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TRIBUNE IS GUARANTEED
Zou LXXX No. 27,119
Firstjto Last?the Truth:. ^ews?Editorials?Advertisements
Showers to-day. followed by rlearirig
and colder; fair and colder to
morrow; strong souih winds,
shifting to northwest
>'ull ftoport on I.a?t, f'ne*
?w Vork Tribune Ine.)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 1921
IWO CEXT8 f THRKE CBKTS I FOt R < FM S
In Greater N>vr Tork Wlthin 200 MUaa I i:i?ewhpre
Rail Pav Cut
Up to u. s.
Action Taken by Employ
rfs of INen York Ceu
tral Forecasts Progrrain
A1I Iines Will Follow
Even Present Wage
JVo More Roads Move to
Reduce Scale to Tlutf in
Force Before Julv 20
By the action of the employees of
the N'ew York Centra] Railroad yes
tcrday it was indicated that the rail?
road workera in the East havo decided
to reject a!l proposals of wage reduc?
tions and carry their tight to the United
States Railroad Labor Board.
At.a conference between New'Vork '
Central offseiais and representatives of
unskilled and semi-skilled men on the
line the railroad's proposal that the
vorkers accept a wage cut of from IT'l
to 21 per cent, effectiye April l. ,
f.atiy rejected, on the groiind that
"these employees were not receiving
?nfficient income, even at the present
time, to maintain their familiea prop
At the san-.e time the news came
from Philadelphia that 8,000 laborera
employed on the Philadelphia & Read
ing Railroad refused to accept a pro- ;
posed wage reduction rangingj from 15
to 25 per cent. The decision, however,
was not final, the men agreeing to meet
the railroad heada again at a confer- i
ence on March 29.
Cut Accepted on One Road
The firat break in the ranka of the I
workera, however, was noted in the de-j
ciaion of the employees of the New !
York & Lon- Brai.ch Railroad, who, I
' enoc . ith Suoerin
Lee W. Kerr, agreed yesterday j
to accept the rediued wage sca'e pro
pcsed by the Centra) Railroad of New
Jersey, the owners of the line. T'he
for i iturn to the I
W ?btamng before the increase !
granted by the Labor Board on July 20
. . , ??' ??? ? ? generally place
ittle s-gnihcance on the action of the
n?-n on thia iine because of the com
Phiativeiy sm il! number of men affect- ;
eo tn< road being only thirty-eisrht
Tnt labor leaders on the New York i
? lec^to join the railroad
'? ,' , ' ? : he question.to the Labor '
Board at Chicago, whereupon the New
1 ?? ?:t...,l heada announced they
tely would formulate their!
???' spntation to the board and
? its authorization for the pro- j
? luction. The matter probably
??? fore the board, it was said,
m about ten daya,
???!' ? presehtativi a declined to '
Iroad in petitioning the
' '? ? ?'! adjustment of the
1 .*. '?'-?' : round, the;, assert, that
wej have no gnevance at presen!
, *\l " ,r [*? t s up to the rail- :
?-'"Is they hold, to place their request
??? wage revision tbelore the board :
?: which the workera will
cntcr their reply. Under the trans- ;
P,??ation act of 1920, it ia provided :
,' l. '; " ' ' ' ftiea are unable t , I
nagrcement respecting wagead
' ''|j'" ?* conferences the matter
?? '? mtly or separately
? ? ? id. !
Danger of Strike Minimized
, Ihr'T. danger of any cesna
tZL, wfLrk as a result of the con
wversy, the railroad heada making it
qear tnat no reductions can be made.
. '" without reference to and ad
' ?" firat by the Labor Board.
'? Spair, general chairman in
trict of the United Brotherho >d
t Uintennnce of Way Employees and
? '-'iroaa Shop Laborera. also diapelled
iggestioi s of a walk-out with the
?'"",;- ; at the workera would abide
"j) deciaion of the Federal hody.
vtner important developmonts in the
situation were the announceinents of
two more railroads the Pennsylvania
-a the Delaware, Lackawanna & West
;n- ol propo ed wage cuts on those
n e s,
The Delaware, lackawanna & West- ?
orr reductions provide for a lopping off i
oiwagea ranging from 7 to 13% cents I
M hour for all unskilled labor on the
ffiS"?? effective April 16. Upon re
?'PJ ol the proposition from E. M.
*??. vice-president and general man- .
t,-. 1 e la!'or leaders declared that I
fom.i c"r}>"^y would be rejected. A
iwmai reply, however. will be made by ,
for X? J* Ht a conferehce scheduled '
iffected" Ab?Ut 3'000 mv'" i:rp
"The company fijed statements with!
era v?li! a.rePresentative of the work
ra e, it? 'y' *'which in effect e''n>'
Board la,in?,r,!ase K"';,,ltod l,-v the Labor
the trartn, y' ,w,tn tho exccption of
?heir u. n' and ,l Proposes to reduce .
