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(BE POSTAI SCANDAL
KEN'S INDEPENDENCE
Caused the Trouble— His Office
Likely To Be Abolished.
W&shirFton. May 24 (Special).— No Incident
._ , ne current posloffice Investigation has more
desriy demonstrated the objectionable and
aric-islous conditions which precipitated th.>
7--e£e-t srardal than the deficiency in the divis
tt 0 * cf free delivery, which was disclosed ex
rfc_trely * n The Tribune's Washington dispatch
ff May 20- Surprise has been expressed to the
postmaster General by former Superintendent
Macfceri'-* Ci :• res that the mere existence of a
flefldency •• ■ regarded as a matter of so much
jrr_vity, :: view of the fact that deficiencies are
T ,oi CTcommoti either In the Postofnce or other
cepnrtrriCr.ts of the government, and Mr. Payne
hss invariably replied that It was not alone the
creation fa deficiency, but the complete Ig
rorls? of his known wishes by Superintendent
ijacljen ar.d the letter's refusal to consult the
_*2<3 cf the postal service on the subject, to
•R-hic_ he co earnestly objected. These acts of
irfltp^Tidence Mr. Payne criticises, and charac
terize? as "maladministration."
To persons familiar with the circumstances it
is evident that the Postmaster General has now
experienced, haps for the first time, grave
annoyance from the same insubordination that
has lor.c irritated the First Assistant Post
master General, under whose supervision th<s
affairs of the free delivery division were osten
sibly conducted. A disregard of those in au
thority over him has long characterized Super
intendent Machen's administration, but. accom
panied t_s it was by unusual competence, it nas
been ignored until charges of extravagance ap
peared to necessitate stricter supervision.
Macben's methods, which have brought down
upon him the reluctant, and therefore more
severe, condemnation of the Postmaster General,
were the result of a mistaken idea that if he
granted every request of importunate Congress
men and served their interests before all else
he was performing the most important of his
duties as general superintendent of free de
livery, and that there existed no necessity for
consulting with or deferring to his superior
officers in the PostofSce Department.
Rural free delivery, undertaken only a short
tlane ego as an experiment, has met with al
most unparalleled success. Its popularity has
more than kept pace with its growth. The test,
therefore, of most new Representatives has been
their ability to secure the establishment in their
districts of one or more rural routes. First As
sistant Postmaster Generals have come and
pone, but Machen has stayed on and become the
alpha and omega of rural free delivery lore.
He could tell on the instant the number of pa
trons required to warrant the establishment of
s route, and give all other information per
taining thereto; and gradually members of Con
gress got into the habit of consulting him on
the subject and Ignoring the First Assistant
Postmaster General. The pressure on him to
establish routes was strong-, and gradually, it
is admitted, he came to regard the political
exigencies of his Congressional friends as worthy
of even more consideration than the economic
and well ordered administration of departmental
funds. Routes were established which brougat
criticism on the department for its extrava
gance, and it may be safely said that many
members of Congress assured the accommodat
ing superintendent that he need have no fear
of making deficiencies, as they would provide the
funds.
The situation has been accurately described
«x- Representative Loud, who has said that
there existed great extravagances In the free d«=
division, and has pointed out that they
« <^r<= largely due to the popularity of and tbe
urgent demand for free delivery routes, which
remand was often met with more generosity
than judgment. These were the circumstances
* Mch resulted in Machen'6 distorted conception
-' ■#■ duties and his relations to his superiors.
He apparently forgot that he was, after a!',
'■-.:y a clerk, an employe whose place must be
Qlel by the Civil Service Commission, and that
r* was responsible to an Assistant Postmaster
Ctratral appointed by the President and con
f-med by the Senate.
This, then, was the unfortunate condition of
affairs which confronted Robert J. Wynne when
v - first assumed the duties of First Assistant
Postmaster General, and ' so became responsi
ble for every act of the superintendent of the
<si vision of free delivery. His requests for infor
mation regarding the details of that division
an said to have met with impertinent rejoin
cere, or to have been completely ignored. His
*tforts to familiarize himself with the workings
of that division were blocked at every turn.
