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ROOSEVELT SEES RING
(TALUN RULER GREETS
HIM AT MESSIXA.
Highly Pleased — A
Trip Through the Ruins
Cheered by Crowds.
Messina, April <5. — Theodore Roosevelt and
Kir." Victor Emmanuel met to-day on the
Italian battleship Re Umberto. In Messina Har-
Kpr The meeting was marked by the. greatest
cordiality, and the King took the occasion to
Tores* th" gratitude of himself and the Italian
people f° r tn " generous assistance of the Amer
ican people to the earthquake sufferers. At the
•ma of the interview. Mr. Roosevelt went
hore and Inspected the ruins of the city,
ho«e isolation moved him strongly. He then
boarder! the steamer Admiral, which hoisted
her anchors at sunset, and continued her trip
The Admiral arrived at Messina about 2
o'clock in t! ''' afternoon, and was saluted by
the Be Umberto. with the King on board, which
reached here in the morning. Almost imme
diately. Captain Pfister. the Cornier Italian mil
itary attache at Washington, now aid to Ad
miral Mirabello. was taken to the Admiral In a
launch B^d presented to Mr. Roosevelt the
Kiss's compliments, adding that his majesty
would have great pleasure in receiving the e V .
presider.t of the United States. Mr. Roosevelt
raited and. accompanied by his son Kcrmit and
Ambassador Griscom. went at once to the bat
tlestip- The King met the party at the head
-i* the gangway and greeted the ex-President
effusively, shaking him warmly by the hand.
He did not wish, he said, to allow the. oppor
tunity to pasF of making the personal acquain
tance cf so distinguished a man. Above all. be
wanted personally to thank Mr. Roosevelt for
the help extended by America at the time of
the earthquake. "You are now able." he added.
•to understand better what n terrible disaster
it was '
Mr. ItsoseveH replied, than! re the sovereign
pliraent. He said that the American
■ :sh thanks for what they had
I ■ ■ -. H- tried to do their duty.
and knew do berte r -nay to confront the lm
, | than by their work and contrlbu
KING'S INTEREST IN SHOOTING TRIP.
The conversation then turned to the hunting
trip to Africa, the King: saying that his tastes
also ran In that direction. He mentioned the
expedition of the Count of Turin in Africa, «nd
expressed the hope that Mr. Roosevelt would
meet the count there. Aft*r more than half an
hoar's conversation the King accompanied his
guest ashore, where a photograph was made of
a group consisting of his majesty, the ex-Presi
dent. Kermit and the American Ambassador.
At the - gggestion of the King Mr. Roosevelt
snapped a picture of his majesty. Admiral
iUrabello. Kermtt and Ambassador Griscora.
amid much laughter.
j Before leaving the city the King saluted Mr.
Roosevelt, wishing him a happy and successful
trip and much good luck in finding game. He
asked Mr. Roosevelt to promise that he would
visit Rome on his return, when the Queen would
be pfeasad to make his acquaintance. The King
then took his departure, not wishing to accom
pany the party over the ruins. Mr. Roosevelt
was charmed with the courtesy of the King and
Eaid that it was the most interesting hal hour
which be had spent since he left the United
The inspection of the ruins then began, the
party including Mr. Root I and Kermit,
Ambassador Griscom. Lieutenant Commander
mansji Earl Dodge. Wlnthrop Chandler. Lieu
tenant Allen Buchanan and Ensign J. W. Wil
cox, f,t the United States gunboat Scorpion:
Surgeon Donelson and Ensign R. W. Bpofford, of
the sited States Steamer Celtic, and John
Elliot, an artist, son-in-law of Mrs Julia Ward
HoweJ In the American quarter Mr Roosevelt
congratulated the American workers on the
speed with which they had constructed the huts.
He shook hands with the men from the Ameri
can navy who are direct;:- the work, leaving
them highly delighted at the chance which
brought them before the ex-President.
DIFFICULTY IN TRAVERSING CITY.
Considerable trouble was experienced In mak
ing the trip through the city, and rain, which
toon began to fall added greatly to the diffi
culties of the Journey, as the mud was very
deep. In the hut where the American workers
made their headquarters, i glass of wine wa«
• 'JTercd to Mr. Roosevelt, who, raising It, said:
"I drink to all the men. of whatever nationality,
ho have worked and are working to relieve
what befell the Sicilian people." The people
of Italy, he added, would have energy enough to
rebuild Messina, but it was work for Titans.
