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Vn7EATUEn FORECAST YiJ RAIN , - y "forecast for Western Pennsylvania: ., Rain tn. BTOG'PRB nn Tn HE PITTS ze2htiiguj Closing Stock Quotations J if n'sht and probably Wednesday. day atternoon. . ESTABLISHED 1884 Victims in Double Tragedy and Dead Mans Widow r 0"" V. .V5- n:1.' 'IM-WT - v w - v : viva , . 1 v " . . ' . - FEES TOO HIGH, SAYS MR. LILLEY lubraarine Scandal Probers Show Ex-Senator Butler Got Big Sum from Builders " I By liiltfd Prm. ' Jwashinarton. March 31. When the Special commutee oi in nouse invsu- yating- Jtepresentaiive juiney s cnargres corruption ui. vy ixie.ji.iec- rlc - Boat Co. convened today Ulley ihowed that- he had utilized the pro tracted recess In digging up additional data. - " - - . - He submitted an exhibit to show that f former Senator 'M.-C' Butler, of South ' Carolina, had received from .the . Elec- trie Boat Co. a total' payment of tf S12.368.66. Lilley's argument was : that such a sum would be an extravagant price for legral services and - showed that Butler was employed because the companv i tnougnt ne couia innuence legislation regarding submarines. - Ltlley demanded that expert accountants be put on the books of the Electric Boat Co., claiming that such a policy must be followed In order to get at the real facts. He then submitted a formal written ..demand that Rear Admiral Capps be recalled to the stand to testify on the cost of submarines. In this he said the committee had no put to Capps V the questions he suggested. - ' WORKMEN BURIED u UNDER THE RUINS , - - - s ' - ' ' iBy Tnlted Press. tjj Tork. March 31. At lpast threee orkingmen are buried in the ruins of the Walelrr of the old Madison Square Theater ttn Twenty-fourth street as the result of its collapse while being torn down today, f Firemen are working to extricate them. ' Teh old theater is being torn down to make way for a big office building "trhlch ii to occupy its site and that of the Fifth Avenue HoteL . Sues for Divorce Mr Eliza Nelson filed a libel in divorce In Common Pleas Court No. 1 this morning against her husband, Victor N. (NelSOn, .alleging uruei uoii.niua treatment. She says eh? was married on 'August 21 1S84, and tnat sne was com pelled to leave oir nui omu un novera- ber U 180T, ea a-ocount of hia abuse to- Colder Wednes ,.- - -' 1.---.' ''rL LINEMAN KILLED ON A TELEPHONE POLE While at work this morning on a pole of the Bell Telephone Co., at Buena Vista, about eight miles above McKeesport on the Youghiogheny river,- George Piper, a lineman, was electrocuted. Piper, in company with a gang of men, was doing some repair work and had gone to the top of the pole. - . The bystanders were horrifled to see Plpet reel, as If to fall, and remain motionless. In a few minutes 'some of Piper's companions ascended the ; pole and the body was brought down. Physicians were summoned but they could render no assistance.- , It is thought that Piper came in contact with a heavily charged wire. - - The body was taken to McKeesport. Piper-was a son of Alexander Piper, a well-known resident of McKeesport, New Car Line Is Opened. ' The first car on the Nunnery Hill street car line was . run this morning.- officials of the Pittsburg Railways Co. and prominent citizens of the Twelfth ward, Nortij Side, being- taken over the route In a special car. J. Dawson Callery, president of the railways company: S. U. Tone, vice vice president; Deputy Mayor diaries F. Kirschler and Deputy Director John Swan were members of the party. THE WEATHER. The local forecast is for rain Sunrise today. 6:05 am - Sunset today.. :43 pm Pittsburg Meridian Time) Comparative temperature and precipitation for March 31: 'OTf '061 '051 -041 '03 -Q21 'Oil '00 Max 401 40i 721 &! 5St 40 - S2 42 Minimum .. 23! 2f)j 411 44 4.ij 31 i SHi 28 Mean ...... S4j 341 jw; 51 . SO 36 4a! 33 Precip .0O .Sj .00! .501 .021 .15! T T Dally report furnished by the United States Weather Bureau: The observations for the 24 hours ending at 1 p. m. showed: Highest thermometer. W;-lowest, 42; range. lO: precipitation. .02. Time Tern -. Hum ' Wind - Weather 8 a. m 45 1 PB . "loudy 1 p. m MJ ST W Mtst TKMPERAT1TRES MtdnlKht 491 7 a. m 45 1 a. m. 4S H a. m 45 2 a. m 4Ti 9 a. tn 47 3 a. Tn . .... 43 li a.-m. ...... ...... 6t 4 a. m. 43 1 a. m. 63 6 a. m. ............. 42 12 noon 52 8 a. m 44! t p. m... Bp Washington. March St Official forecast: Western Pennsylvania Rsln tonleht an"l probably Wednesday: colder Wednesday afternoon. Ohio Occasional rain tonight and Wednesday: colder Wedn!Iay afternoon.