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(JEW 0. F. BOND ISSUE. VIFJyTORS TAKE ACTION. Refuse to Sue Harriman and Others for Stock 1 Profits. - Following a special meeting of the directors of the Union Pacific Railroad Company yesterday - was announced that the much heralded new inandas which ha? long been expected by Wall rtre*t would be in the form of an issue of first r.ortpape bonds secured by the system's un -- jred lines. The amount of the issue was -■•♦ made public, but it was said unofficially that X would be in the neighborhood of $30,000,000. \ call was issued for a special meeting of stock holders on May 5 to authorize the bond issue. E. H. Harrirnan. president of the Union Pa riSc said after the meeting that he wished it 2istinctly understood that these bonds were aot in the nature of .the high interest bearing rollatera! trust notes which have been issued -- largely by railroads of late, but were out ii.d out first mortgage obligations. He added lhat this was the first step in the direction of s:ia.ncing on a low (cheap) basis "by the rail t ads. At th» special meeting on May & the stock holders will also be asked to ratify the taking m-fcr by the Union Pacific of the physical prop ■- •■ •• of the Ltavenworth. Kansas & Western Railway Company, and of the Topeka & North f.-estern Railroad Company, which are already, through ownership of stcck. a part of the system. JIILLAK EXPLAINS MEETING. In explanation of this meeting Secretary Millar xn&de lie following statement: The purpose is merely to prepare the way for the nwnir**--- if and wi:ca on issue of honda shall be de- mr d advisable. No euch issue r..».- yet been i!ecide<3 upon. The L<cavenworth. Kansas a: \V*?st tro and the .-.-..■... are sub-eoni j>arues of the Union Pacinc. whiirh owns all the ttpck and bonds of both. The former owns 165 tr.ijes of railroad, txtending from Leaven worth to Kan., end the latter thirty-seven and a half miles, from Menoken to Onapa. Kan., both of irtifch have al! aionjr constituted practically part of the Union Paciac ?>'.stem. It if now Intended to \est Uti<? to the physical propertifS in the Union Pacific, cancelling the stock and bonds, m that say new mortgage ot the Union Pacific, when »-reated. may attach as a first lien on these raii r"ads. as well as? on other unmortgaged lines al ready directly owned by the Union Pactflc, which. with th«-se. ■*•:.'. aggregate <-•-• •: twelve hundr^-d miles now •--■ from lien, not ii tins; other un- Tr.ortjraeed lines trolled thn .- ownership of bS their nock mslrtng in all about 1,650 miles. It !^ necessary under the law? of Kansas, by which - v companies were incorporated, that the con solidation nr sale of fh*- physical properties should v■- ratified by the stockholders, although no sub staatisl chance at ownership i? involved. Although some plan far new financing by the t'nion PaciSc has long been expected, the an nouncement took Well Street by surprise and had a pronounced effect on the stock market While the directors were in session it was re ported that there would be an announcement of the proposed segregation plan for disposing of (be Union Pacific's Ftock holdings In other roads. r»n this rumor Union Pacific common stock sold Up to 12? t j, the highest point attained on the present movement, and the whole market rose. When the bond issue was announced there wa~ & drop in Union Pacific to :.': .' ♦ and the rest of the market declined sharply. There was some rally before the close. WAUL STREET PUZZLED. What puzzled Wall Street most was to figure »w what purpose the bonds were to be used •» hen and if issued. It is known, of course, that *he Union Pacific hat put a large part of its liquid surplus assets into the stocks and bonds «>f ether roads in recent years. These have of jr.-- depreciated heai'ily hi the last two years. End in pome cases the dividend return has been tot down. At the same time the Union Pacific ha.-~ been largely engaged in construction and de •veiopmenT work which has taken large sums of ready cash. The _• •.;._-. done by the Union Pacific va.~ in May. 1907. when the directors called rpon the stockholders to ratify an issue of 3100,000.000 common stock and 575,000.000 4 per cent convertible bonds, to be issued at SO and ,---. into common stock at 175. At the tame time the Southern Pacific issued in the nrighberhood of 536.000,000 additional preferred stock. At this time the Union Pacific had a floating debt of nearly 575.000.000. and it was supposed that a large part of the proeee of the bond is^ue wtraM go to liquidate this to c^btednes^ At the lime «i the issue Mr. Harri ri n said that the frequent breaking of steel rci!s on •-.. system's lines was one of the rea *uns for the need of additional capital. Mr. Harrinian also said at that time that the Union Pacific had US2B miles of completed road unrnortgas^d against which it was expected to Jvc-jp and hold in its treasury 570.000/'OO to tt«, OOfi.ooo of Brat mortgage bonds Wall Street yesterday whether the present new l?