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V OL LTX N° 10.479.
RELIEVED BY ROBERTS.
pTBLIC FEELING IX CAPT
URED BLOEMFONTEIN.
CONFIDENCE OF THE BRITISH SOLDIERS
IN THEIR COMMANDER — REITZ
REPLIES TO SALISBURY.
tCcpvrlir&t: 1SWO: By Th« New-Tortt Tribune.!
[BT CAB ■ TO THE TKII?r\F..I
London, March 1(5, G a. m.— There cannot be
£Cj- question that the soldierlike endurance of
tie troops under Lord Roberts in the march
is Bloernfontein has been superb. The men's
confidence In their brilliant commander Is ap
parently unabated, and. according to "The
Tl=J«s" correspondent, they all recognize they
have taken part in one of the most famous
marches of modern times.
It appears that the dec.- to surrender the
Free State capital "was arrived at on Monday,
a*ter a stormy meeting, at which Mr. Frazer de
nounced President Steyn as a coward. The in
habitants had been in great fear of the Trans
vaalers. who ivere enraged at the determination
not to off--' rer4stance, and consequently the
town appeared on the entry of Lord Roberts
more like a relieved than a captured city.
* Sixty-seven wounded British soldiers had been
left behind by the Boer* when they retreated
northward, but they had taken away all their
own wounded.
3lr. Frazer, asked by Lord Roberts if the
Boers considered that they would be badly
treated by the British, replied that the burghers
did not like fish, so would not care to go to
Cape Town. The Fr?e Staters are said to be
niassingr at Warn nt m, which is a small village
on the Vaal at a point where the railway crosses
the river.
A report comes from Lourenc, 0 Marques that a
British cruiser has gone to take prisoners the
Boer deputation who had left there for Europe
by a German steamer. The telegram is, how
ever, cot confirmed, and seems quite without
foundation.
The Transvaal State Secretary has Issued his
rejoinder to Lord Salisbury's arguments. But it
will net be forwarded to the British Premier.
Mr Reitz holds that the Boer ultimatum was
a protective measure, and explains that the
arming at the republics was subsequent to the
discovery that English Cabinet Ministers were
Implicated in an attempt to filch away the in
dependence of th* burghers. I. N. F.
EOBERTS'S TROOPS 310V1XG.
•THREATENING BOER COMMANDOES TO
THE SOUTH OF BLOEMFONTEIN.
ICeprrtsiii; 1900: B>- The N'ew-Tcrk Tribune.]
- fstT CABLE TO IB! TRIBUTE.]
London. March 16. 1 a. m. — General Roberts is
Cot allowing the grass of the veldt to grow
under his feet. He put three trains In. motion
yesterday, equipping them with engine drivers
«nd firemen from his own troops, and sent Gen
eral Pols Cams with two thousand Guardsmen
end a small body of mounted infantry, south
ward. He reported in a midnight bulletin that
Pole-Carew had reached Bethanis during the
afternoon without opposition, and that the force
v.-as expecting to join Generals Gatacre and
Cements. Gatacre had crossed the Orange River
in the morning and occupied Bethulie. General
Clements's advance has propably taken place
einvjltaneousiy. It Is reported that the Dutch
rear guards are retreating from the river with
their guns from Norval's and Bethulie, and
it is possible that they may be caught be
tween the columns which are advancing toward
Epringfcntein.
MAT PLAT A LITTLE POLITICS.
General Roberts has allowed three divisions
tc halt at Bloemfcntein, but he is net idle him
**■•■ He has created the impression that the
Free State Government has surrendered Its cap
ital and that a military government has been
cubstituted for it. He has kept various munici
pal ar.d State offices in operation under the gen
era! supervision of the military government, and
by proclamation and practice is encouraging the
People of the Free State to follow the example
cf their own authorities and withdraw from a
hopeless struggle.- II- can well afford to halt a
fortnight in the capital and try his .and at the
parr.<- cf Imperial politics if he can succeed
thereby in inducing the Free State soldiers to
Assert their commandoes and return to their
terras. President >'. • • himself, since his ar
rival in Kroonstadt, is issuing counter-proclama
tions and striving to raliy his troops in defence
cf the republic, but unless all signs fail his
forces are rapidly disappearing from the field.
The old order cf government has lost its polit
ical centre with the surrender of Its capital, and
a new order of administration has been created
under the British flag, and Lord Roberts's main
v.-ork during the next fortnight will be one of
parincation and restoration of order. He has
paymasters who will buy supplies for an army
cf fifty thousand men, and he also has discipli
narians who will enforce respect for private
property. With gold to pay out and with sol
diers under rigorous discipline. Lord Roberts is
lik»ly to prove a successful politician in Bloem
fontein.
It is evident from the press dispatches that
General Roberts's first wcrk will be the opening
cf the railway southward to the Orange River
tr.d the abandonment of the convoy system of
supplies from Kimberley. The entire district
■outh cf Bloemfontein can be cleared of the
«*.T.y in the course of a few days, and railway
traffic: restored. Dispatches from General Gat
•cre's headquarters state that his patrols are in
touch with General Clements's lines westward
and with Brabant 1 eastward.
LIEUTENANT POPHAM'S EXPLOIT.
