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V u LXVI.—N* L' 2.005.
Exclusion of Coolies To Be Accom
plished with Japan's Assent.
[From The Tribune Ilureau. ]
Washington, Feb. 13.— The President, Secre
tary Root and Senator Lodge have evolved a
complete solution of the Japanese problem.
whereby the exclusion of Japanese coolies will
be accomplished by legislation to which the Jap
anese government, through its ambassador
here, has given Its assent. The change will bo
accomplished by a slight addition to the Immi
gration bill which has been in conference since
the last session of Congress, and was reported
to the Senate and House to-day with tho Im
portant amendment drafted yesterday by Sen
ator Lodge and Secretary Root. In effect this
amendment authorizes the President to reject
the -sport? issued by any foreign nation to
Its citizens to go to the insular possessions of
the United States, to the Panama Canal lone
or to any other country when, in the judg
ment of the President, such passports are being
j«=-?d by the holders to come to the United
Fiates proper to the detriment of labor condi
This change in the Immigration law does not
•prclfioally refer to Japanese, and therefore the
Rational pride of Japan is guarded from injury.
In practice, however, the authority conferred on
the President will enable him effectually to stop
the present practice of Japanese who obtain
passports to Hawaii, the Philippines etc., and
men, having gained admission to the insular
possessions of this country, flock to San Fran
tleco nd other ports of "the continental terri
tory of the United States." To understand the
effectiveness of the statute, it must be appreci
ated that the Japanese government has persist
ently declared its opposition to the emigration of
its cubjects to the United States proper, and has
steadfastly i of used to Issue passports to its
rooly pubjects to come to this country. Japan
~\&n. moreover, assured the administration that
there will be no change In Its policy of refusing
to issue passports to this class of its citizens to
come to the United States proper.
Th*» proposed addition to the laws was em
bodied in the Immigration bill In conference this
morning, but not until it had been submitted to
the officials who are here from San Francisco,
who assured the President that it would meet all
their demands and command their entire ap
In view of this assurance. Senator Dllling
ham, chairman of the conference for the Senate,
and Representative Bennet, the chairman of the
conference for the House, reported the measure
to their respective houses. Speaker Cannon had.
already assured Secretary Root that the House
will accept the conference report embodying this
change In the Immigration law, and the Senata
leaders expect to encounter no difficulty in ob
taining Its approval by the upper house.
The provision, which in effect solves the prob
lem of excluding Japanese coolies without caus
ing offence to that country, is as follows:
That whenever the President shall be satisfied
that passports issued by any foreign govern
ment to its citizens to go to any country other
'than the United States, or to any insular posses
sion of the United States, or to the canal zon-=>.
are being used for the purpose of enabling the
holders to come to the continental territory of
the United States to the detriment of labor con
ditions therein, the President may refuse to per
mit such citizens of the country issuing such
passports to enter the continental territory of
the United States from such other country, or
from such insular sessions, or from the canal
President Roosevelt Secretary Root nnd the
delegation from San Francisco, headed by Mayor
E. E. Schmltz. hold another conference at the
■White House this afternoon and made such prog
ress toward an agreement on the Japanese
school and cooly ,)':.-«Tinns that one more meet
ing will be sufficient to dose the discussion.
This final meeting will be held at 4 p. m. on
Friday, when, it is believed, all phases of the
problem will be settled satisfactorily to all con
"We do not believe that it will be necensary
to hold more than one meeting to adjust the
matter," said Mayor Schmitz after the confer
ence. "That meeting will be held on Friday
afternoon, when it is expected that everything
will be cleared up. * We have made a good deal
of progress already. The agreement of the con
ferrets at the Capitol on the immigration bill
went a long way I ward bringing things to a
Fatisfaetory conclusion. /That was one of the
things we were working upon with the President.
Now that it is made public: at the Capitol, I am
not violating any confidence in saying so."
"Ib the agreement now In sight perfectly satis
factory to San Francisco?" the Mayor was asked.
"If It were not it would hardly be a 'satis
factory agreement,' " replied the Mayor. "Of
course It is. I hope that it will be satisfactory
to the adminstratton and believe that it will be."
The mom of the San Francisco delegation
express the greatest satisfaction over the Immi
gration bill as agreed on by the Senate and
Home conferreea. Had the bill been passed nn
It Is now framed Feveral weeks ago, they say.
It would have paved a great deal of hard feeling
on the Coast and would have made their visit to
Washington unnecessary.
