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Imperial Guard Reported Ready to Enter the Move
ment Against the Autocracy.
The Emperor Still Hesitates^ — Count Witte and Genera! 1 repoft at Odds — Gov
ernors Yield to Popular Demands.
Autocracy <->r government by the people seems to hang in the Russian balance.
The day's developments brought the crisis nearer. Disaffection has spread to the
troops, and doubt of the loyalty of the Imperial Guard is expressed. The gov
ernment seems powerless, and the Emperor continues the policy of hesitation.
Mr. Eddy, the charge d'affaires at the embassy in St. Petersburg, has asked
the State Department for authority to charter a vessel for the protection of Amer
ican citizens. Negotiations for a loan hare been broken oft. and Messrs. Morgan
and Perkins are trying to get a steamer to take them from the capital.
A strike of telegraphers hampers the transmission of news from the provinces.
The meagre advices show no improvement in the situation. The Governors of sev
eral cities restored order by conceding tho popular demands. Bloody encounters
were reported from Lodz, Odessa, Riga, Moscow, KiefT and Tiflis.
Dr. Dillon, correspondent of "The London Telegraph" at the capital, hears
th^.t the Emperor has decided to accept the programme of the Liberals.
Lonfion, Oct. 30. — "The Daily Telegraph's" Pt.
Petersburg correspondent, telegraphing on Sun-
Say night, says:
1 i am informed that the Emperor has just ae
;ecrted the Liberal programme, appointed Count
Witte Premier and given legislative powers to
ths Rspreeenta+ive ; Assembly, allowing repre
sentative* from a! sections of the population to
ba elected to it, and abolishing martial law
th.-c-jghout the empire. I am further informed
that the Emperor will Is3ue a manifesto to the
people to-morrow.
In earlier dispatches "The Daily Telegraph's"
correspondent describes the autocracy as like "a
bulb of mercury fallen from a height and shiv
ered into little globules." and Russia as having
become "an archipelago of political islands,
each independent of the others, all dealing with
public affairs, with hardly any reference to the
will of the once all-powerful monarch."
"Anti-monarchical sentiments," the corre
monflent goes on to say. "which would have
been a terrible crime txro months ago. are now
in everybody's mouth. Tfhe Russian people,
Baddenly educated by events and sobered by a
ierSP of responsibility, are able, willing and de
termined henceforth to manage their affairs in
t.-x-ir own way and without Interference from
"My belief is that if the authorities abstain
fy<-.rn viol»nc° the^"strlk^- wll; ' terminate next
week, because th«r Socialists are waiting till
the end of the year for an armed insurrection,
wfeen they will be fully prepared."
The correspondent of "The Daily Chronicle" at
Bt Petersburg- sends the following:
The court is in revolt against the Emperor,
who is vacillating between the counsels of his
Ministers to grant a constitution with Count
Witte as Premier, and the advice of the reaction
aries to proclaim a dictatorship under General
Count Alexis Ignatieff, a member of the Council
of the Empire.
One of the most ominous factors in the situa
tion is the feeling among the Finns. There are
Sf ■*:,'>.*> troops in Finland, the 6,000 reserves
t there having been brought back because
they developed revolutionary leanings. Should
the Finns revolt the government could not re
inforce the garrisons, because every soldier is
wanted here and the navy is unreliable.
St. Petersburg. Oct. 29, 11:40 p. m.— While the
d£.y passed quietly, without bloodshed in the
Bnwrtim capital, and while the city is outwardly
cg'm, to-day's developments all indicate t"hat a.
crisis Is Imminent. Although the streets are
filled with, troops and reinforcements are now
pouring in from Finland, the government seems
utterly powerless to cope with the situation, and
many calm observers seem seriously to believe
that the present regime is tottering to its fall.
