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   Washington Post, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1911, Washington, District Of Columbia                               MR. You will find The Pott's "Miscella- neous For Sale" column an effective and economical means of reaching proipectlve today and probably tomorrow; moderate temperature; light west to northwest winds. Temperature 87; minimum, 72. NO. WASHINGTON: THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1911.-FOURTEEN PAGES. TWO CENTS. FOREST FIRES KILL Hundreds of Persons Perjsh in Canada and Michigan DOZEN TOWNS WIPED OUT Miners at South Porcupine Succumb and Bodies Strew Streets. Millions of Dollars. Damage Already Done, With Forests Still Small Army of People Homeless. Women and Children Saved at Os coda and An Sweep. In Waves on Doomed Villages. Toronto, Ontario, July loss of lite in Porcupine district from yesterday's Ilres is known to be several hundred, and the property loss will reach several mil- lions of dollars. Only 3 of the 84 em- ployes of the West Dome mine have been accounted for, and 200 miners, muckers, and others in the Dome mine have been suffocated. The mines burned include the Uome, North Dome, Preston, East Dome, "V'ipond, Foley O'Brien, Philadelphia, Tnlted Porcupine, Eldorado. Porcupine, Standard Imperial, West Dome, and Suc- cess. Among the dead are Robert AJTelss, manager of the West Dome, and his wife and child. The Philadelphia mine's loss is about United Porcupine mine's loss, Eldorado Porcupine, ail buildings destroyed; Standaid, about 000; Imperial, about Success, proo- ftbly destroyed, West mines, about AU reports give but a vague idea of tho loss of life, as well as property in Porcu- JTne camp, which probably will total (mil- lions of dollars and hundreds of lives. Disaster in Four Hours. In four short hours, beginning at p. m. yesterday, the flre swept from the Standard mines through the shores Porcupine Lake, where it ate up the towns of South Porcupine, Pottsvllle, end part of Golden City, as well as many dinall buildings along' the lake front. 'XV hlla some losw of life occurred In the vicinity of Porcupine Lake, the greatest havoc was wrought around the main mines, notably West Dome and Big 1'ome. There the entrapped miners, cut yon from escape, were forced to take to 'the shafts for safety, and penned in by flames, perished. This wag notably true let Dome and West Dome mines. At J'reston lOaat Dome an untlmbered Bliaft gave shelter and none perished. Dead Strew the Streets. The streets of South Porcupine are etrewn with dead persons, horses, dogs, and cattle. Along the mine roads are the L-harred bodies of those overcome itiving to escape. Two special trains have been sent to ,tiring here persons who are fac- starvation or death by flre in the "1'isdale district. Communication with Btrlcken districts is exceedingly difficult, he flames swept down on South Por- >ine and Pittsville almost without The alarm came Just In time for the people to rush for the lake, but they were forced to abandon all of their Inelongings. Gasoline boats, rowboats, even hastily improvised rafts were to get the refugees, many of whom were women and children, across the lake to Golden City. There, all, with O'her survivors of the fires In the north, at present fighting back the flre, scorched the outskirts of that ylace. There are only a few days' pro- left in Golden City. Tho laborers employed on the Ontario KOverrrment's new railroad line from  et identified. The bodies of the otti- are charred beyond lecognition. Doz- ns are reported missing. Late reports f10111 other counties in the fiie zone are thAt Michigan is facing the worst forest liie situation the State has known. Vorthwest winds are blow ins down over the burned and burning districts, spiead- Ing flre in almost every direction. There is no rain in sight, and the weather men sav that a hot spell is all the State can expect for several days. Without ram there Is certain to be. a much larger loss of property than at present, and the flKinea reported so- far will undoubtedly reach Gov. Osborn stands ready to Older out every man of the Michigan .National Guard If the situation warrants the move. Another Town on Fire. The village of Waters. 