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Memories of
Lebaudv's Acts
?j
Haunt Widow
Medical Examiner Reports
His Investigation Proves
Slain Man Was Insane
Chased Girl With Bayonet
Many Letters of Sympathy;
Grand Jury Is Expected
to Make Return Thursday
MINEOLA, Long Island, Jan. L4.~
"Only a mother could understand the
tortures Mme. Lebaudy suffered in thc
last few years," said Mrs. Joseph A.
Kerrigan, one of Mme. Lebaudy's
faithful friends. who visited her to?
day at the I.odge. at Westbury, where
Mme. Lebaudy is held prisoner for the
shooting of her millionaire husband,
Jacques Lebaudy, L.st Saturday night.
i'or thc lirst time in years friends
and neighbors of Mme. Lebaudy en?
tered her home I'or social calis with?
out fear of being injured by tiie eccen
tric husband whose insanity, tlie wid?
ow says, drove her to kill him. Mrs.
Kerrigan's husband, tho family physi?
cian, says Mme. Lebaudy has grown
stronger since so many friends have
recently testiiied their sympathy and
kindness.
Mine. Lebaudy is all but a nervous
wreck and still has moments of ex?
treme depression when she recall3 the
series of events preceding the night
of the tragedy, Dr. Kerrigan said.
Mansion Gloomy and Forbidding
"Her life has been wretched beyond
description," said Mrs. Kerrigan. "I
have known Mme. Lebaudy ever since
she came here and she is a charmino",
sympathetic woman. It was only her
proud spirit and her love for her
(laughter that gave her the patience to
tolerate her niad husband."
The outside of the house was in
harmony with tho life spent within.
Bare of paint, with rainspouts rusted
snd broken, an occasional window open,
thc mansion was gloomy and forL.'-l- ,
iling. An American flag hung inside*
o:ic window, and a Red Cross poster ;
"ii another, with three red crosses I
pasted on. one for each subscriber. In |
the pcbbles of the driveway were tlie I
black bit.<; of coal which Lebaudy, "The |
Emperor of Sahara," had commanded a J
chauffeur to throw out from the house |
a few minutes before hc was shot.
Haunted hy Sad Memories
l>r. Kerrigan acted as interpretcr for i
his uii'o in the conversation with Mme.
Lebaudy. "1 can never get it from be?
fore my eyes; he will haunt me all my i
life, and if I had ever done anything
iike that except in defence of my
daughter I would never be able to .
live." Mme. Lebaudy said to the doc
tor's wife. She used the cxpressive
gestures native to her race, and from
time to time the room would fill with
her sobs and exclamations, "C'est ter
rible. C'est terrible."
The doctor declared that Lebaudy
was insane. Hc often was called in to
treat Mrs. Lebaudy after the husband
had terrified her in some manner. On
o;:e occasion, Dr. Kerrigan related,
Lebaudy tried to starve his wife and
daughter, Jacqueline, with the entire
household. He locked and barricaded
all the doors and stopped all communi
cation to the house. They lived im?
prisoned thus for four days, subsist
ing on a .-mail store in thc pantry.
\Y.asted Food Family Needed
Lebaudy would appear each morning,
the doctor ,aid. and, taking the milk
from the kitchen, would call the
family to the front window, and while
they looked on he would pour out thc
milk on the grass and destroy other
food which he brought with him.
Mme. Lebaudy was rescued from this
siege by a strangcr who passed up tho
lonely road in front of the house.
rhere were man- times when the
ramily was without food and the
doctor s wife once obtained coal for
the Lodge i urmK cold weather. when
Lebaudy had refused to supply fuel
On one occasion, Dr. Kerrigan said
Lebaudy chased Jacqueline with ?
Mnu"? fc? his trophy room and
Mme. Lebaudy mterceDted him \..u-.-. .
'icepteil him, while
eftehtdoorflCd t0 h" '??'"5
"She has never mentioned the Car
, M.me-. J^baudy has a scar on an arm
she got from Lebaudy when h?
cor^menced h>s brutal treatinenl four?
teen years ago and she has suffered
the disgrwe ol her husband's actions
all through those years." Mrs. Kerrigan
;a;;1', "H?' wJ>"-d telephone to her and
talk for two hours at a time, always at
meal time or late in the night. just to !
torrnent her." The doctor's wife wears
a har.dsorr.;- diamond and platinum rins
given her by Mme. Lebaudy for nurniric
her through a spell of Bickness. The
Lodge was known also as a home for
rncndless animals, as Mme. Lebaudy
would shelter every eat and dog that
came pn th* place, out of sheer kind
r.cys for th*.- suffering btasts.
Many Letters ot Svmpathy
Since tha shooting oceurred, Mme.
Lebaudy has received scores of letters
from friends. many of them from
women, and a few from men. They are
fuil of nympathy for her, and are spon
taneous expressiona from the heart.
