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TO WITHDRAW "SALOME'
COXRIED WILL NOT FIGHT
Drama Will Be Withdrawn Unless
House Owners Relent.
If the Stars of th<» Metropolitan Opera and
Jleal Estate Company, which own* the Metro
politan O)K>ra I ■■:-.. refuse to withdraw their
j,r^ ; MWHwt a repetition of "Salome." no fur
ther performances of the Strauss- Wilde drama
will r> A pi VP " «t 'he Metropolitan Opera House.
This decision was reached at ■ meeting of the
eimrutife committee of the Courted Metropolitan
Opera Company yesterday afternoon. George G.
Hmren, rtdent of the owning company. Rives
iio Intimation that he*and his fellow directors
vill change their opinion that the performance
rf "Salome" is "'objectionable and detrimental
tn the l«r«t interns «.f the Metropolitan Opera
Jlnus*." lie seems i.i consider v the incident
<losofl. sn<l. Indeed, the directors of the Conried
amp*ny have little hope that the objections will
"Th* opinion sprni«»d to ho last night that the
pp^r., would 1*» withdrawn, and that the opera
company would l>e ol.liped to forfeit a large
MUOUSI of money to Mr. StmuPs for failure to
Jceep tlie contract. whi«h called for ten perform
ii"« h«r*. Tfcia forfeit, it i S S aid. will amousjt
to at 1-aM .«l«».i*.lH. The directors of the opera
company do not admit the right of the real estate
company to dictate the Trithdrnwnl of "Salome,"
but b*'iev« they shouid not oppose the feellrg of
*n influential part of the niusl«- loving public.
IMnihli OanHeaT. the president of the Conried
Metropolitan Opera Company, and the managing
director, did not HRree to (he conclusion of the
executive committee yesterday until he was in"
duee«« to b^ieve that it was 111.' only solution
lie js proud of the production of 'Salome." feel-
Ing that It is a Rivat artistic triumph, and hav
ing no sympathy with those who hold that it is
objectionable, according to one of hi* friends.
He believes the music of the opera i!« the main
thing, and that from that point of view nothing
but praise can come from any source.
The dispute about "Salome" has troubled Mr.
Conried lily, and has aggravated his nervous
condition. His physicians feared yesterday that
If the controversy were kept up it might have a
serious effect upon him.
Mr. Conried ■» none of the directors of his
company yesterday, but they consulted with him
(ivr the telephone. He saw a few friends, but
*ent word that he m unable to see newspaper
men. On account of the exaggerated state
ments regarding Mr. Conried's sickness his
physicians made the following statement last
With reference to certain statements in the
daily press as to the condition of Director Hein
rich Conried of the Metropolitan Opera House,
the attending physicians desire to state —
ing that those reports may alarm Mr. Conried's
friends — that those statements are pure inven
tion and without the slightest foundation.- Mr.
Corn-led has suffered from neither an apoplectic
stroke nor from locomotor ataxla. He has had
an attack of sciatic neuritis, as stated to the
press before, and. although still suffering from
It, he Is slowly but surely mending. He has not
for an hour ceased transacting business from
his home, and we confidently hope to pee him
soon at his desk at the Metropolitan Opera
The meeting of the executive committee of the
opera company was held at the home of Raw lias
Oottenet. one of Its members, at No. 110 East
25th street. The other members present were H.
Rogers Wlnthrop. Eliot Gregory and Otto H.
Kahn. Edmund L. Baylies, a director, but not
a member of. the executive committee, was also
present. One of the men had had an informal
talk with George G. Haven and gave little hope
that the- directors of the real estate company
would recede from their position. The whole
question was thoroughly discussed. It was de
cided to ask the real estate company for a meet-
Ing with its executive committee, that the views
of th*- opera company might have due consid
eration: but if the real estate company insists
on sticking to its position the opera company
will give no further performances.
A person closely in touch with the directors
of the opera company said last night:
"The directors felt it their duty to the public
to produce this great opera, which is being pro
duced in the great cities of Europe, but out of
regard for the feelings of a considerable num
ber of the music-loving public are willing to
withdraw the opera if it can be shown that
there is strong sentiment against It.
