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'Jf Alexander Loses He May Form
Another Company:
When the directors of the Equitable Life As
curance Society meet this noon to elect officers
the real test of strength will corn" in the war
ihich is being -waged between James H. Hyde.
vice-president of ihe company, and James W.
Alexander, its president, supported by most of
the • organization." While Mr. Hyde would say
rcthing yesterday, his friends made the most
positive statements that he would win easily,
end would be able to dictate Just what terms he
p!cr.sc-d to his vanquished foes. These terms, it
trss predicted, would be merciful, too, save as to
tfce leaders of the revolt, who, naturally. would
lave to suffer for a base personal attack on
JJr. Hyd<?."
James W. Alexander, president of the com
pany. serenely went on preparing for the meeting
to-i2=y. in which he is determined to force to an
Js?ue the question of • mutualizing 1 the
Xquitab!e. with the possible deposition of Mr.
Hyde from office. Of his own plans he 'would
r.ot fp^ak. but be issued a statement declaring
that he was acting solely for the best interests
< .' the Equitable and its policy holders and stock
holders. The best minds in the insurance world
decried the "or.*- man power" in a company of
ite vast assets of the Equitable, he said, and
fee tras determined that this grave question
fhould be referred to the policy holders— those
vitally concerned. For himself, he sought no
personal control and had no personal ambition.
The battle to-day. It is believed, will be in
reality only a preliminary skirmish. The elec
tion of nfficers. adjourned from the meeting a
veek apo. will probably be the first gun in the
'fight, and it is the opinion that when the smoke
clears away this point will not have been settled.
The Hyde party, while in power, will probably
not force a decision, but rather will play for
del2y. On one thing Mr. Hyde's decision is firm.
X* Fiil not be deposed from office in the com
;«ny bis father founded. He does not object to
the '■nuuuelization" of the Equitable; in fact,
if favors that, if it can be accomplished in a
rational, dignified fashion.
The attempt to throw him out of office, how
ever, he regards as a base personal attack on
fc:ir.s*if and his advisers, and this he will fight.
Ftories that he has "packed" the board of di-
i rector? with personal friends, who were not
fhare.hniders until he gave stock to them were
declared absolutely false by his friends, who
pointed out that some time ago he offered to
pat his stock into the hands of the board of
trustees for voting. This trust the board re-
JuFcd to receive. More than that, his friends
<!€<:lared, he had never voted personally the
ctcck belonging to his fatner's estate. This was
isndled by Mr. Alexander, but his trust would
expire in about six months, when Mr. Hyde be
carr.r thirty years old.
The entire insurance world was speculating
en what would occur if Mr. Hyde carried
Ihrocgh successfully his determination not to
jielj tc the demands of Mr. Alexander and his
tTEociates. The agreement signed by the thirty
*«:r eScers of the company -was taken serious
ly. Many insurance men are heartily in sym-
Vathyjerith the views expressed by Mr. Alex-
BP.Zer. and believe that he and his associates
vrouJd resijrn and either found a hew company
or buy one now in existence. To found a new
tompanj- would involve many difficulties, while
to bey one would give immediately a field for
their endeavors. There are in this city just two
companies which could be "purchased. If the
Alexander ieop'e took either and the present
Equitable •"organization" went into it. -well in
formed insurance men declared that the Equita
lles business would be injured. On the other
hand, friends of Mr. Hyde declared that his
fide -aas bound to win, and the orga^tation
Trruld Ftick to the winning side. „'•
Conciliation appeared to be out of th**- ques
tion. The twD sides began to line up in battle
array yesterday. With the young vice-president
Hrere Jacob H. Sehiff, openly aid avowedly;
August Belmont, who was in consultation with
them; E. H. Harriman and George J. Gould. By
riming time to-day it was predicted there
Tiould be from twenty to thirty-five of the
directors on Mr. Hyde's Bide. Predictions of
nrfngth ere not forthcoming from President
Alexander's party, but.it was learned that an
sppeaT] would be made no the policy holders for
Ihnr support in the protest the Insurgent direct
ed are making.
I^as: evening Mr. Hyde determined to say
nothing for his side of the controversy, and it
was announced that no expression had been
authorized for him. But from large interests
"?hich are allic-fi with him in the fight there
cajne ••:'.« that the attack on him was
t- - 11,1 1, a
X'arf. cf a combined effort to obtain control of
the Equitable, at the Lead of which nominally
vets Mr. Alexander, but really Gage K. Tar
l#:i and George T. Wilson, the men controlling
the business of the company through the super
lmendeat* of agencies. The Hyde interests
•would undoubtedly control the meeting to-day.
It was said.
