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POLLUTE CITY'S WATI^R.
JTALIAX GAXGS BUSY.
JVa& Clothes and Swim in Sodom
Reservoir and Feeders.
jr ol jr hundred ItnJla.n laborers are busy pollut
j j- r the city's xiior supply In the neighborhood
of itoe Sodom Reservoir, and they are making a
thorough and successful job of it. They take
funi-OP f° r tnr *york and give their entire at
tention to it
The men r,r<? about half on city and half on
rallro:> i contracts. Oiie lot Is engaged In dou
ble tracking th« Highland division of the New-
York. New-Haven and Hartford Railroad, near
PrvwPter, anfl th*» r.'si r.re working for city
contractors on th* P'dorr. Heporvoir. The rail
road labr.re.-s mv quartered in shanties on a
far:n Just outside the limits Of the city's prop-
City. The other mp is on city land. One
of the Piio-v Fights of Brewster Is a line of
Ehanties overhanging o stream that within a
hundred yards empties Into the Croton River.
the great source of New-York's water supply
Pi:t the favorite method of pollution is by
laundry work. About 0 o'clock on Sunday morn-
Ing th? men gather up the clothes tha: they
have h'-on wearing all the week and start for
the various streams that fill the Sodom Reser
voir. The fir?! on the uxoTinci pelocts a shady,
• sanl pool, lays a board across a couple of
rocks, and in a few minutes' polluted water is
hurrying c.n the way to thirsty New-York.
The next man goes a little higher up the
stream. And so it goes. Each is unwilling to
u£"> water already made filthy by his compan
ions. nn<\ goes a little further along, until there
is a string of men washing clothes for half a
mil° up the stream. When they are through
•with their laundry work, fifty yards of under
clothes aie strung along the city's stone walls to
di-y. trtaile a hundred Italian laborers sun then;
ve.< and shout objectionable remarks at pas
sers-by. This thing is going on along, not one,
hut half a dozen streams tributary to the Sodom
F.esTvojr every Sunday morning
There is a stream that runs for some distance
close beside the tracks of the New-York. New-
Haven and Hartford, which is here inside the
city land, and it is one of the favorite places for
laundiy work. Another Is the outlet for Peach
Lake, which impounds about two hundred mill
:<ir. gallons of water, all of which makes its way
to the Sodom reservoir. The Peach Lake outlet
rur.s through the property of Edward 1 Hatch,
ar.d a week ago yesterday the Italians shot at
him when he tried to interrupt the washing:.
Mr. Hatch was walking through his woods,
•wh^n he •Tie on two Italians with shotguns.
He ordered them off the place and they pointed
their guns at him. Mr. Hatch went for one of
fc:s men nd the Italians retreated on the main
body. When Mr. Hatch returned with his man
thp Italians peppered them with birdshot and
made or the railroad tracks. Some of the shot
writ through Mr. Hatch's hat. He chased 'he
Italians and was fired on again, the men using
the tracks as a breastworks.
Some of The laborers actually swim in 'he.
gouom reservoir. A week ago yesterday a party
was watched bathing In the water of the reser
voir for an hour. Around th« edge of the basin
others wander with shotguns and shoot robins.
This will be pleasing news for the -Audubon
Society— that thf- city's laborers are shooting
robin* on ihe city's property. They got three
robins behind the main :tm of the •Sodom a
week ago and half n dozen • yesterday.
At night the laborers turn themselves Ioos«»
c:i the countryside, and the farmers for miles
around suffer from their depredations. One
owner of a stork farm, who sends a large quan
tity of milk to the condensed milk factory in
Brewster. noticed that his cows were not giving
as much milk as formerly. He watched, and
the reason became apparent when he saw half
a dozen Hans enter the pasture and milk the
herd. The farmer was helpless in face of num
bers, .tr.d was unable to r-ick out from the great
crowd the particular om-s who had robbed him.
Another fanner missed a fai porker. This hog
bad been In the habil of wallowing in '-'■ stream
that runs into tbe reservoir, !^ss than live hun
dred fe»t from the fMrmer's barnyard. His barns
and Malues are on a high bank overlooking the
Stream ami drain Immediately into it. A dung
heap Is on the edge of the bluff. The h.^;- are
tD The -alley and have made a convenient, easily
approachable place to wallow in the stream.
The orchards of other farmers have been
robbed, until they have hardly any fruit left.
