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V°"-LXV N° 21.046.
j ((j ck CANAL AT PANAMA
fjrORBD BY PRESIDENT.
v c ports of Commission and Consult
ing Engineers Sent to Congress.
ington. Feb. 19. — President Roosevelt
initr""' 1 to Congress to-day the report of the
iioird | consulting engineers on the Panama
Canal, together with the letter of Secretary Taft,
f ' report of the Isthmian Canal Commission
racomnvndirig conFtructlon of a lock canal, and
Je tter bf Chief Engineer Stevens. The letter
c the President Is as follows:
To the Senate and House of Representatives:
1 j fuhinit herewith the letter of the Secretary
ft fl'ar. transmitting the report of the board
t consulting engineers on the Panama Canal
l-i th<- report of the Isthmian Canal Commis
*;,j, then 'Mi. together with a letter written to
M chairman of the Isthmian Canal Commis
sion by Chief Engineer ■ ens. Both the board
consulting engineers and the canal com
aifsicn divide in their report. The majority of
•l; f r>nar 5 of consulting engineer*, eight In
number. Including the five foreign engineers,
f'tvor ft «*•» level canal: and one member of the
renal lesion. Admiral Endlcott, takes the
same position. Five, of the American members
pf [to board of consulting engineers and five
members oi the Isthmian Canal Commission fa
vor t >j e jock canal, and so does Chief Engineer
c-evens The Secretary of War recommends a
Took canal, pursuant to the recommendation of
the minority of the board of consulting engl-
Jjeers and of the majority of the canal com
mission. After careful study of the papers sub
ikitfed . nd full and exhaustive consideration of
thf wfcol* reject I concur In th« recommenda
tion
It win be not! that the American engineers
on the consuming board and on the commis
sion by a more than two-to-one majority favor
ti» lock canal. whereas^ the foreign engineers ,
are a unit again*! It- I think this is partly to
be ext'!alr.««l by the fact that the great traffic
car^i of the Old World is the Suez Canal, a sea
level canal, whereas the great traffic canal of
the New World is the Sault Ste. Marie Canal, a
lock canaJ. Although the latter, the Soo, 13
dosed to navigation during the winter months.
It Carrie* annually three times the trafflo of the
Fuel Canal. In my judgment, the very able
erptjnient of the majority of the board of con
futing engineers is vitiated by their failure to
par proper heed to the lessons taught by the
«nFiriJ'"tion and operation of the 800 CanaL
I' must be born* in mind, as the commission
point? ont, that there 16 no question of building
sha: lias been picturesquely termed "the Straits
cf Panama"; that Is, a waterway through which
thf lare^st vessels could go with safety at un
btsnptad high speed. Both the sea level
canal a: § the proposed lock canal would be too
narrow and shallow to be called with any truth
fulnepf a rait, or to have any of the proper
tie? d a wide, deep water strip. Both of them
would be canals, pure and simple. Each type
tas eertata disadvantages and certain advan
taff> Hut. in my judgment, the disadvantages
tr* 1*? and the advantages very much greater
in the case of a lock canal substantially as pro
posed in th* papers forwarded herewith; ar.d
I call especial attention to the fart that the
chief engineer, who would be mainly respon
sible for the success of this mighty engineering
feat, and who has. therefore, a peculiar personal
teterett In Judging aright. Is emphatically and
earnestly In favor of the lock canal project and
•pilr;- the mm ;»-vel project.
A careful study of the reports seems to estab
lish a Krone probability that the following are
tie fact?: The sea level canal would be slightly
leas exposed to damage in the event of war; the
runnir.p expenses, apart from the heavy cost of
lEteren on the amount employed to build it,
Tfouid be less: and for small chips the time of
transit would probably be less. On the other
. v .ar. *. the lock canal, at a level of SO feet or
ttereaioutF. would not cost much more than
h&lf a* much to buiH. and could he built in
tbout half 'he time, while there would be very
xarh l"«s'rlak emraertui wltti -building ft. and
for larg* Fhips the transit would be quicker;
while, taking Into account the interest on the
amount Fayed i?i building, the actual cost of
Wfatanari'-e would be less. After being built, it
would be Miter to enlarge the lock canal than
the sea level canal, Moreover, what has been
actually <Jf- mo nitrated In making and operating
the great lock canal, the Soo. a more importnt
*rt*r> of tndßc than the great sea level canal,
th« f?uez, *.'.«•£ to J=upi>ort the opinion of the
minority ef the nn 'ing board of engineers
and of the majority of the Isthmian Canal Com
mission as to the superior safety, feasibility and
•eeirililin of budding a lock canal at Panama.
The law now <*n our statute books seems to
eontemrlatf- a lock canal. In my Judgment a
lock canal as herein recommended is advisable.
