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   Washington Post, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1908, Washington, District Of Columbia                               SHOP EARUY.' Aulit the their and younetf by doing your Ctirlst- mu shopping early. today; tomorrow, partly doiidy and colder; freah atrane- easterly 3t; minimum, 34. NO. FKEDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1908. --FOUKT PAGES, CENTS. SAILS M. 25 Will Start for Panama From Charleston on Cruiser. SECOND SHIP TO ESCORT Mr. Roosevelt to Work Out Further Details of the Trip. President-Elect Stops Off in This City on Way South and Takes Luncheon at White of Two War- ships Doe to Suggestion of- Senators That Precautions Be En- gineers to Be Included in Party. President-elect Taft will sail IS, from Charleston. S. C.. on a. United State cruiser for Panama, where he will look into conditions on the Isthmus for the test time before assuming the duties uf chief executive. A second cruiser will the one on which the Presi- dent-elect is to travel. ThlH was decided at a conference with "it; President at the White House yeater- durins a. interruption "f Mr. Taft's journey from New York to v.isjiiHta, (la. The visit was at the in- sr im-fi of Mr. Roosevelt. Mr. Taft ar- r ;it 1 p- m., lunched with the Presl- il-ru, and left Washington at p. m. The decision to have two cruisers to t-y tht- President-elect is a precau- suKKfstt'tl certain senators on ML- ground that there is no legal provi- for a succesaor to tho Presidency in uf a fatality overtaking a President- i-.ect prior h> his Inauguration. President to Plan Details. Kuithcr d'tails of the Panama trip are i', worked out by President Koosevelt. riiM information made known by Mr. I'.irt tt is probahlt- that Alfred Nobol, "i' the tVnnsyfvania Hriilroad, arid l''red- -rn-k IV st-arns, of Boston, will uccom- I'rinv thf> They both It nad been Mr. Tart's plan to go di- from N't-w York to Augusta by way nhmgton. u-Eifhing hert- at p. !n 'U1'l 'It-parting half an hour later, nv-f lying- a rommun teat ion irom M'- fsidcnt IK- changed his piai.s. The Prr-id-nt had Ht-rit word to Mr. Taft mat rfiniestly desired to see him and wiah- 1] to stop off in to takt; 1unchetfr> at tho White (i LII i On rece i v i ng t his reciues t Mr. Tift to U-ave New York several. coin--; fiiriler than ho had planned. Wifcfi Mini .-nine Ins Id-other, (.'harles Taft, ir.J on the tram he met Secretary Straus. i of ana 1 .cibur, with whom he spent some time i >si -i r rival here, Mr. Taft entered an ttnd went direct to tho White House, rt-achlitg there at the President's hinrhpun hour. Whether any sub- t (it her than the, Panama Canal was iH-i'igbt up fit the conference during and a ft "r m not known. Gen. Bell a Caller. I 'nt inn Mr Taft's stay at the White Hell, chief staff of the i-alk-il He remained only a short .v nion Station Mr. Taft was joined l is suns Udbert and ('harles, and his n.t ht-r nor-fi'-f G. Taft, who had come M..-.I NVv, York on the p. m. train. who at c-o i n panted him South. The le'rf'v's party also included Wendell, MU. bi.-r, Mr. Taft's assistant secretary, MI have charge of the President- -xf-rntive office In Augusta, and a newspaper Correspondents. and Edwards, two oC Mr. .-irVs M ;u in friends, accompanied him to trdln r'rfsUlent-elect Taft and his party are rf Augusta jit o'clock this morn- .v V.i! Is Dec. Ii. -Aftur a stay of. ilms in this city, President-eject II Tuft left at a. m. today ruhinfitdii and Aujrusta, Ga., where hue his last of rest and i anon twfore assuminK the duties of NO GASH QIEL. Mrs. Whaley Will Send Vvm to QuaA- daughter, Who Fled With Factor. Hempstead. N. Y., Dec. grand- aasigtiter. Floretta, .can come "home at any tirce .with her children' and she _will .be but she must come without that man who lured her was the declaration .today of Mrs. 'Kazlah Whaley, grandmother of" the pretty 17- year-old girl who eloped nearly two years ago with Jere Knode Cooke, then rector of St. George's Episcopal Church. The girl is now living with him and their two children in California and In need, of financial aid, as is evidenced by 'repeated appeals to the grandmother. Mrs. Whaley is executor of the estale of Floretta's father. John "Whaley, arid guardian for her and her younger sister, Edna. Floretta will receive about when her grandmother dies. Mrs. Whaley has denied Floretta's repeated appeals for financial aid, and the grand- daughter ceased writing several months ago. W. Ennerson, a lawyer of Hartford, Conn., has communicated with the grand- mother, urging aid for Floretta and her two children, who, he said, are In want. He was told that nothing could be done for them. BRIDE'S TICKET