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VOL. XIII NO. 15.
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, TUESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 18, 1910.
PRICE, 5 CENTS.
CHARGES AGAINST ,,
. . SECY BALLINGER
Funds . Improperly Used in
Paying Traveling Expen
ses of Secy's. Nephew.
WHILE. COMMISSIONER OF THE
'GENERAL LAND OFFICE IT - IS
ALLEGED THAT HE CREATE A
jPOSmON FOR JACK BALLINGER
AND WHEN THE LATTER LEFT
THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE
HIS, TRAVELING V EXPENSES
WERE PAID TO SEATTLE AND
PER OIEM ALLOWED. .
' ' Associated Press.
' Washington, Jan. 17 The some
what waning Interest In the Balllnger
Pinchot controversy was Quickly re
vlved today by sensational charges
against Secretary Balllnger and other
officials filed by Representative Hitch
"cock, of Nebraska, with,. the house
committee on expenditures in the in
terior department. The most Impor
tant allegation by Hitchcock Is that
funds of the Interior department were
Improperly used In paying the' private
traveling expenses' of Secretary Bal
linger's nephew. The secretary and
other officials of the department will
be subpoenaed before the commit
Hitchcock asserts that when Bal
llnger became commissioner-general
of the land office, the position he held
before entering the cabinet, he re
duced the salary of Law Clerk Wright
, so that Wright's salary of two thous
and f could be given to Jack Bal
llnger, Secretary Ballinger's nephew,
under the title created by Ballinger's
order of confidential clerk. I have
been, told that Wright died of disap
pointment and humiliation soon there
after.". He says that after it was an
nounced that Jack Balllnger was leav
ing the land office to resume his law
praotice in Seattle, "in order that he
might receive a final rake-off, be was
designated as special temporary In
spector of offices, an evident outrage
oo tW treasury. This enabled hlirv.
.to draw traveling expenses from
Washington to Seattle and per diem,
and -within two weeks he resigned, is
was understood in advance, and re
sumed the practice of law, including
practice before the land office there
and in Washington."
Many other alleged outrages and
extravagances are cited by Hitch
BALLINGER SAYS CHARGES
ARE WITHOUT FOUNDATION
By Associated Press.
" Washington. Jan. 17. Secretary
Balllnger tonight issued a statement
declaring in most vigorous terms that
the charges made by Representative
Hitchcock before the congressional
committee are without foundation in
NOT ELY GOOD
BECAUSE OF LEAK IN FUEL TANK
OF AEROPLANE HE FAILED TO
COME ANYWHERE NEAR FAR
MAN'S DISTANCE RECORD.
By Associated Press.
Los Angeles, Jan. 17. Paulhan, be
cause of a leak in the fuel tank of his
aeroplane failed to come anywhere
near Farman's distance record today.
ATter . covering seventy-five miles
Paulham qtilt, promising tomorrow to
exceed Farman's record of 144 miles.
Curtiss beat his own ten-lap record,
his time being 23 minutes 4 3-5 sec
onds, the fastest lap being made in
2.1-15. Paulham failed to better this.
Hamilton tried for a distance record,
but displaced machinery forced him to
quit after eleven laps.
Greatest Gorge on Record Now
in Ohio River Near Louisville
By Associated Press.
. Louisville, Ky., Jan. 17. The ice
gorge at Wolf Creek, on the Ohio, re
mains almost as solid as granite and
today the jammed ice extends from
the extreme western edge of Louis
ville to Brandenburg, a distance of
about seven miles. With this mass! ye
barrier holding back the water and
the heavy, rainfall in the Ohio valley,
x loss from the flood is Imminent. Hun
dreds of men are being kept on watch
night and day to get the various boats
in readiness to move out into the
river. These boats are tied close to
the shore, but In case the gorge breaks
and the river begins to fall rapidly,
k will h necessary for them to set
Pres. Taft Pays
By Associated PKess.
Washington, Jan. 17. With the
opening address by President Taft,
complimenting ' the organization on
the, work it had done in the past and
referring to some of the Important
questions of national moment to which.
it could yet lend its aid. the National
Civic Federation today began a three-
day conference here.
