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With the Figrslr.g cf the Mayor's salary bills
■*y the Governor yesterday the Board of Esti
mate and Apportionment will soon get down to
the practical work of readjusting the salaries
of all city employes outside of the jurisdiction
of the Board of Education, the Police and Fire
.departments and the Street Cleaning Depart
ment. The board yesterday pent out to the
'heads of departments a resolution requesting
them to submit before Saturday night of this
•<■•;; their revised salary lists, showing r<*duc-
• r tions of 10 per cent on the January payroll of
1002. This, the board thinks, is all that ran
'be brought about in the three weeks left be
tween now and May 1. The circular pent out by
the board instructs th* heads of departments
'that the teachers and uniformed forces? are
♦■xempt from their consideration. It is the inten
•ion of the Board of Estimate to get practically
all the grading of salaries done by May 1. The
heavy cutting of salaries will be left until th»
next budget is made up in th* fall, as the mem
bers of (be Board of Estimate find that under
the law the desired reductions cannot be made
In the short time given them under the salaries
bill. When the new budget is made next fall,
however, it is expected that the appropriations
for salaries In the various departments will be
bo materially cut down as to make it absolute
ly necessary for the departmental heads to ac
complish still further reductions.
The circular of instructions to department
"heads says that in bringing about retrench
ments it Is best to make removals -whenever pos
sible after hearing, rather than to retrench by
the simple abolition of places. Between now and
October 1 the Commissioners of Accounts will
have time to report on all th*» departments, and
Mayor Low hopes at that date to be in a posi
tion to deal with the. subject of salary reduc
tions more completely. The circular sent to
the department heads yesterday contains the
In cutting down Use payrolls of January 1.
1902. in order to comply with the requirements
of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.
the officers concerned are asked, as far as possi
ble, to give the benefit of the doubt tl' to vet
erans, as required by the spirit of the law; (_)
-to employes who have been in the service of the
city for a long term of years. If salaries are to
be reduced, the board hopes that the higher
.-salaries will share In the reduction and that the
chief burden of retrenchment will not fall upon
••those who receive the least pay.
' Neither the Mayor nor the Controller was
•able yesterday to give an approximate estimate
of the total amount of reduction to he made
-•under the salary bill. Men familiar with the
subject said that the amount would be in the
neighborhood of fM*VMs> this year. If this is all
the reduction that can be made on salary ac
counts this year, the revised budget is likely
to exceed the HO(MMMUQ9Q mark, although Con
troller Grout is anxious to keep it under that
sum. The department heads are instructed to
revise their salary lists, as far as possible, in
■accordance with the following grades:
Office boy er irlr; not to exceed $300
Junion clerk. *rrade 1 *?'
Junior ci-rk. crad- 2 M"
Junior clerk, err.d- 3 *?*'.
< lerk» and oth«rF. tirft cTa3e «•"
Oerks and others, second crade *•£•
Clerks awl other*, third crade l.«*J
<~erk* ani others, fourth irraor *'. ?
Oerkp «nd others, fifth Krade - 1.5^0
Clerko and others., sixth grade l..<™>
Clerks and others, seventh «rrad<? - I<e^X
Clerk* and ethers, eighth trade I.**"
«"!crk* and others, ninth trade I.JW
Clerks and others, tenth KTBde Z.ISS
Clerks end others, • >v.nth irrade 2.25"i
C!"r»t« an! others, twelfth srade - ♦""
Clrrka and others, thirteenth trade :!.!»<>
Clerks and oiners. fourteenth crade "■ « <«>
Clerks and others, fifteenth trade 2.550
Clf-rlts and others, sixteenth «rrad<" 3.0ij0
- Mayor Low yesterday accepted ten bills for the
city and vetoed six. Among the bills he approved
was the one setting aside for the use of Hudson
.River traffic the portion of the water front be
tween Fifty-first and Firty-fourth ft. piers, North
•River. The Mayor sent with his approval of this
bill a memorandum giving his reasons for acting
favorably on the measure, in part as follows:
This traffic is now located in this district, and
■has teen since IS?:.. At th- very end of the last ad
ministration, in 1901. Th- outgoing Docks Board
leased for live years at $1,500 a year the north slae
of the pier at the foot of Fifty-second -at. Not only
was this a scandalously low rental for the half or
a pier the exclusive occupancy of whi'-h was to be
enjoyed for five years, but the lease threatened to
<3rive the Hudson River trade away from this dis
trict, ■where it had become domesticated, and to
make- it. at the very least, uncertain where this
"business in brick, stone, sand and other building
materials could be carried on. Under these clrcum
etances this bill has been asked for. and has come
before Jr.- for consideration. It is objected that the
ibili constitutes an Improper interference with the
cltv's own control of it - water front, and that, in
that sense, it is a breach of the proper doctrine of
home rule. It if further objected that the 1,:..,
while ostensibly dealing with the trade in building
materials, is really in the Interest of th«- Ice Trust.
The latter suggestion has little weight. Tor ice can
rot be unloaded at any pier or bulkhead without an
ice bridge the permit for which must be Issued by
the Dock* Commissioner. Those who have urged
this objection ne«'d havft little fear that the Ice
Trust will be unduly favored by this administra
tion The first objection, however, aeservea serious
consideration. It is evident necessary for a
steamship line to control the exclusive use of its
pier and for a t-rm of years. It Is. therefore, the
well' settled policy of the city to give leases of
•olers to be used by steamship lines for periods of
ten "wenty or even thirty years, such leases often
■carrying the privilege of renewal It ie equally
«pWitia! for those who deal In building materials
to lie able to be sure of permanent accommodations
ror their business in a piven locality: ar.l it may I*
•.doXi it i* equally Important for ail those in the
"... of New-York who den! In such materials to be
able to know at what point their supplies are to be
had. It adds to the home rule quality of my ac
tion in accepting this bill that Assemblyman Fitz
ierald who represents the Assembly district in
rich this trade is now concentrated has asked me
to give it my approval. He believes it to be to the
advantage of his district, as I believe it to be for
the advantage of the city.
