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To-morrow, _b?wer_; ^_ubWe_, wind.. ... OUTSIDE THE RUINED STRUCTURE^ 5TH-AVE. AND 53D-ST. XEW-YORK, WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 9. 1905. SIXTEEN PAGES.-,, ^^-??1,t:,I, PRICE THI.Ki: UEXTS. ST. THOMASS CHURCH, WRECKED BV FIRE YESTERDAY. THE CHOIR OF THE BURNED CHURCH. ALTAR PIECE AND THE INTERIOR DBOQ_U_.TKK_.__. Bl AUGTTSTOT ST Gi AND JOHN LA FARGE. COMFLETELY DESTRo YED. CZAR GRANTS ASSEMBLY. COUNCIL VOTES REFORM. A Meagre Measure of Popular Gov? ernment Conceded. F* Pe'ernburg. Auk. R ?The Russian National Assembly. the first gathering of the representa? tive* of Ihe Muscovite p-eople since Emperor Alexel Mi-hnelovitoh. the seeond of the Roman ?ffs. summoned the last zemsky sobor ln the ?eventeenth century. will be proelalmed on Sat? urday next. The flnal aaaaiaa of the special commission, whieh has h?-*?*n considering the scheme drafted by the Minister of the Interlor and elaborated SS the DaMefl of Mlnisters. was held at Peterhof to-day. Its verdict on the plan as a whole was favorable. and at the end of the sesslon, before the aasembled grand dukes, Mlnisters, Senators -?ther members of the coundl, Emperor Nlchola* set the seal of his approval on the ?work. The sitting to-day laeted from 2:30 o'elock ln the afternoon untll 8 o'elock at nlght, when the ?-<rr.mi*aion flnished the labors on whlch lt has ?beer engaged almost constantly for the last week Beveral of the members in whom the Emperor reposes speclal eonfidence were re tQusat-? by hlm u? return te-tnorrow to Peterhof to assist hlm lr. preparing a manlfesto through which the summons to the representa rives of the people wlU be Issued. Although it was stated at the beginning of the sessions at Peterhof that Emperor Nlcholas had abandoned hls lntentlon of golng to Mos? cow, the ancient capltal of the emplre, to pro cie'.rr. thls change ln the institutions of Russia, th*- report has been revlved, and lt flnds cre .**. spite of the denlals ln court circles to? day of any knowledge of the subject. It ls known that speclal precautlons have been taken t? guard the rallroad between St. Petersburg and Moscow. over whlch the Emperor would travel. snd dispatches last week announced the ?rrlval lr. Moscow of two additional reglment* ef v-owacke. The same dispatches told of the thorough search of Moscow and its environs for terrortsta, whose headquarters were discovered and the leacers eaptured last Sunday. It was said affldall) to-day. however, that no plans for * Journey of the Emperor to Moscow had been corr.inur.l'-ated, and that the prociamatlon would ?*a-_toubted:y be made from Peterhof. gh the project hat* undergone a number of changes in the various conferences at Peter is understor.G that its main outlines are substantial ly ir. accord with the project as it emerged from the Council of Minlsters. In princlpl* the Natlonal Assembly wlll be a dellberatlve and oonsultatlve body for the dis russlor. of measures laid before lt by the Em? peror or hls M.r.._-ters It will have the power St force the ulthdrawal of mlnisterial proposi HBBBB by a two-thirds vote, whlch gives lt at least a negative control over legislation. It will be a large body, probably et over flve hundred members. chaaen by a system of Indirect elee .-.6 the first sessio-o. it 1*? understood, wiU 1 lr. November. The elections will take \.\*j *? lr, Oetabar The Emperor'e manlfesto published in the ''Offlclal Mes ?enger' on Saturday morning. BOATS STOP EMPTIES IT. C F. Herreshoff, Jr., and Machinist Thnmn from Fast Motor Craft. HT IFLEGRAPH TO THE TRIBl VE. I ???gBpert, m?. Aug B -While tearing trough mt water at the rate of forty miles aa tjotu the new motor boat Den. owned and bullt nj charles F HTreshoff. Jr., met with an *mS*mSB\ to-day whlch almost cost the life of H?n--_?hoff n msrhinlst. Frederick Bates Herres ao* m.rA Rates were thrown into the water ?nd ?