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Vf "" r k mmtt mm ! V ESTABLISHED 1836 TAFT ATTEMPTS AN EXPLANATION In Regard To His Letter Exonerat ing Secretary Baiiinger Admits lie Did' Not Write Letter FORMED OWN OPINION Told Attorney to Dratt Letter Exonerating Baiiinger. REVISED AND SIGNED BRIEF Also Admits, In Letter to Senator Nelson That He Directed At i torney General Wickersham 1 to Predate Review of Glavis i Charges to Correspond With : Date of Interview. Washington, May 10. Publicly as suming ull lcsponslblltty for the Lawler memorandum In the Ballln-er-Pinchot case, President Taft also took upon his shoulders full respon tblllty for the pre-datlng of the Wickersham oplnon. The president ad mits frankly that ho requested As sistant Attornoy General Lawler of tne Interior department to write and prcparo "an opinion as It he wero president" The ptosldcnt acknowledges also that he used tomo sentences of this, opinion In his letter exonerating' Bab linger. With equal frankness the president says that Attornoy General Wlckorsham's analysis of1 tho evi dence In the caso was pre-dated un dor his (tho president's) instructions, "so as to show that my decision waJ fortified by his summary of tho evi dence and his conclusions there from." Referred to Wickersham. The presldont makes it clear, how ever, that ho carefully reviewed all the documents and evidence In- tho Ballluger-Plnchot caso and had reached an absolute decision that Mr. Bnlllngor was guiltless before ho In etructed Assistant Attornoy General Lawlcr of Mr. Balllngcr's office to prepare a letter to be used as tho basis of the Taft exoneration. Tho president declares that ho adopted this course merely as a means of saving ttmo for himself, ho being rushed with work, and that he had Indicated cjcaily to Lawler what he wished said In tho letter. Tho Law lor document, however,' was unsatis factory to Mr. Taft, and ho finally dictated li'i own letter, using only a few sentences of tho Lawler memo-' randum. The presidents statements are contained In a longthy letter, to Chairman Nclnon of the Baiiinger PInchot Investigation committee It follows: "The White House, "Washington, May 15, 1910. "My Dear Senator Nelson: In tho hearings before tho committee to In vestigate the Interior department and forestry sorvlco, reference has been made to ray decision on tho com plaint and charges of L. R. 'Glavis filed with mo on tho 18th of August last against Secretary Balllngor and certain other ofllclals of the Interior department. The majority of the committee have decided that my ac tion In this regard was not within tho Jurisdiction of the committee to Investigate. In spite of his ruling, references to tho matter have crept Into tho record. For this reason, I deem It proper to write you and stato with what accuracy my momory per mits what tho facts aro.x "Glavis' statement and charges wore left with me by him on AueuBt 18, 1009. I turned them over to tho attornoy general, who happened to bo In tho neighborhood, nnd he made notes upon his reading. Wo both had peifeon.il Knowledge In respect to Becretary Balllngcr's attitude to wnrds the Alaska coal claims, which was the chief subject of Innuendo and complaint, for Mr. Baiiinger had very early in tho ndminlsttatlon con sulted with us both In regaid to them. Discussed Evidence. "Within two or three days after tho Ming of the charges, In a meet ing at which tho secretary of the treasury, the attornoy general and the secretary of tho navy were pres ent, a full discussion of the Glavis statement was had. It resulted in a general conclusion Hljut Jealousy be tween the bureaus of the Interior de partment and tho forestry bureau probably explained tho attitude of the Interior department officials, but that tho Intimations of bad faith by Glavis against Mr. Baiiinger requested that the btntement be submitted to them .for answer. Accordingly, copies of tho statement wore sent to Secretary Baiiinger, to Assistant Secretary Pelrce, to Commissioner Dennett and Chief of Field Service Schwartz. "Mr. Baiiinger was at Seattle, but upon icceipt or tne charges ha came to Washington to ptepare his an swer. On Monday, Sept. 6, Mr. Bai iinger reached Beverly, accompanied by Mr. Lawler, the assistant attorney gcnoial of the department of justice, assigned to tho interior department. Mr. Baiiinger sent to my house on that date the answers of tho various persons concerned, together with a voluminous record of exhibits. I -had a conference with him the evening of the djy he came, Sept. C, and then upon the following evening, Sept. 7. I tallied over the charges with Mr. Baiiinger the first evening, and asked him qupbtlons as suggested them selves