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■AMERICAN THEATRE— 6.15 — Vanity Fair.
ACADEMY OF MUSIC— B:I5 — t'nder Two F1»(f»
BIJOU THEATRE— ft:2O— Lady Margaret
BROADWAY THEATRE— *— Th« Bleeping P-au?y aM
tie B«ait.
CASINO— 6:IS Miss simplicity.
CRITERION THEATRE S—Du B;.rry.
DALY'S THEATRE— - :30— Frocks and Frill*
EDEN MUSEE— Day and Even'.np— World in Wax.
EMPIRE THEATRE— B:2O— The \Vild»rn<-*«
FOURTEENTH STREET THEATBE — O'Ma*n.
GARDEN" THEAT] B:ls— Maid Marian.
OARRICK THEATRE—* :3O— The M»f-*e« from Mars.
HARLEM OPERA HOUSE— 2— B:ls— ,rhe Little Duchesf.
.HERALD ROT-ARE THEATRE— P: 15-4- Dolly Varden.
IRVING PLACE THEATRE— S— Hop.*! Vater Slehts Ja
Nleht. ?
KEITH'S — 12:30 to 10 80 Continuous Performance.
KNICKERBOCKER THEATRE— B:IS— The Toreador.
* LYCBCIT THEATRE— 3:3o— Monologuen-4S:3O— The. Olrl
and the Judge.
MADISON SQUARE THEATRE— On the Quiet.
MANHATTAN THEATRE— B:2O— Hon. Join Gngsr.v.
METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE ■ 8— Ot<«llo.
MURRAY HILL THEATRE— *— Th« Sttaurfirsmi
NSW SAVOY THEATRE— f*:3<"'--Tfc* Way of u.e World
NEW-YORK THEATRE— S:IS— HaiI <f Fame—
Garden Florodora. '
— Continuous Performance.
PROCTOR'S FIFTH AVENUE— I:3O to 10:80— A Trip to
Chinatown «r.i Varieties.
PROCTOR'S TWENTY STREET— I:BO to 10:30—
Varieties.
PROCTOR'S 125 TH STREET— I:3O to 10:30 — Innocent as
a Lamb and Varieties.
PROCTOR' 9 FIFTY-EIGHTH STREET— I:3O to 10:30—
A Temperance Town and Varieties.
THEATRE REPUBLIC— B:2O— Nell.
VICTOR! A— (■ :15~Mmstrels.
"WALDORF-ASTORIA— S :So—
"^AI^LACK'S THEATRE— S:2O— Gentleman of France.
Unbex 10 CMJorrtiscmcmg.
Pajre. Col. ' Page. Col.
Amuteiner.t* 12 Help Wanted .~ 10 4
Auction tales T:r.hn- Irstru«lon 8 6
fill 11 r. Marriages and Deaths 7 5-6
Bankers & Brokers. 11 s:Notlca to Creditors. .. 10 2
Board and Rooms. ..10 4 Ocean Steamers. B 5
Boojis and PuM ; I Public Notices 11 ■
tiORS « Railroads 8 <5
Citations 8 3'Jfteal Estate for Ex-
Cop'tnershlp Kottcee.ll 6! change 10 2
Country Property for | School Agencies 8 6
Sele • 10 2 9p«cUl Notices 7 6
Dividend JCotiee? II It Surrogate's Notices... 10 1
Domestic Situation* ; Teachers 8 6
Wanted :n 6-TjTribur.e Subscription
Dressmaking 30 4 Hate* 7 «
Election:-- 12 Trust Companies It 6
Emrloym't Aceneles.lo 4; To Let for Business
Financial Elections.. 11 61 Purpose* , 10 2
Financial Meetmss.. 1] V Jnfurr.ished Apart-
Financial... 11 6; ments to Let 10 2-3
Foreclosure 5a1e5... .10 2-3! Winter R«sort» 8 3-4
For Sale 10 4 1 Wo: Wanted 10 8-6
I\W'-Qtrrk Dsiito &nhnnt>
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1902.
THE VEWB THIS MORXIXQ.
FOREIGN.— A statement will be made in Par
liament to-day as to the intentions of the Brit
ish Government in regard to Wei-Hai-Wei. the
navai station in China; it is believed that Eng
land will surrender the station to Germany in
return for liberty to place a British naval sta
tion at the mouth of the Yang-ste. == De
Wet, though hard pressed by twenty-three
British columns and suffering severely, has
again escaped through the British lines in South
Africa. :, The British Government is con
templating the formation of an imperial army
with the aid of the colonies. . . The Hindoo
twins, who were joined together in a manner
firr:llar to the Siamese twins, were separated
by Dr. Doyen in Paris; they bore the operation
successfully, but the ultimate result is doubtful.
i ■ — The twenty-f.fth anniversary of Emperor
William's entrance into active service in the Ist
Regiment cf Guards was celebrated at Potsdam.
r An attempt by Liberals to capture the
city of Barranquilla, on the Magdalena River,
Colombia, failed. : The Allan Liner Grecian
■went on the rocks at the mouth of Halifax Har
bor, and her holds are fuil of water.
DOMESTIC. — George J. Kobusch, president of
the St. Louis Car Company, was arrested on a
charge of perjury. ■■ Eleven persons were
killed in a fire in a lodging house in St. Louis.
'-■ Assemblyman George M. Palmer will to.
night introduce a resolution asking Congress to
adopt the concurrent resolution providing for
the election of United States Senators by popu
lar vote, ... The blizzard in Pennsylvania
blocked railroad traffic. == The "Justice
Party," the chief plank of wiiose platforms is a
demand tor pensions for ex-slaves, will hold a
al convention in Washington on April 19.
1902. ■■ ■■ ■ Official figures published at "Wash
ington chow that the Imports of Cuba are de
creeing, while the exports are increasing, .--r :
President Roosevelt arrived at Groton yesterday
a/ternoon and found the condition of his son
unchanged. The President will remain until the
crisis has passed. :■ ■■ Washington fears that
tht work of improvement accomplished in Cuba
"v ill b» overthrown unless this country Is opened
ma & market for the lsland"s sugar.
