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ST. LOUIS. MO.. MONDAY. MARCH IS. 1901.
Lotus, Two Cents.
Tnree cents, i
LAST RITES OVER
CAUSED GIRL'S DEATH,
HOW THE CITY'S MONEY
HAS BEEN SQUANDERED.
Remains Interred in Fiiniil.v Itnrinl
Lot at Indianapolis Sunday
Her Fiance, Who Had Just Arrived
From Colorado, Arrested Aft
er the Funeral.
Mr. F. N. Judson Reviews the Record of
the Last Two Republican Adminis
trations in St. Louis.
MANY THOUSANDS LOOKED ON.
SUSPECTED HER FIDELITY.
WSTST .y-A? '-'z33-''-'
Itricf Funeral Services Were Held
at the Residence Refore Those
at the 'Church President
McKiuIev Attended Roth.
Indlnnnpoltv Ind.. March 17. In the cen
ter of a hollow square, composed of fully
13.000 of his fcllcw-cltjliens. tho remains of
Benjamin Harrison were Sunday afternoon
Interred In the family lot in Crown Hill
Close by the grave were the members of
Ms family. President McKlnley and other
visitors of distinction and the more Intimate
friends "of General Harrison. Back a dis
tance of fifty ynrds behind ropes guarded
jealously by a la-ge force of police. stood
with uncovered heads the great multitude
who knew him not so well as did they who
stood beside the freshly upturned earth
but who honored him and admired him
fully as much.
It Is doubtful If any public man, at least
In this generation, was borne to his last
resting place among so mahy manifesta
tions of respect. Of passionate grief there
was little beyond that df the members of
his family, but the tribute of respect was
universal. It came from all alike from
those of his own political faith and from
those who differed with him concerning
what Is best for the nation's good; from
men who have been his lifelong friends, and
from those who knew him merely by sight
and to whom he never spoke.
It came from women and children, from
white and black, from all condition and
kinds of people. There was no exception
anywhere to the expression that the nation
had lost one of Its ablst men and the
greatest man of his generation In his own
By the grave stood the chief magistrate
of the nation, and behind these represehta
fives were all the stteet arabs of General
Harrison's city. In them all there was but
the one feeling that a man hnd died who
was honest at all 'times with himself and
with others and whoe ability and charac
ter were such as the nation could 111 afford
The weather. like that of Saturday, was J
Unsurpassable, bright sunlight the warm
breath bf spring" in every breeze, and yet In
the air' a touch of winter that brought the
blood to the cheek and a sparkle to the
The services at the church and grave were
Simple In the extreme, all In most excellent
taste. IJke tho procedlngs Saturday, there
" Was an utter absence of friction In cverj
thlng that was done. All was well ordered
and well performed. r-
Brier Services t tlrp-'iiotise.
Afthe Hnrrleoh home. SfeCSjrJthe remains.
were taken to the First Presbyterian
Church, -wheri the full service was held,
there were brief exercises for the. members
of the' family and morclmtnedlatfi friends of
General Harrison. Possibly 150 people were
present Mrs. Harrison did not appear, but
remained In Rer room until It was time to
leave for the church.
President McKlnley, accompanied by Gov
ernor Durbln. called'at the house about 1
o'clock. At about the same time came the
members of President Harrison's Cabinet,
and others continually arrived until the
brief services were" over.
ThCprocesslon was to have left the house
at 1:30 o'clock, but it was fully thirty mln
utes later than that when everything was
In readiness. The dcors were thrown wide
open and the honorary pall-bearers came
down the walk leading to the street. After
them came tho active, pall-bearers, beating
the casket V
Behind the casket came Mrs. Harrison,
with her brother. Lieutenant Commander
Parker of the navy, and littli Elizabeth
Harrison. Then came Secretary Tibbot and
Mrs. Tibbot: then Mr. and Mrs. McKee,
Itusseli Harrison and lire. Russell Harri
son; then the other relatives of the dead ex
Presldcnt Directly after the members of
tne xamiiy cams President McKlnley and
Governor Durbln, and following them the
friends of the family.
Serlona Accident Narrovrly"Avered.
