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CONGRESS AND THE CURRENCY.
STRONGER PROBABILITY OF EXTRA SESSION IX
OCTOBER FOR FINANCIAL LEGISLATION.
V,\::i J ent in Conference nith Share, Carlisle arid Ridgely on the Currency
Question— Washington View Opposed to Early Meeting.
It was snid on excellent authority in Oyster Bay yestrrday that the probability of
thr taming rxtra session of Congress being called for early in October, instead of Novem
ber B as first announced, hid been strength ened by the discussion of financial legislation
Mad the demand for remedial action. No final decision on the question has been reached,
The President held conferences with Secretary Shaw. ex-Secretary Carlisle and Con
troller Ridgely on the financial question.
Politician^ in Washington expressed much opposition to the plan for an extra session
EARLY SESSION LIKELY.
Wide Divergence of Opinion on the
fur HrßoeAPfl to taz tiubinkl
Oyster Bay, Aug. 14.— The probability that
Congress will be called in extraordinary ses
eion early la October, instead of in November, if
only for the purpose of enacting remedial
financial legislation was greatly strengthened
to-day. It became known on excellent authority
that, although indications point to no currency
stringency In the Impending crop moving period
even approaching that of last year, such a wide
divergence of opinion exists as to what form
the legislation shall assume that there is a
strong likelihood that any financial measure
that may be taken up at the extra session will
overlap well Into the regular session.
"The proposed legislation." said The Tribune's
Informant, who »-a.' one of the financial experts
consulted by the President at Sagamore Hill to
day, "has afforded a hearing, not only to those
whs believe that the proposed currency measure
should look almost entirely to an 'emergency'
currency, but also to a financial school which
believes that the measure should provide for
an improved, stable, everyday currency — in other
words, a measure that shall be sanative and hy
gienic rather than medicinal."
"The difficulties of reconciling the various ex
pert opinions, both in and out of Congress," said
this informant, "are co wellnigh insuperable
that I have the gravest doubts whether, even
wtre Congress called in extraordinary session
In October, any bill presented to the Senate at
the opening of the extra session would go
Through during the extra session, even allow
ing for the longest possible extension of time.
"It must be remembered." he added, "that
the primary purpose of the extra session, as at
present understood, will be to enact legislation
approving the Cuban reciprocity treaty."
Asked whether there was likely to be any
repetition of the stringency' bf-Jast fall, a con
tgu&sey which, i' is Hnderstood.^-jvill^jvi-elgh^
heejiily i» deciding (> . v.;h!< aof the tvwrr-'.entns;'
the extra, session shall convene, the same in
"From general indications it is most improba
ble that there will be any such stringency as
that of last year. Crops have been good and
farmers appear already to have anticipated
their money needs. The Wall Street flurry also,
which, through its diverse ramifications, might
have been indirectly a factor in causing a
stringency, as I know from several instances
which have come under my notice, is now
virtually past. "
OCTOBER PLAN OPPOSED.
Would Interfere with State Cam
paigns, Politicians Say.
[fbom res rasßoim i-.lreai;.]
Washington. Aug. 14.— Politicians in Wash
ington w ere filled with apprehension at the news
received from Oyster Bay this morning, doubt
less based on the brief interview of Senator
Aldrich. intimating that Congress might be
called in extra session before the date previ
ously set. November 0 On more mature reflec
tion, however, it is believed President Roosevelt
will adhere to hi? original purpose, and summon
Coj»gre?s to convene on that date.
!t if pointed out that an earlier session would
materially interfere with Important State elec
tions, which, even If regarded as of relatively
less importance from a national point of view,
will nevertheless have considerable bearing on
the results In 190*. in Rhode Island, recent
Democratic gains have made the ■ -lion most
Important. The fight of the Republicans will be
with a view to controlling the legislature to be
elected next year, which will select a successor
to Senator Aldrkh. In < »hu the campaign si of
unusual interest and importance, because the
interests of Senator Hanna are at stake and
t»vera] other campaigns might be mentioned
the results of which will ultimately, if not im
mediately, affect the complexion of the Senate
and which ill have the effect of encouraging
or depressing the local organizations in their
work next year.
rnder these circumstance* it is thought that
strong influences would be brought to bear on
tin- President not to call the session at a time
which would almost inevitably prevent at least
some influential politicians from affording all
the finance in their power to their party in
their own States.
in explanation of Senator AMrich's remark
that there would be a - ton in October or No
vrmter. It te recalled that there has been con-
Biderabje rressure brought to bear on the Presi
dent to 1.-t financial legislation take precedence
over the consideration of the joint resolution
«Wch is to put into effect the provisions of the
Cute* treaty, and it Us believed that some o5
the members of the pub-committ^ O f the Sen
ate Committee on Finance renewed that nlei
*t Oyster Bay yesterday. To such a plea „ t
believed the President very likely replied that
he would not he able to give his approval
to the consideration of the financial bin in ad
ranee of the Cuban treaty Joint resolution
that he would ?ven prefer to call Congress in
session earlier, if that were deemed necessary
to the disposal of both measures before the reg
ular session convened In December.
