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QUIET DAY FOR THAW
PL AX FOR WEEKS WORK.
}!:. Delmas Said To Be in Confer
ence ii-ith Expert.
Yesterday was <>ne of the most uneventful
Cnys That Harry Kendall Thaw has passed
fir.cc ha was put on trial for the murder of
Stanford White. There were no callers, not
even his counsel. He bought all of the Sunday
rartrs. which kept him bury for a long time
readlnp about himself, but outside of that d ; d
nothing.
A story published yrsterdny that he had quar
rr-Hed with his wife on Saturday and had ordered
her to >aye him alcr.e was denied yesterday.
Mrs. Evelyn N>sbit Thaw visited her husband
at 1030 o'clock on Saturday morning, and re
mained with him until the hoar when all visitors
are required to leave the Tombs. There was no
quarrel.
A. Russell Prabody, of counsel for Thaw, was
emphatic la his denials of the story, declaring
It was absolutely without foundation. "There Is
absolutely not a word of truth in it." he said.
•I am very glad of the opportunity to explain
what happened. I arranged with H. A. Parr, of
No. 24 West 32d street, on Friday to see Harry
Thaw on Saturday. There was nothing serious
the matter. The filling of two of Mr. Thaw's
teeth needed attending to, and I summoned
Dr. Parr, because he had previously attended
Mr. Thaw. He arrived by arrangement at .9
o'clock in the morning. He remained a little over
an hour, and departed shortly after 10 o'clock.
Mrs. Thaw was net there. She never even saw
the dentist nor did she see her husband while
the dentist was there."
This statement was confirmed at the Tomb?.
The warden said that Mrs. Thaw had called
tarty Saturday forenoon, but had not been al
lowed to see her husbani till 10:30 o'clock, after
the dentist had departed. He denied absolutely
that there had been any unpleasantness between
busbar.d and wife.
Dolphin M. Delmas. of counsel. It was said,
spent the day yesterday at Morris Plains. N. J..
with Dr. Britten D. Evans, the insanity expert
for the defence, who will po on the stand again
ts-Cay to fir.it-h tho cross-examination which he
has undergone for three days at the hands of
District Attorney Jerome. It should not take
longer than the wing session, as he will be
asked only about references to insanity made by
other experts In textbooks.
Following Dr. Evans. Dr. Charles G. Wagner.
also an expert, will so under cross-examination.
His examination will probably take until to
morrow afternoon or Wednesday morning, and
following him one *>f the most important wit
nesses for the defence will go on th? stand in
direct *»xamir.ati^n. This witness will be Mrs.
■William Thaw. Her testimony will either sub
stantiate or defeat any Idea that the District At
torney has of bringing an application for th*
appointment of a commlsefon in lunacy. It i.«
believed that no such application will ever be
.ma**, but that the trial will go to Its conclu
eion ,itA eventually will be decided by the jury.
One of the counsel for the defence said yester
day, in this connection. "The defence is confident
that im application will be made by the District
Attorney for the appointment of a commission
In lunacy Rut if such application is made It
will l>e met by us with such overwhelming proof
against it that there is net one chance in a
thousand of the appointment being made. We
know positively that there Is "no ghost of a show
fer the appointment, and. try as hard as he will.
Mr. Jerome will find himself beaten at every
pcint. We are confident of but one thing. That
tt an acquittal. We can see nothing else. The
evidence has all been la our favor, and there can
be no evidence apainst 'us. Thaw will co from
the Tomb* a free man inside of a month.- Of
that we are certain."
The possibility that a commission in lunacy
«m be asked for by the District Attorney be
came more doubtful than ever yesterday, as it
■was understood that Mr. Jerome and his assist
ant, Mr. Garvan. were working all day on the
cross-examin?t!on of Dr. Wagner and Mrs. Will
iam Thaw. No new lines, it was understood,
will be gone into, but only the routine question*
that have been already given will be asked. The
District Attorney, it is believed, has not been
able to form a foundation for any application
as yet. and as he will not endeavor to it is be
lieved he has abandoned his first plan.
Iff*. Evelyn Thaw spent a quiet Say yesterday
at the Hotel [/tmiix She went driving In the
afternoon, accompanied by one of the counsel
for her husband. Fhe was also in a brief, unim
portant conference with counsel. The other
members of the Thaw family rested all day, but
beginning: to-day will be in court, It Is under
stood, every day that it 18 possibV. The ab
sence of the Counters of Yarmouth from the
court has been commented on at various times.
The explanation piven yesterday was that when
Justice FitzOerald informed all the women that,
on account of the evidence, those that desired tp
do so could leave the courtroom the countess
and her star. Mrs. George Louder Carnegie,
went Into an anteroom. Since then they have
sot been in court
The witness room where the witnesses for the
defence remain has been uncomfortably crowded
for weeks, and. rather than puffer the Inconven
ience of remaining there. Lady Tar mouth and
Mrs. r'arriepie have not been at the building
Fin** they left the courtroom. There has been
no other reason, it Is said. It was decided that
their presence in an adjoining room would not
cheer the defendant in any way.