without intimating any conclu sion, and said that I would examine tho answers nnd tho record and 1would see him the next day. I sat up until ii o'clock that night reading the answers nnd exhibits;, so that at my next discussion I was advised of the contents of the entire record and had made lip my mind that there was nothing In the charges upon which Mr. Balllpger or the1 others accused could be found guilty of either Incom petency, inefficiency, disjoyalty to the interests of tho government or dis honesty. ''Pleads Lack of Time. "In tho discussion of the second evening Mr. Lawler, who was present at my suggestion, discussed the evi dence at length. I said to Mr. Law ler that I was very anxious to write a full stitcment of the case and set out the reasons for my decision, but that tlie time for my departure on a long western trip, occupying two months, was Just ono week from that day; that I had some six or seven set speeches to deliver at tho begin ning of that journey, and that I could not give tho time to tho preparation of such a detailed statement nnd opinion as I wou'1 like to render In the matter. I therefore requested Mr. Lawler to prepare an,oplnlon aa If ho were presldont. "During the 8th, 9th and 10th, I gave such consideration to tho Glavis record as was consistent with pre vious engagements, but paid no" at tention to tho speeches. On ihe 9th I telegraphed tho attorney general to como to Beverly that I might consult with him In regard to tho case. Ho arrived on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 11, and pursuant to an appointment mado by telephone he camo to my house early on Sunday morning, Sept. 12. Ho then delivered to me tho draft opinion -prepared by Mr. Lawler and said that ho had had an opportunity on coming from Now York to .read the answer of Mr. Bai iinger and othors. I then suld to him that I hod mado up my mind as to my conclusions and had drafted part of my opinion, but that I wlshod him to examine tho full record nnd bring mo his conclusions beforo I stated mine. Ho took tho whole rec ord away, "During the day I examined the draft opinion of Mr. Lawler. but its ' Latest , Photograph Of King George V. & One of the luiiil points about being a king Is having your picture taken. The public demands the Ulng be photographed ever so often. It wants to Rte If he Is changing. If he looks worried or happier. This picture wns taken phortly before King (leorgo V. was pi uvluliued. Until after the ottlclal term of mounting Is over he will uot bo subjected to pu.-.ed photographs. SO pages ''Id not stato the caso In the way In whir It I wished It Btated. It contained references to the evi dence Which wero useful, but its crit icism of Sir. PInchot and Mr. Glavis I dldVnot think It proper or wlso to adopt. I only used a few paragraphs from ' It. containing merely 'general statements. Wickersham Make Report. "The attorney general returned In tho evening with notes of tho exami nation he had made and reported to me the "-oncluslona which'vho had reached, which wero In substantial accord with my own. We then dfa cussed the matter at some length; particularly some " points of law which wero Involved, nnd took up the opinion which I had flntBhcd and made a number of alterations; and as a result of the discussion I deter mined the final form which 1 em ployed and signed tho same on Mon day, Sept. 13. ) "The conclusions which I reached wero based upon my reading of the record and wero fortified by the oral analysis of the evldonco and tho con clusions which the attorney genoral gave mo, using the notes which ho had made during his reading of the record. I was -very sorry not to be able to embody and analyze In mj II! Columbus, O., May 1C Miles Poln dexter, Insurgont, of Washington, In his speech hero In behalf of the can didacy of Karl Webber, who is seek ing to defeat Representative Ed ward L. Taylor for ronominatlon In tho Twqlfth district, declared that "under Cannon In the last six years the house of representatives has become no more a really repre sentative body than tho douma of Russia, far less than the relchstag of Germnny" He charged tho speaker's whole work to have been In favor of special interests, that Cannon was against the building of the Panama canal and tho conservation of natural resources. "When old black Joe heard I had pledged myself to voto against him for speaker, he safd he would put mo on the slaughterhouse committee. I accepted tho appointment nnd havo been slaughtering all I could." Urging the nomination of Karl T. Webber, Polndexter said: "If Taylor said In Washington ho was nn insur gent It wtultl causo a ha-ha. I wouldn't pretmrt to bo a Cannonlte In Washington city and an Insurgent In Columbus." ' While Polndo::tor was orating In Memorial ball, Taylor at a meeting In tho East Sldo market house was branding Polndcxter as a "mugwump and southern Democrat at heart, who obeys, tho dictates of Champ. Clark. TAYLOR-WEBB MT. VERNON, 0.', TUESDAY, MAY 17, opinion, but the time did not permit I therefore directed him to embody In n written mimmary such analysis and concluslsn as 'he had given me, file It with tho recojd and date lt, prior to tho date of my opinion, so" as to show that my decision Whs for tified by his summary .of tho eildence and its conclusions therefrom. 