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An interruption of traffic for seven minutes
caused by a slight accident to a local bridge
train about 6:30 p. m. yesterday caused a
crowd of two thousand persons to gather about
tliP elevated train entrances at the Manhattan
cn flof the Brooklyn Bridge. When traffic was re
ttored the crowd, with a mad rush, swept away
the ticket choppers' boxes and the rail at the
central entrance. Francis B. Oestreicher. of
jCo. 124 Hopkinson-av%, Brooklyn, lost his foot
ing In tne ma( * rush, and was trampled on. re
ceiving injuries to his right leg.
Xhe rush of travel over the bridge about 6 p.
ir.. is a good deal like the flow of a big river. As
long as It* course is clear everything goes
6tnoothly. But if the stream is dammed there
is likely to be trouble.
The local bridge trains were running on forty
five seconds' headway, and a great number of
people were returning to their nomes after the
day's work. The mishap which caused the de
lay was a simple one. At 6:25 o'clock a four
car bridge train received the signal to start.
Just as the wheels of the motor car began to
revolve the drawhead of the second car pulled
out and the motor car went ahead by itself.
Tbe motorman brought the car to a stop as
ioor as he knew at the trouble, and backed it
p. Charles Gearhart, superintendent of traffic
ea the bridge, as is his custom in the rush
Junrs, was on hand, and took in the situation in
v Instant. He saw that it would be the height
of folly to try to couple up the train again, and
ordered the motor car to make the run alor.e to
the Bro-.k'.yn terminal of the bridge.
The three rear cars of the train were then
iUlle-L and the surging throng of people was
pressing hard to reach the upper platform, from
which the trains started. Superintendent Gear
hart informed the car starter to tell the ticket
6ellers below to stop the sale of tickets. This
was done by means of the block signals, which
are used for just such an emergency.
The entrance gates were ordered closed. To
get rid of the stalled cars. Mr. Gearhart ordered
the next train which was due to leave to give
the three cars which were causing the delay a
vigorous push. This was done, and the cars
were sent ahead about 150 feet, to where the
bridge cable could be picked up. The grip was
made without any trouble, and the caTs, which
were filed with people, made the trip to Brook
]yr. where the disabled car was detached from
the train and caused no more trouble. The train
which had done the pushing then filled with
people and started for Brooklyn. The actual
delay in the time of dispatching the trains was
seven minutes, and nine trains were held back.
In the mean time, before the signal was given
to close the gates, a large number had reached
the upper platfoim. but it was handled with
comparative ease, and in fifteen minutes from
the time the accident occurred all who had
reached the upper platform had been disposed
of. and the signal was given to resume the gell-
Ing ot tickets.
There are usually three pollcemen'on the sec
ond platform whose duties are to control the
crowds rushing for trains, but when the block
began Roundsman Aaron Manchester, son of
George R. Manchester, who is secretary of the
Republican County Committee, detailed six
e\'ra men from the "loops," where the trolley
cars discharge and take on their passengers, to
asElst in restraining the increasing crowds.
It was about eighteen or twenty minutes be
fore the signal was given, by order of the bridge
superintendent, to resume the selling of tickets,
but the police thought that this was too soon,
and, on Roundsman Manchester's orders, this
was not done for a few minutes longer. Twenty
minutes is a long time to stop traffic on the
bridge at 6 o'clock, and in the mean time it is
estimated that over two thousand persons had
gathered about the entrances on the second
story of the bridge house. It was*not a patient
crowd, and many threats were made and com
plaints heard. It was with difficulty that the
police were able to hold back the surging mass
whicn filled all the space around the three en
hances which were closed.
When the signal was given to open the gates
tiose in the front ranks set up a shout, which
*ts taken up by those further away, and every
<H* of the two thousand people wanted to go
through the gates at once. The Jam waa worst
tt the central entrance, and the mass of people
cirried everything before it at that point. The
two ket boxes were torn from the floor and
•* was completely shattered. The brass rail
ißf which divides the crowd at the boxes was
*l»o dislodged. With a rush the crowd started
for the upper platform.
In the front ranks of the crowd which pressed
*rour.<i this entranoe was a man who, when the
nuh began, was carried entirely off his feet and
. Jell beneath the feet of the surging mass of peo
ple. The policemen worked with might and
maia to extricate him from his dangerous
j**ce. but it was several moments and the crowd
»>d thinned a little before he was rescued and
Wt on his feet. He was somewhat injured, but
*M able to walk. He was taken in charge by
OScer Dubois, of the bridge squad, who. with
cue or two other policemen, assisted him to the
emergency hospital on the lower floor of the
■jMge house. Officer Thomas F. Graham, also
Jtf the bridge equad. sent a "hurry up call" to
«c Hudson Street Hospital, and an ambulance,
a charge of Dr. Beckwith, was immediately
*ent The' injured man refused medical attend
™<* at the hands of Dr. Beckwith. and de
■•ndtd that a cab be called to convey him to
■• home. This was done, and he was placed
■* hansom cab, which drove off. It was said
-Mt at first he refused to give his name, but
J™* he went away he handed a card to Officer
yooie. This card gave his name as Francis
* Oestreicher. of No. 124 Hopkinson-ave..
