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"^LXVni.- .-N° 22,563.
Commission May Take Action To
day and a Test Is Likely.
Th p travelling public will not be able to ride j
r r s«i i#th street or on the cars of the East ;
aC \.\ .' ps!t gide Belt lines on a transfer received
Cf a car of the Metropolitan system— at least.
017 t vet. The receivers of the Metropolitan and !
the central Park, North & Bant River Railroad
Company sent word yesterday to the Public '■
cpn-ice "commission that they were unable to
orrP'y with the. commission's order to estab- j
lish a through route or a joint rate of fare.
T he Central Park's reply was very short and
to the point. It gave as reason why it could
ot obey the order of the commission. The an- 1
w er of the Metropolitan receivers was a pood !
deal longer. It explains why it cannot comply I
•with the order of the commission, and mci- j
(jfntally pays Its respects to that body, saying <
fr&nkly that the efforts of the commission to
j roprove the property of the Metropolitan have \
been superfluous, and implying indignation at i
th* statements credited to the commission that .
♦j,^ receivers believed themselves not amenable ■
to the state laws. After forecasting the drop- ;
ping of more lines, found too expensive, from
the system, and the consequent cutting off of ,
more transfers, it winds up with the declara
tion of the receivers that it is their duty to '
make and keep the property a paying one. prac
tically an Invitation to the commission to test i
Jts own powers to enforce faint rates and the j
fjebange of transfers.
The rt ply of the Central Park company, which ;
va? received yesterday morning, gave the mem- !
t>ers of the commission an idea of what would
be contained in the letter from the receivers.
That did not reach the offices of the commission
until the afternoon, and then the three members i
of the commission who are now in town—
e c>T.<-. McCarroll. Eustis and Maltbie— with
Georpe S. Coleman and Oliver C. Semple. of i
counsel, and Secretary Travis H. Whitney, went
into executive session. After it was over it
vis intimated that the commission would take 1
tome action at its regular meeting this morn- '
5nR on the failure of the companies to estab- j
lish through routes and joint rates.
The Central Park company's litter follows:
Dear Sirs: Referring' to your order No. 673.' we
v«i »o advise you that we find we cannot establish
• through route or rut in force a joint rate. lours
j RAILR ° AD Jam^ A A N ' M acDonaM. President.
• The Metropolitan receivers *ay:
In the first place we may point oat that in oper
atins the roads under our charge we have, under
th' direction of the court by which we were ap
poiTi'ed conformed 10 all state jaws, ordinances
fTid regulations. Bk««t«tions to the effect that
JiocaiJ«=e we are appointed by a federal court we
considered ourselves not amenaMe to state control
ere wholly unwarranted. We are unwilling to be
liirvp that newspaper statements to that effect ac
credited to members of your board were made with
M« authority, in view of our past attitude toward
the commission as shown by the record of our
correspondence, and the instructions of court re
ferred to therein. , ■'■■ ,
The fact that under the judiciary act of ISSv the
operations of federal receivers are made subject to
the regulation of state statutes does not. however,
preclude us from expressing our views as to th*
wisdom of action proposed to be taken by virtue
of such statutes. Nor does It deprive us of the
-risfbt as custodians of the property committed to
'our charge of contesting by such proceedings as w«
may be advise.l. any acts of state officials that
rp^rn to us injuriously to affect the rights of those
interested as creditors or otherwise in the prop
Referring now to your order, we may remark
that the proposed zone method of transfer, which
appears fair on the surface, is not practicable •::.
d«=r present conditions in this city. The members
of your board know, as well as does every Intelll
p«-n't man who rides on s he streetcars in New York
City, that It is not possible to segregate the people
with .".Sth street transfers who may board a north
bound car on [tor instance) Eichth avenue at a
rush hour. Without segregation it is physically
imi>os«i.l«- for a conductor to identify, out of a
car fOB. of people iusistins on transportation .beyond
INtii Ftr«»<-t. the particular Individuals who should
j«v an v . tare for the privilege. Each effort to
enforce the right to the extra fare, which your
siiscst^ii regulation contemplHtes. would result in
Jitr-sioal »-«-ir>trov.er^es and suits for damapts. The
-.•-.lift would always be acainst the road, which
.•o::id rely only on a ronductor's recollection of Hie
personal "appearance of individual pass^nKers. Bisi
tfcir is a matter of detail; the fundamental objec
tion I* found in existing financial conditions.
We have recently (lied a statement showing the
£n<in<-ial o:»e*atiOGa for about ten months of re
r»iver«hip of New York City Ran way: a copy Is
in«-los.>d. ' It appears that the total income of the
■\arious roads composite the system fell snort of
the necessary expenditures to an amount exceeding
Jl ,v,,-. ,,.,-, Among these expenditures is not in
<"!ttdeo the very large sum expended on construc
tion account which has been provided from th«»
!«?■)<• of receivers' certificates. Nor do these ex
jy?nditur»s represent anything paid to stockholders
nr bondholders of th" Metropolitan Street Railway
Company, with the tingle exception of mi item of
interest" paid during th« first week before we had
ascertained the extent of the financial disaster
" ■Met; precipitated the receivership.
