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fcjNITE TO FIGHT TAMMAXT. &VT <3. N. V. D, THE INDEPENDENT DEMOCRACY AND BRYAN LEAGUE will SUPPORT REGULAR . STATE TICKET. - Conference committees representing the Creator New-York Democracy, the Independent J. ■ rmrr and the Bryan Democratic League feet yesterday in the Mills Building and formed a working union for the primaries in Septem ber. It was agreed that all these factions should Ijrupport the regular Democratic ticket next fall, •and that they should not take part in the Lib ■ eral Democratic State Convention to be held fir. this city. The parties to the conference were: Independent Democracy— Wheeler H. Peck iham. Robert L. Harrison. John P. Kelly. Chal mers Wood. Adam Frank and Simon C. Soot. Greater New-York Democracy— C. Shee han. William Hepburn Russell. A. L. F. Seligs burg. Rastus S. Ransom, Matthew P. Breen, E. fllilX Anderson and L. J. B. Lincoln. Bryan Democratic League— A. C. MarNulty. M. G. Palliper. P. H. Maher. A. R. Rea. J. J. .Kelly. Robert H. Miller and George A. Hunter. Wheeler H. Peckhiun was elected chairman of the conference. After an extended discussion the following resolution was unanimously '.adopted: Resolved. That it is the sense of this confer ence that the Independent Democracy and the (Bryan Democratic League unite with the •Greater New-York Democracy for the purpose of defeating the present management of Tam many Hall: that seven members from each of :ihe organizations be added to the executive -committee of the Greater New-York f»-~«Se that the chairmanship of the general minute. Vt lhe Greater New-York Democracy, to be or ganized on Tuesday evening next be conceded to the Independent Democracy, that the ye, chairm.-.nshiV. be conned to ajJHiV^K cratir League. Hud that the question .at plat form be r.-f-rr-i to a committee of t£O from ■each organization, to be appointed b> the chair Unan at this meeting. *i Chairman Peckham appointed the Allowing ■committee on organization and platform: win lam Hepburn Russell, Matthew P. Breen < hai •ers Wood. Adam Frank. Melvin G. Pallor and P. H. Maher. The platform committee will :meet Saturday night at the Broadway Demo cratic Club and issue a statement. The Bryan Democratic League will meet to night at the Hotel Roland, in East FH.J njiLnth-st. . • , ,„ - After the conference John C Sheehan. leader "«f the Greater New- York Democracy, said: I am sure that the rank and life oftte Orcate' ■Hi S. - • ven£n. We believe In organiza ent SS&radins under the name of Democracj ! la this city. TOFTGHTSHARKEY AS LEADER 3OIIN D. POST WILL CONTEST FOR THE 1- XVITH DISTRICT OF BROOKLYN. John D Post has announced his Intention of opposing Naval Officer Robert A. Sharkey or the leadership of the XVlth Assembly District .- Brooklyn at the primaries next fall. Mr. Tost and ex -Assistant Postmaster Taylor com bined last fall to l*at Mr. Fharkey. and gath ered about them a strong following that threat ened the overthrow of the naval o3icer. Just ■before the primaries, however, there was a split '.•between Mr. Poet and Mr. Taylor as a result * which no opposition ticket was placed to the ' 8e M ; Taylor was then a candidate for reap '•pointment as assistant postmaster. He was not Mr Tr.ylor will either put a *f*£2lS^ < ffi Scket ldU in which case the opposition would iSfSUSS and an easy victory lor the regular SS£SS^ State eommkteemaTi from the XATJOXAL CITY BANK PLAXS. •IT IS SAID IT MAY INCREASE ITS CAPITAL STOCK BY $10,000,000 or $13,ffX>.0U • The committee appointed to colder the advlsa- Mllty of increasing the National City Bank capi tal will hold a meeting to-day, and will probably -report to the full board next Tuesday. A member — the committee says the amount of the pro •■roreo increase and the price a* which the stock - v-ill be cold to shareholders of record have net yc-t ibeeii determined. It Is commonly believed that the iTcreate will amount, to JIO.CM.ftA doubling the .^«icnt capital stock, and it is eald to be not un : likely that 515.0».0J0 may be decided upon If the new stock is Issued «a more than par, it U, re ' Sorted "he additional sum realized may be added vo the surplus. It is said that the new capital to . be raised will to a large extent be devoted to the extension of the rapidly growing foreign business ' \ -'c al City Bank stock r«*e from 633 to 675 in the "curb" market yesterday morning. There were tiles o* several lots al 67.. POJ R SEW SUITS IQAJV6T THE CEVTKAL. •THET ARISE FROM THE TI"NVEI> ACCIDENT AND AGGREGATE $275,000. Four new suits for damages for Injuries received • In the Park-aye. tunnel accident were begun yes- C terday In the Supreme Court at White Plains I s*atn« the New-York Central Railroad Company. The plaintiffs, who are all residents of New-Ro • i-h«.iie are Miss Mabel Newman. Miss Sarah Scott, Richard Mo :•.. .x and Miss Minnie Rice Miss Newman sues for 125.000. Mib* Scott, who had her i.. lei broken, demands $50,000; Richard Molllneux • 'wants $'00 0 M and Miss Rice also asks for $100.<w0. ' It l's expected that all the cares will be tried during : the June term of the Supreme Court. PROCEEDS OF DATS SALE $10,5G0. ■ At the fifteenth day's sale of the Frank Bowles 1 collection, at No. 124 Fifth-aye.. the proceeds of the a day were 510.560. The sales Included an Empire - twin bedstead. $679: Adams satinwood cabinet. £30: Louis XV cabinet. 1770; Louis XIII commide. I $500; Empire console. $:. >.".. table cover from La Mal maison $150; Louis XV mirror. <27u, and Italian i bronze andirons. $60. The last mentioned were I «.ald to have cost $350. To-morrow will be offered " an Adame satinwood sewing table. Elliot Hall " clock a replica of the Coionna mantel in the mu • scum at Naples, a fifteenth century wood carving: . in the form of altar front, and a Louis XV drawing room suite in Aubus.-i»n tapestry. FIRE AT XORTB TOSAWANDA. Buffalo. April 22.— A dispatch to "The Times" from North Tonawanda says fire which started .in ibe Lumber City Steam Laundry in Oliver-Ft. early to-day destroyed that building and the resi dences of Mrs. John Mye, Louis Wllke. Charles Dlfflne, Charies Dobltr,- C H. Tufty and James Gillespie. A house owned by Mis* "Winifred Tul - ley. and occurred by James Slattery. was badly damaged. A high wind prevailed. The loss is " about $70,000, and to partly covered by insurance. ' Four firemen were injuredl A CHANGE IS MASOXS* PAY. I Buffalo, April 3.