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THE SUN, SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 1915.
OF SENATE CHARGED
Schrmp is Attacked In
A BLOW AT ROME BUM
AUANr, Aug ; AHMnblymM Al
fred K Smith nil Nathan Murkan pro
teted to-rlay In the Constitutional Con
vention against the provision In the
constitutional amendment reported fa
vormbly by the committee on legislative
organisation whlrh provide that "no
count l now organised, wholly con
tained within the limit of a alngle city,
ehall huvc more than one-half of all the
They declared that tha provlalon
meant unjust taxation because of lack
of qul representation In the I,g1sl
turc. Tha provlnlon extend tha existing
ronatltutlonal llmltatlona upon the leg
Inlatlv representation of New York and
King cnuntlea to all the five cotintlea
now embraced within New York city.
Asinolyriin Smith alway haa In
alatad that thlH convention never would
(live New York city real home rule If It
perslste.l In not giving the city Ita full
repreeentatlon In the legislature, which
would enable the city to control the
Htat rienale and thua atop the continued
unjuat taxation which the up-State rural
legislator continue to levy upon tha
city, and he urged ihat the home rule ar
ticle favored by the Republican In the
convention Justine hla declaration.
"The object nought to be aecom
pllahed by thla proposal, " the protest
declared, "la to limit the representation
of New Y'ork city In the State Senate
to not more than one-half of all the
Senator, however large and Increas
ing Ita population, and without regard
to the nufnbtf of counties within Ita
"While New Y'ork city la not definitely
named In the proposal, obvioualy It can
only apply to New York, aa there la no
other city which within the next twenty
years Is likely to come within its pur
view. The proposal denies to the people
of New Y'ork city their rightful repre
aentatlon in the State government . It
deprjves them of an equality of represen
tation !n the legislature
"The practical titration of th
provisions requires that every Serial r
in New Y'ork cl'.y .-.hall represent a
much larger population than the
average of Senators from other sec
tion of the State, for they prevent
the c.lly of New Y'ork. reg.irdlese of
opulatlon, from electing a majority of
the Slate Legislature.
"Thus a minority of the electorate
of the S- tie controls the State govern
ment, nominates Ita poli.le and fa
enabled to enact oppressive legislation
affecting even the purely local affaire
of the city.
Iratlng th entire Stat, controlling
State affair and committing aectlonal
"We are persuaded that the pro
posal la Inspired rather by a p rtlaan
dealr to continue th control of the
Legislature In the hand of the po
litical party dominant In the rural sec
tion of th Stat and to perpetuate
the present oppressive control and In
terference In matters put el of local
"It w auggeated In the debate be
fore the convention on the proposal
to strike out th preeent limitation of
New Y'ork city representation In the
legislature that the grievance of the
city against legislative dominance and
Interference In lfcal concerns wvuld
be corrected by complete, full end
sdequate hom rule.' Th 'some rule"
artlcl. advanced to third reading, sig
nally falls to sccompllsh this object.
"The provision of the "home nil'
artlcl permitting th Legislature by
Jilnt resolution to nullify any charter
or Important amendment thereto
adopt! by th city throw th most
important local problems of the city
Into th mill of Hut politic."
CONVENTION WILL PASS
TANNER PLAN THIS WEEK
Short Ballot Proposal Is Expected to Be Changed Only
in Minor Particulars Brackett
CROMWELL REFUSES TO RUN.
senator Won't Make Richmond
Borough President Haee.
State Senator Ueong Cromwell, who
served for sixteen year as Borough
V, csiili-nt of Kicrtmurid, refused yester
day to accept the designation of Ibe
Republican county committee to run
for the omo at the November election.
An opinion given by the Corporation
unl on Friday afternoon, directing
that an election for Borough President
be held in Richmond In November set the
Republican party leaders . at work to
elect a candidate. Senator Cromwell
a as designated
The Senator Is p'1! the summer at
I'rescott, Ontario, with Ins bride of three
months After making the designation
n telegram stating the action taken by
the Republican county committee was
sent to him. Much to the surprise of
the county committee the reply was a
refusal, on the ground that It would
not be fair to his constituents to quit
the Slate Senate at thla time.
(leorge s SoofleM. a lawyer, who ha
been chairman of the Republican county
committee for the last two yean, will
be Indorsed as the Republican candidate
for Borough 1'resident. The Democrat
will designate Borough President Calvin
I). Van Name.