107 miles north 01 Bay City, on the Michigan Central, causht fli-e tonight, together with the Stfphenson Lumber Company mills and lumber yards, valued at about The village has about.200 permanent resi- dents and a large floating population of Jacks." The fire has warped the rails so as to effectually hold up traffic on the Michigan Central, and lias binned down the wires so that communication of Waters is cut off. It Is believed loes. of life will result from the outbreak of the flames in Waters, as there are many lumbermen in the woods. Reports come from camps jieai by that the men- fled for their lives, and little is known tonight of what be- came of n.any of them. Many Other Forests Ablaze. Rain li needed to smother the' smoulder- Ing fires through Otaeso, ('hebovgan and esque Isle counties. The rain, how- ever. Is not probable, and State Fiie War- 4eB Gates ha> summoned every available to check the progress of the flames. His leports tonight indicate that forest flies are burning in every county north of the counties bounded on the west by Jlason and on uhf east by Arenac. In the n section of the Plate, Antrim and tounties report threatening fires, vand ti espass agent and land looker employed by the State has bee-i pressed into seivice to fight menacing lues. Au Saljle and Oscocia, both of which are in ashe.s, toniprht pieseiit a desolate pic- ture. Those not slrclterecl by tents have gathererl at the depot, and every train takes many and theie a few bricks and melted iron are all that re- main of the buildings. Two hundred and eighty fiie victims fiom these two points reached Port Huron this morning on board a lumber barge. Plunges Back Into Flames. Both bow and stern were on fire when she cut loose. Most of those who were on the barge were women and children, the husbands and fathers being left be- hind to fight the flames. Just as the barge cast off Jrom the Oscoda dock, Stephen Duval, an Oscoda man, came rushing toward the dock, carrying his 88-year-old father-in-law" on his back. People on the boat threw wa- ter at him to help him get through the flames. The effort was useless, however, and he was forced to plunge back into the blaze. From a position 25 miles offshore in Lake Huron the crew and passengers of the steamer St. Ignace witnessed the de- struction of the villages of Oscoda and Au Sable. Food distributions were started _this morning, with supplies of meat and bread and butter received from Bay City. All the survivors unite, in declaring that the loss of life must necessarily be great. Families have been separated and chil- dren lost. Many Other Towns Suffer. La Roque and Posen are also reported to have sustained severe losses. Six towns between Alpena and Che- boygan that were yesterday thought to be threatened with destruction suffered serious property losses when the forest fires invaded their precincts. At Metz, the scene of a great fatality of the forest fires of 1908, a great pile of bark was destroyed, after burning for twelve hours and seriously threatening the village. At Millersburg the Gardner Peterman mill and 31 houses were destroyed. At Onaway the section of the village known as Frenchtown was razed. At Tower the Detroit and Mackinaw freight house, 20 houses, and 30 freight' cars were burned. Representative Loud a Loser. i The heaviest loser at Oscoda is H. H. Loud's Sons Company, of which Repre- sentative George A. Loud, of the Tenth Michigan district, is the head. The com- pany's loss Is nearly Its prop- erty consisted of two sawmills, planing jnill. shingle mill, bolt lumber yard, cedar yard, pump houses, and residences. The total losses are prob- ably in excess of COURT FINES MARY GARDEN. j Duke de Talleyrand Acquitted in Auto- mobile Accident at Paris. iSpeciD! Cable to The Washington Post. Paris, July suits of the bicyclist i Robin, who claimed damages from Mary Garden, the singer, and the Duke de Tal- leyrand, husband of Anna Gould, for i injuries received in an accident on June 19, came up for trial 'today. The bicyclist claimed that" while dodg- ing a milk cart he was run down by Miss Garden's automobile., which was driven by her chauffeur, Jack Cuntis. On the rebound he was knocked down by the Duke of Talleyrand's car. The Duke de Talleyrand was acquitted. Curtis, Miss Garden's chauffeur, was fined and the singer was condemned to pay Robin wanted GOSSIP CAUSES HER DEATH. SUIT BRYAN FOR PRESIDENT Available Democratic Candidates Listed in the Commoner. Western and Southern Men Predominate. No One From Ohio Is Mentioned. Tickets Are Suggested. Special lo The Waehington Post. Lincoln, Nebr., July de- claring that he Is not prepared to decide for himself the question of relative avail- ability of Democrats for the presidential nomination, Mr. Bryan, in a Commoner editorial, lists those whom he deems fitted for the honor. The name of Harmon is conspicuously absent. No one. he says, questions the availability of Folk, Wil- son, or Clark, and he adds these as men Democracy might well honor: Gov. Plaisted of Maine; Senator Kern, of Indiana; Senator Newlands, vada; Senator Chamberlain, of Oregon; Senator Owen, of Oklahoma; foi-mer Gov. Thomas of Colorado; former Senator Pat- terson, of Colorado; former Gov. Adams of Colorado; George Fred Williams, of Massachusetts; former Gov. Higglns of Rhode Island, former Gov. Glenn of North Carolina, former Gov. Tyler of Virginia, former' Gov. McMillin of Ten- nessee, former Senator Turner, of Wash- ington; Senator Gore, of Oklahoma- former Gov. Campbell of Texas, Repre- sentative Randell, of Texas, former Gov. Comer of Alabama, former Gov. McCreary of Kentucky, former Beckham of Kentucky; Henry Watterson, of Ken- tucky Representative