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.^-g^jnpton. Jan- <». — On the best authority in
■w c: ate It can b«* stated that the Isthmian
nnal question, although nearer settlement at
resent tuan ever before, will not be definitely
pried upon at this session of Congress. This
■UtcflWOt tikes cognizance of the fact that the
H<vjw * jll P :|KS the He burn Nicaragua Mil.
-obably this week, and that that measure may
jJach the Senate before Saturday. But when It
reach the Senate It will rest there in th«
romir.lttee on I:iteroeeanle Canals for many
% (-«kf. and perhaps months, before any action
vill I*" takes upon it. The reasons for this are
man.'. Not the least Important of them, as
heretofore set forth by The Tribune, in the
definite offer of the French Panama Canal Com
rany to sell it? property and concessions to the
Cnlted States at the valuation put upon them
' ty the Isthmir.n Canal Commission. $40,000,000.
However great may be the fear In the House to
,«»al with the canal question strictly upon Its
merits, with the new light shed on It by the
Isf lon's careful and thorough report and
th" French offer, there is none of this kind of
ar on either Fide of the Senate, and that body
tag made up Its mind to deal with the ques
tion almost d* novo.
That Is to Bay, the Senate has determined to
proceed with great caution and the utmost re
parfl for the tremendous interests at stake, re
aliztnar that If the wrong route should be se
lected an<J failure thereby attend the efforts of
ft* United States to connect the Atlantic and
Pacific by a ship waterway, as has been the
experience of the French, the stupendous enter
ics would be set back a very long time—
haps a century-
With its characteristic deliberation, the Senate
arrears Is have studied the last report of the
Jfthmian Canal Commission more closely and
Intelligently than has the House, and as a re
mit the Senate is aware that the commission,
instead of condemning the Panama route, as
teems to be the popular impression, actually
commended it more highly than the Nicaragua ;
On the important subject of cost, this is what
the commission said in its recent report:
Th« cost of constructing a canal by the Nica
ragua route and of completing the Panama
Cans!, without Including the ccst of acquiring
the concessions from the different governments,
is estimated as follows:
Nicaragua. $l c ;r».Sr,4.<>C2.
Panama. $144,233,358.
For a proper comparison there must be added
t» the latter the cost of acquiring the rights and
property of the New Panama Canal Company.
The commission has estimated the value of
these In the project recommended by It at $40,
The report then gr.es on to relate the efforts
made by Admiral Walker and his associate com
n:V.-l irers to obtain from M. Hutin, who was
t^en president and general manager of the
Panama Canal Company! ah offer to sell the
property and rights of his concern to this a;ov
frnm^nt at the valuation placed upon them by
the commiFFlon. and of the failure of these ef
forts M. Hutin held out stubbornly for $109.
j 141.T><iO. This price would have made the whole
cost of completing the Panama Canal $253,374,- '
W. while the estimated cost of a canal by the I
rvsresua route was placed at $189,864,062. a
CUTereoce of >'<■„•'. .Mm -;*;; *; in favor of the Nica
i» r ua r'.ute. After setting forth all these facts
ir.J estimates, the commission concluded Its re-
Krt in the following significant manner:
Tlur ire certain physical advantages, such as
; shorter .anal line, a more complete knowledge
''■ th« country through which it passes and low
»rco« of maintenance and operation in favor of
the mama route, but the price fixed by the
Parama Canal Company for the sale of its prop
erty md franchises is so unreasonable that its
fceptaroe cannot be recommended by the com
Aft»r considering all th* facts developed by
Ui investigations made by the commission, and
tte actual situation as it now stands, and hav
'* in view the terns offered by the Panama
Cm Company, this commission is of the opin
«that 'the most practicable and most feasible
'"Me for an isthmian canal to be under the
■*.troi. management and ownership of the
P.tw states Is that known as the Nicaragua
co»nrr.lp?|on was careful to put In quota
t ?a marks In the foregoing the terms "the most
MacdeaUe and most feasible route" and "under
the control, management and ownership of the
"lt»<J States." because that was the exact lan-
P»«*e of the Etatute providing for the creation
jj 'he Mnmdnilon and denning its function?.
