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NEW TARIFF LAW
BY JULY 1. 1900
PRELIMINARY WORK WELL
Progress Already Made by Commit
tees Regarded as Assuring Prompt
Action in Congress.
[Ft- — Th* Tribune Bureau.]
Washington. Nov. 5. — A new tariff law will be
enacted in time to gt> into effect on the first day
of July next This is the interpretation put on
the promptness and vigor with which the leaders
of The legislative programme preliminary to re
vision of the tariff have taken hold of that sub
ject, and Is regarded in Washington as the most
Inspiring manifestation following: the triumphant
election of William H. Taft and a strongly Re
publican Congress. The progressive spirit be
hind Be call Issued by Chairman Payne of the
Ways and Mean? Committee of the House of
Representatives for hearings on the various
schedules, and primed in The Tribune this
morning, was extremely gratifying to official
circles here, and the hope is generally expressed
that this spirit will permeate all branches of the
legislative -. nd executive departments that are
to have a part in the great work to be per
It is not too much to say that if all parties in
both houses of Congress display the same
promptness in getting the tariff revision Pro
jrrajirme through as has been shown by the
committees of Congress in the recess, it would
be possible to perfect a revision of the tariff
st the short session of Congress this winter, and
thereby relieve the country from the necessity
of a special session after Mr. Taft is inaugu
rated, and furnish to the business interests of
the country immediate assurance that the
d.'ubts and difficulties Incident to delay in ad-
Justing new rates of complex tariff schedules
•would be reduced to a minimum, to the great
advantage of capita.l and labor in the ■ • [active
industries. Note is taken of the fact, made cleir
bj- Chairman Payne that the period to be given
for hearings on the various schedules of the new
tariff law — namely. £Rom November 10 to De
cember 4. — i double the length of time given for
such hearings in former times of tariff law mak
• r g-. This means that the Ways and Means
Committee should be able to perfect a bill early
Jn the December session. The only doubt about
th<? feasibility of completing the entire work in
both houses before March 4 arises from the fact
that, even after the hearings by the House com
mittee are completed, some time must be spent
In adjusting the complex items of the schedules
to a nice balance, and at the same time provid
ing th? necessary revenue. Then the Senate
Committee on Finance must go over the subject.
•which requires more time. It Is plain, however,
that so much work has been accomplished in
the rammer by the Congress committees, and the
bureaus of the executive departments bavins;
connection with tariff matters that practically
-very thing 1 should be ready for a short special
p»sslon when it is called.
GREAT SAVING IN TIME.
The significance of this saving in time Is that
It insures the practicability of getting through
the new revised tariff in gr>od time before the
beginning of the next fiscal year. This is im
portant, not only in regard to the revenues, but
from considerations affecting the <hi4l season of
midsummer and the fall importations, which
must be provided "or in advance.
It is the desire of all the leaders Of the ad
ministration and of Congress, as It is of the
next President, that the tariff revision problem
shall be disposed of at the earliest possible day.
I? It were not for the time to- be consumed :n
r^hearinps and debate over the multitudinous
•J<=tails of the schedules, it would be possible to
g^t a new bill through In a regular session of
eevecty days, mm well as passing the supply
But th«- nvst sisrnif.car.t and valuable sug- ;
pestion associated with the prompt advance ]
ET^p taker by «'hairman Payne's committee is
that it means a gain of two or three months
over what was possible bo be accomplished :
tvften the tariff "was last revised, in the special ;
F o SE jp»; of Congress called by Presidpnt McKin
ley la March. l Eßfi It will Le remembered that :
that revision followed the Incoming of a new ■
Republican administration and Congress The
Democrats had been in power in all branches. '■
and when the new P.epuhlican Congress elect- :
«?d in l^r«fi was called in special session in :
March. 1597. it was without any preparation in i
advance, no hearings having been held, and a '
complete new bill had to he made-. The re suit j
■was that it required nearly "*■■• months to com- i
plete the new law end get it before the Presi
dent for his signature, which was affixed an
July 24. All these preliminary steps are to be
taken tliis winter, and with a special session :
adopting a plan which was first introduced by
Speaker Re*»d in March. 1597. for appointing
none of the House committees except that on
Ways and Means] the work is centred upon the
chief business of th«» session, and a new tariff
will b« prepared in possibly thirty or at least ,
within sixty days, which would place it on the
Ftatute books well before the beginning of the
new Sscal year July 1. IWO.
