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PLAN OF CAMPAIGN.
COMMITTEE OF FIFTEEN DE
ADOPTS a PROGRAMME and CHOOSES
MR. BALDWIN FOR CHAIRMAN.
Yew-York now has a permanent Vigilance
Ccinml**^- It was organized yesterday by the
election of William H. Baldwin, Jr.. to be the
chairman of the Committee of Fifteen. A pro
rram"T>' sf action was also adopted, which. If
thoroughly carried out, will moke this city an
jLjilW*'" OTle for evildoer*. Here it Is:
,. Irf t-Tn lni*tltnt«- a «e*r«*hlnjr Inquiry, nn
!nni»M><*«' by partisan ron«ldrratlon». into
•he emu-" of * hr pr*M>«t nlarmlnis incrrane
- cambilnic and the soda! evil In thla ettjr.
_ d to collect >nrb Mslessa as shall estab
lish the connection betvreen exfatlner con
ditions and those who. In the last analysis,
¦re r< oii«iM<- for the»«- condition*.
second— publish the results of inch In
»tl*:ation» In ore>r to pot our fellow elfl
mM i a possession of facts and to enable
inn to adopt suck corrective measure* as
mr be needed.
To To promote such legislation as shall
«.*d«r It less difficult to reach offenders, and
a. staall peri * B «id to th *" shift!**; and dl
vUlon of r«-«ponitlb!litj in the local adminis
tration of the laws relating to vice and
<.rJme. to the end that public officers and
(ft ctr subordinates may be held to a, strict
jiiiiit-*" »-"««»• for their acts.
Fonrtb— To busts •"•* and promote the pro
«1floa of more wholesome conditions and
..iHM"""! 1 ' in order to lessen the allure
rnrnt* and incentives to vice and crime.
•The makeup of the Committee of Fifteen Is
pretty widely known, but now that it has em
burked en an organized and systematic war
a rice and Its protectors, which may last for
year* and have most important consequences.
the Btt Is : re repeated:
wini»s» H. Baldwin. Jr. I rTiarle* Spra^e Smith.
5Se» Stewart Smith. G*orKe F. PeatxxSy.
Al£ar.2er E. Orr. E. K. A SfUfftaaa.
Ma* K>:." Austen O. Fox.
B Adler Oorpe Haven Putnam.
1 H«!»er. Ilhnafle*. William J. q-Brten.
Joe) B. ErtarSt. Andrew J. Smith.
Jacob B- » ¦¦!¦;*•
All were present at the meeting yesterday ex
cept Messrs. Fox and O'Brien, who -were out of
town. Besides adopting the plan of campaign and
fleeting Mr. Baldwin chairman, they chose Pro
fessor Se'.igman for secretary and Mr. Peabody
for treasurer. A paid assistant secretary will he
selected Mac, and permanent headquarters will
be secured, probably In th« United Charities
The meeting was a long one, and reporters
were rot admitted until it was over. None of
the members would talk except Mr. Baldwin.
and he sail the plan had been adopted unani
mously after a full discussion. It was also re
solved, he added, to have the future work of
tfce body divided among sub-committees which
would be chosen later by the Chair. In this he
will be assisted by Messrs. Orr and Smith, no
doubt Mr. Baldwin says the committee Is as
sured of a plenitude of funds to carry on its
campaign, sad knows just how to get the •*•"
CeaeM of wrongdoing: which It will *eek out and
make public throuch the newspapers.
The next meeting of the «" om ™ l " e *.^ll\ r i!
held on "Wednesday afternoon at 3:^o °' clocK in
thf CntteA eh******* Building.
DKVERY BY DTVTXE RIGHT*
FAYS ¦HWIWJqi, NOT THE BOARD.
MADE HIM CHIEF.
HE ABUSES YORK AND DECLARES HE CAM
NOT BE REMOVED AND WILL
"Tork think* he can put the wheels under me,
does he?" said the Chief of Police yesterday in his
FlcturesTJe style of peach. "Well. I tell you he
Jurt can't— see?" Devery was In what he would
call a "chesty" mood. He was more defiant than
*v«>r. H* laughed to 6corn the efforts of his ene
ir.i*s to oust him from his office. That Is what he
wears by "puttir.s the wheels" under a man pre
paratory to shunting him out into the cold. Devery
CFSumed the full responsibility for the recent
rhakeup in the police fcr^e. and gloried in it. For
Trrk Si Deputy Chief McLauphltn he had only
words cf contumely. For the learned Whsl— )'¦
legal opinion he expressed supreme contempt. For
"the people," tlu dear people, he was full of soliei
?•jfie. The climax si his absurdity was reached
when he exclaimed. "Providence, not the Com
missioners, made me Chief."