The ex-President's departure from the city to
go aboard his steamer was marked by scenes
■which moved him to emotion. Although it was
raining heavily, the people gathered In crowds.
The women kissed their hands to him, the chil
dren threw flowers in* his path and the men
<-heer«d -wildly. It was a spontaneous greeting
to one who had been their friend. Turning to
ore of the members of his party. Mr. Roosevelt
paid: "I am glad and proud as an American citi
zen that my country could do something to help
this immense disaster, for which even all the
assistance In the world would be insufficient."
The steamer Admiral left Naples soon after
midnight, and after so strenuous a day. the ex-
President was not long In seeking rest.
Arising early in the morning, Mr. Roosevelt
■"•As soon out on deck, armed with a pair of
marine glasses. The air was balmy and the
sunshine brilliant. After the buffeting they bad
received on the voyage from Gibraltar to Na
ples the trip down the coast to-day was like
Billing on a lake. The whole morning was
*P*nt on deck, and Mr. Roosevelt had a good
opportunity to learn much from those of the
party who had been through the thrilling ex
perience of the earthquake concerning the de
tails of that disaster. He was particularly in
terested in the etories told by Signor Trincheri,
the prefect of Messina, who, under orders from
Premier Olollttl. accompanied Mr. Roosevelt on
his inspection of the city. The prefect, who
*a« wounded In the wreck of his own home,
told of having bis son burled for many hours
"under the ruins. He believed that his son was
d<:»«i. but eventually he was rescued. Such mo
ments, Mr. Roosevelt paid, must age a man by"
A VIEW OF STROM BOLL
About 11 o'clock the Admiral passed close to
the Llpari Islands. Stromboll. which the an
cients regarded as the seat of JBolus, the God of
« - ■VSlr.dn. standing up a huge outline against
t;:< i Luc of the sky. Prom it., cone of the vol
• *no. more than three thousand feet hish. ■
■• 1 unn of ■mobs rose majestically and was
svtpt tin- away in fleecy clouds. The village of
i~- n ..«J&&.iSg?~*~ t«~.t «~. NEW-YORK. WEDNESDAY APRIL 7, 1909.— FOURTEEN PAGES.
Tomorrow, rlrariug and cooler: noulhnrM wind*. L< M" 1 V/Al\, M IjJ7.Mi>il'.l 1 , .\ I AtXJJ I, « a .
YERKES RECEIVER NAMED
Action on Petition of London Cred
itors To Be Contested.
Judge Ward. In the United States Circuit
• yesterday appointed Harrington Putnam,
"i the law flrtn of Wing. Putnam & Burlingham,
receiver of the estate f < 'harle.s T Yerkes. Thin
action was taken on the petition of creditors of
the London Underground Railway Company.
The receiver was empowered to administer th
property in New York City.
A dispatch from Chicago last night said this
receivership would be contested. Mrs. Yerkes
asserting that her bill for a receiver filed In
Chicago on March 25 takes precedei
ARTIST SHOT BY WAITER
Dies After Fight in Chinese Chop
Hyman Huberman. twenty-on< years old. of
No 522 Kast 12th street, said to have been
an artist, was shot In the abdomen shortly
before midnight in a Chinese chop suej res
tanrant at No. 4f»/J Sixth avenue. He died in
the New York Hospital. Lang ('. Him. forty
eight years old. a Chinese waiter employed in
the pla^e. was arrested.
TJne waiter tried to eject Huberman and two
friends who were with him. During the souffle
It is said the Chinaman drew a revolver from
beneath his blouse and tired. Huberman was
fl' ompanied by two men, who said they were
Joseph I'nger. of No. IS6 Avenue I>. and Harry
Surfman. thirty-one years old, of So 138 Allen
TO AID BABIES AGAIN.
John I). Rockefeller Will Pay Ex
pense* of Junior Sea Breeze.
John I 1I 1 Rockefeller yesterday authorized th*
Xetv York Association for Improving the Con
dition of the Poor to open Junior Sea Breeze,
the summer hospital for babies at (i4th street
and th" East R:\ er
For the last three summers Mr. Rockefeller
has maintained this hospital for children en
tirely at his own expense He has given the
land used, and in addition has spent between
f20.000 HPd .«::'..<"* '* >on tl c •amp. The work car
ried on at Junior Sea Breeze will be more e\
tensive this year than last p? a larger staff of
visiting nurses will h* employed to s<> Into th*
SIXDAY SCHOOL PLOTTER.