Other changes made in the limmlgratlon Mil
provide for an Increase of 25 per cent in the
amount of cubic apace which must be provided
for each immigrant, and an Increase of the head
tax on Immigrants from ?2 to *4. Senator Dll
lingham will call up the Immigration bill to
morrow, «ml it is- hoped that the report will be
adopted without apposition. In order to obtain
in agreement in the conference it was necessary
(or the Senate conferees to abandon the edu
cational test for which they have been contend
ing, and in place of this clause provision was
made for th« appointment of a commission,, to
consist of three Senators, three Representatives
and three civilians, the latter to be appointed by
the President. This commission will undertake
ft complete Investigation of immigration condi
tions both here and abroad, and it Is assumed
that on ltfi report further Immigration legists -
tion will be ! ;:s, d.
Tokio, Feb. 13.— Despite the apparent hitch
•Ti the Japanese negotiations between President
Roosevelt and the San Francisco School Hoard
authority, confidence continues in the Presi
dent's final success. Reports from abroad, re
ceived here from a trustworthy source, agree In
attrlbiuins the talk of war with America to an
antSJjipanea*' agitation, stirred up by emissaries
of a power ever watching to victimize and dls
pfe.rag* Japan. ,
K. Y. <lai:y, 12:25. noon Due Ht. Auk. -.'»',<■ in. S'-.i
&ut<i o:ti--'s. v.ti JU'wv, or any IMi. li. office.—
To-day, f«jr and wnnner.
To-morrow, colder.
Hauscr and Glynn Have Scheme to
liaise Canal Money.
f Ry Telegraph to The Tribune.]
Albany, Feb. 13. «'anal bonds to the amount
of $10,000,000 probably will be Issued within a
week or two. These bonds must be sold at par.
and as they carry only 3 per cent interest cus
tomers in the past have not been so "numerous
as could be desired. The state was compelled
to buy in a good part of the last Issue. There
fore, State Treasurer Hauser and Controller
Glynn have hatched a scheme to compel cus
tomers to buy.
Their plan la to refuse to deposit state money
with any bank unless it will agree to buy Nome
of the canal bonds, probably an amount equiv
alent to the amount of state funds to be de
posited with it. This Idea, these officials think,
will result In a ready sale for the new bond
issue, since the banks always are eager to hays
deposits of cteto money. At present there are
pome three hundred banks in the state having
state money on deposit. Thirty of those are In
New York City.
The state has outstanding with the banks from
$10,000,000 to $10,000,000. On this money 3 per
cent interest is paid. The Controller and State
Treasurer think that th« banks will make no
objection to their plan, for if a bank took $250,
<KX> of the bonds, and received deposits of $250,
<«*>, the state would receive it per cent on Its
money; the bank would get the ." per cent In
terest on the bonds, and would be nbli\ In addi
tion, to Invest the state's deposit to bring In a
higher rate of Interest.
Albany I/ears Superintendent Has
lief used to Resign.
I By Telagrai h to Tl • Tribune .]
Albany. Feb. Positive declaration was mad*
here to-day thai Otto ECelsey, Superintendent of
Insurance, last night sent a letter to Governor
Hughes refusing to resign md giving his reasons
for tho refusal. Mr. X .•!«*•.• would not discuss
the affair in any way.
Governor Hughes does not enr* to say anything
about Insurance affairs now. becaußo of the dontii
of ex-Governor H logins and the consequent stop
pinre of legislative business.
"In view of tlia death of ex-Govnrnor HiKßlns
and the necessary suspension of such matter until
after the funeral I don't rare to make any public
ptntement." said the Governor in answer to a ques
tion about the Kelsey affair.
Meantime. Superintendent Kelsey will hoM otfico
undisturbed until next week. Then It is expected
thai Governor Hughes will send hi messngn to the
t-enate requesting Mr. Kelsey's removal. Its recep
tion by that body still is the subject of consider
able comment, thonch tliis to-day lias been greatly
ov<?r?had<iwe<l ny the s.iilnffS due to Mr. HigKlns's
death. Mr. K>"l«ej-, it is said, is maintaining his
attitude of. not resigning "under Ere."
Report That Lord Charles Will Re
fuse His New Command.
London, Feb. — Admiral Lord Charles Beres
ford, v. ho Is at present in the Unite States for
the purpose of nettling the estate of bis late
brother, Lord Delaval Beresford. has thrown a
bombshell into naval circles by placing himself
in direct antagonism to the government's policy
for the distribution of Croat Britain's naval

Lord ■ ted ght. is 1
that he declines t I of 1
; which h( was to have ta I
on March 4, under tin altered
■-f which this fleet will consist of I I
t'eship*. 4 armored and .'*. unarmon I
"His lordship," the Si I iys, "whlli
Ing to the defei
Is only prepared to do so wit* ber of
battleships, cruisers and destroyers capable of
performing the task, and trained under hi* orders
in peace tiim-."
Oscar Lewisohn to Marry Actress —
Will Remain on Stage.
London. F<b. 18 - Edna May. the American
actress, is engaged to marry Oscar Lewisohn,
son of Adoiph Lewisohn, of New York. Th«
wedding will take place ■ this year,
and th<- couple will reside In London. Miss .May
will continue her theatrical career.
