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FI.A.MKS WRECK NEW BRIDGE.
JULIK OF FIRE FROM LOFTY STRUCTURE GIVES THRILLING
WORK TO CHOKER'S MEN.
BIYER TRAFFIC STOPPED— THREE REPORTED LOST
FUmes destroyed all the woodwork on the New East River Bridge last night,
ttnung the temporary footbridge and destroying all the cables except the four main
pees. lif these, two were damaged, just how badly could not be ascertained. At
Midnight, firemen perched three hundred and fifty feet above the East River, on the
Manhattan tower, were drenching the structure, which was still ablaze in parts.
Chief Croker places the loss at $500,000; foremen of construction companies esti
mate it at Sooo.ooo.
I )uring the fire a rain of redhot bolt s, nuts, clamps and blazing beams from
ridge fell into the river and on the land near the bridge. Bolts and pieces
.11 m the streets two or three blocks away, and in some cases fell into
ttalion Chief Guerin and Kingsley L. Martin, one of the city's engineers,
. the top of the flame enveloped tower to examine the cables. It was'
(eared thai the four large ones would part. Two of them were sound, two dam
age 1 somewhat. Mr. Martin could not estimate the delay to the completion of the
[t will probably be from six months to a year. The chief loss will fall on
■hn A. Rocbling's Sons Company.
ONLY THE LOFTY TOWERS AND BIG CABLES REMAIN.
!r. a mass of flames, ton* ring al>ov*»
Mrt River and the waterfront, the Man
•:• af the New Baat River Hrid^e
point' i like a fiery finger into the heavens last
niph!. Three hundred and fifty feet below, the
fir.- Ighten *«re \ainly endeavoring t-> make
th' rater roach the top af the burning struct-
In the river, flreboats puffed and whistled.
throwing preat columns of water on the flames.
Millions r.f feet of timber, beams and planking
u«=pd In the construction work; toolhouses, with
cans of oil, were burning fiercely, while across
the river stretched a line of flame — the tempo
ks and burning beams. Mazing fiercely.
lashing into the river. Men working «n
tax Manhattan tower, crossing- toward Brook
s-ape the blaze, were met by flames
■uhi'h had started from sparks carried by the
Whole sections of th.- woodwork de
tacaed ttwansctv«a, and. plunging into the river,
tfccenartvea to d> am.
Rumor said that three workmen were car
tiM down with one section of the footbridge,
but this could not be verified.
Battalion Chief Guerin. climbing the bare
fteel framework to the top of the tower with
Kingsley L Martin, chief construction engineer,
and an axeman, was forced to carry water In
h:s ha* to fight th<* flames encroaching- on the
Btainray by which they hid reached the top.
Two of the huge main cables were damaged.
Fnnn 1 of th' wires composing them will be re
moved and ppliced. All the ornamental iron
work and the temporary cables were destroyed.
The completion of the bridge will probably be
d* layed six months.
Spectacular beyond description was .the fire,
and firemen who worked through it declare
that it was dangerous to an appalling degree.
yet so far as the police were able to ascertain at
11 o'clock last night only ore man was injured,
although three men were reported to have fallen
Into the river from the top of the tower. Late
last night this report had not been verified, the
police and the members of the Volunteer Life
Paving Corps having been unable to find any
substantial evidence of anybody falling. Some
boy* paid they paw three men fall, a foreman said
hf had been told by same workmen that three
of his men had fallen Into the river, beyond
that there was no verification of the report.
EAPT RIVER TRAFFIC STOPPED.
All traflir up and down the East River was
■topped; ferryboats lay in th'ir Flips not daring
to p,i nut. and there were numerous small col
lisions in the river between small tug boats and
the big Pound steamers lying about waiting for
a chance to L"-t under the bridge and proceed on
The fire .started about 3:40 o'clock In the after
noon. At the time there were a number of
■workmen on the lop of the to-.ver. It is supposed
that these men all pot safely out of danger by
crossing on the footbridges to the Brooklyn side
of the bridge hefore the footpath Ml in. That
they d!d is not known far certain, and probably
will not be until pome time to-day.
The blaze began in a tool shed and More
house on the very top of the south Fide of th«
tower. In it were four or five small forges U6ed
for heating rivets on the bridge structure. It
Is thought one of these forges set fire to the
woodwork of the shed and of a huge frame
work surrounding the pinnacle of the tower for
th* shelter and .My of the men employed
there. In the storehouse were a number of
trr.:.n 'asks of oil. bunches of cotton waste and
tar. with other stuff of a highly Inflammable
The fire was first seen by Peter Dlnnon. a
clerk employed by the H. Herman Lumber
Company, with an office at Tompkins and De
lanrey-st. He was Fitting outside his office.
when he fays he taw two small lights up on the
top of the tower. He at first paid no attention
to the**- rmall lights, believing them to be the
regular lights put out in the evening, as he
termed them, "mariners' lights." Nevertheless,
he thought he saw the lights waver and flicker.
