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KFJIttSSIOJ TRIUMPHS. BVSSIAN rrori.E .tNGRr. Meetings of Members of Parliament Dispersed by Troops. gt Petersburg, May X.— There seems to be no lotign doubt that the dominant party tn Russia I* committed to a policy of repression, and the danger of a ««peedy conflict between the govern ment and the representatives of the people has been greatly increased. The action of soldiers and police in dispersing a meeting of members ©f parliament at the hall of the Economic Ro dety last night was repeated to-night Several members who protested against the dispersal narrowly escaped being bayoneted. The good Impression produced by the official intimation of the new Premier that the Emperor and the gov ernment were sincerely desirous of working in harmony with Parliament has been dissipated. The Liberals are amazed, in view of the semi official assurances on the subject, by the promul gation of the obnoxious fundamental law in a flirhtly modified form. It put an end to the report which the new Cabinet tried to foster that the downfall of the Wltte Cabinet was due to imperial disapproval of the original draft of th<» law. An article in the law not mentioned in j**t night's dispatches, exempting crown lands from taxation and expropriation, and another reserving the power of amnesty for political pris eners tn the Emperor run counter to the already express will of the majority. There is a pro vi»icn that Imperial orders must be counter signed by the President of the Council of Min itterft or the member of the Cabinet whose de partment is affected, but since the Cabinet is not responsible to Parliament It is easy for his icftjesty to replace an unwilling minister by one •rho will do his bidding. The indignation caused by the Emperor's at tempt to reinforce the prerogatives of the Crown has hern intensified by the action of the police tort night In dispersing a meeting of some mem bers of th*- lower house of Parliament and of the upper house, or new Council of the Empire, »t th» hall of the Economical Society. "With out warning th* building was surrounded by the Iwnaiiovsky Guard regiment and a detach ment of cavalry- A hundred policemen marched Into the hali. where Count Heyden. a marshal of thr nobility and a member of Parliament from Ft. Petersburg, was presiding, and ordered the meeting to disperse, under instructions from the Chief of Police. Vigorous protests were made, but the members were compelled to yield to force, and left the hall after drawing up a for mal protest, which was signed by twenty-eight members of Parliament. M. Eodlteheff. a member of . Parliament for It! Petersburg, hurried after midnight to the hi!! where the Constitutional Democrats were holding their convention, and announced to the members there assembled the action taken by the police. A furious scene followed, after which Rodltcheff, in an impressive speech, which was I cheered to the echo, said that the government's appeal for confidence had again been false and tint the people must rely upon themselves. It «a»decided that one of the first things done after disassembling of Parliament should be a de "iaad for the dismissal of the Chief of Police. "' Th* members of the Constitutional Democracy, when they reassembled here to-day, were great ly excited, and it required all the influence of the leaders to restrain them. There" was a tre mendous uproar when M. Milukoft* introduced the subject. He said: * We had reason to believe that the mad folly nf the Wine government in trying to force the Emperor in sign the odious fundamental law. after a storm of indignation has been aroused throughout the country by the publication of the [raft of the measure, had been definitely abandoned. We now learn that, like thieves in Ibe night, the bureaucrats have executed their damnable conspiracy against the people. Th«> '!■■•■• parts of the fundamental law as issued are Worse than the worst parts of any European constitution. T asked the convention to adopt a moderate attitude, but now we have the right to be rad ical. We must immediately answer this chal knge. fcf. Roditcheff then presented a resolution, in noe as follows. On the eve of the meeting of Parliament the government ha* flung a new provocation to the people by the issue of the fundamental law and by depriving their representatives of the right i to revise it. The ruling bureaucracy resumes Its «n<-i«rf power, and Parliament, the centre of the people* hopes, is shorn of the rights solemnly c>v.fnrt><l upon it by 'the manifesto of October *' Th» party of the people's liberty and the members of Parliament see in thi«i act an open md grant violation of the people's rights, and announce that no bureaucratic government can ■top the people's representative.