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SATURDAY. DECEMBER 22, 1900.
THE XEWB THIS MORNING.
FOREIGN— A London report says the Joint
note has been signed by Ministers at Peking, and
will be presented to Prince Ching and Li Hung
Chang immediately; Count yon Waldersee re
ports the killing of fifteen Boxers and the rout
of Chinese regulars by a German column of the
international army. = The Boere were driven
out of Houtkraal, Cape Colony, by the British,
and also were repulsed in an attack on Zuur
fontein. near Johannesburg; the dispatch of
mounted reinforcements for Kitchener's army is
announced by the British War Office; General
Frtnrh defeated the Boers at Thorndale. in the
Transvaal, killing about fifty; an enormous con
centration of British troops Ib taking place in
the invaded districts of Cape Colony. The
Philippine Commission enacted that all laws in
the islands be printed in English; military opera
tions will cease on Christmas Day. ===== Severe
storms continue to prevail around the British
Isles, and there have been numerous shipping
disasters. — ¦ — Sternberg, the Berlin banker.
was convicted of immoral practices. .- Bald
win, the explorer, will take the largest transport
train ever ustd in the Arctic. = British
we-kly papers comment acridly on the amend
ment? to the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty.
CONGRESS— The deaths of Mrs. William P.
Frye and Representative Richard A. Wise were
announced, and both houses adjourned until
DOMESTIC— Senator Lodge explained the
amendments to the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, say
ing that they were not dictated by a spirit of
hostility to Great Britain, but were considered
necessary for the protection of American ln
terf-Fts == A reward of $25,000 was offered
by E. A. Cudahy for the arrest of the men who
kidnapped his son. and to whom he paid $25,000
ransom ; the house where the boy was kept was
found in the outskirts of Omaha. ¦ Three
live? were lost by the wrecking of a schooner
on the Virginia coast in a gale; another schooner
was lost on the Delaware coast, and a small one
vas cut down in Hampton Roads. ¦ Mrs.
William P. Frye, wife of the president pro tem
pore of the Senate, died suddenly in Washing
ton. Ex-Governor Wolcott of Massachu
setts died at his home In Commonwealth-aye.,
Boston, from typhoid fever. ===== Testimony in
regard to the alleged hazing of Cadet Boos
thfiwed the court of Inquiry all the details of
the fight from which all of Book's troubles dated ;
upper class men told the court that "bracing"
was pood for the discipline of the Academy and
th^ military excellence of the cadets.
«.'ITY.— The stock market was strong and ac
iive. , Corporation Counsel Whalen sent the
Police Board an opinion holding that the Chief
of Police had no right to transfer deputy chiefs,
r.nd the Board rescinded the transfers of P. H.
M< I>aughlin and Clayton, made by Devery on
Saturday last. The Committee of One
Hundred on India Famine Relief was annoyed
l.y letters sent out by Arthur W. Milbury on
the committee's stationery' asking for money for
vaguely defined educational work. ===== Politi
cians expressed the belief that Governor Roose
velt would remove District Attorney Gardiner on
Deputy Attorney -General Hammond'6 eharpes.
¦ Andrew Carnegie sold property adjoining
his home to William D. Sloane. = One of the
new oases of smallpox was that of Edward
Bußsey. treasurer of the Board of Education.
THE WEATHER.— Forecast for to-day: Fair.
The temperature yesterday: Highest, 36 degrees;
lowest. 32 degrees; average, 34>4 degrees.
THE DEUAXDS UPOX CHINA.
The concert of the Powers appears once more
to be complete. It is announced that all the Min
isters at Peking have, with the assent of their
respective governments, signed a Joint note em
bodying the demands of the Powers upon China,
•which note is to be presented to the Chinese
Plenipotentiaries at the first Joint meeting of
the Chinese and foreign Commissioners. Upon
the face of it, this is auspicious. There is little
room to doubt that such unanimous demands
of the Powers will more forcibly Impress the
Chinese Government, and will therefore be I
more likely to secure prompt compliance, than I
the demands of a single Power or group of
Powers. The Chinese Government has had a !
shrewd trick of playing cne foreign Power ''
against another, to which it would doubtless I
again resort in ease of individual action. But '
it is obviously debarred from so doing when all \
the Powors act in concert. There are, more- i
over, certain items of redress and guarantee in
which all the Powers are equally Interested,
ur-<l there is therefore a certain fitness In their
ncting upon them together.
The concert is, however, in the final analysis
to be judged not by its expediency, but by the
right or wrong of its action— that is to say, of
its demands upon the Chinese Government.
The text of the joint note is not yet disclosed,
and there is therefore uncertainty regarding It.
We are told that the demands formulated by
the German Government some weeks ago have
beea made the basis of the note, though with
some amendments. The original German de
mands we have already discussed. Some of
them appeared to be admirable, and some of at
least doubtful propriety. It may be that the
amendments made have eliminated or improved
the doubtful features. If so, the note may be one
to which .ill the nations can give their approval.
