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lnil Begin Proceedings Against
A Art Dealer To-day.
What promises to be the most pensational
rrandal ever unearthed in the field of American
art will be made public property to-day when
William T. Evans, of Montclair. N. J., art con
noisseur and collector and donor of numerous
jointings to public Institutions, will begin pro
ceedings against a well known art dealer of this
city, in connection with three pictures which
Mr. Evans said he purchased from him in 1903.
Two of these pictures were bought as the
wfwk of the late Homer D. Martin and one as
from the brush of the late George Inness. Mr.
Evans gave all three paintings to the National
Gallery of Art. but a few months ago decided
to investigate the history of the three canvases,
•with the result that he has withdrawn them. He
said last night:
"Among the first fifty paintings by American
artists which Canoed a part of my gift to the
National GaMery of Art. and -which, pending
Congressional action for the establishment of a
suitable building, are now on exhibition in th«
Corcoran Gallery at Washington, were two pict
ures bearing the name of the late Homer D. Mar
tin, arid a third picture bearing the name of the
late Georsre lnne«s. They had b*-«>i In my po>
f?rsion for several years and had been repeated
. exhibited in public. All three are intrinsically
beautiful. Th«y had received the praises of tho
most accomplished critics and there- was no rea
f-^n to doubt that they were the genuine work
of th<? artists named.
"Rumors, however, obtained circulation a few
months ago which cai=t such doubt upon the au
ther.tidTy of these three pictures that 1 instituted
an Investigation to loam their history. As a
result of that investigation I Celt it Incumbent
■pan me to recall the three pictures referred to.
Fortunately I had attached to my gift the con
cition that I might withdraw any of the pict
ures •which might not Ftand the teat of time and
rjbnJvjte others In the r places. The three plct
■ur<?B referred to have accordingly been •with
drawn from the National Gallery of Art and are
row fn my possession. I have already purchased
ar.d ?<?rt to v. .• • ■ gum In place of those with
drawn two excellent examples, anQoeetlonaWy
ieauine. of the work of the late Homer D. Mar
tin. stA th*; . stion of the substitution of an
Uthentic example of the work of the late
George Inn's for the picture attributed to him.
Widen has een withdrawn, will have my atten
tion la due season. Several examples of his
work m axnong ray gifts to the nation, which
•Mr *- — ♦ to sixty-nine pictures .'n all and
to,-*rh: r I am adding from time to time.
TKe - -*» pictures -which have been with
tern -were purchased by me in 1203 from an
•rt tiea>r of New York City. The subject is in
the fcards of my counsel, Frank R. Lawrence.
iioraGvlce end action. Any Fteps which I may
uk? ••- : .: rr purely to elicit the truth."
Mr. Evans ■*« reticent bast night In p"ins;
i«to the details of the case, hul he vouchsafed
the information that dozens of private art col
lectors ha<! been "atung." as he termed it. in the
«i=e fashion as himself. Asked whether the
coisplaint in the suit which he will file to-day
Mil mention the name of any artist as the ai
«»«d winter of the pictures which were sold
£s tie work of other artists. Mr. Evans said that
ao artist would be Implicated.
Asked how much be had paid for the three
lafsjnuaa which he bow believes to be forgeries.
Mr Evar.s said he did not care to mention the
'-xact Bum, bat added that it was "several thou
r,c dollars." He also said it was common talk
*ffir>»sg •':.<- studios that the work was that of
'-- certain present day artist, but he refused to
t!-*Til E^ the name. "Everything will come out la
**-c time," said Mr. Evans.
Acting Governor PindalJ Resumes Office,
Refusing the Hand of -Hamiter.
tbUe Kock, Ark., May 14. -Acting Governor
Hardier ban turned ... .■ tii«- ofn><- to Acting Gov
ernor PlsdaU. who has Met readied Ibe city. Gov
*">•-* Pimjaii refused to shake Jian.ib with Ha
■urlij,.- -„ May i(.-An important step In
**|*= ninuwlea rfMcm Urn Vermont Stats Hoard of
/^tltii is conducting against the •')•• of adulter
-u -4 fiwii v,«i4! taken to-day mm trie state board
*'■'•»-i» -i to instruct L»r. 1... /■ Bprai ■ ■•■ Stale In
*l*ctor of Food, to . ise and destroy all art Id*
food wbkJi. en analyse, have D«n found to
,'■'■■• f-mablifhed by the rtvtuies.
Tfc l» »..i p\* L» r . Sprasue the right to enter any
«•-«* aoi £C , 2e fen . £Uvh artiC j es O f fjol :n any
r.*«w.f£r^*£S;~*,H-. NEW-YORK. FRIDAY. MAY 15, 1908. —TWELVE PAGES.— 0 jS^SL...
ror£ IN, HOUSE JIBi TO 145.
