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Anthracite Mine Men Said To Be
Agahut Dolan.
The presidents and secretaries of the anthra
cite districts of the United Mine Workers, which
are Nos. 1. 7 and 9 respectively, joined Presi
dent Mitchell at the Ashland House last night.
They are District No. 1, Thomas D. Nichols,
I resident, and John T. Detnpsey. secretary; Dis
trkct Nn. 7. William Dettrey, president, and J. P.
Gallagher, secretary, and District No. I, John
■ahr. BoaaMentj and Oeorsja Hartlein, secretary.
Th* dMrtei presMents and thoir secretaries, as
we.l as Mitchell. are members of the scale com
ir.!tu-e of :h::ty-.-lx of the anthracite miners.
They attended a conference of the committee In
the fift^rnoon at WUkes-Barre and then tame
on to Wew-Tork to confer with Mitch.^l. The
reFT "f the committt-e will come to this city
m time to-day.
:.!.• | bQ expe.-ted the district official! early In
the day In the afternoon he was preatly dis
turbed at their non-arrival, and bad frequent
talks over the lon* d'ptance telephone with
people In Wllkes-Barre and Pcranton. It was
Bald he feared the officiate had been affected by
Prtaira raeiott. He walked nc-rvously back and
forward as if he were afraid something had
occurred which would upset hie j>la:.>. Before
the onmniittee arrived he was SStad about the
genera' situation. bat refused to discuss matters.
2r. rerly to (juestinns about the charges of mif>
raanapeirent 7>f~the union made against him by
Pr«-Bident Poi.-iti t.f tha Pittfbur? soft coal dis
trict, he gave out the following statement:
I do not propose to be dISWJI into a newspaper
controvf-rpy with Mr. Dolan or any one alee. At
the pr'jK-r time and in the proper* way I shall make
Saavar. At iir*>B<::t I am 100 busily (nsnv*<l solM
tt/ttg the rt:.kK s| th« niln< ■?& n:i<l protecting their
ir.'.BTtxia to -':> anything tl.at would Ui*t him in
hu apparent eSEorte to lestroy their •!>• ? and to
civile t; <-:r strength.
Mr. Mitchell stayed near the office of the
AsMand H-'ise until the arrival of the district
sfldals Be made no attempt to <on real his
gratification at meeti!ig them, shook their hands
vanr.lv and appeared much relieved. None of
them was willing to commit himself to the re
port t-rs as to his views, but a general state
jr.ent wa« made on half of the delegation as
T:.v Sbtrkt r^^'derita and ef-cretaries live >■.. far
apart thot It tanfc time to gel the general s«-nti
laents of the miners. We have sot rea tied that
l>oint. Wt hoj.»e tlure will 1^» no strike. We can
cay nfiri.ir.*; untU the past ><t th^ ... ommlttee
ttt her< ai d *c have a ccinf<T«-.nce. \V<- only know
Of .Mr I>ola:j's utt':ai^«-s through it., newspapers.
One of the district secretaries said: "Mr. Dolan
ti&s been a lub-T leetder lor twelve years. Prob
ably, likf many another labor leader, he thinks
v ta thne Cor bin to get before the public."
It vits said unofncially that the anthracite
district presidents and secretaries will st;uid by
Mr Miti hell. One or two women typewriters.
with then* machines, came with them, aw full
Botei of ts* conference will be tak*»n on both
sid<-s Th«- delegation had ilti informal confer
ence with Mr. Mit<htil last niche When the
rest of the scale committee arrives the demands
will be put in shape to pubtnlt to The presidents
Of the coal cßrr>'in^ companies on Thursday.
Dolan Receiving Congratulatory Messages
One from Well Known Labor Leader.
T»i»frraph to The Trihune ]
■ ire. Peh. yj— This- • moon PmMmt
Mlrrhrtl tetegraphed te William Little, member of
ttm InTmiaitmni fx«rutive board from this ■::-
..: ; Bsward M.Kay, nati'nihi orsjasUser, to
getse ts Kew-Tork bnmedlately. They left here t0
,:.'.. aad will :: ..-. : Prertdliil Mitchell to-morrow.
