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V*- LXTV N° 21.321.
(IAS CO. §16,000,000 SHY.
OS TIT BALANCE-SHEETS.
.\r>r in Returns to State Board —
Secretary's Sudden Illness.
ptsurpajvcles aggregating: m«r* than $16.
0f>\00() between the balance sheets of the Con
|stc4 <sas Company and the returns It made
to the State Board of Tax Commissioners; a
FUTn of $4.<XK»,000 only partly accounted for; a
, peculiar system of bookkeeping wherein "total
\ Income" includes money still due, and the non
\r.ttendaue« through a sudden strange Illness of
tlobcrt A. Carter, the company's secretary, who
feed pivorn to the, 6aemin«rly false, returns, were
ernons the unexpected features of the second
seaskan of the legislative gas Investigating com
mittee at 'he City Hall yesterday.
The ten'rr.opy likewise- went to show that no
dividends had been received on. New-Amsterdam
Oas. ICew-York Ussm and other securities, de
rpite the fart that these securities were repre
sented by a certain portion of th© capital stock
on which the Consolidated Itself pays dlvi
dends. la-tteriy as hl^h as 10 r«*r cent. As the
result -•' the day's testimony. th« value of the
Cor.solJdated's property Is estimated at nome
£27.<X10,000. aside from th« franchise rights,
representing property or assets.
To-<iaj 's proßramme. when the session is re-
PUtsed. at 1<» o'clock, will bo to seek to ascer
tain the actual property Invested in plants, and
,„ elicit the receipts and expenditures, so as to
form a groundwork for deduct as to the
Rctual roFt of pas and electricity.
ASSISTANT TREASURER'S TESTIMONY.
FUr.jsmin A. Wliiteley. assistant treasurer of
th* Consolidated company, was virtually the
©r.ly T-itne«=s yesterday. Although the Li«nnrit
t*e arparcnflv considered he had made many
<3amEg'.np admipsion?. Mr. Whiteley proved, on
th^ whole. ■ pomowhat "difficult" witness, his
Fudi^n laps«»is of memory at critical points of
tV- *-xaminatiori. his goiileloss innocence, or as
furnption of innocence, as to many things per
lalning to Ms department, provoking pome heat
rt observation!* and inquiries from Charles E.
Huth's. xb* committee's counsel.
•■jifn forced int-> a corner by the persistent
ocsJasght of Mr. Huphos, however. Mr. Whitr
ley habitually e.«=oape-1 by pleadinc igmorancs
and hy referring inquiries to the absent and
elusive Mr. Carter. As habitually, too. did
Charley F. Mathewson. the company's counsel
End unofflfial witness. se la his seat and guard
RpainFt any attark in that quarter by the an
r.rurKement that Mr. Carter w.os too ill to at
tend, the twain men them sorely taxing Mr.
Hughe's paven r( \
RETURNS TO PTATB ROARD SEEM FALSE
pespite Mr. Carter's peculiar illness, however.
r-.e T.-3S well enough, according to the reluctant
testimony of Cornelius M. Carbonnell. the Con
si]id3ted's confidential man. to work at his of
fice ef late as 630 o'clock on Thursday night.
Mr SlathwßOO smilingly explained this away
by raying Mr. Carter had worked to assist the
committee in the face of his illness, the secre
tary's zeal to assist the committee In the lnvf-p
lijration of his company's affairs being, Indeed,
partly responsible for his present lamentable
Th" larser, apparent faiFe. return to th«
Pttt* Board shov.-ed a discrepancy of $12,K*i9.
544 .W It was elicited by Mr. Hughes's gruel
ling; examination of Mr. Whftdcgr as to the re
port made on June .V*. 1904, which showed as
*»?s agprepating $,"ri.079,07«> f<rt, whereas the ap
parently corresponding ems in the balance
eh<*et for the samp date aggregated $47,030,121.
Th» Emailer discrepancy was one of $3,184.-
T'"^ 74. Th* report of June 3«> to the Tax Board
ft«'«l that "the present value of property In
on the basis of th*- cost of reproduc
tion and allewinc for depreciation," was |4^26t.
ir-6S!». Mr. Hughes thereupon asked the srlt
n»-Fs to turn to th»» balance sheet of June SO. and
tell what he found entered there as the book
va^ue of the property in streets, highways and
The wlw«s said the look value was
57.445,Kn3 13. He could not explain the dis
crepancy between these figures and those sworn
to by Pecratary Carter in his report to the Tax
Earlier in the examination Mr. Hughes tried
to ascertain from Mr. WhiteJe] the disposition
Of now H/XXMXn of $20,000,000 received last
year from Fuhs-riprjons to the Consolidßted's
Dew Issue of fi p^ r fc^nj convertible bonds. Mr.
■V\>.ite!ej- F ald he cr-uld r,ot tell.
'The F4A00,000 wouldn't have been lost In the
fhufflf. r<, u ld it?" interjected ■tor Page, amid
PECPUAR BOOKKEEPING METHODS.
