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VOL., CXXXV?No. 238.
: alexandria gazette Monday,
OCTOBER 6, 1919.
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Saved From Self Destruc
, tion by Capti Hellwege
of Salvation Army
i * i .? ?'
After Turning Over Pistol Goes to
Baltimore and Faces Charge?Mar
ried Second Wife Last Week.
*t An ex-soldier haurttekl ,by the dis
grace of facing a charge of bigamy
?in B61tarivore yesterday morning met
JCapltain J. D. Hellwege, of the Sal
ivation Army here, and unburdened
'his troubles to iCapt. Hellwege. He
.told the cpptain that he contem
plated going to the corner of King
'and Pitt streets and blowing out
his brains. The stranger produced
(a ipisitol fully loaded arid .twelve
icartridjges, explaining .'that he could
not afford to disgrace his mother
?by facing such a charge.
iCapt. Hellwege reasoned with the
inain, a nafive of Michigan, twe'nty
twk> ye&rs old, and before long had
him in the hall of the Salvation
lArrtfy where he professed conver
sion and left the hall apparently
happy saying that he intended to go
at once to Baltimore and face the
charge and pay ?t'he penalty and
henceforth lead &? new life.
ICapt. and Mrs. Hellwege kept the
pistol as a reminder of the remark
able conversation of the man who
was c*n the ibrink of self destruction
arid who turned over a new leaf at?
the psychological moment.
The following dispatch received to
day fmm Baltimore tells the story of
Moendyk giving himself up.
Baltimore, Oct. 6.?Having been
dissuaded by a Salvation Army cap
tain in Alexandria^Va., from ending
"hi's life because he is "alleged to have
committed bigamy,' Cornelius Moer
dyk, twenty-two years old, walked
up to the desk at the central police
sltation yesterday afternoon and ask
ed if a ^waniant hady;been issued for
him. A fqw minutes later "Moerdyk
was formally accused of bigamy.
An hour later Mrs. Hazel L. Paul-1
Moerdyfk almost collapsed when she
hekrd the prisoner, ^whom she mar
ried, less th'anj a week ago,' declare
thjat? his legitimate ? wife, . wj>om he
marriedikss.thiap a year %%o, is now
living inT: Gwfrid Rapids, Mich.
,The alleged bigamous marriage
took- plfette on.,Sept ember 30 and was
witnessed by-'merotbers of Miss-Paul^
faultily. Mo^rtiyfc came here, several
morttKa - ag? ai?d .was employed at
Camjp Hokibind. H'is foreman was an
uncle of Miss Paxil. Several week?
ago Moerdyk, according to his con
fession, :became : engaged, to - Miss
PaiiL A* week: ago yesterday he re
ceived a telegram from his wife, Mrs.
Ajrie MoertJyk, telling him that ? she
was ill "and asking wim to return
home immediately.?"
On the dky. he received the mesisage
from |His western wife his fiancee
here informed him that her wedding
trousseau was complete. So the mar
riage ceremony was performed two
days later. .
! "I was unable,to;-b^ar the torture
any longer;," Moerdyk. told the police
"Every hcuT after my miarriage tc
Miss Pau3 I thouigiht of the telegram
sent me by my: wife in the West, and
on Saturday, after realizing what
wrong I had done," I decided to end
my life. Both of the women I married
are good women and I have wronged
both. I bought a pistol Saturday and
went away from the city, intending to
kill myself.
'I got as far as Alexandria, Va.,
where I stopped a few minutes to lis
ten to a service conducted, by the Sal
vation Army. After the meeting was
over I went to the Salvation Army
captain and told him that I had in
tended to kill myself. He asked me
my trouble and I told him. He asked
me for the pistol and; t gave it to him
He told me to come back to Balti
more and surrender, so here I am."
CONNOR-CARR?Mrs. Celia .Con
nor announces the marriage of
? her (Daughter, Miss Grace A.
Connor, to JVir. George M. Carr,
?on Saturday, October 4, ^1919, by
the Rev. I>r. E. V. .Register.
