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TWO OUVEENS IN
CUSTOMS TOILS
OneTake r r : Raid on Fifth Ave
nue Store. Other Arrested
When Lusitania Arrives.
5.000.000 FRAUD. SAYS WISE
U. S. Attorney Declares Firm
Has Undervalued Art Imports
for Years — All Books
and Records Seized.
Acting on evidence obtained by Col- j
lector Loeb. customs officials and agents j
cf the Department at Justice went to j
tr." art store of Duveen Brothers, at No. j
?r>3 Fifth avenue, jesterday afternoon, j
arrested Benjamin Duveen. the only
partner who was in town, seised all the
books and records of the firm and took
sKjaseaatoe of many of the art treasures
of tae greatest art importer? in Amer-
Ira. When the Cunard liner Lusitar.ia
re.irhed Quarantire late last night
Henry J. Dween. a founder of the firm.
■••as also arrested, taken off on the rev
enue cutter Calumet, and brought to the
o^ce of Commissioner Shields for im
in?di3t«* arraignment- There he was held
la $75, nn0 bail.
The rents arere mad* on charges of
conspiracy to defraud the g-overnment
out of customs duties, and. although the
Fpec:nc fraud alleged in the complaint
involved a small amount. Henry A.
Wise, the United States Attorney, paid
tr.at the firm had defrauded the gov
ernment out of more than a million dol
lars in years of systematic undervalua
tion of art treasures imported into this
country.
Both the raid on th« s'.ore In the af
terr.oen and the arrest sf the elder
Duveen, an uncle of Benjamin Duveen.
or the LrusJtania. came upon the victims
with ih* Ftur.ning force of complete sur
prise. There had been no time since the
arrr^t of Benjamin Duveen for him to
« am his uncle by wireless of the fate in
strre for him. or els*' he had not thought
to do so.
G:ves Bail of 350.000.
The nephew h.id im idea. *>yen after
his an-ai!r~Tn-':;t. that he might have to
Fr^r.d the night in custody, but when he
Sr.ally TfA':z"d it h«> quickly furnished
the j^n.nno hail required and then ar
rarxfd with Commissioner Shields to
era« over from Brooklyn to accept a
brnd f-r his uncle ur n n the Lu?itania's
*.rr:va:.
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I • r.e IVr-ut; Purveyor Edwin R.
Norwood, specially designated by Col
lector William L-^b. Jr.. for the purpose.
led the raiders at the s:«>r*» in the after
tionn. He was accompanied by three
in*pectnrs from the Customs r>part
raerr. whj> Joseph A. Bak«r. <>»org«> C.
Crart and <"hari»<i J. Scully, special
■fest* of the bureau of investigation of
the Department o* Justice, had a war
r.?r? for t**e arr» st of Henry J. Duveen.
r^r.jamin Duveen, Joel*J. Duveen. Jo
wph A. Duveen and Louis J. Duveen,
Th» mer:b*rs of the Srm.
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Benjamin Duv<en uri« arraigned be
fore United States Commissioner Shields
■ r.sl admitted To $.">>.«««» bail, which was
t by William H. Corbitt. of No.
112 East TSth rtre*t.
BccWs Bad Records Searched.
Acting on th*» authority of a search
warrant jssu*^J in the case. a<-tinsr
Deputy Surveyor Norwood and the in
•r^ctcrs s* arch»d th*» books and records
«>1 tht ?.rm. and fr-im th»* «iata found
*.!iTein and a comparison thereof with
the data f<".:r!<i m th.> Custom House
records, placed many of the valuable art
* bjecta in M"rf un«!*»r ■eizurc. while
two customs in> j«»ctr>rs were placed in
» ! - *rs** of The j r.-mis^s. and will remain
« n mard. l^ast nijrht * mass <>f bn o ks
t.: d paprs \*«re tak<n from the store to
the Cu«nm House, where they will be
farther examined.
Most of the o?T«»nro« charged ar» al
>tr*-<1 to have \*>rr\ committed uhJl*» the.
tdd tariff, which placed a high duty on
»rt *)bject«. picture* und ar.ti'ju"*. iral
In operation. L»"js\»*n Brothers n^t only
Traded in the S( » objects for their own ac
count, but urre Ilkewi-- commission
rf.a'.er*. who rur"ha».d in England and
all over Eun.p^ for many of th<-. wealthy
. Tnr.oms^-rs of America, it was said
>n r.:cht that it was not at all unlikely.
therefore, th«t i>nnie of th« old mmatera
v<\\ ndnrring the walls of th» gr»-nt c<»l
lectiona throughout th»» United States
irrigrit b^ #r-!zed b*»«au»»- of und^n-a'ua
ti«'n whrn they rvr-r*- I rought into th<
country.