. I - *a« reported that when the chains were
• ' {"" J» Oestreicher had advised the crowd to
t^v hem down. Officer Dubois debated
" n«hef or not he ought, to place the man
*-«er arrest for trying to Incite the crowd, and
Mked advice of Roundsman Manchester. The
*^er told him, it was said on good authority.
i ' j*t it was not his case and that he must use
•o»n judgment. Dubols finally decided that,
£J* th man was injured, he would probably
:•?•* considerable eympathy and it would be
t ■**j«e t0 arrest him.
J f'.,'* r a '*" w moments the police who. remained
J j* central entrance were able to control the
j '■" This entrance was closed up, and pas
<■ ■ were obliged to use the other two en
jj^-ws. In twenty-five minutes from the time
\ y, ' tfdent happened the normal condition of
I £■*«"« was restored, and there was no further
- "'*»» In the suspension of traffic tickets
I tJ! *oM at the local ti-k^t offices at the east
••• of the bridge house.
?A I, * Vana > Jan. When the trials of the cases
from tne Cuban postofflce frauds were
F'WhV* 4 lD the Audiencia Court to-day, after
'•^ <tfc * >C n ourne<l Tuesday last on account
* if Illaeßs of counsel for Charles F. W. Neely,
MT%!lm' Rwres ' one r,t th*- defendants, was again
'■-- ttfc- "'' ''■ etand, and testified regarding the
*«* -■,5 UrnJn S incident. He i-ald the stamps
I^,'V counted, and that Mseljr told him that
*e«». J • "athbone acquiesced In the whole
Hlnory THE OLD GUARD. . ...
' 2S.' *fth° f thls "n'l'Je and interesting organlza
'H9fW of ,? n!e v «ry attractive pictures. A At-
■ lAw., *if nnual baM Io t.. given this month
-'-■^W^!^^ lltan Opera House. In to-morrow ;
(fVipyrtsrht; 1002: By The Tribune Association.)
London, Jan. 11, 1 a. m. — Lord Milner's stirring
speech at Johannesburg has given the liveliest
satisfaction to his admirers here, who regard it
as the most statesmanlike pronouncement on the
South African situation since the outbreak of
the war. The High Commissioner emphatically
condemned the policy of clemency toward the
Boers. The war, he said, would end all the
sooner if there was no fidgeting about negoti
ations. It was no use to threaten, no use to
wheedle; the only way was to continue pressing
the enemy in the field. The task of the states
man after the war would be laborious, but
nothing insoluble in its many problems. The
danger was that the people of England might
fail to see South African matters in their true
proportion. In the great sister colonies there
appeared to be no such tendency; their strong
common sense and patriotism were the great
standby not only on the field of battle, hut in
the political field. They had no pro-Boers to
keep their thoughts in one particular rut. Lord
Milner then went on to speak of the Transvaal's
grand future. He predicted a great population
for Johannesburg and looked forward to the
time when it would take its place as one of the
leading cities of the world.
Mr. Balfour addressed his constituents at
Manchester last night, but his speech was com
monplace. He maintained that Sir Henry
Campbell-Bannerman had done a great deal to
prolong the war.
The proposal that a duty of one or two shil
lings a quarter should be levied on imported
wheat is discussed in many quarters. "The
Saturday Review" says the tax would have to
be imposed on foreign corn, not colonial; such
a tax would, it says, afford the government the
opportunity of effecting real reciprocity -with
Rumore are again current of negotiations for
the absorption of the business of Henry Clay
& Bock, Limited, by the American Tobacco
Company. At the same time, it is reported that
a London group has been formed with the ob
ject of consolidating the whole tobacco business
in Cuba. Meanwhile, a great deal of fuss has
been made in some quarters over the announce
ment that an appeal will be made shortly to
the British public for subscriptions by the newly
formed Imperial Tobacco Company. As its capi
tal is £15,000,000. the issue will be a big one; but
it doe? not follow that the importation of Amer
ican cigarettes into the United Kingdom will be
stopped as a necessary consequence.
