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V^LXV- 21.645.
Court Eftkw Amendment Consid
ered m White House Conference.
[From The Tribune Bureau.]
xrasW"? 101 "- F**>- 21 - — At the close of lon* and
conferences this afternoon between the
j^tftfer.u Republican leaders of the House and
s^ate nnrt Cabinet members the President an-
I his compete neutrality between the fac
.jjsj in the Senate Committee on Interstate
CosO frc * which are contending over the judl
r amendment to the rate bill.
Is the Mnw conference the difference of opln
13T. l»er»*^n the two Republican factions In the
«3:T.itt'" > over that amendment was more
drtrlr demonstrated than ever. Senators Clapp
za& DrtHytf refused to consent to the amend
ment pinpo»<d by the conservative Senators and
ri'l f,L- uln committee. They will be. neither
encuras'-d ™ nT hindered by the President. The
jpcult of the President's attitude will be a
rnmrt sh n w °f strength In the committee. The
grxttf*™ who favor Judicial review assert that
t j,^v will have three Democratic votes for the
IjinflrnTit It is not possible to substantiate
tfci? (tlHanent, us the Democrats are reticent on
the subj?rt. awaiting decisive moves by the Re
Th* ooBfereno«« b<»Eran about noon. Those
tr*o took part In them Included Senator Knnx.
Senator Crar^ early in the day, and later on At
torney General Moody. Speaker Cannon, Secre
tary Boot, R^j'r^sematlve Hepburn, Senator
DdStrer and Senator Clapp.
The ptrrpofie at the Senators who favor amend
ripn: was to .■■ffure the concurrence of the Presi
dtr.t tn tlw Knox rlan. for Judicial review, ex
ftrAr-g thereby to Influence Senators Clapp and
Doi:!vfr an>l prwent a united Republican front
in ceisnnslttee. They were encouraged to make
thf fst H>-d*y because last night they thought
tiwy hs4 Becured the assent of ths Attorney
Gfn^ral to The amendment, and felt that his
$Mt» woaW have weipht with the President
a: -. the nr.Tl-arrsendment Senators. Much to
their rorprise. they found the Attorney General
ifcifs afternoon not Inclined to give his assent.
He rail Ftanfilng by the President in his position
of neutrality. They were gratified, however,
that the President did not aggressively align
tisatdl w.Th Senators Clapp and Dolliver.
Senator Kr.oi was ready with the draft of an
ftTrendrr.er.t which will carry out the idea of Ju
fiirial review. It Br>nn became apparent that r.o
ka.rm^r.y of opinion existed among the confer
rees The President was appealed to by Sena
tan.Knox and <*rane to repeat the suggestion
if nad* ln his message to Congress, but he de
clined in eiL£rt any pressure or. influence on the
conference. Ther>- was pnme plain talk, nnd the
ligament at times became animated and ear
se?t. views bt :r.e presente.l with great vigor.
The pro-anv-r.drr.ent Senators are Inclined to
lar favorable strees on the neutral attitude of
the President. They pay that so long as he does
rot positively oppose the judicial revie-v amend
ment there is hnpe of securing suSlclent Demo
cratic rote* to put it in the till in committee.
Ttey confidently assert that there wijj be
snoiMji votes' in the Senate, when the bill is re-
I>nr?fi!. to amend it.
At the final conference, in addition to the
President. Attorney General Moody, Speaker
Car.rmn, Senators Deliver and Clapp and Rep
resentative Hepburn, chairman of the House
Committee 0:1 Interstate and Foreign Com
merce. ww« present. The conferrees gathered
in th»- lY'-si.i.'.'it/s of!lce at 3:30 p. m. and re
tained in Fesslon until nearly Z> o'clock. While
they were l:i consultation a number of promi
nent officials nnd Congressmen called, but were
ir.forn>.< «i that the President would be engaged
for some t'.ir.e. and wore advised to •1] later in
the d-iy or make appointments for to-morrow.
\Then the oonferer.ee ended the members hur
ried out of the White House as If they were duo
at the railroad station In three or four minutes.
"We have agreed," exclaimed Senator I' 1-
liver. In his m^st Impressive voice; then he add
ed. a«< if un afterthought had occurred to him.
"not to hay anything 1 about the consultation.
About the only conclusion reached was that
there Tvas no conclusion." And the Senator
c:in-.!*l Into Ms carriage with Senator Clapp
ir.4 hurried awa; .
"We w»-rf- merely <11scuss!r.g love an<3 flowers
ani poetry,"* eai<i Speaker Cannon, as he stood
Is thf floorway, waiting for his carriage.