*? from accom plishing their duty. When the reading of the resolution was finished there arose a storm of cries of "Too r.v?akt" M. Roditcheff appealed to the members "f the convention not to lose their heads as the covernrsent had. but to show themselves strong and calm. His appeal carried the day. and the convention adopted the resolution by a stand- Ing vote. Previously the convention was forced to adopt a mr.re radical declaration on the subject of the esrarian problem, laying down the general prin ciple that the land belonged to those who tilled it, leaving the details of the scheme to be pre *<r,ted to Parliament by the central committee. The convention closed at 6 o'clock this even- Jug. after M. Milukoff had delivered a speech bj which he congratulated the party on having disappointed Its enemies, who predicted a split. He believed that the ideas for which the party rood were constantly growing In the country, *hi!«. on the contrary, the extreme revolution ary organizations were passing through a crisis. While the struggle might be prolonged, victory tvas certain in the end. The police to-night published an explanation •f th^ir action In closing meetings, Justifying it under the strict letter of the law which per mits the presence of only members at meet "S^ of societies. The presence of members of Hit Parliament and other outsiders, the explana tion Bays, made the meeting illegal. The ex planation has not allayed the public irritation, *s the law !n this respect has not been enforced ■triedy. As if these incidents were not sufficient to ex c't« the members of Parliament, the local au thorities inflamed the working classes yester 4lt >". Without warning they ordered many of to* leaJera of the workmen to leave the city. they hLyj not time to remove their families. The baiter was brought to the attention of a meet- Isg of 122 peasant and workmen members of < ( -nt, v. ho denounced it as an attempt " ; - the part cf the government to bring about routine rd es seventh pace. v Jor Albany. Utica. Syracuse. Rochester. Buffalo, -•lagiira I'"al!« and (».<• West the New York Central «•« »rj,!.,« at $.30. *:i:.. 10:2 D. 11:1 Va. m.: l«. l«. ***, 3:i<t, 3 : 40. Z:iZ, «.«»>. i:». :.:i.<. :.::•-". 6:<X). I'M. >>:<*>. •_*♦. »:.'». i!; 3(» p. m. Can you «1" better?- A«Jvi. TV/0 TELEPHONE SYSTEMS IN NEW YORK *'';-• J wean for bust— men. 'wo bor>ks to eon •- '-. l»v L<i..U to answer, two Oii'.s to pay.— To-mnrrtm. fair; u.. rt h»r.t „ !„,!«. Blb^^ j IHfc r TiiH Ifli^iß^^^^^^ tl't 1 ' i IP * ■ -^ v * i I . < J ;"' V >■■■ "'■■■■* \ ' '. ■■■■ . . > _ .- ft W * ._ I i "'"' ' ' ; MB k* # i "• ■ ■ 1 ■ * ' : i 1 E. E. Olcott, 2 Andrew Carnegie, 3 T. C. Martin. 4 Mrs. Carnegie, 5 John Frits, 6. Charles Haswell. 7 Catherine Olcott. (For story of cornerstone laying ace page 7.) MR. BELMONT ON STAND. TELLS OF RACE BETTING. Testifies in Union's Suit to Recover Money Treasure? Lost. August Belmont went on the witness stand yesterday before Justice Amend. In Part 12 of the Supreme Court, in the suit brought by the Housesmiths and Bridge Erectors' Union 52 to recover $1,600 from the Westchester Racing Association, of which Mr. Belmont is president. The money was lost by F. P. Rasmussen, at one time treasurer of the union, in betting on the races at Morris Park in 1904. Mr. Belmont appeared in court with his coun sel, De Lancey Nlcoll. who asked Justice Amend to place Mr. Belmont on the stand, as he had to go out of town to-day. "This man De Lacy," said Mr. Nicholl. "has fomented over fifty cases of this kind. Mr. Bel mont is here and ready to testify to-day, and it is hardly fair not to take his testimony now." Counsel for the plaintiff said they were not ready to examine Mr. Belmont. J. F. Perdue, counsel for the union, denied that the suit was a scheme of Peter De Lacy's, and said that he was there "to recover money lost by working men." Turning to Mr. Perdue, Mr. Belmont salt: "This is a matter of personal annoyance, and if you had any decency you would have told me that I need not come to-day. I know your ob ject and what you are paid for." •'I am just as respectable as you are," hotly retorted Mr. Perdue. Mr. Belmont finally took the stand, and testi fied that counsel had informed the Westchester Racing Association that it would be illegal to accept money from the Metropolitan Turf As sociation. He testified that no arrangement had been made between the two associations, but that each bookmaker purchased a certain num ber of tickets, the money going to the West chester Racing Association. Asked why any arrangement had ever been made with the Metropolitan Turf Association and whether, If the revenues from the turf asso ciation had not been forthcoming, the racing would have had to cease, Mr. Belmont said: "If there were no revenues from the Metropolitan Turf Association, the revenues of the West chester Racing Association would be very much cut down." The examination continued: O —Then you came to the conclusion that racing would be unprofitable without the assistance of the bookmakers? A.