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Wav Chared for Prompt Consider
ation of Paf/nc Bill Changes
Planned bj/ Committee.
[From Th» Tribune nureaul
Washington, April I.— The Senate to-day
cleared the decks for expeditious consideration
c< the tariff bilL After nearly three hours of
discussion the Democratic programme of ob
struction a"d political embarrassment was
abandoned, and the Republican leaders re
mained in full command. An adjournment was
♦ak^n until Monday, and the Republican rnem
rrc of the Finance Committee resumed con
sideration of the Payne bill in their own way
and without Democtjitic assistance. Inciden
tally, to-day"* battle makes clear the fact that
the minority party is still in a hopeless search
for the ties that him; ami that the leadership
of Senator ■ rich is as potential as ever.
First, the Senate decided that no business
except the tariff bill and the census bill should
pc considered at this session of Congress After
this forward Stej had been taken, two hours
vrere devoted to debate on the' Bacon resolu
tion providing that the minority members of the
Finance Committee be permitted to sit with th*>
majority nf that committee to assist in the
(PSBi-exammation of witnesses When the
Democrats had finished their criticism of the
methods of the Finance Committee in handling
the tariff bill and Mr. Aldrich had replied with
amir spirit to a political speech by Senator
Bxroer. the Bacon resolution was referred to
the Finance Committee! Later in the afternoon
Mr. Aldrich called a ir.c-eting of the committee
for II o'clock to-morrow morning. At that i
time he will explain to the minority Senators
more fully than be did to-day just what the
majority of the committee Is doing. He will
repeat his statement that no bearings are being
held and that all the testimony given by the ex
perts, together with all the correspondence re
,^ive: by him or the committee, is at the dis
posal of the Democrats if they care to exam-
Is) It.
The trend of sentiment in the Finance Com
mittee is now setting; strongly toward not only
retaining the inheritance tax provision of the
Payne bill, but Increasing the percental -
toward retaining tea on the free list, the House
committee having decided to strike off the duty;
toward leaving the countervailing duty off
coffee, and toward augmenting the revenue
producing: power of the bill by Increasing the
taxes on beer and tobacco.
While the leaders insist that no definite de
cisions have been reached regarding the In
heritance, beer and tobacco rates, it is known
That they believe the steps outlined win be nec
essary in order to obtain sufficient revenue to
carry on the government. There is. as has been
told in these dispatches, opposition to the In
heritance tax because of th« fact that many
states impose such a tax. On the other hand.
"there are some powerful arguments which will
be advanced in its favor, and it will 1- con
tended that even with the increase proposed by
the Senate, 1 per cent on each classification,
&dded to the state tax, there will be no hard
ship, as the tax will fall on those best able to
bear it. Prom a political point of view, more
over, the imposition of such a tax is regarded
as judicious. The Senate leaders are not alto
gether cheerful over the prospect that they will
have to Impose this tax. at they regard it as
the least of the evils Which confront them, for
they have failed to swerve the President from
; liis determination, if the bill gives promise of
-.yielding to«> little revenue, if urge the adoption
lof somr form of Income tax.
Th- manifestly widespread unpopularity of
duties on tea and coffee famishes the incentive
for opposing- those imposts, and the President
has not hesitated to warn th,- leaders that in
his judgment the voters would seriously resent
thtin. On the other hand, there is criticism of
the Payne bill ... it fails to increase the
i*x on be»-r and deals so lightly with tobacco.
The number of people who regard both of these
commodities as not only luxuries, but per
nicious, is constantly increasing, as is shown by
the progress of the prohibition movement and
the \aricd and extensive legislation whereby
Rates have sought to place obstacles in tlie
'•■ay of the Bale of cigarettes, and it is argued
that Increased taxes on both would command
the general approval of voters.