**ximu" -a,TtH 40.,ce?ts Per hour
?mum. lhe railroad .submitted
iContlnuod ?n next page)
p?ve Passengcrs Die
In Buriiing Sleeper
^ing Ga8 Tank Starts a
B,?fe on (^loraj,, Train;
iho tsoapp by Leaping
PLEBLO, Col March 1K im?
1'ullm "ed t0 doath whe" ? rear
<iranTnCar ?n the t>env? & ?<> I
**YbL Hd caufi:ht fire ear'y *?
y bctween Pueblo and Walsenburg.
c?r .tn.rrson" were as!oeP in th<'
e?P?d hv tUTU"- Two of them es
?nd w.* '^P'n* from the windows
0U' of th. rVe*>odie?weredraggi'd
c??e io 1 .? Wrcckacc whcn the trai11
th? ?leeeXnlI,08ion of a ea? tank beneath
dead a^ B ?ar causc<1 tl"' ftre. The
Nl^fcSillw Speelrnan. Pueblo, travel-l
*?lroad agent Missouri Pacific _
c?r<- Winnie B. Comstock, Creede,
J ? ?,aek. Manassa, Col.
Jo??ph,' M0?Wn<,V' trav?HnK man of St.
?Sf8Miller. Rorence. Col.
sbould \ r""'li:''' ?na.
'- ? ' nc c<*tiid not be iound tbis
TVo Stillman Children Strive
To Recoucile Warring Parents
Ffforts of James Jr. to Halt Divorce Suit Fail, bul
Sister Is Still Hopeful; Wife's Court Fight
!s Indefinitelv Put Off
Bv agrcemen: of counse! argument
on two motions in the dtvorce suit of
Jamea A. Stillman, president of tnc
National City Bank, against the formor
j !?'.:? Potter was put over indefinitely
terday by Supreme Court Justice
Morschauser nt White Plains. The
postponement vitalized latent reporta j
that laWyers of the socially prominent j
principala were making vigorous ef
forts to pcrsuade their clients to ar-1
range their tangled domestic affairs
out of court. I
Somewhere in New York Mrs. Anne I
Urquhart Stillman, mother of three of |
the bankor's ehildren ar.d mother also j
of a fourth child whose parentage hc I
denies. held a conference with her I
counsel. She came here from Laurel- j
in-the-Pines, a hotel in Lakewood, \
X. J., leaving in the care of a nurse- I
maid Alexander and Guy Stillman.
Alexander is eleven years old. Guy is j
Secrecy Not Possible
The lawyers had fresh evidence for
their clients o\ the inipossibility of i
To Be Sold bv
Gabinet Plans for Liquida
tion Commission to Rid
Departments of Surplus
Clogging II. S. Machinery
Value Depreciating Daily
Secretaries Amazed at Fail
urq, to Dispose of Varied
Goods All Over Nation
Fmm The Tribune'8 Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON, March 15.?Creation
of a governmental liquidation commis?
sion to handle the distribution and dis
posal of the mass of property and
equipment made surplus since the war
will be one of the early aets of Presi?
dent Harding's Administration.
This was made known to-day after
a two-hour session of the Cabinet. The
subject of hang-pver property and
wreckage occupied much of the session.
Practically every Cabinet officer told
of the accumulation of such property
in his department and expressed amaze
ment at the apparent lack of effort to
dispose of it. Each said these ac
cumirlations are seriously clogging the
machinery of his department and tha\
no further tine should be lost in rid
ding the government of the surplus
and at. the same time protecting tht
interests of the public.
The subject was brought before the
Cabinet by Secretary of Labor Davis
when he told of a nutnber of homes
in Quincy, Mass., whieh were built
during the war by the United States
Weeks Wants Commission
The.se houses have ceased to serve
tiieir governmenta! purpose and are
rapidly depreciating in value. Other
tncmbers told of similar situations in
Discussion of the best procedure for
dealing with this condition brought ouu
the plan for creating a liquidation
Secretary of War Weeks is one of
the strongest advocates of placing the
sale of surplus war matenals in the
hands of a special commission. He j
cited the ease of the Muscle Shoal
water power projects, declaring that |
it shouhl be dicided at once whether!
to continue this work or dispose of it ?
at the best available figure. A similar i
situation prevails at Norfolk, where aj
large number of narrow-gauge rail
road freight cars, built for foreign use, |
and not available for any domestic pur-1
pose, are held at the disposal of a com
pany which has not vet determined
whether it can meet the contract sug
gested by the War Department. An
other instance was a piece of property
for whilh the government had been of
fered $1,400,000 in cash.
The stress of other matters before the
War Secretary haa made it impossible
for him to detarmine whether to ac
eept this cash offer or to endeavor to
dispose of the property in odd lots and
perhaps realize a greater figure on it.
