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V OL LXII X° 1U238
IN MIDNIGHT SESSION.
BRITISH CABINET MEETS AT
MR. CIIAMBEh'LAIX'S HOME.
OFFICIAL ACTIVITY IN LONDON OVBB
PEACE NEWS FBOH BOOTH
AFKICA.
(OISVtSJ**: l* 1 — B y The Tribune Association.)
[Special to The Tribune by French Cable.]
London, April 14, 1 a. m.— once in a way
Sunday was not dies non in the government of
fices. At the Colonial Department and the
Treasury the officials were very busy yesterday,
and messengers were constantly passing from
one office to the other. This extraordinary de
partmental activity following on two meetings
of the Cabinet on Saturday, has been responsible
for a fresh stock of peace rumors. It is known
that the Klerks-iorp conference has ended, and
that the Boer leaders arrived at Pretoria on
Saturday. The presumption is that they in
formed General Kitchener of the conditions on
which they would agree to peace, and that the
British commander immediately communicated
them to the War Office. A meeting of the inner
ring of the Cabinet, including the Duke of Dev
onshire. Mr. Chamberlain, Mr. Brodrick and Sir
Michael Hickp-Beacb. was held at midnight In
the Colonial Secretary's private residence in
prince's Gardens, and it is believed that the
Boer terms were under consideration. This be
lief was strengthened by the fact that Mr.
Caavnlietlßta had a two hours' audience with
the King at Buckingham Palace yesterday. It
la noU?voithy that Sir Michael Hicks-Beach
wee at the Treasury for some time during the
day. possibly altering the financial proposals at
the eleventh hour. The anxiously awaited Bud
get scheme will be revealed by the Chancellor
ct the Exchequer this evening, but Parliament
will be disappointed if the government cannot
also see its way to make some definite an
nouncement as to the result of the conference
of Boer leaders at Klerksdorp. though it is con
sidered scarcely probable that all the difficulties
In the way of a settlement have yet been ad-
Justed.
The South African situation is discussed in all
Its bearings by to-day's newspapers. It is taken
for granted that the Boers are ready to surren
der their independence, and that the negotia
tions comprise a number of points on which It
vrill be necessary to have a precise understand
ing. The leader writers generally agree to the
•withdrawal of the banishment proclamation, but
only a few of them approve of amnesty for the
Cape rebels.
Two newspapers attempt to forecast the bud
get this morning. One of them estimates that
there will be a deficit of £H<Uw*m « ht. while the
other puts the figure as high as tS&fiQQjOQQ.
Germany's efforts to extend and open up col
onies are not very successful from a financial
point of view. The total annual revenue of the
eight protectorates which are under the rule of
the Kaiser is only $2,000.O». and the Reichstag
has to vote $7,500,000 to support them. Kiao
Chau's revenue is £00,000. and a subsidy^ of
$3,000,000 Is required to make both ends meet.
A^afn the revenue of the protectorate of Bouth
■wfest Africa ■ill" ' to 1450.000. while the total
MBS required for its government is £'2,000.000.
But even these yearly subside*? So net always
represent the- full amounts that have to be pro
vided out of the Imperial funds. The estimates
for th-:- pretest year Include the sum or 5800.000
to cover deficits that occurred In 1888 and 1809
In the budgets of the protectcrttes of East
Africa, the Cameroon* and Southwest Africa.
Robert S. McCerrnlck. American Ambassador
to Austria, left London yesterday for Vienna,
accompanied by Mrs. McCormiek and her niece.
Mrs. Choate and Miss Choate have left London
for Paris. I- N. F.
TRIBUTE TO WADE HAMPTOX.
THOUSANDS THRONG THE STREETS
WHILE BODY OF OLD GENERAL
IS CARRIED TO GRAVE.
IBT TELEGRAPH TO THE TRIBT-XE.J
Columbia. S. C. April 13.— Wade Hampton
Fas burled this afternoon in the yard of Trinity
Episcopal Church. Bishop Capers, of the South
Carolina Diocese, assisted by four ministers,
officiated. The Bishop, who was a brigadier
general la the Confederacy, was deeply moved.
As It was the visa of General Hampton that
these obsequies be simple and unostentatious,
that there be no pomp or circumstance, the
demonstration this afternoon, coming-, as it did,
spontaneously from the people, seems the
greatest possible honor.
