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MRS. PUKE DENIES PLOT.
DID NOT WAXT HIS MONEY
TJcr Grandfather Founder of Scot
tish Bite Masony, She Declares.
•Xilh deft guidance from her lawyers. Levy &
T ' *T. far two hours yesterday Mrs. Brodie L.
j)'uke. abused of having 1 entrapped the wealthy
tcbac'o man Into marriage with her. replied to
.V c parching questions of newspaper men. She
t^kfi gliMy. apparently with absolute frank
ess, of her meetln S with Puke, her business
BSIc tjor.« with him and their subsequent mar
j^t. She denl?d emphatically the stories (that
y e .-.4 led a dissolute life and that she had
Juried Duke while- he was Intoxicated. But,
jidft of all. *■ talked smoothly, fluently, per
fstslve'.y. °? the value of her tobacco lands In
mans, and her Pieces* In former promoting
A3 agreement has practically been reached
jj^t m "." Anatle & Lindsay, the lawyers
grtkc I> ulie family, and Champ* S. Andrews,
MR?. BRODIE i* DUKE.
cecsel for Brodie I- Duke, will work together
Js the case, which Is equivalent to a coalition
er*Jsst Mrs. Duke, for through W. G. Bram
fcts, secretary to Brodie Duke, it was an
soscced yesterday that the marriage would be
snculled if the charges made against Mrs. Duke
could be proved. In the mean time her husband
hu declined to see her or her lawyers, and she
Us refuse! to go to him or to see his lawyers.
tt~> In the presence of her own.
The Interview which Mrs. Duke gave yeeter
tiy ifterr.'" \ vras the result, she declared, of
tb« charges made against her. She could not
iwt under such accusations without replying:,
** ail and this reply •was made as soon as
m lttir.eS of the charges from her lawyers.
«k> wart^d to e.ntn>:*r everything wh*ch could
brought up, and to answer frankly.
"A!i : want Is justice from you men," she
cfc4 "I vxnt to be set might before the
to. X>ske confesses to thirty-seven year*.
tie looks It. Si:e is of medium height, with
t ate" film, good 'figure. Her fs.ee Is plump,
wflt r^ prominent and a trifle Bharp. thin
J(p.«Mch givs a determined lock to her mouth,
erf celfl blue eyes. Her complexion Is rough.
ml her face, on close Inspection, shows the
fan which would Indicate a hard Ufa. Her
htir. Bison black, Is abundant, and her eye
fcwn are dark and straight. Her hands are
_njf trtth the big firmer* of a man. The Index
to«er of her right hand has been broken, the
■■Bit ehe Ki':, of the episode when she was
snawd of ifeeecinc at Murat Maste.rs©n. Fhe
«»» Mwaai • :t did not interfere
?IRP. DUKE'S LINEAGE.
ft* be^an by detailing her linear*, that no
■laak' eight be made as to who she was.
Hn- lather uas William Webb, an "lncorpora
ttan" lawyer, who made much money, retired
«*ta h» was fifty-seven, and married her
■aUwr. *ho was Beveateen. Mrs. Webb was
I!!!'* Kfl'n r.. Ohaj man, daughter of th» pro
*■"■ «f languages in the University of New-
Lw-Sm. Her grandfather. Mr. Webb, was the
*!ith»r of Scnfrifh Rite Masonry" jr. this coun
ty. Fh« d^nK-d that fh«» had ever been in an
&py!,i:r'. sh« was born rear Buffalo.
**»:» she li\«>i ir. r Th» first twelve years of her
1&. she dfrlare-i, and if ilm had i"ii In an
•*7luir. it must have fc.e*n before sh* could re
the was cbout thirteen she moved to
this city \ V j»h j, er •'preceptress and maid." and
took up her abode at No. 56 West Twenty-flfth
*'-. & boarding- house kept by Mr*. Despl.-rines,
tt«ujothrr of the fcousek^r-pf-r of the "House of
W Nations. 1 who has figured in Mrs. Duke's
tBC «ot history. She lived in this city until her
fathers death, in lHt'2, when sh^ went to Chl
°*°- She had lived of late years entirely on
k" •srr.ings from brokerage business and the
Zmiv.g rf companies, phe said with evident
TV'th toe fUbneea of lons practice. she told of
,'•*» edvantnpfs of h'-r tobacco lands at Red
*** Plantation, near Nacogdoches. Texas, dis
s*Bthij Pfctores of the crop In every stage of
and extolling Its value like a press
•j^-t. In all probability Jt was the value of
!a.nd which had in«-itM th« ■ ■,«.• to attack
~*.*nd separate her froui the iran who could
Trit3 x* h*-r plan, sho declared, for fhe had had
_ Ulk with Mr. Glenn, buyer for the American
*ot«eco Company, who was irnpreFsed with
*slvp o f hfr property.
