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NEW-YORK. FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 17. 1905.-SIXTEEN PAGES_-_,t
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PRICE THREE CENTS.
MR. PLATT CALLS LEADERS
Qreat Energi/ of Senator's Friends
The President Neutral.
i 1,-noi Odell, .hist before ?raving the Fifth
. r-.e Hotel last night for Newburg. was
f.? by a Tribune reporter what basis there
? ? ? gton dispatches saying that
'.- lO be fo?-.-e,? to rFPiK;i ?he ??,-.?..}.
? f the Republican organization in t-his
H This was his reply:
??I am not going to retire. I am going to bold
-;? publican party in this Stare in power. I
_m going to do for it ail T cm. I'm far fr?->m
The last sentence probably was Intended as a
o Senator Platt, who in an interview in
g E -ngion ?aid that the State chairman was
itor Platt returned from Washington last
night, but was so thoroughly tired that he would
? newspaper men. The Senator has sent
irly a*' the district leaders of New-York
County a letter, of which the following is a
New-York. November 13. 190?.
My doar Mr--: 1 want very much to have \
* an early opportunity to talk with you concern
lag t?he reorganization of the Republican County
:ttee next month. 1 shall Tie very much
: i if you will call on me at 40 Broadway
ir earliest ?convenience. Meanwhile I
tAkj the request, inasmuch as this matter con
the welfare of the Republican party in
? ? ghest degree, that you will not commit
? If. but will give me a chance to talk with
vox'., assured 'hat your mind is free and open
ready to consider that course of conduct
whkh seems most conducive to the public good.
; I colng to Washington on Wednesday, and
?IB be at my office in this city on Friday and
th?_reafter from I? a. m. to 2 p. m.
Yours sincerely. T. C. PLATT.
ENERGY OF PLATT MEN.
*m energy of the Platt men who returned
from Washington with Mr. Platt last night was
divoted to telling the newspaper men that Fres
lfier.t Roosevelt was going to take anhand In Che
?fight to retire Odell from the leadership.
"Will you say that as coming from the Presi?
dent?" one of them was asked.
"Oh, no, no; don't quote me as saying any?
thing, but put It in that he's going to mix in.
It's a. straight tip." was the reply.
The attempt of some of Senator Plan's friends
to drag the president into a factional fight, thus
?f/opardiEing Republican prospects for the elec?
tion of the State ticket next fall are deeply re?
canted by the President's friends. ?One of them
said last night:
Some of these enthusiastic gentlemen are fool?
ing with a live wire. The President is not
taking any part, nor w*lll he, in any fight for
control of the New-York County Committee or
for the chairmanship of the State organization.
When the President gets ready to take sides in
? political controversy he is capable of ex
pre?ssLng his mind. Any attempt to use his
name without authority will rocoil on the men
who try to work the trick.
The Platt men have not as yet decided on
any candidate for the presidency of the New
York County Committee. The name of Con
greaeman Olcoit is being considered, but it is not
at all certain that he will be the Platt, standard
bearer. President Halpin said last night that
he would be a candidate for re-election as presi
Smttt of the CiinlJ Committee. He then added:
/ shaJ* he a candidate for re-election. 1 have
worked early and late for the last year or two
in my position, and have done my level best. 1
beUe-ve that the committee, generally speaking.
:c inclined to recognize my services by re-elect?
ing me. I have no doubt of the result
President Halpin met. nearly all the leaders
at the meeting of the executive committee yes?
terday afternoon In Parlor DR of the Fifth Ave?
nue Hotel. Almost without exception the lead?
ers assured him of their appreciation of his
work in the campaign. William H. Ten Eyck
was one of those who received a letter from
Senator Platt asking him to ?call and see him.
When asked about It, Mr. Ten Eyck said
Yes. I got one of the letters. It Is not at all
strange that Senator Platt should have sent me
one. I have known him for many years. I shall
be happy to go and talk over the situation with
Another district leader said:
WANTS MR. HALPIN'S RE-ELECTION.
