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* . . \ TOt - LXVL X° 21. 055. TO WITHDRAW "SALOME' COXRIED WILL NOT FIGHT Drama Will Be Withdrawn Unless House Owners Relent. If the Stars of th<» Metropolitan Opera and Jleal Estate Company, which own* the Metro politan O)K>ra I ■■:-.. refuse to withdraw their j,r^ ; MWHwt a repetition of "Salome." no fur ther performances of the Strauss- Wilde drama will r> A pi VP " «t 'he Metropolitan Opera House. This decision was reached at ■ meeting of the eimrutife committee of the Courted Metropolitan Opera Company yesterday afternoon. George G. Hmren, rtdent of the owning company. Rives iio Intimation that he*and his fellow directors vill change their opinion that the performance rf "Salome" is "'objectionable and detrimental tn the l«r«t interns «.f the Metropolitan Opera Jlnus*." lie seems i.i consider v the incident <losofl. sn<l. Indeed, the directors of the Conried amp*ny have little hope that the objections will lie withdrawn. "Th* opinion sprni«»d to ho last night that the pp^r., would 1*» withdrawn, and that the opera company would l>e ol.liped to forfeit a large MUOUSI of money to Mr. StmuPs for failure to Jceep tlie contract. whi«h called for ten perform ii"« h«r*. Tfcia forfeit, it i S S aid. will amousjt to at 1-aM .«l«».i*.lH. The directors of the opera company do not admit the right of the real estate company to dictate the Trithdrnwnl of "Salome," but b*'iev« they shouid not oppose the feellrg of *n influential part of the niusl«- loving public. IMnihli OanHeaT. the president of the Conried Metropolitan Opera Company, and the managing director, did not HRree to (he conclusion of the executive committee yesterday until he was in" duee«« to b^ieve that it was 111.' only solution lie js proud of the production of 'Salome." feel- Ing that It is a Rivat artistic triumph, and hav ing no sympathy with those who hold that it is objectionable, according to one of hi* friends. He believes the music of the opera i!« the main thing, and that from that point of view nothing but praise can come from any source. The dispute about "Salome" has troubled Mr. Conried lily, and has aggravated his nervous condition. His physicians feared yesterday that If the controversy were kept up it might have a serious effect upon him. Mr. Conried ■» none of the directors of his company yesterday, but they consulted with him (ivr the telephone. He saw a few friends, but *ent word that he m unable to see newspaper men. On account of the exaggerated state ments regarding Mr. Conried's sickness his physicians made the following statement last right: With reference to certain statements in the daily press as to the condition of Director Hein rich Conried of the Metropolitan Opera House, the attending physicians desire to state — ing that those reports may alarm Mr. Conried's friends — that those statements are pure inven tion and without the slightest foundation.- Mr. Corn-led has suffered from neither an apoplectic stroke nor from locomotor ataxla. He has had an attack of sciatic neuritis, as stated to the press before, and. although still suffering from It, he Is slowly but surely mending. He has not for an hour ceased transacting business from his home, and we confidently hope to pee him soon at his desk at the Metropolitan Opera House. 0 The meeting of the executive committee of the opera company was held at the home of Raw lias Oottenet. one of Its members, at No. 110 East 25th street. The other members present were H. Rogers Wlnthrop. Eliot Gregory and Otto H. Kahn. Edmund L. Baylies, a director, but not a member of. the executive committee, was also present. One of the men had had an informal talk with George G. Haven and gave little hope that the- directors of the real estate company would recede from their position. The whole question was thoroughly discussed. It was de cided to ask the real estate company for a meet- Ing with its executive committee, that the views of th*- opera company might have due consid eration: but if the real estate company insists on sticking to its position the opera company will give no further performances. A person closely in touch with the directors of the opera company said last night: "The directors felt it their duty to the public to produce this great opera, which is being pro duced in the great cities of Europe, but out of regard for the feelings of a considerable num ber of the