*'*** after a talk with him that she opened
fcjjWafcitJoaa with Brodis U Duke. She had
■ th " t0 I*ittsr.urg> for capital, but the p+opte
**c tfaniMd t<> absorb hor place, «?o she came
I " t0 *«• Olp.reme B. Marter and a Mr.
'•^Prr.n. «ho told her of lirodie L. Duke as
Independent. She telegraphed to him «l.out
j ' '^J'-Ttar.i proposition, ehe said, receiving
j, (^' f y ho JtrcoM be !n the city In a week.
t!tr.e ras llmiied. so she telephoned to b:m
ift, £l T -^-»ikFKiving time, and three day*
'ft*' 2**""^ her urged her to become his wife;
'■ffi.iued. Ho B-£i cr »atly . . ecaed v.ith
Jm- .if !raUiily of : " r tobiceb scheme. I ."1 Held
C\ V "* nafl io B. F. B. Morse, of
fttefd Cj ' 5?1 '"' ohtsinir -6 an option on ', had
5, • • Urn croris cf tobacco — one as an expeH
_"U or.t rcr market— but as there was litigation
Coatieued on i«ucd pa«r.
E^- V ' S p URE WINES & GRAPE JUICE
T. jj^jlJ^teJ for the wf-ak and ov*>r-worke<!.
"Adn. ™ c =oa«Co..a« Fulton Frrcet. Ncir York.
ft<H FAST TIME TO MEXICO CITY
(l<& ljT; ns .".- Ark -Hours aavc J-Via St. Iyoui«
*V- K»j ;,',?. M ' v -r.tain Koute; 4 days to Mexico
cy *taa ccPT 3 A <Jl> '-* lo Hot Spri;ipg. . Through
»■»«• Pining card. 335 B nay.— AdvU
* . To-day, fair; cold.
To-morrow, cloud? -| Mtrht north wtnda.
HALTED BY COSTA lUCA.
Banana Company A»ks United
States to Intervene in Its Behalf.
Mettle, Ala.. Jan. 14.— The African Banana
Compnny, through H. L. MeGenaeJl, of Mobile,
has asked th» State Department at Washington
to intervene in its behalf on account of alleged
interfercrco by the Coeta Rican government
th? company's planting, railroad building
anc o:her opetmttana In the territory now be
longing to Panama, but at one time under the
Jurisdiction of Costa Rica.
Damages in the sum of 52.210.000 have been
esked for by the company.
The trouble dates back to the summer cf 1903.
when the Costa Rlcan government, it Is alleged,
slightly Interfered with the surveying of the
company's railroad route. When the United
States government at that time Instructed its
Minister to Costa Rica to use his good offices
to prevent any further Interference. Costa Rica,
It Is understood, denied having interfered, and
disclaimed right of Jurisdiction, being subject
to the rendering of the Loubet award of Sep
tember 11, 1900. Prior to that date the territory
had for a number of years been in dispute be
tween the republics of Colombia and Costa Rica,
but under terms of a special agreement was un
der temporary Jurisdiction of Costa Rica.
The dispute was submitted to President Lou
bet of Franco for arbitration, and his award
fixed this territory as Colombia's.
Costa Rica in November. 1903. disclaimed the
right of Jurisdiction, and under that disclaimer
Mr. McConnell continued his work of planting
fruit and hi* preparation tor building the rail
road and improving the port of Gadocan. The.
latter part of July. 1904, the Costa Rican gov
ernment. It is alleged, sent an armed force to
Gadocan and intercepted a valuable cargo of
railway supplies, and after permitting the dis
charge of the greater portion of the cargo con
fiscated the portion so discharged and stopped
all railroad and other work at Gadocan.
The Costa Rlcan government Is still In control
Of the territory and continues to prevent the
progress of work, it Is Faid. although the Pan
ama government, which succeeded to this terri
tory through lte secession from Colombia, has
declared Its sovereignty and right of jurisdic
tion, and has since in an official communication
to Mr. McConnell admitted his right of posses
XIXON SEES PRESIDENT.
Xo Politics in the Visit, the Speaker
FFBOM THE TRIBVNE BrREAf.]
Washington, Jan. 14.— S. Fred Nixon. Speaker
of the New- York Assembly; J. B. Whipple. cl»rk
of the Senate, and State Senator Fancher, un
der the protecting wing of Representative Vree
3and. called at the White House ihis forenoon,
and spent half an hour with the President.
"We came on a personal matter, an entirely
personal matter," said Mr. Nixon after the con
sultation "There waa no political Interest in
our visit whatever."
