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$0 FORCE TO VENEZUELA.
ARBITRA TIOX URGED.
Utmost Leniency to Prevail in Pres
ent Xcgotiations.
[ram THE TRIBUNE BCREAXT.I
• "vTashington, March 21. — The United States Is
roce eding with th«» utmost leniency and con
sideration in its relations with Venezuela, and
has is* ued no ultimatum. On the contrary,
jlinlster Bowen has been instructed merely to
press upon President Castro the necessity of re
rortir.g to arbitration where .diplomatic expe
difTits have proved unavailing. The loyal ad
lia*Tiee of President Roosevelt's administration
to the principle of arbitration has already been
artfely and repeatedly demonstrated, and de
ppite the exasperating character of Castro's
vagaries all show of force will be avoided until
*rery oilier means of arriving at an equitable
settlement of pending questions has been ex
hausted.
The latest representations made by Minister
■^owen. acting under explicit instructions from
the State Department, are merely reiterative, in
somewhat more forcible terms, of the proposition
•aa<s« to the Venezuelan Executive several
Mwths ago. which provided not only for the
submission of American claims to arbitration,
tut for their adjudication by ab initio proceed
ings wthout regard to the processes or findings
C the Venezuelan judiciary, processes the
felted States cannot recognize as having any
validity.
On the former occasion Castro seized upon the
proposal of the United States that existing dif
ferences be submitted to an arbitral tribunal
to inject into the discussion a counter proposi
tion involving submission of the right of the
United States to intervene between the Venez
uelan government and those holding its grants,
■Respective of tnelr citizenship, to arbitration,
a suggestion which was pronounced untenable
era unworthy of consideration by this govern
ment. While the negotiations were still in prog
ress, in fact, had barely begun. President Cas
tro sought rest and recreation at a point re
>not» from the Venezuelan capital, and they
were necessarily suspended.
CASTRO'S ACTIONS WITHOUT EQUITY.
Meanwhile a careful examination was under
taken by the State Department, with the re
sult that the actions of President Castro, both
Executive and Judicial, were found to be un
questionably without equity. Minister Bowen
Iras therefore instructed to represent to the
Venezuelan President the increasing necessity of
submitting the several questions at issue to an
Arbitral court, and he now found opportunity to
Ret in strict accordance with these Instructions.
No threat accompanies Minister Bowen's
latest representations, but they are so expressed
as to leave no doubt as to the earnestness of
Jthis government, and to impress on the Venez
uelan Executive the gravity of further evasive
or dilatory replies to the urgent request of the
United States that the equity of its claims be
determined by a tribunal wholly separate and
fciFtinct from the Venezuelan judiciary and en
tirely removed from the influenca of Venezuelan
feurrouridings. In the mean time, the United
Ifctates calmly awaits the decision of Venezuela.
• fenTKIWTTTfT fWjur.ieiVof 'its'demanGs-srntl'un- •
9rtUin«r to contemplate th© necessity of any
Step contingent on President Castro's refura'.
■ to accord r<»rpectful consideration and full satis
faction.
As the nature of Minister Bowen's Instruc
tions has been more or less known for some
days, there is a faint suspicion that President
Castro has deemed this an appropriate time to
precipitate other complications, but they are
net regarded in Washington as of grave impor
tance or as likely to becloud the real issue.
Confidence is further expressed In the good
" Judgment of the European powers whose citl-
I«sb are creditors of Venezuela and who have
learned by experience that their Interests are
elmo=t identical with those of the United States.
CONFIDENCE OF EUROPEAN POWERS.
Th"re has been a notable disposition on the
J>art of European powers for some time past to
permit the United States to deal single handed
with complications arising on this continent,
.fcven where the interests of European citizens
ere Vitally affected, as it is appreciated that this
country has acted and will continue to act on
altruistic lines when dealing with any South
American situation which involves the interests
of Europeans. This was very clearly demon
strated In the last submission of claims against
Venezuela to arbitration, when the United
States cheerfully acquiesced In a decision mak-
Inr citizens of Gr?at Britain, Germany and Italy
preferred creditors.