HITCH ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED.
Further evidence of the progressive spirit
manifested In e^vj"--r the tariff revision
movement Is siven by the Finance Committee
of the Senate !e preparing In advance for con
sideration this winter of the details of the pro
posed tariff bill. Sub-committees have been at
work part of the summer and a vast amount of
detail work has been accomplished with the aid
if the Treasury experts and the official? of
the Board of Genera] Appraisers in New York.
Heretofore It has b- <>r. the custom of the Finance
Committed to do Uttlt, If any, work on the tariff
bill until the measure has passed the House.
T'neier such circumstances tedious delay was
One of the advantages of the work accom
plished l*>t summer is that it affords Informa
tion to rommitteemen regarding the points
m-hlch are to be Involved hi the proposition for
a maximum and a minimum tariff law. which
Mr. Payne's announcement regarding th« hear
ings Insures in the revision programme. There
»re assurances that Secretary <^ortelyou and
Chairman Aldrich of the Finance Committee and
Payne of the Ways •• .-i Means <ommitte« are
working •- full accord in this movement for
MISS ROOSEVELT NEARLY HAS FALL.
Hots* Becomes Unmanageable When Saddle
Horn Slips, but Animal Is Stopped.
O»je*ee. V V.. Nov. 6 -Miss Ethel Roosevelt
"•* riding hsaaal the houn<*s in th*» O'n'sw Val-
I*T Club's fox hunt to-day when her raddle horn
clipped as her mo'int was taking; a fence The
thoro«s-hbre<l b*-rame fra'-tV.us, and it looked tor
a moment *c though Miss Rou?evei( was tv for a
bad fain bit. Harry Wilson, of- Genesee, Uoshed
ap in Uae to Etop the anirul
To-day, fair and warmer.
To-morrow, fair: west winds.
TWO HUNDRED DROWSED.
Chinese Steamer Sinks Near Amoy
— Four Hundred Rescued.
Amoy, Nov. — a email steamer, carrying six
hundred rassengers from Amoy to Tungan, a
few miles distant, sank last evening. Two hun
dred of the passengers were drowned, Chinese
junks rescuing the others.
RECORD TOBACCO PRICE.
Grower* Who Defied Night Riders
r B-.- Telegraph to Th« Tribunal
Lexington, Ky., Nov. s.— Growers of white
hurley tobacco who defied Night Riders*
threats and raised a crop this year were well
repaid- for their troubles to-day when the offer
ings were bought by the American Tobacco
Company at an average price of $17 50 a hun
dred. Some of the crop brought $23 a hundred.
Hove than one hundred thousand pounds Mid
at the average above quoted.
This is the highest figure paid for tobacco in
this section in years. All of the crop sold to
day was guarded fsom the setting of the plants
until It was safely housed in the local breaks.
Chicago Professor Says Their In
closures Were Baseball Fields.
[By Telegraph to Th» Tribune.]
Chicagn, Nov. 5. — "Baseball is not a modern
game, and all credit for the invention of it
should go to the Mound Builders." said Pro
fessor Frederick Starr, of the University of Chi
cago, m a lecture on prehistoric archaeology to
day. Professor Starr declares that through the
southern part of Ohio and Indiana he has found
geometrically perfect mounds or Inclosures close
ly resembling the modern baseball diamond.
These are generally believed to have been built
for purposes of protection. Professor Starr,
"They are nothing more nor less than old
baseball fields of the M-und Builders. The
pame as play, d by these old people resembled
our modern game closely. The most essential
difference is. that our game calis for only nine
players, while in prehistoric times as many as
on»- hundred men were necessary."
DIVORCE STILL EASY.
South Dakotans Mail Hare Killed
New Laze by Mistake.
