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District-Attorney Philbin has taken a step
that may mean the closing of many dens of vice
In the city for good, or may mean the indict
ment of Chief of Police Devcry in the near
future. The Tammany Committee of Five re
cently went to Mr. Philbin with a list of places
which have been kept open in violation of law
and decency. How the Tammany committee
obtained the list is still a mystery, but it is
known that several policy captains recently re
sponded to invitations to visit the committee.
and were asked to have the places on the list
closed. The captains made some promises, but
the places remained open. Then the committee
went to the new District Attorney, with the ex
pectation of having some of the police officials
Indicted. The District Attorney has sent the
list to Devery, placing directly upon him the
responsibility for the closing of the unlawful
The question is: "What will Devery do?"
Devery spent the "wee ema' hours" of yester
day morning travelling about from one police
station to another, and holding conferences with
the captains. It has been Devery's habit to
make most of bis investigations at night, drop
ping in unexpectedly at police stations after
midnight. He was visiting captains in their
stations from midnight until after 4 a. m. yes
terday. Perhaps Devery was arranging for the
early closing of all the places on the list of the
Tammany committee. If the Chief closes all
the places to which his attention is called by
the District Attorney he may escape indictment.
Persons about the Criminal Courts Building.
who are learning to know Mr. Philbin well, said
yesterday that they thought Mr. Philbin wished
t» treat the Chief of Police fairly and justly.
If Devery tries to fool the new District Attorney,
It Is said, "something will drop" in Mulberry-st.
District Attorney Philbin has designated As
sistant District Attorney Sehurman to Investi
gate all complaints that may be presented by
the Tammany Committee of Five or by the
Committee of Fifteen. It is said that Mr.
Schurman takes a deep interest in the movement
to purify the city, and will be strictly impartial
In aiding either committee.
Mr. Philbin has accepted the resignation of
Deputy Assistant District Attorney John
Bwartzkopf and has removed from office Val
entine Carleton. the chief clerk of the Indict
ment bureau. There has been a leak in the in
dictment bureau. It is said that State Senator
Sullivan heard of the indictment of Chief Dev
ery on the day before the election, and rushed
to Police Headquarters to tell Devery of it, be
fore any officials in the District Attorney's
office had information on the subject.
Maurice B. Blumenthal yesterday made public
the letter of dismissal which he received from
District Attorney Philbin on Friday. It ran:
I am in receipt of your favor of this day, In
I ¦which you decline to comply with my request
that you tender your resignation as a member
of the professional staff of this office, and state
the reasons you have for taking such action.
In view of your statement, it becomes necessary
to inform you that your services as Deputy As
sistant District Attorney will be no longer re
quired, and that the termination of your rela
tion in that capacity with this office will take
effect at the close of to-day's business.
Mr. Blumenthal said yesterday that there was
no cause for his removal from office except ills
political affiliations. He has made arrangements
to practise law as the head of the firm of Blu
menthal. Moss & Feiner. No. 35 Nassau-st.
Moses Hermann was appointed Assistant Dis
trict Attorney yesterday b/ District Attorney
Ihilbin. at a salary of $4,030 a year.
About seventy-fH-e lawyers and friends of ex-
As«isiaiit District Attorney Henry W. Unger
tendered to him a dinner in the Elm Buffet, No.
.S2 Klm-st., yesterday afternoon. Ex-Judge Ol
cott presided, and after the dinner presented to
Mr. Unger. on behalf of the gathering, a cabinet
of table silver. Mr. linger responded. Other
speakers were Judge Foster;" ex-Judge Thomas
Allison and former Assistant District Attorneys
O'Hare and Battle.
Three Judgments, aggregating $721 50 and Interest,
were yesterday entered In the City Court against
Jacob ¦ Hess. The judgments are all in favor of
Carolina Del Pino and Paul Williams, comprising
the firm of Del Mno & Williams, cigar dealers.
Two of the judgments' are upon promissory notes,
executed on September 21 last, each for $129. The
other is for $4G6£3. for goods and merchandise de
livered to Hess by the plaintiffs between August
£9 and November 12. AU the judgments were taken
by default. Maxwell C. KaU, of No. E5 Liberty-st.,
Is attorney tor the plaintiffs.
Mr. Kale when seen at his office yesterday after
soon, said that he did not know that there was
anything to be added to the court record, which
¦snke for itself. .The money was due for cigars
bought by Police Commissioner iless. He could
not say whether Mr. Hess smoked all the cigars
himself or not. All he knew was that they were
sold to him on his individual account. He had
beard that Mr Hess had an interest in the business
of «t«cJsar stand of an uptown hotel, but he did
not know whether this was true or not. One thing
be wpoJd like to know was whether the rule in the
Police Department that an officer must pay his
debts «£f>liu» to the Ccmraisfloaers. Mr. Ka.t? also
said tfcet he would. if he was obliged to institute
Wipplianantary proceedings, probe into the interior
workings of the Police Department.
The Social Progress League has taken a fresh
grip with tne bracing weather of the last few days
and placed or. exhibition its municipal ticket to be
voted for nest fall. In December last it nomi
n*u i Lorenzo Dow Mayes for Mayor, and now
announces the following additional nominations:
Bird S. Coler for Controller. Henry George for
Presient of the Council. ex-Senator John Ford for
District Attorney. Dr. George Thompson for Sheriff
and John B. Crosby for Judge of the Supreme
*:> senator Ford was at the Fifth Avenue Hotel
last night, when he was informed of his nomina
tion, m* read ever the list of names and said:
"WeH. I'm eorry to disappoint these gentlemen.