When York heard this he said. "It was Provi
dence who established an Insane asylum upon the
north «id of the Island."
Devery's whole statement Is highly characteristic
cf the man, enlightening as to police methods and
tJjo arousing. Here it Is:
I eta still Chief of Police. 1 expect to remain
Chi*f of Police. I Question the right of the Pp.Jce
Board to remove me. Within a few days I shall be
back at ray desk In Mulberry-**- attending to my
duties. I think It is high time politics was re
moved from the Police Hoard. I a::. Chief of Po
lice for the people, not for the poJtlr'^ns. My
work has been constantly hampered a - > Impeded
by President York and Deputy Chief ighlln.
President York told me to keep n / hands off
Brooklyn, and that he Vould be r /ponslble for
BfTairr 'her*- As for Deputy Chic ' McLaughlin.
he refused to take orders from me. has never
vtslted my offlce since I have been «^hlcf.
Why dm I remove MeClusky? because he was
too "chesty." I could get no info' /nation from him
nbout big Vases. The transfers \-ai I made In the
Police Department were on ray own Judgment and
without consultation with any other official. I
want to tell the people of N«-w-York that I am pre
pared to etar.d on my Judgment. York and the
Brooklyn crowd have b*n-n throwing mud at me
*!nc* Saturday. I want to tfll you something about
Mr York and his Brooklyn people. When I was
made Chief of Police York told me 1 must keep my
hands off Brooklyn. He said he would be re
«^or.£ib!e for that borough. I did keep my hands
off end let him »un it. But I finally concluded I
was Chief of Police for the people in this com
mur.ity and not for the politicians. York and Mo-
LaurbUn ran Brooklyn to Fult themselves. Me-
Liughlln did nothing. He lolled around with a
hlica bat on the back of his head.
I never couid get him to my office at Police
Headquarters. He has never been th« re since I
was Chief of Police. I never talked polite business
with tlm because I could not get him to come. I
r-ouli do 'nothing in Brooklyn on account of York,
ar.d knew nothing about what was jroir.g on there.
York's Instructions were for me to keep my hands
off- I refused to do fo any longer, and you know
wfcat the result Js. I did not want to brine vice
there. Whatever Is going on there that I* wrong
York is responsible for. He Raid he would be, and
J* Is. I made up my mind to remove :ifrh!!n
because I believe In the people and not politicians
running the Police Department.
DOESN'T "GIVE A RAP" FOR WIIAi-EN.
I don't give a nip what Whaler) says about my
right to make transfers. I knew what I was
doing, and I stand by what I have done. The Po
lice Board can make the Deputy Chief, but aft.
they have made r.lm he is subject to the orders of
the Chief of Police. \Vh«-n the charter was framed
It provided for the organization of the police De
partment. Jt rave the rtjrht to the Police Depart
ment to appoint the Chief and his deputies, but
aftw their appointment the Commissioners had
nothing more to do with their disposition, except
In the cs.ee of charges.
Let me tell you, I am not stuck on my place.
Providence put me there. 1 didn't have much help.
But •me« I'm here I tun going to be the Chief, and
nobody else. I am not going to resign. Neither am
I afraid of the Police Board removing me. I ques
tion their power to do so. If the Hoard deems nt
to make transfers over my head that Is another
rnatte.r. They knew the law on that subject and so
I have Been it printed that the transfers were
part of a political dec! Now. le? m*» say most
emphatically that Tammany Hall. Senator PJatt or
¦H other politician had nothing to do with It.
!¦••• was no political interference. I am not
ceallr.g with politicians «» Chief of Police. And
you can cay right here that I bei!eve that there Is
jjo place in the Police Department for politico
Th •>*> I »ent my own men down to Coney i«i-
11 tJII II l't\ OB Stilt »•¦•-.
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n*»» 5^?L ** i** d lre * * l bi « ¦•fis, 41 £a«i*u-«i..
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SPEAKERS AT THE BANKERS' DINNER.
MORE MEN FOR KITCHENER
RUMOS THAT HEAVY REINFORCEMENTS
HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR.
LORT> EDWARD CKCTI^S RETURN TO ENG
LAND-HOLIDAY PI. AYS OX THE STAGE.
[Opyrlrht; 1900: By The New-York TTSMS*.]
I BY CABLF. TO THE IBISUSB.]
