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VOL. XVII NO. 235. BARRE, VERMONT, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1913. PRICE, ONE CENT. nior 1L? BARRE MORE POWER DEMANDED Interstate Commerce Com mission Cannot Perform Its Best Work SHOULD SUPERVISE ROAD CONSTRUCTION Also the Operation, Says the Commission in Annual Report Washington, D. C, Dec. 19. Empha sizing the necessity for further action . by the federal government to provide creater safety for travelers and em ployes upon American railroads, the in terstate commerce commission, in its an mial report, submitted to Congress to day, makes vigorous recommendations for additional powers over the physical construction and operation of the roads The commission also recommends that it be given authority to supervise the issue of railroad securities and some measure of control over the capitaliza , tion. Conditions disclosed by the commis sion's investigation of railroad accidents duriner the vear present a situation which, the commission believes, ought to be the subject of immediate legisla tion. Seventy-six accidents investigated comprised 51 collisions and 25 derail ments, and caused the death of 283 and the injury of 1,880 persons. Commenting upon these facts, the re nort savs: "The commission again is compelled to note the exceedingly large proportion of train accidents due to dereliction of duty on the part of employes. Fifty' nix of the accidents investigated during the year, or nearly 74 per cent, of the whole number, were directly caused by mistakes of employes. These mistakes were of the same nature as those noted bv the commission ia its last annual report, namely, disregard of fixed sig nals; improper flagging; failure to obey train orders; improper checking of train register; misunderstanding of orders; oc cupying main track on time of superior train; block operator allowed train to enter occupied block; dispatcher gave lap order or used improper form ot or der; operator made, mistake in copying -order; switch left open m face ot ap proaehing train; excessive speed; failure to identity tram that was met. "These errors are exactly the ones which figure in the causes of train ac cidents vear after year. Their persist ence, leading always to the same har rowing results, points inevitably to the truth of one or the other of the follow ing alternatives; Either a ereat majority of these deplorable railroad disasters are unavoidable or there exists a widespread lack of intelligent and well-directed ef fort to minimize the mistakes of em ployes in the operation of trains. It is not believed that all those accidents which are caused by the mistakes of employes are unavoidable. It is quite true that man' is prone to error, and as long as Absolute reliance is placed upon the human element in the operation of trains accidents are bound to occur, but until it can be shown that all reason able and proper measures have been tak en for its prevention, no accident' can be classed as unavoidable. Violations of Simple Rules. "All of the mistakes noted above ar violations of simple rules, which should have been easily understood by men ot sufficient intelligence to be entrusted with the operation of trains. The evi dence is that in the main the rules are understood, but they are habitually vio lated by employes who are charged with responsibility for the safe movement of trains. The evidence also is that in many cases operating officers are cogni zant of this habitual disregard of rules and no proper steps are taken to cor rect the j evil. Many operating officers seem to proceed upon the theory that their responsibility ends with the pro mulgation of rules, apparently overlook ing the fact that no matter how in herently good a rule may be, it is of no force unless it is obeyed. On very many railroads there is little or no sys tem of inspection or supervision of the work of train-service employes so far as pertains to those matters which vi tally affect safety. Employes are not examined on the operating rules except at the time of their promotion, and only the most perfunctory efforts are made to determine their fitness to perform the duties assigned to them from time to time. Lack of Inspection. "This lack of supervision and inspec tion with respect to matters affecting the safety of trains is unexplainable when the careful supervision of all mat ters directly affecting the revenue of the roads is considered. The auditing and checking systems used for detecting the dishonesty of employes are marvels of ingenuity and careful attention to de tail, but means of determining whether trains are operated in accordance with the requirements of safety and in con formity with the rules are almost en tirely lacking. "In