Twenty thousand people were massed about
the churchyard while the services were in prog
ress. The church, with a capacity of twelve
hvudred, could accommodate only the more dis
tinguished personages, such as the Daughters
Of the Confederacy and the few survivors of the
original Hampton Legion that went to the front
twelve hundred strong forty-one years ago.
These survivors carried their original flag, also
the Eutaw flag, which was covered with glory
It; the Revolution and was taken into the field
by the legion at the opening of the Civil War.
The coffin was brought out of the house under
these flags crossed, and they were held over the
grave -while the old. gray clad veterans were
doing the last office for their chief in covering
his mortal remains.
Thousands of people came to Columbia In the
mcinlng 011 special trains, which were run from
every section of the State. They were members
°* all organizations pertaining to the Confed
eracy, municipal officers, a regiment of militia,
military schools and colleges and the most noted
men and -women in the State. Delegations came
from adjoining States also. Followers of Grant
•pent flowers and messages from far up in New-
England.
The only concession to the public was that
the Hampton House was opened from 1O a. m.
until 2 p. m., so that those who wished might
pee his face. This was in accordance with the
General's request and In these four hours a
constant stream of people, aggregating five thou
sand or six thousand, passed through. There
" were many tears and affecting scenes, when old
men In gray wept, but none were more touching
than when the old negro coachman and cooM
came to Fay goodby to their dead master.
The funeral car was driven by a negro, who
tsked for th» privilege. John Johnson is eighty
five years old. He played with General Hamp
ton when both were children, and for many
years v. he hie body servant. He still lives on
th» place.
Ona man who cannot walk had himself
brought forty miles on the train this morning
and taken to General Hampton's coffin. He was
one of the Genera!'* soldiers.
There were no carriages In the procession,
which was two mil<-« long. Men and women
walked, some of whom wore so feeble that rela
tives hart to hold them up. Many aged women
went from the hou«e to the church. Every kind
of organization was in the procession. Btate
officers. Judiciary. Congressmen and municipal
officers also were in line.
Thin procession marched through MM lines
Of people to the church. The street In front of
the church was Jammed, the crowd extending
■upon the Capitol building grounds.
Old men who attended Calhoun's funeral Kay
that to-day'B demonstration was far greater.
This -was spontaneous, while that was in prep
aration for a week.
ASM*, P.™. is,*, A. Hop^r. Isaac V. Bn*iw. «— T. Ota*. W. Barclay -*— A. S. He^tt. - ™in.. «-«—«. Ct "" 1 " »' '^ Joseph P. Hen n e~, y .
MANY FALL INTO RIVER
FIFTY PERSONS DROP WHEN
GANGPLANK BREAKS.
ALL RESCUED AT WEST POBTT-SBC
OXD-ST. FERRY-BIG CROWD WAS
GOING TO VISIT AUSTRIAN
CRUISER.
Fifty persona had a narrow escape from
drowning yesterday, when a gangplank leading
to a float at West Forty-secord-st. and the
North River broke in two. Fifteen well dressed
men and women were thrown into the river.
twenty into launches and rowboats underneath
the gangplank, and fifteen upon the float. A
panic followed, and wild confusion prevailed
among several hundred persons. Fortunately
there were seven or eight launches and row
boats near by. and the work of rescue was im
mediately begun. It was fifteen minutes, how
ever, before the last person was dragged from
the river. Those who had fallen in were all
so weak that they could not stand up.
About four hundred men and women flocked
to the gangway on the north side of the "West
Shore ferryhouse to embark in launches and
rowhonts and be taken to the Austrian cruiser
Szigetvsr. which is anchored in the stream Just
opposite the ferry. The gangway runs along
the north side of the ferryhouse for about sixty
feet. It is about four and a half feet wide, and
leads to a gangplank which slopes down to a
float.
Joseph May, the owner of a naphtha launch,
had just left the float with a number of passen
gers, bound for the Austrian man-of-war, when
the crowds on the gangway surged forward and
started down the g-angplank to take the other
launches and rowboats. Many of the people
were relatives and friends of the officers, and
nearly all were stylishly dressed. The gang
plank is narrow, but the crowd went forward
with a rush, pushing those before them in an
effort to get to the float, where they would have
a choice of launches and rowboats.
FIFTY HEX JAMMED BETWEEN RAILS.
There were fifty men and women jammed be
tween the rails of the gangplank, unable to
move, when suddenly there was a loud craeh.
The starboard rail went flying into the river
and the people were hurled in many directions.