=sut was the one to which Mr Hariman re- J-rrt-d &t the time DC the above statement. In 1305 the Union Pacific etoo.kholders au thorized an issue of J100.000.0C0 additional pre ferred Ftock. and according to the last annual import all of this- stock stil! remains unissued in the company's treasury- At the meeting yester «2ay co action was taker, on the segregation j'-^r. . DECLINE TO SUE COLLEAGUES. The directors, however, adopted resolutions <2eclir.:=g to bring saitfl against Mr. Efarilinaa. ?aan«s Stilirnaa and Henry H. Rogers, as re- Cuesxed by certain Connecticut stockholders,' on the ground that these three directors had prof ited £t the expense of the Union Pacific by sell i'.is to It nock of the Illinois Central Railroad Corapaay, of the Railroad Securities Company £ac cf the St. Joseph & Grand Island Railroad Company.. The. following statement was issued in explanation of the action of the board: There «ras laid before rr.e basrd ■ communica tloo cla'ed Marcii S l?') s . .•--'. to the warn by L A Starrs and Henry B Buck, of Hart lord. <~or.s - W. A. Arnold, at Willimar.tic, Conn. And A C liat^s. of Ea«t G -anbs . Conn . cemand- I=* that artlons at law or in equity be con r=«-a-.^ ablest Messrs. E H. Harnrran H . H. Rogers an* James Stillman. respectively. «no ■re cirectorF of th'.s company, on account or bosk Liability to thl* company claimed in said oaiirrjr.lcaTlon to have arisen in connection with JJ» pvrc*a>-e by this wmpanr O« *]"^ °^ J- !<:! <: Illinois O-Etr-I Railroad Company, the ««»»Jr^s fecantte* Company and the St. Joseph i <-rand -"lar.4 Kaiirosjri Company, and upon dv* 1 confcld *-f. • of *a:d communication and demand it *»* upon motion, duly made and b^conJed. unani- R*so!v*d. -First, that the above mentioned *>- tiiit actions at law or suits In equity be t— mm* ,-j on behalf of this company for or on »c-".m. -at matter- aii< »f'l in \h~ above raen tltnrd communication be and eueh d-mana in oweby r*fu*«-d. because '. *-t Th* Interest of Kir.-, -or, H.,rr.i.-.;,r Koe «■* ma Stlllnun. re«p-otlve!y. in the clock of *-c Illinois <Vntr*l Railroad Company, purchased V» thi* company, and ot l»Jre<tor [farrtmaa '■■■] ' -~ stork of the Kb road Securities Company and Sl Jojwph dc Grand Island BaflroacS Company *ac Jelly disclosed to the boai I of directors ol •**■ ni'iunr before any such puretuuefl wwre **P<"Oii!.>d or mad", and «tich purchaxw w^re <2e c"'ofJc"'ofJ U ■■.•■-.■ out::om^ by tr»e •tt«r members of B*td board «-i:a kn^Wse ( .f ««* interest, and the <sa.id directors >"> "'"•*''; *>-'fi <iid not riir'.lcipat" ia the consideration of *«• did not rote upon the question of »uch pur «***■ and wen excused from M do.::p Hi Before ucv such purci^a«« were marte me tJiwS toTtffwSSe* «nd advisability M BSk .--„•• of what the prices and SS Bbaaid be wen referred to .-p^cial com " - of ti.t- board of directors. c<->n*!--UnR ot pwe d^latereo.ed members, to OB«fcUy «ai»='? tatc eu^ n «j U «"=tloii6. and the members of -sj.a *««ialFf« V*r* iuhv informed in *«H'«'«--* n 'f \S* CiTeclor^hi Srir v Intent cas «1 ;^ com- »iij. ruil knowl-ORC ot the ia<-_. re- KMfcaafl •■ ios^-b Pw> To-day, fair and colder. To-morrow, fair: noulhwnii winds. MEXICO CITY SHAKES. Two Severe Earthquake Shocks — No Great Damage Reported. Mexico City. March IV,.— Mexico City experi enced two severe earthquake shocks to-day. The first Fhock occurred at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon, lasting four minutes and twenty eight seconds. No lives were lost and the prop erty damage was insignificant. Numerous walls were cracked. The shock was similar to that felt in this city about a year ago. the os cillations being of a long, swaying variety. At the national observatory it was stated that the needle of the seismograph travelled the entire distance of the dial. That no property loss re sulted is due. according; to the scientists, to the fact that Mexico City rests on the spongy bed of an old lake. A second and much more severe shock oc curred at 9:17 o'clock f-ni^ht Walls were enefced and clocks al! over the city were ■InWirnl The theatre crowds rushed to the streets The people are considerably alarmed over the repeated shocks. No great damage has yet been reported, though a number of walls have fallen. For a short time telegraph com munication was interrupted. EVANS ON ARMOR BELT. An Academic Discussion with Argu ments on Each Side. Washington. March 26 —Secretary Metcalf to day made public the views of Admiral Evans re garding the location of the armor belt on battle ships, which he has just received In a long re port from the admiral on this and other subjects c<-''.:n<-cted with the voyage of the Atlantic fleet to the Pacific Coast. The