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VOV OI ~ LXVIII... N° 22,786.
DEBT LIMIT EVIDENCE
BRIEF PREPARED TO AID
GENERAL TRACY.
"Bureau- of Municipal Research Sees
Chance to Fur Permanently
Method of Computation.
Trie Bureau of Municipal Research made pub
lic yesterday what is termed a '"brief of the evi
dence" taken by General Benjamin F. Tracy,
the rrfrree appointed by the courts, in the ap
plication of Jefferson M. Levy for an injunction
restraining the Controller and the Board of
Estimate from certifying or approving of con
tracts lor the construction of the Fourth ave
nue subway in Brooklyn, to investigate and re
port on the debt incurring capacity of the city
of New York. The bureau was represented at
all the hearings of the referee, and after formu
lating it? own conclusions on the evidence taken
fubmitted them to general Tracy, in the belief
that they would be of service in the preparation
of his report, which, it is expected, will soon be
ready for submission to the courts.
From the evidence taken regarding the bor
rowing capacity of the city, as on June 30. I!Mts.
the bureau readies the conclusion that the
actual borrowing limit on that date was only
$3Tit?,o< * \ as against the Controller's figures of
s^<m«i.(««' On the other hand, according to the
method of computation followed in the "brief."
the debt limit, as on January 1. 1909. was £."»."•.-'
<••>(••'. as compared with $48,000,000, the fig
ures given out by Controller Metx.
71-.< belief is expressed by the bureau that
tlse present investigation by General Tracy offers
MB opportunity to settle for all time a method of
computing the debt limit that would prevent un
certainty and confusion in the future.
INCLUSION* OF FLOATING DEBT.
The most important change in existing meth
ods urged in the "brief" is with regard to the
extent to which the floating indebtedness in
curred by the issue of revenue bonds shall be
included in computing the borrowing: capacity. It
has been the custom' in the past to Include all
revenue bonds Issued in anticipation of taxes, no
matter in what year issued, except those issued
in anticipation of taxes of the current year.
The Bureau of Municipal Research points out
that the constitution clearly provides] that the |
only outstanding revenue bonds which should '
be included are those •outstanding against the j
uncoJk-cted taxes of levies beyond a period of ;
five years from the date abut the computation |
is made.
In sur'nrrt of this view it :« pointed out that
the Board of Estimate, in authorizing an issue
cf J56.000.000 of corporate stock to wipe out
that portion of th*» unvollected taxes of levies
I<ricr t<.< 3905 deemed uncollectible, practically
aboHshec!, as an asset against which revenue
bonds could be issued or remain outstanding.
the uncollected taxes of levies prior to that year.
Controller M<--tz. in making up hi? debt state
ner.t«. has Included only that portion of the
SJS.OOP.f'C- oi corporate stock authorized to wipe
out uncollectible tax«~«: of the levies prior to
1905 which was actually issued at th" time the
con'.p'Jtati^n »-as made. The bureau maintains
that the whole of this $36/100.000 of corpora?*
jitPck. whether issued or not, should be Included"
la the computation. The reason urged for thi<
change Is that, under , the existing method of
including all revenue bor.d> outstanding except
the«r of the current year, it is possible for the
Controller, by increasing or reducing the amount
rf revenue bonds issued against uncounted
tas«s of formxr years in any year in which it
is sought to ascertain the city's borrowing ca
j.acity. either V) inciease or reduce that limit at
*:]'. as h«>. has absolute power in determining
■■hat amount of ■•' ■".'.:'■ bonds shall be issued
at any time within the limits Fet forth in the
constitution.
SINKING FUND HOLDINGS.
Tliemxt important change urged In the "brief
Is in reference to the proportion of sinking fund
fcoi<i:ngs that should be added to the gross debt
and the proportion of sinking fund holdings that
should b<* deducted in arriving at the net debt
•wh^n computing the borrowing margin. It has
been the custom, in arriving at the city's gross
to a<*d tv the amount of bonds outstanding
la the hands of the public those I -id by th
sinking f-jnd. Uf-a all avatei and county bond*.
en the ground that these bonds are exempt: but,
!n asc.-rtainir:s th" net debt to deduct the entire
holdinr: of the sinking fends, including exempt
" ■ r.rsd county bonds, regardless of the nat
are of the d?tt for the redemption of which they
*re held. The Bureau of Municipal Rest-arch
hclds that tf.is practice should be modified, and
th^.t ♦•\e;npt water nr:«l county bonds held by the
finking funds for the redemption of bonds that
arc r.ot exempt should, in computing the gross
o>bt. be deducted frcm th- outstanding obliga
tions of the city and should be included as an
■oa " of the sinking fund hi arriving at the net
d"bt. In support of this change it Is urged that
.v.hen cxvmj.t bonds become a holding of th"
linking fund whose assets are pledged for th»;
tvdetmvtioh of -exempt bonds those bond
t-hould b^ disregarded in arriving at the gross
o>bt, but that only such exempt water and
count}* bond* as are held for the redemption of
exempt bonds by the -inking fund should be
deducted in getting at the net. debt.