In the German Reichstag yesterday an anti-
Semite Deputy epoke of Mr. Chamberlain as
"the wickedest scoundrel on earth." The Chan
cellor rose, amid deep excitement, and con
demned in stern terms the excesses of the Dep
uty. The next speaker, notwithstanding, was
applauded for stating that the South African
war had been conducted with more brutality
than any previous war known to history.
Sir Henry M. Stanley thinks the representa
tives cf the principal newspapers of England,
Germany and Belgium should be present at the
opening of the Uganda Railway. Applications
from America might, he adds, be considered by
the Foreign Office. I. N. F.
Amsterdam, Jan. 10.— The Boer delegates in
Holland evidently anticipate that some kind of
peace overtures will shortly be forthcoming,
though they are reticent as to their reasons for
this belief. They maintain, however, that the
demand for an unconditional surrender must be
It is privately admitted that none of the dele
gates will reject what they call "any fair offer
of terms," and If the negotiations are started
by a neutral power the delegates will earnestly
seek to obtain a modus vlvendi which will
reconcile Mr. KrtlgT's desire for complete inde
pendence with the terms offered by Great
London, Jan. 10.— "Th© Globe's" financial editor
said a report which came from well Informed
quarters was current In the City to-day that
the Boer chiefs had made overtures to the Brit
ish Government to the effect that they were
prepared to lay down their arms, provided they
were not exiled. Wednesday next is the Boer
feast day, and it was said the surrender of the
Boers would probably occur then.
The War Officials asserted that no proposals
to surrender had been received from the Boers.
Chicago, Jan. 10.— Mra. Allc« Anthony, wife of Dr.
Richard S. Anthony, is in this city anxiously await
ing news of the fate of her husband, who is on trial
for his life in South Africa on a charge of high
treason to Great Britain. Dr. Anthony is an Amer
ican citizen living in Cradock. South Africa. His
trial was Bet for January 7 and his wife is still in
ignorance of its result.
According to Mrs. Anthony's statement, the
couple were married in South Africa, and then
came to America. The husband graduated from
the Cooper Medical College, of San Francisco, after
ward taking a post-graduate course in the Univer
sity of Michigan. Five years ago he went to Cra
dock and began to practise his profession. Mrs.
Anthony wa.s a Miss Wessels. daußhter of Matthew
Wessels, afterward a Hour general. For safety Dr.
Anthony sent his wife and two little girls to the
United States until the war was over. Mrs. An
thony received word of her husband's arrest a
month ago. He is charged with lending aid and
comfort to the enemy and with intriguing against
Great Britain.
London, Jan. 10.— The release of Miss Ellen M.
Stnne by the brigands who have held her In
captivity since September 3 is believed to be a
question of hours. An official telegram received
in London this afternoon, and which was dis
patched from Constantinople after midday to
day says the release of Mi.^s Stone is imminent.
Columbus. Ohio, Jan. 10.— Ten out of a possible
Uteso plants in Centra! Ohio were purchased to
day by the Capital Cty Brick Company, a West
Virginia corporation, with a capitalization of
$lf/u«»i. options on four more plants are to be
taken up on Monday.
Toledo, Ohio. Jan. 10.— The Central Union Tele
phone Company to-rlay purchased the property of
the new Harrison Telephone Company, the only ln
.!• i ■ denl > ompany now in operation in this city.
The consideration is not given out. but It is be
lieved to be about JIOfI.OOO. The subscribers will at
once be transferred to the Bell lines.
Indianapolis, Jan. 10.— Governor Durbin, Attorney
(;»rn«r;tl Taylor and Auditor of State Hart will go
to Wrifhlngton on Sunday night, and will spend
next wc«-k there In the interest of Indiana's Civil
V/.'ir <:.t!m :i». air.--' tli< >-■ \ • r.:rr..-nt The claim
amounts to 17M.0M, nml th>- State authorities think
the outlook for obtaining it is bright
12:55 P. M. FLORIDA 12.55 P. M.
Leaving time Seaboard Air Lino Ry. South.— Advt
Washington. Jan. 10.-The suggestion made
yesterday by the authorized representatives of
the beet root and Cuban sugar interests in
v\ashington for compromise legislation on the
subject of reciprocity with Cuba, whereby the
Inited States shall allow a drawback of 50 per
cent on all Cuban molasses and sugar up to
16 Dutch standard imported Into this coun
try and carried in United States ships, does not
meet the approval of the Senate leaders. Every
one of them who was seen to-day expressed un
compromising hostility to the scheme, and. while
none are yet ready to be quoted on the subject
there seems to be a tacit understanding among
them that the so-called basis of compromise al
leged to have been agreed upon by the warring
sugar interests will not even be seriously con
sidered by the Congress committees that event
ually will determine the form and extent of
tariff concessions to Cuba. Not even the Cali
fornia delegation, which is opposed to any con
cessions to Cuba, because of the beet root sugar
industry In that State, indorses the scheme given
out yesterday. Those who insist on this coun
try keeping faith with Cuba and aiding the
island in a substantial way to rehabilitate its
languishing business interests declare that this
proposition is more obnoxious than the proposal
recently made by the beet sugar magnates for
the payment of a bounty on all Cuban sugar
imported to the United States.
