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    The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XLVL NO. 181.
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Foreign Minister Zimmerman
Says Allies' Reply Makes
Impossible Any Further
Move by Kaiser.
Such Action by Central Powers
Would Be Taken as Sign
of Weakness.
Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 14. Wireless
to The Associated Press, Via Say
ville.) Dr. Alfred Zimmerman, the
German foreign minister, informed
the Associated Press today that, in
his opinion, the entente reply , to
President Wilson's peace note bars
the possibility for the present' of fur
ther German steps to bring about
peace. In particular, he said, it pre
cluded any direct announcement by
Germany of its peace conditions, in
answer to the terms set forth in the
latest entente note.
Dr. Zimmerman asserted, however,
that the answer of the entente to the
president did not finally and com
pletely close the door to later efforts
for peace, before one side or the other
was completely crushed.
Can't Say More.
The foreign minister in the course
of a conversation with the Associated
Press correspondent last night de
clared though with obvious reluctance
that jt was impossible for him to give
a more definite statement of the peace
program of the central powers than
that indicated in the declaration of
Dr. , von Bethmann-Hollweg, the
chancellor, because the German terms
were such that the unsolicited pro
mulgation of them in their moderate
details, after what he characterized
as the aspiring program of conquesn
and dismemberment outlined by tne
entente would be interpreted by the
entente powers as a sign of weakness
and of a desire for peace at any1 cost.
Publication of the peace terms of
the central powers therefore would
defeat its every purpose said Dr.
Closes Door on Peace.
The foreign minister expressed
doubt whether after what he described
the rebuff to President Wilson's peace
efforts given in the refcly of the en
tente, the president could take any
further action for the present, adding
that the entente answer excluded for
the present any possibility of peace.
Expressing a profound conviction
that the program ot tne entente pow
. ers never could be carried into effect.
Dr. Zimmerman instimated that a
failure of the entente's offensive this
year which he expected might again
make it passible to approach the sub
ject of peace on reasonable terms and
with some prospect of success.
William Neff, Prominent
Christian Scientist, Dies
William R. Neff, aged' 64- years,
for twenty years a Christian Science
practitioner here, died Saturday of
Bright'S disease at his home, 4815
Farnam street. He is survived by
his widow, six children, Mrs. F. H.
Drake, Marion and Vernon Neff of
Omaha, George F, Neff of Cedar
Rapids, fat; Mrs. G. D. Ford of Bay
ard, la., James A. Neff of Marion. Ia.;
his mother, Mrs. Mary A. Neff of
Benson; two sisters, Mrs. E. H.
Sowerwine of Benson and Mrs. F. G.
Vcssy of Washington, S. D. He will
be buried from the Christian Science
church Wednesday and the body will
be placed in the receiving vault at
Forest Lawn cemetery.
Parks Submits Schedule ' 1
Of Rates for Wheel Tax
A tentative schedule of rates for
the proposed wheel tax ordinance
was presented by Commissioner'
Parks to the city council committee
of the whole, showing to SI
year for automobiles and $4 to $20 a
year for auto trucks, ihe charges
are being based on horse power.
The WeatHer
tn temperature.
Temperatures at Omaha Ytstordaj-.
Hour. Dcs.
IllBhrsl yesterday... 12 9
Lowpat yesterday. .. . ft 1
Mena temperature... 4 .14 40
Precipitation 08 T .00 .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
from tho normal:
Normal temperature 20
liefletency for the day.... h
Total excess since March 1..' 240
Normal precipitation 02 Inch
Excess for the day , .. .06 Inch
Total rainfall since March 1 16.80 inches
Ucfk'iency since March 1 12.81 Inches
deficiency for cor. period, 1915. 1.69 inches
leficlency for cor. period, 1914. 3.69 inches
Reports From Stations at t P. M.
Station and State Temp. High- Raln
ot Weather. 7 p.m. est. . fail.