— agreement has been reached , between the Mason Contractors' Association and i the Bricklayer*' Union, whereby the bricklayers S ere Is receive (0 cent* an hour. The bricklayers - have been getting 45 cents an hour under a con tract which expires on July 1. Stone mason* have been receiving 40 cents an hour, and their demand for # cent* n*« been granted. They have eigned an agreement to work for a year at that figure. COURTED BY MAIL, MARRIED BY 'PHONE. , Cincinnati. April 23— A Dayton. Ky. # widow and a Hopklnnrille man met to-day for the first time, after Laving been married over the long: distance telephone, in th- drug store of A. G. Goeti. Day ton, Ky They had never »e«e each other before. 'in« telephone charges were S2L The courtship «raa by correspondence. "FREXCHY" SEES CITY AGAIN. PARDONED LIFE PRISONER ADJUDGED SANE— SAILS FOR HAVRE TO-DAY. Amer Ben All. better known as "Frenchy." who was convicted eleven year- ago of the murder of Caroline Brown, alias "Old Shakespeare," in the East River Hotel, at Cherry and Water sts.. ar rived here at 6 a. m. yesterday on the steamer Adirondack, of the- People's Line, from Albany He was in charge of Amos T. Baker, an attendant of the State Hospital for insane convicts at Danne mora. where he received his release on last Wednes day by a pardon from Governor Odell. Still maintaining his innocence of the crime for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment • Frenchy • retold the «tory of his arrest, his trial and conviction. and of the eleven years he has spent In prison. When "Frenchy" and Baker Ifft Albany at 8 o'clock on Tuesday night the former was In high spirits and jubilant over his release. As the steamer entered the harbor he paced up and down the deck, remarking. "Me know it would be; me now back. Ovlde Robillard. a lawyer, of No. 25 Plne-st.. who had been retained by the French Consul to look after "Frenchy's" case, met the Algerian at the pier, and ■Trenchy." and Mr. RobUlart wm driven to the French Hospital. In West TM^ fourth-st., where the pardoned man was examined by physicians to determine whether or not he is in a condition physically and mentally to go to FlnF In n tt C c e ilfng n t e he .ton- of his arrest "Fr-nchy" said the police, in removing his socks pricked his foot with a knife, making the blood flow. A .new .trial was promised him. he said by Governor n l lower. bat it would cost $1,000. end as he had no money nor friends he rested in the hope that some day ''ThephUVcia'nYarrbe hospital adjudged the man sane, and in a condition to be sent to I- ran to day? He is to sail on .the La Touraine. and the French Government Is paying for his passage. After reaching Havre he will be sent to Algiers. AGREES OX ARBITRATION. FOUNDERS' AND MOULDERS' JOINT COM MITTEE REFERS NINE HOUR DAT TO LOCAL BODIES. The |otat committee, composed of representatives of the National Founders' Association and the Iron Moulders' Dntoa of North America, which began a conference at the headquarters of the National Civic Federation on Tuesday. comr.!.-ted its work yesterday and adjourned sine die. The nine hour work day flu— nil was discussed in all Its aspects. a M was decided that as the condition of work differed In the various districts, the Joint commit tee could not handle it. Both sides agreed that the shorter workday question could better be bandied locally than by a committee representing the nrtif- ' > r^:.:;izations of employers and em ployes. Tho following Fiatement was made by Davtd Black for the Joint committee: Our joint commitfe }.ns completed its work for the present. We can* to the conclusion that the exT-euUve osmalttscs of both bodies will takeu.der ement certain propositions looking probabb among other tbinss to the establishment of _ the : workday in the gereral field. No definite -,• ,c could be » :. but meanwhile all local issues wlli come urder the provisions of wha' is known B.S the New- York agreement. This agreement, vl-.ich was made three years ago in tbis city and is still in 1. : • provides that all disputes be re ferred to arbitration. We ebOSS the present time for meeting • lU se Just now everything is tran u ■'-:: In the trade. No Mg strikes are In progress or pending ar..' the proc^e.ilnps at the conference further aod to the general feeling of confidence. Mr. Black further said t hat a cordial and friendly feeling prevallsd throaghottt the conference. PLAXS FOR TUF. AIRSHIP RACES. BALLOONS IN MIDAIR TO MARK FIGURE EIGHT COURSE. St. Louis, April 23.— The conference of airship ex perts yesterday decided upon a figure fight course as the aerial speedway over which all nights in competition for the World's Fair capital prise of $100,000 shall be winged. The course has been laid out by the experts, with Its focus marked by a huge captive balloon above the Washington University tract of the exposition site, and its elliptical orbits sweep outward over the open country to the southeast and the north west. Captive balloons will indicate the measure ment of ten miles In the air. over which distance the airships must fly in the shortest average time "of a series of trials to capture the fortune that has been hung up in the mid heavens by the World's Fair management. A second conference consisted in the allotment of the $50,000 pet apart for the subsidiary prizes. The amount has been divided into a dozen parts, each contingent on the performance of some accomplish ment on the part of an air vehicle. M. Eantos-Dumont and party started last night for New- York. The eminent aeronaut expects that at least one hundred and fifty airships will be en tered when the rules and conditions of the contest shall have been made known. SCI OX OF WEALTH IX DIFFICULT SON OF "RICHEST MAN IN MICHIGAN FILES MORTGAGES ON ALL HE OWNS. Detroit. Mich.. April 23.