- ' ' Wat Virginia Rain tonight and probably Wednesday. Tlie rivers will remain nearly staUoaary. . THE ONLY PITTSBURG NEWSPAPER WITH PITTSBURG. NEW FIGHT OVER STREET VACATION Ordinance Repealing South Seventh Street Measure May Be Presented Pittsburg councils may have another mount over the vacation of a section of South Seventh street. A ripple of excitement was created in city hall tills morning by the circulation of a report that . an ord'nartce will be Introduced in councils repealing the vacation ordinance. Mayor George W. Guthrie vetood the ordinance vacating, the street, but the measure was passed by both branches of council over the veto, few votes being recorded in either branch in favor cf the veto. The land embraced within the lines of the street passes into the possession of A. M. Byers & Co. The company maae a proposition to Mayor Guthrie to pay the city $5,000 for the land if he would sign the ordinance, but the mayor declared this was not enough. No further proposition was made to him by the company. Some of the councilmen. It Is said, have asserted that when they voted to pass the ordinance over the mayor's veto they understood that the company would pay $5.i.xK Into the city treasury, but now admit that they were laboring under a misapprehension. The opponents of the vacation of the street would like to see how many councilmen would vote for a repealing ordinance, knowing now that the city has nothing to expect from the company. Mayor Guthrie has said that the land within the street lines is worth at least f21,OtK, based on the assessment of property in the vicinity for taxation purposes, and he claims that the assessment is low. EX-PUGILIST IS FATALLY SHOT By United Press. New York. March 31. Jack Martin, well-known former pugilist and sporting man. with a saloon at No. 259 West Forty-second stret. Is dying at Roosevelt hospital with a bullet in his back. He says he shot himself. Detained in the police station is a Mrs. Norris. formerly Nanon McCormick, of Cleveland. who is alleged by the police to have shot Martin despite his own claim that he shot himself. .Policeman Schneider - found Martin lying on the floor of the saloon today and the Norris woman standing at the ena oi tne car witn a smoimig; revolver la her band. PA., ..TUESDAY EVENING, ;firlriiiii j - ' -: Cleveland Music Teacher -and Girl Slain by Third Party, Is Conviction of Coroner and Police RELATIONS PLATONIC, IT IS NOW ASSERTED Miss Ziechmann Said to Have Lived in Fear of Violence. Running to Escape When Struck By Bullet By United Press. Cleveland; 0., March 31. With police theories of murder and suicide practically exploded by the result of the autopsies on the. bodies of Miss Lena Ziechmann and Carl - Bernthaler, - the police todav are working on the theory that the school teacher and music teacher were, slain by a third party in the lonely woods -Sunday night. Dr. Clyde E. Ford found that Miss Ziechmann - had- been shot 1n v the .back and that Bernthaler had been killed by a bullet which entered his left collar bone and coursed down through bis heart. Neither one could have committer murder and suictde, according- to Dr. Ford. His view is now accepted : by the police and coroner's office. : An effort is being made today to discover inside facts in the lives of the victims of the Euclid Heights tragedy and their immediate families. A search was made on Monday an continued today for the weapon, evidently a 32-caliber revolver, but without success. It was though the finder of the bodle might have picked up the gun, until the autopsies showed murder. RELATIONS FLATONIC. ' . j Miss Ziechmann , lived in fear of her life.. So did her sister, Antoinette, who Is now Mrs. Garrard and lives at La Porte, Ind. Letters and other evidence show this. The autopsies show that the relations between Lena and her music teacher were purely platonic. Bernthaler had been in the habit of taking long walks in the country east of the city. Euclid Heights was a favorite spot, and he left his home at 3 p. ' m. Sunday and walked there. He was there Saturday afternoon, also with Miss Ziechmann. They were seen by several persons. They were seen standing on the very spot where he was killed, about 5 p. m. Sunday. Lena Ziechmann lived away from home a great part of her life. For three years prior to 1SW5 she lived with Charles W. Brown and his wife. Mrs. Brown said Tuesday: "Lena lived In fear. She was a good girl, she did not receive company and her life was ideal." In September. 