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CARNEGIE $.~.00n.00n.
The dinner given by the Society of American
Authors in honor of Andrew Carnegie last night
at the Hotel St. Denis was marked by an lnci
«jent that was at the time it occurred more
dramatic than amusing. Mr. Carnegie had fln
iFhed speaking, when a Protestant Episcopal
Clergyman, who sat about ten yards from the
nest's table, jumped to bis feet, flushed and
excited, shouting:
"I am Mr. Crawford-Frost, rector of the
'-hurch of the Holy Comforter, of Baltimore.
■jr. Carnegie. I want to give you $5,000,000. I
want you to accept this gift in behalf of all
humanity. I ■rant you. the greatest philan
At tins i><"'itit Rasros S. Ransom, president of
the society, rapped the clergyman to order. But
Mr. Crawford-Frost refund to be quieted. He
began again In a, high-keyed voice, and had got
as far as saying that he had come from Balti
more for the specific purpose of permitting Mr.
Carnegie to benefit the entire world by a plan
which he had invented, when Mr. Ransom, grow
ing angry, again attempted to quiet the speaker.
Tt;e clergyman, undaunted, refused to be silent.
He acain addressed Mr. Carnegie, saying::
"You, sir, the. greatest philanthropist"
Then Mr. Carnegie rose to his feet, waved his
hand excitedly, and said:
■] do not wish to be known as a philanthro
pist- I do not want to be remembered as a
money giver."
•Rpfor-- tbe dersyman bad an opportunity to
■ again Mr. Ransom told him that if h<»
"ft leslst be would better leave the room.
■cynvn Btfil aawed his arm excitedly at
yf r Can agfc, arhOe the atldience shont*d. "Sit
Bit down!'"
■' • -,i won't listen to my plan for tbe benefit
,' tatty I'll leaw you." said the clergyman.
•11. Co. Go!" -Mr. Ransom replied. To which
ft ■ •. .vfo: d-Frost dramati<ally returned the
"I leave you. but you'll hear from me again.
You'll hear from ma once more. I go. but I
leave this audience convicted of stupidity."
In the corridor of the hotel the clergyman,
who c Stopping at the Waldorf, told a Tribune
reporter that h«» was an invited guest, but that
he hfid come to set Mr. Carnegie's support for
hi? invention.
"It's a marvellous invention." he said. "I
call it a rftoajraph. or a printojrraph, or an auto
matic thought producer. It's like a typewriter,
only it records thoughts. You space with your
]eft knee, make capitals with your right knee.
Your hands are. either stationary or they move.
In this way you think thoughts. I snail renew
ray offer to Mr. Carnegie. They made me leave,
but. they will Regret it."
The clergyman was much excited, but those
about him affected sympathy, and succeeded in
.quieting him. He said he was William Albert
Ct»* i3rc-F'-ost. saitnr of the Memorial Church
cJ^tti* Holy Comforter, Baltimore.
!Mr. Carnegie was In excellent humor through
oat the -nine:. He was only temporarily dis
turbed by the peculiar proposition of the clergy
man. Mr. Carnegie's quick retort that he did
rot wish to be remembered as a giver of money
va* considered by many a significant index of
how he wished men to judge him in the light
of hi(= great gifts to the foundation of libraries
in this and in other countries.
Before Mr. Carnegie spoke, he was unanimous
ly elected an honorary member of the society.
He was the fecond speaker. Replying to the
toast Mr. Carnegie, said in part:
Mr. President, you have, done me a delicate court
*->' by not priTiTins r my name on the programme.
if 8 speaker. I thank the club very heartily for
this beautiful reception. It surpasses what I had
expected. I did not think I should pee. such an
array of youth and beauty. I thought we'd be
a lot of C'->ed fallows together.
When I « -- ■■ candidate for membership at th*
Author?" Club my name »•»• withdrawn for the
feascn, pome cne advanced, thai no PlttPburg Iron
master could I v- written my book. I got of! scot
fr*t Tr,. c'lt. I understand, we are all poor au
thors—perl • ps that was the reason I was brought
here. <
Mr. Carnegie chuckled at the thought, and
then spoke at some length on the advance Amer
ican poets, artists, painters, authors and song
■Writers were making in the fame of the world.