He watched them for a tin..- and then thought
he saw them spread. Twenty minutes after
he had first noticed the lights. or about 5
o'clock, he saw the lights suddenly flare up and
tpread with groat rapidity. Then he knew
Born«-thing was wrong. Other people had been
watching the lights as well, and when they
flared up an alarm of fire was sent In from the
box at Tompkins and Delancey sts., ten feet
OIL IN STOREHOUSE EXPLODED.
It is believed that the sudden flaring up of
. the lights was caused by an explosion of the
oils kept in the storehouse on the tower top.
and that it scattered the grease all over the
tram. •. rk When the firemen reached the
•scene they saw a fierce blaze burning. .'J.%5 feet
hi th. air. There was no feasible way of get
ting at it. A second alarm was sent in at once.
and Fire Chief Crok<-r answered the call with
Battalion Chiefs oHearn and Guerin.
The men of Engine Company 11 and of
Trucks 18 and <». under Chief Guerin and
Captain John Howe, who has a medal for
bravery, received at the Windsor Hotel fire,
Parted to stretch a line of hose to the top of the
tower. Up al»>ng the north side of the steel
tructure of the tower was a wooden stairway
** ladder. Up this ladder the men went, carry-
In* Macs of bos*- It took over seven hundred
•en Is make the extensions. Chief Guerin and
Captain Howe, with Lieutenant Duckholtz and
p lremen McC irmlck and Oppe. were ahead and
w «nt on to the very top of the tower with a
nottie. To force water to that great height,
*** firemen were forced to make what they term
a "BUun*se connection"; that is. Engines 11
•n« 15 were fastened to the came hydrant and
'trcetj the water. cine 11 ran under a.
steam pressure of 900 pounds, the extreme limit,
and an extraordlnarv one.
HORE BURSTS ON TOWER TOP.
When the men reached the immense wooden
platform surmounting the tower they gave the
word below to turn on the water. The pressure
was too great, however, and the hose burst.
Time and again the hose was replaced and th«
pressure turned on, only to burst the hose before
the water had been forced through the pipe.
In the mean time the in« n worked away. They
had carried their axes with them and tried to
cut away the woodwork surrounding the twelve
small two and one-.juarter Inch cables that
suspended the wooden foot bridge on which the
workmen stand while they work on tho struct
ure. The fire got too hot. however, for the fire
men to stand It, and they had to retreat to the
steel frame of the structure and watch the
woodwork burn. While they were on top of the
tower the fire so heated the small cables that
those on that side of the tower supporting tho
footpath. In which there were said to be nearly
a million feet of lumber, parted.
With a crash that could be heard for blocks.
ar.d above the deafening shouts of the thou
sands who Ftooi below and wafrhed. the foot
bridge swayed lower and lower, and then fell,
hifislne and spluttering. Into th<* river. On the
bridp» were tons of bolts, rivets, nuts, small
pieces of steel and tools. These all went to the
bottom of the river. Captain Howe, describing
this scene, said:
"It was awful. There we were, up over three
hundred and fifty feet in the air, on top of that
narrow steel framework. When the small
cables on the south side parted, that threw a
double strain on those two and a quarter Inch
cables on the north side. They were also al
most redhot at the point where they connected
with the main tower. They gave away a min
ute afterward. The tower swayed In, and then
swayed out. Then it swayed in again, and for
minutes it vibrated back and forth. I am cer
tain that when the twelve small rabies gave
the tower ? waved at the top at least some
BEAM FALLS ON FIREROAT.
Th* flreboat David A. Boody. of Brooklyn, wn«<
directly underneath the bridge, near the Man
hattan shore, when the footbridge fell. A heavy
iron beam fell on the deck of the boat. smash-
Ing the wheel and putting the rudder out of
commission. The boat drifted down the stream,
and for nearly an hour lay helpless in the mid
dle of the river. Nobody was Injured, so far as
was known at midnight.
The ferryboat Vermont, of the Grand-st.-
Broadway. Brooklyn, line, had just started out
of her pup. two blocks below the bridge, when
the officers saw the framework fall. The ho.v
put bark into the slip and lay there for two
hours The ferryboat Virginia, of the line be
tweet* Orand-st. and Greenpont. hid also start
ed out. laden with passengers, and was almost
underneath the bridge. Her engineer had time
to reverse his engine and turn back. He lay for
the rest of th> night in the slip, the passengers
leaving the i.oat.