HALF BATE. Economy in Harrying a Girl Eleven Years Old in Texas. to The Washington Fort Worth, Tex., Dec.' his 11-year-old bride, H. S. Hunt left Fort Worth today for Kans., on a honeymoon trip. The couple were married at 9tephensvllle today. The bridegroom is 35 years old. The bride traveled on a half-fare ticket whon they left on the honeymoon. IN OIL FIGHT TO STAY Kellogg Discusses War on Standard With President. NOT CANDIDATE FOE CABINET Special Attorney of Department of tice Assures Mr. Roosevelt That He Will Sec the Case Through to the End, and Then Ketire to Take Up His Pri- vate Law Practice. M Taft left New yesterday a ft- "i.iii in .idvance of the party, in order -t mlRht visit at Spray, N. C, a .I'-l fn. welfare department, con- r .1 Mr. M'-hatie. a member of Civic Mra. Taft interested In this feature ot iv.'.-iatK.u She expects to join 'I'.'fl -u Danville. Va.. to complete to Anstista. with him. Miss J.-ii 'i'aft. dansiiter of the President- ci mil icach Augusta next week in I.' the family in their Christ- c.-lchratlon. Mischler will have charge of offices in Augusta during Talt s stay m the South. Fred. W. who ts to he secretary to the v President, is to have a vacation in Frank B. Kellogig, special attorney of the Department of Justice, and In charge of the prosecution of 'tlie Standard Oil was one of the President's visitors at the White House yesterday. He discussed his plans for proceeding with the case, which is now reaching a climax. As the preliminary fight will begin in the UnitetPStates.co.yrt at St. Loui March .23, and tin appeal will quickly be: taken to thel Supreme Court of tne United. States, It la nqt. re'sarded1 likely that Mr. iKellogg will stop his work to take' up duties of Attorney General in the Tikt cabinet- In fact, he is understood to nave given the Presi- dent assurancCT'thW he would .see t-he case through to the end and then re- sume his law .practice. Danes Plan Celebration, Max Heinus, of Chicago, and M. C. Madsen. of New York, president and vice president, respectively, of the Dan- ish-American Society, yesterday asked President Roosevelt to give His aid In an exposition to be .held next year at Aarhuus, Denmark, celebrating the 700th anniversary af the foundation of that town. July 4 will 'be set apart for an American celebration, at which Americans and Danish-Americans trill speak. The President told his visitors that he would not then be in office, and sug-gested they had better see Mr. Taft Herbert Janvin Brown, the detective upon whose report the President's mes- sage to Congress, a few days ago, "on the Brownsville affair, was based, con- ferred with the President. Secretary Wright also was with the President, and they discussed the answer that will he made to the Foraker resolution ask- ing for all the details as to what de- tectives and others had ibeen employed on the case. Mile. Adeline Genee, the Danish dancer touring with "The Soul Kiss" company, was received by. President Roosevelt by special appointment. She has danced before many or the crowned heads ,0! Europe, and pro-baibly will appear privately at the White House this week. Evidence Is In That Thornton Hains Sought Victim. DEFENSE SCORES POINTS Two State's Witnesses Fail to Wen- tify the Prisoner. Mrs. Anils Called to Stand, but Merely to Prove "Husband's Yacht Club Member, Describes Shoot- ing and. Denies He Heard Slayer's Brother Say, "Keep Does Hot Know What He's Doing." FREES TWO FROM PRISON North Carolina Acts In Cases of Wrongfully Accused Persons. TALESMAN A NIGHT EIDEK. Russell, Would-Be Juror at Union City, Father of a Defendant. 1 ''ItV. Tenn.. Dec. 17.-Two un- surprises sprung by the State .n second day of the trial of tho allowed night riders. Indicted for m- murder of Capt. Quentin Rankln, re- -ilt-d In Ihe completion of the Jury this ifcernoon. The State caused consternation by an affidavit charging that J. H. Rus- the tirst of the two Jurors chosen, M-JH the father of a night rider, and been sworn into the outlaw band by rue of the defendants, now on trial. Th son Is Charles E. Russell, and At- I rney General Caldwell declared that this son had participated in seve'ral of I he midnight rides of the band, and would bo used as a.witness at the trial Juror Russell admitted his relation to t'h.tries Russell, and was excused by the cr-urt. over the protests of the defense. fheaaprnkr anil Ohio Route la Cincinnati. Indianapolis, Chicago, St i.onis. and Ixniigvllle. Trains leave Irjcton p. rn. and p. m. daily, Tickets, baggage checks, and lions. 1339 F street and 513 Penna. ave. Phone Main 1066 or 2206. White Farmer Served Ten Years and Negro Woman Many Months for Crimes Committed by Others. Special to Washington post. Raleight, N. C., Dec. 17.