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New-York City and the calm and undisturbed unanimity of the rural members, few of whom even spoke on the bills. The bills are now In Governor Higglns'a hands awaiting his signature to snake them tow. AMENDMENT NECESSARY. Governor Wiggins Outline* His Position on Tax Bills. ft IBT TELEGRAPH TO THE TBIBCXB.] Albany, April —In a dear and definite state ment to the Republican members of the Assem bly who opposed the measures.' Governor Hig gins to-day outlined his position on the Mort gage end Stock Tax bills, squarely and plainly disclaimed all Intention or responsibility for the alleged "Jamming thorough" of these meas ures in the • legislature, and declared that the two bills were not wholly satisfactory to him. He explained his. position and attitude through out the session as merely one of recommenda tion that more revenue must be raised without return to direct taxation, and thereafter await ing the action of the legislature in providing such revenue. He ended his speech with the pledge to give the bills, now that they haw passed, most careful consideration before he act ed upon them. It Is understood that, as a result of an agreement reached with Speaker Nixon before the bills were made party measures in the Assembly caucus, a bill will be introduced as soon as the Mortgage Tax bill Is signed by the Governor, If It should be. exempting from Its provisions all mortgages of duly Incorporated building loan associations. Moreover. It Is also known that within a few days a bill will be Introduced providing for a commission, not necessarily made up entirely of legislators, to investigate fully the whole sub ject of State taxation and report their findings to the next legislature. The Governor said to-day that he did not ex pect to give any bearings on the two measures, but would probably talk with some of those opposed to them. Governor Higgins's speech to the Republican Assemblymen was as follows: The general property tax. as administer^ in the State of New-York, is a failure. Inequality of assessment, failure to reach personal prop erty, incentive to dishonesty, are among the more glaring defects in the system. It was Bald in the first annual report of the State assessors. In ] >>•«<_>, that a more unequal, unjust and partial system for taxation could not well be, devised. And in the assessors' report for 1879 it was said that the general property tax is a reproach to the Fiate, an outrage upon the people, a disgrace to the civilization of the nineteenth century, and worthy only of an age of mental and moral darkness and degradation. Any effort to im prove and perfect our system of taxation by dittriliutlng the burdens where they can best -tie and by compelling the tax dodger to contribute his Just share to the cost of govern itk-ii deserves approval and not censure. The main opposition to the Mortgage Tax bill proceeds from organizations of leaders, men of capital, who are able to employ counsel to xo Albany to oppose the adoption of a law v hi< h in form, if not in effect, is a law to re duce taxation on mortgages. The people who .lie small farms or the little homes, which only as a shelter and produce no revenue, and the renters in tenement houses must rely up.,i, the good sense and fairness of their rep -.iiLives in the legislature for their protec tion. . r present laws, if the assessors do their duty, the mortgage is assessed at its full value ate and local purposes. If it escapes such assessment it is because assessors are slothful y. or because they set their personal Judg iiif-iii as to public policy above the law, or be cause the owner of the mortgage is a non-resi dent or is willing to commit perjury in order to "swear off" his tax. If no offset of debts ~t personal property assessments were per- I temptation to fraud and perjury would moved, and, on the other hand, double luxation of the severest type would prevail. The ordinary holder of mortgages is not In debted in an amount greater than his mortgage holdings. He lends his money at the constant risk of taxation. He charges for this risk in fix ing the rate of interest. If he escapes taxation he receives a higher rate of interest, and if he payF the tax the borrower bears the burden. The pending bill substitutes a tax of hi to 1 per cent for th 6 general property tax on mort gages, without deductions for debts or exemp tions on account of non-residence. Its natural result would be to reduce, rather than to in crease, the rate of Interest, by releasing vast Bums now deposited in savings banks or invest ed outside the Ftate in order to escape the heavy burden of general taxation. This fact may uc oount for some of the opposition by the moneyed Interests to this legislation. Existing mort gages are not taxed under the pending bill, un less the mortgagee elects to avail himself of its provisions. It looks only to the future. The Stock Transfer Tax hill imposes a tax upon those who escape the burden of direct taxation and who clamor for taxes that tail with great est weight upon the poorer classes. As under the feuaal system the nobles were largely exempted from the land tax and the wealthier classes largely escaped the tax burdens, so at the pres ent time the ru-Ji ore constantly demanding ex emption and ep«'cial privileges. Surh a eyste:n breeds a righteous discontent among the people. I regret that there seems to be a difference of opinion as to these measures. ze that you ~re sincere in feeling that they are unwise, and I know that those who favor them are equally sincere, and believe