Tne- wrete me the other day telling me that I had
b sure tains of it if I ran for District Attorney.
bat I don't see it In that light. I shall write the
secretary of the organization declining the nomina-
The CoQe«« of the City of New-York held games
at the Btk Regiment Armory, at Ninety-fourth-st.
and Park-aye., last night. There were a large num
ber «I spectators present to see the contests, which
ere Interesting. W. G. Frank, of Company X,
6th Regiment, won the one mile bicycle race, handi
cap, open. The relay race between the Brooklyn
High School and St. Bartholomew boys was won
by tho former. The int< rclass relay race between
classes of the College of the City of New-York
was exciting. It was won by class '01. The sum
maries are as follows:
One mile handicap (closed)— Woo by G. Barbe (25
> arils): A. Outgsetl (50 yards), second; H. V. .Moran
<»n-atcli>. third. Time. S:<JT%. v
Oat mile Mcyde race (handicap, open)— Woo by W. G.
rrwut Cbmpsay K. tin Ke?ls><'Si iscrateh); Charles Mar
!in. i:r!:p::e Cycle Club. New-York (scratch), second: R.
BWn.B. A. C . BrucUyn («tt yards), third. Time. £!&)%.
Poor kM4n« Md forty yard run (handicap, closed) —
Wen by 11. K. HsMa (98 yard«): A. E. Heiu (26 yard.).
mmmAi T. P. i:chu!ue <10 yards), third. Time. »£»%.
(Mm mm ran (handicap, open)— Won by C. L. Brady.
¦pMsr AtalaUe Aaaoctati— (76 yards): E. M. Oarreue.
z'i<\ Wagiiaat «100 yaros). aaooad; T. S. Whit*. C. A. C.
<&> yards), third Tsm. *J*%.
K(-lav nee between the Brooklyn High School and St.
l'.a).,lomeW(»— Won by lSrooklyn Hich School: Me-
MaHrtn. Kittle. Jn«i— tisi and Branekerhoß. Time. X:57%.
One mtl« bicycle race, handicap (closed) — Won by W. F.
. Ho'.lmsn <?3 j-a;rs*): V/. CcMvt.'An (75 "*"**• wconl; Kay
i«4 J-E.'it). ttinl. •Jlmo-3:<r.,«i.
- &'*!}• yard <!*sh. !?»nlic»j> tepTs)— V«"cn i»y Ja;:ifa C.
BM M m Side Y. M. C. A. d yard?!; IV. !>• Inio. Wast
F)<1« V M. C. A. Ci yum?), aeeond: It. B. SasjlSji .
Xsvl«-r A. A. itrrauh), Uil»-a, Time— <> :C"J S .
• trht htirjdr>-4 and eighty yard handicap (dosed)— Won
by is a ManteU (8 yard*): T. V. V. S«.«zy I jar-if),
m .-..nd: E. CiM.aar <*> yard.), third. Time— 2:ls.
Sil hurdif-4 and t-Sirhiy yard nu. novic« «smr>— Won
by Vi\X. t EstSr, Hi. Bartholomew A. C; r. 11. l'i!
frlni, -Si »»Voik M. A., second: A. B. Co»»;rov<», VSSBMJ
Bl BBr»S|B»s) Association, third. Time-2:iSH. .
-- Sixty yard dr.?)!,- handicap (dosid)— Won i> H. Hsm.it
(lQ,totir,.\Vi H, Gelt <V) /•-•-I), second; J. H. FaV.ivan ,10
f«*t), third. Time— <j:O7.
• lr.t*r«lh-- f rtlaj' rare u-i».*n c;^«-'f of the Colleje of
• thf ! ."!r> 'A NVB.V'irk '.iichi lap?)— Won l,y ,'O4 c!a*e;
V 2 cUn. • second: ¦! !a«s. third -Time— 2:ll.
n;-.th story window-was a
Ralph S. Lansing, thirty years old. assistant of
William J. Gibson, counsel to the Government in
the United States Appraisers' Stores. Christopher
and Greenwich sts.. at noon yesterday jumped or
fall from a ninth story window in the Appraisers'
Stores building. He was instantly killed. His body
was found on the downtown track of the Nlnth
ave. elevated road. The police assert that the case
is one of suicide.
The law offices of the Treasury Department, of
which Lansing was a representative, are on the
ninth floor of the building, and It was from there
that Lansing jumped or fell. No one saw him drop,
but at 12:30 o'clock a strong draught caused a clerk
to notice the open window. In closing it the clerk
looked downward and saw Lansing's body lying
on the elevated structure. Before the clerk reached
the sidewalk others in the street had seen the body.
A policman from the Charles-st. station was sum
moned. A downtown train was stopped and the
body removed to the street.
That Lansing was unusually nervous had been
noticed by those with whom he came in contact
within the last few days. Yesterday morning he
went to the basement of the building and asked the
engineer how a person could get a fatal shock
from a dynamo. The engineer was busy and gave
him little Information. The engineer did not attach
any significance to the questions at the time, but
after hearing of Lansing's death he thought that
the lawyer had had suicide in mind.
A letter which was found on Lansing's desk was
sent to the Coroner.
Lansing's place was one of responsibility, and to
it was attached a good salary. He had held the
place for two years, having formerly been a clerk
In the Appraisers' Stores. He was a member of
one of the prominent families of Troy, his father
being ex-Judge Lansing, of that city. Lansing
lived at No. 205 West Seventy-flrst-st.
Lansing was run down by overwork and over
study. He had refused to take medicines, being a
Christian Scientist.
The dead man had lived for a time with Dr. A. E.
Xewcomh, at No. 206 West Seventy-flrst-st. Dr.
Newcomb said: - • ...