Mr. Vreeland returned to the White House, to
take up a matter relating to the Osage Indians.
and said that the call of th« New-Yorkers earlier
in the day was on the same subject.
"It was understood that they came down h«r»
in the Interes'.g of party harmony," it was «'ig
gested to Mr. Vreeland.
"Well, perhaps they might have talked har
mony a little," he said. "All Is harmony in the
party now, anyway, and there is no reason why
they should not talk It as strongly en they
HIGGIXS WON'T ATTEND.
Declines Imitation for Conference —
Xiron May Be There.
[BT TEI.FGRiIFH TO THE TBIBt7>'E ~i
AJbeny. Jan. 14— Speaker Nixon, before going
to Washington, had no plan for attending any
excise conference- in New- York City, although
he thought that he might not Improperly see ex-
Governor Odell thore. but n"> plan was arranged
for such a mooting. Senator Raines also de
parted for 0-nanda.igua. without any Intention
of pome to New-York to hear his law criticised.
Moreover, Senator Malby. when he was here
yesterday, v.as in the same position regarding
Lawrence Veiiler. secretary of the City Club,
of j • -York, came here to-day to invite Gov
ernor Higgln? to attend this conference, but the
Governor pointed out that he could hardly do
this with propriety, and declined the Invitation.
Bo far as it is known here, none of tho members
of the leKislature. save those from New-York
City, ar* planning to attend this meeting in
jCew-Tork en Monday, although several, among
them Speaker Nixon and Senator Malby, who
are likely to be In the. city on that day, may
Th*» possibility of political significance In the
visit of Speaker S. Fred Nixon. State Senator
Fancier and James S. Whipple, Clerk of the
Senate, to Washington, is entirely discounted
h«re. and the same is true of the recent trip of
N. V. V. Franchot. Superintendent of Public
% '. __ •
OCEAX RATE WAR OVER.
All Differences — Increase to
Go Into Effect on Tuesday.
Liverpool. Jan. 14.— As a result of meetings
held yesterday and to-day between Lord Inver
clyde, chains* in of the Cunard Steamship Com
pany, and J. Bruce Ismay, president of the In
ternational Mercantile Marine, all differences
between the companies have been reconciled, and
in consequence the lines will Increase rates gen
erally, romnu'iicing an January 17. A circular
has been issued to agents of the two companies
regarding the raise In rates, which will bring
them approximately to the figures charged pre
ceding the rate war. The revised steerage rates
from Liverpool to New- York will be $X 0 for fast
*.»oats and $-8 80 for others. To Boston the
ptpcragft rate will be $26.40. The second cabin
r.-te will be $43 7"'. with ?2 40 extra for fast
boats and an equal reduction for the slowest
The White Star Line will maintain Its Friday
Bailings from Liverpool to New-York.
The Ba>« between the Cunard and Morgan lines
was the outcome of the effort of the Cunard com
. iv , a to secure a portion of the Mediterranean
steerage traffic, which had been practically monopo
lized by tho German lines. The Cunard Lino se
cured a monopoly of the Austro-Hungarian traffic,
and a heavy subsidy from the Austrian govern
ment. The Continental pool retaliated by re-estab
lishing the old rtf « " 1 " 1 '•'"'• to cut into tho
Cunard's Scandinavian traffic, and by cutting
•Vt"« Backfd uy an enormous subsidy from the
Rrii'sh c.»vf-inir.t-nt. the lard company then cut
Its rate for tho firm time In its history.
riv- sterrape traffic in the Mediterranean wa»
h/A-v at that tin)-, and the Milliard company made
a remarkable cut in its Mediterranean steerage
*.' The combination also made a cut. and both
fonc'ernß carried «teeraß« passengers at an un
r^'.nt-M* njun Thf> B'ashlns of rates continued
RT,"* Northern service, and. until the settlement.
rtecr»S« passengers were carried at the El rate.
SEABOARD FLORIDA LIMITED-PA. R. R.
leaves New-Yerk every day at 12:S noon, miking
nui.~J%st time in both directions between New-York
Ri 4un:*tir.<\ A superb train. For resort book
,n& inYuuS an? P. K. K. office or U« Broadway.
NEW- YORK. SUNDAY. JANUARY 15. 1905. -SIXTY PAGES.
The suspected dynamiter.
THE WOERZ ROBBERY.
CLIMAX OF LONG SERIES.
Masked Robber Uses Pistol — West
Side Tenor Stricken.
The climax of a long series of bold hold
ups and burglaries which have caused terror
on the upper East and West sides occurred
last Monday night, when a masked robber got
into the house of Ernst G. \Y. V.'oerz. at No. 1
East Rixty-third-st.. and at the point, of a
revolver pot away with a hundred-dollar bill
which he forced Mr. Woerz to give up. Com
missioner McAdoo. when he learned of the af
fair, detailed Inspectors McClusky and Cort
right and thirty-five detective sergeants on the
Mr. Woerz. his niece and his daughter, Mrs.