There were several thousand people
around the Harrison residence as the funer
al procession moved away, but the crowd
there was insignificant to that which was
gathered around the church. Twd hours
gathered around the church,
While the carriages were discharging
their Inmates at the door of the church, the
wild clanging of a fire engine gong was
heard, and down the street at top speed
came dashing a fire truck. Its way lay
though the crowd beyond where the police
lines were formed, and for a brief space It
seemed as though some accident must cer
tainly result The people made wild rushes
In every direction to escape the threatened
danger, and. the driver of the truck han
dling his horses skillfully, all escaped with
President McKlnley was halfway between
the sidewalk and the church when the con
fusion attracted his attention, and he
stopped short with an expression of anx
iety on his face until the truck had passed,
when he resumed his walk into the church.
Services at the Church.
When all had taken their seats in the
church Mr. Haines advanced to the front
of the pulpit platform, and, resting his left
hand upon the large church Bible, opened
the service by saying: "I am the resur
rection and the life. He that belleveth on
me, though he were dead, yet shall he live,
and he that llveth and belleveth on me shall
Mr. Niccolls then read from I Corinthians
xv, after which Mr. Haines offered prayer.
After the prayer the choir rendered the
hymn "Bock of Ages" In a beautiful and
Impressive manner. This was General Har
rison's favorite hymn, and It is said It is
the only one he ever attempted to sing.
Following the hymn. Doctor Niccolls read
portions of scripture from the fourteenth
chapter of St John and the twenty-first
chapter of Revelation, after which Doctor
Haines delivered his address.
After the address Doctor Niccolls offered
prayer. The services -were closed with a
barytone solo. "Hark, Hark, My Soul," ren
dered by Edward Nell, In which the entire
choir Joined In the chorus.
The party left the church In the same or
der In which it entered. For the most part
those who attended the church services left
Tialli tti CZrttT.
President McKlnley went to the grave
with Mrs. Durbln and stood with her during
the brief service. When the prayer was of
fered the President was seemingly deep in
! thought, and remained so with bowed head
after the anal word had been said. He
stood with bared head Immediately behind
the atone monument of the Harrison family,
and once, when the weariness of the day
had touched him, he leaned against It for a
The arlr had begun to be chilly and the
wind began to blow cold, but. while some
others around the grave to protect their
heads barely raised their hats, the Presi-A-f
IroAt hi Ir. hla hnnrt throuchout the
service. Beside him were Governor Durbln,
and frivaie secretary uoneiyou.
The burial service was very-slmplo end
very brief. The Reverend Mr. Niccolls read
the short committal and burial service and
the' Reverend Mr. Haines followed with a
PInitad of following the usual practice,
which consists of dropping a few grains' of
dust on the coffin, three white carnations
ware placed .upon the lid.
Admits That lie Was Uneasy, but
Declares He Was Determined to
Harry Her Girl Took Jledi-
sine Sent Through Mail.
Rutland, Vt. March 17.-Arrestcd and
charged with the murder or the girl from
vthose funeral he had just returned, after
acting as pallbearer, Aldace Vondette Is
now In Jail and talks freely of his relations
with Ida Fosburgh, tho dead girl.
He says ho had not seen her for eleven
months; that he last. week arrived here
from Canon City, Colo., with the Intention
of making her hii wife, but admits that
he was suspicious of her relations with an
other man. The autopsy made showed that
she was In a delicate condition.
Tuesday evening Miss Fosburch. who was
emplojed as a domestic in the home of
Minor Jones, a farmer, received by mail a
powder and a few minutes utter taking It
si.e died. There was nothing to show who
had sent It, but It is supposed to have been
mailed by two strange men who drote past
the post office at Slicrelum, where the
Jones f.imlly lived.
Mr. Vondette is uS years of age and a
man of much property, well known in the
marble business of the State. He has borno
a reputation as an honest, thrifty business
man. Ills wife died thirteen years ago
nnd he has tlx children. His eldest son,
2S years old, is In business at Newcastle.
Pa., and the second son Is at home, where
his four daughters live.
Vnntletfe Tells of the EiiKiiKvment.
He has been quite a faml iar figure at
cjunty fairs, as he has alwayq had several
valuable trotting horses, and at one time
owned the fastest trotters in the State. He
"I have lived in West Rutland for thirty
flvo years. I have known this girl ever
Fince she was born. The idea of taking me
up In this place for killing a woman!
"I worked in West Rutland for years as
superintendent of the marble work. Elev
en menths ago I went out to Canon City,
Colo., to be superintendent of the Frcemont
Marble Works, a company owned In Hart
fQld. Conn. Before I left I secured a prom
ise from Ida Fosburgh tiiat she woutd
marry me. I had been keeping company
with her for about a year, and when I told
her that I was going out West, she said
she would marry me and we would live out
there. I don't know whether her folks
knew it or not, but I suppose they did.
