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COURT MARTIAL FOR KYLE.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL OF ALABAMA
UEGIMENT OX TRIAL.
CHARGED BY HIS COLONEL WITH DISO
13EP1EXCK OF ORDERS-TROUBLE
PATE? FROM SPANISH WAR.
HoulgoeUMJ. Ala., Jan. 2 (Special). — A court
jnartlal ii r r the trial of Lieutenant Colonel Osce
ola Kyie. of the .'id Regiment. Alabama National
Guard, on charges preferred by <"<.ionei c. L.
nf the same regiment, of disobedience
t ,f , T i- ndact anbecomlng -in officer and
• Bed In the State Capitol to-day.
mpoewd of Colonel Dumont, Ist
ent; OokMeJ '".ra\rs. J<i Regiment; Lieu
lenant May. 2d EteajUnent; Lieutenant
McDowell, Governor's staff, and Major
Knbins"n. Ist Regiment, with Lieutenant Colo
r.el Bubbard, of the Ist K>-giment, as judge ad
vocate.
The court martial was ordered on account of
tten by Lieutenant Colonel Kyle to
la which the latter wat- critl
rma for his action in the Ppan
hm-Ainerican War. as well as since the reor
tkm of the regiment. The charges apainst
Kj'le are thret in number, with the necessary
■jeciflcations They ai>-:
r•'-•r •'-• DisrepardlnK orders of superior officer.
sped t'i superior officer.
vis hii otii<'er in thai
■ i on the Governor, the Adjutant
! ar. 3 the Judge Advocate of the Stat-?
troo;>F.
■■ aaat Colonel Kyle's attorney interposed
that with the exception of the two last
is of the first charge, the court had
no Jurisdiction, as the other offences were com
mitted, it any. when the troops were not in the
nf the State. Only two witnesses testi-
Bed to-day, and their testimony simply referred
letters about which there is no contro
tenant Colonel Kyle is now a circuit rourt
in thi.- State. He wiU be defended by
I \v. C. Oates and Colonel Tennent
bomax. Colonel EXlgdon la a prominent busi
..in in Birmingham.
The trouble in the Alabama National Guard Sates
tack to the Bpanlsfc-Amerl War. Celoru.l E. L.
Hir^cn at that tin..- ofiei the service* of his
res,iraer.t to the government. UeUenwH Colonel
Kyle »as then captain of the i::;..i.ay company at
Cecauir. which was a part of tr.e regirr^nl. After
the regiment reached MoJale (Sever**©? JvUr^on a;;
pointed Captain Kyle * la.vior. altfcouea It was sail
that Colonel Higooii vigti the. avpclntawnt of an
other officer. The reiani'rr.t was final;/ must*red
out sftec eight mentis of can.;.' duty, against the
protest or dm of tht eouaaU^MeA c«u-e«i. Forty
five of those officers, wished to remain on service,
and a committee, composed of Majors ii> V. Thomas
C. Smith and D. D. McLccl w»iia4 upon Colonel
higtiou ana asked him to resign as coinwr.nder of
tie regiment. The colonel decline*. Subsequently
th* regiment was reorganized as tne 3d lniantry
d tha Alabama National Guard. Major Smith was
elected colonel and Major Kyle lieutenant coior.cL
When Colonel Smith resigned there was a warm
contest, resulting in the election of Colonel Higdon
by a email majority. The strained relations be
tween Colonel Higdor. and Lieutenant Colonel Kyle
rosnltfKi in the following correspondence:
Birmingham. Ala.. August 17, 1901.
Lieutenant Colonel O. Kyle. Decatur, Ala. of the
S.r: Since my election to the colonelcy of the
Id Infantry. Alabama National Guard last April. I
hay* addressed you several .cocimmUc&UGus, both
c&rtafly unofficially, and have issued several
orders to you. ail of which have been completely
ignored cy you. You have al£o absented yourse f
from the encampment held In Birmingham. July 10
to 16, without rendering any excuse whatever.
It has been my earnest desire to have ever* oftl
«r in the regiment do bis full duty toward making
the command an cfScient one. anl I ha-.e received
the hearty support or tfce M'snaUon of all the
officers, with the exception ol "** ■■*■}; is c*.
tainiy expected by tha comm^ndics; officer or this
regiment that th» officer next In command should
give him his full ropport irnilc-n. I have
eneeted the Ueuteuaat colonel to assist me In vUj-
Itins the different companies In the ,--!:*.. r.t ■ each
mostb. and encourage ar.d h<r!p them gam a degree
of efficiency of which the Stats will b^ proud, and
without this assistance tr.<>. commanding officer la
nrce^arily handicapped. I have ceiled upon you
to do th*s. and you hava not • fen given me the
courtesy of replies to my communication*, which
not only Indicates your own serious neglect, of duty
and disobedience to orders, but it. retards the work
of Other officer-, in the regiment who have an in
terest la the welfare <: the 3d Infantry, and who
kre ever wiili'.< to render me every assistance.
