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Comtrmcton Accused of Pmymg Him -$22,000 Also Arrested — He Denies
the Charges — More Sensational Developments Coming.
August W. Machen. superintendent of frre delivery in the Postoffice Department, was
■tested yesterday in Washington, charged with receiving bribes amounting to about
£30,000 from Groff Brothers, contractors for letter box fasteners, and was summarily
disicissrd from officr by Postmaster General Payne. Machen gave bail in $20,000, and
- r'n his case is to be held on June ."i. He declared that his arrest -was "a grand
stand play." and. through his counsel, denied the charges against him. The Groff hroth
te \rpre arrested and released on bail. Oth^r officials are under suspicion, and it is
bdfcscd! thnt still more startling developments in the posts] investigation will follow.
Groff Brothers Taken Into Custody
amd Released on Bail.
Tash:neton. May Dai-".- B. Graff, on*- of
Tb<* partners in the firm of Groff Brother?. who
" sr<* accused of having bribed Machen for the
purpose «>f procuring the purchase by the gov
ernment of their letter box fasteners, called at
poiir-o Headquarters to-night, saying he had
v^ar^ that a warrant for his arrest was out.
Ihe t. arrant "^as served on him, and be was
reaped on $10,003 bail, pending a hearing be
fore th* United States Commissioner to-morrow.
Samuel A. Groff. th? other member of the
firm, 'as taken into custody lat°r. and was
r«'.ea«d on {5 MG bail.
Th» warrants charge a violation of Th» sec
tion of the revised statutes making bribery of
efficere of the government a criminal offence.
The .__......, which th*> warrants were
issued was sworn to by Inspector Meyer. It
charges the payment by the partners of various
Bums of money to August W. Ifachen, in pur
suance of the alleged agreement between th^m
In connection with the purchase of letter box
Soys His Arrest Is "a Grandstand
Play"— Gives $20,000 Bail.
Washington. May 27.— Postmaster General
Payne this afternoon summarily dismissed
Msrhen from office, issuing the following order:
A. W. Machen is th:s day removed from the
position of general <-:■■-■ of the free
delivery service. His removal is made by rea
ron of malfeasance on his part in th* discharge
of the duties of his offic.
The arrest of Machen was th« closing act of an
-xsmination which was conducted for three
hours to-day by Fourth Assistant Postmaster
General Bristov- , Inspector Fosnes. who relieved
Ma-hen M cbief of tai free delivery system.
*nd Inspector Meyer. At th* conclusion of the
♦"ssmination I*-pu-;- Marshal Bprfngmari waa
called ... Mr. ■ Bristow's office and mad" the
Machen vat t^.ken directly to the office of
United State* Commisfior.er Taylor. He com
nnmic&tefl with his attorneys. Douglass &
Di-jciass. End in a fey.- minutes Charles A.
r>rjg!as?. the senior member of the firm, ar
rived st the commissioner's office.. Mr. Douglass
dwnanfled an Immediate ■ ring A?sistant
District Attorney Hugh Taggart. T.ho is ccn
cucting the case for the government, replied
that he was not read to proceed, and asked a
-"stporierr.ent if the bearing for ten days.
<"nrom:Esioner Taylor thereupon fixed Friday,
Jujje Z>. for th» hearing, and after a brief dis
.';«ir!n ... bond Commissioner Taylor fixed
-..-;; at 52 '«»"' The Union Surety aivl Guar
riitr Company, of Philadelphia, went on his
hrmd. 'Vi'hil 0 these proceedings were going on
Machen was called to the telephone several
■tirr.es by personal friends, who offered to go on
hi< bond in any amount that might be de
tmnded. and several friends called at the Com
mlsskmer's office to make similar tenders.
Madbiej informed them all that he preferred to
pive bond through the guarantee company.
To all newspaper men Macheu said that he
hf-6 no extended statement to make for publi
<-srion. To a representative of Th" Associated
Press be said.
This will com" out all right My arrest is
merely a grandstand play-
H* declined to ir.ake a further statement, say-
Ins that Mr. Douglass, his attorney, would
*-teak for him. Mr. Douglass made this state
ment :
Several days ago my firm was retained by
Mr. Machen to look after his interests in con
nection -with the investigation of affairs at the
Portofflee Department. I am. therefore, cog
nizant of the situation in detail. I air, confident
that f-.t The proper lime we shall be able to
Phow en the most conclusive way that not only
has Mr. Machen been guilty of no -wrong- in
connection with the department's transactions
trfth Oroff Brothers but that his administra
tion of Tii<= affairs of th* free delivery system
ha* been characterized by uprightness, integ
rity ani ability.
T have not determined yet whether a full pre
iirniriary hearing on Fridaj\ June 5, will be in-
Fij?T*"3 upon or whether examination will be
waived and bond given for trial before the Su
preme Court of the District of Columbia. The
probabilities are. however, that a full prelimi
nary hearing Tvill be demanded.