-Gov. Glenn pardoned AnnJe. Turner, a negro servant at the house of L. Banks Holt, of Gra- liam. When 'his house was entered by fc'am Walker, negro, who shot and nearly killed Holt, Walker said Annie Turner admitted him to the house, and she was sen fenced- for life, but when Walker was on the gallows, he said he had lied about her. The supreme court had no power to re- hear the case, but recommended her par- don, seconded by the judge and the solici- tor. Charlotte, N. C-, Bee. 17.-Having served 10 years of a 30-year sentence in tne State penitentiary for murder, thougu etirely iocet, wag the revelation made today in the ease of A. B. Norti, a white farmer, Robeso county. Norton and Thopias White, were each charged with tiie mur- der of Joim Tolar, and each received a 20-year sentence. Affidavits were placed i the trial Judge's bads today, setting forth that White, who died recently, confessed that he killed the man and blame on Norton. It is understood that a pardon will be asked for the innocent sufferer. POKTUGAI. Paris. dispatch to the Temps from Lisbon this atternwm says.that the Portuguese cabinet has resigned and that King Manuel Is Ih consultation with the leaders of ail parties preparatory to the formation of a. new mlnlstiy. Day of the RnB gale. The Boyajian collection of Persian Rugs and Carpets will be closed out at public auction at Sloan's, 1407 G St.. today at 11 a. m. and 3 p. m. Great bargains may be expected, as eyejy piece must be sold. Rooms comfortably heated and seats pro- Flushing, .N. Y., Dec. A. Storm, a'real estate dealer, testified to- day in the trial of Thornton J. Hains, as a principal with his brother, Capt. Peter O. Hains, In the killing- of William K. Annis. that the defendant had inquired as to the whereabouts of Annis shortly before the latter sailed up to the dock where he was shot. "Thornton Hains stopped talking about real estate and asked me where Annls said .the witness.. "I pointed out Annls' boat, then sailing toward the float." The shooting of Annls followed. It Is upon this statement of Storm that the prosecution hinges its contention that the Halns -brothers hunted up Ann IP for the purpose of killing him, arid that the real estate inquiry at the yacht club was a blind. Other important testimony was glVen by Charles Birchfieid, a friend of Annis, who declared that Thornton Halns drove him back with a drawn revolver when he sought to stop the shooting. Thorn- ton Halns also drove Mrs. Annls Irom the floa-t with his revolver, according to Blrchneld. Points for the Defense. Still, the defense scored some important points. The witnesses examined were alt of the district attorney's selection, and for the most part were obviously bitter against tlie prisoner, Martin Skura, tho much-talked of back- man, who Is supposed to 'have driven the prisoner and his brother, Capt. Peter C. Hains, jr., from the train to the yacht club on the afternoon -of, the murder, failed 'to identify Thornton Hains as one his fares on that day. a looked the courtroom hopelessly when asked if either of the two men-ho bad driven was present, And after looking at the prisoner and away again, answered "No." Another failure to Identify the prisoner as one of the men who went to the Bay- side Yacht Club on the'afternoon of August 15 wag developed by a colored waiter" em- ployed by Frank Ellison. He tes- tified that two men came to him and asked him about real estate dealers In the vi- cinity of the club, and then one of the pair asked if the waiter knew Annis, and when he would be in. The colored boy, however, could not say whether the defendant was one of the two men or not. Mrs. Annis a Witness. The prosecution put the widow of Annis on the stand. Mrs. Annls is a largo, handsome woman, to whom "stately" may be applied. She was cool and dig- nified and is bound to make a strong im- pression on the jury when1 she gives her full testimony. "Were you present when your husband died the district attorney asked. "Yes." "Did you see your husband "F did." tlustlce Crane remarked, under his breath and with a look of pity, "That cuestion was foolish." "I only called he-- at this time to prov3 conclusively the fact of his Mr. Darrin explained. Mr. Mclntyre wanted her to go 'on and give the rest of her story at the time, but f Mr. Darrin was; not ready, and' Justice Crane she coulJ be recalled later. When court opened Justice Crane an- nounced that he had decided against tlie 06 the model which the defense had prepared to show the relative positions of tho parties at the time of .the -shoot- ing ofVWilllam Annis. "It Is he 'said, "that this model is out of all proportion and gives a false impression to the jury. I would