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Falrj north wind t changing West
*oi» xxxm.
Neighbors Discover Home Ablaze
and Mother Gone with
Two Children
Fear of Violence Alarms Friends,
and Police and Deputies
Lead Search
Suffering from nervousness so acute
that it may have' caused dementia,
Mm. A. It. Spencer disappeared from
her home, 4312 Santa Monica avenue,
Hollywood, yesterday morning, taking
her two children with her. A few
ntinutes after «»»e left the house
neighbors discovered that it was on
lire. The llamas wore extinguished
With Slight loss. There were signs
that kerjwene had been poured on
some of the woodwork and the author
ities believe that Mrs. Bpencer, In her
frenzied condition, tried to burn the
when (he excitement attending the
file had .subsided, it was reported to
the. detective department and the sher
iff's office that Mrs. Spencer and hqr
children were missing. As she re
cently was released from an asylum
in northern California It is (eared
tii;it (in' woman might have taken the
children into the mountains north of
Hollywood where they may meet with
violence. Motorcycle Patrolman Owen
and two deputy sheriffs piusscd tin; en
tire afternoon searching tho hills for
the missing woman and her children,
Albert, aged 7, and Victoria*- aged 10.
An investigation showed that Mrs.
Spencer since returning .home from
the asylum had quarreled violently
with her husband on several occasions.
According to neighbors, Bpencer was
never to blame and always sym
pathized with ills wife on account of
her affliction. Following these difft
cultles, it Is said, Mrs. Kpencer al
most invariably deserted her husband
for a number of hours, and on one
occasion stayed away almost two days.
The neighbors believe her disappear
ance yesterday followed similar trou
ble at home.
According to Mrs. 1,. A. Wiseman,
a neighbor, Mrs. Spencer left home
Tuesday evening with her children
jind passed the night In lx>s Angeles.
Some time after her husband had gone
to work yesterday morning, about 10
o'clock, she returned. After staying
In the house a few minutes she took
the children a few blocks away on
A.very street, then returned to the
house. In less than five minutes she
again came out of the house and ap
parently joined the children. Shortly
afterward the house was seen to be on
"Mrs. Spencer seemed to have much
trouble," said Mrs. Wiseman. "At
times she would slwrut and scream and
excite the whole neighborhood. How
ever, I think she loved her children
and I cannot believe that she would
ever try to hurt them. I beltev* that
the woman and her children will bo
Spencer, according to all the neigh
bors, is an estimable man and in no
way to blame for his wife's actions.
He has lived in Hollywood for nearly
two years. It is said his wife re
lumed home from the asylum about
six weeks ago at his request. Until
her return the children lived with rel
atives. He Is a salesman in a down
town department store.
Mrs. Spenoac is 35 years old and has
been married thirteen years. She Is
said to have suffered from nervous
trouble all her life. ,
TORONTO, Ont., Dec. 7.—A riot to
night, romarkable for its spontaneity
Bud its fierceness while it lasted, re
sulted In the Injury of eighteen men,
the complete wreckincr of eievon street,
cars and the shattering of the win
dows In more than 100 more.
For two hours a mob of several
thousand persons surged back and
forth on the principal business thor
oughfares, demolishing' every street
car that came within roach and com
pletely tloing up traffic.
The disorderly scenei followed a
mass meeting at Massey hall. Two
weeks ago the Toronto street railway
Installed pay-as-you-enter cars on thra
prim ipal lines. Much dissatisfaction
developed over tho innovation.
Protests In. writing- and by personal
appeal became so numerous that. May
or Goley and the board of control de
cided to call a mass meeting 1 at which
the matter could be discussed. The
iiiretmsr resolved itself into a series of
liery denunciations of the company.
and shortly before tl p. m. broke up
in disorder. The audience became a
mob. The first car that hove In sight,
was stopped and was reduced to a
scrap heap. Car after car was attack
ed by the mob which rapidly grew In
Police reserves were summoned,
but they were outnumbered 50 to 1,
and were utterly powerlesi.
