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(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 si:nf£S. 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 J'ublir places. 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 ; Commissioners. 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 gfne.-al laughter. 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 be to." In th« r«pet!tion of dM mi as* smi by Mr. Hughes, Mr. "CVrJteley *aid he thought It *"B.S 88. 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 not perm.t 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^»^, EMPEROR WILLTAM. 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 •wonted enthusiasm. 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 follow 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 Minister. 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 barked. 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 said: 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 these views. 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 tive greeting. BRITONS DISTRUSTFUL. 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 tinued: "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 jckyll Island. 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 cial vigilance. 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 prntlnient. 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 fathers." 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 home. 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 courpft - 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 rest. 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 trustee. It would also establish a precedent of sub jecting individual gifts to a scrutiny not hereto fore regarded as practicable for a mission board to exercise. 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 portant work. DR. GLADDEN REPLIES. % ■ Will Not Admit Money Is "Legally" Mr. Rockefeller's. 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 ated. 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. < • ,• . : -i .' 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 the committee. 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-% pany. 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