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prick Equitable Probing Committee
Tells Scope of Inquiry.
Announcing that it intends to Investigate
thoroughly the entire management of the so
ciety, the committee of seven appointed at the
last meeting of the directors of the Equitable
Life Assurance Society has sent to President
Alexander through Henry C. Frick, its chair
man, a request for detailed Information cover
tag the society's expenditures for salaries, in
vestments and perquisites, with "expenses" of
every kind, since 1900. Information concerning
the society's dealing and holdings in stocks, its
contracts with leading agents, and the "politics"
by which employes obtained or retained their
places, is demanded by the committee.
The schedule submitted, says Mr. Frick in
the letter, dated April 8. In th* opinion of the
committee, covers all the charges and counter
charges made against anybody, but if there is
knowledge by any one of anything else which
tfco'jld be Investigated, the committee would be
glad to learn of it. All employes should take
advantage of this opportunity to inform the
committee fully and frankly of any facts con
cerning the subjects under investigation, writes
Mr. Frick. for they will be protected. Their
fiuty to the society now lies in their aid toward
xnakir.g: the Investigation as complete and ac
ssjrate as po6slbl<v
The committee £Sks specifically for informa
tion about transactions since January 1, I'JOO,
because of the great task to audit the docu
ments -sary to its work, '..-at if anything
prior to that date comes to light which would
warrant examination, the examination will be
forthcon:ir.g. Mr. Frick promises. The informa
tion will be analyzed and tested, his letter says,
and la addition, separate and independent exam
inations trill be made by the committee's ex
perts. A copy of the letter should be sent to
the heads of all departments, Mr. Frick says.
The plan of invest* outlined by the com
jcittee's requests for information promises a
thorough probing for the society of all the
charges made by both sides in the struggle for
control of the assets. This It* instigation, how
ever, will be In secret, and the only result of
It the public is likely to see will be the formal
report. The committee will receive testimony
to chow whether exorbitant salaries are paid to
Incompetent employes or those who don't work,
and whether employes obtained their places
through favoritism. The committee intends to
take up the assertion that directors of the society
"jockeyed" investments in stocks for their own
benefit and formed subsidiary companies, like
the Equitable Trust Company and the Mercan
tile Trust Company, taking up their stock with
Equitable money, and forming- "fat jobs" for
themselves. The charges that favored directors
mere able to obtain loans in questionable ways
will be Investigated.
Members of the committee would not say yes
terday when the actual investigation would be
gin or whether the officers of the society would
have to testify personally. Cornelias N. BUM
declared that he intended to continue the policy
ef silence outlined by the board.
President Alexander has .«f»r.t to the agency
force a long letter commenting- on the present
difficulties of the society. Including an invita
tion to the managers to attend a "general con
ference" with him next Tuesday. He speaks
cf the Interest he has taken in the mutualiza
tion an. Hyde pecp!s see in this conference
an attempt on the part of Mr. Alexander to
Wire the control of the agents through their
chiefs, and win them to bis side in the con
trove nry.
President Alexander may become the defend
ant in a proceeding for breach ef trust. It
was learned yesterday that Mr. Hyde's advisors
had discussed seriously the wisdom of asking
that he be removed as a trustee of the Henry
B. Hyde estate. Such action would be based
on me assertions of Mr. Alexander's lawyers In
the Loru I lit. that the liquitable's stock, of
which he is a trust had no value other than
Its 7 per cpih interest, with no interest in the
Burplus. Such assertions by a trustee were
Manifestly unfitting, It was contended.
The action of the investigating committee was
decided on at a meeting at which were present
Mesfrs. Harriman. Bliss, lv. -■. Ingfills and
Frick. There It was determined, wrote Mr.
Frirk. to obtain from President Alexander, 'in
duly verified" by himsalf and t^e heads of the
various departmental a copy of t!.<.- present pay
roll of the society, with a statement showing in
detail the following facts:
The r.amp of each r^reon in receipt of any sal
try cr corrjpenM.tlon of any kind fi m th«> soritfy.
The sracrunt of such compenration; when, bow and
to whom ru.ld, with a copy of in* form of vouchers
(if any} us=f d in the payment, and the form of re
<*!s>t given.