If the C"!.prr-s:s directs that a sea level canal
m DDDatmctod iis direction will, of course, be
carried out r>th»rwif--e. the canal will be built
en Rbctaatfalljr the plan for a lock canal out
llr*d |;i tba a< r'-'!nr>anying papers, puch changes
teir.ir :>■&<!< . of <-<">urpe. as may be found actually
necessary: i: ludlng. possibly, the change rerom
r.er.ded bjr \h< Kf-creuu-y of War as to the site
C' OH dem OB the Pacific Fide.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
The White use, Feb. 19, 18Q8L
FQCDXXGS OV THE COMMISSION.
Secretary raft transmitted the commission's
RBtCt, md Urn H'-rnrnrianylng documents to the
President, summarizing closely the conclusions
cf in* nojorttj and minority, which respectively
h»M*4 i -< a level and a lock canal. He called.
tttCßtlaa to the fact that the act of Congress
in effort fixes tba minimum dimensions of the
*•*■ and ihp width and depth of the canal
prism by th<- requirement that the canal «hill
•MSB!?: ih<- largest vessels afloat, or such
w rr.aj- reasonably be anticipated. As two ships
Urn builrsir.tr. mhkb are Bjm feet long, 88 feet
Yam arid T;s fr-^t draught, ran be passed through
thf locks j.'-nj.nseri \,y the minority, he says it
is evident this requirement in met. The Secre
tary Bejm:
In th«- Mrt |n«| tarial a vessel of the dimensions
r;<u*(s w«vj!(J have, with the exception of the 4.7
WOrn *-:< r- she width is only »>• fret, ample lee
25 for gaffe navigation end (rood speed, without
Meetioaabl* ":rrrr.tF and without difficulties at
Da ptOatM when •: <nFe* in course are n*esssary<
OBJECTS TO S-KA LEVEI-, PLAN.
But of (fat "i lev<-1 canal project he makes
thi» crtUctea:
J;th the prapooai sea level canal condltionH are.
g«m The dept* is but two feet Kreater than
m ttwt&H ■ Mhe Phip. not sufficient to permit her
9 JHW4 under her own steam, except at great
ntk. tw. n'v-one 039ea of the cnnal is not sufficient
ly WM* for two pudi Khlpn to pans; currents causey
' v-v -'- !■ ' i!,f Ch&pres and by the flow
V .•■,. „r . „.;. „ t< , ■ fifl • itnnl. and lt« many
cum*. r-irnbi! • to i:.. r-BSf- the difficulties and
c*s?ors -t nsvisßttoo. In short, tt-.^ sea level
e«na! r*romm»nded is "not of sufficient capacity and
fl*r-ttr |a "Afford coo*eui*-nt passa(?e for vessels of
''>•l&rli^^l tonaace and greatest d'pth," and <an be
•.«<!«. bq , mi v v,v niatr-rially Increasing th«> depth
"• Mtk bs4 ;.: a roiihlderable inert ase of tim«
gj m-jriej if the Euceested «idth of 150 to J»0
j*« b UM pr^.-itt-Ft width momlcalljr pf-rmls«lme
• » a s.;, lfve] canal, the aomt of the cnlarKement
"•Suired ■ ■.. nrohlbitlr*.
Jt thentutm foOova that the i.!»rh level canal
qt ' r * fuOjr niwis tba requlremente of ConKress.
Tht BeeTCtary mf»otn the objection of the ma
l'r-.ty „f Qh \, r , nr 'l that locks are unsafe for
f s *^' rfdja l,y payinp that lock navigation is
Jim ''jffl lnwilfi nor particularly dangerous.
» oii>:., „r locks ss planned are only thirty
**** lift. MOHXIWH. be Fay«, "the delay* due to
l>:t^g»s n<(- moM than offset by the greater
rP^lr P^l m uliirii v«-ssHs can safely navigate the
■fett f .in,. .1 i y tIM darn than is possible in the
•** '"'•• .anal, and tti< arguments on this point
lr ' '!- iMnorlty r<port s«.-<-m to me to be the
more hty.-
ADVANTAGES OF LOCK system.
The majority Of the t,oard Questioned the bta
llily of ti:e great dams at Gatun and La Boca,
**» th< Sf-crotajy saya thut they are to have
r 'Jth a!t]|,i«- dimenpions^as to compress the mud
*"<* d*f b| tfecfr t>af.- rather than be 6ul)J<ct
tfj Ob^ooobmbL Oth^r dams to retain water
t '«hty-fi\>. • .i deep are not experimental, he
■**», bM'i tboot piropoaed for a lock canal will
< out found un fifth l"»K r
1-0.00 TO PACIFIC COAST POINTS $50.00
c. :,,.: „.^ r > Raflmsd. Tickets sold until April C.
