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LONDON HOTES.
Shop Girt and Great Lad:/ — Mere
dith and Kvorclcs.
J^oiidor;, February 2."i
Wili dM niiirr.niurr: over come for strug-pHriK
£ .:--.i?- wtien the pictures can n<» sold as soon
»- pair.ted. Use plays accepted ■without an ardu
lat period of neglect and suspenpe. th> books
j-intefi us soon as the manuscripts have hern
neatly Ijppasjsrttnßm? Tli^r. v arc no Bigns of the
BjataVaa era o.ither Irs the studio quarter of Chelsea
c- In the London publishers' district; bat Miss
Lena Afhwell and Mr. frthn Stuart are cnoourap
c row playwrights to believe thai the pood
time has already come. afiaa Ashwell accepted
Mr. Anthony V. WTiarton's "Irene "Wycherley"
«hen no other actor- manager would trouble
himself with reading St. and it has made her
<-v ■ fortune as bmbl a? the unknown play
ivrisrht's. Bbwbbs succeeded once in discover
inr real talent Cor stage writing, she ha? tried
to fmd i: again in the work of a provincial
ecxre**. Miss Cicely Hamilton, who has not been
credited with having brilliant sifts for the dra
matic profession, although she has obtained
• riety as an advocate of woman's suffrasr»
»n<J social reforms. Her play, produced at the
Kinp>ivay Theatre with th*» attractive title.
"Piana of Dobson's." has a strong part for Miss
Aihwell. -which helps to explain its acceptance.
'• al.-o contains a realistic study of a shop girl
life and reveals the spirit of freedom and inde
pendence that Is coursing through the veins of
ambitious women of the lower class; and there
ie distinctly oripi::al treatment of a fresh sub
y-< •■.. and this is not marred by artificial, stage
riad? situations. These qualities secured for it
» highly favorable reception on the opening
r:ph:.
Jt is the BBBTJf of th*» orphan daughter of a.
country doctor forced by adversity to take a
situation ai» shop assistant among girls dressing
well and having a decent reputation on five
*hi!!lnp<= a wt-ek. Revolting against the niean
:i^. c ? of her employers and the sordid economies
af trade. Diana has a passion for rieht and
justice; and when a legacy of $1,500 suddenly
comes to her she Is E^iz&i with the idea of
having a little Bfgg as a real lady among fash
ionable idicrs. Without a chaperon, but witTi an
«rray at fin*> frocks, .-he appears at one of the
Knglifch hotels as a rich widow, and is as smart
■s anybody while the money lasts. Come what
:j--hv, the will be idle end luxurious for a month!
Two admirers are the victims of her fascina
tions. One is ■ rich baronet, who started as an
errand boy with two shillings a week and ha?
v.^enme ih« manager of a gr^at shopping em
porium, wh*-re competitors are undersold and
«•?!'■•? girls "live in" and are underpaid. The
r>iy>f>r is a young guardsman who wastes a good ,
income and sponges on his relations. She will
n"t accept th« baronet"? offer, even ■when her
teeacy hss been t-p^nt and f-iie is forced to re
*urn to England in «-.-arch of "work. She tells
th* guardsman the truth about her little mas
riDfrade In the Enpadlne. and is promptly con-
r z*rr,r< r *'l a- X «n adventurers; and she retorts by
•s'-rusing hi:n of huntinE' for a wife who will
ray his debts and support him in luxury, when ;
-• cannot earn an honest living himself. Th«
•Sri lovers part, to meet again twelve weeks
afterward on Jhe Thames I"' 1 ""*"'. when
each is homeless, wcrkl^ss and starving and
ready to help the other to take up th*- remnant
«f a fpoilc-d and wasted life, and to make some
thing of it. Human nature pulsates in this
realistic play, and there hi something to think
over when the curtain falls. It is ■ hard kind
of realism of the under world that makes a
rJ'=*p impress-ion upon a sensitive audience; and
this Is xh* ' era of social reform,
Th*> BMaTiasjetteß are displaying bo modi or
canizing power and Inventiveness In mat i - I
p'lblic nuisance of their cswee that politicians
ire beginning to be afraid of them. Ardent
temperance zdvocates have mad» a strong point
of expelling: barmaids from public houses, but
political iiiinai.' I"* are aghast over the prospect
of turning a horde, of good-looking;, well -dressed
young women into the streets to reinforce the
mob of suffra genes. They consider it a v.is*T
policy to open new fields of activity for fas
< inatinc women rather than to deprive thousands
"f tlifin of i-.w established means of earning a
)f' - eiihood. They have welcomed the idea of em
ploytng women tm recruiting sergeants for en
i>«-rin» men for military service Colonel "vval^h,
t< Th€ St. George'e Barrack?, is credited with
Ihe courage r^quir^d for this daring innovation.
sind logically then is no answer to the argument
*hat the blandisbments of the lex will be put to
better -:^<= in drawing m^n into th.r> army to
fight their country'^ battles than in luring them
ir.t'* ralcr-ns to ■*■:")• Jb^ir ;.r;iin= with drink
*nd to wa^to th^ir energies m Btieet brawls,
Various details "ill have to b# -• ttled respect
■l the iiiJitary ftatus of the "lady recruiting
•■'re^ariTf:.'" puch as ■ service uniform, the right
tn »tj, r a cockade and . quality of pay with men;
Nrt Thp?«=- will bo trivia! matters for th« Carnot
*bo i.= r*=orpanizing th*^ territorial nd defensive
f«Toes <•{ th* 1 kingdom. Indeed it scorns almost
necessary to provide an outlet fOlf 01 the martial
-•. of the sex, Kites swarms of women are
oocupied daily with aggressive operations for
' tc ir <-.T5 n *.nf üßchisetnent. laying < -' r r to
Cabinet minister? In their offices, marcning <i< -
Biotly »o tho polir«» court? and attempting to
carry ?h<- bouses of Rarlfcu ien< by frontal attack.
