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CONSTITUTION DISMASTED.
STirK GIVES WAY TX STTFK BREEZE
WTTHOCfT WAR\lx<;.
JIISHAI- NOT ACCOUNTED FOH-IMMKDIAT*
BEFrrmso POSSIBLK. BUT NEWPORT
RACKS ARK POSTPONED.
fny TETF.iRAPH TO THE TRIP.rNT]
Newport. R. 1.. June 4.-The Constitution met
% serious mishap about three miles off Rrenton's
IW lightship at 2 o'clock this afternoon. and
like th* Columbia two years apo, was for a time
at the mercy nf the waves. he r mast havlne
broken short off without a moment's warning.
E<Jtvar<l Nelson, the second mat». was knocked
overboard in the accident, hut a boat was low
ered ani he was quickly rescued, little the worse
for hss drenching. W. Butler Duncan, jr.. "Nat"
Hfrreshoff, designer of the Constitution: C. 1. F.
Bobinson, rear-commodore of the Xew-York
THE CONSTITUTION.
*?.« break in the mast occurred ai>out eight or nine feet below th« Inwcr spre.-ider.
Yacht Club; C Oliver Iselln. who managed the
Columbia two years ago. and Newbury Thome
v. re on the deck of the yadht when the crash
occurred, but nobody was hurt. Steam yachts
and tugs that were near the Constitution offered
assistance to Mr. Duncan, the manager, but it
•was declined.
Mr. Herre^hoff took charge of the -work of
clearing away the wreckage, and of preparing
the yacht to be towed Into port. She reached
here about 4 o'clock. None of the spars except
the boom struck the deck, and the hull is not
damaged. All of the sails are Intact, and can
be and a^ain.
RACES OF JUNE 15 POSTPONED.
There is another steel mast almost ready at
Bristol, where the. Constitution will be taken
to-morrow to be refitted. This will take about
ten days or two weeks, fo that the races sched
uled to be held off this port on June IS and 17
will be postponed.
The day had been one of mishaps for the Con
stitution from early morning. Yesterday after
noon the big sloop had been stripped of h<»r
mainsail, which had given euch' action
that it was selected f<~>r. her racing sail, and a
new one was bent this morning. This one saw
a little trouble, and when set did not hang as
neatly as the one it had replaced. The re
mainder ol the morning was devoted to the
No. 2 ciubtopsaU. When run up. the rigging
failed to work satisfactorily. It caught, and
men wrre obliged to go aloft to release it. This
was repeated a dozen times during the morning,
and earn time with the same result. Finally it
was set, but the fit was poor an i was far from
satisfactory. "Nat" Il^rreshoff had come down
from Bristol during the morning, and superin
tended the work on the clubtopsail. it was
n-arly noon when this was completed, and. a!
though it had been the intention to try the boat
again ..... this had to be abandoned until
latf-r in the day on account of the delay.
After luncheon aboard the Mount Morris, Mr.
Duncan. "Nat" •-•¦.•sh..rr. Mr. Iselin. Mr.
Thome and Mr. Robinson were transferred to
the Constitution, and at 1:20 she was under
way and headed toward the Brr-nton's Reef
lightship. During t!i«» morning th- wind had
b~«. n fr*>sh from the northwest, but shortly after
noon it had veered suddenly to the southwest
itvA was blowing with force as the sloop, under
mainsail, staysail, jib and rlubtopsalL beat
'down the channel toward the sea. The Consti
tution had not gone far when it was found
that the lashing? of the clubtopsail were parting.
and the t^heet was taken in. Under reduced can
vas and it th«» seaway the yacht appeared to be
pounding badly. Three tacks brought the Con-
EtitUtlon to the lightship, when her course was
trimmed for !Carraganaett Pier shore. Once out
of the tideway of the channel, the Constitution
Mood up better, and. although the wind had in
creased to fully eighteen or twenty knots an
hour, the big yacht stood up well and was sail-
Irq beautifully.