James Steele, and the servants were in the
house at the time. Mr?. Rteei<», who was held
up at the point of the pisjol, tells the following
About dusk on Monday night a young man
came to the house, and when the maid answered
the bell he thrust a revolver in her face. The
man wore a black mask, which revealed only
his eyes. The maid nearly fainted when the man
said: "'I want money. I want it quick. Open
that door. If I don't get it quick I'll kill some
The maid turned from the door to call for help
and the man pushed by her and rushed up the
stairs, stopples at the second landing. I had
Just left the middle parlor when I met this
masked man, who levelled his weapon In my
"I've come to get some money!" he cried.
"I'm not going away without it. I'm going to
get it or some on« gets killed. If you try to
trap me I'll kill every one in the house."
As any one may guess, I was badly fright
ened, but 1 managed to ask him how much he
wished, to give me some idea of what he was
"I want all I can get, and step quick," he said,
with an oath. "Move lively now. for this house
is full of servants."
There were, three servants In the house beside
father and tars niece. Father heard us. and came
out of the room where he had been. Then the
man aimed at father and told him to pi"© him
all his money', or be would kill nin
Father searched through his waistcoat and
drew out about $100 In bills. "That's all I can
raise at the present moment, my man." he said;
"and you will have to bo content with that."
Then he dropped the money over the balustrade
and the mm backed downstairs, keeping hie
revolver aimed at us. He threatened again to
6hoot if any attempt was made to capture him.
As I remember th© man he was about twenty
five years old, smooth shaven, dark and rather
tall and slender. When he was on the stairs his
mask slipped several times and I got a good look
at his face. We have learned that a man of
similar description stopped two delivery boys
near the house the preceding Friday and asked
about our habits, the amount of silver in the
house and similar things. :
Inspector McCtaaky says the police learned of
the hold-up half an hour after it occurred, and
that detectives from th<» East Pixty-third-st.
station and from headquarters wre ruehed to
the hotis", and a general alarm sent out at once.
When Commissioner McAdoo learned of it the
next day he ordered McOlusky and Cortrlglft to
leave no stone unturned to get the man. Rtnce
then the Commissioner has been receiving almost
hourly reports of the work.
IfcClusky b»lleves that th»» Job wai the work
of an amateur. Suspicion at first rested on a
man arrested In Springfield. Mass.. for a sim
ilar job. but this later proved unfounded. The
inspector rounded up all the well known crooks
and several "suspicious persons," but all were
allowed to go. In addition to th« head
quarters men Captains Lantry. Hogran and Dil
lon, of the East Fifty-flrFt-st., East Slxty
seventh-st. and Arsenal station*, hay* detailed
special men and have several times conferred
with the Commissioner on the cas«.
The home of E. I>. Shipman, a wealthy sta
tioner, at No. 325 West Seventy-sixth-st., was
similarly robbed the first of last month. Miss
Eva Bhipman, who was held up at the point of
a pistol, described th« robber as being about
twenty-five y>ars old, tall and slander. He
backed up his demajid for money with threats
to shoot to kill until Mr. Phtpman threw a
$5 bill to him and he left the house.
Conditions in this neighborhood as regards
protection of property, or. rather, the lack of
protection, have aroused the indignation of nil
the residents. Rome of the patrolmen on the
upper Weet Side have posts ten blocks long,
and While they are patrolling one end of them
the thieves are industrious at the other.
Apartment houses, private houses, shops and
storeß have been robbed Impartially, and in
addition to this there have been many hold
ups in the streets. There have been several
cases of apparent homicide in whlrjh the police
have made no progress, as well as the brutal
clubbing of Mr. Robbins by Patrolman Mc-
Laughlln a few weeks ago.
Among the robberies have been the following:
On October 15 a sneak thief entered the apart
ment of Mrs. F. .T. Remsen, at No. 10 West One
hundred-ani-sevor.th-st., and took jewelry
worth $2.<XK>. No arrest. On November 15 Mrs.
Adler, of No. 51 West Eighty-elghth-et.. was
robbed of several hundred dollars. The thlsf
was arested. He had $10,000 In pawn tickets.
R N. Kenyon, or No. 19 West Klghty-second
st!. was robbed of jewels valued at $2,000 in the
middle of November. ( »n November 29 the
apartment of Mr. Chackwlta. at Xo. 332 West
Eigiity-fiftli-Ht.. was entered, and property val
ued at $I,T*X> taken. The alleged thief was ar
rested. The foreman of the Casino Stables, at
No. 12.". West IJipuy-nlnth-st.. was knocked un
consdous with brass knuckles and robbed on
December • On November 30 John McGuire.
tUai "Cleveland Pate." was shot by Emmanuel
Tannenl aura when be was trying to enter houses
in West Beventy-flret-st., between Ameterdam
ave. and the Boulevard.