WASHINGTON^ Dec. 7.—Fourteen
Shoshone Indians are supposed to have
been killed and their) bodies with those
of their horses to have been buried In
two trenches In TCIk county, Nov., ac
cording to a communication sent to
th« department of justice by T. Bar
icy Lee. prosecuting attorney for Cm-
Hla county, Idaho, who seeks to have
I In' department aid in bringing the
murderers, who are said to be whlto
horse thieves, to Justice. »>*
,Tlie attorney writes that bis Inform
(i» ire three Indians whoso «i\i- and
children,. wore among : those ".slaugh
tered by white men and Uiuir remains
ooncetiled and burned.
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Bar association meeting; adjourns. PAfJE 3
Killsnn and Inner Hartior Kan companies of
IiOMK Bench effect million dollar merjrar.
Hollywood woman sad her two children
missing after house is found to bo afire.
Administrators of Ballcrlno estate file first
annual report. , , PAGI3 3
Operator quits court house elevator Just
before'cage goes on wild skyward dash,
i.T>3 • PAGE 12
111 health causes young man to kill him
self. , PAGHI S
City planning commission visits harbor and
organizes. - >■ ■ PAGE 12
Footpads kidnap Hill street nan In auto-
J mobile and rob him. PAGE 1
Boy of 13 Undergoes operation In brain to
cure truancy. PAGE 12
County money will be available soon for
Ballona road district Improvements. PAGE} 7
Society, clubs and music. PAGE E
Editorials and letter box. PAGE 4
Marriage licenses, births, deaths. PAGE 10
Weathef report. PAGE 10
Citrus fruit report. - PAGE I
Smugglers dodge United States cutter \ '•
at San Diego and land thirty-two
Chinese -bound for Los Angeles.
- : PAGE 2
Japanese war fleet sails away amid Im
presslvo ceremonies. «_ . ■'. PAGF) 6
Auto party narrowly escapes drowning as
car backs down grade to ocean. PAGE 6
San Francisco hotel keeper shoots wo
man and. then attempts suicide.
... > - PAGE 2
Recall of Judiciary Is voted Into Ari
zona constitution. PAGE 1
Republicans whitewash Halllrifjor and
Democrats may try to force his resig
nation. PAGE 1
Representative Wilson .of Illinois denies :
charge that he obtained money in Jiorl
mor case. * " PAG 2
Tariff fight Is started In house, but senate
delays action. • PAG 15 1
Guerrero reported to have fallen into hands
of Mexican revolutionists. . PAG 1
Waldorf Asjor, expatriated American, is
elected to British parliament. PAGE 1
Pay-as-you-enter cars are wrecked by mob
In Toronto. ..; PAGE 1
Oil men desire only remedial legisla
tion. PAGB 7
Engineers report on proposed Palmer
pipe line to coast. PAGE 7
, Amusements
Bolasco—Blackwood-Belasco players In "Sher
lock Holmes," 2:16 and 8:15 p. m.
Hurbank— Morosco players in "An American
Widow," 8:15 p. m. -
Grand opera house—Ferris Hart man ana
company In "Nearly a Hero," 8:15 p. m.
Levy's cafe chantant—Continuous vaudeville,
■4:30 p. m. to 12:30 p. m. .
Los Angeles— Vaudeville, 2:30 p. m., 7:30 p. m.
and 9 p. m.
Luna park—-Outdoor amusements, band con
certs, moving pictures and vaudeville, 10 a. m.
to midnight. " !?"v"•V_ t •*'
Majestic— "Mrs. Wiggs of th Cabbage
Patch," 8:15 p. m. : ■' ■
Olympic—Musical • farce, "Th« j Evening
S-t-a-r." 7:46 p. m. and 9:15 p. in.
Orpheum—Vaudeville, 2:16 p. m. and 8:15
p. m. ' • . • ■,
Puntagea—Vaudeville, 2:30 p. m., 7 f p. m. and
9 p. m.
Princess—Musical farce, "Cohen the French
man," it p. m.. 7:45 p. m. and 9:1B p. m. .