Democrats Refuse to Stand by
Williams Measure.
rFrom The Tribune Bureau.]
Washington. May 14. — The Vreeland finanrlel
bill, drafted to create an emergency currency
for use in time of panic, passed the House to
day by a vote of IS4 to 145. It was practically
a party expression, although fourteen Republi
cans joined the Democrats in opposing the bill.
They were Representatives Calderhead. of Kan
sas.; Cooper, of Wisconsin; Darragh, of Michi
gan; Fowler, of New Jersey; Hill, of Connecti
cut; Better, of Ohio; Kustermann, of Wisconsin;
Undberg, of Minnesota; McMorran, of Michi
gan; Morse and Nelson, of Wisconsin; Prince,
of Illinois; Waldo, of Now York, and Weems,
of Ohio. The Democrats voted solidly against
the bill.
The rule under which the bill was passed pro
vided for five hours' debate and one. amendment,
besides discharging the Banking and Currency
Committee from further consideration of the
measure. Representative Prince, of Illinois,
made an Impassioned protest against the rule,
saying that It was an Insult to the committee
and a direct slap at the members of it who op
posed the Vreeland bill. The House agreed to
the rule by a vote of 174 to 146. "
The minority leader, John Sharp Williams,
•was outwitted. For some time he has been as
loud in his praise of the currency bill he in
troduced as he has been bitter in his criticism
of the Vreeland bill. To-day he had an oppor
tunity to offer his bill as a substitute for this
Vreeland bill In order that the Democratic
party might go on record as favoring it, it
having been indorsed by William J. Bryan. Mr.
Williams declined to offer his bill as a Bub
stitute, whereupon Representative Kahn, of
California, a Republican, offered the Williams
measure, much to the discomfiture of the Dem
ocrats. The roll was called and most of the
minority answered "present." evidently being
unwilling to vote for their own measure. When
yir_ "Williams answered "present," he was
greeted by great applause and laughter from
the Republicans. The Williams bill is said to
be a disconnected patchwork of various other
bills Introduced this session.
The. Vreeland bill will be considered by the
Senate immediately, and is expected to go to
conferenoe without delay.
Neve* Told in Wireless Message from
the Manrctania.
Brigadier General Charles A. Whittier, V. S.
A. tretired). died yesterday aboard the steam
ship Mauretania. according to a wireless re
port received by his pon-in-law, Ernest Iselin,
last evening.
General Whittier was a native of Massachu
setts and a relative of John Greenleaf Whittier,
the poet. He was for many years a success
ful merchant of Boston. He served with dis
tinction in the Civil War. General Whittier
was a resident of this city for many years and
was prominent in social life here and at New
port- He sixty-three years old, and was
a member of the Union and Metropolitan clubs
of this city and of the Somerset Club, of Bos
ton His wife, who was a Miss Chadwlck. died
at Watkins. N. Y. He leaves two daughters.
Mrs Ernest leelm, and Princess Belosselsky. of
MoBDOW General Whittier was retired in 1808.
Hi.= home in this city was at No. 247 Fifth
Marshal Greeted by New* When He
Goes for Ex-Banker.
[By Tslegraph to The Tribune.]
Baltimore. May 14.-When United State*
Marshal Langhamrner, armed with an order for
John Gelger. former cashier of the Canton Na
tional Bank, recently convicted of embezzling
Ha funds and sentenced to five years in Jail,
went to the Gelger home to-night he waa met
i»v Gefcer** son John at the door, who said his
father was dead. The son said the body *"'
nUbe Parlor, the doors of which were locked.
After the arrival of the family physician the
marshal was admitted to the room. The phy
sician said death had resulted from hemorrhage.
UHur pending an appeal, had boon out on
ma AM ball As soon as the Court of Appeal*
.Armed the sentence to-day the marshal went
\o til- ho«se with the order, but rang and
....k.-.i «rttli«it any response. On his second
v s to-nisht h« was told Geiger was dead.
After the family Physician arrived at a late
;',,„. , kM , .v marphals **r* admitted and
:■'■•',; . SdVof *ti*m covared l with b i
n, " rh«lcia- -aid death -.-.» due to l,e.u-
(Photos by J. W. Aide)
Wright Brothers Will Ship Machine
to Ohio at Once.
IB}" Talegraph to The Tribune.]
Manteo, N, C-. May IL— Word has been re
ceived here that the aeroplane of the Wright
brothers, of Dayton, Ohio, was smashed this
afternoon in an experimental flight near here,
that the pieces will be shipped to Ohio at once
and that the Wrights will follow.