PINEHURST (N. C.) SPECIAL.
Lea\e -York dally except Sunday via P. R. R.
and Southern Ky. Sleeping cars. Washington to
Pinehurst. New-York offices. 271 and 1.154 B"way.
QUICKEST. LINE TO CLEVELAND.
, ..... v. v York 6:33 p. m.. arrive Cleveland 7:13
next morning. Cincinnati 1:80 p. m. Indianapolis 5:00
p m. St. Louis 9:45 p. m.. by New York Central
Fine Service. No excew fare.— Advt '
The missing Phlladelphian
COMBES CABINET SAVED.
ATTACK ON PREMIER.
Vote of Confidence Barely Won by
Promises Against Spying System.
fßpeelaJ to The New-Tor* Tribune by French Cable-. >
(Copyright; 1904: By The Tribune Association.)
Paris, Jan. 15. — Premier Combes, after one of
the most tumultuous sessions in the record of
the Chamber of Deputies, a session which lasted
over ten hours, and in the course of which he
was assailed not only by the almost continuous
hoots and yells of the Opposition, but by Baudry
d'Asson, a Royalist D3puty; who rushed at the
Premier brandishing a huge saucepan, has once
more proved himrelf a wizard in conjuring up
a Parliamentary majority, and has won a vic
tory by ten votes.
This, however, is on the understanding that
rigorous measures will be taken against spying
and talebearing. M. Berteaux. the Minister of
War. practically saved the Cabinet by his dras
tic general order to the army, directed against
tho ppying system.
M. Comhes has once more weathered the
storm, but his Cabinet Is badly crippled and
battered. If. Combes himself Is visibly fa
tigued by hla day's work, as the attack was
directed chiefly against him personally, and
when he attempted to speak his enemies shouted
"Resign! Resign! Resign!" C. I. B.
CROWDS SEE SESSIOX.
Premier's Vehement Speech in De
fence of the Ministry.
(By Th» Associated Pr*»» >
Paris. Jan. 14.— 1t was generally expected that
th« session of the Chamber of Deputies to-day
would -ulr Jp.ate In the. overthrow of the Min
istry of Premier Combes, and the floors and
gallery were packed by those, who desired to
witness the final struggle. The contest against
the Ministry had been slowly gaining ground.
The principal elements of opposition were, first,
those combating the policy of Premier Combes
for separation of church and state; second, those
denouncing the government's collection of secret
reports regarding the lives of army officers, and,
third, those complaining of the tardiness of the
Ministry in passing a law creating an income
Thes* various elements sapped the strength of
the majority until Premier Combes to-day found
himself confronted by rebellion In his own
ranks. His speech in closing the three daya'
debate on the policy of the government waa a
vehement defence of his Ministry and a denun
ciation of his detractors.
"They are the same men who sought to pro
tect Esterhazy, who glorified Colonel Henry and
who now seek to arouse the army to the pitch
of attempting a coup d'etat." said M. Combes.
The Premier referred to the calumnies which
had not spared his white hairs. He wished time
to complete the work against the religious as
sociations and if the Ministry was retained, he
?alu, it would proceed to consider th« Income
tax. workingmen's pensions and the separation
of church and state, but that the latter would
be modified so as to avoid any spirit of Intoler
ance. In closing, Premier Combes said:
"I hope th* majority will be maintained In
order to carry out this policy. If ther» is to be
another Ministry It will be one of reaction. The
Chamber must choose between marching for
ward aor lending Itself to reaction."
The speech was Interrupted by noisy demon
strations of applause and disapproval.
MM. Rlbot and Bos attacked the Ministry,
the latter declaring that If. Combes' poajcy
was one of falsehood and dissimulation. An
Indescribable tumult followed. The Socialists
endeavored to scale the benches to attack mem
bers on the opposite side of the Chamber, and
amid cries of "Traitors!" "Coward!" Assassin!"
the President temporarily suspended the ses
sion. :' i •'
The violent scenes were renewed when the
session resumed its sitting, and a preliminary
vote showed the government had a majority
of fourteen. The decisive vote was taken on
a motion of Blenvenu Martin, approving the
declarations and programme of the govern
ment and was adopted by a vote of 288 to 279.
AFTER STAXDARD OIL.
i • -
Belief That Department of Com
merce Is on Its Track.