Under the Payne-Aldrich tarin* works
cf art thrft are more than twenty years
<>M are not subject to duty. This pro
vision -aill exempt the Franz Hals "Por
trait of Himself and Family." imported
by the firm a few months ago and sold
Otto H. Kahn for J500.000.
Two <Ja>s ago Collector L<»«--b laid be
fore Henry a. v.'ise. United States At
torney for this districu-lhe information
v. hich had been obtained by the customs
fnresticaton regarding the operations
of Driven Brothers. <>n this informa
tion . warrants were issued by United
States Commissioner John A. Shields for
the Arrest of the members of the firm
r— tleacj an •«•«,• r«S .- -
Tn-rt»v »mt i.i-ninrr"".
fHir
BENJAMIN DUVEEX.
- - *=.rm of Duveea
arrested and places
:n«ier-
DUVEEN BAGGAGE HELD
Five Pieces Sent to Appraiser's
Stores for Examination.
at '2 o'clock this morning Acting Dep
uty Surveyor Norwood ordered certain
pieces of the baggage brought in by Mr.
and Mrs. Henry J. Duvecn on the Lusi
tania sent to the Appraiser's Stores for
more complete examination later to-day.
The pieces sent were two big steamer
trunks, two large leather trunks and
a camera case-
AMERICAN MOTOR INVASION
600 Cars Built in United States
Consigned to England.
[By C*bl<" to The Tri?>un«.]
London. Oct. 13.— The British motor
car Industry is perturbed by information
that a large consignment of American
cars is due to arrive in this country
within a few days.
The news is of importance to the
British trade, as the consignment is not
less than six hundred cars, and it is
understood the makers are prepared to
dispose of th*»m at a loss.
It has been known for months past
that great stocks were being turned out
in America, and some of the output was
intended for England, to be sold with
out a profit if that were necessary to
obtain a foothold in the market here.
Ingenious advertising devices will be
used to assist in placing; the cars. such,
as the following: Every sixth purchaser
gets the essential parts renewed at the
end of twelve months. The purchaser
who can show the biggest mileage for
twelve months receives a new car.
It is believed by manufacturers here
that there are several firms in the
United States that are ready to adopt
similar methods in the event of the
present scheme proving successful.
WEST INDIAN CYCLONE
Severe Damage Reported on the
Isle of Pines.
Havana. Oct. 13.— Since early this
morning Havana has been within the
influence <T a cyclone which is ap
proaching from the southwest, accom
panied by a heavy rain The wind in
creased greatly toward nightfall, but up
to if o'clock ii" damage had been re
ported in Cuba.
The centre of the cyclone passed over
the Isie of Pines shortly after noon,
probably doing extensive damage. The
indications are that the provinces of
Plnar del Rio. Havana and Matanzas
will experience its full violence late to
night or early to-morrow morning.
h>y Wept. Fla.. Oct. 1.1 — A severe
tropical storm to-day swept the prov
inces of Santa Clara. SCatanzaa, Havana
and Pinar del Rio, Cuba, according to
wireless advices received here to-night.
The telephone service a Havana was
badly crippled. Heavy rains accom
panied the high winds.
i west-
Key West a steady
- ■ ■ ■elocity
vi and i Bfty-mile
MR. BALLINGER IN WRECK
Secretary Shaken Up and
Bruised Near Cincinnati.
Cincinnati; <>ct. 13. — Richard A. Bal
li;g°r. Secretary of the Interior, was one
o: » leven .-■•-• injured to-night by
a collision of two passenger trims in
th<* outskirts of Cincinnati on the Balti
more & Ohi'» Southwestern Railroad.
S*-<TPtary Ballinser'A injuries constated
of h severe shaking up and a slightly
bruised arm.
Th«* two trains m*t bead on, at 6fh
and Mount Hopo road. Both were
proceeding at nv«Wato speed, and to
this fact is due th« escape of the pas
sengers from more serious Injury.