'Sincerely Yours, "WILLIAM H. TAFT." CORRECTS STATEMENT Kerby Tells What He Meant In His Original Statement. Washington, May 16. Stenogra pher Kerby did some more talking. He had this to say In reforenco to the statement Issued at the White House Saturday )n regard to his charges: "I have nothing more to add to or take from my original statement. It was my express Intention not to say that Lawler dictated the president's letter of Sept. 13. I did specifically say that the draft was prepared for revision It was typewritten, triple spaced. It Is only just to myself to say that the Whlto Houso statement denies tho thing which I did not charge. I can not go ovor the sub ject again In detail except before tho proper committee or authorities." FIGHT He also defended his record, criti cised tho newspapers and other as sailants of the Payne tail'f bill, and predicted his own lenominatlon nnd election. Constantly ho pointed to ward Memorial hall In his oxcoilatlon of Polndexter He said: "If you think Republicans of tho Polndexter type aro tho right kind of lenders, 1 don't want the nomination." He sought to read the Washington con gressman out of the party. ROOSEVELT London, May 10. Mr, Roosevelt arrlvod here this morning. Ho was mot at Quecnsborough, where ho landed from the continent, by tho Earl of Dundonald, representing King Geoige, and Henry Whlto, formerly ambassador to Franco, on behalf of tho United States. ThoywIH bo nt tacbedto Mr. Itoosovolt's sulto dur ing tho funoral ceromonlos. Ambas sador Reld, members of tho embassy nnd several prominent Americans mot Mr. Roosevelt at tho Victoria station, HAS HOT FINISH IN LONDON 1910 No. 39 ESCAPED EEN lir KIDNAPERS nrnnnTcn , Zancsvllle, O., May 10. Hugh Hare, 14, rushed pnntlngly up to Po liceman Zlmmer and told him that ho had escaped from a man whom, ho said, had kidnaped him from his homo In Beaver Falls, Pa., April 15. The lad had run for miles clad only in overalls and shirt. B! AUT01ST Akron, O., May "lC The third child In six weeks met death In the street as the ilUlmof nn auto acci dent. Vorna Dunn, 4, daughter of Clunles Dunn, manager of a coal company, was struck by an automo bile driven by Albert Button, and died while Button w.is hurrjlng with the girl lo the City hospital. A charge of manslaughter was placed against Button. -v- THE STO A HOAX Zancsvllle, O., May 16. The wide spread rumor that two Zanesvillo high school girls are suffering from leprosy Is absolutely without founda tion, and tho report Is due to a jok ing remnri-. Ono of the girls, Miss Florence Matbcna, 10. used a patent preparation on her feet to prevent perspiration, and when she told her schoolmates that It caused a sore on her foot one of them remarked that she had leprosy. Dr. Matthews, the attending physician, and Health Offi cer McCormlck, vouch for this state ment. THE court: Portsmouth, O., May 16. County authorities caused a big sensation here by defying tho courts when dherlff Gillen nnd his wife, aided by Probate Judge Beatty, spirited away Francos Rockwell, 16, just as she had been oidered released on habeas cor pus proceedings by Circuit Judge Walters of ClrcleUllo. She was re moved in an automobile from the Jail to Clifford and' hustled aboard a Norfolk & Western train off for Del aware. Beatty, In tho face of strong sentiment for tho girl, had commit ted her to the Girls' Industrial home because, during a recent outing In tho Kentucky hills, she had posed for Indecent pictures. Her attorneys put up. a hard fight for her. Judge Wal Tors, when advised of the sheriff's action, notified tho Delaware authori ties not to admit the girl to tho home. FATALLY Xenia, 0 May 16. Frank Jcnko, a young farmer, was kicked in tho head nnd probably fatally Injured by a horso ho had Just bought. His skull was fractured. Train Catches Fire. Marinette, Wis., May 16. A south bound froight train In flames ran 40 miles into Mcnomlnco. It caught from a forest flro along tho right of way. Tho lire was extinguished by tho city flro. department. Tho most disastrous forest Are In tho history of northern Lincoln county Is raging