music-loving public are willing to withdraw the opera if it can be shown that there is strong sentiment against It. "The directors do not have much hope of changing the position of Mr. Haven and the other directors of the real estate company. It is a matter of feeling, and you can't argue with a man about his feelings." Ernest Goerlltz, business representative of Mr. Conried, was asked whether, if "Salome" Should be withdrawn from the Metropolitan opera House, the contract with Mr. Strauss could be fulfilled by producing the opera else where. "I doubt it very much." he replied; "that Is a very serious question." If the drama is withdrawn it will be a ques tion an to whether the directors of the real es tate company may not be asked at least to assist in making good the financial loss that will be sustained by the opera company. It was said that the financial end of the problem was not taken up yesterday. -Judge Dittcnhoefer, counsel for the opera company and Mr. Conried. .said last night that he had made a thorough study of the lease by which the opera house is occupied by the opera company, but he would not discuss it. Piiu! D. Cravath would not talk about his con nection with the case, but it was learned that he represents the real estate company. "Ther« ha« been no change in the situation." said George G. Haven. "We stand by our pro tect." Asked if lie would call a meeting of the direc tor* of the real estate company, he replied: "I can't tell. We have received no request to do so* yet." ' :* : Thir w?fi literally true, for th<- formal request sf the or^ra company for such a Joint meeting: BSt s< ut out until last night. No definite time for the meeting was suggested, but the ji-cuesity of a meeting at the earliest j>osstble date was emphasised. The directors of the real estate company, as wti: as those of the. opera company, refused yesterday to discuss the incident or to give their I>ersona! opinions of "Salome." ?t was said yesterday in tome quarters that it was hard to reconcile the doubt expressed by Mr. Goerlitz as to the possibility of fulfilling the contract with Mr. Strauss by giving perform ances or the road with the announcement made by Mr. Conried and Mr. Meltxcr that there were to be only three moro performances. It was *U3S>esled that possibly the situation was simi lar to that in the season of ISO3-'O4, when an announcement that only five performances of "Parsifal" would be given was followed by th« addition "by request" of first five and then two *rtra performances. The chance for a suit for breach of contract by Strauss was considered small. WB£ sr'»*ii •Straurs ha» rrrittcn other operas which he wants to have produced here." Mid on* man. "One ts TTeuersnoth.* which was to have been .nt on next ? •-.•!». Another in being written ■jaw. 'F3«rtra,' which lh*y *ay out-Salomes *Sa lonv' Btra'im «wi ■,<\tc more 'out of royalties her* titan anywhere else, and he i* too good a ti.KliMiSs man to have trcMble.with Mr. Conried tor •omeUiin* » bieh Is not' hi*, fault." ■ Tr^,nJra&: to, a jas* new-york. Monday. January 28. idol-twelve paoes.-^tJ^s^ss-^ MEN PROMINENT IN THE METROPOLITAN CONTROVERSY OVER "SALOME." Dfawctora of the Opera and Real Estate Company. Directors of the Conried Opera Company. O. 8..80W001K. UEO. P. WETMORB. HEINTUCTH OOMmiKO. GEORGE GOULD. A. O. VASDERBII.T (Photograph by Pach Bros.) (Photograph by Pmcb Broa.) (Photograph by Pach Bros.) 3. P. MOna A Y. W. X. VANT>R»Bn.T. * 7C"oryrJght, 1908. by P«ch Br«».) 'Photograph by Pach Bros.) A TARIFF WAR AVERTED BASIS OF TREATY LAID. German- A merican ( *om m isuontrs Make Known Result a. Berlin. Jan. '11- The conferences of the Amer ican and (ierman tariff commissioners ended on Friday. S. N. I ». North, who is head of th* American delegation, will sail for the United States next Wednesday. James L* Gerry an< l Xahum I. Stone, the other delegates, will remain here to complete the translation and certification of the protocols. The Associated Press some day? ;ip'> request id both commissions to authorize the publication of a summary of the results of tho negotiations. The American commissioners prepared such a. summary, and It was discussed an.l modified at a session of the joint commission. In its final form it is as follows: The sessions of the commissions have been harmonious from the start, and nothing has oc curred at any point to Interfere with the cordial and friendly relations