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1 - - ' 1909,. i A NORWICH, CONN., THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 1909. VOL LI. NO. 71. PRICE TWO CENTS, 1 SJ WW WILLIE IDENTIFIES HiS ABDUCTORS Man Who Took the Boy From School Says His . :Name is James H. Boyle. WOMAN IS DEFIANT AND HAUGHTY. Kidnappers Taken Eefore Grand Jury The Charge, Under the Laws of Ohio, if any is Found, Will Be ' Blackmail Suicide of Mary Diener, Who, the Police Believe, Was One of the Plotters. Cleveland, O., March 14. Willie Whitla today identified the man and woman held on suspicion by the Cleve land police as the persons who kidnap ped him from the school at Sharon, Fa, last Thursday, and held him for ' the $10,000 ransom, which was paid by his father. Attorney J. P. Whitla, on Monday. , Willie aid the man, who gave the name of James H. Boyle, was the one who took him from school and carried him through a tortuous route to Cleve land, then to Ashtabula, back to this city, and placed him in the house in the East .End, where h-as held un ' til the money was paid- Willie also declared that the woman was the one who cared for him at the house where he was detained and she actedhe part of a nurse. Mr. Whitla Would Say Nothing Re garding the Woman. Boyle says that the woman is his wife. The police have no other Iden tification of the couple than the names given. So far as the man is concern ed, the jioiice believe the name is cor rect. Boyle Is said to reside in Sha ron and is a plumber by trade. He is said to 'have a widowed mother, four brothers and a sinter. The woman, who is accredited with being the wife of Boyle, declared soon after her arrest that her Identification would cause a sensation In 'Sharon. When the identification was complet ed, Mr. Whitla would say nothing: re garding the woman. He said he knew Boyle slightly. Prisoners Before Grand Jury, Immediately afteH, Willie had seen the man and woman i at the central po lice station, they were taken to the county court house and there appeared before the grand Jury. They were ex amined for the purpose of aiding the y in its attempt to And an indict ment against them. The charge, under the laws of Ohio, against the man and woman, if any Indictment was found, will be blackmail. This Is based upon the pymment of the $10,000 ransom made by Whitla. As Boyle and his wife are held by the police on suspicion only, an indict ment will afford means of formally piecing them under arrest, and then they can be held indefinitely. Aftar leaving the grand Jury room, Mr. and Mrs. Whitla, Willie and the Janitor of the Sharon school which Willie attended immediately left for Sharon. As the prisoners have not waived ex tradition, they will be held for two or three days until the necessary papers for their removal to Sharon can be ar ranged between the governors of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Suioide Growing Out of tha Case, A woman known as Mary Diener, who the police say mny have been an associate of the kidnappers or was im plicated in the plot, committed sui cide today by drinking morphine. The woman drank the poison while, stand in lit front of a drug store in the Fast J-Vid. not far from the house, In which Willie Whitla was detained here. She died in an ambulance while being tak en to a hospital. Prisoners Before Whitla Party. Attorney Whitla, accompanied by Mrs. Whitla, their son and daughter, Willie and Saline, a boy schoolmate of Willie, Harry Forker, a brother of Mrs. Whitla. Janitor Sloss, Chief of Police Crane, Detective Kempler, District At torney Linings', former District Attor ney Cochrane, and Detective Warn all of Sharon, arrived here at 1 ovlock today, and an hour later they went to the police station. The man was the first' one taken before them. Boyle was a little pale and nervous. ,Thre was a faint smile upon his lips. He was seated before the party, which formed a semi-circle in front of him. Chief Kohler asked Willie If he had ever seen the man before. "Sure," said Willie brightly, "why, that is the man ! left Sharon with He took me to Cleveland, then to Ashta bula and back to Cleveland." The boy was asked the same Ques tion again to make certain of his mem ory and again the lad declared he was positive. He had a mustache when I first saw him at the school house," Willie sup plemented, "but he must have out it off later. This is the way he looked when I last saw him in Cleveland." Woman Defiant and Haughty. Boyle smiled sarcastically through out the recital, but said not a word. He eyed his accusers defiantly. When Willie concluded Boyle was taken bark to his cell and the woman was brought in. She was defiant and haughty in her demeanor. Blankly she started at Whitla and the other members of the party. Her only lapse from the in dignant manner was when she first saw Willie. Then she smiled. Immediately Willie walked up to her and extending his hand, said: "How do yen do?" "Hello. Willie." tho woman replied, as she placed her hand upon his head and caressed him lor an instant. The boy ten stepped back to his fa ther and was asked several questions by the chief of police. "Ted. I know her," he Bald, "she was the nurse who took care of tne in Cleveland. Eh told me I was sick, and In a hospital. I saw her a whole lot, as she was with me much of the time." Notwithstanding the woman's for mer assertion that there would be a sensation when she was identified, or whn Whitla saw her. she and Whitla looked at each, other without any outward evidence of recognition. They did not sneak with each other. Neith er did she speak to any of the other members of the party. Taken Back to Jail. After the brief examination by the chief the woman was taken back to the Jail. After leaving tile police sta tion Whitla would make