ClTT.— Fire destroyed almost the entire busl
nt6# section of Pater For, N. J., and caused a
property loss estimated at about $10,000,000.
About one thousand families were made home
less: :rllitia companies wpre called out to pre
vent iiecrder; the new City Hnll and many
other prominent buildlnps were destroyed. J*—~
Two Mttle girls were suffocated to death he
'■•t.use of a fire in th*> horn* r,f r>r p. Bert Ber
linger. .: - A pier of the Lehi^'h Valley Kail
road Company in Jersey City was destroyed by
fire, with a loss of (250.000. =s=r= Members of
the Allen Memorial Methodiot Episcopal Church,
at a celebration of th<- nin*> 'y-first anniversary,
accused the Church Extension Committee of the
Methodist Episcopal Church of selling the
church without, the consent of the congrega
tion. ■ A Tentative programme for the opera
performance in honor of Prince Henry was an
nounced and the scale of prices was made pub
lic. ■■ .- : Transatlantic liners which arrived re
ported encountering heavy gales, among them
facing the Liuania and the Philadelphia. - -
Ex-Mayor S< hieren. of Brooklyn, said the
Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company, according to
Its own ifurMC, could afford to pay the ferry
company to carry passengers to Brooklyn. - — -'-
-A Westchester pofse. after capturing a man
wanted for ehooUng another, let him go. ==
Dr. Lyman Abbott, at Carnegie Hall, declared
that local option arid forbearance would settle
the Sunday opening question. ===== The six day
go-as-you-please walking match began at Madi
son Square Garden.
THE WTATHKR. Forecast for to-day:
Partly cloudy: stationary temperature. Yester
day: Highest, 33 degrees; lowest, 34; average, 28
A M EX ACE TO HIXORITIEB.
Senator Braekett's bill permitting a solvent
corporation by a two-thirds vote of its stock
holders to guarantee the bonds of an insolvent
corporation should be scrutinized with great
care before it is allowed to become a law. It
passed the Senate on Tuesday, Senators Els
berg and Biggins voting with the opposition
against it, but is still subject to review by the
.Assembly and the Governor. There may be in
dividual instances in which a solvent corpora
tion might properly, for the interests of all con
cerned, guarantee the bonds of an insolvent cor
poration, and perhaps Senator Bracken has
Fought, in the form of a general law, to make
possible some such desirable and perfectly hon
est arrangement. The difficulty about giving
any such permission, however, is the opening of
the door to fraud in corporate management,
and there is no need of further opportunity to
override the rights of minority stockholders
of corporations in New York State. Their safe
guards are already few enough.
Anybody in the least acquainted with the
•way rich corporations have in the past been
wrecked by Interests happening to gain control
of them for the furtherance of their own per
sonal purposes in connection with outside en
terprises will readily perceive the possibilities
of abase in such a law, notwithstanding the
beneficial use to which it might be put under
certain circumstances. Almost any restriction
upon corporate management will now and then
work hardship and block honest activities, but
it Is necessary, nevertheless, to maintain bar
rier* against clever and unscrupulous manipu
lators who take advantage for dishonest ends
of every loophole left in law for the encourage
ment of legitimate enterprise. New-York has
been extremely liberal to business, and inclined
to encourage it by gifts of the largest freedom,
sometimes at the sacrifice of safeguards for the
investing public, and it should be most careful
about further relaxing its laws. It Is not un
common to find the interests of two-thirds of
the stockholders in a corporation opposed not
only to the interests but to the rights in common
honesty of the other third. Under the pro
posed law a man who controlled two-thirds of a
ration with valuable property might make
that property the surety to himself for bonds
otherwise ■worthless held by him in some out
side corporation. Th* prevailing system of
carrying: on lar?e enterprises by affiliated cor
porations often prompts such manipulation to
enrich a few men in control of them, all at the
expense of minority holders in one or a few. It
would be easy to recount in detail bow, as a mat
ter of actual fact, the owners of a two-thirds in
terest in well known corporations would really
profit If they rould set their individual claims
against other insolvent corporations assumed
by themselves and their' minority stockholders.
The carrying on of large business enterprises
often results in such complication of Interests,
and it is by no means Implied that the exist
ence of such a situation is a cause for sus
picion. Lawmakers should, however, be careful
about giving to unscrupulous men who may be
so circumstanced opportunity to defraud busi
ness associates whose interests are only nomi
nally identical with their own. One of the most
essential features of a proper corporation law Is
adequate protection of minorities, no matter
how small.
PATERSOX'S AFFLICT WX.
Large tires have been unusually numerous
within the last few days. It is only a week
since the business part of Waterbnry was
nearly annihilated. Brooklyn had an experience
on Saturday night which was notable chiefly for
the injury done to the firemen. The warehouses
on two steamship piers in Jersey City were de
stroyed yesterday morning, nnd for a time a
repetition of the Hoboken calamity was threat
ened. Paterson in the mean time was over
taken by a still more lamentable visitation. In
all of these cases the flames wore spread with
amazint rapidity by gates of great violence,
sparks and embers being carried hundreds or
thousands of feet away as well as to the im
mediate vicinity of already burning buildings.
Paterson was more unfortunate than Water
bury In the hour at which the conflagration
originated. There was no seriouß peril until
practically the whole population of that bifc and
thriving city was fast asleep. Again, a very
much larger number of persons have been made
temporarily homeless. Within a few short
hours they have lost habitation, furniture and
clothing, and their health has been endangered
by exposure to wintry blasts while they were
more or less imperfectly clad. Even though,
as now seem* probable, not a single life was
lost, this other feature of the calamity makes
a powerful appeal to human sympathy.
The third city of New-Jersey in point of 6ize
has the reputation of being both prosperous and
generous. Her silk mills have not been any
too busy of late, however, and the pecuniary
losses caused by yesterday's fire will prove
ruinous to many who were well off the day
before. If, therefore, Paterson finds the tax
which this calamity imposes on her benevolence
too heavy to meet alone she may be sure of
help from outside. All she needs to do is to
pay the word.