The Mayor also accepted the following:
Senate bill No. 985— T0 relieve the law depart
ment from paying fees to city, county or other
°'eenate bill No. 1.3t-Relat!ve to railroad In Clin
lon-ave.. Brooklyn. „
Senate bill No. 1.195 To amend the greater New
"York charter relating to the preference in the paid
Fire Department of volunteer firemen.
Senate bill No. 1.2*3— 1n relation to jurors, and
the appointment and duties of a Commissioner of
Jurors In the county of Kings.
■ Senate bill No. lifts— To amend the charter rela
tive to the jurisdiction of the Fire Department over
harbor fires.
- Assembly bill No. 1,330-To enable the Fire Com
missioner *to rehear and determine the charge
against AHrefl J. Stuart, formerly a member of the
uniformed force of the Fire Department, and to re
instate him in paid department.
Assembly bill No. l.of*— Relative to the motive
power to "be used In the Park-aye. tunnel by the
New- York ana Harlem Railroad.
Assembly bill No. 1.193— Relative to the method
cf payment of cost of the construction of bridge
over the Bronx River at Wectrhester-ave.
Th« Mayor returned as unaccepted the following:
Assembly bin No. I,«TS—To establish Hamilton
Assembly bill No. l,5S*-For the relief of John
Chie*a» extending- his time to file notice of Intention
to sue for personal injuries.
. Assembly bill No. 1.397— T0 Incorporate the Volun
teer Firemen's Benevolent -elation of Rich
mond Hill.
Assembly bill No. 877— T0 release the real estate
of St. Joseph's Asylum, in the city of New-York,
from assessments heretofore made.
t Senate bill No. 177— Relative to appeals from th«
•decisions of the superintendents of building* In
ann for the various boroughs of the city of New-
York, retarding the mode, manner of construction
or materials to be used in the erection or alteration
of buildings.
Senate bill No. 903— T0 amend the greater New-
York charter In relation to qualifications of patrol
men and firemen.
President Swanstrom of Brooklyn asked the
Mayor yesterday st a public hearing to approve a
bill providing for the Board of Estimate to authorize
an extra $1,000,000 for street paving, making the
total paving appropriation $3,000,000. "Brooklyn."
said President Kwajistrom. "is a city of schools,
hospitals and cobblestones. The cobblestones have
proved .i veritable nightmare to Its citizens. The
borough was discriminated «g.mr t l-y th. i: s t.id
ministration, and received only t.' ■' ' /o for p^l?sr
to 58.a M,O« which was allowed Manhattan and! he
Bronx! It would be only an act of Justice to them
for you to approve this measure." _ .
The Mayor said that in view of the fact that
ther* was no opposition to the bill he would l ap
prove It. There were hearings on a number of bills.
R. Fulton Cutting, president of the Citizens
Union, last night milt a letter to the Board of
Estimate and Apportionment calling for a strict
enforcement of ;h. eiTht hour law in the city de
partments. Be sa>* city employes, working from
9 to 6. get in only thirty-eight hours a week In
stead of forty-fight, and that this represents a
direct loss to the city of HI per cent. Mr. Cutting's
letter is, in part, as follows:
The average city employe receives lonp wipes
for short hours, and should work the full g"'.""'' l
of eieht hours: any man worth his salt Is willing
to (In th.-it. Many heads of departments and their
chief assistants work many more than elpht hours,
in labor involving great anxieties and responsi
bilities; much more than should the average cierK
or other city employe he content to work at least
for eieht hours. We havo reason to believe they
average about six and .ne half hours. If this
abase was corrected It vmild, of coarse, lead to
numerous dismi^als of non whose services are
not needed, a desirable thinp in our judgment, giv
ing the Commissioners the much needed oppor
tunity of dlsmi!=PinK the incompetents and pol
itical' hangers on. men jrho ou^ht never to have
been appointed, and retaining In the service the
most competent and reliahle men.
Argument was heard yesterday afternoon In
the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, in
Brooklyn, on the appeal from the order of Jus
tice Gaynor. directing Colonel Norman S. Dike
to turn over to Charles Guden the books ami
papers of the Sheriffs office of Kings County, or
stand committed to the Raymond Street Jail.
Jerry A. Wernberg. counsel for Gnden, de
clared that if Guden could be removed for prom
ising that if he were elected he would appoint
Bert Beta his counsel, Mayor Low was equally
subject to removal, became during the campaign
he had promised to remove Devery. Justices
Woodward, Bartlett and Jenks declared that
this was a fair argument, after Justice Good
rich had Interrupted the speaker by saying. "We
are not arguging Mayor Low's case just now."
The chambers of the Appellate Division were
crowded as they have not been for years when
the argument was opened by Judge G. P. B.
Hasbrouck on behalf of Colonel Pike. It was
announced that General Benjamin F. Tracy,
who was taken sick since he was arguing on be
half of the order before Justice Gaynor. was
Ptill too ill to appear. His place was taken by
Mr. Wernberg. Judge Hasbrouck said In part:
There is no limit in the constitution of the
State on the power of a Governor to remove a
Sheriff from office on charges, except that the
Sheriff shall have notice of the charges and an
opportunity to be heard. The people are re
sponsible for making the constitution. They
are supposed to be acquainted with Its contents,
and when they choose a Governor they choose
him with a knowledge of the powers with which
the constitution and the laws clothe him.
The act of the Governor in removing Guden
was a political and executive act, and not the
subject of review by the courts. Over the po
litical, constitutional right of the executive —
neither law nor equity— they are given no power.