COAL GAS OVERCOMES 25.
Trco Fatalities May Result from
Carelessness in Boarding House.
Sralthfield. R. 1., March Twenty men and
five women were overcome by coal gas in a
boarding house connected with the Bcrnon cot
ton mills In the village of Georgiavllle to-day,
and while nearly all were eventually resusci
tated it is feared that two fatalities will result.
The most critical case is that of John Dolan. who
was employed in GeorgiavlUe by the Providence
It - Company.- He rallied slightly during th«
6ny. but to-night he became again unconscious.
Otis Patt. the proprietor of the boarding house,
and his wife were also rendered unconscious by
the fume«, and owing to the fact that Mr. Patt
li» nearly seventy-eight years old it is feared
that the effects of the gas may be fatal in his
care.
It is said that a new man was hired yester
day to take charge of the furnace, and that last
right a lance quantity of new coal was put on
the fire and all drafts were closed, thus allow.
ing no proper means of escape for the gas, which
*oon filled every room In the house.
TVXXEL COXTRACTS LET.
Steel and Cars for Hudson and Man
hattan Tubes and Terminal.
'.V.y TH#*TS>r}i to T*« Tribune 1
Pittsbune. March .— A contract for 2.400 tons of
rtructural »te*l. the largest single order ever placed
In Plttsburg. has just been received by the Amer
ican Bridge Company from th» Hudson "companies,
ef \>w York, for the Church street terminal station
of the Hudson * Manhattan Railroad.
' Theodore Wst*-rs, of the Hudson companies, is ia
Pltti«n«jre cloning the contract. Work on the
•tructural «eel will be begun at otic*. Pittsburg
has rerelt-ed another hi? contract froyn the Hudson
* Manhattan Company, tl>« Pressed Steel Car Com
i>*ry having started work on the JV' pressed et»el
ears which will be used In Ins tunnel.
TJTOEPEYDEVT STEEL MEN SQUEEZED.
United States Corporation Orders Used Only
Pif Iron Produced in Its Own Furnaces. '
fßy TM«CWP>i to The- Tribune )
PiUaburg. March Order* have been Issued by
the United States Steel Corporation to use In its
saUls only the pig Iron production of the corpora
tion's on furnace*, with the result that the Inde-
Mnosnt pic Iron producers are being •squeezed.
Caugfct with «»/•*•■> tons of second half Bessemer
P>C oa their hands the Independents ar« endeavor
tot to Mil to the corporation, even cutting the
Pries from £3 to |» on a *el!lng offer of 3"). ft«» ton*
fir «UC*r«at deliveries. The purchasing department
Cl ths> Carnegrls Steel Company Informed an inde-
Bsaasßt sroeucor yesterday that the corporation
■SB asfW £37 P.'c «*•» far at lea* a year.
THE POWER HOUSE AFTER TIIE EXPLOSION.
"MRS. EDDY NOT RICH."
TALK BY HER LAWYER.
Only Income from Copyright of
Books, He Says.
Concord, N H . March 3— General Frank S.
Streetcr, the legal adviser of Mrs. Mary Baker
G. Eddy, issued a statement this evening, la
tho nature of a reply to various allegations In
the bill of equity which has been brought
against trustees and directors of the Christian
Science Church by relatives of Mrs. Eddy, with
the view of obtaining an accounting of funds.
The statement is as follows:
Early Saturday morning I sent to Mrs. Eddy
a ropy of the bill In equity as published but not
yet served upon any of the defendants, so far as
I am informed. I have since had a long per
sonai conference with her. at which this pro
ceeding and matters connected therewith were
fully discussed.
In common with her many friends, she be
lieves that the Initiative in these proceedings
was not taken by h^r son or other relatives, but
by others who in a markedly unusual manner
and by unique metho.is are undertaking unaer
the guise of court proceedings to continue ths
persecution begun some time apo.
From my conference with her at the time,
and on other recent occasions, I am able to
speak definitely and positively. Her clearness
of mind and resoluteness of purpose has been
in no re-spect Unpaired by her advanced years.
Her capacity to think clearly and to deal accu
rately and justly with important business af
fairs has never be«n more perfectly demon
strated than in her conferences and acts in the
last two weeks, and in numerous business letters
in her own handwriting, which I have received
from her during that time.
The amount of Mrs. Eddy's property has been
grossly multiplied by rumor and unfounded re
port. She is not possessed of large wealth, as
th» term is used. Mrs. Eddy receives no in
come from the church, nor from the publication
society connected with the church. Her s>le
income for many years has been from the copy
right on her own books, and the amount from
this source has been grossly overeat lmnt •■*•!.