Differences have arisen between Count Witte
and General Trepoff, and while the precious mo
raents pass, the Emperor, surrounded by the
imperial family, remains shut up at Peterhof,
(seemingly still hesitating over what course to
Grav«? doubts are expressed whether even the
Imperial Guard can now t>e relied upon. Discon
tent is rife. Early this morning the Fourteenth
and Eighteenth Equipages /of Sailors of the
Guard, who have been shut up like prisoners
in barracks on the Moskwa Canal, demolished
the windows and furniture.
In the afternoon a detachment of four officers
of the guard went to the lawyers' assembly and
told the barristers that many officers and a large
part of the troops were disgusted with the gov
ernment and ready to enlist in the movement for
freedom The officers asked for aid toward
effecting organization, and «?aid they had dis
cussed among themselves the question of re
signing, but decided to show that people in uni
form could help to achieve liberties.
Even the Co— ck patrols in keeping idlers
moving in the street* to-day seemed careful not
to us* their .whips, and simply drove the crowds
along before their advancing horses.
A mating of the Municipal Council was held
this evening, at which a deputation of thirty
members of the strikers' committee appeared.
In an impassioned speech, the leader of the
deputation presented the following demands of
the workmen and affiliated organizations:
Flrst-A constitution and political liberty.
Second— That the city furnish food to the
Third— That the citv refuse further supplies to
the troops and the police.
Fourth— That thf troops he removed from the
waterworks, or otherwise the strikers would cut
the water supply.
Fifth— The immunity of the deputation from
The Council granted th« last demand, and
promijusd to reply to the other demands to-mor-
Reduction i.'i rates on Harlem River Branch (N.
Y., X. Ji & if. i' B Co.) is announced effective
Xov lfi \>n Bon« sy«t«n. Improved Intf-rborough
•«r\i« pimillM faci'.t'.U-s for quick transit.— Advi.
T<v-dar. fair; tr>rrr*AlnjC
row. The Council sent requests to both General
Trepoff and the Minister of the Interior, M.
Bouligln, not to arrest the members of the
deputation, but the police, nevertheless, took
them into custody. On urgent representations.
General Trepnff released them an hour later.
The people are bordering on panic and are
easy victims of every censational rumor. Among
countless baseless reports which received cre
dence to-dey were that the Emperor had em
barked on a vessel and fled to Denmark, that
General Trepoff had been killed by a bomb and
that Vice- Admiral Birlleff had been assassinated
by mutineers in the Black Sea.
With a strike in the government postofflce to
night, communication with the interior practi
cally ceased. Government troops were placed
in the telegraph office, but only a few lines ar.->
working. Many lines, including the land lines
to the. continent and to Libau, where they con
nect with the cable, have been cut.
At 10 o'clock, however, the cable by way of
Xystad and Sweden was still open. This Is now
the only thread connecting Russia with the
outer world. Admiral Durnovo. superintendent
of posts and telegraphs, told the representative
of a European power this afternoon that he
could not tell how long cable communication
with the Continent would last.
The foreign embassies have discussed the sit
uation, but have as yet taken no steps regard
ing the safety of foreign residents. As a pre
caution the State Department at Washington
has been requested to confer authority to char
ter a vessel and to hoist on it the American
flag as a refuge for Americans.
The negotiations for a new loan will be form
ally adjourned to-morrow, as neither the gov
ernment nor the bankers are prepared to close
the negotiations while the present situation con
J. Pierpont Morgan, jr.. and George W. Per
kins are negotiating with the Hamburg-Amer
ican Steamship Company for the dispatch of a
vessel to take them off in case of necessity.
The university and the Polytechnic Institute
were surrounded by troops, who blocked all the
adjacent streets, and the students and professors
were kept within the confines of each institu
Even the druggists have struck, and there are
many cases of sickness in the city: the army
dispensaries, by request of the physicians, have
-been opened to fill prescriptions. At a meeting
to-night the physicians divided the city into dis
tricts and selected stations where first aid to
the wounded will he given in rase there should
be collisions between the troops and the people.