Thr- Italians come to the house under the pre
text of wanting to buy something, or to ask a
(mestion about directions. In this way they get
the lay of the land and see what there is worth
taking In a few days the farmer finds that his
frnit tress are bare, or his garden is empty of
One smsi! gardener watched with pride his
fine crop of potatoes. They were coming on in
: i style, but quite inexplicably the tops
began to wilt. He could not understand what
was the matter with them. The trouble began
In the lower end of ahe garden and gradually
extended toward the bouse. The gardener dug
vp some of the plants to P c« if he could find out
what wss the matter. The empty bills furnished
a simple explanation. The Italians had been
robbing him systematically and sticking the tops
back in ... pilfered hills bo thai they could
come back the next nigh! for a further supply
k sing suspected.
The men ar*- utterly law!, --. and have become
a terror to th" surround ing country. Tt if un-
Bafe to venture out at night because of ihe-:i.
They carry weapons and have held up people
on the road. A short time aj" there was ;'
Bhootmg affray in one of their shanties, in which
two men were killed and one was robanlj ra
taHy wounded. For the benefit of New- York a
water supply arJ the peace and safety of trie
neighborhood, the inhabitants are earnestly
T^ari-iir for the speedy oval of th" banditti.
FIRE IS SKYSCRAPER.
Reserve* Out to Handle Crowd At
tracted by High Blaze.
Th» «p-. t.icie if firemen fighting a blaze high
op in .t Broadway skyscraper attracted an enor
mous crow.l in that thoroughfare yesterday
afternoon. The fire was on the tenth floor of
the twelve story structure at So. 594, and was
discovered by a pedestrian, who paw the smoke
creeping our of the crevices.
Thn floor on which th-> blaze occurred is occu
pied by Hitter Bros., manufacturers of leather
poods. The firr- evidently had smouldered for a
long time. Although the firemen had great diffi
culty in getting their hose to the fire and the
pressure was bad. they managed to confine the
blaze to one floor. The hose was hoisted t. the
tenth floor by rope*, which were let down in
Cros by-si. T. I.'1 .'- standplpf-s in the building were
u.s*-.; to good effect.
The immense crowd made it necessary to call
out tfc< resei-vc-B from the ftfulberry-at. and Mer
homeward RUSH FOR new Orleans
Is romiTK-iidug by the New York & New Oiicuna
Short !y!nr-. That accommodations may be provide!,
■<* •--!!, jyjkr- application now •■ Norfolk & Went
*" Ry. 2:« B'wajr. Telephone £380 Franklin.— AUvt.
TT — • rair^Ue^^ to _ t wbt^
MAN NUDE ON CAR TOP.
CLOTHES TEN MILES OFF.
Physician Says His Apparel Hin
dered His Flight from Fear.
A man about thirty years old. identified :is
Dr. Arthur Sinclair tt^udsen, a Harvard gradu
ate, who stays at the city Club, was found
naked on top of a f; eight car on the tracks of
the N«\r-York Central and Hudson River Rail
road at Yonkers about 5 o'clock yesterday morn-
Ing. The man was dazed from exposure, and
apparently was suffering from drugs, though
what ailed him has not yet been fully de
termined. A freight conductor making his
rounds of the cars happened to. look up at this
particular car. and saw the nude man crouch
in. breathing heavily and shivering.
The conductor was stunned for a moment, but
jumped quickly into the car and shook the man
vigorously. Seeing that he war. unconscious, the
conductor hurried to the police station and re
turned with Patrolman Miller. Miller sum
moned an ambulance and had the young man
taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.
About two hours after Etnudsen was found. Pa/
troiman Dieh'., of th<* West 152d-st. station,
found on the grass under the Washington Bridge,
between the Speedway and the Haiierr. River, a
complete suit of clothes, the marks on which
led to the Identification of the man in tho hos
Several of his friends completed the identifi
cation to the satisfaction of the Yonkern police
and the managerr^nt of the hospital, and th n
quietly took him away from the institution. H«
is now- in a private sanatorium, the. location of
which his friend. William F. Wilbur, a lawyer,
of No. 141 Broadway, would not divulge.
Pr, KnudFen revived quickly unde.- th? treat
ment at St. Joseph's, and !n a few moments sat
up in her] and told, rather disconnectedly, his
ramblings about town, but could not recall any
thing from the time he divested himself of every
piece of clothing until he was found in the
freight car, fen miles from the spot where the
clothing was found.