Following the adjournment of the Senate this
afternoon the Finance Committee spent nearly
three hours in discussing the free list para
graphs of the Pajiw bill. Several Senators ap
peared with constituents who desired ■ few
words with the committee on minor para^ra^hs
" f the bill, and they wore hoard briefly. Up to
the present tinse th<n has been complete har
mony among the Republican members of the
linence Committee. While they have not been
in accord on every proposition discussed, the.
diilereac.es of opinion on essentials have not
"•■■ marked. Progress has been so rapid that
thf Senate leaders are becoming anxious that
' lhe Houko BhaH take earlj^actlon on the Payne
WJL If the bill passes the House on April <». .is
now seems probi We. the Senate leaders believe
it -nil; be passible -for the Finance Co:m* ccc to
leporl the substitute on April 12.
Th. Ivmocrats to-day expected some aid anl
<«infort from Senators Scott and Klkins. who
♦any in (be tvoek indicated that tiny were dIV- '
th* F^ "' *''" " Vay — 'najority members or
„.* "wne* Committee are proceeding. The ;
th i^ lr?inia Senators were present, but ;
, T J. :st in puUing D mo
ts*, <*^uts from tho lire.
MR ALD Ri«:h defends protection. I
fcajwl?* the- most notable feature of the de- :
J"'. £ * aa speech In defence i
>^ vh r' ■ Senator
:-"-ts" , V* P V l<> " nat ° 1U »>»'»- The latter
togj " ," R*»iablR *» iablk * n ''"^-v m ix-ing inimical
«* PUbile welfare. He spoke "i -star vham-
'^-" ' Jn<l <!e<J ' 1 '- < - 13 "*»« '™* wit- |
<*»h, v.' W<n: b ' ■■■-' th, Re|.ublic«n member^ ;
.*'* .T W ° OnlmiU "- «?? a .resentativ- I
-J»*a, int-.sts an<i an enemy of the Am»n-
SE3SS "* "*>»- ref, rr ed to he
i>n Mon<l:iy by ?«•* Elkins;
'1«n? » f — tht ' R '» ub!^n.s u<re -M
a^h'r ■;; ti . iid< lh " y * l: " Uld »S withnn".
SSS; V 1"V 1 " * aySn * U UaS »~«iy 4 fate I
rrod U 2" rS^TK ?r! d tak " :),.. . in .,,
»rU' M- P ■ >3&* 1 * and -■ it raw ,na
"4"-t >• T^J ?&0* that *& "me was I
wo U ,d r
" ~iZT l S l th * */*%ve policy. !
•I* r/rd 7* l^ •t.ctu. syste -
•wmej m\ ' -been:, -
ggt clccuon had se tt!td for year, to come.
«:outlau-d <m »,,.„,,„ W£l>
A $50,000,000 (OAL DEAL.
Independent Steel Companies Buy a
Hundred Thousand Acre*.
Pittsburr, April 5. — Beating the CTnited States
Steel Corporation, which, it is eaJd, bad been
:■!)-_- to :r,-t the property, a deal was clow i
10-day by Independent steel concerns for on«
hundred thousand acn s of Pittsburg coking c-.i!
In Greene. Kayette and Washington counties.
;it a cost of JSO, v The pr »perty purchased,
"ti which the first payment was made to-day to
th< owner, ».;is held by J. V. Thompson, "f
ITnlontown, .-md his assoi lates.
The s:i i., vvas ir ,.,,i.. t ,. „ bolding company,
representing, it la said, everj important Inde
pendent ste. i company in Urn country except
Jones ft Laughlin, of Pittsbarg, who are said not
to be Interested In the deal Charles M. Schwab.
of the Bethlehem Steel Company, i? said t:> be at
the head of the new concern, and it has be<Mi
rumored that John W. Gates was behind th>
deal. Tt is said thru J P. Morgan war- asked
to undertake the purchase of this property and
t!;.- consolidation of Independent st. el interests.
