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V ot - LXV • -N°- 21,576.
Repressive Policy Chosen A Great
Outbreak Predicted.
Dispatches dated at St. Petersburg last
evening expressed belief that the strike of
telegraphers had ended, and added that
the government had apparently decided
to adopt a policy of repression. Later
communication again ceased.
Word was received at Warsaw that a
general railroad strike was expected to
be^in at midnight by order of the central
committee at Moscow.
Anarchy prevail: in the Baltic prov
ince?. A massacre of railway emploA-es
is reported from Riga, r-.nd encounters be
tween troops and Socialists occurred in
Temporary Suspension of Strike —
Peasants Organizing.
?•. Petersburg, Dec 11, 7:30 p. m.— The gov
ernment seems to have decided to adopt a policy
of general coercion.
Tte evening papers to-day say that the peas
ants in many provinces have organized under
The telegraph lines with Moscow, RevaJ. Kieff,
Kazan. Novgorod, Archangel and Narva are
g to-day. Many of the employes have re
sumed work, and it is believed that the strike is
ooHapElitg. The mails have not arrived from the
South owing to the railway strike. Intelligence
fr«m the provinces is impatiently awaited, espe
cially details of the mutinies.
It is said that the membership of the Council
of th° Empire will be reduced by thirty-seven
members and that the Council of War will be
reduced by twenty-three members for the pur
pose of economy.
Advices received in this city by the Commer
cial Cable Company last night said that com-
Bonlcatlon with St. Petersburg was again tem
porarily Interrupted. Traffic will be forwarded
• from Kystad In the morning if connec
tion by that time is nrt restored.
Entire Force Ma if Be Mobilized —
Capital a Camp.
St. Petersburg. Dec. 10, evening.— The ■situation
li exceedingly ominous. Public opinion is prac
ticallj unanimous that the government has en
tered upon the fatal path of reaction, and that
Ktte*s Ministry must fall. Reaction and revo-
Jntion confront each other in a death struggle.
- Both G«nera'. Trepoff and General Count Igr.a
ti c ff. according to the popular impression, are be
ing held in reserve t" execute the programme of
repression. It is again said that the entire Cos
sack strength of 400.000 will be mobilized, in a.
supreme effort to crush the revolutionary forces.
General Par.=ensoff Bald to-day:
I think we are coming to rivers of blood. in
v hlch the revolutionary party will lose their
game and Russia h*"-r liberty.
The appearance of St. Petersburg and the
happenings to-day seem to justify this black
ji'-ture of the future. The capital resembles a
pr°3t military camp. The patrols everywhere
are doubled, and cannon rumble through the
What happened smacked strangely of the old
order. A large workmen's meeting was dis
ssised by Cossacks. The building in which the
executive committee of the league of Leagues
meets -.-.as surrounded by troops and no one was
permitted to enter it. the colonel in command re
plying to all Inquiries, "I have my orders." At
the same time a vast meeting of Loyalists was
freely permitted, at which speeches were made
extolling the Emperor and the government.
To cap the climax the funeral of Lieutenant
General SakhXTOff, former Minister of War, who
was assassin&ted at Saratoff on December 5,
with an imposing array of military, representing
all arms of the service — artillery, horse guards
and foot soldiers — passed up the Nevsky Pros
pect between suiien crowds.
Tl.r remnants of the workmen's council, with
delegate* from the railroad men's union and
other organizations, are holding a meeting to
night to decide the question of a general strike.
If the government deliberately plans a chal
lenge now it has chosen its time well, as the
funds of the organizations are low and many
«t>rkme:i are tired of the strike and of starva
tion. It is understood that when If. Krustaleff
was arrested yesterday a cash box containing
M.OOC was captured. Nevertheless, some of the
leaders Dave lashed themselves into fury, and
are crging that ihe governments challenge must
iK- lUi-ijcdiateiy accepted.
Rica ;.- completely cut off from St. Peters
burg. Even the railway telegraph is not working.
Th" scanty news reaching St. Petersburg Is
ail to The last ad.vic.-s received from
rovincea reported the desecration of
es, the murder of land owners and the
pillage of property.
itlonary bands are growing In au-
In <.ne case they attacked a detach
' Iroops snd seized wagons, which they
invasion of estates in the vicinity.
ped on a narrow gauge railway, after
A meeting held in the Nemetti Theatre cere,
was attended by representatives of a!'.
ations advocating: a constituent as
the basis of universal suffrage, was
j.y the police, who drove the audience
I theatre.