Mr. Whireley testified to peculiar methods of
tookkeeping in his , . nation that the income
from seccrttidi held in ir»<>4 was $1.016.r«S r.2.
He haz*r«ieri th* opinion that the revenues
shown "might include the amounts due. but not
ptJd. from certain stocks."
"I>o you ne £n to tell me." asked Mr. Hughes.
in frank bewilderment, "that In your statement
of operations for ICK* you wouM include under
r-come from cerurities owned something that
«'ss due. that you had not got —
Tea. F-r." «2j 4 M r. Whiteiey. calmly.
Even Mr. Mathewson arose m his seat and
**k»4 if '•:* client had not said it might
In th« r«pet!tion of dM mi as* smi by Mr.
Hughes, Mr. "CVrJteley *aid he thought It
As to the discrepancies. Mr. AVhlteley. while
efimlttlng them, r said frankly of each: '"I can't
explain It." and Mr. Mstheweon smiUngly di«
claim»d reeponslbillty. Here or elsewhere Mr
Whiteley thought, the only -Ml who could
unravel the skein v.a* the absent Mr' Carter
Assemblyman Palmer was again the only ab
tente* of the committee. Senator Steve saaoa
to formal ruling on the application of the law
yers of the lighting companies for recognition
They w,,re told unofficially that the committee
tnrm to obstruct legislation."
After rec*ss Sevens called for Mr
Carter Mr . Math^-son .aid Mr. c art c r waa
ill. fw the adjournment." he S3(d .., have
«i th Mr. carter. He has been ill
♦ 'Ve ra] dsirs# but d^ p||<j hjs aaa he irorked
«r> wemp nf the *uiiem»m* i.rr-sented to this
Ss*tftt*e. I hope ,he mmniuee is not 1,,,.
HWd with the lxlief , hat Mr . Carter ,s, s th# .
• owondsted Cas Company or has any objection
tionT^' ne hete f ° t " SUfy ° r ans "' r an >' QU*"s-
It «'«« t(sde( j that - Mr rarl< , r unable
■° ct<en^ to-day, but that his physician would
appear and t«tify to his lncapacit> to attend.
At the Crescent Athletic. Club, In Brooklyn.
v n«rc Mr. Carter is a guest, a Tribune reporter
?** tola last night that Mr Carter had been 111
°l* Vo teys. and was too ill to see any «m
According to a statement submitted, ehi>»W
]>Ju iv', r - °t th * operation of gas maUssl *or
•^ "» 3 t*}, ifYi.l&t cuti feet f'\ £as was dls
!?* of - tor « total of f1.1.1«(7.*K«d74L at an
rilssTlsaf >kr; '' 44] •* n»to left a halaaoa at
tie/ ;;« -I°' "***• plu* toeeme com securi
»T<^ .^ ••-«• taxes. quailed PJG3..M4 19
»*— p, flus miscellaneous income, *11&,717 s|,
C«sttlaae4 09 awoas page.
NEW- YORK. SATURDAY. APRIL 1. 1905. -SIXTEEN PAGES.- W^»^,
THE KAISER AT TANGIER.
HIS VISIT CURTAILED.
Rumor of "Anarchist Plot —
rocco's Integrity Assured.
Tangier. March 31.-- Emperor William of
Germany paid a flying visit to Tangier to-day,
remaining barely two hours on shore. The
elaborate programme for his reception was
much changed, the. Emperor confining himself
to a visit to the German Legation, where he
received deputations of Germans in Morocco.
The changed plans caused much comment and
disappointment, though the Moors showed un
The Emperor had b»*en expected to go on
shore about 8 o'clock, but the landing was de
layed three hours. Count on Tattenbach-
Ashold went ashore and returned to the Ham
burg before the Emperor left the vessel. It
was officially explained that the reason for this
procedure was the roughness of the sea, but
after the departure of the Hamburg it was said
on good authority that Emperor William, hav
ing heard that there was a possibility of an
anti-French demonstration on the occasion of
his visit, desired to avoid such an incident.
Another report, which, however, has not re
ceived official confirmation, but is generally ac
cepted, says that the German I>jration was In
formed that an anarchist plot had been discov
ered and advised the Emperor not " land.
Count yon Tattenbach-Ashold. who was former
ly German Minister to Morocco, visited the Ger
man Legation, talked with the Moorish authori
ties, and afterward informed his majesty that
every precaution had been taken, but advised
that the visit be confined to the legation.
The usual salutes were exchanged between the
escorting German cruiser Prinz Friedrich Karl
and the land batteries, and the French warships
Llnois and Dv Chayla. when the Hamburg en
tered the harbor this morning. When the Em
peror reached the shore, at noon, many dip
lomats had retired on the earlier announcement
that the reception would bo deferred. His maj
esty *•«= received by Ann* al HY'tclr. the Sultan's
uncle, with whem he talked for some time.