: -.:t refused -'ii account of bis as-- to become
Interested In so l:trtr° an undertakmg
All the <•<;.! in the purchase mad.' to-da> b.^,
longs to the Pittsburg vein and averages nine
feet in thickness. Mr. Thompson had been fif
teen years In acquiring the land, having bought
most of the enal In sm^l! tracts frem farmers :it
.in average prl t about $r,:, an acre A large
i-trt of the purchase is Immediately accessible
by railroad and is already opened up.
iPeadations of Which Baltimore Reg
ister's Clerk Is Accused Grow.
Baltimore, April I.— William F. Downs, the
young derk in the ( .fri,-.. „f th<- City Register.
continues under arrest, charged with embezxle
• of funds belonging to the city, and further
probing into the matter appears to reveal an
ev< n worse state „( slEalrs It' the dty Hall than
rind been believed. I towns had s further hear
ing this afternoon before Police Magistrate
Johansson, in the course of which State's At
torney Owens, in ;tskins t!>at Downs be held.
s.iid that the money taken from The city prob
ably amounted to 1106.000. Magistrate Johans
sen held the accused man for a hearing to-mor
row afternoon, without bail.
I)ow ns's attorney thereupon obtained ■' writ
of habeas corpus and t""k his client before
Judge Btockbridge, who sustained the action
of th- magistrate, though, upon agreement, bail
was finally fixed by the Judge at (50.040. City
Solicitor Poe said that one hundred chart-!" .-f
larceny would be preferred against Downs.
Downs is twenty-eta years ol i and bac been
twice mail led. his first wife tuning died. He
has been living in a style v.-ry far beyond the
means of a £900 a year clerk, which he was
until recently, when he was promoted to a
£I.4«hi clerkship, nmcfa against his will His
alleged peculations trace back to .lu!y l. I*o7
He has been known widely as a lavish spender,
keeping a couple of racehorses mid leading a
sporting life.
Downs is bonded in a local bonding company
to the extent of $3,000, and City Register
Thomas -to the amount or .<. r >t».ono. The latter
bond, it is asserted, i oven any defalcations In
the City Register's office, but this appears to be
in some doubt. Up to a late hour to-night
Downs was still in custody, bondsmen net hav
ing been obtained.
mixers fk;iit officers.
One Killed. One Fatally Hurt-in
Effort io Rescue Prisoner.
Pittsburg. Aj.ril I -nn,- man w;is killed and
another probably f:it;t!p Injured late this after
n«.on ;'t Cheswick, Perm., in a fiKht between a
crowd of miner? formerly employed at the Har
wick mines of the Allegheny <"o.i! Company and
\ :•:■' deputy constables. The dead man Is "Mike"
Strenyard. NTorwatk Bulterge, twenty-four years
old, has two bufiets in his back, and
tld to be doubtful.
The trouble Ktarted when the i rowd of miners,
who had refused to work under a new wage
■■■rile In effect to-day, attempted to rescw a
comrade ■•• :■■ bad been arrested. Deputies Al
bert Holland tnd 1. C. Blair and th-ir prisoner
had proceeded but ■ short distance when a
attempted t" tak'- the miner
from the officers. It is- s;ild tlmt Stnrnyard drew
.•■ r volver and began firing at the officers. Hol
land returned ti> f Bre, Strenyard being almost
tly kille.; Dlair also dr« « a ■ '..'.-.< r and
i.. gan Bring. B .itert,'-- was hit twice, and when
the foreigners saw him fall they rapidly dis
persed. In the ii^ht The prisoner escaped. Hol
land was held utvler .<l'.<»<Kl hall On B tocl
American in Honduran Jail Provides
Against ( 'onfiscation.
GaJveston, Tex., April 1. The schooner Caro
tin Vougbt, having as a cargo an Ironbound
b.-x sai'i t'i contain i<r>,«;« m > in Peruvian silver
and five flunks, contents unknown, were con
signed to Collector Lee to-day, '■• keep safel]
until th.ir own.;, k c. Griffith, formerly of
Missouri, is released from a Honduran jail
Letters containing drafts on w»- Orleans
banks for sufficient money to pay off tlu crew,
■t and quarantine fees and maintain the
' .- t tins port accompanied the vessel.