* 5 th*r words, the commission was bound to
**** a definite report of Its findings. Owing
* | this circumstance, coupled with the remark
■<«■ Propaganda kept up for the last three years
* the advocates of the Nicaragua route, there
t ** I**1 ** r ' lo *««d In the popular mind the belief
*| th * comn!! '" ; '"' denounced the Panama
* as "impracticable and lnfeasible."
■ Hh & fun know ledge of th.- . facts, the Sen
ho'a a \ before state.], had determined to take
VTH of tbC ° anal l uestlon without fear or
Pltii i and in US own Way reduce It to a
P»«M business proposition. When the
c . t^* nt '* n<3p to Congress, as he will in a day
C th«P« a '' ial mf "*sage containing the offer
rramae arna Canal Company, the message will
Cana!*"* 1 *° the Committee on Int*»roceanlc
WfcVcr g Wlth aH the other tnatf - rla ' on the
*«* of I h ? n . the Senate wm b<?Kln i ts real
kt tia e n, Gripping the canal question of all
*»ton to I tomfoolery. It Is the present in
*♦ tflrw-t »?; Ye the In^roceanlc Ca"nal Commlt-
• f^ out ,i. V '° - If the tentative plan is
***"it in . h!s comml;t «- will summon be-
CiaJf' 11 ™ *- yer >- member of the Walker
ts «obtj.t,?', be « lnnln *f with Admiral Walker.
*"Cn» I* fv ? lhem de ta»ed and complete
• ttt i«h« e!r ,l nve " tlgatlonß of canal rout
1 «*»* of m • How long tnlß wl » take is a
u 'i tilL l re cV esswork " This part of the
•*>U«fc th e ™«elr kf> *' r) the committee busy
After ♦•, K *" si ' :
•Jatrtb-Sf members of the commission have
ft*, ifc£ tL 15 . the knowledge In their posses
■" •aunw. P nnc 'Pal engineers employed by the
'"^•d^f lv «urvey« and estimates will
*,Ji T ror * the Senate committee to testify.
•» ctß«i " other engineers who have studied
•"1 bTv^i?^* 811011 from Practical experience
JHotaMn Thl " list wUI » nclud e General
*5i it X General Borrell. both of whom stand
"••id* «,]?• cn 8i e*Ting profession and have
•itjai,,. >"• of Isthmian routes. American
■h^JJ*" of this calibre will be followed by
**Bat»ri connected with the Panama
•*••• wpi ? other words, the Senate's lnvestl
iy5 O3lted t~ made as thorough as time and
***lall^ OUrf '** will permit, and at. its con-
S^calnt t evidence taken will be printed in
**»aaiiJi >r for the information alike of
. T^"" &na the country.
r s na^ e^i Ctlon lB '"onndently made by the best
' * *"' ** .h 0"*0 "* ln Waßhln 8 that in the end
••v- ,__ Eh <>*n that the French proposition
* roc **4tor^ Cn l te ' ' and thl " country will then
-^__«Bplete the Panama Canal at a total
VWltl —*« - f»th p«.e.
fnr mi r;«nrii to tut TnißVNr.]
Washington, Jan. »i. — Roar Admiral Bchley
went to '.he White House at noon to-day and
spent three-quarters of an hour in private con
ference with President Roosevelt. The visit
was made at the Instance of Schley himself, who
several days ago wrote to the President asking
an appointment. When the admiral appeared
he was promptly ushered into the Cabinet
room, where he was quickly Joined by the
President, who excused himself to all other
callers for an hour. The President's greeting
to the admiral, whom he had not seen for sev
eral years, was most cordial, and Admiral
Schley appeared to be In a particularly pleasant
mood when he left the President.