no comments regarding the woman under suspicion. OTHER 8HARON PEOPLE BELIEVED TO BE IMPLICATED Mast Interesting Part ' ef This Case Is Yet to Be Told Effort Making to Prevent Publicity of Names Eager Expectancy Sensation Promised. HHarer). f . March 24. Believing that the moot iatsrsitlng part o th a story of the kidnapping" of Willie Whitla, is yet to come, tne people of Sharon are waiting in eager expectan cy for the positive identification of all the persons arrested at Cleveland last night and the story of the other per sons connected with the case. Others Implicated. That others besides those who are now charged with the crime are im plicated in it is doubted by few here and the discovery of the others in the case promises a sensation when the facts become known. That there wodld be an effort to prevent the making public of names which may be involved in the case was surmised todav by reason of activity in irertain , lines, but the probability is that the parties in custody wlil not be permitted to withhold' the names of other persons implicated when the case comes to trial. Boylo a Resident of Sharon Most of His Life. Jameg Boyle, believed to be the man under arrest at Cleveland, together with a woman he says is his wile, both charged with the kidnapping of Willie Whitla, had been a resident of Sharon all his life until about six or seven years ago. Since that time he has been In the habit of making In frequent visits here, his last trip to his home ' being shortly after Christ inas, when he came here with a wo man he introduced as his wife He said he had married her in Den ver about a year ago and let it be known that she came of a wealth fam. known that she came of a wealthy fam sion of considerable money in her ow n right. After waiting to attend the funeral of his uncle, John Boyle, proprietor of the Shenango house here, three weeks ago. Boyle left Sharon on March 12. Boyle's uncle was a warm friend of Thomas Forker, brother of Mrs. Whit la, who sold Boyle the Shenango hotel for the Forker estate. 1 SWEATED BY THE POLICE, WOMAN REFUSES TO TALK. Relatives of Young Whitla Unable to Identify Prisoner. Cleveland, O.. March 24. A woman, whose actual identity is as much en shrouded in mystery tonight as it was twelve hours ago when she was ar rested on suspicion of being involved in the" kidnapping of Willie Whitla, was the moving- spirit In the famous case, the police charge. Beyond the assertion of James H. Boyle, her companion and alleged co conspirator, that she is his wife; hot a word can be obtained to clear the situation. Sweuted thoroughly by the police, the woman, beyond breaking down and giving way to tears, keeps her coun sel. That another person was involved In the Job was the theory of the po lice when, late today, a woman said to be Mary Deiner, committed suicide ! the street. It developed that this wo man had been in company of the Boyles in a saloon last night. Inves tigation showed, however, that she was simply an innocent participator in the hospitality of the Boyles. It is be lieved that fear for possible results of having boen in the company of the alleged kidnappers caused the woman to do away with herself. Sharow, Pa., March 24. Attempts of the relatives of little Whitla to identify the woman suspect held in Cleveland were useless, according to a statement made by Harry Forker. an uncle of the boy, here tonight. Forker staled positively that he had never seen the woman before. "I do not know the woman." he said. "Mr. Whitla, his wife, daughter Salina. and I closely scrutinized the features of the woman today in Chief Kohler's office, and none of us knew her." QUIETLY MARRIED AT A CHICAGO HOTEL Dustin Farnum and His Leading Wo man Eluded Their Friends. . Chicago, March 24. Dustin Farnum was married today to Miss Mary Bes sie Conwell, leading woman in his company, which is playing at a Chi cago theater. The ceremony was per formed by M. M. Mangasarian, lec turer of the Ethical Culture society. Mr. Mangasarian is the father of Flo ra Zabelle, wile of Raymond Hitch cock. The pair eluded their friends and were married quietly in a hotel. WALKING AROUND THE WORLD. Pedestrian Drops in on Mayor of New York City. - New York, March 24 Stephen Stan hustnn, a Servian, who started from Los Angeles on a walking trip around the world six months ago, reached New York today and dropped in on Major McClellan to obtain the may or's endorsement in a little en memorandum book which he carried. Stephen was brown and hard from his open-air 'life. He were a greyish slouch hat Inscribed: "Walking around the world. . Started from Los Angeles, California." Before another six months have passed he expects to reach Servla and pay a visit to King Peter, who is an old friend, he says. He plans to take three years for his entire trip. Wireless Message from Mr. Roosevelt Trenton. N. J., March 24. Governor Fort received from ex-President Roosevelt today a wireless message expressing thanks for a message which the governor yesterday sent to Mr. Roosevelt.' The governor said in his message: "All the people of New Jersey at with me, I am sure, in wishing you (food heal th, success and a safe re turn." Mrs. Taft Hostess at White House Tea Washington, March 24. Mrs. Taft wa hustas today at u tea at the White house with the wives and laughters of senators and representa- est afternoon social function of the tresem aorinmsiracinn. x leMient -jatt ;sve up his customary horse-hack ride nfl ivar iirescnt to heln receive tha ladle. Cabled Paragraphs London,, March 54. Great Britain has accepted the offer made by New Zealand to give the empire free of cost a fully equipped Dreadnought. . Berlin, March 24. The death Is an nounced of Prof. Alfred Messel, the well-known German architect. He was born in 185J. Pau, France, March 24.