"Lansing was a bright man. I knew him and his
sister. Mary, for they lived here with me for about
a month last summer. His sister was studying
music. She- lives in West Fifteenth or Sixteenth
st. somewhere. Their ancestors founded the town
of Lansingburg. .
"Two months ago Lansing came to me to ne ex
amined, though he was a believer in Christian Sci
ence. I found him run down mentally and phys
ically and a sufferer.from neurasthenia. I advised
him to get some rest He went to see his folks. I
saw him after his return. He had not improved
much. He wouldn't take any drugs necessary for a
man in his condition. II« was a Christian Scien
tist, and said he believed in the predominance of
mind over matter, and would not take anything In
the shape of medicine. I am not surprised at what
has happened."
rwAnv vrri/ distirbkd.
Senator Thomas F. Grady. of Tammany Hall,
leader of the minority on the floor of the State
Senate, cut a somewhat unusual figure yesterday
afternoon, "holding down" one of the chairs at
Republican State headquarters.
"You'll make a fine text for the reporters to dis
course on. Senator," said one of his Republican
"My being here shows my versatility." replied
Grady. lighting a fresh cigar. Then Lieutenant-
Go vernor "Woodruff came In, and Mr. Grady asked:
"What about those committee places. 'Tim'?"
The Tammany orator was hardly handled with
gloves yesterday by the Republican State machine,
and Mr. Woodruff was the one who broke the news
gently to him. , Senator Grady received an Informal
notice a day or two ago that the Democratic rep
resentation on the Senate committees was to be
cut down, and that is why Mr. Grady. accom
par||d by Senator Tralnor. appeared yesterday to
fight the battle of the minority— the "outraged
minority." he called it. When he asked Mr. Wood
ruff "what about it" the iatter said he would
see what could be done, and went upaiaira to talk
it over with Governor Odell and Senator Ellsworth.
Soon he came down, and there was a mischievous
twinkie in his c>e as he said: "{Senator, we've de
cided to give you two piaces on all committees of
ele\en, nine and seven, and one place on all com
mittees of Jive."
The Tammany Tiger rose on his haunches and
growled wiiii disdain.
"Why don't you take 'em all?" asked Mr. Grady.
Then the two men got their heads together, and
Mr. Woodruff told Mr. GraSy that that was really
all that could cc done in tbe circumstances, and
that he would have to make the best of it. Mr.
Grady was leeling much disturbed about it, when
Mr. Woodruit suggested that out of courtesy to
Mr. Grady it huu i>een decided to add him (Grady)
to the Committees on Cities, Finance and Judiciary.
"Tom" wondered where the "courtesy came In."
but decided that in as much as he was at the jnercy
of the majority, he would take what he could get
and say nothing more about it.
Senator Trainor did not like it at all, and his
clarion voice will doubtless be heard in protest
against the alleged cutting down of Democratic
representation on the committees.
"When we had fourteen Senators," said Mr.
Tra!nor, "we had three places on all the important
committees. When we increased our delegation to
twenty-three no increase in places on the Im
portant committees was accorded us. We were
to!d that we had all that were coining to us. and
that we couldn't have any more. This year our
delegation In tho Senate numbers fifteen, and the
axe is at once applied, and we get only two places
on the important committees. We are compelled
to rely on the fairness and spirit of Justice of the
majority. We cant force anything. But this cut.
ting down our representation is an injustice. Just
the same."
The strike of the electrical workers, which has
been In prog-reps for eisht months, has been settled.
Kl<?ctrieal Workers' I'nton. No. ". which liad th*
indorsement of the American Federation of Labor
and the Central Federated Union, started the
strike, which would, in all probability, have been
successful had not a Knltfhts of Labor orßanlza.
Uon known as Electrical Workers' TTnion, No. 12.
come to the r«>scue of the bosses. It was claimed
at the time that this tatter union was formed by
the bosses. It supplied electrical workers willing
to work for less wages than the strikers. The
tight continued, neither the bosses nor the unions
being satisfied until yesterday, when Union No. 3
made an agreement with the bosses to work eight
hours a day hereafter for fftso. In return the
bosses asreed to discharge all members of the
rival union. No. 12.
Henry White, general secretary of the United
Brotherhood of Tailors, announced yesterday that
the brotherhood had made up Its mind to follow in
ths footsteps of the United Brotherhood of Cloak
makers, and discourage all strikes in the future.
"When the United Brotherhood of Tailors next
orders a btrike." continued Mr. White, "the cause
will be so Justifiable that public opinion will be
with it, and It will win."
George O'Hara. twenty-one years old, of No. 843
Atnsterdam-sve.. was shot In the abdomen and
serlonsly wounded shortly after midnight this
morning by David Cantor, thirty-seven years old.
who keeps a billiard hall at No. 2,630 Broadway.
O'Hara. with a crowd of friends, was in the
billiard hall at closing time and was ordered out.
He refused to go. and an altercation followed.
O'Har: a aeviiaa te Cantor, attempted to strike
him with a billiard cue and he shot him In self-de
The Injured man was taken to the J. Hood
Wright Hospital. Cantor was locked up In the
West One-hundn -¦ : • : left.
At the twenty-eighth annual masquerade ball of
th. --„.<¦:¦ I ran. .also rAmitiA which will >• held
at Terrace Garden next Thursday eveninp, a num
ber of novelties will be Introduced. The i;.,,., tie
l'Exposltion" will have the services of one hundred
chorus xirls from the Metro;.., Opera n ;-•
and various theatres. It will be Riven at midnight.
I'iizos for the neatest and oddest costumes will i..
distributed by President Scluessinger.