previous reports the commission has recommended legislation requiring the standardization of operating rules. It is vital to the safe movement of trains that rules should be explicit and uniform in character, so that they may be easily understood and that there may be no doubt as to their application. To this end federal legislation is necessary. Disobedience of Signals. "Disobedience of signal indications on block signalled railroads is one of the most serious phases of the accident sit uation. Such disobedience often occurs in connection with the movement of im portant high-speed passenger trains, and when it results in a collision or derail ment a most deplorable casualty list is its invariable accompaniment. Fourteen of the investigated accidents which have occurred. on block-signaled roads since July 1, 1911, were caused by enginemen (Continued on third page.) GREAT BRITAIN WILL NOT EXHIBIT Cabinet Decides' Against Official Repre sentation at the Panama Exposition in San Francisco. - London, Dec, 19. The cabinet last night decided against official represents tion of Great Britain at the Panama ex position. Apparently the board of trade has not changed its belief that only small bene fit would accrue to British exhibitors, and the ministers took the view that be cause of the rapid rise in the national expenditure it would be inadvisable to devote any considerable sum of money to this purpose, especially in view of Germany s refusal to participate official ly in the exposition. The cabinet's decision was not gener- ally known last night but it is certain to be received with great disappoint ment. The Daily Chronicle attributes the Anclo-German parsimony' .to the enor mous armament bills which it considers great pity, and hopes that wiser in fluence may prevail when parliament reassembles. - SENT SPANIARDS AWAY TO SAVE THEM Declared General Villa, Saying That the Feeling in Rebel Army Was Strong Against Them. Chihuahua, Mexico, Dec. 19. General Francisco Villa said to-day he was dis posed to follow the suggestions of the United States as to the rights of for eigners in Mexico in conformity with the plan named by the committee to take an inventory of the property of the expelled Spaniards, and he said he would indemnify such as had not actively sup ported the Huerta government. General Villa said it was necessary to expel the Spaniards because their lives were in danger from the feeling held against them by the rebel army and it was necessary to impose the death pen alty in order to have them go. WORE OFF MAN'S CLOTHES. And Then Was Fined for Stealing Them as Well as Watch. Bellows Falls, Dec. 19. Lillian Hil- dreth, aged 25, of Randolph, pleaded guilty to the cltarge of larceny in the municipal court yesterday attornoon ana was fined $50 and costs of $10.29 by Justice Z. II. Albee. She could not pay and was sentenced to 189 days in the house of correction at Rutland. The woman was arrested at the railroad sta tion here Wednesday night about 11:30 o clock as sne was aoout to Doara a tram for White River Junction, after George Burnham, who runs a lodging near Cold River, N. H., notified the police that all his clothes and his watch had been stol en. He did not make the complaint him self because Miss Hildreth had taken his clothe while he asleep in a room at a lodging house, and he was forced to call other roomers to help him in his difficulty. According to the wonians story she came here from Fitchburg Wednesday morning and met Uurnham on the street, They went to- the lodging house and when Burnham went to sleep she donned his clothes and left her own in the room The police arrested ber at the station and after returning Jiurnnam s clothes to him locked him in the police station as a material witness. Miss Hildreth gave Chief of Police W. Severance a gold watch and asked that it be returned to a woman in Wor cester. Mass.. from whose home it was taken by her a few days ago. MPRESSIVE CEREMONIAL At Funeral of Cardinal Mariano Ram poll in Rome To-day Service Held at St. Peter's. Rome, Dec. 10. An impressive cere monial accompanied the funeral service to-day for the late Cardinal Mariano Rampolla, who died Uecember 10. me service was held at St. Feter's, where were gathered the members of the Sacred college, the diplomatic corps, the apal court, woman aristocracy and tne Knights of Malta, Besides a large num ber of clergymen ana laymen oi ail na tionalities. Requiem mass was celebrated by Mon- iener Pietre Jeric, vicar of St. Peters nd then Cardinal V incent V annutelli imparted absolution. The body was buried in the church of St. Cecilia, of hich Cardinal Rampolla was protector. IN SERIOUS CONDITION. Cardinal Sebastian Martinelli, Former U, S. Papal Delegate. Rome. Dec. 