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V ot ~ LXVU .. N° 22.366. S^JISf, SSKU «. XEW-YORK. MONDAY, FEBIU ARY 10. 1008. -TWELVE PAGES.—
Discredits Nem Moot m Fight for
Control of Illinois Central.
Stayvesant Fish and some of his allies In his
asjr against Edward H. Harriman for the con
trol of the Illinois Central replied yesterday 10
an alleged dispatch from London, which they
say was circulated by Mr. Harriman agents.
ThiF dispatch says that Lord iiothschild, re
• '■—<* the proxy which his firm, N. M.'Koth
schiid & Sons, pave Mr. Fish for the Illinois
Central annual election. It further reiterates
the charge that Mr Fish had secretly and
•sTcnsrfuliy loaned funds of the road to the
Commonwealth Trust 'Company — formerly the
Trust Company of the Republic— when he and
Sxis associates were officials and directors of that
Mr. Harriman was at his home. No. 874 Fifth
av»enue. yesterday. When asked about the
•London dispatch" he said he knew nothing at
all about it. and. furthermore, that he did not
care in the slightest degree what Mr. Fish might
cr bblbM not say.
lz regard to the Rothschild proxy, one of Mr.
7~!£h*s ■■■'-••■? snid that it was highly prob
«.Mr the American firm, which transferred five
hundred ■ are? of Illinois Central stock to N. M.
Rothschild a: Sons, and had remained neutral
tiirrughout the fight, had requested '':• Roth
jchiid Bm not to give either side a proxy, and
this ii:* Fish reply says "is assumed is the ex
rute for the London dispatch."
A<= to tbc other assertions in the dispatch.- Mr-
Fish said they simply showed that Mr. Harri
eist! has despaired of winning his case in Judge
Ball's court, in Chicago, and "is revamping
Tarns which were exploded a year ago, and
•wilci he disposed of linally in an affidavit (Had
an December 13 last-"
|B this affidavit yi Fist swore that the. rea
jcts van by Mr. Harriman snd hi? supporters
fcr -•'using to_ re-elect '.-r. president of the
Kin sis Central were false, and that it had been
•-- custon: of that road to lend its idle funds to
tea oScers lad directors until he himself caused
a. bylaw to at adopted forbidding such loans.
He aiso svere thai the loans mane to him by
tie lUmcis Central were reported as satis
\ ■■— ty v -: auditing committee, lad that
the toara cf directors, including Mr Harriman
"a.ifi tbese ■who st blindly follow him." with
toll kr.owledt€ of these UM had unanimously
rt-elected him president cf the road, and in 1905
Saenas&d his annual salary from 05,000 to $45.
.'-' The aSdavit also contains the statement
-JL2.: the C2mrnoav.-eaJth Trust Company was
hs3 aZways ibJ been perfectly solvent.
'To cone cf these parts of my affidavit," said
Mr. Tish. ''did Harriman or any of his followers
tiks exception. 2>ow as to the Commonwealth
"-.-- Company: it has no) a debt outstanding.
Considering the diSiculties which were so clev
rriy saddled en it in 11*02 by another trust com
pany, of -which Barrinaa was then z. director.
this --.-.- ----- the highest credit and
bonor on ever:-* cQcer and director of the Cora
—on wealth --■ • Com-pzuy, and especially on
tbc-se vOio. like TTinthrop E. Scerritt, P. E.
Eorseisler ana Charles K. Wenman, came into
tie company after It ha been victimized by ilr.
BsxxiS332.*fl company."
3ir. Fish ei3*s the suFg-estion that the Illinois
Central :^£y have moneys zo lend is '"annisiiife."
ir: view of the fact "-recently put out by Mr.
H^rrinian's agency" that it is in the tnarkot for
SSQJOOOJDOO. Ac to this proposed loan Mr. Fish
■"The etocktolders ought to know that Mr.
Hanixaan proposes to carry this floating debt
on short, term rotes, pledging therefor a new
tesue cf bonds i.o be secured fey mcrtraging the
'-art and erglnes owned by the company. His
avowed reason is that this form of mortgage
ran be made by board resolution, without con
roltias tbfi stockholders- 'iViCh other directors
7 have opposed this. W« favor issuing 13 per
«-er.t of additional shares, "bY: shareholders to
hare the right to take them at par, ratably. Ac-
Tdinr to their holdinire: and al?o Felling- bonds
to be secured in such a way and with the con
pent of the stockholders as to become a lawful
invfstment for srrixxgs banks.
"Ota- pa n win sdve to the stockholder? a
r-ir.u? proportionate to th*- premium on the
sro<:k. zr.C if savings bank bonds are issued the
seeded money will be had at the lowest possible
r itl ». M-reover. the company wffl b* saved
from the folly of attempting to finance on call
Train Crashes Into Ohio Statwn, but
Xo One Is Hurt.