B] Telegraph to Th# Tribune. 1
Sioux Falls. S. D.. Nov. o. — It is confidently
claimed to-night by opponents of the proposed
n*w dl.orce law that the law was defeated at
the po" : on Tuesday. Those favoring the law
do not concede Its defeat.
Wnue 90 -. ■• - ■nt or more of the voters of the
avored the proposed new law. thousands
re said to have voted no on the pro
law under the impression that they were
• iinty option, which was sub
mitted ir. the same separate ballot.
• ■=!-.; la>v was in the form of an
amendment to the constituti(»n. and raised the
sidence in the state from six months
■ v-sr. It was also required that all
divorce cases be heard at a regular term of
. ourt. wiping out the "in chambers" and "be
tween terms'" pract
FIRST SNOW FALLS.
T"aco Small Flurries in Harlem and
■1 Fere Flakes in Kings.
rush Pot cabs an* 4 , streetcars last
pie living in Hari<*m and The
qroet^d by the first pnowstorm of
ihe season. There were two small flurries, last
lut ten minutes each, and the .small boy
hurriedly set to work packing snowballs and
g-etting In training for the regular winter sea
son. T Call came at 9:5^ o'clock, and it
was nearly 10:3r> before the light blanket of
snow fd. This was followed by an
snow was all gone before
Brooklyn saw the first snow of the season yes
terday afternoon, a few flakes falling at 3 o'clock.
The fall was so lisht that the flakes melted at
HAS DOCTOR ARRESTED.
| Woman Says He Insulted Her —
Surgeon Denies Charge.
A man who said he was Dr. Julius E. Barrett,
: of Balti-iore, staying at the Breslin. was locked
up last night in the East 51st street station,
charged with disorderly conduct. He was ar
rested at the Grand Central Station on com
plaint of Miss ■ Katherine Dalton. of No. 410
West Soth street, who told Lieutenant Dunn
that Dr. Barrett id insulted her.
Dr. Earrett was taken to the night court.
where he spent an hour and a half «Dn the prls
! oners' bench waiting for Miss Dalton to appear.
i At 10:^0 o'clock a telephone message was re
i ceived saying that she was too ill to appear, but
! -would be in Jefferson Market court to-day. Dr.
: Barrett explained to Magistrate Steinert that
he was a surgeon attached to the Johns Hopkins
i medical school and was on his way rom
I Baltimore to Syracuse to perform an operation.
: He said that there were a number of children
: playing about the Grand Central Station, and
that he had been so much amused by their
: antics that he had felt impelled to say to Miss
I'alton that it was an amusing sight. She took
great offence, "ie sn!d.
He was paroled to appear to-morrow.
TAFT CHRYSANTHEMUM THE LATEST.
Giant White Blossoms To Be Exhibited at
Chicago Flower Show.
rhicago. Nov. s.— Among the more than one thou
sand entries which have been made for the na
tional flower show which begins at the Coliseum,
to-morrow, is th- Taft chrysanthemum, originated
by Eimer D Smith, of Adrian. Mich. It was
named with the consent of Mr. Taft. It If a slant
white bloom, fringed with f.ii!a<jt- of dark velvety
preen. Florists say that It is one of the finest
flowers of Its kind ever produced in America.
Twelve entries have !>e-n mad* by Howard Gould
from his Port Washington estate. These entries
consist of rhrysantiienmms, foliage and decorative
plants and miscellaneous flowering plants.
NO SOCIALIST VOTES IN DEBS'S PRECINCT
[By *Ole*raph to Dm Tribuno. I
Terre Haute, Ind.. Nov. 5. — No Socialist Votes
were recorded In the precinct In which Kugen" V.
Debs lives. He ray* he mat his .brother and others
\-oted the ti. -Kef In that preclni-t. Voting: machines
GREAT BEAR SPRING V'ATER.
iv i>\irnj bit* made it laniouj*." — Advu
NEW-YORK. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1908.— TWELVE PAGES.
REPORTS OF EXPERTS
UPHOLD THE TRIBUNE
BRIDGE CANNOT BE FIN-
ISHED AS PLANNED.
