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AFTER COAL WHAT?
A STAGGERIXG PROBLEM.
Water Porccr One Hope from Freez
ing, Electrical Expert Says.
"There «-ill he no coal soon. Very many of us
t"-J3I *till he alive when the supply of hard coal
Is entirely exhausted. There- are. no doubt.
many persons in This room this afternoon trim
•will live to Fee the time -when soft coal will b?
out of reach for general use."
No less an authority than Dr. Charles P.
Steinmetz. of Schenectady. X. T.. consulting en
pineer for the General Electric Company, »x
pressed this opinion yesterday before several
hundred electrical engineers and students of the
t New York Electrical Trade School, at the En
' frineers* Building, in West ttttt street. His sub
ject wa* "The Future of Electricity."
"There -mill be no coal soon." he repeated.
■"We can now see the end of the supply. In a
very short time coal cannot be used for fuel.
It is already out of the question to use wood for
fuel, and now. 7 ask you in all seriousness, what
axe we to do when finally we are brought face
to face with the fact that unless some substi
tute for coal is evolved we will all freeze to
death?"
He said that when the coal famine actually
struck this country the people in it would then
probably be taught a truth that we now should
know, namely, that "it is vicious to poison the
pure air with the killing: pases that are emitted
from the chimneys of steel plants and other
rsanufacturlng concerns burning soft coal," and
raid there was only one solution to th? prob
lem, in the adoption of which the United States
would be utilizing the one remaining source of
paver .'
VALUE OF WATER POWER.
"The one thing that can keep us from freezing
to death In -winter is water power." he .•'aid. "In
Massachusetts there is water power, many times
greater than Niagara, running to waste. We
must collect the water power, change it into
electricity and use it. Something ha.< already
been. accomplished along this line, but compared
to what will be necessary later when the people
of this country can no longer live on their capi
tal— the coal fields— we have done very little In
deed Power Is now transmitted in one un
broken current from Cleveland to Poughkeep
*'*. N. V.. for the use of electric railroads:
but we have not as yet made any attempt to
utilize the tremendous power that goes to waste
In our spring floods. When we are forced to
* m nsfae, as we will be to a -wonderful ex-
Sent before lone. we wiil collect all the available
power from even the small creeks of the coun
try, and even then it is not at all unlikely that
before many years there will be periods during
the winter months when manufacturing plants
will be forced to shut down so far as the turn
ins out of their regular products is concerned
and run their plants for no other purpose than
to distribute heat to keep us from dying from
the cold.'*
ELECTRICITY ONE HOPE.
Electricity was the one spark of hope, accord
ing to Dr. Stall nets, He said the country could
pet along without physiciant: that at least th*
human race would continue without physicians.
"But Use human race will not be able to con
tinue without electrical engineers,** he added
«npbatically.
"The country needs m»n in that profession
right 1:0 \." he iwilUimd. "because, while there
ire thousands of hard working engineers carry
ing out th plans formulated by others, there
are only about three dozen who can go out into
new fields and originate new plans."
Whether a man was a. college graduate or not
-was of less importance than whether he could
"keep a level head when seeing things moving
rapidly around him," »-aid Dr. Steinmetz in
ppeaking of the requirements and emoluments
In that field of industry. "And the South is the
place f<">r you to go. There is the great Held for
tie electrical engineer." He became reminis
cent: "I went South in IS'J4. and the first elec
tric motor to work in conjunction with water
power had just been installed. only eighteen
years ago! They have made rapid progress
since. That is the country for you. They have
only just begun down there. They are taking
the cotton business from the mills of the North.
and at •:*• present there is an enormous water
power development going on all through the
Fouth."
In addition to the comparatively imminent
b&rrrr.ru - s of the hard and soft coal beds of the
country Dr. Btefaaocts was equally pocftfve in
slating that, in his opinion, it was ■ matter of
cr.:y ten years until natural fertilizers would be
also g-orie— urrd up. He said the supply of salt-
J*tre in Chili could not last longer than that.
The farms in the New England States are al
ready exhausted, he said. "We have, the wide
"Weft, where crops can be raised, but the time
r not far distant when that section of the
Ca ■' . States -w. ill reach that stage when there
•will have to b- put back into the soil whatever
5s taken out. "Again, what are we to BOT"
*sk«-: Answering his question, he proceeded:
"*"• thai] have to utilize refuse products ••'
tMea and towns and villages now dumped into
livers and carried out to sea and by an elec
trical process make it valuable as fertilizer, else
■■I Foil will become barren and starvation must
be faced."
CITY PLACE FOR WORK ONLY.
Ha views of Dr. Steinmetz were more cheer-
Jal concerning the changes which be said it
iJ^ajed him to see taking place through the rap-
Jily increasing number of electric trolley lines.