Big I.egislative Program
The Cabinet gave considerable atten
tion to the legislative program which
is being whipped into shape for pres
entation to the special session of ,Con
gress next month. It was made evident
that when this Congress assembles it
will have placed in its hands what is
expected to be the most concise and
eomplete legislative program ever of
f( red by a new Administration
Gravo problems concerning the ter
ritories and insular possessions were
brought before the session. _ Secretarv
Weeks gave a brief resume of condi
tions in the territories and posses?
sions, which were considered far from I
gratifying. These sectiona urgently
need innnediate devclopment of their
industries and resources.
Toy Balloon Kills Girl
When It Bursts in Face
Explosion Forcea Wooden Noz
zle Held irf 10-Year-OId's Lips
Dohti Her Throat
Pauline Ferlong, ten years old, of
04 Orehard Street, Yonkers, was killed
vesterday by the explosion of a toy
balloon she was in the act of inflating
bv blowing into a wooden nozzle.
The girl was with several playmates
ivhen tlie explosion occurred and she
st once began to strangle. Before the
arrival of an ambulance from St. Jo
, ph's llospital she was dead.
Investigation by Coroner Georgc En
.;, ido ed that i teetion of the
oul. i ei . tu .. b? ? ?;. ? ? .; Into the
cbild'a throat by the force of the ex?
pursuing their present w'ay of adjust
nient without a eomplete revelation of
"11 of the details of the ca9e. From a
suburb of Montreal there hnd been tele
graphed an interview which Fred
Beauvala, named by Mr. Stillman bs
corespondent, gave to a correspondent
of The United Press, denying the
charge. The Stillmans, warned by their
lawyers, have maintained a strict
silence; in fact, have concealed them
selves since their affairs have been
given publicity. But the emphatic
statements o: Beauvais were taken as
disturbing indications that the thlrd
side of the triangle was not so dis
Beauvais in the course of his inter?
view pointed effectionately to-a picturc
of James Stillman jr, "Bud"?his
puni! in woodcraft. "Bud," it was
learned yesterday, had recently left the
preparatory school where he is a stu
dent in an effort to dissuadc his father
from the attempt to divorce his mother.
Failing in this undertaking, in which
he is understood to have been seconded
by his sister, Anne, who is nineteen,
young Stillman is said to have left his
father with the deelaration that he'
never wanted to see him again. Their
Tast interview, a stormy one, was held ,
(liontlnund or. panr four)
Kills Girl and
Louis Campagna Had Been
Barred From Landing in
Argentina With Compan
ion for Automobile Tour
Wife and Family Here
Shoots Woman 5 Times on
Both Buried in Atlantic
A brief radio from the sea sent to
the State Department in Washington
told yesterday of a murder and suicide
in the iirst cabin on the Lamport &
Holt liner Vasari, bound to t?his*port
from the Argentine, and due to dock
here on Sunday.
Th- principals in the doublc tragedy
of the Atlantic were Louis Campagna,
a wealthy wholesale fruit dealer of
this city, and a young woman, Mfss
Vivian Bresscl, who was traveling with
him as his wife.
Both were plentifully supplied with
money and had taken with them
aboard the Vasari a limousine with
which they had planned to tour the
Argentine. Soon after Mr. Campagna
had left New York on the last south
bound trip of the Vasari fruit mer
chants with whom he had been as
socia'.ed sought to have him returned
to th;s country and preventcd from
leaving the vessel at Buenos Ayres.
It is said that the parents of the
young woman also had enguged counsel
and through the medium of the State
Department were instrumental in bar
ring the pair from the Argentine.
Shoots Girl Five Times
According to the advices received
here yesterday Campagna killed tiis
companion and himself on March 10,
four days before the Vasari arrived in
the Barbados on her run from Rio
de Janeiro. He fired five shots into her
body from an aatomatic pistol and
ended his own life with one bullet.
Both bodies were buried at sea.
Campagna and the woman occupied
one of the best of the steamship suites.
They were booked by the American
International Travel and Trartic
Bureau, of 15 Park Row, but one of
the officials of the bureau, who said
his- name is W. E. Bell, professed to
know nothing of Campagna. He said
he had booked the couple t sail on
the Vasari and knew nothing abqjjt
any irregularities of their passport.
Mr. Bell said that Campagna also pro
duced a regular certificate of his good
standing, issued by the Police Depart?
ment, a paper which is required by
the Argentine government of all pros
pective visitors. i
When the Vasari arrived at Buenos
Ayres Campagna and his companion
were informed by the port officials that
they could not land. As an American
citizen he demanded to know why his
credentials should not give him entry
into the country, and he was informed
that the State Department had ahro
gated his passport and had requested
the government of Argentina to denv
him admission to the country.
It is assumed that the abrogation of
the passport was due to the fact that
the woman who had accompanied him
(Contlnutd an pi?? four)
4Make Your Own,' Cour7
Tells Gassed Veteran
Ex-Soldier Freed of Liquor
Charge When He Shows
Doctor Ordered It
Svccial Dusvatch to The Tribun*
NORFOLK, Va., Murch 15.-Being
gassed by the Germans may have its
drawbacks, but there were more than
a hundred persons in the police court
to-day who envied G. W. Ashley, an
ex-service man, who was a gas v'ictim
during the World War.