Doth Uttk- ami McKay arc npnootwi to Dolan and
StSSJi h^ has taV.Ti. tad ;ir-> Una In their ad
bsssaes to rtnltiiu ktttehdra pottcy. They are
the red ••*■ in :', sppostdon which has to-
C»d n Dolaa In thk fltortct, and their call to
f* ir ' Tot * !s !urkfr(i •• ««« significant, it is trident
from thta. Qotaa's fn«- ri j fc think, that MtteheU is
• ' ■■'"■' '■■' ■' Btaafl cflon than be earn
eaagrstuSatory letters and
:.l-rr.. :! : X to-d^y. one bdog from President Union
■ .f the Wtetom Clan VPorkers- L'nlon Burns
ni. prnmcxOMri: pi, „, wiTh thißt as Bums
h topked vi.on m ..,., of th« gi»at«, , ihnr leafl€r>
' ' <: i OUJjII J .
Belief That Mitchell May Try to Have Unit
Rule Rescinded.
[By M«n|lt I* T . TV.) .::;,. }
Orokss-aan*, i.! : > ; . >-<•»,. ll—xtut compjetins
■■■;-• to I • • dig nprntori oa
T. Brassy. tnJ ■ Mnplttftg t: s .- Btattxtlce wiOth areia
t,n!fv the r: I? ,m. :i . fo, ,! •, :.. ,: ■eal.eanmnttsa
• f dm anlhiartts ndne workers twijouiwaj ti v
sfsersjeesj. b:j<i will reas ■ ■■-■■■ ..i Nev-Tork <<»-
Bmm Tne eii tiro cjiiin-.Tiee o! i:.i: f. -■ . k „: i W!] |
(6>a Tort to rota m say alteration in the
I•l1 •l aesffiSM by PftHhriH PW*f*iffl. but only a
'■• •- of it.- menoera srlll ittend On foh>l coater*
eaoj • ■ . • rators.
'i'Ut- ';j»nir:aie» i:j.>.. .!.;.. it-<i feelins certain nr
■ ..i.'.f. n . •■;-■■> .*.- !hi. i t . „y \ffYtnt
maada ■'■. a/lna v wou! i ■• dlscuurteoua
•o i:.. opersloni to aaaoom* tbem In a<lvanc« -,•
»•'■■ UectUiK. Jt ;i. .■-■!• - :.-.'-i:t ivl;J, tb« o pern tor ■
> ■■•■ ■ • •■! i! »1U b . tentative ■■/'■, ..* ./.-.;,/
n ; :■«•»».; ,-t : ).,■ national oonvmtlon preventii Urn
ocfoa bant ilgnftia on< ■grt-nwjn until all ..» ti.'-in
••• ms4y t-. i..- tWcnfi It is t.-!:.-v..i th»i l! an
uiMeniUctdtag v. •. . ■ anutracite openiton ;<
r " - ,"•■■' Pr**ilu*ll ' nil! iiv U> IV. t ill.-*
f ■•■■ ■'on rf.-< :: ■;. a
N';^!ir. s , 4 v.\'.- < i)i •! lo the trail servlos offered ! v
• t.- ■ .y»--j.;rv rvntral '..,•.■■,. 30 traina a Ut lo
Lufiulu s;nO Ni^puia Kai:« Zz to Cl»it«go. o fcO : : :
**»**. I to CtocuaaiL—Jk&tu
Pennsylvania Legislature Begins an
Aggressive Campaign.
Harrisbuig. Perm., Feb. 12. — Mr. Scofield, of
Olearfield, to-night offered in the House a con
current resolution that the Attorney General
be instructed to Inquire into the allegations that
the Pennsylvania Railroad, the New-York Cen
tral and the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburg
Railroad companies, and their leased lines, are
directly or indirectly engaged in the mining of
bituminous coal, and if it be found that they
are engaged in this business he shall proceed
against them. The resolution was adopted.
