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THE BEE: OMAHA. TUESDAY. MAY 17, 1010.
PRES1DKNT ON LAWLER CASE
Writes to Nelson Explaining How the
Ghvis Letter Wei Written.
' ISSIDE HISTORY Or MATTER
Interior Deportment Official Wnu Or.
4lrr lir KifiBll" to Make Draft,
Which Was Submitted and
turd !u 'art.
WASiUNOTON. Msy l-i-rcsldent Tafl
In person last night took a hand In altut
atlon which has arisen concerning the "In
side" history of hi letter of September 13.
exonerating Secretary Kalllngor from the
charges ot Special Agont L. H. Glavls and
auMiurlsing the dismissal of Glavls.
Over his own signature lie addressed a
long letter to Senator Knute Nelson, chair
man of the Ilalllngcr-I'lnchot Investigating
committee, setting forth In minute detail
the sequence of events following his re
ceipt at Beverly, on August 18 last, of the
charges nf Glavls.
The president makes no direct mention
of tho statement of Fred M. Kerby, the
young sterrexrapher In Secretary Halllnger's
office, In which the stenographer declared
S that the president's letter of exoneration
was prepared In Halllnger's office by Osear
L-awler, assistant attorney general for the
Interior department. Tonight's utterance
of Mr. Tuft was, however, obviously pro
voked by Kerby's statement.
Mr. Taft declares not only that Trawler
did prepare such a letter as Kerby said he
did, but that he did so by the president's
specific direction. When he received It. he
t found, he says, that It was not what he
wauled to Issue, and he wrote the letter
himself In tho form In which he desired It,
using from Lawler's draft only one or two
"llaclt Italian" of Letter.
The president goes still farther and takes
up the question of the "back dating" of
Attorney Uenerut Wlckersham's summary
of the Glavls charges, to which Attorney
Iiouls I, Brandels has drawn attention. Mr.
Taft says that the attorney general's let
ter was in fact "back dated," and that this
also was done by his specific direction.
Following 'is the full text of the presi
"THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON,
May 15, 1910. My Dear Senator Nelson: In
the hearings be-fore the committee to In
vestigate the Interior department and
forestry service reference has been mado
. U my decision upon the complaint and
V Chargers of L R. Glavls, filed with me on
August 18 fast against Secretary Balllnger
and certain other officials of the Interior
department. The majority of the commit
tee have said that my action In this regard
wss not jvithln the Jurisdiction of the com
n.lttee to investigate. In spite of this
ruling references to the matter have crept
Into tho record. For thta reason I deem It
proper to write you and stale with such
accuracy as my memory permits what tho
facts are. 1
"Glavls", statement and charges were left
with me by him on August IS, 1909. 1
turned them over to the attorney general,
who happened to be In the neighborhood,
and he made notes upon his reading. We
both had personal knowledge In respect to
Secretary Balllnger'a attitude toward the
Alaska coal claims, which was the chief
subject of Innuendo and complaint, for
Mr. Balllnger had very early In the ad
ministration consulted us both regarding
Jealousy Oetnreen Bnreaas.
"Within two or threo'Gays after the filing
of the charges, at a meeting at which the
secretary of the treasury,, the attorney general-and
the secretary of the navy were
present, a full discussion of the Glavls
statement was had. It resulted In a general
conclusion that Jealousy between the
bureaus of the Interior department and the
forestry bureau probably explained the attl
t tude of tho Interior department officials,
but that the Intimations of bad fnith by
Glavls against Mr. Balllnger and the others
required that the statement by submitted
to ' them for answer. Accordingly, copies
of the statement were sent to Secretary
Balllnger, to Assistant Secretary Tierce, to
Commissioner Dennett and to Chief of Field
"Mr. Balllnger was at Seattle, but upon
receipt of tho charges he came to Wash
ington to prepare his answer. On Monday,
September 6, Mr. Balllnger reached Buver-
ley, accompanied by Mr. Lawler, tho assist
ant attorney general of tho Depnrtmont of
Justice assigned to the Interior department.
Mr. Balllnger sent to my houso on that day
tho answers of the various persona con
cerned; together with a voluminous record
of exhibits. I had ti cor.Terence with htm
tho evening of tho day he came, September
ti, and then on tits follow Ins evening, Sep
Talks with HnlllnKer.
