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* Fair and colder tonight; lowest tempera
ture about 26 degrees. Saturday increasing
cloudiness and colder.
' Navy coal reserve lands in Alaska, valued at millions
Sf dollars, are involved in an effort being made to turn
ever the land under lease to private interests, according
Io John E. Ballaine, of Alaska, and Seattle, Wash., who
Is here seeking a Congressional investigation of the
Alaska railroad situation. The railroad is Government
Dwned and operated.
President Coolidge sent the Ballaine charges to the In
ferior Department with orders for an investigation.
Justification for the leasing of the lands, it is declared,
Is sought in reports issued by the Navy Department that
the coal mined from them is unfit for Navy use.
These reports issued by the Navy Department, Bal
taine points out, are contrary to the report submitted by
Navy engineers who made an official test of the relative
value of Alaska coal as compared with Navy standard
The report submitted by the Navy engineers, it is de
clared, has never been published.
This report shows that the coal from the Matanuska
seam No. 8 is approximately 16 per cent superior to the
Pocahontas coal, the accepted Navy standard steam coal.
The report of the Navy engineers covering the tests
of the Alaska coal was brought to light following an
exhaustive search participated in by a United States
Senator. It shows the relative quality of the Alaska and
Pocahontas coals obtained in a series of five tests, made
under sea conditions, with ships selected for the purpose
by the Navy Department. The report fallows ?
(Three Boilers.)
2| J ■ «
•a o’ 2 2*B !.S n Weather conditions
> dhM «• •"*“
tlg; n sll
Z* 3 170,105 10.4 53.3 2869 2.48 Head winds, mod. sea.
A? IS 8 ,714 12 2 53 * 2635 2 - 35 Head winds, mod. sea.
e’ • J 34,510 10.6 51.7 2555 2.52 Head winds, choppy sea.
5. 10-11 147,339 11.8 57.3 2600 2.37 Head winds.
Total 798 332
Average.*.*ls9,666 11.2 53.2 2692 2.47 General head winds, sea.
Pounds of coal per square foot of grate surface per hour.. 15.11 lbs.
(Three Boilers.)
1- 27 140,200 3.52 28. 2800 2.09 Head winds, choppy sea.
2. 6 128,611 5.81 28.5 2767 1.93 Lights winds, smooth sea.
8. 7 133,822 9.68 47.3 2697 2.06 As on 6th.
4. J 138,912 4.18 28.6 2625 2.18 As on 6th.
5, 9 134,451 6.63 49.6 2618 2.14 As on 6th.
Total .*....676,096
Average..l3s,ol9 5.96 36.4 2701 2.08 General smooth sea.
Pounds of coal per square foot of grate surface per hour.. 12.751b5.
Pocahontas. Matanuska.
1. Average speed R. P. M 64 64
2. Total time, hours 120 120
8. Total coal, as fired dry 793,332 675,196
4. Per cent clinker and ash 11.2 5 85
5. Per cent clinker in ash 53.3 36*4
6. Smoke density, Ringleman 0t00.5 Otoo*s
7. Average 1 H. P. main engines 2692 2702
8. Coal, cubic feet per ton 42. 40.9
9. Coal, per sq. foot, grate surface per hr... 15*11 12*75
10. Draft in inches of water 0t00.6 0t00.5
11. Coal per 1 H. P. hour 2 47 2 08
12. Make-up
18. Relative efficiency based .on item 11 ' 84.3 100.
Admiral Robison Quoted.
In condemning the Alaska coal
Admiral John K. Robison, Chief of
the Bureau of Engineers, U. S. N.,
is quoted by Bellamle as declaring
that neither the Bering river coal
nor the Matanuska coal can be
used by navy vessels, “under any
circumstances, It is believed that
the tests of these coals are con*
elusive evidence of their unsuita
bility for naval use.”
In a letter written by Acting
Secretary of the Navy Theodore
Roosevelt, Jr., to former Secretary
of the Interior Fall, on December
18, 1922, concerning the testa made
with Alaska coal mined on the coal
land reservations by the Navy De
partment, he is quoted as saying:
“For colliers and auxiliaries,
Matanuska coal, such as is ob
tained from No. 8 seam, Chicaloon,
is considered entirely satisfactory
if it be laid down at west coast
ports at equal cost with Navy
standard coals.
“For battleships and coal burn
ing vessels of the battle fleet Mata
nuska coal is considered satisfac
tory, except for decreased cruising
radii. The report from Janson in
dicates, however, that an increased
cruising radius of approximately
20 per cent over that reported by
the Texas could be expected of
coal from present workings in No.