Examination of this statement will show that the
or.'- items in it representing payments (not already
■(faulted), to Investors, i. c.. bondholders and
stockholders of all roads, including all underlying
**cnritjes. are set down as "rent of leased lines"
and "interest on funded deb'«," njreregatinsr $1,235.
£l6*l. If these. item were wholly thrown out.
"" 1 eliminating all question of capitalization or
overcapitalization, the "net income would be ($2,235.
81041 less J1.047.fr52 3Sj JJ.if«.l2*>o3. The state and
<dtv authorities assess thi<= property for purposes
of "taxation at about t92.0-O.fOo. Therefore the net
Income on the state's and city's valuation of the.
actual property to-day Is but little in excess of 1
per cent. . .
While it is true that the expenditures made by
the receivers for repairs and rehabilitation have
materially increased the cost of operation for tlie
period of receivership, il'mutt not be supposed that
for some years to come there can be any substan
tial reduction of Mich expenses. There has neve
been any allowance in the accounts for deprecia
tion, and there is BO such allowance in our state
ment. The conduit electric system is far ny>re ex
pensive to operate and maintain than la the over
head trolley system, and further heavy expenses
most be incurred in order to put the property in
satisfactory working condition.
it being manifest that the property cannot con
tinue operating with a deficit, we have been and are
•till confronted with the problem how to make
both ends m»»-t Since income cannot under <>-
toting statutes be increased on the lines we operate
the only way to do this is by chants on the c\-
P»ni>» Bide of the account. Reduction mijrht be
effected by starving the property, which was the
method employed by the New York City Railway
during; the last few years of its operation. <ar
sen-Ice might be reduced in non-rush hours, the
roafl and its equipment being given only mere
make-shift repairs. We have never for a single
moment entertained the idea of such economies.
The Court at the outset instructed us that the roads
•ere Instruments of public service and must be run
to give the public efficient service.
No one should know better than yourselves how.
Tinder the severe handicap 01 repeated tires de
nroyir.g workshops, cars and repair materials, we
have labored to improve the property, and how
daag«.ri is the condition of things from what it
«-is when we took .-harße. In connection with this
.mutt-r permit us to say that your own efforts In
the Karat- direction have been superfluous, we
Should hay«- done all we have done had you not is
*oet us a single order, because we realize, as all
.«3:*ible me . must, that no roads can »>e made to
*ho»- a .balance permanently on the right side of
th« account unless they render the service wtiicn
the public reasonably requires and are maintained
In a proper condition of repair. That was Hie first
thin* to be done when we took charge, and to the
«*nsst limit of our physical resources we nave
, done -It.
, Economies mifht luive been secured by some cur
tailment of expenditures for labor. This also we
»*ve rejected. '.'.••-:. we took charge there was a
»ul* la force as to the amount of overtime to be
e *-*reed against the men when cars failed, to re-
t • <«itlnu»-d on fourth par'
»o«t popular beer !n the world. There lews
Profit to the dealer who cells It. c * u 2f , ;.";<
B2*t « the brewery yet its sales e^^^VfLu
■*?Jrtta Bottled B**rs. which proves that- iU »v-
To-day, fair.
To-morrow, fair; light northwest wind*.
Woman Probably Fatally Hurt. But
Child Escapes Injury.
In the height of a fir» in her apartments on
the third floor late, yesterday afternoon. Mrs.
Mary Abruzzo, thirty-nine years old. of No. 26.
Tompkins avenue. "WiiliamsburK. became so
frenzied with fright that she leaped from the
Window with her infant. Charles. riErhteen
months old, in her arms, leaving behind a Bee-
Odd child, Joseph, three y»ars old, who was
burned to death. The woman receive^ probably
fatal injuries, while the infant was saved from
death and injury by striking the body of his
Mrs. Abruzzo was using a small oltstove to
prepare some food for the smaller child, when
the stove suddenly exploded. The bla/.ini? oil
was blown in every direction, and in a few sec
onds' the entire room was ablaze. So rapid was
the spread of the fire that Mrs. Abruzzo wns un
abl«» to reach the doorway leading into the hall.
and, seizing thp youngest child in her arms. sh<
ran. screaming, to the front window. As she
leaned out with the infant pressed to her breast
and the smoke j.ourine: through the open win
dow a big crowd congregated and nvn nnd
women screamed to her not to jump. The
flames creeping opon her gradually from tin
rear, the woman became frantic. Pressing her
child dose to her breast, and without lie. •dins
the warning cries from those below, she climbed
to the wlndowsill and leaped. She clung to the
child as she descended, and struck the sidewalk
juirt'y on her side and back.
Before the excited crowd could reach her Mrs
Abruzzo, in spite of her injuries, raised herself
to a sitting posture and screamed to the ex
cited crowd closing in that her other child was
in the blazing room. With her hands raised In
an appealing manner. Mrs. Abruzxo heKi*e<} gome
ono to save her child. Joseph. Then, exhausted
by her efforts, she sank back on the sidewalk
unconscious. It seems that no nw understood
h<>r and believed that she referred to ttv child
in her arms, and as a result no effort was made
t>> go t'> the rescue of the boy, who was burned
to death.