CRASH CAME WITHOUT WARNING.
The yacht had reached a point about three
ir-iles southwest of the lightship at 1 :.".S. when
without a sign of warning a loud report was
heard, and in an instant the hue- mainsail was
dragging over the side of the boat and her mast
was hanging in Jagged splinters, broken off be
tween eight and nine feet below the lower
ppreaders. The topmast was completely cleared
in th*» accident, and was found floating in the
water some distance from the yacht. The steam
yachts which had been struggling to keep pace
with the Constitution, and had been unable to
do .-", hurried to the assistance of the defender,
but as th*> nearest one was fully three-fourths
of a mil- away at the time of the accident Cap
tain Rhodes had the nose nf the sloop up into
th«» wind and everything working well when
the Scimitar, the yacht used hy the photographers
and reporters, ran alongside the Constitution.
Mr. Duncan declined offers of assistance from
the Scimitar, Herrephoft" Eugenia and the tug
boat Quickstep, but all three stood off for some
time ready to aid in any way possible.
Immediately after the "accident "Nat" Herres
h"ff assumed charge, and the work of hauling
inboard the big mainsail was quickly accom
plished. The discipline aboard the yacht was of
th- best, and when it was learned that a man
had been washed overboard, the first car was
given to the work of his rescue.
While Herreshoff was bus) with the crew, Mr.
Duncan was asked what had caused the acci
dent, but he replied that he was absolutely un
able to give any reason.
On the Scimitar's way into port the captain
of the Mount Morris was Informed of the acci
dent to the Constitution, and that steamer went
at once t<"> her aid and tnwed her tr> her mooring
near the torpedo station.
CONSTITUTION A SORRY BIGHT.
BTHTTiARITY OF HER ACCIDENT TO THAT
OF THE COLUMBIA.
Newport, R. 1., June — Every one on board took
the accident very coolly, Mr. Duncan lighting his
pipe within a minute or two after the mast had
collapsed. The crew at once set to work unlacing
the mainsail and getting It aboard. It was a
heavy job in the stiff breeze and the sea. The men
worked hard, however, and within an hour th«
great mass of canvas was safely on the deck. It
was found then that the gaff, which is a hollow
wooden spar, had also remained Intact and there
was apparently no Injury to the long hollow steel
boom. Except for the two masthead Fhrouds
which go over the spreader, practically all the wire
rigging on th* boat was uninjured and can proba
bly be used again, as it ha- already been tested
to a high degree. The yacht to-night presents a
sorry appearance. Her great, steel spar is bent
down until the top almost reaches the deck. The
boon lays off to port, giving her a slight list, while
the gaff is lashed to the remains of the. port chain
plates.
The crew" came ashore" to-night apparently in a
happy frame of mind over th.-ir escape from- a
more serious accident. One or two of them did
not hesitate to say that they bad never fell quite
safe while th- yacht was under a press of sail,
but that each trial had given them more and more
confidence in the strength of the spars and rig
ging.
At the time of the accident Mr. Duncan had the
wheel, as Captain Rhodes had Just gone forward to
look at the beadaalls. Captain Rhodes was quite
i":ir the mast when it gave way. hut escaped with
one or two slight scratches on the face
Although the. accident to the Constitution to-day
resembled that which overtook the Columbia while
'he latter was racing the Defender, in Jul] ISW.
only a few mil-s further off shore, the wind to-day
was far stronger, in fact fully as stiff as any
breeze that the IS9S defender ever encountered.
In the cast of the Columbia, one of the topmast
shrouds jumped out of the starboard spreaders,
which caused the topmast to break in the middle.
The big pole struck the mast as it came .down. and.
like the Constitution's, the hollow spar collapsed
Immediately, but breaking farther down the ma I
so that the end. or head, struck the Columbia's
side a good smart blow.