[BT TELEGRAPH TO THE TRIBJNB.J
New-Castle, Perm.. Jan. 14.— 1t is the impres
sion of merchants here that the Department of
Commerce is preparing to investigate the work-
Ings of the Standard Oil .Company. The depart
ment haa made inquiries regarding the^prlco
paid for oil, the rebates paid. If any; the price
paid for the return of empty barrels, shipping
rates, deliveries, and other information relative
to the oil trade. This section has been the scene
of fierce rivalry between the Standard and inde
pendent refineries. It is alleged that there have
been discriminations. Merchants were advised
they would be protected, and the sources of in
formation maintained a Becret.
PLANS NEGRO COLONIES IN DAKOTA.
[BT TEI.«OaAPH TO THE Tlt.'IT'NE ]
Sioux City, lowa. Jan. 14.— Paul U Scott, a negro
business man of Salem. S. D.. after long effort, has
interested the land grant railroads, and secured
Eastern capital to carry out a great project of col
onizing Southern negroes in South Dakota. The,
Slate was the only Northern one which would give,
■übstantial encouragement to the enterprise
AN ADEQUATE PASSENGER SERVICE.
II trains to Buffalo, 14 to Niagara Palls, 11 to
Cleveland. S to Cincinnati. « to St. Louis. 13 to
Detroit and IS to <~"hlca«ro via New-Tork Central
and Weet Shore Railroads— Advt.
Bohn'n Laxatives supply a long felt want, perfect
relief. No dlacomforta No Inconvenience,— A6vi
A Tie-up of Pennsiilvania Xot
Thought Likely at Pittsburg.
[BT TBLIORAPH TO THK TBtBTNK.]
Pittsburg. Jan. 14 — The vote on the proposed
strike of Pennsylvania Railroad men in the
Pittsburg district did not end as was expected.
Several meetings were held to-night between
this place and Altoona, and more will b* held
to-morrow, as It Is the orders from Cleveland,
headquarters of the Brotherhood of Trainmen,
to have the vote as full as possible. Even then
a great percentage of the Pennsylvania work
men w^ill not have a voice in the proceeding*.
In fact, the union men employed on the Penn
sylvania system, or at least that part of It
touching Pittsburg. are exceedingly few. The
trainmen, so far as can be learned, are making
full time, many of the freight crews working
double, and many of them, when seen to-day,
simply said that they were too busy to think
For some time there has been a suspicion
that a resumption of all the mills In the Pitta
bug district would throw so much freight In
transit that a congestion at Pittsburg could
only be averted by the hardest and most care
ful sort of work, and It was at this point the
strike was to be be^un. The Pennsylvania,
however, has passed the point to be feared, and
as there is no alarming activity among tbe
Pittsburg mills, the chance of striking a telling
blow at this point seems slim. A strike of
trainmen on the Pennsylvania system, in the
near future is not regarded seriously by the
employes of the company here.
It was said to-day at the office of Robert Pit
cairn, resident assistant to President Caasatt,
that his visit to Philadelphia had nothing to
do with the grievances of the trainmen, but
that the trip was undertaken for purely per
DENY STORY OF PENN. E. R. STRIKE.
Officials and Men in Jersey City Know of No
Frank L. Sheppard. superintendent In Jersey City
of th« Pennsylvania Railroad, saiJ at his office
yesterday that he was not aware of any dissatis
faction among th© employes of the Pennsylvania
Railroad, and he was quite euro there was no sig
nificant dissatisfaction among th» men of his di
vision. He had not heard of any move toward a
Strike. Employes said there, has been no voting
among th* men on this end of the line on a propo
sition to strike. The men said they were opposed
to a strike, and they thought th© company s^em
ployes in Jersey City and elsewhere* In New- Jersey
were against a strike.
NO STRIKE, SAYS ATTERBURY.
Philadelphia. Jan. 14.— 0n the question of the
threatened strike. W. W. Atterbury. general man
*ag*r of th* Pennsylvania Railroad. said:
I expect and hope that there will be no strike of
the Pennsylvania Railroad trainmen, that some of
: th© accounts appearing In the .n. n « ws p a P c " h i;V
been somewhat exaggerated, and that when fur
ther explanations are made, if they are necessary,
all chance of trouble will be averted.
GETS WRIT FOR AMMOX.
Counsel Seeks Release Because of
Alleged Defective Sentence.
Hudson. N. V.. Jan. 14— A writ of habeas
corpus directing the warden of Btn«f Ping Prison
t;i produce Robert A. Ammcn before him on
next Saturday was granted to-day by Justice
Cochrane. in the Supreme Court, on application
of Ammon's counsel. Ammon is now serving a
sentence of four years and six months in Flng
Sing for his connection with the Franklin Syn
The purpose of Ammon's counsel Is to make
an application to Judge Cochrane for the pris
oner's release on the ground of an alleged de
fective sentence. Ammon received an Indeter
minate sentence, with a maximum term of four
years and six months and a minimum term of
four years. He has served fourteen months.