"Bailroad rates were discussed, were they
zxiV be v.as asked. -
"No." be exclaimed, emphatically. "Love and
Cowers and loc-try. ; <sid most of the talking.
fc>r I know the moet about love. I cannot Fay
■STthloc :r.ore, for I never talk about what the
Prts.der.t has told me." Then the Speaker fol
lowtd Senators Dolllver and Clapp out into the
Color.fl Hepburn shook his head emphatically
■tei be v. as a*k«-ii for i;-s views, and Attorney
C*r.fral Moo4jr coold add nothing to the sum «<
lstelhjrf-r. <■ on th^ subj«-ct.
Although nothing was given out officially after
the oooference. It is understood on good au
thority that the etrength and weakness, the
Jnertu and demerits, of the Hepburn bill were
tbomrachly canvassed. The President expressed
fcis deri lth tils usual frankness, and, as In
lorrr^r talks with members of the Senate and
House, u.-s-jred his callers that he waa not
Itedced to any particular bill or amendment, and
»ou!d i>-«rard the substance rather than the
Jorrn of any measure that was finally agreed
cr.. and rould reserve his final decision until the
COtomltteec <>* the two houses had agreed on a
tel thai ••: .'..<j<ilf-s In their opinion the best legis
lation whir-h could be framed to meet the de
c-ar.da of the situation. The President's posi
tion lias u-en co unequlrocally set forth in his
s>ssa»:.-s and speeches— perhaps more notably
than anywhere else in his address at Chicago be
fcre the Iroquola Club— that the members of
l^'h bouses of Congress are familiar with his
Jentlmeatj aul need r.o further enlightenment
OB the subject. If the bill which Is finally pre
!*.•>•.] ,\.,, t ,, Jt rp.rn.-t his views on the vital polnta
the President will r:ot be backward In telling
fIX framen ;-<>, ar.d, if necessary. In exercising
ki* prerucatlva under the Constitution. Hut
fc* does not look for any serious obstruction.
" i:fct ojipoaitioa lias developed already is rr.aln-
! >' <ti what he regards as minor details. The
majority >>t the committees of ith housea. It is
Vadentood. fliid that they can Join hands on
"ttSy tsjportant featur'^. and those whereon
'^'i disagree when analyzed prove to be more a
'-"JiUtr of verbiage than of Intent.
"^"hea all is tyiiJ ar.d done," remarked a
•-"Tid „f the P.-r-sldent to-day, "it will bo found
*^'-t the seatleaiea who were doiiiK most of the
■° r Sulji£ were, after cJI, debating the iiK-rlts of
l *>«<ll*-'!uni and tveedlede*:. Most of the ener
*!l'* 'jf :Jie rate legislation framers have l>een
£ "vot«i within the last few days to efforts to
***■' *" ca the phrancoloiry of a court review
t&usc. xbe [iepbura i '!! iii it stinda is d?-
C«utlauct] wa fourth ',»»»,•
To. m< ™. J^VJ^^r^u^ nd .. NEW- YORK. THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 22. 190(>. -FOURTEEN PAGEB.-^T> I fT^n h .Vr lat^1 at^
Singer and Bourne Buildings To Be
Made Into One.
Plans were filed yesterday afternoon with
Buildings Superintendent Murphy by Ernest
Flagg. an architect, for the proposed remodeling
into one of the fourteen story Singer and the
eleven story Bourne office buildings at the
northwest corner of Broadway and Liberty-st.
The plan outlines one of the most novel en
gineering undertakings In the history of the
Buildings Department. As an ornamental
feature of the enlarged building, a central
tower of forty stories will rise .'.04 feet high—
considerably taller than the Washington Monu
ment. This will make the structure the cham
pion American skyscraper. J
The plans provide also for an addition to the
Singer Building of a Broadway annex of 74.10^4
feet front In Broadway, giving a total Broadway
frontage of 132.10\; feet, and a similar annex
to the Bourne Building In Liberty-st_ of 52.10%
feet front, giving 1 a total frontage in that street
of 27<">.O7^i feet. The building proper will have
a height of 202 feet.
The proposed tower will be of steel skeleton
construction, and will be sixty-five feet square
for thirty-six stories and have a dome of four
additional stories, crowned with a cupola bear-
Ing a flagstaff The facades of the tower will
be of ornamental brick and limestone, lighted by
a central bay extending from the eleventh to
the thirty-sixth story, with four rows of win
dows on each floor and an additional double win
dow on either side of this bay at each story.
