urge the In terstate Cnmmeryge Commission to re open W. B. A. -1. C. C. tariff 21* to hear the injustes the present tariff inficets upon our ealisted men and nthers.