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Prompt Response to Wireless Signal "C. D.
the Ambulance Call of the Sea
By the Italian Liner Florida, Off Nantucket Light, in
Dense Fog Two Transfers of the Republic's Pas
sengers on the Open Sea 1,859 Rescued Passengers
on Liner Baltic Arrived at Sandy Hook Late Last
Night Marvelous Results of Wireless Telegraphy
Collision Occurred Saturday Morning Republic Sank
Sunday Night at 8.30 Crew Rescued.
New York. Jan. 24. The marine ac
cident which for more than twenty-
four hours has held the attention o
the world, and which has not been
without fatalities, is tonight nearlng a
fortunate if not harpy ending.
Series of Remarkable Events.
The ramming of the White Star
liner Republic early Saturday morning
by the Italian liner Florida off Nan
tucket, Mass., has been followed by a
fories of events making it one of the
most remarkable ocean mishaps on
Seven Ocean Liners Take Part.
No lens than seven ocean liners the
Baltic, New York, Furnessia, La Lor
raine and Lucania and the two crip
pled ships. Republic and Florida are
figuring in this stirring story. The
442 passengers of the Republic have
undergone two transfers on the open
tea. first to the crippled Florida on Sat
urday morning and again early today
to the more commodious Ealtic, which
Is bringing also the nine hundred and
more passenger from the disabled
1,653 Persons Rescued.
With this great human burden of
1.650 rescued persons, besides her own
list of H30, the Baltic will arrive on
Handy Book about 11 o'clock tonight.
The Republic, believed at one time to
be sinking, has been kept afloat and
with a volunteer crew Is limping back
to New York, towed probably by the
revenue cutter Gresham and steered
t y the Anchor liner Furnessia aft. The
I'lorida, with her bow rent from the
leriitlc impact with the Republic, is
iho slowly steering, under her own
et'-nm, for this port, convoyed by tuo
American liner New York.
Two Passengers Killed.
Until an early hour today It was
Ibelieved the collision of ths two big
fillips off fogbound Nantucket Saturday
jnomlng had not resulted in death or
ln'urv to a single passenger or member
of the crews. Shortly after midnight,
riow"ver, the wireless telegraph, that
wonderful force which apprised' tne
world of the Republic's distress and
ji:ickly brought other ships to her aid,
flashed the news that two passengers
nn the Republic had been killed and
two others injured.
Four Death on the Florida.
Late In the day another -wireless
Tnessage told of four deaths on board
- the Florida, either those of members
of the crew or steerage passengers.
The identity of These persons was not
tnade clear.
Names of the Dead Pasaengers.
The message from Captain Ransom
of the Ealtic to the White Star com-j-any
in this city gave the names of the
tiead passange-s as Mrs. Eugene Lynch
of Boston and W. J. Alooney, a banker,
vf Langdon, N. D. The Injured ate
Mrs. M. J. Murphy, wife of the ftntin
clal agent of the Union Central Ltfe
Insurance company, of Grand Forks,
IS". D., and Eugene Lynch of BoBton.
Cau of Death a Mystery So Far.
How these unfortunates on the Re
public were kiHed or the nature of the
Injuries to Mrs. Murphy and Mr.
l.ynch is not known by officials of the
White Star line, who have communi
cated with relatives ot th dead and
Mr. Moonejr and hi -wife, with Mr.
and Mrs. Murphy, wer bound on a
pleasure trip from the west to the
Sfediterranean and occupied staterooms
on the top deck aft on the port aide.
Mr. and Mrs. Lynch occupied an ad
joining stateroom. The company can
rot understand how the- passengers
rere killed or Injured in that part of
the Republic, because It 1 understood
Bhe was struck amidships.
Bodies f Dead and Injured Are on
Board th Baltic. ,
Anxious friend and relatives be
sieged the White Star offices with In
quiries about passengers of th Re
public, but other than the terse mes
sages from Captain, Ransom of the
Ibaltlc, -hieh were made public, no
news irii received. The reeling of
latlon among the steamship officials
early today when Captain Ransom
wired that the Republic was yet afloat
and there tts an excellent chance of
raving her gave way to regret when
the news came that there had been
loss of life In the mishap. The bodies
cf the dead and injured passengers are
on the steamship Baltic. The steamer
Ceneral Putnam has been chartered by
the company and will go alongside the
Paltlo when she reaches quarantine
Pfonday morning, for she Is not ex
pected up the bay tonight. Th Gen
eral Putnam will carry officials of the
company and those who may desire to
-o down the bay to meet returning
fiassengers from the Republic.
Detail of Accident Fitfully Told by
f th collision at sea 1n th
flense fog came fitfully by wireless to
day j.Tom many receiving stations
along the New England coast. The
story, though it was la brirf but po
tent messages, told haw the passen
gers of the Republic and the Florida
spent anxious and uncomfortable hours
after the collision and did not feel se
cure until 8 o'clock this morning, when
nil were on the Ealtic.