them to be for the best interests of the State. I have tempted to dictate as to the manner of . ■-• bills since 1 became Governor, nor as to what th»se bills shall contain. I know that I • lited with "forcing through" legislation— I never knew a Governor who did not force through legislation, according to the general 13*>a. Bills are said to be "jammed through" whether they have been considered three month 3 or Ihfie 'iayp. These measures have been con 1 for a loiig time— the Mortgage Tax bill •t say that they -are wholly LCtory to me. It would be most pleasing to me if there were no tax at all. But the ex penses of the t*t;.te for charities, education, pub lic works and th* courts must be met. •mot Interfere with the procedure of the legislature; you were elected for the purpose of tejgislstlng. I have no desire to avoid responsl bfitt] for any 1« jrislatlon that meets with my .al. The only recommendation I have KB to Initiation I have made by message to the legislature. We need revenue, and I am rot Jr. favor of gofug trick to direct taxation. The legislature must provide the ways and mem* There are two sides to every question. And I ua ':uite sure that there is as strong a sentiment Jn favor of these hills as against them, and a still stronger sentiment against a return to direct taxation for State purposes. I shall give the matter most careful considera tion before final action on these Mils. My sols desire is to be Just to all the people of the State and to promote the greatest good of the great est number. MANY INTERESTS OPPOSE BILL Mass Meeting To-Morrow to Protest Against Mortgage Tax Measure. A mass meeting will be held to-morrow night at the Murray Hill Lyceum at 8 o'clock to protest against the Mortgage Tax bilL The Real Estate Board of Brokers, under whose auspices the meet. Ing will be held, has Invited every commercial and flnacclKl body In the city to take part in It. and nearly all of them have promised to be represented In the protest against the bill. The passage of the bill, it is rail will seriously affect real estate owners, builders, operators, archi tects. savings banks, trust companies. Insurance companies, and building and loan associations, all at which have agreed to unite with the Real Es tate Board of Brokers. Without wal ting- to voice their protest at the meeting to-morrow night, the committee appointed by the board of brokers urges every person op posed to the bill to send a written protest at once to Governor Hlgrlns. The Allied Real Estate Interests of the State of 'jCew-Tork are m eajrer In their propaganda against the bill as the New- City Interests. Late yes- Brains are: built by Grape-Nuts FOOD terday afternoon Bdward Van Ingen. chairman of the Allied Real Estaie Interests, issued a letter calling for a meeting of the general pomntfttee. to be held in the rooms of the Board of Trade. No. 201 Broadway, tc-morrow. for the purpose of consid •rinf and proposing legislation alternative to tne pending mortgage lax bill. On the committee to oppose the bill are some of the most prominent and representative men m tne State The following Is the list to date of the members of the committee, which represents among others the building, building loan and real estate Interests throughout the State opposed to the pas sage of the bill: „,. . T H. A. C. Anderson. W. T. Atwater, Edmund L. Baylies. Alfred J. Boulton. Jesse C. Bennett, Charles F. Bostwick, Edward F. Brown. Charles T. Barney. Cornelius N. Bliss, Charles Buck. Frank Bailey. Charles 8. Brown, F. W. H. Becker. John C. Coleman. William H. Cheeseborough, K. iulton Cutting. George C. Currier. John F. Canavan. Marc W. Comstock. Alfred R. Conklln. Paul D. Cravath. Robert W. De Forest. John F. Doyle, J. Clarence Davles. Wllllsm C. Demorest. Lewis I* Delafteld. Robert E. 'Cowling. J. W. Dooley, Watson T. Dun mure, George F. Elliott. Frederick de P. Foster. Henry M. Goldfogle, B. R. L. Gould. Charles C. Grein. Bolton Hail, Edward J. Haney, Charles R. Hendereon. Ernest Hall. Jabish Holme*. Jr., Charles F. Hoffman. Meyer Jarmulowsky. W. A. Joyce, Sender Jarmulowsky. Frederick William Jansaen. Bryan L. Kennelly. Henry J. Kantrowltx. W. J. J. Kunzle. J. Edgar Leaycraft. Jacob I>;itner, Edgar J. L#evey, John J. Ix>ckman. liOula J. I^evy. George C. Lovett. Alfred E. Marling. Allen L. Mordecal. Bernard Mayer. Henry Morgenthau, James E. Marsh, Charles F. McKim, Jordan L.. Mott, Seth M. Milllken, Charles Griffith Moses, Benjamin Mor decal, E. O. McNalr. Charles P. Northrop, William A. Nash. Thomas P. Neville. J. Van Vechten Ol cott. David B. Ogden. Uwsnn Purdy. Oeorge Pel ham, H. P. Pitcher, E. Clifford Potter, John Harsen Rhoadep, - Allan Robinson, Noah C. Rogers, Max Radt. Jacob Rlts, B. Aymar Sands, Henry L. Stim- Fon. Frederick A. Sncw. Joel de Selding. 1»uIr Stern, Leo Bchtessinger, David Stewart, Harry B. Stowell. Andrew J. Smith. Frank Tilford. Oakleigh Thome. Henry L. Thompson, Edward Van Inpen, Henry R. Wilson, Clarence Whitman. James 1... Wells. Charles T. Mills, John Wayland. Francis E. Ward. Howard Winshlp and W. P. White. ELSBERG BILLS REPORTED. Will Deprive New-York Aldermen of Franchise Powers. IBT IWUEGR4PH TO THE TRIBUNE.] Albany. April 6.