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To Put John A. McCaU or Mr.
Perkins on Stand To-day.
Aa a result of a programme decided on at an
Informal meeting: of the legislative Insurance
Investigating committee and their counsel, at
the Hotel Seville, yesterday afternoon. John A.
McC&fl. president of the Now -York I>4fe Insur
ance Company, has been asked to take the stand
at the reconvening: of the commit at City
Hall this morning. Mr. McCall will, at that
time, be asked for all information he may r os "
sess as to the, ultimate purpose and use of the
two checks for (45.000 and 155.000 drawn to the
order of Andrew Hamilton, of New-York and
Albany, and paid by the New-York State Ban!;
at the latter city. Mr. McCall will be asked to
clear up the mystery as to why. if the money
was used to purchase real estate in New-York
City. :t was sent to Albany. The possibility
that this fund may turn out to be a portion of
that great Insurance . orruption fund concern
ing- which Senator Edgar T. Brykett of Sara
toga, made sensatlonaJ < harges last year, is still
talked of.
If Mr. McCall is unable to attend the hear
ing to-morrow. Oeorgre W. Perkins, the vice
president of the N«vr-York Life, and a member
of the firm of J. P. Morgan & Co.. will be sske<l
to continue his testimony, and it Is beUevsd
that new sensations, as *rreat as those he preclp
lltated last week, will he forthcoming, when va
rious records and books he promised to produce
are shown in evidence. Mr. Perkins '.la-s com
pleted Ills testimony resrardinp the S.TO.rmo cam
paign contribution to three successive national
.Republican campaipns. If Mr. McCaU appears
he will be asked to outline the way in which he
decided the need and ordered the payment of
'these contributions.
In the audience to-day for the first time will
be District Attorney Jerome, whose illness has
kept him away from the proceedings so far. It
-has not been generally known how cordial the
relations between the committee and the Dis
trict Attorney were, but before the beginning
of the hearings Senators Armstrong and Tully
. had several talks with Mr. Jerome, and only
l&atrweek the former wrote the District Attor
ney a. cordial note expressing regret at his ill
ness and extending- to him every courtesy of
the commission. This means, among other
things, that Mr. Jerome will receive a complete
official record of the proceedings for any po=si
", We use in prosecution. Attorney General Mayer
is also supplied with such a copy.
Mr. Jerome haa not yet receive! a ropy of
the testimony of George AT. Perkins regarding
■ campaign contributions and *'queer" reports to
'the Superintendent of Insurance, and therefore
he has declined to speculate as to whether this
affords a chance for criminal action. This was
the explanation he made yesterday when his
'attention was called to the fact that It was
charged that the submission of a sworn report
|to tile State Superintendent of Insurance which
dM not contain a statement of the "non-ledeer
assets'* was a crime. That he is looking Into
this point, however, is known.
But the pursuit of the mysterious "A. Hamil
ton" checks, now traced to Albany, will not
end with the testimony of Mr. licCalL Subpoenas
have already been issued summoning officers
of the Albany State Bank, through which tha
checks were cashed, to appear l>efore the com
mittee and supply all their information and
records. These witnesses will not appear to
morrow, but may come later in the week. Then
Andrew Hamilton, who is in Europe, will, in
the opinion of members of the committee, return
and testify to his share in the affair.
In the mean time the committee has declared
its intention to continue its policy of pomp to
the foundation of every possible source of cor
ruption or misappropriation in insurance affairs,
"everything that is symptomatic." to quote Sen
ator Armstrong's phrase. This intention is
held in spite of the fact that the committee is
constantly receiving- advice that would limit
its field, advice which it acknowledges but will
not follow.
The session to-day will be brief, and adjourn
■ ment will be taken soon after noon. This ac
' tion was decided on out of respect to the mem
ory of Senator Axiibl>;r, late chairman of the
. Senate Ounamtee on Ineuranc.-, whose funeral
will take i»ace this afternoon. The meeting
! will take place in tho room of the iiu;:;.; of
' Estimate and Apportionment, as the tax sale
! will continue to-day.
: Yesterday's meeting of the committee was
'entirely of an informal character. The counsel
■ for the committee. Messrs. Hughes. McKeen
' and Fleming, all called at Senator Armstrong's
■ room In the lat« afternoon on their way iwn,
• and Senator Tully, who lives at the Seville, was
'present. Assemblyman Wemple came in, but
Senator Rortlan atd Assemblymen <"<>x, Mc
f.wwn and Rogers were all absent, indicating
that no regular mcc.ing had l.<-en called
Senator Armstrong's attention was calle<l
. , late yesterday afternoon to th<* letter made
V public by Paul Morton, of; the Equitable, re-
I yarding the $6SS,OX> "yellow dog fund." All
f'\ Mr. Armstrong cared to say about this was that
in due course the eommltt««- would on its own
account carefully examine Into this whole mat
ter. There was no night meeting of the com
mittee. Senator Armstrong w«?nt to Coney
'Island and Senator Tully attended a private
dinner party. Assemblyman Rogers will prob
: ably be absent the whole week, as his county
nominations are made this v • ek.
When Mr. Perkins resumes ih«' witness stand.
it is said, the O. H. annex real estate con
tract will be put in evidence and mill disclose
Just how much of the $1£25.000 charged uj' was
actually paid for the r<-fi; estate on Worth and
Centre sts. and how much for other purposes.
While Attorney General Mayer, who returned
to town yesterday, would not discuss any action
In contemplation by his nfTi'-e In view of the
recent dieolosures. It <nr. be asserted that Mr.
Mayer will take no action until the legislative
committee shall have adjourned- that is. until
January, IGXIo. at the earliest.
It Is understood thai the Attorney General's
office will not consider the institution of any
proceedings until ih<- testimony is complete.
From now on, however, the Attorney General's
office will follow th.- evidence ckmely.
Ropardlng the Instittutlon of suits for th^
restitution of $150,000 paid by the New- York
I>lfe to the Republican National Committee In
the last three Presidential campaigns, it Is un
derstood that the two principal questions In
volved are the authority of the two New-York
■ Life officers to make such contributions and the
propriety of so d<>!!:;r If. a* reported. Attorney
General Mayer hip been told that this money is
to be restored, it is pointed out that the restitu
tJon will not stand off 1« gal action
Statement to Directors Tells of
Turner Loans and $685,000 Fund.