-Count De Lambert and M. Tissandier, who were pupils of Wilbur Wright, won their spurs today by gaining the Aero club's prize awarded to every aviator making a flight of more than 250 metres. Both men made tine flights of 25 kilometres (15 1-2 miles), remaining in the air about 27 minutes. Bridgetown. Barbados. March 24. The yellow fever is gradually disap pearing from Barbados, there having been only twenty new cases in the last month. The local health authorities have been assisted in stamping out the disease by Sir Robert Ro" ee of the Liverpool school of tropical medicines, who took part In the suppression of an outbreak of yellow fever in the southern part of the United States some years ago. . Paris, March 24. Count Boni De Casteliahe's petition' for an inventory of the papers and furniture in .the De Sagan mansion on the Avenue Mala koff and at the Chateau Marais has been declined by the court, which sus tained the contention of the De Sagans that they were married under the re gime of "Separation' of property" and that the papers and furniture in ques tion belong to the Princess De Sagan until competent proof to the contrary is forthcoming. THREATS TO KILL TAFT, CANNON AND TOLEDO'S MAYOR. House Speaker - Receives Letter from Toledo Signed "Polish Voter." Toledo, O.. iarch 24. Threats to kill President William H. Taft, Mayor Brand Whitlock, Joseph Cannon, speaker of the house of representatives, and Patrick MeCarren, state senator from Brooklyn, were contained in a letter sent to Mr. Cannon in Washing ton, from Toledo, March 19, and sign ed "Polish Voter." The letter w:as returned to To'edo this morning to the mayor by L. White Busbey, secretary to Mr. Cannon, .a personal friend of Mr. Whitlock. "The writer may be a harmless crank." says .Mr. Busbey, "or he may be something worse. The speaker does not care to turn the letter over to the secret service or to- the postoffice au thorities. Yon will know better how to handle it than anyone "here." Mayor Whitlock turned the letter over to the newspaper men; smiling. "Some poor, harmless fellow, I sup pose," was his comment. CARBOLIC ACID FORCED DOWN HER THROAT. Mrs. Culbertson Found Dying Crime Attributed to Jealousy. Vincennes, Ind., March 24. Mrs. Jessie Overton Culbertson is dying to night, it is said, as the result of hav ing carbolic acid forced down her throat and having her jaws afterwards securely bound. She was found to day in a shed back of her home. Re vive! for a few seconds, she said: "A man and a woman dragged mo into the woodshed and poured some thing down my throat." The police attribute the crime to jealousy. They have held a letter pur porting to be from a pealous woman, since Monday. The letter was found under Mr3. Culhertson's doorstep. It warned her to give up her husband under penalty of death. DIAMOND PIN IN PAWNSHOP, ' YALE STUDENTS ARRESTED Charged with Taking the Property from a Boarding House. New Haven, Conn., March 24. Al leging that tfiey had stolen a diamond pin frpm a woman in a boarding house where one of them roomed, Cassious I.'irez De Victoria, a senior in the Tale Sheffield Scientific school, whose home is in New York, and Andrew V. Ric cardi. a former student in the Yale Daw school, were arrested tonight and placed under bonds for their appear ance in court tomorrow morning. The pin. which belonged to a Mrs. Sanford of New Milford. was found in a pawn broker's shop, where it had been pawn ed by Riceardi for $13, and an Investi gation led to the arrest of the two men. THREE THOUSAND PUPILS QUIETLY FILED OUT. Teachers Prevented Papic in School When Fire "Started. New York. March 2 A serious panic was narrowly averted today among the three thousand pupils in one of the large public schools in the Bronx when a firs started on the lower floor just as the children were being dismissed for the day. Reassured "by the teachers, who kept telling them that the Are amounted to nothing, the children on the upper floors walked dow n the stairs and through the smoke, filled corridors in good order. Some of the teachers and employes in the build ing put out the fire, which was con fined to a small room in which it start ed, befor? the firemen arrived. EIGHT INCHES SNOW AT DENVER City's Fire Alarm System Almost De stroyed Loss $300,000. v Denver, March 24. Kight inches of wet, clinging snow, after several hours of steady rain, did damage in Denver last night estimated at from $200,000 to $31)0.000, and cut off wire communication with the outside world for mauy hours, livery wire of the Western Union and the - Postal tele graph companies and every toll line of the telephone company was carried down by the heavy snow along with hundreds of poles. The city's fire alarm system was almost destroyed, 6,000 telephone wires in Denver were rendered useless and hundreds of trees in the parks and along the boulevards were damaged. For several hours today street car service was at a Btasstlstill and thou sands of people plodded to work through the slush. Suburban electric lines were useless and trains on all railroads were many hours late, for the train despatchers were helpless. Many small fires were caused by broken and crossed wires. Death of John B. Chisholm Old Time Stage Carpenter at Ford's Theater. LaSalle. 