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1. William J. Moran: 2. Ju-ljre -Taiies Fitz^prnirl (photograph by Pnch brothers); S, Xlinam N. McAdam; 4. John J. Delany (copyright by M. R. E. McCarthy); 5, Eugene A. Phllbin (photograph by Paeb Brothers): 6. W. C. Matlack.; 7, L. A.Repetto;S. J.trues A. Bums; 9, Jollk
'/_• Cone; 10, Victor J. Dowling; 11, Joseph A. MeNaiu.ee; 12, P. H. Dunn.
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KXIUIITS OF COLCMBUS.
L*ELKBRA»m TO-DAY BY MEMBERS OF
THE ORDER AT ATLANTIC CITY
BANQUET ON MONDAY. -
Atlantic City. N. J.. Aug. 1 (Special).— The anni
versary of the embarkation of Columbus from
Palos. Spain, will be celebrated this year by the
Knights of Columbus of New-Jersey in this city.
There ie a celebration very year, but it has never
taken place here, and the choice of Atlantic City
for the three days' reunion was due to the efforts
of an energetic committee, of which Joseph A. Mr-
Name*« was the chairman. The programme ar
ranged for the entertainment of the visitors is
highly attractive, and if It is carried out thou
sands of knights and their friends who will come
to the reunion will be well repaid.
The headquarters of the local council in the
Hotel Rudolf were opened to-day. ' and arriving
knights and their -Rives and sweethearts were
escorted to that bostlery by members of the recep
tion committee. The various places of Interest and
amusement will be shown them to-morrow. At the
Steel Pier to-morrow evening the reception will be
held, and no effort will be spared to promote the
pleasure and happiness of those who may be priv
ileged to participate.
The knights will have the exclusive use of the
large marine ballroom, which has been handsomely
and appropriately decorated for the occasion.
Cards of admission will be issued to members of
the order only. The music will be furnished for the
dancers by a large orchestra •which will come from
On Sunday morning at 10 o'clock there will be a
pontifical high mass in the Church of Our Lady of
the Star of the Sea. at which the Rev. Father
Petri, rector of the church, will be master of cere
monies. The Rlgnt Rev. Bishop Conaty. rector of
the Catholic National University^ of Washington,
will preach the sermon. A large chorus choir has
been formed for the occasion, and will render
some special music apropos of the occasion. The
mass will close with the singing of the "Te Deum' 1
by the entire congregation.
On Sunday afternoon at 3:30 and Sunday evening
at KM o'clock sacred concerts will be given for the
benefit of the knights on the Steeplechase Pier.
Sousa's Band will render special programmes for
these two occasions.
On Monday evening there will be a dinner at the
Hotel Rudolf, -which will be the most notable feat
ure of the reunion. Bishop W. H. O'Connell. for
mer president of the American College at Rome.
now Bishop of Portland, Me.; William ..I. Byrne.
United States District Attorney at Delaware; Su
preme Knight E. L. Hearn, of Framingham,
Mass.; State Senator G. F. Monaghan. of Detroit;
ex-DJBtrict Attorney Philbin of New- York; Francis
P. Smith. Editor of "The Plttsburg Catholic," and
Thomas Harrison Cuxnmlngs, of Boston, are some
of the speakers who will be heard on this occasion.
The toastmaster will be James A. Burns, of East
Oracle, who Is known as a. good speaker.
A party of some five hundred has secured trans
portation from Washington to this city, and large
paxtlaa are coming from New- York. Boston and
(Other points In New-England, and from Pennsyl
vania anfl New-Jersey.
Ex-District Attorney Phllbin will ppeak on "The
Catliollo as a Citizen," and Bishop O'Cor.nell and
Ma. Byrne "Will probably discuss the relations of
ciruroil ax.3. state in the Philippines. Among those
-who have accepted invitations to be present are
the Secretary of the Treasury and the Att>rn»y
General. . .
The Knirfcts of Columbus have been organized
In New-Jersey only about six years. In 1896 twenty
eight men who were active members of the Roman
Catholic Church and knew the good that had been
done by the fraternity in other States organ
ized a council. Among the charter members were
John J. Cone. Jersey City; Joseph M. Byrne. New
ark; Robert J. Davis. Jersey City, and James A.
Burns, East Orange. There are now thirty-four
councils in the State, with about six thousand
B ThV State officer* are: Thomas P. Far, Long
Branch. State deputy: Joseph A McNamee At
lantic City. State secretary: John J. Fallen. Hono
ken State" treasurer: the Rev. W. P. Cantwell. Lon<
Branch. State chaplain, and Thomas J. McL.iugn
lln, Newark, State warden.
The Knights of Columbus have a large and power
ful organization in New-York. There are |_ forty
seven council* with a membership of more man
twtlve thousand. Th. New-York chapter is corn
rosed cf ... delegates from each chapter mis
;. ,t-.i i-,,.-v Tr,^,--«; «.r th<- iirsi Sunoay of c-a<-n
mo-i rat No 11 Ea-V Flfty-ninth-st. Frank W.
Sir'th' chief bookkeeper of the Chamberlain's office
totbepresfdest and among the delegates are many
men whVoe^py hi C h positions in the dty, gorern-
SSS3SaSSSSSii i ff^S
gT : ; n m.-mb' v r
f thet order which not only aims to promote
tne*"ter«~t« of the Church, but to do good and aid
deservteirTnemben of tho fraternity Tand.^at.-s
for'aVmf^n are not asked as : to th.lr po lltc.l
tendencies or Inclinations, and the subject OfPOU
,t~- s. rii'illv * xclud.<l at xneetlnss of the ora< •
The fWtlrnJtyfta^ composed of men of whom we
ask nothing more than that they •■■• good m.n and
aim" Ho-a^ Catholics, and It embraces now the
cream of Cathode manhood in this country.'
