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HILL ON RAILROAD RATES.
low, AND WILL BE LOWB*,
' Government Control Would Cripple
Bushes*, lie Declares.
Washington, May .Ulta-H J. Hill. prosldent
of tn < Great Northern Railway, was before the
WsiatC Committee on Interstate • Opmmere«,
. n-hVh is filvins hrarlnirs oa Me railroad rate
l«Uon '*•' afternoon: Mr. Hill said there
ST«S one m# bs*. on which a low rate
could I* m*de. and that was the low cost of
prTucins the transportation^ The v.lvj • o the
service Is determined by tho lets** of the WT«
Be and lhal makos the rate. Rate, vary with
conditions. In n-.-kin rates on hi, road, he said
ther h*d to take into consideration what the
country produ^. The rnllro.d was . cbar^d
with the prWenty of every man vrho Hvcd on
the ro;id if that man worked.
--.-Discriminations ere** necessary, he declared.
-When his road SfSW built ho went to Washington
State .nd fe«*d thai the latest product wns
lumber. There was a rate of 90 cents a hun
dred on lumber to the Eastern market. Lumber
dealers said they could ship at 05 cents. He
knew they could not do it. and he mad* a rate
of 40 cents, and was ahippin* +** Quantities
c< lumber. This was a discrimination against
lutn-ber on the Eastern end Of the road, but m
ton years r.o lumber would be produced In chat
section It was because the cars going out with
merchandise brought toads back that these low
»tes could be made. Besides the merchandise,
for the Padflc Coast m road handle- freight
for the Orient. l>ra* quantities of flour at one
time v.-re hauled from St. Paul and Minneapolis
to the Orient, but the Interstate Commerce
Commission stopped it.
This statement produced a fire- of questions
fn»m members of the committee, and in reply
nMr RIU explained that the company was com
?peli«d .-, file Its through rate with the commis
tlnn. This rate being made public, was cut by
the rival steamship lines, which were not com
pelled to make their rates. public. His company
'jr.dor the law could not champs its ra.te for
reven or eight days, and meanwhile the other
line* took the cargoes. .If the ships of the; com
pany did not carry a pound of freight itiwould
make no difference with the dividends.
WARNS THE COMMITTEE.
Speaking: of the preat tonnage of the railroads
Mr. Hill warned the committee to be careful and
r,qt Cripple the business of the country. "Not
for ourselves," he added, "recause before you
COJt down to us there would be a great many
corp«sfi« about the country.'
He spoke of the conßestlontof freight at East
ern ports, and Fa id business was going to the
Gulf, although shipping rates to Europe from
Gulf ports were much higher. Roads east of
Chicago would have to raise their rates In order
to pet means to build more extensive terminals.
•Mr. Hill sa!<J that while Con#res6 was legislat
ing for safety appliances for employes. it might
provide greater safety for the public. He at
tributed 00 per cent of the accidents to non
observance of rules.
He told of a shipment of locomotives from
Philadelphia to Yokohama by his company at
, rate equal to what another company charged
for transporting locomotives five hundred miles.
This is a case." he remarked, "for the Inter
state Commerce Commission to take up and
investigate. They would find that eomebody
■was. charging too much."
Commenting on Mr. Hill's statement that in
twenty years there had been a reduction of
rates from two cents to seventy-clr hundredth^
of a cent a ton a mile. Chairman Elkins aeked
■what would happen regarding rates in the next
twenty years.
"Give the roads fair treatment." replied Mr.
Hill, "and In twenty years I think the rate
■would come down to half a cent a ton per
mile."
i Mr. Hill MM the ability of the roads to raise
' money fer increasing their equipment and build
ing additional lines would be destroyed by tak
ing away from them the power to make rates.
TERMINAL. CHARGES HERE TOO HIGH.
He criticised the terminal charges enforced
below the Harlem River In New- York, saying
they were greater .han the rate from Buffalo to
Harlem. He Euggetrted that the Interstate
Commerce Commission might Investigate these
terminal chargeß.
•'Why don't the commissioners take up that
matter?" asked Chairman Elkins.
"They are too busy," replied Mr. Hill, "trying
to get power to fix railroad rates."
There was an Interesting discussion between
Mr. Hill and Senator Eikins about the com
petition of Canadian roads. Mr. EJkins asked
■what ought to be done to meet the rates and
rebates of the Canadian lines.
■We are willing to work that out emong ouvr
eelves," replied Mr. Hill. "Before we are
through with them they will cease cutting
rates."
He said that some years ago the Transcon
tinental Association paid the Canadian Pacific
road 1500,000 a year to get out of certain busi
ness on which the road was cutting rates from
New- York to San Francisco. This arrangement
lasted only two years.
Replying to Senator Foraker. Mr. Hill said no
Ir-^erest would suffer if export traffic with non
' contiguous countries was exempted from '-on
trol by the Interstate commerce regulations.
This statement was brought out by the previous
remark of Mr. Hill that his company had to
withdraw its rates on flour to Japan because the
commission Insisted that the rates should be
. published.