Florida' Cutwater and Bow Crumpled
After the transfer of the passengers
from the Republic to th Florida, which
had no accommodations for the four
hundred and more addition to her al
ready heavy burden of humanity. Cap
tain Voltolin of the Italian ship stood
by until further help arrived. An ex
amination of the Florida showed that
rier cutwater and bow wer crumpled
up a if S'le had run into a stone wall
and that har two forward compart
ments wer filled with water, f-h
showed no sign of sinking, though she
was slightly down by the head. It was
deemed beat, therefor, late last night,
to transfer not only the Republic's
passengers, but all those on board the
Florida as well. Captain A'oltolin be
lieved hi progress, to New York would
b alaw anal titer wtr imuXflcitnt ac
commodations and supplies for so
many passengers.
Midnight Re-transference of Passen
gers. Shortly before midnight the re
transference of the passengers from
the Florida to the Baltic began. For
tunately the sea was smooth and placid
and the ships' boats under the filmy
tlare of night lights made their way
back and forth between tha steamships
in th fog. Meanwhile the Republic
drifted away in the murk and was lost
to the sighf of those on board the Eal
tic and Florida. Captain Sealby and a
boat's crew kept alongside the Repub
lic In a gig and were keeping watch
over the disabled liner when at 10
o'clock last night she was lost to the
view of the Baltic.
The trunsfer of passengers to the
Baltic took until morning. There was
little fear among them.
The Republic Picked Up When Fog
When all, including the Florida's
passengers, had been placed on the
Baltic. Captain Ransom sent a wire
less message to New York that he was
going in search of the Republic. As
the morning advanced the fog lifted
and the disabled steamship was picked
ud. The Bashed liner seemed to be
floating more easily and Captain Seal
by and his boat crew, who had remain
ed beside her all night, boarded her.
The wireless operator, who had stuck
to his ship until ordered off by tne
captain, obtained some new stooge
tanks and also boarded her.
Fleet of Salvage Tugs at Scene.
Meanwhile a fleet of salvage tugs
had arrived at the scene and the
American liner New York had taken a
position near the Florida, while the
Anchor liner Furnessia, which had
com up during the night, stood by
ready to render any assistance needed.
The Baltic Headed for New York.
Shortly before 10 o'clock Captain
Riinsom reoen-ej a wireless order from
his company's officials to bring the
Baltic and the rescued passengers to
this port without regard to the Re
public. Within a few minutes of the
order the Baltic headed for this port,
where she is expected about midnight.
The French liner La Lorraine, the
first of the many ships which partici
pated in this remarkable marine acci
dent, reached port today. She was 120
miles from the scene of the collision
when her officer:; were Informed of the
Republic's plight by the Marconi oper
ator at Siasconset, Mass., early Satur
day. French Liner Picks Up Wireless Dis
tress Letters "C. Q. D."
"C. Q. D.," the ominous letters of the
international sea code. Indicating dis
tress, had aroused the sleepy operator
in his room on the French steamer,
and a few minutes later came the
words "Repirblic wrecked; wants as
sistance." followed by the latitude and
longitude of the ship in distress.
Rushed 20 Knots an Hour to the
"Tell them I am coming." responded
Ca.pt. Edouard Tournier when inform
ed of tile call for help, and for the
next six hours he sent his bl-r ship
dashing through the fog at the danger
ous speed of twenty knots an hour,
which brought her to the scene short
ly after noon. Then and until night
fall La Lorraine steamed slowly about
in the mist, searching for the water
logged Republic, whose hell could be
plainly heard, so near was the French
steamer to the object of her quest. All
this time La Lorraine was in wireless
communication with the Bc.ltie, which
had also hastened to the aid of her sis
ter ship. Finally, as night is falling,
the Baltic flashed a message to the
Frenchman that the endangered pas
sengers of the stricken ship were safe
aboard the Italian liner Florida. This,
coupled with a request from the Raltic
to follow the Florida Into New York,
sent La .Lorraine on her belated home
ward way.
Captain of La Lorraine Tells Story of
the Search.
Capatin Tournier, who plainly show
ed signs of the strain of his ions vigil,
told the story of the search in simple
language aboard his ship today. By
his side stood Bour, the wireless man.
who, no less than his captain, had been
under a great strain.
"I had been on the bridge nearly all
Friday night," said the captain, "be
cause of the heavy fog. At seven in
the morning, or a little before, I was
handed the first wireless message tell
ing of the Republic's disaster. 'Tell
them I am coming,' I said to the oper
ator, and then I took my position as
well as the fog would let me. I found
that I was 120 miles from where the
Republic had been rammed and at
once started full speed for the scene.
Fog Shut Out All View.