I seam of Chicaloon mine used.”
At the time of the tests with
the Texas were made the coal
used, according to a committee
which investigated the circum
stances, was taken from a dump
where it had been exposed to the
weather for two years.
Secretary Roosevelt was una
ware of this fact, it is asserted,
when commenting on the lessened
cruising radii of vessels burning
the Alaska coal.
Matanuska coal, it is declared,
can be laid down at Pacific ports
at approximately $9.50 a ton as
against the transcontinental shipped
Pochahontas coal which cannot bo
delivered at Pacific ports under sll
a ton.
The .effort to secure the transfer
of the Alaska coal lands was made
under former Secretary Fall’s ad
ministration of the Department of
the Interior. Since his resignation
the Navy Department, it is pointed
out, has consistently given out re
ports indicating that the coal is
practically worthless for navy use.
which is contrary to the report of
the navy engineers establishing its
superiority to Pocahontas coal.
Big Interests Accused.
The demand for a congressional
Investigation, it is said, is based on
charges Involving the Morgan-Gug
genhein interests in Alaska which,
it is alleged, have undertaken to
acquire possession of the valuable
Alaska resources, among them the
navy coal reserve lands. The
Morgan-Guggenheln interests own
(Continued on Page 1, Column 83
No. 12,851
Chronological Story of
Teapot Dome
By CoamopeUtsn News Serrlee.
Here’s the chronological story
of the Teapot Dome tangle
now being unravelled by the
Senate investigators:
1912—President Taft set <
apart certain areas of Cali
fornia oil fields as naval oil
1915—President Wilson des
ignated Teapot Dome as naval
oil reserve.
March 5, 1921—Albert Fall
and Edwin Denby became sec
retaries of Interior and Navy,
May 26, 1921—Denby sent
executive order to President
Harding for transfer of oil
reserves from Navy to Interior
May 31, 1921 President
Harding signed transfer at
Denby’s request.
July 12, 1921—Fall, four
months after entering office,
leased reservation No. 1 to E.
L. Doheny. y
November 30, 1921*-Doheny
loaned Fall SIOO,OOO.
December 22, 1921—Fall
leased reserve No. 2 to Doheny.
April 7, 1922—Fa1l leased
Teapot Dome to Sinclair.
April 29, 1922 Senator
Robert M. La Follette called
for congressional probe.
June 7, 1922 President
Harding wrote Calvin Coolidge,
then president of the Senate:
“The policy decided upon and
subsequent acts have at all
times had my entire approval.”
March 5, 1923—Fa1l retired
from office as* Secretary of
June, 1923—Sinclair loaned
Fall $25,000, according to
Colonel Zevely, a witness called
by the Senate investigators.
He Will Also Settle Estate of
Louise Lawson, Valued
at $30,000.
By International News Serrico.
NEW YORK, Feb. 15.—With the
brother of the murdered Louise
Lawson speeding from his home
in Texas to New York to avenge
the slaying of his sister in her
luxurious apartment here a week
ago, police were busy today comb
ing the Rialto for a mysterious
woman “spotter” who may be the
solution to the strangliing puzzle.
Almost Identical methods used by
two crooks in jewelry robberies
here during the last year, two of
which ended in the murder of the
victims, has convinced the authori
ties that there is a woman in the
case, a sophisticated frequenter of
ths white light cases who makes
it a business of identifying women
possessing valuable jewelry and
giving the actual robbers their ad
It is not believed that murder
was intended in either the Dot
King or the Louise Lawson cases,,
nor that the woman “spotter” had
any actual connection with the
Among other women victims of
this gang are believed to be
Avonne Taylor, a chorus girl
robbed of $15,000 worth of gems
last August; Mrs. Charlotte Palmer
and Mrs. Hugo Schoelkopf. De
livery of a package, which was
the ruse used in the Dot King and
Louise Lawson murder - robbery
cases, also was reported in others.
In addition to assisting police in
clearing up the mystery Miss Law
son’s brother, upon his arrival,
will settle up her estate, which is
estimated at $30,000.
PARIS, Feb. 15.—The Chamber
of Deputies today continued its dis
cussion of the government's finan
cial measures by giving Premier
Poincare additional votes of confi
. Two amendments proposed by
opponents of the government's
economy mteasures were voted
down, the first by a vote of 880
to 248; the second by 372 to 195.
This constituted two confidence
President Charles P. Howard, of
the International Typographical
Union, will address a meeting of
local printers at Typographical
Temple, 423 G street, northwest,
, this afternoon at 4:40 o'clock.
