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Alflermanjc Committee Turns
Down Resolution Favoring
Water Contract.
District Commission Idea Op
posed Because Other Com
munities Might Dominate,
Because the legal status of the
1 State Water Supply Commission Is
not entirely satisfactory, the finance
committee of the Common Council
last night turned down the passage of I
a resolution authorizing a contract
binding the city to pay *2,000,000 as a
Part of the cost of the development of
the Wanaque watershed. Former City
Counsel James R .Nugent, who at
tended the meeting, told Alderman
Charles W. Littlefield and Alderman
B, Garfield Gifford. Republican mem
bers of the committee, that In his
opinion the city should not risk such
a large expenditure of money.
In explaining his opinion to the two
Republican members who voted for
the resolution, Mr. Nugent confiden
tially told them that he was opposed
to the plan in view of the uncertainty
of the continuance of the State Water
Sapply Commission.
Chief Engineer Morris R. Sherrerd
told the committee that the State
Water Supply Commission assumed
the position that if Paterson, Passaic
and Montclair did not go into the
present scheme and sign the contract,
Newark would be given the exclusive
right to develop the Wanaque. He
aid that If Newark took the favorable
attitude, namely, that of authorizing
the execution of the contract and to
provide a bond issue of *2,000,000, he
felt that the State Water Supply
Commission would feel that Newark
was acting in-good faith.
Phillip* Did Not Vote.
Alderman Mark F. Phillips, chair
man of the committee, said he did not
desire to vote on the question at this
time, since he was desirous of giving
the question more study. When the
vote was taken the motion to adopt
the resolution committing Newark to
(he Wanaque was lost by a vote of
5 tt !,
Chief Engineer -^ , -ga'nhnrti.
the Board of Works haft approved
the contract, but that it was neces
sary to have a concurrent resolution
passed by> tbe’Common Cffijncll. He
said It Is proposed to make use of the
Midvale river and create a large
storage reservoir in the Wanaque
'Alley which would be capable of
(elding fifty million gallons. Newark
could jn time call upon this source
to supply* 11,000 000 gallons per day,
which would take care of Newark’s
water supply for the next forty years.
'the chief engineer said that within
four years the present supply or water
will have hecomo inadequate and
ihat the Wanaque is the best avail
able site for an additional supply.
He said it’will take at least four
years to complete the development if
work is started at once. The J2.000,
oOO which Newark was to advance is
nne-third of the coet of the project,
the remaining money to be paid by
the three other cities interested.
He said that a movement was now
->n foot to secure legislation which
wpuld create a district commission
to succeed the Btate Water Supply
Mr. Sherrrerd ventured the opinion
•hat, such a commission would be
dominated by representatives of other
He believed Newark’s Interests
would be best conserved under the
present system. He added:
/'Tbo State Water Supply Commis
sion Is trying to keep faith With all
the municipalities who are Interested,
bpt if. the other cities don’t keep
fgjth and sign tpe contract which
ha* been submitted to them Newark,
which 1s trying to keep faith, should
be, ,and no doubt will be, given the
right to independently develop the
Wanaque project without further
He explained that the resolution
which he asked the committee to
pass simply' authorized the proper
city officials to execute a contract
with the State Water Supply. Com
mission. in the event that other mu
nicipalities passed a similar resolu
tion. Mr. Sherrerd said that the copt
would not go in the tax levy, but
that the interest and sinking fund
provision Vould be met by the water
Aiqermaii rfonn .r .rtusuamuna was
of the opinion that it woiild .be un
wise to act upon the resolution, in
<lew of the fact that a new council
will come Intq office January 1. Al
derman Michael Fagan took the same
position.' so that Aldermen Littlefield
and Gifford, the two Republican
members, were the only ones who
voted for the Wanaque.
The question which former City
Counsel Nugent informally discussed
with the two Republican aldermen
may interfere with Newark's doing
any further business with the State
Water Supply Commission. It is pos
sible that a distrlot commission such
as is contemplated would be satisfac
tory to Newark if the desired result
could be obtained.