suggest that you obtain a photograph to show its correctness, and then it may be used." Twenty Wounds in His Body. Dr. Walter Fi'cy. of Long Island City, the coroner's physician, testified that he discovered .twenty external wounds, and described the course of the bullets. Charles A. Birclifleld, a member of the Bayside Yacht Club, testified that at the club on the afternoon of August 15 he saw two men and a waiter talking. One of'the men was Thornton J. Hains, who, when the witness came up; engaged him In conversation about real estate. While they were talking Thornton Hams' com- panion came up and called the defend- ant aside. The witness said he next saw the defendant and the other man walking toward the dock. Later the pair stood near tlie stringplece. "There was quite a little gathering on the Mr. BIrchfteld testified. "There were Mrs. Annis, Mrs. Rockwell, and Mrs. Nesbit on the dock. I think Mr. Funke was on the dock. I went down to the dock and talked with the defendant. He told me that he had no' deal with Mr. Storm. He asked me' about the boats around there, and I said they were the' one-design class. He asked me if Annis had, a one-design boat. I said he had one, and he wanted to know which one it was. I pointed out Annis' boat coming down the bay.' Annls' boat had number 7 on the sail. He asked me -if Annis had to come In before the-race, and I "said that he Thornton Bazas' Interference. Mr. Blrchflelfl described tho. shooting, after which he said: j 'The defendant pointed his gun at me to Baltimore and Return, Saturdays ana Sundays, via Pennsylvania, Railroad. Tickets good returning -jntll Sunday night. All regular trains, except the LtolteO." and said- 'stand bade; lie knows what he is doing.' "I moved a little torward and fendanjt .said, 'don't Interfere. You -will get the same thing.' The witness said he heard three dis- tinct and separate shots .and several others that came together. "The firing ceased afted the gun pointed at said Mr. Bfrchfield. "Air- nis then came from arouftd the mast, and whether he touched the float -1 -don't know, but he fell into' the water and two men inilled him out.'' Mr. Bircnfield eatd' tjttt Mrs. Annls came down the runway screapaing. At the bottom' of the runway Thornton Halns sjaid to Mrs, Ann.la and minted his revoivet; at "She ran back up the runway, still cry- In ff out. Birchfield said that he saw John Ton- ning, the boatman, run up and seize Capt Hains by the arms. Witness said could not tell the exact moment tine episode happened, but thought it was Just after 4he shooting. "The defendant rushed over to Ton- nine. I don't know what was said or done, but I saw Tonning release the captain. They pulled Annis out of the water and I went to call a physician." Blrchneld had heard Thornton Hains say to hip brother, before Annls' boat came up to the float, in effect, that as Mr. Josperson, a real estate operator, was not there, they would go. Not Coached by Mrs. Annis. Mr. Blrchfleld was length by Mr. Mclntyre. He said he at- tended an informal meeting of club mem- in court after the coroner's verdtct, where the project of raising money for the Annis children was discussed. The subject of legal aid In prosecuting the case also was talked over. .Mr. Melntyre sought to show that the witness talked with Mrs. Annls about tho case and what testimony he would give in the trial. "I have met Mrs. Annls frequently, but I did not discuss the case with said the witness, who added that he had no ill-feeling against the defendant. Mr. Mclntyre interrogated tne witness in detail on what conversations were had regarding real estate. Mr. Btrchfield said that after Annis' boat had landed he did not notice where Halns was and not until he heard the pistol did he turn around. I heard the shot T turned abound and saw a man crouching down behind the defendant and ''Did it strike you that this defendant .was rushing1 to his brother to stop An objection to the question was sus- tained. Mr. Birchfleld said he saw John Tonning going: toward Capt. Halns after the shooting; his attitude was not threat- ening. Tonning took hold of Capt. Hains1 wrist. The witness said he did not lee Mr. Roberts pick the revolver up from the float and point it at Thornton Hains. He did, however, see a revolver in Roberts' hand after the great excitement had died down. "Did you see the captain's face? Didn't you hear the defendant say: 'He's urazy. Don't interfere with him. He may do tlie snme thing to "If he did, I did not hear him." "What did he "I. understood- him to say, 'Keep back; what- "Now, you have that when.the shooting took place you exclaimed, 'Is he Why did you say "Because of the unuauat tlifc shooting, and the Glimpse of Defense's