The xii. me newspapers of St. Petersburg are
openly defying the government by publishing
resolutions favoring armed uprisings.
The torpedo boat Philander is anchored at
St. Nicholas Bridge.
The manage r of the RJabushevekl factory waa
i killed for refusing to permit the
• hold a meeting.
It is said on high authority that the govern
ment baa anally decided against universal suf
frage and practically in favor of the old project
of twenty-..-,.- workmen's representatives and
the extension of the ballot to the small rent pay
ers, merchants and the educated classes. The
law most Still pass the Council of the Empire
and receive Imperial approval. If the decision
is upheld it it apt to end all question of the sup
port of the zemstvo leaders.
The railroad men say that they have been in
formed that several sections of the southwest-
Continued on «**■'*** par* 1 -
i- T. Dewe,** 6on^ .^sl New York.
To-day, partly cloudy.
To-morrow, partly cloudy, south westerly winds.
McClellan to Name Editor as Bronx
Park Commissioner.
It is practically settled that CJeorpe yon Skal,
managing editor of "The Staats Zoitunsr." is to
be appointed Park Commissioner of The Bronx,
to succeed Harry Sohrader. The announcement
cf his selection for the post doubtless would
have been made before this if it had not been
for the uncertainty surrounding the result of
the recount of ballots for the city ticket, now
being fought out In the courts. Mr. yon Skal
makes the change in occupation on account of
his health. His work as managing editor for
several years has told upon his strength, and
his physicians have advised day work. Herman
Ridder. of "The Staats Zeitunp," has written to
Mayor McClollan a letter strongly recommending
Mr. yon Skal. When Mr. Ridder was asked
about the matter yesterday he said:
I do not know that Mr. yon Pkal is to be ap
pointed. All that I know about It In that he is
a candidate for the place. I wrote the Mayor a
letter after Mr. yon Skal announced his can
didacy, saying that he was in every way worthy
of the honor. We should be sorry to lose Mr.
yon Skal. as he is a highly intellgent. educated
gentleman. We have supported Mayor Mc-
Clellan because we believe he has siven the city
a pood administration, and we shall keep on
supporting him, no matter whether Mr. yon
Skal is appointed or not.
Neither Commissioner Schmltt nor Commis
sioner Schrader succeeded in making- a record
as Commissioner of Parks in The Bronx that
suited the Mayor. Commissioner Schmitt was
removed on account of disregard of the Civil
Service rules, and his successor, Henry C.
Schrader, has failed to measure up to the
standard. It is understood that Mayor Mc-
Clellan selected Mr. yon Skal v. ithout consulta
tion with President Haffen of The Bronx. Mr.
Haffen as yet his mad" no protest aeainst the
appointment of the editor.
Streets Said to Flow with 8100d —
Genera] Strike Urged.
St. Petersburg, Dec. 10 (morning). — The situa
tion in Livonia is frightful. Anarchy prevails.
A messenger who arrived here this morning paid
the streets of Riga were flowing with blood.
After a meeting the railroad men of Riga were
mowed down by the fire of machine guns and
The railroad men of St. Petersburg at a meet
ing yesterday evening resolved that, inasmuch
"as the reaction is gaining force and the gov
ernment is seeking to retract what was won by
the first Pan-Russian strike."' the railroad men
stand ready to obey the signal for a general
strike, but .advise their fellow workers to await
the word from the central committee a' Moscow.
ns a failure must not beJ"'sked.
Simultaneously with the arrests here. If.
Dronshilny and all the members of the union
<~>f the employes of the post? and telegraphs of
Moscow, with M. Kokhanowski at their head,
were arrested.
"The, reaction has come." were the words on
every Hp this morning, and !n the Liberal Ex
tremist camp ■ there was only one opinion —
namely, that repression must be resisted to the
bitter end. At all the meetings last night, some
of which lasted until morning, the opinion was
unanimous that the government had forced the
hands of the proletariat and that the supreme
weapon, a general strike, must be Invoked.
The newspaper editors at yesterday evening's
meeting decided that the temporary press law
forbidding the discussion of vital questions af
fecting the welfare of the nation violated the
principles of freedom of speech and of the press
guaranteed by the imperial manifesto, and that
it must be defied. The result was that the edi
tions of the "Russ" and half a dozen more
radical papers were confiscated.
