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Relieved From Duty

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Prof. Mark W. Harangton, chief of the woather bureau, has been pelieved froni duty owing to a disagreement with Secretary Morton. Jamen F. Cook, chief clerk of the weather bureau, is acting head of the bureau uutil a sucecessor to Professor Harrington is appointed. The relations li tween Secretary Horton and Professor Ilarrington, wlio was appointed from Michigan, are known to have been strained for many niontlis, and correspondence between them bas bei n carried on only in the most form;il Ianguage. Boon after the change of administration Secretary Morton institutor! an avestigation of the business affalrs oï the bureau. The resulta did not imlicate Professor Barrington in any way but I nde3 ; IncreasO the strained relations betwerai thé Secretavy and himself. For some time pasi Professor Barrington has had practleUly nothing to do wlth the routine of tlu office. The trouble ca nu in a climax ou Tune 19 wlth a cali for the professor a resi.sniation. The President had had the matter under adviseinent for -om time and been urged severa! times to make the formal request but liesi tated on the ground, it Ss sald, that Professor Harrington should be left to settle the matter by voluntarily stepping out. After he was at Gray (Jabíes, however, the Preatdeat dêcided to request the resisuation. Professor Harringtou immodiately replied to the President dx;lining to ívsifíu. saying he considered he had done nothing to warrant the aetion. Then the President sent, a letter briefly stating that Professor Harrington was relieved f rom tlw office, the removal to take effect July 1. The greatest secrecy is preserved. by all the officials regarding this renioval. Secnetary Horton would not talk. "That is a matter," he said, "that belongs properly to the White House. l'ntil some official annouinoernent is made trom the White House I havt110 communication to rnake." At the White House no positive information eould he obtained. Mr. l'ruden. the acting private secretary, said tliat he had no authorlty to make auy statement whatever and ihat until he had some authomation from tlie secrt-tary of agrlculturO or tiie President he could not say anythlug whatever. Prof. Harriiigton was apiwiuted from Michigan because of his long acquaintanee with meteorológica! matt( rs. having boeu for many years Üi editor of a jourual deroted to that science. He was a member of the íaculty of Michigan Uuiversily.


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