Howard Burt for fifteen yar Com-mie-atoner
of Highways, has been desig
nated by th Republican for Sheriff,
and Charles A Marahall for th Assembly.
FUSION IN WESTCHESTER.
City nomination Prevented.
The reasona advanced for the ex
tension of he limitation are that It
will prevent the city with Ita pre
ponderance In population from dom-
.- I Democratic Judicial Candidate
indorsed li Prngreealvr.
rgKKSKiM.. N. Y . Aug. 2 -The Pro
gressive I'ounty.committee of Westchester
county went on record to-day as In
dorsing Judge William I'opham Piatt of
White plains and former Senator John
Taylor of Orange county, Democratic
candidates for Supreme Court Justlcsa
In the Ninth Judicial dlatrlot.
They will oppose County Jndge A F
Seegcr of orange county and Addison
Young of New Rorhelle. Republicans,
for whom William L.. YY'ard. Republican
leader of Westchester, had a special
bill passed creating two more Justice
ships Justice A. S. Tompkins, independ
ent Republican, vigorously fought the
The fusion candidates will make "hand
picked" Judges the Issue In the district.
At HANT. Aug. It. The Tanner plan
for a short ballot and the centralisa
tion of appointing power and removal
In the hands of th (Iovernor will be
advanced to the order of final passage
by the Constitutional Convention on
Monday night or Tuesday morning, and
II will be passed finally by the conven
tion later In the week
President Root will address the con
vention on Monrlav and reiterate hla
opinion tht Invisible government will
be Impossible with ths Tanner reorgan
isation plan In operation.
The only substantial change to the
reorganisation acheme now expected Is
the ronaolldatlon of the office of State
Treasurer and Commissioner of Ac
count Into a State department of ac
counts, although there is a strong senti
ment to abolish the olfice of State
The State Treasurer performs the
same functions for the State aa does
the City Chamberlain for New York
city, and following the recommendation
of City Chamberlain Hruere. State
Treasurer James I-. Wella of The Bronx
favora abolishing hla office ua an un
neceasary Instrument of government.
Senator Wagner's suggestion that the
legislature should elect the Commis
sioner of Account Is not likely to be
followed isscause the Republicans feel
that the Oovemor should have the ap
pointing of this official to aid him In the
work of preparing the budget each year.
Drift of Opposition.
It Is thought the opposition to the
Tanner plan will gain the most vot.-.
for their aide on the proposition that
the Stat Superintendent of PuhtV
Works should be elected, but this amend,
ment will not be adopted because luctl
convention leaders as President Root.
Chairman Tanner and Mr Wickers horn,
who favored a Simon pure short ballot
providing only for the election of i".nv
ernor and Lleutenant-tlovernor. but who
compromised In favor of the election of
the Attorney-iieneral and Comptroller
In order to get the nlan through the
convention, will not consent to the i ! It- 1
tlon of an elective official to the ballot j
Should the amendment to elect the I
Superintendent of Public Works be !- j
feated. aa expected, another amendment I
will be offered providing a separate He-
partmer.t to administer the work of con-
Assemblyman Alfred K Smith iiisi-ts i
that If the C.overnor Is permitted to up.
point th Superintendent of Public
Work, who Is authorised under th
Tanner plan to spend the balance of the 1
S45.non.nnO for good roads. $J7 nnn.onii
for th canals. II, OMtsOM for their main
tenance, and the moneys to cnntflruit
and repair all State buildings and do h
engineering and architectural work for
all State departments, he not only can
control the (iovernment. but renominate
and reelect himself and pick Ins own
successor in the liovernora chair.
Th amendment offend by John B
Stanchfleld, which was suggested by As
semblyman Smith, permitting the C.ov
ernor to appoint the heads of the sev
enteen executive departments without
the confirmation of the Senate, la not
likely to he adopted because the machine
Republicans and some of the Tammany
delegates will not stand for any pro
vision which will prevent the Senate
from checkmnting the ilovernor on ap
pointment, despite the fact that the
(iovernor receives absolute power to re
move the heads of these departments
without the consent of the Senate.
President Root and Chairman Tanner
wanted to give the (Iovernor the right
Of app intlng the executive heads with
out th approval of the Senate, but did
not put such a provision In the Tanner
amendment for fear the Republican ma
chine would make unusual efforta to de
feat the whole plan. Should this amend
ment be adopted. It would be quite sat
isfactory to the convention leaders who
will vote for it, but they do not expect
that It will pass.
