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RGrUS. 1 HOME EDITION
SIXTY-SECOND YEAR. XO. 192.
SATURDAY, MAY 31, 1913. FOURTEEN PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
Hitchcock is Charged With
Burleson, New IncumBent, Has
Survey Made to Properly
Inform the Public.
WHEN JOHNNIE COMES MARCHING HOME
Washington, D. C, May 31. Post
master General Burleson today made
public the report of a special investiga
tion into the fiscal affairs or the postal
service, charging that curing former
Postmaster General Hitchcock's admin
istration the service did not become
self-supporting, as often asserted, but
that in 911 there actually was a de
ficiency more than three quarters of
The report charges that "an cppar-
ent surplus was attained by unjusti
fiable methods of bookkeeping," and
that the efficiency and morals of the
service were sacrificed to a "ruthless
ly enforced policy of false economy,"
that a showing of self-maintenance
might be made. The report attributes
to that alleged condition complaints
against the service. Hitchcock, during
his administration in reports, claimed
In the year 1909 a deficiency of approx
imately $17,500,000 had been entirely
eliminated and that in the fiscal yeai
of 1911 a surplus of morn than $200,000
was attained. The report of a "sur
vey," made at the direction of Burle
son, says that at no time has there
been a' legitimate surplus in postal
revenues since 1883, and that the de
partment under Hitchcock's adminis
tration in 1911 actually was under a
deficit of more than three quarters
of a million.
i.otnn IP AIIMIMVIKATIOX.
Just before Wilson took office, the
report says, Hitchcock filled long
standing vacancies, made postponed
promotion, and assumed commitments
to fix charges for long terms in such
a way "as to saddle the new adminis
tration with greatly Increased expense
(luring months, if not years, to come.
More than one hundred rural mall
routes were authorized In three days."
The flHcal statement for 1912 pur
ported to show a deficit of $1, "So, 523,
but that sum, the Investigators say,
was understated by nearly a hundred
Delay of promotions, filling vacan
cies that lapsed, that salaries might
be returned to the tretsury. caused
dissatisfaction among employes and
lowered the standard of their efficiency.
The four assistant postmaster -generals.
Roper, Dockery, Blakslee and
Stewart, and Chler Clerk Chance of
the department made the "survey" and
signed the report.
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ers Testify at the Mar
Retraction by Publisher May
Head Off Possible Dam
ages for Colonel.
JAP TO FORWARD
US ANOTHER NOTE
Toklo, May 31. Another note deal
ing with the California question Is to
be forwarded shortly to Washington.
The Idea that the United States has
not said Its final word is prevalent
here and it is Intimated in auTTiorl
tative circles by Inference that no offi
cial action Is to be indicated yet by
SMUT SONGS FOR
CHICAGO NO MORE
Chicago, May 31. The "smut" song
was doomed today when an amend
ment to the city ordinance went Into
effect prohibiting all public acts of in
decency, suggestive gestures or songs,
or abusive or threatening words or
acts in any public place. The penalty
1s a fine of from $5 to $100. Strict en
forcement Is promised.
POSSE IS CLOSING
La Salle, III., May 31. Twenty-five
men headed by Sheriff John G. Miscii
ke and police of La Salle, Peru and
Portland, traveled 45 miles yesterday
in automobiles, mo or boat3 and on
foot in an effort to run down the four
bandits who attacked the pay crew of
the Illinois Zinc company south of here
BhTodhrmnd arrived frbm ' Spring-.
field and the hunt has been pursued
through surrounding counVy all day.
The dogs caught a scent from cloth
ing found in fields at the scene of the
holdup and pursued a course directly,
north to the bank of flooded bottom
lands. The trail led down steep hills
and broken briv-h and loose earth
showed where the fleeing bandits had
slid over a 13-foot ledge.
The dogs came to a halt at the edge
of the water where four men had chas
ed William Morris, a fisherman, from
a boat Thursday afternoon. Search
was then taken up in motorboats to
the Illinois and Michigan canal and
carried the posse to Utica five miles
Reports from the Kinder farm, three
miles northeast of La Salle, said men
tallying with the description of two of
the bandits had passed through there
The robbers shed clothing as they
passed through a pasture and yester
day hunting trousers were found in
addition to the two coats, two derby
hats, a shotgun and a revolver and a
pair of pliers found last night. '
The second death as a result of the
bandits' attack came yesterday morn
ing when Elmer West of Peru died at
St. Mary's hospital in La Salle. West
was In the rig which carried the
money and the first volley of shots fir
ed by the robbers struck him in the
head, face and chest. He survived an
ambulance trip to the hospital and un
derwent an operation, but 12 hours
after leaving the table he expired.