Mr. Wernberg, on behalf of Guden, contended
that the Governor's certificate of removal was of
itself void because it did not appear that Guden
was found guilty of the charges preferred. H
declared that Guden was not charged with per
jury, and that there was no evidence of per
jury taken at th" hearing before the Governor.
Then occurred Mr. Wernberg'a reference to
Mayor Low.
After the argument of the books and papers
case the court heard argument on the appeal
from Justice Gaynor's decision in the habeas
corpus proceedings, which were taken to get
fin opinion of the court as to who was the legal
Sheriff of Kings County. Joseph A. Budd, for
merly Corporation Counsel of Brooklyn, ap
peared for Colonel Dike in this proceeding. He
answered the argument of the other side, that
the Governor had no right to remove a man
who had been elected by the people, by saving
that lh« Governor was also elected by th<- peo
ple, -I'"! in exercising his authority was acting
in behalf of the people. Charles H. Hyde spoke
on the other side. Briefs ■were submitted and a
decision will be handed down as quickly «'is pos
The Tammany Executive Commit te<; yesterday
afternoon adapted resolutions attacking the Beef
Trust. Unfeeling people when they heard of it
suggested that beefsteak dinners, formerly so much
in vogue in Tammany circles, came pretty hit:']
now for those out of office, and that the animus
toward the }•; - f Trust could be found in that cir
cumstance. It was not f?o very long ago that the
Tammany Executive Committee adopted resolu
tions condemning ship subsidies, but since the dis
covery was made that Lewis Nix^n, the new leader
of Tammany. is In favor of ship subsidies, nothing
baa been heard in the Wigwam about opposition to
th'st subsidies.
Sir. Nixon was present at the meeting of the
Executive Committee yesterday, and offered the
Beof Trust resolutions, as follows:
Whereas, In common with the masses of the
people of the Ptate, v.-c have watched with alarm
the apparent Indisposition of 'Aw Republican At
torneys General at Albany i'nd Washington to
enforce as against the lawless rapacity of the Beef
Trust, a conspiracy in trade made possible by the
tariff policy of the Republican party, the anti-trust
laws framed through the efforts of this organiza
tion for the- prevention of monopoly, and
Whereas, the. oons{iirat«rß in the He'f Trust,
heedless of the sufferings in thousands of homes
produced by their action, lmva increased and Bt!U
continue to Increase the price of beef and other
meats— the staple food of the people— using In the
accomplishment of this purpose the boycotting of
labor, the "bJackllstlu*" and oppression of ail deal
ers attempting to act Independently, the manipula
tion of prices by arbitrary and secret agreements,
the cornering of the market and the making of
Illegal, discriminating froit-lit contracts with rail
roads and other public carriers; now, therefore,
be it
Resolved. That we denounce the conspiracy In
trade known as the Beef Trust, demand the repeal
of these provisions of the tariff placing an import
duty on foreign meats, and in the name of the law
which this conspiracy violates ntii the people
whom it opposes, require the Attorney General at
Washington and the Attorney General at Albany to
forthwith proceed against It: and. be It
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent
to each member of the New-York delegation in
Congress and to the Attorney General of the United
States and to the Attorney General of the State,
and that a committee of three he appointed by the
chair to take such action. If any. on behalf of this
organization for the suppression of such Beef
Trust as may be necessary.
These will be submitted to the general commit
tee, which meets on April 11.
London, April B.— After the Cabinet meeting
to-day A. J. Balfonr. the government loader,
informed the Liberal leader. Sir Henry Canip
bell-Bannerman. in the House of Commons, that
the government had no Important information
regarding the peace negotiations in South
Copenhagen. April B.— King Christian to-day cele
brated hie eighty-fourth birthday, surround^ by
his children and grandchildren. The monarch, who
Is well preserved In mind and body, entered Into all
the festivities. Sixty members of royal families
were present at the palace and took part in the
gayetleß. which Included a reception at noon by
the King, a family dinner, and in the evening- an
entertainment, with a concert by the singers of the
Royal Theatre. His majesty was the recipient of
gifts from most of th- royal personages of Eu
rope. Extensive celebrations of the King's birth
day took place throughout Denmark, including: mil
itary parades and feasting. ; ->;
sepoys: Kinrn by IFGHAXB.
PimU. Ir.dia, April f Fifteen Sepoys were am
bu*h«-<l on April 7on the Mahmud frontier. K'cht
of the eoidicrs were kilied *n.l ihret were wouuded.
The executive committee of the Central Liquor
Dealers' Association, composed of live delegates
from each district organization, held a meeting
yesterday afternoon in the Lexington Opera
H< use mid talked in secret for more than two
hours. After the meeting the members of the com
mittee lined to tell newspaper men the nature of
the discussion or what conclusions were reached.
When asked if there was a decision to close all the
saloons next Sunday, pome of the men laughed and
said they had not thought of such a step. One mar.
said that he thought counsel of the association
would make preparations for resisting the efforts of
the police to close the saloons and would defend any
saloonkeepers who were arrested for refusing to
close their places. Peter Seery. a former Tammany
official, who keeps a saloon in Second-aye.. was said
to have presented the following statement, which
met with favor, at the meeting':
We believe in the enforcement of all laws that
govern the small dealers, but we do not believe that
the so-called "nine laws" should ** enforced at all..
Arrests of small tradesmen, pedlers, „on, .on Sun
day IS wrongful, in the opinion of the membw, , and
they denounce generally the illiberal enforcement or
laws on Sundays. ..... j «i-«™ "
Such enforcement will encourage blind tigers.
•'speak castes" and places of that sort. the reason
Saloons are necessary in large cities f or the reason
that, the travelling public has no place to go to
when the saloon is closed.