When Mr. Wynne got fairly into the saddle
ard found that he was unable to exercise what
he regarded as a proper supervision over a di
vision of his office for which the Postmaster
General couid properly hold him responsible, he
attempted to correct the evils by issuing various
oidtrs, as. for instance, that no official letters
be written to members of Congress without his
signature, that no free delivery routes be es
tablished without his approval, etc. These or
ders Machea Ml resented, then studiously dia
r^-garded. He ..sserted that he had for years
exercised full and sole control over his division.
and he declined to be "dictatee to." Mr. Wynne
ii:en protested to the Postmaster General that
i::_s was an anomalous, pernicious and insup
portable condition of affairs, with the result
that the current investigation was ordered.
vostmaster General Payne never, it is thought,
actually realized the high handed methods pur
- »d in the tree delivery division until the re
ceu: discovery that his wishes and instructions
regarding _. deSciency had been contemptuous
ly ignored: but now that the situation has been
trough forcibly home to him. It is believed that
Le will institute a reorganization which will re
sult not cniy in the permanent elimination of
officials who have come to believe that there is
ar.y other head to the PoatoOoe Department
than the Postmaster General, but also in render
ing Impossible the continuance of a system
which, \o use '.'.'- Payne's own words. Is "bound
to be dt-.triir.ental to the entire postal service."
It is regarded as extremely probable that,
■rtth the passing of Max hen, the position of
"general superintendent of free delivery" will be
abolished. Had Maehea's earnest effort to have
this place changed to a bureau and himself
urpoir.ted Firth Assistant Postmaster Genera)
proved Fuccessful. the tflice would have had a
reyou for being, but at present it is largely
aric:r.3loup. There is now a superintendent of
city AfUrerr and a superintendent of rural free
delivery, earn at whom is doubtless competent
to exercise Bach immediate supervision over his
respective division as is essential, so that Ma
rhsn's position was largely that of a go-between
between these oTCclals and the First Assistant
Pastna—ter General.
Moreover, lor the purpose of facilitating the
current Investigation, the entire division of free
delivery was transferred to the bureau presided
over iv Fourth AFslstant Postmaster General
UrL-oow. That it will be returned In its entirety
to Mr. Wynne's bureau is a matter of doubt.
There is ■ done interrelation between the star
route tervlc*. presided over by ths Second As
iist::r;' Postma_;tfr General, and the rural free
delivery F*rvtoe. ;.wl it _ regarded as likely that,
tvhen the reorganization, which Is certain to fol
low the present tiivepfgation occurs, the divis
ion of rural fr*>e delivery will be incorporated
in the bureau ■■' Second Assistant Postmaster
General Ehnlienberper. and that of city free de
livery r<*Ftor«vJ to thp Korea« of First Assistant
Postrnsßter General Wynne.
COiS.
You ca^ save a day practically by taking tbeN«w
York Certrsl* -20th Century Limited between
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To-day, fair and warmer.
To-morrow, fresh east -rind*.
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AND PARTY ON TOP OF GLACIER POINT, YOSEMITE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA.
1 President Roosevelt. 3 President Wheeler of ths University of California. 3 President Butler of Columbia University.
STOPS HORSE SUDDENLY.
Policeman Weighing 800 Pounds
Saves Women.
Patrolman George Bellar, of the East One
hundred-and-fourtb-st. station, who weighs
nearly three hundred pounds, made an heroic
rescue yesterday afternoon at One-hundred-and
third-st. and Lexington-ave.. -when he stopped
a runaway horse attached to a carriage con
taining two badly frightened women.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Corn, of No. 110 East
One-hundred-and-third-st.. went driving yes
terday afternoon in their surrey, taking with
them their niece. Miss Sadie Witkowski. of No.
66 East One-hundred-and-fifth-st. They re
turned to' the Corn home about 6 o'clock. Mr.
Corn imped out of the surrey and prepared to
nppist the women in getting out. Some boy?
were playing in the street, and one of them
threw a stone which struck the horse on its
head. The animal, smarting under the pain,
started forward at a jump, and in a minute was
going at full speed toward Lexington-ave. Mrs.
Corn and Miss Witkowski screamed with fright,
but did not attempt to jump.