While the State does not appropriate any. funds for
Irtve the lament the attention that la required of
your offl-e I shall certainly expect your resigna
tion •©that the officers ot this regiment may elect
a man who is willing to give some of hi? tun* and
a little of his money, to the advancement o: the
SIS I have not yet taken this matte- up* with the
higher officials in the military, as I wish first _to
hear from you en the subject, but if I fall to hove
a. satisfactory reply immediately I phail at once
take the matter before the G 2 ve I rno^ IG^o^ l:( ' "
"* J> Colonel 3d Infantry, A. N. G.
To that Lieutenant Colonel Kyle answered as
follows:
Decatur. Ala., August 20, 1901.
Colonel E. L. Hlpdon, Birmingham. Ala.
Sir: Your letter of the 17th Instant has been re
ceived. It has been accepted as it was intended—
as an Insult. I shall try to give a fitting reply.
The first statement made in your letter, to wit,
"I have addressed you several communications,, both
officially and unofficially, and have issued several
Men to you. all of which have been completely
ignored by you." is false. I have received no com
munication from you except what was signed offi
cially by you. Two orders have been received by
nse from you— one several months am. requesting
me to accompany you on a visit to the military
companies in North Alabama, and th" other of date
iu 3 l, i>;»i, ordering me to the last enr-amcm.-ni.
The first order above mentioned (if it can be
Proper j;. construed as an order) requesting me to
accompany you on a visit of Inspection to the
various military companies in this section of the
-late was unheeded by me for two reasons: First.
.■tffc s "*.. 1 knew " you had no authority to make any
»ucn order, the law making no requirement or pro
«-h«« I V or such excursions: and. second, because
t o trav <?l on private business I usually prefer
tn Jl 00 £c my companions. I had no desire whatever
to accompany you.
Tour order- =• July 1. 1501. above referred to, was
r. ,~'7 Vu , L : ): '' m '- unt " tnp l«th inst.. upon my
man onl Ne York - If I had desired to render
aYr,» t CU J^ £. or , not attending the last encanvp
«*w, 1 hardly had sufficient time to do so before
"■jiving your last letter, to which this Is an an
thi/L,. ww > 3 not <:iU >' surprised at receiving
to rlr '" 1 " ! "" m yni - l'""l '"" a '-»- I have been expecting
offi<£?rf Ve H an 'nvitation from you to resign my
iiru, ' «223**£ colonel ever since you were
tin whi <? l e< v ted - You, of all men. Know the rea
do *, V Ut as ° t *; ers wno ma y read this letter
**£LJl OW ' ' BnaU brlefl >' Btate some few rea-
IW that any one who reads may be informed.
Ton Thi > <« dl i rln *, th Spanish-American War. when
niVrt a. ?e? c misfortune to command the Ist ReKl
«nil vml a^ ma United States Volunteer Infantry.
Sem™-? r Incapacity for such position had been
«£««£" , a l? d . beyond all doubt ' a committee con
<£*, ill ' f - Ma -l" T O. Smith. Major D. D. McLeod
of ,<s* and my L el " representing forty-five out
rVif«t?l y commissioned officers of the regiment,
to a. Ed yyouu v to r « l n as colonel and give way
Ska a man who had courage and capacity to fill
&V £*£Za T * : yo . u harbored this against me as
r™^ (ionabls Fin I soon found out. You well
ou? TV lhat wh *"1 the r *?»ment waa mustered
army r ll w , w , ee * 8 afterward, you, In defiance of
J!™ y regulations, attemnted to place upon the
Asms of Majors SnWth. Mcljs» and myself
u« oof Chaplain FiUsimmona matter derogatory to
V. 8 »■ /^ r ' tl * mm * n and officers. You were deterred
£un mar'aY 113 Only by th " thre *t °'- arrest
at^Jf* 14 . 1138 advantage of your official position by
«W?* Un * to dishonor men. the latches of whose
a £«•„ ' v * Wer ? unworthy to unloosen, you acted In
that T^, 1 dt "P l ca-ble and cowardly manner. After
C 5"C 5" * fcnew you for what you really are— what in
common parlance la called a scrub.
■£«ona. in your recent race for the colonelcy of
if * gn l tnt - I have been informed by three gen
thaT who now hold commissions In the regiment
for v^. of your " <*"- In order to obtain votes
elected '^Ti 18 *^ that l I T ould re * ign {t you we r«
wouM i d . that my POfMon aa lieutenant colonel
rS. 1 ? *n vcn .u to a certain captain now In the
thft^Si*. / the # ' am* officers I was informed
•Hewo? ™ you L '«!"»*■ for you. In orJer to get
*nw o \f y U> UM^ i lhe Ban!e argument with refer-
Placet ■,i5 alo . rB Hu 5 y * a nd Pa r k « 8 . and that their
Z™** were also traded In the same astute manner.