19. Cardinal Sebastian Martinelli. who was papal delegate to the United States from 1890 to 1902, is seriously ill. Cardinal Martinelli is 65 years old. lie is now prelect oi the sa cred congregation of rites. Tu Have Office in Barre. George B. Sibson of East Barre, who recently was appointed a representative of the International Fraeposit company for the New England states, was m the city to-day completing negotiations for locating his headquarters in this ty. Mr. Sibson completed his first trip ith the concern last week, covering a period of several weeks, and then decid- to have his offices located in Jiarre in preference to any other New England ty. lie has secured a suite of rooms in the Scampini building, and will open them in a short time. The Internation- 1 Praeposit company is a concern manu facturing safety blasting powder, which displacing the older forms of blasting. By means of this powder the danger to the quarry man in blasting is a negligible factor. The New England agent to-day completed plans for the erection of a powder magazine for the company, which will be constructed in Graniteville close by St. Sylvester's church. The maga zine will have dimensions of 13 feet in length by 12 feet in width. The struc ture will be of steel with a cement con crete foundation, standing about eight feet high. By means of the magazine the company will be able to store 1,10X1 kegs of the powder for the use of the Barre quarry owners." To-day the steel structural work arrived in the city and was shipped over the Barre railroad to Graniteville. LOSES RANK, SENT TO PRISON Lieut: Von Forstner Found Guilty of Sabreing a Civilian SOLDIERS TESTIFY AGAINST HIM He Is German Officer Who Caused Disturbance in Alsace StraBsburg, Germany, Dec. 19. Lieu tenant Baron Von Forstner of the 99th infantry was put on triul by court mar tial to-day for cutting down with a sabre a lame shoemaker of Zabern Al sace, on December 2. The formal charge is wilful assault and causing great bod ily harm by the illegal use of a weapon. Lieut. on Forstner was the omcial who brought about the recent trouble between the military and civilian popu lation of Zabern by making insulting re marks in regard Jto Alsatian citizens in addressing his soldiers. The incidents caused a government crisis in Germany, accompanied by rumors of the resigna tion of the Imperial Chancellor Dr. Von Uethmann Mollweg. After the trial Lieut. on forstner was sentenced to 43 days. The sentence involves the loss of his commission as an officer, The defendant argued that he ajrted in self defense but several sol diers testified that the lame shoemaker, whose name was Blanck, was being held by both arms and was unable to move when Von Forstner sabred him. UNCLE JOE "STUNG" IN POKER GAME Renews Youth, Quits $3.08 in Currency and Then Reveals His Age. Washington, D. C, Dec. 19. They wouldn t stand up for Cncle Joe Can non the "other night. Some of his former collengues in the House had arranged a session at the national game not baseball for the old war horse of standpattism and he re newed Ins youth from shortly after 10 o'clock until well along in the morning. Every time- Uncle Joe -tried to get away with a nickel raise on a good hand everybody dropped. Every time he tried to make ' jacks up do the work of a real hand he was compelled to take a look at "three small ones." His "Hush es" would not flush and his "straights" had kinks in them, and after a seven hour session In the big game where the blues were worth a dime and the choco late drops stood for a quarter, the for mer speaker " coughed up" $3.08 in cur rency and withdrew in disgust. His downfall broke up the game and as the group was separating one of the other players took occasion to remark: "'Well. Uncle Joe, for a man that has played draw poker all his life you're pretty punk. To think of a man who sat in with John Quincy Adams putting up such an exhibition as you have to night!" Uncle Joe scratched his head and thought a minute. Then he drawled: "It's a d lie. I never played pok er with the boy. It was his father." SUES DAUGHTER OF GO V.FLETCHER Dr. Frederick R. Charlton of Indianapolis Seeks Divorce on Ground of "Cruel Treatment" Because She Stays in Vermont. Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 19. Dr. Fred erick R. Charlton, one of the well-known physicians of Indianapolis, yesterday hied suit for divorce against Mary F. Charlton. Mrs. Charlton is the daughter of Gov. Allen M. Fletcher of Vermont, who for merly lived in this city. They were married in the spring of 1912 and lived together until the springof 1913. They have one child, a baby eight months old. Mrs. Charlton and the child have been with her parents in Vermont for several months. The charge in the complaint of Dr. Charlton is cruel treatment and Is based, it is said, on ber departure for Vermont and her long absence. VOTE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS. Boston Daughters of Vermont Show Their Interest in Their State. Boston, Dec. 19. The regular meeting of the Daughter's of Vermont was held at Hotel endome yesterday atternoon. Mrs. Harry R. Stone of Hydo Park, pres ident, presiding. It was voted to con tinue the work of assisting the educa tion committee of the Vermont state federation by raising funds to provide two scholarships for Vermont girls at a Vermont state normal school. It. is ex pected that any girl helped in this way will teach at least two years in the er- mont schools. Mrs. George. II. Graves of Maiden, former president of the club, is chair man of the scholarship committee. Sprigs of holly with Christmas cards were distributed and the president's table was decorated with liollv. There were reports of the city and the state federation by the delegates, Mrs. Bert S. Currier, Mrs. George Emerson and Mrs. O. B. Johnson. The entertain ment consisted of impersonations by Mrs. O. B. Johnson, secretary of the club, and songs by Miss Elizabeth Knee- land of Winchester, with Mrs. Harry II. Clark of Somerville, accompanied. The tea room was in charge of Mrs. George D. Wheeler of Melrose and the pourers were Mrs. George Graves, Mrs. W. O. Stsrrett of Brookline. Mrs. Albert W. Pratt of North Cambridge and Mrs. I Fred Da vies of Allston. TELEPHONE DEFENSE CONCLUDED. When Hearing Is Resumed, State Will Put in Evidence. The telephone bearing before the pub lie service commission adjourned at Montpclier yesterday afternoon until after New Year's. The New England Telephone company concluded its tea timony and rested. J. he state will begin its case on the resumption of the hearing Tuesday, January 0, and during the re cess the attorneys for the state will go over the great mass of evidence which the telephone company has Introduced in its own behalf, and" in behalf of the four subsidiary companies in Vermont, in support of the contention that tele phone rates ought not to be reduced, a I Icging at the beginning of the hearing that a reduction of rates would amount to a confiscation of property. The recess, therefore, will be no vaca tion for the attorneys for the state, W. A. Graham. L. A. Cook and h. 11. Dea- vitt. During that time they will have the able advice of Frank Fowle, the New York expert, who ha' been sitting at their elbow during the hearing. Just how important and extensive is the evi dence of the state no one outsida tiiis legal triumvirate ia able to tell with any degree of positiveneas. I here are va rious rumors around the state house that the state lias important witnesses and very material evidence which it will ot fer when the hearing resumes. Up to the premMifr time the telephone company has been engaged in submitting its case and 'showing cause why the rates and tolls should be maintained. The slate lias had to depend so far on the cross examination to assist it in proving the reasonableness of the order ot notice issued by the commission which it is striving to uphold. The state will probably be able to put in its case in two weeks, and then the telephone com pany will have an opportunity to reply in rebuttal if necessary. This will mean that the session will last at least two or three weeks longer and considering the amount of testi mony introduced it would be surprising if the commission reaches a decision within two or three months. The hearing has resulted in the collec tion of 4,00 pages of testimony and up wards of 2.500 exhibits, weighing in the neighborhood of a ton, which are stored in one of the rooms at the capital where they will remain during the recess and where they will be available to the at torneys for the state. This wut the 11th week of the hearing and yesterday the 37th day. NEARLY CAUGHT ZAPATA. Federal Troops Had the Rebel Leader Cornered for a Time. Mexico City. Dec. 19. The federal troops just missed capturing Emiliano Zapata, the rebel leader, yesterday at Nenapera ranch, about 15 miles south of here, where he had established tempo rary hcadouHrters. The federal troops approached the ranch in several direc tions and atter an hours skirmishing, the rebels were routed. Zapata was the last to escape. He broke through a circle of federals with a few companions, who (wed machetes to, cut their way out.