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agreement to give away one-third of the recov
ery. Then Mr. McCall made th* following stri*.-
Inir description of tho arrangement:
I think that the arrangement was a, very «
cellent one. Mr. Hughes, if you will permit me
to ray tt. We ran no risk. He agreed to take
the case to the highest court, and found a client
in another State, or several, and the arrange
neat was made that if he didn't win he was to
Set nothing, and if he did win he should receive
On the strength of this judgment recovered
••Judge" Hamilton secured $90,000 with great
promptnsas by rushing Jin assignment through
the State Controller, and the balance was left
The different view the story took when Mr.
Scott testified regarding it yesterJay Is shown
In his examination. Looking over the Provident
Savings table of legal expenses. Mr. Hughess
•ye struck the familiar name of Andrew Hamil
ton. Following this down through a number of
minor cases in other States, dating from 1898,
Mr. Hughes suddenly recollected the McCall in
"Did you employ Andrew Hamilton In any
other matters?" he aueried.
••We did in the tax case.' answered Mr. Scott.
He then explained the general character of this
acticn. identifying it by hi* description as the
"test case 1 cf President McCall. He also ex
plained that Judpe E. B. McCull had been em
ployed first and had abandoned the casa when he
■went on the bench, but insisted that there had
been no contingent arrangement in either case.
"Did you know that Mr. Hamilton was re
iained by the New-York Lifer* asked Mr.
Hughes at a venture.
•Not until just before it came out in the news
japers this year." was the unexpected and
"Didn't you k|cv; that this was a test case
■md thAt your company was being used to fight
It?" pursued Mr. Hughes.
'I did not," was the decided reolv.
"Why, didn't any ether company share the ex
.pexura with you?"
-It did not"
••What was the expense to your company?"
•'About $4,000," was the reply. "One thousand
\o Judge Mr.Call and $3,000 to 'Judsre' Hamil
ton." At this point Mr. Hughes had a brief
consultation with the committee, and it was
clear that the revelation had made a profound
Impression. Finally he came back and summed
the whole subject up in the comprehensive In
"You are sure you did not have a conference
<*rith Mr. McCall or with any one connected
»rtth the New-York Life about this matter? 1
"I am,"* was the unshaken reply.
"You merely conducted It like any other legal
•ffair of your own. hired a counsel and paid
iirn his retainer and fees, and that was all?" he
"That was exactly it.' answered the wlt
Apart from the Hamilton -McCall disclosures '
the most interesti'ig fact brought to light re- '
gw&ins the Provident Savings Life was the
nepotism existing In this company. President
Scott admitted that four sons and a relative of
his wife were on the payroll. His own salary,
President Scott declared, was $36,000. an in
crease from $25,000 at a recent date. One son
is medical director at $4,500. another superin
tendent of agencies at $7,500. Two sons are
•♦rents In charge of the metropolitan district,
the plum that President McCurdy had in turn
given to hie son, Robert H., and his son-in-law,
Louis A. Thebaud. In the Mutual. His wife's
nephew had only $1,500 as a cashier, but the
relationship is obviously distant. Ex-Lieutenant
Governor Timothy L. Woodruff was shown to
be a member of tbe finance committee of this
company, receiving $500 a year.
In narrating the history of his company Presi
dent Scott told of some peculiar deals affecting
* Ills predecessor, Hadley, who committed suicide.
Hsdley purchased the controlling interest in the
rtock for $368,000 in ISO 6. and as soon as the
' 'company was organized borrowed ?.'J7.<W) to
make up a portion of the purchase price, giving
the stock of the company as security. Mr.
Hughes' 6 questions intimated that the amount
went to make up a worthless check, but the wit
ness did not know about this. The loaning and
borrowing apparently went on for some time
until the loans aggregated $1<V2.500, and then an
additional $200,000. Meanwhile with the money
Mr. Hadley was able to take up loans lor money
he had borrowed to buy the company's stock.
The $162,500, save for one (30.000 loan, proved a
dead loss to the company, for Hadley commit
ted suicide and his death brought a general
"Your company was looted for 130.000. was
It not?"' queried Mr. Hugh*-?, summing up the
k transaction. "Then the -stock was put up a.