James Haren Hyde as a trustee of the Henry B.
Hyde estate is Ilk- !y to be a co-defendant in a
suit which Paul Morton has urged that the Mer
cantile Trust Company bring against the guaran
tora of the so-caUed "Turr.er loans." This i^ ihown
in an Important statement Issued by Mr. Morton
In which the president of the Equitable likewise
announces that he has found that tha BquttabUs
has paid t»5&.000 to th« Mercantile without author
ity on the mysterious "J. W. A. No. r account,
indicating, apparently, th«t th*- '•|«s.wi» loan" wu»
at least 3350b0K».
Resarding th* -Turn«r loans." Mr. Morton an
nounces furth-r that he ha* told the Mercantile
Trust Company that the Equitable would expect to
be repaid the $716.264 90. with interest, which the
Bquitable had applied on the "Turner loaM. "
Mr. Morton'* statement regarding the |CSS,<JUO fund
Is zs follows:
When the expert accountants who are inv*-iiK;i!-
InTtS *ffaii« of tm- society apgUed to the Mer
ttantlle Trust Company for a siaJem. Nt of ii- so
cTriy" account they found that the trust ,<,iu
nany Intended to charge acalnst the society s ar
eount a loan of W5.000 which wni -arrlsd upon the
books of the Mercantile Truel rornpanj bs •'•.;):
A. No. S account." I found upon ejaminatkn that
s s £•, -.:■:;■,;.'
society would not recogni=« the loan. A fejv days
thereafter 1 was informed that the loan hadb^n
paid by parsons who^ Identity was not disclosed
xST'eaaiptoatlon of the expert accountants hu
revealed three payments by the eoolet> lolhe NUT.
rdlngly instnwted -• ".r,s.-l t. tnke »c
MOMSary proceedings to recover these amounts
for the society.
Mr Mortons statement was addressed to th"
Bquitable directors on September 15. With tlie ex
oeptlon of those sections already cited, tho state
ment has reference only to the •Turner loans" and
is as follows:
New-York, September In. 1905.
To the. Directors. . _.
I have r'<'pare,i the following statement regard
ing thi so-called '■Turn»r loans" and the J. W.
A. No. S Account" with the Mercantile Trust Com
pany. resardln* which 1 made v full statement to
the board at their meeting, held August B, In order
that the ilirectors who were not present at that
meeting may he fully informed regarding these Im
portant matters. , „ „„
In November 1894, this society held 8,281 shares,
or a little less than two-fifths, of the capital stock
of the Western National Bank. Before the society
became Interested in the stock of this bank the
latter bad made certain loans ui'on collateral as
To John W. Youngs-Salt I-ak- Mid Fort Douglas*
Railroad < "onu<any bonds and stock; Bait Lak*
and Eu*t<»rii Railway Companj stock; Salt L«k.«
r>ock Company stock; Df-minp. Hiprra Madra anJ
Paclllc Railway Company stock.. $H3.oft6
To Kentucky Mineral an«l Tlmt'T Company—Con
tracts for the purchase of certain lands in south
eastern Kentucky £58.394
To Amity Lan.i and [rrtgmtlon Company — Repre
Eontlnj? a controlling intenst In certain Irriga
tion uitcht-s In Powers County. Colorado 2<">4.r>o9
Total ♦ $63f1.048
Intereft to November 15. 1!»94 26.443
Total $061,401
T!ir.?e loan 3 were not paid and the bank had
taken over the collateral, -which, however, the bank
examiner had objected to as an asset of the bank.
Whereupon. Mr. Henry K. Hyde, who was presi
dent of the society at the time and al*O a director
in the bank, arranged to transfer the. collateral
to the Mercantile Trust Company in the following
manner: The collateral was tirst assigned by the
bank to George V. Turner, secretary to 1./>uis Fits
gerald, then president of th« Mercantile Trust
company. Contemporaneously with the assign
ment. Turner, on the security of the collateral, ob
tained from the trust company a loan of $661,491
(the exact amount that the collateral stood at on
the books of the bank), evidenced by hts note
dated November 15. ISJM; and this amount was
turned over to the bank in payment for the collat
eral which it had assigned to Turner. Upon
Turner's note there was indorsed a guarantee or
payment by Marcellus Hartley. John E. Searles.
Louis Fitzgerald. W. X. Coler. jr.. and H. B. Hyde,
end upon ail renewals of the note the same guar
antee was indorsed.
These gentlemen were all directors of tho West
ern National Bank, and held considerable amounts
Of Its stock. Mr. Hyde was also president of this
society as stated; Mr. Fitzgerald was president of
the Mercantile Trust Company and a director or
this society and chairman of its finance commute-;
air. Hartley was also a director of this society and
a member of its finance committee. In addition
to these Indorsements the same guarantors, on
March 31 IKS. executed a sepJcd agreement of
guarantee covering the original amount of the loan
and sums advanced by the Mercantile Trust ( om
pany up to that date in attempts to develop the
collateral. On November P. W96, a further sealed
agreement of guarantee was executed by all the
original guarantors, covering the amount to which
the loan had then grown. 5L276.47849. and all future
advances that ehould he made in accordance with
the terms of the guarantee.
Poon after the Mercantile Trust Company as-
Fumed these loans in November. 1894. it was found
that the collateral for the loan to John \\ . 1 oung
was wholly worthless: but it was decided to at
tempt to develop the other security known as the
"Kentucky property" and the "Colorado property,
and enormous sunis were expended for that pur
pose, with the result that on July 1. 19<V>. the cost
of the "Kentucky property" stood on the books of
the trust company at $619,067. and the cost of the
"Colorado property" at 52.8te.485. The cost of the
"Colorado property" was assumed by the Commer
cial Trust Company to the extent of $500,000, by the
Western Notional Bajik fm>w the National Bank
of Commerce) to the extent of COO.OOO. and by the
American Deposit and Loan Company (now the
Equitable Trust Company) to the extent of $100,010.
on certificates of participation issued to them, re
ppeetlv*ly by the Mercantile Trust Company on
January 23 1908s, and agreements were executed by
Turner and the guarantors or their representatives
consenting to the Issue of the certificates and
agreeing that the collateral should apply to them
equally with the no'«s held by the Mercantile
Trust Company.