111., March 24. John B.' Chisholm, stage carpenter In Ford's theater in Washington when Abraham Lincoln was shot, died today, ao-ed 74 years. , . ' The Brownsville Shooting Up. Washington, March 24. Secretary of War Irtckinson announced today the retired army officers who hive been appointed members of the court of in quiry to investigate the discharge of the battalion of the Twenty-fifth In fantry, colored, for alleged complicity in the affray at Brownsville iu lo6 as provided by the Foraker resolution. The time and place of meeting of the court have not yet been "determined, but it is expected the court will he in this city In the course of a few days. Connecticut 'Legislature. EDWIN B. GAGER. RE-ELECTED JUDGE OF SUPERIOR COURT. NORWICH COMPRESSED AIR CO. Resolution Called from Table and Re jected Unfavorable Report on Re imbursing Charles E. Hazlehurst. Hartford, March 24. The senate was called to order at 11.15 by Presi dent pro tem. Brooks. . Prayer by Chaplain Sexton.' Trout Bill Tabled. On the motion of Senator Fenn the unfavorable report of the com mittee on fish and game on the bill to prohibit the gale - of trout taken from waters stocked by the state was tabled. Unclaimed Deposits. Senator Goodwin explained the un favorable report of the committee on banks on the bill providing that un claimed deposits in savings banks shall escheat to the state. He moved the rejection of the bill. Senator Blakeslee said that there are $90,000 on deposit in the savings banks. He introduced the hill In the interest of the state. - The opposition (Continued on page eight.) VALUE OF THE CONNECTICUT OYSTER BUSINESS Hearing on Question of Taxation of Oyster Grounds. Hartford, March 24. Figures show ing that the oyster business had in creased in Connecticut from about $500,000 annually thirty-five year" ago to about $5,000,000 annually today were presented at the continued hearing this afternoon on the question of the creation of a special commission to consider and report to the next gener al assembly the matter of taxation of the oyster grounds within the juris diction of the state, before the legis lative committee on shell fisheries, at the capitol. The figures were brought in a discussion which followed ques tions by members of the committee as to the extent to which the value of product from the oyster grounds en tered into the taxable quality cf the grounds. The- committee several days ago gave a hearing on the proposed commission and then continued the hearing until this afternoon. Today oyster planters -from variqas points along the Connecticut shore gave tes timony before the committee and with this the hearings were closed. It is expected that the report of the com mittee will be made soon, unless it is decided to re-ooen the matter for fur ther hearing. The planters stated that they were willing to furnish either to this committee or to a special commis sion If the committee favor such body, any facts bearing upon the ques tion, but they contended that as yet no good reasons had been presented to the committee for such a commission. Much of the ground covered at the previous hearing was gone over rela tive to certain areas of oyster grounds held by the planters being unproduc tive and practically useless, that thou sand of dollars had been expended by the planters in experiments on these acres which had brought no return, and also the fact that the chief value of the oyster grounds within the -"uris-diction of this state were available on. ly for seed purposes and that the prod uct had to be transferred to waters in other states for developing for mar ket. It was also contended that the enforcement of any higher rate of tax ation than that now paid would work hardship to he smaller planters who were not in such position that they could move their nusiness to some oth er state as could the larger dealers. Referring to the cost of the grounds in Rhode Island waters, one of the speakers declared that he believxl the rates there exorbitant and said that that state had simply taken advantage of the situation and that If the plant ers wanted acreage there they had to pay the price. It was also brought out that sometimes the planters keep pos session of unproductive tracts ,of grounds becaus they are so situated that they act as buffers for good grounds. CITY CHARTER OF NEW LONDON Hearing on Behalf of Two Amendment Measures. (Special to The Bulletin.) Hartford, March 24.t Representative AVhiton and ex-Senator William J. Brennan appeared before the commit tee on cities and boroughs this after noon in behalf of the two measures amending the city charter of New London, which their committee is al ready favorably disposed toward. One provides that no money shall be ex pended by the common council of the city other than that appropriate" the annual city meeting, unless such expenditures shall have been approved by a two-thirds vote of the common council and by a city meeting and a special tax shall be laid to meet such expenditures. The other bill amends the city char ter so that the city government shall have the power to lay sidewalks, half the cost of the same being met by the property owner, and that the city shall maintain the sidewalks afterward. Death of Kentucky Financier Louisville, Ky., March 24 E. C. Bonne, vice president of the Southern National bank and a financier inter ested In many important , enterprises, died today at his home here of angina pectoris. He was 69 years old and w?a born in Hesse Cassel, (lermany, of a prominent Huguenot emigrant family. Mis father was an officer under Na poleon and -later counsellor of Cassel. Mr. Bohne was one of the most active members of the American Bankers' association. He was the father of Louisville's park system. The Senate Tariff Bill. Washington, March 24. The tariff bill to be recommended by the senate committee on finance will be ready to be reported on the day thePayne bill passes the house, according to the present intentions of the republican members of the committee, who are holding daily sessions. Consideration of the schedule on earthenware and potteries was begun and concluded to day. Famous Thoroughbred Breaks Hip. Lexington, Ky., March 24. Sir Dixon one of the most famoue thoroughbred sires in America, frroke his hip whije running in