Russian, Husband of Former Opera
Singer, Expires in Hotel.
There seems to be a mystery about the death
of Count Augustus Sackersdorff., the husband
of the late Mm<\ Sackersdorff. once a well known
opera singer, at the Hotel Diana, in West .'Cith
street, early last night. Half 'an hour after a
room had been assigned to him the clerk re
ceived a call from the Russian count saying
that h«» was not feeling well and asking that a
physician be sent to his room. The cWk sent
a hurried call to the New York Hospital, but
1 >r. Foote. who responded, found the count dead:
Dr. Foot.- diagnosed the death as heart dis
ease, but the police of the Tenderloin station
are inclined to believe that death may have
been due to unnatural causes. According to the
police they learned several days ago from a
friend of the count that the latter did not ex
pect to live much longer.
Count Sackersdorff was more than sixty years
old. At one time he was considered wealthy
and was a pencil manufacturer.
Mme. Packersdorfi died in the Victoria Annex
early in January. At the^trme. M her death
there was a pet do* in th« room which refused
to leave her body until it was taken away by
Government Bookbinder. Despondent Over
Wife's Death. Commits Suicide.
\\ashington. Aug. 21.— Despondent over the re
cent death of bis wife. Arthur D. Adams, a book
binder In the government bureau of engraving and
printing. too* his own life here to-day by Inhaling
khs While gradually losing consciousness he at
tempted to describe the effects of the poisonous
fumes of Illuminating «a.-
At 7 o'clock to-night bis landlady detected the
odor of the escaping jras. but when the door of
Adams's room was burst open it was too late to
save his life. He -as found lying on his bed with
a pencil gripped tightly in hi* hand, and the fol
lowing unfinished note, scribbled on a pad. which
he held in his other hand:
1 am '-inking tower niid lower Brom the effect* <-i"
sJi.nvxiVi on Mv head is bursting. The room s
the light— l am coins. Gooaby. in
On a table were found three unadareswed notes,
one of which requested that A. M. Thomas, post
master of Salt Lake City and ex-Governor of
Utah, i,.-- informed of bis death.
Husband of Ward McAllister's Niece Charged
with Eeating a Hotel.
'By Tdccrai* to Th Tribune. !
Pittsburg. Aug. 24-Alva C Young, a lawyer, of
New York City, who was later recognized as Alex
ander C- Young, who married a niece of the late
Ward McAllister and tins flared frequently before
the public, was held under 1500 bail to-day for a
hearing here on a charge of t in K to beat the Ho
t , Lincoln out of a $109 beard bill. Young was ar
r |wl ,« Saturday afternoon as he was about to leave
th.- hotel and he was placed m a cell under the
name of James Gordon until he could communicate
with his friends.
It was late this afternoon when be was finally
released under K<V» hail. In the mean time the
magistrate bad held him for court.
roung entered Tammany politics after his di
vorce trouble and the conspiracy trial of Laura
Bigamr. the actress, who .-aid she was the wife
of Henry M. Bennett, the horseman.
lie was disbarred by the New Jersey court in
1307. and by this «ate last May. He was accused
in tins city ..f obtaining money under false pre
tences Young at on.- time was County Prosecutor
of Hudson County. X. J- He was nominated for
Congress in UK. He wrfs counsel for the execu
tors of the Bennett estate.
It was while I.aura HlKgar's litigation was pend
ing that Young became infatuated with th.- Ac-
Uesa His wife, who was v. niece of Ward McAl
lister came to this c!ty and secured a decree of
divorce There was one child. Louise McAllister
Young The divorce was followed by a sensational
raid by Young and his aid, upon the home of his
former wife's mother in Greenwich Conn. and
other places, for the purpose of Retting the child
The former Mrs. Young was married in June 1903.
to Alphonse Jongers. a Belgian portrait painter
As they were about to sail for Europe oung got
a writ of habeas corpus and held up the. liner to
MS** for the child, but failed, as She was with
h Jr grandmother in GreenwUh. wh.re V.v-m B later
kidnapped her and took he. to Somervllle. N. J.
SS?U- cSrt- gave the sole custody of the ehttd
,o Mrs Joacer*. and he was obliged to give her up.
Fugene Ore.. Aug. 24.-Four persons were killed
near here last night when a local train of the
Southern Pacific struck a boll on the track an.l
was piled up in the ditch. Among the injured was
John Francis Wilbri ht. of Pittsburg, who suffered
a broken arm and injured back.
The most strengthening Wine »> make.
H' T Dewey & Sons Co.. 138 Fulton St.. New York.
NEW- YORK. Tl ESI >A Y. A I ( J IST 25, 1 908. -TWELVE PA GES.-
: • — — -
X early All of Saturday's Huge
Business Done by One Finn.