Cheyenne, part cloudy 6 0 .06
Davenport, clear 6 8 T
-Denver, snow 4 6 .04
lies Moines, clear 10 14 .01
lotce city, snow 18 20 ,10
Lander, clear 4 10
North Platte, snow... 12 12
Omaha, snow. ....... . 9 12
l'ueblo. snow 10 16
Rapid City, cloudy... 2 10
Halt Lake City, clear.. 14 18
Kanta Ye, cloudy 28 10 T
Hherldsn. clear 6 14 .00
Sioux City, clear 2 4 ,B2
Valentine, cloudy 4 8 .08
T Itidicatea trace of precipitation.
L. A. WELSH, Meteorologist.
6 a. m 7
s a. m . . tt
aaaaaaK 8 a. ni . . 8
Comparative Local Record.
1917. Ul. 1915. I14.
41 4?
28 34
New Catholic Dignitary From
ises to Work for the Wel
fare of All.
"I am a man and nothing that
touches human nature is estranged
from me." is the way Archbishop
Harty, guest last night at a citizens'J
banquet in t tic Hotel rontencllc,
chose to assure the people that he
will put forth his best efforts in
their behalf. ,
"God has made a vyondertul world."
said the archbishop, "But he has made
nothing in it so precious as man.
Therefore I shall be most deeply con
cerned in men and women, as distin
guished from the affairs of men and
women. The people of Omaha will
always find me where the peoole of
the Philippines ever " found me
standing on the platform of Christian
democracy making myself all things
to all men."
Representative business men were
at the banquet. Gurdon W. Wattles,
president of the Omaha & Council
Bluffs Street Railway company, wel
comed the distinguished prelate to
Omaha. Chief Justice Morrissey of
the Nebraska supreme court, said he
was glad to have such a man as the
archbishop to co-operate i with the
citizens of the state in itsftioral, men
tal and material progress. " Other
speakers expressed similar sentiments
of warm cordiality. T. J. Mahoney,
toastmaster, introduced 'Archbishop
Harty with a praiseful eulogy of his
record as an American citizen and
churchman. (
Archbishop's Speech.
Archbishop Harty said:
"It was in far-off Manila spark
ling like a pearl in the islands of the
Pacific, and from the lips of an
Omaha man who was visiting me,
that I heard for the first. time the
sloga'n: 'Grow With Growing
Omaha.' The expression made slight
impress on my mind then, for I did
not think at that time that a kind
providence had appointed that I
should 'grow with growing Omaha.'
"Were I asked to summarize what
I think of Omaha, I would say: It is
a city advancing in population, mor
als, wealth and- knowledge; May Godl
preserve it mi time snail DC no more.
"The cordial welcome which you
have accorded me-this evening, Mr.
Toatsmaster, m your own name and
in that of this representative gath
ering, will live and last and grow as
a fragrant 'and fruitful memory for
me while. the years come andgo.
Man to Man. . j
. "I esteem this occasion as one of
the happiest incidents in my life; for,
gentlemen, it affords me an oppor
tunity to stand among you, to become
I acquainted Willi cacli one ot you, to
join lianas witli you as one of your
selves, and as a man with his fellow
men to share in vour counsels and
your labors for the building up of
greater and a better Omaha.
"I have come to you from the land
of perpetual summer, from the land
of the palm trees, a land teeming
wan natural wealth both agncul
tural and mineral the and where the
most precious hard woods grow, and
hemp, sugar, tobacco and coprax
abound. I hav.e come from Jhe
Philippine people whom I love and
wnose kindness to me 1 can never
"Whatever success I have made
the far east, I feel impelled to trace
it not to myself, but to the sympathy
which bound me to the Philippine
people. J hit was -the secret of the
marvellous which .they
maitifcstcd'towards me in building up
schools, academies and col cees
homes for delinquent boys and girls,
refuges for the mentally "deficient,
hospitals built, on the best models,
and all these institutions constructed
on modern ines, broad, deep, and an
swering to the present needs ot hu
man life. '
Secular Work.