It ta understood that civil suits will be brought
10 recover from Machen the amount he is al
>*£*-d '.* have received on the contracts.
■V /' mi Say* Evidence 'Against
Machen Is Conclusive.
Washington. .May 27.— The arrest of Ma' bea
csuped h tremendous sensation at the Postoffice
I^articeiit. The news spread rapidly, and
■""Itfcin a f*-H minutes the arrest -/as generally
known. Postmaster General Payne lost no time
It oaan the r.ews to the public, mm
naming the newspaper men and saying:
Mr. llacbea j s nfU v under arrest in this build;
H» ha<. received a large .--urn of money
- ! " )El th- contractors who supply the sovtrn-
J'.est v.-uh certain articles. The amount he
* diansed wjth receiving Us over $20,000. The
«j«pSJ*Sseaj will make a statement tter in the
<sil . v , «s .-non as it can !>e prepared.
Lat»-r th* Postmaster General made the fol
liicjjjg t'jppjementary announcement:
' BUPPO&* everybody knows what rarred
';^re to-day. There ie no more to be said, ex-
c 'Pt that civil suit will be instituted to recover
*n<e amount which Mr. Machen is charged with
(tfcioff. This is Eupposed to be about $22.<***-
An order ma been issued for the arrest of Diller
E- Groff and Samuel A. GroJt. the parties from
whom the box fasteners vert- purchased. The
• on i li. ii. ,j on irrond ;>»*•
At Chicago. Et, Louis. Cincinnati or Montreal the
>-»-i ■.. Central rmuirt im vlth every tranaconti
tfiitj! line of railway. - Advt
_ To-day, ►howrrn.
To-morrow, fair, with went wind*.
Still More Startling Disclosures Ex
pected to FoUoxc Machen's Arrest.
Washington, May 27.— August W. Ma«-hen.
former!" general superintendent of free delivery
ir th* Fostofltoe Department, waa arrested to
day, charged with receiving bribes amounting
tn upward of $22,000. and admitted to ball '.n
00,000. The sensational disclosure predicted In
The Tribune of May 26 has taken place even
sooner than waa expected, and constitutes the
moat startling: development in the Investigation
oi the postoffice scandal.
The evidence of Machen's guilt came like a
thunderclap to the Postmaster General, who.
while he was aware that the former superin
tendent of free delivery had been gruilty of ir
regularities, had never suspected actual dishon
esty on the part of so important an official, and
especially on* who had been recommended to
him as worthy of the utmost consideration.
Consternation reigns In the department to
night, and it is feared that this is only the be
ginning of most sensational developments which
vlll reveal the existence of venality of appall
ing proportions and involve officials of impor
tance and trust. It is said that close surveil
lance is now being kept on another, official who
formerly occupied a place of trust, and It Is inti
mated at th* office of the Fourth Assistant
Postmaster General that the end is not even in
Th* offence --harced against Machen is shown
in detail in the following statement Issued by
Fourth Assistant Postmaster General Bristow
this afternoon:
A. V llachen, general superintendent free
. -- rested at 1 o'clock to
day Hp is <-harcf-i with receiving- bribes,
amounting in all to about (22.000, in connection
■with a contract held by Groff Brother?, of
Washington, D. C , for a patent fastener used
or. street letter boxes, known as the Groff fast
ener. T;;p Postoffice Department in the last ten
years lias used about $100,000 worth of these
fasteners, and it is shown by ample evidence
that, for the iast three years at least. Mr.
Machen has been receiving 4c pej <-ent of the
■s paid to the Groff s. The transaction of
uiness was conducted by DiUer B. Groff.
w*4> controls the patent of bit brother. S
■ ■
Postmaster General Payne gives the greatest
credit to tbe work of Mr. Bristow and his in
spectors in ferreting out the present. cas«>. pro
ng it the most expert piece of detective
v.r.rk which he has ever known.
line past a sum aggregating
thousands of dollars has been provid
ed for miscellaneous expenses In each an
:■ : -. ■ ■ bill, and It was from this
fund that the letter box fasteners were pur
chased. The circumstances surrounding the
purchase of all the other items paid for out of
this fund are now being subjected to the closest
scrutiny, and already several instances have
been discovered which have aroused grave sus
picions, it being intimated that the letter box
fasteners are not the only item on which the
government has been mulcted of generous com
As ha? beer alread- told In The Tribune.
Machen used the. favors at his disopsal to build
up a political machine which he doubtless be
lieved would save him from the consequences
of bis Beta, and which did prevent the exercise
"f prqper supervision over the operations of
his division. First Assistant Postmaster Gen
eral Wynne has long suspected the existence of
the form of dishonesty with which Machen Is
now charged, although lacking valid proofs.
It was for that reason that he refused to be
held responsible for free delivery affairs until
they had been subjected to the rigid investiga
tion they are now receiving.
