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Taxpayer? will he interested in knowing that
cults aggr^ting about §L«O3.<XK> have been
or are about to be brought i, ; . the city against
the street railway companies for the cost* of
repair* to pavements within and adjoining
«t-pct railroad tracks. This statement is made
on\he authority cf George L. Rives. Corpora
tion Counsel. The following correspondence is
Hen. George L. Hives. Corporation Counsel City of
r££"si??h have before me a transcript ol an
o, in^n to the Corporation Counsel, under date of
o^cson b> tn, ii , Jab ,, Uv of r. m -et railways
2£ y thfcL\ of re .ai:> to the pavements within and
SSotaLS Vh°ir trVck. I also -have abstracts of the
*hare"r" mi-i tbe special laws from which all of
,h v. c th<!r powers co ?r cifv
„:, held thai V-/"";i' : '"!^
y,i-r • responsible for die outlays made '- v the cit>
*nr th-u jiurpo«- Pursuant to this opinion, eighty-
bills against twenty different street
railway corporations, covering the period I***"-"
lanuafv 1 W'< mid December SI. were made
out and forwarded t.. the chief rterk of the Depart
ment of Public Works, with Instructions that the>
he sect the Oorporatton Counsel in order that he
ir.ißht brin^ suit thereon to enforce *"?.„£">
rights. The aggres^ie at Ihese Mils was :t...t: t...t 4...
U having appeared several months later that the
a-tl.in desired had not i». . n taken, duplicate bills
and further Instructions were pent February -fi.
Inquiry was made of the Corporation Counsel's
office several months ago as to the status of these
cs?e« No definite information could be gain* ■:.
Will you kimliy inform me whether or not these
bills were transmitted to The office new in your
charge, and whether any steps looking toward the
enforcement of the city's claims wore taken? If
the papers h.ive been received ;ui<l are on iVe in
j-our ohice. 1 would like your permission to nave
copies of the bills •■'■'■■ Mr ■■■■ •-■ of this asso
1 shall be pleased to supply you with ■ pie* of
the correspondence ar.rf of the opinion, .-is well as
the abstracts from the charter and the various
Pltase favor me with an early reply. Very re
spectfully yours,
For the Merchants' Association of New- York.
March 30 ' KB.
Frederick 15. Do Berard. iCsq., for the Merchants'
Association of New-York
Dear Sir: I am in receipt of your favor of March
2. ISO 2. in which you ask to be advised whether
fighty-three separate bill? against twenty different
street railway corporations, covering the period be
tween January l. l>v», and December 31. 1894. for
the cost of repairs to pavements within and adjoin
ing street railroad tracks, which hills, aggregating
!&i?,637 45, were made out and forwarded to the
chief clerk at the Department of Public "Works,
with Instructions that th.-y be sent to the Cor
poration Counsel for the purpose of having suits
brought thereon to enforce the city's rights, were
ever received by this department. You state that
co definite information could be pained I v you
feveral months ago upon Inajulr* at the Corpora
tion ("ours, office as to the Flatus of the matter.
I cannot say, without being furnished with copies
of the bills, whether suits have been begun to re
rover their amount from the railway companies. A
Dumber of suits were began In August. 1898. by the
service of a summons in each case, and complaints
In those actions have been quite recently -served.
Some of them are now at issue and will be reached
for trial in due course. A number of other actions
nave Been begun quite recently, to recover the cost
d' paviner within and about the tracks of certain
ureet railway companies, and I believe that the
eppreirate of the claims upon which actions either
cave been, or are about to he brought by the city
under my direction -Kill be in the neighborhood of
It is proper that I should state that recovery by
the city in every case is by no means assured." not
only because of lapse of ,:in<- and difficulty of ob
j iaining testimony essential to the city's recovery.
Sat also because of questions of law which have
cot as yet been settled, and failure, by no means
tcli-able in every instance, on the part of the city
euthoritie? to observe certain legal formalities in
.-connection with the scatter.