Thursday,' October 9, 1919.?A Pro
clamation by the Governor of
"Whereas Virginia'annually suffers!
heavy property losses and loss of life
due to preventable fires; and
Whereas, it is no 'less a public duty
now in the hour of our national read
justment to conserve the material re
sources of the Commonwealth and
protect the lives of our citizens than
diiring the yrar; now
i Therefore I, Westmoreland Davis,
Governor of Virginia, do hereby desig
nate Thursday, October 9, 1919, as
Fire Prevention Day in the Common
wealth of Virginia, and I urge all pub
lic officials, State and local, and aid
tJhe citizens of the State on this day
to diirect their united as well as their
individul and personal atention to pro
viding against destruction of life and
property by fire.
To this end I request that there be
a general Statewide clean-up of
Waste and rubbish in all public and
private places that fire risks may be
reduced and the public health promot
ed; that all heating appartus, chim
neys, electric wiring and ventilating
I systems be thoroughly inspected and
I placed in safe re/pai>; that general
| educational exercises be held from
time to time beginning on Fire Pre
vention (Say in all the counties, cities
and towns, especially in the public
schools, to impress upon the people
the importance of th?s great work of
Given under my hand and under
the Lesser Seal of the Commonwealth
this third day of October, in the year
of our Lord one thousand nine hun
dred and nineteen, and in the one
hundred and forty-fourth year of the
Fire Destroys Bungalow at
' Braddock Heights
Last Night
. ?' .a } TT '?
LOSS - ABOUT $3000
House Ocupied by Robert L. Lee and
Owned.1 by M. L. Horner?Mice
Cause Blaze. \ t ? '?
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.Three ' firemen.- were * painfully
burned; while f i,ghitmg <a 1 fire at.
Brad dock.'after 9 o'clock last nitfht
which ' destroyed the residence occu
pied lbyRbbei*t L. Lee.
The firemen burned were Millard
Padgett, burned about face; Thomas
CockreH, burned about face, and
George Simipson, buTned about arm.
The fire originated in the kitche'n
of /the house, >a Ibungalo'w known as
"Glenlcoe," owned .by Morris L.
Horner, of this city. The occupants
we're in bed at the t;ime. They ha-t
i3y drepsed and escaped and neigh
bors came to their assistance and.
saved 'most of the furniture.
The Alexandria fire department
responded to the alarm and many
v'olwteer firemen went to the fire
and also rendered what assistance
they could. ?>
It is belived that mice playing
with matches caused the .blaze.
The fire made a big blaze and
I could be (seen for many miles.
The loss will amount to about
$3,000 and is partially covered by
Mr. Horner desires to' thank the.
firehien and citizens generally for
the aid given as does also Mr. Lee.
I To the vo-ters of Jefferson TYis
?rict Alexandria County:
\ A false rtfrnor is beinj* circulated
throughout Alexandria ?county by
iiome of my opponent? to the effect
Ithat I have with drawn from the
jrace for supervisor of Jefferson
jDistrict. I btand this as a direct
itlakehcod, as I am in the race to
jjtay, and h!a.ve every assurance
.(from the voters of my district that
? will be elected jby a large major
i'ity-?regardless of the false feports
j iand dealings of these who are op^
^tposirtg me.
Jacob Carl,
i Candidate for Supervisor for Jef
jtferson District. o; 238-6t.
Police Surprise Violators of
Law Saturday Night
and Yesterday
Two Hundred and Fourteen Dollar and
Fifty Cents Gathered in at the Po
lice .Court This Morning.
; Saturday and yesterday were red
?kitter 'days in police circles. Gamb
lers, speeders, and others were
ifcrought to the station house, nearly
all of wbcni left collateral f,or their
jgppcararcc fcefcre the Police Court
this morning. When the cases were
called mast o.f the accused we're not
to ibe f.ound, they having preferred
to forfeit their deposits than ap
pear before the tribunal. Two hun
dred and fourteen dollars and fifty
.cents wa's collected and deposited
to the credit ,of the ici'tv. Several
cases, some against gamblers and
others charged \vith violating the
sipetti law wM'le operating autc'mo
biles have been set for seven o'clock
tonight. ,
The (Police did not confine their
work to old Alexandria, but threw
their ,net as far wc:?t as the site of
old ,Fort Ellsworth, now a part of
the city, where crap ,players were
surprised and daj.'tured.