Or.e letter was from <t former messen?
ger boy who is nov/ in the army. He
wrote "it. made cold \, ads of perapfra
tion stand on my brow" when he read
of Lebaudy'?, death, for the boy knew
of his many escapades about West?
bury,
One woman wrote that she was sorry
? hr- eouldn't have *hot Lebaudy ln
uf his wife. Thcsa lettei ' hav?
brighUned up Mme. Lebaudy's ?r^rit?,
?he doctor
Lebaudy left hi* family without im?
mediate funds. It will be some titne
h< fote thd e,,l.ate || Mttitd. They have
? ?<) tn ataoluta poverty, the neigh?
bors I*-''-.. A if.'' friends have been
H-upplyin-/ tlie pro ? ,\ t,,e nec
3 o di.. "tbe thfou
looin seemed
I to have lifted. Old Jules Lascombe,
the gardener, was whistling about the
! stables and seemed quite contented
not to be always on the alert for his
former master's queer tricks.
Mrs, Charles de Saulles called and
1 took Jacqueline to ilempstead on a
! shopping tour, and the girl was sniil
ing and bright as she came from the
: house. Mrs. Emily Ladenbuig, a
friend of Mme. Lebaudy's, has been her
constant companion since the shooting,
aml other friends have written and
telephoned to the house.
The examination of witnesscs before
tlu grand jury was confined to the
i Rev. William F. McGinnis, of St.
Brigid's Roman Catholic Church, and
Ur. Guy F. Cleghorn, medical exami
: ner. Dr. Cleghorn later announced
: that an examination of Lebaudy's body
j proved that he was Insane. "Lebaudy
was a paranoiac," he said. "His case
resemblcs that of Harry Thaw's."
The specialist said that Lebaudy's,
eccentricity was due to the retarded
development ol' one part of his brain
ai.d an abnormal growth of another.
He was particularly keen and saga
cious in linancial problems.
"He was congenitally insane," Cleg?
horn stated. "Many of this type do
not go bcyond a certain boundary line
in tlie excess of their imagination. He
may have inherited it. or it may have
been caused hy a brain concussion in
infancy." Lebaudy had short, close
cropped black hair and a receding fore
head and chin. Hc always enjoyed
good physical health.
Chauffeur To Re Called
Tlie testimony of Father McGinnis
is considered to be of the greatest
weight in assistirtg the jury to make a
decision. He'entered the jury room at
IO a. m. and remained until 11:45.
The grand jury then p.djourned until
Thursday. District Attorney Weeks
said it would examine the chauffeur,
Hariy Greenstein, who drove Lebaudy
to his heme the night he was shot,
and the messenger, Mark Rosenfeld,
who was ilso with him. The grand
jury, it is expected, will return several
indictments on cases Thursday night or
Friday, and the Lebaudy decision prob?
ably will be includcd among the first.
^ Lebaudy's body was carried to the
Nassau County Hospital to-day and an
X-ray photograph taken of the bullet
wounds. One was located in the spine.
Tho body was taken again to Cornell's
undertaking establishment at Ilemp?
stead and held thero pending further
orders from the District Attorney.
Professor G. P. Lauman de Lornes,
of Sea Cliff. who has been acting as
interpreter for the grand jury on be
half of the members of thc Lebaudy
household, said ho knew Lebaudy
when he was in the University of
Paris. Lebaudy was a brilliant scholar
and was always eccentric, de Lornes
said, having been a talcnted musician
and a linguist, and writer of verse. With
two brothers, Max and Robert, he in?
herited great wealth from his father.
De Lornes estimated Lebaudy's inheri
tancc at about $5,000,000, to which
were added large sums through specu
lation on the Bourse.
No message has been received from
Lebaudy's telatives, who are in Paris,
and efl'orts are being made to com
municate to them the news of his
death.
Cliapin Sentenced
Twenly Years to
Life for Murder
Plea of Gnilt in Seeond De?
gree Saves Slayer of Wife
From Trial and a Possible
Death in Electric Chair
Charles E. Chapln, former city editor.
of "Tho Evening World," who shot and
k'lled his wife, Mrs. Ne'llic Beebe
Chapin, in their apartment in the Ho?
tel Oumberland September 16, yester?
day pleaded guilty to a charge of mur?
der in the second degree. Supreme
Court Justice Weeks sentenced him to
a minimum term of twenty years and
a maximum term of life iniprrson
ment.
Chapin, accompanied by Sheriff Da?
vid H. Knott, entered thc courtroom
where most of the sensational murder
trials of thc county have been con?
ducted during thc last quarter of a
century, at 10:55 o'clock. Hc wore n
dark blue sergo suit, tan shoes and
carried a dark soft hat in his hnnd.
lio held his head erect, and to all out
ward appcarances he was not in the
least nervous.
