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V" 1 - LXV. .N° 21,377.
Dynamite, Used in Excavating P.
i?. R. Station, Smashes Windows.
Windows of many houses -were smashed, the
gl&sFWork of a church was demolished, several
pedestrians were thrown off their feet and one
ironi&n was so badiy scared that afhe afterward
required medical attention, by a terrific explo
elon which startled those in the neighborhood of
the ptnnsylvanla Tunnel excavation yesterday
afternoon. The excavation in bounded by 31st
and $3d *'* . 7th and 9th avee. and takes In. on©
jide of each of these thoroughfares. Th» New-
Tork Contracting Company (Murphy and Gaff
nej) is doing the excavatlna: work, and since the
■vrotk started the company has made its presence
fejt in the neighborhood on more than one occa
finr:. Every one who could possibly move away
from there has already done so, but there are
irsr ■■ who could not afford to leave the neigh
porhood and these suffered from yesterday's ex
plofion. The police were unable definitely to
determine the cause of the explosion; but eye
•tntnespes say that a spark from a draught en
gine l»nited a box of dynamite used for blasting
purposes and the dynamite did the rest.
The explosion occurred shortly before 4 o'clock
yesterday afternoon, as hundreds of children
,ere being llamiasiiii from St. Michael's Paro
chial School, lUh-ave. and 31st-st. Panic caused
them to scatter as a storm of fine stones swept
over them. The box of dynamite waa at 31st
et., midway between 7th and 9th ayes., but so
powerful was the explosion that even the win
dows of the houses on the 33d-sU side of the
excavation were shattered. There was not a
single window of the row of houses from No.
33S to 366 West 31sUst. which escaped the blast.
Nearly every window of St. Michael's Church,
at 'he southwest corner of 9th-ave. and 33d-st.,
■was ittered. as were the windows of the un
dertaking shop next door and the laundry next
<Joor to that. Several persons walking along
81st-st. at the time were thrown to the pave
ir.er.t, and pedestrians on the Tth-ave. side of
the excavation were similarly treated. Accord-
Ing to the police, nobody was seriously injured.
Those living in the 31st-st. houses say that the
detonation was po powerful that it threw them
off their feet and broke dishes and furniture In
their rooms. Miss Dora W. Pope, of No 344
West 31st-st,» was on the third floor of her house
when the explosion occurred. She says she
happened to glance out of the window and saw
the big red wooden box catch fire and go up In
the air. and then every window of her house
broke and she was obMgrd to catch hold of a
eraser to keep from being thrown to the floor.
Mr*. Marparet Williamson, an elderly woman,
living at No. 358 West 31st-st.. was po scared
by the accident that she required medical at-
Shortly after the explosion a small army of
f lazlers , eared on the scene and, without ask
ing: any questions, began replacing the demol
ished wlndows. They were led by a man who
Eaid his rame was Nathan Lyons, and that he
was ■ aaptoved by the contracting company to
replace panel of gIaFS, free of charge, in houses
which suffered by explosions. Those In the
•orhood say that explosions have become so
emmon there since the New- York Contracting
Company started to excavate ap to cause little
elarm. "We are satisfied when they send gia
ti^rs to put our windows in," said one. "Our
nerves were chattered long ago, and we haven't
iisy furniture that is 1 not already smashed, so
future explosions can do us no harm, unless they
kill us."
The police of the West 37th-sL station Investi
gated, but could obtain little information.
Alderman Gaffney, who was standing at Slst-st.
md JHh-ave. shortly after the explosion, was
»sked . y a policeman what had occurred and
replied that he did not know.
Your Trampled on in Charge at
Boer Show.
Thr«« men were seriously injured and another
nay lie. after being trampled on in the charge
»f the New South Wales Lancers and the Hlgh
ar.d Brigade at the Beer War spectacle at
Brighton Beach last night. They were two
tavalrymen and two artillery men. The acci
lent occurred In tho second tableau represent-
Sig the battle of Paardeberg. when more than
light hundred men are on the field. Toward
the close of the scene the lancers and Highland
irs charge clear across the- arena, an ammuni
tion wagon is exploded and the Boers go down
Sghting before the rueb of the English. After
3i* fight is over the nurses and the Red Cross
•rderlles go over the field as the curtains are
Irav.n before the stands to pick up the dead and
I-ast night ther* was real use for the nurses
ir.d orderlies. A» they ran out on the field
*ith their stretchers they found Charles Stew-
IU and James Hardner, British gunners, and
Pift Gonner, one of the Boer horsemen, badly
trampled by the British horses. They were
Mcked up and carried to the emergency hospi-
Sal on the grounds. A minute later they found
he bod y of John Barlow, a British cavalryman,
loubled up beneath one of the guns, where he
lad crawled after being trampled. His right
i?S was broken and he had received severe in
ternal injuries. When he was taken to tho
to.sphal it was found he only had a slight
lhance to live.
