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Hylan Hints He
Fire Pay Bills
?'Where Are We Going to
Get the Money?" He Asks
as Many Urge Him at
Hearing to Sign Measures
Angry at City Employers
Disgruntled Because They
Went to the Legislature;
Has Tilt With McCuc
Proponents of the bills passed by
the last Legislature providing for in?
creases in the salaries of about fifteen
thousand membors of the Police and
Fire departments got little satisfac
tion from Mayor Hylan yesterday when
he held a public hearing on these and
other bills which have come to him for
his approral or diaapproval. While
the Mayor did not announce what he
intended to do with these aalary iti
crease bills, he indicated strongly that
they would have his veto.
"Where are we going to get the
money?" was the burden of the
Mayor's query throughout the hearing.
His Honor appeared disgruntled over
the fact that the police and firemen
hid gone to the Legislature, instead of
consulting the city administration
about the matter. He said that the
Board of Estimate had given the fire?
men and patrolmen an increase of $700
in the last four years.
About five hundred policcmen and
firemen who were off duty attended
the hearing and cheered whenever a
kind word was said for the salary in?
crease bills. The heads of the various
benevolont associations in both depart
ments urged the Mayor to approve the
measures. They were backed up in
their appeals by State Senator Martin
McCue, Borough President Maurice E.
Connolly of Queens, James P. Holland,
president of the State Federation of
Labor, and Stcwart Browne, head of
the United Real Estate Owners' Asso
Mayor Cracks Joke
In answer to the Mayor's query as
to where the money for the proposed
increases was coming from. Senator
McCue said he would lop off the hcads
of certain commissioners and cut into
the city departments. He declared he
would begin with the Comptroller.
"But you voted to increase the Comp
troller's salary, didn't you?" asked the
McCue admitted he had, but ex
plained he wanted to be consistent be?
cause he had voted for increasing the
Mayor's salary. This explanation
brought one of the few smiles the
Mayor showed during the hearing. He
complimented McCue, an ex-prize
righter, as being an "excellent sparrer."
The Mayor greeted coldly Joseph P.
Moran, president of the Patrolmen's
Benevolent Association, and Albert E.
Guinness, president of the Uniformed
Firemen's Association, when they spoke
ia favor of the bills. He asked. them
why they had gone to Albany instead
of coming to the Board of Estimate
for the increases. They were . both
more or less evasive in their replies.
The Mayor insisted upon a frank an?
"There was no desire to embarrass
any one." Moran finally assured him.
"We simply wanted to make the sal
aries mandatory, so that another ad?
ministration could not reduce our pay."
The Mayor frowned.
Mr. Holland urged the Mayor to
"play good politics" and sign the bills,
and "put the people on the hill in
Albany in the hole." The Mayor re
plied that it was not good policy to i
"play politics with the people's money"
and that two wromgs never make a
Stewart Browne surprised everybody
at the hearing by not ocposing the
increase salary bills. He declared that
$2,500 was not too much for the fire?
men and policemen of the ftrst grade.
He said one good feature of the bills
was that they did not go into effect
until January, 1922, and the only seri
ous question was where the city was
going to get the money. He said he
supposed the budget for next year
would show an increase of $50,000,000
and that this salary increase might ap
Other Bills Discussed
Of several police bills discussed at
the hearing, one would confer upon
the Police Commissioner authoritv to
retire the commanding ofticer of the
detective bureau at an inspectov'g pay.
Representatives of the Civil Service
Rei'orm Association opposed its ap
proval as special legislation, because
it was "vicious and permits commis
eioners to play favorites."
Opposition to a hill concerning the
pensions allowed widows and orphans
of members of the police force was
registered by the Civil Service Reform
Association, because policemen would
become beneliciaries of the pension
fund. The association also disap
proved of the bill creating a military
police captain which is designed to
reward Lieutenant Charles Schofield
who has long been in charge of the
recrUlta' training achool, Severnl
bills eovered npplications for relnatato
mont to the police force. They also
were oppoaad by the association nnd
others upon the principlo that. they
were subversive of discipline in roator
ing men who have been dismiased by
Chiropraetor.s Aid Veterans
Free Trealment Offered Dis
ablod Ex-Scrvico Men
Tho Veterans of Foreign Wnrs of
the United States announced nt the
local headquarters, 622 Fifth Avenue,
yesterday that the New York State
Chiropractic Society haa ofl'ered the
services of its mombcrs to disabled
soldiers. The offer was made by the
scciety in a letter to Captain Reuel
W. Elton, Adjutant General of the
Veterans of Forcign Wars.
