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; poor chniren of the downtown district will en-
Jar Mrs. Bird's annual Christmas chimney-cor
ncrn er entcriainment
. At the McAuley Mission, in Water street,
' —en hundred men. tlie largest number that
«isr attended the mission on Christmas . Day.
were given a turkey diosVer. Of the twelve vn *
4r*4 pounds of turkey .oonsuired five hundred
pound* were contributed by the large hotels in
the city. Superintendent Wyburn served a
special dinner In his ow*» fining room to fifty
former attendants of the. mission who are now
"reformed" and have good positions or are in
business. Among them were an ex-Attorney
General of a Western state, a former Wall
Street broker and eeveraj professional men.
The youngsters who ciaro a precarious living
by selling newspapers were not forgotten. At the
Brace Memorial Lodging House. No. 14 Cham
bers street, the annual dinner given for many
years by the late William M. Fliess was con
tinued by his son. William M. Fliess. Jr.
The charity organisations of Brooklyn were
busy all day distributing gifts and dinners
among the unfortunates of the borough. Ten
thousand youngsters were made happy between
th« Christmas tree entertainment held under
the management of Mrs. Frank Sittig at the
Colmnbls TTheatne and the Sunshine ■ Christmas
Tree Association, In th* Lee Avenue Theatre.
Atcacn of these festivals theatrical entertain-
Menu were provided by volunteers from the
theatres. The Brooklyn Rapid Transit carried
children free to and from the Columbia Theatre
from 8 in th* morning to 1 in the afternoon _
The Salvation Army pave away between six
thousand and seven thousand dinners from the
"Washington. The Scandinavian and the Oreen
poln\ branches. The Brooklyn City Mission also
dispensed a great number of dinners from its
lodging and rescue homes. Many of the wealth
ier churches also Joined in the good work.
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father SeMiHgmann Asks for Prayers for
Members of French Church.
The Church nt Pt. Francis of AasMl in "West
jt)f.t *tre*t, was crowded to the doors long before
230 o'clock yesterday morning with men and
wonscn who had braved the Icy weather to hear
tho high mm for sight workers. There were
many there who were not night workers, also.
Bane** "ltanni pro Pace" vr&s sung by the
priest* and a choir of sixty voices, many of
them volunteers from the Metropolitan Opera
Hou*e. An orchestra, composed of fifteen pieces,
alf»o from the Metropolitan, assisted. Both
organ end orchestra were directed by Professor
P. J. Quigley. Mendelssohn's '"Priests' March"
preceded Ops (ringing of the Kyrle, and the wor
shippers Bled out at she close of the mass to
the strains of Meyerbeer's "March Triumphant."
The Rev. Eu**bius Sehlingmann. rector of the
church, was celebrant; the Rev. John Stark
»as deacon, the Rev. Stanislaus L»ep!ch acted as
•übdeacon and the Rev. Sebastian Stark was
master of ceremonies.
The Rev. Father Schlingmann prefaced his
Benr.on on the nativity by referring to the trou
ble between the Church and State in France.
aad asked the congregation for their prayers for
the. faithful in France. He said:
Wm ask 'or your prayers for our afflicted
Urethren in that unfortunate country, France,
who are so grievously afflicted because of their
faith. The reports from that country are great
ly misrepresentatlve of the true state of affairs.
For the second time In its long history mid
night mass will not be celebrated in France to
day; the first time was during the Reign of
Terror, when those who shouted equality, fra
ternity and brotherly love were spilling blood
ms they voiced these high sentiments.
Seven Hundred of Them Happy Guests of
Prank Tilford.
Seven hundred "little mothers" ate their Christ
mas dinner yesterday with Frank. Tilford as
lh*>lr host, In the Murray Hill Lyceum, in East
S4th street. Many "little mothers" came over
from the Happy Day House, some more from
the Pleasant House. in Greenwich street; some
from Sunnyflde. in Morton street, Brooklyn, and
some from Informal gathering places.
All were on hand at 1 o'clock when Mr. Til-
Jorfl, who gives the "Htt; mothers" a Christ
mas dinner and entertainment and some pre?
ents every year, wished all a merry Christmas
and a happy New Year. a few other guests
•were in the hall at the time to help the children
have a good time. Long tables were set up,
end two scans of waiters had all th<«y could do
feeding the children.
Bents, ate one dinner, some two. and some
tried even a third, but no one cared about that,
and they all p.te what they liked and as often
sb they liked. Daring the dinner musicians
ripyy-d all the favorite old tunes and some now
Then was a Jot <-,f tan when Mr. Tilford gave
th«- children bis: l>aKf=, each one with a doll and
«» hap of candy, some, stockings or gloves, and
f»n«jt?)*T knk-k-krjack or two.