Asi<jo frorr. Messrs. Tarbell and Wilson, James
V.'. an-3 William Alexander, Thomas D. Jordan
£n3 Francis W. Jackson, the signers of the peti
tionE. it -sn-as asserted, "re salaried employes
of the company, none of whom were receiving
ir.ore than f.VK)O ■ year, and all of whom had
I received promises cf places in another company.
3"fc* Hyde party, •he givers of-these views went
en. recognized in the stand taken by Mr. Alex
sndef'i associates an attack on the integrity
«f ali the members of the board of directors and
aJSa JS attempt to oust them by rr king a change
i" the pyetem of voting, which would allow the
f^r*rint<-ndents of agencies, by acquiring the
fcroxi^s of the policy holders in their districts, to
control the company.
Xq charge of mismanagement had been made
*pair.st Mr. Hy<s£ it was pointed out. The stock
fc->] by the estate of Henry B. Hyde had always
wen vcted by Mr. Alexander, as trustee. If h?
Sound this trust interfering with his duty to
*&*. company! why didn't he relinquish one or
other? The policy holders' voting scheme
~*d bebn tried by on» company, it was declared,
*Hh r.o marked success. Mr. Hyde, said the
fcfcrrrar.t. had had sixteen years' experience In
£« Insurance business. This other commenters
*?darcd rather remarkable, since Mr. Hyde wag
tow not quite thirty yeans old.
j It was a day of conferences and preparation
rwiffjay, with preliminary counting of votes
?* at a political primary. Both sides have re-
Vsir;*^ an arra y of lawyers, which promises in
Continued on fourth Rage-
Jj.y one treat >-bc<ir 'rain between New York
HfMUhteapo— the -Trnvnticih Century • Limit*:."
■* "it X*w York Centrt.J-ijike Short- rout* .- Advt.
li* & Fla. Special." MO V M.; "Fla. & We«
>«£ a *-" *:- A. M Unexcelled service via
aH£ .•& Atlantic Coatt Uo«. Xl«l B'way. N. Y.-
To-day, fair.
To-morrow, fair an;i ftoinrwhut warmer.
"I'm Going to Fill Him Full of
Leari" Shouts Doctor — Arrested.
Guests in the Gi'soy House, 20th-Ft and
Broadway, had a scare last night, when Dr.
John G. Kr.owlton. of No. 30 West liTth-st.. en
tered the corridor, and. walking swiftly toward
the caf£, exclaimed:
"Where is that fellow? I am going to fin bins
full of lead."
Detectives followed him, seeing a revolver in
his hand. Ho was arrested at op.cc and taken
to the West 30tfc-st. station on a charge of
carrying a ccr.oealed weapon. Ho was Inter
balled. #
Early in the evening;, a crowd had gathered in
the cafe of ihe hotel. Among them were Dr.
Knowlton and, the pnli -o say, the Sheriff of
Saratoga County. A stranger Joined the party.
A political question arose and. so far as < an bo
learned. »h<- stranger and Dr. Knowlton differed.
A heated arsiin-.^nt took place and words led to
blows. The physician w.ts knocked down.
Friends took th» stranp'-r away.
Dr. Knowlton left the hotel, declaring, the
police say. that hr> was going horn* 1 , but would
come back and do" the man who knocked him
Wher Dr. Knowlton returned and rushed
through the corridor persons who had seen the
former incident went out in a hurry.
The revolver was loaded. Dr. Knowlton is
forty years old. He is tho son of a Western
railroad man, and is said to be wealthy.
Loser of Coins Declares He Had
One of the Thirty Silver Pieces.
That among a collection of seventy ancient
coins which, he pays, were stolen from his apart •
menta last night was one of the thirty silver
shekels which if, said in the Scriptures to have
been the price paid Judas Iscariot for betray
ing Jesus Christ was ih<* statement made yes
terday to the police of the West :]7th-st. sta
tion by Marx Fischer. Fischer is one of the
proprietors of the automobile exchange of Lib
schiek & Fischer, at No. 22<» West 36th-st. His
apartments ar° in the same building, over his
business establishment.
Delect!.--? have arrested Mrs. Margaret Wall
mer. whom Fischer had been negotiating with
to do housr-work for him. The coins have not
t^en recovered, but the detectives believe the
prisoner has shippr-d them, with other .
Finns, In S trunk to Greenwich. Conn. She was
arrested in the Grand Central Station shortly
before her train started.
The Judas shekel. Fischer says, he discovered
several years ago at an auction. He declares
that a member of the London branch of the
Rothschild family offered him £22.000 for it.
' Fischer estimates the value of the coin collec
tion at between $50,000 and $80,000.
In court Mrs. Wallmer was held for further
examination. She knew nothing of the coins,
she asserted.