Heretofore,- it has been customary to deduct
from the gross indebtedness the cash proceeds
of sands sold, but rot transferred to the ac
counts for which they were sold at th- time
of the computation. The bureau's ••brief" urges
that this cash should not be deducted from the
rros-s, indebtedness iinle.<?« it is available only
for the purposes for which the bonds were sold.
Tina change in method applies to cash receipts
from the M'.e of corporate stock sold for "va
. ri'ius municipal purposes" not transferred, and
which, because the bonds have bean sold for the
delightfully indefinite "various municipal pur
poses." may be transferred to any within the
«ho!e range of permanent improvement ac
counts.
MET APPROPRIATI4 INS.
• ''" last definite change urged is that the
y-ariy contributions included in the budget ap
propriations for the redemption of bonds pay
able rrom taxation in the year to which the
bcdg<-t applies, and the annual instalments paid
*rom budget appropriations for the redemption
«? bonds payable from taxation in the future
Should be deducted from the value of sinking
fund holdings at the first of eavh year. The
reasons for this change are obvious. If the
*"•*! necessary to redeem bonds is paid to the
linking funds then either the bonds or . the
nwney ■>■■< i' deduct-d from the value of the
"nklng fund holdings.
POINTS NEEDING CLASSIFICATION.
In addition to these definite recommendations
Utt "brief" calls attention to a number of im
portant points, which it says have been either
completely Ignored or incompletely covered in
tht evidence taken before General Tracy, 'and
which the bureau believes should be accurately
Icjitsuwl on tctond p^ea-
mr n - mnrr^. . bn l^:^7^rr. r,., wina . NEW-YORK. MONDAY, APRIL 5, 1909. -TWELVE I'AiiES.
PACIFIC USER WRECKED.
Warships of Pacific Fleet Save Pas
sengers ami Mails.
I By Telegraph to The Tribune ;
San Francisco, April 4. — A wireless message
to-day brought news of th» wreck at Point
Tosca, near the entrance to Magdalena Bay, of
the Pacific Mail steamer Indiana, bound from
Panama to San Francisco. Admiral Swin
burne and vessels of the Pacific fleet came to the
rescue and took off the passengers, baggage and
mails
At »v,int Tosca the c i ast tnkes a sharp turn
to the \v>st. As there was ■ heavy fog, it Is
T^sum^d that the helmsman of the Indiana con
tinued on th<- northerly course too long.
Rookpts were sent up after the vessel struck.
and th° warships soon sent boats to the rescue.
As th« sea -a? calm, no difficulty was experi
enced in transferring the passengers and mail
Captain Robinson nr.d the vessel's crew of sixty
men arc standing by the wreck, which is in no
Immediate danger of going to pieces. There is
fourteen feet of water in four of th" six holds,
so there is liitle hope of floating the vessel. Th
Indiana was valued at J2"o.nnn and the cargo at
ICE IP wo PER CENT.
Wholesale Dealers of Newark (rive
Notice of Increase.
The price of i< ■<■ will be Increased !"<» per cent
in Newark to-day, in accordance with action
taken at a secret meeting of the wholesale deal
ers recently. Perhaps th« greatest hardship will
result from the plan to eliminate the sale of
ice in S-eeat plocrs. Householders « ili now have
to pay T«> cents a hundred instead 01 ."».". cents,
while the larger consumers will have to pa >•'
a ion insfejn] of (250.
The wholesalers served notice on the retailers
that, beginning to-morrow, they would have to
pay '?."• a ton for ice "at the bridge." as against
fSSO, the price since th" end of the summer.
The retailers gave notice of the Increase to
saloonkeepers, restaurateurs and householders,
with the result that a general howl ha- gone up
which may lead to agitation similar to that of
three years ago. At that time it was suggested
that a municipal, artificial Ice plant be estab
lished.
The advance will apply to the artificial Ice as
well as te the natural supply.
FOR FREE SYNAGOGUE.
At Second Anniversary Celebration
$50,000 Is Raised.
At the second anniversary celebration <>f the
Free Synagogue, held yesterday at the Majestic
Theatre. $.V>.«*V» was raised for a new building.
Jacob H. Schiff and Adolph L*wianhn gave Sl".
<«»i each, and I. N. SeHgman and Henry Morgen
thau $3,000 each. The remainder was contrib
uted in smaller sums. Dr. Emil G. Hlrsch.
rabbi of Sinai Temple, of Chicago, ma-; the
principal address, in •which he said that if a
Jewish nation were to ;•'■ established In Pal
estine he would remain behind.