Some doubt appears to exist as to whether the
word "Irrevocable" still stands In the introduc
tory paragraph or has been stricken out, though
latest reports Indicate that it still stands. If
these reports are true it is certainly to be hoped
that the whole note has been most carefully
revised and considered. For with the "irrevo
cable" standing the foreign Commissioners will
enter the negotiations with arbitrary and per
emptory demands from which they cannot
recede. They will, in fact, not be entering Into
negotiations so much as presenting an ulti
matum. And when an ultimatum is presented,
whether by one Power or by a concert, there is
nothing more essential than that the maker of
it •nan be prepared and able to stand by It to
the end and to assume all the responsibilities
of Its acceptance or rejection.
How the demands will be received by the
Chine?* Government or by Its Commissioners
may readily be imagined. The negotiations be
tween the Chinese and Japanese Commissioners
at Shimonosekl afford a suggestive precedent
It will be remembered that Li Hung Chang
made frequent and strenuous use of the non
possutnus plea. He did so concerning more
than one requisition which China was as ft
matter of fact able to meet, and which she
actually did meet. The plea was made, of
course, partly for the sake of getting some re
duction of the demands, if possible, and In any
case for the sake of "saving the face" of the
negotiator and his Government We may ex
pect the same tactics to be employed in the
present case. The thing to be assured by the
Powers in advance is that all the demands
made are Just and righteous and possible of ful
filment by China; or. if any are Impossible, that
the Powers are ready to assume the responsi
bility of making them and to meet and deal
with the results of China's refusal or inability
to comply with them.
RAPID TRANSIT QTKSTIOXS.
Uncertainty as to the mMM for not letting
the sub-contract for the Forty-second-st. sec
tion of the unlrrsround railroad has been per
mitted to exist, presumably on sufficient
prouuds. by those who might have removed it.
The latest unofficial explanation is that the
.ju.stion of connecting the rapid transit road
with the New-York Central tracks has caused
the delay, but it is remembered that months
ago it was acknowledged by the Commission
that the extreme difficulty and expense of build
ing tunnels under Forty-second-st.. with its sur
face tracks and network of pipes beneath them,
was the subject of anxious consideration both
by the Commission and Mr. McDonald. Since
then there has been some slight hope that it
would be deemed practicable to apply the deep
tunnel system at that point and so avoid dis
turbing the surface and sub surface construc
tions existing there. But it has to be admitted
that the hope has not been encouraged by any
known occurrence, and we suppose it is neces
sary to contemplate as serenely as possible the
prospect of having Forty-second-st.. Just re
stored to a state of tolerable order after a long
period of discomfort, torn up again from Fourth
ave. to Broadway, and "the reign of Chaos and
Old Night' re-established there for many
months. If, however, the reported negotiations
for a traffic connection with the steam railroads
should succeed the public might derive much
consolation from that source.
Ab to the proposed change of route in the
vicinity of Fort George, the obvious fact that
the Municipal Assembly is "holding up" the ap
plication is not unnaturally alleged to be some
what closely connected with an expectation on
the part of certain persons that their obstinacy
will prove profitable. We have no knowledge
on that subject and should greatly prefer to
shudder at the suggestion, but it seems to be
entirely clear that the obstructive tactics re
ferred to serve no useful purpose and ought not
to be borne with long. No objection has been
made to the proposed change, which would
-Traiphton the route and promote public con
venience. The admission that it would effect a
s.ivinjr of expense to the contractor is certainly
not a valid reason for opposing it, 6lnce it would
also benefit the community; though that admis
sion may tend to Justify the suspicion that
members of the Municipal Assembly expect to
be paid for their consent. At all events, the
Rapid Transit Commission can ask the courts
to make the Assembly yield. An application of
that sort would have precedence over all pro
ceedings not criminal, and would probably be
granted without delay.
We believe that the Commission has not been
obliged to appeal to the courts since the final
confirmatory decision of the Appellate Division.
Its right to take that course should not be in
considerately exercised, but in a plain case it
should not hesitate to resort to an action.
PAT IX G RANSOM.
It is easy to blame Mr. Cudahy for paying a
ransom to get back his son and say that he
owed a duty to the community to teach kidnap
pers that their profession offered no rewards,
even at the risk of the boy's sight. That is the
Spartan ideal to which many people would give
heroic utterance without stopping to ask if their
own devotion to the public welfare was great
enough to arouse them to protest against -wrong
and extortion even to the extent of going to the
police station to complain about it.
Perhaps lilr. Cudahy -was too easily impressed
by the threats of the kidnappers, and yielded in
a panic to empty bluster which would not have
been followed up at once by action. That, how
ever, is a sort of calculation which nobody away
from the scene and unfamiliar with all the facts
is competent to make, and it is a sort of cal
culation which the persons chiefly concerned
would find it difficult to make in cold blood.
Supposing Mr. Cudahy had said he w T ould not
encourage kidnappers, and the boy had come
back with eyes put out to reproach him through
a life of misery. The virtue of having refused
to make terms with villains for the preservation
of the boy's sight would not be particularly con
soling to the father or particularly satisfactory
to the son. The Ross case is quoted as offering
an example of good citizenship; but, unfortu
nately for its effects as a bracer for fathers and
mothers, Charley Ross never enme back. The
failure of his abductors to get anything doubt
less did discourage the practice of abduction,
but it did not tend to reassure the victims of
the trustworthiness of police promises to re
cover stolen children.