Mr Beery and Hugh Dolan both declared that the
meeting was an harmonious one. notwithstanding
its great length. They asserted that while many
things were discussed, the Sunday closing matter
did not receive especial attention.
A "reformer" in a letter to The Tribune ha? ad
vanced the idea of a strike among the bartenders of
the city as a means ..flopping sales of liquor at
prohibited hours, saying:
It would seem as though it was In order for thorn
to demand short hours for their work and tow*»
on Sunday, if they would take this posJUon th. ;
Question of closing the saloon would be ea»Uj
solved, and further, is it not .probable thP 100
keepera would fall in with this idea pro* ,MnK a,
the saloons would close, because It is ver> Prol.at rfo
it doos not pay the saloonkeepers at the present
time to keep open on Sundays?
District Attorney Jerome is to make an address
before the Men's Club of the Judson Memorial
Church at X.i 53 WashliiKton Square South, to
morrow evening at 8 o'clock on "The Sunday Ques
tion as to the Saloon." After the address there will
be opportunity for general discussion.
Accused of receiving money under pretense of
securing appointments on the police force. Mrs.
Mary G. Gilbert, of No. 116 East Elghty-fourth-st..
was arrested by Detective Sergeant Rynders, of
the District Attorney's office, on Monday night.
When she was arraigned before Magistrate Mott. in
the Harlem court, yesterday morning she was held
in $1,000 bail for examination to-morrow afternoon.
Conrad Bchultze, a private detective employed by
District Attorney Jerome, was the complainant
against the woman. He said he had secured an
introduction to her, representing himself as Henry
G Schroeder of Brooklyn, an applicant for appoint
ment on the police force, who stands No. id on th«
eligible list. He pays she promised to ' have his
name moved to near the top of the list for »W.
and that he gave that sum to her in marked lulls
before she was arrested.
Alpbonse G. Koelble. the woman's counsel, MM
she was a respectable woman, who was Innocent
of wrongdoing, and had been caught in a. trap.
Schultze, th.- lawyer Bays, was introduced to her
by a policeman named Becker, who paid he and
the purposed Schroeder were engaged in some hu?i
ness deaL Becker le/t letters for the other man.
which Mrs. Gilbert kept for him. and on Monday
evening Schultze went to Mrs. Gilbert's house and
left J4'»\ raying that Bfcker would call for the
money. Mr? Gilbert foolishly took the money, (he
lawyer says, supposing that Beek<-r would call for
it, l"it she was immediately arrested.
After an exciting nnd hot tempered debate. In
which the lie. was passed, between Alderman Culkln
and Alderman Wlrth. the board yesterday, by a
vote of S3 to 13. adopt' d the minority report of the
Committee, on PoMee advocating the restoration of
the three platoon system.
"We have as much risht to cons ire Colonel Part
ridge," said Alderman Wirth. with great warmth,
"as we have to censure Nixon. the leader of Tam
many Hall, for not paying 1 lhing wires to his
men "
"Order! Order!*" yelled the Tammany men. a
dozen of whom sprang to th*ir feet and crowded
Cor the aisle.
"But. of course." .«aid Mr. Wirth. "Mr. Nixon Is
only a politician."
"There are some doubts about that." Interrupted
Alderman Mathewß, nn'l the crowd laughs.
'•Alderman Culkra." resumed Mr. wlrth. glaring
at tin: Manhattan city father, "did not Introduce
his resolution in good faith"
"Alderman Wirth in a liar!" shouted Cuikln,
jumping to his feet, 'if he makes that statement
about me."
In an instant there was «n uproar. Vlee-Presl
<l< nt Mclnneß, presiding;, rapped vigorously fur or
der. Under the prompting of his friends mid the
chair. Mr. Culkin withdrew his remarks, provider",
that Alderman Wirth did likewise. Alderman
Wirth did not say anything.
Abraham Gruber, ex-Governor Black's law part
ner and Republican leader in the XXlst Assembly
District, appeared as counsel for Detective Ser
geants Butler, Cronln, Flnley and Hennessey in the
Centre-st. court yesterday, when Magistrate Cor
nea resumed an examination of th<s case of Al
phonse Voulialre, a "crook." and Edward Coen
faoven, a "Herald" reporter, who were arrested
near Police Headquarters last Friday night with
th« "swag" of a "fake" burglary In their posses
sion. This is the case in which the house No. IS
West Beventy-second-st. was broken Into In an at
tempt to catch detective sergeants in a trap and
show that they were accepting money from thieves
and protecting them in the disposal of stolen Roods.
The trap in this case closed on the men who were
playing irappirs.
After a short examination Magistrate Cornell
Bald he did not think well of the evidence that the
prisoners had committed a burglary or were in the
possession of roods actually stolen, but Mr. Gruber,
on behalf of the detectives, presented charges of
attempted bribery which the magistrate said ap
peared to be more serious. The complaint which
Mr. Umber prepared says that the two prisoners
approached Butler at the Summit Hotel. In the
Bowery, on April 1, and offered him $5 if he would
agree to protect them in certain unlawful opera
tions they were about to undertake.
After the complaint was read Assistant District
Attorney Sandford asked, "Is that supposed to
charge bribery?"
"Most certainly." said the magistrate. "I think
that It charges bribery."
Further examination was postponed until to-mor
row afternoon at the request of Mr. Oruber. who
said he desired to get subpoenas for witnesses. The
prisoners were paroled again in the custody of the
District Attorney.
On the charge of stealing $1,640 from Joseph O.