This is an unexpected ending to a series of
successful trials. Wilbur and Orville Wright
camped on the coast near this pla< c to experi
ment with their airship beyond the ken of the
curious ami scientific They slept in a small
shed near the aeroplane. It is said that they
had rifles handy to frighten intruders away, j
The experiments were witnessed by newspaper
men from a distance, and the flights were
measured with fair accuracy. Strong fWd
glasses were employed.
Yesterday flights were, made varying from
threo to four miles, the airship alighting in
each instance near the starting point. Thjs
morning the first flight was four miles, and the
landing was easy and within one-half mile of
the start. At 1 o'clock the longest flight of all
was witnessed. It was between seven and, eight
miles in length, but the aeronauts did not alight
near the start, the machine coming down t*ro
miles from the camp. It seemed to be working
easier than yesterday and the flights were mor*
rapid. This flight, it was said, made a twenty
five mile flight practicable.
The seven to eight mile journey was made In
peven minutes and forty seconds. OrviUe Wright
was the navigator and Bteered a northerly
course along the shore of the ocean for on« mil",
then to the westward, the machine gliding high
over the. small sand hills. Then it circled
around another hill, 100 feet high, and made, for
the starting point, and then back over the same
course When half way over the second lap
the machine was seen to wabble, and was safely
It was late In the afternoon when the second
experiment was made. It Is said that Wilbur
Wright pulled the landing lever by mistake
while the machine was In full flight. Whether
or not this is so, the aeroplane darted earth
ward, landing with a crash. Wilbur Wright is
t-aid to have sustained several scratches on the
face. The machine was a wreck, and was
hauled to the storehouse where the work of
packing was at once begun.
Dr. Lamlonc Will Follow with Chil
dren Burbank Plant Method.
I r.y IVlrgrai>h to The Tribune. 1
Los Angeles, May 14.— Dr. Leone Landone has
acquired for $100,000 the Hoegee estate in Holly
wood, where he plans to establish a laboratory
to do for human life what Luther Burbank has
tlon»- for plants. Dr. Landone, who has studied
sociology, all over the world, .says his methods
are parallel to those of Burbank. He intends
to start In with twelve children, whom hv will se
lect from all over America. Be will try to de
velop th« brain <•' "* •""' hopes tri achieve re
construction of structure
• t ny 1>l«-S"rh to TIM Tribune. ]
Fort Worth. T..v . May 14.-.John W. Sates will
B o to th« National" Republican Convention In Chi
cago h.« a a>le*mte-al Inns* from Texas if th*> plans
of Orll Lyons, chairman of the state executive
committee, carry- Lyons was in Fort Worth to
•lay arranging to tin state convention here to
morrow, and announced Gate* es a candidate. .
Minnesota Refuses to Indorse Him
Even as Second Choice.
Bt. Paul. May 14.— The Democrats of Minne
sota to-day formally indorsed Governor John A.
Johnson for President, and at the same time, by
a vote of 772 to 166, refused to declare in favor
of William Jennings Bryan as second choice.
The follower? of Mr. Bryan did not carry out
the threat which they have so often made in
the last ten days — that they would bolt and hold
a rump convention if their contests were de
feated before the committee on credntials, or
if they were not able to secure a partial Indorse
ment of their leader. They made a sturdy fight
for their man. and when they had been over
whelmingly defeated, remained quietly in their
seats and made no motion to leave the conven
Several days ago they had leased a hall two
blocks from the auditorium in which the con
vention was held to-day in which to indorse
Bryan and name a contesting delegation to
Denver. The hall was ready for them to-day
but none went near it.
The Johnson men were generous in their vic
tory and declared in their platform that while
they entertained "an affection for, and con
fidence in, the integrity and ability of William
J. Bryan," they believed that Johnson was a
man better calculated to bring success to the
Democratic party and was first entitled to tha
support of Minnesota.
The Bryan men did not make as great a
fight before, tie committee on credentials a3
they had declared they were prepared to do.
They reserved their strength for a fight on the
floor of the. convention in favor of .having
Bryan declared the sole heir to the votes of
Minnesota should any political disaster over
take Johnson in the Denver convention. Two
of the nineteen members of the resolutions com
mittee presented a platform plank to this ef
fect, which they asked to be made "an addi
tion" to the platform. They did not move that
it be substituted for the majority report, but
Chairman Works declared that he would con
sider the minority report as an amendment,
and the defeat of the Bryan faction came about
en the motion to substitute the minority report
for that of the majority.