— Henry C Ward, son of the late David Ward, of this city, who was said to be the richest man in Michigan. has filed trust mortgages covering all his real and personal prop erty and also his interest In his father's estate. The total liabilities are S3S&3Q2. Unfortunate busi ness ventures are believed to have, caused Ward's financial trouble. BASKER* HERE FROM MASY BTATBS. THET ARE THE GITBSTS AT A DINNER GIVEN BY JAMES M. PONALP. A complimentary dinri'-r for the executive coun cil of the American Bankers' Association was given last evening at th» Metropolitan Club by James H. Donald "^he decorations were thjee centre pieces of American Beauty roses and palms. In formal speeches followed the dinner. The guests were : William L. Moyer. ]8. G. Kelson. J. R. McAilitUT. j Jfh.n Johnston. G S TVhltson. William B. T. K*>-s«r. John" T. Diemukea, Daniel Annan, Bradford Rhodes. . A. B. Her*urn. G W. Bolton. Kenneth Clark. Edwin S. Scbenck. Charles H. Fanrher, J. P. Huston. J- J. FulUvan. G P Hall. Joseph C Hendrlx, C. T. Lmd»ey. F. J Wade. ■Walter E. Frew. James T. oodward. W. G. ntzulUon. > -I>yTna.n J. GaK», John L Hamilton, ' Myron T. Herrick. W. M Woods. Caldwell Hardy. JamM K. Branch. F. O. Blgelow. John Ekelton Williams. V. P. Snya«r. TVillUir H. Porter. E. A. Potter, T. E. Steveni. Albert H. WiKßin. H. Cbapin. Jr.. E. F. Swinney. William G. Mather, A. G. L»oomls. Breckinridge Jones. J. "W. Whiting. H»!nry P. Davlson. Charles H. stout. F H" Frle?. James H. Wlllock. Ralph van Verhten, J. I>- Power*. l>*mV E. Piers-en. R. W. Jones. Jr., William M. Hill. P. C. KaulTman. Bankers from many States, among them the members of the council of administration of the American Bankers' Association, attended yester day a meeting at the Lawyers' Club. The session was a private one. but it is understood that among the subjects brought up for discussion were the Fowler Currency bill, uniform laws governing ne gotiable Instruments, bank note circulation and internal revenue taxes. I-RE\~<~n UMM WUMOM VOT COyFIRMED. MR. GRI3COM WILL NOT ADMIT THAT HE IS TO BE THE AMERICAN MANAGER OF THE TRUST. James J. Hill, president of the Great Northern Railway Company, and Clement A. Grlscom, presi dent of the International Navigation Company, were among the men Interested in the projected Atlantic steamship combination who were in con ference yesterday with members of the firm of J. P. Morgan & Co. It was said at the Morgan offices at the closo of business that nothing had developed in the course of the day concerning which any pub lic announcement could be made. A member of the underwriting syndicate Is authority for the statement that Baltimore advices giving the stock allotments of the Atlanic Transport Company are Incorrect. The syndicate still has this subject in hand, and accurate details will rot be obtainable for me time. President Griseom's attention was called to a dispatch from Southampton that he would be made the American manager of the new combination. "1 know nothing about It.' wa» Mr. Griacom's enly comment. It was rumored here that Mr. Morgan's visit to Paris wan for the purpose of paving the way for th« absorption of the French Line, Nothing could be learned as to the truth of the report at the French Line offices. Mr. BooaaAe said he had no news could not tell what *-a» being dona in Paris and had no theories on the subject. It Is believed that the relations of the line and the French Gov ernment are such that it would be wellnigh Impos sible to obtain control of it. NEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUNE. THURSDAY. APRIL 24. 1902 HILL WAS NOT PRESENT. HE AND BRYAN SEND LETTERS TO JEFFERSON MEETING. THE FORMER NAMES ISSUES AND THE LATTER CALLS FOR DEVOTION TO KANSAS CITY PLATFORM. The Democrat? of the XXX'vth Assembly Dis trict, under the leadership of President Louis F. Haffen of the Borough Of The Bronx, held a Jefferson celebration last night in Zeltr.er s Hall Third-aye. and One-hundred-and-seventietn st. John J. Brady presided, and the speakers were E. F. Danforth. Lewis Nixon and Bird S. Coler. Letters of regret were read from ex-Senator David P. Hill. Edward M. Bhepard. John B. Stanchheld and William J. Bryan. Mr. Danforth. the first speaker didn't have a great deal to say regarding Thomas Jefferson, the subject- of his speech, talk ing mainly about the national administration. whose attitude he criticised, and against imperial ism. Mr. Coler. when introduced, devoted much of his Kpeech to the question of trusts. He said: Perhaps the greatest question of all that con fronts us to-day is the trust problem. This Is a serious question, and the people are commencing to suffer more and more under the exactions 0* these combinations; especially is this "" e rv in the matter of food products of the entire >-ountr>. }% the exactions under which the peop. e are how struggling are only in their infancy, and are not to be compa-ed with the exactions that will be enforced by these combinations in the not dis tant future Many of the men in control or trie combinations or trusts of to : day m » n "f * th m m a operate them in a comparatively harm .^ p ™ a "" pr and in a manner not to be compared *ith what may perhaps be expected when these men nn\e pa4d from control and the institutions ithey now represent are i.i control of younger men. who haw never done ?n- work and who. from having en loVed the great wealth of their forefathers, will believe that the people are only to he oppressed for their^'cci-l benefit. The greatest danger these industrial combinations. I believe, ii not dis turbed, will come not from their founders but from I hheh i el bel > ieve ei th O beinocrats should .lecaler only for taxes sufficient to support the government a th £ that all protection should be removed from itM trusts for never before in the history of the state or the government have the rights of the people been violated more than of late. Mr. Nixon said it was his earnest wish that the Democratic party be brought to such a state of harmony as existed during the Jefrersonlan days, and asserted that the party should and must be rehabilitated, put upon a new footing, with a loftier object and a view broad enough to prevent any Democrats from having a valid excuse for not en- Joying its privileges. Mr. Hill in his letter of regret said, among other things: Now is the time to prepare for the next cam paign. The Democracy are united for personal liberty for home rule, for equal taxation, for the abolition of war taxes in times of peace, for re\e nue reform, for ,-<.nstitutional freedom wherever the American nag floats, and for liberal la_ws every where. We must organize to rt scue tnc M;ite trym Renuhlicnn misrule. It is no tirrv for clvlston. ior personal politics or factional revenges. What we need la the exhibition of the highest patriotism and the most earnest loyalty for the grand old party of Jefferson. Jackson nnd Tild«»n. Mr. Brynn's letter was a rather long ono. He drew lessons from the life of Jefferson, and added: No student of Jefferson's words enn doubt that he would, if living, oppose the imperial policy 'Of the Republican party, which seeks to establish our government upon a 1.a.