Such news as comes from the interior shows
no improvement in the situation. The govern
ment everywhere seems powerless to break the
great political strike. At Kharkoff order was
restored only after the Governor had formally
instructed the troops not to fire, and upon the
demands of the • 'Black Heads" rX Beval the
soldiers were sent out of that city and the place,
left In charge of a local militia, which had been
organized by the citizens.
At Moscow, the real Russian capital, accord
ing to private reports, the Municipal Council
and the Committee of Public Safety are sitting
continuously. A struggle is momentarily ex
pected between th* "League of Russian Pa
triots," a reactionary organization led by the
prints, and the newly organized militia and
students. The Moscow Municipal Council is also
reported to have sent an ultimatum to the Em
peror demanding the promulgation of a con
Although it is impossible officially to con
firm these reports, they seem to admit of no
doubt that the anti-government forces have the
upper hand.
The government is no longer in communica
tion v^th the forces in the Far Fast *xrept by
<able by way of China.
The situation cannot well be exaggerated.
With the present indecision of tIM Emperor, tho
government has neither a head nor a policy to
meet the crisis, and tbings seem to he drifting
toward nnarrhy. The revolutionists openly an
nounce that the government has ceased to exist,
and that nothing remains to his majesty except
to abdicate. With a firm hand at the helm
< <.m!nu«*d on ttiirtl j)br<\
i^-ves K*w York at 3.55 p. m. arrives Chicago
less roadbed.- Advu
Bloody rolilpions ncmrr«><3 at the heart of this urea* flight of steps and around the base of the statue of the Duke of Richelieu, during the outbreak o
Juno 2f> and 29 last.
Gale Encountered Off Savannah —
Messages from All Over Country.
Flagwhlp West Virginia, Off Savannah, Ga.,
Oct. 29.— A strong breeze from the northeast
has kicked up a heavy sea. hut notwithstanding
these unfavorable circumstances the squadron
has maintained an average speed of twenty
knots from Jupiter Lipht to the present time,
thus breaking all records for any squadron in
our navy. This morning the entire crew was
mustered aft and Pr<?s'd(f*»t Roosevelt delivered
a short address to them. The President has
spent most of the day on the forward bridge
with Admiral Brownson.
St. Augustine, Fla., Oct. 2!>.— The wireless sta
tion on Anastasia Island has been in communi
cation with the cruiser West Virginia at inter
vals all during last nigrht and to-day. Messages
during the night conveyed news that the Presi
dent was well and vvssmgbly enjoying the voy
age, with fine we£Xb€T up to that time. The
cruiser had not encounter-.! rough weather until
shortl;, after noon to-day, when, nearingr Savan
nah, it ran Into the storm which has prevailed
along the coast.
Last night Admiral Brownson gave a dinner
for the officers of the West Virginia and her con
sorts In honor of the President. The usual Sat
urday evening band concert aboard was also an
enjoyable feature for the President.
The West Virginia and her consorts passed St.
Augustine shortly after 3 o'clock this morning.
The vessels were nearly one hundred miies off
the coast. Mayor Boyce. in behalf of the citi
zens of BC Augustine, sent a message to the
President from this station, offering congratula
tions and best wishes for a safe and pleasant
voyage. The message was received and ac
knowledged. The station here picked up a num
ber of messages which* were being transmitted
to the President, most of which were words of
congratulation and best wishes from Governors
and high officials all over the country. The
Presidential fleet -was reported off Savannah
about 2 o'clock this afternoon. The ships were
well out to sea and making remarkable speed,
notwithstanding the high winds.
Thief Electrician Klkins, in charge of the sta
tion here, states that the weather, while cloudy
and blustery, has been Ideal for transmitting
and receiving the wireless messages. He has
had no difficulty in receiving and sending mes
sages at distances ranging from one hundred to
nearly one thousand miles.
Savannah. Ga.. Oct. 29.— The following wire
less messages were exchanged to-day between
the Mayor of Savannah and the President, on
board the cruiser West Virginia.
Savannah, Ga., October 29.
President Theodore Roosevelt, on board the U.
S. S. West Virginia:
In behalf of the citizens of Savannah I con
gratulate you upon your capture of the Southern
people's hearts, and wish you a safe return to
the capital. .