On January 23, 1900, the burden of the Mercan
tile Trust Company appears to have been further
reduced by a payment of $218,264 96 made to tho
trust company by the then controller of th« pociety
upon the, order of the then president, and credited
on the books of the trust company to the "Turner
loans." and on February 4. 1904. a similar payment
of J6OO was made by the same officers, and
$500.00<> thereof credited by th«» trust company upon
the "Turner Joane." Tlie records of the society
disclose no authority whatever fur these payments,
and the cash >-ntries in reppect to them were- very
The records of the society, furthermore, contain
no reference, prior to the year 1900. to the "Turner
loans." The Mercantile Trust Company, however,
has produced an instrument 6igned by James W.
Al.-xander, president, dated May 11, 1899, about a
we«-k after the death of Henry B. Hyde, certifying
that the Turner loan and additional advances for
the same account were, really made for the benefit
,f t),,, society, a* it was the principal shareholder
of the Western National Bank, and was practically
pledged for its protection.
On February <",. 1808, over live years after the guar
antors ha.d Incurred th»-lr obligation to the trust
company. President Alexander addressed a. letter
to each of the aforementioned Individual guarantors
or their representatives statins that the Turner
loans were made by the Mercantile Trust <*omparry
at the request of the BOOfety, and that ir wa.« at the
request "f the society that the individual guaran
tors guaranteed the trust company against loss,
and that therefore the society would hold them,
the irantors, harmless from lose on account of
theii guaranty. On February 14. 19001 the. executive
committee of the society passed n resolution au
thorizing the president to convey to the individual
guarantors the assurances of the society for their
This resolution Is the only minute <.n the records
of any committee of the society or its board of di
rectors in respect to any connection of the society
with tb<- Turner loans. On February 14, 1900, th-<
president of the society. Mr. Alexander, also \vrotn
to the, offlc-rs of tli» three, aforementioned corpora
tions holding- certificates of participation in tho
Turner loans, repeating that those, loans were mad«
in the interest of the society, and assuring them
that the society would Bee that the amounts their
« orujianies loaned would be repaid with interest.
As Boon as I became aware of the facts in re
tard to this transaction. I referred the matter to
Wallace Macfarlane, special counsel, to ascertain
whiit th>: society's legal responsibility was in the
ease. ;in«i he -:i\>-s me as his opinion that the Mer
cantile Trust < umpany rhould look tc. its guaran
tors for th* payment of the obligation, and that
the society i« in no sense r< sponslble to th« trust
company, and it is bis opinion that it <ls very
doubtful whethei the society Is liabl* to the guar
antors. This, however, is a matter that .-an only
1>» •;<■-! by litigation. • I have notlflv<i the Mer
cantile Trust Company to this effect, and h-ive
urged that it proceed Hgaltist its guarantors I
have also notified the truel company that we would
expect to have repaid to th* society the $718.364 1«\
unrt Interest, which 1 find the society ha* applied
on these loans, and 1 have instructed counsel to
take the neoessary proceedings for the recovery of
this moi ey
I have been unable to fcrrr- a definite <-| inion ns
to the value of the properties by which the "Tur
ner loans" are secured. They certainly have gub*
stantiai value, arid tii» officers of the Mercantile
Trust Company are sanguine that they will ulil
maiely prod sufficient money for tne liquidation
.■i t).-' loans, in any event, the. individual guar
antois of th« loans, Including th<- estates <,{ Henry
li. Hyde and Marcellus Hartley, are amply respon
eibie. " and the trust company, by enforcing- Us
ri>2lii against t-inii. should be able to «scapo ulti
riii-.-.»- los? upon the loans
Jn addition to the above loans which I brought
to your ttention at the last meeting of the board,
I'find that In ->«7 the society made a loan to John
E Bearles which at June 2. 1896, amounted t<> $3*\
000 The t.jtal ]unn has been reduced to JB>>.4£B. Th«
collateral held is without value, and Mr. SearW
has been thiouph bankruptcy, which makes it nec
essary to charge "ff the amount. Ido not see why
this lias ,-..,' been <lone b.-fore, unlesti it is with the
'..!-.t that ultimately Mr. Searl»-s will be In position
to m*k« the amount r ood.
In ca»»- any other transactions of this character
are developed you will I <• duly advised.
PAUL MORTON, President.
Mr. Fitzgerald Is apparently out of town, his
house at No. 253 Lexington-ave. being boarded up
with wooden bars, blocking the entrance to th><
<jUt#r Steiiß.
Mr. Coler, speaking from Newark, said he had
only arrived by steamer yesterday, and would pre
fer to m:ike no statement pending a careful peru
sal of President Morton's announcement.
Equitable Debtor Went Through
Bankruptcy in '1901.
John E. Bearles, to whom the Equitable, ac
oordinc t.p l*residsnt Morton's statement, made a
loan whico <<n June 2, 1869, amounted to IMO^OOO,
but which has been reduced to $56,458. the ooUateral
hel.l belriK now "without value," assigned on
March 6. i>*;. to Edward F. Dwight, of th« law
firm of Carter, Hughes & Dwight, of No. 96 Broad
way, of wnlch Charlea E. Hughes, counsel to the
(eKislativa i-ommltt •-<;■. was a member. Estimates
of Mr. Seaxless liabilitii-s at the time were be
tween ■«"."" and $2.00u,<»00. The former Bugar
Trust treasurer had been popularly ri-i&ar.ied an
worth more than $l.»r/VJ(X> a short time previously.
Alder' B. Roede.r. a gon-in-law of Mr. Searies
•rent through bankruptcy, getting rid >,{ liabilities
t>J .>„ . ■„, ...i of * '■*'• 256.
j l ..>■> Mr. Sear'cs assisted in oroauizing 1..0
Havemeyer Sugar Kenning Company, and seven
years Inter organized the Sugar Trust. Aa president
of tho Western National Hank he Increased the de
posits from $9noo«K' to 136.000^000. '» l**> ho organ
bed tho American Cotton Company. He was a
director both of tho Equitable nnd th* Mercantile
Trust Company.