The fact seems to be that the Senate will en
tertain no proposition that does not carry out
right concessions of value to Cuban susrar and
tobacco, in return for which grain, flour, ma
chinery, and other manufactures of the United
Stat.-s will be admitted to Cuban ports on terms
which will give this country an advantage over
all other nations which sook to do business with
the Cubans.
As heretofore stated in these dispatches, it is
expected that the Ways and Means Committee
of the Hous.. will dr.ift a bill empowering the
President to make concessions to Cuba when
ever th* Insular government Is prepared to deal
wirh this country in accordance with the rules
of the international cod«. The extent of these
concession* Is a mere detail, which will he
worked out carefully by rhf Ways and Means
Committee and by the Senate Committee on Re
lations with Cuba. If it is shown to be prac
ticable to obtain at this time for Cuba absolute
free trade with th<* United States, th* Senate
leaders can b<? depended upon to do that. But
if they discover that the sentiment against free
trade is too strong at present, they will secure
the best compromise possible. At any rate, they
will not listen either to the bounty proposition
or the 50 per cent drawback scheme, both of
which are regarded not only as makeshifts, but
also as too absurd to be brought before Con
gress for consideration.
After an investigation of the prolonged and
scandalous delay in the completion of the new
City Prison, in Centre-st.. on the site of the old
Tombs. Thomas W. Hynes. the new Commis
sioner of Correction, yesterday gave an ulti
matum to the architects and contractors. He
called them to his office, at No. 14S East Twen
tieth-fit., and told them that there must be no
longer delay, that the work on the prison must
be pushed with vigor, and that the prison must
be ready for the elty'R use before the warm
weather of the coming summer or some of them
would suffer.
Mr. Hynes spent some hours on Thursday In
specting the prison building. He saw what
portions of the work had been completed and
what portions were unfinished. Then he sent
notices to the architects and contractors to ap
pear in his office for a consultation. The result
was that he had before him yesterday Walter
Dlckson, one of the architects who drew the
original plans for the prison; Arthur J. Horgan,
of the firm of Horgan & Slattery, who were
substituted for Withers & Dlckson as super
vising architects by the late Tammany admin
istration; a representative of P. J. Carlin & Co.,
the firm holding the contract for the building,
and John Long, a member of the firm that has
a sub-contract for carpenter work in the build
ing. There was present as a representative of
the city Chandler Withlngton, one of the super
vising engineers of the Finance Department.
It was developed at the conference that much
of the recent delay In work In the prison build
ing had been due to the action of Horgnn &
Slattery In changing Jhe original plans, in
creasing the amount of work to be done and
vastly adding to the cost of the building. Then
there has been a disagreement between the gen
eral contractor and the sub-contractor for car
penter work, growing out of the changes in
plans. Mr. Hynes let the contractors and ar
chitects know that he thought It was a shame
and a scandal to spend more than five years
In work on a prison building that could have
been completed and In use at least two years
ago. He said there were urgent reasons why
the city must not be allowed to suffer furtht-r
losses through such delay. All differences
among the contractors and architects must be
adjusted at once, he added, in order that the
work could be pushed forward with speed.
The architects and contractors consulted and
said they would push the work as rapidly as
possible, but it would take several months to
get the prison ready for the city's use. Mr.
Hynes said that the city must have the prison
ready for occupancy before the warm weather
came. Each summer, when the criminal courts
take their vacations, the Tombs prison has be
come overcrowded. The new prison must be
prepared for use to prevent such overcrowding
the coming summer, the commissioner declared.
The architects and contractors said they could
have the building ready for use by the city be
fore July 1. They were told that was the latest
date that could be thought of, and they left
the commissioner's office with the understanding
that some of them would be liable to severe
penalties If the city could not occupy its new
prison by the date named.
The Inspection on Thursday showed that work
in the new prison had been almost at a stand
still for months, and that a sufficient force of
men could complete the prison in a few months.
All the exterior work was practically com
pleted two years ago. The steel cells have been
placed In position, and most of the Interior fit
tings of the cells are in place. The electric light
and heating plant has been installed. Elevators
and dumbwaiters and some inside partitions and
fittings are to he constructed before the prison
can be turned over to the city.