"Towards one in the afternoon we
reached the vicinity of the wreck as
known to us by the bearings latitude
40.17, longitude 70 west given us by
the operator at Siasconset, but the fog
lama so dense that nothing could be
seen. We steamed in all directions
north, aouth, east and west. Mean
while we had come very close to the
Baltic, which we never actually saw, so
thick was the fog. All this time I
was constantly exchanging messages
with her and 1 could hear not only her
bell, but also a bell which I took to
be the Republic's. I stayed in the vi
cinity for six hours and then the Bal
tic sent me word that all the passen
gers wer safe aboard the Florida
bound for New York, and asked me to
follow her, as she was in need ot a
Guided by th Florida's Shrill Blasts.
"This I tried to do as well as I
could, having only the Florida' whis
tle blasts to guide me. At about 6.30
I heard four blasts, which was the
Florida's signal. I was going at slow
(peed and I steered in the direction
from which the whistle came. I could
not, however, locate the Florida in the
fog, and I never heard from her again.
I then stood in for New York.
"The Florida may have been any. 1
Cabled ParagrapHs.
Messina, Jan. 24. The work of
cleaning up the ruins of Messina and
feeding and housing the refugees is
now thoroughly systematized and good
progress is being made. Food is now
being regularly distributed to the sur
vivors. Sandrmgham. England, Jan. 24.
The published reports that Queen Al
exandra was seriously ill and had been
confined to her bed for a week are
absolutely untrue. She has practi
cally recovered from a slight cold and
expects to join King Edward at Wind
sor early this -week.
Rome. Jan. 24. Many Americans
were present at the ceremony in the
hall of the consistory this morning,
atf which the pope read the decree ap
proving the solemn beatification of
Joan of Arc. The pope was surround
ed by the lay and ecclesiastical court,
which included Archbishop Ireland of
St. Paul and Bishops Richard Scan
r.ell of Omaha and E. P. Allen of Mo
bile. Manila, Jan.. 24. The launchmen
and lightermen of Manila harbor have
struck for higher wages and shorter
hours. They also demand various oth
er concessions from ship owners. Ship
ping has been partially crippled by
the strike. There is a possibility of
the trouble extending to the coastwise
trade, where a strike was recently
averted. Extra police precautions have
prevented any disorder by the strikers.
Paris. Jan. 24. As nine-tenths of
the holders in France of the Russian
treasury bonds of 1904 are exercising
their right of preference to subscribe
to the new Russian loan, the allot
ments to outside subscribers are less
than three per cent, of the amounts
asked for. This indicates that the
available allotments have been over
subscribed thirty times. Subscrip
tions lor this loan were opened Fri
day. Berlin, Jan. 24. Prince Henry of
Prussia, brother of Emperor William,
made a successful a3cent in a military
airship from Tegel Saturday. The bal
loon was under command of Major
Groes. The weather was very cold
and the prince was wrapped in heavy
furs. The airship sped over Charlot
tenburg and along unter den Linden
and around the Old palace, where Em
peror William waved a greeting from
a balcony.
Sunday Shake at Smyrna.
Smyrna, Jan. 24. A slight earth
quake shock was felt here this morn
ing where from one lo eleven miles away
when I heard lift- whistle I had no
means of knowing, for she carries no
wireless outfit." y
One Direct Message from the Republic
The only message received direct
from the "Republic by La Lorraine
came shortly after the latter shi- had
started for the scene of the collision.
It came at 9.50 a. m. in response to a
query: "Please tell us if you are in
fog and your exact position." The an
swer was "Position. latitude 40.17,
longitude 70 west. We are in fog."
After this La Lorraine repeatedly
sent messages to the Republic, tell
ing the distressed ship from time to
time of the lessening distance betw een
the searched-for and the searching
vessel. At 12.45, as she groped through
the fog, almost rubbing sides with the
ship she had come so far toald, La
Lorraine flashed to the Republic:
"We Can Hear Your Bell."
' "Tell your captain we can hear his
bell and are steering straight tor you.
Also request him to make as much
noise as possible to direct our steer
ing, because the fog is so thick."
The final message; which released
La Lorraine from her fruitless seanh
and sent her into port, came from the
Baltic at 6.40 p. m. It read:
"Steer for the Florida."
"Republic says to steer for the Flor
ida. She is proceeding to New York
with passengers and she must have
someone to stand by. She is blowing
four blasts."
Early in the morning when she
started on her 120-mile dash. La Lor
raine repeated the Siasconset operat
or's message of distress to the Luca
nia of the Cttnard line. If the Lueania
replied La Lorraine failed to receive
the answer.
Gallant and Rapid Work of Revenue
Cutter Gresham in Taking Off Cap
tain and Crew.