Remarks of V ice-President Kingsley
to the Underwriters.
Hartford. Conn., Sept. 19. — At the opening 3ession
to-day of the National Association of Life Under
writers, a paper by D. P. Kingsley, vice-president
of the New-York Life Insurance Company, was
read by Corwln McDowell, of Boston, in the ab
sence of the. author, 'iho paper advanced the idea
that American life insurance and its management
are now on trial. It appealed to the public not to
Judge life insurance as a whole to be rotten be
cause of recent revelations, any more than they
would stop depositing money in banks because
pome cashier had defaulted. Mr. Klngsley's paper
read in part as follows:
It seems to me time that something Fhould bo
Fald against the Insane chatter of the hour. I am
not a member of this association, nor of any of its
constituent organizations. li is possible, therefore,
for me to say what a member might not be will-
Ing or able to say.
Through a series of events militant American
life Insurance and its management are now on
trial. 1 do not apologize for anything done, nor
defend any person involved, when 1 say that there
is no more reason to conclude that lite Insurance
Is unsound, because of these revelations, than thero
was to conclude that all the national banks were
rotten because a Milwaukee, bank was looted by
Its president. Life insurance has deadlier enemies,
deadlier because under cover, becauaa lodged in
our own household.
I mean thut parasite, that pirate, that man whoso
victim in the citizen, already honestly insured by
some hard working agent. By lying ratios, by In
nuendo, by scandalous suggestion, he tears in pieces
that man's faith in life insurance. Out of the
wreck he may emerge, with a policy In his own
company, and he may not.
American companies are, after all. very close to
each oth*r. They may be classified under two
heads, tho militant and the non-militant. The
first have gene afield. They have nourished
If a company, clinging fast to sound doctrine In
Its finances, adds In a single year to the world
of the insured 150,000 people. It has done a tre
mendous thing; It has done the real thing.
This is militant life insurance. This Is the insti
tution that is under flre. The^e are the achieve
ments, too that pome who profess th<» faith most
bitterly attack, mest maliciously misrepresent
When the grave difficulties .irose In the F-xjuitabl*
there, was no voice of hope from these men. ihey
croaked their satisfaction.
Militant life insurance is militant America. It is
one of the empire builders of the world. Tt will bo
feared and hated and misunderstood. It mu6t be
able to stand in the light. It must be absolutely
open and clean in Its methods. It must meet the
Btrlfcer and the blackmailer with a flood of sun
light. If it slips, as it will occasionally, it must
expect no mercy; It will pet none.
Western Life Indemnity Policyhold
ers Charge Fraud.
Chicago. Sept. .19. — Charges of fraud, misap
plication of trust funds and attempts to transfer
assets to another concern are made in a suit
for a receiver and an accounting, filed this af
ternoon by counsel for policyholders against
present and former officials of the Western
Life Indemnity Company, an assessment insur
ance association. E. I. Rosenfeld and W. 11.
Gray, the latter the organizer of the associa
tion, are mentioned in the bill in connection
with alleged fraudulent voting of funds to them
Gray is alleged to have obtained proxies
from thousands of members and thus con
trolled the directors. By this control, it is al
leged, Gray had passed a resolution voting
him the right by contract, to draw $1 for each
$1,000 in insurance issued. This was done in
secret, and although tho complaining policy
holders recently learned of it, information, they
say, was refused by RoseniVld. Moullton, Gray
and others. Besides this, it is declared. Gray
and his associates, by fraudulent means, took
many other thousands of dollars.
The defendant company Is the successor of
the Knights Templar, and Mason Life In
demnity Company, organized in ISM, and has
more, than $20,000,000 in policies outstanding.
Speech on Sept. 11 Gave Opinion
on Insurance and Polities.
Paul Morton, when asked yesterday for nn ex
pression of liia views on the contributions of In
surance societies to political campaign funds, re
ferred all Inquirers to his speech to the a«enu of
the society, on September 11. before any disclosures
bad been made In the investigation. The passage
to which he called attention follows:
I want to see the insurance business removed as
far as possible from politics. I hope it. will never
(Ssarj for the society to beta Pities and
I trust we .-an SO conduct our affairs that Pplm
clanfi will not be in the Insurance business. 1 be-
UeVein proper laws safeguarding the sacred trus
of Insurance, and I will perate In the enactment
of any Mcessary laws with this end In view, but I
think we should" have millions for defence and not
a it e w^lf°be t the U in'tentlon of this society hereafter,
when attacked by vicious legislation, to call on the
members of the society to see thai it is Prevented.
We Bhould .'.ll work to put the business ol life in
surance on the elevated plane it ought to occupy,
and In case of unfair assaults let us pi
solid phalanx and maintain one if we are right, and
if we are not right to change our policy before
others observe it.
Mr. Morton explained that by "members" he
meant all the pollcyh< Iders as well as the directors
and oth< ers of the Equitable.
liUSV DAY FOR 1. O. O. F.
Fifteen Thousand Men Parade in
Philadelphia, Sept !!•■ The real work of the
conclave of the Sovereign Grand Lodge <>f the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows began to day,
when the various resolutions fnr new legislation
and amendments to the present laws were Intro
duced at the business session.
Tin- Judiciary committ* •• of the Sovereign Lodge
made a report approving a number of decisions
on questions of law and procedure mad- by the
grand Bire In the last year. One of these was a
decision Involving an Interpretation of the pres
ent law dealing with the eligibility to member
ship of those engaged in the liquor business, to
which a proposed amendment is now pending
before the sovereign grand lodge. The decision
mad--- by the grand sir.-, and approved with a
slight modification bj the judiciary committee,
has no bearing on the proposed amendment, but
Blmply places an official Interpretation on the
present law. The judiciary committee's report
w;i< not mad'- public. The proposed amend
ment will probably cmc up for consideration >>:i
A {> ature of the conclave was the parade of
Odd Fellows this afternoon on Broad-st The
line of march covered a distance of more than
three miles, and the entire length was thronged
with sightseers, ll is estimated than l.~'.<H.h> men
were in line. Grand jmi-- Robert B. Wright re
vlewed the pageanl from a carriage. With him
were Genera! M A. Raney, commander >>f the
Patriachs Militant, and all of the department
A reunion of past grand representatives took
place at Lv Lv Temple to-night, ar which ad
dresses were made by R. Hill Myers, grand rep
resentative and past grand representative, of
Winnipeg. Manitoba, and P. C. Goudy, ■if Den
ver, Col. Simultaneously with the reunion there
was an exemplification of the Patriarchal Golden
Rule and Royal Purple degrees at Odd Fellows
Temple and a grand decoration <>r chivalry con
ferred by General M. a. Raney :■' the 2d Regi
ment Armory Later in the night the reception
and military bail were heM in the -d Regiment
Show Quarantined In France, and Many-
Valuable Horses Shot.
