Washington Post, March 30, 1911

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Washington Post, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1911, Washington, District Of Columbia Your favorite organization a commission on every subscription you turn In during the Booklovers' con- test whether It a library or not. _" >t.' .1 Weather Generally fair today, probably preceded by a light shower In the early morning. Temperature 55; minimum, 31. NO. WASHINGTON: THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 1911.-SIXTEEN PAGES. TWO CENTS. OFF TO TftLK PEftCE Revolutionist Secretary Here Called to Texas. TO CONFER WITH MADERO Parley on Mexican Affairs nay Open Way to Truce. Dr. Gomez, Head of Insurrectionist Dele- gation in Washington, Says No Change in Demands to Diaz Faction Is Con- to Senor San- chez-Arcona Leaves United States j Officials in Ignorance of Details. Juan Sanrht-z-Azcona, secretary of the WashlriKton diplomatic: agency of the Mexican revolution, left here last night on a summons from Gustavo Madero. In-other of the provisional president of the Insurrectos. He will go to San An- tonio. where- he expects to take ap active part In the preliminaries tliat may precede actual peace negotiations. The message which called him to San Antonio gave no details, but both Dr. Vasqnez Gomez, the head of the Wash- ington committee, and he were convinced that messages fronrPVanclsco I. Madero, the i ommander-in-ohief of the revolu- tionary forces, would await him there. Gomez said last night that any Agreement that might be reached at a conference at San Antonio would be marely. preparatory to formal negotia- tions. Neither Franclwo Madero, the elder, nor any of the brothers of the pro- visional president, he pointed out, are to act with finality for the revolutionary government. Any terms of peace, he said, nruat be armngert either by the provisional presl- deAt himself, with the approval of the cJrtefR of the revolution, or by the heads Washington committee. The state- ments of any of the members of the Ma- derf> family, he explained, were to be only as the expressions of the personal opinions of those who made them. This fact, Dr. Gomez stated, hau emphasized on more than one oc- casion by Ousta'vo Madero while he was In New York. That Francisco Madero, M.. favored a certain method of obtain- 'peace, declared, meant only that much and nothing more. Explains Madero's Position. of the continued Dr. Gomez, IK a state- ment that Senor de la Barra. thn newly appointed minister of foreign affairs in the Diaz administration. Is to meet Gus- tavo Madero and proceed with him to Monterey, thence to Chihuahua, and out Into the field, where a conference will he held, with President Madero. The Wash- ington committee has not yet received any Intimation that such an arrange- ment has been made. "Should there he a meetinp between President Madero and Senor de la Barra. It could be viewed as official. The Diaz minister of foreign affairs undoubtedly would be empowered to act by the Diaz administration, or he would not partici- pate In such a meeting. President Ma- dero would not consent to treat with an official emissary of the Diaz govern- ment except with the approval of the chiefs of tho revolution. It Is safe to say. however, that If the provisional pn sklent himself docs not represent the resolution in a peace conference the ne- gotiation will be. conducted by the Washinulon "From my Roneral Instructions I can say that no clianse has been made In the demands of revolutionises which mxist be Rrnntetl before, any final nego- tiations can he carried out. Says Diaz Must Resign. "Gen. Diaz must resign from the presi- dency :ind Senor Corral from the vice presidency. This. of course. would leave S'enor de la Barra, as minister of foreign affairs, the provisional president. "Another reorganization of the cabinet must follow. Mnlf of the members must be chosen from among men identified with the revolutionary cause, to hold of- fice during tlie tenure of the provisional adminlstrntlon. isirmal for the various states must IIP taken from the- members of the revolutionary party. This will he insisted upon in order to Klve assurance of a free election of members of n new mitionnl congress, who woul.l be chosen to make the changes In the constitution the electoral laws demanded by the revolutionary party. "The army of the revolution Is to re- main under arms and to he maintained ar the expense of the government as resular froope. The revolutionary troops will not lay down their arms until all negotiations have been brought to a sat- isfactory conclusion." Senor Sanchez-Azcona expects to re- main In San Antonio at least two or three j weeks. He will keep In constant touch with his chief, Pr. Gomez, during his ab- sence. Neither he nor Dr. Gomez knew laot nlgrht what arrangements have been j made for a preliminary conference nor j who would be the representative of the Mexican government to take part in It. Madero May Cross Frontier. San