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p. 7?. R. Gives It to Company in
Which Senator Is Director.
Ist telegraph to HE tribuxe.]
Philadelphia, April 24.— Announcement came
£03 the office of Fourth Vice-President
jet. cf the Pennsylvania Railroad Company to
jjjgjit that the contract for that part of the New-
York tunnel work for which bids had been
eps" ei * * en days ago had been awar<J*<l to the
ZziXtH nnsineering and Contracting Company.
3Bt work includes the construction of part of
£,ittr.nel lines under 32d and 33d sts.. east
itxCly from the- terminal station to the shafts at
jjj.ave.. In Manhattan, No one here seems to
jscsw anything about the successful bidders,
nor Is It c-cn known whether it is a New-York
or Philadelphia company. Chief Engineer Brown.
tt the Pennsylvania, is out of town and the oft
cial information of the award of the contract
came so late that MM cf the officers of the com
pfcsy cou!i be reached.
It Bay be significant to note that Senator P.
H. ilcCarren is a director of the United En
flseertr.g r.:id Contracting Company. The Penn
sylvania seems to have taken care of both ends
of the political situation here. Through the
)bw-Y< Contracting: and Trucking: Company
the Pennsylvania reached Charles F. Murphy,
as Murphy's brother and his lieutenant. Alder
can Gaflsejr, own the company. a big: contract
went to this company.
Recently McCarren has made his peace with
Slurphy and Tammany Hall. While McCarren
has not had any of the good things recently, he
itSXD wields great power In Kings County, and
the Pennsylvania roa4 la going to have a great
deal of construction work to do in Brooklyn
and en Lcng Inland. This last Pennsylvania
contract seems to let BlcCarren in on something
good, fibows the firpt sign of a real healing of
the breach that has existed between Kings and
TfP"" Jli r- at the same time .-I^ars the way
tor :he PenriFylvania's operations on Long
The United Engineering -a Contracting
Company is a New-York concern. It has ■ cap
ital etork of $l&fi.oo<\ Jts office? are at No. 17
P£Jk Row. The officers are: President. David
L. Hou?h: secretary, Frederick Wooley, and
treasurer, Francis L,. Pruyn.
No Salaries, Though — Senator's
Visit to Mayor Explained.
It waa rstror.ape. and not art thst Senator Pat
rick MeCarren had in mind last week when he
cai'.ed on the Mayor. Mayor McClellan said they
had talked cf art. and that he had thought of ap
poißtteg The Brooklyn politician to the presidency
cf •!-.«» Art Corr.missicn.
Yesterday Th<> Mayor appointed two McCarren men
to ur.salaried «fnce?, grid then the cat iras sot of
the bap. It is understood tthat hereafter the Mayor
f-iU, wbffl opportunity offers arpoint McCarren
ir.en to all ur.salaried places In Brooklyn and Mur
phy men to the places generally regarded as "good
The appointments yesterday were those of Dr.
Morris T. Lewis, ■( the Tth Assembly District,
er.d Thomas P. Bras of the 18th District, to
the bocrd of managers cf the Brooklyn Disciplinary
TntVtot School. Dr. Lewis is an anti-Tammany
rmn, end la the factional fights has made all th«
troub> possible for Deputy Fire Commissioner
Dojie, the Murphy leader In Kings. Dr. I>>w!s is a
rr.embT of th« Bay Rid?p Democratic Club and
if president of the Bay Rid;:. Driving Club. He
succeeds the lato John 11. Line, and Mr. Brenack
Bueceefix E. L. Vaughn, resigned.
Brooklyn Drmocrats were much Interested in the
appointments, because they seemed to confirm the
etory that Murphy and McCarren had signed a
j^ace protocol the terms of which will compel
th»m to leave their "w<-epons" with the caretakers
at the city convention next fall.
Mayer SlcCTellaa is not particularly interested
la th« politick] future of Deputy Fire Commis
sioner Doylp. Ke is particularly Interested in the
future of George B. MeCiellan. "With full county
ar.d dry tickets to elect in Manhattan and Brook
lyn, the oidiire Democrats are beginning to realise
that it is about time to stop fighting among
themselves ay.C begin to train ihe organization
F-T.f on the Kepublicaris and Citizens Union.