— The legislative noose that is being drawn about the necks of the New-York aldermen was tightened a knot to-day when tha Elsberg bills, depriving them of their hold-up power with reference to franchises, and thus their main source of "graft," were reported in the Senate despite strenuous Tammany opposition. The Tam many members tried to delay the reporting of the bills by an appeal for a hearing:, but this was understood and quietly sidetracked. Senator Elsberg and Senator White declared that it was too late in the session for more hearings and that for this reason even so distinguished a repres>entatlve of the railroads as EUhu Root had been refused the privilege of speaking for the bills when he come here for that purpose last -week. Senator Grady replied that Mr. Root and those who accompanied him had not been denied a hear ing, but only advised not to ask for one, because if it were given them the committee would havo less ground for according the mne privilege to the aldermen. The bllts w««re made a special order for debate on Monday evening. TAMMANY. GAS METERS. Assemblyman Lafetra Attempts to Pick Plum for Murphy. (BT TEUE3RAPK TO THE TRIBUNE.} Albany, April 6.— -A bill attracting general atten tion because of Its source, as well as its provisions, was introduced to-day by Assemblyman Liafetra, representing Charles F. Murphy. The bill takes from the State Commissioner and bestows on Com missioner John T. Oakley the right to examine, inspect end seal all gas meters used in New- York City, to enter buildings and examine meters when in use, and further provides that Instead of the penalty attaching under the present law for the gas falling below the retired standard, which is for failure after three tests. It shall be Imposed after one test showing a failure. The amount of the penalty is left unchanged at $100. But the "Joker" in the bill wfclch caused the most comment was the provision authorizing the commissioner to prescribe such meters as he should decide upon. In other words, turning over to this Tammany official the power to require any set of meters to be abandoned and a new set purchased, to make terms, either in stock, money or both with the manufacturers on any special meter, and then order Its adoption. Tho bill is the most startling' Tammany contribution to the gas situa tion. i m I TAMMANY SETS ANOTHER GAS PRICE. [BT TBLEQRAPH TO THE TRIBUNE.] Albany, April B.— Anxious to anticipate the work of the gas investigating commission. Tammany legislators to-day presented an SO cent gas bill. This gives Tammany the credit of having- intro duced measures fixing gas rates at 7c. 75 and 80 cents. One of these rates Will probably approximate the figure that the Republicans will decide upon after the Investigation. This shows the purpose of the bill to be a direct attempt to obtain credit with the unthinking for legislation that will come as a result of oareful Investigation. This position was taken by amending tha Foley 75 cent gas bill, which is known as the Mayor's bill. Assemblyman La Fetra took charge of the bill in the Assembly. GRADY DEFEATED. Fitzgerald Pavement Bill Stays with Committee. [BT TELEGRAPH TO THE TRIBUNE. 1 Albany. April 5. — An all night wrangle in the Senate Cities Committee over the Fitzgerald Pavement bill, opposed by the MJcClelian ad ministration as a "grab," was fought out on the floor of the Senate this morning on a motion made by Senator Grady to take the bill from the committee, which has so far failed to report it. The fight terminated in a victory for the committee and the opponents of the meas ure. The FiUgerald bill has been here for sev eral sessions, and was first brought here by "Big Tim" Sullivan. It would permit the lay- Ing tof patent pavement In New-York City under certain conditions and repeals the ab solute prohibtlon against euch pavement In the present charter. Opposed as a "grab" bill, the measure has proved to be a direct conflict between the Bar ber and Warren asphalt companies, which have deluged the legislature with documents. The McClellan administration has consistently op posed the measure; co has ex-Mayor James K. McGuire of Syracuse, who ha* been busy in the lobby for several days. So far the bill has been held in committee through efforts of Senator Horace White, of Syracuse, who has been aided by Senator Elsberg. Last night there were enough votes in the committee for the bill to have It reported If Senator White had not re fused to allow it to be moved, a position that thoroughly enraged Senator Grady, who carried the fight to the Senate this morning by a motion to discharge. This motion aroused Senator White, who de clared that the bill was "vicious, dangerous and demoralizing, and I propose to fight it at every stage." "The opponents of the bill have the Barber Asphalt Company behind them," sneered Grady. This declaration offended Senator Elsberg, who rose in his wrath and demanded indignant ly: "Does the Senator mean that Senator White and I are influenced* by the Barber As phalt Pavement Company?" "No," said Grady, "I mean that ever since the bill was Introduced the former Mayor of Syra cuse, J. K. McGuire, has camped in this city." Speaking on the measure. Senator White said: I am convinced that the bill is vicious; it strikes out the provision of the charter giving lair and reasonable opportunities for compe tition. But there is no reason for such a change. The Appellate Division of the Firs? Department has held that the charter permits the Board of Estimate and Apportionment tv let all pav ing contracts after full competition. The Mayor and the Corporation Counsel of New-York City oppose the bill, and I believe the Mayor has ex ercised a fine degree of determination In stand- Ing out against bad bills, and he ought to be pro tected Just as much as If he were a Kepuw lican. "Tne bill drives a wedge against the Barber Asphalt Company," insisted Senator Orady. "I would address Senator Grady," sneered Senator Brackett. "In the lines of James Whit comb Riley: 'There, little girl, don't cry; theyfve broken your heart. I know,' but you'll find com pensation somewhere." After more discussion. Senator Grady mus tered ten votes and was defeated, and the mo tion laid on the table, an overwhelming major ity sustaining Senator White* NEW- YORK DAILY TRIBUNE. THURSDAY. JAPBIIi 6. 