Antonio. Tex.. March a. tel- egram from some undisclosed source to- night depends whether some member of the Madero family will proceed south across the. Mexican border tomorrow to participate in the pour-parlers of peace negotiations between Mexican rebels and the Mexican government. Francisco I. Madero. sr.. father of tho revolutionary leader, committed himself I to that extent, but declined to go into I board the train here and proceed to Monterey, Mexico, and probably thence to Chihuahua. The publication today of their utter- ances of yesterday led to the Issuance today of a typewritten statement care- fully done in English, of Francisco and Gustavo Madero. It bore nothing new, but departed from yesterday's interviews In insisting on the point that the insur- rectos will not lay down their arms pend- ing peace negotiations. This statement, obviously meant for press use, Is taken as the, first gun of the negotiations. Privately, it is said that the rebels will disperse, so that they moy not be designated as an armed force, with which President Diaz has said he would not deal. That dispersal would not affect their military strength. They will still be armed. As every man Is mounted, and every man can be ready In five minutes to move, their military efficiency will not be lessened. Final Word With Madero. El Paso, Tex.. March I. Madero. jr., president of the insurrectos and their leader in the field, has not been consulted about any peace terms, ant} no settlement of the war in Mexico will be accepted without his final word, whluh alone would be regarded as binding. At present Madero, disregarding recent political changes in Mexico City, is gath- ering his men about Chihuahua, the me- tropolis of northern Mexico, with a view, possibly, of besieging that city. Tnsurifcto leaders gave out this infor- mation tonight with the stipulation that it was not Intended to minimize the im- portance of assertions made by Fran- cisco I. Madero, sr., and Gustavo A. Ma- dero, at San Antonio, Tex., that tentative now under consideration may re- sult in peace within a month. That Madero's father and brother have some peace plans backed by assurances from Mexico City is not doubted, but It is stated emphatically that any action toward the settlement of the war without full participation by the Insurrecto presi- dent would not be popular among the men now in arms. SEES PLOT Stetson WorkingWithPlatt, He Says, Against Sheehan. FORCE MAY GO TO HONOLULU. Twenty Companies of Coast Artillery to Be Dispatched, It Is Rumored. Galveston, Tex.. March army transports Kilpatrick, Sumner, and Mc- Clellan today were supplied with forage sufficient to last the horses of a regiment several weeks. The transports have been fully provisioned and supplied with am- munition. They are held in readiness for the embarkation of troops. A rumor reached camp today that It was tlip Intention of the War Department to dispatch twenty companies of coast ar- tillery to Honolulu from Eastern posts. ASSASSINS' FEE Camorrist Informer Says He Got as His Share. BIDED TIME TO KILL MAN Caged Prisoners at Trial in Italy Jubi- lant Over Judge's Severe Questioning of Witness With Regard to Contradic- Record Exhaust- Says Leader. any Senor de la Barm, foreign minister in the new Mexican cabinet, and erstwhile Ambassador to the 1'nlted States, Isi scheduled to pass through San Antonio, tomorrow morning. A man who traveled I on tMe train from New York to this city j with Francisco Madero and bis son Gus- i tavo 1.1 authority for the statement If the telegram expected by Don Fnm- cisco not soy to the Contrary, one or more members uf the Madero latuily will Viterbo, March entire sitting in the trial of the Camorrlsts was today in the further examination of Gen- naro Abbatemaggio, whose testimony was constantly interrupted by the .pris- oners In the cage. The president of the court, Slgnor BlanchI, interrogated the witness con- cerning contradictions in his statements. Questioned as to whether he suffered from epilepsy, Abbatemaggio replied in the. negative. "Here Is a military medical certifi- said President Bianchi, "stating that you left the army after three at- tacks of epilepsy." "Then I did It purposely to be sent home from the said the witness. The lawyers for the defense shouted: "Then you deceived the military, and you are now trying to deceive the Judi- cial authorities." During tho questioning of Abbatemag- gio by the president the prisoners radiant. Giuseppe Salvi, one of tho al- leged assassins of Cuoccolp and his wife, kissed his hand to the president, while Errlcone, the Camorrlst leader, exclaim- ed: "The cj-linder of the phonograph Is exhausted." Says Was Divided. Asked about the paid to the assas- sins of the Ouoccolos, Abbatemaggio re- plied that Krrlcone had divided the money, giving J80 to the witness and dis- tributing the remainder amonpr the actual assaGslns. Ferdlnando dl Matteo, one of the assassins, protested against the giving of so large a share to