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LID ON ATLANTIC CITY FORT ROUTS CAFE MEX. Police Post Humorous Orders — Dealers Say Loss Is $150,000. ißv Telegraph to The Tribune ' . Atlantic City, Aug.; — Governor Fort com pletely routed the defiant saloonkeepers to day, and his demand that the excise laws be obeyed was carried out to the letter. There was not a saloon. cafScr hotel in. this city In which liquor could be purchased. The anti-screen sec tion of the law -was also obeyed, and no-cur tains were drawn to shield the barroom from public view. Some cafes were open, but they served only soda water, ginger ale, parsaparilla, tea, coffee and cocoa with meals. There was no attempt made at subterfuge. Many persons familiar with the . history of this far famed resort have wondered whether the city could be as destitute of open saloons as it was to-day, when every one of the two hun dred and twenty saloons and hotel bars were closed. They were closed alike to bona fide guests as well ias to strangers just arrived rdthin Its gates: It is said that this was the fourth time in the fifty-four years of its exist <•--<- that a drinkleFP day had boon experienced Jn Atlantic City. A bulletin posted at Police Headquarters stated: "Saloons all eloped. No troops In town." Another bulletin, officially signed by the rhief of police, consisted of a card on which was printed: ■Tn IM-.1 ]t t,.= s 'Hold th° fort.' To-day it's F"rt holds you.' " Governor Fort's proclamation of last -week containing: his threat to send troops to the sea shore in the event of a further violation of the Sunday closing: law had its effect. Saloonkeepers and hotel men reluctantly ac cepted the advice ( the Mayor and of the more conservative member? at the paloon men'? or ganization, and <;-.=••■! their places of business as , tightly as they knew how. Serins came tumbling: down on Saturday midnight and re mained down all day. Boardwalk caf4s that on Sundays past hsve. been thronged ' to their utmost -rapacity, serving liquors arid food, to day were all but deserted. White aproned waiters «.«,-..; idly by th» vacant chairs sur rounding ' the once cosey - little tables, and thought * regretfully of the gala Sundays that ■•--• gone. . • - A visit ' during the height of the afternoon crush on the boardwalk to one of the most widely known raffs facing the famous seaside thoroughfare disclosed" the fact that not a single patron was in the place. CURIOSITY SEEKERS FLOCK TO SHORE. There was a decided decrease in the size of the visiting throng to-day, though many persons came, from Philadelphia and New York out of sheer curiosity to see what Atlantic City, the playground of the ■:":.-. looked like on a. dry Sunday. The weather was wellnigh ideal, and ordinarily, the innkeepers declared, they would have had their facilities taxed to handle the crowds. • The closing down of the saloons un doubtedly kept away many thousands of regular Sunday visitors from nearby places. ' The ma jority of the boardwalk multitude here, how ever." seemed not to mind the change of condi tions, and enjoyed the- Ivesj in . other , ways Curing th" 1 TTr^rntTig "and— afternoon. The "gay ,ni£iit •:•. in the cafSs, the music and the ringing., were perhaps missed j more than any •'••.- feature ' of the ' resort's changed ' Sunday. life,. .' There •was, indeed, an air of Sabbath quietude all the -way from the Inlet to Chelsea. . SALOON MEN LOSE NEARLY $150,000.- As spokesman for the affected liquor interests', and one of the local political leaders, declared that the loss of to-day's, closing would amount approximately to $ir>o,ooo. He said that the saloons would close every Sunday hereafter un til some warrant of law will permit of their re ma fnlngr open. • "We will appeal to the Legislature when It meets in January, and have high hopes of secur ing some sort of relief." he said. "We will work for the passage of a local option law which will put the question squarely up to the people of the i ty and i"..' -y v.\ have 1 ..-. r. keeping o[vn in the past ■» the result of a public sentiment which we believed to be in our favor. If we are wrong we are willing to abide by the decision of ©ur own people. The permanent closing of the caloons and hotel bars unquestionably would hun t-ie resort, and non< if M wants to see that." The authorities of the city were much pleased with fpm thorough manner in which the law was « omplied with to-day. Chief of Police Woodruff said that he had expected there would be a ■ *-- l - - • ■: arr---st« fir excise violations, but up to • -:.- ! • • ■ •-■ h;x n-.en had been locked up for drunkenness, four of whom were negroes. 1 -.t ever may be their attitude In the future the liquor men capitulated unanimously to-day. Many attempts in devious ways were made by old patrons to obtain concession i [ mom sort to-day, but there were no special favors to be had anywhere <=: ng 1 • inc. ■ y;,;..