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V()I i 35 BIRMINGHAM ^ALABAMA. TUESDAY, JANUARY 0, 100(5. 10 PAGES NO. 233 CENSORSHIP AT THE WHITE HOUSE Washington Newspaper Called Down Of the President CAUSED BY MORRIS CASE Dr. Morris Comes Out In a Vigorous Interview Expressing His Indigna tion at the decent Treat ment of His Wife. Washington, January 8.—(Special.)—The Morris case was the universal topic of conversation in Washington today, partly because of the Shepard resolution but chiefly because of the discovery that the President had attempted to stop the pub lication of newspaper reports of the case. The Evening Star announces tonight that only Saturday Mr. L#oeb sent for one of its reporters and informed him that the Star's reports were “objectionable to the White House from the President down." The Star had printed the facts in the case without comment and without preju dice. Other Similar Action, Similar action by the President has been takin in numberless other cases, but not in quite that way. For instance, he once directed a Washington paper to recall from the White House its reporter there because he had printed the facts about a visit made by Senator Scott. Mr. Scott on that occasion, finding there was de lay in admitting him to the White House, departed, saying that he would not wait. The publication of this fact displeased the President and he had the reporter fired. On another occasion a woman reporter was barred from the White House, though there was no question of the accuracy of her reports. On this occasion, after barring the young woman, Mr. Eoeb called up the managing editor of her pa per, saying that he would like to have the c»ditor call upon in regard to it. The editor refused to go. instances of this kind are without num- i ber, but this is the first time the President has ever intimated ills desire to a news paper that it should discontinue report ing a particular news event in a particu lar manner. The occurrence was discussed among congressmen and others all oyer the city, and created no little excitement. > John Sharp Williams Talks. “What right has the President of the United States to tell a newspaper what it shall or shall not print?” said John Sharp Williams, the minority leader of the House, today. "In the United States a man can't get any higher than being a citizen, being an American gentleman, whether 'he is President, postmaster, jus tice of the peace, or mule driver. That is a fact which of late seems to have been overlooked. The speaker has no authority to censor the press; the Pres ident of the Senate has no such power; no such authority Is vested in the mayor of a city, the governor of a state, the district attorney of a county, or the chief of police. How should the President of the United States come to possess It?” “The other day,” said another promi nent democratic congressman, “I saw a dispatch In the paper saying that a man up in New Jersey, I think it was, had been arrested for writing annoying let ters to the President about the Panama canal. Think of It—for writing annoying letters. Every congressman gets annoy ing letters, and this seems to afford a happy way of dealing with the writers. A wa3te basket costs only 10 cents, it is true, and I have been In the habit of depositing mine there, but this new scheme has merits. Certainly, lese majeste has becom* an American crime." Blazing With Editorials. The Washington papers have taken the subject up and are blazing with editorials i,nd news articles about the censorship. “Det us hope," said The Post, in such an editorial, “that the officialism which limits their usefulness at the White House will not extend to Congress and abolish the reporters’ galleries. The great mas ter, in the discussion of human motives, deprecated the action of those who. ‘dressed In a little brief authority, play such fantastic tricks before high heaven as make the angels weep.’ " The Star devotes the major part of Its first page to the subject tonight. Dr. Morris Indignant. Washington, January 8.