the paddocks at Col. E. F. Clay's Runnymede stud in Bourbon county and was killed today. He was fooleddn 1885 and was the sire of manv winners. Mr. Clay waa once asked to put any price on him up to $100,000, but hu declined. Steamship Arrival. At Cherbourg, March IS: America fmm New York $600,000 Bribe Offered Bingham EASY TO BECOME MILLIONAIRE IN FEW MONTHS. ASTOUNDING STATEMENT By, New York Police Commissioner Offer Made During First Year In Office To Be Investigated. New York, March 24. A dishonest man holding the position of police "commissioner in New York city might easily become a millionaire in a few months, so great are the opportunities for illicit gains, according to a state ment today by Commissioner Bingham. For Protection of Criminal Interests. During- Mr. Bingham's-first year in the office, he said, a single bribe of $600,000 a year was offered him, if he would protect certain criminal Inter ests. "Compliance with the conditions of the offer," he added, "would have been entirely of a negative matter all they wanted was to be left alone." Commissioner Bingham was worked up over the rpfusal of the city alder men to rote him an appropriation of $100,000 for a secret service to Inves tigate Black Hand crimes and other matters. He referred to the sum as a paltry one, compared with the amounts which the. criminal interests are willing to pay to obstruct and pre vent the operation of the law. It'e a Regular Gold Mine to Dishonest Man. This job of police commissioner," he said, "for example, would be a reg ular gold mine to a dishonest official. If it were put up at auction to the highest bidder, a man could well af ford to pay $1,000,000 for a year's op portunity to accept what the criminal classes would be only too glad to offer him." Then he referred to the $600,000 offer which he had received when he first took. up the office. "The offer waa of course carefully guarded," he said. 'It came from a suave gentleman who knew how to handle words to perfec tion, and was able to make his hear ers understand what was meant with out laying himself open to any un pleasant after effects. "I listened until I -understood what the fellow was about. Then I gave him such a talking: to that he will nev er forget his visit here as long as he lives. I've not heard from him since." Jerome to -Investigate. Commissioner Bingham declined to give the name of the man who had made the offer, nor would he say what interests had sought protection. It was rumored later In the day that District Attorney Jerome would investigate the charges made by Mr. Bingham. CONNECTICUT EDUCATORS Discuss School Matters With Commit tee of Education. Hartford, Conn., March 24. Pro posed legislation providing for the granting of certificates of qualification of 1,achers in the public schools and by the state board of education, pro viding that no district or town shall be entitled to receive auy money from the state in support of schools unless the schoolhouse and other buildings con nected with it shall have the approval of the state board of- education, and also having that when the average at tendance in a school falls below IS such school shall be united with an ad Joining school and that the town may transport scholars to such adjoining town, occupied the attention of the committee on education at the capitol this afternoon. These proposed meas ures have grown out of the recom mendations made in the report of the special commission on education made to the general assembly earlier in file session and aim to benefit the smaller towns and to bring greater efficiency in the educational system In those towns. The measures were freely dis cussed by educators from about the state. . TRAPPED BY POLICE, A SUICIDE. P. H. Richardson, Alleged Embezzler of $300,000, Kills Himself in Hotel. Harisburg, Pa., March 24. Trapped in his room in the Hotel Lynch, from which there was no escape, F. H. Rich ardson of Klmira, N Y wanted for the alleged embezzlement of $300,000, sla-n-med the door in the face of the chief of police about 1 o'clock today, and a minute later killed himself with a bul let through his head. The suicide marked the closing of the career of one o the most influential men in Eliuira. SUFFRAGETTES WELCOMED. Out of Jail, They Are Regarded as Martyrs. London, March 24. The woman suf fragists who were sent to prison on ac count of the demonstrations in par liament square Feb. 25 received an en thusiastic reception upon their release from Holloway jail today. A proces sion was formed, headed by a band, and made its way to Holhorn. where a "welcome breakfast" was given in honor of the "martyrs." Lady Con stance Lytton is among the women re leased. Mrs. Taft Inspecting Massachusetts Summer Sites. Boston. Mirch 24. It was stated here today that Mrs. William II. Tart, wife of the president, and Miss Mabel Boardman of Washington inspected several estates in Reverly and West Manchester on Saturday last In com pany with several real estate agents. The party looked particularly - at the large residence of the late Henry W. Peahody In Beverlv and the Mortimer B. Mason estate In West Manchester. No Airship Service Between Boston and New York This Summer. Boston, March 24. Owing to a de sire to obtain a larger dir'gtble balloon than was at first proposed, the Aerial Navigation company will not put a dirigible in service between Boston and New York next summer. It has been decided to construct a large airship, but It will he impossible to have it ready for service before 1910. Lost Hi Fortune, Committed Suicide. Boston, March 24. Having lost (his fortune and suffered' domestic trouHs, John Rleger, formerly a well to do manufacturer of billiard tables, com mitted suicide in Franklin park today. He climbed a tree, fastened a rope to a limb, placed