Mr. Hrvrr.b'jrn*! had his eeyenticth birthday
not lons- ago. nrid now Mr. George Meredith has
c«!*brated hiF eightieth: and rach "vent has
*»»i rnnn lt rated f,v ad dr^sf-^s from men of
Ready
Cooked.
The crisp, brown flakes of
*fLM^\ CV I Formerly called I
Jf %JK9 I /Elijah's Manna f
Conic to the breakfast table right, and exactly right fror/Tthc package
— no bother; no delay.
They have body too: these Post Toasties are firm enough to give you
* delicious* substantial mouthful before they melt away. "The Taste
Lingers."
Sold by Ciroccrs.
Made by PO6TUM CEREAL CO.. LIMITED.
BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN.
S.<?r»vrf v iii! tint class restaurants.
letter* and hundreds of congratulatory dis
patehea. Of the two veterans Mi. Meredith
has the more philosophic' mind and exhibits in
old ape more serenity of spirit. I<ong ago he
was convinced that his working time .had passed
and he has been content with watching the
progress of lltprature and the growth of new
reputations without making explosive comments
on the degeneracy of the age and the decline of
standards of art. Mr. Meredith is easily drawn
into talk and sometimes becomes garrulous
when an enterprising reporter is in search of
copy for startling headlines on marriage and
social. reforms; but he leads a quiet life at Box-
Hill and leaves his literary work to the mature
Judgment of the preatest among his rivals. Many
of them — Mrs. Humphry Ward among them —
delight to call him the master of English fiction;
and his only rival for supreme distinction among
living novelists in the Kingdom is Mr. Hardy;
and the two men are such close friends and so
generous that neither would challenge the other's
supremacy. Mr. Anthony Hope, WOO has headed
one of the birthday delegations, has been strontr
ly Influenced by Mr. Meredith's literary methods,
and Mr. Maurice Hewlett in "The. Stooping
Lady" has taken color from them without los
ing his individuality of style. The veteran is
as vitally interested in Radical politics and
social questions as he was in the old days when
Mr. John Morley and Mr. Frederick Greenwood
were his intimate friends. His only recreation
is a daily drive in a donkey chaise, and he lives
with Spartan simplicity and Ciceronian serenity.
It is the ideal old ago for a high minded master
of letters.
Sir James Knowlcs, who was Mr. Meredith's
Junior by three years, had not been in infirm
health more than a few weeks, so that his death
at Rriphton has given a Fudd.-n shock to a large
circle of friends. He was a prominent figure in
the most thoughtfui section of London society
and his house in Queen Anne's Gate was Canons
for delightful hospitality. In openness of min-l -
s rare qualiiy in an Kngiishman — be was
rivalled only by Mr. Gladstone. It made him
an ideal editor of that most influential of re
views. "The Nineteenth Century." for it enabled
him to look at every public question from op
posite points of view. He had also the plft of
attracting eminent men and of inducing them to
-«nt<- for him because they liked him and found
it unpleasant to put him off with a refusal. He
b<^gan by drawinp topether many of th«> keenest
intellects into th^ Metaphysical Society, and
ended by makinp them contributors to his mapa
zinc whenever he wanted their services. Genial
without b<"inp loquacious or dictatorial, he was
an ideal host, for he was tolerant of critical or
oven hostile opinion, and enabled men of con
flicting views to differ amiably among them
selves. Hf had to be a patient listener, for
among hif< most Intimate friends were Giaoston«\
Huxley and Tennyson, who seldom relieved the
monotony of disputations talk with what Sydney
Smith used to describe as eloquent flashes of
silence. Y< the had the habit of reserving ju.lp
meat until the ground h.-id be-.ii cleared and
then of summing up an argument with lucidity
of mind and perfect temper.
During recent years this practical man of
business, who seemed to know intuitively what
the public wanted, lost the showman's interest
in "cod names"; and it was not strange when
he had known so many famous men and looked
upon them as intimate friends. London literary
society naturally seemed dull to one who had
entertained Tennyson, Gladstone. Huxley, Tyn
dall. Froud«\ Ruskin, Bagehot, Maurice, Man
ning, Martineau. and scores tf oth-r worthies;
and he must have had a sense of loneliness after
the disappearance of his greatest and most in
teresting' friends. Yet bo electric was hi:- own
vitality that he kept on with his work almost
to the last, and was one of the most familiar
figures at art galleries, theatres and literary
gatherings, and was always ready to talk about
his earliest professional interest architecture.
Few m- n in England could have had more
varied files of correspondence than this success
ful editor: and it is to be hoped that arrange
ments have been made for a biography under
the direction of a competent literary executor.
