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RISSIA'S INNER CRISIS.
A FIGHT FOB FREEDOM.
s ",-,'7£ Liberal Movement Meets
?t. Petersburg. Nov. 13— Russia is facing a
g-reat internal crisis, which, in the minds of in
telligent Russians, overshadows in importance
»11 questions relating to the war and foreign
politics. A new, broad and liberal movement
means not only under way, but gaining mo
mentum daily; and the be»=t feature of it is that
It if entirely divorced from any radical revolu
tionary propaganda. Prince Sviatopolk-'Mirsky,
the Minister of the Interior, has given impetus to
th» movement, but has done so against the most
powerful influences, and behind th.c scenes a bit
ter struggle is going on for Imperial support. In
the coming week th«» first test of strength is
likely to occur, the result of which may mean
gWCb for the history of Russia.
The policy of reaction, which has grown
BteaMly since the accession of Alexander 11,
seemed suddenly to lose Us main bulwark when
$ MlnlFier Plehve ML With the advent of Prince
Sviatopolk-Mirsky and his frank appeal for a
policy of mutual confidence between govern
ment and people S tremendous Liberal rebound
b»gan. raising, perhaps unjustifiably, high hopes
and aspirations. An American, enjoying abso
lute political freedom, can hardly appreciate
the full significance of the changes which have
been made under Prince Sviatopolk-Mirsky in
a land of absolutism.
SOME RECENT MODIFICATIONS.
The Russian policy as regards Finland, if not
reversed, has been greatly modified, and the
Finnish national Diet will meet next month.
Only yesterday prominent Philanders who were
exiled under the Plehve rule received permis
sion to return to their own country, or to go
abroad if they desired to do so. The oppressive
activity of the police through the empire has
he"ii largely relaxed; banishment by adminis
•i.itive order has been abolished; hundreds of
political prisoners exiled to .Siberia have been
recalled: the Jews have received assurances of
the dawning of a brighter day; the doors have
been thrown open at two of the biggest trials
proceeding in Russia (the Bcnanmann treason
trial and the Jewish trial at Gomel), and the
method of treating student demonstrations has
been radically changed, persuasion being sub
stituted for Cossack charges.
Nowhere are the changes so marked as In
the matter of the press. After years of
the etrictest censorship. Russian papers su<3
•Jeniy found their voices within the last fort
night ar.d were remarkably plain spoken in
the die<rt:fsion of internal affairs, and especially
!;i /•BBncrtion with th« forthcoming meeting; of
zemptvo representatives. Long accounts of the
Pchaurnann and Gomel trials have been printed,
and even particular? of student demonstrations,
■wtOi resolutions offered at the Polytechnic In
etlrute declaring that what was wanted was not
confidence, but an end of the war and the im
mediate convocation of a national assembly.
fiuob an unprecedented publication made the
lUisslan public rub its eyes in amazement.
REPRESSIVE LAWS INOPERATIVE.
Prince Ouktomsky. Editor of the "Viedomosti,"
saM to The. Associated Press to-day that, never
within his memory had Russian newspapers
had such liberties, yet these things had been
tone quietly and without public proclamation.
A* & rule, he paid, no laws had ;.een modified.
For Instance, the old press law is still operative.
The machinery of repression exists, but is not
En the mean time, about the head of Prince
Bviatopotk-Mirsky bis raged a storm of opposi
tion. All the reactionaiy elements, including
the solid bureaucracy, have used all the weapons
at hand to undermine) l.in;. M. Pobledonostseff,
Procurator of the Holy Synod, has warned the
Pilltpeiw that, if rumors attributed to court cir
cles are credible, autocracy and orthodoxy will
both be In danger if the present movement is
not stopped promptly. A week ago It was actu .
ally believed«thai Prince Bvlatopolk-Mirsky had
been overthrown, but subsequent developments
proved the contrary. Nevertheless, his enemies
persistently kf*p reports afloat that the health
Of the Minister of the Interior is bad, and that.
the nature of the campaign which be is righting
if enough to shatter the health of a strong man.
NO ANARCHIST!' TREND.
In the character of the elements which have
rallied to his support, however, lies Prince
Sviatopolk-Mirsky's strength. They include
neither radicals nor revolutionaries, but the
fr»at mass of conservatives, liberal minded,
loyal Russians, who believe that the salvation
■nd progress of the empire lie in larger liberties,
but who have not a particle of sympathy with
violence or revolution. It is fortunate that
Prince Sviatopolk-Mirsky has not attracted the
support of the radicals, for that would place.