IBr Te:rira;h to The Trtbcae. 1
i'^ler^bur^, Ohio. Feb. 3 — Ther* were two wrecks
caih* CKvdand. Akrcn & Colurrbus branch cf the
Fccazyftaxxta Railroad iv this vicinity to-day. I-
C2<; a railroad station end two care were destroyed
l*y Sre. In the ether five coaches were overturned.
bst no one xra? sertasxly Injured.
The fatt rs!dni£ht passenger train, southbound.
r-mp<=<! a. switch at Howard, a short distar.ee from
ilcnnt Vemon. and cras*od into the passenger
BtatlonJ The passengers, who had heen awakened
by tae coaches bumping fa the ties, were tcssed
ibc-j: in the cars. Aside from bruises received.
docc ■■-..-■ injured. The engine nre
bex set fire to the staUor-, and it and two coaches
vim cesrrcyed. A norihbcund pessenger train on
the euae railrcad ran tato an 6pea switch here and
pkm«bed through the ties along the right of way
rcr -c. Oisuaxx of two hundred fest. The engine and
fi*i coaches toppled ewer Into a small ratine. Be-
TOD 6 a ihakir.? up the passeag-rs were not hurt.
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*Tew Switches Hake More Abbs' a Train
a Minute Possible.
fcixty-five, inttcad of from fifty-eight to sixty
trains, srtM be abl* to leave the New York end
tS the. Brooklyn IJrids*- during the rush hou-<»
trorn to-day c*L This is the hoxhe of the Brook
>xa Bapld Transit officials, who have caused
rcftcbei to be Installed ct thu Manhattan ap^
I'VL-wzn to take the p!ar* of the old ~cro»o-ov«-rs."
in-tpa.d of train* eaaa&a into ■*■ station bavins
«. wait for those already at the island pluttonn
• move out. tl»« operator in thft to«yr will te
:■■<> to rwiceh tlwm ' *.v t" any tr:ci avaltab^
The American Battleship Fleet Re
ported Near Cape Pilor.
Punta Arenas. Feb. 9.— The Pacific Navigation
Company steamship Orita, which arrived here
this morning, reports having passed the Ameri
ran fleet in the strait at 6 o'clock last evening:,
twelve miles east of Cape Pilar. The Chilian
cruiser Chaeabuco was leading. The weather
wa» very stormy.
The captain of the Orita said that he lighted
nineteen vessels in the fleet, these beinj? the fix
teen American battleships, the Chilian cruiser
and two others, probably colliers. He did not
Fight the American torpedo flotilla which ac
companied the battleships from this port, but
turned north at Smyth Channel, thirty mile?
from the western end of the strait, to go
throuirh this passage to Talcahuana,
Owini^ to the heavy weather the warship?
were spread out over a long distance, but all
seamed to be making splendid progress in the
face of the strong: winds.
Safety of Vessel on Xantiicket Shoals
Boston. Feb. 9. — Anxiety as to the- safety of
the Nantucket Shoals Lightship 85. which
has been out 'of wireless communication with
the shore since Last Thursday morning, was sex
at rest to-night when the steamship San Jos6,
from Port LJmon. Costa Rica, reported that she
passed the lightship yesterday on her station
and that all was apparently well aboard. The
San Jos£ arrived here late to-day.
Lazcyers Also Have Long Talk Kith
IE- Teiscrapfc to Th» Tribes*.]
Fisbkill Landing. N. T., Feb. Harry K.
Thaw began his second week to-day at the Mat
teawan State Hospital with the same routine
tha«. obtained on other days. He had just
entered the theatre at 2 o'clock for the re
ligious service when his mother arrived. The
Rev. John H. Reid, of Walden, an Episcopal
clergyman, who conducts a weekly newspaper
in the village, conducted the service.
Thaw's mother came unexpectedly. It !s not
a custom for visitors to be welcomed en Sun
day, but an exception was made in her favor.
She was accompanied by her maid and W. Fos
ter Peabody and Dan O'Reilly, the lawyers.
They had an hour and a half's talk with Thaw,
and returned to New Tork at 4 o'clock.
Mrs. Thaw seemed to be much depressed. She
saw none of the other patients at the hospital.
Before leaving here the lawyers said that on
Monday Dr. Jacobus, an alienist, would visit
Thaw and pass several hours with him. On the
report that he would make of the patient's
mental condition would depend the future line
of action. If he thinks that Thaw could make
a favorable impression with a commission he
will so recommend, and a -writ will be asked for
at once. Otherwise there will be delay.
British Shipbuilders, Employing
5,000 Men, in Trouble.
Sunderland, England, Feb. 9.— The big ship
building syndicate of Sir James Lair. jet & Sons
has suspended. The yards at Sunderland and
Deptford employed 5,000 men. Tne firm had
built liners for the Peninsular & Oriental and
Cunard companies, as well as men men-of
war. A scheme of reconstruction will soon be
submitted to the creditors.
Unsuccessful Attempt to Blozc Up
Store and House.
Pittsfleld. Mass., Feb. 9. — An attempt was
made to-day to blow up th* grocery store and
house occupied by Antonio Fio in this city.