One raid Saturday .night resulted
in the arrest of nine crap shooters,
both white and colored, and a sec
ond raid yielded eleven. The raid
yesterday at Fort Ellsworth, added
nine more whites to the crowd.
The last raid lust night resulted
in thfc capture of ten poker tplayei"s
in a house on .North Lee street, all
The raids were conducted by
Chief (Goods, Sergeant Wil-ke'nson.
and Officers Durrcr, Campbell, and
N:ine person's were arrested for
exceeding the speed lini?t.
Compromise Reached in Lpndoin
(Yjnferfcnce?.Men Go Back ??v
Ntjo Work.
London, ,0'ct." G,~?A truce was. ne
gotiated yeste'rday (afternoon in: the
greatest industrial Struggle in the
history of Britain when Premier
Lloyd Gecrge and Andrew Bcnar
'Law\ for the (government, reached
a coVnpromise .with the. railway
inch's union and the intermedia re
union representative's at a confer
ence a't 10 Downing Street.
The men iagr.ed to return to work
forthwith ,pending negotiations of
the wage status under the guaran
tee that there will be a settlement
by October .31, .and conditionally.
upe'n the government's guarantee
that therro will |be no reduction in
wages before Scptmber 30, 1920.
The men received the addi'ti<nal
gu'aiante frcm the govemmnt that
no railway worker's are to reccivo
less than about $12.30 weekly in
stead of about $4.40 paid them be
fore the war as leng as the cost of
living is not less than 110 per cent
above the .prewar level.
Oakland Officials Send Out Armored
Car->-One Man May Die
Oakland:, Cali, Oct.^6.?Three men
were shot, one fatally, as the result
of attempts to .prevent the operation
of street cars on the lines of the San
Francisco-Oakland Terminal Railway.
The platform men of the company
struck Wednesday.
Two of the men were shot by police
policeman who fired into a crowd
that had taken his riot club away
from him and had threatened to
trample him to death.
The company, which had not run
cars s>ince Wednesday because of the
strike of the men ?or higher wages,
sVarted an afmcred car out of the
barns late in the day. It was re
ported the car had been filled with
armed men. Strike sympathizers
placed automobiles and-'drays in fro;it
of the car and missiles were thrown
at it.
Try the Gazette Classified column
for results.
Leather and Blankets Val
lied at $2,500 Stolen
From Camp
Government Authorities Recovered
$1,500 Worth of Leather?Blankets
Valued at $1000 Not Yet Recovered.
Leather and army blankets va
lued at about $2,500 were stolen from
Camp A. A. Humphreys during the
past few months'.
The United States military intellig
ence authorities who havx? been busy
investigating/4116 various thefts re-,
ported an'rd as a result 'of investiga
tion four arrests have been made thus
far. All of those arrested were ar
raigned before Commissioner William
P. Woolls in this city and held for
the action of the grand Jury. The pro
secution was conducted by F. G. Du
vall, assistant U. S. District Attorney
and the parties were taken in custody
by Deputy Marshall W. S. Schoenl.
The cou.it officials intimated that
other arrests are to follow and the
thcifts will ibe thoroughly probed.
A goodly portion of the leather
stolen has been recovered. The blank
ets stolen were in nine bales of
twenty-five each and each blanket
Valued at $4.50. They have not Vat
been recovered.
One of the men arrested was cap
tured in Newark, N. J., and he is an
ex-soldier. The second man is a civil
employe of the cairrp and the third
man is an Alexandrian. The fourth
arrest made is a colored man.
Two out of the four men taken in
custody furnished bafl bond for their
appearance at the January term of
the United States Court here.
