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Building Committee Chairman May
Leave Board of Education, Too.
Richard H. Adams will tender hi? resignation as
•h*lrrean of the committee on buildings of the
Board of Education at the meeting of the board
on Thursday, Mr. Adams probably win offer his
X**ien«ilion a* a commissioner cf education at the
«aine time. . V. .' -
" ■I have long Intended to take this action, said
Mr. Adams yesterday afternoon, "and now I am de
termined to "wait no longer. I have been chairman
©f the committee on buildings for the last nine
years, and my record is such that I feel assured
no one will accuse me of resigning because I have
any fear of the outcome of the investigation of the
purchase of pianos, the contract for which I
awarded, which is now being conducted, or of the
charges which cx-Commisf'.oner Wilbur laid before
the Governor. My offloi?l conduct 13 open to the
fullest Investigation, an.! 1 am not resigning be
cause of the present Investigation but simply be
mi 1 am getting to be an old man— am now
.-• . ty-two years old and petting older every day
—and want to get out. ~ L-;V :
"At the next meeting of the board, which is on
next Thursday. I will tender my resignation as
chairman of the committee on building?, and al
though I have not fully determined as yet I shall
probably tender my resignation as a commissioner
of the Board of Education."
Members of the board have been much stirred up
over the action taken by John A. Wilbur, who for
two yean was a member. In preferring charges of
"graft. inefficiency and gross extravagance"
•L^ainst this committee and, by inference, the whole
board. These charges Mr. Wilbur has set before
the Governor with the request that the Legislature
appoint a committee to investigate. Mr. Wilbur
ha.«= much to say about the awarding of piano con
tracts by the building committee, but he does not
charge Mr. Adams with anything except 'being
«luped by his subordinates.
Mr. Adams said yesterday that no damaging
testimony had been found so far in the investiga
tion of the piano purchases by the committee on
buildings, and said that he did not believe any
would be found. "I have perfect confidence." paid
lie. "In the three men that I appointed to pass, on
the pianos which were bought for the schools.
These men had the power to accept them if they
■considered them up to the standard, and to decline
to accept them if they were not of the requisite
quality. To Co this work I appointed C. W. Cam
eron for Manhattan and The Bronx. Mr. Kiggs for
Queens and Richmond and Mr. Caswell for Brook
lyn. I rave perfect confidence in their honesty,
and I believe they have done their duty efficiently
and capably."
The investigation was practically finished yester
day, and the result of It will be reported to the
board on Thursday. "Of all the charges that were
preferred." said Mr. Adams. "every one has been
dismissed except that In regard to wine of the
pianos bought from Freeborn G. Smith. The in
vestigators hold that three of these were not up to
the ftandard. whereas I hold that two of them
Were not, after looking Into the matter myself..
"Now. It peeme to me that if only three pianos
cf the hundreds that we purchase fail to come up
to the required standard we ought to be counted
cfflcier.t In piano purchasing. No second hand
pianos were bought. There may have been a few
that had old fn me?, but these all had new works
In them, and I do not see that the fact that they
eld have old frames should be any great drawback
to them.
"I awarded th» contracts for the pianos that were
purchased for our schools. Now. I love music, but
am no musician myself, and po before awarding
contracts I consulted freely with musicians and
with the musical critics of several of the Yew York
dally newspapers— men of great reputation in the
musical world and men who had unquestioned
knowledge of the kind I wanted.
"I believe that Mr. "Wilbur's charges were prompt
ed by pure malice and vindictiveness. He Is a
Democrat and I am a Republican, but despite his
political principles Mayor McClfilan refused to
reappoint him a commissioner. Hence he prefers
these charges to the Governor.
"While he was a commissioner he advocated the
purchase of pianos from a certain company. It had
been manufacturing cheaper pianos for the retail
trade than we purchased, but I agreed to give it
the opportunity to see if it could not manufacture
better "instruments, ones that would suit us, of
course paying more for them. I told Mr. Wilbur I
would order two or three from the company, and
then I went abroad. While in Europe, on Mr. Wil
bur's motion, the company was awarded the con
tract for seventeen new pianos, an unprecedented
— to give to a firm that had never before
supplied us with a single one.
"The Board of Estimate and Apportionment re
fused to confirm this award. Controller M>tz. in
fact, had the manufacturers Fend down to his office
samples <-« their pianos, and after having them
tried concluded that they were not up to the stand
ard, and that was an end to it.
"When I got back I was astounded to find that
the committee had awarded, on Mr. Wilbur's own
motion, mich a larce number to that company. I
have served the public faithfully as a commissioner
cf education and as chairman of the committee on
buildings for a long time now, and although I am
not a musician I am a business man. and the state
ment that my subordinates have completely duped
and fooled me and that there has been as a re
suit inefficiency and graft is unfounded. I cer
tainly phall not believe my inspectors dishonest
. until some proof has been adduced, and so far
there has been none."
The Investigation that the committee on buildings
he* been conducting was on the specific charge
that second hand square pianos had been sold to
k the board as new pianos. The committee examined
A many wltnef-Fr-s. and the testimony taken before it
M probably will be made public after the committee
I Las reported to the board on Thursday.