The discovery of the fraud with which
Machen Is charged is largely due to Inspector
Walter P. Meyer, who was appointed from
Texas in LBBL Meyer noticed, about three
weeks ago, that quantities of the Groff Casten
ers were being oonstaatly purchased, and in
qofry the fart that in the. last ten
-ears the pum paid to this concern had amount
ed to about $100,000. An investigation failed
to discover any trace of bids having been ad
vertised for. and the price paid. $1 25 each, for
an article which appeared to be worth only a
few cents occasioned grave suspicion. Fur
ther investigation revealed the fact that the
articles were made for Groff Brothers at various
points at a coat of 25 cents each, and it was
finally ascertained that for some time Machen
had been receiving a commission of 40 per cent
on every purchaae.
Mr. Payne Says All Charges Are Being
Washington. May 27.-Postma.ster General
Payne was asked to-night the depart
ment was keeping in touch with George W.
Beavers the former superintendent of the divis
ion of salaries and allowances, who suddenly
reigned some weeks •go "I have no doubt.
he replied, "that the department is keeping
track of him."
H€ made the- significant statement that many
other charges of irregularities In the free de
livery offlce were noW being ln\-estlgated.
The Postmaster General also said that the de
partment was running down all the charges
that have been made concerning the postal ad
ministration: that many charge, had been .made,
which are not known to the public, and that
wbere a few were substantiated great numbers
proved without foundation.
• • - roinF or when, or
No matter *»»«* nd the Bock Island is
■ £™Lg ' . California. Texas ud
Mexico" ' Ticketrat 401 Broadway or *,ih St. and
6tl. Ave.-Advt. ___——•
from Friday till Monday .to o S«"S!&
Mount Pocon °- inroad One fare for round trip.
S-artteutoS^rcf^lS Broadway.- AdvU
//» Convention Indorses Roosevelt
and Penny packer.
Harrlshurg. Perm.. May 27.— The Republican
State Convention held to-day -was the shortest
in the historj' of the party, accomplishing: all the
■work cut out for it in two hours and a half. It
was a representative convention, composed of
the best of the party in this State, many of
them veteran* who were not expected to attend
in an "off year." There was no lack of enthusi
asm, the name of President Roosevelt being
greeted with cheers whenever mentioned, and
even Governor Pennypacker got a round of ap
plause. The most significant applause of the
day was that given the name cf John P. Elkin.
former Attorney General, who was defeated for
the nomination for Governor last year, and who
was commended in the platform for his good
work while in office.
The candidates are all men of high reputation.
William L. Mathues. of Delaware, has four
times been elected clerk of th« courts in his
county, and was nominated for a fifth term in
March. William P. Snyder, the candidate for
State Treasurer, has served two terms in the
State Senate and was presiding -officer of that
Judges Hendprpnn and Morrison, the nominees
for Superior Court judges, have serreri. on the
benches of Crawford and McKean counties with
honor, and were appointed to th«> Superior <"^urt
bench to fill vacancies
Senator Boies Penrose was elected State
chairman, which bears out the rumor that Sen
ator Quay is about to make him his political
residuary legatee and retire.
The platform was prepared last night, and
■when it was presented to the committee on reso
lutions to-day there was a disposition to turn
down th« plank asking that Oklahoma. Arizona
and New-Mexico be admitted to statehood. It
was argued that as the T'nited States Senate
had failed to act on it. it was presumptuous and
out of place for a State convention to demand
it. On the other hand, it was argued that as
the admission of these Territories was Senator
Quay's pet project, it would be very strange if a
Quay proposition was to be turned down in a
Pennsylvania Republican State Convention.
The latter argument prevailed and the plank
was indorsed. There was no mention of the
libel law. known as the "press muzzier." by
either platform or speakers, and, to prevent any
mention of it from the floor of the convention, a
resolution was adopted that all resolutions
should be referred to the platforr- »>o*ninittee
without being lead.
The convention adopted a rule which will
hereafter prevent deadlocks in the nominating
of Congressmen. It provides that where no
rule has been adopte.l in any Congress dis
trict for the nomination of a candidate for Con
gress before .August 1 next, the State Commit
tee, or chairman thereof, shall prescribe the
method of nomination. There were some dan
gerous deadlocks- last year. and this will be
prevented under the new. rules.
The platform commends the administration
of President Roosevelt and indorses his renom
ination: approves the State administration un
der Governor Pennypacker, and affirms loyalty
to the Republican principle of a protective tar
iff, deprecatinga-ny supg?stion of a genera! re
vision of the present Tariff law, on which topic
it says: . . . ■
Since its enactment we have conducted an ex
pensive war with Spain and paid its cost. With
in the last three years Congress has reduced
taxation to the amount of (115,000,000 per an
num, and yet the national Treasury to-day is
richer by 197,000,000 Than it was before the war
: ■< gan w» believe It to be the dictates of wis
let veil enough alone, and not to imperil
business interests by any suggestions of present
interference with revenue legislation. Perma
nence and stability of tariff rates are essential
to continued business prosperity.