"The directors do not have much hope of
changing the position of Mr. Haven and the
other directors of the real estate company. It is
a matter of feeling, and you can't argue with a
man about his feelings."
Ernest Goerlltz, business representative of
Mr. Conried, was asked whether, if "Salome"
Should be withdrawn from the Metropolitan
opera House, the contract with Mr. Strauss
could be fulfilled by producing the opera else
where. "I doubt it very much." he replied;
"that Is a very serious question."
If the drama is withdrawn it will be a ques
tion an to whether the directors of the real es
tate company may not be asked at least to assist
in making good the financial loss that will be
sustained by the opera company. It was said
that the financial end of the problem was not
taken up yesterday.
-Judge Dittcnhoefer, counsel for the opera
company and Mr. Conried. .said last night that
he had made a thorough study of the lease
by which the opera house is occupied by the
opera company, but he would not discuss it.
Piiu! D. Cravath would not talk about his con
nection with the case, but it was learned that
he represents the real estate company.
"Ther« ha« been no change in the situation."
said George G. Haven. "We stand by our pro
Asked if lie would call a meeting of the direc
tor* of the real estate company, he replied: "I
can't tell. We have received no request to do so*
yet." ' :* :
Thir w?fi literally true, for th<- formal request
sf the or^ra company for such a Joint meeting:
BSt s< ut out until last night. No definite
time for the meeting was suggested, but the
ji-cuesity of a meeting at the earliest j>osstble
date was emphasised.
The directors of the real estate company, as
wti: as those of the. opera company, refused
yesterday to discuss the incident or to give their
I>ersona! opinions of "Salome."
?t was said yesterday in tome quarters that
it was hard to reconcile the doubt expressed by
Mr. Goerlitz as to the possibility of fulfilling the
contract with Mr. Strauss by giving perform
ances or the road with the announcement made
by Mr. Conried and Mr. Meltxcr that there were
to be only three moro performances. It was
*U3S>esled that possibly the situation was simi
lar to that in the season of ISO3-'O4, when an
announcement that only five performances of
"Parsifal" would be given was followed by th«
addition "by request" of first five and then two
*rtra performances. The chance for a suit for
breach of contract by Strauss was considered
small. WB£ sr'»*ii
•Straurs ha» rrrittcn other operas which he
wants to have produced here." Mid on* man.
"One ts TTeuersnoth.* which was to have been
.nt on next ? •-.•!». Another in being written
■jaw. 'F3«rtra,' which lh*y *ay out-Salomes *Sa
lonv' Btra'im «wi ■,<\tc more 'out of royalties
her* titan anywhere else, and he i* too good a
ti.KliMiSs man to have trcMble.with Mr. Conried
tor •omeUiin* » bieh Is not' hi*, fault."
■ Tr^,nJra&: to, a jas* new-york. Monday. January 28. idol-twelve paoes.-^tJ^s^ss-^
MEN PROMINENT IN THE METROPOLITAN CONTROVERSY OVER "SALOME."
Dfawctora of the Opera and Real Estate Company. Directors of the Conried Opera Company.
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(Photograph by Pach Bros.) (Photograph by Pmcb Broa.) (Photograph by Pach Bros.)
3. P. MOna A Y. W. X. VANT>R»Bn.T.
* 7C"oryrJght, 1908. by P«ch Br«».) 'Photograph by Pach Bros.)
A TARIFF WAR AVERTED
BASIS OF TREATY LAID.
German- A merican ( *om m isuontrs
Make Known Result a.
Berlin. Jan. '11- The conferences of the Amer
ican and (ierman tariff commissioners ended on
Friday. S. N. I ». North, who is head of th*
American delegation, will sail for the United
States next Wednesday. James L* Gerry an< l
Xahum I. Stone, the other delegates, will remain
here to complete the translation and certification
of the protocols.
The Associated Press some day? ;ip'> request id
both commissions to authorize the publication of
a summary of the results of tho negotiations.
The American commissioners prepared such a.
summary, and It was discussed an.l modified at
a session of the joint commission. In its final
form it is as follows:
The sessions of the commissions have been
harmonious from the start, and nothing has oc
curred at any point to Interfere with the cordial
and friendly relations originally established.