The datf when each person was first employed,
tfct '.warily ar.i. duties or ea"h and the. nam- of
the yrf-rpor: "or persons who employed fcach.
If tr»re has tie^n any Increase in **ich salary,
fa^cs or rompenea-tion; th<- increase; when made;
t>y whom and why; if ;;ny employe hr.s any business
relation with an?' Other company in which tn<- .soci
ety has «cck or any ir.t«-r^ft; the name of such
*»ploy*. his position with the <nher company and
the compensation rect-U - ed th<*r«-for.
If t'iy employe In any manner receives, Ireetly
or Indirectly, any j>f»rqui;it»-s from the society or
such oth*r company than his salary or 6tat»-d com
pensation; the amount of py-h pf-rquisiifs; why
*n1 how received; ff f >r how kr.g. and what officer
<»f the foclety authorized the ?am'j
Who fjf ihe employes are relat»-<l by blood or
ttarria^f to any of th«» tlr.mruirs or principal ot
fion or iieads of depart irrfus. the degree of such
rtlttlocshin. and the oflV-^r or. head of dep»rt-
Jr-Tit tv whom r»lat«-d. . '
If £.:.>• t uch persons nr* employed in services out
rld» <,1 the offW>3 and ordinary departments and
tftnek-s of the society, the tacts at l«-njrth showing
the past*, ot the person, the viif who employed him.
t*>* reason f<jr employment, the salary paid, ana
ho*' lor-jr such employment r.:*a lotted.
liy •temploye" is intended to designate fJ per
•er.g from the presi^r-t of the society do ft-, in
':lu<J!r.g the highest arid lowest employe, mai« ana
Jennie, the highest and lowest officers of the bo
citty and all otfat-rs whose services are. or Have
bttn. pmfessknal or otherwise: and all tho trus
tee* and OJreeton i^n<i stockholders of tlie society
tad «r\* f y person who in any way or for ax.y rea
eoa hs;, i «t«:v.><s any <jf th* money or property of
th« toclety gin-e January 1. I'M), including April 1.
I*B, not including pollcyuolders or the regular
•olicitir.g nrectt of the society.
A detailed etatetnent of all moneys or other prop
erty cr the society paid out by the society since
Jar.u&ry 1. lyw. to or for or on account or any
•fflpioye. including all clflcers, trustees or directors
o? «he BSCSetr for or on account of travelling or
other expenses of any kind. Bbowlnc on wbose ac
count the game was jjflJd, when. wl;o paid it, who
authorized it, and why. . ,
A detailed statement of the holdings or interest
« the society in the Mercantil* Truf-t Company of
BtV-Terk. the Equitable Trust Company, of New-
Tork, aoTthe Mercantile Safe Deposit Company, of
Nw-Vork and in any olner trust or title or cafe
«*?sslt company or bank or banking company.
Jl'uh this statement give the date when each
holdinr cr interest was acquired, by whose «-uthor
ity. end how. what was paid for it. from whom
*n;ti:red, and to whom payment was mnae.
Cor ;J *f of each of the leases or contracts by
*&eh the wodetv leases to any ot!i<-r corporation
W comi-ai v any portion of Us holdings in pro"."
■»>'. with a statement of who authorized . euch
"*»-•■ "" through whom each was made
.A statement of ftl! the loans of any kind slme
wurry |; jjqo mad- by the society to any one or
i*« employes, tacJudlnr' it" offleers. directors and
£<Ut*c«. ere! a statement showing who authorlif-d
!£ l'»»n, by whom the loan was negotiated, to
jrhoni it was mrd>, In what form, tor how niuph.
*•«• <t was and is secured, and <■(■ rate of inter
•^ and evidence of indehtr-dm-Mi.
'* any loans have be«-n paid, date of payment, to
wrtat f*!*o*)» paM «n<l Ly whom. I. I '■**)•
A •teteißect of all dealings sine* January I. l*w.
'£■' '-ontinurd on •errotb P»g«. \
„ _. An Excellent Appetizer, aids dißeflion.
-ilv ey & Sou * *** Fult<ni h '
To-day.' cloud j. follofrmt by rain.
-i o-morrow, rain; Increasing- northeast wtads.
