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V ot LXI • N°- 20,055.
(Copyright: 19nl: By Th * - Tork Tribune.)
London. Nov. 12. 1 a. m.— There is no definite
knowledge here respecting the reports of the
ale of the Danish West Indies to the United
states. Dispatches sent from Washington are
Considered premature by those conversant with
the progress of the negotiations. But the com
pletion of ... business is expected with con
fidence fore the md of the month. The
ficures named in the Washington dispatches are
t precise. The islands will cost something
p ver $4,000,000. but anything below $5,000,000
will be cheap when Mr. Seward agreed to pay
500 000 for two of them. The entire group of
dfcee viands, with the harbors of St - John and
St. Thomas, will now be purchased at reasonable
figures and be cheap at an price, since the
raMng of the Monroe Doctrine In an aggravated
form will be forestalled. Some details of the
r-ported settlement are clearly Inaccurate, since
the tariff arrangements for the island? cannot
• he guaranteed by the State Department, but
most be decided by Congress. Copenhagen is a
leisurely capital, and the negotiations have been
conducted there with characteristic deliberation,
but a successful issue is a foregone conclusion.
A rumor that general Batter is contemplating
vindication by a libel suit is revived, and the
military clubs are an agog over it. The prob
able sequel will be an official disclosure of the
. It of General Buller's message to General
■White without I libel suit. General Buller has
I grievance, if. as his friends assert, the mes
sage has appeared in a garbled form. Edmund
Gosse has been hitting off General Buller as
"Ares in Hypdyinpla/" an Ironical fantasy re
cently published, and Mr. Balfour is also play
jnlly satirized in the conversations of these very
human immortal."?.
* Sir Harry Johnston entertained the Royal
Geographical Society last night with a story of
his explorations and adventures in Uganda and
the Semliki Forest, reproducing by phonograph
the songs of the native tribes and displaying
many curio?. The spectators saw on the plat
form a -dapper little man with effeminate feat
ures, -who spoke with a lisp. Neither face nor
manner denoted the intrepid explorer and re
scmrceful administrator. He related remarkable
experiences on Ruwenzori and in the Semliki
with modesty, but not without animation, and
fully supported his reputation as a scientific ln
reftijrator of the conditions of life in tropical
Lr r I Salisbury's speech has disappointed the
Etre- :. »am many interests are suffering from
lack <■' business. His optimism is considered
the vagary of an absent minded statesmen when
cor.E' b are "where they arc.
C. W. Bengough. introduced by Sir Charles
Elvers "Wilson, delivered an Interesting, lecture
on Canada at the Imperial Institute last night.
British ideas on many Canadian subjects were,
he maintained, more or less vague; for instance,
misconception with regard to climate was deep
root*"? in this country, where everybody was
familiar with Kipling's "Our Lady of the
Snows." The lecturer laid stress on the value of
the Dominion to England as a field for immigra
tion and the profitable investment of capital.
. A solution of the British food problem Bras, he
said, to be found in the development of the
Mr. Chamberlain's "severer measures" are
being adopted in South Africa. "The Mail"
correspondent at Cradock. Cape Colony, reports
that Lord Kitchener has Issued orders that
captured Boers clad in British uniform are to
be shot. This explains Colonel ' '.fringe's sum
mary action, which was reported some days
ago and sharply criticised in some quarters.
Another interesting item of war news comes
from Cape Town. The Town Guard there has
been again called out for duty. The intelligence
may point to the reappearance of Commandant
Maritz In the MiiliiMilmH district, with the in
iantion of seizins remounts in the great depots
Bear that town. When last he visited the locali
ty he carried off four hundred horses, if the
Cape papers can be believed, though no men
tion of the capture reached England through the
usual source.
Th* Berlin correspondent of "The Daily
Xews" report* that a speed of 103 mil"? an hour
been attained on an electric railway between
Ratfeafdd- and ZoEsen. Engineers are even
convinced that this speed can be Increased.
■ami | at tins rate the air pressure was found
to be equal to a wind force of twelve feet a
*ecend. a force which, on the German coast, has
only been registered once, namely, in the hurri
cane of February 1, 1894.
According to Intelligence from Brussels, re
ined by the Vienna correspondent of "The
Chronicle." a meeting of the international sugar
conference In that city has been arranged.
Russia having definitely consented to take part.
The conference, it is supposed, will result in a
■•fcal reform of the bounty system.
*t Is stated that the Kins has ordered the
ttttstructicn of a special crown to be worn by
tt * Queen at the coronation. The principal feat
■* of th* crown will be the famous Kohinoor.
■*-ich was found in the mines of Goloonda -''.41
>«!* ago. The Kohinoor is the most remark
**** diamond in the royal collection. It was
c worn by Queen Victoria on special occa
*"** Thf. original weight of the gem was 800
**■**'* bat it now weighs only 106% karats, yet
- : ■ attoed at about 510,000.000.