TlieVh-r itv Ball given at M.-.dison Square Garden
'Jt ve^r* mtt.'d ov-r HLOOO. which amount has
beti Wd to I rovide free beds In New-York hospi
tal T-ar-ick H Dunn was -he chairman of the
cornmltte^frhe Garden has already en engaged
f^™;"£uar«- 2. IS*3. for a similar entertainment
-pother feature which has
o^Sarted byjSe fraternity, and will soon beta
. . l , n iESwp' III I- Ji a. United States is
Finking fund of about t.a0.000.
PROPERTY OWNERS MUST PAY.
BOARD OF ESTIMATE MAY REVISE RESOLU
TIONS OF BOARD OF PUBLIC
That the Board of Estimate and Apportionment
ha. the right to revise or alter resolutions passed
J"t£ £2£l ™» c improv^ta of Mayor
Van Wvck's administration was yesterday decided
■ - Jusdce Giegerich. in the Supreme Court, when
he denied seven applications to enjoin the Board
of Palmate from .reminding resolutions wh.ch
lud«m,*l the city to pay for the opening and
improvennnt of -ever*! streets in The Bronx. in
sTead of levying the assessments on the owners of
the property directly alllwlis Seven preliminary
injunctions had been obtained by the plaintiffs,
and the Justice had been asked to continue them
until the euits were tried and determined. The
actions were those of Joseph Richards. John O.
Baker, who had two cults; William A. C. Dough
erty, the Home for Incurables. Robert H. M. Fer
£t:*on and others, and Catherine M. Andrews. The
Justice says in part:
"r'roni a table prepared and presented on behalf
of the defendants It appears that the aggregate
effect of the several amendments relating to the
i-lghi proceedings Involved in these suits will be to
fntpose upon the city the payment of upward of
•UJ.O'W not to mention the other proceedings In a
flif.ilar situation before the Board of Estimate and
Apportionment, involving about the same amount,
l.ut as to which no suits for injunctions are pend
WOMOfATKB FOR COSOREBBI
McLeioiKboro. 111.. Auk. I.— The Democrats of the
it«-w .IVth Congress District rtnomlnate>d K. R.
Williams for Congress. Mr. William 8 represents
.he old XXth District in the LVllth Congr«-«s.
IW'hfriptloii of William K..«-U.-r.-l|«- r -.. .lO,<m«i
*.rr park ami ••limp h t H11....1 >n. and »>•»«!
erick U. Vtiaurrblll'a camp on (lie «li<.r«- of
the dl"' Si. Ji« jji«. s»-e The Tribune to
MEN WHO WILL FILL PROMINENT PARTS !N THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CONVENTION AT ATLANTIC CITY.
ACTIOX BY LEGISLATURE FIRST.
CHANGE IN CENTRAL'S MOTIVES POWER IN
PARK-AYE. TUNNEL. DEPENDS ON THAT.
Ira A. Place, of the New-York Central's law de
partment, said yesterday that, while the co-opera
tion of the city authorities was necessary to enable
the railroad company to carry out Its plans for
substituting electricity for steam In the Park-aye.
tunnel, action by the State legislature would be a
first requisite. As the law now stands, he added,
the company Is compelled to run Its trains through
the tunnel by steam power. Nothing can be done
in the way of a change to electricity until the
legislature amends the law.
The railroad company has announced that It is
ready to spend millions for changing the motive
power within the city limits if the authorities will
give the requhed permission. The chance would
mean not only an enormous outlay of money, hut
It would require extraordinary engineering, such as
never has been attempted In this city heretofore,
Mr. Place says. The large yard north of the Grand
Centra! Station is a network of tracks and
•witches. To lay third rails over that area and
switch trains by electricity without endangering
the lives of the many men employed there is a
problem the solution of which requires great skill.
It wcul.i be easier, and perhaps less costly in the
end. some engineers believe, to construct a loop
underground, and do away with the switching of
trains In the yard.
ix harmoxy with the mayor.
LINDENTHAL SAYS THAT HE WAS CON
SULTED BEFORE MOVING PLATFORM
PLAN WAS ABANDONED.
Commissioner Undent hal was In conference with
representatives ot the moving platform scheme for
several hours yesterday He said afterward that
immediate lief of the bridge crush was impossible,
even were th- moving platforms adopted. He em
phatically declared that he had not abandoned the
idea of moving platforms and still had hopes that
it might be adopted when the superstructure was
rebuilt. He said in part:
The Mayor -and I hold diverse opinions upon the
moving platform. I am afraid, but as the Mayor's
statement was not Issued until after we had held a
conference. I do not Bee how any one can say that we
are not in harmony. The present conditions cannot
be Immediately relieved, and must he endured. I
realize that the conditions will be worse in Septem
ber, when the people come back from vacation,
when the offices again close at 5 and 6 o'clock and
when the closed cars replace the open ones. How
ever, as we cannot place more tracks on the bridge,
the indecent crowding must continue. Of course,
additional loops might be put In. but that will only
serve to spread the crowd.
The main reason why the moving platform Idea
was eliminated by the Mayor was "because the
bridge tracks could not be given up to moving plat
forms. Then. too, it would take some months be
fore the platforms could be installed, and the East
River Bridge would be completed almost simul
taneously: therefore we believed that the Bast
River Bridge might serve the purpose of relieving
as effectively as the moving platform could do. We
feel that we must look forward to the future and
consider permanent relief rather than temporary.
Bridges and tunnels are In process of construction,
by means of which permanent relief can be «. wred
almost at the same time that temporary relief could
be provided on the Brooklyn Bridge itself.