Recpptmm for Belgym Rrfrafty fs
.Not Cardial Du? Ijatrgely
To, Rajin
Boston, Oct.. (>.?The people of j
Boston did not'show m'uch interest I
in the arrival of the King and j
Queen of the Belgians and the roij.al
staff ycsttriEay. It may h'ave ibeen
due to ' the. cold driaiiling. rain,; or
.the * .fact that it >vas the Sabbath
Awhen BoeJton. always is solemnly
.'defcorcus. > ' ? >
11Whatever t]ie cayse, -therjy wery.
no cKc'ers and'very little-"waving o,P
flags by the thin line of spectators'
that viewed the royal procession as
the automobiles whirled up from,
the South Station to tTremont
street p'ast the* Common and
?.through the Back Bay section to
'Holy Cross (Cathedral where Car
dinal Mereier icelebratcd a solemn
ihigh nuass, assisted by Cardinal
fO'Connell and Consignor Splaine,
^During the mass, the King and
iQueen were incc*nscd, in accordance
with European custom. Tt was tho
?first time this ceremony had ^een
performed in Ahnerica.
After the may the . King and
Quiien were guests of h'onor at a
luncheon in thq iCoplev Plaza Ho
tel. Then' came a visit to Harvard1
where the foyal ,p'arty was received
by President Lowell. .Tho party
left at 7:30 p. <m., for Niagara Falfs
It is understood that a stop may
he made at Chiicag6 (Tuesday eve>n
ing. From Chicago "the par'ty will
jgo to the Pacific Coast.
Seventeen Celestials Who Crossed
Ocean to Enter Mexico Rejected
Douglas, Ariz., Oct. 6.?Seventeen
Chinese who have arrivel at San
Francisco from Oh'ina were refused
admisicn to Mexico.
?Fernando L. Mendoza. immigration
inspector in charge, said there were
'Tco many Chinese in Mexico now."
1?1D17 Maxwell Touring Car in
A-l condition, 4 new tires S450.00.
1915 Dodge Touring car $600.
1918 Dodge Touring ear, 4 brand
ixw tires $1050.
1 Bu-ick D-45 roadster in first class
condition- Immediate .- deliveries on
new Dodge screen body delivery cars.
Give Us A Trial
South Alfred Street
Spends Comfortable Night,
According to
Dr. Grayson, However, is Not Yet
Ready to Say Turn For The Bet
ter Has Taken Place.
President Wiilson had a very good
night Saturday "and if there is any
change in his condition,'' it is favor
able, said a bulletin issued by Rear
Admiral Grayson, his physician at 11
o'clock yesterday. The bulletin said.
"The President had a good night,
and if there is any change in his con
dition it is favorable. His appetite is
improving and he is sleeping better."
President Wilscn last night spent
the most comfortable night since he
was taken ill, according to informa
tion obtained at the White House
this morning.
There were no indications thai
the sHght improvement previously re
corded hal not been maintained, hut
the extreme conservatism in the tone
of statements of Dr. Cary T. Gray
son, the President's physician, led tc
the belief that the improvement was
r.ot great
Grayson repeated informally that
he was not yet reacy to pronouncr
the President's turn for the better
as decisive, although his condition
was considered better than at any
time since his illness became acute.
The Virginia Shipbuilding Corpora
tion, at Alexandria, has just pur
chased from the United States ship
ping board al lthe vessels which it j
has built for the government. The
?ale agreement also provides that th?
Virginia company will take over the
unfinished ships for which it new
holds government contracts. All of
the vessels are being purchased from
the shipping board at tbe original
?j&s.t to the government.
As a result of the negotiations, the
government is released from cor
tracts for ships approximating $25.
000.000. The-, contracts called ' fo?
twelve vvessels of 0,400 dead weigh'
tqns each. Three of these have been
delivered'and are now in operation
/The fourth is now-ready'tor delivery,
and the-fifth is'-' to be launched the
25th of this month. Others are under
The Virginia Shipbuilding Corpora
tion is a subsidiary of the United
States Steamship Company.
Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. (5.?Steel
plants in the Pittsburgh district that
have been closed sines the beginning
of the nation-wide strike two weeks
ago. threw open their gates today
and attempted to resume operations
Early reports from different sec
I tions say that workmen returned ir
I large numbers. One of the three greai
blast furnaces of the United States
Steel Corporation ai Clairton, which
have been "down," was blown in to
day. Four large mills in Doncra and
Monessen, which had been closed tight
by the strike, started this morning.