The prison will have 320 cells for prisoners
and thirty-two bath cells. Every cell is large
enough to accommodate two prisoners. If neces
sary. The prison will be a fireproof stronghold,
as safe and comfortable as modern appliances
can make it. It will cost the city over $1,300,000,
not counting interest on that sum for, a few
years, before it holds a single prisoner.
The f pedal winter resort 'edition of The Sunday
Tribune will be published to-morrow. It will be
beautifully Illustrated in half tone, and will ae
ecrlb© the most Important winter resort*, tram
New-YorK City to Mexico and Cuba.— A4vfr» ,' \ r
Presidents Cantor, Swanstrom and Cassldy,
acting as a committee of the full board of
borough presidents, to consider city asphalt
contracts, at a conference yesterday decided
to advise the borough presilents. Mayor Low
and Controller Grout, at a meeting to be held
next Thursday, not to have any more asphalt
ing work done In the city unless the asphalt
combine reduces its price from 33 to 50 per
cent. When Borough President Cantor was
seen, he said:
"The committee has decided that the prevail
ing prices for asphalt paving are altogether too
high, and that the city should not be compelled
to pay them. We shall advise the board of
borough presidents on Thursday that if the
asphalt contractors are not willing to come
down materially in th?lr prices they should not
get any work from the city."
"What do you consider a proper reduction In
price?" Mr. Cantor was asked.
"About $1 a square yard," he replied. "Asphalt
was laid properly in this city back in 1*94, 18J)">
and IS9O for about $1 29 0r..*l 50 a square yard.
There is no good reason why the city should be
compelled to pay from $2 to $3 50 for the same
kind of work now. If we can't get the price
lowered about .SI a yard, then, doubtless, it will
be decided by the borough presidents, with the
concurrence of the Mayor and Controller, to
ha.ye no asphalting done at all. We are not re
stricted to asphalting. There are other kinds
of paving that will answer the purpose just as
well, and they can be constructed at a reason
able cost.
"At the meeting this afternoon we discussed
the advisability cf bringing about three impor
tant changes. First, we believe that there is a
possibility of a 'joker* in the prevailing practice
of requiring a contractor to submit with his bid
for building city paving a certificate setting
forth that he has been a practical layer of
asphalt work for at least two years. It seemed
to strike the committee that this requirement
is unnecessary-
"Second, it seemed to be the opinion of the
committee that the maintenance guarantee for
ten years is somewhat costly. The contractor
builds and guarantees its maintenance for two
years now at about $2 a square yard. For guar
anteelag an additional five years' maintenance
he gets y~, cents a square yard additional. En
gineers tell us that it does not actually cost
more than 15 cents a square yard for main
tenance for the additional five years.
•'The third point tentatively decided upon Is,
as I have stated already, that if we can't get
the price down we will do without asphalt, and
accept some other kinds of paving."
The importance of the stand taken by the
committee of borough presidents can best be ap
preciated when it Is said that the city has been
paying out 12.060^006 or $3,000,000 a year for
asphalt paving.
Prominent officials in the new administration
are of the opinion that the Tammany adminis
tration was entirely too liberal with the asphalt
combination, and that the liberality cost the city
a needless expenditure of several millions of
dollars in the last four years. It is said that
Mayor Low and Controller GTOut are determined
to effect a vast saving to the city in the laying
and maintenance of Its asphalt pavements.
They are constantly receiving communications
from Independent asphalt contractors through
out the country promising assistance in a fight
against the asphalt combination. Many of these
offers doubtless are inspired by trade jealousy,
but they have tended to convince some of Mr.
Low's and Mr. Grout's advisers that the city
has been paying nearly twice as much for as
phalting as was necessary.
Ex-Mayor Frederick W. Wurster of Brooklyn,
when Informed of the action of the borough
presidents In deciding to have no more asphalt-
Ing done until the asphalt combination reduced
the price of asphalting $1 a square yard, said
It wan an extremely wise move, and that the
city could wait as long as the trust. He added:
We used to have asphalting done in Brooklyn
for about $1 a square yard. Previously the city
had been paying exorbitant prices. Alfred T.
White, our Commissioner of Public Works,
brought about competition by getting two or
three asphalt companies outside of the trust to
submit bids. I believe these companies have
be<-n gobbled up by the trust, and competition is
now throttled.
The action of the borough presidents is com
mendable. In the first place, I think it \v;\s a
mistake to asphalt business streets in the
Borough of Manhattan. Asphalt is not good
for streets where there is much traffic. It is
hard on horses. They are unable to get a foot
ing, and cannot draw a big load. Good granite
blocks make totter paving for business Btieef.
Asphalt Is all right for the side streets. It is
supposed to be used in residential districts, and
there it serves Its purpose.