Ashley was arrested for violating the
jrohibition act. The police found a stilt
and a gallon of whisky and a quantity
of home brew" beer in his residenee
ln court to-day Ashley said his phvsi
cian had told him to drink whiskv to
offset the effect the German gas "had
produced on his system. He offered
credentials to prove his aasertlon
Judge Willcox ordered his*whi?ky
and still restored to Ashley and signed
an order permitting him to carry whis?
ky through the streets of Norfolk.
Ashley probably is the first man in
America who ever got a lega! permit
to carry whisky and permission to
<;??! the hubH ot rettciing ttie Wuut Ail.
""'^Uinp of T!io Tribuno dail>. They ??o
Iftt* mwjr Uta? ol inurt?t.?*<*rt. j
As He Struck,
"I Didn't Mean to Do It,"
She Tells Jury, Describ
ing Struggle Ending
in Politician's Death
Attempted to End
Her Own Life Then
Wounded Man Took Gun
From Her, Says Girl, and
Promised to Shield Her
Svectal Duivateh to Th,< Tribunr.
ARDMORE, Okla., March 15.?Clara
Smith Hamon has completed her atory
to the jury. She has explained how
and why she fired the shot that killed
Jake L. Hamon, millionaire oil man and
Republican National Committeeman
"I didn't mean to do it," she ploaded.
When she was dismissed from the
witness atand at -1:30 o'clock thia aft
emoon she had been testifying more
than four hours. Three hours of that
time she was subjected to cross-exam
ination by Attorney General Prince
In those hours she showed no indica
tion of weukening. And when she left
the witness chair she smiled at her
mother and then took her place beaide
It can be said that Clara Hamon was
her own hest witness. If she is freed,
many predict. she will in a measxire
have played no small part in bringing
The story she had told in direct
testimony was not materially altered
under the questioning of the prosecut
ing official. Step by step the Attorney
General led her back over the events
of the Sunday night that Hamon was
shot. He even had her reenact that
scene. The crowd to-day surely was
fully repaid for the time it patiently
It was hot in the courtroom despite
the whirling fans. Rert-fnced men and
women were packed Togeth"r uncom
fortably. Ordera of the bailiffs to make
room hore and there were of little avail.
They had come to hear and were de
termined to stay. They saw and heard
Clara Hamon tell her story. Many
other stories had been told and now
was the chance to hear the young wom
an herself tell them what happened.
Defensc Practically Done
At the conclusion of the aftemoon
seaaion William Mcl.ean. chief counsel
for Clara Hamon, announeed that fche
d^fense rested its case except as to
letters that would be offered to-mor
row. The letters, forty or fifty, were
written by Hamon to Clara. Their ad
miasibility has not heen delinitely de
termined. Judge Thomas \V. Champion
has indicr.ted that certain of them may
Indications now are that the fate of
Clara Hamon may be in the hands of
the jury some time Thursday. Argu
metits in the. case probably will con
sume a day.
Clara Hamon detniled to the jury
how Hamon sent for her to come to
him at th-3 hospital after he was shot.
On cross-examination she admitted a
second contract of "aeparation" with
Hamon Thia contract was contingent
on the condition that she did not b< -
come a mother. In the even!, she did
an allowanee was to be made for the
maintenanc?? of the child, and Hamon
was to recognize it as hia own.
The young woman told the jury she
had meant to kill herself if it was true
Hamon was shot. She was explaining
in answer to questions as to how 11a
mon got possession of the piatol with
which she snot him that night.
"Was Jake Hamon shot by you as be
lay on hia bed in hia .uvn room?" asked
McLean of the young woman.
"He certainly was not,'' she answered
"When you went to the hospital what
transpired between you and Mr. Ha?
mon?" McLean asked.
"I went there in answer to a call
from a nurae who said she was phoning
for Mr. Hamon," Clara Hamon an?
"Go right ahead and tell what hap?
pened when you entered hia room in
"He nulled mc down to him and
kissed me and asked for my forgive
ness. He told me I had bet.ter leave, to
save scandal. He satd his wife and
rhildren were on the way."
Tells of Flight From Town
The young woman earlier in the day
related that she shot Hamon while he
was abusing her in her own room In
answer \o questions from her attorney,
she told of her flight from Ardmore.
which, she said, was at the instanoe of
Frank Ketch, busineas inanager for
Hamon. On crosa-examination Clara
denied she was jealvus oi Jake Hanum's
"He promised many times to niAr-rr
me," she said.