His case was* thc lirst to be called
by Clerk William Penncy, Chapin was
asked whether he wished to change his
plea of not guilty to a charge of mur?
der in the first degree. Thc prisoner
smiled and nodded in the affirmative.
Plea Entered by a Nod
"Do you wish to plead guilty to a
lesser degree?" asked Clerk Pcnny.
Again Chapin smiled and nodded.
The plea was entered.
"Do you wish to be sentenced at
once?" asked tiie clerk.
"Di fendant is ready for immediate
sentence," interposed Abraham Levy,
counsel for Chapin.
In passing sentence, Justice Weeks
said: !
"Charles E. Chapin. you are sen?
tenced to imprisonment at hard labor
for a minimum term of twenty years
nnd a maximum term of your "natural
life."
As the words were pronounced
(hapin'- face twitched slightly. and he
turned pale. Otherwise he evinced no
cmotion. He bowed slightly to the court
and then turned lo walk away with
Sheriff Knott He was taken first to j
the Sheriff's rooms in the Criminal,
Courts Building and later to the
Tombs. He will be taken to Sing Sing
on Saturday. ?-.
In his recommendation filed with
Justice Weeks in favor of acceptanee
of thc plea which saved Chapin from
the electric chair, Assistant District
Attorney Alfred J. Talley said that in {
view of the circumstances, counled
with the fact that Chapin wns sixty
yeara old, it was doubti'ul whether a
verdict could be obtained from a jury
?; murder in a higher degree than the
second. In thia opinion District Attor-:
ney Swann joined with Mr. Talley.
Question of Sanity a Factor
The prosecutora have had the offer
of a plea to a lesser degree. under con?
sideration for more than a month.
Thoy suspected that, in spite of tne
fact that a lunacy commission found
tha* Chapin was not legally insane
when hc committed the crime, a trial
jury might decide difTcrontly.
On tha other hand, Mr. Levy, the de
fendant's lawyer, was convinccd that
: after hearing Chapin'a etory no jury
would agree on a verdict of any degree
oi murder. Prienda of the defendant
finally prevatled on Mr. Levy to change
his mind and consent to n plea of sec?
ond degree murder.
Since he r?urrendered t? the police
on the day following the crime Chapin
has asserted he meant to kill himself,
but lost hi* nervp. He therefore as
v.erted it. was h i - desire to die in the
electric chair. Since hie incarceration
- in th" ion ),.-. he haa sought consola
I m ln religion., and Iihh been almost
' itHi'.jt visited by tho Christian Sclori'ce
cha.'win.
City Board to
Act To-day in
Transit Crisis
Administration Is Expected
to Ask Co-Receiver foi*
Bankrupt B. R. T. Lines
Plans Ousting of Whitney
Judge Mayer To Be Urged
to Consider Craig as
Municipal Representative
The Board of Estimate and Appor
j tionment will meet in special session
| this morning to take action on the
j transit crisis, following a iivc-hour
I conference last night. Mayor Hylan
j attended the meeting yesterday, and
i again will be present to-day. As re
i ported at the City Hall last night, this
, burst of activity on the part of tlie
, city administration in considering the
, traction muddle will take these chan
I neJs;
When the hearing is held this niorn
j ing before Federal Judge Julius M.
! .Mayer to have Ltndley M. Garrison
j made permanent receiver of the Brook
! lyn Rapid Transit, the citv administra
I tion will petition the court for the ap
, pointment of a co-receiver, to look
! after the city's interests in the bank
i rupt properties.
Craig's Serviees Asked
! The Board- of Estimate will ask
I Judge Mayer to consider the candidacy
| of Controller Craig as the city's reri
I resentative in the affairs of the B. R.
I T. Controller Craig, it will be argued,
I will Herve without pay if selected, thus
j saving the surns whicli ordinarily would
j he expended for receiver's fees and cx
I penses. ,
: The Board of Estimate will map out
I plans for a now drive to have Travis
; H. Whitney, chairman of the Public
1 Service Commission. removed from
office. It was Mr. Whitney who ex
posed the secret conferences of Mayor
Hylan and other representatives of the
"people's government" at City Hall
with Shonts, Quackenbush and Hearst
representatives, looking toward the tak?
ing over of all city transit lines by the
administration.
Three Co-receivers Sought
At thc hearing before Judge Mayer
. .it least three pet.itions fov co-receivers
i will be presented. The Public Service
| Commission, through its special coun
! sei, William L. Ransom, will ask for
! one; the Board of Estimate for an
I other, and an association of Brighton
j "L" wreck victims and their relatives
i will demand a third. Stockholders and
; bondholders, who have formed pro- j
tective committees, may also be heard
| from the receivership contest. j
The city's move in asking for the ap- I
pointment of Comntrollcr Craig will ;
leave the Public Service Commission I
: without much choice in the matter.