Members of the Society of Friends, which has
long been opposed to capital -punishment,', held a
meeting last night In Its l.a!! at No 210 East Six
teenth-st., for the purpose of discussing that sub
ject. Two hundred were present. After the dis
cussion a resolution was unanimously adopted
which requffted State Senator "William W. Cocks,
of Old Westbury, iLiOng Island, to prepare and in
troduce in the legislature" a -bill -for the abolish
ment of the death penalty for murder in the first
degree) ami treason. - Senator Cocks is a member of
the Society of .Friends. ._ _ .
"To be a truly great astJSSI M must have a
much greater merchant marine than we have at
the present time." declared Henry W. Peabody. of
the firm of Henry W. Peabody & Co.. at the dinner
of the Australian Society, held last night in com
memoration of federation in Australia. This senti
ment was loudly applauded.
The banquet hall at Sherry's, where the dinner
was held, was adorned with the flags representing
the different countries under the dominion of the
Queen. Behind the guest table was the new flag
of Australia, a white field, with the Union Jack
In the upper righthand corner, and two blue bars
crossing the field at right angles, bearing In them
six white stars representing the States of the
confederation. About thirty native born Austra
lians sat at the tables and with them were 120
Augustus R. Ohman, president of the society,
after proposing a toast to the President of the
United States and another to the Queen, spoke on
the toast, "The Commonwealth of Australia." In
the course of his remarks he traced the history of
this colony from the earliest settlement down to
the present time.
He was followed by Sir Percy Sanderson, Consul-
General for Great Britain. Sir Percy dwelt largely
on the extent of the British Empire and its re
sponsibilities as a world Power. He was followed
by Henry W. Peabody. who spoke on the "Com
mercial Relations Between the United States and
Australia." In the course of his remarks he called
attention to what he described as the dwarfed con
dition of the United States merchant marine. In
this connection he criticised the Ship Subsidy bill,
and said that he thought as it stands it would fail
of Its professed purpose. In explanation he con
tinued :
Previous to three years ago the American-Austra
lian trade was under American auspices, but since
then several English steamship companies have
established agencies In New-York and are in com
petition with the old American firms for freight to
Australia and New Zealand. The value of our
exports for the year ending June 30, 1900, was $26,
725,000 and Imports from Australasia, $5,443,000.
The Shipping and Subsidy bill now before Con
gress proposes to admit a small group of foreign
built vessels to registry, upon condition that the
owners shall build In this country a similar
amount of tonnage, and to restrict the purchase of
other vessels to be made by our shipbuilders, al
ready full of orders for warships and other craft,
which are more profitable than merchant steam
ships. Shipbuilders will not compete with for
eign builders either in price or for prompt de
It is to be hoped that Congressmen will not enact a
bill that will fail of its professed object, but that
they will allow, for a term, the purchase of ves
sels built, or to be built, abroad, upon condition
of duplication in this country, and that they will
provide that when registered and under contract
for mileage subsidy the ownership shall be held
actually and continuously by American citizens.
The American flag was a familiar sight In the
harbors and on the coasts of Australia in earlier
years. National pride and common sense should
indicate our duty to urge a favorable opportunity
for investment and enterprise In thle neglected In
To be a truly great nation we must have a much
greater merchant marine than we had tn 1861—
2.643.000 tons register. In ISS4 we had more tonnage
in the foreign trade than to-day.
The following message was received from the
Queen of England:
Osborne. January 1. 1801.
To President Australian Society. New-Tork.
Queen thanks Australians In New-Tork for their
loyal message of congratulations on the birth of
the commonwealth.
This message was also received:
Jan. 3. 1901. Sydney.
To Ohman, President Australian boclety. New-
The Governor-GGeneral of the new nation of this
continent welcomes your congraulatlons. and hopes
that the future will show how closely men of Brit
ish blood will be associated In tbe history of the
Empire, which on «he Ist inst. assumed a new
aspect. HOPETOUN. Governor-Gen.' ral.
At the guest table some of the others besides
those mentioned were Congressman William H.
Douglas. George Gray Ward, president of St.
George's Society: Thomas H. Bartingdale, presi
dent ot the Canadian Society; Julian T. Pavles,
president of the St. David's Society: James A.
O'Gorman. president of th* St. Patrick's Society;
William Butlrr Duncan, vice-president of the St.
Andrew's Society; William K. Parsons, Dr. J. A.
Irwin. president of the British Universities So
ciety, and Walter I. Trarle.
About a dozen members of the Brooklyn Antl-
Compulsory Vaccination League met last even*
ing in the directors' room of tbe Brooklyn Li
brary, In Montague-st.. Brooklyn, and decided
to change the name *?' the organization to the
New-York City Antl-Vacclnatlon League, and
to extend Us operations throughout the city.
Dr. Montague R. Leverson, the president, asked
the members to "consider what steps can be
taken to arrest the groundless smallpox scare
raised by the Board of Health, and to arrest and
punish the lawless and tyrannical conduct of
said' Board of Health In breaking into the
bouses of citizens and forcibly injecting Into
their blood the putrefying matter of a sore."
Dr. Leverson said the Board of Health did not
want to get rid of smallpox, but did desire to
create a scare. He asserted that he had treated
about thirty cases of smallpox without giving
notice to the Board of Health, and that all his
pctients had recovered without a scar. He
thought every case of smallpox, with certain
exceptions, should be cured in from two to six
days, and that smallpox would never become in
fo«tious if properly treated. It could not be
shewn that vaccination ever prevented a person
from setting smallpox, except by killing him.
Vaccination, :n the doctor's opinion, was pro
ducing a degenerate race among all the vacci
nating nations of the world. He urged that a
m^ss meeting be held -at which the public might
be led to assert their rights. He said he would
see some of the colored persons who were forci
bly vaccinated in Brooklyn recently, after the
aoors of their homes had been forced, and urge
them to sue tbe city.