Dr. Stephen S. Wise, rabbi of the Free Syna
gogue, after the contribution* were announced
said that not long ago threats were made thtt if
be continued to make certain remark? from his
pulpit support would be withdrawn from him.
Dr. Wise declared that Immediately thereafter
four of the men who contribute most to the Free
Synagogue assured him of their agreement with
the position he had taken. Within ■ few
months, he said, three men who were about to
leave the Jew ministry had said to him that
if they could stand in such a pulpit as his they
would remain in the ministry for the remainder
of their lives.
SAY HE TOOK $60,000.
Railway Postal Clerk Wanted in
Boise Arrested at Capital.
- iqgton. April Charged wltli obtaining
*60 woo »n<!< r false pretences while ensc.-.g-d In
business at I-'-:-. Idaho, Roy M. Wright thirty-six
years old. ■. railway postal clerk, said to be a mem
i^r of a prominent Kentucky family, was arrested
In this city „,-,:,,- at •■• request of the Dolne au
thorities.
Wright, who declares he ' a ■**« cousin of Kf-r»
rcsentattve Langley. of Kentucky, s.nys the amount
Involved is only ?60«). He has not learned the ex
art nature of the charge*, but he assorts that It was
brought about by a man from whom he obtained
good* valued at ?«(••> to be •hipped to another per
con pn<l for wliich lie refused to nay. because the
n.-«oi, to wl.om he sliipp'd the goods would not give
him the iron-- Hi »sr« that he Is willing to re
turn and stand trial, and would have returned vol
untarily if he had known that an Indictment .was
out against him. He says be was engaged In the
i.-.. . -.-.- and loan business at Boise for y-ars.
n',<\ afterward entered the cattle, raising business.
M , hae been employed in the railway mail servlc
for «i* weeks.
FAIL TO SAFE DAI OUTER
Parents Badly Burned Fire Con
sumes Historic Virginia House.
Winchester. Va . April 4 Miss Virginia Car
ter, th* >o U n? daughter of Ree S .> H. Carter, was
burned to death to-daj in a lire of unknown
origin which destroyed her borne, Felloe House,
at Rest, this county, one of the historic struct
ures of the state. Hi and .Mrs. Carter were
badly burned in a futile effort to save their
daughter, but ar«- expected to recover.
Yellow House was more than two hundred
v.-ars o!d. George Washington stopped then
while on his way to Braddock's relief at Fort
Duquesne. ;«nd during the Civil War it was the
hmne of Miss- Rachel Wright, whose information
to GeneraJ Sh< ridan uas of such value to the
federal army during Ms valley campaign that
Congress voted her a pold mrd;:l in appreciation
of her services.
TWO MORE 'SLEEPERS" FOUND.
Inspector on American Line Pier Finds Suit
Cases Containing Cutlery.
A f=i>e<-ial inspector on the nlsrht staff of the sur
vey..- ■> d"r<artnv;nt. assigned to special duty on
Pier 15 of the American Line, made ■ seizure early
yesterday morning of two suit cases, containing
about tW worth of fine cutlery.
The scheme of the syndicate of gown importer*
to vet some *S.m worth of gowna Into the country
In the form of "sleepers' inspired two sailors Of
the Philadelphia to conceal the cutlery in two suit
caw which were taken ashore with the passen
gers' baggage on Saturday night, soon after the
fCSSCJ docked The suit cases were discovered
and proved to Be the property of two sailors. Each
cafe contained a carving jet sliver mounted. The
names and addresser of the sailor? were taken- and
the rooJs sent to the Appraiser's Stores.
The custom? officials denied a report that t»o
trunks containing gouns had been found on me
American Une pier oq Saturday night. ,
TARIFF RULE TO-DAY
MR. DWIGHT SAYS HE IS
CERTAIN.,
Republican Whip Speaks After
Thorough Canvass of Situation —
Mr. Payne Also Confident.
i t ram The Tribune Bureau I
Washington, April 4 "1 am certain to-nighi
that the tariff rule will be" brought int.> the
Hous<- to-morrow and passed." This state
ment, made late to-nlghl by Representative
Dwight, the Republican whip, cleared up a
situation which was extremely muddled during
the day. Various rumors had it that the House
leaders were fearful of bringing in the rule, and
that they would allow the- general debate to con
tinue for s<'vr-rai days more, so that a stronger
grip could be secured on a majorltj of the
House. Mr. Dwight, however, after a thorough
canvass of the situation advised the Rules. Com
nfittte that it would l>e entirely saf. to bring ill
a ru!<-. and that the situation was better to
night than it has been at any time during the
last week.