San Francisco's Mayor Complains of
"Excessive" Expenses.
San Francisco. Feb. ]o.— The labor Mayor.
Schmitz. who used all power of his administra
tion to defeat re.-ent prosecution of the bailot
box Staffer. Weyman. who was convicted, has
now begun an attack on the grand jury which
Indicted Weyman, Steffens and other members
of the gang.
Th» Mayor last night sent a letter to Auditor
Bahr. declaring that the Auditor had acted 411e
gnlly in approving what he calls ex'-essive bills
of expends of the grand jury, and calling on
him to reimburse the city for the money thus
"squandered." These bills amount only to .<'_'.
300, mainly for automobile hire in bringing wit
ness ns before the jury. Foreman Andrews of the
grand jury declared to-day that it was simply
an attempt to check the jury from taking more
testimony and bringing indictments against hish
In case the Auditor should fail to furnish the
grand jury with funds, a public subscription will
be started to carry on the reform work, which
has already resulted in the conviction and sen
tence of one ballot box stuffer.
Governor of Colorado Reconsiders
His Original Plans.
Denver. Feb. 15.— 1t has developed that the
retention of Sherman Bell as adjutant genera!
of the State militia by Governor Adams was a
matte: of compulsion. Adams announced be
fore he was inaugurated that his fust act would
be to remove Bell. After his inauguration he
asked General Bell to resign, and when Bell re
fused told him that he would remove him.
When this came to the ears of th^ Republican
leaders in the legislature, they sent word to
Adams that th* removal of Bell would be the
signal for the termination of the election con
test by the deposition of Adams and the seat
ing of Peabody in the Governor's chair.
General Eell is organizing a party to taKf a
special train to Washington for the Inaugura
tion, but it is stated in responsible circles that
he has no intention of going, and that he will be
on guard at the Capitol when Peabody is seated,
in order to keep objectors out of the State House.
The militiamen will stand by Bell.
Charge of Desertion Made Against Head of
Antarctic Expedition.
Tin? Fob. I*.— Jeanne Chaxoot, gnuiddaughter of
Victor Huso, has Bled s petition for divorce in the
Parifl COOrU .i?;iinst h*r husband. Dr. Jean ' bar
cot ton cf the- famous nen t, and h*ad
of the FYench Antarctic expedition, on the ■
of desertion
Dr. Charcot left France more than a year ago in
an attempt to reach the South Pole.
Mn „ Charcot previous to her marriage to we
doctor, nine years ago. was the divorced wife of
T^eon Daudct. eldest son of the late Alphonse
mudet Young Dr. Charcot accompanied, as pri
vat" uiivsician the late Premier Waldeck-Rous
«£lu on a long >■" trip. Shortly after his mar
ri-Lco Dr Charcot had a dispute in a theatre with
his wife's former husband. . A duel was fought.
One of M Daud^t's seconds was Georges Hugo.
Mm* Cfearcot's brother. M. Daudet slightly
wounded Dr. Charcot.
High School Student Woke Up Sightless-
Vision Returned After Seven Days.
Applet<n Wis.. Feb. I*— The case of M;- Sa.lio
Clark of SJeenah. Wlp.. ■ high school student, who
to day recovered her eyeiiighl as suddenly as she
lost it about a week ago, Is .-mractins much atten
tion here. Miss Clark bad never had any eye
/rouble until she wok- on the morning of February
6to nnd herself btone blind. Si " was on a train
to-day going to Milwaukee to undergo an operation
when her sight suddenly returnej, ur.impa.irtJ by
the mysterious period of blindness.
SlecninK car to Springfield. Mass.. daily, on train
leavtac ■ Grind Central Station, New York, at U:«>
p. m.. commencing Fob. 20tU.-Advt.
Author arid Soldier Expires at His
Indiana Home.
Crawfordevilk\ Ind.. Feb. ir>.— General 3>w
Wallace dkd at his home in this city to-night,
after an illness that has continued for more
than a year. Though neither his physicians nor
members of the family have stated what dis
ease the general had. it is known that he died
from cancer of the stomach, which hp supposed
was merely acute indigestion, and from which
he expe^u-d to recover as soon as the spring
opened and he could get out to his farm.
Nearly .1 year ago. wh»n the disease began to
make perveptible inroads on his health, and hia
stomach often refused to retain food, he went
E:ist anl consulted a number of the best spe
cialists in Xew-York. Philadelphia and other
Author and soldier, who died yesterday at his home
in Indiana.
(Copyright, 1901. Roclcwood. New- York.)
cities. They gave him little encouragement, and
he returned home greatly dejected, but still re
fusing to believe that he was a doomed man. As
the disease advanced, and it became more and
more difficult to retain anything on his stom
ach, he was forced to resort to the use of stimu
lants, and at times he seemed to grow better.