The efltoct on the social life of the nation being
""Tought by that agency mmm. he said, to extin
raieh the country, making it the "suburb of the
titto." He thought the city before many years
"•'ould be det^rted by all as a place of abode, ex
cept the bachelors, who might still be found in
ti'ir boarding Louses "But people who want
to live will go to the country. The electric cars
evolve this change. The city will be a, place
for work only."
Dr. Steinmetz was sure that the holders of
*todc in submarine cable companies need have
fear of an «-arly depreciation in values caused
Ir such competition as the wireless telegraph
■»as able to make at this lime. He said: "The
■*"ir<?]es£ companies can collect messages from
fpa'-e, but cannot send out a message to just
«* other station, nor pick one up from Just
<** other station. In this respect much will
fcave to be a'x.wmplisli^d; tut it elJmJnates the
Possibilities that formerly existed in war. Eiio
fcrits canm.t b* out off from each other mm before.
It will also hfJp greatly hi Polar expeditions.
•I that <an as yet be done, however, by the
*iMci-fe telegraph method is to **nd out a wave
**hi<;h pw-s *v*ryn hero — anywhere, an«l the in
tnitely small part that touches the wire at the
station is all thai hi received. The
treat present difficulty is to direct wireless
WEALTHY ARMENIAN KILLED.
?'■<-■■'. May IT.— Agojt Okuabedfaa. thirty-two
»<*« «,ld, a wealthy Armenian, w\as killed by betas
tkrouj, f r or.i a borfcc wlijle riding in I nookUne to-
CS J'- 'Jitrabedi <n come to this country from France
tiCbt in miiip affc. Uo formerly lived in Cors-tan-
ha-.ins a residence la the royal paUce *a
• — • r it» the aa ■•■
To-day, fair.
To-morrow, fair; weM winds.
DROU'XS DESPITE FRIEXD.
Midshipman High in Graduating
Class Loses Hi* Life.
Annapolis. Md.. May 17 — Midshipman Arthur
Linford Lucas, of «'leveland, a member of the
graduating class at the Naval Academy, wis
drowned to-day, and Midshipman <"ar! D. Hih
bard. of Xorthfield. Minn., who was with him
at thf time, nearly lost his own life in an effort
U) save that of his friend.
Immediately after dinner the two started out
in a 16-foot canoe, which was capsized by th<?
wash of a passing schooner. Lucas lost his
grip on the overturned canoe and showed signs
of distress almost immediately. Midshipman
Hibbard, who went to his rescue, was almost
drowned, but persisted in diving for his friend
after the latter had gon«- down. The body was
recovered within an hour after the drowning.
Midshipman Lucas was a son of William
Lucas, of No. 1622 Crawford Road, Cleveland,
and stood No. S in a class of 215 members at
the last annual examination He would ha\ •»
been graduated with high honors on June 5. Ht_
was slightly over twenty yars of age, and en
tered the academy in July, 1904.
TEST OF AN AERODROME.
Baldwin Machine Run* Off Track-
No Attempt to Rise.
Hammondsport, N. V.. May 17.— A preliminary
trial was made this evening of the aerodrome
White Wing, designed by F. W. Baldwin and
constructed by the Aerial Experiment Associa
tion, of which Dr. Alexander Graham Bell is
chairman.
The operator's seat was occupied by Lieutenant
Thomas Selfridge, U. S. A. Inhabitants of Ham
mondsport turned out in large numbers to wit
ness the experiment. No attempt was made to
rise into the air. The machine had been pro
vided with wheels, but no steering gear was at
tached to the wheels, as it was thought that the
aerial rudder would control the motion of the
machine while on the ground. This proved to
be insufficient for the purpose, for the machine
could not be kept from running off the track to
one side or the other.
It was decided to make a slight change in the
attachment of the front wheel and provide steer
ing gear for it, so as to enable the operator to
steer the machine on the racetrack for a dis
tance long enough to gain sufficient speed to get
into the air. No attempt will be made to fly
until the operators are satisfied that they have
the machine under full control on the ground.
The Aerial Experiment Association has its
winter headquarters at Hammondsport. At
present there are five members— Alexander Gra
ham Bell. F. W. Baldwin. J. A. D. McCurdy'
Glen H. Curtiss and Thomas Selfridge. Their
object is the construction of a practical aero
drome, or flying machine, driven through the air
by its own motive power and carrying a man.
The association has already built two aero
dromes— Selfridge's Red Wing, on plans ap
proved by Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge, and
Baldwin's White Wing, on plans approved by F.
W. Baldwin. The tetrahedral aerodrome of Dr.
Bell will probably be No. ,*>,, and then will fol
low No. 4 and No. ."», the aerodromes of Mr.
Curtiss and Mr. McCurdy. It is expected that
all these aerodromes will be built within the
present year.
LAUNCH RUNS OX ROCK.
Contractor and Friends Rescued
from Craft in East River.
With the bow plunged in the East Ri%er, the
etcrn rising high in the air and part of the keel
resting on Hog's Back, a rtef off Ward's Island,
the passengers on the big naphtha launch Kitt
royo, owned by Frank Bean, a contractor living
at N->. 501 West ]43d street, were in a perilous
position yesterday afternoon until they were
finally rescued by a passing motor boat, which
answered 1 h»-ir <ries for help.