Boller S$ Hodge and Profcwr Burr
Agree Dead Load Is Excessive —
Must Cut Traffic Facilities.
Reports of the engineering experts upon the
safety of the Blackwell's Is'^nd, or Queensboro,
Bridge w»-re made public yesterday by the
Brid _•> Commissioner. Both that of Messrs.
Boiler & Hodge, the independent experts ap
pointed to investigate by the Board of Estimate,
and that of Professor William H. Burr, who was
employed by the Bridge Commissioner to make
an investigation, concur in the statement that
the structure would be dangerously overstrained
If completed and equipped for traffic in accord
ance with the terms of the contract -for erection.
This joint admission of both investigators estab
lishes the truth of the charge made in The Trib
une five months ago. that the structure was
being dangerously overloaded.
The only way in which the bridge can be
made safe for public use. withou" reconstruc
tion, according to the recort of Measra. Boiler
& Hndgre, Is by a change in the pi, ins for com
pletion to remove a part of the v eigtit of the
structure Itself and by a great reduction in the
traffic facilities provided for In the contract
specifications. This reduction in traffic facili
ties comprises the abandonment of all four ele
vated railway tracks which the bridge was to
carry under the terms of the contract, the con
fining of all i -r traffic to the four trolley tracks,
with the traffic spaced at least ore full car
length apart, and a considerable reduction in
the live load allowances called for in the ton
tract for the roadway, the four trolley tracks
and the foot passenger walks.
Tbe report of Professor Burr admits that for
the present the use of a!! four elevated railway
tracks should be deferred, and states that inas
much as there are no elevated railway connec
tions at the Queens end of the 'n-idg-e and no
immediate prospect of puch connections the
bridge will not be required to carry any elevated
railway traffic for some indefinite period after
MUST REDUCE DEAD LOAD.
Professor Bur'- recommends, however, a
further reduction in dead load, or weferbi of th"
structure itself, beyond that ad vised by Messrs.
Boiler Sl Hodge, in the belief that, with a con
siderable increase in the unit stresses beyond
those- deemed prudent by the other investigators
and a corresponding reduction In the factor of
safety regarded as necessary in O efcr report the
traffic facilities can be later Increased by two
elevated tracks when such facilities are re
The report of Messrs. Boiler & Hodge rec
ommends that the bridge bi op nag a* for public
use with reduced traffic facilities as soon as it
ran T>« got read: The EraSe Taofllties which
~\ r * report states the structure can be made to
carry safely are:
The 35-foot wide roadway for vehicular traf
fic, with a maximum live load 50 per cent less
than the maximum live load specified in the
Two 11-foot wide passenger walks with a
maximum live load 25 per cent less than the
maximum live load specified in the contract
Four trolley tracks with a maximum live load
50 per cent less than the maximum live load
(specified m the contract specifications, secured
by a proposed regulation of trolley traffic which
will insure the running of cars with a space be
tween each car of at least one full car length,
or eighty feet from centre to centre.
This schedule of traffic facilities which the
report states the bridge can be made to carry
safely excludes all provisions for running ele
vated cars over the structure upon any one of
the four lines of track designed for that traffic.
The report emphatically and specifically
states that before the bridge can be safely
equipped with even the restricted traffic facili
ties enumerated the dead weight must be re
duced by 2,000 pounds per lineal foot of the
bridge. It is proposed to secure this reduction
in the weight of the structure Itself by: .
The removal of the steel stringer-: now in place
upon the bridge upon which it u;is proposed to
lay the tracks for the inside pair of elevated
lines upon the upper floor or deck.
