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NEW-YORK. FRIDAY. Jl'NE 23. 1905.-FOURTEEN' PAGES.-.t,;
TR1CE THREE CENTS.
WHECKED FLYER FOR SPITt
j\ri;sri(r\iTiox shojvs deliberate ixtextiox
TO ( AlSE CRASII THAT COST 21 I.1VES.
y'r^-York Central Give* Up the 18 Hour Schcdulc Because of the
Aecidcnt at Mentor, Ohio?Well Knoxcn Xcxc-York Men KilLil.
A (lav's investigation of the wreck of the Twentieth Century Limited
at Mentor. Ohio. on Wednesday night. where twenty-one lives were lost
?rhen the Central's fastest train went through an open switch, indicates a
conspiracy to wreek the flyer.
The force of the erash complete ly destroyed the first car, and all in
I Kere killed or seriously injured. Several bodies were burned beyond
As a result of the wreek President Xewman of the Central said that
the redueed schedule would be abandoned, and the trip made in twenty
Jjours, as heretofore.
ffcroic Work of Vninjured to Save
Oevehutd. June 22.?As the result of the day's
s of tb.e causes of the wrccking of
the fwentietli Century Limited, which went
fcroagb an open switch while going through
...... ,-f Mentor. twenty-two miles from
kpr.'-, late laet night. causing the death of twen
? persons and the serious injury of sev
hers. the officials of tho Lake Shore road
are more firinly convinced than ever that the
gVvcfc was deiiberately planned by some rr.all
fNS person. Who this person may be is still
ttd the police and the railroacl's de
E are workio* on the case. The state
1 . >f the Hreman of the wrecked train. the
g master at Mentor and the officials who
tbe switch immediately after the
Reck show that tlie switch light was out and
the switch thrown open against the train. while
the last train to pass over the switch. three
?arters of an hour before, had found it closed.
ss ii should have been.
It hi possible that investlgation to-morrow
will show that a boy meddled with the switch
at Mentor- last night and caused the wreck.
rjrmism Ostaer. ticket agent of the "Nickel
Plate ' road. and James Barnes. of Willoughby.
r I the wreck twenty mlnutes after it oc?
curred. On the way to the wreck they met a
bov carrving a lantern. The boy said that he
?Kd been down to shut a switch. The men went
on to the wreck. and found the switch open and
ocked. The men are of the opinion that the boy
aougbt that there was a freight ahead of the
wentieth Century and opened the switch to let
. through to take a siding.
H. S. Storrs, general superintendenf of the
>ke Shore, sald that the clew would be investi
ited to-morrow. although he ls incllned to
_)Ubt the story that a boy had possession of a
\ey aad could turn the switch.
W? "vT. Marshall, general manager of the Lake
Shore. says the speed of the train was not a
oontrlbutory cause to the wreck. He said that
oth<T Lake Shore trains travel through Mentor
?t a speed equai to that attalned by the Twen
tleth Century last night. whlch was not. Mr.
Marshall said, above sixty miles an hour. The
schedule for the train called for a speed of
?_tyreeven mfles an hour at Mentor.
The wreck had no effect on the sale of Cleve
land tickets for the same train to-night. the full
ouota allotted to Cleveland being sold long be?
fore the time of the train's departure. . .
Coroner York. of Lake County, announced this
evening that an inquest would begin next Mon?
day in Painesvllle.
The following extract from the official re?
port of the wreck, telegraphed to-day by Vice
|*mstdent W. C. Browne of the Central lines to
Presid-nt Newman at New-York. gives the offi?
cial account of the accident:
Train No. 10, eastLound, passed Mentor at
Sutt i>. n:., at which time the switches were all
set for the main line. No. 26 followed No. 10
fifrv mtoutee behind her, and r.o trains passed
Mentor in either direction between the time No.
lo passed there and the arrival of No. 26.
The operator was on tho platform. with two
men. ramed James Collins and W. M. Leuders.
both of whom live la Mentor, when No. IO
passed after which the operator went into tne
office an 1 remained until about the time No. -O
waa due, when he again went out on the plat
fsrm, ar.d ?aw No. 26 coming two or three
Biiles away. . , . .. ?
The operator savs that he looked at the
switch iights and they were white and the
switches were properly set for the main track.
He then returned to the office.
If tM? 1= correct, between that time and tne
time No 26 headed in on the side track. some
on? throw the switch for the side track and
lockr J it in that posltlon.
No _?] headed in the full length of the tram
Cti the house track. the engine leaving the rails
about four coacb lengths from the the switch.
ereshing into the freight house, settlng it on
fire, and turning the engine end for end. and
telescoping the composite car, which took fire
from the burnlng freight house.
The ronductor of No. 26 immediately cxamined
the switch. and called the attention of General
Papsengr-r Agent W. J. Lynch of the "Big Four,"
whn was on tbe train. to ihe fact that it was
fet and locked for the side track and the light
The switch is not damaged and worked per
fc?ly after ?he accident. The composite car.