The convention was a flattering tribute to
Governor Johnson. The enthusiasm for him
■was unbounded and sincere, every mention of
his name was followed by wild yells of delight
and the final adoption of the platform formally
indorsing him and instructing Minnesota to
fight for him at Denver was followed ty an en
thusiastic demonstration.
The tariff plank in the platform adopted is as
We declare that the high protective tariff now
maintained by the Republican party has made
possible unlawful trusts and combinations, has
destroyed the equilibrium which should exist
between the producing classes, and is still the
chief rampart behind which predatory wealth
Is intrenched.*
We hold that while this condition remains un
changed the best efforts of prosecuting officers,
courts and Juries will be ineffectual to afford
permanent relief from trust domination.
We. therefore, insist that the tariff be at once
revised to m^et these conditions, and that the
revision be by the friends of the people rather
than by the friends of the tariff.
The following delegates-nt -large T\er* chosen:
W. B. Hammond, St. James; Frank A. Day.
Fairmont; F. O. Winston, Minneapolis, Swan
Turnblad, Minneapolis; Dsnkl W. Lav lor. St.
Paul; T. D. O'Brien, St. Paul; Martin O'Brien,
Crookston; A. C. Weiss, Duluth.
Hold Up Guard and Get Miners'
Pay in New Mexico.
El Paso, Tex.. May Three bandits broke
into the railroad station at French, a little sta
tion eighty miles from East Las Vegas. EC M..
on the Santa Fe Railroad, this afternoon, bound
and gagged the station agent and special guard,
blew open the safe, took $35,000 and rode
A tramp wandered into the station, half an
hour later, released the almost unconscious
men and gave the alarm. The news of the
robbery was wired to every town in the. neigh
! borhood, and a special train bearing thirty
deputies and fifty horses left East Las Vegas
in half an hour. Bloodhounds were also brought
from the territorial penitentiary at Santa. Fe.
The stolen money was sent from Albuquerque
this morning to pay miners at Dawson. N. M.,
on a. branch line. The guard who accompanied
the money placed it in the safe at French and
locked the doors of "the station. The robbers
broke a window and covered the guard with a
rifle, while one of the bandits broke the door
and entered.
The. Dawson Fu«*t Company has officer here,
but its headquarters are In New York, it being
on* of the holdings of the Phelps-Dodga Cora
Would-Be Suicide Recovering from
Operation in Hospital.
Jacob Ritz. twenty-two years old, of Xo. 13S0
Pc Kalb avenue, Brooklyn, has passed sucress
fuily through an operation at St. Mary's Hospital
which «wl him four ounces of brain.
On April 3 he tried to commit suirida by
shooting himself through the head with a re
volver. The bullet passed through the frontal
lobes of the brain and fractured the skull on both
sides. A tumor developed in the man's brain
shortly after this, and the doctors had to pass a
tube through a hole in his forehead to drain It.
The man is about well now and has suffered
no bad effects apparently through the loss of
gray matter. He says that he Is glad to be alive
and will not try to take his own Ufa again.
Montgomery 'Says He T Alone Took
Funds of Pittsburg Bank.
IBr Telegraph to Th«» Trlbnae.]
Pittsburg. May 14.— Part of the statement
made yesterday by William Montgomery-, the
defaulting cashier of the Alleghany National
Bank, was made public this afternoon by Clar
ence Burleigh. special counsel for the bank. In
the statement Montgomery takes the entire re
sponsibility for the shortage, and refuses to
implicate others. He says he is guilty and is
ready to suffer for his wrongdoings. Ha still
maintains that all the money he took from
the bank was used In stock speculations. At
torney Burleigh declares that ail reports to th«
effect that Montgomery will be spared because
of his prominence are false and that he will
be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. the
case being entirely in the hands of the govern
ment. ' *
Mayor George W. Guthrie. in the course of
an interview here this afternoon, bitterly de
nounced the use of state funds by persons to
whose care they had been intrusted.
The AHeghany National will weather the
storm, unless the immense deposits of the state
and the city are withdrawn.
. . »
Hitchcock Says Secretary Will Have
586 Pledged Delegates.
[From The Tribune Bureau. ]
Washington. May 14.-At th© Taft headquarters
here this evening Mr. Hitchcock Issued the fol
lowing statement:
State conventions In California. Montana. North
Dakota. Oregon and Washington and five district
conventions In California, two in Oregon, and one
each In North California. Ohio and Texas, elected
fifty-two delegates to-day ami Instructed them
for Taft. The total number of delegates pledged
to Taft is now 574. .*. . , ~
Only one state convention, that of Texas, anil
neveo district conventions remain to be held.
