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WALKING DELEGATE ARRESTED S AMI EL J. PARKS CHARGED WITH EXTORTIXG -9 2.000 FROM HECLA IROX WORKS. District Attorney Jerome Has Check and 'Affidavits—Labor Men Say Money Went to Strikers. By brlnrlng about th» arrest of Samuel J. Parks, business agent of the Housesmiths and Bridgemen's Union, Local No. 2, one of the most prominent and aggressive labor leaders of this rity ■d an aspirant for political honors In the Dewy can-.p. District Attorney Jerome believes he has brought to Sight a startling case of the use ' ' wanting delegate authority as a means for blackmailing employers. Parks is charged with extorting $2,000 from the Hecla Iron Works, of Brooklyn, for calling off a strike in the works. In support of this charge District Attorney Jerome possesses a check for this amount drawn by W. H. McCord. of the Ameri can Bridge Company, and made payable to his Boa. R. A. McCord. who in turn made it pay tble to Parks, whose indorsement It bears. When this check was brought to him early yesterday morning District Attorney Jerome. who has been for some time gathering evidence against Parks, at once asked Justice Mayer for v. warrant for Parks'.-? arrest, charging him with extortion. Parka was arrested at •"• p. in - in a saloon opposite Brevoort Hall, in Fifty-fourth st., sear Third-aye. In the hall at the time the fritted Board of Building Trades was meeting ar.d Parks was in the saloon with a number of labor men discussing the strike situation with them. Detective Sergeant McNaught. approach ing Parks, said: ;e under ■ireßt-" WAS INTENDING TO GO TO EUROPE. Parks looked .surprised for a minute and then raid: "Well. i am ready to go with you. I ■would have gone downtown if I had known you warned me. I heard when I was in New-Haven that there was likely to be some trouble, and that hi why I came to the city. I was intending to jro to Europe, but what a sucker I would be t* go away now: It is all a big mistake, arrest !r,K me. and it won't do any one any good." Wh»n he was told that he might be put under heavy ball he said: "Well, It can't be too n!sn for me.'! I^ate in the afternoon, the prisoner was ar rived before Justice Mayer in Special Sessions. By this time Mr. Jerome had gathered .further evince and in requesting Justice Mayor to h«:4 tb* prisoner in a heavy bail.declared that h» had beard of another case in which Parks had collected — m», from a certain club. where. 14 bjm had already been collected, that he under- Stood Park* had received a further $3,000 in --. recent subway strike and that he had large ■ msasta hi the GarfieM National Bask. He ac cordingly askad that the bail be fixed at $5,000. This was done, despite the protest of ex-Magis tr£t* Brann, who appeared as counsel for Parks. After his arraignment Parks admitted taking the check, but decline to discuss the subject further. At a late hour last night he had not Fucceeded in petting bail, although several at tempts had been mad" Jo furnish satisfactory security. The story of the check, which is the best but by no i—m the only piece of evidence against Parks in the hands of the District Attorney, is unusual. The following account ■"■' given to The Trihun* by Neils Poulsen. president of the Heela Iron Works, yesterday: That check, which is now In the powSsioiTof Mr. Jerome was drawn at my request '■■•' Mr. McCord. to secure the end of a strike in the Hecla Iron Works. Early last year my men had l.«» called out on an unreasonable and ser.^-. less strike. We were given to understand that the strike would not be called off until we handed over a cool $tOOO. At that time -I de clined. A little later a similar demand was made on Fountain & Cheat*, another firm. Th*7 had heard of our experience and wrote ror particulars. I sept then a letter and they took thit letter into the union and tried to expose the game. But the union gave them no further consideration than a limited amount of time in which to withdraw in safety. Then a- a result of my letter. Parks brought an action for Hoai against me, MfSi is still pending. DIDN'T CARE A D— FOR THE UNION. Meanwhile the strike in our works was still an. The president of the union »«d "lied ..n me and expressed hie regrets at