Dr. Gannon, the house physician of St.
Joseph's, paid he thought the young physician
was suffering: from some drug, and his opinion
was upheld by the Tonkers police surgeon. The
latter says he must have taken chloral. From
tbe disconnected sentences of his story told In
the hospital, it appears that Dr. Knudsen had
dined with some friends at the City Club Sat
urday night, leaving there shortly after mid
While walking up Broadway a feeling of ex
trerre f*»a r overtook him. he says. He -walked
more rapidly, then broke into a run, his only
thought being to quicken his pare.
Finding that this did not satisfy his feelings.
he took a cab and rode to IfSth-st., where, he
says, he took a train for Highbridge. There
lir> took to the ror.d again, running like a mad
man. His clothing annoyed him and held him
back he thought. He recalled tearing off his
clothes and starting to climb over a freight
train. From that on his mind is a blank.
It Is nearly ten miles from the point on the
Speedway where the clothes were found to the
place where Dr. Knudsen was discovered. It is
three miles to the nearest accessible freight line
of the Xew-Tork Central, the shortest route be
ing up the Speedway and through Dykeman-st
to the Inwood station -that Is, unless Dr. Knud
sen Swam the Harlem after his clothes were
placed on the west bank and reached the tracks
• Bronx side.
The police have all sorts of theories to account
for Dr. Knudsen'B strange experience and for his
separation by ten miles from his clothe?. The
first idea of Patrolman Diehl when he found the
cloihes was that some one had committed sui
cide by jumping into the river.
Piehi took the clothes to his station and re
his find to Sergeant Hildebrand, who was
rX ?nA d^sk. The sergeant reported his find to
police Headquarters. Hardly had the sergeant
up the telephone when the bell rang. Ser
geant McGowan, the night man in the Tonkers
Police Headquarters, was on the wire.
"You found some clothes on the Speedway this
morning?" the Yonkers sergeant asked Pergeint
■Yes. and we want to find the mar. who goes
"Well, we've gol your man tip here."
"Did he float up there so soon?" asked Ser
geant Hildebrand. who supposed the owner of
the clothes had jumped into the river.
"Float 0 Did you say flont?"
"Why. no; he was found naked on top of a
freight car on the tracks at the Yonkers-New-
It was said at the City Club yesterday after
thai nr. Knudsen was there Saturday
night until 10 o'clock, and was in a cheerful
mood He had been living there about a month,
-h not a member, he obtained the priv
. club through his membership in the
mhaka Fachi Club, with which the City
dub exchanges courtesies for members. Dr.
Knudsen bad long been intimate, it was said,
with Mr. Wilbour, and the lawyer was about the
only member of the City Club with whom he
was ever seen tin re.
Ir Wilbur said:
never • •tended to commit suicide. l believe that
fron -ettinM nsnore there, and therefore ho was
forced to BWim across the river. know that
mw during this most peculiar experience did the
»Vr,vt-lif of suicide enter hi? mind.
Thf physicians at St. Joseph's Hospital readily
renliz-d Vt the doctor was suffering from a men
teltrouble They also positively deny the theory
that the patient was suffering from the effects of a
Pr Knudaen was elected a member of th"
rlnthlan Yacht Club on October
} j r . i 8i 8 not a yacht owner, but la wpii
b, the members of the club. Th
. winy were at a loss to explain
, , m , rperience, William X: VamW-
Is xh" commodore of the Beawanhaka
Oniy those c!tir<?ns whose names are in the
registration books before 10 o'clock to-night can
vote on November 7. Don't loss your vote.
Register in time^
GENERAL GOMEZ OUT OF OFFICE.
Council Accepts Resignation as Governor-
Moderates Gain Adherents.
Havana Oct. 15.-The Provincial Council of
Panta Clara to-day accepted the resignations of
ft Governor. General Gomez, who recently
abandoned the Liberal candidacy for the £»„«!.
** ,m MverdJ the Lieutenant Governor.
d " ni> ; v «1 lt en acting r.overnor during the a h
has vet u f of Governor Qomez.
srjsffi;ssss«* » * neBtfon ° f the
SSf^S'SSSiSSStt Clara, the member.
hP^ here of>,,. been adherents of tho
of v.-hfeh haw n«f*J£» declared their adhesion
NEW- YORK. MONDAY. OCTOBER 16. 1905. -SIXTEEN PAGES.-^r,:
Til, 1 -: XEVSKY PROSPECT, WHERE COSSACKS YESTERDAY DISPERSED A MOB.