If Mayor McCleUan is defeated next fall It is
pretty <fnain that thf next national convention
elaip v-V.l not contain *iis name as a 'favorite
eon." He and his friends think thiit it is better
to inf.ict <i few pangs on Mr. Doyle than ■„ see
tnprosf-he? poUtleal morSTC ke<j>trs in the great
acd giencus political games that are to come
Jeter en.
IVfcea Charie? P. Murphy, who returned yes
terday from Atlantic City, was asked about tii..
eu.ry that he und McCarren would not continue
eritp:!!* «-r.ch other, he said:
■'JtcCtrren; on. Mr. McCarren l!v«*s in Brook
lyn. 1 know nothing about Brooklyn politics."
Modi hy the Supreme Court
I 'tiauimouHly Refused.
• ■ the request
■ f Congn
The House adopted a resolution asking Presi
dent Palma for a li^t of employes discharged
by the present covcrmnent and the reasons
Whole Southwestern Belt Bene
fited by Downfall.
Kansas City, April 24.— 000 d ani sufficient
rains have fallen all over Oklahoma. Indian Ter
ritory and Western Kansas since Saturday, and
to-r.ight it is raining In Has-tern Kansas, the
«ho!e Southwestern wheat belt benefiting
The .-beat crop Is in such condition that the
rain is considered by growers to have come at
an opportune lime, although the reports or previ
ous drouths have not been of a general nature.
Corn planting having been finished }n most
fclaces, Jhft present moisture also gives promise
cf en early Ktart in the growth of that crop.
Attempt to Break Will of Member
of Pabst Family.
!bt tiilxgbafh to the tbiboe.J
Mil vaukee. V k '!s.. Anil 'J4.— The will of Mrs.
Llselte EttaarHHn, who ditd in Berlin a few
Wtcks apo. 1-ravir.g an estate of OWJfiOO. will
t*. eostwaeii. Mrs. SchaJidein was fc member
of the Best- Pabst family, and the will leaves
ibsut £2'<M>'>j to two eteterfl, while a third
•toter receives the rest of th« estate.
Ti.fi rooiestants dedare that Jacob Hell, the
husband of ;hc chief bt-nefleiary. used his posl
t:o:i as financial man for Mrs. Schandein to
make h!s wife wealthy at the expense "* the
other heirs.
_, An Excellent Appetizer, aid* &*** t ton. _„.„
H- T. Dtnty & Sons Co.. 158 Fulton gu->ew YorK
t*-**^. faCTßMto , T^S a^fre. ,, wh.ujgW.YOßK. TUESDAY. APRIL 25. -FOURTEEN PAGES.-^-nSgXSShSSu
Citizens' Union Wouldn't Indorse
the Murphy Hall Mark.
R. Fulton Cutting, at a meeting of the Citi
zens' I'nioti last night, was aaked what action
the Citizens' Union wouM take If Tammany
Hall should nominate District Attorney Jerome
for another terru
"It in inconceivable." he replied. "It Mr.
Jerome should accept such a nomination he is
a much different man from what I now regard
him. I don't believe there is any such thing
Frank Moss, who attended the meeting, was
asked what attitude the Citizens' Vnion would
take in ea.<»e nny of the candidates on its ticket
this fall should accept a Tammany nomination
or indorsement.
"That came up at the meeting to-night." he
said. "The Impression seems to be that there
is no reason to depart from the precedent made
when the Citizens' Union removed Grout and
Fornes from the ticket for taking a Tammany
nomination. "
At the meeting a committee was appointed to
report back to the full body on May 15 a plan
of campaign.
"Will you confer with other organization??"
Mr. Cutting was asked.
"It is too early to say." he replied. "Wo will
not. however, hold a series of conferences, such
as we did two years ago. Our attitude is just as
outlined in our recent address. Wo are soing
along our way and waiting for developments."
It was said that the name of Mayor McOlel'.an
was mentioned iv connection with an indorse
ment for a r*»nomination. A variety of topics
was discussed, but all the discussion waa of
an informal nature.
From a source dose to Charles F. Murphy it
was learned last night that Tammany Hall is
seriously considering the advisability of nomi
nating Jerome.
Drawn on the Recommendation of
the Attorney General.
Albany, April 24. — An amended mortgage tax
bill will be introduced on Wednesday, and will
be passed, if possible, as a substitute for that
which has already passed both branches of the
legislature. This bill is drawn on the recom
mendation of the Attorney General that the
present measure needs perfecting in certain
administrative details, but it Mill also include*'
an exemption of building and loan associations.
