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Two Murderous Attacks Made in
Different Parts of the Cfty
Seem Motiveless
Citizens Set Upon with Wild Fury
in Homes' Shadows- Vic
tims in Hospital
THE police are Investigating two
mysterious attacks on citizens in
the shadow of their homes early
yesterday. Both victims were attacked
by a man answering the same des
cription, in the same manner, and both
narrowly escaped being shot to death
by knocking the barrel of the gun
aside and grappling with their assail
ant, who beat them over the head with
the fury of a madman. Only their cries
for the police frightened the man away.
P. W. Ehler, an architect living at
1116 Maple avenue, was the first vic
tim. He returned from a picnic at
Riverside and was ascending the front
stairway' of his home at 2:15 o'clock
yesterday morning, when a dark form
sprang upon him and he felt," the cold
muzzle of a revolver pressed against
the back of his head.
Khler 'dodged' and clinched with his
assailant, wno struck him repeatedly
over the head with the butt of the re
volver until the blood from his wounds
blinded him and he cried loudly for the
police. The stranger, with an oath,
Struck Ehler a parting blow and ran
into the street, disappearing around
a corner. ■ ■ ' •
Ehler, with the assistance of a police
man, was removed to the receiving
hospital, where, he was treated for
severe lacerations of the scalp and
told his story to the police.
Scarcely had police been sent to the
vicinity of the crime when a report
readied police headquarters that W. G.
Bartoseh had been struck down In tho
Shadow of liis home at 1620 Sixty-llrst
street and severely boulon. Bartoseh
a few minutes later reached the re
cetvlns* hospital, where he was treated
for a broken nose and deep lacera
tions of tho forehead. Bartoseh's de
■CElptlon of his assailant tallied with
that »f Khler's. He said that the
mini leaped upon him, shoved the gun
against his head and that only his
nullity saved him from being shot. The
two men, according to Bartoseh, strug
gled for possession of the weapon,
while tho stranger struck him again
and again over tho nose and forehead,
until realizing that the man was about
to fire on him, he shouted for help and
brought tho police on the acene, al
though not until the man had made
good his escape.
Robbery was not a motive for the
Bartoseh attack as tho assailant made
no effort to rifle his victim's pockets
but seemed intent on firing his re
volver. Only Bartoseh's plucky fight
in warding off the aim of the gun
saved his life.
Converted Gunboat Rams Steam
er in Philippine Waters
VICTORIA, B. C, May IB.—The Emp
ress of China brought news of the sink
ing of the steamer Neustra Sfnora del
IMliir on April 11 off the coast of Mln
doro, Philippines, after a collision with
the Manyan, an old converted gunboat,
with a ram. Seven passengers were
The steamer sank while efforts were
being made to beach it. There were
ninety-six persons on board, and nearly
all took to the boats. Two women and
three members of the crew who re
mained to get their belongings went
down and two members of the Philip
pine constabulary were lost. Captain
Otero remained on the bridge until the
steamer foundered and reached a boat
by swimming.
Bitter Foe of Gompers and Labor
Unions Summoned
ST. LOUIS, May 16.— J. "W. Van
Cleave, former president of the Na
tional Manufacturers' association, died
of heart disease at his home here to
Durinff the time he was at the head
of the association Mr. Van Cleave be
caame widely known because of the
bitter controversy waged between him
self, as the representative of the manu
facturers, and Samuel Gompers,
president of the American Federation
of Labor.
DENVER, May 15.—Two hundred un
ion bakers, employed In thirty-five bak
eries here, struck today for an Increase
in wages.
Tonight it was reported fourteen bak
eries had signed a new male. The bak
ers ask a flat increase of $i a week and
use of the union label. Heretofore
benchmen were paid $16 and ovenmen
$18 a week.
SANTA ROSA, May 15.—A forest fire
raging Just beyond Hood mountain is
sweeping across the timber land and
pastures near Kenwood, twelve miles
<>aat of this place. The ranch of Sen
ator Thomas Kearns of Utah Is in the
path of the flarn.es. Volunteers have,
nded from neighboring sections to
fiMbt the fire.
Once Upon a Time
Many Lizards—Aw,
Tell It to Teddy
Silurian Music Lovers
Trained Cockroaches Lasl
to the Mast
CharVned by the music from the pi
grupli (vf a picnic party, score
lizards formed a circle about thi
strument and for hours lay in sll
as they listened to the notes of
"orchestra." The gathering of the
tlliK for the concert took plac
Cable canyon, where the chlldr<
the Dovore school were picnicking
their parents and teacher, Miss
The school term closed Frida
Miss Oliver, who makes her ho
Ban Hornardlno, grave the ptcr.
tlio children yesterday.