STRAINING AI.OFT MAY HAVE CAUSED IT
JOHN HERRESHOFF, H«n\ EVER, CANNOT
ACCOUNT K< .p. BREAK
Pristoi. R 1.. June 4.--The steam yacht Eugenia,
owned by John Herreshoff. arrived here to-ni^'ht.
Mr H< rreshoff said he did not know what the
particular cause of the accident waa
When the Constitution had her first snin in
Narragansett Hay. th- working topsail waa
stacked, hfif ausn it waa said she was bo limb-r
that its head sagged somewhat to leeward. A
ren cdv was found for thi-i quickly, [mmediately
after the first spin, on May IM.'it was deijrlr.l t,,
uiv.- the ni.-i-t additional support, ami two new
backstays were attached. The m.tst «;<> much
more ricid wi't-r this alteration, but 'her- de
veloped .i pecullarit] at the m.u-:h-:i.) when th
final ha<! her topsail set. It was a snapping Bound
..ft. with the limber features of
the mast more marked, it was decided that both
th- additional backstays and the backstays of the
masthead were too long They were shortened
up several fe-t last Friday ar.d Saturday. The
accident to-day was. It is believed fl caused hy the
straininp aloft
BRITISH VIEWS ON ACCIDENT.
London, June 5 -Secret, not unmixed with s^tis-
Caction, is expressed at the accident which has
NEW-YORK DATLY TRIBUNR WEDNESDAY. JUNE d. 1901.
befallen the Constitution, and her misfortune la
held to prove that yacht designers on both sides
of the Atlantic show a tendency to cut matters too
fir.-.
"The laugh is on our side now," says "The Daily
News." "Yacht racing will soon become a dangerous
sport if ships are not allowed a larger margin of
safety."
"The Daily Graphic" says:
The«.» accidents raise-doubts as to the prin.-iple
Of telescoping a topmast into a hollow steel nl3n l3l "*
mast and point the moral that a cutter ri-: W ""J
suited to s=uch large boats. Cutters of the size oi
tho two Shamrocks and the Constitution are
dangerous monstrosities
TALK AMONG LOCAL YACHTSMEN.
THE ACCTDENT DISCUSSED, BUT OFFICIAL.
INFORMATION LACKING
Few members of the New-York Yacht Club were
at the clubhouse last night. Secretary •'¦ v - : " v
Oddio slid tnat the only official Information which
had been received at the clubhouse was the follow
ing telegram, which he made public:
Spreader carried away, which let mast go. No
body hurt. W. B. DUNCAN. JR.
In speaking of the situation. Mr. Oddie said that
he considered the accident no more serious than
that which befell th.- Columbia in her preparatory
work, basing his belief on the limited information
which he had received last night. He added:
No steps have been taken here toward calling to
gether the challenge committee or In any other
way taking official recognition of the fact that an
accident has occurred. The members of the comm
ittee are all out of town. and. In any event. It
will be several days before any action is taken.
There, has been no* meeting of any kind here to
night.
When asked if Sir Thomas Llpton had been com
municated with. Mr. Oddle said that, so far as he
knew no message had been sent to him. and he
personally saw no reason at pr-sent why such a
message should be sent.
The only member of the regatta committee who
could he found was the chairman, S. Nicholson
Kane, who said that his information about the
dismasting of the. Constitution was very meagre,
being confined to the men report that such an
accident had. happened. Mr. Kane could form no
Idea as to % the length of time the Herreshoffa
would require to put the Constitution in sailing
form again, as he did not know the extent of the
damage.
In this city last night nobody seemed to know
whether the second steel mast that was order for
the Constitution was yet finished. The general
opinion was that this spar is not yet ready. The
last report of 1; was about (he time of the launch
of this yacht, and It was then telegraphed that
work was in progress on a steel mast which was
to be a duplicate of th" one to be first used. It
was thought at that time that this second spar
might never he used, and the sole reason for order-
Ing it was that the craft might have one In re
serve.