Almost simultaneously the gangplank broke in
the centre, and the persons who were on the
port side were flung headlong overboard.
A wild cry was immediately set up. The boats
p.r.d craft of all kinds that were close by started
for the people struggling in the water. There
w-re four or five rowboats directly under the
gangway, and twenty of the men and women
tumbled into these, sustaining Injuries about the
he^d and body. Others fell on the lloat, where
;.-.•;. were picked up unconscious. There were
about fifty people on the float at the time, and
when tbe others were hurled over the rails
th-ie was extreme danger <>f the float sinking.
Cornelius llurphy. of No. 801 West Forty
r.inth-si.. tn< captain of a crew of the volun
teer lift savins corps, was near by, with several
Of his men. He in a boatman, and was waiting
Cor passengers to take out to the crui.ser at the
time of the accident. Immediately he called to
his men to stand by, and save the men ana
women who were struggling In the water. They
were having a hard time of it, and it seemed
that a number of them would be drowned.
It, a minute the work of rescue had begun.
Three women received the first attention. The
boatmen made for them and dragged them into
the launches and rowboats. where they lapsed
into unconsciousness. One woman, who had
been hurled from the port side of the gangplank,
had been carried on the tide under the ferry
house, where she clung to a pile until she was
res. Ned by her husband.
SEVERAL ABOUT GAVE UP FIOHT.
Several of the men were about giving up tho
fight for life when aid reached them and they
were dragged on board the small boats.
William Boyle, a boatman, of No. f>2B West
Flftieth-««t., and William Bryan, of No. 626
Flrventh-ave.. each rescued two men; Thomas
Shank of No. 4M7 West Forty-sixth-st. t rescued
four men. and Felix Kelly saved two of the
women. The others were picked up by boatmen
employed by Murphy.
The private launch of the Szigetvar had just
steamed to the float when the gangplank broke,
and it was said that the crew made no effort
to help in the work of rescuing the men and
women who were struggling to keep afloat and
to get on board the small boats. Instead, it was
.said, the launch backed off and put out into the
8 Am soon as all the people had been hauled out
of the river, hurry calls were sent to Roosevelt
Hospital for ambulances. The fifty persons who
had fallen were not In a serious condition, how
ever and they immediately sent for cabs and
were driven away. It was said that the Aus
trian Consul was Among them, and that he had
been one of those thrown into the river This,,
however, could not be verified. None of those
who fell would give their names.
The first trip of the launches to the cruiser
was to be made at 3 p. m.. and by that hour the
gangway was crowded. When Mays launch
was filled. William Hart, the watchman who is
employed by the Department of Docks, and an
assistant, who stood guard at the top of the
gangplank, tried to keep the crowd back. me
crowd was so eager, however, that it persisted
in pushing and shoving, until Hart and his as
sistant were thrust aside. Tho gangplank was
strong but with fifty persons, pushing and
BtruKKltng to get to the float, it could not stand
the ttraln. The starboard rail bulged out first
and "then snapped with a loud crash, smashing
the stanchions at both ends. The people who
were wedged against the rail had nothing to
grasp— ln fact, no footing— and they were sent
headlong into the river.
The others became panic-stricken, some at
temi.ting to jump to the flout and others trying
to get back to the gangway. Then the gang
plank broke.
MAKY VALUABLES LOST.
When the people found themselves in the river
and in danger of drowning, they set up wild
cries for help. Umbrellas, canes, hats, coats,
opera glasses and all kinds of wraps were
dropped from hands, which sought only to grasp
some'hlng- that would kef them afloat. A num
h r , of valuable articles were lost.
Xfter a 1 the people had been dragged safely
aboard the email boats, they were rowed to the
huTkhead and landed. They presented sorry
figure* Dripping wet. they shivered until
Jn?ugh cabs were procured to convey them to
th The h sTig Be'tvar8 e'tvar arrived here Thursday from
wanton Roads. The officers said last night
thaTthey did riot know whether or not the
Austrian consul had been among those who hafi
been hurled into the river.
LACKAWANNA RAILROAD.
Shortest and best route to Buffalo. -Advt.
NEW- YORK. MONDAY. APRIL 14. 1902. -TWELVE PAGES - b > t^^alS^
A FEW OF THE MEN WHO FAVOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE EAST SIDE SUBWAY.
STEPS NOW WILL SAVE DELAY.