Mlss Edna May is the divorced wife of I
Titi;!\ win w;is .i*. one time a •■ bicycle
rider. About a rear ago an eni etween
Miss May nnd Mr. Lewisohn wag reported from
Chicago. Mr 1^ member of a 1
which made Its m opper He la a
<■! Ji tun L<ewisohn.
Gives Order for 1,100 Shares of Greene Cop
per and Then Disappears.
I curious complication, IlluPti . f the
pi-rlls of a market without rules or restrictions,
wb? reported yesetrday from the rurb. tkforitz
H. Adler, a curb broker, bought 300 Bhai
Greene Consolidated Copper stock at :i::\.
■■I al 33 'a.
Am >ng the Bellers were Hayden, Btone & Co.,
.!. s. 1 ' ! Co., Wrenn Brothers & Co., F.
■ l and Charles w. Saacke. < >n.- ..f the
s'i:<-:s asked Mr. Adler If he was making these
purchases on his own account or was ;i'-'i
some responsible firm. He answered that he was
for Butro Brothers & Co., but on Inquiry
at their office It '•v nc < said 1 1 >?• the was not I
lh< i '■■
Then Mr. Adler Raid that while he was in the
curl) crowd a man addressed him, saying that
he h.i'l been looking for Hutr'.'s curb representa
tive, but had not been able to find him, and
nsl<.-(l Adler to take the order.
.Mr. Adler was glad to do It, and bought the
1,100 shares of Greene Copper for tho stranger,
for whom he Is now hunting. H<' has told the
firms from whom ))•• bought th<- stock that lie
will make good their losttes, if any.
Desrerado Takes Cashier from His Bed at
Pistol's Point to Open Safe.
I Bj ■:■•-!■ rrapta to The Trlbui
Greensburg< Ind., Peb. U Milton Boernei
the State Bank nt Napoleon, fourteen mile*
is city, was wakened at I o'oloi k this morn-
Ing by » masked man at his bedside, who presented
ilver and demanded that tie accompany him
to ti.tr bank. Boern< '■- that
there was ;« tuns lm'k on the safe, was forced to
accompany the robber t'> Hi.- bank, and after three
of Ineffectual effort to open the vault, the
robber took from ■ h iir.-i«.-r some Jl."> in
and then tied and gagged Boerner, who
! his morning ail i Ing In I lie chair (■<
. i nbber hnd b< '
Absolutely free from nil Injurious preservatives.
Ac < ; no substitute for FERRIS llama & Bacon. —
MEW- YORK. THURSDAY. FEBRUABY 14. 11)07. -FOURTEEN PAGES .-*»■ Th /aS. tl o B .
Lofty Platform in New York Public
Library Collapses.
One man was instantly killed, two others died
from injuries in hospitals later, and one man
was so badly hurt that he is not expected to
live, as tho result of a collapse of a scaffold on
the third floor of the new New York Public
Library Building at 42d street and Fifth a'e
nue late yesterday afternoon.
The dead:
O'KEEFE, Thomas, thlrty-flv» years old. No. 918 Sec
ond uvenue, a sheet metal worker.
HUSTON, Thomas Henry, twenty-five years old. ICo.
699 Tenth iTtam, a painter. #
■WiriNTAru Henry, thlrty-flva years old. No. 234 Sth
street, Brooklyn, a sh<:«t metnl worker.
The injured:
WOGirBUAND, Friinir twenty-e( ht years old, No. ISO
Third avenue; Brooklyn, a sheet metal worker.
Wogherand'a Injuries are bo severe that his
recovery is not looked for.
a scaffold had been built fifty-two feet above
the floor to Install a ventilating system. Fore
man Charles Walter, of No. 165 Ralph street,
Brooklyn, supervised the construction of the
scaffold. To make it more secure, the four cor
ners of the scaffold were tied • with ropes to
girders in the roof.
irfllng to the foreman, one <>f the plankp,
of whl ere four on the scaffold, broke
)!;;'! the collapse followed. The f"iir men fell to
the floor, fifty-two feet below, landtnjj <>n wooden
:. s, loose planks and partly emptied barrels
of plastei O'Keefe landed on his head, breaklnp
lils neok. Death was instantaneous, Welnpaul
his fi'ot.
Mounted Patrolman John B. Barry, of the
traffic squad, telephoned for ambulances, and
Dr. Atkins, of. Bellevue Hospital, with Dr. Har
t >^k, of the New Fork Hospital, responded.
The Injured men were hurried to hosjiltals and
the body of O'Keefe was taken to the West 3<Vth
police station.
At Bellevue. Hospital it was found that Huston
hfid sustained a compound fracture of th« iikull
and a fracture of the r<phf leg and ankle. It
was necessary to put the man at once on the
operating table. He died In an hour. Just after
the arrival of his wife and brother.
