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V OL LXV- ..N°- 21.603.
BATTLESHIPS IN CRASH.
TWO RUN AGROUND.
Alabama Rams Kentucky in Avoid
ing Stranded Kearsarge — All Off,
While five of the big battleships of the North
Atlantic squadron, under Rear Admiral Evans,
were steaming out to sea yesterday, bound
for Hampton Roads, the Kearsarge and
the Kentucky went aground, about noon, off
the northwest point of the East Bank, about a
mile and a half south of Norton's Island and
two miles east of West Bank Light.
The Alabama, fourth In line, tore through
the channel and struck the Kentucky on the
starboard quarter with terrific force, tearing a
hole in her own port bow and seriously damag
ing the Kentucky. The fleet was proceeding
under reduced speed, probably not more than
seven or eight knots, -when the high wind and
strong tide eddies played havoc with- the Ken
tucky, forcing her to swing almost half a mile
off the main channel.
The Kentucky rammed her nose into the bank
first then the Kearsarge. stationed MO yards in
her wake, tried to veer to the eastward to avoid
her but the strong tide and heavy -winds made
her slip and she drifted to the westward of the
Kentucky and went aground rather than ram
her Neither of the battleships had time to re
duce «pc-d Hardly were they aground, when
the Manama, fourth in line, followed, and. be
fore She i mild reduce speed or swing away from
the mud held battleships grounded ahead of her.
.he ran mcd the Kentucky with all the terrific
force behind the Impetus of 12.000 tons of
steel The Kentucky was forced to return
to TompWnsvflle. where an immediate inspec
tion of her hull was ordered. It is said to be
bad* strained. It was said late last night that
she was aleak, but this could not be confirmed.
The diver who inspected her hull would not
make public the damage, if any, sustained he
tow lbs waterline. Her starboard quarter rail
was torn away, heavy steel davits snapped off
arid the captain^ gig cut in two as though b>
rl£ Mn.ded knife. Besides this, her plates
w*r* torn and twisted from waterline to super
rtrncture Apparently her steering gear also
was damaged, for she limped back to Tompklns-
X ™» a wounded bird. Besides splitting
open her port bow fifteen feet above the water
lie the Alabama's forward davits were torn
.way a" the rail of the port bow snapped off.
Plates dented and the hu,» iron shutter on one
of the gnnports torn away.
The Mahama veered off into the channel and
proceeded down to the Southwest Spit, where
_ M _ ... ocine around. «"om!n«r back
FHA tvas s~;^ •
. . r-c- i~» .-.<• the Kent;i'-kv. a;id re-
Gained there un the Kentucky and . the Kear
mateed there until the Kentncky and the Kear
targe pulled off under their own steam and
joined 'the flagship Maine, which was already
outside Bandy Hook.
Rear Admiral Evans ordered the Kentucky
back to Torr!pkin=vii:e for examination. She will
go to the navy yarn 1 this morning for a survey.
It Is beloved that h«r hull is seriously strained.
Vftr- making temporary repairs the Alabama
Joined the fleet outside the Hook, and all except
"the Kentucky went on to Hampton Roads. It
4as exactly 5:25 o'clock when the fleet left
Bandy Hook. The minola was In the rear of the
column and, having enough sea room to over
come the high wind and tide, got off into the
main channel in safety.
. -DANGER ALWAYS PRESENT,
The accident Is ore that, according to marin
ers, i* liable to happen any time in the Lower
Bay. be«Ws=e r.f the narro - of the channel.
the high winds g' -^ at prevafl
there the year round Rear Anmiral Robley D.
EVins. commanding the fleet. wßsw ß s outside the
HVwik when the accident occurred. Rear Ad
miral Duv'?. who was on the Alabama, stated
Mete ■...-. t^P T^ld^it i trred, but would
not make any comment
According to the official statement.^ all five
battiei t 11:15 o'clock
vr-c*p^av roominc, under orders to steam to
Hampton Rood? Rear Admiral Evans, on the
flagship Maine. >■] the column, displaying the
ficr.sl "Follow the flag." This order means a
Fi-rle column formation. e?rh vessel four hun
dred yards in the ■••:.. one.