Deputations frcm the. German : residents and
leading Moors were then presented to the Em
peror. The Germans delivered to his majesty
hi address of welcome, to Which he replied as
1 am happy n> re.-ogni?" In yu devoted]
pioneers of German industry md commerce.
who are helping me in the task of always up
holding In h free country the interests ■ f tho
Motherland. The sovereignty ami integrity of
Morocco will be maintain!
Emperor 'William and his staff rode through
the crowded streets to thf German Legation,
where he held a reception of the members of
the diplomatic corps and leading Arabs, includ
ing the former War Minister ,:i Menebhl. The
Emperor had another conference with Abd-el-
Malek. and also a long talk with the Spanish
On his majesty's return to the landing stage
Abd-el-Malek presented to hir 1 the gifts sent
by the Sultan, and Emperor William re-em
Before his departure for Gibraltar. Emperor
William bestowed decorations on Mulai Alid-el-
Malek and the deputation sent by the BultAn.
FRAXCE STAXDS FIRM.
Policy in Morocco Not To Be Modi
fied — No Fear of Trouble.
Paris. March 31 — The Foreign Minister, M.
Deloasse, triad" a significant speech in the Senate
this afternoon which evidently was designed to
meet questions arising In connection with the
visit of Emperor William to-day to Tangier.
The Minister spoke with moderation, but his
closing declaration that resistance in Interested
quarters .vould not cause France to modify her
policy brought out vigorous applause. He
France's Moroccan policy continues on the
same conditions as It was begun. The Sultan's
weakness and th^- anarchy resulting therefrom
were prejudicial to everybody, and especially to
France, in Algeria. We had. to seek a remedy
for the intolerable situation without allowing
our action to awaken the suspicions of other
nations. France d^es not pretend to base her in
terests on disregard for the interests of others.
Th*- Anglo-French treaty recognizes that it is
Frances task to assist in opening Morocco to
civilization, and also that from the economic
point of view all nations have an equal footing
there. The Francn-Spanlsh agreement confirms
The terms of the Anglo-French treaty were
immediately communicated to the Sultan; of this
fact the Issue of the Moroccan loan by France
is proof. If Prance sought a pretext for Inter
vention one existed In the disturbed state of th*
Algerian frontier. However, from friendship
for Morocco and a clear conception of her own
interests, France merely pointed out the neces
sity for establishing order. That position we
Mill hold. Th.' resistance of parties Interested
in maintaining the present anarchical condi
tion of affairs leaves no room for Illusion, but
that will not modify our policy, M appears that
France will succeed in assuring its future ill the
Western Mediterranean without offending any
right or clashing with any !nt»rest.
Emperor William's departure from Tangier
without any notable incident lends the offi
cials here and th" public generally to giv* sighs
of relief, as it was apprehended thai hi* visit
might pieetpitat* ;iu embarrassing incident.
The Emperor's brief remarks to the German
delegation at Tangier, while somewhat signifi
cant "I Germany's siippoii of Morocco's sov
ereignty. 'l • not excite serious opposition^ being
regarded as a natural incident of a demonstra
Defiant Version of Kaiser's Speech — •
A Political Demonstration.
London. April I.— According to come special
1 dispatches from Tangier Emperor William. In
\ • Coatlaord on end pace.
TANGIER, WHERE EMPEROR WILLTAM LANDED YESTERDAY.
WON'T CANCEL MCENSE.
CuHman Refuses to Act in St. Regis
Case- Church Xot Applicant.
IBT TEI.KQRAPH TO THE TIUBr/NF:. 1
Albany. March 31.— The fail re of the Fifth
Avenue Presbyterian Church to join thr> appli
cants for revocation of the St. Regis Hotel liquor
tax certificate is ono of the principal grounds
taken by State Excim commissioner Cullinan
to-day in refusing lo grant the application, it
was alleged that the premisps of the hotel com
pany were within the prohibited z^ne of two
hundred feet from the church.
"Assuming that fact to be true," says Commis
sioner Cullinan. "th* department is reluctant to
extend favorable consideration to a request from
aggrieved properly owners to Institute cancella
tion proceedings on such a ground In tho ab
sence of an application from the church au«
thorlties In that behalf."
Jn announcing his decision, th" Commissioner
says that certain dwelling house ownera re
quested the revocation, alleging that false state
ments were made In the application for th<=> cer
tificate and that the consent of the owners of
two-thirds of the dwelling booses and of the
authorities of tlr» church within two hundred
feet of the premises was not obtained. He con
"It has not been the policy of the department
to institute proceedings in Its own name and at
its own expense to cancel a liquor tax certificate
when the complaint is based upon the sole
ground that the certificate holder has not ob
tained the necessary consents of the owners of
buildings occupied exclusively as dwellings with
in the two hundred feet zone. The law contem
plates that In such case the proceeding shall be
Instituted by the property owner claiming in-
Jury. The department, therefore, declines to in
stitute In Its own name the cancellation pro
ceedings requested. The applicants are remitted
to the provision of Subdivision 2 of Section 28
of the Liquor Tax law. authorizing the Institu
tion of proceedings in their own names, etc., to
remedy the alleged wrong."
