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HID ASSOCIATES II FORGERIES Confessed to the Holders of His Spurious Mortgages Pour Yv*fc»/ \oro A. TOLD THE STOIIir IIHILE ^""V IN TIE MNKRUPTCT COUin Former Real Estate Dealer Said Men Who Held $400,000 of the Forged Paper Knew oi His Forgeries Long Before He Made Them Public. Chicago, April 27—Peter Van Vlis singen, whose confession last winter to the forgery of mortgages to the ex tent of $1,000,040 caused a great sen sation in Chicago where he had been known for twenty years as the lead ing real estate man, exploded a bomb in the bankruptcy court here today when he stated that his confession a few months ago was anti dated by four years by a confession made pri vately to men who held $400,000 of his spurious papers. Van Vlissingen's face was pale and his hands trembled as he told his story on the witness stand today his every act plainly showing the strain under which he labored. His eyes were bloodshot and his lips twitched as he faced the counsel and recognized his former friends among the spectators in the crowded court room. The witness stated that his forgeries had contin ued for twenty years, but that he did not know the exact extent of them. BOILER TOOK FLIGHT an Blew Two Blocks and Wrecked Entire Town. Fond du Lac, Wis., April 27.—The plant of the Winnebago Furniture company was destroyed today by a boiler explosion. The loss is $200. 000. As a result of the explosion every window in the court house was broken. A portion of the boiler was carried two blocks and in its flight cut off an electric light pole. THE~LAST BEAUTY The.Youngest, of Famous Langhorne Testers la Married New York, April. 27—Miss Nora Langhorne, youngest of the Lang home sisters, daughters of Col. Chls well Dabney Langhorne of Albemarle county, Virginia, was married this afternoon in St. James Episcopal church, to Paul Phipps of London. •The wedding was largely attended, those present including many persons prominent in society in a dozen cities. Mr. Phipps, who is an architect, is fa grandson of W. Butler Duncan', a prominent New York railway man. He waS born and brought up in Eng land. Mr. and Mrs. Phipps will leave for England on Wednesday. IRDlERlOI YEUOCITEO Slayer of Mrs. James Still at Large—Mystery Surrounds Case Winnipeg, April 27.—But one im portant clue has come to light since Saturday in connection with the mur der of Aire. Louise James at hei* home on Dominion street Thursday after noon. The track of a muddy boot has been found on the floor of the bed 'room in front of the wash stand, and on the sill of the bed room window is a second track, as if the man who had committed the murder had es caped that way rather than go through the rear door, where he would be in full view from the office of the Jubilee green house. From there it is but a short distance across to the Happy land* fence where a couple of broken boards would afford convenient ave nue for gettir™ under cover. Though the assertion was at first discounted, there are now indications that Mrs. James might have been outraged, and it is expected that Dr. Bell will give evidence on this point at the inquest. The mysterious stranger who was Been by G. R. Germain has again turn ed up in the investigation. On Wed nesday evening a man who answers to the same description boarded an east bound car near Happyland. According to persons who were on the car at the time he did not appuar to be a labor ing man, nor a mechanic, but was more like a tramp of the more pros perous class. Again it is sttaed by a girl who worked with Mrs. James be fore her marriage that about three years ago she was friendly with a man who would correspond with Mr. bermain's description. Residents of the vicinity state that that portion of the city has been unusually free from tramps, agents or casual visitors. in the kitchen of the James' house, at the back of the range, there is a Quantity of wood, some of it round foplar and the balance pieces of old Icantling and boards which Mr. James Ehe irought from the Banning street house lie morning of the tragedy. Some of wood was also scattered on the Boor in front of the stove. The club with the pieces of hair clinging to It was found outBide the back door near the step. It is considered strange that none of the people who state that no person visited the James house on Thrusday saw Mr. James come or go, with the exception of Mr. Germain. The attorney general stated last night that up to the present time there has been nothing done toward offering a reward for information which would lead to the arrest of the murderer. The department was waiting for more complete information on the facts of the case, which it was hoped would be in hand within a few days. Morbid Crowds Haunt Locality. All day yesterday crowdB visited the scene of the murder. In automobiles, in rigs and on foot, men, women and children went down Greenwood place round the shack and away again in a continuous stream. Women constitut ed the majority of the morbid crowd. ,*he