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liVi NEW "YORK, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1915.
16 P A 01 8
FRZOE ONE OENTr
If 'agggxaajx anas e-s-
GERMAN SUBMARINES TO
hi cii I nnnuL
FATAL BLAZE IN SUBWAY
IS LAID AT THE DOOR OF
C PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD
(Workmen Bored Into Conduit
( ; and Caused Short Circuit,
' Savs Havward.
Rmhions as to Real Cause of
Vjani 6 Smudge Made at
. Tte " PvHo SMrrlo Commission
k'WM'tIsla'.atwMOB charged with toll
irMtMUftltttT for the subway accl-
"CMK' ot Jul C when, .awing, to .the.
.Short circuiting of feed wire, the
ube wear filled with poisonous fumes,
t eft'-im9ftT wu killed ud great
nuRKfr rendered unconscious and In
The disaster wo directly laid at
the ConiBjuaeton'a door by Col. Will
ful Hywrd, counsel to tho Joint
LegWlittTri Committee which la ln
yttjwTliir the work of the Commla-
iivr ' r
' LMe made the etatement. backtns It
if r VP. written' ana eiirnea rt. joi
diated by workmen employed In the
new aubway seotion In wt Forty
aecond Street drilling Into a duct
bask of the existing aubway, abort
circuiting the current and causing
the burning out In the splicing cham
ber at Fifty-third Street.
The disclosure came during the ques
tioning of Public Service Commis
sioner George V. S. Williams.
It was made at the morning sea
a(on. When the afternoon session
opened, Commissioner Williams said
'that hie investigation during the
j'recets bad convinced him that Col.
- .Haywara' charge was not true.
r At the close ot the grilling to which
Mr. Williams was subjected Col. Hay
ward naked "him why i was that the
t people of the city had' not been told
of the real cause of tho accident, de
manding If It hadnot been kept quiet
because It was "passing the buck from
the Interborough to the Public Ser
The Commissioner replied that ho
should not be asked such a question.
Col. Hayward led up to his sensa
tional disclosures by asking Mrs Will-
lims a number of questions about the
'care the commission exerolsed In Its
'"supervision of subway .work. Mr.
llllfMma tnlt film t Vi n t nnt o .to 1n
. . mimmiiMi v.w m w.Mnw
swaatdrlyen except where the Inspec
tors of the commission were present
' td supervise It; that the greatest care
woa, given where subways came to
CoL Isyward Did you know that
on the morning ot the accident, work-
jj men busy In building the new sub-
fway .ecUon In West Forty-second
t Street. contract of Holbrook, Cur-
jjtla a) Rbbblna, drilled down through
fe of the main oondulta) of the sub
iwayt Did you know that the flame
ul heat generated by thla were so
lanraat tbat the man had to flee and
that the head of the drill was burned
Did you know that one hundred feet
of the) burned cable were token from
the conduit after the drill penetrated
' the duct-baakT
Cammtaeloner Williams No. That
i la ail news to ma.
P Hnl. RlMirri-Willi. I'll ll vnn
' asori about lu manhole waa being
J ant down In front of No. IH West
wvfif iwnu niii .vtutfe war
MADE KISS WAGER
WITH BASEBALL STAR,
HER HUSBAND SAYS.
MRS. VANDERBILT FIGHTS
FOR $30,000,000 ESTATE
Attorneys for Her and Mrs. Oelrichs
Filed New Motions in Fair
Three motions wcro mado before
Supreme Court Juutlco Gavcg-an, to
day, by Ilowers and Hands, attorneys
for Mrs. Hermnn Oelrichs and Mrs.
William K. Vnnderbllt, in an attompt
to set asldo tho efforts of George and
Theodore W. Uefler of Newark, N. J.,
and Mabel K. Towle of Concord, N,
H., all children of Harnh Iefler, de-
ceased sister of the late Caroline D,
Fair, to get a share of tho $30,000,000
estate which waa left by Mrs. Fair
and her husband, Charles It. Fair, In
1902. They were killed In an automo
bile, accident In France.