Vui )I HE V CONSIDERING THE ROUTE
EL Lou?, Penjwylvanla Railroad to Chicago and
'£vT > v* w a^ < Ly°" V, be satisfied. Speedy trains
Ad-rt <■* York daily, at convenient intervals.—
I feel sure that this trading was done with your
knowledge and consent. You are now trying to
carry out this unholy bargain, and as I did not
resign an you expected, you are attempting to force
my resignation. All this stuff written by you in
your last letter Is a pretence and a fraud, gotten
up by a poor actor attempting to deceive some one.
Before you were declared elected colonel of the
regiment (and with all your trading. It is a matter
of grave doubt "'nether you were legally elected),
well knowing that no honor or credit could be ex
pected while serving under you. I had publicly
stated that 1 would resign. Many of the commis
sioned officers of the regiment requested me not
to do so. I promised them I would not: hence It
Is that you have been permitted once again to take
advantage of your official position to insult me.
That you enjoy it I have no doubt, but I fling back
in your, teeth" the insults you have offered. No
brave man. no grentl'-mrin. would have acted as you
have done, and to show you that I do not fear you
in any way I positively refuse to resign.
Your threat to bring this matter before the Gov
ernor does not alarm me. for I am willing to appear
before him. ■ court martini, or anywhere else, and
tell them what I know about you. I presume that
you will lip very much offended at the contents of
this let tor. 1 hope so— it la written for that pur
pose. I hope your rhinoceros hide has at last been
punctured.
It will he several days ypt before I am required
to be absent from home; if you are personally dis
satisfied with this letter. I will state that nny
communication will reach me here if sent within
the next nil days.
I have taken a copy of this letter, so that If It
becomes necessary or proper to do so. I can have
it published at any time. 0. KYLE.
Efforts were made to settle the difficulty quietly,
but as this was found to be impossible, a court mar
tial whs ordered on the complaint of Colonel
Higdon.
LONDON'S LATEST NEWS-
MEETING THE AMERICAN IKON AND
STEEL INVASION.
ASTORS NAME CONNECTED WITH GREAT
GIFT TO SCIENCE— STEEL TRUST'S
CONTROL OF NICKEL.
(Copyright: 1902: By The New-York Tribune.)
[BY CABLE to the TRIBUNE.]
London, Jan. 3, 1 a. in. — Some big firms in the
North of England in order to meet the threat
ened invasion of this country by American Iron
end steel goods have been lately devoting
time, trouble and money to the search for new
beds of a high quality of iron ore near the
already existing- collieries. The northern coun
ties are full of c* „i. but up to the present time
many of the largest Iron works have had to de
pend largely Oil Spanish and other extraneous
supplies of iron ore. That, will, however, no
longer be the enne should the discoveries re
versed in Cumberland and elsewhere prove au
thentic. Ya' beds of excellent hematite are
said to have been already tapped In more than
one locality, and the quick success of these ten
tative effet it is expected to stimulate the search
further. it la hoped, in any ca«=e that the right
method of dealing with the American Invasion,
by cheapening the cost of production, is at last
being employed, with a JTalr prospect of success,
in one of England's greatest industrie?.
Nothing could be more Interesting or instruc
tive as an indication of the attitude of the Na
tionalist party at the next session of Parlia
ment than John Redmond's speech at BUgO. The
Irish leader devoted fierce of the choicest flowers
of his vituperative rhetoric to describe those
Liberals who. like Lord Etoaebery, are a little
tired of the Irish alliance. The Nationalist*
have received an Intimation that tV alliance ia
to be thro^« r. over with scarcely veiled d utemi
and Redmond ftdv!sM Lord Rosefcery to rally
round him "all those rotten members of th«
Liberal party who called themselves Liberal
Imperialists." The meaning of all this la that
the, Irist. party wi'l again carry out the policy
adopted by Tarnell In th* days, when Gladstone
was coercing Ireland, an: will ftght for home
rule without the slightest regarJ for the feel
ings of their former English allies.
Exceptioral Interest ie t»k«n In tli« news that
the sum of £200,000 has been placed at the dis
posal of K!n&' Edward for some charitable pur
pose and that hi* majesty h.-s •!<■• .>i<-.! on the
erection of an English sanatorium for coiifuiuii
tivea. The name of the giver has not been made
public, but !t is rumored that it may be Will
iam Waldorf Astor.
It is stated this morning, with some show "t
authority, that Sir Ernest Casael la ili<- giver of
the fund. Sir i-Jrnest Psnsfl is a naturalised
British subject. He was born in Cologne in
IST»2. and is a wealthy Jewish financier. Within
the last year or two h>- has formed a racing
stable and breeding stud at Newmarket. He is
persona grata at Marlborough Hous--.
According to a statement from New-York, an
nouncenif nt has been made of the completion of
negotiations whii iby the greater nickel deposits
controlled by the Nickel Corporation of England
will pass under the control of the United Btates
Steel Corporation. T)u:- assertion la In direct
conflict with the statrrr.;-/: : made by the chair
man of the Nickel Corporation at the meeting
on Tuesday, and b< wildered shareholders a.re
asking for an explanation.