morning people peered through 'Of. window of the Bhack into the ku and were rewarded by the Bight of a range, a wood box and a trunk, but nothing to show that a tragedy had taken place a few feet away. The other windowB had been covered by drawn blinds from the time when the police took charge of the shack, and a blind was placed on thiB window yesterday afternoon. Description Fits Man. The description of a mysterious stranger who viBited the James home on the morning of the murder has been recognized as fitting in every particular a former admirer of the murdered woman. The presence of this short, stout man, wearing a short dark jacket and a cloth cap, at the scene of the murder on Thursday morning was not known until Mr. Germain was interviewed, and Mr. James states that he does not know the man and was not told of his visit by his wife. Leah Cantin, who has been a close friend of Mrs. James for over five years, stated that when she saw Mr. Germain's description of the man, she at once recognized it as fitting a man whom the murdered woman kept company with about three years ago. "I first met Louise," Miss Cantin stated, "about five years ago. when we both worked in a boarding house on Notre Dame avenue, kept by Mrs. Cummings. Since then we have been close friends and I know that before she met Mr. James she had a number of admirers. She kept company with this man for about a year and then the friendship was broken off, but I do not know the circumstances. That was between two and three years ago, when she was at the Arlington. I know that she had a quarrel with one or two young men through jealousy, but I never heard anything to make me think any one woula do her any harm. I do not remember the name of the young man who was like the one whom Mr. Germain saw, but he was a working man. and traveled round a good deal, working sometimes in the city and sometimes at other places." Heard No Cries. It is remarkable that though there was every indication that Mrs. James made a desperate struggle none of the neighbors heard any cries. "The place is all quiet now," said J. T. Rid dle, proprietor of the Jubilee green housees yesterday, "and it has been quiet ever since the shack was built a year ago. The shack was built for my sister, Mrs. Campbell. Her hus band is Lachland D. Campbell, a C. N. R. express agent, who is away a good deal, and she was alone in the shack except for her two little girls, most of last winter. She never had any trou ble there, and we never saw a tramp down here, nor a policeman either, until the last few days. I think we ought to have some police protection in this part of the city. We are all naturally very much upset to think that a woman could be murdered in her own home and nobody have any idea who committed the deed. It would be quite possible for anyone to go to the house without our seeing them. We men were working in the green houses that afternoon, and the women were in the kitchens, which do not look out that way." Did Sot See Anyone. The only other house near the scene of the murder is the residence of John Stoney, who also has green houses and a market garden near the Assi boine river. 200 yards west of James.' Mrs. Stoney was seen yesterday and had evidently not yet recovered from the shock consequent on hearing of the calamity that had befallen her nearest neighbor. She was first in formed of the tragedy when the police drove up and inquired of her son how they could get to the James shack with their rig. The officers asked the way. Mrs. Stones states, and said "James has murdered his wife." When asked if she saw anyone go to the house on the afternoon of the murder she shook her head and said "no, and it seems very strange to me. I was in my kitchen all that afternoon, and my window faces in that direction. The boys were in -the green houses and about the yard all the time, and I don't see how anyone could go there and murder her and none of us see him." Asked if tramps or other undesira ble people were often in the- neigh borhood, Mrs. Stoney said they were never troubled that way, and there had not been a tramp to their place for five years. She thought, however, that the police should visit the dis trict sometimes. There had Been of ficers on duty occasionally for a short time after the murder on Minto street seven years ago, but that only lasted a few weeks. No Hiding Place. A suggestion having been made that the murderer might have hidden be hind the west fence of Happyland, watched to see James leave the ho.ise, and escaped that way after committing the deed, investigation disclosed that it would be quite easy to keep a watch, unobserved, fro mthe ball grounds, knot holes and crackB being plentiful, but there would be no advantage from the point of view of concealment In approaching that direction. The fence is seven feet high, and barbed wire runs along the top. so that to climb the feme would be to invite notice rather thau escape it. IDE SULTAN HIS BEEN DfllVEl E His Brother Was Proclaimed His Successor at 2 O'clock This Afternoon Mil HAiO II PRISOHER OF THEJCTORIOUS TURKS Was Taken From the Palace Last Night By Soldiers and Conveyed Across the Bosphorus to a Point In Asiatic Turkey. London, April 27.