originally established. Thes« sessions have, been largely devoted to an interchange "f information as to th»« customs methods of the two countries and the reasons therefor. No commercial treaty has been ne gotiated, because the American commissioners had been given no authority to makw such a treaty, but in the course of tho proceedings there has been established a basis u|«on which a com mercial treaty mlpht be concluded, provided the consent of the Reichstag and the American Con gress be given. So far as both governments are concerned, no committals have, been made, but the under standing is such lhat If th* two governments shall desire to enter into a commercial agree ment the preparatory work has \,v\\ done. The members of both thu American and Ger man commissions feel very strongly that even if no commercial agreement or treaty should fol low, the interchange of views and information has been of the utmost value in aiding :i con tinuance of the friendly commercial relations between the two nations. The Foreign Office will Issue an announce ment to-morrow Identical with the foregoing. Following diplomatic usage, tho American com missioners Belt that the details of th* results reache.l ourM to be, laid before' Preside: it Roose velt first, whila the Gorman commissioners did not desire them published until after the Rfichstag elections and th« reballots. which in many districts will not be finished until Feb ruary r». It is permitted to add that the commissions arranged a plan which, with the approval of President rtooafiirftlt au<l the RfitrhstSf will avoid tariff hostilities, and. as alluded to In the foregoing authorized summary, a basin for a long term arrangement to the mutual advantage of Vtoth peoples was fully considered. ROCKEFELLER HELD UP. William G.s Automobile Stopped — Chauffeur Arrested for Speeding. William <!. Rockefeller, his wife and seven year-old son were out for an automobile ride la*t night, when they were held up at 120 th street and fit. Nicholas avenue by Bicycle Patrolman Mara, who arrested the chauffeur for speeding. "Why. we were only going fifteen miles an hour." said the chauffeur. •The law only allows eight miles In the city limits." replied Mara, "so you will have to come to the station house." At the llirith street police station Mr. Rocke feller went insid- with the chauffeur, while his wif» and son waited in the machine. After tho chauffeur's pedigree had been taken Sergeant Oorbett said: "Iyjck him up!" "OfeA't 1 bail this man out?" Mr. Rockefeller ask«-d. "I can give my wife's house at No. i! 92 Madison avenue, as security." The sergeant informed him that he could not give his wife's property on the bond, but that $100 cash would do. "Oh. is that all?" said Mr. Rockefeller, as he handed over a $100 bill. "That If easy." "By the way, who are you?" asked Sergeant Corbett. "My name is William G. Rockefeller, and I ilve at No. iilfti Madison avenue," was the reply. "Is that all you want of me?" S< rtfewr.t C'orbett assured him that there was nothing further, and. after promising to have the chauffeur in Harlem court to-day. Mr. Rocke feller re-entered the car and sped away. BUILD FIRES TO PROTECT ORANGES. [ By Telegraph to The Tribune.] New Orleans, Jan. 27.— Following the cold wave warning to the lower Gulf coast, orange growers, for the first time this winter, started thousands of fires to-night and smudged the groves to prevent the frost hurting the fruit. The temperature In the orange belt Is down to 'M degrees to-night, with sleet in various sec tions. The growers had ample time to protect rheti- trees, and no material damage Is expected. LIEUTENANT METTLER INJURED Fort Rlley. Kan.. Jan. 17.— Seven members of the Kansas City Athletic Club's baseball team and Lieutenant Mettler. of the artillery corps at the fort, were hurt here to-day while on the way to the railway station following a runaway down a hill which ojtrteil in their carriage being over turned. Uentewant M-m-.. who was the most seriously hurt. srftV>r«l " compound fracture of tho '?*>. The members of tie . lub were badly cut and bruised.* ; ;.--_■; . ......... . .. NEW TOWNSEND ARREST POLICE CONCEAL NAME. Mystery Surrounds Move of Man hattan Authorities in Murder Case. An arrest was made In Manhattan late last night in connection with th.