'And not only in matters directly
pertaining to the otfico ot a bishop
but also ill things that arc very re
motely connected with it was this co
operation shown. This sympathetic
co-operation ot the i'liilippines en
abled me not only to inculcate the
spirit of thrift, but also to afford
them an opportunity of practicing it.
I found it necessary to gather around
mc ag roup of men who have built
up a great banker in the United
States "the most liberal bank charter
in the world. This bank, now grown
into one of the soundest financial in
stitutions in the far east, enables the
farmer to move his crops and has be
come the foundation of manv nidus
tries which in turn employ thousands
of men, and as a consequence is
bringing into many a home comforts
unknown there in former days.
"As to the attitude of the Philip
pines towards the united states let
me say it is cordial among the bet
ter classes. The disinterestedness of
the American government is becom
ing understood and appreciated. All
who have anything to lose, all who
are rearing families, in short, the
great, the immense majority of the
people now respect and really like the
United States.
United in Purpose.
"And now, gentlemen, I turn from
the far east to the, west; from the
Philippines to Nebraska; from Manila
to Omaha; from the past to the
future. I turn to you, my friends, and
to the purposes and plans that are
ever to be between us as strong
bonds of fellowship and friendship.
Our purposes and our plans will unite
us; for they will afforo opportunities
for the play and exercise of the
noblest quality of our hearts, a
quality without which effective co
operation is impossible. 1 refer,
gentlemen, to sympathy, a quality
which enables us to see in line with
our associates, to reason from their
point of view, to work in harmony
with the general design, and to sink
our personal ambitions and selfish
aims, and to work all together in
(Conttnoed on1 Pnjr Two, Column One.)
" ' ' . .
Supreme Cor jes That
Prosecutions sr the Law
Include Personal Immoral
White, McKenna, Clark Hold It
Applies Only to Cases With
Commercialized Element.
Washington, Jan, 15. Interpreting
the Mann white slave law, the su
preme court today decided that prose
cutions under the law for transport
ing women in interstate commerce
are not limited to commercialized
vice and include personal immoral
escapades. Conviction of F. Drew
Caminetti and Maury 1. Dlggs of
Sacramento was affirmed.
The court was divided. The ma
jority opinion was given by Justice
Day. . Chief Justice White and Jus
tices McKenna and Clarke dissented.
Justice McReynolds took no part in!
consideration ot the cases.
"The plain terms of the act must
take precedence over the designation
and the report that accompanied it
to congress," said Justice Day. "It is
said it will open the door to black
mail, butl that is to be considered by
kongress. We think the power of
congress to regulate transportation
of passengers affords ample basis to
exercise authority in the case of this
Hollowing interpretatioif df the
Mann act the court also affirmed con
viction of L. T. Rays of Alva, 0kl.
Opinion of Justice Day.
Justice Day's majority opinion said:
"In none of the cases was it charged
or proved that the transportation (of
tne women involved) was for gain or
for the purpose of furnishing women
for prostitution for hire.
There is no ambiguity in the terms
of this act. It is elementary 'that the
meaning of a statute must, in the first
instance, be sought in the language of
the act as framed and if that is plain
the sole function of the courts is to
enforce it according to its terms.
lo cause a woman to be trans
ported for debauchery or for an im
moral purpose, for which Diggs and
Caminetti were convicted, would seem
by the very statements of the facts
to embrace transportation for pur
poses denounced by the act. While
such immoral purpose woukUie more
culpable in morals, if accompanied
with expectation of gain, such con
siderations d-.not prevent the lesser
offense against morals from the exe
cution of purposes within the mean
ing of the law. To say to the-contrary
would shock the common under
standing of what constitutes an im
moral purpose.
Whether the women involved be
come technically accomplices, ar
gued in behalf of the three defend
ants, was not decided by the court. It
disposed of that feature as follows:
"It is urged as a further ground of
reversal of the judgments below the
trial court did not instruct the jury
that the testimony of thewo girls
was that of accomplices and to be
received with great caution and be
lieved only when corroborated by
other testimony adduced in the
"While this is so, there is no abso
lute rule of law preventing convic
tions on this testimony of accom
plices if juries believe them."
