THH DIHPATCII FOUNDED l_ft
-H8 TIMES. FOUNDED IMS.
WHOLlS frffMBEB 18,837.
mcmtom). va., mondays December is, ipil.
THE WEATHER TO-DAY?K?lr
PRICE TWO CENTS.
FAMILY SAVED BY
LAD'S SHRILL CALL
Lilburn Myers's Resi?
dence in Flames When
Alarm Was Spread.
ALL ESCAPED IN
Blaze, Reaching Up From Base?
ment, Had Destroyed Dining
Room When Edmund Pres?
ton Screamed?Dense Smoke
Suffocating, but Every?
body Crawled to Safety.
When Edmund Preston, the thirteen
year-old BOn of Mrs. \V, C. I'reston,
Iwho lives with her brother. Ijtlbiirh T.
jftlyers, at 516 West?? Franklin Street,
rwas aroused from his sleep ?t 3:22
(o'clock yesterday morning by dense
smoke which almost suffocated him,
the alarm wag quickly given to mem
?bers of the family, all of whom got out
In their night clothes Just In time to
escap? death. The lire, which was
caused by the furnace, did considerable
damage to the V/asoment, and then ate
its way through to the dining room
fibove. destroying everything of value.
The actual property loss will amount
to several thousand dollars, which Is j
covered by insurance, although many
priceless heirlooms were completely
Had to Crawl on Floor.
How long the fire had been raging
feefor*. t.he Preston hoy was aroused
Is not known, but at that time the
?halls were filled with smoke so dense
that everybody had to crawl on the i
floor to a window opening on the back
pprch, Mr. Myers heard the scream ]
from his neplraw, He ran for the "boy.
picked him up. and then began the
difficult trip toward tho window. Mrs.
I'reston, her colored servant, and E. T.
D. Myers. Jr.. who occupied a room
In another part of the house, got out
in safety. Thomas Preston, another
son, was sleeping directly over the
dining room, and I.llhurn T Myers
managed to bring him down, though
?when he reached the nlr he was almost
E. T. n Myers. Jr.. seeing that the
flames, if not checked; would soon de?
stroy the entire building, crawled down
from the hack porch and raced through
Monroe Pnrk to Main and Pine Streets
in his night clothe, to. turn- In the
alarm. Just as he reached the box.
however, ho heard the hell, his brother.
In the meantime, having staggered
through the smoke to the telephone,
over which he sent an alarm to head
Engine company No. 6. under Aisist
ont Chief Wise, made a quick run. but
when hts men reached the house they
found the flame., roaring In the dining
room and up from the basement he
low. Chief Wise's first thought was
for thj safety of tho family, but when
be found them safe he led his men
through tho back poroh window with a
line, of hose toward the dining room.
Tho heat was so Intense that no en?
trance could be effecti-l from the front.
Chief Wise and his men fell on the
floor as they struggled Into the suf?
focating room, so they smashed the
pnnels in the back door and got air.
Another call was sent for thi auto?
mobile engine, and after working for
half an hour the flame., were put under
All of the antique furniture In the
dining room, much rare china and sil?
ver was destroyed, togsther with all
or the paintings. These Included a
portrait of Mr. Myers's grandmother
and a Gilbert Stewart portrait. While
the property loss Is covered by insur?
ance, the heirlooms were priceless, and,
tof course, can never he replaced.
All Fixture* rtiirnt Out.
Mrs. Preston and her children were
removed to the home of Mrs. E. C.
Mayo, nearby, where they spent the
So intense was the heat that all of
the gas, water, electric and telephone
fixtures were burned out.
Except for the fact that Edmund
J'reHton's sleeping room door was open,
the flames might have gained still
greater headway 'before the family
was aroused Although he was called
quickly, Mr. Myers used rare presence
of mind, remembering that by crawl?
ing along the floor there was less dan?
ger of suffocation. Chief Wise said
yesterday that when he reached the
scone the dining room was n "living
hell," the flames having devoured
everything, and were surging outward.
Exactly how the fire originated is not
known, further than It was caused In
some way by the furnace.
Chief Wise and his men did remark?
ably fine work, which saved the house
WANTS HONORS BESTOWED
Tnff Asks That Maine Victims' llodlc*
Be Carried on Warship,
Washington, December 17. ? President
Taft Is anxious that the bodies of a
number of dead sailors found In the
wreck of tho Maine, which are soon to
bo brought North, shall ibc transported
with all possible dignity. He has
written a lottcr to Secretary Meyer
expressing the w.lsh that, if" possible,
tho bodies be brought from Havana on
one of tho large vessels of the navy,
convoyed by another vessel.