It developed to-day that the other bill, whicb
was recalled by the legislature last week to givg
the Governor more time to consider it, has net
yet reached him. and will now. in all proba
bility, be made a thirty days bill, thus giving
the Governor ample time to consider the bill
at his leisure. As the Governor announced he
was going to take a brief vacation at the close
nf the session, this will probably delay the sign
ing of the bill until about June 1.
Indictments Returned at Athens,
Ga.. in the Federal Court.
Athens, Ga.. April 24.— 1n the Federal Court
to-day indictments for peonage were returned
against R. L. Pittman, Weldon P. Brooks,
George Huff, Edward Huff and Rufus Harvey.
Fulyy twenty more cases are to i> e investigated
T. H. Sappington was arrested here to-day
on the charge of trying to induce negroes to
migrate to Mississippi. His bond was fixed and
l:e was released.
Stenographer Turns Over .illeged
Secret Correspondence.
<"hirago, April 24— Miss Mary E. ICarcey,
author and social worker, came to Chicago from
Kansas City to-day and turned over to United
States District Attorney Morrison alleged dam
aging secret and code letters of the Beef Trust
beads. Miss llarcey, a detective In the employ
of the government, worked as a stenographer
successively in the Kansas City and Chicago
offl.es of Swift & Co, and Armour & Co.. writing,
it ie said, all the confidential and secret corre
spondence that passed between members of the
Miss Marcey made carbon copies of letters
which were supposed to have been destroyed,
and tli^se fli»- has now turned over to the k<>\
The federal grand jury to-day completed Its
examination, for a time, Into the operation* of
the Aetna Trading Company To-morrow the
Jurors will take up the testimony of witnesses
who are employed by the packers.
District Attorney Morrison said to-night that
the jury will continue its investigation of the
beef industry until April 29, when that case will
be dropped until May 2. in order to investigate
some other affairs. After these cases are cleared
up the beef inquiry will again be taken up and
completed. No Indictments on the main issue
will be voted until after May 2. according to Mr.
Body Found Near Portland, Me. —
Liquor Men Suspected.
[BT TSUMJUTB to the Truntvi:.!
Portland. Me. April 24.— Almost beyond a
doubt John Frank Hteeves. of Hillsboro. N. S .
whose dead body was found yesterday afternoon
In «• lonely wood road in Falmomh, live miles
from this city, and who was at iirst thought
to have committed suicide, was murdered cither
by men engaged in the liquor traffic, since
Steeves was one of Sheriff Pennells "spotters."
or by some one who has been affected by the
recent enforcement following the passing; of the
Hturgiß bill.
When examined by Dr. height on and the
Coroner it was found that Bteeves's skull was
crushed and fractured and that his throat was
cut. He had been dead about a week. The
murder theory is further strengthened by the
fart that all his money except two cents and
his gold watch were gone.
Important Documents Reported
Carried Off at Toulon.
Paris. April 2.V - The rooms occupied by the
director of naval construction at Toulon were
ransacked last night. The "Journal" states th.it
valuables and money were not touched, but that
documents and plans were carried off.
Florence. April 34 -Miss Alice Pearburn, of New-
York twenty-five years old. fell fron» sin upper
window of the Hotel de Villa b*r-» to-day, *ving
#«n on the First National of Mihvaukee Follows—Heavy General
Decline on the Stock Market.
The smashing of the Gates comer in wheat continued yesterday, May losing seven
cents and July two cents in Chicago. Other cereals were lower in sympathy.
, k G> Bi K clow « president of the First National Bank of Milwaukee, confessed
tne embezzlement of $1,450,000 of the bank's funds, due to operations in wheat and stocks.
Ihe stock market was under heavy pressure yesterday, the principal selling appar
ently being due to the exigencies of operators involved in the wheat deal. A late tendency
to rally was checked by the news of the Bigelow defalcation.
EMBEZZLED $1,450,000.
Er-Prcsidcnt of American Bankers'
Lost in Wheat and Stocks.
Milwaukee, April 24— Fr»»»fc O. Bigelow, presi
dent of the First National Bank cf Milwaukee,
was arrested to-day, charged with the embez
zlement of over $100,000 of the hank's funds.
PreF:»-nt of the First National Bank of Milwaukee,
confesses embezzlement of $1,450,000.