Nevertheless, there are claims of American
citizens which render Imperative at least a so
lution of the method whereby they are to be
ttet, ad In view of that fact the United States
stands prepared to take any necessary steps to
protect those interests. Among the claims most
pressing are those of the New-York and Ber
dudez Asphalt Company, whose grant was
seized by Venezuela, and whose plant is being
■Utilized by Venezuelan officials to take out and
tell the output; the claim of the newspaper cor
rtrpondent Jaurett, who was wrongfully ex
pelled from Caracas; the Critchfield asphalt
dalm, and the claim of the Orinoco Steamship
Company, whose franchise was improperly for
feited.
Until the United States has settled with Venez
uela the matters which Mr. Bowen is now press
lnp ujjon President Castro, no such arrange
ments as that reported from Europe Involving
the segregation of all Venezuelan customs reve
nues would be recognized or upheld by any
European government-
\O FREXCH ULTIMATUM.
'Denial That War Vessels Have
Been Ordered to Venezuela.
Paris. March 21.— The Foreign Office says the
French Minister at Caracas has not presented
an ultimatum to Venezuela and no French war
ehlps have been sent to Venezuela. The state
ment to that effect resulted from the publication
In London newspapers of dispatches saying the
presentation of an ultimatum bad been followed
by the dispatch of two warships. The officials
fcere are surprised and displeased at the reports,
which they construe as tending to force the hand
of France into a more aggressive and belligerent
policy than anything France contemplates. . In
timations are made that the United States oc
cupies the best position to send warships, owing
to the length of time the American controversy
*'lth Venezuela has been pending. The instruc
tions sent to the French Minister at Caracas di
rected that diplomatic representations be made
relative to the holding uj. of the vested rights
cf the cable company, but did not contemplate
threats or an ultimatum, as the authorities say
the affair U&h no gravity calling for steps of
: such a warlike character.
' The cable company during the day received a
Continued on third page.
TOUR TO SEE WASHINGTON.
!trf rfJ J^?i. l uP2lV t^ of Interest at th- National Cap
iSw" Ch ns v &, l^nnsylvanta Railroad. Three
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PRESIDENT CIPRIANO CASTRO.
CALLS THEATRES UNSAFE.
JEROME GETS REPORT,
Declares Building Laws Violated —
Houses Xot Fireproof.
On the strength of a report which he had re
ceived from H. de B. Parsons, who recently
undertook for him an investigation of theatres
in the city, District Attorney Jerome sent yes
terday to Isaac A. Hopper, Superintendent of
Buildings in Manhattan, a letter requesting in
fcimation about the Lew Fields Theatre, in
West 42d-st.. from which Mr. Parsons had been
barred by order of Oscar Hammerstein, the own
«r. Regarding this theatre. Mr. Jerome said last
cvrhif. Mr. Parsons had reported that he had
reason to believe there were twenty-two vlola-
Mona. The letter to Mr. Hopper asked for the
reports of any Inspectors of the Buildings Bu
reau who had inspected this theatre, together
with a full statement of any violations which
had been reported at the theatre, with the names
of the persons who made the reports.
Asked how Mr. Parsona had been able to get
information about the theatre if he had been
kept out of it, Mr. Jerome said: "Why, a little
bird flew through the air and sang a little song
in which there were twenty-two notes." He
picked up a report about a theatre and read
from it a list of violations in this way:
Doors intended as exits open on stairway;
doors of the first gallery open inward; in pro
scenium wall no fire doors: dressing rooms under
auditorium, and not constructed on approved
plans; excessive number of seats between aisles;
nine right angled turns in stairway from bal
cony to first floor; box office obstructing exit;
registers in floor of auditorium; electric lights
too low in passageway; aisles too narrow; other
minor violations.
Mr. Jerome did not give out a copy of his let
ter to Mr. Hopper, but he said he had asked for
information regarding suspected violations in
the Lew Fields Theatre, on the ground that If
the violations were of the character reported to
him he might feel it his duty to begin criminal
proceedings against persons responsible for such
violations.
Mr. Parsons had made reports about eight
theatres, Mr. Jerome said, although his work
was not more than fairly begun. In his report*
on the eight theatres, he said, Mr. Parsons had
clasßed three as dangerous, one as unsafe, one
as hazardous, one as reasonably safe with mod
ern construction, one as safe, except that the
iflain exit was obstructed by the box office and
flic aisles were only thirty-one inches wide, and
one as being under suspicion and from which
he had been barred for purposes of examina
tion. In the theatres which had been classed
as dangerous, unsafe or hazardous, Mr. Jerome
said. Mr. Parsons had found conditions which
were deplorable. For the present the names of
the theatres were not to be made public, but
some of the conditions might be discovered by
any person of Intelligence who visited the
theatreE.