- ' " . " - ' ENORMOUS CRUSH OF XMAS MATTER It May Be Necessary Merely to Send Notification Cards to Consignees of Delayed Parcels. Washington, D. C, Dec. 19. The par cel post system's first Christmas brought sui'li an enormous burden to the mails that facilities of the postollice depart ment are taxed to their utmost. If the crush should become so acute next week that the deliveries are affected, Postmas ter General Burleson plans to have cards or notifications sent to all consignees of delayed parcels. WINOOSKI MILL DAMAGED. Burlington Firemen Called Because Winooski Alarm Was Not Running. Winooxki, Dec. 19. Damage amount ing to between 95,000 and fl,000 was done yesterday afternoon at the Ameri can Woolen company s mill, the loss being mostly in yarn which was badly damaged by water. The Burlington fire department's auto truck responded to a call about 2:30 o'clock.. The fire started iii some unknown manner in one of the dryers and before it was ccked spread to the stock room on the second floor. But little damage was done by tire, there being mostly a bad smudge. The mill hose was spread and watef turned on. I he Winooski department was not called out, although it was reported that it. had been. The alarm avstem was out of order, which was the reason of call ing the Burlington department. The trouble in the lite alarm system, which was out of order for the past two days, was repaired yesterday aften.iin after the chief ot the tire department, James Halloran, bad put in a day's work hunt ing up the trouble.- J here was an open circuit at the hre alarm box near the new high school building. It was dis covered that one of tlw boxes, fastened by about three screws to the pole, had become unfastened and dropped down from its regular position. This is thought to have been caused by linemen coming in contact with the box in as cending or descending the pole. It was also learned that the system at the Lafayette hose room was defective when the jar of closing the door caused the alarm to ring one stroke. The system was in good working order last evening, STATE FACING DEFICIT. Rhode Island's Treasurer Says Common wealth Is in Bad Shape. Providence, R. I., Dec. 19. The state is facing a deficit in its treasury, ac cording to a statement made by General Treasurer Walter A. Reed yesterday aft ernoon, and as a consequence the school department in several of the cities and towns are likely to be financially em barrassed. The shortage of funds in the state treasury about this time is an an nual occurrence, but this year the gen eral treasurer declared, the situation is worse than he ever experienced. The state has been unable to meet any of the payments of school funds, which fell due last Monday, and as a result some of the cities and towns expect to have diffi culty in paying their teachers and other school expenses. J he shortage, Ireas urcr Read said, is due to the many ap propriations made by the last session of the state legislation. Weather Forecast. Fair to-night and Saturday; warmer; variable winds becoming westerly. V DEMOCRATS ARE CONFIDENT That New Currency Bill Wi Go Through Senate by Safe Majority MIGHT HAVE PASSED IT LAST NIGH1 Conference with House Over It Is Expected to Be Fairly Smooth Washington, D. C, Dee. 19. Unless unforeseen articles are encountered, tb new currency bill will pass the Senate before adjournment to-night.. The Democratic leaders had the bill in such a position at the closing momenta of last night's session that they might have passed it with an hour or two more de ba t e. They were confident pf guiding the de liberations to-day so that the long de bated measure will pass by a safe ma jority and go to conference with the Mouse, where with prompt action the leaders expect to see the bill ready for President Wilson signature by 1 ues day at the latest. Most of the differ ences between the two houses have been ironed out in advance. Amendments Adopted. One amendment adopted late yester day provided that banks in the new sys tem could not employ former secretaries of the treasury, assistant secretaries comptrollers of the currency or members of federal reserve board for two years after they severed their connections with the government. Another change gave the secretary of the treasury discretion to use a part of the earnings ot region al hanks to build up the gold reserve. 