West was noted fn northern Illinois
as a semi-professional baseball player
Forecast Till 7 p. m. Tomorrow, for
Rack Island, Davenport, Mollne,
Mostly cloudy and unsettled tonight
and Sunday, slightly cooler with winds
moderate and variable.
Temperature at 7 a. m., 67. Highest
yesterday 85, lowest last night 65.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m., 9 miles
Relative humidity at 7 p. m., 61, at
7 a. rn., 79.
Stai." of water 8.5, a rise of .1 in
la&t 4S honrs. .
J. M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
Morning stars: Venus. Jupiter. Mer
cury. Mars. Mercury and Saturn In
conjunction at C:31 p. m.
SPORT CHIEF FOR
Paris, May 31. The French cabinet
is considering the question of asking
parliament to create an under secretary
of state who will be attached to the
ministry of labor and whose duties
will be solely to look after sporting
affairs. .The idea is that the physical
training of the rising generation is
quite as important to the nation as
Marquette, Mich., May 31.
George Newett went on the wit
ness stand this afternoon and
retracted the alleged libel
charging Roosevelt with drunk
enness. He said he had been
impressed that an injustice had
been done the colonel in the
publication of the article and he
deeply regretted it. The plain
tiff then asked the judge to in
struct the jury to bring in mere
ly nominal damages.
As instructed, the jury re
turned a verdict awarding
Roosevelt 6 cents damages.
Ntw Mail Superintendent.
Washington. D. C. May 31. Alexan
der Stephens, district superintendent
of the railway mall service at San
Francisco, has been appointed by the
postmaster general to be superintend
ent of railway mail service.
SELF FIVE TIMES
' Chicago, May 31. In 111 health and
despondent because out of employ
ment, Joseph Stunek,38, shot himself
five times and siasnea nis throat twice
with a .razor in an attempt at suicide
in a hotel. Four bullets entered the
abdomen and perforated the intestines
eight times, and the other bullet en
tered behind the ear. He was con
scious several hours after being taken
to a hospital, but his physician ex
pressed the opinion his wounds would
READY TO START
INQUIRY ON LOBBY
Washington, D. C, May 31. Sena
tors Overman, Reed, Walsh, Cummins
and Nelson were today selected by the
senate judiciary committee as a sub
committee to conduct the "lobby" in
.nrt tt, r.f hA Pern Stars w:ith vestigation by the senate.
whom he played, ate canceled for at The Investigation will begin Monday
wapV Hundred of neonle todav lined I morning. It will be conducted openly
the bluff at the edge of the city to I ln the Publlc hearing room of the ju-
SIXTY ARE KILLED
IN MEXICAN FIGHT
Laredo. Texas, May 31. Seventy
Mexican regulars and constitutional
ists ..ere reported killed in a battle
early today at Columbia on the Rio
Grande. 25 miles above Laredo. Twen
ty rebels later crossed the Interna
tional boundary and were apprehend
ed by United States cavalry.
watch the posse at work along the
river and canal.
Bloodhounds picked up the trail of
the bandits along the Vermillion river
and followed the scent for three miles,
finally losing it on a switch track of
the Chicago, Burlington &. Quincy
The trail was four.d near Caveln
rock and led through a house ln Jones
ville to the mouth of the La Salle coun
ty carbon coal shaft, then out through
Deei'-park and along the tracks. ptS
cials believe the bandits boarded a
train at the switch track.
UNITED STATES SENATOR
BRADY IS TO TAKE A BRIDE
Chicago, 111.. May 31. United Statea
Senator Brady of Idaho Is to be mar
ried tonight to Miss Irene Moore of
Highland Park. 111. The wedding will
be the outcome of a romance of sev
diciary committee in the senate office
building. Members of the senate will
be called in alphabetical order.
"We will not ask the .president to
come before the committee," said Ov
erman, chairman. "We hope to con
clude the investigation in 10 days."
COOfcCOUNTY TO PAY TAX-
ON $722,000 VALUATION
Chicago, May 3i. Taxes are to be
paid on $722,000,000 this year in Cook
county, according to the estimates of
assessors, whose books were closed
today. There are about 135,000 tax
payers in Cook county. About one in
every six was penalized this year for
failure to schedule, adding about $33,-
000,000 in penalties.
Weekly Bank Statement.