1905. HOOKER'S NEPOTISM. Evidence That Relative Received $400 for Other's Work. Albany. April 6.— At the session of the Assembly Judiciary Committee Mr. Taylor said that the government made a demand upon him for the salary paid to Ball by rostmastor Arthur R. Moore, and that he paid it after Mr. Moore had refused to do so. When asked why he paid it. he said he wanted to stop the proceedings. Prior to making the payment he said he consulted Justice. Hooker, who said. "Do as you think best." A report of the amount of time which Frank P. Ball put In at the Fredonla office was shown to Mr. Taylor, who recognised his signature on tho report, and staled that the report was drawn up by one of the clerks. Mr. Taylor said that Ball never reported for work and never did any work In the poetoffice. The statement made on the stand last week by Frank P. Ball that an attempt had been made to influence him to give out information which would result in the removal from the bench of Supreme Court Justice Hooker was denied by Albert Col burn to-day. The statement of Ball was to tho effect that George Tiffany, in the presence of William C. Hudson and Albert Colburn. had offered to give a bond that the best lawyer In Chautauqua County would be furnished free in his defence, and that he would not have to pay a note of $2,500 given by Ball as security for the money which he returned to the Uniteu States government for salary drawn Wbtle he was on the payroll of the Fredonla Post oilice. Hudson and Tiffany have both denied the state ment on the stand. Colburn testified that at on* time he sent communications to a Jamestown newspai>er relative to the Hooker case. Melvin H. Taylor, former postmaster of Fre donla. whose appointment has been shown to have given rise to the hostility against Justice Hooker on the part of George Tiffany, testified that he was postmaster from 1899 to 16(h, and was appointed through the influence of Justice Hooker a 9 Con gressman. Taylor testified that Chauncey D. Sessions, ap pointed chief clerk, was a nephew of Mrs. Hooker. Several questions v.-ere asked by members oi the committee as to why Mr. Taylor should have se lected Maurice Hooker, practically unknown to him, a resident of a village fifteen miles away, in pref erence to a number of young men of Fredonkv. Mr. Taylor explained by saying that he thought "young Hooker was a worthy young man and would be grateful for assistance. Mr. Taylor said that he asked for the young man's appointment, and wrote a letter to Justice Hooker asking him to secure his appointment. He said that the work of cleaning out the office, which young Hooker was appointed to do, had cost about $* or $5 a quarter prior to the appointment of Hooker at $100 a year. An order from the department, allowing 55 for cleaning for the quarter, January' to May, 1900, was offered in evidence by Mr. Stevens. Representative B. E. Vreeland, successor of Jus tice Hooker in Congress, said that the appointments of the various clerks were not made at his request, and that he presented the matter of the Dunkirk Postofßce to the government officials at Washing ton, pursuant to a request from either Judge Hook er or Lester H. Steams. Congressman Gforge N. Southwlck, of Albany, representing the 23d District, testified that he at tended a banquet given In Washington in honor of Judge Hooker, shortly after his appointment to the Supreme Court bench. The session was then in terrupted by the sergeant-at-arms, who escorted the members to the Assembly chamber to vote on the mortgage and stock transfer tax measures. The appointment of Catherine L. Clark as money order clerk originated with himself, Taylor said. He testified that he asked Judge Hooker to have her appointed, because he wanted a good money order clerk. LABORING UNDER MISAPPREHENSION. McClellan's Omission in Water Bill Not Understood. [BY TELEOSIIAPH TO THE THIBUNTE.] Albany. April s.— When Governor Higgins's atten tion was called to-day to the criticisms passed upon Mayor McClellan by certain members of civic bodies in New-York City because of the omission In his water bill of the provision for the appointment of members of the city commission on the nomination of the Chamber of Commerce and the American Society of Civil Engineers he said: I think these gentlemen are laboring under a mis apprehension. The fact is that, after consultation with lawyers, it was determined that such a pro vision would be of doubtful constitutionality. In fact. I think the majority of lawyers would con cede that such a provision would be clearly uncon stitutional. I do not think, therefore, that there ts any bad faith on the Mayor's part. He can still appoint from the names suggested by these organi zations. Just as before. But the other way the bill might be lost entirely. Tho point that would be raised against the constitutionality of the measure Is that, In reality. It would give these societies the appointing power, while ostensibly putting It In the hands of the Mayor. A similar provision of the Agnew State Commis sion bill was eliminated at the Governor's sugges tion on this ground, and the action in the Mayor's case has met no criticism here, where It is fuily understood that it was done with the Governor's full approval. The real test of good or bad fuith on the part of the .Mayor will come when he ap points. Then he will either have to choose from the sources mentioned in the bill or be accused of bad faith. But at this stage no one wants to Jeop ardize the fate of the bill or delay the needed water Improvements over provisions of doubtful constitu xiormlity. JEROME URGES PASSAGE OF SAKE BILL. [BY TELEGRAPH TO THE TRIBUNE..) Albany. April s.