* powerful weapon In the hands of his adver
The enemies of the Minister of the Interior are
now using every means to postpone the meeting
of the presidents of thirty-eight provincial
wr.stvc*. which is scheduled for next Saturday,
•- id in the present circumstances *ome of the
Minister's own friends are counselling him to
allow postponement until January, fearing that
« too radical expression of views in the agitation
Meed may furnish too much ammunition for
tb* opposition. M. BhipofL president of the Mos
•** BRnstvo. who will preside at the meeting,
favors this temporizing policy. It is even re
torxfi that Prince Sviatopolk-Mirsky is waver
*'•*. though his friends declare that this i* un
BStPEBOB SOON TO DECIDE QUESTION.
The whcie question will be decided by the
Emperor early In the sneak. Some of the presi
dent* already here are excited over the possi
bility of postponement, saying thai if the me«t
ing is formally postponed it will be held surrep
titluufciy. Undoubtedly postponement would be
a crushing blow and create an exceedingly bad
toipresiHcTi This is due to the fact that the
•.-.ettint,' has bees clothed with a sentimental
teportar.ee hardly justified. It is purely un
official, without direct authority to act. but it
is tht first authorized assembling of rcpreseD-
Olives cf the zemstvos from all over Russia.
This meeting is not intended to be of a public
character. The programme Includes the dls
custlon of these three point?:
_FlrM-Thf conditions which have prevented
■•rastvo activity, giving wide scope tor con-
* — tiaucd co ■cocas' **•*♦■
RIO IN STATE OF SIEGE.
Twelve Killed, Sixty Injured — Riots
Due to Vaccination.
Rio Janeiro, Nov. 13.— The opposition to
the compulsory vaccination law led to fierce
rioting to-day. The troops repeatedly charged
the mob, barricades were erected, water and gas
mains were put. plunging the city into darkness,
and streetcars were burned. The demonstration
had every characteristic, of a revolution. The
President's palace was strongly guarded till
It is reported that ;i dam people were killed
and that sixty were Injured. An intermittent
A CALL TO THE GUARDS.
Signs That Russia Will Prosecute
War to Bitter End.
London, Nov. 14.— "The Daily Telegraphs"
correspondent at St. Petersburg asserts that the
Emperor has decided to send out the second
division of infantry of the Guards as soon as the
troops already called out have been dispatched
to Manchuria. The Guards usually are only
sent to the front when there is a monarch or a
grand duke in command. The dispatch of these
troops, the correspondent adds, shows the de
termination of the Emperor to struggle to the
SHOT DOWN AT WARSAW.
Ten Killed, Thirty-one Wounded, in
Warsaw, Nov. 13.— The anti-war demonstra
tions of the last fortnight in connection with
the mobilization of reserves culminated to-day
in a disturbance In CJribtii Square. Troops were
called out and fired, killing ten and wounding
thirty-one persons. Two of those killed were
There had been three previous outbreaks In
the course of two weeks, workmen raising the
red flag and attempting to parade. Each time
they were dispersed, and twice the police fired,
several on both sides being wounded.
CAPTAIN A SUICIDE.
Shoots Himself on Fruit Steamer
Boston, Nov. 13. — Captain Frank S. Israel,
commander of the United Fruit Company**
steamship Admiral Dewey, committed suicide
by shooting through the hearc In the chart
room of his vessel last Thursday morning. The
steamer reached port to-day on her regular trip
from Jamaican ports. The death of the captain
Took place when the steamer whs In the vicinity
of the Bahamas. One of the stewards, who had
been sent to call the captain to breakfast, found
his body lying on the chart room floor, with a
revolver grasped in the right hand.
Captain Israel had beep In his usual pood
spirits, and on the previous evening had enter
tained some of the passengers in his cabin. Ths
only cause assigned for the act is temporary
mental aberration. It appears, how over, that he
had mad*- deliberate preparations for his death,
as he had wound his chronometer and left a
letter for his wife and some instructions rela
tive to the disposition of his body. Chief < >fficer
James G. Clark assume. i command of the ship.
Captain Israel was born near Yarmouth, Nova
Scotia, fifty-three years ago. He had been in
command of the company's steamers for seven
years, and was assigned to the Admiral Dewey
three years igo.
FARE HER OWN CAB DRIVER.
Jehu Gets Drunk and Falls Off — Woman
Guides Horse to Station.
A pretty young woman, fashionably gowned,
drove a hansom cab up to the Bast Twenty-second
rt. station yesterday ;'n<i, going In, said to Ser
.-'• geant, my cabman fell off the s^at. and I
had to drive mj cab myself. What can I do about
She explained that she bad hired the cab early
in the afternoon at the Plaza Hotel, and had gone
for a drive through Prospect Park.