Abbutemahgio. who had not participated In the killings, but he was silenced with a -wink from Alfano. Abbatemaseio said he understood the meaning of the wink. His associates were aware that he could betray them at any moment. Accordingly, he says, no sum of money was too great to pay for his silence until the opportunity came to kill him. Informer Scents Trick. Abbatemaggio'a examination was in- terrupted by Corrado Sortino, another of the alleged assassins, who that the Informer had declared that Sortlno's brother was a member of the Camorra. Rising In the cage, Sortino shouted: "You are a liar. My brother is ono of the world's greatest sculptors. He lives in Paris, where he is the intimate of notables." This gave excuse for a tumult, the other prisoners and their lawyers eryins: out. "Abbatemaggio Is a calumniator." Tho Informer, recognizing a trick to Impair his testimony, raised his voice above the chorus, shouting, "I never snid that Sortlno's brother was a Camorrist." PfeBident BlanchI has received a re- quest from Judge Frank C. LaURhlin, of the appellnte division of the supreme court of New York State, that he be per- mitted to attend next week's proceedings. ISSUES A VIOLENT ATTACK Lawyer, Leader Declares, Is Power Behind Insurgent Movement. Prominent Attorney, Head of Tammany Hall Asserts, Is Endeavoring, With the Aid of Several Newspapers and Others, to Wreck the Democratic Party in New the "Personifica- tion" of at Albany of Suggested. Japanese Council Ratifies Treaty: Tokyo. March privy council to- day ratified the treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. The signatory exchange will be made on April 4 New York, March F. Mur- phy, leader of Tammany Hall, .came out tonight in a violent attack upon Francis Lynde Stetson, a New York lawyer, charging him with working openly with Frank H. son of former United States Senator Thomas C. Platt, in mak- ing "a deal with the Republican ma- chine to elect a man of his own selec- tion for United States senator." Murphy charges Mr. Stetson with be- ing "that mysterious power" which has been behind the insurgent movement at Albany, and which "caused Mr. Sheehan to be assailed by every conceivable form of abuse." "All efforts -to discover the identity of the man really responsible for this action have been in continues Mr. Murphy's statement, "until yesterday, when, with brazen effrontery, character- istic of his entire career, Mr. Francis Lynde Stetson, a political Pharisee, step- ped Into the limelight and boldly assum- ed charge of the entire movement. Working With Platt, He Says. "Not satisfied with his work in pre- venting the Democratic party from mak- ing a choice for senator, Mr. Stetson, now, working openly with Frank H. Platt, son of former Senator Platt, is engaged In making a deal with the Re- publican machine to elect a man of his own selection for United States senator, with the avowed purpose of destroying the Democratic party In the State and finishing his 'lifelong struggle' to break Tammany Hall. "Calling to his aid all the dissatisfied Democrats In the State, and with the assistance of several New York papers, which have been tryUig for years to de- Btroy the Democratic this man's campaign has rung with .the charge that Mr. whom he has personally certified to be a man of. high character and sterling- Integrity, was un- fit to be chosen as United States senator because he was the representative of the Interests." Called Organizer of Trusts. "Who Is this Mr. Francis Lynde Stet- asks Mr. and" then he proceeds to ask If Mr. Stetson is not the same man who, as counsel, organized the steel trust, "the greatest piece of stock watering and stock jobbing in mod- ern times, and which Is just about to be investigated by the Congress of the United States? Is he the attorney at once for J. Pierpont Morgan and for Thomas F. Ryan? Is he the man who organized the Northern Securities Com- pany, which the Supreme Court of the United States held to be an illegal, if not a criminal organization? Did he not organize the International Mercantile shipping trust; the rubber trus, the harvester trust, and other sfmilar Along this line Mr. Murphy proceeds with his attack, listing a dozen corpora- tions of which he declared Mr. Stetson was a director, and then adds: "This man is not alone the repre- sentative of the IB the per- sonification of the is one of the interests." Stetson "Not Interested." When told of Mr. Murphy's attack upon him tonight, Mr. Stetson said: "I don't care to have you read it to me. I am not at all interested in any- thing Mr. Murphy has to say about me. Mr. Murphy is entitled to form and ex- press any opinion of me he sees fit. I think he is largely justified in his resent- ment." Albany, N. Y-, March third ses- sion of the reconvened Democratic sena- torial caucus lasted tonight just long enough to permit Senator Cullen to move for an adjournment until o'clock to- morrow morning. The expectation of many that an over-night agreement would be reached