WILL MEET CANAL RATE.
Replying to a question by Senator Clapp as to
the effect of the Panama Canal on the railroadp,
Mr Hill said that for Atlantic and Gulf ports
and fcr 150 miles inland the canal would be cf
eorne advantage. "But," he added, "for all in
terior points we will meet any rate made by the
canal route."
Mr. Hill declared. in reply to another question
by Senator Clapp, that every railroad official
e&r>u!d be disqualified from engaging In the pro
duction of traffic on a fine where he is on the
payroll, because of the temptation to favor the
company in which he is interested.
Robert Mather, of the Rock Inland system, was
before the- committee again (lay. Discussing
the rivalry for Minmcrce, he paid that when the
Gulf port* hud shipping and transportation xa
cilltl»rK commerce must flow more and more to
those ports. No changes were necessary in the
present law, except the restriction of the scope
end power of the Interstate Commerce Commis
sion. It had too many duties and not sufficient
time to perform Its legitimate functions. Courts
< '•ul«i determine reasonable ratois. but he would
not go so f-"r as some attorneys and say that
courts could dHermine ■ reasonable rate ,md
lhat thx- law could prescribe that such a rate
should prev.'sll in future.
MIDWEEK CUNARD SAILINGS.
Qaccnstdwn. May 3. — The sailing of the
Cunurd Line steamer 'Caronia to-day for New-
York begin.* t!je midweek sailing of Cunard
rteaoser* for ICfw-York in opposition to the
Whitf Htsir Lino, whose failings on Friday have
been considered Injurious to the < "unard'a Satur-
You Can Always Depend On
$'■■**»* E.STMJA.WAT.ER'/
lor absolute purity and general excellence.
Sold everywhere.
AT NUMBER
V^Jr %** Mk%% Has Won the Hearts
of jewelry lovers in this towrl. To day W2 will invite callers' atten
tion to our new way of displaying diamonds and gold jewelry
Under soft, clear light, with nothing to confuse the eye, the trays of
treasure are sure to bring expressions of delight.
We offer distinct advantages in prices.
jE^» Solitaire diamond rings, $25.00 to $2000.00, oar specialty. -*&M
MERMOD, JACCARD&KING JEWELRY CO.
NEW YORK ST.LOUIS
LOITERY GANG BROKEN UP
PRINCIPALS ARRESTED.
Secret Service Men Make Successful
Raids in Many Cities.
!FltOM THR TRIIU-NK BUBEAU.]
Washington. May .1 By the arrest of W. P.
Roberts in ChicSgO ypsterdav Secret Service
officials believe they have anally rounded up the
pang of lottery agents which for the last yar
or more has been Hooding the country with
tickets and robbing the gullible by wholesale.
Acting Chief Moran of the Secret Service re
ceived information of the arrest of Roberts to
day. Mark H. Morris, another of the principals,
was arrested In New-York on Sat ur. lay as he
was about to sail for Europe, and Henry Morris,
"Abe" and A. C. Karsky, the three remaining
partners In the concern, were gathered In at
San Francisco a few days ago when Secret
Service operatives made a raid on the Co
lumbian Building and seized more than ten
thousand ticket.-* and a barrel full of literature.
Tho pursuit of the- lottery men which tho
Secret Service detectives made from city to
city all over tho United States sounds like .i
Toniar.ce. The trail was struck in San Fran
cisco about the middle of last month. Agent
Moffett. of the Secret Service at that place,
was asked by the United State.- District At
torney to go to the Columbian Building and
arrest two lottery agents he believed to be lo
cated there under the names of D. W. Hanford
and A. S. Elklns. Mr. Moffett went to the place,
asked for "Mr. Hanford" and applied for a lot
tery ticket agency for Nevada. Morris and
Marks, who were sailing under tho aliases of
Hanford and Elklns, unsuspectingly entered
into negotiations with the detective and In half
an hour Moffett had secured all the facts he
wanted. While he «as in the office A. C. K.'irsky
came in. Acting under instructions from the
District Attorney, Moffett made a raid on ;he
lottery headquarters and captured Morris,
Karsky and Marks. Besides the tickets and
literature captured the detectives discovered the
book? of the concern in which a record of all
transactions had been kept. Among the rec
ords was a long list of local agents and dealers
throughout the country, many of whom had
recently ordered tickets. Mr. Moffett telegraphed
this evidence to Acting Chief Moran at Wash
ington, and the latter instructed his agents at
the points named to be on the watch for pack
age? of tickets. As a result of these instruc
tions raids were made at Tacoma, Wash.; Cleve
land Springfield and Dayton, Ohio. Macon ano
Savannah. Ga.; Wilmington. I>el.; New-Haven.
Conn Boston. Rochester, Philadelphia and Fort
Wayne. Ind. The Mexican State. Honduras and
Panama lottery companies were the concerns
represented by the San Francisco operators.