At this juncture Attorney General
Freeling handed the witness a pirce of
paper. "On January '11, 1916," said the
Attorney General, "you made a con?
tract with Jake Hamon to sever all
(Continued on page flve)
Cries of 'Steal,' Threats
of 'City Kevblt' Greet
Sudden Rush of Meas
ure to Third Reading
Lusk Admits Purpose of
Aet Is to Provide for
Increased Fares Here
By Denis Tilden Lynch
ALBANY, May 15.? Frankly admit-i
ting that the Knight-Adler bill pro-!
vided for increased fares in New York
.City, Majority Leader Clayton R. Lusk
advanced the measure to the order of :
third reading in the Senate to-day.
Cries of "Steal!" and threats of al
revolt by the city, one excited member j
shouting that the Boston Tea Party
would have an imitator in a New York.
traction party if the bill was passed,!
had no effect on the Senate leadcrs, '
who whipped the necessary number of '
votes into line at a six-hour conference ;
which ended at 2 o'c.lock this morn- j
The Senate-- unloss there is an over
night change on the part of some New |
York City men who have been per- !
suaded to vote for the bill-will pass
the bill to-morrow.
The leaders ,plan to have the Assem
bly advance the bill to the order of
linal passage to-morrow and passft on
Leaders Decide on Haste
This unexpected change in a pro-j
gram which did not call for the pas?
sage of the bill until next week was!
d^eemed advisable by the leaders after |
they saw votes for the measure daily !
slipping away from them as the jjro- \
tests against its drastic provisions be-1
gan to pour in on the legislators.
A conference of the majority in the j
Assembly showed. how near Uie leaders I
are to defeat. Instead of there being !
a majority of more than one hun'dred i
for the bill, as was claimed, the sup- j
port has dwindled to seventv-eight. I
This is but two votes more than'a bare !
The bill would be defeated but for
the support gtven the measure by the,
legislators controlled by Jaeob A. Liv-j
ingston, the Kings County leader. Even
the support of the few other legisli- :
| tors from other parts of New York City
would not be enough to pass the bifl
wuhout the Livingston support.
The New York City Senators for the ;
bill are Maxwell S. Harris, George j
M. Reischmann and William T. Simp
son, of Brooklyn; Sehuyler M. Meyer !
of Manhattan, and C. Ernest Smi'h' of
Without the votes of these five to
day the bill would have failed of ad
i vancement by two votes.
The New York City Republican Sen
j ators who stood out against the bill i
! were Charles C. Lockwood, Alvah W
Burlingame and Abraham Katlin, of
Brooklyn; William Duggan and \V"ard I
V. Tolbert, of Manhattan, and John L. i
Karle, of Queens.
All of the New York Senators who !
voted for the bill were silent durine
the debate. b i
The Assembly conference showed but
two men outside of the Brooklyn mem
bers for the bill. These two were Ed
ward Rayher, the sole member' from !
Manhattan for the measure, and Ralph
! Halpern, of Queens. The Brooklyn I
i men for the bill are Fred A. Wells ;
James F. Bly, John A. Warren, Theo
dore Stitt, James J. Wullan, Leo V.
[ Doherty, James G. Moore, Leon G. j
Moses, Walter F. Clayton and Louis!
Steadily Losing Votes
| Without these ten Brooklyn men, and '
Mr. Rayher and Mr. Halpern, the bi'l i
would lack ten votes of passage in the j
The other twenty Republicans from j
New York City, ulmost without excep
tion, were opposed to the bill. Only i
two or three did not attend tha eonfer
The leaders declded on the eonfer- j
enort in the Assembly to-day when they
found that the men were being grad
unlly weaned from the support of the"
b'll beeause of the almost unnninioufc ?
opposition from New York City and i
other ckies of the stare.
Many of the upstate men joined wjth i
! the New York City men in demanding
! that there be no caucus on the bill, de- I
j claring that to put the party uig on the '
measure would be tmpropor, iu view of i
; lh<s fact that ?n tncreased fare w?s not1
, indicated before election.
j During the advancenient of the bill in
1 t.ho Senate its aponsors gnvr auother I
j reaaon for the introductlon of the Lnll
bosideu increasiug rates. The second
reason was that they tvanted to pro- ]
tect the health and morals ot the work
ing girls and women of New Vork :
City, which, they aaid, were endangerej
by the niolestations of men who rode
I with them in th* cara during (he rush i
| iiours. Thid was ridlculed by the op
i position. which was led hy Senator Wll
Kills Herself in Fear Her
Mother Would Die First
Svecial Diavateli to The Tribune
PATERSON, N. J., March 15. - Tor
mented by the fear that her invalid
mother might die before she did, Mrs.
Edith Rose, thirty-two years old, of 159
James Street, Hackensack, committed
suicide in a local hotel last night. She
swallowed the contents of a two-ounce
vial of carbolic acid.
Mrs. Rose's mother has been in fail
ing health for months. The effect of
her illness on her daughter, who w?s
devoted to her, had been noticeable.
About 8:30 o'clock last night she ap
plied to Frank Brindle, proprietor of
the Hotel Hamilton, for a room. At
11:30 this morning a maid entered the
room and found Mrs. Rose's body lying
across the bed. The bottle which had
eontained the poison was on tht floor at
the foot ? tl ? bed.