Amused to prompt action hy the chara'-ter of
the trading: in the two-hour session of the stock
market last Saturday, when over a million shares
were dealt in and many matched sales were
alleg< d to have been made, the governing com
mittee of the Stock Exchange at an extraor- j
dinary meeting after the close of business yes- ,
terday afternoon .lecided upon a rifilO tnvestlffa
tlon to determine whether or not there were any ;
fictitious transactions in Saturdays operations.
With this end in view a resolution was adopted
authorizing President Thomas to appoint a com
mittee of five members of the governing com- ,
mittee to investigate the entire business on the :
floor of the exchange on the day in question.
The penalty for matched orders ( fictitious trans- j
actions) under the rules of the exchange is .
suspension for n>>t more than one year.
Virtually two-thirds of Saturdays enormous
business, it was learned yesterday, had been .
done by the firm of A. <•. Brown »t Co. A rep
resentative of the firm admitted that it had
done a business of 750,000 shares, but refused to
say whether it was long ur short of the market
or for whom it had been operating. Asked if it
was Thomas \V. Lawson. he replied that the
arm never made known the identity of its cus
tomers. He stated positively, however, that the
firm had not made any matched sales, and said
Its books were open at any time to any investi
gation the Stock Exchange authorities wished
to make.
Regarding a report that A. O. Brown A Co.
had been unable to deliver several thousand
shares of stock, this man said that there had
been a delay in making deliveries, due to the
magnitude of the business d.mo on Saturday.
which had made it a physical Impossibility f"r
the < lerks. although they had worked all Satur
day night and Sunday, to get all the deliveries
ready in time, and to the further fact that a
number of the certificates received by the firm
did not constitute a good delivery under the
rules of the exchange and had to be sent back
to the original owners tor correction. He added
that all deliveries would positively be made to
Besides A. <>. Brown & Co., only about half
a dozen firms were actively engaged in Satur
day'-s market Considerable comment was
caused by the- fact that the bead of one ot th se
firms i.- :in officer of the exchange. While
those concerned declare that the trading on Sat
urday was real business. Wall Street does not
■ elieve it. and members of the governing com
mittee of the exchange and conservative bro
kers expressed themselves In litter terms over
what they called "the scandalous proceedings,
in Saturday's stock market."
Many brokerage houses refused to accept or
.]• rs on Saturday because or the way In which
the market was being manipulated. One firm
alone turned away an onl> r tor 38.000 -par.-;
Complaints were received !■; the Stock Ex
change authorities yesterdaj from man] bro
kers that tliey had been unable to execuU small
lot orders on Saturday, either buying >>r selling.
although the order would be at a price above or
below tha prevailing quotations, as the case
might be. According »•> "tie broker, this vas
because the small. r fots were real transactions
and had not een matched.
S;t?urd;'.y's furious market w.ir- the o::f topic
..f conversation in the ttn-nn-inl district yester
day. .i:tl the character of tb<- trading came In
for general condemnation from bankers ami
brokers alike. It naa pointed out that the km.)
of business done on Saturday would noi only
Injure the standing >i the < cchange. in the
l-ij! H-- mind but would prevent it from per
forming Its legitimate function! Brokers also
feared that it would have the effect of bringing
on a legislative Investigation That Saturday's
•■jamboree." as one broker called it. had fright
ened people out of the market u:i^ apparent
yesterday, when the total transactions for tlu
live-hour session were only .">•'•.'_'« >l shares, com
pared with 1.099.000 in two hours on Saturday,
rhe commission business was ; raitirally dead
yesterday Fbrelgn traders would have little
to do with the market, and the operators on
Saturday, whoever they were, weir evidently
afraid to do anything when they learned that
the governing committee of the • xchange had
started an Investigation. A purely traders' mar
ket was the result.
The cause of tho tremendous dealir.Rs of Sat
urday remained about as much of -,i mystery as
ever yesterday, although most brokers wfr>- m
< lined to credit the manipulation to Lawson ani
his discretionary pooL Another theory advanced
w.'is that private arrangements bad been made by
which certain Interests which were heavily short
of the market were permitted to cover thei.
lines on the floor of the exchange at stipulated
prices, in fact, there were a dozen theories to
account for the transactions on the closing day
of the week, but it was obviously imi-ot-sible to
verify any of them.
Much satisfaction was expressed in Wall
Street when the intention of the Stock Ex
change authorities to make a thorough inves
tigation of Saturday's transactions was «u
nounced. It is generally believed that the com
mittee of five will go to the bottom of the affair,
an«i that if there were any fictitious transactions
the guilty parties will be -evenly deali with.
The governing committee has th-- power to ex
amine all the books and papers of every member,
and can makr him account for every transaction
A member must tell for whom lie- bought and
for whom he sold, and in thir way the commttte •
can lf-arn whether the orders to buy and sell
were given by the same person.
This is said to be the first time in the history
of the exchange that an entire day's business
has been under investigation. One of the firs;,
things the committee will do will be to scan
Closely the Clearing House sheets covering Sat
urday's transactions, to see if they correspond
with the number of shares traded in, and to as
certain whether the transfer tax and brokers'
commissions on these reported sales have been
paid. If they have not it will be certain 'vi
dence that they were matched pales. The Clear
ing House sheets give the names of the brokers
who handled the orders, so it will be easy for
the oonunlttee to find the guilty parties, if any.