Present at the opening session this
morning, which was presided over by
Seth Low, president of the body, were
a number of state governors here to
attend a conference of their own
U. S. SUPREME COURT DECLARES
WHICH SOUGHT TO COMPEL
OUTSIDE CORPORATIONS TO
PAY CHARTER FEE.
By Associated Press.
Washington, Jan. 17. The Kansas
law which sought to compel outside
corporation to pay a charter lee tor
the benefit of state schools as a xxra
dttion on doing business In that state,
was today held by the United States
supreme court as unconstitutional;
The case was brought by the West
ern Union. .. - -- -
IULUHG A BIRt
FRANK SCHERMERHORN SAYS HE
ALONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR
DEATH OF SARAH BRYNES,
FOUND STRANGLED TO DEATH.
By Associated Press.
Poughkeespie, N. Y., Jan. 17 In the
presence of his mother, Frank iScher
mershon, lying on a cot in Vassar
hospital tonight confessed to Sheriff
Hornbeck that he alone is responsible
for the death of Sarah Bryner, the
governess who was found strangled to
death at the Compton home at Mill-
brook last Thursday morning. ,
Schermerhorn says he was drunk
and didn.'t know' what he was doing.
After kiMlng the girl he ransacked the
house of silverware and Jewelry. "
COTTON WAREHOUSE PROMOTER
IS INDICTED FOR FORGERY
By- Associated Press. -
-Houston, Texas, Jan. 17. David
Shaplera, widely known throughout
the cotton states, who about two
years ago promoted a cotton ware
house scheme, in Texas, and who dis
appeared after numerous creditors
had instituted bankruptcy proceed
ings against him, was Indicted today
by the Harris county grand Jury on
eighteen counts, all alleging forgery.
TIFTON, GA. BANKER
By Associated Press.
Albany, Ga., Jan. 17. Jasper
L. Brooks, president of the
Bank of Tifton, was today in
dicted by the federal grand
jury for a violation of the na.
tional banking laws by making
Talse entries and false reports.
He was released on bond.
in the deep water to avoid being left
high and dry.
Although there have been similar
gorges in the Ohio river, this- is said
to be the greatest on record. Com
ing at the narrowest point in the
river, it is steadily growing more
compact. Many of the experienced
river men are oftbe poinion that it
will be impossible for the gorge to
break until warmer weather through-
ly melts the ice.
The water reached the danger line
today and residents of . the low lying
suburbs of Louisville began moving,
So serious has the situation become
that the head of the government en-
Sneering department at Cincinnati
has been asked to take the matter up
by wire today, with Washington. .
CITIZENS NATIONAL :
BANK OF EVANSVILLE .
which will begin tomorrow and dele
gates from all parts of the : United
States, representing various commen
cial, - labor and social organizations,
among them the American Federation
of Labor, the National Grange, the
Farmers' National Congress, the Na
tional Association of State Boards of
Other- speakers at the opening ses
sion were Judge Alton B. Parker,
former president of the American
Bat Association, and Governor Will
eon, of Kentucky, chairman of the
committee on arrangements for the
conference of governors.
ON 10 POWER
GOVERNMENT FARED MUCH BET
TER THAN ' THEIR MOST' AR
DENT SUPPORTERS EXPECTED
JOHN BURNS IS RETURNED
TO PARLIAMENT BY BIG VOTE.
London, Jan. 17. At the conclusion;011 nas'
of today's polling in the general lec
tions the parties . stood: . Unionists
ninety-two, Liberals - seventy-seven,
LLaborites ; sixteen, Nationalists thir
teen, net gain for the Unionists of
twenty-nine. The government " fared
much better today than their most
ardent" supporters expected. i,The
Unionists gained nineteen seats, Lit
erals four, and Laborites one. This
practically assures a return " of Lib
erals to power, with a fair majority
for among the places still to poll there
are those in : Scotland and Wales,
which . are ' always.; solidly; LiberaL :
: "John Bifrnn. president 'of h . rnv.
ernmeT"board, comes' back to parlia
ment with flying colors. NHe defeated
A. Shirley Benn, a Unionist, by 655.
In Woolwich the labor leader. Will
Crooks, was defeated . by three hun
dred. . - - ...... .
Brazilian Ambassador Dies.
Washington, Jan. 17 Senor Joaquim
Nabuco, Brazilian ambassador, . died
suddenly at the embassy-today, aged
MRS. FRANK J.
in i i. .,,1.. -
t Persistent reports are in circulation
in New York that the former Mrs.