I tin the 1 rder: The
Maine, the Kentucky, the Kearsarge, the Ala
bama and the Illinois. The Maine passed on to
Sandy H • the Kentucky, when about a
mile and a 1 I of Norton's Island, found
it irr:pn<Mt.-. to follov the ord< i because of the
hie." 1 wind and heavy tide. The Kearsarge, four
hind her. had already been
' ' • ' . m ,:^,, un t of the tide, but had
hoped to .:• • to • column any moment. The
jgled for a few
T ' • : not ?••! to the eastward of
ftnooi ■ way. swung
■ ' '— ■ U I, rather than
:if routed with
' •* ■ •*" tJ *~ *Vi ♦1 1 to r-a^s to the eastward of
• Jl<- l^f-..-.. ■
- •■■ " ler nose in t' n
: IT was not
- i ■ i tide became
Before she could reduce
1 ' ' '■.■■■] t !ir* I- ■"'• • ■• 'X v*s starboard
iff into the ■ hannel.
WIND AND TIDE.
' ri> communication with the
■ wireless teleeraph, an>i
lan dispati hed the three big
i. -. Powbatai . Apache and
I teas '- o'clock when the tugs got to
the scene. They '■> re not needed, however, as
the Kearsarge and the Kentucky got off under
t ' leir ' ■ ni. and after temporary repairs
the Ala] : ... . followed.
Real . -! Charles H. Davis, who is divis
leB *l mander of the North Atlantic squad
r" R ' receired ;!)•• newspaper men on board the
Alabama shortly after the accident and ox
plained it in detail, but would not comment on
it other than to say that the high wind, the
action of the tide and the narrowness of the
channel were directly responsible.
"These conditions," he said, "explain the whole
situation. There is hardly any comment bo be
made. Such accidents ways are likely under
coodiUoas arli ii> v.. bad 10-day in a narrow
_ R'-ar Admiral Davis would not Bay that the
Kentucky was seriously disabled. He was of
the opinion that his own vessel, the Alabama.
OBeers of some of the ocean liners when they
Beard •.' the grounding of the Kearsarge and
Kentucky called attention to the tact that al-
they pass In and out of New-York har
bor by its present main ship channel, oftener
and with greater regularity titan any man-of
v-ar, ihey never do so without a pilot. Even
thee an accident ikmaliy befalls them,
taroucfa thick weather or on account of the
Crowded condition of the narrow channeL
On« British officer, with pardonable pride, in
torriparing the handling of British and American
warships, recalled the recent visit to this port
of Prince Louis of Ba£teabexK*S squadron. With
'••Jt a. pilot on board any of the ships they en
%.e.j -..'. ; .-i: the harbor at a speed of some
thing iike fis*i<<-e:i knots an hour, maintaining
perfect distances, in single column formation,
■vithout * j.-iishap. showing that their officers
>:ave koowledc* of the depth of water hi our
channels that may be said to be alarmingly
To-morrow, fair and folder; v«rinbl«» wind*.
BATTLESHIPS WHICH WERE IN COLLISION IN TIIE LOWER BAY YESTERDAY.
EARTHQUAKE IN WEST.
Slight Shocks Felt in Kansas and
Kansas City. Mo, Jan. 7.— A slight earthquake
Bhock was felt here at' 6:l7 p. m. to-day. No
damage nas done. The movement, ■which ap
peared to be from north to south, lasted about
twenty-three seconds, shook chandeliers and
rattled dishes. The shock was felt most dis
tinctly in the residential districts In the north
eastern, eastern and southern portions of the
city. An occupant of the Rialto Building, a
five story office structure at JHh-st. and Grand
ave., in the business centre, felt a slight tremor.
Topeka, Kan.. Jan. 7.— A slight shock of earth
quake was distinctly felt in Topeka and
throughout Eastern Kansas at 6:15 p. m. to
day. In several places a second and slighter
shock was noted, ♦he most severe shock ap
parently was felt at Manhattan, where citizens
left their houses in alarm. No damage is re
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. i\— Residents of Lincoln
this evening felt an earthquake shock that was
severe enough in several instances to shake
globes from chandeliers. No damage is reported
to buildings. The shock was indistinct in some
parts of tht city and very noticeable in others.
St. Joseph. Mo., Jan. 7.— A distinct earthquake
*hook was felt last evening;. Dishes and tin
ware rattlerl. and small children were frieht
ened. The yho<~k lasted about ten seconds.
FIGHTING IN GUAYAQUIL.
Police Disperse Rcsenes— Regular
Troops Join Insurgents.
Guayaquil, Jan. 7.-A body of reserves at
tacked the police station here this afternoon.