Votes for Women club, 8 p. m., 9:15 South
Olive street. ■ '
Lyric club concert, Simpson audltorum, 8
p. in.
Dramatic production, Cumnock hall, 8 p. m.
Orchestral concert. First Congregational
church, 8 p. m. - • < : :
' ... BAZAARS .
■ Oyster supper and bazaar w under auspices
Toadies' Aid society, Normandla Avenue Meth
odist church, In the church, 2 p. in.. to 8 p. m.
Tea 2 to 4. Supper 6 to 8. Went Thirty-ninth
street near Normandle avenue.
Bazaar in banquet room, Hotel Alexandria,
under allspices Parish Aid society of Christ
Episcopal church, afternoon and evening.
Meeting of Boyle " Heights citizens to takn
action with reference to brickyards In that
section of the city, 7:30 p. m., in Stone's hall.
First and Chicago street. • •
Los Angeles company No. 35, K. P., fif
teenth anniversary celebration, Goldberg-Bos
ley assembly rooms. 9 o'clock. Dancing and
rard*. lien. J. A. Drittll will be the guest of
Annual convention of ..California Creamery
Operators" association opens in assembly room
of los Angeles Produce exchange, 2 p. m.
Sessions will cover three days.
Brooklyn-Evergreen Improvement association
meeting- at Malabar street and Forest avenue,
7:30 p. m. Garner Curran and H. S. McCal
lum will speak. .
Fire commission meeting, JO a. m., city hall.
Semi-annual meeting of the Southern Cali
fornia Medical association, Haywanl hotel,
morning and afternoon. ... . „ „
Fourth Bhrtne Santa Claim charity ball, Al
Malalkah auditorium, tonight. ••
"Th» Proletariat Historically," lecture by
Austin Lewis, In Social hall. Labor Temple,
"Christianity In the Catacombs." Illustrated
lecture by the T>v. L.A. Gould, Y. M. C. A.
auditorium tonight.
Operetta, "Cinderella In Flonerland," .Wll
cox auditorium, Hollywood, under auspfpai <l
.Hollywood I'resbyterlan church, touUht. ; .
Democrats Firm Despite State
ment that Taft Will Veto
Statehood Bill
Election System, Public Debt
Hevenue and Taxation Propo
sitions Are Adopted
WASHINGTON, . Dee. 7. — Governor
Sloan of Arizona, who railed on Presi
dent Tart today to tell him of the work
of the wnxlitiiUonHl convention, Maid
the proponed constitution is about tin*
"worst affair ever turned, out and ob
jectionable In all classes." ,
He declared lie Is going hack to Ari
zona to fight againxt it* ratification by
the people, confident there had hern a
"bit; change in sentiment since the ricle
gnt<*n to the convention were elected."
PHOENIX, Ariz., Deo, 7.—Articles
eight, of Arizona's constitution, pro
viding for the recall of all elective of
ficers, including the Judiciary, was
adopted finally today us originally in
troduced in the executive committee,
after being 1 subjected to more strenu
ous assaults than any other proposed
portion of the constitution. In tho
concluding debate to exclude judges
from the recall the names of president
Taft, Senator Bailey and Governor
Sloan were used, and the argument
was heated and caustic. 'Democratic
members pledged to the recall stood
throughout like a stone wall against
assaults of the press and advice from
old Democratic leaders in Arizona as
well as that of the Texas senator, who
advised the exclusion of all "debat
able" provisions in order to assure ap
proval of the constitution by the pres
ident and congress.
Three separate efforts were made to
day to prevent the recall of the Judic
iary from, being written Into the con
stitution, after first hour session had
been used in rounding up absent mem
bers, while those present were prevent
ed, by locked doors, from "escaping,"
as President Hunt stated when giving
that order to the sergeant-at-arms.
Almost all that time was devoted to
lobbying among members. An effort
was made to obtain a conference with
Democrats, but a motion for recess
failed. -V
Judge Baker offered the first amend
ment, striking 1 out the entire article
and substituting instructions to the
legislature to enact a recall law, but
could only muster fifteen votes, in
cluding Langdon and Curtis, Repub
licans, to thirty-one against.