The dinner wa> r.nly for the "little mothers"
•roue r^ai mothers have to co out and work
flunng on day. whiio the chikiren take care of
»b*ra:?*lvo- and their younger brothers and sl«-
3ale, the Elephant, Plays a Trick on Her
Keeper, But Gets a Big Dinner Anyway.
••BoY ElorUftt. assistant to "Bill" Snyder.
wished Ilanie and Jule. the big elephants in
Centra! Park, a "merry Christmas*; yesterday
mornlnr. and then he looked for the key to the
closet. «ra*re UKT6 is ■ hydrant which supplies
v.ater for the actmals and which also contains
" r pitchfork and other articles used in caring
for the pachyd<ac->^?. The key wafi missing, but
Jule were a tvise.^onk. "Julys swallowed the key
of her trunk." mused Horton. after he had
■*airbe<l hlglj anil low for It. lie finally had to
for<*e the door. Jule and Hauie had an extra
•upply of liay for their Christmas dinner.
"BiH" finydtr <ait up an extra quart of btef
for his lions an<l tijr«=-iM. not forgetting Brownie
•nd Tom, lhc <tnnainon bear*. Two bags of
■■■■«««• v-erc- csirlbuted by a woman who Is
ceeply Interested in the crelfare of the little fel
low * 1 - while tbfl monkeys had :t plentiful supply
• ! dainties which came from the came source
raising his ajrrn to place the last candle and
<n - '■"' present mi the Christmas tree for his
HttJ* daughters. James Larkln, a gasflucr. of
No. i: £° '■ V r f;15fll! / lvw>t . T h« Bronx, dropped
«*ad ttm he:|rt fal! " r<; terday afternoon.
His wtf* Annie and his two little daughters
were with him when he died. fe *
While taking ■ walk after eating a hearty
Christmas dinner yesterday afternoon. Paul
Michael, slaty pnan old. of So. 338 East Jim
street, became ill in the street, and died before
an ambulance <on\<i tx- called. Michael en
joyed hi* Ckrlstnja* dinner with his family
"well, that was a good dinner." he paid "and I
think I •■•■ i! take a walk." '
Your Plans
for ISO 7
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at both offieo end
homo, it wUi snvo
you much ttmo and
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3.5 Dp Street
Salvation Army Distribute* 6JWQ
Baskets and Bags of Food.
The Salvation Army made Christmas a happy
day for thirty thousand poor and needy persons
yesterday. In the main hall of Grand Central
Palace, in Lexington avenue, yesterday morning
Miss Evangeline Booth, commander, distributed
five thousand baskets and a thousand paper
bacs containing dl»ners for five persons to long
ilnes of hungry mothers, fathers and children.
Each basket or bag contained a fowl, a can
j of soup, a large loaf of bread, potatoes, turnips.
I carrots, apples, oranges, sugar, half a pound of
tea and a copy of "The War Cry." In each was
also a Christmas card with "I pray that this
Christmas will be a happy one, and may you
learn Christ's love, who was rich, but upon this
, day became poor for our cakes. Evangeline
Booth, commander," written on It
Heretofore It has been the custom of the Sal
vation Army to serve a cooked meal on Christ
xr.a-i evening, but this year it was decided to
send out meals uncooked, so that the recipients
rould enjoy tin m in their own homes and cook
them the way they wanted to.
Miss Booth distributed the dinners, assisted
by Colonels Holland. Cox, Gifford. Chandler and
Melntyio. A similar distribution was made at
Sangerbund Hall. Brooklyn. In the gallery at
the Grand Central Palace the scene was watched
by several students of sociology.
Besides the distribution of the dinners there
was a big Christmas tree made up of one hun
dred separate trees. It was loaded with toys, !
which brought a "Merry, Merry Christmas" u> j
hundreds of little boys and girls. Besides this,
they all received bags of popcorn and candies i
and saw a stereopticon exhibition.
Miss Booth was afked if she thought the year !
had been a prosperous one for the poor In tb>e !
city. *I do not." sh? quickly replied. "The prl -e
of food has gone up, rents h^ve increased and j
the pay of the laborers has not. Thtse facts tell
the s-id story of the city's poor, who have reason
to consider the boasts of prosperity throughout
the land a mockery."
Slayer of Stanford White Not limited to
Tombs Christmas Fare.
Ail of the 428 prisoners In the Tombs, with the
exception of Harry Thaw, had the dinner that
was provided by Commissioner Coggey. Thaw
had for luncheon a light soup, asparagus and
Ice cream. For his dinner he had squab, sent
down by automobile from Delmonlco's through
special arrangements made by his wife. She
called at the prison and left a big package.