The feat of Lieutenant Popham and a detach
a«=t cf the Derbyshire battalion in saving
E*thulie wagen bridge, which had been mined
«lth dynamite, is describe as one of the most
raliant exploits of the war.
barren's forces are not needed on Orange
River, and have returned to Upper Natal. Mili
tary men do not expect a vigorous renewal of
cper a ti or s by either General Roberts or General
■"»«• during the next week. French's cavalry.
l~ ilh Tucker's division, may advance slowly
northward in the direction of Wlnberg and
»""SB>BIU but It Is not likely that there will
«" serious fighting until General Roberts I
tow. /t <r ° 6S th Vaa ' River and advance
wnart Johannesburg and Pretoria. There may
r^onno*BS«ftc* 8 in force toward the Biggars
re?.. but General ***** army will probably
_ a *' Active until General Roberts in pre
b«r to invade the Transvaal with a railway
MUan' " Pl1 ' 6 - The ° n!y direction in which
cnieers here expect to witness tame
diate activity is toward Mafeking. They con
sider it probable that a column recruited from
fresh troops along the lines or communication
■will be *.ent north from Kimberley unless Gen
eral Roberts is convinced that Colonel Plumer Is
able to raise the siege of the town with little
delay.
THE MEDIATION OFFER.
The American Embassy remains silent re
specting the recent exchange of letters between
the State Department and the Foreign Office.
Henry White being too experienced a diplomat
to be drawn into unwary admissions while the
State Department held back the text of the cor
if-=; . na-ncr. There are many explanations from
American sources, but the action of the State
Department is not understood here. English
man are asking what Americana would have said
rrnt long ngo !f the Madrid Government in the
hour of defeat had proposed peace on the basis of
the Spanish retention of Cuba, Puerto Rico and
the Philippines and England had offered her
t?rvices as mediator or go-bet ive»>n. They doubt
wither Americans would have regarded that as
a triendly act, even if a cordial, tactful letter
had be»n written by Lord Salisbury- A fact
which is overlooked by those drawing this paral
lel Is that the Stan- Department did not for
ward Presidents Kriiger and Stem's letter to
L<>nl Balfabury, and knew nothing of the Impos
sible conditions proposed by them. The British
Government suppressed the appeal of the two
Presidents so long that President Kriiger finally
ad Iressad the Powers without explaining the
terms which had been suggested in the dispatch
to Lord Salisbury. A fact on which Englishmen
!ay stress is that the only Government which
took any notice of Kniger's appeal to the Con
sols was the United States. The subject came
up yesterday in Parliament, when Mr. Balfour
was asked by William Redmond whether the
Washington Government had offered its good
offices with a view of bringing about peace.
There was a storm of applause when Mr. Bal
four, while acknowledging the friendly tone of
the communication from Washington, stated
that Lord Salisbury had replied that the British
Government would not accept the intervention
of any Power in South African affairs. The use
of the word "intervention"' produced an incor
rect impression, so far as the Washington Gov
ernment is concerned. The full text of the State
D'-oartment's letter threw new light upon the
transaction. I. Jg. F.
MAY PT"T OFF BOER CONTINGENTS.
BRITISH FORCE UNDER POLE-CAREW GOES
SOUTH FROM BLOEMFONTEIN.
London March 1.1.— The War Office has re
ceived the following from Lord Roberts:
Bloemfonte'n, Thursday. March 15, 7:55 p. m.
— General Gatacre crossed the Orange River and
occupied Bethulie this morning;.
General Pole-Carew. with two thousand men
of the Guards Brigade, two guns and a small
body of mounted Infantry, left here in three
train? this morning to join hands with General
Oatacre and General Clements. He had passed
Bethanis by 4:-M) p. m., without meeting with
opposition, having been able to supply from his
troops engine drivers, firemen, fitters, moulders,
smiths, carpenters, etc.
Bethulie Bridge Camp, "Wednesday. March 14.
— General Clements' 9 brigade has effected a
(unction with General Gatacre's troops at
Burghersdorp. A patrol left there to-day for
Aliwai North, to Join hands with General Bra
bant.
REITZ REPLIES TO LOUD SALISBURY.
DEFENCE OF THE ACTION OF THE TRANS
VAAL PRIOR TO THE WAR.
Pretoria, March 14. — State Secretary Reitz's
refutation of Lord Salisbury's arguments In the
reply to the Bloemfontein joint note was issued
to-day. Mr. Reitz says:
The British Government, after the Bloemfon
tein conference endeavored to enforce by threats
certain chances in the internal government of
the Transvaai Republic, contrary to the London
convention. They also imported troops In great
numbers, and broke off negotiations with a
threat to *ake their own means to remove the
grievances of their subjects.
After waiting a fortnight, while an army corps
was prepared and the reserves were being called
out by the British. President Steyn asked the
reason of these proceedings. Sir Alfred Milner
refused to reply.
Meanwhile Mr. Chamberlain, in his speeches,
showed the world that England had decided on
war. Accordingly, the Transvaal Republic ad
dressed to the British Government a demand for
the withdrawal of th°ir troops, as otherwise it
would accept the presence of the troops as a
d"i iaration of war. That was not necessarily
intended as a message of war.
Concerning the armaments Mr. Reltz says:
These were bought openly in England and in
Europe, and the High Commissioner boasted fall
of th^m at the Bloemfontein confer
ence, and also full descriptions of these arma
ments were found among tne officers" papers at
Dund>-<:-.