-is «'f force rather than upon the consent of the governed; no one can <lount that he would, if living. < rpow the private monopolies which are being f< stered by the Re publican administration. No one can doubt that he would, if living, oppose hunks of issue, branch banks, the degja lation of silver and the control of the Treasury O'^nrtment by New-Tort financiers. . . . 1 appVeciate the splendid showing matle by your Assembly uistrict in the campaign of IPO". ;ini trust that it will rrnt tire in its devotion to tin principles of the Kansas t'ity platform. BEA T TRUST ONCE* HOPE TO A.QA IN. THE RETAIL BUTCHERS' MUTUAL PRO TECTIVE ASSOCIATION PROPOSES TO SPECIALLY IMPORT MEAT _^^, FROM OMAHA. The Retail Butchers' Mutual Protective Associa tion met at No. 401 Brldse-st., Brooklyn, last night. N. Loughran presided. The butchers talked nbout Obtaining meat regardless of the trust. It was stated that two years ago ■ similar state of affairs existed, and the retailers arranged to Import their meat in four car lots dally from Roehr Brothers. Omaha. This continued for thro weeks, when the trust brought prices down to correspond to th"se> paid to Roehr Brothers, and the combination was broken. The retailers propose now to have a sim ilar combination and to beat the trust. It was stated that seventy-five retail butchers in Brooklyn had closed their shops because of the excessive prices of the truat. some only tempo rarily paying rent op to September I. They expect prices will be adjusted by this combination. They said that they were not able to conduct their busi ness with the prevailing prices for meat. WILMINGTON TROLLEYS MERGED, THPEE P.OADS ARE INCI.T'DED AND IM PROVEMENTS ARE TO BK MADE AT ONCE. Wilmington. N. C , April -?•■ --A» meetings here to day of ihe stockholders of the Wilmington Seacoast liailroad. the Wilmington Street Railway and th« Wilmington Gaslight companies, a plan of con 8.-Hdatlon was adopted by whi.-!: t!.e three arc ruerKed into the Consolidated Railway, Light and power Company. 1h" consolidated company proposes at once to convert the Beacoast Railroad. leading from Wil r.njiFton to Wrlghtsville Beach, into a trolU-y system. WOMAN SUBS A. J. CAM METER. SHE DECLARES HE REFUSES TO CARRY OUT. THE WISHES OF HIS WIXE. HER EISTEK, The 6Uit of Mr«. Ida M. Lawrence, against her brother-in-law, Alfred J. < 'ammeyer, the shoe man. came up yesterday in the Supreme Court before Justice Stover, and on application of A. H. Hum mel, counsel for Mrs. Lawrence, was adjourned for twenty days. Mrs. Lawrence is suing Mr. Cammeyer for $30,000, some Jewelry and other personal effect*, which she cays that her' sister. Catharine M., the wife of Mr. Cammeyer. promised to her. She states that in 18&7 the gave birth to a girl, and that Mrs. Cam niey<-r became very fond of the child and promised to take care of her and the child, but that she died without altering her will, which was made in 1887, prior to the birth of the daughter. Mrs. Lawrence now sues to compel her brother-in-law to carry out the alleged expressed wishes of his wife. » AX OTHER DIVIDEND FOR SYXDICATE. Reports that another dividend would soon be de clared in favor of the United Slates Steel Corpora tion underwriting syndicate were practically con firmed yesterday by a representative of J. P. Mor gan & Co.. the syndicate managers. The amount of the dividend was not stated. COLOXEL W. L. OGDEN GOES ABROAD. Among the passengers who sailed on the steam ship Teutonic, of the White irtar Line, yesterday was Colonel Willis L. Oeden. president of the Mu nicipal Civil Service Commission, who is going to Europe for a two months' vacation. Colonel ogden refused to express his views on the recent occur rences in the police force, except to say that he thought the department was better and cleaner than it had been for some time. BEXJAMIX DE FOREST XORRIS DEAD. Benjamin De Forest Norris. who died at his home, near Danbury. Conn., on April 22, at the age of ninety-two years, was one of the oldest and best known residents of that part of the State. He was born in 1810 on the farm where he died. His earlier years after leaving school were passed as a clerk in the importing house of his uncje and namesake. Benjamin De Forest, in New- York City. Later he taught school in Danbury. and afterward engaged in the business of carriage making in Avon Springs, in Western New-York. In iS3S he took charge of the home farm. lie was married twice, and leaves four children. Benjamin C and Sophie E. Norris, Mrs. Henrietta X Reynolds and Mrs. Charlotte E. Shotwell, the latter 'a resident of New-Jersey. Mr. Norris was a practical and successful farmer, and his large dairy farm of ever two hundred acres was known far and near as a model one.- In poli tics he became at the birth of the Republican party, one of its stanch supporters. He was a subscriber to The Tribune from its first issue to his death. In IS4T he represented his native town In the Con necticut Legislature. He was chiefly Instrumental in the formation of the Danbury Agricultural So ciety, find became its first president. WILL NOT RE A BISHOP. Philadelphia, April 23.— The Rev. Nathaniel S. Thomas, rector of the Protestant Episcopal Church of th« Holy Apostles, here, who was elected Bishop of the missionary district of Sallna, Kan., said to day that he would not accent the honor. CITY CLUB ELECTS TRUSTEES REPORTS ON VARIOUS PHASES OF MU NICIPAL REFORM HEARD. The annual election of trustees of the City Club was held last night at the clubhouse, No. 19 West Thirty-fourth-st. Th* following were elected as members of the board of trustees for one and two terms: To serve until the fourth Wednesday in April. 1903: James R. Burnet, Henry P. Davison. Hor ace E. Deming. F. Norton Goddard, Frank J. Goodnow. Charles Howard Strong. Oswald Gar rison Vlllard. To serve until the fourth Wednesday in April. 