"Tlie last letter I received from her
reached me on February 2, and In It she
said that If I would, get here on Easter
bunday we would be married right off,,, I
nspUed on Fbi usry 26, and?t.fd Jier- i. wouid
probably arrive hei be , t er, apt
then w e wculd settle on the day of the mar
riage. Admits He Had SdKpletonx.
'"I got a leave of absence, and reached
West Rutland on Thursday, March 7. I
caught cold on the way, and when I got
home I was quite sick. I was In the house
from Friday until Wednesday. I spent Fri
day "evening at Miss Fosburgh's home.
Ida's mother had written her that I was
home, and we thought Bho might come
hbme that evening."
Mr. Vondette admitted that, from letters
he had received from Ida, he was suspicious
of her friendliness with a certain man, but
says that If he had thought anything was
really wrong he would not have come 2,180
miles to see her.
He claims he did not leave the house at
West Rutland on Tuesday, the day the let
ter was mailed, or for several days previ
ously. He turned over to the police about
twenty-five love letters he had received
from Miss Fosburgh, 'but there was noth
ing In them tha't w ould aid the officers', who
admit that as yet they have nothing to
show that he was Instrumental In sending
The strange men, wearing fur overcoats
and caps, who drove past the post olllce
Tuesday, are now being sought by the po
lice! WAS BADLY INJURED.
Rridge Ruilder McKliutock Fell
Down Flight of Steps.
L. D. McKHntock of Lexington, Mo., fell
down a flight of steps Sunday afternoon at
No. 1225 Pine street where he boards. He
sustained injuries to tho spinal cord that
are serious and was taken to the City Hos
pital. McKHntock Is a bridge builder and has
been In this citv for a month, but his
original home Is In Lexington. Hl3 family
are at present In the latter places
For Missouri Occasional rains Mon
day; colder In wcntero portion; winds
brooming northwesterly. Tuesday,
For Illinois Increasing cloudiness
and rain Monday; warmer In central
nnd northern portions; east to south
winds; fresh to brisk on the lake.
For Arkansas Bain Monday; falling;
temperature; winds becoming; north
westerly. Tuesday, fair.
1. Ex-President Harrison's Funeral.
Mysterious Powder Caused Girl's Death.
Coal SItuaUon Looks Ominous.
Hostile Forces at Tien-Tsln Reduced.
How the City's Money Has Been Squan
dered. 2. Review of Work of Missouri Assembly.
Wireless Phones Next In Line.
Hill Has Fun With Piatt and Croker.
3. Defines Duty of Hebrew Democrats.
Sherman Scores House Members.
4. New Orleans Meet Closes This Week.
Parker. Drew With Kid McFarland.
Entries at the Various Tracks.
5. Sermons and Services in the Churches.
6. Men Who Will Handle Carnegie Library
At the Playhouses.
7. Measures Passed by General Assembly.
8. Republic Want Ad9.
9. River News.
Republic .Want Ads.
11. Grain Markets.
12. Woman Attacked by Her-Pet Dog.
Marched In Honor'of St. Patrick.
Ringlnlg Chimes by Compressed Air.
Decayed Oranges Glut the Market.
Rich Discovery of Sulphur In Russia.
Celebration at St. Patrick's Church.
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THE -JL-ia-HTDCfTTlsra- CHILTa
Miners Determined to Declare
Strike on April 1 Unless the
MITCHELL ON THE SITUATION.
President of United Mine Work
' "-HTTnkes Aggressive Stand
r Threatened Trouble Has
Scranton. Pa.. March 17. John Mitchell,
president of the United Mine Workers of
America, Is one of the busiest men in the
United States to-night. When called upon
'to-night his desk was covered with letters
of protest and friendship.
"Yes," he said, "our resolution meant
what it said. Unless the operators answer
us before April 1 we shall declare a strike
on that date. We don't like to do It, but
business Is business, and we propose to
bring the anthracite situation to the same
level n3 the bituminous, while, as you know,
we have an agreement with the mine own
ers." "In case of ft strike the mine owners say
they will never yield." was suggested.
"They always say that," he replied. "We
gave them all the time and all the courtesy
to which they were entitled. I feel that
the men who dig the coal are entitled to
some consideration on a business basis. The
mine owners don't hesitate to confer with
somebody who wants to buy a mine. Why,
then, do they consider It beneath them to
meet the men, the creators of their wealth?