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To-*-™-. ta ««J^- t KI. l «,***, wia^ NEW- YORK. TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 20. lHOfi -FOURTEEN PAGES.-*^"*^^™.*
Prom !fft to right: Oeneral P. C Hafris. Aflmlral M. T. EnAlcott. Chairman T. P. Bhonts. Major B. M. Harrod. Charles B. Magcon. Governor of th*
Canal Zone; Joseph B. Bishop. Colonel O. H. Ernst.
Photoirraph. copyright. 1808. by Underwood & Underwood.
A TWO MILLION SALE.
GREELEY. SQ. PARCELS GO.
Old Broadway Tabernacle Property
Bought by W. R. 11. Martin.
W. R- H. Martin, of Rogers, Peet & Co.. yes
terday bought, through George R. Read & Co., from
the Roxton Realty Company, the old Broadway
Tabernacle Church property, at 34th-st. and Broad
way, northeast, and an abutting parcel. Nos. 66,
CS and 70 West Ssth-st., far considerably more than
$2,225,000.
On December 13, 1901, Kdward F. Searles pur
chased the Tabernacle plot for $1,300,000, through
Herbert A. Sherman, from Cornelius N. Bliss and
"William Ives Wasliburn, as trustees of the church
corporation, and Nos. 68 and 70 West 36th-st., from
James C. Parrish for about $150,000, making a total
Investment of $1,450,000. In OB the Broadway Tab
ernaole Church corporation bought Its old Bite for
$78,500. The cumg which have been paid for the
plot within the- last fifty years give only a slight
Idea of the great increase In realty values In the
Greeley Square section of Broadway Jn that time.
When Mr. Searles bought the property It was
said that he Intended to erect on the plot a large
hotel having many unique features. That project
was abandoned, and about two years ago Mr.
&«arlefi -enlarged the. propstr:y by the purchase of a
lot fronting 21 feet In 35th-st.. and then trans
ferred title to the property to th« Roxton Realty
Company, the seller In the present transaction.
The personnel of the. realty company has not i>een
revealed, hut persons connected with the real
estate market have thought that Its principal. If
not Us sole, stockholder was Mr. Searles. 80, in
the present sale of the property, Mr. Searles will
be generally considered the seller, under the name
of the Roxton Realty Company.
Mr. Martin, the buyer, has long been numbered
among successful investors In Manhattan real
estate. The Hotel Martinique, in 83d-st., Is one
of his properties. He will begin in the near future
the erection cf a ten story or higher fireproof
building on his premises, which have a frontage of
95.9 feet In Broadway. 154 feet In 34th-st. and 53
feet In 35th-Pt. A large part of the structure will
be used by Rogers. Peet & Co.
A few weeks after it sold its old sit« to Mr.
S'arleg, the Broadway Tabernacle Church cor
poration bought a large plot at 56th-st., and Broad
way northeast, and on that Bite the congregation
of the church now worships. The Rev. Dr.
Charles E. JefffTFon has be^n tli" paM«>r of the
church since February 2, IK*B. The church was
organized on July 30. IMo, and was the outgrowth
of a congregational church, organized on Febru
ary 14. 1532. The question as to whether the church
should remain near S4th-6t. and Broadway or move
uptown caused considerable friction in the, ehOTch
before the end of 1895. On April 8, 1896. at a me. t-
Jng of th« church called for that purpose, the
Rev. Dr. Henry A. Stlmsnn offered his resignation
as pastor. A long discussion followed, after which
the resignation was accepted. Dr. Stimson made
a lengthy address after tho vote was counted. H<<
said In part:
The church has had a distinguished history In
Its present position, but great changes are going
l)n about it. and I was led to believe that tn«
rhurch and especially the brethren who came to
confer with nr>. were prepared to face new con
ditions and adopt a policy appropriate to them.
There were manifest rt-a^onr- why the church
should if possible, remain where it is and at the
Fame tlni" there Is nn urgent necessity for one or
BXM« addltlon.il congregational churches uptown.
Mr dearies, who bought the old Tabernacle nite
from the church, has been prominently Identified
with Manhattnn real estate for many years.
In 1887 he married the widow of Mark Hopkins,
builder of the Housatonlc Railroad, now a part of
the New-York, New-Haven and Hartford system.
She died a few years later, leaving to her husband
her estate, said to be valued at $30.«>0.«K>.
The old Broadway Tabernacle property Is within
a block of tbe plot chosen by the New-York and
Jersey Railroad Company as sit* for a big
terminal station for Us 6th-ave. tunnel spur. W.
X H. Martin said last night, in speaking about
his plans for improving the old Broadway Taber
■ [•lot:
Mv plans have not a« yet been perfected. The
build*!*; 1 think, will be about twelve stories high.
Thi "round floor will be used by Rogers Peet &
Co and above that floor will be offices and lofts.
THE REV. DR. MINOT J. SAVAGE ILL.