admiral says on this point: Judging from the figures contained in the sev eral replies from commanding officers which re late to this subject, it would appear that better protection might have been afforded had those belts been originally placed between six inches and one foot higher; this on the theory that the commanding officer would admit sufficient water before an action to sink the belt to within about eighteen inches above the waterline. But even This is open to question, for it has been noted that even when heavy laden and in th* smooth to moderate seas -which have thus far character ized this cruise the ships frequently expose their entire belt and the bottom plating beneath. It must be remembered that even a five or a six inch shell (of which there would be a great number* could inflict a severe and dangerous injury if it struck below the belt, while other wise "the waterline, even with the belt entirely submerged, is on account of the casemate armor and coal, Immune to all except the heaviest pro jectiles The fact is that under the sea condi tions in which battles may be fought a belt of eight feet in width, if considered alone, is too narrow to afford the desired protection wher ever it may be placed, and the question becomes an academic discussion, with certain arguments en each side It is understood that on the lat est ships this question is of little import, as the citadel armor is only one inch less in thickness than that on th* waterline, and for those ships already built it is believed that when the bridges are removed and all weights which will be land ed should war break out are taken into con sideration the ship will rise to the six to twelve inches which is believed to be the maximum that it could be desired to raise them. The report of Admiral Evans is made in oc cordance with instructions given him by Sec retary Metcalf before he sailed from Hampton Roads. The Secretary said it had no reference whatever to th«? criticisms of. naval construction which have appeared since the sailing of the fleet. RATE FIGHTS BEGIN. Railroad Heads Resolve to Attack Illinois and Missouri Lass. Chicago, March 26. — Presidents and general counsel of railroads in Illinois and Missouri conferred here to-day and decided to attack the 2-cent fare laws in those states and also the freight rate law in Missouri. The petitions probably will be filed in the state courts and will ask that the laws be declared unconstitu tional because of alleged excessive penalties. It is the presumption of the railroad men that the enactment* in both states come within the decision of the Supreme Court in the Min nesota and North Carolina rate cased. It Is asserted that the state courts will, therefore, have no recourse save to follow the decision of the Sunrenr^ Court and declare that law Invalid. It Is said Bhnila.' action will be taken by rail roads in other states. SLEPT WITH THE HANDCUFFS ON. Victim of Mock Trial at Carnegie '-Tech"' Finally Had Irons Filed Off. [By TelTraph to The Triton* 1 Ptttstrarg. March 25.— Students of the Car negie Technical School held a mock triaJ last night at which John Watson, of the engineering department, was charged with theft He was brought in with a pair of old handcuffs on his wrists. The Jury disagreed, and Wasson was discharged, but when the mock sheriff went to take off bis handcuffs they could not be un locked. A score of old keys were tried, and then ■/MM was finally put to bed with them still or. his wrists. This nomine he visited the Oakland police elation, but no one there could remove them. He was almost frantic, when a machinist was finally summoned and filed the handcuffs off. WOMAN BRAVES FIRE TO SAVE FTVE Passing Blazing House. She Sends in Alarm, Then Rescues Children in Peril. Mrs LiUie Raymond, of Bo 1116 45th street. Brooklyn, made two trips into a burning house at No IHS «th street yesterday and rescued five chil dren." Mrs. Raymond was passing the house when her daughter. &z*<i seven, noticed flames in one of the windows. Mrs. Raymond sent in an alarm and then rushed back to rescue Harry Locke, seven years old. and Annie Locke, two years old. and an Infant children of Mrs Joseph Locke, and later the two children of Mar Z-Ml-r. Daniel and Ed ward four and two years old. When she returned to the street the last time the stairs were ablaze and her clothing caught fire. Mrs. Raymond pro tected the. children from the flames, and was burned on the hands. The house was almost en tirely destroyed. AN ANDREW JACKSON LETTER I By TVlnyruph to Tb« Tribune. | Rutland VI . Mar* 26.-An autograph letter IV General Andrew Jackson, written on D.c.