-ere r*-er-u-d bv men ln the launch Alice, **1.1ch maa following the Dan. but Bates was *ln?ost exhausted !n hls efforts to keep afloat. -1" tSSti r.ot ewlm. and lf the Alice had been a BT two later ln reaehing the scene of tbe accident he doubtless would have been Tbe boat was on another trial and ' tra-rr.endous speed. lt ls belleved she aotild hstre laeaten her former record. The Den rtghted herself and wa* towed ashore oniy eilgntly damaged. When -e left the dock." said Mr. Herreshoff. lr. explainlng the accident, 'the steering gear ?vas ?llghtly rippled by the boat** rammlng ber how- into a float. but I dld not want to poet at triai, so took the chance. I can't t-11 korn ttmt we were golng. but lt wa* very rapld ? tte bronae ste**r*lng cord* broke. Of epume. alth that broke .. I would lose control of the i,<>at. ao I turned off the power switch so ?uddenly tba! the reduction of speed had the I fYe. t a* a sudden stop." NEARER NEW-YORK THAN EVER. Th* -Rect.pd Emplre" ..f ti,.- New-York <""*<_ntra! ?"?"Ings aij i-entral und Northeri. New-York nearer ?| tt.# Metropolls. Syracuse, 6 bottrs; Ctuwogo 8. gsyton. *>, Watertown. ~\. Auburr., ',_, Geneva ??> mmoro. Parlor car New-York to Clayton.? (AdvL M'KEEN NOW FAVORED. MAY PROBE IXSURAXCE. Committee Expected To Decide on Appointment To-day. The sub-committee of the legislative Insurance inveetlgatlng committee la expected to recom mend the appointment of Jamea McKeen, of Brooklyn. A meetlng of the general committee haa been called for mldday Mr. Hughes, aa told ln The Tribune aeveral days ago. was flrst approached, but the sub-comml.ttee does not be? lieve that he wlll be chosen. The committee ex? pected to hear from Mr. Hughes yesterday, but no reply, at least, no favorable one. had been recelved aa la a late hour last night Not only has Mr. Hughes afflliationa wlth the Equitable, whlch he might consider would prejudiee his in? vestlgation m the eyes of the publlc, but he is ten days dlstant from the scene of the investlga? tion. His frier.ds in thls clty. without pr-sumlng to speak for him, are flrmly of opinlon that he will not see his way to curtail, at a moment's notice, his much needed rest with hls famiiy Mr. McKeen, on the other hand, who is now alao on a vacation in Portland, Me., has not only aatlafled the committee of hls complete ful fllment of the pecullar quallflcations of the work, but has lntimated hls willingneas and ability to accept lt under certaln conditions said to be entirely reasonabie. In view of the contlngeney that the general committee may not Indoaae its reconimend&tloii. the sub-commltte^ carrie* on its'Sist the names of three other men who are "avuilable" candidates. These will only be drawn upon. however, ln the last resort. Ab to the quallflcations of Mr. McKeen. who has sometimep been descrlbed as the leader of the Brooklyn bar, the sub-eommlttee has learned that, whil* he has nn insurance entanglements. he haa enjoyed. especially in the early part of hla career. an experlence in insurance lttigation whlch should be invaluable ln the event of hls selection as counsel in the forthcomlng Investl? gation. Af tn hla quallflcations as an inquisitor, hla arfsociates on the recent Police Reform Com? mittee of Xine. while concedlng his lack of "dramatlc" quaiities, unite in praise of hls work. Mr. McKeen was A?lat tmt Corporation Counsel ln charge of the Brooklyn office in the Low ad mlnlatratlon. and two years ago was a eandi? date for the office of Justice of the Supreme Court. He was likewise receiver in the recent Rothachild Globe Security case. Mr Hughes is not. as reported. ln Switzerland. but in Austria. It is believed, near Vienna. where tbe sub-committee seeks to reach him. Beyond the announcement that a meeting ot the general committee had been called for ml<_ day. and that he "hoped" to be able to announce a M-ect-on to-nlght. Senator Armstrong, the chairman of the aub-committee, would make no statement last night. and the other members were equally retlcent. Tne Pfnator. however. when aakedl at 10 p. m. erhether the sub-com? mittee had "recelved a favorable reply from Mr. Hughes" simply said. "We have not." Later he would not admit that the committee had even sent a cable message tu Ifr. Huphes. Reporta were in circulation yesterday that Mr. Hughes had already sent one reply several days ?CO, asking for more deflnite Information. This oonld not be confirmed, however. It'i. known thai late yesterday the sub-committee was atlll expectlns a reply from Vienna. rtw aaeodate counse] for the investlgation wll! not'be decided on probably until the chlef counsel is consulted, or the selection of the offlclal stenographera also untll the question of oounael and associate counsel has been s-t aled Ex-Oovernor Odell and hls father wer- vlslt? or. at ihe Equitable Building Asked if his visit had anything to clo with the legislative Inauranoe investlgation, Mr. Odell said: "No I Juat ran down to Manhattan to at? tend a hoard meeting I am going right back to N. -vl.urg." Sev.