Mrs. Oelrichs and Mrs. Vanderbllt
are alatnrs of the late Mr. Fair. The
settlement ot the estate hlnjred
largely upon the question whether
husband or wife had died first. It
Is contended the estate would have
gone to the heirs of Mrs. Fair had the
matter of tho will been adjudicated
In this State and the court found
her husband died first. A It was.
the will waa probated in California,
and this the plaintiff claims to have
been an illegal move.
There are forty-two heirs "but
settlements are saia to nave been ef
fected with practically all of them ex
cept the throe who are now figuring
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WIFE GAVE HEWES
SILK PAJAMAS AND
But She Says Pretty Things
Were for a 64-Year-Old
MISJUDGED, SHE SAYS.
'Honorably Wronged," She
Asserts Husband Charges
She Made Kiss Wager.
Well dressed women by the dozen
and young men wearing large tortoise
shelled spectacles crowded Jusltce
Bianchard'e part of the Supreme
Court to-day and, heard Mrs. Elltn
beth Benson Melnken, handsome wife
of Hrry Melbken, wealthy- sho an.
Ufaclurer, defend herself against the
charge'tbat she had acted Indiscreetly
with Harry P. Hewoe, a young real
Mrs. Melnken brought suit against
her husband for a separation and he
retaliated by bringing an action for
For more than threo hours Mrs.
Melnken waB under cross examina
tion and It developed that these ques
tions would be the ones that Justice
Dlanchard would have to answer In
deciding tho case:
Did Mrs. Melnken ever bet Andy
Coakley, noted baseball player, a kiss
that he could not win a gome of soli
taire, and did eho loee the betT
Did Mr. Hewes, who waa In court.
over scamper around In Mrs. Meln
ken'a apartments in his B. V. D.'aT
Did she ever buy Mr. Hewea allk
pajamas and costly neckties and have
them charged up to her husbands
Did she over tell her former friend
Mrs. Carolyn Hazard of Trenton, N.
J that' no one could blame tier ror
falling in love with Mr. Hewos'a big
black eyes, and did sh.o then and
there kiss him in the preaenco of her
Mrs. Melnkon, who was asked all
theso questions, deniod them with alt
tho emphasis In her. musical voice.
She stamped her feet and said to the
"My husband misjudged me.
was honorably wronged and tho rea
on why I didn't tell Mr. Melnken
that I hud mot Mr. Hewes and dined
with him was because I wanted to
protect Mr. Hewes. Ho Is tho young
er boy and the world protects tho
older but not the younger boys,
Hewes who was sitting in tho rear,
smiled approvingly. Then his six
foot form arose and ho offered his
chair to Mrs. Melnken, who took it
while he retired to a tablo,
Attorney Huth, for tho husband,
dwelt at length upon tho pink silk
pajama Incident with such an ortls
tlcally humorous touch that even Jus
tlco Blanchard Bmllcd.
Mrs. Melnken had Just denied that
Hewes had cavorted around her
apartment In his II. V. D.'s when Mr.
Huth hurled this question at her:
"Did you ever hug and kiss Mr.
Howes on a couch?"
"Never," she replied.
"When Is Mr. Jlewcs's birthday?"
she was asked.
"I don't know," bhe replied.
"Didn't you give him a pair of silk
pajamas on his last birthday?" the
"Silk pajamas!" Mrs. .Melnken ro
peatcd In amazement "Why, the very
Ideal I never did!"
"Well, didn't you buy some at
"Yes. I did that Is my friend. Mrs,
Horner and Mrs. Booth, purchased
soma ror ui cm selves, ana i per
(Continued oa Second Faga.)
ta rurnu nninfiu uaniMtii
i u ci
FOOD SUPPLY FACTS
President Tells Mayor Mitchel
He Will Remove Erroneous
WIDE INQUIRY MADE.