RAPID TRANSIT BOARD'S COUNSEL SAYS IT SHOULD
PREPARE FOR EAST SIDE TUNNEL AT ONCE.
IMMEDIATE ACTION WOULD AVOID DIFFICULTIES.
"It Is my opinion that it would be wise for the
Board of Rapid Transit Commissioners to im
mediately take up the subject of an East Side
subway, to prepare plans, give public hearings
and have the improvement so well In hand by
the time the city 1b ready to undertake the
work that it can be completed without delay.
The board should take the people into Its con
fidence and find out what they want. If. as
there seems to be abundant evidence, the peo
ple want an East Side subway, the demands at
the people should receive a willing ear. and their
wishes, as far as possible, should be acceded to.
In this city and in this age the most success
ful men take time by the forelock. It should be
as true in municipal undertakings as in those
of everyday business."
In these words Albert B. Boardman, counsel
of the Rapid Transit Commission, yesterday
stamped The Tribune's proposition for an East
Side subway with his approval. Mr. Boardman
went on to say that he welcomed the efforts to
bring the East Side rapid transit problem to the
front at this time, and believed that the hour
was ripe for a thorough discussion of its many
ramifications. The history of rapid transit, he
said, showed that the time consumed in paving
the way for an improvement always exceeded
the period in which the actual work of construc
tion was accomplished. Early action on the
part of the commission, in his mind, would not
only save the city money in the cost of con
struction, but would also enrich the metropolis
by stimulating real estate improvements along
the route, thus causing a natural rise In ihe
assessable value of property for many miles.
WHAT RAPID TRANSIT BOARD CAN DO.
'"There have been Idle and false rumors
abroad." continued Mr. Boardman, "that the
Board of Kapid Transit Corr.ir.ißPlonere is
Planning and carrying into execution a system
of rapid transit for this city the details of
which our citizens were not permitted to know.
Such stories got afloat, 110 doubt, because of the
fact that the board has held some meetings In
executive session, and has excluded therefrom
representatives of the press and others not
directly identified with the board. Su?h an im
pression is unfortunate an it is absurd, and I
believe that the commission would be able to
overcome wholly such an Idea If it would now
take the people into its confidence and lend a
willing ear to their demands for a subway to
the east of Central Park. Let the whole matter
be thrashed out now and for all time. The East
Side subway is an absolute necessity, so let us
begin now, and thereby hasten the time when
such a branch of the rapid transit system will
be a certainty.
"As The Tribune pointed out. there is no need
for the Board of Rapid Transit Commissioners
to wait until the city authorities assure them
that the city Is able within its debt limit to Issue
bonds for this improvement. The preliminary
Bteps which it can take are these:
Pint- authorize 11 survey.
Second— To prepare pinna.
Third— To hold |nilili.- li.-uri .
Fourth— Tc» decide which In the mont feasi
ble route. .
Fifth— To adopt plan*, after determining
the approximate eo»t of the Improvement.
Sixth— To obtain the approval of the city
Authorities.
Seventh To obtain consent of the property
owner*.
Eighth To authorize condemnation pro
ceeding where coiment canaot be obtained.
"All these steps can be taken before the con
tract is advertised and let. and before the city
binds itself to the issuance of bonds. I have no
doubt that such an undertaking as the East
Side subway will demand two years for the con
sideration and disposition of all these necessary
preliminaries. By that time I see no reason why
the city will not be able to take up the work
and push it to completion. Thus. It is clear that
if the Rapid Transit Commission takes up the
work preparatory to the construction of an
East Side subway, the operation of such a road
will be assured to the public two years earlier
than by delay at this time. If. on the other
hand, the city is not able two years from now to
start the work of excavation, the improvement
will be all ready to begin when the city can
issue the bonds-. Furthermore, an early consid
eration of the subject assures a more thorough
consideration of its manifold details. A wider
range of public opinion can be obtained. There
will be fewer chanc-s of mistaken Judgment.
Such a procedure, in my way of thinking, is far
better than to wait until the undertaking can
be begun and then rush through the prelimi
naries without the mature deliberation which
an earlier start would have made possible.
"The only solution of the rapid transit prob
lem in this city is the tunnel. There can be no
question about that. The plan that has already
been adopted by the Board of Rapid Transit
Commissioners was admitted by all concerned
to be tentative, and to meet the requirements
of only a part of the vast population of the
greater city.
REAL ESTATE TO BE CONSIDERED.