In business circles yesterday the news that the
mast had dropped over the side did not create any
thing like the excitement evident when the metal
pipo of the Columbia did the same thing two
years ago. and the truth is that yachtsmen. In re
gard to all these ('up yachts, have begun to dis
count the French maxim by saying, "It is the ex
pected that arrives." The collapse of the sticks
on the Columbia, Shamrock II and the Constitu
tion, and the tame folding forward of the first
Shamrock's lead pipe gnff. have made yachtsmen
feel that this sort of thing cannot any longer be
ranked as surprises, and that the best designers In
the world have miscalculated the strains that are
now placed upon ''up yachts through enormous
spread of sail.
The point most discussed waa whether the New-
York Yacht Club races at Newport for the Co
lumWa and Constitution scheduled f. .r June 15 and
17 will be Bailed. The r-port arrived from Bristol
last night that these races would probably be
postponed, but Mr. Kane's id»>a was that the ques
tion of postponement would depend entirely upon
the ability for quick repair and whether the second
mast was ready. It was announced some tinK> ago
on the authority of a Herresholt workman that It
took about forty days to build a steel mast for a
H. rr. I •• cup yacht, and that the work could not
b» hurried much owing to the difficulty of the
work on the rivets, these having to be attended
to by a. mechanic who lies inside the round steel
pipe But It Is kn.»\\n that the Herreshoffa can
replace a broken section of a steel mast In a short
time, and this was don" with the Columbia, which
afterward sailo,! the challenge races with the spar
that had beei broken and repaired.
A man who ba,s tn-t-n the Constitution calling
said:
One thing is dear, and that la that, although th»
Constitution has double spreaders and three sets of
shrouds, she needs, and I guess they will all need.
a fourth set. Herreshoft had this boat rigger! for
strength us no Cup yacht wan ever rigger for*.
The Constitution has topmast shrouds that lead
down to the deck through her upper spreaders,
which stretch a -roes nt the top of the lower mast
head. The second set begins at the lower mast
head, which thej are Intended to support, and leads
down through the lower spreaders to th« deck. The
third set leads from that \ irt of the mast where
the lower spreaders cross and go*s direct to the
deck. That was a splendidly con reived plan, nnd I
freely admit that I thought the Constitution's mast
would be the last of any of them to fold down.
EtiiT this mishap shows that the spar must be fur
ther supported by more shrouds placed lower. Yes
terday the break of the spreader did not spoil thn
grip if the lowest shrouds. Th< mast simply
crushed down and bent nine feet !)¦ iw Its lowest
point of support— that Is, nine feet below the lower
spreaders. The result shows that unless a new
lower spar is built with a greatly Increased strength
t : ¦ re will have to be a fourth set of shrouds in the
region of yesterday's break, or a little lower.
Another thing is certain— that neither Crownin
shir-Id nor Watson can reasonably expect to get
their boats through even the preliminary tests
unless they rig In some way like this, n rid have
the mast supported in at least four places Their
boats are both carrying a larger rig than the Con
stitution, nd unless their masts are built <>f rail
road steel they can't do anything else but fold
down when the whole strain Is turned loose The
Shamrock .ii i well to break when she did and to
gain more time to rier stronger. Yesterday's acci
dent to the Constitution w:<s a distinct advantage
to the Shamrock in its telling Watson that he can
not hope to carry his canvas 'unless his mast Is
ported by shrouds all the way down. The Con
stitution was the best rigged Cup yacht ever
known, and to-day she's wrecked. That's the lect
ure she reads.
THE SHAMROCK IN HRYPOCK
S. uthampton, June 4.- Shamrock TI went info
drydork to-day for an examination of her hull.
MAX HAS SFT BAT ANNUAL, RACES
Edward MacLellan Robert Jacob and Charlea n.
Mower, the race committee of the Manhasset Bay
Tachl Club, will hav< charge of a large regatta
next Saturday The entries s.i f-ir Include yachts of
all the regular classes from the 4:;-f. ><->ters down
ward, an 1 will also take fn the special Newport
30 • oters, the Lerchmont 25-foot clans, the regular
raceabouts, the Manhasset Ba> Seawnnhaka
knockabouts and the one-design dories.