I r?eceived one of the Senator's notes. I shall
?rtainly go and see him. He's the United
States Senator from my State. Why should I
not pay him the courtesy of a call? I shall tell
him. if he asks me that I am for Mr. Halpin's
re-election. No matter what happened in the
umpaign, it was not Halpin's fault, or the fault
of Governor Odell that the Republicans did not
pol! their full strength. It is said that our party
if* split. Well, what about the other fellows?
We've got Tammany and Hearst split so wide
that we can drive a Soad of hay through them
next faP. an<j they know it. Halpin early took
the stand that an independent Democrat should
be named for Mayor. He tried to get the anti
Tammany people to unite on Gaynor, then Goff,
or any good candidate popular with the voters!
Cutting put the ban on Gaynor. Goff would not
teke it. neither would Hughes. I'm going to see
Senator Platt to-morrow, and when I come
away he'll know that his candidate for presi
* th?.' co-jnty committee will not get my
Mr. Odell spent part of the afternoon with
the district leaders at the State headquarters
Uater.'ng to stories about the mayoralty fight
Mtri making suggestions with reference to get
ifcA things in shape for future campaigns.
wa*? he was asked if he had seen the dis
Satehe? from Washington in which Senator
Platt freely criticised hint, he said:
I saw them."
"Have you any fear that the party here will
-ganized without consulting you?"
"None at all." said Mr. Odell.
"Do you Intend to reply to Senator Platt?'
"I tin not." said he.
"What a!H>ut the Speakership contest?"'
"Ali the candidates are feeling out their
?trength. The strongest man will win. 1 sha?
?ke any hand in it."
"Do you intend to resign the leadership of
*???* State organization ?"
"I do not." said Mr. Odell.
SI \\ITOR PLAIT ,?( TIVE.
Plans to Reorganize the Republican
[From The Tribune Bureau]
Washington. Nov. 36.?Senator Thomas C.
?"?it to-day sent to every Assembly district
*,J**'' in New-York County a personal letter.
*hieh was written only after the Senator had
?tt-?u-ted with his friends and others interested
n a ?"^organization of party affairs in the city
Senator wrote the letter after talking
?-Governor Black. J. Sioat Fasset?, Will
ternea, jr. William L. Ward. Colonel
W. Dunn. Lemuel E. Qulgg. George W.
- and many others. There was only one
' whom no letter was sent. This
**? William Halpin, (.resident of the New-York
? "nimittee.. - Plan and his
* ?? agreed ur?"?ii ' Si ? an J. Van
**drtea Ol on ??? ... Me maa fo
r RalpLa'a place if ?heir plans aaooaed.
* li ha.?. )-/.t w.. j?.,Ml ,,,?,,? prectaely what the
29!t?en? sa?'i ;" * Pl*VLi last iiisht re?
te* the ? ; '? !
???UcceE?*..- ,,f ?j, Halpin, bul atom, as in th.
CbRllai. -j' on third ? -?C
THE INSURANCE INVESTIGATION.
CZAR GIVES UP LANDS
GRANT TO PEASANTS.
Manifesto Conveying Part of Im?
perial Domain Issued.
London, Nov. 17.?A dispatch from St. Peters?
burg to Reuters Telegram Company says that
the Czar's manifesto conveying to the peasants
part of the imperial domain was issued this
By the terms of the manifesto the land re?
demption tax payments will from January 14,
1906, be reduced by one-half, and from Jan?
uary 14, lf-07, the payments will be abolished.
At the same time th? capital of the Peasants'
Bank is increased, and additional loan privi?
leges are granted to the bank, with the object
of facilitating to the utmost the purchase of
land by peasants.
It is estimated that the amount of taxation
thus lifted from the peasants by the manifesto
will aggregate if4O,00T?.00O, while the extension
of the field of operations of the Peasants' Bank
will enable vast tracts of crown and private
lande gradually to become the property of the
The imperial domain is of vast extent, com?
prising almost one-third of European Russia,
and is the property of the Emperor and the
grand dukes. The land, it is said, will not be
given outright to the peasants, but will be
granted to them in allotments of fifteen acres
on easy terms, payments to be made through the
Peasants' Bank, and to cover a period of thirty
RUSSIAN STRIKE HALTS.
