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V of - LXVI- • 22.0^9.
Prophet's Wealth — Former
Followers Mourn Him at Last. .
! Ry T»srai>h to Th# Tribune. 1
Chicago, "'arch S. — John Alexander Dowla.
f»n» of the most remarkable characters of mod
ern r**!i?ri >us history. <!ipd at 7:40 o'clock this
morning at Ms home. Slii'.ob House. In Zlcn
City. The founder of the Christian Catholic
.Apostolic Church, a sect that had Its followers in
every quarter of the globe, passed <iv.ay peace
fully, after a period of unconsciousness pre
ced?d by delirium. T'e was sixty years old.
The end a/as not unexpected. For hours the
pM leader, deserted by al! except a few faithful
followers, had been sinking slowly. Paralysis
and a complication of dropsy and other maladies
caused death. No relative was with him at the
last. Has wife and son were repulsed when
they n-.a<lo ■ final effort to see him three month*
ego. and neither was at his bedside when the
*nd MM.
le and her Mn arrived late to-night
DhuL tlmlr home In Sdehlgan.
i= practically all that remains of the
trolled by Dowte, estimated to
h»ve bo*>n i lons.
Foon after Howie's death Bnlloh House, with
f:s furnishings, was seized by John C. Hately,
the Zion City receiver. 1n the name of th» United
States Court, Dor the benefit of the creditors of
Zlon City. The. house hi valued nt Jsf>,ooo and
the furnishingp at |ti.gaa. A custodian now Is
In charge of the rooms where the body of Dowle
lies In state.
The future of Zir<n City, it was declared by
General Overseer Wilbur Glenn VoMva. Dowle's
successor as head of the church, will be af
fected by the ■'''■nth of the founder. Mr Hater/
made the Fame announcement.
When the end came Judge Barnes announced
It to th* people in Zlon City, though the exeat
majority of them long since deserted Dowle for
Vollva. A large crowd had gathered outside the
hou=e when the news of his serious condition
"The first apostle has passed away." was all
th.v Judge Barnes seid and he returned to the
house. There were few dry eyes among the
fathering, and for the time all the faults of the
dead man were forgotten.
The news quickly spread through the city. Th»
«'ork in the factories and stores was stopped.
The employes of the great lace works, brought
from England by Dowle. came out and gathered
around Bhitoh House. Voliva. though suffering
from tonsillitis, went to The house and visited th«»
room where the body lay Then, with bowed
head, -apparently deep in thought, he returned
to .his dwelling.
Flaps were lowered to halfmast on the prin
cipal buildings, on the roof of the great taber
nacle and the college building.
[a accordance with the often expressed wish
of Dr. Dowie and also of Mrs. DowJe. the body
will probably he laid to rest la Lake Mound,
the cemetery in Zion City where the body of the
daughter Esther who was burred to death. Is
buried. It is probable that the funeral • sermon
will be preached by one of th» overseers and
thst J. W. Cutler, as the' principal deacon who
remained faithful to Do™ ie. will act as assistant.
J..K. F. Morris, of the Mound City guards, will
1 c !n. general charge of arrangements. Th€
funeral probably will be held on Monday.
It ha 3 heen Dowie's custom Flnce last summer
to ho' 3 religious imvlcei every Sunday after
noon in the parlor <■? Shilch House. About
three hundred and fifty of Ills oripinal followers
remained faithful and attended th<-s<» service*.
DcVie always wore his apostolic rohes and made
a characteristic addrrss. Five we'-k«? BgO these
ire«t'»Rs ceased.' and Dowie appeared no longer
In p'jhljc. The Sunday meetiijgs. however, are
ftiil held by his adherents.
rinre that time Dowie gradually failed. On
Friday afternoon, however, there was no Indi
cation of medlata death. He received a few
followers, and prayed for pome people. His
condition seemed to be about the same as for
the last two or three weeks. One of tl:e .--t
t'ndar,;<= remained with him until midnight, and
vas relieved by the other attendant. Shortly
before 1 . lock IMb morning Dr. Domic became
delirious, and talked ;is if rt a reiipious meeting:
He denounced r**op!e wnh tlio oldtirne vigor.
ordered the guards to throw out disturbers and
erted as he. had on many previous occasions.