Officials expected th'at at least HO
per cent of their employes would re
The Carnegie Steel Company re
ported that the largest forco since
begining the strike reported for
duty on the night shift at its dif
ferent plants in the district last
Everything was qufct this morn
ing with steady streams of workers
going to the plants.
Having qualified as administrator
of the es'tate of the late Elizabeth
Taylor, this is to notify all persons
having claims against estate to
present them, statement properly
certified for settlement. All persons
j indebted to deceased will please set
I tie promptly.
Robert H. Cox,
235-10t. Sergeant Administrator.
Norfolk salt water Oysters and
Hampton Bar clams Jacob Brill,
foot of King Street., 227-tt
R. E. Lee Post American Legion
Names Representatives to Roa
noke Convention
Ait a called meeting of R. E. Lee
Post of the American Legion Saturday
night, Messrs. C. K. Carlin, G. H
Evans, L. N. Duffey, 0. A. Reardon
and F. J. Ryan were elected as dole
gates and alternates to the State
Convention being held at Roanoke to
day and tomorrow, the <Jth and 7th.
At this convention thera will he
elected delegates fi-om the state at
large for the National Convention tq
he held at Minneapolis, Nov. 10, 11
nnd 12.
The meeting of the local post call
ed for Tuesday, the 7th, has b?er
postponed until Friday at 8 p. m..
Oct. lOih, at the rooms of the Cham
ber of Commerce, at which time thi
delegates fo the Convention will mala
their report. It is hoped that all ex
service men, whether overseas or not,
will be present.
There are already 85 posts estab
lished throughout the State, some of
them with very large memberships, s
Alexandria with upwards of 45C
eligible men should show a much larg
er membership than cur present one.
Bomb is D/Vccycircd in AXlaJnt-a Post
.Office and Arrest Tin mediately
Atlanta, G'a., Oct. <i.?Followinp
the discovery in the .pcsJt office here
Saturday afternoon of an info ma1
machine, addressed to Captain John
H. Knev'bel. an army nfficcr s'ta
tiond in Buffalo, P-iul B. Carter, a
mechanic, was placed' under arrest.
The man is accused of mailing
the bomb bcc4iu.se he was jealous of
the attention paid his divorced wife
by Captain Kneubel. v
The captain twas r'ccently sta
tioned in Atlanta before he was or
dered to Buffalo, and during that
time, it is alleged, the sender of the1
deadly explosive was infuriated
with the officer's .conduct with . hv
On one occasion, it is said, the
h'usband sent his wife a poisoned
needle, the distovery of which le.-1
the wenyin to obtain a divorce.
The bemb contained suflicit'ii'
high explosives to destroy an cntiir;
building, it was declared. The rea
"ton for its nr.nexplosion .was that
:n cancelling the postage .stamps or
the package, a clerk in'the Atlsntr
postcffice, quite .without his know
lodge, disrupted the firing appara
Il.ad the bomb expl'oded while be
ing handled in the nositofice hvre.
the inspectors said, the building
would undoubtedlviliave been wr eck -
f' ?' r ?? / ??? V ??
French Green, who ljvcs at Madi
son Heights. near Lynchburg, Va.
while enroute to Washington ycster
clay afternoon on a Southern Raihva\
train was badly cut about the facr
while near Calverton, forty-six miles
from Alexandria. Green was taken tr
Casualty Hospital, Washington for
When the train reached Alexan
dria a man giving the iramc of Thom
as Terry, twenty-four years old, a
discharged soidier, who lives at Ues
?mcr City, near Gastonia, N. C., wa:
taken in custody l>y Graham Wynn, :
special agent and brought to police
headquarters here. Terry emphatically
denies knowing anything of the cut
ting. lie says he was enroute to For'
Slocum, X. Y., to reenlist in the army
Kindness in Giving a Ride Costly t<
A. Gordon, of Alexandria.
Alfred Gordon, of Alexandria, Va.
accepted the offer of two soldiers t.r
"gh'e him a lift" yesterday at Four
and-a-half and G streets southwest
All went well until their machine wa
across the Highway Bridge, whei
according to Gordon, the pair turned
on1 him and robbed Wm of $10 ar.'l r
watch and chain worth $26. He es
capeti from the car and reported thr
hold up to the police.