It is pointed out, : ever, that there need be
little delay in the disposal of the Cuban treaty
resolution. As has already been .-aid | n the**
the method of putting the treaty in
force fey a Joint resolution will permit of -"re-it
expedition. There will be no occasion for^i
leiced debate, and a majority vote i n e a,*h
boose will suffice to adopt the solution anrt
£ay« nearly three weeks tor the consideration
oj the financial measure now being drafted
Lr.der these circumstances, news of a RneoCii
Besatop to be convened before November is re
vived v.-ith scepticism. re
President to Seek Leaders' Vicxvs —
Conferences at Oyster Bay.
IHY rEUWBATB TO THE TRIBt NE. ]
Oyster Bay. Long Island, Aug. 14.— This has
been another "financial legislation" day at Saga
more Hill, the President's guests including Sec
retary of the Treasury Shaw, ex-Secretary
John G. Carlisle, W. B. Ridgely. Controller of
the Currency; Secretary Hitchcock of the In
terior Department, and Senator Cullom, of llli
noifc. a member of the Committee on Appropria
tions. Other guests were Bishop Frederick Z.
Rooker, until recently secretary of the Papal
Legation In Washington; Edward Lauterbach,
<>f New-York; T. E. Byrnes, of Minneapolis, and
Dennis T. Flynn. formerly Delegate in the Na
tional House of Representatives from Oklahoma
Following so closely Wednesday's all night
conference at Sagamore Hill between the Presi
dent sind the members of the Senate Sub-Com
mittee on Finance, to-day's "financial" guests
are considered here to be indicative of the ad
ministration's desire that measures looking to
financial legislation at the forthcoming extraor
dinary session shall he mapped out with as much
baste as is consistent with thoroughness.
Secretary Shaw's was Hying visit. With Sec
retary Hitchcock he arrived here on the 10:04
train, driving directly to Sagamore Hill, where
the two secretaries took luncheon with the
President, Mr. Shaw leaving Oyster Bay at
I'2:'&> o'clock and the Secretary of the Interior
on the 4:18 train.
In addition to some departmental questions
which they desired to bring to the President's
attention, it is understood that the two secre
taries considered with the Chief Executive the
suggestions made by a sub-committee of finance
at their Wednesday night conference, partic
ularly with regard to an extraordinary session
of Congress at a date earlier- than November 9.
Some little opposition exists to the calling of
the extra 'session in October. It is declared by
jnanj^Perfßtors"' an<l Representatives that Oc
\.of)er . %'itV flfitYiefV ir,rm cugagferj -'Sn" . :«• ■;; T?tar*-.
campaigns. It" may be asserted on the best au
thority, however, that the date for the opening
of the extraordinary session has not yet been
decided on nor will any decision be announced
until the President shall have consulted with
representatives of both branches of Congress
While it is understood that the visits of Sec
retary Shaw, Secretary Hitchcock, Controller
Ridgley and Senator Cullom all had whole or
partial reference to financial legislation, all wen
apparently averse to speaking for publication
with any freedom. Their attitude was expressed
by Senator Cullom, who said: "The subject is
under consideration by the sub-committee on
finance; there is such divergence of opinion and
the entire matter is at present in such a tent
ative stage, that most of us do not care to dis
cuss the subject at the present time."
"The visit of Secretary Hitchcock, it is said,
had reference also to the Littauer gauntlet
< ;i!->\ Mr. Lauterbach, who was a guest at Sag
amore last month, came, partly, it is understood,
to Knew the invitation which has been tendered
the President to attend the installation cere
monies early in the fall of President Finley of
the College of the City of New- York. The visit
of Mr. lauterbach, it was said, however, had
also to do with the Littauer case, Mr. Lauter
ba< h being one of Representative Littauer's
counsel in the contract case.