1 should be glad to> receive copies of the cor
respondence and abstracts from the charters and
various statutes referred to In your letter. I have
» copy of the opinion of the Corporation Counsel
Sf May 23. 1595. Respectfully yours.
O. X,. RIVE.S, Corporation Counsel.
March 30. 1502.
In a letter to Commissioner of Public Works
Brookfield. dated May 23, ISO"*, Francis M.
Scott, Corporation Counsel, wrote in acknowl
edging the receipt of a letter from General Col
tls, Deputy Commissioner of Public Works:
I have noted with interest the position taken by
Ueaeral Inspector Mr. Nicholas R. O'Connor as to
the effect of Section SS of Chapter 565 of the Laws
of IS?2, relative to street surface railroads.
. . I am inclined to think that your department may
properly insist that thin very general provision of
law which is quoted In full in the Inclosed com
pilation may •■■ held to apply to any existing street
furface railroad company now operating a line of
railroad on Manhattan Island. It Is taken from
Chapter 252 of the Laws of ISM. known as the
"Cantor Act," which, in its original shape In that
act. undoubtedly applied only to corporations ob
taining franchises in accordance with its pro
Its language h-is, however, been sb changed by
the legislature in codifying the laws relating to
railroad corjorations that it may well be that the
courts would hold that such change indicated an
Intention on the part of the legislature to do what
,- is undoubtedly within Its power, namely, to im
••M this obligation upon all street surface rail
road companies, regardless of the time and of the
act under which th. might be organized.
Your department will. 1 think, be justified in in
sisting upon this constructor, and if it be tenable
it will snlv* all doubts as to the obligations which
various railroad companies in this city may b<*
under in the respect ■hi' 1 we are considering. I
&m. yours truly. FRANCIS M. SCOTT.
Counsel to the Corporation.
Frederick il.i 1 . De Rerard, of the Merchants*
I Association, in conversation yesterday with a
Tribune reporter regard ing these RUlta. SaM:
. "These suits were begun in l '.*i, when th"
Summonses were served, but the complaints
r.-. served only a few days .ii. K. C. North,
• Water Purveyor, who has charge of the repav
lEg of the streets, took the initiative in this mat
ter In I*-!".', by submitting the question to the
Commissioner of Public Works through the Cor
poration Counsel. The latter held that the com
panies were liable, and suit was begun on Mr.
North's statement of fact. Nothing- however,
bas been <•'..„- from that tim" to this. The
claims of th^ city at that time related to Man
hattan and The Bronx only, the old city of New-
Votk, but now the cart rack* In Brooklyn and
Staten Inland pre also considered to be liable.
. "The amount of money sued for Is the amount
paid by the city to repair the damage to the
Pavenen:s caused by the railroad companies.
The laying of the tracks in the streets concen
trates the traffic in a very narrow space, which
wears out the pavements very soon. Since the
troiley cars came into operation, it has been
observed that the ration destroys the asphalt
v >- than hors'-s. The cars are heavier, and
. <ire run at higher speed than the old horsecar.s."
Corporation Counsel Rives said to a Tribune
reporter yesterday in regard to these suits.
"The force in this office is so small in com
parison -.ith the work we have to do that
everything that can be put off is put on. In a
suit against the city the plaintiff is anxious to
get the suit on as soon as possible. When the
!Ty. however, is suing the Metropolitan Street
Kail way Company, for example, the defendant
■ not In any hurry. But, before the courts ad
journ, ' will try to take up all cases in which
the city is plaintiff. Many cases of this charac
ter canmt Ix pushed at present, because there
are so irany cases in which the city id the de
fendant. I want the Board of Estimate to give
me more help. I am very conscious that this
business of suits in which the city is plaintiff
has been much neglected of late years. It is
natural tlat this should be so, because we have
not the necessary force. • I have enough high
priced me», but I ant more juniors to prepare
cases for '.rial. I need more clerical help. We
are also t»ylng to collect taxes, th*- amount of
ivhich is v.ry much greater than the $1,000,000
Involved in these railroad suits.