1803, tne Brown home was set on fire. Oil-soaked rags and dry wood were found' on the front porch, where the fire started. Neighbors pursued a man who rode away from the home on a bicycle when the 'flames started. The State fire marshals worked on the case. Persons lose to Miss . Ziechmann were questioned by the police. Lieutenant Cleary had charge of the police investigation. "The Brown house was guarded for two weeks after the fire," said Cleary today. "No conclusive evidence was found against any person." Marshal Brockway and Deputy Sheriffs Welch and Wallace searched the woods today where Miss Ziechmann and Bernthaler were found dead. They found a 32-callber bullet mark on the fence about 12 feet from where the woman's body lay. Brockway believes Miss Ziechmann was running when shot, and that the first bullet missed her. - Charles Peters, foreman or tne road work on Cedar road, has been sub- penaed to the coroner's inquest today. He saw tne coupie at p. m. saturuay near the woods. They spoke to him. He says they seemed happy. They laughed and chatted. SHOT BERNTHALER FIRST. After going! carefully over the ground. Marshal Brockway said today that he believed Miss Ziechmann and Bernthaler were sitting beneath a large beech tree when they were shot. This tree is a few feet from the spot where she was found dead. Brockway and Deputy Welch agree In the following theory: ' That the - murderer came upon the couple as they sat - there, Bernthaler being on the woman's left. As he came around the tree he shot Bernthaler, leaning over his left side; that Miss Ziechmann jumped to her feet and fled toward the fence, but was shot as she ran and fell dead; that Bernthaler wounded, ran in the opposite direction about T5 yards and dropped. Broackway. and Welch tried to follow footprints that led out of the woods on the east, but they were hidden by the marks left by the crowds drawn there Monday. - A slip of paper was found today near where the woman lay. It was torn from an envelope. It bore a diagram and faint writing, apparently a - brief description of wireless telegraphy. F. W. Ziechmann, father of the dead teacher, insists that the girl was shot by Bernthaler. He scouted the idea, oc" their both having been murdered by a third person- - "Some one - would have had to follow them to shoot them," he said, "and no one knew where --ey were going. I am sure the old man shot ber after she re-ntUaed him." OVER ; 100,000 CIRCULATION DAILY. MARCH 31, 1908 TWENTY PAGES WAS WHO RANSACKED GROCERY STORE Awakened by Noise, Mrs. S. D, Tharp Screamed for Help from Window, But Was Dragged Back MADE CAPTURE IN HOUSE AFTER DESPERATE FIGHT -Leaning. out of a window in her bedroom, calling for help to overpower two burglars who had forced their way into her husband's grocery store and meat market, Mrs. S. D. Tharp, residing at , the , southwest corner of Wylje avenue and Fulton street, was nearly choked into insensibility about 4:15 o'clock this morning. " ; . The men, John Coate and "Lone" Williams,' alias "Lone" Hill, were arrested and locked trp, charged with being suspicious persona. Both Williams, or Hill and Coates are colored. Coates being oiresiea in tne i narp nome, white the other was arrested later this morning. -The scene of the robbery Is one of the most brilliantly lighted corners in the Hill district. Two men are alleged to have gained an entrance Into the meat market and grocery store on the first floor, by' using a skeleton key on a side door on Fulton street. - Making their way behind the counter and getting a meat cleaver, the men demolished a cash register standing on a lower counter behind the larger counter. ' ' SMASHED CASH REGISTER. The register was ruined, nothing being left this morning but a mass of nickle-plate and mechanism. , From this register $4.50 'in cash was taken. Leaving the lower floor of ' the house, the men made their way to 4 the second floor, MINES LIKELY TO BE CLOSED THISJVENING Joint Conference of the Representatives of the Miners and Operators Went Into Session Late This Morning EMPLOYES VOTE DOWN INTERSTATE AGREEMENT It is probable that the coal mines of the - Pittsburg: district will be closed tonight. At -11:30 o'clock " this morning the scale committee of District No. 5, United Mine Workers of America, met in Joint conference with the scale committee representing the operators Before the meeting, wnich is being held in the offices of the Pittsburg Coal Co... the operators stated that there were certain working conditions to which the miners