The arrest of Mr. Bigelow followed his confes
sion to the board of directors of the bank that he
was a defaulter to the extent of $1,450,000. Fol
lowing Mr. Bigelow's confession he was removed
from the presidency of the bank, and the facts in
the case were laid before the federal authorities.
The complaint was sworn to by United States
District Attorney H. K. Butterfield. It charges
that Bigelow, as president of the First National
Bank, embezzled a sum exceeding $lo<\ooo. A
complaint and a warrant identical with those in
Bigelow's case, were mane out to Henry G. Goll.
assistant cashier of the bank, but Goll could not
be found. Mr. Bigelow was taken before United
States Commissioner Bloodgood. Bail was fixed
at $25,000. and he was released to appear before
the next Federal Grand Jury.
Mr. Bigelow's confession was made a special
meeting of the board of directors Saturday
evening. He met with the directors yesterday
and all last night. In addressing his fellow
directors President Bigelow said he had a pain
ful statement to make, a confession that he had
misdirected the funds of the bank, and that an
examination of his books and a comparison of
figures would show that lie was indebtc-d to the
Lank for moie than $1,450,000. This money, he
said, had be»n lost in speculation in wheat and
stock.". Not a dollar of it could be recovered,
and the only sum he could offer toward compen
sating the bank was personal securities valued
at $300,000.
Mr. Bigelow had been recognized as among
the foremost financiers of the Northwest. He
has been associated with the First National
Bank In various capacities for more than fifteen
years, and his business connections with trust
companies, manufacturing concerns, real estate
deals and other similar ventures numbered
scores. He was honored a year ago by election
to the presidency of the American Bankers' As
In making his statement to the directors of the
bunk Mr. Bigelow said he hud become involved
in speculation in Wall Street several months
ago. More recently he had been a persistent bull
In the wheat market, and recent losses in grain
had been added to heavy reverses in Wall Street.
From small manipulations of the banks funds
lie bad extended the defalcations until his short
age had passed the million dollar mark. He saw
no possibility of returning the money, and there
fore confessed his actions.
Funds were at once provided by the directors
..f the bank to protect depositors against loss
and to save the bank from a Stampede. V^re
than a million dollars was guaranteed to the
bank by various stockholders, and no serious run
was made on the bank to-day. It is not thought
that any complications with creditors of the
bank will follow.
At the meeting of directors, which was almost
continuous for thirty-six hours, several plans
were suggested for protecting the interests of
the bank. One. it Is said, was to accept the
resignation of the president and to permit him
to go to Europe while the directors make good
the amount of his shortage. This would ef
fectually protect the bank. This alleged pro
posal never came to a conclusion because sev
eral directors demanded that the defaulter be
punished. A plan to make up the shortage for
the protection of depositors was then approved.
Bigelow was removed from the presidency of
th 3 bank and the case was referred to federal
When the federal marshal called at the Bige
low house to serve the warrant the former bank
president was in the library with his wife. Mrs.
Blgelow refused to withdraw and the warrant
was read in her presence.
-Til be ready to go with you at once." said
the banker; then be kissed his wife an affection
ate farewell and left the house with the officer,
the- two walking to the Federal Building, v here
a United States commissioner was In waiting.
None of Mr. Bigelow's friends were I: the court
When the resolution was adopted removpg
Mr. Bigelow from the presidency of the bank.
Henry Coll. assistant cashier, was also removed.
The removal of the assistant cashier was due to
the statement of President Bigelow that he was
Bided by Goll in concealing the shortage in the
bank's accounts.
The method adopted was an old one. Collec
tion accounts were manipulated 40 or even 50
Continued «a second p»s«.
Gates Said to Have Lost $8,000,000
— Armour Caught, Too.
Chicago, April 24.— Another bis crash in the
wheat market to-day caught John W. Gates and
Armour, causing them to lose hundreds of thou
sands of dollars in tremendous raids by the
boars on May and July wheat A drop of seven
cents in May wheat followpd the attempts of
the Gates contingent to clean out their hoM
When the price got down to 92 ! i cents Armour,
who took over the Gates holdings, endeavored to
check the decline before its effect could be felt
in the July option, but failed. After beating
back Gates and his following the victorious
bears turned upon Armour and forced a two
cent decline In July, Armour's favorite option.
Bedlam reigned in the pit throughout the
day's session. Those familiar with the inside of
the situation figure out that Gates has lost not
less than $8,000,000 on the May wheat deal, and
he stands to lose all the way from $500,000 to
$750,000 more before he gets rid of all his hold
ings. Gates Is said to have disposed to-day of
3.000,000 bushels and is believed to bo still long
7.000.000 bushels.