\ -•:. ? representative there. Captain Nelson B. Gaskill. Assistant Attorney General, was here aa the representative of the <Jovemor. He said that promptly at midnirht the lid went down with a bang, and stayed In the saloons owned by Commodore "Louie" Kuehnle. the **boss" of the county, and "Bob" Dftlaney. the patrons of the place at first looked upon the Sunday closing order as a joke, but as the clock struck 12,' the barrooms were cleared , and prospective customers told they must wait -until 12 o'clock to-night if they wanted to pur chase any liquor. . '~i'< • At 12 o'clock to-night the saloons opened era in. and continued business until 2 o'clock,. tb<i hour fixed for closing by the city ordinance. Drinks were served at nearly all of the hotels, however, but they had to be paid for last night. , Many ■ ' of the larger hotelkeepers expressed themselves freely on the excise question to-day. It was their opinion that while the law was on the books it should be enforced, but added that . an -effort would be made to obtain more liberal legislation. As far as the general public was concerned, th«y could see no change. There have been times when th: reform element has compelled saloon men to close their doors on Sunday, but they never succeeded in getting the lid down as tight its It has been to-day. . Several of the churches of the city Indorsed the action f Governor Fort at the services this morning, . and commended him for the «tcp he ha« taken in the interest of Sabbath observance." EXPRESS TRAIN NEAR WRECK. FYeeport. Long Island. Aug. ».— Harry Williams, engineer of the westbound Amagansett express on the long Island Railroad, .stopped his train at the entrance to th« Freeport yards last «renlng when hf found a semaphore signal set against him. Alter waiting a few minutes he proceeded slowly to the .**tet of obstruction. The train went through and found th« block clear. The tower operator Jnvesti- Ht+3 and found a broken rail. ./ Had the express gone over th« break>tT-full speed * serious accl 4cat mis at hay« re-suited. ■.'•. ; , :".--- . T» «p.-fiar mad »wi \ i«imiii)», lute* mlh wfaufak F. C. HEWITT DEAD. Relative of Senator Platt Leaves Estate Valued at $10,000,000. i, [By Long Distance Telephone, to The Tribune.l Owego. . Aug. 30. -Frederick C. Hewitt, a re tired r banker, sixty-nine years old, died to-day, following ; a stroke of apoplexy '■ in the Ahwaga House. He was Owego's richest resident, and had spent the last years of his life collecting paintings of the Barbizon school;-; There is con siderable* speculation. regarding the disposition he has made of this collection of paintings. . ' Mr. Hewitt was": a bachelor, and was; gradu ated from Tale in the class of 58. It is esti mated that he leaves an estate worth $10,000, 000. His father was Stephen Hewitt, of Elmlra, N. Y. ■ -/' '■'•'. . ■ • ■".-' '-' ' Mr. Hewitt lived In an old mansion of red brick, with high white wood pillars, next to the Ahwaga House. Mr. Hewitt had been in robust health up to a few weeks ago. when he suffered from heat prostration at New Haven while attending the half centenary reunion of his class. He failed to recover completely, and recently his condition had alarmed his friends and family. Mr. Hewitt was related to the Theodore Frelinghuysen family and was a cousin of Sena tor Thomas C. Platt. He was an ardent art collector and sportsman, and spent much time on his place near Melbourne, Fla., fishing and sailing. At the time of the Fish-Harrlman struggle for control of the Illinois Cpntral Mr. Hewitt cast his lot with the Fish party, giving Stuyvesant Fish his proxy on the fix thousand shares -which he owned then. It is reported that at the time E. H. Harriman offered Mr. Hewitt $1,200,000 for this stock. Mr. Hewitt inherited a large fortune from hi? father, who organized Tioga County's first bank, and a considerable one from a brother, adding to it by judicious investments in securi ties and real estate. Last week Mr. Hewitt signed a contract for a large addition to the Robert Packer Hospital, at Sayre. Perm.. to cost $22,000. which he gives to the hoppita!. A GUARANTEE OF PEACE. Emperor William Foresees No European Difficulties. Strasbourg. Aug. 30.— Emperor William, pro posing a toast at a dinner here this evening said: "I rejoice to be able to express to you my deepest conviction that the peace of Europe is not in danger. It rests upon too solid founda tions to be easily upset by incitements and calumnies provoked by envious and ill disposed individuals. . :*•?■;.. "Firm security exists, in the first place, in the consciences of the princes and statesmen of Europe, who know and feel that they are re sponsible to God for the lives and prosperity of the peoples intrusted to- their leadership. On the other hand, it Is the will and desire of the peoples themselves •to make, themselves useful by tranquilly pursuing the development of the magnificent achievements 'of' a rro^rof-yjve civ ilization and to measure tiuir : fctrc.n'jtli' in peace ful rivalry. "Finally, peace also is assured and giiarawt°< ' ■by our power on 'and arid sea, by -the' German people in arm?, Proud of the- manly discipline and th*- love of Honor of her armed -.forces, Ger many is. determined to keep them on their high level, without menace to others, and to develop them as: her own interests demand, favoring none and injuring none." SYLPH'S MEN SHUT OUT. Sailors from the Yacht Not Wanted m Oi/stcr Baif Pnrilinn. Oyster Bay, Aug. 30.