Patrolman Bellar was standing at Lexington
ave. and One-hundred-and-thlrd-st., when he
noticed people running In all directions. Look-
Ing west in One-hundred-and-third-st.. he saw
the runaway approaching him. It was near the
corner, and Bellar, without hesitating a mo
ment, ran into the middle of the roadway. He
was just in time, for the horse reached the car
tracks in Lexington-ave. just as he did. Bellar
reached out with his left hand and caught the
bridle. With his right hand he grasped the
horses nostrils, and then threw his weight on
the animal's head. The horse came to a sudden
halt, and then tried to free himself from the
policeman's grasp, but without avaiL Bellar
held the horse until he was quiet, and then led
him to the curb line, where the women were as
sisted to alight by Mr. Corn, who had followed
in the wake of the runaway.
Corn was profuse in his thanks to Bellar. and
promised to write a letter to Commissioner
Greene commending him for his action. Captain
Smith, of the East One-hundred-and-fourth-st.
station, said last night that in spite of his
weight Bellar was one of the best policemen in
his command. __
HUNDREDS HOMELESS.
Cloudburst in Oklahoma — Property
Loss Heavy-
Enid. Ok!a., May 24.— Hundreds of persons
were rendered homeless and property damage
to the extent of $300,000 was done in the Enid
bottoms alone by a cloudburst that struck west
of this city at midnight last night. The aggre
gate damage probably will be much higher on
account of losses sustained between here and
the seat of the storm. A bank of water three
feet high and two hundred feet wide swept
through the bottoms at midnight, carrying
houses and everything before it. It came on the
town without warning, while most of the citi
zens were asleep. Within a few minutes a
hundred houses were partly or completely sub
merged.
Rescuers went to work immediately and ah
night labored to save persons from perilous po
sitions Many lost everything they possessed.
The means for relieving distress are inadequate.
The rainfall for the last ten days has been the
heaviest in the history of the Territory, and in
dications are that more will follow. Reports of
losses west of here are meagre, but it is be
lieved that heavy damage was done.
MAN KILLED BY LIGHTNING.
Another Bolt Strikes a Streetcar in Motion.
Pittsbu-" May 24.— A thunderstorm, accompanied
by a high 'wind, struck this section this afternoon
ar<3 besides killing one man did considerable
n-rtv damage. Milton W. Robinson, of West
£££ rg . <££ to Schenley Park with a party
of "lends. When the storm came up he sought
Liter from the drenching rain under a big ash
'rei in Panther Hollow. He had been there only
""0n,,,,, when ÜBhtning- struck the tree. it
«.Hv^earlng It to pieces and killing Robinson in
,t His fc - or five friends, who were within
S^ "Jlflv" fill <■ '-• «««>* withoUt eV6n a
*?£££££** —* a streetcar on the
M^ee^ort branch of the Plttsbure Railways
c* a T and caused a panic among the pas
*=VdU £™. *»«** *« were
;-: l T b P r e uLd ln^ne. who fell on them were
htdly bruised and one. who fell on bos head, f
pf T t P mS b w!_i flowed by a hailstorm.
RAILROAD TRACKS WASHED OUT.
t- - Maw *jl — Hish water is causing
T T. k r'o U^"or r^'roal in this State. The Santa
V r <* or JS-.-, Pacific has a washout at
SSwt JdVeTock Island having dimity
m moving trains in Northern Kan^ i 3
At Emporla the <*"° n ™ ta|t country . Heavy
Us bank 9 and flood^n farrnin. Btat. for a week
general "^jjgjjj fall cove red the central part of
»Wj ._^_
n«--i 35th St.. betwem sih Aye.
city summer home.-
Advt. ._ ;
NEW-YORK. MONDAY. MAY^ 25. 1903. -TWELVE PAGES.-trT^n^V^^^
AUTOMOBILES SPREAD DEATH.
SIX KILLED AND MANY INJURED IN THE FIRST
STAGE OF THE PARIS-MADRID CONTEST.
Shocking Series of Casualties Along the Road from, Versailles to Bordeaux
— Governments of France and Spain Intervene.
A SERIES OF HORRORS.
Cars Overturn, Take Fire and Kill
Spectators.