1 he salary of the members of the fed ral reserve board was increased from $10,000 to $12,000. A number of amend ments calculated to simplify the work of putting the new system into operation were adopted and various changes were made to facilitate the entrance of state banks and trust companies. ' Senators Root, Bristow and Burton and Cummins attacked the Democrats for the nronosal that the emnloves of the board should be exempted from civil service requirements. "It is now apparent, declared Sena tor Bristow, "that the haste enforced on the consideration of tbia bill ia not only proposed to quiet the financial unrest in the country but also to satisfy the horde of hungry office-seekers who have be sieged the capital for the past 10 months. Opening up these positions to partisanship would force the federal re serve board to go into politics whether it wanted to or not. Senator Owen declared that but small number of employes would be af fected by the provision, and asserted that the amendment was proposed in or der that the federal reserve board might not be hampered or delayed in begin ning work. WILSON APPROVES HETCIMIETCHY BILL Accompanied Signature With Statement of a Reason Why He Signed the Frisco Water Supply Bill. Washington, D. C, Dec 19. President Wilson to-day signed the Heteh-Hetchy bill granting a public water supply to San Francisco. He accompanied the sig nature with a statement declaring .that he believed the public needs of the re gion would be served by the bill with out impairing the usefulness of the pub lic domain. GIVEN HEARTY SEND-OFF. Rev. A. C. Griffin Also Was Tendered a Purse Last Evening. On the eve of Rev. A. C. Griffin's de parture for Albany to assume the duties of the pastorate of the Catholic mis sion of East Albany, Irasburg and Or leans, by a recent order of Bishop J. J. Rice of Burlington, in line with the nu merous changes throughout the Burling ton diocese, a representative delegation of parishioners of St. Monica's church gatnered at the parsonage on Summer street last evening to tender him a fare well reception. The affair came as a great surprise to Rev. Griffin when about twenty of his parishioners entered the house and informed him of their mis sion. J. B. Kelley presented him a good sized purse of gold. In making the presentation, Mr. Kelley spoke of the services Rev, Griffin had rendered to the local parish and how his wide circle of friends sincerely regretted his departure to other fields. When prof fering the purse, Mr. Kelley said that it was a token of the esteem in which he wras regarded by his parishioners. Rev. Griffin, recovering, responded brief ly. The evening was passed in a social manner, the party dispersing at an early hour, extending their best wishes for success in bis new field. Rev. Griffin left this afternoon for Past Albany, where he will reside. On Sunday, he will assume full charge of the mission, which extends to the towns of Albany, Irasburg and Orleans. Otto Heinze Bankrupt Kew York, Dec. 19. Otto C. Heinze formerly a member of the banking firm of Otto Heinze & company filed a volun tary petition in bankruptcy yesterday, stating that his liability and assets are unknown. He gives a list of creditors with se cured claims of $2,000,000. Heinze's firm became bankrupt in 190. Since then Heinze says he has been hsrrassed by a mass of claims apd by fruitless litigation and has been com pelled to seek a way t unshackle him self that he may engage in some use ful business activity. v PROSECUTION WAS STOPPED. After Preliminary Hearing of .Leonard St. John and Mrs. St. John To-day. Entries of 'nol prosequi were made in the cases of State vs. Leonard St. John and wife, charged with selling intoxicat ing liquor, in city court this forenoon, after 10 witnesses had been examined by Grand Juror A. G. Fay. The St. Johns, who were represented by R. A. Hoar, were arrested last week on a com print made by the grand juror. Much of the morning's testimony centered around a meeting of the Bohemians on the top floor of the A. Tomasi block on a recent Sunday night. The meeting culminated in the arrest and convic tion of several men on breach of peace charge. Examination of none of the witnesses elicited any evidence that would incriminate the St. Johns. ' There was little cross-examination. George Walker, the first to take, the stand, said he had known the St. John family during his 10 weeks' tenure of a room on the highest floor of the build ing, lie had been in their fiat, but had never made any purchases. Mae Ship man testified to knowing St. John by sight. She said she was on the top floor i the Sunday night that certain of the witnesses were implicated in an alleged fight. She was in the room where they foregathered, saw liquor, "but didn't know whence it came. Alex. Mutch said he had been in the same room; he had seen the liquor there but ouldn't for the life of him tell where it came from. Izetta Sargent, who said she lived at 112 Brooklyn street, city, said she had been in the A. Tomasi block, but had never entered St. John's flat. In reply to further questioning, she said she had been in the room where trouble was brewed on the Sunday night previously mentioned at the hearing. She, too, saw what she thought was liquor,- but couldn't tell who brought it into the room. E. J. Ruddy said he knew the St. Johns and had been to their flat, but had never bought anything there. Yes, he had seen' people there, fellows