HE SHOWS tHENTT^RICk"
Boy Puts Pistol to Head and Pulls
Dublin, (la., December 27.?"Det me
?how, you a. "trick," said Robinson
Leonard, soventcen years old, while
with some companions at the home of
s friend. Ho took a pistol from the
pocket of another boy, put tho muzzle
to his own head and pulled the trig?
ger. Death caine In a fow minuses,
tie said nothing else to indicate he (in?
tended- to kill himself. His mother died
fas weeks ago.
HELD FOR BLACKMAIL
Americana Sought Extort Minify
Chicago, December 17.?Four South
Side American business men were ur
reutcd by Pont-Olllco Inspector James
ES. Stuart to-day. all charged with at?
tempting to secure $10,000 from two
of Chicago'? wealthiest Armenians by
means of alleged blackmail.
Oaf a bed T. i'ushman and Karckln T.
Pushmsn, rug merchants, are the men
against whom tho blackmail plot was
directed, according to Federal Inspec?
The men arrested arc Dr. Alfred
Colbert. Surkls DeckinedJI. Ara P.
Chutijan and A. 1'. KaraU Jeffries.' In?
spector Stuart said Dr. Oclbert and
Deckmedjl had made confessions.
A series of special delivery letters
were, received by tho Pushmans. In
which they and their families were
threatened with death unless the
money was delivered to the writers
according to directions. The Pushmans
were told to wrap tho money In a
package, take It to a down-town hotel,
where they would lind another letter
awaiting them at the clerk's desk, and
follow the direction contained In tho
A decoy packane was prepared, and.
under guard of Federal Inspectors the
Pushmans did us ordered. The letter
at the hotel deek ordered one of the
I'ushman brothers to take the money
to a South Side drug store. When
I'ushman reached the drug store, how?
ever, plans mlsenrrled and I'ushman .
could not llnd the man to whom lie was!
to deliver tho money. Information se-j
cured by tho Inspectors at this point,
however, led to the arrests.
WOOD FAVORS CANTEEN
Chief of MnfT Believed It S-hoold Be
Washington. December 17.?Major- j
General Leonard Wood, chief of staff
of the army, favors the restoration
of the canteen to army posts. He dc
I clares in his annual report that the
i concensus of opinion in the army Is
that the canteen should he reestab?
General Wood also makes somo
r"commcnd,itlons for the garrisoning |
ef Panama Cunal forts. He says It Is [
I necessary to provide garrisons to pro
| tert the canal and Insure. Its neutral- (
I Ity and for that recommends twelve j
companies of coast artillery, four regt- |
I mt-rts of Infantry at full strength, one
j battalion of field artillery, one squad- i
ron of cavalry and somo 'auxiliary j
In recommending short-term en-|
I llstments, the chief of stag says tho i
arfc-ument. that men would not return
to the colors In time of war Is "an ]
I unwarrantable reflection on the pa
I trlotlsm of men who have served the 1
colors and returned to private life." I
EVIDENCE BY DICTAPHONE
Admitted In Trial of Gory Alderman on
Crown Point. Ind.. December 17.?The
dictaphone and its operators occupied
much of the attention of the Circuit
Court hero yesterday In the trial of
Alderman Walter Gibson, of Qary, on
chargts of bribery growing out of the
passage of a heating franchise ordi?
nance by the Gary Common Council.
Judge Vanlleet allowed the dictaphone
conversation notes to bo read Into tne
record. They contained alleged state?
ments by Gibson to T. D. Dean, of
Louisville, Ky., who installed the dicta?
phone, that Mayor Knotts needed money;
that Alderman. Castleman (hitherto
unmentloned In the bribery allegations)
wanted 11,000 for his vote: that Gibson
old not want Alderman Baukus, onu
of the men Indlctea for bribery, to
handle any money for Gibson, because
tho latter was an lndorser of Baukus's
note; that Gibson would vote for the
Dean franchise, and nothing could
stop him, and a prediction that Wall
Street would "sktn'" Julian Vouchca,
a Crown Point banker, who. he said,
inherited 11.000,001) In six months.
PITY FOR FILIPINOS WASTED
Don't Tight I.nce, Hobble Nor Prac?
tice Fashionable Vires.
New York, December 17.?Filipinos
are not a tlght-laclng people, don't
hobble when they walk and aren't
asking for any one's pity, nccordlng
to William F. Pack Governor of the
mountain province of the Philippine
Islands, who sailed yesterday for Ma
nllu. He has been visiting relatives
at Centrevllle. Mich.
"Nobody need pity the poor inhabi?
tants of the Philippines," he said.
"Pity, like charity, ought to begTn at
home; for pity for savages will be
wasted. Tho Filipinos are neither a
worrying nor a light-lacing people, and
when they wallt they walk; they don't
Jiobble. It Isn't fashionable to hobble
'?T.4cy don't ride In taxis because
they haven't any, and going to the
opera is a thing unheard of. Their
I vices aren't refined vices, and their
I faults are not excused because they
I are the faults of a fashionable sol."