Pastor of Church of Messiah Resting in
California.
The Rev Dr. Mlnot J. Savage, pastor of the
Church of the Messiah, has retired from theactrv*.
duties of his paotorata for a few ••*■, and is no*
renting at Redlands. Cat. whw his son has a
«h<"ge Mrs. Savage is with him. It was learn*
that Dr. Savage, while In need of much rest and
L, U not alarmingly 111. He may be able to
take up l.is work again In a month or two
Tl -. Rev Robert Colly. -r. who retired as the active
h.al of the rh.irrli of the Messiah some time ago
preyed on Sunday, and will attend to the pastoral
. V ,en e*rs Too d*M application to his minis
:';;,.. duties and IH-rsry ••* -re .Ud U. have
caused His present Indisposition^
JOHNSON OFFERS TO LEASE ROADS.
Illy TVlemspn to Th* Tribune, 1
.Cleveland Feb. 19 -Mayor Tom I* Johnson to
day n behalf of th, city, offered to lease the lines
of the Cleveland Railway Company. »••■■£■■
m.de to Home, E. Andrews, thi >•«*«•£; 7£
gave no an-wer. The Mayor said that at th.» £.*
St rate of fare, flsurln. on the natural mar,,, of
travel If the diy bought the street railroad pro,
em at , , a p.iMl«tlo,. of tOjmm the Property
would pay tor Itself In eighteen year*.
THE ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.
MAY WAIT FOR MALBY.
BANK MATTER UP TO-DAY.
Governor Has Xo One in Mind for
Hendricks's Place.
(By Telegraph to Tha Tribune. 1
Albany, Feb. 19. — The Senate Finance Com
mittee will meet to-morrow and take up the
Assembly resolution for an Investigation of the
State Banking Department. Senator Allds, who
has the Information from the Governor relating
to the charges against Superintendent Kllburn,
•will transmit this Information to tho commit
tee. Just what action It will take on the reso
lution Is uncertain.
Senator Malby, Its chairman. Is still 111 at his
home In Ogdensburg. Members of the commit
tee may ask that nothing be done until his re
turn. "Senatorial courtesy" would demand that
this request be respected.
The probability eeems that the committee
merely will take the Kiiburn charges under con
sideration in connection with the Assembly
resolution.
"Consideration" may be extended indefinitely.
The situation as to the final disposition of tho
ie«nlnt!"n nppnrently has not char««t? nvieh.
The members of the committee say they do not
know Jußt what will be done, but a general Im
pression exists that no inquiry will result
through any favorable consideration of the As
sembly resolution by the Finance Committee.
Governor Hlgglns was asked to-night if he
expected to send any special message to the
Legislature relative to the banking inquiry. He
declared that at present he should not, as the
situation was entirely outside his province. To
the same question regarding Insurance legisla
tion, hf> replied:
"Xo, I do not expect to now. If at any time
it might appear that the legislation was not
being considered as rapidly as possible, or as
rapidly as might be desirable, I might think it
my duty to send In a special message."
"Is there any authority for the report that you
-will appoint ex-Senator Pound temporarily to
take the place of Superintendent Hendricks?"
"I had not heard the report. I do not know
v.herf such an idea originated."
"Have you In mind uny particular candidate to
succeed Superintendent Hendricks?"
"No. I have not. Each day new names are
added to the list, but there are no heavyweights
among them."
ROADS TO PAY STATE.
To Cancel Debts of Indiana's Secre
tary in Two-Cent Fare Fight.
Indlarapolis, Feb. 10.— It wag rumored' here
to-day that the railroads of this State will raise
enough money to pay the alleged debts of Daniel
Htorms. the Secretary of State, to the State. By
so doing they will prevent a special session of
the legislature, which might naas a two-cent
fare law. Mr. Storms resigned the Secretary
ship to-day, his resignation becoming effective
April 1. He has been permitted to hold office
as long as this by the Governor because he has
promised that his shortages, amounting. It is
alleged, to $6,310. will be paid. If the money 's
not paid the legislature will be called. In special
session.
Mr. Storms resigned his position as Secretary
of State after a ten minutes conversation with
Governor Hanly. The resignation was accepted
Immediately. Frederick Sims. Republican candi
date for the nomination of Secretary of State
before the next convention, has been appointed
to succeed Storms to fill out the unexpired term.
BROOKLYN BABY BLUNDER.
Two Mothers Get Each Others Progeny by
Error of Department Store Checker.
Williamsburg had a baby tangle yesterday after
noon, which began at a department store and ended
In the Hamburg-aye. police station. Mrs. Anna
Rofp, of No. 692 Marcy-ave., checked her baby ami
carriage at the. store, as did Mrs. Mary Johnson, of
No. 1.085 Ijafayette-ave. The latter also left her
eight-year-old daughter, Florence, with her baby.