Bishop Booker *aid that the object of his
visit was merely to pay his respects to the
President and talk over with him informally
the general condition in the Philippines. Bish
op Rooker, who was one of the four bishops re
cently appointed to the Philii nines, leaves
America in September tv take charge of his dio-
BANKERS PLAN CHANGES.
Want to Take Money Order Business
President Stephen M. Griswold, of the State
Bankers Association said yesterday that at the
tenth annual meeting of the association to be
held in Saratoga on September 10 and 11 ac
tion would be taken looking to the doing away
of the money order system by the express com
panies and the postoAce department, and the
taking up of the same by the banks.
"In addition to the money order business, the
association will tackle the question of admitting
trust companies to the State association," said
Mr. Griswold. -Perhaps this subject should be
placed first in importance. Judging from pres
ent indications. I should say that the trust com
panies will be admitted, provided they are will
ing to come in under the same rules as govern
the banks. At present the trust companies are
not obliged to keep a reserve. This gives them
an advantage that the banks object to. The
bankers all over the country are taking steps
to bring the necessary pressure to bear so that
the money order business now transacted by the
Postofllce Department and the express com
panies shall be controlled wholly by the banks.
The banking associations of various States have
taken the necessary action already, and we ex-
St to fal" to line with our Western brethren
SSd reach an agreement that will enable the
banks to conduct this particular branch of the
banUn?bSX«S advantageously to the general
PU - b Ar<)ther thing to be considered is the na
tiorfa^ currency Probably action will be taken
lyTos^uUon Asking Congress to provide. . .more
"^JShS'live Issue of the meeting will be thai
XmnlicatiES Probably the people would have
™?Lr confidence In many trust companies of
K^SIhlV effort, to secure depositors. The
£em*£lh£r eft&t. to-cure delators. The
dSsm frolr. the i "earing House altose.he..
CORNELIUS VAXDERBILTS YACHT, NO RTH STAR. OFF FIFTY-ETGHTH-ST., *AK\
C. VANDERBILT HOME.
He Arrives on His Yacht, the North
Star — A Stormy Passage.
''ornelius Vanderbilt arrived in this oay yester
day, after a stormy trip from Southampton in his
steam yacht North St:ir. With Mr. Vanrierbilt
on the yacht was Mr. Delano Mrs. Vanderbilt dirt
not cross on the yacht, but is expected to-day on
the I lainpanla.
The North Star came to port early in the morn
ing, and Mr. Vanderbilt was brought up to the Bat
tery on the Mirage, one of his smaller boats. He
seemed to be la excellent health. \\\<* fare was
bronzed and his step elastic, and he showed no
trace of his illru-ss last winter.
Mr. Vanderbilt spent the morning at his home,
and went in the afternoon to his office, No. 3- Pine
si., where he was closeted with his secretary for
several hours. Ho would say nothing about his
future plans, but it is understood that he will re
main in the city for the present, and go t'> Newport
soon with Mrs. Vanderbilt.
The North Star made the trip across In eleven
days. During the lirst four she encountered strong
westerly palts and high seas, ami on the tilth ran
into a cyclonic storm, which forced her to heave to
for several hours, though she sustained no damage.
On Thursday she met a heavy fog and had to pro
ceed slowly. She will b* sent to the Morse Iron
Works for overhauling before th^ international
During their stay abroad Mr. and Mr.v Vander
bilt received many attentions from the heads of
several European countries
Km m ror William bestowed unusual bone
Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt. They attended a court
reception :n Lterlin. and were stnt on a special
train as the Emperor's guests to the historic Castle
of Marienburg. There Professor DeHarUck was
directed t>> show tnem the treasures of the rastle.
At Dantzic a banquet was given tor them, and the
harbor was Illunjinati J In their honor.
At St. Petersburg Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt were
entertained by Qraad Imke Boris, and Mrs Van
flerbilt was presented to the Czarina at the Km
peior's summer borne.
After leaving Germany the yacht went north, to
Norway and Sw-<lnn. < >ii board the yacht when she
left here were, besides Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt,
Mr. and Mrs. Edmund 1.. Baylies, Mrs. Ogden Ooelet
and Miss May Gold. In Sweden Mr. and Mrs.
Baylies am! Mrs. and Miss Ooelei left the yacht
and went to England.
TYPHOID AT IDLE HOUR.
21 r. '■■ Vjanderbjlt.'-n , Secretary whd^i
Oakdale, Long Island, Aug. 14. — Typhoid fever
has broken out at William K. Vanderbilt's Idle
Hour house here. For a week several of the
painters and decorators working at the place
have been complaining of headaches and of
being otherwise indisposed. None of them were
ill enough to quit work until to-day.