Rainey, of Illinois; Major Gaynor, of New York; Mayor Kar- rison, of Chicago, and former Mayor Dunne, of Chicago. These tickets are suggested: Gov. Smith of Georgia and Gov. Burke of North Da- kota; Marshall, of Indiana, and Dix, of New York, or Dix and Marshall; Senator Culberson, of Texas, and O'Gorman, of New York-; Shaforth, of Colorado, and Foss. of Massachusetts, James, of Ken- tucky, and Osborne, of Wyoming; James and Brandeis, of Massachusetts; Judge Claik, of North Carolina, and Senator Pomerene, of Ohio. APPROVE TREATY CHANGES. Colonies Back Great Britain in Her Jap- anese Negotiations. London, July Times intimates that the question of the revision of the Anglo-Japanese alliance in order to bring it into harmony with the proposed Anglo- American arbitration treaty was fully discussed at the imperial conference. Therefore any new arrangement with Japan will be made with new authority and new moral force -arising through the previous assent of all the self-governing dominiops. Hence the Times considers that one of the most Important results of the imperial conference has still to be announced. 20 KILLED IN TRAIN WRECK. Bridge Burned After a Collision, and Cars Fall Into Ditch. Ueerwood, Minn.. July 12 A Soo ore train and freight tram collided on a tres- tle leading to the Soo ore docks in Supe- rior, Wis., this evening. Twenty men are reported killed. The bi iclge burned, and the ears fell into a ditch. 91.OO Frrilrrirk find Return IB. moic f. ft R Special tiain T nion S JO n it. See Uie ilarjland -National Guard in tamp. Talking to Neighbor, Woman Falls From Window Forty Feet to Basement. New York. July Mollie Boris, 21 years old, while preparing to hang clothes at 576 One Hundred and Thirty-, eighth street, today gossiped with a neighbor on the floor above. While looking upward she stepped from a second floor window extension, falling 40 feet to a basement, and dying In- stantly. ICE RIOT IN NEW YORK Kahn Wou" Girls 2 OJ m x BAR TO? Law WQ HUNTERS i Small Moiety of Titles. Representative From California, in Bit- ter Speech Against "Penurious" Seek- ers of Wealthy American fends "Dollar and Quotes From State Department Records on Inadequacy of Salaries Paid. Poor People Attack Buildings of Principal Company. SCORES MOKE ABE DEAD Thirty-two Persons Expire at Philadelr phia, Twenty-two at New York, and Twenty-three in New England Cities. Police Bar Sufferers From Pittsburg Parks at Night. New York, July were 22 deaths and 77 prostrations from the heat in Greater New' York today. Five in- sanity cases, due to the hot weaiher, and two suicides -were also reported. Ice riots broke out on the East Side today among the poor. Prices have riaen from 200 to 300 per cent in the course of the hot spell, and the Increased demand has been so heavy that the Knickerbock- er Ice Company refuses to sell to any but its own retail dealers. The inde- pendent dealers sell, but only at advanced rates. One hundred men and women stormed the office of the Foster Scott Company this afternoon, yelling, "Ice! Give us Many had sick children dying for lack of ice. "Smash the yelled the crowd. Buckets of water from the windows greeted the leaders, but the crowd growing angrier, the manager de- cided to quiet it by distributing tickets, which could be exchanged for Ice at the company's pier. Gaynor Orders Investigation.' Mayor Gaynor today tool: n .and later by ordering Police Commist. .icr Waldo to investigate complaints that the Knick- erbocker company is refusing to sell ice to the so-called independent wagons. The mayor directed that policemen as- certain whether the company 1s restrict- ing the amount of Ice It brings to the city daily In order to enhance prices, and the number of independent wagons which it is refusing to supply and adds, "This information we can lay before tho district attorney." Philadelphia, July i r t y-t w o dceaths from heat exhaustion were re- ported to the coroner today. Many of the victims were persons who had been prostrated during the past ten days. The humidity was extraordinarily high. Barred From Pittsburg 'Parks. PittsbUrg, Pa., July the face of the Ice famine and the most terrible heat wave In 30 years, the poor of the city are forbidden the use df parks for sleeping purposes. The police have made nightly raids in the smaller breathing spots throughout the city, refusing to digress from the old standing rule unless it is officially altered. Rioting has been imminent on a num- ber of occasions, but scores have been bundled into patrol wagons and laken to station houses. One magistrate brought down upon himself bitter pub- lic criticism by fining a number "of men for seeking relief one of the parks. Ice peddlers continue to fleece the poor to the point where it is impossible to buy ice, the supply which becomes more scant every 24 xhours. As high as ?25 a ton has been offered the big ice com- panies here for quantities of from to 25 tons, but it cannot be supplied. Rains have brought