Paris. May 24.— A shocking series of accidents,
resulting in the death of at least six persons,
fatal injuries to several, and many lesesr casu
alties, marked the first stage of the Paris-
Madrid automobile race to-day, and dispatches
arriving from points along the ootnwa keep add
ing to the list of fatalities.
The most terrible accident occurred near Bon
neval, nineteen mlies from Charters, where
machine No. 243, driven by M. Porter, was over
turned at a railroad crossing and took fire. The
chauffeur was caught underneath the automobile
and was burned to death, while two soldiers
and a child were killed.
A chauffeur was badly injured by an accident
to his motor car near AngoulGme. A woman
crossing the road In the neighborhood of Ablis
was run over by one of thi» competing cars and
killed.
Mr. Stead and his chauffeur, who were first
reported to have bean killed, are still alive. It
seems that their automobile had a collision
with another car with which Mr. Stead had been
racing for several kilometres, wheel to wheel,
and was completely overturned in a ditch near
Montguyon. Mr. Stead was caught under the
machine, while his chauffeur was hurled a dis
tance of thirty feet and had his head and body
badly cut. Mr. Stead was conscious when h°
was picked up, but complained of suffering
great pain. H* was conveyed to the nearest
farm.
A dispatch from Bordeaux announced that
Lorraine Barrows had met with a shocking acci
dent near Libourne. seventeen miles from Bor
deaux, at 1:45 o'clock this afternoon. It appears
that Mr. Barrows had tried to avoid a dog
which was crossing the track, and his monster
car. No. 5 in the race, struck a tree with ter
rific force. His chauffeur was killed outright.
Barrows himself was picked up unconscious, but
still breathing, ar.d was taken to a hospital,
where his condition was declared to be critical.
His car was dashed to pieces.
Shortly afterward news came that Marcel
Renault h^d been overturned in a deep ditch
beside the road near Couhe. twenty-one milas
from Poitiers, and that he was dangerously
injured. The Automobile Club of Bordeaux re
ceived a dispatch at 4 o'clock saying that
Renault was unconscious, and. It was feared,
dying. Louis Renault. Marcel's brother, was
deeply affected by the news, and at once started
back to his brother's assistance. Orders were
given to withdraw all the Renault cars from the
race.
Many lesser breakdowns and casualties are re
ported. An early report that one of the two
brothers Farman had been injured is uncon
firmed.
MOURNING AT BORDEAUX.
Bordeaux. May 24.— The illuminations which
were fixed for to-night in honor of the automo
bile race have been countermanded as a sign of
mourning for the persons killed in the contest.
GOVERNMENT'S ACTION UPHELD.
London, May 25-— Most of the papers this
morning comment with satisfaction on the stop
page of the Paris-Malrid automobile race. They
dilate on the dangers of racing, but offer no sug
gestions as to the prohibition or regulation of
such racing in general, o;- the James Gordon
Bennett Cup race, which is to be held in Ire
land, in particular. '
TWO KILLED AT BRISTOL.
Many Seriously Injured in Motor Car Acci
dent.
Bristol. England. May 24.-A serious motor
cycle accident occurred here yesterday. Tho
motor swerved into a crowd of spectators, two
of whom were killed and many seriousiy in
jured.
DE< "OKA.TION DAY TRIPS
THE CONTEST STOPPED.
Forbidden by French Premier and
Spanish Government.
Paris. May 24.— 1n view n{ th* number of ac
cidents, some fatal, in th«? first stage of the
Paris-Madrid automobile race, from Versailles
to Bordeaux, the Premier. M Combes, has for
bidden the continuance of the contest on French
territory. The second stage of the race, which
was to have been continued on Tuesday, in
cluded a run over French territory from Bor
deaux to the Spanish frontier.
It Is reported that th«» Spanish Government
has also forbidden tpp continuance of the race
on Spanish territory-
LEADERS IN THE' RACE.
Gabriel and Louis Renault First to
Reach Bordeaux.
Paris. May 24. — The first stage in the Paris-
Madrid automobile race from Versailles to Bor
deaux, 343 miles, finished at noon to-day, when
Louis Renault dashed at a furious pace into
Bordeaux, having made a record run of eight
hours and twenty-seven minutes. An hour
later H. Gabriel arrived with a still better rec
ord of eight hours, seven minutes. It ia esti
mated from the times made that these automo
biles covered sixty-two miles an hour on the
road outside the cities.
