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Fitzgerald's Bill Likely To Be Re
ported from Committee.
[BT TrLKOf" TO THE T*tßrvS.]
Albany. May 22.— of the worst "grab"
Dills of the session, carrying millions In "graft"
and engineered by "Bij? Tim" Sullivan's repre
sentative. Senator Fitzgerald, came dangerously
rear appearing in daylight to-day as the- result
of a deep s*l* 1 " 1 to have Jt reported from the
Senate Cities Committee. The bill would open
♦he sL-eets of New- York City to the complete
control «t patented pavement companies, by
remnvtaff tfce charter prohibition against the
use of patented articles. The charge was openly
Ef.a« in committee that the bill was designed to
beae£t the Boston corporation . manufacturing
bt!hn!itic pavement. The plan to "kiss the
till through committee." as the legislative
phrase eoee, was defeated finally by Senator
T^jje, chairman of the committee. v.-ho viror
<w sly opposed the bilL Senator Guy. represent-
Ing- Mayor McCiellan, sat through the whole
hearing, and objected in the strongest terms to
the measure.
This bill, which was thoroughly analyzed In
these dispatches many weeks ago, and more sub
sequently discussed In the editorial columns,
seeks on the surface to prevent the laying of
patented pavements. Its friends urge that It
is aimed at breaking an asphalt monopoly In
Xew-Tork City. The existing charter provisions
say that "except for repairs, no patented pave
ment shall be laid, and no patented article shall
be advertised for, contracted for or purchased,
except under circumstances such that there
can be a fair and reasonable opportunity for
sssspcttttea, the condition to secure which shall
be scribed by the bill of estimate and appor
Under this law the patent pavement was ex
cluded. This put an end to the old Tammany
"paA," which consisted In a conspiracy between
official* and 'contractors by which the contracts
were so drawn as to permit only the favored
kind of pavement to meet the specifications.
Under this system pavement cost the city $3 a
tquare yard, where it now costs 75 cents, and
Tammany officials grew rich. The Fitzgerald
Mil reyeais the charter prohibition against pat
ented pavements and then declare* that no
patented pavement shall be laid, except with th»
action of the Borough President in asking for
some other form of pavement in hit bids. The
text of this amendment, which shows the ob
vious "grab," Is as follows:
?Co p»rt*rted pavement shall be laid unless the
Bwcwgh President or other officer having; author
ity to contract Jo lay the same shall in his notice
to bidders a*k for bids upon some other form of
pavement In addition to the patented pavement.
at.6 no contract shall be awarded for a patented
pavement unless blda have been received by the
cflcer having: authority to let a contract for the
pavement Bar some other form of pavement In
the event that the bid for the patented payment
fch&Xl not be the lowest bid, a contract shall not be
awarded for said patented pavement unless the
Board cf Estimate and Apportionment shall au
thorise the officer receiving; said bid to accept the
The Senate committee wrangled over the bill
:;nt:l inte last ni&ht and then adjourned with
out action. A special meeting was called for
10-day, but no quorum was present. Unless
public pressure !s brought to bear at once, this
Men ex-Penator Guy opposes on behalf of
tl » city, and which breaks down a vital section
of th* city charter, will be reported out. Al
ready Tammany legislators are wondering If
the Murphy contracting system Vs getting ready
:■'■ extend its activity to asphalt.
Returns Hatfily — Not Because of
Investigation, He Says.
Atlantic City. K. J.. March 22. — Gai Commissioner
John T. Oailey received an Important message
over the long distance telephone this afternoon
caillng him Immediately to New- York. Mr. Oakley
ar,d his party Intended remaining here for two
week? He m-as not in when the message came
over the wires, but co important was the message
considered that the line was held open until he
returned, a few minutes later.
When asked if his eudden departure had sny
t:.:r.p to do with the legislative investigation. Mr.
Oakjfy said:
"I have been called back to New- York on Im
portant business, but it has nothing to do with the
gas question. I think it best that I stay In New-
York around my office while this investigation is
going on, not that I have anything- to fear, remem
ber, but there are people who would quickly mis
interpret my absence and construe it to mean that
which v. if; not true, bo I shall return to my office."
Asiied about the report that the gas company
bvi ordered a new pet of books to be printed and
presented to the Investigation committee, "doo
torr-d" w:th their own figures. Commissioner Oakley
»ai<3 that he doubted such a report greatly. He
fiidn't know what the gas companies were doing
end didn't care. He expected to be called before
the committee soon after It convened, and would
aid the members all he could, he said.