The police fired, dispersing the reserves, one of
whom was killed and two wounded.
Part of Colonel Larrea's troops have gone over
to the insurgents. Colonel Larrea has returned
to Quito ,
TRY TO KILL OFFICIAL.
Attack on Health Inspector Follows
Because of the crusade against the keepers of
unsanitary cow stables by the Department of
"'Qu^n.. the life of Sanitary lector
Tobn B m™™. has been attempted, after Dr.
•ssrtnrs-*. — - reported
that most of the cow stable, were in a filthy
condition, and that the greater part of the mil*
offered for sale in the borough was far^ be k>w
the 'standard set by the Department of Health.
£ Moore caused the arrest of a score of dairy-
Sen and they -ere heavily fined in the Court
of Special Sessions.
Then Dr Moore was annoyed by the receipt of
th^atening letters, but. on the advice of friends,
he kont the matter quiet until a few nights ago.
when an attempt was made on his life.
Dr Moore was returning at a late hour to his
home 'in Woolsey-st.. when he noticed that he
was being followed by two rough-looking men.
whose features were hidden by large felt hats
and high coat collars. He thought of the threat
ening letters and began to walk faster. The
men also quickened their pace and overtook him
within a short distance of his home.
One of the men grabbed him from beh.nd.
The other struck at him with what appeared to
be a piece of lead pipe- The doc tor threw him
sen to one side, carrying the man who held him
with him and .voiding the blow,
time calling loudly for the police A with the
ran iin while Dr Moore was grappling with tne
Stoop! topping In their flight a piece of
!!v tl!< .'su*', Appearance of a neighbor, who
was leaving his house opposite. and the police
I),- Moo,- is greatly alarmed, and the police
: ,re making every effort to run down hi. assail
ALL HER CHILDREN DIE.
Woman Who Fled from Moscow j
Riots Is Prostrated.
Two months ago Mrs. Dratensky fled from Mos
cow with her three children, Moses, seven years
old; Louls/.four years old, and Israel, nine months
old to escape the Jewish persecution, which was
then at its height there. To-day Mrs. Dratensky
noun nXn X the loss of all of her chin™, who
SeTiTS KJnestnn-.v., Hospital. Brooklyn.
Hritliin ■ week of each oiher.
The family arrived in New- York or. the steam
ship Blucber. and it was discovered that the chil
dren were suffering from typhoid fever. They were
.„, toili- hospital, where the mother was in con
stant attendance. She left the hospital alone on
Friday afternoon, when the last of her boys SUC
"vVhen the riots broke out in Moscow Mrs. Dra
• , sky li-l with her children to the roof of her
h ',■,-■ She had been there for four days when a
mf t M .,..,..l to burn the house. The almost starved
"milV managed to escape, but while leaving the
muse BITS Dratensky was robbed of everything
!' ,vl tickets for the steamer, Which she had pre
vl..u«lv boueht and had hidden in her waist.
The mother is prostrated, and the eaae has
routed bo much sympathy in Brownsville, where
she II now living with her brother-in-law. Israel
RumkoH. at No. MB llopkinson-ave.. that consid
erable money has been sent to her.
Buffalo in.l Niagara Kr.ll* aiv 7^?,^
trims a day :.y 53 New Sfork Central Unes.-Advt^
NEW-YORK. MONDAY. JANUARY S. l!X)<i. -TWELVE PAGES.-^t^SSS-jSSS^^.
THE ALABAMA. (SHOWING TWO SAILORS REPAIRING THE BREAK OX THE SIDE.)
ADVERSE BILLS KILLED.
Fee for Influencing Pennsylvania
Legislators for Insurance Co.
[By "r»fcraph to Th* Tribime. ]
Philadelphia, Jan. 7.— Samuel R. Shipley, the
retiring president of the Provident Life and
Trust Company of Philadelphia to-day frankly
admitted that the company had influenced legis
lation at Harrlsburg and paid large sums for
Martin E. Olmsted, one of the leaders of the
Harrisburg bar and a United States Congress
man, received last year from the Provident
$7,500 for using his influence to have two un
favorable insurance bills buried in committee.
For a number of years, also, the company paid
a salary of $2,000 outside of his regular com
missions to William J. Scott, one of the agents,
for staying in Harrisburg while the legislature
was in session, looking out for bills that might
affect the company, and influencing legislators
to kill them.