. (GozHxtght by E. Bunon Holme*.)
TRY TO WRECK TRAIN.
Obstacle Removed b?/ Tower Opera
tor Just in Time.
I By TPlf-sfrarh to The Trlbuna.'
Stamford, Conn., Oct 15.— Wbat looked like
a deliberate attempt to wreck tho Springfield
Express, westbound over the New -York. New-
Haven and Hartford Railroad, and due In New-
York a*. 4:05, v/a.s frustrated at Selleck'a Cut, in
Stamford, this syiternooc by George A. Scofield,
a tower operator employed in the Stamford
tower of the New-Haven road. Mr. Scofield
found a heavy iron obstacle wedged on the
tracks just before the train was due and re
moved it in time to prevent a wreck.
The Stamford police were Informed, and Offi
cers Heflernan, McMahon and Kurth hurried to
the scene of the attempt. They picked up three
men. one of whom was intoxicated, but to-night
Chief of Police Brennan said he was satisfied
that none of these had anything to do with the
attempt to wreck the train.
The police are uncertain whether the obstruc
tion was placed on the tracks by small boys or
by tramps. If boys did it they were cunning,
for the obstacle was placed in such manner that
it would surely have sent the express into the
dit.-h by the trackside. The road has been wag-
Ing a war against tramps who steal rides on
freight trains, and this circumstance leads some
of the police to believe that it was an attempt
at vengeance on tbe par: of the hoboes.
Scofield says that there were four or five men
and a couple of women c«n I id .:n!> in!'
ment near by when be found and removed Iho
iron bar. When the officers arrived they found
another chunk of iron, about ten pounds In
weight, between the tracks.
Pcofield pays thai this was not there -when he
passed over the tracks. The police also found a
section of rail, fully two hundred pounds in
weight, alongside the tracks.
The Springfield Express, for which the obsta
cle evidently was intended, arrived in Stamford
on time at 3:12 o'clock. It contained eight
coaches, seven of which were crowded. Rail
road men say that no human power could have
caved the train had it hit the obstacle.
The police and railroad detectives are doing
their best to sift the matter. "The man who
put that obstacle on the tracks ought to be
hanged." said one <»f the railroad officials to
A larae registration to-day will encourage all
friends of good city government. Don't neglect
a great duty of citizenship
KILLS TWO IX BATTLE
Clerk Wreaks Vengeance on Ital
ians Third Man Ma?/ Die.
[By T"! *raph to "' " Trihur,<> 1
Cumberland. Md.. Oct. 15.-John Price, a
young drug clerk, had a battle with a band of
Italians at Paw-Paw, twenty-five mile* east of
here yesterday, and Frank Ficco and G. Dales
sandro, are dead, and demento Ronollee is said
to be dying at the hospital here. Price had had
trouble with one of the Italians six weeks ago,
and yesterday the men insulted him.
Price knocked him down, whereupon a dozen
Kalians, with drawn revolvers and stilettos,
drove him from th- train at Okonoko. Price hid
in the rear when the train pulled out. and,
reaching Paw-Paw, he got a revolver and
opened fire. The Italians returned the fire, but
Price was unharmed. He is in jail.
CALABRIA AGAIX SHAKEN.
Shock Lasts Ten Seconds — Heavy
Rains Also Fall.
Reggie di Calabria Calabria, Oct. 15. — An
shock of earthquake, lasting ten seconds.
red this afternoon throughout Calabria and
caused a great panic. The situation was ren
dered grave by torrential rains, which
houses to fall, bui fortunately there were no seri
ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE AT JAMAICA.
Kingston. Jamaica, Oct. 15.— Another earth
quake shod! was felt at 4:". r > o'clock this after
noon, lasting for nearly a minute. It was op
pressively hoi before th« shock took place.
SPONSOR DIES AT CHRISTENING.
Ceremony Afterward Goe3. On at Long Island
City Catholic Church.
Standing sponsor for a baby which had been
brought to St; Rita's Roman Catholic Church, in
the Boulevard, near Webster-aye.. Long Island City,
yesterday afternoon, Nicholas Valorosa, an Italian,
of No. 348 K.-.P! 78th-st., Manhattan, dropped dead.
The christening was postponed until the h<,fiy f
Valorosa had been carried from the church.