Knowing the rule that no visitors would be al
lowed, she did not try to see her husband.
Just as she was leaving the prison Thaw sent
a runner down to her with a book and a big
Teddy bear at least two and one-half feet high.
She had gone, and the presents were left at the
gate. Soon another cab drove up and a lawyer
who refused to give his name sent In a big pack
age to Thaw.
"Countess" de Massy, awaiting trial for the
shooting of Gustave Simon, the Broadway mer
chant, and Mrs. Catherine Neill, accused of be
ing Implicated In the murder of her husband, in
Greenwich, Conn., had nothing but the prison
Barlow and Crane Let Former Convicts Free
to Spend Christmas at Home.
Two detectives had a man who said he was
"Mike" Fisher, of No. 78 South 4th street, "Will
lamsburg. arraigned before Magistrate Barlow
in the Harlem court yesterday. He was picked
up in a basement at No. 719 Prospect avenue
on "ppec," the detectives said. They told the
magistrate his picture was in the Rogues' Gal
lery, and started to make nut a short affidavit
to have him held twenty-four or i>rty-eight
hours at least.
"If? true; i got out of Slngr Sing five years
apo." spoke up Fisher, "but I've never done a
Job since then. The fly rops have picked me up
lot? of times, but they've never got anything
on me. I'm married, and was going to The
Bronx yesterday with some presents for my
nephew when I saw these two. I ducked into
the basement to get out of their way, because
I wanted to spend Christmas at home."
'Til take a ehanee that your story 1b true,"
said the magistrate. "You can go home to your
"Old Bill" Ferguson, v few months out of Sing
Ping, came up before Magistrate Crane In the
Tnmbs court in much the same case. Ferguson
•ras arrested on $u c p!c!on at the Park Row end
of thp Brooklyn Bridge on Christmas Eve. "I
was m my way to visit my grandchildren." he
the magistrate. "They live In Brooklyn.
and 1 had to go over the bridge. It is hard for
me to hold a job. Every time one of these de
tectivep who knows my record sees me he ar
rests me. My emp'over soon finds out my his
tory, ami then I have to get a new place. I
I >U will let me trr. thin Christmas Day to
ser; my little grandchildren."
Magistrate Crane, with tears In his eyes, dis
charged him. saytng: "I wish I were a business
man and could give you employment. I would
do' bo at once."
German Bids Friends Goodby, Then Stabs
Himself Twelve Times.
Frederick Obauer. who made and sold pocket
bonks at No. 3«4 Keap street, WilMamsburg.
killed himself early yesterday morning, stabbing
himself twelve times in his left side and abdo
!!i< n Bta sras S bachelor, and had lived alone
for years in two rooms, working In one and
cooking his meals and sleeping in the other.
Years ago. It was said, he was disappointed in
<x ]"\e affair. He came from Germany to Will-
I»m«burg thirty years ago. Irately he had been
troubled with rheumatism, and a nostrum pre
scribed by an acquaintance seemed only to
make his o/mdition worse.
On Christmas Ev« \h+ man bade his friends
goodby, saying he felt his end was near, and
that he would never live through the Christmas
holidays. At 4 o'clock yesterday morning the
la the hons«> heard him groaning", and
found him insensible.
Before the ambulance surgeon from the East
ern District Hospital arrived. Obauer came to
himself long enough to mutter that he wanted to
end his life— nothing should be done to save
him. An hour later he died in the hospital.
Each Little East Sider in Eager Crowd Re
warded with a Gift.
Several hundred children, from five to twelve
years old. flocked into the big toy store of Henry
irossnstHn, at No. 118 Park Row. and half an
hour or so later tho streets In the neighborhood
were Oiled with youngsters beating drums, play
ing miniature fiddles and nursing dolls, all the
gifts of Mr. Roseneteln. who. for the last five
rears has provided many of the children of the
Ea-t Side with Christmas playthings.
As early as 7 o'clock the ftreet in front of the
■tors was crowded with children, and they
fought and pushed each other to get a place
near the doors. Four policemen and severe. inf
X k!£n c el ? B •«P to *«" had *» they could do
to keep the juvenile crowd from breaking in
the e iaM in th« doors In their efforts to get in
s<lde, and when the Btore was thrown onen for
then at Wojclock the confusion became general
**li ' fo { '; S< , I!S " '" * M that he had prepared him
self for a bigger crowd than sv«r. and he after
."f 1L I?*" 1 " fort V nale he d ' d . for his stock
or thX rf?iM^' aS K n t arly <* *<isted when the last
or me children had pone.
