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]ViU Make Hard Fight to Remain
Head of Illinois Central.
c^uyvesant Fish pent In his resignation ye»
tj«y es a trustee of the Mutual Life Insurance
--any. and will head a pollO'holders' com-
C^!?eo to" fl*M the repent management of the
-> any ■' " 1 OTC^ a reorganization. At the
e0^ k time there were further developments In
Illinois Central affair, showing how closely
Ul riroven were the two Quarrels and Indicating
2 preparations Mr. Fish was making for a
TWate struggle to retain hi» place at the head
S?g railroad system.
OJiff resignations are expected to follow Mr.
r^ f nsh > letter of resignation was short, and
*-,v Informed Mr. I>abody that the action
to take effect at once, and that the. letter
* L because there would not be another
Ilrtlnif' of the board this month A copy of the
Sir £•• ««* to each member of the board.
SJ« m ivav..lv was asked In regard to Mr.
n«h*s resignation he paid:
••He ha* not resigned to my knowledge. He
_„.f , told M that he was going to." . ;
\ 8-y rfTori being made to induce Mr. Fish
„ reron'sider his resignation from the Truesdale
ronmittee?" Mr Teabody was asked.
•\ot by me." he replied with emphasis.
' hPn Mr Fish resigned from the Mutual
board he sonified his willingness to lead a fight
Z>f the presort management of the com-
Hfrv'a* he has many times been asked to do.
rors^vfral mdntta he has been receiving letters
;° n well »wn poliryholders of the Mutual all
ever the country, urging him to become the
fcvairman of a committee. It Is understood that
,H« if Dot the committee of governors to whom
Thnra« W I.a^ son turned over his proxies, but
1, 'i« rrobable that there will be a union of the
t«-n Mr. Untermyer. who has been asked to
bfrone counsel to the governors* committee. is
to he thf compel for the Fish committee. Mr.
Un'ermyr r «v asked yesterday whether he had
trceptp.i a retainer for the governors* commit
t»e to which he replied that he had not yet
consented to art. and would not accept the
ivttlner unlefg the personnel of the committee
was satisfactory to him. This was understood
to mean that Mr. Un-Fon 1 !. connection with the
committee would have to be completely severed.
The situation in this respect has been much
firrrlified by the recommendations of the Arm
ftm-g committee, which, if adopted, would leave
the committee free to collect its proxies without
being under any obligation to Mr. Lawson. It
is probable that these proxies will be returned
to the makers, who will be asked to make them
rut anfw to the Fifh committee. It is under
ftnnd that the Fish committee has already
tepun to ask lor proxies, and- Mr. Fish has also
t»»pun thus early to s<=^k proxies from the Il
linois Central knr>:df>ri=. that he may control
the n'-xt annual meeting r,f that company. Not
only to the insurance affair, but in the .Illinois
Central fight aJs<\ he has found he has friends
ell o\*r the country who are backing him up
find offering their «id. He ha« chosen Samuel
Vntermyer and ex-Judge D. Cady Herrick for
Idi counsel la this fight. Mr Untermyer will
Thus he one of his managers in both the In
surance and the railroad fight, while Judge Her
rfcft »as one of the counsel for the Truesdale
rtOTTr.ittfe while Mr. Fish wm a member of
(feat body.
It was reported in Wall Street yesterday that
reprfeala for his resignation from the Truesdale
began immediately after Mr. Fish's
liter was received in th* Mutual offices. Mr.
Ftfh's ]*tt*>r went to Mr. P*>abody. as president
cf the Mutual, at 4:15 o'clock, and Mr. Peabody.
who is a director of the Illinois Central and the
representative of the Aftor holdings, the way
the story as told yesterday, ■»•&* in the offices
cf th» Illinois Central at 5:45 o'clock with a
<sc:r.£nd. in his own handwriting, for an account-
In* by Mr. Fifh of all. his financial transactions
with the Dll Doit Central since he became presi
dent of the road. Mr. Fish. It Is understood, de-
M Mr. reahody to do his worst in hip attempt
to oust him from the Illinois Central.
I Mr. }■< : ■■';• denied last night that he had
ever read* Fuch demand on Mr Fish.
Mr. Pea bod was asked yesterday to comment
on the Illinois Central situation, but replied
that v - rould not talk about the railroad's af
fairs In the Mutual Life building. "If you ever
i"*f in* In the Illinois Central offices." he added.