The visit cave rise to animated discussion and
gossip, wherever it bet-rime known, producing
some astonishing speculation and rather far
fetched conjectures as to the developments that
might be expected from the conference. Ad
miral Fchley firmly declined to disclose any
thing of the nature of his mission, and at the
Navy Department nothing whatever was known.
Secretary Long, who was with the President an
hour before the visit, lid net know that »he
President had an appointment with Schley, and
had no Intimation that such a meeting was con
Those who guessed most industriously and
knowingly connected Bcbley*a visit to-day with
that of Admiral Dewey on Saturday, and ex
pressed a convlcti.n that another "solution" of
the naval controversy was Imminent. Whether
there Is any substantial foundation for this be
lief. It certainly is not traceable to an authori
tative source.
It is a fact that Admiral Bchley, on th» ad
vice of his counsel, sought an opportunity to
lay directly before the President bis story of C.ie
campaign. Including many matters not brought
out before the court of Inquiry, us well as to
point oat install. - H o f what he considered the
court's disregard of testimony In his favor.
He also wanted to assur- th" President of his
desire to end th<> matter and to avoid further
public agitation. Beyond this. It may not be
known for several 'lays what occurred in the
Cabinet room to-day, but it is certain that a
better understanding exists than ever before,
and that the President Is in a position to suc
ceed, where th* 1 Navy Department could not. In
effectually disposing of the affair.
Hefore leaving the White House Admiral
Schley told the President thai he would start
on Thursday for a visit of t«n days at Savan
nah, to Genera] W. W. Gordon, who served with
him on the Porto Rlcan Evacuation Commis
sion, and that next month be would make a
tour In the West.
Senator Proctor spoke to the President to
day before Schley's visit in favor of some
recognition for Captain Clark, of the Oregon, for
his splendid work at Santiago. Senator Proctor
is emphatic In his opinion that Captain Clark
deserves notable distinction for his conspicuous
services in the Spanish w;>r.
cnlcaso. Jan. ti. An endowment of $1,000,000
has been given by Mr and Mrs. Harold McCor
mlck, of Chicago, to found ■ medical Institution
which will be known as the Memorial Institute
for Infectious Diseases. It will he a tribute to
the memory of their little son, John Rockefeller
McCormick, whi died from scariet fever a year
ago at the country home of John I). Rockefeller,
near Tarry town. N. V. At present provision has
been made only for experimental work covering
a period of five years.
San Francisco. Jan. fi.— The Vnited States Cir
cuit Court of Appeals to-day fined Judge Ar
thur H. Xoyes $1,(100 for contempt of court
United States District Attorney Joseph K. Wood
and his assistant. C. A. S. Frost, were sentenced
to imprisonment for terms of four months and
one year, respectively. The only one of the de
fendants present wis Frost. The opinion of the
court was read by Judge Morrow, who .said:
"In my judgment the evidence established the
fact that there was a conspiracy between the
respondent. Alexander MacKenzje, and others to
secure possession of certain valuable mining
claims in Alaska, under proceedings Involving
the appointment of a receiver for the purpose
of working the properties and obtaining the
gold deposited In the claims. To carry these
proceedings to a supposed conclusion, Koyes,
MacKenzie and others found It a necessary part
of their scheme to resort to the process of this
Judges Cilbert and Morrow were of the same
opinion In all respects.
Judge Noyea. who is the United States District
Judge for Alaska, has been dangerously HI here,
but Is greatly Improved to-day.
The chamber wns a bower of flowers.
GIFT OF .<l<Ni,fHX».
At the meeting nf the board of trustees of
Columbia Universltj yesterday Nicholas Murray
Butler, the acting president, was chosen to be
president of the university. Hia selection was
by a unanimous vote.
Dr. Butler was born In Elisabeth, N J.. on
April U, l^tlj He was graduated from Columbia
In 1882. In 1883 he received the degree of A. M..
nnd a year later was honored with the degree
of Ph. 1> He has studied In Berlin and Paris.
n 1898 he received the degree of 1.1. r>.