"The agreements of different railroads with
the city viry. I understand that recently a
. court in IJnoklyn decided a case -where a man
was injured through defective paving of a rail
road, holdirg that the railroad was not liable
'or the eondtion of the paving. The reason, as
I remember it, «as that he railroad company
•was made responsible only for stone paving,
■■d that Ist.- the city had asphalted the street.
Before Rept*riber- :;•» lp.st suits were begun
against th" Central Crosstown. the Broadway
and Seventh venue, the Kighth Avenue and
the Forty-Bec«id Street, Manhattanville/and St.
Nicholas Aveiue Railroad companies. About a
h " , dozen, ( suits lave been begun since Septem
t" ber 80." I . ...
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♦ ~/» - „,™,.* ■»- nfolnf "WnTT Jenkins the Fresrdent 19 easily distinguished", standing !*t the
in the above pnotograpn or tne .me in Charleston, when President Ko^^\^^ t^ t^ t ll^^^^^^' wlthilla hand thrust in his coat, is Mr. Wagoner, the
centre, holding the sword. Major Jenkins is the officer in uniform to the left, facing the P r-sld.nt. On the n P h .ot^V^ n ' Goyernor MeSweVey of South Carolina and Governor
president of the Exposition. Next, in the order named, to the right, are Attorney General Knox. Major Smyth of Charleston, ooye
Aycock of North Carolina, the last two being seated. . . . ■
Klerksdorp. Transvaal Colony, April 10.— Th««
representatives of the Orange Free State and
the Transvaal governments held conferences
yesterday afternoon and to-day. The delibera
tions were confined to the delegates, and no
communication was allowed with outsiders.
The approach of President Steyn and Generals
De Wet and Delarey, with their staffs, who ar
rived here at noon yesterday, was signallized at
11 a. m. by the arrival of a flag of truce at an
outpost. An officer, with an escort, was sent
out, and the former President and the two gen
erals rode into Klerkadorp in Cape carts. The
Orange Colony's envoys were accompanied by
Judge Hcrtzog. Commandant Oliver and six
other persons. General Delarey had with him
his secretary and a dozen Boers. The Free
State representatives are quarter^ in the oil
town. General Delarey joined the Transvaal
party in the new town. A conference tent was
pitched midway between the two towns, and
free communication was permitted to the Boer
delegates, but they were suitably guarded.
London. April 11.— In the Boose of Commons
at midnight to-night A. J. Halfour. the govern
ment leader, replying to a question asked by
Hir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, the Liberal
leader In the House, declared that the govern
ment had no information concerning the peace
rumors, and that there was no foundation for
Enquiries made to-night at the War Office
elicited the statement that nothing was known
about the rumors of peace or the alleged tele
gram from Lord Roberts to Dover, in which he
is reported to have said the war was over.
TO COXTEST l/7\" /.7;'>' WILL.
Philadelphia. April 11.— T. J. Minion, an attor
ney and son-in-law of Colonel McKee, the dead
colored millionaire, said to-day that he repre
sented the daughter and grandson of the dead
man, and that a contest of the will would be
made. Colonel McKce left $2,000,000 tO Arch
bishop Ryan in trust for church and educational
Archbishop Ryan was astonished when told
of th'- scope of the testator's plans, and more
surprised when told that he was an executor of
ln<? estate. "I did not know he was a Catho
lic,*" was th<» Archbishop's comment. He de
rlteed to say anything for publication on the
subject of McKee's will.
"The man was eccentric." said Attorney Clin
ton warmly to-day; "he was eccentric to the
last degree for many yean past."
The leaning toward the Catholic Church which
hi? will so patently shows began, it Is said, in
MM, When Colonel McK»e was taken ill and
was nursed by two Roman Catholic Sisters.
From that time on. while still paying his pew
rent at the Presbyterian Church in his neigh
borhood, he is reported to have evinced a pref
erence for the Catholic faith.