"I shall b* very glad to talk to you there on
•■ •
Mr. Peabody denied a report or a conference
n'A to havp taken place in his office, at which
Mr. Ryan. Mr. Harriman and Mr. Ropers made
lilans to throw Air. Fi*h out. He. paid that he
i»3 only a bow Ing acquaintance with Mr. Ryan.
end that Mr. Harriman had never been in tho
Mutual Minding, so far as hp knew. Mr. Pea
t<xJy said That Mr. Ryan had little to do with
the Mutual, and that t£ere was no close alli
ance bptw<-n the Mutual and the Morton Trust
ThT* m a rej.ort yesterday that H. H. Rog
«*. nether factor la this conference, and one
cf those raid to be allied against Mr. Fish, was
a very f jrk ij;an. end had been under the care
°f "o physicians for some time. It was said
that he hud 1 rokt-u down under the nervous
t'-ajn of the last year, and especially since At
tormy G«aeral Hadley of Missouri examined
fcira in the Standard Oil case. At Mr. Roßers's
*°"»*' last nfebt it was said that he. was in the
b« of hea!th, and that ha was at hLs office
««>rday. as usual.
The stof k in the Illinois Central held by th«
Hut-jal and the Equitable la an Important fac-
Yin the fight for control of that road. It has
curr r >sf'] that It would bo voted for the
Harriman inteiests ajid againet Mr. Fish, but
tke Ntoouuuendatfona of the Armstrong com-
K'ttee make It possible that It may be thrown
*a the market, in which cane Mr. Piaa might be
•Wt to add It to his holdings. It was said >■<■••
tfriay, however, thru r-robaWy. If th« Armstrons
recommendations were, adopted, the
*■*• <> n t r ai stock would be disposed of to
■5 Haniman ajid his associates without the
bang allowed for outsiders to get
fi °'d or it.
T fct ';u»-stioa of wh*re the stock In th« 1111
*ols Central and other roads held by the vai ious
urar ''«= oompasles would go In case the rai -
?**"■'- of the Armstrong committee be-
Catne law ivas one of much Interest In the nn.n
«al <3lKiria yesterday. In the < aai of the Illinois
*ntral the destination is plain, but with some
the other roads It la different, and the sale
tk* «stock beM by th- bljf laaannra i wnipa
R1 *« tr.ight me?.n the changing of the rontrol of
*** Kjftds. For th.-, rtacon It is not believed that
•<w!i:g :hf ea!e cf the stock will cause a de
trea * c in values. On the contrary, it Is tnought
at tf.Tfr may be precipitated some Interesting
*>ntcfts ' or <wit;ol :.i which stock values will
"* fcirked uj>.
A! > Kdraoc« it) the price of bonds which are
.' £ "'- : ' ol< ' for lj-Bt:raiic«i investment 13 al.*«> lool't;d
* Or . a.>< th-re will be a gn?at demand lor mm h
Purities. In fact, thire is a queafii/ii In some
Continued oil »<•< cn-J p«S«k
Mining Man's Wife Sees Fight in
Mexico — Ttvo Killed.
[By T«)*«raph to The Tribune.]
El Paso. Tex.. Feb. 23.— According to "The
Herald." which this afternoon prints a graphic
story of the affair, a hold-up of a Dolores Mine
pack train In the mountains of Northern Mexico
last Saturday was unequalled In the history of
this section. Billy Smith, chief of the packers,
though wounded and weak from loss of blood,
deserted by most. of his men, after the faithful
ones had been killed, battled alone with three
bandits, who were Intrenched behind a breast
work, and came off victorious, saving the money
and reaching the next town In safety.
Mrs. Beatrix de Quentana, wife of a well
known mining man. was with Smith, accom
panied by her Infant daughter and a servant.
She was in the thick of the fight, and the ser
vant was wounded. They managed to escape to
a cave and remained hidden for twenty-four
hours without food or water. She tore up her
garments to bandage the wounded man and
watched over him all that time.
The bandits were Americans. They built forti
fications on the wall of a canyon and as the
little party filed through below them opened
fire, killing two men and wounding another so
that he died, wounding Smith and putting the
escort to flight with the exception of Francisco
Torres, who remained and met his death fighting.
Smith's horse took fright when his master was
wounded and ran away, and Smith, though
wounded seriously In the abdomen, turned about
and rode back Into the Jaws of death to rescue
the money. He cut out the pack mule In a hail-
Ftorm of bullets, then cut the pack from the
mule, got It onto his horse and fled to Tempsas
chic. one of the bandits following him for several
Colonel Joaquln Chavez, commanding at Pan
Isidro, dispatched a detail of Rurales to the
scene, as the Information brought to Ortiz was
too vague for Immediate action. Messengers
were sent to Guerrero and Dolores for medical
assistance. The posse was Joined by a force
under command of Enrique Chavez and the
trail of the robbers was taken up and followed
to Tejolocachlc, where it was lost. The State
authorities had in the mean time been advised
of the occurrence and steps were taken to
watch the railroad points whereby eF^ape from
the country could be effected.