HERMAN MYERS, Mayor of Savannah.
U. S. Flagship West Virginia. October 29.
To Mayor Herman Myers. Savannah:
I thank vou and the citizens of Savannah most
There was' only about an hour's interval be
tween the sending of the message from the
Mayor and the receipt of the reply from Presi
dent Roosevelt.
The West Virginia at it o'clock to-night was
almost directly opposite or east of Savannah
and between 180 and 2»>O miies out at sea. At
that time the operator aboard the West Virginia
reported here that there was a strong northeast
breeze blowing and a very choppy sea. All
aboard were well.
Washington. Oct. 29.— The navy yard wireless
station to- night picked up a wireless message
being sent from the cruiser West Virginia, on
which the President Is travelling, to the Cape
Hatieras station. The West Virginia was oft
Savannah. The squadron of which the Vest
Virginia is a part made a record breaking trip
from Jupiter.
A Message from the West Virginia Inter
cepted by Army Field Apparatus.
| p.y Te'pgrapii to The Tribune. !
Kansas City. Mo.. Oct. 28.^-Wlreless messages
from the cruiser West Virginia; on which
President Roosevelt is on his way North, were
Intercepted on Friday night by a wireless tele
graph apparatus of the field outfit used by the
Signal Corps at Fort Leavenworth. Major
George O. Bquier and Captain William Mitchell
were experimenting with an instrument at
tached to a kite, when they cnught messages
trom the West Virginia. They also intercepted
messages from other Bhips at sea off the At
lantic Coast. first time that wireless messages
This is th- first time that wireless messages
have hern Intercepted this far inland coming
from the ships on the Atlantic Ocean, The offlr
cers also received a mewage from a Mallory
Line Steamer in the Gulf «f Mexico going to
Houston. Tex
Money Sent Here from Montana for Invest
ment Strangely Missing.
[By Telegraph to Thf Tribunal
Helena. Mont.. Oct. 29-The contents of a tto.ooo
espresa j.ncfcafi<\ sent from Hamilton. Mont., to
New-Tork. at.- mfastog, an«l •■ ■ result the North
ern Pacine Company has several of its detective*
t-ngagfd in trying In discover what became of the
monev It was shipped by Charles F Kelky to
N H Hnrrls & Co.. for Investment. Instrad of r
oetvteK securities he h3(J purchased^CeOey was
dUlttbtetraaed to receive a fetter stating that the
eonten's "f the package -n it* receipt by the N w '
Tortf nrni conXed oi a newspaper. The money
came to'Kelley as a windfall.
What Philadelphia has lost. $6,330,000.
How it was lost: Excessive costs, collusive
bids, illegal advertising in filtration system
and boulevard construction.
Who received most of $18,000,000 expended
on these contracts: D. J. McNichol & Co.,
James J. Ryan, John A. Keliey and Vare
How Philadelphia politicians got the
Israel W. Durham, leader of Philadelphia's
Republican machine, and State Senator J. P.
McNichol. another city 'eader in firm of Mc-
Nichol & Co,
State Senator George A. Vare, in firm of
Vare Brothers.
Officials held responsible for filtration sys
tem conditions:
John C. Haddock, director of Public Works
under Mayor Ashbridge.
Peter E. Costello. director of Public Works,
removed by Mayor Weaver.
John W. Hill, ex-chief of Bureau of Filtra
tion, who is awaiting trial on charges grow
inq out of revelations.
Twelve hundred typhoid deaths laid to
methods of conducting filtration work.
AIXE6ED GRAFT $6,330,000.
Durham Firm Goi Most of the
ttrmey — Delay Killed l£oo.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune.
Philadelphia, Oct. 20.— Six million three hun
dred and thirty thousand dollars has thus far
been lost outright to the taxpayers of Phila
delphia through the contracting combination
which has been engaged in building the great
filtration plant and the two boulevards, one in
the northeastern and the other in the southern
district of the city, according to the report made
public to-day.