"I noticed that the cabby." she said, "was mak
ing a good many stops at cafes, and I thought that
h" was getting tipsy, inn still I believed that we
would be able to get back safely After we had
crossed the ferry be •topped again at a place in
Avenue A, near Twenty-third-st . and tried to
drive into a saloon at Twenty-sixth-st. ami First
nve. 1 think thai he foil from Ills seat at Twenty-
Urst-st. and First-aye. I got a little girl to tele
phone to Mr. De l>oii«. my husband, at the Cum
berland Hotel, but they said that he was not there.
1 think that lie must have been. The driver was
taken Into a hallway at Twenty-flrst-st. Then I
But the little girl to get into the cab with me. nd
we drove around here."
The young woman said she was Mrs. Uenevleve
I>e Long, of the Hotel l'hiz;;.
It was learned later that the c-litnen had Leon
found in a hallway at Twenty-flrst-st. and First
ave.. but bad staggered away.
STRONG TALK AGAINST MORMONS.
Bishop Fowler, of New-York, Speaks of
Hanging High Officials.
Iky TTI ri;:jAPH to the TBIBt'XE.I
Boston. Nov. 13. — Bishop Fowler, of New- York,
and Bishop Cranston to-day delivered scathing ad
dresses here against the Mormons and the neces
sity for continuing the missionary work of the
Methodist Episcopal Church among them. Bishop
Fowler is quoted as Raying:
These people, come honestly Into Utah, at hon
estly at-- anybody ever went into a Methodist
church, and many of them. 1 think, were soundly
converted. It would be cafe to go into the hier
archical council •■! the Mormon body and hang its
high officials, trying them afterward. Hut the rank
and ill- of ike church are honest. We cannot give
up the work.Wbiu we need to create a new morality
among them. We must Influence the children; me
adults are not a hopeful class.
CLUBBED STUDENT NEAR DEATH.
IBY TKLEOUPH TO Till; TRIBUNE.]
Huston. Nov. IS. Constantly delirious and almoH
beyond hope of recovery, A. P. Matheslus, a Tech
nology student, a member of a well known New-
York family and one of the most popular young
men at hi. Institution, i* lying at tne point of
death at the Boothbj Private Hospital us a result
f tl;e clubbing i.c received at the bands of the
police on the niii'it of November 2. Th«» young
man i-- Buffering from concussion of the i'raJn. and
it Is feared thai should U< by chasos recover, he
■rill be .in Invalid for a lon* time.
PRIEST KILLED NEAR VAN.
Constantinople, Nov. 13. -The death la announced
Of the Vicar Catnollcus Ahtemar, together with his
•secretary. near Van. It Is presumed they were
ON WEDNESDAYS THIS MONTH,
November 16 and 23. H*-« by West Shore, 12000
by New York Central, »w York to St. '..■<<::•. and
return, where th« great fair is hi it* bent. Our
ticket agents will glarilv give full Information.—
NEW-YORK. MONDAY. NOVEMBER 14 1!M»4.- TWELVE I\V(tl;s.-> vT^-\™;.,^
SISTERS DIE TOGETHER.
LEAVE BODIES TO KNIFE.
Ask Decent Burial in Return-
Driven to Suicide by Poverty.
Louise. Abel, forty- four years okl. and Valeric
Abel, thirty-eight, sisters, some time Saturday
night lay down on the bare floor of one of the
rooms from which they had been dispossessed
at No. 33« East Fifty-first-st. put 7 their arms
round each other as they lay face to face and
placed tubes leading to a chandelier gas jet in
their mouths. They were found In the disman
tled flat yesterday morning. In the band of the
younger was v letter In German, which Coroner
Jackson translated as follows:
Whoever finds this letter, kindly carry out our
requests. We beg of you, for the love of hu
manity, do not separate us. for we have loved
each other through life and have decided to die
together. We have talked this over for a week
and decided that life is not worth living. Some
pcopi c are afraid to die. We are not.
We have had much trouble and very little joy
and happiness in this world. Our last request is
to bury us in one grave. If you do, our spirits
will be happy. For this consideration we give
our bodies for the benefit of medical science.
They may be of use to the medical profession—
perhaps to Mount Sinai Hospital. Forgive us
our faults, for we forgive those who have sinned
We leave money for jou to send these letters.
We beg of you, Mr. Rohkohl (the janitor), to
forgive us for causing you so much trouble and
unpleasantness. We have lived long enough.
We love all mankind, but nobody loved or cared
for us. Good-by, all.
LOUISE AXf) VALERIE.
The women were clothed In nightgowns, with
their outer clothing underneath and above them,
as a protection, apparently, from the cold of the
unheated room. They were dispossessed on Fri
day, having failed to pay their rent, while on
the same day the furniture of the flat, which
they had bought from an instalment company,
was taken away in default of payments. Their
clothes and $1 Go" in cash seemed to be their
only remaining possessions.