some relief, and Pittsburg today experienced cooling weather for the first time since July 1, when the heat wave began. Boston, July deaths in Bos- ton and 21 in other parts of Massachu- setts and in Rhode Island were reported up to this noon. All weather signs to- day indicated that within 24 hours there would be a decided drop'in temperature. Berlin, July fierce heat wave is prevailing here. The thermometers to- day indicated 80 degrees in the shade. The price of ice has been raised, and the streets are deserted. DR. R. E. GALLINGER KILLED, Son of United States Senator Victim of Automobile Accident. Pembroke, N. H.. July Ralph E. Galllnger, of Concord, son of United States Senator Jacob H. Qalllnger, was killed in an automobile accident just be- fore midnight tonight. Dr. Galllnger and. A. _E. Davles, a Con- cord insurance superintendent, had been out for an evening spin in the former's car. When about halfway between this tow n and Concord on the return trip, the machine struck a sandy stretch of road- way and turned turtle. Dr. Gallinger was pinned beneath the i car and instantly killed. Davies was se- verely injured. Dr Gallinger was 40 years old and a, practicing phj'Slcian at Concord. Senator Galllnger was informed shortly after midnight of the death of his son, Dr Hnlph E. Galllngei. in an automobile in Pembroke. N. H Ho at once uriangccl to leave for New Hampshire. A heavy tax on the dowries of Ameri- can brides in international marriages, "FO that the penurious but titled fortune hunters might secure but a small moiety of the price the bride pays tjjm for a name which he himself dishonors by -thus putting it up at auction to the highest, bidder" was suggested by Representative Kahn, of California, in the House yes- terday as a means to stop alliances be- tween American heiresses and "broken down foreign noblemen." Mr. Kahn came warmly to the .defense of "dollar however, and his speech was in answer to an attack by Representative Henry, of Texas, a week ago. Declaring that at no time In the his- tory of the republic "have the American Ambassadors or Minister's to foreign courts been less obsequious, dressed in simpler clothes, and resorted to and chicane" than now, Mr. Kahn paid tribute to the late John Hay, Elihu Root, and to Philander C. Knox., He dwelt upon "the brilliant and successful efforts" of Sec- retary Knox to extend American trade and "his pioneer work In making Ameri- can diplomacy an intense and world- wide vigilant promotion of the interests of the American people." As to the criticisms of John Hays IJammond, special ambassador to the coronation of King George, Mr. Kahn said he believed Mr. Henry, after calmer consideration, would admit himself that they were "unjustified and entirely gra- tuitous." Meant "Vulgar" Display. Representative Henry replied to Mr. Kahn. Re said it was the ''vulgar ex- travagance" 'In diplomatic affairs, and not the "polite formality'' of which he complained. He declared that Ambas- sador Reid's "viceregal estate in Lon- don was not typical of the American gov- ernment." "I would added, "that this country never would send another rep- resentative to Berlin than that this coun- try should take orders from the Ger- man government as to what Is to be the sine qua non of a diplomat there." Mr. Henry said that In his opinion the. reason why Dr. David J. Hill was to leave Berlin was so that John Hays Hammond might come home and get his credentials and go to Berlin. Mr. Henry referred sarcastically to re- ports that John Hays Hammond had- "nudged the and had asked the king if he was not pleased that the coro- nation ceremonies had gone off so well. "If we send him abroad to another said Mr. Henry, "I suppose he would nudge the queen." "Do you know why Dr.; Hill Is to leave asked 'Mr. Henry. "It's to make way for John Hays Hammond, because Dr. Hill is a poor man and cannot live in great .splendor." Reads Century-Old Records. Representative Kahn read to the House some remarkable documents, obtained as the result of his researches In the flies of the State Department. Among these were a number of communications received at the State Department 100 and more years ago. "Silas declared Representative Kahn, "wrote home from France to the Continental Congress requesting that some products of the colonies be for- warded to him to be given to Queen Marie Antoinette to secure her royal in- fluence, is his letter: 'December 3, 1776. 