Til* police boat patrol plied up and down
underneath the bridge, or as near underneath
as she oould safely pet. playing on the fire with
her searchlight, and showing the damage being
The Sound steamer Plymouth had turned into
the Baal River, affr rounding the Battery,
about 0 o'clock, the time when the toot bridge
fell. She was almost underneath the bridge,
hut had time to turn back. She lay In the
river for pome time, and then put back to her
dock. The steamboat Tremont. of the Joy
Line, running between here and Providence,
eteamed up the river Just afterward. At that
time the deluge of falling planks, hot bolts and
iron beams seemed to be about over, and the
captain of the Tremont braved the danger, and.
under a full head of steam, ran through under
the bridge. Several burning planks, two Inches
thick, twelve Inches wide and some ten or
twelve feet In length fell acroaa her decks, but
so far as known nobody was injured. Ihe
boat did not slacken speed, but steamed on up
Just afterward the steamer Prlscllla. of the
Fall River Line, steamed up. The rain of fire
brands of an astonshlng size and of falling
planks had again begun, and Captain Collins
of that boat put back to his dock. The night
ly trip was postponed, the passengers going by
Th.- river wat- full of craft of all sorts. Tug
boats tm-amed in and out among the nreboats
and the waiting steamers and ferryboats, and
several slight collisions occurred. The fireboat
Boody ran Into a small tugboat, and the
steamer Puritan, one of the first to get Into the
danger zone and back out. also ran down a
small tugboat, but the police say no one was In
The poli-e reported that the tugboat Hugh
McFaddcn. a small and a new boat, was passing
underneath the bridge about »; o'clock, when
the first of the beams and planks fell, and that
an iron beam struck the smokestack and the
engineer, knocking him into th- river. This
o.uld not be verified.
In the mean time th. firemen on top of the
tower --Chief Guerin. Captain Howe. Lieutenant
Buckholtz and Firemen McCormick and Oppe—
discovering they could do nothing «»n top had
started down. They got as far down as the
stone masonry at thf foot of the steel structure
of the tower, some thirty feet from the bottom,
and <ould get no further. The fireboat Zophar
Mills and a tugboat tried to get close enough to
take them off. but the burning planks and red
and white hot bolts falling continually from the
NEW-YORK. TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 11. 1902.-FOURTEEX I \\GES.-* «.*&»££.
GEN. CHAFFEE RETURNS.
GIVES AN ENCOURAGING ACCOUNT OF
VICE-GOVERNOR WRIGHT AND MANY OFFI
CERS AND THEIR WIVES ON THE SUM
NER-THE TRANSPORT'S PER
San Francisco. Nov. 10.— The United States
transport Sumner arrived in port this evening
from the Philippines after a most stormy and
perilous voyage. Shortly after leaving Yoko
hama the vessel encountered a typhoon. Boats
were smashed, portions of the rigging carried
away, and at the height of the storm a. launch
whs torn from its fastenings and struck with
terrific force the stateroom of Mrs. Chaffee,
wife of General Adn.i R. Chaffee. She was ill
when she boarded the vessel, and the shock
On board the transport were General Adna
R. Chaffee and his wife, Yice-Govemor Wright
of the Philippines, accompanied by Mrs
Wright: Captain J. P. Lindslcy. Lieutenant Roy
B. Carper. Major J, L. Phillips, Major William
H. Arthur, Judge James H. Blount, of the Phil
ippine insular government; Lieutenant Colonel
James T. Kerr and' his wife, and a large num
ber of officers' wives returning home.
General Chaffee has been absent from this
country for over three years, in which duty
called him to Cu!>a, China and the Philippines.
'When I left Manila." said the general.
"everything was proceeding in a most satisfac
tory manner. I could not be more pleased with
the situation Civilization has accomplished
wonders, and the natives are fast recognising
the institutions of thin government and meet
ing them uith a inor>- friendly spirit. Of course
some of the provinces arc unsettled, and ye
expert to meet with further trouble, bul the
outlook is most cheerful, and. beyond an occa
sional skirmish here and there. I look for no
great difficulties or disturbances requiring l»n
usual force to subdue. Peaceful methods are
making themselves f.-lt among the native lead
ers, who are in many instances assisting our
government by advising their former belliger
ent fellows to lay down their arms. Some of
the former fighting sultans, of which then are
a score, have become peaceful. The greatest
difficulty we have experienced in the island* is
overcoming th.- legends and superstition* of
the peopi,-> v is hard to overcome at once
traits which have been born in the natives for
centuries, and I will say that to this one feature
is largely due the .spread of cholera and other
pestilential diseases among them, They can
not be made to submit to or to understand the
modern methods of treatment, nor can they he
made to see the utility of an up-to-date sani
tary system. They will not submit to quaran
tine peacefully, and frequently escape From
their bounds, spreading disease. In Ihe <ity
<>T M.ijiila a very good system prevails, and in
consequence the health conditions are i-etter
there than they have ever lieen before in the
history of the country
"Great hardship prevails In some of the prov
inces, where the natives an- unable to plant
their rice crops tin account of the loss of their
farm animals, and I look for much suffering
In these provinces, but the government has al
ready taken steps to relieve the Situation, and
It will not he long before most of the needy
will be looked after.