-No: but It was deemed a helpful o^rc^ of Revenue. you were chairman of the Stat« RR Q C-5neATC -5ne A TX 11 d n JW, A -ol T the* commission was to P T-&>£ n f™ Vurcha^ 7 aVrJe" number of tickets the Metropolitan Turf Association attracted many People who otherwise would not go? A.- Yes. Mr. Nicoll then examined the witness. He asked: O-DJd the Westcliester Racing Association en ter irno an arrangement with the Metropolitan Turf Association to allow them to make bets? A. "o^Was'the purchase of the tickets voluntary on the' part of the Metropolitan Racing Association? A — Entirely bet on the races A.— l do not q._Do you bet on the races A.— l do not. Rasmussen took the stand and told how and when he bet at Morris Park. He said that he confessed to using the union's fund at the race track, and that he had paid back part of the money. .i'Li John G. Cavanagh was sworn in. He said his business was dealing In racing stationery. The witness testified that he furnished racing blanks and "advance information." He said that any one could go to the racetracks and become a bookmaker. ■_ • STRIKERS PARADE. Five Hundred Italians Visit Green wich, and Stop All Work. , (By TVleffraph to The Trlhun*. ] (;rvenwicb. Conn.. May S. — Five hundred striking Italians paraded through Greenwich thin afternoon and stopped all of their fellow coun trymen from working. By night, after they had cleaned out the •tonemen at tho new plant being built at Cos* Cob to electrify the New Haven Railroad, they numbered a thousand. The' men started a hundred strong, and first visited the quarry districts, then crossed the Byram Riv«r to Helle Haven and Field Point Park. All the gangs putting in foundations for the trolley poles along the railroad tracks joined them. At W. H. Truesdale's estate the strikers took the tools from the workmen. In one place an Italian is reported to have raised a red handker chief on a whip for a flag and fired a pistol in the air. Sheriff Ritch was called upon for protection, and gathered together fifty special officers to prevent damage being done. The men acted peaceably and no arrests were made. The strikers demand $1 75 a day. POLAND SPRING HOUSE. Special representative will he at the Repoit Bureau. r,rd Floor K. E. Car, B*way and 28th St. (May 10th to 2 r -th> to iii:ik«* engagement* and satisfy all in quiries concerning tin* summer season of 1008 at Po land Spring. The Mansion House (always open) jtreatly <• "1.-ul-'-'I The Poland Spring House opens May 24'th.— Auvi. NEW-YORK. WEDNESDAY, MAY <>. IWMJ.-FOUKTEEX I^ES -^: ' ;,\ : . LAYING CORXKUSTOXE OF UNITED ENGINEERS 1 BUILDING. TRIES SUICIDE IN P. 0. FOLLOWS THIRD DEGREE. Act of Clerk Shut in Room Eight Hours— s2,ooo Missing. Jacob Luckstone, chief clerk In the registry department of the General Postofflce and for eighteen years an employe there, tried to kill himself early last evening: In the Postofflce building. Postofflce Inspector Mayer received orders to find out where $2,000 in bills sent to the First National Bank of Tallahassee, Fla., had gone. He said last night he had kept nine postal clerks, including Luckstone, for eight hours yesterday in a room in the Federal Build ing, and had told them he would not let them go until he found out what had become of the money. Luckstone said he waa weak from hunger, got Into another room by the excuse, and tried tp end his life by cutting his throat and wrists. His life was not considered in dan ger last night. The Chemical National Bank is the loser. On April 26 the bank sent two packages of regis tered matter to the postofflce, both addressed to the First National Bank of Tallahassee. Fla. One of the packages contained $1,000 in $1 bills, and the. othf r (1.000 in $2 bills. May 2 t*% Chemical Bank received a telegram from the Florida institution which said the money had not been received. The case was put into the hands of Postofflce Inspector Mayer. His investigations led him to believe that the money had been filched from the postoffice here. He said that an alteration had been made in the records, and that this made it appear that the money had been sent. Mayer says the clerks protested that they knew nothing of the money. Mayer had seven of his assistants with him, and he and they kept talking to the men until fi o'glork. The men got nothing to eat and were not al lowed to send out for anything. Luckstone