—Dr. Minor Mo% rls, whose wife was ejected from the White House last Thursday, tonight gave out a public statement In which he se verely arraigns those responsible for her removal, denounces the imposition of a fine in her case as adding to iier humilia tion and replies to the statement of her brother, Representative Hull of Iowa, re garding the will and codicil of her father. The statement is addressed "To Whom It May Concern," and begins as follows: "A woman of the highest culture, of the rarest attainments who has devited her life to her home, her family and her ideals, whose only thought has been to do good, and who has always considered oth ers before herself, a wife and mother—has been seized from behind in the waiting room of the White House and maltreated with a brutality which humanity would revolt at seeing accorded to its lowest type. The details of this sickening thing, unn&meable, are known to the whole country." Dr. Morris alleges that an effort was made to hold Mrs. Morris at the house of detention until his arrival two days later, to make it "appear that she was friend less and "insane." Manifested Their Indignation. He says that the physicians sent to ex amine her manifested their Indignation and that as it became dangerous to press the insanity charge she stands today re corded as a disturber of the peace to the extent of J5. Dr. Morris says her suffer ing will not have been in vain "if the larger purposes of truth and justice are strengthened in the community." His wife did not scream, he says, "until the violent seizure and the command to come on." The statement makes sarcas tic allusions to Assistant! Secretary Barnes, who after ordering her ejection, tried to defend himself. Morris says that the mental and physical bruises which (Continued on Tonth Page.) WHOLE FAMILIES ARE SENT TO DEATH BY CAVING BANK New York. January 8.—According to a report from Havrestraw a cave-in there shortly before midnight last night carried down twelve houses and fifteen persons are missing. It is reported that they were killed. The houses it is reported were precipi tated over a clay bank. The debris caught fire and the lives of a number of persons were endangered. The land slip caused the breaking of a water main and it was impossible to sc- ^ cure water to put out the fire. . 4 According to meagre details there we ^ two land slips, the first occurring lat the afternoon. This, it is stated, di do much damage but was followed by second, which carried away a row of houses. Reports this morning are to the effect that the dead are among the prominent families of the town. The slip occurred at the end of Rockland street, and eight houses were carried over a clay bank Into the brick excavations, dropping down a dundred feet. .The slide is supposed to have been caused by the fact that- those who work in the brick yards, dug too close to the end of ’’e street. Most of the people were *when the catastrophe took placeediately after the slide oc curr houses caught fire, and the pe fy o /ho went down perished in the i'0V • #» o’clock this morning the tires still burning and it was impossible .scertain definitely the number of d. The great slip of clay carried away .e water main which supplied fire hy irants and when the fireman arrived at the scene they found no water with which to extinguish the blaze in the ruins of the houses which had so suddenly been sent over the bank. The missing in clude: Mrs. Daily, Mrs. Nelson (two in family missing); two in Mannion family missing; two in Silverman family missing; seven Hebrew laborers; entire Lanney family burned In their home. GRIM SUICIDAL MANIA SEIZES ALABAMA MAN Dr. R, Wr Slept, Born Ren Huntsville, Tales Morphine and Chloroform LEAVES PITIFUL NOTE AT HOTEL IN HEW TORN Graduated From Vanderbilt, and His Brother in Nashville Is Shocked to Learn of the T ragedy. New York, January 8.—Dr. R. W. Ste ger, said to be a graduate of Vanderbilt and Columbia universities, and of a fam ily prominent In Nashville Tenn.. attempt ed to commit suicide In the Audubon ho tel In Broadway and Thirty-ninth street Sunday night by taking chloroform and morphine. He was removed to Bellevue hospital today where physicians say he cannot recover. Dr. Steger took the poison after leav ing a note saying that he had suffered from suicidal and homicidal mania for years, and that he could not bear the suffering longer. He willed his body to the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia university. His letter, addressed "Whom it May Concern," follows: Gives Body to College. “Sunday, January 7, 190ii, 7 p. m.—My name is Robert W. Steger, and I am 48 years of age. Occupation, physician; place of birth, Alabama; cause of death, suicide by morphine and chloroform. I give my body to the College of Physi cians and Surgeons of this city for dis section. 