Strong Attack Made on the Niagara
"Grab" Bill
Albany. March 22.— fight on the Niagara
"grab" bill was renewed to-day at a public hearing.
at which the lie was passed between Julius Henry
Cchen, repreienting the Citizens Union, and As
6en)blyman Leggett, father of this year's measure.
This irtexchange of compliments occurred at the
outset of the hearing-, when Mr. Cohen pointed out
that the present bill was not even as merciful as
! --■• year's, which made a pretence of excluding
New- York from it* effects.
"The friends of the measure pledged themselves
to do this, s-id then -went back on their agree
"That Is not true," declared Assemblyman I^g
em angrily. "And I want to put it right up to
you. Mr. Cohen, do you mean to say that we did
not amend it?"
"You could have kept faith tor putting In six
words, this act shall not apply to New- York City.'
ar,<3 you did not do it; you can put that up to me Just
as hard as you please," answered Cohen. "If ever
d c-. was a case that should be regarded as closed,
this should, after it was settled by the Governor
over the legislature last year."
P-obvt A. Van Iderstine, who made the principal
argument on behalf of the Citizens Union, said in
c;«-ir.g bis attack on the bill:
The word 'grab' can't actually picture this bill.
It threatens every Individual and interest in the
Suite, it lg framed for the monetary advantage of
tte Introducer and those back of it."
As Mr. Van Iderstine developed his argument
Assemblyman Liggett broke in with frequent objec
tion s. "
AJoany, March 22.— Governor Kiggins to-day
signed, a* chapter 83 of the law? of 1906. Senator
Rair.*s's bill appropriating $300,000 for the taking
c* an enumeration at the inhabitants of the State
to. May and June, under th« direction of the S»c
.'•tary of State.
Lawron. Okie, March 22,— 8. H. MclXime. a
broker, of New- York, who Is vice president of the
defunct Bank of Liwton, was arrested here to
night on a charge of having embezzled $12,000 of
the funds of the bank. He was held on a J3,f/)0
Special food
for Brains
Grape = Nuts
Healthy Brains
Make a Fat Pocket Book.
Trial proves.
Many Attacks on Goodsell Measure
at Hearings.
Albany, March 22.— Railroad grab bills had a field
day for the first time in the session, and repre
sentatives of 6core& of civic bodies Joined hands In
the familiar fight against measures of alleged dan
gerous character which, like so many measures of
part pensions, bore the name of Goodsell. Indigna
tion at the annual appearance of this sort of legis
lation from the earn* source was expressed by ex-
Senator John Ford, who, in speaking of one meas
ure introduced by Senator Goodsell. declared bit
terly, indicating the group of New- York City repre
sentatives present, "We people are getting tired
of coming up here year after year and opposing
this sort of legislation: we are getting to the point
where we are about ready to carry the war into
In the Senate Railroads Committee the two Good
sell bills, one supposed to relate to the Stelnwajr
tunnel under the East River, the other to the Inter
borough railroads in The Bronx, were attacked by
Julius Henry Cohen, representing the Citizens
Union; ex-Sebator Ford and a delegation represent
ing citizens of The Bronx. The character of these
measures has already been fully set forth in these
dispatches. In opposing the measures Mr. Cohen
It Is not unfair to assume, since the amendment
rerers to "a right of way under water wholly or
partly within any city," that it is Intended to affect
some situation in New-York City. Some years ago,
wnen tne value of underground transportation wag
not as well recognized as now, several franchises
for tunned under the North and East rivers were
* ? an 1 S? < t» . °"? °* these was partly constructed under
tne JJorth River, but was abandoned and the work
was not resumed until within a comparatively short
time, when the McAdoo syndicate took over the
right and completed one of the tubes, and is work
ing on the other. It may very well be that the
has strayed from the right of way original
ly granted. If this is true, the present bill under
discussion would sens the company a most ÜBeful
turn and save a positively embarrassing situation.
Another franchise was granted many years ago
ror a tunnel knowr. a* tho Stelnway tunnel, under
v R" r «r. from Queens to Manhattan Work
was begun but damage suits resulting from a
°/ .acfident forced the contracting company
out of business. The tunnel was. in consequence,
abandoned. untC. as it was reported in the publlo
P ! s ' ,» htt rights were purchased by the interests
controlling th» street railroad lines in Queena. It
may very well be that th* new owners now find
the old right of way out of the way and of little us*
l°I: 9 Purpose of connection they desire in Man
ti?« ffr a » nd lnßte * d G* applying to the city au
thorities for a ner* franchise, which ie really what
thej should do. they may wish to avail themselves
of eucn a. bill as thia to gain the new franchise.