Starts Out at Sunrise with Renewed
Frederick. Okla., April 12— President Roose
velt and his party resumed their hunt soon after
sunrise to-day, the President entering: Into the
sport with renewed enthusiasm. This has been
an Ideal day for the hunters in the Bis Pasture,
the weather being- cool and cloudy. The party
goes out at 6:30 o'clock each morning: and re
turns to camp about 11 o'clock for dinner. Fresh
horses are saddled by attendants, and another
start is made at 1:30 o'clock in the afternoon.
One of the diversions of the camp was a series
of foot races in which tne President took part.
The dogs are so accustomed to pursuing wolves
that they stopped chasing a wildcat yesterday
when a wolf was scented. Last night a raccoon
was caught In Deep Red Creek, and it is now in
camp as a live trophy of th.? chase.
In one of the runs a wolf was chased over the
hills and across creeks and through timber for
ten miles. The pace was fast, and when the
wolf was captured there were only four of the
party within sight of the animal— "Bob" Bur
nett, Guy Waggoner and John Abernathy, three
oldtime cowboys, and President Roosevelt. About
fifteen dogs are taken out at a time, and the
remainder of the pack is kept at camp. Yelps
can 1* heard for miles.
The Sagamore a Prisoner to Bergs
for Sixteen Hours.
Boston. April 12.— The* Warren Line steam
ship Sagamore, which arrived at Boston yes
terday from Liverpool, reported having been
imprisoned for sixteen hours by Icebergs on the
Grand Banks. When the vessel reached the
banks a dense four prevailed, and when this
lifted she was found to be surrounded by
great masses of ice, which towered high above
her. Captain Fenton ordered the engines
stopped, and sixteen hours had passed before
the steamer could pick her way through the
Baseball Batter Misses Ball — Rupt
ures Blood Vessel.
Cnmden. X. J., April 12.— As a result of a
strain received in a baseball game last Satur
day, William Garrison died to-night at his home.
No. 712 Spruce-st.
Last Saturday Garrison made a swing at a
pitched balL He missed, and his momentum
was so great that he spun around three i.mes.
Apparently, Garrison f^lt no 111 effects of his
swing until Monday. Then he began to feel
bad, and yesterday Dr. Miller was called Jn. He
recognized at once that Garrison's condition
was due to the rupture of the main blood vessel
in the stomach.
Runaway Horse Killed and Driver
Hangs Dazed Over River.
A runaway horse attfuhed to a light delivery
waßf.n owned by the Standard Express Com
pany, and driven by John P. Witt, of No. 179
-North 7th-st., WilMamsburg. ran away on the
Willinmsbur;*- Bridge last evening and was
killed at the Manhattan side. The driver was
thrown from his seat and tossed to the top of
an Iron girder. I>azed, h^ clung to the girder,
with part of his body dangling over the river.
Several drivers ran to his aid and rescued him.
He was cut about the head.
The policeman at the entrance closed the run
away gat*, and the animal dashed into it at full
force. It was huri&s backward, with both fore
legs broken and neck dislocated. It was ehot.
Tlie ru^h t. use wildly excited. Police
Captain Oardliier and ;i squad of men had dif
ficulty in controlling the excited men and
women. Some one sent in a fire alarm, and
when the apparatus arrived the excitement was
in ere:
Louis Zeiger. of Engine Company No. 31,
Much Against Race Suicide.
Between answering false alarms last night the
firemen of Engine Company No. 3], at Kirn and
White Ft.«.. were busy discussing race suicide.
Captain Timothy ,T. afcAullffe said he thought of
offering a prise to the fireman in his command who
can eclipse the record made on Tuesday l9jit by
I»uis Zr-iger, of the company, whose wife. Jiecame
th- mother of triplets, two boys and a jrirl.
Z^iper was the object of many congratulations
yesterday, but .I---. '•« Creighton, another member
of th« company, was a trifle Jealous. He is the
father of twins a v. '■': old.
Zeijrer said last sight that he and his wife had
decided to nar^e their otplets .'liter Miss Helen
Gould and Edward F. Cro?i<»r and Mayor George B.
Wealthy Golf Player Buys Laid for Big
Furnaces and Mills.