The permanent retention of the two passen
ger walks upon the upper floor. where they are
at present located, laid upon th« stringers for
the second pair of elevated tracks. In t»v»
contract it was specified that these passenger
walks should be aid upon two overhanging
balconies attached to the outside of the trusses
of the bridge. Many months ago, when th«
officials of the bridge department found that
the bridge was largely exceeding the estimated
weight. it was decided to alter this plan and
fur th<» present lay the two passenger walks
lip on the stringers for the second paiHof ele
vated railway track?, with the idea that later,
when the second pair of elevated tracks were
needed, the passenger walks co ild be moved
out upon the balconies, where they were in
tended to go under the terms of the contract
Specifications. The recommendation in the re
port is that the entire provision for one pair of
elevated tracks be removed altogether and that
the provision and location planned for the sec
ond pair be permanently used tV ' passenger
In addition to these two changes recommended
to secure a reduction In dead load, by the weight
of the stringers for the two inside elevated
tracks and the portion of the ironwork not al
ready -• pis f°r the overhanging balconies
upon which it was intended ultimately to lay
the two veneer walk?, the report makes some
startling reductions in the live load specified in
the contract, which show that a great effort has
been made by the experts to all v the bridge
every pound of live load it can safely earn.
LIVE LOAD CUT 50 PIT CENT.
The contract spei-if.es that the roadway for
vehicular traffic shall be capable of safely car
rying a maximum live load of m hundred
pounds a square foot This allowance for max
imum live load hi out down by the report to
fifty pounds a square foot, which allows is
declare to be within a fair max of safety.
The contract calls for a maximum live load
allowance of pc- enty-flve pound.* Hjuare foot
for the two passenger walk.-. This requirement
i.« al^o cut down In the report to if! pounds a
square foot. %
The contract stipulates a maximum live load
allowance for the four trolley tracks of 1,000
pounds a lineal foot of bridge for each track.
The report states that the heaviest trolley cars
used In the city— those that run in Broadway—
weigh only 1.400 pounds each, und the maxi
mum live load for trolley tracks Is cut down to
1 \W pounds a lineal foot of bridge for eu<h
track. T" *• recommendation that all trolley
Continued on necoßd p«;ru
fHARI.ES W, MORSE. ALFRED H. CTRTT3.
They were found guilty on fifty-three counts of the Indictment against them and spent last night In
BUSINESS MEN 1
PROSPERITY KEYNOTE OF
Says All Legitimate Enterprises
Ma// (rj Ahead Without
MR. TAFT'S STATEMENT.
Every business man who is obeying
the law may go ahead with ali the
energy in his possession : every enter
prise which is within the statutes may
proceed without fear of interference
from the administration, when acting
legally: but all interests within the
jurisdiction of the federal government
may expect a rigid enforcement of the
laws against dishonest methods.—TV-
ident-ele »s i en.
Cincinnati, Nov. .".—Speaking to the Cincin
nati Commercial Club to-night. President-elect
Taft sounded the keynote of prosperity for the
next four years.
The speech created ■ profound sensation
among the business men of the city who are
members of the club, and they arose as one man
to cheer the sentiments he expressed. The
speech, which was preceded by expressions of
friendship and neighborly felicitation on the
part of the guest, aroused the greatest en
Mr. Taft told In a way of which no one has
written the human side of the campaign.
"I have been the subject of a coterie of bosses."
he declared, with the greatest humor, "which
the demands of left me no duty but to respond,
from 0 o'clock in the morning to midnight, to
the calls of the populace, and if I did not re
spond the crowd, after one minute, made a
mighty shout. "Hurrah for Bryan!'"
In beginning. Mr. Taft said that it might not
have ••■ so easy to smile to-night if the tele
gram? of congratulation which passed between
Lincoln and Cincinnati to-day had originated
in this city Instead of the home of "the great
"Seriously." he tared, "the indications are
already apparent, and the hopes which I enter
tain are that the business communities and the
investors of both fnn ign nations and among
our people will take heart in carrying out the
great ends which have been projected and must
be carried to a determination if the country is
to reach its full meed of prosperity and business
"Business men ar I • he ihown the lines of
lues, which ha . mphaaiaed during
Business men shall know
that thei are to conform to the aws upon the
books, and th •
,] for thoa ak the laws.
.. Th s . • ■-. bo conduct a
. . .. . understand that the
em, .mi! does not In
to do anything to Interfere with Ok
After the applause which met this declaration
had subsided Mr. Taft added: "It is a question
of the definite knowledge of the statutes and of
their clear understanding which shall make the
honest progress of our business possible, and
that is, in my belief, all that is "necessary to
make that progress substantial and enduring.