Nine sticks of dynamite were used, three being
placed at each door on the front, rear and side
or the house. All the fuses were lighted, but for
some reason only three of the explosives went
off. These were at the back of the bouse, at a
door leading into a small L of the building.
The force of the explosion threw Fio, his wife
and three children out of their beds, smashed
the door ana all the windows on that side of the
house and broke windows in houses fifty to
seventy-five feet away. No one, however, was
The police arrested Greeario Tosco at the
railroad station as a suspicious character, and
Tosco will have an examination in the local
court to-morrow. Fio declared that Tosco was
h:s only enemy and that during a dispute re
cently over a grocery bill Tosco threatened to
kill him. When arrested Tosco had a revolver
and a stiletto, but he denied having anything to
do with the attempt to blow up Fio's house.
fßv Te!*srarh •<■■ The TiHmaa.l
Joliet, 111-, Feb. 9.— Train wreckers attempted to
wreck the Santa Fe fast mail train early this
morning bar .placing an obstruction on a bridge
near Lockport. A freight train, running slowly,
struck the pile of ties, but no one was seriously
injured. The mail train passed the danger point at
a speed of sixty miles an hour a few minutes later.
The obstruction had been placed en the wrong
The fast mail train leaves Chicago at 2:43 a. m.
it usually carries few passengers, but this morning
two "sleepers filled with federal troops en route to
the oast were attached.
San Francisco, Feb. 3.— Railroad engineers
have completed plans for a $20,000,000 union
transportation terminal station, to be built at
Van Ness avenue and Market street, it was an
nounced to-day. All railroads and interurban
and subway lines will run into the station.
Versailles, Feb. ■— Henry Huntington. son of the
late Major Henry Alonzo Huntington. Who last July
shot and wounded his two broth* rs and two sifters
at li,, bedside of Us dyliijf father in this city, and
later way adjudged in-ane, has returned here. Ha
says that .• was allowed to leave the private
asylum where I.*- was confined and rrc-:v«-«! a cer
tificate as curvd.
Hut.-. F«b. I.— Another'rald on alletfrd mem
bers of the Black Hand Soek-ty was made hen
to-night by city detectives. Kight Italians, said
to ix» members of Ha organization, were taken Into
custody charged with blackmailing 1 prominent
faml'le? of Bewicklej% an exclusive r«id«nee suburb,
A uutnixr of weapon* an«i (Lblreat*ning letters were
fouii'l in ih~s room Tv:j«-rt' the arrests ••■r>,r taude.
HAAN'S R;etanP3n«, ParV Row Stag, For ' diaa
dcrw-iifcrira. Lccctesa and .Efcxitu Mu£i; t — A4yu i
Ttreniii-xir So Far Elected for Fair
banks and Sixteen for Taft.
TWrtJ liHtll delegates to the Republican Na
tional Convention have been chosen since The
Tribune's tirst summary of delegates elected
was published on February 3. Forty-two dele
gates in all have now been nam"d. of wbon
twenty-six are instructed for Mr. Fai-banks
and sixteen for Mr. Taft.
District conventions were held on February 4
In all thirteen of Indiana's Congress districts.
The Ist District Convention, held at ■ Evans vllte
■elected Mar- S. Sonntag, of £***?*(£?£ a f " *
D. E. Cadick, of Grand View. Instructed for
The F fd r Di"t k rict Convention, at Vtnc^nn^ se
lected James W. Emison. of_ Vine* 'nn«. ana
Charles Henderson, of Bloomfield.. Instructed
for Fairbanks. _ ... _,
The 3d District Convention, held at NewAlh n>.
elected J. C. Zuiaux. of Jeffersonville .and
Thomas J. Wilson, of Carydon. Instructed tor
The District Convention, neld at North i- „--,*—
The 4i h District Convention n*ld at North \" r " or "
selected William A. Guthrie. of Dupont and
Elbert McAlpin, of Greenwood. Instructed for
tV» i T-1-t rt y» 1/ q;
The 3th District Convention, held at Terre Haute,
selected William R. McKeen. of Terre Haut*.
and John F. Bxy»O% of Brazil- Instructed for
The «U) District Convention, held at Cambridge
City, selected Rudolph Leeds, of Richmond, ana
Charles Campbell, of Shelbyville. Instructed tor
Fairbanks. . _ „
The 7th District Convention, held at Indianapolis,
selected Charles A. Book"* airier and Joseph B.
Healing, both of Indianapolis. Instructed for
The Bth District Convention, held at Munde, se
lected William N. Durbin, of Anderson, and
E. B. Edwards, of Wells County. Instructed
for Fairbanks. "
The nth District Convention, held at Kokomo. se
lected John A. Kautz, of Kokomo, and Strange
N. Cra gun, of Lebanon. Instructed for Fair
The 10th District Convention, ".ield at Bensselaer.
ejected George Ade, of Kentland, and Kitt
Sills, of Monticello. Instructed for Fairbanks.