Welnpau] sustained a broken right arm and
internal Injuries. I>r. Harbeck took the man to
the New York Hospital, where he died at an
early hour this morning. Wogherand was also
tnk'«n to the New York Hospital. It was found
that he had a 1 ken rl«ht arm and a broken
left leg, nnd had sustained internal injuries.
His recovery, the doctors said, was doubtful.
The foreman was arrest ed on a charge of homi
cide and locked up in the West !?oth street sta
tion. He said that when the scaffold was built
he cautioned the men to use extreme care. He
said hi* was on the scaffold in the morning and
believed th>> structure safe.
The room .ii which the accident happened
takes up the whole of the top, or third floor, a
groat open Bj'iice the size of the building, and th«
celling ia M or »>0 feet from the floor. it Ib
proposed to v.-v this room as a rending room.
Several Injured on Ontario $ West
ern Road Upstate.
IHy TcU Kraph <c The Tribune J
Middletowri, X. V.. Feb. '.:■ — Two men wore In*
stantly killed, one won fatally injured and fifteen
wt>]»» more or l<\«s hurt by the explosion of the
boiler of a locomotive on the Ontario & Western
Railroad n*?ar Luzon, Sullivan County, thirty
miles north of here, this afternoon. Tha 1 »
motive v. us drawing one of tl a flnost passenger
tntlns on the Ontario & Western, which left
New York at V2:'.Ut p. tn.
The train was running about forty miles nn
hour when the engine blew up. A groat lmlr
was forn in the track, the engine reduced to
Forsip Iron! and tho baggage car nd four ronchi'B
went into the ditch. I>r. Percy I >.«.ii]>-, .if the
LoonMs Sanatorium, Liberty, was on the train
and was uninjured. He with several men pas-
B»'iiK*<r.s worked heroically vi release the im
prisoned women and children, fearing the
wrecked care would tak« flre. When all were
released, search was made for William Gad
wood, engineer, and Martin Mullen, fireman.
The former waS found 100 feet to the right of the
track with his skull fractured. He will probably
die The fireman was found 1"" feet to the left
of thft track, with the top of his bend blown
Ourlng tl the mutilated body of a
. „, -„;... found. He la believed ' ibe J. l>. Val
■ om i 'adosia, w ii" was rtd
. the wrecked engine. Charlea Doell, con
ductor, waa : mnd In the mioking car with ■
ati'l Internal injuries, while
Peter H ■ '• lav n * ar the '' "'■•
with severe Injuries to hlf toth will re
relief train was Bent
from tl and the dead and Injured were
! ! o'clock to-night
M an j of • •■■ b ai •• from New
Their nuniefl have not yet been learned.
II ... ident was caused by 'in- ■
. and bolli
Dr. Parkhurst Reports Theft from
His New Edifice.
D r . ] i has r< ported to the police that
between 10 o'clock on the nigh i iry tl
and 8 o'clock on the morning <>f February 12 a
brass K--nt\ valued at $75, waa stolen from*thu
24t*n •-• iel ci : ram •■ ■ the basement of th< n« w
Madison Square Presbyterian Church. \ general
nas been sent out from Police Head
re and a special alarm from the Tenderloin
station. The gate measured two bj ilir.-<- feet,
and was made <t heavy hammered brass. It was
hung between two stone p'>Hts, t<> whlc-h it waa
„| by Iron l>"it ; . Th< se bolts had been re
n!i ived.
|„. -, . • . IM !
i , mbia, B. C, Feb. 13. After a trial of fourteen
years the South Carolina State dispensary has ix-en
found wanting. Late last night the state Senate
. the bill foi Its abolition bj a rote «t a to
,-, 'i! „ | 8 a dintinct defeat for Senator Tillman,
„ leaderßhlp the Institution ■■amc Into
being, but who, afti i an active campaign l»st sum
mer, failed to elect legislators aufllcient to sustain
the dispensary. The bill has already passed the
House, and after the ratification at ■ few minor
amendments, will b« s.-nt to the Qovernor, who
■v. ■ i leoted "ii mi antt-dispeniiary platform, fur hIH
signature. The new measure provides for county
t.ption between county disuensari< - and prohibition.
\ bill Is now being rushed through the Leglalu
ng for h commlwtlon ol aeven members,
one from each Congressional district, to wind up
the affairs of the dispensary. Elections will bo ht-ld
Di May, and the n< w law will k>> »it" effect about
Septi iiii.fi i.
Th< i>as^iiii-' ot the dispensary and state control
„, t : , liquor traffic mark* a new era in the history
..t Bouth Cnrollna politlcß. The board of directors
of the dispensary wore removed from office last
misconduct" in office.