M Ruction arid you bought it?" Mr. Scott admitted
y this and the" further fact that to buy Mbe bor
r rowed (185.000, paying (205.000 for th< stock.
The money was borrowed from the New-York
F^curity & Trust Company, a subsidiary com
pany of the New-York Life, through which
George W. Perkins has been shown to have con
ducted many of his operations.
"Who backed your" queried Mr. Hughes.
"John A. McCall,*' was the prompt reply. By
way of return Mr. M Call's brother-in-law was
Shortly after made controller of the Provident
Savings at a salary of $6,000. The brother-in
law. Horan. subsequently went to Paris for the
New-York Life; A little while alter the loan
v-as made the Provident Savings moved to the
Stew-York Life building at 346 Broad*
The loan has been trraduaUy reduced until It
row amounts to (50,000.
Probing the affairs of the company. Mr.
Hughes showed that the company would have
eufTerel material loss in 1904 had it not been
for successful Investments. Mr. Scott declared
that term Insurance was impossible. The show-
Ing of th? company on new business as an in
vestment was not impressive, and Mr. Hughes
e«ked for more detailed statements.
Earlier In the day the examination cf the
Horn* Life supplied one of the marvels of the
present investigation, an Insurance company
without any obvious scandal. Tho most careful
probing of "this company failed to disclose any
thing of serious character reflecting .upon tne
company. Its expenses were apparently rather
high but syndicate participations, "yellow dog'
funds and all th" usual sigr.s Of mismanagement
were lacking. Even the advances to agents, a
fruitful source of trouble, were shown to be
Comntßrciilism ;■ Al; - ■-:
_^ 2 national disease.
b£l*4fc BtftMtft 4%£ 4^ I I'M A 4* Names have been
TUB baiie Ol IBIS EIbTIGS bought, reputations
and fame have been
■^^»— «-— syndicated, family
** pride and" traditions
have been sacrificed on the altar of sordid gain. In these speculative mergers
Individualities cease to exist and Names lose their identify.
"Stcinway & Sons" on the fallboard of a piano is not a mere trade-mark, a
commercialized name ; it is an absolute guarantee that not only Steinway inventions
and methods are employed in its manufacture, but that it is really built by the Steinways*
eight of whom are now actively engaged in the business. Their name stands for higher
•deals than mere gain ; piano-making with them has remained an art, and the potent
fact that over $100,000,000 worth of Steinway Pianos are in constant use proves con
clusively that the Stein way does not need the incorporation of mechanical foot-playing
devices to increase its sales nor bargain-store alliances to sustain its reputation.
omitted in this company, while the deferred
dividend system seemed to be devised in the
interest of the policyholdeV, for no attempt was
ruade to build up a surplus. Instead, there was
an annual distribution of dividends, or else the
policyholder was credited with the dividend, and
the dividend then carried as an asset. In the
case of annual dividend policies, the dividend
was paid at the end of each year and the policy
holder, on inquiry, could obtain information as
to the amount due him. Apparently the worst
"blot on the "scutcheon" in this company was
th<-- fnct that pome of the officers, following the
distinguished example of Gage E. Tarbell and
George W Perkins, received commissions on
their own policies George E. Ide, president of
the Home Life Company, testified for his cor
T. F. RYAN WILL ANSWER.
Pressure from Mr. Jerome Makes
E quit able' s Owner Change Mind.
Thomas F. Ryan, the new owner of the Equi
table, will return to the witness stand before
the insurance investigating committee and an
swer the questions regarding conversations be
tween himself and E. H. Harriman, to which
he refused to respond on Friday. This decision
was reached when Paul D. Cravath, Mr. Ryan's
attorney, learned from District Attorney Jerome
that Mr. Ryan's continued refusal must result
in bis arrest for the misdemeanor of refusing
to answer the proper questions of a regularly
appointed committee of legislative inquiry. It
Is likely that Mr. Ryan will be called at this
morning's session of the insurance investiga
tion, and interesting revelations regarding Mr.
Harriman's efforts to get a fresh hold on the
Equitable are expected.