He gradually becamo weaker and weaker, and
the attendant telephoned for Ju<lge r»arn"s. who
reached Fhilnh House at 7 a. in.; forty minutes
later ! '•>•.-. <» <!led.
J-j']«:e men. who was nt the bedside of Dr.
Dov, ■>. is a member of Vol!va*a council, but re
mnined friendly to DowjV-, bette\lng hlr.i to be
ir.f^nc and not responsible for his actions.
Dnwie's wife, lather and son held the same view,
end it :s therefore believed, though they were
estranged, that they will attend (he funeral. Mr.
Vcliva declared that the death of the former
leader would not affect the future of the Church
in any adverse manner.
"Because of Dr. Dowie'i- sad mental and physi
cal condition," Mid Vollva, "he had been a
hindrance In many ways. Nov. that h- has
gone, all bitter feeling, just or unjust, will dis
appear. Dr. Dowie has done a work for hu
rr.anity that is, in pome respects, second to none
thnt has been done by anybody, past or pres
ent. Nothing will l*» heard but talk of his good,
especially if It should be proved that his mind
began to fall several years ago. His death will
rot aller the conduct of the Church.**
John Alexander Dowle was born In Edinburgh.
Scotland, on May 28. Ml. He was. accordingly, not
«j':it* six] y years old when lie came to th« end of
fcjs plfturenque career, during which lie had or
ganized a religion. made a fortune out of St. and
then lost both lii« fortune and his hold upon his
followers, st one time, said to number one hundred
thousand. It Is a nlgnifl<-ant commentary upon his
mfUiorta thst th* same line of conduct that brousht
him his success compassed at the last his downfall.
It is but one «ep from the subllm* to the rldlcu
'.mj«. and while Howie was never sublime, for a
time at least he impressed bkj disclp>s with a be
lief In his divine Inspiration. , Osansssei by Ills own
vanity, convinced, perhaps, by hi* own arguments,
he lo*t his sen*« of perspective, took the fatal step
arrows the narrow boundary, ana revealed himself,
except to a few blinded fanatics, In his true suit of
tr.otley. .■•: .
There «■• nothing in the man's early upbring
ing to «Ive hint of what his life was to be. He
**a« thirteen years ©14 when his father took the
!ajnily to Australia, and John Alexander was soon
engaged In "commercial pursuits." as he expressed
It. in Adelaide. In reality he was a clerk In a shop.
He was wont to tell how, by the time he was
twenty, be bad laid by enough from his earnings In
thrifty Scotch fashion to enable Mm to return to
Srtlaburgh and to take a nve years' course in
<2ar«<es and theology. No one lias ever accused
Cocll-uard ea *c*imd »as«.
V. Y. dally US noon. Due St. Aujf. 2*o p. m. Sea
board office. Utt Bwajr. or aa.> P V- oSct*.-
To-diy. tarrexlns rloiidlneM.
Ta-morrofr, rain or hnon ; southeast winds.
Who died yesterday.
Discomfort Caused by Strike — Few
Theatres Open,
Paris. March 9.— Th« strike of the electricians
of Paris, which threw the city into obscurity for
the larger part of two nights, has come to an
end as abruptly as it began. Through the medi
ation of M. de Selves, the Prefect of the Seine,
the eWrrlcal companies have conceded the
principal demands of the workmen in Hie matter
of pensions, and acree that they shall he placed
on the footing of the men employed by the city
as regards hours and wages. The strikers will
go back to work to-morrow.
At 11 o'clock to-night one of the electrical
companies, with the assistance of firemen, suc
ceeded in generating sufficient current to light
the central districts of the city and run th«
newspaper presses. Up to thrs hour the boule
vards" and the cafes had been dimly lighted with
Chinese lanterns, while candles stuck in bottles
wer° used in the restaurants. A drenching rain
fell to-night, and only a few of the theatres
wore open.
A note was issued at the close of the Cabinet
Council here to-day saying that Premier Cle*
menceau had given instructions to the Prefect
of the Seine. M. de Selves, and to the Military
Governor of Paris which would insure the op
eration of the electrical plants to-night.