The strange actions of th« ii»f
they heard the music were w
with interest by the members
party, which also Included O. B
and Miss Kllen Oliver of Stf
nardlno, who vouch for the stc
Asiatic Exclusion Body
Immigration Official.*
Violating Law
ing a meeting which was a
test against the policy of 1
ment in admitting aliens tc i
try, the executive commi' le
Asiatic Exclusion leaguf n
strueted today to make f n
plalnt against Commission il
gratlon Hart H. North of of
San Francisco charging h io
latlng the law In giving er his
country to numerous dis en
The recent influx of larf 3 of
Hindus was laid at the d of
ficials as being detrlmer in
terests of labor in th» es
and particularly In the ist
Secretary Nagle of the . of
commerce and labor w . to
make a thorough invest 'on
dltions here relative • rges
brought against Nortl dis
missal of the official lould
tho accusations be subi y the
facts produced at tho
Numerous papers, Affi
davit* and a large data
were forwarded to Se jle to
night by the Exclus
SEATTLE. May > news
papers say that wr a ties are
revised Japan prob withdraw
the coasting prlvi i foreign
steamers, which w permitted
then to carry pa md cargo
betweeen the op -Nagasaki,
Kobe, Shomlsu, y Yokohama
and Hakodate.
f- r
I*>» Angeles an , ".lyi Monday, fair,
warmer. Moderat ; a wind. Maximum
temperature yest« i > , % degrees; mini
mum, 68 degrees.
Mysterious twin a .-.-. urlously made
by man •with gu . , erent parts of
the city, seem r s. PAGE 1
Dude holdup met. >.". J ticker's watch
and coin. PAOEJ 1
New lire chief f.i< «o -.. luous task of
buying 12,000 ttit f se for depart
ment. PAGE 3
Lob Angeles ptlhm las record of
seven teen lives f■> 1 in seventeen
years. * PAGE 3
Pay-as-you-enter eA i?«i installed on
Central avenue ; PAGE 2
Death of Mrs. Shoph. , od Samar
itan hospital to be ■ ted.
' PAGE 2
Sunday "schools hold lv , hltsunday
rally. ' ; PAGE 12
Dr. Locke In sermon to ' : U. del
egates declares womel demand
votes on moral questl PAGE 12
Los Angelan ge.ts pat< • method
of making .briquettes t> ■ '.wdust.
, PAGE 2
Judge Works. Uncoln-Ri " v.,. league
candidate for United ii.n.m . nator,
returns home from .cam i>:. ;;n i ur of
the north. PAGE 3
Probation officials exercls. i .. - -.able ■
control over their charge PAGE 2
Editorial and letter box. »AGE 4
City brevities. ,' 'AGE 6
Hotel notes and personals. AGE 5
Sporting.' , *?■" BS 6-7
Classified advertising.. .. v'•-■.,,\ 10-11
Los Angeles man saved from -• . <\ ■
surf at Redondo. • SSvV,, <•'-'-' ElO
Prominent business men though! . - ,„ •
• been caught 'in raid on 1- < |. a.. •■:
' poker games. • * itJ*£ 10
Asiatic Exclusion league charges t
gratlon commissioner with adi >'n c .. ■
diseased orientals into this com
Darkness, fire showers, heat and ••'t '
things predicted by astronomers > i."
earth passes, through tall of Hal >''»
comet Wednesday. '." ''!" ■.(
Taft gives out statement in which '•
takes all the blame for the man < ;
in which Glavls-Balllnger letter * - \
prepared. ■ , ■ P<\ rt <
Midnight conference of senators at t ..•
White House plans for peace betwe. j
regulars and insurgents. PA
Women and children pray while 100 ■
men tight to save town menaced by „ ,
forest fires. - / ' PAGB 1
Combination Fraction ships heavy ton
. nage. „.;, „ „, / .PAGE ■>
Cerro-Colorado,. miles. .Pirns county, ■■-■
Ariz, bought by eastern'men. PAlik »
Additional pumps and storage tanks In- -,.-■
stalled to care for Maiicupa-Midway
iolLi- •■> ' I'Al«B 9
■r ;> ival Observatory Scientist Pre
dicts an Impressive Display
of Fireworks
istling Battery of Telescopes
Trained on Growing Bril
liance of Comet
■;<('.- lAwiociatcd Pre»»]
TT ASHINGTON, May Ha I ley's
I \\ .comet will be greeted Wednes
!<!,"- day on its closest approach to
the earth by a bristling battery of tel
escapes flanked by rapid-firr lenses "In
the celestial cameras of the naval ob
servatory. Elaborate calculations have
been made as to the minute and sec
ond the comet will be at a given place
in the heavens, where it will be ob
served and photographed.