-ral members of th- legislative sub-com? mittee arere asked afcerward if they had seen lhe ex-Oovernor. they replied that they had not. nor did they expect to do so. Ex-Judgc- Alton R. Parker was oa* ot those consulted by the suh-.-ommittee as to the names ,,f available men. The interesting information vas conveyed to the aub-committee that the ,-oneultant himaelf would not be Inausceptible to an offer HYDE.HOITSE MA Y BE SOLD Purchase of Babylon Estate for m* Automobile Track Rumorcd. [BV TEI.EC.RA. H TO THE TBIHt. _??_:. 1 Babvlon. Long Island. Aug. I.-A well founded rumor ? rurrent here that the country eatate of jame. Hatasn Hyde. on the South Country Road. three mlles eas' of Babvlon. ha. been sold for $350<yo to New-York automobllls's It has beea known for some ttBM thnt Mr Hvde'a place wa? for *****- but no one here believed that he would flnd ? purehaaer. becauee the price askerl was high. Henrv B Hyde a'lden mu'-h to the value of the property. but lt waa not until Jamea Haxen Hyde took posae..1mi ef 'he _**__* that the many thou aanda of dollara were expended. It le ael.l that the purchaaers intend to lay out m two-mlle automobile track on ibe eatate aoutb of tba turnplke. CF*r>r story of Pt. Thomas*s Chureh flre. see page 4.) MANY DEAD IN RUINS OF STORE Over a Hundred Buried in Debris of Big Building That Collapsed in Albany. ONLY HALF TAKEN OUT IN DAY'S WORK. Rescuers Feai Long Wait Will Prove Fatal to Many of Those Still Pinned Down Careless Work Caused Pillars to Collapse. Albany, Aug. B.?The middle section of the hip department store of the John G. Myers Com? pany, in North Pearl-st., coUapsed early this morning, carrylng down wlth it over a hundred persons. Causht in th- wreck ot brlrl^jilastey arff. WoodPTr "benms. b?tw?^^_w*fr_y"*<_fi? I men. women and chlldren met death in a multi tude of horrible ways. Twelve hours' frantic work on the part of :in army of rescue ra disen tangled flfty people, six dead aii'l many of the rest badly injured. Three more bodies sight, but mary hours will be required ? them out. Anything like a complete list r.? the killed and injured will be unobtainable untii the workers have made tlieir way t" the tom of the mass of wreckage. With few excep tions those caufrht in the raln are empioyes, and a large majorlty of them are girls. The eatastrophe occurred shortly after the opening hour, when barely a acore of shoppers were ln tbe stor.-. A clock foiind in the debris had stopped at twelve mlnutea before .o'clock. showing when tho crash came. The best acc-iunt of the cause of th- ruin is given by the- head of the crockery, giass and drug department, which was m the baaement. "The workmen were sawing ;it a wooden floor beam," aald he, "which runs underneath one' of the- central plllars in th- middle of the store Excavation for the cellar was going on around th- base of thia pillar. aml I believe that the Jarrlng of the beam beneath it displaced th foundation of the pillar. The first thing I knew two of the counters near the place where the men were working began to sag, and several pieces of glassware slid to the floor with a crash. I yelled to my clerks to run for the front of the store. The words were not out of my mouth when there came a ereaking, and everything around us began to fall. The wreck cam-=> slowly, however. and I think every one ln my department escaped, as well as the workmen." The pillar which gave way aupp .rt.-d the ends of two giant girders. and when it fell th- main support of the central part of th- bullding was gone. With a nolse that could be heard blocks away, and shook the adjoining buildings like an earthquake, nearly half the gr-at structure. from cellar to roof and from one side wall to the other, came grinding down. Into thls wreck slid scores of empioyes who-were worklng on the four floors above and laefced the -warning which enabled those in the baaement to ea pe Many, however, were alarmed by falling plaster and aaved themselves by ruahing to the front of the store or to the fire escape in the rear. Clouds of dust whl<h shot out of the front en CHINESE SAILORS MUTINY Attack Officers at Communipaw Piers?Seven A rrested. Tweivo Chines- membera of the crew of th trnmp steamer Dordogne mutlnled last night as bhe lay coaling at th- Communipaw pien after a bitt-r flght with th-ir offlcers, were taken from the ship as she lay off Ul-rty Island by the pollce of th- PatroL Beven c.f them were loekad up in the Church-st sta? tion. charged wlth disorderly ,-onduct. which may be changed to mutiny. Ac.ordlr.K tn William McOrother, the mate. the trouble started with an attack on Muller. the second -ngineer. by one of th- Chinamen. Ong Lee. who refused to ol.ey ord-rs. Muller order.