The strike of electricians which began here
suddenly yesterday evening, this morning as
sumed a serious aspect. The men employed by
the two remaining Independent companies wont
out. and it was (eared that the workmen of
the gas company and the employes of the Met
ropolitan Underground Railroad, on which the
majority of the population relies for transporta
tion, would be Induced to quit work in sympa
thy with the strikers.
Not since the stage of Paris In I*7<> has the
city been plunged into such darkness, and last
night's experience aroused the most intense re
sentment. In addition to the inconvenience re
sulting from the closing of places of amuse
ment and the stopping of. boulevard and cafe
life, the business interests of the capital are
keenly alarm* i at the prospect of heavy losses.
The newspapers, with the exception of the rad
ical socialist organs, condemned the strikers
most severely and urged the government to
force a prompt settlement.*
The cause of the dispute was the City Coun
cil's refection of the plan for the municipal con
trol of the electric plants of the city, the gran'
iiir of a new concession for twenty-two years
to a private company, nnd the subsequent re
fii^al of the company to place Its employes on
•the footing of the men employed by the city in
the matter of hours, nages and pension*.
The first exciting Incident occurred at 'Vie
electric light station on the south sida of th»
river Betne, where the attitude of the strikers
compelled the manager of the station to sum
mon a detachment of soldiers to «-x P el the elec
tricians from the premises. Military electri
cians were subsequently placed at the disposal
of the 'manager. At other stations the elec
tricians Informed the managers that they would
not be responsible for what might happen if
outsiders wore called In.
The section of the tunnel of the metropolitan
subway on the south side of the Seine^ which
was mundnted last night as a result "of the
Ft like at electricians, was strongly shored up
to-day in order to prevent it from falling in.
The engineers say there is no danger of a col
A number of women who said they represented
various women's Irish societies, entered the candy
store of Fred Zlegler. lit No. 21 Warburton avenue.
Yonkors. yesterday afternoon and ordered him to
take two stuffed monk' vs. which were decorated
with Shamrock and green flags, out of his show
window Mstflir promised to do so. and the women
l»ft. They returned about an hour later, and find
ing the monkeys still in the window they at
tempted to clean the place out. Ziegl^r immediate
ly took the offending animals out of the window,
and on his promise to keep them out. the women
departed. The police arrived when the disturbance
was all over.
Fire from some unknown source smouldered for
a time yesterday afternoon In the roof beam* be
neath the. water tank on the top of the Hotel St.
Denis. *■ Broadway and IHIj street. About two gal
lons of water sufirced to pot it out. and scarcely
half a dozen patrons knew that the hotel had been
on lire
In order not to alarm the guest.", the manage
ment sent a messenger, around to the quarters of
Engine 72. in Bast 13th street. An engine and
Hook and Ladder Company S responded. The fire
men carried two lengths of Uos» up to the hotel
roof, hitched It to the standpipe running up the
hide of the building, and after the hook and ladder
men had chopped away the roof In spots drowned
the flame.
Forence. March 9— lt is reported here that
sf veral objects of art have disappt-ared from the
house of a nobleman at Pistoln. They Include
a chimney piece valued at $10,000, a magnificent
painting by Botticelli, an old letter of value and
other treasures.
Doctors Sari Archie Roosevelt's Con
dition Is Excellent.
Washington. March 9.— The improvement
noted In the condition of Archie Roosevelt to
day over that of yesterday, when for a time
considerable apprehension was felt, has been
maintained to-night, and In consequence a feel
ing of great hopefulness pervades the White
House It was officially announced to-night
that the patient is in excellent condition, and
that there ore no unfavorable indications.
The satisfactory progress made by Archie to
day was such that the President and Dr. Lam
bert went for a long horseback ride, not return-
Ing to the White. House until alter dark. Mrs.
Roosevelt, who has been a constant watcher at
the. bedside, of her son. went out for a short
drive and returned much refreshed. She imme
diately returned to the sickroom. For several
hours this afternoon only the trained nurses
kept watch over the patient.
Shortly after 8 o'clock to-night Drs Rlxoy.
