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M ... riaza will appear at the inauguration of the next President of the United States, in 1909, with the Senate and House office buildings completed. Viewed from the Library of Congress. Senate at right. House of Representatives at left. Cost of these improvement, uaooooM ' (Sketch for Th» Tribune Bureau. ) KINDLING BRYAN BOOM. TO COOK HEARSTS GOOSE. Democratic Club Plans to Roast Radicalism to , a Cinder. The Democratic Club will take a leading part in fighting the rave of radicalism and socialism which ft fears bids fair to sweep over the coun try In the next year and which It believes en da-ipers the, very existence of the Democratic After rrolor.grd consideration the board of governors of the club has decided to recommend to th° club, a? a whole, at a meeting on April 25, the nationalization of the club and the «hango of its name to the National Democratic Club. which the leaders In try to conceal, to push to •: c fnmt as a candidate for 1908 as the candidate of the The Tribune, more than a week ago, told of the movement in the club, headed by DeLancey Xicoll and other? to boom William J. Bryan at th<> expense of William R. Hearst. Plans for the carrying out of this plan are fairly under way. It is exported that a sub-committee of the board of governors of the. club will, on Tuesday or Wednesday*. i. c sue an address to the public, al though ostensibly It will be directed to the mem- Viers of the club, calling attention to the spread of socialism in the Democratic organization and appealing tn honest Democrats everywhere to got ready for a finish fight against the radicals. Perhaps the address will not mention either William J. ■•:->, or "William R. Hearst, but it is paid that its meaning Will be perfectly clear and that it "will be a boom for Mr. Bryan for the Presidency. Mr. Bryan is In Asia studying: so cial and political conditions and writing for magazine* and papers. He will be home this pummer or next falL The club will make Bryan the political lion of the hour. The Democratic Club people seem to regard Mr Bryan as the most, available man for the Eastern Democrats to rally around to beat Hearst for the nomination. They believe that Mr. Bryan will admit that there is no need for a re-.. of th« 1»» to 1 issue, and that Mr. Bryan •■ II be willing to name other issues as tTjore imj>ortant. If be will do this in a public speech in this city, under the auspices of the National Democratic Club, his status as the rtandard bearer of the regular Democracy will, the clubmen say. be established, and he will be pure of the regular 'initiation. This move is intended to compel Hearst to run as a third ticket candidate. The conserva tives believe that he can be compelled to do this, and they believe that in such case he will not carry a single state. To crowd Hearst out of the regular organization the conservatives will do their best to make him run on a third ticket In this state next fall. They reason that If they can compel him to run against the regular ticket the coming fall his political goose will be cooked for ail time, and that be will not be men tioned in the next Democratic National Con vention. Following close on the address to be issued this week by the Democratic Club will be the Jeffer- Fon dinner on Monday night of next week at the Waldorf. The speakers will be President Woodrow Wilson of Princeton University. Mayor McClcllan. Representative W. Bourke Cockran, ■ex-Attorney General W. Judson Harmon, of Ohio, and Senator John M. Gearin. of Oregon. Justice Morgan J. O'Brien "is chairman of the dinner committee. President Wilson will speak <>n ".ToffVrson." Mayor McClelLan on "Democ racy,'- Senator Qearii on '•Jefferson and the West" and Judge Harmon on ■ Th.- Essentials of Democracy." ISRAEL PUT X AM AUTO. Car Starts Dozen Historic Steps — Driver on Brink of Death. ■ bane.] ■ H 8. An automobile nan, of New Haven, this 1 General Israel h won fame in Revolutlon !ii Its rider down a steep I miy in this case his life. Mr. Cronan ■ from Stamford to New York. r,u h is th<- steepest be and New Haven, the steering 1 going nearly thirty tter S' <m the high i into an iron rail placed : : tiling down the steep The Iron rail was broken and the rocks t<» tumble down the ! the car luckily got . .'i Mr. Cronan clung which he was thrown. ir, with two nsen and bare been some of the v. had jiMRS'-d Mr. Cronan. and thiu ■ i a fatal collision. Mr. ■ ited from h!.s position by i Mid lie thr-n went to New was left by the roadside. PROFESSOR PREVENTS LYNCHING. Hides Negro and Persuades Mob of a Hun dred to Disperse. Han, Ml!