New York. Jan. 24. The Republic
sank at S.30 tonight off No Man's
Land, a small island south of Mar
tha's Vineyard island, off the Massa
chusetts coast. This information was
recevied here tonight by the I'nited
Wireless company from Captain Fish
er of the City of Memphis, which is
bound from Savannah for Boston. Cap
tain Fisher added that all of the Re
public's crew were saved and are
safely aboard the' revenue cutter
The City of Memphis was in touch
with the Gresham by wireless tonight
and upon receiving news of the sink
ing of the Republic re-transmitted the
information to New York.
Captain and Crew Taken Off at the
Last Moment.
Newport, R. I.. Jan. 24. The gallant
work of a boat's crew from the Unit
ed States revenie cutter Gresham in
taking off Captain Sealby and a de
tail of the crew of the Republic, who
remained on hoard that vessel almost
to the very last moment that she
stayed above water is spoken of par
ticularly in wireless despatches re
ceived here tonight.
The .Republic had been tow ed a short
oistince by the Gresham. the derelict
destcoyer Seneca, which had arrived
at the scene late in the day. also as
sisting .in the work of towing. Sud
denly the Republic, which was already
low in the water, was seen to be set
tling still more and rapid work on the
part of the boat's crew of the Gresham
was necessary to get the Republic's
crew away from the vessel.
Gresham Proceeded to Gay Head.
Both the Greshasn and the Seneca
proceeded toward Gay Head after the
Republic went down.
Wireless Message Received by New
York Office of the Line.
New York, Jan. 24. A wireless des
patch from Captain Sealby of the Re
public, timed 10.41 p. m., and addressed
to the White Star line offices in this
city, reads:
"Republic sunk. All hands saved.
Making Gay head on the Gresham."
A wireless message from the Baltic,
which is bringing the passengers of
the Republic and the Florida to New
York reported her position as off Fire
island at 9.40 p. m. Th weather Is
very thick and the Fire island obser
vation station was unable to sight the
Baltic at 11.. p. m.. though It Is be
lieved she was in that vicinity.
Japan Not Looking
For Trouble
- -t
His Nation Desires Moet Heartily to
Preserve Peace With Her Kindly
Friend, the United States.
Washington. Jan. 24. Marquis Kat
sura. the prime minister of Japan, and
Count Komura, the minister of for
eign affairs, recently explained in To
kio to Francis P. Loomis, commission
er general to the Japanese exposition,
in a series of interviews of uncommon
interest and present importance, the
attitude and position of the Japanese
government in respect to the main
questions at issue between the peo
ples and the governments of the two
Most Heartily Desire to MaintainJ
"1 was deeply and agreeably im
pressed," said Mr. Loomis to an Asso
ciated Press representative tonight,
"with the direct, explicit and. what
seemed to me, satisfactory statements
of Count Komura, the minister of for
eign affairs, respecting the I'nited
States. His utterances were f:ank,
clear and cordial. Count Komura said
that Japan'3 aspirations were for
peace and that so far as the United
States was concerned his government
most heartily desired to preserve, un
impaired and unbroken, the historical
friendship between Japan and the
United States. He said the people of
Japan had long flt that the United
States had been, not only a kindly
friend to Japan, but a very dependa
ble and helpful one, and that his gov
ernment earnestly desired this amica
ble relationship to continue and would
loyally endeavor to do its utmost to
maintain It. He pointed out that the
actions of his government had borne
out its words and promises."
Present Meets Probably the Last in
the State.
San Francisco, Jan. 24. That horse
racing in California is doomed and that
the present meets at Oakiand and Los
Angeles will mark the passing of the
"eport of kings," is the opinion, not
only of the majority of turf followers
but of others in touch with the situa
tion at Sacramento.
The passage of the Walker-Otis race
track bill by an overwhelming majority
in the lower branch of the legislature
was a surprise to friends and oppon
ents'of the measure and the result of
the vote has spread consternation in
the ranks of the latter. Although pas
sage of the bill was expected in the
assembly by the enemies of the biil,
nothing like such an overwhehnin
vote a gains' racing was looked for.
The biil as passed by the house will
come up for action in the senate on
Many of the great breeding farms
which have made California famous
the w'orld over will receive a death
blow, race followers assert.
In the event of the closing of rac
ing establishments in California, it is
said, racing will be shifted into Ne
vada or lower California. Negotiations
it is said have been under wav for
some time with a view of erecting
and maintaining race courses on the
Nevada side of Lake Tahoe and also
near Tla Juana. Mexico, just across
the boundary line in lower California,
about twentymiles south of San Diego.
M. S. Schriver of Burlington, Conn., in
Critical Condition.
Burlington, Conn., Jan. 24. Special
Deputy Game Warden M. S. Schriver is
in a critical condition at his home as
the result of injuries inflicted today
by Frank Peterson, 25 years old, of
Schriver was out in what are known
as the Mines woods 'oday, when he
ran across Peterson, who was hunt
ing. He arrested him and was taking
him to the Burlington lockup, when
Peterson assaulted him and made his
ercape. Schriver was taken to his
home where it was found that his nose
was broken and his skull fractured
and the attending physician says that
his condition is vecy critical.