the strike. - — FOLLOW THE CROWDS 5;;. i£i ■■- .;:/r,;-^f^j»w« urn mi. is* Krviwa MM ** JpaTbtil A "" -j^ To-d«y. fn!r To-morron, ahovtrra vid rosier. which he declared was a mistake, but said he could not help it. that the delegates were all powerful. We were losing a good deal of money, and finally I had a talk with Parks. That "was the only time I ever, saw him. and we met in a little room In t has Via tiro n Build ing, then under construction. I told him that the president of the union had paid the strike was a mistake, and that the men were in the wrong. I also told him the way the men were picketing the works and slugging the people at work was illegal. "I don't care a d for the union or the law. said he. "I want the money, and the strike won't ■top till it comes. Don't you forget I am Sam Parks." Well the matter dragged some time more and then the strike became so expensive I felt ! ought to pay. much as I hated to. So I went to the American Bridge Company and saw Mr. William H. McCord. who introduced me to the president, and I explained my trouble and my unwillingness to see Parks personally, and he offered to make the draft. So the check was drawn by McCord, made payable to his son R. A. McCord. who made it payable to Parks. When Parks came In and the check was offered ].■- demurred at first and asked for money. Finally, as the check had been drawn lie took It and it* was cashed by the George A. Fuller Con struction Company for him. That was on May 1, 1902. That's the story of the check. When it came back to me. I had it carefully- framed, with glass on both sides, to show the endorse ments. Yesterday morning a friend of mine came to my office and said: Mr. Jerome is close on the trail of your friend Parks." Then I showed him the check and he said in stantly, "Will you lend me that?" I turned it over to him and an hour later Mr. McCord and I were in District Attorney Jerome's office. While I was there th« ./Etna Fire Insurance Company called me up and informed me that- it had cancelled a 'ss,ooo policy it had on the iron "works. The message came to Mr. Jerome, who asked if he might keep it. He thought it im mensely significant. ! As for that man Parks, he has done this with many firms who don't care to come forward. I understand he has 125.080 in the Garfield Na tional Bank. He has several firms that he is friendly with, and they use him as a collector. When they can't get their money they send him round and he v threatens to make a strike, and they get their money in short order. I can tell you". He's the finest kind of a collector. I know of a case where two contractors had a dispute about a payment. One called in Parks, and th» other settled right off. As far as this present strike is concerned, our company has about de cided to leave Brooklyn if we can't live in peace. The majority of other firms have been driven out already. I went to see District At torney Clarke, of Kings County, to-day about prosecuting the men who were picketing our works and slugging our help. I don't h!am» the insurance company. As for the oas<? of Parks. I am done with it now; it's up to Mr. Jerome, but I think that check is in Just th» right place. In support of Mr. Poulson's charge. District Attorney Jerome obtained the following affidavit from R. A. McCord, to whom the check was first ma* payable: R. A. M CORD'S AFFIDAVIT. 1 reside at No. 1,991 Madison-aye.. In the city and county of New-York. On the Math day of April 1002, I delivered to Samuel Parks the check mentioned In the deposition of Neils Poulson. which is now produced in court. The check was duly paid In regular course by the bank upon Which it was drawn, and was personally delivered by me to the said Samuel just prior to my delivery of the check to Parks one Joshua Hat field was present, who ■tated that the amount to settle the He.la ; •,:!,. had been fixed at $2,000. and 1 asked the 1- id Samuel Parks how he wanted It Parks "replied that he wanted it in cash, and I Informed him that that was out of the question. but that 1 would give him a -heck. Parks said that he did not want the check made to his orlL Thereupon I stated that I would have the check made out to my order I went to my 'ath-r WillHir H. McCord. and obtained the U cashed m the offl '- of the FulW C«B«trOCtlO« nSahia "n thf olB«- of tfce Full.r Construction Company. LABOR MEN STAND BT PARKS. While District Attorney Jerome declares that he believes he has a good case against Parks. the labor friend, of the latter -ay that there «- Mnnr.l on neoond p»*«-. ■ i ■■ m ■lisa- Comfortable '■".I Charming: Trips bJSnniver Day Line Steam-rs-Adi t. ADIRONDACKS. NEW- YORK. TUESDAY. JUNE 9. 