A BILL TO TAX POSTERS.
"Assemblyman Laudon's bill to impose a tax
of one-half cent a square foot on advertising
signs is a well considered effort to deal with a
great and growing nuisance. The Tribune has
hitherto freqnently spoken of the abuse of post
ers, given extended accounts of the steps taken
to regulate public advertising abroad, and
urged that our American States profit by for
eigD examples and protect our cities and rural
scenery from the epidemic of ugliness. It there
fore is most gratifying to see a definite move
ment being made by Mr. Landon. with the ap
proval of the Scenic Society, for embodying this
idea in law. The tax proposed by his bill is
extremely light, much smaller than that Im
posed with excellent effect elsewhere, and we
are frank to say that we should prefer to see
the tax graduated, more effectually to discour
age the great monstrosities of poster advertis
ing and offer an incentive to advertisers to
seek public notice by handsome signs occupy
ing small space. Unless our people are utterly
vulgarized, there is certainly as much advertis
ing virtue in attractive persuasion as in ugly
visual assault. While a graduated tax would
be more effective in this direction, it is to be
admitted that the plan proposed is. simpler, and
simplicity i> desirable If .•( law of this kind, to
which people are not aecattomod, is to he prop
erly enforced. Under it larce posters will be
penalized somewhat, and if the discouragement
Is not sufficient to moderate the sign painters'
ambitions the graduation feature can easily be
grafted upon the law.
The Appellate Division. In the Fourth Depart
ment, recently said: "The modern system of
"advertisine is such that one can hardly pass
"along the streets of any large town without
"being compelled to gaze upon advertisements
"which are enormous in size and not infre
quently offensive in character." This privi
lege of holding up passengers in the public
street and compelling them to look at soap and
pill notices is not a natural right. The street
is made for no such purpose, and those who
thus U6e it may rightly be taxed for the value
of the franchise enjoyed, nnd subjected to regu
lation in the prosecution of their business. The
government, at gTeat expense, makes streets
and highways, and it is only Just that the busi
ness man who hawks his goods In them should
contribute to the public revenues. The push
cart owner has to pay a license, and he is not
one bit more of a nuisance, and he does not
more really use the street, for his place of busi
ness, than does the advertiser who forces every
passerby to consider the virtue of his wares.
Mr. Landon's bill is not calculated to inter
fere with a moderate and decent use of public
places for poster advertising. The tax is not
heavy enough to burden any advertiser in
making his business known to the public. It
will, however, tend to stop senseless duplica
tion of signs. They are now turned out by the
thousand and scattered broadcast in mere wan
tonness. Where you see one, you are likely to
see a dozen advertising the same article. A
few posters would do just as much good and
mar the landscape far less. The duplication is
largely a matter of senseless competition. When
all are subject to the same restraint advertisers
will find just as much profit in more moderate
displays. So, too, as regards size. If all signs
were smaller, small signs would be as effective
as large. There is apparently no limit to the
poster riot, if the matter is not regulated, and
the only way to save our cities and towns from
being overwhelmed with signs is to undertake
a policy of strict regulation, which can be most
effectively enforced by a tax.
TOE ETERNAL DOMESTIC.
As a part of its plan of discussing the prob
lem of household service in the South "The
Atlanta Constitution" has asked Booker T.
Washingtou for his views on the question.
The noted negro educator has complied, but
it must be confessed that his utterances give
no promise of an impending millennium in
kitchen and parlor. He admits that the South
ern housewife has a right to look to institutions
like Tuskegee and Hampton for competent do
mestic servants, but counsels patience, as the
instruction given in these institutions has not
as yet been imparted to enough pupils to in
fluence the general character of service In the
South. Two causes operate to delay the de
sired consummation of the training school work.
The first is the difficulty experienced in remov
ing the idea that education for the negro means
freedom from hard work, and the second the
fact that, for the present at least, the gradu
ate of Tuskegee can make more money by
NEW-YOKK DAILY TRIBUNE. MONDAY. -FEBRUARY 10. 1002.
teaching othprs the various branches of house
work than she can by "going out to service."
.Mr. Washington believes, however, that the
idea of industrial education has become so pop
ular among the neprroes that schools of domestic
training for ffirls. If established In the chief
cities of the South, would have a large quota of
pupils who would eventually become good ser
vants. He also recommends that more atten
tion be given to industrial instruction in the
public schools. The only other suggestion of
importance is that a strict system of references
should be observed, It being the present usage
to require practically none from Southern ser
vants.
While commenting with some favor upon Mr.
Washington's rather inconclusive observations,
"The Constitution" Insists that training for do
mestic service "must be divorced from every
vestige of the higher education." If the do
mestic service schools recommended by the
head of Tuskegee are founded, we are of opinion
that the less they teach of anything beyond
the three R's, outside of culinary nnd other
household accomplishments, the better servants
they will turn our. But the best school of do
mestic science, North or South, is that con
ducted by generations of competent mistresses
of the home, and while we are improving the
raw material of service it is well to give equal
attention to the captains of domestic industry
(to transfer a figure from one department of
economics to another). With the growth of the
genius of home making among American women
will come, we trust, the amelioration, if not the
solution, of the servant question.
THE ELM-ST. OUTLOOK.
A few sanguine property holders in Elm-st,
who have been staggering under heavy assess
ments for that costly improvement, still stick to
the optimistic belief that the thoroughfare will
be opened for traffic about the time when Mar
coni succeeds in sending long messages across
the Atlantic by wireless telegraphy. But hard
headed nnd practical observers of city affairs
declare that Elm-st. will not be ready for public
uses until after Mr. William Jennings Bryan
takes the oath of office as President of the
United States.
When will that take place? Will water run
up hill and the Harlem ship canal be completed?