Increasing poverty, with no friends to whom
they could turn for aid, asnd the dispossession,
it Is supposed, drove the Bisters to suicide. Ac
cording to the Janitor. Frederick Rohkohl, they
had no visible occupation, but seemed to have
money In plenty up to the last six weeks.
Although the police and coroner accept the
statement that they were sisters, the Janitor
believes they were sisters-in-law, if related at
all, for ho says he had heard the elder of the
two speak of her husband and a son, now said
to be at Heidelberg- University, Germany.
According- to Rohkohl. the two women went
to the house three months ;:gn and rented a Mat
on the second tioor. The rent was $28 a month.
They furnished it comfortably, putting Into the
mx rooms and bath furniture worth about $1,000,
which they purchased from an instalment com
Rohkohl learned little as to their friends in
this city. He gained the Impression that they
had previously lived near Eleventh-St and Flfth
ave. They apparently had no occupation, but
he found nothing to object to in their deport
ment. About two weeks after they had been in
the flat the elder sister asked the janitor if they
might let a room to a man, as they did not need
the entire flat. He refused the request. They
made no further demand, and accepted his rul
ing without unpleasantness.
When the rent for October fell due they did
not pay it on time When Rohkohl complained
the older woman, who always did the talking,
said that by November ] she would have plenty
of money and would pay him everything. He
consented to wait. I>n November 1 the money
was not forthcoming. Rohkohl spoke about it.
_a.nd the elder sister again asked him to wait a
few days longer.
He refused, and got a summons In a munici
pal court against her, returnable on last Fri
day. She paid no attention to it, and a warrant
for dispossession was issued. It was served late
Friday afternoon. At the same time the furni
ture company, hearing of the dispossess pro
ceedings, was on hand with a truck to take the
furniture away. The women were behind on
their payments on it, and its removal had been
Although their furniture was gone and the
rooms were bare, Miss Louise asked Rohkohl
for permission to keep a little clothing in the
rooms until the next day. He was willing. The
two women then went out, and Kohkohl does
not know where they spent Friday night.
On Saturday afternoon they returned to the
house, and Miss Louise told Rohkohl that she
would like to keep the keys of the Hat a day
longer, promising for the privilege that the next
day she would pay all that was due. Rohkohl
supposed that they merely wanted to keep a few
articles of clothing in the Bat for the night and
let them keep the keys. They went out again.
About midnight on Saturday the janitor beard
them return. As he was sleepy, he paid little
attention to them, He Bays thai when they left
him in the afternoon they said they were going
to spend the evening in a Broadway theatre
and afterward dine sumptuously somewhere.
They hud apparently raised a little money, he
thinks, by pawning some of their jewelry. The
elder sister told him that she had pawned a ring
In a Third-aye. shop for .<•;.
yesterday the janitor awoke to find the ten
ants complaining of a strong smell of gas in the
hallways. He Investigated everywhere, and
finally opened the empty flat which the two sis
ters had occupied, In .1 bedroom opening off
the parlor, at the front of the Hat, he found
The elder sister clasped the younger to her
breast on the floor directly underneath the
chandelier. They had found this necessary, evi
dently, so that the six-fool gas tubes, which it Is
supposed they purchased on Saturday evening,
would reach from the chandelier to their mouths.
On the mantelpiece were six letters, written In
German to, friends in this city and in Germany
and Austria. In the right hand of the older
woman was the photograph of a young man,
about twenty years old. which is believed by the
janitor to be that of her son.
Of the letters on the mantel, one was addressed
to "Mrs. Pnul Frankel. No. 214 East Eleventh
st." A photograph of a young woman, with the
Word? "Rose Frankel" written on its back, stood
or. the mantel, also. Another letter was ad
dressed "Mr. S. Hlrschman, Wlen, IS Demp
scherotrassp. Austria." Another was to "Mr.
Viotorius, care of T. Grosenxana, jeweller. No.
114 East Fourteenth-st., city." Another was to
"Harry C. Curran, No. •■'.••»■> West Fourteenth-st..
City, and another to "Mrs. Emma Schoberl,
Wien, Taborstrasse, Austria."
These letters were sealed but not stamped.
Evidently the money found with the* bodies was
ii tended for postage
Rohkohl Informed the police of the East Flfty
fh'st-st. station, find Captain Lantry went to
the house and made an investigation. He found
nothing to call or hip action and turned the
case over to Coroner Jackson.