Boston. F»-b. 10.— After leaving a note in explana
tion that his act was due wholly to financial re
worae*. Prank Harris, a Boston broker, committed
euiclde by shooting at tho Hotel Lenox to-day. lie
was about fifty years old. Be was well known in
A cheerful child will grmv into a useful man or woman.
Let them have a crood start in the morning.
Give them all they want of Elijah's Manna, the sweet, crisp, flake
fn^ir) niadf from Wliite Corn.
Their eyes get bright because it "tastes so good": they become
cheerful because Elijah's Manm does not make them "late to school" —
it's all ready cooked.
The food of ihr Old Prophet is o-ood for everybody, and especially
for making children cheerful.
Sold by Grocer? in large Family pk« - . 15c
is easily the most deJScious flake food made. Trial proves!
lie sure the food comes to Hie table crisp. When package is allowed
Ho remain open the moisture of the air makes it tough. In such case
insist that It be dried ii: an oven as per directions on pkg., then it is
.Mand by the Postum Cereal Co., Ltd.. Battle Creek, Mich.
Served at all first class restaurant*
Rhode Tslmnd. having; been for a number of years
treasurer of the Hamlett Woollen Mills, at IN oon
socket. Later he conducted a cotton brokerage
business In Providence, under. the firm name of
Tarbell & Harris.
Mob of 2,000 Lynched Negro—Two
Members Wounded.
Brookhaven. Miss.. Feb. 10.-EH Pigot. a negro
who criminally assaulted Miss Williams, a young
white woman, near here -several weeks ago was
taken Irani the custody of tho Jackson military
company and a rosso of deputies to-day and
hear from a telegraph pole within less than a
hundred yards of the courthouse. He was to have
been tried to-day for his crime > The • military
company and the posse were overpow.red by a
mob of more than two thousand citizens, feeveral
shots .were fired during the struggle and two mem
bers of the mob were wounded. .
ripot roach-Hi Brookhaven from Jackson this
moraine hi custody of Sheriff Frank Oner and
under the armed escort of the Capital Light Guards,
ordered Into service by Governor Noel to protect
the negro during the trial. When the soldiers and
negro alighted from the train the mob # surg»d
around them and a fierce tight ensued, In which
fists wore freely used. The soldiers clubbed the
members of the mob with their guns. After th 3
■gbt had lasted five minutes, the militia started
with the prisoner to the courthouse. Before It was
reached, ILL I 111, the mob. with reinforcements,
swept down upon the soldiers, entirely surrounding
them. The command was given to fire by Captain
A^L. Palrley. and two men dropped, but the sol
diers were by -is time swept from their feet and
(he n^gro was dragged away and hanged.
Judge Wilkinson, who was to have, presided at
the negro's trial, witnessed the lynching, but was
powerless to prevent it. The mob included somu
of the most prominent farmers in Lincoln County.
No attempt at concealment was made, not a man
In the me" wearing a mask.
Till mm. Miss.. Feb. 10.— The Jackson military
company, from ■hone custody a mob captured Xii
Tigot. tho negro lynched at Brookhavcn to-day, re
turned to this cltv late this evening, almost every
m» mber of the company bearing some mark of
Ills encounter with the mob. Corporal Leslie Arms
was serious injured, being Struck in the breast
with a heavy gun and trampled on. Adjutant
General Arthur S. Kridge. arfae was with the party,
wa« badly bruised, the mob throwing him across a
fence and ptrippir.jr him of his weapons. Lieu
tenant Miller was also roughly handled and re
l.evod of hi* plMol. The injuries to the other
members of the company consist of blackened faces
and other bruises.
Cnptain Albert Fairley Fays that the eoWiers ex
eried every means to save the nepro from the mob.
but that it was a case of fighting against over
whelming odds. The local company was joined at
Krookhaven by the company stationed at that
nlaoa, and in all numbered flfty-'ignt men.
Members of National Civil Service
League Object.
The National Civil Ben-ice League has entered a
protest against the proposed methods of taking the
next national census. The Crumpacker census bill,
introduced in Congress by Representative Crum
packer. of Indiana, provided that the employes
necessary for taking this census shall be appointed
without regard to the Civil Service law and rules,
and this would mean the appointment of four thou
sand additional clerks without a competitive ex
amination, as required by the Civil Service law.
At a meeting of the council of the league, of
which Joseph EL Choate. is president, action was
taken in the form of a resolution declaring the non
competitive examination to be what the President
in his special message called "a cloak to hide the
nakedness of the spoils system," and asking "the
assistance of all business and commercial organi
zations through the country In advocating the
amendments which the President recommended in
his special message to Congress for the application
of the merit system in the taking of the thirteenth
The arguments advanced in support of the pro
visions of the bill are that if the employes are
appointed according to the Civil Service law they
will have to be retained in the service after the
census 1p completed, and that if they are classified
in the regular service they will have a moral right
to be retained and their claim will have to be
It was pointed out by the league that these argu
ments are errors, because there Is no provision in
sny Civil Service law in the country requiring the
retention of thes«» employes when their services are
no linger required, and. furthermore, when the
appointment is made it will be given and accepted
on the understanding that employment is for the
census period only.
Head Keeper at Central Park Zoo Watching
for $5,000 Addition to City's Wealth.