—A dispatch received from Constantinople by a newB agency says rumors are current in the Turkish capital that Abdul Hamid is dead. The troops who are said to have taken him from the palace last night found him unconscious on the floor in an inner room of the harem. Constantinople. April 27.—Abdul Hamid has been deposed as sultan of the Turkish empire and Mohemmed Rerchad Effendi. his brother, hae pro claimed his successor. A salute ot 101 guns fired at 2 o'clock this after noon announced to the waiting popu lace the chango in sultans. "Wednesday evening Major Daugh ty-Wylie, the British vice consul at Mersina, arrived at Adana and es tablished headquarters in the house of a dragoman, a wealthy Greek resi dent, where many refugees had been received. The wife of the British vice consul, who was brought into Adana under fire on Thursday, tended per sonally many wounded women and children. "Adana was a hell. The bazaars were looted and set on fire. There Was a continuous and increasing shooting and killing in every part, of the town and fires raged in many quarters. On Thursday Dancle Miner. Roger and Henry Maurer, American mis sionaries. were killed under treach erous circumstances. On Friday the Armenians yielded, since when there has been little murdering. Adana is in a pitiable condition. The town has been pillaged and destroyed and there are thousands of homeless peo ple here without the means of livli hood. It. is impossible to estimate the number of killed. The corpses lie scattered through the streets. Friday when I went out I had to pick my way between the dead. Saturday morning I counted a dozen cartloads of Ar menian bodies in one half hour be ing carried to the river and thrown into the water. In the Turkish ceme taries graves are being dug by the wholesale. The condition of the refu gees is most pitiable. "The situation in Adana itself is unspeakable. On Friday afternoon 250 so-called Turldshs resesrves, without officers, seized a train at Adana and compelled the engineer to convey them to1 Tarsus where they took part in the destruction of the Armenian quarters which is the best part of Tarsus. The deposition was made through the regular form prescribed by the tenets of the Mohammedan faith. Sheik U1 Islam, the head of the church, issued the decree of deposi tion. The deposed sultan has been removed from the imperial palace of Yildiz and conveyed across the Bos phorus to a point in Asiatic Turkey. Troops under the command of Young Turk officers entered the sul tan's paiace last night and took his majesty a prisoner. Later, close ly guarded, he was removed to Cher aghan palace on the Bosphorus. May Be Revolt. Fifty Turkish officers have been ar rested at Trzeroum by their troops and dispatched under escort to Trebizoznd. The exact significance of this action is not yet clear, but it is feared that it means the beginning of a revolt of the provincial troops againBt the Young Turk officers. There was a fresh outbreak of fanaticism and murder last night at Adana, accompanied by looting and incendiarism. The situation there is critical. Story of An Eyewitness. Adana, Asiatic Turkey, April 27.— Rev. Herbert Adams Gibbons of Hart ford, Conn., a missionary of the American Board of Foreign Missions, stationed here and at Tarsus, was an eyewitness of the scenes of terror and destruction as the center of the Mos lem uprising. He gives as follows the first graphic story of the scenes of the massacres and incendiarism. The entire villeyet of Adena has 1 THE EVENING TIMES GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA? TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 1909. been the scenes )u'ing the past five days of a terrible massacre of Armenians, the worst ever known in the history of the district. The ter ror has been general and the govern ment is powerless to check the dis orders. Adam, the capital of the province, has been the storm center. Early last Wednesday morning, while I was in the market I noticed the Armenians were closing their shops and hurrying to their homes. An Armenian and Turk had been killed during the night and the corpses were paraded through their respec tive quarters. TKe sight of the dead inflamed the inhabitants and crowds at once began t6 gather in the streets, armed with sticks, axes and knives. "William Chambers, field secretary of the Young Men's Christian associa tion and myself proceeded to the konak and found a howling mob de manding arms with which to kill the ciaours. We then went to the tele graph office to Summon the British consul. On the steps of the building we saw three Armenians who had been massacred. 