The employes of the Riga -Orel Railroad have
declared a strike on account of fhe declaration
of martial law in Livonia, and have sent an
appeal to the other roads to join them. Last
night the railroad men of the Baltic ijnes de
cided to follow the example of the Riga-Ore!
M. Durnovo this morning issued an official
proclamation not only warning all the post and
telegraph employes that their failure to return
to work to-morrow will be equivalent to their
discharge, but that all those who work for a
continuance of the strike or are guilty of cut
ting or otherwise destroying wires and ap
paratus will be prosecuted to the full extent of
the law.
Emperor Nicholas has issued an order of the
day thanking- all the Cossack troops for their
"self-sacrificing, untiring and loyal services to
the throne and fatherland, both at the. seat of
war and in the preservation of order within the
The municipal board of arbitration has ap
pealed to Premier Witte to release M. Krusta
leff. president of the executive committee of the
workmen's council, owing to the threats of a
general strike.
A telegram from Kieff says the postal a»id
telegraph strike there has ended.
Troops Disperse Procession — Elec
tric Light Works Shut.
Warsaw, Dec. 11.— A patrol of infantry to
night dispersed a socialist procession in Ciepla
st. The soldiers fired volleys, killing r 'ne man
and mortally wounding three.
Bands of socialists are invading the hotels and
forcing the servants to strike. The police are
powerless as well as indifferent.
} Owing to a strike in the general electric sta
tion, all places using electricity are closed,
i At Pabianice the populace organized a patriot
ic procession, which two hundred mounted peas
ants from a neighboring village wanted to join,
but a company of dragoons charged the crowd
and severely wounded twenty-nine.
The local" committee of the railroad men's
union has received a notification from the com
tni toe at St Petersburg that the central com
mittee of the union of railroad men now in
session a< Moscow would probably order a gen
eral railroad strike, to begin at midnight, in
consequence of the arrest of M. Krustalcff. presi
dent of the executive committee of the Work
men's Council at St. Petersburg.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune. 1
New-Orleans. Dec. 11.— Dr. Isadore Dyer, who
has made a lifelong study of leprosy, has an
nounced that the second leper whom he has
completely cured has l*>en discharged from the
i ompi i home The patient discharged to-day
w^ i womVn "hose name is withheld. The
other patient was a boy. In whom the disease
h-id just developed. Other patients undergoing
Dr Dyer's treatment are said to be improving.
[By Tel^ftraph to Th* Tribune.]
,-.-;,-, Dec. O. •'■ "-''• " Armour was one of
aearty a score of well known South Side- residents
„."*« ri-rre in <ht- police court to-day charged with
charge and 'paid a fine of $2 and costs.
Rome Doc. 11. "The Gionwle dl Italia' prints
a report to the effect that a precious manuscript
of Pius VII has been stolen from the eecret
!', .. i.i-rs of the Vatican library. Th* manuscript
jndudes ««e record of the Pope 1 Imprisonment at
Inebleaa __-
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WelT Shore "llailroad. Ask a West Shore ticket
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NEW- YORK. TUESDAY. DECEMBER 12, 1905. -SIXTEEN PA(}ES.- yT «r A S. tto.! o.
Which It is feared has sunk with thirteen men.
Seven Families Rescued by Two
In a fire that raged through the big five story
flathouse at the southeast corner of Columbus
ave. and lOOth-st. last night six persons, a
mother and her five children, were burned to
death; two were injured, including an ambu
lance surgeon who was trying to rescue a fam
ily penned in by the flames, and hundreds were
thrown into a wild panic. The dead are: Mrs.
John Thompson, forty-two years old; John and
Anna Thomason, twins, three years old; Will
lam J. Thornason, nine years old; Thomas
Thomason. seven years old, and Sam/iel Thom
ason. seven months old. The injured are Am
bulance Surgeon Klbert Norton, of the J. Hood
Wright Hospital, burned about the hands, and
Fred Nagel, twenty-three years old. burned
about the head and shoulders.
The seven other families, which included about
thirty people, were rescued by two policemen of
the West lOOth-st. station, Andrew McLaughlin
and Charles Fisher, both of whom got to the
roof of a one story cobbler shop adjoining the
flathouse on the east and managed to get the
panic stricken tenants down the fire escape.
Scenes of the wildest excitement prevailed, as
soon as the fire broke out. and when the pol/je
men arrived they had no end of difficulty in
pacifying the children as they were being car
ried down the escapes.