Thes« sessions have, been largely devoted to an
interchange "f information as to th»« customs
methods of the two countries and the reasons
therefor. No commercial treaty has been ne
gotiated, because the American commissioners
had been given no authority to makw such a
treaty, but in the course of tho proceedings there
has been established a basis u|«on which a com
mercial treaty mlpht be concluded, provided the
consent of the Reichstag and the American Con
gress be given.
So far as both governments are concerned, no
committals have, been made, but the under
standing is such lhat If th* two governments
shall desire to enter into a commercial agree
ment the preparatory work has \,v\\ done.
The members of both thu American and Ger
man commissions feel very strongly that even if
no commercial agreement or treaty should fol
low, the interchange of views and information
has been of the utmost value in aiding :i con
tinuance of the friendly commercial relations
between the two nations.
The Foreign Office will Issue an announce
ment to-morrow Identical with the foregoing.
Following diplomatic usage, tho American com
missioners Belt that the details of th* results
reache.l ourM to be, laid before' Preside: it Roose
velt first, whila the Gorman commissioners did
not desire them published until after the
Rfichstag elections and th« reballots. which in
many districts will not be finished until Feb
It is permitted to add that the commissions
arranged a plan which, with the approval of
President rtooafiirftlt au<l the RfitrhstSf will
avoid tariff hostilities, and. as alluded to In the
foregoing authorized summary, a basin for a
long term arrangement to the mutual advantage
of Vtoth peoples was fully considered.
ROCKEFELLER HELD UP.
William G.s Automobile Stopped —
Chauffeur Arrested for Speeding.
William <!. Rockefeller, his wife and seven
year-old son were out for an automobile ride la*t
night, when they were held up at 120 th street
and fit. Nicholas avenue by Bicycle Patrolman
Mara, who arrested the chauffeur for speeding.
"Why. we were only going fifteen miles an
hour." said the chauffeur.
•The law only allows eight miles In the city
limits." replied Mara, "so you will have to come
to the station house."
At the llirith street police station Mr. Rocke
feller went insid- with the chauffeur, while his
wif» and son waited in the machine. After tho
chauffeur's pedigree had been taken Sergeant
Oorbett said: "Iyjck him up!"
"OfeA't 1 bail this man out?" Mr. Rockefeller
ask«-d. "I can give my wife's house at No. i! 92
Madison avenue, as security."
The sergeant informed him that he could not
give his wife's property on the bond, but that
$100 cash would do. "Oh. is that all?" said
Mr. Rockefeller, as he handed over a $100 bill.
"That If easy."
"By the way, who are you?" asked Sergeant
"My name is William G. Rockefeller, and I
ilve at No. iilfti Madison avenue," was the reply.
"Is that all you want of me?"
S< rtfewr.t C'orbett assured him that there was
nothing further, and. after promising to have the
chauffeur in Harlem court to-day. Mr. Rocke
feller re-entered the car and sped away.
BUILD FIRES TO PROTECT ORANGES.
[ By Telegraph to The Tribune.]
New Orleans, Jan. 27.— Following the cold
wave warning to the lower Gulf coast, orange
growers, for the first time this winter, started
thousands of fires to-night and smudged the
groves to prevent the frost hurting the fruit.
The temperature In the orange belt Is down to
'M degrees to-night, with sleet in various sec
tions. The growers had ample time to protect
rheti- trees, and no material damage Is expected.
LIEUTENANT METTLER INJURED
Fort Rlley. Kan.. Jan. 17.— Seven members of the
Kansas City Athletic Club's baseball team and
Lieutenant Mettler. of the artillery corps at the
fort, were hurt here to-day while on the way to
the railway station following a runaway down a
hill which ojtrteil in their carriage being over
turned. Uentewant M-m-.. who was the most
seriously hurt. srftV>r«l " compound fracture of tho
'?*>. The members of tie . lub were badly cut and
bruised.* ; ;.--_■; . ......... . ..
NEW TOWNSEND ARREST
POLICE CONCEAL NAME.
Mystery Surrounds Move of Man
hattan Authorities in Murder Case.
An arrest was made In Manhattan late last
night in connection with th.- murder of Dr.