However, the 1P16 council will have
ihe decision of this important ques
i(pn, which, in tho mind of Chief En
gineer Sberrerd, is paramount to the
best interests of the city.
Petitions for Orders to
Sell Book Accounts of
Oakland Motor Sales Co.
in the matter of Raymond E.
.Smith, individually and trading as
the -Oakland Motor Salss Company,
Wilfred C. Roszel. the trustee,
through his counsel, George Furst,
today hied a petition for the sale of
l ook accounts of the bankrupt con
Smith, who is serving a sentcpco
in the State prison, was formerly
secret* O' end treasurer of the Rose
ville Trust Company.
In bis petition the trustee explained
he k#» been unajtle to ooileet the ac
counts, amounting to W.701.W.
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Last Year's Fiasco and the Ag
itation for Preparedness
Makes It Certain.
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Many Ask Lawmakers to Go on
Record in Support of Wil
son's Views.
From a Stair Correspondent.
TRENTON. Pec. 16.— Military pre
paredness Is expected to be one of
the many subjects to receive serious
thought by the members of the Legis
lature of 1918. While the State mili
tary authorities at this time appear
to be more than willing to have Presi
dent Wilson and Congress grapple
with the preparedness plans In their
broader aspects, there are many
members of the coming Legislature
who will give voice to their views' on
what part the State should play in
giving support to the national ad
A positive determination in the
direction of having the State’s
militia properly trained for military
duty was arrived at by the Demo
crats who attended the meeting of tile
minority members of the Legislature
at the State eapltol on Tuesday. The
Democratic legislators agreed that
the National Guard should have an
encampment In 1916, If they could give
it to them. Every effort will be
General Wilbur F. Sadler.
made to convince the Joint appro
priations committee that a supple
mental appropriation for the guard's
encampment should be allowed. While
(Continued on Pace 17, Column 2.)
Animal Invades Classroom of
Parochial Institution at
East Orange.
Following Frapcis Cahill, of 74 Hay
ward avenue to the Holy ?Jame Paro
chial School at 135 North Park street.
East Orange, this morning, a stray
dog slipped through the doorway after
him and entered a sixth grade class
room. In response to orders from tlie
teacher to put the dog out. young
Cahill kicked at it. Resenting this,
the animal turned on the boy and se
verely bit him several times on the
leg. .. " V '
Simon Ariiss. of 34 Birch wood ave
nue. started! to the assistance of his
schoolmate, and 4a- iadaavorlo* to
the animal away, was badly
bitten on the hand.
The frenzied screams of the two
boys threw the' entire institution,
which his an enrollment of almost
3D0, into % state of turmoil, and terror
reigned for several minutes until
Traffic Patrolman Philip Zdnk was
summoned^ by one of the instructors
and tore the animal away from
Cahill, into which it had imbedded
its teeth. The boy's shoe was tom
from him. *
The officer .with difficulty managed
to separate the dog from his victim,
and then dragged it to the school
yard, where he shot it. The head of
the animal was severed and taken
by tlie Badt Orange health depart
ment for examination for symptoms
of rabies. It is not thought that the
animal was afflicted with the malady.
As it has been a playmate of pupils
at the school for some time past.
Ariiss sustained only the one bite
on the hand, but Cahill was very
seriously bitten. His leg was lacer
ated from the knee down and he is
also suffering from the mental strain.
Medical attention was given to both
boys, after which they were sent
home. Rev. Matthew J. Farley is
rector of the Holy Name Church.
Also Asks for Eligible List
to Make Appoint
The Board of Fire Commissioners to
day received two bids for tractors for
Truck No. 9 at Avon avenue and
Thirteenth street. The Front Drive
Motor Company, of Hoboken, offered
to furnish a Christie, two-wheel,
front-drivo tractor for 13,641 and the
American La France Fire Engine
Company, of Elmira, N. Y., offered
one of its two-wheel, front-drive
tractors for 34,500. The bide werp
taken under advisement.