Any ex-service man may obtain for
the asking, through the National Serv?
ice Bureau'a temporary hoadquarters
at 522 Fifth Avenue, the name of the
New York Chiropractic Society- mem
ber* in his district, who will render
whatever service he is able without
Governor to Hold
F i 1 m Censor Bill
Will Listen to Argnment on
Teaehers'' Loyalty Test
Same Day; Bill to Check
Improper Dancing Signed
From a Staff Corrcspnndent
ALBANY, April 20.?Governor Miller
to-nlght announced that he will give
hearings next Tuesday on the follow
The Lusk-CIaytaii bill creating a
state motion picture censorship com
mission and the Lvsk bills requiring
public school teaehers to undergo loy?
alty tests and. empoworing the Board
of Regents to regulate courses of in
struction given by private institutions
Governor Miller also announced he
had signed some non-controversial
measures, among them the fololwing:
T\:e Cotillo bill, regulating public
dance halls and giving a commissioner
power to revoke licenses where proprie
tors permit immoral form- of dancing.
The bill abolishing the State Military
Irsining Commission, thus saving the
state about $600,000.
The measure giving roformatory of
ficials authority to permit inmates of
the institutions of which they are in
charge to attend the funeral or last iII
ness of a near relative.
The Knight bill, which authorizes
tho mcorporation of companies for the
operation of busses in New York City
and gives the Transit Commission
power to grant certificates of necessity
for the operation of such lines:
The bill which gives tne commission
the power to permit the Nassau & Elec
tric Railroad Company to discontinue
the issuance and acceptance of trans
fers on its Church Avenue line;
The amendment to the State Income
Tax law, providing that, in cases of a
debt incurred on or before January 1,
1919, no more than its fair market
value shall be deducted;
The measure prohibiting the use of
the state's coat of arms on motor
vehicles not state property.
Seeretary of State Lyons to-day re
ceived the nine concilrrent rcsolutions
adopted by the Legislature and which
in one respect or another would amend
the state constitution. ? Of the nine
proposals seven are to be submitted to
the electoratc this fall. They include
The Baifmes-Martin resolution, which
would give World War veterans civil
service preferment in appointments or
The Fearson resolution, providing
that no person who cannot read or
write the English language shall be
eligible to exercise his or her i'ranchise
Permission for Wcstchester and
Nassau counties to adopt the commis?
sion form of county government and
discontinue boards of supervisors.
Increasing the pay of members of
the Legislature from' $1,500 to $8,000.
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Roger Bacon's Cipher, Showing \
He Had Telescope, Is Explained
Sclentista Assert 13th Century Monk and Philosopher
Also Was Acquaintedl With Microscope; Tell
of Facts Learned hy Decoding Manuscript
PIIILADELPHIA, April 20.?The first
public oxplanntion of the key discov
ered to the cipher code used by Rokot
Bacon, the thirteenth century philoso
pher-monk, which hns revealed that
Bacon kncw of the telescopo, micro?
scope and scientific fncts hitherto sup
posed to have been unknown until cen?
turies after his death, was made hero
to-night before tho Collego of Physi
cinns and Surgeons.
Addresso8 were made by Wilfrid M.
Voynich, of London and New York,
owner of the Rogcr Bacon manuscript
in which the key to the codo was
found; Professor Romnine Newbold, of
tho University of PePnnsylvnnia, who
is working on the cipher, and Professor
C. E. McClurg, also of the University of
Pcnnsylvania, who is assisting Pro?
At present it is only possible to con
jecturc tho extent nnd importance
of the discoverios, said Professor New?
bold, for the art of reading the cipher
is yet in its earliest stnges and it is
not cortain that the wholo manuscript
can be rcad, but a study of the draw
ings alone proves their importance.
"The manuscript falls in four di
visions," Professor Newbold continued,
"dealing respeotively with plants, the
heavenly bodies, the generation of ani
mal life nnd the preparation of drugs.