JAMES K. HACKETT WEDS
Aclor Takes to Wife Miss Beatrice
Mary Deckley, of England.
Milwaukee, WIs., December 17.?
James K. Ilackett, the actor, married
Miss Beatrice Mary Bcckley, of Don
don, England, In Milwaukee Into yes?
terday, according to announcement to?
day. The ceremony was performed In
the office of a local attorney, tho nup?
tial knot being tied by Civil Judge
John F. Donovan. The ceremony was
witnessed by half a dozen membors of
Mr. Hackett's theatrical company.
Miss neck ley came to Milwaukee
from her homo in London, England.
She is said to bo about twenty-four
years old. Mr. and Mrs. Ilackett left
Milwaukee to-day for St. Louis.
DAM SWEPT AWAY
Could Not Withstand Strain of Recent
Augusta, Ga., December 17.?Heavy
rains in this section of the State Sat?
urday and Sunday increased ths head?
water In the valley so that the big
dam of the Carolina Light and Power
Company, two miles from Ldiigley, in
Alken county, could not withstand the
strain, and last night at 10 o'clocl?
broke through. The entire dam and
power plant was swept away, leaving
only one large dynamp standing, , The
loBS Jo estimated, ft* ?05,000.
BREMERS AHEAD I
FOR PENSION Bill
Sharp Division -Among
Senators Over Pend?
NOT SO POPULAR
Gore Contends That With Cam?
paign and Politics Proposal to
Give. Money to Old Soldiers
Will Lose Favor?Busy
Week in Congress
Washington. D. C-. December 17.?;
A sharp division of sentiment among ,
Senators regarding service pension j
leglsbfllon, protests against large con?
gressional expenditures, the Russian
treaty question, continued investiga?
tions and the urgency deficiency bill
will keep Congress busy this week.
Both houses will adjourn next Thurs?
day until January 3.
The Sherwood so-called dollar-a-day
pension bill, which the House has
pusted, probably will not find an easy
way In the Senate. Senator Hole, of
Oklahoma, a leading Democratic mem?
ber of the Pensions Committee, already i
has started an inquiry Into the possi?
bility of postponing action until the
next session, when thcro will be no
presidential election. In the House
proceedings on the Sherwood bill, the
effect upon either party uf marked
liberality to the Mexican and Civil War
veterans, aggregating possibly J75.
000.000 ultimately, was a conspicuous
factor, and Senator Gore coiu-e-rids that
the subjects will not be so popular in
Congress after the presidential elec?
tion. Senator McCumber, chairman of
the Pensions Committee, while not
committing himself to the Sherwood
bill, to-day expressed the opinion thut
no general pension legislation would
be enacted during this session.
Tho House Democrats will caucus
on somu pending questions, probably
soon after the recess. The leaders
contend that thd economy program!
must be maintained, that some of the!
demands of committees and Demo- ,
cratlc members for appropriations
must be refused, iiut in such a way as
to avoid party dissentlon.
Tho pension 'bill, already passed by
the House, carrying trom ?40,000,000
to ?76.000,000; the demand of the Pub?
lic Buildings Committee for an omnl
hun measure to carry between $26,000,
000 and $30,000,000, and other large
drafts on the Treasury have compli- !
cnted the situation. Democratic Lead?
er Underwood Insists that tho public'
buildings bill Bhall not be put thoough
The work of the investigating com-1
mlttecB also is piling up expense ac?
Tho tariff board report Is expected
from the irresident this ween, but the
Ways and Means Committee proba?
bly will not recommend action on the
wool or other schedules until after
tho recess, but then will proceed vig?
orously. The Democrats were not
agreed last summer us to tho raw;
wool tariff, many favoring free raw
wool- The question of trust leglsla- j
tion and other tilings will be consld-j
,ered In caucus.
All the witnesses who will be heard
in the defense of Senator Lorlmer ex- ;
cept Mr. Lorlmer himself will Appear,
before the Senate Investigating com- i
mlttec this week, and the committee;
then will adjourn to meet after the
Christmas recess. Mr. Lorlmer will i
testify under oath for tho first time- !
Tho steel trust Investigating com- '
mlttec of tho House and tho Senate;
Committee on Interstate Commerce,
which Is investigating trust problems,
will bo In scss'on this week.
TANG SHA0 Yl ARRIVES
Itcpresentutlve of Premier Met by
Grent Concourse of People.
Shanghai, December 17.?Tang Shao
Yi. the representative of Premier Yuan
Shi Kai. accompanied by his suite, ai - .
rived here this afwrnoon, and. was met j
by a great concourso of people, in
eluding the foreign consuls.