Any successful crime tends to breed more
crime, and Mr. Cudahy's payment of ransom is
; likely to encourage other criminals to plot the
I etealinp of rich men's children. Begardtess of
i the morality of what has been done, it behooves
j the police to take extreme measures to hunt
I down the kidnappers and teach them and all of
¦ their kind everywhere that even if^hey can
¦ scare a father into meeting their demands it
will do them no good.
THE WASTEFUL KEARXT.
What did Commissioner Kearny intend to do
with the |514tt750 which he wanted for the
running of the Rivington-st. baths for 1901?
The Association for Improving the Condition of
the Poor makes a formal proposition, with the
offer of a bond for faithful performance of its
agreement, to manage those baths for $17,500 and
give free of charge a fresh piece of soap and a
newly laundered towel to each bather. Items of
expense nowhere included in Mr. Kearny's mag
nificent estimate. This difference of 134,447 rrf)
represents the margin of official waste In the
Tammany method of conducting a public enter
prise as compared with the cost of doing the
same work under the management of plain
business men. That Mr. Kearny was planning
for a shameful -waste of the people's money was
evident even to his own Tammany associates
Their instinct for public economy Is rudiment
ary, bat even the most tbst they could find
N for allowing him was $35,000, and that
sum Jg just douMe what those trained charity
workers, who have had experience in running
highly successful and popular baths, offer under
bond to manage the baths for.
\\ lint was Mr. Kfaruy going to do with his
$34,447 50 bonus If he had been able to get it?
What is he going to do with the 117,500 in ad
dition to the cost of economic management of
the baths? Mr. Kearny owes It to himself to
answer the charge implied in the offer of the
Association for Improving the Condition of the
Poor. Such a challenge is not to be met by
tflMef at iMMCaI denials. The association \m
favorably knowu in tfcH ciiy; ite statements
NEW- YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, SATURDAY. DECEMBER 22. 1900.
are" in' the nature of expert testimony and com
mand much .more confidence than does Tam
many Hall, whose habit of filling the public ser
vice with unnecessary employes is so familiar
that revelations concerning Mr. Kearny's ex
travagance occasion M surprise. If he can de
fend himself and show In detail that the baths
cannot be maintained at the figure quoted by
the association he should do so. If he does not.
the Mayor should call him sharply to account
for misconduct in making Improper and unwar
rantable requisitions on the city treasury.
We do not suppose that the Tammany admin
istration will dream of consenting to the man
agement of the Rlvlngton-st. baths by the asso
ciation as proposed. There is nothing in it for
Tammany. The Mayor has found It almost im
possible to be decently civil to any private char
itable or other institution performing any ser
vice for the city which ought to be done by good
Tammany men on large salaries. Nor are we
sure that any division of responsibility in this
matter is desirable. The public now knows
what the baths ought to cost, and it rests with
tne Mayor to decide whether he will let his sub
ordinate spend twice as much as necessary. It
is well to put this official, who Is always blus
tering about economy and ostentatiously scold
ing his subordinates, for once to the test and
make him answer for the utter waste of thou
sands of dollars. The association lias done its
duty admirably. It has met Tammany in the
spirit of Mr. Croker's invitation to citizens to
help the officials improve the city government.
Now let us see what Tammany will do. The
odds are that Mr. Kearny will bo allowed to go
on and spend the $35,000.
THE JEWISH REGIMENT.
The widely circulated report that a new mili
tnry organization in the form of a Jewish regi
ment is to be added to the National Guard of
the State has caused much comment in all
circles except in the National Guard, where the
proposition is looked upon as unworthy of con
sideration. The law provides that the aggre
gate force of the National Guard in time of
peace, "fully armed, uniformed and equipped,
"shall not be less than ten and not more than
"eighteen thousand enlisted men." If the pres
ent organizations were recruited to their full
strength there would be no place for the
But even if this condition did not exist, if
there were room in the Guard for an additional
regiment, it is doubtful if the East Side soldiers
could secure admission to the ranks of the State
soldiery. Not because they would not make
good soldiers, but because the representative
Jews would oppose the scheme, and because
military organizations -which are made up of
men of one nationality are invariably failures.
There have been Scotch, French, German, Irish
and American regiments in the National Guard.
As clubs for "target shoots," picnics and excur
sions they -were successful, but as military or
ganizations they fell far below the requirements
and had to be disbanded. The only regiment of
the kind still in the service is the 69th, of which
it has been said that it has a bright future
behind it. Its history is a series of internal
wrangles. It was rescued from disbandment by
American officers, and was retained in the ser
vice by the efforts of politicians; but many offi
cers are still in favor of wiping out the only
regiment which considers it necessary to carry
a flag in addition to the Stars and Stripes. An
other Irish regiment is knocking at the doors of
the State to be admitted to the National Guard;
several Italian organizations would be glad to
come into the fold; but to all of these the
authorities have properly turned a deaf ear.
With this in mind it is safe to predict that
the Jewish regiment will not be mustered into
the State's service. When, in September, 1898,
a Jewish citizen suggested a "Jewish brigade"
to President McKlnley, protests came from
Jews all over the country. One well known
citizen wrote: "Let the Jews enlist if they
"wish to do so, but let them go as American
"citizens and not as Jews. If a Jewish regi
"ment may be organized, why not Baptist,
"Roman Catholic or Presbyterian regiments?"
The same argument holds good as to the
National Guard, and for that reason the pro
posed regiment is undesirable.