Wife Who Accused Husband of
Kidnapping in Hospital.
Mrs. Onevieve Chandler Phipps, who went to
tansati City several weeks ago to attend the
ares, has returned to New-York and for a
brtnight has been in a hospital near this city.
rhere phe underwent a surgical operation for
\ prowth on her n»ck. She is said to be recov-
Iflnj; fast.
Mrs. Phipps _ the wife of Lawrence C.
Phir.ps. of Pittsburg. In June of last year Mr.
rhipps was accused by his wife of kidnapping
fieir two children, who were with Mrs. Phipps
ft the Hotel Netherland. Mrs. Ph'ipps said
hat she was bound and gagged by her hus
tend'a emissaries. He then went West and be
fan a suit for divorce. In July Mr. and Mrs.
*fc!pps met in Pittsburg and decided on a rec
' ition. In September, however, a separa
jon was agreed on. Mrs. Phlpns was to get
£.Y>.ooo, it was said, and t<; see her children at
tated Intervals.
Inr TELEI.t VJ-H to the tbibu.ve.l
Omaha. Heb., May 26.— Captain B. F. Reynold*,
Mef • r .glrie«r of the Omaha waterworks, and
bee a well known Arctic explorer, died here last
>Bht. Captain Reynolds wae chief engineer of
M Pioneer, which In 1866 sailed from New- York in
£arch of traoes of the Sir John Franklin Arctic
kp«dJUon. In 1S& he was a member of the fa
>ou« North Star expedition to the North seas and
•■• a prisoner in the- ice for many months.
A r.*-w fast train on the New York Centr.il leaves
trand 'Vntra! Station 2:30 P. M.. STTiVCS Albnnv
B". I.'tica 7:;4, Syracuse 8:2!. Rochester 8:66. Buf
o 11:30 P. M. No excess fcire.-AJvt.
TmUt, fair.
To-morrow, fair and cooler; — riterty wind*.
p a g " "Bommena a legislative insurance inquiry.
Fera'u. d t in t ? ent8 M Wer ,! __? **?"?? ArVniia^ Mathews. John W. Woot.n and Samuel I. '
Ferguson for alleged looting of the estate of William Weissell. Page 3
the BUBtiMB UBti M Va " JrußJ ruß V f *": SUPr ° me COUPt> dr ° Ppad dead at th « Manhattan entrance of
the Brooklyn Bridge. Page 5.
Tr^'r' FiBhCP deC J ared he J W " ! " "° w " y r «Pon.ible for the failure of the Merchants-
Trust Company, and accused Frank Gould of squeezing the concern. Page 8.
Italian rockmen and excavators in a strike riot threatened to explode dynamite near
the New-York Hospital. Page. 2.
Advice, from Shanghai say that Chinese cruiser, cleared for action following a de
mand for the departure of the Russian vessels. Page 3.
Governor Higgins held a hearing on the Ambler bill, m « king posaib , e the imme diate
closing of the "fake" Raines law hotels. Page _
Latest developments in the Chicago Strike. Page 5.
Thrown from Automobile in Cincin
nati and Sprains Ankle.
Cincinnati. May 26.— Ex-Governor D. R. Fran
cis of Missouri, president of the Louisiana Pur
chase Exposition Company, with J. B. Forgan,
president nf the First National Bank, Chicago,
and Percy Procter, of the Procter & (Jambla
Soap Company, were in an automobile accident
this afternoon. In which all had a narrow es
cape from death, and Mr. Francis sustained a
severely sprained ankle, scratches and bruises
about the head, face and body.
He was thrown from the machine in front of
a Gilbert-aye. car, which was stopped within a
few feet of him. The accident was the result
of Mr. Procters attempt to turn his machine
to avoid a wagon. The wheels struck the car
tracks, throwing Mr. Francis out. He was taken
to tho Grand Hotel, where his injuries were
dressed while he laughingly chided the doctor
for hurting him. He was unable to hear Secre
tary Taft Epeak at the Queen City Club to-night,
on tha occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary
of the Cincinnati Commercial Club, the celebra
tion of which he is attending.
Crystal Drinking Vessel Reported
Bought by J. P. organ.
London, May 2G.— A small sixteenth century
drinking: cup, carved out of rock crystal, mounted
and enamelled -.vith gold, was Fold at auction
here this afternoon for $81,375.
It is said that the cup was purchased for J.
Pierpont Morgan, of New- York. It belonged
to John Gabbltas. of London, who placed th«
reserve price at $25,000. There has been much
discussion over its authenticity, but the British
Museum has pronounced it genuine.