Will the jam at the Brooklyn Bridge be done
away with? Will the elevated and surface
lines furnish seats for all their passengers?
Will the Manhattan company surrender the ter
ritory In Battery Park which it promised to
give up many years ago? Will all the streetcar
corporations pay to the city treasury what they
fairly and honestly owe?
Oh, yes, certainly! When the r.irs are run
ning in Elm-sr.
EXD OF TflF THREE PLATOOX SYSTEM.
Commissioner Partridge gives unanswerable
reasons for abolishing the three platoon sygten
in the Police Department. Trial has completely
justified the objections made to the scheme be
fore its adoption by the Tammany government.
Indeed, what Colonel Partridge says about the
expense of the plan is exactly in line with what
the Tammany otnnals said when it looked as if
the patrolmen might get the favor they detlred
from the legislature. Colonel Murphy last year
himself denounced the three platoon system,
and declared that it would cost the city millions
of dollars. When, however, the Job was beaten
at Albany nn>l the Tammany politicians found
that the fund raised among the patrolmen, said
to have amounted to over $SO,OOO, had not been
returned to the contributors, and was ntill avail
able for those who could secure the adoption of
the throe platoon system, they became enthusi
astic advocates of the plan. Colonel Murphy
was persuaded that it was the up to dato
method of conducting the police force, and an
nounced that it could be put in perfect opera
tion without increase in the number of patrol
men or any additional cost to the city. Po, de
spite his earlier predictions, he adopted the
three platoon system. Now. after several
months' trial, those predictions are found to
have been reasonably accurate, so much «o that
Colonel Murphy's own subsequent distrust and
disregard of his figures must cause him some
embarrassment. He really knew too well what
the three platoon system would cost to excuse
his gullibility. Colonel Partridge finds that It
would require 1.605 additional patrolmen, at an
added expense of $2,039,463. and a further ex
pense of about $500,000 for new sergeants and
roundsmen, to give the <ity the same protec
tion that it had under the old system.
Of course, the patrolmen are disgruntled over
the change. Those who paid their good money
into the corruption fund find that tholr purchase
has turned to ashe?, and are correspondingly
sad. Apart from that, the three platoon system
meant shorter hours and less work for them,
and human nature likes short hours and little
work. The complaints of patrolmen, however,
have not dotprrori Commissioner Partridge from
doing his duty, and should not deter the peo
ple of this city from supporting him in doing it
Courage and backbone are required in an execu
tive otiicer to antagonize a large organized body
like the police, force and compel its members to
work longer hours than they have been doing.
The cry about eight hours being a fair day's
work appeals to the unthinking, but Colonel
Partridge is right when he snys policemen can
not be propfrly classed with laborers. They
enjoy large salaries for tlio work they do, are
cared for -when sick, and entitled to pensions
when they r?tiro. They are highly favored as
compared with men of similar capacity in pri
vate employment They live well, grow fat,
havo a good time and suffer no hardship -which
need appeal to the tenderost sympathy in beinc
made to serve the city for more than eight
hours in the twenty-four.
MOXEY AXD BUBIWBBB.
A moderate movement of gold to Paris started
much discussion regarding the international
financial position and the probability of further
shipments. One explanation suggested was that
Xew-York subscriptions to the German loan
were responsible for the movement, but the out
go was almost equal to the entire allotment here.
It is more probable that the scanty offerings of
grain and cotton bills, together with the high
level of exchange rates, made the movement
ordinary triangular operation. London paying
Paris by drawing on this city. Hence, it by no
means follows that the reduction in the official
rate of discount by the Bank of England pre
cludes any further exports of the precious metal.
Sterling exchange, especially for aixty day bills,
stiffened up sharply when the British rate was'
lowered. In connection with this the heavy loss
of merchandise exports from this city of late
has some significance. Exports of gold during
January were only about one-fourth those of the
same month last year, and a moderate outgo
now hardly calls for elaborate explanation, while
the enormous supply in the country will admit
of a heavy drain. Outside the phenome-al hoM
ings of the Treasury, the money in circulation
is now at the unprecedented record of $28 77 for
every man, woman and child in the United
States. Some bankers expressed satisfaction at
the outgo of gold, hoping It might bring more
profitable rates for money, but call loans seldom
rose above 2^ Per cent during the week, while
2jxi was the more generaJ figure. Time money
was little above 4 per cent for long terms, and
thirty day loans were placed at 3U per cent
when good collateral was offered.
Mercantile collections continue generally
prompt, and payments through clearing houses
are little, changed from last year's figures, which
emphasizes the jjreat activity of legitimate trad*.
since speculative transactions are still less than
half last year's, even after the accelerated move
ment of the last few days. This fact cannot be
emphasized too strongly, since it shows how
largely the distribution of merchandise has ex
panded. Jobbing sales of spring goods are little
short of phenomenal, and retail dealings in
seasonable lines are of great sire. That rail
way earnings do not fall off Is another bright
sign of the business barometer. Foreign trade
is not holding up to last year's remarkable fig
ures, yet this is not alarming; because the dif
ference is in a great measure due to the ab
normal domestic demand.
Wall Street had a puzzling week. A few
specialties were moved up to record breaking
prices on comparatively small dealings, putting
the general average of railways above all pre
vious high water marks. Yet there was only a
very moderate interest on the part of the public.
Some gratifying statements were Issued, both
as to railway and Industrial properties, but the
outside element hesitates to take hold at the
present high level of prices. There was much re
action from the top point, especially after the
bank statement appeared. An expansion of $29,
000.000 in loans, following the J19.000.000 In
crease of the previous week, gave food for
thought. Neither stock market nor commercial
borrowing explained the unprecedented rise,
which was accompanied by a corresponding gain
In deposits and consequently a heavy loss in sur
plus reserve.