From a man who stood close to the family it
was learned to-day that some time ago Mrs.
syphax. Colonel McKees daughter, said sig
nificantly: "The Sisters of the Catholic Church
are visiting here so much that I feel sure he is
interested In that religion. He i? good to the
Sisters, and not always good to me. If he leaves
me half his estate and the other half to the
Catholic Church I will be well content. But I
expect that the Catholic Church will get a great
A friend of the family says that the million-
Sire was parsimonious. "He was very close in
deed was old man McKee," said this friend.
•It didn't cost him $1,000 a year to live, and
his only pleasure in life was accumulating
money and property."
The college for Which the will provides is to
be erected on a farm near Croydon, and is to be
a counterpart of Girard College In its workings
and aims. Th" inmates shall be given a sound
Eniriisfa education and a naval training similar
to that given at Annapolis. In front of the
college building there is to be an equestrian
«ta.tue of Colonel McKee. and on Decoration
and Founder's days there is to be a parade of
the students and the statue is to be decorated.
The most peculiar feature of the will, which
cuts off the relatives and leaves nearly every
thing to a church with which the testator Is
not known to have been affiliated, is that none
of the main provisions of the will become opera
tive until the death of the daughter. Mrs. By
phax, and the six grandchildren.
6borte*t and beat route be Buffalo.— Advfc - —■>-•
( r*.. r .yri<;ht; 1902: By The Tribune A!wcl*tl«n.)
[Special to The Tribune by Krench Oab>.l
London. April V2.— The ministers evaded ques
tions relating: to the Boer conference yesterday,
but emphasized the fact that military operations
had not been suspended. No official explanation
has been made In regard, to a sepret und<-r
standlng between Lord Kitchener and General
Schalkburger upon which the I'oer leaders asked
and received a safe conduct and facilities for
reaching their companion* In arms". If this did
not exclude a Boer claim for Independence and
separate nationality. Lord Kitchener was less
businesslike than usual.
A Cabinet council ha.* I n hastily summoned
tr. meet to-day, and this fact, coupled with the
return of the King to town some days before h>
was expected, is regarded as showing that the
government is In receipt <«r some Important
communication from Lord Kitchener. There is
no actual news :<s yet from the Boer chiefs, who
are still in conference at Kterksdorp, but the
Impression prevails that Lord Kitchener has
addressed certain queries to the British Govern
ment a« to the terms which England would be
willing to accord, and that the matter will be
considered by the Cabinet to-. lav.
The prevailing opinion among members of
Parliament Is that a long step has been taken In
the direction of peace, but that considerable time
may be required for reaching the goal. The
Klns's sudden change of plans and his return
to London tend to confirm the view that pro
posals of peace have been roughly outlined, and
that the ministers desire to consult with him.
The Boer leaders In Holland. I am convinced,
are expecting peace, and. while they are ad
vocating war to the bitter end, aggressive talk
la their natural reply to the ministerial assur
ance that there is no armistice and that the
campaign Is K"iiiK " n -
Commandant ElofTs family would not have
returned to South Africa unless there had been
a prospect of early peace, and there are many
other Indications that the days of Boer exile
are numbered. The envoys are evidently run
ning short of money and are eager to return.
They ridicule the idea that peace can he made
without their help.
Lord Kitchener has probably enaWed General
Schalkbur K er to Use a British Wire in pommunl
ratine with Mr. Kr.ißer. The terms of peace
forced unnn the Roer leaders will represent,
without doubt, the wishes of the chief leadere In
South Africa and in Europe.
"The Manchester Cuardian" comments with
little intelligence upon the action of the Danish
I^ndsthinK in hangin X up the treaty for the
pale of the islands until a vote can he taken.
It commends this decision on the ground that
the subjects of a free government are not chat
tels to be transferred without their consent
from one owner to another.
The truth is that the anti-sale faction is
cuilty of gross inconsistency in clamoring for a
popular vote before the transfer of the territory
and then reporting in favor of a vote by the
property owners in which the mass of the
KiiiK'f island subjects can have no part.