Report Shows That 74 Per Cent of Sound
Is Eliminated — Some Loss in Velocity.
[By Telejraph t ( The Tribune 1
Springfield. Mass.. Auk. 24.— Official tests were
made here to-day of Hiram Percy Maxim's noise
less device attached to the United States magazine
rifle, and they proved satisfactory to the inventor
and the examining body, which consisted of Major
Kenneth Morgan, Captain Allen and Lieutenant
Meals, all of the United States army The tests
were conducted at th« 16-acre range, and It was
found that the regulation rifle could be heard 5,700
yards, while with the noiseless device it could be
heard only 1.500 yards. The invention, therefore,
eliminates 74 per cent of noise Tests for loss In
velocity were made, but were not accurate. The
loss is something less than 6 per cent. Further
testa will be made in a iew days. -- • •-- •
Report Says He Has Shawn No
Incapacity or Neglect of Duty.
Albany, Aug. 24. — Richard 1.. Hand, of Eliza
bethtown. N. V. who was appointed by Gov
ernor Huphcs to take testimony and report his
findings upon the charges filed against District
Attorney "William Travers Jerome of New York
County by a minority stockholders* committee,
of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company,
in a report submitted to the Governor to-day
finds that not one of the series of charges is
proved, but that all are disproved upon the evi
dence. He recommends the dismissal of the
charges. A request was made for Mr. Jerome's
"My conviction upon the whole case," says the
report, "Is that the respondent has been shown
to have discharged the onerous duties of his
office with zeal and ability, having the public
pood as his motive, and that no incapacity, in
difference or neglect of duty has been shown in
any case."
Twenty-three charges were filed against Dis
trict Attorney Jerome on April 16 last, anil three
additional charges on June 16. Later ten of the
charges were withdrawn.
Commissioner Hand reports that he examined
forty witnesses and received in evidence the tes
timony taken by Commissioner Andrews, -who
was first appointed to hear the charges and later
resigned; "examined the proceedings of the so
called Armstrong legislative insurance commit
tee, the investigation of the Public Service Com
mission. Ist District; the members of Brand
juries of New York County, and contracts and
leases entered into by the American Ice Com
The commissioner sustained the contentions
of District Attorney Jerome on every charge,
staling at the conclusion of many of them that
be could tind no neglect on ti:.- part of the Dis
trict Attorney or any good reason for other or
further action than that which was taken by
The charges in tlie main accused the District
Attorney of allrge.l neglect of duty in not suf
flclently prosecuting alleged fraudulent acts <>f
the Metropolitan Street ;md other railway com
panies of New Y"rk. and also <>f the insurance
companies, as developed by the 80-called Arm
strong legislative insurance investigation.
i toe of the charges alleged misconduct on th"
part of the District Attorney in shaking dice in
a restaurant in New Tort City. On this charge
the commmissioner says that, although the
act itself is nut eromina:. permitting it on the
part •<;' the persons licensed that Is, the pro
prietor "f the restaurant is a crime. The com
missioner holds that th» re was ;i<> evidence that
the proprietor knew Hi.- act was committed, and
thai "to h"!<i him criminally liable would ne
an absurd perversion ->f th»- obje< I <■: the law
nnd straining <>f its language."
In his genera! conclusion Commissioner Hand
says, in part:
; What information this committee may claim to
hsve as to the conduct of the District Attorney,
upon which they have assu.ned to make these seri
oat charges of lmp»w»er motive, abject veneration
of mere money ami the possessors of money, rte*
lert of «)iitr. "fflflal misconduct, conspiring with
criminals. throttling prosecution* and defeating jus
. tlce, •.. <■ can only infer from the fact thai its chair
man and secretary concede their utter Ignorance
, fend Pern to bav# siKiu-d such charges a- the coun
sel Kiiw fit !•■ prepare without real knowledge even
: of the contents of such charges, and in absolute Ig
norance ,-v« to their truth or falsehood, and the
counsel himself la forced to admit that he had n<>
greater knowledge or Information than they.
It Is ...... t< point out or to comment
upon the wide tilf fixed • ■'•'••■•■. the action of m«n
who „rf chosen by the people In a proper way and
under proper responsibility ,••■! by proper authority
to nttrnipt the remedy of existing ■■■IN. whether In
connection <■ Itl their duty as grand Jurors. as ui.«
trii t attorneys- as legislative committ*** or counsel
for legislative committee*, and the volunteered. It
responsible charges of self-constituted censor« of
public morals, lightly mail*- with no responsibility,
recognized or felt. and with no personal knowledge
as to thel • truth or falsehood, made In this case.
I am constrained to believe, without any adequate
examination either of the facts or the law.