There will be a strike on the first of April
unless there Is a conference of mine owners
and mine workers then to settle their dif
ferences, mark that."
AUSTRIA A CRUMBLING EMPIRE.
Its Disintegration Predicted After
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
London. March 17. (Copyright, 1901, by the
New York Herald Company) I met to-day
an Austrian gentleman who knows very
Intimately the doings And saylngB of the
Austrian court. I asked him what he
thought of the recent article In the Matin
entitled "A Crumbling Monarchy." His
"I have not seen the article, but one
thing I am very sure of, that Is that after
the death of the present Emperor nothing
can hold the Austrian Empire together.
The German Provinces will, without any 4
kind of doubt. Insist, as they have 'already
expressed their desire. In going over to
Germany. The Czecks will be for Inde
pendence, but under Russian protection.
The Hungarians will seek Independence and
ask for more sea coast, In addition to the
port of Flume. The Italian Provinces will
go over to Italy.
"It might be otherwise If the heirs to the
throne were more worthy, but they are, un
fortunately, quite unfitted to rule. The
present Emperor, so long as he lasts, and I
hope It will be long, is all right, and noth
ing will happen; but after he goes, I quite
agree with what you tell me was the con
text of the Matin's article."
DOUBLE FUNERAL MONDAY.
Death Claims Two Children in Wil
liam Dischert's Home.
Two children of Mr. and Mrs. William
Dlschert of No. 4563 Page boulevard became
HI on Tuesday. Saturday at 4 p. m. one of
them died, and Sunday at 4 p. m. the other
breathed Its last. William, aged 2, suc
cumbed to an attack of croup, and Mildred,
7 years old, died of pneumonia.
The parents are prostrated by the shock
and the suddenness of the deaths.
But one child now remains to the parents,
a daughter 14 years old.
Last night the body of the little boy was
laid In the parlor and watched by friends,
while upstaltsTthe little girl's body is laid
out In the room where she died.
The double funeral will take place from
the Dlschert residence Monday. The Rever
end PJtro Ilgen nf the Holy Ghost Evangel
ical Lutheran Church, at Grand and Page
boulevard, who christened the children,- will
read the funeral service over both. The
bodies will be burled In the Evangelical
ZIon Cemetery. The burial and services will
DE WET SUFFERS A REVERSE.
His Commando Rroken Up at Sen
ekal, Orange River Colony.
Cape Town, March 17. General De Wet's
commando has been broken uo,at Sticks!,
Orange River Colony,
IN SUNDAY SESSION
Conference Report, on Appropria
tion Rill Adopted and Decks
Cleared for Adjournment.
END COMES AT NOON TO-DAY.
House Member Whiled Part nf
Their Time Away Singing the
Doxology and Church
BT A STAFF CORRESPONDENT.
Jefferson City, Mo., March 17. Hou'ie and
Senate met this morning In recess from 'Sat
urday. It was the first Sunday meeting of
the session, and wus held for the purpoie
of taking action on the belated general ap
The House at 11:30 p. m. Saturday had
voted to disagree with the Conference Com-
mlttee's report on the general appropriation
bill. Three Items faild to meet the view
of the House. The appropriation for militia
was $10,000, an appropriation of $10,000 was
made for the geological survey, and the In
surance Commissioner's. drpartment was al
lowed W.000 more than some of the members
believed It should have.
Before the House met a large number of
mombers gathered on the west side of the
hall and aang "Wash All My Sins Away."
"Blest Bo the Tie That Binds." the Doxol
ogy and other hjmns.
While the House waited for the Confer
ence Committee's report It considered Sen
ate bills. Only seventy-four members were
present, and the least opposition to a meas
ure killed It.
The bill to prevent tho theft of brasses
from railway cars went bv the board by a
few votes short of a constitutional major-
The bill to cede authority to the Unlte-1
States Government over land at Neosha to
extend the Government fish hatcheries
there, was passed.
The bill allowing Insurance companies to
recover attorneys' fees If It is shown that a
plaintiff has prosecuted a suit "vexatlously"
was Indefinitely postponed.
The bill compelling clerks of courts of
record to make return of fees charged for
making abstracts of title failed by a vote of
41 .ayes and 27 noes.
The Assembly took a recess to allow the
Conference Committee on the general ap
propriation bill to deliberate. The commit
tee was composed of Senators Haynes,
Marshall, Matthews and Representatives
Duncan, McLane and Stewart. The com
mittee reported in the afternoon and the re
port was adopted.