Secretary Ball ins. left Cincinnati
!.it-r for Washington.
MBS. M KIM BACK IN RENO
Marriage Rumor Current on Her Re
turn from the Orient.
[By TV!«7fraph to The Tribune.]
Reno, NVv.. Oct 13.— Mrs. Mar«ar»-t M.
Kirn arrlv.d in Reno late lam night from
fan Franctooo after a trip to ihe Orient.
Accompanying her was her, maid anri Ray
H.'.ker. a Reno attorney an-1 capitalist.
*hn met her 1" San Francisco on her ar
irlval from Vancouver. Colonel Emer
tuin, her father, was wth her as far as
Kan Francisiro, but remained there.
Imports «' Mrs M- Kirn prosj»ective
marriage to Mr. Baker are current. On
the, tram Sir. Baker denied to friends that
Mrs. MeKim was on the sam* train, but
l.er presence later became known.
Mrs. Mo Kirn said to-day that she had
a delightful time on her voyage. jjhe
»ill leave for New York in a fi>w .lays
to visit her mother and will then return
here with her father.
GETTYSBURG AND WASHINGTON.
Personally Conducted Tour via Royal Blue
Un*. f.v" New York. West 2H.i St.. 1:50
A. M.: Liberty St.. !♦:<•<• A. M.. Oct. 1"». r<
tunana u<t. :•« All expense*. $3.oo.— Advt.
XKW-YORK, FRIDAY. o<T<>HKH U. lino.-SIXTKKN PA^KS.
EX-SENATOR GARDNER
ARRESTER IN SGRANTON
Charged with Attempt to Bribe
Foelker to Vote Against
Anti-Racing Bill.
SAY HE HAD $325,000 FUND
j Left City Following- Subpoena to
Appear Before Bruce Com
mittee Whitman on
the Case.
Former >; ■.<•> Senator Fr^rk J. Gard-
ner. of Brooklyn, : arrested last
in Bcranton, Perm . and held by the
police of that city on a felony chargi -it
the iifwt-hwi of District Attorney Whit
man, of t!-!! j c:t- . Gardner is alleged '"
have attempted to bribi annan
Otto «'. Foelker at the time the lat
ter was a member of the state Senate to
vote apain-t the Hughes anti-racetrack
gambling bills. If. Linn Bruce and [si
dor Kreael f " r thp legislative
graft Investigation committee, are bow
in Bcranton.
District Attorney Whitman left the city
on the midnight train for Scranton to be
present when Gardner L- arraigned in a
police court then? to-day. The grand jury
of New York County will be asked to
day to Indict Gardner on a charge of
attempted bribers The chief witnesses,
it is understood, will be Assistant Dis
trict Attorney Robert Elder of Kings
County and Congressman Foe'.ker.
The crime is alleged to have been com
mitted shortly before the special session
of the legislature in lf«>S at which the
anti-racing bill was passed. At that
time Foelker was carried into the Sen
ate chamber on a stretcher, having been
convalescent from an operation for ap
pendicitis. His vote saved the bill from
defeat, and his constituents sent him to
Congress at the next election for his
heroic act.
Was Wanted as a Witn-ss.
c.arcn.-r left New York a short time
ae*-- when be was subpoenaed to appear
• the legislative graft hunting com
mittee. Ex-Justice M. Linn Bruce and
laidor Kresel, counsel to the committee,
had a conference with District Attorney
Whitman yesterday afternoon and then
lpft the city on the .'! o*< lock train for
Scranton.
They Intended to try to persuade Gard
ner to return to New York, information
having come from trustworthy sources
that he had purchased transportation for
Montreal and intended to leave there for
the Canadian city by way of Syracuse.
It was hoped that he would come back
and that h» might be induced to testify
before the graft hunting committee re
garding a fund of $325,090 which the
committee had reason to believe was
raised and handled by Gardner to aw*
feat the anti-racing legislation.
Chief of Police Lona B. Day, of Scran
ton. received word of the intended ar
rival of Judce Bruce and Mr. Kresel.
with the request to arrest Gardner if
he left the hotel where h* was staying
with his wife. The information regard-
Ing Gardner's whereabouts and his in
tended movements came through detec
tives of a private agency employed by
tho legislative graft hunting committee
who have bo<»n tracking Gardner since
he left New York.
Arrested Leaving His Hotel.