Th« 1.300 prisoners at Sing Sing enjoyed a
day of r-st yesterday. They ■peat most of their
time mating a fine breakfast in the mess hall and
attending services in the two chapel*. Break
faet began about 9 o'clock, and it was nearly 10
o'clock when it xvas over. Then the prisoners
T'" l" 1^'? ,»" <1 , l: -"* ! - K ° lnff taCk to thfclr
tt-llu to spend Ou> afternoon, utnoking good ci
gars. Breakfasi Included chicken soup, mashed
pouuoe, turnip, with gravy, breakfast rolls, hot
blecult and bread, tea with milk and sugar,
crackers and eh«sss, sppiss, mince pl» and cl-
Many a fortuno has been loot
by ili-adv.sod investment*.
We will manage your affair*
in a safe and conservative
ehr em*! CSnmjramj
of Amrrtra
135 Proadway, New York
95 Orefham St.. London. E. C
36 WolJ St.. New York
Capital and Surplus. $12,500,030.
Longshoreman Knocks Out Alleged Thugs,
but Can't Find Christmas Money.
Philip Duffy, a longshoreman employed about
a Brooklyn sugarhouse pier, spent a large part
of his Christmas at the Tombs court yesterday
wondering where he would get back $52 he says
was stolen from him on the ferryboat Colorado,
of the Roosevelt street ferry- H. F. O'Brien, of
Worcester, Mass.. and H. J. Carmel, of Nor
wich, Conn., spent Christmas In the Tombs
Duffy is a husky six-footer. He started, hla
Christmas celebration In Willlarnaburg, and
when the lights there began to burn low he
turned his steps toward the "Great White Way."
It was Just before midnight when he left
Wtlliam.sbun? on the boat, and Duffy says he
still had $52 left in his pocket. He says that
when the boat reached the middle of the
stream he was snuggled up In a corner of the
women's cabin next to the wheel box, when, he
declares. O'Brien and Carmel came up to him
and, displaying weapons, said to Duffy:
"We're going to rob you. If you make any re
sistance, into the river for youcs."
Duffy was? slow in getting into action. When
he did get into action, however, things occurred
with rapid succession.
"Is that so. young fellow?" he said, and
snatched the revolver from O'Brien, simul
taneously handing him a left hander that sent
him to the corner and the floor. A swift kick
put Carmel out of the fight, and with the next
breath Duffy gave a yell that woke all the
eleepy deckhands and brought them on the run.
They took charge of the two men — that is. as
much aa Duffy would allow — and when the
dock was reached at Roosevelt street. New
York, they wero turned over to Patrolman
O'Neill, of the Oak street station.
The ?52 Is still missing, however.
Children of John D. Crimmins and ex-Justice
O'Brien Serve Old People.
One hundred and sixty-four aged women and
118 old men. inmaies of the Home for the Aged
of the Little Sisters of the Poor, at No. 213
East 70th street, ate a Christmas dinner pro
vided by John D. Crimmins and served by his
sons and daughters and the sons of ex-Justice
Morgan J. O'Brien. All of the old people have
passed the sixty-year post, and Mrs. Bridget
Dowd bears the distinction of having reached
fivescore and three years. The dinner vras
topped off with a thimbleful of real old Irish
whiskey to each of the diners. Pipes and to
bacco were distributed to the men and candy to
the women.
Eighten Hundred Newsboys Fed — This Char
ity Forty-six Tears Old Yesterday.
What is known as the Flelss Christmas dinner
was given last night at the Newsboys' Lodging
house, at No. 14 New Chambers street. Eighteen
hundred hungry mouths were fed, and what
was left over was carried away by the poor
women of the lower East Side, who, as usual.
brought baskets for the occasion.
It was the annual dinner given to the news
boys by William M. Fleisa, whose father began
the practice just forty-six years ago yesterday.
His widow kept up the custom until her death
less than two years ago. and young Mr. Fleiss
told the boys last night In an address that he
intended to keep it up as long as he lived, and
to educate his two boys to follow his example.
Among those who were there was the Rev.
Madison C. Peters, the Rev. Dr. Johnson, of the
John Street Methodist Church; Mrs. Alfaro, Mrs.
Jacobs and William McKeon.
Husband Drops Dead as He Hands
Gift to Wife.
Philadelphia, Dec. 25 —Just as he presented a
Christmas gift to his wife Thomas Cardln, of
this city, dropped dead of heart disease.
There has been the usual Christmas gayety
at the Cardln home. Mr. Cardln produced from
its hiding place a neatly wrapped parcel which
he had bought several days previously. He
handed it to his wife.
"I wish you a Merry Christmas, my dear," he
said, as he kissed her, "and"
The sentence was not finished. He put his
hand to his side, rc-t-lod and fell to the floor, dy
ing at once, his wife fobbing over him. with the
parcel lying unopened on the floor. He was
sixty- two years old.