Bottled in Spain. Feldmann Importing Co.. New
Sudden End to Case Possible, Be
cause of Mrs. Rolton's Illness.
Thero Is a very serious possibility that the
present proceedings against Harry K. Thaw for
the murder of Stanford White may result in
a mistrial.
This I s ! made likely by the dangerous illness of
the wife of Joseph B. Bolton, Juror 11, who is
Buffering from double pneumonia at her home.
No. 11S7 Boston Road, The Bronx. Mrs. Bolton,
according to tne attending physician, entered
upon the critical period of the disease yesterday.
This will last about two days.
Whether or not the trial goes on to-day Im
pends, of course, upon Justice Fitzgerald, who
Is presiding. Yesterday morning, when the
serious character of Mrs. Bolton's illness be
came known, he permitted her husband to go
to sco her. In charge of v policeman, and ad
journed court until 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
Mr. Bolton was with his wife ak'aln last night.
A lawyer who has heen prominently Identified
with ninny criminal cases said last night that
the Illness of the Juror's wife would most prob
ably cause a mistrial to be elite
"lt will be remembered that the first trial
of Nan Patterson ended tn this way. because if
the illness of one <>f the Jurors." he said. "Jus
ts •• Davis waited two days and ilun, learning
that th*> juror would undoubtedly be ill for
som» time, ho discharged the rest of (he Jury.
"Whil« this cas.- is somewhat different, it
appears unlikely that Justice FitJ!K«rnld would
expect a juror to sit on so important v trial
wh»-n his wife was In danger of death. He
might declare an adjournment for a i w days,
but the Injustice of keeping the other Jurors
away from their families and business would
have to be considered.
"The question whether to continue the trial
or not is entirely in the discretion of the court,
neither the District Attorney nor counsel for
the defence having any voice In the matter."
The proceedings yesterday at Thaw's trial
wero marked by delays. The most serious was
the abandonment of the morning session, and the
second delay came at 4 o'clock^ when uDr.
John T. Deemar. one of the Thaw family physi
cians, whs recalled to the stand, after Dr. Brit
ton D. Evans had testified to physical examina
tions he had made of the prisoner. Dr. Deemar
was examined only as to the mental condition of
John Ross, whose mother is a s>ist*>;- of Mrs.
"William Thaw, mother of the defendant. Mr.
Jerome had objected to the admission of such
testimony early last week, and he renewed his
objection Apparently, however, Dr. Deemar
had been recalled with the District Attorney's
knowledge and consent, for he and several of the
lawyers for the defence had a long consultation
with Justice Fitzgerald, at the conclusion of
which Mr. Jerome paid that he -wanted an ad
journment taken, with two objects In view.
First, he desired to have an opportunity to ex
amine at length Thaw's will and codicil, which
were executed on the day Thaw married Evelyn
Nesbit, nnd the admission of which as evidence
had been successfully combatted. The District
Attorney said that he had only Just received
copies of the documents, nnd that perhaps he
might see his way to withdrawing his objection
to their acceptance as evidence tending to throw
light on Thaw's condition of mind nt that time.
Second, with the permission of the defendant's
counsel, he wished to have a talk In his office
with Dr. Deemar and with Dr. Btngaman, the
other Thaw family physician, to s«e nlsn if his
present objection to their testimony might not
be removed. By pursuing this .... Mr.
Jerome told the court, he thought much time,
might be saved Justice Fitzgerald agreed, and
declared nn adjournment to this morning at
10:30 o'clock.
Mr Jerome and the prisoner's lawyers held a
rence after the adjournment, at the cow lu
sion i f which it wns said that the will and codi
cil would bo admitted In • • .-day. and
that Dr. Dcci
called at e!1 rnlng or a ♦"tern. ion s . s -
Tiiat th.> District Attorney may ask for the
appointment of a commission to examln
Thaw's sanit] is gra I into a con
viction with the defence. One of the lawyers
K-itd last night thai if bucli an application was
made It would be bitterly opposed, and that, if
• of prohibition would be applied
for from a Justice of the Bupn me Court, which.
If granted, would hall the rase and tie up the
had b< • n made on •
plication and a decision handed down. Many
questions a^k-'d by Mr. Jer given color
to the belief thai he had the appointment of a
commlHslon In mind, as, foi c, when on
Tuesday he said he would agree lo withdraw his
objection to Dr. Kvans telling whal Thaw said
to him In the Tombs If th- defence would ad
mit thai the prisoner was „.1 mind at
t hat I
I '> examination showed apparently
thai Thaw was In a normal physical condition.
Id, wa.-. well nourished, his skin
was dear and i!i.-.<« were no signs that he had
ever suffered from any list ■ thai would ren
der an operation necessary. <>n the othei
Dr. Evans found, on an otheiwlse normally
shaped sUw!!, a curious depression at the base
Jusl abovi the neck, beneath which was a pro
tuberance. "I was nol al le to draw am
ence from tins condition.' Dr. Evans said, "be
in all my experience I have never come
across a nj i hin^ like it."