Charles wiltnot Townsend, of No. 5 Westervelt
avenue. New Brighton. Statin Island, who was
phot In his home on Saturday, and died at 1
o'clock yesterday morning at the S. K. Smith
Infirmary. The police refused to give any par
ticulars beyond that the person arrested was
suspected of complicity In the case.
On request of Captain Gallagher, of the West
Brighton police station. Morris Sllverman. the
hack driver, was held In $25,000 ball as a sus
picious person, when arraigned before Magis
trate Marsh in the Stapleton polio court yes
terday. He is to appear for examination to
Bllvertnan is the man named by T">r. Town
send .immediately after the shooting nn being
similar In appearance, to the mnn who shot him.
Isaac Snider, brother-in-law of Pllverman. who
was arrested soon after the shooting, wan re
leaned by the police soon after the physician's
When Bllverman wan arraigned yesterday a
dramatic appeal for his liberty was made by hln
young wife, who was 8 ftHuSBr 1 patient of Dr.
Townsend. I*ater Mrs. Bllverman eaid she would
appear before Magistrate Marsh again to-day
with a statement from Dr. Mord. the coroner's
phynlcian. declaring that Dr. Townsend made a
second ante-mortem statement in which he ex
onerated her husband. Dr. Mord refused to say
whether a second statement was made, Cosoner
CahiU wan equally reticent about a etatament
which is said to have been made less than an
hour before the aurgcon died.
INSPECTOR KXPECTS DEVELOPMENTS.
Inspector S-hmlttberßer and Coroner Caiiill
held .•'. conference early yesterday afternoon.
Then Inspector Bchmlttberger went home (laying
that his detectives, who have been visiting
every one of the surgeon's recent patients, would
disclose inUiesiliiK developments within twenty
four hours, lie refused to say whether another
arrest would be made.
on" of the principal witnesses who will be
called at the coroner's inquest is William Crab
tree, who lives opposite the home of Dr. Town
send. Mr. Crabtree whs one of tho first t<> t'jit.-r
the surgeon's home after th-- shooting. Accord
ing to his story, he was summoned by a servant,
and when he reached the bedside «£ the Injured
surgeon Mrs. Townsend waa hundutciriK the
wounds. To his first question as to the motive
for the. attack, be says. Mrs Townsend replied
that it was not robbery, and then, stepping to
a bureau, returned with a handful of Jewelry,
which Khe said the m;in could have had If he
had come for that purpose.
Mr. Cnibtree's statement that Mrs. Townsend
immediately suggested that burglary was not
the motive for the shooting: contradicts the story
told by th<; surg.on'M wife to tho police after tho
shooting. At that time she la reported an say
ing that robbery was the motive, and that sh.'
heard the man call for money. When the police
pointed out to her that a burglar would not have
Bone, to her rooms when he could have gathered
valuables downstairs without trouble, she ac
cepted th« theory that the uhooting was done in
a spirit of revenge.
Mr. Crabtree was In tho room at the sanin
time as Randall, the chauffeur, but the latter
says he does not remember hearing the sur
geon mention the name of the man whom he
suspected at the time. Mr. Crabtre* did. how
ever, ask Dr. Townsend not to repeat the name,
of BUrermaa when he was being carried on a
stretcher Into the ambulance. His reason for
asking Dr. Townsend to refrain from mention
ing the name of the hack driver. Mr. Crabtreo
said, was because R number of neighbors were
about and he did not want them to hear what
the physician had to say. Coroner C.ihlll was
present when Mr. Crabtree told the surgeon not
to say any more until the ambulance was on
the way to the hoepltal.
PHYSICIAN HAD NO ENEMIES.
According to a story told by Lawrence Crab
tree, the seventeen-year-old son of William
Crabtree, the rear door of his home was open
immediately after the servant called for help.
The boy was an intimate friend of the physi
cian and often accompanied him on his rounds.
On the night before the shooting, several
patients were rlaited, the younger Crabtree act
ing as chauffeur. After the last visit Dr. Town-,
send remarked to his companion that he had
not an enemy in the world.
The surgeon had hardly entered his home on
Friday night when he was called to attend
Mrs. Crabtree. who slipped on the Ice and
sprained her wrist. After her injury was treat
ed Dr. Townsend returned to his home, and Mr.