The bidding was fast and furious, from $2,500
to 950,000, but thenceforward the duel was be
tween two prominent London dealers. It is be
lieved that $H1 .'')7."> is the highest price ever
paid for a single object of art in an English
auction oom.
Governor Doughs Prefers Business
and Home Life.
Boston, May 26. — Governor William L. Doug
las announced to-day that in no circumstances
would he be a candidate for renominatlon. The
Governor's determination was announced
through a letter to John J. Flaherty, chairman
of the Democratic State Central Committee, of
Gloucester. The letter «ays:
In order that the coming campaign of our
party In this State may be facilitate*, I deem it
my duty to inform you that I shall not again
be a candidate for the nomination of Governor.
This decision has been reached after careful
consideration, and I feel that in Justice to my
self I must be allowed to retire at the close of
the present term. I have no taste for offlce
holdlng, much preferring my business and quiet
home life to the constant strain incident to
public responsibilities.
Last fall, when there seemed little probability
of success for our ticket, 1 consented to tha
use of my name as candidate for the office of
Governor. On a tariff reform and reciprocity
platform I made the canvass for my party and
triumphed at the polls.
Since my inauguration as Governor I havo
earnestly endeavored to serve the Interests of
the whole people, and I shall continue to do so
until the end of my term.
LEFT ESTATE OF -$1,000,000.
Man Thought To Be Poor Gave
Bulk to Sister.
Through the filing of papers in the Surrogate's
office in Kings County yesterday it became
known that Alexander Russell, who died alone
in a small furnished room at No. 121 Cambridge
P\w o. Brooklyn, last October, left an estate of
over $l.<AtO,ooo. By a will which was brought
over from Dunfermline, Scotland, where Mr.
Russell was born, by David Deas Blair, named
as executor, the greater part of the estate is to
go to Miss Agnes Jeanette Ruasell. of that place,
the sister of the dead man. About $85,000 is to
be distributed among various public institutions
and a few small beq.uests are left to friends.
Mr. Russell, who kept much to himself in his
little Brooklyn room, had few friends there, and
none of them were aware that he had an in
come larger th;in would keep him modestly.
The Public Administrator of St. Louis, where
Mr. Russall lived for some time, being a member
of the wholesale drygoods firm of E>. Crawford
& Co., learned of his death, and, knowing of
his weaitb, took charge of property there
amounting to some $200,000. Then he com
municated with the Public Administrator in
Kings County. Charles H. Kelby, counsel for
Intlnlstrator, after a search through the
financial district, found that Mr. Russell had
storks and bonds and other securities, amount
ing to $260,000, in the Colonial Trust Company.
and $84:000 in cash In the Chemical National
Bank. Mr. Blair, who is also trustee for some
r.f Andrew Carnegie's benefactions, says that
Mr. Russell's property In Dunfermline amounts
to more than $800^000.
Taken from Hotel While Syracuse
JVidozc Was Driving.
• Syracuse, May 2(3. — While Mrs. Margare*
Babet, a wealthy widow, eighty-four years old,
way driving with her maid this afternoon, har
apartments at the Yates Hotel were entered by
sneak thieves and diamonds and other Jewels,
valued at $4,000, stolen. Five thousand dollars
in currency was also made way with. The po
lice believe the work was that of a professional.
Rumor in Tokio of Battle in the
Corean Straits:
Tokio. May 27 (Noon).— lt is rumored horn
that the Japanese and Russian fleets under
Vir*- Admiral Togo and Vice-Admiral Rojest
ver_ky have engaged in the Corean Straits.
REWARD OF $10,000.
Tiffany $ Co. Offer That Sum for
Stolen Diamonds.
Ten thousand dollars' reward is now offered
for the recovery of the diamonds stolen from
Tiffany & Co.'s Union Square store on April 25
and for the arrest and conviction of the thief
or thieves; (6,000 reward will be paid for the
recovery of the gems and S?.*>,OoO for the capture
and conviction of the man or men who so clev
erly got them out of the Tiffany store.
The diamonds, it will be remembered, are
three in number and are pear shaped. One
weighs 14*4 carats, one 12% and the third
11 3-32. These diamonds were in the work
room, whore the gems are cut, polished and set,
on April IT>, and were supposed to have been
turned into the caged inclosure where tha
precious stones nro kept at night, at the end
of the day's work. They were not turner! In,
but were not missed until the following morn
All information relative to the diamonds or
any clews to them or the thief or thieves is to
be sent to Acting- Inspector O'Brien, head of
the Detective Bureau. This would Indicate, that
the police are the chief workers in the case.