:n.-. had been engaged in mer
- oess at Baifatti, Honduras, with a
..n.iji Last wint« r he went to New
■;,•••• be purchased the Carolln Vought.
Earl] i:i March the .-tore building owned by
<;riif!th and Mi.-s Beauchamp was burned, and
tin two were arrested, charged \\ith anon, a'
though th- building was not Insured Fearing
that his money and valuables would be confis
cated, <;riTi;iii had them taken aboard th.
Vought, with instructions to proceed to GaJ
Chicago, April 1 New :.i«li record marks for
■ L*on i'"i ::ii deliveries of wheat were rr
covded ob the Board <<< Trade li.-i.- to-daj wiipn
the M.-. option moU at Ji •*■>>. sad tbe July at
■ bushel. Tbe im-w mark for tbe May de
liver) I* within i"» cents of tbe iiigbest price ••.-:aii-
Ijshed In the famous Gates dt-ai Ui !!•>". Reports
■i~> to tin crop in « »l : i.» and Indians i.y
killing were !.!.■;■ responsible Cor the
Sorrento, April !. The physician la attendan c
<n i". Marion Crawford, the novelist, said his
patient was better this "fm'lllg and that hf hopeil
■• ii- (iisis bad passed. Mr. Crawford tlepi for five
. after urnicli the fewr dlmhtlshed .wij
Ms inteßlseace was rltarer. Further improve
ment v. as noted to-night, but his convalescence, it
is ;• sri ■•. v. ill be si.iw.
"Its jmrlty iiaa made It famous."—
Trunks Found on tied Star Pier Just
After Gothland's Baggage and
Freight Were Cleared.
Three large trunks, smuggled into this coun
try on March 24 on the Red Star liner Gothland,
were opened yesterday at the Public Stores and
found to contain IT.O Kmpire gowns, valued at
130.000. The trunks; were found on the Red
Star pier by Deputy Surveyors Tierney and
Norwood, soon after the Gothland's baggage
and freight had been cleared.
Under orders of John M. Bishop. Deputy Sur
veyor In charge of the Third Division, who has
made an effective crusade against the smuggling
«>f "sleepers," the trunks were sent to the Pub
lic Store* and were not opened until yesterday.
This is the largest seizure made by Mr. Bishop
in the thr»e months he has kept a special watch
on the baggage of the steamers of the Red Star
:md American lines, Within three weeks gowns
and linery amounting to $55,000, which foreign
exporters have shipped to this port in the form
r>f "sleepers." have been confiscated. Thus far
six- trunks have fallen int.» the Bands v of Mr.
Bishop and his men, and . it is believed that
several more Ids: seizures will be made before
the shippers abroad are informed that their
receiving agents on this side of the Atlantic are
letting the consignments go to the Public Stores
rather than disclose their Identity and risk
being arrested for smuggling.
It was learned yesterday that nothing could
Rave from confiscation several consignments be
lieved to be on their way from Prance to this
port on slow steamers. The most effective move
made by the customs officials In getting at the
"sleepers" (unmarked and unclaimed baggage)
was the elimination from the piers of several
persons suspected of petting the baggage safely
from the piers to its owners.
The United States Attorney's office Is putting
forth its best efforts to find the persons in New
York who are implicated in the smuggling. The
wryk of examining the gowns taken from the
three trunks yesterday at the Public Stores was
carried on with much secrecy.
It is believed that the six trunks which have
been sHrod within three weeks have all come
from the same shipper, and are consigned to
'•ne dealer in this city. Like those found in tho
two "sleepers" which were brought here on the
last "sleepers" trip of the American liner New
westward trip «.f the American liner New
York, the gowns in the trunks from the Goth
land bore tags with numbers and letters which
the customs officials are confident will lead to
the identification of the consignee In this city.