Nothing, in reality, has been settled by the
three reports presented to the Landsthing. The
lower house will never join the Landpthtng in
ordering a property owners 1 election, and after
a deadlock between the two cha.nbers ratifica
tion followed by a popular vote will be the.
natural compromise.
The real leader of the anti-sale movement has
been Princess Marie d'Orleans. who has been
actively supported by the Empress Dowager of
Russia— a fantastic COSifttM of royalist France
and autocratic Russia for preventing the re
moval of a possible source of trouble between
Germany and the United States.
Edinburgh University paid exceptional honor
to two American educators in conferring degrees
on President Pchurman and Professor James.
I. N. F.
The Boston Horse Show, which will be held in
that city during all nest week, promises to be a
creat success. There have already been more than
one thousand entries. See to-morrow • Tribune.-
Advt. - -•-• •---.- - - -■;• •
GOT ABOUT S44,OOO IN 1900-*Ol.
Since The Tribune began Its exposure of the
reckless and extravagant methods of the recent
Board of Supervisors of Westchester Coun
ty, new facts are continually coming to light
which do not reflect credit on the board, and
which make it easy to understand why the
member! did not hesitate to rush through the
recent graveyard schemes, although nearly all
of the people- In th<i neighborhoods itn wriirh
they were to be' situated were opposed to them.
It hnn developed that the day on which the
Hickory Grove scheme, which is so bitterly op
posed by the residents of Larchmont and Mamar
oneck. came up for final action was the last
day of their terms for a number of supervisors,
and everything was brushed aside in the way of
parliamentary rules an. l legal Objections to give
them an opportunity to vote for it. Some of the
supervisors say that they were anlxous to vote
for it in order to keep faith with the Cemetery
Association. But they do not give the reason
why they were so anxious to keep faith with an
outside corporation at the expense of incurring
the wrath of their constituents, it is apparent
that some extremely strong pressure must have
been brought to bear. At the time that the grab
went through one of the retiring supervisors
was In the chair. He ruled every objection made
by the opponents of the scheme but of order,
and put it through with a rush. Then he laid
aside the gavel and retired from the board.
Supervisor Frank Hardy Is going to celebrate
the advent of the cemetery into his town with ■
beefsteak dinner, to be given at the Larchmont
Yacht Club, on the night of April 23. All of the
supervisors and some of the ex-members of the
board who voted for a cemetery at Larchmont
are to get together on this occasion. It is said
that William Murray, treasurer of the yacht
club, is to help entertain the supervisors. Mr.
Murray Is said to be one of the chief promoters
of the cemetery. He Is the only large property
owner in Mamaroneck who is in favor of the
graveyard, and the other residents complain that
Mr. Hardy, in ignoring their protests and voting
for the scheme, did so out of friendship for him.
The newspaper talk about the board, which
was brought on by Its flagrant acts in relation
to the cemetery grabs, has had one effect, at
least. The members have decided to drop all of
the ex-supervisors who have been holding on to
committees and drawing money after their
terms were out. This wMI knock off three su
pervisors, at least, who have had soft berths.
Two of them have been m the famous com
mittee on the locking system of the Jail. They
have discovered a system of locking the doors
which cost the county $IL\<K>O. Another mem
ber who has lost his place belonged to the
good roads committee. It is said that a multi
tude Of abuses are hidden behind the movement
for good roads in Westchester County, and If
some of the bills could be published exactly as
they were incurred, they would open the eyes
of the taxpayers.