The commission and the board both are
supposed to represent the people's in?
terest in the B. R. T., and ns the com- '
mission has not, named a candidate it
is believed that Comptrollcr Craig's
selection will be forced. Commissioner
Whitney said last night he would rnako i
no suggestion to Judge Mayer as to a !
co-receiver, but intimated that Mr. '
Craig would not be satisfactory to thc
commission.
Board of Estimate Active
It Was learned that the new plans to
force Mr. Whitney out of the Public
Service Commission will involve the
District Attorney's office. Whether
charges will be brought, as has been
threatened for ri long time. nnd what
the nature of them might be could
not bc learned officially.
It is known that the Board of Esti?
mate has been gathering information
for some time about the activities of
th.i Public Service Commission, and
this may be used in the new campaign
! to remove Mr. Whitney from the situ?
ation.
The failure of Governor Smith's at
tenapt to lcgislate Mr. Whitney and
his fellow commissioners out of office
is the probable cause of thir, latest at
t.-.ck. The Eoley bill for the rcorgani
1 zation of the comi-t'ssion into a one
? an affair has not been acted upon
: by the Republican State Legislature,
and there is little doubt that thc bill
will be killed.
At a hearing held yesterday before
i the commission on the application of
the N'ew York Railways Conipany for
an 8-cent fare P'rank Samuelson, audi?
tor of the road. . declared it would
show :i delicit of $425,388.37 for the
fiscal year 1!U8-'19 under the present
rate limitations.
Garrison Orders 150
New B. R. T. Cars Put
Into Service at Once
Lindley M. Garrison, receiver for the.
B. R. T. properties. announced yes?
terday he had instructed Traffic Mana-.
ger John J. Dempsey to put every one
of 150 new cars into service at once
to relieve rusii hour congestion.
It was stated that the R. P. T. em?
ployment campaign had resulted in tlie
rccruiting of several hundred platforni i
men and other workers, mostly dis- I
charged soldiers, nnd this large in-'
erease in the operating forces is ex?
pected to produce ;i prompt improve- !
ment in the service, j
Mr. Garrison was quoted as statin^
that he had completed his investiga?
tion of the physicai and financial con-1
"Mition of the B. R. T. and its subsid
iaries, and that a full statement would !
be presented to Judge Mayer.
Acts Under Court Orders
In regard to the Public Service Coni
mission's allegation that high salaries
were being paid ncedlcssly to a large
number of officials connected with tho
companies involved in tbe bankruptcy
proeeedings, Mr. Gurriyon sa;d he had
nothing to say further than that he
was acting under the orders of the
court, and was not concerned with the
opinions of the Public Service Com?
mission.
B. R. T. officiali indieted a* n result
of fcha Brighton "L" wreck filed in *)\e
j Supreme Court of Brooklyn a collcc
j tion of about tifty more affidavits in
support of their request for a change
of venue.
! The Rcv. John I.. Bclford, rector of
! the Roman Catholic Church of the
! N'ativity, was one of those who signed
an affidavit. He expressed the opinion
: that "while it may be possible that the
defendants herein might get a fair
j trinl in Kings County I do not think
, it would be as fair a trial as they
; could get elsewhere."
The prlest oxplained that the rc.-.i
, donts of Brooklyn "me greatly prej
udiced against the nianagement nnd
; officials of the Brooklyn Rapid Trani'it
; System," und thought that "in justice
j to tlio defendants their trial should
, pe h.ld 'in some other I'ounty of the*
state."
Movie of a Soldier Back Into Civilian Clothes
; By BRIGGS
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Hays Savs Partv
Will Carry Forth
Roosevelt Ideals
Repuhliean Chairman in
Brooklyn Address Says
Leswon of Colonel's Patri?
otism Will Live Forever
Republicans will carry on the patri?
otic ideals of Theodore Roosevelt, Will
II, Hays, chairman ot' the Republican !
National Committee, told 2,000 mem?
bers of the party who gathered last'
night in Kismet Temple, Brooklyn,1
where he addresscd the Kings County
Committee.
Seven members of Mr. Hays's imme- \
diate family are ill in the West, and i
he will return at once to his home in
Sullivan, Ind.
Senator William M. Calder preccdcd j
Chairman Hays in a brief speech, and;
introduced him.
"The lesson of the patriotism of j
Theodore Roosevelt, which will live
forever, l- his monument," said Mr.'
Hays. "This patriotism was not. the
kind that is born of cxtremities. lt
was not that lire, splendid as it is,!
which burns in tiie souls of men only |
when their country is ln danger.
Practical Patriotism
"Hb was no', thc patriotism stirred i
only hy martial music. It was the pa-I
triotism of good citizenship at the lire- '?
:ide, the plough, thc mail'. i:; (he low'
places nnd ir. the high place--. in sea?
son and out of season. lt was th" pa- i
triotism which caused him to make :
his country';' welfare his own business !
and to interest himself continually in
the practical politics of his community. I
This is the only patriotism which in '
the lnst analysis is worth while.