Which v.as t?lepcoped by the engine. was ?urned.
No other cart in No. 28*8 train turned over.
DKTATLS OF THE WRECK.
The vreek of the famous Twentieth Century
Limited. the fastest long distance train in the
world. was one of the most horrible wrecks in
the htetory of th*- Lake Shore ro?d. The en
Itee was hurled into the ditch. i part of the
w.ns craflbed on mp of it and the wreck
was partly burned. The train was crowded.
tJeally all its accommodations being taken
*h"n it '.< ft the city.
TV heaw train was hurled to its doom with
gre^t moment um. The scene of the accident
was at the Mentor station. The switch that
caused the trouble Is about 330 yards west of
the station. As the heavy engine struck the
rwltrh It left ihe main track and swung vio
kmtly to the left. For twenty yards the en
r ? ran upright, th-n turned on its side just
to tlie east of the station. The momentum was
Such that ihe heavy tender was hurled entirely
over the engine and was buried in the depot.
The con '.inatlon car was hurled with terriflc
vlolence on top of the engine and tender and
soon was enveloped in flaines from the engine.
The Chicago sleepor. which was immediately
behind the combination car. swung from the
lrauk and. crushing into the station. was buried
ln the wreck of the building. The next sleeper
following was left upright off tbe track and the
pther remained upright on tbe ralls.
An lnstaril afur the crash the boiler of the
engine burst. scattering fire through the wreck.
The wrecked combination car. which had landcd
crushed and splintered on top of the engine,
was at once enveloped in fiames and steam.
Answeririg your inquiry: Yes. the beat way to go
to Buffalo and Niagara Kalls is bv the New York
Oritra;. Why*? Because over its slx tra*ka i.iere
ar*j z*i trains a day. li-cent mileage uckets axe tcood. i
ABANDdNS FAST RUN.
Central Retnrns to 20-Hour Sched
ulc To-day?Survivors Here.
As a result of the terrible dlaaster to the
Twentieth Century- Limited on the Lake Shore
road at Mentor, Ohio. on Wednesday night. cost
ing twenty-one lives, tho Xew-York Centra! ls
going to abandon what has been called "frenaied
railroading." President Xewman announced
yesterday that tho Twentieth Century would re?
turn to a twenty-hour .-chedule to-day. and that
no further effort would be made to cut down the
time between Chicago and Xew-York while he
held the executive reins.
In an official ttatement issued late in the
afternoon President Xewman said:
Since the sad accident which happeaed on the
Lake Shore last night I have consulted with the
operating officials, who have explained that the
accident was caused by a misplaced switch, and
was not due to the .speed of the train. They as
ture me that the pre.sent schcdule can be safely
and easily rnaintained.
While 1 agree with the operating officials that
there is no physical reason why this scheduie
should not be continucd, neveitheless, in my
judgment. the time of the Twentieth Century
Limited should be resttfred to twenty hours, and
it will be done at once.
Other officials declared that the trains which
left Chicago at _:''.0 and Xe%v-York ai 3:30 yes?
terday would be the last of the eighteen hour
trains. The other Chicago and Xew-Ycrk race
train is the Pennsylvania Special, which made
its first run on June 12. It was said yesterday
by the oflicers of the Pennsylvania company
that the eighteen hour schedule would be rnain?
tained. as it was considered perfectly safe.
Seventeen survivors of the Mentor wreck, who
had escaped serious injury reached the Grand
Central Station yesterday afternoon on the New
York and Xew-England Express. A considera
ble crowd gathered in the train shed. Some had
friends on the wrecked train, but many were
curious ones, who expected to see bandaged and
injured people limping away. In this they were
disappointed. for not one of the survivors had
a visible scratch, though many confessed to
bruises from belng tumbled about. Xot one of
them was in the buffet car. Several, however,
escaped from ihe second cai. whlch was burned.
The first man to make the gates from the
express was William Barclay Parsons, the sub
way engineer, who was on the Century train,
but who escaped without a scratch, being in
one of the rear sleepers. He was in a great
hurry to get to his summer home at Locust.
X. J.. where his wife was waiting for him.
"I'll tell you about the wreck later." he said,
as he hurrled to the subway station. "My wife
will not believe I have escaped until she has
seen me with her own eyes."
Later, Mr. Parsons said:
I had a very narrow escape, but got off for
tunately without a scratch. I was just prepar
ing to turn into my berth when the crash came,
and ln an instant all was confusion. I was in
the third car. I had left the combination car
just a moment before. The combination car, as
you know, was entirely destroyed. I did all I could
In pulling other passengers from the rulns of the
cars. I went to the front of the car, together with
others. The vestibule had been crushed ln and
we had to break our way through plate glass
windows ln order to get out. The car ahead of
ours was tilted up and we seemed to have run
in under it. The car ahead of that was com
pletely turned over. The engine was on its side
and the tender was inoluded 'in the mlx-up. Over
engine and tender was the roof of what had
been a freight shed.