"lam very mudu pleased wttb.'thPfßitu<itlon
In the Province of tjamar That was once one
of the most unruly and belligerent of the prov
inces, but is now quiet and peaceful •<* this
city of yours
"The natives are becoming prosperous under
the industry which has been fostered there, and
they ha-. a ready marl • for their rice find
Genera] Chaffee said that Mr.« Chaftee'a
hralth had greatly Improved, and she had al
most fully recovered from the prostration fol
lowing her experiences In the typhoon.
Genera] Chaffee and party were waited on
this evening by William H. Harper, represent-
Ing the Union League Club, of Chicago, and
formally invited to be the guest of the club dur
ing their stay in Chicago Genera] Chaffee ex
pressed great pleasure at being Invited to be
come the guest of the Chlcagoans, and paid:
"Mr. Harper, I place myself in your hands. Any
arrangements you make will be pleasant to
Similar invitations were extended to Vice-,
Governor Wright, and accepted conditionally, he
being uncertain as to his Itinerary. Mr. Har
per has arranged for Genera] Chaffee and his
party to leave here on Thursday evening in
the special car of Vice-President sfcCuUough,
of the Chicago Northwestern road.
During his stay here General Chaffee will be
entertained by the Merchants' Association and
the Loyal Legion
PARADE OF COCK FWHTERS.
FOUR HUNDRED CUBANS AND SPANIARDS
MARCH IN HAVANA IN DRIVING RAIN
[BT CAIU.K TO THE THIRINF I
Havana. Nov. I<>. In a driving rain this
morning four hundred Cubans and Spaniards.
headed by three bands, marcher! through the
ptrf-ets, making a demonstration in favor of
cockflghting. The procession halted In front of
the palace, and about forty men tried to secure
an audience with President Palma to present
aig'jments for a revocation of the ordinance
against cockfiKhting. The President sent out
■word that he would receive only five of the
delegation, whereupon, after expressing their in
dignation, the line moved on to Congress without
af-eing General Palma. Then the agitators for
cock fights called on Governor Nuii«<z, who re
viewer! them from the balcony.
There was no disorder, but a cordon of police
men, mounted and afoot, was on hand In case of
emergency. The best class of Cubans are op
posed to the movement, which Is supported by
gamblerß and the hoi poUol of the city. The
President's action in refusing to receive a com
mittee of more than five has caused some com
ment. "La Lueha" to-morrow will accuse him
of undemocratic conduct, and compare his ac
tion with that of General Wood two years ago.
when he received a committee of two hundred
on the same mission.
fi PAX I fiH CABIXET RESIGN!?.
CORTES SUSPENDS SITTINGS UNTIL A NEW
MINISTRY IN KORMKD.
Madrid. Nov. 10.— Premier Sagasta to-day
gave to King Alfonso the resignations of the
entire Cabinet. The King will decide to-morrow
whether he will accept the ministers' resigna
tions. The Cortes was informed of the crisis, and
suspended its sittings until a new ministry is
Should the King accord a continuance of his
confidence in Premier Sagasta. the ministry will
be modified, and probably the ministers of War,
Marine and Justice will be sacrificed.
THIMiH BRIDGE JUMPER WAS HER SOS.
Because he has been missing from his home in
the Plerrepont. Brooklyn Heights, since November
6, Mrs. Flske thinks her son Clifford is the man who
Jumped from the Brooklyn Bridge last Saturday.
She called at the a flams st police station last night
for information. She said her son was thirty years
old. and a broker's clerk in Wall-»t. He was nve
feet ten inches tall, weighed about 163 pounds, had
cray eves arid dark hair and mustache. He wore a
black sack suit, with a black and white striped
shirt This description tits the bridge Jumper.
Mrs Flskp would say nothing about any motive
her son might have had. She left the station house
after asking that nhe be Informed 'of any discovery
relative to the bridge Jumper.
AN OFFICIAL STENOGRAPHER
Is at the instant command of business awn on the
Pennsylvania Special.— Advt.
TREATY WTTH COLOMBIA.
PANAMA CANAL AGREEMENT VIRT
A NEW QUESTION ARISES WHICH MAY
REQUIRE FURTHER ACTION BY
[BT TELEGRAPH TO THE TRIBUNE.]