- murder of Dr. Charles wiltnot Townsend, of No. 5 Westervelt avenue. New Brighton. Statin Island, who was phot In his home on Saturday, and died at 1 o'clock yesterday morning at the S. K. Smith Infirmary. The police refused to give any par ticulars beyond that the person arrested was suspected of complicity In the case. On request of Captain Gallagher, of the West Brighton police station. Morris Sllverman. the hack driver, was held In $25,000 ball as a sus picious person, when arraigned before Magis trate Marsh in the Stapleton polio court yes terday. He is to appear for examination to morrow. Bllvertnan is the man named by T">r. Town send .immediately after the shooting nn being similar In appearance, to the mnn who shot him. Isaac Snider, brother-in-law of Pllverman. who was arrested soon after the shooting, wan re leaned by the police soon after the physician's death. When Bllverman wan arraigned yesterday a dramatic appeal for his liberty was made by hln young wife, who was 8 ftHuSBr 1 patient of Dr. Townsend. I*ater Mrs. Bllverman eaid she would appear before Magistrate Marsh again to-day with a statement from Dr. Mord. the coroner's phynlcian. declaring that Dr. Townsend made a second ante-mortem statement in which he ex onerated her husband. Dr. Mord refused to say whether a second statement was made, Cosoner CahiU wan equally reticent about a etatament which is said to have been made less than an hour before the aurgcon died. INSPECTOR KXPECTS DEVELOPMENTS. Inspector S-hmlttberßer and Coroner Caiiill held .•'. conference early yesterday afternoon. Then Inspector Bchmlttberger went home (laying that his detectives, who have been visiting every one of the surgeon's recent patients, would disclose inUiesiliiK developments within twenty four hours, lie refused to say whether another arrest would be made. on" of the principal witnesses who will be called at the coroner's inquest is William Crab tree, who lives opposite the home of Dr. Town send. Mr. Crabtree whs one of tho first t<> t'jit.-r the surgeon's home after th-- shooting. Accord ing to his story, he was summoned by a servant, and when he reached the bedside «£ the Injured surgeon Mrs. Townsend waa hundutciriK the wounds. To his first question as to the motive for the. attack, be says. Mrs Townsend replied that it was not robbery, and then, stepping to a bureau, returned with a handful of Jewelry, which Khe said the m;in could have had If he had come for that purpose. Mr. Cnibtree's statement that Mrs. Townsend immediately suggested that burglary was not the motive for the shooting: contradicts the story told by th<; surg.on'M wife to tho police after tho shooting. At that time she la reported an say ing that robbery was the motive, and that sh.' heard the man call for money. When the police pointed out to her that a burglar would not have Bone, to her rooms when he could have gathered valuables downstairs without trouble, she ac cepted th« theory that the uhooting was done in a spirit of revenge. Mr. Crabtree was In tho room at the sanin time as Randall, the chauffeur, but the latter says he does not remember hearing the sur geon mention the name of the man whom he suspected at the time. Mr. Crabtre* did. how ever, ask Dr. Townsend not to repeat the name, of BUrermaa when he was being carried on a stretcher Into the ambulance. His reason for asking Dr. Townsend to refrain from mention ing the name of the hack driver. Mr. Crabtreo said, was because R number of neighbors were about and he did not want them to hear what the physician had to say. Coroner C.ihlll was present when Mr. Crabtree told the surgeon not to say any more until the ambulance was on the way to the hoepltal. PHYSICIAN HAD NO ENEMIES. According to a story told by Lawrence Crab tree, the seventeen-year-old son of William Crabtree, the rear door of his home was open immediately after the servant called for help. The boy was an intimate friend of the physi cian and often accompanied him on his rounds. On the night before the shooting, several patients were rlaited, the younger Crabtree act ing as chauffeur. After the last visit Dr. Town-, send remarked to his companion that he had not an enemy in the world. The surgeon had hardly entered his home on Friday night when he was called to attend Mrs. Crabtree. who slipped on the Ice and sprained her wrist. After her injury was treat ed Dr. Townsend returned to his home, and Mr. Crabtree remembers that it was 11:30 o'clock when the lights In his home were turned down. His family retired shortly afterward, to be < cntinu<-«1 on Mcond i>»*r FLORIDA'S FAMOUS TRAINB. ::!