1 am a graduate of that school, class of 1893. I have not been mentally sound for several years, having Buffered ] from frequent attacks of suicidal mania. These would sometimes take the form of homicidal mania, and again a combination of both. The attacks usually last two or three days, during which it was im possible for me to sleep. The present at tack has lasted three weeks. A con tinuance woyld be worse than death, so 1 feel justified in taking by life. This condition has caused me to do things for which I have been severely censured. 1 trust my friends may know that my mistakes have been of the head and not of the heart. “ROBERT W. STEGER.” Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Another message, probably written after the doctor had swallowed the poison, and uncompleted because the morphine i and chloroform took effect before the I doctor anticipated, was found behind f the letter. The second message was | written on an envelope and read as fol- < lows: "As I am sitting here in R. 17 as sane | as I have been for three weeks and ex- j pecting to die in an hour, I want to say i that the book of Dr. Jelcyll and Mr. Hyde I is none too strong. I also think—.” The writing was firm at the beginning of the | message, but gradually became almost un- j decipherable. There was a bruise on the unconscious j physician's face and another on his body j which It is thought resulted from a fall | after he had taken the poison. It was , stated tonight by a person acquainted I with the doctor that he was born near HuntsvlUe, Ala., where his father still lives, ann that he has a brother, promi nent as a lawyer, in Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Steger was for several years a pro fessor of chemistry in Vanderbilt univer sity. He married in 1894 In Hot Springs, Ark., and then removed to Chicago, where, it was stated, he built up a large practice, beside serving as house physi cian at the Grand Pacific hotel. Dr. Steger has lived in New York ! since 1900. Spent Some Time in Chicago. ; Chicago. January 8.—For several years | prior to 1900 Dr. Steger was house phy j siclan at the Eastman hotel. Hot Springs, i Ark. During the summer months for sev eral seasons he came to Chicago, living at different downtown hotels. At no time according to the management of the Grand Pacific hotel, did Dr. Steger ever act as house physician for that hostelry. Many Friends in Nashville. Nashville. January 8.—Robert W. Steger practiced his profession successfully in Nashville before removing to Hot Springs. Captain Charles T. Steger, his brother, a member of the Nashville bar. said tonight that until Informed by the Associated Press he was unaware of the fact that his brother had attempted to destroy himself. He received a telegram from New York today stating that Dr. Steger SHARP F ITING IN PI tTO PLATA THE NUMBER OF KILLED AND WOUNDED AMOUNTS TO 150. BODIES LAY ON THE STREETS FOR TWO DAYS. Turk’s Island, Bahama, January 8.— Advices brought here yesterday by the steamer Cherokee from Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, dated January 6, says the recent fighting at that port was very sharp. Of the 80C+ men engaged on both sides, 150 were killed or wounded. Dead bodies were lying in the streets of Puer tel Plata for two days. An attack on Puerto Plata by the insurgent general, Pedro Alverz's forces, was momentarily expected when the steamer left there, and it was believed that it would result in the authorities surrendering. General Guellito and Navarro, insur gents, were defeated January 6, In their attack on Santiago, which was defended by Carceres' troops. General lift Sala, who is fighting for Jiminez Is about to attack La vega about, seventy-five miles northwesi of Santo Do mingo. # MORGANINTRODUCES NEW RATE MEASURE Plan Provides for Citizens to Make Complaint to the Governor of the State. Washington, January 8.—A new meas ure for the regulation of railroad rates was introduced today by Senator Mor gan. who expects to discuss it briefly tomorrow. The bill makes it unlawful for common carriers to demand or receive more than a reasonable compensation for transporting freight or passengers, or from giving unreasonable preferences in rates or charges or In facilities either to shipper or passenger or locality and provides for the recovery of any such unreasonable charges, or damages sus tained as the result of such preferences in any United States district court wher ever the claim amounts to 150. Any citizen of a state may make com plaint to the governor thereof and the governor is authorize if empowered by the laws of such state, to Institute suit for recovery. BOTH CLAIM VICTORY. Each Side Yields a Little In St. Louis Strike. St. Louis, January 9.