Except for the courage of the two policemen
several of the families would have been hemmed
in by the flames, which shot through the build
ing with such rapidity that all escape through
the halls was cut off. McLaughlin and Fisher
knew that the flames were raging through the
interior of the building, sweeping up through the
stairways from the first floor, and their only
hope in* getting the tenants to safety was by
means of the fire escapes on the rear of the
McLaughlin climbed th" iron ladders to the.
top floor and with flame enveloping him he
directed the descent of the women and children.
Fisher remained below and caught them, one
by one, as they jumped from the bottom rung
to the roof of the cobbler shop.
The scenes atending the fire, which did
$40,000 damage to the building, were pathetic. j
Mrs. Thomason, who lost her life in a frantic |
endeavor to save her children, was found in
her rooms, her little ones, their bodies charred
by the flames, lying around her lifeless form.
She had heard the cry of "Fire!" that rang
through the building as soon as the blaze was
discovered, and immediately sought to get her
little ones to safety. In some manner that
cannot be explained the latch of the door lead
ing to the hall from the kitchen would not
work, and she and the children were penned in, i
with no means or escape except by jumping
from the fifth floor to th« street. The woman
evidently didn't have the heart to throw the
children from the window, mid even when the
flanks burst through the door she resigned her
self to her fate.
Eight families occupied the. house, two on a
floor. The ground floor is a saloon, kept by John
Bogan, and there are entrances both on Colum
bus-aye. and l(H>th St.
Mrs. Mar/ Redham. who occupied apartments
on the fir*;" floor on the north side, was prepar
ing supper in the kitchen. She left a lighted
lamp in thi parlor, which exploded, and when I
the woman rushod into the room she saw flames
spreading rapidly along the walls and the ceil- !
ing. One of her sons, shrieking "Fire!" at the ;
top of his voice, fled from the apartments, '
dashed down the stairs to the street and started
for an alarm box He met Patrolman Mc-
Laughlin, who turned In an alarm, and then
dashed into the building. When he got to the
first floor he found that the flames had spread
to the hallway, and that all escape was cut off
for the tenants on the upper floors. Mrs. Rad- ;
ham was hysterical, and the policeman quickly i
got her and her younger son to the street.
Patrolman Fisher, who joined McLaughlin,
quickly went to the loof of the cobbler shop,
lifted his partner up, and the work of rescue
began. On all the upper floors the tenants were
so stricken with fear that they did not know
which way to turn. The flames had swept up ]
clean through the centre of the big flathouse, i
spreading rapidly to both the north and south j
apartments on all the floors.
At the end of each hallway, separating the I
north and south apartments, is a tire escape, ;
which leads to the roof of the cobbler shop. The j
hallway was narrow. :is was the window, and j
the work of getting all the tenants through the I
small aperture nearly resulted in Others of the ,
tenants losing their lives. By the time Me- j
Laughlln got them on the escapes the flames had ;
reached the hallway, and with showers of sparks
and sheets of flame, which shot through the ,
windows, the policeman dragged the children j
out first, and then the women.
While Dr. Norton, of the J. Hood right Hos
pital was dressing the burns of a man, the
latter said: "Say. doctor, I'm afraid the
Thomason? didn't get out." There's a mother
and five children on the top floor."
Dropping his surgical case, he dashed into th»
blazing house. He groped his way to the second
floor, only to find that the staircase had been
burned away. The surgeon was undaunted,
however, and plunging through the smoke he
got to the entrance to the fire escape. He
climbed to the top floor and got into the ha 11
wav then burst open the door and found the
b-dles His white duck suit and his overcoat
caught fire, and except for the presence of the
firemen who -uickly smothered the flames, he
might have been fatally burned.
John Thomason. the husband and father, had
left the house a few minutes before the fire
broke out. When he learned of the fire he
rushed to the police Station.
Thomason's brother broke the news to the
man and with several friends walked him
around Central Park until late at night, doing
their best to get his mind off the sorrow that
had befallen him. Coroner Scholar ordered t hut
he should not be allowed to see any of the
bodies last night.
Four Score Men on War Vessel — No
Word from Her.
New Bedford, Mass.. Dec. 11— The lighthouse
tender Azalea arrived here at 2:15 o'clock this
morning with the crew of the Nantucket South
Shoal I/.ghtship. The lightship foundered at 4
a. m., Monday, eighteen miles, west of her sta
tion, while in tmv of the tender.