Cassidy, of Maricopa county, then
•offered an amendment submitting the
entire matter of the recall to the peo
ple at the constitutional election. This
was downed 17 to 30. The last amend
ment offered by Lynch, of Graham,
was supported by nil Republicans and
seven Democrats, the vote being. 15 to
32. The convention then adopted the
original article, 38 to 9, one Demo
crat, Tuthill, of Greenlee county, vot
ing with the Republicans.
Before the final vote was taken. Tut
hill again read an excerpt from Taft's
message to congress relating to inde
pendence of the judiciary, concluding
with the query: "Do you think that
man will approve a constitution with
the recall of judges Included?" v
Prominent Democrats in the conven
tion expressed regret tonight over the
attack made by Parsons of -Cochise on
Senator Bailey. A telegram from the
Texas senator was read. It advised
Democrats not to place anything "de
batable" in the constitution. i Parsons
declared that if the country had been
searched with a fine tooth comb a more
appropriae man to send such a sug
gestion could not have been found.
He questioned Bailey's Democracy and
said he did not represent the views of
his Texas constituency. CunnifE of Ya
vapat defended Bailey, declaring that
While he could not follow this advice,
he characterized Bailey as the ablest,
brainiest man In the senate.
Articles providing for an election sys
tem, public debt, revenue 'and taxation
were given final adoption, after ex
emptions in the taxation measure, in
cluding the T. M. C. A. and. like or
ganizations had been eliminated and
left to the legislature.
At the opening of the night session
Cobb' of Greenlee county moved to
have the entire debate on the recall
expunged from the verbatim report.
Baker protested vigorously, declaring it
was "cowardly crawfishing" and that
each mail should stand on his record.
The motion was lost by a heavy vote.
The convention devoted over two hours
sitting as committee of the whole in
consideration of the remainder of the
constitution, section by section. Only
two articles remain, and these will be
concluded tomorrow, when the conven
tion will adopt finally the last remain-
Ing articles. The constitution com
prises a preamble and twenty-two ar
ticles. . ',_,""
TACOMAi Dec, 7.—An antl-treating
ordinance was adopted by tho city
commission today making the buying
of an Intoxicating drink for another
person a misdemeanor. The measure
was Introduced by Mayor Fawcett and
supported by two of the four commis
■loners. It goes into effect within ten
days. The ordinance is generally ron
ttderod a joko bat the mayor declares
ho will see that it Is enforced.
H. A. I>o, nlgrht clerk of the Hotel
"Woodward, 41:1 West Eighth street,
was held up in the office of the hotel
at 1:45 this morning by two masked
men who at pistols' point forced him
to give them the contents or a money
drawer amounting to - about $««. The
men backed cut of the hotel office and
| escaped.
r%gP^ ,
Sulzer Wants to Repeal Duty on
Meat-Hale Delays Payne
Bill Onslaught
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7.—lnvoking
the rules of the senate, Senator Hale
forced today a delay of at least twen
ty-four hours in the introduction of
Senator Cummins' resolution regulat
ing the consideration of tariff legisla
tion and providing that when an
amendment to any schedule of the
Payne-Aldrich tariff bill is under con
sideration no amendment relating to
any other schedules shall be In order.
The llrst effort made in the present
session of tho house to have a change
made in the tariff law was by the in
troduction today by Representative
Sulvser of New York of a bill "to re
peal the duty on meats and cattle."
"In view of the fact that the 'meat
trust' is selling meat cheaper by from
8 to 15 cents a pound in London than
in the United States," said Mr. sulzor,
"it seems that all meats should be on
the free lis.t."
Cubical Space in Steamer's
Freight Holds Orientals
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7.—lnvesti
gations conducted today into the at
tempted smuggling into San Francisco
of eight Chinese coolies and seven Chi
nese girls front the steamship Man
churia failed to fix responsibility for
the plot. An examination of the girls,
whose ages range from 13 to 15, ended
without adding to the Information al
ready gained by the customs officials.