No one has abandoned anything The moving
platform plan was never adopted, and hence could
not be abandoned. A? yet nothing has been done
looking toward the reconstruction of the super
structure of tile bridge. It is one of the plans for
the future, and will come up for consideration in
MANHATTAN AN ACTIVE ISSUE.
REVIVAL OF OLD REPORT THAT NEW-YORK
CENTRAL IS TRYING TO LEASE IT.
Manhattan was among the most active Issues In
the market, advancing from 13o>^ to IX% and clos
ing at 136 1 -;. 2\ points above Thursday's last price.
The rise was accompanied by a revival of the old
report that th* New-York Central wan trying to
lease the Manhattan. According to the rumor, for
which no confirmation could be obtained, the Cen
tra] offer* a 6 per cent dividend guarantee, but the
Gould Interest? are asking for 7 per cent. The plans
for electrical equipment of the New- York Central's
line In this city. It Is added, have been drafted
with a view to joint operation with the Manhattan
Saratoga, N. V., Auk. George J. Gould was
«en here this evening in regard to the report con
cerning the New- York Central and the Manhattan.
He remarked that he had noticed the report in to
day's i aper. "but I don't care to discuss the mat
ter, especially at this time." he added. Mr. i^ould
will on Sunday leave Saratoga for New-York City.
but may return later in »he stason.
COMPLAINS OF A CONTRACTOR.
CHARGE OF VIOLATING THE EIGHT HOUR
LAW MALE AOAiNST WILLIAM BRADLEY.
Henry White, national secretary of the I'nlt.-d
Garment Workers of America, has written to the
Mayor charging that William Bradley, a sub-con
tractor on the rapid transit tunnel, whose section
is bo:H*d.-'i by Sixtieth and One hundred-and-fourth
sts.. ls violating the eight hour law. Mr. White
s;itc that Mr. Bradley's employes are mostly Ital
ians, and that even In the hottest weather they are
compelled to work twelve hours a day, using sledges
that weigh from twenty-four to forty pounds and
lifting heavy rocks. Mr. Bradley, Mr. White says,
works only one shift of men. whereas by working
two shif'.- he could accomplish much more. Mr.
White says that the Inspectors employed by the
Rapid Transit Commission get pay for all overtime
In excess of tho regular day's work of eight hours.
Tho time sheets show that nearly all the inspectors
get in two or three hours a day overtime, he as
It is said that Mr. Bradley ls an old time Tam
many Hall contractor.
Mayor Low is much Interested in Mr. White's
letter. Yesterday he sent to President Orr of the
Rapid Transit Board a letter calling attention to
Mr. White's complaint, and saying:
It would seem to me that If Mr. White's state
ment Is correct. Mr. Bradley is violating both the
contract and the law of the State.
It is Intolerable that men should be employed
under a contract with the city at such work, amid
such surroundings, for so great a number of hours
each day. It seems to me that Mr. White's letter
should receive careful consideration and its state
ments l»e investigated.
I should be glad to hear from you when you have
determined what action should be taken concern
ing the matter.
MERCHANTS FAVUR P- K. H. TUNNEL.
The board of directors of the Merchants' Asso
ciation of New-York, at a largely attended meet-
Ing held yesterday, considered matters pertaining to
the Pennsylvania tunnel franchise. The sentiment
of the board was unanimous that the commercial
future of this city demands the construction of such
a tunnel as applied for, on some reasonable basis.
TO CONKER ON P. R. R. FRANCHISE.
President Fornes of the Board of Aldermen. In
compliance with th.- request of Mayor Low and of
a resolution approved by the board, yesterday ap
pointed a committee of Hve t<> confer with the
conference Dommtttee of the Rapid Transit Com
miFsion regarding chance* in the franchise for the
Pennsylvania Railroad tunnel. The following were
appointed. President Cantor and Aldermen Sul
livan Jam«s. Longfellow and Walkley. The com
mittees will confer on next Tuesday afternoon, at
tbe rooms of the Rapid Transit Commission.
Eileniilre description of Hie besotted of
5am, ...... I. .nether "111. »«• arcunnt of tin
liuproveiueiiln made tlil« year at the Sura
|.,n racetrack. See The Sunday Tribute to
fNEW-TTCmE: 9ATLT TRIBUNE. SATURDAY. AUGUST 2, 1002.
BIBLE CONFERENCE OPENS
THE REV. G. CAMPBELL MORGAN MAKES
THE FIRST ADDRESS.
THOUSANDS FLOCK TO NORTHFIELD— THE
MEETING THE LARGEST EVER KNOWN
AT FIR3T SESSION.
The Bible Conference, toward which many thou
sands of people look earnestly, opened this even-
Ing with the familiar hymn. "Rock of Ages, Cleft
for Me." Every train to-day has added its scores
to the large number who stayed over from the
Bible School, which closed yesterday. The White
Mountain express trains from New-York and from
the north, which meet at South Vernon. Vt. were
late, owing to the large number of visitors for
THE REV. O. CAMPBELL MORGAN
, « —i
F>.st Northfl.-ld. The meeting to-night was tht>
largest ever held at the beginning of a conference.
"My friends said I always built too small." said
I). L. Moody, when th« Auditorium was opened In
1894. "I just thought I would build once big enough
to satisfy them." The main part of the large build
ing was filled, and a goodly number sat in the gal
leries this evening. The Rev. G. Campbell Morgan,
William R. Moody. Dr. G. F Pentecost. President
H. S. Weston of Creator Seminary. Mr. Btobbtna
and Mr. Towner, the Gospel singers, sat on the
After n simple devotional service Mr. Morgan
deliver.. l the address Of the evening, which was a
■ all to Christian service. He referred to Mr.