« P M.. >:J5 A. M. and 9:25 P. M. Unexcelled ser vlc* via Perm. * Atlantic Coast Line R. B Florida 'ofjrmallon Bureau. 6' way, cor. 90th Pt.— Advt. JAMBS TT. HTPE. TAMES SrETKW. CPhotosraph by Atm* Dupon* » BACK TO COURT TO-DAY. THAW EI'IDESCE XEARER. Jury May Re Completed Wednesday — Jurors Have a Drive. The trial of Harry K. Thaw for the killing of Stanford White will be resumed this morning before insti.-e Fitzgerald, In the Criminal Branch of the Supreme Court. During this week a jury will be obtained, and considerable testimony, possibly all the prosecution will offer, will be heard. It is hoped. It will probably be at least two days before the five jurors still needed will be obtained. By Wednesday or Thursday, nt the latest, the District Attorney should be able to make his opening address to the Jury and begin his direct examination of witnesses. There has probably never been a murder trial In this county which, for sustained interest, has equalled the Thaw trial. While the obtaining of ii jury is a dry. monotonous work, crowds begged for admission all last week. Now that testimony which it is generally expected will be exceeding ly Interesting Is soon to be heard, the morbid and cuaioti.s will appear in greater numbers*. Justice Fitzgerald has decided on stern meas ures, however, to curb the tendency of the mere sightseer. He has Issued orders that at no time during the trial shall spectators be admitted. Only those having positive business In the court will be admitted. Reporters, properly identified, win be allowed to enter, as well as those with subpo-nas. Justice Fitzgerald has deckled that th« spectators, particularly women, who appear only nt trials with particularly sensational features, and who do not follow ordinary fcapltal cases, shall be. absolutely barred. This order has been mad« Imperative, and the police and court officers have been told to obey it to the letter. The interest In which the trial is held is shown particularly by the arrival of visitors at New York hotels. Residents of rittshur . nat urally, are in the majority. At the. Hotel Astor it was said yesterday that there were fully five, times as many Plttsburcera registered as at any time since the hotel opened- At the Murray Hill Hotel where many from Pittsburg stay, there was an unusual number registered. The same was true at other hotels. PARESIS PLEA MAY STOP TRIAL. The possibility that Thaw may be declared a Victim of incipient paresis was discussed with general interest yesterday. A well known alien ist said that such a contention would have great weight. He explained that if Thaw had the disease, even In th*> incipient form, a trial would be- Impossible Paresis, it was explained, was a forr.«. of. Insanity, and a plea of that sort would preclude any triul. The apparent desire of the defence to hasten the trial or at least to complete the jury Is thought to be a sign that some move not as yet hinted at will be made. The defence has never outlined or even intimated what the lino of de fence is to be. Its counsel have said that no Inkling would be given before the address to the Jury was made. There have been so many sur prises In the case in seven months that a new move on the part of the defence is being looked for. Thaw showed signs of Irritability yesterday, which for a long time he has concealed He arose in good spirits and had his usual bath and hearty breakfast. When he received the morn ing newspapers and read of quarrels In his fam ily; the possibility of his sister, the Countess of Yarmouth, returning to England, and disputes over May Mackenzie's appearance in court, his good nature disappeared. II" refused to it tend the chapel service held by the Rev. John A. Wade, although he had not missed one before for months. Instead be paced his cell or read and reread the papers. Efforts of reporters to talk to htm or get a note from him were vio lently repulsed. Thaw received one note from a reporter who at frequent intervals during the lust few months has communicated with the prisoner. He tore it into bits and told the mes senger that he did not want to bear anything of reporters, applying to them an emphatic epithet. JURORS TAKEN' FOX A DRIVE. The seven Jurors had a little break in the monotony of their life as practical prisoners. They were taken for a drive for several hours In the