Mr. Bean, his wife and child and five friends
were on their way from the Auduhon Yacht
ciuti anchorage, at West Isstn street and the
Hudson River, to Port Washington. Long
Island, by way of the Ba.ttery. The. Klttroys
had just been launched and was making a trial
trip. She fa forty-five feet long. Everything
went well and good H>eed was being made up
th<» East River when th" accident occurred.
Ho(rs Back is a sloping rock off T«Oth street,
which is suijmerged at flood tide, as was the
case at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The
launch hit it at full speed, crawled up on it
and sho\ed its bow into the water. For a
moment it was thought the boat would sink.
The old dory, a motor boat, took off the pas
sengers, who were badly frightened, and landed
them at East *«'<th street. The launch was
floated later and towed to Astoria for repairs.
BRYAN TALKS TO 15.000 NORWEGIANS.
Attends Picnic in Chicago and Poaches on
Governor Johnson's Preserves.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune.]
Chicago. May -William J. Bryan came to Chi
cago to-day, and incidentally and unostentatiously
poached upon Governor John M. Johnsons pre
serves. The N'ebra«ka.n attended a. picnic at Brand's
Park, at which some fifteen thousand Norwegians
/celebrated their national holiday. In his speech
Mr. Bryan refrained from any but the most deli
cate alHsions to partisan politics.
The majority of Chicago Norwegians «re Repub
licans, while the Norwegian Democrats are divided,
.c, , i* favoring Johnson, who is a Swede, and the
r«-st preferring Bryan because of their antipathy
to Sweden. Mr. Bryan dwelt upon his tour of Nor
way two yean ago and lavished praise upon King
Haakon and his subjects.
EIGHT HURT IN TROLLEY COLLISION.
Passenger and Work Cars Crash Near North
ampton, Mass.
Northampton. Mans., May 17.— Seven persons were
Injured, at l«»ast two of them seriously, by a head
on collision of a passenger ear and a work car on
the WJlliamsburg branch of the Northampton street
railway between the villages of I>e.-d8 and Wlll
bunabarc this evening. Frank Bnnrick, motonnaa
of the passenger car Ib believed to be the most
seriously hurt and his condition is critical.
Mrs. Clarence Chase, wife of the Clerk of North
ampton, was badly cut about the head, and prob
ably has Internal injuries. Others Injured are .Miss
May <julnn. of Northampton; Edward Morrissey,
Lawrence Munlaaf]' George Dabineau and Miss
Josephine Cnase. all from Haydenville. »nd Mr.
I)ard<-n, of BpringnekL
WOODRUFF AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
State Chairman Also Calls on Depew—Pur
pose of Visit Unknown.
K'aahtaston, May i: Timothy 1.. Woodruff,
chairman of the New York State Republican < om
mltte* was in conference with President Roo/eveit
tor a «h©n time *»' the White House to-nisht. Ho
arrived from New *«•* at 8:30 p. m and relumed
at i] 30 h.- <ll"l on Senator Drp?-w before going
to the Executive Motion The purpose > of his
viiir could not be learned to-night. ~.^; .
NEW-YORK, MONDAY, M
NEW MORSE COMPANY
TO TAKE BAXK ASSETS.
May Be Able to Liquidate North
America Institution Soon.
Charles W. Morse is making: rapid progress
these days in the task of rehabilitating his
fortune, which was sadly depleted in the panic
last October. Mr. Morse's latest =t-*p was the
incorporation on Saturday at Bath, Me., of the
Morse Securities Company, with a capital of
$10,000,000, to "acquire and hold any shares of
capital stock, bonds, securities or other evidence
of Indebtedness."
The primary object of this new holding com
pany is to take over the assets of the National
Bank of North America, of which Mr. Morse
was vice-president and director until the panic,
but which suspended on January 27 last and is
now in the hands of Charles A. Hanna as re
ceiver. Mr Morse and his friends have been
making every effort to raise enough money to
pay off the depositors and have the remaining
assets turned over to a committee of stockhold
ers to liquidate, and the formation of the Morse
Securities Company probably means that the
plan will now succeed.
Mr. Morse has been aided in his efforts by the
rapiriitj with which Mr. Hanna has succeeded
in converting the assets of the suspended banks
into cash for the payment of the three thousand
depositors. When the bank closed its doors on
January 1!7 Its deposits amounted to $."{,S.':?l,
48242, of which $900,000 were United States de
posits secured by bonds placed with the Treas
ury Department. The bank owed the New York
Clearing House Association $£200,000 for out
standing Clearing House loan certificates. Its
surplus was carried at £536^4548. It had •*•"»(),
(hm» of circulation and $120,000 of bonds bor
rowed, which, with its capital of $2,000.0,00.
made its total liabilities ?5.7:;7.5^7 IX >.