About the only amendments to the
fanner plan that will be accepted will
le those presi rlblng that the plan shall
lake effect Januarv I, lsi" at the end
flf the Governor' present term nd elim
inating the provision that the Tax Com
mission shall consist of three members,
so that the legislature may make this
department single headed If It desires
Hov Whitman's friends at first feared
that the adoption of the short billot
attd the Tanner reorganisation plan
might interfere with his renomlnatlon
for ilovernor next tnr. but the fight be
tween the "Ftderal crowd.' who are
behind the Tanner plan, and the ma
chine Republicans h.1a become so bitter
th Ho mor s friends are of the opin
ion, now that the Injection of the con
trol of the "Kide'il crowd" In th
Constitutional Convention, to be fol
lowed by their attempt to nominate
the next Republican State ticket, will
consolidate th" State Republican organ
isation' strength in favor of the ilov
ernor' renoniination at the pr'.ni tries
hitman mid olit l.iinril.
In other words, the Old Guard will
have to get behind Whitman to pre
vent the "Federal crowd" '-cm taking
tlie Slate machine away from thetn.
Such is the opinion of Whitman
President Root made it plain to-day
that the convention must -omplete It
work by a week from to-night, when a
ret ess will be taken over LsbOT Day to
g've the committee on revision time to
put the approved amendments In their
proper place In the constitution.
The Convention held a single aest'on
from 10 until 2 o'clock to-day. The
discing! n on the Tanner plan was con
tinued bj iicorce I Qrn of nir.g
hnmtnn, Edgar Truman Rrmkett. fudge
William N Dykeman and loth Low
"This plan will Increase the opportu
nity fof Invisible government and the
Operation of forces s.n and unseen,"
declared Mr Oreen.
Referring to the compromise In favor
of State Comptroller Travis, which th
fourteen Republican delegate from
Brooklyn headed by William Rerry
forced Chairman Tanner to accede to.
Judge Dykelhgll laid he had expected
thl bill would be amended In this par
ticular because the Dcnin ratlc plat
form favored the retention of th Comp
troller's ofiiie with the present powtrsi
"and not because I expected murmurs
from a little band from Brooklyn, be
cause the 'shallows murmur, while the
deepa are dumb'"
"I wa a Democratic member of the
Tanner committee," said Judge liyk"
mn, "and I am reminded that a Demo
cratic (Iovernor, John P Hoffman, forty
years ago favored the short ballot In a
message to the Legislature. I favor
Mr. Wagner amendment that the Com
missioner of Accounts be elected by thw
Legislature and the amendment sug
gested by Mr. Smith permitting Ihe
(Iovernor to appoint the executive
heads without the action of the Ben it
"The Democratic platform favors con
solidating the work of Cgngtl and good
roads In an appointive otllcer. and w-c
would violate our pledge if we made
the Superintendent of Public Works elec
tive. I believe that If the Tanner pi in
Is adopted by the people we will hiive
an end of Invisible government ne well
a of the present extravagance, con
fusion and Inefficiency which exists "
"I do not know whence this demand
cornea for thla short ballot at this time,"
said Senator Hiackett, "but 1 am sure
that whatever Its source It came from
I heart that hates self-government m l
that seeks for opportunity lo limit and
curtail it. It was conceived in the
mallgngncjt of one who despises the
control nf the people of their own af
fairs, and It was born in thai spirit of
aristocracy that seeks to Until pa
ration in actual go ri Tit to as una :
percentage of the ele-...rate as possible.
It Is the old string." between equality
"The opposition to this amendment
nas been radically t'hanred for the
Worse within the pust few days It has
been my privilege in the Stale PVtiat'
lo watch the way things Wtft done by
the machine, and I want to admit to
the officer and leideta of this conven
llon Ihit In persuading delegate to favor
tins Tanner plan through the Invisible
influence which the President and hi
Cabinet has In the distribution of polit
ical bouquets they have treated the sit
uation caused by the opposition In a
practical manner, and 1 recommend that
Senator Wjgner and Assemblyman
Smith, when they return to New Y rk.
tell their chief that he could be given
cauls aril spades, with the little casalno
thrown In. ami he defeated by the com
bination which is running this conven
tion. "For Instance, the Comptroller ob
jected to having his powers taken away
an I he made c mmon cause w ith other
who opposed this plan, but suddenly his
opposition was withdrawn when the
great mass of Kings count patronage
was properly taken care Of, and then
it was to bell with the popl f.ir the
next twenty year, and the fourteen
votes from Kings coimtv thereupon were
s uddenly counted for the Tanner plan.