Committee Saij t s New-York Finn
Controls Connecticut Institutions.
Hartford, Conn.. May 27.— The Committee
Wi Banks, of which Senator Nash, of Westport.
is chairman, and which was publicly attacked
last week by the Savings Banks Association of
the State and by Senator Ayling. of Norwich,
in ;i sensational speech r >ii the floor of the Ben
ate, met the charge to-day in a public stat<=>
ment that its report on the admittance of cer
tr.in "Western railroad bonds as legal invest
ments for savings banks of th° State had been
"Influenced" by a pool of New- York brokers.
Th= report Is signed by Senator Nash and
Representatives Thompson, of # Orangre; Hallock,
of Derby; Mead, of Greenwich; Putnam, of Kil
hngly; Staub, of New-Milford, and Jennings, r.i
Saybrook. It raises the countercharge that the
savings bank trust'-es have been "inconsistent"
In originally Indorsing the bonds reported by the
committee and then changing their attitude,
and also says that the real opposition to the ad
mission of the new securities comes from a
New- York firm of bankers. Goldman, Sachs &
Co.. "who now control twenty-four of the twen
ty-six bonds admitted in the last two session?.
and whose representative has iieen present at
all the hearings of the committee."
The statement further says: '.It is apparent
that ii is very advantageous to this firm to pre
vent any more bonds b»ing admitted as legal in
vestments in this State-, as th*» admission of ad
ditional securities would subject them to com
petition in the sale of bonds now controlled by
The committee's- statement d^-lares that ther*
was urgent n»ed for broadening further the in
vestment field of savings banks in order that
those Institutions might earn larger dividends.
pnd that "it waa against public policy to allow
th« practical monopoly of leerai Investments foi
savings banks to be controlled by one firm of
bankers. Th* income return from these bond?,
at the prices demanded by the New-York bank
ers who control them, Ib not sufficient to allow
small savings banks to pay their expenses and
4 pei cent Interest on their deposits."
Th.- report is not signed by House Chairman
Bicknell of Meriden. nor Mr Blodgett of Ca
naan. Mr. Blodgett refused to acquiesce to the
admittanc" of the bonds of th» Worcester and
Connecticut Electric mad. controlled and guar
anteed by tbe New-Haven Railroad. The de
bate In the House on this measure will come up
to-morrow noon and promises to be heated, as
th<= Savings Banks Association has been lining
up tbe House ntMinst the measuj*
Witness Tells of Grewsome Breakfast On
Morning After Murder.
Montlcello. N. V.. May 27.-At the trial of Mrs.
Taylor, charged with killing her husband. Ida May
De Kay, the daughter of the prisoner, said that
about an hour after the crime she went to bed and
*l<.pt In the morning she had pancakes for break
fast, which were cooked on the Fame stove In
which the body was burned. The girl also di -
Krtbed minutely how he? mother had deliberately
fired at Taylor, and how she had afterward cut up
th John d R. Rice, a deputy sheriff testified that
Mr.- Taylor had said thßt she fed the charred
bones of her husband to the chickens mixed with
cracked corn, and when eh* told it she seemed
happy over the fact that he was gone.
this' IE the fastest train
for the distance the world has ever seen Saves j a.
rtav between the East and the ™est. The New-
York Central's »th Century Limited.— Advt.
James Brady, Once Noted for Con
nection tcith Big Bank Robbery.
James Brady, an old hank burglar, once
•wealthy, ■who waa associated with "Jimmy"
Hope ana "Red" Leary. when the Manhattan
Savings Bank was robbed, was killed by a Bos
ton express at Larchmont yesterday. He was
walking to New-Rochellc. where he Intended to
remain until he died. He was seventy-eight
years old. Brady spent the winter and spring
in the Westehester County Poorhouse. He often
spoke about a dream he had long ago. that he
would meet a horrible death. He didn't have a.
cent, and so he tramped across country to
Mamaroneck. a distance of eight miles, and then
started westward on th«» New-Haven tracks.
In getting out of the v ay of a New-Haven ex
press train he stepped in front of the Boston
express bound for Manhattan. He was tossed
in the air and fell directly in the path of the
engine. It decapitated him. Near his body lay
a tool bag containing picks and knives, which h»
hed made at the poorhouse, and which later led
to his i Jentiflcatinn.
Brady had a varied career. Tie had b*»en ac
cused of cracking banks on Long- Island and
around this city years ago. Recently h* 1 sh!<l:
"It don't pay to be a bank robber. Tx>ok a 1 me
(incf 1 was v orth $100,000, but now I am pen
niless and a pauper, with not a friend in the
world. I say be honest." Brady boasted he
could open any saf^ in -he country. He was
scrupulously honest among his personal ac
Ohio Incident Closed, He Says—
Going to the Mediterranean.