'Their bodies had been mutilated. While we were in the telegraph office a mob burst into the room where we were and killed two Armenians before our eyes." This change was decided upon by the national assembly without a dis senting voice and it was carried out with the utmost rapidity. The sultan is now a prisoner in (he hands cr" tiie Young Turks and is carefully guard ed by his captors/ This change was demanded by his Subject for his in terference with the' progress of popu lar government under the constitution granted by him last July. SPECIAL TRAIN Bill Provides One for the Exclusive Use ol the President. Washington. April 27.—If a bill introduced today by Representative Dwight. o£ New York becomes a law. the United States will own a complete railway train consisting of a baggago car. sleeping car and a private car for the exclusive Use of the president of the United States. The sum of $60,000 is provided iu the bill, and for expenses in connection with the tho travels of the prisedtn hi6 vi'test and attendants. $25,000"is appropriated to be immediately available. He Wanted opportunity to Unearth the Hidden Treas ure in Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela, April 27—It is persistently reported here that Cll priano Castro left a fortune in gold buried in Caracas. If this is so it ex plains Castro's alleged lack of funds and his anxiety to get back to Vene zuela. Negotiations have begun between the Venezuelan government and a representative of the Ethelburg syn dicate of London for a settlement of disputes over the match and salt monopolies in Venezuela, held until recently by English companies. FREEOFUBITiVE John Powers Has Been Teach ing School Six Years Under Assumed Name Kittanning. Pa., April 27.—John Powers, a brother of Caleb Powers, who. with former Governor W. S. Taylor and former Secretary of State Charles Finley, has been pardoned be- I fore trial by Governor Willson, of Kentucky, of all charges growing out of the murder in January. 1900, of! William Goebel. today made himself known to friends in this city. Powers, who has been a fugitive for nine years, and was thought to be in Honduras, has been living here for sixteen months under the name of Prof. J. W. Christie. About six years ago Powers went to New Kensington, Pa., and under the name of Christie became a teacher in Sayres Business college. Two years later he was put in charge of the Sayres Branch colege at Emlenton and later went to Kittan ning to take charge of another of Sayres schools. TIIE NEATH hit \ortli Dakota—Partly tonight and Wednesday. temperature. cloudy Rising Five $475 Pianos Ate among the many high grade prizes we are offer ing to energetic ladies—Only four more days in which to help her. SENATOR BAILEY E TAX UW Contends That It Is the Only Fair Means of Raising Revenue OPPOSES THE IMIERMION OF CHEAP LABORERS OF EUROPE Fails to Show Why the Arbitrary Limit of Five Thousand Dollars Is Equitable—Senator Aldricli Says It Is Class Legislation. Washington. April 27.—The an nouncement that Senator Bailey would resume the discussion of his amendment to the tariff bill provid ing for an income tax was sufficient to crowd the galleries of the senate today and to call to his place on the floor nearly every senator on both sides ot the chamber. Mr. Bailey said that one of the most prosperous period in the history ol the United States resulted from a low tariff, while Mr. Smith declared that one of the most disastrous periods in the business of the country resulted from p. low tariff making his refer ence to the Wilson tariff act. Mr. Bailey also became involved in a discussion with Mr. Aldrich with regard to the latter's utterance in the senate in 1S94 that the income tax was supported by the Socialist, Popu list and Democratic parties. Mr. Bailey said that Mr. Taft now favor ed an income tax and asked Mr. Al drich if he considered the president a Socialist, Populist or Democrat. Mr. Aldrich replied that his statement was true at the time it was made. Contending that he had always vot ed against extravagance. Mr. Bailey declared that Mr. Aldrich had voted for substanially all large appropria tions measures. He said that the Rhode Island senator's recent state ment in favor of economy indicated that ho had been converted. This conversion, contended Mr. Bailey, occurred when the burden was about to be placed on the rich. "If this bill, as he presented it," said Mr. Bailey, referring to the chairman of the finance committee, "coupled with an income tax will raise too much revenue, let's reduce the rates that we collect on the necessities of life." Rates Tan Be Reduced. Engaging in a colloquy with Sen ator Aldrich, Mr. Bailey repeated his statement that rates of the pending bill could be reduced 33 1-3 per cent, without greatly increasing the bulk of importations, although in his opin ion the decrease would diminish to! the extent of the reduction the price of manufactured articles to the I American consumer. I "Does the senator think that the American manufacturer makes a1 profit, of 33 1-3 per cent.?" inquired Air. Aldrich. Air. Bailey suggested that the Unit ed States steel corporation with a capital of $350,000,000, had increased its capitalization to one