At many of the places named big seizures of
tickets and literature were made, and at some
of them agents were arrested. But although
they ran across his tracks often, the Secret S,er
rlce men were unable to find W. S. Roberts, the
chief distributor of the lottery goods. He had
urually just left the place where the raid was
made or was "expected soon." Once they
thought they had him in Providence, but he
fled to Boston. Here he eluded them again
and took a train for Chicago. Mr. Moran was
Informed of this, and he instructed his agents
in Chicago to watch incoming trains. When
Robert? left the car iast evening he found a
Secret Service man awaiting him. He will be
sent to San Francisco for trial on a charge
of conspiracy to violate the law which prohibits
the sending of lottery matter from one State to
another. A number of the men captured in
the raids win be used by the government as
witnesses to convict the others.
CATHOLIC TTNIVEESITY AFFAIRS.
Recovery from Effect of Waggaman Failure
— Large Gifts Received.
[FHOM THE TRIPfNE BfKFAU.]
Washington. May 3— The Catholic University
of America has safely weathered the financial
storm caused by tbe failure of its former treas
urer. Thomas E. Waggaman. and begins its new
year with bright prospects. The most sanguine
ppirit characterized the annual meeting of the.
trustees, which took place to-day. A bequest of
$100,000, left to the institution, by the late Miss
Mary A. Gardiner, a member of an old Catholic
family of Bryantown, Md.. and for many years
a resident of Washington, was announced. It
was hlpo announced that the Rev. Dr. D. J.
Stafford, of Washington, had raised $10,000.
All of the trustees of the university were pres
ent at the meeting with the exception of Bishop
Spaldlng, of Peoria, Archbishop Chapelle, of
Xew-Orleans, and Michael Cudahy, of Chicago
The acting treasurer reported that last year's
collection, taken up in all the Catholic chu'- ' s
of the country, had amounted to approximately
$1 <«),<kiO, no part of which I 1 been touched,
while this years collection already aggregated
$l<»7,(KMt, with Sixteen dioceses Btlll to be heard
from. It Is expected that this year's collection
will closely approximate $190,000, po that the
available cash on hand will amount to upward
of $800,000. Charles j. Bonaparte, a trustee
and legal adviser of the board, reported that
Wagpaman's affairs were being gradually
straightened out, and the university's asset*
tied up with those of Mr. W.-igxatnan would
doubtleßS yield a net return of $600,000, making
the total cash assets in hand and expected not
far from $1, 000.000.
The plans for the proposed undergraduate
courses which are to be instituted with the be
ginning of the scholastic year next fall were
discussed, and the rector, nfonsignor O'Connell,
informed the trustees that be had received
promises from various sources which Insured a
large attendance.
Xn action was taken in connection -with the
reported change Of belief of the Marquise ().-.h
IConstlem <le Merlnville, formerly Miss Gwendo
tln <"aH\\eii. one of the largest contributors to
tin university, a* the board of trustees has no
official knowledge pn tne subject. Even if >x
a< t knowledge were to come to the trustees, it i«
unlikely that any action would be taken, ns a
of gratitude to one who had deal! so gen
erousl) with the nuiv*reity would prevent my
si<-p which might seem discourteous.
Monsignor O'Oonnell was congratulated by the
trustees on the success of his administration as
md the meeting adjourned under the
pleasanteal circumstance*.
To-morrow the annual meeting of the Catholic
Archbishop* of the United States will be held.
Thry will meet in executive session in Caldweil
Hall si the university.
NEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUNE. THURSDAY. MAY 4. 190&
RAILWAY EXIIIUIT OPEN.
MORTON AND TAFT SPEAK.
Secretary of Navy Praises Presi
dent's Rate Policy.
Washington. May 3.— The American Railway Ap«
pliance .Exhibition was formally opened at noon
to-day in th»» presence of nearly a thousand dele
gates to the International Kaihvay Congress.
Speeches were madr> by Becretsiies Taft nnd Mor
ton. George A, Post, president of tho exhibition;
Commissioner Macfarland, T. I* Lawrence, deputy
chairman of tho London and Northwestern Railway,
nnd Btuyvesant Tish. president of the American
section of th<* congress.
The for'! A n delegates sp^nt th*> morning In sight
sf'l.iK. The exhibition occupies the government
reservation at the foot of the Washington Monu
ment, and consists Of nearly 400 separate exhibits,
housed |n nearly a hundred pavilions. Tho open
ing was attended by the foreign delegates, many
members of the diplomatic <-orps, Cabinet officers
and representatives of the army and navy. Mr.
Tost. In calling the assemblage to order, described
the exhibition and Its purposes. George Westing
bouse was made chairman of the exercises. In his
address be predicted a new era in railroading by
the substitution of electricity for steam, in moving"
trains.
SECRETARY .MORTONS ADDRESS.
Secretary Morton wns heard next, 110 spoke In
part as follows:
When the microbe of civilization begins Its end
less work in the brain of a barbarian, one of the
lirst things to be looked after Is a better foot trail
through the mountain or over the plain, and as
civilisation advances good roads and better trans
portation become one of the chief studies of men.