Th" train for Canada was due to leave
Scranton in th? celghorhood of 9 o'clock
last night. Shortly before that hour
Gardner stepped out of the hotel, and.
pursuant to instructions, the Scranton
police placed him under arrest.
When Informed of the charge against
him and asked if h«* would return to
New York without extradition. Gardner
It, quoted a? replying:
"I'll hp damned if I will!""
l\r- consulted with a local
and was locked up overnight. Fearful
that they mlj?ht not bo able r-. cope with
the situation. Judge Bruce communi
over the lone; distance telephone with
District Attorney Whitman The
Immediately e-or in * I I Assistant
District Att -: M bs and eivt- Instruc
•t is understood, for T h« rr ; b
to the arrnnd jury to-day.
Mr Moss will communicate with Mr.
Whitman as soon as the District At
torney takes action, tn the mean time
effort wIH be made by the latter
revent Gardner's release on balL
Whitman on the Case.
When District Attorney Whitman was
seen last nipht he «t rirst refused to say
anything about the case. When told
Uspatchea h.-id been received fmm
Bcranton telling of Gardner's arrest and
of th<- contemplated grand Jury action
Mr Whitman =aid:
••I have heard from Judgt Bruce that
■ •■ has b «n arrested, and I am g<>
irc to S'-mnton to-night on the m;d
nlght train, so that 1 may appear at the
police court h»'ririne: in the morning-."
Ask<->d to st;it." how th.- matter had
mm" before him for action. District At-
Whitman n ;
■It er thai will be r>nf,, rP th«>
grand jury to-morrow. r cannot s»av
anything more until that bodj has di<=
j.oFf d of It "
The crime with which Gardner ia
rhurged is alleged " have occurred on
a train between Albany and New York,
presumably one of the Thursday night
trains upon which members of the
Legislature from this part of the state
come down to their homes for the week
ends during the session.
It is charged that he approached
Poelker and offered to pay him .<•_•.-,.< mmi
if he would vote aeainst the anti-race
track bill.
Gardner hi sßegad to have made the
tent to AsMsi.ii:' Dlatrlct A.ttor
r .- Elder, of EtasTi County, that be bad
Ittcfa an offer to Foelker Mr
E3der commiinleated hnmedJately with
,— 1 for the praff hunting committee,
an.i M soon M th<- BJattet was brought
to the attentkw of Dlatrlct Attorney
Whitman he had a conference wtttl Mr.
Elder.
!t bi und-rs-to, -.1 that Mr Elder cor
-ohnrafed the i eporr recardinp «iard
i fMiliaued on ft** 1 PM*
rtacAT REAR SPRING WATER.
FRAUD Of » MILLION
DOLLARS B CHARGED
Manager of Redeemable invest
ment Company, of Boston,
Arrested.
ITS PRESIDENT A MINISTER
Police Seek Man Who Had Al
leged Indorsement cf Secre
tary Ballinger and Jus
tice Brewer.
Boston, Oct. 13.— Federal authorities j
visited the extensive offices of the Re- '
deemable Investment Company, at No. I
S." Devonshire street, to-day and came ;
away with the manager, Charles H. j
Brook, the books of the company and
several thousand ■'■• ■'.:;<:-.; in cash, all
taken under a warrant charging the j
company with the use of the mails in a.
scheme to defrs According to fed- j
tral officials nearly $i.<XW,<KK| is involved
under the charges. Police to-night were
hunting tor the Rev. Norman Plass. the
president of the company, who had the j
alleged indorsement of Richard A. Ball
mger. Secretary of the Interior; the late
Justice David J. Brewer of th ' United i
: States Supreme Court, Senator Charles
! Curtis, of Kansas, and several local Con
! gregational ministers. Mr. Plass was for j
! seven years president of vVashburn Col
lege, at Topeka. Kan.
The raid on the elaborately furnished
I offices of the company on the sixth floor
!of the Devonshire street building was
of great Interest U thousands of invest
ors in New England and other sections.
■ Along with a mass of account books and !
' circulars the federal officers took away |
several bags said to contain gold com. I
! while six employes of the company were j
summoned before United States Com
misalo~er Hayes and gave personal
I recognizance in $100 each as witnesses.
Organized as Holding Company.