Many subventions were made as to how the
public could be aroused against vaccination.
One member wanted to appeal to Controller
Coler on the ground that the city's money was
being wasted by the Board of Health; another
wanted to appeal to the Mayor, and a third
would invoke the aid of the 'Legislature. It was
decided to try to enlist , the taUres* 't Us|
\ an. >us trudr ¦:- unii.iiF
Fcur new smallpox cases were reported yes
terday to the Board of Health. They were Viola
Buck, sixteen years old, living at the southwest
corner of One-hundred-and-forty-fourth-st. and
Wales-aye., The Bronx; Theodore Henderson, of
No. 841 East One-huudred-and-fortieth-st. ; John W.
Fiske, of No. 223 East Nlneteenth-st.. and Lizzie
Kelly, of N«. 122 York-st., Brooklyn. The four
were taken to North Brother Island. Assistant
Sanitary Superintendent Dillingham again advised
everybody to be vaccinated.
Th* Board of Health of Mount Vernon, owing to
the smallpox in this city, has ordered the vaccina
tion of all children and every one connected with
the public and private schools tn Mount Vernon.
and the inmates of all public institutions. No
cases have been reported in Mount Vernon.
FOR Till: YEAR WERE 4,592.700, REP
RESENTING *153,060.02»3
Superintendent Elliott of the money order divis
ion of the General I'ostofflce submitted his annual
report yesterday to Postmaster Van Cott. It shows
a large Increase in business, beating all previous
In the year just closed the number of transac
tions was 4,592,700, representing $153,960,026. In 1*39
the transactions were 4,019,694. amounting- to 1134,
034,575, an increase In transactions of £.73,5* and in
miney of about 000,000.
The branches an. I sub-stations In Manhattan and
The Bronx also show an increase. The money or
der transactions at the branches were 551.378 rep
resenting $7.715,855 29. At the sub-stations the trans
actions were • 131,993. and the amount was $1,5&4,
154 64. This Is an Increase over 1599 of 11 per cent in
transactions and 33 per cent in money.' .
Following Governor Odell's suggestion in his
message that the Assembly should take steps
more clearly to define the method of the ad
ministration of the Franchise Tex law, it M
thought probable that amendments will be ofure.i
providing for a definite plan for deterxslnlng tae
value of public franchises. More than one meln
has been suggested by persons Interested In tne
law. Edward Lauterbach. who appeared to behai:
of the corporations at the hearings before u"v
ernor Roosevelt on the bill, before its enactment
was quoted yesterday as saying that the best and
most equitable manner of taxing franchises won. a
be to make the earning capacity of a corporation
the basis on which to determine tbe value of Its
Ex-Senator John Ford, who Introduced the Fran
chise Tax bill and who also Introduced an addi
tion to It at the last session making the value of
the mortgage debt of the corporation, plus Wm
actual value of the stock and plus all the lawnu
Indebtedness of the corporation, a legal valuation
for purposes of taxation, said yesterday in regard
to Mr. Lauterbach's suggestion:
The trouble with Mr. Lauterbach and all these
other people is that they want to secure a privi
lege for corporations which no private Individuals
enjoy. Justice Cullen. In the Supreme Court In
Brooklyn, decided that franchises were property
Just as much as houses or lots. If I were . IJ*1 J* x *S
for my house according to Its earning aW»Uy. I
should pay no tax at all. Then why tax corpora
tion property thus? .
I believe taxing by gross earnings to be ÜBjnM,
and taxing by net earnings to be impracticable;
because, in the first case, two corporations might
be making the same gross amount, and yet m.ik
quite a different amount when expenses .were de
ducted, so that two corporations whose francnises
were not worth the same amount would be paying
the same tax; and. in the second case, because
It is absolutely Impossible to get at the real net
earnings of any corporation If Its officials care to
use their clever methods to conceal them.
I am In favor of taxing corporations aeeorensr M
the value of the mortgage debt of the corporation
plus the remaining equity and plus all the lawful
indebtedness of the corporation, not counting run
ning expenses and temporary borrowings.
Ex-Senator Ford believes that an effort will be
put forth at the present session of the Assembly
to nullify, as far as possible, the effectiveness of
the Franchise Tax law. Should there be any steps
taken to amend it for this purpose he will openly
and actively oppose the proposed amendments. He
said last night that he naturally was Interested In
its welfare, and that he should use what Influence
he had with the Legislature to protect It. He fears
that in avoiding the laying of a direct Btate tax
the Assembly may attempt to turn the franchise
tax Into the State Treasury. In a letter which he
wrote to Governor Odell a day or two ago com
mending his message, he drew Governor
Odell's attention to what he believes would be an
Injustice to the cities of the State should the fran
chise tax be turned Into the State Treasury. In
his letter he said on this point. In substance:
You speak of the possibility of avoiding a direct
State tax. and you seem to suggest that the way
to avoid it is to turn the taxes from fr fJ? . ,v!f
Into the State Treasury. If you mean by that th<
taxes to be derived from the Franchise Tax law
of 1899, your plan is one that must meet the oppo
sition of the cities of the State, and particularly
the opposition of New-York City. The property
brought within the class of taxable real estate by
the Franchise Tax law is as much the P'OPf/ 1 ??}
the residents o? the locality In which it Is situated
as are the houses and lota along Its streets, tho
only difference being that the titles to the houses
and lots are In the private citizens, while the title
to the streets is in the public. To throw the bur
den of State taxation primarily upon public fran
chises would be no more Just or equitable than to
levy the taxes required to run the State upon Cen
tral Park or our docks or our Creton water plant.
