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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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