Moody's call for the first conference. In Utt, '*:•"!
the one Issued by the son. which was pttbUahed In
The Tribune to-day. Both were pleas for service.
In the latter the statement Is made that along with
the spiritual development of the Individual there
must go direct and consecutive Bible teaching as
a training for a< tual m I
Mr Morgan declared thnt this was to be the key
note or the present conference not to receive for
the sake of receiving, but to receive for th* sake
of being the betttr titled to nerve one's fellows.
Christians, he sai'i. must be in the work of tha
Lord. They must know what was His work. The
work of the church might be described as suffering
with the Bon, searching with the Spirit and sing
ing with the Father. The Christian worker must
be steadfast, unmovable. always abounding In the
word of the Lord. To-morrow morning Mr. Morgan
will login a scries of addresses on the miner
Mil. MORGANS SERMON.
One of the supreme glories of the Hebrew nation
was Its long line of prophets. The function Of the
prophet may be gathered from the varied names
by which those men were, called. One or two in
stances will suffice. The prophet was called "a,
seer"— that Is, simply on.- who sees. He wan also
railed "tniin of God" — that Is. a nian wholly devoted
to God. and therefore speaking with authority
the messages of God. And yet .i^ain, be wus c.tlled
"man of the Spirit" —that Is, one through whom the
.spirit declared the will and purpose of Jehovah.
The prophetl al order commenced w.th Samuel, and
In the marvellous .succession were such men an
Elijah and Elisha, Isuiah and Eseklel. Splendid as
was this succession, none among them wua greater
than the lust of the long line, John the Haptist,
who was also the Immediate forerunner of Jesus.
In common with all his predecessors In the pro
phetic otflce. John's message resulted from hia
vision. He saw clearly, and therefore spoke with
authority. The message which aroused the whole
nation was the outcome of the clear seeing of this
man. wholly devoted to the will of God. Unde
ceived by the accidental and external in the condi
tion of his nation, his vision was of the true moral
condition and gave birth to nis message. When
his work wus approaching its termination a new
v:s:on, that of th.- Saviour, was granted to him,
and his last and mightiest utterances were concern-
Ing the Christ. It Is of deep Interest and un
doubted value to consider his view of Christ at this
crisis in his work.
How important this vision Is may be argued
from the manner in which Luke Introduces him.
"Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius
Caesar. Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea
arid Herod being tetrarch ot Galilee, and his
brother I'hlllp tetrarch of the region of Iture-a
and Trachonltls. and Lysanlas tetrarch of Abi
lene, In the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came unto John." One Roman
Emperor, one Roman governor, three tetrarch.s
and two high priests are all made use of to mark
the year that th<- Word came to John.
Incidentally, this is an Illuminative illustration
of the divine perspective In human history to the
men of the day. Any one of the great men named
would have counted for far more than the man of
the wilderness. Hut in the economy of God they
are simply used to mark the hour In which tho
most Important event of the period happened—
that namely, of the coming to a man of ihe Word
of God which announced the advent of His Son.
The greatness of John in the estimate of heaven
is revealed by the fact that the Word of God
passed Emperor, governor, tetrarcha and high
priests and came to him. And the mention of
these facts provea bow important wus the message
Of this man to whom was given the high honor of
uttering the message which announced the fulfil
ment of the asplratlona of the past, and the merg
ing of one dispensation of government in a new
and a better.
The subject is divided Into two parts: First.
Johns preliminary vision and burden; second, tbe
greater vision that broke upon him and <10.e,l his
work. The preliminary vision was a twofold one.
Flrnt. a great consciousness of the sin of th< peo
ple and second an overwhelming sense of an ap
proaching crisis. These were th.- two great facts
th:it made the ministry of John powerful, his sense
of sin and bis sense of the Imminence of divine in
terposition His vision of the people as they really
were i;is.t.;ol of as they thought th'-y were, and
his understanding of the signs of the times, were
so perfect that be knew that lie stood on the eye
of a new departure. His consciousness of the sin
of the people is evidenced tirst by the words ad
dress. .1 to them, especially by thai stinging and
terrible description, "Ye offspring of vipers. I er
baps the best way to have any correct Idea or
how th.se words sounded In th«- ears of th.- listen
ers is to imagine that .-i prophel 'o-daj st <"> <1 use
them in addressing a promiscuous congregation.
John 100k. <1 into the faces of the multitudes and
d.11,, -lately era:.,! tt-m "Offspring of vipers.
These multitudes were not made up exclusively or
one da** of people. All Judea went out to hear
him. Among th.- rest there is very little doubt
that Herod at times was an attentive listener.
Royalty mingled with the masses; all sorts and
conditions of men stood together and listened to
the burning words that fell from the lips of toe
prophet, and. looking out over the pea of upturned
faces and knowing th. If true moral condition, he
called them "offspring of vipers." Matthew sava
thai these words were specially addressed to the
Pharisees and Sadducees. Luke tells us that they
were spoken to the whole of the multitudes, and
undoubtedly both are correct. Luke gives us his
declamation against the nation, while Matth w re
cords the sjeclnl address of John. In Which be
puts his linger upon the heart of the sore, showing
thai he understood the procesa of the nation's cor
ruption. Bald he to the Pharteeea and Sadducees:
"Who hath warned you to H e e from tbe wrath to
come? Ye generation of yip. rs!" These men were
the ritualists and the rationalists of the day. the
men under whose Influence religion was evapo
rating In mire outward f :rm and ceremony, and
men who were sapping the very life essence of
religion by denying the spiritual realm. The Phari
sees were ritualists, having form without power;
the Sadducees were rationalists, denying power, and
holding even the form in contempt. Between them
they had undermined the whole religious fabric,
which still stood, a vast and gaudy pile, covering
untold corruption, and liable at any moment to fall
In utter ruin.