Local police and federal officers are
searching for two white men^who
rowed tho contraband Chinese to shore
Sunday night. It is known these men
were the ones who went aboard the
vessel and liberated the prisoners from
their dungeon in tho hold of the ship.
No explanation has yet been offered
as to how the men passed the customs
inspectors, quartermasters and ship's
watchmen and let the men and girls
over the side of the vessel without
being detected.
No thorough examination of the ship
has been made'by the customs officials,
but from the testimony of the eight
men it is clear the room in which the
prisoners were conllnert was made by
leaving a cubical space in the ship'j
Biplane Goes Dead in Air; Makes
Startling Descent
MKMPHTK, Term., IDec. 7.--Rone
Barrier established a world's record
this afternoon when he flew, moro than
sixteen miles In 10 minutes 55 1-5 sec
onds, thereby winning $5000 offered
by a newspaper. Ho outwlnged John
B. Moisant, who blazed the way over
the i-ourse, by nearly eight minutes.
Moth used Hloriot monoplanes.
Harrier traveled at an average of
87.93 miles an hour. The previous rec
ord over a closed course was estab
lished by Leon Morane at Rh'eims last
August. In this flight 65 miles an hour
H as attained.
Weather conditions were almost per
fect. The air was cool, but a bright
nun was shining and there was just
tho suggestion of a breeze. -
Charles K. Hamilton, in his heavier
biplane, missed death narrowly and in
his effort performed a spectacular feat
of airmanship. In an exhibition flight
he had reached a height of 200 feet,
when his motor went dead. Then ho
started to glide, eventually striking
tliu earth with a thump, his nmchlue
a wreck, but his bones whole.
On His Last Legs
(Special to The Herald)
CHICAGO, Dec. 7.—The American con
tractors' resume of November of bulld-
Inic In forty-seven large cities, Jutit made
linUlir, Knows a 3 per cent total decrease
from November of last year. Half the
titles show gains. Toledo leads with
ITS per cent gain. I.ns Angeles Is sec
ond with 66 per cent. G'olumbos 64
per cent, and Atlanta B6 per cent.
Forced to enter an automobile by
two armed men who brandished re
volvers and held him up at Thirty
ninth and lYlll streets, B. G. Wolfskill,
living at 3911 South Hill street, waa
kidnaped within fifty feet of his home
last night, taken to Forty-fifth street
and South Park avenue, and robbed of
$10.50. He was then dumped out of
the auto and forced to walk to his
Wolfskill was on his way home when
the holdup occurred. He had Just
alighted from a Grand avenue car
and was walking along the sidewalk
when an automobile drove up to the
curb and the two occupants alighted.
"Throw up your hands," commanded
one of the men, who pushed a re
volver against the face of the victim.
"And be quick about it," said the
other bandit, who Jumped out of the
auto with a revolver in his hand.
The men then made Wolfskill enter
the machine and took him to Forty
ninth street ami South Park avenue
where thoy robbed him of all his
money and then threw him out of the
Wolfskill told the detectives that
the auto was driven so fast and the
men acted so quickly that he was un
aljlo to set a pood description of them.
Los Angeles harbor gets $270,000 in
the congressional appropriation for
rivers and harbors, according to a tel
egram received in this city yesterday
from Congressman James McLachlan
at Washington. The sum will be used
to complete the harbor entrance up
to and including the turning basin,
which will have a depth of thirty feet.
Channels 200 feet wide and twenty feet
deep from the turning basin through
the east and west basins will also be
made out of the appropriation. Tho
telegram follows:
•'L,.s Angeles harbor gets $270,000 in
this bIU to complete entrance up to
and Including turning basin to n depth
of thirty Ceet, ajid also to complete
channels from turning basin through
east and west basin "00 feet \\iil< and
twenty Coot deep.