It was decided to pet along without a godfather
for the child, and the christening went oil with in*,
godmother acting as sponsor.
18 HOURS TO CHICAGO
Leaves New-York cfoily al 8:53 p. m.. arrive
Chieaeo 8:63 a m.: leaves Chicago. 2:4". p, m., v r -
riv-s New York •:<» ■:. m. New equipment.
Special features. Ilock-b;illa»ted roculbad.—
ST. PETERSBURG OUTBREAK
Red Flag Demonstration Suppressed
by Mounted Police.
St. Petersburg. Oct. 15. — For the first time
since the advent of M. Trepoff as head of the gov
ernment of St. Petersburg, demonstrations on a
large scale took place here to-day, the occasion
being the. removal of. the body of Prince Trou
betskoy to the Nikolai station for shipment to
Moscow. Students, workmen and spectators
gathered in thousands in the streets and demon-
Btrators with red flags paraded boldly through
the Nevsky Prospect, the city's main avenue.
The crowds and the processions were several
times charged and dispersed by mounted police,
hut fortunately with no grave consequences. The
most serious injuries reported are those sustained
by two men who were slashed with sabres. Fire
arms were not employed by the gendarmes or
military, and though the first collision was pro
voked by a shot from the crowd and a few cases
of storming occurred, the crowds manifested no
inclination to resist the police and troops.
The students are exasperated over the at
tacks by the police and the arrest of several
members of a coalition committee chosen by a
student meeting on September 26, arc 1 a renewal
of the disorders Is not improbable.
The serious feature of the situation is that a
strike of printers was declared to-night on po
litical grounds, which Is to last for a period of
three days, but it may be continued longer in
case of repressive measures or arrests. A few
of the leading daily newspaper hope to be able
to Issue a single sheet, giving telegraphic news,
hut the others will suspend publication entirely.
The employes of several factories are ready to
follow the lead of the printers, and the author
ities nre fully alive to the danger that the strike
may" become a general one.
COSSACKS RIDE DOU'X MOB
Men Slashed with Sabres by
Pt. Petersburg 1 , Oct. 15.— Red flag demonstra
tions in the Nevsky Prospect this afternoon drew
out immense crowds of spectators, but a squad
ron of gendarmes and Cossacks drove the de
monstrators away without resorting to force.
There were no disturbances In the industrial
quarter of the city. Heavy forces of troops
were held in readiness in the courtyards of the
barracks and in the squares in various parts of
the city to deal with any disorder.
From the Nevsky Prospect a band of students
and workingmen carrying red flags and ohant
i.-.g- revolutionary songs marched across the
river and hesan an open-air meeting in the
square in front of the university. While, the
speeches' were in progress the police charged
and dispersed the crowd.?. In the mMSe a
workman and a student received sabr« cuts.
The crowd look refuge in the university build
ings and the meeting was continued there with
out being disturbed by the police.
At the annual school festival of the Fifth
Gymnasium to-d ly persons in the audience be
gan to hiss the national hymn. A panic en
sued, and the excitement w;is augmented by
ihe explosion of giant firecrackers. Many per
sons were bruised, but no one was seriously In
PANIC CAUSED IX STREET.
Revolver Shot Find as Prince
TroubeUkoy Cortege Passed.
p, Petersburg, Oct. 15.— The body of Prince
Troubetskoy was conveyed to the Xikolai sta
tion to-day for removal to Moscow. A vast
multitude and deputations of students followed
When the procession was nearing the station
a squadron of gendarmes appeared, and almost
fit the unent a revolver shot rang out
from the crowd, causing a panic. ' The gen
darmes drew their Bworda and charged and dis
the crowd, mourners and spectators de
parting quietly in all directions. The gendarmes
did not use their swords, and, as Car as can be
ascertained, no one was injured
\ long the wreaths laid on the coffin was one
of orchids from I olas.
BORX RICH. DIES POOR.
New-Yorker Left Wealthy Relatives
to Become River Pilot.
[By Talegravh to Th«» Trfbun*.]
Memphis, Term., Oct. 15.- Felix King, son of
a wealthy New -York man, died last nisht at the
Marine Hospital here. King was a Mississippi
River pilot, and was stricken while at the wheel
of the Government steamer Parker. He leaves
a wife ami son here In poverty, though his wid
owed mother and a married "later In New-York
and two -brother! in Detroit are said to •»•
wealthy. Gut on from his family by his own
a' ts King refused to inform them of his wants
and was tended and burled by the Government
he sen d His wife hopes to find the New-York
address ■■<: bia relatives.