At one theatre Mr. Parsons found wooden floor
beams supporting the auditorium. Under the
auditorium were dressing rooms for the actors,
Which had been placed there in violation of the
building laws. The building inspectors appar
rently had winked at the violations by com
pelling the owner of the building to make the
dressing rooms fireproof with metal linings, but
along had come sanitary Inspectors, who had or
dered the tops of the partitions to be cut down
for purposes of ventillation, thus destroying the
flreprooflng, opening the way for draughts and
converting the place into a regular flre trap.
At one theatre the gallery was constructed en
tirely of wood. One building inspected by Mr.
Parsons had one theatre on top of another, con
nection between the two being furnished by
means of an elevator shaft. Another building
which never had been intended for a theatre
had been remodelled, and the proscenium wall
started at the stag© level, instead of from the
ground. Under the proscenium wall was an
opening, so that a fire under the stag« would
sweep directly into the auditorium.
One theatre was found to have a holier under
the main exit, so that if the boiler should ex
plode the audience would be unable to escape.
The additional exits of another theatre were
found to open on a fire esi-ape balcony from
which there was no stairway reaching to the
ground. An iron ladder was fastened to the
balcony with a hempen rope, and a rusty knife
was tied to the rope, with the apparent idea that
if there was a panic and people rushed to the
<*•>■)( iv ur^J on »<<•,, nd pace.
QUICKEST LINE TO CLEVELAND.
I>eave New-York 6:82 p. m.. arrive Cleveland 7:15
next morning, Cincinnati 1:30 p. in.. Indianapolis
00 p. m.. St. Louis 9:13 p. m.. by New York Cep-
U»i, -Vlo* y«rric«,_^o exctsj f.aj-e.-Advt« .
VENEZUELA A TROUBLED NATION.
VIEW OF THE PORT OF LA GUAYRA.
POTENT PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION PLANNED,
COXTROL OF POWER, TELEPHOXES, GAS, LIGHTIXG
AXD WATER IXCLUDED IX SCHEME.
[BT TELEGRAPH TO THE TRIBUNE.]
Albany, March 21. — It was learned to-day that
while the legislative committee for investigating
the local gas situation would devote itself to
that specific subject, it was not unlikely that
embodied in Its report would be one of sweeping
plans for State supervision of the various power,
telephone, gas and lighting industries of the
State, and also tho water supply question. There
is before the Senate at present a bill increasing
from three to seven the number of the mem
bers of the State Board of Railroad Commis
sioners. This bill is to be the basis of the plan
no'v u,nder pohsWle ration, ar.^iu -Vigw of '■«'..•
plan this mpasuif, the Tully bill, -which would
have been voted upon to-day, was laid aside.
It is proposed to change the title of the Rail
road Commission to that of Public Service Com
mission and increase its number to seven. This
commission is to have charge of the following
matters:
First, of the railroads, surface, elevated, sub
way and steam, as now. with possibly increased
powers of mandamus and control.
Second, of gas and electric light companies of
the State, with authority to regulate rates, im
pose restrictions. Inspect plants, and with all
the other various powers necessary to the. reg
ulation of lighting similar to those possessed by
the present commission over transportation..
Such a bill conferring: theso powers on the Stat?
Board of Tax ComniiFsloners was Introduced by
Assemblyman Merritt, drafted on lines of exist
ing Massachusetts legislation, and Mr. Merritt la
a member of the investigation commission.
Third, of water supply, including the ideas
that the Governor has advanced of State con
trol of the water systems of the State, exclusive
of those owned by private companies; in fact,
practically all the ideas embodied in the Agnew
hill.
Fourth, of telephones. — Several resolutions
calling for Investigation of the telephone rates
of New-York City are before the legislature.
The Investigating committee may go Into this
problem, but the proposition is to put this ques
tion under State supervision through the agency
oTthis increased railroad commission.
Finally, it is proposed that this commission
shall have charge of all power companies in the
State, as it has now over railroads. The power
question is of growing importance, a number
of sweeping bills, including the Cassidy and
Leg-g-ett Niagara measures, are now before the
legislature, and as the transmission of power
is a growing industry, and as condemnation
rights as of public service corporations -are
asked for this industry, State supervision ia be
lieved to be an attendant circumstaaice.