This morning Dr. Savage, of East Islip. was
called to the place to attend Mr. Newharn, one
of Mr. Vanderbilt's secretaries, who has been
here for several weeks hurrying up the con
tractors, and who has acted as Mr. Vanderbilt's
personal representative. Mr. Newham had quar
ters in the house. Dr. Savage pronounced the
case one of typhoid fever, and the patient was
too far advanced to permit of his removal to
the city. He will, therefore, be cared for at Idle
Hour. It is believed Mr. Newham is in the
third week of the disease.
When the doctor was leaving the place a
decorator stopped him and described his symp
toms. These are said to be the same as those
of several others. The doctor ordered him to get
to New-York as quickly as possj^le, as he ap
peared to be in the first stage of the fever.
DOLLAR WHEAT HERE.
Cash Grain Brings That Price in
fr.y TBLEGBAPH TO TIIK TKIBCXK. 1
Chicago, Aug. 14.— Dollar wheat is^ here. The
cash grain roid for that figure in the Minne
apolis market to-day, and the skyrocket ad
vance of 3% cents a bushel to th.it price caused
great excitement in the markets of the coun
try. In the wheat pit at the Board of Trade
here pandemonium reigned while the price on
future deliveries shot up IVj cents a bushel, and
it was discovered thut the market is practically
swept clean of the high grade cereal immediate
ly available. Th.- country is face to face with
a practical famine in immediately available
wheat, (inly twelve of the great flour mills of
the country are running to-day. Inability to
secure wheat has closed the others.
"It Is the farmer who Is making the market,"
said Mr. Crosby, of Logan & Bryan. 'Last
year's wheat ■ rop was tne heaviest known, but
it has all practitcally been « nnsumed. Millers
have had empty bi:is for months, and have wait
ed, hoping that a heavy crop this year would
lower prices. But the reports Indicate that this
year's crop will be tea than in any year since
1900. The receipts of winter wheat have been
I! what they were a year ago. The
stock of winter wheat !eft is in the farmer's
blus in the Southwest; It is this wh^at that is
now coining in.
"There was no necessity tor the present in-
In price," said Fi. K. Edgecomb, one of
the heavy dealers. 'The miller simply got
scared. There is plenty of wheat in the country.
and there will be lots of flour. This wiH nil !";
over in a fortnight."
THIEVES DEFY ?F5 POLICE.
Clothing Store Under Police Headquarters
in Stamford Is Easily Robbed.
[r.Y TELEGRAPH to th;: TRIBIXE.I
Stamford. Conn.. Aug. H.— The manager of the
H. Frankel & Co. clothing store. in Muln-st.. In
the same building in which are the police head
quarters, reported a burglary this morning. The
loss is *:;> in cash and two or three suits of men's
clothing. Entrance is supposed to have been
gained through the transom above th. front door.
The fact that the store is In the same building
with police headquarters— almost beneath head
quarters, in fact— gives the robbery a touch of
boldness that amounts almost to defiance. There
is a man at police headquarters all night, and
every hour one or more officer* report at head
quarters. There it no trace of the thieve*.
nemembf'r. s'l P. n. tlrkfts bet N. V aid AN
la.ni arc suod via Day Line Ut&mera. Music— (AUvL
CARGOES HELD UP HERE.
German Meats and Wines To Be
Analyzed — May Be Shut Out.
[FROM THE TRIBfNK E'REAf.)
Washington, Aug. 14.— Three cargoes of for
eign food and drink products from which the
Secretary of Agriculture has requested samples
for analysis for the purpose of ascertaining
whether the importations are prohibited by the
new pure food law have arrived at the port of
New -York. One of these cargoes is made up of
German wir.es, which the department believes to
have been manufactured in violation of the Ger
man laws, solely for export. The other two car
goes are understood to be German prepared
Collector Stranahan spent to-day in Washing
ton in consultation with Assistant Secretary
Armstrong, perfecting the details of carrying
out the new pure food law. It is stated that
there is no fear of congestion of cargoes held up
for analysis, as such will be completed in two
days. At the same time samples of the cargoes
are taken for the Department of Agriculture du
plicate samples will be taken for the importer,
who, under the law, 1b required to make any
statement regarding the shipment he may deem
proper within two days after he has received
the samples. By taking out both samples at the
same time, not more than two days' delay will
be necessary in any case. There will be no de
lay whatever regarding the discharging of car
goes from vessels, the storage facilities being
ample to take care of the goods pending the an
Should the analysis of the Department of Ag
riculture in any way show that the shipment in
quest.on was not entitled to admission to this
country under the new law, it will be turned
back, but the method to be pursued in this event
has not yet been decided upon and is understoo!
to be the important question now under con
SALISBURY NO WORSE.