The London pag'-ant-makors have wisely de
ferred their big show until next year. It was
easy for them to obtain impressive lists of titled
figureheads and social patrons, and sympathetic
press notices; but eighteen rather than six
months were required for systematic prepara
tions for so stupendous .m undertaking. Th"
committee speedily became convinced that a
folk-play worthy of the greatness of the me
tropolis of the world could not be produced with
a precipitate rash Possibly they were warned
by Mr. Stead's Jocose offer to impersonate
Cromwell and by other fantastic nominations
for walking parts that there was danger of turn
ing the grandiose project into ridicule. Certain
ly they were seriously embarrassed by the diffi
culty of obtaining a proper site, since Regents
Park was closed against them and a section of
Hyde. Park or Kensington Gardens could not
-„,-. reserved without prolonged negotiation and
strenuous agitation. Now that the fatuous at
tempt to organize in the course of a few months
a truly representative and artistic pageant for
sr, unmanageable a confederacy of cities as
metropolitan London h*.- boon abandoned, it is
10 be' hoped that the most experienced master of
ravels will be selected as the director of the en
terprise. This i- Mr. Louis N. Parker, who has
a r . P.i genius for stag" managing town shows.
Unity of direction is more important than a
combination of artistic talents. I. N~. F.
CRITTENTON IVMSSION ASKS HELP.
Provisions and clothing for needy women ;.r- re
quested by the Florence Crittenton Mission.
Scarcity of work and reduction In wages have made
this winter especially difficult for women and ren
dered them peculiarly liable to temptation, from
wnjrn II i- this mission's work to protect: them.
y B. Waterman If the treasurer at Hie mission,
No. Ci Bleeek«r street.
NEW-YORK tsXZZ? TKIBr >h, IHI KSDAT, M MiI "H 12, 1908.
TRAGEDY AT SCHOOL.
Woman Teacher Kills Friend and
Then Commits Suicide.
Boston, March 11. — Suffering from melancholia,
due to overwork. Miss Sarah Chamberlain Weed.
"i Philadelphia, shot and killed Miss Elizabeth
Bailey Hardee. of East Savannah. Ga., and then
committee*] suicide, at the Laurens School, a
fashionable boarding school for girls at No. 107
Audubon Road, in the Fenway district, to-day. The
bodies of the two women were found in bed
by Mrs. Page, 'he matron of the school. The
school was established last fall by Miss Hardee.
and Miss Weed. On October 1. the day the, school
opened. Miss Weed broke down as a result of over
work and was committed to a sanatorium in New
ton, to be treated for nervous prostration.
Miss Weed escaped from the sanatorium last
night and made her way to the school. She and
Miss Harden retired at the Fame time and occupied
Miss Bardee's chamber on the third floor of the
school building. Both women were awakened by
Mrs. Page about 6 a. m. and told that they must
get up it they were to catch the 7:35 train, on
v inch Miss Weed was to be taken back to West
Newton. A few moments later the shooting took
place. Mrs. Page thinks the mention of returning
to the sanatorium must have excited and angered
Miss Weed and Induced the shooting.
From the nature of the wounds. Medical Ex
aminer Redman decided that Miss Weed had com
mitted suicide by shooting herself through the right
temple, after having shot Miss Hardee through the
base of the brain. '
Miss Hardee and BDss Weed had been Intimate
friend? .since their graduation from Wellesley Col
lege, in ISP4 and is*<;.. respectively.
BANKROLL GREW THIS.
Big Bills Disappear in Stock Swin
dler* Hands.
The police are looking for a thief who succeed* ■'■
in getting away with diamonds valued at SL37Q
from Simpson's pawnshop, in Myrtle avenue,
Brooklyn, after making an unsuccessful attempt
to work the same game in Healy's store at No. 435
Fulton street. The. man went into Simpson's shop
and. after selecting diamonds valued at f1.:'70. took
out some bills and handed them to the clerk. The
roll contained two $500. three 1100. one J3O and
nineteen $1 bills— just SI short of the amunt. He
called the attention of the stranger to the discrep
ancy, the fellow took the roil and counted it over
again. Then he took a silver dollar from his
pocket, shoved it over the counter with the roll
of hills and departed with the diamonds in his
pocket.
When he had pone the clerk discovered that the
roll contained only the nineteen *i bills, tho thief
having abstracted those of larger denominations.
The IT ian was described as about twenty-seven
years old.
CITY LOST BY BELETTING.
Chief Engineer Briggs, of 11 (iff en's
Staff', Again on Stand.
In his effort to discover whether there had been
a waste of city revenues for public improvements
in The Bronx under the Harfen regime. John P.
Mitchcl, Commissioner of Accounts, had Josiah A.
Briggs,' the chief engineer in Mr. Haffen's depart
ment, on the stand again yesterday. Mr. Mitchel
started his inquiry by trying to discover to what
extent the city had been a loser because of con
tiacts abandoned by contractors, the contracts
laving to be relet at increased cost to the city.
Mr. Briggs decline-] to hold himself responsible in
the matter of preventing defaulting contractors
from rebtddtajE OB a job the? had abandoned, ton
supposed that the Controller would sec that bids
from such contractors were rejected.
Several specific instances of the abandonment of
contracts, whose reletting cost the. city In each
Instance thousands of dollars, caused Commissioner
BflitcheJ to inquire into th« prep«t taken by Chief
Engineer Briggs to ascertain whether there was
any connection between the successful bidder on
the original contract and the contractor who
undertook to complete the job. Mr. Brings didn't
know of any. in reference to th* reletting of a
contract for sewer construction through Webster
avenue to th" Harlem Piver. for which the city
had to pay approximately $150,000 extra. Mr. Bribes
said be believed the. matter of collection of this
amount from the .sureties of the original con
tractor, William J. Flanagan, was now in the
bands of the Corporation Counsel.