pro tested as hard as any. When Luckstone was finally allowed to leavr. the room Mayer said no attention was paid to him for half an hour, and he then went in to see the man. He was startled to find him bleeding from wound 3in the throat and wrists. A small penknife, the blade covered with blood, lay beside the couch where he was lying. The Hudson Street Hospital ambulance sur geon was summoned. He saw the wounds were superficial, and dressed them quickly. He said the man need not go to the hospital Mayer put him under arrest and took him to City Hall station. Mayer said the man gave his address as Lexington avenue and 23d street. The City Hall police say the address was not the correct one. and that the man lives at No. 14(5 West 82d street. Luckstone is thirty-eight years old. His sal ary as head of the registry' division was ?I,H<K) a year. He was well liked, and was considered a good man in his place. BAR ACTS AGAINST POOL. Association to Demand That Appel late Division Remove Him. The Bar Association, at its meeting last night, resolved to prosecute City Magistrate Joseph Pool and to ask the Appellate Division to remove him from the bench. The action of the association was brought about by certain members preferring charges against Magistrate Pool, which they presented to the grievance committee. The committee ap proved them, and presented them to the execu tive committee, which recommended to the gen eral body the resolution of censure that was adopted. The nature of the charges was not revealed. The resolution authorized the president to ap point a prosecutor to submit charges against Magistrate Pool to the Appellate Division, and to ask for his removal from the bench. BOMBS FOUND IN PARIS. Two Men Wounded by Premature Explosion in Capital. Paris, May 8. — A striking carpenter named Habort and another man were wounded this afternoon by the explosion of a bomb which they were loading in the garret of a house In one of the districts Inhabited by the working classes. After the men had been arrested other bombs were found. SAYS WIFE MOCKED HIM IN PULPIT. [By Telegraph to Th« Tribune.] Anderson, I ml.. May The Rev. James E. Haff ner. pastor of the Universallst Church of this city, filed suit for divorce to-day, alleging that his wife. Bertha Haffner, has stigmatized him professionally nn<! treated him cruelly. He says his wife marked passages In his Bible so as to confuse him In the delivery of his sermons, and often sat in church and mads faces at him ns he attempted to preach. TWO TELEPHONE SYSTEMS IN NEW YORK would mean for business men, two books to con sult, two bells to answer, two bills to pay.— Advt. t HARKIMAYS FAST TIUP AN INTEROCEAN RECORD Crosses Continent in 33 Minutes Less than Three Days. Edward H. Harriman alighted from the Em pire State Express at the Grand Central Sta-. tion one minute after 10 o'clock last night, finishing a record trip by rail from San Fran cisco. He kissed his wife and daughter, who were waiting for him at the station, and then answered inquiries which were pressed on him by waiting reporters. "I made the trip in thirty-three minutes less than threr> days from San Francisco to New- York." he said in reply to the first question. The following are the time table and itinerary of the remarkable trip: I /eft Oakland Mole. Cal.. 7:23 p. m. last Saturday. Sparks, Nev.. »)6 miles. 6:47 a. m. Sunday. Green River, Wyoming, 70S miles, midnight Sun day. Omaha. Neb.. BCT miles. 2:«. p. m. Monday. Chicago. 111.. 448 miles. 12:* a. m. Tuesday. Buffalo. N. V.. 540 miles. 12:69 p. m. Tuesday. New York, 440 miles. 10 p. m. Tuesday. "You want to know about San Francisco?" said Mr. Harrison. "Rebuilding is already in progress. They are putting up wooden build ings, of one and two^. stories,, creating a, tem porary wholesale district. They are trying to get the wholesale district as near the railroad as possible. Most of the building at present is on Van Ness avenue and Filmore street. In the burned residence section also they are erecting wooden structures on the grounds of the resi dences." "How would the burned district in San Fran cisco appear In New York?" "It would be as if all the buildings on Man hattan Island were laid waste from 57th street to the Battery, with here and there a few big buildings, or the walls of buildings, left stand ing; all the section destroyed except the docks and some buildings near the waterfront. You may imagine what would have been the result of the flre if the waterfront had been destroyed and there had been no connection with the main land. If the approaches to the ferries had been destroyed there would have been no escape for many people." "What is the present state of order in San Francisco?" "The