afternoon. In three carriages they were driven through Central Park, up Riverside Drive to Klng^brldge and buck to the Broadway Cen tral Hotel. No stops were made in either di rection. Captain Lynch and four guards went with them. Expurgated editions of the Sunday newspa pers were allowed. Captain l^ynch's censorship having been enforced. The jurors had to rls»<» nt 7:80 o'clock and had breakfast in their pri vate dining room. No mall was received, and callers were barred. Two of the Jurors wished to telephone to business associates In the morn- Ing. One by one they were escorted to the cor ridor by Captain Lynch, and stood at his side while he called the number wanted and gave the desired message. Neither of the Jurors was allowed to talk over the telephone. Non# of the Jurors went to church. Th»y were told to pick out a church, and as they EXPLOSION AT PALACE. Belgrade Windows Shattered—Of ficial Explanation. Belgrade. Servia. Jan. 27.— A mysterious ex plosion occurred at the palace on Saturday evening, which shattered many windows of the hullding. It was said that the explosion was due to leaving a quantity of gunpowder and cartridges too near a stove In the private apart ments of the Crown Prince. Nobody was In jured by the explosion. MR. HIGGIXS HOLDS OWN. Former Governor Has Comfortable Day and Loses Nothing. Olean. N. T.. Jan. 27.— Dr. Hibbar 1 to-night gave out this bulletin: - Mr. Higgtns has passed a comfortable day and during the last forty-eight hours has lost nothing. He has held his own In all particulars. FIRE IN SKYSCRAPER. i Department Has Hard Fight to . Save Upper Floors. Flames burst out of the windows of the fifth floor on the Broadway side of the nineteen story Washington Life Building, at Broadway and Liberty street, shortly after 5 o'clock yes terday morning. Four engine companies and a water tower mastered the fire, which might have been a bad one. by quick work. They kept the flames confined to two offices occupied by Lee & Fleischman. When F.nuine 6 turned out of the house In Liberty street, a short blo,-k west from Broad way, the. flumes were lighting up the building* across the way. Captain Crosby stretched the Hy; pipe in to the siandpipes on the Broadway front, and th^n ordered another line dragged up four flights of stairs. Acting Chief Binns was present, Th« first battalion of the. Fire. Patrol got tr» work quickly, and covered up on the lowest floors. Law books, office furnishings and many papers created a choking smoke, and made the firemen fear for a few minutes that the fire would get away from them. Water flooded down through the elevator wells and did some damage in the offices on the fourth floor. The damage was estimated at *?2.000. COURTHOUSE BURNED. Los* at Hudson $120,000 — Woman Drops Baby Three Stories. ', Py T>!e*raph to Th» Trlbur*. 1 Hudson, N. T, Jan. 27.— Columbia County Courthouse, in this city, was totally destroyed by tire that broke out at 11:15 a. m. to-day. Mrs. Charles Walker, daughter of Barnabas Miller, the janitor, was in her rooms on the third flour with her elghteen-months-old daughter, and was almost caught in the fire. She dropped the baby from the window anil it was caught by men below. A ladder reached her while she was hanging 1 from the window sill. . The courthouse was built six years ago, the erection and equipment costing the county $12t>, 000. The total insurance is $60\200. All the records are safe in the fireproof vaults. The in surance was carried mostly m 9&O8Q policies by the Home, of New York; the Hanover, of New- York; the Westchester, of New York; the New Hampshire, of New Hampshire; the Qbmm Fulls, the Niagara, the Rochester, the German, the Dutches* County Mutual, the United States, the Springfield Fire an-.; Marine, the American, of Boston, and the Northern, of Philadelphia. SUICIDE BEFORE TRAIN. Young Man and Woman Await Death on Trestle. CamdeiH N. J, Jan. 27.— With arms entwined, an unknown young m.m and a young woman stood on the tracks of the Pennsylvania Electric Rail road over Newton Creek early to-day and watted until an electric train ran them down. They Were killed and their bodies were thrown into th» water. The motorman W«w ike whistle, but could not get the train "under control in time to save them. The body of the young woman, who wu.