Youth Trapped in Black Hand
Scheme by Millionaire.
Atlanta. April 6.— Charged with attempting
to blackmail Asa G. Candler, president of the
Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and reputed to
be. Atlanta's wealthiest citizen, out of $35,000
by Black Hand methods. Daniel W. Johnson, jr..
eighteen years of age and a member of Or.
Candler's Sunday school class, was arrested to
Johnson admits writing two letters, but de
clares that he was the catspaw of three strang
ers, who forced him to write the demands for
money under penalty of death.
Last Friday Mr. candler received the first let
ter. in which he was asked to place $3T».00fl
under the Steps of the pastor's study of the In
man Park Methodist Church on Monday night,
"'or you and your family will meet a horrible
death at our hands. " On Sunday hr received
a second letter of the same tenor.
Mr. Candler drew $36,004 in cash from the
bank of which he is president, so a« to guard
against any possible betrayal of his plans. On
Monday night he made up a package and placed
it at the point designated, the real money In
the mean time remaining at his home, guarded
by detectives. Two detectives kept watch near
where the false package was placed, but no one
This morning Mr. Candler received a telephone
message, demanding that he place 1 1.000 at a *e
duded spot In Moreland avenue, between An
nabel street and Walker Alley. Again a fake
package was prepared and placed at tt." spot
desisrnat«»d to-night, and Johnson appeared out
of th" darkness, grabbed up the package and
started to run. but he was- In the grasp of tw<>
detectives before he was aware that he had been
BLAZE NEAR HOSPITAL.
President Grant's Favorite Club
rooms Scene of Early Morning Fire.
T:;o sleep of nearly forty patients of St.
(jrepory's Hospital was disturbed by a fin- which
started early this morning at No. B7 Gold street.
in a six story loft building used by leather
merchants and manufacturing concerns.
The owner of record of the property is ex-
Mayor Smith Ely. The building formerly formed
an "IT with N'>>. 41 Spruce street, the upper
doors of which at one time were used by an
organization known as th»- leather Merchants'
Club. President U. S. Grant made the clubroomn
one of his favorite meeting plates with old
fri.-nds shortly after the civil War. end the
place became kn"wn as the President's down
The Hill Leather Company vn.s on the fourth
floor, and .1 Bokol, leather dealers, and H. C
Hatch on the fifth and sixth floors. Deputy Chief
Cu-iin estimated the damage at Jin.ooo.
MILLION LOAVES DAILY.
Project to Supply Bread Here Dis
cussed bji Promoter.
[Rv TVlepraph to The Trlbun* 1
PlttsbUTg. April *".. -President R. B. Ward of
th'- Ward Bread Company, which plans to oper
ate in greater New York, said to-night:
"It is our intention to build and equip five new
bread making plants in different parta of New
York nt a cost of $3,000,000). In addition there
will l>e a new milling plant built in the West
to supply us w ith our own flour. This plant will
> ost perhaps 51, 000.000 more. It Is our inten
tion to turn out about one million loaves of
bread daily at the start. Wa will he enabled to
do this by some new machinery on which we
have been working for years, and which will be
instilled In the New York shops for the first
time. This machinery is in part an automatic,
dough mixer, which practically takes the raw
Bo ;r qnd turns it into the ovens The latter will
bi 105 feet long."
Mr. Ward pays there will be no increase in
pr;> es »if far as he can now see. He expresses
himself in favor of most stringent legislation
against cornering foodstuffs.
TO THE ATLANTIC CITY HORSE SHOW
April i. 9 and 10: take Pennsylvania Railroad
through train* leaving New York 9:55 A. M.
5:.-.3 .°. M.. weekdays; 1:25 P. M April 6 10 10 in
PRESIDENT AND TARIFF
POSSIBILITY OF A VETO
Mr. Taft Not Concerned tcith De
tails,, but Insists That Party
Pledges Must fie Kept.
• From "!><• Tribune Bureau.]
Washington, April 6.— ls there any real dan
ger that the President will veto the tariff bill?
This Is 8 question which Senators, including
some members of the Finance Committee, are
risking each other with interest, and In a few
instances with some degree of apprehension.