Beaver, Perm., April 12— A syndicate of Pittaburg
capitalists, headed by Henry Fownes. the famous
polf player, has purchased six hundred acrea of
ground near here at a cost of J1.M0.000, on which will
be erected at once an immense blast furnace and
mills which will be run in opposition to the Steel
Trust. There are said to be associated with Mr.
Fowl's some of the wealthiest men outside the big
- bko Mr. Fownes owned the Carrie Furnace
nea^nt££u£ which he sold to Mr. Carnegie. Had
he waUed until th' next year he would have madtl
11 or*S>> out "f the Mle. a» the United States Steel
Trust £« .to m then and took in the furnace.
Nine Letters to Her Father— Police Arrest
j J Walsh a batter, told the Charles-st. police
last night that the ninth letter threatening the
kidnapping of his daughter. Lillian, fourteen years
Old. living with him and his wife at No. &* Perry
st.. had been received by him yesterday. An Italian
who was loitering about his home last night was
arrested. The Italian said he was Sulvatore Gun
slno. a shlrtmaker, of No. II Hcdford-st. He said
he had been waiting for a barber friend, and he
was discharged after two hours of quizzing.
Since March li Mrs. Walsh has escorted her
daughter to and from school daily. No attempt has
£„...! made to interfere with the girl or her mother,
and nothing has happened to disclose the Identity
tt th<> writer of the letters. No sum of money to
t«- raid was : m Mud.d in the letters. Mr. Walsh s
♦laughter is prmy. and" the neighborhood a* i been
intensely interested in the case from th« first.
St Louis, April 12.-Tight lacing Is believed to be
the cause of the sudden death Of Mr*. Violet O'Con
nor wife of a travelling salesman of St. Louis.
The young woman, while out walking last evening,
fell In a faint, from which nhe never recovered.
-*r. William Nlfong. who attendee her, said death
as brought on by hemorrhage caused by tight
Flagship of Admiral Rojestvensky.
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Miss Rothschild Says He Is Too
Old— Only 46.
It was learned last night that the engagement
of Miss Elsie B. Rothschild and Andrew Freed
man, announced on March 20, had been broken
by Miss Rothschild. Disparity of ages was
given as the reason. Members of the family
at first refused to discuss the rumor which was
circulated early in the evening. Later, how
ever, the definite announcement was given out.
Mr. Freedman is forty-six years old. Miss
Rothschild is much younger.
When a Tribune reporter called at the Roth
schild home. No. 81 West 57th-st, last night.
Mrs. Rothschild at first refused to see him,
saying she guessed his mission and did not
care to discuss the subject. When she learned
that the rumor would be printed she would
neither affirm nor deny It She added:
"That is a subject I do not care to talk about
at all."
Miss Rothschild herself was out.
Mr. Freedman, who was a guest at Sherry's,
had not returned to his apartments at an early
hour this morning.
The engagement of Mr. Fre»dman, who was
supposed to be a confirmed bachelor, was the re
sult of a romantic courtship of only a few weeks.
It is said that the proposal and acceptance took
place in an automobile while the couple, with a
party of friends, were spinning over a New-
Jersey road. The rest of the party were in
formed and word was sent by telephone to Miss
Rothschild's parents.
On the nipht of March 20 the entire Ist Bat
tery band, turned out, headed by Captain Wen
del, to serenade them. Among the guests pres
ent that evening at Mrs. Rothschild's home
wore Alton B. Parker. August Belmont. Perry
Belmont and James H. Hyde.
Miss Rothschild is the youngest child of Jacob
Rothschild, the owner of the Hotel Majestic.
Another daughter is Mrs. Charles Daly Bern
heimer, and the unmarried children are Miss
Helen Rothschild and Joseph Rothschild.
Mr. Freedman is well known In the financial
and baseball world.
Many Said To Be Dead and
Injured in Mississippi.
Vicksburp, Miss.^April 12— Many persons are
reported to have been killed and injured in a
wreck on the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Rail
road fourteen miles north of here at midnight.
The northbound fast passenger and the south
bound passenger trains are reported to have
collided. All physicians of the city have been
called to the scene of the wreck.
She Seeks Divorce from Robert Lee Arait,
Who Is Now in Mexico.