a noose about his neck and then jumped from the branch. Death of the Widow of "Old Hutch." . Lynn, Mass., Marrti 24. Mrs. Sarah M. Hutchinson of Chicago, widow of tha late Benjamin P. Hutchinson, pop ularly known as "Old Hutch," died suddenly today" while visiting friends In this city. She was 76 years eld and Is survived by four children. Condensed Telegrams C. W. Morse in a Signed Interview In prison declared that he was a vic tim of the- "big stick." Opera Hammerstein Announced a reduced scale of prices for perform ances of opera comique at the Manhat tan. Pope Piue X. Tuesday received in private audience the Rt. Re- John Farrelly, the new bishop of Cleveland, Ohio. A Gift of $375,000 has been prom ised toward the $2,500,000 fund which is to he raised for a Shakespearean memoria'. Attorney General Wickersham an nounced the reappointment of Wade H. Kills of Ohio as assitant to the L attorney general. The Waye and Means Committee computed that the Payne bill would Increase the customs receipts by more than $11,000,000. Charles W. Calkin, chief clerk of the court of special sessions at New York, was arrested and held In $1,500 bail on a charge of grand larceny. The Budget Committee of the relch stag decided to report the govern ment's naval programme calling for three Dreadnoughts and one large cruiser. August Belmont and Theodore P. Shonts at a conference decided to op pose the granting of a ffTinchis" for a subway to - the Bradley-Gaffney-Steers company. The Resignation of Henry L. Ptlm son as United States attorney for the southern district of New York was accepted by the president, who an nounced that he would nominate Hen ry A. Wise to succeed him. OPPOSITION TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION. The Other, Side Heard at Hearingin Hartford. Hartford, Conn., March 24. The op position to the passage of the measure before the legislature for tha creation of a public utilities commission was granted a hearing on the matter in the ,hall of the house today. The opposi tion to the measure was directed by Lewis Sperry and the first speaker was Attorney A. C. Graves of New Haven. Mr. Graves stated that he was not op posed to a regulation of the public utilities corporations, but that he did not think the measure at present be fore the legislature was at all satis factory either to the corporations or to the nfeople. He opposed that sort of a bill and stated that he did not think that public opinion Is so very strong in favor of tho creation of a commission as has been stated. In his opinion the principal feeling for such a bill had been started by the fact that New York and Massachusetts have such laws. He stated that in his opin ion corporate affairs in the state are in a satisfactory condition and the corporations are run along conserva tive lines. He called attention to the lack of press comment on the ma.iure and explained the alleged overcapital ization of the Connecticut Railway and Lighting company. Ho compared the street railway lines of Connecticut w ith those of Massachusetts and made the ttement that every dollar of stock of the New York, New Haven and Hart ford road is represented by actual property value. Mr. Gra" was of the opinion that the're is no proper basis for estimating a just capltali7ation and that a commission could not do so. Tha fact that a commission would be able to fix the price at which corpora tlon stocks could be issued would wnrk a great injustice and though that mat ter ought to be regulated by publicity. The speaker was of the opinion that overcapitalization does not hur-t the people but the stockholders, and the stockholi-irs are not asking for a com mission. Another disadvantage of a commission would be that Its acts could not be reviewed by the courts. The next speaker was L. W. Storrs of Springfield, who is the manager of trolley roads operating- over about 500 miles of roaj. For practical use he did not believe that a commission would prre very satisfactory to the people of Connecticut. Other speakers were f r mer Senator Slooer of New Britain, Bryan Mahan of New London and Ar thur Brewster. 13 MEN MAULED BY LIONS. Record of the Mombasa Shootina Sea son Just Ended. Mombasa, British East Africa, Mar-It 2-4. The heavy rains have begun in the protectorate, and yesterday four inches of rain fell In the siiort space of three hours. The grass fires which lately have been destroying the prai ries and driving the gam" in close to the railroad line have been put out by the downpour. The popular shooting season Is at an end. The record for the four months shows the killing of 110 lions. Includ ing two man-eaters, and 3.000 head of other game. During tho season nine natives and four white men were mauled by Hons. River and Harbor Improvement in y Connecticut. (Special to The Bulletin. Hartford, March 24. The commit tee on roads, bridges and rivers bus ied Itself today with the matter of the appointment of a special commission to ko into the matter of river and har bor improvement in Connecticut which would concern eastern Connecticut ver- materially. It Is prnpos,--' hvve a temporary commission which will cx.