WOULD STOP EXPENSIVE INVESTIGATION
This, then, is the vast scheme that is now
tentatively under consideration. It -would give
a permanent effect to the somewhat temporary
character of work of tho legislative committee
which, while recommending' a reduotion of the
price of gas in New-York City, would by secur
ing the passage of some bill, such as that above
outlined, forever to obviate the need of further
expensive legislative investigations.
Not less important Is the including of the
PITTSBURG FEARS WORST FLOOD OX RECORD.
fnT TFLEORAPH TO THE TniBUXB.]
Pittsburg. March lit. — Probably the greatest
flood since records have been kept is sweeping
down on Plttsburg, and by sunrise to-morrow
will have reached its height. Not a soul is
sleeping to-night in any of the territory which
is likely to be inundated, and thousands of per
sons are at work carrying valuables to places of
safety. A general warning has been sent out
by the Weather Bureau to prepare for at least
thirty-one feet of wfitt-r, while Frank Rldge
way, the local forecaster, in his warning gives
notice that the rivers will probably reach thirty
five feet.
The greatest flood of which there is any rec
ord was that of 1884, when tho rivers reached
33 feet 9 inrncp. The local forecaster declares
to-night that this will be passed. Rain has been
falling steadily over Western Pennsylvania and
Eastern Wwt Virginia for twenty-four hours.
The effect of this deluge will have been fully
felt in Pittsburg by to-morrow morning.
Hundreds .»f fuitii l it-s in lower Allegheny and
Pittsburg haw already been rendered home
le^H. In Allegheny policemen are patrolling the
Htreets in skiffs, anil many rescues have been
made of persons who remained in their houses.
OLD POINT COMFORT AND THE SOUTH.
Attract! • Fix-day outinir to Old Point Comfort.
Richmond and Washington. March 'J>. via Penn
sylvania Railroad. J'..iU-, $3fi.00, covers necessary
expenses. Special old Point Comfort only rate.
Jl7.oo.— Adrt, „.— — — - - • — ■■ n .
water question. A measure carrying a State
commission is now in the hands of the As
sembly, and is not opposed by the local city
authorities. The Governor has urged the pass
age of legislation creating a central supervising
authority, irrespective of local interests of va
rious cities, to apportion the water and super
vise the plans. The Agnew bill, favored by the
Republican Club of New-York City, is such a
measure, creating a commission. The only new
step is the including of this power in those of
the new Public Service Commission.
■The question of power is the one In some
ji,!ase^°thrTnost interesting in the whole propo
sition. For the last three •> ears there have teen
before the legislature many bills that have been
widely condemned as "grab" bills, the founda
tion of each of which was condemnation power.
It has been generally believed that the develop
ment of the transmission of power would compel
the adoption of a State policy before long.
Power companies are asking the same privileges
now asked by railroads, of condemning land, of
stringing poles, and in general obtaining all the
things they need under conditions such as those
covered by the issue of certificates of public con
venience and necessity in transportation fields.
TELEPHONES MAY BE INCLUDED.
One State commission, appointed last year, on
which Assemblyman Merritt is serving, Is wres
tling with this power question. Between the
problem of lighting and that of power trans
mission there Is obviously a place iv which tele
phones can be included in the scheme. The pub
lic service commission, thus contemplated, then
would have charge of railroads as now, tele
phones, telegraph companies, power manufact
ure and transmission companies, and finally of
water companies, possibly exclusive of private
companies, possibly including even them, but in
general and in broad terms controlling, super
vising and regulating all the various corpora
tions and companies dealing in various public
service matters, in all of which there have been
of late growing abuse and endless complaint.
It would be, without question, the most powerful
commission existing in the State. It would
doubtless, have a large number of branch of
fices and many clerks and expert engineers and
electricians. Its findings on the complaints of
the individuals would be subject to the review
of the courts, but, aside from this limitation, it
would have powers of enforcement not now
given to the railway commission.
Of actual progress the committee which Is to
investigate made little to-day. Senator Stevens
will go to New-York to-morrow. In response
to various questions about the appointment of
an attorney, .and particularly with reference to
the report from New-York City that Julien T.