must agree or no further negotiations would , be t carried on. On the other hand, speakers - at the miners' convention in Moorhead hall, Second avenue . and Grant street, advised the miners to strike, holding out the hope to them that after they - had cut oft the supply of -coal from the publio for some time, that they could dictate terms to the operators. A letter received from President-elect T. L. Lewis, asking that an effort be made to renew the Interstate agreement was voted down. It became evident from some of the resolutions passed that a misunderstanding existed as to what the Pittsburg operators desired. The district officials in their speeches led the delegates to believe that If an Interstate agreement were held it would mean that all local negotiations must be broken off and the mines shut down for a month, before a sufficient time would have elapsed for the committees of the miners and operators to g-o to Indianapolis and reach a settlement over the wage scale. -, - OPERATOR TALKS. A coal operator said this morning:: Candidates in Primaries Two pages of pictures of the leading contestants . ' for the . Republican nominations in Allegheny . County will be a feature of the Illustrated Magazine In Next Sundays Press CHOKED BY MRS. S. D. THARP. Whose screams brought . aid. which Is occupied bv Tharp. his wife, two children and S. Hershel Mlnton. Mrs. Tharp's brother. - -' While running around the bedroom. Coates is said to have secured Mr. Tharp's trousers, from which he took a gold watch. The noise made by the two men roused Mrs. Tharp, who at once gave a scream. . .. ' - Getting out of bed. Mrs. Tharp reached a window facing Wylie avenue and throwing it tip. leaned out. crying for help. One of the robbers, said to be Williams Or Hill, rushed down stairs and throwing open a door ran Out of the building. The door was fastened with a spring lock, which locked after the man made his escape. 'Coates, 'who had remained in the house, at once sprangtowards Mrs. Tharp and grabbing her around the neck, began to choke her,' drawing, her away from the window towards the middle of the room. ' The noise of the struggle awoke Tharp and Minton' who rushed to Mrs. Tharp's aid. "We repeatedly have .informed President Feehan ,of our position and if the rank and file, who must suffer from a strike, do not know it, it is time they should. "The holding of a:i - interstate conference has nothing tc do with the conference today. There are certain local conditions for which we have asked and which we must have. Heretofore we have settled the price -question at Indianapolis and then come to Pittsburg to settle the working conditions, with the result that they have not ' been satisfactory. Thi3 year we have decided, to. ad Just the working conditions and . after that has been done to take up the question of wages. "The contention of the leaders of the miners, that by making the public suffer they can force an unjust wage scale on the Pittsburg coal operators is- wrong. The Pittsburg Coal Co., the Pittsburg & Westmoreland Coal Co. and the United Coal Co. all have mines operated by unorganized miners in the Irwin coal fields, and these -miners can take care of the needs of the people in this district. The unorganized mines of West Virginia will supply the northwest. - The Washington Coal & Coke Co., near 'Dawson, on the Toughiogheny river, will also shiD coal here." . It is understood that President-elect T. L. Lewis has sent letters similar to that received at the Pittsburg convention to the district organizations in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. It was stated this morning that the operators of Illinois and the -miners are at loggerheads and would probably not attend a joint convention, but that it was likely that the Ohio and Indiana miners and operators would do so. At the conference "being held today in the offices of the Pittsburg Coal Co., the operators are represented by G. W. Schleuderberg. Pittsburg Coal Co., chairman: John II. Jones, Pittsburg-Buffalo Co.: D. W. Kuhn. Pittsburg & Westmoreland Coal Co.; J. G. Patterson, Xoughio-ghey & Ohio Coal Co.: Alexander Dempster, Monongahela River Consolidated Coal & Coke Co.: J. O'Nell. United Coal Co. ; J. W. Sanford. Canf ord Coal Co.. and J. T. M. Stoneroad, Carnegie Coal Co. The miners are represented by President Francis Feehan, Vice President James S. Clark. Secretary-Treasurer Timothy Donovan and the members of the district executive board; F. P. Hanaway, George Guzzl. John McCarthey, W. P. Friday, George