The Texas state convention, which occurs to
morrow, and four of th« district conventions to
bo h<?ld to-morrow and th» following day. will in
struct for Taft. increasing th« total number In
th* Taft column to SSS. or M more than a ma
jority of the Republican National Convention.
•Jt* purity has made it famous." — . j
• — — — —
Gay Scene at Presentation Cere'
monies on the Heights. •
It was an all day a* well a* a night session
that was needed yesterday for the College of
the City of New York to celebrate the opening ,
of the new $tf».0OO.0O«> buildings on. Ft. Nicholas
Terrace, on the very top of Washington
Heights. Th.% beautiful home given by the city
to the college came as a sort of birthday gift,
for yesterday was the sixtieth anniversary of
the founding of the institution. In the celebra
tion there Joined the representatives of elghty
five colleges and -universities, as well as scores
of men famous in other walks of life, and four
thousand alumni, undergraduates and their
friends. :■■■ . .:
From the time the city an.i national flag*
•were unfurled try the boom of cannon In th«
morning until the band concert and Illumina
tion at night the plaza, as the paved "campus,"
or "yard." is called, was sewn with many col
ors. In the morning the brilliant touches were
given, by the many hued scholastic gowns. At
night the gowns were gone, but the flrework3
cam® on. deck, despite the light rain.
Everything was ready for th» great doings
of the day when. Ions: before 9 o'clock In th*
morning, police In dress uniform lined up at all
the entrances to the plaza. Although th« sun.
was overcast by mist. It soon, burned away, and
the whit* and brown of the halls were aglow.
With a light, cool breeze, the day fitted the oc
Already a. foretaste of this was given as In
structors and professors of th» college, in flap
ping garment*. with his puffed «le«v«i«.
banded by ptirpl** or gold or blue velvet and
with silk lined hoods to match, hurried about
among the black robed students. To rive &
military addition to this. th« 7th Regiment
Band in Its gray and gold marched to th« steps
at the head of the plaza and took Its position,
while the Ist Battery, tinder Captain ORymn,
wheeled into place on the athletio field.
Meanwhile* th* notable guests had »-••*•<*
Townsend arris Hall and the polio* had k#r«
clear the approach from that building to thai
plaza, in tho centre of which rose th« big **«
staff. The band struck np The Royal Tin
petes' March." and there was a cranln* oS
necks ar.d a good natured comnvrJon amimaj
th<» thousands of Bpectators perched on th»
•ledges and stone stairs and other vantage potet«
—the centre of th» plaza, by th«» way. Is mud*
below the level of the broad walks about the*
buildings, owing to th« uneven character of thai
ledges on -which the colle?* -was placed.
Then the procession began to file out of. T> r» -.
send Harris Hall, brilliant as a well ataar^dl
opera- Down th» steps alonsr the path. a«aiat
down the stone stairs Into the plara. and around!
that to the climb at the western side to *nothe«
stone flagged grada. This asctndlnr and d—
scendlnj parade added to the picture, and as th»
sunlight shimmered on th« silk and flowed on
the velvets and furs that lined the «laborate
gowns it needed a herald of the Insl^aia of uni
versity and college degrees to read the m?anlne
of the apparel.
There was tho red of the divinity, the ysllow
|of the science, the bin* of philosophy. Then*
i was the red gown with yellow lined hood that
denotes the doctor of laws of the 'University of
London and the bright gray and red of the Ox
ford doctorate, worn by none other than Marie
Twain. And there should not be forgotten ths
j soft velvet crews between a Tarn o" Shatter and
a mortarboard of the University of Edinburgh,
But the. variety was endless and pleasing.
In the first division of the procession marched
the speakers and the trustees of the college.
In this group was Ambassador Bryc© arm in
i arm with Mayor McClellan. both in their aca-
I demic robes. the Ambassador's being plain
black, although as a scholar he represents!
Oxford. Mark Twain, more conspicuous eveix
than in his famous flannel suit, was close t.»
' President Eliot of Harvard.
Secretary Straus, who represented President
Roosevelt and brought hi» message of felicita
tion, was also noticeable In the group by the
simplicity of his black, short-sleeved habit.
Joseph H. Choate. although an LL.D.. M la
citlzeVs clothes. The procession, the List of
which was composed of the 108 members of th»
senior class, numbered fully seven hundred,
an.l when they had taken their places about ttm
sunken Plaza President John H. Finley Intro
duced President McGowan of the Board of \'
| dermen-
President McGowan. in presenting to the col
lie n - city's flag, declared that New Yorkers
owed allegiance to three flajrs— first, th^ na
• tion's, then th» commonwealth* and. ■*-«. ■.
... city's. He then briefly told of the evolution

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