The board also voted to ask the
Civil Service Commission to submit a
list of five namee of eligible appli
cants for appointment to the depart
ment and to equip all the Are houses
in the city with Mazda electric lights.
Adopt Martine Resolution
to Let San Diego Have
U. S. World’s Fair Exhibits
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16.—The Sen
ate this afternoon unanimously adopt -
l ed Senator Martinet resolution pro
viding that all government exhibits
at thf San Francisco Exposition de
! sired by the Sail Diego Exposition
should be transported to the latter
city immediately.
Snow or Rain Tonight
! Snow or rain tonight, accompanied
by variable winds which Anally will
settle in the east were the Indications
seen by the forecaster tdAay. The
,-literature then was 36, the sun was
! shining and a nine-mile wind was
blowing from the north. Yesterday’s
, highest temperature was 39. During
L.the night it dropped only ,to 36
County Supervisor Bowden
Grants Sheriff's Suspended
Employe a Hearing.
In answer to charges preferred by
Sheriff Schmidt in suspending him
from duty as a yourt attendant,
Oliver Werkheiser, of 723 Bergen
Htredt., testified at a hearing today
before County Supervisor Lewis G.
Bowden and denied that he had vio
lated any rules of the office or acted
contrary to1 custom or the instruc
tions of his superiors Mr. Bowden
heard the evidence of both sides and
reserved decision for a week.
Charles M. Mason, an under-aherill
during former Sheriff Sommer's
regime, represented Werkheiser. He
called attention' by his questions to,
tho fact that Werkheiser pussed an
examination and was appointed a
court attendant and never took any
examination' for deputy sherifT or
process server, which he was acting
as at tho time of the alleged miscon
duct ' Werkheiser, he showed, was
guilty of no transgression as a court
Werkheicer was suspended Novem
ber 28, a week after he had conducted
a sale under an execution of the Cir
cuit Court at 338 Plane street. He had
sold the "right, title and interest” of
Gaetano Volpius, of that address, in
several horses, wagons and other
goods, for *25, when they were worth
a great deal more, according to the
sheriff's allegation- He conducted the
sale while the plaintifT was not repre
sented and accepted a chick from the
successful bidder, all, according to the
sheriff, in direct violation of his in
structions and the custom of the of
Judge Adams set aside the sale later
on motion of the plaintiff’s attorney,
and declared the sheriff’s men should
ibe instructed in their duties. He said
the plaintiff or his attorney should
have been present when the goods
were sold, and commented on the low
price that was received for them. The
chattels were supposed to he worth
Under-sheriff Harvey Keough, who
had charge of the service of papers
and the conduct of sales, and Charles
P. Hummel, another court attendant
who subsequently resold the goods on
aji order of the court and received
*800 for them, were the only witnesses
to testify in support of the sheriff's
charges. Hummell testified, over 'Mr.
Mason’s objections, that in his opinion
the goods were worth *1.000. Keough's
testimony was regarding the instruc
tions be gave Werkheiser.
Unidentified Girl, Arrested
by Police, Tries to Hurl
Poorbox at Patrolman
Obstinately refusing to give her
name or address, a fourteen-year-old
girl, who was arrested last night by
Patrolman William Kenney, on a
charge of loitering in East Side Park,
threatened Lieutenant William J.
Waller, of the Third precinct, as she
was about to be slated.
*The girl had accompanied Patrol
man Kenney to the station house
without a protest, but when she was
asked her name she became Indig
nant and attempted to hurl a poor
box at him. She was prevented in
doing so by anotlier officer. Re
peated efforts and threats were made
to have the girl reveal her Identity,
but each time she emphatically re
fused. She was later taken to the
House of Detention.
Lieutenant Walter said that com
plaints had been made by neighbors
concerning the girl, who appears to
have no homo. According to the lieu
tenant, the girl has been eeen late
at night In the park and she sleeps
In alleys or hallways wherever she
can find a convenient place without
fear of molestation._
Wilson^ill Be Placed on
Michigan Primary Ballot
LANSING, Mich-. Dee. 16.—Presi
dent Wilson's name will be palcod on
the Michigan presidential primary
ballot as Democratic candidate for
president. The secretary of state an
nounced today that enough petitions
bad been filed to make certain such
action. _
Three Jersey Postmasters
Are Nominated by Wilson
WASHINGTON. Dec. 16.—President
Wilson today sent the following nom
inations for postmasters to the Sen
ate: High Bridge, James Degnan;
Hamburg, Charles L. Kent; Waat
Hoboken. Uwl W- Bowers.