New York, May 31. The statements
of clearing house banks and trust com
panies for Jve (jayg show they hold
$27,000,000 reserve ln excess of legal
requirements. Loans decreased $7,
000,000 and net deposits decreased $7,-396.000.
Leland Defeats MelJI.
Tokio, May 31. Leland Stanford
university baseball team today twice
defeated Meiji university by a 1 to 0
score. Leland made a total of six hits
while Leland garnered only three.
Decline Postmaster Job.
Vermont, 111., May 31. George Mc
Briae, wno was recently appointed
postmaster by President Wilson, yes
terday declined the office. The post
mastership carries with it a salary of
$1,400. but McBride says be prefers to
run his bakery shop.
Bryan Signs Amendment.
Washington, D. C, May 31. In-the
presence of notable company, includ
ing many legislators who had to with
its adoption. Secretary Bryan today
signed the formal announcement of
the 17-th- amendment to the constitu
tion providing for direct election of
President Play Golf.
Washington, D. C, May 31. Presi
dent Wilson played his first game. of
UNCONSCIOUS MAN HANGS
SIX HOURS FROM BRIDGE
Jnflf 111 Vflv 51 Tnhn ParorcAn
60, a prominent county politician, to-1
day hung unconscious for six hours on !
a girder of a bridge on the Alton rail
road while fast passenger trains thun-,
dered by a few feet away.
Peterson, who conducts a saloon in
Lemont, started walking toward Chi
cago, and stumbled on the ties of the
bridge and fell, breaking four ribs. His
unconscious body remained suspended
over the water until discovered at 7
Break St. Louis Heat Records.
St. Louis, May 31. Heat records, of
thirty-one years were broken for May
here yesterday when street level ther
mometers registered 102 degrees
This temperature was recorded at 3
APOPLECTIC STR0K& IS
FATAL TO H. L. 5AYLER
Indianapolis, Ind., May 31. H. L.
Sayler, manager of the Chicago City
golf in teveral months today. He went News Bureau, died at a local hospital
to the Washington Suburban club.
across the Potomac in Virginia, with
Dr. Grayson, his physician. He had
I noi piayeo gou since sepieia&fcr, n
i Sea Girt, X. J.
last night, following a stroke of apo
plexy early ia the evening. He was 50.
and author of a cumber of bocks, in
cluding "The Airship Eoys" and
Marquette, Mich., May 31. There
was no diminution of interest la, the
Roosevelt libel suit today. The court
room was filled when the case was
called. An afternoon session was de
termined upon in an effort to com
plete, if possible, the plaintiff's evi
dence. Examinations were, more brief
and speedy than heretofore.
W. Emlen Roosevelt, first cousin of
the colonel; William Loeb, Jr., col
lector of customs at New York, for
mer secretary to Roosevelt and sev
eral secret service men who accom-
l . nied Roosevelt on trips through the
country testified to the abstemiousness
of the plaintiff.
The deposition of Albert Shaw, ed-
iter of the Review of Reviews, was
read. Shaw told of frequent meetings
with the plaintiff throughout his ca
reer. The deponent's observation was
that Roosevelt was a man of exceed
ingly temperate habits.
The next deposition was that of
George B. Cortelyou, who was secre
tary of commerce and labor in the
Roosevelt administration, and later
secretary of the treasury. He swore
the colonel was a man of abstemious
TAKES MINE HIGHBALLS.
Frank Tyree, United States marshal
for the southern district of West Vir
ginia, who was in the secret service in
the Roosevelt administration, testified
Roosevelt was always perfectly sober.
At banquets," the witness said, "I
have seen him take white wine with
water in it a wine highball, I'd call
Coming to a visit to Milwaukee in
1903, when he was a guest of the
Deutscher club. Tyre told how the
colonel was pressed to take a glass of
boer. "I don't drink beer," the presi
dent said. "But this 1b the drink that
made our city famous," it was argued,
and as. a concession, Tyree said, the
president took one swallow.
more: of the same,
The next deposition was that of
Lawrence H. Graham, a newspaper
man, who testified he had known
Roosevelt at Montauk Point after the
war in Cuba, and later at the White
house and Oyster I?3y. He conr-.cer-
ed the plaintiff of very abstemious
habits. Georere M. Roosevelt, son ot
a cousin of the colonel, testified he
had been riding, swimming, walking
and driving with Roosevelt. On these
trips the colonel invariably refused
to take ".iquor when it was offered by
hosts, the witness said. George
Roosevelt's deposition was ended
when court adjourned until 2.
MAY APPDV LIBEL LAW.