This conclusion has been reached by Major
Cassius E. Gillette, corps of engineers, U. S. A.,
and John Donald MacLennan, experts employed
by Mayor Weaver to make a full investigation
of the contracts and the work done. Major Gil
lette is the officer who investigated the jobbery
in the Savannah Harbor improvements and
procured the evidence by which ex-Captain
Oberlln M. Carter was convicted, and against
which Green and Gaynor must shortly stand
trial. John Donald MacLennan is an experi
enced engineer, who recently completed the con
struction of the government's filtration plant at
John W. Hill, formerly chief of the Bureau of
Filtration, is now awaiting trial on charges of
forgery, etc., in connection with the filtration
contracts. The contracting combination which
is accused is constituted, in the main, of Israel
W. Durham. Republican boss of Philadelphia, as
gociated in politics with T T nited States Senator
Penrose, of Pennsylvania, and State Senator
James P. McNlchol. These two men. with D. J.
McNichol, a brother of the State Senator, com
pose the contracting firm of Daniel J McNichol
& Co. Evidence brought out at Hill's preliminary
hearing showed that in this tlrm D. J. McNichol
owns a one-twelfth interest, the other eleven
twelfths being divided equally between Durham
and James P. McNichol.
"Omitting from construction all small con
tracts, say," under $90,000," the report says,
"we find for the filtration work and the two
boulevards, as constructed up to date, the city
has pMd or pledged $18,761,541. First class work
under the specification? should not have cost
over $12,490,000, which includes an allowance
of 2<» per cent, or $2,075,208 for legitimate con
tractors' profits. The difference is $6,390,600.
In other words. $18.7G0.<V>0 in round numbers
has been paid for work costing the contractors
"Of the M5.330.000 excessive cost there has
gone to the contractors who worked under the
nanw of D J. McNichol $5,065,122, similarly to
Ryan & Kelley $543,890, aid to Vare Brothers
$80,128. of the $18,761,141 there remains unpaid
about $568,000 to McNichol and $76,000 to Ryan
& Keliey.
"Some of these contracts are incomplete. The
estimated cost of completion of the existing
Bltration contracts at contract prices is about
$1,685,000. A fair price, allowing U<> per cent
profit, would $1,218,000. The difference the
city will lose if these contracts are completed.
"The price paid for the thre^-quarters of a
mile. of Northeast Boulevard already constructed
is $552,848, on which there was a loss to the
City of $127.V217. There are nine and a half
miles more of It laid out on the maps. If com
pleted at contract prices the additional cost to
th<- city would be about s6,soo,ooo. and the addi
tional loss at least |2,250,0CKX On the Southern
Boulevard the amount paid to date is $286,389,
on which the loss on thf one and a quarter miles
built has been $89,128. To complete at contract
prices would cost $850,516, and thr- additional
loss would be $85,866. In other words, the total
coal of both boulevnrds ns planned at contract
Twt nty trains a day by the New-York Central Lines.
— Advt.
Continued on t\\--!fth pogi*.
Mother Identifies Suit Case Victim,
Actress, by Rings.
Pittsburg. Oct. 30.— After an examinst'on at
Police Headquarters, lasting until after 1
o'clock this morning, Morris Nathan, secretary
to the manager of the "Shepherd King" com
pany, was held on a Charge of murdering his
sweetheart. Miss Susan Geary, the victim of the
Boston suit case mystery, which has been
puzzling the Boston authorities for more than
a month.
Nathan sticks to his story that he has not
seen the girl since he escorted her to a subway
station on the night of September 4.
Nathan had been crying for the last week,
and was so unnerved that detectives had to al
most carry him to Police Headquarters.
Manager Reinold of the company has the
doctors certificate, which had been received at
Lowell, Mass.. explaining that Miss Geary was
ill and would be unable to join the company for
some days. An expert penman declared yes
terday that the handwriting was that of a man
who had endeavored to disguise it.