military are still in charge by courtesy. The people feel more secure while the military arc taking care of the property left in the burned business district." ■What about the syndicate that is to aid in rebuilding San Francisco?" "I know nothing about that yet. I said in San Francisco that the city could get $100,000. o<>n if she needed that much and could show that she needed it and what the money was to be used for San Francisco has less debt per cap ita than any of the large cities of this country. If the burned district were not rebuilt the city would have enough assets left to pay the debt ■Will there be restrictions In rebuilding the city?" "Strict methods in construction and ma terials will be insisted on, and the height of buildings will be limited. They probably will widen some of the streets. They may adopt part of the Burnham plan. They will not aban don the wholesale district. There is no diffi culty in building on made ground if the founda tions go deep enough. There will be a change in the location of Chinatown. There is plenty of hope in San Francisco, but it will take years to get the city back to where it was before the flre." ' -•_ - - "Will Seattle grow at the expense of San Francisco?" "I forgot about Seattle. I don't care to make any Invidious statements. There is no reason why one city should grow at the expense of an other." SPEAKER DROPS DEAD. Detroit Attorney Succumbs to Heart Disease at Society's Dinner. Detroit. Mich.. May Alfred Russell, one of the prominent attorneys of Detroit and for merly United States District Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, dropped dead to night at the Detroit Club. When stricken Mr. Russell was making an ad dress at the annual dinner of the Michigan So ciety of Colonial Wars. His collapse created consternation among the guests and brought the dinner to a tragic close. Heart disease was as signed as the cause of death. ■•■..■; Mr. Russell was seventy-six years old, and was a native of Plymouth, N. H. DEATH ENDS STAGE MYSTERY. [By Tela«raph to The Tribune.] Logansport. Ind.. May B.— The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Clerke In the Insane hospital near this city to-day solves the mystery of the disappear ance of Miss Elizabeth Rcnner from the grand opera stage ten years ago. She was playing in Paris In 1895, when symptoms of insanity devel oped. Her husband, D. H. James Clerke. brought her to this country for rest, and she improved and again went on the stage. While giving a perform ance at Liaporte a year later she went insane and was committed to the asylum near this city. POLAND SPRING HOUSE OPENS MAY 30TH. Hiram Rlcker & Sons beg to announce that their special representative will be at the Resort Bureau. 3rd Floor N. K. • 'or. B'way and ISth St. «May 10t".i to 25th") to arrange for bookings and answer all in quiries concerning both the Poland Spring House and Mansion House at 'Poland ttprlng.— I f«1 II! THE UNITED ENGINEERS* BUILDING. KILLED IN ELEVATOR. Philadelphian Crushed to Death in Victoria Hotel Lift. Charles N. Grover, a representative of ths Mechanics' Insurance Company of Philadelphia, whose home was at No. 1519 North 53d street. Philadelphia, was instantly killed in an elevator at the Victoria Hotel. 27th street and Broadway, shortly before 7 o'clock last night while ascending to his room, on the third floor. Thomas Fitzgibbon. in charge of the elevator. became so excited as a result of the accident that he had to be treated by Dr. Mount, of the New York Hospital. According to the police. Mr. Grover. with a friend, Frederick D. Savage, whose address is given as the Murray Hill Hotel, entered the ele vator to go to Mr. Grover's room. Midway be tween the second and third floors Mr. Grover lost his balance apparently, and lurched forward in such a manner that his head projected through the elevator door. Fitzjribbon, the elevator man, reversed the lever, and the car dropped to the first floor. Mr. Grover was caught between the elevator and the third floor and his skull was crushed. Dr. S. W. Smith, the hotel physician, and Dr. A. H. Hillsman, who happened to be in the hotel, were hurriedly summoned, but they could do nothing. Mr. Graver's family in Philadelphia were notified. Coroner Schrady investigated the scene soon after the accident, and said that, technically. Fitz.sribhons should be arrested, but on account of his condition his examination would be post poned until to-day. Mr. Savage was so shocked by his friend's death that he was put to bed In the Victoria Hotel. VESUVIUS AGAIN ACTIVE, Main Crater Discharging Sand — Heavy Detonations. Naples, May 8— Vesuvius is again showing considerable activity. A dense column of smoke is rising from the crater, accomnanied by loud det • mtions and electrical discharges. The main crater is throwing out sand and cinders. An English engineer named Mozer to-day as cended Mount Vesuvius, going within eighty yards of the opening of the crater, which now Is four hundred feet lower toward Resina than It was before the recent eruption. DEFAULTER NOT DEAD. Missing Deputy Treasurer Swapped Clothes with Corpse in London. St. Paul. May B.