1903. -SIXTEEN ?AGE&-«rW«rgu> THE GRADUATING CLASS OF '03 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, (Photograph by Pach Bros.) APPLAUSE FOR SENIORS. COLUMBIA CLASS DAY. Governor's Son Gets Attention — Faculty Ball Team. Beaten. In the Columbia gymnasium yesterday the Columbia seniors held their class day exercises as a goodby to their four years of college. The audience numbered nearly twenty-five hundred. It was intensely appreciative, and applauded en thusiastically every point that the class day speakers made. Governor Odell's son received much attention from the spectators, as well as from the speakers. Marcellus Hartley Dodge, president of the class, nephew of William Earl Dodge and grandson of the late Marcellus Hart ley, *ln a brief speech welcomed the audience. Clinton Gilbert Abbott, the historian, then an nounced, amid much laughter, the following list of class elections and other statistics: THE CLASS STATISTICS. Residences— New-York City, 66: New-York State, 10: New-Jersey, 8; Georgia, l: Kentucky. 1; Penn sylvania. 1; Kansas. 1; Sweden. 1. _ 'Birthplace— New-York. 58; New-Jersey, .: Con necticut •■ Missouri, 2; Pennsylvania. 2: Canada, 2; England " Russia, 2: Georgia. 1: Kentucky. 1; Kansas '■■ Wisconsin. 1: Massachusetts, 1: Maine, 1: Texas. l: Ohio, 1: California, 1; New-Mexico, 1; 'j^elfgion— Episcopal, 25: Hebrew, 20; Presbyterian, Lutheran 2; Baptist. 5: Methodist, 3; Dutch Re formed. 2: Roman Catholic, 2; agnostic, 1; Congre jrationalist, 1: nothing, 9. is Average age of- graduation— years two m poiitfcs— Republican, 56; Democrat 14; Indepen dent 8:* Mugwump. .": Socialist.'.!: agriculturist, 1: Deveryite, 2": gentle art of knocking. 1; fusionlst, 1; Anarchist. 1: nothing, 5. Intended occupation— Lawyers, 2S: business, 1.: teaching 9; civil engineers, 4; chemists, 4: physi cians 4; mechanical engineers, '■&: architecture, 2: millionaires 2; journalist, 1: gentlemen of leisure, 1- politician 1: electrical engineer, 1; philanthropist. 3 : forester. 1: theatrical manager, 1; clergyman, 1: any old thing, S. "*• Favorite study— Literature first, history second, economics third. Favorite professor— George E. A\ ood berry, first: .i i! Van Amringe, Herbert Lord and Charles F. Chandler tied for second. Most popular man-Harold H. Weekes, first: G. S. O'Loughlin. second; MH Dodge third _ Handsomest man— Harold H. Weekes and V. <Ie la M. Karle tied for first: R. B. Bartholomew. th Lv d ckiest men M. H. Dodge, first; 11. C. Town- Bend second; R. C. Gaige, third. Wittiest man— R. C. Megrue. first Laziest man— R. C. Gale-, first: A. D. McDonald, second: H. H. Dyrren, third. i.'-^ Noisest man-R. L. yon Bernuth, first: E. D. "/ 'it 'Iff* '*^r*( j*i f? Slouchlest man- R. S. Schuler. first; C. A. Tous raint. second; F. H. Wells, third. Grouchiest man- W. F. Turnbull. first; C. B. Wvatt second: A. O. Schramm. third. Biggest fusser— Howard A. Keeler. first: T. H. Al lan second: R. Crowell. third. nW; L/Jselin, Best dressed man— H. V Peters, fir-^i. L, Iselln, second; C. B. Wyatt. third. Best athlete-Harold H. Weekes. , fcw -** Best student-S. M. [saees. first. C. C. Abbott, second- N. W. Barnes, third. * -.;_- y ■.-■ ■ Best all around man— V. de la M Earle. Brst:G. S O'Louphlin. second; R. B. Bartholomew, third Worst grind-L. M. Wallsteln. first; R. Crowell. second. _ „, ' ~ Most conceited man— B. Wyatt, first; C. G. Abbott, second; F. J. Agate, third. ___♦.