The name of W. K. Vanderbllt, jr., disappeared
from the reports along the route after Ram
bouiilet. where he passed, twenty-eighth Sn
order, at 4:45 o'clock this morning, going in
fine form. The omission of his name from the
dispatches from Chartres, the next town on the
road, caused some anxiety and brought forth a
number of inquiries. It was learned later that
he. Henri Fournier and Baron de Forest with
drew from the race together before reaching
Chartree. All of them had breakdowns, and
having lost three hours they decided that it was
useless to continue. Mr. Vanderbilt and Baron
de Forest returned to the Hotel Rltz at 11
o'clock this morning. They laughed and made
light of their withdrawal. Foxhall P. Keene.
"Tod" Sloan and W. J. Dannat, the American
artist, did not appear at the starting line this
morning when their turn was reached, and con
sequently did not take part in tha race, C.
Gray-Dinemore ie the only American left in
the contest.
Versailles had a night of wild excitement. It
is estimated that one hundred thousand per
sons crowded into the little town to witness the
start of the race. Soldiers with fixed bayonets
lined the track for some distance from Ver
sailles.
The reports along the route showed that Louis
Renault was making a great race, and before
Chartres he had overtaken and passed Charles
Jarrott and Rene de Knyff, and gained a lead
which he never after lost. Dispatches from
Vendome, Tours and Poictlers told of hi 3 pass
ing through ahead, and Bordeaux sent the an
nouncement of his arrival first, at 12:14:45. He
had beaten Henri Foumier's record of S hours
and 44 minutes. Charles Jarrott finished sec
ond, at 12:30. having covered the course in 8
hours. 44 minutes. M. Gabriel arrived third, at
1:08. his time being 8 hours. 7 minutes. The
other contestants who made fast time were J.
Salleron. 8 hours. 40 minutes; Baron de Craw
her. 8 hours, 53 minutes; J. B. Warden. 8 hours
50 minutes, and M. Volgt, 8 hours, 55 minutes.
It is stated that Louis Renault's automobile
attained at Beourdiniere, between Chartres and
Bonneval, a ma_xunum speed of eighty-eight and
three-quarter miles an hour.
The result of the first stage of the race ap
pears to be a draw between the merits of the
iight and heavy vehicles. Louis Renault drove
a light machine, weighing 050 pounds and of
80 horsepower, while Gabriel drove a heavy ma
chine of 70 horsepower, weighln* 1,000 pounds.
The times of the winners of the first stage, de
ducting the time allowance for slowing down in
side the cities, are as follows: Gabriel. 5 hours
13 minutes; Louis Renault, 5 hours 32 minutes:
Salleron, 5 hours 46 minutes; Jarrott, 5 hours
51 minutes; Warden, 5 hours 56 minutes; Baron
de Crawher, 6 hours 1 minute; Voigt, 8 hours 2
minutes- Barras, tj hours 12 minutes; Rougler. 8
hours 18 minutes, ar.d Mouter. 6 hours. 17 min
utes.
••CINCINNATI-ST. LOUIS LIMITED."
Five trains a day from New York to Cincinnati
and ft. Louis- by the New York Centra:. Including
•Tb-'li-aiud/* l*s,vln« New York: at 6JO p. m.-
Advt.
SMOKES IN BRIDGE JUMP.
Suicide on Anniversary of Opening
of Structure.
THROWS HAT AT A PURSUER.
The twentieth anniversary of the opening of
Brooklyn Bridge was marked yesterday by an
other suicide from the middle of tha centre span.
As a Fulton-st. open trolley ar reached a spot
about two hundred feet east 'of the New-Tork
tower, one of the four passengers, still puffing
on a cigar he had been smoking. Jumped from
the car, which was going swiftly.
The motorman. William Cornelius, or the sig
ral of the conductor. Edward Gauch. halted th*
car. but before It stopped the passenger, pursued
by John Clark, of engine company No. 7, who
was al3o a passenger, had climbed up the high
etrlngplece at the edge of the roadway, thrown
his hat in the face of the fireman, and dived
head first, the cigar still between his teeth.