These periods always gave him great encour
agement, and he returned to his work confi
dently believing that he would be able to com
plete his autobiography. .
He had set his heart on completing this work,
and had finished the War of the Rebellion period
and had begun on his administration as Ter
ritorial Governor of New-Mexico. As late as
Monday iie wrote a few lines on the work, but
was compelled to abandon it and take to his bed.
His family w;is present w h'-n the end came
peacefully at f»:10 o'clock to-night.
General Lew Wallace was born in Brookville.
Franklin County, Ind.. in 1827, a son of Governor
David W. Wallace. At school he was rather a lax
pup!, given to drawing caricatures of **)i ma 1 ."-. .
and teachers, but an eager reader of books outside
his course of studies, and Inclined to read rather
than take part in outdoor sports. He began tho
study of law. but discontinued it to serve in the
Mexican War as second lieutenant. On his return
he resumed the reading of law, moved to Covington
and later to Crawfordsviiie.
At the beginning of the Civil War he was ap
pointed adjutant general of Indiana, and soon after
colonel of the 11th Indiana Volunteer Regiment.
He served in West Virginia, became brigadier gen
eral, commanded a division at Donelson. and in
1862 ■was made major general. He was in command
of a division at Shiioh. He prepared the defences
of Cincinnati in 1863, and held the city against
General Edmund Kirby Smith.
Later be v.;!:-, put in command of the middle de
partment and the Eighth Army Corps. In 1564 he
intercepted the march of General A. Early on
Washington, and conducted the battle of Monocacy.
He was the second member of the court that trtea
the assassins of President Lincoln, and president
of the court that tried and convicted Henry Wirz,
the commandant of the Andersonville Prison.
After the war he was Governor of New-Mexico
from 1878 to 1&S1. and Minister to Turkey from ISBI
to ISBS. having previously declined the appointment
as Charp£ d'Affaires at Paraguay and Uruguay.
His novel "Bfn-Hur" appeared in 1880. Among his
other writings are "The Life of General Harrison,"
!»»■ "The Fair God." 1873: "The Boyhood of
Christ," ISBB. "The Prince of India," 1593, and "The
Wooing of Malkatoon." 1898. He married In 1832
Susan Arnold Elston.
Maid Who Detected Man Is Struck
-Jexcels Ready to Take Away.
The timely appearance of a maid prevented
the looting yesterday afternoon of the home of
William Woodward. No. 11 West .Mst-st. The
tliif : was caught at the foot of the stairs in
the nous as he was hurrying toward the front
door. Th^ butler subdued him after :i struggle.
The maid telephoned to the police.
The man was locked up. He said he was
Abram Gordowltz, of No. 186 West End-aye.
H" v. <f barged with burglary. Qordowlts de-
Clared he was .ighteen years old.
Mrs. Woodward, who is a bride of a few
months, went Fhopping yesterday, leaving a
maid at >york in the upper part of the house.
This maid was busy on the second floor front.
She heard pome one moving about overhead in
Mrs. Woodwards room and concluded that
something was wrong. She quietly went up
stairs and saw the man standing before a .">u
reau. Things were in confusion.
The man paused, looked into a mirror, and
saw her. He said nothing, tut. shoving sdme
things into his pocket turned and spring
forward. He struck the young woman in the
The D ... cries were heard, and as the man
reached the bottom of the last flight of stairs
he fell into the arms of John Reasley, the busier.
The two grappled and fell fighting to the flocr.
The right was soon over. Reasley got the nan
down and sat on him. A detective soon CUM
and took charge of the prisoner.
It was found that the man had collected. s ; me
of Mr?. Woodward's jewelry ready to take It
away, and that he. was getting other valuables
ready when the maid heard him moving about.
The police declare he said he entered the house
through a basement door, and went to the third
floor without being detected.
Mr. Woodward is a son of the late William
Woodward. He was graduated from Harvard
in iv.»>. and is a member of the Union and
Knickerbocker clubs. His wife was Miss Elsie
Ogdf-n Cryder.
Th* Woodward house is a brownstone one of
four stories. An investigation showed that
Gordouitz went through the front basement
door, which he said he found ajar. The police
think that he Simply intended to get what be
could in a short time. "It was eas>." said the
prisoner, according to the police. "There was
no one neaj the front of the house and I had
no difficulty in goins where I wanted.
Gordowltz's father, a. tailor, said the son was
r.o goorl "1 told him to get out." he added.
"I don't know what became of him and I don t
care." ■•'^ vj;' '
M«« BUSS; larg- &*c*M; no dust; no crowded cars;
UiiUhlful trip South. -Advt
President, in Special Message, Gives
Reasons for His Action.