The President has taken the stand that he is
nol a tariff expert, (hat he has neither the
time nor the Inclination to Btudy each schedule
and determine its effect, and that, morever, he
does not regard this as the proper time tor the
exercise of Executive authority, but he has
more than once said, plainly but quietly, that
if the bill as completed by Congress does not. in
his judgment, meet the pledges of the Republi
can party he will veto it
In the tariff conferences which the Senate
leaders have dad with th» Executive he has
seemed perfectly amenable to their suggestions
and has raised no objections to their plans, ex
cept in the case of the maximum and minimum
provision, and even in that Instance he was per
fectly agreeable to the chancres finally submit
ted for his approval by Mr Aldrlch. At all
timts he has appeared the cheerful, easy-going
gentleman, rather than the f-tern leader of hi?
party. Realizing these facts, and realizing
further that. In response to the demands of the
protected interests the Finance Committee is
framing a substitute which cannot be regarded
as in any sense "a revision downward" of the
existing tariff. Borne of the leaders are moved
to inquire if It Is not possible that Mr. Aldrich
has erred in his estimate of th^ President, and
has not assumed that his cairn and genial ex
terior argues a pliability wholly unwarranted
by his real i haracter.
Those who know President Taft best know
that under a smiling exterior he conceals great
firmness and determination; that, onre con
vinced that a proposition Is right or wrong.
nothing can swerve him; "int. while, h» Is
slow t-» make up his mind and is willing to
weigh all the evidence presented before doing
s.>, ..... is In possession of the facts, he
decides for liims^'.f. and. having decided, any
effort to Induce him to change Is likely to
awaken a wrath from which those who arouse
it are only too glad to seek cover.
•Has Aldrich taken this side of the Presi
dent's character sufficiently into account?" I"
another form --f th« question which some in a
position to realize '■ - extent and effect of the
chances which the Finance Committee is mak
ing in the Payne bill are asking one another.
There are men on the Finance Committee ho
feel that any attempt to t.-ik" advantage " the
President's present lack of familiarity with the
details of a tariff bill Is fraught with danger,
that it is about as Safe as "playing with dyna
mite," and they tremble to contemplate the re
salt should the President decide that the party
leaders in Congress have not krpt faith and are
Recking to obtain his signature to n bill which
does not make g.>od th* promises of the plat
form on which he was nominated and elected.
MUST BE AN "HONEST REVISION."
Such suggestions as these. when made behind
the dosed doors of the Finance Committee
room, have been brushed aside as unworthy of
consideration, but the very confidence with
which they have been rejected Is regard* by
some of the most thoughtful ns arguing that
Mr. Taft's character is not wholly understood
by Messrs Aldrich. Hale and Others! Should
the President decide that th« tariff bill, as
passed by both houses of Congress, was un
worthy of his signature. tu> one could truthfully
say that he had not given fair warning of his
purpose to veto the bill if it failed to come up
to his standard of "honest revision."
gome of the most thoughtful men In th«
party councils comment on the fact that the
leaders of the party In Congress have a radi
cally different personality to deal with in the
present administration from that to which they
have been accustomed In the last seven years.
President Roosevelt would have taken the ut
most interest In tariff revision, would have
sought Information from all quarters on the
meaning and effect of every schedule, and
would have contested every rate which he
deemed too high or too low as It was reached.
«=o that when Congress finally passed the bill
he would feel that he had done his best, and
nothing more was to be gained by further op
position. This was his policy when the railway
rate bill was under consideration, and it was
the method he pursued throughout his Incum
President Taft on the contrary, has persist
ently declined to commit himself regarding
S p,>, ifl c rates and Individual schedules. He has
|..iint> (1 to the promise contained 1r • the national
platform, and has even gone so far as to ex
press the view that so f ;) r as possible, th<
heaviest burden should fall on luxuries rather
than >'ii necessities, but beyond that he has
refused to go, laughingly reminding House and
Senate leaders nliko that the adjustment of the
schedules was their duty, not his, and that he
had "troubles of his own." !!■ has nev< r railed,
however, casually to remark^ that his responsi
bility begins where that of Congress leaves off,
and that if he found the completed bill unsat
isfactory, ho would not hesitate to veto it. it
is that laughingly expressed but "ft reiterated
admonition which Is causing anxiety In th<
mind' of .some of the men responsible for th«
tariff bill— men who realize the chaos Into
which Congress and possibly the country would
be plunged were the President to exercise the
veto power and wh i know Mr. Taft well enough
to realize that were he to decide that It was
his duty to veto the bill no consideration of
political expediency or financial exigency would
LILLEY MICH BETTER.