The races will be s;(ile,| under the Sound associa
tion rules, and over the riub „,.,ir s es in whi^h the
«. 36, 30 md special St foot classi -¦ will go to Matini
.¦.N-k and I>• lam ey pointa and r-rurn. :i distance of
nineteen miles The 26-foot clasa raceabouts and
knockabouts will travel to the Gangway and ONI
H-n buoys, in the Bound, and back, eleven miles
while smaller classes will sail shorter courses
The races will be started at noon off the club
b'.'is- in Miph.-isset Bay.
ACTIVITY ON THE INDEPENDENCE.
Boston, June 4 There was considerable activity
on board the I,aw«>on boat Independence, which is
tied up at the State docks, in South Boston, in
n-nkinir ready for her second trial, which is
scheduled to take place on Thursday Yesterday's
tri;i! Bhowed her sailing master that the mast
raked too far aft. and to-day this defect was
remedied The mainstay waa set up about five
Inches, swaying the mast forward, and It was
1 in the r)«stred position at the deck
CLEVELAND BOAT TTYY.s' RACE.
I ONLY FORTY-FTVE SECONDS AHEAD AT
END OP ONE HUNDRED MILES.
Cleveland. Ohio. June 4.— The hundred mile race \
. from Cleveland to Erie to-day between the Cleve
land passenger steamer City of Erie, owned by
the Cleveland and Buffalo Transit Company, and
I the Tashmoo. Detroit's crack passenger boat,
i owned by the White Star Company, was in many
respects the most noteworthy race ever sailed on
[ fresh water.
The Erie covered the distance in 4 hours. 19 mm
I utes and 9 seconds, "passing the stakeboat at Erie
; forty-five seconds ahead of the Tashmoo. beating
I the latter by forty -five seconds elapsed time. It i
i was pronounced by old vessel men to be the pretti- j
est race ever witnessed. Aside from winning the 1
i speed championship of the Great Lake.?, the Erie '
J won about $100,000 for those who bet on her.
The Erie made no preparations for the race, ex- !
! cept to unload her freight after coming In from !
i her Buffalo run In the morning. The Tashmoo had I
; been scraped thoroughly, and everything was done I
to facilitate her speed. The boats approximately .
made nearly twenty-three miles an hour. It was \
, neck and neck from the starting point until Just
I about Palrport, where the, Erie encountered shoal \
water and fell three lengths behind her rival, j
From Falrport to Ashtabula she made no per- i
ceptible *.:•:. but finally picked up and passed
her rival. The Tashmoo sailed by spurts, getting i
' ahead for a while, then falling back, wall* the
Erie maintained a. steady giiAu
VREELAND REATHING OUT
THROUGH CARS FOR KERRY PASSEN
GERS HIS AIM.
IN TWO WEEKS EIGHTH AND SIXTH AYE.
LINES WILL BE OPENED TO THE
CORTLANDT-ST. FERRY:
Notwithstanding the fact that H. H. Vreeland
has expended fully $35.000.0m> in the improvemnt and
extension of the Metropolitan Btret Railway system
during the eight years since he became president of
the company, he is to-day hard at work laying out
more money for new ferry connections, and yester
day he reached a point where he was able to an
nounce positively that in two weeks more he would
be running the cars of the Sixth and Eighth aye,
lines to a terminal directly opposite the Cortlandt
st. ferryhouse of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Mr.
Vreeland also announced that he had just given the
order for the construction of underground trolley
tracks In Battery Place to connect the present
southern terminus of the Sixth and Eighth aye.
cars at Battery Place with the Broadway tracks
running to South Ferry.
