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1909,. i
VOL LI. NO. 71.
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Man Who Took the Boy From School Says His
. :Name is James H. Boyle.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.)
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
Hearing on Behalf of Two Amendment
(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
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
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
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
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.
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. .
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
Out of Jail, They Are Regarded as
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,
A Gift of $375,000 has been prom
ised toward the $2,500,000 fund which
is to he raised for a Shakespearean
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
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
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.
The Other, Side Heard at Hearingin
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.
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
' .
Pending Efforts of the Executive Boards tc
Seek a Satisfactory Settlement
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
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
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.
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.
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,,
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.
$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.
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. '
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.' "
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."
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
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
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.

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