BraistT.l and Kennedy reached the White House
and were soon In conference with Dr. Lambert.
who had just preceded them. They found
Arch!* doing nicety, and at 8:45 outlook gave
out the following bulletin:
Archie's throat is. regaining its normal ap
pearance. He has been suffering' recently from
tome of the sequela of diphtheria, which have
subsided. At present he Is in excellent comUt
tlon. and there are. no unfavorable i'ulteattons. '
Unless some un!ookcs 'or complication^? T™*Y
no more bulletins will H>.tvu»d to-i •• t T^
Dre. Rlxey. Bralsted and Kennedy were in the
hou««s lees than an hour. Dr. Lambert will have
supervision of (he case to-night, and it was
said that it would not he necessary for him to
Fit up with the patient, although he- will occupy
a room where* he will be within easy call in ca»«
of emergency.
At midnight, lr wrs announced that Archie
was resting comfortably. The President and
Mr«. Roosevelt had retired.
Three Bombs Thrown at Treasurer's
Carriage at Kutais.
Kutals. Transcaucasia. March 9— The treas
urer of the local revenue, accompanied by two
policemen and several local officials, wan driving
through the streets In a carriage yesterday with
$7,500 In his custody, when three bombs were
thrown at his party. This attack was followed
by a volley of revolver shots from the bandits.
Both of the policemen, the driver of the car
riage and one of the officials were killed, and
the treasurer and four .other officials were
wounded. The robbers seized the money and
made good their escape.
Offer of $1,000,000 in Them Refused by
South Dakota's Governor.
Pierre, P. P.. March !> (Jovernor Crawford
recently received an offer of $1,000,000 of North
Carolina bonds of the issue repudiated l.y that
state, from a Ne-.v York holding syndicate as
a present to the state, provided the state would
start suit to collect on them. The offer was
cecllned to-day In the name of the stai~.
• — — i
Avoids Entering Texas to Escape Service in
Her Suit.
my T»Rr»!>h to T". •• TrthuTi* 1
El Paso, Tex.. March !•. Admiral Lord Charles
Bereaford, who has been here looking after the
estate of his brother. Lord DelavaJ Bciesford.
learned while In Mexico that the Negress who
says siie was the common law wife of the dea 1
man contemplated serving papers on him when
he returned. He stayed for two days* in Juarez,
across the river from El Paso, and then slipped
*;;> along the Texan line in n carriage to New
Mexico and took the train without entering the
state, oui witting the Negresn and her attorney.
He is said to have gone to Los Angeles, but all
mail has been ordered forwarded to New York.
O. D. Hammond, of New York, accompanied
(By T^»irnp*i la ib- r ib url , 1
Cleveland. March 9.— Gossip concerning Pan
R. llanna'n future has been rife ever since his
second wife filed suit for divorce. It is rumored
that he will marry Mrs. Mario Stewart, divorced
wife of Frank Skelly. said to be a clerk Jit a
hotel In New York, and formerly clerk of a
leading hotel here. Up to within a few <!ays «he
lived at the i.<»>al apartments. In Ger.e«t?e ave
nue, with h«-r revvn- year-old daughter, but tinea
Dan Hinna vat; rued for divorce, she and her
child have disappeared.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune. 1
Greeley. Col.. March 9.— Mrs. Sarah Smith,
wife of S. B. Smith, a Brooklyn. N. V.. business
man. died here to-day. Paralysis of the throat
prevented her from taking nourishment, causing
starvation. She was forty-two years old. Her
husband arrived a few hours before her death.
Ashevtlle. AJken. Augusta. Suiametvllle and Flor
ida reached by the Southern Ry. The Route of The
Southern's Palm Limited. N. Y. 021 c**, 271 CJiZ
ISO Br«»awa»-A6vt • • •--.-.... *.j
Brovr Clergymen Drive Burglars
from Gold Altar Fittings.
In tiie dim sanctuary of the Roman Catholic
Church of th© Immaculate Conception, at Mel
rose and Courtlandt avenues. The Rronx, there
occurred early yesterday morning a hot flght
between the rector and his assistants and two
burglars. The thieves v.-ere Intent on gather
lng together their plunder when discovered by
the rector and his assistants.
The Church of th» Immaculate Conception is
not only the largest, but also one of the oldest,
in the borough. It is under the Redemptorlst
Fathers. Besides the church building proper.
there .ire a priory, a school and a rectory. In
the rectory Mves the reetoj of th»» church, the
Rev. Henry T. Otterbeta; his assistant. Fath<r
, Burger, and one of the lay brothers in the ser
vice of th" church.