"Accordingly plans were made and adopted for
an extension of the lin^ to Brooklyn, and this
enlargement of the initial plan is assured, inas
much us the consents are obtained and the city
stands ready to issue the requisite amount of
bonds.
•With the Brooklyn extension assured as far
as the determination of the route and the credit
of the city are concerned, the next step is the
East Side branch. No one can deny that the
Please add my name to the petition in favor of immediate action by
the Rapid Transit Commission preliminary to the construction of an
East Side branch of the rapid transit subway.
Name
Address
Cut this out and send it to the Rapid Transit Department of The
Tribune. New- York City. Your signature wi!! then be formally pre
sented to the Rapid Transit Commission.
needs of the half million people living In this
part of the city for fast underground trains to
and from the business centres of the metropolis
are imperative. The fact that these people have
been patient In biding their time for such an im
provement may be regarded as showing lack of
Interest in rapid transit. Such, however, is not
the case, as has already been evidenced in the
present agitation and the ready response of the
civic organizations of Harlem and The Bronx.
"When, furthermore, the people of the East
Side fully understand that early action by the
Board of Rapid Transit Commissioners will
mean the realisation of their hopes at a com
parative; v e*ri> date, the response from all
classes will be universal and conclusive.
"There is another strong reason why the pre
liminary stops to an East Side subway shoulu
be taken at once. This point, which I do not
believe has been particularly emphasized thus
far, is that the early consideration of the sub
ject by the commission will permit the real es
tate owners of the East Side to take advantage
of the opportunities thus offered to improve
their holdings. These men should receive the
chance ahead of time to know where the subway
will go. The question of a route should thus be
determined early, for its determination is bound
to have a tremendous bearing on the improve
ment of property. It will act as a great stimu
lus to building, and result in the material in
creasing of values of real estate
"Early discussion of the subject will, as 1
have pointed out, enable the commission to
choose a route and to solve the problems in
volved with far more satisfactory results than
a Inter and necessarily more hasty considera
tion. And in this selection of a route the geo
graphical situation Is not the only one to be
considered. It is not the ideal route that Is
wanted; it is the possible route, the one which
can be built and operated both in reference to
the needs of the travelling public and the reve
nue which it will bring in. All these different
phases of the subject must, then, be thrashed
out before the commission before Its termi-
"I have seen the arguments in favor of a
• I hnve peen the arguments In favor of a
branch running north and south In Lexlngton
ave. and connecting with the present Lenox
ave. line in The Bronx. Such a plan may have
certain features to recommend it. Nevertheless,
the fact should not be lost sight of that th*
whole situation should be carefully considered
before any decision is made. Surveys must be
made and' hearings hnd to learn all the various
phases of the problem.
""I have seen pome mention made to the effect
that the city should build the subway at its
own expense and then operate It M a P« bllc
property Of such n scheme I should not be in
favor Such a municipal undertaking would
bring about a lack of competition, which Is th
spur of enterprise, and soon the people would
be clamoring for reduced fares, which would
work unjust discrimination against the present
overground railway lines, Under the Provisions
of th" present contract between Mr. McDonald
and the city, the city does not expend a single
cent, but simply extends Its credit. The In
terest on the bonds is paid by the contractor
and 'at the end of a term of years the property
belongs to the municipality. Even then I ■would
not favor the plan of the city's operating the
line, but rather its leasing the line to a private
°°"?Tnnt n to congratulate The Tribune on Its
effort* to hasten the construction of a "atoway
on the East Side. It has set Its face in the
right direction."
LEXINGTON-AVE. LINK A NECESSITY.
George S. Rice, deputy chief engineer for the
Rapid Transit Commission, in speaking of the
complaint made by several Harlem organiza
tions and prominent Individuals that East Har
lem and the large section above the Harlem
River will, under the present plans ; of the
Rapid Transit Commission, be unprovided with
express service such as there will be on the
West Side said yesterday that their conten
tions were perfectly justifiable, but that It would
■.imply be a 8 question of two or three years be
fore express service was provided. As the
present subway is being built, the branch from
the main line at Broadway and One-hundred
and-thlrd-st., which runs east as far as Lenox
ave. «nd then turns north on that street, is to
consist of two tracks, so that the district north
of Central Park will be without express service
Further than that, according to the present
plans the East Side between Forty-second-st.
and One-hundred-and-thlrd-st. does not have
any subwnv service at all. a few rears/; said
"It is only a question of a few years, said
Mr Rice "before the great Harlem section and
that above the river will have express service,
and the section east of the park a subway. Ac
cording to the original plans of the subway en
gineers this was all provided for. There was to
have been a line branching from the main line
at Forty-wcond-st. and running north up Lex
ington-ave. Because of the expense it was
found necessary to cut this out. The original
plans called for a $50,000,000 appropriation.