It re'ems probable to me that the temperamental
I qualities 'if Mi. Jerome have tended to bring upon
him this situation. In some degree. A certain Belf-
COnfldence .ml contempt of the opinion of other
men: .1 certain rashness of X rir*^!<tu to th» verge
of recklessness; .1 certain delight in the exercise
of his acutenesa of mind and vigoi of expression,
and a certain Impatience «>f criticism have combined,
1 think 10 matte men fur more eager to attack him
than they otherwi3« would have been. Hut these
qualities of mlnO are not a Just occasion for such
charges as have been presented here, and have no
: real materiality in this Investigation, while th.- fact
I remains that with the publicity of his life, the
frankness not to say Imprudence, of his «elf e.v
pression were perfectly familiar to the people of
the County of New York, and were a large part ol
thai in him whiih commanded their admiration and
confidence. Certainly. In no ignorance as to them,
but fully cognizanl 'her of. theii choice of him for
another term In th- Important position of District
Attorney In that county furnishes the most mo
phatic and conclusive evidence ihat these were not
regarded is sufficient reai-on foi at all modifying
th' Ir desire that hi should be :h.ir prosecuting ■ m
cer for four years more.
Referring to the re-election of District-Attor
! ney Jerome Commissioner Hand says, In part:
i The unreasonable expectation of the .row,! has
been Impossible of gratification, and, therefore; as
„ common to excite surprise In an) student of
human nature, many who shouted loudest for Mr.
,•, ,'" a re now full of bitterness toward him. 1.->
; . , U "he L not done what they desired and lraa
„ ,-ii lie wouW I- able to do. With <hi.« feeling, no
"',.,. is had for what be ha* done; no apprecia
tion of the dlfnculticH.of doing it: but the one thing
occupying^their minds has been thai all which thej
i.Mve 'd"slrel and hoped for has not been accom
!li'l%.l ;'!..! Mr! JorUe meeis with the common
fate of' an Idol of the i - p:<
j Governor Hughes will examine the testimony
' and Commissioner Hand's report before tak
ing any action on it.
Efforts made in the city last night to rind Dls
' trlct Attorney Jerome. '... icsertam what comment. if
' ant he had to make about the report tiled by Com
1 missi.,,,,-. Hand, proved fruitless. He was not at
any of his clubs or usual haunts, and his house in
Rutgers street appeared to be vacant. Assistant
District attorney Garvan was tn« only person who
.ppeared to know anything about where Mr. Je
. Rome was, and he said that the prosecuting at
torney was out of the city: He said lie knew where
Mr Jerome was, but that he would not tell.
j "Anyway," said Mr. (iarv«n. "Mr. Jerome would
; have no comment to make about the findings, it
I would not be proper for him to do so at this time -
■ not until they have been approved by the Gov-
I ernor."
Double Victory Over Pitt sharp
Makes Pennant Almost Certain.
(Hy Tfleftraph to The Tribune. I
Pittshurg. Aug. -M.-The New York Giants
pushed Pittsburg out of the lead in the National
League race to-day by winning both games of a
double header. Superb pitching by Wiltse and
Mathewson kept the home team helpless despite
the cheers of twenty-two thousand baseball en
thusiasts, and Donltn made the first game sure
by a home run in the eighth inning.
The New York team now has a lead of fifteen
points In the race, and the fact that McGraws
men have been able to overcome the big lead
held a few, weeks ago by the Pirates has caused
local fans to lose all hope of the pennant ..
Copyrlzht. r.«'v "jr
The Tribune Association.
Seven Coachcx Robbed by a lamu
Butte. Mont.. An?. 24— One highwayman,
■wearing a black mask, held up and robbed the
passengers of seven stage coaches in Yellow
stone Park at a p^tnt only a few miles distant
from Old Faithful Inn. near the upper basirv.
according to telephonic advices received this
afternoon. The coaches left the hotel In the
usual order, at intervals of a few minutes, and
were held up one after another as fast as they
came in sight.
The highwayman was stationed at a bend in
the road where he was invisible from either di
rection. At the muzzle of a rifle he lined up the
passengers, and. after relieving them of money
and valuables, allowed them to enter the stage
and resume the journey. This performance the
bandit enacted seven times. It Is understood
from the meagre accounts of the affair received
here that he collected "in all more than $»;.<K>O.
The fact that tourists in the park ar. 1 n;>t al
lowed to carry weapons made it impossible for
any of the passengers to offer resistance. The
robber was about fifty-five years old and
weighed about one hundred and forty pounds.
He wore a coat and a waistcoat of mixed blue
anil gray goods and blue overalls. After hold
ing up the last coach he disappeared into the
hills, and it was afterward found that he had
made his escape on a horse belonging to the
transportation company.
All haste was made back to Old Faithful Inn.
find the ride in the six-horse coach at full T p^
to give the alarm was not the least exciting of
the morning's incidents The soldiers camped
at the Thumb station were immediately in
formed, and a messenger was dispatched to the
camp of soldiers on the West Callatin River, at
the west boundary of the park. The soldiers
from Fort Yellowstone were on the road to take
up the trail within ten minutes after the news
was received.