whereby the insurgents would be made to feel their way clear to at- tending in a body, was not realized. None of the out-and-out insurgents attended. One of the rumors afloat tonight was that Charles F. Murphy favored Judge D. Cady Herrick, if assured of enough in- surgent votes to elect him. It was said, however, that several of the insurgents would not pledge themselves to Herrick, but prefer John D. Kernan. There were persistent reports that overtures have been made by them to the Republicans, with a view, to electing Mr. Kernan, un- less the regulars accede to their proposals tomorrow. An interesting factor in the situation appears to be a division among: the Re- publicans regarding the expediency of helping the insurgents to name.a man. This lack of Republican harmony is un- derstood to have encouraged the regular Democrats to procrastinate. In the hope of an emergency arising by which they can make a better bargain with the In- surgeYits. Various conferences were held tonight, but their results, if any, were not made public. Most significant of the statments made by the participants was that of Speaker Frlsble, who asserted positively i that a senator will be chosen before i April 4. i Charles F. Murphy's attack on Francis Lynde Stetson variously interpreted, but most of those who read it agreed that its chief significance was that the end of the senatorshlp fight was not as near as recent forecast. Some of the insurgents believed it meant that negotiations between the Tammany lead- er and the insurgents had failed, and that Mr. Murphy believed the Democrats out- side the organization tvere on the point of Joining the Republicans to elect an "Independent Democrat." BONNETS TO HIDE DRINKS. Tipplers Adopt Scheme to Beat "Screen- less Saloon" Law. Rush-viHe, Ind., March saloonkeepers refuse to heed the ordi- nance by the city council, which puts a ban on blinds or screens in sa- loons. Their "dodge" is unique. They have suggested the sunbonnet. Their patrons may buy the bonnet at small cost, and many will be able, to dig up old ones, owned by their wives. But any way, they may don their bonnets, line up at the bar, and still avoid de- tection from the street. FIRE DRILL SAVES School Children March From, Burning Building in Two Minutes. New York. March value of the flre drill was demonstrated this after- noon, when flre was discovered in Public School No. .43. the Bronx. Although smoke was drifting through the building and the odor of burning wood and paper permeated the halls and class rooms, little children responded to the fire drill signal and in perfect order marched from the building as they do several times each week. In two minutes all on the street watching the firemen. The blaze did only trifling damage. KENYON FOR SENATOR Iowa Republicans, in Caucus, Nominate the Judge. WILL TAKE DOLIIVER'S PLACE Candidate Receives Vote of Majority of the Republicans in the Legislature. Nominee, Born in Ohio, Has Long Been in Public in Many.Im- portant Legal Cases. FRAUD IN CLOTHING CHARGED. Alleged Conspiracy to Swindle Indian Service Involves Newark Contractor. New York, March with conspiracy to defraud the -Indian service of the United states Interior Department by substitution of shoddy trousers for those of standard quality, Arthur Rose. a. wealthy, clothing manufacturer of Newark, N. J., was arrested today. Rose held a subcontract for furnishing clothing to the Indian service, arid It Is alleged that, with Charles H. Furman, chief clerk the United States Indian warehouse in this city, he conspired to substitute several cases of shoddy gar- ments for standard goods, which had passed inspection. The arrest follows the indictment of the firm of Weinstein Maher, of "this city, on similar charges. Rose" was re- leased on bonds of It is said that several contractors have been involved in the conspiracy. Chief Clerk Furman has turned government witness. SUICIDE PLANNED FUNERAL. War Veteran Sent Telegram to His Wife and Ordered Casket. Kalamazoo. Mich., March sending a telegram to his wife and daugh- ter to return home from a- visit, then or- dering a casket and telling the coroner how to conduct the inquiry into his death and planning the details of his funeral, Oregon Richmond, aged 72 years, a civil war captain, committed suicide by drinking poison at his home near Benton Harbor. He asked that the R. have chargfe of his-funeral and told the, undertaker how deep to dig his grave.! The man killed himself some time Monday, but his body was not discovered" until his wife reached home from North Dakota. His body was on a wrapped in a flag, and across his chest he had placed the sword he had carried during the war. NEW ART TREASURE HERE. IDes Molnes, Iowa. March a cau- cus of 60 out of the 104 Republican., mem- bers of the Iowa legislature tonight, Judge W. S. Kenyon was nominated as the Republican party candidate for United States Senator, to succeed Sena- tor Dolllver. Of the 44 absentees -fifteen for Kenyon hitherto .the deadlock, which