Vs to their appeal for burial together, the
coroner said he would communicate with the au
thorities of Mount Sinai Hospital, and that if
the hospital did not wish to give the bodies
burial In return for the use of them for medi
cal purposes, he would see to it himself that
they did not go to the Potter's Field.
"But 1 do hope that some one will come for
ward to pay the burial expense* of these two
fortunate women," he said. "This Is one of
the most pathetic suicide cases 1 have seen In
all my experience an a coroner. Here were two
v omen, respectable and virtuous. *who made a
struggle against poverty, with no one to turn
to for help, and when they failed in the strug
gle there, was apparently nothing for them but
suicide." . , ,
Besides the small amount of money found In
the elder sister's purse was what appeared to
be a receipt for a check for $195 85. it was
dated November 11. and read: "Received from
Mrs. H. Abel. 1195 85. Paul Tancy." What
this means has not been made clear, but Rohkohl
says that he heard Miss Louise say something
about sending money to a sick relative in
Miss Louise was a tall brunette, of good
figure and good looking. Th» other was fairer
in complexion, Blighter in flgnre and pretty.
COURT IHtLDS MRS. NOBLE.
Murder Charge Made — She Pleads
Mr*. JosrplMr.e Noble was held In the Long Ist
an-1 City police court yesterday, by Magistrate
Smith, on a charge of the murder of her husband.
Paton Noble, clerk of the police court, whose death
early in the morning was caused by two bullet
wounds in the breast The complaint was made
by Patrolman John F. pet, op who says Mrs. Noble
told him she accidentally shot h*r husband while
struggling with him ov«>r the possession of a re
volver he had cleaned
The police profess to be satisfied that the wife
tliil the .shqotinE while in a fit of anger resulting
from a How- struck by her husband. They say that
when closely questioned Mrs. Noble became excited
and exclaimed. "Oh, the kid struck me. and I shot
Mrs. Xoble's friends say there never was any
trouble between the couple.
Mrs. Noble said In court yesterday that she wished
to plead not guilty and to have an adjournment, so
that she could see counsel. Magistrate Smith ad
journed the hearing to the 23d.
Both of the bullet wounds mißht have been self
liifliete,!, according to th" doctors who performed
the autopsy. If inflicted by another person, that
person, the doctors say, must have been smaller
In court a large crowd was present to see Mrs.
Noble. She is well known to Magistrate Smith,
to Jjelioo. her accuser, and to all the other officers
and witnesses present. Mrs. Noble is about twenty
one years old. She is slight of build. A !-l*ter was
with her In court yesterday.
When Magistrate Smith held her and ordered her
committed without bail to the Queens County Jail,
"Now. may l KO to the house and see my hus
The magistrate shook his head. "That is all."
Deboe says that ;u a small bedroom opening from
the parlor ha found a rubber pouch in which a re
volver had been kept. Loose in the drawer were
eighteen 33-callbre cartridges, be declared, which.
as he afterward found, fitted the pistol. An empty
cartridge had been found on the floor. The police
man found another empty shell.
The breech of the revolver was open. Two of the
five chambers contained Pull cartridges. The other
chambers were >i ipty, he -ays. Later Deboe on
the th 01 of tk.- small bedroom found a. full cart
ridge. Then In the parlor, near Noble's body, he
found still another full cartridges he : ays, making
the number of i«.th full and empty shells one more
than there were chambers for.
POLES INSULT GIBBONS.
Cardinal Rescued by Police from
Mob in Baltimore.
IBY TKLEGRAPH 1" THS TR'Ht NX. I
Baltimore, Nov. 13. — When Cardinal Gibbons.
in the face of a snowstorm, this afternoon went
to the Polish Catholic, church of St. Stanislaus
to administer the rite bf confirmation he met
with a hostile reception. Recently he removed
Father Morys, the pastor, because the priest
had caused the arrest of Father Wizok, his for
mer assistant, now pastor of a church at Scran
ton, Perm., on the charge of writing improper
letters to a young woman, the housekeeper at
the rectory. Under the Church law the priest
could not institute criminal proceedings against
another priest. The charges were withdrawn.
Ptkther Morys's congregation protested to tho
Cardinal against his removal. Father Marzen
skl succeeded him.
The Cardinal found an excited crowd of Poles
awaiting 1 him in front of the church this after
noon. He hurried from his carriage Into the
priest's house, adjoining. A mob followed him.
Father Marzensk! escorted the Cardinal to an
other apartment, while the crowd broke up fur
niture. The police were summoned, but the
crowd locked them out. A priest dropped a key
down to them from a window. Half a dozen
policemen then entered and stopped the riotous
It was feared that the Poles would roughly
handle the Cardinal, but after the crowd was
dispersed he returned home, and to-night de
clined to discuss the trouble
OR EG LI A MEETS INSULT.