Condition of Jhe, Former Premier
* Remain^ Unchanged, ; ;*= s *u -
London. Aug. 14.— After holding a consulta
tion. Lord Salisbury's physicians announced at
5 o'clock this afternoon that the former Pre
miers' condition remained unchanged. The
night pas-?d quietly, and Lord Robert Cecil said
In the morning that his father was slightly
TERROR NEAR VESUVIUS.
Fright of Natives Continues — Flozv
of Lava Decreasing.
Naples, Aug. 14 —The people here are in an al
most continual state of panic over the activity
of Mount Vesuvius', although the flow of lava
is less to-day than yesterday. The; parish
priests and the guardians of the law are having
great difficulty hi «iuieting the people, who are
convinced that they are about to be overwhelmed
by lava from the crater. They gather in
churches, where they throw themselves t>efor<;
the altar,' imploring the intercession <>f the Vir
gin. The earthquake shocks have served to in
crease their alarm. Parents as well as children
are infected with the fright.
Several determined efforts have been male by
venturesome persons to get nearer the crater.
One man went so far that his presence was re
vealed by a burst ol fire. He was brought back
none too gently by a guardian. Several of
the guardians have had narrow escapes from
falling stones. The spectacle presented by Ve
suvius is overpowering.
THREE CUBANS EXECUTED.
Garroted for Murder of Planter in Santa
Clara — Die Protesting Innocence.
Havana. Aug. 14.— Three men were garroted
to-day in Santa Clara Province for the murder
and robbery of a planter. All protested their
innocence and refused the ministrations of a
priest. Their relatives had come to Havana
and had pleaded unavailing!? with President
Palma for < -leniency.
The engineers who are marking out the coal
ing station at Bahla Honda report that they will
fiiiiish their work In a fortnight. Apparently
there are only two parcels of private lands with
in the area.
BRIBE GONE, MARRIED BRIDESMAID.
Girl Who Fled Then Returned and An
nounced Engagement to Another Man.
lav ti:i. K..;r. to TBS Tr.imwE. 1
Wilkesbarre, Perm.. Aug. 14.— Annie aleak, a Polish
girl. and Joseph Parrick were to be married here
on Tuesday, but Annie could not forget a lover ot
a year ago, and a few hours before the time set
for the ceremony she disappeared. Nellie Novick.
who was to be the bridesmaid, sympathized so
sweetly with the deserted swain that he fell in love
with her, proposed, was accepted, and the marriage
took place to-day. N't to be outdone, Annie Moak
returned this morning anil announced that next
Tuesday she and "Larry" Kibovick would be mar
ELECTRIC ENGINES FOR TUNNEL.
Denver and Northwestern Has About De
cided to Use Them.
|HV TEt.K'iltAPl! To THE TKIBC.XE.I
Denver. Aug.- 14.— construction officials of
the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railway
have decided on ■ plan that will do away with the
inconvenience from smoke In passing through tun
nels. "We" have about made up our minds." said
D. H. Moffat. "to take our trains through the
James Peak tunnel by electric engines. The great
length of the tunnel will make it almost impossible
to keep It clear of the smoke and foul air that
-••,:m engines make. Electric power will solve
this problem to a nicety."
The tunnel will be two and a quarter miles long.
HEALTH AT RICHFIELD SPRINGS.
Magnificent bathing establishment; excellent
hotels. Through sleepers dally via Lackawanna
Railroad, 5.43 p. m. Parlor cars on 10 a. m. train.—
SERVE PARKS'S l-'RIKNDS.
MIST TESTIFY .IT THl.tr..
Labor Men Surprised While Voting
to Extend Strikes.
Seven county detective*, armed with twenty sub
p<enas. carried consternation into the ranks of
"Sam" Parks's followers last night, and caused a
small sired cyclone at Mannerchor Hall, where the
Housesmiths and Bridgemen's I'nlon met. For
weeks the District Attorney's office has been try
ing to get hold of a number of "Sam" Parks's as
sociates whose testimony will be of inestimable
value In the trial of the walking delegate. Finally,
despairing of reaching the men in other ways
since they kept discreetly out of the city except
on the night of a meeting, when they relied upon
the protection of the robust "entertainment com
mittee." it was decided to send the county detec
tives to the meeting last night.