Newport. R. f., Dec 11 -Shipping and naval
men here believe that there are grave reasons
to fear for the safety of the light gunboat Wasp,
which left here a few hours before the storm
broke Sunday morning to succor the disabled
New-Bedford Brig Harry Smith, only twenty
five miles away. The absence of news has made,
the day at the naval training and torpedo-sta
tions one of much anxiety.
The 'Wasp is- the converted yacht Columbia,
which was purchased by the government at the
outbreak of the Spanish war. She is a trifle
larger than the Hist, and was comparatively
new when purchased by the government.
The Wasp left harbor about dark Saturday
,>Uhr Io aid the New-Bedford brig Harry Smith
from the Azores, which was reported -to be in
a bad position at the entrance of Vineyard
Sound. The "Wasp carried a crew, of eighty men,
•was commanded by Chief Boatswain Hugh
Sweeney, and was provisioned for three days.
It Is a run of about two hours to the entrance
of Vineyard Sound, but scarcely had the Wasp
left the harbor than the storm which had been
threatening all day broke. Within a few hours
the wind had increased to a gale from the
northeast. It was not surprising to the naval
officials that the Wasp missed the brig under
the conditions which prevailed late Saturday
night and Sunday.
The storm was far more severe off shore, and
il is believed by the naval officials that the
Wasp experienced something bordering on hur
ricane, and may have been driven far out to sea.
Supposed To Be in Pittsburg—Car
negie to Name Successor.
[By Telppraph to Tli«- Tribune.]
Pittsburg. Dec 11.— William Ellis Corey, who
is supposed to have arrived In Pittsburg to-day,
is said to be keeping under cover. Officials at
the Carnegie Steel Company offices gave out
this stataement:
Mr Corey is not coming to Pittsburg to talk
to newspapers. He is coming on Important
business matters.
A conference is scheduled here to-morrow at
Whicb the Corey affairs will be discussed. The
general offices of the rnited States Steel Cor
poration may be removed from New-York to
Pittsburg. The Frick Kuilding and Carnegie.
Building will be annexed, it Is said, for that
There is talk that Andrew Carnegie will ar
rive in Pittsburg soon. If Corey is to have a
successor. Mr. Carnegie will probably name the
man for the position.
Philadelphia Inventor Plans Car with Four
Wheels on Single Rail.
IBy Telejrrap+i tn The Tribunal
Syracuse. Dec. 11.— James N. Vandergrift. of
Philadelphia, w'no has financed and built several
electric railroads, in an address before rhe Syra
cuse Technology Club to-night explained his In
vention of a train which, he says, could so from
Syracuse to New-York in one and a half hours.
Kxperiments conducted in private, h" says, bear
out his statement?.
His invention is a "motor cycle train, " having
fnur wheels <>n a «r, placed one ahead of the
other, and running on a thir.l rail between two
rails now usec The car is pointed at the ends to
lessen air resistance nnd the danger of collision.
The car is kepi In iin upright position by rollers
running on the outside r;ifls.
[ By T'lfgraiih to Th» Trihunf.l
Indianapolis, Dec. 11 -The Investigation into the
affairs of the office of the- Auditor of State ordered
by Governor Manly :ts a result of the Sherrick
shortage has developed ibe fact that the law re
quired all payments h> insurance companies t<> be
made t'> the Treasurer of the State instead of the
Auditor. I'nder the old law the Auditor of State
collected the fees and this has eonttaoed since
USE when the new law went into effect. It is not
known how much money has been collected try
these offices, but the Investigation now in progress
is expected to result In placing the information in
the Governor's posse salon; and he will demand that
Ux- fees thus collected be returned to the State.
gtaje Senator Patrick H. sfcCarrsn. at a dinner
for Control!er-«iect Herman A. Metz at the King's
County Democrat!* Club last evening, said he was
not a boss but one of the bossed, and made an
appeal r<>r the amelioration uf the circumstances
if fh>- ioilins OH
Rev. Dr. Oadssan, who preceded him, had
sttftcked bosslsm, and Mr. McCarren repllej in»
promptu. Knrlipr in th.- ni«lit. so it waa said, he
had Wn snubbed by Mayor McClellan. who rs-
Xu*ed to notice him.
Chairman Says He's Tired of Being
C 'ailed a Boss.