London. Dec. 20. 6 a. m— There are persistent
rumors that General Kitchener has asked for
ltrge reinforcements of mounted men. Various
fig-urea ranging from twenty thousand to forty
thousand men, are named, but the War Office
V oilent and the reports are not credited by
military men. No action In the direction of
strengthening the army in South Africa is prob
able until Lord Roberta's return. If reinforce
ments are sent it is not believed that they will
exceed ten thousand men. A picked body of
mounted infantry already '8 under orders to
eail early In January, but It will lot outrun one
thousand men. The supply of horses Is reported
to be scant in South Africa. Some experts con
sider that there are men enough already in the
field and that the proper course will be to send
horses by thousands and put in the saddle the
infantry now suffering from Inaction and weari
ness of camp routine. Attempts on the part of
press agencies to magnify the services of
mounted Infantry under Clements and explain
away the recent reverse are not convincing.
The strictures of veteran officers here upon the
management of the British forces in that en
gagement are most severe.
Lord Kitchener maintains silence with respect
to the Invasion of Cape Colony, and there Is
bound to be considerable anxiety until the truth
is known. It Is difficult to believe that the Boers
who crossed the Orange River can be in sufficient
numbers to frighten the War Office authorities
or to cause General Kitchener much annoyance.
One of the coirmandoes Is. however, reported
to be In the neighborhood of Aliwal North, which
1* about the worst centre of disaffection In the
whole colony. The invauin* Boers are probably
receiving considerable assistance from the local
Dutch, and in case of a general rielng the troops
at the disposal of the British authorities would
not be sufficient to cope with the situation,
which private advices depict as somewhat
Pslsiaj seems disposed to follow up his suc
eaa at Koottcedaeht Hitherto the Boer gen
erals have been content to rest on their oars
after a victory, but Delarey, if he intended prof
iting by his defeat of General Clements, should
not have given the latter time to be Joined by
General French. As was generally expected,
the losses of the Northumberland Fusiliers at
Nooitgedacht a week ago were much heavier
than official accounts at first reported. No
lever than seventy-elpht of the rank and file of
the regiment were killed or wounded, and there
are still forty-four missing to be accounted for.
•"•wing to the altered arrangements for Lord
ts*s return, and the short route in Lon
don which the Field Marshal will cover in his
drive to Buckingham Palace, it Is feared by a
good many people that the crush will be very
great. The authorities are. however, determined
to prevent a repetition of the scandalous scenes
which marked the return of the City Volunteers.
• :y gossip row proposes to reward Lord
Roberts with an earldom and £5<»,0n0.
Lord Edward Cecil, who shared with Bad. n-
Powell the privations of the siege of Mafeking.
has returned to England in time to spend
Christmas at Hat f. Id His wife, the daughter
of the late Admiral Maxle, welcomed him at
Southampton Its pallant major regards his
visit as a short furlough and expects to return
speedily to South Africa.
Ft Paul's was well filled yesterday at the
service in memory of the soliders and sailors
who hay. fallen during the war. The Lord
Mayor and Sheriffs attended in State, and there
Istrwi— and Blue-*, with a full
rjr band. Lord Wolseley and Mr. Brodrick
nted Headquarters and the War Office.
rvice was with funeral marches
and dirges by Beethoven. Wagner and Chopin.
The Benson Company opened its second
Shakespearian secson in London last night with
the production of •Merry Wives of Windsor."
The actor-manager. Mr. Benson, was content
•with the minor part of Dr. CalJ&. and left his
best comedian. George Weir, free to disport him
¦Stt as Falstaff. Mr. Weir has a characteristic
humorous talent, quite unlike the method of any
other English comedian. His Falstaff is not, per
haps, as original and bracing as his impersona
tion of Nick Bottom, but It Is ingenious in
byplay and illuminated with true comic spirit.
Mrs. Benson as Mistress Ford was at her
best, and was well supported by the young
American actress. Elsie Chester, as Mistress
Page. Oscar Asche was excellent as Pistol,
while as Shallow and Slender. Alfred Brydone
and Lyall Swete were well suited to their parts.
The Benson Company's chief merit is symmetry
and all around excellence of its work, no minor
part being sacrificed, and the staging and cos
tumes being managed with good taste. The
racy old comedy went well, and was not played
down to the level of broad farce.
There was a holiday medley of bright and In
teresting events yesterday. Ellaline Terriss
made her bow as Alice in Wonderland at vaude
ville, and a musical dream play, based upon
Lewis Carroll's stories, pleased graybeards and
chlldr-n alike, especially as there were full
glimpses of Seymour Hick* as the mad hatter.
Mr. LaboucLere'a well dressed dolls held their
annual reception at Albert Hall, and there were
Christmas frolics at King's Hall. Hoi born, for
the benefit of the Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Children. The Elizabethan Club also
TO WASHINGTON IN FIVE HOURS.