>s., April B— Prof. J. F. Beeson. Meridian College, prevented the lynching of a negro who shot Branscomb Farmer, a conductor, here last night this morning a mob of not lees than a r d men and boys found the negro at the college, where he has been employed, and pre an attack. Prof. Beeson hid ;nd argued 'i c mob ir.to dispersing gro to th< police I he shooting <>•> urre ' over the .-.-:,, f., | a twelve omnanled him on tl lbs iMuductor, it Us believed, will recover. Ttt-roorrow, fair and cooler; northwest wind*. PANIC SEIZES NAPLES. VOLCANO MORE VIOLENT. Lava Stream* Blotting Out Another Village — Earthqv akes. Naples, April B.— The eruption of Mount Vesu vius continues to increase in violence, and panic has spread to Naples. Two strong earth shocks, which shattered window panes and cracked the walls of buildings, were felt to-day. The entire population rushed to the streets in terror, many persons crying, "The Madonna has forsaken us; the end of the world has come." No trace remains of Boscotrecase, on the southern slope of the mountain, where, forty eight hours ago, ten thousand persons lived. Torre Annunziata, on the shores of the Gulf of Naples, one mile south of the mountain, is al most surrounded by lava, and has been evacu ated by Its thirty thousand inhabitants. The people were brought to Naples by trains, street car*, military carts and steamships. Like trans portation facilities have been sent to Torre del Greco to take away the people. Police and car bineers are guarding the abandoned houses, and several members of the government have reached the threatened region. A telegram received from the Mayor of Pan Rebastiano, a village near the observatory on the northwest slope of Vesuvius, says that the lava is approaching rapidly and that the people are terror stricken. They have been for nights without sleep and are destitute. The work of succor is hampered by delays in the railway service, which is interrupted by redhot stones falling from a height of three thousand feet on the tracks. The observatory has been destroyed. Rignor Matteucd, the director, and the employes had narrow escapes". They passed last night in darkness, save for the frequent flashes of light ning, as the gas works and electric plant were also destroyed. The restaurant of the funicular railroad has been obliterated. Prisoner? In Jails on the mountain side went mad with terror and mutinied, and were only partially quieted by being brought here. Their fears have been communicated to the prisoners here, who may rebel at any moment. The sit uation Is critical. P.reathlng is momentarily becoming more diffi cult because of the poisonous fumes and smoke, while the hot ashes which are still falling tend t« make life a burden. contrary to expectations, the sea has not yet shown signs of being affected by the eruption, but fears are entertained that tidal waves may yet come. Many craft have put to sea. Vis itors to Naples are avoiding the hotels on the seafront. and the people living there are be ginning to seek higher quarters. Though there is much misery, up to the pres ent time there have l>oen no deaths, except at Porticl. where an old woman died, supposedly from fright. As yet it is impossible to count the craters that have opened from which stream* of lava have flooded the beautiful and prosperous re gion. The atmosphere Is heavily charged with electricity. Now and then there are blinding flashes of lightning, accompanied by heavy de tonations The churches o? the city were open all Satur day night and were crowded with panicstricken people. Members of the clergy are doing their utmost t.o calm their fears, but their argu ments go almost for naught when earth shocks are renewed. Aside from the danger and horror, Vesuvius presents one of the most splendid sights im aginable. The mountain of fire seems like an angry giant. # Here and there on the mountain Bide stand the blasted trunks of pine tree?. The Duchess of Aosta is not sparing herself in her efforts to alleviate distress. The people call her an angel of mercy. She took several chil dren from their weary mothers to-day and sent them in her carriage to the royal palace, where they will remain until conditions are brighter. Rome, April H.