Washington, Nov. 10. — The bargain with
Colombia for concessions under which the
United States is to build and operate the Pan
'?raa Canal has been virtually completed, and
there is no longer any doubt that Secretary
Hay will have the treaty ready for the Senate to
ratify within a month. The Colombian Govern
ment has agreed to make concessions which
conform satisfactorily to the stipulations of the
Spooner act in spirit, if not in Its precise terms,
and to-day these received the approval of Senator
Cullom, chairman of the Committee on Foreign
Relations, .md of Senator Morgan, the senior
Democratic member of that committee and the
leading opponent of the Panama route. Confi
dence is expressed that the Senate will agree
to the modified phraseology, which is adopted
in deference to Colombia's constitutional re
etrlctlons, but which, nevertheless, fully con
firms the necessary authority the United States
must exercise over the right of way and its ap
A new question has arisen to-day over money
matters connected with the canal negotiations
which may require further action by both
"houses of Congress. Senator Harris, of the
.Committee on Interoceanlc Canals, has appar
ently discovered that If President Roosevelt
does not expend any of the (KMMM>,OOO appro
priated at the last session of Congress for the
purchase of the property of, the Panama Canal
, Company before March 4 next, the date of the
expiration of the LVIIth Congress, the entire
.appropriation will lapse, and a new law will
h >ve to be enacted.
* In discussing the likelihood of a payment of
some portion of the $40,000,000 before March
4. the- Senator called attention to the fact that
before the property could be acquired a treaty
would; have to ha ratified by the Senate of the
United. States and by the legislative body of
Colombia. The Colombian Government has had
no legislative body for three years, and is now
In a state of revolution. Tt would seem, there
fore, almost an impossibility for the President
to haw* p. treaty negotiated and ratified by the
two governments In the short time now remain
ing bel<jre the expiration of the present Con
While not desiring to he placed in a positive
position, on the subject, the Senator expressed
the helfef that to use any of the £40.000,000 for
the purpose of ascertaining the validity of the
title, for instant"*, such as paying the expenses
of Mi. Attorney General's trip to Paris, would
not validate the appropriation, which, he be
lieves, can be drawn upon only in accordance
with the terms of the net making the appro
priation—for the purchase of the property and
beginning the construction of the canal. Wheth
er or not the administration will take the
same vltw of the availability of this appropria
tion after the expiration of the present Con
gress Is a question which officials decline to
answer in a positive way. Attorney General
Knox considers It a question which It would
n»i-b»' proiier for him to answer. Controller
T'nC'-^"' 1 , f> tftf«^Trtauiury^,rj;j>l led when , juike<i
r«>K.irillng the same point:
I can glv*» you the rule, hut I cannot apply
It. for the reason that It is a matter upon which
I may be called upon to pass The rule is that
annual or continuing appropriations must be
expended within the year, or there must be a
proper contract made for their expenditure, or
they laps.- with the Congress which made them.
This rule does not apply to an appropriation
which Is not a continuing or annunl one.
Th" law providing for the payment of the
$40,000,000 to th* Panama Canal Company has
a section which authorizes the expenditure of
$10.000,01 10 for construction, and also empowers
the President to make contracts for the excava
tion of the canal. Its construction, completion
and defence. This authorisation, however, Is
made regarding whichever route may be select
ed. From these two sections it would appear
that the $40,000,000 appropriation contained
in the act Is not a continuing one, and would
not come under the rule cited by the Controller
of the Treasury, but that the appropriation for
the construction of the canal, which is con
tained in another section of the law, is such a
IS IT A ROCKEFELLER GIFT?
SUM OF 98.000.000 SECURED FOR UNION
OF RUSH MEDICAL COLLEGE WITH
JUT TELERHAPn TO THE TBIBt'KK.]
Chicago. Nov. 10.— President William R. Har
per to-day confirmed the statement that
$8,000,000 had been secured for the consolida
tion of Rush Medical College with the Uni
versity of Chicago. President Harper discussed
the matter at some length, but refused to tell
who was going to furnish the money. That
point, however, according to persons close to
the inner workings of the university. is simple.
The money will be furnished by John D. Rocke
feller, they believe. President Harper returned
on Saturday from a visit to John D. Rockefeller,
Jr. Yesterday the announcement of the con
solidation was made.
According to the present plans — which are sure
to be carried out— Rush will bring 11.000.000 and
the university will raise |B,ooojooa This will
make It the largest medical school In the coun
try. "It will take some time to complete all th.>
details," Professor Harper said, "but the work
will be pushed with all possible vigor. I think It
is a good move on the part of the university. It
will strengthen us considerably In every way."
NEW DRUG COM BIX AT I OX.
CUT RATE DRUGGISTS TO RIVAL THE DRUG
Cleveland. Nov. 10.— The Drug Trust will
have a formidable rival, as forty of the lead-
Ing cut rate druggists in the large cities of the
country have formed a combination company,
with a capital stock of $500,000. Already two
thousand smaller retail dealers have signified
their Intention of allying themselves with the
concern. The company will manufacture pro
prietary and patent medicines and staple drugs.