T he army anil the ultimatum were protec
tive measures, subsequent to the Raid and to the
erjr, through concealed cables, that British
• KfevJsters were- implicated in the at
tempt to filch away the independence of the re
publics. Now all il>ubt is removed by Lord
iry*s teiegram. The burghers must fight
for th"ir national existence, trusting that God
will d"f"nd the right.
London, March 16. — The Pretoria correspon
: "The Da;!y Mail," telegraphing Wednes-
Mr. Re'tz's statement has been published
throughout the republic, but will not be for
ward-ed to Lord Salisbury.
Conversations I have had with the highest
State officers show that the republic was pre
pared to grant substantial reforms and conces
sions until the receipt of Lord Salisbury's tele
gram. As one of the highest statesmen re
marked, "Better half an egg than none, but
better none than a rotten egg."
FRAZER DENOUNCED STEYN.
STORMY MEETING IX BLOEMFONTEIN JUST
BEFORE THE SURRENDER.
London, March IG. "The Standard" has the
following dispatch from Bloemfontein, dated
Thursday, March I.V.
The civil authorities here definitely made up
their minds to surrender on Monday. A stormy
meeting was h°ld. presided over by Mr. Steyn.
whom Mr Frazer lent unced a= ;t coward, charg
ing him with a want of enough moral courage to
ihi' situation.
The iatt* President was, howei er. not to be
persuaded, and when the meeting broke up he
left 'or the north.
The occupation was extremely orderly and well
managed. The spectacle was most Impressive
when the Sixth Division marched through in
grand style notwithstanding that, like the res:
of the army, it had covered forty miles in twen
ty-seven hi urs.
Large numbers of the burghers are surrender
ing their arms. Many have fled to their homes.
Others are trekking to the east or to the north
with their cattle and goods. During the last
few -lays the inhabitants of Bloemfontein had
beer, in deadly fear of the violence of the Trans
vaalers. and consequently the city resembles
rather a relieved than a captured town. Mr.
Weas-ln. President of the Raad. has gone to
England to sohcic pwblic sympathy and to plead
for the independence off the Free State.
THE OCCUPATION OF BLOEMFONTEIN.
MUCH ROLLING STOCK WAS caPTI'RED BY
THE ARMY OF LORD ROBERTS.
BV-emfontein. Tuesday, March 13.— Lord Rob
erta entered the Free State capital to-day, prac
tically unopposed. He lay at Venters Vlel,
fourteen miles away, last night, with General
Kelly-Kenny's and General Colvtlle's divisions,
the Guards Brigade and the mounted infantry
General French, having cut the railway and
(Continued on fourlli »«gc.J
NEW YORK, FRIDAY. MARCH Ifi. lttOO.-FOrKTEEN PAfliaa.> r «w^^,,,-
ROOT TALKS OF CUBA.
CUBAN! CAPABLE OF SELF-GOVERN
MENT AFTER DUE PREPARATION.
Havana, March 15.— Secretary Root said to
day that he had come to Cuba for two reasons.
In the first place, he desired to see for himself
the working of the various departments, civil
and military, and to investigate, so far as pos
sible, the character of the work accomplished.
In the second place, he desired to see as many
representative men as possible, including all
the business interests. In order to feel that he
was in personal touch with the requirements of
the island.
He went on to say that he had at all times
closely followed all the reports regarding Cuba,
but he had always felt assured that in respect
of many matters definite knowledge called fir
personal contact. He now felt that the Cubans
had done wonders, considering the nature of the
strife that had devastated the country for so
long a time. Their conduct and amiability had
greatly impressed him, and he was satisfied
from all he had seen that they were capable of
self-government.
"It is necessary, of course, to prepare for
this," said Mr. Root, "by practical experience.
Nor should it be a cause for surprise if the first
municipal elections should not bring to the
surface all the best elements of the country.
Even in the United States many who would
naturally be supposed to take an active inter
est in politics are often found attending to other
matters on Election Day. This work of prep
aration is deemed necessary even by the most
radical Cubans. As soon as proper explana
tions are made to them, they recognize that time
must elapse before a race unacquainted with
the simplest forms of government will become
able to manage public affairs absolutely with
out assistance.
UNITED STATES WILL KEEP FAITH.
"There Is no doubt that the I'nited States will
keep faith with the Cuban people, and the joint
resolution of Congress will be carried out. But
just exactly when it is impossible to say. The
municipal elections, which will take place on
May 1, will prove the first lesson. The object
is to give municipalities home rule in the very
broadest sense, making each self-supporting
and making the elected officials answerable to
their own people only for the proper expenditure
of funds. It is desirable so far as possible to
decentralize all municipalities from Havana
control. The American officials would ther have
only advisory and supervisory duties.
"The City of Havana would then come into
the same category with other (-Hies. The mil
itary department of the city would be ab iliihed,
and this would enable the elected municipal
government of Havana to take the necessary
steps to refund the debt, to obtain a new loan
and to carry out the works of sewerage and
paving which are necessary and which should
be begun as soon as possible. Probably this
work will begin in the early autumn."
Referring to the reports of possible trouble
in the island, Mr. Root said:
HYSTERIA OR MISCHIEF MAKERS.