THE METRIC SYSTEM.
The fresh effort being made to secure the
enactment of a hill establishing the metric sys
tem of weights and measures in the United
States invites a renewed statement of the ob
jections thereto and the arguments in Its favor.
Neither of them differ greatly In character from
those that have been advanced in the past, but
their relative value has been modified with
time. Many of the considerations that recom
mend the proposed policy gain in cogency from
year to year, whereas there appears to be no
corresponding strengthening of the opposite side
of the case. And if, as seems probable, this
shifting of the balance shall continue steadily
the eventual adoption of the system in America
is only a question of time.
One drawback to the change is the mental In
convenience to which it vvill subject the public
for a time. Still, the "litre" so closely ap
proaches the quart, the "metre" the yard, and
the "kilogram" two pounds, that the popular
mind will find the readjustment comparatively
easy. It is mainly in the matter of land meas
urement that trouble will be experienced. In
tne second place, there must be a recasting of
prices in many classes of merchandise. But this
is an operation with which merchants are al
ready familiar, owing to frequent fluctuations in
values. Thirdly, the innovation will involve
more or less expense. The retail grocer will be
obliged to purchase new scales and measures,
and manufacturers of certain kinds of ma
chinery and hardware will find it necessary to
equip their shops afresh. This, perhaps, is the
most serious objection to the change. Yet it is
only temporary, while the benefits to be derived
The practical advantages of the metric sys
tem, if not numerous, would certainly be great.
It would simplify the countless computations of
business in two ways. A decimal system of
weights and measures, like the decimal system
of coinage, facilitates all calculations In which
fractions are involved. And the use of the same
standard which prevails in countries from which
we import largely would render it unnecessary
to convert metres into yards and litres Into
bushels or gallons. It must be remembered that
at the present time an immense quantity of
merchandise imported from Europe is bought
by one standard and sold by another.
An even more important consideration is that
nearly all parts of Europe where America sells
her surplus products use the metric system
This is particularly true of the Continent Rus
sia has long been almost the only exception to
the general rule, but she has recently taken
preliminary steps toward falling Into line. Eng
land is practically the only large buyer from this
country which has not yet done so. Even the
South American countries and the Philippines
are up to date In this respect. Now. while the
difference in Btandards is of little consequence
n certain kinds of merchandise, it Is exceed
ingly important in others. Many foreign buyers
of machinery, for instance, frame their specifica
tions for bidders according to the metric system
and it is useless for any one to compete for the
contract unless he has adapted his shop equip
ment and methods thereto.- Indeed, a few enter
Prising establishments In this country have al
ready awakened to this fact, and have acted ac
cordingly. Thus it will be seen that the exten
«loo of American trade U in sume degree d. c
pendent upon an assimilation cf our standard?
to those of our customers.
NOT is M in comin.-rce alone that the intimacy
between this country and others is steadily
growing The affiliation bttlMM MllUtUk men
at home and abroad M helming closer yearly
through travel, personal Intercourse, interna
tional congresses and the necessary scrutiny of
reports o* one. another's researches. This litera
ture is full of citations of weights and measures,
ami is valuable only as this is understood. In
flUfl. r.trardUss of trade and NSffMt, thfl whole
educated part of the American public Is encoun
tering, with Increasing frequency, similar refer
ences in the newspapers and magazines. These
will cease to puzzle the general reader when the
civilized world has a uniform standard.
Perhaps Santa Clnus may put a raff ot red
mittens in the stockings of District Attorney
Gardiner and Chief Devery. WtU their Christ
mas trees be hung with red lights?
The Christmas mails are heavier in New-York
than ever before. In this time si general cheer
and goodwill the overworked mail clerks aril
carriers deserve the heartiest encouragement.
Even in other months their duties are exactins
and the conditions of their toll are often dis
heartening. Give them good words by all means
in this holiday season, if you can't give them
Devery's vacation would he more welcome to
the public if there were an assurance of its last
ing until the end of the twentieth century.
Complaint is heard that too many men hold
ing important places in the Fire Department of
the Borough of Brooklyn are stricken in yoars.
"Old men in council," runs the venerable maxim.
but among the firemen, who are called upon to
battle with dangerous conflagrations at any
hour of the day or night, white hairs are out of
place. In their ranks the hot blood and vigor
of youth are more necessary than in any other
branch of the public service. If Brooklyn has
many feeble veterans on Its Fire Department
pay rolls they should be promptly retired.
Morocco's payment of the just claim of the
United States without waiting for the arrival of
a warship as a collecting agent is a judicious
act. The example is earnestly to be commended
to the consideration of the Sublime Porte.
When so-called "healers" admit in court that
they make a practice of violating the law which
rer -'res the reporting of cases of contagious
di ie to the Board of Health it Is high time
fo. the District Attorney's office to act with
vigor. Such admissions have been heard in legal
proceedings in this city this week. Every one
guilty of such defiance of a salutary and nec
essary statute should serve a term of impris
Austria has always been a bundle of restless
and opposing nationalities, scratching and biting
each other like cats in a bag, but it has managed
to hold together a thousand years or so, and
may survive Itß coming election, more momen
tous to it than our recent one was to us. The
Czech has been rising to importance in the
empire of late, pushing the German into the
background, and he now appears at the front,
riding various i peering issues, their necks
clothed with thunder, like the Cossack's horse,
the critical ones of race and language being
among them. The new Reichsrath promises to
be wholly unmanageable, and the Emperor has
already signified his intention to govern with
out it if necessary, suspending the constitution
for that purpose, as Bismarck did in Prussia
under circumstances of less political pressure.