billion and makes about 7 per cent, of the larger sum. "Obviously," he said, "the steel corporation could reduce its profit 33 1-3 per cent, and still make more than a legitimate profit upon a fair valuation of its property." Mr. Aldrich suggested that the United States steel corporation pro duces only from 45 to 50 per cent, of the steel output and asked whether the senator from Texas believed the other corporations could make a profit if the prices were reduced 33 1-3 per cent. "If 1 am permitted to judge by the size and equipment, of their auto mobiles and the size and equipment of their yachts and by other extrava gances they tlunt in the faces of the American consumers. I say yes." Mr. Bailey. "They might not be able to go to Europe every summer and might, find it necessary to reduce their expenditures, but the American people would be better off for that." Industrial Profit. "Does the senator think the aver age industries make a profit of more than 33 1-3 per cent, annually and regularly?" inquired Air. Aldrich. Air. Bailey explained that a 33 1-3 per cent, reduction in the rates of duty would not be equivalent to a 33 1-3 reduction in profits. Again taking up the subject of income tax. Air. Bailey said that no "system of taxation ever devised has been so just, so equal and so proper as an income tax." "How did the senator arrive at the income of $5,000 as the proper one to tax" asked Air. Aldrich, "instead of $4,000 or $3,000, or $2,000?" Mr. Bailey replied that he had fixed that figure because he had as sumed that incomes of $5,000 are spent upon living expenses so that the recipient would be compelled to pay another than the income tax at the custom house on everything he purchased and as the one tax had al ready been paid, exemption from the income tax seemed justifiable. But more than that, he said, he wished to levy the tax upon those best able to pay it. To Avoid Hostilities. Being further pressed with ques tions by Mr. Aldrich, the Texas sen ator replied: "I know what you want me to say and I am going to say it. I fixed up on $5,000 a year as the income to be taxed for the further reason that I wanted to affect, as few people as pos sible. so that it might not provoke hostilities. Is the senator satis fied?" inquired Air. Bailey smiling up on Mr. Aldrich. who nooded and smiled. "In other words, retorted Air. Aldrich, the senator wants to en act legislation with a class distinction in order to get it through." "Does the senator believe that Adam Smith was correct in saying that taxes should be laid upon peo ple best able to bear them" asked "Air. Baile.*. "Certainly." nodded Air. Aldrich, who added that the constitution and every code of ethics and morals agrcqfl that taxes should be levied with unformity and according to the means of the people to pay. "That is rather a serious criticism," retorted Air. Bailey "of the Republi can party which, in the incumbency oi Abraham Lincoln, levied an in come tax upon some and exempted others." Mr. Aldrich. returning to his criti cism of the plan of income tax pro posed by Mr. Bailey, said laborers aboard received from 6 to 60 cents a day and from $50 to $300 or $400 a year, while American labor is paid about $700 a year. His plan, he said, would be to reduce protection given this American labor over foreign cheaper labor. "I would like," said Air. Bailey amid applause from the galleries, "to make it impossible for that cheap labor to come here at all." The gavel of the vice president was necessary to restore order, and Air. Aldrich interposed to say: "The sen ator would prevent these laborers coming to this country, but he would permit the product of that cheap la bor to come." "The criticism of this income tax," said Mr. Bailey, "will find small au diences in labor centers when he comes to complain that. do not tax somebdy beside those included in the $5,000 limitation." Air. Owen interrupted to suggest that in order to make up for what would be lost in exempting incomes below $5,000, the amendment might be changed to tax incomes of more than $1,000,000 at the rate of five per cent. Without replying to Air. Owen, Air. Bailey continued: "The tender solicitude of the sen ator from Rhode Island is in keep ing with American politics." Referring to an expatriated citizen, who he said owned $10,000,000 ot real estate in New York City, he said that the working men of this country were taxed to protect his property while he went untaxed in the war with Spain. The workingmen. he said, who paid a tax upon a plug of tobac co paid more for the support of the federal government than did that ex patriated citizen. For more than eighty years, said Air. Bailey, the action of congress and decisions of courts had main tained the validity of an income tax law. Postponing the conclusion of his remarks until tomorrow when, he said, he would give some attention to supreme court decisions on an income tax, Air. Bailey said in conclusion: "1 do not think that any citizen or senator is precluded from indulging in just and fair criticism of any ques tion relating to any department of this government. I am willing to stand uncovered in the presence of that great tribunal, but I am not will ing to be silent. The judgments of the supreme court governs nie in any particular case and I submit without complaint to that judgment, but I do not subscribe to the doctrine that be cause the judges have spoken all oth er men must receive their speech in silence." BAM COPY Original Manuscript of Inspir ing Patriotic Song Has Just Been Found Washington, April 27.