Sequel to the Recent Discon
tinued Maintenance
Elderly Manufacturer Present
ed It to Fiancee Last
j Year.
A suit for the possession of a 93,000
eiectric automobile was Instituted be
fore Vice-Chancellor Howell today by
: Hattie Oxley Stengel against George
| F. Stengel, a wealthy leather mer
chant, living at 1150 Broad street,
this city.
ai.s. Stengel instituted a suit for
separate maintenance, charging her
husband with cruelty, but last Tues
day the caee was discontinued on a
motion by former Judge Thomas J.
Llntott, counsel for Mr. Stengel. At
that time Maximilian M. Stallman,
Mrs. Stengel's solicitor, informed
Vice-Chancellor Stevens, before
whom the motion was made, that he
had so far been unatalo to obtain
corroboration of the charges made.
Then the present suit came on to
day for trial. Mrs. Stengel on the
stand declared that Mr. Stengel pur
chased the machine as a present to
her when they became engaged to be
married. In April. 1914.
Bought It for Both.
Mr. Stengel, testifying tn his own
behalf, swore that he bought the ma
chine for their joint use. There was
testimony adduced that told of an
attempt made by Mrs. Stengel during
October of this year to obtain the
car from Mr. Stengel's garage at
Long Branch, and of the refusal of
his employes to allow her to get at
the machine.
Examined by Mr. .Stallman, Mrs.
Stengel swore that when Mr. Stengel
asked her to become his wife, he sug
gested a valuable present for her.
"He asked me Whether I'd like to
have diamonds or a car," she said.
She testified that Mr. Stengel and
her sister accompanied her on trips
to various automooile salesrooms in
New York, and that when the demon
strators took her for a ride, My. Sten
gel accompanied her.
“Why didn't you take the car with
you wh«;n you left home?" asked Mr.
Llntott. ’
“I could -not," answered Mrs. Sten
gel. "1 was physically ill, and had
to be assisted.”
In answer to another quesllon, Mrs.
Stengel said: "After J !»id reoov
•dredwLMiS&sWM®* tho car and
of Mr. Stengel s hired men stood in
front* of the door of the garage imO
threatened me with violence If I laid
hands on It."
The Best fctr.
Mrs. Hattie Oxlej*v$jij... Stengel’s
mother, testf sd tfif 'llb Stengel
told her that tie w*S gel ,g to give
his wife a handsome present. "He
•aid that he wanted his wife to have
the very best car he could buy,” she
When Mr. Stengel was on the stand,
Mr. Stanman asked him: *
"Do you remember, when your wife
was In the hospital In Philadelphia,
she sent her mother to you at Long
Branch to obtain the car «eo she
might use it?”
"I remember her mother coming up
to get the car,” answered Mr. Sten
Then Mr. Stallman showed a letter
to Mr. Stengel and he Identified it as
one he had written to Mrs. Stengel.
Mr. Stallman read an extract from it,
which said:
"Your mother asked me for the key
for the car, and I would not give It
up. I won't give It up until you come
; home to me, for I have already had
I a bitter experience. It seems strange
that you can’t trust your husband,
especially when he had made you a
present of the car.”
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j Local Men Pedagogues Criticise
Miss Schenck’s Position
Over Convention City.

Miss Hattie O. Schenck. a Latin
teacher at the South Side High
School, and president of the High
School Women Teachers' Association,
| was the storm center yesterday afteT
i noon In a tempest-in-a-teapot wran
Igle that developed at the meeting of
i the Principals' Association In the
!Free Public Library over the place
I of meeting of the 1916 convention of
I the New Jersey State Teachers' As
sociation. The principals want to
bring the convention to Newark be
cause of the anniversary celebration
I here, while Miss Schenck Is in favor
'of holding It at Atlantic City There.