Tho streets were densely crowded ;
with people, who, how-:ver, appeared
Tnng Shao Yl made a formal visit
to Dr. Wu Ting Fang, the forolgn sec?
retary In the revolutionary cabinet,
and agreed to the proposal that the
meetings of the govornnwnt and re?
publican delegates shall commence to?
morrow at the town hall. Bach s!Jc
is represented by five delegates, who j
include Tang Shao Yl and Dr. Wu Ting '
Dr. Wu made a formal complaint,
that Premier Yuan has violated the i
armistice by attacking the revolution !
ary forces In Shan-Sl, S<hen-Sl and '
Anhwfii. Tang promlsod to convoy Ui?: ?
protest lo the premier.
Oravo reports hava reached here!
from the Interior that trade and com- \
tnerco are at a standstill and economic i
conditions are becoming deoperate. I
Travel Is oxtremely da-ngeroua booaus-2
of looting and discontent among tho
soldiers, who are on half pay.
In the northern part of Klang-Su,
Anhwei nnd Klang-Si the floods con?
tinue, and millions of natives are starv?
ing. Unless peao? is arranged and ro
lief organized the rigors of winter are i
likely to drive the masses of Chinese
in the central provinces to despera?
tion. According to Nanking edvlces,
this revolutionists are making exten- I
slve preparations to resume fighting i
Immediately the armistice Is ended.
Ordered to Jo Join Fleet.
Charleston, S. C.; Decombcr 17.?Fif?
teen destroyers of the Eighth. Ninth
and Tenth dlsvistons, now stationed at
the Charleston Navy Yard, have beor.
ordered to New York and Newport to
join the Atlantto fleet. The vessels
trill loo/va Charleston on D?o*mber 97.
Coming This Week I
'Wnxhlnaton, December IT.?There
are slroiiK indication* (hat Hie cuin
Iuk "ick will hr marked by raitt
or ?how mid generally unsettled i
and dlmiRrecnble weather IhroiiKU
ont the United States, aecorttlMK t?>
a bulletin Issued to-ulcht by the
"TemiieintiircM Krnrrnlly," ?ny? ]
the bulletin, "mIU liiiderRu decided
cnUBgr*, mid (lie precipitation,
vUitch will be In the form of non
nud rain?suo? In ihr northern and
ruins III tile southern llNlliel*-?III
lit' above the normal. A disturbance
that Ii now over the Western
plateau will advance and rcneb the
Eastern Stnte? l>y Tuesday nicht or
Wednesday. Another dIMurbance
will OPJieur In the fnr Wext nboiit
Thursday, cross the Rocky Moun?
tain* Friday, the Grrnt Central
Valleys Saturday or Stindoy. und
the KnHleni Stntr? nt the heirtn
nlnc of ChrlMtmnx week, i'hexe dis?
turbances will be nttendeil by (ren
ernl precipitation nnd derided
i changes In teni|irrntiirr.**
BLACK HAND IN COLUMBUS
Police rind Evidence After Kllilns of
Columbus, O., December 17.?That an
organized branch of the Itallnn Black
Hand exists and flourishes In this city
Is believed by the police, following the
killing of Oaetano Slgano this after?
noon by Peter Albanez. cousin of Ser?
geant Albaner, of the Columbus police
Albaner, confessed to Chief of Police
Carter this afternoon that he killed
Sig^arl after the latter several times
threatened to kill him and kidnap his
wife If. he did not give him $50. Slgari
Is said to have declared that the money
was not for himself, hut for the sup?
port of a mysterious brotherhood, the
existence of which many hints have of
late been heard amony local Italians.
"Several days ago," said Albane! In
his confession. "Slgari caine to mi and
demanded $50. When I refused the
money he said I should die. Ho said
ho would have my wife, and would
not oven wait until I was dead, but
would take her by force, supported In
his efforts by his 'brotherhood.' This
morning I met him, and ho again de?
manded JjO. J refused, and he at?
tacked me with a hutcherkulfe. I drew
my revolver and fired twice. At the
second shot he crumbled up."
After ho killed the Italian. Albanez
attempted to escape, but was over?
Slgari was thirty-five years old and
employed In the Hocking Valley; Rail?
road roundhouse here. Albanez Is
thirty years of age. and has a wife and
five children. He has been foreman ir
tho Panhandle, freight yards for the
past eleven years. He will be ar?
raigned for a preliminary hearing here
LAST SCENE IN TRAGEDY
Four Victims of Murderer i.nld at Best
Side hy Side.
Troy. N. T.. December 17.?The last
scene In the Bloomlngrovc tragedy
was enacted this afternoon, when tho
bodies of Mrs. Mary Morner. her son,
Arthur, and two daughters, Blancho
and Edith, who were murdered Tues?
day noon, presumably by an Italian
farm hand, were laid at rest sldo by
side In the cemetery at DcfrecBtvllle.