Lawyers in attendance cn the suit
of Theodore Roosevelt against George
A. Newett, charging libel, are looking
forward with great interest to a pros
pective ruling by Judge Flannigan,
construing section 10,425 of the Mich
igan compiled laws, bearing on libel.
The law was designed to protect
newspapers from the consequences of
honest mistakes and provided that
demand for retraction of a libelous
article shou:d be made by the of
Colonel Roosevelt made bo such de
mand, it is admitted, and on this point
the legal experts are looking for In
teresting developments. The matter
will come up when counsel for Mr.
Newett attempts to show that the ed
itor made his charge of drunkenness
in good faith and without malice, be
lieving it to be true.
Judge Flannigan will have to rule
assuming that the article was printed
mailtAlAtialv In tVitt Vis An a tf Amanfl
Chicago, May 31. The fiance and
divorced husband of Mrs. George F.
Gebhardt, who committed suicide at
Lake Como Wednesday, did not meet
yesterday at the funeral at the resi
dence of Mrs. Gebhardt's parents. Rev.
and Mrs. J. A. Adams, 3316 Calumet
avenue. It was denied that Raymond
Burnham, the fiance, was requested
not to attend the services, although he
accompanied the body to Chicago from
During the services Professor Geb
hardt, who was divorced last Septem
ber, held his 14-year-old daughter, Mil-
derd. by the hand and wept. Rev,
Frank W. Gunsaulus, who conducted
the funeral, placed his hand on Pro
fessor , Gebhardt's shoulder as he
spoke. He referred to Mrs Gebhardt's
act of throwing herself into the waters
of Lake Como as a revolt against hu
"The universe Is a story of atone
ment," he said. "God is deeper than
water. He is greater than any mis
take. When we find our tragedy let
us leave it in the hands of eternal
righteousness. Human, mistakes are
turned .into riches and glory. I per
ceive the depths in which the human
soul never drowns, else I could not be
"I could not stand beside the true
husband of this woman's heart if I
believed that God in his universe else
where has no way to make anything
out of human mistakes. God lives and
is working with infinite power and
has all eternity to complete his task
and deal with our mistakes.
We are not here to touch the
hearts of those who are bowed down
in sorrow except as we have the oth
er hand In God's. We touch the heart
strings of memory, and, , leaving all
discord, must lead to concord. It is
because of this privilege that I al
most asked to be here and touch
these strings of memory of that wom
an who promised so much for our
literature and life.
"Hers was a romantic life and so
it is not strange that this exper
ience overbalanced the otherwise well
poised faculties. Death is a victory
over human mistakes. The rippling
wavelets of. the lake work the will of
God, and when he stand face to face
with tragedy let us leave it with eter
nal righteousness, for in God's uni
verse we shall gain a city of gold."
Raymond Burnham, fiance of Mrs.
Gebhardt and former close personal
friend of Professor Gebhardt, could
not be found during the day. Burn
ham was the last person to talk with
Mrs. Gebhardt before she hired a boat
at St. Paul and leaped into the waters
of Lake Como. Burnham would not
talk of the matter, but admitted he
conversed until late in the morning
with Mrs. Gebhardt on the day of her
suicide in her hotel at St. Paul.
Relatives of Mrs. Gebhardt preferred
not to talk of Burnham. Following the
ceremony relatives accompanied the
body to Kewanee, 111., for burial.
Chicago Youth and Boston
Girl Steal Automobile
in Flight. ,
CAUGHT IN MOUNTAINS
Clergymen of Two Cities Refuse
to Marry Them and They
COBB STILL FIRST
Chicago, May 31. Unofficial batting
averages published today show Cobb
of Detroit is still leading the Ameri
can league with an average of .475 for
20 games. He is followed by Jackson
of Cleveland, .438: Speaker, Boston,
.386; ColMns, Philadelphia, .375; La
Joie, Cleveland, .348.
McDonald of Boston leads the Na
tionals with an average of .429 for 17
games; Cravath, Philadelphia, .400;
Wagner, Pittsburgh, .351; Viox, Pitts
burgh, .345; Miller Huggins, St. Louis,
PhiladelphU,Pa., May 31. A ro
mantic story was brought out here
today of the elopement from Bcston
of a Chicago -youth and a young Bos
ton girl; of the failure of the pair to
induce a clergymen to marry them ln
Boston or New York; of how their
money ran out at Trentcn; how they
"hiked" to Philadelphia over muddy
roads; how they took an automobile
in the city streets, dashed along Lan
caster pike, flashing past the toll gates
without paying tolls and finally land
ing in the hands of a constable in the
Blue mountains, 200 miles west of
Philadelphia. The young man gave
his name as Lloyd Willitms, said to be
20 years old, tho soi. of a wealthy
Chicago family. The girl is Edith
Howe, age 16, daughter of a railway
freight solicitor in Boston. Williams
was brought here today charged with
stealing the automobt'.e and the girl
is In the care of her father at Lewis-
ton, Pa., who M'l take ber bacs nt
Boston. Willicus rtid he had been a
student at a technical school ln Bos
SIFFERIJiG FROM III GEJR.