It is an expedient always ready to the Em
peror's hand, and may enable him to check th»
Czechs in theic more obstreperous enterprises,
and perhaps keep th^ir tongue from being fas
tened on the country as the Court language.
Dr. Herbert Edward Ryle. Honorary Canon of
Rlpon and president of Queen's College. Cambridge,
who has been appointed Bishop of Exeter, carries
on the episcopal tradition of his family, for he ia
the second son of the late Bishop of Liverpool. Dr.
Ryle, who is in his forty-fifth year, was educated
at Eton and Cambridge, where he crowned a dis
tinguished career with a fellowship at King's Col
lege In 1881. Since 1887 ne has held the post of
Hulsean professor of divinity at Cambridge, and
was previously principal of St. David's College,
Lampeter. He has gained a high reputation as a
Biblical critic and scholar.
Rowland D. Edwards, the English evangelist, will
work in this country for several months, and until
February will make Chicago his headquarters. He
Is a lawyer by profession, and a member of the
largest law dim of Its kind in England.
Dr. G. A. Miller, instructor In mathematics at
Cornell University, has received a prize of $260
from the Scientific Academy of Cracow, Austria,
for his work in the theory of groups. This theory
Is a branch of pure mathematics, and it is exten
sively used In the advanced theory of algebraic
and differential equations. Dr. Miller has published
many original monographs on the subject.
The United Italian Societies of Chicago have
chosen the plans and model for the monument to
be erected to the memory of Garibaldi in Chicago.
"Victor Gherardi, the New- York sculptor. Is now at
work on the monument. It will consist of a bronze
statue of General Garibaldi, mounted on a granite
pedestal. The base will be about twelve feet and
the statue nine feet high. The monument is to
stand in Lincoln Park and will be s*nt there June 1,
1901. though It will not be unveiled until September 2.
"To the Rev. F. D. Gamewell. of the American
Methodist Mission," writes the Rev. Robert Colt
man, M. D., from Peking, "more vhan to any other
man, is due the success that has attended our de
fence. His energy was simply extraordinary. From
morning until night he was to be seen superintend
ing the filling of sandbags, tearing down of houses
adjoining our walls that might serve as cover to
the enemy, building of barricades and strengthen
ing of walls from the timbers and brick so ob
tained, making loopholes for firing through at the
proper places, and doing. In fact, everything that
could have been done by an army engineer of ex
P. D. ARMOUR SOMEWHAT ILL.
Chicago, Dec. 21.— Philip D. Armour, head 'of
Armour & Co., who has been slightly ill for several
weeks, was reported to be In a serious, though not
alarming, condition last night. The present dif
ficulty arises from a complication of ailments, and
comes In the nature of a relapse. Mr. Armour was
considerably better to-day. No apprehension is felt
by the members of his family.
MIXISTER GRIP RETTJRXIXG.
Copenhagen, Dec. 21.— Mr. A. Grip, Minister of
Sweden and Norway to the United States, left here
for Washington to-day after a four months' holi
day, the greater part of which has been spent here.
Among those expected to arrive here to-day on
the steamer Campania are E. Parmelee Prenticf,
of Chicago; his fiancee. Miss Alta Rockefeller, and
George A. Burn 3.
On the steamer St. Louis, of the American Line.
due here to-day from Southampton, are Ferdinand
W. Peck. United States Commissioner-General to
the Paris Exposition, and his family; Assistant
Commissioner Benjamin B. Woodward, Mr. and
Mrs. C. H. Simons, Lieutenant-Commander A. C.
Baker, U. S. N. : Lieutenant Poundstone, U. S. N.:
Mr. and Mrs. Diaz Alberttnl. Mrs. Frederick Wll
merding, Caspar Crowinshleld and A. S. Capeheart.
Borne of those booked to ssll for Rotterdam to-day
on the steamer Rotterdam are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene
Colgate, Mr. and Mra. William F. Holcombe, R. F.
Roberts and J W. Wilkinson.
Among those who expect to sail to-day on th»
Umbrla. for Liverpool, are C. P. Ayres, Lieutenant
Thomas Biggam, Bancroft Cook, Captain L. Chris
tie. Captain Carstalrs, Morris C. Howlett, Eugene
Kelly, G. Puttman, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Velie Mr
and Mrs. Harry S. Wormald and Captain 3. P.
Walker and family.
On the steamer Vlncenslo Florto will sail to-day
ior Naples William A. Spencer, Charles A. Hess,
T WllltoM ir.. Mr. and Mr,. A. Ca.tellano and
Miss Maria Castellano.
THE TALK OF THE HAT.