From New York. Royal Blue 6-hour trains, leave
foot of Liberty St. 11.30 A. M.. 100 P. M., and the
"Royal Limited"— no excess fare— at 3:10 P. M
Other fast solid trains at 8.00. 10.00 A. M.. 1 30 S.O).
7.00 P. M. and 12.15 night. Leave South Ferry I
minutes earlier Best dialog &nd cafa car *«rwice
la trio world.—
NEW-YORK. THURSDAY. DECEMBER 20. 1900.-FOURTEEN PAGES- *tJ3^\ScW
made merry at old Westminster School, and the
Lord Chief Justice illustrated the human side
of the bench by joining in a flow of soul at
the annual banquet of the London Athletic
Club. 1. N. F.
KRUEGER AT AMSTERDAM.
HE MAKES A SPEECH DECLARING THAT HE
IS NOT A REFUGEE.
Amsterdam. Dec. lft.— Mr. Kriiger arrived here
to-day. He was met at thr- railroad station by
the municipal and communal authorities*.
Speeches were exchanged in the royal waiting
room. A bouquet was presented to Mr. Kriiger,
whose every appearance was the signal for
rounds of applause.
Large crowds of people lined the route to the
Town Hall, whore the Burgomaster made a
speech in which h*> said he hoped Mr. Kruger
would succeed in his efforts to secure honorable
peace. Mr. Krflffjar in the course of his reply
In ISS4 we obtained our independence, but
that honorable action has been obliterated. The
invaders are ten against one. but we await the
day when Ood will make known His will. v\ c
rely on His help more than on emperors and
princes. I have not come as a fugitive, but by
order of my Government, with the object of
terminating a war in which th^ British employ
women and children against us.
A luncheon followed. Mr. Kruger subsequent
ly visited the headquarters of the South African
CHASE AFTER DE WET ABANDONED.
THE BOFR INVASION OF CAPE COLONY
DRAWS OFF THE BRITISH PURSITIT.
London. Dec. 19.— 1t is reported this afternoon
that General Knox has been forced to abandon
the pursuit of General De Wet. owing to the
situation created In Cape Colony by the Boers
crossing the Orange River It is said that three
thousand republicans have entered Cape Colony,
and that a considerable number have reached
Philipstown. The report adds that De Wet.
with four thousand five hundred men. is north
east of Ladybrar.d. and that an attack on W in
burg is momentarily expected.
AGREEMENT AT PEKING.
TERMS OF JOINT NOTE INCLUDE BRIT
Peking. Dec. 10.— At a meeting of the foreign
Ministers late this evening, everything in regard
to the terms of the joint note was agreed to, in
cluding the British modifications.
The Ministers refuse to disclose anything in
connection with the matter, believing that the
home Governments should fjhre the particulars
to the public.
PROBABLE TERMS OF THE NOTE
Washington, Dec. 19. — While nothing had been
heard from Mr. Conger to-night regarding the
agreement said to have y,e*>n reached in Peking
this evening as to the terms of the joint Chinese
note, the officials confidently hope th#t the
statements are correct, and that the way is
now paved for its formal presentation to the
Officials here stP.l decline to make public the
text of the nof agreed on, but it Is believed that
the following points cover the essential features
of the agreement:
The punishment of the officials guilty of the
Boxer outrages; the payment of indemnity for
the wrongs inflicted by the Boxers on the per
sons, corporations and societies which have
suffered; the revision of commercial treaties.
Some reform in the Tsung-li-Yamen so that
the Ministers having business with the Foreign
Office may transact it more expeditlously and
with a responsible head.
A. monument to Baron yon Ketteler. the Ger
man Minister who was killed in Pekin?. and
the appointment of a prince of the blood to pro
reed to Germany to make formal apology to the
Emperor for the crime.
The right to keep a legation guard in Peking
if this !s desired.
Th.- exclusion of candidates for examinations
for office for a certain number of years in the
rase of those who may be guilty of anti-for
An interdiction of importation of arms into
China, and of material to be BSCd exclusively
in the manufacture of arms.
The taking of Bins aunts to prevent future
Some modification, it is believed, was made
to the proposed dismantling of forts, so that
hereafter there will be nothing of this character
that will prevent ready access to the legations
SAVED BY RUSSIAN TROOPS.
BELGIAN MISSIONARIES RESCUED BY
Brussels. Dec. 10,— The following dispatch,
dated Vladivostok. December 18, has been re
ceived at the headquarters of the Scheut Mis
In the district of Pins all our Interests have
been entirely destroyed, except the episcopal
residence. The Bishop, nineteen Belgian mis
sionaries, four Chinese priests and 3.000 Chris
tiana were paved by Russian troops arriving
in haste in five columns.