Cleveland, May 27.— Senator Hanna received a
large number of telegrams to-day concerning
his decision not to oppose an indorsement *>f
President Roosevelt s candidacy for a second
term at the coming State convention. Nearly
all of these telegrams were said to be of a con
giatulatory nature. Many declared that in tak
ing the step Senator Hanna had done much to
preserve harmony in the party.
Senator Hanna steadfastly refused to discuss
the subject to-day, insisting that it was a closed
It is said that the Senator will take a six
weeks' cruise in »the Mediterranean this sum
Oceanic 's Passengers Read Notice
and Abstained from Gambling.
A notice was posted in the saloon of the
steamer Oceanic, which arrived here from Liver
pool yesterday, while she was lying at Queens
town previous to putting out for New- York, that
the attention of the management had been called
to the fact that certain individuals believed to
be professional gamblers had recently beer
travelling to and fro and that it was deemed
in the interest of passengers to bring it to their
Soon after the ship left Liverpool reports cir
culated through the first cabin that there were
two professional gamblers on board, and two
sleek looking men were picked out as these
personage? At Queenstown, among the cabin
passengers who boarded the steamer were three
who were also put in the same category. The
passengers heed d tha notice and refrained from
playing with strangers throughout the voyage.
It was reported that two of them sat down
at a table in the after starboard corner of the
smoking room on Tuesday night and endeavored
to«get W. A. Hazard, the -well known American
polo player, to play with them. They are said
to have shaken dice for a time, losing a few
pounds to each other, and then to have invited
him to • come ii: " His reply, according to 'he
report waa that h* did not shake dice. Th°n
they tried to get him 'nto a game of poker, with
th- same lack of success. Mr. Hazard, when
asked about this, said that th* reports about the
presence of gamblers were of the vaguest sort
and that he had not been invited to play by
Th* 1 suspected men w^re in a hurry to leave
the pier after they landed, and as soon as they
could get their baggage, which in some cases
was only a handbag, examined by the customs
officials, they left the pier. Detective Sergeants
Moody and Leeson watched them as they went
away! taking mental photographs ot th°m for
The Netherland Chamber of Commerce —
J. J. Astor a Director.
Albany. May 27.— The Netherland Chamber of
Commerce In America, with prin- ipal offices In
Xew-York City, was incorporated to-day, "to foster
in'the United States the interests of the commerce,
industry, agriculture, navigation, art and science
nf the Netherlands ar.d its colonies and to increase
th" commerce of the United States with the Neth
erlands and its colonies." The corporators are
Colonel John Jacob Astor. Daniel G. Boissevain
and R. J- Jessurun, of New- York Cttjr; Stuyvesant
Fish, of Garrison; W. Bayard Van Rensselaer and
John I. L. Pruyn. of. Albany; John F. Praegpr. of
Brooklyn: John Schimmel. of East Orange. N. J. ;
J. R. Wierdsma, of Orange, N. J.. and Albert
Andriesse, of Stapletqn, Btaten Island.
Mr. Prater said Ii si evening that th» Chamber
of Commerce would be similar to those established
in European countries. The aim would be, be said,
to facilitate trade between Holland, together with
the Dutch colonies, and the. United States. There
would be a headquarters In this city where mem
bers from both sides of the Atlantic could meet.
The plan*. Mr. Praecer said, were yet in embryo.
as th« Incorporation was only the first step.
Her Arm Probably Must Be Amputated —
He Is in Jail.
Gustav V, Wolbert, of No. 566 Sutnnatt-ave.,
Jersey City, was arraigned yesterday, charged
with biting bis wife's finger in a quarrel they
had m rae tinw ago.
Mrs. Wolbert was un»bl« to appear. A med
ical certificate BBowed that shp was suffering
from Mood poisoning, and that her right arm
would probably have to b« amputated. Wolbert
was committed to the county jail to await the
action of the grand jury.
■ ■■■: ■ ! : „--. ■? ■
(by TKUEGRAPS To THE rustics.]
Atlanta, 'in . May 27.— Lieutenant Joseph Lacour,
U. S. A . who <31sape.ared from Fort McPherson re
cently. Is still in Atlanta, and was this afternoon
chased by a policeman, but escaped. Colonel Price
who commands at the fort, baa ordered a detail to
search for Lacour The lieutenant fled from the
fort because he was heavily Involved in debt and
dared not face his creditor! His friends fear his
mind has been affected through brooding over his
trouble*. Lacou' is ■ nativt, of Maryland, and. II
is paid, friends there have offered to pay his debts.
Colonel Price Bays if Lacour" is captured he. will
be court martial"'!
New Gregorian Hotel. 35tr% St.; between sth Ay«.
and Herald Sq.; a delightful city summer home.—
But Coachman's Slayer May Be Club
Guest — Name to Come Out To-day.
If in his dying moments Mr. Sand's coach
man, John HefTpman. breathed the name of the
man who shot him to death on the lawn of the
Ardsley Club last Sunday night, those who
heard It are guarding the secret well.