The assets of the bank when it suspended con
sisted principally of loans and discounts to the
amount of $5,640,31876, and banking house and
other real estate carried on the books at .Sl.'-!1-">.
500. It had cash and checks of .«44 - _'.47«i ."»; due
from other banks. .5."94.-JSI 31 ; United States
bonds. $58£02 TS, and Panama bonds and stocks,
?oS(i,.'{4S r>n.
The petting off of notes by the receiver, as
provided by the national banking laws, reduced
the amount due depositors to about $2,600,000,
On May 1 Mr. Hanna declared an initial divi
dend of ur» per cent, calling for the disbursement
of about SfM'J.MKX Depositors have already re
ceived checks from the Controller of the Cur
rency for this amount. In addition. Mr. Hanna
said last night that he had already collected
enough additional money to pay another divi
dend of 12% per cent, and he added that he ex
pected to declare a second dividend of 25 per
cent next month.
All this has worked to the advantage of Mr.
Morse, who. with his family and friends, is far
and away the largest stockholder of the bank,
controlling some So per cent of the stock.
When a national'bank fails the United States
government at once takes possession, and re
mains in control of the bank until the depositors
are paid whatever there is for them. If the as
sets are sufficient to leave a surplus after the
depositors are paid in full, with interest, from
the date of suspension, then the remaining as
sets are turned over to a committee of stock
holders, to be liquidated as the committee seed
fit. It is obvious that certain classes of assets
will liquidate to much better advantage if not
pressed for sale.
Mr. Morse now plans to deposit in the local
Sub-Treasury enough cash to pay off the de
positors In full. As Mr. Hanna has already paid
out $650,000 in the initial -o per cent dividend
an* 1 intends to pay out 2SUoO,<XXJ more next
month. Mr. Morse will have to raise only $1,300.
000 to pay off the rest of the claims of the de
positors. Then the receiver will have performed
his duty and will turn over the rest of the as
sets to the stockholders. A slow and careful
administration <>f these remaining assets will
probably result in an eventual liquidating value
of nearly $200 a share for the banks stock, as
opposed to a price of less than SoO a share, at
which the stock has sold since the receiver
ship.
Friends of Mr. Morse were in Washington last
week and presented the details of the plan for
paying the depositors to Controller Murray, and
it ;f; f understood that the Controller saw no ob
stacles t-> prevent the successful carrying out of
th. plan. It is merely a case of raising the cash.
Mr. Morse said last night that h* would like
to discuss the subject, but that for obvious rea
sons his Ups were sealed. When asked if the
plans for paying off the depositors were not
practically all completed, he replied:
•Ifs a little premature to say that, but as
poon as I can I'll be glad to tell you all about it."
The former ice king teemed in th<> best o*
spirits.
Th*- $10,000,000 authorized capita! of the new
Morse Securities Company is all in common
stock, with shares- of a par value of t\M each.
The stockholders are- Mr. Morse. H. S. Carney
.?nd Arthur Braun. The latter was formerly
Mr. Morse's private secretary and is now a mem
ber of the banking firm of Primrose & Braun, at
No. 43 Exchange Place, who act as Mr. Morse's
.hankers and brokers. Mr. Carney is connected
with the Morse steamship lines.
SHOT BY A LAWMAKER.
Member of North Carolina Legislature
Fatally Wounds Prominent Citizen.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune.]
Wayn^vilie, N. C May 17.— Henry Abel, a prom
inent citizen of this place, was shot and fatally
wounded by David I>- Boyd, representative of Hay
wood County In the General Assembly. Abel Is
reported to be dying;. Boyd escaped, and is be
lieved to be hiding in the mountains in Tennessee.
The shooting: was the result of a tight between a
man named Leatherwood and a nephew of Boyd,
which occurred i" Main street. Abel attempted to
part the combatants, and Boyd told him to let
them fight it out. Abel persisted in his efforts to
part the fighters, and Boyd fired two shots at Abel.
SAY LA FOLLETTE PLANS STAMPEDE.
Rumor That Senator, for Own Purposes, Will
Urge Eoosevelt's Renomination.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune. l
Janesvllle. Wls.. May 17.— That Senator L.a Kol
letl* Will endeavor to stampede the Republican
convention In favor Of Theodore Roosevelt for
President, thinking thus to aid his own prospects
for the campaign of 1312, Is the opinion of several
nien who were formerly l.a. Kollette leaders here.
It Is said that Senator La Follettr> will get a seat
In the convention through a proxy and that at
the proper time he will make a ringing speech for
Roosevelt demanding that the delegates listen to
the voice of the people. He hopes thus, it Is Bald,
to sway the gathering away from Taft.
LODGE DENIES STEWART REPORT.
(By Telegraph to The Tribune.]