Newport. R. 1.. April 12.— A divorce petition was
filed in the Supreme Court to-day by Mrs. Evelyn
Bralntree Armit. daughter of "Al " Adams, against
Robert I^e Armit. of Mexico, formerly of New-
York. It ls> understood that the charge is deser
tion and non-support.
Mrs. Armit is now in Kurope occupying the War
ren Villa. Her marriage, which was a runaway
match, occurred abuut five years ago, but has not
been a haj>py one. and she has not lived with her
husband elnc« coming to Newport, three years
Sgo. Mr. Armit. on whom papers have been served
is at present at Guanajuato, Mexico, where lm now
resides, and it is understood that he will off«r no
objection to his wife* petition. He la a member
of a number of clubs and is well known in New-
York. m
Detectives Unsuccessful in Search for Con
gressman Beasley's Son.
Norfolk. Va.. April 11— Detective* of the Nor
folk Police Department returned to-day from Rocky
Mount N. C. where, the officers believed, they had
a. clew to the whereabouts of eight-year-old Krn
neth Beasley a eon of Congressman Beasley. or
North Carolina, who was kidnapped from his home
at Elizabeth City some weeks back and who it la
believed, is being held for ransom. The officers
followed the clew for twenty-four hours, bat failed
to locate the boy. From the time that young Beaa
ley disappeared up to the present there has been
no trace of his whereabouts.
After all. USHER'S. «« •£*&&* «**• «*•
highball famous, It J?J h «J^L r AflYtt ,—
Rojestvensky's Fleet United — Jap
anese Scouts Active.
Singapore, April 12. — The armored British
cruiser Sutlej has arrived here from Hongr Kong.
She reports having passed the Russian second
Pacific squadron. Including seven battleships,
steaming north, at daylight on April 11.
Tokio, April 12. — No information has reached
Tokio that would in any way Indicate either the
plans of Admiral Rojestvensky or the destination
of his vessels.
It is reported here that the Russians at Vladi
vestok are conducting experiments with six
submarine vessels, and that fsMi boats are all
of foreign manufacture, including French, Brit
ish and American types.
Amsterdam, April 12.— A fipnt is now going on
near the Anamba Islands, according to a tele
gram from Batavia to tfes "Handelsblad."
The dispatch adds that five Dutch warships
are near the scene of battle.
St. Petersburg. April 12.— The Admiralty does
not credit the possibility of a general naval
battle yet. The officials think It possible that
the Japanese may have attempted a torpedo
boat attack on a convoy in the night.
Saigon, April 12.— The French cruiser Des
cartes and five torpedo boats are cruising off
Cape St. James, near here. The gunboats
Acheron and Styx are about to leave Saigon for
tlaf purpose, it is said, of preserving the neutral
ity of French waters.
The Descartes, which has wireless fcMegjaph
apparatus, has received several dispatches in
a foreign code which are unintelligible.
Several Japanese ships are cruising off the
coast of Cochin-China for the purpose of pre
venting the Russians taking coal on board and
are makir.gr reoonnoissances.
A Chinese junk which arrived here recently
reported that two Japanese vessels purchased
supplies at Pulo-Obl. at the southern extremity
of Cochin-China.
If a battle takes place off the coast of Cochln-
China the only incidents anticipated hy the
French colony here are th it the belligerents may
eend disabled ships to this port.
London. April 12.— N0 confirmation has been
received here of the report of a naval battle
off the Anambas Islands, and as there is no
cabte connection with those Islands it is dif
ficult to see how Batavia could have tcot su«-h
news before Singapore.
The Associated Press If able to confirm abso
lutely tho statement that the Russian battle
ships passed Singapore going eastward "n April
8, so that all of Vice- Admiral Rojestvensky's
squadron are accounted for. This definite news
about the battleships was sent to Singapore by
wireless telegraph from the China B -i. It i.«
presumed here that the battleships passed fur
ther out to sea than the rest of the squadron.
A dispatch to Lloyds from Singapore to-day
says that the Russian Beet was composed of
seven battleships, two armored cruisers, live
unarmored cruisers, three <•. nverted cruisers,
seven destroyers, sevi nteen steamers and hos
pital ships and a tug.