The Rev. Dr. J. Ross Stevenson, pastor of the.
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, said last night:
We opposed the issuance of a license on the
erou-sii-that rh«* bar was' within the. prohtbitecT'dis
tance of the church, and the courts decided against
us, . The present petition was entirely in the hands
of private parties, and we thought our interests
would best be served it we kept apart. The mat
ter, so far as regards the church, is entirely in
the hands of the board of trustees, and I cannot
say if the church -will take further action until I
consult with them regarding the matter. '■
ZIEGLER THREA TEX ED.
His Life or $5,000 Demanded —
Marked Bills Xot Taken.
' IBT TFLEGRATH T O THE TftlßlNK.]
Stamford, Conn.. March SL— Some one has been
writing threatening letters to William Ziegler. Ti:o
fact came to light to-<iay in an Investigation of an
• ■mils l^ttpr writtf-n to .Tamos I. Raymond,
another wealthy Stamford resident, and head of
the Vantine importing house, of New-York! Mr.
Ziegler'K letter df-mand^d 15.009. 0n penalty of death.
!!• was directed to deposit the money in a tin pall
in a bam at Wbodside. Park, a picnic ground, 0:1
th - outskirts of Stamford.
Hoping to discover the blackmailers, Mr." Ziegler
and his secretary deposited $25 In marked bills
in th<> pail. For two weeks Flnkerton detectives
TnrrriT^U'nr-^ICo one appeared to take the money,
although Mr. Ziegler got another letter thanking
him for placing it there.
MEASLES EPIDEMIC DUE.
Dr. Darlington Asks for Monet/ to
Meet It Gets a Million.
The Hoard of Estimate yesterday heard Dr.
Darlington, of the Health Department, plead
for many urgent improvements. He asked for
$4.."><NMAt<». The board finally pave liim $1,
000,000 as a temporary arrangement. The doc
tor told the board that this is t" be the year for
an epidemic of measles, and n^ expected at least
twenty thousand cases. He wanted some place
to care tor them
TO RUSH MRS. HILL NORTH
Wife of Financier Seriously 111 at
fBT TBUBOBAPB TO THE TIHBUXE.] ..
Norfolk. Va., Marco 31.— Mrs. James J. Hill, wife
of the president of the Great Northern Railway
Company, is ill at J?kyll Island, and extraordinary
means Will he taken to get her to New-York for
treatment without any delay. A special train on
the Seaboard Air Line, making no stops except to
change engines, will haul Mr. Hill's private car
from Ormond to New-York oh what it is believed
will prove record time.
Orders were to-day issued to this! effect and the
Invalid anil her husband v.il start North at once.
All officials on th- divisions over vhich the car will
pass in its race liave been instructed to use espe
CHURCH CHIMES PLAYED RAGTIME.
Crowd Wondered, but It Was Only Experts
Tuning the Bells.
[NT TKLE'IRAPIt TO THE tkipi NC I
Loui»vill», March M.^Ragtlma isle, sweetly
vieaUng forth from the chimes of /Trinity Alethodist
Episcopal Churoli, this afternoon, nttracicd iha
attention of hundreds of passershy. who thronged
tin* streets and listened to the unliallowed sounds
. msaal from tlif belfry.
•Back. bark, back to Baltiiuore!;' tame th«» re
frain. Tiie crowd ■toad nghast; then "Alexandoh,
LV.an Vou.ili lAlli M- No Moult." 1 pealed the bells.
Twice through they played the plaintive melody.
'j he » ÜBpenja wa.i too gr«-at. and eeveral listeners
haateneq ins.de lo ;t.scc-riain what practical Jvker
liud Ft) much "nerve." 'I heir investigation revealed
the .-own.*- of til-? mm !•-. Expert* srere working on
ttie chime*, which wen sligntly out of tune, and
ihe Be)<ctiooa f«>r the tceta , ■■]<• made with a lew
to "their adaptability rather than to their relfglotUi
After all. I'SHJTB'S, tue sV-utdi that made th*
hiihball famous. ii Is the beat.- Advt.
PRIESTS URGE RUPTURE.
PLEA FOR INDEPENDENCE
Strong Russian Movement to Break
Relations with State.
Ft. Petersburg. April I.— The movement to
sever the traditional bonds between church
and state and give to the Holy Orthodox
Church independence and self-rule, in order to
increase its influence among th» people of
Russia, has found favor with an important
group of clergy at the capital. A noteworthy
document. Betting forth these views, which
was presented to Metropolitan Antonius of St.
Petersburg, has been received with sufficient
consideration to injure its publication In "The
Church Messenger." the semi-official organ of
the diocese of St. Petersburg:, and one of the
most important religious papers in the realm.