The tower will have a floor space of over one
hundred and fifty thousand square feet, and will
be fitted with a group of four elevators. It will
als«o have two spacious inner courts. There will
be a number of additional elevators in the build
ing proper.
The cost of the improvements, with the tower,
Is estimated at $l.f.<X>.ooO. The Singer Manu
facturing Company will be the owner.
Saloonkeeper Beaten in Fight — Al
leged Assailant Held.
Coroner Acritelli discovered yesterday a man
who has been unconscious since January 2. after
being: beaten almost to death In a street fight.
The man is August Kreth, thirty-eight years
old, of No. CiS ivrry-st , part owner of a saloon
at No. r>7 Greenwlch-st.
On January 12. after celebrating the new year
the night before, Kreth and William Ash, of No.
186 Wept lOth-st., a plumber, known as "Red
Shirt," it Is charged, fought In front of the sa
l<">on. Kreth was carried home unconscious by
friends. He has been attended. Coroner Acrl
telli said, by a Dr. Bang, of No. 13l» West
The Coroner was called into the case by the
police of the Charles Strept Station. He found
Kreth unable to recojrnize anybody or anything.
His wife told the Coroner that he had been un
conscious Plnre he was brought home. Detective
McVea found "Red Shirt" at work in the Bel
mont Hotel. He was arraigned before Coroner
Acrltelll and committed to the Tombs without
bail to await the result of Kreth'a injuries.
British 'Admiralty Relaxes Rules
Captain Henry's Protest.
London. Feb. 21.— Edmund Robertson, the new
Financial Secretary of the Admiralty, announced
In the House of Commons to-day that punish
ment by birching had l>een suspended In the
navy until further orders, and that, caning could
only be Inflicted by order of the captatin of a
ship. Commanding officers have been requested
to report at the end of a year the effect of the
new regulations on discipline.
Captain Hervey, the only sailor on the active
list elected to the present Parliament, protested
against this "grandmotherly action" of the gov
Captain Frederick William Fane Hervey, R. X..
Is the nephew and heir presumptive of the third
Manjulß of Bristol (Frederick William John Her
vey). The captain was born In Dresden In 1&63. Ha
Is the oldest surviving son of the late Lord Augustus
Hervey. He entered the navy In 1*77. became a sub
lieutenant In 18S3 and captain in 1901.
Reported Move to Seize Two Large
British Co m pa nit'B.
Wlllemßtad. Curacao. Feb. 21. — well in
formed official of Caracas, In a letter received
here to-day, says that President Castro, en
couraged in his war ag«inst foreigners by the
fact that the United States and France have
taken no action against Venezuela, has given
orders to prepare documents for legal proceed
ings against the La Guayra Harbor Corpora
tion and the La Guayra-Caracas Railroad.
These companies are both owned by British sub
jects, and are largely capitalized. The writer
adds that they probably will suffer the Bam«
fate as the asphalt and other concerns.
The Venezuelan gnvornmiint has created a
monopoly at the manufacture of cigarettes,
obliging all manufacturer! to Join a trust In
which President Castro and his friends have
acquired most of the share*.
Wilson Mizner Hourly Expected — Friends
Say Couple Are to Meet.
(By T. Itgni I to Th* Tribune.]
Denver. Feb. '21.— Mrs. Edith Crater Samms,
the Denver woman whose diiim has been repeat
edly coupled with that of Wilson Mizner, who
married Mr:- rerlßM, reached this city last
night. Bh« la at the home of her foster father.
George E. Crater. She denies herself to all
Mrs. BanunCa friends say she has come here
by appointment to meet Mlzner. which she ex
pects to do to-night or to-morrow, Mizner being
hourly expected.
[l!y T< l*-H"Jj-iJ t'> Th*> Tribune]
North Easton. Mm., Feb. 21 :-D. C. Lillle. of
this town, has a small book, published In th«
early van of the last century, in which. it la
said L Un- first appearance of the story of
Qeorfc Washington and his hatchet
[By Tfitsruvh to The Tribune.]
Baltimore. .-., 21.— A "baby party" was
giv.-n to-night by Mr. and Mrs. Alexander
Brown at their home in Cathedral-st. The
gu.sts came In childish tostumos. and per
ambulators and toys were used In the evening's
entertainment. Only a very few married couples
were ,-K.-.i About two hundred and tlfty in
vitations were Ihuml The characters presented
reiarlv all the babtffl »t history, fiction and art.
Comply with Mi- II 1 '.!- I- ."I I*iws.
H. T. Dcwey* Sons Co.. Us Fulton St.. New >"'«
— Ad vi- /: , ■ . . ,
Irish Self-Government Upheld by
Great Vote in Ilcm-se.