In common with nearly all Roman Catholic
churches, the church owns a costly altar ser
vice. Everything is fashioned from heavy gold.
and In some cases Jewels are set in vessels
and statues. A figure of the Virgin, standing
at . one side of the altar. Is ornamented with
a huge golden crown, the surface of which is
studded "with large precious stones.
Shortly after 1 .V» o'clock yesterday morning
Father <<tterhein was aroused by the jingle of
a burglar alarm at the head of his bed. The
nlarm was connected with the outer door of the
Church, and had been installed recently.
Getting up and dressing quickly. Father Otter
beln seized a loadeJ revolver, and. moving
fl'ently through the hull, knocked softly at the
doors of Father Burger and Brother Bernard,
cautioning them to keep silent, arm themselves
and follow htm.
At a side door entrance to th^ church the
three separated, Father Burger running to the
street, where he lustily blew upon a poll f
v liistle. Father Otterbeln nnd Brother Bernard
crept stealthily into the church, where they
n.iide their way down the main aisle toward the
alt;ir. They made out the forms of the Inter
lopers In the dim light.
These intruders became active when the whis
tle sounded. Stopping their attempt to forco
open the second door of the tabernacle, which
is guarded by a combination lock, they reached
f..r tlu !r revolvers and sent a rain of bullets at
the priest and Brother Bernard. The two
churchmen, however, continued their advance,
returning the flre .>r the burglars. The sharp
report** of tlie firearms echoed and re-echoed t
hundredfold within the lofty walls of the church.
and the cloud of smoke shut off even the dim
view the opposing parties bad of each other.
They fired flt random and wherever they saw
tli» flash from a shot.
Father Ott-erbein was wondering why the po
lice did not appear in answer to the repeated
mils for assistance from bis assistant, wlien the
great mam door of the church flew open, and
with Father Burger at their head. Patrolmen
Watterman, Michaels ami Jansen rushed in.
Then the fighting b««g;iin with renewed vigor.
Realising that they were overpowered by num
bers the burglars Bought safety in flight. I'nder
cover of the dense smoke rht-y made a hasty
exit from a window back of the altar, leaving
behind the many gold vessels which they had
heaped on the altar table. They also left a coir
and a kit of burglar's tools
When the smoke lifted Father Otterbein
turned on the electric lights, and a careful
eearcli failed to disclose any trace of the thieves
beyond the Kit of tools and the ragged coat. The
intervention of the clergymen prevented the
plunderers carrying away anything, but the or
namented tacadea and altar fixtures were rki
rlle.l with bullets, and the stained glass windows
admitted ihe rays of the moon through several
1 1 ml ib« burglars b«en content with the booty
they had collected from the altar and Ron.- away
without attacking the door of the tabernacle,
th~v would profeably have be r -n successful.
The police of the Morrtsansj station and de.
te. lives from The Bronx detecttre bureau have
been detailed on the cast-, but as yet no tangible
clew has been found.
Silver Offertory Plates Taken from
Episcopal Edifice.
f By T»l»rrap'n ti Th» Trlbiißi". 1
Greenwich, Conn.. March o.— Chief of Police
Ritcii believes that the perpetrators of the ten
burglaries here In the last few weeks have heen
making their headquarters during the daytime
in churches. In the Kpiscopal church the re.-ir
door was forced, the poor boxes were robbed
and four offertory p!ates. two of them silver and
highly valued because they were the property
of the first Episcopal church In Greenwich
and used in the early part of the eighteenth
century, were taken. The cover was removed
from the altar, but the cross and service were
not touched.
Last night burglars broke into the office build
ing on the estate of E. C. Converse, the steel
magnate. An unsuccessful attempt was made to
open the safe. Revolvers, money from the cash
drawer and clothing were taken. "The local po
lice arrested a Pole. ' He would not give his
name. Later he confessed to having committed
the Converse burjlary.
Attack on American Minister to
Nicaragua Reported.