Movement Coolly Received Outside
of St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg, Nov. 3 7.?Although the in?
dustrial tie-up in St. Petersburg yesterday was
even more complete than on Wednesday, and
although no break has been manifested in the
ranks of the workmen, and strikes have broken
out at Moscow and Reval, the most important
feature of yesterdays developments was the
failure of the strike to spread generally outside
the capital. The movement apparently lacks
the spontaneity and contagiousness of the last
great strike, which broke out at Moscow, and
dispatches received from the industrial centres
of Russia up to this hour show little inclination
on the part of the workmen to take up the
cudgels in behalf of Poland.
The factory strike at Moscow, which has as?
sumed considerable proportions, probably 45.000
men being out, has no direct connection with
the St. Petersburg strike, and dispatches from
the old capital say the railroad men received the
request of the St. Petersburg committee coldly.
The whole great network of railroads centring
at Moscow, except the St. Petersburg line, is
still in operation. At Reval the employes of the
railroad shops quit work, but the reasons are
ST. PETERSBURG QUIET.
In St. Petersburg yesterday passed with com?
plete ?order. Patrols were visible in all the in?
dustrial quarters, and Cossacks were trotting up
and down the Nevsky Prospect among the
swiftly dashing carriages and sleighs, but the
workmen, in obedience to the orders of the
strike committee, kept indoors and did not at?
tempt demonstrations, so there was no occasion
tor a resort to force to avert trouble.
The strikers forced the closing of the Moscow
railroad station early yesterday afternoon, stop?
ping outgoing traffic for Moscow, and at 10
/clock last night they succeeded in closing the
electric stations and cutting off light from*the
city. Committees sent to all the theatres suc?
ceeded in stopping the performances in several
_f them, and 1" the outlying districts they went
to ihe drug stores, ordering the proprietors to .
.lose, and threatening them with the destruc
Lion of their stocks if they refused. There was
no interference with other stores.
The action of the strikers with regard to
the druggists is in striking contrast with the
rourse pursued In Finland, where, when every
_>ther business took part in the general strike,
the druggists were directed to keep their stores
open In order that the sick might not suffer.
The course is condemned by a large part of
At the meeting of the strike committee last
night an expectation on the part of many of
the delegates that the strike would end Satur?
day night was noticed. Th.- principal question
under discussion was the formation of a strlk.*
treasury by gathering funds to be used m
future walkouts, and, after long consideration.
It was decided to ask the workmen to con
triiute 1 per ?em of their wages for this pur?
pose, the fund to be at the disposition >f the
committee. A pr_p?________l to call out the cab
(v>ntlnti<*_l nn fonrtb |ia_ti?
YALE-PRINCETON FOOTBALL GAME. NOV.
? g'iiar train service. ,
?-"_?? N?? fork -!':<i **?'**? Haven, s*??*-?);,. i.v.
Trc?-i Coach trains ?rill !--r run, on Saturday, th*?
-H: liwt, leaving New ?crl
M.2 it? 14, if..?O and i 1.'".' A. M. -A.lvt. i
"1'M.Ij J .JStit"'11 _>'_*.
by Edwin Levick.)
AXES FREE MOTO RM A.N.
Pinioned in Box of Car Demolished
in "L" Collision.
An empty train, run into an open switch for
the night.on the 2d-ave. eleva ter) roar). -?rashed
into another empty train standing In the mlddls
tracK. near 112th-st_. last night, smashed both
front and rear cars and wedged the motor-man,
Harry Copel 1. of No. 2*328 L'd-ave., in the boi
so tightly that he had to be chopped out. Co?
pell" was found huddled under tju motor box. his
face and head badly bruised, his right leg fract?
ured and suffering from internal Injuries. He
is now in the Harlem Hospital in a precarious
Copell took his train from the ____-th-st. and
2d-ave. station shi.rtly after 7 o'clock and start?
ed to lay it up for the night along with other
trains. He Increased his speed after leaving the
station and ran into the switch at a rapid pace.
He had gone hardly fifty feet on the middl<=
track- when he crashed into the open train near
I12th-st. His train was running so fast that
the first car plunged headlong over the last cat
of the trhln ahead. The noise of the crash was
heard for several blocks and brought hundred.
of people to windows and in the street. Two of
the cars were smashed and the windows shat?
tered. Copell was thrown to the floor of his
box and wedged in between the two cars.