was not broken by-today's ballot; Tho who Save been voting for Judge fit. B. Deemer, did not sign the caucus call or participate in the .caucus. On the only ballot tonight, -Judge Kenyon received 63 votes, a majority of all Republican members In the legislature, and Judge Deemer received six. One vote was cast for Speaker Stillman. Judge Kenyon has been nominated to succeed Senator Dolliver, and he takes the place of Lafayette Young, who was appointed to serve by the. governor until an election took place.! Record of the Nominee. The new nominee for senator from Iowa, William S. Kenyon, was born at Blyria, Ohio, June 10, 1869, an.d after be- ing graduated from Grlnhell College, at Grinnell, Iowa, he was admitted to the bar in Iowa. He served two terms as public prosecutor of Webster county, Iowa, two terms as judge of the Elev- enth judicial district of Iowa, and then became general counsel of the Illinois Central Railroad. He was appointed an assistant to the Attorney General of the United States March 14, 1910, and took part In many Important cases. Valesquez's "Portrait of Young Eccle- siastic" in New York. New York, March portrait by Velasquez Is among the latest ar- 'rivals in the art world in this city. It became known today that there is now in the New York custom house a painting Identified as "A Portrait of a Young by Velasquez. It was reported that the'painting has been purchased by a local dealer, but no Information on that subject could be ob- tained from any one connected with that establishment. COSTS TO WIN PoJcer Player Reaps Valueless Chips. NEW TWIST TO OLD TRICK 100 CLAIM HER Los Angeles Woman Left No Will and No Known Heirs. Los Angeles, Cal., March 100 persons, scattered all over the world, have filed claims in the. superior court to shares of the estate of Matilda Walden, who died In Los Angeles on Au- gust 21, 1908, leaving no will and no known heirs. A hearing today, was post- poned until May 9. Among the claimants Is -a group of eight cousins, some in Ireland and some in Missouri, who trace their relationship through their father, Joseph Mitchell, of Bally Caskeagh, Laughbrickland, Ireland, an first cousin of Mr. Walden. Another alleged niece lives in Belfast, Ireland, and a group In Edinburgh, Scot- land, claim to be grandnleces and grand- nephews. Others who declare themselves cousins live In New Zealand. Another group of 21 alleged cousins live in Ire- land. TOM L. JOHNSON SINKING. Indirect Reports Less Encouraging Than Those of Former Mayor's friends. Special to Tho Washington Post Cleveland, Ohio, March Mayor Tom L. Johnson, who suffered a relapse in his illness two weeks ago to- day, was reported tonight to be sinking. Despite statements irom some of the former mayor's close friends that he is In no immediate danger, Indirect reports from the Johnson apartments are not so encouraging. Mr. Johnson is suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. F. W. SHERMAN DEAD. Distant Relative of Vice President Suc- cumbs Suddenly. New York, March Winslow Sherman, an employe of a brokerage firm where attaches said he was a relative of Vice President Sherman, waa f-iund dead In bed at a hotel here today. Death had resulted from natural causes. Percy Wlnslow Sherman, found dead in j New York, is known to Vice President Sherman as a distant relative. Money to Lend at 4, ft, and 4 Per Cent. On real estate. F. T. Rawlings. 190S Pa. av. K Called on to Show That He Could' Have Paid Up Had He Lost, Man Puts Money in "Manager" of Hotel Holds Stakes, and Old-Fash- ioned. "Switch" Follows.. Special to The Washington Poet. New York, March Gaffney, a broker, told the police tonight that after he had been coaxed into a poker game In the Grand Union Hotel, March 22, he ha.3 won In non-negotiable chips and had then been robbed of in real money. On his complaint, the police arrested Frank Shea, who for the last six months has shared Mr. Gaffney's apartment. Mr. Shea said he and Mr. Gaffney had played poker with three strangers, and that if Mr. Gaffney lost thq strangers must it. According to Gaffney's story, none of the five players put up any money, the understanding being that it was a "gen- tleman's and that each man who bought chips was able to make good for them. Mr. Gaffney's winning amounted to he said, at the time the game broke up. Asked to Show Money. The complainant said .that the three strangers then proposed that he show as proof that had he lost that much he would have been able to pay. He says he produced two bills and one bill, and that one of the strangers placed In an envelope and proposed that the manager of the hotel hold both en- velopes while he went out to get with which to make 'his -deposit equal to that of Mr. Gaffney. Mr. Gaffney saicj he acceded to this, and that a man who was introduced as the manager of the hotel, but who, he has since learned, had no connection with the hotel, took charge of the envel- opes. While he had them another dis- pute arose and he handed them back. When