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tax«id Th« Ford bill merely extended the defini tion to include those rights as real estate, so that they would be taxed. It was a crude at tempt to" embody in th« tax law an idea which was not at all new. It had been preached *t Bryan meetings for years. Ford's bill was one of 'the many anti-corporation bills on the legis lative calendar, all - introduced in the spirit oi Bryanism. The session was long, lasting until about the end of April. Some attention was at tracted to Ford's bill, because the belief was prevalent that these corporations were making large profits in which the municipalities should hive larger share. But the bill was not at that time well understood, and no serious thought of passing it arose until near the end of the ses sion. CONFERENCE CALLED BY GOVERNOR. One day in April Governor Roosevelt railed a conference to consider the many pending tax lulls. All present, including Governor Roosevelt. cum to the conclusion that the tax law ought to be amended, especially with reference to cor porations having: great privileges, but that notli 1 ins: ought to be done except considerately and with understanding of the effect. It was de cided to suspend bills on the subject until the next session, to which a commission should re port. At almost the last day of the session, without any notice of change of plan, the Gov ernor called upon the legislature by special mes sage to pa.-> the Ford bill. Under our constitu tional provision giving the Governor power to Kill without vetoing all bills coining to him within the lav:t ten legislative days, the power of the Governor over the legislature at the end of the session i:- almost supreme. If he is. will ing to us.' that power he can pass or defeat al most any measure. At that time several hun dred bills were in his hands over which his power of life and death was absolute. Many of these were local bills for which members had struggled through a long Aiid wearisome ses sion. When the Governor, in effect, ordered the legislature to pass the Ford bill, the Senate and Assembly only registered his will. The bill passed into his hands and be had thirty days in which to consider it. A protest naturally wont up from every cor poration affected. It was claimed that the sudden action of the Governor was an interfer ence with the usual right of interested parties to be heard. The companies also complained of (ha bill in several substantial particulars. It 'wa.« said by the New-York City corporations that the local political conditions in that city w«ie such that the Ford bill would be intoler i «ble. As it provided no principle of valuing street franchises, they could be valued by local assessors, according to their will, and their will ■would be Croker's will, which would always be measured by the corporation's willingness and ability to respond to Mi demands. Many of the companies complained also that the Ford bill • retained no provision to equalize the burdens of those companies which were already paying annual percentages for their privileges with those that were paying nothing. This omission Mould amount to double taxation upon some •.ompanies. At the hearing before Governor "Roosevelt, he admitted the justice of these oomplaints. and recalled the legislature into extra session to amend the bill in these and ••Dine other particulars. He recommended that the power of assessment be taken from the local assessors and placed in the State Board, that amounts paid by corporations to munici palities for their privileges under their con , tracts, should be deducted from their fran • «-hise tax and. also, that the rights and tangible I property in the streets be taxed together by the I Slate board as '"special franchises." Governor I Roosevelt sent this recommendation to the extra 1 session while he still held the thirty day bills. and he stated that he would sign the original Ford bill if the legislature failed to pass the amended bill. The amended bill passed promptly. ENFORCEMENT OF TF" LAW. The large corporations then generally recog nized UK advisability of meeting public opinion and paying more lor their privileges. If the law bar" been enforced reasonably and conserva tively a large increase of taxes might have been «htained from the companies without resist ance. The tax cculd probably have been in creased ea< h year without inviting attack upon th.