Crabtree remembers that it was 11:30 o'clock
when the lights In his home were turned down.
His family retired shortly afterward, to be
< cntinu<-«1 on Mcond i>»*r
FLORIDA'S FAMOUS TRAINB.
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vlc* via Perm. * Atlantic Coast Line R. B Florida
'ofjrmallon Bureau. 6' way, cor. 90th Pt.— Advt.
JAMBS TT. HTPE. TAMES SrETKW.
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BACK TO COURT TO-DAY.
THAW EI'IDESCE XEARER.
Jury May Re Completed Wednesday
— Jurors Have a Drive.
The trial of Harry K. Thaw for the killing of
Stanford White will be resumed this morning
before insti.-e Fitzgerald, In the Criminal
Branch of the Supreme Court. During this
week a jury will be obtained, and considerable
testimony, possibly all the prosecution will offer,
will be heard. It is hoped. It will probably be
at least two days before the five jurors still
needed will be obtained. By Wednesday or
Thursday, nt the latest, the District Attorney
should be able to make his opening address to
the Jury and begin his direct examination of
There has probably never been a murder trial
In this county which, for sustained interest, has
equalled the Thaw trial. While the obtaining of
ii jury is a dry. monotonous work, crowds begged
for admission all last week. Now that testimony
which it is generally expected will be exceeding
ly Interesting Is soon to be heard, the morbid
and cuaioti.s will appear in greater numbers*.
Justice Fitzgerald has decided on stern meas
ures, however, to curb the tendency of the mere
sightseer. He has Issued orders that at no time
during the trial shall spectators be admitted.
Only those having positive business In the court
will be admitted. Reporters, properly identified,
win be allowed to enter, as well as those with
subpo-nas. Justice Fitzgerald has deckled that
th« spectators, particularly women, who appear
only nt trials with particularly sensational
features, and who do not follow ordinary fcapltal
cases, shall be. absolutely barred. This order has
been mad« Imperative, and the police and court
officers have been told to obey it to the letter.
The interest In which the trial is held is
shown particularly by the arrival of visitors at
New York hotels. Residents of rittshur . nat
urally, are in the majority. At the. Hotel Astor
it was said yesterday that there were fully five,
times as many Plttsburcera registered as at
any time since the hotel opened- At the Murray
Hill Hotel where many from Pittsburg stay,
there was an unusual number registered. The
same was true at other hotels.
PARESIS PLEA MAY STOP TRIAL.
The possibility that Thaw may be declared a
Victim of incipient paresis was discussed with
general interest yesterday. A well known alien
ist said that such a contention would have great
weight. He explained that if Thaw had the
disease, even In th*> incipient form, a trial would
be- Impossible Paresis, it was explained, was
a forr.«. of. Insanity, and a plea of that sort
would preclude any triul.
The apparent desire of the defence to hasten
the trial or at least to complete the jury Is
thought to be a sign that some move not as yet
hinted at will be made. The defence has never
outlined or even intimated what the lino of de
fence is to be. Its counsel have said that no
Inkling would be given before the address to the
Jury was made. There have been so many sur
prises In the case in seven months that a new
move on the part of the defence is being looked
Thaw showed signs of Irritability yesterday,
which for a long time he has concealed He
arose in good spirits and had his usual bath and
hearty breakfast. When he received the morn
ing newspapers and read of quarrels In his fam
ily; the possibility of his sister, the Countess of
Yarmouth, returning to England, and disputes
over May Mackenzie's appearance in court, his
good nature disappeared. II" refused to it tend
the chapel service held by the Rev. John A.
Wade, although he had not missed one before
for months. Instead be paced his cell or read
and reread the papers. Efforts of reporters to
talk to htm or get a note from him were vio
lently repulsed. Thaw received one note from
a reporter who at frequent intervals during the
lust few months has communicated with the
prisoner. He tore it into bits and told the mes
senger that he did not want to bear anything
of reporters, applying to them an emphatic
JURORS TAKEN' FOX A DRIVE.
The seven Jurors had a little break in the
monotony of their life as practical prisoners.