—With nine of the largest printing establishments signing a compromise agreement with the Typo graphical union, the strike of the job printers practically ended, and both sides are claiming a victory. The agreement by which the men re turned to work provides for a 9-hour work da/, the ninth hour to be paid at the rate of 40 cents and all overtime at the rate of 50 cents an hour. The wage-scale cov ering an eight-hour work day over which the controversy arose was accepted by the employers after the printers had agreed to a nine-hour day, the last hour being at a slightly advanced scale over the other eight. Boat Reaches Mammoth Cave. Bowling Green, Ky., January 8.—The steamer Chaperone went through to Mam moth Cave, one of the seven wonders of the world, today. The boat started from here. This Is the first time that a pas senger steamer has ever been able to reach the cave. The recent completion of the government lock No. 7 on the upper Green river, made it possible for the trip. was very ill at Bellevue hokpltal, but no particulars were given. Captain Steger said he had never before heard from any source any Intimation that his brother was afflicted with a suicidal and homicidal mania. Their sis ter. Mrs. Tuck, who lives here, he said, received a letter from Dr. Steger hut a few days since In which nothing was said that could lead her to think there was anything unusual In connection with the writer. Dr. Steger’s wife and haby are at present in Hot Springs. Ark. In the event of the death. Captain Steger said the remains would he brought here for interment. Dr. Steger possessed a wide acquaintance In Nashville and among those Informed tonight of Ills un fortunate condition, sympathy and regret were expressed. Married in Hot Springs. Hot Springs, Ark.. January 8.—Dr. Rob ert VV. Steger was house physician to the Kastman hotel for three years. He left In 1906 anM went to New Tork city to practice. He married Miss Camie Dalton, a member of one of ttie most prominent families In this part of the state. Mrs. Steger left here a few weeks go, having spent the winter iere with rela tive*. ADVANCE GUARD AT THE CAPITAL Sentimsnl Seems to Fan# the j August Primary SENATORIAL PRIMARY TALK Congressional Committees Will In All Probability Be Allowed to Look After Their Own Primaries. Committee Meets Today. ♦ Montgomery, January 8—(Special.) ♦ > At a caucus held In room 11 of ♦ ♦ the Imperial hotel, which ended at ♦ •*. midnight, it was decided to hold ♦ e- h primary either on August 27 or ♦ ♦ September 3. also to vote for Sena- ♦ ♦ tor at the same time. The choice ♦ ♦ for two Senators will he by sena- ♦ ♦ torial districts and counties ♦ ♦ rather than by a majority of the ♦ «. votes cast. Congressional prlma- ♦ ♦ rles are to he held at the will of ♦ ♦ the district committees. This is an ♦ ♦ outline of the caucus plan which ♦ ♦ will very likely be adopted by the ♦ ♦ committee tomorrow. ♦ ♦ t , ♦ BY HERVEY W. LAIRD. Montgomery. January 8.—(Special.)— There seems no doubt late tonight that the state committee, of the democrats will order a primary for as late as Au gust at its meeting here tomorrow. It is also thought that United States senators will he voted for in the primary for state officers. However, there is some opposition to both propositions. It is con tended that as late a date as August will allow time for a run ofT In case of a failure In any office to get a majority. As there will be time it is quite likely the objection will not prevail, it Is pretty certain that If the committee arranges for voting for senators It will he on a straight nomination the two highest men getting the honors and not taking any stock in the Oates plan, further than that. It is also believed tonight that congressional committees will he allow ed to look after the. congressional primaries, arranging sufh dates as please them. When asl-.rd this afternoon tf he would stay over for th- committee meeting. Mr. Comer said he did not care anything about it. Candidates on Hand. D. J. Meador of Marengo, stated to night that he would not announce his decision as to malting the race for lieu tenant governor until after the meeting of the committee. It Is believed he will decide to run. He was In conference with a number of friends all the evening Walter S. White, former auditor, who is here, will be a candidate, it is under stood. for associate railroad commissioner. He said he would probably announce af ter the meeting of the committee. Asked what would be Ills platform, he replied; To win!. A. M. Garber announced for attorney general. Is