The detectives of the Tiffany company and the
outside men who have been called in to help
solve the mystery of the disappearance of th«
diamonds are Pitting on the case, according to
information given yesterday. This means that
they have followed several < lews without suc
cess, and that about the only hope of recover
ing the gems is that one of their number will
be on hand when the jewels are offered for sale.
It waa said yesterday liy a detective that the
closest possible search of the diamond cutting
and polishing room and of the diamond storage
vault on the sixth floor of the Union Square ea
taolishment had failed.
Conservative Element to Oppose
Putting Politicians in Office.
The annual meeting of the Catholic Club on
June 16, for the election of officers, promises to
be the liveliest contest that club has had Rlnce
its organization. The contest is over the board
of menagers, which controls the club.
Clergymen and laymen, members of the club
since its infancy, say that within the last year a
strong political clique has been organized in the
club. This has been discussed in Catholic, cir
cles for some time and has caused alarm to the
more conservative element. The conservative
element aims to keep off the board men who
are more or less prominent In politics.
It was a surprise to not a few Catholics of
note when the club's nominating committee
failed to renominate Justice Leonard A. Gieg
erlch to succeed himself as president, but it
wan learned yesterday that Justice Giegerlch
was unwilling to serve anotner term. There
was no dispute about this office and both fac
tions have headed their tickets with Dr. Francis
J. Quinlan. It is said that efforts will be made
to defeat Corporation Counsel Delany and Dan
iel F. Cohalan as members of the board of man
agers. Since Tammany Hall came into power
many of the Wigwam's members have got
into the club, against, it Is hinted, the wishes
of the conservative element, which wished to
keep the club Just a bit exclusive,
Xot long after Mayor McClellan's election
Corporation Counsel Delany introduced Charles
F. Murphy for membership. He was admitted
to membership.
The board at present consists of John J.
Delany, Daniel, F. Cohalan. Thomas Lenane
John Jerome Rooney. James M. Tully. Joseph
T. Ryan, Hugh King and Andrew A. McCormlck.
Hater of Colored Servants Causes
Fright by Letters.
Red Bank. N T . J.. May 26 (Special).— "We want
you to discharge your colored servant, and if
you don't do it right away -we will burn your
house down."
In substance this constitutes the contents of
several letters which have been received in Red
Bank in the lust few days by persons who em
ploy colored girls in their kitchens. At l~axt
eleven families have been the recipients of
threatening missives. At first little attention
was paid to the communications, but as they
contlnued to be written the police and postofnee.
authorities were informed. There is no clew to
the anonymous writer of the letters. There is
general alarm among the colored help.
Irving Howbert to Sell Cripple Creeks Best
Denver, May 2(>. — A well authenticated report
that the Portland mine, in Cripple Creek, one of
the richest mir.es in the world, is to be Bold, is
creating a profound sensation here. The price
which is asked for the property is stated to be
$15,000,000. Irving Howbert. the Colorado
Springs millionaire, president of the Portland
Gold Mining Company, is negotiating the deal.
I,awton. Okla.. M;iy 26.— Geronlmo. the Apache
chief, rode htfs sorrel horse Geronlmo in a race
at the Fair Grounds to-day, and won $150.
Fin* hall clocks, bronzts. marbles, at wry low
prices. Catalog of lewelry •Uverware, etc., mailed
free. Mermod, Jac ard &■ Kiutr.—
i _________
Raiders Find Alleged Poolroom
Keeper Stuck in Chute.
"Play Robertson to lose in the chute" was the
tip given to the police Just before they raided
an alleged poolroom In West 84th-at., near Co
lumbus-aye., yesterday. The place is known as
the Kimberly Club.
It was a straight tip. Robertson lost, and he
lost in the chute. Robertson is colored, darkly
colored. The police charged him with running
the poolroom. In the round-up Robertson waa
not to be found. Detective Standish. exploring
the cellar, heard therein strange sounds. He
investigated and saw a pair of legs sticking out
of a coal chute.
"It must be very dark and dismal down in
that hole." quoth he, the lines of an anctent
epic running through his mind.
"Been chut in the chute, eh?" he said, ad
dressing the legs. "A dark hors« that didn't
Then he seized the legs and pulled n:i them,
and they came down, the rest of Robertson
tumbling after.
"So coaled, so coaled," shivered Ftnhertson. his
teeth chattering as he was led to Join the oth>^r
prisoners, while the detective muttered. "A b'.ack
diamond from the Kimberly mine."
It was an unusual raid in many respects. The
house, whose iron gates the police battered
down, is in a most respectable neighborhood, the
home of William Howell. secretary to Police
Commissioner McAdoo, being nearly opposite it.