Dagger, Michael Halapy. Percy Burgoyne, A. L. Davis and John Driscoll. The meeting between the . scale committee ot the operators and the scale committee of the miners, which began at 11 0 o'clock this morning, was adjourned at 12:30 o'clock without anything definite being accomplished, to meet at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Pearce Is Acquitted. Arthur E. Pearce. a - promoter of oil interests, charged by Attorney A. B. Stevenson with false pretense and larceny by bailee, was acquitted of the charges m Criminal Court, this morning. Judge John C Haymaker gave the jury binding instructions to return a verdict of not guilty, by request of one of Pearce's attorneys. ' irrfPii(f J u , lyj vLP IL ROBBERS S.' D. THARP, -. Who -assisted ' in capturing one of the ' i alleged robbers. ' . " By this time Officers Dorsey and Fleming had been attracted by Mrs. Tharp's screftms. and. rushing to the house, tried to get In the door through which Hill or Williams had made his escape. The door resisted the efforts of the two officers and finally placing -their shoulders against the floor they broke - It 1 in; tearing the lock off. . Meanwhile Tharp and Minton had their hands full with Coates in-the second floor, for during the scuffle,- Coates bft Tharp in, the left-hand. Officers Fleming. and Dorsey, reaching the bedroom where the flght was taking place, had some difficulty in placing 'Coates under arrest. " Coates was taken, to the. Center avenue police station and upon being searched, Tharp's watch was found in his pocket. Williams or Hill.' who is said to have a police record, was arrested by Special Officer Edward TDunn and Officer Dorsey on Fulton street, near Wylie avenue. Both Coates and Hill or Williams were taken to Central station, where, they -will be held pending an investigation. " LEWIS HOPES TO ARRANGE CONFERENCE By limited Press. Indianapolis, Ind..' March 31. Thomas L. Lewis, president-elect of the United Mine Workers, is working for a joint interstate conference of miners and operators to be held in April, probably at Columbus, O. It seems ho will be successful. He Is backed in his efforts by the Qhio operators in particular. Lewis practically took charge of the big organization with the meeting of the national executive board this morning. He was up before daylight working on his "scheme," which he said this morning, he "will carry out in lightning moves, beginning tomorrow." He would not say that the scheme Is the interstate conference, but it is known that this is his plan. Tonight thousands of miners lay down their tools on the advent of a "suspension of work." All contracts in the bituminous fields expire at midnight and with two exceptions in the Indiana block coal district and the Northern Pennsvlvania. dis trict, no new contracts have been madej xii in 1 wo oisincia, worn will continue under the new contract By states, the number of idle men tomorrow will number as follows: Illinois 70.000; Indiana (outside block field). 15,000; Ohio, 40.00O: Western Pennsylvania. a,-000; Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas an doutiying districts, 40.000. This is not a "strike" and therefore strike benefits from the national treasury will not be paid, but local districts will prevent actual want of miners' families. MORTAL REMAINS OF GILLETTE LAID TO REST. Auburn. N. T., March 31. Chester Gillette was buried this afternoon. His body lies on an eastern slope in Soule Cemetery Just outside Auburn. His grave was one of the first dug in a newly opened addition to the grounds. . A little group of less than a dozen gathered, for the last service, about the inexpensive oak coffin in which the body rests. There were the Gillettes father and mother and their son and daughter, Paul and Lucille Miss Bernice Ferrin! the clergyman, the Rev. Henry Mcll-ravey. his assistant. Frank Hartmann. and the two grave diggers. The cemetery authorities kept all others from the spot. PRESIDENT NAMES HILL AND OTHER DIPLOMATS. Washington, March 31. The nomination of David Jayne Hill, to be ambassador to Germany, was sentj to the Senate by the President this afternoon. The President also nominated as ministers Arthur M. Beaupre. of Illinois, to the Netherlands and Luxemburg, and Spencer F. Eddy, of . Illinois, to the Argentine Republic.' ONE CENT t - ju (Di iyj ii u isi n 1 North Side Official Is to Be Held Responsible for Protection of Yeggs, According to Department Chief MAYOR GUTHRIE IS NOW EXPECTED TO ACT SOON Desk Sergeant Sherry Accuses