— Pope Pius is greatly distressed over the damage done by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He said to "his secretary to-day: "These are moments when my imprisonment is irksome. "* The Pope will not be able to go to the scene. He has .-ent a letter to Cardinal Prisco, Archbishop of Naples, expressing sym pathy with the sufferers. CARNEGIE MAKES RECORD. Vainly Tries to Catch Train for Hot Spring*. (Ry TcU-trm rh to Th*> Tribune! Richmond, Va., April h. — Andrew Carnegie made to-day a record breaking run on a chart ered train from Richmond to Gordonsville In a futile effort to overtake the regular passenger train of the Chesapeake _ Ohio Railroad for Hot Springs, which v.-os also the destination of Mr. Carnegie. Although the regular train had an hour's start from Richmond. It had left Gordonsville only a few minutes when the special slowed down in the yards at that city. Mr. Carnegie compli mented and rewarded bis train crew for their efforts. THE TRAIN OF THE CENTURY is the Twentieth Century Limited, the IS-bour train ifiwfti New York ami Chicago by the New York <Vntral fines, [weaves Sew York 3:30 i>. m., arrives Chicajo 8:30 next morning— a. night's :ide.— NEW-YORK. MONDAY. APRIL 9. 1906. -TWELVE PAGES. -*t&®&2S* THE GREATER NATIONAL CAPITOL GROUP. RUSSIAN RADICALS SWEEPING THE COUNTRY. A THIRD OF THE NATIONAL PARLIAMENT ELECTED— NOT ONE REACTIONARY CANDIDATE CHOSEN. St. Petersburg, April R.— The electoral colleges in twenty-eight out of the fifty-one provinces of European Russia to-day elected ITS members of the National I*arlia.ment— about one-third Of Its entire membership — and returns received up to midnight indicate that the wildest hopes of the Liberals have been realized, the Constitutional Democrats and other Progressives having gained practically everywhere tremendous victories over the. Octobrists and other Conservative, parties. Not a single reactionary* candidate was chosen, and nowhere did even the Octobrists triumph. The majorities obtained by the Radicals clinch the character of the victory. From the Volga to the frontier of Poland and from the still ice bound coast of Archangel to the Black Sea the story is substantially the same One of the astonishing as well as hopeful signs f~- tho future is V. ■» character of many of the peasants elected, ilefore the electoral college bfgan to elect the members allotted to a prov ince the peasants separately chose one of their PRESBYTERY FIGHT ON. Reformers Would Keep Clergy Without Churches from Council. The regular monthly meeting of the Pres bytery of New York will be held at 10 o'clock this morning at the First Presbyterian Church, in Fifth avenue, between tlth and 12th streets. Tho session promises to be a stormy one, as the reform party will make an effort, it Is under stood, to pass a resolution calling for some radical changes in the methods of the organiza tion. The committee appointed at the March meet ing on the motion of the Rev. Dr. Howard Duf fleld to investigate the efficiency of the Pres bytery will suggest, it is said, that the best way to break up the obnoxious czar rule in the local Presbytery is to confine voting to clergymen who have charges. At present all the members have a rieht to vote. In the past members of the Presbytery with out parishes have taken an active part In the debates and business of the ruling Church body; In fart, it has often been noticed that certain unattached members have not hesitated to play a prominent role in the councils of the Pres bytery I'nder the proposed reform that only clergy men with charge* he eligible to vote, the active list of members of the rresbytery would be out down nearly ."