Among: the scientists there is some
difference of opinion as to the effect
the great star will have upon the
earth, but the differences are minor.
Professor Asaph Hail of the naval
observatory would not be (surprised If
there were a shower of meteorites. He
advanced his theory with the same
calmness that he would prophesy a
shower of rain.
Others, and they appear in the ma
jority, expect no disturbances. Edwin
F. Naulty of New York takes Issue
with Professor Hall, and contends that
the tall of the comet Is composed
neither of gas nor of meteoric bodies,
and that such a shower as Professor
Hall deems possible could not follow.
"The tall of Halley's comet, to all
intents and purposes, is a celestial
searchlight," said Mr. Naulty today.
'•The tail is nothing more than sun
light condensed from radiant solar en
ergy and processed through the solar
system, exactly as a lens focuses, con
denses and transmits light."
He says the tail of the comet is not
composed of gas, or of minute particles
of mattter, or of meteoric bodies.
The entire solar system, Mr. Naulty
says, is filled with gases in varying
states of density. All these gases, poi
sonous and non-poisonous, are present
in the earth's atmosphere In dense
The changing spectrum of Halley's
comet, according to Mr. Naulty's
theory, Is due to the fact that as the
comet's great "tail" of light sweeps
through various parts of the solar sys
tem it light up differing layers of gases,
conveying the impression the tail itself
it gasaous.
Mr. Naulty says the spectrum of re
flected sunlight is always present in
head and tail of the comet, thus prov
ing that bath parts of it are made vis
ible by sunlight alone.
"The sweeping of this cometary cone
of solar force does cause disturbance
in the solar system," said Mr. Naulty.
"The earth and all the planets are af
fected, not only when they come within
the actual cane, as the earth will do on
Wednesday, but also by the ethereal
waves set in motion by the comet's tall.
It is the constant attempt of the earth
and its atmosphere to adjust them
selves to this disturbance that has
caused the prevalent earth tremors,
storms and other phenonema.
"The climax will be reached this week.
There will be no collision of the earth
and comet, nor will the earth be en
veloped in poisonous gases. The effect
of the passage may be to cause great
condensation of atmospheric vapors, so
that automatically the earth will be
provided with a sort of shield which
will be like a lead screen used to pro^
tect X-ray operators.
"When the comet approaches nearest
the earth on May 18, the moon will be
full and the conflict of her rays will
make observations of the comet more
difficult than if there were no opposi
"At the nava"l observatory the scien
tists have been watching the comet
through powerful telescopes every
morning just before sunrise, when it is
brightest. The observers eacli day can
note the broadening of the tail and the
enlargement of the head. The heaven
ly body will increase in apparent size
and brilliancy until Wednesday, when
it will begin to decrease, and In a few
weeks will disappear into space, not to
be seen again for nearly a century."
Celestial Tramp Won't Harm the
World, Say Chicago Scientists
CHICAGO, May 15.—Astronomers of
Chicago and vicinity who have lost
much sleep in studying Halley'a comet
since its appearance this year do not
expect its influence will in any way
be manifest on the earth.
"There can be but little doubt that
the tall of the celestial visitor, being
some 5,000,000 miles wide, will sweep
over the earth, but we will not even
feel It," said Dr. D. J. McHugh, as- j
tronomer at Depauw university, today.
"None of the gases of the comet will
come closer than say forty-five miles
to the earth's surface. At that <lis
tance the earth's atmosphere is much
more dense than the tail of the comet.
Friction with the atmosphere would
destroy it at that altitude.
"As for cyanogen gas, that is most
y around the head of the comet, ai
houßh the sun's repulsion and the
pr of the heavenly traveler may
oreed some of it Into the tall."