The lite District Convention, held at Marion, se
lected H. G. Tucker, of Logansport, and George
A. Osbom, of Marion. Instructed for Fairbanks.
The 12th District Convention, held at Fort Wayne,
Ejected G. W. Wilson, of Fort Wayne, and
Thomas S. Wickwire, of Ashley. Instructed for
The mil District Convention, held at Plymouth,
selected E. E. Lambert, of South Bend, and J.
M. Bracket!, of Rochester. Instructed for Fair
Four delegates-at-large were elected by a
state convention held at St. Augustine, Fla., on
February 6. They were J. N. Coombs, of Appa
lachicola: Joseph E. Lee. of Jacksonville; Henry
S. Chubb, of Gainesville, and M. B. McFarland.
of Tampa. They were Instructed for Taft. A
seceding convention elected Joseph N. Stripling,
J. D. Kazzard. J. H. Dickerson and R. B. Rob
inson as dalegates-at-lar^e, without instructions.
The Ist District Convention, held at St. Augustine
on Februay 6, elected George W. Allen, of Key
West, and Henry W. Chandler, of Oceola. They
•were instructed for Taft.
The 3d District Convention, held at St. Augustine
era February 6. elected D. T. Gerow. of Jack
sonville, and D. M. Pappy, cf St. Augustine.
They were instructed for Taft.
The convention for the Philippine Islands, held
at Manila on February 3. elected as delegates
at-Large A. 6. Crossfleld. of Manila, and William
F. Norris, of Albany. They were instructed for
Tafr. . - ■ ■ _
The 14th Missouri District Convention, held at West
Plains en February 8, elected William P. Sulli
van, or Christian County, and Edward F.
R-renhardt, of Cape Girardeau. They were m
structed for Taft.
The preferences of the delegates so far elected
are shown :n the following table:
j Fairbanks. I Taft. 1 Total.
Florida J — I ft 4
Indiana ' 26 — -J
Mi— mil j — * 7.
Oklahoma. , ' — - Z.
Philippics I — ! ~ ' *".
TOTal 1 28 ! 16 » ~*2~
Only one more state convention is scheduled
for this month, to wit:
Missouri— St. Louis, February S
District convention? call"'] for this month in
clude the following:
Ninth Ohio— Toledo. February 15.
Klshth Ohio— Urban a, February »
Fourth Ohio-Sidney. February 18.
Beventh Missoun-Sedaha. Febnsan ■ «. „
Ninth M»ssouri-St. Charles, February 18.
Nineteenth Ohio-Warren, February 15.
Fifth Bryan. February 20.
Tenth Missouri— St. Louis. February 28
Kl"venth ilispouri-St. Louis. February 21.
Twelfth Missouri— St. Louis. February *-
Sixth Ohio— X>ria. February 23.
Fourteenth Ohio-Shelby. February 26.
Sixteenth Ohio-Steubenville. February 26.
Second Oklahoma— Oklahoma City. February S.
Twentieth Ohio— Cleveland, February 3.
The state conventions M far called for March
and later months are:
Ohio— Columbus. March 2-
Kansas— March 4.
Louisiana— New Orleans, March 4
Nebraska— Omaha, March 11.
Oklahoma— City. March :.
lowa— Dea Moines. March IS.
Indiana— Indianapolis, April 1.
South Dakota— Huron. April ..
Pennsylvania— Harrksburg. April 23.
West Virginia— Parkersburg. April 75
Maine— Portland. April 10
California— Sacramento. May I*.
North Dakota— Sßnot, May 14. ;
Sweeping Victor?! Expected at Pri
maries To-morraa.
Columbus. Feb. 9. — Thfe ccunry primaries, at
whtea deleg-ates to the Republican state con
vention, on March 3, are to be selected, will be
held throughout Ohio next Tuesday. An over
whelming majority of these delegate* wID be in
favor of William H. Taft for President, and
the convention may bt unanimously in his fa
Under a recent decision of the Republican
State Central Committee, it will not be neces
sary to hold actual primaries unless there is
more than one ticket in the field. By virtue of
this ruling, in fifty-two out of a total of
eighty-eight unties In the state the regular
Taft delegates will be chosen merely by the
certification of their names. In the remaining
thirty-six counties primaries «viil he held, but
in only four of these is there opposition to Mr.
Taft, and in only one county, Cuyahaga, in
which is the city cf Cleveland, bom the light
against him show any sign cf consequence.
The convention will be attended by Sls dele
gates. Of this number Mr. Tart la certain to
have 745, Us almost certain of 751', anil his polit
ical munagord ur>- confident that he will have
them all.
The dubious spots are Knox County, which
has seven delegates^ and Cuyahoga County, with
sixty-three delegates. The contest in the latter
county id th« man serious, not only because of
the greater number 01 delegates •Involved, but
because the Foraker faction haw sought to bring
the matter into court and will, it la expected,
ask the Supreme Coon to- morrow for permia
.-i«ii to light the case before that body.