"These reports are the result of hysteria or
are circulated by those who for personal ends
wish to see turmoil. There is a close analogy
between these Cuban agitators who talk about
"taking to the woods* and the Ameri'-an brag
garts who insist that the fniteti States wifl not
give up Cuba. Both classes are equally unrep
resentative of their countri*? "
Alluding to conversations he had had with
many Cubans representing the various indus
tries, he said he thought he had seldom met
with people more desirous of learning the me'.h
ods of government, and that he could see they
recognized the difficulty of the task, since gov
ernment, like painting, was an art. He referred
to the fact that Presidential elections in the
United States required several months of prepa
ration in order that they should be carried to a
su »ssfui conclusion, and he pointed out that
the difficulties in Cuba were very mu''h greater.
What was desired, hs said, was that the peasant
in Cuba should have equal rights and facilities
with the i ou d talking man with the machete.
"I have been agreeably surprised," he con
tinued, "in visiting various points in the prov
inces of Pinar del Rio. Matanzas and Havana to
find so many evidences of rehabilitation. Every
where the men were apparently working; clean
houses were in evidence, and there was a gen
eral air of approaching prosperity which I had
not expected to detect. In the tobacco district?
I found that common laborers were receiving
more than $4 a day in American money, and
this, although the work is only temporary
proves the falsity of the statements of general
distress. The Mayor of Guanajay told me lie
had in his employ more than one thousand men.
AMERICAN TROOPS IN GOOD HEALTH
"Another thing that I particularly noticed
while travelling through the provinces was that
everywhere the American troops were in good
health. Their robust appearance and excellent
coloring show apparently that the climate agrees
with them."
Passing on to the question of prisons. Mr. Root
paid a high tribute to the work of General Wood,
adding: "Some months ago I had personal re
pons made to me regarding the condition of the
prisons, and such sicrv= as were then to be seen
do r:"t exist now. for I have inspected the
prisons myself. I consider the cleanliness of
;y another remarkable fact. I wish a
million Americans could witness not only the
cities that are occupied by United States troops,
but also many towns that have long; since been
left absolutely to the care of the Cuban popu
lation. Even in the latter cases the streets are
kept scrupulously clean, and I feel that the
Cubans deserve great credit for carrying our
this work, begun under American auspices. It
augurs well for the self-government of the
future.
"The growth of the school system is another
feature deserving of special notice. More than
one hundred and fifty thousand pupils are now
enrolled. lam heartily in accord with the Idea
of taking as many teachers as possible for a
summer stay of several weeks in the United
and 1 will personally do all I can to as
sist such a plan.
"Taking Into consideration everything. 1 am
exceedingly pleased with my visit to Cuba, and
I f.-e! that I have a better grasp of the sit
uation."
At a meeting of the Society of Planters to-day
X was reported that Secretary Root had agreed
to uphold a reduction by Congress of the duties
on Cuban sugars.
AGI'IXALDO'S WAR SECRETARY CAUGHT.
HE SURRENDERS TO GENERAL. MACARTHUR—
REBEL LEADER'S SON DIES.
Manila. March 1" 5:80 p. m.— Flores, Agul
naldo's Secretary of War, has surrendered to
General Mac Arthur.
Aguinaldo's infant son. who was captured in
November, and who had been suffering from
smallpox, is dead.
SPANISH PRISONERS SENT HOME.
Washington. March 15. — A cable message
from General Otis, received at the War Depart
ment, says that he shipped to-day for Barce
lona 533 Spaniards, including 84 officers and
427 enlisted men of the Spanish army, who had
been rescued from the Filipino insurgents: also
the wives of eight officers and fourteen children
of officers.
TASK OF MOLTEN GLASS BURSTS.
Woodbury. March 13— tank of molten glass in
the Woodbury Glass Works burst this afternoon,
and the blowers and other employes were com
pelled to flee for their lives. The molten glass
flooded the room.
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RAMAPO PLOTS EXPOSED.
XIXON. KELSEY AND ALLDS WORK
AGAINST THE MORGAN BILL.
Albany. March 1." (Special).— Senator Platfs
"machine" and Richard Croker's "machine"
acted in beautiful harmony to-day on the Mils
to abridge the extraordinary privileges con
ferred upon the Ramapo Water Company by
the act submitted to the Legislature of \fi)o
by Speaker Nixon.
It had been supposed that the Senate would
pp.=s Assemblyman Fallows'a bill, conferring
upon Mayor Van Wyck and Controller Coler
the ripht to veto any contract with the Ramapo
Water Company, but. at the suggestion of Sen
ator Grady. of Mr. Croker'a forces, action upon
this beneficent measure vas postponed until
Monday evening next, and the Legislature may
adjourn on March 31. Senator drady declared
that Mayor Van Wyck vould certainly act upon
this amendment to the charter in less than fif
teen days. It is to bo hop^l that Mayor Van
Wyck will fulfil Senator Orady's contract.
It is possible that this action by Senator
Platt's and Mr. Croker's followers In the Sen
ate was due to a desire to walr until the action
of the Assembly upon Assemblyman Morgan's
bill concerning the Ramapo Water Company
could pp learned. This bill frees the city of
New-York from the Ramapo Water Company
by providing that it may condemn land for
water rights; that, in a word. It may possess
the same rights of condemnation as are now
possessed by the Ramapo Water Company. The
friends of the Ramapo Water Company do not
wish either the Fallows act or the Morgan act
to pass.