There was a lively meeting of the CTti*M»" Union
at hf^dquarters last night. R. Full n Cutting.
leader of the organisation, offerrd his resignation
as head of the organisation. The resignation k.i»
presented in a letter. Mr. Cutting Indicated that
his cause for retiring was that be had been
branded as a "boss" ami that he <i ! d not care to re
main in the position where any such rootrce, how
ever wrong it was. would be imputed to him. Hi*
resignation precipitated ■ lively debate, and at Its
end the committee unanimously rejected bis
resignation. Then Mr. Cutttng apreed to take the
matter under advisement and give an answer in a
few days.
The subject of legislation at Albany this winter
was discussed and the following memorandum was
unanimously adopted :
The committee on legislation has, for two years,
carefully studied legislation affecting New- Tort
City, and has aided in preventing the passage of
many undesirable bills. At the end of the last
legislative year the committee issued a report
s'.immarizinK the work of the legislature and giving
a record of the attitude of New-York City mem
bers on bills beneficial or detrimental to the city,
with the recommendation as to whether such mem
bers should be elected.
This report pointed out that of 170 bills propos
ing amendments to the charter of the City of New-
York. 164 were introduced by New-York City men,
and of 642 other bills affecting the city, but with
out amending the charter, only 6S were Intro
duced by up-State members. Of the total 812 bills
affecting the city, the committee was of the opin
ion that a: very large majority were vicious or un
necessary, because of power in the city to deal, of
its own motion, with such subjects. In other words,
the constant legislative tinkering to which the city
is subjected annually. la due primarily to members
of the legislature elected from the city itself. It
ought, as a matter of fact, to be a consideration
of city pride and honor with every Senator and
Assemblyman from the greater city to see that
bills of the following classes are not introduced or
passed at Albany:
Bills allowing claims against the city which have
been refused by the courts Bills imposing man
datory and unsought provisions or» expenditures
up. n the city. Special or private bill** as to rehear
ing* or reappointments for members dismissed or
dropped from the uniformed forces. Bills -cutting
down the present discretionary powers of the city
charter. Bills affecting the franchise wealth of the
city in ways not consistent with the principles of
the present city charter. Bills amending general
laws in such broad terms as to render Tvell nigh
impossible an identification of the particular special
interest or public service corporation that is seeking
to gain special privileges without full discussion
as to its rights to such privileges.
These classes cover those bills which snculd be
fought by representatives of the city regardless of
party consideration ami which should not be intro
duced and urged by them.
In order to assist in bringing home to the cit
izens of the city the importance of opposition to
such bills, the city committee of the Citizens Union
hereby directs its committee or. legislation in its
work "for the coining year, as follows: That th*
committee make a. careful study of all proposed
bills and oppose such as are included within the
foregoing classifications.
That the committee preserve careful records as
to all New York City members of the legislature,
with particular reference to the number and char
acter of the bills introduced by them, their atti
tude and vote upon bills which the committee is
Of the opinion Should be defeated and all other
data that will be of use in forming at the end of
the session a just and Impartial judgment as to
the efficiency and usefulness of the representatives
from the city.
That the committee from time to time confer
with the local organisations of the Citizens Union
as to their representatives at Albany and that the
committee before making its final report as to the
records of the legislators consult with such local
The city committee is particularly desirous that
the committee on legislation keep careful records
of the New- York City members for the reason that
it believes that the Citizens Vnion should next
year use every means possibie under its constitu
tion to obtain the re-election of worthy and the
defeat of unworthy and undesirable member*.
Mr. Cutting presided part of Hie tim-\ and when
he left the chair his place was taken by E. R. I/.
Gould. Henry W. Hardon. chairman of the com
mittee on nominations, reported the following for
re-election: Vice-chairmen. John E. Eustis. of The
Bronx; Horace A. Davis, of Richmond: R. B.
Lawrence, of Queens, *ml A. P. Haight. of Brook
lyn: treasurer, Isaac N. Bailsman, and secretary,
J. .1. Murphy. This report was unanimously adopt
ed, and when that was done the following minute
was entered on the record:
Resolved That in view of the situation created
by Mr cuttings refusal to s-rve again as chairman
of the union, and the imaortance of the problem
presented by his refusal, tho committee of eleven.
■i-'fr mature deliberation, makes no rf-nmnienu.v
tion to the city committee of a candidate for this
office, believing that Hie choice of a new chairman
should be loft to the untrammelled judgment ot tno
ii»*v city committee.