Cereals ceased to weaken, although there -was
no resumption of the sharp advance recently In
vogue. Wheat is still held remarkably high,
considering the size of the crop and the lessened
inquiry for foreign account. Bad crop news
from abroad and restricted receipts at the In
terior on account of heavy storms were the sus
taining factors. Corn receipts are not only af
fected by weather Influences, but growers hold
back stocks for still better figures. Foreign
buyers are entirely out of the market, and the
movement on old contracts has fallen to 3 per
cent of the exports a year ago. Package prices
of sugar were slightly advanced, but the market
is extremely dull owing to the general feeling:
that legislation for the benefit of Cuba is near
at hand and will bring lower quotations. Coffee
remains at the bottom point, with domestic
stocks 150 per cent larger than a year ago, and
Brazil receipts enormous.
Cotton stiffened perceptibly, traders putting
more confidence in lower estimates of the yield.
The uncertainty so long prevailing was over
come, and decidedly aggressive tactics were pur
sued by the long Interest. Reports of depleted
6tocks at many Southern points were effective,
but the bulk of the crop has been marketed at
unsatisfactory prices, and the planters will bene
fit little by this late recovery. The cotton goods
market is comparatively quiet, though mill sup
plies are not burdensome and bids at conces
sions seldom considered. Prices of gome lines
have made distinct gains. Wool is generally
held above prevailing quotations, the closing flg
ure<« of the London sale giving further strength
to the dompstii- market. Shipments from Bos
ton for th* week iwc exceptionally heavy, and
mills are consuming freely, except where the
strike is interrupting at Olneyville. New lines
of woollens have been opened at the same re
duction as th«* first, but fancy goods advenced.
Sh^e. shops are busy and prices fully maintained.
From the iron and steel news Is of
undlmtnlshed activity, except where delayed
railway trains have failed to deliver needed
quantities of coke. This difficulty seems hard
to overcome. Just when normal conditions were
in sight, heavy snowstorms restored the conges
tion so disturbing earlier In the season. Coke
ovens are now productnff freely, but the fuel
goes forward very Irregularly and there Is still
a high premium on spot coke. Large sales cf
pig Iron were effected during the last week, al
though most new business is for the latter half
of th» year. Those consumers who failed to
provide for needs will have to pay premiums and
probably will be forced to *o abroad for p!ij Iron
if it in required within the next few months.
Quotations are conservatively held, which makes
the future more encouraging than would be pos
sible if the natural cours»e were pursued and
famine prices were asked. Aside from the re
cent advanre In wire nails and wire, there has
been little change, even in the ptructural shapes,
which ar« eagerly sought.
The cry of the faithful muezzin from the
minarets in Kast Fourteenth-st. "There Is only
one Croker, and Nixon Is his prophet:" sounds
weak and quavering in these cynical, sceptical,
pessimistic days of the Democratic party.
When Prince Henry travels through Manhat
tan Island he will *»* the most thoroughly torn
up town of modern tim<»s.
In seven yearn Emperor William may r#l«>
brat* the semi-centennial of his nativity, and
as by that time there will be nearly as many
Germans in America as In the Fatherland, it
may seem a gracious thing to hold the cere
mony on this side or the water. If It cornea
to that. Uncle Sam will hang out a display of
bunting on the occasion worth coming: across
the ocean to see.
John F. Carroll, formerly Mr. Croker's right
hand man. has gone cruising. Mr. Nixon is in
clined to think that Mr. Carroll may suffer a
sea change into something rich and strange be
fore he corn's back.
If all wives were as lonpr lived as the T)e
cfaspd Wife's Sistor bill, there would be no such
bill and no miWI for the existence of it. That
venerable measure has been up again in the
British Parliament within a week, in the same
old way, and is likely to run the same old course
and be laid upon the same old shelf. There is
scarcely another so noteworthy example of tho
power of ecclesiastical conservatism as this.
More than a dozen times within the memory of
living men the House of Commons has passed
th- Mil. only to have it rejected by the House
of Lords, and rejected there by the votes and
through the influence of the spiritual pe?rs.
Borne scoffers have suggested that it is thus
repeatedly brought up only for the sake of com
pelling the bishops to attend the sessions of the
House of Lords. Certainly it is a matter for
curious sueculation how much longer such
opposition will lie effective against a measure
which is favored by the people and which would
relieve not a few worthy persons of a most
undeserved stigma. The proposed law has long
existed in British colonies, where the standard
of domestic and social morals is as high as in
England itself.
• Take the next car ahead'" A rude, brusque
order bellowed out at 2 o'clock in the morning
with a raucous yell is not a pleasing command
uttered by a man in the employment of a cor
poration which has never paid the city a fair
price for the use of the streets. That sort of
outrage will not always be tolerated in Man
hattan.
Wu Ting-fang's idea that women jurors should
try women may have something in it, but in
their verdicts all experience signifies that the
panel would pull twelve different ways for Sun
day, and the whole thing break up in hysterics.
Ex-Mayor Van Wyck seems to be a forlorn,
abandoned foothill of minor local politics at
present. Who has heard of him or seen him
for many a day in the councils of Democrats ot
real influence? And Devery. "the best Chief of
Police Nc-w-York ever had." according to Van
Wyck. Is only a desolate gully now in municipal
affairs. Verily, the mighty fell!
The results of the Pan-American Conference at
the City of Mexico may not satisfy the over
optlmlstic or those who are given to "expect
ing all things in an hour.' To most Judicious
observers they must seem gratifying and highly
encouraging. Indeed, w« might say even mor«
than that of them, when we recall the cock
sure prophecies of utter failure or worse, and the
strained ridicule which many put forth concern-
Ing it. The practical results In the way of en
actments are by no means inconsiderable, while
those of an educational character are very great.
Perhaps the most significant fact is that the
American republics have unanimously agreed to
accept the principles adopted by the peace con
gress at The Hague, and to become parties to
the convention there concluded. That is to say.
these republics, upon which some European
powers have been wont to look with supercilious
patronage, tolerance or contempt, have put
themselves squarely by the side of those Euro
pean powers on one of the most Important
grounds of international law. Nor will It do for
carping critics to say the American States will
not act upon the principles they have adopted.
Has any European power yet made use of the
tribunal constituted at The Hague?