"Washington, Feb. 15.— The President to-day
transmitted to the Senate the treaty recently
negotiated with Santo Domingo, accompanying
it with a message which exhaustively discusses
the relations of this country with, the improvi
dent republic anl points out the necessity of
the United States exercising some control over
its financial affairs as the only method whereby
the Monroe Doctrine can be insisted on with
justice to all concerned. The message reviews
the relations of the United States with Santo
Domingo and the efforts of the State Depart
ment to protect the rights of American citizens
which culminated in the submission of the Santo
Domingo Improvement Company's claims to a
court of arbitration, the award of July 14. 1904.
and the acquirement of the customs receipts of
Porto Plata and Monte Cristi under that award.
It says that in order to maintain the Monroe
Doctrine it was necessary for the United States
t to see that just debts contracted by South and
Central American republics and those of the
West Indies should be paid and therefore it
was in the interest of peace for this govern
ment to take control of the revenues of Santo
Domingo. The Monroe Doctrine is discussed at
some length, especially as regards the relations
of the United States to the republics of the
south. In protecting these republics and guaran
teeing their territorial integrity it is said to be
necessary to see that just debt 1 and obligations
contracted by those republics are paid, so that
foreign intervention in the affairs of such re
publics may be avoided.'
The message, which was somewhat long, did
not reach the Senate until a late hour, because
of xhfi understanding that the Swayne impeach
ment proceedings would not end until •"> o'clock,
and the document was not read in full, but was
referred, with the treaty, to the Committee on
Foreign Relation?, the treaty not yet having
been opened. Thp President sent both docu
ments to thf- Senate under the seal of secrecy.
which can be removed only by unanimous con
sent of the Senate or by a majority vote.
Ther^ is a disposition to consider the treaty
promptly, and it is expected that a special meet
ing of the Committee on Foreign Relations will
be called at an early date for that purpose.
Prominent Senators expect tnat comparatively
little opposition will be encountered In the rati
fication of the treaty, although it Is known that
a few Democrats will speak against it. Senators
who discussed -with the President or with the
State Department the events leading up to the
signing of the Dominican protocol of January 20
believe that the action of the State Department
has been judicious and advisable and that the
Republican majority will vote as» a unit to ratify
the convention received t"-day, which, it is as
sumed, will embody the essential provisions of
the protocol.
It is dei lared that the arrival of the treaty
effectually disposes of the Bacon resolution call
ing on the President for information regarding
the action already taken in Santo Domingo and
i oncerning the award of July 14. and confidence
is expressed that the course of the administra
tion in the premises has been entirely warrant
ed by existing conditions. The Senate to-day
ordered the Bacon resolution referred to a sub
committee of the Foreign Relations Committee
to be appointed by Senator Cullom. The motion
■r -.v.is made by Senator Bacr.n, who said
:i,.iii questions of law were Involved and he de
sired that a non-partisan report be made.
It was generally expected that the President
would suggest to the Senate the advisability of
making public both the treaty and the n
which accompanied it. but no such request was
contained in the message, according to those
who heard it read.
The treaty, which was drawn up by Mr. Daw
son, the American Minister to Santo Domingo,
and Mr. Sanchez, the Foreign Minister in Presi
dent Morales' a zovernment, reached Washington
this morning, "and was immediately taken by
Secretary Hay to the White House. It was
necessary to read the treaty carefully to make
sure that It agreed precisely with the outline of
its provisions received by cable and with the
amendatory Instructions of the State Depart
ment. Sn th^ President and Secretary Hay
went over it and found that it was ready for
transmission to the Senate. Briefly stated, the
treaty provides that the United States shall col
,►■ customs revenues of Santo Domingo
and turn over to President Moraies's govern
ment a specified percentage to meet the ex
penses of administration and disburse the re
mainder among foreign creditors. Th<=> United
undertakes to guarantee the integrity of
Santo Domingo, and the treaty must ho ap
proved by the United States Senate and the
r>i m-lnlcan Congress. In anticipation of the ar
rival of the treaty a message had been prepared
to accompany it when sent to the Senate.
Doctors Report Rice Was Xot Killed
by Chloroform.