They were taken for a drive for several hours
In the afternoon. In three carriages they were
driven through Central Park, up Riverside Drive
to Klng^brldge and buck to the Broadway Cen
tral Hotel. No stops were made in either di
rection. Captain Lynch and four guards went
Expurgated editions of the Sunday newspa
pers were allowed. Captain l^ynch's censorship
having been enforced. The jurors had to rls»<»
nt 7:80 o'clock and had breakfast in their pri
vate dining room. No mall was received, and
callers were barred. Two of the Jurors wished
to telephone to business associates In the morn-
Ing. One by one they were escorted to the cor
ridor by Captain Lynch, and stood at his side
while he called the number wanted and gave
the desired message. Neither of the Jurors was
allowed to talk over the telephone.
Non# of the Jurors went to church. Th»y
were told to pick out a church, and as they
EXPLOSION AT PALACE.
Belgrade Windows Shattered—Of
Belgrade. Servia. Jan. 27.— A mysterious ex
plosion occurred at the palace on Saturday
evening, which shattered many windows of the
hullding. It was said that the explosion was
due to leaving a quantity of gunpowder and
cartridges too near a stove In the private apart
ments of the Crown Prince. Nobody was In
jured by the explosion.
MR. HIGGIXS HOLDS OWN.
Former Governor Has Comfortable
Day and Loses Nothing.
Olean. N. T.. Jan. 27.— Dr. Hibbar 1 to-night
gave out this bulletin: -
Mr. Higgtns has passed a comfortable day
and during the last forty-eight hours has lost
nothing. He has held his own In all particulars.
FIRE IN SKYSCRAPER.
Department Has Hard Fight to
. Save Upper Floors.
Flames burst out of the windows of the fifth
floor on the Broadway side of the nineteen
story Washington Life Building, at Broadway
and Liberty street, shortly after 5 o'clock yes
terday morning. Four engine companies and a
water tower mastered the fire, which might
have been a bad one. by quick work. They
kept the flames confined to two offices occupied
by Lee & Fleischman.
When F.nuine 6 turned out of the house In
Liberty street, a short blo,-k west from Broad
way, the. flumes were lighting up the building*
across the way. Captain Crosby stretched the
Hy; pipe in to the siandpipes on the Broadway
front, and th^n ordered another line dragged
up four flights of stairs. Acting Chief Binns
was present, Th« first battalion of the. Fire.
Patrol got tr» work quickly, and covered up on
the lowest floors.
Law books, office furnishings and many papers
created a choking smoke, and made the firemen
fear for a few minutes that the fire would get
away from them. Water flooded down through
the elevator wells and did some damage in the
offices on the fourth floor. The damage was
estimated at *?2.000.
Los* at Hudson $120,000 — Woman
Drops Baby Three Stories.
', Py T>!e*raph to Th» Trlbur*. 1
Hudson, N. T, Jan. 27.— Columbia County
Courthouse, in this city, was totally destroyed
by tire that broke out at 11:15 a. m. to-day.
Mrs. Charles Walker, daughter of Barnabas
Miller, the janitor, was in her rooms on the third
flour with her elghteen-months-old daughter, and
was almost caught in the fire. She dropped the
baby from the window anil it was caught by
men below. A ladder reached her while she was
hanging 1 from the window sill.
. The courthouse was built six years ago, the
erection and equipment costing the county $12t>,
000. The total insurance is $60\200. All the
records are safe in the fireproof vaults. The in
surance was carried mostly m 9&O8Q policies by
the Home, of New York; the Hanover, of New-
York; the Westchester, of New York; the New
Hampshire, of New Hampshire; the Qbmm Fulls,
the Niagara, the Rochester, the German, the
Dutches* County Mutual, the United States, the
Springfield Fire an-.; Marine, the American, of
Boston, and the Northern, of Philadelphia.
SUICIDE BEFORE TRAIN.
Young Man and Woman Await
Death on Trestle.