Agricultural Department Will
Give Statement of Exact
Conditions in Short Time.
WASHINGTON, Feb. IT. President
Wilson declared, to-day he believed
an erroneous impreealon had grown
up .concerning the food aupply In the
United States. In a letter to Mayor
Mitchel of 'New Tork. replying to a
8iffg4tloft'tt an embargo be placed
by the Federal Government on exports
of wheat, the President wrote that in
the near future the Administration"
will give out a, statement showing the
The President thanked Mayor
Mitchel for his letter and for the
report of the food commlttoe, headed
by Georgo W. Perkins, In which It
was suggested that the amount ot
wheat in the United States at the
present time, as compared with the
amount on hand a year ago, be mado
The matter Is one to which the
Administration has, of course, from
the first glvon the most thoughtful
and careful attention," wrote the
President. "The Agricultural Depart
ment Is In possession ot all the facts.
About these facta aome very errone
ous Impressions obtain, and It la our
purpose In the Immediate future to
remove these misunderstandings by a
very full and clear statement ot all
the facta. Thoy will, I think, reas
sure the country."
Mayor Mltchel's letter has been re
ferred to Secretary Houston and a
thorough Investigation now la being
made. It la understood to bo the po
sition of the President that be haa
no authority to declare an embargo
on the exportation of foodstuffs, even
though suoh a step went cc
PROMOTED BY MAYOR
Appointed to Vacancy on Special
Sessions Bench Caused by
Mayor Mitchel to-day appointed
Magistrate John J. Frescbl to the
place on the Special Sessions bench
made vacant by tho resignation of
Justice Lorenz Zellor. Freschl la a
Democrat who has been identified
with Tammany Halt- The salary ot
Special Sessions Justice Is $9,000,
which Is an Increase of 12,000 over
that which Freschl received as a Mil
The Keller term which the newly np.
pointed Justice fills expires July 1 of
this year. On that duta It Is believed
Mayor Mitchel will reappoint Freschl
to the full term of ten years,
It is understood that the Mayor
made the appointment of Freschl out
of consideration for the Italian
element of Manhattan and the Bronx,'
which contended that It did not have
proper representation in the city
Magistrate Daniel Murphy, Demo
crat, and Robert Appleton, Ilepubll
can, were active candidates for the
en I Dm i ion lift noun
JUSTICE HE CANNOT
Supreme Court Judge's Man
date to Wait Has No Effect
SHE WEDS IN SECRET.
Mss Eugenie Philbin Becomes
Mrs. Wetmore Without Her
Supremo Court Justice Eugene A.
Philbin waa able to atatc authorita
tively to-day that It la foolish for any
atern parent' to try to tie up Cupid
ovef lWnt; eepec(ajly when Dan la In
Justice. FhUbln ksowa, for he ana
Mr. Philbin tried It with their
daughter, Rugehte, who. It developed
to-day, had been engaged to Louis K.
Wetmore; a writerfor some time bo
fore ahe. slipped quietly away with
him yesterday and waa married, In
spite of tha wishes ot her parenta
that the couple watt until after Lent
At the Vanderbllt Hotel, to-day,
tho happy couplo told tbelr side of
the story to an Evening' World re
porter just before thoy left for a
two weeks' wedding trip In Canada.
Over his coffee at tho Philbin home,
ot No. 6J West Fifty-second Street,
Justice Philbin told the parental side
of the case and both aides agreed
It waa foolish to ask the Impetuous
Dan to exercise his patience over the
forty days of Lent,
"Mrs. Philbin and I knew right
along that the couple had Intended
to be married, although no formal
announcement hod been made," said
JUBtlco Philbin. "Only a few ot their
friends knew about It. All we asked
them to do was to wait until nftor
Lent. No, 'we did not know the' cere
mony had beon performod until It
In tho bridal suite at the Vander
bllt Mr. Wetmore waa anxious to cor
rect the Impression it was an out-and-out
"Well, yes, it is true we didn't no
ttfy the Judge and Mrs. Philbin be
fore we went to Father John Burke
of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle
for tho ceremony yesterday, but they
approved of our marriage. They
wanted ua to wait until after Lent.