The prices that have been paid in the last few
years for asphalt are simply outrageous, but
that sort of thing is inevitable where there is no
Helena. Mont., Jan. 10. — A plot to secure the
release from the penitentiary' of L. C. Living
ston, who was sent from Silver Bow County in
April, 11MK). to serve flve years for forgery, has
failed. The names of several prominent New-
York persons were forged to a pardon petition
that set forth that Livingston came from the
well known New-York family of that name and
had served as a Rough Rider in Cuba. Among
the names signed to the petition were those of
Theodore Roosevelt. August Belmont. Hugh J.
Grant, Thomas A. Edison and E. D. Morgan.
Governor Toole's suspicions were aroused by
recelvins a letter from President Roosevelt last
June saying that he had learned of a clumsy
attempt to forge his name to a petition for
Livingston's pardon. When the petition was
received by the Governor a few days ago he
looked up the letter and decided to write to
August Belmont, Hugh J. Grant and others to
ask as to the genuineness of their signatures.
All have replied, denying having signed the
Four prisoners escaped from the brig on the Cob
Dock at the Brooklyn Navy Yard early yester
day morning, but three of them were soon re
captured. They are: J. Kelley, a .Ireman; E.
Percival. a coal passer, and ''Fillplno"McGarty,
a landsman. The man stll! at large Is an ap
prentice named Nunns. It is helieved that he is
still In the yard. He war seen going aboard
the receiving ship Columbia, and is supposed
to be hiding in one of the many compartments
on board.
The sentry who gave the alarm later ventured
into the brig, where he was attacked by forty
three prisoners. He was rescued with a black
eye by two acting corporals. "Filipino" Mr-
Garty Is a deserter from the Philippines. The
m-n c? t aped from the brig by picking the lock
on the window bars. Three of them made
their way toward the ordnance dock, and were
there captured by Private Gllmartln, of the
marine corps. The brig is said to be a ram
shackle affair with thin walls that could be cut
♦hrough with a Jackknlf^ - ._
An official inspection of signals in the Park-aye, tunnel was made ye> e-
day by repesentatives of the District Attorney, the State Railroad Commission
and the Xew-Vork Central and Hudson River Railroad Company, wirb t
lowing result:
A torpedo failed to explode when set automatically to fhrc warning: d a
danger signal ahead, although five trials were made with a locomotive.
Signals could be seen from a locomotive in some parts of the tunnel, and in
other parts of the tunnel the smoke obscured the vision.
District Attorney Jerome decided in the afternoon that a charge of homi
cide could not be sustained against John M. Wisker, the engineer who ran the
Harlem train past the signals in the tunnel on Wednesday. Wisker may be re
leased in #1 0.000 bail.
Coroner Scholer announced that he would take a jury to the scene of the ac
cident in the tunnel on Wednesday. The inquest on the bodies of the fifteen
persons killed will begin on Thursday.
Arrangements have been made for an indignation meeting in Xew-Rochelle
this evening, and District Attorney Jerome and the Mayors of Mount: Vernon
and Yonkers have been asked to be present. Xew-Rochelle was still in mourn
ing on account of the tunnel disaster.
The indignation meeting called by ex-Mayor
Dillon and other citizens of New-Rochelie. which
will be held in Metropolitan Hall, in that city,
to-night, to consider means to remedy the Park
ave. tunnel menace, is likely to take emphatic
action. Mr. Dillon yesterday sent an invitation
to Mayor Clarke to preside, and it is expected
that Mayor Fiske of Mount Vernon and Mayor
Walsh of Yonkers will be among the speakers.
Mr. Dillon also sent the following telegram to
District Attorney Jerome, inviting him to be one
of the speakers:
The people o f New-Rochelle are anxious to co
operate with you in a thorough investigation of
the tunnel disaster. A meeting will be held here
on Saturday night at S o'clock. We would like
to have you present and suggest how the people
of New-Rochelle can best help you and prevent
a similar catastrophe in the future.
Judge Jerome declined the Invitation.
•The popple of New-Rochelle cannot afford
to allow such a catastrophe to go unrebuked."
said Mr. Dillon. "If we don't protest now it will
look like we do not care a great deal for the
lives and comfort of our citizens, and the city
will suffer as a consequence. Just th:nk of it,
fifteen of our people get up in the morning and
leave happy homes, to be slaughtered and cooked
to death: The nuisances of the gas and smoke
are bad enough; and the stairways leading to
our station are enough to wear the fci-arts out
of people who climb them. We have borne this
for years, but the railroad people have finally
gone too far. The people of this city are finally
aroused, and they are backing up the tight and
will carry it to a finish. The tunnel disaster
has given New-Rochelle and every other town
and city in Westchester County a black eye,
and unless we take emphatic action at once and
compel the railroad companies to give us safe
transportation we will lose many good citi
Several of the real estate agents of New-Ro
chelle are taking a deep interest in the meeting.