'•The Rapid Transit Commission has already
realized that the sections of which you speak
must be provided for. and If Is only a juesalon
of time— find a short time— before an additional
appropriation Is obtained and work begun on
Lenox-ave. This line, when it is constructed,
will both provide for the population on the
East Side between Forty-second-st. and One
hundred-and-third-st. and furnish an express
service for the Harlemites.
"As a matter of fact, this Lexlngton-ave. line
is absolutely necessary, if a man wants to go
from Mott Haven to City Hall, and you take
him by a circuitous route through the West
Side as will be done according to the present
plan'?, you can hardly call the thing rapid transit
at all."
TO URGE COMMISSIONERS.
There is to be a meeting to-night of the Harlem
Board of Commerce, at which resolutions will
he presented urging the Rapid Transit Commis
sion to take early action in favor of an East
Side branch of the Rapid Transit subway. Sim
ilar resolutions were adopted by the directors of
the association, at s meeting tasi Thursday.
MILES'S RETIREMENT.
DISMISSAL OF ARMY'S HEAD
SAID TO BE CERTAIN.
GENERAL BROOKE LIKELY TO SVOCXBD
TO THE COMMAND— THE ADMIN
ISTRATION'S VIEW.
(By The Associated Press. >
Washington. April 13.— The issues are fairly
joined between the Lieutenant-General and the
Secretary of War. The troubles which began
long ago under the Cleveland Administration
have finally reached so critical a stage that the
compulsory retirement of General Miles at an
early date is an open secret, and this is not
denied at the White House. In explanation of
President Roosevelt's position one of his close
friends, who unquestionably speaks by author
ity, says:
The question is not a personal one between
General Miles and Secretary Root. At present
Secretary Root has on his shoulders a heavier
burden than any other member of the adminis
tration. No man less strong could carry it at
all; and now, at the ttm<» when he require* the
most loyal support of every subordinate who
wishes well to the army and the nation, he has
to spend much of his strength in meeting th»
opposition of the commanding general.
If General Miles is retired it will be simply
because after patient trial President Roosevelt
feels that on the highest ethical grounds his re
tention would work grave and lasting injustice
to the army as a whole.
As some of General Miles's friends have said
that it would be unfair to retire him. it should
be said, in the first place, that he secured his
promotion to a brigadier generalship only
through the similar forced retirement of Gen
eral Ord, he himself being jumped over a num
ber of his senior officers into the vacancy thus
created, and. in the second place, that the only
action of tho kind taken by President Roosevelt
since he has been in office was in the case of
Colonel Noyes. who was compulsorily retired,
after reaching the age of sixty-two, on the rec
ommendation of General Mi'.es.
In other words, the general ha" himself recom
mended and profited by the very action which
his friends now fear may be taken at his ex
pense. If he should go out before General
Brooke is retired. General Brooke, who is Gen
eral Miles's senior, both in service and in age.
.-, i : , 1 who did gallant and distinguished work as
a volunteer in the Civil War, would undoubtedly
be put In his place as lieutenant general, as it
is known that the administration has been de
sirous of recognizing General Brooke's long and
faithful service.
General Brooks during the Civil War rendered
equally meritorious service with General Miles.
GeneraJ Brooke was the first to obtain a com
mission, and through th* Civil War he retained
his advantage, ending as General Miles's senior.
After peace came General Miles was promoted
over General Kr""k> v s head. As General Rrn.-ke
will necessarily hold the office for only a brief
period before his retirement for age. General
S. M. B. Young is likely to succeed General
Brooke, and General Chaffee's promotion to fol
low two years hence.
TRIES TO KILL WIFE IX CRO \YD
POLICEMAN DF.FLECTS PISTOL IN TIMK
TO SAVE WOMAN'S LIFE.
In the midst of the Sunday church crowd at
Second-aye. and Nineteenth-st. yesterday about
noon John Gillesple. fifty-three years old. fired
three shots in an attempt to kill his wife. Eliza
beth. Detective Sergeant John McGinty. who
was standing on the curb within a few feet of
the couple, probably saved the woman's life. He
saw Glllespie draw his revolver and. springing
toward him. grasped his hand, and deflected the
weapon In time to direct the shots into the air.