('ardi)ial Forgives Prisoner and Pro
cures His Release.
Rome. Nov. I.r As Cardinal ( 'rearlia. dean
of the Sacred College, was returning home to
day from the Vatican, his carriage having
slowed up because of a congestion of traffic, a
youth named Marabini, twenty years old. spat
in the Cardinal's face. The carriage stopped,
and the Cardinal's secretary and several citi
zens and policemen arrested the youth. At the
police office Marabini explained that he had no
personal rancor against Cardinal Oreglla. He
was about to be locked up when a note came
from the Cardinal begging his release and say
ing he forgave him freely.*
MAY CHANGE STATE VOTE.
District with 156 Republican Major
it// Not Counted in Maryland.
(HY TKI.K'IHAPH To THr. •rillßl NE 1
Baltimore. Nov. 13.— There is a hitch in the
official returns from Charles County, in the Vth
Congress District, which, together with expect
ed small changes in the count of Worcester
County, may affect the status of the electoral
vote, which now. according to official returns
from every other county and Baltimore city,
shows seven votes for Parker and one for Roose
velt. In the Vth District of Charles County a
complication arises from the fact that S. Spear
man Lancaster, a Republican, when the key to
the ballot box was not found on the morning of
the election, broke the box open, and It waa
used during the day with a defective lock.
The law requires the i»<\^i be locked during
the vote. While the Democratic officials raised
the point that Lancaster's action warranted
them In not signing the returns, they did sign
them. The question now Is whether or not they
will be compelled to make the clerical correc
tions so as to put tin- count In shape for review
of the board of^^anvassera In this distri.-t
151) Republican majority is recorded, and the
failure to couni the district may change the
electoral vote of the Stat«.
BLACK HAND TERRIFIES.
Two Italians Sell Shop and Sail for
Joseph l>c Hello and his brother. Christopher,
barbers, at No. 4.."><» ft Fourth -aye., Brooklyn, re
ceived a threatening: letter in August signed
Damps Bendette. it asked that they give a
certain amount of money to a man who would
call on th< m for it. The man did not appear
for the money at the time specified, bui when
additional threatening letters came in 0
the brothers deposited $•>*» In .ash and their
bankbook with Captain Evans, of th<- Forty
third Precinct, for safe keeping:
On Thursday the brothers railed for ■"<' re
ceived their money and bankbook, sold out their
barber shop to a man named Florence Tizzarn,
and sailed for Italy, it is thought they were
led to leave the country by another threaten
ing letter from the Black Hand Society.
THE CITY ISOLATED BY STORE
HVRRICANE AND SNOW SWEEP SOUTH. SOUTHWEST
AND ATLANTIC COAST. AND LAY WIRES LOW.
F<rrybnat Goes AAort at College Point— Mate Lot! from Vessel—
Even the Weather Bureau la Put Out of Urnrn
A hurricane, accompanied by rain, hail and sno\r. swept llrnost over the entire conn
try yesterday, embracing in, its axes the South, the .Southwest, the Atlantic Coast States
Probably the greatest devastation in thr history of td^gr :pii tmupmmn was wrought
to their wires, and New-York and other cities were practically cut off from -nmmumcatiaa
with each other.
A wNd storm was reported on the New-Kngland Const. At Black lalasjd the w.nd
was blowing over seventy miles an hour. Six inches of sjsSw fell in ( onneiticut, and there
was a heavy fall up the State.
A two-masted schooner went ashore in Vineyard Sound in<l it ens. feired that tha
crew of four men had been lost.
Storms were reported from Maryland and Delaware, nnd were so severe in the Wesi
as to cut off telegraphic communication with New-York. Snow fell in Baltimore, and tele*
graph, telephone and trolley wires were down there and to the Snitii and West. In Dela
ware the blizzard was so severe as to cause the closing of all churches.
The ferryboat Port Morris went ashore it College Point. Long Island. The mate of
an oyster boat was swept overboard. Rain, hair and snow fell in the city and the gila
did considerable damage.
lllltlil.lM, RESCUE i-'lluM FERKYBOAT.
A rain, hail and p:iow storm, swept into the
city by a hurricane last night almost isi
the city from the outside world by its devasta
tion among telegraph wires. which wars
crippled even worse than they were in th« lY i^
blizzard of 18S8.
This aam a storm caused Ihe loss of one life,
caused the ferryboat Port Morris, with a few
passengers, to go ashore at College Point, gnvt
the city its first snow of the season, blew down
trees, swept signs, chimneys and Hags from
their fastenings and kept New-Yorkers in
doors throughout the day.