Mrs Johnson finished her shopping and hurried
home, leaving Florence to wheel home the Infant.
Mrs. Ross called for her child about an hour later
and •became hysterical when the baby whs n>>t
there. Florence was found later wheeling the
strange baby, and the two were taken to Ui« Ham
burg-aye. police, station. The two mothers were
sent for th* babies were exchanged and both moth
ers l<*fi vowing vengeance on the blundering
checker.
SOLDIER OF FORTUNE JOINS CASTRO.
i Hy Telegraph ti Th* Tribunal
New-Orl<Hns, Feb. l£>.— Advices from Spanish Hon
duras say that Lee Christmas, of Louisiana. Chief
of Police of Tegucigalpa, has «ent his resignation
to President Bonllla of that republic, to aoe; t t
cotnmtntoa in the Venezuelan army. General
ChrJstniiJH Is a well known revolutionary leader
niMi took part in the recent revolution in Spunlai
Honduras. He was President BonlMa's chief of
staff, and was made Chief of Police of Tegucigalpa
when the Bonllla faction took charge. General
Christmas says things are too quiet in Honduras,
and he Intends leading the Venexuolart* against
France in case of war.
DEWEY'S COMMUNION WINES
Comply with the Pure Food I^awß.
H. T. Lttswey & duna Co.. 138 Fulton St., New fork.
•— AdvL
PLAN TO OUST MINES
OPPOSERS ENCOURAGED.
Campaign Against S. P. C. A. Head
Discussed at Meeting.
The persons who constitute the reform element
In the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Ani
mals expressed themselves yesterday as much en
couraged with the outlook for the removal of John
P. Halnes from the presidency of the society. It
is to that end that henceforth they will bend their
efforts. Mr. Haines, they declared at the home of
John H. IBelln. one of the "insurgents." which was
attended by several members of the Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animal?, to put their pur
pose into effect It Is necessary to capture a
majority of the members of th» board of mana
gers, who have the power of removal. The board
now consists of seventeen members, some of which
are known to be hostile to Mr. Haines.
The reformers will work hard from now until
March 8, when the Board of Managers will meet
to obtian the necessary nine votes. One of the
members paid yesterday: "We are very much en
couraged at the outlook." Mr. Iselin gave out the
following statement of the meeting: on Sunday
night: I
A num.be." of the members of th.> Society for the
Prevention . ■. • Aniir. im .net together '-<">c
night for the purpose of considering the present
situation in the society. All were strongly im
pressed with the Imminence of the present danger
to the very existence of the society, and the meet
ing resolved itself into a committee to consider
this danger and to formulate various plans for
averting it, If possible.
All agreed that In an association whose object Is
the fulfilment of quasi-public duties, and whose
support is in a large measure derived from public
moneys. It Is essential that the executive officers
command In th« fullest degree, public confidence
and respect; that It Is apparent that the present
■widespread dissatisfaction with the workings and
administration of the society has involved the loss
of public confidence, and political Interference is
now threatened.
In view of the action taken at the last adjourned,
meeting of the society cutting off all debate by the
members upon the present situation and effectu
ally gagging the large, and Increasing portion of
the membership that Is seeking to reform thr>
society from within. It seemed to all that the only
means left whereby the immediate situation could
be met was through an appeal to the board of
managers to view trie situation broadly and with
out personal feeling and to realize th« paramount
importance of speedily regaining public confidence.
The. "political interference" spoken of in this
statement refers to two bills now pending in the
legislature. One of these. Introduced by Assem
blyman Tompkins and drawn by Health Commis
sioner Darlington, provides for the transferring of
the power to grant dog licenses from the Society
for the .Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to the
Board of Health. The revenue from this source
amounts approximately to $65,000 a year. The other
measure, introduced by Assemblyman Francis, as>k3
that permission be granted to the Henry Perch
Humane Society to engage actively In the aid of
dumb animals. Under an act of the legislature the
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
is the only organization that can engage in this
work. Ludwig Nissen. treasurer of the Henry
Bergh Humane Society, said, yesterday:
. There is room enough in this big city for another
humane society, and the Society for the Preven
tion of Cruelty to Animals should not be permitted
to enjoy a monopoly in this work.
In connection with this It was learned that Mr. •
Nissen addressed some time apo a letter to Mayor
McClellan. calling his attention to the shortcom
ing of. the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals. The Mayor later resigned as a mem
ber of the board of managers of the Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal*, without giv
ing his reasons.