- law. But, naturally, the Governor wanted his law to appear important, and when the first valuations of ih^ rights were announced, in the spring of ISOQL they were such as to astonish rv«i the trust buster* of that day. The assess ment of the right of the Metropolitan system was fixed si over $32,000.000, imposing a tax of nearly SI.'JW.COQ, a public appropriation of ■host one-fifth of its average net earnings for th«» previous three years. The companies were all heavily assessed. No principle of equality seemed to have been ob served by the State commissioners. The cor- IMrattatis applied to the commissioners for in formation as to the evidence and methods by which the -\aluaiions had been made, and the <-ommissioners arbitrarily refused to give •■■■ny Information. It became at once apparent that no true valuations had been made, and that the valuations were all guesses. In the course of about three months the commissioners had made win* forty-seven hundred valuations, without having any knowledge of the properties and ■without having visited them. Properties that «">.peris . ovid not have approximately valued in <rtays the commissioners had valued in a minute. Further consideration failed to bring forth any reasonable method of valuing an intangible right to use a street, separated from all the ether rights and property of a corporation. No lawyer or business man has ever suggested r«ny lexical and sensible method of making such valuations. The commissioners themselves, •when examined in the proceedings afterward in s=tHut*d. admitted that their work was based on none of the principles usually applicable in snaking valuation?. The corporations were righf in objecting to such assessments and in attacking the validity of a. law which had been passed a** this was. and 'which exposed their property to such enoi xnou? arbitrary exactions. In th<* proceedings against the law. counsel for the companies raised these 'principal objections: First— That the Special Franchise Tax law is *inrcn?iitutional. in that it undertakes to trans- Per to State authorities the function of assess ing property, a function which, under Article X. Section -, could only bo exercised by assessors locally elected or appointed. Second — That the assessments* were invalid T>*causr of th' methods, or lack of methods, r.dopted by the commissioners in making them. Third- the commissioners had assessed the separate franchises of each corporation to gether. Instead of observing the requirement to •iRt-ess each franchise separately. Fourth — That the law was violatlve of the constitutional prohibition against the impair. Tn^nt cf the obligation of contract?. Fifth— the assessments were confessedly • i full values, whereas other real property in New York City was valued at not to exceed 67 s>er cent of full value. The officers of all corporations interested, so fur as 1 know, will approve and acquiesce in Forae statute taxing their property and rights justly, equally and with reasonable certainty, but I doubt whether th* courts will ever uphold •ny law unless it includes these element?, nor do I believe that the people of the State will imdevs«tandingly approve any Ford law. ALMOST A MILLION FOR CITY. A .-ompmTiF Fupgested by Corporation Counsel BJfsas i- <xi>' ■■"•> Vj recover for the city almost 3i/«yt/iOO frcm the Manhattan Elevated road for tax arrearages for five yean?. The company -has «pprovt<l the compromise, and yesterday was in formed ••' Hie terms of the proposed settlement. Prior to i* 1 * the eonu»any was taxe<j on a basis of gg.apHMO real estate and t16.5M/»C)0 personalty. The persons! assessment was contested In the courts, *n<3 the succeeding five ><>*!•: Increased the problem of settlement. The original decision Of the Court of Appeals f-upta.in'-S an assessment of »,>*>,«» on personalty. which was regarded as a victory for the city. The Tax Department in ISM increased the real estate assessment f. kCisMM. and reduced tit- personal t»x lo iljhmMl The company then raised a. pro test against lac real OFtate assessment. From IS" i.. IST?, when the franchise tax became, a law, the CHILL) WEAKNESS. You can worry for months about your weak child and not succeed in doin^ it a fraction of the good that comes from little daily doses of Scotfs Emulsion. The cure of child weakness is not the matter of a day, but of steady common-sense treatment. Children like Scott's Emulsion and thrive on it. Perfectly harmless yet power im for good. Send for MM BBS* ■■' scott * BOW7<E. Chemise. ♦■» i%sn m X. T. city declared the entire elevated road valuation was 5H6 000<W, but the Corporation Counsel saw the figures worn excessive The company finally apre»vJ to liquidate it* Indebtedness to th.; city by paying a tax on an accumulated valuation for live years of $32,800.00). ignoring the tax on personalty. * The Corporation Counsel suggested that payment be made on a basis of J20.000.009 a year, or an ac cumulation of tw.<»\m for five years. "The Manhattan company now agrees to this offer;*' said Mr. Rives yesterday 1 was. \er> doubtful If the cltv could have sustained its claims. It was the most difficult litigation I have ever had to deal with The cltv benefit* by the compromise. It rets tax averages for the live years previous to the passage of the franchise tax law. WILL APPEAL TAX LAW DECISION. Attorney General Said to Contemplate Con tinuing Fight. IBT TELEC;nArU TO tarn tiuulnk..] \lbany. Jan. *.— The action of the Appellate Di vision of the Supreme Court in declaring unconsti tutional the special franchise tax law of 1593 was a prominent subject of talk among the State officers, members of the legislature and lawyers of Albany. Those who approve of th.