Boston, May 17.— Senator Lodge indignantly de.
nied to-day a report that he had been responsible
in any way for the "exile" of Colonel Stewart to
Fort Grant. Arizona. According: to the report. Sen
ator Lodge had become Incensed because Colonel
Stewart rrfu«fd him permission to use a govern
ment launch at Fort Williams for an excursion
party. "I never saw Colonel Stewart In my life,*'
«yjri Senator Lodfi*.
AY IS, 1908.— TEN PAGES.— r&SS&i iSei.^
HARVEST OF SPEEDERS
GOULD PARTY IS COURT.
Bail of Cash and Jenclnj Litters
Station Houses.
The harvest of alleged violators of the sp<»ed
law yesterday would seem to indicate that every
community in suburban New York and a large
part of Manhattan had a double force of police
on duty to catch the speeders. Among others
who ran their machines into the police nets was
Kinerdon Gould, who was charged with runn'ng
his car at the rate of twenty-two miles an hour
in Broadway near 12."th street. There were sev
eral friends of the Gould family in the auto
mobile uhen it was overtaken by several plain
clothes men in Deputy Commissioner Bugher's
automobile.
Young Gould gave $100 cash bail and was
permitted to go free. Lieutenant Geisler and
five plainclothes men. in Commissioner Bing
ham's big red car, went up and down Seventh
avenue near 125 th street and succeeded in ar
resting the only woman charged with speed
violation. She said she was Mrs. iSarah M.
Staisny, of No. 48 West 119 th street. The po
llcc automobile followed her from Central Park
and timed her machine until they arrested her
at 116 th street and Seventh avenue. She was
charged with going at th" rate of twenty miles
nn hour, and was released after she had left her
diamond bracelet and rings as security for her
appearance.
While the police car. in charge of Commis
sioner Bingham's racing chauffeur. Finnegan,
was following Mrs. Stalsny the detectives in it
noticed another alleged speed violator going i)
the same direction, and those on the port side,
of the automobile worked the stop watch. In
the West 125 th street station the operator of
the machine said he was William Wilkinson, ot
No. 317 West 114 th street. He deposited casn
bail.
S. O. Reynolds, of Pelham. fell a victim to th<?
ppeed suppressors of New Rochelle while tow
ing a friend's disabled car to the garage. He
was travelling uphill and said that the speed
was necessary, but h^ was fined $15. Others
who speeded into trouble in the same town were
Arthur Bedell, of Mount Vernon, and Fred New
man, of No. 2441 Eighth avenue. Manhattan.
Chief Marks of the Pelham police force captured
Arthur Piel. the brewer, of No. 148 Riverside
Drive, while the latter was running his car in
the Shore Road at Pelham. He declared that he
was using his slowest automobile.
Mount Vernon's eagle eyed police force timed
many automobilists and managed to arrest four
for speeding. They were lined In businesslike
fashion and permitted to go.
Thirty-three -automobilists were arraigned in
the West Side court as the result of the well
laid plans of the Police Department to suppress
speeding in this city. Special details of bicycle
policemen were scouring the West Side all day.
Seven riders of motorcycles were gathered in
and fined for running their noisy little vehicles
at rates varying from eighteen to twenty-five
miles an hour. Several arrests were made In
Fifth avenue of chauffeurs and owners of car?.
Over on Long Island the authorities seemed to
realize that fast driving was a menace to the
various communities and badges, guns, stop
watches and other speed suppressing materials
wvre used with much effect. John J. Parker, of
No. 258 West 54th street, and Benedict Ein
stein, of No. 63 East G<ith street, were arrested
by Patrolman William G. Frank, of the Hunter's
Point station, for holding an impromptu race in
Thompson avenue. Wiley C. Raymond was ar
rested by the police at Jamaica for speeding.
DeCoursey Hard, of No. 21 East B<»th street, was
arrested for running at a thirty-two mile rate in
the Merrick Road. Numerous other arrests
made the Long Island courthouses bhsy all day.
The largest number of automobiles seen in
Nassau County since the Vanderbilt Cup race
gave the police of many Long Island towns a
chance for activity. At Garden City during the
luncheon hour there were six hundred cars in
the park. Other dining plates along the favorite
routes attracted cars of every variety, speed and
make. The police kept a constant lookout for
.speeders and a few arrests were made.
Frederick Keiner. a. driver for the Street
Cleaning Department, was arrested by the po
licemen in Commissioner Bingham's machine
for getting in their way while they were after
a speeder. The prisoner drove his sweeping
machine across Eighth avenue in front of the
police car. the driver of which was compelled
to run upon the sidewalk to avoid a collision.
The automobile speeder they were chasing es
caped. The police charge that Reiser was
abusive when they remonstrated with him.
Leon (Samuels, of Providence, was arrested for
speeding his car in St. Nicholas avenue, near
127 th street. He was released on a $I<N» cash
bond. The total number of violators of the
.speed laws taken to the West lH.~ith and I">LM
street stations reached twenty-five, making a
total of eighty in the city.
THIGH FRACTURED BY AUTOMOBILE.