London. Feb. 21.— As an amendment to the
address in reply to the speech from the throne.
Colonel E. J. Saunderson. Unionist, to-day
moved In the House of Commons an expression
of alarm at the statement In the Kings speech
that the Ministers were considering proposals to
effect changes In the system of the government
of Ireland, believing that his majesty's advisers
had committed themselves to a policy which
■would endanger the liberties and property of the
loyalist minority, promote discord In civil ltf>
nnd Impair the integrity of the United Kingdom.
Colonel Saunderson said that the object of his
amendment was to extract some statement as to
what the government meant by the proposals
After c insldf-rabl* discussion James Bryce.
Liberal, Chief Se< retary for Ireland. said the
speech from the throne meant nothing raoro than
what the Premier and other Liberal leaders had
repeatedly stated and what had been indorsed by
the enormous majority returned to Parliament —
that much was necessary to improve the admin
istration of Ireland. Mr. Bryce said Home Rule
had no terrors for him. and that he had not de
parted in the smallest particular from the prin
ciples of the Liberal party led by Mr Gladstone
from ISM to 1*93. Hia majesty's government
had every reason to make an effort in the direc
tion of Improvement of the sysum of govern
ment and the association of the people there
with. Mr Uryee asked that the House defeat
the amendment, because he believed that the
greatest possible discouragement might be given
to the policy of the creation of an intelligent
self-government for Ireland now under con
sideration. The electorate of the United King
dom had given the House a mandate for con
ciliation and the extension of self-government to
Ireland. Th« present opportunity should be
seized. The domnnd of Ireland was one which
!<o constitutional government could overlook.
Mr. Bryco declined to outline the government
measures Indicated in the speech from the
Mr. Hryce'B speerh w.ia received with tremen
dous and continued outbursts of Nationalist
Mr. Pillnn. Nationalist, who followed. said that
as lone: as the government acted In the spirit of
Mr. Bryce's speech the Nationalists would ai
iow the government time to develop its plans
and give them a fair and frank consideration.
Joseph Chamberlain said the Unionist party
had maintained during the elections that the
government was a home rule and Little Eng
lander government. It had been proved to-night
that it was a home rule government, and It
would be proved later that It wag a Little Eng
lander government. Many members on the min
isterial benches, he said, had found it neces
sary during the election to pledge themselves to
oppOM home rule, and therefore the government
would proceed by the more invidious method of
instalments. It would, nevertheless, have con
vince,! the country that It was a home rule gov
The House divided and the amendment was
defeated. 4«V> to B&
Professor Ernst, of Harcard, Dis
cards Coloring in New Process.
[Py TelegTaph to The Tribune.]
Boston, Feb. 21. — A discovery of gTeat value
to medical science has been made by Professor
H. C. Ernst, bacteriologist of the Harvard Medi
cal School, who, after three years' work, has
about completed his research in the use of the
ultra-violet ray in photographing bacteria. The
new process consists in throwing ultra violet
rays upon the object and then photographing it.
Under this new light, the germs, heretofore in
visible until artificially colored, appear distinct
ly. Each distinct germ is shown in the nega
tive and its life is easily studied.
His Doctor Says He Is Incapable of
Sustained Thought.
TBy TWcctmpb to The Tribune.]
Columbus, Ohio. Feb. 21. — In the Common Pleas
Court here this afternoon Dr. E. J. Wilson tes
tified that Governor Pattlson, because of his
bodily illness*, Is incapable of sustained atten
tion on any subject. In answer to a question
put a moment later he said that the Governor
was sane, but that he was so weakened in
brain and body that he could not give to any
subject continued thought.
The testimony was brought out In habeas cor
pus proceedings Instituted for the release of
Charles C. Carrano. The proceedings were
based on the proposition that the Governor did
not In person sign the papers honoring the requi
sition, and that therefore they were not legal.
Congress Appoints Committee to Receive Mr.
and Mrs. L - yvorth.
Havana. Frb. 21. — Congress to-day appointed
a committee to in^-t and welrnme Mr. and Mrs.
Longworth on their arrival h«-r<-.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune ]
Boston. Feb. 21.— Daniel Miles, the national bank
examiner, has refused to resign at the request of
the Treasury Department, to be ■■• ■>.ted by Harry
Currier, of Maiden. He will not resign until he
has seen Controller Rldceljr. "It Is only a matter
of politics." said General Miles, his brother. "It is
because the place is wanted for somebody else."
— « —
[By T<-!»»rrnph to The Tribune.