The present conference of delegates from all over
the world to discuss ways and means of bettering
the transportation facilities of the globe only indi
cates the growth of civilization and demonstrates
that there is reciprocity in the exchange of Ideaa
concerning the best way to railroad. Such a meet-
Ing can only be regarded with the. greatest favor
by all intelligent people.
The story of the transportation of this country
and of the improvements in transportation facilities
Is the history of American progress. It is no exag
geration to say that the prominent commercial posi
tion of the United States In the world to-day is
chiefly on account of its low railroad rates, and it
is not at all out of the way for me to say that if
it were not for American railway appliances the
cost of transportation in this country would not
to-day be as cheap as ii is. It has been estimated
that where $1 has been invested in railroads in the
United States the value of agricultural property
has been increased $10. The steel rail and the steam
pngine. with all the other railway appliances, have
been pioneers In the development of this country.
There are three kinds of transportation—transpor
tation of people, transportation of goods and the
transportation or thought, and in each It seems to
me that we have led the world.
The railroad freight rates In the United States are
low. No other country ha« any such cheap carriage
of goods. There are very few complaints Of rates
In this country because they are too high. Com
plaints of extortionate rates are the exception, not
the rule. Rates ore lower in the United State* than
anywhere else in tho world. They probably aggre
gate 40 per cent lower. This alone is something to
be proud of, but, coupled with the fact that, with
the lowest rates in existence, the. wages paid by
American railroads to their employes approximate
at least 50 per cent more than th« waßes paid to
railroad men in other countries, and considered fur
ther with the fact that the American railroads
probably pay higher prices for material* than any
other railroads in the world, only serves to em
phasise tiio triumph in transportation which has
been achieved in America.
It has been my observation that complaints of
unreasonable rates to railroad men always receive
prompt and satisfactory attention. While, in a
eenee, railroad transportation is a natural monop
oly, In a broader st so It is all competitive. Market
competition prevails everywhere, and is always a
controlling force in ratemaking.
It is a source of great satisfaction to all of us to
have so many distinguished foreigners hero. We
know there is much that we can learn from them
in regard to transportation- I know that we are
studying the improvements they are making with
the. same eagerness that they are studying ours.
We hope that these international gatherings will
be fruitful of great good to the railroads abroad
and at home, and I am pure that the results will be
In the long run cheaper, safer and better carriage
of both passengers and freight everywhere through
out the world.
MR. TAFT'S HI'MOROrS SPEECH.
Secretary Taft ppoke in a humorous vein. h<- had
had personal experience of the skill and genius of
the railway supply peoplp, h>* declared H.> rf
ferred to the er\ee with which Secretary Morton, a
rnilrond man, "now strutting the quarter deck."
could speak. "All he has to '1" now is to think what
he has don« In the* past,'" was his good natured
fling at the Secretary of the Navy.
"There are a number of railway appliance! I do
not «fr In this exhibit." said Mr. Taft. "They are
tho courts, the injunctions and the receivers. Ji'it
I have no doubt as I look down on this well fed
audience there are gentlemen here who would be
willing to accept positions as receivers."
The federal as well as tho State courts:, j,.- said,
had received a great deal of criticism for thojr
Interference in railroad affairs. This Interference,
he explained, hnd been necessary, as at some time
nearly every road had been tho subject of court
proceedings, all of which had been necessary to
preserve traffic which otherwise would hay.- been
interrupted by the suspension of a bankrupt road.
it bad t-ikeii ninny years to build up a code of law
which wae applicable and which now worked the
leant harm to the public nnd the least loss to the
mortgage and other creditors of roads
Spenking for the foreign delegates, particularly
thope from <sreat Britain, Mr. Lawrence expressed
greed appreciation of the exhibition and admiration
for th<* enterprise of the American manufacturers
which had prompted It
Mr. Fish closed the speechmaking with refer
ences to the early development of railroad me.-ha
nism of various kinds, and illustrated by figtinn
from the I'atent Office the constant Improvement In
, ; , ..i es
A reception to the delegates wns given by Mr
and Mrs. Fish this afternoon.
WHAT THE PRESIDENT WANTS.
To-night the American Hallway Guild gave a din
ner In honor of the delegate.-, at which Secretary
Morton was one of the speakers. After describing
President Roosevelt as one of the "most remark
able men of all the remarkable men who have oo
cupled the White House," Mr. Morton Bald:
It will not bo amiss on this occasion, before this
assemblage, for me to say something of the atti
tude of the President on the railroad question. He
wants nothing but what la right, and he la as anx
ious that no Injustice shall be done to the railroads
as hi 1* that Justice shall be done to ihe public.
Unfortunately, there have been abuses In the trans
portation business. Fortunately, they are growing
loss every year. It is very gratifying to those who
know that to-day there is less discrimination,
fewer rebates and more equality in freight rates
than ever before In the history of tin- country.