Under his sentence he can apply for his parole
at the end of four years, but his commutation
for srood behavior on the maximum sentence of
four years and six months would bring his re
lease before Ills minimum term expired. He
would therefore be entitled to release, before he
can be released under the maximum sentence
should he receive commutation on the maximum
term. He would also be released in the winter
months, which is contrary to the provisions of
the Penal Code. His counsel holds that Am
mon cannot now be resentenced, and on the
ground of these alleged irregularities h» will
ask for his Immediate release.
ROBBED OX PLATFORM.
Thugs Lock Car Door and Garrote
Victim Xcar Waldorf.
Charles E. Van der Bogart. who said he lived
at No. 424 East Houston-st.. was srarroted by
four m«»n on the rear of an eastbound Thlrty
f.ourth-«. car soon, after 6 o'clock last evening,
right in front of the Waldorf-Astoria,
In rplte of the boldness of their attack and
th» crowded condition of the thoroughfare In
Fifth-aye., the four men Jumped off the car
and got away by separating, two going east
and the others west in Thirt; -third-st.
A gold watch and chain valued at $1250,
a wallet containing Sli-i In cash, a check on the
Union Trust Company payable to Mr. Van der
Bogart and valuable papers were stolen.
All of the can running through Thirty
fourth-st. at 6 o'clock are well filled. Mr. Van
der Bogart told the police that he noticed that
the men jostled him when he got on the car.
After the. car left Broadway the four sur
rounded him. One 'tiad put the catch on the
door down, so that it could not be opened from
One of tho men throttled Van der Bogart with
a strangle hold, while a second bent his back un
til the others went through his pockets. Even
wh^n the car was stopped, at the west side of
Fifth-aye , the highwaymen kept at their work.
When the car stopped they gave the signal to
the motorman by the bell to go ahead. In the
middle of the avenue they released their hold
on their victim, kicked him Into the corner of
the platform up against the gate and Jumped
from the car.
Van der Bogart yelled for help. The con
ductor and passengers tried to get out on the
rear platform, but found the door locked.
SUES FOR $200,000,000.
Durkee Estate Wants That Much
from United States.
Lbt telxgraph to the TRiarsa.]
Kenosha. Wis.. Jan. 14.— An application has been
made to the County Court asking that an adminis
trator be appointed for the estate of Senator
Charles Durkee. and attorneys are to make an
other effort to collect the Durkee. claim from
tha I'nlted States. Th« claim amounts to nearly
5200.000.000. It 1b said that more than «.000 people
have purchased shares of stock in the company
SUMPTUOUS SOUTHERN'S PALM LIMITED.
Leave. New-York 12:53 p. m.. daily except Sunday,
for St Augustine. Aiken and Augusts, via P. R. R.
and Southern Ry Train surrounded by every com
fort and convenience. Two other faat tratr.i dally.
Sleeping and dining car service. N. V. offices, 271
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PRICE FIVE CENTS.
TOOK BOMB TO UMBRIA.
Also Tried to Wreck Statue of Fred*
crick the Great.
Gessler Rosseau, who was arrested la Phila*
delphla v.ith an infernal machine, was identi
fied yesterday, not only as the man who. It la
believed, sought to destroy the Cunarder Um
brla In May. 1903. but also a* the man who
placed a bomb near the statue of Frederick tho
Great In Washington on last Tuesday afternoon.
While- the report that Rosseau was the un
known man who sought to tamper with the
cradle of tho United States battleship Connec
ticut is generally discredited. It seems reason
able to assume that the Philadelphia prisoner
Is able to furnish the solution to at least sev
eral other mysteries of a kindred nature. Fur
ther disclosures are expected hourly.
RoF.ieau. according to Inspector McClusky, «C
the Detective Bureau, has been positively Iden
tified as the man responsible for the TJmbri*
affair by Mrs. Curry, the landlady of a board
ing house at No. 336 West Thlrty-flrst-st^
where Rosseau lived, and further by Peter Bach*
the expressman, who took the box containing*
the Infernal machine to the pier. Moreover,
says Inspector McClusky. Peter Dillon and
Frank Bates have also Identified Rosseau' a pict
ure as that of the man whose trunk they car
ried to the boarding house.
Rosseau's photograph was likewise identified
by three persons in Washington yesterday as
that of the man who plac«d a bomb on the fenc*
surrounding tba statue of Frederick the Great.
Vernon H. Brown, the agent of the Canard
Lire, caid yesterday that he would take co to*
tion on the Umbrla affair, as it was In the hands
of the police, and they would take tha nec«s«ary
steps. If Rosseau was a dangerous faaaCa ho
should be locked up.