><> per cent Among those who would be barred from active part in the affairs of the Presbytery under the proposed change would bo some of the most influential men in local Presbyteriantem. Including not only cler gymen without charges, but all the secretaries of the various boards and charitable societies and the members of the faculties of the various educational institutions of the Presbyterian Church. In this list would be such well known men as Dr. Jomi Fox. of the Bible House: the Rev. Dr. Frederic i:. Shearer, stated clerk and treasurer Of the Presbytery; Dr. (Jeorge Lewis Shearer, of the American Trait Society; l>r. Charles L. Thompson, of the Home Mission Hoard; John Newton _yle, of th«- Sunday school board; Dr. Arthur Judson Brown, of the Foreign Mission Board: l>r William Wallace Atterbury, of the Bible House; Dr. Abram Woodruff Halsey, of the foreign board; Chancellor MacCracken of N<-w York University, T>r. Erskine N. White, ot the board of church erection, and dozens of others. The argument of tlx- reformers is brief and to the point. They say thai the Presbytery °f New York is a local organisation. Because the vari ous church boards are here, the secretaries of these aro. of course, members of the Presbytery. The claim is made that these men ought to be associate members without the right to vote, in stead of active voting members, and the same argument is applied to all other members of tho Presbyter-.- who are not active pastors. That this proposition will create tremendous opposition is sure, and whether the reform party will be ai>l< to force its passage is a mooted question. The meeting to-day is the spring session and one of the most important of the year. The election ->f moderator, temporary clerk and com missioners to the General Assembly will be held. The present moderator, the Rev. <;eorge Nixon. of ihe Tremont Presbyterian church, in The Bronx, who lias served for six months, will prob i.biy be re-elected. Since the la*t meeting of the Presbytery In March the reform parly has been making plans for the meeting to-day, and it is rumored that several surprises will be sprung In addition to 'be proposal already outlined. THE MISSISSIPPI RISING. Inhabitants of Lowland* in Tennes see Vice from Flood. [Tty Tclrpraph to The Tnbi Memphis, April fc. -Three thousand men to night are pacing the tops of the two mounds on each side of the muddy divide of the Mississippi, the strongest mounds in the world, only seven feet across the top and seven hundred miles from end to end. These men are on the lookout for the little leaks, no bigger than the barrels of their rifles at first, yet likely to end by wash ing away a county. Climbing high over the danger line, the flood has already driven from their homes all those outside of the levees protecting line. Save for ,-in armful of clothing, a few stl-lrs of furniture. and perhaps a cow. the refugees sit on the edge of this lonK mound and watch the hungry river Swallow all else they own in the world, even the roiftrea. number as a candidate. This pro\is!on was de signed to appease the peasants and also was re garded by the. government as Insuring a Con servative nucleus, but this expectation has been sadly upset, tor in almost every instance the peasants elected not only were Progressives, but were the most highly educated among their class, the majority of them at least having a high school education. A peasant In Simbirsk named APadln was educated in England. To-day's results prove beyond question that the calculations of the government have been rudely upset, and that the Opposition elements will control the national Parliament by a de cisive majority. Another crisis plainly con fronts the government, for the sweeping char acter of their victory undoubtedly will encour age the Liberals to push the government to the wall, and It would seem that the Emperor must either yield to the entreaties of those who coun- Fel a final surrender by issuing a constitution to the people, or must dissolve the national Parliament as soon as it assembles. RIOTS IN SAN FRANCISCO Police Disperse Sympathizers with Steujjcnberg Murder Prisoners. [By Telegraph to Th« Trtbun*. 1 San Francisco. April 8. — street riot took place here late this afternoon through an at tempt of a crowd of labor union agitators and socialists to hold an open air meeting In News paper Square. The police clubbed the socialists off the streets and the mob threw bricks from a pile in front of the new Chronicle Building. One policeman was badly cut In the neck by a piece of brick, and several bystanders were in jured. About a dozen socialists were arrested. A mass meeting of representatives of the labor unions, to protest against the arrest of Mover and others for the Steunenberg murder was to be held. Jack London had been advertised to speak, but failed to appear. After the meeting three thousand socialists paraded down Market street with a band, red flags and