1004: William H. Baldwin, jr.. R. R. Bowker. Joseph G. Deane, Charles C. Nadal, Adolph Openhym. John E. Parsons. Wheeler H. Peck ham and Isaac N. Seligman. A number of reports were presented and raad. on the question of police administration the report stated that there was now being prepared a report on the relative merits of the two and three platoon system, and it was hoped that when this report was ready it would be of considerable use in directing public opinion. In quiry, the report stated, so far had shown a complete demoralization of the force, "a de moralization which is part of a continuance of the vicious practice in force under Tammany rule." As to bridge terminals, the report says that "no immediate relief can be procured so long as a successful resistance is maintained by the corporations at the Manhattan end of the bridge who seek to prevent an increased number of loops, which it was proposed to have placed 1 Some time ago the club appointed a commit tee to inquire into th,- advisability and wisdom of organizing a company to conduct model saloons or refreshment houses, with a view t° providing a comparatively unobjectionable sub stitute for the saloon. The report showed that Miss Lillian Wahl. who is prominent in Last Sid* and University Settlement work, had or ganized the Social Halls Association Patterned along the lines of the English Central Public House Trust Association, whicn would in the near future start a few of these f o^^, 1 " 0 " 3 ; and if they proved a success others would be opened. These saloons would sell only UgW wines, beer, tea and coffee and would prohibit the sale of any beverage to minors. „__,„._ •, To make more effective the work of 8 reform organizations the committee on c o ;°Pera tion recommended the formation of a U ? m ll or ration to bring together the more im portant and active of such organizations -Those who conceived this plan were pr,sentat,_ •£•;' the. Charity Organization. Consumers' League SrV^b^anuS'prol^r^^aA S e >n£" bod^^s nations to sen.l delegates to a ™™™£; ing of the new body will be sent to o v « 'ort> different local organizations through T. J. Hallo well, of No. 41 Exchange Place. DR. LEDERLE TESTIFIES. HE HASN'T BEEN PAID FOR HIS PHOTO GRAPHS IX RICE WILL CONTEST. Albert S. Osborn. the Rochester handwriting ex pert, who was on the witness stand when court adjourned on last Thursday, continued hi» testi mony when the Rice will case was resumed yester day. lie gave in detail his reasons for believing Jho signatures to the will of 1900. which leaves the bulk of the estate of 8.000.000 to Albert T. Patrick", the convicted murderer of Mr. Rice forgeries, He saM that no man writes his name twice exact y_ alike. an.l yet in the four signatures to the 1300 will measurements showed the greatest differences be tween any two to be less than on« sixty-fourth of «n inch. From these measurements hr deduced that the foundations for the signatures were traced from a genuine signature Mr. Tomllnson attacked the accuracy of the pho tographs of the signatures from which the expert ha.i testified. Mr. O«born admitted that photo graphs are not always exact reproductions of writings or things, and said that an expert pho tographer could make a camera mendacious to an almost Incredible degree. "Supposing." Mr. Tomllnson asked, "that an ex pert should take the stand here and testify «hat the signature* of the ISM will are genuine, would you doubt bis honesty or his Intelligencer ••I should have grave suspicion in both direc tions." was the reply Health Commissioner Ledrrlc; before he was Com missioner made all the photographs of the ex hibits in the will and or the m i lei case. He per formed like services tor th.- prosecution in the Or. Kennedy and Mollneux case*. He identified thr« big books full of his photographs. ,'>-,■ _ "Who paid you for your work?" asked Mr. Tom lirson. "Nobody yet." replied the witness. Dr. LrederM corroborated Mr. Osbom's statement that an expert with the camera could chance the appearance of the uhadlng of the writing and the relative sizes of the several letters. He said that he had been careful not to produce Inaccuracies. Court adjourned until to-day. RITES AM PS W TT \I. E V // 1 R ». SAYS THAT TFIK LATTER LEFT HIM A LEGACY OF 180,080 IN OUT STANDING DEBTS Corporation Counsel Rives replied yesterday to fome criti.M*m of him from ex-(.'<>rporation Counsel Whalen. He slid: Mr Whalen «ays that be is= grattlled to see that I fin<l it will cost me a little more than '">: .-!■• Bi t.> run this office. lam sure l could run ihi-> offlce on 1300.000 if I 'lid not pay the debts Incurred. When Mr. Whalen went out of office he left some fKMMO In counsel fees outstanding against the city, and In addition about JXCHio In miaeellaneoua bills against the municipality. No wonder Mr whalen could run his oriw so cheaply. Now, I am paying all my debt«. ne.-=i'lcs the legacy of outstanding debts Mr Whalen left for me to pay. aggregating at. out $>'.ii.<y>". I am going to go ah. -ad and clear op all thf- cases possible, and try to cut down the number. Instead of K»int; out of otti< c with a much larger number of untried cases on li.i:!<! than when 1 took office. There are different ways of running the department, and mine is not Mr. Whalen's. I thank him for his compliments. BOSTWK'K A HOSPITAL PATIENT. THE WELL KNOWN SPORTSMAN UNDER WENT A NASAL OPERATION A WEEK AGO. Albert C. Bostwlck, one of the best known horse men in the country, an enthusiastic driver and a governor of the Automobile Club, has for the last week been a patient at the private hospital No. 33 East Thlrty-third-st., where he underwent an oper ation on his nose. It is said that the operation became necessary on account of his rapid riding In his automobile against the wind.. Jefferson Selieman. at his nome. No. 11 East Stxty-ninth-Bt.. told a Tribune reporter last even- Ing that the operation was not considered at all serious, and that since it had been performed, Mr. Bostwlck bad been out on several days enjoying a ride In his automobile. Mr. Bengman remarked, in cidentally, that Mr Bostwick -was one of the best all around sportsmen in the country. At the Automobile Club, Flfty-eighth-st. and Fifth-are., J. M. Hill, chairman of the house com mittee, declared that Mr. Boatwick'a tiouble was not serious. He had been suffering from a little catarrh, and the. operation performed was of a minor character. Mr. Hill did not think the opera tion had been necessary by reason Of Mr. Bost wick's rapid rifling against the wind. Anyway, Mr. Host wick's condition caused no apprehension to his friends, and. in tact, he had paid a visit yes terday In his automobile to the Autumobile Club. At 'the hospital in East Thirty-third-st., in the absence of Dr. William T. Bull and Dr. John B. Walker, It was said by an attendant that Mr. Bost wick had simply undergone a minor operation, was in no danger whatever, and was then asleep. Mr. Bostwlck is a member of the Metropolitan and Union League clubs. He was one of the pioneer enthusiasts in automobillng in New-York, and is said to have been the first man in New-York to im port a machine. STATE CONTENTIOS O.V JINB 2-',. Harrlsburg, Perm., April 23.