Wilson at a "creeping Joint." In West Thlrty-sev
enth-st.. on March 30, Maude Smith was, arraigned
at the Jefferson Market Court yesterday by De
tective Sergeant Vallely. The man who made the
complaint against the prisoner was said/ to be out
of town, trying: to make arrangements with cred
itors, on account of the loss of the money, but a
lawyer said he would bo in court to-day, and
ValleJy said Commissioner Partridge desired to
have the case in court put over until to-day. The
magistrate consented to the delay, although the
woman's counsel objected, declaring 1 that the
woman had been held in custody since Saturday.
Commission*** Partridge said th* other day that
ft friend of his had been robbed of more than $1,600
in the place .n West Thirty-seventh-st. Charles
and Annie Thomas, of that place, were arrested
last Wednesday on the charge of stealing such a
sum of money from Joseph wilklns. but they were
discharged the same day because the complainant
did not appear in court. There was an intimation
yesterday that the name of the complainant wan
neither Wilson nor Wilklns. Vallely said no part
of the stolen money had been recovered.
William Strauss died yesterday at his home. No.
20 East Sevcnty-fourth-st.. from neurasthenia. The
death was unexpected, as Mr. Strauss had not been
seriously ill till three days ago. For several years
he had been in somewhat bad health, and had
travelled extensively for his health. One year ago
he went to Hamburg. Germany.
Mr. Strauss was born in V<.2 in this city. He waa
a graduate cf the New-York University and of the
Columbia Law School. He. devoted his life to the
practice of law. His offices were at No. 80 Broad
st He was counsel for the Minneapolis and St.
Louis Railroad Company, land grant commissioner
for the Texas and Pacific Railway Company and
general counsel for the Great Eastern Casualty and
Indemnity Company. He was a member of the Re
publican Club, and at one time acted on the Com
mittee of Thirty. He leaves a wife and an unmar
ried daughter
The elections in the "West Hudson towns yester
day were quiet. In Kearny and Arlington the
Republicans elected thfir entire tickets as usual.
In Harrison the Democrats elected their alder
man candidates in the First. Second and Fourth
wards. ar«d the school commissioners from the
same wards. The Third Ward was carried by the
Republican. The result is the same as last year,
leaving both the alderman and school boards with
Democratic majorities.
In North Hudson the Democrats were generally
successful. In Guttenburg they had no opposi
tion and in West Hoboken they elected the en
tire ticket. In Union Hill Kmil Oroth. Democrat,
was elected Mayor over Philip Werner, Republican.
The election was close. Grotb winning by thirty
three votes. Tn West New-York the entire Demo
cratic ticket was chosen, except one councilman.
Montclalr, N. J.. April *.— Althoogii it rained
hard all day, it was a decidedly Repuhllrßn day
at the municipal election here. The election r,f
every Republican candidate is assured. David D.
Duncan, a New-York lawyer, who headed the
Republican ticket for councilman at large, the
Mayor In nil except title, was elected by nhout
100 majority Th<- four councllmen moron are an
Republicans, and so are the rest of the ( 'l"'"' rp
One Democrat holds over in the council. lie will
be the only Democrat in office in the town. It
was also voted to spend $10,000 for new roads.
$7d rvm for n new school building and Jfi/W for a
new school site in the upper part of the city.
Bloomfieid. N. J.. April R— The election here to
day was a victory for the Republicans. Peterson.
the regular Republican candidate for councilman,
was elected by 24fi majority. Cronin. the Repub
lican in the Third Ward, was elected by £7 ma
jority Moore, In the First Ward, nominated by
the "citizens, was elected by 34 majority, and
Walker, also a citizens" candidate, was. elected by
30 majority.
London. April 9.— Telegraphing from the capi
tal of Montenegro, the correspondent of "The
Daily Mail" reports heavy fighting between
Turks and Christians tn the province of Xovl
zabar, in European Turkey, and that a revolu
tion is spreading.
Klkhnrt, 111.. April B.— Jasper Oglesby. the
twenty-year-old son of the late Governor Rich
ard .T. Oirlesby, arrived at his home here to-day
from abroad. He emphatically rienled the re
port of his engagement to marry a wealthy
New-York woman.
He alleged that a friend, as a Joke, announced
the engagement. The dinner on board the
steamer St. Paul, he pays, was given in honor
of a man and woman who wer-> really engaged.
Washington. April The SenatA Committee on
Pestofflees and Postroads to-day considered the
question of changing the present rural free delivery
system to a contract system, but after listening to
an opposing argument by A. W. Machen, superin
tendent of the rural free delivery service, decided
not to make the change.
[bt Tr.i.rr.r.irti to thf, thhu ne ]
Snn Francisco, April » United States Marshal
Charles F. Sturm, for the Western District of
New-York, arrived here to-day with nineteen China
men Who hn<l been oatieht on th« northern border
of New-York while trying to cross fr'-m Canada.
They were sen! back to China on the steamer
Gaelic to-day.
Sturm says that for some t!m° contractors hay»
been bringing Chinese from Vancouver to Toronto
and Hamilton, from which places They were
pmiiKgletl over into the United States. Contractors
receive from $ir«n to 1200 each for Mongolians when
delivered In this country, fo that the tram.-; Is
This is the first large party to be returned to
Augusta, Ga., April S.— The striking mill opera
tives refused to call their strike off, and at 6:31
this evening the lockout In the Augusta district
went Into effect. The Manufacturers* Association
met last night, and decided to fight to the end.
This means that there will not be a spindle turn
ing in Augusta or the House Creek Valley to
morrow morning. Everything Is quint. About ten
thousand operatives are affected.
Seven hundred girls employed In the Brooklyn
factories of the American Can Company joined the
men strikers yesterday morning. A large number
of the girl strikers, both in Brooklyn and Manhat
tan, braved the rain yesterday to attend a meeting
of all the strikers in New Irvine Hall. Broome-st..
near Norfoik-Rt. When they reached the hnll they
were greeted -with cheers, and Delegate Kelly, who
was chairman, ordered that the men on the plat
form make way for the girls. When the men were
supposed to be oft the platform, and the glrla were
seated, a man was observed among the girls. lie
was ordered to go down, but refused, and was
dragged forcibly off the platform, struggling all
the way.