Thaw's "sympathetic nervous system was
seriously atffault, and he had the most remark
able nervous pulse v has ever b« ny oppor
tunity to examine," I>r. Evans testified, He
said thai In a series of examinations he found
that the beal of the prisoner's pulse changed
four times In v minute, varying from a rate
of 80 a minute to 112, back to VJ or s». and
then to StO.
Dr. i:\aiiH testified thai he had found no In
dications that Thaw had ever Indulged In the
morphine or any other drug habit, and then
Mr. Delmas asked the hypothetical riuestion
whether, upon th< results of tho examinations
and upon th«< facts as contained in the other
long Question detailing the history of the can*
which he had answered the previous day. h«
oould say when the "mental explosion" ho had
referred to occurred. Tim object of the question,
it waa plain, was to have tho witness reply that
the mental strain Thaw hud been under cul
minated on the night he shot White, but Dis
trict Attorney Jerome. Interposed with an ob
jection. In the resultant controversy Mr. Je
ruliiu admitted that l>r. Kvans hud applied the
terms ••mental fulmlnutlon," "mental explo
sion" and "mental storm" to the oocurrences
of the night of June St. This was what Mr.
< ontimird on fourth paf*.
that mads ths highball f&mous.— Advl
Comment on RejTorted Gifts from
Forum of Trajan.
Romp. F<*h. 18.— The statement that J. Pler
pont Morgan has presented five fragment* from
the Trajan Forum to the Metropolitan Museum
of New York, has caused much comment here,
and the case of the Ascoli cope is being; re
called. The "Tribuna" urges the authorities to
Investigate the matter of the Trajan fragments.
Explosion of Gas Tank Blows Erie
Laborers to Pieces.
Two railroad laborers who were fighting a fire
under a tank car were killed by an explosion of
gas *>n tho Kri« Railroad tracks north of Man
hattan avenue, jersey City, on th« Hackensack
Meadows, yesterday afternoon. Th<»y are An
drew Ailsa. of No. 12 < iermanla avenue, and
Wasey rtwitzkirmki. whose address is unknown.
The tank ear was taken to the meadows filled
with rt-fusu oil and sediment from the Erie
company's plant f<>r the manufacture of the
Illuminating gas used In t lie ps
iir was switched on a side track i
the meadows anil was opened that the refu-e
might run down into v. ditch.
It was partly emptied when railroad men saw
flames run up the dit h and under the < ar. the
refuse oil Igniting like powder. The cause is
unknown. it may have lx»en a locomotive
ppark. Swltzkinskl and Ailsa gra'.r
and pitched snow under the car rigorous
Ineffectually. Where tho oil dripped from the
car th«i blase Hashed up and quickly env<
the tank.
A great flash, an ear splitting report, and a
tremor followed as the gas generated in th«
tank from the refuse exploded. The men were
instantly killed. Ailsa'l head was nearly torn off.
Immense Trad May Cause Eleetrieal
Disturbances on Earth.
Ptttsburg, Feb. 13 -Professor John A. Brash
of the Allegheny Observatory, has
need a discovery of one of the great.
• v^r found, and nays that as a result elec
trical disturbances may be experienced through
■ • country about to-morrow night Theso
disturbances, he further declares, may take th»
form of a display of the Aurora borcalts, or tele
graph ami telephone communication may be seri
affected. The prssem spot b so large U
can be seen through smoked glass and. the i
of the most active of solar spots
In his ptntement of *!ie discovery, Professor
Brashear says:
A very large and beautiful «un spot, or solar
disturbance, is now crossing the face of the
sun and la approaching the central meridian.
This la the largest spot that has been seen for
several years, and Its approximate length is
118,000 miles •;.,,- » miles wide, covering an
area of about ;t.."><« i.tMhi square miles. There is
considerable activity in the spot, and there may
be some electrical disturbance on the earth about
to-morrow night, but this is rather difficult to
predict, on account of the position of the dis
turbance li» relation to the earth.
Besides this great group of spots, there are
three other groups to the west of it, and a
fourth Is Jußt leaving the sun on the eastern
side. This great spot can be readily seer, by the
naked eye with a piece of smoked glass. Indeed,
my attention was called to it by a gentleman
who raw li through the morning fog.
We have been observing the spot with great
Interest all day. measuring it and estimating its
size. It is a great spot, stretching an eighth
of the way across the sun.