A Rumor from Labtian Fire Jap
anese Battleships.
London, April 13.— The correspondent of "The
Daily Mail" at Labuan, .iff the northwest coast
of Borneo, says that reports are current there
that Itrge fleets have been eighte.l south of
"The Daily Telegraph's" T"kio correspondent
this morning, in a comparative statement of the
stre-jjth of the nehting fleets of Japan and Rus
sia, says that the Japanese have five battleships.
"The Daily Telegraph" considers that this dis
poses of the runiiu- that th.' battleship Yashitr.a
was sunk by a Russian mine off Dalny la Jun^
Preparation* had been nearly completed when the
war opened for the ooastructtoii »f battleships in
Continued on third p«s*-
April 23 promises to be the greatest In history.
Through trains via Pennsylvania Railroad. Early
reservations for parlor car scats should be mad*.
Threw Things in Class — Now May
Not Be Graduated.
Six students have been suspended from The
college of pharmacy of Columbia for miscon
duct in the classroom. The men are all seniors
who were expecting to graduate this spring, and
are popular among their fellows. They are G.
Gartner, H. H. Gladwin. A. Lund. A. A. Phiio
and H. A. Seaman. They have been suspended
until the meeting of the board of trustees
in the early part of May. At that time it -viU
be deci'led whether they will be expelled.
At any rate, it is said part of the ajata will wot
be graduated this spring. The final examinr
tions begin to-morrow. Seanr.an and Gladwin
are* to be allowed to enter th^se. subject to .he
future action of the faculty. The other m.-n
-will not be allowed to take them. If they are
reinstated they can take the debar examinations
In September and be graduated at that time.
It seems that the men, who, of course, have
free access to the laboratory, have been in the
habit of bringing from the laboratory to the
le- tore crude drugs. If the lecture has proved
uninteresting, they have amused themselves by
hurling these drugs about the room at each
other and at the less boisterous students. They
were warned that this must stop, but the warn
ing had no result. Finally, wh'.n, one day. they
came into Dr. Oehler's lecture and created such
a disturbance that the whole room was in con
fusion and the professor unable to continue his
lecture. Dean H. H. Rusby decided that it was
time for action.
He w.asted no words. Last Friday he posted
the notice of suspension on the bulletin board
and told the students that they would no longer
be permitted to attend lectures.
Reform Club Collection in University
— Ownership Unchanged.
Arrangements have been completed for the
removal of the library of the Reform Club from
No. 2 East 35th-st. to Columbia University.
Some change was made necessary by the exten
sive building operations in sth-ave. Practically
all the property on the block in which the club
was situated has been bought by a retail mer
chant, and a monster department store will be
begun immediately.
Several offers were made to the Reform Club
looking -toward the purchase of Its library or a
union with some one of the many libraries in
this city, all of which were refused. Under the
arrangement made with Columbia University.
an important place will be given the library of
the Reform Club in the library building of the
The library will continue to be the property
of the Reform Club, and It is believed that its
removal to this location will be advantageous) to
the club, to Columbia University and to the
citizens of New- York. It is expected that there
will soon be furnished a special reference li
brarian, who will superintend the purchase of
books and assist general readers, as well aa
those investigating special subjects. In two di
rections, municipal affairs and currency, the
Reform Club is said to have the best working
library in the United States. Its collections of
foreign municipal reports and pamphlets upon
the currency question at home and abroad are
said to excel all others.
The collection on currency was gathered, to
gether by L. Carroll Root, formerly secretary
of the Soy.nd Currency Committee.
The department on municipal affairs has been
under the supervision of Dr. Milo R. Maltble.
secretary of the Municipal Art Commission, who
is still secretary of the library committee of the
Reform Club, and for several years was Editor
of "Municipal Affairs" and secretary of the
committee on city affairs.
MAY GIVE $12,500,000.
Western Colleges Have Submitted
Plan to Carnegie.
Grlnnell, lowa, April 12.— 1t is announced on
the authority of President Dan F. Bradley of
lowa College that Andrew Carnegie Is consider
ing a plan, submitted by a committee of presi
dents of Western institutions., looking to dona
tions of .512.r>Oi>,(>»0 to science departments of
fifty colleges in seventeen States.