Some supervisors who have pursued conscien
tious careers complain that the reports in The
Tribune do not give them credit, and that they
do not deserve to be condemned with their more
extravagant colleagues. The following report,
which \trs prepared by a Republican leader, is
designed to show exactly how much each mem
ber who served in the term of 11KK)-'O1 received
from the county and towns for compensation for
his services and personal expenses. It is be
lieved that in a number of cases the sums are
far too small, but the amounts are as correct as
it Is possible to obtain them from the super
visors' book. This book has an innocent looking
table printed in small type. | which shows the
compensation and mileage allowed to each tax
supervisor. According to the table the mem
bers received about $1(5,(XK1 last year, but this
computation is deceptive. Scattered through the
town accounts and the list of the county's
audited bills are figures which show that the
amount was about $44,000. The table follows:
Town* and Total compensation
rifle* Supervisor. Politics. and expenses.
fWforT Isaac W. Turner ( R. > *2.524 41
?ortlandt. Jam^H. Hal C ht (R.) I.MB M
FaVt "heW. Herbert P. Lent (D.) t.«3'| «
oSJnbSS. Georse • C. Menile, <R.)
i urri ' oZarS T. OtV ID.) •»»
" XV«h ";, lames F LWIMI « Ft.) M
Mamaron«k. C*ar!e« M. Baxter (U.) !.•*••■
Continued on third page.
Poughkeepaie, X. V.. April 11. — Mrs. Nina Car
penter Tower, wife of Albert Edward Tower, a
millionaire living on the Hyde Park Kond. shot
and kitted her fuurteea-ytar-oM son. Albert
Tn«>r. at 11:45 o'clock last night, and then
killed herself. She shot her son the times, three
bullets entering his abdomen and alow, one the.
lefl breast and another his mouth. Throwing
aside the .32-caHhre pistol with which she killed
hi boy. Mrs. Tower took up ■ .4."»-c;ilibre pis
tol, and. .ifter two ineffectual attempts, lodged
a bullet in her brain. Mrs. Tower had been in
8 nervous condition for a week. Dr. R. K.
Tuthill had treated her. but it was not thought
by her physicians or family that her mind was
■-- Last -night Douglas Taylor, the mm or ■
neighbor, called at the Tower mansion and was
entertained by Mrs. Tower and her son. Mr.
Taylor and Albert Tower played ping pong un
til 10:3*1 o'clock, when the former went home.
Mr. Tower, the father, had been railed down to
the Poughkeepsie Iron Furnace by reason of
something going wrong there. Mrs. Tower
asked him sever il times over the telephone to
come home, but he delayed start until after
Mr. Taylor left the house. There was nobody
there except Mrs. Tower and her son. two maids
and a cook. At what lime th*» mother and boy
retired is not known. At 11:45 ..dock the ser
vants were awakened by a fusillade of shots in
Albert's room. They heard a groan, and then
an exclamation of anguish from Mrs. Tower,
who screamed. "Oh. Albert, Albert:' Then more
shots followed. The frightened servants sent
out to the carriage house for Robert Pavitt. the
butler, Who for 1 the door to Mrs. Tower's
room, which was fastened by a chain on the in
side The room was brightly lighted, as were
the three communicating bedrooms. In the
thin! room he saw Mrs. Towers body lying
crosswise on the bed. She was' dead, and blood
was streaming from a ghastly wound in her
head. On the floor Of Albert's room, adjoin
ing, lay the body of the boy, also dead. The
butler called up Dr. Tuthill and also sent word
to Mr. Tower, at the furnace, that Mrs. Tower
was shot. Subsequently, Mr. Tower telephoned
to Dr. Tuthill to hurry up. and the doctor and
husband arrived at the house at the s.itiu- time,
about l'J:4r> o'clock this morning. Mr. Tower
started to go upstairs, but the butler whispered
to Dr. Tuthitl n'«t to let him. as both Mrs. Tower
and her son were dead. The physician advised
Mr Tower to remain downstairs, and he dM ■•>.
Dr. TtithiM found that tin- two had been dead
about an hour. Mrs. Tower was attired in a red
dressing gown i".i slipper*. She bad evidently
walked into her son's room while he was stoop
ing and shot him in the mouth. The pistol wan
held so close that it scorched the bed clothing,
and the bullet passed through several folds of
the top sheet. When bat son struggled to his
feet she Brad four more bullets in his body.
Coroner Harry Selfridge made an Investigation,
and announced to-night that he would return a
verdict that while temporarily insane Mrs.