Worcester. Mass., Feb. 21. — With an ugly
sabre wound through, th« left side of his ai'do
men and the weapon BtUl In his body, Percy O.
Smith, well known In local society, was found
dying at the Hotel Pleasant to-day. The police
say the wound was self-Inflicted. The hospital
authorities say Smith will die.
[H. Telemph to The Tribune )
Baltimore, Feb. 21.— William H. Paeon, who
only a few days ago became the head of the
firm Of Armstrong:, Cat. r & Co., died this af
ternoon from pneumonia. Mr. Pagon caught
cold last Saturday at the funeral of William
j. if. Walters, his senior partner. Pneumonia
developed rapidly. Mr. Papon rose from a boy
without means' to be a member of one of the
largest millinery firms In the coontrty. He was
Fixty-flght years old.
Rend Stuyvesant Fish's article in the March
'Arena." i£ cent" at newsstands.— (Advt.
City May Condemn llth-ave. Prop
, erty at Great Expense.
The New-York Central Railroad company. It
was intimated yesterday, will not build a sub
way on llth-ave., as is provided for in the Saxe
bill. It will Instead permit the city to condemn
its tracks along that thoroughfare ami ask
$100,000,000 damaeeg .
There is no longer any doubt about the pas
sage of Senator Saxe's bill for the removal of
the llth-ave. tracks, and Father John P. Chid
wick. Miles If. Damn and the others who have
led in the vigorous fight against the tracks were
elated yesterday over their victory. Even Ira A.
Place, general counsel for the New-York Cen
tral, who returned yesterday from Albany,
where on Tuesday there was a public hearing on
the bill, does not doubt that the measure will
be passed. Mr. Place Is responsible for the In
timation that the railroad company will not
construct the subway provided for in the bill
because It considers the project Impracticable.
Under the terms of the bill the Board of Rapid
Transit Commissioners are empowered to come
to an understanding, on the question of a sub
way, with the company 'within a year, failing In
which the city may condemn the llth-ave. prop
erty of the New- York Central. This condemna
tion. Mr. Place said yesterday, would mean that
the city must pay to the New- York Central
$100.0 JO.OOO damages, which, as the counsel
said, "is enough to pay the entire bonded in
debtedness of the New-York Central."
"How will you then handle your freight?" Mr.
Place was asked.
"I don't know." he replied, "that is a matter
that will seriously affect the people of New-
York. We carry every year thousands and thou
sands of tons of provisions to this city; how they
will get them here then I don't know." Mr.
Place continued:
"We have proposed the building of an elevated
structure from OOth-st. south to .''..'id-st., along
the exterior street (12th-ave.) If necessary, a3
the only feasible plan. I am now engaged on .1
substitute bill to that end, which I hope to get
to Albany by next Monday. The Saxe bill will
not be passed until our bill is considered; but It
will pass. The subway plan la not practical*be
cause the ground along llth-ave. Is too low and
is below tide water. The cost of the subway
would be no more than the building of the ele
vated. It would be probably $3,000,000 or
Of coarse we would not expect to run the
elevated above 80th-st North of that we would
carry the street over the tracks. Since the road
first made use of llth-ave. conditions have
changed, and, while we are not opposed to do-
Ing something, the propositions must be prac
tical. The subway is not. If they Insist on the
latter and our property is condemned It will cost
the city $100,000,000.
Mr. Place said that the proper method of pro
cedure would have been to have the matter
taken up by the Board of Estimate and Appor
tionment In this city, before which there could
have been public hearings on the question.
Albany. Feb. 21.— The Paxe bill was reports
favorably to both Senate and Assembly, and In
the Senate, on motion of Senator Saxe, was ad
vanced, on unanimous consent, to third reading.
It was also advanced In the Apsemi.ly.
Well Known Brooklyn 31<ui 31 ay Be
Seriously Injured.
Frank Squier, a paper manufacturer, of No.
00 Duane-st.. who lives at No. 32 Prospect Park
"West, Brooklyn, was run over by a newspaper
delivery wagon at Centre and Chambers ats.
late yesterday afternoon and received severe In
juries. Mr. Srjuler Is sixty-five years old. and
It 13 feared that on acount of his age his In
juries -will prove serious.
Mr. Pquler was crossing the street, emerging
from behind a streetcar, and did not notice the
wagon. At the Hudson Street Hospital It was
found that he was bruised from head to foot,
with possibly grave Internal Injuries. He was
removed to his home and placed In the care of
his family physician.