"When men inspire others, when they reach
the spirit of their fellows," he added, "are not
fossae things better than to supply steel to the
nations ?"
Letters of regret were read from Joaquin.
Miller and William Winter. Joaquin Miller's let
ter was as folia
Hail, fat King Ned!
Hail fighting Ted!
Great William! Grim Oorn Paul!
But I'd rather twist
Carnegie's \vrlst —
That open hand In this hard fist—
Than shake hands with ye .-ill
With recrets that New-York I? so far from Call
lornia. and with Jove to you and yours.
Other speakers wire MelvJl Dewey. director
of the New-York State Library, who eulogized
Mr. Carnegie; Henry M. Leipziger. supervisor
of free lectures of the New- York public schools;
William T. Peoples, librarian of the .Merchan
tile Library; Edwin Markham. who spoke on
' A Word on Poetry." and Charles Bpragve
Smith, manager of the People's Institute.
About six hundred pet sous were present.
Lonflon. April 7.— A dispatch from Lord Kitch-.
ener dated from Pretoria says Commandant
Kritzlnger. * ho v -as captured by General French
at Hanover Road, Cape Colony, on December 17
-ast, and who has been tried by court martial
?"' h f. rhar " f hav! ns committed four murders
'.. riTT.tlon v, train wrecking and cruelly to
PrisonerF, has bc * n acquitted, and is being well
treated as an ordinary prisoner of war.
London. April 7.-Lord Kitchener reports that
the Boer casualties during the engagements of
March SI and April 1 were, at the lowest esti
mate, thirty men killed and eighty wounded.
_coinn:andant Erasmus was killed n?ar Boshof,
Orange R, v . r colony, on April 11.
Santiago <i». Chill. A,,r1l ".-The government will
flMom" rr ' "' r I>rwld '- rt e Pinto to Colombia for
Panama, Colombia. April 7.-<;overnor Salazar
has received a cable dixpatch announcing the
k Ing for Colornb!a of the gunboat Beacblr-«s-
Salumeh. recently purchased from Morocco.
E X h 1 Bt 'l rh!r '* fi * SalanlPh Was . -d. in Febru
ary* by the Colombian Government from Morocco.
ST n 3S been „ Tanslcr - wnipletln* her outfit.
The. Be*ehir-es-Salameh Is a su-el vessel 229 feet
K^si mil
Sunder Juic£s-;« c « na UIn # h * un " a " d f " ur "™
tube.. TbV^^^n^builtJnlgw: T"^ °
'O->r>yri*rlit: 1902: By The Trihun* Association.)
[Special to Th.- Tribune by Frer.rh Cable.]
The Hague. April 7.— There is little faith
among the Boer sympathizers here that peace
Is imminent in South Africa. Hearts are
hardened in consequence of the conferences held
here and at Utrecht, and the Boer envoys and
refugees are asserting in a louder key than
ever that the war will last four years longer,
and that there can be no peace without inde
pendence. The credulity of the burghers in
South Africa is matched by the assumption of
their agents here that their deliverance is com
ing from England's foreign complications when
there Is not a cloud In the sky.
When the three Boer commissioners were sent
to America it was assumed that a good case
would be made out for an investigation of the
military conduct of the war and the shipment of
supplies of horses and mules from the United
States would be prohibited. These illusions
were dispelled when the delegates returned, but
a new fiction has been supplied. The Boer ad
vocates are asserting that England is fatally
embarrassed by her alliance with Japan, and
will certainly be drawn Into a war of tremen
dous magnitude in the Far East. The Boer
sympathizers are consequently justifying an In
definite continuance of the guerilla warfare, and
forcastlng the ultimate triumph of the cause
of independence, when British troops cannot be
spared from the larger theatre of European
There is. apparently, no limit to Dutch cre
dulity 'when anti-English feeling is aroused.