Patrolmen Con way and White, of the East
l_?4th-st. station, were on the street, below at
the time, and turned in fire and hospital alarms
and ordered the Interborough people to cut off
the power. The firemen chopped for nearly an
hour before they reached Copell. He was un?
It is thought that Copell was either running
too fast to see the red lights ahead or the lights
were out. An investigation is being made to
determine who was to blame. The police are
inclined to believe that the lights were out on
the rear car of the train lying ahead.
ALLISON FOR RATE BILL.
Says He Will Support President
in Railroad Legislation.
?Ry Telegm-ph to The Tribune.)
Sioux City. Iowa. Nov. 16.?A special dispatch
from Dubuque. Iowa, says that Senator Allison,
as a guest of honor at a dinner last night, de?
clared himself to be with the President on the
railroad rate issue, saying:
Now the President has recommended that
there be an impartial tribunal, to whom shall be
given authority to make a rate, which shall be
put into force after it is made, and be subject
to r?view by the courts. That is a policy which
I believe to be wise and just, and I, of course,
shall endeavor to aid in providing such legisla?
tion. But it is no .-asy :a.sk. and when I say
that upon < "ongress is the responsibility of pro?
viding exact legislation. I mean to hold myself
free to vote for what I believe to be the wisest
and best measure to effectuate the object which
was suggested a year ago by President Roose?
Frozen in Lake Winnipeg and Food
May Give Out.
IBy Telegraph to The Tribune.]
Winnipeg. Man., Nov. 16.?Anxiety is felt for
the safety of the steamer Rocket, which is now
somewhere on Lake Winnipeg. The freeze-up
came very suddenly this fall. The Rocket left
the north end of the lake, and has not since
been heard of.
The Dominion government fishery inspector
and his assistant were on board, returning from
inspecting fish hatcheries. The ice is too thick
for boats to go to the rescue, hut not thick
enough to bear dog trains.
Food on the steamer may run out. as it was
only provisioned for the usual trip.
MR. ROSE- IJ)OKS AHEAD.
Wants To Be the First Senator
IBy Telegraph to The Tribune 1
Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. lt_.?Mayor JRose of
Milwaukee may enter the field for the Arizona
Senatorship, when Arizona becomes a State,
whlcn tie hopes will be within a year. Mayor
Rose has been active in developing the country
about Tucson, building a railroad from Tucson
to a group of mines, in one of which he is in?
terested to a large extent.
He spends about half of his time in the South?
west and may make Arizona his permanent
home. Mayor Rose was a candidate before the
last Democratic National Convention for nomi?
nation as Vice-president.
SUES TC TALK TO HIS WIFE.
Ketired Coionei Will Bring Suit for a Little
Conversation Denied Him.
IBy T?*l-_;rar*" '?" The Tr bun-. I
Boston. Nov. IE -?""nl'iin-l lieorgr- A. Anii-C
?. S. ... ?retired.?, of Washington, has mine* tfl
KosTnn to begin ? legal light for an nit?: '
with his young Uli*. *tpO |i; Bpm with i-'l.-ti*.*?__?
In Brighton H? ?'????* w*__t_nilt<_j o_waid, -**_
Mr? Armes ?tecH-liW to lav.? ai;\ tiling (0 ?*"?*"
?u ii i 11 - ai ?i ??y mlvl. B of her counsel rafiMMM '"
talk anr.ui th? i n.??-. S.-.f? Is mix-h young*1
nor husban'i. m !??? be an extensive real ee*^**
?p.-rati.r in Washington and a veteran of the
i :. il War. *
BENATOB DEPBW O
, THINK THEY HAVE ROGERS
? Mim Caught in Wayne Co., Penn..
May Be Mid diet oxen Murderer.
fBy Teleftraph lo The Tribune.]
[ W'kes Barre. Penn., Nov. 16.?A man supposed
, to b? Rogers, who is suspected of the murder of
the OIney brothers and the Ingerick girl near
Mlddletown, N. Y.. some weeks ago. was cap?
tured at Honesdale, near here, this morning and
is now being held prisoner in the jail thero wait
( ing the arrival of detectives who know Rogers.