The ' Listener of "The Boston Transcript who
recently visited a Vermont village, gives his Im
pressions Of it thus: -'All the men of the village—
and for that matter, all the boys. too-swore al
most incessantly in their conversation. Th* pro
fanity seemed to be Instinctive, commonplace, even
necessary. It had long since, through Invariable
use. lost all Its force for purposes of emphfl
Oaths had become an Inseparable part of every
day and simple speech. If one citizen asks an
other at what labor he Is going to put in the next
day. neither the question nor the answer can be
expressed without profanity. Tht3 is perhaps out
doing the forefathers. and may be counted a sign
of degeneracy. So may the fact that th. neat little
church in the town is without a minister, and sel
dom sees any other services than those at funerals.
There Is locally no interest in the establishment of
Although we were strangers In Chicago, we made
bold to accost the policeman. „„„,?«,¦'••
"A man." said we. ' is being murdered yonder .
The policeman turned brusquely upon his heel.
"I'm through running my legs off to keep P'Ofj*
from being murdered, only to have them omitted
from th« census, after all!" he exclaimed bitterly.
If civic aspiration had become mere rankling de
spair, whose fault was It?— (Detroit Journal.
A committee has been appointed to revise the
French naval signal book, as well as the system of
tactics for light squadrons. A similar revision was
made in 1891 by a committee under the presidency
of Admiral Duperre. The present revision Is due
to the fact that when the squadrons met for
manwuvrcs In the summer some discrepancies were
found In their practice.
Mrs. Starvem— l was downtown to-day. I n«T"
saw so many Christmas shoppers on the streets
and In the cars. Now. the car I boarded
Mr. Joaksmlth— Was empty? do you say that?
Mrs. Starvem-Not at all. Why do you say that .
Mr. Joaksmlth-I understood you to say you
boarded It.— (Philadelphia Press.
At the coming session of the Massachusetts Legis
lature a bill will be offered giving to each city and
town the privilege of raising money for municipal
purposes by such methods as the community may
deem best. This is the single tax proposition which
was defeated in the late Bay State Legislature.
In Perambulators.— "Marriage may be a lottery,
but I notice a great many draw prizes when tney
marry." remarked the observant New-Yorker.
"Draw?" replied Mr. Phamllman. "We Invariably
push them. In Brooklyn."— (Philadelphia Press.
"Each Japanese soldier," says Colonel Webb C.
Hayes, who has just returned from China, "carries
a little broom, with which he brushes his costume.
They differed very greatly from even the American
soldiers. We had what the captain thought was
right and what the quartermaster had in store.
They had what the regulations demanded. They
are new at this business and have everything that
is required. The Japanese soldiers on this march
Illustrated what the nation Is that Is behind them.
In the sixties the Emperor decided for Western
civilization and went In to obtain what was the
best. They went to Germany for the military dis
cipline, to England for their navy, and they have a
good one now, and then to America for a public
school system. It is rather a cold blooded proposi
tion, but they are now casting about for their re
ligion, and when we see what it Is we shall have
the perfect one. They are gathering the best from
the whole world and are making of themselves an
Little Mamma told Freddy that If he
wasn't good Santa Claus wouldn't bring him any
thing. Won't he? -"";
Little George— Oh. mamma's just throwing a
scare Into Freddy, and he's so little he don't know
any better. Santa Claus leaves you things whether
you're good or not!— (Puck.
THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY.
There was an air of perfunctoriness about pretty
much everything at the public rehearsal of the
Philharmonic Society yesterday afternoon—every
thing, except the conducting of Mr. Paur and the
pianoforte playing of Mr. Huss; and the resul'.s
which tht?e efforts attained were Ir. only a small
degree commensurate with the outlay. The con
cert ("public rehearsal " has long had only a Pick
wickian sen.=e in connection with the affairs of the
Philharmonic Society) began with a really inspirit-
In* performance of Weber's overture to "Oberon."
which set high the pegs of expectation. Then came
Beethoven's "Pastoral" symphony, which was given
with little vitality and much dubious intonation in
the wind instruments, all of which here speak the
language which is native to them and ought there
fore to speak It in its purity. So ought they at all
times, of course, but when, as in some modern de
scriptive pieces, they are employed as if their
chief mission was to make noise and their sec
ondary and put splotches of garish color on the
canvas, offences against just Intonation do not seem
so grievous as they must have seemed in the In
fancy of the century- now coming to an end.
The third number of the programme was the
Pilnofcrte concerto in B major of Mr. Henry
Solden Huss. concerning which so much has al-
Sady been said in this journal that. If music were
not so intangible and memory of It so evanescent,
"rther menuon of It would be unpardonable. Near
£ seven years.ago. when it had its first perform
ance at Boston, then, as yesterday, under the di
wctum of Mr. Paur. The Tribune discussed 1> in a
mspatch. and printed an abbreviation, for piano
forte solo, of its most pleasing portion-the slow
movement, a romance. Since then Mr Huss has
remedied Its defect of dlftuseness and loose Jolnt
edness to a great extent by revision, but by per
forming it himself he stands in the way of appre
ciation for some of its best characteristics-for in
stance, the muscular and incisive rhythmical en
ergy of Its first and last movements. The concerto
demands the steel fingers of a Liszt for Its proper
enunciation, and we can easily imagine how it
might evoke immense enthusiasm if played by
Miss Aus der Oh*, for instance, to whom it is In
scribed. But it is far beyond Mr. Huss's technical
abilities. Nevertheless, the tribute of approbation
which he won yesterday was a most flattering one.
and, accepting it in the character of performer, as
well as composer, he added a short cantablle which
showed his abilities as a player In a better light.