CamdeiH N. J, Jan. 27.— With arms entwined,
an unknown young m.m and a young woman stood
on the tracks of the Pennsylvania Electric Rail
road over Newton Creek early to-day and watted
until an electric train ran them down. They
Were killed and their bodies were thrown into th»
water. The motorman W«w ike whistle, but could
not get the train "under control in time to save
The body of the young woman, who wu.« about
twenty-five years old. was recovered and brought
to the morgue bare The clothing was of tine
texture and she was of re.'im-d appearance. Tha
only marlt thai may lead to Identification are the
letters "W. C." on her Roll watch. The body of
the man has not yet been recovered.
Stepmother Says Their Noise Took
Axvay Her Reason.
Mrs Kate Qiavlus, who was arrested on Saturday
by agents of the Children's Society, charged with
having tortured bei two little stepdaughters on
January !8. confessed yesterday to having branded
then on the backs of their hands with a redhot
store lid lifter, but said she was bereft of reason
by passion because of the noise and disturbance
which tliey seemed to be making intentionally.
The two little !,'irls. Charles Gravius. their father,
and tli»- woman*! own child, a baby of three or
four months, were in the Harlem court when the
prisoner was arraigned l>«fi>r»« Magistruto House.
The little sir* prattled their testimony with dolls
in their arms, and said "mamma" had always been
good to them until th.it day when they had teased
her. They used the pronoun "he" indiscriminately
for both mother and father, smiled shyly at the
magistrate and int . Trusted sack other in their
breathless eucen»<«s to tell just how "iii.nnraa" had
made then atand still while si»e applied the redhot
.iron which hurt so cruelly.
The stepmother tainted as the little girls told
their story- The baby sat on Us father's lap and
bowled because of the strangeness of the surround
The screams of tho etiildrtn had brought her to
her senses, the prisoner said, and she had done
all in her power to vase their suffering. She
seemt-d grief stricken us she testified. The nelfh
ho- hud learned of tU» occurrence through hearing
the screams of th« suffering c'.iildr -n. Bid several
day» later one of them complained to the Children's
Magistrate House decided that there must be a
further examination, and paroled Mrs. Gravtus in
the custody of her counsel until this morning, when
th« husband said he could furnish $300 ball. The
children were ordered returned to the Children's
When the prisoner found she was not to bo
discharged she fainted again, and was laid on ono
of the court benches. where her little st»-i>dauKnt«Mr3
came to kis3 her an 1 pat her cheek.
LIEUTENANT MISSING AT HAVANA.
Fear That Charles E. McCullough, of the
15th Cavalry, Has Met Foul Flay.
Havana. Jan. Lieutenant Charles E. Mc-
Cullourh. of the 15th Cavalry, was reported
misslnc to-day, and there were fears expressed
that he had possibly met foul play, as he 'was
known to have hod a considerable sum of money
to his powaaalQSfc
TRICE THKEE CENTS.
CONTRACT FOR OLIVER,
HE MUST HAVE BACKING*
Can Make Arrangements I)emandeS
in Ten Days, He Say.
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Washington. Jan. 27. — The administration, a*;
the result of conferences at tho "White HoisjS)
to-day, has decided to give William J. Ottrew
ten days In which to make arrangements where*
by he can associate with himself two independ
ent contractors and produce as satisfactory
financial backing as the Canal Commission may;
deem necessary to the acceptance of bis bid,
vr. J. OT.TVER.
Of Tennessee, who has ten days In whtch to. male*
arrangements for assuming the Panama Canal
which provided for the completion of the canal
for 6.75 per cent of actual cost.
This decision has been reached because of th<s
assurance of Mr. Oliver that he could comply
with these conditions within the time named
and the further Information received from thfi
representative of MucArthur & Glllesple that
that association was not prepared to submit am
offer lower than its present bid, but would deem}
the administration fully warranted in accepting
the Oliver proposal provided Mr. Oliver could
present an entirely satisfactory financial stand-*
THE OFFICIAL. STATEMENT.