— A special to "The Dispatch." from Crookston. Minn., says that news has been received that Joseph Matthews, who, as deputy treasurer of Polk County, defaulted to the extent of $6,000 and was thought to have died In a London hotel in 1896. Is alive and expects to return soon to Crookston to reimburse the bonds men of County Treasurer Peaudry, who settled with Polk County officials. Matthews disappeared in 1886. His watch, ring and papers were found among the effects of a man who died in a London hotel. It is now thought that Matthews was in London at the time and changed clothing with the dead man to confuse the police. Mrs. Matthews collected $5,000 life Insurance after the supposed death of her husband, and married another man. SMALLPOX PATIENTS PLAY BAftEB [By Tvtaaraph to The Tribune.] Crisfleld. Md.. May 8. -Open air exercise for smallpox patients at the pnsthouse and grounds across the river has resulted in the formation of two baseball nines composed entirely of colored men suffering from the disease, mostly in mild form. The smallpox teams play every afternoon and crowds or «.':-isfleld people sit on the piers and watch the odd spectacle on the quarantined dia mond. f TWO TELEPHONE SYSTEMS IN NEW YORK would menu for business men. two books to con sult twu bslls ut answer, two bUls to pax.— Advt, PRICE THREE CENTS. SUM DEATH MSOLYIDi SUICIDE THEORY GAINS. Recent Butmem Worries Ascribed as Motive for Self-Destruction. The death or Charles I* Spier, the confidential; man of H. 11. Rosen*, of the Standard Oil Com pany, was as much a. mystery to the police last ! night as ever. Captain Hogan. who commands the precinct In which the Spier house, in Tomp kins avenue. New Brighton. Staten Island, fes situated. Inclines to the theory that Spier com* mltted suicide, although he' will not commit himself definitely to such a statement. On on* point, however. Captain Hogan Is positive. an 4 that is that no burglar committed the deed. "After the ■ most careful examination ; of that house and the grounds surrounding It. I am ab solutely certain that the house was not entered by a 'burglar." he said. On the other hand. Dr. H. W. Patterson, the Spier family physician, who wss one of the first; to reach the house after th* tragedy, and Core-; ncr M. J. Cahtll are Just as positive that Spier! was murdered by a burglar who was caught hv the act of robbing the house by its unfortunate* owner. The burglar theory rests mainly on the testi-j raony of the widow. Mrs. Spier said that sher was awakened by her husband knocking at heM door and saying: "Kid. there are burglars in tha>< bouse. I must go after them." Then Spier took his revolver from a bureau drawer, and. holding the collar of Buster. taei Boston bull terrier, in his other hand, crept down the stairs. A moment later. Mrs. Spte* says, she heard her husband call out. "Sic 'em, Buster!" There was the report of a revolver, the sound of a body falling, and all was still. When Dr. Patterson and others came In aiwj man what heard the cries of Mrs. Spier and her two maids/ they found a few pieces of silverware on the* floor. The doors leading to the ack porch weraJ open. There were no signs anywhere of a strut*! gle. POLICE FIND FEW CLUES. Two beer bottles, wrapped In a newspaper ol last Sunday's date, were found near the back fence of the Spier garden. It was learned that they had been purchased from a dealer hi Tompklnaville, and the police are said to be hi possession of the name of the man who bought them. This, the burglar theorists say. may fcr« nlsh a clue to the murderer, although no arrest had been made at a late hour last night. The maid. Eva Ohloff. has also told of seetrigl a rough looking man looking at the house mat Tuesday and Thursday of last week. This mighfl supply a clew, but the police do not place muds faith In It It was learned from one of the maids that the doors opening on the porch were frequently* left open at night, so apparently that had r;o> significance. And. while It would be easy tor an active man to climb up to the porch from the sloping ground at the rear of the house, there was not a scratch or a footmark or evidence of any kind that any one had done so. Captain Hogan and his detectives say a fleeing man must have left some marks, even if he had gained en* trance to the house