Two years ago five Congregational colleges in
the West asked $1.00O,»">O each, and Mr. Car
negie declined to give in this way. but asked that
representatives of deserving colleges present to
him a practical plan for a large series of gifts.
The present plan was formulated by President
Bradley and the press dent of Knox College,
Galesburß, and approved by the others interest
ed. It ie believed that Mr. Carnegie will adopt
th" scheme, with some modifications.
Practically All on the Ciast Said to Have
Been Condemned.
Pittrfburg. April 12.— 1n the last week the Arm
strong Cork Works, of Pittsburg. has received
orders for one bandied thousand new life preserv
ers, and this brings out the information that the
government has practically condemned every life
preserver on the Atlantic Coast.
Inspector General Uhlc-r has just finished a com
plete overlooking of the Pittsburgh works, where
so many big orders have been placed, and has laid
down strict rules as to what sort of preservers
shall be turned out Only solid or compressed cork
can be used. Captain I. B. Williams, an inspector. is
authority for the statement that practically every
life preserver on the coast has been condemned by
Inter. i
Justice Gaynor So Bales — No Case When
Animal Attacks Just Once.
"Every dog is entitled IS) one bite, every horse
one kick and every cow one butt. and, if It is not
shown to me that the dog complained of had pre
viously bitten some one elf* than the plaintiff. i
will dismiss this action." said Justice William J.
Gaynor. in the Supreme Court at Flushing, Long
Island, yesterday, when the case of William H.
Griffith against Julius Gut man was put on trial.
Mr. Griffith wanted 95.000 from Outman because a
dog owned by the latter had bitten him. and it
was shown on the trial that the dog had bitten
another person before it had attacked Griffith, and
for that reason the case went on. The Jury, after
being out a short time, brought In a verdict for
OS, but counsel for the plaintiff asked Justice Gay
nor to set the verdict aside, on the grounds that
it was not an adequate one or decided upon In ac
cordance with the evidence. Justice Oaynor re
served decision on the motion.
Armstrong Says Each Senator Has
"Special Baby" to List.
Albany. April 12.— After three hours of &$*
order, four roll calls, vituperation, inatntiattOßi
and endless lobbying on the floor of the Senate,
the Stevens bill, standardizing; the sarinc*
banks Investments in the State, amende*
against the will of the chairman of the Bank
ing Committee and the State Banking Depart
ment In such shape as to admit th» mortgage)
bonds of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Rail
road, was advanced In the face of the em
phatic declaration that in Its existing form
Governor Hlggins would not sign it. The per
formances over this hill are generally regarded
as the most barefaced and outrageous of the)
session. A bill had been framed by Senator
Stevens, with the consent and in conformity
with th» recommendation of the State Banking
Department, which aimed at ending forever
the annual legislative fl<ht to get certain rail
road bonds on the list of lepralizej savings bank
investments This bill was reported by the)
Banking Committee, came up in the Senat* and!
was suddenly sent back to committee for amend
ment against the indignant opposition of Sena
tor Stevens and the better element of the legis
When the '..ill emerged from committee It was
found that the mortgage bonds of the Chicago
an.l Eastern Illinois Railroad Company, specifi
cally named, had been added to the list, and]
that this was the amendment which had been
contemplated when the bill had been recommit
ted. Thereupon the conservative element of ths>
Senate, Including the majority of the Republi
can members, at once attacked th" bill, while
Senator Gardner, of Brooklyn, egged on and
coached by Senator McCarren. led a successful
fight for the amendment. Senator Gardner going
hack and forth about the Senate and seeking
votes and finally winning the battle, although
not before he had been warned that the Gov
ernor would never sign th» bill with the "joker*"
Senator Klsberg- fired th* first gun In the at
tack, saying:
Never again shall I stand for a general bill of
this kind. Savings banks Investments have been
made the sport of the railroads too long.
Senator Gardner, of Brooklyn, who had as»
sumed charge of the Chicago and Eastern 1111*
nois amendment from its first appearance, hur
ried to the defence. Although nobody had at»
tacked the bonds of this railroad, ha declared!
that there was no question of their security, con
tinuing: '
They axe short of the standard Just one-tenth
of 1 per cent; for all practical purposes they are.
as good as any authorized by the present law.