The remnants of the "Gates" line of May
wheat were thrown on an unsupported market.
This recession from the dollar mark, the
last price of the previous session, was rapid and
spectacular, and was accompanied by demonstra
tions In the pit almost equal to those of Saturday.
When the final bell closed the day's operations
May wheat was being offered at 93 cents, a net
loss of 7 cents on the day's trading. First trades
on the May option to-day ranged from 96 cents to
98 cents. P. A. Valentine, of Armour & Co.. was
seemingly giving the market heroic support. His
best efforts, however, availed little in the way of
a rally, the only effect being a temporary check
to the downward plunge of prices. The trade ap
peared to suspect Armour of wishing to bolster up
prices in order to make a market for the remainder
of the Gates line of May wheat.
From all side.? wheat was offered In overwhelming
volumes. When it was found that support was use
less "clique houses unloaded on the sinking mar
ket holdings estimated at several million bushels.
The price was hammered to 95 cents within the first
hour. Before midday 92 l » cents was reached. Mean
time a new fear had ta4ten possession of traders
In general. Many operators had bought largely of
July wheat because Armour was said to have taken
6,000,000 bushels of that delivery last week. These
operators, to all appearance.", suddenly detected a
movement on the part of the bull leaden to get
out of the July option. The result of this suspicion
was a bear raid on the more distant option, fol
lowed by a two-cent decline, the price of July drop
ping from S6?i to 8t» 4 cents.
Tli«s **a-.kening in July was regarded with more
concern by a large element in the trade than was
the day's crash in May values.
In the last hour of trading the market held com
paratively ateadv. demand being of good character.
Armour & Co. were credited with heavy purchases
of both May and July wheat. Pit traders in genera
also bought freely, the opinion being universally
expressed that the price of the May delivery had
now reached a tirm footing. The market closed
iteady with May at 93c. Final quotations on July
-were "at S4» 4 to 84% cents, a net loss of - cents.
Many Accounts Closed Out — Weak
ened by Bigelow Defalcation.
That the stock market should have shown weak
ness yesterday, following the declines of last week
end the collapse of the May wheat corner on Sat
urday when the New-York Stock Exchange was
closed bad been generally expected; but in the ear
ly afternoon signs of a rally became pronounced,
the improvement being lost, however, when the
news of the great Bigelow defalcation came. The
market closed weak, with declines general through
out tha list. I>indon could not be looked to as a
guide to the probable early course of the local mar
ket, for Easter Monday i-« a holiday on the Lon
don Stock Exchange.
In the first quarter hour of trading the market
was supported in various quarters, but then the
heavy and general selling, much of it being sup
posed to represent liquidation of long holdings by
operators Identified with the losing side In the
battle of the wheat 'pit. made Itself evident In a
decline In prices all along the line.
There was extensive short selling also in the
first hour, and many accounts were closed out be
cause of failure of their holders to respond to the
call's for additional margin which bad been sent to
them on Thursday night. Union Pacific, one of the
favorites of the -Western crowd," broke from UV S
to 11SU in the firm hour, and on the curb North
ern Securities fell rapidly from !-;i ! 4 to 155.
After 11 o'clock, however, the professional op
erators began to cover their short contracts, this
buying operating to steady and rally the market.
It was evident that bargain hunters were also on
hand, and their willingness to take stocks at th«
bieak was a material factor in causing a rally.
The recovery was checked before reaching Thurs
day's closing level, and the market Decani dull
and vi. certain.
In the afternoon another rally came, which car
ried Louisville and Nashville up more than 1 points.
Atlantic Coast Line 6 s i, Nashville, Chattanooga and
St. Louis 54. and Locomotive and Smelting pre
ferred 1 each. Many fractional gains were estab
lished. The news of the Milwaukee bank defalca
tion forced prices downward again, but the decline
was arrested midway to the previous low point, ex
cept for Union Pacific, which ran off to 123^ at
the last. The close was active and weak.
The call money rate, which on Thursday ran up
to 7 per cent, yesterday did not go above 4. and
most of the loans were made at "■- .