The Redeemable Investment Company
. was organized three years ago as a
holding company, with a capital of $1O, :
000.000. Circulars found in the office
•ray that the company promotes only
I those properties of which it is the owner
or of which it has control and that the
stock Is not listed, as the company's re
demption fund furnished a market for
the stock on demand at a price In no
case less than the price paid the com
pany, together with at least 6 per cent
for the time it has been issued. The
circulars also say that the company con
trols the Santo Domingo Mining Com
pany, which is said to own 85 per cent
of the mines of Jalisso. Santo Domingo,
and a ranch of seventy thousand acres
in the. same state; the Norman Plass
Lumber Company. whi< h says it owns
,">. >C»,000.000 feet of timber In British
Columbia; the Boston and Canada
' Wheat Land Company, having twenty
| thousand acres of land in Canada, and
the Okenogan Development Company, of
Washington.
John P. Feeney. counsel for th*> com
pany, said to-night that the officers wel
oon-ed the fullest investigation and ex
amination of the books and were confi
dent that the outcome would !>e favor
able not ..nly to their interests not to
those ot the stockholders, v. ho ar»
tered throughout the rountry and n'im
ber several thousand.
The Rev. Mr. Plass, the president of
the company, was born at Claverack,
N. Y. He is a graduate of Williams
College and the Tale Divinity School.
He ha." held pastorates at Detroit. Lin
coln, Neb.: Media. Ohio; Cincinnati and
Harrington. R. I. In 1887 he was state
superintendent of the Rhode Island
Anti-Saloon League and later agent of
the Congregational Horn* Missionary
Fr-ciety. He became president of Wash-
I urn College^ Topeka. in 11/02, and re
signed two years ago.
The printed matter of the company
contains indorsements of Mr. Piaas from
many prominent persons. Including a
wtfr purporting to come from -
tary Ballinger, which reads as foili
I ha\e known Mr. Norman Plasa for
many years a.s n gentleman of hi.^-h
character and integrity. H
a higi and ability In
og he undertakes. He is worthy
ni confidence and respect and has had
In the West In the investiga
tion of timber lands. I am sure that he
: not knowingly represent any mat
ntruthfully ■>r an "airly in bu ■
connection.
RICHARD A. BALLINGER,
Secretary of the Interior.
Mr. Brooks was born In <'<.i;n<i! Bluff a
thirty-nine years ago According t^. the
federal officials, he was arrested in St.
Louis six years I and cob !
;n connection with rh»* land frauds <>f the
Ilialto investment Company ol 3t
and sentenced to eighteen moaths in
}h\\, '.'it \- ,is pardoned by PreM.)»->n*
Roosevelt on the ground that h<- ha I
furnished valua dence for th>
government in the trial of United States
Senator Burton.
The officers of i . \ • st
ment Company are a.« follow.-: FF Jre.«i
dent, N'»rman Pas.-. Boston; vice preai
tlents •' Austin Pharaoh, Worct
Blauvelt, of New Tori
wiiiinm H. Bryan, of New Y"rk. secre
tary, <;< > "r«" B. Graff, of Boston; treas
urer, J l Traphaajen, of Boston.
The diractoTi Include the foregoing,
with Charles H. Brooka, of Boston, man-
Harry W. r<a\is. of Wilmington,
PeL; H B Hathawaj of New Bedford,
f>nd Addtsoa H Haselttee, of stontdair,
N. J.
Charles H. Brooks was arraigned late
to-day before United States Commis
sioner Hayes and luter released on giv
ing $^000 ball. He was ordered to ap
pear for a hearing on October 20.
Mr Ptaas left Boston two weeks ago
to go to Vancouver Island to investi
gate timber lands in which he Is Inter
ested, according to ■ statement made by
Mrs. Piaas to-night at her home in New
ton.
George a. Blauvelt. one of the vice-presi
dents of the Redeemable Investment Com
pany, when seen at his home in Mousey,
Rockland County. N. V . last evening, said
that lie bad heard nothing regarding any
action having been taken by the federal
authorities. He added that he had no state
ment to make.
At the home in Montclalr, N. J.. of Addi
won H. Haseltmsi a director of the com
pany, it was • I "' i last night '"' ■' Mr. Hazel
iii wait in Boston and was '•'-'■ expected to
return befor" to-morrow
JOHN PI'RROV MITCHKL.
WOMAN CHOKEDJN BERTH
Steward Tried to Rob American
on Liner La Provence.