Minor poltfifal considerations in the city iof
Cleveland have brought a conflict"; OS to tho
validity of ... county comniittees. ?.tr. Tuft's
t>upportefd u.-^ort. that their committee in Uiu
cnlylieia? bo.ly, arid Senator Forakf:r's adhci-
vuiiui--.-i ob ttcoiul yjgs,
Movement Started by C. F. 1., with
Socialists in Sympathy.
The decision of the United States Supreme
Court awarding- trir<*»> times the damages asked
for to Loewe & Song, of Danbury, Conn., in the
puit of the firm against the United Hatters of
America for boycotting its "products, came up
for discussion yesterday, and as a result resolu
tions were presented by the executive com
mittee at the meeting of the Central Federated
Union calling on the American Federation of
Labor to order a national convention of the
unions to go into independent politics.
During the discussion following the submis
sion of the resolutions the socialist delegates
made their usual arguments in favor of the
workingmen joining the Socialist party. The
American Constitution was declared to be an
antiquated document, applying to the conditions
0fJ125 years ago, but requiring revision to be
applicable to the present time, and the United
States Supreme Court justices were criticised as
men who were behind the times. J. Pierpont
Morgan was incidentally criticised for being
quoted in an interview as saying the working
man would have to starve or accept wages that
would make honest business possible and profit
In th«; preamble to the resolutions It was
stated that a great crisis, which should be met
sincerely and determinedly, faced the country
and the workingmen. The resolutions asked for
the. lmmediate calling of a convention in some
central city by the American Federation of La
bor at 'as early a date as possible "for the pur
pose of discussing the?»? attacks upon the trade
unions, and devising ways and means for the
immediate organization of an independent po
litical trade union movement throughout the
Th,e resolutions also said that while the trade
unions were bereft of the power of the boycott,
the interests combined against the trade unions
through the courts could virtually boycott the
unions. They also asked that copies of the
resolutions be sent to the American Federation
of Labor and every trade union throughout the
country, with a request that they be discussed
and a report be sent back as soon as possible.
**It is necessary to act quickly." said Secre
tary Bohm of the Central Federated Union,
"otherwise the decision in the case of the hat
ters will be followed by the destruction of the
unions. It is evidently the intention of the em
ployers to deprive the unions of their useful
ness." „ .
"Morris Brown, a socialist delegate, argued hi
fa\ or of socialism. Another socialist followed,
declaring that the time was now ripe for the
working people to join a party that really rep
resented the •working people. There was so
cialist applause after these speeches.
"Unless you could put up your own candi
dates and elect your, own President," said ex-
Asemblyman Prince, delegate of the Cigar
Packers' Union, "you could accomplish nothing-,
as the United States Supreme Court is the high
est court in the country. You would have then
to create sentiment In favor of the •elimination
of the labor, unions from the Sherman act by
new legislation.'* ' j
Hero Herman Robinson, the financial secre
tary, took the floor. He said he was not a rep
resentative of President Koosevelt, but be had
a word to say in his favor.
"I see in an interview, with President Roose
velt," he said, "that the President recommended
that the portion of the Sherman law by which
the labor unions come under its provisions
should be changed. I believe in giving credit
where credit is due"
Morris Brown got up again and argued in
favor of socialism, saying that the socialists
were the only honest representatives of the peo
ple. Timothy Healey. of the Eccentric Fire
men's union, objected to this broad assertion.
"Does Delegate Brown mean to say." he de
manded, "that there are no DOBjsst Democrats
or Republicans in the country?"
Brown said he did not mean that construction
to be put on his words. He believed that there
were many honest Democrats and Republicans,
but that there were many of them who were
neither honest nor sincere.
Th^n Heaiey wanted to know if in cas-e the
unions were ready to form a national party.
Brown would be willing for the socialist party
to merge in Jt, the united party tr> have a new
name. Brown hesitated, and th^n said that if
the party represented the atewH of tbe people
bs would not object.
The Supreme Court justice? and the Conttitu
tion were criticised by James Hatch, of the
Upholsterers" Union.
"The Supreme Court Judges," he said, "hold
that the Sherman act is constitutional as applied
to the labor unions. What we have to agitate
for is th*» modernization of the Constitution. "We
ar*: not living under the conditions of 12T> years
a?o. when the Constitution was formed, but sja
are governed by the conditions of 125 years
ag-o. The judges are fossilized, and while they
ar" nice old men, they cannot understand tne
vtaj-5 that have elapsed sine* the Constitution
was applicable to the conditions. Matters will be
no better than they are now a? lone as we are
srn\erned by these old conditions, while we ar*
living under utterly different conditions now."