The direction of the trail seems to indicate
that the bandits are making for the Texan
border, and there is reasonable hope that they
will be found by the trailers. From the savago
manner in which the attack was made, a des
perate battle Is expected if the bandits are cor
nered. The trailers are picked men, whose
bravery has b«en tried in many encounters
with the Apaches and renegades which formerly
infested that section.
Shovel Hits Neglected Charge in
Pennsylvania Tunnel.
Thre*» men were injured laiit night in the
Pennsylvania tunnel excavation at 33d-st and
Sth-ave. hy the unexpected explosion of dyna
mite. The men ■were at work on one of the
Fteam shovels removing rock. The heavy shovel
Ft ruck an unexploded stick of dynamite that
had been left In the hore.
The men hurt were Frederick Holmes, of No.
432 West 32d-st.: Valentine Sills, of No. 439
9th-ave.. and Domlnlck PasQualo. of No. 439
Pth-nv«">. Holmes received contusions of the left
leg and abrasions of the- face; Slllg contusions
of the back and left eye. and PasquaJe. con
tusions of the left eye and leg.
Th» accident v as similar to several others In
the last three months.
Goes to Shreveport to See That Negro Mur
derer Has Legal Trial.
fßy I>l*grsph to Tho Tribune ]
Vew-Orleanp. Feb. 2.'t. — Governor N. C. Blan
ch'ard left Nmv-OrleatiK to-night for Shreveport.
where he will exert all his influence to prevent
the lynching of Charles < •oleman. the negro who
murdered Margaret Lear, a white schoolgirl.
Th*- excitement in Phrnveport Is at fever heat,
and two additional companies of militia were
ordered to that place to-day.
The negTO has already been Indicted by a
Fpecial grand Jury, and the plan 1b to have a
■pectal t*»rm of court to try him to-morrow.
The OQonilMil has bwn a^ked to remain in
Shreveport until The nr-pro is hanged, which will
probably be SO Monday, as the trial is not likely
to take" more than *n hour, and the Governor
can Fien th« death warrant immediately.
Cleveland City Clerk Asks if Secretary
Backed Contractor for Federal Building.
[By T^Ueraph to The Tribune]
Cleveland. Feb. 23.-City Clerk Peter Witt to-day
cent to Secretary Bhmw or the Treasury Department
a reply to the. latter' s letter demanding the nam<»
of the person who told Witt that the Secretary
attempted to make money out of the selection of
material for the federal building here. Witt's letter
In part says:
You sar the statement Is false. I hope this Is
lr ' You say you did not know that John R.
Walsh was to furnish sandstone. That Is not the
uuestion The qu*«Uon is. Were you at the tlma
of tl"' letting of the contract th« llnanclal backer
of John X Walsh? You give, as your reason for
choosing nandstono the fact that the Central Labor
i-ninii wanted It. The Chamber of Commerce, eom
i,oi d of men who Bhare your political and social
views, wanted granite.
Harvard Mascot Holds Reception in Lobby
of the Breslin— Shubert Signs Him.
'John the OrnriKe Man." the famous Harvard
character and mascot, reached this city last night
In charee of Samuel Welter, one of the Shubert
managers. John la to make his stage debut in
"Brown of Harvard" at the Princess Theatre on
Monday nlßht. He mi escorted to the South Sta
tion In Boston by a d.lepatlon of undergraduates,
and at the Grand Central in New- York be was
met by a dozen members ..f the Harvard Club of
this city.
"Hello, hindfl." said John, grinning In his accus
tomed manner. John had. procured a new suit of
clothes for the occasion, and. though little of the
local color had been removed, be looked very perky
and pleased as a child. He was taken to the Ilns
lln. where one of the beat suites was engaged for
him. He had dinner in his rooms, but after dinner
h« came down to the lobby, where ■ group of col
lege men. In evening drees, gathered eagerly •round
him Most of the other people In the lobby looked
on In some amazement.. for John I. naturally not
ibe universally known Bfure lien- that he Is In
Boston. Later be went to ■ rehearsal at the
Princess Theatre.
John Lovett la Bomawbere between t,eventy-f.ve
and one hundred yt-am old Nobody knows tho
daje of his birth, which occurred In Inland. Once
In ■ great while he an he •• '■ • >■'■'■ to »lnu bop£S
in Gaelic, but as a rule he BUcks to Ills fjtieer
i.-Tiri(«i 1 'Ho has sold fruit at Harvard for many
■•; 11. Vibrations. II« knew i'.'.'i..,. Koo*ev«lt
.md many ..it.. > famous men. and hia own t*»whja-
Kered •■■•• iind little, doubled up npure are fa
miliar I. every Graduate at c.im.tr.iige for the teat
thhty years.