H. B. Downey heard that Mr. Dillon had been
able to secure only a small hall for the meeting.
Fearing that this would not be adequate to ac
commodate the crowd. Mr. Downey gave the
committee the free use of Metropolitan Hall,
which Is the most commodious public meeting
place In that city. It is expected that the meet
ing will bring out many resolutions bearing on
the recent disaster, and that committees will
he appointed to confer with the railroad com
pany and District Attorney Jerome. Mr. Dillon
has received numerous letters, some of which are
violently anarchistic.
Funeral services have been held over the
bodies of three of the victims, and flve more
funerals will be held in New-Rochelle to-day.
The funeral of H. G. Dlmon, the consulting
engineer of the American Bridge Company, was
held Thursday night at his home, in Rochelle
Park, and was largely attended by relatives and
Mr. Dlmon was a brother-in-law of District
Attorney J. Addlson Young, of Westchester
County. The Rev. Mr. Smith, of the Presby
terian Church, conducted the service, and the
body was sent to Riverdale, Long Island, for
burial. Mr. Dimon leaves a widow and four
small children. The funeral of William Leys,
wht.-h was held yesterday afternoon at hia
home. No. 91 Woodland-aye., New-Rochelle,
was attended by three hundred of the employes
of B. Altman & Co.'s store, of which Mr. Leys
was the general manager. Mr. Altman himself
headed the party, which went to New-Rochelle
on" a special train at 1:30 o'clock. A large
delegation from Empire City Council, Royal
Arcanum, of this city, also attended the ser
Several thousand dollars' worth of flowers
were sent to New-Rochelle as a tribute to the
dead manager. One of the pieces was a coffin
cover of orchids and violets from the fifteen
hundred employes of Altman & Co. Mr. Alt
man gave a large wreath of orchids. The Rev.
William B. Waller, of the Presbyterian Church,
conducted the religious service. Burial was in
The Rev. Mr. Waller also officiated at the
funeral of Oscar W. Meyrowitz. the optician,
which was held at 5 o'clock at his home, No.
18 Banker Place, New-Rochelle. Th-> service
was attended by about fifty of the employes
of the Meyrowitz store. There was also a dele
gation from the New-Rochelle Yacht Club, of
which the dead man was the secretary, and
from New-Rochelle Council. Royal Arcanum.
The body will be taken to Albany to-day for
To-day there will be flve funerals and to
morrow one. Among the victims to be buried
to-day are Mr. and Mrs. William Howard. This
is the young couple who were literally cooked
to death in the rear coach. Theodore Fajarda
will have a large funeral to-day at 10 a. m.
in St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church Uselln
Since the accident all public entertainments
and larcro social affairs in New-Rochelle have
been postponed, and the city has given way to
gloom and mourning. The rity is overrun wUh
,-laim agents and lawyers anxious to take suits
for damages against -the railroad companies.
Some of them are so persistent that they have
forced themselves into the houses of women
whose husbands have not yet been buried. The
police say they will take some action to stop the
1,006.405 BARRELS OF BEER.
The officer In charge of the Brewery's Revenue
Department, upon expressing his New Year's con
gratulations to" Mr. Adolphus Busch. President of
the Anheuser-Busch Brewing A3S'n. submitted to
him a carefully compiled. statement of the brew
ery's last year's ■ output. ' showing the enormous
sales of 1.006.495 barrels of beer.whlch netted the
Government an Income of $1,801,818. .
The achievement ia remarkable, especially so
since this record was made in less, than 35 years
and under the sole and continuous' management at
Its present President.- ■— : -».^. -,:- - . . ,•»
The failure of a torpedo to explode in tlm
Park-aye. tunnel, at Fifty-ninth-st.. yesterday
at the time of an official inspection, together
with the discovery that passing trains at times
made the smoke in the tunnel so thick as to pre
vent a view of ocular signals, led District At
torney Jerome to the conclusion that all the re
sponsibility for the dreadful disaster in the tun
nel on Wedresday could not be laid upon Joha
fet Wisker. the engineer of the Harlem train.
Wisker has been in the Tombs, a prisoner held
without bail on the coroner's charge of homicide..
It was decided yesterday afternoon to chang©
the charge to one of manslaughter, and allow
Wisker to be admitted to bail in $10,000, pend
ing the result of the coroner's inquest upon th«
bodies of the fifteen persons who were killed
in the tunnel accident.