Tower killed her boy and then herself. The
bodies were prepared for burial to-day. The
funeral will be held OS Monday and will be
private. The mother and son will be placed in
the Tower vault In the Rural Cemetery.
Mrs. Tower was a daughter of Judge B. Plate
Carpenter, of Montana, who served one term as
Governor before the Territory became a State.
He was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor in
the Folger campaign in this. State. Mr. Tower
and his brother, Joseph Trickerman Tower, an:
the sons of the late Albert Tower. They divided
between them his fortune of $7." *">.<•»•(•. Mr.
and Mrs. J. T. Tower arrived here to-day from
their home at Tuxedo. Mr. and Mrs. A. E.
Tower spent the last several summer- at New
port They entertained lavishly on their hand
some yacht Krl King, and were well known in
the summer colony there. The tragedy created
a great sensation here.
Washington, April It.— J. A. Terlne. thirty-five
years old, of No 502 Third-st.. Brooklyn, committed
suicide here this morning. He shot himself In the
head at a local hotel, and died later at the Emer
gency Hospital. Papers in his possession Indicated
that ho was connect^ with the p. r,f..1,i Engraving
Company, of Brooklyn.
James Albert Perine was a photo-engraver, em
ployed until recently by the Allen PUhßßßsaaj Com
pany. Fifth-aye. and Twentieth-st.. Manhattan.
Since the firs: of the year he had been a member
of the Penfold Engraving Company, at No SSt to
37' Bridge-st.. Brooklyn, It Is saM that his new
business venture had not been a success, and that
last Saturday be had been trying to negotiate pome
paper In order to raise some money.
Nicholas Murray Butler, who succeeded Seth Low
in the presidency of Columbia University, is to be
installed in his new office on April 13. Photographs
Of the faculty and views of the colleges composing;
the university in to-morrow's .Tribune.— Advt. . .
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on njscTHK Mi:iii'>i's.
Washington. April 11. Some remarks which
Mr. Depew. of New-York, made yesterday con
cerning the proposed amendment to the constitu
tion providing for th. election of Senators by pop
ular vote, in the course of which he criticised
Southern election methods, precipitated a sensa
tional debate in the Senate to-day. Mr. Money,
of Mississippi, .to whose State the New-York
Senator had referred, replied tartly to some
of the statements of Mr. -i ■•■'.'-. and defended
the suffrage clauses in th. Mississippi consti
Mr. Depew made a warm reply, and attacked
the election method? not only of Mississippi
but of several other Southern States. He inti
mated that if fair methods were employed in
those States Republican Senators would be here
as their representatives.
His remarks drew a sharp lire from several
Senators. Mr. Money and his colleague. Mr.
McLaurin, explained Mississippi election meth
ods, and Mr. Simmons, of North Carolina, as
serted that Mr. Depew had been entirely mis
taken about the operation of the constitution
of that State, and that his statements were
erroneous". Mr. Blackburn, of Kentucky, sharp
ly arraigned the New-York Senator for his com
ments on Kentucky elections, defended the
Goebel election law. and asserted that Mr.
Depew did not know the facts in regard to Ken
tucky politics.
Mr. Money said he did not quire understand
why Mr. Depew should discuss the question at
this time, as it was generally understood that
the resolution would be reported adversely to
th- Senate. He said Mr. Depew had selected
Mississippi to criticise for disfranchising its citi
zens, and to contrast with the State of New-
York. He did not know whether the amend
ment proposed by Mr. Depew or his remarks
thereon were intended to deter any one from
supporting the resolution, but if it were so in
tended it would fail of its object. The rattle of
small arms, he said, would frighten nobody. He
would content himself with replying to the fire
of the skirmishers, with a promise that when
the heavy guns were brought into action it
would be the effort of his side of the chamber to
afford them entertainment. '
Ref- rrn? to a statement of Mr. Depew. he sail
i that if the vote of the people of a State was to
I be denominated "a small oligarchy." wbatssali
be said of the influence of great corporation
who had their representatives in this body? He
denied that the right to vote was denied to any
citizen of Mississippi by the constitution of the
State. "When a State like Massachusetts or
Mississippi." said he. "says that a man must be
able to write and understand a paragraph of
the constitution, that is not a disability within
the purview of the Fourteenth Amendment.'*
Replying to one of Mr. Depew's argument? l .