Mr. Garner, of SchuylklU, offered a concurrent
resolution for the appointment of three repre
sentatives, two of whom shall be of the same
political party, and three Senators; that these
two committees, together with John Fnh>\ T. D.
Nicholls and William Dettrey, district presi
dents of the United Mine Workers; M. J. Mona
piian, of Ashland, representing the business in
terests in the coal mining region, and Mayor
John Weaver, of Philadelphia, representing the
business interests of the State outside of the
coal territory, be named as a commission to ex
amine Into the books and records of the Phila
delphia and Reading Railroad Company and of
the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron
Company .and establish th«? truth or falsity of
the statements of George F. Baer In his publlo
declarations regarding the business of the cor
Mr. Garner said that Mr. Baer made a mis
statement of facts in his public statement, and
that Patrick Dolan. of the United Mine Work
ers, secretly worked on the floor of the House
against the interests of the miners.
The House resolution was adopted by the
{Senate, t _ .
Pianist, Suffering from Melancholia,
Wanders Alone Eight Hours.
Chicago, Feb. 12.— Mrs. Fannie Rloomfield-
Zeisler, the pianist, was missing from her home
for nearly eight hours to-day and her friends
and relatives, with the police, wer» ncarrhhig
the South Side of the city for her. In the after
noon Mr 6. gelsler returned to her home, alone
and utterly exhausted. She declined to say
where she had been.
For some time Mrs. Zeisler has been greatly
troubled with her eyes, which have failed
Fteadily, and the fear of being compelled to
abandon her nrosfeaJ work has so preyed upon
h<-r mind that she has had periods? of melan
cholia. To-day she eluded her attendants and
left the house alone. She was missed very soon
and her husband hurried after her, but she had
"Mrs. Zeislf-r was very nervous when she re
turned." Mr. ZfMsler said to-night, "being on the
verge of collapse. She would not talk about her
absence, and when I asked where phe had been
hi;*- would only say 'Walking." She was assisted
to h'-r room and Immediately went to sli-ep. As
soon as practicable- she will be taken to a sana
torium for rest and treatment."
Fannie BloomnVld Zeisler was born in Aus
trian Silesia, but her parents came to America,
to Chicago, when she was less than two years
old, and she has always counted herself an
American piani.st. Her brother. Dr. Maurice
Bloomfit-ld, has been known to American schol
arship from his Sanscrit studies at Johns Hop
kins. In 1878 sh>- whs sent abroad and studied
under the gTeat Leschetisky for five years. Then
she returned to America, and for the next ten
years was a prominent figure on oar concert
sta^e. In 1888 abe went to Europe for a recital
tour, which was destined to last two years, her
success was so considerable. She then returned
to AlltWira and one., more she resumed her con
certs here. Shi has played with the New- York
Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony and all the
otli«-r high grade bands In this country, and
she was In 1806 the soloist at the Cologne festi
va.!. She haa been called "the Sarah Bernhardt
of the piano." a title that meana little that is
(":• :i!iit<\ perhaps, but indicates the impression
her i.-:nj*=m''»eiit created on un audience, a tem
perament wherein lay her power.
Jumps Switch at DOih-st. — Delays
Rush Hour Traffic.
■,i ,■ northbound Broadway local subway train
Jumped the tracks while starting out from iKlth-
Ft. Ptatlnn at 5 :;•• o'clock last evening, tying up
tranV for some time and delaying hundreds of
persons on their way home.
Tli«- first car of tin- train was four or live feet
north of the platform when the forward wheats
I. it the switch Where the I>snox-uve. and Broad
way tracks diverge. The motorman felt the jar
and stopped the train. The passengers, none of
■..!.•.:.! were aware that anything had happened,
were told to aiUcht and take the. express trains.
As .... ding local train came Into the sta
tion it vs a* MOt over to the express tracks on
the crossover switch. This operation caused
delays of from three to five minutes, and it was
nearly an hour before normal traffic was re
sanM d.
a wrecking crew arrived noon alter the accl
dent, and the car WSS lacked up and sent on.
it vaa ii<it damaged.