Davies had been deckled on. he declared that
the matter was still pending and would not be
decided to-night. Senator Stevens talked with
the Governor this afternoon, but both he and
the Governor declared that nothing of impor
tance was said or planned.
The delay In the selection of counsel has cer
tainly put off the work of the committee for at
least a week, so that it will probably be about
April 20 before the committee Is ready to report
back its findings and its recommendations, and
it may easily be a week later. Two possible
methods of procedure may be passed by the
legislature during this period. It may adjourn
on April 14, the normal date of adjournment,
pending the report of the committee, or it may
keep in session until the return of the commit
tee with its statistics and recommendations, but
either procedure will equally prolong the actual
session until about May 1. and prophecies of
even later dates are to be heard on all sides. No
new names were suggested for counsel to-day.
Already jjiore than one thousand people have
been driven out. All of the mills and furnaces
along the two rivers have been forced to close,
and thousands of men are temporarily out of
work. It Is estimated that already the flood
has caused a property loss of at least 1500.000
PATERSON FLOOD EXPECTED.
Rivers Overflow Their Banks and Fill Cel
lars.
Patrrson. N. J.. March. 21 (Special).— There has
been much apprehension in Paterson and vicinity
regarding a possible Hood as a result of the steady
lalna and the melting of snow in the mountains.
Persons living In Paterson naturaJy grow nervous
ever a possibility of the repetition of the two
floods that destroyed hundreds of thousands of
dollars •worth of property.
Along the Wttln Falls road on the outskirts of
the city tV -w»**r Is over tHe banks and consider
able land is Inundated. Water has penetrated cel
lars all alorg the lowlands on both sides of the
river In Pattrson If the heavy rain continues
twenty-four hoars a flood disaster that will equal
that of last October will probably result.
TOUR TO PINEHURST, N. C.
March 31 via Penxylvanla Rntiroafl. Tirana (Jolt
Tournaments. Rate 182, includes three days 1 board
ut Hotel Carolina. Tickets good for eighteen days,
geo ticket ag«nta,—AdvV-
HERBERT \V. BOVVBN.
American Minister to Veneauela.
HURLED FROM WINDOW.
BOY 'ACCUSES FATHER.
Isod Thought Fatally Injured by
Four Story Fall
Insisting that his father threw him out of the
tourth story window of his home, James Radill
lay. supposedly fatally injured, in Bellevue Hos
pital last night. His mother declared that the
child had been tossed out of the window with
out provocation. The child hit an awning, but
suffered a fracture of the right leg. cuts about
the head, possibly a fracture of the skull and
many bruises about the body.
Radill is a metal lather. He cams to this city
a month ago, his wife says, from Philadelphia.
They lived at No. 477 3d-ave.
The child told them, the police *say, that he
was standing at a front window. Suddenly he
felt himself thrown out. Policeman Gnotsky,
of the East 3oth-st. station, saw the child strike
the awning, bound into the air and tumble
to the sidewalk. He bore htm across the street
to a drug stor?. where his injuries were attend
ed to until the arrival of Dr. Hooker from Belle
vue Hospital. Gnotsky says the child had been
in the drug store only a few minutes, when a
man walked in and said: "I'm his father." He
asked the man how the child came to fall, and
the father replied he did not know. The mother
of the child rushed in and accused the father.
He was arrested.
•'He loves the boy. but when the drink Is in
him nothing can stand him." said Mrs. Radill
last night. "Now. he's been on a spree since
Saturday. He came into the house this after
noon at 2 o'clock. He smashed some of the
furniture, and T sent Jimmie out for a police
man. His father heard me and ran out of the
house. He was gone all the afternoon, and came
back about 7 o'clock. Jimrnie opened the door
for him. and when he saw that he was drunk
he ran over to the front window and looked out.
His father asked him Jf he had been out after
a policeman in the afternoon, and when Jimmie
did not answer he grabbed him up and threw
him out of the window."
STOP FOUR ELEVATORS.
Police Enforce Order in Biff Apart
ments for Twenty-five Minutes.
Declared to be unsafe, four elevators in the
Madison Square Apartments, at Madison-aye.
and 26th-st., were stopped last evening for
twenty-five minutes in the dinner hour by
Roundsman MeCullom and six uniformed men
of the West 3Oth-st. station. A clerk from the
office of John P. O'Brien, Assistant Corporation
Counsel, In charge of the cases brought by the
Bureau of Buildings, served the order.