- law still hope that the courts will affirm Its validity, and expressed the belief that even if the courts do sustain the con tention of the lawyers of the corporations that the State Board of Tax Commissioners cannot legally assess the special franchises there will be enough left of the act to give the local assessors power to assess this kind of property. Attorney General Cur.neen. it is believed, will appeal to the Court of Appeals from the decision of the Appellate Division, although be would not Ftate to-day what course he should adopt, nor ex press any opinion. Kx-Scnator David B. HIM. who has been the most prominent counsel of the corporations op posing In the courts the execution or tjie law upon the ground of It? alleged uneonstitutionality, de clined to say a •word for publication about the de cision. Mr. Hill In political speeches has criticised the provision of the franchise tax law giving the State Board of Ta:c Commissioners th<- power to which reference has been made, and he dwelt upon the necessity of defending "home rule" rights. The question is already under consideration what steps must be taken If the franchise tax law is unconstitutional to restore money paid to various localities by the corporations whose property was taxed under it. Many corporations in the Western part of the State paid the taxes on their special franchises under an agreement with Attorney General Davies that the money should B4 restored to them If the law should be declared to be unconstitutional. The State Board of Tax Commissioners In their report last year said: "Approximately in 1900. J1.021,937 23 in State, county, town, city and village taxes was paid into local treasuries upon the valuations found by this board for that year upon special franchises. ' Only ?16,^32T: of this sum was paid by the Great er New- York corporations. The gigantic New- York corporations are contesting the constitutionality of the law. But some large amounts were paid in the interior of the State. Thus in Albany County there was paid £5,937 94. in Erie County $HT.?C4 .4 inMon roe County $56,27t>, in Oneida County $30,067. in onondaga County ?7S, 113 75, and in West<*ester County $r«.703 61. ' _ It Is" hoped by the friends of tho Franchise Tax law that the State Board of Tax Commissioners having been swept aside by this decision of the courts the local assessors can now assess the spe cial franchises and thus the corporations be com iWl"d to pay the taxes' imposed upon their special franchises "Ex-Senator Ford handed Judge I ark ,. -< r prevailing opinion to Senator Bracken for examination, and the latter read the document. Mr Brackett then said it seemed to him on natty examination of the opinion that Judge Parker had dwelt almost exclusively upon the question of the right of th« State Board of Tax Commissioners to assess the special franchises. GROUT BLAMES CORPORATIONS. Says They Were Responsible for Special Legislation. When Controller Grout yesterday heard of the decision by the Appellate Division he said: I think that the local assessors will get at once to work assessing the value of local franchises, ana I shall expect President Wells of the Tax Depart ment and his subordinates to undertake this work. The declaring Invalid of the clause providing the method of levying the tax does not make the fran chises free from assessment. The whole procedure, i pon the part of the corporations has been scan dalous. I do -not for one moment reflect upon the position taken by the courts. But the parties inter ested have had special legislation passed at a spe cial session Hi Albany making the State Tax Board the parties empowered to assess the franchises. Then they went into the courts and fought the art on the ground that the act tcok away an assessing power that tfce local tax l>oar«ls should exert. Tins course of conduct is well calculated to inspire a leaning toward anarchy In the breast of even th« average citizen, and. although the antagonists of the franchise tax may think this conduct has been keen and farslghted, in the end they will be r.nde c**ived 1 do not think the decision at Albany will affect the actual assessing of franchises as real estate. The law nrst declared that all franchises should be taxed as real estate. It also provided how the tax r-hould be collected. Had the law been declared un constitutional in that the franchises were, not real estate, it might have been different. I cannot tell if it Trill be necessary to amend the original law until I see the entire opinion. 