Mr. Shipley declared in defence of these things
that they were done openly and legitimately,
solely for the benefit of the polioyholders in the
Provident, and that not a cent of money had
been paid to legislators.
"Mr. Olmsted and Mr. Scott are gentlemen of
the highest integrity." he said. "It was known
to them that this company would not tolerate
the payment of a single $5 to a legislator, and I
am sure that what they did was entirely above
board and legitimate.
"Last year two bllls^came up in the legislat
ure which we recognized as unfavorable to the
interests of our company. One. the least im
portant, concerned the right of policyholders to
vote, and the other was a bill which touched
upon the report of tho company to Invest its
money in sterling securities. The bill was very
technically drawn up. so, while we had a man at
Harrisburg looking after legislation, I thought
it best to have a Iswyer look after this bill.
"I went to Mr. Olmsted, therefor^ and told
him about it. I said. "You have influence with
the legislators and I thought you might be able
to convince them these bills are unfair.'
"Mr. Olmsted said: 'You wish to retain me
then?" and I told him I did.
"Nothing more was said until the legislature
adjourned. In the meantime the bills died. They
never were brought out of the committee. Then
Mr. Olmsted sent me his bill. Tt was for $7,600.
The company paid it and that ended the matter."
WEALTHY MEN WAIT ON CADDIES.
Push Aside Regular Servants at Dinner at
Philadelphia Cricket Club.
[By TV>Rraph to T7i° Tribune 1
Philadelphia. Jan. 7.— Men prominent in the
city's financial, social and political life acted as
waiters at the annual dinner to the oaddies of
the Philadelphia Cricket Club, which whs given
in the clubhouse at Wissahickon Heights last
night. Brushing aside the regular waiters, the
wealthy members of the club vied with one an
other in showering attention upon the little boys
who have followed them patiently over the golf
links. Among the more prominent "waiters"
were: William Potter, Wilson H. Brown, the
Sheriff; Sheldon Potter. Director of Public Safe
ty: William Disston, Harlan Page and others.
KING EDWABD MAY GO TO ATHENS.
Report That British Sovereign Will Be Pres
ent at Next Olympian Games.
[»ndpn, Jan. B.— A telegram to a news agency
from Athens says that it Is announced there that
King lidw^rd will go to Athens In the spring to
iittend the Olympian Games.
HTINDRED MINERS DIE IN FLAMES.
Japanese Laborers Cut Off Underground
After an Explosion.
London, Jan. B.— A dispatch from Tokio to "The
Daily Telegraph" says that on January 4 an ex
plosion set fire to a mine at Akit;i. on the main
land of Japan, and that 101 persons were burned to
FAMINE IN MEXICAN PROVINCE.
Great Losses Reported Caused by Rains in
Maxatlan. Jan. 7.— According to Ignacio Fuete,
government director in the town of Ahone, the
people of that town and the surrounding country
are facing starvation. Losses from floods through
Sinaloa aggregate several million dollars. Crops
have been almost entirely destroyed and the roads
have been rendered impassable. Thousands of
cattle perished in Northern Sinaloa.
Much Of the cane of the Aguila plantation has
been destroyed and the loss will be heavy.
ELECTRICITY FOR ONTARIO TUNNEL.
'[By T«->Rrai.li to The Tribune. 1
Pittsburg. Jan. 7.-Kion J. Arnold, of Chicago, an
electrical engineer, has completed plans for the
use of electric power In the Sarnla Tunnel, on the
Grand Trunk Railroad. This tunnel connects Sar
nia out with Port Huron. Mich. In changing
to electricity Mr. Arnold has adopted the alternat
ing current, single phase system. It Is raid that
this will be the first tunnel In the world where this
System of electricity will be used
NEGRO REPUTED 135 YEARS OLD DEAD.
Philadelphia. Jan. T.-Mary McDonald, a negro.
Who -said "he was US years old, Is dead at the
Home for Aged and Infirm Colored Persons in this
c> According to Mrs. McDonald and her surviv
mg 'relative*, .be was born on November U. 1770 In
H settlement known a* Frogtown. near Valley
Forge Pent.. She often told of the scenes In and
about the .amp of Washington's soldiers 811^
Force during the winter of 1777-'7S. Mrs. McDonald
wa of rotn physique and was an l»vetera.
■moktf up to a short time aj;o.
GEAND CENTRAL WRECK
CAR ON CONCOURSE.