Frank J. Gould, who divorced her
multi-millionaire husband a few
months ago, is soon to wed again.
Ralph Thomas, nephew of Washington
B. Thomas, the head of the sugar
trust, is said to be her fiance. Mrs.
. Gould refuses" to make any statement
in reply to the report beyond the
Vvifev Jtrte. h : r. ......
Came Like a Bolt Out of a
Clear Sky to the Army
ALL HAD IMPLICIT CONFIDENCE
IN THE INSTITUTION AND ITS
OFFICERS BORROWING OF THE
PRESIDENT- SAID TO BE CAUSE
OF... INSTITUTION'S FINANCIAL
TROUBLES DEPOSITS AMOUNT
TO OVER ONE MILLION WITH
LOANS OF ABOUT $1,500,000.
..... By Associated Press.,
Evarisvllle, Ind, Jan. 17. Announce
ment today that the Citizens National
Bank;; would suspend temporarily,
pending an investigation into its af
fairs by National Bank Examiner J.
C. Johnson;" of Indianapolis, came like
a bolt out .of a clear sky to $he citi
zens of Evansville, who had implicit
confidence in the r institution and- be
lieved it one of the safest in the city.
The plain statement of the examiner
in the Newspapers in advance of, the
hour of. opening today served, to allay
considerable alarm, and there was ao
: demonstration around the bank doors
lP -depositors, -although a crowd, In'
creasing in size as mey aay wore on,
fathered around the building.',?: The
XI 1 14 non tsrlvaffl mnnev in tha lhanir
included: large commercial deposits,
despite probably as many small, ac
counts as any national bank-in the
MAY BE PAID IN. FULL.
Examiner Johnson, said today that
I he was unprepared to give-data on
the condition of the . bank,v but lie
hoped that . conditions would be such
that the depositors could be paid in
full. This same ; hope is offered - In
the, brief notice posted bye the, direc
tors on the bank door. "
Until the more than ?l,50O,$60 loans
of the bank can be Investigated, no
definite statement of conditions will
be forthcoming and the examiner says
this may take a month. It is known
that out of the $1,20,000 outstanding
in' loans there, is a' .considerable .pro
portion Inrwhichrthe iredltHi'eakf
but Just now"much "la 'afruestlon.
Individual loans in excess of $50,000
caused a suspicion of the examiner.
'It is said that President S. P. Gll
lett has iborrowed to that extent, but'
he has made over personal . property
to indemnify the bank. So far as
'known, there Is- nothing criminal in
the alleged mismanagement of the in-
The bank examiner reported on the
Continued on Page Four.
LIKELY TO WED SOON AGAIN
r:v.y 1 w -c- mil :
,i .... i j ijivA.
fact that she and Mr. Thomas are
very good friends and see each other
often.. Acquaintances of Gould and his
former wife are positive in their as
sertions that the wedding is soon to
take place and that the couple have
planned a trip to India on their honey
moon. When Helen Margaret Kelly
was married to Frank J. Gould nine
years afio she enjoyed the distinction
COUNCIL HEARS EXPLANATION
OF ENGINEER CHALKLEY HATT0N
PITCH PINUS PEOPLE
WOULD SUFFER SEVERELY
LOSE BIG SUIT
U. S. SUPREME COURT DISMISSES
ACTION BROUGHT BY WHOLE
SALE DEALERS AGAINST RAIL
ROADS TO PREVENT FREIGHT
ratesv. .:':::::::. ';
By Associated Press. r-'
Washington, Jan. 17. Determining
the techincar question of Jurisdiction
the Unite? States supreme court dis
missed theXsuit of the Macon Grocery
Company and other wholesale dealers
in -groceries for an injunction to re
strain, the. railroad in the Southeastern
Freight Association Irom putting Into
effect' on" August 1, 1908, a general In
crease In rates on fresh meats, grain
products, hay and packing bouse prod
The oourt sustained the demurrer
of the railroads which pleaded that the
suit was not brought In the circuit
court district In which they were in
habitants. ; ' '
NOMINATED U. S. ATTORNEY FOR
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLOR1-
A JUDGE KNAPPAN J5UC-
ceesjlidge Horace LURTON.
' By Associated Press.