Hut through one device or another, the™ still re
malri here and there preferential rates which favor
certain large shippers, and which bear down un
justly on others. This Is the condition of affairs
that th»- President Ik doing his best to remove.
The private ildetrack arrangements by which un
fair inside rated have been enjoyed by son..- of the
big Industries >>' the country, the "arnlnu of .no re
than a fair return on private car Investments, the
payment of commissions of various worts or rebates
or preferential rates In nnj form ought to be en
tirely discontinued. 1 am sura there lr not a rail
road man here who does not heartily approve of
thl* declaration. My own opinion in that If all
vicious discriminations can lie .ibollslvd the ques
tion of rates will adjust Itself. I consider it a greai
piece of -.."I fortune for every man. woman and
child in thin country that In the settlement of this
matter the rights of. property as well as the rights
of the peopin ire n«»t to lie overlooked by Ihe Presi
dent. All he wante ii. railroad legislation is that
which Is fair and that which will endure
Mr. Morion's toast wm "The President of the
United States " Theodore N. Ely. of the Pennsyl
vania Railroad, was toastma.-Uer. Tho rt ' ! M'" to
his welcome was made by Km-" Glrord, of Brus
sels, acting president of the permanent commission
of the congress, George V. liner, president of th.
Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, spoke of Amer
ican Interest in foreign Ideas on transportation The
relation of forestry to railroads was set forth by
Clifford Pinehot of the. United States Bureau of
Forestry. \\ V Mien of the Guild, spoke of the
work and pleasures of the congress.
fit fftkmtfif ffrnc Store Closes at 5:30 o'clock fa ffkm^f (for*
Imported Shirts
That Distinguish
Their Wearers
A good many more men than the public
realizes buy their shirts in Paris. Season
after season more of these, men are coming to
Waxam akkk's. And men familiar with what
Paris shows, host appreciate tbe Wanamaker
Importations. Just yesterday one of these men
was naming the store, and smv a irlndowfnl of
Imported Shirts. He came inside and wns
amazed to see what a variety of Imported shirts
wan shown si better assortment than can be
found In any one place abroad, because the host
products from the various sources nro assembled
here. ! The result was, be picked out half a dozen
mid promised to buy his shirts here In the future
instead of in Paris.
The Wnnnmnker shirt business is increasing
rapidly every sensou. as men realize the un
usual Character of our stocks. Of course, the
assortment of Imported shirts is finer this year
than It has ever been before, and it is now nt
Its best.
French Plaited Shirts, In plain white, at $3;
colored, nt $3 and $8.90.
Bohemian Shirts. In plain negligee style, at
$2 and $3.30; with plaited bosoms, at $2.r>o, $3
nnd $3.60. Broadway and Ninth street
Inexpensive Underwear
For Men & Women
Here are suggestions of seasonable and de
sirable Knit Underwear for men and women;
well-made, good-fitting, and very low in prire:
Men's Undenaeai
At 50c — Genuine French Bnlbrlgpan
Shirts or Drawers ; Shirts with long or short
sleeves; drawers with double seats, short or
regular length In seam.
English white Game Cotton Shirts.
American-made white Gauze Cotton Drawers,
with double seats.
At $1 — German open-mesh white or ecru
color Cotton Shirts or Drawers.
French white Lisle Thread Shirts or Drawers,
gauze weight.
English white Gauze Cotton Shirts or Draw
ers, or white or ° '" v '°r Lisle Thread Shirts
or Drawers. Ninth street
fan's l | '"Wwear
At 15c oach^W'lte ' IM "M Cotton Vests; low
neck, sleeveless, lu<vtrluinipd.
At 2.V each — AVMU' ribbed Lisle Thread
Vests: low neck, sleeveless.
White ribbed Cotton Drawers; wide, knee
length, trimmed with lace,
At .>(><• each- White ribbed, medium weight
Cotton Vests or Drawers; vests with long or
short sleeves ; drawers, with or without hands,
In knee or ankle length, Broadway.
Tan and Brown
For Men
The warm weather is going to hurry men
Away from the hi nek shoes of Winter into the
cool brown shoes that are to be so universally
worn this Summer.
The Wanam&ker stocks are comprehensive
of everything nrw and smart that the season
has brought out. as well as .imply provided
with the conservative shapes for comfortable
men.
Tho different shades of tan and the dark rich
browns are shown In both high and low nit
shoes, In all the various shapes, in the three
principal Wanamaker price-groups, at $.">, $3.flu
and •<." a pair. It is an assortment that Is most
satisfying as to the style, finish nnd durability
of the shoes, and it fully meets the price-ideas
of every purchaser.
In addition, the Wanamaker Shoes jrive a
man from 30c to $1 of added value over those
to be found anywhere else. Fourth avenue.
JOHN WANAMAKtU
Formerly A. T. Stewart & Co.. Broadway. Fourth Aye.. Ninth and Tenth Streets.
SIGNAL AROUND WORLD.
Started by Secretary Morion at
Railway Exhibition.