[Of 'IVJt-nraj.h to The Trsl.une.J
EUcbmend, Ftb. 12.— The nurses •:' the Mary
Washington Hospital In Frederlcksbunj uro cut on
tvQs*. because they are now required to nurse col
ored patients and pecans* ii" Management turned
■ it the ...|., r ,.,i shore boy. forcing them to bring
tlip wood from the cellars and "tart nil tha flres.
ii,. botfpltaj &ta;f Is now .or.ip.Jho'l of the bead
sarsa and ana regular wirsa, who has recently
atered Lit institution.
Unionist Leader Again Shuns Pro
tection-Free Trade Issue.
London. Feb. 12.— A. J. Balfoui"s dtaleotical
skill has again served him well, and probably
has reinstated him in the leadership of his dim
inished party. He has still to run the .gantlet
of the party meeting which has been arranged
to be held at Lansdowne House next Thursday,
but after the speech which he delivered in this
city to-night at a dinner given to Sir Edward
Ciarke. former Solicitor General, and Alban G.
H. Gibbs. who has relinquished his seat in Par
liament in order that Mr. Balfour may have
another opportunity to get a place in the House
of Commons, it Is fairly safe to say that little
further will be heard of any alternative leader
While Mr. Balfour's speech was fully as am
biguous as any of his previous utterances, the
former Premier declined to accept the country's
verdict in the recent elections as final. He de
clared himself still for a policy of fiscal reform
In terms only a trifle more definite than he for
merly employed, but which is accepted by the
Chamberlainite organs as "by far the clearest
and most unmistakable utterance Mr. Balfour
has yet given his countrymen." "The Standard,"
which headed the movement to displace Mr. Bal
four from the Unionist leadership, will, in to
morrow's issue, complain of his indeftnlteness,
ftut will say: - > - .......
We are glad to think his speech makes it pos
sible for tariff reformers to accept him as tho
leader of the Unionist party, and paves the way
for unanimity at Thursday's meeting of the
Mr. Balfour had a flattering reception. He
looked rather tired and worn, but spoke with
great energy, and managed to please all sections
of the party, tho gist of his speech being that
the policy he was advocating could not be called
protection, and that as the present government
was In for a long term, there was no immediate
necessity of elaborate details of methods to at
tain the end which they all desired.
There were present at the dinner three hun
dred men. Mr. Glbbs and Sir Edward Clarke
responded brielly to the toast "Our Guests."
Mr. Balfour. whose speech had been antici
pated with intense interest, as his reply to
Joseph Chamberlain's pronunciamento. spoke at
jrreat length, confining himself mainly to fiscal
questions. Mr. Balfour maintained that the re
sults of the general election could not bo ac
cepted as a final verdict against fiscal reform.
He declined to argue the question of protection
against free trade, but maintained that the
policy which he had hitherto advocated was al
together apart from the controversy. Mr. Bal
four said his policy was designed, as far as
might be. to diminish the burden on British in
dustries. In countries where hostile tariffs did
not exist It was the intention to preserve neu
tral markets and at the same time to preserve
the Interests of the British colonies on an equal
footing. It was, he said, a policy intended to
maintain an increased foreign market for Brit
ish manufactures. Protection was an attempt
to keep th<-- home market against equal competi
tion from foreign countries.
Mr. Balfour paid the sentiment favoring his
policy was not diminishing but Increasing, and
unless it were carried out he believed, as the
world became more and more industrialized and
as civilized nations brought more and more
weaker nations under control, the question of
markets for Great Britain would assume propor
tions which could not be ignored. The world
saw great nations using not only diplomatic but
whole military and naval forces in order to push
their commerce. To fight for British markets
might again be inevitable, but fighting was a
barbarous method v.here negotiation might suc
ceed, and negotiation never could succeed unless
it were baeknd by some power of dealing with
the country with which the nation might be ne
gotiating if the country naked extravagant or
impossible terms.