In explaining his reference to carrying th© war
int* Africa ex-Senator Ford said:
What I meant in my allusion before the com
mittee to carrying the war into Africa" was this:
The people of tt« city, as I told the committee, are
exceedingly tired of spending their time and mor.ey
coming to Albany to protect the city from the at
tempt to tra'A«*jr its property to the corporations,
borne of us have late!/ been considering whether it
woujd not be cheaper and eas'er to send a corps of
orators from the city of New-York into the dlstrlots
of these gentlemen whose sense of publics duty seems
tft Impel them to introduce these grab bills and
see whe'her they cannot be defeated In the en
suing election. I ana almost persuaded that it will
com* to this before we get relief from the attacks
of ihe grabbers.
The fact that one measure did apply to the Stein
way tunnel was clearly established by the presence
of a large delegation of Queens County citizens
favoring the bill. A statement was issued over the
signature of Cord Meyer advocating the bill It
was significant that the chairman of the Demo
cratic State Committee was thus favoring a bill
which would confer privileges on roads owned by
August Belmont, whose share in the Democratic
State campaign last year is well known. This long
statement contained the following paragraph,
which indicated an intention on the part of the
friend* of this blind bill, originally declared to be
In the interests of the Erie Railroad, finally to
come oat in the tpen. This paragraph of Mr.
Meyer's statement follows:
The proposed tunnel over tne Steinway route is
the most important Improvement the Borough of
Queens ever can have. Every other section of the
city of New- York has been provided with rapid
transit. When a private company enters the field
and agrees to proceed immediately with the con
struction of a rapid transit tunnel which will do
so much for the property owners of Queens County,
I say that we should all put our shoulders to the
whti-1 and put the bill through. Appeal should be
made to every member of the legislature to pass
the bill because it is not a "franchise grab." In
any way, shape or form, but is simply using a
route the validity of which is rully established,
and giving to the people of Queens through service
under the East River without change of cars to
their homes in the outlying sections of Long Island
Ulster County Only Refuses to Make
Concession* to City.
Albany, March 22.— 0n lines indicated in these dis
patches a week ago, the representatives of New-
York City and of "Westchester. Putnam and Dutch
ess counties have reached an agreement on the sub
ject of water supjply which makes possible an agreed
bill Introduced by the city and unopposed by these
oc unties.
As outlined at that time, this bill Is in essential
teaiur*i» that advoca.te.l by Mayor McClellan, but
modified in certain important particular*. To West
chester County the concession is mada that cities
and towns in <hat county may tap the extended
Croton water system, and that no further streams
In that county 6hall be taken, for water. To Put
nam the concession is made of protection for prac
tically all f»treams, and particularly those asked for
in behalf of various industries. To Dutchees County,
as well aa to Suffolk, is conceded the J. T. Smith
and Burr laws, now existing, but which would have
beery repealed by the original draft of the Mayor's
bill. This leaves Ulster County to be considered,
and up to to-d*y the representatives of this county
have refu»*d to make any concession, allowing
New-York City to enter that county. Assembly
men Apgar. Walnwright. Yale and Smith, repre
senting various affected counties, have all signified
their approval of the compromise.
The position of the city on the proposition of a
State commission was outlined by Assistant Cor
poration Counsel Guy to-night. Mr. Gu7 said:
The city authorities do not object to a State
Board of Water Supply exercising purely the power
of review when there is disagreement between tha
city of New-York and any county In the State as
to the taking of a source of water supply, pro
vided that the actloi of said State Board of R*vje«r
ehall be subject to appeal to the Supreme Court,
with power in the court to determine the applica
tion on its merits and al6o provided that when an
application is made by a municipality for leave to
acquire Fources of water supply, such application
thail be a^trd upon by the State Board within
ninety day*, and in the event of the board failing
to act thereon, that an application may b» made
to the Supremo Court.
Mr. Guy also discussed in detail the Ulster County
situation and the bill introduced to shut New-
York City out of this source of additional water
supply aeked for by Mayor MoClellan. Mr. Guy
The effect and probably the purpose of the
various bills introduced forbidding New-York City
to enter different counties to obtain additional
water supply will be inevitably to create a situa
tion where there Is no available water supply ei
ceot that owned by some private corporation, and
it is an economic principle universally recognized
that where but one article of any given kind can
be obtained in the market, the value of such arti
cle in enormously enhanced
In this connection it is interesting to note that
the ; Coutani bill, while It forbids New-York City
to take by condemnation water sources or streams
In Ulster" County, leaves U entirely within the
power of Ramapo. or pome other company to ac
nulre such water sources and streams, and after
ward unload them on the city of New- York at
its wn prlci.