1 do rot believe this will affect the city tax rate this year, if 1 may be allowed to form an opinion on my present informa tion. Lawyers who, as counsel for corporations own ing franchises, were Interested in the Special Franchise Tax law were asked about the effect of the Supreme Court's decision yesterday. They consideied it a notable victory for the com panies which had contested the act. As to its immediate effects, one said: "Those companies which have paid their assessments under protest will be able to recover the money now; those which paid without protest cannot recover, and the action of those which would not pay Is sustained." Another said that this might reopen the entire question of the taxation of franchises, although the decision was rendered distinctly on the point of home rule. That la, the decision that the Ford bill was unconstitutional did not hinge on the right to tax a franchise as a tangible property; the. part considered unconstitutional was the amendment to the original Ford law, giving the power to assess these franchises to the State Board of Tax Commissioners. After considerable comment on the legislation which considered a franchise or "goodwill" as tax able real estate, this lawyer continued: "Why. if the State Board of Tax Commis sioners had power to tax franchises they would have the power to come into this city and tax our houses or personal property. Our local as sessors would be shoved aside. It was just on this point that the fight was made, and it was on this point that the decision was rendered." When asked what effect it would have on the city, lie smiled and said that as the city had never received any money from these assess ments he thought it could continue to raise money as it had done formerly. Then he ad vanced a personal Idea that, as a solution of the "great, lopsided tax problem," a commis sion be appointed and paid well to discuss and enact suitable measures. He added that prob ably Governor Odell had some tax bills pre pared now. but emphasized the limited time which the legislature could give to such laws. Tax Commissioner Strasbourger said that the Tax Board had been expecting a decision of this kind. "The assessors have been collect ing material." he continued, "so that they would be prepared to levy on franchises in the city and Include these assessments in the general assess ments for 1903. The assessments on franchises amount to about ?200.000,000. We should sus tain a severe blow if the court's decision in validates the entire act. The tax rate would of necessity be much higher. This would be brought about because the approximate amount of the assessment on franchises, as levied by the State Board, was Included in the whole amount upon which the low tax rate figured." BOILER BURSTS, FIVE MEN KILLED. London. Jan. 20.— A boiler explosion in Tapper's Iron Works, at Bilj-ton. Stafford, this afternoon, resulted In the killing of live persons and the lh- Jurlng of twenty or thirty by steam and pieces of flying metal. The explosion occurred while th« chops were crowded with employes. The building was completely wieck<*i. Several of the injured per.-on;- are not expected to live. FORCES TO RELIEVE PORT ACRE. La Tiiz. Bolivia. Jan. M -The firm contingent, numbering 350 men, for the relief of Port Acre and the suparesalon of the revolution In the Acre dis trict left here this morning. President Pando will start later this week for Acre at the head of another contingent of 3*o men. SEW-YOhiV DAILY TRIBUNE. WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 21, 1903. BRITAIN AND GERMANY. THK ALLIANCE DISLIKED American Tone Adopted— Marconi Hampered — Underground Roads. (Special to The New-York Tribune by French Cable.) iCopyrisht; 1003: By The Tribune Association.) London. Jan. 21. I a. . m.— English opin ion respecting the Venezuelan affair is kept under restraint mainly because the American Journals have been good natured and tolerant There would be a general denunciation of the Balfour government for allowing England to be harnessed with Ger many if the American press were more critical and outspoken in condemning the provo cative course of the; German naval commanders and objecting strenuously to the prolongation of the blockade, when Mr. Bowen is fully armed with authority to propose a settlement and to offer an adequate guarantee. The untimely warlike proceedings of the German martinets when the Washington government is employ its energies in promoting a satisfactory settle ment are strongly disapproved here, and the ministers without doubt are anxious to bring the blockade to an end without delay, but are hindered by their engagements with Germany. It is not believed by well informed men here that the Venezuelan affair was prearranged at Washington. It is conceded that the State De partment when consulted insisted upon having pledge* that no territorial acquisitions werte in tended, and subsequently exerted itself to pre vent wanton attacks upon the fortifications and towns. Mr. Balfour and Lord Lansdowne were clearly imposed upon by the German Emperor and duped into making a most unpopular alli ance with a power which could not keep its naval officers under restraint. It is regarded as a happy augury for the future of transatlantic wireless telegraphy that the first messages transmitted by Marconi's sys tem between England and America have been greetings of international love and good will. The British postal authorities, however, by the attitude they arc adopting have made public service impracticable for the present. Poldhu. the English station of the Marconi company, is fully