In conclusion, the court said:
"Mucl is said about the character
of the testimony adduced and as to
certain facts tending to establish the
guilt or innocence of the accused.
This court does not weigh the evi
dence in a proceeding of this charac
ter, and it is enough to say that there
was substantial testimony tending to
support the verdicts rendered in the
trial courts."
History of Litigation.
Although the supreme court had
previously upheld constitutionality of
the Mann white slave law, the ques
tion of whether it prohibits interstate
transportation of women only for
commercialized vice or applies to
mere personal immoral escapades
having no element of commercialism 1
or coercion has been disputed ever
since the law's enactment.
Interpretation by the supreme-court
of the disputed point was asked in the
celebrated Diggs-Caminetti cases and
in the case of L. T. Hays of Alva,
Okl. In all three cases the govern
ment conceded there was no clement
of uraffic for gain.
Dr. Liebknecht
Given Four More
Years in Prison
"London; Jan. 15. Dr. Karl Lieb
knecht, the German socialist leader,
has received an additional sentence of
four and one-half years at hard labor
and expulsion from the Berlin bar.
according to a Central News dis-
patcn trom Amsterdam today.
A court-martial at Berlin last vear
sentenced Dr. Liebknecht to four
years' imprisonment for military trea
son. He appealed to the imperial
military tribunal, which gave a de
cision on November 5 last rejecting
the appeal.
Johnstown Leader Goes
Into Receivership
Johnstown, Pa., Jan. 15. Finan
cial difficulties due, according to a
statement by officers of the company,
to the increased cost of news print
paper and other items of production,
have forced the Johnstown Leader,
an afternoon daily, into a receivership-
The Leader was established
five years ago
A remarkable night view of the fire which destroyed the munitions plant at Kingsland, N.
J. The shocks of the explosions were felt for miles. The flames lit up the entire New York
City water front.
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Attorney Berger Tells Jury This
Will Be Defense of Wins
low Bank Suspects.
Fremont, Neb., Jan. 15. (Special.)
Louis Assman, on trial hcrc for the
robbery of the Winslow Slate baik
at Winslow a month ago, was un
der the influence of liquor and drugs
when the robbery was coniniittecd,
the defense will endeavor tk prove.
This was the statement of Attorney
Joe Bergcr of Omaha, who is rep
resenting Assman, in his address to
the jury late this afternoon. x
Assman's attorney said Jhat on the
night before the robbery took place,
Assma:: and Tom Calcord, 'the other
suspect, were at the Assman drug
store in Qmaha drinking and eating
morphine. The attorney stated ex
pert testimony to show Assman was
mentally incompentent owing to the
excessive use of the drug and liquor
would be introduced:
Up to four vears am. when Assman
Lbcgan the use of drugs and liquor hi
,'iiaa a good recoro. . since that time
ftis liiinfl Has become,, affected at
times, the attorney said. 'Calcord will
be given a hearing when the trial of
Assman has been concluded.
-The first witness to take the stand
was Assistant Cashier Elmer li. Kuwe
of the Winslow bank, who handed
the money tot the highwaymen. He
indentified Assman as one of the two
bandits, who entered the bank and
covered him with their revolvers.
Ruwe testified that before entering
the hank the bandits had fired their
The witness testified that the two
robbers then made him hand over
what money he had on the counter
and in the drawers and then marched
hiin back to the vault, where they
secured over $4,000 more.
Keeping him covered as they turned
toward the door the robbers walked
out and got in their automobile.
Ruwe testified that while the robbers
were in the vault the cashier. George
C. Voll, ran from the building. He
was left alone with the two high
waymen. Mr. Ruwe when asked why he gave
over the money, answered, "I was
Attorney Bergcr for Assman asked
but few questions on the cross-examination.