— The annual meeting of the Democratic State Committee was held this afternoon to arrange for the State convention for the nomination of candidates for Governor. lieu tenant Governor and Secretary of Internal Affairs. Representative "William T. Creasy was re-elected State Chairman by acclamation. It was decided to hold the State convention at Erie. June 25. JOSEPH JEFFERHOS BUJB A HOFSE. Joseph Jefferson bought at auction yesterday No. 103 Riverside Drive for $40,00(1. It is a five story dwelling house south of Elghty-thinl-st. The house was »old at foreclosure sal.-, and Mr. Jefferson was tho plaintiff. Clarence F. True and others were the defendants There was due on the judgment, etc.. about U2.7T7. ANOTHER RISE IN BEEF. THE WHOLESALE PRICE GOES UP HALF A CENT -SMALL RETAILERS ST'FFER PAID TO BE LOSING 15 PER CENT. According to Washington Market retailers, the wholesale price of beef yesterday again demon strated its restlessness by advancing half a cent a pound, or to !1 cents for the beM grades. Other meats remained stationary. A. L. Ruppert. of tnat market, speaking of the rise and its probable re sults, said: Beef Is at 11 cents wholesale, and there '" no telling when the limit of high prices will be . he* I look for no decline until July, when the grass fed cattle are due. The warm weather, by r.-duc in* the demand, may affect prices favorably for the consumer. . . , ._ Small retailers in this market are losing from &6 to $50 a week. They do not want to charge their customers higher rates, and have raised prices only on certain grades Most dealers are not trimming meats so closely as hitherto— thai Is, they are not throwing away as much as they did before the rise. Other dealers .-ire supplying their customers with a second grade of meat. Where these men made 15 per cent profits hey are now losing 10 per cent, or a total loss of S per cent Running be hind COB a week on COW worth of busings is not pleasant. This market has suffered a decided lapse Of trade since the trust began Its work. . isn is high. too. Many people have stopped eating meat and substitute in its place fish. Dealers in the lat ter commodity readily took advantage of the situa tion and raised price?. Evrvthlng Is high, all along the line— poultry, eggs and butter. PROFITS A MILLION A YEAR, HE SAYS STOCKHOLDER OF SCHWARZSCHILD & SULZ BERGER DOES NOT WANT ITS CAPITAL INCREASED. The, arrangement made by the majority Of the stockholders in the firm of Schwa rzschlld & Sulz berger, owners of the packing house between Forty fifth an.l Forty-sixth sts. and the East River, to raise an additional capital of J^OOO.OOO, was strong ly opposed by Philip G. Carpenter, in the Supreme Court, before Justice MncLean yesterday, on be half of Sylvester B. Hlnckley. of Newton. Mass., a holder of 425 shares of the common stock of the corporation, who applied for an injunction re straining the company and Ferdinand 9uh*erger and Samuel Weil, individually, and as president and treasurer and secretary of the corporation, from issuing COMvON of preferred stock in addition to the present authorized capital of J5.000.000. which consists entirely of common stock. Mr. Hinekley declares that under the new scheme the preferred shareholders will be entitled to a cumulative dividend of 7 per cent, to be paid before the common stockholders receive anything. The company has, according to the plaintiff. unen cumbered assets amounting to over 57.000,000, and is earning an annual profit of more than $1,000,000. The last statement of the corporation, up to De cember 28 last, showed a floating indebtedness T.?,«.«>.00i>. with assets quickly realizable aggregat ing nearly J0.000.000. These assets do not include the plant in Kansas City; that in Chicago, erected lately at a cost of over $1,-50,000; the plant In this city nor real estate in many cities in the United States: hundreds of refrigerators and cattle ears, valued at $o0",000, and other unencumbered prop erty, valued at over IMMuMS. The company has no bonded or secure! Indebtedness of any kind. The company is now one of the largest in the country. William D. Guthrie, with Wheeler H. Peekham, opposed the application for an injunction, said the great Indebtedness of the company and the magni tude of its operations made a larger capital neces sary, and preferred stock was deemed preferable to the Issuance of bonds or mortgages. The indebt edness of the corporation was over »'.«<»•. and more than M per cent of the shareholders ap proved of the scheme which th.- plaintiff sought to upset. Justice MacliCan reserved decision. NAMED TO FIGHT THE TRUST. SENATOR SLATER SAYS THE COMMITTEE 13 TO CO-OPERATE WITH OTHERS OF A SIMILAR NATURE. Th* Republican Club, of this city, which on Mon day voted to designate a committee of lawyers to fight the meat combination and to co-operate with the federal ami other authorities, has named the following: Alfred L. M. Bullowa. of the commit tee on national affairs. No. 31 Nassau-st. : James W. BaW«S, of the committee on State affairs. No. 35 Nassau-Sl nnd Senator Samuel S. Slater, of No. 75 WHHam-st. Senator Slater said to a Tribune reporter last evening at the Central Republican Club: "The committee is one of co-operation, not Initia tive. We are in communication with other similar committees, all looking to a general movement against the beef trust Th» movement may take expression in several directions It may become political or It may become civic on an industrial basis. On Its legal side. It will naturally come within the province of the Attorney General. An Investigation would in It* nature resemble the ice Trust examination, where evidence was presented by various citizens. "Our committee Is In ent^tt to express opposi tion. Public opinion is the only corrective means In a matter of this sort. Committees must respond to that, or there i? danger of socialism." WANTS CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRY MADE. At the Jefferson celebration held by the Demo crats of the XXXVth Assembly District, In Zeltner'G Hail. Third-aye. and