I Bj Telegrapb to The Tribune |
Cody, WyO., Bept, lit.- \V«'ld ha* been i-e, elved
hew that Colonel W. F. Cody's Wild We«l Show
has been quarantined in France, and that all "f
the show horses, some woMh more than $1,000
e.nrh, and numbering 260, were shot under offl
clai orders, on accoun! of glandarm. it is r!h.»
stated that the show has had poor success thu
and that Cody is offering all his ranch and
cattle Interests In this country f<>r sule.
After Wife with Money, He Nearly
Loses Hk Own.
The latest Intended victim of the East Side
schatchens Solomon J. Sllberstetn, author nt
•everal philosophical works, who claims amonK
his friends many men well known In financial
and public life, who have, he says, contributed
to his support for the last eighteen rears, th.it
he rnipht continue his philosophic al studies and
the production of !.<».us. It was tho desire to
publish one more book that n<>t him into trouble
Mr. Bilborstein has been engaged these many
years In an attempt to overthrow the Newton
lan theory of gravitation. He began his con
troversial life in his native town of Kovno, Rus
sia, when ho was seventeen years old, at which
age he became a rabbi, and, as a result, was
forced to flee the persecutions of the orthodox
rabbis and come to this country. Here, after
six years of selling cigars over the counter in
llester-st., he succeeded In attracting the at
tention of Professor Seligman, of Columbia Uni
versity, and Professor Seligman. with the late
Leonard Lewisohn, he sayp, supported him for
many years that he might prosecute his studies
at leisure.
He studied and published books and gained
wealthy friends, living on the lower East Side,
and for the last several years on the upper East
Side, finally coming to his preseni home at
No. 72 East Lo9th-at., until two years ago, when,
through criticisms of the Jewish Theological
Seminary and the Jewish Encyclopedia, his
friends fell away from him. Then his wife died.
That was a year ago in October, and Mr. Sil
berstein was left at th- age of sixty years with
two young children, no money and an earnest
desire to bring out another philosophical trea
After much thought, he could see no way out
of his difficulties except to marry a young
woman of means. He. therefore, placed himself
in the market, informing a certain Mr. Lan
darsky of this determination. Mr. Landarksky
conducts a real estate business on the East Side
and does a little matrimonial brokerage also.
He brought forward no candidate himself, but
three weeks ago a man describing himself as
Friedman, of 118th-st appeared and said that
he had an attractive young woman with $3,000
who would like to assume the name of Silber
stein. The sum seemed somewhat minute, but
Mr. Silberstein requested a trial and the young
woman appeared at his house.
She was of attractive personality, but deficient
in education, and Mr. Silberstein became suspi
cious. "Why," he asked, "does a young woman
like you want to marry an old man like me?"
"Ah," she replied. "I would have my name
go down the ages with Solomon J. Silberstein's."
The philosopher was manifestly pleased. "It
shall be as you say, my child," he said, stroking
her head kindly.
Previously, however, Friedman had exhibited
a bank book showing a savings bank deposit of
$3,000 to the credit of the bride to be.
Contrary to his natural instincts, Mr. Pllber
steln did not investigate the genuineness of this
alleged bank deposit, but hurried on the pro
ceedings. A rabbi was brought in, a contract
drawn up, and Mr. Silberstein, the rabbi and
the young woman affixed their names. At this
point Friedman again took an active part in the
affair. He put forward the proposition that Mr.
Silberstein should contribute $150 as frais de
guerre. But, the prize secured, the author's In
stinct once more asserted itself, and he said:
"When the ceremony is performed and the
money is placed in the bank to my credit, then
will I pay you. In the historic words of that
great hero of my adopted country. Millions for
defense, but not one cent for tribute.' "
With these words, the sehatchen and the bride
elect faded swiftly from the scene, and Mr. Sil
berstein is once more in the market.
Paul Bonner Offers $1,000 for Recovery of
Articles Removed in His Safe.
Having no hope that the local officials will be.
able t" solve the mysterious burglary of his coun
try borne at Sound Beach, Paul Bonner, a leather
bf-itiiiK manufacturer of this city, has called in
tho f'lnkertons and ofTered rewards aggregating
for the recovery of the missing Jewels and
the arrest and conviction of the. thieves. The rob
bery of the Bonner house occurred early in the
morning of August 30, and involved the moving of
an 800-pound safe out of the house and off the
premises, which were supposed to be guarded by a
dozen dogs. Mr. Honner placed his loss at $18,150,
mostly in jewelry.
Pinkerton'3 Detective Agency yesterday Issued a
circular offering the reward and describing in de
tail the contents of the safe, although, as usual,
the circular did not give the name of the person
Among other things taken were a g..1.l split
s ad Jurgensen watch, a woman's open-faced
watcb with "N. E." 'n the. case: a gold and green
enamelled watch with the monogram "N. E. A."
raised in gold, a gold antique watch, with picture
in enamels, and a watch shaped like a musical in
strument. The rings which are missing; Include
several diamond solitaires, a pale pink pearl ring.
large and small uncut emerald rinK*. and many
others Half a dozen bracelets, set with diamonds,
turquoises, rubies and emeralds, set with diamonds,
brooches, a necklace of two strings of pearls, dia
mond and g"l'l hair ornaments are included.