More than 5.000 persons congregated
about the house or morbidly explored
the barn, where the bodies were found
previous to the funeral, which was
held at . noon. Many of the crowd
brought lunches with them, and tho
scene In some respects took on the
aspect of a farmers' picnic
The bodies were laid out In the par?
lor, that of the son. Arthur. In un onk
coffin, and those of his mother and
sisters in white caskets. There was
a profusion of llowcrs. For two hours
tho crowd was permitted to flic through
tho rooms, an . then the doors were
ordered closed, but It roqulred the
combined efforts of tho sheriff and
twelve assistants to keep back theso
who had not yet viewed the remains.
Creat confusion ensued, and In the
crush several women fainted.
The services were conducted by Rev.
John Bulnes. pastor o the Bloomln
grove Reformed Church, of which the
four members of the Alorncr family
North Adams. Mass., December 17.?
An Italian, whose description tallies
with that of Edward Douato, the farm
hand, sought in connection with tho
murder of four members of the Morner
family in Defreestville, N. Y., was ar?
rested here to-day. He Is held pend?
ing the arrival or officers from Albany.
The man, who said his name was
Antonio Gerato. was greatly exhaust?
ed, apparently from a long trump on
SUGAR PENSION PLAN
Company win Provide for Employes
In Their Old Age.
New York. December 17.?Stock?
holders of the American Sugar Re?
fining Company will be callcd\ipon at
the next annual meeting to approve
a plan to provide pensions to tho
company's 7,500 officers and employes.
Directors of the company, It was an?
nounced to-night, have worked out de?
tails of the plan, which include pro?
visions for retiring employes over
sixty-five years of age or after thirty
years of service. An appropriation of
5300 Is susgentod as the nucleus of
the pension fund.
No pension under the proposed plan,
will be less than $20 a month, and
nono will exceed $5,000 a year. In tne
case of women, tho age limit Is set
at sixty and the term of service at
twenty-five years. Should the plan
be ratified, malo employes who have
served the company thirty years and
womon twenty-five years may be re?
tired without regard to age. The
amount of tho pension will be "a sum
annually equivalent to 1 per cent, of
the average annual wage or salary
during the ten years preceding re
tlroment multiplied by the yftirs of
service" ; ;.
? All officers and employes of tho iom
pany or of any corporation owncl or
controlled by the company, the' an?
nouncement states, will he oltglblo'for
the pension, benofito.
Their Marriage Is Cele?
brated in Reigate,
NAMES HAD BEEN
Groom Chief Heir of Cornelius
Vanderbilt's Millions and a Di- '
vorcee?Bride Divorced Wife
of Dr. Smith Hollins Mc
Kim?Reports of Wed?
ding Had Been Denied.
London. December 17.?Alfred
Gwyhne Vandorbllt and Mrs. Smltli
Holling McKlm, formerly Miss Mar?
garet Emerson, of Baltimore, were
married at Rcigato at 1 o'clock
this afternoon, the bans having been
announced in the customury manner.
They have gone on a motor wedding
For Ecvcral years past the names of
Alfred G. Vandorbllt, the chief heir of
Cornelius Vanderbilt's millions, and
Mrs. Smith Hollins McKlm have been
closely associated. At various times
it was reported that* thoy were soon
to be married. Mr. Vandorbllt. who Is
accounted the richest of the younger
set of millionaires, was born in 1S77.
He married Miss Ellen French on
January 11, 1901. His wife was grant?
ed an Interlocutory docreo of divorce
on May 25. 190$, their son, William
Henry Vanderbllt. remaining In the
mother's care. Tho decree was made
tlnal three months later. It was said
at the time that Mr. Vanderbllt settled
?1.500.000 on his former wife.
The name of Mmo. Ruiz, the divorc?
ed wlfo of Antonln Ruiz, a former
member of the Cuban legation at
Washington, came up In the trial of
tho suit. Mrs. Ruiz committed suicide
in London on May 16, 1909, the man?
ner of her deuth being suppressed for
a considerable time.
Mrs. McKlm Is the daughter of Isaac
E. Emerson, of Baltimore, and the di?
vorced wife of Dr. Smith Hollins Mc?
Klm. of New York and Baltimore. Mrs.
McKlm obtained a divorce from her
husband, who threatened various suits
before the courts, but early In Febru
I ary, 1910, an agreement was signed
bringing to an end all pending or pos?
sible litigation Involving Dr. McKlm,
his father-in-law, Mr. Emerson; Mc
Klm's former wife and Alfred O. Van?
derbllt. Tho attorneys for Dr. McKlm
stated at the tlmo that Dr. McKlm had
agreed to end the litigation relative
to the alleged alienation of his wife's
affections. It was also stated that Dr.