Whether the murderer is an Ardsley clubman
or one of the residents of Irvington. Ardsley or
Dobbs Ferry is not known generally at any
rate. Chief of Police Abercrombie. or Irvington.
promises, however, that the name shall come
out at the Inquest to be held at the Ardsley
Casino at 4 p. m. to-day.
Beside? the substantial reward being raised by
the citizen? of Irvington and Dobba Ferry for
the apprehension <■( th*» murderer, the wealthy
residents of the district, it is said, have em
ployed special detectives to work up the case.
The man - boa name has been mentioned as
the murderer is said to be very prominent in th*»
social and financial world, and one of the last
that would be suspected of such a crime.
Father Fttzslmraons. of Dobbs Ferry, the
priest who was called to administer the rites
of the Catholic Church to the dying man. «as
seen at his home by a Tribune reporter yester
day. He was the last man who heard Heff»r
nan speak before he became unconscious. He
I met the party bringing Heffernan to th« hos
pital. The man was an entire stranger to me. He
was not dellrtoua at any time while I spoke ana
After administering the ■acrameni I asked him if
he knew who shot him. and he said: "No. father.
T don't know who i' was. and 1 don't know why ne
should want to sh»>ot me "
I asked him If it was an Italian or any other for
eigner, and he said: "No. II was an AmTi'-an.
Then they put him under ether to perform th»
operation. He died boos afterward.
President AbercromWe of Irvtegton, who hi
Chief of Police also, said yesterday:
It |s true that the name, of a man has been men
tioned ■who may hava done. th« shooting, and it
will cone out at the inquest. But I can say now
that it is not one of the members of the Ardsley
Club. I have »en Superintendent Hale, of the
club, to-day, also Timothy Healy, the watchman.
It may have been a gruest. but the man whose
name, we have, was not a member of the club. The
witnesses to be called at the inquest by Coroner
Russell will include th« pirl. Sarah Campbell, who
is employed as cook by Professor Funnan. at th«
Irvinsr Institute, in North Tarrrtown: It Robert
Denniston and Dr. Shrady. Mr. Hale and Mr.
Healy. It is a mistaken idea that we have any
thing to cover up.
It Is said that Edwin Gould, F. E. Eld
ridge, Mr. Sand and Robert Hewitt also wOl be
summoned to the inquest.
Dr. Robert Denniston. of Dobbs Ferry, said
to a Tribune reporter:
Heffernan was entirely rational during th» time
I attended him. At first he told me that he thought
he knew the man who shot him. but before i left
him he paid that he was positive the man was a
perfect stranger to him. He described the man as
tall, clean cut and clean shaver:, and he said he
was not "a gentleman." meaning. I suppose, that
he was not a member of th* club, or a man of
W. R. Lonergan, who was a lifelong friend of
HefTernan, keeps a grocery store in Irvington.
He was extremely indignant yesterday at the
manner in which the case had been conducted.
He declared:
Why didn't they hold that girl, instead of allow
ing her to go home? She could probably have told
a good deal more if they had held her. 1 nave
known H?ffernan for many years, and a finer,
quieter, more decent man never lived. Whoever
shot him should be brought to Justice, no matter
how rich he is. They are not point; the right way
about it. I know the name of the. man whom they
are going to accuse of the shooting; but it would
not do to tell it yet.
By <=nrn». greal ?rrep? ctmtlnnea to be laid «n
this remark, alleged to have been made by Bef
ferr.an to Miss Campbell: "Sarah. If you had
stayed by me I would not have been shot." They
interpreted it as meaning, id effect: "If you had
stayed by me I would not hay» been shot, be
cause he would bave seen y"U wew r I
An effort l? being made to trace the murderer
through rhe hat which was found near the
scene of th« Struggle. The hat bore the num
bers "11285 Off and the name of J. B. Stetson
k. <■<■>.. of Philadelphia A detective has bees
i ■ -• -„ Philadelphia.
Steamers in Collision Near Grimsbif
One Sinks.
Antwerp. May -7 The British steamer Hud
df, r =fje]d. which sailed from this port yesterday
evening for Grtansby. Kngiand. was sunk in a
collision with ;h^ Norwegian steamer Uto. and
t\ „ Austrian and Italian emigrants lost
their lives. Tbe Uto uas struck' .->n the port
side by the Huddersfleld, whose emigranta wan
asleep ha the forecabto.
Th" rurvivors of tbe HuddeiafleM were picked
up bj tbe Uto, which landed them her". Th*-y
saj the dead were nearly .ill croabed while
asleep in Ibetr berths. The collision was so
re «a-i no rime to launch the
Huddersneld'fl boats. Th*- disaster is attributed
to tbe electric lights of a dredger, anchored in
midi-trer, which -iazzl"<i the eyes of th" pilots
of the
[r.v :ti.s .i:.'.!m to ran gaiatna.]