Is Immediately Rewarded by Christ
mas Gift of Furs.
Boston. Dec 25.— Miss Helen Fay. who lives
at the Germania. in Tremont street, received a
valuable set of furs to-day as a reward for stop
ping a runaway team and saving the lives of
two young women. The team, attached to a
carriage In which were Miss Eileen Klnsala.
who was driving, and Miss Ruby McCoombs of
Brookline, bolted near the O'Reilly memorial at
tno entrance to the Fenway. Miss Fay hart
just left the Hotel Somerset, where she had been
Jame'dashlni 1 £"* U ' he " BPlritCd h ° rae »
As the team got abreast of her she sprang
and caught the near horse by the bridle, run
ning alongside until she had pulled his head
down and he had the choice of stopping or
falling. He stopped. This also stopped his
team mate. * v a
After the horses had been brought under coif
trol Miss Fay chatted for a moment with the
other young women, whose nerves had been
little Shaken by the accident. As she turned
away Miss Kinsala impulsively threw a sable
collar, a gift from her father earlier in the day
around Miss Fay's neck, and forced that and
the muff which went with it upon her rescuer
While Miss Fay was still protesting Miss Kin-
Bala and Miss M. Coombs drove away toward
Massachusetts avenue.
Jamestown, N. V., Dec 25.— 0. B. Jones, a
well known citlzon. who Is critically 111. gave to
the city of Jamestown a Christmas gift to-day
In the form of a deed to twenty-seven acres of
land near the centre of the city. It is to be
used as a site for a non-sectarian hospital. The
property is valued at $50,000.
Potsdam. Dec. 25.— Emperor William took his
usual Chtlstmas morning walk In the environs
of tho palace to-day, and chatted with chance
passersby. Accordng to the time-honored cus
tom of Prussian sovereigns, he gave at parting
r^J^ *V^ re of the lower ranks of M« a
freahlj minted gold piece, which, like all money
li.. peror ' a Personal use. was highly pol
ished by the mint. Returning to the palace, he
brought ltat ' On 9 from vartoUß **»«• wh °
Amonic the trees at the Christmas Eve ceiebra
"°»a.t inn P nl ?,''" «as a tiny one for th« Imperial
grandchild Their mantles conducted each
hfn^th t/f ulllyu llly to tha iW* Christmas
trjg. beneath which the presents lay for dlstri-
■ ■ f .
j None Too Lowly to Enjoy Christ
mas as Congressman's Guest. ■
"Big Tim" Sullivan satisfied yesterday th« ele
mentary craving for sustenance of over six
thousand derelicts of th* Bowery, whom he
warmed and fed out of his own bounty. He
based his appeal for popularity on that passion
for gratitude which. In Its full strength, lies In
the breast of a social outcast as It does) In that
of a homeless dog. Men without overcoats.
without soles to their shoes, with empty stom
achs, the flotsam and Jetsam of the East Side,
who walk up and down all night In the bitter
gusts of the empty streets or lie about half
frozen in sheltered doorways — such men were
the guests at his annual Christmas dinner, and
they did not find It difficult to leave their lairs
and crowd about the entrance to the Timothy
D. Sullivan Association headquarters, at No. 207
Bowery, while the morning was still dark.
By 10 o'clock the throng reached from block
to block on either Bide. They shivered and
stamped their feet, though not vigorously, be
cause of the soft soles; and all of them, the
blind, the lame, the old. the middle aged and the
young, wore that expression of sullen Indiffer
ence which crude physical suffering brings. In
relays of three hundred they were allowed Into
the building, and while one fraction fed. the rest
waited patiently outside for their turn, making i
no protest when the crippled and maimed were
given the preference In the line. The raw. red .
blood of life had been chilled in these men; they !
were not aggressive, there was little- resistance
to the thirty burly policemen who were on hand
to keep them In order.
The feast began at 10 o'clock and lasted all
day. "Big Tim" had provided 5.000 loaves of
bread, 1.500 pounds of turkey, 1,000 pounds of
chicken, 1.000 pounds of duck, 7.000 pies. 8 bar- j
rels of potatoes. 10.000 cups of coffee and 80
kegs of beer, and as each member filed out he
received a pouch of tobacco, a pipe and a ■
ticket for a pair of shoes to be delivered later, j
No man on the Bowery or In the whole city who
could get to the association's headquarter* went
hungry for at least one day. There were no
cards of admission, no Introductions, no turning
away of any one. AH were received and Invited
to eat and drink to repletion. Even their spirits
were fed and lifted by music from a good or
chestra, which played the tunes that such men
like. As each relay of men finished and got up
to make room for another, some one among
them would shout. "Three cheers for Tim* Sul
livan!" and the rest would join In savagely.