The Dutch were once the most astute neutrals
In the world. They are now the most aggressive
partisans. When the Radical Government v:l9
in power the ministers were honest enough to
confess that the future of Holland might be
Imperilled by the bitter hostility displayed
against England. Some of them were fright
ened by the fact that Utrecht had become a
base of operations against England, and that
Mr. KrUger had brought to Holland what gold
remained in the Transvaal treasury and was
using it for the purpose of maintaining hostile
operations and promoting foreign intervention.
They wire charged with a lack of sympathy
for the Boers when they asserted that the pres
ence of Mr. Kruger kept Holland In a state of
excitement, and that it would be a good thing
if he were to leave the country. Premier
Kuyper's Conservative Government has been
committed from the outset to a more active
support of the Boer cause, but its bolt was shot
when the Prime Minister vaguely suggested the
experiency of granting the Boer agents a safe
conduct to South Africa. Nobody supposes that
he had a diplomatic errand to Berlin, or that
he can do anything except to pose before the
country as the active champion of the Boer
en use.
There are the strongest reasons for believing
that Mr. Kruger and his associates have not
been in direct communication for a long time
•with the burghers fighting in the field. Kriiger
himsflf is old. enfeebled and worn, and takes
little interest -n th*» negotiations now in prog
ress. His associates control -the action- of j.he.
broken old man except in money matters. He
retains a strong grip upon that which remains
In the war chest. *■ **• F.
Liverpool, April 7.--A former trooper of the
Bosnveldt Carabineers, who has returned here.
Is quoted at paying that the convicted Aus
tralian officers belonging to that corps, since
disbanded, murdered from thirty-five to forty
persona. An an Instance of their coldblooded
ness, the trooper relates how three Dutch chil
dren— brothers, ten and twelve years re
spectively. and their little sister— arrived at the
carabineers' camp to surrender, in order to get
food. The girl and one of the hoys were wound
ed. The uninjured boy took his little brother
on his back and was carrying him off, when a
e*-cond shot killed both boys. The girl^dk^j
shortly afterward.
Amsterdam. April 7.— The Boer bureau here
has published a report which was sent last Jan
uary by General Delarey to Mr. Kruger, and
which is countersigned by Ignatius Ferreiro. the
acting State Attorney. This report contain? nu
merous stories of alleged British atrocities, and
is supported by affidavits. Besides the general
accusations of placing women as screens around
the British camps, as a result of which practice
many women are said to have been killed. Gen
eral Delsrey gives specific instances, with names
and dates, of the killing of wounded prisoners
and women. He complains that, owing to Lord
Methuen's persecution, his own wife, with six
children, has been wandering on the veldt for
the last year. General Delarey complains, also,
that his mother, aged eighty-three years, was
driven into Klerksdorp, after her cattle had
been stolen and her house burned.
Van der Iferwe, late Mining Commissioner of
the Rand, now fighting under Delarey, append*
a further list of atrocities, committed on women
and children, to the report of General Delarey.
London. April 7.— The House of Commons re
assembled to-day after the Easter recess. An
early opportunity .was taken to press the gov
ernment for information on the subject of the
peace negotiations in South Africa, but the
government leader, a. J. Balfour, declared the
ministers had nothing li. that connection to im
part to the House.
Answering a question about the General Bul
]er controversy, the War Secretary, Mr. Brod
nck. said that in view of the recent statement
of Mr. Balfour It had been decided !<. publish
.■ill the papers and dispatches relating to the
Spion Kop engagement forwarded to the War
office by Lord Roberta. The order forbidding
Geuei al Buller to publish the documents would
not. however, be rescinded.
Boston. April 7. Th. Massachusetts cat to date
hri'-- been Merely a beast. It hns been born, has
mewed on back fences, fought with its next doer
neighbors, kept the rat census small, multiplied
and Staired without having received the attention
of iißiaaim n. but the period of legislative neglect
is ever.