"ACCOUNTS CAREFULLY KEPT."
Mrs. Eddy's business affairs have been man
aged by herself, with the aid of Mr. Frye, h*=-r
devoted and loyal servant, and under th<» over
sight and personal audit of another gentleman,
whose name h;is not been mentioned, but who
stands for all that is honorable and of good re
pute in financial circles in Concord. Accurate
accounts of a!l her property and investments,
as well as her annual income a.nd expenditures,
have been carefully k^pt and frequently audited.
The la?t audit waa in October, K'l6. None- of
the defendants named, except Mr. Frye, havrt
any connection with the. management of h^r
property or Investments op have any knowledge
whatever in reference thereto, nor have any of
the said defendants ev«»r received any property
Of Mrs. Eddy which they 1 hold In trust or other
wise. exo<-j,t In one instance, for the benefit of a
relative.
Inquiry has been made whether the various
defendants would accept service of the pro
ceedings. I cannot say as to that. With my
partner. Allen Hoills. I am counsel for Mrs.
Eddy alon*. While the defendants would un
doubtedly be guarded largely by Mrs. Eddy's
wishes with respect to these proceedings. I can
not, as her legal representative, undertake f>
speak for them.
With reference to the report that within a
few days Mrs. Eddy has placed in the hands of
trustees a large amount of money, to be held
and us-d for the benefit of her son and • her
grandchildren. I have nothing to say. What
ever Mrs Eddy may or may not have done
toward providing for her family Is a matter
which ought not, for the present, at least, to be
discussed by me.
It Is obvious that I ought not to talk about
the legal aspect of the case, nor what will be
the course of the proceedings so far as Mrs.
Eddy Is concerned. The proceedings are un
usual. So far as r*.ils case can be considered a
legitimate proceeding in equity. It seems to be
an attempt to have the personal rights and priv
ileges of a citizen adjudicated in a way unprece
dented in New Hampshire, so far as I am aware,
and if it shall appear that these proceedings
have been instituted for purposes other than
the ascertainment and protection of the plain
tiffs legal rights, the method of dealing with
such a case v.ill be carefuliy considered by Mrs.
Eody*s counsel before making any public state
ment.
MR. CHANDLER EXPECTED TUESDAY.
Messrs. Kelly and Martin, counsel for the
nominal plaintiff in the bill of equity. have an
appointment with Mr. Streeter for to-morrow
afternoon. If at that time Mr. Streeter declines
to accer>t service in behalf of the defendants,
the process of serving the defendants Individu
ally will be instituted. William E. Chandler,
former United States Senator, the senior coun
sel for tha plaintiff, will arrive here from
Washington on Tuesday, and will at once join
with the others In the conduct of the case.
It was learned to-night that about 4 o'clock
last Friday afternoon, the day on which the
bill in equity was filed, a messenger from
George W. Glover, of Deadwood. S. D., the son
of Mrs. Eddy, delivered to her a letter in which
Mr. Glover stated his purpose of beginning the
cult. At 4:.V> o'clock that afternoon the Rev.
Irving C. Tomllnson. one of the defendants
named in the suit, left Concord, his mission
being. It Is understood, to go to Mr. Glover.
Mr. Tomllnson is said to have in his possession
for delivery to Mr. Glover a deed of trust for a
certain sum of money, variously estimated at
from $100,000 to $2Tj0.000. This money, it is
declared, was to be delivered to Mr. Glover on
these conditions: First, that neither he nor his
household should make any further demands
on Mrs. Eddy; second, that they should offer
no objections to the probating of any will that
might be offered after her death, and third, that
they should not seek by any legal proceeding
to set aside - any gifts, deeds or conveyances
that Mrs. Eddy might make during her lifetime/
Meanwhile John W. Kelly, of Portsmouth, one
of the attorneys interested in bringing the pro
ceedings, had filed the bill in equity with the
clerk of the Superior Court, and informed Mr.
Streeter. counsel for Mrs. Eddy, ef the fact. Mr.
Streeter had a long conference with Mr. Kellv
and Mr. Martin, during which he made it known
that the deed of ti-ust wss to be given to Mr.
Glover. This conference cair.e to an end when
Mr. Streeter mas Informed that the fact that the
hill had been filed had been given to the pres*.
and Mr Streeter then recalled Mr. Tomlinson
from bis mission.
NEW- YORK DAILY TRIBUNE. MONDAY, MARCH 4. 1907.
EFFECTS OF THE DYNAMITE EXPLOSION AT HOMESTEAD. N. J.
EXPLOSION A MYSTERY.
Continued from first pace.
the Town Council of North Bergen to-night to
take some action on tho accident. He visited
the scene of the explosion and climbed through
the slush and mud for an hour or more. He
would not discuss any theories which he might
have formed, but he said that he would have
some suggestions to make to-night to the coun
cil toward a further restriction of the storage
privileges granted to the company. About six
weeks ago it was learned that the contractors
were keeping a larger quantity of dynamite in
the magazine than their permits allowed. The
permits were changed then, prohibiting the
storage of more than 250 pounds at one time.