Commander Eletz. with a flying column, ar
rived first October 28, and made an heroic de
fence for five days. During the terrible siege he
lost in dead and wounded one-third of his force.
Although twice wounded, he refused to leave
his post until the arrival of reinforcements.
TANGLE DUE TO CABLE KRROIC
Washington. Dec. ID.— lt is now learned that
the entire misunderstanding which has delayed
the consummation of the agreement at Peking
was caused by the change or omission of the
single digit in a complex group of figures mak
ing up one of the cipher messages of Instruction
to Mr. Conger. Curiously enough, th.- change
in this single digit exactly reversed the meaning
of the entire message, so that Mr. Conger, In
opposing the English view, was acting exactly
contrary to the spirit of his Instructions, though
in accordance with their letter.
ALL. DEEIIFOOT Farm SAUSAGES
are made at the Farm. la Southboro, Mass. Their
success Is owing to the choice materials and the
neatness and cleanliness of the preparation.—
GAGE TO THE BANKERS.
THE GREENBACKS A LE6ACI OF WAR
BANK NOTES SHOULD BE SECURED BY
ASSETS— THE PRESENT SYSTEM
It has frequently been conceded that the bank- !
er? of this metropolis have little to learn from j
those of any other city In the New. World or the i
Old, but Lyman J. Gage. Secretary of the ¦
Treasury, gave them considerable food for ]
thought in a speech which he made to them last j
night at the Waldorf-Astoria. The occasion was ;
the annual dinner of Group No. — the Manhat
tan group— of the New-York State Bankers' |
Association, and the big ballroom of the hotel !
was filled with the members of the organization ;
and their friends. It had been expected almost
up to the last moment that two members of
President McKinley's Cabinet would make after
dinner speeches, hut John D. Long. Secretary of j
the Navy, was obliged to send word that the ill
ness of his wife and the pressure of business
connected with the signing of contracts for eleven
new warships would prevent his being present, i
Alfred C. Barnes, who acted as chairman, in j
introducing Secretary Gage as the first speaker '
of the evening, made a reference to the war j
taxes, saying he hoped they would all be re- .
moved now that the war was over. Mr. Gage
prefaced the speech which he had prepared for
the evening by reminding Mr. Barnes that al
though the torrent of war with Spain had ceased
it was still "sprinkling" in the Philippines, and
the policy of a prudent banker was always to
keep a reserve on hand for every > kind of a rainy
day. The Secretary's use of the 1 word • sprink
ling" raised a laugh, and then Mr. Gage passed
on to the regular toast that had been set for him
—"The Treasury and the Banker."
WHAT THE SECRETARY SAID.
He began by reviewing briefly the history of
questions relating to public .finances since the j
close of the Civil War. and called attention to j
the fact that many of these questions must yet
he considered as unsettled. Particular attention
was directed to the great intimacy now apparent
between the affairs of the Treasury and the
general operations of business which did not
exist at the close of that war. Then he said:
Under the financial exigencies of that awful
strain we learned to take up peoples' goods by
giving them an indefinite promise to pay. en
dowing that promise with the power to dis
charge the obligations of private contract. Hav
ing discovered, or believing we had discovered,
the greenback (though adopted with fear and
hesitation by all thoughtful statesmen) to be a I
powerful help in time of war, we were easily
led to believe in it as a blessed agency in time of
peace. The greenback became associated in the
sentiment of our people with things sacred. It
was battle scarred, bloodstained, and every
effort to throw upon it the light of economic
truth was and still is in many quarters resented
as a sacrilegious deed. What is the present
situation? We have in circulation among the
people and as a reserve fund in the banks $346,- ]
000,000 of Government notes. They constitute an
enormous public debt payable on demand. We i
have, or will soon have, substantially $600,000,
000 of silver, or paper representatives of silver,
whose parity with gold value the Government is
under obligation to maintain. The ultimate
measure of this obligation is the difference be
tween the commercial value of the money metal
and the face value at which it circulates. The
difference is not far from .$300,000,000.
We have a system of banknote currency whose
volume is but faintly related to the needs of the
community which a properly constructed bank
currency most economically serves. It Is now
controlled as to volume by the price of interest
bearing United States bonds in Wall Street.
Our independent treasury absorbs the circu
lating medium when active business most re
quires its use. only again to disburse it when
falling revenues, the effect of industrial dul
ness, bring about an excess in expenditures. In
dustrial activity increases the public revenue,
but is checked, if not throttled, by its enlarged
contributions to the idle funds in the public
It Is these influences which have brought our
industrial and commercial life into a too dan
gerous dependency upon our public finances.