ESeten Wlaaslow Is the mnfftrr of a movement
Which Is likely to make her name illustrious if not
Immortal. As n reformer sh«- would have the cat
licensed, like unto the animal's arch foe. the dog.
duly registered nnd compelled to wear .i collar with
the owner's name thereon. A bill to that effect in
In the lower house on Beacon Hill. and. despite the
adverse report of a committee which said "Scat!"
the entire body of statesmen to-day with a roof
lifting "Aye" substituted the cat licensing measure
for the hostile report. The coming debate on this
reform scheme is expected to be the climax of the
Captain PJieeban, of the West Thirtieth-st.
station, yesterday made another unsuccessful
effort to make arrests in an alleged poolroom in
the upper part of the Chimney Corner building, at
the southeast corner of Slxth-ave. and Twenty
fifth-st. c>n Saturday nieht. when detectives
entered the plnco. they found men toggr-d out in
regalia chanting a Masonic hymn to the accom
paniment of an organ which was much out of
tun" They told the Invaders that the place was
a lodgeroom, and ordered the police to with
draw. When this was done, and while the of
ficers were going downstairs, they heard the
lodge members singing "Go 'Way Back and Sit
The descent >n th<> chimney Corner yesterday
was spectacular, and the proceedings were seen
by hundreds of shoppers. Twenty-flfth-Ft. was
lined from Broadway to Btxth-ave., and the ex
citement for nenrly an hour was Intense. The
hunt was !ik" playing hide and seek, and part
of It was over rooftops.
Heavy black lines Indicate the subway now under construction. Dotted lines indicate routes proposed to tap the Kasr Side, and to relieve th- consequent congestion of the mala
line at tbe Grand Central Station. If ap prepared by engineers under the personal supervision of Mr. McDonald.
When the police reached the door leading to
the upper part of the Chimney Corner the Jook
out set the "hnsz" working, and the alleged
gamblers took flight t-> the rooftops. The po
lice followed. »nd began the hunt, while Cap
tain She^han held the front of the building.
The engineers on elevated road trains, seeing
the excitement belcw. and not knowing that the
police had caused it. sounded alarms from
whistles as they passed, calling other policemen
to the pee.no.
At last a couple of men were, found tildlrr?: be
hind -chimney*, 'l.nt. 'n<,r raptors were unable
to connect them" 1 with the operatives of the al
leged poolroom, and they were simply hustled to
the street and freed. When Detective Buck
ridge, who Is a stout person, returned to the
sidewalk, he appeared excited and chagrined.
His hat was denied In and his clothing was
covered with whitewash. He said that In his
effort to pursue th» Ramblers he got wedged In
a scuttle bole, and in d< Ing so blocked the open-
Ing for fully a quarter of an hour. This com
pelled Policemen O'Connor and Matthews to
come back to the street, and In the attempt to
gain the roof •>.. v had to get there by means of
the house at No. •»."• UV«t Twenty-flfth-at They
had tried th« adjoining house. No. 47. but as a
wake was being held there and stresmera of
black crape were hanging from the doorbell,
they decided not to. disturb the mourners.
The police are satisfied thnt there Is a pooi
room In th" Chimney Corner building, but thus
far they ay .- been unable to set sufficient evi
dence against the place.
Policeman Joseph .1 Ifadden. of th-> Bldrldge-st
rtation, my li-mlF'^d from the for.-., yesterday.
He was tried before Deputy Commissioner Thurs
ton last week on charges of Lbsenting himself
from duty without leave from March IT to March
22. and of marrying a daughter of the late •Silver
Dollar" Smith when he already had a wife living.
Madden was known in the precinct ns the "dandy
boy cop,"
commissioner Partridge inflicted a fine of thirty
days' pay on Policeman Patrick J. Reid who was
accused "with Policeman Thomas A. Burke recently
of trying to blackmail a saloonkeeper after making
an - excise arrest. Burke was dismissed from the
force some days ago.
George McAneny, aecretary of ttie Civil Service
Commission, yesterday issued h -circular warning
applicants for appointment as poilcemen ;iK.-iinst
persons pretonrtinp to be sble to secure .>-;ich ap
pointment. The circular declares:
The certification of names for appointment will
be absolutely in th* order >•( standing Not only
1= th.-r>- no opportunity for securing appointmeni
i>y other means, but those relying upon other mean?
at-.- apt to Injure their chances seriously i>y adopt
ing them.