Secretary Fitzpatriek. of the union, made a
ppi-fch in which he paid that the firm had 111
factories throughout the country. If the demand
for the abolition of the time slips was not granted,
he said, the strike would be extended to them all.
After May 1 the Hotel Bristol, at Forty-secona
st. and Fifth-avc.. will be closed. Tho reason
given by John L. Cbadwtck, the proprietor, to a
Tribune reporter last night for shutting up the
hostlery after thirty years of successful operation
was the Increased rent to be charged after that
date. "A hotel." he said, "cannot be run profitably
at the new rental."
The hotel, an do a number of houses and other
buildings In the neighborhood, stands on leased
land belonging to the (Jerrys. According to tiv
terms of the leasa a new valuation may bo fixed
it tho end of each period of twenty years.
One of these periods will expire on May 1, and
the new valuation is said to be upward of 100 per
cent above the old. The lessee pays the taxes ami
5 per cent on the valuation for the use of the.
land. At the end of the period) if the lease is
not renewed, the building becomes the property of
the Gerry estate.
Russell Sage's house stands, on this leasehold
land, and ho is said to be one of the few Who will
make a new lease. The land on which his house
stands. 25x100 feet, is now valued at $200,000. When
he. took it the plot was valued at |K,OM.
The land on which the Hotel Bristol stands,
which Is 75x100 feet, is valued at 1900,000 This is
nearly J500.000 more than it was valued at twenty
one years ago.
The Hotel Bristol was built by Captain William
H. Wobb, the shipbuilder, thirty-two years ago. and
was the forerunner of the higher Class of apart
ment hotels. The land was owned by the Living
stons, and descended to Mrs. Gerry on the death Of
her mother. Captain Webb sublet the hotel to
lingerie M. ■ Earl, who turned, the lease over to
John L. Chadwick, his brother-in-law, ten years
It is reported that when the building is vacated II
will be replaced by a modern hotel or an office
jrsTir-E nir.PERsr.EEVE dissolves
The temporary injunctions obtained by Harry
Content and Walter Content and by Isidor
Wormser, jr., to restrain the Metropolitan Street
Railway Company, the Interurban Street Rail
way Ccmp-iny and the Metropolitan Securities
Company from entering into the arrangement
by which the Metropolitan Street Railway Com
pany's franchises and properties were to be
leased to the Interurban Street Railway Com
pany, were yesterday dissolved by Justice Oil
dcisleeve in the Supreme Court.
Justice Gildersleeve also denied the applica
tion of the Contents and Mr. Wormser to con
tinue the temporary injunctions obtained by
them pending the trial of the actions.
Immediately after the close of the court pro
ceedings the lease was executed by which all
the Metropolitan Street Railway interests were
turned over to the Interurban company. The
lease was then filed with the proper authorities
in Albany, Westchester and New-York coun
Under the new arrangement Uk Metropolitan
Street Railway Company shareholder;; will re
c< ive a r'^rpetual dividend of 7 per cent on their
,«toek. The Merropolitan Securities Company hi
to receive the certificates under the agreement
between the Interurban and Metropolitan com
Roth complaints alleged that the arrangement
was frnudulent. and that the Metropolitan Street
Railway Cosnpairjr slisniai>Man would not r»
celve U lnrpe a dividend as they would get if
the arrangement should not be carried into
After reading Justice Gildersleeves's decision
a representative of she Metropolitan Street Rail
way Company made the following statement:
The plan will now proceed along the original
lines. The only thine that was enjoined was the
actual tnking of possession under the lease. Tho
subscription warrants representing th.- right or
the stockholders of the Metropolitan Street Rail
way Company to subscribe to the capital stock
of the. Metropolitan Securities Company are about
to bo mailed. Owing to delay in mailing them. th*»
time within which punsrrlptiorjs will De received
has been extended to and including Tuesday. April
22, 1991,
I?idor Wornser, jr., said that his original sniit
did not contemplate the request for ■ prelimi
nary Injunction, and that he was satisfied to
a wait the- flpa! outcome of a suit on its trial on
the merits?. "Of course," added Mr. WtTMTT,
"they may go nhend anrl make the lawM>, but
will they""
A peculiar feature of th» litigation, which Is
exciting a great deal of comment in the Street,
is the appearance in it, in one capacity o r an
other, of certain men who have from time to
time figured in unsuccessful "stockholders*
suits" directed against !arg» corporations; and
Wall Street recall? at this tim* the proceedings
instituted against the Brooklyn Rapid Transit
Company and the New-Amsterdam Has Com
pany, in ISW, and against th? Consolidated
Gas Company trustees and the American Steel
and Wire Company officers, in l'H». not to speak
of the "Peter Power" proceedings and the Amer
ican Tobacco case, now pending.
Justice r;iidersleeve. in his opinion, after not
ing that the "alleged contract of lease" of the
Metropolitan Street Railway Company to the
Interurban Street Railway Company was rati
fied by about SO per cent of the stock of th*
former corporation and all the stock of the lat
ter, describing the organization, capitalization
and scop* of th» two companies named and the
Metropolitan Securities Company, mentioning
the fact that Kuhn. T.oen & Co. have under
written at par the entire, capital stock of ?30.
<Ym\ooo of the Metropolitan Securities Company,
conditioned upon the approval of the lease, and
outlining in detail the considerations which ac
cording to the contention of th» directors of
the Metropolitan Street Railway Company de
cld<»<l them to adopt the plan of leasing their
property to the mtprurban Street Railway Com
pany, continues, in part, as follows:
The business done by corporations In this coun
try is of great magnitude, nn<i embraces every field
of industry. Where th» shares ar-» widely dis
tribute.! it is comparatively easy for a few men
who one*) acquire control, though holding but .i
small portion of the stock, to continue in power.