The document, after arguing that the. church
should free itself from obligation to the state
in order to lend all Its energies to the prosecu
tion of its own special work and eliminate the
suspicion that its ministrations may be In
clined toward worldly ends, and interests, de
mands the summoning of a general council of
the church to consider means of attaining the
greater freedom required. Its publication in
"The Church Messenger" has occasioned much
comment in St. Petersburg and in religious cir
cles generally, and it is reported that the Holy
Synod has decided to recommend to Emperor
Nicholas the summoning of such a council.
The question is an all important one on ac
count of the strong connection between the
religious and political elements in the Russian
social organism, and that it has been raised and
pressed at this time indicates the extent to
which Russian society is stirred at the present
hour. The movement is believed to be now
largely confined to a group of metropolitan
clergy, and it is not known to what extent the
priests in the country at large are affected.
Taking as its text the recognition in the Im
perial rescript of the necessity of enlarging the
horizon of the religious life of Russia, as well
for adherents of nor.-RuPsian faiths a3 for the
orthodox and heterodox elements in the Russian
Church, the document says true believers must
rejoice at the liberation of conscience from cer
tain restraints placed upon heterodox Russians
and non-Russians, and must equally recognize
the necessity of reform of the Orthodox Church
if its influence is to live and grow, "if the spread
of indifference to religion is to be checked and
if the Church is to realize its high. God-given
calling." The document declares that "only a
church free from external influence in the di
rection of all its affairs, thereby avoiding the
liability of being considered a force of action
under the Influence of the state, can hope to
check the spread of other faiths and creeds in
Russia and retain the nation in the faith of the
The address calls for a return to the original
canonic?! freedom of the Russian Church.
TORCH IX SEHASTOPOL.
Shipping Warehouses Set on Fire —
The Damage Great.
Sebastopol, March 31.— The warehouses of the
Russian Steamship Company are on fire. The
conflagration, which is of incendiary origin, has
done a great amount of damage.
RESIDEXT IS DEPORTED.
Man Living Here Five Years
Turned Back After J'isit Abroad.
Although Jo.-ef Wltous had li%-ed in this city
for nearly five years, owned his own house, and
ha<i tak°n out his first citizenship papers, he is
barred from th« country as an alien. His ab
sence for six months on a European trip has
barred him from living here again. The Marine
Hospital dorters have pronounced him Insane,
and tinder the law. insane aliens cannot land.
Wltous lived with his wife and married daugh
ter at No. 225 Bast 7lSth-Bt. lie is an Austrian
Bohemian, and bai been a teacher at the
parochial school attached to St. John's Church,
No. 292 Ea.-t 73d-«1 He is highly educated.
and is said to be of noble birth. His wife, who
is said to be wealthy, bought the house they
live in. He went to Bohemia to settle up an
estate, arid Returned to this city on the Pre
toria, which arrived on March 27.
This finding of the immigration officials comes
a.s a surprise to his wife. She explained that
he met with an accident some years ;;go that
glmetimes made him a little peculiar. He will
be deported, and not allowed even to visit his
XABS A. G. JAXDERBILT.
Officer on Bicycle Chases Fast Auto
mobile to Mud Hole.
Bicycle Patrolman ilanlon ami Alfred Owrnae
Yanclr-rHlt were entered for .i half-mile dash up
Madison-aye. yesterday moon. Hanlon won. be
cause the VandfvbUl automobile stuck in the mud
at lDoth-rt. The policeman took Mr. Vanderbltt to
the F>st irsth-.'t. station. where he was : held in
?280 hnil'for his trance In the Harlem court
this morning-. M.ison Morris who wa* rlth Mr.
VajvipfMit. furnished the $Jo>>.
Hanton first raw the machine— a his: red Mar
c»d«.rs -at _;.i si. and Madt*on-are. He whittled
to the "driver to flow v:>, but th« car continued
north, and H:»nlon gave chase. Th» stern chase
grow faster i . til the car reached I^sth-Si., where
Har.lon'f rear wheel was grazed by an I br~MM
car, and h* lost time In swerving anlde. At
i^jtli-st. the oar turned weft and stuck in a mud
liole just fast of LrOOX-ave. Hanliin arrived in
time to arrest the occupants of the <M r Just as the
driver managed to extricate the machine. lie was
unaware of the Identity of hi? prisoners until they
■arts their mimes at the station. Hanlon told S*r-
KMjit Lake the Vand-rbilt car had l«n going at
the rite of at least f-iqlit.-vn mile* sn hour. Mr.
Vandcrbilt took his arrest quite as a matter of
THREE-DAY WASHINGTON TOUR
Via Pennsylvania Railroad. April « visiting lead
ing points of Interest at th»» national capital- KAte
covering necessary exp*rt«<»s, II- or $14 w. ac
cording to hotel selected. see ticks! agents.— Advt.
ROGERS DEFENDS GIFT.