« about twenty-five years old. was recovered and brought to the morgue bare The clothing was of tine texture and she was of re.'im-d appearance. Tha only marlt thai may lead to Identification are the letters "W. C." on her Roll watch. The body of the man has not yet been recovered. CHILDREN BRANDED. Stepmother Says Their Noise Took Axvay Her Reason. Mrs Kate Qiavlus, who was arrested on Saturday by agents of the Children's Society, charged with having tortured bei two little stepdaughters on January !8. confessed yesterday to having branded then on the backs of their hands with a redhot store lid lifter, but said she was bereft of reason by passion because of the noise and disturbance which tliey seemed to be making intentionally. The two little !,'irls. Charles Gravius. their father, and tli»- woman*! own child, a baby of three or four months, were in the Harlem court when the prisoner was arraigned l>«fi>r»« Magistruto House. The little sir* prattled their testimony with dolls in their arms, and said "mamma" had always been good to them until th.it day when they had teased her. They used the pronoun "he" indiscriminately for both mother and father, smiled shyly at the magistrate and int . Trusted sack other in their breathless eucen»<«s to tell just how "iii.nnraa" had made then atand still while si»e applied the redhot .iron which hurt so cruelly. The stepmother tainted as the little girls told their story- The baby sat on Us father's lap and bowled because of the strangeness of the surround ings. The screams of tho etiildrtn had brought her to her senses, the prisoner said, and she had done all in her power to vase their suffering. She seemt-d grief stricken us she testified. The nelfh ho- hud learned of tU» occurrence through hearing the screams of th« suffering c'.iildr -n. Bid several day» later one of them complained to the Children's Society. Magistrate House decided that there must be a further examination, and paroled Mrs. Gravtus in the custody of her counsel until this morning, when th« husband said he could furnish $300 ball. The children were ordered returned to the Children's Soviet v When the prisoner found she was not to bo discharged she fainted again, and was laid on ono of the court benches. where her little st»-i>dauKnt«Mr3 came to kis3 her an 1 pat her cheek. LIEUTENANT MISSING AT HAVANA. Fear That Charles E. McCullough, of the 15th Cavalry, Has Met Foul Flay. Havana. Jan. Lieutenant Charles E. Mc- Cullourh. of the 15th Cavalry, was reported misslnc to-day, and there were fears expressed that he had possibly met foul play, as he 'was known to have hod a considerable sum of money to his powaaalQSfc TRICE THKEE CENTS. CONTRACT FOR OLIVER, HE MUST HAVE BACKING* Can Make Arrangements I)emandeS in Ten Days, He Say. [Frog* m Ttfbasa E ar-au. I Washington. Jan. 27. — The administration, a*; the result of conferences at tho "White HoisjS) to-day, has decided to give William J. Ottrew ten days In which to make arrangements where* by he can associate with himself two independ ent contractors and produce as satisfactory financial backing as the Canal Commission may; deem necessary to the acceptance of bis bid, vr. J. OT.TVER. Of Tennessee, who has ten days In whtch to. male* arrangements for assuming the Panama Canal contract. ?~\?-iTi which provided for the completion of the canal for 6.75 per cent of actual cost. This decision has been reached because of th<s assurance of Mr. Oliver that he could comply with these conditions within the time named and the further Information received from thfi representative of MucArthur & Glllesple that that association was not prepared to submit am offer lower than its present bid, but would deem} the administration fully warranted in accepting the Oliver proposal provided Mr. Oliver could present an entirely satisfactory financial stand-* In*. THE OFFICIAL. STATEMENT. Pursuant to this decision, which has. «•! I course, the full approval of the President. th<» following statement was given to the press bi* the Canal Commission this evening: As a result of conferences at the White) House, It was to-day announced; by the Isthmian Canal Commmlsslon that, in view of assurances that had been received from Mr. Oliver and - capitalists associated with him. that Mr. Oliver was prepared to make good his bid to complete) the construction of the Isthmian canal at a per-* centage of »t.T.">. with an organization of con-» tractors and with financial resources In full . compliance with the requirements, el the lnvita-» ; tlon for bids, he will be given an opportunity; to do so. . - . . 