For Instance, the entire holdings of the present
board of directors of the Metropolitan company are
but about 28,000 out of 529.000 shares. It is of th.»
highest importance that the officers and Directors
of ft eorporntinn should have the confidence of tne
stockholders. Thin Is indispensable to the peaceful
and secure enjoyment by an owner of the property
represented by certificates of stocks or oonrts.
The arts, therefore, of th" officer* and directors,
although approved by a majority of th» stock
holders, are properly subjected to the freest in
■miry and closest scrutiny by any stockholder, and,
when chnllenged and the protection of the court in
voked should ••■■•.•• most careful consideration.
It is clear that the provisions of Section 7S of
th» Railroad law authorize a lease from ope rail
road corporation to another by which the lessee
may acqulra the use of the lessor's roal. After ■
careful examination of the lease in question I am
Of the opinion that the provisions of Section "
have been compiled with The fallacy of plnln
tiffs' claim that there Is a merger and consolidation
of the two companies is too apparent to call for
discussion. i hoi.i that the lease cannot be wild to
be void upon Its face as a matter of law. anil there
fore that the continuance of the temporary injunc
tions ennnot rent upon thi? srround.
The court will no* substitute its own Judgment
upon a business proposition for that ox the di
rectors ami of a majority of the stockholders,
providing they are acting honestly. T can fln.l no
evidence here that overcomes the presumption that
the directors and majority stockholders are acting
In good faith.
It appears from the pipers before us that the
Inter-Urban Company, having obtains! from the
Securities Company the right to subscribe for
$23.1' v ».f""<> of the sto.'k of <«aiil Securities Company,
accords to the stockholders of record of th» Met
ropolitan Company the opportunity of subscribing,
according to their respective holding, for said
$23 40O*»» of capital stock .it par upon the same
terms as to time of pnynwn* of subscriptions, as
are accorded to other siibfvcrlbers. This stock, A*
wa have sc>-n. has been underwritten at par by
Messrs Kuhn, T.oeh & Co. It is cl.ilmed by th?
plaintiff* that this privilege compels the minority
stockholders to take their interest In the surplus
value of the property, over the 7 per cont. in a
different enterprise, and in effect amounts to a
compulsory diversion of part of the stockholders'
property to another business outside of the char
tered purposes of the company. I cannot acres
with this contention. I see In this option no ele
ment of fraud or Illegality.
It is true th:it if the lease becomes operative
th- stockholders are limlte«l to an annual dividend
of 7 per cent for SW year:;, no matter how great
the earnings and profit's of the Metropolitan system
may become. It is true that should the net earn
ings of the system in time exceed 7 per cent the
holders of the stock of the Metropolitan Securities
Company would got the benefit. Those considera
tions however, do not affect the bona fides of the
plan now sought to be carried out by the Metro
politan Company.
ASSETS $70*1.
Among the petitions filed yesterday in the Clerk's
office of the United States District Court was that
of John A. Van Ilensselcer. of No. 53 Washington
Square South, who is in business at Room No. 26.
No. CC Broadway. The liabilities, accor.Hng to the
petition, are J3.-J2J75; the nominal assets. $7CS. The
indebtedness hi chiefly for money borrowed on
promissory notes. Judgment has been obtained on
mos: of tliem. Th« principal creditors are S. Van
liensselaer, South Orange. MSI; the estate of Gracie
King. No, <>5 Broadway. JoOO: Mary K. Van Rt-n.--Sf
laer. Newport. R. 1., $&•>•; 'he estate of F. A. L.
Wallln. $:"2. and Maurice Daly. JluO. The petitioner
I>»< wearing apparel worth. fy*> and mining stocks
with .i nominal value of J3OO.
INSTEAD OK $3i.00a. *
■ - .
President Joseph P. Wood, of the Mount Vernon
Hoard of Education, r.nnoi.n.'c.i yesterday that
Andrew CansaglS had Increased his gift for a ll
brary at Mount Vernon from J33.0C0 to &0.000. When
Mr, Carnegie male his first gift, to Mount Vernon
the School Board 'found thai it wouM cost nearly;
$» 500 a year to run a $33,000 library, and only *•"..'' '•
to maintain a JW>.i"»K> building. An appeal was
made for more money, and Mr. Carnegie grunted
the request Immediately.
Albany, April 8. — A messenger bearing th*
lease of the Metropolitan Street Railway system
to the Interurban Street Railway Company, ap
peared at the Secretary of State's office this af
ternoon and filed the document.
The lease is dated February 14. 1002. and de
clares that both the lessor company, the Metro
politan Street Railway Company, and the lessee.
the Interurban Street Railway Company, own
and operate street railways in the city of N»w-
York. The street railway lines owned by the
lessor company are then enumerated. They em
brace every important road in New-York City.
The lines leased and operated by the Metro
politan Street Railway Company are mentioned.
This includes the lease of the Third Avenue
Railroad Company.
The Metropolitan Street Railway Company, In
consideration of certain agreements, leases for
a period of l>0i» years to the Interurban Street
Railway Company, "all the railroads of the.
lessor and all railroads which the lessor may
acquire, together with all the branches, con
nections, extensions, franchises, rights, powers
and privilege- of the lessor to maintain, con
struct and operate railroad- and railroad routes.
all the parcels of real estate hereinbefore de
scribed, all of which franchises are subject to
various conditions by which they are heM by
the lessor: all power houses, car houses, build
ings, poles, trolleys, conduits, fetuers. cables.
wires and machinery for the production and dis
tribution of electrical and other power and all
cars, equipment, tools and other personalty.**
The lessee is to pay all taxes and rentals. The
lessee is also to pay the lessor by way of rental
for the railroads and property demised "an
amount equal to 7 per cent per annum upon
the existing capital stock of the lessor.'* The
lessor may pay out of its existing surplus a
dividend of one and three-quarters per cent
on April 15, 1902. The rentals are based, upon
the present issued capital stock of the lessor.