here and feels sute of winning out, having no opposition so far. Walter D. Seed of Tuscaloosa, an nounces that he is again In the race for treasurer. R. R. Poole will likely run for the same office but up to tonight had not announced. It is understood that there has been a lot of opposition to tile plan for a senatorial primary and there was a long caucus of several members of the committee on this and other sub jects but no report of what was done was given out. Advance Guard Arrives. The advance guard of politicians for the meeting of the democratic state com mittee to be held here tomorrow began to drift in early this morning, many having gotten here last night. They have been putting in the day at the Capitol and getting in touch with whatever of local conditions there are to rub up to. It is expected that the meeting tomor row will be one of the most interesting In several years. It seems pretty certain that a late time, say the first of August, will be set for the primary for state officers to be voted for at the coining election in November. It is also believed that the committee will provide for a primary for United States Senator. Among the men who have already ar rived are B. B. Comer, candidate for gov ernor. who Is attending the meeting of the railroad commission; W. H. Samford of Troy, who is thought to be trimming his sails to enter the race against Wiley for Congress, Is also in the city. Others are Joseph H Nathan, recently appoint ed Judge of the Eleventh circuit; W. H. Skeggs of Decatur, candidate for rail road commission on the Coiner platform; Richard H. Arrington of Coffee; j. C. Eyster of Decatur; C. W. Whitson of Talladega; W. R. Dortch and A. E. Good hue, Gadsden; 8. W. John. Birmingham; W R- Overton. Wedowe; Thomas Stevens. Mobile, and Pelham Agee. An niston. H. S. D. Mallory, chairman of the state committee, arrived 'his after noon. Of these Whitson. Arrington. Samford, RJyester, Stevens and Nathan are mem bers of the state committee. R. A. O’Rear of Walker, Brooks Smith of Hah and George W. Jones of Montgomery, are other members of the committee here. It is not possible to get expressions from the members of the committee as regards the questions that will come before the meeting tomorrow. However one may gather that the sentiment Is well estab lished to make the primary late. The open letter of Capt. R P. Hobson, can didate for Congress In the Sixth district, created some merriment as he wanted the committee to do things it could not do in compliance with tin* constitution. However, it Is pointed out that the error of asking that voters who are eligible at the regular election he allowed to vote in the primaries was a natural one. the presumption being that the law would not leave this class out. Vacancies to Be Filled. There will be fobr vacancies to be filled on the committee at the. meeting tomor row. Joseph H. Nathan of Sheffield, hav ing been appointed judge, will hav<* to re sign. It Is understood that the only an nounced candidate for the place Is Jmlg^ j E. R. Almon. of the same place, who rc j signed the Judgeship to which Mr. Nathan (Continued on Tenth Page) rr ^ Mr. H. H. Rogers Noted tor His Charming Ingenuousness HERB are some questions an,d answers brought out In the course of the examination of Mr. H. H. Rogers yesterday in New York by Attorney General Herbert S. Hadley of Missouri, In the quo warranto proceed ings: Q.—"Does the Standard Oil company sell oil in New York'.”’ A.—”1 don't know. a* Q.—"Does it have an office at 20 Broadway?" ' f A.—"1 don’t know that it does.” y / r q._"You are a director in that company?” A.—“Yes." q _"Do you know If the secretary and treasurer of the Standard Oil company of Indiana stay at 2t> Broadway?” A.—If Mr. Staple is the treasurer, as I suppose him to be, and Mr. Cowan Is vice president as I believe him to be. I don't know that they have offices there.” Q.-"Do you mean to say to the supreme court of Missouri that you don't know where the company’s offices are?” A.—"It Is quite Immaterial to me what the supreme court of Missouri expects me to say.'' y.—"Do you not know that Mr. Moffett, president of the Standard Oil company of Indiana, has an office at 2rt Broadway?" A.—"I Imagine that he has an office there hut I never was in It.” i ..=■ ■■ 4 CONDEMNED NEGRO CHEWS GALLOWS Booker Glass Killed by Deputy in Linden AWFUL STRUGGLE IN JAIL Negro Had Attacked Jailer and Was Desperately Trying to Take His Pistol Away From Him. Selma, January 8.—(Special.)