After a struggle. In which bystanders assisted
the detective. Gillespte was overpowered and
disarmed. He was taken to the East Twenty
second-st. station and locked up. He gave his
home as No. 114 Park Row and his occupation
as carpenter.
Mrs. Gillespie said that two years ago her
husband had received a sunstroke while at
work on the roof of a church in Long Island
City. After the immediate effects had left him
his mind had been Impaired. He had threatened
to kill her. she said, and their two boys. John,
ten years old. and William, fifteen years old.
\ year ago Gillespie became so violent, the
wife said that she brought about his confine
ment in the Flatbush Insane Asylum, where,
after several months' treatment, he was pro
nounced cured. In the mean time Mrs. Gillespie
supported herself and boys by dressmaking.
She lives with Mrs. Rennis at No. L'3o East
Twenty-flrst-st. When her husband was dis
missed from the hospital she still distrusted
him and this distrust was strengthened by
meetings with him in the street on several oc
castonSL At such times he always threatened
her, she declared.
Yesterday "he attended service at Grace
Church fenth-st. and Broadway, afterward
walking to Second-aye. and up toward Twenty
first-st Her husband intercepted her. and
greeted her with fondness. He Insisted that
they take a walk down Second-aye. together.
••We walked down the avenue nearly to Mne
teenth-st.," she said, "when he suddenly cried
out "I came to kill you!' Then he asked me
where I had been, and when I said to church, he
answered "There won't be any more praying
for you. Then he drew the pistol and fired.
TELEGRAPHIC yOTES.
Kansas City April 13.— 1n a fight between officers
a^d desperadoes near Braggs, In.!. T.. four men are
reported killed and seven wounded, among them a
noted outlaw.
Umoni, lowa. April 13.-To-day was given up en
tirety to devotional exercises by the Latter Day
Saints. Seven sermons were preached to large
crowds.
Cleveland April 13.— The members of the Licensed
Tucmen's Protective Association have notified the
officials of the Great Lake and Towing Company
thit they will not recede from their original de
mands. Consentient !y the stride Is on with as much
determination as ever.
fatarrhal Fevers almost invariably yield to
JAYNE'S EXPECTORANT.-Advt.
PRICE THREE CENT&
STILL THE DROUTH.
SALOOXS CLOSED, BUT XOT
ENOUGH SAXDWICHES.
ONLY FORTY-ONE ARRESTS— DROP OF
ABOUT SEVENTY FROM \AT^
WEEK AGO.
Vast In proportions was the dry area in Man
hattan yesterday, but vast also were the streams
that irrigated it. Even the youngest reporter
would have be»n justified in the assertion that
the city was saloon iiry. although hotel wet. It
was even drier than the preceding Sunday, t
circumstance due rather to the much malignec
saloonkeeper than to the much hepraised patrol
man. It was not merely that saloons closed
their doors, blinded their windows, placed
guards on the doors, am! then, in some occult
way. produced beer in dim corners. This rr
was abandoned yesterday. Tables were pilert
in corners, chairs were turned upside down, and
the only sign of life about the bar was the snow
white towel hanging from the rail. From the
Battery to The Bronx, with a few exceptions,
saloonkeepers observed the seventh day as one
of rest.
From the Waldorf to the lowest Raines law
dive there was no hotp! which did not insist on
supplying its patrons with sandwiches, and, in
the majority of cases, collecting payment for
the same. The panhandlers and strikers were
overfed vestf-rriay with thf> ler't over sandwiches,
and in one hotel a temporary closing was caused
by the exhaustion of sandwiches. Still, the nov
elty of a dry Sunday was over. Bibulous citi
zens accommodated themselves to the change,
walked a few extra hlocks. paid the extr-i pen
nies for th<> sandwich and murmured softly.
"Great is the name of reform." No thirsty soul
went unsatisfied — that is. far; no beer seeking
citizen failed to quench his thirst. But for all
that the law wa? observed.