"I talked -ev-er tlw -charges with Mr. Bal
ling' tho firut evening and ashed such
questions as suggested themselves, wjtliotit
intimating ar.y eonclusiori. and said I would
eyiilno" the enewern 'and tho records and
mild see hliti tho next day. I sat up
tint!! 3 'clycRtlat nleht reading the
Answers and exhibits, so that nt my next
confcrcr.ee I was advised of the contents
ot thfi dnUre. record, and had made up my
.mind tliat there, wan nothing In the charges
Qloii. which Mr. Balllnger or the others
accused could bo found guilty of either
Incompetency. Inefficiency, disloyally to the
interests of .the government or dishonesty.
.".In tho il.tcusiilons of the second evening
Mr. Lawler, who wus present at my sim
Bst!on, discussed the evidence nt some
length. 1 said to Mr. Lawler that I was
very anxious, to write u full statement of
the cao and set out my rea.cii tdv my
UecUlon. hut that tho time for my departure
on a long western trip, occupy-in two
months, was Just one week from that day;
that X ld six or seven speeches to deliver
ut Itui beginning of, that Journey and that
I could not glvo the time to the preparing
I of such a detailed statement and opinion
ad I would Ilka to render In the matter. I
ami the Improvement
our milk supply
throuKlv a -
Omaha Is profiting by the
experience of eastern cities.
Our Prices Unchanged
Frlesland (Vrtlfied Milk, quart, imo
Alba Certified Milk, quoit lOo
perfect Pasturlsed Milk, quart ...3a
their fore reqiKHted Mr. I-awier to prepare
an opinion ns If he were president.
Consults with Wlckershnm.
"Turing the Sth. Hit and loth I gave such
consideration to the Olnvl) record as was
consistent with previous i-ncsgements. but
paid no atlertloti to the speeches. On the
!nh I telegraphed the attorney general to
come to Beverly In order that I might con
sult hint In respect to the case. He ar
rived there Saturday afternoon, September
11, and, pursuant to an appointment made
by telephone, he came to my home on Sun
day morning. September 12. He then deliv
ered to me the draft of opinion, prepared
by Mr. Lawler. and fsld that he had had
an opportunity on coining from New York
to rend tho answers of Mr. Balllnger and
others. I then said to him that I had made
up my mind as to my conclusions and had
drafted part of my opinion, but that I
wished him to examine the full record and
bring me his conclusions before I stated
mine. He took the whole record awy.
"During the day I examined ths draft
opinion of Mr. Lawler, but Its thirty pages
did not state the case In the way in which
I wished It stated. It contained references
to the evidence which were useful, but Its
criticism of Mr. Blnchot and Mr. Glavls I
did not think It proper or wise to adopt. I
only used a few paragraphs from It contain
ing merely general statements.
Man l'!t fctntement.
"The attorney general returned In ths
evening with notes of the examination
which he had made, and reported to me the
conclusions which he readied, which were
in substantial accord with my own. We
then discussed the matter at some length,
particularly In points of law which v.-ere In
volved, and took up the opinion vhich I
had finished and made a number of altera
tions; and as the result of that discussion,
I determined the final form which 1 em
ployed, and signed the same on Monday,
"The conclusions which I readied were
based upon my reading of the record, and
was fortified by the oral analysis of the
evidence and tho conclusions which the at
torney general gave ree, using the notes
which he had made' during his reading of
the record. 1 was very sorry not to be able
to embody this analysis In my opinion, but
time did not permit. I therefore directed
him to embody In a written statement such
analysis and conclusions as he had given
me and file It with the record and date It
prior to the date of my opinion, so as to
show that my decision was fortified by the
summary of the evidence and his conclu
sions therefrom. Sincerely yours.
"WILLIAM H. TAFT.
"Hon. Knute Nelson, Chairman Committee
to Investigate the Interior Department
and Forestry Service, United States Sen
ate." v ,
Prolonged Shocks Experienced in Los
Angeles and Also Upon Mount
LOS ANGELES. May 18. This city an1
surrounding territories were, visited by
a series of earthquake shocks that alarmed
many people, but did little damage beyond
breaking dishes, destroying house orna
ments and cracking walls of the lighter
The shocks began about 8:50 this morn
ing and were felt as late as 7:63 at the
beach resorts and in Pasadena, Riverside,
Redlands and San Bernardino, where trem
blers occurred last Thursday night.