„- Most modest man— H H. Weekes. first; R. B. Bartholomew, sec ' M. H Podge, third Most suburban man— N. W. Barnes, first; F. H. Wells, second: R CrowelL third. Most innocent R. Crowell, first: G. F. Bambach. second N. W. Barnes-, third. HISTORIAN'S ADDRESS. These finished Abbott gave a humorously eulogistic outline of the achievements of the class in its four years. Albert Davis then read the class poem written by himself. The announcement of elections to Phi Beta Kappa followed, as follows; From the jun] ■ • s - s - Gutman, <. H. Haves and Oscar R. Houston. From thf senior . L X FuLi. L. M Wallstem. C. F Law son I Rlggß }■• . W Frank. Herbert C. Mc- CoUom Frank Wells. Lola S. Odell, Roi h ler John G Moses, Rudolph yon B< • ! Gerald B. O'Loughlin. From the cli <.j Stanley K. WiU Roscoe C. Gafst the prophet, predicted ainus* ing futures for his classmates, dealing especial ly with the more prominent members of the class. Of Governor OdelTs son he said: "I pre dict that Mr. Odell will at a comparatively early age be chosen to fill an office of vast power; that he is to hold the fate of thousands in his hand; that he is, indeed, to be president of the United States— Rubber— Company." Gaig- was followed by Rol C.Megrue. the pres entation orator, v. ho emphasized the frailties of his classmates by presenting to them small gifts. In regard to Mr. Odell n<? said: "Governor Odell has. fit- few know, been endeavoring for many years to tame animals to live together in perfect harmony. With all deference it cannot be said that the greatest success has greeted his efforts, so what could be more fitting than that the son should help his father? Zoology 4 will. < mil In iic-<l on third piijiv. WHEN GOING TO CHICAGO The Chicago Limited on the Pennsylvania Railroad makes the journey in Just a day 1 ■ Urns- Palatial train tpptlnunt&u.— . -:.;■'- - . NEW NAMES IN SCANDAL TALK OF PAYNE'S CLERK. The Postmaster General, However, Has Implicit Confidence in Rand. [BT TELEGRAPH TO THE TBIBITXB.] Washington. June B.— The meshes of the post office investigation have enveloped H H. Rand, of Wisconsin, confidential clerk to Postmaster General Payne, chairman of the committee which awards all poatofflce contracts for the Post master General, and vice-president of the Na tional Capital Copper Mining Company, of which August W. Machen is president. Because of the delicacy of an investigation ■ ( the confidential clerk of the Postmaster General, Fourth Assistant Postmaster Genera] Brtetow has heretofore refrained from going' into -what might be regarded as an inquiry into the Post master General himself, but Mr. Payne said to day it was his wish that Mr. Bristow should probe the scandals which implicate Rand to the bottom. Moreover. Mr. Payne himself will make a thorough examination of Rand's relations with Machen. Lorenz and others. Mr. Payne is not prepared to believe that anything discreditab c to Hand will result from this investigation. He has the utmost confidence in Rand, whom he has known for years, and whom he brought here from Milwaukee with him. but it is re ! as probable that the President has sug gested to Mr. Payne th;;t of the persistent rumors Involving the v his confidential clerk might not only evidence of the absolute pood faith with the current Investigation musi but might furth.-r relieve Mr. Bristow from atiy embarrassment resulting from uncertainty a? to how extensive is the intimacy between Rand and the Machen croud. In addition to Rand, who Is vice-president of the Machen mining company, J. D. King. also of Wisconsin, chief of a division of rural free delivery, and Mac hen's right hand man, Is the secretary: David H. Fenton, of Indiana, law cierk in the office of Captain Castle, auditor for the Postoffice Department, is a director, as is also George K. Lorenz, whose relations with Groff Brothers and Machen are as yet undefined. The Postmaster General was not prepared this afternoon to say how far the new phase of the investigation "would go, hut said that he would be in a position to speak more comprehensively when he returned from Ohio. BRISTOWS REPLY STILL HELD BACK. Referring to the Bristow reply to the Tulloch charges, the Postmaster General said that the subject of making that reply public was still under consideration. He f"lt that it was hardly fair to the present officials of the Washington postofflce to make public the inspector's reports which Mr. Bristow Inclosed, and which showed a condition of affairs which, it would lie shown by a subsequent report, had been corrected, ex cept simultaneously with the publication of the latter. When it was pointed out to the Postmaster