The Senate amendments to the general
appropriation bill contains a number or
additions to the House bill. They carry
J15.000 for the drainage canal litigation, $5.
000 each for a statue to Thffmas H. Benton
In Bellcfontnlne Cemetery nt St. Louis, and
one for Governor Robert Stewart In Mount
Mora Cemetery at St. Joseph. Additions
are also made for the new Board of Arbi
tration and for the enforcement of the beer
This practically concludes the work of
the General Assembly, with the exception
of the purely ministerial work of signing
bills, which must be Clone in open session.
all other business being suspended.
The General Assembly will adjourn at
noon to-morrow. JOHN C- LEBENS.
HE WOUNDED TWO MEN.
James O'Toole Opened Fire oif
Table Where Party Sat.
James O'Toole. a laborer, living at No.
E224 Cheltenham avenue. Is locked up at
the Mounted District Police Station on a
charge of wounding two men late Sunday
night In Mrs. Catherine Michael's saloon at
No. 5759 Manchester avenue.
O'Toole entered the saloon about 11
'Til show you how to celebrate St. Pat
rick's Day I" he exclaimed, as he produced
a revolver and began firing at a table at
which sat Mrs. Miohaels. Lawrence Brady
of No. 3113 Manchester avenue, and Thomas
Lagarste of No. 6300 Tamm avenue. The
first bullet passed between Mrs. Michael
and Lagarste and struck Brady In the left
shoulder. The second struck Lagarste In the
right forearm and the other shots went
The shooting attracted the attention of
the "police, who placed O'Toole under ar
rest and forwarded Brady to the City Hos
pital. Lagarste was attended . by Doctor
Murphy of No. GS33 Manchester avenue.
Neither hs nor Brady was seriously
- IEG .A..RTIST.
HOSTILE FORGES AT
Russian General Comes From Pe
kin to Look After His Coun
GUARDS FACING EACH OTHER.
Twenty-Seven Soldiers of Each
Nation Encamped on Opposite
Sides of the Disputed
Tien-Tsln, March 17. There is no change
In the situation developed by the Angio
Husslan railway dlsp- te here. The Rus
sian and British forces are still represented
by small detachments, with officers en
camped on opposite sides of the railway
The utmost friendliness Is exhibited to
ward each other by the opposing parties,
! but as a measure of precaution the guards
have been reduced to twenty-seven on earn
side In order to prevent any possible col
lision during the negotiations.
A Ruslan General arrived from Pekln
Owing to the persistent rowdyism of
French soldiers In the British concession,
the British authorities have been reluctant
ly compelled to forbid the French to enter
the concession unless on duty. Major Hock
ler of the British forces was asaulted this
afternoon In the French concession.
The Russians continue to purchase land
In their new concession.
1JUITIMI PAPER HINTS AT WAR.
London, March IS. The Tlen-Tsin corre
spondent of the Standard says:
"The railway dispute here is another cf
the attempts of the Russian Adm'ral,
Alexleff, to create trouble, and unless he 13
relieved there will be constant friction,
which will eventually lead to hostilities. He
loses no opportunity to thwart the Eng
lish." Commenting editorially upon Its Tlen-T-Hn
advices the Standard reminds RUssia that
"the British fleet Is as potent as ever and
Japan Is burning to second the efforts of
any one ready to oppose the annexation of
"It Is a painful task thus to be compelled
even to hint at contingencies so vast end
disturbing, but the perils of the moment are
more likely to be overcome if It Is thorough
ly realized that we do not shrink from such
action as would be best calculated to main
tain our rights," .
INTO HILL'S HANDS.
Entire System to Re Leased to the
Northern Pacilic and Great
Chicago, 111., March 17. The Tribune to
morrow will Bay:
"The Chicago, Burlington and Qulncy
Railroad has passed practically Into the
hands of James J. Hill. This information
comes to the Tribune from an authorita
tive source. Arrangements are about
completed whereby the Burlington sstem
Is to be leased to the Great Northern and
Northern Pacific companl-s, the latter
guaranteeing 7 per cent dividends on all
the Burlington stock.
"The Morgan and Harlman Interests ob
tained control of the Burlington road several
weeks ago and It Is with them that Mr.