Flre broke out almost as soon as the crash
came. I do not know that any of those now
dead were killed instantly, as lt was stated on
the arrival of the relief train that there had
been no fatalities, and I believe that those now
dead died on their way to Cleveland.
Too much cannot be said for the way ln which
the women passengers acted. Why, they were
regular Red Cross nurses. They did not become
panicstrlcken, but went to work, and used hand
kerchiefs and portions of their clothing to bind
up the wounds of the injured. It certainly was
an awful experience. and how I escaped with
my life I do not know However. lt ls my flfth
railroad wreck, so I guess I am bullet proof.
C. E. Pickard, of Chicago, in an interview re
garding the wreck said:
Xot a man on board the first car escaped
death or serious injury; not a man in the other
cars was more than bruiscd. I doubt. however.
if many of the poor fellows in the smoking car
were absolutelv burnt to death. The shock and
smash was enough to klll them. My frlend
John R. Bennett. of this city, was one of the
killed. but here are the bilis and some papers
I took from his pockets. and you see they are
not so much as touched by the nre.
My own escape was most. fortunate. I hal
been talklng with Bennett and had got out of
the car with him at Cleveland and walked about
the platform. When we started I thought I
would not smoke any more and went back to
the second car and sat down to read one of
Kipllng's storie-s. I wonder how that flnishes?
Bennett must have gone back to the smoking
car. and I never saw him alive again.
Suddenly I felt a Jar. and as I had been in a
wreck before, reeognlzed it as the putting 011
of the emergency brakes. Nothing seemed
wrong and there was an appreciable time before
there came another bump: the car toppltd over
lo an angle of about 80 degrees and the man
slttlng on the other side of the aiale from me
came falling acioss on me.
Now you must not expert me to be very ac
curate about the time all ihes- things took to
happen Xo doubt they occurred in a very brtef
space end I can only tel! y.u Ik.w long it seems
lo me they look, as l look bacit, not how long
1 would even say trere was two minutes be?
tween the flrst applying of the brakes and the
nnal stop, which is, of cours.'. absurd. Anyhow.
there was no parth ular confusion In my car. I
looked round to see if there was any tiie, and
as there irai not, I aupposed tiie accident was
not a very serious one. The lights ali went out
and we began to strike matches. The men who
were in their bunks began to get out and dress,
and I sei to work to hunt up my b< longings.
A noiter came along with a lantern and looked
in twlce and we asked him to leave it with us.
Vo doubt he had people In far greater need of
iitention than we to look after. and went away.
_e-nwhile w*? nl! continued to hunt for our
baeeaee and I even medltated Irstltuting a
hunt for my specta. le ra, ? As a Jnatter of
fa.?t 1 did go down on my hands and knees and
seprch for my small bag.
How long thip all took 1 don t really know. but
it s^etns now tfke ten rulBUtea. Then I began to
think about gettlng nut. T:ie car was not much
CoutUiu.-il oa bci'-inl i~?_.o.
DEATH IN SUMMER STORM.
LIGIITXIXG IIITS OFTEN.
City Is Szcept by Rain and Wind?
Bolt Explodes Dynamite.
Death and destructlon came in the wake of
yesterday's storm. The day promlsed to be
one of the hottest days of the season. The
maximum temperature was 84 degrees about.
noon, and the mercury was rlslng stei-.dier every
moment, when, like a flash, the sky became
cloudcd and a terriflc storm and rainfall. with
lightning, followed. ln less than ten minutes
the temperature dropped eightecn degrees. The
rain poured ln torrents. at the rate of three
Inches an hour, and the storm travelled at a
rate of thirty-nine miles an hour, beating all
records thls year in velocity and force. It
caught tens of thousands of workmen, busi?
ness men. shoppers and school children un
awarcs, and. with the lightning, wrought much
havoc in the city and its suburbs.
Agalnst two heat prostratlons a few moments
before the storm broke, two deaths and several
injuries by lightning were recorded. Miehael
Burns, a plumber, was the first victim claimed
by the lightning. He was working on a house
at Montclair. N. J.. when a bolt struck the
north end and quickly glided lnto the plumbing
system. Burns was clcatiing a joint of pipe on
the floor. Tho lightning slid on to the pipe and
struck him senseless. He died befcre reaehing
the Mountalndale Hospital. He was twenty-four
years old. Earlier ln the day Edward Jones,
seventy-flve years old, and Henry Kill were
overcome with heat. Eoth live ln Manhattan
and were removed to Bellevue.