The fireman called to Policeman Martin Hogan.
of the bridge police, statxmed «n thf pedestrian
platform:
"Man jumped! Gel a boat:'"
The motorman. conductor, fireman and Abel
Bennet, of No. 29 Boerum place; Frederick
Znrm, of No. 283 Bainbridge-st., and another
passenger, lined the edge of th* roadway and
watched the body of the Jumper as it turned
over and over on its way to the water.
When it struck it rose immediately, and tbe
strong ebb tide bor« it face upward toward the
channel.
In response to Policeman Hogan's telephone.
Roundsman Tyler and Policemen Bohm and
Charles, of the bridge police, stationed at the
New-Tork end, put out after the body from
Dover-st., but it had been borne down nearly
off the Battery by the time they got their boat
into the river.
Clark, who was "n his war home. ToM th*
police that he realized what the stranger In
tended doing as soon as he paw him leap from
the car. According to the fireman, the jumper
appeared to be a German. He lit a cigar as
soon as he got on th* car at the New-Tork end.
and then settled back as if to enjoy his snow.
He appeared to be ia a good humor
DRAGGED BY RUNAWAY
Rider Clung to Reins After Being
Unseated.
While riding in Madison-aye. yesterday John
Blake, of No. 24 East Forty-seventh-st.. was
thrown from his horse at Ninety-sixth-st. and
sustained injuries that caused his removal to
the Harlem Hospital.
His mount was galloping when, at Ninety
sixth-st.. an automobile shot across his path.
The horse reared, plunged and unseated Blake.
He clung to the relcs and was dragged a short
distance before Policeman Schlitzer, of the East
Orie-hundred-and-fourth-st. station, saw his
plight and stopped the horse.
Blake was in a semi-conscious condition and
was suffering from a severe scalp wound and
a badly wrenched right arm. Dr. Donovan, who
attended him, said that the right elbow had
probably been fractured.
TJPHOLDS RIGHT TO TRANSFERS.
Magistrate Discharges Passenger Who In
sisted on Riding on One.
Meyer Edelman, who ea'd he was a clerk, af
No. 29 West One-hundred-and-eighteenth-st ..
was charged by James Flanagan, a conductor,
with disorderly conduct, before Magistrate Sal
lav In the Harlem Police Court yesterday.
Flanagan said that Edelman boarded a Madi
son-aye. car and offered a t~ansfer at One-hun
dred-and-sixteenth-st.. Issued by the One-hun
dred-and-aixteenth-st. crosstown line. The
transfer, according to Flanagan was good on a
northbound car. but not a southbound, for
which the corrpany issues no transfers frorr: the
eastbourd crosstown car that had brought Edel
man to the transfer point.
Flanagan demanded cash fare and on Edel
man's refusal to pay ordered him off the car.
Edelrr.an declined to go, and in a dispute
the conductor alleged. Edelman struck him be
fore he was ejected at One-hundred-and-twelfth
st. There Edelmaa was arreated on the com
plaint of the conductor.
Edelrran Raid he had received the transfer
from th? conductor of an eastbound One-hun
dred-ar.d-sixteer.th-st. car. and when he offered
it to Flanagan he aitegsd the conductor had as
eauited him.
"I think that the prisoner had s, right to
ride either north or south en the transfer." said
the magistrate. "The municipal courts hare de
cided against the Metropolitan Railway Com
pany !n this matter, ami in feveral ca^es where
the company has refused to give transfers at
certain crossings they have awarded damages
against the company. Until those cases whicn
have "been appealed by the company are decided
I shall "hold with the municipal courts and dis
charge such cases as these."
He discharged Edelman.
\n inspector of the company who was In court
told the rr,as!«trate that he understood that
Edelman had forced a number of other conduc
tors on southbound cars to accept north trans
fava,
125 TO COLORADO AND BACK
from Chicago. July 1 to 10. Chicago. Milwaukee
and St. PaaTßanw*f. 381 Broadway .-A&rt.
PRICE THREE CENTS.
THE SANDWICH AT CONEY
DISPORTS IN ITS GLORY
Must Sell Food With Drink or Go
To Clink.