'The queen is fond of parade, and, I believe, wishes for war, and is our friend. She loves riding on horseback. Could you send me a fine Narragansett horse or two? The money would be well laid out.' Rlttenhouse's aviary or Arnold's collection of insects, a phaeton of Amer- ican make and a pair bay horses, a few barrels of apples, walnuts, cranber- ries, butternuts, would be great curi- osities.' Salaries Always Inadequate. "From the very Mr. Kahn, "the pay to our representatives abroad has been entirely inadequate, anci at ev- ery period of our country's history the men who have represented us on diplo- matic missions have been compelled to use their private means in order to main- tain the dignity of their positions and to uphold the honor of their country. Thus Thomas Jeffenson, when Minister to France, wrote to the Continental Con- gress and to his own personal friends that it was impossible for him to live on his" salary. He suggested a more liberal appropriation. to John Jay, the secretary of foreign affairs, he said: "It is the usage I suppose at all a Minister shall establish his house in the first instance. If this is done out of his salary he will be a twelfth-month absent without a copper to live on. My furniture, cariiage. and apparel are all plain, yet they have cost me more than a year's salary." "John Adams complained to the Con- gress of the Confederation in 17S5 that his salary at Paris and The Hague was in- sufficient to enable him to make a decent CONTINUED ON THIRD PAGE. Maenrn Falls Excursion, July -1, flaltlraore and Ohio Route. Special train es Union Station a m Cheap side trlph from Niagara Falls and liberal stopovers returning. Other ex- cursions Aug. 4 and 25, Sept. 8 and 2i Oct. 6. SHE SILENCES TOWN CHIMES. Selectmen of Stockbridge, Mass., Yield s to Miss Emily Special to The. Washington Post. Stockbridge, Mass., July Emily Tuckerman, of Washington, who has a villa here, seems to have won her contest with the town of "Stockbridge over the sounding of the Field chimes, and the bells are silent for the first time 1S78. Miss Tuckerman's villa is near the beautiful tower, wherein are tfie chimes given under of the late David- Dudley Field as a memorial to the tpwn. By his will, Mr. Field left to town, one-half of the income of which should be used for sounding the cHimes- eaeh--day. For years the bells- have been played for half an hour just sunset. Last year Miss Tuckerman remonstrated with the selectmen against the ringing of the chimes at that hour, alleging that they disturbed her hour of meditation. The selectmen refused to stop sounding the and she spent most of the season in Europe. She arrived in StockbrHge early this summer, and the chimes have not been sounded at all. Relatives of David say that unless the chimes are sounded daily the legacy will be forfeited. HUGE FRAUDS ALLEGED E Lewis, St. Louis Publish- er, Indicted on 12 Counts. SEVEN MILLIONS INVOLVED Fostoffice Inspectors Charge That Mil- lions Were Wrongfully Obtained. Lewis flakes Denials, and Declares He Is- the Victim of Before Congressional Committee. St. Louis, July G. Lewis, until Recently publisher of a number of maga- zines' and promoter of enterprises, was indicted by a special grand jury in the United States district court ,today on charges of fraudulent use of the mails. It is charged in tHe Indictment fhat by the debenture plans, Lewis endeavored Uo recover in exchange for long time deben- ture papers securities of his different companies and obligations, most of which were due at dates, amounting to The bond wae fixed at The indictment containing twelve counts covers four propositions laid be- fore the public by m which he is alleged to have obtained sevel-al milioji dollars misleading statements circu- lated through the mails. It is charged that Lewis, through mis- representations with intent to defrtkud, sold unsecured- notes on the Woman's Magazine building, and 'the Woman's National Daily building ,in University City, of which Lewis is mayor; unsecured notes of the University Heights Reality and Development Company, a debenture and that he misrep- resented the condition of the Lewis Pub- lishing Company in selling stock in the concern. After giving bond, Lewis -Alleges a Conspiracy. 'l' "The investigation of my claim by Con- gress begins today in and these. Federal officials here are tKylng to head off the investigation by returning in- dictments. ,They did it once before." Declaring1 it.was desire -that hts op- eration's should be Brought to light In his trial, he announced considering an effort to get his trial set for the week of October 23, concurrently with the an- nual convention Americah Wom- en's League, of which he was the founder. Wants All to'Hear. "I want everybody to hear Lewis saiJ, "and I believe if properly ad- vertised my trial would draw more women." Lewis gave newspaper reporters at the marshal's office a long- typewritten state- giving hie version of what he term- ed "the unremitting warfare of destruc- tion kept up incessantly by certain postal officials against the so-called Lewis en- terprises." He said that 120f different pamphlets and circulars -had' been printed at public expense and sent broadcast to those interested in his institutions char- acterizing them 'as frauds. Postoffice Inspectors, he said, have "threatened, misled, Intimidated, and urged" >those persons to make some, sort of a complaint against him. Ine result, he said, was that his credit had been de- stroyed and his business ruined, with