XORK, May 15.—Prof. Percl
v. , the authority on the planet
M. 'Ned today by the steamer
Ne from a European lecture
trip er a brief visit to Boston
will to Lowell observatory at
Flag* i., to make observations
of Ha. ie t. /
Colorado's Fruit
Crop in Grip of
Sweeping Storm
Sixty-Miles-an-Hour Gale Drives
Temperature to Forty
DKNVER, May 15.—Colorado's fruit
of the estimated value of W. 000,000 is
menaced tonight by a storm, accom
panied by a sudden drop in tempera
ture, which Is sweeping the state.
The thermometer at the western
slope registered forty degrees at 10
o'clock and was falling steadily under
a sixty-mile gale from the north.
* » »
I Ir.lva.ta CITY, M=r 15- ——= Hyfl? j
jury retired at 10:85 tonight without I
having reached a verdict.
Deliberations will begin again at 8
o'clock tomorrow morning. Neither Or.
Hyde, lil» wife, nor any. of the Bwope»
were at the criminal court building to
night. '
Two Companies of Militia Hur
" rying to Minnesota Town
Menaced by Flames
BEMIDJI, Minn., May 15.—Women
and children are tonight in churches
praying; hundreds of men are out
fighting the flames and two companies
of state militia are hastening here
from Crookaton and Duluth, to fight
the flames that are slowly moving
down upon the town.
The wall of flre started early this
morning, about four miles south of
the city, and tonight had eaten its
way through the dried forests and
withered bushes to a point a mile and
a half from town. A thousand men
are out fighting It.
The militiamen are rushing here
under orders from Governor- Eber
hardt. A dense pall of smoke hangs
over the town, and breathing In the
town Is difficult.
Unless there Is rain soon, or the
wind changes, the town seems doomed.
Late tonight it was reported the
fires, which had reached a width of
five miles, had been temporarily
checked at a state road a mile south
of town.
Professors Disagree as to Just
What Will Happen Next
BOSTON, May 15.—Agreeing that no
harmful effect is to be experienced on
next Wednesday from the passage of
the earth through the tall of Halley's
comet, New England astronomers ap
pear not to concur as to thp possibility
of a luminous display similar to north
ern lights.
Prof. David P. Todd of Amherst col
lege thinks the aurora effect probable.
Prof. Robert F. Willson of the Har
vard college observatory said today
that there may be a darkening of the
atmosphere, while Prof Edward C.
Pickering, head of the Harvard ob
servatory, said:
"I doubt if there would be any effect
at all."
Prof. Willson said further that "there
may be a shower of charged particles,
very small but numerous, which may
effect wireless telegraphy. There is no
cause for alarm or fear. Cyanogen
exists only near the comet's head, and
the tail is a good vacuum."
Prof. Todd declares that there will
be no more sensation than that caused
by the rays of light from a distant
candle on a person's hand. A propor
tionate amount of cyanogen gas is
radiated from each, he says.
Leon Campbell, another of the Har
vard astronomers, thinks a luminous
display probable.
The increasing brilliancy of the
comet as it approaches the earth was
shown today when Harvard astronom
ers found that the body with the
comet, or envelope, had reached pro
portions of nearly zero magnitude, the
highest stage of stellar brilliancy. The
rate of increase in brilliancy is indi
cated by the two photometric measure
ments taken at the Harvard observa-
The first on May 6 showed the nu
cleus to be 7.06 magnitude. Another on
Friday, just a week later, showed the
magnitude to be 4.41, an increase in
apparent size of 2.65 degrees.
MASSILLON, 0., May_ls.—The pa
tients In the Massillon state hospital
for the Insane are so deeply interested
in Halley's comet that a large majority
| of them are up every morning to see
i the celestial wanderer. Many of them
think that it Is a signal that the world
is coming to an end. Others believe
that it is the Star of Bethlehem.
Recently the patients have requested
the physicians to allow the watchmen
to call them. Since the comet has
been seen the summons of the watch
men has been unnecessary.
Interest Is so general that the win
dows of the cottages facing east are
filled with faces from 2 o'clock till day
early today almost wiped out the lit
tle town of Bonanza, thirty rnilea east
of here. The loss Is about $50,000, with
little insurance
The building! destroyed were five
itprea, two noteU, a saloon, a barber
chop and tho postofflce, j
Midnight Meeting at White House
Schemes to Heal Republi
can Party Breach
Lukewarm Progressives Urged to
Get Radicals Into Line
Against Democrats ..