These were the only demonstrations.
"Little Tim" Sullivan was the master of cere
monies, and the committee that assisted him
consisted of William B. Calvert, Joseph Dunn,
John White, Andrew Hughes and Colonel
"Mike" Padden. Among the visitors were Bird
S. Coler, Borough President of Brooklyn; Georga
Kraus. Justice-elect Erlanger. Controller Me
Senator Fitzgerald and Congressman-elect Rior
* _ • .. ' "T
Many Gifts to Employes — Cheer the Order
of the Day.
Chicago, Deo. 25. — Christinas cheer was uni
versal In Chicago to-day. Ten thousand poor
families were fed. The charitable organizations
worked faithfully In looking after the wants of
those who have Bought relief, and In addition
practically every church In the city attended to
its poor and brought food to thousands.
The Dunning Institutions — the Jail, the homa
for the friendless, the hospitals and the asylums
— observed the holiday, and the inmates received
dinners and entertainments.
Christmas gifts aggregating more than $500.
000 were made to employes by Chicago em
ployers yesterday. The gifts ranged from $2 up
ward, and in some cases firms disbursed large
sums. The banks in nearly every case present
ed gold pieces to their employes, the gifts rang
ing according to the gradations of salary.
Wife of Policeman Found Dead in Mott
A little girl found '.he body of a woman on the
stone flagging between the big front and rear
tenements at No. 299 Mott street yesterday morn
ing. Italians don't Ilka the idea of having
6trangers die In their homes, so the body was car
ried out of the yard and stretched on the side
walk. She was identified as Kitty Kennedy. Dr.
Lordi, of St. Vincent's Hosplial, said the woman
had been frozen to death.
"Kitty was one of the finest women that ever
came Into this place," said a friend. "Her hus
band Is a cop named Ryan anil her brother Is a
detective sergeant. Kitty had trouble with her
man ten years ago and went away from him. She
went as a nurse In the Metropolitan Hospital over
on the Island and there ehe took to drink, for
It's easy to get a sup over there if you stand in."
It Was by the Chimney, but He Didn't
Really Want To.
Caldwell, >T. J.. Dec 25 (Special).- Ezoklel Wes
ton. a well know l Negro of Caldwell, tried to play
Santa Claus with disastrous results last night. He
is the father of ten healthy pickaninnies, and they,
with a number of the neighbors' children, were
grouped about the big open firepiaca t".lhiny about
St. Nicholas.
Some stoutly maintained the old fellow was a
myth, while others declared that Santa Claus was
a real being, who dashed over the housetops be
hind his reindeer. "I need him once," said one,
"and he was going right fru da air as if de berry
debbll was after him."
"I doan beltrve such stuff," declared old "Zeke's"
eldest boy. "Dere ain't no such pusson."
"Jake" Werta had been Invited to the festivities.
and be arrived at that moment with his Addle, and
that broke up the discussion for the time being.
Preparations were made for dancing. In the mean
time old "Zeke" had fixed ud as Santa Claus. and
with a small pack on his back had ascended to the
roof of the old farmhouse. It was not his Inten
tion, however, to go down the chimney, but merely
to sltout down and then descend the ladder and
make liis appearance through a rear door Into the
room. "Zeke" had Just begun to shout 'On, Dormer
and BlitzenJ" when something happened, He
stepped on a loose brick and went tumbling down
the chimney, never stopping until he landed in the
fireplace, scattering the embers right and left
"Jake" Werts had Just struck up "Money Musk"
when "Zeke" in his Santa Claus outfit made his
sudden appearance "Jake" must have thought it
was his Satanic majesty, for he dropped hlsi ftddla
and fled Into the <larknesis. Sunn: of the children
went with him. while others stayed behind and
helped Santa to extinguish his blazing clothing
The carpet also caught tire, and It looked at on»
time as If the farmhouse would be drstroved
-Zeke" didn't mind all that so much, however l>ut
he lost his white whiskers, which were hla pride
Mlneola, Long Island. Dec. 25.— Mrs. William
K. Vanderbllt. Jr.. was good to the Nassau Hos
pital here to-day, and gave to every employe a
turkey. She also provided a turkey dinner for
every patient in the building. Every year Mrs.
Vanderbilt remembers the suffering inmates of
the hospital and sees that everything possible la
done for their comfort on Christinas Day. Sher
iff Glldersleev* treated the inmates of the Jail
well to-day, and gave each a turkey dinner and
a couple of cigars.
Schoolcraft. Mich.. Dec. 25.— William and
Henry Munger. brothers, were run down and
killed last night by a Grand Trunk freight train
while walking along the tracks from Vlcksburg
with their arms filled with Christmas presents.