losses etfceeOJng Attacks Postmaster General. Lewis enumerated, the various charges in his statement, and replied to them as follows: sale of unsecured Lewis Publishing Company stocks. No pre- tense was made that they were secured. sale of" an overissue of real estate notes. Each note was certified by a title company, and this charge is knowingly _ false. sale of debentures, the funds from which were used for the pur- pose for which they were sold. the publishing .company stock was worthless. The postal officials made it worthless, if that is so." Congress Hears the Charges. Hearing of .charges' of persecution brought by the Lewis Publishing Com- pany, of St. Louis, Mo., against the "Postofflce was begun yes- terday morning by the House committee on expenditures Jn the Postofflce Depart- ment. Edwin C. Madden, former Third Assistant Postmaster appeared as attorney for the Lewis concern, andf there were several clashes between him and Representative Austin, of Tennessee, a Republican member of the committee. Mr. Madden requested permission to preface the presentation of -the Lewis case with a statement of- how the Lewis publications, during the administration of Postmaster General Cortelyou, had been wrongfully denied the second-class privilege, and how the Le-wis people had been driven out of business by the per- secution of the Postofflce Department. object to your proceeding: said Mr. Austin. 'The criticisms were Mr. Madden tartly replied, commit- tee Mr. Austin's objection, and him to proceed. INDEX TO TODAY'S ISSUE. Sylvester Wants Law to Pun- ish Those.Who Fail. WOULD SEND THEM TO JAIL Police Chief Says Many Are "Fake" Attempts to Gain Sympathy. __________ New Statute Intended to Deter Persons by Spjrit of Bravado to "Aet" Effort at Self-Destruction. So-Called Epidemics Follow Sensa-. tional Cases Where No Penalty May. Be Inflicted After Recovery. Maj. Richard Sylvester, superintended of the police of this city, has recom- mended the enactment of a law which will provide fine and imprisonment for any person who'' seeks self-destruction and to accomplish his end. If ihe recommendation is adopted, every persoa who attempts suicide, regardless of thj reason for his act, will be haled Into court to face the charge of attempted suicide. Should the would-be suicide he adjudged insane, he will be sent to trie government hospital. Otherwise he will be committed to the District workhouse until the suicide desire has been effect- ively worked out of his system. t "Many of the present suicide Maj. Sylvester said last night, "are prompted by a spirit of bravado or a de- sire for sympathy. There, are other in- stances where the supposed 'victim' really does not intend to end his life, but de- sires to create a sensation. These cases. I think, will be minimized if the indi- vidual knows that he must either end his life or go "to Jail. There is nothing ro- mantic or poetic in doing 30 days at hard labor after drinking poison and leaving a note reading: 'I am not understood. Good-by all.' In adopting? such a law, Maj. Sylves- ter does not feel that he is assuming an unnecessarily harsh attitude. His -sole desire Ss to deter many of those who, he believes, would be restrained by the law when nothing else would avail. 'Admit- ting that some of those who kill them- selves are temporarily insane, M_aj. Syl- vester asserts that there is still a ma-. ,jorfty of _ theme-who Understand the law well -to what -will happen if they and this, he thinks, will tend to unnerve them. Beguiling Public Sympathy. Support of this measure by officers of the department comes from the great number of attempts at suicide, sometimes numbering two and three a day, which have recorded In Washington dur- ing the months of June and July. Soma of these, cases, it is pointed out, were palpa'tty 'attempts to beguile the public and win sympathy. Chief among these instances, according to Maj. Sylvester, is the case of a girl who jumped into 4 feet of4 water from the Pennsylvania ave- nue bridge across the Anacostia River, and -that "of a woman who drank a small Quantity of poison while in her home, and, laying the bottle asiae, shrieked until assistance came. These cases and others like them are prompted, in the belief of the police, by a desire for sensationalism, and until they are recognized as ordinary misdemeanors, it is said, there will be many others. new law as Recommended by Maj. Sylvester was drawn up at the advice of R. A. Sanders, chief pharmacist of the District, who believes it is the only way of checking' the many "attempts" of more or less serious nature, at self-destruction, Mr. Sanders directed attention to his re- port for 1910, in which 23 fatal cases and 24 nonfatal cases of poisoning were re- ported to the police. It is estimated that about 50 persons died by their own hand during the fiscal year of 1998-10. The attempts of various kinds, some of which were never reported to the poace, ran into the hundreds. Many excuses were