Senate Passes Measure Taxing Insurance
Albany. March 22.— The Insurance Premium Tax
bill, passed by the Assembly yesterday, went
through the Senate to-day by a party vote and
go™ now before the Governor. Senator Grady
declared that the minority was opposed to the
whole- principle of Indirect taxation. Senator Hin
man also expressed disagreement with the system.
but voted for the bill. This is the. first of the ad
ministration revenue measures.
The Secretary of the Treasury made a brief visit
to the Public Stores yesterday. He spent most of
the thne in conference with President Fischer and
other metXrs of the Board of United States Gen
eral Appraisers. Previous to his going to .Ap
praiser- Store! Secretary Shaw called on Collector
Stranahan at the Custom House. He did not visit
th« Sub-Treaeurv.
Declares He Paid Substitute to
Work in Postoffice.
Alhany. March 22.— Ex-Postmaster A. R. Moore.
of Fredonla. took the stand to-day on resumption
of th« Inquiry Into the charges against Justice
Hooker. Mr. Moore testified that, prior to Janu
ary 17. ISBB, four clerks were employed at the
Fredonla pontofflce. and that the work was being
satisfactorily done, and that the appointment of
five additional clerks, alleged to have been made
at the behest of Justice Hooker, was not asked for
by him.
John B. Stanchfleld, of Elmlra, conducted the
cross-examination of Mr. Moore. He questioned
the witness as to his knowledge of Justice Hooker's
service in Congress for three terms. In which time
he was chairman of the River and Harbors Com
mittee, and as a Congressman was the recipient of
many requests for political places, endeavoring
to show especially that he was always zealous
in his efforts to assist veterans of the Civil and
Spanish-American wars. It was shown that Mr.
Hooker .served as Congressman from 1890 until
November 10, 1888. when he was appointed to the
Supreme Court bench.
Thomas O'Nolll. a carrier in the Fredonia post
office for six years, testified that for eight yeara
prior to his appointment he. had worked as coach
man for Judge Hooker.
Ora Caldw«rll, one of the five clerks appointed in
January. 1899, testified that he did not go to work
in the poutofflce, but In April went to work in the
Brooks locomotive Works, at T>unklrk. staying
there until June 30. He Identified two checks, one
for J124 6:- and the other for $160, given to him by
the postmaster.
Q-— You never had performed an hour's work up
to tha time you received those checks, had you?
A. — No, sir.
Q- — You were working at the Brooks Locomotive
works at that time, were you not? A.— Yes. sir.
Csidwell further testified, that he went to work in
the poßtolnce on July 1 and that he had never given
any of the money received to any one else, and
that the first he had known of his appointment
was when he received the check, for $124 65. A mo
tion to strike out all the evidence of Mr. Caldwell
was overruled.
Maurloe Hooker, nephew of the judge, was next
called and testified that he wpnt to Fredonia in
January. 1908. remaining there until April. 1904. sc
ouring an appointment In the postofflce and attend
ing the normal school.
Q. — Did you ever perform any service in the post
office? A.— No, sir, I did not.
Q.— What did you go to Fredonia for? A.— To at
tend the normal school.
Young Hooker said that he received his first pay
in February and each month thereafter, amounting
to $400 a year.
In the afternoon Maurice Hooker was recalled,
and sai* that instead of doing the work In the
postomce himself he arranged with the postmaster
to hire it done, the expense coming out of his
Caucus on Measures Levying on
Mortgages and Stocks Put Of.
Albany, March 22. — It was reported to-night
that a. vigorous effort- will be made to-morrow
morning to pass in the Penate the bill imposing
a tax of 52 on every one hundred shares of
stock sold. Senators Ailds and Stevens, who
are out of the city, both received hurry calls,
and it is expected that tney will hurry back to
Albany to-night. This is interpreted as the
answer of the Republican Senate leaders to their
Assembly associates, Who to-day declared off
the caucus on thia measure and the mortgage
tax, that was set for to-night.
Hope of early adjournment was shattered to
day, when it became known that the two
Important tax measures had become as
tangled as that of gas was the last few weeks.
The Assembly Republicans were to hold a cau
cus onHhe Stock and Mortgage Tax bills to
night, measures the majority in the Senate has
already adopted, but. instead of this, it was
announced that there would be no caucus, and
instantly the air was filled with rumors. Sena
tor MaJby hastened over to the Assembly and
had a long talk with Speaker Xixon, but with
out result. The caucus was not called, and
legislators are wondering about the possibility
of the passage of either the Mortgage Tax or
the Stock tax bills.