-d th- Chin,man to go below, bttt he yelled to the othen a*ho came to his aaalatan. -. ? The Chinamen *ere gradually beatlng the offlcera wh-n Captain Gray *PP??? ?t ?a door of the cabln with a revoiver. lhe | hlna inen then retreated to the forecaatle. where they Wer- eooped up under guard MERITED PRAISeTToR "THE PENNSYL? VANIA SPECIAL." ??in _*rvice aoolpment, amoothacsa of running iin^i_n_'<-?r.-ni. aaylvanla Sl ."? po eCua. ., tne world." .* tbe opinlon hns no equai. ? , ., .,.. penn,ylvan-_ JS_drtanSch-Si?^_ troluew XoA to . I ?d }% . ivanla Speclal" makea lh avery day la 18 hours.-Advu. trance caused those outside to believe that the ?tore was aflre, and a fire alarm waa Immedl? ately turner] in. When the fire departmenl ar they hnd plenty to do in rearnins those who wero piimed under the top wreckage. They wer.- j"ir.-'*l bv-"*l><**or-**-s of volunteer rescuers, and within an hour fifteen ..r twenty persons were *' thc-m fatally Injured. In ? -... i ? ;,i*t>i and am I the scene. aided by haif a hundred doctors from all parts of the city. FIFTV STIT.L TN RUINS. The volunteer rescuers and the fir>-men kept up the work until exhausted, when their places iken by a wrecking fore*. numbertng tbree hundred. from the New-Tork Central and Dela Hudson rallroada Theae deived in the ruins all nighl. but the work of reaciM was Blow. When night came it was estimated that neariy flfty person* still remained ln the ruins and that not more than haif "f these could sur vive the weight preastng on them. Fortunately. the wreckage did not taK>- flre. Some one hundred person* are still unaccounted for. but flfty of th.*?.- are cash boys, of which the firm has no record, and the loss of the pay roll makes it difflcult t.. g*n anything like a com? plete list of many others In nll the company has four hundied employes. but flfty of these are away on vacation*. The building which collapsed stands in the heart of the shopping diatrict. at Noa. 39and 41 North Pearl-st. It is owned partly by the com? pany and partly by the estate of David Onr. The l'tss to the company is estimated at be? tween $200,000 ar.d |300,000. The building was an old one. but until now considered perfectly sound. Extensive repairs were under way wben th*- catastrophe oceurred Aft.r tiu* death of its founder, John 6. Myers, two years ago. the business was conducted by ? company consisting of George P. Hilton. H. King Sturdee, Edward F. Haekett and Rv.hert M. Chalmers. Mr. Chalmers w.is taken from the ruins with slight Injuries About a month ago the firm was incorporated as a stoek com? panv. MANV SLIGHT INJfRIES. Considering The nature of the accident th-? number of person* who escaped with slight tn Juries is considered remarkable. The debrls in whlch the firemen and their assistants are dig ging ls light. consisting mostly of wood and < ontinued on thlrd pa*c. XO RUSSIAN INDEMNITY. This Said To Be Point nn Which Mission Will Noi Yield. |B) The QiMlalari Press.J Portsmouth, N. ii.. Aug. S.?It is thought that at to-morrww*a peace eonferenee it may he pos? sible to exchange the fundamental has.- on which tii.* representathres et the two beiligerenl powera may be able to reach an understanding Ir is only after an accord on thus.- fundan bases that an armistice wil] be considered ad? vantage..us by both parties. ?*>n one polnt the Russian delegate* are in? structed not to yield?that regarding a war in demnity, which. II waa st..;-d. is against the Russian feeling. against Russian pride and agalnst th.e whole history of the country. CALLS MANY PREACHERS CLOWNS. itauqua. tt. Y. Aag t?Dr Jmmm M Back iey. ehalrmaa of the . ? - -.?-.. ,,f th. >pal Chon ????** ln ar. addresa tint -i . :? . mt ao righl n. . -, and that te .1. aa I-. ni. ?? ? a good :. ln the pulpit." h* ?.