PERSOXAL.
In recognition of his unique services to zoologi
cal science, and with special reference to his dis
covery of the remarkable "new animal" called the
okapi, the Zoological Society has resolved to be
stow a gold medal on Sir H. Johnston, on whom
the silver medal has been already conferred. This
coveted distinction has only once previously been
awarded, when the recipient was King Edward,
to whom the gold medal waa voted in recognition
of his numerous generous benefactions.
John M. Buttrlck. who recently died in Lowell,
Mass., was a great-grandson of Major John But
trlck, who began the fight at Concord Bridge, and
the gun which nred the first shot in the Revolu
tion is still preserved in the family.
Concerning his candidacy for Governor of Ver
mont, Dr. W. Seward Webb said at Burlington on
Saturday: "I am In the hands of my friends in this
matter, and if the people of my adopted State elect
me to the office of Governor I shall appreciate the
high honor conferred upon me. It waa with consid
erable reluctance that I finally consented to allow
my name to be used, as I am not unmindful of some
of the unpleasant features of such a contest, but
having once determined upon my candidacy my
frienda need have no fear that my name will be
withdrawn. There is absolutely no foundation for
the report of a bargain. I am not a party to any
such political combine with any man or men whom
soever, either tacitly, implied or otherwise, nor
have I been approached with any suggestion or in
timation of any candidacy, bargain or obligation.
In fact, if I am nominated and elected Governor of
Vermont, it will be as a free and Independent
agent, with no tails to the office, for. in my Judg
ment, that is the only way in which the public
good can best be subserved."
"I was very much struck the other night," says
"Mainly About People," "when I heard Sir William
Harcourt speaking, with the change in his appear
>ance. There waa a briskness in his manner and a
slightness in his figure which made him look many
years younger than at tho end of last session. I
found out as a matter of fact, that he has re
duced himself a whole stone in weight during the
last ->w weeks."
Joel J. Doolittle Is still living In Cumberland.
Wis. Years ago he was noted as a music teacher
and vocalist. He numbered among his pupils
Emma Abbott, and first began singing in political
campaigns in 18tO for General Harrison. In 18s6 he
canvassed Illinois with John C. Fremont, singing
at every meeting, and in IS6O performed the same
kind of work, accompany .ng Abraham Lincoln.
THE TALK OF THE DAT.
'The Rev. F. J. Crosland Fenton," says "The
London Chronicle." "writes from Brooking Parson
age. Totnes: "After weighing a variety of possible
alternatives. I feel convinced that the best avail
able expression hitherto proposed for Signer Mar
coni's eyatem is supplied by the word "neography"
and tv kindred terms "neograph. neogram."
Should you concur in this opinion, perhaps you will
aid In Initiating Its adoption.' We are not sure.
When the thing is perfected, the word will no
doubt evolve. Perhaps we shall "wave' ■w&are saw
we 'wire." "
A contemporary give* some surprising details
concerning the spread of the "candy craze," the
latest fashionable Importation from America. "No
theatre party." it la announced, "worthy of the
name can exist for half an hour without th« com
fort of the appearance of chocolates and sugared
almonds." The appearance of sugared almonds,
one would have thought. Is really not particularly
comfortable. They look so pebbly.— (London Globe.
A quaint and Interesting custom was observed
the other day at th« Gulldford Town Hall. England.
when two domestic servants threw dice to decide
which should km the recipient of what Is called the
"maid's money," left by John How, two centuries
and a half ago. to reward the female domestic who
remained at least two years in one situation within
the borough and who should throw the highest
number with two dice in competition with another
aspirant for the money. Clara Howard and Flor
ence Anspll. b«th of whom had been In one ser
vice over eight years, entered the lists, and the
former— who threw seven against the latter's five —
was declared the winner, and received a check for
twelve guineas. A somewhat similar award,
amounting to £13 7s lOd. for the apprentice who
had served for seven years and had taken up his
certificate as a freeman of the borough, was pre
sented to Sidney Fowler Falrmaner.
ANDREW CARNEGIE.
Who gives the best to man gives most to God.
And deeds beneficent inspired by noble minds
Gladden the we rid and add new Joys to heaven:
So with exalted atm and grand design
He caused the streams from fortune's golden fount
To flow throughout the land he loved so well.
That all might know the blesslnss and the bliss
Of knowledge boundless as the eternal years —
Of wisdom stored In tomes of sages venerable.
By parchment bound and clasped with bronze «r
gold.—
Volumes that tell of mystic rites revered
And ancient faiths by reason overthrown:—
Words imperishable on olden vellum writ—
With all their wealth of classic lore.
A mlnd-enrlchlng revenue of thought:
Annals Of centuries of men that lived and died: —
Some In contempt and some with honor crowned:—
Records of empires risen and decayed.
Of wars and pestilence, of fire and flood.
And all the woes and all the Joys and peace
That mark the march of dominating man
As genius treads with stately steps
Adown the wreck-strewn avenues of time:
Volumes that tell of tireless searches made
In ocean's depths »nd cavernous domains;
In aerial space and starry spheres remote;
The mighty laws whereby the mountains lift
Their snow-crowned brows beyond the towering
clouds;
Coimos concrete with all its awful powers
Held subject to one everlasting will.
All this .m.l more the feeblest one may learn
And study man and man's immortal mind;
And in the quest find happiness supreme.
—(David Banks Slckels.
An experiment in marine fog signalling is shortly
to be carried out off Egg Rock. Lynn. England. A
large bell is to be fixed below a buoy, so as to be
rung fifty feet under water. It will be worked by
electricity from the Egg Rock Light Station, so
that the operator on the island can sound it when
required. The theory of mariners Is that a bell
ringing under water is heard at a much greater
distance by sailors out at sea than when it is rung
while suspended In air. At tha same time, the loud
ringing will no longer disturb people living in tha
neighborhood.
Repartee— "Can you make four revolutions in the
air before alighting"' asked the curious stranger
of the circua acrobat "9uj." replied the acrobat
"I'm no South American republic!"—^Ohio State
Journal.