He answers the description of the suspected
, murderer published in the newspapers. He re
i fuses to tell who he is, where he came from, or
where he was going. He was recognized in a
? restaurant in Honesdale by a group of men who
had been discussing the reports of Rogers hav?
ing been recently seen at some of the farm
I houses in Wayne County and of his efforts to
When seized he struggled desperately and
threatened to cut the throats of his captors.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune. I
Middletown. N. Y., Nov. 16.?On promise that
she would receive the reward of $600 offered
J for the capture of the murderer of Willis and
Fred OIney and Alice Ingerick, who were killed
near this city on October 6. last. Miss Sadie
Bugsbee, a former Mlddletown young woman,
now living at KImble, Pike County, Penn.. has
given the authorities information which it is
hoped will lead to the capture of Charles Henry
, Rogers, who is wanted for the murder.
Miss Bugsbee came to Middletown yesterday
from Kimble, and after bargaining with the
authorities for the reward, she 6tated that Rog?
ers -came to her house in KImble and asked
for something to eat. She was well acquainted
with Rogers, and there was mutual recognition.
Rogers hurriedly left, and Miss Bugsbee started
for Middletown with her information. Pinker
j ton detectives started for Kimble and are
? searching the woods of Pike County for Rogers.
SULLY'S GIFT LEASED.
Mrs. //. Mortimer Brooks Will
Occupy House in h'Zd-st.
Mrs. H. Mortimer Brooks has leased No. G
? East 62d-st., a six story American basement
dwelling house, on a lot 27 by 100 feet, from Mrs.
, Daniel J. Sully. Mr. and Mrs. Sully wiK here- j
| after occupy an apartment at No. 14 East 60th
: st., which they have rented from Mrs. Fred
! Butterfleld. John N. ' Golding was the broker
in the deals.
Mr. Sully bought the 62d-st. house December j
I 22, 1903. from William Hal! & Son as a Christ
| mas gift for his wife, paying about $265,1)00. It
: is one of the best speculative houses ever built.
[ It has twenty-two rooms, is heated by steam
from the street mains, and has electric elevators.
i There are telephone connections for every room.
1 About three months after he gave the house to
j lis wife, Mr. Sully, who had for about a year
j heen king of the cotton market, failed.
UPHOLDS CADET'S SLAYER
Father of Meritvether Says Son Is
Not to Blame.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune.]
Memphis, Nov. 16.?Minor Meriwether, father
of the midshipman of the same name, who
? killed Cadet Branch in a fist fight at the Naval
Academy, was in Memphis to-day on his way
j to Louisiana. Asked as to the case in which
! young Meriwether stood, his father said:
"I am satisfied that my son acted in the only
I way possible to a gentleman and that the re
! suit was as unexpected as it was unfortunate.
I have just returned from Annapolis, where I
? have carefully investigated the whole occur
! rence. and my son's conduct throughout meels
with my entire approval. I am willing to leave
the conduct of the case and its outcome to the
naval court martial, knowing that my son will
receive justice at its hands."
Mr. Meriwether left to-day for hia home in
QUEEN DOWAGER COMING.
Italian King'* Mather to Travel In?
cognito Over U. S. in "Auto."
It was learned yesterday lhat the announce?
ment made so many times and denied, that |
Queen Dowager Mar?herlta of Italy na? com?
ing to America, was true. j
A Tribune reporter was told by a trustworthy <
informant that Queen Margherltn had decid?-"!
In rump to ?lie !*m'--?l Slat?-?- n?x' year. She is ?
anxious to see America, and. travelling- In- \
eognite. will make a tour In an automobile from
New-York '" Bap Francisco, whence ihe ?
take a steamer for Japan.
AntOnS those who. It was said yesterday, ,
-- ouM entertain Queen ICaiglie?lia in this coun- i
try are Mrs. Draper, of Philadelphia, whose hus?
band was United States Ambassador to Italy; ?
Marquis Qufccloll and Marchioness Villamarina, j
? - ?