The stories of the sending of the Infernal ma
chine to the Umbria were much magnified* Tho.
truck was sent to the pier, and did not get oa
board. It was on the pier awaiting a claimant,
and would never have been sent on board until 14.
had been Identified by the owner. The steam
ship officials did not know whether It was eves*
the man's intention to blow up the TJmbrla.
It was said at Inspector MoCSusky'B ofSee that
several persons who lived at the house wher»
Rosseau boarded would be sent Immediately to
Philadelphia to Identify him. If the prisoner
tv as identified an effort would be mads by tb*
Detective Bureau to bring him here.
Friends in this city of Owen Kelly, th*
wealthy Philadelphia^ who disappeared en Oc
tober 25. believe that Rosseau knows whers
Kelly Is. Rosseau's arrest was brought about
by his approaching Patrick Kelly in Philadel
phia and offering to produc* Owen Kelly fo#
Francis Mulgrew, who is a cousin of th»
missing Kelly, and lives at No. 151 West Sixty
thlrd-st.. yesterday poohpoohed the Idea that
Kelly was held under restraint by an Irish so*
ciety to which Rosseau and Kelly belonged. H«
declared that the missing man had not a singlo
enemy in the society.
"On Thursday I received a long distance tele
phone message from Patrick Kelly, saying that
Roeseau and himself would arrive In New- York
at 10 o'clock on Friday morning." said Mr. Mul
grew. • I -.rranged to meet them at the Penn
sylvania st ition at that hour. In the mean tiroa
I went to Police Headquarters and arranged for
one of the Central Office men to go with me to
th<* station In case anything should get amis?.
At the last moment, however, I received a tele
gram from Patrick Kelly saying that Rosseaut
lad been arrested. While I do not take much
stock in Rosseau"s story that he can produca
Owen Kelly. I am sorry the Philadelphia police
interfered, because I should have liked to sea
what would happen."
Rosseau. when arrested, declared that he be
longed to "the same Irish society as Owen
One of the officials of the Brooklyn navy yard
who had charge of the launching of the Con
necticut and also figured prominently In the in
vestigation after the attempts to wreck her
said last night that no one was under suspicion,
declaring that he had never heard of Rosseau.
eld last night that no one was under suspicion,
daring that he had never heard of Rosseau.
THE STATUE HATER.
Say Rosseau Tried to Blorv Up Fred»
CBT T-UOIIAFH TO THB TUlßtnra.l
Philadelphia, Jan. 14.— While the police of
this city place no credence at all In th» theory*
that Gessler Rosseau may have been concerned
in the plot to destroy th* battleship Connect.*
cut. they do think he has had something to d*
with the plot to destroy the steamship Umbria.
Detectives from New-York: and "Washington
are expected here to-morrow for the purpose)
of Identifying Rosseau. Inspector Mcdusky,
of New- York, was in communication to-day
with Captain of Detectives Donaghy. of tkis city,
and asked for forty-eight hours in which tn>
prepare his claim for the prisoner who, tha
New-Tork authorities ar*» positive. Is the man
who attempted to blow up the Cunard Lh«
steamship Umbria In May. 1906. Captain Don
aghy also heard from "Washington by long dis
tance telephone and was informed that photo
graphs of Rosseau had been identified there aa
tho** of the crank who had attempted to de
stroy tbe statue of Frederick; the Great W
hangln? an Infernal machine on the fenc«
surrounding the statue.
Captain Donaghy notified the authorltlea of
both cities to send repreaentativee hare, anft
said the prisoner would be turned over to th«
city presenting; the strongest evidence a*alnea
him. As yet the photographs sent to Colorado
have not had time to reach their destination, but
Captain Donaghy Is confidently expecting a»
hear from the Denver authorities that RoaaeaA
is known there. His reason for thinking tnas laV
that Rossaau wore a bat made by a Philadelphia*
manufacturer and sold by a Denver firm.
"If Rosseau is not affiliated with any secret
organizations. I am Inclined to think that ha
will break, down and talk." said Captain Don
aghy to-day. But If he \» an anarchist or be
longs to some organized band of lawbreakers,
then nothing on earth will make him talk."
From a conversation which Detective Tan
had with the prisoner, It seems probable thaa
Rosseau is connected with some organization*
Tail said to Rosseau that the poUce were not
his enemies and the prisoner snapped backl
•\U the police are my enemies. I don't earn
to talk with any of them. I don't even caj*
to talk with you."
Notwithstanding the Swlae-French nama
which the prisoner gives, he is ung.ueatlona.bly
a native of Ireland. Detective Tail broaca«4
this subject, but Rosseau refused to say any
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