— Several sailors from the yacht Sylph, which is stationed here under Lieutenant Roger Williams for the President's use during his vacation, failed to secure admittance to a dancing pavilion in the village on Saturday night. T!:e pavilion is attached to the Innside Inn, Oyster Bay's only seashore hotel, and is open to the public. Saturday night was one of the first nights the pavilion was open, it being a new place. The announce ment of the opening had been advertised about the village by posters, and every one was in vited. There wa* a large number of persons dancing in the pavilion when the sailors from the Sylph, in uniform, appeared. They made an attempt to go on the floor, but were prevented from so doing by an attendant stationed at the pavilion entrance. A long argument followed. The sail ors asserted that the uniform of the United States navy should not bar them from any place, and they wore, indignant at their treat ment. The clerk of the inn had to be called by the attendant to aKsist him in convincing the Sylphs men that they were not wanted, and then they reluctantly left the place. The crew of the President's yacht Sylph are all picked men. and no trouble has been experi enced from them anywhere in the village this summer. Sailors from the Mayflower, th^ other yacht which has here for the President's use early in the summer, gave some trouble, and fCT this reason the Navy Department stationed her at Whitestone, a short distance down the Sound, where she could be called by wireless teiegraph when wanted. HORSE'S KICK PROVES FATAL. Another Man in Critical Condition After Being Kicked in Face. [Ry Telegraph to Th« Tribune.] Paterson. N. J.. Aug. 30— One man waa knied and another was badly injured by the kicks of horses yesterday. Edward Harrington, of North Haledon, alighted from his wagon to unharness the horse, when it kicked him twice in the etomach, a gall bladder rupture resulting. He died shortly after. Albert Vanderburg, driver of an Ice wagon, was extracting a nail from tlie. hoof of one of his horses, when the animal kicked him in the face. He is in a critical condition. KILLED IN SUNDAY BASEBALL GAME. Chicago. Aug. 80.— Morgan Cunningham, fifteen years old, while at bat In a baseball game between teams organized by employee of two Chicago busi ness houses at a West Side park to-day was struck over the heart by a pitched ball and Instantly killed, Several hundred persons witnessed the tragedy, which occurred after the game had been played through nine innings to a tl«. "GOT OUT OF THE NOTION." [By I>l«*Tapb to The Tribune.] Westchester. Perm., «Aug. »— A marriage license Issued to a Westchester man st the City Hall here last May was returned through th* mails to the City Clerk to-day. The paper was Indorsed across Its face: "Returned— got out of the notion." HAAN'S Restaurant,* Parti Row Bid* Delight fully cool, with refined surroundings. Music— NEW-YORK. MONDAY. AUGUST 31, 1908.— TEN PAGES.- SLAIN BY THREE MEANS A WATCHMAN MURDERED. Beaten, Choked, Thrown Into Brook on New State Road- Clubbed until his skull waa pounded into a pulp, choked with a strap tied tightly around his throat, and then thrown into a brook, was the fate which was meted out to Frank Brady. a lonely watchman on the state road, between Tarrytown and White Plains, late on Saturday night. The murder is regarded by the authori ties as the most foul crime that has been com mitted in Westchester County in years. Sheriff Lane, who is working on the case, has one sus pect under arrest, on whom he believes he can fasten a charge of murder. That Black Hand agents were responsible for the death of Brady there is no doubt. Revenge is believed to have been the motive. Brady waa employed as a night watchman by Mat lory & Murray, contractors, who are building the new state road between Tarrytown and White Plains, which will form a boulevard between the Hudson and the county seat. The work is being hurried so that the road will he completed when the Westchester <'ounty Fair and Horse Show opens next month at the White Plains Fair grounds, which is some distance from the scene of the murder. Brarfy was in charge of the roadway where it is to run up near the lane leading to the Knollwood Country Club, the membership of which numbers many New York millionaire;!. On Friday Brady hfid a nicrrit off. and an Ital ian was placed on guard. Op. Saturday night Pasquale Giovani was put on us watchman, as it was not known whether Brady would return, but he did return. He ordered the Italian watchman away, and that was the last seen of him alivo. Yesterday afternoon Frank Hope, ?nn of Peter Hope, a White Plains grocer, was, hunting fOV frogs in a. brook which crosses land owned by a realty company, rapt of the Knoilwood Lanp, when he came across the body of Brady, lyjng in the brook. BELT STRAP AROUND NECK. Coroner Squires, of O^.sininjr. and Sheriff Lan<» wpre called, and they hurried to the spot in au tomobiles. Brady was found lying on his baoic in two feet of water. Tightly drawn around his nerk was a