Mr. Brigs- would not admit that an inspector
named Brady had been eusi*nded because of his
protest against the acceptance of work on Ma
comb's road from Jerome avenue to Navy Place.
The protest was set aside. Asked as to the ulti
mate fate of Brady, the witness caused a laugh
by his expressed surmise that the inspector was
still living, but no longer an Inspector.
Chief Engineer Briggs denied that curbstone
was smashed Intentionally to make necessary th"
provision of new-curbing. The witness eased
confidence in the reports of the engineers under iii«
Jurisdiction and of the thoroughness with which
their work was done.
TNPIANS SUE FOR LANDS
Montßuks Want Territory Conveyed Long
Ago.
The Montauk Indians, living nt thr -as: pnd of
Lone Island, have sued for *),? recovery of lands
which thej allege w^re illegally conveyed yeai-
figo. The tr:=il win be held thin spring i-i Rivtn
head, and promises to be of unusual interest, as
there will he Involved the ancient Indian '"!■ '■■
the lands, with ■•'!! the complexities ..t km.-i-
of lands, conveyances, title by :i^ht ■,< adverse
L. W. Ti bridge, who represents the Montauk
Indians, has been at.work for many years gather
ing evidence to allow his clients to sue. The town
••! Kast Hampton, in which th' Montauk district of
i.ong Island lies, sold ee r t^ji] lands many years ago
which wore claimed by the Indians, Now all of
the trustees who conveyed the property to one
Frank A Benson are dead, except Edward Dayton,
of Easi Hampton. and Benjamin H. Barf ■ of
Amagansett The heirs or' Benson .ire named as
defendants in th suit of th* Mon'auks to recover
the lands.
TrTRONG AT PASTORS FUNERAL.
Thousands Pay Respects to Consignor Dauf
fenbach, of Williarasburer.
T. Ij t^n thousand nerjwics fc'tended the funeral
■ -0.3y morning of Monsignor Petej Paul Dauf
ft-nbach. pastor of the Holy Trinity Roman Cati;-
O U C t'\-,' ■•. Montros ar.J Graham avenues, WiU
iiunsburg. Archbishop Farley prelates arid priests.
saners and brothers of religious orders and laymen
at ,i! ! walks In life united to ray their respects.
As early as 8 o'clock the streets near the i hur-*h
were i rowded with people who tried to gain admit
tance. One hundred policemen, under Inspector
- maintained order, but their task was not
.t difficult one.
FIRST BREWSTER WRECK SUIT.
The tirst suit brought against the New York Cen
tral Railroad for damages arising from the wreck
on the Woodlawn curve of the Brewster express,
February 16, 1907, was heard by Justice Thompklns
yesterday in the Supreme Court at Whita Plains.
Miss Maude L. Case has sued the road for $:i\OM>
«la mages. Tlm railroad company contends that it
was not responsible for the accident, as the train
lumped the track from boom cause which could
not be foreseen "i prevented. Some of the com
muters who have similar suits pending were in
tt., courtroom and took copious notes. The rail
road \va» represented by John K. Brennan and
Thomas FV Curran. and Miss Casi was represented
by Eugene I". McKinley.
DIAMOND AS SECURITY FOR AUTOIST.
Alanaon Prime, a banker, of PalrneM Road. Tonk
*rs, whs arrested by Bicycle Patrolman Donnelly.
of tin West ISM street atari—, on a charge of
speeding his automobile at »3'i street and River
1,1. I 'rive last night. Mr. Prime and the friend
who *;J3 with him had only Hi of the *100 required,
am! Mr. Prime left his diamond ring M security
'•■r iils oupearance i' thi Harlem court tkd*. morn-
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
nrnsox luviAi ice.
Suggestion Thai Crop lie Ifrnnrti
callii Scaled After 11 finest,
'Co the Editor of Thf Trib'.in^.
. Hr: The editorial in your paper of Thursday,
March 5. I have before m". and in justice to the
"i<.< man" I wish to make a few- statements. You
say the report of the State (*lil«iiil«lonri of Health
concerning th»; sanitary condition of the Hudson
River ice field cannot be regarded as altogether
satisfactory; It certainly is not. if the natural !ce
as sold in New York City is detrimental to health
II .certainly should not be sold or allowed to be
cola. Bat is it? Allow me to call your attention
t» Dr. Porter's article on "The Pollution and He!f-
I'urlfication of Ice." May I quote a tew extracts
from Ms report? He makes ■ very thorough his
torical review, both in this country and abroad, of
evidence of reat or supposed danger of ice in the
transmission of typhoid fev<r germs, and I wish
to quote a few extracts from bis report:
In reviewing these epidemics, which constitute
the practical evidence of an epidemlolosical nature
upon which we ate to Judge of the dangers 01 V:f
Ice Infection, It appears that it is a case of tread
bis; upon very thin Ice. Out of some six epidemics
of disease attributed to infected Ice in only one
was the number of cases reported greater than .1
dozen. Four of them might be termed merely in
testinal disorders, due to decomposing organic mat
ter, and not to specific germs. Of the two epidemics
r.f typhoid fever, thr circumstances connected with
them were, as stated above, of such a nature as.
judged from our present knowledge an<l later ex
perimentation and observations, to caf«l consia
erable doubt upon the alleged cause of this In
fection.