— Mr. Jerome appeared to-day be fore the Senate Codes Committee to urge the favor blo report of tho Saxe bill, Introduced at his request, for the purpose of discouraging the growing custom among a certain class of debtors of losing tho books snowing the condition of their business. The meas ure provides that persons who obtain credit on the strength of representations regarding their financial condition and fall to pay such d"hts must produce tholr books at the request of the creditor within ninety days or te liable to punishment for misde meanor. The bill was favorably reported by the committee. WOODBURY DID NOT COURT LAFETRA. IBY TELEGRAPH TO THE TRIBUNE.! Albany, April s.— Hope for the passage of the meaaure providing for the regulation of street sprinkling' and sandirur, so strongly urged by Com missioner Woodbury, has about expired here. The bill Is In charge of Assemblyman Lafetra, the per sonal representative of Charles F. Murphy, who is making no effort to press It, because. It is al leged, when Commissioner Wood'bury appeared in Albany to urge the passage of the bill he did not pay court to and do homage to Lafetra, as Is cus tomary, and the bill is opposed by Commissioner Oakley, who desires this control himself. Then there Is a contract in the game, and this makes it of vital Importance to Murphy's Assem blyman. The contracts now existing will expire shortly, and this Is good reason for not giving Commissioner Woodbury too much power. On the contract proposition Commissioner Oakley is re garded as more "safe and sane." Mr. Lafretra failed to move Ins bill yesterday, and manifests no intention of pressing action, as he controls the fate of his own bill. Any action under existing circum stances Is hopeless, although the Mayor has urged the passage of tho bill, and his representative here has steadily worked for H. BICYCLE RAILROAD HAN BANKRUPT. E. Moody Boynton, Inventor, Has Assets of Only $300. Boston, April 5.— E. Moody Boynton, of West Newbury, a well known inventor, filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy yesterday. The liabilities are $106,101. with assets of not more than $300, the greater part of which is exempt. There are about fifty creditors, thirty of whom have Judgments against Mr. Boynton as indorser of notes for borrowed money. Among the creditors are the following: National City Hank of New-York. $4,496: Trades nen's National Bank of New-York. $2,700; Mutuai Life Insurance Company, of New-York, SI 2im)- Singer Mimick Conpuny. Plttsburg. $25,499; EUw'ani F. <"offln, Newburypoit. $14,036; First National Bank Of Newburyiwrt. $a>,ooo. West Newbury, Mass., April 4.— E. Moody Boyn tou, who filed a petition in bankruptcy at Boston yesterday, has taken out a number of patents on a single rail railway system, and at one time ha<l a charter from the legislature to construct and op erate a line between Boston and Fall River. The time expired without any work on the system hav ing been done, and the charter was revoked. Mr. Boynton established one of his "bicycle railroads" at CoveT Island several years ago, and Rurceeded In interesting a number of New-York capitalists in his invention. The inventor laid that s speed or more than one hundred mllos an hour could bei maintained by his system. UNION FERRY TO CONTINUE SERVICE. The Sinking Fund Commission yesterday agreed to Controller Grout's suggestion that the Union Ferry Company be permitted to continue its ferry service, subject to an agreement as to rental to be reached when the Finance Department had com pleted Its examination into the ferry company's books. Next Wednesday th« commission will givo a hearing on the project of the city operation of the 39th-st.. Hrooklyn, ferries. The Controller asked authority to have the title examined of fifty or more lots th« illy owns in Brooklyn, that they may be sold. The commission gave the authority. JONES BURIED AT HOME. Bones of Naval Hero Said To Be in Dumfries. IBT TELEGRAPH TO THE TBIBTSCI St. Paul, Minn., April s.— Joseph A. Wheeloek, Editor of "The Pioneer Press" and one of the best known newspaper editors in the West, be lieves he has discovered where the bones of John Paul Jones repose. In a dispatch from Red lands, Cat., Mr. Wheeloek states that the grave is not in Paris, as supposed by Ambassador Porter, who has searched the old cemeteries of that city for the grave, but that the bones of the first American naval hero repose among his kindred in his birthplace, Dumfries, Scotland. This report is vouched for by a Mrs. Preston, a native of Dumfries, who states that Jones's mother had the body transported from Paris and buried in the Dumfries cemetery. The woman says that, although burled in his birth place, Jones could not avoid the evil fame he had acquired among his countrymen by his ex ploits In the capture and destruction of British ships in the neighboring seas and in raiding the> coast towns of the British Isles, and the grave stone which marks his last resting place bears the Inscription, "John Paul Jones, the Black Pirate." TO CALL ON THE BANKS. Secretary Shaw Will Ask for About $27,000,000 in Two Instalments. Washington, April s.