J FREAKS OF . THE EXPLOSION.
All the towns between Homestead and the
North River show the force of the explosion. In
whole blocks every plateglass show window has
been demolished, while the next block escaped
unscathed. Another freak of the shock was thai
excepting. In the immediate vicinity of the ex
plosion few of the smaller windows were broken.
That comparatively co little damage was done
is only less marvellous than the escape of those
in the danger zone from death or Injury.
Tho magazine was a flimsy wooden hut about
ten feet square and high. It stood at the foot
of Union Hill. In the middle of a swampy bit
of land, about one hundred and fifty yards from
the Erio tracks. A hundred yards away, to one
side. was the sheet Iron building in which was
the power plant which operated tho steam drills
in the tunnel. It was a building about lf»0 by
75 teet, and about GO feet high. On the further
side was a trestle for the coal cars, and Just
beyond this was a new frame store, shed.
In the opposite direction, and further up the
hill, was a tiny shack occupied by six Italians.
The- company's offices, In a small one Story
building, are perched at th* edge of the Pater
son Plank Road, which Is about half way UP the
slope of the hill. On the other side of the road
the hill rises steeply for some three hundred feet
or so, and la fairly well covered by small frame
dwellings. Then comes the thickly built up
portion of West Hoboken. which suffered heav
ily, the shock apparently jumping over the
crest of the hill and doing little or no damage
for two or three blocks.
The magazine was surrounded by a small
group of trees, perhaps two hundred feet across.
Right In the middle of tho group now there is a
hole about fifty feet across st the top and nar
rowing like a cup to the bottom, twenty feet
deep. Three trees standing close by were up
rooted and reduced to matchwood. Of three or
four other trees only th* stumps remain, and
there is not one not stripped of all its limbs.
The remaining stumps and trunks were studded
with bit* of iron, nails, utones and other rubbish.
THE WRECKAGE OF BUILDINGS.
The long wall of the power house, which faced
tho magazine, was entirely destroyed, about half
of the roof ripped off. and a small part of one
end of the shed torn away. The men working
Inside escaped unhurt. The machinery Is be
lieved not to have been damaged, although some
of tho boilers may hove been impaired enough
to have to stay cold for a few days while re
pairs are being made. The roof of the wooden
store shed was broken In the middle and dropped
down." while one side was crushed in.
The shack occupied by the Italian family
named Mabertl was wrecked. The clapboards
were ripped off. the windows blown in. the roof
twisted and furniture overturned. The floor of
the veranda, which faced the magazine, was
torn up and carried thirty feet away. A Black
Hand bomb could not have done a better «r
more thorough Job. The six Mabertls fl?d. and
three of them were cut enough to need medical
attention.
Aside from the men In the power house, those
who had tho narrowest escapes were the one hun
dred and twenty men at work In the tunnel and
the open cut leading up to it. The cut is deep
and wide, and the high banks on either side pro
tect the men there. The tunnel Is an open one—
that Is, It Is not necessary to send any air Into
the men other than comes In from the entrance
and escapes from the compressed air drills. Some
of the workers Inside the tunnel were thrown
to tho ground by the force of the concussion,
but no one was hurt. Had the power plant been
entirely demolished they would not have been
In any Increased peril.
The main force of the explosion was felt tow
ard the northeast, following the trend of the
rock through which the Pennsylvania tunnel Is
being driven. The home of the Marbertls was
directly In this path, as were all the buildings
most injured. Along Bergenllne avenue, in
Union Hill, the course of the explosion .easily
could be traced by the glass littering the side
walks and gutters, for fully one hundred and
fifty Ehow windows were smashed along this one
street alone. In Union Hill more than a hun
dred houses had most of the windows smashed.
Glassware and china were thrown from tha
shelves, ceilings and walls stripped of plaster
and pictures thrown down. Yet four or five
greenhouses right In the path of the shock es
caped without a broken light.
The worst shaken building away from the Im
mediate scene of the explosion is the Givernaud
silk millß. Every window on one side was blown
out. and some of the machinery damaged to such
an extent that considerable repairs will have lo
be made before work can be resumed.
AN EARTHQUAKE PANIC.
The broken glass marked the course of the
shook to the river's edge. Prom nearly every
house the people poured forth without waiting
to dress. Most of them had not the slightest
doubt that New Jersey had been tipped up
by a real earthquake. A local prophet an
nounced some time ago that New York was
going to be turned upside down by an earth
quake in a few months, and tnat New Jersey
would be overwhelmed at the same time. There
was little doubt in the mines of many of them
that the prophet had hit it right for once.