Two hundred shares of Great Northern were sold
at 291. a decline of '.» points from the last preceding
«ale. Northern Pacific was traded in yesterday for
the first time since September 12. 1901. when 100
shares were cold at I**.''.. The stock has recently
been quoted at ISO bid. It was admitted to th*
Stock Exchange list again yesterday, the rirst sale
being of mo shares at 16S. Later it sold dp to 170.
and ck)Ff>d at 167.
In th* following table ■ comparison is made be
tween th« closing prices of various stocks last
Monday, the day before the break in Northern
Securities started the general downward in. .■>.•
ment. and the lowest prices yesterday of the tame
Ci'-'S*. L w •
Stoci.B April IT. April -» Lo»».
I'niij, Pacific v.W^t i^« '* 11>»
Reading U7S t'- T » ' 4' „
United Starts Ste<>l 3" T » "^'i 3*
<Ji preferred !••■»> Il , <)1 * 4%
American eltlna 12 'S lls '» «"><i
St. F'nul i->v\, »J&S 10 r »
Consolidate! Gas . ?»2 '"•*'•» 24
Illinois Central l'"*\ »'« 7'»
Colorado Fuel and Iron •"*'* *%£ "S
Metropolitan J22 r » II 11 * 5*5 * M
JJtwoun Pacific NN ts '» "£ *\
Atchlion . -'. .J»J» 3*»
People's <-,i« 108% 104S ,v
Amalgamated Copper I"'** *°» 11»
J. M. Pinekney. with Two Others.
Killed at Texas Meeting.
Hempstead. Texas. April 24.— At a mass rr.e-t
ing to-night, called to petition the Governor to
send rangers to enforce the local option law. J.
W. Brown, a leading lawyer and staunch anjti-
Proh!bitionlst. began shooting. Many oth«
sons followed suit, and three men were killed.
one man was fatally injured and two others
were severely wounded. Among the dead are:
Congressman J«hn M. Pinekney and Tom Plaek
ney, brother of the Congressman.
John Mills, a leading Prohibitionist, it is
feared, cannot survive the night. 'Doc" Tamp.
kins, private secretary to Congressman Pinek
ney, and Rolling Brown, son of J. M. E
are severely wounded.
There are many armed men in the afreets to
night, but it is not believed there will be ;.ny
more trouble. The Governor will send rangers.
A special train was run from Houston with sur
geons to attend the wounded.
There has been bitter feeling here for several
years over the Prohibition question.
Columbia Professor Helped Save
Aged Woman from Fire.
In a fire which threatened te destroy th» old
Summerville mansion, at Xo. 32$ Wen S«th-st.,
last night, Mrs. K. Summerville. th" a^ed
mother-in-law of Eugene Clifford Potter, was
rescued by her daughter and Edward R- A.
Seligman. professor of economics in Columbia
University. The firo was confined to th-^ rooms
of the servants on the third floor of the house,
and the damage was estimated at $500. It is the
one frame house fan the neighborhood, ami has
been for years a landmark.
Mr. Potter and h!s wife were out. Miss Sum
merville, who was the only one of the family
at home, dlsco\ - ered smoke coming from a room
on the third floor about II o'clock and tele
phoned Fire Headquarters. Professor Seligman
ran from his house, two doors east, and with
Miss Summerville hurried to her mother's room
on the second floor. With Professor Seligman
she wrapped her mother in blankets, and then
carried her to the professor's home. By this
time the butler and some of the maids were at
tempting to quench the flames with buckets of
water. One of them carried "Dick" Potter, who
is eight years old, out of the house. When the
firemen arrived they made short work of the
blaze. It was confined to the room in which It
is supposed to have originated and the one ad-
Joining. £?ame damage was done by th<=> water
which filtered through into the lower floors. It
is believed that the fire was caused by a lace
curtain being blown against a lighted gas jet.
It was said at the Potter home later that Mrs.
Summerville had suffered no ill effects from the
Men Badly Burned by "Flareback"
at Target Practice.
Pensacola. Fit., April 24 —'Flareback," or
explosion, of gases that remained in the gun
after a discharge, on the battleship Maine re
cently, caused the injury of three men on that
vessel. This fact did not become known until
to-day when the ship came into harbor and be
gan coaling. It then leaked out that the "flare
back" had occurred while the vessel was on the
target range, badly burning three men in one of
the turrets.