While 'Sam" Parks was holding forth in the
hall and his follower* were voting to extend the
i building trade war, foaming forth their usual bel
' ligerent talk. County Detective Reardon was mar
shalling his forces in a Chinese !a»rwlry across the
| street. Here the subposnas were sorted out. while
I the Chinese cleansers looked on in terror at the
Invasion. When each detective had received his
share of the documents, the party sallied across
; the street and waited In the shadow until the
' meeting was over and the housesmiths began to
: flock down. Suddenly there stepped out of the
', shadow seven husky men. a fair match for even
the "entertainment committee." and the serving
, o^the summonses began.
ALL SIBPCEXAS TAKEN BY SURPRISED MEN*.
The first man. a brldgeman named Davidson, re
ceived his in surprise, taking it for a copy of the
trade magazine, which was sold in the hall last
night. Before he had even opened it half the
papers were served. Then there was a sudden
howl of indignation, mingled with dismay, and the
remaining victims fled into the large saloon and
i began a game of hide and seek. Hut the alarm
; came too late, and before one escaped the twenty
1 subpoenas were served, and Detective Reardon was
leading off his band, unharmed and undisturbed.
This surprise party is likely to prove a severe
blow to Parks. Now that "Barney' Lynch ha<»
i been indicted for perjury in behalf of Parks, the
remainder of his friends are expected to think
; twice before they attempt to distort the facts, and
' the attempt to keep out of the reach of the sub
. p<t-n.is is entirely nullified. An entirely new phase
is placed on the approaching trial by last night's
1 coup. While the detectives were busy downstairs.
Assemblyman Butler was busy upstairs obtaining
signatures for Devery's nomination for Mayor. He
signed nearly every one wlio attended the meeting.
ACTION TO EXTEND STRIKE."
Th* meeting of the housesmiths last night was
important, alsi ■.. for the action taken For many
, weeks "Sam" Parks has been threatening to make
I the building trade fight an uttarnatidatal conflict.
: Last night his obedient associates followed him in
ari attempt to make it at least a national affair
By a unanimous vote it was decided to appeal to
; the national union to tie up th<^ work oa af ■ "n-
I tracts on the three most Important firms in the
Iron league, a member of the Building Trades Em-
I ployers' Association. The International Associa
! tion, of which Parks's union is a branch, yesterday
authorized this action, if Parka's statement last
night was accurate, and the fight is now widely
This morning, accordingly, strikes will be called
upon the buildings on which these, firms are at
work all over the" United' States. Moreover, these
"firms" are also" large manufacturers of building ma
. terial, and in this final struggle It is believed an
: effort will be made to tie X>l>-'.ftU;4rraJ that use or
, var.i^i iiic- . •nat*tffc!3<*' "of these' 1 boycotted Hrtn*.
■ These 'lirnw,'. "rat .'are' thus . discriminated agaihttt
; are" the" J. v it, ' «?ortie!! • ' nmn.iny. •t h Cooper-YVle
gaud Company and the Mlliiken Brothers?' V ""-"*-.
Still another striking action was the levying of
the second $1 assessment on all members of the
union to furnish the sinews of war for the struggle.
Last week it was voted to collect $30,010 in five $1
assessments levied upon the bousesnUtha Just
wh<ft this money is to be used for no one has any
apparent idea. That it is to be used in the strugsle
is about the only explanation that Is made, and
the belief prevails that a large part of this fund
will follow other similar sums into the pockets of
the walking delegates, or. at least, into the fees of
their counsel, since two of them stand in need of
such assistance. Efforts were m ide to rescind the
original motion providing this find. some time
ago, but the Parks faction gave this a gentle
< ;l iietus. Parks himself was In fine fettle last night.
PARKS TALKS SOME MORE.
"It's going to he a clean little fight now," said
he. gleefully: "what I call a neat little fight, and.
mind you, clean this time. I'll call eight Jobs in
this city and jobs in Newark. Portsmouth. Pitts
burg. St. Louis. Hannibal and cities all over the
country. But it ain't 'Sam' Parks. There has been
too much of this 'Sam' Parks. I told you all along
it was going to be a national fight. Yes, I ain't
backing down. Let 'em keep up their pounding as
much as they like. I'm ready to stand it all. but I
ain't got so much time for this thing now. I'm.
sort of occupied at present, you understand."