The first thing Mr. Jerome did on his return
from his country home at Lakeville, Conn., yes
terday morning was to take up the testimony of
Friday's session of the committee. He was not
long In reaching a decision that the questions
which Mr. Hughes had asked and which Mr.
Ryan had refused to answer on advice of Mr.
Cravath, his attorney, were proper questions.
Shortly after noon Mr. Cravath called at the
Criminal Courts Building and had a long con
ference with the District Attorney. He finally
agreed to produce Mr. Ryan before the commit
tee, with the understanding that he would an
swer the questions in dispute. Letters to this
effect were dictated and signed and Mr. Jerome
left for the aldermanic chamber at the City
Hal!, where the insurance committee was in
At the City Hall there was a conference be
tween Senator Armstrong, Mr. Hughes and Mr.
Jerome. It is said that the District Attorney
wanted to know If the committee would be satis
fied with the agreement that Mr. Ryan would
give the desired testimony, or if they wanted him
prosecuted for the previous refusal. He refused
to dipcuss the Ryan matter on leaving the
chamber, saying that any statement should
come from the chairman of the committee.
At the close of the session Senator Armstrong
gave out a letter from Mr. Jerome, which he
said closed the incident. The letter was as
I l«eg to acknowledge receipt of a communication
of December 0 from the Joint committee of the
legislature in relation to the. refusal of Thomas F.
Ryan to answer certain questions asked him by
your counsel in the course of your investigation.
Alter considering the resolution, a copy or which
you Inclosed me. and the minutes of me stenogra
pher, I reached the conclusion that, as a matter of
law Mr. Kyan should answer the questions pro
pounded to "him, although, on lirst consideration.
their materiality might appear doubtful. Believing,
however, that the object of your committee in call-
Ing my attention to tho matter was to secure the
testimony rather than the prosecution of Mr.
Ryan, I sent for Mr. Ryan s counsel, Paul D
t'favath, and informed him that, in my opinion.
Mr. Kvan ought to answer the questions propound
ed to him. I infer from what Mr. Cravath said
that Mr Ryan's refusal to answer sprang from a
disinclination to repeat what he deemed private
conversation, rather than from a desire to deprive
your committee of the benent of any knowledge
poFseHHc! by him.
I am satisfied from my talk with Mr. Oavatii
that. If you will recall Mr. Ryan, he will abide by
my decision on the point of law Involved, and tes
tify us ;o th? matter* in regard to which he has
heretofore re*u«<l to testify.
Mr. Cravath made this statement last night:
The derision of the District Attorney that Mr.
Ryan should answer the Questions which lie re
fused to answer In th^ legislative insurance In
vestigation last Friday has just reached us through
a letter addrosse«3 by Mr. Jerome to Mr. Cravath,
which was accompanied by a copy of a letter ad
uresped by Mr. Jerome to Chairman Armstrong.
We have advised Mr. Ryan that, in view of the de
cision of th- District Attorney, he should answer
the questions, and he is prepared to do so when
ever recalled by the investigating committee.
Wednesday promises to be an eventful day
in the affairs of both the Mutual and the New-
York Life companies. The resignation of
George "W. Perkins as vice-president will be the
feature of the monthly meeting of the New-York
Life, which will be held at No. 320 Broadway
on that day, unless John A. McCall decides to
yield to the general pressure for a change of
heads in the big companies and hands in his
resignation. About the New-York Life Build
ing: yesterday there were vigorous denials that
any such step would be taken by President Mc-
Call. If this resignation comes it will hardly
be before the January meeting, at which the
trustees pass on the statements of the year.
At the offices of the Mutual there is still much
speculation as to who will fill cx^-Presldent Mc-
Curdy"s place. The vice-presidents are kept
The latest models, the Miniature Grand, at $750, and
the Vertegrand , at $500, represent the greatest values ever
offered in an art product. A thorough inspection of these
marvels of iagetwitjr and perfection in modern piano con
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Illustrate; catalogue and a copy of booklet "The |
Triumph of the Vertegraud," will be sent upon request.