Goes Through Bumper and Gate —
One Man Killed.
Pelgrino Landi. of No. 2.231 lst-ave.. was
killed and George Griffin, of No. 14 West 130th
st.. was Injured at the Grand Central Station
at 6:20 p. m: yesterday in one of the most pe
culiar railroad accidents that have ever occurred
in this city.
In making up the Adirondack and Montreal
express, which leaves the station at 7:30 o'clock,
six cars were shunted with such force against
three extra cars that stood on the track as to
drive the last of these onto the concourse and
up against the building. The car broke Into
fragments the buffer against which it stood,
knocked down the iron railiner and smashed into
splinters one of the exits from the station. The
forward part of the car was demolished and
every pane of glass was broken.
Mrs. Henry Smith, of Mount Vernon, who was
waiting on the platform and was a witness of
the killing of Land!, described the accident, al
though she had not recovered from the shock
and spoke with some difficulty.
"I was en the platform." said Mrs. Smith,
"with my back to the track on which the cars
stood. I was startled by a terrific report, and,
turning to see the cause, saw the car come up
on the platform.
"There were a man and woman directly in
front of the car. They were in a frenzy .of
fright, and in their effort to escape became sep
arated. The woman escaped through the exit to
the street, while the man attempted to get Into
the building. He pushed the door, but it would
not open. It was a door that opened outward.
Before he realized it. however, the car had
reached him. and he was crushed between it anri
the door of the vestibuled exit. Then the woman,
with a shriek I shall not soon forget, fainted.
A TERRIFIC NOISE.
- "The breaklng.of wood and glass, which flew
In m**9 direction: made a terrific noise; but the
whole thing was over In a moment."
An ambulance surgeon from the Flower Hos
pital said that Landi had met instant death.
The train that caused the accident was No. ">
of the New-York Central, and was made tip at
the Mott Haven yards. It was hauled down to
47th-st. by a switching' engine, of which F.
Fitzgibbons. of No. 580 East 146th-st.. was the
engineer. Jeremiah Sullivan, of No. BP2 East
182d-st.. was the conductor, and the others of
the train crew were Edward Conery. of No. o<i<»
West 58th-st.. and Frank Kolier. of No. 124
East 51st-st., brakemen. The train consisted of
plt cars. At 47th-st. the engineer ma*« a fly
ing switch, the locomotive was uncoupled and
switched off on another track, allowing the train
to go into the station.
The train went along at about ten miles an
hour. It was said. On the rear platform, the
conductor controlled It with a safety device, con
necting with the airhrakes. When Sullivan tried
to slow up the train the device failed to work,
and he opened the airbrakes wide, hut without
result. The shunted train, with undiminished
momentum, crashed into the three extra
coaches. The impetus knocked down tho
bumper, the rear car of the 'dead" coaches was
ripped off Its trucks and was pushed thirty feet
over the concourse and crashed into the vesti
buled doorway leading to the station waiting
Just insldp of this doorway is the package
room, and the attendants ran to shelter. The
car lay on Its side.
MANY NARROW ESCAPES.
There was a crowd on the concourse at the
time and there were many narrow escapes from
injury. If not death.
The dead man was an Italian clothing de
signer. He and his wife, a bride of six months,
had gone to the Grand Central Station in the
course of a stroll. His body was so penned In
under the wreck that it required an hour's work
by the wrecking crew before it could be re
moved, llrs. Landi had a narrow escape. She
was removed to the office of the station master,
and it was not until two hours later, on the ar
rival of her father. Felix Rubano. that she was
told that her husband had been killed.
At about 10 o'clock Miss Annie Land), a sister
Of the dead man. arrived at the station, and her
hysterical grief was pitiful. She was half car
ried, half dragged. Into the women's waiting
room, and remained there until she had partly
recovered her composure, when she was permit
ted to join Mrs. Landi. A large number of the
friends of the family came down from Harlem
and obtained a permit for the removal of the
body from the Grand Central sub-police station
to the man's home.
George Griffen. who was slightly Injured by
flying glass, is a station porter.
A physician was called to treat Mrs. i^ndi.
who was said to be in a critical condition.
Mr. Slater, the station superintendent, said
last night that he could not advance any ex
planation of the accident until he had made an
investigation, which he would undertake imme
diately. Captain Stevenson, who was in charge
of the police at the accident, said he would make
no arrests last night, and that if it became
necessary, he could find the men responsible for
the accident when they were wanted.