Chicago, April it. In the guise of a messenger
boy, made perfect by his clever us.- of grease paint
and hair dye. Ernes! R. Erikson, the nineteen
year-old son of Mrs. Lawrence Erlkson. rt diamond
merchant of Evanston, successfully victimised two
downtown Jewelry firms. But for a uiir-t.-t k.> due
to his own carelessness he mluht have succeeded In
one of th>- most clover confidence games ever
brought to tin attention of the Chicago police.
Diamonds valued at fI,SOO were obtained by the
youth, who. aftr-r Intrusting them to friends, -til of
whom were ignorant ot hia deception, boldly re
turned to his home and assumed his natural char
acter as that of dirk In hi^ mother's store
Detectives were already al the store trying to
solve the mystery of. the dlsappearam f the 'it-i
monds, and traces of grease paint and dye still on
the boy's face and hair aroused suspiaioiu which
led to* young Erikson's arrest and the discovery
that for three daya h<- had successfully played two
roles Brikson at first stoutly denied the accusa
tions against him, i"it Qnally confessed and as
sisted the police In recovering all the stolen gems.
Tuacumbla, Ala.', April 7.— Three of the men who
were wounded In the ti^ht with "Will" Reynolds,
the negro whom the officers attempted t.i arrest
near here yesterday morning, and who was killed
only after a desperate struggle, have died from
their wounds, and two others are not expected to
live. Sheriff Gassowny. P. A. Prout and Jesse
Davis died 'art night. "Will" Oassoway and
Payne, who were wounded, cannot survive. Fin
ney'a wound Is si'cht.
Flonnce. Alh., Ai>ril ".—Simon Simpson, a negro.
was killed as a result of yesterday's tragedy at
Simpson went into a tiuteher shop and began to
curse all the men who had participated in the
kllllnK. He was ordered out by a white rn HU
named Walker. The negro refused to go. and
struck Walker on the head with a hoard. Walker
seized a butcher knife and hamstrung the negro
in each leg, and cut off the thumb oT his right
hand. The negro bled to death. Walker surren
dered to the authorities-
Another society has joined Tbe Tribune in Its
effort to get a proper city ordinance regulntine;
the cab service of this city. At a meeting of the
West End Association last night resolutions
were introducod and unanimously passed pledg
ing the support of that organisation to The
Tribune and the City Improvement Society 1n
their efforts to obtain better cab regulations.
These resolutions, which were offered by Josi;th
C. Pumpelly. read ns follows:
Whereas, this association heartily approves
of the efforts being made by The New- York
Tribune and the City Improvement Society to
regulate ;md improve the cab service of this
city: therefore, le It
Resolved. That the Grievance Committee be
empowered to co-operate with The New-Torfe
Tribune, the c|t> Improvement Society and Al
derman Herbert Parsons, and if possible have
such an ordinance passed by the Board of Alder-
men as will bring about this greatly desired
Already The Tribune, lias been assured of the
hearty co-operation of City Marshal Brown,
who expressed himself strongly in these col
umns recently Public sentiment ha.i been deep
ly stirred of late by the large number of gross
violations of city ordinances by cabman. Only
last night a Tribune reporter caw a flagrant
violation of the city ordinance by one of these
j'abnifn. At the Bowery and Canal-s»t. a crowd
of people had gathered, awaiting a car. Pres
ently a carriage drove up at full speed and the
driver charged through the crowd with utter
recklessness, A woman who had just steppe.}
iff a passing car was struck by the pole of the
carriage and knocked under the horse's* hoofs.
The driver was stopped and pulled from his
seat by Indignant bystanders, and it was dis
covered that be had no number on his carriage.
He refused to give his name, although his pas
sengers declared he was a public hackman. and.
as the woman was not seriously injured, he was
allowed to proceed. Such recklessness could
come only from the assurance that he would
not. in case of an accident, lose his license, as
his number could not be taken. This Incident
furnishes a fair example of the utter disregard,
either for the city ordinance or the public
safety, which characterizes the cabmen at th«
present time, and serves to emphasize: the need
of ordinances sufficiently stringent to Impress
on the cabmen the necessity <> observing them.