University. He was assistant
-■■r In philosophy In Columbia In 1- s *"«. and
occupied the .-hair of philosophy and education
He -.-. .cs th" ftrs<t president of 'he n.-« "i •:
for Training <->f Tea< hers, now known as
illege, and held that office from
18K7 to IK9« Hi icted as president of the New-
Jersey Plate Board of Education from ls^s t o
lx."».l x ."». ami uns special commissioner from the
state of N< \ Jersej to the Paris Exposition In
IWOO. Aa a member of the New-Jersey Board of
Education Mr. Butle | manual tmm
\'.,k into the school sj
}Ie was president of the National Educational
Association In 1895 and tor In th it
organization. H< ■ the Wash
ington Memorial Institution. „;
of the sun ( :niiu University
In I!mmi a nd l'tii.
He w;iß secretary of the college entrance ex
amination boa rd established by th<« Association
of Colleges of the Middle States and Maryland,
and had the entire direction of the Joint exami
nations which were held in June In sixty differ
ent cities In this country and Europe, at which
nearly one thousand applicants were examined.
Dr. Butler is Editor of "The Educational Re
view!! and "The Teachers* Professional Li
brary." He was selected by the Bureau of
Education at Washington as Editor of "Mono
graph* on Education in the United States," which
was submitted as part of th educational ex
hibit at the Paris Exposition In I(hm>. He re
ceived special recognition In the form of a gold
medal, a similar medal being awarded also to
his publication, "The Educational Review."
At the present time Dr. Butler Is the presi
dent of the Society for the Scientific Study of
Education, the membership In which is limited
to professors of education, and he is also presi
dent of tii- Association of American Uni
versities, composed of fourteen universities
especially Interested In research, namely, Har
vard. Columbia, Clark, Catholic, Yale, Johns
Hcpklns. Cornell. Pennsylvania, Princeton, Chi
cago, Michigan, Wisconsin, California and Stan
I; was announced by the board of trustees
that Herbert A Giles, M. A., has been desig
nated to give the iirst lies of lectures on tin
Dean Lung foundation, which is the endow
ment of a Chinese chair in literature that has
been made by General Horace \v. Carpentler
Mr. Giles Is professor of Chinese In the r,nl
verslty of Cambridge, England. He Is fifty-six
yearn old, and was educated at Charterhouse.
He received the degree of M. A. from the Uni
versity of Cambridge, and the degree of I.L l>
from the University of Aberdeen. Professor
Giles was In the British consular service from
I*<! 7 until 1893. Mis writings on China and the
Chinese are numerous.
The board of trustees received and accepted
the resignation of William H. H. Beebe as sec
retary of the university Frederick P. Keppel,
assistant secretary of the university, was chOsen
to be secretary.
The board elected I >r. Butler as a member of
the board of trustee* to succeed Frederic It.
Coudert, who resigned on account of 111 health.
An anonymous «ift of $100,000 was announced,
and it was stated that no disposition of the gift
bad been mad* Announcement was made of a
gift «t ?.'{,lMl<> from Adolph Lewisohn for the pur
chase of a set of dissertations of candidates for
Ph. I». in the German universities. A gift of
.y^txi was announced from Charles F. Cox to be
applied to the equipment of the department of
mineralogy. A gift of $3<K) from Frederick A.
Schermerhorn was announced for the comple
tion of the Townsend Literature of War
Record 8.
Jo' m Crosby Brown was named to succeed
George L. Hives on the committee of finance,
Benjamin A. Sands to succeed F. A. Schermer
horn on the committee of buildings an.) ground ■•
Edward Mitchell to succeed the Rev. I>i Dix
on the committee on honors, Francis 8. Bangs
to succeed William Barclay Parsons on the com
mittee on education, and Mayor Seth I<ow to
succeed F. A. riehermerhorn on the committee
on library.
(Oopjrria&t: I-"1 - By The Triban* Aaandattea.)