Mora than five hundred persons live in the
house. It is eleven stories in height in Madison
ave. and thirteen in height in 2t»th-st. The po
lice said the Department of Buildings served
notice on the managers of the apartment house
last November that the elevators were not safe,
as they wore not equipped with a safety device.
The Wyllyi Company is said to be the agent of
the house, and S. \V. Matthewson & Co. are the
resident managers.
John L. Jordan, Assistant Superintendent of
Buildings, rescinded the order later !nst evening
and the elevators resumed service.
YACHTSMEN MAROOXED.
Boat Taken While Ashore — Forty
eight Hours Without Food.
Because some member of the Larchmont Yacht
Club thought a small yacht had been stolen by
pirates, four wealthy young yachtsmen of New
Rochelle were marooned on Sunday night on a
small island in the Sound, and remained for
forty-eight hours without (bod.
That evening the Buster Brown, a 40-foot
; awl. was seen pounding on the shore of a small
island opposite the Larchmont Yacht t'lub.
Matthew W. Bronson. ex-chief of the Larch
mont Fire Department; Village President Basils
L. Hopkins and Henry C. Pa ton went to the
rescue. They found the yacht deserted, decided
KsjS tad often stolen, and took her home. I^ate
last night Maurice Jarvls, his brother and two
friends, all of New-Rochelle, appeared at the
clubhouse. They said they had been bringing
the yawl up from Casenova and had run
aground in the fog. They landed in search of
help, and while away the yawl had been taken
by the Larchmont men. Forty-eitht hours later
their signals had been seen by members of the
Horse Shoe Harbor Yacht Club, who brought
them ashoro.
The peculiar feature of Bonn's Laxatives. They
give perfect relief without discomfort a.— AJvt.
PINEHURST JACKSONVILLE
.\u000a, <& Southwest— daily 'high class train.,
viii Seaboard Air Line ley. Office 1,153 Broadway.-.
PRICE THREE CENTO.
HYDE'S FOR FOUR YEARS.
CONTROL OF EQUITABLE.
Directors Ratify Mutualization Plan
—Legislation Still May Be Asked.
The board of directors of the Equitable Life
Assurance Society, it their meeting yesterday
afternoon, ununlmou3ly adopted the rrport sub
mitted by the committee of seven, (be principal
feature of which was thir tv-romrnendcition that
the pollcyholders should In the east Ma years
elect twenty-eight or the fifty-two directors,
seven in each year. Th special committea's re
port was as follows:
The committee unanimously recommends that th»
charter of the society r»- amended, to provide that
twenty-eight 01 the *flfiv-two directors of the «• -
ciety shall b«- elected by the policyholders ana
twenty-four by th«* stockholders, the division each
year bcin^ in the ratio of ' to ■» £#"|
Your committee further recommends an amend
ment of the bylaws of th? sac>;>- to provide for
monthly meetings of the board of directors, la
stead of Quarterly meetings, a.« •-!»■.••• for*-.
A form of amended charter, embodying the fore
going recommendations as to the election of direc
tors by the poUcyboldera, is submitted herewith to
the board, with the n.»ai;jn.ous recommendation of
its immediate atfopLo.i by the board.
The report was signed by every member of
the committee. The amend*- 1 charter, as well
as the report, was unanimously adopted by the
board. The new charter, which, in addition to
the changes mentioned in the coimittee's report,
gives the policy holders tho right to vote either
personally or l>y prosy, will be filed at Albany,
probably to-day, r.nd rr.:::^t be approved by th»
State Superintendent o* Insurance before It bo
comes effective.
The resolutions under which the committee <>t
seven were appointed expressed It as the opt!
of the board of directors that "*•• policyholders
should be given the right to vote for directors."
and directed the committee "to arrange the de
tails for carrying the step Into execution, and in
connection therewith the Eettterr.er.t of the allied
question of Indemnification of stockholders."
NOTHING ON RETIREMENT OF STOCH.