HAh'TFOßirs w;u M\vnh:
Hartford, Conn., April 7. Organized labor won
nr> victory in Hartford to day. following the ex
ample of Bridgeport and Ansonia, they have
elected a Mayor of the city. They captured the
Democratic nomination, ami their man. Ignatius
A. Sullivan, received the solid vote practically
of the trades unionists. Up received 6,630 to
6.134 'or Major William B. Dwlgbt, the Republi
can nominee. The Republicans succeeded In
electing a majority of th«> Common Council.
Sullivan's majority of 305 votes waa a sur
prise to many of the friends of Major Dwight,
who expected him to receive enough votes from
the dissatisfied Democrats to offsei the defec
tion of Republican workingmen.
The labor pt-uple paraded the streets, and
there is great rejoicing among them. Mr Sulli
van has be<ti ri clerk in a clothing store. He
waa "ne of the leaders in the organisation of
the clerks' l'ni.»n .< few years ago, and this
union affiliated with the central Labor Union.
He has been ever since a leader among the
workingmen. He has been presideni of the
Hartford Central Labor Union, and Is serving
h's second tersa as presideni of the State Fed
eration of Labor. He haa lived in Hartford
for seven years.
Philadelphia. April 7. -The retail meat dealers of
Philadelphia have .l.cl.Ted to fight the beef trust.
They Hssert that within the joist'; ten years the price
on all grades of meat* hits been almost doubled,
and they say that the trust is responsible for it. .
There are two classes of local meat dealers who
have grievances agiilnst the Western linns -those
who do their own butchering and make a speclalty
of Philadelphia dressed beef and the proprietors of
the meat stores who handle Westerd meat? almost
exclusively. The former hive three' protective or
ganisations—the West Philadelphia Stock Yards
Association, the Philadelphia Live Stock Associa
tion and the Wholesale Butchers' Association. The
retail dealers have now organized an association
which la known as the Retail .Meat Merchants'
Alliance. , ,
This organization proposes to make a stand
against the trust, and will meet on Wednesday
night to map out plans for the campaign There
are three hundred retail meat stores already in the
alliance and their proprietors say that beef is
weighed in Chicago, and they pay according to the
Chicago weight, despite the fact that there is con
siderable shrinkage in transit.
Local butchers— that is. the men who do their
own butchering— say that the greatest trouble is
that the trust not only controls the retailer, but
seeks to sell to the consumer as well. In proof of
this it is alleged that the trust sells direct to sev
eral of the large hotels, boarding houses, hospi
tals and other Institutions In this city. In this way
the trust has already driven many of the smaller
butchers out of. business, and is steadily encroach
ing upon the retail market. They also agree that
the trust Is responsible for the increase in prices.
The only remedy they can see is the passage of
some law by the legislature that will prevent insti
tutions receiving a State appropriation from buy
lug »iy thing froii any of the concerns in the trust.
After careful consideration of The Tribunes
proposition for an East Side subway. John B.
McDonald, contractor for the rapid transit
subway system, gave out a statement yester
day In which he warmly indorsed such a plan
Mr. McDonald furthermore consented l« OOtfkM
what he considered the most practicable route
for such an extension of the present rapid transit
system, and embodied his recommendations in a
map. which was drawn under his personal da
rectton, nnd which is reproduced this morning
in The Tribune
The route for an East Side subway, ac
cording to Mr. McDonald, should be r. long I.ex
lngton-ave. Its northern end should connect
with the eastern branch of the present rapid
transit road at One-hundred-and-forty-nlnth-st.
and Third-aye.. and its lower connection with
the main line should be either at Forty--.