But despite all this brave persiflage there were
not lacking signs yesterday that the beginning of
the breakup of the United Board of Building
Trades, the rump organization that was left after
the majority of the unions signed the arbitration
plan, is at hand. This sadly diminished remnant
met yesterday, not at Brevoort Hall, as in the past,
but above a saloon across the street, its numbers
having been so depleted that it M longer reeded
a larger meeting place. Parks was not at the
meeting, and frantic calls for him over the tele
phone failed to reach him. There was only a
handful of delegates at the meeting.
The proceedings of this meeting. according to
William Fyffe. the secretary of the board were con
fined to a plan to tie up the stone work on the.
Public Library. The contractors for this are the
Norcross Brothers, who recently went Into a re
ceiver's hands. Fyffe said that some stonecutters
had signed the agreement of the employers and had
gone to work there. He said that as a result- of
this all the stonentters would quit the job, and the
derrick men would refuse to hoist the stone until
the non-union workmen were discharged. This
takes effect to-day. Fyffe left for Cleveland last
night to attend a conference of carpenters there
and attempt to patch up a fight in that organiza
tion. The mournful meeting was made even more
dismal by the announcement that another union,
the Mosaic. Workers' Helpers, had seceded and
would sign the arbitration plan on Monday.
EMPLOYERS ARE MORE CONFIDENT.
At the Building Trades Employers' Association
there was every evidence of confidence. Leonard
K. Prince, speaking for the press committee, de
clared that the employers had now all the men they
wanted. He said that they had all the house
smiths they needed: that the union of Heat and
Cold Insulators and the Iron Furring and Lathing
Union had furnished almost enough men. . The
situation was so satisfactory, he declared, that he
was going away for a week's vacation. Two more
unions are expected to sign the plan of arbitration
by next Monday. The Portable and Safety En-,
glneers. who rescinded their votes approving the
plan of arbitration, have not yet officially told the
association. For this reason it is believed that the
union may take the contrary course again at its
The building trades employers yesterday took offi
cial cognisance of the newly organized Board >t
Representatives of the Building Trades of New-
York and Vicinity by receiving from the board a
committee pent to confer with them. After the
meeting Otto M. Eidlltz. chairman of the board of
governors, said: "As a result of the conference
we have Issued cards of identification for the dele
gates of unions who have signed the plan of arbi
tration, affording them free access to .ill building*,
so that th*-> can attend 10 the business of their
Among the «ls;ht jobs to be called off In the city
to-day, as a result of the action of the House
smiths' last night, are the Ehret Brewing Com
pany's one Job at Nineteenth and Twentieth »t».
and Fifth-aye.. two Jobs in th. neighborhood «
Thiity-eighth-st. and Fifth-avf.. and another Job
at Slxty-slxth-st. and Second-aye.
•Little Tim' McCarthy. Parks's Indicted col
league will re in charge of the operations in this
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ATTACKS JOHN M.MASTEN
CHAIR USED AS JVEAPOX.
Violent Outbreak at Hearing in
Postal I nvestiga tion .
TrnoM THE THJBI NX BlRKAl". 1
Washington. Aug. 14— An attempt to brail*
John M. Masten. assistant superintendent of
the Railway Mail Service, was made yesterday
by C. B. Terry, of the Supply Division of th«
Postofflce Department, and might have proved
successful had not Ihssa present interfered and
seized the heavy office chair which Terry used
as a weapon.
Inspectors in Fourth Assistant Postmaster
General Bristows bureau were pursuing an in
vestigation believed to have been ordered by
the President. Terry, under oath, made certain
statements regarding Master., to which the
latter objected. Masten frequently Interrupted,
saying Terry was lying. Finally Terry warned
MaGten that a repetition of an opprobrious
epithet, which the latter had applied to th
witness, would be met with violence, and, a*
that did not deter Masten from using that
epithet again. Terry sprang at him with an up
lifted chair, but the inspectors were too quick
for him. Meantime Masten. shaking with in
dignation, begged the inspectors to search
Terry, which they did. but without finding th«
weapon which Masten feared.
The investigation grew out of Terry's al
legation that Masten had removed him from
the temporary roll, just as his position was
about to be place.! ) n the classified service, in.
order that a woman friend of Masten might b«
assigned to the work. She was so assigned, and
is now understood to be within the classified
service. Terry further alleged that Masten
came to him and announced that through his
efforts Terry was to receive an increase of
salary from .^Oo to $0«io. and demanded that
Terry pay to him UM down and 9M a month,
With regard to the former charge. Representa
tive Hemenway. of Indiana. Istt
cured an investigation b] the Civil : ;
Commission. In this way th-^ case came to tht>
attention of the President. When the commis
sion had completed its investigation Te.r
"covered into" the classified —msbs. on the
ground that he had b^en entitled to ss.
elusion in th*> first placn. The charge that
Masten demanded a "rake ofT" of Terry, ami
oth°r allegations which will not hear repetition,
angered Master and occmlbsmsl th*» offensive
term that he applied to Terry. The latter re
plied that he was under oath, and was there
fore compelled t.) tell the truth, but that ri i . I
■64 prevent Masten from repeating the insult,
with the result noted.