Mr. Gaffney left the hotel he. ex- amined the envelope which had been handed to him. Instead of he says it contained, three nicely cut 'pieces of paper. The police are looking for the three strangers arid for the man who imper- sonated the manager of the hotel. LAUGHTER ENDS IN DEATH. Stricken With Apoplexy, Man Falls Dead in Theater. Special to The Washington Post. New York, March in the front row of the second balcony at a the- ater in the Bronx, a man laughed so heartily at an act tonight that he was seized with apoplexy and fell from his chair. There was some excitement in the au- dience, but the man was removed to an anteroom, the exctise being given that he had fainted. Dr. Grossman, who was called, found that the man was dead. Papers found in his possession indicated that the man was William B. Gansworp, 54 years old, of East 125th street. FnlNTflTRRESHY Women on Verge of Panic at Memorial Meeting. 30 TAKEN TO HOSPITAL Girl Tells District Attorney of Fu- tile Warning: to Workers. Laughter the Only Response to Her Alarm of Fire, Telephoned to Hinth Floor of Asch Ad- mits He Fled Without Waiting to Try to Save Others in Doomed Factory. Thougnt They Would Follow Him. American Loses Special Cable to The Washington Post. Monte Carlo. March Amer- icans report losses in the recent flre in the Hotel Bristol. One ,guest is said to have lost jewelry valued at New York, March women were removed late tonight from a me- morial mass meeting in Grand Central Palace for the victims of the Wash- ington place flre, suffering so terribly from hysteria that ambulance surgeons were called to attend them, and to re- move some to the hospital. It looked for a few minutes as if a panic were unavoidable. There were about persons at the meeting, mostly girls, many of whom had lost friends or relatives through the flre, and whose nerves were unstrung by the speakers' recitals of the horror. Manifestations of hysteria began shortly after the chairman, Jacob Panken, asked the audience to stand ap in silence for one minute as a tribute to the flre vic- tims. After this interval the chairman intro- duced another speaker. A shriek arose from a woman in the middle of the.hall. Others began to sob, and another shriek from a woman on the platform. The minute of silence seemed to have af- fected the nerves of nearly all the women present, and the whole audience became upset. On Verge of Panic. Those who were not shrieking or sob- bing were panicky. Many fainted and others rose from their seats to rush from the hall. One woman on the, platform fainted, and about a' dozen women went into hysterical convulsions. The chairman and speakers tried to re- store order without avail. Policemen who had been detailed to the meeting darted about here and there and headed off the panicky ones. at Warning. told the district attor- ney that ern' (he nrp ,first given by a writing machine to- ttie girls tin the ninth floor, and followed 'this with this telephone. Laughter greeted her at the other end of the line, she said. In a moment more she ran and made good her escape. Four more bodies were identified today, leaving but sixteen now unknown. It is proposed to take the' bodies, of most of the 143 victims through the streets of the city Monday In a. great funeral procession, headed by a chorus of -70 singers from the Jewish Choris- ters' Union, 'followed by the 600 sur- viving employes of the Trtanble. Waist Company, and as many sympathizing workers as can be induced to join. It is suggested that the procession pass from the morgue -by the Washington place building, where the fire occurred The relief fund is .now nearly Before Fire Marshal Beers, a machinist named Greenspan testified that when he ran from his post on the ninth floor, as the swept through the building, the doors swung open to his tugging, contrary to the marshal's belief that they were locked and barred. Greenspan said he escaped by the root' alone, al- though, girls grasped his garments as he ran. "It was too he said, "to aid them." Fled From Flames. Greenspan testified that he was always the last to leave the floor at night, and that just before those on the ninth floor knew of the fire the bell for knocking off work rang and-, the girls had started for the dressing rooms. He also went in to wash up after shutting off the power from the machines, and when he came out he saw flames coming up from the back court. In two seconds, he said, it seemed as though the flames were i.hoot- ing up past the windows from the floor ;belowon all sides of the building. "All the he said, "started to hang on to me and cried that they were dying, and for me to save them. I tooi it easily, as I did not think Jien there was much danger. I ran over to the Washington place stairway. The door was unlocked and 1 pun eel it open, but there was such a rush of flames up t..e and I shut it again. Then I ran over to the stairs to .the. Greene street side and went up to the .tenth. Moor ai.d from there to the roof. 