Washington, -May 3.— Secretary Morton opened
a telegraph b witch on the grounds of the Amer
ican Railway Appliance Exhibition at midnight
which started a time signal from the Naval Ol>
servatory on its way around the world. The
wins of. the Western Union and Postal Tele
graph and Cable companies were usr.l to trans
mit the signal, the progress of which was lllus
trated to the many delegates to the International
Railway Congress and their friends by electric
lights placed on a map of the world twenty-one
!i\ forty-two feet In dimensiona.
Admiral Chester, director of the observatory,
being Introduced l>y Btuyvesant Fish, explained
the technical working and usefulness to rail
roads and shipping of the time signal. He said
that, owing to the war In the Far East, it mlKht
not be possible to make the circuit of th<- earth
to-night However, when Mr. Morton opened
the switch five minute.-- before midnight, Oie
Hpht* on the map of the United states Hashed
simultaneously every second until 1- o'clock. A
long Hash indicated that the signal bad horn
sent and in Just seven seconds every light on
the 'map was lighted, showing, according to the
explanation, that the signal had completed Its
circuit.
GRABS RINGS AXD RUNS.
Negro Flourishes Knife, Seizes
Jewelry ami Escapes.
James Rider's jewelry store, at Neck Road nnd
Coney [sland-s-ve., near the Gravesend racetrnck,
was robbed yesterday by a big negro, who threat
ened to cut out the hearts of Mrs. Rider and her
daughter Ruth if- they raised an alarm. They
screamed for help, but th.- negro was too busy Ret
ting away to make Rood his threat.
The negro entered the shop late yesterday after
noon and told the two women, who were there
alone, be wished to loos at some rings. They placed
two trays of diamond rings before him. The negro
suddenly nourished a Mr knife in their faces, and.
grabbing a double handful of rings, moved toward
the door threatening them. As soon as he- was clear
of the shop the women screamed until they at
tracted the attention of the ftre company In tin- old
Uruvesend Town Hi 11. closu by.
The firemen started to search tor the negro, and
telephoned to Ciwitain Dooley at Cones Island, who
sent the reserves tii> on a trolley car. The negro,
who got about 12,000 worth of Jewelry has not yet
; .-. ii < aught.
BENEFIT FOR STONY WOLD.
The benefit performance, at the Broadway The
,i,,. to-morrow afternoon for the Stony Wold
Sanatorium will begin at i '■>> o'clock. The pro
gramme will Include a. dramatic sketch entitled
'Dorothy's Christmas," with John W. Cope, DouaT*
las Fairbanks and company; a scene from "The
Merchant of Venice." with it. D. Mao Lean, 11. R.
Roberts and John Qlendlnnmg; the. Brsl act of
"Tin* School for Husbands." with Alice Fischer
and company: "Sam" Bernard and Haltle Will
iams; "Joe" Coyne and rompiiuy: the second set of
"The Heir to the Hoorsh"; Virginia Harned. as
sisted by Jane Gordon, John Flndlay im<i William
I'oiirtenuy in "Nance Oldfleld"; Dighy Bell In a
monologue; Edna Wallace Hopper and company
in • Captain January." und Arthur Donaldson and
the Heidelberg boyr .'roin "The l'rluc« of IMlseu."
A Remarkable Movement
In SILK DRESSES for WOMEN
Today we announce one of the best pieces of news that the \Yw York wome
have read this season. We have just purchased from one of the fort-most m7nn
facturers of the country a collection of about five hundred Silk Dresses aasi Silk
Shirt- Waist Suits. This concern is the only American firm whose product has been
sold in London and Paris. Their business is through for the season, and their design
ers are starting abroad for ideas for Fall. For this reason we have secured their
entire stock-on-hand at an avenge reduction of about a half of regular values
The styles of the dresses reprint the bam Mcm brought mil this mmcii ' both her?
and abroad. The materials Include plain taffeta silks, fancy striped and cheeked Mr
foulards, the popular Rajah silks, and a few pool and dainty checked >ilks. The slmi*
larity of the dresses to many that we now bare In stock ban compelled w.t addlo^'a
great many from our own Black, making the assortment still greater.
The most conservative estimate of tin- Tames of the dress ranges from ?U0 to $33
a few are worth still more. To-day they an« priced at
$14.50 Each
Certainly a most startling price at which ire offer fine, new beautiful suits from th
foremost American manufacturer, with the season still at. Its height. Special'wnini
space on the Second floor.
The Sale of French Dress Goods
We still have a very handsome variety of the most beautiful Eoli^nnes and
Voiles that came from Paris this season. We wish to sacrifice profits early, in
order to have these superb fabrics worn during this season for which they were
designed, and that la why we make these prompt concessions or. the priors of tin* choicest >
Dress Goods we have in stock.
The variety of weaves and patterns is broad enough to meet every ■■
assortments are most satisfying.
Here are a few suggestions of the different varieti* «
At $2.75 a Yard, from $3.50
Silk-embroidered Figured F.olienne.