FERRYBOAT GOES ON ROCKS.
The ferryboat Port Morris, plying between
East Ninety-nlnth-Pt.. Manhattan, nnd College
Point. Long Island, went ashore in the driving
snowstorm about 7 o'clock, on the r"
Berrien's Islam!, southeast of South Brother
Island, and near the Long Island shore. The
few passengers aboard were rescued by a ste^m
launch manned by men from the Health Board
steamer Franklin Edson.
The Port Morris left Ninety-ninth-st. about
6:30 o'clock for College Point. Rain and BBOW,
but mostly the latter, were being driven by a
hurricane in such dense sheets that those at
the wheel lost their way. Those who attempted
to succor her could not learn how the ferryboat
went on the rocks, but they got the impression
that she drifted there when the men at the
wheel were "feeling" their way In what was virt
ually the inky blackness of the etonn.
A heavy sea, higher than has bee:, known In
the upper waters about New-York tn year?, was
on. and each snrse cf the waters against the
helpless boat's hull! forced her more heli>le?si>
into the rorky trap.
Lamp sigrnals of distress wer« set and UM
whistle was blown at regular intervals for more
than half an hour. The first craft to -
was one of the few within hearing distance, the
Franklin Edson. Putting out from her berth
at East < >ne-hundred-and-thirty-se\\ :.:ii-st.. in
charge of Captain Connera, the Edson went In
til- direction of the whistles of distress. The
I'ort Morris's lights could not be seen.
Finally the position of the ferryboat • ai
out, and then heg&u the first of many atl
t.p ?titnd by, each made doubly perilous by Ota
tide, wind and darl^hess. Three times the Ed
ion manoenvred, and as many times missed
what was known to he the edj;e of the shoal
by the closest of margins. Finally it occurred to
Captain Conners that he could best sen
people on the stranded craft by sending out a
lighter draught boat.
The Edson slowly made her way back in the
face of the storm to her berth at East < >t;e-hun
dred-and-thirty-second-st. Captain Conners
then telephoned to the police boat Patrol sta
tion, at East One-hundred-and-twenty-second
st. The Patrol lost not a moment's time In
starting for the Port Morris. Her experience
was much the fame as had been that of the
Every time the Patrol got near the Port Mor
ris she had to veer off to escape going agiuuud
or crashing into the stranded vessel.
POLICE START IN LIFEH< 'AT.
The Patrol returned to her berth at 9.30
O'clock, when Captain HaIIOCS called fur \o!u:'.
teers to man a lifeboat. Harbor Policemen
Kelly. Reilly. Dunham. O'Shaugnnessy, Ryan
aial Coughlln responded.
The rescue of the passongers from the Port
Morris was made by electric launch No. .">. of
the harbor police sub-station, at East One
hundred-and-twenty-secoad-st The hari
licemen who volunteered to attempt the rescue
in a lif?boat started on their mission, and had
reached a point midway between their starting
point and the stranded ferryboat vhen they
were recalled by signal whistles from the
Captain Hallock decided to send electric
launch No. .""> on the mission. The launch, which
is thirty feet long, was in command of Rounds
man Wottlaufer. Engineer Frieder.l erg and Pa
trolman Buckley (pilot >. Clemers and Wackeffer.
They took the course through the Little Kills,
and had made about half the Journey when the
engine was stopped by the water that had been
Drifting toward the Sunken Meadows, and iv
danger of running aground, all hands had to re
sort to hailing. The boat finally was balled
partly free from water, and the engine was
Started again. With the water splashing over
the sides, and every available hand bailing, the
launch finished her trip.
From a point under the ice of the Port Mor
ris a ladder was raised to the ferryboat's deck.
The work of rescue was not easily done, with the
launch bobbing almost unmanageably and tie
ladder at times falling with a splash Into the
turbulent waters. More than half an hour was
required to get the passengers safe aboard the
launch, from which they were transferred to
Captain George L. Collins, of No. !"_• Hal«ey-
M., Astoria, in command ■of the Port Morris,
uas taken off along with the passengers, suffer-
Ing from shock, and taken to a hospital in Man
hattan. He is sixty years old.
The drivers of lour trucks were left to take
care of their horses, which, It was said by some
of the passengers. th«>y refused to leave. It be
ing considered a risky proposition to attempt to
make the shore with so small and so heavily
loaded a craft as the launch. Its passengers were
transferred to we Patrol which had in the
rusan while arrived and were take-» by the larger
PRICE THREE CENTS.
to East Om -
■.\ here they v, c: I
The passengers were < ;►•«: -izf C.'.o:;. ,>f No. 113
East One tmnrhmi nnri twrnlj mm una st : W. H.