Of the beer tax It is said that when the con
sumer has drunk enough to feel It he will be so
cheerfully exhilarated that he will not mind it.
The brewer's < omplaint of it as a war measure.
oppressive in times of peace. »et forth before Con-
Kres.-i.mal committees, seems to import that he
doesn't drink enough of his own mixtures.
Fatality. -"When I began business" said the
plutocrat, wearily "I made a vow that whenever I
had .-arru'd an even million I would quit "
•Why. you've done that, many times over long
ago, said the other man. "yet you are sUll ac
cumulating.
"That's the curse of it. Whenever I think I've
made the even million I find on figurine it un it «
either a little more or a little less, and I've got to
renew the struggle." c * "• l "
And he sighed heavlly.-(Chlcago Trloune.
At the Shanghai police court recently a curious
object was handed up to the bench for inspection.
It wa» contained in a square yellow box. and re
sembled nothing more than a piece of black wax.
It weighed about two ounces, and the policeman in
charge of the case explained to the court that it
was a Chinese medicine compound of monkeys*
toenails boiled down and hardened by being burled
underground for a number of years. It had been
stolen from & native apothecary's shop !n Nan
king Road. Monkeys' toenails. it appears, are a
well known remedy among the Chinese for stomach
troubles.
Preparation.- 'I saw Professor Antique going up
the street this morning smoking a big. black pipe—
something he has never been known to do "
Yes; he s also learning to chew. He has iolned
an exploring expedition that leaves for the Fill
Islands next month, and somebody t..ld him the
cannibals object to tobacco flavor with their meat "
— (.Baltimore News.
WASHINGTON'S LEXTENPIa*
A LARGE NUMBER OF DINNERS ARRANGE
—SURPRISE IN* WEDDING OF MISS PAGE
[BT TELEGRAPH TO THE TKIBrrW.]
"Washington. Feb. 9.— The penitential season | a M
hand, when society turns to philanthropy »-*
fashionable entertainments for charity. There -mm
be. however, a great deal of what the late Jin
Frellnghuysen not Inaptly termed "Presbytertal
thirty-nine days of dinners and •mall soda;
affairs, leaving the one day of Ash Wednesday folf 0l
rest and repentance. It would be rash, perhaps. t«
estimate the number of dinners for which dates an
already named. One of the most accompli*^
dinner hostesses in Washington way In despair .
fortnight ago over "regrets," though the dtaißjj
was three weeks off. Out of the large conjpaa,
asked only three were free to accept became a|
other dinner engagements.
Among those who vill entertain large dinner coaj.
panles are Senator and Mrs. Hanna, who gtv# a
dinner to-morrow evening.
The Ambassador of Russia will give a dinner on
Tuesday evening. The Ambassador of Mexico as*
Mm*. Azplroz entertain dinner guests on Frldsj
evening. Senator ar.d Mrs. Depew give a large dbw
ncr on the 20th. Senator Kean and the Misses Kest
will entertain at dinner the following evening, «j)d
on the 22d Senator and Mrs. Lodge give a dinner.
To-morrow Miss Helen Michener. daughter cl
Colonel Michener. of the army, and Griffith Ha!,
stead, son of Murat Halstead. will be married Is
St. Thomas's Church. Mr. and Mrs. Murat Hal
stead, who came from Cincinnati for the wedding;
were entertained at dinner last evening by Senate*
and Mrs. Foraker. The other guests were Justici
and Mrs. McKenna, Senator Kean and Miss Kcea,
the Minister of Japan and Mme. Takahlra, th«
Surgeon General and Mrs. Sternberg, Senator Be*,
eridare. Senator Bacon, the Assistant Secretary of
State and Mrs. Hill. Senator and Mrs. Hansbronga,
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Foster. Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Lansing, Mrs. Lovell. of Cincinnati, and Miss For.
aker.
Though the President and Mrs. Roosevelt wen
unable to be present at the last Cabinet dinner cl
the season, having been called away by the daws
of their son. the dinner was given last evening. th«
Secretary of Agriculture and Miss Wilson betej
the host and hostess. The dinner company Include!
the Secretary of the Treasury and Mrs. Shaw, til
Secretary of War and Mrs. Root, the Attorney Gea»
eral and Mrs. Knox, the Postmaster General and
Mrs. Payne, the Secretary of the Interior and Mrs,
Hitchcock and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Walsh.
At the dinner given Saturday evening by the iiir..
lster of Austria-Hungary and Mm& HengeksSler,
the Austrian colors were a feature of the ttfctt
decorations. In wide ribbons of black and yellow
carried from the corners to the central piece, which
was a miniature copy In silver of the ftimom
fountain in the market place at Vienna. The baste
of the fountain wm filled with violets. Among tie
guests were the Ambassador of Great Britain sal
Lady Pauncefote. Mrs. Harriet Lane Johnston,
Senator and Mrs. Lodge. Mr. and Mrs. WajM
MacVeagh, Senator and Mrs. Hanna. the Assistant
Secretary of War and Mrs. Sanger, Charles
Wauterr. of the Belgian Legation: Mr. and Mr*.
Arnold Hague. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Legare,
Mrs. Randolph. Clark and Mr. and Mrs. John B.
Henderson.
Mrs. John S. Ward entertained at dinner •-•
same evening the Ambassador of Germany. Mr.
and Mrs. Dayrell CTackanthorpe. Mr. and Mrs.
yon Collenberg. Commander and Mrs. Cowles, Mr.
and Mrs. Padeiford. Mrs. Richardson Clover. Mrs.
Julian James. Mr. and Mrs. Henry May. Miss
Maude Pauncefote. Miss Boardman. Miss Nott.
Miss Gwynn. Miss Ward. Mr. Rlar.o, of the Span
ish Legation: John A. Kasson. Jules Bceufve. of
the French Embassy: Lieutenant Rodgers. of the
navy: Paul Nash and John Seeley Ward, o? New-
York.