Bilk-embroidered Figured Voile.
Fancy Lace-striped Novelty.
At $2.50 a Yard, from $3
Coin Polka-dot Eblienne.
Fancy Polka-dot Eolienne.
Fancy Tolka-dor Checked Voiles.
Embroidered Silk - and - wool Checked
Voiles.
Silk-and-wool Checked Kolienne.
Kilk-and-wool Melange F.ollenne.
At $2 a Yard, from $2.75
Coin Polka-dot Enlienne.
Corded Silk Batiste.
New French Petticoats
Some of the most exquisite needlework
from Paris shown in these hand-made
French Petticoats. The more elaborate
styles are made with several ruffles, lace
trimmed over a lnce-tinishod foundation.
The hnnd-shirrlncr between the Insertions of
lace is beautifully done. They have th<?
fluffy fullness around the bottom that is so
desirable. And yet are neatly cut around the
hips in the most shapely manner.
The price of the finest Is $H.">, nnd yet this
French daintiness can bs MCasTVal for the
most modest prices, ranging down as low aa
$3 for a short petticoat from Parts. Trices
po up by easy stag— $0.601 $3.7.1. $4—ply
ing elaborate assortment and meeting the
priee-idens of all.
There is also a new collection of China
Silk Petticoats from Paris, iv white, llpht
blue and black, with embroidered ruffles,
aecordion-plnited and la cc -trimmed, at
$If>..V> to *27.
Shoes
Little French Store. Second floor.
ELLIS ISLAND BIDS.
Lively Competition for Immigrant
Station Privileges.
[MOM THE TRIBUNE BCREAC.]
Washington, May — Bids were opened to-day in
the office of the Commissioner General of Immigra
tion for the restaurant, money changing and bag
gage transfer business at Ellis island. Fourteen
concerns bid for the restaurant privilege, sixteen for
the money changing and six for the hauling.
Awards will not be made for several days, it being
necessary to tabulate the bids received and ascer
tain the trustworthiness of the bidders. The cater
ers' bids ran all the way from :>.» cents '•• 35 cents
for three meals a day. the money changers' from
25 to 50 cents a piece for hauling the immigrants'
possesions from Bins Island to any point in New-
York City, it rests with the Commissioner General
of Immigration to decide whether or not the lowest
bidden will receive the contracts. The present
holders of the restaurant contract. Hudgtae &
Dumas, were several notches above the lowest bid
der when they received their contract. They are
now feeding the immigrants for 30 cents a day.
although several eating house proprietors offered
to give the same Quantity of food for 15 or 16 cents.
Robert Watchorn, Commissioner of Immigration
nt New-York, who was present when the bids were
opened, said:
I do not know who will receive the contracts,
but must say that the successful contractors have
a high mark to follow. The present holders of the
restaurant privilege are giving first class meals
nicely served, and cooked in a kitchen as clean as
mine at home. i have introduced one or two in
novations 111 specifications In the present con
tracts that I hope will improve conditions. For
instance, th« successful contractors must uniform
their employee. At present there are a hundred
or more men employed ry the restaurant the ex
press company and the money changing firm, who
are about the island si all hours of the day. and
no one can distinguish them from the Immigrants
or from visitors who may be walking nbout the
place. Another new specification is thai all Wagons
brought to the island must have rubber tires.
Under the present contracts all s>ort« of vehicles
find their way to the station, and besides making
a tremendous amount of noise rattling about, cut
up the pavements and walks very badly,
I will be very g-lail. Indeed, when We get our
new island, wlih its hospital for contagious dis
eases. When lhat hospital la in running order I
think I run safe in saying thru the mortality
among the contagious .-.»«<?< will be reduced all
the way from "> to ««<) per cent. The way these
poor creatures are dyinir off now Is simply horri
ble. They have to be transported far down la
South Brooklyn, over rough streets, in nil kinds
of weather. as 1 .; it is only i wonder that more of
them do not succumb It -;i .tiis to m? that l am
busy most of the lime signing telesjrams informing
relatives of Immigrants of their death and asking
for their wishes as to the disposition of tlv bodies.
I think that affair* at the 1.-laml are running more
smoothly than ever before 1 do not say this In
criticism of Mr. Williams, for he was a splendid
official, and l believe the service owes him ■ great
debt for the good v. oik he did, but the longer we
are In business th> more we naturally learn, and a
good many of the reforms I have inaugurated would
have probably been put in force by my predecessor
bad he had the time and opportunity. l have come
down rather hard on some of the steamship com
panies for turning In false manifests. I lined one
company nearly lbs for this kind of offence. They
made a pitiful protest, and asked me to remit two
tiurd:i of the fine; that one-third would be ample
punishment. 'When I took mv oath." 1 replied. "I
did not promise to enforce bat one-third of th«
law mm i saw it It's all right or all wrong, i bo
ls v.- all the line should !>•> enforced, and If you
think l am 'wrong all you have to do is to make an
appeal and prove it." They di.i not do no. I
guess the) agreed wltn me that I was doing my
duty,
Another important achievement that I believe has
been accomplished lately has bevn the more ex
peditious manner in which th« Immigrants are
passed through the lines. Instead of beginning at
10 or 11 o'clock In the forenoon, the inspection be-
Ulna ut 8:15 clock lv too morning ana keeps up
At $2 a Yard, from $2.