Leonard < ■ousiriF, a shoe manufacturer, living at
No. 177 Hranfield avenue, Montclair. N. J . was run
over at Mail street and Broadway last evening by
an automobile owned by Frank A. Btirrelle, of
Burrelle's Press Clipping Bureau, who lives at the
Hotel I'arlton. The injured man was taken to the
Hudson Street Hospital, where it was said that his
left thigh had been fractured and he possibly had
Internal injuries. Vincent Champlaln, the driver of
the car. who said he lived at Westerly, R. 1., was
held at the city Hall station on the technical charge
of assault. The passengers in the car were Mr.
and Mrs. Burrelle and a young woman.
MAN KILLED IN AUTO COLLISION.
Providence, May 17. -Three young men were in
jured, one of them fat.-.ily. early to-day by the
collision of the automobile in which they were rid
lnK with another machine containing three mer. in
the Kast Greenwich road, near Hill's Grove Farm.
Stephen Dodge, of Providence, sustained a fract
ured skull and died at the Rhode Island Hos
pital. Edward Conway, of Pawtuckat Heights, sus
tained a slight fracture of the *kull. but his injury
is not believed to be serious, while George Whlt
ta'< r, of Roxbury. Mass., was only slightly bruised.
None of the occupants of the other car was in
jured. Both machines were wrecked.
AUTOMOBILISTS AID THEIR VICTIM.
1 Ely Telegraph tr» Th» Tribune )
Hempstead, I^ong Island, May 17. -Tony Muskri.
an Italian, twenty-lire years old. was knocked
down and run over by an automobile to-day near
Jericho. The men In the car took I lie injured m«n
to the MineoM Hospital, and after saying they
would pay the weekly expenses of the patient as
long as he remained In the hospital went away
without giving their names.
AUTO DRIVER DiES F-ROM INJURIES.
The charge of operating nn automobile without a
license will never be pressed aeainst Alfred Mover,
of Klßhih avenue and lfcth street. Brooklyn Mover
was employed by Dr. E, P. Porter, of No. 1 <}len
ada Place On Friday Mover ran Into a truck tn
Herkimer street. betWOSB Albany and Troy avf
niu f The doctor and Frank Olsen. of No 344 Pros
pect avenue, were in the machine at the time.
Mover was thrown to the ground and hi* skull was
fractured. He died yesterday at St. John's Hos
pital.
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through New England Scenery. Road books free
lIM B'-way lireiton Hall. B way at StJUx St.—
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BOMB FOR RECEIVER.
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Tenement House Blown Up M Vain
Attempt to Kill Undertaker.
Sixteen families in a four story tenement
house at Nos 1143 and 114.") First avenue. —TtTI
men in the back room of an undertaker's shop
at the second number given and about three
hundred persons in the Young Peoples Asosela
tion Building, in the rear of the tenement nous*.
were in terror last night when snm» Italians
tried to blow up A. Salomon, the proprietor of
the undertaking shop.
Salomon had the misfortune to be appo ; nted
one of the receivers of two Italian banks - hH-h
failed on March • He has been receiving
visits and threatening anonymous letters from
Italians, demanding that the banks in question.
one at Xos. 10 and 21 Stanton street, and the
other at No. 338 Ea.«t 63d street, be opened and
the depositors paid off
Last night Salomon was sitting in the rear
room of his shop with six of his friends when
some one touched off a powerful bomb in the
adjoining room and got away. The renr wall
Of the building was torn open and a great gap
was torn in the ceiling of the first floor. But
no one was jnjured, although there was a dan
gerous stampede of the families and the neigh
boring audiences.
Some one turned in an alarm of fire, and the
police reserves kept the crowding and frightened
tenants from rushing back into the houses.
Three witnesses, who said they had seen a
man running auay from the building a few mo
ments before the explosion, were detained as
sosptctoos persons.
CHOLERA KILLS TROOPS.
White Forces Suffer in Afghan
Ca m ppai nn — Moh m a nds Figh t .
Simla. May 17.— An outbreak of cholera has
compelled the withdrawal of nearly all the whito
troops with Major General Willcocks's first
column into cholera camps. The intense heat
and the absence of running water, forcing the
use of muddy village tanks, make the dang-r
of a cholera epidemic serious.
Twenty-seven deaths have been- reported in
the Munster Fusileers, which went into camp a
week ago.
On approaching Khapak Pass to-day the pick
ets of Major General Willcocks's force ha-! a
desperate four-hours' fight w.ith Mohman 1
tribesmen, in which the British suffered a loss
of ten men killed and twenty-four wounded.
STRIKERS USE DYNAMITE.
Cleveland Mob Tears Doom Trolley
} J 'ires — Police yn e n Shoot.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune 1
Cleveland. May 17.— Dynamite was exploded
under cars to-night for the first time in the
present street railway strike. An explosion
blew the trucks of one car off the track, fright
ened the passengers and started a riot, in which
the police were forced to battle with a mob of
one thousand people. A charge of dynamite ex
ploded under another car did little damage, but
set the body of the car atlre. Dynamite was
found on the car tracks in several- parts of the
city.