Next. I wish to quot« from that pait of fcis re
port which to ■.:,■ up m •'self-purification." He
takes tlie ease of an lee crop harvested from a
polluted section of a river, where the water was half
sewage, and through the different s*lf-purifylng'
agencies nlSo per cent of the bacteria are removed,
which, he says. exceeds the efficiency of the rand
fitter by two hundred times. His report in :tself
poes to prove conclusively thai there *ia no article
of food on the market to-day in a better sanitary
condition than natural ice as stored', in our ice
houses and as harvested on the HudsoS River.
You make the statement that the masters end
crews of river craft are unwilling to use for drink
ing purposes the water over which they fall. I am
v ling to wager that there 1* scarcely ■ vessel on
the river but what has a cask of river water, cooled
by river lee, for drinking purposes. They use no
spring, well or Croton water, for, as they say, "it
Will not keep sweet.*' By actual experiment it has
been found that Hudson River water v.ill stay pure
and sweet longer than any known.
I wish to show you also the absurdity of a letter
sent from the Health Department to us. as well
as to nearly* all, if not all, the loca] harvesters hi
this section. Dr. Porter says in this letter that
the field located on the river at this point is *nb
_■'ct to such sewage pollution and contamination
that any" ice rut therefrom would he a -source of
danger that should n..t be ignored. One party to
whom this letter was sent housed his ire from a
section of the river as remote aa at least two mile
l"r<\m .■my sewer, and that sewer is merely a dram
for the surface water. The nearest! field to ;his
same drain is not leaa than one thousand feet dis
tant.
I know also thai the Ice as stored in my ice
house, 1 from investigation by "in 1 of the most thor
ough and honest bacteriologists known, is as pure
as any water ever used for drinklnc purposes.
How about manufactured ice, about which '■.<■
doctor is silent? la the water ,used in these manu
factories taken from the Hudson River or some
mere polluted stream? Are the methods us^d Fanl
tary? Are the bacteria, if any, frozen out, . « is
dom In natural tee? Will you s:o about the upper
part of New York in the spring of the year and
see, if yon can, any natural Ice setting out or
the sidewalk for hours at a time. as 1 have s* en.
time and again, with manufactured Ice, where all
the. filth of the city can collect upon It?
In conclusion, I would suggest that a law be.
made and enforced that the ice harvested on the
Hudson River. nft*r storage of at least three
months to eliminate all bacteria,; be hermetically
sealed and sold only in the original package to the
consumer, hi order to avoid the possibility of a
groat epidemic in Mew York City, Which baa be-^n
freer from typhoid fever than any city not using
natural Ice from the Hudson River.
FRANK S. HOW LAND.
Athens. N. V.. March 7. 1908.
THE INWARD LIGHT."
Sex of Author. Previously Unknown, Re
vealed by "Eternal Feminine." Says Header.
To th" Editor of The. Tribune.
Sir: The admirable review of "The Inward Light
in Saturday'? issue of The Tribune was interesting
tr me for more reasons th«n One. The review itself
and the felicitous quotations from the boos were
both charming.
Some years age when "The Soul of ■ People," by
the same author, was first Issued. I read II with
very great pleasure— that '■=. so fir as the ptyi<»
was concerned: the favorable view of Buddhism I
could not accept. Soon the mxt work appeared—
••The Hearts of Men." This. too, I read, though
wtth less pleasure than the first.
After some time » most laudatory review of the
Soul of a Peopli appeared In "The Churchman.';
When I ,-,-:. i th« hook ''"' •"•>•" of the author was
given *.* Fielding; In 'The Churchman" it w
given as Hall.
I wrote to the editor, expressing my regret that
Hie reviewer had no( Rone Into the matter more
thoroughly, and stating at th« same time that the
n:«me of the author was Fielding, »nd n->t Hall I
received a most courteous reply from "Th- Church
man." expressing appreciation i>f my criticisms of
the book. Referring to the matter of the author's
name, the editor said he had written to the Mac
millanp. and they told him they did noi know
whethei the author was a man 01 a woman:
This seemed to shed a flood of light upon the
whole question. The author had been reprea nti :
as ;<n official in the British arm: and as presiding
over a court whose run lions wen parti* military
and partly civil. The uncertainty .1- to the sex •■•
the author relegated the work to the region of fic
tion at once. The quotations from •The Inward ,
L4gnt" confirm the suspicion.
••The eternal feminine" come« out unmistakably.
The charm increases, but 'he trustworthiness of
the report as to the spirit and effects of Buddhism
is l«>ft with very little support. If the presentation
of Oriental religion In these various works was to
he- relfe<l upon, we ought jo invite missionaries
over here to tell us all about it and convert us to a
faith s«. lofty and divine. C. J. BARIMPTON
Atbol. Mass., Feb. 27. I!**.
POILLON SISTERS HAVE TO GO.
The Poillon sisters started for the workhouse on
Blackwell's Island yesterday afternoon, in charge
of Deputy Sheriff Bell, to .serve a term of impris
onment for defrauding the Hotel Bristol. They
•were sentenced to a term of three months, but • x
ecution of the order sending them to prison was
delayed by the efforts of their counsel. Meyer
Greenberg, who tried to appeal their case, but
tailed. Greenberg tried to get his clients out on
bail pending the decision Of Justice Fitzgerald, on
a writ of habeas corpus returnable yesterday af
ternoon, but Justice O'Gorniar. refused to hear any
more arguments, and not only denied the motion
but taxed the lawyer $10 costs.