Arthur Bolton, fifty years old, empl-yed as a
drlver by William F. Mullin, an undertaker of
Newark, was killed by a bolt of lightning. Bol?
ton was driving a coach, and he and othefs were
waiting in front of a house in Forrest-st.. Ar
lington, for the conclusion of the funeral service
when the storm rose. Bolton's coach was close
to a large tree. The tree is supposed to have
attracted the lightning, but it hit ihe man and
hurled him senseless from the top of ihe coach.
Lightning struck the electrlc light plant of
the Hudson County Boulevard Commlssion at
Snake Hill, Jersey City, disabling the entire
system. The fourteen mile stretch of the boule?
vard was shrouded in darkness last night. The
bolt was so severe that some of the bricks
in the wall were dislodged.
LIGHTXIXG SETS OFF DYXAMITE.
\t the height of the storm a flash of light?
ning exploded some dynamite which had been
left in a vacant lot at 121st-st. and Amsterdam
ave Last spring blastlng was being done at
this point, and it is telieved that some of the
blastlng material had been accidentally left
The explosion blew out all of the windowa in
the Marquette, a new apartment house at Xo.
417 to 4"1 West 120th-st. In the buiiding at
work was Joseph Rose. of lst-ave., a painter.
He was stunned by the force of the explosion.
which'was close to the buiiding, and..hia hair
was singed and his face burned. The force of
the explosion extended through the Marquette.
and window- were broken ta the Cragsmore.
Another new apartment house in 121st-st.
Several windows in the dormitories of
Teachers College. at Amsterdam-ave. andI 121st
8t were also shattered. and many of the in
mates hurriedly left the buiiding in fear.
Before the storm broke in the cttv darkness
fell like a pall. So black were the banks ot
lowerlng clouds that they shut off the sun s
rays as if a total eclpise was in progres-. It
was like night for a few minutes. and all over
the city people in dwelllngs, offlces. stores and
workshops were busy turnlng on gas and elec?
trlc Ughts. ln some parts of the Supreme CourL
hearings had to be suspended. Justice Green
baum adjourned court.
In the storm. besides the fatalities. there were
rumerous accidents throughout the city und
country. A bolt of lightning struck the flag
pole on the fashionable apartment house, The
Langdon. Nos. 157 and 159 West E>4th-st.. shat
terlng it into spl.nters. Pieces of the wood W
in every direction. strlking people on the street
below. The bolt slid down the pole into he
elevator shaft. catching the wire cable whicn
John Harris. the elevator boy, held. He was
knocked senseless. but recovered later.
There was one place ln all New-York where
the elements couldn't quail the ardor of those
as-embled-Sheepshead Bay. Only the trumpet
of the archanzel could have stopped a race
yesterday. At the very moment the storm
broke in all its fury the field for The Surf was
going to the post. Some of the field crowds
sought shelter. but in a second the gong sound
ed and the inspiring cry of, "They're off!' over
vhelmed the roar of the disturbed elements.
The downpour caused the culverts of the
Broadway surface llne to flll with water so that
trafflc was delayed, and at one time brought to
a stop Flashes of bluish flame shot out from
under the cars for hours. The display of flame
Was spectacular at tln.es, and many fuses were
burned out from the time the storm was half
over until far into the night. To clear the cul?
verts workmen used hand pump3.
BOLTS STRIKE IX BROOKLYN.
Lightning struck a public school ln Brook?
lyn and shattered the flagstaff on the cupola
of the Temple Bar Buiiding. Three hundred
children who were waiting for the storm to
subside were badly trightened when a bolt
of lightning struck the cupola of Public School
No. 73. at Rockaway-ave. and McDougal-st.
They were quieted by the teachers. and be?
came calm hgaln when the janltor returned from
the roof and reported that although considei
able damage had been done to the cupola the
buiiding had not been set on fire.
For the second time in a year the large flag
pole on top of the Temple Bar Buildirg, at
Court and Joralemon-sts.. was struck by light?
ning. About half of the forty-foot staff which
surmounted the tower on top of the twt-lve-stury
buiiding. sailed across the street and fell on
lop of the Borough Hull. Just under where lt
struck the thi roof with a crash the justices of
the Appellate Dtvision of the Supreme Court
were listenlng to an argument.
Coney Island shivered for several houre. and
the managers ground thelr teeth lest some bad
words might escape. There were fifty thousand
people enjoylng themselves when the storm
broke. and for an hour they were a most un
comfortable lot. Conslderable damage was
done. Lightning struck the flaspolejat the top
of the police station, settlng the buiiding on
fire The Fire Department was called out and
quickly extingulshed lt. While the firemen were
working here. several other small flres occurred.
which were extlnguished by hand.
Lightning tore out the Inside wlring of the
Galveston Flood spectacle and split the flag
Dole in Luna Park.
The two story frame dwelllng owned and oc
cupied by Edward Bronson, of No. 7". J. !f~ -
aon-ave., Jamaica. was struck and set on fire.