There are numerous counts on which the in
vestigation of Hasten is now being conducted,
but it Is not known what the information la
the inspectors are collecting. Friends of Terry
say that the inspectors were somewhat remiss
in that they did not protect their witness from
John M. Masten has already been mentioned
In these dispatches as an employe who was
likely to be dismissed before the close of the
Investigation, and recent developments point
to the verification of that prediction.
MACHEN BACK 4N WASHINGTON.
.^, ' -, il-UUM TIt»: TRIB! NX 1:1 KKAf.J
Washington. Aug. 14. August W. Machen. the
oft indicted postofflce official, has returned to
Washington and has issued to the press a state
ment that his. counsel advised the District At
torney of his, Marhen's. intended absence from
the city. The statement is furnished the press
because of numerous rumors that Machen was
a fugitive from justice
HURT BY BOLD THIEVES.
Merchant Knocked Senseless and
Robbed at His Desk.
While s-itting in his offlc--. in plain view from
the street, J. B. Beeley, i Twenty-thml-st. mer
chant, was mur-lerously assaulte.l yesterday
mornitig. Shortly after lo i. m. two men en
tered the office of Mr Beeley, who has a larg^
truss .ami surgical i] '
Bast Tw^nty-thiril-st. The men wen
dow washers, known to Mr. Seeiey through their
having several time.* cleaned his office windows.
One of them is considerably below medium
height, while the other is a bur!y, strapping
"See here, boss." said the larger man. "We're
goin' to quit this business. See? We wants you
to give us a slight donation to start us on our
Mr Seeley refused to give the man anything,
and the fellow became abusive. The merchant
swung around on his swivel chair and turned his
back on the two. The larger man was then
standing directly behind him and the other was
close by his right side. The smaller man began,
to expostulate and Seeley repeated his refusal.
Then, without any warning, the tall man struct
Seeley a crashing blow from behind felling him
to the floor, where he lay in a pool of blood.
Mr. Seeley's office boy. a fourteen-> ear-oltf lad.
known as Johnny, heard his employer fall and
rushed into the office from a rear room. Despite
the fact that there were two desperate men to
oppose him, the lad sprung straight at the larger
ruffian. The smaller man kicked the lad as hs
passed, while the other caught him on the point
of the jaw with a swinging blow, knocking him
out. When the lad came to his senses Mr.
Seeiey was still senseless on th" floor. The boy
alarmed the other occupants of the buiidinr.
who called in two patrolmen from the West
Thirtieth-st. station. As they were lifting Mr.
Seeley from the floor he recovered consciousness,
and he soon gave the full particulars of the as
sault. He was then removed to his home In
care of a physician. Because of his advanced
age, .sixty-: years, there is doubt as to his
recovery from the assault. The two men. while
he lay unconscious, tcok $">»> in cash and his
valuable gold watch and chain.
Captain O'Connor, of the Tenderloin, Is work
ing on the case himself, aided by Detectives
Armstrong and Butts. They know the names of
Mr. Seeley's assailants, which the-. refuse to
divulge. They are equally reticent on all points
of the case, and have done their best to shroud
it in mystery.
The building in which the assault occurred ••
an old fashioned five story brownstone front
dwelling, remodelled for business purposes. The
entire front of Mr. Seeiey's office is taken up by
a plate glass window, and the assault »».i com
mitted In plain view of hundreds of shoppers.
When the men left the place, after rifling th
unconscious man's pockets, trey were chased by
a big crowd across Madison Square Park. They
escaped, and further trace of them has not yet
WHIP SHEEP HERDER TO DEATH
Sheriff and Posse in Pursuit of Supposed
Dupuyer Mont.. Aug. ll.— Fourteen masked men.
supposed to bt catrleniMi. ton* & herder from t>.a
sheep camp of Joe Sturgeon last :«ht. tji<l. carry-
Ins him ten miles Into the mountains, tied him to
■ tr#« and whipped him to death. They shot many
of the herder* sheep and drove the remainder
away. Sheriff Taylor and a posse are in pursuit of