Much of this lewelrj was given t.. Mrs. Bonner by
her former husband, Jamea .1. Alexandre, who was
Interested in n steamship line between New- York
and Cuba and by his father, who was the head of
th- Pacific Mail Steamship Company for years. It
Is on account of this sentimental value that so
h,i^ a reward Is offered. The Bonners believe
■ l>-.ist four men were concerned in the rob
bery, as it would uikft at least that number to
move the safe out of the house
Four Prisoners Pool Money for One Fine —
Draw Lots for Liberty.
I i>.v T~i,.trai.h to The Tribune I
Derby, Conn., Sept. 19. Judge Copper, of the
Seymour Town Court, allowefl four convicted
prisoners to draw lota to-day t<> decide who
sh< «ld go to jail and who ko free. John Mack, of
Danbury; Barney Duffy, of Bridgeport; William
White, of Waterbury, and Thomas Dowling, of
Hartford, were peach pickers In ih»- Halo and
Coleman orchards, but were discharged .
day for being drunk and making a disturbance
and later were arrested.
in court to-day they were fined SIL* ."><> each.
failure to pay which meant twenty-five days In
jail. None of the four had enough t<> pay his
fi:,.., but on pooling th»-ir cash they found thej
had' $1255 five cents more than enough to set
one man at liberty. They then agreed to draw
lots to determine who should be the favored one.
Mack won the draw, whereupon ho and bis
three comrades Immediately turned over all
their money but the ni< kel ti> the court, and the
lucky John gol hia freedom.
Mack boughi a bromo seltzer with the extra
Filipino Woman Claims Him as Her Legal
[By Telegraph to The Tribune ]
Leavenworth, Kan., Sept. I'- 1 in;..rmation has
• Fort Leavenworth ttuit First
Lieutenant Sidney s. Burbank, Bth Infantry,
who lefl here for the Philippines In February, la
«i. (.•• court-martlalled for conduct unbecoming an
officer and a gentleman. Mrs. Conception Vasques,
a Filipino woman, alleges that Lieutenant Burbank
Is the rather of her three-year-old child and that
she was legally married t<> him. This Burbank
Jena, s.-pt. Ift.— ln the National Social Democratic
convention to-day the threatened parliamentary
battle over various matters concerning the party's
newspapers was postponed, aqd perhaps obviated,
through the adoption of a resolution referring ull
these matters t" a committee of fifteen.
Hermann Molkenbuhr, a member or the Reichs
tag, said thu some of the younger members or the
party ialk of a split
Washington, Sept l'J.— The Assistant Attorney
General for the Interior Department to-day
h-ard arguments In tho cast- at Bcoti S. Dumas,
involving the claim of Urn Choctaw Indians, of
Mississippi, to the rights of citizens of the
Choctaw nation in Indian Territory, It is a test
case, and Involved largo interests. Tht! Indian
Bureau decided advcr.s-ly to the Mississippi
iluinißTitH, <.n the ground that they had not com
plled with the terms ot th<- treaty of 1630.
Make Cushion for New-York Girl
Thrown from Carriage.
[By Telfffrnph to The Tribune. 1
Gref-nv. ich. Conn.. Sept. 19 —Miss Bessie Fish.
daughter of C. B. Fish, an artist, of No. 254
"VWst 84th-st., Manhattan, owps her life to two
pel dogs, on*> a priz*» winning French bulldog,
and the otiior n Boston terrier, which she was
carrying to New- York to-day.
Her family have been spending the summer at
Farrfleld, and Mr. Fish, with his dauphtpr and
the dogs, was driving down a steep hill n**ar H.
O. Havemeyer's estate, as an automobile con
taining Edward Kf>tnp, of No. 41 West 54th-st..
Manhattan, his wife, boy and chauffeur was
coming up. Mr. Fish stopped his horse to let
the automobile pass.
Mr. Kemp's chauffeur, coming from behind the
other wagons at a good speed so as to make the
hill on the high gear, tried to turn to the left and
avoid hitting Mr. Ffsh's carriage. The space was
too narrow, and. glancing from the carriage, he
ran across the trolley track, into a telegraph pole,
breaking an axle and blocking traffic for an
hour. The carriage wheels were torn off and
the occupants were thrown in a heap in the
roadway. Mr. Fish had several of hia ribs
fractured. Miss Fish fell on top of her dogs and
was only slightly bruised on the face and knees.
Bystanders said that but for the dogs she would
have landed on h-r head and probably been
killed. The animals w^re not Injured. Mrs.
Kmnp was badly shaken up. but Mr. Kemp
stopped l"ii£? enough to call a physician and ren
der every aid in his power to Mr. Fish.
Mr. Fish said that if he had had a revolver
when he was upset h>> would have used It on the
Five hundred feet away from this accident at
the same time another machine ran over Syl
vester Rose, nine years old, the son of James
Rose, a gardener for N. R. Squire, of New-York,
as he was going to school, and left him lying In
the road. He was carried into his home, where
Dr. Van Vleet found several ribs broken.
Discrepancies in Evidence Against
Supposed Slayer of Miss Pfeiffer.
Joseph G-irard, believed to be the murderer of
Augusta Pfeiffer, -whose body was found near
the Pelham Road on Saturday. Is still at large,
but Captain Burfeind believes that it is only a
question of hours before he will be in custody.
The police worked energetically but unsuccess
fully yesterday.
A thing that is bothering the police and Cor
oner O'Gorman is that, according to the au
topsy, the girl had been dead twelve hours -when
the body was discovered. But the autopsy
showed that she had partaken of a meal which
was only partly digested, showing that the food
had been eaten a few hours before her death,
and, therefore, after Friday noon. Also, there
was a good deal of rain between last Wednes
day and Saturday, but the girl's clothes do not
show that they were exposed to the water.
On the other hand, the Mahon woman, who.
together with Glrard, lived In the house kept by
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Klener, has told the police
that Glrard came home about midnight, on
Wednesday, with his clothes bloody and his
right hand bleeding. Since Thursday morning
the Mahon woman has said, she has not seen
Girard. Edward Harned, a friend of Girard,
has said that the last he saw of him was about
8 p. m., Wednesday.
A man told Captain Burflend yesterday that
he saw Girard on a West Farms car in West
chester, between 1 and 2 o'clock Friday morning.
These circumstances leave the movements of the
dead girl between Wednesday night and Friday
night a complete mystery, and weaken the evi
dence against Glrard.