SHOWING WHERE THE DYNAMITE MAGAZINE ONPE STOOD. TTTr! EXPLO
SION TORE A HOLE ABOUT 50 FEET IX DIAMETER AND 20 FEET DEEP.
Many women and children, lightly clad, stayed
In the street for a long time before they
dared to go back, fearing that another "quake"
might tumble their homes down over them.
When they did go back It generally was to find
their homes untenable, because of the lack of
windows. Their neighbors were in the same
plight for the most part and only the com
paratively mild night prevented great suffering.
Boards were galled over the vacant windows;
cloth and even paper nailed or itlued up to keep
out the cold, and fan some houses, old mattresses
were stuffed in the holes.
Ex-Mayor Emil 'Grotn, of I'nlon Hill, has a
place of rest for the weary and thirsty at No. 2
Bergenttne avenue. He was talking to some
friends, having Just finished dosing up. when
all hi? win-lows suddenly collapsed, cutting Mm
painfully as they did so.
A few doors further up the avenue. Company
If, of tho 4th Regiment. N. J N. 0., was having
a beefsteak dinner. On» of their guests was Pr.
Walfchlld, fhief surgeon of the Pennsylvania
Tunnt-1 Company, anrl als>> ;i member of th« staff
of the North Hudson Hospital. The shake-up
did not stop the dinner, until the hospital telei
phoned to Pr. Walfchild to hasten to the scene
of the accident.
From the time of the explosion until dark
last night a big crowd stood mid-lccj deep In mud
around the ouy>- shaped hole which marked the
spot where the magastne had etood By 1«>
o'clock yesterday morning three thousand per
sons had arrived, and every trolley car brought
■cores more. Most n f them disregarded .the
swamp In which the magazine had stood, and
waded around for hours looking at the hole.
A few of the wiser ones stayed on the Pal
Plank Road an-! *■• n on them over the
wall in iirv comfort.
Police lines were established around the partly
wrecked power house, nn<l no one was allowed
to approach within two hundred feet of It.
Half the broken wool lying around was car
.i.(i away at souvenirs, while a few more am
bitious om;s dug nails uml chunks of «e1 out
of the tree stumps into which they had been
driven. Three or four popcorn pedlars Joined
li. the crowd, and 8"M OUt four or five times be
fere nightfall. One man was arrested for being
drunk and disorderly, and a score or more of
women and children had to be pulled out of the
niu'lholts into which they fell. 80 the police had
a hard time of it. particularly as attempts to
run the guard nnd pet nearer the power houses
were beins made constantly.
A representative ol the contra company
in clukrgo' of the excavating, which owned the
explosive, said last night tliat there had been
no loss of ii:>. and that the watchman sup
posed to be mlssiriß had been accounted for and
had reported to his superior yesterday morning
unharmed. This did not agree with friends ••:
the man. who paid he had not been to his home,
and thai he had been sought for vainly by rep
resentatives of the company. The latter fact
was admitted by the contracting firm, but it
was •aid that was «'fore he reported himself
safe.
MANY COUNTIES SHAKES.
Explosion Heard as Far as East port,
L. L, and Greenwich, Conn.
The dynamite explosion near Homestead. N. J..
early yesterday morning was felt not only in New
Jersey and In this city, but reports yesterday
showed it was heard as far down on Long Island
as Bastport and in Greenwich, Conn.
In Greenwich persons were awakened shortly
after 12 o'clock by a heavy, rumbling noise, like
the roar of thunder, and thought that a thunder
storm was approaching. At Bastport, N. V.. the
Inhabitants were startled by the rattling of dcors
and ' windows and tremors Of the earth, which
many believed to be an earthquake, while nth.
thought that the rattling of the doors and win
dows was -caused by burglars forcing an entrance,
aril, arming themselves, they went out to look for
tho Intruders.
In Jersey City and Bayonne many were aroused
from sleep, and rushed to the streets in alarm.
In New Rochel'.e ami Port Chester, in Westehester
County, many felt the shock and thought it was
an earthquake. The sliock was plainly felt In Ja
maica, Long Island.
A peculiar feature of the' explosion was that
while It was heard or felt at places far away,
nearby towns like Paterson. Orange, Newark and
Elizabeth heard and felt nothing. The same was
true of Richmond Borough, west of Port Rich
mond, where a slight tremor was felt. At St.
George. Staten Island, and on the east side, us far
as Fort Wadsworth, both the shock an 1 the ex
plosion were plain, and in Stapleton and on the
hills back of It people were ready to fly from their
homes, thinking It was an earthquake.
In New York City the. shock was felt most se
verely above 42d street on both the Bast and Wist
sides, whore the heavy reck formation under the
island from the North to the East River seemed to
act as a conductor. There was much excitement
In the city, and many amusing incidents were re
ported. *
In some parts of Manhattan tho shock was mis
taken for an earthquake; in others, for the ex
plosion of a bomb by the Black Hand Society, and
In still others as an explosion of some of the big
gas tanks. Policemen ran hither and thither seek
ing the cause of the explosion on their beats. Fire
engines were called out in many Instances, and
people in hotels besieged the clerks with questions
or ran to the windows to see what had happened.