I. N. F.
Copenhagen. Nov. 11.— The Premier. Dr.
I> p ur : t ler in an interview to-day on the sub-
I*% of the negotiations for the sale of the
kfcr.ish \\>st Indies, is quoted as saying- that
th* . «hingtcn and London dispatches declar
k* that the islands have been sold to the
Ln<t«><2 c latf . s for $4,000,000. with the under
!B**a» that the Inhabitants are to he granted
!**m«hip and free trade, are all incorrect. The
•JJJctiat jr. rig are in progress, but the result can
•wt be dtflnitely predicted. The negotiations.
}»* Premier said, would be concluded at Copen
na.6f-:. th» treaty would be signed at Washing
i°n. and it would be ratified by the United
7.f^ Senate before it received the ratification
CI ./he Danish Rlgsda*.
w «»hlngton, Nov. 11.— The projected treaty of
cession Of th D&alsh West Indies to the United
«'** la not so wel j advanced as lt was hoped
?■•"<! be ths case at this time. It Is now doubtful
"•ther the treaty will r.o completed in time to
«mst to Congees, 1 v.h'ri it reassembles next
r'OU,.r 'oU,. The oelay appears to have arisen through
«T B** 1 rhariJte in th ministry at Copenhagen.
"• * Btate Department practically having reached
•*r«-;in»rjt with the Danish Government on th«
/ £**' ty: !n Uct. a!! lue*Uon« of large principle had
H^ 1 *^ v " t «* "IMB th» entry into power of a
new ministry, not well disposed toward the treaty,
made it necessary to begin the work all over
again. While the negotiations are proceeding, they
have not yet reached a point where it can be pre
dicted certainly that a treaty wfll result. The
issues do not touch the price to be paid bo much
as the conditions as to the future of the citizens of
the Danish West Indies sought to be Imposed by
Denmark. The United States desires a simple
treaty, and one that will leave it at perfect liberty
to deal with the islands in the future, without any
restrictions imposed by treaty.
London. Nov. 11. — Sir Harry Johnston, speak
ing to-night before the Royal Geographical So
ciety on his explorations in Uganda, said he had
no reason to believe that any other remarkable
discoveries of unknown mammals, in addition
to the okapi. would be made. He announced
that he had obtained In the Congo forest the
skins of several beasts that were new to science.
"As a result of my study of the pygmies," he
said, "I have concluded that there is no special
pygmy language. Each section of the pygmies
speaks, more or loss imperfectly, the language
of the forest negroes with whom it is asso
ciated. The pygmy pronunciation, however. Is
constantly punctuated with little gasps in the
place of consonants."
Constantinople. Nov. 11. — Th<* destination of
the vessel? of Admiral Calllard'fl squadron.
which left the island of Mitylene this morning.
is the island of Syra. The battleships Charle
magne and Gaulois nnd the armored cruiser
Amlral Pothuau. however, will go first to Pho
ca?a, about thirty mile? northwest of Smyrna.
to coal, afterward rejoining the squadron.
The Frenr-h fine: waves to-day above the
Fren-h Embassy for the first time since August
L'o. M. Bapst, councillor of th* 3 embassy, has
called upon the Ottoman Minister of Foreign
Affairs. Tewflk Fa^ha. thus formally renewing
the diplomatic relations between France and
Sofia, Bulgaria. Nov. 11.— From another letter
that has been re<-°ive<j from Miss Ellen M.
Stone, the abducted American missionary. It ap
pears that shf is the trials of her hard
experience with fortitude, forgetting herself in
her anxiety for hr companion, Mme. Tsilka.
Miss Stone does oot dare to complain of the
treatment to which they arc sui.jfcte.l. but she
finds the confinement irksome and the weather
extremely tryine.
The tone of the latest letter received from her
is hopeful. The brigands, by <!ating the letters
at places in Macedonia and delaying their de
livery, sck to create the appearance of being
far distant.
The Bulgarian Government continues to inter
fere in the negotiations, with the object of forc
ing a trar.sferrence of them across the frontier.
Catbalogan, Island of Sarnar. Nov. 11. — The In
surgents are flocking- northward. They are suf
fering greatly from famine. Many Isolated bolo
men hare surrendered. Only fear caused by
ban's proclamation, threatening with death
those who surrender, prevents a general sub
mission of the insurgents. But it is expected
that this will be secured In a few days.
Manila. Nov. Major William L. Pitcher, of
the Mh Regiment, commanding the Mindoro
expedition, reports that the garrison of Abra de
Hog was attacked yesterday by a force of in
surgents commanded by L«enocos. The Filipinos
apparently attempted to repeat the Samar tac
tics. But the Americans, who 1 were breakfast
ing. fully armed, completely routed the Insur
gents, who left five men dead on the field, each
having a rifle and ammunition. One American
was seriously wounded.