Pasadena suffered the heaviest damage
o far as reported. , Several buildings were
cracked and on Mt. Wilson, where the
Carnegie observatory is situated, the
tremors alarmed many tourists who had
climbed the peak to view the comet. Tho
quake came as a double shock, with a
swaying motion, which gave the climbers
a sensation of sea sickness. The mountain
top rocked perceptibly.
Long Beach wa3 washedd by a small
tidal wave Just after the first shock there,
snortiy Detore 7 o clock. Another tremor
followed, and then the ocean, which had
been boisterous all morning, fell suddenly
flat and became absolutely calm for more
than an hour.
In this city and In Riverside no serious
damage was reported. A second shock
shook Riverside at noon. Both tremors
were heavier than the quake that shook
the orange belt on Clirlsimns day, 1S9D.
to Mrs. P. N. More
Women Will Present Name of Mrs.
Platt-Decker and Mrs. Max
- well Against Her.
CI.VCIN-NATI, May M. Notwithstanding
this was the flab bath and but one day
meeting was held by tho General Federa
tlon of Women's club, an unstinted supply
of politics was being threshed' out in club
Prospective contests over the election of
officers, which takes plaeo Tuesday and
over the selection of the cty, which shall
entertain the next bjetiplaj, meeting of the
organisation loomed strongly into view
within tho last twenty-four hours. Mrs.
Philip N. More of St. Louis, the president
general, so far has no announced op
ponent, but it was given out tonight that
tha names of Mrs. Sarah Piatt Decker of
Colorado and probably that of Mrs.
Lawrence Maxwell of Cincinnati will be
Kor the next convention city, Los Angeles
Is expected to bo favored generally by the
western delegates, while Indianapolis Balti
more, Chicago, Rochester and New Orleans,
all have strong support.
,Tho Mississippi delegation announced to
day that "because of the servant problem.'
none of tho towns of that state would bo
Jews Must Leave
Commission to Act Upon Those
Entitled to Stay in Kiev
KIEV, May Ifi. i'ho commlslon ap
pointed Aprl! S3 to inquire Into the nuea-
tlon of the expulsion of Jews residing Ille
gally In Kiev and elsewhere outsldo the
pale has flnlched Its labors. Eleven hun
dred and fifty cases have been invsxtlffateri
land ITO families will be allowed to remain
(and possibly an additional thirty whin the
! list has been revised.
Many Jews wne entitled to teside here
las merchants of the first guild, but after
tho publication of I'remi'r Hlolypln's cir
cular, which Instructed the lucal authori
ties not to cv.et the Jews 'who had Ille
gally settled outside the pale prior to Au
gust, l'.O-i, pending the enactment of g'n
eral Jewish rtformj. they stopped paying
the guild fees and engaged In other occu
pations not ertitllng them t.j residence.
The circular lasurd with refereii'-e to ex
pulsion left them without rlkiit.
The Key to the Hu4iliiJ Ht Want Ad:
MEN TRAIN EYES ON COMET
Batteries of Telescopes Will
Leveled on Heavenly Visitor.
NO DANGER OF POISONOUS OAS
Consensus of Opinion Is that Deadlr
Vapor Will Not Touch the Earth
Manr Theories Are Be
WASM1.V1TON, May K Halley's comet
will be greeted Wednesday on Its closest
spproach to the earth by a bristling bat
tery of telescopes flanked by rapid-fire
lenses In the celestial cameras of the na
vul observatory Elaborate calculations
have been made as to the minute and sec
ond the comet will be at given places . In
the heavens, where It will be observed
Among tho scUntlsts there Is some dif
ference of oplnlm as to the effect the
great star will have upon the earth, but
the differences are minor. Prof. Asaph
Hall of the naval obsfrvatory would not
be surprised If there were showers of
meteorites. He advanced this theory with
the same calmness that he would prophesy
a shower of rain. Others and they appear
In the majority expect no disturbances.
Edwin F. Naulty of New York takes Issue
with Prof. Hall and contends that the tall
of the cormt Is composed neither of gas
nor of meteoric bodies and that such a
shower as Prof. Hall deems possible could
"Halley's comet, to all Intents and pur
poses. Is a celestial searchlight, said sir.
Naulty today. "It is nothing more than
sunlight condensed from solar energy and
pressed by the solar system, precisely as
a lens focuses, condenses and transmits
No Gas In Tall.