The police say that city employes have been
among the patrons of the place, and that two
employes of the Water Department and one of
the Sheriff were among those caught in the raid.
About seventy-five persons were in the place.
The house was richly furnished. Rich carpets
covered the floors and the hangings were of silk.
In a room, apparently an office, were found
check books an i other papers, hearing the name
of j. p\ Bhrvushnessy. According to Captain
Cooney, of the West <>Sth-st. station, the club
has been in operation for over four years. It is
said that further action may be taken in the
cases of the city employes.
Racing sheet 3, blackboards, six telephones, a
gambling layout for faro and roulette, fifteen
decks of cards and one thousand chips were
Some time ago Detective Horton. of the West
125th-st. station, investigated the theft of cloth
ing from a man who told Horton he was run
ning a "little game downtown." Horton took
the "tip." and, while watching the house raided
yesterday, saw frequently entering it a colored
man whom he had seen at the house of the man
robbed. This led to the raid.
Three men escaped over fences and through
apartment houses to S3d-st.
Brooklyn Man Demands Restitution
of Over $1,000,000.
Jeremiah Fitzpatrick. once one of the largest
glass manufacturers in this country and a noted
philanthropist, has brought suit against his son
and daughter-in-law. James and Margaret
Fltzpatrick, for the restitution of over $1,0Q0.
(XH) in bonds, securities and realty which he
says was wrongful)*' taken f,rom him. This
property was said last night to be all In the
name of Margaret Fitzpatrick. The son makes
many bitter recriminations against his father,
and against h_ brother-in-law. Dr. E. T. Cur
ran, of Columbia Heights, Brooklyn. James
Fitzpatrlck says he will vindicate himself in
open court, and sue any person who intimates
that he ever burned his place of business to col
lect the Insurance. He has brought suit against
Dr. Curran for JiRMXH) for libel for alleged
defamatory and libellous remarks.
Service in the suit of his father was accepted
yesterday by Fitzpatrick after evading service
for five days in his country house at New-
Suffolk, Long Island. The summons is return
able next Friday before Supreme Court Justice
Marean, in Brooklyn.
Counsel for James FltzpatrV-k said last night:
"The allegation that Mrs. Fltzpatrick holds
51.000,000 belonging to Jeremiah Fitzpatrick Is
untrue. She is worth $500,000 in her own right,
willed to her by her father. Judge Plerson."
Among the charges made by Fitzpatrick
against his son Is that two months ago, when
he had occasion to sell some lots in Hohoken
worth $15,000, he says he discovered that they
had been transferred by his son t<> his wife.
He said he at once revoked the power of at
torney he had given James, but found that all
property had been diverted in some way.
When the works of the Fitzpatrlck Glass
Company were burned on September 29. 1904,
William C. Robb. secretary of me New-York
Board of Fire Underwriters, says James Fltz
patrick submitted claims aggrega iiT SI 52.000.
When the board investigated, t claim for
$90,000 less was made.
P. R. R. Structure Was Being Built
Over Ilackensack River.
The new bridge being built over the Haeken
sack River by the Pennsylvania Railroad was
entirely destroyed by dynamite at '2 o'clock this
The cause of the explosion is not known. The
railroad officials are inclined to believe it was
due to accident.
The bridge was being built parallel to the
present railroad bridge, a hundred yards away,
from Jersey City to Harrison. The old bridge
was not harmed.
It was only recently that a train on the Penn
sylvania road ran into two cars of dynamite
near Harrisburg, killing and wounding many.
Starts for Paris After Hearing of Grand
father's Death.
Denver, May 26.— Baron Alphonse de Rothschild,
of Vienna, grandson of Baron Alphon»e de Roth
schild-, who ha-s been visiting the mountain resorts
•if Colorado for the last week, was greatly
shocked by the news of his grandfather's death.
nnd at ones chartered a special train and started
East to catch ■ fa»t steamer for Paris.
Rodle. Pcnn.. May 26. — Mrs. John Baumann.
mother of Louis Baumann. the seventeen-year
i»ld buy who has been voted a medal for bravery
by the Carnegie Hero Commission, to-day ex
pressed regret that her son had not been given
money for an education Instead of the medal
which he has been promised. She said:
Louis is a brave and good boy. and while I had
never any doubt but the Carnegie people would
recognize his act, I had hoped that he would
have been given the means to complete an edu
cation. The medal will be of no use to him, al
though a nice thing to have.
Effective May 27th. Parlor Smoking Car will be
run between Jer«ey City and Point Pleauant via
the Pennsylvania Railroad train leaving New-York
at 3:25 p. m., returning from Point Pleaeant at 6:55
a. m., week-days, and commencing June 2d. similar
service on the 4:25 p. m. Southbound and 7:55 a, m.