BILL CAREFT'LLY FREPAREP.
Mr. Morgan's bill. It should be stated, was
drawn up by the Merchants' ft— orlntion of Mew-
York, after a careful examination of the statutes
bearing upon th» subject of the water supply of
New-York and an equally careful survey of
various water sheds from which the city might
supply itself with water. Th- M-rc hants" As
sociation has expended $."r>.<n)t) in this survey
and in th<> examination of the documents and
laws bearing on New-York? water supply. The
measure, therefore, was a most carefully con
sidered document. It Is possible that some of
the members of the Merchants' Association were
spurred on to efforts to free the city from the
domination of the Rama'io Water Company by
the discovery that a committee of the English
Parliament had recently learned that if London
wpre to buy out eight private water companies
which supply a portion of the great metropolis
with an indifferent supply of water the sum of
$160,000,000 would have to be expended.
As Is well known. Assemblyman Morgan's bill
was submitted early in January to the Commlt-
Cities, and that committee has failed to
make any report upon it. Mr. Morgan yesterday
gave notice that he would move in the Aasem
1 ly to-day that the committee should be dis
charged t'rnm further ronsideration of his bill.
Wht-n he made this motion to-day he found ar
ray< .1 against him Speaker Nixon and the lai
ttr's two lieutenants on the floor. Otto Kelsey,
the chairman of the Assembly Committee on
Cities, and Mr. Allds, the chairman of the Com
mittee on Ways and Means, and therefore the
Republican leader,
Assemblyman Allds gave the impression to
Assemblyman CooWy thsrt Qoreraog Roosevelt
was opposed to the Morgan bill. Mr. Cooley and
Assemblyman Davis went t> • the Governor and
asked him about this. Governor Roosevelt re
plied: "I am not opposed to the Morgan bill.
All I have said was that I did not believe it
could be passed."
MR. MORGAN'S FORCIBLE SPEECH.
Mr. Morgan, in making his motion, said he
regretted to take such a stand, because he knew
that he would antagonize certain members of
the Assembly who wers his friends. Continuing,
he said:
We all know the purpose of the bill and the pur
pose of the opposition against it. On the one hand
Is municipal freedom, on the other corporate ava
rice. We know, too, the enormous powers of the
Ramapo company and the helplessness of New-
York City. Both are the products of this Legis
lature. Here are the three steps by which the pres
ent deplorable condition of things was accom
plished:
First — The Ramapo company had an act passed
known as Chapter 385 of the Laws of 1895. which
was entitled "An Act to limit and define the powers
of the Ramapo Water Company." Instead of
limiting these sowers, however, it made them
wellnigh boundless. It permitted the company to
acquire land and waters not only along the Ram
apo watershed, but also along any other water
shed throughout th.> State.
The first step which save the company such as
tounding powers was followed by a second, which
was to prevent the city of New-York from, en
larging Its municipal water system. In the char
ter of that city an amendment was made in 1597.
known as Section 472, by which the city could not
acquire lands the waters of which in whole or
in part are used by any other city or village.
These words "in part" were the fatal words. As
a consequence, the city cannot take water from the
Hudson or any oth"r stream if even a drop la used
by another municipality.
The third and final step was to make it easy for
the city of New-York to purchase water from a
private corporation. That was done by permitting
the city to enter into a contract for water on the
approval of a few subordinate appointive officers.
These three steps have been engineered with con
summate skill.
The Fallows bill is a step in the right direction,
but it is Insufficient. It only makes it somewhat
harder for the Ramapo company to contract with
the city. But should a water famine come the re
strictions contemplated ay the Fallows bill would
1,,, necessity be thrown aside. The question of how
can New-York set enough water Is still un
answered. My bill would answer this question.
When Mr. Morgan had finished speaking. Mr.
Trainor, the leader of the Democratic minority,
looked at Mr. Allds, the leader of the Republi
can majority. Mr. Allds looked at Mr. Trainor.
It had been decided that Mr. Trainor should
do the talking, while Mr. Allds would adopt
other means to defeat he motion of Mr. Morgan.
This was easy enough, since Speaker Nixon,
Mr. Allds and Mr. Trainor are now known as
"the Ramapo triumvirate." Yesterday, he had
tried to bring Mr. Morgan's bill before the House
by substituting it for the Fallows bill, which
had come up for consideration on the Governor's
emergency message. Although it was known
at the time that Mr. Trainor did this in order to
kill all Ramapo legislation, nevertheless the
Tammany chieftain had nothing but praise for
the Morgan bill, and nothing but odium for the
Fallows bill. To-day the change of front was
complete and astounding.
Mr. Post, of Suffolk County, said that he op
posed the Morgan bill because It would endan
ger the water rights of Suffolk County.
A REBUKE TO TRAINOR.
Mr. Slater scored on Mr. Trainor when he said:
Yesterday my Democratic friend war.ted the
Morgan bill, when he knew he couldn't get It. To
day, when he can have the Morgan bill, he objects
to It. ,-> .