Boston, Oct. '2k). — That the dismembered body
found In a dress suit case in the harbor here is
thut of Miss Susan Agnes Geary, of Cambridge,
is the belief of the girl's family and friends and
of the Boston Police T>epartment.
Miss Geary, who was the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. J. X>. Geary, was a chorus girl of the "Shep
herd King" company, and was known on the
stage as Ethe! Durrell. She was twenty-one
years old. Mrs. Geary to-day Identified three
rings taken from the right hand found in the
second dress suit case as those worn by her
daughter when she left' the theatrical company
on September 10. Confirmation of Miss Geary's
disappearance from the company came from
Morris Nathan, secretary to the manager of the
company. Mr. Nathan, to whom Miss Geary
was engaged, is now in Pittsburg.
According to Nathan Miss Geary parted from
him on the best of terms the day after the com
pany closed its last engagement in this city, and
he supposed, he said, that he should see her at
the next performance in Lowell en the following
day. Instead, however, a message was received
by the company's manager from "P. A. Smith,
M.' IX, of Boston," which stated that "Miss Dur
rell" was suffering from stomach trouble and
would be unable to report for several days.
Miss Geary propped out of eight .after that,
and, so fas as the police are concerned, they
have been unable to find any one who either
saw or communicated with the girl. Ten days
later, on September 21. the first dress suit case
was found. The three rings found In the second
case gave the police the first tangible clew in
the case. A newspapor man found Mrs. Geary,
who had a missing daughter, whose description
tallied with that of the suit case victim. Mrs.
Geary and two daughters described the rings to
the police, and afterward positively recognized
them as belonging to Susan.
Having established to their own satisfaction
the identity of the victim, the police then turned
their attention to the search for the person re
sponsible for the dismemberment of the body,
but up to this evening little progress in that
direction has been made.
Mrs Geary declared to-day that when she last
saw h^r daughter the latter complained of pain3
in the side, and Mrs. Geary suggested to-day
that she might have- been operated upon for
appendicitis, ana that the doctor, being unsuc
cessful In the operation, cut her up. Mrs. Geary
expressed the opinion that the case had not been
an illegal one.
As soon as Mrs. Geary's suspicions were con
firmed by the description of the rings, a message
was sent to Nathan'at Pittsburg, asking him to
come to Boston and bring the note signed "P.
A. Smith. M. D.. Boston." Nathan says that
when Miss DurrHl did not join the company in
Lowell an investigation was started in order to
find Smith, but that no trace of him could be
found. Since then Nathan has been in frequent
communication with Mrs. Geary, and, it is said,
urged her to warn the police of the disappear
ance of the daughter. Mrs. Geary objected,
however, on account of the notoriety. Mr.
Nathan said his suspicions were confirmed when
he read a description of the rings.
Woman Dies from Shock— Two
Asphyxiated in a Tunnel.
rhicago. Oet. 20.— Three lives were lost, prop
erty valued at $180,000 was destroyed, scores of
families were made homeless and freight traffic
on the New- York, Chicago and St. Louis Rail
road was delayed for several hours on account
of the breaking of a three-foot water main at
18th and Clark sts. to-day. Water flooded sev
eral block*, damaging a number of business
houses and home?.
Michael Barry and Patrick Barry were killed
by gas in the Illinois tunnel, at 18th-st. and
Armour-ave.. while attempting to ascertain
whether the flood had damaged the property of
the tunnel company. Mn*. Lottie Hamlin. an
invalid, seventy years old, died from shock. She
awoke and found her room flooded, and died
later In a hospital. Two p€-rsons were injured
while attempting to recover the bodies of the
two men suffocated in the tunnel. Several other
persons suffered InjurWs while tr-scapinc; from
thf» flooded region.