The Colonial Office has a serious indictment
to answer in the reply which a high Newfoi nd
land official returned to an inquiry from "The
Express." That paper asked what was fcoing to
be done in view of the expiration of the modus
vlvendi with France as to the so-called French
Shore, end the reply is that not oniy does New
foundland not know what Is going to be done,
but that f;r the last fax months her repeated
appeals to the Colonial f'fiice on this point have
elicited no answer whatever.
SIR ERNEST CASSEL MAY BE THE GIVER.
"THE DAILY MAIL" NAMES HIM IN CON
NECTION WITH GIFT OF A MILLION
DOLLARS.
(By The Associated Press.)
London, Jan. .'?. — Two hundred thousand
pounds have been placed at King Edward's dis
posal for charitable o- utilitarian purposes, ac
cording to "The Daily Mail." by Sir Ernes] Cas
ed, a merchant and financier, who was promi
nent In Egyptian finance^ and who was made a.
Knight Commander of ■ St. Michael and St.
George for his. services in that field.
King Edwarii has decided to devote this gift
to a sanatorium which will accommodate one
hundred patients. Twelve of the beds are to be
reserved for wealthy sufferers, while the re
mainder will be for those who are only able to
afford a small fee. King Edward has appointed
an advisory committee in this matter, composed
of leading physicians, and including Sir Will
iam Henry Broadbent, Sir Richard Douglas
Powell, Sir Francis Henry Lacking, Sir Felix
Semon and others.
Three prizes of £600, £200 and £100, respec
tively, have been offered In connection with
this scheme for the best essays on and plans
for the construction of the sanatorium, and the
advisory committee will be guided by the result
of this competition in the execution of his maj
esty's wishes. The competition is open to medi
cal men of all nationalities.
Sir William Henry Broadbent explained that It
was Intended to employ the open air treatment
for consumptives, the success of which he said
was absolutely established. Sir William was un
able to give details. but said he believed the sana
torium would be within easy distance of London,
for It had been shown that the open air treat
ment could be conducted almost as successfully
In England as In Switzerland.
You want to know what progress has been made
In eclenc«? The Tribune Almanac will tell you For
sale nt newsdealers' everywhere, or by mail, for 25
cents per copy.- Advt.
NEW-YORK. FRIDAY. JANUARY 8. 1902. -FOURTEEN PAGES.-.,^'-A-w
PRINCIPALS IN THE KYLE-HIGDON COURT MARTIAL.
JUXXJE-ADVOCATE4GRAPH J. HITBBARD.
LTtfUTKN'ANT-COLONFTr, OSCEOLA KTLK.
FALMA OUTLINES POLICY.
FAVORS A COMMERCIAL TREATY WITH
UNITED STATES.
APPROVES THE PLATT AMENDMENT
WANTS THE ISLE OF PINES—
MAY WAIT FOR PAT.
Central Valley. X. V., Jan. 2 (Special).— Cable
dispatches and telegrams from his compatriots
and friends congratulating him on his election
to the Presidency of Cuba continue to pour in
to General Tomas Estrada Palma. The first
message received this morning was from Gen
eral N. RoW Peraza, ex-Minister of Venezuela
at Washington. It read:
"I heartily congratulate you on your triumph
and Cuba on your ■election."
The Cuban President-elect Is still undecided
about the time of his departure to Cuba. He
dislikes to leave his family, but is disinclined to
take all bis children with him. as that would
Interfere with their studies. He will probably
take his wife and their youngest three children
to Havana, and will be Joined by the other
three in the summer. He told a correspondent
for The Tribune to-day that he will not so to
Cuba before April. He is to take office on
May 1.
Now that the election is over and he has been
chosen as the head of the first Cuban Inde
pendent government. General Palma talked more
freely about the policy he will pursue. He said:
In the first place, I wish to correct the state
ments that have been made to the rfTeefthat
my candidacy was advised by the United States
'Government, and that if elected I would be
under its control. Of course, I can never f>>r>{'t
the, debt we owe this country for help] us
gain our Independence. Notwithstanding, 1 am
first of all a Cuban.
Mo cne will control m?. I urn free to art with
out fear or favor. I have mad'- no pledges for
the purpose of getaii office. The reconstruc
tion of Cuba will devolve on all of ufi. We must
gather about us the best element if the country,
both Cubans and the Spanish residents. Cubans
must forget all political differences, and ;.>-.ir In
mind that we are members of the same family,
with the same interests at stake. We will safe
guard and r> sport all foreign Interests, and our
motto should be. "Fairness to All."
A commercial treaty with the United States la
an urgent necessity. It should be effected with
out loss of time. With a reduction of the tariff
on tobacco and sugar, we will be enabled to de
velop our other Industries.
General Pal ma approves of the Platt nmrnil
mont, and bflleves It to be to the Interest of
Cuba and her lndepend< nee.