When the case of Albert T. Patrick, convicted of
the murder of William Marsh Rice. Is argued be
fore the Court of Appeals n*>xt m^nth. David B.
iiiil. Patrick's counsel, will be fortified by the re
port of the special committee of the Medico-Legal
appointed to investigate the effe,t« of the
embalming before rigor mortis on congestion of
ings, without withdrawing blood from the
The committee, mostly composed of physicians
reported to the Medico-Lagsd Society last night
•v mef-tirig at the Waldorf. The report
is wholly in favor of th*> convicted lawyer, every
member of the committee sicning an opinion that
Rice did not die from chloroform poisoning, and
that the condition of his lungs was entirely due to
the embalming process employed by the under
Samuel B. Thomas, counsel for Patrick, who
heard the report read, said that he expected to
make valuable use of the report. He intimated
that it would be used in some way in argument
for reversal before the Court of Appeals, as well
as in the trial court in case a now trial was or
In its report the committee says, in part: \
It would be impossible for any one to discrimi
nate from the post-mortem appearance between the
administration of chloroform as the cause of death
or as the result of the embalming process, as stated
in the evidence. No one could truthfully have
stated that death was wholly caused by the In
halation of chloroform, from appearances as pre
sented at the autopsy, because of the presence of
embalming fluid, an.l further because, chloroform
was not found by chemical tests.
The committee is satisfied, after a review of all
th» evidence, that Bice died from old age, weak
heart, etc., or. in other words, from the conditions
embraced in Dr. Walker Curry's certificate of
death, and on which the authorities allowed the
body to be cremated. It is also the opinion of the
committee that no chloroform was ever adminis
tered to Rice by Jones, as stated by him, because
It would have been impossible rot to have detected
the odor of chloroform, either in the room occu
pied by the deceased or on the body, as the amount
of chloroform employed, as alleged, would have
saturated the. beard of deceased and retained the
odor for many hoars.
The report is signed by Drs. A. P. Grinnel, Har
low Brooks. Justin Herold. James Moran. V. 81110.
Profeesoi H. S. I kiss and W. B. Francis.
Indianapolis. Feb. 15.— A stringent bill was
introduced into the legislature here to-day under
which it will be possible to collect damage* from
labor unions for Injuries. Heretofore there has
been no law In this State under which injured per
sons could secure redress.
Leave New York 5:32 p. m.. arrive Cleveland 7:13
next morning. Cincinnati 1:30 p. m.. Indianapolis. 3:ou
p. m.. St. Louis 9:13 p. m.. by New York Central.
Fine Service. No excess fare.— AdvL
Inventors Say They Can Transmit
4OJOOO Words an Hour.
Paris. Feb. l*\. — Experiments were made yes
terday between Paris and London wi:h a new
rapid telegraphic apparatus. The inventors.
Pollak and Virag. say that the Instrument can
transmit 46UH0 words an hour with the help of
six clerks. The messages arrive in written In
stead of Morse chara-
The telegraphic apparatus referred to above Is the
invention of Antin Poll3k and Joseph Virag. Hun
garian engineers. It was tested In October. 1539,
over a wire between Budapest and Berlin, but did
not realize the predictions for it at that time, which
have now been greatly modified.
7 iLK OF <: WHEAT.
Big Bull Move Starts— Shorts in
May Futures Panicstricken.
Fbt telegraph to the jkwuu.]
Chicago, Feb. 15— The great bull campaign In
Wheat is on. To-day the Wall Street coterie of
which John W. Gates is the recognized leader
routed the bears so completely that the extrava
gant predictions of the Eastern captain as to
future values for the May option seemed much
more reasonable to the pessimist. FVantlc cov
ering by tripped un shorts put the May future
up to .?1 ir» T s . a Lent a bushel higher than the
former high value on the crop. The upturn was
by long snides, and late in the session, when
the^bulls became merciless in their operations,
the shorts were bordering on insanity.
Small traders, reduced to a state of almost
utter nervous collapse, plunged about madly,
tearing cards and telegrams to bits in their ner
Bulls declare that, with possible occasional set
barks, wheat is headed straight for at least
•SI •"..". a bushel, and the more radical are crying
all Th- way from fi .» to $2 a bushel.
"The wheat of contract grade is not at hand."
said a trader, "and in view of this fact and the
enormous holdings of the Eastern crowd, every
thing favors a much higher level of values."
Majority on New-Haven Vote for It
if Decision Is Adverse.
Derby. Conn., Feb. 15.— A majority of the fire
men of the New- York, New-Haven and Hart
ford Railroad have voted to strike if the decision
of the directors' committee to which they ap
pealed shall be against their demands. Al
though the directors, who yesterday had a con
ference in New-York with the grievance com
mittee of the firemen, will not announce their
decision until Friday or Saturday, the firemen
have discounted iT as favorable to them, and are
rushing through a poll of all the mem:
their organization on the system which began
a week ago, immediately after President Mellen
had declined to recognize their claims.
Of the 1 3fiS member? of the Brotherhood of
Firemen on the New-Haven system the votes of
827 have been received and cnunte^ up to tOr
night. Of tnis number *Wi. a jnaj'.rhy of the
firemen on the road, have v.->terl for. and 141
against a strike. It Is expected that the re
nruuning 541 votes will be in before the direc
tors' answer is received, and that the same
ratio In favor of a strike will be maintained.