**-:?--. FEVER GAINING GROUND. ALL OVER NEW-ORLEANS. Three Deaths and .Many Cases in Other Cit> Yellow fever's rnv.ige made alarniiiig stri.le-* yesterday. Three deaths were reported from Shreveport. La . aad twenty :;\e .-??*.-?> at Pat? terson. La. In addition t.. thi*. there were sixty new cases at New-i .rleans. an.l many of these were in the best residentia! se.-tn.ti of the <-;ty. The health authoritlea now admit that efforts to contine tlie diaease t<> the Italian qaartei hav. talled. The new cases are ilfffil-Ul as of seeomlary n.iture.*being tlie result of infection from ata quitoes whleb have absorbeal the contagion an.l spread the disease. An appeal ia to be made to tho (.ovornor to ral nur detaehmentB ef militia. an.l some parts of Sew-Odeana may be put untler martial law. DEATHS AT SHREVEPORT. Yellow Fever Kills Three?Twenty five Cases at Patterson. La. [BT TE!.Ei;RArtl TO TB* TRtBt.VE. 1 Phreveport. l.a. Aug. 8.?There were three deaths from yellow fever here to-day. and the sltuation is considered most alarming. I>is patchea from Patterson report iwemy-flv t here. ENTIRE CITY STRICKEX. Vclloic Fever Reachcs Rest Sections of Nerc-Orlcans. New-Orleans. Aug. 8_?The yeUo* fever in New-i >rlean*s t.-'k a sudder. cb* - to-day, and 60 new casea were rep city health authorities. There are also a num? ber of additional caaea whlch are suspicimis. on whi'-h * *?* ill be DU tii to-morrow. after further investigatio One feature of th? sltuation whi.-h is causing the authorities uneasines? is ihat the di> rapidly spreading to all parts of the city. and is no longer conflned to tbe Italian as was the caae ir. the beginning Cases are now being reported from St. Charles ave.. the rr.ost excluaive tboroughfare in tb and on other streets which are devoted better rlasses of realdenta The Health De? partment is using every effort to prevent the I of the disease in th.-se sections. are srreenir.s*. from top to bottom. every house ir which the cas.-s appear, and are kill:. ^ thf mos-iuitoes on the premises. At the same time they are discoverin the fever cannot be conflned to the original >!:s trict and aurroui - rttory. Th it has spread t-' so many parts of the cit; dera the unrk nf the authorities mncb tn-'r.- dif? flcult. as they have a territory to cover mach larger than any city in tiie country, greater New-York. It is believed that many case* reported to-day are of seeondary infection?ihat is. they have resulted from bites of moaqultoea, whlch ? infected ln the Italian quarter fr cases. befi.re th> t.e.-.-ssar\ - to prevent the spread nf the infection Force is to l.e met with force in tbe '; reaktag up of quarantine* which have pra an end to railroad travel --ut ai this clty. The State Health Departmenl to-day an Oovernor Blanchard that thej handl.- the Situatlon in regar ! to this qu titf- put oa by country towna and I ous parishes. and that as a r- i an bnpoestblHty f"i* the pbyaiciai L>ep:trtnietit to reach the various , State where the new i aa re asked >_oy-rnor Blait .. .. th.-- Sta!-- militia, ao tl a!l parts of the State ah terfereii m ith. Many towna and patlshes hai t- f. to sinp niitsi.ie th>-ir boondarlea, :h.;s cutting the railroads up into smali section*, nn whieh It la impossihle to operafe train*. It is expected that Oovert:o> Bt* issue orders to call ..ut tne militii night or early ln the i do?-s BB guards will t , the shotgun qua: Stat-- i ard is interfer.d wt_ effort is em trains. trouble wiil result. Mf.-H MAII. HEI.D 11' These qnaranttnea ara I mnt-c burdenaon ? be*ng s-nt i.a. k hara la large l?oll*_ti-i. -u *..?-. nd l-aaf ENVOYS AT PORTSMOl'TiI. TO COXFER THERE TO-DAY* Welemned by Governor of Gr. State To Proceed zeith ( . , tree* a _ iiotith. N. Bh An - cordiaUty h i which Portsmouth bai al out thtm I - intu ea - ? - _tay_k?wer ? the Ark? _ | r. il. . laiuh and l he May I A*%* . Navy I ' later lnf' A pwi to ? ssian envoys. a ;.i..f cail on Baron ira atvU hi.. J.olphtn fol the navy yard, -d by th" * -voys. Admirai his marine and tS the navy ys. whi.h was gay with bunr: ?he gayty gmtxaway. Twenty minutes lat-r a kumct .. ' :.well. assig: duty as th- S.cr. tary's a the l.oomlng of the guns flred al Fort I ?? ing. I.AXDINl. AT NAVY Y.\ .auiT-h bearing the Russian | I - -? . - - _ - Ti e e -? Jip - - - - ? ' ' e _ _ - I - _ , - - ? . -? 9 -nd I ? - ? ? - ? ? - -