It is asserted that a catastrophe similar to
that on the Missouri a year ago was narrowly
averted. The "flareback. " which is one of the
dreads of the men of the navy, occurred a few
d»ys after the Maine went on the target
and is the second to occur smce the
vessels have been target practising. It is ex
plained that gases had formed in the breech of
the gun and that when another charge was fired
the flareback" occurred, being caused by some
particles of burning powder, or covering, not
having left the muzzle of the gun. The three
re on the sick list, but their injuries are
not serious.
W. H. Richards, Said To Be Son of Yale
Professor, Locked Up in New-Orleans.
Sew-Orleans, April 24.— Dr. W. H. Richards, a
Tale graduate, who says that his father now occu
pies the chair of mathematics a.t that university
and who in the year he has been practising here
has built up on of the largest practices in the city
as a Uncut specialist, is lying in the parish jail.
charged with' tlie murder of Frank Winlins;. The
two men quarrelled about some roosters which be
longed to Winling. and which Richards said dis
turbed his rest. Richards shot Winlin^ in the
breast as the culmination of the trouble. He
declares it was in self-defence.
L'l> to the present time his bond has not been
fixed, m.l he occupies a cell la the jail. Mehard*
came here from New -York.
Eugene I- Richards, jr., a son of Professor X .
gene L. Richards, of Yale, at his home in Tomp
hinsville. staten Island, last night said that he
had a brother, Dr. W. M Richards (Yale '>$>. who
was In New-Orleans, but that he had beard nothing
of the alleged shooting.
Will Consider Petition for Freedom After
Western Tiip.
Lawton, »>k!a.. April '24.— While hunting with.
President Roosevelt In the Indian Pasture Res
ervation, Quanah Parker, a Coma nc he chief, re
. .i message from the President fat Gero
nlmo, the once ferocious Apache warrior, who is
a prisoner of war at Fort Sill Parker expects
;i commission from the Apache iribt* to visit him
at his mountain home in a few days, that be
may formally deliver the message, which is that
the President is avers- t>> Geronlmo's p
that his tribe he transferred to Artaona, but
thai when the President ends his Western trip
he will take up the question of giving the tr;i>e
Gtenwood Springs, fol., April '_'l— No word
came from President Roosevelt"* camp to-day.
Man and Woman, Servants, Found Shot in
Forney Home.
Philadelphia. April -* A tragedy, the mystery
surrounding which the police are having difficulty
in unravelling, was discovered in the old Forney
home, at Xo. 618 South Washington Square, to
night.' when the bodies of two servants were found
In the kitchen. The house was the home of Colonel
r,,;, n iv Ki.rrev the late publisher and editor, an.i
te°M present' "ocVuVU, by hi. daughter. .M,- TiU.e
May Forney. Th« dead servants are samurl Ui ne«
colored </»-<l thirty years, a bntler. and Margaret
Toner 'white. aged fifty years, the coos
Miss Forney was the first to learn Of the affair.
She found th- cook lying on a settee and the but
ter sitting on a chair with Wa head rating or, a
tabl*- Each tod a bu\U t lit the right tempi.-. Th
woman w»s dead but the m«ro was alive, though
un£JS?eioit». A revolver witn two exploded cart
ridges In it? chamber* was found on th« floor. Tne
butler was taken to a hospiiat. where he dl-d
three hours later.
Moßtpetter. Vt.. April 24.— The mortgage on the
house In this city In which Admiral George Dewey
was born lias been foreclosed to satisfy a debt of
C"00. T. J. Deavltt is the mortgagee. Shortly
after the battle of Manila B*v the ownir valued
the house at JW.OiXI
Bedell Engineers* Action in Assent
hly — On Wednesday's Calendar.
Albany. April 24.— Without a single protest
and apparently unnoticed by the vigilant As
semblymen, the twoGoodsell railroad "grab* bill*,
th" one validating the old Steinway tunnel, the
other permitting the abandonment of unprofit
able trolley lines In The Bronx, both ha the in
terest cf the Interborough. were advanced to a
position where they can be passed with prompt
Assemblyman Bedell, who has been somewhat
inconspicuous !n the "grab" bill field since a
vicious bill of hi? was defeated earlier in the
session, ence more stepped into the reach and
made the motions that decided the progress. A
feeble protest from a single rural legislator that
the bills go over until Thursday was brushes
aside by Bedell with evident contempt.
"You can oppose he bills just as well or
Wednesday," he iiisisted, with apparent con
fidence that th bil's would pass. an<l r.ut »
voice was raised in protest.