Many residents of the upper West Side' rushed
Into the street, expecting the houses were going to
fall.
Many of the captains on the ferryboats and other
harbor craft stopped their boats, thinking they
had been In collision with something, and there
was great excitement among the passengers.
James A. Court, one of the clerks of the Hotel
Belmont. was on his way to Jersey City on a 23d
street ferryboat when the shock occurred. He said
yesterday that the boat had Just cleared the slip
when he felt a concussion, and then the boat shiv
ered and rocked for a moment, and the passengers
rushed from the cabins In great excitement, He
said the boat was stopped and that every one
thought they had hit a scow or some other ob
struction until an investigation was made and
nothing found.
One of the clerks In the Manhattan Hotel said
that crowds gathered, thinking the hotel was tho
scene of an explosion, while the guests and late
diners rushed out, believing that the noise came
from the Grand Central Station and that there had
been a territlc railroad collision. At the Murray
Hill. Belmotit. Knickerbocker, Hotel Astor. Rec
tor's and many of the smaller places along Broad
way there was much excitement among the guest*.
but It subsided quickly when there were no follow
ing shocks.
Every one who was seen seemed to UUsfc that
STKEET CLtANEHS RIOT.
IRISH-ITALIAX BATTLE.
Timely Arrival of Police Saves Hi
bernians from Defeat.
South street, near Fulton street, was the
scene of a riotous street fight yesterday after
noon between two gangs of street laborers
working for William Bradley, the snow con
tractor. One gang was composed of Italians
and the other of irishmen. The latter went to
the assistance of John Lyans. a foreman, who,
for reproving the Italians for being lazy and
refusing to work, was set upon, beaten and
chased for several blocks, until he ran into the
can? of Irish "reserves," who charged the
Italians, with telling effect. A riot call was sent
in to the Oak street station, and Captain Toole.
with Roundsman Hoffman, led twenty reserves
to the scene. After the riot had been quelled,
four Italians were placed under arrest upon
Lyons's complaint, alleging felonious assault.
None of the Irish were arrested.
The battle lasted half an hour, and shovels
and picks were used with great enthusiasm by
both sides. Captain Toole said the Italians put
up a fight that would almost have Justified the
Irish in quitting. But they stuck to it until the
police came.
Lyons said he made a tour of inspection of
several gangs at work in the Wall Street sec
tion. A gang of about fifty Italians was found
at Fulton and Front streets about ™ o'clock.
Some were loom about, whilo others sat la
the doorways or slept in the hallways,
Lyons said he took the sub-foreman to task,
and got the Italian Interpreter to tell the men
to get to work or go home. Lyons says in an
Instant the gang was aroused, and they threat
ened to kilt him. He toM the men if they didn't
want to work not to be !■■ ■:■ around the streets
asleep and expect to be paid.
A dozen • r more Italians r^h^il at Lyons then
with shovels, picks and sticks, and threw great
pieces of Ice at him. Lyons turned and ran
down Fulton to Sooth street, and was chased
south on South street by the entire Rang.
The longshoremen lounging about the docks
ran along to see what was happening, and a
few blocks further south Lyons met bout forty
five husky Irish laborers. Lyons was cut and
his face was bleeding from a big gash made by
a fly Ins piece of ice.
The Italian gang didn't seem to appreciate
the fact that it was headed for a ns'nt. but the
Irishmen turned north without any hesitation
and chargtd it.
Patrolman Creighton. cf the Oak street sta
tion, left the scene of tho fray long enougii to
send in a riot call to the? station house, and he
was joined by PatroL Moore. Tlie two were
powerless to do more than hummer an occasional
Italian over the hiad with their sticks, but in
a short time Captain Toole and his reserves
turned up.
Three Italians who had brokon the Irish
square wore near Lyons, kicking tho latter when
Captain Too!.' dropped off the patrol wagon and
clubbed one of them with a little pocket billy.
Roundsman Hoffman and six of his men sailed
into this crowd, and Lyons was asked to pick out
his assailants. He chose th<* four ivho wero
arrested, and the res« of the Italians w< re urged
to so home by the police. Tiiey finally agreed
to ga
Those arrested were Manuel Cardlccio. Giusep
pl Scario, Salvatore Astuto and Anthony Maine.
who will be arraigned in the Tombs court to-day.
PRAISES COLONEL WAKINGS WORK.