McKlm In consideration of this re?
lease was to rcceivo a large sum of
money in semi-annual Instalments.
Alfred G. Vanderbllt, who sailed for
London November L'D last, reiterated
his denial that he was soon to bo mar?
ried. Mrs. McKlm has been abroad for
Surprise to nnltlmorc Society.
[Special to The Times-Dispatch.]
Baltimore, Md., December .17.?So?
ciety circles of Baltimore were sur?
prised to-day, when thoy learned that
Mrs. Margaret Emerson McKlm, who
divorced Dr. Smith Holllns McKlm, in
Reno, Nevada, was married this af?
ternoon at Reigate, Surrey, England,
to Alfred Gwynne Vanderbllt, scion
of the famous New York Vanderbllt
family, and a multimillionaire. Eight
years ago. In Baltimore, many Rlch
nionders attended the marriage of
Margaret Emerson to Dr. Smith Hol?
lins McKlm. Dr. McKlm was educated
at Bellevue High School, near Lynch
burg, Va.. and was graduated from the
Department of Medicine, of the Unl
ccrsity of Virginia, in 1S98.
In August. 1910. Mrs McKlm ob?
tained a divorce from her husband,
and from thnt tlmo on her numc was
linked with that of Alfred G. Vander?
bllt. Mrs. McKlm visited her mother
and father In this city last winter, and
when asked about tho engagement
stoutly denied It.
Captain Emerson. Mrs. McKlm's
father, was divorced by his wife, Mrs.
] Emelle Emerson, last March, and In
' April Mrs. McKlm went abroad. Cap
| tain Emerson and Mrs, Emelle Emer?
son each received a cablegram from
London to-day announcing the mar?
riage. Tho cable message read;
"Married to Alfred Vanderbllt to?
day, at Retgate, Surrey. With love.
(Signed) "MAR OA RET."
Reports of the engagement were de?
nied to tho last. Even when Mr. Van?
derbllt soiled for England two weeks
ago, he denied that ho would wed Mrs.
McKlm. Captain Emerson, when ask?
ed If ho was aware of the approaching
marriage, admitted that ho was one of
tho few who knew thnt ho was soon
to bo tho father-in-law of Alfred G.
Mrs. Emerson also admitted that she
was aware of tho engagemont of her
daughter to Vanderbllt.
"It Is not a surprise to mo," declared
Mrs. Emerson, "and I do hope tho
newspapers will not make such a fuss
over It. My daughter Informed me
some time ago that she would wed Al?
fred Vandorbllt about the middle of
December, and I am glad that their
plans wore kept .secret.
"I anxiously awaited tho cable mes?
sage, and was glad whon I received It."
"When did you last soe Mr. Vonder
j "That has been some time ago. Mr.
Vanderbllt Is a very line gentleman. I
know that my daughter is very, very
Mrs. Emerson said that it is certain
that Mr. and Mrs. Vandorbllt will mako
tholr homo In New York City, and
probably will llvo at tho Hotel Van?
dorbllt, the new ?5,000,000 hotel recent?
ly built by Alfred Vanderbllt.
"They aro married and Mr.- Vander?
bllt Is my son-ln-lnw,. and that Is alf
thero ls to It," declared Captain Emer
Captain Emerson wJN go to Now
York to welcome homo Mr. and Mrs.
Vandorbllt. Dr. McKlm. tho divorced
husband, lives In Nqw York,
COLONY FOR CHICAGO RICH
Pinn, n ?2,000.000 Hotel and Many
Ilnmrs nn (he l.nkr Front.
Chicago December 17.?A new col?
ony of rich men |s planned on the
shore of Lake Michigan. In the section
bounded by Lincoln Park, Pearson
Street anir Lincoln Park Boulevard. In
the northern part of this section Mrs.
Potter Palmer. Harold V. Me.CortnlcK
and other notables have mansions.
Amonir the now structures planned
is a hotel on tho block bounded by the
Lake Shore Drive. Lincoln Park.
Boulevard and "Walton Place. The
hotel will be one of the most luxurious
in tho city. It Is designed to bo tho
permanent home of the growing group
of wealthy men who cling to hotel
life. With a lako frontage of 400 feet,
this house Is estimated to cost more
Further east In tho same blrek ex?
pensive apartment buildings will ho
erected. Thirty-two apartments will
bo provided, each renting at $4 000
to $0,000 a year. Between the b?tet
and the apartment house Benjamin H.
Marshall, of Marshall & Fox, and Orrln
J. Holbrook will put up residences.
On the next block south Harold Mc
Cormlck and W. J, Chalmers have
planned to build apartment buildings.