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busy denying rumors that this or that man of
prominence would be offered the place. Leslie
M Shaw, of lowa, Secretary of the Treasury,
was mentioned yesterday. One of the directors,
however, declared that Mr. Shaw's name was
not being considered.
The story that Charles E. Hughes, whose skil
ful questioning for the legislative investigators
has made necessary all these changes in the
officials of the big companies, would be called to
head the Mutual Life, was declared ridiculous by
an officer in that company.
"In the first place. Mr. Hughes would not con
sider taking such an office." said the Mutual Lire
man "It would put him in the light, before the
committee of havin» pushed the investigation
w'th personal motives. I can state positively
that the committee on nominations has not even
thought of sounding htm."'
The troubles of the Insurance companies will
not end with the report of the Armstrong com
mittee. The insurance superintendents of other
states are just waiting for the New-York in
vestigation to end to come to New-York for ex
amination on their own account Superintendent
Vandiver, of Missouri, has left Jefferson City on
a mission of investigation, which will begin, it is
said, with the Mutual Life.
ENGLISH WISH VOICE.
Suggest D. C. Haldeman for Mutual
London. Dec. 11.-English policyholders in Amer
ican life insurance companies are determined to
take active measures for the protection of their
interests. Hitherto, while the Question was much
discussed, evidence of combined action has been
lacking. The Associated Press was Informed to
day that the policyholders of the Mutual Life In
surance Comcany of New-York have decided to
urge upon the officials of that company that the
successor to Richard A. McCurdy must be an in
surance man having; the confidence of tho British
policybokiers. and that these policyholders must
be reprtsented on the board of directors. The
Associated Press understands that an urgent cable
dispatca to mid effect was sent to the Mutual
omciais at New-YorK to-day.
It was sam that the largest poiicyholders in
Knglana would insi^j thai Uie man to direct
the aftairs of the Mutual should be suffclently
prominent and well known on both sides of the
water to insure complete confidence. The alterna
tive has not betn announced, but The Associated
Press is given to understand that unless assur
ances to this effect are forthcoming within a given
number of days a decided step will be taken, and
that the whole affair is in the hands of some of
the most influential men in London.
The leading London newspapers, in discussing
the question editorially, urge the New-York direc
tors in reorganizing the Mutual <o protect the In
terests of the English policyholdera. "The Morn
ing Post' says: "The British Dolicyholders in the
Mutual number 30,000, and their interests must be
A distinct movement is on foot to obtain the ap
pointment to the presidency of the Mutual of D. C.
Haldeman as <he man most acceptable to the Brit
ish Dolicyholtiors. It is suggested that the books
should be submitted to a British firm of account
Th» present movement, which was undertaken
by large policy-holders in England, cannot be con
sidered as antagonistic, but at tho same time there
is a positive determination that British interests
shall have a voice In the future management of
insurance companies doing a large busineas In
Donald C. Haldeman is the London manager of
the Mutual Life Insurance Company.
"JUDGE" HAMILTON RELUCTANT.
Talks with Mr. McCall Leave Question of
Paris, Dec. 11.— John C- McCall, son of John A.
McCall. president of the New-York Life Insurance
Company, has arrived here md has held long con
ferences v.itli Andrew Hamilton, the former legis
lative agent of the insurance companies at Albany.
On the main point of Mr. Hamilton's returning to
New-York It is known that no decision has yet
Mr. McCall made a brief Btop in London, thence
coming on here. He had no difficulty in finding Mr.
Hamilton. Both Mr. McCall and Mr. Hamilton de
cline to diccuss the nature of the conferences. Mr.
McCall authorized tho following statement;
There is no objection to stating that I am here,
and have held long conferences with "Judge" Ham
ilton, but beyond that I have not anything to 6ay
except to the legislative committee on my return,
as the inforrnrition I may obtnin properly belongs
to the commit tt-e.
Mr. Hamilton said he had no announcement to
make for the present. His arm. which was affected
in his recent illness, i* agalr causing him pain.
FOR UNIFORM STATE LAWS.
The President in Sympathy with Insurance
Washington. Dec. 11.— Insurance Commissioners
Thomas E. Drake, of the District of Columbia; B.