anarchist banners. At Lotta's Fountain a speaker climbed up and harangued the crowd. A mob gathered that stopped the cars. Then the police appeared and pulled the orator down. He appealed for help, and the mob gathered up bricks and threw them at the police. A patrol wagon arrived, and about a dozen of the noisest agitators were thrown in. as well as some of those who threw bricks. The mob returned after the police de parted, and another disturbance occurred, but finally the crowd was dispersed, the police club bing those who resisted. THE TLAMOTV CYCLONE. Loss of lAfe Estimated at 150 — Many Vessels Wrecked. San Francisco, April 8. — The steamer Mari posa arrived here to-day from Tahiti, bringing additional particulars of the storm which swept the Society and other South Sea islands last February. According to the latest estimates 150 lives were lost and the property damage amounted to $1,500,000. Among the Mariposa's passengers were three members of the crew of the British ship County of Roxburgh. Captain J. Leslie, which went ashore in the cyclone at Tokarva, in the Pau molee group of islands. Out of her crew of twenty-four ten lives were lost. Other vessels lost in the storm were the French schooner Tahitienne. fifty-three tons, with Captain Dex ter and eight of her crew, and the French schooner Tout— re, twenty-eight tons, with all on board. The French schoc-ner Hituimi. nineteen tons, went ashore at Monihl. Her crew was saved. The French schooner Morurera. thirty seven tons, is overdue, and it is supposed that she was lost, with all on board, off Tikehou. Thirty-seven cutters of from twelve to fifteen tons were also lost in the storm. WEDDING GIFTS STOLEN. Brooklyn Thieves Take Lurwheon with Them to Their Work. Thomas J. Wilkes and his wife left their apart ment, at No. 18 Pterrtpont Place. Brooklyn, on Saturday afternoon to spend Sunday at Dove-. N. J.. with the parents of Mrs. Wilkes. They have been married only a few months, and in their wedding presents wore many articles of silver. When Mr. and Mrs. Wilkes left the silver was all there, but when they returned last night it was missing. Thieves had been busy during their absence — prudent thieves, too, anl evidently careful of the regularity of their meals, for they had brought their luncheon. There were two collapsible luncheon boxes left behind. Everything of value easily portable In the apartment had been taken. When detectives came they took the empty htneheon boxes, pre sumably :is clews. In a tearful voice last night the bride told sympathizing friends that no trace of the thieves had been found. Residents <t Brooklyn Heights have been complaining re cently "of inadequate police protection, and in some instances have hired private policemen to patrol after dark. F. L BOBBINS ILL FROM STRAIN. Issues Statement Contradicting Ohio Opera tors' Broadside. PltUbur*. April B.— Francis L. Robbins. chair man of the board of .director* of the Plttsburg Coal Company. Ib confined to his home in this city as a result at the mental and physical strain he lias undergone in the labor controversy with the miners In the last three weeks. ._,_•. To-night ho issued a statement in which he sa\s the resolutions adopted by the Ohio Coal , Opera tors' Association yesterday aro not I».*ccontan«« with the it*. TRAP AUTO SPEEDERS. NEW ROCHELLE MEN BUSY Thirteen Arrests Made — Activity Because of Last Week's Killing. Because Mrs. Betty Kuchler and her sister. Miss Alvina Stein, of New Rochelle, were fa tally injured by a speeding: automobile in that city last Sunday, the New Rochollc police made a blgr raid yesterday on persons violating the speed ordinances. Chief Timmons set three traps for offenders. Thirteen of them were capt ured and fined from $100 to $3T» each. The traps were set in North street. Pelham Road and Main street, where- policemen were stationed with stop watches and red flass. As the machine* entered the stretches they were timed, and all drivers Rolnß In excess of fifteen miles an hour were arrested. Judge Van Auken held court in the police sta tion all day to try the offenders, ami the build- Ing was surrounded by laree crowds of citizens, who ever since the killing of the two women have been in a high state of indignation. A fine of $100 was imposed on Leland H. Pus tin, an automobile agent, of No. U*"> West «lst street, because he evaded the police