Regarding the Isle of Pines, he said:
I understand that this island is really of use
to the United States in connection with the
projected into -oceanic canal. Anyway, the shal
low waters make it difficult and dangerous for
vessels of large tonnage to touch there, On the
other hand, i: might be an Important addition
to the territory of the Cuban Republic, and the
United States might be Induced to give up the
island.
Touching on tho financial policy, the peneral
paid he favored a must economical government.
Thr-re will be no useless officials, ana the diplo
matic corps at the start will probably be limited
to a minister at Washington. Th»-re will be a
consul general In New-York, but at other ports
only consular agents, who will receive small
.salaries, or perhaps only fees, for their m r
vices.
The question of paying off tho Cuban army
for their services during the revolution will be
one of the mos-t important for the new govern
ment to deal with. Concerning this, Genera]
Palma salu:
While 1 cousider this a sacred debt, yet I will
recommeud that these patriots wait for their
pay until we have first placed our Industries on
a solid footing. I am sure that with plenty
of employment these men will be baiist!<-d to
wait until their country is numciently strung
financially to spare this money. It would hardly
be good policy to pay out, say, $I,imni,<mi<» from a
Kinii that we tniKht negotiate, for th'-n we
would not have enough left properly to build up
the island from its present condition of ruin.
CUBANS APPROVE PALMA'S ELECTION.
Bettor F. E. Fonseca, one of the representative
Cubans of this city, who employs a large number
of Cubans in his cigar factory, said yesterday In
regard to the election of Tosaaa Estrada Palma
as President <>f Cuba:
Tt:.- election <>f Don Beaor Palma not only Rrntl
lics tii.- mass of Cubans In the United StaU-s. many
of whom I have m«-t to-day, hut tt means a
prflaTessiire future for our island. We who love
Cuba iiiiri ar<- loyal to it .s Interests recall espe
cially bis attitude whlli> be was President of the
Cuban Junta, anri thrn- is no doubt that his
policy will he on the tame lines that he so earnest
ly advocated then.
Cubs will see a greater advancement In a given
time under President Palma's direction than it has
ever known before, and the most friendly relations
will lit- encouraged and preserved between the
United States and Cuba, for the United States has
heen our fjreat benefactor. I look forward t«> an
f-ra of prosperity. «ood order ar-.d paactl among the
people of Cuba themselves and with other coun
tries.
OFFICIAL REPORT ON CUBA'S VOTE.
Havana, Jan. 2. — The Central Board of
Scrutiny has given out the following results of
the elections held in Cuba on December 31:
Tomas Estrada Palma. the Nationalist candi
date for the Presidency of Cuba, has fifty-five
electors, while General Bartolome Maso, the
Democratic candidate who withdrew from the
campaign, has eight electors. Seflor Palma se
cured the unanimous electoral delegations from
the provinces of Pinar del Rio, Havana. Matan
zas and Santa Clara, and one elector from
Puerto Principe, and five electors from Santiago.
General Maso secured three electors from Puerto
Principe and five from Santiago.
ONE DAY'S JOURNEY.
Pennsylvania Railroad trains run to Chicago in 24
hours. Leave W. 23d. Cortlandt and Desbrosses Sts.
at convenient hours every day in the year.— Advt.
COLONEL. K. L. HIGHON.
DRILL IN RIVER SMASHED.
riLOT OF STEAMER THAT FLOATS INTO
IT ARRESTED.
SEVENTH ACCIDENT TO APPARATUS WITH
WHICH BORING FOR BROOKLYN TUN
NEL WAS BEING MADE.
As the result of an accident which occurred in
the East River last night the United Engineer
ing and Contracting Company, of this city, suf
fered a loss of several thousand dollars in dam
ages to drilling apparatus with which it had
been testing the river bottom in the line of the
proposed rapid transit tunnel to Brooklyn. The
machinery, built on a platform held up by a
cluster of pile*, had Just begun work at 6 o'clock
when the Norwegian steamer Belvernon backed
out from Pier No. 14, with J. M. Heath, a har
>■■■: pilot, in charge. A swiff tide was running
down toward the drilling apparatus and a pile
driver, a few hundred yards distant from the
boat. The harbor police tug M. Henderer was
patrolling the river for the express purpose of
projecting the drillers from passing river craft.
Ree'ng the Belvernon la such perilous proximity
to the platform. Captain Rex, of the tug. shouted
to the pilot through a megaphone, warning him
of liis danger. The warning came too late, how
ever, and in a few minutes the big steamer was
drlf'lng down broadside on the drilling outfit.
PILE DRIVER'S WHISTLE WARNS.
The pile driver's whistle shrieked. A crash
follow*!, and pile*, apparatus and men were
hurled right and left Into the pile driver the
farmer crashed next, tearing her frcm her
anchorage and damaging her woodwork. By
this time the Belvernon had acquired some
si •■• l. and managed to back out. but of the
drilling outfit nothing was left except the float
ing piles. The pile driver succeeded In hanging
to one of her anchor cables. The two men
hurled from the platform escaped with only a
few slight bruises.