It waa all done on a audden Impulse.
We had Intended to announce our en
gagement formally In a few daya and
had decided to set April 32 as the
wedding day. With this Idea we got
our marriage license three weeks ago.
"When the eye of Lent came around,
though, we thought of thu long ..tt,
and yesterday decided to call up Mr.
and Mrs. Lorlmer Worden, friends ot
ours, and have the knot tied at once.
They were our only friends who knew
about the ceremony yesterday. On
our return from our trip we will live
In the city."
Wetmore recently returned from
London, where he established himself
as a literary agent. He Is managing
the lecture tours In this country ot
Cecil Chesterton, who Is here now,
and HlllalrerUelloc, who Is due hero
within a week.
The former Mlaa Philbin has been
prominent In society since her debut
in Kill. In November of that year
her enticement to Arthur It. Jones.
son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Strothcr Jones
of No. t East Thirty-ninth Street.
waa announced, but It was broken off
by mutual consent last June.
Wetmore Is u stepson of Dr. James
W, Murkoe, pathological surgeon of
tthe Lying-in Hospital and. formerly i
private physician to J. P. Morgan.
Are Tea Gia Bih?
Mtlbtt u4 o?ii llurtUu o all
ENJOIN DAN CUPID
Sou Lb iHiint tutamip um a I thu wuhlu
THAVXJ, BJJUIAU, Wrtd"atlJhe. SM Vyji
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11. la -KlW
BRITISH MERCHANTMEN GUARDED 1
BY WARSHIPS AGIST RMS,
DAUGHTER OF JUDGE
WHO BROKE INJUNCTION
BY WEDDING SECRETLY
Torpedo Strikes Below the
Water Line and Vessel Goes
Under in 20 Minutes.
HAVnK (vln Pnrli), Feb. IT. The
British steam collier Dulwlch, bound
from Hull to Itouan, waa torpedood
by n Oerinnn submarine twenty miles
northwest of Capo do la Hove at
o'clock last night. Tho torpedo struck
the middle starboard side.
As tho crew took to the bouts the
submarine that torpedoed tho ship
was' Bren. speeding; away. The Dul
wlch sank In twenty minutes.
Twonty-two members of the crew
of thirty-one men were picked up
by the Trench destroyer Arquebuse
and brought to Havre. Hoven others
rowed to Fecamp. The fata ot the
other two Is unknown.
The weather was clear, but a heavy
sea was running when the Dulwlch
was blown up. The torpedo struck
under the waterllne and the explosion
that followed was terrific.
The ship Ik.'khii to settle Immedi
ately, and a Imsty examination
showed C'upt. Hunter his vcshfI would
keep afloat only n few minutes. He
ordered thu bouts launchrd, and the
sailors tumbled In without taking
time to save tli'.'lr personal belong
IngH. While pullInK toward the French
coast seeking a ship which might
rescue them, tho crew of the Dulwlch
saw the submarine rise to the surface
several times, as If watching them,
and then disappear again.
One report aaya no notice waa given
to tha oolller before tha torpedo waa
HER CREW ESCAP
Scandinavian-American Liner Oscar
11., w men aauea rrom wew xoric
With 400 Passengers, Held Up by
Brit ish Cruiser andThen Released
MORE GAINSji IN
REPORTED, FROM BERLIN.
BERLIN, via Amsterdam, Feb. 17 .(United Press). The Ndi
Deutsche Allgemeine Zeltung; continuing Us policy of outlining the Gf
man Government's position' in Connection with the blockade, declare to
Aitti .U-l. .4! J
uajr stijr yuvic icwuiiuii
suuuwimcauatK. put u ag?ui pemtj out max many vessels are cenM
to fall victims to mjnes which theCerman submarines will lay with kvfcfc
hand. . r . V ' v , . . . t v
"We shall place mines, before every British harbor entrance,;' the re
port says, "something we are' legally entHled to do, inasmuch as all BrMMi
' ports have been declared war ports.
ances for mine laying and they will make lavish use of ihem.