Pittsfleld, Mass.. May 27 —A man who rer
Berkshin Inn, In Great Barrinpton. on Sa'
urday night aa Arthur R. Sands, committed sui
cide by drir.'KiriC carbolic acid. It. was learned to
day that his nama was Arthur Strauss, ar.d that
until May 1 he had been a member of the firm ad
E. Krey & Co., No. SSB Broadway. New- York. Tba
body win Juried In Great Baxrington.
Wichita. Kaa.. May 27.— political records wan
broken in Kansas yesterday by Victor Murdock,
Republican nominee for Congress to fill a vacancy
in tbe VHth District, who carrieu every county,
and probably every one of the twelve hundred pre
cincts In thY district His plurality will be about
twelve thousand. The vote was light on account
of the weather
Louisville Ky.. May 27.— A special to "Th- Post"
from Jackson.' Ky.. says that the hearing of the
casea of Curtis Jott and "Tom" White, unutr in
dictment on tn. charge of murdering Lawyer J. l\
Marcum. has been postponed until to-morrow.
Their cases may go over >■• the next tern of court,
which becins next week. The delay is the result of
th* non-arrival of witnesses. Th» town Is quiet.
Baltimore. Slay H — ESdxai M. NoeJ. contractor
and builder, applied in the United States District
Court to-day for th» benefit of the Voluntary In
solvency law. Judg) Mcrrls appointed S. Tagart
Steele John Hinckley and J Kemp Bartlett re
ceivers. The liabilities of the petitioner are acbad
u!ed at MMN
BpringQeM. 111.. May 37.— Th» suit against the
./Etna Fire Insurance Company, of Hartford. Conn..
to compel payment of $300,000. penalties for failure
of agencies '•• report net yearly receipt! to the
State In order that they might be taxed, was
thrown out of the Sengamon Circuit Court by
Judge Crelithton to-day. The cowl held that the
statutes Impose am penalty for failure to report.
•Portland. Or*.. May 27.— An electric car on the
Oregon City lire was held up by three masked men
at Midway Station last Hit B. Boynton. as
sistant superintendent of the company, was robtwtl
of .i sold watch and JCO. The robbers se<vired IW
in cash from the passengers.
Nashville. T*nn.. May 77. -Thf General Assembly
of the Cumberland Pwrt>yter»-jn Church «•!•-. a
report to-day favoring organic union with the
Northern Presbyterian Church.
New fast trains to Chicago.' St. I o :•- Cleveland.
T.'leO^ «'inclnnat!. ImH»mp>Hs and LoutsviHe, ria
Pennsylvania Railread.-A'lvt.
Speaks Amid Tumultuous Applause
at Kishineff Mass Meeting.
Before a wildly enthusiastic audienc* which
filled Carnegie Hall to overflowing and ap
plauded excitedly ex-President Cleveland, who
received a tumultuous welcome, especially strik
ing in present Democratic conditions; Mayor
Low. President S-^hurman of Cornell, the Rev.
T>r Robert S. Arthur and Edwin M. Shepard
voiced the Indignation of this nation over th*
massacre of the Jews at Kishineff. What ap
pealed with much greater force to the audience,
however, were the reiterated declarations that
this country was a haven fas the Jews, that
they were welcome here. Mayor Low alluded to
this, and when Mr. Schurman. after telling of
the forms Russia should make. cried. "And if
not. America *s still a name for opportunity!"*
the vast assemblage surged Is its feet, stamp
ing, ciappina: hands and shouting, while women
in the boxes waved handkerchiefs as enthusi
astically as their sisters in th* topmost gallery.
Another feature whos* Justice came horn*) to
the people was expressed by ex- President Cleve
land and Mr. Shepard. This country Itself was
not guiltless of mob violence, they said, but
while Mr. Cleveland deduced from this the idea
that v." should be conservative in our pretests
to Russia. Mr. Shepard. in alluding to th* &Ib
eraeefu! riots at Rabbi Joseph's funeral, said
that we had our form of "Jew baiting.** and in
every outbreak of that nature were only aldtasf
by moral support the anti-Semitic « r";~.»rt In
Dr. Mac Arthur. too. mado a fiery speech. In
which he said that he would "rather be a Jew
persecuted than a. Christian such as the mob In
Kishineff." Russia, he declared, -was still In th
throes of barbarism, but it possessed a eest
modern greed for territory. "Russia want* th*
universe," he declared, "but we'll have & -word
to say about it "
As a sort of side Issue to the meeting;, ther*
developed elements of great interest to th* po
litically wise Mr. Cleveland came In when
Mayor Low was in th* middle of his speech.
The instant his portly figure was seen a storm
of handclapping arose, continuing while Mayor
Low crossed the- platform, greeted him and
escorted him to his seat When he aros* to
speak applause louder than at first met him, In
terrupting throughout his speech, and at th
end growing into an enthusiasm which swept,
men and women alike off their feet, cheering
wildly. Mr. Cleveland was forced to bow several
time?, and finally to stand waving his hands
deprecatingly at his friends in th/? halL So at
the end of the meeting. Shouts of "Cleveland ."