The work of the late Colonel Waring as head of
the Street Cleaning Department was warmly
praised at yesterday's meeting of the Central Fed
•rated Union, though during iil-s administration he
w-ns sometimes in conflict with the unions, The
occasion was the proposing of a resolution by
Morris Brows. of Cigarmakers' Union lit. dlrect
irg the secretary to write to Mayor McC!el!an and
ask him to insist on the streets being properly
cleaned an.l to revoke the street cleaning contract
if the present head of the department failed to keep
them clean.
the explosion was near by. One of the clerks of th,e
Fifth Avenue Hotel was on his way to take a sub
way train BOOM when tha explosion occurred, and
on turning a corner he ran full tilt into ■ policeman,
who. he 'a> .-, was tearing around In great excite
ment trying to find the explosion.
Inspector McCluiky was at a two alarm fire In
Centre street when the explosion was heard. He
thought it was a bomb explosion in Elizabeth street,
and hastily sent a s<iua«i ef police M see if any
one was injured. They reported that there was M
Bign of any explosion, anil the Inspector then calW
up headquarters and was told that reports of an
explosion bad come in from aim st every precinct
In the city, but that no explosion had been found.
U the "Waldorf '.he shock of the explosion uid
not seem to be so noticeable as In other parts of
the city, and the manager, who was standing in
the lobby at the time, said he did not :<.«;1 tho con
cussion. At the Fifth Avenue Hotel. Charles E.
Furlong who is a prominent member of the •Amen
Corner." slept through the shock, while other
guests were rushing around to see what the trouble
"'At the Imperial Hotel a clerk quieted tha guests
r>v telling them that a short circuit on the 1.n..i .
wav car system had caused the noise. There was
a flash of flame in front of the hotel at the time c
the explosion, and he supposed that was the result.
Guests in the Astor House were awakened by the
explosion, and kept the clerk busy trying to give
them satisfactory answers as to its cause. At the
wvomint? Apartments, at win street and Seventh
avenue, where the shock was heaviest, there was
treat excitement among the euests. many of whom
rushed to the elevators and begged to b* carried to
the 'street as the house was going to fall.
A quiet little card game in in- .-•:■.-:! of Dennis
Duff!- at Eleventh avenue and 33th street, was
rudely broken up when the front window .lew in
with a ban* The cards fe.l ir.» :n tn« player,
hands and they rushed to the street wltaout wait
i-ic to gather up the pot.
In a dance hall on Uwih street near Amster
dam avenue, several couples were thrown to the
floor by tho shock, and *.<-• daaee came to an
abrupt end. In many of the restaurants, particu
larly In the upper West Side, patrons run to the
street, leaving their half eaten dinners behind
tiiem ' and In many Instances old not return.
It was some timo before the excitement sub
sided and people retuAied to their homes and
occupations, satisfied that the city was not going
to be visited by a second San Francisco or Kings
ton disaster. All over the city yesterday the ex
plosion was the chief topic of conversation.
DANIEL J. SULLY MUCH BETTER.
Daniel* J. Sully, who Is 111 at h!s home in .the
Wyoming Apartment House, was reported last"
night to be resting much more comfortably than
at any time since his Illness began. The doc
tors expressed hopes of Mr. Sully a absolute re
covery- Dr. Laidlaw and Dr. Locmis remained
at the house last night. Mr. Sully spent a good
day yesterday.
VviHfYdu Watch
One Thousand Pennies
With Dollars?
TLc IKCBles !:nv<» j i:s * be?i tint ns to Lclp ths
poor, by East Skip cliiMm?, to whom eve?;
rvn»y nifant as much a-» a »?at nt the opera, or
a One dinner. A hint for L?nr.
Tbe tracts; - 1 hardens «f - ;L?r mate
Lel;> ju«t nov.- l.vr.ssr tirnelr. Sptitl what yrm caa
to-day ti» K. S. Miatnrn. Trcas^ Room -212. Now
toe c. sat
N. Y. Association lor Improving tbe
ISO Coalition o: th? Pair. 1907
WILLCOX BEQUESTS PAID
BY BROTHERS (OLRTEST.
Audubon Societies and Tuskegm
Institute Benefit Largely.
By a special arrangement with David Win
cox. president of the Delaware & Hudson Com
pany, the National Association of Audubon
Societies and Tuskegee Institute have each Just
come into possession of 5232.71080— this sun
constituting the residuary estate of Albert Will
cox. who died suddenly on the beach at Sea
brisht last August.
la his will Mr. Willcox made numerous spe
cial bequests to relatives and friends, including
910,008 to the S. R. Smith Infirmary of States
Island and $100,000 to the National Association
of Audubon Societies. The income from the)
residuary estate was to go to David Wlllcox
during his lifetime, and at his death to b=»
divided between the Audubon Society and th*
Tuskegee Institute.