Captain Noyes. of the '{"th Infantry, com
manding a detachment of fifty men. has capt
ured a deserter named Richer, of the nth Ar
tillery wearing the uniform of an Insurgent
lieutenant. Major Pitcher* says he recently
captured three officers and a large part of an
insurgent company, all fully armed. It Is be
lieved the Insurgents recently received an Illicit
supply of munitions of war.
San Juan. P. EL, Nov. 11.— Santiago [glesiafl
was arrested here last Thursday on landing from
the Bed D Line steamer Philadelphia. Captain
Furst, which arrived here that day from New-
York on her way to La Guayra and Porto Ca
bello. His detention was due to his non-appear
ance after having been thrice summoned by th»
local courts to appear in a case against him
and seven others brought in July of last year,
when the currency was changed. At that time
he persuaded the local Federation of Labor to
order a!! labor organizations to go on strike
unless they were paid in gold at th- same rate
as silver— master workmen. $3; journeymen, -X-.
and ordinary laborers. ?1 50. These rates were
not accepted by the employers, and a general
strike, which was accompanied by some vio
lence, rollowed.
[elesias and the other m»mb->r!> of the labor
committee were charged with conspiracy, and
the c?*es against them were set down for trial
on September 11. 1000. When that date was
reached Iglesias. who was at large on his own
recognizance, did not appear, ana the trial was
adiourned As he did not appear on the ad
lourned ''.ay. further adjournment was taken to
"\Wv ° 1901 when an order for his arrest was
£fued7 h«» being then In New-York City.
' He Is now in jail, awaiting trial in default of
K2 OOO bail To-day he sent a petition to Gov
ernor Hunt asking to be released on his own
recognizance, explaining that he made a similar
application when first summoned, but that the
raY was postponed and that no notice of the
L i^^ 'on May 2 was ever served upon him.
The public prosecutor asks that he be sentenced
in - term of imprisonment on the ground that
Vis a dangerous labor agitator and Is con
tinually causing unrest.
Washington. Nov. 11.-Samuel Gompers. president
of the American Federation of Labor, to-day saw
pVsldent Roosevelt to protest against the arrest
Santiago Iglesias. who was sent to Porto Rico
° v the Federation to organize the workir.gmen of
The inland Before Mr. Ifcteslaa left the United
£tesSb Gompers explained to the President the
States ' ~f Ma vi^lt nr..i a^k^d that Governor Hunt
FU T°rrmed'th\t hi. mission was not to stir up
, ire" vat -imply to organize labor along legitimate
strife, bat ..top tW President that Mr. Iglesias had
" ' -T ,v, Spanish Government, and had been
. OPP^coned being liberated when the American
reached i San i Juan. By the President's dl
tr°T *eoretary Cortelyou wrote to Governor
cable dispatch from Mr. Iglesias.
«=.»rl when stepped ashore. No warrant
wafshown Ignored (ignorant, charges. Remain
'_'. message Mr. Gompers showed to the. Presi
a T r a r?d the President immediately sent an inquiry
dent. and the x re arrest.
to Governor " UI^JJf s spokep ok " c to the President about
Mr. Go ™P e t r l * n al the Chinese Exclusion act. the
labor JesW' l '?"' EUht Hour law. the Allen Con
extens on of tlie *£§ nt h Convict Labor bill He
tract La^j^Sous-that re-enactment of the
was especially a " xl "^ should be recommended.
Justice O'Gorman, in the Supreme Court, yes
terday denied the application of Deputy Police
Commissioner Devery for a writ to restrain
Justice Jerome, of the Court of Special Sessions,
from hearing charges against Devery. The
charges were made by Edward O'Neill, the po
liceman who was dismissed from the force for
defying Devery to his face and declaring that
he would not submit to a "shakedown." Devery
was charged with oppression. He was arrested
several weeks ago and held in ball for the hear
ing before Jerome, but on the day the hearing
was to take place Devery's counsel obtained a
temporary writ, which Justice O'Gorman dtß
missed yesterday.
The application for the writ declared that
Jerome was moved by partisan political motives
as a candidate for public office, and that Dev
ery's judicial acts could not be reviewed by a
judge of an inferior court.
"This latter contention," says Justice O'Gor
man, "cannot prevail, because the rule must be
deemed well settled that in the absence of ex
press statutory provisions, bias or prejudice or
unworthy motives on the part of a Judge, un
connected with an interest in the controversy,
will not be cause for disqualification. While it
might be indecorous and offensive to judicial
propriety for a judicial officer to act where there
were such impediments to impartial action, yet
our statutes make no provision for disqualifying
a judge for these causes."