Havre France Oct. 13.— Mr* Laura
Rivers, an American first • ahin pas
senger on the steam-ship La Provence,
which arrived here to-day, had a nar
rnW escape from being strangled on the
voyage across. A dining salooa steward
d Lamure entered Mrs. Rhraisfs
cabin during the night wit': the evident
intention of robbery.
woman was awakened and the
man attempted to strangle her Her
screams brought a steward to her as
sistant, and her aswaftairt was vnr
powered.
HIS ASHES VALUED AT $5
No One Claims Package with.
Relic of Scientist.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune. •
Lebanon. Ohio. Oct. IS.— small, ordi
nary looking package that attracted no
attention when it was thrown from a
train at the station here contains all
that is mortal of William Bean, a sci
entist, formerly of Lebanon, who died
recently in Los Angeles.
It was Mr. Bean's wish that when he
died he be cremated and his ashes buried
In his home town. The ashes were
s-hipped in accordance with hi." wish, but
as yet no on** has called to claim them.
The package weighs eight pounds and
arrived with the charges of SI M paid.
The price of the ashes has been fixed
by the shipper, for in large writing are
the words. "Value $5." The consignee
Is Benjamin Mull, a farmer and rela
tive, who has been notified by the ex
press agent, but has sent no word con
cerning- the ash^s.
WARNED THE^ DES MOINES
Portuguese Notified Captain of
Torpedo in Lisbon Harbor.
Oct IX— Special dispatches
from Lisbon mailed to the frontier and
•aphed from there stat« that a
rigorous • ensorship is being maim
upon all news except platitudes con
cerning the ne* government.
:-nrr;ent. the dispatcher con
tinues, is particularly anxious la
■. incident in connection with th<»
. at Lish m of th- American
cruiser Dcs Moines. A Portuguese onV
rded 1 Dcs Mofnes immediately
.>n b^r arrival here and waraed the
• die dansjer of a torpedo
or a submarine mine As a r^
aboard I ruiaer was
alert all through the night, but nothing
British
rarning.
LODGES CAUSE SHUTDOWN
Mine Members Had to Attend Many
Funerals — No Time for Work.
Aurora, 111.. Oct. 13.— I coal mine at
Braceville; 111., is Just been closed be
cause the workers celebrate too many holi
days and attend too many funerals. Ex
plaining why the workings were closed for
food, the mine- owners declared that they
were short handed bo many days they
could not be run at a profit.
Braceville Is m old town, where nearly
every one belons to a lodg* of some kind,
and when a funeral occurred the lodge
members all had to attend.
HER VIEWS ON HER CHECKS
Taxation Without Representation Is
Tyranny." Writes Rich Woman.
[By TH.-sraph *•' Th» Triune. 1
Philadelphia. Oct. 13.— Mrs. Margaret Bar
ber, a widow, of No. 2SOS North Braadstflest,
who pays taxes on more than C00.»m»
worth .it realty, has been seeding her eh«*?k
to the office of the Receiver of Taxes here
for the last fifteen years. Across the fac»
of the check she has always written:
"Taxation without representation Is tyr
anny."
Mrs. Barker explained to-nlsht that after
her husband died, fifteen years ago. she
had trouble with the men engaeed by her
to look after her business Interests. She
Immediately turned suffragist, and empha
sizes this fact each year through the nota
tion on her tax check .
Great Day Line Str. "Hendnck Hudson"
in Wesl Point and return. Sat.. Oot. l.'.ih
Timed exactly for Inspection Parade and
Vale- West Point Football Game. Ste atla.—
JLdvt
• r\Ui X ON ( KNT ' n city of >>t» 17>rk. .ler«er City and Hnbofc «•.
*. .-. Pit IL b U> Xi lt> I ELSETVHERE TWO CENT*.
STRIKE DELAYS TOURISTS
American and English Visitors to
Switzerland Unable to Leave.
[B- Cable to The Tribune.)
London. Oct. 14.— A Geneva message
to "The Express" states that hundreds
of English and American visitors in
Switzerland, as well as those of other
nationalities, are stranded, as the chief
routes from Basle. Geneva and Lau
sanne have been completely blocked
owing to the strike on the French rail
•nays.
Cherbourg. Oct. 13:— The captain *'
the steamship Deutschland. now on the
way to this port, has been instructed by
wireless to advise the passengers to land
at Plymouth, the connection to Paris
being uncertain.