•I know the difficulties that will rise in my
new career,'" he added, "ami I know that there
will be questions which will arise that I do not
know of now, and that times .will come when
many of my friends. btre.VUl shake their head.?
and Bay 'Poor Bill,' but all I ask i> fur suspen
sion of judgment until the situation may ie un
derstood. Its decisions will rest upon the prin
ciples of sound and honest business policies
which I have outlined, and it"? intricacies may
be ascertained and applied/ These details will,
T am sure, explain what may appear t<» be er
rors of judgment and mistakes.""
What Mr. Taft said preceding hbs plain busi
neat talk pleased the club immensely. He
told of the many "policies which had been dic
tated to him by the local committeemen in
the campaign :md then of the whole object ot
being President, which was tv enforce the laws
and give every honest endeavor a fair oppor
tunity and to warn with knowledge and prose
cute with vigor every apparent effort to evade
the laws and to affect prosperity by dishonest
Messages of congratulation and thanks were
exchanged by Mr. Taft and Mr. Bryan to-day.
Th- message from Mr. Bryan came while Mr.
Taft was addressing the general conference of
the Women's Foreign Missionary Society of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. He received the
message on ilia return to hli "residence and an
swered It at once.
Please accept congratulations, and best wishes
for the success of your ndministration.
W. J. BRYAN.
I tbank yt»U sincerely for your cordial and
courteous telegram" of cnnTrarulation and good
tt-isheft. WILLIAM H. TAFT.
In his address to the women, having been in
troduced by Bishop J. C. Hartze.lt. Mr. Tan
gave an enthusiastic commendation of foreign
mission work. His experience in th- Far East,
h* said, had taught him the value of this work
In uplifting those peopl*^-;.
111 TAFT COLUMN
MA RYLA ND ELECTOR A L
Nevada May Be Republican — Three
Congressmen Gained in Worth
The exact division of the Electoral College
mnabM in doubt when the official canvassing
boards in Maryland adjourned last ui^ht. While
Taft gains were reported, the best, information
obtainable indicated that the state's eight votes
will be divided between Taft and Bryan., The
Republicans claim six, but this is not conceded
by the Democratic managers.
Missouri appears to be safely for Taft. to
whom the latest returns give a plurality of
In Ohio Mr. Tuffs plurality hi estimated at
upward of TD,9ofid and that of Judson Harmon
Dem. ) for Governor at I*o.ooo. The Legislature,
which vili choose a successor to Senator For
aker. is safely Republican.
Then- is little rhai'ge iv the result fn Indiana.
The l fgi«l«||ii g is DemcxTatio on joint ballot,
insuring the election of a r>emoorat. probably
John \V. Kerti, to ssHceesi James A. Hemenway.
A liste dispatch from Keuo indicates that tuere
hi s,.nie <l"uht us to the result in Nevada on the
Bryan's plurality in Nebraska is decreasing.
kite returns placing it at 2.0O).
Placing Missouri in the Republican column,
and assuming that the vote of Maryland will
be evenly divided, the electoral rote will stand
Taft .' 323
Necessary to a choice. 242.
The next House, according to the latent fig
ures, will be composed of 216 Republicans and
l«3 Democrats, a Republican majority of 41.
Three Republicans have been elected in North
William 11. Taft's apparent popular plurality
is "1.105.510. That of President Roosevelt four
yours a;:o was 2.541,291.
TAFT CARRIES MISSOURI.
Republican Plurality 4,067 — Part of
State Ticket in Doubt.
I By Telwaph to The Tribune 1
St. Louis. Nov. 5. — Mr. Taft has carried Mis
souri beyond all doubt. The official count will
be necessary on state officers below Governor.
Returns practically complete from the entire
state gave Taft a plurality over Bryan of 4.067.
The Democrats claim the election •>' their
state ticket, with the exception of the Gov
ernor, on a puzzling system of addition to and
subtraction from the votes for Bryan and
Taft. The Democrats will probably have a
small majority on joint ballot in the Legisla
ture. Senator Stone leads Governor Folk in
returns received by about the same plurality
as Hartley's for Governor. 13,r<00. Stone is un
doubtedly renominated. Lieutenant Governor
John C. McKinley is nominated for Senator by
the Republicans. McKinley leads Kerens by
GAINS IS MARYLAND.