No trace of Peterson has been found
up to a late hour. (
Stamford Man Perished in His Burn
ing Dwelling.
Stamford. Conn., Jan. 24. John Ral
lentyne. about 55 years old. was burn
ed to death in a fire which destroyed
his home in North Stamford early to
day. The last seen of Ballenlyne was
Saturday night when he met' friends
here and complained to them of feel
ing ill. Early today neighbors noticed
thut the house was on tire, but did not
suppose that Iiallentyne. who lived
aione, was at home. When the ruins
of the house were looked over the rhar
red remains of Ballentyne were found.
It is thought that the fire was caused
by an overheated stove and that Bal
lentyne was overcome by the smoke. -
He leaves a sister. Mrs. William
Thompson of New York, and two sis
ters in New Jersey, Mrs. Samuel Bax
ter of Tenafiy and Mis. Earl King of
Struck on Ledges Off Ncbska in At
tempt to Enter Woods Hole.
Woods Hole, Mass., Jan. 24. Al
thougt the wrecking lighter Oaks
worked all day long on the steamer
Nantucket, which grounded on ledges
off Nobska yesterday morning while
trying to enter this harbor on her trip
to New Bedford from Martha's Vine
yard and Nantucket, the steamer re
mained hard and fast. At the present
time her position is not considered
The tug Gypsum King, which also
struck on the rocks near Nobska yes
terday, was pulled into deep water to
day by the revenue cutter Acushnet
and the tugs Teaser and Fred E. Rich
ards. The Gypsum King was brought
here in tow.
Steamer Mauretania Making Record
OueenRtnurn .Tnn 94 TVia atoomo.
Mauretania. which left Liverpool yes
terday anernoon, mane an average
speed -f 2S 1-2 knots to Queenstown.
At 6 o'clock tonight a wireless message
van receH-ed from the Mntiretnnt that
she was 150 miles west of Fastnet, hav
ing covered the d'stanoe at 26 2-5 knots.
A fast voyage to New York Is antici
pated bv the officials of the line be
cause of the recent improvement to the
Mau retania's propellers.
Off for Panama
The Trip Will End at New Orleans
Feb. 13 Name of Those Accompa
nying Mr. Taft on His Voyage.
Charleston, S. C, Jan. 24. The Pan
ama trip of President-elect 'Taft and
party will besin at 8.30 tomorrow
morning, when Mr. and Mrs. Taft will
board the cruiser North Carolina, now
in Charleston harbor. The trip will
end at New Orleans Fob. 13. At South
Pars. jlOO miles below New- Orleans,
Mr. Taft's party will he transferred to
the scout cruisers Birmingham and
Salem for the trip up to the mouth of
the Mississippi river. This arrange
ment has been made that the North
Carolina and Montana may escort the
Atlantic battleship fleet into port on
its return from its world cruise.
Accompanied by Mr. Taft.
Mr. Taft's immediate party which
will sail on the North Carolina in
cludes, besides himself and Mrs. Taft,
Assistant Secretary Wendall Misehler;
L. C. Wheeler, secret service man; the
following eminent civil engineers:
Frederick P. Stearns, Boston: J. R.
Freeman, Providence; James Schuyler,
Los Angeles, Cal.: Ischam Rmdolph.
Chicago: H. R. Allen. Chicago; A. P.
Davis. Washington, D. C. and Allen
Hazen, New York, and Monica Lopez,
Mr. Taft's Filipino valet. The passen
ger list of the Montana includes eisht
newspaper correspondents and Riehar.1
Jarvis of the secret service.
Reached Charleston Sunday Morning.
Mrs. Taft. Senator P. C. Knox and
Frank H. Hitchcock and the engineer -reached
here this morning. Mj-. Taft
attended services at the Unitarian
church this morning and spent the res
of the day and until after 10 o'clock
tonight in the country.
Indications Seem to Point to Russian
Turkestan as the Region.
St. Petersburg, Jan,24. Although all
reports from the various observatories
in Russia locate the earthquake, the
shocks of which were recorded yester
day, somewhere on the Russian side
of Pamirs, Turkestan, no direct news
has been received that would serve
to fix the location in any definite place.
A despatch from Borzhom, In Trans
caucasia, reports the registering by.the
suismographic instruments there of a
distant earthquake.
Russian Turkestan, in Vie. region
indicated, is sparsely settied and de
tails of an earthquake would be very
slow in reaching St. Petersburg. The
first direct repfyts from the scene of
the great earthquake at Karatagh. Rus
sian Tjrke.xtan. in October. K0 were
not received here until three weeks
after its occurrence. In that earth
quake about 15.000 persons were killed.