two miles from the nearest village having telegraphic communication, and the messages between President Roosevelt and the King have had to be carried this distance by a boy. The postal authorities have b;en urged to allow the Poldhu station to be joined with the tele graph system of the country, but up to the present they have refused to entertain the re quest. The postofflce also has been asked to give to the Marconi company facilities similar to those accorded to the cable companies with respect to the public being able to hand in mes sages at any telegraph office in the United King dom, and this request also has not yet been granted. The urderground transit question has been reduced to a contest between the Central Lon don and the Yerkes group. The Morgan in terest has fallen out since the collapse of the schtme for a through route from Hammersmith to the City, and tho London County Council is mainly interested in the development of surface electric lines, and has intervened too late in the underground problem. "Si?. Yerkes originally rep resented an American syndicate in the purchas ing of concessions, but he is now supported by the powerful banking house of Speyer Brothers, is closely associated with Mr. Perks and a large group of British capitalists. The Central London will oppose him at the next session of Parliament by renewing its project for loop line tubes from Shepherd's Bush to Hammer smith, and thence through Kensington, Knights bridge, Piccadilly and Charing Cross to the Royal Exchange. This will be an elaborate project, requiring authority from Parliament and a long period for completion, as there are no links in the chain under construction. Mr. Yerkes's interest already has authority for and is building: the Great Northern, Piccadilly an<i Brompton Railway, from FTnabary Park to Earl's Court, by way of Holborn. It will ask Parlia ment for authority to construct a line from Phep heid's Bush to Hammersmith and Sloane-si . by way of Hammersmith and Knightsbridge roads. A link between Sloane-st. and Piccadilly Cir< us is already provided for, and the system will be completed by a line from Charing Cross to the Mansion Hcus<*. The objection naturally raised is that the Yerkes combination will promise re lief for Kensington and the Htrand. without in tending to interfere with the normal traffic of the District Railway; but, on the other hand, it can justly claim pre-eminence as the only syn dicate capable of working out underground transit in a comprehensive way. Canada was advertised most artistically yes terday by a spirited realistic series of bioscope pictures at the Palace Theatre. A large audi ence was enabled to make a comfortable journey from Liverpool to Victoria and enjoy glimpses of the ocean, Quebec, Montreal, the *'Soo," Lak»: Superior, Winnipeg, Fraser River, the scenexy along UN Canadian Pacific Railway and Van couver. Among the most animated spectacles were pictures of buffalo on Lord Strathconas estate, harvesting scenes in Manitoba, branding wild colts on Bow Kiver. horse races by cow boys, Indians, logging scenes on Bear Creek and salmon spearing in mountain streams. It. was a. most stirring show, well deserving of Lmd Stratheona's patronage. The result of the West Derby flection has sur prised everybody. The Liberals did not antici pate that the Conservative majority would ex ceed 500, and the Conservatives in London would have been satisfied if their candidate had Just scraped in. As a matter of fact, he romped home w ith a majority of 2,1i04. I. N. F. Y. M. C. A. WORK IN ITALY. RoiTiC, Jan. King Victor Emmanuel to-day received In audience M. W. Clark, of New-York, of the World's Students' Christian Federation, an organization connected with the international com mltte-: of the Young Men's Christian Association. His majfbty was much Interested in the sletail* which Mr. Clark furnished him of the work of the aspneiation, and said: "Our people ought to >>c better acquainted with your ijoort work. I had no idea it had spread ao extensively In Italy." Professor Clark Is the representative of James Stokes, of New-York, and is following up the lat tor's Young Men's Christian Association work in Italy. Professor Clark, who Is well known In New- York, has been connected with the Theological School of the Methodist Church in Korn<-\ and "f hito has boen working la the Levant under the auspices of the World's Student*' Christian Fed eration. MRS. R. G. SHAW SEEKS A DIVORCE. fBT TELEGItAPII 10 THE TRIBUNE.] Richmond. Va., Jan. 20.— Daniel Harmon, on behalf of Mrs. Nannie I^anghorno Shaw, yesterday filed cult at Charlottcsvllle, Va.. for an absolute divorce from her husband, Robert Gould Shaw, of Bos ton. The ground stated In the memorandum Is desertion. The announcement that the suit had been filed caused no great surprise here, where such a step on tho part of Mrs. Shaw had been ex pected for pome time. In the early summer, when Mir. Shaw came to her home in Albcmarli-, while her husband went to Louisville, talk of a separa tion began. Mr. Shaw is now in Europe, having sailed more than a month ago. Mrs. Sh.iw came to this city with her sisters for the Richmond Christmas german. At the horse show here last autumn Rhe won several ribbons In the hunter and jumper classes with her bay mare Queen Bee. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw have one child, a daughter about a year nnd ■ half old. It lit not known whether Mr*. Shaw will ask for the cuntody of her child. TO CLUE A « it 1. 1 1 IN o.MS II AY Ttk* Laxattv* Dromo Quinine Tablets. Tbl» (Ignt turt Jffjt A OB • vcr >' box « 29c - WILL NOT PAY TAXES. Americans in [sic of Pines Deft/ Cubans. Havana. Jan. 20.— The Aim-ricaim residing in the Isle of Pines deny the geiipml assumption of the Cuban Government that th^ United States has no special interest in the island and that it is not likely to insist on the eventual owner ship of it. In any event, they appear to be con fident of having the support of the United States, if necessary, in their resistance to be ing governed and taxed by Cuban officials, pend ing a settlement of the question of the owner ship of the island. The matter ia expected to receive important consideration In connection with the settlement of the location of the coal ing stations and other pending questions be tween Cuba and the United States. Recently the American residents of the island as a body informed the Alcalde of the Isle of Pines and the Cuban Government irf rhcir inten tk n to resist by force if necessary the collection of taxes or any assumption of authority over the island by the Cuban Government. Tiie taxes ar; now falling due, and every American has pledged himself not to p?y them. The Americans 1 contention is founded on the section of the Pkitt amendment which expressly omits the Isle of Pines from the Boundaries of Cuba and leaves the title to it for future adjustment by treaty. Some three hundred Americans have, since the war, made their homes in the Iplo of Pir.es, and it is estimated that five hundred Americans have interests in the island. The American portion of the population is not of an adventurous char acter, but is largely composed of people of mature ycr.rs. who have engaged in the busi ness of fruit raising. Their desire that the isl and remain American is not purely sentimental, since, «hey say, as a Cuban possession, it would receive no more- than 20 per cent tariff prefer ence, while as a territory of the United States the islanders hope for free trade with America. The government, while acknowledging that the matter of the ownership of the island is open, holds that it has de facto control over the island for the time being at least, and that it is therefore authorized to levy taxes and per form other governmental functions. It is be lieved that the United States will approve this position against the protest of the American residents, who refuse to pay taxes, although they avail themselves of whatever protection and privileges the present government supplies. During the American military government of Cuba the payment of taxes on the Isle of Pines was not questioned, nor were such pay ments opposed by the Cuban residents of the island, who constituted a majority of the popu lation. Cuban officials are inclined to believe that the present anti-Cuban movement on the island has been instigated by the land com panies. PANTHER'S ACTION APPROVED. German Opinion Seems to Favor the Last Bombardment. Berlin. Jan. 20.— The surprise expressed at Washington that the German cruiser Panther should try to enter Maracaibo harbor is not understood here, where the operation is re garded as v simple act of force consequent upon the maintenance of an effective blockade. The allied commanders, including th<» Italian anl British, must, under the agreement, it Is pointed out, have been consulted beforehand and have jointly ordered the operation, which was left to a German vessel to carry out, because that part of the coast was assigned to the Germans, and therefore the British and Italian commanders share the responsibility equally with the Ger man commander. Besides this, the view con tinues to be held that the blockade must be strictly enforced until the protocol is signed, cs in no other way can President Castro be k^pt up to a realization of the fact that the allies are in earnest. It is considered that if the blockade is allowed to languish the negotiations at Wash ington will be prolonged. The reason for the Panther* action suggested litre is that it was to prevent trade with Co tombifl through the vivcr port of Villanuzar and by the Catatumbo and Zulia rivers, which en ter into Lake Maracaibo. which has enabled Venezuela partially to defeat the blockade. Commodore Schedefs report of the bombard ment of Fort San Carlos baa not yet been re ceived here, because it was sent from Port-au- Spain. Trinidad, involving considerable delay. * STIR IN THE REICHSTAG. Attempt to Discuss the Krupp Case Checked. Berlin, Jan. 20.