— Secretary Shaw announced to-day that he would call for 60 per cent of the money now held by temporary depositaries and euch portion of tho funds held by permanent de positaries as they can appropriately spare, in lie* of tho amount of business dona by the several banks for the government, not exceeding M per cent, the same to be paid In two Instalments, one half on or before May 15 and the other on or be fore July 1. Thia will yield in the aggregate about $27,000,000. The last Instalment, falling due on July 1, will not be noticeable, in view of recent ap propriations made available on that date, and which will be paid soon thereafter. The total deposits of government moneys in na tional banks are about J94.32i.000. of which the local depositary banks hold about $17,000,000. It is not believed in Wall Street that the withdrawals of which notice has Just been given by the Sec retary of the Treasury will have the effect of working any serious stringency in the local money market. POLICE STOP FUNERAL. Newark Authorities Rank Spotted Fever with Smallpox. The Board of Health of Newark has decreed that spotted fever shall in future be a reportable dis ease. The board also decided that all places where the malady shall have existed shall be disinfected, and that during the course of the fever, and so long as danger is considered to be present, the house In which the patient is confined must be placarded. s Acting under the new ordinance, sanitary in spectors of Newark prevented a public funeral yes terday over the' body of Vlncenso Curati, who died on April 8. A brass band and several hundred per sons were about to escort the body to a church when the inspectors arrived. The epidemic of cerebro-splnal meningitis appears from the figures of the Health Department of New- York City to be considerably diminished this week. From noon Saturday until noon yesterday only slx ty-nve deaths had been reported throughout the city. This is a rate of sixteen deaths a day, while last week the rate was nineteen a day. For the first four days of this week Manhattan has had forty-seven deaths; The Bronx, seven; Brooklyn, ten; Queens, one; Richmond, none. Last week Manhattan had eighty-nine deaths; The Bronx, four; Brooklyn, thirty; Queens, two; Richmond, one. At the present rate there will be 112 deaths this week from cerebro-spinal meringitls, where last week there were 131t Another case reported In Manhattan yesterday was that of Mrs. Annie Willett, of No. 150 West 28th-st., a domestic employed in the Hotel Imperial. SM-st. and Broadway. Her condition is said to be serious. Dr. John P. Moore, head of the Queens Borough Department of Health, when asked for an explana tion of the practical stamping out of spinal menin gitis in Queens, said: From the beginning I have insisted on having each case isolated until the patient died or was dismissed, cured, ami then caused the room in ■which the patient h;'d rested to be thoroughly fu migated. While we know no more in this borough than la known elsewhere regarding the mysterious disease, we have found that a strict quarantine and subsequent fumigation have apparently worked ad mirably. The health officials of Jersey City report that the disease Is not decreasing. Two deaths were report ed yesterday. Ninety-three deaths have occurred m the county from the disease in the iatt four weeks. BELMONT SUGGESTS FOUB TRACKS. Wants Them in Fulton-st.— May Bid on Other Brooklyn Subways. August Belmont sent a letter to the Rapid Tran sit Commission yesterday suggesting that the com mission make the tunnel in Fulton-st.. Brooklyn, a four instead of a two truck system. This waa taken to mean that the Belmont interests would be active bidders for Brooklyn subways and that they wants to build the two additional tracks in Fulton st. to save money on that part of the route. The plans of the Interborough call for an express station at the City Hall and another at Flatbush ave. The Hoyt-st. station will remain a local sta tion because of the narrowness of Fulton-st. at that point. At the Flatbush-ave. station the ex presa and local stations will be placed one above the other. Although, according to the plans submitted, the four tracks would rot encroach on the space under the sidewulks in Fulton-st. to a greater amount than one-third the width of the sidewalks, except within the last two blocks before reaching Flat bush-ave., many of tho merchants are opposed to any encroachment under the sidewalks at all. Jo seph Caccavajo, consulting engineer for the Fulton Street Merchants" Protective Association, suys that it would be much hotter to build the additional tracks under the two now building. AGEEE ON S. I. FERRY TERMS. Featherson Expects New Boats To Be Run ning in September. Prospects are bright that the new boats of the Staten Island ferry, as well as the new slips and terminals, will be In operation within six months. Dock Commissioner Featherson said yesterday that he saw no reason why the boats should not be in operation before the middle of September. The commissioners of the Sinking Fund yester day approved Featherson's report and recom mendation as to the terms to be paid by the transportation companies of Richmond and the lawyers for the company accepted the terms. Nothing remains now but for the city to take. title to the terminal land. That will take less than a month. Contracts for tho ferry Blips and terminal im provements will be awarded as socn as title Is vested. Under the terms of the contract the work must be completed in 130 days. Enough of it can be dono in