Recovery of Connecticut Governor
Hartford. Conn., \pni <". Governor Lilley,
who Is seriously ill at the Executive Mansion,
wiil recover unless unexpected conditions inter
vene, according to a statement issued by his
physicians after a consultation this afternoon
with Dr. Janeway, of New York.
The .statement said ihat I >r. Janewcy was of
the opinion that Governor Ulley'a condition was
not alarming, and that If he could be kept qulei
he would b^-ii. me more comfortable .soon, and
within a short time could be removed to t place
of absolute p« re and -ir;. I
New. Btylls . d "lliklt" with Ui.siKht
or Toxic itLliies. bpeucer's, Cl Maiden lav«. — AdvL
•WETS" SWEEP TOWi\S
X ASS AC AXD SUFFOLK
FA VOR LICENSE.
Women and Children. Meet in
Churches and Pray for
w e r.
•OrMrr Bay. Ka«thampton.
•BabTlon. ' 'Hnn«ln«;t«in.
•No rhanitr. •trioiintfiil.
Mineola, T.ong Island. April <> (Special).— One
lone town is all that is left to the prohibition
advocates of Long Island, and it is doubtful
whether Shelter Tslnnd, the smallest township
east "f New York City, will be entirely dry. In
the great battle of the ballots to-day to decide
whether the liquor traffic should he licensed or
the be outlawed Southampton an<l East
hampton shifted to the "wet" column. Prior to
the election- there were threp that made their
i-itizens go out of town for a drink
Hempstcad went ••wet" by a good majority.
Babylon followed suit, and the saloon won. :*
to l. Brookhaven and Smithtown were dose.
but the result was satisfactory to the license
forces. Southampton, tired of a long drouth.
voted for moisture, and Kasthampt-.n decided
I change, after two year? of dry regime.
Huntington and Riverhead didn't see any ne
cessity for depriving their residents and vis
itor? of the opportunity to satisfy their desires
for liquor SoutboM and Oyster Pay stayed
with the majority; likewise Isnp. Even In Shel
ter Island a step was taken toward license
when the voters registered a majority in favor
of allowing hotels, and drug stores to -ell liquor.
Candidates were elected for the various town
offices, although this fact was almost lost sight
Of because of the predominance of the local op
tion issue in the campaign, oyster Bay wnt
Republican by a safe margin. In Hempstead the
town board was split up. on* Democrat being
elected Babylon. Islip. Easthampton. Riverhead,
and Southold re-elected Democratic supervisors.
In Huntington. Southampton and Shelter Island
the Republicans were successful. Brookhaven
♦ lerted a Democrat to replace a Republican su
pervisor, and Smithtown also elected a Repub-
Men who have not voted for years were the
first to ea.=t their ballots when the polls opened
this morning. To-night those of them who voted
. are leadin£ the parade that formed as
BOOH as the result was known. It is believed
that several votes were won for the open saloon
rt thai were circulated la-st night, in
which threat* were made that if the township
irriec by the prohibition element the en
. stern end of the county would vote for
cation t<. New York. The ln-rea.se in taxes
Which would result h^-1 Its effect on many tax
payers, and they voted contrary t-> the opinions
r v l.ad ba I ---u»8-
In all parts "f the two counties women and
children were o U t in fore*. They carried ban
8 id placards showing various Inscriptions,
■■. Ith the right v i
vote against licens \ vote for no license is
i children " "Vote no
ook j "iir . hildren in
■ ( the favorite in ■
vs.-r ipt .
Hen and there 1 1 ■ ere rung
half hour to make all remember that the
• •) gathered
i n the ■ urches and prayed thai ' ! - verdict
■ , ould be to deli' ci i towns from
In >. ■ pla ■ • dispute was so bitter ti.at
men came to blows over the matter, and one
man i I ■ Hospital, at Mi
v< ith a fractured skull, and in the village lock
up r Oyster Bay is his assailant, waiting to
know how serious acl rg< ■ . Id fgainst
him for the assault
PRIZEFIGHT IX (ELLA I?.
Detectives Attend and Arrest Nine
Men Taking Part.