A trip for the inspection of signals in the tun
nel was made yesterday on the New- York Cen
tral's observation locomotive. No. 28, called
The Hudson. The officials on the locomotive
were Assistant District Attorney Garvan, Com
missioner Baker and Inspector Schultz, of the
State Railroad Commission; J. H. Franklin, the
Harlem division superintednent. and C. C.
Paulding, of the Central's law department. Tha
locomotive left the Grand Central Station at
10:10 a. m., and ran up through the tunnel at
the usual speed of trains $asaing through.
F.-otj Fifty--'<lxth-Rt., as far as the openings ia
the roof of the tunnel extended, there w_i
smoke enough to prevent sight of the signals,
but in the closed northern part of the tunnel the
smoke was so thick that the men in the ob
servation compartment of the engine could sea
nothing ahead.
After getting through the tunnel the east**
proceeded on to White Plains, where Mr. Qar
van examined some of the railroad employes
who knew Wisker, the engineer under arrest.
The testimony obtained was that Wisker was a
man of steady habits, that he and his fireman.
Fyler. slept at the roundhouse in White Plains
on Tuesday night, that they were called at 6
a. m. on Wednesday, that they both appeared
to be sober and well when they took charge cf
the locomotive for the run of the White Plains
local to New-York, and that the locomotive was
in good condition.
On the way back to the city the observation.
engine ran through the tunnel on track No. 2.
the one on which the White Plains local dashed
Into the rear of the Xorwalk accommodation on
Wednesday morning. The following report of
the trip was made by a passenger on the loco
motive who was not an official:
We found the tunnel clear. At Sixty-thlrd-su
the crreen light showed plainly, that being the cau
tionary signal before entering the block below, and
the observation engine slewed up until we picked
up the red or danger light at Fifty-ninth-st. The
bell rang and everything seemed to work to %
nicety, all but the torpedo, which did not explode.
The engine was stopped, and the railroad orflcia.s
explained that the observation engine was rv">t
heavy enough, or its wheels were not large enough,
to explode the torpedo as a big passenger locomo
tive would do.
This torpedo, it was explained, went Into posi
tion alongside the rail automatically the moment
the red light was shown by the block system, and
was cut and exploded by the flange on the wbeels
of the engine. After a consultation It was decided
to bring up a heavier switch engine, which is the
same size as the passenger engines. The — 'g* ll *^
came up. the little observation engine was run
out of the way. and the larger engine was brought
through the clock. Again the torpedo failed to ex
plode. They tried it again, with the same result.
Three more times the big locomotive was run
through the block, and not once did the torpedo
explode. The railroad officials explained this by
saying that the mechanism throwing the torpedo
into piace had been pressed out of order, so that
the flange of the wheels did not touch the torpedo.
While these tests were hem? made several trains
parsed by the party, going both ways, and filled
the tunnel where the party stood with thick clouds
of smoke and steam. John Dolton. the man who
placed the torpedo in position on the morning of
the accident, gave testimony that tended to prov*
that the White Plains train cut the torpedo and
should have exploded it so that it could be heard.
The officials who made the Inspection returned
to the Grand Central Station at 1:30 p. m. Mr.
clarvan. Commissioner Baker and Inspector
Schultz declined to make any comments on the
trip, and the railroad officials were silent about
.t. Mr. Garvan made a report to District At
torney Jerome In the afternoon, and later the
District Attorney said he would not oppose the
application for the release of Wisker on $10,000
bail. The investigation, he said, had shown
that the charge of murder in the first degr«*»
could not be sustained against the engineer. A
charge of manslaughter in the second Jc^nu.
might be sustained. To sustain the forum
charge in an accident case, he said, it would b<»
necessary to show a '"depraved mind." and no
such accusation could be made in the case of
Wisker. While declining to go further into the
facts of the case, the DIMM Attorney said.
"Our reason for opposing the admission of
Wisker to ball on the day of the accident was
that w«» wanted to satisfy ourselves of a..: ;he>
facts. I will not express my opinion at this time
as to the responsibility of persons other than
Wiakrr. I want to place the full responsibility
for the accident wher<» it ; ::hall not
make public my deductions until ther.» has been
a fuller examination of the facts It is a fact
that flve efforts were made to explode a torpedo
in the tunnel to-day, and that there was a fail
ure each time. The evidence in our possession,
however, tends to show that torpedoes did ex
plode in the tunnel on th- day of the ac
About fifteen witnesses in the preliminary In
vestigation of the District Attorney were at his
office yesterday to sign their testimony. H"
said the investigation would be continued up to
the time of the coroner's inquest. He was asked
if a charge would be made against directors of
the New-York Central In view of the rtcent
Scenes in the lives of New-York Fire Chaplains] *
and tales of heroism frequently displayed bj tliasa
clergymen. la to-morrow's Tribune.— ...■■-.•

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