Pinned to a burcau acarf was a note
?ddres??d to htr tetact-, in vhiok sb?
mentioned her tcn-year-old daaghter,
Naotm. It read:
"Dear Father: I ,m at tha ilotoi
Hannlton In Paterson. I went there to
meet Mrs. Felters thjs afternoon and
she said if anythlng happmed to me
she would bru.g N'aomi up as her own
She can have my piano and my clothes
I am so nervous I can't eat or sleep
The doctor told Elmer that mother
might pass away any day. [ can't
stand the thought of her gofng firat. I
am a burden to you, anyway. Tell
N'aomi not to cry for me and :o alwavs
^>e a good girl.
"Your loving daughter, >
Elmer Brower, her brother, said to
day that Mrs. Rose had been separated
from her husband, Jack Rose, for sev
eral months and that hshe and hei
daughter had been livinl at the liome
ather. The body was taken to
Miller Denounces Hylan
Regime as Incompetent;
Hints at City Pier Graft
Headquarters Detectives \
$1,500 in Fees for Re-j
turn of Stolen Securities j
Four acting detective sergeants of l
the Police Department were indicted |
yesterday on charges of receiving un
lawful gratuities for recovering stolen
property. The indictments were filed
by the January additional grand juryj
before Judge Thomas C. T. Crain in the
Court of General Sessions. Those in?
dicted are: Thomas Meringolo, thirty
se'ven years old, of 1724 Dean Street,
Brooklyn; Alonzo H. Greer, twenty
eight years old, of 27 Thirty-eighth
Street, Corona, L. I.; Frank Gilfillan,
twenty-nine years old, of 151 Wyckoff
Street, Brooklyn, and Isaac Mindheim,
thirty-eight years old, of 293 Theodore
Street, Long Island City. All four are
The indictments charge that Merin?
golo neceived $500, Greer, $400; Gil
rillan,^400, and Mindheim, $200, from
the Fidelity Deposit Company of Mary
land for aiding in the recovery of a
portion of the $118,000 in Liberty
bonds and other securities stolen
March 29, 1920, from the brokerage
firm of Harriman & Co., of 111 Broad^
way. The first three men mentioned,
it is charged, received the money Octo
ber 15 and Mindheim on October 20.
All payments, according to the indict?
ments, were made in cash.
Bonds Stolen by 15-Year-Old Boy
Le Roy Gardner, fifteen years old,
was arrested last year charged with
the theft. The boy denied that he
ever worked for the Harriman concern,
but it later developed that he was era
ployed under the name of Dennis Shea
and was identified by several employees
of the Harriman company. At that
time Gardner said he lived at 159 West
Eleventh Street. This proved to be a
lietitious address. Gardner was sen
tenced as a juvenile d'elinquent June
10, 1920, by Judge Collins in the Chil
In October, 1920, Anthony Colonna,
who, the police say, is known as
"Jimmy Valentine," was arrested on
suspicion of having unlawfully re?
ceived somc of tiie stolen bonds. Since
his arrest Colonna has been.instru
mental ln aiding the police to recover
more than $34,000 worth of the bonds.
In cases of ' policemen receiving
gratuties the law specities that 10 per
cent shall go to the Police Pension
Fund, 40 per cent to the Relief Fund
and the remaining 50 per cent to the
men receiving them.
Result of Whitman Inquiry
The indictments are the result of an
investigation of the case by former
Governor Charles S. Whitman, who is
conducting the investigation into ir
regularities in the city departments.
Assistant District Attorney James E.
Smith and William C. Chilvers, spe?
cial counsel to the investigators, have
aided greatly in gathering the evidence.
Those witness?>s who appeared be?
fore the grand jury and on whose
testimony the' indictments were found,
include Deputy Police Comjnissioner
Joseph Faurot, Roger Walsh, chief
clerk of the Police Department;
George Hawthorne, chief bookkeeper
of the Police Department; Raymond C.
Laib. of the Fidelity Deposit Company
of Maryland, and Robert Bennett, of
the Harriman Company.
Assistant District Attorney James E.
Smith, 'who i? assis-ting Mr. Whitman
in the investigation, has obtained a
eopy of the Police Pension Fund re
port for 1020, and, he asserts. nowhere.
in it cnn be found any account of the
men having reported the gratuities be
tween October and the day the report
Last evening Frank Aranow, counsel
for the four men, appeared with them
in the ehamber of Judge Morris Koenig
and obtained their release in bail of
Worked ln Flnancial District *
The four detectives have been at
lacbed to Police Headquarters, and for
the last two years have been assigned
to the finnncial district to help run
down the ntimerous bond thievvs who
have op<*rated there. During this time
they have bei'n instrumental in caus
ing nimiv arrests and recovering ap- !
proximately $1,000,000 in stolen bonds.