INDIANS TO RUN ??AUTC" LINE.
|R?- TMiaiaaa ta TH Tribuns- ] r
I.,\".a. Xov . !?'" -<Vrrain enfr|?ia
iriE Indiens ?if ihe Rosebud reservation, affected
l'y ih.=- i Bmtve > omtii'TiM.-ti spirit of their
white brethraa, have bousii. mint taas-Qtg ama
ibltee, which thev will operate through ?t
r?eerratioft, pn j regular si-hedule and tariff, for !
liie benefit uf visitors. -?
mm'&'h^iwvtfmem . <.. .?
? THE KTANT.
- ? i - ? *._,
MT?RDY CUTS HIS SALARY
HAS IT .MADE -$75,000. *.
Investigators' Report Orders Hamm
of Mirth Closed?F/V/7/.v ?*Vn/ For.
At the special meeting of the board of trus?
tees of the Mutual Life Insurance ("ompanj
held yesterday, at which a preliminary repon
of the special investigating committee demand?
ing drastic reforms was adopted. Presiden)
Richard A. McCurdy announced that at his owr
request his salary had been cut in half?fron
$150.000 to $75,000 a year. This action wa?
taken at a meeting of the finance committee
and Mr. Mc.'urdy said it was the first step it
reducing the expenses of the company. Cuts it
the salaries of other executive officers orderet
by the finance committee made a total saving
of between $145.000 and $150,000 a year.
The report of the committee was made publh
last night. Andrew C. Fields, and any of his as
sociates in the company's service, are ordered
on pain of dismissal, to return forthwith to this
city and appear before the legislative committee
An immediate and thorough reorganization is t<
be made of the company's department of sup?
plies and printing.
The Mutual's "House of Mirth." at Albany, ii
ordered to be forthwith abolished. The practic?
of making contracts with agents through thi
executive without reference to the agency com
tnittee, is to cease at once. Agencies now con
ducted on a commission basis are to be change?
to a salary basis as soon as practicable. A?
further payments by the Mutual under contract
with Charle.- H. Rwymond & Co. are to be de
ferred pending a further investigation by th
internal committee. Al! legislativ? question:
hereafter are to be handled exclusively by tin
The bylaws of the company are to be s<
amended that no trustee or officer shall act as .
committeeman or vote at a board meeting ot
the approval of any purchaser from, or sale to
the company, in which the trustee or officer has
an interest. No trustee officer or other em?
ploye shall receive any compensation for ob?
taining such loans on sales, etc. The control ol
the general solicitor of the company shall in?
clude all legislative business. Printing contracts
shall be made henceforward on a competitive
The committee on expenditures shall not ap?
prove the payment of any money except on
Couchers describin.?; fully the nature of the pay?
M CURDY MUST ECONOMIZE.
The internal committee, pending the comple?
tion of the investigation, commends to President
McCurdy and his officers the putting into im?
mediate effect of measures of "sound economy
and curtailment of mortgages." The report em
todies a letter from President McCurdy under
date >f October 30 asking the Internal commit?
tee to fix his future salary, .s his present sal?
ary, "he recognizes, la the judgment of some
I ollcyholders, is too large."
Robert H. McCurdy, President McCurdy's son
and the general manager of the company, agrees
to abide by any "just concession" the commit?
tee may ask as to his contractual relations with
the company, and Raymond & Co. make sub?
stantially the same offer.
The report is signed by William H. Truesdalt
(chairman), John W. Auehincloss and Stuyves
ant Fish (in pjace of Effingham B. Morris, who
declined to serve). It states that James B. Diel
has been retained as counsel, and tells of the
meetings of the committee.
The report, in part, continues:
Certain of the ptactices and methods disclosed are
so palpably loose and unsound as to call for Imme?
diate attention and correction by those more or less
directly responsible thereor without awaiting the re?
sults of a long, exhaustive examination.
NO SALARY RECOMMENDATIONS.
On the subject of salaries, the committee
makes no recommendations because of the con?
sequences involved, and asks for fuller authority
'rom the trustees. It gives the following letter
rom President McCurdy:
The president desires to call the attention Of the
?ommlttee to the matter of Ms? salary. Th? increase
o its present amount was made in 1901 without his
"quest. While he consider.. thai It has been earned
tnd that it is justified hy th? < Uties of his
iO'ition he recognizes that :n th? judgment of some
x-licyholders it i?< too larga He destrea the com
?nittoo t.? recommend that amount at which It may
i? died for the future, with the assurai! .* on his
art that he will r.intmu?* at stack compensation as
nay 1MB decided upon to devote to the service o? the
?ompanv hi - ir?i ?.Hliti?-*? that havr hern so em
,;,-,y. .i for the last forty-five jr.:irs
? ?n matter:? pertaining ?... legislation the re
n.rt_ with its strffcins reeJereatoa to Fields, reads-.