The West Shore Railroad !s the $soo line to
Buffalo i ".I ' ' ■ v. ill. <m ami
thrbush i he Mohawk Valley.—
SAY HE KILI.KD MAID.
Police Arrest Nephew of Gen. Han
cock Sister Also Prisoner.
[By TVI-rrapli to Th» TMlwi !
Hyattsville, Mi.. Oct. i"»i— The residents of
this town "are excited over the arrest at mid
night last nlghi of Winfteld Scott Hancock,
neph*w of the famous ffpr.eral of thnt name. : '>
connection with th-> mystery surrounding the
death of Emma Smallwood. a maid employed at
Collmgwood, the summer home of the Hancocks,
Hancock is forty-two years old. His wife died
three years ago. He is charged with mur
der. He was formerly postmaster Of the census
office in Washington. Emma Smaliwood died at
the Hancock home, where WinfleW Scot* Han
cock lives with his father, Colonel John Han
cock, a brother of the late General Hancock.
Th" Inquest wai begun on Friday night, and
will be continued to-morrow. Or. Glawsbrbo*.
th« coroner, who made an autopsy. testified that
the woman's death was the result of a criminal
operation. Hancock was in bed when the con
stable awakened him and placed him under ar
To-night a warrant was sworn out for Mrs.
Arr.anda Mackell, Hancock's sister, whom the
police charge with being an accessory to the
FIRE PAXIC IX THEATRE.
Cry of "Fight" Mistaken for Alarm
A big audience in the Irving Concert Hall. No.
214 Broome-st . was thrown into a panic last
night by the wild shouting of "Fire! Fire.- by
an excited man. whose nerves were unstrung by
a fight between some youngsters and an usher
in the place. To add to the excitement, some.
one sent in an alarm, and a moment later the
clanging of fire bells was heard.
Men and women rushed to th* door, despite,
the protestations of the. actors, but were finally
assured that there was no fire, and returned to
their Peats. The management of the house as
sured the firemen that there was no fire, and
they turned away.
Isaac Arsenemax. of No. 104 Stanton-st..
whose dispute with the usher was the cause of
the excitement, was locked up in the Eldridge-Pt.
station. An usher said he jumped into a 50
cent sent and had only paid for a 25-cent seat.
Register to-day, or you will not be abls to
vote for Republican candidates for municipal
office on November 7. All the polling places
are open to-day from 7 a. m. to 10 p. m.
TO ADDRESS XEGROES.
President Responds to Request of
Colored Jacksonville Citizens.
[By TVl^sxaph to Th? Tribune. 1
Jacksonville. Fla.. Oct. 15.— President Roose
velt will mak? two speeches in Jacksonville next
Saturday. One will be to the citizens generally
and the other to negroes. The committee of
citizens had ignored the r.egroes in their ar
rangements., and several leading negro citizens
succeeded In getting the President to accept an
invitation to deliver an address at the Florida
Baptist Academy, an educational institution of
the negro Baptist Church. Secretary T^oeb has
infoimed the local committee of this arrange
ment, and a stop will he made for th" delivery
of the address at the academy in the President's
drive around the city.
POISOX KILLS CHILDREN.
Man Who Found Three Bodies
Tastes It and Dies.
[By Telfsrrarh to The Trflv.in*. 1
Hazard. Ky.. Oct. 15.— Three children of Jason
Commetts. who lives two miles below here, were
killed yesterday by eating corrosive sublimate,
and Marion Combs, who found them dead, also
died from the same poison. Commetts is a
veterinary surgeon-, and uses corrosive sublimate
in his business. He left a package of the poison
on the bureau in his offi.^ while he answered a
call several miles away.
The children, two, four and seven years old,
found the package, and. evidently thinking It
eon'ained sugar, ate some of the poison. All of
them died instantly.
Combs, who lived on an adjoining farm, called
at the Commetts house to g»t the services of
Commetts and found the children dead. Taking
a pinch of the poison and nutting it in his
mouth. Combs started from the house for help
for the children. He had gone only a few yards
when he fell dead.
HISS DIXOX AXD PLAY.
" Clansman T Presented in South
Carolina, Arouses Local Hostility.
(By T"iofrraph to Th<> Tribune.]