Howard is attending the confer
ence of the American Federation
of Labor and will leave here for
New York to assist in wage nego
Eaterrd m Meend-ehws matter at
Katofflce at Waehlaytea. D. C.
Brewer's Evidence Impounded
☆ ☆ * ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ * ☆ ☆
Effort to Bar Certain Offi
cials From Study of Evi
dence Fails.
The motion of Secretary of
the Treasury JfelloiLaMJUtaW
General Daugherty tojtonpound in
the registry of the Court the se
curities and other documentary'
evidence held by Charles B.j
Brewer, special assistant to the
Attorney General, as the basis of
the latter’s charges, alleging ir-i
regularities in the Bureau of■
Printing and Engraving and cer
tain branches of the Treasury, j
was today granted by Justice Staf-I
ford of the District Supreme
Brewer Asks Limited Access.
Brewer, represented by Attorney
Gwynne Gardiner, made an effort to
prevent the information from reach
ing certain Treasury officials by re
questing that a limitation be set on
those permitted to have access to
the papers while in the custody of
the court.
Justice Stafford ruled that
Brewer, as an employe of the Gov
ernment, had no right to hold the
papers in question without permit
ting officiate of the Government to
inspect them. Attorney Gardiner
said Brewer concurred in the motion
of District Attorney Gordon that
Brewer had no property rights in
the evidence and that his retention
of them retarded an investigation
now tn progress in the Treasury De
partment, ordered by President Cool
Text of Court Order.
The order of the court follows:
"On this fifteenth day of Febru
ary A. D., 1924, there came on to
be heard before this court a motion
filed in this cause by the defendants
above named, praying that the
securities and other documentary
evidence mentioned in plaintiff's
bill of complaint be deposited with
the registry of this court, there to
be held until the further order of
the court and subject to the in
spection by the plaintiff and the de
fendants or the duly authorized
agents of said defendants.
“After having read such motion
and the affidavits hereto attached,
and being advised in the premises,
it is ordered
“That the securities and other
documentary evidence mentioned in
plaintiff's bill of complaint be de
posited with the clerk of the court
to be held by him until the further
order of the court. It is further
ordered that raid securities and
other documentary evidence shall bo
subject to Inspection by the plain
tiff and the defendants or the duly
authorized agents of said defend
An investigation of the alleged
theft of liquor from the customs
house at Detroit has developed no
irregularities, Assistant Secretary of
the Treasury Moss announced to
Patrick H. Gardner, customs’
agent at Detroit, had charged that
a large quantity of liquor had mys
teriously disappeared from the Cus
toms House, resulting in the i>robe.
It was announced that Gardner
would be succeeded as customs’
agent by Frederick Yount, a cus
toms field agent. Gardner, it was
understood, will go to the field
r • jW|
Mrs. Asa G. Candler, sr. (center), wife of the Coca Cola “king,” in the police station at Atlanta,
Ga., to face a hearing before the police judge following her arrest in a raid in an apartment in which
she was found seated at a table with men, with bottles containing suspicious looking liquid before
them, according to the police charge. She was held in SIOO bail.
3168,000, HE
Roosevelt’s Charge Is Denied
by Johnson, Foreman
of Ranch.
Flat and positive denial that he
ever received from Harry F. Sin
clair the $68,000 that was men
tioned by Archie Roosevelt a few
weeks ago, was made today before
the Senate oil investigating com
mittee by Tom Johnson, foreman
of Albert B. Fall’s New Mexican
AU barriers in the Senate’s
naval oil reserve leasing investi
gation were smashed down today.
The Public Lands Committee,
flooded for weeks with persistent
reports of a vast “slush” fund
sent from New York “to buy off
high Governmental officials,”
abandoned all secrecy and came
out into the open to run the
rumors to the grouhd.
For days the committee has
been working quietly on “tips”
that Wall street financiers sent
a million dollars to a Washington
bank to be used in making up
stock gambling losses by Federal
officers. Expert accountants
have been going over books of
leading brokers of Washington,
New York and Cleveland.
Told by the accountants, however,
that the brokers “have succeeded
generally in covering up deals con
necting Government officers,” the
committee determined to go to the
source of the rumors and summoned
several New York financiers.
Edward B. McLean, Washington
publisher, and intimate with many
high officials of the Harding Ad
ministration, is one under a sum
Gossip of ‘Slush Fund 9
Widens Oil Probe
The oil inquiry today, with the testimony of Frank A. Vander
lip, banker of New York, and with the summoning of Otto H.
Kahn, also a banker of New York, began to move today in
the direction of picking up all the possip of New York’s
financial district on the subject of oil and politics.