Northbound. week-d*j s. — Advt.
The Mayor Receiving Many Assurances of Support— Great Mass
v Meeting Approves His Course.
Philadelphia. May '_>«.— The machine is crum
bling. The organization is disintegrating. Com
missioner Durham, until the present fight
against Mayor Weaver and the attempt of the
ring to force Mi? I'nited Gas Improvement bill
through the Councils, undisputed dictator of the
organization «nd iron handed ruler of the
municipality. Is learning the truth of Mirabeaus
fi«ry declaration that it is but a step from the
throne to the Tarpeian Rock. To-night the
battle is practically won. The regulars are on
the run. Desertion after desertion from the
colors Is being reported. The people are
aroused as this lethargic city has not been
aroused in the recollection of its oldest citizens.
It has been militant and outraged citizenship
against the most compact, powerful and arro
gant organization ever known in a municipality.
"Resolved. That we, citizens of Philadelphia,
without regard to party or politics, do hereby,
before God and man, pledge our life, liberty
and sacred honor to the complete overthrow of
despotic methods in municipal affairs and the
restoration of the American principles for which
our fathers fought, and which shall ever be our
glory while we remain worthy to be called their
Amid tremendous cheering and the waving of
flags several thousand persons, packed In the
Academy of Musi.- to-night to hear prominent
Philadelphians express their protest against the
eas lease, adopted the above resolution. It was
a scene that gave the opponents of the lease
renewed inspiration.
The victory of the Mayor and the people
against the ring, foreshadowed only now. but as
certain as anything can be in affairs of this
kind, means the passing of Durham, the de
struction of the machine and a cleaner and bet
ter government for the city. Incidentally. It is
said by Durham's friends to-night that he is a
sick man; that this was tr, have been his last
fight, and that ne wants to get out. anyway.
It has been a day of consultations on both
sides. The Mayor is on the aggressive. The
ring Is on the defensive. The Mayor has all the
best of I-. The ring leaders are trying to hold
their forces, but they appear to be unable to do
so. They will not admit defeat, but are silent
and grim. On the other hand, the Mayor is
"Can you assure the public that a veto of the
gas lease will be sustained by Councils?" he was
asked this evening.
"Things look brighter every minute. That is i
all I care to say now," he replied.
"Have you been surprised at the attitude of
the people toward you personally in the last few
"Not only surprised, but I have been very
much grntified."
"Will there be any further suspensions or re
movals of officeholders before the argument on
Monday ?"
"I cannot answer that Question."
"Have you taken steps to have the street
cleaning and garbage contracts readverttsed?"
"I have not yet considered that."
"Mr. Mayor, it is reported that you have re
ceived pledges from Couneilmen with the un
derstanding ihat their names be not divulged.
Is that so?"
"Naturally. I cannot answer that question."
"It is rumored that you intend prosecuting
seven I members of the organization criminally.
Ls that so?"
"I must refer you to my lawyer."'
"But you are yourself a lawyer. Mr. Mayor."
"Yes. but you know the old proverb that a
man who is hi* own lawyer has a fool for a
client. 1 wish that I did stand as lawyer and
not as client in this cape."
"Have you vetoed the gas lease" "
"I don't want to answer that now. as a veto
is never a veto until it his be?M transmitted to
The struggle to hold or win couneilmen is
growing hotter, and many of the "city fathers"
have expressed the wish that they had never
been elected to the legislative body. They de
clare that they owe all their success In life to
the organization, and that it would be an act
of extreme disloyalty to go hack on their lead
ers in time of trouble. Then, on the other hand,
the pressure brought to bear by neighbors anl
other constituents and even business associates
to abandon the organization and uphold the
Mayor Is so great that they do not know what
to do. Some of the councilmen are pursued even
into their homes, and delegations are calling on
them at all hours of the day and night.
The first man to be won over to-day came to
the Mayor's office with a delegation of hla con
stituents He was Charles E. Connell. of the Com
mon Council. He was with the Mayor about
ten minute.":. When he left the office he was
asked if he was going to vote against the lease,
and with considerable show of feeling, he said:
"My God, what else Is there for me to do? If
I do not vote against the lease I will be out of
my ward. I cannot help myself. Even my own
family arc pleadi.ig with me to Join the Mayor,
and I had to yield."
George B. Edward, a member of the Select
Council, also saw the Mayor. He voted for the
gas lease and the pressure on him has been par
ticularly strong. On leaving the Mayor he said:
"We talked over the gas lease, but I did not
agree to anything. I shall act as I think best,
and no one knows how 1 will vote."