The final number of the afternoon was a gorgeous
and really impassioned piece of programme music
by Tschalkowsky, the overture-fantasia "Fran
cesca da Rimini." with which the Philharmonic
Society had Introduced the name of the composer
to the people of New-York Just twenty-two years
to the day before.
"LOHENGRIN" AT THE OPERA.
After "Tannhnuser'" on Wednesday and "Lohen
grin" last night the French and Italian contin
gents of Mr. Grau's forces will have to put a very
admirable foot forward if they hope to keep pace
with their Teutonic fellows. There were no new
people in the cast, no strangers to challenge
critical judgment on their Individual gifts, graces,
accomplishments and standards, but if time allowed
and occasion demanded a copious expression of ad
miration and gratitude might be poured out for the
old friends returned, who brought with them flue
powers unimpaired and ambitions as fresh as any
that ever inspired singers hoping to conquer ar
tistic El Dorado. We are accustomed to beautiful
singing and good acting in Wagner's romantic play,
but such an opulent plenitude as distinguished last
night's performances by Mesdames Nordlca and
Sohumann-Heink and Mtssrs. Bertram. Dippel and
Edouard de Reszke had yet about It something of a
revelation. It recalled, equalled and at times sur
passed the finest achievements of the regime
which, though overthrown, has yet transformed
and transfigured the activities of New-York. Added
to the brilliancy of the vocal demonstration there
was a noticeable betterment of the stage manage
ment, so that, despite the familiarity of the work,
the senses, the fancy and the emotions were held In
thrall from the beginning to the end of the work.
It was a magnificent performance, the individual
details of which, especially those contributed by
Mme. Nordlca and Mme. Schumann- Helnk. will
long be recalled with delight, and may provide
subjects for discussion hereaf r
RECEPTION FOR JOHN R. CAULDWELL.
There will be a noteworthy fathering of painters,
sculptors, architects and men Identified with art at
a reception which will be given on Wednesday
evening. January 2. by the I*ational Academy of
Design for John B. Cauldwell. United States Di
rector of Fine Arts for the Parts Exposition. The
reception will be held In the rooms of the Academy
Building, ut One-hundrcd-and-nlnth-st. and Am
sterdam-aye.. which, although a temporary one
affords ample facilities In addition to Its school
studios and administration offices for meeting* of
DR. WISE ON BIS REMOVAL.
HE COMPLAINS THAT HE WAS UNFAIRLY
TREATED BY THE GOVERNOR.
To the Editor of The Tribune. . ,
Sir: There Is not an expressed opinion which fci, V
come to my notice which falls to characterize' *,
removal by Governor Roosevelt as a rank Injustice.
The so-called hearing was farcical, although its
results were tragical. He used what he called "is*,
timony" taken under 'very questionable conditions,
without witnesses, recording some statement* as*
striking, out others, leading me to assume that k»
was merely making memoranda from tills "con
versation" (I was not sworn), refusing to persnt
me to examine the stolen and garbled letters up*
which he based bis Inquiry, confusing me in -very
possible way. and upon this matter and this alone
he inflicted the highest grade of |Hinlsliism til]
official power allowed. As an Instance of mnnkv
ness, the letter of November 20. 1339, upon which
he chiefly based bis belief In regard to my i a .
mediate relations with the ice company, centals*
the following clause in the first paragraph, of th»
My term of office ends on May IS. 1201. when I
will not be a candidate for reappolntment. ant
can give my time to the work until the territory v
disposed of. Hence, I make the following propesv
This was wholly Ignored by him. for If It bag
been considered It would have ruined his assusjf>
tlon and diverted his purpose. This statement ci
November 20 expresses my Intent* In the whole
transaction so far as- I was personally concerns!.
If my relations with the Governor during fejj
term of office were known. It would show an 'es
tablished animus which would explain, in part,
at least, his recent position. In the first year <« •
his term, while the reappointment of Commissioner
Brown was being urged, the Governor was reported
as saying that the Lunacy Commission was aei*.
lessly extravagant, and this was offered as a
reason for not appointing Mr. Brown. As our rec
ord showed the contrary, and that greater econ
omies had been made in our department than coult
be shown elsewhere. I went to the Governor tad
stated that if he believed what he said he shoal* -
either remove all the Commissioners or ask for
their resignations. The Interview was heated, ana
resulted in his withdrawing his statement by class
ing that "he beard so." and did not give it as Ms
During the Dr. Backus controversy last winter
the Governor was enraged by my public ackso-rt
edgemei.t of a joint letter. with my colleague, ask
ing for the reaDpolntment of Dr. Backus. It was
stated that he considered we owed him fealty to
the point of denying this letter, and I was told by
persons who heard his "warm" remarks at on
time that he would lose no opportunity to "do nt
up"; for he laid the weight of blame on me. wfcieS
his correspondence at that time will show, wblft
correspondence will be given to the pubUe later.*
the only interview which I have since had «•&,
him he treated me frigidly, if not with official dn>
courtesy. ,V '".
At the Interview I denied ever, directly or in
directly, using my official opportunities for per
sonal gain. This I denied at the hearing, and asked
for a fair opportunity to prove it. which was hot
given. I deny it now. and defy any proof to the
contrary. The State had no connection with the
icehouse at Flatbusb, and my only connection was
the loan of money to the company erecting it. If
the process had proved successful the State would
have purchased the house at Its actual cost, and
would have been a large gainer. The company
would have repaid me my loan with legal interest.