The bolt struck the roof. The loss ls given as
PBOFeSSOB A VACKAXT.
Missing from Baltimorc?-Arrested
Here on Tcchnical Charge.
M. M. Ramsay, of Baltimorc. professor of
Spanish at Leland Stanford, jr.. Unlvetsity,
was arraigned in the Jefferson Market police
court yesterday afternoon on a technlcal charge
of vagrancy. and was commltted to the Jeffer?
son Market prison to awalt exnminution to-day.
Family difficulties caused Piofessor IUui.say to
leave Ealtimore several weeks ago, and while
ln this city ht stayeu, he says, at the Pcnnsyi
\_nia Irotel, lltb-ave. and 2-lth-st. The polh..
j>ay he began drinklng and as a lesult his inouev
soon save uUt.
Letective Sergeant Fogarty arrested Profes?
sor Ramsay as a "missing person" white the
latter was on the tloor of the Produce Exchange
yesterday afternoon. He admitted his identity.
A letter from a member of the Maryland Ceb
iogical survey rc-ferring to Professor Raxsey
and a letter from the Chief of Police of Baltl?
more were shown to MagiStrate Baker. One of
the letters suggested that Mr. Rarnsey was
suffermg from niental affilction.
Accordir.g to "Who's Who," Mirathon Mont
rose Raniscv Is assistant professor of Ppanish
in the Leland Stanford. Jr., University, in Cfcli
fornia. since 1'JOl, and a Fellow by courtesy of
Johns HoDkitis University. Jlk/O-'Ol. He was
born in Newton. Mass.. ln 1M>7. a son of the
Rev. Samuel and Eliso Amelle Ramcev.
In Washington, in 1800; he married Agr.es
Emily Craig, chief translator of the Interna?
tional American Conference. In U 04 he resigned
his position, which he had held, for five years, as
a special clerk for the eollection and classiflca
tion of military information from abroad. to
take the chair of Romance languages in the
Columb'ian University. This he resigned in 11101
to become afliliated with the Leland Stanford.
jr., University. ln 1896 he directed the summer
school of the Columbian University.
Professor P.amsey is a mesn.ber of the Ameri?
can Philological Association and of the Mod?
ern Language Association of Amerlca. He has
contributed articles on Spanish literature to
magazines and encyclopaedius He is the au?
thor of many text books in Spanish. and In
English as well. With Lieutenant Andrew S.
Rowan, U. S. A., in 18U0, he published "The
Island of Cuba."
MAY XOT REMOVE HOOKER
Senate May Permit Trial Without
[BY TI:LEGRAPH TO TiIK TMBr.SE.]
Albany. June 22.?The Hooker case seems
suddenly to have developed unusual and unex
pected diffleulties. Last night the settled con
viclion existea that a niajority of the Senate
were ready to be placed on record as either
believing that the proposed method of trying
Justice Hooker was unconstitutional. or that,
although legally correct, was likely to estahlish
too dangerous a precedent to be wise. There
was then a general belief that the Senate
judiciary committee, at the end of the week
allowed it to cOr.sider this question. would so
report and that this report would be sustained
by a majority of th? Senate, largely through
the Democra.tic votes. Such a course would
promptly close the incident.
Since that time there have been certain de
velopments whlch seem tb indicate that the
Senate will, through its committee, permit the
trial to proceed. That enough votes can be had
to rcmeve Justice Hooker seems now almost lm
possible. The minority has practically Indi
cated its determination to stand out against the
proceedlngs as constitutional, and Senator
Brackett and certain other Republlcan Senators
incline to this view. Therefore, while a grudging
consent may be secured for a trial, there is
every reason to believe that the result will be a
refusal of the Senate to act. In this situation,
the personality and the case of Justice Hooker
have both been eliminated and the whole ques?
tion has become one of technlcal constitution
ality. This seems to indicate a long and tedious
session occupied with perplexTng legal matters
and ln the end Without any removal proceedings
being passed. The Senate Judiciary Committee
meets to consider the constltution questions
FIREMEX HAVE DAY OFF.
Xot a Blaze in Manhattan and The
Bronjc for Eighteen Hours.
For eighteen hours and seventeen mlnutes,
or from 9:58 o'clock on Wednesday evonlng till
4:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon. the fire gongs
in the engine houses of Manhattan and The
Bronx were idle. This has not happened for
almost a year now
Whether this remarkable stretch of idleness
was to be accounted for by the activity of the
police firecracker brlgade was not learned. Com?
missioner McAdoo was non-committal. Fire
Commissioner Hnyes sald:
"I reckon the firebugs have been overeome by
The spell was broken by a call from Box No.
138, at Jefferson and Cherry sts. The firemen
discovered that the blajse had been extinguished
hefore their arrival.
PRESIDENT SAVES LIVES.