Perhaps the tightest precinct in town was
that of Captain Walsh, of the Eldridge-st. sta
tion. Not only wa.' it impossible to get liquor
In saloons, but butcher shops, grocery shops,
and, in fact, even pawnshops, wp-re closed, and
the three balls swung idly in the breeze. This
rigid regime brought untold hardship to the
thousands of Hebrews who may not buy on
Saturday, their Sabbath, and cannot buy on
Sunday, the legal day of rest. But Captain
Waish took no chances. His patrolmen were
informed that they would be held responsible
and entries in their books would be closely
scrutinized. The result was that 4r> Q was a
living and potent force in that precinct yester
day.
A similar condition of affairs prevailed all
over the city, particularly in the West Thirty
serenth-st. station, where two weeks ago the
pnlic» revolt originated. There were not viola
tions enough to go r^und. Patrolmen who
eagerly sought offenders in the hope of further
gli.ry or notoriety returned empty han ■:
the end of their tour of duty. Perhaps things
were a shade more open !n the East Fifty-flrst
st. precinct, where Captain Lantry rules. It
was whispered that an effort would be made to
get evidence against the captain, and *v»n sug
gested that the patrolmen relaxed their vta>
tlance in order to permit the findUig of evidence.
However this may be, that precanct was yester
day the toper's paradise.
In th« Yorkville court yesterday Patrolman
Wiseman proved his right to his name by J . j
clarins: to Magistrate Mayo that he saw four
men drinking at >he saloon of Abraham Schiff.
at No. 416 First-aye.
-Do you know whnt they were drinking?"
Inquired the magistrate.
"I ought to. your honor." was the reply. "I
tasted the contents of at least one glass. It
was whiskey."
on the strength o¥ this Si hiff was held for
trial in fljMt bail.
In the Bowery the Raines law hot°k» are too
thickly strewn to make any noticeable differ
ence in the situation. For th-» most part they
wt-re crowded all day. Residents of the lower
East Side, whose local saloons were closed, wan
dered over to these places. So great was the
crush that many Raines law hot Is were obliged
to hire extra help, and talked of doubling their
force if the piping times of excise 9hould con
tinue. They had only words of sympathy for
their brother saloonkeepers, but congratulated
themselves on having read the sigri- aright.
"A license in time saves fine." said the pro
prietor of a Bowery hotel to a Tribune reportem
A member of the administration who is close
to the situation explained the attitude of the
Mayor yesterday in the following manner:
"The trouble with the excise situation at pres
ent does not come from the mere question of the
open or shut saloon. When the administration
promised a liberal interpretation of the exctsv
law they reserved the privilege of fighting
blackmail. To-lay they are fighting blackmail.
It is of more importance that they shouli k: 1
the "system." that they should break down the
blackmail, than that they should ignore this and
give New-Yorkers an open Sunday. The prob
lem of blackmail is one that has been forced
upon them, but they intend to fight it in every
possible way. The mam issue, however much
enemies of the administration may try to con
ceal it by shouting and crying down refot
whether blackmail shall continue or be stamped
out. The administration has decided to stamp
it out."
Hugh Dolan. the president of the ?tate Liquor
Dealers" Association, declared yesterday that
his organization had issued orders that the
town should be tight so far as the saloonkeeper*
could make it.
"I think." sf.ii 3 he. "that you will flnd the
members of our association obeying our order*
to-day."*
Fritz Lin Itnger had the same story to tell.
He evidently had no doubts, for he left the
city early.
District Attorney Jerome confined his investi
gation of excise yesterday to calling on hi 3
neighbors at the Nurses' Settlement, in Henry
st., and taking tea with them.
"My Interest in excise is merely passive." said
he. smiling at the notion of his own quiescence.
"It is solely a police problem, the closing of
the saloons. None of my detectives are out to
day."
Perhaps as pathetic a sign of the feeling of
the saloonkeepers was given by an East Broad
way dealer, who placed in every window of
his closed and empty saloon bouquets of cut
flowers, symbolizing, perhaps, the passing of
the spirit so dear to his heart.
The Tenderloin was as tight as the East Side.
Indeed, it has been many years since saloons
were so universally closed as they were yester
day. Even the plan of selling in rooms over
the saloon had been abandoned. Perhaps the
fact that the magistrates had held that, while
the police could not arrest the seller without see
ing him. yet they could arrest the lookout or
peak-easy at the door as aiding and abetting
in a violation of the law. contributed to this.
Perhaps the dealer decided the game wasn't
worth the candle. At all events, the saloons
were closed.
Another ruling which was worthy of not«
was that made by Magistrate Crane. In the Har
lem court, who held that a bartender who car
ried a drink to a man on the pavement outside
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