Elsberg replied. insisting:
But this amendment of yours defeats the very
purpose of the bill. The bill -was drawn to fix
a general standard; also. I might say. to put an
end to the general scandal that has arisen from
tampering with savings panic Investments by
the legislature.
Gardner kept up the light, saying:
The savings bank people admitted that them*)
bonds (the Chicago and Eastern Illinois) were a. :
safe investment; still they did not want the act,
Senator Elsbers; then moved to restore thm till;
to its original form, but gave way to the movajl
sweeping proposition of Senator Bracket^, what
suggested an amendment striking oat every rail-.
road mentioned In tho present law. and estab*
llshing as a general standard that the mortgagM
bonds of railroads) should be authorised invest
cents so long as they continue to earn and pay^
4 per cent. "This,'* said he. -will do what sucss]
a bill ought to."
The amendment would hare stricken from th*^
list tha names of the Chicago and Northwestern^
Chicago. Burlington and Qulncy. Michigan Ce»4
tral, Illinois Central. Pennsylvania, Delaware*
and Hudson. Delaware, I<ackawanna and "West j
em. New- York. New-Haven and Hartford* Eos
ton and Maine, Malna Central. Chicago and AJ*
ton. Morris and Essex, Central of New-Jersey^,
United New-Jersey. Chicago. Milwaukee and St,
Paul, and Chicago. Rock Island and PacfAo* li 1
created more than a slight sensation, Senate^
Armstrong liked the suggestion and said: I
For years each Senator has had his own spest
cial baby to be added to this company. I prow
test against the incorporation In this bill of a.
"baby list." The thing has no end. Still, if tha!
whole lot can't be stricken out. X think It might.
be a good plan to pile 'em all as they come, and'
make people so sick of the bill that it will boos'
defeat itself."
Senator Cooper, who is vice-president of &
Brooklyn savings bank, agreed with Armstrong^
asserting that he objected to forcing on saving^
banks securities they should not buy.
Senator Gardner was joined in his defence at
the bill by Senator Foley, who in the absence of*
Senator Grady was acting minority leader. He>
said with some heat:
This kind of talk makes me tired. Legislator*
are just as patriotic and honest and capable a*
the bankers of the State. Of course, we are>
human and we err, but we are here as a Jury.
and I am tired of hearing: our motives as a Jury 5
To this Senator Bracket t retorted hotly, say*
And I am tired of hearing: that Mr Morgan os>
Mr. Harrlman has got in this road and that.
It's time we put it out of th* power of any on»
to come here, and by putting in this law the
bonds of some special railroad have it said that
he made a fortune by the appreciation of thoss>
Senator Raines refrained from entering the)
melee until Senator Ambler ventured the re
mark that the Savings Bank Association fa
vored the bill In Its presont form. Assembly
man Smith, who ha.l fathered the measure on
the other side, he said, had Just told him so.
Then the majority leader, with some show of
anger. made this statement:
The Senator well knows that the Chicago and
Eastern Illinois was inserted in this bill agatnsc
the strenuous opposition, not only of the Savings
Banks Association, but also of the State Super
intendent of Banks and of Senator Stevens,
chairman of the Banks Committee, who was not
present when it was done. It is an attempt to
foist Into the measure a company which does not
come within the provisions of the law; It is
stultifying the purpose of the bill. I should Ilka
to ask the Senate if it has ever been referred to>
the Bank Superintendent for opinion.
•'Well, 1 of — ci" — I can't say as to that," hesi
trued Gardner.
"There Is no reason why we should stand be
hind underwriters who expect to reap a rich re
ward from the Incorporation of this amend
ment," declared Senator CosseshalL
'•Any amendment now would Imperil the cue
cess of the bill." said Gardner with smiling con
"If the bill passes in Its present form the sav
togs bank people will ask the Governor to vet*
it-" declared Senator Brackett. QS
Then followed a scries of rollcalH on various)
motions to defeat tho bill in Its existing shape,
either by amendment or otherwise. They were)
all defeated by close votes. In one instaive tha
vote was 21 to 30. and Senator Armstrong* a
vote defeated the attempt to hold up the bin
and have it amended. It was finally agr*gc«d;

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