Police S,m Fight Was Going On in
Dauntless House.
i, n . t quiet tip from headquarters ths re
serves from the lo.">th street police station raided
the Dauntless Rowing »'iub at 147ih utreet and
the Harlem River, last night, j'lst as two •
men had finished pummelling each other fot tha
entertainment of more than a hundred well
I nun, all said to be member.-, or MSB Is
of members of the club. The - were
headed by Detectives Hector and Beatty, who
told those in the clubhouse to get out as quickly
as possible, and then arrested ths two fighters
and a man named Fred Bhaughnessy. alleg-ed to
have been the referee
The fighters gave their names as Louis Stern,
e |ght< ■ ' No, 68 .lames street, and
Charles Nowark, nineteen years old. ol No. .">.">.">
West I.th street Several bouts are alleged to
have been pulled ofl during the ni«ht.
.\i, om 11 o'clock some one called up I
Headquarters and mid that two young men had
arrled out of t lie ring bleeding, The police
say they found v ring on the second floor of tlu>
clubhouse and the two young Men who were
arrest g Ing to their places supposedly
to end the bout. Th< officers of the dub would
Ik of the
Chicago Traders Complain Bitterly
of Car Shortage.
| By T»l«EI1>tl K> TM Tr'h'iiie !
Chicago, Feb. IS -The main stagnation in
Chicago reached a point to-day where th->
transportation committee of the Board of Trade
demanded relief of the presidents of E
lines, alleging that unless prompt aid was fur
nished serious loss will result, not only locally,
i. vi to the farmer and small shipper. It was
stated thai there were 2.774 cars loaded with
grain on the tracks .if Western linos in Chicago
and about 1 .'>*>"( on Eastern lines awaiting
equipment for Eastern shipments. The grain
men say the Bltuatlon was never moiV serious.
and for the last ten days : ey have been flooded
with telegrams from the country asking for
cars to move the grain now in the elevators.
•We have s«».<hn» bushels of corn rapidly
spotting for want of cars." said one lowa ship
per. Another stated he had 2&000 bushels
burning because of lack of facilities for ship
ping- The coarse grain In the elevators is be
ginning to heat, and must be handled promptly
or it will be :i loss
[ By Telegraph to The Tribune 1
New Orleans. Feb. 13.— "My uniform absolves
me." waa the reply of Henry Smith, a Negro mall
carrier, when ordered to-day by a conductor of a
streetcar to vacate a seat in the section reserved
for white passengers. Smith defled the conductor
to put him out. saying he was a protege of Uncle
Sam. The conductor, after several attempts to In
due- the Negro to move, abandoned the task, and
the carrier occupied his seal to his destination.
Th« conductor made a report of the Incident to the
company, and the subject will be taken up with
the I'ostofllce Department.
Strengthens ih»» \Wak and Overworked.
H. T. Dewey & dons Co.. li» Fulton St., New York.
->A.dvC - .
$ event Recovered from Larch"
moid — Plans for Investigation.
Providence. Feb. 13.— sinking of the Joy
Line steamer Lnrchmont off Watch Hill on Mon
day night lost 140 lives, so far as can be learned
to-night, but it is believed the final total will bo
larger, and may reach I.V». Seventy-four bodies
have been found, of which fifty-two wer©
brought here from Block Island to-day by th»
Kentucky, and twenty-two have been taken
there since the steamer left the island. Of theso
bodies twenty-one have been identified. Tho
list of missing has reached 122, and as it is not
believed that any of these will be rescued, th»
total of known dead is 14«>.
One of the survivors. Fred metis— ll. eighteen
years old. of Brooklyn, said that the captain's
boat was the first to leave the steamer, and that
men on board crowded the women from that
boats. He also said that there were no oars la
the boat he was in. His statement was not con*
firmed by any one, and was contradicted bjf
President Dunbaugh of the Joy Line Issued a
statement to-night in defence of his officers and
crew, in which be said:
The schooner was responsible for the collision.
The officers and crew of the Larchmont are not
to blame in any way. In view of the horrible
condition which prevailed immediately after the
accident, I am satisfied that the men did all ilk
their power to meet the situation as conscien-*'
ti.ius and honors men. It appears from my
investigation that the schooner luffed right into
the Larchmont and caused th< accident which
.esulted in such great loss of life. The fact
that the steamer sank so soon after crash
and the fact that so many were unable to reach
the boats even after they were put out. are. to my
mind, sufficient proof that the crew acted bravely
and did all in Its power to aid the passengers
who were able to reach the deck.
Following la the list of identified dead, brought
to this city, up to 10 p. m.:
BROWN. — . N#sro • i»«r, FrovHence.
CARHOLJ... James. ProvM«-n<-e. freight cleri.
COURTI. Antonio. No. 4 Keith Alley. Boston.
ECKEU". Harry. Block Ij'.and.
EULSBREEt FreJ. salesman. Frovl.Unee.
FIjOOI Nathan, sen of Jamea Fined (saveS). Ko. 29
Sprlnpr street. New York.