F. Carroll, of lowa, and Thomas D. O'Brien, of
Minnesota, called on President Roosevelt to-day
and discussed the subject of a uniform insurance
law for the various States of the Union. Commis
sioners of Insurance of many States have been Jn
session here, and they have decided to make an
earnest effort to secure the enactment by the
various State legislatures of a uniform law regu
lating insurance. The commissioners informed the
President that Mr. Drake had been authorized by..
the convention to ru\i ■ meptinsr of the governors,
attorney generals and insurance commissioners of
the States and Territories to be held on Thursday,
February 1. In Chicago. At that meeting It is
proposed to discuss the question of a uniform State
law on Insurance, and to induce, if possible, con
certed action in favor of the enactment of such
legislation. The President expressed his hearty
sympathy with the movement.
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SEEKS FEDERAL CONTROL.
Novel Insurance Bill Introduced by
Washington, Dec. 11.— A novel method of obtain
ing federal control over insurance Is c?oiitained in
a bill introduced to-day by Representative Fred
erick Landis, of Indiana. The bill says that Con
gress has exclusive Jurisdiction over the District
of Coiumbia, the Territories and the insular pos
stsrions of the United States, in consequence of
which authority is Riven to the Department of
Commerce and Labor to reauire full statements
from all insurance companies doing buslnf\«g within
such Jurisdiction He says th;it publicity is the
one thing required, and that no insurance company
can afford to quit business in any of the territories
named to avoid government supervision, therefore
all companies will be included.
The bill creates in the Department of Commerce
and Labor the offices of "Superintendent of In
surance" and "National Actuary." T/iese officers
are to frame regulations for annual reports from
life insurance companies doing business in the ter
ritories specified. Bdch rrports ara to contain an
itemized statement of all assets and liabilities,
amount and character of al! business transactions
and number and character of policies outstanding;
the names and salaries of officers; Itemized state
ments of receipts and expenditures, with full in
formation and names of all parties receiving pay
ments. Authority to examine the books of insur
ance companies is given. Such companies are also
restricted as to the character of their investments.
Violations of the regulations are made punishable
by revocation of license.
Representative Ames, of Massachusetts, is pre
paring a bill along similar lines, which he will
RUSSIA'S PERIL GRAVER.
(ontlnued from first page.
em systems have already responded to the ap
peal for a general strike. Cooler heads, how
ever, are advising against precipitate action
which might result in failure and are urging a
postponement of action until all the organiza
tions In the country have been consulted.
It Is believed that if the attempt at reaction is
persisted in, the Moderate Liberals, who are dis
gusted with the tactics of the Revolutionists,
fearing anarchy, and are inclined to support the
government, will surely be driven back into the
camp of the Extremists. Premier Wltte'a
friends declare emphatically that he has never
been in favor of armed repression, and intimate
strongly thai the arrests of the strike leaders
must be charged to M. Durnovo. Minister of the
Interior, who insisted that he had proof that
Krustaleff was planning an armed revolution,
and that, besides attempting to subvert the
government, he had attacked its credit in circu
lars, advising the workmen and peasants to
withdraw their funds from the savings banks.
It is understood that General Dedulln, pre
fect of St. Petersburg, has refused to carry out
M. Durnovo's orders, that he has resigned and
that he has been succeeded by Baron de Meyen
dorf, commander of Emperor Nicholas's body
PREMIER NOT HOPEFUL.
Coercion or Revolution Confronts
Russia, He Believes.
London, Dec. 12.— The correspondent of "The
Daily Telegraph" at St. Petersburg in a dis
patch dated December 10 sends an Interview
with Count Witte. in which the Premier indi
cates that Russia is confronted with the alter
native of a revolution or violent coercion.
Thcugh the count has iiot abandoned hope, he
is not sanguine, and if forcible repression
should become necessary he will, according to
the correspondent, resign his task to other
Asked by the correspondent about the genesis
of the revolutionary movement. Premier Witte
attributed its rapid development to the grant
of autonomy to the universities and the high
schools, where the revolutionary forces, for
merly doomed to srerecy, "ound asylum and
sanctuary and fib.«o!utf s freedom for discussion.