This marriage between these two whom God did
not join together ought to be put asunder. But
not by any hasty South Dakota divorce method
is the separation to be accomplished. The chil
dren of this wedlock must not be dishonored.
Time, attention and great care must be exer
TALK WITH SOUTH AMERICAN MINISTER.
The Secretary then reported a conversation
he recently had with the Finance Minister of a
well established South American Republic and
confessed to humiliation, as a citizen of this
greater Republi?. at the clear perception of
economic relationships and the evident willing
ness the Southern statesman displayed to forego
tempting advantages in the present out of obedi
ence to the requirements of higher considera
tion. The Finance Minister of the Republic re
ferred to said that his country sanctioned
branch banks because they believed a fagot of !
many twigs was safer and stronger than the
separated twigs could be.
The system had worked well and they had
had no bank failures for many years. Their
banks had issued notes to circulate as money, j
limited in amount by their relation to capital j
and by the percentage of specie they were re- !
quired to carry against note issues. In his coun
try they aid not require banknotes to be se- j
cured by the deposit of Government bonds, be- ;
cause the banknote was considered entirely safe j
to the holder now, and to require a deposit of |
Government bonds would tie up bank capital i
needed for the uses Of industry and trade. " "Be
sides,' said the Southern minister," Mr. Gage
went on. " 'we think that the Government's
finances should be involved to the smallest de
gree possible, with general Industries and busl- '
ness affairs. If we should, unhappily, become
engaged in a protracted and exhausting war, the
Continued ob ¦ml*;? thru.
QUALITY OF CHAMPAGNE.
Without quality no article can maintain lta^pres-
Uge. but O. ii. ilumm's Extra Dry did more: Im
porting several years back doubt* the quantity of
any other brand. It this year In 11 months surpassed
all records, importing 109.321 cases, or 72,169 more
than any other brand. Special attention is called
to the remarkable quality now imported.— Advc
GREENE NOT A CANDIDATE.
THE GENUAL SAYS ANOTHER PRESI-
DENT OF THE t'Or NT Y COMMIT-
TEE MUST BE CHOSEN.
General F. V. Greene, president of the Repub- |
lican County Committee, sprung a surprise on I
the Executive Committee of the County Com- •
mittee yesterday afternoon at its meeting by j
giving notice that he would not be a candidate j
for re-election to the office in which he is gen- ',
erally felt to have done excellent and unselfish j
service. His letter to W. H. .Ten Eyck. chair- j
man of the Executive Committee, follows:
Since mv return from the "West a few days ago I |
have been told that It is the intention of «ie mem- j
bers of the Republican County Committee to vote
for my re-election as president at the meeting on ,
Thursday next. After giving the matter the most
careful consideration I find that it will be impos
sible for me to give to the office that close personal
attention which It requires, and 1 am therefore
compelled to inform you in advance that I shall not ;
be a candidate for re-election, and that it will be j
necessary for you and the other members of the
committee to make another choice.
In leaving the office of president I desire to thank
you and through you the other members of the
committee for their loyal and hearty support
throughout the arduous and successful campaign j
which closed on November 6. By incessant hard
work and harmonious co-operation on the part of !
every member of the committee the county of New- i
York did It* full share In bringing about the '
splendid victory of the Republican party and the 1
election of President McKlnley and Governor Odell. !
We can all justly take pride in having contributed
to so glorious a result.
Mr. Ten Eyck, who presided in the absence of
General Greece, said:
This certainly Is -a great surprise to me. and
probably to the other members of the Executive
Committee. Since his return from California I
have seen General Greene several times, and not
once has he suggested the possibility of nor being
a candidate for re-election. It was generally under
stood that he was to be re-elected.
James W. Perry was elected temporary chair
man, and George R. Manchester temporary sec
retary of the County Committee, for one week.
and It was decided to adjourn the meeting of
the County Committee to-night for one week.
When seen last night General Greene said:
There are no ulterior reasons for my decision not
to be a candidate for re-election. I gave the greater
part of 1599 to. work on the Canal Commission and
the greater part of . this year SO .^a.tipn.jvL .. S#tf e
and local politics. I cannot see" my way clear to
give another twelve months to politic* in 5.001. and
tint is why I told Senator Platt on Saturday last
that I would not stand for re-election. My relations
with Mr Plart are entirely cordial. X would have
let the County Committee know of my Intentions
sooner if I had known positively that there was a
well defined intention to re-elect me.
The leaders are all at sea about General
Greene's successor. Ex-Judge W. M. K. Olcott.