MUNICIPAL ART APPROVALS.
The Municipal Art Commission has approved
more than a scon of locations for drinking foun
tains with different designs. bubmltted by the Bo
ciety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and
the New York Humane Society.
The design tor a new police station in Delancey
street, to cost J175.0K). ho* been disapproved. Th«
design for the I'd Precinct police station, in Green
wich street, running from Oil ■101 lto Washing
ton street, to coat $;»'."<*>. has been approved. The
commission has also approved a change of ma
terial. Originally the Station house was to be of
stone to the top, but It in now proposed to build it
of brick above the flr>t story, with utotie trim
mings.
DeatgJM huvp bean approved for iwo \etitilating
l:./u^•»(i t pubnntted by tiie Public Service Comiins-
Mion. t.» go ewer the stations al Pattoa and DeJCalb
avenues and Kiithtish and Lafayette avenues.
Brooklyn, respectively, in ooßMcttea with Urn aaw
subway.
Tn. ooaunisstoa has also approved an octagonal
design for a milk booth to be erected by th« city
in Toinpklns Square for the Straus laboratory for
iree pasteurized milk lor children.
RAINES LAW ATTACKED.
Decision Reserved in Test Case —
May Close 1 fiOO Hotels.
Ju«tic Truajc, in the ■npsaaas Court, r^t'rdar
rrserv««d decision in th* proceedings brotisrh; by
Maynard N. Clement, State Commissioner of F.x
ciso, to revoke the liquor tax certificate laMMd to
Mary A. Corcoran, who owns a Raines la* ! •■'■ ' at
St. Nicholas avenue and 111 th street. Should '.'-■••
Excise Commissioner be sustained by the decision
of the court sixteen hundred Raines law bot« is fi«
this city will bo eteasd for failure to comply with
the provisions of tho state SOBtaM law.
It is declared by the plaintiff that the building in
nu^stion has not the fifteen rooms above the b;«*e
mont required by the Building Code for hor-J
Hcensea and Is therefore not a hotel. The TJuJidir.p:
Code of New York City demands that each r>l the
rooms bo of a certain pise and makes oth- I pro
visions for th*> safety of fruesi-». The Raines law
provide* that a hotel shall have ten room? above
the basement. Mr. Clement arsrued that th» place
must conform with the Building: Code before a
liquor license could be granted. Counsel for Mr*.
Corcoran held that the Raines law ROvemed the
Excise Commissioner and that !*• could neither
refuse to Issue a license nor have it revoked.
Mrs. Corcoran obtained a license for T»>> and 1905
for the same premises, and the ayaajttag of thi*
certificate was not questioned. The provision in
Uie state law requiring hot»is and. such places to
comply with the local ordinances in towns and
cities, defendant's counsel said, was intended
rely for protection of guests In case of fl r « etc.
The number of rooms, he said, was fixed by a stat
utory provision. The definition of a hotel as Riven
in the Building; Code, he said, was Intended for the
purpose of construction.
"It is impossible." he said, "that the Legislature
in passing tho law intended to Wvc to the Board of
Aldermen the power to change the requirement for
the number of rooms from time to time." The an
swers of tha defendant to the questions of the ex
cise officials when the license was granted, he said.
were therefore not false, as asserted by the
plaintiff.
GEORGE A BAEKERS WILL BROKEN.
Daughters to Share $500,000 Estate Equally
with Second Wife.
The contest over the will of George. A. Barker,
a retired auctioneer, resulted yesterday in a. ver
dict that Barker was not in fit condition to dis
pose of his property at the time his will was exe
cuted.
Barker left" his estate, valued at nearly J.VW.O'X'.
to his second wife, Kdlth M. Barker, who had been
his housekeeper, cutting off his two daughters by
a former marriage, .Mrs. Wallace Scott and Mr?.
Ashton Parker. By the verdict Mrp. Scott and
Mrs. Parker will each receive with the widow an
equal part of th« estate.
Testimony at the trial was that Barker had been
an Inordinate drinker, and that, having a lars;*
number of pet docs, he took the occasion of each
of the does birthday anniversaries to celebrate
with fe, ■•^Ti'iET and drinking.
Counsel for Mrs. Barker said th?t he would ap
peal from the verdict.
DEAD AND CREMATED: UP IN COURT.
Notice of Ironworker's Demise in Three
Papers— Wife Charges Desertion.
Frederick Kohl. th» notice: of whose death and
cremation at Fresh Pond. Long Island, appeared in
thr™ German newspapers in New York City on
March 5. appeared in th« I.onff Island City police
court yesterday to give bond for ?■'><** to pay hit*
wife. Louisa. 17 a week for one year. Us wife
charges that he abandoned her and th»-ir two chil
dren. He was arrested on February 11.
Kohl la an Ironworker, and. according to his wife,
can tarn $00 a week when he wants to. He was
released in $300 bonds, furnished by Mr-. Caroline
V. yi uid. of No. 4W Kast 87th street, Manhattan.
The hearing of the case was set for February :•>.
but Kohl failed to appear.