Mr. Balfour said he viewed the Industrial con
ditions in the United Kingdom with the greatest
alarm. He said possibly nations which built up
industries behind tariff wallß were acting fool
ishly, but nevertheless they did it. and the result
undoubtedly was injurious to the United King
dom. Mr. Balfonr asked if it would be possible
to carry out retaliation unless a general tariff
formed a part of th* scheme. He declined to
commit himself on that point, but said that the
country had to make up its mind on the question
whether the end aimed at was worth making a
■acrtflca for.
Thr- cause of tariff reform. Mr. Balfour said.
must be delayed some years, but in the mean
while It was the duty of the opposition to the
present government to point out the mistakes of
the latter and direct the country along the best
lines looking to its future.
Mr Balfour said that never had a government
been returned with a larger majority without a
cause which it wanted to carry out and without
any groat personality to guide it; but he was
ready to concede the present government even
longer life than five years.
In conclusion. Mr. Balfour welcomed the work"
IngßV ii In Parliament, but said he doubted If
the present labor representation was destined to
Introduce legislation beneficial to the country or
legislation which the Unionists could support.
Seaboard Ail Line, shortest route. -aboard Flor
ida Limited, handsomest »nd Quickest tmln. oitlc<»
i,i>i3 Broadway.— A&rt,
Lancia Loses Mechanic — Bemins
Car Balks in Cuban Auto Race.
[By Cable to Tho Tribune. 1
Havana. Feb. 12.— Demogeot, driving an 80
horsepower Darracq car. won the big four
cornered road race here to-day, making the
miles in 3 hours 38 minutes and 18 sec
onds, an average of a fraction less than a mile
a minute.
Cedrino. driving a Wrt-horsepower Flat ran
into a tree on the first lap at the double-S
curve at Artemisa. The car turned turtle, and
Cedrino and his mechanician, Capra, were
thrown out and badly bruised. Both were taken
to the Guanajay Hospital.
Cedrino's left calf was badly torn, and he was
cut about the face. The mechanic was only
hruised. Cedrino was taken baok to his hotel
in this city to-night. T*he machine was badly
The accident to Cedrino's car was caused by
the mechanician pouring oil into the tank while
the machine was taking- the double #I 8" curve at
frightful speed. The oil spattered into Cedrtno-g
goggles and he lost control of the car.
Lancia, the daredevil Italian chauffeur, who
was driving a HO-horsepower Plat, also came
to grief in the first round of the race. He wns
going at full speed over the railroad crossing
beyond ArtemUa. when his mechanician, Bat
t-«6ta, xvaa thrown out of the car while pouring
oil into the tank.
Lancia at once withdrew from the race to look
after his mechanic. The latter rolled over and
over and was pretty well bruised and cut.
Lancia was with the mechanic to-night at
Artemisa, and it was reported that his Injuries
are more serious than at first supposed.
Bernln. In a 90-horsepower Renault, the other
entry, made the fastest time in the first lap — 51
minutes 4 seconds — but his car went wrong in
the second lap. and he was unable to finish the
circuit of the course in the 90-mlnute time limit,
so he was declared out of the race.
Of the four famous drivers who started the
race, therefore, Demogeot was the only one left
in the contest after the second round. Demo
geot lost five minutes at the start, owing to
clutch trouble, and ha was compelled to hold
one hand on the clutch and one on the steering
wheel during the greater part of the race.
The starters were sent off at three- minute
Intervals, with Bernin first away. Lancia was
off second, Cedrino third and Demogeot fourth.
Lancia, as he did in the race for the Vanderbilt
Cup, on Long Island, last October, opened his
car wide and passed Bernin before he lost his
Demosreot's time for the four laps was: First.
F>4 minutes and 2fi seconds; second. "»l minutes
and 6 1-3 seconds; third, 58 minutes and 9 sec
onds; fourth, M minutes and 37 8-5 seconds.
The reckless fashion in which Lancia took the
corners was oni of the features of the race. He
never shut off his power, but went dashing
nround on two wheels to the amazement of tho
Thousands of sightseers lined the course, while
the big grandstands at the start and finish were
crowded. President Palma and family occupied
a box and stayed until the finish of the race.