Pushcs Several Norwalk Citizens
Away from Backing Train.
South Ncrwalk, Conn., June 22.?The train
Learing President Rooscvelt stopped here at 5:55
o'clock, and remained three mlnutes before being
shifted to the New-York divislon tracks. Con
jrressman E. J. Hill, of Norwalk, grceted the
President, and introduced Mayor C. E. Dow.
From the rear platform of the train the Presi?
dent, in response to an cnfhuslastie greeting
from a crowd of three thousand people, sald:
I just had to stop here to-day to say how very
glad I am to extend my good wishes to the peo?
ple of Norwalk. I an; mlghty glad to come here.
of course. 1 owe a great deal to Connectlcut. and
I assure you I appreclate It. I have been trav?
elling through Masvachusetts and Connectlcut,
and I am very favorably Impressed with Con?
nectlcut manufactures, and. above all. have I
been impressed with the character of the people.
President Roosevelt had Just stepped to the
other side of the platform. as if to make himself
heard to the crowd on that side. when the train
began backing out from a sidlng slowly.
"Look out! Look out:" he shouted to tne peo
j le close to the platform. and he was obllged
to push some of them back with his hands to
prevent them from being run over. No one was
injured. As the train pulled out. the crowd gave
the President a rouslng cheer, while the fac
tory whistles tooted a Presldentlal salute.
NEW FAST TRAIN, ASBURY PARK TO
Vla Pennsvlvania Railroad. beginnlng June 25.
Leave Aabiirv I-'ark 8:10 A. M.. weekdays: arrlve
New y?irk 9:45 A. M. Eieven other U*<U??; auperlor
e<juipment.?Ad v C
ATTORNEY GENERAL TO ACT.
RESTORATIOX OF SYXDICITE PROFITS AND OCST
IX(r OF TRAXSGRESSORS HIS OBJECT.
Governor TcVs Jerome He Will Aid in Any Equitablc Prnscmtion
UkeWtood of Legislative Mutualizztion.
RESULTS OF TIIE IIEXDRICKS EQUITABLE REPORT.
Attorney G3rcr_l Msyer says:
"Aop.-cpriate steps wili be spsetiily taken by me. first. to nccomplish the return to the
Equitablc of any D-of:ts wrongfully rr-ade cr retnined by reas-n cf trust ratatiam o- other
w.se- second. to debar from hotding office in thi~ company ar.y person who has been
f-ith!_-s to his trust cr who has vioiatcd any provisicn cf the !?w; third, to obta.n an
ac.ounting for any wasto or misappication of funds for any r-sscn or by anybody.
"The sr-atost necessity of the situation is that tho rights cf the policyho'ders M a!. re
sp-cts bc ascertained clearly and complcte'y and as quickly aa is !egai!y p-ssible.
" -ii any cr]rrs has b.cn ccmm;tni by anybody. the situation is manifcsCy for the D.s
August Bcinont resignsd from the board of directors of ths Equitablc
Jarr.ea Haren Hyde, his friends say. will defe-r.d any action t-.at may ba taken con
cerning him by th* Attorney Gencr;
The District Attorney said he wcjld act. and Governor Higgins p-omiscd to aid him.
Any action by Ihe District Attorney would be along criminal lines; by the Attorney Gen?
eral on civi!.
At A!b=ny the gener_l cpinion was that there would be legislative action at the spacial
session providing for mutuaiization and the e!imination cf stock.
Sup-rintcncent Hendricks said that the roport already made v/as incompiete, and would
bo __p?!emcn-ed by a fuller one.
I1VH1- TO KK-B1 ANY Ai !!0\ AGAINST HIM.
Attomey General Mayer announced here last
night that be would bring action ui once to
cornpel the rcstitution to the Equitable Life As
surar.ee Society of funds wrongfully accumu
lated througli trust transaction3 or in any otaer
way by its officers. and to oust from the society
any offlcer who had been false to his duty. The
Hendricks report made this charge against
James W. Alexander.' James Hazc-n Hyde and
Action also will be begun by Dlstrict Attor
uey Jeroiv.e, although he refuses to say alons
what lines he will proceed. He wrote to Gov?
ernor Higgins for a copy of tne Hendricks re?
port, which was sent to him, with a letter from
the Governor. promising all aid in his investi
gation. Whatever eviaence of criminality Ai
torney General Mayer finds ia his proceedings.
vhich. necessarily. will be civil suits. will be
turned over to District Attomey Jerome. and
t^ne two officials practically will work together.