One of th« trunks is unusually lance and Is
covered with glossy leather. The other two
are smaller and not well made. While it bore
no name, each trunk had certain Identification
mark* on it which the customs officials say arr>
Identical with those seized on the American
liner New York ~
tit first of the six trunks r.»iz<>4 witWn thrf-e
iveeks was the ?5.00« "sieeper* which arrived '
El on the American • lin*r Philadel
>!arr'i •> on the American lln^r Philadel
phia. Although the deputy surveyors knew it
was on the Philadelphia, a search of the steamer
failed to discover it. it was recovered several
days later uptown, after it had been removed
from the Red Star pier, where It had been j
swung from the stern of the Philadelphia
The two trunks on the American Line pier ]
Containing $20,000 worth of gowns wen dis- !
covered on March 20 after the steamer New
York cleared for Southampton.
It was reported yesterday that the thr. j
"sleepers" which arrived here on the Gothland ■
wen recorded on the ship's manifest and were
consigned to two fictitious consignees, but this j
was dented by the customs officials.
Takes Title to Former Stern House, i
in Fifth Avenue. Near 07th Street, j
Thomas F. Ryan Is going to move from !im |
old home, at th« northwest corner of il:!i street !
and Fifth avenue, to a line modern house in I
Fifth avenue. just north of f.Tth street. His |
new homo will be No. SSS Fifth avenue. \W. j
took title yesterday to that property from the I
City Investing Company, of which Robert K.
Don-ling Is president. The purchase price is
said to have been $846,000. !
Isaac Stern at one tlm<- owned and occupie ' >
N". S.">B Fifth avenue, which is a five story j
American basement dwelling house, with a
frontage of '..*. feet and ■ depth of li 1 feet. Th« |
property is still described In realty circles ,1? j
the form, i Stern house, although its last oc- |
cupant was William J. Dingee, of California j
Mr. Dingee became the owner of the house
about two years ago. He sold it a few weeks
ago to the City Investing Company, taking lii !
exchange the two four story dwelling houses I
No. 581 and No. SB3 Fifth avenue, on a plot 33
by 100 feet, adjoining the home of Miss Helen ;
M. Gould, at the northeast corner of 47th street, j
Just north of the premises No. 85S Is the I
Yerkes art gallery, recently bought at auction ■
by »i syndicate composed of Henry Morgenthau,
Andrew J. Connick and Martin D. Fink. on
the south is the home of George J. Gould. The ;
bouse was sold (tartly furnished.
Young Pittsburg Women of Wealthy Families ]
Appear fit W. C. T. U. Benefit.
. By Telegraph '" The Trlbtin«, | !
Pittsburg, April Once again the daughters of
wealthy Pittsburg families appeared to-night,
dancing, singing or acting in pantomime for the
i.eri.'iit of the Women's Christian Temperance .
Union. !
It Is estimated that the aggregate wealth of th«
fathers of those who took part in the' entertain
ment, which occurred at the Carnegie Music Hall,
is not far from $330,600,000. Among the young :
women who appeared were Miss Helm Prick, Miss '
Virginia Frew and the Misses Harper. The affair
was a success, a large sum of money being re- !
alised. !
Goes with Party of Friends to Attend Opening j
of Virginia Railway.
H. H Rogers, accompanied by a party of friends. '
Including James M. Beck and Murk Twain, sailed
for Norfolk yesterday on the steamer Jefferson, of
the Old Dominion Lt'ne. to attend, on April 3. the
official opening of the Virginian Railway, of which i
he is president and practically sole owner. The
visitor* will await at Sen-all's Point, near Norfolk,
the arrival of the first tiainload of coal, which
will be brought 'over the new road from the ter
minal at Deenwater W Va.