Having qualified as administrator
of the estate of the late Gus A.
Schcnks, this is to notify all per
sons bavins claims against estate
to present them, statement properly
certified for settlement. All persons
indebted to deceased will please set
tle promptly.
i Robert H. Cox,
235-10t. Sergeant Administrator.
Marshall Shirman and Clias Jones
have returned from a week end trip to
Prayers were, offered in all of the
| churches yesterday for the speedy re
covery of President Wilson.
The weather ma:? predicts cclcl
.v ear her beginning tonight. Overcoats
will be in order soon if his precisions
?ome true.
.Miss Ccrinne M. Milburn has re
turned to her home in this city, af
ter .spending the summer at Mt.
Jackson. Va.
The Allison W. C. ,T. U., will hoW
'fheir regular meeting tonijrht at
7:.'!0 o'clock with Mrs. Wm. Mason,
l.'U North Patrick street.
Mrs. P. E. CI iff, Mrs. T. M. Jones
and Mrs. Charles Muimford, of
Draddock, lieft yesterday for At
lanta, to attend the Confederate
Veterans' Reunion, After the i*eun
ion Mrs. Clift will visit at Cedar
town, Gil.
i\IVs. Celia Ccnnt-rs announces the
marriage of her daughter, .Miss
Grace A- Ccliners to Mr. .George M.
C'arr. .both of this city, which took
place Saturday night at the-parson
age of the M. E. Church (South, Rev.
Dr. PL V. Rege's'ter, pastor, officia
Rert O'Brien, .District Deputy Su
pervisor ifor the Loyal Order of
Morse, stated this morning 'that
applications for memberships are
pouring into his office at 21(5 King
*ing Street, ami he feels that the
slogan for .1,000 members, in 90
|*hvs will be realized.. The /Moose
pvill hold their weekly meeting to
-night, at 7:80 over the Alexandria
.National Rank.* It cxpected that
25 candidates #will be intiated to->
T'ilchcnck Believes Republican Plans
Will be Beaten
Washington, Oct. G.?Senator Hitch
?reek and Administration forces yes
terday were preparing to fight the
President's political nattles this week
"n the Senate as the? President fights
to regain his health in his sick room
it the White House.
Hitchcock is drawing plans and
marshaling his forces to meet the on
rlaught of the Republicans against
he Peace Treaty in the form of
intendments designed to smash the
Shantung award and to change th?
relative voting .strength of the United
.States and tho British Empire in the
League of Nations.
Amendments dealing with both
questions nvay be called up this week.
One, the Shantung problem, already is
scheduled for this week as if result
'of the request of Senator Kenyon.
Both amendments . have been con
iemtiecl by President Wilson.
Hitchcock today expressed confi
dence the League proponents will be
able to win the battle this W2ek for
'he President and defeat the amende
By the time the question of re
servations come up Hitchcock is
Hopeful the President will have re
:ssume personal direction of the
light. , . ,
In loving remembrance of my
dear son. Eugene Wilburn, Co. A.,
."Oth Infan'try, killed in battle in
the Argonne, France, O'ctcber fith,
if)IS, one year ago today.
How sleep the. brave, who sink to
? rest
By all their country's wishes
When spring, with dewy finders cold
Returns ? to deck their, hallowed
She there shall dress a, sweeter ,sod
Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
By fairy hands their knell is rung;
By form's unseen their dirge is
>ung; , it ?
There Ifoncr comes, a pilgrim gray,
To Ijlkiss the turf -that wr-aps -;their
clay; -? yf.y .Kir
A'nd Frocdcm shall awhile
To.' dwell a wfeepirrg-hermit there.,
By his mother^"/.
238-lp. Mrs. Mary T. WilbGrn.

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