"Our submarine captains have been told to carefully guard neukfl'
shipping, and there is not a 'single one who cannot discern between,
neutral and an enemy's merchantman. But mines are blind and my,
strike anything, and because of this grave danger we cannot iob strong!;
urge all neutral shipping to keep away
British Submarines Out to Fight
f2ovn finm in
LONDON, Feb. 17 (UnlUf Praaa). JtagtaU' mtt ai naajhr
the Oertnan mbraarin fclooamde
Details of tha utea awe kpt aacrat,
provided for the British marokamt Seat
but the majority ot the salllnis, K la
Tho deotroyer and torpedo Sotlllaa
along the steamship lanea. British
active, aa It la reaUxed that, the Germans will try to strike hare at tka
very outset In order to terrify timid ship owners and tniueioe tkeat to
keep their veaaela In their home porta, H
All of the neutral veaaela reaching brtttah porta to-eky freea
navlan polnta had their natlooal colore painted all arouad tket
works. In addition all of them had their namee very promlaaatly 4to
played, somo of the regular liners having them arranged with electric Waa
forming the letters In order that there could be no mistaking tiilr'UHetJtr.
AMSTERDAM, Feb. 17, AWdlng to the 'Tele'graaf. leregaW
sailings of the Hoyal. Dutch Lloyd
by the Qerman war cone order and
passing through the prohibited xono without any convoy.
SOFIA, Feb. 17.-jFollowlng,thc departure of the Greek Minister froaa
Constantinople, news twos received here to-day that the Turkish Mlaleter
at Athena has left that city. Thla la looked on here aa Indicating a raptara
of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
ROME, Feb. 17. Despatches from Athena say that dreeee haa prepare
for eventualities by aeeombllng 20,000
British Cruiser Holds Up Oscar IL, -
But She Is Later Allowed to Sail
The Danish steamship Oscar I!., taken lato Ktrkwall ta the Orkner
Islands last Sunday by a British cruiser, waa released ea Ifsaaay aMI
presumably proceeded to Copenhagen, according to deepatckea raatlvfCr
here to-day from Ixndon. Despatches from Copenhagen eUted aaat'
anxiety had been felt there an to the
The Oscar II; sailed from New York, Feb. 4 with abjaoet e:paatogBi
and a heavy cargo ot general merchandise. Bhe was s pokes of the aatsk
coast of Scotland last Friday, . n
Manager Jacobs en said his report ot the seliure of the Oscar IL eaato
from tho company's office In Copeabagas. Tha wtraleia eatsX of sae)
noiilrol hln had been dlnmantleit an smm mm ah wu M,iiakJ I
uriiisn cruiser ana worn ot ner cspinre reacnea uopeaasgen only -ay-roundabout
"There la not a pound ot contraband aseard,' a Tesreaeatatlve aftike)
Una mrtmA "nnr liivlll In tYtm n f n'm ar milMMal '
we understand It The ssrga was
hagea. We cannot undrtsd. way
view at tha taet that U UaHed Itilsiiili Ossaiisir at i
i.JII C At - k i I i l . i"
win uc laacn 10 proiea neutrals nuaaj yv
Our under seas boats have contriv
from English and French ports.1
4 - J A7an TMTan
mUOk aoas tato eaVaat at l
but It ta kmewa tat mirH am
A tow Tenia nay a fcel
stated oa authority, will take
bave been as aimed to patrol
submarine are aleo axpeotad te ba
Steamship Company will aet h lawtes)
fta steamer will sail aa asejal In lajht'
troops at Salonlca.
vessel's safety. ; I? '
deetlsed ta the aemtrei part at
.toe salp was