-mber M. Ml has *»en discovered by Frederick S. I'latt. r'-rk of the federal ""trrs here, while moving the ...... his office in liurllnston to this city. UmmM ii 'to "Willie" lilount. then Governor ,- ... an.l was the property of Bradley B. Smaller a former federal clerk, who received it asaattt from John G. Saxe. the poet, who obtained U from a relative in Tennessee. The letter Is dated ••Four Miles Below New Orleans" and describe** the Ightlng preliminary to the battle of New Orleans, when General Jackson defeated Wellington* vet *-ans * postscript tells of taking some sixty pris on-rV including Major Mitchell, who helped, to liLirn lie . rj of Washington. PHILADELPHIA EVERY HOUR ON THE ..„% in •• hours. Be« jersey Central Schedule. Das* , J lrlt u. Klwajn aajd A 4«. NEW-YORK. FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1908— TWELVE PAGES.—^STTrV-VTi , REOPEXIXG OF KNICKERBOCKER TRUST. Rr'umlas business at the Knickerbocker m a;n office, after a suspension of fiv months. KNICKERBOCKER OPEXS. DEPOSITS TWO MILLIONS. Exceed Withdraw** bg Half Mill ion on First Day. The long looked for reopening of the Knicker bocker Trust Company took place promptly at noon yesterday, according to schedule. From the moment the doors opened until the close of busi ness the deposits exceeded the withdrawals, and at the end of the day the officers were able to announce that the former exceeded the latter by half a million dollars. The total of deposits was $2,000,088 and the withdrawals |1.000.00> Of this last amount only SoOO.OoO was withdrawn personally by depositors. The remainder was taken out by banks on checks dra^\n against the Knickerbocker by their clients. The trust company also paid off its indebted ness to the National Bank of Commerce, through whirh it formerly cleared. Under its new management the institution will pay over Its counters and have no Clearing H^use con nection. There were only about twenty persons in line before the paying teller's window at the main office of the company, at 34th street and Fifth avenue, when Clark Williams, State Superin tendent of Banks, walked to the centre of the rotunda and formally declared the institution open for business. At the same hour the paying tellers in the three other offices of the company, at No. 60 Broadway, 125 th street and Lenox avenue, and 148 th street and Third avenue, threw open their wickets, and the Knicker bocker Trust Company resumed payment, after having suspended for five months and three days. There was no appearance of a run at any of the offices, and the number of persons at th»* receiving tellers* windows was generally greater than the number waiting to withdraw money. Everybody appeared to be in the best of spirits. Many of the old employes had been retained. Flowers were in profusion on every officer's desk. Many friends of the officers and patrons of the company called during the day to offer their congratulations. Charles H. Keep, the president, was at No. 6*5 Broadway, but J. T. Brown, the third vice-president, received all visitors at the main office. Among- the directors present at the opening- of the Fifth avenue office were Herbert L. Satterlee. William A. Tucker, Charles F. Hoffman. Frederick G. Bourne and G. Louis Bolssevain. These con stituted themselves an impromptu reception committee. - Nathan Ranch, a tailor, of Xo. 123 West 10th street, was the first person to present a check at the paying- teller's window in the Fifth ave nue office. It was for $221, and as Rauch waa a non-assenting depositor he could have had the amount in full, but he merely had the check certified and said he would deposit It in his bank. The first man to make a deposit was Nathan Harris, editor of a trade paper, who deposited $120. Mr. Harris said that he was not one of the assenting depositor?, but wanted to show his confidence In the company. Among the new deposits received by the trust company during the day were several from large corporations. Including one of ?."i<¥).OlO from th» Pennsylvania Railroad Company and another of ?200,000 from the General Electric Company. Many of the deposits were received by mail. One of the largest from out of town was remitted by the City Trust Company, of Boston, representing New England depositors. It was for $200,000. The largest withdrawal for any one account was for $25,000. President Keep called the newspaper men into his office at the close of the day and expressed his pleasure at the auspicious opening of the com pany. "The day passed off most successfully," he paid. "We had no trouble whatever, and it is gratifying to be able to state that we took in considerably more than we paid out." Herbert L. Satterlee, who as counsel for the depositors' committee was instrumental in for mulating the plan of resumption, 6aid that he was greatly pleased with the success that had attended the reopening of the company. At the time the Knickerbocker closed its doors after a run of a few hours, during which $7, 000,000 in cash was withdrawn. it was the sec ond largest trust company in the country with respect to deposits, and this