I were only male teachers present at
yesterday's meeting and considerable
criticism of Miss Schenck arose, but
nobody volunteered to come to her
! defense.
i The public arose when a letter was
'read frem Miss Schenck stating that
she did not favor bringing the con
vention here. As It will not be held
until December, she contended that
the 250th birthday anniversary cele
bration of Newark would be practi
cally Jiver. She frankly declared in
her letter, also, that she bel'eved that
•better hotel accommodations and rates
I for delegis te» could be seewed at the
Atlantic City hotels and that it should
■be better to make no ahange in favor
of this city. The 1915 convention will
be held in Atlantic City this month,
and the seaside resort is a popular
meeting place with the teachers. Miss
Schenck’s letter was sent in reply to
a communication from the Principals’
Association. In this letter she was in
formed that the principals wanted to
bring the 1916 convention here and
was asked to co-operate.
By a coincidence the Bssex County
Teachers' Guild, at a special meeting
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j Won’t Sign Christmas Payroll
for the City Clerk’s
Also Announces That He Will
Veto New Salary In
The two score members of the staff
of pity Clerk Alexander Archibald
did not receive their Christmas pay
checks today because Mayor Ray
mond refused to sign the payroll and
Issue the warrant which would re
lease the money. The warrant Is for
*2,500, covering the semi-monthly pay
for some forty clerks.
This Is pay day In the city clerk's
office and when the checks wrere not
ready Mr. Archibald made formal de
mand for them on City Treasurer
Elmer A. Day, who replied the checks
could not be bad untli released by
, the auditor. Acting City Auditor An
drew K. Brady in reply to a formal
I demand from the treasurer explained
■ that the warrant jiad not been
issueo by the mayor and that no
checks could be authorized without
the warrant. ,
me cny ciera alter gcuiug uw
I official facts asked for an Interview
1 with Mayor Raymond. The mayor
j contends that the executive sanction
is necessary to legalize the appoint
ment of Edward A. Byrne as assist
ant city messenger at $1,240 yearly sal
ary and also to legalize the salary
increase from $1,320 to $1,500 given
William A. Perhtt. a stenographer.
Against All Salary Increase.
1 ■‘Neither do I Intend to approve any
| of these proposed salary increases, |
1 and I propose that when the resolu- j
I tions arc presented to me by the Com- I
I mon Council to veto each and every ,
one," said Mayor Raymond today in |
further discussing the salary situa
tion. "I care not whether the In
creases are for appointees made by
i me or whether they are elected. It
; was one of my campaign pledges that
II would oppose the Increasing of sal
aries, and I intend to keep my word :
, to the people of Newark. This con
| tinual raising of salaries highly-pigly
will not be tolerated.
"The Common Counek -has not met
with me on this subject, and until
they are willing tp have a seleptlfle
survey made of salaries BO that proper
adjustment. Increasing or decreasing
can be made, I will still maintain Utle
attitude, and I think it is the only
fair way to do. There is no doubt
officials are being underpaid, and
others who are getting too much, but
this must be found out by an intelli
gent Investigation. I will hereafter
exercise my power of veto to check
all salary increases, and the proposed
raises, amounting to more than $15.
000, which are being considered, will
meet the same fate," continued the
He intimated thpt possibly a gen
eral investigation Of city departments
would be made by Edward A. Stowall
during the coming year, but as to this
he had not entirely made up his mind.
The mayor declared that a number
of officials bad come to him person
ally, but that the Common Council
committee had refused to discuss the
question of salary adjustment, which
in his mind was most important.
The sub-committee of the finance
committee of the Common Council on
salary adjustment did tint report at
the finance committee meeting last
night. It is generally known that the
mayor was opposed to salary in
creases, and the numerous applica
tions which have been made by the
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(Continued on Face 4, Column S.>
j Illness of Federal Official and
Defendant Given as
! The hearing in the case of John V.