Hill has been negotiating for the lease. The
rapid advance in Burlington stock during
the last two weeks and the additional jump
of six points yesterday made It certain that
something of an extraordinary nature was
In the wind. Few people, however, had any
Idea that Mr. Hill, was trying to get control
of the property and special stress was laid
upon the assertion that neither Mr. Hill hor
any of his brokers was buying Burlington
"Mr. Hill has been In New Icrk for more
than a week In connection with this deal,
but so secretly Were the negotiations con
ducted that the announcement of his ac
quiring control comes as a surprise.
"As far as cari be learned, there will be no
consolidation of the Burlington with the
Great Northern and Northern Padfld They
will be operated as separate corporations,
but Mr. Hill will be in absolute control of
tins thres companies."
Throttling of the Nagel Retrenchment Report in 895 and the
Hodges Bill in (899 Salaries Increased $100,000 by the
Wittenberg Bill Real Cause of Municipal Bankruptcy.
Reviewing tlie administrations of Mayors Walliridge and Ziegenheiu In the
last eight years, with especial regard to finances, Mr. I X. Jnd&on, in the article
which follows, shows conclusively movements for retrenchment lu the expenses
of the city government have been fought during this time.
Beginning witli tlie refusal of tlie Walbridgc administration, in 1893, to no
tice the report of tlie Council Ketrencluuent Committee, of which Charles Nagel
was chairman, and which recommended a saving of $CO,noo liy cutting off use
less salaries, the determination to create additional offices for political hench
men is made plnin.
The Wittenberg bill, adding $100,000 to Street Department salaries, was
passed early In Mayor Zicgeuheiu's administration. Mr. Judson takes the posi
tion that with economy, instead of extravagance, Mayor Ziegeuiieln could hare
provided enough money to go far toward building a new City Hospital.
Tlie throttling of the Hodges retrenchment bill, by which the author hoped
to save tin city ?10S,(M. a year In the Street Department, and the attempt by
the Ziegeuhein administration, through the sham retrenchment measure intro
duced by President Meier to get control of the appointments now m.ide by the
President of the Board of Public Improvements, are also cited. It Is also shown
tltat tlie Comptroller did not consider the police law in figuring out the first
deficit, tli.it of 1809, when the city's expenses exceeded its Income by ?83,0OO.
Mr. Judson concludes by referring to the connection between the present
City Hall pay roll gang and the candidacy of Oeorgc W. Parker.
BY F. N. JT7DPON.
If St. Iouls Is cursed with four more years
of Republican m'.ru!e. the city will be as
poor as a church mouse, no matter how
much additional revenue may be raised, and
the streets, sewers and alleys will be great
er breeders of disease than were the thor
oughfares of Havana when the United
States took Control. This proposition Is
proved by the public records and by the ut
terances of Republican leaders and officials
during the past eight years. The City Au
ditor's reports show that from the day Wal
l.rldge took office the expenses of the city
began to grow, so that the expense accounts
under the Francl3 and Noonun administra
tions sank into insignificance. That increase
hiis continued to the present day.
Walbridee took office in the spring of 1832,
nnd so rapidly did the city payrolls expand
that on January 3, 1891, the uity council,
then, as now, under Republican control,
appointed a Retrenchment Committee to re-
duce the public expenses. Cnarles Nagel
was at that time President oi ine council
and he was chairman of the Retrenchment
Committee. He drew up the leporc wnicn
xraa mihmittFil to the Council March 1. IScJu.
The Retrenchment Committee recommended
reductions In public expenses amocnunK ro
ttO.OUl a year. The principal reductions
were as follows:
Harhnr and Wharf Department, by Ala-
charge of unnecessary employes 1 1.W0
Street Department, Uncharge ot unneces
sary Inspector. 43,20V
Building Commissioner's office, discharge
of unnecessary employes 4.SW
I'lumblnic Department, abolition o( depart
mnt by transfer of Its duties to Sewer
Department, thereby saving 3.7W
Park Department, abolition of office of as
sistant bookkeeper, saving 1.I6U
Weights and Measures Department, aboli- r
Hon of North Leee and South Levee
scales. salng - 1.SW
SIORB JOBS CItKATKD
1SSTEAU OF RETRESCIIME.NT.