Buch an arrangement would undoubtedly b* sat
isfactory from tbe point of view of a resident of
Canandalgua or Schoharle, but would not rejoice
the hearts of New-York cltlsens.
Tiirrr firf* \mtfh\ a yf\r.
Three fires have taken place In the five story
tenement house. No. 5 Hancock Place, In Harlem,
within the last year, and the tenants believe some
body ig trying to burn the house. The last lire
occurred Ute yesterday afternoon. It betas started
by a lighted match thrown Into a letter box. It Is
believed. About $200 damage was done. Tbe letter
boxes seemed to be ail ablate when • policeman
sent in the alarm. The vestibule was hurne.i a»*.
or torn down by the firemen, and the fire was not
allowed i.3 get to any other pnrt of the house.
A lire that did considerable damage took place on
the fourth floor a year ago. ard there was a fire
on the third floor a few months later.
Lorenso Priori, the Italian murderer of Vlacenso
Garaguso. Is expected to die In the electric chair
at 81ns Bias Prison at 6a. m. to-morrow. Priori
la inclined to be sullen and defiant, but to-day has
become more resigned to his fate. He had refused
to see any clergyman who bad offered him spirit
ual consolation until yesterday, when the Rev.
Father Bennerdine, of the Baxter-st. Catholic
church, has a long consultation with the con
demned man. Father Bennerdine will be at the
prison to-day and will accompany Priori from bis
cell to the chair to-morrow morning. On several
occasions during the last week Priori has been
unruly and has given trouble to his keepers. He
ts a desperate character, and his blasphemy ringing
through the death house, especially during the
night, has caused uneasiness to the eight other
prisoners awaiting death with him, as It prevented
them from sleeping. The electric apparatus was
tested yesterday afternoon by State Electrician
Davis, and everything is ready for the execution
1., n; ¦• r.w
Washington. Jan. Th- followins Army and
Navy orders have been Issued:
The leave of absence on surgeon's certificate granted Cap
tain HARRY P. HUMPHREY, 20tb Infantry ex
tended one month on account of alc-kr.i-.
The leave of absence granted Captain LLOYD 8. M'COR
MICK, 7th Cavalry. Is extended one month.
Major JOHN VAN R. HOFI', surgeon, and Major WILL
IAM B. DAVIS. Btrgeon, are detailed as members of
the Examining: Board appointed September 28. vice
Major James O. Merria, aurgeon. and Major Edward
C. Carter, surgeon, who are relieved from duty as
members of the Board during the examination of
Captain ADRIAN 8. POUHBMU9. assistant surgeon!
The following changes in the stations and duties of offi
. cers of the Medical Department are ordered: Captain
IRVING W. RAND, assistant surgeon. is relieved
from duty In the Philippines and will proceed to Fort
Hancock and report for duty to relieve Captain Dean*
0. Howard, assistant surgeon, who will proceed to
San Francisco and report for transportation to Manila
where ha will report for assignment to duty.
First Lieutenant HENRY A. WEBBER, assistant sur
geon. Is relieved from further duty In th* Depart
ment of Cuba, and will proceed to San Francisco
and report for transportation to Manila, where he »m
report for assignment to duty.
Rear-Admiral A. KAUTZ. retired fiom January CO.
Commander N. J. K. PATCH, to Boston Yard. January T.
Lieutenant-Commander F. W. COFFIN, detached Boston
Yard January T. to the Wabaab as excutlve. Janu
ary 7-
Lieutenant-Commander J. K. PARKER to the Inde
pendence as executive. January 23.
Lieutenant De W. BUAMER, to Milwaukee. Duluth etc
for recruiting duty; upon completion to the Wabasti.'
Lieutenant-Commander F. H. BROWN, to the Essex"
January is. '
Lieutenant P. W. HOUBIGAN. order to th* Essex re
voked; to the Vermont, January 0. connection ' crew
the Wisconsin.
Changes of officers. Asiatic Station-Cable com
mander-in-chlef January 3. 1901:
Lieutenant Commander J. K. BARTOX, detached the
Newark: to Yokohama Hospital. "«acnea me
Cadet F. O. BRANCH, detached the Ijla. de Luzon- tn
Yokohama Hosr-HaL to
Cadet W. V. TOMB, detached the Leyte; to * vlte Hos-
Cadet S. WOODS, detached the Newark: to Leyte.
San Francisco. Jan. s.— The. official closing quo
tations for mining stocks to-day were as follows:
AHa OS Kentucky Con M
Alpna Con <n ijidy Washington Con... 08
Andes „.«.. .01' Mexican ' 2
Hfl.-her . 11 Occidental Con 'm
Best & Belcher.... 83 Ophir .; \,A
Bullion .03 Overman "S
Calf.lonia 7- Ikm "io
Challenge Con... V .20 Pavape '...,
ChoHnr. 21 sun Belcher ..;;.!! *02
Confidence .00 Sierra Nevada. ....... '37
Con Cal & va:. ::::::: 2.4.% Standard i::::::::::i:8i ::::::::::i:8
Cdn Imperial 01 Syndicate ** .«
Crown Point..... 12 Si l>nuis. .'..... - ,V)
Gould & Curry..... .V, Union Con. .* "* '^5
Hale & Norcross 26 Utah Con ' '00
Julia .01 Yellow Jacket .'.'.'.'. "so
Ju«tlc« 02] .- , ¦ .
Because his gallantry led him to defend the
food furnished by his landlady. Glacomo Salva
tore was shot by Francesco Chiminento. a fellow
boarder, lart night. The shooting occurred at
their boarding house, kept by .Mrs. Camilla
c.-..-!.-. at No. 4Gi Adelphi-st.. Brooklyn. Chi
minento escaped. Salvatore was taken to the
Seney Hospital, said to be dying.