By T>l»grarli to Th- Tribune. 1
New Orleans, March 0. — Passengers who have
reached here in the last two days from Central
America to-day confirmed the report that
United States Minister Merry has been pursued
by an armed force headed by the Minister of
War of Nicaragua, and that he took refuge on
a vessel bound for Costa Rica. They say that
Minister Merry, with drawn revolver and the
United States flag raised, defied the troops to
board his ship, and that the vessel got under
way before the soldiers made an attack.
This fight followed differences between Min
ister Merry and President Zelaya over the al
leged pilfering of cable messages sent to the
representative of the United States In Nic
The minister Is alleged to have charged Zelaya
with tampering: with his messages, and it Is said
that a personal encounter was narrowly averted.
It Is further alleged that Mr. Merry made known
these facts to Washington and was ordered to
close th« legation and proceed to Costa Rica.
Mr. Merry is said to be unable to communicate
directly with Washington. Zelaya controlling th-»
cable that runs through Nicaragua.
"Bill" McDonald Says Major
Shielded Negro Troops.
[By Telegraph M The Tribune '
Austin. Tex., March {*.— Captain "Bill" McDon
ald, the former commander of the Texas Rang
ers. left Austin for San Antonio to-night, to see
Major Penrose about the latter's reported state
ment that McDonald was a "contemptible cow
McDonald issued a statement to-day in which
he says: "Penrose was guilty of shielding th«»
guilty Negroes that murdered Natus and shot
into the houses of the citizens of Brownsville.
and I caught him in the act iff trying to cover
It up."
McDonald states that after Major Penrose and
Captain Macklin had toM him and his sergeant.
W. J. McCauley. that they saw Corporal W. H.
Miller at rollcal! on the night of the Brownsville
raid. Miller told them he was not at rollcall that
night but was across the river in Mexico until
a short time before the shooting, and in a
Brownsville saloon when the raid was made.
"I then told rv-nr--.se and Mackltn that they
were trying to cover up the murder."' continued
McDonald. "I have since understood that.Pen
rose had ordered the Negro soldiers to shoot Me
and my rangers If I undertook to spot them any
Police Say Chauffeur Put on Poizer
— Crated Pursued.
After his automobile had knocked down ani
Injured a small boy. the police say. Joseph
Wockowitz. a chauffeur, of No. 173 Avenue A.
turn*! on th- power of his machine and tried to
scape. With a mob • chasing the machine.
Workowiti was captured and locked op at tee
Mercer street police station on a technical
i barge of assault. Th- boy. Henry Polder, four
teen years old. of No. Tu'.'2 fith street, was taken
to St. Vincent's Hospital, suffering from bruises
and possible internal Injuries.
There were two young women in the car. As
the automobile was passing the 14th street si'l*
of Union Square the lad started to cross the
street. The automobile, which was going at «
rapid pace, hit the youngster an>l knocked him
into th*» gutter. According 1(>1 (> the police the
machine darted away under greater power
Many persona saw the accident and followed
the automobile south in Broadway. At 1-th
street Patrolman Kennedy. of the Mercer street
station, stopped the machine. He arrested
Wockowitz and permitted "■•■ two women in
the car to go. The prisoner "'1 the machine
was owned by Charles Francis, of No. 33 Quincy
street. Brooklyn. The crowd threatened the
chauffeur, but the patrolman led him away.
Brooklyn Man Tackled Ttcor-In
Serious Condition.
Two burglars" entered the home of William
Bfonseros, at No. IT-'."* Prospect avenue, Brook
lyn, about 7 o'clock last night, unlocking the
front door with skeleton keys. They wet dis
covered, but made their escape after shooting
»nil seriously injuring William Hammond,
Mwsnw'l brother-in-law, who tried to grapple
with them.
Those awake i"i the house were hi the base
ment, listening to a phonograph. Tin- Intruders
went to lbs top Moor, where Henry Conlon. who
lives with the Monsevescs. was asleep In his
room. He awoke to st*- one ..f th.- men going
through his clothes. He sprang out of be.l and
grappled v. ith the burglars, but was knocked
The noise alarmed those stairs, and Ham
mond rushed up just in time to meet the burg
lars coming out or Conlon's rosen. He mail<
for them, but one of them pulled a revolver
, and shot him in the mouth They leaped over
! him and ran down to the main hall and out
! of the door, knocking down Mrs. Monserea ma
I they went. . v-
Mr. Monseves chased them down Prospect
i avenue. They wer-» joined by another man, op-
I parently ■ lookout, and all three got away.