Among Mr. Rogers'a guests are Urban H. i
Broughton, Melville K. Stone, Williarh R. Coe,
George H. Church. Franklin Q. Brown, G. H.
Hyams, Ralph Ashcrofl, Raymond Ou Puy and
Wiaiam S. Benjanjia. '-HzA (
Promised Deal Makes Organization
Hapfw Strengthens Bcnscl's
Chance* to Head Ticket.
Tammany organization men were juhiiant
yesterday over the unconfirmed news sifting
from the City Hall and Tammany Hall that the
McClellari-Murphy peace pact would endure
sufficiently to Insifre to the organization all of
the remaining good appointments to be made by
the Mayor. The developments yesterday sup
ported The Tribune's article last Sunday an
nouncing the probability that Commissioner
Brnsel of the Board of Water Supply would run
for Mayor and that easier, times were due for
the Tammany district leaders
Things are not far enough along to character
ise the situation as a "deal" between the Mayor
and Mr Murphy, but it is believed that the
Mayor has to some extent resumed friendly
relations with the chief of Tammany Hall, and
is preparing to distribute patronage in a man
ner that will please 'the Tammany men. Before
midsummer Mayor McClellan will make the fol
lowing appointments:
Three city magistrates, to serve ten years, at
ST..". a year; one Special Sessions justice, forty
rity marshals, whose fees amount to about
£3,004) a year each; a Deputy Water Commis
sioner and secretary to the Department of
Water Supply.
In addition to these places there is more or
less patronage in connection with the Board of
Water Supply, of which John A. Bensel is
president. Mr. Bensel says he is not a poli
tician, but while be was chief engineer of the
Dock Department he maintained most cordial
relations with Charles K. Murphy, at that time
treasurer of the board, and with J. Sergeant
Cram, president of the board and now chairman
•f the Tammany General Committee. j
Mayor McClellan and John H. O'Brien. Com
missioner of the Department of Water Supply,
Gas and Electricity, are not as intimate las for
merly, while Commissioner Bensel and his
brother, Walter Bensel, Sanitary Superintend
ent, seem to be more potential than ever at the
City Hall.
Just what it ;ill means the Tammany district
leaders do not profess to know. The Mayor has
given Murphy some terrific surprises in the last
three years, and that gentleman is wary of him.
The Tammany organization has been greatly
weakened by the starvation diet enforced by
the City Hall under McClellan, and while it wel
comes the prospect of regular meals it is look-
Ing hard at all the bones from the City Hall,
fearful that there are "string:*" to all of them,
and that further and more bitter disappoint
ments will follow their acceptance.
The Mayors friends scout th.-> theory that ho
has entered into a deal with Murphy. They
admit that he is showing the organisation favors
and expect that he will do what he can to beat
the Republicans and other* in the coming- may
oralty fight.
Yesterday there was "sprung" a story that
Commissioner O'Brien very soon would resign
his office and that the Mayor's new political
Adviser us Commissioner Bensel. When the
.Mayor was asked about it he said:
"I see that I am to have a political adviser.
I am not In politics, and have not been for three
years, bo ! don't see the necessity of a new
adviser, or any adviser, for that matter. I don't
krf>>w of any reason why Commissioner O'Brien
should resign. I have not asked him to do so,
and he lias not tendered his resignation, nor
has he spoken to me about it."
"Will you say that no far as you are con
cerned he will not resign?"
"I know of no reason why he should resign.
He Is a most admirable commissioner."
When Commissioner O'Brien was asked about
the reports he said:
"I don't Intend to resign. Nothing has been
s;aid to me about resigning, and I've said noth
ing to any one about It. It's a good day for an
April fool Joke." |
Politicians Already Naming Succes
sor for Bronx Park Commissioner.