Joseph BfcCorralck, the driver of the wagon,
ot No. 232 Willtam-st.. was ln.-kM up rh the
Ellzabeth-st. station to await th<- outcome of
Mr. Squier'e Injuries.
The Injured man Is well known In both N»w-
York and Brooklyn, and is a member of many
clubs and organizations In both boroughs. He
is a member <>f the Municipal Art Society, the
Riding and Driving Club of Brooklyn, the Mer
chants' Club. Balmacundl Ctnb, Ameriu'i
Founders and Defenders, Moßtank Club, of
Brooklyn. Art Club, of Brooklyn. Brooklyn In
stitute, G. A. R., Bona of the Revolution. Sons
of the American Revolution and Brooklyn Art
French Force in Nigeria Believed Also to
Have Met Defeat.
London. Feb. 21. — No details of the reported
loss of a British force near Sokoto, Northern
Nigeria, has been received here. The Colonial
Office has received a dispatch giving the ban
fact that three officers have been killed. Owing
to the- distance from any telegraph line details
are not obtainable. It Is believed here that the
French forces In Nigeria also have suffered de
feat, as French troops are mentioned In connec
tion with the affair, which occurred on Febru
ary 14.
It is thought that there Is serious trouble north
east of Sokoto, In the neighborhood of the fron
tier, wliere a new Mahdi has appeared. The
British authorities, however, believe that the
rising will not be allowed to spread.
Discoveries in the Church of Santa Maria
Gloriosa dei Fran.
Venice, Feb. 21. — Workmen engaged In reno
vating the. Church of Santa Maria Olorlosa del
Frari have found some ancient frescos behind
the monument of Doge Nlcolo Tron. One of the
frescos represents ■ canopy with the coat-of
arms of Doge Tron. and another consists of dec
orative bands with figures of the Evangelists in
medallions. The discovery Is recarded as of
high artistic Importance.
This church, built by the Franciscan Friars
and completed about 188& on the site of an
edifice built nearly one hundred years earlier, la
one of the finest in Venice. A few of the Doges
are burled there. Including the Doge Tron. who
dl«»d In 1473. hut the monuments are chiefly
those of (freat Venetians, military, naval or ad
ministrative, and of painters or sculptors.
The Weal Shore Railroad Is the $■»<*> line to
Buffalo an.l Nlngura Fall*. t T p the Hudson and
ihrouEh the Mohawk Vulley.— Advt
Chinese Attacking Mimiamt in South
east Provinces.
r- „»"'.; .-.• „> / -■• ■ '■■■ -'
Peking . Feb. 21. — Meagre details have been
received of attacks on Catholic missions In <w»v-
The nearest approaches to Chens-Chow-Fu on re
cent maps are shown.
eral towns In the southeast province. The
bishop at Cheng-Chow-Fu telegraphs that
Christians are fleeing. The region Is th* centre
of a long standing feud, and outbreaks are fre
quent. ■
Rising Apparently Expected — General Wood
Going to Mindanao.
Manila, Feb. 21.— Major General Wood will
leave here next Saturday for a two weeks' trip
of inspection on the Island of Mindanao. The
trip seems to indicate that no immediate move
ment of troops to China is expected.
The Chinese in Manila, believing that trouble Is
Imminent, are limiting their business contracts
to their countrymen in China. Advices received
her» by Chinese say that an outbreak against
foreigners will begin on February 24.
Secretary Denies That He Supported
Walsh in Quarry Deal.
[By Telegraph to Th» Tribunal
Cleveland. Feb. 21.— Secretary Shaw of the Treas
ury Department to-day sent a letter to Peter Witt,
City Clerk. In reply to the charges of graft made
by the latter last week in a letter to President
Roosevelt. Th** charges were made in connection
with the. seUetlon of material for the federal build-
Ing now being built here. Secretary Shaw says:
The statement Is wholly false, and your authority
must have known it was false. He must have
kn<iwn that the use of sandstone was demanded
by the Central Labor Union of your city, and a pe
tition therefor was signed by more than twenty
thousand of Its members. •
I did not even know that John It. alsh -was la
any manner interested in the sandstone quarry. I
demand the name of the person who gave you any
such information. You must quit traducing public
officials. Mr. Witt, or make good your, charges.
Witt recently wrotn a letter to President Roose
velt In which he charged that Secretary Shaw had
supported John R. Walsh, of Chicago, the financier
and quarry owner, in the contest lor a sandstone
public building in Cleveland.
Witt say* he oar not name his Informant without
betraying a confidence, 'out will undertake to "put
It up to Secretary Shaw 30 straight he can't git
away from it."