Andre Tardieu. French Editor. Lectures At
* [Ey Telegraph to Tie Trfbuus. 1
Boston, Feb. 9. —Andre Tardieu, editor of the
"Paris Temps," now delivering the annual se
ries of Hyde lectures at Harvard, said In his
address to the students last night:
"War hi imminent, but while I d*> not think
that the present internal conditions would per
mit Japan to rush into a war in the next three
months with this .country, I am certain that if
an agreement governing Japanese immigration
is not reached soon the little brown m^n will
be quick to sen* the opportunity to teach the
proud Westerners a lesson.''
[By Telegraph to The Tribune.]
Fort Worth, Tex.. Feb. !• — Lmton C. Hutchina,
second vice-president of the Fort Worth Nation ii
Bank, ccramltttd suicide by shooting- this morning
while seated at his desk in the bank. Wfrry over
Jinaneial conditions la assigned as the cnu.se. Hbt
affairs are said to be in excellent ahapA, and IBS
tank i.-i not involved by the tragedy.
tby Tul^graoh to The Trtbum» J %
San Antonio, Tex., Feb. S. — Cecil A. Beasl^i".
president of the American Bank and Trust Com
pany .»r Houston, shot and killed bunaetf thai
afternoon. Despondency over ill health was the
LonUuii. F*-b. W.— A dispatch, to 'Th» Daily
NeTv.*:" runt Quewhat^Vn says that the Rritish
PQSlnfflce to* maile a nw contract with th*'; Cunar.t
Steamship Company to i arry ronUs between I»ivw
pool and New York for twenty y*ar«. th« contract
u» M«b9J -a i^*»
I*l any Conspirators Arrested — Seiz
ure of Arms and Plan.
Marseilles, Feb. — The frustration on Friday
last at Oporto of a plot to proclaim a republic
Is announced in a teiegrarr which was received
to-day from one of the highest official? in
Oporto by his brother, who has just arrived
here from Lisbon. According to the telegram, a
large number of conspirators have been arrested,
including the leaders. It was also said that
large bodies of militant Republicans had been
Been about the suburbs of Oporto. The police
captured a large store of revolvers arid carbines,
together with the written plans of the conspira
tors. These plans indicated that It was the in
tention to take the city by surprise on Saturday
night, invade the government house. Imprison
the Governor and other officials, destroy all lines
of communication and establish a republic.
Woman Falls in Front of Car in
Central Park West.
Slipping on a piece of ice as eh* was crossing
Central Park West at 76th street last night
an unidentified woman, about fifty years old, fell
directly in front of a northbound surface car
and was killed Instantly. The body was caught
under the front trucks, and the car had to be
jacked before it could be" extricated.
Louis Scaf er,- of No. $00 Eighth avenue, the
motorman, told the police the accident was due
to the fact that the side panel windows of the
vestibuled platform were coated with frost. He
said, the police allege, that he was unable to
see out of these window?.
Government and Leading Banks
Guarantee Obligations.
Copenhagen, Feb. —A small financial panic
has arisen here on account of a tight money
market and extensive speculations on the
Bourse. Two of the smaller banks have be^n
affected, and one of these has been forced to
suspend payments. There have been runs on
several of the tanks.
The Minister of Finance to-day conferred with
the officials of five of the principal banks here,
and It was decided that the government, in con
junction with the leading banks, should guar
antee all the risks- for the banks affected by
placing funds at their disposal which will im
mediately satisfy all their Danish and foreign
Six Wounded and Hundred Driven
from Louisiana To-xn.
[3? Tel«grapb to Th» Tribtae.]
Verda, La.. Feb. S. — In a race riot here last
night a negro hotel was burned, six negroes were
shot and wounded, and mere than. one hundred
ethers were forced to board trains taking them
beyond the state line. The most seriously
wounded is Anna Grvens. Both of her eyes
were shot* out
The perpetrators of the outrage were white
sawmill employes who were dissatisfied with
labor conditions. The sawmills in this section
recently cut wages 20 per cent and abolished
the regular day. The workmen were forced
to buy supplies through the commissaries of the
mil! companies at greatly advanced prices. The
white laborers, numbering eight hundred, ob
jected to this system of payment, while the ne
groes were willing to submit to it.
Governor Blanchard has been informed of the
trouble by the Trement Lumber Company.
."By Telegraph to Tne Tribune.}
Clarksdale, Miss., Feb. — In •- race fight at
Farrell, ten miles from here, last night Baxter
Gritfln, white, was slain, and Gundy Shepard,
also white, and three boys, negroes, m of
Spencer and William Coleman, at whese house
the shooting occurred, were wounded, one of
them fatally.
Griffin, Shepard and another white man. went
to the house to demand satisfaction for some
light remark the negroes were alleged to have
made. Each side asserts the first shot came
from the other side. *
Uniform Price for Year — No Re
—Higher Saloon Fares.
Liverpool. Feb. 9. — It is officially announcc-d
that as a result of the steamship conference In
London last week., a three-year's agreement has
been arranged by which alf steamship lines will
have uniform saloon rates all the year round,
and no rebates, as hitherto, on first or second
class rat urn tickets.