—The orig inal manuscript of "The Star Spangled Banner" has been located by the Francis Scott Key Alemorial association, which is endeavoring to get possession of it. While it is im probable that the owner of this preci ous relic, a Baltimore woman, will consent to permanently part wit it, the association hopes to be able to borrow the manuscript to or place on exhibition at the old Key mansion in Georgetown, D. C. COOPER CASE APPEALED Nashville, Tenn.. April 27.—Judge Hart, today overruled. the motion for a new trial in the Cooper murder case and an appeal was taken to the Tennessee supreme court. the 14-year-old daughter Alueller residing in the if. IS HPEO 01 10 SCHOOL She Escaped From Captor While He Was Dozing in the Buggy STRINGER TRIED THE SICK RELATIVE_SGHEME ON HER When She Refused to Accompany He Bound Her Arms With Hope Put Her in His Buggy and Drove Away. New Ulrn, Alinn., April 27.—Esther, of Martin town of Court- land, was kidnaped Monday but succeeded in escaping kidnaper. She was on morning from her her way to school in the morning when a er drove up behind her in a strang buggy and said that a relative was sick and was sent to get her. The girl to go with the stranger and her arms with a rope, put buggy and drove away. that the man was in a sort from the buggy. Mueller do farmer. be refused he bound her in a Esther says of stupor or he was sleeping when she escaped is a well-to- KNOTTY CASE Pennsylvania May 'ot be Able to Con vict Mrs. Boyle of Kidnaping. Alercer. Pa., April 27.—With coun sel for the defense demanding an Im mediate trial and the prosecution al leged to be in favor of its postpone ment, the time for the trial of Mrs. James H. Boyle on a charge of kid naping Willie Whitla is still undeter mined, though Boyle's case will be heard next Friday. It is alleged that Pennsylvania offi cials are not in possession of material evidence against the woman. Special detectives are known to be working at Cleveland, Chicago and Jefferson City, Mo. Reports from detectives at Cleveland and Chicago today are to the effect that nothing important has been ascertained. It was said here last night that an attempt Will be made in some manner to continue the. case against the woman until ne£t June. A matter which may postpone the trial of Airs. Boyle was developed to day. The indictment against the wo man designates her as a spinster and also states that the kidnaping was committed on April 17, instead of March 18. Airs. Boyle gave out a statement today asserting that she had been brought up according to the strict tenets of the church of her parents and that published stories as to her having been married to several differ ent men were untrue. TO INTEREST THE 1ST HK11 Winnipeg Will Push the Sel kirk Centennial Exposition With Energy Winnipeg, April 27.—Preliminary educational and organization work for the great Canadian exposition and Selkirk centennial in Winnipeg In 1912 will begin in earnest this week. The entire west as far as the coast will be visited by delegates and a com mittee will bring the matter before the Dominion government within the next two or three weeks. The C. p. R. and C. X. R. have donated $25,000 to the committee for the preliminary work and a special train will carry forty-eight members of the centen nial committee throughout the three prairie provinces. An lntinerary will be made out by which meetings wttl be held at Portage la Prairie. Bran don, Regina. Moose Jaw, Calgary, Ed monton, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and many towns and a smaller delegation will be sent to the coast. While these are in the west committees will be organized in each of the places visited with the local mayor at the head to continue the work of educa tion, as it is distinctly understood that the exposition is not to be for Winnipeg, but for the entire west and that if it does not meet with the ap proval of and bring prosperity to the entire province it will not be a suc cess. When the delegates leave in their special train for the west an other delegation of three will makie their way to Ottawa to lay the matter before the government. JOS. BABCOCK DEAD Former Wisconsin Representative and Republican Leader Died Today Washington, pril 27—Former Rep resentative Joseph W. Babcock Wisconsin, for fourteen years a ot mem ber of the lower house of congress and for many years chairman of the national Republican congressional committee, died at his home here at 0:45 o'clock this morning. 5!) years old. He