The special match race for $15,000 over half
the course covered by the big racers also aroused
great Interest. It was won by the Clement car,
driven hy Desassnis, in 2 hours. 5 minutes and
52 seconds. The Mercedes car was second In
2 hours, 4 minutes, 2 seconds, and the Morse
car third, in 2 hours. 35 minutes. 27 seconds.
Owtng to the accidents In the big race to-day.
it was decided to-night to call off the short
distance races scheduled for to-morrow. The
only big cars in shape to race are Demogeot's
and Berntn's, and both of these need consider
able overhauling.
The course was in perfect condition. The win
ning Darracq is the same machine which,
driven hy Hemery. won the two great road races
last year, th<* Ardennes circuit In France and
the Vanderbilt cu;> race on Long Island. It wad
the lightest machine in to-day's race. Although
the other competitors were either stopped by
acctdent or failed to finish .within the time limit,
Demogeot's great speed was fairly maintained
Despite the drawbacks of three controls, sharp
corners in the town of Marlanao, and close
crowding by the excited populace at the curving
points. Demogeot. in the first half, averaged
81 4-5 miles an hour.
For the second half of the race Demogeot's
competitors were three local gasolene racers.
He lost several minutes at the start, and there
after drove at a ppeed which enabled him to
pass the only one of his local competitors who
had got ahead of him before the second village
was out of sight. Throughout the rest of the
last half Demogeot's speed nearly equalled that
of the first half.
Cedrino was chauffeur for the Queen Of Italy
for many years, but his first experience in rac
ing was at the Eugle Rock Hill climb more than
a year ago s^lnce then he haa driven the 24
horsepower Flat. Jr.. to a number of victories,
and holds the world's track record of 53:14 2-5
for fifty miles, which he made at Long Branch
on August 22.
To make up the 217.79 miles, the distance
Absolutely fre> fr^.u any I'rmervutu <
11. T. Dewey * Hum. Co., 13S Kulton St.. New York.
•— Ad VI.
( osllDuod .»n fifth |>u«r.
Harlem Trustees Exceed Appropria
tions — New Contract Irregular.
It was learned last nieht that the Harlem
Presbyterian Church, of which the Rev. Dr.
Coughey is pastor, sent a commission to the
meeting of the Presbytery yesterday and ac
knowledged that the trustees and building com
mittee had exceeded by nearly $jO,(M) the appro
priations allowed by the church and the Pres
bytery for the erection of its new church edifice
in West Mount Morris Park.
The commission also acknowledged that it had
broken faith with the Presbytery in regard H>
a $r»2/M> mortgage held by the Presbytery on
ita old church, at Madison-aye. and Uloth-st.,
which was sold last spring. It also o-.vned up la
irregularities in placing the contracts for tha
new church.
The Presbytery was greatly surprised at the
statements of the commission, and at once or
dered all work on the new church stopped until
the affairs are straightened out. The Presby
tery also severely condemned and censured tha
trustees of the church and the building com
The three members of the commission which
made the report said that tha mistakes were
those of the head and not of the heart, but the
admissions were such that a thorough investi
gation of the methods of the trustees and build
ing committee was thought imperative.
When the Presbytery gave the Harlem Presby
terian Church permission last spring to sell the
church property at Madison-aye. and l^fith-st.
and to buy property for a new church, it waa
stipulate that the first mortgage for IBMWI
which the Presbytery held on the old church, be
transferred as a first mortgage on the new
The trustees paid $l»O.00O for the land in West
Mount Morris Park. There was a mortgage
for SQOIOOO on the property. The trustees paid
$2.V>»>O of this, but allowed the remaining
to remain as a first mortgage, giving
to the Presbytery a second mortgage for $fi2.»Vo,
In violation of the agreement.
After work on the new church was started, tha
building committee, it Is understood, made so
many alterations and additions to the original
plans that it brought the cost of the building
nearly |60t€00 over the stipulated fS&OOOl
No bids were called for when the building
contract was given out. but it was turned am r
to a member of the building committee, who
happened to be a contractor.