[Associated Press]
WASHINGTON, May 15.—Whether
It is feasible at this late day to
wipe out Republican factional
lines and meet on some common ground
that would unite the insurgents and
regulars, is the question before Re
publican leaders.
It was raised last night at a confer
ence at the White House which began
at 10:30 and continued until 1:16 this
A groat many things were talked
over at the midnight gathering, and a
revised legislative program was made
up tentatively, which it was believed
would command the votes of practi
cally all regular Republicans. A dis
cussion followed on the possibility of
certain concessions that might attract
all Republicans of the senate.
Practically all western senators
were present last night, except the
most radical progressives—Senators
La Pollette,, Beveridge, Cummins, Dol
liver, Bristow and Clapp.
Among the progressives who attend
ed were Senators Nelson, Borah,
Brown, Burkett, Dixon, Gamble and
Crawford. These men expressed the
opinion that the differences between
the insurgents and regulars was not
The sudden amalgamation of insur
gents and regulars of the senate last
Friday, which resulted in the adoption
of an amendment to the administration
bill on the subject of long and short
hauls, appeared to have made the reg
ulars more tolerant of progressive
views on the pending measure. The
"getting together" was necessitated by
the discovery that the Democrats had
formed a solid front to secure the
adoption of a Democratic provision re
lating to long and short hauls, which
was to haye been put In motion after
they had voted with the regular Re
publicans to defeat the Dixon amend
ment, favored by the insurgents.
: It would be difficult to decide wheth
er the regulars or the insurgents were
the more surprised when they learned
the plans of the Democrats. A vote
| had been - ordered, under the unani-
I mous consent agreement, and there
was little time for thought.
Senator Aldrich advised his colleagues
it was time for the Republicans to get
together. The insurgents after learn
ing the situation acquiesced, and both
factions acted accordingly.
Neither Republican faction got ex
actly what it wanted, but the vote
demonstrated that they could "unite
against a common enemy."
At the White House last night there
•was some comment on this fact, and it
was agreed If this could be done in the
long and short haul amendment to the
railroad bill, the case of the remainder
of the administration program was not
hopeless. V ,
When the senate resumes tomorrow
the consideration of the railroad bill it
is expected there will be a number of
informal conferences. Senators Borah,
Nelson, Dixon and others who have
voted with and against the older Re
publican senate leaders are- expected
to act as the intermediaries where nec
essary. It would not be surprising if
an agreement were reached during the
week for a vote on the railroad bill.
With the subject out of the way, It
will be possible to speculate upon a day
for adjournment.
The insurgents and regulars of the
majority in the house are now working
In some semblance of harmony, and
President Taft appeared satisfied last
night with the prospects for his pro
gram. The president will devote him
self this week principally to conferences
with senators and representatives on
the. subject in congress.
Many decisions of importance are ex
pected to be handed down tomorrow
by the supreme court. Among other
decisions is that involving the. consti
tutionality of the corporation tax.
Had Promised Girl a Present and
Couldn't Resist Temptation
"To make a present to his girl," was
the excuse Clyde Clifford, a Polytech
nic high school boy, gave last night at
central police headquarters for the lar
ceny of a watch, a locket, several
trinkets of small value and fifteen pen
Clifford had been employed by Mrs.
Mary J. Hayes to do odd jobs about
her home, 2312% South Union avenue,
working while out of school.
Yesterday he entered the house and,
according to his own confession, stole
the articles enumerated. When ques
tioned by Mrs. Hayes he made a clean
breast of the Job, stating lie was play
ing with a tennis ball, which bounded
OVW the transom into the Hayes lKiu.se.
Nobody was at homo and Hayes fol
lowed the ball over the transom.
On a dresser in tho room in which
he supposed the ball had gone were
the watch and a number of other lit
tle trinkets.
He had promised to give his sweet
heart, "Helen." a present and could
not resist the impulse to steal, he said.
When Mrs. Hayes returned and
Clyde appeared to do the evening
chores, she questioned him in regard
to the theft and he broke down and
confessed. Wishing to chastise the
youth, she notified the police and Clyde.
WaH sent to the detention home to
await action of the Juvenile court.
STMrT nOPTK"SS« i>ait.t on trains »«.
Dll> VjrJLdCJ KJKJI.IJII& . s IIND.VI- sc. ON trains 10c.