Yekaterinburg. Russia, Jan. 24. The
magneto-meteorological ohservatorv at
this piace recorded a violent seismic
disturbance at 7 o'clock this morning.
Was Investigating an Alleged Lottery
at New Orleans.
New Orleans, La., Jan. 24. With the
hordes which have Deen running at
the suburban race track stainpirg rest
lessly in their stalls at McDonough
vilie, the doors to the gambling housi s
at Southport closed tightly and a ban
placed upon the sale of loiiery tickets,
Jefferson parish, Louisiana, is ju-' t at
present experiencing the quietest days
it has known in a very long time.
This parish, the greater part of
which lies just across the river from
New Orleans, has been known for
years as the "free state of Jeffer
son." The only violation cf the !a'w in
Jefferson last night was called to the
attention of the governor by a news
paper reporter who entered the parish
to investigate an alleged lottery. He
succeeded in purchasing a lottery
ticket, but before he. could get away
his identity was revealed ami he was
clubbed over the hea 1 with a revolver.
He managed to beat off his assailant
and. blocd spattered, made his way
across thr river to New Orleans,
where he showed the lottery ticket to
the governor. It is understood that the
sale Of lottery tickets will also be dis
continued, at least temporarily.
Connecticut Court Holds That the Bi
ble Does Not Govern Them.
New Haven, Jan. 24. The law under
which licenses to sell intoxicating li
quors are granted in Connecticut Is
upheld by the supreme court of errors
in a decision just handed down. The
test was made by the prohibitionists
of the state through appeal of one
Morrell of Greenwich, who acted as
a citizen merely in objecting to the
granting by the county commissioners
of a license in Greenwich.
Chief Justice Baldwin, who wrote
the opinion, says that while the Bible
which stood for a rule of political
government before statute law was en
acted condemns the use and sale of
liquor, the colonial laws as far back
as 1643 recognized the right of a con
stituted power to give licenses for sale
of "strong waters."
It was idle, he said, to claim that
the framers of the constitution un
derstood or intended that anything
contined in it should be regarded as
prohibiting altogether the licensing of
the liquor business. The state might
propertly restrict a business danger
ous, if unregulated, to public morals
or security, by the requirement of
large license fees.
Grounded Revenue Cutter Pulled Into
Deep Water.
New Bedford. Mass., Jan. 24. The
United States revnue cutter Mohawk,
which, ran aground on Palmer's island
in New Bedford harbor while proceed
ing to the assistance of the White Star
liner Republic, yesterday morning, was
pulled into deep water this forenoon
by the naval tug Pontiac.
Earge Crew Overcome by CoalGas.
Vineyard Haven, Mass., Jan. 24.
Capt. George King of Perth Amboy, N.
J., who was overcome by coal gas on
board" the barge Boston in this harbo
on Friday night, when two of his crew
met death, was reported tonight to
be improving- at the Marine hospital.
The physicians at the hospital express
ed the belief that he might recover.
Leprosy at San Antonio.
San Antonio. Tex., Jan. 24. Three
cases of leprosy are officially declared
to exist in San Antonio nad their
presence here will In all probability
lead to the establishment of a state
colonjr for lepers.
Condensed Telegrams
Many Villages in Morocco, south of
Trtuan, were wiped out by an earth
quake. Trinity Church, New York, has de
cided to dispose gradually of its ten
ement houses.
The House Committee Killed the
proposition to prohibit saloons in the
District of Columbia.
Leaders of the National House
voiced hostility to the council of tine
arts created by the president.
The Wife and Maid of a Turkish
member of parliament were slain by
a servant, who then killed himself.
New York Alienists asked the Wash
ington authorities for stricter regula
tions to keep out insane immigrants.
With $2,000,000 Authorized Capital, a
company was formed to take control
of the taxicab business of New York
Mr. Bryan Called President Roose
velt's letter on the Steel trust's ab
sorption of a rival "an unexampled
Charles T. Yerkes Left an Estate in
New York state of $2. 700.000. all per
sonal property, and encumbered with
liabilities of Jl.700,000.
It Was Decided by the New York
county republican ticket to present a
bill to the legislature providing for di
rect nomination in the city only.
Senator Fulton and other White
house callers failed to share the fears
of President Roosevelt concerning anti-Japanese
legislation in California.
May Robson, the actress, examined
before a referee prior to the trial of
Mrs. Howard Gould's suit for a sepa
ration, gave testimony favorable to
Mrs. Gould.
The Third Wife of the Sultan, who
was fifty years of age. and mother
of Prince Bourban Ed-Dine, the fa
vorite son of the sultan, is dead at
The American Relief Committee has
concluded its work of distribution to
the earthquake sufferers and will leave
further distribution in the hands of
local aiithoritiies. i
Fines Ranging from $150 to $500
have been Imposed on St. Petersburg
journals for publishing articles based
on statements in foreign newspapers
that agents of the Russian police had
taken part in terroristic crimes.