W. G. Marshall, of Cleveland, Is one of the chief
promoters, and he will manage the Cleveland
end with four stores. The headquarters and
general plant will be at Boston. The officers
are E. D. Cahoon, of New-York, president, and
Louis D. Liggett, of Boston, general managt-r.
The directors, including the above officers, are
J. L. De Mo vile, of Nashville; E. L. Schulz. of
Denver; H. C. Hale, of Waltham. Mass.; W. C.
Bolton. of Brooklyn, and Stephen Hexter. of
Chicago. The organization was completed at
the Auditorium Hotel, Chicago.
WBMSCm VOT TO BE OFFICIAL LAXBVAOE.
Brussels, Nov. 10. — It is asserted here that, owing
to the opposition of Germany. Great Britain, the
United States and other powers, the proposal which
has been advanced to make French the official
language of the International Arbitration Court at
The Hague will be withdrawn.
THERE ARE EIGHT OF THEM.
New York to Chicago, eight splendidly equipped
toaaw a day by the New York Central— Advt.
CORXISH THE MAX, SAYS BLACK.
OSBORNE COMPELLED TO DEVOTE MUCH TIME TO DEFENCE
OF CHIEF WITNESS AGAINST MOLINEUX.
POISON CASE WILL GO TO THE JURY THIS AFTERNOON
In defending Roland B. Molineux in the murder trial yesterday. ex-Governor
Black told the jury that the evidence pointed to Harry S. Cornish, the dski witness
for the prosecution, as the man responsible lot the death of Mr>. Katherine J.
Adams on December 28, 1898.
After arraigning Cbrtmh as a man with a motive for the murder, and describ
ing his actions before and after the death of Mrs. Adams as suspicion-. Mr. Black
said that there was not a line of proof in all the testimony for the prosecution that
the poison was not placed in the supposed bottle oj brotno-seltzcr after Cornish re
ceived, it at the Knickerbocker Athletic Club.
Assistant District Attorney ( >shorne spent a good part of hi- speech for the
prosecution in defending Cornish. He then proceeded to reply to the attacks which
Mr. Black had made on the testimony given hv handwriting experts called by the
people. He wilt continue his summing up this morning.
It is expected that Justice Lambert will deliver his charge and give the case to
the jury early this afternoon, and that a verdict may be reached before night.
GREAT CRUSH IN COURTROOM: MANY TURNED AWAY.
Addreaaea to the jury in the Molineux ♦rial
occupied all of yesterday's sessions of the Crim
inal Branch of th*- Supreme Court, yet the sum
ming up for the prosecution waa n<>t finished
when Justice Lambert ordered an adjournment
at •'» p. nv In all probability Justice Lambert
will deliver his charge and give th-- case t<> the
jury early this afternoon. Before night Roland
B. Molineux may hear the verdict.
Ex-Governor Frank S. Black, of Molineux's
counsel, talked to the jury about torn* hours.
His arguments for the defence were delivered
with all th^ force and eloquence of uhich he is
master. Me held the attention of the Jury close
ly from the beginning to the end of his long
addrf-ss. He did not content himself wtth ef
forts to convince the jury that It could not have
been Molineux who sent la Harry S. Cornish, at
the Knickerbocker Athletic Club, on December
'_•:>.. 1K!»N. the poison that killed Mrs. Katherine
J. Adams at her home five days later. He de
clared that therf was stronger proof against
Cornish than against Molineux. He argued from
the evidence presented in the trial that Cornish
had a motive for the murder of Mrs Adams.
while MoMnetn ha<i no adequate motive for
sc-ndine: poison to Cornish.
Mr. Black's arraignment of Cornish was of a
character to make a deep Impression on every
body within the sound of his voice. He wove
into It the testimony pointing to Cornish as one
who could have planned and executed the
poisoning of Mrs. Adams, and he made the
startling point that in all the testimony for
the prosecution there was not a word to show
thas the supposed bottle of bromo seltzer which
was sent to Cornish at 'he club In a silver
holder contained poison when it reached the
club. There was nothing to show that the
poison was not mixed with the powder after
Cornish received the bottle, he declared. Cor
nish heard himself arraigned by the counsel for
the defence. He sat much of the time with a
ecowi «in his face, wat'clilnit^Mr. 1 "Black with half
Th» testimony of the handwriting experts
called by the prosecution was analyzed by Mr.
Black In merciless fashion. He declared that
he would not hang a dop on such evidence. He
said Moltoetu did not know and did not care
who wrote the "Cornish" letters which the ex
perts declared had been written by the same
hand that wrote the address on the poison
package. Why. he asked, had the prosecution
failed to produce the envelopes of the letters?