It became known last night that Captain Bur
fiend was following two clews, the nature of
which he would not disclose, which gave him
great hopes.
The mother, brother and sister of the mur
dered girl fainted at the funeral, which, was
held in their home in the afternoon, and drew
largo crowds. The sermon was by the Rev.
Herman Blazer, pastor of the German Presby
terian Church, of Manhattan, who spoke in
German. The burial was in Woodlawn Ceme
"Action of Western Union Causes
Them Little Inconvenience.
The racetrack news syndicate yesterday
agreeably surprised the poolroom proprietors.
Their Gravesend and Fort Erie service was
accurate and quick. The opening and closing
odds, the names of Jockeys, overweights and
the time of each race, together with the results
and the condition of the tracks, were sent to all
nations. But no description of how the races
were run -were furnished, nor was any effort
made to collect or send out such descriptions.
It was clearly apparent that the Western
Union Telegraph Company had at last put an
end to its business of collecting and distribut
ing racetrack reports, which fact was printed in
The Tribune yesterday, and had turned over
Ihe business to th* racetrack news syndicate.
Several syndicate managers expressed the pool
room situation In thest- words:
•rh>- relations of the Western I'nion to the
poolrooms is now only that of a common car
As a result of the action taken by the tele
graph company on Monday local syndicates are
in charge of the local poolrooms, and the Metro
politan News Company (Enright & Saunders), of
Louisville, is In control of the poolroom service
outside the city. While the Metropolitan News
Company took the <;ravesend and Fort Erie
service "f the local syndicates, none of the local
syndicates handled the Louisville race reports,
and for that reason the local poofroms did not
tnkt.' bets on the Louisville races. It was learned
that the average price paid by the poolrooms
for the two track service. Fort Erie and Graves
end, is about $25 a day. An additional tariff
if $25 would be charged for the Louisville track.
S.i the poolroom men have decided for the pres
ent to appease the gambling mania of their
patrons with only the two track service. Later
they may take the Louisville reports.
The poolroom men may also get. next week,
descriptions of the running of the races. These
descriptions are especially pleasing to patrons,
and there is little doubt, it is said, that a pool
room with an oldtime news service will be able
to do a flourishing business this fall.
Abbetts and Mulqueens Bitter as Montagues
and Capulets.
Thomas Abbett, nine years old. grandson of form
er Governor Leon Abbett of New-Jersey, -will be
arraigned before Magistrate Healy in the Far
Rockaway police court this morning on a charge of
felonious assault. The complainant In the case is
Gllroy Mulquern. . grandson of former Mayor
Thomas F. Gilroy of New-York. The two families
have occupied adjoining cottages at Arverne several
Beasons, and, according to report, there has not
been the best of feeling between them.
This season Mr. and Mrs. MulQuesa went to Eu
rope, leaving their children In their cottage at
Ar\eme. The Mulqueen youngsters evidently over
looked the feeling between the two famlließ. nnd
they played baseball with younu Abbett. A dispute
arose over the ownership of a mask, and young
Mulqueen went horn* \s:th s broken arm.
When his parents arrived home and Iwarned of the
accident they consulted a lawyer, with the result
thai B summons was obtained for Thomas Attheft
and a complaint w.n mads against the entire
family, consisting of father, mother ami son. The
charge against the boy was felonious assault, ami
his patents were accused of Instigating the assault.
Los Angeles, Cal., Sept. What Is said to b« the
most Important sale of acreage ever under the
auctioneer's hammer in Southern California to<>k
place in this city to-d iy. when 35.000 Km of land
and th« town Bit* of Chino. in San Bernardino
County. •»•<■•-.• sold.
With the exception ot forty acres, sold for HJOO,
th,. entire acreage and the town ett«r weresold to v
San r^ranclsco capitalist for huuvo. From him
the Chlno Land and Water iomp*ny will acquire
tltlo to the entire holdings.
Ovingion Brothers Co,
Fall Opening of Their New
314 Fifth Aye,, West,
Near 32d St.
IST FLOOR— All manner of beautiful object* in Sli
ver, Pearl, Ivory, Enamelled Work, China, Glass, etc
2D FLOOR — Stationery, Fine Clocks, Electric Lamps,
3D FLOOR -China Department, Rne Platei.
4TH FLOOR — Glass Departments, English and Aim*
can Crystal
ANNEX — Painting*.
Visitors Invited Regardless of
Desire to Purchase.
[From Thu Tribur.« Bureau J
WT.«hlnjrton, September Ml
eral Staff of the army Is hard at work on the n«w
manuals for thf sabre and bayonet for the array.
Hitherto these manuals have called for much slrill
on the part of enlisted men. so much, indeed, that
few of them can acquire the art of wielding either
weapon in a satisfactory manner. It Is proposed
to omit fr'-'m th* manuals evorythin< of a fancy
fencing character, such as is taught in the private
drfllrooms. If Is intended that ther« shall be a
return to the simplest methods, and that everything
shall be on the mo3t practical and useful Lasts.
Both weapons ar; meant for uw in time eg war.
nnd especially is this so of the bayonet. Th* offi
cers who have been on duty in Manchuria with the
Russian and Japanese armies are furnishing special
reports to the General Staff on the subject, an-i
such experts as Captain Herman J. Ko^hlsr. toe
master of the sword at the Military Academy, and
Civil Engineer Cunningham, of th<* navy, who la
an expert swordsman, and who had charge of the
Naval Academy fencing last year, are also giving
valuable advice along the line Indicated. The War
Department recently adopted a new type of tabre
which will be kept with a sharpened ed*e and car
ried in a wooden scabbard. A new bayonet was
adopted several weeks ago. based on the resulta of
the observations of our military attaches with tho
troops In Manchuria. The sabre and bayonet ar»
therefore of fighting value, and the manual will
be of a kindred practical character.
ORDERS ISSUED— The following army and navy
orders have been issued:
Lieutenant Colonel JAMES S. PETTIT. Bth Infantry, to
talled with organized mliltla. DUtrirt of Columbia,
Captain CHARLES W. FENTON. paymaster, report t»
paymaster general. Washington.