The church building at the present time 13
about half completed. The congregation is wor
shipping at present In the Young Men's Chris
tian Association Building, in West ILMth-st.
King Edward Asked to Refuse Con
sent to Roifal Wedding.
London, Feb. 12. — The anticipated Protestant
protests against the marriage of Princess Ena
of Battenberg to King Alfonso of Spain have
begun with a petition from the Imperial Prot
estant Federation, appealing to King Edward
to withhold hl.s consent. The federation says
that the proposed marriage has caused the deep
est sorrow and distress to Protestants, and that
the Princess's intended entry into the Roman
Catholic Church has greatly shocked them. The
King's answer to this first formulated disap
proval is await*.! with interest
Disabled Steamer Loses Toic Line
on Way to Belfast.
Moville, Ireland. Feb. 12. — The British steamer
Venango, of the Neptune Line. Captain Man
ning, put in here to-day and reported that she
had had in tow the disabled British steamer
Queen WUhelmina, also of the Neptune Line,
but lout her on the night of February !•
The Queen WUhelmina sailed from Shields on
January 26 for Baltimore. She became dis
abled by losing her propeller. The Venango.
sailing from Shields a week later for Baltimore,
followed the same course as that taken by the
Queen Wllhelmlna, and met the disabled vessel,
took her in tow and started for Belfast, the
nearest port, where a new propeller could be
The tow line parted in a gale when the vessels
were forty miles off Inishowen Head. Ireland.
When daylight came the Venango cruised about
for over a day, but could find no trace of the
disabled steamer.
[By TVleuraph tn The Tribune.]
Halifax. Feb. 12. — Grave fears are felt for the
safety of the steamer Atho.s. which Ml Sydney
late In December for Genoa, with a cargo of
pitch pine, and has not been heard from since.
The Athos was commanded by Captain Dobson
and carried a crew of twenty men. She was
owned by the Donald Line, of Now-York. Previ
ous to her departure from Sydney an explosion
of pitch occurred, resulting In the death of one
man and the maiming of several others. In
addition to her crew, she carried one passenger
named Jon«-s, of New- York.
St. Petersburg. Feb 12 —A massacre of Jews
is reported to have taken place at Kalarashi.
Philadelphia. Feb. 12.— Commander George \V.
M.nta. Inspector of Ordnance and Acting Captain
of League Inland Navy ml. died suddenly from
apoplexy last r.ijcht Commander Menta wits uno of
the most dlstlnuuiMhe,l ortinancu ufflivrs of tho
navy. He wua assigned to l.ra* . Island Navj
Y*rJ Ust July.
Action FolloiL-9 So Recommendation
for Cheaper Light Here.
IBy Telegraph to The Tribune.]
Albany. Feb. 12— Senator Stevens, head of taSJ
gas investigating committee. Introduced to-*
night a bill repealing the act under which thai
State Gas Commission exl3t3. and doing away*
with it entirely. This action follows on the heel*
of the first report of the commission, which mad*
no recommendations of any sort for a reduction*
of the price of gas In New-York City. Whlli*
there had been all day much unfavorable com—
ment on the report of the commission, such rad-«
ical expression of displeasure was rather un-«
The bill. Senator Stevens says. Is an acknowl-*
edgment of the failure of the State Commission*
to fulfil its mission. While it is humiliating WJi
him as chairman of the investigating commit*
tee, he believes that such a move is necessary to
insure the carrying out of the plans the In
vestigating committee had to reduce the prlca
of gas in New- York City.
The sentiment of the Senate seems in favor ot
the bill Senator Stevens intends to press it.
and is likely to find behind him active support-
Senator (Srady declared to-night that ho con
curred heartily in Senator Stevenaa attitude.
Senator Bracken said that when the bill creat
ing the commission was nrat Introduce he op
posed it, and then changed his mind. Now, h*
had come around to his first way of thinking.
"I am tn favor of thi» bill." said he. 'To re/
way of thinking, we have too ir.any commis
sions, and the sooner noni^- of them are abol
ished the bett«r."