James Hazen Hyde, it 13 known, is prepared lo
defend any suits which may be brought against
him for a refunding of his syndicat- profit,;,
?nd it ls altogether iikely that if h? cannot
lecome a defendant. he wiil be a plaint.ff ln
lawsuit*. either against the Equitable society
*,r some of those who aave made charge s against
The Mutual Life Insurance Ccir.pa.ny, it was
learned vesterday, has appUcd to Superlntendent
Hendricks for an investlgation of its manage
ment and a report thereof. This acionls take..
because of the effect on the public of the Equi?
table investlgation. The Mutual's officers be?
lieve that it would reassur* their polleyholders
and put them absolutely straight with the pub?
lic to have the results of the Department s In
vestigation mado known. Superlruendent Hen
dricks. it is understood. has consiuered tnei.
application favorably. ard will begin the in?
vestlgation in a few weeks.
A meeting of the directors has been called f,.r
next Wednesday. at which it is expectec. Mr.
Morton. chairman of the board. will bring for?
ward his plans for the reorganizatton of tho
dlrectorate and the executive committee. He ia
devotlng his time now almost entiely to working
out these plans. He and the trustees have been
i? conference, and it ls understood that they
have been discusslng the names of successors
to the fourteen directors who resigned dur.ng
,he factional fight. It is expected by tbe tr^ees
that several more of the directors afffl reslgn.
A meeting of tbe trustees will be held next weeK
probably immediately preceding the directors
""Mr" Morton was ln consultatlon yesterday
with Thomas F Ryan over the Hendricks re?
port and its reference to absolute mutualizatior
of the Equitable. He refused to discuss the re?
port Mr.Ryan would say nothing about it.
MMorton said he had not conMdcred any
further the acceptance of the resig-naLons of the
officials whlch he holds.
August Belmont, it was learned yesterday. has
sent a letter to ex-President Cleveland. as chair?
man of the trustees. tendering his resignation
_TS director of the soclety. He does not make
the resignatlon absolute. but proffers tt. and
leaves to the trustees to accept his retiremem
or to ask him to remain. He bases his action
on a desire not to hlnder the new management
,? any plans it may have ln =^ ,_ taken
Mr Belmont's action. in \\ an ?ir,-ei'
as an indication that all is not harmony be?
tween himself and the new reglme ^
* tangle of litlgation seems about to enmesh
a lauRic v. o c??itTb!e for. besides
the already much tangied Equitable. i or.
the suits by the Attomey General and the pro
, >? h,. \Tr Hvde it is thought tnat
spectlve suits by Mr. H>ae.
either some of the policyholders. acting on tne
advlce of the new management. or Paul Morton.
atiuce oi me i-* ac.tions to
as chairman of the board. m ? ? *
decide in th. courts exactly what are the rights
of the policyholders.
Their daim to the surplus and their right to
elect directors are practically the most Impor
tant problems confronting the reorgan.zers. In
any such suits the plalntiffs will recelve every
aid. it is understood. from the Attomey Gener?
al's office. Such actlons will not confllct Ir. any
way with the suits Mr. Mayer will bring in be?
half of the State.
\ttorney General Mayer returned to this city
last night from Washington. He will be at his
office here to-day and to-morrow. working over
?he Hendricks report. He will be in communl
cationwun Governor Hlgglns and Superintend
en Hendricks. and probably he and District
Attomey Jerome will hold a conference.
STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL.
"Ordinarilv. I believe that an official should
not predlct what he will do." sald the Attorney
General at the Republlcan Club. "Performance
ls preferable to promise. lt is manifest, how?
ever. that the people throughout the entiro
country are profoundly interested in the afTalrs
of the Equitable Life Assnranee Society. There
fore. I think it fttting to say that approprlate
steps sneedlly will be taken by me. flrst. to ac
complish the return to the Equitable of any
proflts wrongfully made or retalneil by reason
of trust relations or otherwlse; second. to debar
froin hol linit off.ee ln tho company any i>erson
who has been falthless to hi* lrus.t or who has
vlolated any provlslons of the law; 'hird. to ob
taln an accountintj for any waste or mlsappli
catlon of funds for any reason or by anybody
"There are certain other maiters of impor
tance which I am studyliiK. hut t> wt.tr-h It would
be premature ti> refer In detall. tt nl^ht 1..- f..r
I, stance to the Interesl t?f the poll yholders to
learn the character of and occaslon for aume of
t'.io logal serviccs paid fcr durlng the last few
j cars. But. above all i.i'j-airies aa to alleged de
lir.fjuem ies, the greatest neccssity of the situa?
tion ls that the rights of the policyholders in all
rcspcct.'. b? ascertair.ed clearly and completely
and as quick!}- as is lesally possible. In this
and other particulars I shali tr>' my best to ob
tata results. If any crime has been committed
by anybody. that situation is manifestly for th?