black belt strap, eimilar to the kind worn by Italians. Ii was tied so tight that it cut into the flesh. The top of the mans skull was crushed, and there was also a ghastly wound in the forehead, whfeto had the appear ance of having been mrxl. by a blow from a hat"het. Following iip their investigation, the official* found the spot where Brady had been strm'K down. About fifty feet from t're Knollwood en trance in the torn up highway were several pools. of blood. Nearby Was a watchman's club. which had been broken in two pieces by the. blows which had" been rained on the watchman* head. On the opposite side of the roadway were Brady's hat, his supper and several bottles of be?r. Tt was evident that he had been cruelly slain I "re eating his supper, and while walk ing. ckinsf' ( the road. From the pools of blood, ! footprints led to.'the bushes north of the state ; road, through the bushes and across a vacant : lot for a "distance of fifteen hundred feet, along ! which the body, had been dragged. Probably the i murderer had dragged the man by the strap by i which 'he; had •' been ' hauled to the brook,' into which 'the body had been thrown. If he was not dead' then, his life was smothered by the waters of the brook, which covered his body. Sheriff. Coroner and . deputy sheriffs Immedi ately started to hunt for Pasquale Giovanl, who was the last person seen near Brad y, and he was found in a shanty run by a padrone named Nicolo, at Elmsford, about 'a mile away. Pas quale said he ; had been sleeping "near "a "steam roller at Elmsford end had riot been near Brady. Another Italian :.nown only as "Joe" told Sheriff Lane, h wever, that he had seen Pasquale walk ing in the direction of the section of the road in charge of Brady late on Saturday night. MAY BE BLOOD STAINS. Sheriff Lane examined Pasquale's , clothing, and found several large stains which looked like blood on his coat: To-day Coroner Squires will ask the District ' Attorney to • have a micro scopical examination made of the stains to de termine whether they are those of human blood. Both Italians were locked up in the White Plains Jail pending investigation. Nothing was found in Brady's pockets except, a bottle of whiskey, and it is not known . whether he was robbed or not. It is generally . believed he was murdered out of pure revenge for driving away the Italian watchman who had taken his place. Suspicion, points to Pasquale because yester day morning he took away the. lanterns which Brady had sit out,, on . Saturday night, and which he knew- if Brady was alive he would look after. ' For. some time many Black Hand out rages have been committed in the northern sec tion of ■• Westchester County. Following the looting of three mansions of wealthy New York ers in North Castle, the holding up of several women in j Scarsdale, the \ blackmailing of rich foreigners in Chappaqua, teveral murders of Italians in Bedford and Croton who refused to pay tribute to the Black Hand ■ Society, resi dents of Chappaqua and Scarsdale formed a vigilance league, and also decided to establish a constabulary corps to patrol the dark and lone some highways. I* was only a couple of weeks ago that a stage fill.-d with women and children, bound from Silver Lake Park to Manhattan, was held up by masked foreigners in Central avenue, between Hartsdale and Scarsdale, and the occupants were ordered to give Tip what little cash they had after a day's outing at the lake. Brady was a poor man. It was believed he did not have an enemy in the world. He lived at Irvington-on-the-Hudson, with his wife and children. PENNED IN BY FIRE. Woman Burned to Death and Hus band Dying in Hospital. Mrs. Kate McDonald, forty-five years old, was burned to death in her apartments on the sec ond floor of the two story frame dwelling at No. 4«v4 Mercy avenue, Williamsburg, early yester day morning. Her husband, Hugh McDonald. In his efforts to save her. was so badly burned that he is in the Williamsburg Hospital in a dying condition. The flro ntarted in the small confectionery and stationery store of Samuel Sidon, on the ground floor. The flames spread rapidly and penned McDonald and his wife in a t-mall bed room. The work of extinguishing the flames was not difficult, and when the firemen entered th« apartments of the McDonalds they stumbled across the burned body of the woman and found her husband unconscious. They had not known Hiiy one was in the building. Dr. Mary Craw ford took McDonald to the WHliaxnsbiirg Hos pltaL MIX IN" ROBERTS CASE POLICE FORCES AT ODDS. Mrs. Williams Returns to Baltimore —Victim Had $2,000 with Him. » [By T'l^graph to The TribunM •Atlantic City, Aug. 30.