Pursuant to this decision, which has. «•! I
course, the full approval of the President. th<»
following statement was given to the press bi*
the Canal Commission this evening:
As a result of conferences at the White)
House, It was to-day announced; by the Isthmian
Canal Commmlsslon that, in view of assurances
that had been received from Mr. Oliver and -
capitalists associated with him. that Mr. Oliver
was prepared to make good his bid to complete)
the construction of the Isthmian canal at a per-*
centage of »t.T.">. with an organization of con-»
tractors and with financial resources In full .
compliance with the requirements, el the lnvita-» ;
tlon for bids, he will be given an opportunity;
to do so. . - . . 5
Mr. Oliver ha.« been notified that within ten T
days he will be required to associate with him- :
self at loast two independent contractors whose ■
skill and experience, combined with hi* own.
shall cover the entire field of work to be per-*
formed under th« contract, and to organize % .
corporation for the express purpose of carryinsr ,
out the proposed contract, with a capital oC
$5.000.0ft >. of which not less than .?1.:>00.00*>.
paid In In cash, and 5t.."i00,000. In the farm of I
solvent subscript iono. shall be available for th*»
purpose of carrying out the contract, and off
which the remaining ffciOOO.OOO 1 may be devoted I
to the purpose of procuring a bond, as required
by the contract, or of substituting in lieu
thereof, in whole or in part, and subject to tli-»
conditions of the bond, cash or current securities*,
satisfactory to the commission.
Satisfactory assurances not ifLvinsr been re-»
tailed that the financial standing of Anson M.
Bangs met the requirements of the invitation, by
direction of the President he has been rejected
as a participant In the bid filed by Messrs. Oliver
The privilege has been extended to Messrs.
Mac Arthur & Glllesple, th© one remaining bid
der whose bid had been deemed worthy of con
sideration to either withdraw their pending bid.
or to allow it to abide by the result of Mr. Oli
ver's efforts to make good his bid as herein out
lined, then to be considered upon Its merits. Th«»
other bids have been rejected because informal.
and. In the case of the highest bid, excessive aa
The foregoing action is taken In conformity
with the expressed wish of both Mr. Oliver and
the MacArthur-GUlespie syndicate, that the con
tract should be let without a rebiddlng, «nd in
view of the further statements of the spokesmen
of the MacArthur-Glllspie company to the Presi
dent, that If the commission could close the con
tract with a satisfactory and responsible as
sociation of contractors at a rate as low as that
proposed by Mr. Oliver it should feel at liberty,
so far as they were concerned, to do so.
Mr. Oliver resides at Knoxville. Term.
WISfHEO TO BID ALONE.
President Roosevelt last Friday took the po-«.
sition that, since Mr. Oliver had met all the re-«
inurements of the government, it would bo un
just to reject his bid of 8.75 per cent for th»*
construction of the canal, or even to require him
to submit a new bid for tho contract. Mr.
Oliver had informed the President that It was)
his desire to submit .in Independent bid for thai
work, and that when the canal officials Informed
him that it would be necessary to form a part
nership with some other financially responsibly
contractor they even went so far as to suggest
that he enter into an agreement with Anson M.
Bangs, of New York City. Mr. Oliver said that
after receiving this suggestion from Chairman)
Shouts he visited the War Department and was
informed that Mr. Bangs would be entirely sat
isfactory to the government. Mr. Oliver told
the President that with this assurance ho im
mediately entered inti> an agreement with tho.
New York contractor.
Powerful influences were brought to bear on
the President and Secretary Taft to reject all
bids and advertise for new proposals, but th*
President insisted that Mr. Oliver should have a
reasonable time in which to make a satisfactory
arrangement to substitute some other contractor
or group of contractors to take the place of Mr.
Hangs. At the White House conference on Sat
urday night the friends of the MacArthur-Gll
lespie syndicate argued that the contract figure*
should be increased to 9 per cent of the total
cost of construction and that the contract bo
awarded to Oliver. Mac Arthur and Gillesple. This)
suggestion, however, did not meet with the ap
proval of the New York firm, which insisted
that It could not undertake the work for less
than 12.50 per cent of the total cost, the figure
mentioned in the original bid. The President.
Secretary Taft and the Canal Commission offi
cials then decided to award the contract to Mr.
Oliver, provided he could make satisfactory ar
rangements with at least two other financially
Secretary Taft and R. ft. Rogers, gtiawJ
counsel to the Canal Commission, were la con
ference with the President for two hour* to
night, and th*» whole matter was agate gem
AFTER ALL, USHER'S THE SCOTCH
that mada the htzhbaß famotis.-JL^x.