It was an anxious night at the Central Park Zoo.
The wind that whistled through the trees bore a
note of sympathy for "Killy" Snyder, head keeper
of the animals. "Billy" was sitting tip with a sick
friend. That was no joke. Moreover, it concerned
every taxpayer in New York, for "Billy" w;is
waiting tor an addition of $S.C«iO to the wealth of
the city. And be wasn't waiting for Controller
MHz to come around and hand him a check f<>r it.
Mrs. Murphy, the large and good natured blppo
potamus. is on the point of presenting the munici
pality with an offspring. Slie'3 done it seven times
before, and five of them have lived. Each of them
is worth J.'.'kj". Mrs. Murphy asks no reoomnenee
from Father Knickerbocker. All *he expects is a
bale of hay and such luxurious desserts as carrots
and turnips. Snyder came on the job last night at
8 o'clock. He is a little nervous, bjjt he said:
•'I puess everything will be all right, and 1 think
it'll be a boy. Anyhow, New York will be ,$5,000
Passengers at Sandy Hook Walk
Over Frozen Path to Pier.
With sides and superstructures covered with
frozen spray, and appearing more like icebergs
than ships, several ocean liners and coastwise
steamships had a hard time yesterday morning
getting rVito the harbor on account of the Ice.
Conditions in the North and East rivers were
slightly better than in the last few days, but
even then few ferryboats in tho morning and
afternoon rush hours were able to run on sched
ule time.
The worst place for shipping was nt the lower
end of the bay and out at &andy Hock. Fifty
aaaaeacera, ninny of whom were women,, on the
government steamers General Joseph E. John
ston and Ordnance, which make regular trips
out to Sandy Hook, were forced to walk half a
mile over the lee to reach the pier at the Hook.
It was late in the day before the boats suc
ceeded in breaking their way through the. ice
and reaching the pier. Meanwhile men belong
ing to the garrison and civilian employes of the
ordnance and quartermaster's department*, some
with their wive?, walked back and forth to the
steamers on the ice.
Inpide the Narrows nt Qunrantine conditions
were almost as bevd. Thr comatwlae eieamabtp
I'nrto u\m. from Batttmora, which never stops
at Quarantine, si ink fast in the ice thore for
several hour?. White tlie Anchor liner Colum
bia, from Glasgow, was nt anchor off the Quar
antine station, the barge Hornet was swept
ppainst her by thr great does of ice, acaafeag
her sides and disabling her anchor winches M
that the liner's anchor had to bo raised by hand.
Meanwhile the Health Officer's boats were stuck
in the ice at their piers. The Allen could not be
budged, but the Governor Flower after an
hour's work succeeded in breaking away.
Off Ftapleton. Staton Island, two heavily laden
barges fouled each other and then together bore
down on a three-masted schooner anchored
there. Held fast In the floes of thick packed
ice nothing could be done. The schooner, how
ever, escaped with only a jibboom missing. All
ferryboats had a hard time making their slips,
but the Annex boats of the Pennsylvania Rail
road had the hardest time at their Brooklyn
slip. A tug was kept there all day attempting
to keep the Ice- broken up.
Just after daylight vest rday n large, canal
boat, the Helen 8.. owned by Captain Henry B.
Oolpon. of Greenpoint, was ground down by a
tremendous toe pack- Only after diving several
times in the freezing water did the captain puc
coed in saving his wife and fonr-year-old pon.
who wet* asleop in the cabin. T.nter in the day
two tramp steamers, laden with freight, at
tempted to go up the Hudson to Yonkers. After
several hours work they were forced to turn
back and give up the trip. Th<» Hamburg-Amer
ican liner Hamburg, from Naples, arrived at
Bandy Hook in good time in the afternoon, but
did not attempt to come up to the harbor on ac
count Of the ice.
The weather man predicted last night a higher
temperature for to-day, with light snow or rain.
"Warmer weather will help some, and a lifcht
snow will not do much harm. With fresh east
erly winds it war said there should be no trou
ble to traffic on the rivers and bay this morning
from fog.
Steamer Discovers the Edward J. Berwind.
Waterlogged and Deserted.
With storm foresail and mlzr-en pet and making
a course of her own. the four masted schooner
Edward J. Berwind was sighted Friday off
Charleston. S. C. abandoned and waterlogged, by
the steamer Maraval. which arrived here yester
day from Trinidad and Grenada. The schooner
was heading north northeast. It Is estimated that
If she continues on her course without running
into any other boat at night, she may land on the
coast of Iceland.
Despite a heavy sea at the time. Captain Scott
of the Maraval. sent a boat to the schooner to see
If any assistance could be given. No one could be
found on board, but everything pointed to the
fact that she had been hastily abandoned. Under
her two sails the schooner was making about two
miles an hour. The boat from the Maraval was
smashed to pieces on her return, but no one was
The Berwind left New Orleans on January 12
for Philadelphia with a cargo of 800,000 feet of
cypress lumber valued at $32,000 and a crew of
ten. She was In charge of Captain Edward J.