Abraham Gruber. George W. Wanmaker. Cap
tain F. Norton Goddard and others are men
It was announced that about one thousand
Republicans already had announced an intention
of attending the inauguration of Governor Odell,
and that the railroads had agreed to charge only
one fare for the round trip.
RECORD MAIL FOR EUROPE.
THE MAJESTIC CARRIES THE LARGEST
NUMBER OF SACKS VET SHIPPED.
The White Star Line steamship Majestic,
which sailed yesterday, carried the largest mail
that ever left this port on a single steamship.
The previous record was held by the Lucania.
of the Canard Line, which left here Saturday.
She was the Christmas ship, and carried 2,013
sacks of mail. The Majestic took 2.59S sacks.
There were US sacks of registered packages,
containing IS.SMO packages. The Majestic will
not arrive at Liverpool until the day after
It was expected that she would carry the
New-Zealand and Australian mail, amounting
to some three hundred sacks, but the mail did
not arrive in time.
Harry Vardon. the golf player, sailed on the
Majestic. Another passenger was Mrs. Rlley
Grannan. who has been visiting her mother.
MORE MASSACRES IX TfRKKY.
TWO HINDRED CHRISTIANS REPORTED
KILLED BY MCSLEXIS.
Lasjdon. Dec. 20l— A dispatch to -The Daily
Express" from Vienna reports recent Moslem
excesses against the Christian population in the
central provinces of Turkey, where two hun
dred Christians have been kille,}.
WOLLKB STEEL OITI'IT FOR YEAR.
ESTIMATED TO PE A MILLJOX TONS IX EXCESS
OP THAT OP ISDO.
Pittsburg. Dec 19 (Special).— and steel statis
ticians here estimate that the rolled steel output
for the year will be about one million tons greater
than that of 1593. It has been the prevalent Im
pression that the output would show a decrease
SWISS. to the long shutdown of some mills and the
cry of dull times. The output for 1899 of all rolled
steel was 10,357,207 tons. The output for the present
year already exceeds 11.000,000. This Is accounted
for by the fact that the boom did not get fairly
started In MM until the middle of the year; the
tonnage In plates for the present year has been
greatly Increased, and the mills closed during tha
summer were tin plate, wire and sheet plants, and
the tonnage of these I* not great, whereas the
mills rolling billets, rails, structural and plates
have not closed a week except for repairs The
bulk of the rail tonnage ordered last year was
rolled this year. Most 4 the mills doing heavy
work have from three to six months' work ahead
and the prospect for the rolled steel tonnage of
1901 exceeding that of 1300 la good.
i VICTORIAS CONTRACTS GO TO CHICAGO.
London. Dec. 20.— "The Dally Chronicle" an-
I pouncea that a contract for 20.U00 tons of steel rails
! and fishplates for the Victorian railways, ha* been.
placed with the Illinois Steel Company, of Chicago.
THE NEW-YORK CENTRAL IS FIRST.
"No railroad company In Great Britain hat io
many miles of railroad protected by the lock and
block system as the New-York Central."— (Extract
from address by Mr. John P. O'Donnell. the Eng
lish expert on block signals, before the American
Society of Civil Engineers.— Advt.
PKICE TIIKKt; CENTS.
GRIGGS SPEAKS AGAIN
GOVERNMENT SB IN TEST
THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL WARML\
GRATLLATED ON HIS BRILLIANT
PLEA— LAST ARGUMENT
(bt r^.x.r.r-.r.APTt to THI T»«r\ -
Washington. Dec. ID. — Government's rasa
1 Is closed in the first suits brought to test th«
constitutionality of the Administration's colonial
policy. In a remarkable burst of oratory At
torney-General Griggs spoke the last word In
the Supreme Court this afternoon in defence of
the Government's interpretation of its powers
to deal with the islands acquired from Spain as
"outlying territory belonging to the United
States."* For nearly four hours the Attorney
j General had held the attention of the Court and
| the crowded chamber. In all this time there
| was no somnolence on the bench or listlessnesa
in the audience, made up in large part of some
of the most distinguished men in America. His
reasoning was close, concise and comprehensive.
When he finished speaking and Chief Justice
Fuller announced the adjournment of the court
until to-morrow there was a rush of lawyers
and laymen to grasp the hand of the Attorney-
General in congratulation on what Is declared
by capable Judges to have been one of the
I greatest pieces of forensic oratory delivered In
i the National capital in recent times. Foremost
I among those to congratulate Mr. Griggs was
i Judge William R. Day, now on the Federal
j bench in Ohio, who was Secretary of State In
I the critical stages of the war with Spain, and
j was chairman of the American Commission
! which negotiated the Treaty of Paris, over
; which in reality this great legal battle is being
; waged. Others who congratulated the Attorney-
General were Senators Spooner. Fairbanks.
| Quarles aid Culberson. John G. Carlisle, who
i will combat the same issues with Mr Grigs*
: next month and Messrs. Aldrich. Harmon.