Pmd Stuyveeant Fish's ■rtli i- In Hi.- March
•*Arex;a." 25 cents at newsstands.— tAdri^
State Board Acts for Manhattan —
Brooklyn and Bronx Considered,
Qrout Inquiry results sent to legislature-
January, 1905.
City plant lighting Brooklyn Bridge — Feb
ruary, 1905.
Legislative gas Inquiry committee formed
—March, 1905.
Legislative commission sessions from April
1 to April 29, 1905.
State Gas Commission created — April, 1905.
Legislative inquiry committee recommends
75-oent gas — April, 1905.
Stevens 80-cent gas bill introduced — May,
Mayo- McClellan signs 75-oent gas bill—
May, 1905.
McClellan's 75-cent and Stevens's 80-cent
bills defeated in legislature — May, 1905.
Benator Page asks for inquiry by State
board — August 13, 1905.
State board inquiry from September, 1905,
to February, 1906.
State board recommends 80-cent gas to
legislature and Page-Agnew bill calls for
passage of 80-cent bill — February, 1906.
[By Telegraph to Tfca Tribune. 3
Albany, Feb. 23.— Eighty-cent gas for Man
hattan was decreed to-day, not by the legis
lature, but by an order of the Btate Gaa Com
mission, to take effect May 1. 1906. The board's
deliberations over the Question of cheaper gas
resulted In the Issuing of orders against the
Consolidated. New-Amsterdam. Standard and
Mutual Gas companies, all of which serve Man
hattan. The situation in The Bronx will be
treated in orders to be issued forthwith. The
conditions In Brooklyn are being investigated.
Now that the much discussed question of
what price the commission would fix has been
settled, the next move In the gas war depends
on the gas companies themselves. If they con
test the action of the commission Governor
Higgins's predictions will be fulfilled and there
will be no excuse for the further delay of the
SO-cent 1)1118 by the legislature. If. on the other
hand, they remain quiet for a time the oppo
sition to the 80-cent bills will have fresh am
munition for the campaign In the commission's
action. The plea of the opponents to legislative
action was voiced by Assemblyman Merritt
while he was urging- the passage of the Agnew
bill. He spoke of the views of the Stevens com
mittee In urging the creation of the commission
to regulate lighting questions and conditions.
"When we 'passed the bill for the formation
of the committee," said he, "we hoped that it
would do away with all such questions of spe
cial legislation as this bill brings up."
Most of the members of the Senate Com
mittee on Miscellaneous Corporations, where the
Page 80-cent bill reposes, will give their cordial
assent. The commission having ordered, why
should there be a special bill, they will ask.
They do not care to take up the question of the
legality of the commission's decrees.
tiovprnor Higglns said to-night that the com
mission's recommendations were not wholly un
expected to him. While they were pleasing, and
he had no doubt as to the validity of the order
and the legality of the commission's existence,
he reiterated his desire that there be passed an
80-cent bill to make assurance doubly sure.
The commission had consulted him regarding
the figures on which it based Its report, said
the Governor.
"On the figures, it appeared that the company
would make about 8 pe r wnt," said he. "That
appeared to h« a fair return for the money in
vested. I do not regard this order or the SO
ccnt price fts confisratory. The sales. It Is fair
to assume, will be Increased, which In a way
will lessen the cost of production, and when the
Astoria plant is completed the company will be
able to produce gas at much less cost.
"I have no doubt as to the legal authority of
the commission to make this order." went on
th^ Governor, in answer to a question. "The
companies, of course, may test It in the courts,
aiid that's a question which may have to be
settled if the legislature does not pass the 80
cent grts bill. My opinion on that subject has
not changed in the least from what I wrote In
my message. I ptill think It Is advisable to pass
the measure to make this price absolutely cer
The order recites that, the commission having:
considered the complaints of Edward C. Keys
and a hundred other consumers of the Consoli
dated company's gas. and R. H. and M. McGur
rln and others, and having held hearings, in
vestigations and examinations of the methods
and plants, it is
Ordered. That on and after May 1. 190fi, the max
imum price far gas which shall be charged by the
Consolidated Gas Company of New- York In the
Borough of Manhattan, city of York, State of
New- York, be and is hereby affixed at So cents a
thousand cubic feet; and it Is further
Ordered, That the gas furnished, sold and deliv
ered by the Consolidated Gas Company of New-
York shall have an illuminating power of not less
than twenty-two sperm candles of six to a pound
burning at the rate of 120 grains of spermaceti an
hour, tested at a distance of not less than one mllo
from the distributing holder by a burner consuming
live cubic feet of gas an hour, as is now provided
by law; and It is further
Ordered. That the gas furnished, sold and deliv
ered by the Consolidated Gas Company of New-
York shall not contain In each one- hundred cubic
feet of wet) gas more than five grains of ammonia,
nor more than twenty grains or sulphur, nor more
than a trace of sulphuretted hydrogen.