he knew by sight, but not byname. Guy Vitagliano. who said he managed a fruit store, testified to carrying a part Of his laundry and telephone, mPssages to Mrs. St. John, frequently he visited, the tenement Sundays. In answer to the grand juror's question, he admitted that he. had been sending some of his laun dry over to Charlie Wong. Not being altogether familiar with the interior of St. John's tenement, Vitagliano said he had never seen any liquor there, to say nothing of having purchased it there. Irving St. John, a hostler, said he was acquainted with St. John. Leonard was his cousin, he explained. He knew where the family lived only by hearsay. TV had not been in the house. On being cross-examined, St. John said he hadn't had any intercourse, whatsoever, with Cousin Leonard for a year, until he was arrested. Arthur St. John, also a host ler, hadn't been to his' cousin's house in year. Xo he hadn't bought liquor of the respondent, he said. Amsey Matott testified to acquaintanceship with St. John, although he had never been in his house. Henry Rollins said he had visit ed the flat when he was a roomer at the Tomasi block. He denied having purchased liquor there. LESS APPLICANTS APPEAR For the Right to Become Citizens of the United States. A session of United States naturaliza tion court adjourned at city hall last evening, after 32 prospective citizens had applied for papers of the first-and sec ond classes. Clerk Fred S. Piatt of Rutland presided and he was assisted by A. C. Ihenault of Montpclier, a bailiff, and Misses Ruby Theriault and Gertrude House of Montpelicr. Compared with the grists that have received applica- ions from the court when it has con vened in Barre in past years, the total esterrtay was comparatively small. Charles DeF. Bancroft of Montpclier, who acts as an agent for the govern ment, stated last niirht that the total for Washington county would be great ly augmented after the session at Gran- teville to-day. F. Allan Church of Bos ton, a deputy United States attorney, was in the quarry district yesterday ex amining the applications of some 50 can didates for citizenship. The court went to (Jraniteville this morning. tirst papers granted vesterdav and last night were as follows: Giovanni Scoel.ltaly; William Reid Emslie, Scot land; Zephere Brunelle, Canada; James Forbes, Scotland; George Cormack, Scot land;; Enrico Sante, Italy; Joseph Fras- er, Scotland; Harry Thompson Forsythe, Neotland; James Strachan. Scotland: George Silvestro Sironi, Italy; A'lex. Pet er Whyte, Scotland; Arthur H. Lund, upland; Armando Papozzoni, Italy; uiseppe Capra, Adolfo Pasetti, Guido TofTatori, Luigi Susena, Luigi Miro, Dino Berte, Guiseppe Benvenute, Italy; Alfred ntierson, lenmark. Second papers were cninted to the following: Bernardo Brignola, Italy; Jo seph George Shudroui,' Argentine repub- ic; tfiacomo jKiggiorim, Italy; Frans Os car Anderson, Sweden; Raphael Mastro- imi, Italy; fivatore.Prano. Italy: illiam Gaic, Scotland; Antonio Cava- nara, Italy; 1'asquale Calienn, Italy: Addone litizzi, Italy; Elia Galli, Italy. A. 0. H. OFFICERS. John Murley Was Elected President at. Meeting Last Friday. John Murley was the choice for presi dent of division Ko. lr A. O. II., at their nnual meeting held last evening in the Knights of Columbus hall. The other of ficers elected were Vice-president. P. J. Dunleavv; recording secretary, J. E. Mc Xulty; financial secretary, Daniel Keefe; treasurer, Thomas Carroll; chairman of the standing committee, D. .F. Gregware. The organization was shown to be on a stronger basis than ever and, viewed from all angles, the past year was one of the most successful since the order was instituted in Barre. The enrollment now mounts to high figures. At the close of the election of ofliccrs it was voted to hold the annual installation of officers the second week of January. At 'that time there will be present state and county officers to install the newly elect ed officers. When the final business of the order had been consummated last night a social evening was enjoyed and refreshments were served. Charles Johnson left on a late fore noon train for Boston, where he will pass the holidays with friends. Arthur F. Castle went to Burlington at 11:25 to visit friends for a few days and Wil liam Taccy left on the same train for St. Albans, where he will make a short visit before going to his former home in Rouses Point, X. , to spend the holidays. GUN WENT OFF BEFORE READY Accused Man Says He Only Intended to Hit Gordon '.' in Legs INSTEAD OF THAT HE KILLED HIM .'1,v Koch TestifA.