[BY i Af.l.r TO TUB TlliniSK 1
Paris. Jan. <"> Baron Gstournellefl de Con
stant, the Deputy from the Department of the
Snrthe and the Minister Plenipotentiary, who
w.-.s the French delegate to The Hague Confer
ence, has to-day accepted thr- Invitation of the.
city of Chicago to deliver an address in behalf
of France on February — The subject of his
speech will be "International Arbitration."
C. I. H.
Pittsburg, Jan. 6.— A case famous In international !
diplomacy was closed to-day by the payment of 1
t7,D00 damages to Mrs. Lenz. the mother of Frank |
G. Lonr, an American wheelman, who was killed
by Turkish officials. The money was. turned over
by the State Department to John H. Mueller, who,
In connection with the League of American Wheel- i
men, through President Keenan, was Instrumental
In securing President McKlnley's personal interest I
In the claim and in having pushed it to final set- ,
tlement. 1
There were several developments of more than usual interest yesterday in
connection with the new city administration.
The Hoard of Aldermen met. and the firs! vote showed thai the fusion ma
jority was safe.
It was learned that among the legacies of annoyance which Tammany had
left was the failure to provide for payment to the city for ferry franchises.
An unofficial notice was sent to the National City Rank that it would prob
ably remain the Manhattan Borough "clearing house" for the city.
OF 18,900,000 ONE DAT.
Because it can cash the city's drafts to the
amount of $3,800,000 in a single day. as It did
on Thursday of last week, without wincing.
the National City Hank yesterday received an
unofficial notice that it would probably be again
<:<s!gnnted as the "clearing house" for Man
hattan Borough. In Other words, It will for two
years longer be practically the city's strong
box. with an average deposit of $.1.01)0,000 a day.
A high otlcl*! In the National City Hank de
clared that the bank's efforts to accommodate
the < itv at every turn had been appreciated, and
that the city's banking commission, consisting
of the Mayor, Controller nnd Chamberlain, was
not likely to designate a new Manhattan "clear-
Inp house." Tr.«- Peoples Trust Company, of
Brooklyn, will probably be continued a.s the
Brooklyn B trough "clearing house," while for
Queens it will be the Queens County Hank, for
ki hmond the Hank of Btaten Island, and for
The Bronx th" Twenty-third Ward Hank. The
city's Lai. nice with the Ie ipies Trust Company.
of Brooklyn, usuaHj Is more than $1.0011,000,
with the Queens County Hank JtIOO.OOO, with the
Hank of Statf-n Island $30,000, and with the
Twenty-third Ward Hank. $K*>.ti4»l>.
The record breaking payment for one day, on
January 'J. which is said to have endeared the
National city Hunk to th»- Chamberlain's of-
Bee, vas caus.d by unusually large bond In
terest payments, and the cancelling of maturing
bonds for Brooklyn an 1 Manhattan. These, m
addition to tii-- salaries of city employes, made
tbe disbursements of towering proportions.
A National City Hank official, In commenting
on thi drafts the city made on tt on January
•2. said
We knew that most of them were coming, and.
Ilk'- a m.-in who gets braced against .i cyclone!
tin \ didn't Jar us. Onlj two or three banks In the
City carry .i surplus which would permit of ills
i'::rs.-iin nis i:k.- that on Thursday last without
mure or lens embarrassment. Four millions of
dollars, more or lew». Is a Rood deal of money to
let loose of In one day. We haw to pay the city
1 per cent Interest on all Us money In our hands.
If we make more than that on the deposit that the
city I. ii . . •-■ with us that Is ours, ana Is taken as
a matter of course. The city used to clear princi
pally through the Importers ami Traders*. Russell
Sage was a director there, and when the city K«>t
hard pressed, pending the collection of Its taxes,
Mr. Sage used to 1* nd It money. After January I,
1898, however, the Finance department of th.- city
felt the need of having unusually hi it;- banking
resources at hand, and then la when the National
City became the biorOUgfa clearing: house. The city
frequently overdraws certain fund balances, but
so ions as its aggregate balance is adeQuate we
give It all the accommodation it could reasonably
Roughly speaking, aboul every bank In the
boroughs of Manhattan and Bro >klyn Is a de
pository for city funda A depository \n different
from a borough clearing house, however, as has
already been Indicated. The balances to the
city's credit In tbe depositories are small at this
time of the year, while the five clearing banks
carry large balances all the time.