This bill gives to New-York City the right of
eminent domain— this and nothing more— the right
which every village In the State of New-York now
enjoys. We ask the same rights that the city of
Syracuse and the city of Mldd!etown enjoy. The
Ramapo Water Company to-day • enjoys greater
powers of condemnation than does the city of New-
York. We ask for the same powers of condemna
tion.
Mr. Slater then adduced Sg-ures to prove the
immense waste of the public funds of New-York
which would be incurred by purchasing its
■water from such a company as the Ramapo
company. Hecontinuid:
The figures which I use were handed to me last
evening, ar.d a.-f made public for the nrst time.
They are the reault of the investigation of the
Water Supply Committee appointed by the Mer
chants' Association at New-York. They are the re
sult of we«»ks of toll of competent expert account
ants employed >>y the Controller of the city of
Cuullnard OB <-i»hth p*S~e>
A GREAT ICE TMAIfBACTION.
KNICKERBOCKER PURCHASED BT AMERI
CAN COMPANY— THE PRICE 100. < m
Augusta, Me.. March -A $10,000,000 Ice
deal Is announced to-day in th»» purchase of the
Knickerbocker Ice Company by the American
Ice Company. An official of the latter company
to-day said: "The deal has been completed, and
the entire business of the Knickerbocker Com
pany has passed into our hands. The price paid
was $10,000,000."
This is one of the largest ice deals cv»r made
in this country. The Knickerbocker company
controlled the bulk of the retail output of nat
ural ice in th" r-itips of Philadelphia, Baltimore
and Washington.
Officers of the American Ice Company eSOM r.ot
be found last night.
A FAITH HEALER 15 Jill.
FRANCIS TntTTH ACCUSED OF FRAUDULENT CS3
OF MAILS.
Boston. March 13.— Francis Truth, head of the
divine healing association beams his name whose
advertisements have been spread over the whole
country, was arrested early this evening at his
office. No 6A Bowdoln Square, by Deputy United
States Marshal Waters, assisted by Chief Inspector
Watts of the Boston Police Department and Chief
Inspector Evans of the PostofHee Department, on
the charge of using- the mails for fraudulent pur
poses. The prisoner was locked up In Charles
Street Jail. A large amount of mail matter was
seize,! by the officers, and after Truth had been
taken away a thorough sear. of the premises was
Instituted.
On the first floor In on* room there were at work
about -i dozen girls, typewriters ami copyists,
whose wages are said to have ranged from $3 to $8
a week. In the next room was a printing press,
which turned out circulars and the magazine
known as "The Divine Healer." Across the hall,
which was richly furnished, are the parlors used
by Truth ar..l his wife. They are harttisomely fur
nished. On this floor there la 'he crutch room,
where are displayed the crutches which the "Divine
Healer" claimed were cast aside by those who had
been cured by his treatment. The officers removed
a large part of this property and had it conveyed to
Police Headquarters.
STEAMBOAT STRIKES ROCKS.
THE THOMAS S. '■• BRENNAN GETS OFF AFTER
SEVERAL HOURS.
The steamer Thomas S. Brennan, of the Char
ities Department, which left Its pier, at East
Twenty-sixth-st., yesterday at noon with a load
of bodies for Hart's Island, struck the rocks
opposite the Westchester Flats on the up trip
and remained there until 1) o'clock last night.
The vessel then proceeded to its destination, and
after burying the dead returned to its pier, ar
riving there at 11:30 o'clock.
Frank Stewart, the engineer, said that the
vessel struck the rocks shortly before G o'clock,
and it was necessary to wait for the tide to lift
it off. The F.rennan has been idle for four
months for repairs. Yesterday's trip was the
first since the repairs had been completed. It
could not be ascertained last night if any dam
age had been done.
ARRESTED FOR BTEALTSQ BOOK PLATES,
DR. CHARLES E. CAMERON. OF BOSTON
CHARGED WITH THEFT.
Boston. March 15.— Charies E. Cameron, who
formerly practised medicine in this city, was placed
under arrest by Boston . and private officers this
afternoon, on the charge of stealing one hundred
book plates from some of the most rare books In
the Harvard library. He was delivered to Chief
Murray, of the Cambridge department, and wi.l be
formally charged with the thefts in court there to
morrow.
Dr. Cameron comes from an old and respected
family in Canada. He is a graduate or McGill Uni
versity, and Is well known in New- York. Boston
and Philadelphia. He. has not practised medicine
for some months. His entire time has been de
voted to the study of Canadian history, with a
view, it is said, of writing a history, and to the
collection of rare stamps and book plates.
Dr. Cameron says he is innocent. He admits hav
ing stolen properly In his possession, but says it
came to him honestly.
AVERT AX INSTITUTE OF MUSIC.
BILL OF INCORPORATION INTRODUCED— TTi:.:.
AIM TO PROVIDE GOOD STTSIC
CHEAPLY
Albany, March 15 —A bill incorporating the Amer
ican Institute of Music was Introduced In the
Legislature to-day by Assemblyman Davis. The
bill names as corporators Frank Damrosch, Henry
van Dyke. J;mes Speyer. Andrew Carnegie, R ;-
E. Schirmer. Theodore Sohor^k-. I 'art
Sehurz. Brace Price. E. R. L. Gouid. Abram S.