"It was this patriotism which made i
Theodore Roosevelt years ago begin !
his light for better government and in !
the prosaic times of peace make almost '
heroic his fight for little children, for
socia! betterment, for economic justico, '
for the rights 0!' labor, for the rights
of capital, fcr the rights of Right,
wherever lhat fight was needed.
"Like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore '?
Roosevelt. was never 'too busy' nor 'too ;
good' to take part in the actual politics j
of 1ns period. It is passing strange, in- :
deed, that men have to be urged to '
exercise the ,irst privilego of a sover?
eign citizenship the right to help gov- '
crn themselves.
Ideals Shall Not Fail
"The ideals for which Theodore
Roosevelt spent his life shall not fail l
His bnnner .-hall not. trail for a mo- !
ment. The Republican party shall '?
move forward. measuring its steps bv
the new needs of the nation. the in-1
strumenl in this country 1.0 apply to
new conditions and changed conditions!
the wisdom of experience and the em
cacy of honest, zealous serviee."
"The Republicans." continued Mr.
Hays, "carried '.his county in 1916 by
about 50,000 For Senator' Calder. and
last fail the Democrats carried it by
about 80,000. What is the answer? As '
Republicans. it must be remembered
that a lack ol' political organization is |
inexcusable."
ln closing hc appealcd i'or zeal on i
the part of Republican men and wom?
en, "that wc may have a representative
government, and not a Bolshevik
syncopation."
Alfred K. Vass, chairman oc the j
county committee,. presided at tho
meeting.
State Controller Travis presented
resoiutions on the death 01 Colonel ',
Roosevelt, which were adopted.
Cannon to Preside at
Memorial for Roosevelt
WASHINGTON', Jan. U.~Represen?
tative Cannon of Illinois, former
Speaker, was named to-day by Speaker
Clark to preside at the joint memorial j
services for Theodore Roosevelt to be ?
held by the Senate and House on I
February 9.
Governor Fixes Feb. 9
As Roosevelt Memorial
A LBANY, Jan. 14. ?Gover
-**? nor Smith, in a proclamation
to-day, set Sunday, February 9,
aa Roosevelt Memorial Day. He
rcquested that commemorative ex
ercises be lield hy the Legislature,
and by the people and organiza?
tions throughout the state gener?
ally, to "do honor to one who was
Governor of this state and Presi?
dent of the I'nited States."
The proclamation was in con
formity with the action of Con?
gress in setting February 9 as the
day on which thc memory of the
former President might lie hon
ored throughout the nation.
. , .
Bowery's Original
'Beefsteak JohnV
Sold for &I5,(
Famous "Coffee and" Haven
foi* Down - aml - Outers
Passes Out of the Ehrler
Family After Thirty Years
The really original "Only Original!
Beefsteak John,'' whose restaurant at'
6 Chatham Square flourished in the I
hcyday oi the Bowery. when suicides :
wero frequent in Suicide Hall and:
Chinatown was populatcd cxclusively j
by Chinese, has passed out of the con-!
trol of the Ehrler family, which had!
conducted it since 1886.
Those were the happy days when!
Dominick Ehrler, nlias Beefsteak John
I, opened his eat ing place. For what
the Bowery charges for a square meal
now ono might then have dincd ir: :
Delmonico's. For what Beefsteak John I
demanded thirty-three years ago for|
coffee, sinkers nnd n large chunk of i
beefsteak, one could buy virtually j
nothing in tho way of food to-day. ]
For the above r.icntioned victuais and '
drink the price was ten cents.
Original Ownor Prospercd
Notwithstanding the moderate prices, I
Ehrler prospered. He catorcd not to
the outsider, t'or in those days the j
Bowery was no place for siumming j
parties. Chuck Coriner.;, "mayor of j
t hinatown" for a generation, often
dropped in for "a plate of beef an' a '
bowl of Java," and patrons of Nigger i
Mike's saloon, half a block away. were
frequent customera of "John's!" Thc
panhandler. Ihe crook out of luck and!
the rest of the dovyn-and-out popula?
tion of the squalid thoroughfare al- j
ways were sure of a welcome at Ehrler's i
resort.
Ten cents boU_ht a square meal; ,
live, a how! of coffee and sinkers, and '
empty pockets usually a hand-out from'
the proprietor. Not a few persons who i
had sunk to the lowest level of even
the Bowery look upon Beefsteak John's
as the turning point and the beginning'
of their upward climb.
Is Sold for S 15,000
The success of Ehrler's venture '
brought a mvriad of "Beefsteak Johns"
into existence, (iach claimimr to be the !
original. When Dominick died, his son
Frank continued to run thc place. As
time went on, the increase in food
prices caused the abnndonment of the
"ten-cents-a-meal" slogan, and of late
years the high cost of living has elim?
inated beefsteak entirely from "Beef?
steak John's" ntenu.