—Booker Glass, the negro who killed young J. E. Allen near Thoniastoii In Marengo coun ty will not be hanged In the jail yard at Linden on Friday, January 19, as decreed by the court. His crime has been expiated, but It was the bullet from a pistol In the hands of a deputy sheriff that saved him from the hangman's noose, the officer shooting to prevent tire negro's escape and possibly the shooting of the jailor, John Glass. The killing occurred Sunday morning about » o'clock In the county jail at Lin den. John Glass, the Jailor, went up the steps in the jail to the door of the call In which was coniined Booker Glass and Cap Dixon, both negroes and both sen tenced to lie hanged on Friday, January I 19 for murder. As the jailor opened the door Booker Glass sprang out at him. The shackles which had pinioned the legs of the negro together had been Hied apart, the steel from a pair of shoes having been the Implement used. As the door swung open the negro with roar like a lion leaped upon the jailor and the latter turned to slam the door but was too late. The negro caught him from behind and then as Mr. Glass got out his pistol there came a tussel tor the weapon. Mr. Glass Anally managed lo pull the trigger once, his effort being to empty the weapon to Insure against the desperate negro getting It from his grasp. How He Took Allen's Life. Booker Glass Is a powerful negro and he had tusseled for the weapon in the grasp of young Allen and secured it before lie fired the fatal shot that lapded him In jail and would have dropped him from tlie gallows. Tills no doubt passed through the mind or the jailor and he held on to the weapon with a death-like grip, although the back or his hand was being ground Into the wall by the negro In order to prevent him from emptying It of the other cartridges. The report of the weapon was heard by Deputy Sheriff Newton Grant. He was engaged in shaving in his room in the jail. When lie heard the report of the pistol evidently ill the building, he laid down his razor and grabbing bis pistol rushed up the stairs, the calls of the Jailor coming to him as soon as he opened the door of the room and entered the hall. Bushing up the steps Mr. Grant called to Booker Glass to desist from ills struggle. John Glass, the jailor, called him to shoot and shoot quick. T might hit you if 1 shout,” called out the deputy sheriff. "Take the chance, anyway.” came the answer back. Fired When Body Turned. Just about then the jailor managed to whirl the negro around with a supreme effort RUd Mr. Grant fired. He wus stand ing two or three steps helow the negro anil the ball from Ills .44 struck Booker Glass about the hip bone and ranging up ward passed a large artery, severing it. and It is believed lodged In the heart The negro sank to the floor without a word and (lied in a sitting posture. Gap Dixon, the other negro occupying the eell with Booker Glass and also sen tenced to be banged at the same time with him, approached Mr. Grant as he fired upon Booker Glass and he then J fired one shot at Dixon, the bullet strik-1 ing him along the side of the head, In flicting n flesh wound. Dixon slunk back into the eell. Newton Grant then went bark down I he stairs, John Glass having released him self from the clasp of the negro, and tak ing up his razor began shaving again where he had left off. Tin Plates Over Heart. When Booker Glass' body was being prepared for burial after the shooting it was found that he had taken two till | plates in which Ills meals had previously | I,eeu served and bending them double had j placed them Inside his clothing over ids • heart to act as a shield In case he failed I In Ills effort to escape. There seems to be a sort of pride among | negroes sentenced to he hanged in Mu- j rergo county In escaping deilh on the | gallows. Several have been known to I I boast upon being sentenced that they would never lie hanged. One of the Klcli ardson negroes sentenced fur killing Dr. porteseue cheated ttie gallows by hanging lilm.- lf with ' chain and another nearly succeed'd. But for the prompt and cool action of Deputj Bherljf Gram It Is likely that Booker Glass would have made Ills escape. He Is a powerful negro and the hope of freedom lent him superhuman strength. IN MORE TROUBLE Secratary Taft Makes Some Warm Accusations CONFIRMATION DOUBTFUL Secretary’s Letter to the President Is Anything Dut Complimentary to Chairman of Canal Commission, Washington, January 8.—(Special.)