The Canadian lines, however, will have the
option of making a reduction of thirty shillings
for the winter season. Third class rares are
back to the old basis, and first and second class
minimum rates are generally one pound higher
than before the cutting began, but all fares on
the Cunard Line's steamers Lusitania and
Mauretania are higher than on other steamers.
The fol'owng- are understood to be the new
rates: Lusitanla and Mauretania, first class,
£25 10s; second class, ill. Kronprinzeasin Ce
cilie and Kaiser Wilhelm 11, £25 Its; second
class, £12. Kaiser Wilhe'm dcr Grosse. Kron
prinz Wilhelm and Deutschland. £23 Mi • sec
ond class. £1-. Adriatic and Amerika. £22 10s;
second class, £11. . The rates are fixed on a
gradually descending scale to £17 Ml for first
class on the steamers of the Canadian Pacific
Railway and Allan companies and £* MM for
second class on these liners.
It must be remembered with reference to a
differential on the Luaitania and Hauretania
that the difference in the railway fare between
London and Liverpool and London and South
ampton 1.-5 a natural differential in favor of the
German lines amounting to from' II Is II shil
OaSBN H. Schwab, of the North German LloyJ
Line, when seen last night confirmed the r»-p
of the three-year agreement of the various trans
atlantic lines, but .-»aHl the clause, "agreed oa a
uniform saloon rate all the year round." was er
roneous, a^dl meant that the lines hsid all agreed on
a minimum cabin rate. He said It was not reason
able to -..■• that the same price would be
charged on old and slow steamers of one line as on
the its* and better steamers' ot another company,
lie suid ibs North German Lloyd Line's rut*s
would Ik.- tuailaralli the same as On wrre be
fen the rate war begun, and that announcements
„: the new ra:<-s would be mad« public to-day.
Montreal, Fob. ?.— William J. Bryan sp*>kf ht-t>>r«
c^o meeting* here to-day. IJoMi were limited in
attendance only t>y tin* -'ia- 1 of th»- ehurclu's vi
rhich they were held. Mr. t'ryanViir tx? a curst
At the Canadian Club to-morrow, where he is «x
«cwd %o geafc ca galitlcal sutlers* . ' —^
In A nsxering Accusation Mr. Rcose
velt Predicts Other Falsehoods
WUL Be Invented.
IFrctn — . TrtSura* Bur»aa-J
Washington. Feb. 9. — The President raad- pnb
lie to-day the letter he wrote to "William Dud>y
Foulke. ex-Civil Service Commissioner, is an
swer to the charsres made by certain. Senators'
and others that he was twins the federal ap
pointive power to further the candidacy of Sec
retary TaiL Mr. Fodke's letter, saggmttm *•
President's defence against the unfounded accu
sation, is also made public to afford the unpreju
diced reader an opportunity of measuring th«_
different steps in the interesting- little Joarn*T
from political darkness to official Herat.
That the President is skeptical of forever •»
lencing his detractor*, even with such *
strong argument as his letter proves to ha. is
evident. Ha plainly expects xha: they will forth-,
with "invent another" like those which stirred
up the Senate over the Ohio postmasters and
certain neivspapers over equally as innocent ap
pointments tn New York. The Pr*?eident. there
fore, makes the explanation rather to pleas*
his correspondent and friend than because fc«
expects to put an end to th* political mrx4
t±ir owing.
The reply of the President to Hr. Fool»e is
as fellows:
February 7. 132 _
My dear Mr Fouls*: The- statement that
I hive used the ofßoes In the effort to nom
inate any Presidential candidate 13 both Hi
and malicious. It Is dM usual |sjsfjßatt«i in- ,
vention whicii Cows from a deslre M say scme
thin? injurious.
Remember that those now making this accu
: sation were busily engaged two months ago la
asserting that I was using the offices to i(it—
I nay own rs nomination. I', is the Kind of accusa
tion which for the next few months will b»
rife. - This particular slander will be us*d until
J exploded, and when exploded tj^^se who hay«»
used i . will promptly Invent anot&er. Such,
: being the case. I siflsMl question whether i:_ls
wcrtn wniie answering, but. as it !s s«a who
ask ■»iy, the answer yon snail hava.
Since the present Congress assembled two
rmnsThi ago I nave gent to the Ser^i^d tha r^zne*
of all the oScials I have appointed far ■'--•- en
i tire period since Congress adjourned or: the itll
'' at March last — that is. for eleven mffnThn Ex
; eluding an and navy officers, sciantiir ex
■ parts, health officers and those of -"- r«v»s_-»
cutter service. I have maCs flux "5 — -- pcrtc<2
about thirteen hundred and fifty-two appoint
i ments, subject to confirmation by the Senate,
i eleven hundred and sixty-iour being postmas
Of these appointments " the BpUmanß ana
consular services and in the Indian service --' -
been made without regard to politics; . ±i th«
! diplomatic and consular service more Denoocrats
' than Republicans having betn appoinied. as •»-»
i are trying to even up the quotas d tie Southern
■ states. - i".