recorded on polipe blotters. Some attempts were because of financial -stress, a half dozen because of family and about twice that num- ber because of ''love affairs." One case, reported in Anacostia, was a 17-year-old girl who drank ammonia -because "she wanted to "get married." Continuing his discussion of the new Maj. Sylvester said: "Persons of this kind are a menace to the community, as well as to themselves. They make a hair-brained attempt-at suicide, based on whatever reason occurs to them first, and others, reading of the affair, corisider it an act of bravery and attempt it themselves. Send Insane to Asylum. "Of course, there are instances where the person who takes (his life is really in- sane. But if the person making the at- tempt is insane he is not fit to be at large. "This proposed law does more than to aim at the suicide. Its purpose is to save the commurfity from the taint of such acts by minimizing them. So-called epi- demics of suicide are, in reality, "the moral effect on others of successful at- tempts at self-destruction." What punishment will be fixed is to be decided by the corporation counsel. It is probable that the first cases will re- sult hi fines. Coroner Reserves Opinion. Coroner Nevitt said that he didn't know of any increase in the number of suicides, or attempted suicjdes 'in the District. "I am unacquainted with the conditions which Maj. Sylvester says prompted him to advocate this law. I of no larger number of alleged 'feigned' at- tempts at suicide now than formerly. Whether such a law is needed in Wash- ington I am unable to say. I think the New York 'law is good, but whether the same conditions exist here as there, I do not know." Die in Forest Fires. Huge Frauds Sylvester Would Curb Suicides. Ice Riot in New York. For Railway Safety Death List N umbels Fourteen. Mrs. Walcott's Body Heie. Wreck Laid to Hoodoo Car. Huge Mail Frauds Charged. F. Norment Resigns. Embezzler Lee Gets Five Years. Kentucky Declares for Taft. No Aero Trip for the President. Fisher Asks an Inquiry. Bailey's Amendments Rejected. Crowded at Ellis Island. Romance of the Alsop Claim. Westerner Wants a Wife. Camorra Secrets Told. Two Slayers at Bay. 1 Revolt Spreads in Haiti. Romance of -a Photo Shop. Events. E. J. Harvie Killed by Heat. Mrs. Hutchins Paid Brother's Debt. EGGS HATCHED IN 12 DAYS. Physician Uses Hen and Oven and Wins a Wager. Sfteciftl to The Washington Post. Landing, N. Y., July Bontecou made a wager here two weeks f-go that chickens could be hatched in twelve days, though foe union schedule for a sitting hen has been three weeks from time Immemorial. The wager was placed, and the twelfth day was yester- day. Taking four business and professional men. as judges to the nest where his hen was sitting on a dozen and a half of eggs, J3r. B_ontecou drove tne hen away, removed the eggs, and one by one crack- ed them open gently, placed them in cot- ton, and hurried them into a hot oven. In half an hour fifteen, of the Uttle chick- ens were peeping, and all of them are alive and Dr. Bontecou says his theory is only the application of the Caeserian course of procedure to of hatch- ing. WAE ON "HOUSEHOLD GBAFT.' Newport, K. I., Merchant -Gets Increase of Trade "by Refusing Commissions. Special to The Washington, Post. Newport, R. L, July P. Garrettson, of F. P... Garrettson Co., who a week ago began what he calls a war on "household said today that he had lost the trade of only three families by the stand he had taken, and has gained considerable trade. Mr. Garrettson .a.-week ago advertised a warning ,to all butlers and seryants-of the families ot sUWmeF residents "that he wouloV not only refuse to give commis- slons-jjjor, the trade- ot erajnbyers, but he would cause the arrest of any- one who asked for any commission. UNREST IN CUBA INCREASED Lottery Head, Accused of Big Fraud Jointly With Gomez, Resigns. Gen. Nordarse Likely to Fight Duel With Editor Coming of Stimson Deplored. I. C. C. Members Are Stirred by Bridgeport Wreck. WILL ASK CONGRESS TO ACT Railroad Governing; Board Cannot Enforce Recommendations. Commissioner McChord Has Ordered Report Made of Connecticut Tragedy, and on It Will Base Plea for Author- ity to Make Sailroads 'Take Precau- Sheppard Favors Plan to Safeguard Traveling Public. WOULD PREVENT WRECKS. "The recent terrible dtuater at Bridgeport shown how abso- lutely Imperative It that the Interstate Commerce CoaimtB- slon be Klren greater power over railroads. The commission Nhould exercise the right fo compel common carriers to use the precautions and safety de- vices In vogrne In other conn, Morris Sheppard, of Texas. "The Interstate Commerce Commission Is doing what It can under the existing laws. New legislation In and needed at once, which will require rail- roads to adopt the precaution- ary measures which Investiga- tion-shown are needful. Am mat- ters stand, the commission In largely advisory, where It should be possessed of positive