To Try Dynamite
to Check Flames
in Placerville Fire
Men, Women and Children Fight
ing Wind Driven Fire Which
Threatens Whole Town
FLACERVILLE, May 15.—This city
is in danger of destruction by fire-
Dynamite is held in readiness to raze
a section of the residence district to
prevent the spresW of the flames.
The fire started at 9:40 o'clock to
night and has destroyed the Kldorado
county court house. Odd Fellows build
ing, Holier! building and several brick
structures. The fire started in the
eastern end of the town, but a strong
wind is blowing to the" westward.
Every available man, woman and
child is fighting the conflagration,
using bucket brigades and high pres
sure water system.
FlurialuOi uai., is aiso menaced oy a
forest fire in the mountains half a
mile from the town.
Well Dressed Yeggs Then Tell
Him to Beat It, Which
He Does
While on his way to his home, 1218
Maple avenue, Henry Becker, former
machinist for the American Laundry
company, was held up shortly after 11
o'clock last night and robbed of a gold
watch and $14 by two men described
as "gentlemek burglars."
Becker was turning the corner at
Eleventh and Los Angeles streets when
two well dressed young men ap
proached him. Before he had time to
answer their salutation of ••greeting"
two revolvers were leveled at him.
While one man covered him with a
revolver, held In one hand and a flash
light in the other, Becker was searched.
When his pockets had been emptied
he was ordered to "beat it" without
raising an outcry. He did.
The two men then disappeared and
although Becker made a quick call at
police headquarters, patrolmen de
tailed on the case could find no trace
of the men.
By the aid of the flashlight Becker
was able to obtain a good description
of the two highwaymen. He said one
was about 24 years old, the other 35,
both dressed in the height of fashion
in gray suits with light colored felt
hats. .
Men Leave Seattle for Iditarod
Placers by New Route
SEATTLE, May IB.—The first boat
load of prospectors bound direct to the
new gold fields on the Idltarod and the
Innoko rivers, In western Alaska, left
Seattle today on the auxiliary schooner
P. J. Abier. The schooner carried 25
passengers, all that could be accom
modated, who will get into the new
gold fields by ascending the Kusko
win river.
Other prospectors have left Seattle
within the last two weeks, but they
have gone in by way of Skagway and
have had to wait for the Yukon to
open below Dawson to follow the ice
down the river. By going direct to
the mouth of the Kuskowin on Ber
ing sea, the prospectors who set sail
today believe that they will be able
to get into the field ahead of the men
who went by the other route.
In addition to the passengers the
Abler carried 200 tons of provisions, In
cluding a large supply of fresh vege
tables and fruit.
BANTA BARBARA, Cal., May 15.—
Mrs. Emma Nave was found near the
beach on the Mesa this morning with
a bullet hole in her head and a revolver
In her hand. There was every Indica
tion of suicide. She had been missing
since Friday, since which time her
mother, Emma Hughes, made search
of Los Angeles, thinking she had gone
there for treatment for nervous
troubles. Mrs. Nave was 38 years old.
Nothing is known of her husband. She
leaves one boy, George, who was re
cently discharged from the reform
school. 11l health and family troubles
are said to be the cause.
LONDON, May IC—Col. Roosevelt ar
rived here at 7:30 o'clock this morning-
BERLIN, May 15.—Former President
Roosevelt left here at noon today for
London. Herr yon Schoen, foreign af
fairs secretary, the members of the
embassy and many Americans bade
the party farewell at the station.
From the window of the train, Col.
Roosevelt assured the foreign secre
tary that he had enjoyed every mo
ment of his stay in Berlin.
The Americans gave three cheers and
a tiger as the train moved out.
SAN JUAN DEL SUH, Mic, May 15.
-Telegraphic communication from
Port Limon, Costa Rica, which had
been interrupted, was re-established to
day*. Reports that Port Limon had
suffered from an earthquake proved
EL PASO, Tex., May 15.—Frank Wil
son, in Jail In Juarez, has been identi
ti.Ml by Chief of Detectives Stranclll
and the Mexican authorities as Peter
Balcarvich, wanted in Reno, Nev., for
murder. He has many aliases and has
served two terms in prisgn. l
President Takes Whole Blame of
Manner of Preparing Vindi
cation for Secretary
Executive's Statement Touches
On All Charges Except
Those of Kerby
[Associated Presai
WASHINGTON, May 15.—President
Taft in person tonight took a
hand in the situation concerning
the "inside" history of the letter of Sep
tember 13, exonerating Secretary Bal
llnger from the charges of L. R. Glavis
and authorizing the dismissal of Glaviss.