Th'-re was a rumor n float yesterday In Wall
Street that the National Bank of Commerce,
whose capital, like that <>f the National City, I"'
$lO,IMMMXM>, would be chosen by Chamberlain
Gould as the borough clearing house for Man
hattan. In the absence of Mr. Oould yester
day no nn« in h's office would talk about the
rumor. The National City people, however, ar. 1
confident that 'hey will keep the bulk of the
city's cash balance for two years lonper.
Oakland, Md , Jan. «».— Baltimore and Ohio
Railroad detectives and Maryland authorities
are Investigating an attempt to hold up the
Baltimore and Ohio express train from Haiti
more and Washington to Chicago last night at
Swanton, on the seventeen mile giade on the
Alieghany Mountains. The telegraph operator,
M. J. Sarslield. SSLJTS that five men came Into his
office at midnight, struck him on the head with
a club and rendered him unconscious. The m-n
then turned a switch, running the fast 'train
Into a siding us»"d for freight traffic. The quick
application of air brakes prevented the train
from being ditched. The train crew anticipated
trouble, and the armed express officers who pro
tect trains from holdups through that wild re
gion made such a demonstration that the rob
bers ran into the w >ods. Shots wer<* exchanged
with them. Railroad dete. tives are Starching
the mountain for the robbera.
Among th»» troublesome legacies that have
come to the new administration from the re
cent Tammany administration is the duty of
dealing with ferry companies that have been
running ferries without franchises or on fran
chises that have expired. The city has been
lacing money for months in the case of one com
pany and for years in the case of another com
pany, and many thousands of dollars have been
kept out Of the city treasury because the Tam
many officials neglected their duty.
During the entire four years of the Tammany
;.<*niinistratlin the Central Railroad of New-
Jersey has been running its ferry between
Communipaw and Whltehall-st., without a
franchise, because officials of the city failed to
establish the ferry according to law and fix a
price for the franchise. All that time the com
pany was In an attitude of declared willingness
to pay whatever the proper officials decided the
franchise was worth, and it continued to run
the ferry without ■ franchise by virtue of its
agreement to pay when it was allowed to pay.
The company Is running its ferry without a
franchise yet.
Early m the life of the late Municipal Assem
bly the application >>f the Central Railroad of
New Jersey for a franchise for the Whitehall-
Bt. ferry was laid before the Council. John
Whalen, the Corporation Counsel, at the begin
ning of his terra of office in January. 18G&. had
notice from liis predecessor, F^rancls M. Scott,
tint th-- company was running the ferry with
out i franchise, but with the understanding that
as s..o:i as a franchis. old !>•■ granted the
company stood, ready to bid it in. Mr. Scott
bad learned before the expiration of his term
of office that th.- company was running the
ferry, and he had started proceedings in the
courts for ■ restraining Injunction and for an
accounting with the city. The motion for an
Injunction w is not argued In the courts, how
ever, because the companj declared its inten
tion ix t t'> <"in -t th>- right of the city t" se
cure the Injunction. TU-- compnnj said it was
running a ferrj for the convenience of th«- put>
llc, and waa witling to pay the city for the
privilege. The company virtually said to the
c!t> •
"Go ahead and grant a franchise, and we will
pay the price. Meanwhile we are willing to
pay anything in reason for running the ferry
without a franchise, but we don't want to dis
commode the public by stopping the boats."
It was: ascertained that the company had
made nn arrangement with Controller Fitch for
starting the ferry, with the understanding that
the company should got n franchise and pay
the city for it. Mr. Whales reported to the
Sinking Fund Commission about the middle of
bis term of office that be was waiting for the
Municipal Assembly to act on the application of
the company for a ferry franchise. The ap
plication had been "hung up" in a committee of
the Council, and there was no way to solve the
difficulty until the Council and Board of Alder
men had passed upon the application. Mean
while the city was kept without a revenue from
a franchise for i ferry In successful operation.