— Th«» complications in the mysterious shooting of Charles B. Roberts here on Wednesday became further involved to day when relations between the police depart ments of Baltimore and this city became strained over Chief Woodruffs complaint that the police of the Maryland city were not aiding in the work of clearing up the mystery as en thusiastically as had been hoped. Another im portant feature of the day's developments was the fact that Mrs. W. S. G. Williams, who was with Roberts in the wheeled chair when at tacked on the Boardwalk, was permitted to leave the city and return to her home in Balti more upon her promise to return here when wanted. Mr. Roberts'^ condition is still critical and blood poisoning Is feared. An important fact, tending to support the highwayman theory advanced by Mrs. Williams, is that the victim had $2,<X>o on his person when he arrived in this city. No further attempt has been made to re move the bullet from the. victim's liver. The police promise a surprise within a few days. Chief Woodruff of the Police Department issued this statement to-day: The local department is not up in the air. nor is U trying to hide anything. Neither is it lying down on thft Job. When it gets ready to divulge the information tt has and in getting It will do so, and there may be some startling surprises when that time, arrives. You may r^st assured that the whole thing will be cleared up and everybody will know the result. NEW CLEW NOT ON ROBBERY THEORY. It was sail that the veiled promise of a sur prise contained in the police chief's statement wap based upon the n«r clew discovered yester day. This was not based upon the highway man theory, which the persons concerned in the case adhere to. nor to suspicions attached to ajiy relatives of Mrs. Williams. Speaking of the highwayman theory. Chief "Woodruff was asked: 'Have you definitely cast aside the highway robbery theory?" The reply waf a question to the interrogator. "Would a highway robber deliberately shoot a man who was not offering the slightest re sistance to his demands? After holding up his v" :iin in 3 lonely spot, would a robber, aft^r shooting, run away with no thought of the $l£6o in .jewels and monoy that were invitingly at his men > .'" The An antic City police resent the statements of th« friends 01 '.Mr. Roberts and' of Will iams that their refusal to accept the robber theory is due to the jealousy of Atlantic City's good' name. They d*vlare . that with what 'meagre', material they are able to obtain they are. g< ing ahead with the ■ investigation along line.*, ihai i-eem rational t<> thena. In the event of ■ Roberts'* recovery they are hopeful that he may be led into a satisfactory explanation of the affair, while in the case of his death more powerful means of inquiry would be. put into their hands to get at the bottom of the now closely guarded secret; and the only word that comes from \ the sickroom sis to the effect that if Mr. Roberts lives two weeks longer he will recover. This information is anything but satisfying to \ the police, but it is all the surgeons : can' say. 1 ' " r 1 ' :'.' LITTLE .POLICE HELP FROM BALTIMORE. When asked if he had. heard anything from Baltimore which had a j bearing on the closely guarded new clew, Chief : , Woodruff said: "I have as yet received no report from Balti more that satisfies me .with the result of in vestigations in that city. I believe that the Baltimore, police could clear up the question of Mr. Williams's. whereabouts on the night of the shooting in a convincing manner and in a very short while if they chose to , - so. But we are not getting the complete co-operation that I had hoped, for. I understand that a near relative of Mrs. Williams is connected with the Baltimore Police Board. | I do not know that this has had any effect upon the investigation. I have read all that has teen printed from Baltimore, but shall continue my inquiry along the lines.origi nally determined upon until I have good reason for a change. :So far. as to-day's developments arc concerned, there Is really nothing new." Mrs. Roberts saw her -husband to-day for the first time since the. shooting. She was allowed to talk to him only a few minutes, and then was obliged to retire from his room. The surgeons will not permit him to, become the least excited. They never talk to him of the shooting and al ways stop him if ■he starts to speak of that subject. - ■ • Tin- doctors rather look for a change either for better or worse in Robertas condition by to morrrow afternoon. MRS. WILLIAMS RETURNS TO HOME. The police learned to-night that Mrs. Williams had returned to her homo in Long Green Valley. near Baltimore, where she Joined her husband and children. She is suffering from nervous breakdown and is denied to all visitors. Acccording to dispatches from Baltimore Mr. Roberts had 9&OO6 on his person when ho left that city. His friends think that this lerds plausibility to Om attempt at robbery theory. Mr. Roberts usually carried large sums of mrmoy on his prrson. and yet never was known to carry a pistol or other weapon, both of which *acts were woll know a to persons whom he knew in Baltimore. The police learned to-day that Thomas D« Ford, a brother of Mis. Williams, is staying at the Imperial Hotel, in Narragansett Pier. R. 1., with his family. Mr. De Ford, according to local authorities, .