This optimistic- \ lew was shared b> Repn
sentative Payne,, who said: "The rule wfl] be
brought in and passed unless the situation
changes overnight." By a "change in the situ
ation" he meant that a meeting of the coal and
lumber Insurgents called for to-morrow morn-
Ing at :• o'clock might cause tin- leaders to hold
back the rule for a day or two. Tins.- insur
gents, headed by Representative Cushman, of
Washington, <an hard I j must.: more than
twentj votes against the rule -some of the lead
ers say twelve but it Is possible their forces
may be augmented to-morrow, and that they
will be able to command enough votes to pre
vent the adoption, ;md therefore the presents
tfcm, of the rule. Th< House leaders estimati
that unless more than thirty Republicans vote
against the rule It can be passed, and th
certain of fifteen Democratic votes If they are
needed. As has been told In these dispatches,
the Speaker will not hesitate .to avail himself of
such Democratic support as ).<■ can command.
The •■niir.- Louisiana delegation "ill vote
the ropuiar Republicans because they an en
tirely satisfied with the bill. This is also tru-
of the Pier Ida delegation. A 1 least three mem
bers 'mm Georgia and one from South Carolina
will also fall i" line, while the < '0i.r.0i., Demo
«rats can be counted • i seen to l>e
::i bad straits.
[1 g th- i'!;in of the Rules Committee to night
to i • off the general debate and to ;.r.>'
a vote r:'"\t Sal :■ Should the presentation
of a rule be deferred Lhe thin! reading will be
ordered and th- tneaa in u.ted. para
graph by paragraph, under the flv< mln it<
The H-M re-- • I lowa, « ho
were reported to !• ippos«*cl to the rule i
!t f.iHs to ;• ■ Be tl bx on beer, hav< fall- n
Into line and will vote with tl • • Mr.
Murdock said to-night t I w6uld not im
the passagi 01 the bill through the H
i.'.t that h<
ate to hs\e ti;.- •■■■•■; tax I
on hides restored
GEN. HOOT II S MESS. I (iE.
Tells the American People What
The// Should Seek.
General William Booth, whose eightieth bin
fiiy anniversary la to be celebrated throughout
the world on Saturday, replied to the scores of
congratulatory > able messages a ready received
from Governors, Mayors and other men of prom
inence with a m-- age to the American people.
which was given out at the American headquar
ters of the Salvation Army here yesterday as
follows:
After s[.. niiii g eitflii ears in tliis world
almost countless opportunities !•■: observing tii-
purposes for which men generally live ti"
disappointments ti..> so commonly suffer, ii
it 1 should have '
nitinion ;• - to ri • rourw th. \ ought to
foi'ow it ihe> are to have anj real - iccesn
So on this. 'I!-, eightieth birthday. ! tell the
\ri!<Tie.in people this: If they will seek the
honor of <;o<i. i*■ - - reign of righteousness, tht
welfare of fh< friendless pooi and th< riches"
that endure forever with th. sanie self sacrific
ing avidity '.\it!i which thej Beck the wealth and
pleasures of thin world, the; will have a good
chance of fii ling I t life of satisfaction which
.now bo often eludes th< m and of building up .i
pattern nation for the world to Imitate.
WOMAN DOWNS THUG WITH JIU JITSU
Chicago Ruffian Catches Tartar in Nurse
Skilled in Japanese Defence.
Chicago, April -Miss Wiimn Berger, a twenty
year-old student nurse at the Henrotin Hospital,
found practical use to-night for the art of jiu jitsu.
which she studied under a Japanese, teacher three
years ago. <
Miss Bergei was walking near the luke chore
drive when she was attacked by a husky young
man, who threw her to the ground, placing Ids band
over h«»r mouth to prevent her screaming Accord-
Ing to the rules of the Japanese system Miss Ber
ger yielded for a moment to her opponent. When
his hold was relaxed she struck him in the face and
scrambled to her feet. As the man tried to »ei»e
h"r again she caught hold of Ills loft arm and
kicked his feet from under him. This enabled her
to escape and she ran down the street Into a police
man's arms.
A MARATHON RUNNER DIES.
Frederick Rnmsby Collapses on English Track
and Fails to Fall".
Hull. England, April i A Marathon runner.
Frederick Rumsby, collapsed while competing
in a twenty mile run here yesterday. He was
carried from the track, but soon lost conscious
ness. Hi died to-day. Rumsby won n Mara
thon race h< re last year.
CALLS SOLOMON CLEVER, NOT WISE.
Rabbi Denies That Monarch of Biblical His
fory Wrote Ecclesiastics.