Mayor Weaver, stanchly supported by the vigi
lance committee, surrounding him in his fight
against the organization and the United Gas
Improvement Company, is dealing blow after
blow against his enemies, while the organization,
strongly Intrenched, is making desperate efforts
to lce?p its lines Intact and hold Its majority
until next Thursday, when the question of
passing the gas lease over the Mayor's veto will
come up In the Councils. It Is neoeasary for the
Mayor to have seventeen votes in the Select and
thtrty-four votes in the Common Council to pre
vent the plans of the organization being effec
tive. To-day has g"cn the .desertion of seven
members of Councils from the organization
ranks, and the assertion ls broadly made that
by next Thursday the Mayor will have more
than enough votes to sustain his stand. To
night he Is assured of ten votes in the Select
out of seventeen necessary, and in the Common
Council twenty out of the requisite thirty-four.
When Mayor Weaver summarily i|__Jaasd the
Directors of Public Safety and PuhMc Works, and
after a brief legal battle was sustained in hla
removals and appointments, he struck at the
very front and head of the organization. De
epite trese changes there are nmi*v arteries
and channels of vigor Wt In th- organization
and by his acts to-day the Mayor Indicated
plainly his determination to amputate every de
partment an,] branch of "graft" in the control of
the organization. When the Mayor this mom
ing recalled the advertising for bids for street
cleaning, and the gathering and incineration of
garbage, he suddenly checked the aracoth prog
ress of two contracts wUeli carry ■"no.rmous
prortts. Th" street cleaning contract has been
h<*ld by the Vaie Brothers, 3nd Senator Mp-
Nlchol has also had a part of this contract and
the garbage contract. M'-Nichol is regarded as
Durham's right hand. a_ l the Vare Brothers
are considered his loft hand. No nr.» has ever
bid against them seriously for these contracts,
as it has been s^nerallv understood thai every
thing was fi\M for the mnthnMHST* of th* con
tracts in present hands. Th« »-tlon of tha
Mayor was a body blow and thre v consterna
tion into the ranks of the organization.
Commissioner Durham was early installed In
the office of Senator Penrose In th«* Arcadi*
Building to-day. A steady stream of callers
went In and out of the ortloo all day It was
noticed that members of the Council and ward
leaders were being rounded up and renewed
pledges of fealty exacted. The organization lead
ers are silent, but there is every evidence that
they are beginning to weaken. The Mayor and
his friends have nearly a week left In which to
work on the Council and if they make myt—
like the progress that has been made In the last
forty-eight hours they will completely rout the
In the mean time the Mayor remains a pop
ular Idol. His trip to luncheon to-day with Di
rectors Acker and Potter was another triumph-
Thousands followed him through the streets,
cheering him. One man who ventured to cheer
for Durham wa.B set upon by the mob. his hat
knocked off an«l he was badly oeaten. Th<*
Mayor had to step into a cab to escape hi-< w.-;;
wIshers. Congressman Timothy D. Sullivan
once characterized New-York as a seven-day
town. He said: "If any one can staaal the gaf
for seven days they can g»t away with th<»
goods and New-York will forget it " A friend
of Mayor Weaver waa asked to-day if a condi
tion of this kind would hold good in th!« city.
He said, grimly: "The town has been asleep ever
since the Independence Beii was cracked to wak<»
them up. After this slumber, lasting ov*»r a
century, they are wide awake and I don't think
the town will even no.l until this battle la won.'
Citizens of Philadelphia Pledge Sup
port to the Mayor.
Phibvif .May 2**. — Th* mass m^erin? In
the Academy of Music to-night tr» protest
against the gas lease was one of the largest
jratherings held here In a long time. So great
wa3 the crowd that an overflow meeting -was
heM In the hall of the Young M«»n's Christian
Association and another In Rrond-»t.. In front of
th • Academy.
W. W. Justice-, a wool merchant, presided si
the Academy meeting, and the principal addr*.-^
was dettVered by Charles Emory Smith, formerly
Postmaster General of the United States. Mr.
Smith, before beginning: hla apeceb, aaaaaawed
that word ha. Just reached him that 150 citi
zens had called on a Councilman In an outlying
ward and demanded that h" pledge his voto
against the le.i^e. whicll he did. Aft^r Mt
Smith had spoken another message came '.h.it a
Councilman in the 2Sih Ward had also pledged
himself to-night to go alonp with the Mayor.