Over his own signature he addressed
a long letter to Senator Knute Nelson,
chairman of the Ballinger-Pinchot in
vestigating committee, setting forth in
minute detail the sequence of events
following his rereipt at Beverley on
August IS of the charges of Glavis.
The president makes no direct men
tion of the statement of Frederick M.
Kerby, the young stenographer in Sec
retary Ballinger's office, in which the
stenographer declare dthe president's
letter of exoneration was prepared in
Ballingqr's office by Oscar Lawler, as
sistant attorney general of the interior
Tonight's utterance of Mr. Taft was
obviously provoked by Kerby's state
Mr. Taft declares Lawler did prepare
such a letter as Kerby said, but that
he did so at the president's specific
direction. When he received it he
found, he says, that it was not what he
wanted to issue, and he wrote the letter
himself in the form in which he d«siTed
it, using from Lawler's draft only one
or two general statements.
The president goes still further, and
takes up the question of the "back dat
ing" of Attorney General Wickersham's
summary of the Glavis charges, to
which Louis D. Brandeis has drawn at
tention. Mr. Taft nays the attorney
general's letter was in fact "back dated"
and that this also was done by hU
specific direction.
Following is the full text of the presi
dent's letter:
"The White House, Washington, May
15, 1910.
"My Dear Senator Nelson: In tho
hearings before the committee to in
vestigate the interior department and
forest service, reference has been made
to my decision on the complaint and
charges that Mr. Glavis filed with me
on the 18th of August last, against
Secretary Ballinger and certain other
officials of the interior department. Tho
majority of the committee have decid
ed my motion in this case was not in
the jurisdiction of the committee to
investigate. In spite of this ruling, ref
erence to the matter has crept into the
record. For this reason, I deem it
proper to write you and state the facts
with such accuracy as my memory per
"Glavis' statement and charges were
left with me by him on August IS, 1909.
I turned them over to the attorney
general, who happened to be in the
neighborhood, and he made notes upon
his reading. We both had personal
knowledge in respect to Secretary
Ballinger's attitude toward the Al
aska coal claims, which was the
chief subject of innuendo and com
plaint, for Mr. Ballinger had very
early in the administration consulted
us both regarding them.
"Within two or three days after the
filing of the charges, at a meeting at
which -the secretary of the treasury,
the attorney general and the secretary
of the navy were present, a full dis
cussion of the Glavis statement was
had. It resulted in a general conclu
sion that jealousy between the bureaus
of the interior department and the for
estry bureau probably explained the at
titude of the interior department offl
ciiN but that the intimation of bad
faith by Glavis against Mr. Ballinger
and the others required that the state
ment be submitted to them for answer.
Accordingly, copies of the statement
were sent to Secretary Ballinger, to
Assistant Secretary Pierce, the com
missioner, Mr. Dennett, and to Chief
of Field Service Schwartz.
"Mr Ballinger was at Seattle, but on
receipt of the charges he came to
Washington to prepare his answer. On
Monday, September 6, Mr. Ballinger
reached Beverley. accompanied by Mr.
Lawler, the assistant attorney general
of the departinont of justice, assigned
to the interior department. Mr. Bal
linger sent to my house on that day
the answers of the various persons con
cerned with a voluminous record of
exhibits. I had a conference with him
the evening of the day he came, Sep
tember 6, and another on the following
evening, September 7.
"I talked over the charges with Mr.
Ballinger the first evening and asked
such questions as suggested them
selves, without intimating any conclu
sion, and said I would examine the
answers and the record, and, would see
him the next day. I sat up until 3
o'clock that night reading the answers
and exhibits, so at my next confer
ence I was advised of the contents of
the entire record, and had made up
my mind there was nothing in tho
charges upon which Mr. Ballinger or
the others accused could be found
guifty either of incompetency, inef
ficiency, disloyalty to the interests of
the government or dishonesty.
"In the discussion of the second ovr n
ing Mr. Lawler, who was present ut
my suggestion, discussed the evidence
at some length. I said to Mr. Lawler
I was very anxious to write a full
statement of the case and set out tho
reasons for my decision, but tho tlmo
for my departure on a long western
trip, occupying two months, was Just
one week from that day; that I had
six or seven speeches to deliver at tho
beginning of that journey and could
not give the time to the preparation of
Milch a detailed statement and opinion
us I would like to render in tho mat-
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