Th.- co?.*-dtt->_* is of the opinion that all matters
?artaining to legislation, national or Btate, affecting
he company should be handle.} solely and il?
lusively by the law department and in us nam*.
. .th mi! responsibility resting on oh head ol
?_1 arn_.nl for ? SCO and every .rSns&Cl on. and not
i ili? nam<? or throusrh the medium, colorable, or
therw.se, of anj other department or branch of
? pan] 's st\ la
Your committee, therefore, recommends that ini
?srtts.n action b? taken by 'he t?- . even)
lia transaction. r? tha name of the supply depart,
wat, "f any business foreign ??. the pu .
?hli-h that ?.???a: roenl -'as crested, as prescribed
i the bylaws. Thai ..il legislative and legal
?is be j ' kept In charge of the la? ?'
artment exclusively, and thai the head of tl
epartment be hel?l strictly responsible nid .i
.urtahle for enrh and every n.?;, sad ea?-L
\ ?ry exnei-'llture rel^ilv.? rhcreio.
That th?* law d?partirent be required to keel
irnfsh to the ??re.-ident full and detailed stat< n
' e.,-t? anil >?v?-ry action relating Lhsret
?e presiden? mat. when? vc
?rreon to th
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f whatever natura connected there? I U on the p^ri
< ?nUau-d ?/?a third i>??r. ?
ODELL TELLS HIS STORI.
DENIES ID'DE CHARGES.
Other Suite Settled Fi- - ;ator
Platt Mau Be ? t?%
K.\ Co- atft i ?
?ace investigating eMumitfee th*? ? hi:
J??ea M. Hyde Ilia? he had threatened I
tin- Mercantile Traal <' ?...-.?n
Un *">:.**> for his siiipfm.kllng
If. Depew test:!'.
(?oiiiii'?-i:..!i with the i iraoce
<>n n : ition or rli? Mut??] Life :
???'..- n the trustee* voted lo al
th?- "Hmmc '?" Mirth'* and euMumui Andrew C.
I'i.l.l- t . testify. President M? "Curdy antici
p:itiii the Kvommendation for reducing expense?*
t>.\ catting h:?- nfenj of sir-mi?? in half.
MORE "DUMM?" LOANS.
Ex-Governor Odell yesterday contributed ?
new phase to the issue of personal ve- I
by the conflicting testimony of E. H.
Harri man and James Hazen Hyde before the
legislative insurance investigation. So far a?
the former Governor's testimony related to
points of conflict between the two witness?? it
was entirely corroborative of Mr. Harriman'a
statements and contradictory to those of Mr.
Hyde. Mr. Odell's denla! of the Hyde charg?
that he had used the Ambler bill as a club ta
force a settlement of his suit against the Mer?
cantile Trust Company was impreastve in its?
"There is no truth In the statement, ao help
me God." he said, with deliberate and measured
solemnity. A moment before he had character?
ised the charge as "the base ?calumny Mr. Hyd"?
Mr. Odell's testimony went far deeper Into th?
legislative tangle, however. Mr. Hyde had teetl
fied that Mr. Harrlman had warned him of th?
use of this bill as a club. Mr. Odell testified thae
not only was he responsible fof the suppression
of the bill, but that he had personally assured
Mr. Hyde that he need fear no repetition ?of it
in the next legislature. The suppression of th?
Ambler bill. Mr. Odell testified, was due to his
fear lest there might be some apparent basis
for the charge actually preferred by Mr. Hyde
the other day.
Dates throwing significant light on the con?
troversy were supplied by Mr. Odell, with a def
initeness that did not mark the -Hyde testimony.