"And so It was with the Tax Commis
sion nd the charities article C, inva
sions were made und votes secured."
and you don't think I would," retorted
"The chair simply wanted to remind
vou for fear that you might go a little
further." said Mr. Saxe.
"The result has been." declared Sena
tor Brackett, "that where ten days ago
this measure wa hopelessly defeated, as
was believed on a conscientious opposi
tion to it, by Just a little application of
the proper medicine It haa been fixed
so that it Is a question If It can be de
feated now. The people do not want a
short ballot In the sense that they want
their right to elect their official cur
tailed. "When they got the chance they de
cided in favor of electing a United
States Senator by the people Instead of
by the Legislature Y'ou say the Repub
lican dele gates should vole for the short
ballot because the Republican platform
tails for It. If they are to be con
trolled by the platfotm why isn't Mr.
Stimson to be so treated by It.
"A provision in the platform that Ihe
(iovernor could be heckled by the Leg
islature was eliminated by the commit
tee on resolutions, and despite tills. Mr.
Stimson put such a provision In his bud
get If the people veete for this short
ballot they will follow It up by demand
ing an appointive Judiciary. Then will
come a demand for appointive county
"This plan la projected In fenr of
the results of elections by the people
Perhaps this Is my last public servlee
and with that knowledge before you I
want to Impress upon you my opinion
that the only true principle is to give the
people immediate ami direct control of
their ofrtee. that they he permitted I"
elect us many as may be, but that their
erins shall be sure."
The adoption of the Tanner plan,"
aid Belli Lew. "will bring back tei the
people the contretl of the State (Iovern
ment such as they have not enjoyed
for many years, and In bringing It hack
to their control It will Interest the peo
ple more In their tJovernment and secure
for them a better ami more efficient
government 1 think the (iovernor should
have the power eif appointment Inde
pendent of the Senate."
WHITMAN HITS PARDON BOARD
Confetti for District Leader
hip Alarm Lr-nilprs Sev
ern! Insets I-ikoly.
queince la In the Eleventh tllsl
uty County Clerk Hern
has opened headquarte-i - w
t'.on of beating Leader Cicorge
maker. In the Twetl evi
Joseph W. Spe . Br, tX-A
now an Inherit, in. mv .;
ably will retire from Ihe leaden
Hfej awooowir may b U, u
REPUBLICANS AT PEACE
Thlnka It Wonlri Mean an
dltloaal ort of Ippral.
At.livNT, Aug Jacob OOUld
Se hurman and Morgan J O'Brien, vice
presidents .if the Consttluttonal Coriven
t:orr. were appednted a committee by the
convention to-day to Wall upon the (iov
ernor and extend the convention con
gratulations on his forty-seve-nth birth
day. In thanking this committee the i iov
ernor commented on the wo.-k of the
convention. One subjevt before the con
vention In w-hich the (Iovernor U in
terested is the proposal to rstabl sh a
State le ard of DardMlg und transfer the
Governor's pardoning power to that
body T'.e (iove t or told the committee
tnat guch a par l ining board would
really mean an additional court or ap
peals nnd that where no- but I small
percentage of cr iminal cases rem h the
GTr0 Vrnor the pardoning hoard wou'd be
ralW uiin to page upon the upp'lca
t'on of evtiy inmate of a prison or a
reformatory! and Its office would be
clogged wit'o work.
axr Warns llrHcbeti.
At thla point Martin Saxe. who is
president of the sllute Tax ContmlBOton
and was presiding over th convention
to-day. called Senateir Itrackeet to , rder
and warned bun against Indulging in j
personal atlaoka or arraigning doloffatrg I
In th convention for any of their ac- I
"I w ould i t do that for a motnAt. I
Centenarians at Centenarian' filer
P.AITIMOKE, Aug i - -The funeral Of
Mrs Hester Keklni.ui. said to be 111
years old. who died Sunday Mgl.t at
the Hebrew Krtend'y Inn nd Home
f,r ilie Aged. Ill AUtqulth street, was
held Pi the assembly hall of the home
Several men and women more than 90
years old and two more than 100 at
tended the services.