It Is thought almost certain that the bandit
is heading for a point between "Big Springs and
Ashton. stations on the Yellowstone Park branch
«.f the Oregon Short I,ine. and north Of Idaho
Springs. The robber is in extremely r< uarh
country- There are a number of settlers and
forest rangers In the upper and lower bn-^ins.
and if he continues after reaching the main
r"ad he can hardly escape observation. On the
West Galtatin trail a squad of soldiers is posted
near the line.
Humor of Accident to German Em- I
peror at Mil helm shake.
Berlin, A'ig 24. — A dispatch received here
from Str;)ss!>"iirg says that It i.s reported that
the imperial manceuvres have been postponed
because the Emperor Is suffering from an in
jury to his let. Confirmation of this report
cannot be obtained to-night, as it is impossible
to communicate with Wilhetaashohe, where the
Emperor is staying. Semi-ofllcial circles, how
ever, have no Information <>n the subject and
consider the rumor unworthy of credence. The
Berlin newspapers publish it with great re
serve, but add that the military band which
was to play at the castle tO-ntgM received se
ders countennaadtasj tostusctlosßJi
Xo Clew to Sinner of Wife of
British Major General.
London. Aug. 24.— The wife of Major General j
Charles Edward Luard was mysteriously mur- j
dered this afternoon in a desolate wood near j
Sevenoaks, a short distance outside London.
No trace of the murderer has been found, but !
the motive apparently was robbery, valuable
rings having been taken from the woman's fin.- ;
The circumstances surrounding the tragedy
are inexplicable. The general and his wife wore j
about to ko on a holiday, and the general sug-
Rested that "they walk from their residence at
I.ehtham Knoll, a short distance to the golf !
links to fetch some things which they needed j
from the clubhouse. They started at 3 o'clock ]
in the afternoon, making a short cut through
a wood belonging to a neighbor, which th- gen- i
eral had the privilege of using.
Halfway alone. Mrs. Luard, becoming tired.
decided to allow her husband to go on alone, j
announcing her Intention to return home. The
general proceeded to the clubhouse, and. hav
ing collected the things which he went for, re
turned to his home by another route.
Finding that his wife had not reached home,
he set out In search of her and was horrified i •
find her lying, face downward, in a pool of blood
near the sp->t where he had shortly before left
her in the wood. Some of the accounts say that
th*» body was lying on the balcony of a summer
hOTj • used for picnics, while other reports say
thai it was lying behind the summer house. As
the general approached the spot his wife's fa
vorite terrior rushed to meet him and then re
turned, mounting guard over his dead mistress.
Mrs. Kuan) bad been shot with a revolver,
one bullet entering the temple and another be
hind the ear. From the position of the body
apparently she had faced her assailant, and he
had shot her at close quarters. The first bullet
entered just below the left eye. The second
shot apparently was tired after the woman I ■!!
on her face. Her hand had been pulled back
and three rings had been wrenched from the
fingers. Her gown was torn almost from the
The simmer house is a mile distant from any
dweUing. A farmhand heard shots in that di
rection about .'s::'.o o'clock, or r>->lf an hour after
General Luard had left bis wife.
Mrs. Luard was a tall, fine looking woman,
about Afty-eight years <-i«i.
Major Genera] L»uard la a retired officer of the
Royal Engineers. He entered the army in 1557. and
was executive officer in London during the Fenian
disturbance of I 1*". He devised the scheme for th-?
rearmament of Gibraltar. He founded the Society
of Miniature Rifle, clubs in 1901 and the Patriotic
Society in 1507. In 1575 he married the youngest
daughter of Thomas Hartley, of Glllfoot. Cumber
[By T>l<*ir p aph to The Tribune. 1
St. I^ouis. Aug. 24.— Governor Folk informed At
torney General Hadley by letter to-day that he
might carry out his intention ot aiding in the in
vestigation of state primary election frauds. In
vestigation by the grand juries at St. Louts at.-i
Kansas City was brought on the complaint ot
David A. Ball, who charges frauds In favor of ex-
Congressman Cowherd, who defeated Ball for the
Democratic nomination for Governor. Cowherd is
said to favor Senator Stone's re-election.
Dourdan. Aug. 24.-An automobile, containing
Thomas Lambert, of New York, and Henry Sands,
of Paris, knocked down and killed a woman in
this city to-day. The police exonerated the chauf
feur. . * •
Taft's Advisers Pleased— Candidate
(rives Views on China. .-' i
[By Tel ?rapb to The Tribune.]
Hot Springs, Va.. Aug. 24.— The speech of
William J. Bryan at Dcs Moines. lowa. in which
he practically avowed his belief in free trade.