Lacey, of Milton, Del.! who owns a controlling in
terest in the boat. Captain Lacey is married, his
wife and one child living In Milton. Nothing baa
been heard from either him or the crew. It is
said the K. .1. Berwind was considered one of the
best schooners sailing from Philadelphia. She was
valued at $30,000. The boat and cargo were in
A iisliing sloop, which wsis anchored inside of
Sandy Hook, was carried away by drift inn ice and
sank on the oast side of the main ship channel,
about one mile north of Southwest Spit yesterday.
Her cabtn wae swept up the bay. It is under
stood that there was no one on board.
Rochester. Feb. 10.— William A. Roaih. fifty-eight
years old, died in tbeHahnemann Hbepltai thla morn
tag nfter b> ing due out of a snowbank in n fiozrn
condition. Andrew Hadaon seventy yeara old. an
engineer, who says lie served under Rear Admiral
Evans on the battleship lowa and whose home is
in Syracuse, was found In a barn, nearly dead from
New Haven. Feb. i<> (Special).— Cantata ESdgai rf.
Dow. harbor nnM.-r Of New Haven, nays that the
harbor is frozen harder than at any time in his
recolk-rtion Nearly out to the first breakwater It
is closed tight and a dozen coast veeeebj are caught
in the ice locked offing Among them are the James
Pufneld. trading schooner; the JeOM W. Starr.
a Southern schooner; the Bayard Barnes. ;i schoon
er of Watch Mand, bound for Florida; the Sylvia
Hall, the E Bt Baxter, a quarterhoat. the George
L. Drake, the Laura P. Oliver and P. R barge
A ellertage of coal is feared in Connecticut cities
because of th* 1 freezing of the harbors of all the
seaport cities of Long Island Sound. Many bargee
are unable to force a passage through HHi Gate,
and those which make their way through are ln
many cases unable to make the docks in Bridge
port, New Haven and New London.
Boston Clergymen to Make Week's Dem
onstration of Christian Psychology.
The Rev. Dr. Pwood Worcester and the Bar. Dr.*
Samuel Macomb, two Beaton clergymen, will come
to New York to tt-11 of a new method of curing by
Christian i>?ychology. a trial in to be made at the
Christ Episcopal Church, Broadway and TIM street.
on March S, to continue for ohm week.
It was paid yesterday at Christ Church that this
Episcopal pariah had not committed Itself to the
new IJt-a. it simply means that the rector of the
church baa enough rallh In the new method to per
mit the Boston clergymen to use the church for a
week to it ii their story. V« ■.1
The visiting clergymen will treat functional nor
vous disorders sad alcoholism In beta women and
men. A prominent New York clergyman said yes- |
terday concerning tho visit of the Boston ministers;
"Th re is something to all this. Christian Rctence
has tcmething of truth in it. but errs in its main i
Bingham Also Transfers a lAeuten
ant and Several Sergeants.
Following a conference with W. F. Baker. First
Deputy Police. Commissioner. Commissioner Bing
ham transferred twelve captains and one lieuten
ant yesterday^of course, for the good of. the ser
vice. The most significant transfer was that of
Patrick .1. Gray, who leaves the Glendale station,
Brooklyn, and takes charge of the East Side Ten
derloin station, at Bldridge street.
Several sergeants and patrolmen were also trans
ferred, but that is nothing out of the ordinary, for
it generally follows whenever the big fellows gal a
shift. The transfers were as follows:
Captain Michaii npvaney. from Amity *tre*t nation.
Rr.x.klyn. to tho Hath Beach station captain * Btrl^ X
Murphy, from nushwJck avenue to Butler street. Brook
lyn; Captain KranHs i;rpam«r. from "*dford «^ p ""*;
Brooklyn, to Carnar*ie: Captain ItOlßert'K. Dool «■'. '£'">
Coney Island to Bedfort) avenue: Cnptaln John B*c"^
fnmCirMttit to Coney Island; cap.am Thomas Mau..-,
from Sixth avenue, ISrooklvn. to hone l-l.in-1 Uty. < ap
tain Hernnr-1 .1. Hayek, from Long Wand City to SUtn
nvcnuo Brooklyn; Captain Alexander I inkerton from
Firth avenue, isrooklyn. to lower Kulton »tr*rt. Bruohljn
captain KMwarri C. "arnott. from lower Pulton grew "'
Fifth av-nue; Captain Patrick J. dray from M™*}*
MatlOß. Brooklyn, to BMrtdpi street matlon Manl.atia,,.
Captain John Buchanan, 11..1.1 lll.li i*l«f.. Htreet *>"«''»"•
Manhattan, to CHewtele; Captain 'harl-s M- m lev. fr'-ni
Butler street. Hrooklyn, to Bushwlok avenue. Brmkiya.
■ml LeuVonant William F. I-Vn-ullv. U -.m. ******
station, The Bronx, to Amity str.-et. ltrcokljn, as actin»
Tills did not end Commissioner Blngham's work
for the day," for the Commissioner reduced John H.
■KutW, Vincent de Giuda, James J. Rilcy and Stln
son Mclvor. first rate detectives, to detectives.
Their salary will be reduced from $2,000 a year to
$1,400. Butler was recently connected with the Dis
trict Attorney office and was one cf the three
mentioned with Sergeant Washerman and Patrol
man O'Mara In the investigation ordered by the
Cleiks in Bingham's Office Tell of Hearing
Him Talk While Under Discipline.