IBv Ttleirrcfrh >■■ The Tribune I
Philadelphia. April J. The Rev. Isaac Landnian,
one of the leading rabbis of this city, at Temple
lf . s^tii lsiai-l this morning declared the wisdom
of Bokwnoa to |i>i nothing more serdms than the
tai-s "f ti.e Arabian Mights •■uiri that that nage at
htetory di-l aot write the book of E deals tea
■rip«i= siat. ments were n»ade In the course of a
discourse on "The Modernncsa of l^'i,:. Heroes,"
in whleli he sal I
"Solomon prays for wisdom, but his wisdom
(■Mire? out in clevc-rncs at solving riddles, coining
phrases ami turning, proverbs. It Is the wisdom of
i!,- Arabian Nights tales, nothing 'more s-erious.
True, the monarch gives utterance to beautiful
thoughts at the dedication of the^ temple, but thers
It endf, like so many moderns."
AGED WOMAN HONORED
FIFTY YEARS A SERVANT
IN JERSEY HOME.
Dinner Mistress Gives for Her Is
Made the Occasion of a Family
Reunion and Many Gifts.
[Bj Telegraph to Tlw
New Brunswick, N. J.. April 4 Mr-. Mary
Grogan, for aft* years a servant in the family
of Abial Price, of South River, was the most
honored woman in thai town to-day. From far
and near friends came to offer their congratula
tions, and the Price family decorated their whole
house and served a great dinner from 4 to ■
o'( lock, to which all were welcome, and opened
many bottles of champagne and drank to the
health of the faithful old woman probably the
only servant In the country who has never asked
for an afternoon off and has never asked for a
"rase." Golden gifts were showered upon
Mary, until her eyes were filled with tears and
she wepi that they were too good to her, that
she didn't deserve it all. and that she had
simply perform.-.! her duty as she had seen it.
Hanging on the wall beside the dinner table
was an old pitcher in which Mary had made
yeast for many years, and next to it was a his:
bread pan. with holes burned in it in several
places, in which had been baked the bread which
had been the pride of the Price family for so
many years. Arid while the guests came and
.!• parted the Riverside Orchestra, of South
River, played away, and everybody was happy.
A \>\k birthday « ake, supporting fifty candles
and two Irish Rags, adorned the table. On it
n-ere the numerals IHS&-19U9. William Price,
first recollection is of the tender care of
Mary, earn* on from New York, where he is a
lawyer, to Join in the festivities.
••I don't like the Idea of referring to Mary as
a servant." he said. "She has always been
'rented ;js one of the family, and I like t<> think
of her as such."
Mrs. Abial Price, who hired .Mary fifty yean
ago at $I<K) a year, and who is Just about her
at,-.-, v. as as happy as Mary. It was on April .">.
1.5.19, that Mrs. Grogaa came to the Prince home
from Ireland. She has not i n to New fork
in fort) years, and only occasionally comes to
itj to attend mass 'at St. Peter*o church.
of which she la a member. She was eighty-two
years old last February. She ia in good health,
good eyesight and la a great reader. She
baa three children, one of whom. Mrs. Mary
•>! this city, was present tit the celebra
tion. A son is ill m Trenton, and another son la
West and could not • ume.
LAMBS' MINSTREL SHOW.
Arrangements Completed for Club's
"All-Star (ram hoi."
The Lambs, at -.< meeting yesterday after
noon, completed arrangements for their "all
• i " which viii enlist the services of
• ■ ■ prom -1..-, in this country, ami
which will embrace every lait:*- city in tin.- uoun
t i. 1 rtenger, or Klaw- & Krlanger, will
manager of the tour. Joseph
• Ita i Dingwall, will be the busi
. ■ - .-'us Thomas general
. • tor. it v. ill !>•• the best novelty
that : ganization I ted In many
imbol is to be nothing less than
an old ■; minstrel show. Several of the
large I N fork are already
making elaborate preparations for the arrival
bs, anci the si^rln .>:' all the stars now
<.n the American stage marching through the
streel n tnlnstrel uniform ami h<
bj \ . tor Herbert and his band of fifty pieces
will !• tei attraction than all the circus
parades that could v-- devised.
The tour begin with a performance at the
Metropolitan Opera Hon.-. on Monday, May -4.
Thei vi! 1 i. only one performanci here. Then
the Lambs Minstrels will visit Boston, Phila
delphia. Pittsburgh Chicago, etc., travelllrig on ;i
tram ••! ten ears, which will be equipped
with all modern devices. A partial list of the
i kh | I .am ha follow i
On Monda) night, May "_'J. Metropolitan Opera
House, New York; Tuesday afternoon. Ma J.">.
Hyperion Th atre, Ne« Haven; Tuesday niKhi.