While the officers were searching for him the no
tices of his death appeared, saying that he had died
at No. 334 East "let street and that the body was
to be cremated. The manager of the crematory
said that arrangements for the. cremation had been
made" >'•• • the telephone, but the body did not ar
rivo.
Detectives found Kohl aliv» and well and brought
htm into court. He denied that he had caused tn.'
death notices to be printed, and said thai he *43
looking: for the person who inserted them.
WILL BID FOR CONSTRUCTION ONT.Y
No Change Yet in the Resolution Adopted
by the Board of Estimate.
A little more talk on the j'-n^rai subject of
"Subway BaiMins: Why 11 la Not and Who's M
Blamt 1 ?" was contributed yesterday by public offi
cials to add a little bit mor» to the irritation which
those who want rnpld transit were already ntirsinr.
Th» Mayor in the morning started the dally ran
serle by stating that hi thought it would be a ajaod
thin? so to amend the contracts for bvttdhna; sob
vrays is to Include construction and sperathM both
Inst ad of only construction. The Mayor and th*
Controller had talked over the matter and thoucht
■...,_ in the form of contract would attract
private capital to bid on the Fourth avenue subway
In Brooklyn and thus stop aj the talk '•bout more
than J25.0C0.0f10 beinsr set down for this item against
the city's borrowing capacity.
When Chairman Wiilcox of '■>■> Public Berries
Commission was ask^d why the contract for th«
Fourth avenue subway, as adopted by li*» com
mission, provided for construction only he said:
The pcwei to rlcri.j.- whether bids for the con-
Bt ruction of subways shall be Invited for construc
tion only or for construction and operation rest*
with t: •• Board of Estimate under tha law. In
June. if«.>7. the Board of Estimate pas.»«>.l a resolu
tion authorizing the Board of Rapid Transit (on
missloners to solicit bids for construction only for
th' " Fourth avenue subway.
If the members of the Board of Csthnats new
deem if ;^l^vis>^^■l•■ ■■• ■ :ri;- this plan and to Invite
Blt'rnativ* bMs it is •loubilets within the r ri «fr of
thai board to rescind !'s former resolution But
until such action In t.-<k-n there is nothing left for
this commission to do but to advertise for bids for
construction only.
WANT AUTOS KEPT OFF EAST DRIVE
Road Drivers' Association Will Present Cen
tral Park Petition to Commissioner Smith.
Copies of petitions circulated by the Road Driver*'
Association of New York, asking; Henry Smith,
the Park Commissioner, to exclude autorooWies
from the East Drive in Central Park, have been
signed by many horse owners and will be presented
to the Commission.- r to-day.
The petition recites that the number of accidents
caused by automobiles Is rapidly increasing, and
thai those who formerly enjoyed road driving arc
now almost afraid to venture on any of the drives
in the city.
The association held a meeting, under th* a.:«
pices of the Coach Owners' Association, at the
Grand Union Hotel. Fourth avenue and M
street, last night, and the petition -waa heart';.
indorsed.
Among- those who have been active in circulating
the petition are Dr. S. K. Johnson, veterinary sur
geon of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animal j and of the Board of Health; Dr. H.
D. Gill one of the oldest road drivers In this coun
try: George W. Grote. president of the Koad Driv
ers* Association. Dodd Irvrin and Lorenz Zeller.
MRS. ROOSEVELT MAKES ACCOUNTING.
Mrs. Theodora Uoosnvelt. tiled her annual ac
counting as guaidtea of her children, K»nnu and
Ethel, with Bnrraejßta Jackson in Nassau County^
yesterday. The children received Jo. (wo each by th«
will of the President's uncle. James K. Gracie,
and Mrs. Koosevelt was appointed their guardian.
Mra. Roosevelt status that th« money has been
placed out on mortgages In Manhattan. The only
charge u^ulnst the estate is that of; the lawyer*
for preparing- the accounting and commission? to
brokers for collecting rents.
VANDERBILT AND WHITNEY BUY LAND.
William K. VandTbllt. jr.. and Harry Pa>ne
Whitney are reported to have joined In purchasing
property consisting of about six hundred acre"*
and embracing Deer i'ond, a niih? south of Wading
River, Lang Island. it Is reported that the prop
erty is to form th. easterly terminus of the pro
posed motor parkway.
THAW ACTIOS BEGUS.
Summons Screed in Suit to 'Annul
Marriage.
Th* ',- ' jt«p In an action for «.nnutm*nt of mar.
r...c-. brought by Mrs. Kv»lyn Nnolt Thaw against
Harry K. Thaw, waft, taken yesterday, when *
summons was s«tvhl i Mrs. Mary Crvliy Thaw,
hi« mother. who is nuiic a c«»-'i«-f>nda»r In |2M
suit, at h*r hom^. Th« •ummor,< teas not serve*
on Thaw yesterday bran** or a legal technicality,
but hf writt accept amkie to-«lay. The pl»a 1% that
Harry Tha.»- wa.* m, lunatic on ■<-••*«• day
of his rr.Hrr^n. with KveJyn N^bir.
Wh»I«- thts lat?»r aJl»)tati»n i.i th ■ ■•sal UMs -if
t'\c :*tiit for fee revering of the marital ti«*». th»
fa«-t th.it th* plaintiff '•,<»!!«>%•»•* h*r husband to hay»
beea ••• un»oun«! nr.lTul t.Jipr sly* *niirrieil fiim tvi
Pttubnrg [a *«:«i r.ot to t>« tii- chief motive for
Mr». Thaw's eViire to bf fre*\ I: 'v mUl— ami
Daniel •■(:••■ counsel f«,r the p^fiiion^r. enn
firms tii~ story— ih«.t «« <nfT#renr« Laa eri!>*n fo?
tvrt-'-n man an«l wife «Mch «ann--; ■>>■ settled. Xlz.