Ward, of No. '_"-£,• Bast (mu-hundred-and-nine
te» tith-st.: E. M. McDonald, of <Jlen Ridge. New.
Jersey, Charles Chapman, of College Point;
Richard Boiatiaan, of No. "_'t Calhu.rir.e-st.: Al
bert Welzert. and bt^ brother. Otto, of No. ir_"O
'East EU,'hty-rifih-«t. and 1.6J6 Second-ante^, re
spectively, and four Italians, whose names are
• - Th ■ ever
the movements of : fcidsoa
the t: v>ach)
Soon after the Port Morris went ashore word
was sent to the offices of the Merritt -Chapman
Wrecking Company, in South-st. There It was
said there was little probability of any wreck
ing boat or crew betas ■ent out last night to
lake off the ferryboat. The weather was too
bad, he said, to make anj attempt.
MATE LOST FROM OYSTER SLOOP.
While the oyster sloop Laura May was beat
ing her way down th* East River In the storm
In the afternoon the boom swung around sud
denly while the sloop was under the new Wlll
iamsburg Bridge riJ knocked the mate, known
aa CaptAin Paul, into the water. There wan a
fr*»sh. squally breeze blowing at the time, and
before the captain of. the sloop. Fre<i Odium,
could go to the assistance of the mats he had
been swallowed up in the waves, which were)
running high. The wind bore the sloop away
from the man quickly. Odium reported the ac
cident t<> the police of the Churl— -St, station.
and a lookout was kept along shore for the
body. Odium said that he knew 'be man by no
oth^r name than "Captain Paul." and that he
had shipped with him on'y for That trip. The
sloop was bound fr>>m Princes Bay with a
cargo of oysters, consigned to G. Thompson. in
West Washington Market. The sloop hails
from Perth Amboy.
THE TIE-UP OF THE TELEGHAPH.
The hurricane and snow in the South and
Southwest completely crippled the telegraph ser
vice between this city and the cities of the South
and West. The "Western Cntan and Postal com
panies were cut off front Jirect communication
with th€«e points. In extent and area the wire
service goffered more than in the blizzard of
l- v v
Early hi the evening the Western Union Com
pany sent word to all its local offices to accept
business on!y with the understanding that It was
subject to dels for all points south of Balti
more, Harrisburg. Philadelphia, and west by
way of the Heading: route, New- York State ami
New-Jersey. Th» only places which the company
guarantee.! to hold direct telegraphic communi
cation with were Sewark. Elizabeth and New-
J. J. Wlialen. night manage! of the Postal
Company, said early in S. evening that the
business of the company was badly crippled in
the territory west of Philadelphia and south of
Washington. Direct communication with that
portion of the country was impossible.
He attributed the damage to Urn high wind and
to the weight Of wet snow.
Officials of both companies were at a 1° 9*9 * to
state how great the dams was and aa to how
long the service would be crippled.
In the early portion of the evening the Postal
company, being unable to transmit messages to
Washington, turned over the business to the
Western Union, but the Western Union, being
in the same crippled condition between New-
York and the national capital, was obliged to
Employes of the Western Union saM It was
'the worst t:?-up of service the company had
ever had. A large force of wire experts were at
work last night trying to xnv.lic roundabout con
nections to carry the most Import) :it messages.
Employes asserted that the business of both
companies was practically at r\ standstill be
tween this city and the cities of the South and,
The Postal sent by cable some of its most ur
gent messages to Canso. N. S.. from which point
they were wired to Montreal a:ni thence for
warded to Chicago over Canadian Pacific wires.
Scon after noon the telegraph companies began
to feel the etTocts of the storm. As wire after
wire went down, and city aft»r city was lost.
the repair gansrs were informed, but. c-wins; to
the day and the heavy storm, tt was long aft«r
dark before the full force «.ould be :r.ustered.
Late In the afternoon it was reported that over
one hundred poles along the Erie :.!!road had
gene down, completely putting the New-York-
Buffalo-Chicago wires by that route out of ser
vice. Recourse for a short time was had to
wires by way of Albany and Syracuse, but a
few hours afterward the pr»-sure of the Ire on
the vires car fled them, po) > an . all. to th«»
ground outside of Poushactpsie, thereby ef
fe< lively closing the service.
Special trains were «-n.?ag«i <>v r.-.ost of the
roads runnimc out of Jen City and Hobokea
and dispatched late last \ alaaj laden with
Ire repairing gar.ga.
At 11 o'clock last night Mr YYhaien. of the
postal Tr>graph Company, announced that the
situation was getting worse. He said that tha
wires between New-York and Albany SJSJp|
down and that all communication between New*
York and south of Washington was complete!/