PASADENA, Dec. B.—Pasadena "ill
entertain the 1911 convention of the
National Library association begin
ning May 19,, according to advices re
ceived bore yesterday. it is planned
1o hold the sessions In the Hotel
Maryland amphitheater, - now under
Miss Helen* Halnes, former officer of
the association and assistant at the
local library; Miss Nellie Rush, local
librarian! and Purd B. Wright, li
brarian offljos Angeles, have been
working for Rome time to have Pasa
dena named us the meeting place.
This city was selected by a unan
imous correspondence vote of tin* nine
directors of tho national association,
it is thought upwards uj bOu delegates
.will attend, .
GTTVrr^T TT 1 r^OT>TT?Q • i>ait,t 2«. on trains so.
Expatriated American Wins in
England—Unionists Gain
Six, Lose Two Seats
LONDON, Dec. 7. —The standing of
the parties at the close of today's poll-
ing' was:
Government coalition—Liberals, 123;
Irish Nationalists, 3S; Laborites, 2i;
total. 184.
Opposition—Unionists, 170.
The Unionists secured six gains in
today's pollings, the results of. which
were announced tonight, and suffered
a loss of only two seats. They thus
return to the position held before yes
terday's voting. The Unionist total
gains for the four days are 18, the
Liberal gains are 11 and the Labor, 4.
Among the Nationalists the o'Brion
ites hold five seats.
The most notable Unionist victory
was in Cardiff, which has gone Union
ist only once In twenty-five years.
This victory was largely due to the
personal popularity of Lord Criehton-
Sluart, who overcame a Liberal ma
jority of 155, winning by 299, and the
withdrawal from politics of the old
member, D. A. Thomas, who was re
placed in the Liberal interest by Sir
C. Hyde.
There was an even greater surprise,
however, in the capture of Plymouth
by Waldorf Astor and A. Shirley Benn,
John Burns' old opponent in Batter
sea, who took M. Durand's place as
the running mate of the young Anglo-
American. They proved a good team
and the work that Astor had clone in
the constituency was shown in his suc
cess in replacing C. E. Mallet, finan
cial secretary to the war Office, who
is tho first minister to be defeated.
Almost everywhere In the country
the Labor and Liberal vote decreased
and the Unionists were more pleased
with their gains here than anywhere
Tho government gets some comfort
from London, all the districts of which
are now polled. Today the Liberals
won Stepney, which was Unionist, and
the Laborite3 gained Bow and BrOW
loy. The latter seat was captured by
George Lanabury, an avowed Socialist,
whom Chancellor Lloyd-George ad
vised the Liberals to support In pref
erence to 1.. S. Amery, the historian,
who is a tariff reformer.
Puerto Cortez Heavily Garrisoned
in Anticipation of Attack
FEURTO GOKTEZ. Honduras, Dec.
7 (via wireless to New Orleans).— In
anticipation of a revolutionary attack,
this city is intrenched and heavily gar
risoned by government troops. The
authorities Bre momentarily expecting
an attack.
The report emanating from Teguci
galpa last week that revolutionist!!
had captured all the cities on the
coast was without foundation, ■ but for
answer the government has been mak
ing preparation* tor a revolutionary
outbreak. The country is In a state of
unrest and the feeling among the
American colony is that President Da
vila Is facing the gravest crisis of his
' PARIS, Hoc 7. — rumor was cur
rent tonight that a Frenchman, well
known In aristocratic and political cir
cles, had committed suicide. The re
port associated the tragedy with the
name of fount Boni do •'astellaiie, but
no reason for thin was forthcoming
,ii; no continuation whatever could be
Republican Members of Commit
tee Approve Actions of
Interior Secretary
Resolution Demanding Dismissal
of Cabinet Member May
Be Introduced
[Associated Pros?]
WASHINGTON, Doc. 7.—Tho Ballm
gcr-Plnchqt Investigating committee,
after eleven months' work, made Ha
final report to congress today.
In the opinion of seven Republican
members, a majority of the committee,
Secretary Ballinger "honestly and
faithfully performed the. duties of his
high office, with an eye single to tho
public interest."