Good old Coney! Elsewhere th* R*lr 7 I*^
may have its terrors; in other realms Sunday*
may be "dry"; the shadow of the sandwten may
o'ercloud Manhattan, already darkened by th;
decrees of the Wine, Beer and Liqnor Dealer-.
Association, but. thirsty one. hie threp to Coney!
There, indeed, doth the festive sandwich disport
Itself, but (whisper it not to Lindinp<»r.> if one
have discretion In the choosing of the place of
the assuaging of his thirst, no cost attacherh
to the eating thereof Let only the rash vertur*
to that extant, however.
With yesterday's chilly weather. Coney's vi'
tue as to excise regulations could hardly have a
great popular test. The hotel keepers, however,
did their best. Quick to act on Commissioner
Greene's statement that a sandwich, if ordered
and paid for, constituted ■ meal, even if M cost
only a cent, the stock of those edibles (?) was .
j refurbished. As to the charging for them, th*»
visitor might obtain for tr.e cent a microscopic
tabloid, an Inch long, of r ad, which figured on
th» bill of fare as a "i .__j sandwich." Other
places charged for a "= ndwich and a glass o?
beer" five cents, while .-. the better class of
eating places and the ho'els proper a sandwich
had to be ordered before a drink was served,
and the regular price was charged for It. Th«
bill of fare appended will give an excellent Idea
of how the "meals" comply with the law:
BILL. OF FARE.
Ham c-ndwtch. -rU_, glass of bear _....••
Chee»« sandwich, wits bott'e of beer ............Do
Sardlua sandwich, with whiskey or sin ........ ....150
Caviar sandwich, with pony of brandy .........20a
Col.l ham sandwich, with cocktails 30"
Cold roast b«*f, with cordials ...20<j
Cheese and crackers, with bottle of al* or porUr 30«
Cold tongue, with glass of P.h.p.9 wine .• 180
Cold tongue, with 8"i»?« of port or sherry ........ ...15c
Roquefort ch*es*. with mixed drinks .30*
West;haUa. ,-is. wlt_ champagne. .......... pt. $2. Qt. 94
According to *he police. "Coney is tight.**
Captain Knlpe had his plain clothes men out in
full force, but late last night the only excise ar
rest was of Christian Fiske, proprietor of an
automatic slot machine for vending drinks.
the offence charged was that his "barroom door
was open to the street." flis 'barroom" was th«
room in which the machine stood.
"We're enforcing the laws," Captain Knlpe re
marked, "and we intend to keep on enforcing:
them. It's been decided that if a man order? *
sandwich and is satisfied with it. he's had a meaL
So we are seeing to It that the3e people put out
their sandwiches. We've had no trouble; in fact,
with one or two exceptions, the hotelkeepers
on the island want to obey the law. Now, It's
a funny thing, and niost people wouldn't beli«v»
It, that the trouble all comes from the waiters.
They're paid 10 cents or. the dollar, and with *
bit- crowd they hustle to .ell all the beer they
can, so they forget the sandwiches. That's what
make 3th law look sick."
The head waiters of most of the drinkinsr
places were strict about this point yesterday.
Enough sandwiches, quality not material, must
be placed at each taste to "cover" the drinkers.
Whether they came along: after the drinks didn't
matter. As the night began to grow old. how
ever, the strictness waned, and the waiters re
sumed their normal weekday methods.
CAN SERVE PRINK ON FBESTTHPTIOTT. ,
Magistrate 2reen Holds Hotel Prop-
May -Expect Guest to Buy Heal, Too.
Magistrate sweaa, yesterday in the Torkvill*
court, gave a decision on the Liquor Tax Law sn-5
the Sunday sandwich question.
"When a man enters a hotel, the proprietor and
his employes have a right to presume that th*
man that enters makes himself a guest, and intends
to obey ths spirit of the law." said the magistrate;
"hence, if he orders a drink, the hotel proprietor
or his employes, presuming that the guest Intends
to order a dinner, may. in my opinion, serve htm
with a drink first." This was in the case of John
J. Cas'idy, a hartander. of No 233 East Tenth-st..
who was arrested by Policeman Cohen, of th«
Fifth-st, station. Cohen testified that he found nine
men in the rear room of the place, which was a
hotei, and that each man had a drink before hint.