— Secretary Taft has flred n broadside at Chairman Shouts of the Panama canal commission that leaves the confirmation of the nomination of Shonts now pending In the Senate, something: more than prob lematical. Shouts is now, by virtue of a recent appointment, a member of tho canal commission, chairman of Its exec utive committee and president of the Panama railway. Secretary Taft, in a let ter to the President, transmitting the report of the canal commission and the report of Shonts as president of the rail road company, discloses how. acting hi his capacity as railroad president. Shouts sold bonds of the railroad company with out consulting either the Secretary of War or the President, the sale cost ing t'lie government something like $15. 000. and how he made a present to J. K. Marital, of at least $50<M> of Panama rail road funds. Also he recounts how he not only disapproved these acts but com pelled Shonts to reverse himself In one of them and buy back the bonds. The letter incidentally revails the true Inwardness of the stories current h few months ago to the effect that there was friction between Taft and Shonts. At the time there were frequent denials on the part of Shonts, and the Secretary went out of -his way in his speech at 8t. Louis to show that Shonts was to have full charge of the eunal work without inter ference except from the President. What the result of that system of doing tilings was is now revealed with a clearness that marks its certain end. CANAL QUESTION BEFORE THE SENATE MR. RAYNER MAKES HIS MAIDEN EFFORT IN THE UPPER HOUSE ON SANTO DOMINGO MATTER. MARINE SHIPPING BILL. Washington, January 8.—The Senate gave attention today to the Panama canal, the situation in Santo Domingo and the merchant marine shipping hill. The canal question carm* up in connection with a message from the President, in which, among other things, he invited the closest scrutiny into all that had been done by the government In the isthmus of Pan ama. Mr. Gorman made that utterance the text for a speech in which he criticized the salaries paid for the work In connec tion with the canal and urged congres sional Inquiry. He said that the President was not as much to blame as the Congress for his assumption of control of the isth mus, and that the chief mistake had been made when Congress released its hold on the canal affairs. Mr. ifulo agreed with Mr. Gorman in urging an assertion of the | rights of Congress in connection with the I canai. and said that while Congress had ' delegated the matter to the President the > latter practically had. referred the whole \ matter back to Congress. The Dominican discussion arose on Mr. '• Tillman's resolution making inquiry of the President concerning the status of af fairs In tlie Island republic. The reso lution was made the basis for a speech by Mr. Rayner. wlih-h was his initial ef- 1 fort in tin* Senate. He had the closest at - ' tentlon from the floor ami ihe galleries. ! and when be closed was warmly congrat ulated by many senators of both parties. | his colleague, Mr. Gorman, b**ing the first i to offer Ilfs hand. ) Mr. Gallinger opened the debate on tin* merchant marine shipping bill present- | Ing an extensive array of figures iu sup- j port of that measure. He said that the l entire cost, of the proposed subsidy for j the ten years contemplated would be j about $40,000,000. — THE HOUSE. Washington, January 8.—With over four hr urs devoted to the District of Colum bia there was left but a half hour to be devoted by the House today to tariff discussion. This was utilized by Mi Sul livan «»f Massachusetts, who spoke strong ly for tariff revision from the democratic standpoint. __ -i Standard Oil Investigation is Continued in New York LAWSON MAY TAKE A HAND Former Employe of Company Tell® How Vigorously He Was Enjoined to Secrecy When He Changed Positions. New York, January 8.—Henry H. Rog ers. the vice president of the Standard Oil company of New Jersey, and a direc tor of the Standard Oil company of Indi ana. which Attorney General Herbert 8. Hadley is trying to oust from the stato of Missouri, was again on the witness stand today on quo warranto proceedings brought by Mr. Hadley. Mr. Hadley took up with him only two points: Whether the Standard Oil company of Indiana has an office In the building at 26 Broadway, this city, where the Standard Oil company of New Jersey has its offices; and wheth er the Standard OH company of New Jer sey owns or controls a majority of the stock of the Indiana company, the Wat ers-Pierce Oil company of Missouri and the Republic Oil company of New York. Mr. Rogers said he did not know' wheth er there were offices at 26 Broadway, that