S<> great was the force of the water that
escaped from the broken main that It took sev
eral hours to stop thf> stream. In the mean
time, all business houses and hfmcp |n Clark
and LaSalle sts., from IHth-st. to "Joth-st., were
flooded. All Roods in many basements weie
Much damage was done to the tracks of the
Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway
between 17th and lSth sts. At lTth-st. th":
tracks v/erp undermined an-1 the foundation
caved In Several freight cars were overturns^
and their content! daiuigvil by if+s*m
WiU Prosecute Even/ Guilty Official
He Reptie* to Osborne:
Mr. Jerome replied to J. \V Osborne'3
charge that he \va? protecting insurance
"grafters" by outlining tiie plan of prose
cution he intended to pursue, if elected.
His plan included engaging Char! E,
Hughe? as special counsel, a?- devoting
all possible energy to the trial of all in
surance officials in any way amenable to
the criminal law.
Mr. Ivins issued .-mother open letter to
Mayor McClellan. again asking him to
state his position on pending political is
A wild discussion took place in the Cen
tral Federated Union over Mr. Heafst'3
Hendship for labor men.
Tn connection with Mayor McCleilan'a
ante-election promises for better school
facilities, statistics show that there is a
greater lack of accommodations now than
two years ago.
The Jerome nominators are sending out
circulars denouncing the insurance ring
and calling attention to the. District At
torney's fight against corruption in this
city. J
Mr. Jerome spoke on "Shall the Peopla
Through Ignorance Continue to Sell
Themselves Into Slavery to Corrupt
Bosses?" at a meeting in the Church of
the Epiphany.
Outlines Plans tr> Prosecute Inaur*
a nee "Grafters."
Answering James W. Osborne's Insinuations}
that he was withholding prosecution of the- in
surance "grafters" because he was receiving
their political support; District Attorney Jerome
last night, in a carefully prepared statement,
outlined an elaborate scheme for bringing to
justice any insurance official within reach of:
the criminal law which he would set in opera
tion if he were re-elected.
He promised to obtain from the Board of Esti
mate and Apportionment a special appropriation
which would enable him to retain Charles K.
Hughes as special prosecutor. Then, turning
over to his chief assistant all routine busine^--»,
Mr. Jerome would devote ail his time and that
of as many assistants as circumstances rendered
necessary, he declared, to aiding Mr. Hughes in
running down the insurance men against \< horn
rested the slightest suspicion of criminality. .
Mr. Hughes, with his -wonderful knowledge of,
every detail of the insurance situation to-dey,
would be clothed with every l^sal power as a
criminal prosecutor, explained Mr. Jerome. Ha
would be at the head of the prosecution.
"It won't be a case of his being a special
assistant." said Mr. Jerome. "I want that made
clear. I'll be the assistant, really, aiding him
with my own personal efforts and every resourc :
of my office, to bring to justice any man who
criminally has misused his office of trust. "
Mr. Jerome's statement follows:
My urbane and learn-r-d friend changes his grourvi
cf attack on me so frequently that it is difficult i*
keep abreast of Ills line of reasoning. We are bat?
ing a three weeks' campaign. In the first week of
the campaign I was, in his opinion, "wholly ineffi
cient." He cited certain soeoiftc Instances. th»
r.nly effect cf which was to .lisplay hi." ignorance
of the law and the facts, and finding: that bubbia
was pricked, he c-^Tunencfd tiie second week of tha
campaign wtth the charge that I was .» fool, con
tained in his graphic and now famous moral state
ment, "that if he [Jerome] is not gf-utni? it for
himself, he must be a fool.' Admitting at the u*d
of his discourse that J was not getting it. he placed
himself on record with the fine moral sentiment.' ..
that, having the opportunity to "srraft." and no:
"grafting." I must be a fool. * f
And now he begins the thinl week oi the cam
palgn with a labored dl^courst in which he would,
prove to the people of this city that I aiU a knave.
It is not possible to reply in detail to the ten
thousand words of flimsy hlnded out by him to th»
preas. and printed in part as his speech last nigin.
I can only mention one or two of the point* sl"^
talned in that extraordinary oration.
I am in league, he says in substance, witn tha
Ir-surance "grafters," because some Konorabla
n: embers of my profession who signed my cert'.ri
cate of nomination happened to be retained bjr
certain persons connected with the insurance eom
panfea in this city.