Dbiyict Attorney Jerome telegraphed ln the
morning to Superir.;en.2e;it Hendricks, asking
for copies ef his report. that he might study it
in conneciioh with a proposed Investlgation he
would m_:.e. He received a reply. saylng that
the rcpurls would be r''>rwnrded. Later he re
colved wofd fro_ Govern >r Hisgins that anj* aid
he CJI.IJ rend3r would he forthcomin*. The Dis?
trict Attorney refused t > talk about his investi
gation. lt ts und<.rst" d, however, that he in
tends to tslte up the fyndicate transactions and
some of the stock t:ansa:tions in connection
with the Eqiiitable'.: snhsldiary eoapantea
Aithourh everybotfy (.cnr.ected with the Equi?
tablc- had expt-tcd that the Ht?dricj_ repoit
would be sc^th'::;; in its flnciings, the reauty ex
eeeded the wiider: speculationa of any of tha
porsor.s under fi:e. It ^vas a thunderboit. not
exactly from th. bfc-e, but sufficlently unes.
pected to stun everybody into speechlessness?
everybedy. tfcat is, save Gage E. Tarbcll. Mr.
TcrbelU vindicated by the tepoft, could net r-_
Ftrain his exubcran-e. and ehowad by his
e-meapor the ;ieasure he felt that Ms cond-ct
-fflcialiy had been declared blam-less. He could
concetve nnw no rcaron why his enforced reslg
nation should be accepted. he said.
Others who formerly were connected with the
Equltable a'.-o were joyous. Brayton Ives. one
cf the Frick committee. declared that whatever
that body had said about the officials or the
management of the society iiad been pretty
thoroughly conflrmed by the Stato Insurance
-It !? natura'.iy STatifytag to know that the
OndlngS of ihe Frick committee have been con
firmed," he said. "If our committee erred at all.
It erred on the side of leniency. I felt from the
outr=et that that should be our attitude. know
:'ng. as I did, that the superintendent's Investi
gation would be more free from the charse of
perForal bias thsn would that of the Frick
COI?Xtr**te if it contained severe tensure."
Kenry C. Frick al?o wore a large, significant
smile as he parsed through the Equltable Buiid?
ing and glanced up at the statue of Henry B.
Hyde. He refused to discuss the Hendrieks re?
port, but said cf h.9 own committee's work:
"I don't think we need anv vindication."
HYDE PREPARIXG TO FIGHT.
James Hazen Hyde would say nothing about
the report further than to deny that some state
ments eirtulated e::rly in the day about it had
come from him or any of his advisers. Sam?
uel Unternayer. hi3 counsel. said that none of
Mr. Hyde's lawyers had made any of the siate
ments apparcntly attributed to them. They na**
not made any statement or authorized any
about the Hendrlcks report. Inasmuch as it
was entirely probable that the Hendricks report
would become the subject of litlgatlon, Mr.
Hyde and his lawyers felt it would be much
better to make thelr cefenco in the eourts.
Nevertheless, the report. stlnging as it waa
for Mr. Hyde and his personal friends among
the directors, brought from them replies in
whlch they termed tho document "tn attack 0:1
dead men," "filled with claptrap." Mr. Hyda
had been made the object of a base personal at?
tack. hia friends said, and if the Attorney Gen?
eral didn't take action on the report Hyde cer
talnly would bring sult to vindicate himself.
probably making the Equitablc a defendant la
an action to recover the JGI.000 whlch he had
deposited with it, representing his profits from
the syndlcate transactions.
The leases which had been crltlcised so atrong
ly were made by Oie elder Hy<le. and whatever
renewals were executed by James Hazen Hyde
had been made necessary by the terms of the
original leases, it was said. Mr. Hyde had not sold
nny of hls Interests ln ihe tohatdlary companiea,
and he intended to hold on to hia suhstantial
interest in the Equltable Itseif, hls friends said.
That these subsldiary oompanies were making
larger r>er cent profits tha.; tha origlnal com?
pany was easily accounted for on ihe ground of
thelr business. it was raid?business built up
during the course of many years' existence.
There was a big difference between i,htaining a
percentage for rentals and doing a business out
slde of mere rentals, such aa safe deposit com
panles. so that there was nothing In that phase
of the report worth conslderi:i*<.
It was admitted that the crlticlsm that hla
saiary' -ras too high and mlght leg.timately be
cut was just, but as to hla expense*. he \.as en
tltled to the expenaes whU-u he chargtd for
trips to Europe. For these he alwaya pn,duced
his voucheT8. properly itemlzed.
TARBELL THINK S HK Ol'GHT TO STAT.
Mr. Tarbell dcollned to dlacuss the report. l-ut
did not attempt to conceal his pleasure ;. t Its
mentlon of him- ? '
"I can't talk about the report." he said. "It
seems to me that tho report Itseif speaka for
me all that ls neceasar\.
"Do you think now that your resignr.tion will
be accepted?" waa a*ke>i
"I can't say aV<> ' - he answered. "Some
body else will have to say about that. I don't
Aftai all I SHKR'S, MM Beotch that maa? v.^a
_gU-all laltioui. lt is the b*?t. AUvU