A strong wind was blowing, and the men appar
ently did not hear the approach of the train, al
though the engineer saw them and blew the
UMca, N. T.. Dec. 35.— Llewellyn Brower. fifty
four years old. who lived near Camden. commit
ted suicide to-dny by blowing off his head with
a shotgun, a Christmas present from a friend.
He placed the stock of the gun on the floor and
pulled the trigger with his toes. No cause Is
awlrned for tbt act
Annual Clearance Sale
Fine French Underwear
All Hand Made
December 26th, 27:h, 28th, 29;h
QOWNS --*... from 3.50 to 35,00
FORAtEBLT $5.30 to MOW
CHEMISES -- • . f r o m 250 to 32.50
KORiIERI.T JAM to 143.00
DRAWERS - • - • . f rom 3.50 to 15.00
rORMBRLT (15.60 to *22.»
MATCHED SETS of three piece*, m m 12.50 to 100.00
FORMERLY 111.00 to $150.00
This sale offers an exceptional opportunity for purchas
ing of Wedding Trousseaux and replenishing of Lingerie at
greatly reduced prices.
Broadway and 18th St.
S. Altman $c CCn.
Commencing this day (Wednesday). December 26d*>
will hold a sale of WHITE SILK&
comprising over 20,000 yards at
58c.. 65c, 78c. $1.00 and $1.28 per yard
The regular prices of which are 75c to $225
•tors will n rv*tin> &azlt at nee a\ sa
Churches Observe the Day with Services of
Special Splendwc
San Francisco. Dec. 25.— With elaborate cere
monial and special muslo the churches of Saa
Francisco celebrated Chrtatmaa. Half <
churches have been rebuilt since the disaster of
last April.
In all the churches services of especial splendor
were held. St. Mary's Cathedral was opened for
the first time since April 18. and there was a
large attendance at the Mass celebration at 11
o'clock by Archbishop Montgomery.
Boy Bought Revolver with Money Saved for
Mother's Christmas Present
Cincinnati. Dec. 25. — With money he had saved
to give his mother aa a Christmas gift. Henry
Siebele, sixteen years old. bought a revolver,
with which he shot and fatally wounded his
stepfather. Henry Brtoker. to-day.
According to the boy. bis stepfather had
threatened to kill hl» mother, and he bought the
revolver to protect her. This morning Brinker
attacked his wife with a hatchet, and the boy
pulled the revolver from his pocket and fired five
shots, all taking effect.
James Mcßarron. seventy-three years old. of No.
61 Hartford street. Newark, died suddenly in St.
Joseph's Catholic Church. Newark, yesterday
morning during the 7 o'clock mass. He was seised
with severe pains as he sat beside his daughter.
Loretta, and his cries interrupted the mass. John
McNiece. the sexton of the church, went to the
old mairs assistance, and with others carried Mr.
Mcßarron to the choir loft, where Dr. Francis J.
Kerns, of No. 384 Central avenue, who was at the
mass, attended him.
Utica. N. T... Deo. *s.— Edward M. Wllkle. a
freight conductor on the Delaware. Lackawanna A
Western Railroad, was found crushed to death b»
n«»th two coal gondolas In this city to-day. He
™ mStoia short cut to hla home to spend
Christmas Twitt his family, having just completed
bis run.
New Jersey Organist Suffering from Nervous
Trouble Commits Suicide.
[By Telegraph to Th* Trtbuns. ]
Flerolngton. N. J.. Dec. 25-Mlse Bessie HUI.
organist of the ReavUle Presbyterian Church,
committed suicide early thla morning by drown
ing hereelf In a cistern at the home of her
mother. In Reaville. Miss HIU had been suffer
ing from nervous trouble for a abort time. She
had been rehearsing for a Christmas cantata,
which was presented In the church last night,
but withdrew from the entertainment last week.
Early this morning she told her mother she
wanted a drink. She refused her mother's offer
to -o for the water, and went into the kitchen,
where she pried open a trap door over the cistern,
cut her throat with a cleaver and then jumped
into the cistern. A few moments later Mrs. Hill
became alarmed over her absence and called to
her. Receiving no response she hastened to
the kitchen door, only to find It locked.
Neighbors were quickly summoned, but the
young woman was dead when taken from the
Aged Woman Expires on Way to Christmas
Dinner at Daughter's Home.
While on her way to spend her Christmas Day
with her daughter. Mrs. Martha Sharp*, sev
enty-four years old. of Wilfred street. Weet
Orange, N. J., was taken 111 late yesterday after
noon In Columbus avenue, near 83d street, and
died before medical assistance arrived. Apo
plexy was given as the cause of death.