As the pas supplied to all customers of the Con
solidated Gas Company is delivered through the
same, service mains as gaa supplied to the city of
New-York, and as the pressure of gas 80 supplied
is fixed by law at not less than one inch nor more
than two and a half Inches In any service main in
bald city at any distance from the place of manu
facture, said law fixes the pressure of gas at which
all customers and consumers of the company must
be furnished In said city.
In announcing Its derision, the commission
says, referring to the Consolidated Oas Com
The cost of manufacturing and distributing the
Sis sold to consumers amounts to $7,920,077 4'J, or
60 75 cents per 1,0 m) cubic feet, not Including fixed
charges at the company amounting to JKW.SS3 24.
This coal per 1.000 cubic feet Includes not only the
actual repairs ai.<i replacements for the year end
ed October 31 MsSi but H " additional sum auf-
lent to bring the expenditure! for repairs and re
placements to the average expenditure by tlie com
pany for twenty years for these Items.
The value of the property of the Consolidated
Gas Company actually employed In the manu
facture and distribution of sas on October 31. 1&05.
did rot exceed the sum of t30.000.0K0.
In .-illowiriK a fair return upon the valuA of th«
property actually employed In tlif gas making busi
ness, account has teen taken . of the nature and
hazard of the business and of the return allowed
on similar Investments.
The commission thinks that 8 per cent Is a rea
sonable return upon the actual value of the prop
erty owned by 1 1 » « - company and used in the man
ufacture and distribution of gas. it will be re
membered that this return 13 not baaed upon the
capitalization of the company, but ui#n the act
ual capital engaged la the manufacture and dis
tribution Of caa.
It was strenuously urfi«*(J before the commission
on behalf of the npaay that the commission
CoaliaiMhl ou tlilrU ya««k
Member,* Refute to Indorse Policies
of Mr. Roosevelt.
A serloua split is threatened !n the Democratic
Club over a proposition of the committee which
was appointed some time ago to "nationalize"
the club to praise President Roosevelt for hts
position on the Railroad Rats bill.
At the club last night It was Bald that -when
the report of the sub-committee came up at
the next monthly meeting of the club there
would be a stormy debate, and that the com
mittee's report might be amended so as to leave
out anything and everything commanJatory of
a Republican President
Last fail President John Fox appointed a com
mittee to take into consideration the proposition
to widen the scope of the Democratic Club so
as to make it a recognized force in the Democ
racy of the nation. The ld-a was enthusiasti
cally 'ndorsed by the members generally. The
committee has had the idea under consideration
for nearly six months.
This week the committee got together, adopted
It-? report, and. after having It printed, sent It
to the members of the club, with a notice that
the report would come up for adoption at the
next regular meeting of the club.
Ex-Congressman Perry Belmont was the first
to take exception to the language of the report.
He wrote a letter to President Fox. It Is said,
protesting against several complimentary refer
ences to President Roosevelt's policy in regard
to three or four of the great questions pending
In Congress.
Particular umbrage was taken to a paragraph
which extolled President Roosevelt's stand on
the regulation of rates on railroads. The report
stated in about so many words that the Presi
dent should be supported by all good Demo
crats, as his attitude was In harmony with
Democratic principles and common honesty. His
ideas with reference to a revision of some of
the tariff schedules were also commended.
Mr. Belmont at once began to communicate
hts views on the matter to members of the
club, with the result that last night there hid
been worked up a decided opposition to the
adoption of the report In Its present shape.
It Is understood that Charles F. Murphy.
William P. Mitchell. Edmund Cahill. ex-Mayor
Van Wyck, John F. Carroll, and Lewis Nixon
have lined up In opposition to the adoption of
any report eulogistic of President Roosevelt.
The argument of the opponents of the report
Is that commendation of a Republican Presi
dent Is entirely uncalled for In a report designed
to nationalize th« club. It Is urged that Presi
dent Roosevelt Is a pronounced partisan, has
no particular use for the Democratic Club, and
that he never has hesitated to criticise bitterly
Democratic Presidents on matters of Demo
cratic, policy. Why, then, the Belmont men
ask, should a Democratic club go to the extent
of praising an executive who Is likely to be
fighting Democracy In the next national cam
The framers of the report assert that it Is all
right to praise President Roosevelt for doing
things which harmonize with Democratic prin
ciples and policies. They allege that -when
President Roosevelt took his position with ref
erence to railway rates and for governmental
sU'.ervision of the same, he indorsed a Demo
cratic principle. The framers of the report say
that it 1b rigrht and proper to praise an act of
this kind if due credit is given to the Demo
cratic origin of the idea.
Jewelry Valued at $3,000 Taken In
Absence of Lawyer and Family.