It was widely announced to-day that at th«
Senate caucus it had t.een agreed that the upper
house should wait on the lower for the passage
of both tax bills, and ugly reports of th* rea
sons were in circulation. The programme had
been to pass both measures in the week, and this
programme has, of course, gone by the board.
The 6ituation seems to simmer down to just this:
legislative leaders are unquestionably trying to
force the Governor into a position of accepting
a return to the direct tax. So far they have
failed absolutely, and it simply remains for all
appropriation bills to mark time and the ses
sion to go on Indefinitely until the programme
of revenue can be settled.
The Stock Tax bill was opposed to-day by a
hugo petition bearing the names of fifty thou
sand citizens of the State, This petition was
prepared by a committee headed by Ft. H.
Thomas, of New-York, and including such well
known men as Oscar S. Straus, Vernon H.
Brown, W. H. Oranbery. George F. Seward,
Levl C. Weir, Charles Groepbeck, Charles A.
Moore, Frank Bralnard. Seymour L». Cromwell,
R. J. H. Hasley, Albeit E. Goodhart. Robert Na
than and Edward D. Berwind
Murphy's Eepresentative Says He Is
Aggrieved at Commissioner's Neglect.
Albany, March 22.— Commissioner Woodhnry's
■treet sprinkling and sanding bill seems to have
been finally sandbagged by Charles F. Murphy's
personal representative, Assembiyman La Fetra,
who declares that Commissioner Woodbury en
tirely overlooked him while he was in Albany yes
terday. This failure of the Commissioner to accept
the guidance of the introducer of his htli. who has
managed to keep It In committee ever since, is re
garded here as a mere subterfuge, conveniently
employed to cover more important reasons for
killing the bill.
The fact Is that the street sprinkling and sand
ing contracts are about to expire and Tammany
authorities are averse to letting any contract go
out <->f the family, so the plan is to leave the ron-
Iract letting with Commissioner Oakley, who has
already handled the gas contract The Mayor,
through his representative, Assistant <"orpor3tlon
Counsel Guy. hns us^rt every efTon to push the
bill, and Mr. Guy announces that he will have the
bill move<J for report in oommitte*- next week, but
Assemblyman La F^rta can. and probably will, de
feat tlila effort. About the only < nance remaining,
unless La Fetra relents, seems to he the Introduc
tion of a new bill by some Republican Assembly.
man, since the Tammany representatives decline
to Help the Mayor.
Last Year's Measure Reintroduced in Assem
bly and Senate.
Albany. Mar-h 22 -The Port Chester bill of last
year designed to break the hold by the New-York
Board of Aidermen on the franchise of the New-
York and Port Cheßter Railroad wns reintroduced
by Senator Carpenter and Assemblyman Waln
wrlght to-day. The bill is identical in form with
the bill which died in the Assembly Rules Commit
tee last session.
It seeks to create a remedy for the hold-ups
and provides that application for permission to
cross highways shall be made to the local board of
Improvement. in case of the failure of this board
to act the remedy lies in an application to the Su
preme Court. This would eliminate the Board of
Aldermen from the franchise field. This bill was
advocated by scores of citizens of Westchester and
The Bronx who came to Albany last year.
Assemblyman Stanley has introduced a bill aimed
at something of the same purpose, but more rweep
1 ♦»? ll i 5 cnaract *r. This bill takes franchises out
?i v . Board of Aldermen in all canes of docks,
lighting, railways and similar affairs, and places
tnem under the control of the Board of Estimate
and Apportionment. This is one of the most strik
ing bills of the session in ita provisions.
Objection by McEeown Kills Assembly Reso
lution Extending Committee's Scope.
Albany, March 22.— The proposition to have the in
vestigation of New-York City gas and electric
lighting; Include the telephone and electric subway
systems took definite shape to-day in the introduc
tion of resolutions in both houpes. That of Foelker,
in the Assembly, was promptly killed by the ob
jection of Mr McKeown, of Kings. Senator
Drescher's resolution was laid over until to-morrow.
The resolution extends the Investigation to include
the following:
First— The conditions unrounding the operation
and control of electrical subway construction in the
city of New-York, under the provisions of the stat
uses of this State: the accounts and earnings of
such subways and the amounts, if any, due the
city of New- York as the result of their operation,
to the end that any action of the legislature in
reference thereto may toe more inteHiJtently taken.