Story. "Well, did you hear the words: 'For God's sake, he is crazy. Keep does not know what he's "No." "Did you hear the defendant say: 'Get a police officer. I'll hold him until he "I heard the defendant say, 'Get a po- lice but not the last part." "Did you hear Thornton Halns say: regret this as much as any one. I hav been trying to stop him for some "I did not hear him say that." Frederick A. Storm, a .real estate dealer and member of the Bayside Yacht Club. took the stand. Storm said he went to the yacht club on the afternoon of Au- gust 15. "Mr. Birchfleld came to me at Ihe club and I went down to the dock and saw Mrs. Annis, two other women, and a man, who I have since learned was T. J. Halns. "A real estate conversation was brought up, and I told him that I was willing to give up the race to earn a commission. He said he would do business with Jes- person. of whom I never heard, because he could get a better commission. Asked Where Annis Was. "Nothing more was said about real es- tate, and Thornton Hains asked, 'Where is and I pointed out Annis' boat." Mr. Storm said that he.then was rowea out the boat which he was to sail in the race. The witness said he heard the shooting from his boat. "I came quickly to the dock to had happened. I saw Thornton Hains and his brother. They were sitting en an up- turned boat. "Before taken away from the yacht club E beard the defendant say something on the pathway." "What was "I asked him what In the world he did it for, and be replied, 'If he had done to me what he did to him, -I would have done the same and Capt, Haina turned and said. 'You keep out of this.' A motion to strike from the record what Hains said was granted by Justice Crane. President, in Snaps Fingers at Foes at Home. PUZZLE WMlpPOKT United States Hears ffegt Hostilities Been Declared. Minister at Bogota Informed That Act- ing President Gomez, at Caracas, Used Word "Wai" in Proclamation, Whereas Advices Here Are That Ee Only An- nounced State of Opera Contest if Two Nations Fight. FEEEY PASSENGERS IN PERIL. Collision on East River Endangered 300, but Hurt Hone. Special to The Washington Post. :Mew York, Dec. hundred passengers on the Astoria ferryboat Steinway, and the crew of the freighter of the Norwalk-line, were in' peril tonight when the Marion into the Steinway, Just as the latter was leaving her slip for Manhattan. Both vessels were badly damaged, but only the Marion was injured below the'water line. Capt. Cameron beached her when it was seen that she was rapidly filling. The passengers on the Steinway were un- injured, but a half dozen hands on the Marlon were more or less hurt. Tho ferryboat was driven into the lighter with such force that the women's cabin was stove in above the water line. Capt. -Allen, of the Steinway, reversed his engines and sent the ferryboat back Into her dock. Notice to Advertisers All advertisements for next Sunday's Post must be received ai this office before 7 o'clock Saturday night Berlin, Dec. Castro dtd not leave his hotel during the entire day. From 6 o'clock in the morning he was busily occupied with his corre- spondence, writing his replies, for the part, with his own hand. It was announced that he had received dis- patches from Caracas, but nothing con- firmatory of the reports -published in the newspapers here with reference to the revolutionary movement in Venez- uela, which both- he and the members of his suite persist in discrediting. One of his aids declared tonight that he was convinced the reports emanated from revolutionary a-gents In Curacao There Is no truth in the report that Germany has been asked to undertake negotiations with Holland for the pur- pose of bringing about a settlement of the difficulty with Venezuela. The president appears to be in ex good humor, and seemingly is not suffering very much from his mal- ady. Doctor Finds Nothing the Matter. Dr. Israel, who made a physical exam- ination of Senor Castro a day or two agti, has had the president under observation dally. He has not yet decided whether an operation is necessary. The physician seems convinced, however, that Castro'b kidneys are not affected. It IK asserted that President Castro cannot, owing to the lack of cable ities in Venezuela, have heard from his cepEttl within the last two days. All cablegrams have to be sent by steamer to Willemstad, Curacao, Trinidad; anil-there placed, on Castro'3 ;aid.s, ftat lve ia in receipt'daily -Of communications from the government. They ignore the circum- stance that the press communications re- garding the outbreaks in the capital of Venesuela originated at Caracas itself, and they-are'trying to foster the eiro- neous idea that they came from Willem- stad and are based