Mayor McClellan will receive on- Monday an
abstract of a very long letter sent by Park Com
missioner Joseph I. Berry of The Bronx in
answer to the findings of the Commissioners of
Accounts in the recent Investigation of his de
partment. Commissioner Berry turned in his
answer to the Mayor last week, but it was so
long that the Mayor was compelled to turn it
over to th« Law Department for the prepara
tion of an abstract.
it is understood at the City Hall that the
Mayor will ask Mr. Berry for his resignation.
While the Commissioner's answer to the find- |
Ings is supposed to be satisfactory to the Com
missioner himself, it is a fact that the Mayor is
not well pleased with the record made by Mr.
Berry last year. Filling the office Is likely to
involve a lively contest. Borough President
Haffen has several candidates/or the place, and
It is understood that Charles F. Murphy has a
number of names to present to the Mayor. No
action Is expected in the matter until next
Arrested While at II Desk on
Charge of Larceny.
Cornelius Wlnant, jr.. a clerk in the employ of
the Corn Exchange Bank, at No. 15 William street,
was arrested yesterday while at i is desk in tho
hank, charged with the larceny of IvS from Miss j
Florence Harrington, of Xo. 115 West UKSd street.
i>n March 30. Winant, the police say. declared
himself innocent of any crime ami said the ac
cusation was false. He gave his address aa No,
gOt ;.i!i street, Brooklyn, and was held in tMM bail.
In response to a note which Winant was per
mitted to send out during the evening Robert 8. '
Tilson, of No. «i; West 87th street, visited Police '
Headquarters at II o'clock last night and offered
real estate as security for YVlnant'a ball. T!i«<.n
tnd young Winant then left together, both refus
ing to discuss the' case.
BufnoH Ayres, April -The Venezuelan govern
ment has asked the Argentine Government to re
juest the Argentine Mltdster to Italy, Dr. K. Saenz j
Pena,' to act as arbitrator In the questions pending
between Venezuela an.l the' United States. The
Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs has com
municated by cable with Dr. Saenz Pena.
Zancsville. Ohio, April I.— Otto Herbert Dllley.
musical director and composer of popular songs,
died from consumption at his home in BenecavUle,
Ohio, to-day. He was thirty-five years old. Dilley
was in charge of the Iroquols Theatre orchestra,
Chicago, the afternoon of the rirc. rive yean ago.
lie kept the orchestra playing a lively air, In the
tiupe it avoiding a panic in the audience.
E. H. HARRnrAy.
As he appeared yesterday on returning to New
York after his ten thousand mile trip.
Solemn Benediction Pronounced hi)
Archbishop of Paris.
Juvisy, France. April 1. — Monsignor Amietto,
Archbishop of Paris, accompanied by the co
adjutor and a large number of the clergy, pro
nounced a solemn benediction to-day on the
new aerodrome and the two Voison aeroplanes
in the presence of a large assembly, in which
Count Boni de Castellane and his children were
The archhi«hop Mild that the Church wad not
an adversary of progress, but. on the contrary,
was disposed to encourage new manifestations
of human industry, and he asked thereon th»
blessing of Heaven. Nothing merited the bene
dictions of the Church more than the conquest
of the air, he said, for man was not made to
crawl on the earth, but to mount.
Prussia Seeks to Block Their Pur
chase of Potash Mines.
Berlin. April I.— The Prussian government has
Introduced a bill in the Diet forbidding for
eigners from acquiring mineral properties and
operating mines within Prussia without the spe
cial permission of the King or the authorities
representing him.
It is -assumed that this bill is largely due to
the discussion which has been going on for some
weeks among those interested in the potash In
dustry regarding the probable purchase of pot
nsh mines In Prussia by American fertilizer
combinations so as to render themselves inde
pendent of the German potash syndicate.
Sixth Transcontinental Line Fin
ished hif St. Paul Company.
Chicago, April 1 . —It was announced from the
offices "f tin- Chicago, Milwaukee &- St. Paul
Railway to-day that the last rail of the Pacific
Coast extension of the Chicago, Milwaukee &
St Paul Railway, now known as the Cnlsagri,
Milwaukee & Puget Sound Railway, had been
laid at a point two miles east of Bflsswila,
Mont., thus completing :i sixth transcontinental
railroad. Kr--iKht and passenper service will
b»- established soon after June i.