Second— The reasonableness of the charges of
service and tolls, the character s.n<! cost of the
telephone service, the capital actually employed
therein, the conditions under which the business of
the companies is conducted with reference to com
petition within tho city of New- York, and such
other matters pertaining to said companies as said
committee may deem germane to the purpose of
such investigation.
It Will Make It a Misdemeanor to Bribe a
Servant or Agent.
Albany, March 22.— The Saxe-Stanley bill, making
it a misdemeanor to bribe a servant or agent in re
spect to his master's business, prolonged the Ab
sembly session to-day until nearly 4 o'clock. The
bill was passed and a long debate arose over an
attempt to have the vote reconsidered. There was
great difference of opinion as to whether the bill
would penalize the tipping of waiters, Pullman
porters and domestic servants, all its advocates
declaring that th* bill was a^med especially at the
corrupting of purchasing agents.
"The necessity of this bill is clearly shown."
said Mr. Stanley, "by the fact that the butler of
Mrs Leland Stanford Is sai.l to have receive.! $2.
100 from merchants selling supplies to the family.
There are many cases of that sort of graft in this
'mtl" Rogers protested that the measure was too
broad, and he feared that it would prevent for
Instance, the tipping of waiters, whose .ivelihood
was largely dependent on tips.
The bill was passed without amendment ana goes
now to Governor Higglns.
Horseman and Associate Refund
Fees for "Radium" Treatment.
Dr. Henry A. Kane, fifty-two years old, of the
Hotel Belmont, ex-president of the Road Drivers
Association, and Dr. William H. Hale, of No. 240
"West o4th-st.. recently associated as physicians,
with an office at No. IX6 West 34th-st.. pleaded
guilty before Judge McMahon in General Ses
sions yesterday afternoon to an Indictment charg
ing them with grand larceny. They were re
manded until to-day for sentence.
The complainant Is John J. McOallum, a retired
carpenter, of North High-st.. Mount Vt-rnon, who
said that from June of lust year until January of
this year he was treated by the doctors by what
they called a radium process. He paid them $10.0u>.
He got no benefit from their treatment, and sought
another doctor, who told him he had been swindled.
He appealed to the County Medical Society. The
District Attorney took up the case, and indictments
were brought.
When they were indicted the physicians made
full restitution to McCallum of the $10,000 he paid
The indictment against William F. Horton. jointly
indicted with Hale and Kane, was dismissed.
Flood Means to Purify the "New
Police Captain John F. Flood, in command of the
West 47th-st. station, last night Issued a complete
report of the condition of things in the "New
Tenderloin," after showing a group of police of
ficials through the district and threatening a dozen
or more women, who. the captain said, were keep
ers of disorderly houses, and whom he had sent for,
that he would break down the doors of their houses
if his detectives report that at 4 o'clock to-day
these houses have not been closed.
Captain Flood said that as an additional measure
of protection he had handed to an agent for cer
tain flats in West 43d-st. a list of women living in
the house who are reported as "objectionable char
acters '" and had told him that if they were not
ejected he would institute legal proceedings against
Building for Men of Foreign Lands
Put Into Service.
Bishop Potter, speaking at the dedication of the
International Young Men's "hristian Association
Ruilding. at No. 109 West 54th-st.. yesterday, said it
stood for the decay of creed animosity and the
passing: of theological wars. Dr. Joseph Sllverman,
of Temple Emanu-El. echoed his words. France,
Russia, Italy, Switzerland. Belgium. Brazil, the Ar
gentine Republic, Peru, Chili. Mexico and Cuba were
represented. Commissioner Matfarland, of the Dis
trict of Columbia; Bishop Greer and William Fel
lowes Morgan, president of the New-York <^lty
Association Young Men's Christian Association,
were also among the guests.
The guests were entertained by James Stokes,
who has been the leaier in the movement, and
whose gifts have mads ihe building possible. In
the evening the member? of the French and Italian
Chambers of Commerce and the consuls of France,
Switzerland and Italy were present. The speakers
were William Fellowes Morgan, E. W. Booth, sec
retary of the General Association of New-York, and
President Fornes of the Board of Aldermen.
After Long Argument School Com
missioners Appoint Special Meeting.
After several hours of discussion the Beard of
Education decided yesterday to defer final action
on the majority and minority tsports, in regard to
shortening the hour? In the elementary schools
until March 29. when a special meeting will be
held. The real question involves the elimination of
so-called "Cads." as advocated by Commissioner
A special committee was appointed to consider
changes in the hope of abolishing the half-time
system. It was proposed by Commissioner Stern
to reduce the day in the elementary schools from
five hours to three and one-halt hours. The ma
jority report opposed this plan. In his argument
Mr. Stern said In part:
No one can dispute the position which Germany
holds In the educational world, and the statistics
show very plainly thru th.- hours of sturtv ;hcre
are three and one-half. In the schools of Germany
such studies as drawing, nature study, gymnastics
and manual train are taught, but not to the
pupils of the first thiN years.