upon highly colored leports from the revolutionists and plot- ters against the president, who make :iie Ibland of Curaca-j their headquarters. State Department Puzzled. A puzzling dispatch on the subject o" the attitude of Venezuela toward Hol- land was received at the. State Depart- ment yesterday from Paxton Hibben, charge d'affaires of the American lega- tion at Bogota, Colombia. Mr. Hibben said that the minister of foreign affairs of Colombia had shown htm a dispatch dated Caracas, December 14, reading as follows: "In view of the blockade established, and tiie capture of a Venezuelan vessel, the head of the government, after as- suming..extraordinary powers for the de- fens 3 of the country, has declared a state of war." The exact meaning of this dispatch can- not be explained by officers of the State Department. It is generally believed here that Venezuela not made a formal declaration of war against Holland. A more acceptable belief is that Vice Presi- dent Gomez, of Venezuela, has declared the existence of a state" of siege and proclaimed martial law In tfie city of Caracas. It is the opinion of officers of the State Department that there has been some confusion in .transmitting or translating the dispatch which has re- sulted in the use of the word "war" where "siege" was intended. However, the declaration that the gov- ernment of Venezuela Is subject to for- eign attack is thought tantamount to an admission tbat war is inevitable. 3 a possibility that a formal declaration of war has been made by Vice President Gomez, in order to arouse the patriotism of the citizens to support their govern- ment against probable attack by the Dutch. War, if It Comes, While it is not believed here that the Dutch government has any intention of carrying on an active campaign against Venezuela, the events will be -interesting. For the present at least the Dutch government seems to be content with making reprisals against Venezuelan merchants, and naval vessels. If war is eventually declared, the progress of the conflict whl be watched with much amuse- ment among military peopfe in Washing- ton. The Dutch probably wilt not make any attempt' to effect the landing of a military force for active land operations in Venezuela because the whole Dutch army is not large enough to conquer Ven- ezuela. For this reason land operations are Impossible. On the other hand, the Venezuelan gov- ernment bag practically no navy. If war develops, Holland will have to be content with the bombardment of a few coast towns and the destruction of Venezuelan commerce. It is the general belief, in official circles here that the; situation in Venezuela will reach a crisis within a few days, ami that the present riots and demonstcaticns o f anger and resentment toward Pres dent Castro and his associates will 'de- velop into a general revolution against the present administration of affairs in Caracas. If a revolution should start in Tbe PenmtTlyanla No Ehctra Fare to .Chicago. Tou may now leave Washington at a. m. daily on "The Pennsylvania and.arrive the-next morning, without paying any'extra fareV The, extra fare on this ..famous train has been -discontinued -from Washington, to all points west ot Alliance, Ohio, PRESIDENT'S AEPEAL FOR ONE-MAN RULE. To the Senate, and House of Representatives. The rapid''increase of population in the National Capital within recent years, has greatly altered.social conditions, neces- sitating changes sin the machinery of its administration. Greater efljeiericy' and a better provision for the protection of both the industrial aricL'dependent classes are required. needs, I have.had a special report made to me on the affairs of the District of which I trans- mit herewith. I cordially approve therrecommendations in the report for the substitution of a single head or governor iy place of three commissioners; the establishment of District or munici- pal departments in place of the existing bureaus, and the crea- tion of a new department to be known as that of housing and labor. I ask your careful consideration of the entire report. Mr. Reynolds has rendered a great and service, for which our heartiest thanks are due hirru A single executive head would increase-efficiency, determine responsibility, ahd eliminate delays and uncertainties inevitable under the present system; municipal departments headed by commissioners to be appointed by the governor would yield the same advantage. In the proposed scheme of reorganization the department of education should be coordinated with other city departments. I especially "urge that the proposed department of housing and labor be established. Poverty, disease, and crime are largely due to defects of social conditions