'A great many girls followed me through the smoke, but how many I don't know." "Didn't you' try to help the asked the flre marshal.. "Well, the girls were, hanging on replied'Greenspan, "and the smoke waa coming so thick that they could not see each other. When I reached roof I fainted." Girls Lost Their Way. The pile of bodies foui.d on the ninth floor. In the Jight of Greenspan's testi- mony, would indicate that Lhe girls j.a- foliowed him, but that in the smoke many had become confused.and had run Into the partition of 'a dressing; room near the door and died there. Battalion Chief Worth, another witness, gave it as his opinion that had any at- tempt been made to use the building's flre apparatus many lives would have been saved. Chief Worth testified that j there was-.no apparatus in the depart-; ment which could have been used to save lives. "Had the people jumped one at a; he said, "they might have been' saved, because the fire net would have held them, but they came down in bunches, four or five- at a time, and the net waa destroyed, the spring breaking and the frame breaking. The men tried j CONTINUED ON BLBVENTH PAGE, INDEX TO TODAY'S ISSUE. Peace Talk. Cost Him Win. Women Faint at Fire Stories. Assassins' Fee 1200. Murphy Talks of Albany Plot. Chinese Attack City in Amur. Was Kind to "Pet." Boy Calls Father Cruel. Merger of Trade Bodies Urged. College Beady. Aid for the Horse Show. Women In New Union. for House Jobs. Cannon Can Have Leadership. President to Block Attack. Plan Favored. Graduation Cost Cut. Women Talk in Churches Here. Comment. Events. Objects to F Street Strolls. CITY OPTION BILL LOST. Ohio House Votes Dorm Dean-Fulton Measure by 60 to 56. Columbus, Ohio, March witnessed today the failure of another ef- fort to amend the Rose county option law BO as to allow cities to vote separately on saloons. The house by a vote of SO to 56 'defeated the Fulton bill, providing for the ex- emption of cities of or more. The vote was practically the same as that of February 21 on the Dean bill, ex- empting both village's and? cities. LA FOLLETTE IN 1912 Head of Progressive League Doubts Taft Will Run. BARE CHANCE FOR COLONEL Country Is Sick, Says Senator Bourne, and "the Man With the Right Pills" Will Win. the Wilson Likely to Be Democratic Pro- gressives Will Control. Special to The Washington Post1. New York, March special from Boston to the New York Press says: The next presidential race will be be- tween Gov. Wbodrow Wilson (Democwit) of New Jersey and United States Bena.tor Robert H. Follette of Wisconsin, so, Jonathan.. Boiir United president of-the National Progressive Be- publican League, in an interview at the City Club tonight. He admitted that Col Roosevelt Is on trial, and that should he come forward with an adequate platform he might capture the Republican nomi- patlon. "The country is sick, very he said, "and the man that comes forward with the right pills for the patient will unquestionably get the following of the people." Will Not Cause Split "Why should not Taft be the replied the statesman from Oregon, "President Taft, in none of his public utterances or actions, has shown favor for the fundamentals of popular government. The only thing that could be possibly construed that way was in his letter of acceptance, when he said he favored the election of senators by direct vote." "Is there any possibility that the Na- tional Progressive Republican League bring about a split in the Republican "In my judgment the advocates of pop- ular government will ge.t control of both Democratic and Republican parties. If there is a new and third party Jt will be made up of the reactionary element of both the -old- parties. -But- the progres- sives of both parties will get the control." COUNT ACCUSED OF SWINDLE. Claude de Choiseul, Brother-in-Law of Mrs. Paine, in. Court. Paris, March Claude de. Choiseul, brother of the Duke de Choiaeul- Praslin, who married Mrs. Charles Ham- ilton-Payne, of Boston; M. van der Perre, an art expert, and a man named Pttster, who acted as a go-between in the sale of pearls by a dealer named.Walter to the count, appeared in the correctional court today on a charge of swindling Walter. According to the story, Pfister proposed to Walter that he sell the Count Claude -de Choiseul. a pearl necklace, for which the'latter was unable to pay cash, but would give paintings by old masters as security. Walter agreed, and sold the necklace for payable on April 15, 1910.1............... Walter alleges he found that the pic- tures did not belong to the De Choiseul galleries, but had been sold to the count by Van der Perre. He says the can- vases were worth only Walter claims that the count sold the necklace for As he was not paid at the time specified he lodged a' complaint against the three men. The evidence today consisted of expert opinion as to the value of the pictures which the count gave for the pearls. Eight of these pictures were produced. The experts refused to commit them- selves, but agreed that the