Mr. Money said he could not understand how the
sovereignty of ■ State would be invaded by the
adoption of an amendment to the constitution •
providing for the election of Senators by the
people, but he could see that the efforts of cor
porations anil trusts to crowd the Senate cham
ber with their agents would be invaded. Mr.
Money said Mississippi had a registered vote
of 125.0W, but many did not vote because of
the poll tax of .*2. and he believed the body
politic was the purer because of the self-ex
clusion of such people. In conclusion. Mr.
Money declared that it was not the Southern
States which were dissatisfied with the present
method of electing United States Senators, but
Republican States, which evidently were dis
satisfied with their representation in this cham
Mr. n-cevv immediately replied to Mr. Money*3
remarks. He said he had proposed his amend
ment because he desired to get the important
question before the Senate and the country.
Some legislature? had adopted resolutions in
favor of electing United States Senators by the
people, but evidently there had been no proper
consideration of the question. The prop.-.;*
amendment had passed the House of Represen
tatives without a moment's consideration or dis
cussion, the effort seemingly being to unloail
the whole question on the Senate
Mr. Depew insisted that if Senators were to be
elected by popular vote the whole question of
their election would be called up whenever their
credentials were presented. "When the Senator
from Mississippi shall come here." said Mr.
; D,.|i.'u. 'an.l I hone he may continue to come.
i th*" Senate will want to know whether citizens
1 of Mississippi have had the right, under the
constitution of the United States, to vote for or
; against him. If any of them have been de
prived of that righ*. the Senator will have a
1 hard row to travel when he takes hi? seat."
Mr. Depew sail he had no disposition to inter
fere With the lecal affairs of any Southern State.
and he would not favor a so-called "force bill,"
but when the men of New- York had cast votes
in accordance with manhood saffrajre they had
a right to demand to know what similar votes
had baaa cast in Mississippi. He declared that
the registration boards in Mississippi were se
lected practically from •"■•■ party, and for one
particular purpose — to prevent the negro from
voting. The negroes, he asserted, never could
satisfy the registration boards that they were
qualified to vote. That was the kind of popu
lar vote by which United States Senators wouM
be sent here from Mississippi. and those methods
would serve only to precipitate agitation- in the
Senat- Chamber. If a change were to be made
in the method of sleeting Senators, then the
electorate must be kept entirely pure and fre2
frcm any suggestion of unfairness.
He declared that if there were manhood suf
frage In Virginia. Kentucky and North Carolina *
there would be Republican Senators- in this
chamber from those States. There had been no
fear of n^arro domination in North Carolina,
yet for the purpose of keeping Senator Prttch
ard. Republican, out of the Senate, and to se- 'r,_
cure a Democratic Senator in the place of Mr. .-
Butler, Populist, and for no other reasons, the "
grandfather clause v.-as inserted in. the new con
stitution of that State. He sharply criticised
the Goebel Election law in Kentucky, by which
he said Mr. Taylor was deprived of the Gover
norship. As to Mississippi, he asserted that the
boards cf registration in Mississippi determined
the suit of any election before the vote was
cast. Personally, he did not believe, and other
Republican Senators did not believe, that 3T>,o<>o
vote's In Mississippi should count for as much a3
l.r»00,000 votes In New-York.
Referring in conclusion to an Intimation that
Three prominent New-England cities have elected
workingmen as Chief. Executives. Portraits anil
»> etches of Mayor Sullivan of Hartford. Mayor
Mulvahlll of Brid?eport and Mayor Charters of An
sonia and their - i.:.---3 in to-morrow's Tribune.-—
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