If I had received from them employment at the
close of my term of office. it is preposterous to as
sume that I did so by reason of my being a State
officer, for no official act was Involved in the whole
transaction, and none can be shown.
This position is sustained by every letter written
by either party, and if the Governor had accepted
the entire correspondence, which was offered, in
stead of taking selected and revised letters and
prejudging guilt, he would have been convinced of
The circumstances under which my Interview with
the Governor was had indicate another unfairness.
After the first Interview, on Monday, the Governor
requested me to return the next morning. . I had
spent the week previous In official visits'^ to hos
pitals, and. being In poor health, was very* much
exhausted after my three hours' interviews * By
reason of illness in my family 1 took thetfiln to
New- York and returned to Albany on the early
train on Tuesday. >¦ <•*¦"--
The Governor's attitude was wholly changed at
the second interview. He would intern*** me- and
take letters at wide intervals, applying them to
wrong transactions, until he had me In a partial
state of collapse. I could not afterward tecaU
much of the interview. He suddenly . closed the
interview by demanding my resignation, ana would
not give me an hour for consideration and" counsel.
I could see no ground for my resignation and re
fused to offer it, when he submitted formal charges
which had been made and dated the day previous.
In advance of the interview. He then stated and
restated that he would allow but one witness, and
that one myself; yet at the hearing he claimed I
could have had witnesses. f
He has laid great stress on my signing an agree
ment with Governor Morton not to do outside busi
ness. Whether I have maintained outside business
or not— which I deny— l never signed or even as
sented to any such agreement. Governor Morton
attached . a memorandum to the readjustment of
the salaries of all three Commissioners, which in
point of law had no force although its conditions
have been met, as a matter of fact.
P. M. WISE.
No. 412 West End-aye.. New-York, Dec. 21. 1900.
POSSIBLE SUCCESSOR TO DR. WISE.
DRS. S. H. TALCOTT AND CHARLES W PIL
GRIM ARE LEADING CANDIDATES.
Albany, Dec. a (Special).— The removal of Dr.
Peter S. Wise from the post of president of the
State Commission in Lunacy naturally led to-4v
to the discussion in the Capitol of his successor.
According to the State care act, this must be a
physician of ten years' experience In the practice
of his profession and five years in the management
of an institution for the Insane. There are four
teen superintendents of State hospitals for the in
sane, and eleven of them possess these qualifica
tions and are acquainted with the operation of the
State care act
The men who were most talked about to-day
were Dr 8. H. Talcott. of the Homoeopathic State
Hospital for the Insane, at Mlddletown. and Dr.
Charles W. Pilgrim, of the Hudson Rtver 9tate
Hospital for the Insane, at Poughkeepsle. Mendoa
was also made to-day of Dr. Wagner, the super
intendent of the State Hospital for the Insane, at
ANOTHER CHILD XISSiyG.
RICHARD CROKER HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED.
OR SOMETHING ELSE HAS HAP
PENED TO HIM.
Richard Croker. according to dispatches recede*
here yesterday afternoon, has again made one ef
those sudden disappearances which have so alarms*
his friends at previous crises of the world's Ms
tory. The substance of the tremulous inessap
which pessed over the shuddering wire yesterday
was that there was a wantage of Croker. but M
Croker at Wantage. It Is three weeks since he «•*
last seen at Wantage. His friends say that they
are not worried about him. because he has dose
the same thing so often. They mean that they are
not worried about htm personally, but what abort
the city of New- York, with nobody on deck in Eng
land to run it?
The only trouble about Captain Croker as a com
mander Is that he has the same habit as Sir Jos***
Porter, and that when the breezes blow he gerer
ally goes below. He selects stormy days for restir?
and he comes up bright and smiling again when tn»
weather clears. He went away last time. le*Tts«
orders that vice should be exterminated in his ab
sence.- That was a noble command to give, but «¦*
should he choose this moment to crawl into a»
hole and pull the hole In after him. Just when hi*
officers want to consult him about the detail* of
navigation? With the commander off the br!iJ~.
there will be nothing to do but to keep on aw**
police captains about from one precinct to ana***
till vice gets tired and disappears. It may ke as
effective but it will be an Inglorious process. *»
the city wants to see Is the commander ftf**
right up and exterminating vice with both hands-
Even on the personal side Mr. Croker"s fri«d*
are far too complacent. Who knows but be V*
been kidnapped? These are bad days. And ho* »
he ever to be got back? Suppose the villains *£«.<*
ask a ransom of C3.0C0.000,000.000.0C0 or so. The c«
would have to pay it. rather than not have *&
back to exterminate vice. But how would the *
pay It. even feeling disposed to? It could not «•"
cue him with a buggy with a red light. for ft.
Croker hates red lights and would rather die *¦¦
have anything to do with them. Mr. CroKer &j*
developed another method of usefulness, too. •*•
a short time. He was never la the world so •"''*'
Ing as he has been for the last three months or »*
Anybody In New-York who sleeps before »
Croker's safety Is again assured will show » P c
of feeling and public spirit which it la bard to / ¦