Taft Plurality Grow* — Electoral
[By Tel'STO"* to The Tr'*>un».l
Baltimore, Nov. ">.— While the Democrats
hope \ that the result Of the official canvass,
which will not be complete until to-morrow,
will show a nearly equally divided electoral
vote in Maryland. Chairman Parran of the Re
publican State Committee to-night says, on
figures received from every precinct and dis
trict, that at least six Taft electors have be»n
ohosen, and that the highest Taft elector win
have from 700 to 9<» plurality. The exact fig
ures cannot be given until the canvass la com.
pieted.- The canvass of about half the total
vote of Baltimore City to-day showed i gain
of 167 for Taft.
gni <m that the
; fh.i; the ■
mi 3 for T
There is no doubt that Taft will have a plu
rality on the highest vote cast for electors.
Four years ago the state split on its electoral
vote, Parker receiving seven and Roosevelt one.
Charles J. Bonaparte being the one Republican
elector. He received ."I plurality. In nv
counties, Worcester. Dorchester. Charles. Prince
Georges and St. Mary's, the official count will
■not be completed until to-morrow. Bryan car
ried Prince Georges by "4 majority, and Mudd.
Republican, for Congress by 42. Because of the
split vote on electors in th«se five counties,
owing to the complicated trick ballots. It is im
possible to figure accurately how the electoral
vote will stand until the vote for every elector
It seems certain that the canvass in the two
Eastern Shore counties. Worcester and Dor
chester, will show majorities for all the Demo
««ntiaa«* — mcvaA. sags.
PRICE THREE CENTS.
MORSE AND CURTIS
GUILTY o\ :>:; COUHTB
BANKERS LOCKED IP IN
TOMBS FOR NIdHT.
Minimum Punith merit on Each
Count Fire Yearn— Curti* Rec
ommended to Court's Mercy.
Charles W. Morse and Alfred H. Curtis, for
merly vice-president and president, respective
ly, of the National Bank of North America, w-r*
found gruilty at I o'clock last nlgrht of misappli
cation of the bank's funds and «*f making falsa
#ntri-« by th* Jury which has b*»n trying them
for the last three we»ks» before Judge Hcrasa In
the United States District Court. On the char?»
of conspiracy, the first in the Interments, both
defendants were acquitted. Th» Jury recom
mended Mr. Curtis to the merry of the Court.
Judge Hough refused to entertain any mo
tions for ball or a new trial until this moraine
when he wd pronounce sentence, so the two
prisoners were committed to the Tombs. Th*
two bankers received the adverse verdict sto
ically and wlthmt sign of emotion. Mrs. Mors*
also bore up bravely, but Mrs. Curtis, who ha*
broken down several times during the last two
trying days, was able to control her feelbs«a
only by a mighty effort.
The Jury's verdict of guilty is based on fifty
three counts, of which twent7-three charge ash**
application of the bank's funds and thirty alley*
the making of false entries. The maximum pun
ishment, as fixed by federal statute, is t-n year*
on each count and the minimum is five years. It
is within Judge Hough's power, therefore, to im*
pose a sentence of 530 years at hard labor on
each prisoner. There Is no alternative, of a. fin«
for either the misapplication or false entry con
Morse and Curtis were taken to the Tombs by
United States Marshal William Henkel and sev
eral of his deputies. Mrs. Curtis accompanied
her husband. The prisoners were not hand
cuffed. As the iron portals clanged on the two>
bankers Mrs. Curtis was hurried away by
On arrival at the Tombs th« two prisoner*
were turned over to Night Warden Jones, who
took the pedigree of each. They were thsn
searched carefully and assigned to cells on th»
seventh tier, where there are a number of other
federal prisoners. They will be allowed to send
out for their meals or to have them son by
the prison caterer.
SONS NOT ALLOWED TO SEE MORSE.