Frank Ehrler is retiring from busi?
ness, he said, because he is tired and
wants a re . That the business possi
bilities of thc old place have not be I
entirely exhausted is evidenced by the
fact that Samuel Hoffman, of Jersey
City, paid $15,000 for it.
Oberammergau in Hoboken
^ ou'll be able to see just as good a Passion Play over in
West Hoboken this Lcnten Season as was ever witnessed
m F.urope. Read about tlie pfeparations for it?in
NEXT SUNDAY'S
TRIBUNE MAGAZINE SECTION
Dr. Coleman Sees
Menace to Health
In Copeland Rule
Removal of Dr. Harris and
Ignoi'ing of Advisory
C ommitt e e Cited as
Dep lor able Errors
Dr. Warren S. Coleman, chairman
under several administrations of the
Board of Health's Advisory Committee
on Preventable Diseases, condemned
yesterday the recent action of Health
Commissioner Copeland in removing
the Division of Industrial Hygiene
from thc control of Dr. Louis I. Harris,
head of the Bureau of Preventabla
Diseases.
Dr. Coleman also'made known that
Dr. Copeland is the first Commissioner
lr.ee the bureau was established to
ignore its advisory committee.
"When Dr. Amster, the last Health
Commissioner, tool: office," Dr. Cole?
man said, "ho made r. formal reo.uest
of the committee to continue its work,
but wc have heard no word from the
present administration. and the feeling
of the committee is that we liave been
tacitly dismissed,
However, I cannot help hut com
ment on how extrcmely nnfortunate is
any iiiterforcncc with thc workings of
the Health Department, which has
long been a source of pride to New
Vork and a mo:le! to other cities. Citi?
zens have beer. accustomed to a change
of commissioners with each nc-w ad
minist ration, but: never befcre h:;s
any Mayor's appointee tampered with
the department's machinery. The mo
tive of .such action must be very
strange and is absolutely not under
standable to the committee of which
I am chairman.
"If, as Dr. Copeland says, the pur?
pose in his mind is an cnlargement of
effort along the line of industrial
hygiene, Dr. Harris should he the man
to head the enlargement, because ho
is thoroughly conversant with the work
and virtually has lathercd it her*?.
How Commissioner Copeland expects
to employ forty or fifty experts with
$63,000 for an appropriation, is a
mystery. Experts must he getting
cheap.
"!; is needjess to .say th? depart?
ment was seriously crippled by the at?
tack on Dr. Brown last. spring and the
more recent events which led to Dr.
Bolduan's resignation. Now tlie at?
tack is centrcd on a branch of work
which is probably more fundamentally
vital and more closely related to pub?
iic welfare than any other which the
iioard of Health essays."
Concerted action on the part of ths !
city's labor organizations was predicted I
yesterday by Miss Maud Swartz, of the
Women's Trade Union League, who i
said a circular lctter had arrived from I
Dr. Copeland to nrotesting labor lead- !
ers. declaving thc interests of labor j
and the. trood of the Health Department j
had been thc cause of Dr. Harris's
"relief from responsibility."
"The effori; to have Dr. Harris's I
power lestored," said Miss Swartz,"
"wil] !)'? continued."
The following letter calling a mass j
meeting to voice labor's protest against j
Commissioner Copeland's action was j
sent out yesterday by thc Central Fed- ;
erated Union: i
"To al! affiliated unions: At the
last meeting of the Central Federated !
Union of ereater New York and vfcin- I
ity the conspiracy hatched by the pres
tnt administration to remove the di- I
vision of industrial hygiene from the j
bureau of preventable diseases and
from the direct ion of Dr. Louis 1. Har?
ris was exposed. Thi i body unanimous
ly determined to protest to the Mayor'|
and to the Commissioner of Health
against this and to carry on an active :
campaign to protect the division from :
dangerous interference and to ask that
the work in industrial hygiene for the '
protection of workers in factories and |
"hops be continued under Dr. Louis I.
Harris. who has proved his exceptional
efficiency, expert skill and deep sym?
pathy in enrrying on the work ir.'our
interests. This is the tij-ht of organ?
ized labor.
"Write your most emphatic protest
to the Mayor and to the Commissioner j
of Health against intcyference with
Dr. Harris's v.-,:rk on behalf oi the
workers.
"In this connection your nttention is
called lo ihe mass meeting called by
labor tn rouse tho workers in defence
: theii rights to health protection at
.Vasningtan Irving High School, Six-'
tfenth Street and Irving Place, Jar.u
nry 22 at li p. m. Frank P. Walsh will
.ead in tho discussion. Every member |
shouid attend. Fraternally yours,
"ERNESf BOH.M,
"Corresponding Secretary."
Newark Girl Found Dead;
Killed Self, Sav Police
i ?