is said to be the first time that an institution of its size has suc ceeded in reopening its doors by obtaining the consents of a majority of its depositors to leave their accounts practically untouched for a stated period. While the opening occasioned a good deal of favorable comment in financial circles, it had been fully discounted no far as its influence on the market was concerned, and the actual re sumption yesterday had practically "no effect on prices. It was announced yesterday that B. L. Allen, who was third vlco-prcsidcnt before the re organization, had been elected second vice-pres ident, and that Joseph T. Brown, formerly sec ond vice-president, had been made third vice president. H. A. Dunn was elected secretary and treasurer in place of F. G. King. There are Btill two places on the board of directors to be filled by the voting trustees. m JUDGE BLACKSTONE REMOVED. Richmond, Va., March 2S.— Th« General Assem bly removed this afternoon Judge J. W. G. Black ■tone, of the nth Circuit foe Immoral conduct and m.'gi'-ct of official duties. GREAT 3EAR SPRING WATE.K. "lv purity ,m. nude it fajnnaj — t FEAES FOR BILL'S FATE. HEPBURN HITS CAXXOX. Displeased by Reference of Amend ment to Sherman LdjV. [From The Tribune Bureau.] Washington, March Hep burn, of lowa, chairman of the House Com mittee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, ia not very sanguine over the chances of the bill amending the Sherman anti-trust law, which was introduced early in the week.. In fact he is outspokenly pessimistic, and when inter viewed on the subject does not hesitate to say unpleasant things about the sending of the bill to the Judiciary Committee to which the bill was referred by order of the Speaker. It was supposed by the President and by Mr. Hepburn that the Speaker would refer the bill to the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Com mittee, and Mr. Hepburn marked this reference on the bill— as is often done by sponsors — when he introduced it. The fact that this reference was crossed off and that the bill was sent by the Speaker to the Judiciary- Committee, by whose chairman it was committed to a sob-committee, whose chairman is Representative Littleh'e'.d, of Maine. L c d to a report that this course indi cated unfriendliness on the part of the Speaiasr toward the bill. And the further fact that organized labor and Representative Littlefleld are at enmity caused this report to be taken seriously In certain quarters. It is. however, said to be a fact that on the day after it was introduced Speaker Cannon told Mr. Hepburn he favored the consideration of the bill in good faith. Mr. Hepburn had a talk with the President to-day about the reference and prospects. When he left the President's office he was asked when he expected the bill to be reported. "I'll give it up." he replied. "As there has never yet been a question upon which more than three members of the Judiciary Commit tee would agree that question is prerty hard to answer. If It should happen that the bill is referred to a subcommittee composed of no more thar. five members, and as many as three of them can reach an agreement on the motion to report it to the House, the bill may possibly be reported some time." When Colonel Hepburn was asked why the bill was directed to the Judiciary instead of to the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Com mittee he at first shook his head. Then he said: "Possibly because the original Sherman law bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee. But you should remember that all that hap pened a long time ago. before the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee was as im portant as it is now, and before the Judiciary Committee had fallen into decay." Speaker Cannon did not decide to send the bill to the Judiciary Committee until after a conference with Asher C. Hinds, the parlia mentarian ef the House, who is the clerk at the Speaker's desk. Mr. Hinds said: "The referring of the fed eration bill to the Judiciary Committee was not an arbitrary act on the part of the Speaker, but was dictated by a direct line of precedents. To have referred it to the Com merce Committee would have been to depart from the long established practice of the House. In the eighteen years since the consideration of the Sherman bill the jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee over this subject has not been seriously questioned. But the House itself may change the reference by majority vote from the Judiciary Committee, to any other committee that it may select." WHAT DEMOCRATS WANT Washington. March 26.