Assistant Superintendent Glenn of Having Ordered Release of VXilliam Baker That Police Magistrate William A. Hadfield, of the North Side Central station, is to be held responsible for at least some of the immunity shown yeggmen on the North Side, was ascertained positively this morning. Public Safety Director Edward G. Lang is quoted as declaring that Magistrate Hatfield is to be looked to for an explanation of the manner In which William Baker, an alleged yegg-man, was allowed to leave the lockup after-he had been arrested by Detective Clyde Edeburn. January -0. for participating in the fight at the polllnsc place in v the Third precinct of the Fourth ward. While Director Lang refused to speak for publication, to representatives of the papers, from an unquestioned source it la known that he said this morning: "Who is to blame? Why, Hadfield, of course. And we are going to find out why he allowed Baker to get off scott free and what he has to say about his course of action." ' ' , UP TO THE MAYOR. From the same source it - was aWa learned that one of the stetJi soon to be taken will be to lay the matter' before Mayor George W. Guthrie. Director Lang is said to have eigni-ficantly remarked today that when the case goes before Mayor Guthrie, it will rest entirely with the mayor, but that any one can easily infer what action will be taken. -A strong effort is bein made to exonerate Magistrate Hadfield by his friends on the North Side. To do this they are shifting the entire 1 responsibility, it is said, onto Assistant Superintendent John Glenn's shoulders. Glenn denies this, but admitted this morning that he knew exactly how Baker's release had been obtained. "There was nothing- crooked about my actions," declared Mr. Gienn. "I've been on the police department long enough to know what was customary, and to know how thincs of that sort are done. I am ready to give all the information on the subject to the trial board on Thursday morning, and will not held, bac,k a single thing to help them." Desk Sergeant James S. Sherry accused Glenn, point blank, this morning, of having ordered Baker's release. ACCUSES MR. GLENN. He also says that the record of the arrest was entered on his blotter, but that it never got any further than that. "Superintendent Glenn ordered that man's release." said Sherry. "I was here when Baker was brought in by Edeburn in the morning of January 25.; and I stayed here until 3 o'clock. When I got back the next morning Baker was gone, and no record of the case was to be seen." All the "men higher up" so far mentioned in the yegg investigation were "out" this morning when efforts were made to see them, or at least such was the excuse given when they were in quired for. - The work of going over the police records on the North Side Is on today, and is to be prosecuted very carefully under Director Lang's supervision. Director Lang stated this morning that he has himself made partial examination of the-records recently and found out enough to satisfy himself that something was very wrong. A well-known North Side detective gave the information this morning that Baker's release before a hearing was not at all an unusual procedure on the North Side. - I've seen lots of men run in to the station and, while they were regularly arrested, they would hardly take time to lock them up, if they happened to -haw good friends, but would let them walk out the back door." . . SEN. PENROSE OUT OF DANGER, DOCTORS SAY By l.nlted PrM. ' Philadelphia. March 31. Dr. Carpenter at 1220 today said: "Senator PenroaeT continues to improve and he has passed ttee danger line. We new consider con valescence has begun. The physicians issued the following bulletin at noon today: "The senator's condition continues - to improve an J we consider that convalescence has begun. There will be no more . bulletins issued, today. Signed, Carpenter, Stengel, White and Penrose. At & o'clock this morning it was announced the patient passed a restful night and was slightly better. Licenses Granted. . Hollidaysburg, Pa.. March, 31- Judge Martin Bell filed hia decisions in the Blair county liquor license cases late last night, granting licenses to 85 hotels, refusing eight applications, and holding over ten cases. The - court held that while that giving of a pretzel or a cracker with a, drink does not harm, yet the free Iuno.1 practice) must be discontinued. Thre landlords lost their licenses becauas they;, padded their hotel registers. . .

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