! Dlefenthaler, dismissed chief deputy
l inspector for the Fifth Internal Rev
i enue district, which was set down
: for tomorrow at 11 o'clock before
United States Commissioner Edwaln
I R. Semple, was postponed today in
J The postponement was asked by
i United States District Attorney J.
[Warren Davis on account of the ill
ness of his assistant, Charles A.
Lynch, who was aligned to the case.
Mr. Lynch has be Sri ill with grippe
for the past several days at his home
in Paterson.
Charles B. Mason, counsel for Mr.
Dlefenthaler, readily consented to the
postponement asked by the govern
ment officials, and Intimated that it
might have been necessary to ask
for a postponement tomorrow on be
half of his client. Mr. Dlefenthaler is
verv ill at his home, and it is said
there were two doctors continually In
attendance at his bedside all last
District Attorney Davis and Assis
tant District Attorney Joseph Bodlne
are both engaged in trying cases in
the criminal branch of the Federal
court, and a large number of-eases
have been listed for tomorrow, so
that it would have been impossible
for either of them to have conducted
the examination of witnesses at the
hearing tomorrow for the govern
' ment.
In consequence of the postponement
a number of out-of-town witnesses
who were subpoenaed by the gov
ernment were notified by telegram by
Collector Charles V. Duffy that they
need not answer the summons.
The hearing in the case of Miss
Mary A. Du)ey, who was arrested on
the same charge as Dlefenthaler, win
also be postponed.
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Change in Newark Situation
Reported—Burleson Favors
Young Man.
Some interesting gossip relative to
the postmaster race is now going the
rounds and indicates that the turn
into the home-stretch is now being
made. That a dark horse will flash
under the wire first is an opinion held
in many quarters, although there are
those confident that some candidate
whose name has been publicly men
tioned will yet succeed Frank J.
That John L. Armitage is the first
of the active candidates to fall by the
wayside, is the latest • advice from
Washington. Mr. Armitage's candi
dacy seems to have spent itself, al
though the situation is still so mud
dled that his friends have no Inten
tion of relinquishing hope.
John F. Sinnot, president of the
Passaic Valley Sewage Commission
and former president of the Common
Council, together with former Sheriff
William Harrigan, are candidates
who must still be considered serious
However, a story that has followed
the recent pilgrimage to Washing
ton by a party of Armttage enthu
siasts may be significant. The dele
gation waited upon Postmaster-Gen
eral Burleson and another official of
the post office department.
Mr. Burleson is said to have quiz
zed the delegation about the. age of
the various candidates and then In
quired why Newark could not And
some active young man for a busy
place like the Newark postmaster’s
His remarks are said to have con
veyed the intimation that the post
office was not a pensioning institu
tion. and that in a cttv as big as New
ark, an able young man, filled with
the energy to take a vital part in the
affairs of the office, should be chosen.
The counting ou* of Si. ' Armit^,.,
however, is said to be due to hostility
with which his political record is
viewed in reapv Effective
nee has been made of Mr. Armltage's
votes in the Assembly during the
-race track" days.
Designates Public Welfare Man
“Personal Representative" to
Jack Up Health Board.
Mayor Thomas L. Raymond an
nounced today that Edward A. Stow
all would be his personal representa
tive and would begin tomorrow an
Investigation and survey of the health
department. The mayor explained
that he has been contemplating for
(some time such a plan and that he is
desirous of securing information as to
the conduct of the various city de
"Does this mean that Mr. Stowall
will Investigate other city depart
ments ag well?" the mayor was asked.
”1 have not decided as yet. If the
investigation of the health department
Is satisfactory and the information
i« valuable, I may have Mr. Stowall
as my personal representative look
Into other city departments. The
health department has not been
looked into in a number of years.