The polli ■• of the West 125 th street si
stumbled across a prizefight last night fan a
In upper Seventh avenue, and after wit
nessing Bevexal rounds arrested nine nvn. ln
e!uding ih. fighters, and men said to ha\e had
the management of the- fight.
The detectives had a "tip" that there was to
t,. .. "testimonial" benefit for "Babe" Cullen.
They iiian'l know who "Babe 1 Cullen was, so
they bought two tickets to find out.
About three hundred men were gathered about
an Improvised ring sel up on the dirt of the
Eubcellar floor, under th>> rathsKoller.
SPRING? XO DOUBT OF IT.
Bat tern Prophet Knows It Bjf One
( nf ailing Sign.
••Bill" Quigley, the Batten boatman, strolled
Into the ship news office yesterday in his shirt
sleeve!" and mopped his brow. Me had called to
find out what delayed the Red P liner Phila
delphia and give a tip on the weather. He was
sure that the mercury went higher on April *i
a year ago than it did yesterday
•'Weather man promises cool weather for
Thursday," mild the boatman, "but I don't take
any stock in it. Spring has come now for good
Hals, straw hats! City .sweltering; overcoats
missing, all that means nothing to me, but
Straw hats ahead of time. Th- v ar.- the things
that whisper in their silence that gentle Spring
The boatman, who will bet on anything, when
told that no straw hats were worn yesterday
laid down three crisp $ ii> bills, and the amount
was i overed In n minute by 'Tom" Morris, a
rival weather prophet
"Take back your money," said the boatman
I always play fair. I've won, and I give you
back the mazuma. I counted a hundred straw
hats tO-day. They looked like buckets upside
"Women's hats." said Morris. "You didn't
m ntion that •Bill." "
While the humidity attained a maximum of
92 per cent yesterday, the maximum temper
ature fi.'i degrees - was only 2 degrees higher
than the maxinvm of the April 6 of last year.
The humidity, which fluctuated between 73 per
cent and 02 per cent throughout the day. was
. sceedingh depressing.
Th" fog, which settled over the harbor and
extended well off the coast, delayed many in
coming steamers. Thunder showers are pre
dicted ler to-day.
Insurgent Throws Bomb at S halt's
Commander in Chief.
St. Petersburg. April fi.— Persian dispatches
received here say that a revolutionary soldier
has assassinated the Shah's commander In chief.
Ain-ed-Dowleh. near Tabriz, with a bomb. Ain
ed-Dowleb was former Grand Vizier.
A DUTY OX AIRSHIPS.
France to Hold German Aeronauts
Crossing the Frontier.
Paris, April 6.— As a result of th»» frequent
landing of ficrman balloons in France the gov
ernment has decided to collect a duty of $120
on every balloon of the average size coming
down In French territory. The aeronauts win
be held by the authorities, pending a satisfac
tory explanation rtf their presence.
$250000 FOREST FIRES.
Incendiaries Destroy Young Trees
on Vanderhilt Estate.
I By Telegraph to Th* Tribune.)
Ashovllle, N. C, April <$.—lncendiary. — Incendiary fires yes
terday swept over ten thousand acres of refor
ested poplar growth in George W. Vanderbilt's
forest preserves yesterday, killing all the young
poplars set out ten and fifteen years ago on
wornout land. In ten years they would have
been merchantable timber, worth $250,000.
Although fire lanes or cleared spaces extend
through the forest, the students of the School
of Forestry could not check the fires, which
sprang up before and behind them. Men were
seen running through the smoke haze. No par
ticular enmity to Mr. Vanderbllt is suspected,
however, as forest fires were also set in other
MIXERS WAIVE DEMANDS.
Will Try to Settle Differences with
Coal Operators To-day.
Philadelphia. April f. — President T. L. Lewis
of the United Mine Workers and his committee
from the three anthracite districts were in
consultation here t<->-night at the headquarters
of the central Labor Union to arrange the pre
liminaries for their conference to-morrow with
the coal operators over the renewal of the wage
agreement It is understood 'hat practically
ail the demands made nt the first conference
will be withdrawn and that of the new demands
the principal one will be for a method by which
grievances can he settled quicker than by the
present conciliation hoard.
The district officials seem Im lined to niak»
princessions to the operators provided the latter
meet the m half way im» of the officials ad
mitte.] that recognition of the union would be
waived provided certain other demands ar«
granted by the operatot*
TORNADO KILLS BAXKER.
Five Die When Station in Missis
sippi City Falls.