Did the envelopes show that the letters had
been mailed near the place where Cornish had
he<»n living with the daughter of Mrs. Adams?
Assistant District Attorney Osbarne, who
talked to the Jury for nearly three hours in the
afternoon, and will continue his arguments this
morning, devoted ■ good part of his address to
defending Cornish. He tried to show that in
arraigning Cornish the defence had sought to
prove tOO much. Then he went over the testi
mony for the prosecution, seeking to show that
it proved Molineux's guilt He was Interrupted
by Justice Lambert when he asked the jury to
accept some testimony which had not been pre
sented. He will have the advantage of finishing
his argument after a period of rest and time
When the arguments were being presented t-.
the Jury Information reached 'he city of the
death of Henry F Rogers, who was the di
vorced husband of Bfra Adams's daughter The
divorce was Obtained after Cornish went t<-> live
with Mrs Rogers Mr. Ropers died In Buffalo,
where he was living at the ttme of Mrs. Alms's
ANOTHER WITNESS CALLKD.
Contrary to general expectation, the proceed
ings ilid not open with the appeal of ex-C.ov
emor Black for a dismissal of th>> charges
against the defendant. That was the scheduled
programme, but for some reason or other a
change was made, and Assistant District Attor
ney Oshorne called out: 'Is Mr. Eveal here ?"
A voice replied that he was. and at Mr. Os
bornes invitation Mr. Evcal walked to the
Ex-Governor Batch protested that the case
was Closed as far as the taking of testimony
was concerned, and the counsel for the defence
and prosecution had a long whispered con
ference with Justice Lambert as to the admlssl
bility of the testimony.
An hour before the official time of opening the
court a crowd of more than a thousand persons
thronged the corridors of the Criminal Courts
Building and clamored for admission. A squad
of special policemen was at hand to reinforce
the court squad, and the visitors were formed
into lines four deep and compelled to show their
At least 70 per cent were women, and most
of them had cards from the Jurors or from the
lawyers in the case, or from attaches of the
District Attorney's office. As a consequence be
fore feSO o'clock— the time for opening courf was
10 o'clock— every seat was occupied, the repor
ters' tables were overwhelmed, chairs blocked
the aisles, and the passageway from the Jus
tice's chambers to the bench, behind the jury
box. was solidly packed with twenty-one women,
among them being the wife of the presiding
Within the lawyers' enclosure the crowd was
just as thick. The entire legal force of the firms
<.f Black oicott. Orwber & Bonyuge and si
Weeks, Battle & Marshall, for the defence,
fought for space, as did Dlstrice Attorney Je
rome. hi« assistart. James W. > 'ahorne. who nas
had charge of the prosecution, and half a dozen
deputy assistant? It seemed like a special
matinee of some popular play. The women
wore their best clothes and most of them were
When Justice Lambert took his seat, as usual,
exactly at the set ttme. the chattering ceased
and an atmosphere mure In acordance with
the gravity of what was at stake fell on the
PRICE THREE CENTS.
crowded room. The chattering ceased „at tha
call of the court crier, and men anil "-women
whs ha 1 seats settled hack in their chairs, ex
-tin* a feast of oratorical debate with the
prize a human life. More than two hundred
persons unable to fin- 1 seats stood up in the
rear of the room. Justice Lambert instructed
the court officers to make those without seats
leave the room, and it was a much cast down
and disappointed <?rowd that obeyed the man
Molineux. smiling; and unconcerned, was
brought in ii few seconds after Justice Lambert
took his seat. It was with some difficulty that
the court officers found a chair for him. The
difficulty was settled by General Mollneux giv
ing up his seat to his son. and a reporter shar
ing his with General Molineux.
MOTION TO DISMISS DENIED.
It took more than twenty-five minutes for tha
lawyers to say all that they wanted to say to
the court, and then Clerk Penny called th- coll
•I the jury. That done. ex-Governor Black ad
dressed the court. He began in a voice so low
that it was Inaudible six feet from where he
stood, but he warmed up to the work in a mo
ment. Counsel thanked the court for his cour
tesy, the District Attorney for his consideration
and the jurors for their attention to the evi
dence presented. Then he started on his argu
• trv-nt. saying:
It is a fundamental rule of justice, aa it is of
society, that innocence must be protected. It is
equally just that th? guilty m : ■• be punished, but
they must be proved guilty. If courts ami juries
■were permitted to guess at things, the innocence
of every one would bm at any ones mercy.