The Henry Bergh society, while prevented by Ihw
from employing special policemen or using ambu
lances for Injured animals, has mapped out an
other plan for suffering animals. David Belais. its
president, announces that it will set ep — veral
much needed drinking places. Among th»> charges
of neglect made against the Society for the Pre
vention of Cruelty to Animals Is the one that these
drinking places have not been erected. The Bergh
society also announces that Herbert N. Casson
will deliver a scries of lectures on humane educa
tion in the public lecture courses under the au
spices of the Board of Education. The dates of
the lectures so far arranged am February 22, at
St. Luke's Hall. No. 453 Hudsori-st.; February 23,
at Public School No. 2, 3d-ave. and 169th-st., and
February 26. at Public School No. 5, Ulst-st. and
Edgecombe-ave.
ATTEMPTS SUICIDE ON STAGE.
Audience Thinks Woraan"s Shooting Part of
the Performance.
Denver, Feb. 19— Leaving her seat in one of the,
boxes in the Crystal Theatre at thUi afternoon's
performance, Mr*. C. A. Weilder made her way to
the stage, and. after flourishing a revolver for a
moment In full view of the audience, d!*charK».l
the weapon at herself, inflicting a probably fatal
wound.
.Persons in the audience thought that the shoot
ing was part of an act, and made no outciy.
Screams of the performers In the wings showed
that something unusual had occurred. When the
wniii.,!i was carried away unconscious by mhk* nt
tendants, she still held the weapon and a photo
graph, said to be that of her young son. The woman
was removed to a hospital, quiet whs restored and
the performance resumed.
EARTHQUAKE RECORDED AT VIENNA.
Vienna. F> -i' IS The Instruments of the Im
perial Meteorological Department this morning
recorded an earthquake centre which was TJBQQ
bjOoj off. The —fwwnl lasted from Idi
to B:M a. m.
THROUGH- SLEEPING CAR TO
YounKMown and Barherton. Pennsylvania Rail
road's new service.. Leaves New York daily at S.»
P. M. Through sleeping car to Cleveland also.—
Advt.
ALL WELL OX THE DEWEY.
The Drydock Reported 500 Mile*
West of the Canaries.
Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Feb. 10— The
United States tug Potomac, which arrived her*
to-day, reported that she left the drydock Dewey
five hundred miles to the westward of this port,
all well.
The steel drvdork Dewy left Solomon"^ Island.
Oh»-sap»Ake Bay, on December IS, ir«">, for f>lon
gapo, Sublg Bay. Philippine Islands, convoyed or
towed by the United States colliers the Brutus. OM
CM*! and the Glacier, and the navy tug Potomac.
Commander Harry H. Hosier being in command.
It was believed that the voyage would occupy about
five months. Communication with the convoying
ships was kept up by wireless telegraph, until Jan
uary 22. The dispatch fro:n Kia Palmas is the nrst
news Of the Dewey that has been received since
that time. In th« mean time there has been much
uneasiness felt in official quarters for the safety of
the drydo-~k. which was expected to be heard from
at Gibraltar by February in. According to the re
port brought to Las Palmas the l>ewey must at this
time bo I**l to l.<Yif> miles from Gibraltar, and at the
rate eh* was moving, while within touch by wire
less telegraph, she cannot be expected to reach
Gibraltar in less than twelve days.
CAXFIELD OX JEROME.
Says He's "on the Square" but
"Phys Favorites:'
[By TVlegrarh to Th<» Tribunal
Milwaukee. Feb. 19.— Richard Canfteld. the well
known New- York gambler, was in this city to-day,
and before going to Chicago to-night gave nis views
on Jerome, Parkhurst. gambling and wide open
towns. He said Jerome was "on the square" and
enforcing the law as "he saw his duty. ' but he
•■thought he played favorites." He thought Park
hurst had done great harm to Naw-York by scat
tering vice, where before it had be«n segregated In
certain places. As for a "wide open" town here,
he said he had always heard that Milwaukee gave
everybody a "square deal" and believed that policy
the best.
"Gambling." he said, "can never be stopped.
Under the circumstances, it is beat to regulate It
and let it run in the open. When hidden and In
secret, other crimes accompany the evil."
BIG BEQUEST TO SEAMEX.
Lord Invcrclyde's Will Provides
Fund for American Sailors.
London. Feb. 19.— The will of Lord Inverclyde,
chairman of the Cunard Steamship Company.
who died on October 8 last, was probated in
London to-day. It leaves his property to the
widow for life, with the remainder to. the Mer
chants' House of Glasgow for a fund to be
Unown as the Inverclyde Bequest, for the benefit
of the seamen of New- York. Boston. Scotland.
Liverpool and Belfast. In addition to the real
estate. Lord Invcrclyde's personal estate in the
United Kingdom is valued at $1,473,000.
MAY FIGHT AT POLLS.
Pittsburg Police Arc Partisans in
■ Mayoralty Contest.
[By Telegraph to Th" Tribune 1
Pittsburg. Feb. 19. Democrats hope to elect
George W. Guthrle. the first Mayor of greater
Pittsburg. to-morrow, and. If they do. are sanguine
that they can carry Western Pennsylvania In the
future.