The trial of petective .lo«eph A. Wasserman on
charges of conduct unbecoming nn officer and of
break-in* the rules and regulations of the Police
pepartment came to an end nt Police Headquar
ters yesterday. l>ecf*lon wea reserved. Deaaty
Cm leeleaer Baker got tbe testimony yesterday
of threo wttneeeee into the record. Deputy Com
missioner Hanson acted as prosecutor. Abraham
Levy appeared as counsel for Wnsserman.
Roy S. .Schoemaker. a steno^rarher to the Po
lice Department, testified that on the afternoon of
June 9, when Commisjinner Bingham ordered De
tectives Vnsserman. Butler and Mara to pit on a
bench in the Commissioner's office, he heard the
Commissioner tell WMscrman that they were to
sit there without talking.
"I heard Donohue. ask Washerman If be was
going to obey the Commissioner's orders." con
tinued the witness. 'Wasserman said "I will obey
the Commissioner, for he is all riprht. But that
other is no good. If they want me down
here to-morrow they will have to send an "^ler
taker after me nnd bring me down In a box." "
The witness was cross-examined by Mr. Levy
and said this conversation took place between
3 .md 5 o'clock in the afternoon He eald he went
out in the corridor to listen
"Were you Instructed to listen?" asked Mr.
"No." replied tho witness. "I was just curious
to know what was going on."
John I. Cotter, a deputy clerk in the Commis
sioner's office, testified that h« heard part of the
conversation. He declared that he heard Was
perman say: "They are trying to 'buffalo' me.
but I am damned if I will be 'buffaloed.' If they
want me to-morrow they will have to bring me in
an undertaker's wagon."
Patrolman John E Copeland. a messenger in
Commissioner Bingham's office, testified that he
heard Wasserman say "If they want my 'tin' let
them serve me with a paper."
One Charged with Attempted Theft and
Other with Aiding Escape.
Policeman Jnhn J. Rellly. of the Church street
station, told Magistrate (orripan yesterday that
while he was on watch at the ruins of the burned
building at No. 45 Worth street, earlier in the morn
ing. Thomas J Mulligan, a policeman attached to
the Leonard street station, passed the fire lines in
citizen's clothe? with two other men and took three
atawfa from a box which had been hauled out of
the building.
He attempted to arrest Mulligan. After a scuffle
Mulligan broke away and ran. Rellly said that
when he caught Mulligan Patrolman Harry Dwyer.
of the Church street station, seized him. freeing
Under instruction from Commissioner Bingham
Inspector Russell suspended both men, and then
sent them to the Tombs court as prisoners.
Mulligan said to the magistrate: "I took two
friends to look at the ruins, and Then Reilly
ordered me outside th*> lines T did not move quick
enough, and he brandished his club. For fear he
would hit me I ran." He was held In Js*o bail
for attempted larceny, and Dwyer was paroled in
the custody of Inspector Russell on the charge of
aiding a prisoner to esoope.
% • — — —
Three Churches to Occupy Single Site at
92d Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
Legal papers were filed yesterday for the incor
poration of the Collegiate Baptist Church of the
Covenant. brinalß* together the old Baptist Church
of the Epiphany, formerly at Madison avenue and
64th street, the Thirty-third Street Baptist Church
and the Riverside Baptist Church, at Md street and
Amsterdam avenue. 'Die new organization is to
have an endowment of $:00,000 provided for by the
sale of the Epiphany Church, of which the Rev.
Dr. Madison C. Peters was the pastor, and a
mission, which will cost not less than Jl2'i .WO. some
where near the site of the pr-sent Thirty-third
Street church, which will be erected from the pro
ceeds of the sale of the property of the latter or
ganization. The new church will use the present
buildings and equipment at !Cd street and Amster
dam avenue.
Who the pastor of the new organization will be
has DOt yet been decided. The Rev. Dr. A. L.
Moore, pastor of the Riverside Church, who has
been largely responatble for the new union, has
announced that be will not be a 1 andidate.
Girl Nurse of Wealthy Florida Man Bene
ficiary of Big Bequest.
fl3v Te>eraph to Th« Tribune. 1
Troy, X. V , Feb. 10.— By the will of C. N San
derson, of Jacksonville. Fla.. who died recently.
15Q.0C0 is bequeathed to Mrs. Jeann«tto May Wood
bury' Miller, of Rutland, Vt. Acts of kindness
caused the legacy.
Last summer Mr. Sanderson, who wa«= an elderly
bachelor, in feeble health, mi a guest at a hotel
at Lake Domaeeen, near Rutland, conducted by John
Dunn, uncle of Mra Miller. The latter, who was
then Miss Woedbury. sixteen years eM, showed
many court cotes to Mr. Sanderson, making his la«t
summer on earth a pleasant one Before he died
he expressed his intention to provide In bis will
for a home for the girl when sh* married. x
On December 17. IM7, she eloped aacj was mar
ried in New York State. Nothing fiirther was
thought of Mr. Sanderson until the ejrl was In
formed of bar bIK bequest. She will obtain posses
sion on July 15, 1!X)9, when she becomes -of age.