-iininc int.: the whole subject and report to the next general assembly. Mom of those present at th hearing were from the body of men Interested In the development of the ronnc Ueut river biit the interesting in this prop osition Is by no means so confined ns this would indicate. Changing Name of the Pomfret School. (Special to The Bulletin.! Hartford, March 24. The measure changing th name of the Pomfret school to Pomfret school would doubt less have been favorably acted upon by the committee on incorporations, which held a hearing on the matter today, but for the fact that the reso lution was so drawn that it might possibly include an exemption of tax es either now or at some future date, wherefore the resolution was with drawn to be re-drafted so as to spe cifically state that there shall be no exemption from taxation. Fire Damaged Church $25,030, Sionehain. .Mass., March 24. The Methodist Episcopal church here was badly damaged by fire this evening. The loss is estimated et $25,000. Sev eral churches and schools siluated near the burning building caught fire sev eral times, but were saved. Defective electric" wiring is thought tp have started the blaze. No person was in the church at the time. - Stock Exchange Vacation. New York. March 24. The board of governors of the New York stock ex change today decided to close the ex. change on Good Fridav, April J, and ."aturday, April 10 -MINERS TO REMAIN AT VORK ' . Pending Efforts of the Executive Boards tc Seek a Satisfactory Settlement INSTRUCTED BY SCRANT0N CONVENTION To Continue at Work Until Oth erwise Notified by Official 'Representatives of the Three Anthracite Districts Proposition Formulated by Policy Committee and Submitted to Representatives in Special Convention. Scranton, Pa.. March 24. Tonight after reaffirming the demands alnudy presented to the operators, the anthra cite miners in convention voted to re main at work after April 1 and to al low the union's district executive boards In the hard coal fields of Penn sylvania to continue their efforts to seek an agreement satisfactory to the men. The miners were lnvtruct.-d by the convention to slay at work until otherwise notified by the official rcp iesentatives or the three anthracite districts nnd the executive boards were instructed to negotiate an agree, ment u;on such basis as the boards In their Judgment believe the conditions warrant Report of the Policy Committee. Following is the text of the report of tho policy committee: Scranton, Pa.. March 24, l!ni. The Representatives of the Special Convention of Districts 1, 7 and 9, United Mine Workers of America: We, your committee, appointed to formulate a proposition to govern tho anthracite mining districts between now and April 1. and after that dale, have carefully considered every possi ble phase of the situation and submit to you and for your careful considera tion the following: We herein- reattinn the demands for. mulated and agreed to at the special convention of districts 1, 7, and 9, United Mine Workers of America, held in the city' of Scranton, Octoo.-r 12. 190S. x'e hereby confer upon the members of the executive hoards of PORTO RICO BEST GOVERNED UNDER SPANISH RULE. Says Chairman of Porto Rican Com mission Now in Washington. Washington, March 24. That Porto Rii o was governed better under fcian ish rule than' under American; that the Spanish-American w-ar and the .consequent occupation of the island by the United States has ruined the coffee industry, the most Important tn the Island, and that tho executive council, composed largely of Ameri cans, la responsible entirely for the present crisis, were declarations to night by Louis Munoz Rivera, chair man of tho commission, now here. The commission was appointed by the house of delegates to lay before Pres ident Taft, congress and the Ameri can people the reasons for the exist ing conditions iu the island and to ask for concessions from this country, both regarding the form of govern ment of the island and the tariff. VERDICTS AGAINST THE REV. G. F. PENTECOST. Prominent Clergyman and Evangelist -"-Alleged Mitrepresentatione in Farm Lease. Greenfield, Mass., March 24. Ver dicts against Rev. G. F. Pentecost, a prominent clergyman and evangelist, who is now located in Hartford. Conn., were returned In the superior court to day in behalf of Arthur F. Stone and Marian P. Thompson, who have oc cupied a dairy farm in Fast Northfleld owned by Dr. Pentecost. The plain tiffs, who are brother and sister, leas ed the farm in IBOtt and alleged that they lost money through its operation because of misrepresentations as to lis productive qualities. Mrs. Thompson brought suit for $.",.000 and was award ed $1.. ?.'. while her brother, who sued for $2,000. was given a verdict of $B8. THREE NEGROES FOUND GUILTY. Verdict of Jury in Skipwith Murder and Arson Case. Richmond. Va.. March 24 At Pow hatan Courthouse "today the Jiirvn the Skipwith murder and arson case, after fortv minutes' deliberation, returned a verdict finding Joe and ish.-im Taylor guilty of murder in the first degree, and John Brown guilty of murder in the second degree, and fixing the pun ishment of the Inst named at fifteen years In the penitentiary. The first degree verdict carries with It death In the electric chair. The men are three of a number of neprors rlir.red with murdering Mrs. Mary R. Skipwith and Walter G. John son, the manager of her estate, and afterwards setting fire to the historic home, "Southeast." Antarctic Explorer's Achievements Considered of Highest Importance. C'hrisii.ini.i, March 24. Captain C. E. HorkLi -nc ink. w ho wintered in the Antarctic in Ifhitt. i o'l-dders 'he Hcliieveiii.-iils nf Lieut. K. 11. ShacUe ton who reached within a few mrfes '! Lilt' Itltl.II I Me. "I ill' portance. Tilt" .diseovery the inii'Miltirt-il re i i'tn.- l I.. ,,,, ii,, h. t ini- of cn,'l. in traversed Itc h-ems .til' iM-.or Interest, since co:il has a'.-'o been l'Minl On the Kermielen Island--, while- the Norwegian explorer Lausen discovered petri.'leil wood or. the American sl.K of the A.mtrctie continent. Death of Former Member of New York Herald Staff. New York. March 24. Charles Rra zelton Graves, a newspaper man. un til recently a member of theh staff of the New York Herald, died of paraly sis today at Atlantic City. He was 40 years old. At the last Paris exposition Mr. Graves was connected with the American 'commission. At different times he was associated with the old Star, the World and the Herald. Fezenizac-Fiske Engagement An nounced. -New Yolk. March 24. The n noiincenient was mad" hire tonight of the engagement of I'uiuit Ko.jert 1 e Montesqiiieu-r'ej!e!iizac, the eccentric French nobleman ami poet, to .Mis. P.obert T. P. Flake, an American wid ow of means. ho has hour Im-ch a resident of Paris. 