Assinafl's mother and wife
are in the courtroom and will testify.
George C. Voll will take the stand
tomorrow morning. He has identified
the prisoners as the two highwaymen
who entered the bank and got away
with $0,340. Ihe state has thirty
eight witnesses. It is expected the
two trials will require ten days or
two weeks.
Wyoming Senate Votes to
Submit "Dry". Amendment
Cheyenne, Wyo., Jan. 15. The Wyo
ming senate today passed a bill sub
mitting prohibition, as a constitutional
amendment, to the people of the state
in 1918. The bill now goes to the
! White Frost and White Fog Cover
!- The British Battle Front in France
With the British Armies in France, :
Via London, Jan. 14. This has been !
one of the straneest days in the 1
strange world war. It has been a
wonderfully whitf day .. day of
snow, white fog, white fields and
strange white trees glistening in mag
ical mantles of clear white frost.
Even the brown, gripping, remorse
less mud of the Sonime the mud
that has been almost the master of
the war for these last two months
has hidden its treacherous depth, for
the time at least, beneath the soft,
fleecy flakes that came during the
night to spread a Sabbath vestment
over the wretched, squalid and som
ber battle fields of northern France.
In most of the front line trenches
there was the mystic quiet that conies
with snow. No Man's land had been
lifted for the moment out of its de
graded and abject state of melancholic
desolation and placed on a pictur
esque white equality with the uiitrani
nieled lands that lie about the fighting
zones. The tortuous rusted barriers
of barbed wire in front of the enemy
positions had been transformed into
McAdoo Issues Hot
Denial, Declaring
Rumors Base Lies
Washington. Jan. 15. Secretary
McAdoo issued a statement late today
saying "no more shameless and wan
ton lie rotild be conceived" than the
rumor that he had been interested
"at any time, in any manner whatever,
in stock speculation, or had been con
nected in any manner whatever with
a "leak."
Secretary McAdoo said:
"No man should he called upon to
noljcc such detestable and irrespon
sible gossip and slander, but since my
name has been mentioned I wish to
say that no more shameless and
wanton lie could be conceived than
Ihe rumor or suggestion that 'I have
been interested at any lime and in
any manner in stork speculation or
purchases of stock in New York or
elsewhere or that I have been con
nected in any manner whatever with
Ihe alleged 'leak' about the so-'callcd
peace note.
"The putrid partisan politicians and
the putrid stock gamblers in New
York and Bosron are giving the coini
try a painful exhibition of the con
temptible methods to which they re
sort in their efforts to injure the ad
piiuistratioii. .'. "If any man in or out of congress
will assume. .responsibility "for these
slanders or it 1 can secure legal proof
ot tne guilt ot sue li a man 1 will have
him put in the penitentiary, where he
belongs. It is time that an example
be made of the foul scoundrels who
make a profession of whispered and
baseless insinuations against men in
public life."
Secretary Tumulty gave out this
"After the complete and definite
statement which 1 made to the rules
committee last week it should hardly
be necessary for mc to say that there
is not a scintilla of truth in these
new flimsy charges."
Admiral Dewey is
Very .Weak and End
May Come Any Time
Washington. )an. 15. Admiral
Dljwey, hero of Manila bay, whs has
been confined to his home here for
the last five days by a general hreak-dowtu-wa$
reported as "slowly sink
ing," hy his doctors at 2 o'clock this
The following bulletin was issued
by Drs. Fauntleroy and Sheldon.
"Admiral Dewey has bccji slowly
declining since early this morning. The
primary condition is arterial sclerosis
which affects practically every orsran
in the body, especially the kidneys and
brain. Although he has shown 'great
rallying power at times, he is slowly
sinking. So far his heart y strong
and his lungs are clear, but these
organs may be suddenly and seriously
affected at any time."