Mobs collected along the car lines in the even
ing and riots were of frequent occurrence. Eight
hundred persons gathered at Wade Park avenue
and East 100 th street, and began tearing down
the trolley wire on the Wade Park Bne An
automobile containing seven policemen was sent
to the scene, and when it arrived the uftVess
were met with a volley of bricks.
The bluecoats jumped out and clubbed ri^ht
and left, but the people refused to disperse, and
continued to throw bricks and clubs at the
police. The mob finally rushed at the officers,
and. to protect themselves, the latter drew their
revolvers and fired. No one was struck, but the
crowd was frightened, and after a bit more of
vigorous clubbing the police succeeded in dis
persing them.
At Ansel road and St. Clair avenue a mob of
one thousand gathered and piled paving stones
on th- car tracks. The first car that approached
was stoned, and the crew was dragged from t\w
vestibule and beaten. At the different car
barns there were serious riots, and all along
East 55th street cars were stoned.
BANK WILL NOT REOPEX.
Institution Which Em ployed Mont
gomery in Controller's Charge.
Pittsburg. May 17. — It is officially announced
to-night that the Allegheny National Bank,
whose ex-cashier, William Montgomery, is in
jail, specifically charged with the misappropria
tion of $594,000, while officers of the hunk and
of the Treasury Department are trying to fatn^in
still larg-T apparent discrepancies in the ac
counts, will not leopen for business to-morrow.
Instead a notice on tb«> door will announce that
the Controller of the Currency has tak^n charge
and will close up the affairs of the bank
The suspension, it is believed, will have prac
tically no effect upon commercial or financial
institutions of thr> city. The bank carries about
11.500.000 of the city's funds and over $500,000
of state funds. It is possible that the city may
experience some inconvenience in having the
funds tied up for a time, but it is understood
that both the state and city are protected against
actual loss by bonds of surety cpnspanii .=
FATAL ST. LOUIS FLOOD.
Three Reported Drowned — Part of
City Waterswept.
[ By Telegraph to The Tribun*. |
St. Louis. May 17.— A flood to-night in the west
ern part of this city and St. Louis County covered
several square miles. It is reported that three
girls have been drowned. Homes are under water
for blocks, and families have fled to second and
third floors.
A cloudburst near the* Country Club started the
Dcs Peres River on a rampage. The power plant
of the St. Louis and Suburban Railway is under
water. The lights in Wellston. a suburb, are out.
Over fifty St Louis families were routed from
their homes. Rescue parties were organized.
AUTO RUNS DOWN BICYCLE RIDER.
Stratford, Conn.. May IT. — Andrew Jlorten.«en.
twenty-two years old. of No. (541 Kast Main street.
Bridgeport, while on a bicycle, was run down at
Main and Brood street" this evening by an auto
mobile driven by A. B. Barkman. of Tarrytown.
N. V. Mortensen was taken to the Bridgeport
Hospital seriously hurt.
Mr. Barkman was arrested but was relea!>e«l. as
he was not considered to blame.
WOMAN RUN DOWN BY AUTOMOBILE
Mrs. George Carter. th!rt\ -eight years old. of No.
46S Welling street. Richmond H:ll. Queens, was
run down by an automobile at Jamaica avenue
and Maple street, Richmond Hill. yesterday after
noon and suffered severely from ahock. Jacob
Oehrlp, of No. M Monro- street, Brooklyn, woo
owns and was drlvlns the • ar. was arrested ana
ga\e ball to answer a charge of reckless *iving.
PRICE THREE CENTS.
TAFT TALKS OX CANAL
PLEASED WITH PROGRESS.
Isthmus a Busy Seene — Workers
y
Comfortable and Happy.
CIO
Charleston, S. C. May Secretary or V.'at
William H. Taft arrived here from Panama at
noon to-day on the cruiser Prairie, and after
spending a few hours in the city, in which timo
he met many officials and trlea>&, started tot?
Washington at 5:55 p. m. Secretary Taft sailed
from this port for Panama on May 1. and com
pleted his work and returned two days ahead of
his schedule. He was in excellent health and
spirits. He said that his trip had be- delight
ful, and, while he was kept very busy, he had
enjoyed every moment of the time. He dined
with Mayor Rhett, and held an Informal recep
tion afterward at the Charleston Hotel.
Secretary Taft talked freely with regard to
general conditions In Panama, but said he did
not wish to be quoted on such matters as th*
relations of the United States and Panama.
which had been suggested as a possible reason
for his trip, and he would not discuss the eomins
elections in Panama.
He grew enthusiastic when telling of the prep
ress being made on the Panama Canal and com
paring the present situation there to that which
greeted him on the occasion of his first visit to
Panama, in 1904.
"The isthmus now- present*.*" he said, "an ap
pearance not unlike a factory or mill village, or
a succession of village. clear across, and th«
lights at night, and the noises, too. might keep
one awake if not tired enough Is sleep well."