Mr. Hammond was taken to Seney Hospital.
I There It was found that the bullet had lodged
In his throat. His condition is said to be crit
ical. The burslars got nothing except the $:*
I which they took from Conlon's pocket.
T«t. boy» about fifteen years old who said
1 their names were Otto Mothil and Harry <\l
•.oclie. were pulled out of th<* water at dusk yes
terday off Stapleton. Staten Island. They were
within a hundred feet of a deserted pier, and
' would surely have gone djwn bad not a boat-
i man In the neighborhood put out and brought
j them to shore.
They --scaped, they said, from the Swedish
bark Defenso, some distance off Stapleton. and
1 swam all . the way. They became exhausted
i while nearins the pier. At the Stapleton police
i station they told a long story about being kid
' napped from Rio Janeiro, and of ill treatment
i aboard the bark. The police will Investigate
■ their story. _« .
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; London. March *. -A report from Chicago that
I one of the JUMBO bins stolen from the Chicago Sub-
Treasury hail been cashed by the Bank of England
I was denied to-day. It. vai pointed out that the
Bank of England does not deal in foreign cur
1 rency.
Preliminary Inquiry Shores Delusion
of Great Wealth.
It became evident yesterday that Leonidas M.
Preston, who was found dead on Thursday In
the Hotel Cumberland, died a paretfc and a
forger. His odd will .Wed that he was In
sane, and that his insanity led to what would
have been criminal action in a sane person.
Preston suffered before his suicide from fie
lus.ons of gr^at wealth. H & lived as though ht»
fortune had tanstble existence, playing hath
me stocc market and the races until what
money he had actually owned was practically
•dm His wife had been left p-actically penni
less. She was before her marriage a Sixth ave
nue saleswoman.
His friends believed In his mythical riches.
He believed In them himself, for In his desk
there was found yesterday an unsigned contract
In which he had agreed to Invest $100,000 in th*
stock of the Hewitt Motor Company, controlled
by Edward R. Hewitt, sou of the late Mayor
Preston was sane enough to play the gam*
until the last card. On the day on which a note)
bearing the forged signature of E. R. Hewitt
was due in the Riverside Bank he killed him
self. Another note foil due April J. drawn oa
the Commercial Trust Company. This was for
$30,000. while the other was for $3,000. There)
was also another note for $2,000 on another
bank An Insurance^ policy In the Equitable
which he held had been allowed to lapse.
It was brought our at the preliminary inquiry
of th» coroner yesterday incrnlng that Preston
undoubtedly con:mitt:-d suicide. Coroner Har
bur^ers physician. Dr. O'Har.lon. had per
forme.i an autopsy, and reported that there was
enough prussic acid in the dead man's stomach
to kill a regiment. The coroner summoned as
witnesses Edward R. Hewitt, Mrs. Preston.
Leonard Gray. William R. Timk-n. of Carton.
Ohio, the men having had business at one tima
or another with Preston, an.l several other less
important witnesses. From their testimony the.
story of Preston's peculiar acts was revealed.
while his win, which was read, showed that ha
realised that ha was insane and contemplated
His will ashed that in case of sudden death i
his wife and some friends and relatives be m
formei 1 . and that hia Insurance policy, which had
lapsed. be paid to his wife. It read as follows:
. Ti case of death or serious accident to me notify
my wif» Mr«. L. M. Preston, care Hotel Cumber
land, New York: my mother. Mrs. C. ••. Preston. '
Ke 21S R«v» s»r«v?t. Tyler. Texas; Edward &Ci
Preston. ' otlese Station. Texas; Mrs. .1 O Mat
thews. Rice. Stix & Co., St. Louis. M,. E. W R_
T'mken. Canton. Ohio.
My wife's wishes are to be consulted first in all
things. i.. M. p
I also desire that In the event of my death at any
time tli« ful! amount of my policy. No. LCf'3.433 ia
the Equitable Lift be paid to mv wife. Anna" G.