532,000,00). The lessee guarantees to every
present and future holder of the $,">-. 0»J»>.000 of
stock of the lessor "that dividends upon such
stock, at the rate of 7 per cent per annum, shall
be paid during the term of this lease."
The lessee i". to furnish to the lessor the sum
of S2&KMMMMIU "for the purpose of paying the
unfunded debt of the lessor and providing for
expenditures for improving, extending and
equipping the lines of railroad and other prop
erty of the lessor and its subsidiary companies.
At least $5,000,000 of this amount is to be paid
to the lessor within forty days after the ap
proval of the lease by the stockholders of the
In consideration of the 523.000.000 the lessor
assigns its holding* of the shares of capital
stock of the Third Avenue Railroad Company
and some ether companies mentioned, to the
lessee. The act of incorporation also says:
"Unless some , her date be hereafter agreed
upon in writing between the parties hereto, the
first day of April. r.*>-\ shall, for the purposes
of this lease, be deemed to be the date on which
the lessee takes possession hereunder. whatever
be the actual dat» thereof."
The lease !■ sign-.! by H. H. Vreeland. as
president of the Metropolitan Street Railway
Company, and, by T. P. Fowler, as president of
the Interurban Street Railway Company.
Severe arraignment of the present management
of the Republican party in Kln^s County Is th»
main feature of the address -which the men. who
under th» leadership of the Brooklyn Yours: Re
publican Club are attempting to work a reforma
tion In the party, will make public in a few days.
The appeal is addressed to the -Republicans ot
Kings County." It BB«a on to say that the RepuS
llcan County Committee is under the control of
Its executive committed, 'the members of which,
with MM or two exceptions, hay"» steadily and con
sistently bargained away the rights of their con
stituents and the honor of their party for official
places for themselves. The result has been that
one man has practically controlled the destinies
of the party, supported by others whose sole desire
Is to absorb the emoluments of (Be* and make
Iwrsata and sale of nominations for personal
The address continues In another place:
We «'harp" th« executive committee with lnccnri
petency; wiih contempt of the rights ■•: the voter*
rnrt worker': with violating the principles of party
guffraß* by depriving minor organizations or tn<»
party of their risrht to name their own financing
official' with b«7 faith In forming a combination
by which each one of Us members obtained and te
r .,,. holding publi.' rr- with ilenant rtisobeaieace
to tH« almost universal <«entiment of the party in
their rapport of the present chairman of the ex
ecutive committee.
The fight by the rejrular organization against th<*
leadership In the Twenty-third Ward -' Walter 3.
Atterburv. "who opposed the autocratic methcd3
of tiM former chairman of the committee." is tnen
con?taered. "Xever before In the history •! th*»
Republican party in Brooklyn have the money and
Influence which, of right, are the property of •■
whole party, been turned la such base uses, and
never before has the right of free speech and honest
opposition to unworthy methods been made the
object of such a vicious attack." the address says.
Concerning one of the present leaders the address
has the lowing to say:
The executive committee has been dominated by
the will of an Individual member, whose career nas
been characterized by the worst forms of commer
cialism and whose activity as a leader has been
r^r.ftnf 1 to the winning of a single district &£
methods which, it Is alleged, are the reverse o.
The appeal ends as follows:
Every Republican who loves hi? party and every
citizen who believes In popular government In it
fullest sense should aid in this effort. This is not
an anti-orjraiiizatlon contest: it does not aspire to
the control of conventions n»r the dictation •">■
nomination for office. It i-- >irr ly an effort to throw
off the incubus of Inefficient and selfish party man
agement and to put the people again in possession
of their party rights and privilege?.
Chicago, April «.— A convention of the Interstate
Telephone Association will be held ,it the Sherman
House on April 3. II and 11. The association is
composed of the Independent telephone exchanges
tn the States of Illinois. Wisconsin. Michigan. Indi
ana. Kentucky. Missouri and lowa.
According to "The Inter Ocean." the expectation
M th.it before the meeting adjourns all the smaller
telephone companies in the country will have been
At Jolts! yesterday the Interstate company placed
on record ■ cle.-.i of trust for laWWO.OtfIL Th'.s
amoinl of securities will he on hand at the meet
in* to be held to-morrow, which Is called for tne
pttrwc of apportioning the new bonds In exchange
for'rapitnl stock of th* seven thousand exchanges
involved in the transaction.
Chicago. April S.-"The Daily News" t<->-<lay says:
A financial transaction of big proportions was
announced to-day In telephone circles. The MJBJJ
rrnment of Germany appear; as the PJi" ha^^t
patent rights covering all Europe. except ureat
Britain. Ireland and France for an automat c
switchboard manufactured in Chicago. The lea! v
the. result of seven months' Investigation lntt"|
„tv by a representative of th, Ger . m *" i',T£ a
ment. The electrical appliances wilt displace a
telephone system of forty thousand Instruments.
One person can keep an "Mr." system in order.
Fall River. Mass.. April I A wage earners' divi
dend of 5 per cent, earned since September _U-t.
9 to be paid to the operatives of the Kins * "'"'
mill. The dividend will k* computed trova Sep
tember to March, and will amount to more than .
week's wages. -This wil' be the first d «^|f«« th ;
this kind ever P-'-id In Fall River »Ithougßi"J
Bourn* mill, just over tne Rhode Island ua*- j
operated on the profit sharing plan. j

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