Mr. Vreeland was also able yesterday to Inform
the patrons of his road that he would soon begin
upon the tracks which now bring certain Sixth-are.
and Eighth-aye, cars to Broadway at Canal-st.,
and he would extend them across Broadway, along
Canal-st. as far east as Centre-st., where con
nection would be made, with the Fourth-aye. tracks. ,
For the thousands of suburbanites who visit Man
hattan [aland daily, arriving by way of the Chrls
topher-st. ferry, Mr. Vreeland had also good news.
He announced that those Slxth-ave. cars which
now run only as far south as» Fourth-st. would
soon he sent speeding down to the Chrlstopher-st.
ferry. Three other Important undertakings which
Mr. Vreeland will prosecute this summer are the
changing of the motive power of the Seventh-aye.
line from horse to trolley, the extension of the
Amsterdam-aye. tracks from Ono hundred-and
slxty-first-st to the Harlem ship canal, along the
Kingsbrldge Road, and the laying down of about
twenty miles of new tracks In the Annexed Dis
trict, in connection with the Union Railway.
A BUSY SUMMED MAPPED OUT.
"You see." said Mr. Vreeland yesterday to a
Tribune reporter, "we have ma oped out for our
selves a fairly busy summer These ferry con
nections 1 consider of great importance The pub
lic demand for them has been insistent for some
years, and many ;. re the complaints I have re
ceived through the malls that I did not build them
sooner. The great obstacle in the way has been
the cable system on our Broadway, Columbus and
Lexinsrton-ave. lines. Now that these cables have
been abandoned for the trolley, our whole system
Is on the road to become homogeneous, and cars
from one avenue can be switched to another avenue
whenever traffic tends to became congested. This
could not be done before, hut now that the great
feat of dispensing with the cable has been accom
plished I can rind time to push the ferry connec
tions to an early completion.
"That to the Cortlandt-st. ferry I now feel safe
In saying will be finished in two weeks. The ex
tension begins at West Broadway and Fulton-st.
and runs by way of Greenwich. !>••>• and Washing
ton sts. Into Cortlandt. The terminus will be
directly opposite the Pennsylvania Railroad's
ferryhouse. Through cars will then be run from
that ferry to the Harlem River over the Eighth
ave. tracks, and to Fort <)¦ urge over the Sixth
ave, and Amsterdam-aye. tracks. This will take
shoppers from Jersey City right Into the heart of
the retitll district of Manhattan with comfort and
speed. Our patrons who desire to ride from th«
upper West Side to South Ferry are now forced
to leave the Slxth-ave. and Eighth-aye. cars at
Battery Place and take the horsecars for South
Ferry Since the Installation of the trolley In
Broadway I have ordered work to begin on a con
nection between th- Sixth-aye. an.l Elghth-ave.
tracks and the Broadway tracks. ThU connecting
link will run through Batten Place, and before
long will be carrying cars from Fort George and
th« Harlem River to South Ferry without change.
Four weeks will suffice. I estimate, to establish
this new ferry connection.
"But a morn Important connection rhan either
of those already mentioned Is the. line to 'he
Christopher ¦ ferry. This ferry does a business
..f 18.000.000 passengers annually, and four-fifths of
thorn when they land here go north for their
business or pleasure. Thosw whose business takes
th.-m south of Christopher-st generally land at
Barclay-st The crosst iwi cars on the Chris
topher -• line ar* now drawn by horses, hence we
cannot run through cars from the avenues to th«
ferry. [will S'*>n beciti to Install the underground
trolley on the cross town line, and then those Sixth
ive cars which now run only as far south as
Fourth-st. will be, switch>-«l off Sixth-aye. at
Elghth-Bt. and run to the Chrlstopher-st. ferry.
Certain Kighth-ave. cars will also rim to the ferry
without change. Our transfer system will of
course giv<> passengers Who board our cars at the
Christo^her-st. ferry easy access to any part of the
city.
FOR WEST BIDE PASSENGERS.