The Nagel report was spread on the
minute? of the Council and may be found
beginning on page 446 Council Journal, ses
sion of 1S9I-&. Besides Nagel, the mem
bers ot this committee were: Franklin
Ferrlss, now Circuit Judge; Max Kotan
and W. T. Anderson, the latter a Demo
The Republican administration not only
paid no attention to the recommendations
of the Retrenchment Committee, but It
threw openUhe doors of the City Treasury
by passing the notorious Wittenberg bill
in 1SOT. This measure enabled Zlegehheln,
who had Just taken office, to build up hi'
famous machine, now In process of de
struction. Tho Wittenberg bill gave birth to the
great number of jobs In the Street De
partment, which have served the purpose
of enabling Zlegenheln's henchmen to
draw fat salaries from the City Treasury
for doing political work. The bill was
so loosely drawn that no engineering or
other professional skill was required as a
qualification for any of the newly created
The bet office created by the TVlttenbfrs
bill was that of Assistant Street Comrrfls
sloner, a position which should be filled by
a civil engineer. No qualification what
ever was required, because Zlegenheln
wanted to give Julius wurzburger tne
place. This Zlegenbeln diu as soon a.9 tne
bill became a law.
The extravagance of the Wittenberg bill
Is best shown by a contrast between that
measure and one which Captain William
r TTrwlsrpn Introduced In the Council De
cember 23. 1S99, to amend the Wittenberg
bill. Captain Hodges was then chairman
of the Ways and Means Committee of the
Council, and for a long time he cherished
a fale notion that his fellow-Republicans
would support him In his laudable ambi
tion to rescue the city from bankruptcy.
The scales fell from the Captain's eyes
when several of his pet reform measures
were defeated, and then he resigned from
the chairmanship. Among the reforms in
tenutf by Captain Hodgefs Wittenberg re
peal bill was the limitation of the office
of Assistant Street Commlstsoner to civil
engineer only. The repeal bill also elimi
nated the Sprinkling Department and left
to the police the Inspection of sprinkling
work. The Wittenberg provisions for street
railroad Inspectors were repealed by
HodgesTs bill. The street railroad Inspec
tors have been a Joke in the City Hill.
"Butch" Wagner became one when he was
forced to give up the office or Jailer.
THE WITTEXBERG DILL.
The repeal bill also d:d away with ex
cavation Inspectors, nnd about forty street
Inspector, all of whom were Zlegenheln's
lieutenants and ward workers. The Captain
hoped to save to the city by this bill 008,
945 without reducing the efficiency of the
municipal service. This bill never became
a law and this was one of the reasons why
Hodges ceased to be a Republican reformer
and resigned his chairmanship.
The following figures show how esarava
eant Is the Wittenberg bill, now In force:
Offices created by Wittenberg bill, with
annual salaries-One Assistant Street Com
missioner (no qualifications), 2,E0O; one sec
retary, $1,800: one princtpal 'bookkeeper,
S1.800; one principal clerk. $1,500; one super
intendent of maps ard Indexes, J1.I00; one
excavation clerk. &200; two stenographers.
$1 800; one clerk of sprinkling. $900; four ex
tra clerks, $J,6A: four district clerks. $3,600;
one First Deputy Street Commissioner,
EEflO; one general superintendent of street
construction, $2,400; one engineer of surveys.
JI.S00; one office superintendent, J2.500; one
soperlntendent of construction and recon
struction. ttSOO; two district -engineers of
bridges, $$.000; one engineer,, $1,560; two sur
veyors, $1,260 each; two surveyors (extra),
ti.ao each: six rodmen, $710 each: six rod-
men (extra), $729 -each; three'v field hands.
$600 each; three field hands (extra). 1600
each; one principal draughtsman, $1,800; one
first-class draughtsman of bridles. $1,100;
two first-class draughtsmen, Jl.'OO each; four
secondclat3 draughtsmen. $900 each; two
second-class draughtsmen (extra), 1900 each;
one draughtsman (extra), $936; four district
superintendents, $2,000 each; four assistant
district superintendent?, $1200 each; one
sprinkling superintendent, $1,500; forty in
spectors, J900 each; twenty-one Inspectors,
each at $32.33 per month for eight and one
half months of sprinkling, J14.S74; ninety
one Inspectors (for:y-four at $2 per day,
twenty-one at $2.59. twenty-eight at $3 and
five at $3.29). total $72,130; one Inspector of
sidewalks, $900; thirty-two overseeers (twen-ty-six
at $3.10 per day, one at $3.75, three
at $4 and two at $3). C2.C85; grand total,
IIODGES'9 BILL WOULD
HAVE CUT THE SALARIES.