author- C. C. Mc- Chord. Lnray, Va., and Return Sunday. July 16, Baltimore Ohio. Spe- cial train, leaves Union Station a. m. Havana, July Orencio Nodurse, director- of the national lottery, has- re- signed on the ground of Ul health. Preai- Gomez accepted his resignation this afternoon. Gen. Nodarse recently was the object of bitter attacks by the new anti-admin- istration paper El Dia, charging him with frauds amounting month- ly, by the collection of illegal commis- sions on lottery tickets. This money, El Dla asserts, was divided among mem- bers of the administration, including President Gomez. The -resignation of Gen. Nodarse is generally believed to be a preliminary to a challenge to a. duel with Maj, Andre, editor of the paper, the president hav- ing specialy prohibited dueling by mem- bers of his official family. The evening paper, Cuba, which is op- posed to the administration, deplores the coming ,vlsit of Henry L. Stimson, the Secretary of and Col. Crowder, to Investigate alleged improv- ident concessions to foreigner corpora- tions, as humiliating to the Cuban repub- i lie. The paper points out. that the blame j rests with the president for authorizing concessions of such a character for the sake of personal profit, which, it alleges, aggregates a huge amount. Oh account of Gen. JJodarse being more closely allied with President Gomez, per- sonally and politically, than any other member of the administration, his. resig- nation is accorded great importance. It has served to arouse a recrudescence of the feeling of unrest, wiich recently ap- peared to be subsiding. La Discusion prints an intervie'w with the president, in which he declares the administration does not fear a revolu- tion, and is fully 'prepared to deal dras- tically if an emergency arises. It 'is rumored that Maj. Andre will be assassinated as the only means of saving the the exposures which his paper is making since the conserva- tjve party refused to accept and indorse his motion to Impeach Gomez., GIRL .AND. FIANCE KILLED. Sister of Intending Bride Injured When Auto Leaps Embankment. Ashevilet- N. C., July an early hour this morning while three miles from Hendersonville, N. C., an automo- bile containing several persons went over an embankment resulting in the instant death of Miss Lena- Bowman, Sumter, S. C., and Mr. Robert Bettis, Trenton, S. C. Miss Mabel Bowman, sister of Miss Lena, was seriously injured Miss Lena Bowman and Mr. Robert Bettis, who were killed, were to have been married within the next few days. Money to Lend 4, 5. and 6 Per Cent On real estate. F.T.Rawlings, 1425 N.T. av. The death of fourteen persons and the Injury of nearly threescore in the wreck 'of the Federal Express at Bridgeport, Conn., Tuesday morning has aroused ths interstate commerce commissioners und members of Congress to the need of a. law which will give the commission au- thority to force railroads to adopt'the commission's plans to safeguard the pub- lic. Although there is no law warranting it, Commissioner C. C. McChord, in charge of this branch of the work, .has sent three inspectors to Bridge- port with orders to report pn the wreck and its causes. This report will be for- warded to Congress, and, It is hoped, wilt form the basis of an amendment to the present "accident report which are considered the weakest point in the ex- isting laws. The officials of the New 3fork. New Haven, and Hartford Railway, the line on which the wreck "occurred, have sent no report of the accident to the Inter- state Commerce Commission. All railroad officials recently were asked bV the com- mission to report by telegraph to Wash- ington all accidents immediately after they occurred. The failure of the railroad to do this, and the report that the tracks at the point of the wreck are so arranged as to make it dangerous for an inexperienced engineer to run over them, led to an order by Commissioner McChord' that the in- vestigation be especially thorough. Delay in Starting Inquiry. Commissioner McChord's investigation is made possible by the recent consolida- tion of the service hours, safety appli- ances, and boiler inspection divisions of the Interstate Commerce Commission. Under this new Mc- Chord has at his disposal about ,80 men in different sections of the country who can be sent to a wreck. The manner in which Mr. MoChord or- dered an investigation of the wreck shows with what -the Interstate Com- merce Commission has to contend. At 11 o'clock Tuesday morning, several hours after the wreck occurred, he tele- phoned Chief Inspector Hiram Belnap In New York and ordered him to proceed at once to Bridgeport with such men as he could reach. The chief inspector and two assistants arrived in Bridgeport while -bodies still were being taken from the splintered cars. f "This said Mr. McChord last night, "shows conclusively' how neces- sary it IB that the Interstate Commerce Commission be given greater control in these matters. 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