—— ~ V
The origin of this new lead ini
the inquiry was found to be in
loud talk by a banker in a New
York club. This banker was over
heard complaining about the man
agement of a large sum of money
sent down from New York to Wash
ington for political purposes. He
implied that one of these purposes
was to compensate public officials
here for losses which they had sus
tained in stock speculations.
He was content to have the
money put to that use but he com
plained violently and loudly about
the failure of the manager of the
fund to account for >200,000 of it.
He wanted to know what had be
come of the >200,000. He will now
perhaps have a chance to find out
by listening to testimony before
the Senate Public Lands Comniu. •
Dummy Names Used.
Meanwhile the accountants em
ployed by the Public Lands Commit
-1 tee continued their explorations of
1 the books of local stockbrokers in
order to run down speculative ac
i counts conducted by or for public
1 officials. According to a member
, of the committee great difficulty is
, being experienced by these account
ants in discovering Just who the
persons were on whose behalf these
1 accounts were carried. Many of
> the names in the books are believed
■ to be dummy names. The difficulty
, has been to locate and identify the
persons behind these names.
It is believed in the committee
i that some light may now be thrown
. on this problem by the testimony
, of bankers and brokers from New
, York. It is thought that possibly
i the results of the investigations into
the books of the local stock brokers
. may dovetail into the results of the
‘ cross-examinations of the New York
bankers and brokers and that the
’ hidden theory of the periods during
(Continued on Page 2, Column 4.)

Coolidge Sends Name of
Philadelphia Lawyer to •
The nomination of Owen J.
Roberts, prominent Philadelphia
lawyer, to take the place of Silas
H. Strawn, of Chicago, as one of
the officials who are to prosecute
the Teapot Dome claims in the
courts, was today sent to the Sen
ate by President Coolidge.
Announcement of Strawn’s with
drawal from the handling of the
Government's side of the case was
made two days ago.
Roberts is not well known in
Washington. His selection by the
President is understood to have been
made upon the recommendation of
Senator Pepper (Rep.) of Pennsyl
vania, and others of the Pennsyl
vania delegation in Congress.
The Times Night Sports edition
carries charts ot New Orleans.
Watch for it.
Banker Says He Hoped to
Clear Harding’s Name of
1 •< International News Senrice,
tlhcomfortable two hours
' on the witness stand today before
the Senate oil investigating com
mittee, Frank A. Vanderlip,, New
York banker, admitted that he
had nothing but "rumors and
gossip” to back up his serssa- .
tional insinuations concerning th*
sale of the Marion Star by the
late President Harding.
, Members of the committee took
.turns questioning the banker and
criticising him for having broad
! cast his startling insinuations
'against the dead President, and
also against the committee itself.
In the same speech in which
he suggested an investigation of
the Star’s sale, Vanderlip also
’ had cast reflections upon the Sen
late committee, declaring he had
' heard the committee had aban
i doned further questioning of Al
bert B. Fall because of fear that
he would "peach” on those in
high places.
Draws Sarcastic Comment.
Vanderlip met this fire of criti
cism today by steadfastly assert
ing that he believed he had “ren
-1 dered a public duty” by repeating
these rumors in such fashion as
to draw public attention to them
and result in their being cleared
up—a defense of his own conduct
I which drew sarcastic and ironic
comment from members of the
In vain did the questioning Sen
ators seek to determine Vander
lip’s sources of information. To
all questions of this character, he
replied that he had heard "rumors
and gossip” from many places, and
either did not remember or did
not care to state from whom he
had heard them. He had no in
formation or facts, "other than
gossip and rumors,” he said re
, peatedly.
Under a continual fire of ques
tions from Senators of both par
ties Vanderlip finally admitted that
he thought the committee hat done
"exactly right” in not questioning
Fall any further, when such ques
’ I tioning might give tne ex-Secre
- 1! tary a constitutional Immunity
I' against criminal prosecution. He
«i had not known of this phase of
1 it, he said, at the time he made
1 his reference to the committee.
Patriotic, Vanderlip Says.
‘ Vanderlip was sworn by Senator
Lenroot, Republican, of Wisconsin,
- chairman, who began his question
» Ing.
•’On the evening of February 12
1 did you make a speech at Ossining,
N. Y.?”
i "No, at Briar Cliff to the Rotary
B Club.”
"What did you mean by saying
1 ‘a certain Marion newspaper was
f sold for >500,000 when everyone
knew it was not worth half that
• "I was not correctly reported in
that Instance. I said rumors were
current, and said I knew nothing
whatever of the facts.
"Rumors "Vanderlip said” go far
•• above gossip. You heard them
everywhere, in the offices, in the

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