Meanwhile the PMvernon attempted to con
tinue her course out to sea. but the harbor
tug bore down on her and compelled her
\•■ to Policemen P. J. Rtordan and F. H.
K. tley placed .Mr. Heath, the pilot, under ar
reat
VESSEL CARRIED THE MAILS.
Th.»n a difficulty arose. The Helvernon was a
fin iga vessel bound for Haytl with United
Btates mail aboard. Th^ r.niice had no au
thority to stoji her, but without a pilot she
could not proceed, and the pilot being under
arr-tsi, could ti«u take her out. The construc
tion company's tun came alongside just then
with David Hough, chu-f engineer, aboard, who
had been explaining th • works to a Tribute re
porter. Mr. Hourli Insisted that the steamer
bi- made to anchor off Liberty Island This was
2on< The pilot and Captain <>lse?i, of the Bel
vernon, were then taken aboard the tug and it
headed ?> i the harbor police station nof.r Bat
tery Park, wli» re Mr. Hough preferred charges
of criminal negligence against the pilot. Cap
tain OUen was then permitted to return to the
Bclv< rnon In charge ol a police ofßcer, who was
ordered to stay with him until his return to
the city this morning.
'!!'<■ estimated loss tr> th" construction com
pany i>- $2,' ■". J^ut the time and labor lost brings
the total loss up to a higher figure. Six times
the company had tried to drill nf thi:; particu
lar si" '. bul each time some accident, generally
a collision, hml d. laved the work At last appll
catli n was made to the government for police
protection against the carelessnesr: of the river
and as a r< stilt thr> tug. M, Henderer
vms stationed there, with two pol|<-emen aboard.
Had this accident not occurred the work would
have been flnlsknd to-morrow, but now it will
n |Uire several weeks longer. The principal loss
Is that of th«- drill, which is valued at #1,000, be
ing tipped with diamonds.
TO PROSECUTE OFFICERS.
Mr. Hough said that both the pilot and the
Steamer's owners would be prosecuted to the
fullest extent of the law. The vessel should
have pulled out at siack tide, he said, or been
towed out of danger by a tug.
Mr. Heath, the pilot, made no defence beyond
saying that the tide was stronger than he had
expected. He admitted knowing that the drill
ers were th«re, and that he had heard the warn
ing from the police boat.
The Belvernon is a thousand ton craft, and
hails from Bergen, Norway. She has heen char
tered by R. VV. Cameron & Co., of this city, to
run steadily between this port and Haytian
ports.
MISS STOKE REPORTED FREE.
RUMOR REACHES VTENNA, BUT IS UNCON
FIRMED.
London. Jan. 2.— A dispatch to the Central
News from Vienna says a report has been re
ceived there, by way of Sofia, that Miss Ellen
M. Stone, the captive American missionary, has
been released. The report lacks confirmation.
RELEASE WOULD CAUSE NO SURPRISE.
Washington, Jan. 2.— The State Department
officials say they have no recent news bearing
on the case of Miss Stone, and therefore cannot
confirm the dispatch from London transmitting
a report that she has been released. At the
same time such a consummation of the efforts
in her behalf would not be surprising, as the
latest Information received here shows that re
sponsible parties are In communication with the
brigands who hold her captive, and the latter
know these persons have all the money that can
be raised with which to pay ransom.
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A BIG SYNDICATE EMBARRASSED
EVERETT-MOORE COXCERX. OF CLEVELAND, WITH CAPITAL
OF $125,000,000, m FIXAXCIAL STRAITS.
BANKERS CONFIDENT OF THE FIRM'S SOLVENCY.
The Everett-Moore Syndicate of Cleveland, Ohio, owing to the ttnagwtl
in the money market, became financially embarrassed, and its affairs were r |
over to the control of a committee of seven prominent bankers of Geveland.
This syndicate is said to control more than twelve hundred miles of urban and
mtemrban electric railways in Ohio and Michigan, with many new extensions in
course of construction. It also owns or controls several local and long distance
telephone lines, and the aggregate capitalization of all the Everett-Moore com
panies is not less than $ 125.000.000.
The bankers' committee issued a statement calculated to inspire confidence
in the syndicate's creditors, saying that the railway properties of the concern were
in good condition and perfectly solvent, and expressing the belief that the dif
ficulty would be only temporary.
The announcement of the syndicate's troubles caused a run on the Dime
Savings and Banking Company, of which Messrs. Everett and Moore are direc
tors: but it? president said the bank had ample hands on ham! to pay all deposi
tors who wanted their money.
In financial circles in this city it was thought the troubles of the syndicate
"^re due rather to its telephone operations than to its trolley enterprises, and that
it was further handicapped by not having as its associates' any influential finan
ciers of this city.
STORY OF THE SYNDICATE'S TROUBLE.
Cleveland. Ohio, Jan. 2 (Special). — The gen
eral public was startled this afternoon when
the public announcement was made that the
Everett-Moore Syndicate, which has immense
traction and telephone Interests in Ohio and
Michigan, was unable to meet its obliga
tions, and had turned its affairs over to
a committee of prominent Cleveland bankers.