He asserts that the tall ot Halley's
comet, to all Intents and purposes, Is not
composed of gas or of minute particles of
matter or of meteoric bodies. The entire
solar system, Mr. Naulty says, Is filled
with gases In varying states of density.
All these gases, poisonous and non-poisonous,
are present In the earth's atmosphere
lu dense form. '
The changing spectrum of Halley's comet,
according to Mr. Naulty's theory, Is due
to the fact that as the comet's great
tall" of light sweeps through various
parts of the solar system it lights up dif
fering layers of gas, conveying the Im
pression that the tall ltBelf is gaseous.
Mr. Naulty says the spectrum of reflected
light Is always "present In the tall ot the
corr.et, thus proving that certain parts of It
are by sunlight alone made visible.
"The sweeping of this cometary cone of
solar force does cause disturbance In the
solar system," Bald Mr. Naulty. "The earth
and all the planets are affected that only
come within the actual cone as the earth
will do by etherical waves set in motion
by the comet's tail. It is the constant at
tempt of the earth's mass and its atmos
phere to adjust themselves to this dis
turbance that has caused the prevalant
earth tremors, storms and other pheno
Climax This Week.
"The climax will be reached this week,
There will be no collision of the earth and
the comet, nor will the earth be envelopd
In poisonous gus. The effect of the pas-
ca may be to cause condensation of
atmospheric vapors, so that automatically
tha earth will be provided with a sort of
shield, which will act like a lead screen
used to protect x-ray operators."
When tho comet approaches nearest the
earth on May 18, the moon will be full and
the conflict of Its rays will make observa
tions of the eomet more difficult than
would be the case if there was no op
Mo Cause for Fear.
BOSTON, May 1!. Agreeing that no
harmful effect Is to be experienced on
next Wednesday from the passage of the
earth through the tail of Halley's comet
New England astronomers, appear not to
concur as to the possibility of a luminous
display similar to northern lights. Prof,
David P. Todd of Amherst college thinks
the aurora effect probable. Prof, Robert
W. Wlllson of the Harvard college observa
tory declared today that there may be a
darkening of the atmosphere, while Prof.
Edward C. Pickering, head of the Harvard
observatory, said: "1 doubt It there will
be any of it at all." Prof. Wlllson said
further "that there may be showers of
Ignited particles, very small but numerous,
which may affect wireless telegraphy
There is no cause fur alarm or fear.
Cyanogen, exists only near the comet's head
and the tall Is a good vacuum."
Prof. Todd declares that there will be
no more sensation than that caused by the
rays ot light from a distant candle on a
person's hand. A proportionate amount of
cyanogen gas Is radiated from each, he
Leon Campbell, another of the Harvard
astronomers, thinks a luminous display
The Increasing brilliancy ot the comet as
It approached the earth was shown today,
when Harvard astronomers found that the
body, with tho coma or envelope, had
reached proportions of nearly a sero mag
nate, the highest stage of stellar brilliance.
The rate of increase In brilliancy la Indi
cated by two photometric measurements
taken at the Harvard observatory.
The first, on May 6, showed the nucleus
to be of 7.6 magnate. Another on Friday,
Just a week later, showed the magnitude
lo be 4.41, an Increase in apparent size ol
ASIATIC EXCLUSIONISTS WILL
PREFER CHARGES ON NORTH
It cent Admission of Number of
Hindus Into Country, t'lalmlngc
SAN FRANCISCO, May 16-Followlng a
strong protest against the policy of the
government in admitting alienists to this
country the executive committee of the
Asiatic Exclusion league was instructed to
day to make formal complaint against
Hart II. North, commissioner of Immigra
tion at the port of ban Francisco, and to
charge him with violating the laws in giv
ing entry to diseased orientals.
The recent influx ot large numbers of
Hindus was laiid at the dour of the official
as detrimental to the Interests of American
INDIANS WELL IN RIGHTS
Fences of "ettlers Encroached on
Their I. ami sad Courts
Cave o Hellcf.
VJ) VS1UNGTON. May Iti -The threatened
Indian uprising in New Mexico Is over und
ull danger is avoided, lleports from Sup
erintendent Crsndali to the commissioner
of Indlun affairs convey tha Information
that the Taos Pueblo Indians were well
within their rights In cutting ths fences of
settlers, for the fences encroached on the
Indians' lands. The courts of the territory
rrfu-rd to prosecute the red man. The
-prising was turned back before trave'ln
half Uk distance from Santa Ko.