and surroundings. The need of improved sanitary inspection of dwellings, rear alleys, and small shacks (such as unhappily still exist in and of stores, workshops, and factories, should not be left to sub- ordinate bureau chiefs, but should be brought under the direct control of a competent head of the abovt-named department. An equally important public responsibility is the protec- tion .of the independent industrial class, which neither desires nor accepts charity, but whose members have often been led to misfortune, and even crime, through agencies licensed by the state, but defectively and inadequately supervised. Notable among these are pawnshops, loan and industrial insurance com- and employment agencies. The supervision of these agencies is at present limited to the police. They should be under the direction of officials qualified to advance their effi- ciency and economic service to the public.- The above-named changes would vastly improve the effi- 1 ciency of the District government, and would afford protection to its industrial and dependent classes, which is imperatively needed. I also transmit for the consideration of the Congress re- ports of the committee on building of model houses, which was appointed in recommendation of Mr. Rey- THEODORE ROOSEVELT. _. The White House, 1908. the absence of President Castro, it is more than. likely bie revolutionists would, sweep the country in a few .and that the Castro %QVernment -would overthrown. .In the last few years it has been only the' dominating and powerful influence of 'President Castro that has prevented civil war. Now that he has fled the ".country, it is the opin- ion of officers of jthe State Department that the downfall "of the Castro adminis- tration is a matters of only a few days. Believe Castro-Will Stay Away. It Is daily becoming1 more apparent that President Castro not return to Ven- ezuela. The riots Jn Caracas, where his pictures and the of his associ- ates has been des by the angered mob of Citizens, it Is believed here, he will regard as a warning to remain afbroad. To' return at this time; would further oou plicate the position of Venezuela and result in per- sonal injury to If the present government is overthrown and a new administration established In Venezuela, the question of the resumption of diplomatic between the United (States apd Venezuela will be taken up for consideration. Since last May, when W. W. Russell, minister at Caracas, was withdrawn on indefinite leave of absence, has been no dip- lomatic business this govern- ment and Venezuela. When the new gov- ernment has demonstrated its stability and capability 01 discharging its inter- national question of recognizing the government will be taken up by the of State. xlt is believed here 'I..-t the United States will be one of UTP countries to recog- nize a new goy inment in Venezuela.. Events in! Caracas a Mystery. The events In Caracas somewhat sur- prised officials hore, who had expected that any manifestation of hostile acts by a foreign against Venezuela would have the r of solidifying all elements of mople' and make them rally vigorously President Castro and his government That they have not dona tio. but on Ih P cnn trary have en- prased in riotous demonstrations against his interests ar.n of His friends is a puzzle. It been the common be- lief in Washing! >n fhat had the United States taken an. forceful steps against Venezuela in the effort to have its claims against that arbitrated, Castro would have becoi. y veritable hero Hi the eyes of the p. there. It Is pos- sible, even, that ar, an at- titude, the admini.-iration lias been in- different to pushing A. demand for settle, ment. Some interest is manifested at the State Department in the press reports that Castro might seek alliance with Germany. The reoort lacks substantiation so far as any State Department advices go. The department has felt that the situation iii Venezuela would gradually work itself out. :For this reason tljere has a oersistent determination to, isroore President Castro, .and look with equanimity on tlie doings of foreign gov- ernments in their effcrts to get satisfac- tion from him for alleged wrongs, so lonjr ?s there is no interference with American interests, ajid no violation yi the Monroe doctrine. SIX DEATHS in Each Case Was Paid to Mrs. Kelleher. Special Message Advocates Abo- Present System. WANTS A GOVERNOR Declares Ruler Shoufa Be Ap- pointed Executive. CONGRESSMEN F4VOR PLAN Mr. Roosevelt Declares Substitution of a Single Heafl for the Present Commis- sion "Would Increase Efficiency, De- termine Responsibility, and Eliminate Delays and Uncertainties Under Pres- ent Favors Establish- ment of Municipal Departments