-v .1tC Gordon Came at Him with a Club P.utland, Dec. 19. William Koch, who is on trial in Rutland county court for the murder of Charles Gordon, a trapper trespassing in his game preserve in West Haven on November 9 last, told his story to the jury to-day. He said: "Gordon called me vile names. When I ordered him off,, be came at me with a club; I fired when he was four feet away. 1 1 did not mean to kill him. - I intended, to hit him in the legs, but pulled too hard, and before the gun got low enough it went off." An important witness for Koch ws James Barber, a Whitehall boat builder, who installed the motor in the boat Oli ver Ncddo, the government lighthouse . tender, was riding in when he heard at 20 rods the conversation which took place between Koch and Gordon just prior to the firing shot. He said that the motor was a one Horsepower anair and was badly worn so that it was very noisy. It would be difficult for a person sitting in one end of the boat to carry on a conversation with a person in the othef end when the engine was running. Witness was at the point where Gordon was shot with some of the respondent's counsel. He landed them on the Koch shore in a flat bottomed rowbout. Wit ness was familiar with the boat in which Koch stood, the noise of the craft being on the beach when he fired. This boat is sharp at the ends and has a keel and would make a different mark in the mud from the boat used by witness. Mr. Barber also testified in reference to the penetration at various distances of tho Colt special army revolver used by Koch. Barber was in the United States cavalry three years and was fa miliar with the arm. He said that the bullet reached its greatest penetration at five feet, which is the distance the de fense will claim Gordon stood from Koch, the bullet would hardly be expect ed to go entirely through a man's body and would probably flatten. He also gave the jury a lesson in the habits of musk rats which Gordon was trapping when shot. Barber said that Gordon had the reputation of being quarrelsome Robert Doig of West Haven, a neigh bor of Koch, said that one day hist spring, in discussing possibilities of muskrat trapping, Gordon stated to him: "I'm coming up your way. You and Willie Koch are too mean to live." Doiir testified to Koch's good reputation as did several other witnesses, including Sheriff Rob well E. Warren of Washing ton county. New York, and Deputy Sheriff John H. Policy of Fair Haven. John F. Fagan of Philadelphia, a bridge company foreman, who is working at Southbay, near Whitehall, testified that Gordon said to him last spring that if Koch interferred with him he would smash the fellow's brains out. Gordon had tried to choke Fagan once when in the witness's employ because he was or dered to do some work not to his liking. Thomas W. Moloney and Joseph ('. Jones of the respondent's counsel testi fied as . to conditions of the water and tracks in the mud near the scene of tlie shooting as observed by them a few days after the killing. Gordon, cousin of the dead trapper, testified that while he was rowing a boat for Koch on the lake four years ago, a bullet went tnrougti me ame m the boat. Thev saw Charles l.ordon on. land holding a rifle. He said "Don t get riled. I was not shooting at you." FORMER BARRE RESIDENT. John E. Kinney Died at San Diego, Cal, Last Month. Dr. O. II. R-'ed his just received the intelligence of the death of John E. Kin ney of San Diego, Cal., which occurred Nov. 24. Mr. Kinney was born May 17, 1820, at the oid Kinney homestead on the cast hill, on the place now occu pied by Otto Friburg. Ho received his advanced education at Newbury sem inary, after which he spent many years teaching, mostly in the South. He spent over 40 yeai "in Decatur, 111., and did much toward building up the new city. - Mr. Kinney was a member of the Methodist church from mere youth. He was a man of fine culture and was high ly respected wherever known. He will be remembered by a few of the older residents here on account of his kindly, genial ways and sterling worth. He leaves a daughter and a granddaughter in San Diego and a few relatives here, Mrs. W. E. Perkins, a niece, and Mrs. j. Henry Jackson and Mrs. G. E. C. Wheaton, cousins. BURIAL IN HOPE CEMETERY. Peter Cattaneo's Funeral Held Yesterday Afternoon. The funeral of Peter Cattaneo. whose death occurred at his home. 2S Elliston street. Tuesday afternoon, after an ill ness that extendeif over a period of near ly four months, was held at the house Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. There was a large gathering of friends and a sizeable delegation from the Mutto Soe corso, nn Italian society to which the deceased belonged, attended the funeral and accompanied the remains to tho grave. The bearers were: A. Barbcri, C. Barbcri, J. Croci and K. Otto. Many flowers came from a wide circle of Mr. Cattaneo's friends. The interment was made in Hope cemetery.