The bills will now go on Wednesday's calendar,
together with the Niagara "grab" bill. Evi
dently the idea Is to kilt this measure, and then,
under cover of the cloak of virtue this gives, to
press through thes3 little "grabs," which will
seem virtuous by comparison. That the way has
been prepared for passage of both these bills
was the conclusion to be drawn from their prog
ress to-night.
Malby Think* Agmew Measure
Grants Too Much Power.
Albany, April 21 — A new complication has do«
veloped in the water legislation situation, this
time not on Mayor McCleTian's bill, but on th»
Agnew State Water Commission measure. This
has passed in the Assembly and is now In tha
Senate Finance Committee. But the chairman,
of this committee regards the bi!l In its present
form as objectionable, in that it grants what he
regards unreasonable powers to this body.
Senator Main; discusses tni3 objection with
perfect frankness. In general, he holds that the
powers granted by this bill would give the State
Commission control of every water supply sys
tem of every community in th* State, grant
them the broadest kind of supervisory control of
systems In towns and cities that represent ysara
of development by these respective communities
and incidentally eliminate the Slat*; Board cf
Health from the field it has occupied in regard
to this matter for many year?, in which it has
collected an immense supply of data.
The upshot of the matter is Thar th bill is
likely to be toned down by the Senate Financs
Committee to-morrow, although just how far 13
r.ot yet known. At the same time the Senate
Cities Committee is to wrestle with the Mayor's
bill and finally decide whether it will eliminate
the power provision which is now out of the
bill, but can be put back by the committee. AH
this delay will carry the bills to the closing:
hours of the session. Governor HJggins said
to-day that he had not heard from Mayor M-
Clellan further on the subject of the bill.
Wedding Bells Tinkle Shortly After
Atlantic City. X. J.. April 24.— Walter Davis,
of Bridgeton, who was here to see the Easter
parade, met Miss Jennie Brain, of Philadelphia,
this afternoon. It was a case of love at first
sight, and their friends bantered them until th*
whole party went to the Rev. Hardenbrook
Townsend. of the Episcopal Church, and an
hour after they had met the couple were mar
Employers Declare Labor Leaders
Have Levied Blackmail.
Chicago. April 24.— Three prominent Chicago
employers are said to have left the city in a
hurry to avoid having their names figure in
fraud and corruption charges in the present and
recent strikes. These men. it is said by offi
cials of the Chicago Employers' Association. ar»
not themselves guilty of any wrongdoing, but
have proof of "grafting" by labor leaders and
certain employers. Other employers, it is al
leged, have been parties to the use of money in,
preventing strikes.
It is planned to induce the absent employers
to return and give the information they possess)
to the grand jury. The statement is made by a,
prominent official of the Employers? Association
that if the men who have knowledge can b*»
prevailed upon to talk the labor leaders who
for several years have "grafted" by the threat
of strike will be exposed and punished. '' ■■■
ben a successful hold-up same with them for
years, and employers have been the victims.
Disastrous Fire in Cr.nl Mines —
Zinc Smelter Strike.
Lut tdxckaph to i :ie TitißrNE.l
Banff. B. C. April 24.— A disastrous flr# is
raging. in the coal mines here. It has been burn
ing for days, but assumed alarming proportions
only this evening. W.\ei\ flames broke out from
the Inner shaft, some two miles in the mountain;
All the timbering replaced after the landsMda
Of two years ago ha ■; boon burned. The damage
la heavy, and it Is feared that several persons
have lost their lives. The tire is supposed to
have started from a miner's open lamp. It is
rapidly spreading.
A strike of workers in the zinc smelter was
announced to-day, and it seems that the troubles
of this little British Columbia town have only
begun, despite the disaster two years ago when
the landslide killed over a hundred son*
Tilo Allege Extortion Under Threat
of Killing Amhmml
The Madison-st. ninc^» discovered a ca?»
of alleged poisoning cf horses and extortion
under threat of poisoning m«>re last night. They
arrested Morris cf Nr\ 12t"East Hous
ton-st.. on the charge of extortion.
Abraham V.'elnberg. »-f Xo. 33 Norfolk-st..
and Samuel Gore. «>f NY. TOT Sth-st. compUlr.*/!
that Miller g«>t S3 from each of them under a
threat that if he didn't set the money he v.ou!d
{•oison their horses. They say they had already
lost several animals.

After all. USHER'S, th* s^tch that mads tit*
highball famous. Hls the *:ea:.— Asivs.

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