-aid that hn first learned of the shooting from a newspaper, while he was in Chicngo, last Thursday, and that he had heard nothing from his sister since that time. He was emphatic in declaring that he believed the affair < oniained no element of mystery, and that it was a simple case of highway robbery. That the police at Atlantic City had another theory was due, he believed, to a reluctance to admit that such a hold-up could take place on a public place within their jurisdiction. Mrs. Williams accompanied Mr. and Mrs. De Ford In an automobile from Baltimore to Narra gansett Pier, arriving there on August 18. She remained there that night, and on the following day went to Atlantic City, where she had left her children. All the members of the De Ford family are well known in Narragansett Pier. Mr. Roberts has also been a frequent visitor there. y;(. DE FORD MAKES STATEMENT. Mr. De Ford gave out this statement at Nar ragan^'-tt Pier (o-night: After reaching the pier on August 18 I re mained here until last Tuesday, when. l went to Chicago to attend a meeting, of the National Leather Manufacturers' Association. I went to Boston and took the 10 o'clock a. m. train for Chicago, reaching there at 12:30 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. I registered at the Auditorium Annex, and the following day at tended a fair of the National Leather Manufact . urers' Association ;at .the Coliseum, and that afternoon wan present at a meeting of the as sociation. "I left Chicago nt 5:30 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, reaching Boston at S:80 o'clock on Friday night, and returned here early ' Continued •■ second p«a% - • Own***. »*. »r "Th« Tribune AsaoclAtlo*. FIRE IN NEW ORLEANS. Loss May Be $2,000,000— Firemen at Picnic and Little Water. ■" New Orleans, Aug. 30.— Fire which broke out in the ; centre of the commercial : district : here this afternoon ; swept over portions of three blocks, destroying a large number of wholesale houses, manufacturing plants and small stores. Starting at Bienville and Chartres streets, the flames worked their way north as far as Conti street' and west toward Royal, bringing about a.; property loss 'of between , $1. 000,» and $2,000,000 before they were finally" subdued. • At the time the alarm ; was turned In, shortly before. 3; o'clock, the New Orleans firemen were attending .* their ; annual ,' picnic at ' a suburban park , and the engines and patrols responded with a mere handful of men. . When the pic nickers finally reached .the scene it impos sible 'to make a successful fight : against > the flames, owing to an inadequate supply of water. The fire was one of the most, spectacular that has occurred In New Orleans in ) recent year.-. Th" section devastated was made largely of old building?, some over a half century in use. They were like tinder to the flames, and, fanned by a high wind, the. fire made rapid progress. . ' Two warehouses, filled with wines and liquors, were among the buildings destroyed. As they burned the. barrels of whiskey and brandy, ex ploded with roars that could be heard for blocks, and which shook the walla of adjoining buildings and endangered the lives of the fire men. . The flre was got under control after several hours of hard work. Among the establishments burned were the Central; Glass Company, George D. Scott, light ing and electrical instruments; Heidenbrock. Levy & "Weiss, shirt -manufacturers; Ho«hn,& Dieth. wholesale millinery; the Host Commission Company. Paul Gelpf £ ) Sons, wholesale liquor dealers: the New Orleans Junk Company. Isa dor" Keiffer & Co.. boots and .-hoes, and Thomas I* Harris, wholesale liquor dealers. AUTO TURNS OVER. - ■ Four Hurt, One Fatally, Near Egg Harbor Mile Course. [By Telegraph to The TribunM Egg Harbor. N. J.. \ug. 30.— H. Walker, a contractor, of Gloucester, N. J., was fatally In jured to-day when his big touring car turned turtle near this city. With him was his mother, wife and daughter, all of whom were severely hurt. The accident occurred at the same spot where the racing car Jack Rabbit met with a sim ilar fate. As they neared the measured mile course: Mr. Walker evidently lost control over the steering wheel, for the machine, which was going only fifteen miles an hour, swerved across the roadway and dashed Into the ditch, turning over and burying Walker and hi« mother be neath, while his . wife and daughter, who at tempted to jump out, were dashed to the ground, receiving severe bruises. The injured- persons : were taken in another automobile to the . office of , Dr. Crowell, who. recognizing their serious condition, sent them -to the hospital at Philadelphia. - >^ -:■>..- '- xi Mr. Walker was discharged recently from the Cooper" Hospital at Camden, and this was his first trip since then. • AERONAUT NEAR DEATH. Misses High Tension Wires, % but Falls in Front of Trolley Car. "Dick" Berry, the young aeronaut who has been making balloon ascensions at the Palisades Amusement Park, took a cannon up with him yesterday and touched It off as he dropped into space with his parachute. Th»». crowd of sky gazing spectators saw him ehoot forth as if from the mouth of the cannon and descend slowly toward earth, apparently in perfect safety. Berry, limvcvr, discovered that he was di rectly above the high tension trolley win .-■ ov-r the tracks of the Hudson River Tracti..n Com pany, and he feared he either would bo s, h ..