Hewitt. Jules A. Montant. Miss Callender J.imes
Lo<?b. Otto M. Eldlitz. Jacob H. Schlff. Loota
Kttlii'.ger, Mrs. Robert Abbe, J. H. Cnuaford, Am
brose 1.. Phiprs. John M. Goodale and James K.
Ptiuldlner.
The object of the organization proposed is for the
purpose of maintaining in New-Tors an institution
-urage and develop popular Interest in the
study of the art and literature of music and ■ :■
vano»- the knowledge of kindred subj.-.
vide popular mate instruction and rtiteal
maintain a musical library and museum, ar.d to
i:id maintain a suitable building to
voted to the general and special purposes of the
: ■! r ■ rntion.
Frank Damrosch. James Speyer. Rudolph E.
Schirmer. Theodore Schorskp. Bruce Price, E. R.
1.. Gould, James Loeb. Ja_-ob H. Schin* and Am
brose L. Phippa are named as trustees of the in
stitute.
Frank H. Damrosch. the well known musical di
rector, la the originator of the movement to build
th« proposed America:: Institute of Music. He con
ceived the Idea about three years ago. but definite
action was postponed until It was certain it could
be carried out in a practical manner. Mr. Dam
roach was seen last r.lKht at his home. Xo. ISI
West Seventy-flfth-st. He said he thought it would
cost about $2,000,000 to establish the institute as
proposed at present. It would contain a concert
ball with a seating capacity of eight thousand, and
half of the seats it was proposed to reserve at
10 cents each for lovers of music who could not
afford to pay high prices The prices would range
from 10 cents to 50 cents. An appeal would rtrst
be made to working people, and Mr. Damrosch
said he thought that he would ha- collected fc*s<>.oi>>
from the working people of this city in rive years!
He had no doubt that after that sum was raised
among the working classes wealthier persona would
only too gladly subscribe larger sums to carry out
the project.
"There is great need of an institute here." con
tinued Mr. Damroech. "where people can cultivate
a love for music and where entertainments on a
large scale at popular prices can be given and also
where such organizations as the People's Choral
Union can give their concerts."
He further said that the People's Choral t'nion
was interested In the movement. It has a mem
bership of more than three thousand.
DIAHOSD ROBBERY O.V A CAR.
MAN CALLS AT THE TENDERLOIN POLICE STA
TION IN REGARD TO WIFE S LOSS.
Early last evening a well dressed m.in entered
the West. Thlrtleth-st. police station and asked to
se« Captain Thomw. Th© Captain was not in at
the time, and the man left, saying- he would .call
later. Shortly after midnight the man called
again, this time coming in a private coach. Cap
tain Thomas had not returned yet. an.i to Ser
geant Carson the man said that his wife had been
robbed of a pair of diamond earrings valued a*
$1,500. In a Sixth-aye. car. between Fourteenth
an.'. Twenty-third sts.. early In the evening. The
man said his wife carried the diamonds in a bas
which hung by her aide. The car was crowded,
and a number of men were stand! near the
woman. The man said he was William J. Gardner,
of No. Z2D East Fourteenth-*!. Police Headquar
ters was Informed ■ ( the robbery, and detectives
were placed at work on the cm*.
FIVE STATES IN FIVE HOURS.
The "Royal Limited." b«auttfuJ. swift and sure.
Leaves New- York. South Ferry and Foot of Liberty
St.. dally 3 P. M.; arrive* Washington - P. M. Ex-
QUlutte Dining and Car* Car B«rvlc«.—
PBICE THREE CENTS.
A\ ANNIVERSARY STORM.
BIG FALL OF mow A REMINDER OF
THE BLIZZARD OF MOM
PREDICTED.
Six inches of belated snow, followed by two
inches of sleet, fell upon the metropolis yesterday
and last night. Mr. Emery, the local forecaster,
looked out from hia eyrie in the tower of the
Manhattan Life Building, in Broadway. last night
at sunset, and after noting the direction, of the
wind and scanrtnc the telegraphic reports from
different points around the United States where
other f orecas-.era make c!o?2 guesses oa the
weather, said that we rnis^t get a blizzard If
the temperature fell suf3cien*.!y and if the wind
v»»ered to the northeast, as h? expected i: would.
At midnight the sleet as still coming, and
thertf was some rain. The ni^ht superintendent
of the bureau said:
The indications for to-morrow are: Snow or (MM
and continued co.d Friday: Saturday fair and coW;
northeast sales, becoming northwesterly Friday
nlpht.
"It •;=> somewhat doubtful if the temperatur
will fail enough to ffive as a blizzard." said Mr.
Emery, "but whether it Go<s or not we shall
have a storm that will satisfy all but the most
exacting weath°r crant."
"We are expectir.? a high northeast wind be
fore to-morrow noon." .■;.
"The heavy snowstorms usually come from the
northern points of the compass, but this one
apparently started down where cotton plants
grew and where the pickaninnies go barefooted.
As near as i: can be located, it developed la the
West Gulf and advanced northeastward to th*»
mouth of the Mississippi, where it was central
this morninjT- Then it swept rapidly up this
way, and we began to feel it before I> o'clock
There have b??n light snowfalls throughout th»
Northern and Central States, and as far down
the seaboard as Virginia. A Void wave cover*
the northern anil central portions of the coun
try. the level of freezing temperature extending
as far south as Xorthern Tennessee. The tem
perature has fallen from - to 1« degrees from
Virginia northward to Xew-England. and about
20 degrees from South Dakota southward to
Texas."