Commissioner John Greene contended that the
public possessed a hazy idea as to what essential
studies, were He further remarked that those
studies which some years ago were considered un
essential arc new considered by educators as
studies of much Impoi tar.cc.
Nashville, Term., March 22.— The General Assem
bly. In joint session, to-day canvassed 'he vote
taken yesterday for United States Senator, to
succeed the late William B. rtate. Governor James
B. FVazler was declared elected The vote stood:
Frazier. l"4; Brown low «.
Th.- Lackawanna Railroad has just issued,
through Its industrial department, a" booklet contain
ing comprehensive Information about factory build
ings now vacant or available for manufacturing an.l
industrial enterprises in territory served by that
road In New-York, New-Jersey and Pennsylvania. i
A description Is given of each building, its pres
nit equipment and whether or not it Is served liy
private side track, with general information as to
the town In which it is located. For those contem
plating the organisation ■of .i new Industry or tho
relocation of otic the book contains many *uggf!>
tions of interest. Copies of this booklet may be
hud free on application to Wendell P. Cotton in
dustrial agent. No. 26 Exchange Place, New-York
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Name Not Announced — Probe De
layed, May Begin Friday.
The gas Investigation will not be begun to-day,
as was originally expected. Senator Stevens.
chairman of th» investigating committee, said last
night that owing to the enforced presence of
several members of the committee In Albany It
would be impossible to start in to-day. The com
mltt«e has selected counsel, but Senator Steven*
declined to say who had been decided on.
"The situation." said Senator Stevens in his room
at the Fifth Avenue Hotel, "la Just this: Myself
and Mr. Agnew are the only member of the com
mittee who arc abl»> to be here to-day. Mr. Merrltt
■was called home by business. Mr. Apgar had to
Ye In Albany as ne had a water bill: Senator Page
also had a. bill. We have decided on counsel, but
it would ,be Indelicate for me to say who is to be
counsel until the full committee meets and approves
the choice."
"When will- you start in?' 1 was asked.
"That I cannot say exactly." replied the Senator.
"Just as soon as we can get the members here.
Mayor McClellan's secretary called on me this
evening and told me that the aldermanlc cham
ber was at our disposal, and the hearings will be
held there. I cannot say how many days a week
we will meet. We will meet Just as often as pos
sible, but will be governed by the demand on the
time of the members by legislative duties."
"Will the minority members of the committee
have associate counsel T'
"No," replied the Senator, "there was a disposi
tion on the part of the Democratic members to ask
for associate counsel at the outset, but I have
heard nothing more from them. We may get start
ed Friday. I hope so, but when we do get going we
will proceed as rapidly as is consistent with a
thorough investigation.
"Will the gas companies be permitted to have
their own counsel?"
"Probably not," said Senator Stevens. "I see no
reason for It."
A story was printed yesterday that Brower Broth
ers, printers, were executing a rush order for a
number of books for the Consolidated Gas Company
to be filled with facts and figures favorable to the
Consolidated Gas Company. A representative of
the firm made affidavit of the falsity of this report
yesterday and Mr. Adaick? vice-president of the
gas company, also declared it untrue.
Buyer Gets It from Brick Presby
terian Church for $500.
Pew No. 101, In th° south aisle of the Brick Pres
byterian Church, at 37th-st. and sth-ave., was saM
yesterday at auction at the New-York Real Ke
tate Salesrooms, No. 161 Broadway, by Adrian B.
Muller & Son for the estate of James G. De Homt
The buyer grot Urn pew on a bid of $500. as there
were no other bidders. He was surprised a*, get
ting It nt that price, as pews in the same part of
the church have brought, he said, from $1,200 to
$1.5<» at private sale. Sales of pews at auction are
unusual. The price paid entitles the holder to pos
session in perpetuity as long as the yearly ground
rent to the church is paid.
The owner of pew No. 101. will have to pay to
the Brick Church $262 50 each year, or a little more
than $5 a Sunday. He may lease it to other i»r
sons. The pew is rented to May 1, when he will
get possession.
Lawyer, Wounded at Imperial, In
sists Shooting Was Accidental.