[t was after this r^nort from the nominating
committee that Mr. Cutting's declination to serve
was received, and li was understood last nighr that
tremendous pressure will be brought to bear on
him t" serve another year. It was learned that a3
lung ago as December t last he informed, the nom
inating committee that it must not consider his
name for chairman for another t»rm.
His letter to the nominating committee is as
When your committee of eleven proposes for the
consideration for the new city committee the
names of men who would make an efficient Chair
men of that body. I must beX thai my name be
omitted from the number, rdo this, not because
1 have lost one particle of Interest in the organiza
tion but on the contrary, because my solicitude
for its welfare is such that i cannot under the
circumstances serve again as chairman.
Enemies of the union have <=o persistently re
iterated the statement that 1 am boss of the or
ganization that many people have actually come
to belive it. and it is lime the union demolished
that hollow fabrication by choosing another leader.
1 can render just as good service in the traces as
in the lead, and I will give the new chairman as
loyal support as I have myself always enjoyed from
my associates in the city committee.
i hope my retirement will help the public to ap
preciate the difference between leadership and
bosslstn. In the Cttiienfl Union we have no public
patronage, no private plums from corporations, no
fund for the payment of district workers and no
army of privileged lawbreakers to make our lead
er a boss. The only way he can control his as
sociates ii by logic and their personal loyalty to
him. Of the latter the city committee has always
given me such generous measure that I should
hare been ashamed to have abused their confidence
even if I had the power. I am sun- the committee
will give the same loyalty to the new chairman,
and thnt it will tend to ke-p him the servant
rather thr.n th • master of the organization.
Cars Seized Because They Refused to Pay
IP;.- Telegnpti to The Tribune. 1
Pittsburgh Dec. 11.— Tho Pennsylvania Hail
road last week warned commission merchants
that S." a day storag.- would be charged in ad
dition to demurrages if freight cars were left
unloaded In the produce yards after a certain
period. Yesterday collectors from the railroad
attempted to make coltectiona according to the
new ruling. The commission merchants have
a strong organization hero, and resolved rot to
pay storage. All the commission men refused
to pay Uw ntlls.
The railroad to-day seized cars containing
produce belonging to merchants refusing to pay
the storage bills, locked the cars and placed
seals on them. Several conflicts resulted be
tween railroad men and commission men.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune.]
Cincinnati. Dec. ll.— For twenty-four noun eight
companies of the 4th United States Infantry, at
Fort Thomas, were prisoners within th- reservation
owing to the insult a private offered the daughter
.if Major TlHson last Saturday afternoon.
Miss TOISOB was waiting with tier mother for a
car A private under the influence of liquor passed.
•Hello, sweetheart, let's s<> and have a dr'nk."
paid he.
Mrs. and Miss Ttllson reported the Incident t-»
Major Tills-. n and Colonel Ray Immediately placed
sentries around the reservation.
IBS T>!»itTa;>h t'. Tho TrlbWW.]
Pittsburg. Dec. n-Ho'ert J. Wallace died to
dnv from injuries received while playtaK football
„„" Think«2ivlnK Day- "'■ *' a; -" twenty year* old.
: he coron.r in tructcd the jury to r^m.nend mod
♦ration aid less rougtne*s in the gam*
E. W. Scott Denies McCalls Tcsti
momj in Tax Suit.
Edward \V. Scott, preskleni c& the
Provident Savings Lite Assurance, sup
plied a striking contradiction t;> the testi
mony given by John A McCall in ex
plaining the payment of $134,000 by the
New-York Life to "Jndj rew liatn
ilton in a suit for recovery of taxes. Mr.
Scoti declared thai his company employe*!
Hamilton t^» rij^ht this suit ami paid him
President McCall had testified thai an
agreement had been made with the I'rovi
rient Life to use r'neir suit as a test case.
President Scott denied this, and insisted
there was no agreement or understanding.
President McCall will be recalled to ex
plain the case.
District Attorney Jerome decided that
the insurance committee's questions to
Thomas F. Ryan were "proper and ma
terial." and he must answer or be prose
cuted, and Mr. Ryan, through his counsel,
signified to the committee his readiness
to appear at their convenience and tell
about his interviews with Harriman, thus
closing the incident. He is expected to
testify to-day
John C. McCall had an interview with
"Judge" Andrew Hamilton in Paris and
found him "undecided" about returning
in response to the demand of President
John A. McCall of the New- York Life,
and explaining the "yellow dog"' funds.