In nominating judges I rave treated pottles
! as a wholly secondary consideration, and instead
of relying solely upon the recommendations- of
I either Senators or Congressmen have always
■ conducted independent inquiries myself, person
! ally titrcugh members of the bench or the bar
j whom I happen to know, or through Attorney
| General Bonaparte. Secretary T*ft. who ■ I I
himself a judge; Secretary Rocs, because of fci-»
great experience at the bar. or Senator Kacs.
; who was former • my Attorney General-
In a number of the o:her oSces. cbieSy assist
' ant secretaries or ids of bureaus here at
Washington, but also governors at territcries ■
: m'n holding peculiar positions — such, for in
j stance, as that of commissioner cZ education la
Pcrto Rico and aiso in a few other cases, nota
bly those of marshals in certain of the Western
states, but including various offices also her»
and there throughout the- Union. I. have «tth«^
f«-It that the position was of such a character
that the initiative in the choice could only «*»
propriety come from me or from one of the Cab
inet officers or e!se I have happened personally
to know, or to know of. a man of such peculiar
qualifications that I desired to appoint hint on
my own initiative.
Then remain the great bulk of the offices,
including almost all of the postofflces. the col
lectorships of customs, the ......
land officers and the like, numbering ssaas
twelve hundred and fifty or thereabouts. Ie
is. of course, out of the question for ns person
ally to examine or have knowledge at such %
multitude of appointments, and therefor© a»
regards them I normally accept the 3Usr*stloiMl
of Senators nd Congressmen, th? elected rep
resentative or the people In the localities con
cerned, always reserving to myself the right to
insist upon the man's coming up to th« required
standard of character and capacity, and also
reserving the right to nominate whomever I
choose if for any reason I am satisfied that I
am not receiving from Senator -- Congress
man soo<i advice, or if 1 happen personally M
knon some peculiarly fit man.
Where dM Baal has don© »•?'.: In cSee I pre*
fer la reappoint him, and do so when. I can get
the consent of the Senators from his locality.
but if they refuse, trie reappointment cannot b«
made. Ordinarily, as a matter of convenience,
the appointment can best be 3ettled by consulta
tion beforehand, the advice of the Senator cr
Congressman, who is elected and has peculiar
means of knowing trie wishes of his constitu
ents, being taken. But where a Senator treats
this not as a matter of consultation or matsal
agreement, not as a matter of convenience and
expediency, but as a matter of right on his part
to nominate whomever he chooses, the custom i*
•necessarily discontinued.
In the South Atlantic and Gulf states, which.
have contained neither Senators nor Congress
men of my own party, I have been cbll^ed to
setk n:y advice from various sources. la these
states l have appointed a largs number of Dm
ocrats, in certain ... the Democrats appoint
ed outnumbering the Republicans. For advice
in appointing the Republicans I ."■» relied
wherever possible, not upon o33oenclders at all.
but upon men of standing and position -who
would not take offlce and on whose Integrity C
could depend.
As instances aer»*!y I will refer to Colcnel C*
cii A. Lyon. of Texas, commanding one of th»
Texas National Guard regiments and a man m\ ."
independent means, engaged in active bus me**: • ;
and to >ir. Peart Wight, of Louisiana, and t<>
Mr. Coombs, cf Florida, also men of Independent
means and of large business affair*, all of th-.ni
being among the most respected men In tht-lr
several statf.3. Thee* men. and most of tne oth
trs upon whom I r*ly, could not be jKTsnaUcd
to take any office in my gift, and I ccuM n«»
more coerce or control th«*ir political action
than I could, for tnatance. that of presidents, of
chambers of commerce or C\ 88888 of natianst
guard regiments In similar states in the Xi>rth. ;
In all ot these states I have done my bcfZ.
when I came to appointing Republicans, to put
th** best men in ofSce — those waon the yr'opirf
of the locality accepted as such am* regarded c%
leading citizens: and I have every reason to be
lieve that the average of my appointees v v;7yr.:2
At present various efforts are being r.iail« ts>
get up bolting delegation* from the S.»uth**rri
states, and the meetings at which thes«» ao-call.nl
d^lesates ar*» chosen are usu illy announe«'*i ».i"
••non-oitUvhoMers" - conventions. a rule ;
this means only, so far »3 It means anything,
that they are held und**r the lead uf penwjns r.ho
wish to b»» put In 'rth-»-. but whoSe caara^ter i
and capacity are sWh thai th^y r.ave not hi I *1
resardeJ as tit to be appointed under this ad
ministration. In these caaes. hs it reDtrmhr g
the failure to JMfcure Bra Is not the r*solt ; -J'
of th** political act 'on of the men m ouejtloni- -
Seaboa.rU Flari&i Umll?d. daily runman train. *
St. Augtsstine-Pir!#hnrst-Can«lsn-Ccla=3bta. ghsnaj '•
-sricn&a Sou:a» Ofls* lif3 Bwiur.— «VJtu ~~ — —

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