In the opinion of the four Democrats,
Mr. iiallingor has not been true to the
trust reposed In him as secretary of
the interior, and should bo required by
tho proper authorities to resign.
Both reports, with the Independent
report of Representative Madison, in
surgent Republican, also adverse to
Mr. Ballinger, were offered in thft
senate by Senator Nelson and in ti>«
house by Representative McCall. Their
presentation followed a meeting of tha
full committee.
The Democratic members, led by
Senator Fletcher of Florida, agreed to
thin method of getting th*> reports bo
fore congress after their motion to
substitute their own report had been
rejected in the committee. Senator
Fletcher first 'raised the point of order
that the committee had already ap
proved the report that was made pub
lic at Minneapolis. This point was
overruled by Chairman Nelson. But
a. motion then was made to substitute
the Democratic report for the report
agreed upon by the seven Republican
members. This was voted down, 7 to 5,
Representative Madison voting with
the four Democrats.
It was agreed after the majority re
port had been adopted that all three
should be presented at once in each
house and printed together.
Under this arrangement the dis
senting reports are given equal stand
ing with the majority report before
the two houses. An order for thirty
thousand copies of the report was
made by the senate.
Senator Fletcher said later that
steps would be taken by the Demo
crats to bring about action in accord
ance with the recommendation in their
report. The recommendation in ques
tion characterizes Secretary Ballinger
as "not deserving of the public confi
dence" and recommends "that he
should be requested by the proper au
thorities to resign his office of secre
tary of the Interior."
The reports were accepted in both
houses without comment. The plan of
action to be followed by the Demo
crats has not been determined, but it
Is understood a resolution will be pre
sented to carry out the recommenda
tion for the secretary's removal. Such
a resolution probably will call flatly
upon the president to discharge his
cabinet officer.
The Democrats held a conference on
the matter today. They characterize
the majority report as "weak" while
the Republican members of the com
mittee say it has fully answered all
charges against Ballinger and has dis
posed of all testimony presented In
the long hearings. ■
An effort undoubtedly will be made
to put the house on record as to its
opinion of the majority report. Some
of the Democratic members favor de
manding consideration of the report at
the first opportunity following up their
demand with an appeal from the de
cision, of the chair,, should Speaker
Cannon rule them out of order. .•
Officials of the interior department
declined to make any comment on the
majority report.
The majority report condemns Bal
linger's accusers as Having been in
spired by deep feeling 'of animosity,
built upon a supposed difference in
policy respecting conservation.
After stating that the evidence pre
sented related In the main to charges
of various kinds against Mr. Ballinger
and that these came chiefly from two
sources—L. B. Glavis and Giffonl
Plnchot—the majority announced the
following conclusion:
"The evidence has wholly failed to
make out a case. Neither any fact
proved, nor all tho facts put together,
exhibit Mr. Ballinger as being any
thing but a competent find honorable
gentleman, honestly and faithfully per
forming the duties of his high office
with an eye single to the public. In
Tn speaking oh thn "animosity" en*
ated by differences respecting tho con
servation of natural resources, the ma • .
jorlty of the committee said the ac
cusers evidently had this policy deeply
at heart and were "evidently disposed
to take a most unfavorable view of tho
character and motives of anyone whom
they supposed to be opposed to their
views. They thus came to regard Mr.
Ballinger with suspicion and to regard
the most natural and innocent acts oc
curring in the ordinary course of de
partment administration as furnishing
evidence of some sinister purpose."
The report makes the following sr*
clllo finding* on tho more Important
"That 'he charges and insinuation!*
against Secretary Ballinger in regard
to tho Cunningham coal land entries or
other coal land claims in Alaska aro
not justified, and his conduct in re-.
apect thereto is not justly censurable.
"Thut he was fully justified in revok
ing the Indian co-operative agreement. :
••That the restorations of v: water
power sites by Secretary Ballinger
were, made in good faith and not In on
mity to the government, and that BO
Injury appears to have been done to tho
government and the cant<n of conserva
tion by either the. restoration or with

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