General that by hifa own admission the Bristow reply would evidently assist Mr. Tulloch in the task Mr. Payne has set him of "making good," Mr. Payne replied that In his estimation alto gether too much Importance had been attached to the Tulloch charges, anyway. The announcement that the Grofl brothers had been indicted by the grand jury to-day with out the taking of further evidence, and that this course was determined on as soon as the Machen evidence was heard, was an added source of gratification to the men on whom rests the re sponsibility of prosecuting the government's case. The course pursued by the inspectors un der Mr. Bristow to secure the conclusive evi dence on which the Machen and Groff Indict ments have been secured is regarded as a re markable demonstration of the potency of an investigation conducted by the federal govern ment. It is said that when the inspectors had arrived at a position where they were sure that incriminating checks were to be found in cer tain banks, they called In the national bank examiners, and through their examinations veri fied their belief and secured from the officers of the banks the testimony required. The remark able detective work being done under Mr. Bris tow's supervision, as revealed by developments, is regarded as marvellous. . Throughout the In vestigation Mr. Bristow Is keeping- his own coun sel, and only as the remarkable results he at tains become known do even officials of the i ...ii in... il on :....i!. puut-. TWO TRAINS TO COLORADO. :i: i Rock Inland runs two trains a day from Chicago to Colorado— Rocky Mountain Limited, leaving at 6:45 p. m.. 'Big Five," leaving at 30:00 p.m. Tickets and full Information . at 401 Broadway or 2ilh St. asd &th Ax*. Call or writ*.- Advt. . , UNDER WATER FOR SEVEN MILES CITIZENS OF FIVE TOWXS DRIVES OUT BY FLOODS —FROM TWENTY. TO SIXTY DROWXED. All Male Inhabitants Called Out to Work on the I. nee* in Eaxt St. Louis — Embankments Heaps of Mud and Likely to Go at Any Minute. Washington June B.— The following special river bulletin was issued to-nigh* by the Weather Bureau : The Missouri River is falling steadily. The Mississippi, at St. Louis, after reaching a stage of 37.5 feet on Monday morning, began to fall slowly, and at 7 p. m. stood at 37 .3 feet on the gauge. The upper Mississippi is also falling slowly, although there was a temporary rise at Hannibal during Sunday and Monday to a stage of 22.5 feet, due tr water that ran through the breaks in the ctoss levees north of Quincy. Below St. Louia the rise continues, and about forty-three feet of water may be expected at Cairo on Wednesday or Thursday. The rise in the lower river will be slower, but not dangerous, and a stage of about forty-three feet may be expected at Vicksburg in about two weeki. HUNDREDS DRIVEN OVT. Water Sweep* Through Mississippi River Toivns. [by TSUEGBAFB to the tribcnx.] St Louis, June &-The river front for seven miles is under water and all houses In this stretch have been abandoned. The submerged cities on the east bank of the Mississippi pre sent a scene ol desolation, with water standing in the streets and in the lowlands from two to twenty feet deep. The deaths by drowning are variously estimated at from twenty to sixty. Wild rumors are afloat, and it is impossible to glean the wheat from the chaff. This afternoon Mayor Cook of East St. Louis issued a procla mation closing all the saloons. This followed a proclamation commanding all business men to close their stores, factories and industries of every nature, and requiring all male Inhabi tants to aid in saving the levees. A heavy de tail of police was sent from this city to help guard life and property in the submerged dis trict, while the Naval Reserves at Alton were ordered out to patrol the river, and especially to make war on those who are plundering the unfortunates. Venice and Madison. 