Pr»ston. L. M P
I realize fully that I am and have been for iom«
time insane. I ti.-vve lost my tv mi. Mv power to
grasp things. My memory I have lost everything
except my firm faitl* in God an.) His Son. Jesus
Christ. 1 am in His bands; and I leave it all to
Him. Be has been my refuse and strength and
wi!l never forsake me. ' L. M. p.
Mr. Hewitt would not discuss the forgeries of
his name yesterday, but James A. Shea, a law
yer who represented Mrs. Preston at the in
quest, said that he ha.l been informed by Mr.
Hewitt that an investigation of the books of the
firm had shown that Preston's forgeries might
reach ?10«>.»iX». Y.'ith these disclosures and th»
discovery of the other notes, taken with the in
direct evidence of the will. Coroner Harburgc?
abandoned the theory of murder and stopped the
search for evidence ator.g those- Hncs.
Mr. Hewitt paid that he had seen Preston a
few days* before his death, when Preston had,
appeared to be on the ecl?a if pneumonia. An
other witness was William R Timken. of Oss>
ton. Ohio, a member of the Timken Rol!t»r
Bearing Ax; • Company, of which Preston was
secretary and mnnasrer. He vclunteered his
testimony. The company had headquarters In
Canton, with a branch in this city, and a capital
of $200>,000t
The coroner asked what was the connection
between the Ne-.v York branch and Canton. to
which Mr. Timken replied that th<? connection
was one of debtor and creditor, and that tha
N*»\v. York firm owed the Ohio one more than
.514.«* mi. Tli» coroner asked the witness then if
he had heard of any defalcation. Mr Timken
was somewhat reiuctarit to answer, but finally
rail! that from an examination of the b>«>ks. on
the advice of th«» auditor of the company, ha
was convinced that Mr. Preston was a defaulter
for a 1 »rs:e amount.
"What <li'l you tl*> when you got into his room
at the Cumberland.*" the coroner asked sud
"Mr. Hewitt found some dregs Of "coffee in a
up. Be pal his finscer in it and tested it. and
found .' t«> have an a. rid last.
He said that he did not communicate his sus
picions to Mrs. Preston. an<l that in his opinion
she was absolutely innocent of any guilty knowl
,-.,!-,. of either Preston's crimes or his death.
Mr. Tbnkens then said that Preston feared]
that Mr. Hewitt was about to examine Into hla
affairs, anrl that kin irregularities caused him to
choose suicide rather t*i?.n investigation. He*
saM that he knew hothi:is about Preston's visit*
to racetracks, and had always considered him
.in honesi man. be« be started in business
in this city- the Ohio firm gave Preston unlim
ited credit. He took no stock in the story of
Proton ihat he h;u! inherited 8^.000.000.
When Mrs. Preston was called she said that
she was married to Preston about two years ago,
anil was hi* second wife. She said that Preston
contracted n severe cold in New Orleans three)
weeks a«;o. Her busbar.*!, she saiil. had been
addicted t<» th* use «f ois irettes. and was in tha
habit of drlnWas much whtskey.
.-Liist wo*k li» grew worse." she said, "and .
three Jays ugo i called In my own physician.
Dr. Mal!'t. Dr. "Mallet two days before Mr.
Preston's tleafh warned him to stay at home, but
Mr. Preston told me thai his business wa-» in
ibcK n state that he must go downtown. Ha
returned In an hour and made me promts* that "^
I would not tell the physician that hi;; ordera
bad bee n disobeyed. He was a devoted bus- .
band. nd never said a cross word to me. Our
After ii friend had testified Mrs. Preston was
recalled. She said this time that her husband ;
had been very nervous for two days, and had
borrowed $1"" from her. i: P to that time she
f*.UI that he had supplied her liberally with ,
Charles K. Feekman. counsel for Sir.- Hewitt,
made a statement yesterday, In which he warn :-*'
that he , iretl Preston ha.i overdrawn on th«
company' «* funds. Mr. Hewitt, he, said. TO' ..
too busy to s»v«» much personal attention /to .
th«« affairs of the company. He also spoke or
th*» rt'-or; that Preston was to inherit or had In
herited a large fortune, which he says was so ,
much nonsense as far as he could learn.
All the later acts of Preston's life point ;o
Ready to serve. Sure to pleas* your guests.
H T. Dewey & Sons Co.. US Fulton St.. New Yorx. i
— Advt.

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