Sanford Hotel Will Open ,
Informally on Wednesday
The Sanford hotel will open on
Wednesday in order to take care of
some reservations that have come in
from out in Nebraska. The forma
opening of the hostelry will not take
place until rsiturday, as planned, ac
cording to Owner Conant.
tangled and graceful strand
ot ice
1111,1 clinging snow,
., 1,ack of ,nc ''!"'. l'e British guns
; that never seem to tire or sleep mud
cannot muzzle nor trosts subdue
spoke with a white hot breath from
hiding places screened and doubly
secure beneath the white cover of the
newly fallen snow. L'nder the spell
of the snow and the mists there was,
what is not often the case out here,
an almost tangible touch of Sunday
in the air. Whether it was the white
fog that enveloped so much of the
front or whether it was just some
shadowy spirit of the Sabbath, the
strident voices of the guns seemed
more muffled than usual and farther
away. But the messengers that the
guns sent smashing through miles of
glacial space spoke to their foes in
the same determined tones that have
been heard with such unrcteiuing reg
ularity during all these wintry days.
The war that stretches out over the
years is a war that necessarily re
solves itself inlo a routine of much
the same thing over and over again.
Today, however, in all ils whitness,
it sccmul JUit a wee bit different.
Men Wear Their Uniforms, Al
though Officers Are Re
sponsible for Them.
The Fourth Nebraska regiment at
Fort Crook has been mustered out
of the tcderal scrvicc restored to
its former National Guard status and
the men sent to their homes. They
were paid off by Lieutenant Colonel
C. H. McNeill of the paymasters' de
partment of Chicago. No formalities
or red tape preceded the mustering
out, nothing but the paying of the
soldiers, as all details had been ar
ranged several days ago.
About $48,000 was distributed
among the men and officers. The
average pay of each man was about
$45. This included pay for Decem
ber and fifteen days in January be
sides the allowance for clothing,
which they did not draw.
No company captains were paid.
They will not receive their salaries
until their company records are re
checked by the War department at
Washington. ...,;,. .. .. .
No Allowance Made..'
No additional allowance was given
to the soldiers for the clothes which
the government and state officers
seized soon after the men returned
from the border. Adjutant General
Hall stated that he was in corre
spondence with the War department
and that he thought a satisfactory
agreement would be reached whereby
the men would be reimbursed.
True to Governor Neville's assur
ance, the soldiers left the post prop
erly dressed, but ir'order to do so
they were requircH by many of the
company commanders to deposit $10
for the return of the clothes. The
officers felt justified in taking the se
curity, as they assert that they are
personally accountable for the
clothes. i
Previous lo being mustered out of
the federal service, each captain was
bonded by the state for $1,000 to see
that the property was returned.
A few sick soldiers, who were not
mustered out, will be kept at the post
until they have recovered. A regular
army detachment relieved the regi
mental hospital corps from further
duty. ,
Kaiser's Note Says'
He Has Courage to
Make Peace Offer
Amsterdam, Jan. 15. (Via Lon
don.) The Norddeulsche Allgemeine
Zeitung publishes the following auto
graph letter from the German em
peror to Chancellor von Bethmann
Hollweg, dated October 31, 1916.
"My Dear liethmann: 1 4iavc been
turning over our conversation thor
oughly in my mind. It is clear that
the people in the enemy countries
who arc kept in hard endurance of
the war by lies and frauds and de
luded iby lighting and hatred, possess
no men who arc able or who have the
moral courage to speak the word
which will bring relief to propose
peace. What is wanted is a moral
deed to free the world, including neu
trals, from the pressure which weighs
upon all. For such deed it is neces
sary to find a ruler who has a con
science, who feels that he is responsi
ble to God, who has a heart for his
own people and for those vho are
his enemies, who is indifferent to any i
possible williul mistinterpretatioiv of
his act and possesses the will lo free
the world from its sufferings.
"I have the courage. Trusting in
God, I shall dare to take this step.
I'lease draft notes on these lines and
submit them to me and make all nec
essary arrangements without delay."