PIONEER GLASS MAN'S BIRTHDAY.
IBy Telegraph to The Tribune.]
PlttaburK. Jan. ".—Thomas Wlghtman, pioneer
window glass manufacturer of the United State*,
will to-morrow celebrate his elghty-nlnih birth
day Banks of which he is a director have ordered
large bouquets *ent to him. He was the nist
travelling salesman between Pittsbursr and Chl
cago, making the trip by,«ta In fix .lays.
FLORIDA'S FAMOUS TRAINS,
•v v & Fla Special," 2:10 P. M.. "Fla. & West
i ji.V ltd " 9:20 A. M. Unexcelled service, via
P "nT& Atlantic Coast Line. 1.161 B'wav. N. Y.-
O'BRIEN ASKED TO MOVE.
The Hotel Netherland Objects to
Housing Pugilist— He Will Go.
Jack O'Brien, the pugilist who lately defeated
Hob FitzsimmonS, was asked politely by the
Hotel Netherland management yesterday after
noon to find another hotel in which to receive
callers. Although he had engaged rooms for
himself and his sister at the hotel for a week
O'Brien agreed to move this morning.
Outside the prize ring O'Brien is Joseph
Hag-en, a real estate operator of Philadelphia.
and it was under the name of Hagen that he
registered at the Netherland. His friends had
been told that he would be a* the Waldorf this
week, but when he arrived there Saturday night
he was told that every room was occupied. An
swering a call on the telephone, the clerk of the
Netherland said he could hold rooms for Mr.
and Miss Hagen. and the brother and sister
were soon installed in rooms there.
The Netherland management had no sus
picion that the hotel harbored a prizefighter
until yesterday afternoon, when O'Brien gave
newspaper interviews about his recent victory
and his plans for future fights. He talked to re
porters in his room. Later he was asked to call
at the desk, and was told, in the presence of
some reporters, that while the management
could have no personal objection to such a well
dressed and well behaved man it did not want
the notoriety which would naturally accompany
his presence there, and inasmuch as the man
agement had been deceived in letting rooms to
him it desired him to move immediately.
"I shall move, of course." O'Brien said to the
reporters, "but I don't know just at present
what hotel I shall go to. My manager. Mr. Dur
bin. is at the Marlhorough."
O'Brien said last night:
I shall leave the Hotel Netherland for reasons
which appeal to a man of honor, though able
lawyers have assured me to-night that I have
a riarht to retain my suite of rooms as long as
I wish. I attempted no concealment of my
identity in obtaining the rooms, and the man
agement of the hotel has no legal right to eject
me. but I will submit to the injustice rather
than enter intc a prolonged contest.
When I cam to the Kotel Netherland with
my sister we wer» a«s!grsed to rooms on the
No objection was made to me then, and it
was only afterward, when I received several re
porters in my room, that the management sent
'me word that I was desired to vacate, as I was
bringing notoriety to the hotel. I immediately
sent word that I would like to see Mr. Whi'
taker. manager of the hotel, and he sent back
word that if I wanted tV see him I must come
down to his office. I gained my point, however,
for Mr. Whittaker came up to my room after
ward and repeated the request that I depart.
I don't see why I should be treated in this way.
The fact that I am a professional prizefighter
does not prevent me from being a gentleman.
I have stayed at all th« best hotels in the
country with my sister, including the Waldorf-
Astoria here, and never had the slightest ques
tion raised as to my being a dr-pirahl^ person.
Of course. I was then a real estate broker and
had not crone intri the professional ring, but I
am as much of a gentleman now as I have ever
O'Brien also referred to the Waldorf-Astoria,
where admittance was recently refused him. the
reason given being that all the rooms were occu
pied. He believes that the real reason was the
one which prompted the action of the Nether
land manager. He will take no legal action
against either of them.
WHITE ON TAX BUREAU.
Attorney General Disqualified for
Trying Case. Lawyer Declares.
fßy TVletrrai'h I" TTip Tribune ]
Albany. Jan. 7.— Declaring his hope for a leg
islative Investigation <>f the corporation tax
bureau of the State Controller's Office. Frank
White to-night disavowed any political signifi
cance attaching to his charges against John J.
Merrill, the chief clerk. Mr. White said that he
had been in consultation over the situation with
a well known Republican. He hopes the investi
gation now under way will bring out enough
evidence to warrant a fuller Inquiry.