About 4<V* members of the firemen's >rgajnlza
tion are engineers, and the refusal of the mm
pany to treat thes»» as firemen is the chief bone
of contention. In the event of the directors
turning th-- Bremen down a strike will he de
clared almosT immediately, and the firemen say
that it will effectually tie up the entire road.
Bar Association Wishes Site Xear
Hall of Records.
After some spirited debate, the New- York Bar
Association, at ■ ■pedal meeting last, night, de
clared by a vote of 7* to H that it preferred
for the proposed new courthouse a site downtown,
near the present county courthouse and the Hall
of Records.
The original hill i>rovldin« for th^ construction
of the courthouse fixed the location of the building
on a sit klto-st Th<*r.e is at present
a bill hefore th*> l p gislat>ire. a!re : by the
Senate, removing the limitation set by the origi
nal bill
Lehigh Valley Among Those Sus
pended for the Week.
Wilkesbfirre. Feb. 15.— Owing to the cold
weather, which retards the movement of freight,
several of the large, mining companies In this
region, among them being the Lehigh Valley
Coal Company. hav° to-day h^en compelled to
suspend operations for the rest of this wsjuil.
Great difficulty is being experienced in moving
the coal cars to ports and in getring oars back
to collieries, and the daily shipments have be
come so small that the best way out was to
shut down for three days. wh<Ti sufficient cars
could be secured t<> k«-»i> th» collieries running
at their full capacity for a tim^.
Men Trying to Save Boats at Cin
cinnati zcith Dynamite.
Cincinnati, Feb. W— The big Ice gorge to-day
extended from fifty miles below to fifty miles
above the city, and a large force of men began
work with dynamite snd nitro-glyoerlne In an
attempt to break the gnrg* sufficiently to save
vessels in the harbor her*. It is planned to
blast an open channel around steamers and
harues so that when the Ice finally begins to
move the vessels will not be dragged down the
river with It.
Man Walks Over for First Time This Winter
— Ice Fifteen Inches Thick.
The Hudson River is now frozen over at Hast
ings. Yesterday morning a tugboat from New-York
tried to go up the river, but was stuck opposhe the
clubhouse of the Tower Ridge Yacht Club. Jabea
Norrls walked out from his house on the opposite
side of the river and spoke to the men on the
boat. Norrls Bays that the ice at that point is
about fifteen Inches thick. After many unsuccess
ful attempts to break through, the boat returned
to New- York. Norrls then walked the rest of th*
way across the river, and later made the return
trip. He Is the first man to cross the river at this
point since the beginning of tho present season.
Unequalled for the weak and over-worked.
11. T. Etewey & Sons Co.. IS3 Fulton St. New .York.
I\X()( i;\T MAX .1 1 MED AT.
Discovery Leads Rich 'Fence" to
Plead Guilty.
Edward M. Harlam. one of the richest pawn
brokers in the city, pleaded guilty yesterday In
the Court of General Sessions to en indictment
charging him with being a receiver of stolen
goods. He was remanded to th« Tombs to
await sentence to-morrow. Later it was an
nounced that th» District Attorney hi i af
fidavits to show that Harlam had made an of
fer to pay $,",000 to Assemblyman John F.
Maher and $10,000 each to Central Office Detec
tives Duggan and Kinsler If they wouid contrive
to have the evidence against him turVied against
an Innocent man.
Harlam was arrested by Duggan and Kinsler
several weeks ago, and he -was indicted on the
charge of receiving gcod3 which he knew had
been stolen. Seme of the goods were silks which*
had been stolen by Frank Burke from his em
ployers. Stern & Stern, at No. 4TS Broadway.
Burke is now In the Tombs, also under indict
ment. Other property traced to Harlam's store)
in Hudson-st., next door to the public school
that was burred on Tuesday afternoon, had
been stolen from the house of James R. Roose
velt, and some other property had been stolen
from a Catholic church.
The affidavits in Mr. Jerome's possession d&
clare that Harlam first made an offer t« Dug**
gan and Kinsler. which the detectives refused*
and then went to make his proposal to ex-As
semblyman Maher. Harlam's plans, as dis
closed by his offer, was first to have some of
the goods stolen by Burke "planted" In th»
rooms of an Armenian named Mellk. In "West
16th-st. and have the detectives go there, find
the goods and arrest Mellk. In order to give*
color to the proof manufactured against Mellk,
Harlam said a keeper in the Tombs would make*
en affidavit that he had overheard Burke say
the stolen silks were delivered to Mellk. Thus)
Melik. the ignorant and innocent foreigner,
■would be sent to prison, and Harlam would go
free. Harlam declared ' he would guarantee to
pay $10,000 to each of the detectives and $5,000
to Mr. her if the plan was worked out as ha
Maher put Harlam off a little and consulted]
with his friend. John Mceullagh, the former
Chief of Police. By Mr. McCullagh's advice
he went with his story to the Detective Bureau,
and Captain O'Brien related it to Mr. Jerome.