on last Thursday while running through the city at the alleged rate of forty-five miles an hour with a biK car. and then turned about and lauehert at his pursuers. The police charged that Pustln went to Larchmont. where he changed the num ber of his machine and his clothing so that they could not recognize him on the return trip. One of the first cars brought in contained Newberry Lawton, the yachtsman. The police say that he recently protested because he %hought that the speed laws wtp not being en forced in New Rochelle. Notwithstanding his anxiety to have the laws enforced. Mr. uawton was indignant When his chauffeur. John Ruther ford, was placed under arrest, as he said that he was not going beyond the limit of fifteen miles an hour. Judge Van Auken adjourned the trial until later In the week, to make a more careful investigation. Alfred H. Kromwell. of No SIT West T.r.th street, also protested tßai his chauffeur had not exceeded the limit, but became so sarcastic in his remarks about Patrolman FannHll. who ax rested him. that Judge Van Auken fined him $.">O. The following offenders were released with fines of &?.■> each: A very Penison, of No. 322 West .Vith street; William Moister. of No .".l^ Bast 77th street: August Paul, of No. .V>!> Bast I."i4th street: William F. Holzman. of No. 310 West 4Sth ptre.t; Robert N. Bavier. of New Rochelle; <ieortr.- S. Heft, of No. •; West "l.'Ust street: Frank McHugh. of Unfontown, N. J., and William T, Searles. of New Rochelle. The trials were attended by Police Commis sioner H. C. Kuchler, whose mother was one of the victims of last Sunday's accident. I'ommls sioner Kuchler Is getting up a petition of 2.<*tf> names to ask the Legislature to change the law so as to make speeding a felony, so that of fenders can be Imprisoned for the first offence Instead of escaping with a fine. He says that as long as wealthy offenders escape with a fine they will Ignore the law. ZULU REBEL ESCAPES. Bambaata Flees from Natal—Colo nial Force h Pursuit. Durban. Natal. April S Chief Bambaata has escaped into Zululand with a bodyguard of sev enty warriors. Colonel Leocbar, <>f the colonial punitive force, is in pursuit. R. G. PROCTOR GIVES UP. Senate? Lodge's Secretary Surren ders to Meet Embezzlement Charge. Boston. April S— Robert G. Proctor, private secretary of Senator Henry Cabot -Lodge, for whose arrest on the charge of embezzlement a warrant was issued yesterday, surrendered -it police headquarters to-day. Mr. Proctor was immediately released on ">'**> bail. The warrant was issued yesterday after the grand jury had made its report The specific ("harpe is that Pjroctor embezzled .S'-'H." beiongtag to John X Bestsjen, "f Quincy, In October, IMM. Bestgen alleged that he gave Proctor the money as a Republican campaign contribution, and that Proctor promised to aid him in obtaining a consulship It is further alleged that no record Of this sun; appears on the b-">ks of the Repub lican State Committee, and that it has not been include.! i!: the returns of campaign contrlbu tions. Proctor am" to this city from Washington last Thursday when the case. was called to th attention of the grand Jury, but as he was not summoned to appear he returned to the capital When the report of the grand jury was made yesterday It Wi understood that there were several secret indictments returned, among them being one against Proctor. On the advice of his counsel. Proctor immediately left Washing ton for Boston, and arrived here last night. StaSte Senator Daniel A. Lane and Purveyor of the Port Jeremiah J. McCarthy furnished bonds for $"><>O for his release. Proctor will be ar raigned to-morrow. CAN'T FIND L. G. TEWKSBURY. Philadelphia. April 1— l>>w« <; Tewskbury. who is wanted in New York on a charge of jrrand lar ceny and has been ordered jretun to the custody Of the authorities of that city, could not be found to-day. A deputy sheriff and two detectives made an unavailing searcn for him. and the local police officials express tho belief that he has gone to Baltimore. His photograph and description will be sent out with the request that h* be arrested on Bight. He had been released on $lAX) bail. THREE TYPHOID DEATHS IN PITTSBURG. Pittsburg. April B.