— Representative John Sharp Williams, of Mississippi, as leader of the minority in the Hous* of Representatives, to-night Issued to the press a written statement defining precisely the attitude of the Democratic party in th» House toward legislation urged by President Roosevelt in hi? message to Congress at the pres ent session. Mr. Williams says in part: Some things In the President's recent message are so immediately important to the interests of the entire country as to pass the bounds of par tisanship and to make It excusable, if not neces- Biryfor me to say something concerning them with the view of assuring the President himself ana reasonably Inclined Republican members of th«» House and the country of the- purport and indorsement or the opposition of the Democratic minority In so far as the things urged by the President are good things I would like the coun try to know that all I- has to do is to deliver twenty or twenty-five Republican House votes In favor of them These, conjoined with the solid Democratic votes, will put them through. Mr Williams notes the following measures as ones which "will command virtually the solid Democratic vote within constitutional limits": To compel publication of campaign contributions; prohibition of child labor In the District of Colum bia and the territories; on employers' liability bill, drawn to conform to the recent decisions of the Supreme Court; Naurs, liability to government era ployes; a law to prohibit the Issuance of injunc tions without notice to the party enjoined; removal of the tarn? on wood pulp and printing paper; Im position of a federal charge for every water power right granted on a navigable stream. Those principle? and measures urged by the President with which Mr. \Villlam3. as minority leader, takes Issue are enumerated as follows: The penalizing of the boycott; the right of the Attorney General to nominate receiver! when a common carrier is thrown into the hands ot a re ceiver; the modification of the Sherman untl-trust la* so as to permit within limitation the mainten ance of trusts and the making of trade agreements between combinations of capital, and the appoint nunt of a commission to prepare uuta for a revision ■a* th« tary LOSS MAY BE A MILLION. Employes Confessed After Three Days in Bank's Basement. lEy T<l»smh to The Trlboc».] Plttsburgr. March 2ft — In spite of statements of the officials of the Farmers' National Ml to the effect that the peculations of Henry Re! ber. the defaulting pay;:'..; teller, and John Young, the defaulting auditor, will not amount to more than $300,000. there are many rumors to-day to the effect that the sum will reach $SOO,OOO and probably 51.000.000. All of the money that was taken, it hi alleged, was sunk by the two men in a wildcat lead mininsr scheme. To-day the stock is said to be practically worth less. It was reported to-day that before their ar rest Reiber and Yountr were easdhwd in the basement of the bank for three day? and nights and a fan confession obtained frosn IK ROBBER LOSES HIS HEAD. Comrades Flee from Bank Af frighted — Premature Explosion. [By T'l'crapi to The ""-■ ■:'' I Gentry, Ark., March 26. — Bank robcers mad'; four futile attempts to blow open the safe of the Farmers' Bank at Springtown, near here, at 1 o'clock this mnrnine The last charge was set off prematurely and blew off the head of one of the robbers and so frightened the others that they fled.. The dead man had his weapons, a small sum of money and a map of Arkansas in his pockets, showing 1 Gentry, Qualllglvwa and Sulphur Sprints marked with crosses. The bank at the last named place was robbed last month and th Gentry poptoffice two waeiu ago. At the former place $1,300 was stolen sad at the latter $300. • B T- !«wn.ph to The Triburie ] Chanute, Kan, March 26. — A daring but un successful attempt was made to rob the Ptate Bank, in the little town of Ear.ton. south of here, about 1 o'clock this morning Twa fhargiis of nitro-glycerine shots were P.red. wreddas] th building The second explosion blow the door of the safe through the front of a buiMing across the street and the robbers fled STRIKE IX FIVE STATES. Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma. Arkan sas and Texas Coal Miner* to Go Out [Br Telegraph M The Tribune. ] Kansas City, Mo. March 26. — A general strike of all the coal miners of Missouri. Kansas. Okla homa. Arkansas and Texas will begin Wednes day of next week. It is estimated that from twenty-five to thirty-five thousand men will go out. The strike was ordered this afternoon by Alexander Howat. niisliissil of the Kansas dis trict: George r'olvith. for the Missouri district. and John Mar-:?, president of Arkansas, Okla homa and that part of Tessa which remains or ganized in union mines The order followed immediately on the serv ing of a letter by the Southwestern Coal Opera tors' Association on the sevesal miners' nyesi dents. The contract between the operators ar.d* the unions will expire next Tuesday. The strike has been called because of differences in a new schedule TOMBS INMATE ESCAPES. Spanish Prisoner Thought to Have Walked Out