— There was a stormy seen* in tho Reichstag to-day, following an attempt of Her" Yollmar. Socialist, to raise a debate on the charges brought against the late Herr Krupp and Emperor William's telegrams and speeches on the subject. The president of the House declined to permit the discussion and the Socialists violently protested against this ruling, asserting that he was violating the rights of the Reichstag. The ground on which the president refused to al low the debate was that it was out of order to discuss a private person while debating the budget. The president interposed several times to prevent Heir Vollmar from continuing his remarks. The Socialists who reviled the president frequently re ferred to him as "a miserable dog." Herr Vollmar insisted he had the right to dis cuss Emperor William's speeches on the Krupy affair, but the president resolutely excluded any such comments, deciding thai his majesty's expres sions of opinion or sympathy following Hen Krupp'a death belong to the Emperor's private life. Herr Vollmar remarked that Emperor Will iam's speeches were printed in tho official "Relchs anzeiger." and that hence it could be assumed that they belonged to public affairs, but the presi dent overruled him. Discussing foreign relations, Herr Vollmar said the Socialists wanted to know why tho Venezuelan ships had been sunk and why the Venezuelan forts had been bombarded, adding: ■ TV*- want full information on all phases of tho intermediation efforts since President Roosevelt's refusal to arbitrate. We hope the government will not repeat Napoleon's Mexican adventure. APPEAL TO CHECK AMERICAN TRADE. i Glasgow. Jan. 20.— At the annual meeting of the Clyde Steamship Owners' Association here to-day the. president, Mr. Mclntyre. invited the ship own ers to Join in a protest against American shipping being allowed to "continue enjoying the privileges of the British Hag." Ho said that if the combina tion is to be "run supported by gigantic American railroads, not caring whether it won or lost on the oversea trade," a situation arose which became a matter for the counts? and the government to flea! with, If the combination's competition be came too strong, British ship owners might be compelled to combine even th»'lr cargo carrying trade. Freights had fallen to a minimum, and the prospects were most gloomy. It was hardly pos sible to sketch out a round voyage on which aJ Freighter could pay expenses, and the. speaker feared the tihic wan approaching when It would bo difficult to find cargoes for steamers, and they would have to bo laid up MONEY VOTED FOR POOR OF BRITTANY. Paris, J;m. 86.— The Chamber «'t Deputies to-day. on the proposal of th<' Ptnanee Mtnist^r. M. Kouvier. unanimously voted B credit of MMM la aid the sufferers from the (allure of the sardine BshertM <>f Brittany. DUKE OF ORLEANS RESTORED TO FAVOR London.' Jan. 20.— The Duke and Duchess of Or leans visited King Edward and Queen Alexandra at Buckingham Palace » hi: afternoon. Thin was the Brat time they bad met since the rupture arts- Ing from the duke's approval of the InsutUM French caricatures of the late Queen Victoria, and may be tnk^n an marking their majesties' final con donation of the Incident. AN EARTHQUAKE AT DAVOS PLATZ. Zurich; Jan CO.— a sharp earthquake lasting fur two ft : r<in<i'-' occurred at Davos Plata, the well known health resort, yesterday afternoon. To-Measure Shirts. AN INTRODUCTORY OFFER. We think we can make shirts to-measure just as £ood as anyone. We would like you to think so, too and will make it well worth your while to agree with us. As for the fabrics, even the most matter-of-fact man will find something in the elegant designs and exquisite color combinations which will appeal to him. For one week we will make the following shirts to your measure, of the highest grade fabrics, many of which are ex clusive, at Special Prices. Fancy Stiff Bosom Shirts of the finest quality Scotch Madras. Regular Price S3-50. At 52.75 Fancy or White Negligee Shirts of the finest quality Scotch Madras or ChcViots. Regular Price $3-50. At $2.75 Fancy or White Plaited Shirts of the finest quality Scotch Madras. Regular Price 54.00. At 53. 2 5 White Dress Shirts without cuffs. Regular Price 52. 50. At $2.00 With attached cuffs. Regular Price $3-00. At $2 50 After Saturday regular prices will prevail. £>afeo $c GJnmpany SroaMmuj, 33b In 34tb &t«rl Fifth Aye. Art Galleries, 366 sth Aye., near 34th St. THE John A. Hoagland Collection of Important Paintings By the Celebrated Masters of the American and European Schools Will Be Sold by Auction In the Grand Ball-Room of the Waldorf-Astoria To-morrow (Thursday) Evening, at 8.30. (The Grand Tier Boxes can be reserved on application in oflice of James P. Silo. Auc tioneer. :>«6 Fifth A venae.) The Collection will be on Exhibition until Thursday noon at the Fifth Avenue Galleries, JAMES P. SILO, Auctioneer. THE LAHN AGAIN AFLOAT. Vessel Apparently Unhurt — Will Sail for New-York To-day. Gibraltar, Jan. 20.