The city is in a furore of excitement to-night,
and more than $500,000 has been wagered on the
result of the contest. Alexander M. Jenkinson.
the Republican candidate, has spent some $250,000
in his campaign. Police Superintendent Thomas
Werner was relieved from duty to-day because ha
refused his support to Guthrie. who is backed by
the city administration. Previous to his relief
from duty. Werner had a fierce word battle with
his assistant, Edward KenneUy— a pitched fight
was narrowly averted.
It is expected that there will be fighting between
the police at the polls to-morrow, as the fore* is
completely split In favor of the opposing candi
dates.
MITCHELL SPURNS OFFER.
Miners' Leader Refuses Xomin/ition.
to Congress by Democrats.
TIM announcement was made last evening by
President Mitchell of the United Mine- Work
ers, that he had received an offer of the nomina
tion on the Democratic ticket for Congressman
for the Peoria district of Illinois by the Demo
cratic committee of the district. He declined
with thank?, he said, because fee made up his
mind long ago that he would never run for any
political office.
It wat. stated that the nomination was unani
mous. It was sent by wire to him by a special
committee, and he sent. a telegram declining it.
Mitchell votes secretly. hl« voting residence
being Spring Valley, 111 . which is in the Peoria
district. He is supposed to be an Independent
in politics.
MAY HOLD UP GAS BILL.
Friends of Eighty-Cent Measure
Fear Changes.
TBy Telegraph to Th« Tribune. ]
Albany. Feb. 19.— Reports were afloat to-day
that the Page 80-cent gas bill would not be
reported favorably on Thursday by the Com
mittee on Miscellaneous Corporations, but in
stead would be held up in deference to the de
mands of the gas companies. Further delay Mi
the bill may result in a complete alteration *fl
the scale of prices established in it for the
various districts oi the city, according to pres
ent conditions.
The Committee on Miscellaneous Corporations
is n.-t inclined to be hard on the gas companies .
Friend* of the 30-cent bill fear that the com
inifee will try to amend It t« allow the com
panies some leeway, fixing a price of H or »ft
cents for New York. The committee will hold
a meeting O> Thursday. If the hill 1* not re
ported. Senator Page probably will ask t
tho committee discharged. What Is feare.l n>w
however, Is that the committee, will report an
amended bill with prices higher than the Page
bill.
The Agnew bill will bt» on the Senate calen
dar to-morrow. No objection to Its passage Is
♦ i xpected.
EX-SPEAKER HENDERSON SINKING.
Dubuque. lowa, Feb. I!>.— K\-Speaker David
B. Henderson haa Buffered another paralytic
stroke, which has almost deprived him of his
sight. His wife la the only person he i<■.,.-
nizes. His general condition is worse. It is
believed the end Is near.
THE FAMOUS LAKE SHORE LIMITED
has sleeping car* for St. Louis and Cincinnati.
leuvln? N«\n York every .i.iv at &:3o \,\ m.. vln Him
York Central Lines. No excess fare.— Advt.
PRICE THREE CENTS.
WILL Sl'K MTURDYS.
Fill IT OF FISH DE3IAXD.
Mr. Peabody Say* Mutual Commit
tee "Got All It Wanted."
Charles A. Peabody. president cf the Mutual
Life Insurance Company, and Frederic f'r"m«
v.ell, th** treasurer, yesterday started the sult.i
that Stuyvesant Fish had demanded.
Mr. Peabody announced that suits had been
begun by th« Mutual aeafnst Richard A. Mc-
Curdy. ex-pre*»M.»nt of the Muiui!; Robert H.
McCurdy. his son, formerly genera! manager of
th" i ompany. and the firm of Char!** H. Ray
mond & Co., including Louis <i. Thebaud. the
son-in-law of Richard A.*McCurdy, for an ac
count insr and for the return of th» a;T°e • ex
cessive commissions pa!<t them for writing In
surance and for »he return of tho alleged «*
ce«slve salaries and moneys contributed to cam
ralTn funds. Mr. Peabodv said that the Mc-
Curdys would be defended by De T.anc*y N'lcoll
and Raymond & Co. by John 3. Wise.
When he made this announcement Mr. Pea
hody spoke of Mr. Fish as "a little boy," and re
marked on his "spectacular resignation for ef
fect," \*hile Mr. Cromwell said that Mr. Fish
found himself alone in his position of antagon
ism to the Mutual trustees and officials, and ad
ded that "a man who flocks by himself Is not
likely to find hfmself in a very pleasant do*l
tlon." Mr. Cromwell hastened to add. "I don't,
of course. m«ian this as a threat against Mr.
Fish."