PLEA FOR STANDARD OIL.
Mission Board Members Here Con
ferred on Rockefeller Offer.
■ y f . %;", '■'■'}%'■'' • -
H. H. Rogers. vice-president and director of
the. Standard Oil Company, yesterday made i
statement a? to the conduct of the Standard
Oil Company, which was evidently prompted by
the criticism of th» prudential committee of
the American Board of Foreign Missions for
accepting a gift of $100,000 from John P. Rocke
feller. Mr. Rogers said:
Ministers say queer things. Dr. Washington
Gladden says that everybody knows that John
D. Rockefeller has obtained his money dis
honestly. With as much reason 1 could say that
everybody knows that Dr. Gladden would not
trust the Ten Commandments for ten days
with the' deacons of his church, because they
would surely breaK some of them and bend the
Slavery In certain sections \of the United
States was legal until President Lincoln's
Emancipation Proclamation. Rebates on rail
roads were Just as legal until the passage of
the Interstate Commerce act. After an ex
haustive examination by the Industrial Com
mission, authorized by Congress, on June 18.
ISOS, in a review of evidence, the commission
reported a* follows:
"It has been charged as a matter of general
belief on the part of almost all the opponents
of the Standard Oil Company that these dis
criminations in various forms have been con
tinually received, even up to date. On the
other hand, these charges have been denied in
toto and most emphatically by every repre
sentative of the Standard Oil Company, with
reference to all cases excepting; one. which
they claim was a mistake, the amount of freight
due being promptly paid on discovery of the
error. The Standard Oil Company not merely
challenged the opponents to bring forth proof
of any case, but produced many letters from
leading officials of railroads to show that the
company had in no case received any favor*
or asked for them."
It became known here yesterday that prior to
the final action by the prudential committee a
number of prominent members of the board, at
a meeting held in this city, considered th»
Rockefeller gift and issued a statement declar
ing that they did not consider that the accept
ance of the gift would compromise the board in
any way. Among those who signed the state
ment were the V v I. XT. Cooper, secretary of
the American Missionary Association; Lsjcltll C.
Warner, chairman of the International Young
Men's Christian Association; the Re . c. H.
Richards, secretary of the International Congre
gational Church Building Society; the Rev. A.
H. Bradford, e\-Mo<!erator of the National Con
gregational Conference; the R»v. Edward P. In
gersoll. secretary of the American Bible Society;
William H. Ward. Editor of "The New-York In
dependent"; the Rev. J. J. Merrill, president of
Fisk University, .Nashville. Term.; the Rev.
Frank K. Sanders, dean of Tale University Di
vinity School; the Rev. Dr. L'yman Abbott, the
Rev. Charles E. Jefferson, pastor of the Broad
way Tabernacle, and the Rev. Henry W. Hub
bell. of Greenwich. Conn.
The statement was a3 follows:
The prudential committee of the American
Board has been requested to retuse a certain gift
for its missionary work on the ground that the
giver is the president of a corporation whose
business methods are. extensively criticised by
the press and public.
Compliance with this request would put upon
the board— which is a corporate trust, created
for. the definite purpose of maintaining missions
in toreign -lands— the very ttrav-* responsibility
of refusing money which has been given for the
development of the work intrusted to its care
or in aid of particular objects for which it Is
It would also establish a precedent of sub
jecting individual gifts to a scrutiny not hereto
fore regarded as practicable for a mission board
We do not, therefore, consider that the ac
ceptance of this gift compromises the board in
any way, and we cannot recommend any de
parture from the long established usage of the
board in receiving with thankfulness funds in
trusted to its care for the prosecution of Its im
DR. GLADDEN REPLIES.
Will Not Admit Money Is "Legally"
Columbus. Ohio. March 31.— Dr. Washington Glad
den, gave out the following reply to-night to the
statement of H. H. Rogers:
Mr. Rogers alleges that the vast sums extorted
in rebates by the Standard Oil Company from its
competitors wer« "legally' 1 taken because no law
exactly forbade them. What I said was that the
mon^v was "flagitiously" acquired. To coerce the
railroads info an arrangement by which it received
a large rebate, nor only on its own oil. but on oil
the oil sent by its comi>etitors; to force the railways
to rob its competitor! far its enrichment was I
submit, a flagitious policy, a shameful policy. If
there was no law at that time by which that par
ticular kind of robbery- could be punished, the rob
bery was no if«? flagrant and outrageous. It was
by this means- that this enormous power was cre
I am not a lawyer, hut I should think it alto
gether possible that »v»n tinder th*» common law
such an Iniquity as this might have been punished.
Railways, which are chartered under public law.
must be required to render to all the people an
equal service. If such use of them as was made
by the Standard Oil Company could not be pun
ished, our legal machinery would be very defective.