May _•".. Boston Theatre, Boston; Wednesday
afternoon, Maj 26, Academj of Musi . Brook
lyn; Wednesdaj night, Maj -*'>. N>u Forrest
Theatre or Hammerstein'a Opera House. Phlla
i; Thursday afternoon, Maj 'JT. Belasco
Theatre or Chase's rheatre, Washington;
Thursdaj night, Maj -~. Baltimore; Pridaj af
ternoon, M... _ K . Kaclid Avenue < i ra House,
Cleveland; Frldaj night. May :>. Nixon Thea
tre. Pittßburg; Saturday afternoon and night,
May -".'. Auditorium, Chicago.
The Lambs confldentlj expect this _year to
plaj to more than si<h».(mm». which .sum, if real
ized, will be d< v01., i to getting a site for their
new clubhouse and in the enlarge rn.nt and im
provemenl et i!i-;r cliib facilities.
LABOR'S (HUP ON FRANCE.
Uniting to Force Government to
Admit Right to Strike.
fans. April 4 The revolutionary labor organ
izations have made another move In their cam
paign against tht government. A meeting,
which was attended by ICV.tHK) workmen, was
held to-daj on the initiative of the unions at
electricians and masons. A large number of
postal and othei govern meni servants were
present, and members of various unions.
citizen P t ataud, secretarj' of the Electricians'
inion. .and M Jfvetot a leader of the General
Confederation of Labor, made revolutionary
speeches, as did also several other labor agita
tors. A resolution was then adopted that the
workmen should unite to obtain the liKht to
strike for the employes of the state, it was de
cided also to appoint a central strike committee,
the nam.s of whose members will be kept secret
to prevent their arrest. This committee will be
empowered to take whatever action it deems
proper, and maj eve^n < all a general strike in
case of repressive measures on the part of th' 1
govei nmeni
HAS MORF. LIVES THAN A CAT.
Twelve Stabs. Severed Throat, Acid and Two-
Story Fall Fail to Kill Mexican.
Chicaco. April 4.— lndalecto Alarco'n, twenty
seven years old, said tr> be the son of a plantation
owner of Parrat, Mexico, tried unsuccessfully to
commit suicide to-day by stabbing himself twelve
times in the left side, cutting his throat, swallow
ing carbolic acid In port wine and throwing him
self but ol a third ■■■• window. At ti«e hospital
he recovered consciousness, but physicians say he
may die of loss of .blood.
Ajarjcon said lie did not know how to account for
his desire to kill himself. He was employed la a
detai-unent store. -.--.-■;•
PARENTS PART BOY DIES.
• -
Hangs Himself After Brooding
Over Family Difficulties.
William Cooper, sixteen years old. deliberate;;
stranglrd himself to , death yesterday in th
home of his father. Oliver Cooper, at No. 50$
Knickerbocker avenue. Wiiliamsburg. The boy.
who was a printer's apprentice, had been brood
ing over the troubles of his parents.
His father got a divorce from his mother on
March 19 The boy was greatly attached to
his mother, but refused to be separated from hi?
father. Cooper places all the blame for his
family troubles on his wife.
Cooper ts a foreman employed by the printing
firm of K. W. Tuttle & Co.. at Nos. 106 and 10>
Liberty street. Manhattan. There is another
son. Oliver, eighteen years old. who. with his
father, went to a restaurant at noon yesterday.
William declined to so. saying he did not feel
well. After dinner young Oliver started on a
trip to Coney Island. The father went home
and found William hanging from th- bedpost in
his room.
SUICIDE AT NIAGARA.
Score See Man Swept to Death
(her Luna Falls. . ■
Niagara Falls, N. V.. April 4.— An unknown
man abouj thirty-eight years old committed s'.ii
dde this, afternoon by jumping into the river
from Luna Island. A score of people saw him
swept over the falls. The man's actions were not
unusual, and even when he clambered up on the
bridge railing no one expected that he was
going to jump. He stood on the railing for a
second or two, peering down into the water, an' 1
then plunged in head foremost.
He was described as a One looking man,
weighing about one hundred and eighty pounds,
with black hair and mustache. His overcoat
was found on the bridge. The authorities hope
to establish his identity by means of a child's
ring found in one of the pockets. Luna Falls is
the smallest of the cataracts, but it has never
given up its dead.
NEW WIRELESS PHONE.
In Use Between Massachusetts and
Washington, It Is Said.
{ By T>l«-(rrrv.h ' ' Th» Tribune. I
Boston. April 4.— Reginald a. Fessenden. of
Brant Rock. Mass., has perfected a system of
wireless telephony which is pronounced a suc
cess, and, according to Elihu Thompson. has
surpassed Marconi. The United States Navy
Department failed to interrupt the waves in a
recent test of the efficiency of the new system,
it la said. Fes* mi- keeps the details of his in
vention a secret, but wireless messages between
Brant Rock and Washington are now of fre
quent occurrence, and apparatus for battleships
with a radius of one thousand miles are soon to
be installed, it is declared.