Among the distinctive features of
the new colony Is to bo nn automobile
j 'bus line, modeled after the "RIversbTe.
Drive 'buses of New York.
BUSY PREPARING EVIDENCE
District Attorney's OfD.cc GcttlnC
"Dynamiting'* Data In Shape.
Indianapolls, Ind., December IT.?
Anxious not to delay the government's
investigation into tho dynamite con?
spiracy, detectives and employes of the
district attorney's offlco were busy
to-day preparing ovldonce to bo pre?
sented to tho F?deral grand Jury. Out
sldo of hearing a few stenographers
and clerks formerly employed In tho
headquarters of the International As?
sociation of Bridge and Structural Iron
Workers, where John J. McNatnara.
the Bocrotary-trcasurer. had his office
the grand Jury up to dato has gone
over the preliminaries of Its work. To?
morrow morning a number of wit?
nesses arc to be examined. The Jury
probably will adjourn on Thursday un?
til after Now Ycar'B. Every person
whoso connection with tho dynamite
case Is regarded as vital Is being
watched by the government. This
scrutiny applies to witnesses In cities
scattered throughout tho country. It
is said the government has put moro
machinery In motion In this respect
than In any similar case in recent
TAFT PARDONS AN INDIAN
Convinced Thnt Mose Miller In Inno?
cent of nn Oklahoma Murder.
Atlanta. Ga.. December 17.?Mose
Miller, an Indian serving a life sen?
tence for murder, has been released
from the Federal pcnltontlary upon a
telegraphed pardon from President
Tatt. Miller had been In prison slnco
1000. Ho was convicted on tho charge
of having gone with another Indian
to a storo in Oklahoma to rob It.
Being Interrupted In their work by a
white man. they killed him. Miller
was convicted of tho killing though
he constantly protested his Innocence,
whllo admitting that ho was one of
tho two who robbed the store. Appli?
cation for pardon was mado to the
President a year ago and was turned
Judgo W. R. Hammond, of Atlanta,
became Interested In tho case and
went to Washington to soo President
Taft. Judge Hammond convinced the
President of the Indian's Innocence
and a pardon was granted. Upon re?
ceipt of the President's message War?
den Moyer released Miller, who took a
train for Stlllvllle, Okla.
SMITH TIRED OF HIS NAME
Rccuunc There Arc 111 Others In Mid?
dle town?Would Be Stnnwoud.
Mtddlctown, N. Y., December 17.?
Because thore arc 111 Smiths'* In Mld
dletown, without counting tho children,
and tight of the number hear the natno
of George, George E. Smith, a lifo In?
surance man, has applied to the courts
for permission to chango hts natno to
George B. Stanwood. Mr. Smith thinks
that half of the 111 other Smiths have
been receiving his mall, and as he Is a
business man. he likes to get his mail
us quickly as possible.
What the other HI Smiths, who a^-e
presumed to bo proud of the ancient
name, think about the matter can only
I TO CALL RUEF AS A WITNESS
Hv-Muyor Schmitz'? Trial to BcKln In
San Francisco, Call; December 17.?
Ex-Mayor Eugene E. Schmitz will bo
brought to trial some time next month
on one of the fourteen Indictments
pending against him as a result of the
bribery-graft investigation in this city
after tho great fire of 100t*>. Abraham
Ruef, former political boss, now serv'ng
a fourteen-year sentence In the peni?
tentiary, will bo called as a witness
Tho Schmitz cases were called before
Superior Judgo William I'. Lawler yes
I terday, and the district attorney was
allowed until January a to select the
charge on which to go to trial.
RETAIN MAINE COFFERDAM!
Veterans Want to Flit It und Build a
Havana, December, 17.?The veterans
of Cuba's war for Independence held
a mo-ting last night and adopted a
.resolution requesting President Taft
to take, whatever action may be neces?
sary to have tho cofferdam around the
Maine remain where it Is after tho)
wreck has been removed. The veterans
propose to in tho cofferdam and
erect on top of It a marble monument
to tile victims of tho Maine.
Condition of Woman They Give Verdict
Against Touche Hearts.
Bowling Green, O., December 17.?
After Judge Baldwin had directed a.
verdict for the defendants In a $6,000
alienation damage suit of Mrs. Viola
Cook against Charles und Clara Conk,
the hearts of the Jurors were so touch?
ed by the hopeloss condition of tho
Plaintiff, who Is a cripple, that th'oy
went to her in a body and gave her
,: their fees In tUo caso.
TAFT TAKES FIRM
HOLD OF RUSSIAN
Determined to Veto Sul
zer Resolution if It
TO BE IGNORED
President Believed Already to
Have Notified Czar, in Politest
Diplomatic Language Possi?
ble, of Impending Abroga?
tion of Treaty?Holds He
Can Handle Situation.