Mr. Hyde left it in doubt as to whether or not
the Odell settlement had occurred while the
legislature in which the Ambler bill waa intro?
duced was yet In session. Mr. Odell's testimony
indicated that the sequence of his personal af?
fairs and of the legislative incidents waa this.
On March 9, 1904. he parted with his Shipbuild?
ing stock. On March 3d. after consultation with
him and with his approval. Senator ?\mbler In?
troduced the Ambler bill. Shortly after that the
attitude of the press toward this bill, so the
Governor testified, convinced him that his r?ten?
tion to the Shipbuilding affair made it unwise
to press the Ambler bill. and he advised thfi- ?
Senator to drop it. Three weeks after i
troduc?ton. on April 23, the legislature ad?
The following August. ex-Governor ?Odell,
through his counsel Edward Lauterback, began
his suit against fhe Mercantile Trust Compa
In November, after election, with no legislature
in session, he had his first talk wifli Hyde. M .
Hyde hid said this talk was brought ahout
through Mr. Harriman's recommendation and
arrangement. Mr. Odell confirmed Mr. Harri
man's testimony that Hyde and his counsel, Mr.
C'?Iby. sought the interview. At this intervlev.
Mr. Odell declared that, so far from threatening:
legislative reprisal, he assured Mr. Hyde on his
personal judgment that he had nothing to fear
from this. The following month, just before
he ceased to be Governor, the suit was sett'ed,
he said, but not until after other suits, notablj
the Kavarfnugh case, of a similar character had
In this fashion Mr. odell met Mr. Hyde's
charges. One other date was fixed In this testi?
mony, namely, the time when Mr. Odell wrote
to the President indorsing Mr. Hyde's candidacy
for Ambassador lo France. This was several
weeks before the final settlement of che ?Odell
There were other points of Interest, though of
less relative significance. Mr. Odell declared that
in one talk Mr. Hyde had referred to th? Equi
table's ?campaign contributions and to fancied
hostility on the part of the State organization
under Mr. Odell. Thereupon, Mr. Odell testified,
he told Mr. Hyde that between his political In?
terests and his business interests there wraa no
connection. Moreover, he Indicated that th? col?
lection of campaign funds h?d been entirely In
Senator'Platt's hands, and he had never received
a cent from any insurance company. This last
point, it is believed, will result in the appear?
ance of Senator Platt in the witness chair.
One more point Mr. Odell supplied. This fcl- ,
lowed a repetition of Wednesday's scene pro?
duced by Samuel Untermyer, Mr. Hyde's coun?
sel, who demanded the right to cross-examine
witnesses. When this was denied and his ?vehe?
ment protests silenced Mr. Untermyer directed
several questions through Mr. Hughes. One of
these resulted In the development of the fact
that before the settlement-of his suit ex-Gov?
ernor Odell. together with Senator Edgar T.
Brackett. counsel In the Kavannaugh case, had
had a storm v interview with Charles M. Schwab,
in which th?v had both declared to Schwab that
they believed there was room for criminal
prosecution growing out of the Shipbuilding af?
fair Mr. Odell added that in this he had app'ied
to District Attorney Jerome, calling his atten?
tion to the Shipbuilding deal. Mr. Jeron
reply. Mr. Udell testified, was that there waa tin
ground for such action. Mr. Schwab may
askeri to testify on this point, as well its Sena
At the close of the days testtmeny s<
carious deals between the Equitable and clerk?
of Kuhn Loeb & Co. were shown. By ttiae?
the Equitable Company made "dummy" ? <
amounting to $21M um.? um on ?ouaterai ;
duce the amount of cash on hand at the end
of the year, v-hile no actual loan was irtadr.
and the money and collateral never eh
.he transaction beba? promptly r
after J ?? Slmlls
were dlstclosed in real r???
the monopoly of Equitable mortgug
fire Insurance was shown
S Jtwtmtk, son or the former Equtl
trotter. Thomas B. Jordan.
onEIA s .tNSit'ER.s ( LEAS,
Feettng Over Ihitb Vh? ,
Oui y Once ( R
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mal and public prominence a1
i ve In th
hush C ,.?? ?Tte a'jc?enr
From the ?-uiset of hi?; t-._timon> "Mr CM?
fhowed that be :*? tee] ? Um ch_r_e that hu