This, however, is not being done in
an effort to disorganize any city de
partment, but to secure constructive
criticism which will help me to de
termine whether any change shall be
maae. ,
In referring to Mr. Stowall as his
“personal representative" the mayor
explained that he did not desjfe to
have the Public Welfare Committee
take part, inasmuch as some of the
members did not reside in the city
of Newark. "They have consented to
let me have Mr. Stowall for the pur
pose of securing some personal in
formation which I desire. In this
way the Public Welfare Committee
U not concerned, and it is strictly a
confidential matter. I have selected
the Board of Health and directed Mr.
Stowall to begin work as soon as he
desires as an experiment to ascertain
whether such an investigation will be
helpful to other departments,” said
the mayor.
From day to day Mr. Stowall will
report dtreclly to the mayor his find
ings. and at the conclusion of his In
I vestigation will no doubt make some
“If Mr. Stovall finds that there are
needless positions or that two men
are holding a place that can be filled
bv one. then those positions should
be abolished. If employes are entitled
to more help then they shall be given
assistance. It is not my desire to
pick apart for the purpose of criticism
any city department, but simply with
a view to securing first hand infor
mation concerning the manner in
which they are conducted,” continued
the mayor. -_
McChord Is Renominated
for Commerce Commission
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18— President
Wilson today formally renominated
C. C. McChord. of Kentucky, to be a
member of the Interstate Commerce
Commission to succeed himself.
Phone 6414 B4kt. Prtoev Ri|hi
Wlaen and liquors for ttw hoJidayo.—Advor
Cabled Extracts Suggesting Ex
change of Views Displease
Appeals for Evidence on Which Our De
mands Are Based-Sends Sympathy
for Victims.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.—Austria-* reply to Secretary Lansing's note
on the Ancona is regarded, on the basis of the unofficial reports received
today from London and Amsterdam, as wholly unsatisfactory, unaccept
able and disappointing to the United States. Diplomatic relations between
the two countries may safely be described as standing at the breaking
President Wilson and Secretary Lansing are reserving comment until
they hare the official translation and text at hand, but it Is stated authori
tatively that the United States will enter into no exchange of opinions, as
the Vienna foreign office is represented as suggesting, and absolutely will
decline to discuss the facts of the torpedoing and shelling of the Ancon*
by an Austrian submarine with loss of American lives.
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—Photograph by Underwood * Underwood
General Sir Douglas Haig Is a reteran
of the Nile expedition and the Sooth
African4 nr, and for gallant set rices
has won the K. C. B„ K. C. 1. *- C.
V. O- C. V O. aad the C. B. Hie lead
ership daring the early part of the pres
ent w sr won him the title of the "Hero
Other British Officers Expected
to Be Replaced—Haig
New Commander.
LONDON, Dec. IS.—Sir Douglas
Haig's appointment aa commander
in-chief of the British forces in
France and Belgium will he will owed
by other radical changes In the
higher commands of the army, it was
hinted today.
Commanders who have been held
responsible for the t failure of the
British offensive at Loos In Septem
ber are to be transferred to less im
portant posts. There will be no vio
lent shakeup that might affect the
administration of army affairs, but
a gradual replacing of field command
ers before the expected spring offen
Appointment of the "Hero of Mons”
to supreme command of the British
forces on the western front was en
thusiastically applauded by the pub
lic today. Credited with the dashing
initiative, the new commander-in
chlef strikes the man in the street
as a type, of leader who may be ex
pected to upset the traditions of
trench warfare by a brilliant stroke
that may turn the tide of victory to
She allies. Some of his friends even
expressed the fear today that the pub
lic, remembering Sir Douglas Haig’s
exploits at Mens, might expect too
much of the new commander.
Ctni« Ctuw !<• Surprise
Mingled with the expression of ap
proval of the selection of a new com
mander in France were words of re
gret over the recall of Sir John
French, who becomes commander-in
chief of the armies in the united king
dom, and has been created viscount
by King George.
The change in leadership occasioned
no surprise. The wave of criticism
that first beat about Lord Kitchener
turned against General French after
the British failed to make any con
siderable gains in the allied offensive
of September. It was realised that
General French was about to be sup
planted. but to the last be retained
the friendship of tho public, If out
their confidence.