The home of Louis Marshall, the well known
lawyer, at Xo. 47 East 72d-st., was entered by
burglars some tim« between Wednesday and
yesterday. This became known late last night,
through detectives of the East 67th -st. station.
Jewelry valued at about $3,000 was stolen. The
house was ransacked from top to bottom, and
valuable silver plate was found tied up ready
for removal, but the burglars had evidently
been frightened and had left It.
Mr. Marshall and his wife went away
"Wednesday, taking their servants with them.
They returned last night. It was only a short
time after that Mrs. Marshall told the police at
the burglary. The thieves had entered by an
Iron gate In the areaway at the basement.
Fishermen's Families Rescued When
Nearly Dead.
[By Telegraph tn The Trlhune]
Portland. Me., Feb. 23. — After two weeks of
terrible suffering from starvation, from the
effects of which at least one will die, fifteen per
sons, composing the families of Albert Markufh
and William Seavey. two fishermen, living on a
rocky island in Caeco Bay, were supplied last
night with provisions Just in the nick of time.
During the winter these poor persons live on
fish and lobsters. Two weeks ago Keavey's boat
went adrift, and three days later Markum's WU
destroyed in a storm. Thus deprived of their
means of obtaining sustenance, ami unable to
signal aid, the male members of the family, al
though terribly weakened by hardships, man
aped to construct a raft on which, after several
failures, they reached Malaga Island, a base of
supplies three miles away. A three-year-old
wn of Markum's is dying.
i •
Incoming Vessels Report Large Bergs Off
the Grand Banks.
St. John's. N. F., Feb. 23.— Incoming ships
bring reports of lar?e ice bergs and floes off tho
Grand Banks. The bergs and floes are supposed
to be the advance guard of the Arctic ice pack,
which is unusually late in reaching these waters
this season, owing to the mlkl winter and the
absence of northerly winds. It is probable that
henceforth ocean steamers will be seriously in
convenienced by the presence of the masses of
ice in the steamship lanes.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune ]
Denver, Feb. 23. — Governor McDonald yester
day moved the chairman of th« Board of Com
missioners because of his persistent warfare on
the county Judge of Adams County, and ap
pointed a Denver man In his place. Sheriff Hlg
gins with armed* deputies at once placed the
courthouso under puard, and refused the new
officer admission, on the ground that he is not a
resident of the county. The Governor will send
militia. If necessary, to Install his appointee In
Battle Creek has found John D. Koekefeller. A
dispatch was received from Th» Tribune's corre
spondent in that city last night saying that tha
Standard Oil president was positively undergoing
treatment at a 6anatorium there. The oftlcials of
the sanatorium refused to confirm or deny the rt»
jpert that he wo* there.
Will Not Market Produce at Less
than Fired Rates After March 1.
Indianapolis. Feb. 23.— strike of the 200.000
farmers composing the American Society of
Equity, an organization with headquarters in
Indianapolis, has been called for March 1. was
announced to-day. Every one who respon<l3
to this call will agree to withhold from market
ing any agricultural products excepting at prices
that are up to the level that has been decreed
as equitable by the officers of this organization.
The word is passing through all the wheat
growing States, and the response that is returned
is said to be causing considerable concern on.
the part of the market men and speculators.
The society cays that the producer ought to got
at least $1 a bushel for wheat, no matter what
may be th« siz* of the crop. The call for the
strike sets forth a minimum selling price on all
farm products. .
Drydock Expected to Remain Two
Weeks at Las Palmas.
Las Palmaa. Canary Islands. Feb. 23.— The
United States drydock Dewey has just been sig
nalled oft this port.
The Dewey reports having encountered heavy
weather near the island of Bermuda, resulting
In strains- It Is the Intention that the drydock
shall remain here for a fortnight for over
hauling and repairs.
County Treasurer Got About $20,
000 for Depositing Public Funds.
Cincinnati. Feb. 23— R. J. Hynicka, County
Treasurer, has imM about $20,000 in gratui
ties from various banks for th* deposit of publlo
funds, according to his testimony this afternoon
before the commission appointed by the State
Senate to Investigate the public offlcee of Cin
cinnati and Hamilton County.
The three Democratio members of the com
mission. Senators Drake, Espy and Schmidt,
were assisted by Philip Roettinger. an attorney,
the two Republicans who had been named to
serve with them having resigned. Before the
testimony of Hynicka was given several banker*
had testified to the payment of gratuities to
various persons connected with the county
treasurer's office, such payments being in return
for the deposit of public funds. Hynicka testi
fied in part:
The county treasurer's office has no account of
gratuities, but Mr. Schott. »he cashier, has from
time to time handed me gratuities In cash. The
favored banks have sent donations, or whatever
you might call it. to the county treasurer's office
in recognition of our accommodation, and I nave
received the money. I never ask a bank or any
person for such gratuity. Mr. Sehott alons knew
the banks this money came from. I kept no ac
count of these amounts, and deposited them In my
private acount. I do not know on ,what basis
the amounts were calculated. Mr. Schott handed
me in this term about $15,000 or $20.0»X I have no
knowledge of any one else receiving any money.