Brown and Perkins, who are pitted against htm
in the present trial.
To-morrow at noon the last argument for the
j appellants will be made by Mr Aldrich. of Chi
j cago, who was Solicitor-General of the United
j States in the Harrison Administration, and is
j generally regarded as one of the strongest con
j stitutional lawyers in the country. Less than
j an hour and a half of the five hours originally
allotted by the Chief Justice to each side for the
presentation of arguments remains to Mr.
Aldrich. but it is believed that the Court will
permit him to run a half hour or so over this
' time to enable him to make the thorough
presentation of his side of the contention that
1 has been expected of him all along.
THE PEACE TREATY DEFENDED.
Attorney-General Griggs mainly devoted his
J argument to-day to the defence of the Paris
; Treaty. At least this inferential!}- was his ef
fort. Obviously he perceives that possibly the
Court may believe that the terms and directions
of the treaty transcend the constitutional limi
tations of the Executive Department of y»e
*¦ •••eminent There to no controversy as to
whether or not the President has carried out the
| stipulations of the treaty, for in treating the
insular possessions as "outlying territory belong
ing to the United States" the Executive has been
guided by that clause of the Paris document
which prescribes that "the civil rights and po
litical status of the native inhabitants of the
territories ceded to the United States shall be
I determined by the Congress."
Step by step Mr. Grisrars reviewed the history
of the country, and showed that in nearly every
case of annexation the new territory was treated
for a greater or less time essentially in the
spirit that characterizes the Government's con
j duct toward Porto Rico and the Philippines. He
quoted extensively from Thomas Jefferson's
correspondence bearing on the transaction by
which the vast Louisiana territory was acquired
from France, and showed that Jefferson had de
clared that at the proper time "the principles
of our Constitution would be applied" to the
new territory. This utterance, declared the At
torney-General, indisputably demonstrated the
fact that Jefferson, "the first great expansion
ist," did not believe that the "Constitution fol
lows the flag ex proprio vigor*." He also ad
; duced similar testimony from the official acts
¦ and private correspondence of Jackson. Madi
son. Monroe and Polk, all expansionists, and
all claimed by the advocates cr the ex proprio
i vigore doctrine as belonging to their school.
In the same line of argument he called atten
tion to the fact that while Rhode Island and
South Carolina at the formation of the Union
held aloof they were treated as foreign States,
and when they finally consented to enter the
Union Congress by specific enactment extended
to them all the rights, privileges and immuni
ties of full fellowship in the Republic. Another
apt illustration along the same line was fur
nished by the case of Vermont, which, before
its admission as a State, had been a part of the
territory belonging to the United States. If
the revenue laws were applicable to the territory
of Vermont ex proprio vigore. declared the At
¦ tomey-General. it was an act of supererogation
to extend them to the State. And yet this was
j done by specific legislation.
VITAL ISSUES SQUARELY MET.
It was by such examples as these that Attor
ney-General Griggs met squarely the vital issues
at stake in the contest. While in his argument
yesterday he pointed a way for the Supremo
Court to get around deciding the real merits of
the questions raised in the suits on trial by
shunting the cases off on technicalities If it so
desired, to-day he went boldly and courageously
1 at the meat of the contention, and met the oppo
sition counsel at every point. He has shown
i lhat the President has been acting in accord
| with express stipulations of the Paris Treaty,
' and the purpose of his historical citation was to
I prove that the treaty does not transcend the
j Constitution or In any way contravene the prac
tices of the Government or the decisions of the
j Supreme Court.
Finally? as to the extension of the taws to the
j Territories. Mr. Griggs said that Congress in
! 18T4 had expressly extended the Constitution
I and Federal laws to the "organized Territories"
; and to every Territory "hereafter organized."
I But the act went no further than "organized
i Territories." and could not be interpreted to
! mean that expan«* of country entirely unor
; ganized. The Guano Islands were cited in sup
port of the proposition that territory may be
: long to or be under the jurisdiction of the
¦ United States without being a part of the United
I States, Over seventy different islands, keys and
groups of Islands, he said, have thus been taken
, possession of aud made for such special pur
poses the property of the United States. They
• enjoy certain privileges under the law. and the
I United States Supreme Court has recognized
' their status, but they are not a part of the
I United States.
1 Turning from his books. Mr. G rises exclaimed
I In Impassioned tones: •
, | Why should this Government be considered
' to have less freedom, of action In this matter