1 $30,000 Loss From Grass Fire. Haverhill. Mass.. March 24. A tire which started from burning grass burned two barns, an Ice house and a two-story cottage owned by A. J. Til ton at the corner of Freeman and Washington streets, today. The loss Is estimated at about $:!u,000, with par tial insurance. tlistricta 1. 7 and 9 of the United .Mine Workers of America full author ity to meet the operators Of tiie in. tnratite coal region and to negotiate with tne anthracite operators at agreement upon such basis and for such a period of time as they, the members of the executive boards. In their Judgment, believe Industrial and other conditions surrounding the an thracite mine workers may warrant. We hereby authorize and Instruct the United Mine Workers, and so fur as our authority goes, the mine work ers of the anthracite coal region to remain now and continue at work on and after the first of April. 1909. un der the terms of the agreement of j:'G and until such time as they are otherwise notified by the official rep resentatives of district 1, 7 and 9 of the I nited Mine Workers of America. The report Is signod bv the thirteen members ,of the committee. President Taft May Be Asked to Ap point Arbitration Commission. ' The convention was called upon te set on a resolution looking to arbitra tion a a final solution. If the then an t their employes cannot agree. The res olution 'as lt.troduceil tiy a district officer, aad the substance asked Presi dent Taft to create a commission sim ilar to the one apiminred by Preldnt Roosevelt in 1S2. A heated debute, followed, with the result that the reso lution was ref.nred to the three ex ecutive hoards. Nearly all the leaders were against it. and it may never ba put Into effect by the hoards. TWELVE PERSONS KILLED BY TORNADO IN TEXA8 Number of Houses Moved from Their -' Foundation. ve i persons were killed and a score In- ' jnred by a tornado that swept over the northeastern 4art of Wise county last night. Several small towns were visited by the storm, but none waa destroyed, although each suffered se rlutiH damage. Starting at Crafton. In the north eastern part of the county, the storm passed to the north of Decatur, the county s nt, and struck several' small settlements, of which Slldell Is the center. The tornado then turned southeast without doing further seri ous danuigo, The gr atest loss of life occurred on fainis. The destruction of Ira Rice's farmhouse caused the death of eight persons near Slidell. A light in the house ignited the yilns and the flame snuffed out the lives of the eight hur led victims At Sanger and Greenwood a rit'm her of honsea were moved from their foundations. A sehoolhoiiee nar Sanger was wrecked. In this rgii Ben Wilson and Glasgow Clark, farm ers, and two children of a negro t" ant, were killed. ' JAPANESE IN AMERICA ACTING AS SPIES. Categorical Denial of the Charge b Japanese Government Officers. Tokio, March 24. A special to tho London Tunes which has been re cabled to Tokio. says that It has been proved that Japanese residents of America are acting as spies. But It adds, "every countiy, even the United States, employ men like these.'" Japanese government officers have requested the Associated Press to make a categorical denial of the charges. An olticer of the foreign of fice said: "The statement Is absolutely with out foundation. As far a Japan la concerned, It is regarded as a eilly canard, while its mischievous source aione entitles It to be dignified by the term 'dement :a.' " TWENTY BATTLESHIPS NEEDED ON THE PACIFIC COAST, Declare Rear Admiral Bob Evans in an Interview. Tacoma. Wash.. March 24 Rear Admiral Kobley l. Kvans said In an in terview here today: "We need twenty battleships on the Pacific coast. With such a force this coast Is safe from any attack. I do not believe In dividing the Atlantis fleet In order to send ships to the Pa cilie. "We should concentrate our forces. The dr.ncer of non-eoncentrntlon wae fully demonstrated by RusHia's failure on the sea in her" combat with Japan." PROBABLY FATALLY BURNED. Mrt. Heiry Dow Attempted to Stamp O it a Grass Fire. MiihOtowii. Conn.. March 24 Mrs. Henry Mow. years, living at In home of r;en joiiilii Gilbert In the W"t Long lliii disi"-:et, was so badly burned ichile atf-tniitlncr to nut out a tra-n lire late today that she Is not xoi-td to live. A brush fire spread to the aruss In the Gilbert yard. and. fearing that It mivht spread to the house, Mrs. IKnv attempted to stamp It out. Hr dicss caught tire and before nsslstanee could reach her her clothes were con sumed and her body from the shoulders down so badly burned that she rannol recover. Mrs. Dow had been house keeper for many years at the Gilbert home. Harriman Will Take Paso Roblel Baths. - Santa Barbara. Cal., March 14. O, H. Harriman todnv left on a special train for Pao Robles. where he will take th baths for a few days on ae coiint of a sliRht attack of rheiimatNin. He liad i'jleniled leaving- for Sanl'rph- isro tomorrow n Ik h i . lr. Iixon in sued a statement saying1 that Mr. Har riman wae not 111, but simply deslrel to t-ike the baths. Head of McMillan Fur and Wool Cei Dead. Minneapolis, March 24. .lames Ma Millan, head of the McMillan Fur ant Wool company, with branches in PU Louis and Winnipeg, died today, agoi 53 years. He was the son of James O. McMillan of Freyebui-g. Me. France' birth rate has fallen from II to It 1-1 per cent In ls years.