Molineux was a director ol the Knickerbocker
Athletic Club, where Cornish was employed. Mol
lneux -ltd not like Cornish, and he did not liko
Harpster. He had many friends in the club. and.
perhaps, many enemies. Cornish wrote what Mol
ine'ix considered an Improper letter, and Molineux
complained of it. Was that any reason for Mol
ineux's sending to Cornish a quantity of poison suf
ficient to kill any man in that club? Cornish in
sulted M'lHnciix. and Mollneux behaved like a
gentleman, regarding the difference of their st;\
tlor Hint passed on. la that proof of mur*»r'?.'
Nothing else under the sky has been produced, her*
to Indicate any m*t Mollneux cotfnr~?»avft " for
wanting to kill Cornish.
The trouble between Cornish and Molineux oc
curred more than a yfar before the poison package
appeared. No evidence has been presented here n>
show that ii: all that time Mr. Molt: saiil one
unkind word, or uttered one uncharitable thought
toward Cor ilsh. All the evidence in hi case points
away from Molineux and to another man. I shall
indicate who that man is before I all down The
case points to that man Just aa surely as the
needle points to the North Star. The nee<l!s
trembles with every win-! aad current, but when
the calm comes ■• still points m the North Star.
MISS MILLERS TESTIMONT.
In commenting on the evidence, Mr. Black
began with that of Miss Emma Miller, the clerk
at Hartdefjen'i store who sol the silver bottle
holder. He satd he had to criticise the attitude
of the District Attorney toward that witness,
and stamped it as distinctly unfair- to make her
admit that she had received ISM for her testi
mony. He continued:
Da you know why Miss Miller was treated in
that way? It was because alter she had volun
leered to testify and she could only be brought
here as a volunteer, she declined to perjure her
self. She told the'truth. Molineux did not buy the
bottle holder. Was it reasonable to suppose that
If he wanted to buy such a thing to send with »
pack of poison he would buy it at a store
where his pern friend was in charge-, and where
he was sure to meet one or more persons who would
recognize him? Reasonable? No. Preposterous.
Martin HolTs testimony corroborates that of Miss
Miller, who saw the bgttle holder bought. Molineux
did not buy it.
The detective. Farrell. is the only witness who
has brought Molineux anywhere near that bottle
hoMer and the nearest he brought him was three
quarters of a mile. And that is the nearest any
one has brought him to tha case.
Mr. Black ridiculed the testimony of Joseph
Koch, the Broadway letter box man. and de
clared it the evidence of a man who "peddled
his story and his eternal soul" at the same time.
Koch went to the defends counsel, and Mr.
"Weeks as any honorable lawyer would have done,
chased him from c.is office and told him to tell
I his tale to the District Attorney. What did Koch
do? When his story was refused At one newspaper
office he sold it to another newspaper, who gave
him $25ii. conditional on his testifying upon oath
to its truth. Koch never spoke of Molin..»ux hav
ing inquired about letter boxes at his store until
two days before the last trial of this defendant,
and then he sold it. and put his soul where It be
longs, for X.V).
Ex-Governor Black took up the question of
writing, and called the Washington expert. Hay.
"a stupendous fraud."' when he testified that
none of the "request"* writing made by Molineux
contained a characteristic to be found in his
other writing and in the disputed writing. Then
he dwelt at great length on the suppression of
evidence by the District Attorney's office, and
argued that that evidence might point to some
one other than Mollneux. He said:
The prosecution has produced here the poison
package wrapper. The envelope to the Burns,
letter we concede to have been written by Mol
lneux. the envelope to the Harpster and the Barnet
letters, but where are the envelopes to the Cornish
letters? Not one of th.-m has been presented in
evidence. Why? Why have they been suppressed?
Every other letter in this case has been shown to
you with the envelope, but the envelopes to the
Cornish letters have been suppressed. Did they
show too much? You may forget to date your
letters, but Uncle Sam never forgets. You can
tell from the envelope of any letter that goes
through the mail where and when it was mailed.
Did the Cornish envelope* show 100 much? They
have been suppressed, and you were entitled to
THE TIFFANY ENVELOPES.
In Molineux's desk in Newark was a package of
small Tiffany envelopes used for inclosing cards.
The detectives of the District Attorneys .ifilco
found them, but they did not match the envelopes
that accompanied the poison package, and >.- t!iey
were suppressed. Was that to shield anybody?
You were entitled to that fact from the prosecu
tion, but nothing was brought out about those en
velopes until the defence elicited it by accident.
Mr. Black, speaking of the blue crescent paper,
recalled the evidence presented by the defence
that in ISDS there were KJO.OOO sheets of that
paper on sale in nine stores in -York. Then
he took up the assertion of the prosecution that
cyanide of mercury was extremely rare, and
called the attention of the Jury to the ease with
which four of his associates had purchased the
poison. He continued:
It was a crime to murder Mrs. Adams, but It
would be no less a crime to murder this man upon
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