John, looking at these men and at the people
whom they had influenced, said, "Ye offspring of
vipers!" It v.as forceful and terrible language, in
dicative of the prophet's righteous indignation, born
of his keen understanding of the true condition of
affairs. His sense of sin was also proved by the
varied answers he gave to different people who
questioned him. To the common multitudes this
sense of sin had given birth to another, that of an
approaching crisis. Listen to his words: "And even
now is the axe also laid unto the root of the trees;
every tree, therefore, that bringeth not forth good
fruit' Is hewn down, and cast into the fire." The
axe is laid unto »he root of the trees. That Is a
figure of coming and swift destruction, not the
pruning of the knife, but the destruction of the
axe. It is not an occasional branch in which the
signs of decay are manifest. The tree Is diseased,
and the axe Is laid at its root. Outwardly fair, but
Inwardly decayed, the tree Is doomed to an imme
But the vision was clearer than this alone would
indicate. It was not an undefined crisis that was
approaching, hut the definite coming of one. for
hear his language: "He that cometh after me is
mightier than I. whose shoes I ■-.m not worthy to
bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost
and with tire." This one was to be active, and
mark well the character of His activity, as
John foresaw thorn: "Whose fan is In his hand,
and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor;
and he will gather his wheat into the garner, but
the chaff he will b.irn up with unquenchable fire."
Note the twofold — the destructive side, as
symbolized by the fan and *he fire, and the con
structive aspect, as seen In the cleansing by fire
and the gathering Into the garner of precious
things. John had a sense of the sin of the peopl*.
a consciousness of a coming crisis, a cl>-ar vision
of the deliverer, whose work was to be destructive
and constructive. With this double consciousness
he preached with overwhelming force to the vast
multitudes that flocked to the '-alley of the Jordan
to hear him. It la probable that John had never
seen Jesus; or. If they hnd knewn each other in
boyhood days. long years had elapsed since their
last merting. John, having turned his back ui>on
the priesthood, had gone to the splendid isolation
of the wilderness in preparation for the great work
that lay before him- while Jesus had remained In
the midst of the common places of everyday life,
In the carpenter's shoe at Nazareth. At last the
moment came when the forerunner was to look
upon the face of the King, and It was a wonderful
.iMon that broke upon this stern and burdened
soul when for the first time he looked into the
face of Him whose advent he had so magnificently
THE STATEMENT OF THE FIRST DAY.
Mark th* prophet's sense of the dignity of the
One Who as yet hail not chosen to manifest Himself
openly to men. "He that com* th after me Is be
come before me: for He was hefor' me — the latcht»t
of Whose shoe I am not worthy to unloose." That
was the statement of the first day.
It would appear an though on the second day
Jesus no longer merely stood among the crowd as
a spectator, hut approached John. As He ap
proached John made his greatest pronouncement.
''Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the
sin of the world." First, his vision of the person;
second, a. declaration concerning his work. The
phrase which describes the person as John saw
Him at once arrests attention. It declares the
character of the Christ, and suggests, moreover, the
character of His work "The Lamb of God" Indi
cates meekness, ctntlenens, forehearance. May It
not have been that John was surprised when first
he looked Into the face of Him whose coming: he
had foretold? All the language In which he had
predicted the advent of the deliverer suggested
strength, force, authority and administration. "One
mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to
!..-.r — whose fan la in His hand, and He will thor
oughly cleanse his threshing floor; and ho will
gather the wheat, but shall burn the chaff." The
man of quiet demeanor and restful eyes, and calm
countenance, with no lurking suspicion of vlndic
llv.-nej.*, nothing of the lion In his fair face.
Purity even to Innocence was the Impression pro
due d by the presence of the King. "Behold, the
Lamb of God." And yet there was more than this
in the phrase as it fell from the lips of John; and
that which was more wan emphasized by thin first
impression. "The Lamb of God" suggests the
thought of sucrlllce, and this very meekness of
demeanor and purity of impression but adds weight
to thin conception of the meaning of the phrase.
Had John, looking into the face of Jesus, nad to
say. "Behold, the Lion of the trlb» of Judah." no
thought of ■acrlflce could have been connected
therewith. But the very submissive beauty so evi
dent In the personality of Christ merged the
thought of the forerunner from the majesty of the
work soon to be accomplished Into the mercy of.
the method. We are in great danger to-day of losing
night of that second suggestion of the great phrase.
To Interpret Scripture aright we must ever find
our way back Into the temper and tone, Into the
habit of thought, of the people to whom the words
were addressed. To the Jewish mind there was no
other meaning in this phrase than that of sacrifice.
Th» Reason at which these words were spoken lent
weight to this view of the meaning. The I'assover
was approaching, and along that very highway
droves of sheep and cattle were In all probability
being driven toward Jerusalem for sacrifice. All
through the Old Testament the lamb of the ttone
ment, the morning and evening lambs, of s,acrlfl re.
John, knowing the meaning that gathered around
the word in the mind of the people he address*-:!,
declared that here .it last hud appeared upon the
scene of human action the lamb of God— that Is.
one who should fulfil all the promises and sugges
tions concerning sacrifice in the old economy.
USE OF THE WORD LAMB.
To dwell for a moment longer upon this as
pect, let it be remembered that the word "lamb"
only occurs four times In the New Testament, un
til the book of Revelation Is reached, twice in the
passage now under consideration, once In the Acts.