Mr. Hynicka promised to produce his private
account books In court to-morrow.
Only $921,585 Left from J. Whit
- aker Wright* Failure.
London. Feb. 23.— The report of the official
liquidator of the J. Whitaker Wright Companies
contains some startling figures. The -assets,
which it was estimated -would produce $14,505,
100. brought $2,575,970. To realize this cost
over $1 500.000. The unsecured creditors, whose
claims aggregated $12,958.37',. received $021,555.
There was nothing: to return to the sharehold
ers. .■
The failure of J. Whltaker Wright In December.
im brought ruin to thirteen firms and thirty mem
bers of the, London Stock Exchange, and swept
away the fortunes of probably thousands of per
sons the crash involving also the. reputations of
many men high In British political and social cir
cles. Startling as was the. failure of Wright. It
paled before the climax of his suicide by poison
within an hour after his conviction on the charge
of "fraud of a director" and his condemnation to
seven years' penal servitude.
Kidnaped Girl Whose Mother Ap
pealed to Mrs. Roosevelt Recovered.
[By Tolegraph to Th« Tribun* 7
Indianapolis. Feb. 23— Pauline Sklllman, the
child who was kidnapped by her father last
November and In whose behalf Mrs. Theodore
Roosevelt appealed to Mayor Book waiter, was
found to-day In Pan Francisco, and detectives
started to-night to bring the father and child
back to thla city. #
The Skillmans vrtr* divorced a year ago. and
the father received the privilege of seeing th«
child once each w^ek. He called one day In
ITui IHIIhT took the child and Immediately
disappeared. Mrs. Sklllman wrota a letter t»
Mrs. Roosevelt, asking aid in finding her daugh
ter, and the wife of the President sent the letter
to Mayor Fookwalter. Public spirited citizens
subscribed liberally to a fund and Pinkerton
detectives were employed. Mrs. Sklllman has.
written to Mrs. Roosevelt thanking her for her
Interest in the child, and the Mayor has tele
graphed the news of its recovery-
Lieutenant Schorr er Gets License
Ceremony Will Occur Thursday.
Los Angeles, Feb. 2S— A marriage license was
Issued yesterday to Lieutenant Edward Scharrer
and Miss Wtlhelmlna Busoh, daushter of
Adolphus Busch, the St. Louis, brewer. The
county offices were closed In honor of Washing
ton's Birthday, but Lieutenant Scharrer looked
up the chief deputy county clerk. G. S. Barson.
Jr.. and got the license. The lieutenant gave his
age as twenty-eight and that of Miss Busch
as twenty- two.
Mr. Busoh and his family are now staying at
their winter home In Pasadena, where the couple
will be married next Thursday.
French Deputies Almost Unanimous in Favor
of Socialist Measure.
Paris. Feb. 23.— The Chamber of Deputies to
day almost unanimously passed the long debated
bill providing for worklngmen's pensions. The
law provides that the employer, employe and
government each contribute to a fund from
which the worklngman may be pensioned after
he la sixty-five years old. This la th« chief So
cialist measure, and has been opposed on the
grounds that It would involve the government
In heavy expenditures.
Committee Order* Report Without
Amendment, Reserving Rights.
(From Th« Tribune Bureau. ]
Washington. Feb. -Resolved, That th«
Interstate Commerce Committee report favor
ably House Bill No. 12,987 as it passed the Houn
of Representatives, It being understood that
member* of the committee shall have th* right
to vote as they choose -on amendments or offer
amendments In the Senate on consideration W •
the bill.
This was the resolution adopted to-day J>y
•the Senate Committee on Inter-Commerce, by
which the Hepburn bill was reported to the Sen
ate by actual vote of « to 5. Two Senators.
Messrs. Cullom and Carmack. were absent, but'
their votes being recorded by courtesy, mad© It
8 to 5.
The action of th« committee to-day creates m
situation in the Senate which will be one of th«
moat remarkable, legislatively and politically, la
the annals of that body. By a vote of 5 to i
Senator Ttllman was directed to deliver the re
port on the bill. Thus the spectacle will be
Presented of an administration measure, favored j
by a Republican President and a Republican
Attorney General, adopted by a Republican
House, brought Into the Senate by a Democrat,
and the one Democrat In that body most an
tagonistic to the President of the United States
and to the Republican party.