Justice O'Gorman says the contention that
Devery's actr. complained of were committed in
the performance of his judicial duty seems to
be well founded, but he says that the exemption
of judicial officers from personal responsibility
for their decisions is confined to civil liability,
"and does n"t embrace protection from criminal
prosecution, where sufficient cause exists to sub
ject the official to the imputation of criminal
conduct." At the erd of his decision Justice
O'Gorman says:
The complaint contains one other alleged viola
tion of law. It Is charged that the infliction or a
reprimand by the rei.-.tor on the accused policeman
for arresting a mar. on the charge of Sabbath
breaking was tantamount to an Instruction not to
enforce the Sunday law. and that the relator w»3
thereby guilty of neglect of official duty. Hut these
matters need not be passed upon at this time, and
I refrain from further notice of the accusation*.
Whether well founrU-d or not, the magistrate. in my
opinion has jurisdiction to entertain the complaint,
and the application of the relator Is therefore de
Police Commissioner Murphy, on being told of
Justice o'Gorman*s decision, said:
"If that's true, it looks as If the Deputy Com
missioner would have to go to trial."
It Is expected that Devery will have an ex
amination before Justice Jerome soon and be
held for trial on the charges which O'Neill
made. It is believed that Devery can be pun
ished under a section of the code which declares
that any public officer "who. under color of
official authority, does any act whereby another
person is injured in his person, property or
rights, commits oppression."
It was reported at Police Headquarters yester
day that Devery was "sick." Commissioner
Murphy confirmed the reoort He would not
tell what was the nature of Devery's illness, or
say how long Devery was expected to be away.
He gave the impression that Devery wag not
seriously ill in body, however "sore" he might be
feeling over the result of the election. It was
said that Devery had not been at Police. Head
quarteia since Tuesday night, when, after learn
ing that Seth Low had been elected M-*-yor,
was seen leaving his office in company with
some Tammany politicians.
Friends of Devery at Police Headquarters said
yesterday that he really was feeling bad at tbe
prospect of being put out of the police Depart
ment They said, too, that he fe.-ired his !"^ of
power and the defeal of Tammany would make
hifl conviction on crlmli J chats** possible.
With Just.- Jerome in the District Attorney's
office, it was said, he might be forced to leave
the country to kt-ij. out of prison. Anyhow, his
friends said, so many Tammany men were say
ing ; ; ;:'.: Devery had done bo much t<> make the
Ization unpopular, and thus insure its de
feal R.l the polls, that be could ri"t count <>"
further support from Tammany officials, even
while they remained In power.
Several Tammany politicians went to Police
Headquarters yesterday to ask for the transfers
of policemen. Falling to fVi'l Devery, they went
to lay th'-ir applications before Commissioner
Murphy. The Commissioner sent them away,
declaring that transfers could only be made f" r
good reasons.
"I told them," Commissioner Murphy said,
"that there will be no transfers unless they are
absolutely necessary. They went away without
getting the transfers they asked for."
Perdval E. Nagle and Thomas F. BfcAvoy
were s.iid to be two of the Tammany district
leaders who tried to get transfers of policemen
and failed.
When financial assistance was indirectly of
fered to General E. L. Molineux for the conduct
of the second trial of his son. Roland B. Moli
neux. at a meeting of his comrades in the Vet
eran Association of the lnHth New-York Vol
unteers last night in the Brooklyn Borough
Hall, he responded that he much appreciated
the kindly reelings of his comrades, but could
not accept their material aid. Before he woul 1
accept such aid he would spend the last cent
he had in the world, then he would sell every
one of his possessions. After that, if his son's
name had not been cleared, he would come be
fore the public like a man and ask for what as
sistance might be necessary.
To resolutions* of sympathy and congratula
tion, which were passed by the veterans, the
general responded in a voice choked with emo
tion. The record of th» Molineux family was the
theme of his remarks. Three swords had been
used by him in hi? military career. One he had
given to his s-n Cecil, another to his son "Ned,
and th*- third. h>- said, was for his son Roland,
who. he confidently believed, would "wear it wl.n
honor yet." General Molineux also spoke of hav
ing received some thirty-five hundred letters of
sympathy from all parts of the country and
all classes of people.
Berlin. Nov 11.— The "Hamburgische Corre
spondent ' publishes an interview with Herr
Albert Ballin. of the Hamburg-American Line.
who declares that the decline in the freight
traffic of his company is counterbalanced by the
good results of the passenger traffic.
"The companies concerned in the North Amer
ican trade" says Heir Ballin. "should make an
apreeiW as to passenger traffic It WOttM be
easy to save 50.690.000 marks during the winter
without inconveniencing travellers. Only one
eighth of the space of the fast steamers is now
occupied antlclpate mucn h arm from the ap
statutes by which only Germans hvmg In Ger
many can be eligible to chairmanships and
memberships of boards of directors. No resolu
"o"T however, shall be adopted that could exer
clse'an unfavorable influence on the conduct o.
business from a national point of view.
Discussing the rumors that American capital
ists intenc to acquire the German ocean lines,
the "Berliner Tageblatt" says:
"Steps must be taken at once to protect these
lines from AmericaniaaXlon."