The denial that rebates have been extorted since
the Interstate Commerce law was passed i.- not
crtdible. I know from statements made to myself
by parties implicated that such rebates have been
exacted by other corporations. I doubt If the
Standard Oil Company is more virtuous than the
rest. But It is true that if has .now gained a power
in the classification and control of rates which
makes it unnecessary to use the system of rebate?
Some of the apologists of the trust are now as
serting that the money now under discussion has
been legally acquired. "Legally. " says a New- York
newspaper, "there la no question that the money
is Mr. Rockefellers to give.- If there is no such
question why is the I'nited States government now
investigating the operation of the Standard Oil
Company. It la not the morals of that company
into which the government i- looking; It i* the
legality of its practices. Some of in think that if
legality is the only text we have to apply to such
transactions, it might be as well to wait and see
whether they are found to b*> within th» law.
CLERGYMEN INVITE PROTESTS
Protestants Against Rockefeller Gift Seek
Opinion of Ministers and Laymen.
Boston March 31.— The committee which heads
the protest of Consresationallsts against the action
of the American Board of Commissions for Foreign
Missions In nr-reptlni; a sift of $!OO,COO from John D.
Rockefeller tfvd4>- Issued a statement inviting all
person*, whether clergymen or laymen, who wished
to record themselves «s in sympathy with the pro
test, to send their pamea to th» chairman of th*
committee, the Ftev. Daniel Evany, of Cambridge.
It was asserted that many letters indicating sym
pathy with the protect were b»lnc received by
different mender* of the committee, and that to
facilitate clerical work it was desired that they/
shou'd all come direct to a common centre;- - *^
Ore of the official* of th. committee ro-d«» SSM
that the Protestants had a plan In present to tSi«
prudential ' ommittw of the American beard la
view of the difficulty apparently presented by the
fact that the rift already- h.nd been arcepesjl ?n<s
used in fcrt. which would be off. -red "at the prvper
* "it Is understood that if the p-o«estlns clersyniea
fail to bring: about a return «i the money Already
used and a "repudiation of the «if». they will aim to
secure from the .*meriean board euoh a declaration
as will in the future prevent the possibility of sue
a controversy as the present one. < • ,•
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CAR WRECKS TALL CHIMNEY
IST TCt-EaRAPH TO THK T9:B11S.I J
gpringfleld. Ohio. March Jl.—Sir«cfe : by a. heavily
loMe.l Detroit Southern fr«&ht n car. Which had
jumped the tmck. th* huge jrrtca chimneys, a hun
dred feet hish. at tne rlaat of the Thomas Sta
tionery Man'ifactnrlne t'oatpsny fell to the ground
this mornins with a tr«H;tl»t was heard tnilej
nway. Th* large teller roa|B »a» crushed. -
Had the tower fallen lo ap*»tb(vr ijrreetfon It wouM
h*v* -rustic.l the m..in bin/Jit*. where ninety »>sr
snai wets at work /
PRICE THREE CESTS.
CRIMMINS FOR PRESIDENT
REPORTED HYDE OFFER.
He and Ate render Would Retire
. Under Rvmored Compromise.
The presidency of the En,uitnbl» Llf« Assur
ance Society, has b»en prov!?«cn.iilly offered r«
John D. Crlmmins. »♦ ires sal 1 yesterday oi'goetf
authority, by representatives of the Hyde party.
According to the story. J*mes IT. Hyde trU
offer to retire as vlc*-presid«»nt if James W.
Alexander will agree to relinquish th* presidency
In favor of Mr. Crimmins, «ho will be presented
as a compromise candidate, and should ho ac
ceptable to the Alexander party, in view of th«
jriTuc t». rßrAonxn.
To -whom, it is said, the presidency of the EqutM>!ajs
Life Assurance Society ha» been offered.
fact that he is» now chairman si th- policy
holders' protective commltt»*». which has beer»
opposing the mutualization plan advocated by
the controlling interests in the Equitable.
Mr. Crlmmins. according to published inter
views with him on Thursday, paid a tribute to
the personal honesty of Mr. Hyde, and took th»
same view of the Cambon dinner episode as
was expressed by a representative of Mr. Hyd*
himself, and at one of the sessions of the polj
cvholders" committee on that day. it is ?aid. a
clash occurred bstaaaw Mr. Crimmins and som£>
of his associates of the committee, ov»r a refo-»j
lution introduced by th» chairman, .which v.-as
said to be of a tenor too favorable to the Hyde
contentions to be adopted with consistency by
Asked if it was not a fact that there werw
differences of opinion in his committee. John D.
Crtmmins said there were none except ques
tions as to the future administrative policy,
which he considered of slight importance at this
time. He dec!-)- to talk on any other pha*»
of the subject.
Francis Hen-lr!ckj, State Superintendent of
: Insurance, who arrived from Albany early y*s
: terday. sent at once for the various members
; of the committee Interested in the E<tuiMb?»
tangle, asking: them to meet in his office, at No.