The big syndicate, which Is capitalized at about
.<l2.">,<HM>.tHHi, completed arrangements to-day
with the bankers' committee in order that a
settlement may be made with creditors and its
equities he saved. This turn of affairs, how
ever, does not constitute an assignment. The
committee will Investigate affairs, and the man
agement of the syndicate properties will be con
tinued by Messrs. Everett and Moore and their
associates under the direction of the committee.
In the mean time an extension of eighteen
months will be granted by th* Cleveland .banks
which are creditors.
ANTICIPATE© BY FINANCIERS.
Although the general public was astonished
to learn of the trouble of the syndicate, men
closely connected with financial affairs were not
surprised— in fact, they anticipated it. When
the fact was announced in the newspapers this
afternoon there was much excitement on the
streets and among business men. A run on the
Dime Savings and Banking Company, in which
Henry E. Everett, E. W. Moore ami "Barney"
Ms.hler are actively interested, immediately
benan. Several hundreti depositors crowded
Into th*» bank and clamored for their money.
The bank paid out promptly to all depositors
who appeared with books, and mot all demands
until regular closing time came. President M.
O. Waterson. when asked If the bank had plenty
of money on hand, said: "Plenty. Lots and
lots of it. This excitement will soon die out."
When the doors were closed it was announced
to the forty waiting depositors that the hank
would open to-morrow morning at the usual
hour. A further run Is expected on Friday
morning, and to-night the Dime, with the as
sistance of other Cleveland financial institutions,
is preparing to meet whatever demands are
made.
It was learned that ■ small number si deposit
ors appeared at two other banks with whl«h
some members of the syndicate are connected
to draw out th^lr 1-posits, but this flurry quick
ly subsided. Tht-rt- has been apprehension in
financial circles fot a we»'k respecting the se
curitiea of the companies m which the syndicate
is Interested. A raid hfgan on th.> stock of the
Federal Telephone Company, the controlling
company <>t' the syndicate's telephone interests.
This .-;to.-k, whii h was sold at 41 last March on
th.- local market, brought only 4 1 - yesterday.
There was also ■ slump in Cleveland Electric
Railway stock and a decline in Cuyahoga Tele
phone Company stock. Tho bankers' statement
about the syndicate was given out to the pub-
Hi- at the close of the day's trading, and there
lore did not affed the market.
CHEAT INTERESTS CONTROLLED.
Tbt- Everett-Moore syndicate is comprised of
11. E. Everett, president of the Cleveland Elec
tric Railway Company; K. W. Moore, former
secretary and treasurer of the Dime Savings
and Hanking Company; Barney Mahler and C.
W. Wasoii. leading traction men, and twenty or
thirty young business men and financiers.
The syndicate began business about three
years ago by getting control of the Cleveland
i:i<tric Railway Company. Then it extended
Its traction operations, purchasing the control
of the street railways of Detroit, together with
suburban lines running into that city. The To
ledo lines and suburban railways were next
absorbed, and the lines of Akron. Then a trunk
Una was built between Warren, Ohio, and Port
Huron, Mich., together with the necessary con
nections and properties.
The syndicate b-gan its telephone operations
by establishing the Cuyahoga Telephone Com
pany—an independent concern tn this city with
a fine plant and eight thousand subscribers.
Then the syndicate went into the long distance
business and organized the United States Tele
phone Company, and acquired exchanges In
Columbus. Toledo and other Ohio cities. To
central all its telephone properties, the Federal
Telephone Company waa then organized.
Stringency of the money market precipitated
the trouble, as all the syndicate's properties
were either earning profits or were about In
condition to do so.
The action of the Cleveland bankers in agree
ing to give an extension. It is believed, will re
■SaWti other holders of collateral, and no further
trouble of any kind is anticipated, bejond the
run on the bank, and it is expected that this
will be stopped to-morrow. Cleveland bankers
have much faith in the syndicate.
STATEMENT OF BANKERS' COMMITTEE.
The statement Issued by the committee this
afternoon says in part:
It became apparent some time ago to some of
the members of the Everett-Moore Syndicate, so
called, that, on account of the tight mo.-icy situ
ation In the different centres where they wore
financing some of their enterprises, although In
their opinion they owned several million dollars'
worth of property over and above their liabili
ties, they would be unable without temporary
assistance to meet their obligations which were
about to become due and the obligations of some
of the corporations which were controlled by
them. Many of these obligations arose frc-m
the fact that the syndicate was engaged in the
construction of a number of enterprises whi h
were not yet fully completed, requiring larg*
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PRICE THEEE CENTS.
[ amounts of money to pay for labor an* ma- j
terials In the construction.
The syndicate was also recently disappointed !
in being unable to complete the negotiations for '
I the raising of a largr sum of money upon cer
tain bonds and stocks belonging to It. which
would have furnished them with ready funds,
and which negotiations they had reason to be
lieve until ten days ago would result favorably.