He declares that the people who are con
ducting this investigation appear already to
have formed their opinions.
"One of the New-York papers." he said to
night, "quotes Attorney General Mayer in a per
sonal attack against me. It would seem th*t h».
as v.rll as Governor Higgins, is more intent on
crushing me for daring to prefer charges against
Merrill than he is in ascertaining If th"
charges are true. The newspapers are authority
for the statement that the Attorney General is
to institute some kind of tribunal to investigate
thoroughly, exhaustively and with impartiality
the charges filed with the State Controller. If
the Attorney General is to preside at that
tribunal he has prejudiced the case and hag dis
qualified himself from acting in the role he Is
about to assume.
-When the charges were first filed I was not
aware that Governor Higgins and Merrill were >
friends. If that fact had been known to me
possibly I might have hesitated somewhat before
preferring charges against Merrill, because my
observation for several months past leads me t->
believe that Governor Hlggtns'fl friends are
protected by a mantle of infallibility.
•It has been stated that .-.x-Justice Herrick
has had something to do with the matter of the
charges against Merrill. Assemblyman Palmer's
name has been dragged in in the same connec
tion There is evidently a persistent determina
tion on the part of those who are seeking to
shield and protect Merrill to create the impres
sion that somewhere back of this matter there
1S "l"w-ish to say emphatically that neither ex-
Justice Herrick nor Assemblyman Palmer, nor
any Democrat has had anything to do with
these charges, or has In any manner Inspired
them On the other hand, for several months
I have sought the advice of one of the most
prominent Republican legislators In the State."
EMPRESS BUYS DANISH ESTATE.
Copenhagen. Tan. 7— The Empress Dowajjer
of Rus-sia is about to purchase aii estate in Den
mark with a view to a long residence, but the
rumor that has been in circulation that she will
not return to Russia is without basis.
PRICE THREE CENTS.
MAYOR SCANDAL LID
DOCK AFZjtIHS BOILING.
Featherson Demands Reasons for
Removal — Murphy Blamed.
Some one is trying to smother ■ scandal in the
Dock Department. The smothering process Is
about as much in Mayor McClellan'a office as
it is at Pier 1. Mayor McCtetlan retired
Maurice Featherson from the head of the de
partment because he had been Informed that
Featherson In the last month of his adminis
tration had steered to the Ph<x?nix Construction
and Supply Company contract work yielding a
profit Of more than $50,000. Featherson s;.;<«
there's nothing In tm story, and he challenges
: the Mayor to prove his case.
Kdward Featherson was on August -*> la«l a
director of the Phoenix company, and William
N. Shannon, deputy leader of Peatheison'a dis
trict, is president and treasurer of th« com
pany. What makes the case more interesting
Is the fact that at the Mayor's request Con
troller Grout investigated the records of the
Dock Department and reported that there was
nothing to connect Commissioner Feather«<o!i
with the Phoenix company.
Despite this report the Mayor, acting on what
"he supposed to be trustworthy data, appointed
some one in Featherson's place, and when
Featherson tried to find out irom him why he
had been "turned down" t"he Mayor would not
Charles F. Murphy, it is believed, took a hand
in the business to injure Featherson. who stands
a good chance of succeeding Murphy as leader
of the organization.
Featherson is trying to discover who tor
pedoed him. and will demand of Mayor McClel
lan that he name a specific instance of malad
One of the significant features of the bu!>ine»
is that the Murphy-Gaffney interests wm to
be fully protected. These are extensive. Charles
F. Murphy is the indorser of the Murphy-Oaff
ney notes to the extent of $155,000. as shown In
The Tribune a few days ago. and th<» time of
digging more tunnels is almost at hand.
Featherson's friends say that Murphy wanted to
make sure of having his interests protected, and
that some man friendly to the boss told the
Mayor a story about Featherson's administra
tion of the ofßce, with the object of getting John
A. Bensel elevated to the control of the depart
ment. Mr. Bensel was chief engineer of the de
partment when Charles F. Murphy was treas
urer of the Old Van Wyck Dock Board. It was
in the Van Wyck administration that Murphy
became wealthy. The Murphy-Gaffney Interests
did not g-?t any favors from Commissioner
Hawkes while Low was Mayor, but it began to
get them again as soon as Featherson was ap
pointed commissioner by MeClellan two years
THE QUARREL WITH MURPHY.