irith Visitors. Adair Salvara. who was a prison Tombs on a charge of burglary. m^d» - cape on Wednesday and is prill free, ir was an nounced last night. It la Fuppo?ed that he m?n g-!ed with a crowd of visitors leaving the prison during exercise hour, between 2 and 3 o'clock in the afternoon Salvara, who is also known as Thomas O'Brien, was born in this country of Spanish parents. He was committed to the Tombs on March 23 by Magistrate Cornell, in the York ville court, in default of $2,000 bail. Be was accused of burglary by Charles Sharr, of Xo. 230 East 4th street. He was plated in ceil No 713. on ' tier. John McDonald, the keeper in chars, that section, and Walter Dull, on suard at the entrance to the prison, have been najsneaded k9 riiinmlsslnnrr Coggey. Tba Cauiinliilnrii " late last night that there wosdd be a mo-- i | investigation of the man's escape. Salvara and lbs other laluuiwi !■ *^-° ~ wear civilian clothes, and it ■ supposed that h-i waited until the keepers were looking in another direction and mingled with the vMtora I out. His absence was discovered whea the BH B were checked after being return*.! to the r and the Detective Bureau . - ing for him. No official report«of the escape was mad- to ths Department of Correction until yesterdai Commissioner Coggey took immediate ad Eight months ago a "trusty" scaled the prtooa wall with the aid of a rope and is still a: TO BUILD PHILADELPHIA OPERA BOTH Oscar Hammerstein Announces Plans to Audience in Pennsylvania City. Philadelphia, March 25.— The Manhattan Grand Opera Company from New York. BBdar the direc tion cf Oscar Hamm?rstein, gave a production of "Louise" In this city to-ntght. with Mary Garden as the "star." At the end of the third act Mr. Hammerstein. in response to loud caT! 3 for a speech, made the announcement that he was h pleased with the financial and artistic results that he has determined to erect an Basra house hare that will equal in the *ize and magalflcenc- of its appointments any similar structure in On world. He made the further announcement that plans for the op"ra house were submitted on Tuesday to the city authorities: that ground will be broken next Monday, and that the new house will open on November 15 of this year. Mr. Hammersteln's speech was greeted with vociferous applause. >CRS SAGE GIV£S A HOME BACK Listens to Plea of little Girls After She Has Bought It. Mr Russell Sage does not receive all the 'OtlSlJ H»nt to her, but the appeal af two little girls of Sag Harbor for their home reached her. and was i speedily granted. Agents of Mrs. Sage have bass buying- up prop erty around her ancestral home at Sag Harbor, \ and several purchases were mad> at fancy figure*. The home of William Moylan, an employe of the Fahj-s watch case factory, was amoritt the pur chases. The Moylan family loved their home, but th<- price offered for It was too a'ir.»,-tiv to re | fuse. ; \Vh*-n the two girls realized that their home was ! Fold they wrote to Mrs. Sage and asked her If she I would not sell it to their father, a:-, i they would ask him to remove it Is another site. Mrs. Sago would not sell the home, but decided to fflve it out » right to the girl» PRICE THREE CENTS. PASS RACETRACK BILLS BIG VOTES IN ASSEMBLY. i . Only Nine Members Oppose Amending the Percy-Gray Lav. I[Dy Telesrapb to The sssa 1 Albany, March '2f\. — The Assembly passed to day the two anti-racetrack gambling bills by , a large majority. On the amendment to the Percy-Gray law striking out the dtiilinbsal ilng clause favoring racetrack gambling ths ! vote was 128 to '.«. On the amendment to the j Fenal Code providing punishment of one year** imprisonment for professional gambling, booh ! making m poolselling the vote wa3 I^6 to 7. The following Assembi- • - voted against the first bill: CuvlUler. Donnelly. Fay. Geogne gan. Graufaard. McCtie. Oliver and \ Schutta. l Democrats, and T. R. Staley. Republican. On ! the second vote McCue voted far the MB and Staley switched also. Staley comes from Am sterdam, the home of th» Sanfonis, racing men and horse owners of prominence. Most of the Democrats, while they opposed ! the bills, some openly in debate, others only j In private conversation, lacked ran courage to vote acair.st them. Mr Palmer, minority : leader, declared he wa3 «r!ad to see the Re publicans acknowledging that they were vrrrmg ] In adopting the Percy-Gray law. and was glad to help them right this wrong-. Colonel D. C. Roilnson. of Chfninng. who J tries to take a leading- part In the councils «C the Democrats, made a coarse attack on Gov ernor Hushes. RUSH TO OFFER amendments When the ant!