two-thirds of that time to permit the operation of boats. The boats are to be delivered in condition to run before the end of August. Mayor McCleUan, President Pomes of the Board of Aldermen, all the Borough Presidents the heads of departments, the members of the Sinking Fund Commission and various specially invited guests will leave town on Saturday morning at 8 o'clock over the Pennsylvania for Baltimore, to take part In the launching of the four new ferry boats for the Staten Island service. The boats aro named after the live boroughs, and the Bor ough Presidents will designate the women who will do the naming «•« Monday at the yards of the- Maryland Steel Company at Sparrow's Point. After the launching the guests will attend a luncheon. GRAND JURY GETS OSCAR'S COMPLAINT. Oscar Hammersteln, owner of the Lew Fields Theatre, made an' appeal to the grand Jury yester day to be heard on his char*-* that Superintendent Hopper of CM Buildings Department has committed a libel In reporting violations of the law at the theatre He sent a bulky envelope to the foreman of the grand Jury. He was told he would be in formed if his presence before the grand Jury was desired. 18. Altmatt Sc (ta. RIDING HABITS MADE TO ORDER I, Altmatt $c (En. invite attention to their * FACILITIES FOR MAKING TO ORDER RIDING HABITS FOR CROSS OR SIDE-SADDLE. IN CORRECT FABRICS AND DESIGNS. SAFETY HABITS MAY BE MADE FROM AN EXCLUSIVE MODEL. PATENTED HERE AND ABROAD. LINEN HABITS AT MODERATE PRICES. DRESSMAKING DEPARTMENT. THIRD FLOOR. H. Altmatt Sc Cfl. are offering spring models OF THEIR EXCLUSIVE IMPORTATION -THE FASSO CORSET" PRESENTING A NUMBER OF NEW FEATURES CORRE SPONDING TO THE PARIS FASHIONS. AND IN MA TERIALS ADAPTED -FOR SPRING AND SUMMER WEAR DEFEAT THE MORTGAGE TAX BILL ATTEND THE MONSTER MASS MEETING Held Under the) Auspice* off the; Real Estate Board of Brokers ~ OF THE CITY Or NEW YORK. FRIDAY EVE.. APRIL 7th. at a o clock. MURRAY HILL LYCEUM; 34th Street. Third and Lexington Avenues. The passage of this bill would very seriously affect Real Estate owners, builders; opers» tors, architects, savings banks, trust companies. Insurance companies and building and loan associations. It is therefore urgently requested that all opposed to this bill should attend the mass ing, which will be addressed by able speakers. The Committee appointed by the Board of Brokers urges every person opposed to the bill to send their written protest AT ONCE to Hon. Francis W. Higgina, Governor of the State of New York. Executive Chamber. Albany. N. T. THE REAL. ESTATE BOARD OF HROKZM OP TBS CITY. OF NEW TORX. JOEL S. DE PENDING, President. WILLIAM C. LESTER. Vica-Prealdent. WRIGHT BARCLAY. Secretary. J. CLARENCE DA VIES. Treasurer. CHARLES XL BCHVTLER. JOHN R. TOIXT, WRIGHT BARCLAY, A. V. AMY. F. R. WOOD. WILLIAM lUCHTBERO. WIC H. FOLSOM. T. 7. FELDER MUST PAT $19,000. Decree Handed Down in Suit Against Corbin Banking Company. The last feature In the protracted litigation be tween the Corbin Banking Company and Thomas J. Felder, now one of the leading citizens »f Nash ville, Tennessee. Is a decree against Felder by Judge Emory Speer. of the United States Circuit Court, in the Southern District of Georgia. Felder must T-ay $19,000. Felder was a protege of the Uate Austin Corbin. After Mr. Corbin's death, in 189ti, Felder instituted suit against George S. Edgell as surviving partner, and Austin Corbin, Jr., saying that he was entitled to one-half of the profits of the deoartment in his charge earned after he came to New- York. A receiver was appointed and assets worth more than *1.00f>,000 were tied up to secure Felder' a claim, but afterward released on the giving of heavy bends. In March. 1903, Judge Speer handed down a de cision against Felder. The proceedings since were to 3etermlne how much Felder should pay the Cor bin Banking Company to reimburse it for resistlps; suit Mr. Felder married Miss Nettie Belle Smith, daughter of Milton H. Smith, president of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. William Preston Thornton, who had been previously engaged to her, tried to commit suicide in her presence. Mr. and Mrs. Felder went to Nashville and became ac quainted with Samuel M. Murphy, who owned about all of the street railroads In Tennessee. When Mr. Murphy died in December. 19uO. he left practically his entire estate of more than $1,500,000 to the The' defendants. Mr. George S. Edgell and Mr. Austin Corbin. are well known bunkers in this olty. ULRICH BECOMES BEST'S DEPUTY. Anti-McCarren Forces Jubilant — Hopeful of Coming Primaries. Bridge Commissioner Best appointed ex-Assem blyman Frank J. Ulrich. of the 6th District, Brook lyn, to the long vacant Deputy Bridge Coromission ership yesterday. It had been hinted In the last few days that Ulrich would get the Job. Ulrich succeeds Gottfried Westernacher. who lost th* Job because of his refusal to desert Senator McCarren. the Brooklyn leader. In last year's pri maries. Ulrieh. It is said, gets the Job because he made a sUff right in the 6th District against I>ep uty Water Register William R. McGuire. McCar ren's representative at that time, but since becesae anti-McCarren. With Ulrich lXputy Bridge Com missioner and McGuire united with him in sympa thy, the anti-McCarren forces consider their chances better for the coming primaries. Frank J. Ulrich. who was formerly a saloon keeper, but is now said to be in the real estate business. Is the man who lost an eye as the result of being stabbed by a young streetcar ruffian whom he rebuked about two years ago. At the time he was serving one