Bishop potter will preside la nlgbl »»» a ■Mattai
In Cooper Union under Mm auspices of 'the Ameri
can Museum of .Safety Devices to discuss safety
methods for ftiarrlran 'labor. The speakers and
subjects will be:
Carroll D Wright, former United Stales Commis
sioner "t i.ui.ur. .mi "Keonomic Want.' of Accident****
BabM Stephen S. Wise. "The Ethical Aspects"; Al
fred J. Boultoji, representing tbe Stertotypera'
Union at the Central federated Union, on "Labor's
Interest la tbe Prevention of Accidents"; the Bet
Percy S. Grant, rector of the Church el th*L\JcetS
■tea, on "The B eeedaeea of Human Life"; pi
JoEiah Strong, president of tbe American Institute
of Social Service, on "Perils of Peace and or War. "
and Dr. WttUan ii Holman, director of the Mu
seum of "Safety Devices, oa "ilusewn* uK i&tltiy
and Accident Prevention."
ron»lnn«1 from Itnt pac<>.
convention and In the campaign If Tammany
was to make a good showing.
Commissioner Spooner Is forty-three years old
and has been In the Dock Department for
twenty-one years. He was graduated from th*»
Columbia School of Mines in 1880 as a civil
engineer, and after a year's service in the en
gineering corps of the Pennsylvania Railroad
was appointed hydrographer In the Dock De
partment in July. 1887.
As assistant engineer Mr. Spooner had charge
of extensive Improvements along "the Harlem
River, from 91st to 125 th street. For the last
twelve years he has been division engineer, in
charge or all construction work along the —
River. The new commissioner is also well
known in railroad and chipping circles as con
suiting engineer on problems in water front im
provement, having acted in this capacity for th"
Hobokcn Ferry Company, the American Dock
Company, the Port Morris Terminal Company,
the Tassaic Valley Sewage and Drainage Com
mission, the Shewan, CMM| and Prlly Dry
Docks, m.l the Midland Railroad Terminal Com
pany, of Staten Hill for which he built the
1,800-foot pier at Midland Beach. * He is a
member 01 the American Society of Civil En
gineers, the Municipal Engineers' Society, and
the Psi Upsilon Fraternity.
The appointment of Hugh Bonner as commis
sioner was not generally expected. It was be
lieved that the Mayor would pick out a youns
man. Mr. Bonner was a member of the uni
formed force for thirty-nine years. The ap
pointment recalls the various attempts made to
oust Bonner when he was chief. It was popu
larly supposed at that time that these efforts
were made to make a place for the present
chief. Edward F. Croker. nephew of Richard
Crokcr. he being at that time a deputy chief.
When Commissioner Bonner returned to the
department as deputy commissioner two years
ago there was much speculation as to how he
and Chief Croker would get along, as there was
supposed to have been some feeling between
the men after Bonner finally retired. The chief,
however, expressed himself as much pleased at
the appointment, and there has been no ap
parent friction. Both, with Deputy Chief Binn>,
have been members of the hose committee, cre
ated by Commissioner Lantry.
The new commissioner was born In 1831 and
worked in all grades of the old volunteer de
partment, becoming a foreman of the paid de
partment upon its organization. He was made a
battalion chief in 1873. and ten years later de
vised the plan for the school of instruction,
which Is still In operation. In ISM he became
first assistant chief, and in 1889 he was pro
moted to chief upon the retirement of Chief
Shay, remaining chief until MM
In 1902 Commissioner Bonner was Invited by
the United States Government to become chief
of the Manila department and organize it on
modern American lines. This task he accom
plished, giving the capital of the Philippines an
efficient department, and soon after his return
he became deputy commissioner.
Had Charge of Hose Specifications
from Time of Appointment.
There was a report given out at Fire Headquar
ters yesterday that specifications for ho»e from tha
time of his appointment had been drawn by Deputy
Commissioner Bonner, now Commissioner. John
H. O'Brien made this defence some weeks ago,
when the quality of the hose bought in his admin
istration was attacked, and Mr. Bonner confirmed
him. adding that he thought he was qualified to
draw such specifications.
As a matter of fact, the manufacturers of hos-i
have f»id since, the first revelations of dangerous
conditions lay in the drawing of such specifications
by the department. The present law forbids MM
purchase of patent articles, and as a result stand
ard brands of hose like the Maltese Cross have been
barred for several years. The hose furnished by
one of the companies accused yesterday of being 1:>.
collusion with the department differs from its s-and
ard brand in several respects, notably in the quality
of the rubber lining. The New York Central ha*
recently made large purchases of this brand of hos?,
buying the patented brand.
It is generally admitted that the trouble witii
the hose has rested largely on the specifications
drawn up. The responsibility for ail the trouble
has not yet been fixed, but the opinion among MMM
in a position to know Is that the Illegitimate profit
from the poor condition of the hojso has come from
the failure to compel certain manufacturers to live
up to their guarantees rather tj^an from the actual
award of contracts.
"It's a strange thing." said one old Insurance
man yesterday, "that all the trouble with hose, prac
tically, dates from ISM, We have had Scannell,
Sturgls. Hayes. O'Brien and Lantry as commis
sioners in these nine years, and none of them has
been commissioner very long. Yet it is evident
now that things have been getting worse right
a!,, n g. Ordinarily that would indicate the con
tinued presence in the department of some one man
with the power to dictate a good many tilings, ir
the Commissioners of Accounts lay their fingers on
that man whea they reatnaa their investigation, I
think they will be at the root of the whole trouble."