The last two years have been comparatively
quiet, however, for the Murphy-Gaffney dump-
Ing boards, with the exception of the one at
West 35'h-st . where the rock and earth exca
vated from the Pennsylvania tunnel are handled.
A Republican. Martin Healey. leased a pier at
West 29th-st.. with the idea of taking care of a
lot of the Pennsylvania company's work, agree
ing to pay the city SIS. a year for five years.
Commissioner Featherson leased to the Murphy-
Gaffney company part of the West 35th-«t. pier,
just as good a dumping" board privilege, for
$2.»W0 a year, thus facilitating the contract w.irk
of the Murphy-Gaffney company and shutting
Healey out of It entirely.
This made Fenth#»rson ?olid" with Murp'ny
until recently Lately there have been rumors
of a quarrel between the leaders on account of
Dock Department affairs. Murphy succeeded in
keeping In Charles J. »'ollins as secretary to tha
Dock Department. Collins and Featherson ru
on well till last September, when son;
happened that almost resulted in the per
emptory dismissal "f Collins.
Featbtrson In the mean tim» was doing Ms
b^?t to hurry to completion the Staten Island
ferryboats. It was necessary to e*t these under
■way to give a grand demonstration of municipal
n-w-nership. Featherson got them running, an.l
they u-pre started with wild acclaim by tha
Mayor and other? in October. As a result of the
demonstration Richmond voters gave MeClellan
more than three thousand plurality, or Jusi
about enough to elect him.
In tel'ing a Tribune reporter op Thursday
night at his clubhouse of his efforts to get the
boats running on time to help BfeCleilan
Featherson said: "I worked like a thief to get
those Staten Island ferryboat? running before
•If Mc('lel!an's got anything against me, ne
continued, "let him trot it out. I want him t'>
say what he's got to say. I w ish th* papers
would make him talk. I en n't."
Mayor McClellan's attention was called on
Saturday to Featherson's challenge, but he
would not comment on it.
Featherson is determined to find out who set
i off the mine under him. M it was McClHlan. he
■ will take his time and "square" the account a
1 little Liter. It it was Murphy, as many of the
| Featherson men suspect, the day of reckoning is
not far off.
The Murphy men are alread> saying that
' Featherson made a poor record as commissioner.
one ..f them said yesterday that Mayor McClel
i lan had gone over the record of the Dock De
; partment for the last two years, and had satis
fled himself that the PboßUfal Construction nrvl
Supply Company was getting altogether toe
As already told, this company got fiv»- <>r th~
six contracts awarded by Feathers.pn in the last
two years for filling in behind seawalls. Jhi3
company got all the contracts by eocnpetftlra
bidding, but it is said that the Mayor did not
like the looks ..r it. one of the Mayor's friends
yesterday said that Featherson was responstbte
for the city losing profitable 1.-ases-for the big
new Chelsea piers from the International Mer
cantile Marine Company.
CRITICISM OF FEATHERSON
'Featherson." said the friend, •withdrew from
the Sinking Fund Commission two years
whole bunch of leases that would have b
tremely desirable for the city. These lea
been prepared by Commissioner Haw k< -
should have been approved by the Sinking I !
Commission. Featherson later tried to ne?
;is good leases with some of th»- very >.;•.. i •
Hawkes had been negotiating with, but v
able to do as well."
The Mayor's friend submitted n list of
withdrawn leases, as follows:
LEASES OF WATERFRONT PROPERTY.
Citlxrnii Steamboat CWB&MT. J't-f •»•'.. N. K.
Ooedwta Brothers. -.'lst »' • ■ •'•
B4wta Kumt'l. i"«- plat*"™ hulk>>*arl at Pier 47. N. k.
Inti>-nattona» Mercantile Ma:lr.* CflMfMljT, fl%<- anj o ».
half piers In <"ne»s»a (WHtion
< -ompaKnl*- Q«»— " Transaf,ant!qu»'. Pier tr.pw) 4S,
ontral K»tlroa-1 of »■**»>■ 11-r (mtm) 42. X. P.
Khrrnrcloh Brcthrr«. bu'.khra'J between rZ.i and iHW rs .
QUICKEST ROUTE TO FLORIDA
and most attractive is Seaboard Air Line Ry.
threuKh Plnehurst and < am<len. Seaboard Fl'">rHi i
I Imlted handsomest and quickest Florida train.
re.um/-" service January Bth. Office 1.183 Broadway.