One-hundred seventieth-it., last night, a resolution was of fered by the Tammany Hall General Committee of the district, and unanimously adopted, which de clared "that the power of this most rapacious of trusts to create a monopoly in meat and meat products and thereby rob the people and add to the cost of living, should be destroyed by the en actment by Coagreas of a law abolishing the duties on live beef, dressed meat, canned meat and hides." It was ordered that a copy of the resolution be for warded to C. A. Pugsley, who represents the xv,"i Congress District, with a letter urging him to use all his efforts to force a Congressional Inquiry "into the Illegal an.l arbitrary methods of the said trust." WOULD SUBSTITUTE BANANAS FOR MEAT. The Vegetarian Society met last night In it? rooms. No. 12* Ea^t Twenty-elghth-st.. to discus* the value of bananas and banana flour as a ~u''>s:i tute for meat. A. F. Spawn, who has spent a num hr of years In tropical countries, was the chief speaker. He said that bananas were cheaper to produce than wheat even, and that one acre of banana plants would yield forty times the amount of food that an acre of wh> at would produce, lie himself had lived for years principally on bread made from banana flour. TAMMANY AND "HIE REEF TRUST. ATTORNEY GENERAL AVILL GIVE AUDIENCE TO COMMITTEE TO-MORROW. |ni TELEORAPTI ro Till TRICfNE. I Albany. Aprii 23— Attorney General Pavles re i i ivr.l to-(lay a memorial from Charles H Knox. Charles W. Dayton and W. War!, y Platzck. the Tammany Hall committee appointed to investigate th-- Beef Trust, saying that th»-y have swMajsos against that trust that they would like to submit to him. Nothing was said about the Ice Trust by this Tammany Hall committee or Us relations to the Beef Trusi. bat the Attorney General will nevertheless examine carefully whatever evidence may be submitted to him about the latter trust on Friday In New York. In a letter addressed to Mtssrs. Knox. Dayton and Platzek the Attorney (ii'n^ral says: I beg to acknowledge yours of the 22d inst.. wherein you state that you are in possession of evi dence which clearly shows violation of the act against monopolies, being Chapter CM) of the* Laws of IM*. In brief, your statement recites that you have proof that a combination exists which has produced ii price for beef wholly artificial, and that such combination is in restraint of trade. I have been eng;'K'ti^ur some time in investigat ing the subject ami examining evidence relative thereto. I assume from your statement that you have in your possession substantial proofs bearing upon the subject, anil, appreciating that the mat ter is one of great public Importance. I shall be pleased to have you meet me, either singly or col lectively as a committee, nt the Manhattan Hotel, In the city of New-York, on Friday, the :3th inst.. at 11 o'clock a. m.. for the purpose of examining the evidence m your possession. RESOLUTION AIMED AT MEAT TUUST. AVaehington. April 23— Representative Rlchari son, of Tennessee, to-day introduced the fUsMBBSg resolution in the House: Whereas. Then has been recently an unusual In ( rease In the price of beef, mutton, veal and pork, •which is abnormal, and due largely, if not alto gether, to trusts and other combinations alleged to be unlawful in ihiir ■npudaattOßj therefore. Resolved That the ways an.l Means Committee be in«tructe,l to tnv-Btigaie the question of the recent increase in the price of those articles an.l determine the cause thereof, and, if practicable. offer some measure of legislation that will afford relief against the evil complained of. Representative McDcnasM, of New-Jerse>. to day introduced a bill abolishing all duties on meal and poultry imported from foreign countries. ANGRY AT THE CAPTAIN. TOURISTS SAY MEDITERRANEAN TRIP WAS MARRED BY BEHAVIOR OF CELTIC'S COMMANDER. Members of '-•> huse '■'-■->• excursion party which Ml h*re on the. steamer Celtic on February I are beginning to arrive here on their way home. Twenty-five or thirty of them cams yesterday on the steamer Oceanic. From the storfe 3 told by some of Ike returning ones the cruise was not all that they had expected. Their chief com plaint seemed to be against Captain Llndsey. who commanded the steamer. It was said that he was responsible for the fact that the vessel was behind the schedule until sir- started for Liverpool, when -he got ahead of time. On top of this, the vessel was sometimes sjcCOSSi off shore so far that it was difficult for the passengers to go ashore to <?*« the sights. th?y say. The Rev. Dr. Josiah Strong; one of the tourists who arrived here on the Oceanic, said when asked about the trip: While the excursion was well managed, many did not derive the pleasure from it that they had anticipated. The captain did not take pains to make it agreeable. He was always behind the schedule, lh« cruise was figured out on a. speed of thirteen knots an hour, to allow for delays. She ha.l averaged fourteen knots, and it was known that she couM do fifteen. The only time she did what she was expected to ! " was on the run from the last port or. the schedule to Liverpool, when she got ahead Of time. This cutting ot time all came' out of the tourists' time. I suppose the Ca #eio s rTda"y S AigterTiha first stop. We stood far out at sea. where it was so rou^h that some ho wanted to go ashore could not. and others who got ashore could not gel aboard again. It was so rough' that small ho.-. and the tugs could not get alongside On the second day it was suggested that the ship be turned about .■ little, so that it would break the waves and give an opportunity to get the boats alongside.. The captain did not act upon the suKK^stion. Th* next day he did it. and th* passengers got aboard. He could have saved twen ty-:.r ■ hours if he bad done it the day before. 'At Malta is a fine harbor, yet the captain an chor»d the Celtic five miles out where there was a swell of at least twelve feet. There was no reason in the world why he should not have gone in of course, on sea matters my opinion should not wei'-h against that of a captain, but the opinion of experts was that he could have gone to safely. A British admiral who ha.l a fleet at anchor in the bay moved several of his ves«e s If ««h*s place for th" (>ltic lie was so surprised th-si the vessel did not come' in that he sent his -private f secretary ot to learn the reason. The Harbor Master had expected the vessel to enter. We got a chart, and found that the:.