O'Reilly j-ai<i tNat hi« cites! had r.of conJWcii eveo
to him Jijat what it Was that caused this irreco.i
eilabl*- «.onditlt>n. tail tl'.at it was the result *t
*om*thitiK that chirred tlurin;; K<»rry Tha-^'s flr^t
trial for tb« nmrrtrr of StiinfcrJ %Yhit»-. It is ex
pected thut the s-trons'-'t etM*i»Cr in support of
the plaintiff's contention *;n be th* testimony a«f
'■'•'■'' at Thaws second trta.l tb2t he ra.i iiwrf
■when ha executed his -will and , codicil, and he
did that on Ills n-.-ti.Uns (Jay. Counsel for Mr«.
Than- ■will no no further than to try to prove th»
fondant a unsound mental condition os thai day.
The reports, however, of an i;.-jt-:i ' ,' '■*-
tween the parties to the action, that a fixed settle
ment and an annual allowance would bo conceded
to Evelyn Thaw, could not be ver!3ed. although
A. R. Peabody. attorney for Thaw. said that th«
latter would provide for hla -wife. 80 that th*
question of alimony and counsel fees Is not likely
to com*> up.
franklin Bartlett, counsel for Mrs. Mary Copter
Thaw and also Harry Thaw, said yesterday that
a I'on-i fide defence woutd be made against tn«
suit of Evelyn Thaw, but he would cot '-,t'mat»
along what lines ir would be. Thaw's mother wa»
brought Into the case us co-defendant Pimply tn
pursuance, of the rule of procedure In sach actions
of making a co-defendant of the nearest friend or
of kin of an alleged insane person.
The Kuit 18 not likely to com* up for trial wttktn
a year, and in the mean time Thaw w(!| coothM*
to provide for his wife.
ATTACK POLICEMAN AFTLB THIAI
Brothers of Convicted Men Try to Taronm
Him Over Criminal Courts Building Rail.
Patrolman CahHl. of th" East 12Sth *tr-et station,
was the chief witness yesterday against Mtcha'l
Mtildoon and George Dugan. charced with r >< -«
th* store of Joseph Sobin. at No. 2 W>f»t !TStr»
street. The goods stolen wer*s ■worth about 91 sA.
and th* - jury convicted the. men of petty larceny.
Joseph Enigan and John Muldoon. brothers of th«
prisoners, followed Cahlll down the corridor of th*
Criminal Courts Building after th*» trial, r""-" *
upon him and rushed the patrolman toward th«
rail overlooking MM court, two stories b«Tow.
Cahßl fought back, and twice almost brok* away
from the m«n. Other policemen reached his mid"
as the men were pushing him back over th» r=ut-
One woman fainted at thi» »<ncht of the. flghtaHt
men. and was carried to the oron<*rß" offic", ■» >---•
she was attended.
Dugan and Muldoon were arr»m»-i.
PEOPLE'S INSTITUTE ANNIVERSARY.
A meeting: to celebrate '■"*> tenth anniversary of
the Peoples Institute will be held at Cooper Union
on Sunday night. MArch 15. Dr. William H. Mai
wen. Superintendent of Public Schools, will pre
side Th« speakers will bo "William M. Ivins. wh«
-xi:: discuss the legislative and forum sides of th-
Pooplo's Institute work; the Rev. Thomas T. Slic<>r
and Rabbi Samuel Schulman. of Temple Eeth-KI.
who will discuss th«» religious and ethical side-:
Michael M. Davis. jr.. who will speak on "Civi<*
Education and the Young Man." and C&artei
Sprague Smith, managing director of th<^ Institute,
who will give a. general view and outline th^
future of the movement. Admission will be fre<?.
BORDEN'S
PURE
FLUID
MILK
Sets.
Per Quart
fro:? dairy from which w» reenjv* mi!\
is carefully selected and under the super
vision of car own Veterinarians and In
>^ti>r!».
ri!.- health of th«» <-<"^-» i« roa<ant!y
watched ; nnd th<» f»^>dlng of rbc row*. r»v.
pnnitary renditions of th-» stables and *ur
i-..i,ndinjr-. « n d the care of the milk and
milking ut«*nsll? are under our careful <li- .
r*yt.fon.
BORnr.vs CONDENSED MII.R CO.
•*L.«ader« of Quality**
r-T I*9l
Art Exhibitions and Sale*.
»SALE TO=NlGHT<^a
Now on FREE VIEW
-- IN THE
#IN"
Fifth Aye.
Art Qallerics
CjgJ^p 546 Hfth Aye..
&&&*' Cor. 45th St.
HIGH CLASS
MODERN PAINTINGS
from the collection of
JULIUS OCKME
and Choice
"®lfr Matins"
from the
EHRICH GALLERIES .
, Unrestricted Sale To-night 8.15 P. M •
On Free View To-day
Until Five o'Clock
The Fifth Avenue Art Galleries
J. P. SILO. Auctions**.
' 346 Fifth Avenue, N. W. Corner 4«tk Stnwt*.
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