Washington. Nov. 11.— R. C. Morris, chairman
of the New- York Republican County Committee,
was in consultation with President Roosevelt
fully an hour to-day. He denied positively to a
representative of The Tribune that he had dis
cussed politics with the President. While it is
understood that Mr. Morris, in harmony with
Senators Platt and Depew, favors the retention
of Collector George R. Bidwell In office, still, his
statement that he has not personally urged the
President to retain Mr. Bidwell is accepted in
Washington as a final and authoritative denial
of all reports to the contrary. "I came to Wash
ington 'with Mrs. Morris for a much needed
rest," said Mr. Morris. "I called upon the Presi
dent this morning by appointment, merely to
pay my respects. If the President had asked
me for advice or suggestions on New-York ap
pointments I gladly would have discussed that
subject with him. But as he did not mention
the matter, I thought it best not. to obtrude my
opinion upon him."
The fact that the President did not seek an
expression of opinion from Mr. Morris on the
subject of New-York appointments is generally
accepted here as a sure indication that the
President had made up his mind both as to
Collector Bidwell and Appraiser Wakeman. In
point of fact, it Is known that there has been
no change in President Roosevelt's mind with
reference to these two officers since The Tribune
announced last week the probability that both
Mr. Bidwell and Mr. Wakeman would be re
placed soon after Congress meets. Charges se
riously reflecting upon the personal character
of Collector Bidwell have been laid before the
President, and as the Collector's friends thus
far have failed to disprove these allegations it
is unreasonable to suppose that they have not
Irretrievably injured his prospects for reap
pointment. The name of a well known New-
York ex-Congressman Is connected with this
gossip involving Mr. Bldwell's private conduct,
and this circumstance weighs greatly against
the Collector's chances When he was reap
pointed by President McKlnley last April the
charges against Mr. Bidwell were not so specific
and direct as they have since been made.
While It Is practically certain that President
Roosevelt will not send the nomination of Mr.
Bidwell. for Collector of the Port of New-York,
to the Senate in December, it has not yet been
decided ho will be selected to succeed him. Half
a dozen or more names are now being carefully
considered by the President, Including those of
Chairman George W. Dunn of the New-York
Republican State Committee, and State Sen
ators N. N. Stranahan and F. W. Hlggins. At
the same time neither Senator Platt nor Senator
Depew has wholly abandoned hope of Mr. Bld
weirs retention, and both Senators are expected
to come to Washington within a week and make
a strong appeal for Mr. Bidwell. If they fail In
their mission, it is understood that they will ask
the appointment of some well known Republican
of New-York City In preference to some up-
Stat» man.
There is no doubt as to the fate of Appraiser
Wakeman. and there is scarcely any more doubt
that he will be succeeded by Colonel George w.
Whltehead who Is now Collector of Customs
In Porto Rico, and whose selection has been
asked by Secretary Gage and other Treasury
officials, and indorsed by Senator Platt. .
Information reached the Fifth Avenue Hotel
1 last night which makes it appear to be practi
1 cally certain that George R. Bidwell, Collector
of the Port, will fall of reappolntment at the
| hands of Preside*! Roosevelt. Whether this
means also the parsing of Appraiser Wakeman
and other Federal officeholders remains to be
• seen. The indications last night were that more
I than the Collector and Appraiser would go. One
of them admitted to .1 Tribune reporter that it
looked like a case of "one go, all go."
Friends of Collector Btdwel! held on to the
! hope last night that in some way the opposition
to the Collector's reappolntment would be with
drawn and that both he and Appraiser Wake
man would be allowed to hold on to their places.
It also developed last night thai a somewhat
j clumsily planned attempt to drag Governor Odell
! into the strife bad failed. The Governor's
friends at the Fifth Avenue Hotel made the
positive statement last night that the Governor
was keeping his hands off the tight, and that
statements to the contrary were untrue.
Appraiser Wakeman was spen last night at the
Waldorf-Astoria, but ho was averse to talking
about his tenure of office. Mr. Wakeman .has
told his friends of late that he did not know
whether he was to he retained in office or not.
A delegation of his friends saw the President
last week, and while they did not bring back
much encouragement for the Appraiser, they
assured him that if he was compelled to resign
there would be other resignations.
One of the somewhat unexpected develop
ments In the collectorship of the port situation
yesterday was the announcement that Captain
F Norton Goddard. the Republican leader of
i the XXth Assembly District, who is regarded
as a personal friend of President Roosevelt.
would oppose the confirmation by the Senate of
j the President's nomination of George R. Bid-
I well, should the President send Bidwell's name
j to the Senate. i
Captain Goddard's friends are confident that
' Mr Bldweirs name will not be presented to tn.?
Senate, and that there will he no occasion for
making an open fight against his reappoint
; ment Mr. Bldwell's friends are reported to be
! a good deal agitated over the stand taken
I by Captain Goddard, as they are fairly well
i convinced that he would not engage in any
i fight before the Senate committee again.st Mr.