Washington, December 17.?President
Tiitt entlud the five members of bis
Cabinet now Jn Wunhlngton to the
White House to-night, und conferred
?HM them from lit o'clock until mid?
night no the ItunMnn treaty nit nation.
Nothing Iras given out for publication
at the conclusion of the conference,
tint It In understood that the attitude
of the administration wan. finally de?
cided upoa and iiichhhrch uutllncd to
be went to the Capitol to-morrow., In
which, It In said, the Senate will be
urged to adopt a resolution BhrojrnUnK
the treaty of 1832 couched In language
thnt will not be offensive to the St.
Petersburg government. Attending the
conference nere Secretary of State
Knox, Secretary of the Xbvt Meyer,
Secretary of Agriculture Wilson, Sec.
retarj- of the Treasury MacVcasrh nnd
Attorney-General Wlckcrnham. Secre?
taries Stlmnun, Fisher und Hitchcock
are out of the city.
Tnft Token Hnnd.
Washington, VH-cenibcr 17.?The Rns
slnn treaty situation cleared material?
ly to-day, and the administration plans
for the abrogation of the 1832 pact
with the St. Petersburg- Rovernmcnt
heeume mure definitely known. Presl
dent Tart, it Is said, bas indicated em?
phatically that he would veto the Sul
scr resolution Instantly If pasacd
through the Senate to-morrow without
modillcutlou. N'othluar that can be con?
strued na un olYeitac to Ituaala will be
permitted. If the President can help it.
According to plans announced to?
night, Mr. Taft to-morrow will send
two communications to tho Capitol,
one a mcssugo addressed to tho Senate
to bo considered In executive session,
and tho other a letter directed to
Chairman Cullorn, of tho Senate Com?
mittee on Foreign Relations. In theso
communications Mr. Taft, it Is said,
will outline his attltudo plainly and
will cull polntod attention to the fact
that International relations arc not
lightly til bo dealt with.
Will Ignore limine.
Desplto tho advlco of certain of tho
Republican lcadors of tho House that
the lower branch of Congress should
be considered in the matter, President
Tuft to-night was said to be determ?
ined to ignore the House entirely in
his further dealings with tho Russian
Senute leaders expect to ? hear to?
morrow that the President, througlt
American Ambassador Guild, at St.
Petersburg, already has notified Russia,
of tile Impending abrogation of tho
treaty. Tills notice la believed to
have been couched In the polltost
I terms of dlpluinutlc language, and to
i have stated that tho American peoplo
had come to regard thu treaty as obso?
lete In many of Its provisions. The ex?
piration of tho treaty is flxed for
January 1, 1913.
President Taft is said to have taken
tho ground that If he chooses ho can
abrogate tho treaty by executive de?
cree without waiting for or taking In?
to consideration any possible action
either by the House or the Senate. Ho
la supported in this view by various
members of the Senate. Committee on
Foreign Relations, and Is said to base
bis attitude upon precedents laid down
by his predecessors.
Thoru appeared to be a decided dif?
ference of opinion to-day between tho
House and Sonata leaders as to what:
part the House, should play in tho
abrogation of a treaty. The House,
leaders held that tho treaty was tho
supremo law of ihc land, and that in
abrogating It. without a now treaty to
lake Its place, a law was being re?
pealed. Under these circumstances;
thoy pointed out lluu action by tho
House was essential. Senate leaders
contended that treaty-making and
treaty-breaking were affairs of tho
Sonate und the President.
Dwell on Friendly llcluttona.
According to information received
by Senators lo-ntght. Mr. Taft, In his
communications to-morrow, will dwell
til length upon tho friendly relations
that long have existed between tho
United States and Russia, and will say
that while the termination of tho
treaty of IS32 seems desirable, tho
friendship between thu two nations is
[of too l"ne standing to be lightly
brushed aside and possibly broken.
Mr. Taft, it was said, would point
j out that Russia, because of her
friendship with the United States, had
1 listened to America's proposal of peace
in the war with Japan. It Is assorted
j that Russia would not havo received
an..- such suggestion from any of her
i Those professing to know the Presi?
dent's purpose, also declared to-nlgfit
; Hint lu> would call attention to the
fact that the United -States levies a
i head tax upon every Kassian subject
who enters this country, and would
not for a 'minute entertain a sugges?
tion by Russia that tho right to levy
tho tax was debatable. In many ot
his speeches in support of the arbltra
I tlon treaties with Great Britain and
France. President Toft has expressed
ihc view that each country has a right
io say who-shall and who shall not.
inter her domain.
It was generally believed to-night
that the Senate would solve the prob?
lem to-morrow by oaaslng a rcsolu*
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