Aberdeen, Miss kpril : : ■ - * are
known to have i.-~en killed, four others injured
n-:d Bi the debris • " ' -
central station, which was dem<
' % :i tornado which swept through th<=- city of
/ berdeen to-night.
The dead are W. C. McMillan, president of
tank of Aberdeen. T. C. McMillan, a cot
ton buyer, and three unidentified negroes. The
kao^ n injured are railroad employes.
ILLINOIS TORNADO KILLS TWO.
Storm in Indiana Adds Another to Death Roil
Marion. 11. . Apri! *> —Two persons ■rerskillcdL
man;. ot':> rs were hurl a rable prop
erty w;ts dHm.-ii.-ed > ado which struck
ty and neighborhood to-day.
In the I - ctlou of Marion several
■ _. were partly demolished, and In
the resident c section many of the small ' - -
occupied by miners' families. The mo)
loss is $150,000
Kokomo, Ind., Ai rll ft -A destructive storm
struck this region to-night. At Miami the Ma
sonic Temple and several other buildings were
partly wrecked by the wind. The farmhouse of
Mrs. Gammons was blown down, and six per
sons were caught in the wreck and injured.
One daughter. Clara, was killed.
C. E. ELLIS KILLS SELF.
Act of Rich Philadelphian Thought
Philadelphia. Apri! &— Charles C Elite, presi
dent of the Citizens' Passenger Raliway Com
pany, a subsidiary of the Philadelphia Rapid
Transit Company, and one .if the wealthiest
men in Philadelphia, shot and killed himself to
day at his borne fan this city. He was discov
ered in his bedroom by his wife, who had heard
the report of the revolver while she was at
Mr. ESllis was seventy-foul years old and had
been a sufferer from neuralgia and rheumatism
for some time. He underwent an unsuccessful
operation some months «g.» for tubercular
glands beneath his arms. The latter affliction
caused him considerable worry. In spite of his
poor health his family -ay he never threatened
to commit suicide, and they believe that the
shooting was accidental. He had bass in the
hni'it sf keeping the revohrer under his pillow,
as he had a great fear of burglars.
la addition to being one o:' the largest stock
holders in the Citizens' Passenger Railway, a
HIM which guaranteed dividends of $14 a share
on stock on which only .*!'<» has been paid in. Mr
Kills was a heavy holder in other valuable
street railway securities. He was born In this
city and was a son of Amos Kllis. who was a
wealthy lumber dealer here, and died leaving a
fortune Of ?:;.<mh>.<kh». ta he divided among his
three son* Another son, Frank H. Kllis. lives
in this city. Mr. Kllis's estate is reputed Is he
PITTSBURG S HIGH FREIGHT TONNAGE
Exceeds That of New York, London and Liver
Pittsburg. April 6.— Statistics completed to-day by
the Chamber of Commerce show that the freight
tonnage of Plttsburg for 1907 exceeds that of New
York. London and Liverpool combined.
Exclusive of freight in transit, the rail and river
tonnage of Plttsburg for the year was 161.194.157
PRICE THREE CENTS.
AGAINST GAG RULE
TO ASK DISCHARGE OF
In Senate Even Anti-Hughes Men
Protest Against Quid; Kill
ing of Mernswt
[ n> Trlegn
A!ban>. April »;.- With the death of Governor
Hughes's direct nominations hill in tne Assem-
bly to-morrow as rrtain as well considered
plans of its fi*-s can make it. there developed
to-day in t«>th houses strong opposition to th^
"gag, kill and run" treatment of Hughes legis
lation laid down hy his opponents. This oppo
sition probably will take the form in f>
sembiy of an attempt to-morrow ts force th«
discharge of the Committee on Electricity. Gas
and Water from further consid- ration of th»
Francis bill putting telephone and telegraph
i ompanfes under the Jurisdiction of the Public
In the Senate it has taken shape in a demand
not only for proper hearings on the Hinman-
Green direct nominations bill, but in a protest
from men as a whole not considered over
friendly to the Hughes policies against adjourn
ment until the Legislature his considered fairly
the important business now before it. Coupled
with this has come a further admonition '. to
anti-Hughes legislators from men in Washing
ton interested in the party's welfare — this tim«.
according to the gossip, borne by Vice- President
Sherman last night— that all decency had been
outraged in the gag and jam methods pursued
to discredit and defeat the. Governor's measures
and that there must be In any future proceed
ings at least a semblance of deliberation and
At the present stage it seems doubtful whether
such a message, even should it come direct from,
Senator Root, would have any effect. Woodruff.