Secretary Taft was the guest of Colonel
Goethals. chairman ■•' the commission, at rule
bra and from his room window, he said, the seen*
was most interesting. The health of the can«l
zone is now excellent, the houses generally are
protected with screens, and the people seem
comfort and happy. Labor conditions have
greatly improved in all departments, and tn*
we of Spaniards as laborers seems to have
started a rivalry with those at work previously
that will make for advancement.
PROGRESS OF GATUN DAM WORK.
Regarding certain details of the work. Mr.
Taft said that foundations for the great Gatun
dam had been begun and were going ahead. Thi.4
immense water barrier will when completed pro
duce a lake several miles wide and twenty-od.l
miles long. The land overflowed is largely the
property of the governments interested, but some
parts are private property, and to determine
the value of the land a commission was ap
pointed under Section 6 of the treaty, consisting
of two Panamans and »*• American*. An
umpire was to be appointed if necessary, an.L
this contingency having arisen. Governor Ma
goon of Cuba has been asked to serve, and has
consented. Governor Magoon will go to Panama
*oon and will act with the commission on this
important matter during the first three weeks In
June, it being hoped that this will be sufficient
time for the adjustment of all differences. Rich
ard Rogers, who accompanied Mr. Taft to Pan
ama, has remained there to assist in the work
of this commission.
THREE YEARS FOR DIGGING ALONE.
When asked as to the probable duration of
! the work. Mr! Tart said: "If it was onIy"Hlo '
1 matter of digging the ditch. I should suppose
1 three years enough time at the present excel>nt
rate of progress. The way in which the steam
shovels are cutting into the land is almost won
! derful but there are other things that we cannot
estimate at this time. The work on the locks
has not begun, except, of course, in the begin
ning of the Gatun dam. But everything seem*
encouraging, and it is such a great undertakes
that we will not be thinking of hurry or worry.
It is going ahead satisfactorily, and that is
gratifying."
When the Presidential campaign was men
' tioned Mr. Taft laughed heartily, and said that
! he felt as though he had been out of touch with
i the situation, and perhaps further from the
I nomination. He admitted, however, that he was
.till in line for that great honor. provided his
party saw fit to bring forward his name.
SEW YORK TO THE FORE.
Delegates at Chicago Will Probably
Have Eagerly Sought Seats.
By Teteßraph to The Tribune. 1
Chicago. May t7.-Chairman Harry S. New and
Secretary Elmer Dover, of the Republican M
tional Committee, will besnn to-morrow the tasi
of allotting the' seats in the national convention.
This duty is generally undertaken by the sub
committee, but this year the sub-committee failed
to act the members starting for the East last
eveniusr The work of allotting the seats is a
troublesome task and or.,- always followed by
heartburnings and accusations of unfairness and
favoritism.
Already there is * contest on amnnlt certain
states for the honor of holding down places of ad
vantage in the hall. New York, owtnar to the size
of it« delegation, naturally claims Boats in the
front row. Rhode Island, with its few delegates, is
equally insistent. Indiana. Illinois. Ohio and Penn
sylvania are alike clamorous for seats In front. It
■ practically certair. that New York's delegation
will be at the very front, with Ohio. Pennsylvania.
Indiana and Illinois grouped near by.
FIRST JULY I FATALITY.
Explosion Kills East Orange Man
Making Toy Caps for Celebration.
East Orange. N. J. May 17 Special).—
S. Drake, a salesman, was killed to-day sMi
making toy caps for his own use on the Fourth
of July. The explosion wrecked the upper part
of the house where he was working.
Drake was taken to the Orange Memorial Hos
pital. His head was injured and deep cuts were
in his arms and breast. He died an hour after
the accident. Drake was twenty-four years old.
and leaves a wife and young; child.
PAXK IX TEX EM EXT.
Fire Escapes Blocked While Flames
Eat Way Upstairs.
• ■ .
Many lives were endangered by a, fire last night.
when It was f.-.un.l that the fire escapes were
blocked by boxes and refuse and the stairways
cut off by flames in the four story tenement house
at No 1513 Amsterdam avenue. Klames were dis
covered In the basement In a coal and wood place.
Before th* tire engines arrived the fire had gained
such headway that the one flight of stairs was cut
off by the name*.
All the, tenants on the upper floors were hys
terical. Women hung out of the windows scream-
IpiT. and the excitement was Intense. It was found
that the ladder it the bottom of the fire escape
was four feet too short tv reach the gr-." 1 "*. i".«
this halted rescues for awhile, until the arrival of
the firemen The rooms of the flits all the tray up
quickly rilled with smoke, and this added to th»
terror of the" tenants, many Of whom were small
children and women.
With the arrival on the scene of Act!nc B.Ttt»<
ton Chief* Walker, who took chirge si Ism fire. mM
the i»M"t" w«r» tiktu ohi of the bujidin* safely.

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