pictures were of considerable value. They include the original Countess of Bristol, by peter Lely: KILLED FOR BEEFSTEAK. Chinese Reported at Gates of Capital of Province. DEFENDED BY Antl-Manchn Agitation Is Spreading in China. Natives Resent Action of .Peking Gov- ernment in Submitting to Demands of to the Delivered to Foreign Expresses Hope That China. Will Keep Treaty Obligations. St. Petersburg, March was re- ported tonight that the Chinese had sur- rounded and were attacking Blagoviesht- chenak, capital of the Amur province, on the Amur River, in Asiatic Russia. The rumor is without official' confirma- tion. Blaffovieshtehanek Is situated close to Manchuria, It is cholera Infected, and some trouble has arisen recently between the Russians and Chinese over the epi- demic and quarantine measures. This town' was unsuccessfully attacked by the Chinese In 1900 during the Boxer trouble. Resented by the People. Shanghai, March action of China in submitting to the Russian de- mands Is being resented by the populace. In the central and southern provinces the anti-Manchu agitators are active, despite the censorship and official repression. Peking, March Russian reply, delivered this afternoon. recognizes China's note of Monday as a complete acceptance of the principles on which Russia's demands of February 16 were based. It declares the Chinese attitude is now .In conformity with the treaty stipula- tions, and expresses the hope that China in the future' will strictly observe Ita treaty obligations In order to strengthen the friendly relations of the two coun- tries. ALBANIAN RISING SERIOUS. gjgcjffage 'Other to Join Revolt. Special to Constantinople, March uprising In Albania is serious. The initial suc- cesses of the rebels have encouraged tha other tribes, and as a result the revolt Is One of the most serious fac- tors in the situation is the cooperation of the Moslems and Catholics in Albania. Heretofore they have been enemies. It Is reported here that the Albanian town of Scutari has Joined the revolt It is evident that the government is alarm- ed by the situation and is using every energy to dispatch troops. Shefket Pa- sha has been placed in command. Owing to suspicions here that the Mon- tenegrans have been aiding the rebels, the Turkish minister at Cetinje has instructed to ask Montenegro to observe the laws of neutrality. There is every prospect of a severe and arduous cam- paign. CAR WRECKS AVIATOR'S AUTO. Hamilton's Party Taken Unhurt From Machine on Top of Gateman's Shanty. Special to Tho Washington Poet. New Britain, Conn., March luck that has carried Charles K. Hamil- ton, the daring aviator, through many dangerous situations clung to him this afternoon when his high-powered road- ster, purchased this upon his re- turn from Mexico, was wrecked by an electric train near this city. Hamilton, accompanied by his mother, Mrs. J. B. Beaudette, and his wife, was returning from Hartford to his home in New Britain. As he approached a ing a fast electric train swung around a sharp curve. Hamilton turned his car sharply and proceeded parallel with the tracks a short distance, when hla car be- came wedged between a gateman's shanty, and the train, upsetting the building. The train tore off the two wheels of the auto- mobile and left it a complete wreck on top of the shanty. Hamilton was unhurt and the women were suffering from nothing more than nervous shock when were removed from the car. NEW COURSE FOR NAVAL MEN. Summer Conference at Newport, How- ever, Will Be Continued. Newport, R. I., March ments have been completed for a new course of Instruction for officers at tho Naval War College to open about June 1 and continue throughout the year. This, however, will not take the place of the annual sumnier conferences, which will be continued until early Jn July. The naval general board, of which Admiral Dewey is president, will move from Washington to the Naval War Col- lege. SHE RUFFLES SUFFRAGISTS. Argument About Meat Ends With Knife in Man's Heart. Cincinnati, March argument M j to thje quality of a .beefsteak tonight j suited in the killing of Joseph Arbur .1 paperhanger. Adam Beckman; K butcher, was irig a steak to Arburr. The latter con- tended that the steak was fat. The men finally came to, blows, and during the scuffle Beckmart setzad a butcher knife and plunged it through Arbury's heart, killing him instantly. j Beckman was arrested. Miss Couzins' Denunciation of Cause At Springfield.Not Relished. Springfield, 111., March eyes and Indignant tosses of the head from time to time evidenced displeasure of Mrs. Catherine Waugh McCullough, Miss Harriet Grim, arrd other suffragette leaders as they listened to, the address Of Miss Phoebe Cauzlns, of Washington, p. C., in the hall of representatives to-' day. Mfss Couzins denounced equal rigrhts and votes for women. She declared that the entrance women into politics has net been productive of good results. Mattnre, "Tfce Today, 2 :15, Columbia Thefctw. -Sc to f 1. SiEWSPAPERl ;