— While it Is early fcr deaths to be reported in Pittsburgh epidemic of typhoid fever, there were three to-day. There was no offi cial reports of cases made to-day, but from what was gathered among several physicians more than a hundred cares have broken out in the last twenty four hours and the list to be reported to the Bureau of Health to-morrow Is expected to ♦•cllpsc- In num ber any preceding day since thy outbreak. The hospitals of PtttsburK and Allegheny art- bejid:! nine to nil tin with typhoid cuses. From ten hos pltuls it is reported —1 cases have Ucu admitted «luce last UoaOajr. PRICE THREE CENTS. UiXTERMY ER OX PE ABODY STANDARD MAN. HE SAYS. Lawyer 'Also Sends Letter Abroad —Jordan Still Arcay. As a result of th« letter which Charles A. Fe*» body, president of the Mutual Ufa Insurance Company, made public ?atur.lay. that he was in no w:iy connected with the Standard Oil. Har rimnn or Morgan interests. Samuel Tntermyer. counsel for the international i-oli, yholders* com mittee, looked through his correspondence flies and found a letter which he had written about the same time. This letter was also addressed to Great Britain, to Thomas H. I>. Derridge, Mr. Unterayer*a London correspondent. In this letter Mr. T'ntermyer explained why. lt» his opinion. President Peabody was influeTicedi by Standard Oil interests. He cites the fact that Mr. Teabody is the law partner of Fisher A. Baker, who Is the uncle of George P. Baker, of the First National Bank. He furthar explains that Mr. Peabody is the Standard Oil represen on the boards of the Union Pacific and the) Illinois Central railroads. Toe letter is as foU lows: Referring to our previous correspondence, the fnU lowing is my understanding of the facts with r». sped to Charles A. Peabody, the recently desig nated president of the Mutual Ijf< Insurance Com pany, which you are at liberty to repeat to th« men with whom you are la negotiation on thta subject : Mr. Peabody was. until he assumed the offlco a few months ago. a member of the law firm of Baker & Peabody, practtHn? lawyers in this city. He has never be- an active practitioner, but hat always borne a reputation for unquestioned In tegrity. lUs partner, Fisher A. Baker, _ well known as a lawyer and Is highly esteemed as a man. Ho Is an uncle of George F. Baker, who U the president and tho principal owner of the First National Bank, which is generally recognized in the financial world as a Morgan-Standard Oil bank, by reason of the very close relations that have for many years existed between that hank. J. P. Morgan & Co. and the Standard Oil group. Georca F. Baker is and has bten for many years the chairman of the finance commute* und Henry H. Rogers* the chairman of ti- agency committee of the Mutual Life. Mr Rogers Is to-day the domi nant factor In Standard Oil. axid deservedly so. for he Is a man of great ability and force of character, whose word may he relied upon. Mr. Feabody's firm are- the counsel for Mr. Baker and th.' First National Bank, and their re lations as such with the financial affairs of* this group are very close. Mr. Peabody is also a direct or of th* Tnlon Pacific. Illinois Central and other corporation* in which Mr. Harriman Is interested with Mr. Baker. Mr. Rogers and the Standard Oil group, and is generally regarded as their rep resentative in at least some of these boards. He is recognised as a spokesman for these interests. Mr. Peabody la not familiar with the lnsuranra ' business. Prior to his selection as president he had not come in contact with the business in any form, not even as cuiins«?l for an insurance com pany. H>^ is universally recojmlzed as the figure head of this financial group, which seems te hay* been able to control great property i n which they have no interest, am! notwithstanding the rei*n of corruption that flourished under their regime. Mr. Peabody's selection was due entirely '" the domination of the Baker-Rogers influence In the board and It may be safely said that he Is their nominee, and that they are supporting him. The suits besjiin under his administration against Mr. McCurdy and members of the latter"a family (you will note that none has been begun against othersi are not Intended to be prosecuted, and for obvious reasons. If it be judicially established In theso suits, as ha* already been admitted, that Mr. M'— < *urdy paid and authorized millions of dollars .or political contributions to Influence legislation cov ering ;■- period of years, the liability of Mr. Baker its chairman of the finance committee is at the same time fixed. Mr. McCurdy. if pressed, may cc unwilling longer to bear the burden of responsi bility and will p«rha;> disclose the knowledge of his associates of these transactions. ENORMOUS SUMS PAID THE irCUBDUm But whether they were active parties to ti.es* corrupt payments or permitted them through, neg lect of their duties, they ar© equally liable. Tho same may be said of the enormous sums paid ti» the McCurdys. soa and son-in-law, through tft* acencv contracts. It IS inconceivable that tha agency committee, which was specialty charge.