In at least seven of the thirty-one
Assembly district of Manhattan there
.ire factional fight within the Tammany
rank which are enlivening the primary
camp. nan Several district leader who
have cut some figure In the organisation
will be shoved off their pedestal if
the counter ploiters are successful.
Peace pervades the Republican legions
in nearly all ihe district Only one
real contest Is reported thus far.
Tammany Is showing Interest In an
attempt of Maurice Keathersnn to "come
back" In the Twentieth dlatrlct. Dis
placed from the leaers'ilp several yeara
ago, after a fight with Charles F Mur
phy, he is now locking boms with Will
iam N. Shannon, the present leader.
I'enthi rson is not trying for the leader
ship himself thl year, but la back.ng
one Cggfldy for Alderman against Shan
non man, Joseph F. Daly. Shannon
having turned down "Happy Jai'k" Rear
don, the "marrying Alderman," for re
nomlnatlon. Shannon Is spinning his
weh In the Cherokee Club, and In an
office Bi ross the hall In the same build
ing reatheraon le working 'to upset
everything that Shannon d'ees.
Again n the Third, the Bowery dis
trict, a feu! between the Ins and outs
centres about the nomination for Alder
man Pntrl'-k H. Sullivan, brother of
the late "lug Tim," wrested the leader
eh p from John c Kltxgerald last year.
Now Stinivan war t to be Alderman In
order to push Alderman John J. White,
leader .if ihe antl-Sulllvan clan, further
Into the background
In the Twenty-Aril district Patrick
H. (" tier, ex-Aaslstarrt Corporation
Counsel, who moved fr.m tha Nine
teenth district In order to give District
Lea ler John H O'ConiMll a tight for
supr- macy is leading a rebellion. In
.e Twenty-second Lender William H
Slnnott is being opposed by Michael
CoegroVB, In the Seventeenth district
Matthew K. IV go hue. former Tammany
leaeler, I trylrg to climb bae k to that
tob over the head of Roag William.
Donohu ta accusing Williams of not
litrporttng President Wilson,,
Hugh J Connolly hopes to get the
leadership it tt,e Twentyfourth away
from John J Diets, In the Twenty-
sixth the ambitions of several distrb t
politicians were recently blasted when
ex-Se: a tor James J. Krawley sent word
that he gueesed he would tVk as leader,
l'rawley has been developing h:s farm at
Butfern, N. Y . ar.d It was supposed that
he was dropping stlltlcs altoge ther.
Percy Nagle, the veteran who was
driven ftom the leadership of e;e Thir
tieth last year by frank J. Hendi'ck.
backed by "independents, 1 striving
to regain hi old Job.
The only RepUbllOSB fight of cor.se-
TICKET FOR BROOKLYN MOOSE
Policy CgMMlllee Derides
straight Pnry Nomination,
Th Progressive part) l rs
Brooklyn have decided to lauit h
straight ticket of their own for ,, J ,
i of the Supreme Court. Dlitrir.l Attornei
County Clerk, HeglBter, Shi (
three county Judge- Tl I . p
reached at a conferem . , i .,, ,. .
committee, held on Kr.dav at ! e,
of William II Child, the part) ,.,
I In Brooklyn, In the White .
' Manhattan, and was formal!) ,
, ycaierday In a statement lasu lb) 'i,
j it was decided to i i , ...
I various Aldertnanlc district Ihat
should renominate all am.
pecuve or party tie-s. wt o have,
and Intelligently supported
Belmlnlstratlon and who w . .',
themselvi to MMIntM ;n support
The selection of Assemblymen .
ho left entirely with Ihe v.,r , , .
My districts The same rule .. , .
prevail In the Choice of ca rl la si
Judge, of the Municipal Court
In the opinion of close t - -,
the altuation this will prohibit I.
PmgrteivH party ilate hiati y
ney. Robert H. BMer; Stipi ,-.
Justice, James M Cray. County Court
Judgei. Jesse Fuller. ,lr
(ireene and Ooorg Ittloman Reglstti
No decision ha yet I.- rea I on
th choice of the I ar dldatei for Con .
Clerk ami Sheriff. Roth the I : ,
and Democratic leader-, ate- pi i ,-k- - ,
run Candida toe in the Bull M e pi
marleti, with a view tee capture li I r
ment for some of them
. i a i : l
Over LABOR DAY
Ui, MB. Hit, Wl Hred7
Chambers St Ferry Wmi ii
St. Ferry Hudson Vormlusi
Bulletin Concourse. Ne
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