Inmates of Vermont Penal Institu
tions Testify Before Commission.
[By Telegraph, to The Tribune.]
Rutland. Vt.. Feb. 21.— The special commis
sion appointed some time ago by Governor C. J.
Bell to investigate the penal Institutions of the
<Mt<» held an adjourned session at the House
of Correction In this city to-day. P. B. Petrtt\
a former prisoner, described the punishment ad
ministered to some of the prisoners for alleged
trivial offences. He told of prisoners being com
pelled to work when they were not able and
said that sick men were often refused medical
attention. John F. McGutrk. a two year prison
er testified that men wen sometimes put in tha
dungeon for ten days at a time and made to sub
gist on bread and Water and sleep, on the bare
»',,,, r
P.trle testified that in V.*H he had been se
verely punished for writing a letter of complaint
to J X \Voodfln, president of the Board of
Prison Directors. Th- letter was produced by
Attorney General C. C. Pitts. The remainder of
the testimony was alone: the same line.
Had Lively Tussle with Property Owners
Who Tried to Hold Him Up.
Hempstead. Long Island. Feb. 21.— August
Belmont to-day purchased L.owden'B Lake, ad
joining his estate here. Around the lake are
handsome trees, and the land will lend Itself to
landscape gardening 1 .
For several years attempts have been made
by owners of adjoining properties to compel
Mr. Belmont to purchase their land A3 a
means to this end negro tenants Were placed
in houses near the Belmont property, and their
ash dump was so situated that paper and other
light waste were blown upon Mr Belmonfa
Mr. Belmont brought this nuisance to th» at
tention of the Board of Health, and the negroes
were ordered to move. Later Mr. Belmont
bought moat of the property at his own price,
but. considering th« price aaked for the adjoln
lns land excessive, h<» refused to purchase.
Lately the pond changed hands and wag offered
at a reasonable price, which he accepted.
fßy Telesrarh to Th« Tribune )
Omaha. Feb. 21. — Ellsworth Defranca has been
released from rrlson at Sioux r'ulls after twelve
years confinement. P«? franca robbed a Nebraska
mall carrier and obtained only 1 cent. Me
was sentenced to '.if Imprisonment. .-»t,i»-nt
McKlnley commuted this to fifteen year*, and
good behavior cut off three years, lie waa
eighteen years old' when sentenced.
St. Thomas. D. W. 1.. Feb. 21 —Another very
severe earth ahook was felt at noon to-day on
the British West Indian Island of St. Lucia.
Plight shocks have been felt there at frequent
Intervals atnee February 10.
Thehaud and Raymond Plan Counter
Suits Against M 111 1 d
William G. Chaste. D. Tarty Herrtck. Jarne<? B.
r>tll and Fainbridsje Colby, counsel to th<* Tr'ies
dale committee of the Mutual Llf*. bar* sub
mitted their resignations to William H. Tru?s
dale. While Samuel rnf»rmy-r, a.'* well as men
do*** to th«» rornrnlttp**. rt*»nl»vl y»st"r''ay thnt 2lr.
Tru«»sda!** hart off^rpf! th« post of counsel to llr.
T"nt*>r tt was p-rslst^ntly r*»porte«l that the
latter had refusod such an offer.
It U safd that J^hn S. Whw and John S. Wise,
jr.. are row «>ns;ag<»<l In framing counter suit*
against the Mutual Life f<~>r money alleged to bo
due to Louis A. Thebnud and Charles H. Ray
mond under thfir contracts.
A member of the Armstrong legislative in
surance committee said last night that tha
committee hope.i to submit Its report to tho
legislature to-day, but was not at all certain
that It would be able to do so.
In th*» office of Jullen* T. I > ivti>- chief so
licitor tow the MutuaTLife, it was said yesterday
that the complaints in the civil suits begun by
summons against Richard A. Mc^urdy. Robert
H. McCurdy. Mr. Th«ba«d an I Mr. Raymond
had not yet been drawn. Mr. Davies caM tha
-puits ill been brought on the recommendation
of Joseph H. Choate.
"\\> will not discuss th* cases In CM newspa
pers." said DiLancey EdnA counsel to the Mc-
Curdys, In the afternoon. "Our discussion oJ
tfcem will be confined to the courts. We fe«st
confident of being able to defend, Mr. McCurdy
against any claim which may be made a^ainat
him by the Mutual Life or any on" else. No com
plaints have been served upon us. and the p!n!n-»
riffs have twenty d.-i ■• after no:lce of appear
arce In which to serve th »m."