The marriage of Miss Lucy Fltzhnyh Pag* and
Charles E. Whiter.cad, of New-York, was a, great
surprise to the many friends of the bride in Wash
ington, where she has been a conspicuous flgur*
in society. Miss Page and Mr. Whltehead were
married yesterday at noon by Bishop Satterlee in
the private chapel of his house. Thomas Nelson
Page, the bride s cousin, gave her band in mar
riage. Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and
Mrs. Whitehead rtarted on a visit South, and wIU
go to California for a stay of two months,
THE SECKEXDORFFS OF GERM I
STORY OF THE KAMTLY OF PRINCE HEVRT3
HOFMARSCHAT-L ANT> FORMER TUTOR.
BYom Leslie's Weekly.
The chief functionary on Prince Henry** staff,
which will accompany him to the "United States.
will be Vice- Admiral Ftelherr yon Seckendorff. re
tired, who was the Prince's naval tutor, and la
now the marshal of his court, his wife holding tha
same relative position to the Princess. Admiral
yon Seckendorff cornea from the distinguished fam
ily of that name which had its origin In FranconU
and counts among its members Joachim Ludwig
yon Seckendorff, an officer in the Swedish service.
who was executed by Gustavus Adolphus for art
alleged attempt to desert with his regiment to tfc*
German flag; Veit Ludwi? yon Seckendorff. tha
historian, and the celebrated Field Marshal Fred
erick Helnrlch. the story of whose Ufa is one of
the most exciting romances In history. Carlyle has
written brilliantly of this great soldier and states
man, but, having taken his material from Pol.n.ti.
whose hatred for the Field Marshal is well known.
his account is not always to be relied upon.
In the early days of Germany the SeckendcrC3
formed an alliance with th» Hohenzollerns locs
before that family had attained a royal position.
and for several hundred years these two houses
have been connected by bonds of friendship. In all
the wars of Germany the SeckeniorlTs have played
an honored part, and in nearly every generation
this family has been represented in the diplomatic
service It was natural, therefore, that the Em
peror Frederick should have selected as the tutor
for his son this young lieutenant, the cadet of a
noble house, whose ancestors had loyally and faith
fully served his ancestors. Time has confirmed ta«
excellence of his choice, and in the German service
to-day there is no more honored official than Prince
Henry's Hofmarschall. , .
Tha Seckendorff coat-of-arms is a spray of e!?r«.t
linden leaves on a shield, surmounted by a helsrset
bearing a motto. "Folia ejus non defluent." Tne
story of its origin is one of the prettiest legends
that have come down to us. Emperor Aruslf of
Karthen. who reigned in the tenth century, was
hunting the aver ox in the forests of his domains,
attended by his suite, among them one Seckendorff.
and. coming upon a great ox. wounded him with a
well sent arrow, but failed to kill the beast, which.
maddened by the wound, rushed upon the defence
less Emperor. Seckendorff. coming up at that in
stant, interposed, killed the ox and bound up the
wounds of his royal companion with the leaves of »
linden tree under which he had fallen, whereupon
he was knighted and adopted the linden leaves a3
the arms of his family.
Admiral yon Seckendorff is a cousin of Count
Seckendorff, marshal of the late Dowager Empress
Frederick's court, whose brother. Mr. M. G. Secken
dorff. is the Washington correspondent of Tna
New-York Tribune. Admiral yon S«2ckr-ndorff
brothers are also in the service of the state.
Freiherr Gustave yon Seekendorff being aide-de
camp to the Emperor, and Frelherr Edwin yon
Seckendorff having made a creditable record in tad
consular and diplomatic service. •
Admiral yon Seckenilorft's connection with Pnn?«
Henry's court began when the latter was a mere
lad. and he undertook to educate him for a naval
career. Since then they have been rarely separateo.
The Prince has for his former tutor the warmest
friendsuip and admiration, and attributes to him
the skill he has gained in naval affairs. The ad
miral is a handsome man. fifty-three years old. with
a fine carriage and genial manners. He has sailed
with his charge from one end of the world to tha
other, and twice before has visited America.
TO sTrPY HOME BCIEKCB.
A SUMMER SCHOOL. OF
AT WTISLETAN V
Mlddletown. Conn.. Feb. 9 (Special).— A Summer
School of Chemistry and Biology will be organized
at Wtsleyan University in July. 1302. and will ba
open for a period of four weeks. The school Is
started In response to a demand for instruction In
certain branches of applied chemistry and biology.
The work of the school will be in charge of Pro
fessors W. O. Atwater. W. P. Bradley and H. W.
Conn, aided by a number of assistants.
The courses offered are intended for teacher* of
home science who desire to become more familiar
with processes used In food analysis, dietary, diges
tion and metabolism experiments, and bacterio
logical inquiry in their relation to energy and
heal'.b; for social workers who. by further study
of dietetic and hygienic problems, may be able to
do more effective work among the destitute and
Ignorant of our population: for teachers of chemical,
physical and biological science who d«sir« to en
hance the Interest and educational value of their
Instruction by the use of Illustrations from applies
science: in general, for those who wish to familiar
ize themselves with some of the ]a-«a* method*
and results of inquiry in the special lines re.errea
The courses offered Include the following: A course
of lectures on methods and results of Investiga
tions regarding food and nutrition: a short coutm
in food analysis in the chemical laboratory. »
practical course in methods of dietary «udJea . a
short course In either qualitative or quantitatiTa
analysis, or in special lecture experiments, a special
course in the new cryogenic laboratory on chemical
phenomena at low temperatures: lectures on bac
teria: a laboratory course in bacteriology.
ROOSEVELT H. A. R. GUEST.
Washington. Feb. ».— President Roosevelt has ac*
cepted an invitation to be the guest of the Dep*rf
nu :.t of the Potomac of the Grand Army of th»
Republic, which is to give a dinner in this cl: ■ t
General Torrence. the comrnander-m-chlef. oa
February 13.
ANF> BIOUXTf

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