Columbia. S. C, Oct. 15.— Thomas Dbcon's ■'<'1«in«
man" wa? presented here last night to one of the"
largest audiences of recent years. This may be
partially explained by the fact that the scene of
the play la lain at Piedmont, this State.
Throughout the performance there were hisses
from ail parr= of the theatre, but these were in
creased when Dixon appeared before the curtain
after the third act. For several minutes he was
unable to proceed on account of hisses, mingled
with handclappings. After some pleasant remarks
he declared that there were scalawags in Boutn
Carolina during the Reconstruction period, and
tnPr « were scalawags h<«re now.
fcfler midnight a party of prominent roung m*n
called at Dixon'« hotel and sent up a card asking
to see the author. Anticipating hostility, he sent
word back thai he did not .-are to see them. They
were anxious '■> stive vent to their filings, and a
not*- was prepared containing their opinions, and
sent to Dixon's room.
The Rev. Richard Carroll, a prominent negro edu
cator of this State, who witnessed the play by in
vitation, afterward stated to the author that he
was making "blood money" from the negro. He
Faid the play would do £,»it harm in inciting strife
between the races.
MR. SHAW PLANS BIG BANKS.
1 B) rel«f*«pfc to Th» TYlt-unf I
penison. lowa, Oct. 15 Secretary Leslie Shaw
ls arranging to go into the banking business on
a large rcale when he returns from Washington
in the spring. lie will head three financial insti
tutions, which he hopes to make the largest in
the West. The Bank of Dentson, a private bank
controlled by Mr. Shaw, will be merged into a
national bank,, a savings bank and a loan and
trust company, with Mr. Shaw at the head of
the trio. He will give his entire attention to this
business and hopes to make his banks the lead
ing ones of the West.
NANSEN FOR NORWEGIAN MINISTER.
Chrlstianla, Oct. lfi.— The "Pontken" this morning
says it learn* that Nansen, tin Arctic explorer, will
ho appointed Norwegian Minister at Washington.
The through sleeping car, Now York to Lake
Placid, by th» New York <■> ■••••.. will *>* ""niinued
until further notice.— (Adrti
PRICE THKEE CENTS.
! IVINS ISSUES CHALLENUE,
TO MAYOR AXD HEARST.
Coler's Axe Hits McClellan- 31. O.
League Drops Jerome.
William M. I% ; ii - . the Republican rnnfli
(late for Mayor, in !■'•■ ,■'''■ a lotter which
ho had -nil to Mcl'lellan ;m<!- ll«>arst stating
his !><>siti<-n. declaring his imlfpeiulenee ;m<l
challenging them to auswr. He appointed
Senators Rkhorg •>!!!• race K. Deming na
caTnpai**n manager?. An automobile cam
paign was announced.
Es-C'ontrollor Birtl S. Color denounced
Mayor McClellan. declaring that ho and M*>
Carreri were in a plot to deliver the city over
to the interests which control the lobby at
Registration i'rr' ro= show an inrrMs<*d
apti-McCarren vote in Brooklyn.
The Municipal Ownership Lesgoe «el*vted
county an*] borough tickets. Clarence J.
Shearn was chosen for District Attorney, the
league refusing to name Jprome.
Senator Elsberg and 11. E. Deming
Made Campaign Managers.
William M. Ivins. the Republican candidate
for Mayor, intends to mak.* th*> most a«2rressiv«
kind of campaign. He said yesterday that if.
th» issues were properly presented to the peo
ple he would win. He Intends to se« that the
people are reached. To bring this about he has
opened headquarters In the Hot«»l Breslin, and
has gathered a staff of automobiles. He will,
between now and Election Day, make a speech
in every Assembly District in the city, and In
some districts he will appear more than once.
This Is a his Job. but those who know Mr.
Ivins say he is capable of the. task. He will
make an automobile, campaign and speak as
many times in an evening as he can.
He was at headquarters for a brief period yes
terday, and later in the day went out of th»
city. He will be on hand bright and early to
day and start In the work of the campaign. He
will make an address to the members of the Re
publican Club to-night. He has named Senator
X. A. Klsberg and Horace E. Deming 1 as cam
paign managers. Mr. Ivins yesterday gave out
a public letter to Mayor McClellan and William
R. Hearst. It was concise, pointed and fiery.
He threw down the gage of battle directly and
challenged them to answer. In this open letter
To the Hon. George K. McCl*»llan and William
Gentlemen: For the purpose of making per
fectly precise the position which I occupy in the
present campaign, and for affording the public a
measure or standard of responsibility to which I
may be held in the case of my election, and in
the hope that you may respectively do as mucti
so that we may all stand before the public in th*
light of the fullest publicity of pledge an i pur
pose, let me state the platform upon which I
The office of Mayor will be my own and not
that of any organisation, or of any political
leader or leaders. I pledge myself to absolute
independence of every organization and indi
vidual, being willing to hear all and obey none.