"It is our Intention also to give our West Side
passengers direct connection with the Brooklyn
Bridge. This will shortlj be done by extending the
Cnnal-st. tracks across Broadway as far as th«
Fourth-aye. tracks. Through cars can then be run
from the northern termini of the Eighth-aye, and
the Sixth and Amsterdam aye. tracks, across Canal
st. and down Centre-st. to the Bridge and the Gen
era Postofflce. Vislti from Brooklyn to tho West
Side can also go from the New-York terminus of
the bridge right through the centre of the retail
shopping district and on to their West Side desti
nation without change of cars.
"The public will also appreciate the Improvements
In the truffle situation which will follow the in
stallation of the underground electric trolley on
our Seventh-aye. line. The work will be started
in July When ii la completed the Sixth and Sev
enth aye. new lines will be connected through
Eighth and also through Twenty-thlrd-st Shop
pers In the conjested part of Six::: below
Twenty-thlrd-st. can then board Seven th-ay« cars
In Slxth-ave. and be carried north along the com
paratively unerowded Seventh-aye. with fur more,
speed than the regular Slxth-ave. cars can carry
them along overcrowded Sixth-aye. In addition to
this we will this summer extend the Amsterdam
ave. tracks from One-htindred-and-sixty-tirst-st. to
the Harlem along the X ng >rl Ige Road and at the
same time lay down about twenty miles of new
track in the Annexed District. This will not be
on a continuous strip, however. but will consist of
various extensions and connections of the Union
Railway "
"At the close of your summer work how many
miles of single track will your system prise?"
Mr. Vreeland was asked.
"About five hundred miles," he replied "Our
southern terminus Is South Ferry and our northern
termini are White Plains. Tarrytown and Mamaro
neck. You can take the whole rld> for 10 cents.
Five cents will cover Manhattan and an additional
nickel will carry you the rest of the way. It is a
good deal of riding for the money and gives the
best service in the world. Englishmen v. ho were
recently looking over our system in the Interests of
Liverpool said the plant cost far more than could
be Installed in that City with profit, but we be
lieve it pays to give New-Yorkers the best that can
possibly be had. Now that we have got rid of the
cable we shall not rest until our entire system is
run by electricity. That will he a gigantic under
taking, of course, but It Involves no difficulties like
the recent change In Broadway."
A TREMENDOUS TASK.
"The ordinary citizen can hardly imagine all the
problems Involved in sending Broadway's mighty
traffic home on Saturday night by cable and bring
ing it downtown again on the following Monday
morning by electricity without a single hitch. My
staff of engineers worked all these hours without
a wink of Bleep, and fully earned the double pay
which they received for every hour of that long
and trying continuous performance. This company
has several times performed feats that were con
sidered wellnlgh impossible, but never before was
it so highly praised as for this last Broadway
change. Not only the general public, but skilled
engineers by the dozen, who know what electric
traction work means, have stopped to write letters
congratulating the company upon the surmounting
of this "prodigious difficulty so successfully and so
swiftly."
TWO HCRT IX AT'TOMORILE CRAZH.
MACHINE DASHBB DOWN HILL, BRAKE FAILING
TO WORK.
Geneva, N. V., June 4.— Cheater Meredith, of
Cohoes. was badly Injured by an automobile run
ning away to-day. The accident was caused by the
failure of a brake to work while the machine was
going down hill. Meredith was rendered uncon
scious, and the machine was wrecked. Sylvester
Robbins. the other occupant, escaped with slight
bruises. The two were on the way to th* Pan-
American Exposition.
RODE A RAM TO HIS DEATH.
Cumberland, Md.. June 4— Luke Mallon. aged six
teen years, living near the south branch of the
Potomac, met death In a manner that was novel.
In company with others he was trying- to conquer
a vicious ram that was grazing on a mountain
field. In a spirit of bravado he offered to lay a
wager that he -could ride the animal. He mounted
the ram's back, and the animal bounded down a
steep mountainside. When near Its base the ram
ran Into a tree with great force, and the rider was
bo badly injured that he died a few hours later.