*k 1 to death or crushed under the wheels of a fast moving car. The passengers hecamfl netted as the motorman put on the brakes and th- a- t<> n;iut swung over toward the centre of th<" track in his effort to dodge the deadly wires At this point the parachute struck the in sulated feed wire and tipped Borry out of his trapeze. He fell to the track directly in front of the car, which the motorman brought to a stop before It touched him. The passengers pil^d out and ran to Berry's aid. He \ V ; IS car ried to his t.^nt in the nark, and Dr. Brundage, of Edgewater, was summoned. The physician found the aerona.it > 'it tnd bruised, but without any broken bones. Berry was married last Wednesday, and his bride was it; the tent wiiti:i~ for hi 3 return, without any knowledge of his mLshap. When he was carried in. bleeding, she fainted ami i\;is treated by Dr. Brundas- 'after h>r husband's wounds had been dressed. HOUNDED TO HIS DEATH? Missing Croatian Banker Thought to Have Ended Life. Pittsburier. Aug. '•'< 1^ — George A. .^krivani. leader «>f the Croati.ii:s of Western Pennsyl vania, has hern mi.-sinsr from his home, which ■was also hi- private bank, steamship agency and nuh!k<r.ing office, sin-.e Friday afternoon, and members of his family believe that he has either been assassinated or driven to self-de struction by persecuu <\\ A New York Croa tian newspaper, it is alleged, has for several months been attacking him in a way thai greatly preyed upou his mind. Friends say his» business, and domestic relations were entirely satisfactory and that his unencumbered real estate here is more chon enoush to ny • t a 1 obligations of himself and his bank. Because of the Eastern publications a run was started <>» his bank the first of last week, but was stopped after thre. days by paying all demands. Skrivanl was president of the board of direct . s of tn»» National Croatian Society. puhlK-?he<i Its o Icial organ, and was. it. is said, the ae knowledgen and greatly beloved leader of over rive thousand Croatians in Western Pennsyl vania DEATH OF CAT MAY CHANGE BEQUEST. • [By T»l«ST»ph to The Tribune ] Boston, Aug. 30.— The death of a pet cat owned by Miss Margaret Vendeusen, a woman of seventy five year*, will,' : . unless »he changes her mind, be responsible for h*r determination not tr» give to Wesleyan : University a. valuable collection of., his torical relit'a • and . a considerable ;. sum of money. She ' .'believes that the students of ;. the university were responsible fur the cat's death* ; PRICE THREE CENTS COLUMBIA WAfITS fIDC BUT BOSSES SAY XAT. • Democratic Support for Hughes lf Rcnominated — of a Canvas** I From m. Speelfcl Oimspandaßt at Th« Trlbatnk 1 - Chatham, " N. V.. Aug. 30.— The epposMlea ; «t "Marshal Lou' Payn. Republican ; leader of Co lumbia County, and his political workers toward] Governor Hughes has been too openly declared throughout the Governor's term of office for, an tagonism toward, his renomination to •xefto much surprise now.' An anti-Hughes detention from ; this county to r the state convention f hair been considered a matter of course. . Yet even a cursory examination of the sltua-» tlon discloses a \ tremendous sentiment fin the) Governor's favor among Republican and Demo cratic voters alike; so much- so that Columbia* must.be added to> the list of counties where tJhat political chiefs . advance their own Ideas . aaol prejudices in preference •to following the will :o€ their constituents. - . Governor Hughes'* attitude on th« important policies advocated by him has fixed him firmly in the affections of the farmers of thia aectlofiu; They read the newspapers carefully." and tbJ« county ia near enough to Albany to permit. then* to keep rather closely in touch with leglBl»tlT« doings. In his first year. of office the Govern©** had their cordial good will and support, and hi* fight to abolish racetrack gambling at the' last < legislative session made him th« chief; topic -of! conversation at the country hotels. po«tofDe«» , and grocery stores. Almost to a unit t*»« peo pie here were with him on that question. .- Peti- : tions were circulated and pent to Senator San-» ford W. Smith, calling on him to support Gov ernor Hughes in his effort to wipe out profes sional gambling. » . . .. ;.- : ':'; Now the fight of th" professional politician* to stall off a renomination for the- Governor. haiai awakened th« farmera and tradps»p*opl« tn t!rt» county. Governor Hughes represents a d«fintt« ideal of honest, efficient public service and ri*ir| Independence, an.l the people like . it. i Conver sation with farmer, storekeeper, or chance ac quaintanco in a railroad train usually leads t<f one em!: '••*.-• 1 "Well, we like Governor Hughes well down h-r*. ami it'll cost the Republican ticket man/ votes If he Is not renomlnated." .. ■ "» Anti-Hughes sentiment there is. of course.'' Columbia County has the rural county's usual "sporty" element, and this Is arrayed- against,* renomlnation. The political workers., too, * sajr that railroad men. who form a considerable pro portion of the population of this - place, are* against him. and that he ia weak with the labor unionists. .. . ■ . - MANY HI'dHES DEMOCRATS. Yet back in the hills, clear over to the Mas sachusetts ami Connecticut lines, the people ar» for Hughes, and strongly for him. And this la n« r* strict t«"> RppuDliCi-mst. 