Congressman Higgins' Bill Calls for
Ascertaining Best Way to Remove
Rock From Channel.
(Special to The Bulletin.)
Washington. Jan. 24. Replying to
a request from the committee on rivers
and harbors of the house, Mr. Hii;cins
has tiled a letter asking for a survey
of Mystic and Shetucket rivers. In
relation to the Shetucket project Mr.
Hiirgins has introduced tne following
i bills:
"Ho it er.actfd by the senate and
house of renresmtatives of the Unit
ed Stats of America in congress as
sembled. That the secretary of war be,
and he is hereby, authorized and di
rected to cause to be made a curvey
cf the Shetucket river from a point Just
south of the Laurel Hill hridte to the
dock of the city of Norwich., Connecti
cut, with a view of ascertaining the
bett plans to be adopted for removing
rock and other obstructions from the
channel of said river: and he shall al
so report, along with the plans and
specifications for making this Improve
ment, an estimate of tiie cost of same
and . the advisability of doing said
The committee took these matters
upr at its meeting last Thursday, but
the conclusion could not be learned.
It is thought, however, that the re
quests of Mr. Higgins will be granted
and that surveys will be made of both
rivers the eominir summer. Congress
man Lawrence of Massachusetts has
charge of all New- England matters be
fore the committee.
Congressman Higgins on Saturday
recommended the re-appointment of
George E. Andrews as postmaster at
Noank. The office pays a salar.- of
$1,200 per year
Wanted on Other Charges,. But Eludas
the Detectives.
Rfirlffoncrt Crtnn lsn A Aqlao.
Tiiliy, who also bears many other
aliases, w-rio w as neia ror ire i erre
Haute. Ind., authorities on the charge
of lari'PI'v rjmt whi, ivnc nlcn uuntnr
on the charge of jail breaking in El
mira, N7. Y., end on a charge of swind
ling Lillian Parshall of Rochester. N.
Y.. out of $500 In cash and diamonds
value! at $(500, was reifased yesterday
on a ber.d of $7rft in this city. He is
also wanted in Greensboro. S. C. De
tectives from Terre Haute and Roch
ester have arrived here, but have been
unable to find any trace of Tully from
the minute he left the court room after
giving bail. .
Government Suit to Recover Lands
Worth Over $15,000,000
Portland, Ore., Jan. 24. The govern
ment yesterday filed 35 suits against
the Oregon and California Railroad
company, the Southern Pacific com
pary. the present owners of tne Oregon
ano California railroad, and more th:n
100 other individuals and private cor
porations. These suits are to recover
from the railroads and their g'-antees,
who comprise the other deftmhints. an
aggregate of 353. 28S acres of land with
in the "Old Oregon and California
Land Grant" in this state. The lands
are valued at over $15,000,000.
Unknown Three-Master Sunk at Vine
yard Sound Entrance.
Boston, Jan. 24. The sinking of an
unknown three-niasted schooner at the
entrance to Vineyard Sound, between
Gay Head and Cuttyhunk. is Indicated
in the report brought here tonight by
officers of the steamer Howard, fro;n
Norfolk, that they had passed three
nrotrudlng masts and a flying Jlbboom.
Though the Howard passed near the
sunken craft, the officers could not
learn her identity.
Engineer Responsibla for D. and R. G.
Gienwood Springs. Col., Jan. 24.
Engineer Gustave Olson is alone re
sponsible for the wreck on the Denver
and Rio Grande railroad at Dotsero a
week ago Friday, according to the ver
dict of the coroner's Jury which held
an inquiry yesterday.
Saloons Not to Close at 10 p. m.
Suffleld, Conn., Jan. 24. The ques
tion of closing all licensed saloons in
this place at 10 o'clock nights, whifh
has been much agitated, was brought
before a special town meeting yester
day ar.d defeated by a vote of 96 to 33.
The new rule. If it had been accepted.
to have gone Into effect January
Opera Manager Had Characterized Tha
New York Press Men a "Drunken,
Seedy and Unclean."
New York, Jan. 24. Oscar Hammer
stein, the impresario, and owner of the
Manhattan Opera house, was assaulted
and knocked down In front of the Ho
tel Knickerbocker lust night about 7
o'clock by two reporters for the New
York Press, whom he had characterized
as "drunken, seedy and unclean" In a
letter written to the editor of the paper.
The assailants of the impresario wero
arrested, charged with disorderly con
duct, and when arraigned in the night
court were paroled in the custody of
their counsel until this morning.
Fighting Continued at Polic Hearing.