Tho common link connccting all four
probably is Bacon's interest in tho pro
longatidn pf human life. Plants are
discussed because of their medicinnl
properties; the stars because they de
ttrmine a man's character at his bi-rth
and influence him throughout life;
embryology because of tho bearing
upon later life of all factors influenc
ing conception, and pharmncology be?
cause drugs are .essential to the cure
"The evidence of ccrtain discoverios
is found in the drawings of the second
and third sections.
Use of Tclescope Proven
"A drawing in the second section,
the late Professor Eric Doolittlc as
serted, was a drawing of a nebula, and
he declared the man wbo flrew it must
have had a telescopo, as he correctly
depicted features invisible to the naked
eye. The legend attached to othis pic
ture says the object was seon in a con
cave mirror, and gives its location in
the sky. The location is that of the
great nebula Andromeda.
"This is the first record of the use
of the telescope.
"The embryological section contains
Held as Owner of Trunk
And $100,000 in Drugs
Baggage Check Holder, How
ever, Says He Was Arranging
Transportation for Wpman
Detectivcs seized a trunk said to con
tain $100,000 worth of gum opium nt
the Grand Central.Terminal yesterday
and arrested M. H. Gordon, allcged
owner of the trunk, on a charge of pos
sessing narcotics illegally.
The trunk was in ih'e care of the
Westcott Express' Compan'y and Gordon
and a woman are said to have nppeared
there Tuesday with a ticket for^Detroit
and asked that the trunk b6 shipped
there. As the police had informed the
company employees of their suspicions
concerning the trunk, the couple were
asked to identify it and, finally, to
They left the place, ostensibly to get
the key, and there'was no further in
quiry concerning the trunk until Gor?
don appeared yesterday. Althoujrh he
is said to have claimed the trunk Tues?
day, he told the police that it was not
his, but the woman's, and that rhe also
was the owner of a memorandum book
found in his pocket in which the names
. ?"""""" ==n
thirty-one drawings. As a rule they
are symbolie, for Bacon w?a unwilling
to draw objccta recognizable by the
cnsual observer. -
"But there are drawings which so
aoourately portray the actual appear
ance of certnin ob.iocts that it is dif
ficult to resist the infcrence that. Bacon
had Been them with his microscopo. It
ia possible that the dccipherment, of the
text may reveal unsuspected meanings
in the pictures, but at present the in
terprctation 1 have put upon them
seems obvious. Such ure the spernia
tozoa, the hody cella nnd tho semi
ferous tubea, tho ova with their nuclei
"The spe rmatozoa were not agnin
seen after Bacon until they were re
discovered by . Hamm and Loeuwen
hoek. It seems impossiblo to doubt
that Bacon was the first to discover
these important structures.
"The symbolic. significance of the
drawings is as yet imperfectly under
Istood. It relat.es in large part to Ba
jcon's bellef that the soul lived in tho
jstars before birth and returned to the
stars after death.
Diagaoacd Reforms In Education
"Bacon possessed an intuitive grasp
of the principles of philology and of
the textual criticism, nnd dignnosed
needed rcforms in eduention. He told
of the necessity of endowing research
worlc, foreeast the development of
medicine in the direction of hygiene
anfl preventive medicine nnd of the
applicntion of chemistry to physiology,
agrieulture nnd indaistry.
"The drawings which ccompany the
Voynich mnnuscript prove that tho
author possessed both the telescope
and microscope or lenses of consider
"That Bacon was tho author of the
mnnuscript possessed by Mr. Voynich
is proved by the fact his name is \vrit
ten in cipher on the last page. The key
to t'he cipher is also written on the
last page, partly in Roman and partly
in cipher characters."
Mr. Voynich told of his researches
which led to the discovery of the manu
script, snying he was compolled to read
the biographies of several hundred
persons to lind one which shed any
light upon it. This concerned John
Dee, who, Shakespeare said, "had vo!
umes he prized more than his duke
dom." Dee, it appears, enme into pos
scssion of the manuscript now owned
by Mr. Voynich.
Mr. Voynich pointed out that among
the persons who were influenced by
Roger Bacon through the medium of
John Dee was the great English phitos
opher, Sir Francia Bacon, who is bo
lieved by some persons to have been
the author of works attributed gener
ally to Shakespeare.
pf various drugs appeared in several
Copies of telegrams found on the
prisoner led the police to believe that
he hnd been using the name of M. H
Miller as well as Gordon. He has been
staying at the Hotel Aberdeen.