Captain EDWARD B. CATLIN*. art!:!»ry corps, ha-rtog
been examined for promotion and found physically
disqualified for major of artl!!»ry, by reason of dU»
bility Incident to lervlce. retir"rr.»r.t ar..-.' unced.
Commanders W. S. HOO, E E. WRIGHT. A. W.
an«l W. BRAI'SERSREt'THER; Lieutenant Cam
manders A. H. ROBERTSON. F. M. RU3SELU T.
H J 3EIOMEIER and A. H PAVIF. Lieutenants
H. DODD O. W. ETEELg, Jr.. J W. SrHnEN
and Pay inspector Z. W. Reynolds, commlMi^ried.
Lieutenant Commander F. M. BENNETT, to th« Glacier.
Captain O B. HARBER. detached Naval War College.
Narregansett: to pimmand tbe todepeflOßßee
Lieutenant C. WEBSTER, detached the Ca»tln«, bom*
wait crd«rs.
LJeutenant F. A. TRAIT to tha Tacoma.
Lieutenant J. V. CHASE, detached the Hull, to raral
torpedo station. Narra«ran*et* Bay
Lieutenant W. R. CCSHMAJGEt, detached th« Hancock. t»
naval station. Honolulu.
Ensign W. SMITH, detached the Watash to th« Glacier
Ensign W. L. PRYOB, detached duty. Bethl«h«m, ta
Bureau of Ordnance Navy Department.
Surg»cn S. G. EVANS, detached tbe Illinois, home.
Surgeon M S. SHIPP. detached naval Iwplfl. New-Yort.
to the Illinois.
Pay Inspector W. W. BARRY, retired, detaoh«d th*
Southery. home.
Paymaster J. F. HATCH, detached the Chattanooc* ta
the navy jard. Boston.
PMaed Assistant Paymaster A. M. PIPPIN, to U>«
Paymaster S. E. BARBER, t.-> the Chattanooga.
Assistant Paymaster N. W. GRANT, detached naval sta
tion, Guantanam--'. to navy yard. Boston.
Paymaster H. L. ROBINS, deta.-he-l navy yard. Norfolk,
" to nava! station. Guantanamo.
lowing movements of vessels have been reportel
to the Navy Department:
Sept IK —The Balnhri?g». th- Barry. th<» Ckmacey, thi
Pale, tha Decatur anl the Qulros at Che-F
Dubuque, at Totnpklnsville: th« Dolphin at Oyster
Sept. 1« — The Alice, from Norfolk, for Indian Hea!.
Sept. l<v — The Nlcbotooa ffOOB N.,rf.>!k foe PNvtaeatOWß;
the Marcellus from Philadelphia for Pravtacctoara; Oa
Potomac from Boston for Provtncetown; th» DM
Molnes from Sanchez for Monte Crlstl: the Solace frora
Bremerton for Mare Island.
Accident, Says Family of Well Known Koad
house Keeper in Brooklyn.
George D. Bader. one of the hest known road
house keepers In or near Brooklyn, was found dead;
In the bathroom ol his hotel at Ocean Parkway
and the I'Hrk Circle. Brooklyn, yesterday after
noon. The police reported thut one ol his em
ployes had found a tub* in bis mouth, whi-h was
connected with an open gas jet. The mem] ol
the family, however, ill Ml I(\ thai it IU a cas« Ol
suicide, Occlarinc that it must, have be an a\cd
dent. ,
The resort which Mr. Bader had conducted for
over twenty-five years was a favorite place tot
horsemen, blCjrcUsts and automohilists on their way
to and from C.,ney Island. His Jovlaltt] rn.ide him
popular, and he made considerable monej. « ■
salt!, however, that since the decadence of ■ bioUe
riding and the establishment ot hvrgt> reaortnax
Coney Island his business had fall-n oS c°nstcu>r
aMy. Recently he had suffered sr*at pal from
a compound fracture of the left arm, wWch »■<■ r-
reived by falllnsr downstairs six WMkB MO. *«»
bones did not properly knit, and he <>■':', j f™™*-*
to have them reset the latter part of th.s wee*
No Further Evidence to Incriminate Man
Held on Suspicion.
[By Tfclesrapn to Th€ TrlMn- !
Greenwich. Conn.. Set*. 19-John Bro* W
man who was arrested on suspicion ot shoou..<»
Mrs Antoinette Converse Morrill. was r.ot brvusiu
before Ju.'.se Tlm>.-r for hearing oin m"* l -"*
ball State's Attorney Fessenden Mid the ?ia ™
Wai not r.-i-lv to *o 00 with th trial yet. ar.J • •
did not know when tl
said them has :.
counseJ fur tne prisoner ■* l"**-*!^ fhe pa*
but it is understood that thejr have ~ :t^ '•••',?,,£„•"•
Ing promised to do all she could to obtain nis
lowa Physician Tinder Fifty Years Old Hold.
Matrimonial Record.
fßy Telegraph to Th<- Tribunal
Sioux City. lowa. Bapt ll».-Dr. Oliver FUhjr
brought his sixth W*« to Sloan. lowa. to-d^T
Her maiden name was Mina Norwood. TB«7
were married at Denver on September X
Dr Fisher who is a well known practitioner,
is only forty-eight. He was a student at tW
state UniTeirity twenty-Hve year* MO. *g
mZrrted Ida Flaher, at SmlthJand. i^mf^
utter he graduated She rtftwed to U*e ««
him after hearty ««->,■ damastaf ■Jj'Tj
»n a typhoid delirium, and he Stained a v
TOTCfI The BUCCMdIDS four wives obtained c.
voroes from him. the last one securing- a «^
vorce here on September '.». 1904. *
|B| TeUjjrarh tvi The Tribune. 1
Cincinnati. Be*. Id.- Assistant Secretary of Wat
rranc*. H. Loomta ipnl »o-dai tn CtncianaU oa
bsi why to see Ml ftaalU at Sl>rill|ffl >^»tor
He bad a oonferenoe el half aa hour with.
Foraker. Mr. Loomls saM hi* errand in°rSply JP
Foraker «M purely a courtesy call. "L^ajlf
jin inquiry about hi* plans. Mr ,, v --
•There Is no change In my ttatua.

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