FOUNTAINS, Moses, waiter, home- ur.known.
HESS Casper, first assistant ena;ine?r. Albany, Jf. T.
JAMES George, chef. res>!fl-nce unknown.
JENPOX. Mrs. J. 0.. No. 1142 Hroa-I street. Pr'-r! ' - -».
KORAJIAN, Mrs. K.ren. Olneyville. R- I.
LAMBERT Captain Ellen. Salvation Army. Ctmbrtdsa,
Tjnn\S. Edtvard. tfror.il assistant enplneer. Fr?v!d?nce.
NELSON, Erik, assistant en;!ne«r. Elm street. Provi
FITTS. E. T! . Providence.
SMITH, Georfre A.. *a:chman. OlreyvH>.
SCOTT. John J.. hallman. Fetersbi-.rs. v »-
THIBEAT. r>enn!». Negro. No. Ml Eddy street. PmvV
ZAPMTS. Jacob, watchman. Faterson, X. J.
Stewardess. r.am» ur.kr.iwn.
A Russian lIMIII rcccKnix^d, but r.?.rr» unknown.
Not less than two thousand people assembled
along the waterfront as the Joy Line steamer
Kentucky came slowly up the Providence River.
This number, the great majority of whom were
attracted to the scene by morbid curiosity,
placed themselves at various points of vantago
in order that they might better see the steamer
and in the hope that they could catch a glimpse
of its grewsome burden. _
The dead, still frozen in curious positions.
were placed in undertakers" baskets and carried
to a nearby morgue, where they were arranged
so that ail who desired might pass in an effort
to identify them. There appeared to be few per
sons among the many who entered th» morgua
who expected to identify any bodies, and this led
to the belief that few identifications would bt»
made to-night. Physicians said that in many
cases death had been caused by the cold rathe?
than by drowning.
One of the most thrilling narratives o* the dls*
aater was told by Harris Feldman. of No. 233
East Ol)th street New York, who, with his wlfa.
was saved. Feldman said that when the collision
occurred he ordered his wife to dress as warmly
as possible. \\ aen she had done so they rushed.
to tho hurricane deck. They had been there
only a moment, and the Larchmont was then
slaking so rapidly, that it seemed that they must
be lost, when a great wave struck the top of thai
steamer and ripped off a piece of the super
structure upon which many of the panic stricken
passengers were standing. As the piece o£
wreckage slipped off Into the sea many of the
passengers either fell backward into th© saloon
of the steamer or were thrown forward into
the water.
After the wreckage had been away from the
ship a few moments Mr. Feldman counted his
companions. Besides himself and his wife, there
were thirty-three on board, but they were crowd
ed so badly that one by one they began to drop
off into the sea. An hour after the raft had
been swept from the top of the steamer then*
wero sixteen persons on it. and of these only
eight were alive. Mrs. Feldman was slowly
freezing to death, when her husband begged her
to move her hands and feet continually In order
that she might keep her blood circulating. Tha
woman did not wish to do so. saying that she
would rather go to sleep, as she wanted to die»
It was only by constant attention that Mr. Feld
tr.an was able to save her.
For thirteen hours the raft drifted about help
lessly, and when the schooner Clara E. came
alongside and rescued them every person on
board was sovered with a coating- of ice. Mrs.
Uimati was the first 10 be lifted onto tho
schooner, but. haM insane, she leaped from the
hands of her rescuers back onto the raft, scream
ing that she would not be separated from her
Fred Hlergesell. an eisrhteen-year-old boy, who
was returning to his home, at No. 120 Linden
street. Now York. after having been a runaway
for nearly a year, made charges against Captain
McVay and his criew. Hiergesell asserts that
Captain MoVay*s boat was the first which left
the liner. He said that he saw many women
rushing about helplessly and begging for Ufa
preservers. Many of them pleaded with tha
pnnlc-strickon passengers and crew to direct
them to the lifeboats, but were unheeded.
"My stateroom was almost at the point of col
lision on th.> port side of tho steamer." Hierge
sell said. "I was in bed with my clothes on. and
when I rushed on deck I found the officers re
assuring the passengers ami telling them that
they were in no immediate danger. The captain
left his steamer In the very first boat. I cannot
be mistaken as to his identity, for I saw him on
the Kentucky as we came over to Providence
♦his afternoon, and he is the same man who
stepped Into the ilrst boat launched from the
sinking vessel. The second boat was taken pos
session of by a gang of Negro waiters. Thesa
men eeemed to have lost their heads, and so
many of them crowded Into the boat that it cap
sized as soon as it struck the water, and I be
lieve that nil of them were lost.
"It was an awful sight on the hurricane deck
of that steamer. I saw a lot of women run
ning around helplessly calling for life preserv
ers and begging that they ho directed to au itt*-

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