in Place uf Existing Bureaus, and Crea- tion of Department of Sousing and Labor to Protect Citizens. ALL MEMBEBS OF HER FAMILY She Is Under Arrest on Charge of Arson. Pending Inquiry Into Her Sanity, Dis- trict Attorney at Somerville, Mass., Has Ordered Inquiry Into Half Dozen Deaths Which Have Aroused Suspicion. Somerville. Mass.. Dec. the result of an examination as to the san- ity of Mrs. Mary Kelleher, of this city, now in jail at Cambridge, District Attor- ney Higgins. has ordered an investigation j Into the causes of the deaths of six mem- I bers of the woman's family during the past three years. The specific charge against Mrs. Kei- leher is that of arson, but the police1 1 called attention to reports which were m circulation as to the deaths in her lam- l llv. It is said that the ins-urance on uio i lives of the deceased was paid lo Mrs. Kelleher. Six Members of Family Dead. The- names of the persons who have died and the causes given are as i'oJlows; Mrs. Bridget Knowles, sister-in-law, ciied June 30, 1905. rheumatism. Annie T. Knowles. sister-m-iaw, tlu-d March 1. 1905. bronchitis. Stephen husband, died Slay 13. 1906. oneumonia. Mary Kelleher. daughter, died -Ncn em- bor 21. 19U6. bronchitis. William Kelleher. son, died January H, 1908. heart disease. Katharine Kelleher, daughter, July 2o. 1908, ptomaine Awaits Further Evidence. Mrs. Kelleher has undergone a liminary examination by a board of three exnerts and will have another examina- tion tomorrow. District Attorney erins stated today that he would not havt be exhumed as yet. "Some of the police officers have brought to my attention the deaths m the KelleDer said he. "I toJd them to so ahead and makr- whatever investigation necessary, but thai I was not ready to exbume an entire graveyard until further evidence in the case should be brought before KellelKT is accused of setting nrp to the house of Andrew J. Love 11, OL Cambridge, by whom she was employed as a .domestic. The dwelling was not much damaged. The movement for "one-man, rule" ia the District nf Columbia started in by James B. Reynolds, special investiga- tor for President "Roosevelt on tho condi- tions of government here, received added impetus yesterday in a special message to Congress by President Roosevelt on the subject. In the mesKas'c, tlie President urges tr.e substitution ol a rule m cr the District in place of three cummisFion- thfi establishment of jnunlcipal de- 1 tart men ts In place ot" the existing bu- and the creation of a new d> partment, to be known UIP dcptirimcnt of housing and labor. "A single executive head." tho declares, "would increase efficiency, de- termine responsibility, and el im Inn to de- lays and uncertainties under the pres- nt isystem. Municipal departments.' headed by commissioners to be appcjnted by tha governor, would yield the same ad- vantage." Transmits Reynolds' Report. With the message the President tran-- mitted to Congress tlie report maur to him by Mr. Reynolds on April 29, 1907. .1 year after lie had been asked by iha President to investigate conditions in District. In this report. Mr. Reynolds recommends: 1. The extension of the civil i to cover all minor offices in Ib-s 1 of Columbia. 2. The creation tlie office of govr- i nor at a-salary of perhaps per an- j num. 3. The creation of departments cf health, police, and buildings ami public worUs, street t c li.it ties, corrections, and housing and labor. These departments should te comiuru-'t by a commissioner at a salar> cf purhnpfi Jo.OOO per annum. 4. A nAjiucipul council, composed the above-named r.rimiHK'.om-rs, constitute a public iHy for the sage of ordinances 1-1 i ng the affa! rs of i he District. 5. A citizens' roninill ee nf 100 to rnp- resent all aem-ral c vie- int. 'J lie President ulsu   first, and said that unless Moltrwri met the writer on Baltimore street, this city, on the evening of December 16, he would j blow up-his place of business. Molinari then secured tlie warrant. Tlie Italian who the letters, was held iinfler bond as the t houses, made u> him M. It. 1> 'l r sans. CJeorfi-p W. P J. Whltefielrt .lohn H. Kl'inan, 1r.. and Miss Malj--! Huarcli.iiii' ]t wa.s tlio o." OMUII i- lee, 3 pan nf s tiojru-s '-ommission. as tu i h-: ifinc.- in the ;ilirv slums or llic u'lion led to tiir (ration or M.i u Libnr. Lively Interest in interest in both of un.i it that U'o spttujl :i it Ilial careful i> Reynold's report IK- "Mr. Ke.'.nolds." t..r I'rc.-hh'nt "lias a at anil f .-it i st-rviej. for which our tiianti.s arc di'o him." After the message had bo.cn read member? of Congress who lia.o not expressed their views u; o i lh- 
                            

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