Wadsworth. Raines and their followers seem to
have determined on their policy. The Assembly
at present Is taking the lead In all this. Speaker
Wadsworth. Assemblyman Jesse Phillips and
Assemblyman Fred Hammond, of Syracuse, last
night took a hasty count of noses, and decided
they had votes enough to permit them to do in
perfect safety whatever they liked. The pro
tests of Assemblyman Bennett against the cor
poration trend of legislation and the peculiar
manner in which measures favorable to the cor
porations were advanced while m»asures for
which there was a state-wide derated lan
guished in committee alarmed them somewhat,
but not enough to cause them to abandon their
PREPARE TO FIGHT TODAT.
Assembly men Francis and Bennett to-night
prepared themselves for a fight to get the tele
phone and telegraph Mil out of committee. They
know this will be a difficult undertaking, al
though th«»y count on much support from men
•who are tired of s~»ing a *■• committee head 3
dictate th«« destinies of #t*t>' bill introduced ' a
the lower branch of the Legislature.
■1 don't know whether we «>hall set the bill
out or not.' declared Mr. Francis. "We ought
to have th« moral and legislative support of
Speaker Wadsworth. after all In has said. Any
body who has been around here three weeks
knows the Speaker has only to crook his little
flneer and the bill will come. I couidn t see any
use in waiting on the pleasure of Chairman Tal»
any loneer. The way he and his committee
laughed me out of the room last week showed
what they intended to do with the bill. So now
we'll bare this thin? right •■• in the open,
where everybody will have to stand up and b<»
counted. I want to see If these fellows wha
are strong at strangling bills in committee will
be as bold when it comes t> playin? Black
Hand methods on the flr>or
While Mr. Francis and his supporters believs
the sentiment of a majority of the House i*
with them, they will have to contend against
the time honored legislative dislike of discharg
ing a committee from consideration of an impor
tant measure, no matter how it has mishan
dled that legislation. Under ordinary circum
stances they would have no chance of success.
Their chance now Ha in the fact that there is
such general dissatisfaction with the raw ma
chine methods used in the lower house In the
last coupte of months. It would not surprise
friends of the bill to see Mr. Francis and Mi
adherents beaten when they try to have the
committee discharged, and the Rules Commit
tee, when It takes charge of all legislation ne\t
week, report th* measure Immediately.
-The telephone and telegraph bill must com«
out of committee in the Assembly for -he same
reason that the direct nominations bill must."
declared an Assemblyman to-night. "Wads
worth can't afford to have the responsibility for
emothering that bill In committee two years In
succession. He's getting from under. I expect
to see the measure pass the Assembly. But
watch the Senate. See if the bill, when it gets
there, does not meet all kinds of difficulties— alt
innocent, unavoidable delays, you understand,
but still the kind of delays which will bring
adjournment day to hand without this bill's
being passed. If lam any judge of legislative
conditions, there is too much political influence
at work, and there's too much money at stake
on this thing for that bill to pass both houses
of this Legislature."
Hughes men in the Senate are at work en
deavoring to convince the leaders that it wouM
be dangerous to jam through unimportant
measures, kill all the important bill? and tak
a hasty adjournment. There seems to be a
general notion that before any such programme
can be carried through Governor Hushes will
be likely to call the attention of the Legislature
to the desirability of completing its work in a
special message such as he has sent on one or
LITTLK IMPORTANT WORK DONE.
Scarcely any of the really important work of
the session has been completed. Some of th«
consolidated laws have not been passed.
Amendments containing nobody knows what,
but purporting to correct errors in the con
solidated laws already passed, are clogging the
calendars. The administrative code to supple
ment the New York City charter is not yet be
fore the Legislature. The charter Itself is not
half read, forest preservation and water supply
legislation of importance is still to be consid
ered, and all the public service legislation U
yet to be disposed of. Even legislators not
ovrt -friendly to Governor Hughes, when they
consider how little of the really necessary work
has been completed, are beginning to urge cau
tion. They fear they cannot, under any press
ure, in the month which remains of the session
according to the anti-Hughes schedule, wind
up that work in a way to leave themselves free
For "hat same reason thorp ts a demand for
a second hearing in the Senate on the direct