When this freedom became license society still
looked on with stolid indifference. The Pre
mier, proceeding to review the situation, said:
On my return from Portsmouth I found the
country* in a difficult position, from which there
were only two issues. The problem was thorny
and fateful, but after lons and careful delibera
tion the Emperor, who needed no persuasion.
aetf-<i on hi.s own initiative, and never doubting
tl.at he cuuld build upon the moral courage and
the political good sense of the majority of his
subjects, took the course of issuing his mani
festo of Ojtober 30. not only with alacrity, but
Clearly, the vast chancres wihch the manifesto
heralded required time and patience to carry out,
but what happened was utterly unexpected.
Sections of the community— nay whole class s—
went to work systematically to annihilate their
own means of livelihood and to ruin themselves
and the whole nation Social instincts seemed to
have become atrophied. Instead of uniting to
preserve order, the people Quarrelled among
themselves and attacked the government.
The only people who acted in their own in
terests were the revolutionists. They knew
what they wanted. They chose the most ef
fective means to attain it, and they are capable
of adopting these means, even at the price of
heavy sacrifices. The revolutionists hide all
their quarrels and animosities and act together
for the end they have in view, which spells de
struction. Out of the resultant chaos they
promise a new world and an earthly paradise.
After admitting that the manifesto had indi
rectly intensified the revolutionary movement
the Premier said:
Unfortunately, people at large take the view
that it Is the government's business to real
ize constitutional principles and to fight rev
olution. Doubtless the government can em
ploy force, but force is only an evidence of
weakness unless it is levelled by the social con
science against the public enemy. If a com
munity will not struggle against anarchy no
government can successfully cope with it.
Count Witte contended that the same argu
ment applied to strikes. With regard to the
Jewish question ho said it was impossible at
th« present moment to proclaim equality of
rights, because such a measure would provoke
In conclusion the Premier said:
Urless all elements of society abandon their
own differences of opinion and join hands to as
sist the government in checking anarchy and in
carrying out the Emperors manifesto, the sit
uation may bo regarded as truly disquieting and
r^riouV With the moral help of the community
and with the efficacious measures of the govern
ment" all may yet be righted, but without that
X diarchy will continue, until finally the
naionmay demand the suppression of revolu
tion by force, and then it is not impossible that
the principles embodied In the manifesto may be
repealed or suspended.
To the query. "Is your excellency prepared for
recourse to coercion- Count Witte replied:
it this alternative comes to pass It , will *c
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MAY DIVIDE LIBERALS.
Lord Rosebery Urges Party Not
to Rely on Irish Vote.
London. Deo. 11.-Lord Roeebery gave his
blessing to the now Cabinet at the meeting of
the Council of the Liberal League held in Lon
don this alternoon. He said he thought the
romposition of the new Ministry must fill them
all with pleasure, and congratulated Sir Henry
Campbell-Bannerman on his selections. His
lordship added that all the offices were well
filled and that the country might now expect
economy In finance, continuity of strength and
dignity in its foreign policy, and might even
hope to see an army once more.
Lord Rosebery, however, said that he "abso
lutely and steadfastly adhered" to his speech
at Bodmin. in which he said he could not serve
under Sir Henry's Home Rule banner. He.
added that he had not personally received any
assurances from the Liberal Premier on the
subject of Home Rule, but he was satisfied that
the vice-presidents of the league, Sir Edward
Grey. Mn Asquith and Mr. Haldane, had re
ceived assurances to the effect that his (Lord
Rosebery's) interpretation of Sir Henry's speech
at Stirling was incorrect. Lord Rosebery, how
ever, thought it strange that Sir Henry had not
taken the opportunity in his more recent
speeches to repudiate his (Lord Rosebery's) in
terpretation if it was not correct. His speech,
at any rate, he said, had cleared the air, and
with Sir Edward Grey and Messrs. Asquith and
Haldane as members of the government, the
country had a guarantee that an Irish Home
Rule bill would not be Introduced in the ne*t
Lord Rosebery added that as Liberals it was
their duty to maintain a united Free Trade
party. He hoped and prayed it might be ab
solutely independent of the Irish vote. A Lib
eral party relying on thai, vote would not pos
sess the confidence of the country. Such an
alliance would not be good for the Irish, and
would be wholly bad for the Liberals.