Havre. Oct. 13.— Many of the passen
gers arriving by. the steamship La Pro
vence are stranded at this place on ac
count of the strike. A lew of the pa.3
stngers got away in automobiles, ■
the chauffeurs are demanding from $123
to $400 for the trip to Paris.
Berlin. Oct. 14.— The "Tageblatt" prints
the following telegram from the Cher
bourg agency of the Hamburg-American
Steamship Company:
Arriving traffic Ls greatly embarrassed.
Departing train? can only be depended
upon to reach Evreux or Mantes-sur
«eine regularly. The employes at the
Cherbourg station have not yet ■"•• on
strike. . _,-,,_ ,„
Passengers for the Kronprinz v. llhelm
and the Teutonic, sailing Wednesday, ar
rived partly by train and partly by au
tomobile. s?ome of them wer** too late.
Pa^sensers on the Deutschland. arnvm?
Friday, will be sent to Paris by auto
mobiles.
AMERICAN POTATOES WIN
After 35 Years, U. S. Tubers
Will Be Admitted to France.
Paris. Oct. 13.— A commission of
scientists has come to the conclusion
that American potatoes are no lonsrer a
source of contamination, and the French
government has decided to admit this
product, which has been barred out of
France since IS! on the ground that it
was infected with a disease dangerous
to French potatoes.
The French potato crop this year Ml
poor.
ENGINEER SHOT IN CAB _
— ■
Saves Oriental Limited. Despite
Serious Wound.
La Crosse. Wis., Oct. 13.— Shot in th*»
head by a stray bullet from the rifle of
an unknown hunter at Genoa. Wia.
forty miles south of here. Alfred Foster,
engineer- of the Oriental Limited, thi
nnest passenger train on the B-rrlington-
Great Northern system, fell over in his
cab. but revived, grasped the throttle
and brought his train to La. Crosse to
day. When he arrived he was covered
■with blood and extremely weak. His in
jury is serious.
HUGHES IN UNION LEAGUE
Club Elects Supreme Court Justice a
Member— Loeb Name Waits.
< "ha: • E. Hushes, associate justice of
the United States Supreme; Court, was
elected an honorary member of the fnlnn
League* Club last Ban**. A member of the
club said the name of William Loeb. Jr..
Collector of the Port, was not brought be
fore the me»ttnK in the matter of election
to membership. Collector Usss/a name was
far down on the waitinp list of applicants.
It n-nx said, and M yet the committee hav
ing charge of the presentation of names
had not reached It.
At the c1oj»*» of the meeting It was de
clared that politics w»S not discussal
DREXEL COMES TO FLY HERE
Will Try for Speed and Altitude Prizes
at International Meet.
J. Armstrong Drexel. the American avia
tor whose feats abroad hax-e attracted
aateraatloo%] attention, arrived on "- Lisl
tanla last night, bringing with him two
fJ awaqpawiiff Blertota. Asked his plans
for the international aviation contests. Mr.
Drexel. whose accent anJ attire are pleas
antly English, said he meant to try for
the sjv»;?,l tri>!uiy and the. altitude prize.
Mr. Orcx-I •U also enter the Statue of
Liberty race for the $10.<Xj».> pnzr wffered t-y
Thomas F. Ryan
' MICHEL PASSES HE
10 M MAYOR
Stirred to Wrath by Gary's
Criticism of List of Houses
Sent to Baker.
WAS HIS OWN WORK.HE SAYS
!*_. . 1 —
Thinks Way to Check Vice Is to
Investigate, Not to Write Let
ters to "Sister Mary, Little
Dog Spot and James
Creeiinan."
Figuratively speaking, a bomb**
ploded in the City Hall late yesterday
afternoon. shattering beyond much hop*
of repair the amicable relations that
once existed MMi Mayor Gaynor and
President Mltchel of the Board of Alder
men.
President Mltchel used th* 'shorter
and ussier" word in characterizing In
sinuations made by the Mayor in * let
1 ter to Police Commissioner Baker in re
gard to the list of alleged gambling
I places and disorderly houses that Mr.
Mltchel. as acting Mayor, had s*nt to
rim. The Mayor wrote to the Police
Commissioner that he had found the list
to be "like or compiled from the M
made up in a wholly untrustworthy
I newspaper office for scandal and sensa
tion and sent to us la3t winter."