Where Philip reads from the prophecy of Isaiah,
"He was led as a sheep to the slaughter, and as
a lamb before his shearer Is dumb." and once In
the first Epistle of Peter, where the apostle speaks
of "the precious blood, as of a lamb without
blemish, and without spot, even the blood of
Christ." These are the only occasions where th»
word lamb is used, and they all refer to Christ.
The lust two most evidently have reference to His
Siicrlllclal and atoning work, and so. also, without
any doubt, have the statements of John. The lan
guage of Scripture Is not contradictory, but unified
In its symbolism, both in these cases, as It ever is.
The words following place this beyond the possi
bility of contradiction: "The Lamb of God. which
taketh away the sin Of the world." The meaning
of th« phrase "taketh away" Is that of hearing or
carrying. That Is to say. the prophet declared that
there stood before them the Lamb of God. who
had become responsible for the sin of the world.
He taketh it away. He carries It. He bears it. He
has mad.' It ll!s own. He has become responsible
for it. What a radiant vision of love Ineffable
was this that broke upon the soul of John, and
what a vision for the world. The spotless I<amb
of God. laden with the sin of the race. Men had
been asking for Him from the days of Isaac. Be
hold Him! ll.' stands before the crowds in quiet.
submissive splendor, and yet He Is burdened as
man was never burdened. He carries the sin of
the world. Not the sins, but the principle of sin.
He has gathered into His own perfect personality
and has made himself responsible for all that sin
means as to guilt and penalty. That is the very
heart of the atonement. "Behold the 1-arah of GodT
Thus John who hafl been heavily burdened with
a sense of sin. and out of that sense had spoken
words that hnd scorched the consciences of the
listening multitudes, at last found the burden
lifted from his shoulders, and carried In a way he
never could have carried it. by the meek and
gentle I-amb of God. He then proceeded to tell
the crowds that his knowledge of Jesus was the re
sult of the divine sign, of which be had received
previous notice, the sign of the descending Spirit,
ending bis whole declaration with the words. "I
have seen and have borne witness that this is the
Son of God." What a thrill of satisfaction there
seems to be In the words "I have seen"! The eyes
Of men had wearied looking, and the hearts of a
few faithful souls hail almost sickened with hope
deferred; but at last the prophet had seen.
And then notice how carefully he announces an
other fact concerning this person, this Lamb of
God He is the Son of God. John recognized the
mystery of the personality of Jesus. He was the
God man. the Lamb of God. the Son of God. Two
facts In one personality, and in the union of these
two facts in the one person lay the possibility of
his doing the mighty work of bearing away th«
sin of the world.
THE VISION OF THE THIRD DAY.
Now, lastly, we have the account of the vision
of the third dny. Jesus is leaving John and the
crowds. He Is going to His work, and as He leaves
John points his disciples toward Him and cries.
"Behold! the Lamb of God These were in real
ity the final words of John's message. They have
In them the tone of a great conviction. It is the
crowning climax of all his marvellous message.
The herald of the King, the forerunner of the
Christ, one of the greatest born of woman outside
the Kingdom of God. had carried on his heart, as
perhaps no other man apart from Jesus, the burden
of human sin. This Is proven by the force and
solemnity of his preaching. But at last he has
looked into the face of the Saviour, and when
presently men came to him and told him of the
successful preaching of Jesus, and of his growing
fame, this great soul was able to say. "This my
Joy Is fulfilled in Him; He must Increase, but I
must decrease." Mark well the quiet, calm dignity
of the satisfied heart able to say with perfect
acquiescence, "Ho must increase, but I must de
TROUBLE AHEAD IX IOWA.
GOVERNOR CUMMINS QUESTIONS LE
GALITY OF ROCK ISLAND
Dcs Moines, lowa, Aug. I.— Governor Cum
mins announces to-day that he is investigating
the recent reorganization of the Chicago. Rock
Island and Pacific Railway Company, with a
view to ascertaining whether the organization
is In all respects in harmony with the laws of
the State of lowa. He has not yet conferred
with the Attorney General, but will do so when
the latter returns to the city. Governor Cum
mins stated to-day that the first question he is
inquiring into is as to v lether the intlation of
eapTtal stock which is c( itemplaied by the re
organization is consistent with the lowa law.
In the second place, he desires to know jusjt
how far it is lawful for a New-Jersey corpora
tion to own and control the property of a rail
way owned and operated in lowa. He has not
reached a conclusion on either of these ques
tions, and declares that he means to give to
them a thorough Investigation before deciding
what his duty towards the new company is un
der the premises. He said:
It may be that the lowa, laws contemplate as
much latitude as this company has used, but I
doubt it very much. It i:, my opinion, it' I have
read the dispatches aright, that thtre has been
nn intlation of capital stock here which is not
contemplated by the laws of this State. It la
true that there is no limit placed upon the cap
italization of such a comDany. but there is a
limit upon the indebtedness of such corporations,
and tut-re rnusi be something shown to the
credit ot the stockholders of such a company
which will represent the difference in increased
It is my understanding that under the Ro-k
Island plans of readjustment each holuer of one
hundred shares of common stock is to receive a
fIO,(XH> bond secured by a collateral irust mort
gage upon the present Rock island stock. In
addition to this, they receive It the Rock Island
company of New-Jersey seventy shares in
preferred stock, and one hundred shares in com
mon stock, the preferred stock being preferred
to the extent .if 4 per cent from the earnings of
each year for a period of seven years, when it
becomes preferred for 5 per cent for an addi
tional period of seven years, after which it is
preferred, I believe, to the extent of 6 per cent
per annum. This is as I read the plans in the
Now, the capitalization of the old Rock Island
company was only $7".,i.nw,<M>. while the new
company, located in lowa, declares a capital of
$125,000,000. There must be something, to my
mind, to show, more than Is indicated in the
above plan, that the Increased capitalization is
not an excessive Intlation, or that the stock
which has been issued is not watered. I'nder
the Hubbard bill, which I vetoed last winter. It
would have have been possible for this new com
pany to organize without any difficulty, as all
limitations to the Indebtedness of such corpora
tions were practically removed by that act in its
original form. I'nder the present law there are
limitations in this regard.