111., are entlrelv sun merged, only one hou * being above the flood in the latter city. Brooklyn and Newport are practically wiped off th" map. while all the. lover section of 'GOanlte City is submerged, forcing over eight thousand people to seek refuse elsewhere. Th* five cities jiamed had a population in excess of 15.000. In Venice. Pat rick Rogen and his wife sat on the top of their house all night calling lor help, without reply, though boats were plying all around them. Rogen finally threatened a boatman wtA ■ rifle and compelled the man to come to the rescue. LEVEES LIKELY TO GO AT ANY TIME. Mayor Cook" said this evening that every ef forj would be made to hold the remaining em bankments intact. The safety of the city is de pendent on this. While II is believed that the crest of the flood has been reached, the embank meats are so saturated with water that they are nothing more than mud heaps and likely to slough off at any minute. Bags filled with sand and crushed rock are used to strengthen weak: places, and every man capable of handling a shovel is engaged In work along the levee. Practically all train service has been aban doned. To add to the seriousness of the situa tion, a fuel famine Is threatened.. All wagons and teams in the city were taken In charge by the authorities, and are being used to haul ma terial to points where breaks In the levees are threatened. The R*lay Station is surrounded The New-Y«rk Central's 30-hour train takes pas sengers only for Chicago. To get best accommoda tion! It is well to apply la advance.— PRICE THREK CENTS. ■with water, a break having occurred in a sec tion of the embankment between that point and Cone Station, half a mile north. This quickly widened until the gap was more than two hun dred feet long, and through It poured a torrent of water. Stakes were, driven into th* earth, and against these were piled bags of sand and rock until the break was closed. But a lais;9 section of the city heretofore deemed safe »'•' ■ submerged. BREAK LAID TO EXCURSION* STEAMER. The break in the cros3 levee at Kuennemaa'a, two miles north of Granite City, this morning, which flooded a large part of that manufactur ing city, is attributed to the waves of an ex cursion steamer which caused the water s>oak«--» embankment to slough off. Four boys were drowned in the East St. Louis railroad yards this afternoon. They had made a raft and were sailing over the submerged yards when the rift was swept by the swift current into a lot of wire, which curled and twisted above the water like so many ?erpent3. winding about the feet and legs of the boys and holding them fast as the raft was swept from under them. They went down in twenty feet of water. Their bodies have not been re covered. The Angelica-.-- station, on tht3 side of th» river, is a haven of reftsas for several hundred homeless people from the East Side, who were* brought across the river in skiffs, in box cars, by way of the Terminal Bridge, and in tugboats. Th» river this afternoon registered 37.3 feet. While this is thought to be the crest of th» flood, yet the depth of the water is constantly fluctuating a* breaks occur on th" East Side. In Rutger-st. the water has mounted almost to Third-st. DETAILS OF THE FLOOD. ■ Hundreds Homeless and Without Wood. IBy The Associate* FT««s.> St. Louis. June S.— Relief boats were sent to» day to Venice. 111., which. is entirely flooded as a result of the break In the ievee just south of the Merchants" Bridge yesterday afternoon. Only the roofs of houses are visible, and the fly« hundred inhabitants are homeless. During the day one hundred persons were rescued. Many were obliged to flee only partly clad. The Meth odist Church was lifted from its foundation and carried three Mocks. In the schoolhouse. which is of brick, two hundred men, women and chil dren have found refuse. Unless there la a ria* of another- foot or so they are safe, but they have no food. Several business houses were car ried, away in the terrific current, and stock val ued at thousands of dalars was destroyed. Th« damage probably will amount to several hun dred thousand dolars In, Madison and Venice. •When the Venice levee burst, the current swept northward to the terminal yards. The citizens had barely time to le;ive their homes. THE IRVING NATIONAL BANK. Keep your account with The Irving National Bunk, corner Warren and • Greenwich Streets. It la safe, conservative anil progressive.— Advt. TO CHICAGO AND ST. LOUIS. The Pennsylvania Railroad offers Its improved Western service with confidence that It will aiXor4 Its patron* thorough satisfaction.—