Accompanied by her daughter and son-in-law.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Vanderhoff. of West
Orange. N. J.. Mrs. Sharp* started north in Co
lumbus avenue to go to the home of her son
in-law. J. Curtis Van Ness, at No. 103 West
Mth street. As Mrs. Sharp* Beared 83*1 street
she complained of feeling 111, and then fell to
the sidewalk, unconscious. Mr. Vanclerhoff car
ried her into a nearby drug store, and Dr. W.
T. Wilkinson, of No. HO West S2d street, was
called. Whan h« ax rived he pronounced the
woman dead. /
Everett House Proprietorship Ami
cably Settled.
*2i*JE r !r lt Hou3 *- ** alnst which two «»*<*»•
tary petitions m bankruptcy were filed on Monday.
was doing business yesterday just th« tarns as
ever. and. to ail outward appearances, tture were
no financial trouble, bothering th. old hoteL TS.
dining rooms were well filled at dinner yssttitfar
and the cat* did an exceedingly good business.
The usual number of guests were also a: tin
house, it waa said.
There was considerable myst.ry In the sudds*
departure of J. H. Sieb«rt. the proprietor, on 3saa*
day. Various allegations agaln.t tica were b»2«»
but have not been substantiated. Mr. Sleb«t t«l»»
phoned to the hot.l that he waa going to BuSalo
to transact some real estat* business, and up :©
late last night had not been beard from.
Differences of opinion as to who should be tha
actual manager of the hot.l until tha courts tsks
further action were settled amicably yesterday.
Judge Holt, In the United State* Circuit Court, bad
appointed Lindsay Russell, a lawyer, as receiver.
But when Mr. Russell went to Ins hotel on Mao*
day he learned that the property had been trans
ferred In tha early morning to P. J. F!:-inn.tT»
a hotel proprietor, and as tha transfer was mad.
before the petitions In bankruptcy were filed, it
took precedence. For a time it looked as If th«
possibility of trouble between Ms] two factions
, would causa the hotel to close peremptorily, but
an arrangement waa finally made. whWl will
allow the hotel to continue for an Indefinite perttxi.
It was decided, without further argument, that
Mr. Flannery was the proprietor, and. as such, fc-i J
precedence over the receiver. Mr. Flar.nery will
therefore have charge of the hotel, its receipts ana
expenses, but Mr. Uussell, or a representative <>■■
his. will be at th* hotel, to see- everything that !s
done. All accounts prior to December 2i, or bsfof*
Mr. Flannery became proprietor, where inon*/
comes in, will go to the receiver. From than
date the bookkeepers will make spilt accounts <ii*
viuinsr all receipts and expenses eaually.
wt.Tuin; H. Park*, the nar..iger ot :no hotel, saiJ
yesterday that there would b* no trouble ■■>' any
kind, and that the hotel would oontir.-.:e just as If
there had never been arty flnancia.l diffloulUe* H*
repeated that the hot.l had been malting money*
Unfortunate Investments en the pan si tM tors:;
proprietor, it Is said, have allow o»i the hotel to be
come temporarily embarrassed, as far as running
accounts are concerned. All of the employes h»»*
been paid up to date. Fro.-. now oa Mr. FlannsrTj
the new proprietor, will assume all obligations ana
pay th. employes. .
It is understood that the bills owe& w -ti
caused the Involuntary petitions In bankruptcy, **"
be paid promptly, and th» debtor hotel will •&<»*»/
be discharged from the bankruptcy courts wita a
clean sheet.
Ernest & Cramer Building, One of Barrel's
Largest Structures. Burned.
Denver. Dm. 26.— Th. Ernest & Cramer BuQdtna.
on. of the largest office buildings In Denver, was
badly damaged by fire to-day. The tnitMtr.j- was .
an sight story brick and stone structure, and cos*
over 1600.000.
A law library on the top floor of tha auilOinft
valued at between 530.000 and Jtt.OOO. was destroyed,
TU» ground floor of th. building was occupied &T
two banks, the Postal company, a «*»■■ house. *
•ho. store, barber shop, a pen »tor» and a aaloonj
The upper Boor* of the bunding were occt.pi*>
mostly by attorneys, with some Insurance agea*»
and other office businesses.
The entire Flr« Department fousht CM nrs.
The loss la approximate^ $£*>.'*s.
We Loan Millions
annually upon selected New York
Gty property, taking first mortgages
as security. .
These mortgages are upon real
estate, the titles to which have been
searched and insured ty u». They
arc oL-rei to investors. principal
and interest guaranteed by the Bond
& Mortgage Guarantee % Company,
without expense to purchaser. They
yield a net, iax free late of 4*4 pa*
ceat. , -
Call or write for memoranda of
these high grade securities.
Cap!lal& Surplus. - $11,030.00*
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