He finds evidence oi gross wickedness and deceit
in the fact that a circular sent ou: was sig:;ol
"The Jerome Nominators." and that it did not con
tain the names of the persons who were the Jerom*
nominators. He seems to have forgotten that thier«
were four thousand nara^s actually nled who had
signed my petition, and many thousand more r.arue*
signed to these petitions which never were fiied.
and that it would be impossible to send out a cir
cu>ar to which should be appended all of thesa
'•Vlth his customary recklessness hs saya, sm
quoted in "The Times," that after returning frora
an interview with Me-ssrs. Harriman and Schlf!
"he [Jerome ] called the reporters around him. helcj
a special grand Jury himself, and then announce-.!
his verdict that Schiff and Harriman were r.ot
guilty of any wrongdoing." Had he taken tha
trouble to inquire before he made this reek!e*» ac
cusation he would have seen tha; ail the paper*
of that date reported me as having given out '4,
typewritten statement which was most carefully
prepared and which did not In any way, shap« or ■
manner say that Schift on Harriman wer>- not
aruilty of any wrongdoing.
The statement was in relation to the so-called
blind pool in Union Pacific stock, and simply »UitSfl
that 1 had se^n Messrs. Harriman and Schifl koA
had examined the so-called syndicate agreement,
and that the Equitable L,lr> Insurance Company
was not a party to that agreement.
Perhaps the fairest thing I could do in regard
to the Insurance matter would be now to take Into
my confidence the public, and tell them eN-i<'Uy
what I propose to do if rn chctsfl.
If re-elected District Attorney for this county I
shall go to the Board of Estimate and Apportion- [;]
ment and ask a special appropriation which *ul
enable me to retain Charles E. I>ifhe« as special
counjiel. I will ihc-n nirn c>v-r the ordinary rou- *
tine of my office to my oh!e>f of sta!t ind 1 » 111 de
vote all of my own time and that or &s many as
sistants as may be necessary, to as»lst::i.. Mr.
Hughes in protecutlng each an-! ■\-i> ptrsoa in
connection with the insurance ncandau w'a. may
have dont> anything to brine them within the r- ictx
of the criminal law.
Mr Hughes knows this insurance situation as no
other living man knows tt. Hi.- ability and intfg
rlty are known, not only to the bur.' but to tfta
people generally, as the result vt his many years
of practice In trUs county, and especially o"eau»a
or' his activities as counsel to the Has Committee
and to the Insurance Committee.
This will be the way. in mj opinion, most -ijc^J
ily and effeotual'.y to brlnjc to Jus • those con
nected with the insurance matter wl hav com
mitted criminal acts.
Up to this point 1 have been acting in conjunction
with the committee, a:ut. after conference with- Its
chairman, and wtth a slncer? dr.<!:e not to lit *< n>
way embarrass their actions l>v premature iciivUv
on my part, believing ihat, M much as |« i.« to b'a
desired that wrongdoers should b<? brought o I 3
tlce. It Is of more importance that a!l or ch. Vrs
j In connection with this ln.->ur »ne<* mattei sho'iid i>«
known, in order that wise legislation maj In fim;r«
prevent a recurrence of Uv <t] .-.-• ! acs r.-hich
; have done so much to brim: our business c>v<i-r\i
nity into disgrace. '
It i« sxtrwael] hfncult for me. rven with tha
full t-xt of Mr Osborne's remarks iv>for-> m« to
understand the process of his r-nsoning. .. t'ulv in
some waj aalM»Qor>.! and ma,],, n man unfti to
I pros^.-iit. the Insurance ensj-s ■ .... | hive b-*n
; indorsed by certain people !".- names. It Is .iuYioua
; to take ut» from the full i><i .-r his spe-ch his own
opinion of theje .- l-men. wh „in some way dis
honor me by their support
I: Is wonh while t.iking the mmes of a fr>w -*n-
I Uemen v/ho dishonor me and r«r.der a* lapNMr

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