I Bidwell unless he had a number of pertinent
! things to disclose. Just what the line of attack
I will be Captain Goddard. when seen yesterday
i afternoon by a Tribune reporter, refused to dis
' cuss. He admitted in his customary frank man
' ncr, however, that he was opposed to Mr. Bid
well's reappolntment.
Captain Goddard rather tartly denied a story
' published yesterday saying that his hostility
toward Mr. Bidwell was owing to Captain God
dard's desire to be Collector of the Port. The
' story made it appear that Captain Goddard had
: presented a certain proposition to Collector Bid
, well which the Collector had declined to accede
to and that this also had a bearing on his atti
i tude toward Mr. Bidwell. When Captain God
| dard was seen last night he said:
! I hardly know whether that story is worth
' dignlfvlng with a denial or not. If lt is of any
Interest to the public I am willing to say that
1 I never had the slightest desire to be Collector
of the Port As to any proposition I ever made
to Mr. Bidwell. Governor Odell or District At
torney Gardiner, as set forth in the story, all
I can say is that I know absolutely nothing of
any proposition made to the gentlemen named,
and the assertion that any proposition concern
in the transaction of business In Collector
Bidwell's office was made by me to any -of these
gentlemen is absolutely untrue. If the state
• ment had said that I had made a proposition
: to Mr Bid well " alone. I might -eadtly conceive
of mv' having written a letter to Mr. Bidwell in
behalf of some Republican who wanted a ptace
! in the Collector's office, but when the names
of Governor Odell and Mr. Gardiner are brought
in it leaves me at a loss to understand what
the author of the assertion really means.
One cf Captain Goddard's friends, in com
menting on the hostility of Captain Goddard
toward Collector Bidwell. said:
The house of J. W. Goddard's Sons, in a busi
ness career covering fifty-four years, never has
had an invoice raised by the customs authori
ties. This in Itself is a significant comment on
the recognized integrity of the house.
The chair creaked under the huge frame of
ex-Governor Hogs: of Texas last night at the
Waldorf-Astoria ss he broueht his fist down on
a neighboring table, with the words:
"What do I think of Croker° Why. I'll fel]
you. He's a noble. Christian, honest, upright
srentleman. That's what he is. He's a friend
of mine, and I'll stand up for him any day: yes.
any day!"
The ex-Governor of Texas had just been
talking with Lewis Xixon nbout some subject
from which not even the radiant face of the
Texan could dispel the crloom. Whether or not
it was a discussion of the measurements nf th»
political tombstone which Mr. Proker is going to
put up in front of the Moated Grange on his re
turn to Wantage, or a State's evidence confes
sion of Mr. Nixon's own blasted hope?, could not
be learned.
After rhe vibrations of the table had ceased
and no further creaks were heard from the
chair, Mr. Hogg continued by saying:
"And what do I think of Tammany? Do you
want to know? Well, I'll tell you. Tammany
Is the cleanest, best managed, best disciplined
and most wonderful political organization in the
world. There!" And the table shook under a
blow of his fist which almost upset a delicately
poised plaster of parts statuette at the other end.
The creaks were growing still more alarming,
and the chair appeared to he on the verge of
collapse, when the statesman and oil borer of the
Southwest interrupted them by saying:
"And what did it? I mean what beat Tam
many? Do you want to know? Well, that's easy.
That is. I'll tell you. It was the liquor vote.
And who sold themselves out for the liquor vote?
I'll tell you. It was the ministers. Think of
that. Think of them going so low as that.
Think of the reformers, who believe in the sup
pression of vive, so they say. s°ing down on
their knees to got the votes of the jrinmill
owners. Tammany may have a few scallipots in
It. like any other political organization, but It
never played such a game as that."
"How about the reconstruction of the national
Democratic party?" was asked. X
"Plenty of time for that. No use of talking
about that. We had a national campaign only
a year ago. Give a fellow a chance to cool
down." And as if to emphasize the need of
cooling down, the eulogist of Tammany and
Croker mopped his expansive features for some
"Is it true that since you have struck so m'.ch
oil at Beaumont they call you a plutocrat?"
"Don't see why they should." was the answer.
"I may have made a few bits, by hitting: that
oil In the right place, hut there's no plutocrat
about me. I don't change my political or re
ligious bearings because of my environment?.
Not much. Do I look as if I would?"
"But you are a rich man, are you not?"
"Well, I'll leave it to you to figure out. One
of our gushers can fill fifty-eight trains of
twenty cars each in a day." .
Mr. Hops then said that he had reached 'the
city on Sunday and- would remain here" for a.
couple of weeks or more. He said he wanted a
r»>3t. and that he was not going to exploit hi--*
Oil wells. He said that they were turning out
now more oil than he could market.
In the last hour of the market yesterday a
rumor spread through Wall Street that the
Metropolitan Street Railway Company had at
h-.st gained control of the Brooklyn Rapid
Transit Company, and that there would soon b«
a consolidation of their interests with the Man
hattan Railway Company.