Months ago the Brooklyn and New-York Fer
ry Company applied to the Board of Docks for a
franchise for its ferry between Broadway, in
Brooklyn, and East forty aecond-at., in Man
hattan. Tlm Board of Docks got two opinions
from Corporation Counsel Whalen, one that ac
tion by the Municipal Assembly was necessary
and another that such action was not neces
sary. In view of an act of the legislature, passed
In 181*7. giving to the company the right to es
tablish the ferry. Recently the Board of Docks
fixed an upset price of $10.01 )0 a year for the
ferry franchise, but action by the Sinking Fund
Commissioners was delayed by the advice of the
Controller's engineer that the Municipal Assem
bly's action was necessary under the o!d city
charter. Meanwhile the company has been run
ning Its Forty-second-st. ferry without a fran
chise L »' < i.v. ...
The terms of the franchises of the Union
Ferry Company for Its Fulton-st... Wall-st..
Catherlne-st.. South and Hamilton-aye. ferries
expired In May. and there has been a dispute as
to the conditions of renewal. 7he company for
ten years paid to the city for its franchises T*i
per cent of its gross receipts, or a little less than
$'.SO.<K)O a year. The Board of Docks wanted to
fix the upset price on renewal at nearly l'J per
cent, or over $HB,OOO a year. The company
wanted renewal at .">..'{ per cent, or $40,210 a
year, and It based its claims for a reduction on
Its decreased earnings, due to increase of travel
over the Brooklyn Bridge. Fai'ure to reach an
agreement has continued for months, and it will
be the duty of the Commissioner of Docks In
the new administration to come to some agree
ment with the company, or have the franchises
for the ferries transferred to other companies.
The first meeting of the new Board of Alder
men yesterday showed that the fusiontsts were
ln control of the city legislative body, but that
there was a Democratic minority that was
bound to make trouble. Alderman James H.
Mclnnes. of Brooklyn, was elected vice-presi
dent, having 41 votes against oi> cast for John
T. McCall. the Tammany candidate. Although
the aldermen transact- d little business their
first meeting lasted nearly three hours, most of
the time bein? consumed In discussions of no
A great crowd of politicians and others who
had no business with the Hoard of Aldermen
besieged the City Hall for hours hefore noon,
and many flowers wen sent to be placed on tha
desks of the aMsrsaem A large stuffed rooster
was placed on the desk of Alderman John L.
Florence, and in the session a live bantam
rooster was flung from the gallery to perch on
the stuffed one. The gallery waa packed with
friends of th^ aldermen.
Alderman Afsßttasja Mathews. who had under
gone an operation for appendicitis, was carried!
to the City Hall ln an ambulance and conveyed
to the Aldermani.*. Chamber on a stretcher.
A'dermen Malon«, I.undy. Oatman and Holmea
were- ill. but th*y attended the meeting and
were helped into the City Hall hy friends or at
tendants Four of thr five Borough Presidenta
made use of their privileges as ex-officio mem
bers of the Board of Aldermen, President Haffea
alone being absent.
Charles V. Fornes. the President of the Board
of Aldermen, rapped for order soon after noon.
and there began at once a clamor by Democratla
Aldermen to allow all members of former boarda
of Aldermen th» privileges of the floor. When
the roll of members was called there was a pro
test against Alderman Patrick Chambers, of tha
XXVIIIth District, on behalf of Joseph Krullsb,
who was the fusion candidate In the district.
The protest was referred M the Committee on
Privileges and Elections which Is to be ap
pointed lat3r.