?Margaret Rergui Bclieved to
i Have Jumped From Roof;
Foul Play Theory Disearded
j NEWARK, Jan. 14.?-Sixteen-year-old
Margaret Bergin, salary clerk in lhe
Bamberger department store here,
I leaped from the roof of the eight story
Bamberger Building into the adjoining
narrow areaway, where her battcred
body was found early this morning, the
. Xewark police said to-night. Melan?
cholia, the result of a nervous disorder,
! was the motive for the giii's suicide,
i they declared.
I Joe Wilson, bartender in the Stagg
; Hotel, which is in the rear of lhe Bam?
berger store, found the body.
The police suspected foul play at
irst. After an investigation, however,
: Captain Thomas Conneil, commanding
the detective bureau, announced he was
i satisiied the g.rl had committed suicide.
I County Physician Warren, who cor*
ducted the autopsy, said the body bore
no signs of assault.
Disfress Calls
And Storm Dclav
Liner Two Davs
Oscar II Reaches Port After
Leaving Course 3 Times
to Give Aid; Danish Bank
er Among the 81 Aboard
The Scandinavian-American liner Os
c.'i.r JI, with eighty-ono passengers, ar?
rived hero yesterday from Copenhagen,
two days late. The delay wns caused
hy heavy weather nnd tho fact that
Captain Hempel went out of his course
on three oecasions to assist r.tcamships
that had called by wireless for help..
Approaching the Newfoun ilan i coi t,
the liner picked up .a messngvi from the
Castrallia, which reported nva sink
ing. The captain crowded ... full
steam, and on Saturday shortly before
sunset found the distrcssed ? '? ? ?
Xorwegian-American ,-:;m r Bergens
fjord was standing by, and he was
informed that his heip was not then
necessary nnd that he could proceed.
The Castrallia. engine room, he
said, was filled with water and ! he
was fast on a reef. All h.ne of puliing
lier off wr.s abandoriod. The seas were
too heavy to lower boat?. Captain
Hempel said he stood by for twenty
four hours. and theii proceeded.
lle had hardly got under way wh m
he received a call from the Tuckahoe,
and headed for her position, some throe
hundred miles to the northeast, but
was later advised that his assistance
was not neetleci, as the snio was pre?
pared to await the arrival of a navy
tug that had ;.u- out fi-om Boston.
S O S Was Too Faint
When 250 milaj east of Sandy Hook
Monday another call was received from
a vessel in distress. _ut the wireless
was weak and neith?r the name of the
vessel nor her position could be ascer
tained.
The voyage completed yesterday was
Captain Hempel's two hundredth trin
across the Atlantic as a captain. In
that time hc has carried L20.000 pas?
sengers.
Among the passengers on the Oscar
11^ was Thorvaid Mikkelsen, a banker
oi Copenhagen. who has come here to
study Anu-ricaii financial methods in
war time.
"The excellcnt way the United States
financed the wnr," he said. "is the talk
ot Europe. We in the banking busi?
ness regard it as one of the marvels
of the age. Denmark is in need of a
great quantity of American manufact
ured goods and raw products, and we
are prepared to buy heavily in this
country if we can get what wc want
without delay.
Also oi: board was Miss Gerda An
derson, v.-ho hails from Thistede, Den
martc, and who was sent here by the
Danish government to become secre?
tary of the Danish Legation in Wash?
ington. She speaks seven languages
and was until recently secretary to the
. inister of Foreign Affairs.
Boys Accused as Burglars
Four boys. eouipped with a glass
cutter, a flashlight. a cundle, a wrench
nnd a piece of oap, were arrested n+ j
burglars in Brooklyn yesterday. Tha
police asserted that tho boys, the old- :
est of whom is fifteen. hud planned 1
eight burglarics,
Charles Vertalena, of -11 EUiot' !
Place, is said to have been the leader!
All the boys w.-re turned over to the
Childrcn's Society.
Dowling Sees
Close of Milk
Strike To-dav
? - *?
Extend* Time for Compro.
mise Before Taking Step
for Action by Legislatupe
City"* Supply Drops Again
Farmers and Distributers
Still Talk Belligerentlv
Indieate Peace Is Reniot,>
Although to-day marks the beginnins?
of the third week of a diminisheddaily
milk supply for the city, the proved
? of a:i immediate settlement of the Jan.
, uary price differences between the pro".
! ducers and distributers was almost ts
; remote yesterday as on the oper.irig
days of the controversy.
Chairman Robert K. Dowling, ??
Governor Smith'e milk commission
reported last night that he had exteod.
ed the time for reach ing a comproroia
until to-day before recommending leo.
islative action. He held an all-after
| noon conference at his office, 105 Broad
way. with thc representatives of tlie
opposing factions who serve with him
; on the commission. The conferrees
: will hold a final session this after*
I noon.