11 Broadway, at 11 o'clock. Those who pa.
sponded were President Jam"? W. Alexander
and his counsel, ex- Judge William N. Cohen;
T. H. Harr'man, John E>. Crimmins. Frank H.
Platt. E. W. iwanailnajtale-. Elihu H. Root.
H^nry Morgemhau and Jam?s H. Hyd». wltt»
W. c. Gulliver, his counsel.
I? was significant that ex-State insurance Su
perintendent Lou F. Payn was admitted to %tm
conference at I:."J> o'clock. He remained Pot
about half an hour. When he came m h»
said he simply went to see Mr Hendricks about
an enumerator for Dutches County. President
Alexander left the conference with his counsel
forty-five minutes before it was over. E. H.
Harriman and John D. fllBBBBlliS came out to
gether and Jam'? H. Hyde walked out alone.
Frank H. Platt. Elihu Root. W. C. Gulliver'
and Francis Hendricks cam* out in company.
Seme of the employes of th» Equitable alls?*
• that a number of Vice- President Hyde's per
sonal servants are on the company's payroll.
It was also asserted tl:-»t it was to investlarat*
this and other charges that Superintendent.
Hendricks called the meetinsr. One of the em
ployes referred to is said to be the manager <yff
Mr. Hyde's country estate, who receives a saT-.V
ory of $ft a month. His name, it is alleged; Is
on the payroll of the Equitable, although at aiS
time is he seen at the offiVe excepting when >»%
draws his pay. once a month.
Vice-President Hyde's friends continue 1 ta>
deny that h«- paid f o • the ! ,f, jrn e ball and other'
social affairs out of the funds of the society.
As a matter of fact, it was said by another rn*i»
identified with the Equitable situation, som*
other Justification might more happily have been
put forward for charging the cost of the Cam-
bon dinner to the Equitable, for that dinner took
place in Nov?mber. 1902, a year before the pros.
peer of hostile French legislation became threat
ening, a state of affairs which grew out of that
collapse of the United States Shipbuilding Com-%
Ex-Justice William N. Cohen, at his apart
ments last night, said re^ardaatth* conferencs*
at No. 11 Broadway: ' *"•
"You may say for me. that the fnrestigatlon 19
entirely a private ene. betn« conducted by th»
Superintendent of Insurance." and that any in-»
formation on the subject can only com* fronv
him If any of the present were to dis
cuss the matter In' public- It would be an ab.in..
lute breach of faith.**/"
After me meeting at Sir. Hendricks"s offl-<a
there was another nnv<Tence at the ofn>« of E^
H. Harriman. at * which Mr. Harrtman. Mr.
Hyde. Elihu Root and William C Gulliver w*r*
present. Nona ' of .- these would talk about th&
conference or th? affairs of th« Equitable.
Senator Depw. .appeared at the Enulfab!*
Building at 3t'j>. mJ"'and went to the third flow,
where he- remained" far about a half hour. When
asked for a statement, he said:
"I was no* at the superintendent's esßca ••">
day and 1 cani ■ tell what happened '""> 3r-»3 r-». > *
' r Have you heard since?" was aske<t.
"No; I.iaav^ ?een nobody to-day. I <3o- not
kno^VF^ 1^ nas b ** n « oln S °n."
Tb> > jfjf/tma: which Senator Depew _ atten«!«4
Kgs,y-'«D* i< ; l taUy called meeting of the executive
Bm going on." Th« report
rttnx which Senator rvpew iftende<t
finliy i-alled meeting <*t the exeentlv*
'of the Equitable board. Ta« report
that-JUtVllytlc- had offered to th© polleyho!ders
its ;« new concession thirty-three out of th«
ntiy-two director* of t^e ■ concern *»s .|?ni»4
yesterday by a friend of Mr. Hyd". who ,=!,-iid:
/"'Th*' only concession Mr. Hyde has offerM Is
tae election of two representatives of the»p«*lfr*-»
hosiers at once to fill the two vacant places on
the Equitable board."
■It was rumored that the two- men suggested)
were John D. Crimmins and Henry Mjrgenthao.
of the policyholders' eonrmftte*; that the differ.
>nces of opinion In that committee had beenor
rationed by ,th!s offer and the umvilHngnes* -if
some ..,* the members to accent t*v»'»»-c3ne£
HAD 21 CHILDREN IN 27 TEAIS.
Three Grandchildren Present at Wedding
-Anniversary of Colorado Couple.
Ipt TrxroBAPH to me Tmnr^t.T
Denver. March St. -Down In the Ptatte Rlv»r bet*
torn is a three room cottage, *jh«r» live the parent*
of twenty-one chl*drea. and to-day, with ten at
ties* around them ami three rrasjaVattaVea. " the) '
celebrated their twenty-seventh wethting armiver**
aary. They are Mr. and Mrs. VMwani it ilc-Sprat.
ton. The f-»mlly compriw^ fourteen boy» and *f-v«a
«irli The. iaat bab> .a thtr»} three duys ol«t