In the report as submitted yesterday to tha
directors and accepted by them it will be noted
no specific mention is made of the subject of
indemnification of stockholders, but the infer
ence from the wording of the report, that
twenty-four of the directors, six each year,
shall be elected by the stockholders. 13 that the
committee had decided adversely to the propo
sition for retirement of the $100,000 stocV
The action of the board of directors leaves the
control of the Equitable for the next four years
In the hands of Vice- President James H. Hyde,
who, as the owner of a majority of the capital
stock, will be In a position to continue to name
a majority of the directors. It has been tha
contention of Mr. Hyde's friends that the suc
cess of the movement for full mutualization
■would place President Alexander and the execu
tive officers allied -with him In full control of
the society, as the agents, whose retention to
placa is dependent upon the will of the higher
officers, would naturally exert themselves to ob
tain from policyholders proxies" for the election
of directors who would act in the merest of the
present administration, whose control would
thus be indefinitely perpetuated.
; The decision of the directors to allow the pol
icyholders majority representation at the end of
four years.. lt is declared by opponent;- pj^jjr.;
Hyde, is" equivalent to placing the latter in p"er
petual control, if tbe assertions as to the prob
able "pernicious activity" of the agents be well
founded, for Mr. Hyde, they say. would as a
matter of self-protection doubtless within the
four years cause President Alexander and Vice-
Presidents Tarbell and Wilson to be superseded
by nominees of his own. and the general agents
and minor agents would see to it that the policy
holders' proxies gathered by them would run to
men who would exercise them in the election of
directors acceptable to the new executive offi
cers and to Mr. Hyde, to whom such officers
would owe their places, the result being that Mr.
Hyde would control the election not only of th«
twenty-four directors allotted to the stock
holders, but also of virtually all of the twenty
eight directors to be chosen by the policy
holders.
ATTITUDE OF CRIMMINS COMMITTEE..
The attitude of the organized policyholders in
the situation as it has developed Is stated as fol
lows by Frank H. Platt. couns?l for the Crim
mins committee:
Even this provision giving twenty-eight di
rectors to the policyholders may eventually be
of great value to them, if they organize and con
tinue to maintain actively the position which
they have gained by electing directors of their
own choice. But this action of the board has
continued the Hyde control for the present at
least, and if the policyholders next December
and at the subsequent meetings should jrive
proxies to persons selected by the management
to-day's grant to them would be empty. The
board's action is no surprise. Forty members
of the board owe their positions as directors to
Mr. Hyde, and they have given him their alle
giance. Last February in haste they resolved
to give the policyholders the power of voting
Immediately. To-day they have withdrawn that
action, and have voted to continue the Hyde
control. It Is not difficult to understand what
has happened meanwhile. . •
I think that it Is entirely within the power cf
the policy holders to mutualize honestly the so
ciety by going to the legislature. In the pres
ent state of public opinion the legislature would
not refuse to transfer the voting power to the
policyholders. In any event, a single policy
holder is strong enough to oust those officers
and directors who have been using the society
for their personal benefit. From what I know
of the sentiment among the pollcyholders. I be
lieve that action will be taken which will truly
accomplish the purpose of putting th» property
of the corporation under the control of men who
will feel that their duty is to the holders
rather than to Mr. Hyde.
John D. Crimmins said last night that he had
not received the report of the Equitable meeting
in time to convene his own committee, which,
however, would undoubtedly meet to-day. In
the mean time, he did not care to discuss tha
subject.
Th* meeting of the directors, which was large
ly attended, had been called for noon, but after
about twenty minutes' delay an adjournment
was taken until '.', o'clock, as the soecial com
mittee had not completed its report." Th-» coxa
mittee held three ses3lons.
TOXGUE A WE A POX.
Police Justice Fines Woman for
Carrying It Concealed.
[BT TELEGRAPH TO THF TRIBI vr 1
MsillstllSJli N. J.. March 21. -Ruling that a
woman's tongue is a "concealed weapon." Poltc«
Justice Cook, of Madison, fined Mrs. S Slors»
$10. »nd collected the fine. It came out in court
to-day when the case came up for review. Nearly
a week ago Mr*. Parker made a complaint against
Mrs. Mow before Justice Cook. When Ine
women came into court they began to abuse each
other.
The abuse became SB violent that Justice Cook
said he Judged both women guilty of carrying
concealed weapons, from the manner in which
they handled their tongues. He fined them &>
each for the offence. They paid, but Mrs. Morse
went to her counsel, who cot an order for a
review of the case. Judge Mills set th« convic
tion aside and ordered the return of the fine.
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