Interests Identified with the Brooklyn Rapid
Trans t and the Metropolitan maintained si
lence on tho subject of the report, but in the
Street di t much credence was given it. Bfet
: . polltan brokers expressed doubt as to the
truth pf the report.
A meeting of be Brooklyn Rapid Transit di
rectors was h'-hl in this city in the afternoon.
but some of those in attendance declared that it
had no bearing upon any proposed consolidation
or merger project. Perhaps by a coincidence.
however, there was held at the Waldorf-Astoria
a conference between certain of the leading Met
ropolitan and Brooklyn Ra,>id Transit interests,
sf me of their legal advisers also being present.
It is true that such conferences have been held
before, one. for instance, havine taken place in
the early summer of 1890; but there seems bet
ter ground at the present time for helievine that
the control of Brooklyn Rapid Transit is soon
to paaa to the Metropolitan, np was indicated in
The Tribune on Sunday.
The stocks of both companies have shown
strength nnd activity of late, as has also that of
the Manhattan Railway Company, which has
figured SO many times as a property which ul
timately would pass under the control of the
Metropolitan. Brooklyn Rapid Transit has be«n
selling for some time at a low figure, and it has
been reported in well informed circles that Met
ropolitan interests have heen buying large
blocks of it at below Ca)j
From time to time for the last few years there
have been reports that the Metropolitan Street
Railway Company was about to take over the
Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company. In Septem-
Ip,. [900, the rumor was circulated with un
usual persistence At that time William C. whit
ley said in answer to a question whether or
not control of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit was
hejr,.* secured by the Metropolitan:
'I know of ru> such more It is, of course, true
that Brooklyn Rapid Transit Stock is low (It
closed at 40^ on that day), almost as low as
Third Avenue when the Metropolitan gained
control but does that prove anything? The
truth is that the Metropolitan has enough to
look out for at present on this side of the East
•\sked if a control of Brooklyn Rapid Transit
might not be contemplated in the near future.
Mr. Whitney answered: "I do not want to speak
for the future."
At th.T time the Metropolitan had had con
trol of the Third Avenue system barely f"'.ir
months. Since then nearly fourteen months
have elapsed. The improvements or. the Thiri
Avenue, costly and long drawn out under the
old management, have been eomaieted, and
Metropolitan methods have heen introduced in
the operation of the road by President Vreeland
and his associates. The Third Avenue is run
ning smoothly, and is virtually a part of the
Metropolitan, "although operated as a separa'e
The burdens resting upon the Metropolitan
management, therefore, may be presumed to be
less pressing than tbey when Mr. Whitney
spoke In the fall or" last year, and it may W«
be that Mr. Whitney and hi.- associates now
fe<M that the time has come when the Brooklyn
Rapid Transit problem can be dealt witn.
Constantinople. Nov 11.-Earthquake shocks con
tinue to he felt at Krzeroum. Armenia. There have
PnAhlo only two nights from New-York by the
Brooklyn.— Advt. I
Under peculiar circumstances, nor devoid of
mystery. Richmond Mayo-Smith, forty-seven
years old, professor of political economy in Q*
lumbia Uatventty, wteaae home m? -it No. 305
West Se\enty-seventh-st.. was killed last right,
when he fell on Xh" stone fl;n;crir:s ;n the rear
of hi? house, aft^r a fall of four stories Pro
fessor M.iyo-Smith fell from OBC if his Bt«)dt9
windows. Wht-ther '.t waa suicide or accident
apr»°.trs to bo somewhat of t mystery. Th-*
police of the West Sixty-eight h-s' BtatßSS say
they think his death w.is the result of an acci
After every seven years of Berries the? pro
fessors >f Columbia University get a year of
rest. Professor Mayo-Smith was enjoying this
year of recreation. He had been ill. but not
seriously, for some months. He lived with hi 3
wife and four children, two boys -nd two glrl3,
the oldest fifteen years and the youngest six
About 6 o'clock last night th«» professor. Ms
wife and his daughter Mabel, fifteen year? old.
were in his study, on the fourth floor -of hi.<»
house. The professor remarked that he felt:
tired and that he would lie down for a short
while. The room was darkened.
"All right, dear." Mrs. Smith said. "Mabel
and I will go downstairs."
At 6:19 o'clock the butler of the family. Pant
Gobout. had occasion to go upstairs, and whila
there he looked into the professor's study. Th«
moment he looked he saw a dark form pass
quickly over the window sill and disappear.
The only thought that entered the butler's
mind was "burglars." He remembered that
once thieves had been operating in the neigh
borhood by means of rope ladders. Much
frightened, he ran downstairs and told Mrs.
Smith what he had seen. Mrs. Smith suspected
that something had happened to her husband,
and she ran to the rear yard, her action betray
ing her train of thought. She had suspected
rightly, for on th» ston» pavement of the. yard;
was lying the body of her husband. He had,
been killed instantly, though a superficial ex
amination did not reveal any wounds.