At Lowiston the couple were suffer
ing the parrs of hunger, William
said, and went, to a general store ad
purchased $1.59 worth ot food, charg
ing it up to a citizen of L
Before the storekeeper could questloa
the couple they jumped in the auto
mobile and departed. This transac
tion proved their undoing, as a tele
phone message to a constable further
west headed them off and led to their
arrest. After a hearing the magis
trate held the case under advisement.
According to a message from Maiden.
Mass., police, Williams is wanted
there for taking an automobile left
standing in the street. He Is Earl W.
Scott, according to the Maiden author
ities. CLAIMS HE MARRIED GIRL.
Williams said he had been married
to the girl by a justice of the peace
near Worcester, Mass. He further
said his father, who wr.s a ranchman
in Idaho, died a year ago, after which
he went to Chicago to make hla home.
The police are investigating before
taking further action.
CHICAGO FLYER IS
KILLED IN A FALL
Chicago, 111., May 31. James Colo
van, a young amateur flyer was killed
by the overturning of a biplane today
just outside of the flying field of the
Aero club of Illinois.
The machine, which he owned,
caught in the branches of a tree as the
aviator was attempting to execute a
low turn. He was crushed under the
St. Petersburg, May 31. Lieuten
ant Ralebuchkin of the Russian army
was killed today in a fall from an aerp
plane while flying at Pete rh off. The
passenger with him escaped with a
Washington, D. C, May 31. Senator
Tillman today made public a letter
from President Wilson in which the
president declared for currency leg
islation at the present session of con
gress. The president wrote: "This
is the time to pass currency legisla
tion, and I think we are in a sense
bound m loyalty to the country to
pass it, so t: any attempt to create
artificial disturbances after the tariff
shall become a law may be offset by
a fre 6ystem of credit which will
make it possible for men, big and lit
tle, to take care of themselves ln business".
MAN ROBBED AT A
Chicago. May 31. Charles Smith
was robbed of $1,100 early this morn
ing in front oft. the Chicago & North
western station, while waiting to catch
a tram ror ron River, Mich, where
he lives. The money was his share
of a legacy collected yesterday. Smith
was found raving and trying to tear
his hair. He explained to a policeman
that two men struck him with a piece
of pipe and robbed him. Smith at
tempted to jump Into aa excavation.
"I would rather kill myself than ro i for retraction, whether the alleced bad
home and tell my wife I hare been j faith of Mr. Newett may be Uken Into
robbed," he said. J account la estimating damages.
WOMAN PASSES A3 MAN AND
MAN AS WOMAN; ARRESTED
Chicago, May 31. Policemen Ro
gan's suspicions were aroused today
by the peculiar actions of a man and
woman walking on Monroe street He
arrested them at the entrance of a
rooming house and discovered the man
in woman's garb, and the woman in
man's attire. They gave their names
as Mrs. Ruth Harris, 19, and Frank
Youth Decapitated by Engine.
Galesburg. 111., May 31. The head
less bedy of Paul Hughes, 17-year-old
on of L. I. Hughes, BurMngton
freight official, was found ln the Chi
cago, Burlington & Quincy freight
yards here yesterday. The boy had
been working aa a car marker, and
BY 80-f.HLE WIND
Norfolk, Va., May 31. Only once in
the history of the weather bureau
were recorded such high winds as
swept this section last night, when 80
miles an hour was reached.
Reports of large los3 of life are not
verified. A number of launch parties
and small sailing craft had narrow es
capes, but the Btorm, confined ic its,
greatest severity to a narrow path,
appears tc have passed with large
property damage only.
Peoria, 111., May 31. Seven firemen
were overcome by gas fighting a fire
that practically destroyed the store of
the F. M. Mayer company. The loss
Is $25,000. Two are ln a critical condi
tion. The fire Is believed to have been
caused by a terrific explosion which
must have been run down by an en- practically demolished the interior ot
gin during the night, ' e store.