Mr. Maher later saw Mr. Jerome and arranged
to invite Harlam to a conference where County
Detective Reardon and Detective Sergeant Me-
Convllle could overhear it. The affidavits de
clare that Harlam went to Mr. Mailer's housa
on Saturday and repeated his offer, and that
Reardon and McConvllle. who were hiding la
a convenient closet, heard every word of It.
Harlam was arrested again on a bench war
rant "on Tuesday, and when he understood that
information of his plans to manufacture evi
dence against an innocent man was in Mr.
Jerome's possession he decided to plead guilty.
The affidavits probably will be submitted to
Judge Foster when Harlam comes up for sen
tence to-morrow, along with a statement that
Assistant District Attorney Lc-ni recently waa
surprised by receiving a package containing »
gold watch and o picture and » card of Harlam.
The package was sent back to Harlam. and
there probably will be no move to prosecute him
for attempted bribery, in view of the fact that
he has pleaded guilty to the Indictment.
Indians Said To Be Using Poisoned
Galveston, Tex.. Feb. IT.— A report from Her.
mosillo. Mexico, states That the Mexican troops
in a campaign against the Yaqui Indians since,
the killing of the Americans overtook a portion
of a band In the Mazatlan Mountains and killed
many of them and wounded many others. After
a bitter fight, at which th«» troops were outnum
bered, the Indians were routed, and escaped to
the mountain fastnesses with their wounded and
several dead.
Th<» Yaqi:i3 used poisoned ammunition of for
eign make, and several soMfttsa were seriously
hurt. Streams along the ssasj trail have been
poisoned hy the Indians, aril the troops and
are suffering terrible hardships. General
Torres is in command of the troops, and a re
ward is offered for every dead Yaqui.
Big Concern Incorporates with <*
Capital of $17,000,000.
Trenton. N. J.. Feb. 13.— Marten & Nlcholls, at
torneys, of No. 49 Wall-st.. New-York City, filed)
t*e incorporation papers of the American Butter
Refining Company at the office of th« Secretary;
of State here to-day. The concern has a capital
of J17.000.000. and its office is at Ms 1 Exchang* '
Place. Jersey City. It Is rumored tiiat this com- :
pany is a reorganization of the Burden Milk Com« i
pany of New- York, which concern controls th»
milk supply of more than three million persons. :
No one at the State House is familiar with the de
tails of the incorporation, and th« papers are non
The capital stock of SIT.OOO.OW is divided rata,
$2,000,000 preferred, bearing 7 per cent r.on-cumn-;
lative. dividend, and $15.<XiO.<JOO common stock. Th«
company L* to deal in milk and all milk and food
products, to refine butter and to acquire by pur
chase or otherwise th« business and plant of any!
corporation, firm, or Individual. The corporators j
are WillUai E. Hope. Beverly R. Robmsoa and j
Theodore I. Thygeson. of New- York City. Th«"
State's fee from this company was S2.*<o.
Another big company chartered to-day was th*
Commercial Electric Vehicle Company: register*!
office. Jersey City; agent in charge, Frank P. Mo-
Dennott: capital stock. H.OOO.iVO; corporators,"
Dwight W. Bowles. Thomas P. Ford and Frank IX
Dade. The company ia to manufacture, deal la
and equip vehicles of all kinds. •>
He Kills Three Squaws and a Man and
Escapes to the Mountains.
Reno. Nev.. Feb. 15.— An Indian to-day went on
the warpath thirty miles south of Tonopah. He
killed three squaws and a fellow Indian, and then
fled to the mountains. He is still at large though
a posse of Indians is now In closa pursuit.
Cambridge. Mi. Feb. 15. -Mrs. Ethel de MitkJe
wttz. daughter of Mrs. Charles Walls Small and
widow of the Count de Mltkiewitz. and Dr. Arthur
I^awrence Holland. If N«w-Tork. ■were married to
day at the homo of the bride's mother, near Cam
bridge. The beat man was Charles Robinson. of
New- York. The bridal pair took an afternoon train
for Palm Beach. Fla. They will liv* In New- Tors.
leaves New York every day 12.35 noon.^ WjrtiJ
Quickest time in both directions between N«w-Yor£
2nd St. Augjisttoe. A superb trala. For r-»ort
booklets inquire any P. R. «. oflw, or 1.1*3 Broa*i

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