— The North German Lloyd steamer Lahn. from Mediterranean ports for New-York, which grounded on a sandbank off Tumara, five mile^ east of the Rock of Gibraltar, on Sunday morning', was floated at daybreak to day. The L*thn afterward anchored in this har bor, apparently undamaged. She is reshipping her cargo and will sail to-morrow for Ne - »v- York. Poultney Bigelow. on» of the passengers of the Lahn. said there was no panic on board the steamer when she grounded, thus contradicting the statements of other passengers. Mr. Bige low assorted that the majority of the passengers who awoke Sunday morning near Gibniltar did not know the ship was aground. It had been very thick during the night, rainstorms obacur ing the short- light*, while a strong current and heavy wind swept One Lahn shoreward- Captain Malchow wits on the bi idg?; through the night. The United States cruiser Hartford and the British Admiralty tug Energetic steamed up soon after the vessel grounded and offered assistance, which waa gratefully accepted. TROOPS FIRE ON CONVICTS. Two Killed and Several Injured in Attempt to Escape. Odessa. Jan. 20. About six hundred male and female prisoners 'made an organized attempt yesterday to break out of the local Jail. It was only frustrated by the intervention of hastily summoned troops, who fired on the convicts. At a given signal those of the prisoners who were not locked up released those who were In the cells, and then they tried to force their way out of the prison. Foiled in this attempt, the convicts built barricades with bedding and broken furniture and defied the guard?. Two companies of infantry were summoned to the prison to restore order, and the soldiers fired a volley at the prisoners, killing a woman and a man, and wounding: a number of others. The action of the troops quickly ended the revolt. IMITATION FURS SENT BACK. Paris, Jan. — When Consul General Gowdy was questioned to-day concerning the reports from San Francisco that the effects of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Fair had been looted in Paris, and that imitations had been substi tuted for valuable furs and a pearl necklace, he said that the effects of the Fairs had been sent to the executors at San Francisco, who duly ac knowledged the receipt of the jewelry as in voiced, but informed the Consul General that the furs, which were sent separately, had been tam pered with, and pieces of an Inferior quality substituted for the originals. After the death of the Fair?, which occurred as a result of an automobile accident in this country last Au gust, the fur* were appraised at $1,000 by a re sponsible dealer, who kept them in storage un til they were shipped. Mr. Gowdy has asked the executors at San Francisco to ship the fan back to Paris, ami to .send with them the nec essary affidavits. He has been informed that the furs In question have been shipped back here, but they have not yet >'••.•!! received. As soon as they are received the Consul General will have the matter investigated. HOUSTON LINE BEGINS A SUIT. London, Jan. 20.— According to the afternoon newspapers here. H. P. Houston & Co.. owners of lbs Houston Line of atssaaatst have begun a* action against the Mrms comprising the South Afri can Shipping Conference, alleging th.it the terms of the hitter's contracts with shippers amount to intimidation and boycott. The action arises from Mm rivalry for the South African trade. R. P. Houston & Co. refused to adhere to the conference and allege that the firms In the combination intimi dated shippers who patronise the Houston Line by either refusing to carry their goods or l>y charging exorbitant rates to >!■> so. A MILD SENSATION. The trim and beautiful Cadillac Runabout, on exhibition at the Automobile Show at Madison Square Garden, excites a vast amount of inter est. Visitors are always attracted to it. It si finely constructed on graceful llm-s. Is strong, durable and reliable The price, $~T>»\ creates a mild s*naa>tk>n. as it Ist away below th« "dollar a pound" rate demanded by moat makers. The ' Cadillac weigh* 1.100 pounds. Th.- New-York offices of the Company in nt i"'i West 38th ! street. ' LEMAIRE & ? PARIS It is quality that ha* made the name Lemaire famous. See that this ' name, spelled L-E-M-A-I-R-E (as above), is on the end and around the rye piece of every Opera and Field Glass you buy : otherwise you will buy worthless imitations. ; For sale by all responsiMo deuU-rs. 0. HAAS BROS. k^Ms. 345 stk At*.. Opp. Waldorf- Astoria. sp«?cial oft-T for thU T.ee*. Tailor made suits to crier, in a large variety of fin« cloths, silk lined throus" £48.00, Worth $70.00. Fancy tailor made gown* to order, usual cost j:^">. .-an now b« secured for 5*5. Walking Suits to order, $\*. worth $70. High class workmanship and perfect <•■■ Apollinaris JL '•The Queen of Table Waters. Oooka and pnbiications. AUTOMOBILE SHOW WEEK. for mil the news an.i f»-.'-i r -- of th<? show read AUTOMOBILE TOPICS DAILY. On all news stands Another ILvidence of Popular Approval The Net Sales of The DAILY TRIBUNE were 23% more in December, I^o2, than in December. IQOI.l Q Ol. \ DVEimSEMENTS ami .ut»cril>uons tor To« Tn&ua* Between 3Uth «ad STth «... ÜBtll » •;«**£ £/&««* A<Jv«rti..-m«:H» will U. r-v«»v«d «i the f-.1^ .» "■» Dr«a^ .