* with this duty, did not know of these contracts. It Is difficult to say whether their liability is greater l£ ... approved them than If they were Ignorant oC them. In either case their liability will be estab lished If the company succeeds In the suits taea* men have directed to be instituted. -1 for ques- The policyholders may well be pardoned for ques tioning the motives of suits brought and controlled, under su "•? amrptces. We are. satisfied that the suit, were Instituted so as to anticipate and . secure con trol of litigation which they kne.w was inevitable la the Tight of the disclosure, either by the policy hotderVor by the Attorney General, and to ke«t> Vho suits oui of hostile hands. They am hard jr likely vigorously to prosecut* suits Analch. will eventually establish their own liability. _*,K I am satisfied that further Investigation. whl«.i» the brief time allowed the Armstrong committee did not permit, will disclose further grounds of liability on the part c.f the present management. But these investigations must bo mad<- under n. netr clean administration In no way allied with tt\t* management, through whose wror.sca and neglect the pollcvholilers have already suffered so heavily. The objections to Mr. Peabody are not persnmF. They art- based upon his affiliations, tae. Interests to which he owed his present position and to hu tenoram* of the Insurance business, all combining to render him quite as impossible for • .- place as would be the retention of the del management. Our friends on your side must on no account per mit themselves or the pollcyholcer* to w» misled by the newspaper reports which are being clrru llted'on your fldf by the Industrious press bureau which these gentlemen are working overtime-. You will find Mr Pealiody writing letters, which, hn rives out for' publication, issuing interviews by th« yard: hla -Investigating" committee publishing: re ports" "discovering" corruption In the company lon* iince "xDosed. not only without their aid. but In «pit.- of them— all for th« purpose of creating the false impression that these gentlemen aro bent on exposing their own wicke.dn»-s.«. The gam* is an Interesting one and comparatively Fimpl«- if It <*an b*- played alon»- with r.o one to ex pose it The stakes ar»- heavy— lmmunity on th« one hand as against prosecution on the other. It is a test case to determine the extent to which a body of the, shrewdest men in th«- country who are tr» a pretty deep hole of their own 'aaking cajn humbug the public and lift themselves out by their cwu bootstraps over the shoulders «f the policy-holder* whom they have wronged. If they *uc«*eed thls» time, with all the saf>»ruard«! now thrown around the policy-holders' exercise of th»-ir ri^ht to control the company, no further sympathy need be wasted on th*m. They will deserv*- all that has happened and may hapyt-n to them. ler of • At- At Genehurst. the Dobbs Ferry country hom«s of Andrew Fields, it was said that he was not yet ready to give out a formal statement. His sou would not say that Fit Ids would issue a stated ment. He was certain, however, that his father would not issue _»>' statement in the next few days. •I have Mr. Fields promise that he will give out a statement to the press in regard to Insur ance matters and that due notice will be given when he Is ready," was the statement given out yesterday afternoon by Dr. Charles F. Judson. physician for Andrew C. Fields. Continuing. Dr. Judson said: "Mr. Fields is improving nicely, and I hope It will not he long before, hf* will be able to grant an interview to the press. 1 realize that when Mr. Fields once starts to talk it win be a very trying ordeal (or him. nn<t he must ba physically aide to cope with it. Tha.t la why _• fftnrmt give iiU ililcr V i.-.iv Uu*."