President Fornes read an address, referring
to the change made by the new charter in the
city's legislative body, advising harmony of ac
tion and the obliteration of party lines in the
transaction of business, and saying:
The transaction of public or private business la
best accomplished by devoting to It ample thought
and preparation. It seems to me therefore, that
too frequent meetings of the Board of Aldermen
«ill be attended by a necessary lack of knowledge
as to the subjects which will come under con
sideration. I am convinced that the most im
portant work of the board should be done in com
mittee, and that the merits of proposed ordinances
and resolutions should fee exhaustively discussed
there. I recommend, therefore, that there shall
be only two regular meetings of the Board of
Aldermen in each month, in order to enable th«
various committees to give their very best atten
tion to the matters that will in the future be re
ferred to them. A clear, concise and convincing
statement of facts contained in their several re
ports will expedite the transaction of public busi
ness at the meetings of the board*.
The election of Alderman Mclnnes as vice
president followed. It was decided to postpone
the election of a sergeant-at-arms and assist
ant until the next meeting, and a committee
was appointed to wait upon the Mayor and re
ceive his message. Then arose a heated dis
cussion on a resolution by Alderman McCall. to
allow former Aldermen to have the privileges
of the floor. Mr. Cantor, the Manhattan Bor
ough President, moved to have the resolution
referred to the Committee on Rules, and that
was done, after several Aldermen had winded
themselves in howling to the contrary.
Then Alderman Timothy P. Sullivan started
another debate by introducing the following:
Whereas. It has appeared in the public press of
this city, on Information given to said press of
this city by his honor the Mayor, that an attempt
has b«?e*n made to illegally influence certain mem
ben of this body; be it
Resolved, Thai we, the members of the Board
of Aldermen, respectfully request his honor the
Mayor to furnish to this board whatever informa
tion he may have, so that we can take the proper
course for the prosecution of such party or par
ties who may be concerned in such attempt, If any
such attempt has been made.
A motion to table the resolution caused sev
eral Democratic members of the board to froth
at the mouth, and it was with the greatest diffi
culty that President Forties could keep order In
the chamber. f
Alderman Bridges got up to explain his vote.
He talk- d for over ten minutes, wandering about
the subject and away from it. Every time he
was stopped by President Fornes he said he
was explaining his vote. He finally shouted:
"Fusion is a fake!"
This caused a sensation, and the board was
again in an up roar s. veral minutes.
The amendment to lay as the tabl* was lost
by a vote of '2~ to 44. Alderman Sullivan then
moved that t!i> original saottos be put. Aider
■BßS Walkley. of Brooklyn, started to explain
the case, when PrasMesN Fornes interrupted hint
to say that ih-> M.iy-r was v-ry anxious to send
in his messii;--.
"Well. I refuse to serve at this time!" shoutel
Mr. Ml lnsws a BMHBbsi of the committee to
wait on the Mayor.
So do I." saM Mr McCall
To saT4 more trouble Sullivan moved that the
board take a recess for ten minutes, while the
committee called on the Mayor. This was ap
The Al'Vmien listened without much applause
to th-- reading of the Mayors message. They
nmahwrt pataslve while thtre wer-» read notices
that the Mayor had vetoed resolutions passed
at ttv- elev.-nth hour by the Municipal Assem
bly, among them one for | bond issue of 9UMMIOQ
for the improvement «f William H Seward
Park. The Mayesj wrote that he had been ad
vised by the Corporation Counsel that such
resolutions were •unfinished business" and
could n't became laws.
The Mayor sent a request for immediate ac
tion by the Board of Aldermen to enable tha
Fire Commissioner to spend $1>>.«I«>O for coal and
forage to prevent the Fire Department from
being crippled until some new contracts -ou'.d
be made. William Leary. the secretary si the
Fire Department, was present to explatr. that
the supply of coal for the flrenoats had been
allowed to run .<h->rt, and the i>oats cssJi not
get up -team. The r solution to permit Im
mediate expenditure of $20,000 by the Fire De
partment was passed.
Debate on the Sullivan resolution wis then
renewed, and Alderman Walkley said:
If the integrity of any man In this boaHrd or of
our honored Mayor or the president Is imp
it should U- Investigated. I am inclined to think
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