While Mr. Dowling declared that he
1 felt that matters would be satisfactor
I ily disposed of to-day. the statement*
made last night by leaders of boU
j producers and distributers failed to
; bear this out. Both Roswell D. Cooper
president of the Dairymen's League
and 1. Elkins Nathan, secretary of the
New Vork Milk Conference Board, dis?
played the same antagonism which liai
characterized their utterances of the
: past fortnight.
Expects Fnd of War To-day
"I have a feeling that something
will be closed to-day," Mr. Dowling de
clared at the close of yesterday's con
: ference. "The men seemed more will
?i g to get down to the question and
discard party feelings. I had expected
to end the thing or report to thc Gov
j ernor to-day. but relations were so im
proved by the conference that I a;*reod
to give them until to-morrow, to per?
mit them to hold conference v, ;,
their respectivo bodies. They will
bring back additional information I
have asked for, including dnta on the
surplus milk questioa."
The Dairymen's League officials, Mr.
Dowling suid, have named $3.54 per
hundred pounds as their February
price to thc distributer, while 'or
March they ask $3.23. This would mean
that Grade A milk will sell for IS
cents a quarl during February and
17^ cents during Merch, while Grade
B will cost the consumer 18 cents in
February and 1 :>?.. in March. These
oft'eis are made, however, contingent
on the ecceptance of the price of $4.01
per hundred pounds. which the league
demands for January.
Mr. Dowling declared flatly that. he
v.ould not allow the distributers to pay
the farmers' price of $4.01 if the dis?
tributers would add another cont to
the cost of milk to the consumer. H?
would oppose this. he said, even
though he was assured that $4.0] was
a f-.ur prico to both producer and dis?
tributer.
Milk Receipts Fall OfT
'i he Health Department's figures on
yesterday's miik receipts showed a de
crease of 24,475 quarts from those of
Monday, cr a total of 1,427,017 ouarts.
< ommissimer Copeland declared tha;
the city i?, undergoing little or no suf
fcring from th? shortage-. Iie said that
fcmilies with children are practically
all supplied. The city is receiving*
oO per cent supply from its normul
sources, he said. with the rerr.ainder
cming from sources newiy con'ratcd
:n thirteen states. /
Secretary Nuthan of thc Milk Con?
ference Board announced last nigbt
that to-day's receipts should estsblish
a new high record for the period ?-<'
the .tnke. Aboul R0 per ccnt of tho
normal rupply will he received htto
to-day, he declared.
Presidint Cooper of the Dairymerrt
League reported that farmers or Dela
"are County, the second largest dairy
county in the state. are prcparing to
erect :>. .---ies of cooperative farmer
owned mill stations.
He announced that 3,500 dairy com
7-ie sold by farmers of Orange"CouB"
l.'tught^r in the first twelw
,: '. oi this year. This movement t*
? ?? oui of ihe dairy business. Mr. (.'oop
.id. has begun in practically ever/
led a light on
thc raturiio of 7ir- farmers who are
manufacturing cheese by citing tte
? ? l B* ini,77. who have rcai
?- ?" ou each hundred pounds,
D ? ?? : epei ted statements bv (N
'?' partment thal thebabyheafli
throughoul the city were tt
' '? ing Iheir full daily milk supph.
apnly is far from normal. accor*
ing to Charles B. Stover, former Park
ner. who is in '-harsv of ti*
University Settlement House. Al?
though 312 quarts were ordered by tr." j
settlement yesterday. . only W
quarts wcrc received. The metu
bc referred to Commissioner Copelsw
to-day.
Block Against Flier in
N.Y.C. Wreck, Says GiieU
Joint Inquiry Told Warning
Was Not liecded; One Vk*
lim Unidentifitad
SYRACCSE, Jan. i 7 William '?'?? ''
liott, signal engincer of the New ?'of-'
Central R.-qroad testified at the >?"
quiry he:e to-day thal the >'??
of thc enginoer of Train No. 11, y::-,c"
crashed into the Wolverine, Train K?
17, Sunday morning at South Byf*
rcsulting in the death of tw*?nty*#
people. that the signals were all c\t^
was not correct.
Mr. Ellktt said that it was fo*?
that all signals were working pr?P*2
at Ihe time cf the accident, and *J
set against Train No. 11, the Soutt
western Limited.
'Ihe inquiry was a joint invest \
by the Imerstati Commerce Com**|
Bios. Publii Serviee Commissi*
i-au of Railroad Administration W|
thc railroad company.
BATAVIA, Jan. I L- -T>
the twenty-two victims o\' thc v""1
P.VTon wrecs !:.d been positivvly
fied and cla -,?.? I by relatives <o-*2|
The ident i Ihe "J
given out by the \'ev. York De:iual?f
C< ronoi Snow with one LXcepUoA- ?'*'
ip l.evi, of Norfolk, Va.. has not l-**
acc* uutod for. The irn auun^ l^'.
ihe morguu ii that oi' a man. a.id ffjK
tives ol Levi are expected here t*>-?1*
to view it.

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