Dr. Walter Mendelson. of No. ISO West Sev-i
enty-fourth-st.. was called, and was soon at the
house, but Professor Mayo-Smith was beyond
aid. The police of .he West Sixty-elehth-st«
station were informed, and Detective Donohua
went to the house.
It was found that the professor in his fall had
struck a clothesline, and this is mentioned in.
accounting for the fact that several of his ribs
wen broken. Professor Smith was only partly,
dressed. Friends and relatives of the family
were quickly Informed. A brother of the pro
fessor arrived at the house in a coach. He took:
the four children of the dead professor to his
home, somewhere on the East Side.
After the departure of the children George I.
Gllbam, .of No. 78 Greenwich-st.. X ton of
Christ Church, at Seventy-first-st- and Broad
way, was called and the nous»» practically
placed in his charge. Mr. Giiham said that Mrs.
Smith could see no one. This made it difficult:
to get authentic information concerning the
Richmond Mayo-Smith had been a professor or
political economy at Columbia since 1888, He/
was bom in Ohio in 1v"-i.1 v "-i. and was graduate'!
from Amherst College in IST."..
After leaving Anthers! College Professor
Smith studied for two years in Berlin Uni
versity. Whil-» abroad he also was ■ tutor In.
Heidelberg University. His connection with.
Columbia University began in 1877. when he
was called to the university as a teacher of
history. The year followinpr he was made an.
adjunct professor, and in I *'> he was made a.
professor or political economy an! social science.
He was an honorary fellow- of the Royal Sta
tistical Society of Great Britain, and a. member
of the National Academy of Sciences. He was
a writer on economic subjects, and the author of
"Emigration and Immigration." "Soeiologry and
Statistics" and "Statistics and Economics.
These works were published in I '* l , 18V3 and
IM*s>, respectively.
He was a member of the Century. University.
Authors and Barnard clubs and of the Amherst
College Association.
Mrs. Mayo-Smith was a French woman. Her»
husband married her in 1884. At the time of
his death Professor Mayo-Smith was a vestry
man in Christ Episcopal Church. Seventy-first
st. and Broadway, of which the Rev. Dr. Jacob
S. Shipman is pastor.
Baltimore. Nov. 11.— Pr. Edward Herrick Grif
fin, professor of the history of philosophy and
dean of the faculty of Johns Hopkins TJol
versity. will probably be the r.--xt president afl
Williams College, to succeed Dr. Franklin Car
ter. At a recent meeting of th«* trustees Dr.
Griffin received five votes out of a total of fifteen
cast, but a majority is necessary for a choice.
Others voted for were Dr. Henry Lefavour. d»an
of the Williams College faculty; President S. B.
L. Penrose. of Whitman College. Washington;
the Rev. Dr. Hopkins, of Kansas City, and the
Rev. Dr. Hearst.
Dr. firimn says that several m,>nfhs ago he.
was informed that his name had been proposed
for the presidency, but he declined the honor.
Now. however, his name will remain, and. al
though he will accept the presidency if sufficient
inducement is offered, he says he is reluctant
to leave Johns Hopkins.
Dr Griffin was born in Williamstown. Mass..
in 1813 He took his bachelors degree at ■Will
iams in 1882 He studied taeology at the Tnion.
Theological Seminary. New- York, from whirh
he was graduated in 18CT. From IS. 2 toWM
he was professor of Latin at Williams • o,.ege.
and in 1881 became professor of rhetoric He
was made Mark Hopkins professor nf intel
lectual and moral philosophy m 188* wWeb *m
held until 18B* when he was made dean of the
Johns Hopkins faculty. He received the deg.
of doctor of divinity from Amherst and the de
gree O f doctor of laws from. Princeton.
Vi ,, \ugusta K. Williams, who ran away from
Adelphi" College last Friday and went to Great Bar
rln«on Ma«s. was brought back to her home. No.
li Har>o'k-st:. Brooklyn, *« nieht by her father.
Dr G^rge A. Williams. Dr. Williams did net care
ET'tSJ°about his daughter's e.rapade, The young
. , . „.-.,,•,« .till but is expected to bo In her
pirl iV»Uh in a few dav9. The family has not
S3sU h^Stts or not they -vill send her back to
school again.
London. Nov. -The Metropolitan District Elec
tric Traction Company, the London company of
Charles T. Yerkes. has acquired an interest in two
more projected tube schemes in London, intending
to correct US with the District Railway.
Berlin. Nov. 11.— Court yon BCIow. the Imperial
Chancellor, after going this morning to Potsdam ti
confer with Emperor William, called a Cabinet
meeting this afternoon. The "North German Ga
zette" asserts that the object of the meeting was
to act upon changes made by the Bur.-iesra'h in th»
Tariff bill. It is ascertained that some Important
changes have been made.

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