Cassidy refused to serve the polictman •nrith %
drink because he was not a guest of the ho* ana
when he wanted to buy a meal declined on the sam
ground Cassidy was discharged.
TRY TO TSAP BIG HOTELS.
O'Connor's Men Fooled at Waldorf, Imperial
Hoffman House and Others.
Captain O'Connor ox the Tenderloin station sear
out fifteen detectives In plain clothes yesterday to
look for violations of the excise law. The men not
only visited a lot of Raines law hotels, but tried
even in tha Waldorf. Imperial and all th« bis
Broadway hotels to get dri__t3 without meals.
Two detectives walked Into the Waldorf and sat
down at a table In the dining room. A wal-.er ap
peared, and they asked for whiskey. The waiter
selected a bill of fare from ths table and handed It
to one, procuring another for the o.her detective.
'•What dishes do you care to haver* asied ha
The detectives looked at each other, and to the
astonishment c: the waiter sot OT and walked out
Two others tried the same thing at the Hotel
Imperial and had alike , experience ihe Horliaan
House was visited with Uke result. All th» Ci»
"$& d°e'ectiv*es made eight' James. Ward,
marager of 3. Karly s saloon, at No. o&J
Sove-th-ave . William Thomas, a waiter a
Patrick MarVin's Raines law hotel, at No. 259 Sev
ent^-ave • Joseph Legrand, a bartar.der in Ludsn
Ardl^s saloon at Ncs. 121 and 123 West Twenp
slxth-st.. and Patrick F:ynn. a .waiter in Nicholas
Herrin's Raines law hotel, at Nos. 56 and 08 "Wsst
Eishteenth-sc; James Ivory, a bartender in Joseph
Wall's saloon, at No. IK West Thirty-first-st. ; Ott»
Arls a bartender in Herman D. Kopke's saloon, at
Vo. 277 Seventh-a-e.; Theodore BarteU. manassr of
a Raines law hotel owned by Frederick ■ mann.
at No -34 Fourth-aye.. and George Goettelinan.
bartender in a hotel at No 3. Ml and «3 3eventh-s.vs..
■were the prisoners.
In nearly every instance the cause of, arrest was
the serving of drinks without sufficient pr-»t<?nc» of
a meal, or without any solid food whatever.
MAX O'BELL DEAD
Paul Blouet; the Well Known Au
thor, Expires at Paris.
Paris. May 24.— Paul Blouet (Max O'RslD. __■•
author, died in this city to-night. He had been
ailing for several months, and had never been
really well since he was operated on in New-
York last year for appendicitis.
Paul Blouet. better known as Max G'Rell. author.
traveller and lecturer, and In r«c«nt year- special
correspondent for all Europe of 'The New-Tori
Journal." was born in Brittany on March 2. lia
He received Mi ' education at Paris. Waen ths
Franco-Prussian War croke out, he was an officer
la the cavalry division. b«ins taken prisoner at
SXian. Being severely wound**! 1" the Com stuns
riots and afterward pensioned, he went to England
in 1372 as a London correspondent rer French news
papers. From 1575 to 1384 a* was master at St.
Paul's SchoeL
Max O'R-H was more than widely known by him
writings and lectures. "John Bull and His I«land"
appeared In I*B3. "Jonathan and His Continent" to
1883," and "A frenchman In America" In • •;. Other
works included "John Bull and Company" <13>O.
"Jac<r_es Bonhoinme 1 ' ft»». "Woman and Artist
(10001 "Her Royal Hijjh.,ejj Woman." (1980 and
"Between Ourselves" (1902). All of his works, wtoich
were first published in France, have be«n translated
Into tinzlfah by his wifs. Seven seasons et Mi
lecture tours were spent la America, ana n* v.sttsa
also Australia. Tasacanla, K«w-Z«*l»n« and Boufih
Africa. __________»_____
EVERT MAN WANTS MAP OF MANCHURIA.
Greener. Commercial AasM of the United States
at Vlsdivostock. says: "The best map of ManchurU
Is published by the New York Central." A copy wB .
be mailed on receipt of flse cents In ■*■-:* by O. -i.
Daniels, O. P. A.. New York.— Advt.

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