New York, Jan. 24. Physical en
counters between two newspaper re
porters and Oscar Hammerstein, man
ager of the Manhattan Opera house,
begun last night in the lobby of the
Knickerbocker hotel, were continued
today on the pavement In frtnt of tha
Jefferson Market police court and In
the court room itself, whither th two
reporters had been summoned for hear
ing onlr. Hammerstein's complaint.
The heading In tha assault case was
postponed for a week, and the repre
sentatives of both factions were ar
raigned for the fighting In and about
the court room. All were discharged
on this complaint, for the magistral
said no damage had been done.
General Hand to Hand Encounters.
Events subsequent to Mr. Hammer
stein's sharp references to the report
ers Mn a letter to the manager of their
paper, following criticism of the Mary
Garden episode, attracted a consider
able crowd to the arraignment this
morning of Frederick M. Hall and
Janus J. Doyle, the reporters charged
with assault. When Oscar Hammer
stein, his two sons, Arthur and Wil
liam, and his lawyers allghUd from
automobiles shortly before 9 o'clock
there was a crowd in front of the main
entrance to the court building, among
whom were John A. Hennessy. manag
ing editor of the Press, and Messrs.
Doyle and Hall. Following spirited re
marks, general hand to hand encount
ers ensued. Policemen Intefered and
the party adjounrned to the court
room. There an even more strenuous
scuffle took place, and William Ham
merstein was bowled over the back of
a bench, whkh broke under his weight.
He was picked up, apparently unin
jured. It was some tlma before any
thing like order could be secured so
that the hearing could proceed.
Russian Bandits in London Bllvd to
Bs from Boston.
Boston. Jan. 24. The two Russian
bandits who terrorized London in an
attempt at highway robbery yesterday,
when two persons were killed and
twenty injured, ace believed to be part'
of the gang which murdered and rob
bed several persons here last summer,
and Chief Watts of the bureau of
criminal investigation today sent a
long letter with photographs to Chief
McNaughtjn of the Scotland Yard de
tective bureau.
Benzoate of Soda Used as Food Pre
servative Not Injurious.
Washington, Jan. 24. That benzoat
of soda used as a food preservative i
not injurious to health Is the judgment
of the referee board of consulting ex
perts of which Dr. Ira Remsen, presi
dent of Johns Hopkins university is
chairman. This conclusion, which has
been approved by Secretary Wilson, re
verses the findings of Dr. fl. W. Wiley,
chief cf the bureau of chemistry.
Girl Tramp Injured by Jumping from
Fast Freight.
Pittsburg. Jan. 24. As a result of
Jumping from a fast freight train at
New- Kensington, near here, last night,
a girl "hobo" rer?lved painful injuries.
She gave the name of Rose Snowdn"of
Verona. Pa. She was rendered un
conscious from terrible gushes rut In
her head and body by the cinders.
Bodies of Three Mor Crib Diastr
Victims Found.
Chlcaco. Jan. 24. Grappling In th
lake, searchers today found three mora
bodies of workmen who perished as a
result of the burning of the crtb off
South Chicago last Wednesday. Tha
search for more bodies will be contin
ued. It is thought that the victims will
total sixty.
Governor Hughes Wanted at WMte
Washington, Jan. 24. Gov. Char!s
E. Hughes of New York has been in
vited by President Roosevelt to coma
to Washington for a conference at th
White House. This information wa
obtained here tonight from an author
itative source. The day of th confer
ence could not be learned.
50,000 Bodies Estimated Under Messina
Messina, Jan. 24. General Mazza,
the commander In charge of the earth
quake zone, telegraphing to -the pre
mier today, oays that four thousand
bodies have been takon from the ruins
of Messina, and that the estimated
number of those still under the wreck
age Is fifty thousand.
American Squadron Leaves Smyrna
Smyrna, Jan. 24. The American
squadron, composed of the battleships
Missouri, Ohio, Louisiana ad Virginia,
will sail from here tomorrow morning
for Negro bay, on the north coast of
Morocco, where the entire fleet will
rendezvous prior to proceeding to
Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Harris Deed.
New York. Jan. 24. Rov. Dr. Thomas
R. Harris, secretary of the diocese of
New York and a trustee of the general .
theological seminary, died today at his
home in Brocxville. aned 67. Graduat-
ling from Harvard university In 1S63,
Kyind from the general theological sem
llnary three years later, his first rharee
was the assistant pastorship of St.
Mark's church in this city.
Colorado Snowslide Kill Three.
Telluride. Col., Jan. 24. A snowslid
yesterday struck the mammoth Doard
lng house here, killing three persons
and severely Injuring four others.
Death of Earl of Leicester.
London, Jan. 24. The earl of Leices
ter died at his ancestral home, Hoik
ham .halL Wells, Norfolk, today.
Steamship Arrivals.
At Naples: Jan. 24, CasVta, frota
Nw York. '
At Southampton: Jan. 14, Philadel
phia, from New York,

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