GIFT BRINGS MILLIONS.
Woman Who Helped Brother Goto
Pacific Coast Rewarded.
■ By T<*!epra.ph to Th« Tribune. J
Haver hi 11 Mass.. April — After a struggle lor
years against poverty, endeavoring to make both
ends meet from the scanty income of a little
provision store here. Mrs. J. T. Oxnard is now to
receive a large share of a $10,996,999 estate left
by her brother. Charles A. Warren, of San Fran
cisco.
Warren died in tha; city about r i.*ht weeks
:<(;••. He was one of the wealthiest and h- st
known contractors on the Pacific roast. A gift
..r only a few dollar?, given by his - -•
\e;irs ago to Warren, when he was sixteen yean
o!d and sailed around the Horn to make his
fortune, was never forgotten, and is now i
with millions
GOMEZ MAY QCIT POST.
Rumor That Vein tint Will He
Temp orary President
Caracas. April 1 (via Willeinsta.l. April I
Is reported that the new President. J. Vicente
Gomes, may turn over the Presidency tempo
rarily to .f a VelutmJ, the second Vice-Presi
dent of the republic. Castro mad- Gomes Presi
dent when he sailed for Europe oa Noveml i 9
last. i.e«s than a month lat^ Gomes overthrew
the existing government, appointed a new Cab
inet unil mad<- himself President
It was believed that the deposed President
would remain abroad, bui now that he is bound
In the direction of Venesueta tin- wildest con
jectures are made it is hardly thought that
castr.. will *?o beyond Port-of-Spata, Trinidad,
because there is a certainty ol Imprisonment,
and probably death, if he lands here. The gen
eral opinion is that Castro will make his resi
dence in Trinidad and await a favorable oppor
tunity to start a rebellion.
Willemstad April 4 -J. Velasco. Governot of
the state of Tachira ami husband of Castro's
sister, is on his way from Maracai' <• to I-a
ruayra. H« la accompanied by his wife, and if.
Is believed 'hnt their visit has to da with th ■■
approach <>f the former PresM I
THREE ITALIANS SHOT.
Victims Threaten Vengeance One
Arrest Made.
Three Italians were shot early this mornins:
at Broomeand Sullivan streets. Thej were taken
to .St. Vincent's Hospital, all in a serious condi
tion. When the police tried to ;irol>e into th»
hhootlng they were met with the usual Italian
evasiveness. The hest they could k. t Iron the
three was a muttered "I'll attend to that my
self -
The injured men said the* were Peter Ro
mania, thirty-two yean old. of No. .'lilt Bast
1 66 t1i street, who was shot through the spin
and la in ■ serious' condition; Frank Eftuichirea,
thirty-one > '.irs old, Of No. J2 Thompson street
who has a bullet in each shoulder, and Joseph
f.auria. thirty-two years old. of Xo 74 Thomp
son street, who was shot in the left si<l-\ just
al ove the heart.
The prisoner charged with tha tbeotfag said
he was Samuel Mele, twenty-seven yean
of No. ,">4 Sullivan street.
Patrolman • Decker, of the Macdousal street
station, says he saw seven or fight men leav-.
a Raines law hotel near Broonie and Sullivan
streets and stand on the corner, talking in low
tones. One of them drew a revolver and emp
tied it in the crowd. They all scattered and led.
even the three wounded men also trying to es
cape. U'rf""'- "~ '
PRICE THREE CENTS.
MORE JOIN PARK FIGHT
UNITE AGAINST ACADEMY
OF DESIGN PL AS.
Opposition lo (ialleru There Concent
trating in C&zemsf Committee —
City Club's B'icf.
opposition to the invasion of Central Park 'Of
the National A. ad-my of Design is concentrat
ing in the citizens" committee, of which S«th>
Ln lo chairman and Kugene A. Philbin. presi
ilent of the Park and r"ia\ ground Association., is
vice-president.
Joseph G. Deane. chairman of the legislative
committee of the City l'!;b. who has rent In his
name as a member, said yesterday that the City
Club committee had forwarded a brief against
the hills now at Albany. n.
It would establish a dangerous precedent. Mr.
Deane amid, to permit the academy to have •>
gallery in th- park. If the bills were passed
and signed by the Governor, the City Club would
make active opposition when they came befora
the Mayor for approval, he added.