St. or Fourteenth-st. Mr. McDonald said that if
a subway were built in Broadway from Union
Square to Long A<ve Square which would per
mit the operation of subway trains through
such a connecting link, thereby ' economizing:
time In the Harlem and Bronx express service,
he would recommend that the East Side subway
connect with the main line at Forty-second-st.
and Park-aye. If. on the other hind, authority
to build a Broadway subway could not be ob
tained. Mr. McDonald would recommend that
the East Side subway extend as far south as
Union Square, passing under Gramercy Park
and through Irving Place Such a connection
would relieve the congestion which would oth
erwise arise at the Grand Central Station in
case both East and West Side trains were run
northward on the same tracks as far as this
After commenting on the fact that thf» traffic
of a subway to the east of Central Park would
be exceedingly heavy and eventually prove p.
,i h nsset to th-- city. Mr McDonald made th»
Important statement that he would bid for th*
construction of such an extension, if th» con
tract were drawn or tli" same linos as that for
the present subway route. Sine*> it has been con
ceded by all the Interests involved In th*» *»xecu
tion of Jhe present rapid transit scheme that
.-fter all it Is Mr. McDonald who holds the
key to the construction of any extension of the
system, the announcement of the contractor
thai he favors an East Side route and stand.-?
! ready to bid for the work Is of the most far
i reaching Importance. In order to secure .1 har
! monious operation of an East Side route in con
junction with the main line It is clear that th-»
Fame interests should build and operate both.
Mr. McDonald furthermore emphasized the
• point, which has been made by The Tribune
from the beginning; that all the preliminary
work should be done at once, so that when the
city Is able to pay for the building of the road
construction may begin without delay. Ac
cordingly, he said the Rapid Transit Commis
sion should authorize as soon as possible In
vestigations by its engineers, from which care- i
ful estimates and plans could be prepared and
on which the consent of property owners could
be obtained. Serious delay, he added, had al
i ready occurred in beginning the construction
I of the line from the City Ball to Brooklyn, a!
though it was fully authorized.
•Th.- question of an East Side subway aim all
be taken up and thoroughly thrashed nut."* con
tinued Mr. McDonald. "Now Is the time for
discussion, bo that there will be no del.iv. An
East Side subway Is an absolute necessity, and
as Ions: as action is postponed in regard to it ,
the best interests of the city are suffering. I ;
am heartily in favor of what The Tribune has \
done to bring this subject before the public, and
invite general discussion. ».; -
. "From the very beginning I have been In '
favor of an East Side branch of the subway, for j
I saw the need of rapid transit in this greatly :
congested part of the city. The present system, {
as a matter of fact. Is not ■ complete without j
such a branch, which, in my opinion, should
consist of three tracks, so as to offer these i.«-.>
ple the fastest kind of an express service.
"All that Is necessary to show the demand }
for rapid transit east of Central Park Is -.to!
compare the population in this part of the .city |
with that on the "West Side. Such a compari- j
son has already been made in The Tribune, and j
it has shown that above flirty annual at i the |
' people without rapid transit facilities are nearly j
two hundred thousand in excess of these who j
will be benefited by the present Improvement. ■
"The preponderance of travel on the elevated |
and surface lines of the East Side, as has also
| been shown in The Tribune, at once demon
i srratea the great earning capacity which such :
air East Side branch would possess. And as the j
, road would eventually pass Into the possession
of the city the revenue which -.vould then flow
! Into the public treasury would be enormous. '
'' If the contract be let on the same terms as the j
present contract the city would not be out a
: single cent, but would simply extend its credit |
! for the time being.
"I understand that the city would not be able j
' at once to issue bonds for the construction of i
such a subway, for the reason that the debt
limit stands In the way. But I do not see why
the debt limit should prevent all the prelimi
nary work from being done The Rapid Transit
Commission has power. I understand, to take
such preliminary steps, such as making sur
veys, preparing plans and obtaining the con
sent of property owner a before the city I •■
thorities take action and the city 13 committed
to the Issuance of bonds.