All the bureaus at Fire Headquarters as well as
the uniformed force .were represented at ■ beef
steak dinner served last night at Jennings* Hall.
<?r»th street and Third avenue. Former Commis
sioner Francis J. Lantry was the sole guest at the
feast, which was got up by the "headquarters
bunch." as they pleased to call themselves. As all
were personally acquainted with the guest, it was
a homelike jollification.
Some of tbe volunteer waiters were Jerry Mur
phy. William H Weise. Jacob Koenig. Richard
I'utler and Roger Nixon. There was no scarcity of
sliced of laedone steak, which were washed Aewa
with beer of an extra special brew. Popular
scngs. including "T>on't Worry." wer* sun?.
Bobsled Crashes Into Team, and Only Two
of Five Are Injured.
Three young men and two young women hud a
narrow- escape from death while ccastlng on Bay
enth avenue hill. Newark, yesterday. They were
Elsie Jensen. Annie Straubinger. her brother* John
and William, and Frank Moeltner.
The party started from Bergen street on a bob
sled, which had gained great velocity when I,illi»
street was reached. Two wagons came out from
Lillie street on either side of the avenue, <»nd trie
sled crashed into one horse, knocking It down.
William Straubinger was swept from the sled and
fell alongside of the horse uninjured.
A few feet further on the other horse was struck
and fell on those remaining on the sled. Annie
Straublnger's side was badly bruised and Moelt
ner's nose was injured. The sled was wrecked and
both horses had their logs cut.
[By TVtei;rui>h to Th« Tribune. 1 ,
Pittsburgh Feb. lw.— The news tame from l I.e.
eeßee of the sheriff of Allegheny County to-day
that progress toward selling the MMM LOTeJoy
palact* for d**bt had been Mirs-sti-d on orji-n com
ing from the East, and it wax further allowed to
leak out tint Charles M. Schwab was behind Mm
move to eel Lovejoy on his financial feel again.
Mr. Schwab, it is report «"d, has Kiven Lovejojr an
interest la a Western mine which, It is thought,
will net him $000,000 after all his debts are paid.
While Schwas and l*ivfjoy have not been luti
■Meai for some years, it Is understood that Schwab
li paying back an old debi. Years a*r>. when both
were officials of the ' irn?gl« Steel Company.
Lovejoy'a knowledge ot telegraphy, :t la »aid. en
abled him to help Schwab cAve hi» fortune oo *
falling market oue day.
. — .
Woman Says She Was Accidental
Cause of Friend's Death.
Conflicting stnrfe* hampered Ike police yesr?rdaj»
in their Investigation of the death of a woman,
known as •yueenie." who was shot on>
a northbound Second avenue car at Mb sti>«t
yesterday morning. The woman was one of »
party ed si,*, three men awl three women, who
had spent the r.Uht In Chinatown, on* of (beat
said and had bearded the car In Chatham Sinar<>.
After the ?hot had been Hred the men esap«; trc«
the tw> women were h^M.
On* of them, who gave her name fir** as Maisl
Cou«!n«. of I.yndhurst. N. J.. but later " aM ""•
wan Mr*. Mabel Cog«?l. daughter of John Boyle, aa
oys»t*rman. was h*ld by the coroner without Hat.
after *he bad leaned that accidentally she f»r«4
the »hot by which "Queer met her death. T* .
other, who mM she was Rose McGwire, of No. £*
Wr.t 'it! street, was sent to the House of Denti
tion as a witness.
S-ver^l Tenderloin character* <'«nd parties In aato
■MtOM called at the Morgue to look a - "Queer;.
body, but it van not until 9 ©'dork ■•* r.lslst * ''-
It was Identified M that '•' Annie Conning, mar
ried, twenty-four years nM. ... employed at
a ehaa ermeM In the Hotel Chelsea. Z>l rtre-t.
near Eighth avenue. The Identification was "-*'•
by • • .... of No. !!<> East 10th street, trlth,
whom the >rirl aonvdM at timr«.
Mr?. Callaban told John Armstrong, the M^rsra*
keeper, thai the Kirl came from Delawar*. Wher»
the kI-I's husband ts Mrs. C'ullahan didnt kno*\
The police Of the sth street station report a dhnnN
ant identification for the gin. They say that on*
Julian Holder, of ■■ X 52 West 62d street. Identified
her Miv Price, of No. :T» West h*J street. The
morgue k-*pers believe MM Caanuunnii :«Jen»r i
tlon to be correct.
"Gus" Upschlltz. a postal clerk, who was en»
of the p»9?»n^r« on the tar. and John Ernest.
t,.<5 conductor, said that one of tHe nvn. who wor«
a light overcoat and had been teasing Mrs. Cost?!.
picked up the revolver and ran away after th*
shot had been fired. Llpschlltz said that when tha
party boarded th« car the woman had the weapon
concealed in her muff. The man In the ov-rcont
was trying to get this away, apparently, when h»
lurched forward and the woman row to h-r fe«-t.
The shot followed and the revolver dropped to t'.'.o
floor. Th« man picked It up. slipped It In his
sl»ev<» and ran Na?, followed by ana other men.