Chiminento last night be.,- to make unkind
an 1 sarcastic, remarks about the boarding house
food. He picked up something from Salvatore's
plate and said, it was reported:
"See there, that Is only fit for dogs. What
kind of a landlady Is this, anyway?"
Salvatore was angry, and vigorously defended
the landlady and attacked Cblmtoento, Valo
ur... Ma-zzia. another boarder, thinking to
smooth things over, took both men up to his
room. Chiminento seemed to grow mare angry
every minute, and finally began snooting. Maz
zia crawled under the bed When he got out
again Salvatore was lying on the floor with one
bullet in his neck and another In his head. Chi
minento was missing.
Salvatore «-a« taken to the hospital, and a
general alarm was sent out for Chiminento.
None of the desks In the New- York office of "The
London Dally Mall." room No. 1.215. Tract Society
Building, were large enough to bold th« 10.000 or
12.000 replies received In answer to Alfred Harms
worth's request for criticisms of his tabloid edition
of "The New-York World." and his offer of a cash
prize of a hundred pound Bank of England note to
the writer of the first letter which he should pick
out of the pile of answers at noon yesterday. The
letters and postal cards were piled in a corner of
the outer office.
Soon after noon Mr. Harms-worth and each of the
newspaper men present stirred up tbe pile of let
ters, and then he reached to the centre of the pile
and took the first letter that his band touched.
It was lying address down, and on turning It over
be found that It was In an envelope of the Unltype
Company, whose offices are on the twentieth floor
of the saire building. Opening the letter, he found
that the writer was Herbert L. Baker, the general
manager of the company and a former newspaper
man. His letter was as follows:
"The World" in its tabloid form doer not seem
to nave much in it. though perhaps it is all there-.
I like the form very much. »-ut then. I don't care
for scare heads, long winded stories, etc.
One of the men present went for Mr. Baker and
brought him to the office of "The Dilly Mall." Mr.
Harmsworth counted out four twenty-five pound
notes, saying that he hat bee* unable to find a
hundred pound note In New- York, and handed the
money to Mr. Baker, who Invited all present to
Join him at dinner in the Press Club, but all were
too busy to accept the Invitation.
"I rather wish the money had gone to some) poor
man." said Mr. Harmsworth.
"If you haven't done more than coin the expres
sion, 'tabloid Jou-naHjm.' It Is worth the price."
remarked Mr. Baker.
Mr. Harms-worth Is going to Philadelphia ard
then to the South, after which he will Issue a
tabloid edition of one of the Western newspapers.
poisoxed i\ moxtefiorf Hour.
Ignatz Kaska, forty-two years Old. died sud
denly last night In the Monteflore Home for In
curables. One-hundred-and-thirty-elshth-st and
"Western Boulevard. Dr. Frank..'., of No. 46 East
Seventy-flfth-st, a visiting- physician, reported,
the death to the Coroner's office. saying death
¦was caused .v strychnine poisoning. # V'
Kaska suffered from locomotor a:ax a and had
been 111 with the grip for three days. Last
evening, according to the superintendent of the
home. Adolph Bausman. i ".e-thirtieth of a grain
of strychnine sulphate .vas administered to
Kaska by the house physician. He immediately
showed signs' of strychnine poisoning. Dr.
Frankel was called, and worked over the man
for an hour and a hair, but could not revive
Superintendent Hausman refused to give the
name of the house physician. He said the Quan
tity of the sulphate given Kaska was less than
the usual dose, and that death was accidental.
The dose had been administered on former oc
casions successfully as a heart stimulant.
Among the improvements in the Grand Central
Station yet to be completed Is the construction
of an annex at Depew Place and Forty-second-st
At present the space is used as a shed tor in
coming trams. The building will be started a.3
soon as feasible, but as yet the plans have not
been completed. It is known, however, that the
new building will be something of a skyscraper.
It will be used or . offices. Since the Central has
absorbed several lines and removed many of the
offices to New-Tork. the Grand Central Station
has been found Inadequate to accommodate aIL
and the new building will relieve much of this
congestion. Aside from accommodating offices it
will be use©, as a station by the Third-aye. elevated
railroad at thts point.
¦- f i
Asa Bird Gardiner, the former District Attorney,
went to see Mayor "Van Wyck -esteraay. and
talked with him m private for half an hour. As
he was leaving the CUy Hall ha saM he anil the
Mayor were old friends, and he had dropped in for
"I came downtown." he said, "to purchase the
newest books for my boys. It In trtii that my bays
•re grown and are good voters, but they like to
set the latest books, and I make It a rule to tnk«
them down to Garden City to my home every Sat-
Washington. Jan. 3—John A. Kaseon. who repre.
sented the Government In negotiating reciprocity
treaties, apoeared before the Senate Committee on
Foreign Relations to-day and explained the pro
visions of the treaties covering tnelsteitds Vs£
Crolx and San Domingo. The committee votMlti
report both of these treaties favorably
Washington. Jan. s.—The temperature has fallen frora
Eastern Kansas and Oklahoma northeastward over tlse
Middle Atlantic States ana New-Kagbwd, th* chants
rsaglas from 10 to M degrees In Oklahoma the lower
lalte reeton. Pennsylvania and fc'ouu-«rn Xew-Eni/rtnfi
Generally elsewhere It ha, rtwi. the^anw.^npS^
from 10 to IS Uesrrees in Soutu Dakota nst™ i,» 5
Southern North Dakota and .VorthwA'eru Mi-£e-.n£?
Scattered tight >!:«•- are reported from i&™a«"ro ? lower
lake region and the States west of toe lipp^r v--»i-«i. '.