English holders of policies in American
insurance companies moved to protect
their interests.
Scott Saifs Hamilton Was Paid by
Provident Savings.
The legislative insurance investigating com
mittee hit another "yellow dog" trail mingled
with that of "Judge" Andrew Hamilton ju?t
before it adjourned yesterday. Following this
trail Mr. Hughes revealed a remarkable appar
ent lack of harmony between the testimony of
John A. McCall, president of the New-York
1-ife. and Edward F. Scott, president of th<»
Provident Savings I^ife Assurance Soctetv.
which will result in the recall of President Mr-
Call and may shed a new light on the noto
rious Hamilton transaction?. So surprised ion
Mr. Hughes at the extent of the discovery h<»
had made that he requested the committee to
postpone its adjournment and for twenty min
utes fairly revelled in disclosures.
These disclosures affected the payment? t*>
"Judge" Hamilton in a case before the Court
of Appeals in 19'"'4 for which he received $154.
000. Mr. McCall had testified in October tli*i
this case affected the constitutionality of a
tax law passed by the legislature in 1902,
"Judge" Hamilton had undertaken th*» ease. 31 -
cording to his testimony. an.J t;-i» . ornpany had
agreed to give him one-third of the taxes. pai<l
under the law if he should recover the wholfl
amount by establishing the unconstitutional y
of the law. He explained that the New-York
I^ife was anxious not to appear in the rase. .«••
th» Provident Savings was made, by agree
ment, to bring a test case. This case wan
won and as a result th«» New- York Life re
covered over $400,000 and '".Judge" Hamilton re
ceived as his share $134,000, of which _$90.t)f>i>
was paid to him directly by arrangement with
the State Controller, and the remaining '544. 000
stood as a part offset to the $23-1.000 "yellow
dog" fund then disclosed. Although skeptical
about the wisdom of this performance^ at tbe
time Mr. McCall explained it, Mr. Hughe*
passed It by.
Yesterday, however, when President Scott of
the Provident Savings Life was on the stand Mr.
Hughes recalled the incident and carefully
scanned th» legal expenses of this company for
some reference to It. He found it. To hi* sur
prise, Mr. Scott testified, first of all. that rher<»
never had been any agreement that the Provi
dent Savings 1-ife should fight a test case; sec
ondly, that, ikhough the company had employed
"Judge" Hamilton, it had employed him as Its
own counsel, and paid him a fee as such, and
finally that the company had acted absolutely
independently, never had any agreement with
President Met 'all or any one else, and had sup
posed that Mr. Hamilton was acting for It ex
Of course the apparent meaning of this was
evident to the committee at once. It seemed to
Indicate that •Judge" Hamilton, appearing aa
counsel for a minor company and winning A
suit for which he got $3,000. received |134.WM»
of the money belonging to the policyholders of
the New-York Life for the same case. More
over, it was also shown that Judge y, K. MeCsJl;
President John A. McOalls brother and "Judge"
Hamilton's predecessor as counsel of the Kn -
York Life, had received $1,000 for preliminary
work in this case. He went on the bench and
abandoned the case before it came to trial, thus
losing the returns which ultimately came to
Hamilton. On the point of any agreement be
tween the officers of the two companies Mr.
Hughes made the most searching examination,
but Mr. Scott stuck TO his original statement
and insisted that he had always supposed Mr.
Hamilton represented them In an ordinary legal
manner, and them alone.
When he was on the stand in October Presi
dent McCall testified to this affair In some >>-
tail. His explanation of the arrangement with
Mr. Hamilton was as follows:
"We cade an agreement with him that iit»
should take "hold of the case. The New-York
Life did not agree to act as the party in the
suit, and so the Provident Savings, in this city,
was made the complaining party."
This did not satisfy Mr. Hughes. •■ ho seemed
astonished at the amount of the sum paid Mr.
Hamilton, and inquired as to why the r>^gutnr
counsel of the New-York Life was not placed
in charge of the < a?e. thus eliminating any ne
cessity for giving away one-third of the re
covery. Mr. Mc<'all explained that the" Nevr-
York Life did not wish to appear in the case.
This did not satisfy Mr. Hughes either, and lie
pressed the point concerning the contingent
only $1- from New-fork, all expenses, including
>. til and hotel, for ?. days. Dec. 27, Jan 11 anl -.
R.-h. 10, March 1 and 15. April 10 and 26 May *»"
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