I am not prepared to state that the lowa law
has any penalties which could be inflicted for
\iolation of such statutes, but I am not willing
to sit by and allow a proposition of such enor
mous size to be made without inquiring into
the method which it employs, and its con
formity to the State laws. I am convinced that
such a centralization of capital and power is
dangerous, to say the least, and cannot be en
couraged without threatening business interests.
Such a centralization of capital means that
there may follow an explosion which, when it
comes, ls likely not only to affect one, but many
Regarding- the foregoing dispatch from D^a
Moines an official of the Rock Island road said
I do not believe that there Is any point at
which our incorporation in the State of lowa can
be attacked. The incorporation papers wen
drawn up with due regard for the laws of that
State, and we believe that they will hold in
Rock Island new securities, "when issued," were
quoted on the curb yesterday at 4."> bid for the
common, SU bid for the preferred and 91 bid for
the bonds. The value of the new securities is
estimated at lOT I^, as against ll»l. the ruling
price on the Stock Exchange for Rock Island
The old Rock Island company announced yes
terday that the subscriptions to the 12)6 P**
cent increase of stock authorized to be issued
to stockholders of reoond on June IK> will be
payable on October 13. The certificates of right
which the stockholders will receive in a few
days will be exchangeable after October 1"» for
certificates of stock. The readjustment plan be
comes effective on November 1.
THOUGHT BROKEN JAW SMALLPOX.
TOKKKRS PSOPLE. EXCITED OVER FITH-TL
PLIGHT OF NbIGRO. CARRY AKMS
For over four hours yesterday a frightened
looking colored man gave several hundred per
sons at Yonkers a smallpox scare. Just before
10 o'clock Clarence Ware, of Mount Ver.ion.
drove to police headquarters and said there
was a colored man lying near the roadway, at
Yonkers and Ashburton ayes., v.horn he thought
had smallpox. Policeman Van Steenlmrgh was
sent to investigate, and when he arrived at the
spot he found several hundred excited men.
women and children surrounding, at a distance,
a colored man who appeared to be in great dis
tress. The health authorities were informed,
but after four hours had passed it was learned
that the acting health ofli:er had come to this
city. Police Surgeon Benedict was s.nt to ex
amine the man.
All the eastern section of the city was ex
cited by that time and many of the onlookers
were armed, fearing that the negro mi^ht at
tempt to get near them. Dr. Benedict at once
saw that the man was not suffering from small
pox. He learned from the man that his jaw
was broken. Water was given to him and he
was taken to police headquarters. The man said
that he had been a i»atient at St. Johns Hos
pital some weeks ago, where he was being at
tended for a broken jaw. Fearing an operation,
he said he escaped. This was denied at the
hospital, where it was said that nothing was
known of the man. The case is puzzling the
EASTERN TBVBf COMPANY BRAXCH.
The boird of directors of the Eastern Trust Com
pany have decided to open a branch In the vlcinlty
of Herald Square., and have rented offices on the
northeast corner of Broadway and Thlrty-slxth-st..
%v,hich they will occupy just i^a soon a* alterations
are completed. It Is the first tru.-U company to open
offices In that neighborhood.
AM ATKI It <>\u>>ir:\.
The International ii-6iittii of the Rational
AHHOciatlon of Aiuuteur <.|ir»iiten Trill be held
at Uke t±ulii>.«»j;«»ii» "♦•»"• Worcester,
Mm., next week. Photon rMl»Ui. of prominent
official* and Wachn»ett (lob house. See the
Sunday Tribune to-morrow.
BARREL ORGANS THEIR WEAPONS'.
GUESTS OF HOTEL VICTORIA SEE A SMASH*
ING DPEL BETWEEN TWO ITALIANS.
A barrel organ, playing about every other not#
of "Rip Van Winkle Was a Lucky Man," and
automatically beating a b.i?s drum and cymbals,
a Florentine, his wife ond some tambourli.es,
created considerable discord la front of the
Hotel Victoria at Broadway and Twenti
seventh-st. last ni;;h Then to the dismay^ og
the guests and the amusement of th* outslda
crowd a Neapolitan with another barrel organ
and bass drum attachment, took a stand oppo
site the Victoria and ground out ~0. Listen t*
The crowd increased and the quests protested.
Patrolman Betts started to drive the Italians '
away, as it was after hours. The Italians saw
him coming and began to move. They met and
each blamed the other for interfering. The crowd
had dropped more nickels and pennies into the»
men's hats than they had received all day be
fore and it did not put the Italians in S°°<*
humor to have to move on. They determine*
to have it out in duel fashion and they use*
their music machines as weapons.
Whiz! The machines came together as If tner
were going to smash through each other and!
th. recoil nearly knocked the Italians off then*
fen They recovered, and with the organs mora,
or less wrecked dashed out of the policeman!*
SUICIDE OF A mi VETEMAS,
"HE WHO DIES FOR HIS FAMILY'S SAKE 13
A GREAT HERO." HE WROTE- £
George Waldo Jordan -ommltted suicide by drtnav;
ing carbolic acid on Thursday night at the Herald
Square Hotel. He M proprietor of the New-
York St**m Carpet Cleaning Company, of No. 43T
West Forty-fifth-st. He was a son of the late "W«
H. Jordan, founder of the company. '
The body was not discovered till late yesterday*
morning. Nearby was a loaded revolver. Direc
tions for the undertaker had been left by the dead^
man and a request that his wife and mother be in
formed. The address of his wife was given as No,
I.MS Wilton-aye.. Baltimore. Ml-, and that of hla
mother as No. 113 West Klghty-third-s:.. Manhat-i
Further details, showing the careful planning 08}
the act. were a piece or paper on which wa* (
written: "He who dies for his country is a hero,,,
but he who dies for his family's sake is a greatt!
hero." And half of a Mr.type picture, originally
made of two persons, showing his own likeness:?