No one. was allowed to see Os» two bank-r*
last night. Mr. Morse's two sons \i3ited t'i*
prison, but were not allowed to see their father
or even to communicate with him. The two
prisoners probably will be admitted to ball thia
morning, when counsel will begin active prep
arations for a new trial or an appeal. The ap
peal lies to the United States Circuit Court off
Should Jud«e Hough .follow the eustomar/
precedents of the federal courts tn tmposinse
the drastic punishment singled out by Congress
for violators of the federal banking laws. h»
will probably sentence the two men on the first
count of each offence named by the jury, sus
pending sentence on the remainder, or mpoos)
sentence simply on one count, setting aside th.»
remainder. In view of the recommendation at
the jury that Curtis be treated mercifully, it is
not improbable that the court will give th»
former bank president the minimum punish
ment on the misapplication and false entry
counts, which is five years.
Some of those who have followed the trial ar»
Inclined to the belief that Judge Hough will
sentence the "ice king" to the maximum on on«
count, ten years, suspending sentence on the re
mainder. A consensus of opinion of six well
known federal lawyers was that Jud*e Hos^ss
would give Morse ten years and Curtis five.
It was Just 5:45 o'clock when word began t»
creep through the federal building that th»
jury had reached a verdict- The mere rumor
was sufficient to empty the corridors of every
one interested in the case, and a moment later,
on the word of John F. Elder, the foreman.
Judge Hough was sent for, and the defendant*
were brought into court.
WHEN •GUILTY- WAS PRONOUNCED.
At 5:5S o'clock the jury filed 4nto their box.
and the solemn mien of the twelve men sent ths
whisper around the room in an instant.
"Guilty!" The clerk called for the verdict, and,
it was given, and the jury was then pollei
Motion for bail was immediately offered by
counsel for both defendants, but Judge Hough
refused to entertain any motions at all. and,
briefly thanking the jury, he dismissed them
until this morning, when sentence will be pro
Within an Incredibly short time after the Jury
had given its verdict. Judge Hough had com
mitted the two prisoners to the Tombs and ad
journed court until this mornings session, and
inside of a very- few minutes mnr» the entlrs
courtroom was cleared. The Jurors scattered
without a seconds delay, and made a speedy
exit from the building. All refused to discuss
the case. After groin? to the Astor House fo*
their belongings, the jurors went home for til*
first time in three weeks.
* Isidore- Elb**. of the Morse-Curtis Jury, whea
seen at his home. No. 1331 Madison avenue, last
."The cause of the d^-lay on the part of ->.
Jury was due to the fact that there was con
siderable discussion a? t>"> the validity of tht
charg- of conspiracy. On th<» first ballot, which
was taken on the charge of conspiracy a?on<^
the jury stood 7 to 3 for acquittal.
"Six ballots vvere takrn; each time the num
ber dwindled in opposition to the rote for ac
quittal until all were for acquittal on the sev
"nth ballot. There warn at no time any Ques
tion as to the other two charges, the jury beirf
unanimous in their ballot for conviction. Th«
verdict was in no sense a compromise, since the
charge of conspiracy was definitely disposed! o|
before the other two charge:* wen* taken up. an<J
th"re was no argrument as to conviction on thos«
"The jurors to a man sympathized w ith Mr.
Curtis throughout, believing that he was us«d
as a tool and in no way fOOXj himself in tbt
beginning. In giving its verdict it entered «
clause asking for some consideration for Curtis
Inasmuch as his part in the genera! business
manoeuvring was always a subordinate one, hs
actinsr under the direction of others.
"Throughout th» discussion of th» rariiTit
charge* th- J«rv was at all times a friendSy onts
Nothing approaching acrimony cr»pt in.™
Alfred Capen. another juror, when ?<»en at hit
h^rae. No. ll m Park, avenue, last nischt. SaM
that, inasmuch as the jurors betieved that Mors«
and Curtis nad been subjected to enough. pub»
Hetty, it was mutually decided before the Jar]
returned a verdict that none of them wou!«
talk to th* press subsequently. He declined t»
?ay anything further.
EU Judge Olcott. ot counsel for Curua. aaj