It was reported yesterday that two expert ac
countants employed by the Truesdalo commltteo
had discovered large political contributions from,
the company that had not been touched by thsj
Armstrong probe, as well as large leglalatlva
"No other suits have b«»en brought, ana I do
not contemplate bringing others at present.**
said President F«»ar..>lj- of the Mutual Life. No
meeting: of the board of trustees will be held thtj.
month unless an emergency should demand tt.
I cannot say of my own knowledge whether tho
Thebaud and Raymond contracts were valid op
"I have received the •written opinion of Mr.
Choate. on which the suits already begun wero
bas*-d. but I cannot make that opinion public."
The grand jury continued its Investigation yes
terday of the alleged illegal arts of certain "*■
clals of the Mutual Reserve Lite. Assistant Dis
trict Attorney Nott. who Is in charge of the
prosecution, said that the grand jury would bo
engaged on the case for at least two or threo
days more. It is understood that James C Welij
finished his testimony yesterday.
Henry M. Alexander said last night at the
home of ex-President Alexander of the Equitab?-i
Life that his father was rf-stins easily, and
that th*>re was no change in his condition. Tt.o
physicians in attendance. Mr. Alexander sad.
expected no immediate change.
Is 111 in South from Insurance In
vestigation Strain.
"John IX Crimmtns cannot be with us to-n'^ht
owing to the fact that his health Is shattered
from the strain of the recent Insurance investi
gation," was the statement made by Ralph J. F.
Gerstle last night at the first annual banquet oC
the Alumni Association of Public School No. IS.
of which Mr. Crimmins ia vice-president and Mr.
Gerstle id president.
Mr. Gerstle said that F. T. Berry, the private
secretary of Mr. Crimmins, had said that the
heavy strain in connection with recent insuranca
matters was so grvat that Mr. Crimmins was
forced to take a rest, and was now In South,
The following teletrram from Mr. Crtinrr.ins
was read at the banquet:
Cannot be with you to-nisrht. Tell the boys
I an with them in spirit.
Mr. Gerstle refused to tell where the telegram
was from except that It came from South Caro
Relative of A". Y. Life Official Got
$70,000, Report Says.
,'By Telegraph ta The Trlbuna.7
Louisville. Feb. 21. — In the report stffr.ocl
to-day by State Insurance Commissioners Henry
R. Prewitt. of Kentucky: Zeno IT. Host, of Wis
consin; Thomas O. O'Brien, of Minnesota; J. L.
Pierce, of Nebraska, and Robert E. Folk, o2
Tennesee. appointed in Soptemb^r last to Inves
tigate the affairs of the New- York Ufa Insur
ance Company, the direct charge 13 mada that a
close relative of one of the former officers of
the company was twice paid a death loss, tha
total sum received being $70,000.
This man. whose name will be given to th»
public Friday, when the report is to be pub
lished simultaneously In the five States repre
sented by the commissioners, occupies a higtj
position in the State if New-York.
Stagehands to Teach Him "Decorum, Po
liteness, Manners and Common Decency."
[By Teieirraj-h tn The Tribunal]
Cleveland. Feb. "I.— Stage managers an.t stagre
hcnds have organized to suppress Richard
Mansfield. Thomas Madlsrm. an Opera Housa
employe. is the founder of the organization.
"For sixteen years we have swallowed tha.;
fellow's Insults." said a, stage manager her© to
day. "And why? For the sake of the hous©
manager, but we have stood him as Ion? as \vs
can or will. When MaruifteUl ranw asjaln las;
■nt-ek he was worai than ever. I don't in ho\r
hLd comriuiy stands him. He llt•ilp^?■^l ahu«e :\mj
tumults* on all ol us. We must tcttcb him th-»
rudiments of decorum and politeness, etiquette,
ordinary nuuiners ar.i! common decency."*
Was Wife of Inventor's Son— On Stage
After Separation.
Mrs. Mart© Louise Ellison, who became tfco
wife of Thonvus A. Edtson. jr.. sewn years a^o
only tcv wparnt* (Mi him six months after th<J
marrluice. ta *Jea>t In her upartmentH at No. tt
Mornlnßsttie-ave. Mrs. Edison was Mario Tuo
h»»y. a chonu g*rl. when young Edison married
Thf Eillaims ttved together for sever il months,
then rart^vl. Younjr Eiltson threatens to bu«*
for dlvorc*. The br\d* saiit he st^nt mrcey llkoi
water an?t drank heavllv. She \v>»nt on the stxro
a»;uln. anJ until her death the *to;-y of Uicir
trouble was noc heard of cu;;»'.n.

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