- would have been eighteen feet of water under the bottom of the ship. The captain cave no reason for not going in. Many who wanted to go ashore could not do to. On* boat, in which there were tori of the p*ssen -ers and several oarsmen, was upset near the ship of the sea. and every one thrown M -Williams. Or.c of the occupants., the Rev. J. A. Mc\Villianrs of Osslning. who came on the Oceanic, rose for the thirri time before he was rescued. The captain SSSd or "th* brfd PcP c anrl touched .while .ore , of the sailors »Ted into the sea from the deck, fifty feet above to assist In rescuing tne men. ' Thai evening we held an indignation marine in the saloon There were more than four mired present, all who could crow.l In and th« captain was pretty severely criticised. A commute, was appoint^ to send a cable dispatch to the head other of the White Star Line at Liverpool legard ing the action of th* captain. The captain heard from it and things were better after IMS. There were passengers on the Oceanic who had been on the Celtic, and did not agree with Dr. Strong's view Of the trip. Miss Alma Mangey. of Cincinnati, saM : Half the passengers wanted to run th» ship. They did not seem to realize that the Celtic was the bieeest ship in the world, and couidn t go nearer shore. They acted as if they had never »een a ship before. We laughed at the indifna tion meeting. Everything was done for the com fort of the passengers. Another woman, who would not permit the use of her name, said: Captain Lindsey said that he did not think tt prudent for him to go in-o the harbor cf Marti Some wanted to go ashore ami they hired <=mall boats. The boats bobbed up and down on the wave* One boat upset, turning all the pas sengers three men. into the water. One of them snid after he ha been rescued trnt he had been robbed of SIM and a gold ring he had on his finger. He blamed the native boatmen. fIXED FOB BLOCKING SPACE. STL'P.GIS WINS THREE CASES AGAINST THi BROADWAY THEATRE. The case of Fire Commissioner Sturgis against William H. Wood, manager of the Broadway The atre, was decided yesterday hi the Tenth District Court by Justice Murray in favor of th : plaintiff. It was charged that th* ordinance with regard to blocking the space behind the orchestra seats by permitting persons to stand there had been violated. The defence was that that space was not a passageway, and thai there had therefore been no violation. In his decision Justice Murray says: The evidence Is IMS case shows that with the knowledge of the defendant the space is used as a means of reaching the various aisles of tne the atre that it is a "way" used by the patrons m passing in and out of the theatre, and in going ti> an.l from their seats within. I am therefore con vinced it is one of the "passageways' contem plated by the charter, and that this defendant, in allowing persons to stand in the space, violated the provisions of las act. Justice Murray fined Wood SCO: 50. for three viola tions. class or 'tt, r >F v. op p. disks. PR. BEVERLY ROBINSON" GIVES a DINNER TOtS THIRTEEN CLASSMATES. The class of C University of Pennsylvania, hett its fortieth anniversary last evening at the home of Dr. Beverly Robinson. No. i: West Thirty seventh-st. A dinner was given by Dr. Robinson for thirteen other members of the c!as3. Among those present were r»r. Charles Curtis Harrison, provost of the university: John Cadwalader. th» former Colle:f>r of the Port of Philadelphia. Dr. Persifor Kraser. the Rev. Drs. Sparhawk ]°^~- Robert Ritchie and Jesse Burk. and Captain cc TT r AT.r ford. Many of the guests returned to Philadelphia by the midnight train. The class of b2 "™ with forty members. It Included, besides th» pres ent provost, the late Provost William Pepper. « • "DP BARRY" TO ET2J MAY 31. David V- lasco has decided to eet a definite date for the closing of Mrs. Leslie Carter's run in bis play "Dv Barry." notwithstanding the continued larse business. The reason of this is his wish not to endanger Mrs. Carters health by permitting her to play the part too far into the heated term. ac cordingly he makes the announcement that # tha present engagement of Mrs. Leslie Carter teTW Barry" will close positively on Saturday. Ma> ai. LIBERTY'S TORCH AGAIX SHIXES. Again the torch of Liberty on Bedloe's Island Il luminates New-York Harbor. After being? extin guished for more than a- month, by order of iha Lighthouse Board, it was relighted fast nisi at t>y th" War Department, to which the control of th*. statue Ii is bten transferred. THE REV. HORACE PORTER BETTER. The Rev. Horace Porter, assistant pastor of Plymouth Church. Brooklyn, who has undergone two sever- surgical operations since the first o. the year. I* now making encouraging PWress tow ard recovery. He expects to leave Brookl>n for nis summer home, in Southtapon. . to-morrow. U«tt within a few days his physician has .«£»»52 from expressing a positive ..pinion "P on Jk* r tfr^ Of the new line si treatment, but now g|SSi ilrs. Porter much hope. THE UEXICAX SECURITIES COMPAXY. Albany. April ».-The Mexican Securities Com pany, of New-York City, was incorporated to-«y w^h s capita] of $.•.- ::i .^:. ! >Tr Pi. v .. rti..* in Mexico, Th- directors are ( har«« k. Ortis. John Armstrong. C. F. Buroham and M. «• Burnham. all of New-York. A PHYSICIAS A SUICIDE. Water: own. N. T.. April M Or. I, MM Davids**. 8,-venty-two-years old. ■ physician or OsJensbur?, committed suicide to-day by jumping from » bri« e into the Osuvgatchie River. Insanity w the causo assigned. to ATT EX DF. R. STOCKTOX'S serai* The Authors' Club will De represented at Frank R Stockton's funeral, in Philadelphia to-day, W Professor Calvin Thomas, of Columbia University. Kipley Hitchcock. George Cars Eggleston and J. D. Champlin. jr. GENERAL WHEELER GOISG ABROAD. General Joseph Whe-ter. who has been visittn his sister. Mrs. Lucy S. Smith, at No. 173 ColumMa Heights. Brooklyn, for several days, left this ci > yesterday afternoon for Philadelphia. General Wheeler was to attend the dinner of the Society oi the Caribbean on the steamer 3t. Paul on Tue«»jr evening, but a severe cold compelled him ta rem away. It was also his purpose to attend the Smory for General McLeer at the 13th Regiment Arnso vestertlay. General Wheeler is planning a trip i° himself and his family to England, and wUJ "° present at the coronation of King Eawara.