he supposed its affair® are conducted in Indiana and tiiat he imagined that James A. Moffett, president of the Stand ard Oil company of Indiana, has an offlca at 26 Broadway, but that he (Mr. Rogers), was never in it. Rogers Does Not Know. Mr. Rogers declined to answer the ques tion whether the Standard Oil company of New Jersey owns the stock of the other companies which, Mr. Hadley alleges, have combined to stifle competition iu Missouri. II. D. Hardeastle. who was formerly employed in the Albrtny agency of the Standard Oil company, was Mr. Hadley s chief witness today. He testified to instances in which lie was transferred from the Standard Oil company’s employ to that of the Ftepubliu Oil company al Cleveland, and of the At lantic Retinlffe company at Philadelphia. These transfers, lie said, were made by officers or employes of the Standard Oil company, and one of them told him he must not be known in Cleveland os hav ing been employed by the Standard Oil company. Witness bad some letters, lie said, from Standard Oil men which lie was induced to surrender to Walter Jen nings of tlie Standard Oil company, in the hope of getting a better position but he received a ticket to Europe without a return coupon. Mr. Rogers was testifying when the hearing adjourned today. May Send for Lawson. After tin* adjournment Attorney General Hadley's attention was called to soma published advice to him concerning the proceedings from Thomas W. Lawson of Boston, and lie was asked: ‘‘Do you want Mr. Lawson to come down here and testify in this ease?” ‘‘Certainly. If Mr. Lawson knows any thing I should like to have him come down,” said Mr. Hadley. Then the hearing opened, Mr. Hadley informed the commissioner that Wade Hampton, auditor of the Standard Oil company, one of the witnesses summoned had not responded. Mrs. Butts Again Called. Evidence wan again taken on a type writer. Mrs. Ida Butts, stepdaughter of the late George L. Kiec of Marietta, Ohio, was the first witness. Mr. Hadley read a certificate of shares in the original Standard Oil trust to George M. Rice; It was signed by John I> Rockefeller, Henry M. Flagler and William T, Wardwell. It was endorsed as having been endorsed in conipliancs with an order of the supreme court of New York made In 181*2. Mr. Hadley also read a certificate of an assignment of legal title of one share in the Standard Oil trust to George M. Rice, and asked Mrs. Butts If this was issued after the Standard Oil company of Ohio was or dered by the court to he dissolved in 185*2. They were signed by John L>. Rockefeller, H. H. Rogers, W. H. 'fllford, attorney, and F. Q. Barstow as secretary. Frank Hagennan. counsel for the Standard Oil company objected to thin question as a leading one and only asked for the purpose of publication by the twenty reporters present. The objection was overruled. Mrs. Butts said the pa pers were owned by Mr. Rice. These six shares are said to be the only shares of the original Standard Oil trust now in existence. Mrs. Butts said the Waters-Pierce Oil company was a member of the original Standard Oil trust. Mrs, Butts said Mr. Rice said he had another assignment of title which he converted into scrip of the constitu ent companies of the Standard OH com pany of New Jersey. These assignments of title were issued in course of what Mr. Hadley called the "pretended dissolu tion of the Standard Oil company of Ohio and the final ejection of that company from Ohio in contempt proceedings. Mrs. Butts stiid these shares of stock were exchanguble for stock of the Stand ard Oil company of New' Jersey. "Did the Standard Oil company of New Jersey become the holders of these companies in the Standard Oil trust?" "It did." said Mrs. Hulls. She also, hs administratrix of George M Rice, holds certificates of stock held by him in the Standard Oil company of Indiana. The Chess Oirle> rum party of Louisville. Ky., sfu said, was a member of tin- trust. Former Employe Testifies. S. D. HiiVdeastl* was the next witness. II.- Mays lie lived In New York and en tered th employ of the Standard Oil company at Albany in 181*7. Witness wan employed there eight yean and then went to Cleveland where he worked for the Republic Oil company. H<- said a request was made by W’arnct Jetming* t" the Albany manager for his transfer t<- Cleveland, that Mi Cutler made an arrangement for the witness to get Mr. Jennings of the Standard’s do mestic committee at Broadway. New York. Witness said Mr. Jennings offered him a dob it ion In Cleveland with a sub (Continued on Second P*a«)