The ram was an unusually large animal, which
had been running wild In the mountains-
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CIATION SATS IT CAME INTO EXIS
TENCE IN LAST HALF CENTURY.
St. Paul. Minn.. June 4.— Dr. Charles A. L. Reed.
of Cincinnati, to-day called to order the general
meeting of the American Medical Association, of
which he Is president, in the Metropolitan Opera
House. Bishop Whipp!-? delivered the opening
prayer. After a speech of welcome by Mayor
Smith, President Reed read h!s annual report, in
part as follows:
I proclaim, events proclaim, the existence of a
new school of medicine. It Is as distinct from the
schools of titty years ago .- Is the Christian dis
pensation from its pagan antecedents. It is the
product of convergent influence:* . of diverse ante
cedent origin. It acknowledges no distinctive title.
It heralds no shibboleth. It is a school of human
tolerance, of persona independence, of scientific
honesty. It makes no proclamation of complete
ness, no pretensions to sufficiency. It recognizes
that truth is undergo! progressive revelation, not
ending to-day, but continuing through the ages.
It greets as "a friend him who thinks, though he
think error, for. thinking, he may think truth and
thereby add to the common fund.
Th.-> era of effective legislative control of med
ical practice came as the natural reaction from
the demonstrated failure to accomplish the same
result through voluntary organization. Mixed
boards of Ilcensure are now to be found in the
majority of the States of the Union. The results
of the twenty-five years of Statutory regulation
of medical practice are in striking contrast with
th* results of the quarter of a century of attempted
regulations by methods of prescription. The pro
scriptive rule which propagated the- very evils it
was Intended to correct is rapidly expiring by lim
itation in the face, of new conditions that have
been Induced, In spite of It. by beneficent and cath
olic legislation.
The Army Reorganization law of the last Con
gress was Inexplicable and Inexcusable. It grades
the medical department for rank, promotion, and.
In consequence, for pay. below every other depart
ment ana special corps of the array, and with the
exception of second lieutenants It is graded below
the line. In accordance with its provisions a med
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three times as many trials as an officer of either
the quartermasters', the subsistence or th« pay
departments: more than twice as many as an offi
cer of engineers or of ordnance, and nearly twice
as many as an officer of the signal corps. The.
effect of this discrimination is not only to lower
the rank and pay of medical officers, but must re
sult in lessening the efficiency of the* corps by re
pelling men of spirit and worth.
When Congress by the enactment of a law de
grades relatively, the status of an Important body
of medical men* engaged in a public service It
strikes at 'he status of every physician in the
country. It becomes, therefore, the duty of every
member of the medical profession jealous of his
rights, his prerogatives and the fair name he may
leave his children to resent as personal between
himself and every member of Congress who voted
for this law the action which cast a stigma upon
our profession.
It has been the conviction of many enlightened
members of the medical profession that the means
employed by the general government for the pro
tection and promotion of the public health are
capable of improvement. The conditions to-day are
precisely the same that they were ten years ago.
GOVERXOR GETS "FREXCHY" AFFIDAVITS.
PAPERS IV THE CASE SENT TO DISTRICT-ATTOR
NEY PHII^BIN
Albany. June Governor Odell to-day received,
from Mr. Robillard, who represents Amer Benall.
otherwise known as "Frenchy." who i 3 serving a
life sentence for the murder of "Old Shakespeare"
in New- York ton years ago. the affidavits which
it was promised would set forth new evidence to
prove the innocence of the convicted man. Gover
nor Odell. after looking- at the papers, sent them
to District-Attorney Phllbin of New-York without
giving them out for publication.
TWO KILLED IX A WRECK.
Newark. N. V.. June 4 (Special).— Eugene Welch,
an engineer of Clyde, and Charles Wright, .* this
village, a fireman, were killed in a freight wreck
at Macedon this afternoon. John McCarthy and
Richard Pettlnger. both of Newark, received sert
eua Injuries. An open switch caused the wreck.
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