I shall conduct the city's business en the
theory that it Is purely and simply the city's
business, independently of all partisan .-or < =iaer
ations, as well as of the jnt< rests of any political
organization and irrespective of personal ambi
tions for party promotion.
I will completely disregard all merely national
party considerations in the making of my ap
pointments, and shall consider nothing but fit
ness, efficiency and character. I shall appoint a
municipal civil service commission which I
pledge 'shall be loyal to the merit principle of
appointment to the public service expref-.ed i:i
the State Constitution and which commission,
shall be competent to put that principle into ef
fective operation, to the vast improvement of the
public service of the city.
I will :io my own thinking, speak my own
speeches, prepare my own public documents.
personally decide all questions coming befors
me as Mayor, and appear personally before the
legislature in all matters of importance touch
ing the city's Interests. Will you do as much?
No organization and no paid subordinates shall
frame, direct or voice my policies or my pur
poses. T shall stand upon th* platform of per
sonal and not of party responsibility. The peo
ple <hall be my party and I will answer to them
Where legislation is necessary, as it will be.
I shall appeal to what I hope will be a friendly
legisl;!tuie for the creation of the instruments
looking to the restoration to the people of their
riirhrs wher>=> such instruments do not already
exist. Can you rely upon getting the necessary
legislative aid. without which all platforms are
I will agree with the public to continue In of
fice for the full term for which they e4»vt nr?.
and not become a candidate for any other of-
See whatever, and thus make it impossible
that a person not elected to the office of Mayor
should take the place and assume th° perform
ance of duties for which he was not elected.
I will retire from the practice of law and
from all business whatever; will so realize my
properties that my personal affairs, apart from
purely domestic matters, shall require absolutely
none of my time. I will have no divided inter
est, and the performance of my duties can never
be made subservient to the advertisement or
publicity of any personal business interest what
I will, forthwith upon my election, ard with
out delay or subterfusre. put every agency of law
into operation to secure the control by the city
of all lapsed or forf^itabie franchises.
I ill urge the legislature so to amend th»
law that the Rapid Transit Commission shall
have the power to contract for the construction
of subways Independently of any contra for
In the matter of mmiicipalizatinn of our pub
lic franchises, except on the point of the com
pensation payable on the reassumptlon by th*»
public of Bach franchises. I will listen t.-> r.o ad
verse party in interest. The principle i« no
longer opf-n to discussion.
1 will appeal to the legislature for t^e r2 F ?-"'«*
of a law condemning all existing cap plants, un
der the right of eminent domain, with power en
the part of the city to enter into immediate
possession, leaving the question of valUfl t° SUb<f
sequent determination by commission. In t hi;"*
way the people will ha ve' relief at oner, whereaa
any other method means indefinite d^laj.
I will push the construction of a muni.-irai
electric and power plani and enforce the rights
of rhc city In respect to iii» underground elec
1 will make myself personally responsible for
the administration of th? Police Department.
I will insist .Mi a revision "• our system of
public accounting. do that the people bias intel
ligently hold Its ofßc'ats to a strict accounts*
I will also, without delay or hindrance. anl
Independent of any considerations of p.irsijr.ony.
take" Immediate steps to find a seat nd proridq
full time instruction for every pubMc school
child, and I shall labor to have the law at
amended as to remove all unreasonable d?!ajv
My slogan will be "Fewer pal ices and n-..r»
school houses a I the expense of the city."
1 will ft' *'ll\ meet either or hoth of you vr n ''
a common platform ar any time an.l anywhere
to discuss these and all other Issues of the cirr.
Will you meet me?
WILLIAM M. inN'S.
Mr. Ha!pin. president of the Republican
County Committee, said last nicht:
To-morrow (Mondavi la the last day of regis
tration. The Republican party is making every
effort to get out a full registration. Now is the
opportunity to elect a man whose record of civic
accomplishment and of fearless opposition to
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