5 Mr. Oliver ha.« been notified that within ten T days he will be required to associate with him- : self at loast two independent contractors whose ■ skill and experience, combined with hi* own. shall cover the entire field of work to be per-* formed under th« contract, and to organize % . corporation for the express purpose of carryinsr , out the proposed contract, with a capital oC $5.000.0ft >. of which not less than .?1.:>00.00*>. paid In In cash, and 5t.."i00,000. In the farm of I solvent subscript iono. shall be available for th*» purpose of carrying out the contract, and off which the remaining ffciOOO.OOO 1 may be devoted I to the purpose of procuring a bond, as required by the contract, or of substituting in lieu thereof, in whole or in part, and subject to tli-» conditions of the bond, cash or current securities*, satisfactory to the commission. Satisfactory assurances not ifLvinsr been re-» tailed that the financial standing of Anson M. Bangs met the requirements of the invitation, by direction of the President he has been rejected as a participant In the bid filed by Messrs. Oliver and Bangs. The privilege has been extended to Messrs. Mac Arthur & Glllesple, th© one remaining bid der whose bid had been deemed worthy of con sideration to either withdraw their pending bid. or to allow it to abide by the result of Mr. Oli ver's efforts to make good his bid as herein out lined, then to be considered upon Its merits. Th«» other bids have been rejected because informal. and. In the case of the highest bid, excessive aa welL The foregoing action is taken In conformity with the expressed wish of both Mr. Oliver and the MacArthur-GUlespie syndicate, that the con tract should be let without a rebiddlng, «nd in view of the further statements of the spokesmen of the MacArthur-Glllspie company to the Presi dent, that If the commission could close the con tract with a satisfactory and responsible as sociation of contractors at a rate as low as that proposed by Mr. Oliver it should feel at liberty, so far as they were concerned, to do so. Mr. Oliver resides at Knoxville. Term. WISfHEO TO BID ALONE. President Roosevelt last Friday took the po-«. sition that, since Mr. Oliver had met all the re-« inurements of the government, it would bo un just to reject his bid of 8.75 per cent for th»* construction of the canal, or even to require him to submit a new bid for tho contract. Mr. Oliver had informed the President that It was) his desire to submit .in Independent bid for thai work, and that when the canal officials Informed him that it would be necessary to form a part nership with some other financially responsibly contractor they even went so far as to suggest that he enter into an agreement with Anson M. Bangs, of New York City. Mr. Oliver said that after receiving this suggestion from Chairman) Shouts he visited the War Department and was informed that Mr. Bangs would be entirely sat isfactory to the government. Mr. Oliver told the President that with this assurance ho im mediately entered inti> an agreement with tho. New York contractor. Powerful influences were brought to bear on the President and Secretary Taft to reject all bids and advertise for new proposals, but th* President insisted that Mr. Oliver should have a reasonable time in which to make a satisfactory arrangement to substitute some other contractor or group of contractors to take the place of Mr. Hangs. At the White House conference on Sat urday night the friends of the MacArthur-Gll lespie syndicate argued that the contract figure* should be increased to 9 per cent of the total cost of construction and that the contract bo awarded to Oliver. Mac Arthur and Gillesple. This) suggestion, however, did not meet with the ap proval of the New York firm, which insisted that It could not undertake the work for less than 12.50 per cent of the total cost, the figure mentioned in the original bid. The President. Secretary Taft and the Canal Commission offi cials then decided to award the contract to Mr. Oliver, provided he could make satisfactory ar rangements with at least two other financially responsible contractors. Secretary Taft and R. ft. Rogers, gtiawJ counsel to the Canal Commission, were la con ference with the President for two hour* to night, and th*» whole matter was agate gem AFTER ALL, USHER'S THE SCOTCH that mada the htzhbaß famotis.-JL^x.