River, and local rains on the southeastern Florida coksV
The conditions Mill continue unsettled mr Oklahoma
Northern Texcs. and rates ar* prohaM* Sunday in thru
region and the States somewhat to the eastward else
where generally fair weather is Indicated, except* occa
sional snows In th* extreme Northwest. No temperature
changes of moment are Indicated. Flash I* brisk wester X
wlnds are Indicated for the New-England Coast- frc^h to
brisk west to nanh»»?t wind? for the Middle AUantie
Coast, and fresh winds, generally northeasterly, on tha
South Atlantic Coast. . . •*.•*• iasj
For New-Enstantl. fair to-day. sjsbsMl -winds, brisk
on the coast: Monday probably fair.
For Eastern New-York and Eastern Pennsylvania, fair
try-day: winds generally northwesterly, brisk on the coan*
Monday probably fair. *
I- District of Columbia. Delaware. NVw :. r>.-vr >.-v and
V..:.:..: i! fulr to-day; northerly -winds, brl,k on the
con*!.; Monday probably fair.
i'cr "Western N>« V. ¦ and Western Pennsylvania fair
in the Interior. . •l.. l i.liru- 3 * along the lahf;. try-day; win. Is
becoming easterly, fresh to brisk on th« lakes. Monday
In this u:.i<r.im th- >.niinuoui wi.lte line .tiowi the
Tribune Office, Jan. 6. la. m.-Th, weather teriUy
was fair an.l cold. Th,- temperature ranged between 22
and 33 degrees, the average 2S> b n, ', of a lie , r
low-r than that of Friday an.l »', degree, lower than that
of the corr-spondlng date of: lust year - *'
/ The .weather to-day will be fair and "cold.
Great : Events mad Disasters, 1000.
Tribune Almanac. 1»O1.
A Card from
Owing 1 to the splendid trade last
season and anticipating an increased
business this season, I made extensive
preparations. I purchased largely of fur
skins, re-engaged my old experienced
and many new skilled workmen, who
were continuously employed during the
summer. -
On the first of September I had one
of the largest and most complete stocks
of reliable manufactured furs in the
world. But, owing to the terrible con
dition of 42.1 street, caused by the delay
of the railroad company's contractors to
complete the work which they had un
dertaken, business was virtually sus
pended during September and October.
I continued to manufacture right
along, anticipating' a large trade in No
vember. I expected seasonable weather,
and, with the re-election of President
McKinley. looked forward to a con
tinued prosperous condition. The. busi
ness of the country has been prosperous,
the boom is still coming, but the far
trade suffered on account -of the weather.
Only one week of cold weather in No
vember, and that a busy one, and, while
December was one of the most pros
perous in the history of my business, it
did not make up :or the. loss of the three
previous months.
The holidays are over and 1 am largely
overstocked with
Russian and Hudson, Bay Sable, Seal.
Mink. Otter, Ermine,
Chinchilla. Marten, Fox, Lynx, Sec.
Over *240.000 Worth of
Manufactured Furs.
Owing to the expense of carrying
them over to another season., which
would amount to about £25,000, I have
decided to sell at the following very low
Sealskin Coats
£50 less than former prices; f :
JACKETS, §25 LESS; ' /
average 20 per cent reduction..
Mink, 15 Per Cent Discount. " . ;
Persian Lamb, 10 Per Cent Discount.
Marten, Chinchilla, Skunk, Ermine,
Fox, &c, ,j
15 to 20 Per Cent Reduction. "\
Men's fur lined Overcoats and Sleigh"
Robes marked 'way down.
NOTE— I do not sell blende or darkened
Russian or Hudson Bay Sables or Mink Ladles
who have purchased that class ©f goods else
where complain of their mottled shabby appear
ance after bete* worn a short time.
I .'D v handle the genuine Alaska BsssstMH
London dyed, and tie Leipzig dye.i Persian
broad taß, etc., which I can recommend. All
furs 5.- i by me are properly erred and dressed.
They hold their color better and are less liable
to moth than articles made from Improperly
dressed skins. England dyes Sealskins test.
Germany dye? Persian Lamb Fox and Lynx
best, and America surpasses all other nations fci
curing find dre?stnar natural furs. Mv exhibit at
the World's Fair was awarded highest prizes '.
garments of Russian Sable. Mink. Persian. Lamb
and Sealskin and for pelts dressed ready for use.
all kinds. I only sell fora dressed and dyed by
the nations which excel in their specialties. I
do not handle the -price irnltationa or u«
deslrable furs. I would rather lose a sale than.
sell an article which will not give satisfaction.
The reductions announced in this advertise
ment are enormous. >. >»• on % Sealskin coat or
-. set of furs is a very great savins.
It is to tv regretted thai elegant furs should
be sold at such low prices, because the fur
bcarlnsr family of animals are becoming scarce,
and furs must necessarily be Wgher in xuo
future, but I am determined to sell on! ray
manufactured stock.
I announced early in the season that I ex
ported to or.crnnizft a sto^k company early in
February for the purpose of perpetuating my
name and business, but I want to organize on a
strictly cash basis instead of turning Q^er a
lot Ot manufactured furs to the stockholder*.
If I do not sell my manufactured stock this
season, I will defer the Incorporation to a more
opportune time. If garments in stock do not
fit they will be altered without extra charge. I
have a large stock of skins in Sable, Ermine,
Otter. Seal and Persian Lamb, etc., for parties
who desire garments to measure. I desire to
keep my skilled workmen employed, and they
are willing to work for less wages during the
dull season, enabling me to manufacture gar
ments to order at lower prices than in the busy
Intending purchasers should take advantage
of this splendid opportunity.
42i1 st. is now in first class . condition for sfl
traffic. -

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