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f NO official word ha* reached th*
| state department today that tWk
; Austrian reply had been delivered to
American Ambassador Penfleld, but
the news dispatches containing ex
cerpts were taken in official quar
ters as sufficient evidence that tb*
rejoinder is on its way to Washing
Vague In Many Re-peet*. jg
From such part of the unofficial
text as is contained in the news dis
patches, officials considered the reply
vague in many respects, but they
were not prepared to decide whether
that was caused by the translation. *
The suggestion for an exchange of
opinions, the virtual request for a hi#
of i-artlculars of fhe American com
plaint against the action of fhe sup-:,
marine commander, and the proposal
tor a discussion of the facts were
clear' t forth, however, in the un
caselml text. and officials of the state
department who have knowing* «.*
its policy in the crisis unhesitatingly
id be ret used,,’*
was made clear that the Uaitm>
States does not propose to cater in®
a diplomatic discussion which woSZ
have possibilities of being p.-fonged
almost fndornmery.
The outline of ibe reply was disap
pointing because some American offi
cials had been led to believe by pre
dictions from Germanic quartersi that
it would be favorable, or at least
would propose something which the
United Slates could accept.
As Secretary Lansing based the
representations in bis note upon the
official statement of the Austrian
admiralty itself, American officiate
are at a loss to understand where
there is much room for discussion dr
dispute of facts.
News from Vienna recently that the
submarine which sunk the Ancona is
missing, led some officials to believe
that a new element had been intro
duced into the dispute, which has
promise of carrying some point. That
point, however, seems to have been
disregarded in Austria's answer so far
as officials can judge from the ua»
official text received here.
Ba*»d Protest on Offirlal Report.
American officials believed that tak
ing as a basis the official adm'sslon at
the Austrian admiralty that the
Ancona was shelled, torpedoed and
sunk while passengers still were
aboard, there would be little room for
discussion of Secretary Lansing's cor
tention that the commander violated
the principles of international law
and humanity and that it wit
“wanton slaughter of defenceless no*
com ha tants.”
Officials pointed out today that *
thoroughly unsatisfactory and unre
sponsive reply from Austria would
bring diplomatic relations between
the two countries to a crisis betas*
the closing words of Secretary Lan
sing's note which declared that “good
relations between the two countries
I rest upon a common regard for law
and humanity.” and that Austria, jr*-.
1 predating the gravity of the case.
I “will accede to its (the United Stats**:
[demand promptly.”
i'emend- By 17. 0.
Specifically the note demanded de
nouncing the sinking of the Ancona** '
an ‘‘illegal and indefensible act," the
punishment of the commander who
“perpetrated the deed.” and the pay
ment of an indemnity to those Ameri;
cans who suffered. The note stand#
as the most vigorous of all the Amer
ican correspondence of the war. and
was not equalled even by the not*
at the close of the submarine contro
versy with Germany.
Austria's diplomatic relation# wtth
the United States since the recall of
Ambassador Pumba for hi- connec
tion with plots to cripple American
munitions plants, have been main
tained by the embus-- here with
Baron Zweidinek as charge d' affair*#.
Baron Zweidinek had no official
patches from Vienna, but after read
ing the news dispatches he went t*
the state department and conferred
with Secretary Banning. Previously
the baron had inquired what the at
titude of the United State* would h#
toward an unacceptable reply. To
day on the basis of the news dis
patches the charge and the secretary
discussed the situation InforWwIfeM
Baron Zweidinek spent only' a ten#
minutes, with the secretary and re
turned to the embassy.
By the Associated Tress.
LONDON. Dec. 1« (6:22 a. m>—Tfc*
reply of the Austro-Hungarian go#-;
ernment to the note from the United
States, relative to the sinking of the
steamer Ancona by an Austrian sub
marine, was banded to Frederick 2C.
Pen field. United States -jinlin nw inflpT
Vienna, on Tuesday, according
dispatch from Amsterdam to H»abttrV::
Telegram Company. The cornespen
dent quotes from the reply as folio*##;-.
•The note says that from the •harf#*
no** with which the governnMnst *jf:
the United States believed H ought to
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