As a mark of respect for the memory of 111
brother, Mr. Willcox took steps to arrange that
the Institutions named should have the imme
f.iate benefit of these bequests. The present
vaiue of the residuary Interests* was fixed, there
fore, and the amounts paid in cash. It thus
happens that the charities named in the will •
of Albert Willcox have now received the follow**
ing sums:
The S. R. Smith Inflrrrary. 10.000: the Amer- j
lean Audubon' Societies, $332,G2t>95. and the)
Tuskegee Institute, $232,77080. The total sun»
of these charitable bequests was $373.307 75. all,
of which has been paid in cash within six
months after the will was admitted to probate.
This is the only endowment of any sise that
the Audubon Association has ever had. Includ
ing it. the total endowment now amounts to a
little less than $3T>O.OOa During his lifetime)
Albert WlHcox was an enthusiast upon the pro
tection of wild birds and animals. He was) the
moving force in bringing about the Incorpora
tion if the Audubon Association, principally
that it might be able to accept and hold gifts
and legacies. The association was incorporated
on December 31, I°**4. Owing to Mr. Wlllcox.
the word "animals" was inserted in the corpo
rate title along with "wild birds," making tha.
name "The National Association of Auduboa
Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and'
Animals."
With the Income derived from Mr. Willcox'a
original bequest of JIOO.OOO, the association has)
already greatly enlarged its field of action. Four
organizers a.nd lecturers are already at work:
travelling throughout the country and arousing
interest in the movement for the protection of.
birds. The will stipulated that "one half of th«
income derived therefrom (i. *•„ from one-halt
of the residuary estate after the death of David.
Willcox) shall be applied to the protection of
bird and animal life, as provided in' the certifi
cate cf Incorporation of said association, and
that the other half of said income, so far aa
rfeeded, may be applied to the employment at
solicitors, who shall seek permanent endowments
for the general benefit and purposes of the afore
said association." ! - . :
The activity of the association cf Auduboa.
societies is divided into three branches:
The Warden System — This consists of hiring
men to watch ever birds and protect them la
certain reservations. There are some permanent
wardens, an.l some wardens : are employed only
for the breeding season.
Educational — This consists cf propaganda dis
tributed throughout the country and the publica
tion of a bi-monthly periodical called "Bird!
Lore." Part cf the task is to teach fanners the
value of protecting their birds as insect killers.
The value of the teaching has already proven It
self to be very great in the destruction of tho
mischievous boll weevil and gypsy moth.
Legislative — The association watches every
legislation In the United States). If a bill con
trary to the purposes of the association is intro
duced, specialists who know all about birds are)
sent to combat it. They appear before commit-,
tees and give reasons why the bill should not'
be passed. They have been very successful.
Mr. Willcox was much interested in further^
developing the organization, and it was for this
reason that he stipulated that part of the- ta- j
come derived from his bequest bo devoted to
the solicitation cf contributions and of new
members. '
WOULD LYNCH WHITES.
Syracuse Man and Companion Ac*
cused of Drugging Ohio Girls.
Marietta, <~vh!->. March 3— Walter W. Savage, of,
Syracuse, and "Andy" Crothers. charged wfth)
drugging and assaulting six small girls. nar-.
rowly escaped violence to-night at the hands of »
large, crowd that for a time surrounded the city
Jail. Savage is an advertising sketch artist, and
has been here about a week, occupying a shop)
window. He has made a specialty of getting younsj
girls to allow him to make their pictures.
The crima> of which the men is charged is at*
leered to have taken place this afternoon la Sat**
age's room, where six girls, between the ages of
twelve and fourteen, were found unconscious , under !
the influence, it is said, of whiskey, beer and wtasj
containing some drug. The men were found In tas>.
room, and were taken with the girls to the» ctty :
Jail. Physicians gave the girls emetics, and they
will recover. • -•; '- -
The sheriff and deputies, assisted by too police.
are guarding the two prisoners against a lynching
threatened by the excited populace.
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TTSRLQIOJTED LOVE EBBS IK AC-ID Y.
Philadelphia Suitor, Spurned by Oiri, ShMtt
Her and After Pursuit Kills Himse.:
iad shot aas)
wounded seventeen-year-old Edna McKnight. off
whom he was enamoured. Malcom H. Pool, twesi
ty-one years old, shot and killed himself hers to
day. Pool had boarded at the McKnight home)
until recently, when he was ordered to go he
cause he forced his attentions on Miss McKnight.
whose parents objected, chiefly because of her
age. When the girl's father ordered Pool to
leave the house he threatened to shoot He-
Knight, and was ejected after a struggle.
Pool wmt to a church this afternoon where)
Miss McKnight was in attendance and tried to
induce tier to take a walk with him. She re
fused, but he waited until she started for horn*
and followed her. The girl fled, and Pool fire!
two shuts from a revolver at her. one of which)
took effect in the arm. The shooting occurred
near one of the Kapid Transit Company's barns
and half a hundred mctormen and employes gavo
chase to Pool. He ran around the barn, and]
finding himself cornereil jumped over an Iron
fence into the yard of a public school, where- ho
sent a bullet Into his heart as the foremost off
his pursuers came up.
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