Our Letter Box
Contributions en Timely Slubjsets,
lot BaoMdlnf Two Kundrsd Words,
Aro Xnrltsd from Out Bsadars,
Par for Enumerators.
SOUTH OMAHA, May 12.-To the Editor
of The Bee: When the examination for
census enumerators was about to be held
a letter was Issued from Hon. E. Dana
Durand stating that we would be paid an
average of about 4 cents a name for taking
the census. After we had taken the exam
ination and when only a small per cent of
those taking the examination had been
deemed competent to take the census, an
order was issued by Hon. E. Dana Durand,
the director of the census. In Washington,
that we should not receive more than 2i
cents a name at a time that we could not
very well decline to act as enumerators.
The 2V4 cents Is to be paid for making
practically thirty-two entries to each name,
which is no pay at all. It is the same pay
that was granted to the census enumera
tors in 1880, thirty years ago, when there
were no examinations ' . held, when the
entries were much mors', simple and much
fewer in number and when, as we all
know, the cost of living was not near as
high as it is now.
It looks to us that it is a funny deal for
the Unites States government to be a party
to and it Is hoped that the wrong will be
righted.. If the United, States government
was bankrupt and short of funds It would
be different, but when it is called the rich
est nation on earth, I see no use of Its
being stingy In case of taking the census.
A much higher, class of enumerators would
have been secured If the pay had been half
way what It ought to have been and those
who did the work would have taken more
pains to get the names completely. In my
district I remember that 1 went to one
house four times to get Just a man and
his wife. So that I walked nearly a mile
several 'times to make the magnificent Bum
of 6 cents. And I did It a good many times
In many other cases.
I wish that your paper would use its
Influence to see that the enumerators are
better paid for the work done.
It we had been paid even 4 cents a name
It would not have been any too much, for
It was the hardest work ever done by in
telligent people for the amount of money
In it. In fact we have not been paid yet
and It will be at least a month, probably
more, from the time we completed our
work before we will get the very smal
amount allowed us by the census director.
I would urge the census enumerators wlu
may see this letter to write to tho senator,
arid congressmen from Nebraska and ash
for more pay and that they write to othei
members of either house that they know
from other states.
If there Is concerted action I think the
members ot congress In both houses will
see the Justice of our complaint over tht
small pay. I understand that there Ik
universal complaint among the enumera
tors over the United Stales ut the actluii
ot Hon. E. Dana Durand In cutting oui
pay down when it was plenty low enough
In the first place. FRANK A. AGNEW.
NIMBLE THIEF STEALS
METAL FROM A STEEPLE
Baptist and Catholic Churches at
rhlladrlnuti nt'fer Loss of
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.. May 16.-Charged
with stealing the metal roofing Iron, the
steeples of 4he Roxburough Baptist church
and St. John's Roman Catholic church,
Earl Knoll, a steeplejack, was arraigned
in police court here today and held in
ba'l for further hearing.
It was testified that during the night
he had climbed 110 feet on St. John's church
steeple, from which 161 pounds of copper
sheathing were removed. From tho sixty'
foot steeple of the Baptist church, forty
eight pounds of metal were stolen. .
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comfort and healthful condition Its usa produces makes it of ines
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ths pain and discomfort caused by tho strain on the different liga
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ment for external massage, which by lubricating and expanding the d'Sorent mus
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BIG BLAZE HITS IDA GROVE
Hard Klaut Itvqulrrd to Save Business
District l.o.s of Twrntj-Flve
IDA GROVE, la.. May 1(5 (Special Tel-g-ani.)
Fire at midnight Saturday de
stroyed tho U. C. Barnes saloon, the Smith
llros." livery barn, the Bauer garage and
the Martin Sauer Implement wure house.
At one time tli H. S. Noblo and WlllUm
Peverics lumber yards were b.ith on fire,
hut they Wf re saved. Barnes had a lows
of 1'i.COO on JiIh building and stock and ROOO
Insurance; Smith Bros., fc'.UOO loss and $1,000
insurance. Messrs. Sailor's loss will bo up
wnrdu of $10,000, only partly Insured. I-'lve
head of horses were burned In the livery
stahlr. The origin of the fire is a mys
tery. It took a lung, hard fight to save a
largo portion of the business district.
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Ur. TlK-odoie Mllen of the Mllen Medl-
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