Explaining his bill after adjournment. Senato?
Stevens said:
The joint committee of the Senate and As
sembly appointed to investigate the condi
tion of the gas and electric light situation in,
the city of New- York, of which I had the honor
to he the chairman, submitted with the report oi
Its investigation several hills, and among them
was a bill to establish a commission of gas and,
electricity. This commission was given power to
regulate the price of gas and electricity, and
certain other electric services throughout th»
entire State, and also have the power to provide;
for the control and supervision of gas and elec
tric light corporations throughout the State. In>
fact, it was intended to be a real commission,
and was given ample power to do something—
to adjust differences, to right wrongs, and gener
ally to ameliorate the condition of the suffering
public throughout the Stite.
In theory. it was Intended to protect th* pub
llo from being overcharged, and to permit cor
porations to make a Just and honest charge
for the gas and electricity furnished to Ma con
sumers; to take Into consideration the cost or
production largely dependent upon the location,
of the operating plant, the volume of the gas and.
electricity consumed and the cost >>t the material
and all expenses entering into the production
thereof But in practice it is most humiliating for
me to admit it has fallen far short of my expec
tations, at least. The special joint committee
reported a bill giving to the people of the city ■->?
New- York 80 cam gas. It believed that it wai
warranted in doing this by the evidence ob
tained from the officers and managers of th«
companies Investigated
The manner in which the bill was defeated irt
the House is well known to all. but we believed
that, notwithstanding the defeat of the S»V-cenft
gas bill, the people would ultimately be relieved
of the exorbitant price now charged by some ac
tion to be taken by the commission. During
th~tr lons continued sessions, and from the evi
dence submitted to them, our belief in the MM
has been strengthened, owing to the fact that is
has been currently and continuously reported
that the price of manufacture would be shown
to be even less than that reported by the com
mittee, and now. after months of delay, they
submit a report which is In a larse measure a.
compilation of facts and figures familiar to all.
No recommendation has been made by this com
mission, and we are ..nly informed by them that
the people in the city <>f New- York receive sjaat
at as low a figure as any other citizens of th»
State, and apparently they should be satisfied.
They have evidently failed to take into con
sideration the fact that th» gas companies in th«
city of New- York, by reason of their enormous
output and alsj the close relations existing be
tween them and the Standard Oil Company, ar»
able to buy the raw product at a lower flsrur«»
than any other companies in the State Their
cost of manufacture for the same reasons i*
proportionately low. and owing to the density o£
the population the cost of distribution Is pro
portionately smaller, and therefore they an»
Justly entitled to a lower rate of charre. It
seems to me that the commission has proved to
he of no value to the , üblic. and la an expe.nsi\-»
luxury, and therefore should be disposed of at
the earliest moment possible I was greatly in
hopes that their recommendations would ne af
firmative-, it appears to me they are n^srative A
commission of this kind should be composed of
men acquainted with the subject with which.
the> have to deal, otherwise their efforts are
due to failure. It Is now up to th* legislature t.»
pass the »*» Hill tjas bill, and in future act for
themselves rather than to delegate their pow»7?.
In the Assembly the S«>-cent gas bill. Intro
duced by Mr Agnew, was on the calendar, hut
when it came up Mr. Agnew offered an amend
ment, nxlnp: the price in the old village of West
Chester, now a part of The Bronx, at ■>) 13,
where now it is $1 '27*. As the hill stands now
the price In all New-York, save a few places l:x
The Bronx Coney Island and Richmond, is to
be 80 cuts. In Long Island City. Pelhum amt
Kast Chester the price is not specified. In tha
old town of Gravesend. it remains at >■ .-, In
Wtlllamsbrldge and Wakeneld a sliding scald
is enforced, which by IDivy fixes the price at >1
This amendment gave Assemblyman Palmer a
chance to .ma the Gas Commission on its re-
lc* bruise lias formed on which people are miM
ins b«l>»w the Falls. Frost effects mas nine-"
N«W York CeiUriU * ad W<rtl Shor « ***c Sft traaaS
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