Washington, Jan. 17. The president
has nominated Judge Loyal E. Knap
pan, of Michigan, to succeed Judge
Horace Lurton, of, the Sixth Circuit,
also John M. Cheney for United States
attorney and John F. Horr for mar
shal of the Southern district of Flori
of being one of the most beautiful
young women in New York. The
couple had frequent differences, and
a year ago when rumor coupled
Gould's name with that of Bessie De
Voie, a stage dancer, Mrs. Gould be
gan an action for divorce. " The de
cree was granted without opposition,
and the custody of their two little
girls was divided between the parents.
They spend 6ix months of each year
with their mother and the remainder
of the time with Mr. Gould. As a
sequel to the divorce Bessie De Vole
has allowed a large number of letters
purporting to have been written to
her by Gould Jjefore he was .divorced
to be published. She has also sued
him for breach of promise. This
snapshot of Mrs. Gould and her two
little daughters was taken at a fair
at Tuexdo on the very day that tho
decree ot Alsorca va granted to Iter.
Humphrey's Bill 4 Proposes
Doubling Tonnage Tax
On All Shipping.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE -COM-
MITTEE AND PITCH PINUS
CHARTERS TO HOLD CONFER
ENCE THIS MORNING BILL
NOW IN COMMITTEE AND EARLY
ACTION EXPECTED -PROMPT
The Chamber of Commerce com
mittee on legislation, rivers and. the
harbor will meet at 11 o'clock this
morning In conference with ehippers
to discuss the Humphrey bill, now
In congress, which, proposes to- double
the tonnage tat; on; Tessela from for
eign ports '
The present tax is six cents, and
the bill fixes 12 cents per ton. In
pitch plnus charters, this tax is borne
by the shipper, eo that the bill, if it
becomes Jaw,, will Impose a heavy tax
on local business, not a tax that would
have to be borne "by the foreign ship
owner, but one. that would be borne
by home people. , 1
The bill is now in committee, and It
is important that action be taken
Ail pitcn pinus interests are mvitea
to attend the conference, whether
members of the Chamber of Com'
merce or. not. ; ; ..
GRANTS SEPARATE STATEHOOD
TO ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO
- SENATE ADOPTS CONFER
ENCE REPORT ON BALLINGER
PINCHOT INQUIRY. ;
By Associated Press.
Washington, Jan. 17. The passage
of the bill granting separate state
hood to Arizona and New Mexico by
the house and the adoption by the sen
ate of the ' conference report on the
Ballinger-Pinchot inquiry resolution
were features of today's sessions.
Consideration of the urgent - defi
ciency-appropriation bill was begun by
the house. '
CONTINUED EXCITEMENT IN
NEW YORK COTTON MARKET
- ' Bv Associated Prese. ' ; '
: New, York,-Jan. 17. While trading
in the cottpn market was much less
active during the sensational .develop
ments of last week, there was'continu
ed excitement today accompanied by
Following the "panic of Friday and
the reported liquidation of the big bull
leaders, there was a sharp recovery
of about' $5 per bale, but a4arge part
Of this advance was lost this after
PROMINENT MEN ASK
FO RMORSE'S PARDON.
By Associated Press. ' -
Charlotte, N.' C, Jan. 17.
Prominent men in rapid succes-,
sion affixed their signatures to
a petition for a pardon for
Charles W. Morse. The petition
says the sentence was a "pitiful
miscarriage of Justice."
. . . ..... j. . .A ' -
Penniless Poles Stir Up Storm
of Indignation in Georgia
By Associated Press.
Atlanta, Ga Jan 17. Recalling the
upheaval occasioned several years ago
by the inauguration of the govern
ment's strenuous fight against peon
age, forty penniless Poles, fresh from
their homea across the sea and ignor
ant of conditions in this country, have
stirred up a storm of indignation la
Georgia against the alleged inhuman
methods of a New York employment
agency. - : '
Alleging gross misrepresentations
of conditions under which they were
to labor at Jackson, Ga whence they
were sent by the employment agency,
compelled to work out their transpor
tation, offered wages less than , the
$1.50 a day promised, given nothing
but crackers to eat and finally club
bed and otherwise mistreated by arm-
led fuards when they, rebelled against
Members of Body to Make
Personal Inspection of
THIS TO SETTLE CONFLICTING
STATEMENTS OF CONSULTING
ENGINEER AND CITY ENGINEER
AS TO THE CONDITION OF THE
SEWER MR. HATTON CLAIMS
THE WORK IS GOOD ND THB
SEWER PERFORMS SATISFAO
TORILY EXCEPTING . ON OCCA.