Detective Mindheim was one of the
detectives who aided in the recovery i
of thousands of dollars worth of bonds
stolen from Richard Whitney & Co. ]
Benjamin Binkowitz, tho messenger
who disappeared with t*e~bonds and
securities, was found murdeicd in an
open tield near New Haven. That <vas
in 1919. Although no bonds were found
on the boy's body some of them were
later recovered in Washington. Cleve
land and other cittes.
Wilsons CTalt on Hardings
Leave Cartls at White iloimr. to
the lnterest of the Crowd
From TKa TribunSi W<ish\nat<rn Fureait
WASIUNGTON, March 15.? Citizon
Woodrow Wllson and Mrs. Wilson
vtrove to the White Ilouae this after
noon and without allgtrting from their
auto-ioblle left oards for Premdent
and Mrs. llarding ft was purely a
formal call and nilgbt be eonsidered
as a return of eourtesy .vhich was ex
tended by Preaident Harding last De
cember, when he ,:?lle.t and left cards
for the Prcsident and Mrs. Wilson.
The presence of the former Presi
dent in the White House grounds
caused conslderable interest among the
niany person* who had gathered abuat
the front entrance to see Preaident
Harding entcr a waiting automobile
to take him to the golf links.
Mr. Wilso i probably would have seen
ii; s uccesi i i on the front . tep
: i ' old home" had be been Mve mia
18 Indicled Since
City Inquiry Began
Since ex-Governor Whitman's
investigation of the. Hylan admin
istration was put under way, avd
since the question of a legislattve
investigation of municipal affairs
became a topic of discussion a/
Albany, eiyhteen indictments
have been returned. Fifteen were
against Police Department mem
bers, one against a fireman and
two against civilians. Those in
William J. Lahey, Chief Inspector
of the Police Department, charged
with accepting a gratuity.
Police Captain William J. Bailey,
illegally accepting reward.
Police Captain Percy M. Du Buois,
accepting reward during strike.
Detective Sergeants Martin S.
Owens, Thomas J. Horan, George J.
Andrewa, William B. O'Connor,
George Scott,' Thomas Hemmerich
and Detectives Isaac Mindheim,
Thomas Meringolo, Frank Gilfillan
and Alonzo H. Greer, all charged
with illegally accepting gratuities.
The last four men were indicted yes
Patrolman Cornelius J. Flood, mur
der of sixteen-year-old boy, 1918.
Patrolman Robert O'Brien, charged
with same murder.
Thomas J. O'Brien, alleged to have
confesaed that he operated as auto
mobile thief under police protection.
Oscar Sperling, garage owner,
operating under police protection.
Fireman John Kelly, accepting
bribe to aid retirement of fireman.
Of f Egg Inlet
Madawaska Serknisly Dani
aged, but in No Danger
of Sinking, After Colli
sion With the Inviiicible
In a dense fog off Little Egg Inlet,
N. J., last night, the Shipping Board
steamship Invincible, bound for Nor
folk, collided with the army transport
Madawaska, incoming from Manila,
damaging the transport severely and
necessitating radio calls for immediate
The Madawaska, carrying passengers,
was struck amidships. First messages
said she was taking water rapidly.
However, a radio received at 10:50 p.
m. from her commanding ofticer said
he had all boats swung out and would
await daylight, when he would transfer
his passengers to the Invincible, which
apparently was not seriously damaged.
The Invincible reported she was
standing by and playing her search
lighta on the crippled transport, pre
pared to render whatever assistance
was necessary. * ?
Passengers in No Danger
. First messages indicated that the In?
vincible had drawn alongside the Mada?
waska and that the latter's passengers
were being transfuiied, but subsequent
information showed that the transport
was in no immediate danger, and thati
the transfer would not be effected until
The Madawaska finally was compelled
to drop her anchor, as the water had
reaehed her fireroom and neceasitated
shutting down the boilers. "~
At 11 p. m. a message received here
stated that No. 1 hold of the transport
was rilled with water, but that No. 2
hold was st 111 dry, and the vessel was
in no danger of sinking. The naval
radio oflice here, which temporarily
suspended other buainess When 'the
distress calls were received to facili
tate transmission of the transport's
calls, was then notitied that it could !
resunie its regular work, as there was I
little likelihood of any further appeals I
Later the Madawaska reported that I
she had a deep cut in her starboard J
bow and that waa she waa rigging a
tarpaulin to cover the hole, which'for
the mo.it part is below the water line
The Invincible is standing by, and
arrangernents are being made to trans
tet tha passenge.-a as soon as day
breaks. AJter the transfer she will
proeeed to New Yofk under her own
steain, aeoompanied by the Resolute.
Ihe Madawaska aaij 6he was an
chored tn thirteen fathoma and was
elghteen miles otf Barnegat.
Tha Madawaska carried forty-six
passengers, inoluding twelve soldiers
wbo were takeu on board at Sar, Fran
cisco and the Panama Canal Zon?