Lace-striped Corded silk Batiste.
Sllk-and-wool Plo-cnecfe Voiles.
At 51. 75 a Yard, from 52.
Embroidered Polka-dot Checked Voiles.
Changeable Silk-and-woo] Eolienne.
At 51. 50 a Yard, from 52
Silk-and-wool Lace Cheeked Voiles.
Changeable Silk-and-wool Voile?.
Small - figured Silk - and - wool Checked
Voiles.
Lace-figured Silk-and-wool Eolienne.
llotuzida.
I Girls Suits of Silk & Voile
We wish to direct attention to the par- '
ticularly handsome assortment of Girls' !
j Suits, in silk and voile, which we are now ;
j snowing. In it are Included all the styles '
| that are sanctioned for wee this season. . j
: These suits rank, without doubt, with the j
! prettiest and daintiest girls' suits we have i
shown in ever so lone.
For girls of 14 to IS years:
At $lO— Shirt-waist Suits of navy blue, . j
black and brown taffeta suk: full blouse .
ami platted skirt
At $17.50 Suits of navy blue and black
i taffeta silk: short plaited coat with three- i
' quarter lons- sleeves; plaited skirt with sus- j
. pander straps.
At ?2*2.7»O— Suits of voile, in tan. nary blue
' and black; stylish blouse coats, with t
: trimming of stitched taffeta: plaited skirt, j
i made over silk drop. ;
At $"2."- Shirt-waist Suits of navy blue and
black taffeta silk: deep yoke effect, witb hi-.
sertion of silk lace; box-plaited skirts. ;
, At $37.3O— Suits of voile, in nay» lilue and j
. black: handsomely made blouse coat, witli j
: trimming of braid and silk: plaited skirt, j
; made over silk drop-lining.
I Second floor. Ninth st
steadily until nisrht. Immigrants that formerly
board< : Ihe midnight trains for their destinations
in different parts of the country r.ow leave the city
by noon. I found that th»> railroads vrf-re \ery
dilatory In selling tickets to th*> nmnlgrants, caus
ing a peat delay in the regular moremeal of th*
lines. It wns as if you started a stream of water
through a six-Inch i'ip<- t*> an outlet also six inc+.es
in diameter, hut in the miiM'.e somewhere »ms a sec
tion of pipe only f.vo Inches in diameter. I told tho
railroad people that if tlyy cIM not Ret a move on
themselves and s*-!l the tickets as fast as tht* tminl
prants camo up for them. I'd o{>en t!u- gates ;( «,i ;; e t
the Immigrants buy their transp.irtatii-n WhervTer
they pleased. That seemed to be effective, for
since then the ticket selling had k»pt regular pace
with the inspection.
It was saitl yesterday that thirty bills for th»
restaurant contract at Ellis Island were, i weired In
Washington! by CommisJtionrr Genera] Sargent.
The highest, which was for 33 cents a meal, and th^
lowest. 22 cents, were among those rejected. AutOng
the bidders were John Blau, Krall Schwab and N.:
K A nt & Toffey. It is believe.! in shipping circles
h^re and at Ellis Island that Hudgins & Dumas,
who have established a high standard of good food
nnd cleanliness in feeding the Immigrants at El^
Island, will receive the award. Their bid- was 27
cents.
MEDICAL COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT.
The forty-fourth commencement of th.^ EclecUo
Medical College of the City of New-Y.>rk was h-?!v!
last nishi at Carnegie Lyceum. 57th-st. and Tth-ave.
The Rev. I>r. Joseph Rushton .addressed the grad
uates. Then followed the conft-rrins or desrees t>3
Dr. W. X Spooner, president of the tixird of
trustees, nnd the presentation of prizes by Pro
fessor J. 11. Cunning and the valedictory by X. M.
Vlllone. Tho dinner to the graduating ela.»s -wraj
given at the Hotel Astor. where covers Wf>re .«et
for one hundred nn.l fifty.
BROTHERS
ESTABLISHED NEARLY HALF A CLYTIJW
*^P* ** IJ' H E weather of
#T|uy this month ana
vlp' most of next demands
* a substantial suit of
II worsted, cheviot,
"*■ this month and
most of next demands
a substantial suit or
(fray ■a'orsted, cheviot,
4 or cassimere, and a light
\ overcoat tor evenings.
J After that, thin un
2 lined screes, and other
tropical weight fabrics will
be none too cool.
We have complete liacs
of clothe* tor both sorts 01
weather ready now.
Subway Station |u»t at on r door.
ASTOR PLACE AND FOIRTII A\"EM t

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