The outgoing ministers of the Balfour
Cabinet gave up their seals of office to King
Edward at a meeting of the Privy Council Ht
Buckingham Palace at noon to-day. The cere
mony was formal. A few of the public gath
ered around the gates of the palace and watched
the retiring ministers a;i they arrived on foot
or in cabs, but they were hardly distinguishable
In the dense fog.
Another meeting of the Privy Council was
held at 3:30 p. m. The Liberal ministers took
over the seals and thereby were formally in
stalled in office.
The earliest arrival was John Hums, the new
president of the Local Government Board, who
was on foot and wore his customary reefer
Jacket and derby hat. A deputation from Bat
tersea, where Mr. Burns lives, assembled at tho
gates of the palace and recognised, In spite of
the fog. the burly form of the labor lead«r.
Hearty cheers greeted "Honest John."
When the ministers assembled In the council
chamber all those who had not previously been
made members of the Privy Council were sworn
in as members of that ho<ly. Then the new min
isters "kissed hands'" on their appointment to
SULTAN ACCEPTS TERMS.
turkey Agrees to Powers' Proposals
London, Dec. 12— The correspondent of 'Tii<>
Daily News" at Constantinople says:
The Sultan has yielded. He has accepted the
scheme for the financial control of Macedonia
as embodied in the last collective not* of th«
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ITALY ANGRY AT CASTRO.
Steps Taken to Enforce a Settle
ment of Claims.
Rome, Dec. 11. — A semi-official communica
tion issued to-day refers to the questions pend
ing between Venezuela and Italy through the
refusal of the former country to setrlo Italian
claims. It says the Italian government pro
posed to the Venezuelan government that the
points in dispute be submitted to arbitration.
The answer to this proposal was evasive, and
therefore the Italian government ha* ordered
Carlo Filippo Serra. its consul general at San
Francisco, to go to Caracas to continue the ne
gotiations in a Just but firm manner. Slg^r
Serra receives the rank of minister plenipo
rentiary for this purpose.
MAY INVADE TURKEY.
Five Thousand Armed Persian*
Gathered on Frontier.
Constantinople, Dec. 11.— Trouble la threat*
ened on the Turko-Persian frontier, at the VUac
yet of Mosul and in the neighborhood of Bay
azi'i. These points have never been delimited.
Five thousand armed Persians are now gath
ered in the district of Sujbujak, southward or
LakeUrumiah, and threaten to Invade and take
possession of a strip of territory In the ™»»£
of Mosul, claimed by Turkey. Two battaltams
of Ottoman troops with three guns have been
dispatched to repel the invasion, and tne wr
ernor of Mosul Is calling for more reinforce
TORONTO BANK TELLER DISAPPEAR
Over $20,000 in Currency Also Missing—
Bills Not Signed.
(By Telegraph to Th» Tribunal
Toronto, Ont.. Dec. 11.— S. Banwell, a teDK
of the Crown Bank, has disappeared. An «**
amination of his books to-day shows that o***
$20,000 of the bank's currency is missing. TW
money includes $1,487 In gold and 400 &»
bills. The bills, however, are unsigned, , »
package seemingly having been mistaken lor •
similar one containing signed bills. Banwaasi
twenty-six years old, and has been cm »J °} erl.e rl .
the bank two years. A young woman 11% » * l •.
Trindale. west of this city, is also missing. *=
it is reported that she eloped with the ten".
THE GEORGIC NOT DAMAGED.
Liverpool, Dec. 11.-Tho White Star Un ft * I ***
steamer George, which ran ashore yesterday™
side C 11 Gas Buoy, has been refloated and <1ocm»»
Apparently she is undaa iced.
THE PORTE REPLIES TO POWERS.
Constantinople. Dec. The reply of the Port*
to the rollrotlve note regarding Macedonia, "wo
was presented "V the Ambassadors of 'be*^
powers on December 8, was communicated to *£££
yon Callce. the Anstro-Hunganan Ambassador,
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