.Captain Hodges's bill provided for the
operation of the Street Department with
the following force:
One assistant street commissioner (to be
a civil engineer), J2.50O per annum; twr
first-class clerks. $1,00 each; two second
class clerks. $tB0O each; one third-class
clerk. $1,200; nine fourth-class clerks, $S03i
each; two first-class engineers, JJ.40J each;
three Second-class engineers, tt900 each;
three third-class engineers. $1,500 each;ioarTf
fourth-class engineers, J1.20O each; ten rod
men. $720 each; five fleldhands. $600 each;
three first-class draughtsmen, $JlCO each;
six second-class draughtsmen. S90) each:
two superintendents of repairs, sprinkling iKtl
and cleaning at 0,800 each; four assistant
superintendents of repairs, sprinkling and
cleaning, at 0,200 each; forty-four Inspect
ors of repairs, sprinkling and clahlng. at
$900-each; four overseers at $1,2C0 each;
twenty overseers at J900 each. Grand total.
It can be seen at a glance what a glar
lng robbery the Wittenberg bill is when
contrasted with the Hodges reform b'H.
The small army of draughtsmen. Inspect
ors and other employes who have done lit
tie besides ward work for Zlegenheln. were
detlned for the block by Hodges, but hla
bill failed to pass.
The Wittenberg bill also provided:
In addition tn the nfflrl harmttlhrnfArm m-tA.A
the Street Commissioner shall, with the tpprotal
of the Mayor, appoint such additional surreyon,
draftsmen, rodmen. .field hands. Inspectors, over
seers, clerks, mechanics, teams, carts anil cy
laborers as may be required for the efficient
working of his department
Captain Hodges incorporated this proviso
len In his reform bill, with this difference,
that he changed the word "shall" to
"may," making It optional with the Street
Commissioner to employ an additional army
ZIEGEXHEHT IX THE WAY
OF A MEW CITT HOSPITAL.
Captain Hodges, during his fight for his
reform and retrenchment bill, tried hard to
have his partizanshlp unquestioned by pro
claiming that he sought to reduce the ex
travagance of the Wittenberg bill, not be
cause they were extravagances, but because
the police had to be paid. But like Ban
quo'a ghost, the shadow of Increased salar
ies under Zlescnheln will not down.
City Hall Republicans blame the Police
Department for the delay In building a new
City Hospltnl. In fact. Zlegenheln Is to
blame. In 1895. the Municipal Assembly
started a hospital building fund by passing"
a law setting aside 1 per cent of the annual
revenue of the city for the fund. This
amounted to $50,000 In 1896 and a like sum
was set aside In 1897. making 000.000 In all
available for hosnltnl hulMLnic R,i in hot
the Wittenberg bill was passed, and the
000,000 hospital fund was used to pay Zle
genheln's newly recruited army of ward
workers. The Wittenberg bill added 000,000
tc the city payroll without Increasing the
efficiency of the Street Department.
About the time the Wittenberg bill was
passed, Zlegenheln had thtf office of Ucensit
Commissioner created. In order to provide
a place for his friend, Theodore Kalbfell.
chairman of the City Central Committee.
This new office added $50,000 more to the
city's payroll and has not Increased tho
city's revenue. An additional 150.000 was
added to the city's payroll during Zlegen
heln's administration, so that the annual
outlay of the city in salaries Is $200,000 great
er than when Zlegenheln took office. For this
outlay there Is nothing to show but an un
scrupulous Republican machine. If Zlegen
heln cared for the unfortunate in the City
Hospital, be could have laid aside about
$600,uoo for a new structure, which might
nor; be built. This sum would have- been
made up of $50,000 a year for four years,
and $400,000 which has gone to pay the In
crease In the payroll at the rate of $300,000
a year for two years. The Police Depart
ment had nothing to do with the lootlnc-of
the City Hospital fund..
CAUSE OF THE
DEFICIT OF ,1806-1900.
The criminal extravagance of Zlegen
heln's administration became apparent., la
November and December. 1889, when the
Comptroller reported a deficit of $83,0Stwln.
the revenue for the fiscal year 1899-lJ09.iIrl
other words, the expenses of the city durtag
that vear were $83,000 in excess of the "re
ceipts. The police laW had nothing to do"-
with this deficit, for. In calculating tne dofl-t '
cit, the Comptroller did not take account.
of the police law. zuegennein aione wss;io .,
blame for the aencit. Tne revelation or tats
deficit caused Captain Hodges, PrasMeat
McMath of the Board ot Public ImproTt-v
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tronchment- This deficit.- and not the
law. Induced Captain Hodge to make !-'?; y
futile assault on the Wittenberg hBLrc?-?' 1
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