"It is a lie that any list of addr*s?ea
I rorwarded by me to the Police CommtJ
sioner was made up in any newspaper
office." declared President Mltchel after
the newspaper men had shown to him a
copy of the letter to Police Commis
sioner Baker given out at the Mayer'*
office.
President Mitchel mar> no further at
tempt to conceal his feelings toward the
Mayor, saying with much emphasis .
"The way to control prostitution and
eliminate gambling in New York City is
not to write letters to "Stater Mary/
•Little Do* Spot" and 'James Creelman.*
but to investigate conditions and taks
action."
In his letter to the Commissioner tho
Mayor did not mention the name of
President Mltchel. but he refers to at
tempts made to create sensation and
"befoul this city." His letter followed
the lines of the one to Chief Magistrate
BfcAdoo several daya ago. -which were
generally taken to be indirect slaps at
the man who was acting Mayor during
the Mayor's incapacity.
List Antique, Says Mayor.

The Mayor declares that proof of th»
antiquity of the list is found in the fact
that a number of the addrvsses are now
embraced in the new Pennsylvania sta
tion. He orders the Police Commissioner
to withdraw hi 3 notices to a number nt
persons that th^r property is betas used
tor illegal purposes, and asks that apol
ogies be made to them.
Copies of this letter were given to the
newspaper men after tbe Mayor had
? on« home. President Mitchel was in
the old Council Chamber upstairs at the
hearing of the commircee of the B-">ard of
Estimate on the 1911 budget. A copy of
the letter was handed to him. He r**ad
it carefully, thought for a monies?; or
two and then said slowly, weighing each
word:
"If the Police Commissioner sent
violation notices to any address for
warded by me on List B." which had
ijot been verified, he violated or«i<»r.s. and
it la another proof of hi 3 inefficiency and
bis unntness for the office whica he
ijr.lds.
'•There were two Ust3. a.- I stated be
fore — one. Schedule 'A/ made up cf ad
dresses which had been verified by my
men. The second. Schedule 3.' vaa
made up of addresses, the complaint*
against which the Commissioner was
instructed to verify before notifying
owners or filing violations.
•It is a deliberate li«». a Be. a lie"—
and Mr. Mitchel raised his voice and
struck his hands together to lend em
phasis to his remarks— "that any oa» of
the addresses which I sent to the Com
missioner was not based on complaints
received by me through the mails.
Some of these were, of course, anony
mous. Anybody can send an anonymous
communication when such as investiga
tion is going on. I do not too* whether
they originattd in ■ newspaper office.
p->lioe Headquarters or St. James.
Still Has Many Complaints.
•I have in my office to-day a larg*
number of these complaints. Others
were turned over by me for the fetes of
the Majors oKce. I do not know
whether* they are in existence now. cf
course."
Then President ttttcbel made his ref
erent to the right way to control vtce
leing not in writing Vtters.
"Any attempt to make it appear that
there was any misunderstanding in Che
matter." he added, "is disingenuous and
a deliberate attempt to create a public
mis :onception.
"They cannot get away from the fact
that twenty-two indictments have al
ready been returned as to addresses ia
my verified list, nor from the fact that
the other list of complaints received was
sent to the Police Commissioner with
instruction to investigate before sending
violations or making th* addresses pub
lic.
"Finally I wanf to repeat that it is a
lie that any list of addresses forwarded
by me t" the Police Commissioner wai
made up in any newspaper office."
In hi.-* letter to Police Commissioner
Baker the Mayor wrote:
I have examined the list of places
which you sen: to me. at my request, us
the on* from which you have been noti
fying the owners of such places since
s*-pt*mber IK that gamblin? or other
itles^ l doings are carried on there. In
stead of it being a list made \i^ of cur
rent complaints of citizens, as I was in
formed before communicating with you.
I rtnti it to be an old one. like or com
piled from the M made up trt a wholly
untrustworthy newspaper oflctf for scan
dal and sensation and sent t;> O9 *■*
winter, and found to b* so trumped up
and inaccurate that it could not be •••*•
as a basis for official action.
Proof of the antiquity of the present
list, instead of it being made up of cur
lent complaints, is found in the one
fact alone that eleven of the houses it
complains of arc embraced in the Penn
sylvania Railroad .-tation and terminal
in Manhattan, bating beer, taken for

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