Railroad Claims
For More Mail Pay
Are Held Invalid
Washington, Jan. 15. Test cases
regarded as decisive of about 800 rail
road claims against the government
for approximately $35,000,000 addi
tional compensation for carrying the
mails from 1907 to lull were decided
today by the supreme court against
the railroads. Appeals of the Chicago
& Alton and Yazoo & Mississippi rail
roads from rejection of test claims
were dismissed.
Financier Springs Sensation
When He Says Rules Com-
i mittee Chief Gave Him
J ' "Leak" Information.
Asserted He Heard Bernstorff
,Madc Huge Profits on
Washington, Jan. 15. At the close
of today's hearing the committee or-N
dered subpoenaed Archihal S. White,
Ruth Tomlinsou Visconti. i William
W. Trice, II. I'liney Fiske; C. D. Bar
ney anil company Malcolm McAdoo,
S. G. Gibhoney, Paul M. Warburg,
John R. Rathoin. John 0'HaraCos
grave and Erman Kidgeway. Secre
tary McAdoo and Secretary Tumulty,
members f the committees aid, would I
come 'voluntarily. The hearing ad
journed until tomorrow morning.
Washington, Jan. 15. Thomas W.
I.awson declared during his testimony
this afternoon that the firm of C. D.
Barney & Co. of Wall street, Mal
colm McAdoo, brother of Secretary
McAdoo, and Stewart G. Gibbonicy
of New York knew of the leak and
that "a public man who knew the
leak machinery" was Paul M. War
burg of the Federal Reserve board.
Lawson indirectly brought the
names of Secretary Lapsing and Am
bassador Bernstorff into the hearing,
but not in connection with the leak.
When Henry charged him with
dragging in tht name of Lansing,
Lawson indignantly replied:
VI have held the names of Lansing
and the German ambassador ""out of
this." .
At the opening of the hearing
Chairman Henry made a statement "
of the nature of the proceedings, out
lining the history of the previous
hearing, including questions asked
Lawson and his defiant answers
At the very outset Lawson sprung
a sensation by declaring Chairman
Henry was the congressman who told
him a cabinet member, senator and
a stock broker were in a pool to
profit in the stock market by a leak
on President Wilson'a peace note.
Lawson first pleaded with the com-'
mittee to allow him to -give- the -names,
in secret and public later if
the commitlee decided it was wise.
The committee would not grant tlie
plea and Chairman' Henry demanded
an answer to the question.
"Who wis the member of con
gress?" Lawson was asked.
"Chairman Henry," said Lawson,
There was no sign of surprise on
the face of the chairman as Lawson
gave his name. Before he had an
swered, the first question, however,
Lawson made the promise to answer
by asking for an opportunity to make
an explanation before going further. ,
Boston Banker Named. , .
Lawson said he could not give the
names of any members of congress,
who were engaged in buying and sell
ing stocks. ,
Lawson said that the banker wh
told him he knew another banker who
dominated a cabinet officer in Wash
ington was Archibald S. White of
White Si Co., Boston. The committee
immediately issued a subpoena for
Lawson also testified that Ruth
Tomlinsou Visconti of Washington
had-told Him that W. W. Price, cor
respondent of the Washington Star at
the White House, had a part in the
leak affair between Secretary Tumulty
and others. '
Rumor that McAdoo Knew.
. Secretary McAdoo, ,Lawson said,
was the cabinet member to whom he '
referred in his previous testimony as
being connected, according to rumor,
with a leak on President Wilson's
peace note.
Lawson had been asked if he was
prepared to offer proof of his state
ment that there were beneficiaries of
the leak among law makers and oth
ers. He produced a letter which he
asked to submit in private. The
committee insisted that he read it. It
was from Mrs. Visconti. .
Another banker, 'to whom Lawson
referred as having been involved in
the leak, was H. Pliny Fiske of Har
vey Fiske & Sons, New York.
The senator, Lawson said, was
known to him only as "O."
Tumulty Go-Between.
Ruth T. Visconti appears in the
Washington city directory as a cleric
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