The following message was received by — -
local Weather Bureau last evening: 3gM
Xjrtheast storm signals were ordered at 4:15
o'clock from Breakwater to Boston. The storm, is
central In Sou"h CariUr.a; moving north-northeast.
Wind will be high north?asterlv to-nleht. with,
heavy snow. WILLI3 L. MOORE.
Chief Weather Bureau. Washington. D. C.
The snow began ccming at about 5:43 o'clock
yesterday morning, and at " o'clock in the after
noon nearly five Inches had tauea. Since the
"blizzard of *SS*" no one any longer speaks dis
respectfully cf ■ March snowstorm. The aver
age Xew-Yorker last night on his way home set
his face resolutely against the sifting crystals
which Mr. Pluvius was unloading in such liberal
fashion, and determined ta make the beat at
whatever happened.
Commissioner Xagle, a] the Street Cleaning
Department, said last night that he was all
ready for the storm. The regular street sweep
ers kept the crossings clear in the afternoon, but
nothing was done toward removing the snow.
This morning at 7 o'clock the Uvalde Asphalt
Company, which has the snow removal contract
will begin work with two road workers and four
thousand men. who will operate from forty
eight different points. Superintendent Sargent,
in speaking of his plans, said:
We got along with the other heavy storm all
rlarht. and we are In better shape to-nlg-at than
ever. We have weeded out our incompetent fore
men and know what PS can do. Two heavy road
workers will be u.«ed on Broadway, beginning' at 7
o'clock, to scrape the snow toward the gutters.
These scrapers work rapidly. We expect to tiaa
them between the Barter;.- and Twenty-third-st...
and from Twenty-tliird-st. to the Circle. After w»
finish with Broadway we will use tile scrapers oa
the other busy thoroughfares.
Bradlsh. the city's official hs
charer^ of the removal of snow, has arranged ta
have the street cleaners work ail night to-algßt
if necessary. "TBS. weather people tell us that
we are going to have plenty of snow this time.*
said Mr Bradish. "They say that snow will be
falling for thirty hour?
Traffic over the Bridge was greatly delayed la
the afternoon on account of the storm. Heavily
laden wagons caused the horses to slip and fall
on the heavy grades, and there were many of
them. Twenty-five or thirty inspectors of the
Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company were sta
tioned on the roadway and did police duty la
helping the drivers and the fallen animals. The
slow headway of the surface cars over the
Bridge drove many people to the elevared cars,
which were- not interfered with by the storm.
The cars occupied about twenty-five miaasaa
yesterday afternoon in crossing the Bridge.
The delay on the Bridge owing to horses slip
ping and blocking the tracks became so serious
b3* l> o'clock that the police compelled the drivers
to take the ferries on both sides of the river.
One or two wagons had been smashed In the
mean time, and were left hauled up alongside the
railing. The crush at the Bridge entrance be
tween Tt:3o and 7 o'clock was terriSc, and the
police and inspectors had their hands full In
preventing women and children from being In
jured.
William Hontx, a truck driver. was knocked
off his wagon and Injured at the Park Row en
trance to the Bridge. He- was taken to Perry's
drug store, where he was found to be suffering
from contusions of the legs and back. He finally
got on his truck and went home.
The storm greatly delayed incoming passenger
trains on the Pennsylvania, the Jersey ■ Centra!,
the Delaware, Lackiwanna and Western, the
Erie and the Ontario and Western railroads.
Nearly all the main line trains were from one to
two hours late.
Xight Station Agent Hanna. at the Grand Cen
tral Station, said that all trains were on time.
Engineers and conductors report that there la
very little snow In the upper part si the State.
No delay was experienced by any of the -| atas
The Fall River liners and the Sound boats,
the City of Lowell and the New-Hampshire, did
not leave their docks on the North River until
the snow had turned to sleet. They were about
three and one-half hours late in getting away.
At the General Postcfflce it was said that the
storm had not delayed th» mails to any extent.
The Western Union officials said there had been
no interruption en their lines on account of the
storm.
Ferryboats were compelled to run on slower
schedule after the storm had continued for two
or three hours. All the vessels reported on
Wednesday night at Quarantine came up during
the morning. L'Aquitaine got off, and so did
the Fuerst Bismarck.
The City Lodging House at F!rst-ave and
Twenty-third-st. was filled early in the evening
and preparations were made to take the ov»r
tiow on the dock at the foot of East Twenty
stxt-st. Superintendent York suspended the rule
to have all applicant? stand in line and admitted
them as soon as they reached the place. The
men and women were given hot See and oread
and sent to bed.
The men will seek employment this manias;
at shovelling snow. Many of the men say they
came here to secure employment on the rapid
transit tunnel. There were few women among
the applicants.
A water hydrant and a lamp pest which stood
at the southwest corner of Fulton and Green
wich sts. were demolished and thrown down
last night by 3now plough No. 3 of the Metro
politan Traction Company, and gas and water
were too plentiful thereabouts for a while, or;..
employes of the gas company and Water De
partment went to the scene and shut oaf th«
g*as and stopped the flow of water. The snow
plough was a six-horse affair, which was driven
by James Qulnn. in sou:*- down Fultoa-at.

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