SIONS OF EXTRAORDINARY
HIGH TIDES. ( ; ...
After hearing the, statement of T.
Chalkley Hatton., the city's consulting
engineer, regarding the DeVillier
street sewer and outlet, also the report
of Mr. Hatton, as well as statements
from L. Earle Thornton, city engineer,
affidavits from . numerous plumbers
and statements of the plumbing in
spectors, thevcity council at Its spe-'
cial meeting last night decided, alter
a short executive session, to have ex
cavations made by the city engineer
to be examined by the council as a
whole, this to settle the dispute be
tween the consulting engineer and the,
city engineer, one that the Joints tf
the sewer have not pulled apart nor
the cement cracked and missing, and
the other that it has and the sewert la
in a bad condition.
When the council convened Presi
dent Greenhut was in the chair and
Aldermen Bear, Concannon, Dunham,
Moyer, . Kent, Kugleman, Williams,
Renshaw and Welsh, Mayor .Rel'ly,
Messrs. Bushnell and Merritt of the
bond trustees, City Attorney Jones,
City Engineer Thornton, Consulting
Engineer Hatton and his assitant, Mr.
Rommel, were present. .
About every seat in the council
chamber was filled with an Interested
audience. ' ;
ENGINEER'S REPORT READ. .
- The report of. City Engineer Thorn
ton was first read,' in which he stated
that the DeVillier. street sewer is in
imi-lnmlta u-ntll th iwwt mil
of line, and making recommendation
wood foundation, as well as about 6tu
feet of the outlet cut off.
. Mr. Hatton was then asked to make
a statement regarding the sewer, why
it does not perform its functions and
the reasons of its condition as report
ed toy the city engineer.
MR. HATTONS REPORT.
Mr. Hatton then submitted his re
port, which was as follows:
rensacoia, f ia., jan. ma, i9j.u.
Mayor and City Council of Pensacola,"
Gentlemen: The following resolu
tion was transmitted to me by your
City Clerk on December 24th, 1909.
"Be it Resolved, . That T. Chalkley
Hatton, Consulting Engineer, be no.
titled to appear before this Council
m pursuit, Dtnweea ius oiu aay oi
cember, 1909, and the first day of
January, 1910, and explain to the City
Council the condition of the eewei'
constructed in DeVilllers street and
the outlet emptying into the Bay at
US VilUU Vt 11 XO JSSI V T CSa Wi lUO BUiV
for its : acceptance by the City, and
the reason of its failure to perform the
functions for whioh it was designed,
and all matters relative thereto, ana
that a copy of this Resolution be trans,
mitted to Mr. T. Chalkley Hatton, and
to the Board of Bond Trustees."
In compliance with the above, I sub.
mit the following report for your con
. On May 2lst, 1909, aftr making
ire. M.Afiil ..amtnattfi. tV. b
itij wmc&iu cuiuiugwuu VI 1.110 c j o-
tem of sewers as built by Mr. R. C.
Storrie, I approved of the work done
and certified my approval to the Board
of Bond Trustees. A portion of the
system thus approved consisted of a
20-inch cast iron pipe 2,721 feet long laid
in thesottom of the bay from the foot
of DeVilliers street, and in order t
get a better idea of the condition of
thi3 pipe when I finally approved of It,
it may be best to give you a brief
history of it.
To the best of my present recol
lection this pipe was laid about the
(Continued on Page Two.)
the treatment accorded them, the
men have appealed to the federal au
thorities for protection. They claim
that after having been beaten by the
guards they were told that they would
have to pay the bills for the medical
services necessitated by the wound
inflicted. The Poles left the con
struction camp at wight in small
squads, making their way afoot to At
lanta and other Georgia cities, where
most of them have been given employ
ment upon public works until they can
secure the necessary money to defray
their transortation to Washington,
where they plan to lay their griev
ances before President Taft and tn
It is not unlikely that the federal
grand juay will be asked to make a
thorough Investigation of the charge
of the. Poles. , -