In tho vicinity of Dudley and Harrison. KILLED 111 DEFYING mi lil II ' - Jl sJLWA H Hi Ji WAlLP B IJi j Court And Unofficial At Variance Program For King's Funeral-Body Will Be Removed From tauRklngbam Place To Westminister Hall To morrow, Where It WillJJe In State-Diplomas And Members Of Royal Household View Remains Today By Invitation QuestioD OfJrecedenceUnsettIed London, May 10. In the throne room of Buckingham palace a solemn vigil Is being continuously maintain ed around the coffin of King Edward, and it will be kept up until tho re moval to Westminster tomorrow for the public 1 Ing-ln-state. Picked men from the king's company of tho Gren adier guards stand motionless, with arms reveised, around the bier. Members of the royal family from time to time enter the throne room to pray beside the body. The qneen mother 1s a frequent performer of these silent orisons. The silent, statue-like soldiers alone witness her grief on those occasions. While tho official reports from the palace unite in stating that she Is bearing up un der her bereaiement as well as can be expected In the circumstances, un official reports coming from prlvato sources carry the Intimation that sbP Is not as well as she should bo in order to face the strain, necessarily painful to her, of the many ceremo nies of the week. The foreign dlplo ma'llsts and members of the royal household were admitted to tho throne room today, they having re ceived special invitations. Official Arrangements Announced. The official arrangements for the removal of the body to Westminster hall were- made public. King George, with his two eldest sons, will walk In the precession Immediately behind the gun carriage on which the coffin will be borne. The foreign royalties now here, as well as the male mem bers of the British family, will also Washington, May 16. Strictly speaking, Senator Burton of Ohio may not be n woman-hater, but pre ceding a recent function here tho so ciety editor of a Washington paper determined to describe the gowns of all tho senators' wives present. "Mr. Senator," she said, as she ac costed tno Ohio statesman, "will yon be kind enough to tell mo what sort of a gown Mrs. Burton will wear?" Taking his eyeglasses from his pocket and putting them cnrefully upon his nose, the senator fixed the girl with a glance that froze her to. the spot and frigidly replied: "Mad NO WEDDING DELLS FOR SENATOR BURTON CALIFORNIA TOWNS FEEL EARTH Los Angeles, Cal., May 10. This city nnd surrounding territory wore visited . by a series of earthqutko shocks that alarmed many persons, but did Httlo damnge beyond break ing dishes, destroying house orna ments nnd cracking walls of tho lighter houses. Pasadena FUffered tho heaviest damago so far as report ed. Several buildings wore cracked, and on Mount Wilson, where tho Car- TWO CENTS Accounts Are follow on fool. Qneen Mary, th queen mother nnd the other women of tho royal family and their suites Will drive in carriages. Tho orders for tho funeral proces sion on May 20 have not yet been issued, and until they are officially published the solution of the prob lem of the prcrrdence of the foreign delegates will not bo known. Besides the preoodence of rank there is the precedence of kinship to be consid ered. The poblllon in the procession of the representatives of the two great republics, Franco and the Unit ed States, Is a matter of some spec ulation. CAR STRIKE STILL ON EaBt Liverpool, O., May 16. Al though tho Newell Street Railway company has agreed to pay the now wage bcale the men demand. It re fuses to sign an agreement wherein the closed shop-is- specified. This re sulted In a general strike on the road and no care weie operated. An arbi tratlon clause 13 In the franchise un. der Which the rompany operates here. The line extends from this city tu Newel), W. Va. About 23 men are out. am, tliere Is no Mrs. Burton, and if L have anything to say about it there never will he." Kills Daughter and Self. SyraqiiBP, N. Y., May 16. After murdering her 15-year-old daughter Hazel B., Mis. Emma Chapman, 47 wifo of Chief of Police Charles F. Chapman of Baldivlnsvllle, committed suicide. The dual tragedy, was en acted In the Chapman home at Bald wlnsvlllc. Until two weeks ago Mra. Chapman was. wider the care of a specialist af a Syracuse hospital, al most hopelesly .Insane. neglo obseivntory lb located, '.he tre mors alarmed ninny travelers who Lbad climbed tho peak to view tho Tails From Boat. Manchester, 0 May. 16. Harrison Pool, 24, and married" tripped over a coll of rope on the steamer Glen dale nt Manchester and was drowned. His body was uot recovered. PRICE SHOCKS '4 4 i 1 t y M w jUr . .lAfaw. - i t..iuH.'L im. e - tk&UUiJf JfcLv.