Mr. Peabody said that he could not undertake
to account for Mr. Fish's actions, as that wu
asking him to go too deep. It was evident thaß
Mr. Peabody deeply resented th* course taken.
by Mr. Fish. He was asked in regard to the- re
ports that in reprisal for his d«mand for a real
cleaning out of th* Mutual. Mr. Fish would b«
deposed from his position as president ■- th»
Illinois Central.
"Why should I know anything- about that?**
he asked in return.
"You are still a director of the Illinois Centsal*
are ynu not?" he was asked.
"Yes," he replied.
"Could anything be done before the annual
meeting In OctoberH " was asked.
Mr. Peabody laughed. "Mr. McCurdy was d*
pop«d from this company without any annual
meeting." he said.
Mr. Flah. on his part. feels that a hard fight
Is being made against him In his railroad con
nections to "get even" with him for his life In
surance course. A source close to Mr. Fish said
that there was no doubt that the strongest ef
forts were being made to forme Mr. Fish out
of th» Illinois Central.
On the question being put. If the chance were
for or against Mr. Fish, the reply was made
that Mr. Harrlman owned 20 per cent of the
stock of the Illinois Central, and a man whi>
controlled that amount of stock had a powerful
influence In the affairs of a railroad company.
It was reported, however, that the situation
arising from the resignation of Mr. Fish from
the Mutual committee might bring on another
legislative Investigation. It wan said In usually
well informed quarters that there would prob
ably be a special investigation for the sole
benefit of the Mutual. Mr. Peabody a vowel
' Ignorance of any such intention at Albany.
There was also a report current that the
grand jury had found indictments agal-r cer
tain officers and other employes of the Mutual
whose names have been especially prominent
in the life Insurance scandals. This report was
subsequently denied at the Criminal Courts
Building, and it may be said on the highest au
thority that it is not likely that the present
grand Jury will be able to reach th* Mutual in
Its Investigations.
District Attorney Jerome has not fully de
cided yet whether to let the Mutual and New-
Tork Life cases go before the March, grand
Jury, in the regular course, or to have a special
grand Jury Impanelled. There is considerable
doubt whether it would be possible for a grand
jury to indict Hamilton. Fields and some of the
others, and whether conthlbutinc to campaign
funds is an Indictable offence.
Several subpeenas were Issued yesterday from
the District Attorney's £f2ce for men who are
understood to know a good deal about th* af
fairs of the bis Insurance companies and th»
Mutual Reserve, especially the latter company.
Some of the Mutual Reserve officials are to
testify before the grand Jury to-dry and others
will follow. Indictments are expected to be.
handed down shortly for various officials of thm
company.
For two weeks Matthew C. Fleming, who wa*
me of the chief assistants to Mr. Hughes la the
Investigations of the Armstronsr committee, haa
been going over the records of the Inquiry", with
a view to criminal prosecutions, and haa been
in frequent consultation with Mr. Jerome. Ha
submitted his report yesterday, and the work
before the jury was immediately laid aside to
take up the insurance cases.
Assistant District Attorney N'ott Is to have
charge of tho investigation of th» Mutual Re
serve. He said yesterday that that company
would be the first one taken ud. and, so fax sea
he knew, it would be th.9 only one under the
probe at this time. Officers of tho company ax«»
to be summoned to testify. he added. From
other sources it was learned that tho Mutual
end the New -York. Life would follow the Mutual
Reserve.
The selection of a successor -to Mr. Fish on
the Mutual committee will be left to Mr. Truea
dale and Mr. Auchtncloss. Mr. Truesdale said
yesterday that they had not had time yet to pet
together for this purpose. It Is understood that
James B. Dill, William G. Choate. Balnbrldga
Coiby and D. Cady Herrlck. -who recommended
the suits against the McCurdys, will be dropped
as counsel to the committee, and John W.
Grlggs. ex-United States Attorney General and
now general counsel for the Lackawanna. of;
which Mr. Trueadaie is president, will become
the counsel of the committee, with John H.
Choate for advisory counsel.
President Peabody gave out a statement in
reply to the letters and various other exhibits
in the resignation of Stuyvesant Fish from the
Mutual's self-Investigation. He said:
TIM letter from the Investigating commute*
demanding certain Information from the presi
dent of the company in regard to the- marital
and other relations of Its officers and employe^
an.l their financial affairs while In th* employ
of the company was sent to Mr. Cromwell an
December 28. Between that day and my taking
office a Saturday ami Sunday Intervened, 1 Im
mediately prepared an answer to the letter, but
at the request of Mr. Truesdaie I withheld th*
reply until th* return of Mr. Fish and Mr. Arch-
Incloss. six weeks later. That effectually replies
to th* criticism of the delay in making the an
swer about which so much ha* been made. Th*
answer was delayed because Mr. Fish was not
h»r.» to receive it.
In the second place. I had thought that the In
formation called for In the letter would apply
only to the five hundred employes In this build-
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