-?ambling Ml were reached there was) a rush of Democrats to oSer amend ments. Mr. Oliver had one to make the Percy- Gray law take effect on December 1. Mr. Cuvt! lier offered his former proposition to make the racin? associations a bookmaki | trust, while Mr Keller wanted to have a fine of $250 penalty for violation of the gambling provision instead of the year imprisonment. Mr. Oliver talked at length about th© unfairness of these measures. which, he said, amounted to confiscation of big property rights. "Marty" MeCas pleaded for the ten or twelve thousand racetrack employes who. he said. hail no other employment. Incidentally, he declared it was foolishness for the racetrack owners to say they made no profit from professional gam bling at the tracks. 'We all know," said he. -that the racetrack owners connive at gambling and eet a profit from it. If you don't cay them you can't make book at the tracks." Mr. Cuvillier talked also. Assemblyman Hart said that the Legislature had no need to take up the moral sld<? o* this question; the constitutional convection did that when it decreed there should be no pro fessional gambling. It decreed that the Legis lature should make appropriate laws to stop gambling. Since the enactment ■' the Percy- Gray law attendance at racetracks had in creased tenfold and gambling about tn propor tion. The oath of office of every legislator was clear: it left him no option save to vote for the bills. In closing the debate Mr. Merr.tt. the majority leader, said the bills would make the statutes conform to the wording and purpose of the constitution. It was lbs duty of th»» House to pass them without amendment. Then he moved the previous question, shutting o" further debate. DEMOCRATS EXPLAIN THEIR VOTES. The Oliver amendment was beaten. 109 to IS. Cuvillier'a came next and got two votes— those of Oliver and Cuvillier. The Keller amendment was voted down. On the final rollcall many- Democrats took occasion to explain their votes. Assemblymen nhintl and Terry spoke and voted for th«» bills. Wh*n the Penal Code amendment was reached Mr. Merr'.rt immediately moved the previous question. The Shaker r-fused to receive an amendment offered by Assemblyman Oliver. The question was put and the till passed without any ad<>. In the Senate the situation seems somewhat better. Friends of the bills say that the Mc- Carren amendment can ■ stricken out surely and the bills advanced to the order of. final pas fac , on Wednesday. It seems highly improbable that they can be passed on Thursday, though. since all the banking bills which ar-» in the Sen ate have ... - made special order 3 for that day. Thus they would be thrown over int.-> the t.-<*?'< of the state convention, and some delay then might be used by their enemies to jockey them. to death. Hushes men say th«*y are safe enough, since their adversaries, at least those- Republicans known to be certain to vote against them, have dwindled to four. Nevertheless the racing people preserve- their confidence and serenity, and the stories that if the bii!3 are killed the first day of racing at the New York tracks will be a day of rejoicing and celebration for many Senators, still persist. The MT!s in the Senate are not yet out cf danger. BOMB NEAR PAT I BANK. Shakes Up Tenement House — Tenants in a Panic. More excitement was added to the already lone and troubled record of the Elizabeth, street colony of Sicilians last nierhi when a bomb win exploded in the hallway of No. 246, adjoining th» banking nous* of Dominic Ponomolo and within a few doors of the banking house of Pasquale Pati. who left town a few days ago. after trouble with the Black Hand When th- bomb was ex ploded th« street was full of Italians. The roar brought Patrolmen Ferguson. O'Brien and E *' The policemen, however, ■ "■• unable to find out who left taw bomb In the hallway. Hundreds of excited Italians thr-T.^--! ■- "-. escapes of the building, and their frightened cries rang out as the patrolmen begged them not to Jump. Ferguson and O'Brien ran up through the bui'din?:. after finding that the bomb had done little damage, and tried to calm the- occu pants of the house. Ferguson on the fifth floor found Hi Pas quale Cassazza hang 4 ntr by her handa to the tire j «scape. having lost her footing. ! "SOUTHERN WOMEN HANDSOMEST.- So Says John D. Rockefeller. Playing Salt at Hot Springs. Va. ( By Telegraph to T!i« Tribune. 1 lint Springs. Va.. March X.— John D. Rockefeller. ■who is vpendbts a month at Hot Springs. &?pear*d on th<- golf links to-day and took a Call out of !•••• eral of the local enthusiasts. Mr. RockcT»rte? is especially pleased with the democratic spirit of Hif Southern people, and says that the Southern women are lbs handsomest in the world. Mr. Rockefeller has Issued a chal!en«:«» to the hotel guests to try their prowess w?th him on ts« llnka. He purposes to play golf a great deal trlule h« is here. ADDITIONAL ATLANTIC CITY TRAINS Leave New York Frtfiiyi* and Saturdays a t J.ZI P M. via Pennsylvania Railroad. Uw er tSronsf trains leave at 9.85 A. M.. I ii ¥ ■ we^kdajr*; ;55 A M. Sundays. See time table^-Advt.