of his two terms in the Assembly as a representative of the 6th Assembly District. SCHOOLS SAVE NEARLY $250,000. Decrease in Number of Teachers on Pay Makes Other Curtailment Unnecessary. Through the retirement and resignation of teach ers and the absence of old teachers on leaves with out pay, the Board of Education has saved between $300,000 and $260,000— a sum sufficient. It is said, to make a further curtailment of the system un necessary. In the preparation of the budget, the salaries of all the teachers in the system with their annual increases in pay were listcsl. Of the high paid teachers, one hundred and ten have retired and others have resigned since the figures were pre pared. Their places have been filled by teachers with lower salaries. In the case of teachers on leaves of absence, the difference between the reg ular pay and the par of substitutes is saved to the city. WOMEN ACCUSE EMPLOYMENT AGENT. Say He Attacked Them in His Office — Coun sel Gives Up Case. Samuel Greenbaum. an employment agent, of No. 238 East 3d-st., who formerly had an agency at No. SI East 3d-st., was arraigned yesterday before Commissioner Keating on the charge of assault on two young women in his office. Barbara Kuberka. of No. 241 East 3d-st.. said that Giecnbaum attacked her when «he went there seek ing employment. Mrs. Helm Miller. of No. 311 sth »t . who said she spoke twelve languages, declared she was employed as a servant by Greenbaum. and that he assaulted her nt th.- end of the second week. The defendant's counsel threw up the ease. The Commissioner said he probably would revoke the license of Greenbaum. DATE OF CORPORATE STOCK SALE. Controller Grout said yeaterday that a mistake had been made in the aimouiutnient <»f the forth coming sale of $2».W0.9*> corporate stock The date Mr. Grout set was April a. As that i» GooU Fri day the sale will be held several days later. OBITUARY. MRS. MARY FRANCES GRANT CRAMER Orange. N. J.. April S (Special). — ttra. Xaryf Frances Grant Cramer, a sister of Generaly Ulyssesj S. Grant, well known in religious and charitable) work, was found dead in bed to-day at ts* Bosasl of her sister, Mrs. Virginia Grant Corbin. No. TfJ L*nox-ave., Bast Orange. Paralysis of the he**% was the cause of death. Last night she attended s| prayer meeting in Calvary Methodist Episcopal, Church. East Orange, and seemed in the best of health and spirits. Though she was sixty-six yearsj old. Mrs. Cramer had had generally good health. Airs. Cramer was the youngest of the six chil* dren of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Grant; the general was) the oldest. Mrs. Cramer was born in the Gran* homestead In Georgetown. Brown County. Ohio. She was married In 1363 to the Rev. Dr. Michael Cramer, who for many years was United States Minister at Copenhagen. Denmark, and in 3wttaer-« land. His death was somewhat similar to that off Mrs. Cramer, having been due to neuralgia of the) heart Mrs. Cramer had two children, a son and nsj daughter. Miss Clara Virginia '"ramer, who died ir» ISM. and Dr. Jesse Grant Cramer, of New-Y. Tk» who survives. WILLIAM OE NYSE NICHOLS. Ossining. R V.. April 5. -William De Jtjsjsj Nichols, one of the best known men in Ossining. died at his home in Briarclif? Manor this morning; from, paralysis. Mr. Nichols was president of th* village of Brtarcliff. He was one of the founders of the American Bank Note Company. He was also connected with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. the Museum of Natural History, the National Academy of Desiarn and several other well known Institutions of this kind In. New- York. Mr. Nichol3 took up his residence here about ten years a«o» He was about seventy-six years old. and lt-aves m widow and one daughter. THE REV. DR. CHARLES W. HOMER. The Rev. Dr. Charles W. Homer, the organised and rector emeritus of St. James's Protestant Epi3-» copal Church. Brooklyn, died In a private Sana* torlum la Como, N. J.. yesterday. He was born ia, Boston on January 22. 1828. At an early age h« was graduated from Harvard University. He studied for the ministry and came to Brooklyn aS the air» of twenty-six as an assistant rector of St. Luke's Church. Dr. Homer then established a new church, which becamaknown as St. James's. Frock IS6S until three years\go. when the infirmities of age compelled him to retire as rector emeritus, he labored unceasingly tor the church, and succeeded in erecting for it a handsome building. He leave* a son. Harry Homer, two daughters and nla» grandchildren. Arrangements for the funeral hay» not been completed. The body will be taken to. Boston. JAMES E. WILKINSON. Baltimore. April s.— James E. Wilkinson. rflcial court stenographer in this city and well known In many other cities, died to-day from cerebro-splnal meningitis. He had reported many cases of na tional interest, Including the* 9ebl«y court oi in* quiry at Washington. HOTEL THIEF PLEADS GUILTY. John Calmus. who was arrested #r»r theft* In fash ionable hotels in this city, pleaded guilty to two indictments for burglary before Judge Foster, la Part I of General Sessions, yesterday, and w.is re manded until Friday for sentence. According to his counsel, George Simpson, young Calmus Is s> victim of dime novels, and is a member of ■* rep utable Philadelphia family. He can be sentenced tv ten years' Imprisonment on the indictments to which he pleaded guilty. STANDARD TRUST ELECTS VAN LOAN. It was announced yesterday that Zelah Van Loan had been elected assistant secretary of the Standard Trust Company. 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