Mystery surrounds the shooting of Charles Erd.
a well known St. Louis lawyer. In his room at the
Hotel Imperial, yesterday morning. While the vic
tim insists that he shot himself by accident while
asleep, and no motive for suicide has been found
yet by the police, they ore convinced that the
revolver was not accidentally discharged, and Erd
was made a prisoner at the New-York Hospital,
where he was taken after the shooting. Erd is
likely to become totally blind from the wound.
Erd had been staying at the Imperial since March
IS. and, according to the management, displayed
no signs of having heen drinking heavily. At 5
o'clock yesterday morning Night Clerk Forces, of
the Imperial, was startled by the ringing of the
desk telephone Erd's voice, begging that
somebody be sent up to his room immediately, as
he had Just shot himself. r>r Taylor, the house
physician: Manager Townsend. and the clerk hast
ened to Erd's room, where they found him lyinjr on
the bed with an ucrly bullet wound In his right
temple. Policeman Mulloy was called In and rang
for a New-York Hospital ambulance. To the hotel
people and the policeman. Erd said:
"I shot myself with my own revolve.-, which was
under mr pillow. There was nobody else in the
At first he insistei that he had rolled on the re
volver an ,i po <ilsoharjf*d It. Policeman Mulloy
pointer! out that this wns impossible, as taere was
no bullet hole in the pillow. The wounded man
then insisted that he must have {crabbed th« cun
while asleep. Although he was completely blinded
by the wound and suffering grently. Erd displayed
much self-possession. He was hurried to th» hos
pital, where it was said last night that he had a
chance of recovery, but probably would be per
manently blind.
Captain Cottrell, of the Tenderloin station, as
signed Detectives Mclver and Murtha to the case.
They could discover nothing to point to suicide.
"Why a man should sleep in a big New- York
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Art Exhibitions and Sales.
and To-morro-.v (FRtDAYj tinti! 4 P. M
The Remarkable Ehrich Collection
,u»r>, ail FIFTH AYE.. Near 34th >t
To 3a Sold a* Unrestricted Public Sale To-marrow
FRIDAY at 5.1 5 P. M
in the Grand Ballroom of the WALDORF-ASTORIA,
Every Painting Will Be Accompanied By Absolute Guarantee of Genuineness.
JAMES P. SILO. Auctioneer.
The Special Sale
used by the
Opera Artists
is the paramount
attraction at AEOLIAN
Hall this week. /
As U the acnoal custom. th« pianos osed
by the artist* of th • Conned Metropel)
tan Opera Co. ar- now being sol<l at ma
terial reductions at Sew York's new
piano center— Hall.
Th» Weber Piano Co., Aeolian Hall
362 Fifth Avenue, necvr 34th St.
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hotel with a sun under his pillow, and how h*
could shoot himself unconsciously through hla right
temple, are mysteries to me." said Mclver.
St. Louis. Mo.. March Charles Erd Is the
Junior member of the law firm of Block. Sullivan
& Erd. He is unmarried. His partners expressed
their belief that Mr. Erd had not attempted sui
cide. Th^v said they could not assign the slightest
leason for any desire on Mr. Erd's part to take) his
life. Mr. Block said:
"A week ago Mr Erd went to Baltimore to take
depositions in a case involving the settlement of an
estate here. Last Saturday he wired to us that na
had completed his work, won his case, and had de
cided to run up to New York for a few days."
Peabody and Adams Drexc Full
Salary for the Same Period.
Denver. March The legislature has passed
an appropriation bill whi<h appropriates nearly
|M 8 for the salary of Governor Peabody up to
the day he resigned, although he served as Gov
ernor but one day. Governor Adams drew sal
ary for the same period. The expanses of the
contest, amounting to nearly JT&OOOd are cov
ered in the Fame measure.
The general appropriation bill, containing an
item of over $800,000 to pay the oost of the use
of militia in suppressing rioting during the
strikes last year, will reach the Governor to
morrow. This will swell the appropriation at
this session to over $2,000
Committee to Endeavor to Persuade Return
ing Men to Quit.
Nearly two hundred former employes of the In
terborough Rapid Transit Company gathered at
Marion Hall. No. 15" East lCsth-st.. yesterday after
noon, and for an hour or more protestations of
loyalty to the union and assertions that the strike
is still on made a stormy meeting.
On* member moved that a committee of five
from the former employes of each of the several
roads be appointed to wait on those who have re
turned to work with the hope of inducing them
again to quit. The statement was positively mad*
that the workers are already disappointed and that
if the matter Is put to them in the right light
there will be little trouble in getting them again
to go out. The motion was carried. The com
mittee was appointed and will begin work at once.
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