Some of the members of the syndicate, when
it became apparent to them that many of their 1
liabilities, which were coming due about Janu
ary 1, could not be met. called together some of.
tht-ir personal advisors to advise with them as
to what was best to be done. These men ex
amined very fully into all of the affairs of those i
composing the syndicate and were furnished',
with full and complete information.
They found from their investigation that. In;
the telephone situation, while among its differ
ent elements It ha 1 m ;ny companies that had
fully completed their equipment and were on a
paying basis, there were others that needed ma
terial assistance. They also found that, so far
as the personal affairs' of the members of the
syndicate were concerned, their equities were. In
their opinion, largely m excess of their liabii- 1
Hies, and that, in their Judgment, all of the i
personal creditors could be paid without doubti
from the assets and several hundred thousand,
dollars put Into the completing of the proper
ties.
They found that there were in Cleveland up
; ward of thirty banks that were their creditors
and that these banks held the choicest of tha
securities and the most equities.
! Messrs. Everett and Moore stated that they*
were perfectly willing to turn all of their mat-;
ters and properties over to a committee thaf
should be appointed to handle them In connec
tion with themselves to preserve the most i
equities, with th.- belief that when their prop-
tiva were developed and creditors paid there 1
would be a substantial amount to return to'
them. The personnel of the committee Is a*.
follows.: R. R. Newcomb. Myron T. Herrlck. J.i
J. Sullivan. Calvary Morris. Kaufman Hays.i
E. G. Tillotson and W. C. Mather. These nien^
were selected, not especially on account of any :
interest directly involved, but because of their*
well known ability and integrity.
At the meeting, at which Messrs. Everett
and Moore were present, more than flve-slxtha ;
of all of the Cleveland indebtedness was repre
sented. The parties attending the meeting ex
pressed themselves unanimously in recommend
ing to their institutions that they should extend^
the indebtedness of the Everett-Moore syndicate
and its allied interests for a period of not ex
ceeding eighteen months, conditioned upon th&
committee named having entire charge of all of
the affairs connected with the syndicate and
their various interests.
Papers have been drawn looking toward such"!
extension and the empowering of the committee'
to act. and they have been executed by the!
members of the Everett-Moore syndicate and aroj
now being executed by the Cleveland banks as
rapidly as possible. All other creditors are u>j
be asked to unite with the Cleveland creditor*}
In granting the extension.
Expert accountants have been employed to:
examine and report upon the condition of all the**
various companies. The committee organized^
by electing H. R. Newcomb chairman and E. gJ
Tlllotson secretary.
-MYRON T. IIERRICK'S STATEMENT. ' j
Expert accountants have been employed by*
the committee in charge to examine and report
upon the condition of all the constituent com*
panics. No statement has as yet been given ou|
indicating the liabilities of the syndicate.
Henry A. Everett and E. W. Moore refused to*4
night to be interviewed concerning their affairs,
declaring that the statement issued by the com*
mittee covered the entire matter.
Colonel Myron T. Herrick to-night gave Tha
Associated Press the following- signed state*
ment relative to the affairs of the Everett-Mooji
syndicate:
Personally. I have had no connection with and
no knowledge of the operations of the Everett,
Moors Syndicate. Although I am named as om
of the members of the committee for the re
organization of their affairs, I have now n«
actual knowledge of their condition, except ai
Informed by another committee of Cleveland
bankers, which has spent more than a week hi
making an investigation. While I have taken
no pan in this investigation, the bankers who
conducted it are among our safe and conserva«
tive men, and whose report should inspire confix
dence. The entire affairs of the syndicate an
now undergoing a thorough Investigation with:
the assistance of chartered accountants, and all
persons concerned, should. In my Judgment fee]
assured that the interests of all classes of credit
tors will be conserved by competent business]
management at the hands of the commute*
chosen.
SYNDICATE BRINGS sriT.
THREE ACTIONS CHARGING FRAUD!
STARTED BY THE EVERETT 5
PEOPLE IN TOLEDO.
Toledo. Ohio. Jan. 2 (Special) -While the Everett-
Moore Syndicate was going into trustees' hands at
Cleveland to-day, three suits were filed here in the)
Common Pleas Court by the syndicate, which arm
sensational in their character. One is an action,
brought In the name of the Maumee Railroad tm
the attorneys for the Toledo Railway and Ugh*
Company, against the law firm of King & Tracy-
The petition charges that th« firm has collected;
fees fraudulently, and also allege* fraud on the part
of the old board of directors of the M.iumee Valley*
road. Last week, In Common Pleas Court. cognovnl
judgment was taken against the Toledo and MatM
mcc Valley Railway Company on three notes- one)
by Kins & Tracy for J1.674 76: another by the Toledo
Loan Company for $13.«>55 S3. and the third by the)
Holcorab National Bank for HS.32A 37 a total of
$36.33 46.
In the suit filed against King & Tracy It is aha
leged that no summons was issued and no nottoej
was given that judgment would be taken against
, the company. The railroad company asserts rB
was not represented In court and had no oppor*
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