Convict, Bullct Removed From
Brain, Would Stav in Prison
OSSINING, N. Y., April 20.?Roman
? Leondowski, from whose hraili a bullrt
I was removed three weeks ago in the
; prison hospital here, was able to walk
I outdoors to-day for the first Ume since
Dr. Amos 0. Squiro, prhon physician,
! regards him as completely cured of the
i depression and mania of which he had
been a victim. Leondowski says he
?likes; it at Sing Sing and would rather
stay here than be sent back to Danne
mora to be discharged.
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Tenants File Protests
Against Rent Raises
IVIayor's Board to Act on Com
plaints; Majoritv of Incrcases
Range From 33 to 50. P. C.
The report that landlords through
out the city were going to demand ex
orbitant incrcases in rents from ten?
ants on May 1 next was confirmed yes?
terday by Junius Pendleton Wilson,
chief counsol to the Mayor's Commit
tee on Rent Profitecring.
"We are receivinp a large number of
complaints from tenants from. every
part of the city," he said. "The ma
jority of these show that incrcases
ranging from 33 to 50 per cent are
being demanded by the landlords. In
a few cases the demands have been
90 per cent and 100 per cent increases.
"Now that the rent laws have been
declared constitutional by the Supreme
Court of the United States, the com
mittee is going to try to bririg land?
lords and tenants together for the pur
pose of reaching an amicable settle
ment of disputes in each of these nase3.
"There will be no sentiment in these
conferences. Everything will depend
upon the figures submitted by the land
lord, after they have been veriiied. If
the facts warrant it, the tcnant will
be urged to pay sufficiont inerease as
may be needed to meot carrying
chargos, interest on the equity and a
j sniail percent'age for depreciation.
"We also wili take into nccount the
expense ofnocessary repairs and deco
rating. Any attempt at evasion, how
ever, will bo inet. This has chiefly
taken the form of transferring the
I equity on paper and by manipulation,
j making it appear the landlord has a
I greater equity in the property than
I he really has. By doing this some
landlords have sought to benefit from
: the 10 per cent of the equity we have
i been ullowing."
La Guardia Predicts City
Bankruptcy in Ten Years
F. H. La Guardia, President of the
Board of Aldermen, speaking'yesterday
a"; the weekly luncheori of the Adver
tising Club of New York, at 47 East
Twenty-fifth Street, expressed his con
viction that the city could saye $5,0,
000,000 a year through charter revi
sion and businesslike administration.
He predicted that the city. which is
now spending about $1,000,000 a day to
run itself, would be bankrupt within
iive or ten years unless there is radi
cal revision of the charter.
"No business could possibly survive
if it were to operate in the same man?
ner that the city government is com- \
pelled to operate to-day." he said. j
"Money is wasted right and left on ;
account of cumbersome and unscion-!
tific administration, duplication and j
overlapping of governmental func-j
tlons. I would completcly change the
county governments, combining the
County Clerk, Register and Commis
sionor of Records in one department.
"The charter should be so framed j
that the power of a-dministration runs j
evenly with the power to provide j
funds. I am confident that the consti-:
tutional limitation' keeping the city's ?
expenditures, not counting debt serv
ice, within 2 per cent of its assessed
real estate valuation is wise and
wholesome and I know that the city
can be run within that limitation. I
think that the commission to investi
gatc nnd recommend charter changes
has a splendid opportunity to do some
thing useful for the City of New York."
Clergymen Cheer Verdiet
Indorse Arquittal of Rev. Rhine
smith on Misconduct Charges
Clergymen attending the final session
of the Newark Methodist Episcopnl
Conference, in Newark, N. J., yester
? day, arose and cheered when the Rev.
i Herbert Rhinesmith, of Haverstraw,
i N. Y., was acquitted on charges invoiv
| ing his character. It is said that his
accuscr, the Rev. William E. Palmer,
may face counter-charges of malicious
The adjournment of the conference
| was heid up awaiting the findings of
'the committee invostigating the charges
against Mr. Rhinesmith. Previous in
i vestigating committees had found that
Lru'mors concerning Rhinesmith's char
',.acter were not .sustained. Considerable
y [interest had boen evidenced by those
attending the conference in the action
of this ne*.v committee. When Bishop
Wilson announced the Rhinesmith ver
dict the clergymen arose and cheered.
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