He left a request for a Masonic funeral and tha«J
notice of his death be sent to Ancient Lodge No,
*Up to January Jordan and his wife lived at Xo.j
233 West Twenty-first-st.. Manhattan. He was a*
member of the 7th Regiment Veteran Association^
the Sunny Side Club and the Old Boys. >
BVBPFCTB FOT'L PLAT.
HUSBAND OF WOMAN FOUND Dli/ >WNED
ERIE BASIN. HER MONEY C N3, -^-\
TELLS POLICE. iZZ&Tk
John Barrett, of No. M Conover-s"., BroolclyiV
whose wife was found drowned In th •• Erie B&slnk
yesterday, believes she was tre victim of foul play,
The police, however, take no stock in the story.
Barrett, who is a machinist, says that his wlta
left her home on Thursday afternoon, to visit a.
cousin at No 1". Marcy-ave. At 9:30 o'clock In the>
evening she left the Marcy-ave. house and boarded
a Crosstown car at Grand-st. and Bedford-aye., oi»
her way home. An hour later she was seen aC
Williams and Richards sts.. which 'a near he*
home. The police say they have ■ witness who
saw her about the same time, and formed thai
opinion that she was under the influence of liquor.
The Erie Basin is some distance from the Barret*
house, and Mr. Ba-rett cannot understand how*
his wife could have got there. When her body,
was found. $22. which Mr. Barrett say? was pinned*
inside her dress, was gone. It appeared that an
attempt had been made to take the woman's wed-»
ding ring from he.- finger.
When Mr. Barrett told his suspicions to th.4
police, two detectives were assigned Co make an to*
MAI BE VANDBMBILTBILL FIGHI\
BUFFALO HEARS OF ONE GROWING OU-2|
OF ELEVATOR DISAGREEMENT, __
Buffalo. An?. I.— "The Commercial" says: """ f>
It was learned late this afternoon that the Qreatt
Northern Elevator, capacity 3.000JD00 bushels, ham
withdrawn from the Western Elevating Associa
tion. The Great Northern Elevator Is owned by!
the inter, controlled by James J. Hill. Thai
withdrawal of the Great Northern from the West*
em Elevating Association was followed immedi
ately by discrimination on the part of railroads)
controlled by the Vamlerbilt interests against the)
Great Northern. In brief, a tight is on now be-»
tween the Vanderbilt interests a.nd James J. Hill.
It waa also learned late this afternoon that tha
railroads are discrimlrattng agninst all the eleva
tors in the Elevator Owners' Association, the new;
elevator pool thai was organized recently in this]
city. What the outcome of this wholesale discrim
ination will be remains to be seen. It is said thae
the tight has only begun.
The withdrawal of th.- Great Northern Is said t»
be due to the failure to agree regarding" the per
centages to be allowed to the elevator. It Is said!
that the Great Northern wanted more than the aa*
socmtlon was willing to allow. ,
DJSFTTE OYEM BAYTIAX I \ '
a cojtspntAci with a srjaara nsanmn ocr
tiik i.itti.k nrvnjca nun charged.
An action a bs th Cntted States Ctreast|
Curt yesterday wherein the New-York and Hay*
tian Trading Coaspany i.« pktfntM ami J. W. "Wll*
son Jfc Co.. import- -s. or" No ■"- Fr.>n;-st.. this city.
.!. f, -aiauts. Th.- plaintiff peeks to recover JT7.500. .
the v:>'!'.- if a '.ot of valuable lumber now In tha
.1 of tha defendant* and which, it ls al
lesed. rightfawj betas* t» the Haytlan Tradkaj
Aeeordtna. to th>- coaapl t. T. C. Campbell, at
torney lot the plairuiff. together with Kenneth Mt>-
I.cod. an .n-t'i.er, i;i January. B»», ibtained frora
the liii\tian (I.iv.rnment a concescloa to the ma
hogany. lignum vita? and other valuable lumber
on the island of Gonatve, :i possession of Hayti.
By August. IMa. McL.o.i had cut about three hun
dred tons of the lumber, valued at $15,000. Them
the plaintiff company says it obtained from Camp
bell and McLeod the concession. It ia charged that
after disposing of his rights. Mcl.rod entered Into
a conspiracy with one Grand Jean Cruilleaume,
then the President .if the Haytian Senate to re
voke the , s.«i.m held by the - plaintiff. The
conmlaint allege* that McLeod. William Hepple and
other* .ut aid exported six hundred tons more.
Of lumber, and thai two hundred and fifty tons os
it went t<> Wilson 4 Co.
Lake sjjajMß, hai.i.stos spa asd roi *d
pictured ««»! described. See The Sunday
BRYAS HERE FOR A FEW HOURS.
William Jennir.gs Bryan came to New- York yes
terday from Connecticut with his daughter, Mlsa
Ruth. They Terrain".! in the city only a few hour*.
going to the Victoria for luncheon, and then start-
Ing for Maryland, where Mr. Bryan is to speak to
night. Mr Bryan said thai the only object of their
trip to this <■**"" -— *" tx» -' -'" daughter an oppor- .
tunity to ''"