The wrecklng tug P.esolute, which
wa* ordered to the tranaport's assist?
ance, was expected to reach the crio
pled vesaet before daybreak.
jijetc porb Crtbune
'"Better kind Want Ads"
?? - _-Z_
\Vh>n answenrfg any of th-m
?ay you saw it in The Trxbi^c.
Governor Says Mayor*:*
Opposition to the Port
Plan Is - to Continuk
Tribute From Docksr
Calls Home Rule Cry
A Cloak for MisruK*
Declares Statr Should
Act to Proiect Itself
and Citizens of the Qty
From aStafj CorrespondC) t
ALBANY, March 15.?Governor
Millfcr to-day expressed condemna
tion of the entire Hylan government
! of the City of New York. At a hear
! ing on the port development bill
i held in the Executive Chamber. he
! branded the present regime as ''an
administration from whose ineffi
ciency and incompetenc| all the peo
j ple of New York are now suffering."
The Governor was especially
l caustic in his eomment upon cer
| tain persons coneerned in the
j letting of pier privileges in New
j York Harbor, who, he said, "levy
J tribute upon the inhabitants of the
city, upon all the people of the state
j as well as a great many in the entire
Those who heard the Governor
j were inelined to the opinion that this
; was the beginning of a real drive
j to force an investigation of the
j Hylan administration. It is coir
man report here that there is evi
i dence in the possession of the Sen
i ate and Assembly leaders which they
regard as sufficient. to warrant the
j removal of at least one elected ofn
; cial in New York City who had been
' mentioned in-the charges embodied
in the Robinson-Steinberg resolu
tion calling for an investigation.
Attack on Hylan I'nexpected
The attack on the Hylan administra?
tion was unexpected. The proponents
of the port development bill, after urg
ing the Governor to use his inrluence to
have the measure enacted into law, were
surprised when the Governor rose and.
addressing himself to them. launched his
criticism of the Xew York City poli
ticians who are opposed to the bill.
Governor Miller characterized tht
Hylan administration as inefficient and
incompetent, and* declared that the ad
vocates of the Hylan brand of home
rule?those who are "prating the Ioud
est about the invasions on the cjty's
rights"-- were elected to office foui
years ago on their promise that thej
would try to relieve the West Side
"Has anybody ever heard a construe
tive suggestion from one of them aa
to how it was to be solved?" asked
"But they did do this," he continued.
"The Mitchel administration was under
taking to solve that poblem, and these
gentlemen who are now loudly invok
ing the home rule doqtrine rushed to
Albany and got the Legislature to pas=.
an act transferring the powers of the
city relating to the West Side railroad
situation to the Public Service Commis?
sion. Now, this plan suggests a solu
tion which I wonder somebody hadn'i
suggested before -putting the rail?
road along the Harlem River down on
the East Side, through tne center of
the creat manufacturing district. That
would seem to be a solution of that
problem that the people vitally inter
ested in it would welcome. " And I
wouldn't think that they would be u?i.s
led by the gentlemen who made them
such promises four years ago, who are
now prating about home rule and in
voking such a puerile proposition as
that two states cannot enter into *
compact involving a matter of this
kind without violating the Unlted
States Constitution, which prevents.
states from making treaties.
Now Seek to ( ontinue "Tribute"
"The fact is that you wiil observe
that^ the gentlemen who do most to
break down constitutional restrainta
wh" are prating mo ..' out the ri-'ht.-s
of the paople and who are seching t.,
pose as the dofenders -if popular righ*
are invoking home rule and a clau'e
the United States Constitution to con
tinue a situation which enablos th?
people engaged in the lighterag* busi*
: ness in the City of New York, the peo?
ple making protits out of the pier priv
i ileges in the City of Xew York, to con
| tinue to levy tribute upon the inhabi?
tants of their city, upon all of the peo
! ple oi the state, as well as a great
, many in the entire country. And it is
j that sort of thmg that usually resulte
j irom those who seek to use officiai po
I sition. not to perform oublic service
! but to Keep themselves in office.
"There has been a good deal r>f talk
about home rule with resnect to thi^
I and other subjects, and it has been
| made a sort of a fetish to cover misrule
jand misgovernment, and the people who
I are talking of it with respect to the
| municipalities of the state are looking
; at it troin an entirely wrong augle.
| The municipalities are the mere crea
tures of the state as agencies for local
I administration, and their juatificatioh
| for the exercise of power stops at the
| point where they cease to be able ef
fectively and efficiently to handle their
"The state has a responsibility whicr
it cannot shirk. It cannot leave the
welfare of Xew York City'a ti.OOO.OOO
citizens to the tender meroies of a>:
administration from whose inefflclencv
and incompetence all of tht- peopl. r
| the State of Xew York are now suffe
; "To ray knowledge, for at
twenty years, the port p
been an acutc problem , | . .
|Xew york. The terminal ... JL 0
?tn*t port ?re ?t Uast ftft, le?r? ?fe