•Cleveland!" rang through the place, and As
audience, in spite of a few policemen, surged
onto the platform, almost overpowering Mr.
Cleveland, who was finally rescued and led to
an anteroom.
Mayor Low presided at the meeting. After
being introduced by Paul D. Cravath. who iaa<
the all for the meeting, with the list of vice
presidents, Sm said:
About two hundred and fifty, years ago—te
deed, the year after Amsterdam became- a
city-some Spanish and Portuguese Jews found
! their way here and were made welcome. From
that day to this the Jews have been made •■
: feel at home In New-York. until to-day this city
probably contains more Jews than any other
i city In the world. This circumstance gives us
I warrant to say two thing" out of our own •■
I perience—first, that the Jew is a quiet, orderly
! and industrious citizen; and. second, that '■
treated with kindness instead of with cruelty
he becomes a source of strength to a nation, and
; not a weakness. It also entities the citizens of
i New-York to protest vigorously against such
horrors as those of Kishineff.
It is a noteworthy thing; that this movement
! of protest in New-York began upon the East
i Side. Before even, the press had taken ajr— <
■ notice of the king continued Kishineff rlotine.
: our fellow citizens of Jewish birth, many of
whom know by experience what a Russian riot
is. had begun to raise a fund for the relief of
the sufferers, and to protest against the out
; rages. Nearly three weeks ago I addressed an
' audience on the Bowery gathered for that pur
i pose, and I told them, what I gladly r-pear
j here, that their fellow citizens of every sam«
and creed are as one with them In detestation
i of this horror, and that we honor them for th»
! prompt and effective steps they have taken to
i send relief to their friend".
But here I can sas what T did not say thera
: —for this" is an audience of Christian people
: that in the name of our religion we grieve that
such a stain should be cast upon it. Russia !a a
friendly power to the United States, and ther*
are especial reasons why Americans think
kindly of her; but not for this cause should we
be silent now. Nay. rather, because we deslr<»
! that the two nations may continue to be tru«
; friends we beg her so to deal with those who
i are to blame "for this shameful outrage as to
make It impossible for such a thin? to happen
! again within her borders. We beg of her to
! give more liberty to her Jewish subjects, for w»
may properly say that in freedom of oppor
tunity. and not in restriction of privilege, for
Christian and Jew alike, has been found here In
New- York a cure for such disturbances as tho«*
I that in Russia have recently shocked fhe world.
What New-York has done for 25" years Russia.
i can do. if she will. May God put It into h»r
| heart to do so.
After the Mayor's speech. W. H. Baldwin. Jr.
read letters from Senator Platt, William Dean
; Haven*, the Rev. W. C. Bitting". ex-Judga John
F. Dillon, th* Rev. Dr. George R. van de Water.
Dr. Lyman Abbott. Dr. Newell Dwight HIUK
! ■who had been expected to speak, and Carl
i Schurz. heartily commending the meeting 1 , and
! expressing their deepest sympathy with the per
secuted Jews.
Then rose Mr. Cleveland, slowly, amid tv
: multuous applause. He said:
I have only a word to say: but I wish to b«
counted among those who are In hearty sym
pathy with the purposes of this meeting. Th<»
Influences which have called us together to
night crow out of our recognition of the prompt
ings of Christian civilization, and our dutiful
devotion to the best and deepest of our national
characteristics. This demonstration mis-hen
cheering and reassuring evidence that our Amer
iran sympathy for the oppressed and abused,
where they may be; our American love °'
humanity! and our attachment to justice and
right, are still active and unimpaired. There la
another American trait interwoven, warp and
woof, of our national character, which is her
exhibited in most gratifying freshness arid
strength. Our people, when thr>ir {.ympathlP?
are touched, "hen th.-:r humane instincts arc
challenged, and when their hatred of oppres
sion ; « aroused, are not afraid to sr^ak: and
in such circumstances it la not their habit to
smother or cautiously soften their v. ords.
Ever American humane sentiment has beer»
shocked by a late attack on the Jews m Rus
sia—an attack murderous atrocious and »n
every way revolting. As member* of the fam
iiv of mankind and as citizens of a free nation.
w« are here to give voice to the feeling that
should stir every true man and every American
worthy of the name. There is something: in
tensely horrible in the who!-sa!o murder of ti^i
offendirg. defenceless men. women tnd chil
dren who have been tacitlj. if not f-xpressly. as
sured of safety under the prctertion cf a pro
fessedly civilized government. Such things give
rise tea distressing fear that even the enlight
enment of the twentieth century has neither de
stroyed nor subdued the barbarity of human
nature nor holly redeemed th» civilized world
from "man's inhuir.anitr to man."
We and all cur countrymen protest hi the
strongest lansurs^e at our command and with
all th» moral force which . our American citi
zenship gh •* m agralnst these murders and
Seven fast express trains from MaaaW] Tore*
Llmiteds. See new timetable.— Advt.

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