To-day's vote in the committee, the Democrats f"
declare, took the bill out of the hands of the Re
publican majority In the committee, and virt
ually handed It over to the minority. Senator
Tillman. who on the floor of the Senate recently i
said that he was dissatisfied with the Hepburn
bill, and that a freight train could be, driven
through it. will now be In charge of the meas
ure on the floor of the Senate. The bill Itself
may even be called, when enacted, the Tinman-
Hepburn law.
The Republicans of the Senate who favor th«
proposed "court review" amendment are much,
gratified at the action of the committee In re- 1
porting the till subject to the right of amend
ment In the Senate, and with the specific reser
vation that the favorable report does not pre
clude amendment, nor commit the majority
Republicans on the committee to unqualified
support of the House bilL
The statement was made after the committee
adjourned that Senators Elklns. Aldrieh. K»an>.
and Crane, who. with Senator Foraker. voted
against the report, would favor the bill with th»;
addition of a "court review- amendment. It Is
said by the pro-amendment Senators that th»
tactical position of the bill, from their paint of
view, is entirely favorable, as many Democratic.
Senators desire to vote for a "court review" '
amendment. . The bill will come into the Senataj
unhampered by any partisan declaration and not
hedged around by party lines. Therefore, they
Insist. Democratic Senators who believe in th«
principle of "court review" will feel free to vote '
for their convictions.
It goes without saying that the fight for "court
review" will be waged with great vigor and ear
nestness by the pro-amendment Senators. It la
known that if the "court review" clause should •
be defeated, several leading Republican members '
will vote against the measure on its final pas
sage. Once the bill is before the Senate ?h*
old fight over the phraseology of th* "court
review" amendment, which has been waged in
committee, will be renewed. Shapings of opin
ions as to this phraseology are so finely drawn
as to presage great difficulty in finding ground :
on which a majority of the Senate can stand.
"When the committee assembled this mornlngr
to begin voting on amendments it was found;
that the Democrats were Inclined to reDort th»
bill to the Senate without amendment and carry
the contest on the "court review" clause to th» ;
floor of the Senate. The knowledge that two
if not three Democrats were in favor of "court
re-lew" led to the conclusion that this action
was favored to relieve those Democrats of th»
embarrassment of seeming to vote with the Re
publicans against their colleagues.
' The crisis came when Senator Dolllver read ml
telegram from Senator Cullom requesting that
he be recorded against all amendments which
did not receive unanimous vote In committee
and in favor of the Hepburn bill without amend
ment. The first amendment proposed to be voted;
on brough*. up the question of whether Senator
Cullom's instructions covered that amendment.
Senator Dolliver said that If the Instruction*
did not apply to that amendment, ha knew on*
proposition they did cover, and that was a mo
tion to report the Hepburn bill without amend-*
ment. This he accordingly made. Senator For-,
aker demurred to this course: he suggested that
It was due to the dignity of the Senate not to
bring in a bill and say: "Here 13 the bill tha
House has sent over, and your committee do*
not know whether It should pass or should not,
so they leave It to the Senate to decide."
A recess was taken for an hour, In which thai
Democrats conferred among themselves, and tha
five pro-amendment Republicans went Into con
ference also. Immediately on reassembling: 1*
was discovered that the Democrats were united
against all amendments and were supported by
Senators Dolliver and Clapp. Republicans, with*
the proxies of Senators Cullom and Carmack.
Efforts were made to vote on one or two amend
ments, but the solid phalanx of Democrats,
backed by the two Republicans, barred the way.
It was then that Chairman Elklns declared i
that there was no use in consuming time, in,
trying to perfect: the bill and suggested that a
vote might as well be taken on reporting the
unamended bill to the Senate. This was emi
nently satisfactory to the Democrats and Sena
tors Dolllver and Clapp. The motion to report :
favorably was amended at the suggestion of 1
Senator Aldrlch to reserve the right of all Sen- ;
ators to offer amendments when the bill should f
come up in the Seriate.
The reporting resolution as thus framed was
adopted by the affirmative votes of Messrs. Pol
liver. Clapp. Tillman. McLaurtn, Foster and
Newlands. with Senators Carmack and Cullom
recorded by proxy. The negative votes were cast
by Messrs. Elklns. Aldrtch. Foraker, Kean and
The next step >*aa to decide what Senator
should report the bill. Senator Aldrieh sus
jMtad the chairman of the committee shou!il
do It.
'•>»■•«:'■ emphatically protested Senator TlMman
In his characteristic manner. "A Senator friend
ly to the bill should report It."
"Why. certainly." assented Senator AMri.h.
"I willingly move to substitute the Senator from
South Carolina."
A vote was taken on this proposition, and
Senators AMrtch. Kean. Foraker. Crane ami
Mi-Uiurtn voted In favor of Senator Tlllman
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