Julius Henry Cohen, chairman of the legisla
tive committee of the Citizens Union, who ha*
joined the citizens' committee, said yesterday
that as the National Academy of Design pointed
to the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a prece
dent, so would many worthy private enterprises
point to the National Academy as precedent, it
the bars were let down. He added: . ■;-■'_
"Central Park is the natural breathing spot
for great masses of people, and with the increas
ing congestion in the city the park i* beconvng
more and m >r ■• valuable A great many worthy
enterprises would be advanced by being placed
in the park, and there are a great many outalda
the park that would te helped by being permit
ted to use the park as an approach.
'ONLY SAFE COURSE."
"Take the New Theatre, as an example. It
would be a fire thing if the park, from 'Utli
street south, could be changed into an approach,
for the theatre. The Ethical Culture School, at
• ;:;.i street and Central Park West, of which I
am one of the trustees, would be vastly im
proved by a handsome approach. But if all
worthy enterprises could be aided in this way
there would be little left of the park for breath
ing purposes. The only safe course to pursue is
to take one general stand against all private en
terprises that seek to utilize the park. We have
a representative at Albany who is working
against the hills."
Charles W. Leavitt. jr.. a civil engineer. of
So. 220 Broadway, who is a member of the com
mittee appointed by the American Society of
Landscape Architects to protest a?ain3t the in
vasion, said last evening:
"I disapprove of this, in the first place, be
cause ihe site Is inaccessible- to nearly every
body. The plan is unnecessary, because th*
academy now has a site far more accessible
If the scheme should go through, the scads say
would occupy space which the city appropriated
for park purposes and not for buildings, and it
should be opposed by the general pub.: for
whom Central Pnrk -was created."
Mr. Leavitt said he would oppose the schema
before the Governor and the Mayor both as an
individual and as a member of the committee
appointed by the American Society of Landscape
Architects.
ARTISTS FRIENDS OF PARK.
Edwin W. Deming. the Indian and anima!
painter and sculptor, said that artists should be
among tne best friends of Central Park and
should be the last to advocate any scheme for
encroaching on it for the benefit of a private
society. He said he believed that artists sen
erally were opposed to the invasion.
••I bops the at lib will be defeated in its
purpose." said Mr. Deming. "We haven't half
enough parks now. If the city were *' furnish,
a site for a gallery, it should be fey a public in
stitution that would be open continuously for
the public, ana not for the benefit of a private
society, which a few men control."
Goodhn Livingston, of Trowbridge * Living
ston, architects, of No SSI Fifth avenue, said
that if the academy were admitted to the par*
there were a number of other institutions which
should have the .-am*- right.
•The academy. said Mr. Livingston. 'i* c«r
..., n1v a highly respectable institution, but. on
the other hand, it is possible that some other
society may spring up much •- the academy
did. and feel that it also should have a site in
Central Park. There are too few parks in th *
city, anyway, and any encroachment on them
by any institution not under the control of th»
state or national government should be pre
vented."
Resolutions opposing the plan, introduced by
the New York District Council of th Brother
hood of Painters and Decorators, were adopted
yesterday by the Central Federated Union. Tha
Assembly men and Senators from New York City
and the Mayor and Board of ."Aldermen wert»
called on to use their best efforts to defeat th«
bills. It was decided to send a copy of tha
resolutions to the Mayor and the Board of Al
dermen and to Governor Hughes and the chair
man of the Committee on »-.- -
FIST FIGHT IS HELLEVVE.
Policeman Sat/s Four Visitor* to
Hospital Attacked Him.
Two young men. who described themselves t»
the police of th East "..Vh street station as Ed
ward Gordon, clerk, of No. ♦*'•"> East -"4th street,
and Edward aroy, laborer, of No. 318 East
:-.4th street. Were arrested yesterday afternoon
in the surgical ward of Bellevue Hospital on
charges of intoxication and disorderly conduct,
as the result of a fist fight. They were released
under *."•<*> ball each, for which John S. Shea.
Republican leader of the 11th Assembly Dis
trict, became surety.
According to Patrolman George Hatmaker.
Cordon. Conroy and two other young men vis
ited the hospital to see a friend among tha
patients, and Hat maker and Assistant Superin
tendent M J. Ric,kard say the four were under
the Influence of Usjnar. when the policeman,
who is detailed to Bellevue. ordered the men to
leave, he says that the four fell upon him and
beat him with their fists. He finally over
powered Gordon and Conroy and the other two
disappeared. On the way to the station tha
prisoners, according to Hatmaker. told him that
they would have him "broke."
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NINETEEN ITALIAN BOYS LOCKED UP.
Arrested for Insulting Passersby in Moti
Street— Refused to Pay Fines.
Nineteen Italian?, all young fellows, wen ar
raigned yesterday In the Essex Market police court,
charged with using loud and profane language and
insulting piisaerab] in front of an Italian resort in
Mott street. Magistrate Krote* fined each $1. and
as not one of th- wanted ir, part wtta a dollar
they all were locked up over Sunday.

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