'A- are Hughes Democrats in thin county, as-' a matter of fact," declared one influential poli tician of that persuasion. "It wouldn't do to_go_ on record with that fact, but it's practically true, nevertheless. If Governor Hughes is re nominated it seems to m*» he'll get .in per cent or the Democratic vote in this ccunty. .It-i* about all over for us this fall if the Republican convention chooses the Governor. ;: If they doat -why. we'll have a cinch. " We've got .three or four good men who would make a splendid run. and I believe would beat any^Republican. .but 'l ;J Hughes easily." : .' ■ The attitude of Payn. Senator . Smith and : th» underlings of the organization ' is raising soma wonderment in the minds of. the RepubU*aa voters, who cannot understand the antagonism which exists toward the Governor. They do nut see why the chiefs cannot be good enough Re- -, publicans to support the man demanded by .the mass of the voters, even if he does stand ; for . things which appear revolutionary and fantas tically scrupulous to Payn and his fellows.; A significant light on the local situation wa* .;. shed by a canvass recently conducted by th» - editor of "The Chatham Courier." That. paper ■ sent to seventy representative Republicans,-!!! . the various towns, whose opinions were -not known, the following questions: ...... "Do you favor the nomination of Governor /. Hughes?" •"« '-^^ "Do you think Republicans generally; in your town favor it? . "If not Hughes, who is your choice?" r-^jj^ There wore received sixty-seven answers, from thirteen townships. Of these sixty-four ••wer* -; for Hughes, and indicated that .this waa th* .: general sentiment in the towns in which ,th"> correspondents lived. Some. twenty letters a■• companied •.:. answers from persons who wish? I , to explain their sentiment more elaborately than could be done by bare replies to. the ques- . tions. N.«: one letter was in opposition- to ; th-» ; Governor. Some of these letters are appendevl: If the Republicans nominate any other man than Hughes he will certainly be defeated if the Democrats put up a decent candidate against 1,!,,, I have talked with a number of Repub licans and ,■• say the same thing. There 3no doubt* that the renomination of the „ Governor , would strengthen the national ticket .in : this state. It's Hughes or a Democrat with me. \j If Governor Hughes is turned down by th- Republican party they will have plenty of: tune to be sorry for their act. . ;: vJ '. If the Republican leaders fail to make him . their candidate they will "sin away their- day. of / grace" an.i endanger the national ticket lam sure both home and abroad through the state n<» . man would poll as many votes." What he would lose from the disgruntled politicians and oftV* seekers he would gain twenty times over fro™ independents and Democrats. I know many, of .; the latter that are anxious to vote for him. On* prominent Democrat In this town « remarked to the writer that If Hughes was nominated It would -.j be useless for the Democrats to put up a man. - Now that the Governor h3=« signified his willing-; ness to run, if the party- leaders <?> turn; him : down there will be such an exodus to any de- ; cent Democrat that any other Republican -,wtll scarce know he, was running. There 1* no man .. mentioned here with any respect, or enthusiasm other than Hughes. Republican or Democrat. -.- ONLY ONE CHOICE. Those who are being profited by. government by the boss for the boss and his followers hat* Governor Hughes and will do all thev.dar«rto retire him from office. Those who believe. in government by the people, who believe in right-. eous laws honestly administered: who 1 belfeve . in "direct primaries," which give every voter a fair and equal chance in nominating public of- - fleers: who favor honest.' efficient public admin- : : istration—these (and there are a whole lot '^ of . us) ar.» in rebellion and will do our : best' to ; "down"" the "machine" if it. has the audacity > turn down Hughes, I have no second choice; Hughes first, last and always. I have talked to-day with three Democrat* who are good Hughes men 'and another, Demo crat who did not yet wish to give an- opinion. These Democrats named three other sound Dem ocrats who favored Hughes. Three Republican* At-re in favor of Hughes: one other Republican' was doubtful. -Most voters think the inde pendent vote will go for Hushes. . .. ' A great mistake will be made if Hashes is not renominated. He has done more to enforce law ; and promote errlcl^ncy In «very state de partment than any Governor within my memory And more than that: His earnest endeavors t» bring the voters in closer contact with party rnana«em<-nt, Republican or Democratic: should , be zealously supported. I think I know of sev eral Democrats who \\ ill vote, for him If nomi- '. nated ■ ■•'-^ ',:,\ •In reply to your Truest, would Mat* taaV so far .is I know, all Republicans. except thej|