Mr. Smith In hi address laid:
The question of defeating the gas leal ar.d re
d< eminj; the city Is not :i <yiestloa of politic* It
is above all narrow partisanship. It ris^s to th-»
loftier altitude of the citizen's conscientious duty
anri «f the highest civic obligation. Th* attempt
has bcfii made by tr.e plunderers o shield their
raid uiidrr the name ot the party organization,
a:nl now thai th»-y stand trcrr.bl.na: before The atons
of popular wrutri they stek to defend themi<rlve»
and holn th»ii quaking an. l deserting owers
under the plea, that thi> pany organization la »'
t wouM not ventur* ro introduce a tical natn*
Into this discussion bui for thN effort to drag .1
party rtas Into the mire. But it Iwcorr.ea neces
sary to strip the sna»k Croni tlws* pretender* *li-.
are "dishonoring an unworthy leadership. And so I
shall make hold to '.ik>- * leaf from personal rx
perhmce and to sive a chapter >f political history.
On Jiir,- 27. 1901. a town meeting of a. character
not unlike the present one waa held in this 3arn <•
Acs.de— of Music. A dtotrtcl attorney had dared
to do his duty in a momentous public trinl. Ir»
what seemed to be ,i determination to punisa hl»»i
for hi-; conscientious fuMUmeni of his oath. th»
organization ha«l refused him a rrnomlnatlon. Th<»
Independent and high-minded people w^re indig
nant at this act •< nr| met to express their sen**
of a publi.- wrong and. if n»«».i be. to ra— « the flag
of revolt __
I was asked to corn" from Washington to address
that meeting. Circumstances were such that 1
could not leave my post. but. after some delibera
tion I deemed It a matter of duty to tak« a p<wl
tion' and send a telegram to be read at the meet-
In«r whtrh should indicate sympathy and ap
proval. On the foltowtna day I went to th» Pr*«t
dent ;irvi Bald to him:
"Mr President, you see what I have done. X <&
liheratelv and studiously avoided saying a word la
you in advance. I Wt that the act ought to b
mine alone But Ido not wish you to b« embar
rassed and If thta action of one "• your official
family' Involves any embarrassment, my resigna
tion is at vonr disposal." __
\ll this "thus far Is of no Importance. What
follows - Important. Instantly the President
al?ya l?y- friend you are a citizen of Philadelphia,
lour duty 'as ■ citizen la a matter for your own
iudsment If you f»el that you have done youi
duty, you have acted rightly and you have my
approval. 1 '
That was the word of the great, whlte-soul»>d
Wllllum McKlnley. Less than thr** months after
x-'rfttldent McKlnley spoke those words hj« nobl*
aoul took Itl flight to Its Maker. But where would
William McKlnley stand if he were a citizen o'
Philadelphia to-day? Where would Theodora R.ios*.
velt be found In this battle for honest >vernm«Bt
and clean politics? 1 deny the right of th#> con
spirators who are banded together to sag and
plunder our fair ell to speak In a party name. Th<»
black flag of piracy Is not the flag of Republican
lsm. It ls not the lustrous flag of Abraham Lincoln,
and l"lyssen S. Grant, and William McKlnley. and
TheoUore Roosevelt. This attempt to cloak th*
foulest robbt-ry under th>* mantle of party loyalty
i» an unholy d*e*cratton and it Is the highest duty
of free men to repudiate th>- crimf and rescue th«
city from the thraldom.
Our whole character as free men Is at stake
The ertase against which we ha-.- risen is th*
most stupendous robbery which has ever h«en
undertaken In municipal history. But. unp«ral
leled as it stands in the record of pillage, the H*u»
in beyond and &boT« all question of dollars. Our
manhood, our honor, the very fibre of our being,
are all on trial. We are to show whether we ar»
worthy sons of worthy sires, or wneth^r w^
have lost the entire heritage of our fath. - and
have becoma enfeebled and a«?«eu»-rate people. We
are to tell the. world whether w»- shall remain fr*#
men or whether W« shall wear the chai: of slave*..
In such a crisis, where th*> highest interests of the
city are at stake. wher.» the support of a Mayor
who has boldly stood forth an a puMlc champion
ts Involved, and where your rights and honor con
stitute the Issue, you are Justified In *„>ini; to
your repre«>?ntatlv«s:
"You cannot safely 'betray up. We demand that
you shall stand with the people agair.Kt the plun
derera, We shall observe the l.vw We »hall re
•oect tbe restraints' of an orderly community, but
if you persist In trv!:.£ to bind us In the grasp cf
bandit.", we shall show you how self-respecting and
self-<*pf^ndl!'K men can deal with you. M.lke your
If that spirit shall grow during the next wewit a*
It has during the last, we shall defeat this Iniquity
an. l win a complete and glorious, victory.
William T. Tlld«»n. secretary of the •>-"tln<.
and also secretary of the Committee of Nine.
matf<» a speech, in which he warned the p*opl»
After Ml. USHER'S, the b^tch that tß&am t&«
M«hr>a:j rarnou*. v t» t_s c«»t.-_avw

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