without doing so. The advocates of the suicide theory say that for several days Spencer had been in a nervous condition, so nervous that he had voluntarily occupied a room apart from his wife, so that ha> might not disturb her at night Then there wai the judgment for 150.870 against him as presi dent of the Yetman Typewriting Transmitting; Company. Again there was the odd changing of the beneficiary in the two New York Life to* sura nee policies, aggregating $75,000 and only recently taken out. from his wife to Alfred Lauterbach, as trustee of his estate. Furthermore, according to an intimate bu»H ness friend. Spier was known to be a heavy* speculator. "In this connection." this friend said, it is) worthy of note that the stocks in which tha> Standard Oil crowd are interested have been hammered a great deal of late, and what raish:. only have made a dent In the roll of the blgasif men might have swamped Spier." Another point urged by the suicide theorists, is that Detective Sergeant Lawson. the arst! police officer to view the body. Is positive that there were distlnc marks of powder on the* pajamas Spier wore. Here, however, a direct, conflict of testimony is reached. Dr. George Wood, the coroner's physician, says there were, no sued marks, and that only the edge of thai cloth was burned, as would naturally take plact> if the shot were fired at close quarters. One phase of the case that has caused som«k feeling between the police and the coroner I * that the latter has positively refused to carry. his autopsy to the point of extracting the fatal} bullet from the body. This, he says. Is at th request of the widow. Captain Hogan has pointed out that the re* covery of the bullet would go far toward deter-, mining whether the dead man was killed by h! * own revolver, and so. to a great degree, would clear up the mystery. This matter Is now in the hands of District Attorney J. J. Kenny.' who will decide to-day whether any further! probing shall be done before the burial, which) is set for 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Mora-* vinn Cemetery. New Dorp. Staten Island. BertUlon experts were at work on the can ■» yesterday. They examined the finger print onj the rear door jamb and a smear made by & thumb on the handle of the bread tray which was found on the floor. The smear on the silver l was found to measure up with the thumb of Mr.' Spier. The dog. Buster. Is the subject of much dls-» cusssion and conflicting arguments. Some say the dog raised a big racket at the time of the> shooting, and others that he was not heard. Dr. Horace V. Patterson, whose home Is at the rea» of the Spier place, states that Buster did much) barking at the time Mr. Spier was killed. MR. ROGERS CHANGES OPINION. H. H. Rogers. Jr.. who on Monday was a firm believer in the murder theory, had somewhat modified his opinion last night. "Since making the statement that I believed Spier had been murdered by a burglar." said Mr. Rogers. "I have heard from the police, and am now not quite so certain. I will not admit It to> be a case of suicide, although It may be pos sible. Ido not believe that the fact that Spier recently took out $73,000 in life insurance has any bearing on the case. That may be merely a coincidence, as In many similar cases." When asked whether Spier's finances were In a bad condition. Mr. Rogers said that if it were so It was news to him. He did not believe his father. H. H. Rogers, sr . would offer a reward, In view of the fact that Borough President Crom well already had done so. John Bonne, manager of the Times branch of the New York Life Insurance Company, said] yesterday that both policies Issued to Mr. Spier were incontestable, and would be paid by th« company, even if it were certain that Mr. Spier committed suicide. He said he did not know Mr. Spier's reason for having the policies made out to Alfred Lauterbach as trustee. Mr. Spier was solicited for the insurance by Mr. Boons personally. 4£m Mr. Lauterbach said yesterday that as trustee and counsel for Mr. Spier he was prevented from talking about the case. It was plain that Mr. Lauterbach scouted the suicide theory. Thar* was a report that the policy for 950.000 would have to go to the payment of the Yetman Com pany judgment obtained against Mr. Spier lost, February- Police Commissioner Blngham yesterday de clined to make public a report he had received from Inspector Grant regarding the Spier case* ■ POLAND SPRING. SUMMER SEASON. The Poland Spring House opens May 50th. tit. The Mansion House open throughout the year. A special representative will remain at the Resort Bureau. 3rd Floor N. K. Cor. B way & 2StU dw (May 10th to £3th» to make engagement* and sr.r>« all toaulrtss, Tvi. «?« llajL-Adtt.