"An example of the delay which is entailed by
waiting until the rlty Is able to undertake thn
work and to issue bonds is seen In the prea-nt
status of the Brooklyn extension scheme. The
Rapid Transit Commission passed resolution.3 »
year ago in favor of such a feeder to the*
present system, but there has been no adver*
tlsement for bids on th*» work. Now. If the pre
liminary work, had been got out of the way
first, bids could have been advertised for as
soon a? the city authorities voted for the Im
"What route on the East Side would you fa
vor. Mr. McDonald?" was asked.
"The question is too broad a on« to answer
definitely, Inasmuch as the situation must be
looked over from several points of view." was
the answer. "Personally. I have always thought
that I.exinston-ave. offered the most suitable
route. It penetrates the East Side very near
its centre, and by tunnelling under the Harlem
River it can be? extended into The Bronx to
connect with the eastern branch of the present
route ii Third-aye. and On»-hundred-and-forty
ninth -=* By this me - the people of th« up
per extern cart el The Bronx will get faster
service to the southern end of Manhattan, and.
consequently the congestion of the main line in;
upper Broadway •,•. "nil be considerably les
"The sou t nets cassssctlmi of an East Sid<» sub
nay could &•» made at either ore of two points.
If :i subway in Broadway from Union to I^SsJ
Arrp Square cannot be built in the near future I
should favor T 'nlon Square as fas point of con
nection. According to IMs plan the subway
would be brought d«wn raington-ave, t<y Ora
merey Park and under rh» park Into Inrtasj
Flare. The route -wonM the* be tiara - ■' Irving
P'nce to Fourteenth-st.. where the road amass]
turn to Iks east and connect with th«» main Tine.
"Passeneers trom the New-York Central --l
the -York. New-Haven a^d Hartford ratl
roads was might desire to utilize such an East
Side l|n» could board its trains at a station at
Forty-set at and Lexington-ave.. vMe)
would be easily accessible as soon as the ter
minal '•■op at the Grand Central Station si con
structed for suburban service. Thus it would I •
possible for these passengers to board the sub
way trains by simply stepping 1 across a plat
"An Irving Place i-onneetion would necessarily*
relieve the main lines of the subway between
Fourteenth-st. and Forty-second-st. There is
no doubt in my mind that as Ins tunnel is bei-ijf
built at present the service in this section will
be considerably congested. If. in addition, an
East Side feeder should empty into the main line
at Fortv-sr-cond-st.. this congestion would b<s
increased. If. on the other hand, the main Una
was tapped at Fourteenth-st. the congestion
at Forty-second-st. would to a great degree be
"Connection at Forty-second-st. with the East
Side branch has been favored by William Bar
i lay Parsons, chief engineer of the Rnpid Tran
sit Commission, and the subway tracks In
Fourth-aye. between Thirty-eighth-st. and For
ty-se.-ond-st. have been built especially wid» to
permit the eastern subway to branch off at this
point. Such a scheme has many features to rec
ommend it. and meets with my personal ap
proval if, a subway could be built in Broadway
between Union and Long Acre squares. Such a
connecting link in the present system is. to ray
mind. Indispensable. ''• means of it the time for
express trains to Harlem would be reduced sever
al minutes and the congestion at the Grand Cen
tral Station would be greatly relieved. If. how
ever, authority for subway in middle Broadway
cannot be obtained, the East Side subway should
join the main lin • at ITnion Square."
"Should such an E;tst Side subway be con
structed of two or more tracks?" asked The
Tribune reporter. ~*^
"The construction of a two track road through
this part of the city would be a very short
sighted policy." was the prompt answer. "A
two track road would have iittl-- to recommend
It over" the elevated lines. What the pV>op!f»
want of an ?m<lergrounrt line is rapid transit,
and they can't get it with a two track road, on
which ii would be necessary •to stop trains at
short intervals. By the construction of a threes
track road an express service which would be
almost equal to that of a four track system
could be afforded the public. The reason for
this i* that the rush traffic is south in the morn-
Ing and north in the evening."
The New-York Central announces a number of
first class excursions to St. Paul. Colorado. Utah.
California. Oregon and Yellowstone Park, at very
low rates. Itineraries now ready. Call at ticket
offices or address M. C. Roach. 1.216 Broadway.
New-York.— Advt.

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