Mrs. Cogai told practically the same story. Bkm
Mid she had attended a ball at "Chuck" ConnorsTa
place with "Qtiecnfe" and had met the other worn,
an and the men after it was over. On* of the men
was intoxicated and. fearing that ho would oe ar
rested, had given MM revolver to her to keep. 3he>
had placed It in her muff. On board the car. «fee
said, were two Italians, who w*r« made a aab
■:.-.. t of ridicule by the party of merrymaker* Final
ly on* of them resented the Insults and ther* was
a scuffle, following which th* man stumbled tow
ard her and the revolver exploded.
Sullivjir.. the motorman. had a slightly dlh>i#n
story to tell. He said he heard the shot and leahu]
around to me the man with the revolver in ; is
hand still pointed at the woman. In Mrs. Coezi'*
pocket were found a man's watch and stlckplrr.
which, the conductor said, he saw one of the party
take from th* man in the light overcoat and pan*
to the woman.
Committee of Fifteen Make* Further
Demand on Jackson.
Th« committee of fifteen formed at the Hotel
Manhattan OH January IT to press to a conclu
sion the proceedings to oust John F. Ahearn from
the office of Borough resident pent yesterday to
Attorney General Jackson the following letter,
signed by R. Fulton Cutting, acting chairman.
On January IT last the committee of citizens ap
pointed to further the proceeding to oust John F.
Ahearn from the office ho is holding in l '™ f * c *
of removal by the Governor offered you til* ser
vices cf counsel familiar with the earlier nHgf?
of the case, with the understanding that they •aronia
actively aid the Attorney Genera. - ofice in pisa
lng the matter to a proper conclusion. w.ttifl t ex
pense to the state. r . . „ . '
On January 23 you replied by telegraph. dedi=:=3
our offer, on the ground that the disposition of ■•»
case against Ahearn -should be a part of the ord..
nary routine work of the office, to be performed by
yourself and deputies." Yon added, however, that
you would "gladly r- •»*-- any suggestions or 13
sistance that may appear to the committee to do
of value." _ fc
In response to this we wrote on January 3 a— ■»
ing that we be furnished with copies of the papers
in the case and with a statement of the proceed
ings theretofore taken, in order that we might do
in a position to render to you "every assistance
within our power." - ■ " .
We call your attention to the fact that, taouga
two weeks have passed, we have had no answer to
our request. We find it impracticable, in fact. v>
secure information as to the status '- the case
from any source. There has been no public refer
ence certainly to any action taken by you ***?
the service upon Ahearn of the summons and com
plaint on D«fraber 33; fifty days ago.
Though the c:*s«> is one Involving issues of «rar»
public concern, and though, as such, it «o-d»
entitled to and no doubt upon proper application
would receive speedy consideration by the courts.
we have heard of no such application on ■■"" part
or of any ptOPOSttioa to th*» defendant's counsel
that they" join with you in such an application.
As the representative!" of the nvetln? of OUKU
appointing us. we are keenly and responsibly in
terested In the prozre.«3 •>( this ca***. We thereto:*
r •.-. it our request that we b*> furnished with copies
of the various papers inrldrat to it and with*
statement of the proceeding* as yet taken. «•
shall be pleased al«o to know what action !=» el -
posed having in view the immediate trial of tn*
raft . We submit, moremvr. that we are enuti«M
to th» information for which we ask as a matter
of right., ,
Saratoga, N. Y. Feb. 10.— Alleijlna: that she wa«
of unsound mind when she executed the instru
ment, documents were filed to-day in the office c?
the surrogate here protesting against the I *"*
of the will of Mrs. Elizabeth W. Bataxfortb. cf tt:s
village, who left an estate valued at J.^O.COi). Under
the provision? of the will one-half of the estate is
to be used by the executors as a trust fund for giv
bag employment on her property at Daabury. Conn..
to men and women who are out cf x»ortt and for
providing relief for laborers who are ill and cannot
work. The will ai»o bequeaths to the city of I>«3
bury ft parcel of property en which a t^one »•
aged women laborers Is to be erected. Mrs. Baist
forth was a lineal descendant of Aaron Burr. Has.
of her property ami In Danbury. _
Art Exhibitions and Sale*.
"A Lesson in Oriental Art." TIMES.
« ;<^ %
FREE: VIEW 9 A. W. TO 6 P. ■••
To be sold »t I nrt—trl. ti- 1 Public s*l*
On Thursday Afternoon
and Evening of this week
at 2-39 and 8:30 o'Clock.
Concluding on Friday Afternoon
of this week at 2:30 o'Clock,
Rare Oriental
Art Objects
An extraordinary collection
of Japanese Paintings, Sketches.
Prints and Screens
Rfprtsrrt ncj
Japan's Greatest Masters.
Collected by
the well-known Connoisseur
John La Farge. N. A.
"It revealm an uncommon •.ymr-*'-* an !' J "TT
(lerstaniliag of f&a innate purport of "■' !l " al
A —TlHt>.
Thr -a:« win be teadit* i by
Mr THOMAS E. KIBSY. of tbe
' _, 6 Kaac iM St.. MadtoQß S«iu>« soutik

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