Is the occasion of no little satisfaction, to. wni
lam H. Taft and his advisers, who have be
lieved all along that the distinguished Ne
braskan was a free trader, although they hardly
expected that, in view of the growing protec
tion sentiment even within the ranks of the
Democratic party, he would so clearly admit his
opposition to the policy of protection. More
over, Mr. Bryan's declaration ' that the "stand
pat" element controlled the Republican conven
tion at Chicago Is regarded as either amazing
ignorance of his opponents or a wilful perver
sion of facts which, in either case, will not pass
unnoticed in view of the recentness of that con
Mr Bryan could have struck no more unpopu
lar chord than that which he sounded at I>e»
Mosses, so far as the Southern Democrats are
concerned, for times have changed in the South,
and Instead of its being a section devoted al
most exclusively to agriculture, there are nu
merous and constantly Increasing manufactur
ing plants throughout that part of the. country,
many of them concerns which are competing;
with trusts, or with combinations of manu
facturers in Northern States, and the owners
and employes of these Industries view with ex
ceeding apprehension the tariff views expounded
by the Democratic candidate.
That Mr. Bryan's tariff views will command
sympathy or even respect in the North Is re
garded as absolutely incredible by" Mr. Taft
and his advisers, for the Independent voters, as
well as the partisans, have too often repudiated
the "tariff for revenue only" propositions of the
Democracy, and are too sincerely interested in
the many industries which can prosper only
under moderate protection to permit of any
doubt as to their attitude this year.
With regard to the Chicago convention. Mr
Bryan asserted that Speaker Cannon and other
members of the "stand pat" faction of the Re
publican party controlled the gathering and
dictated the platform. Were that true. it is*
argued here, it would simply indicate that Mr.
Cannon is now much more favorably disposed
toward a revision of the tariff than has hitherto
bees the case, and the conviction is expressed
that the Speaker has reached the conclusion
that the time has arrived for a modification of
the Dingley schedules, but that he controlled,
the Chicago convention or dictated any part
of the platform Is not admitted.
The facts are that the only plank in the Chi
cago platform in which Mr. Cannon greatly in
terested himself was the so-called anti-injunc
tion plank. He made no aggressive effort to
obtain a modification of the tariff plank as
originally drafted, and hi? associate. Represen
tative Payne, chairman of the Ways and Means
Committee of the House, who represented New
York on the* committee on resolutions, voted
for the tariff plank without a protest. So recent
are these occurrences that the general public
cannot be deceived regarding th»m, and . it I
felt that Mr. Bryan Is playing with edged
tools when he undertakes to pervert the facts.
Mr. Taft received to-day the Rev. G. VF-.
Painter, whose home is in Pulaskl Co-mty.
Va . hut who for thirty- five years has devoted
himself to missionary work in Hangchow. China.
being a representative at the Presbyterian
Church In that country. Mr. Painter made a
strong appeal to Mr Taft. based on the as
sumption that he would be the next President
Of the United States, In behalf of increased jus
tice and kindliness in the relations between this
country and China, and came away delighted
with his reception and the sympathy shown by
Mr Taft with the work in which Mr. Painter
is engaged. :
Mr Painter gave an interesting account of the
situation in China to the Presidential candidate.
He said that the great powers were all looking
forward to the partition of the Chinese Empire,
and that, instead of seeking: what they might
do for China, they were pondering upon what
they might d.» to her. The powers, he said, had
imposed serious wrongs on china, and there was
grave danger that, aroused to a state of deep
resentment, the Chinese might ultimately not
only recover their lost power, but might seek
vengeance on those who had been a party to
their spoliation, and this would constitute "the
yellow peril."
Mr Taft expressed himself emphatically on
the question.
"The United States and others who favor th»
open door policy." he said. "will, if they are
wise, not only welcome but assist China in the
long steps in governmental and administrative
reform 1 and that development as her natural
resources and the improvement of the condition
of her people for which she is striving. Ido
not view with alarm the grow.th of China Into a
great industrial empire. On the contrary. I
believe that this, instead of injuring foreign
trade with China, will greatly increase it.
••We should welcome the growth of China into
a wholly independent power." he continued.
We should not be Jealous of It. for it is th»
narrowest and blindest sort of poll- to seel to
retard the growth, of a nation for commercial
reasons. And. after all. our best trade is with
our closest neighbors. The Chinese are a great
people, and they should be encouraged in all
proper ways in their national development."
Speaking of the work si the missionaries. Mr.
Taft said: "I keenly appreciate the greatness of
the work they are doing. They are showing
our best side to the people of the Orient."
Mr. Painter expressed the view that "the .
United States must manifest a different and a
kindlier disposition toward China, and our laws,
in so far as they affect her. should be entirely
reciprocal." He said: "I was delighted to hear
Judge Taft express himself to the effect that
China should be encouraged to attain the high
est possible degree of national development.?
In the course of the conversation. Mr Painter
discussed to some extent conditions in Corea,
expressing the opinion that the present situation
was the forerunner of annexation, but en this
point Mr. Taft disagreed with him. " . .
Mr. Taft received word to-day that Senator
Hopkins desired an interview with him and.' hav
ing signified his willingness to see the' Senator,
was' Informed that he would be here to-morrow.
Mr. Hopkins did not indicate the subject of th«
i desired Interview. .
Mr. Taft played his regular round of golf this
forenoon, and this afternoon took a long ride
j with Postmaster General Meyer and John W.
Warrington. a leading attorney of Cincinnati,
j who. with his family, is a guest at the Home
I Arthur I. Vorys left here this evening for. Qpt

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