The length of the extension just completed
is a trifle over fbui teen hundred miles!. Th«
first shovelful of earth was turned April 1.*.. I9M
>Bince then (0.0*0.000 ruble yards of material has
been excavated SSO.OOO yards of tunnel driven,
twenty miles of bridges erected, and 200.000
tons of gs-pound rails laid, at ;\ total cost "f
Bodies of Aged Couple Found
Buried in Cellar Under Ruin*.
Toledo, April 1 Th.- finding of the bodies of
Ludwig Krueger, sixty-six yean old, and his
wife, sixty-three, burled in ths ceUas of their
home, which was destroyed by fire early to-day.
confronts the Toledo police with a. punting mur
der mystery.
At :: o'clock tl-.i.> in trning the Krueger borne,
one mile west of Toledo. was discovered ablaze,
and there was no trace of the Kruesjers. When
the ashes had coated a search of the debris was
made, but no bodies were found. Later in the
day two boys Were lM gg* Il> g in the cellar, and
noticed that the brick floor had been tampered
with. < >p.e of them raised a brick, and the face
of the dead woman was revealed. Mere of the
ti. .< >r was takes up, and the body of Mr. Krueger
Wai round buried with bis head at the feet of
his wife. Both had been stabbed to d< atii. pre
sumably with a butcher knife.
It is not known just when the murder oc
curred. The Kruegers were last se.-n alive „n
Tuesday evening by m. Soboleski, a tailor, who
last Saturday paid Mr. Krueßer £MJOQ ;:s part
payment for the purchase of the Krueger farm.
It is believed that n-bix r> was th.- motht. and
thai the flayer. aft«x burying '.ho bodies and re
placing the brit k flooring in the cellar, set fire
to the house to cover up the murder.
At midnight, at the , lU | „f a four-hour quiz
zing, Soboleski was held for further investiga
Chicago Women Opposing Glove and Stocking
Duties Will Extend Their Campaign.
|B] Telegraph to Th« Tribune. '
Chicago. April I.— About one hundred thousand
names were added to-day to the (real protest
against the Increased duties on wearing apparel
proposed '>> the Payne bill. Furthermore, it was
arranged by the women In charge vt the move
ment in Chicago to forward blanks for signatures
to women's ami other organizations in other cites.
Among the centres selected for the campaign
against the bill are Minneapolis. St. Paul. Indian
apolis. Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver, San Fran
cisco and Cleveland. It is expected that in those
cltie3 the banner of the sieve and stocking will
be unfurled within a few hours.
Beautiful pictures' in colors and half tones; a
brilliant array of tpeciul articles and high class
fiction. Profusely Illustrated Paris fashions; time
ly feature* ol interest to the whole family. Order
Xroai jour newsdealer to-<iaj\— Advt-
HE WANTS *i,>>',n,i>r,» FROM
To Reimburse Southern Pacific fof
Dam — I,ooks for Conservatism
in Politics and Business.
Returning to New York last night after ha I **
Ing travelled over ten \ thousand miles sine*
January, largely over the lines controlled by
him, E. H. Harriman foreshadowed a conflict
between the Southern Pacific Railroad and the
United States government over the plans the
latter is making for diverting the water back
of the Laguna dam, in Southern California.
This is the dam built by the Southern Pacific
to prevent the waters of the Colorado River
from wiping out the Imperial Valley.
Mr Harriman seemed to feel aggrieved be
cause as he said, the government had not re
paid to the railroad some J1.600.0P0 as its share
in building the dam. "Furthermore," he added,
"they are now planning to build a ditch from
this dam down into Mexico and back into Cali
fornia, which will interfere with our irrigation
project. They say they are going to spend
54,000.000 or $5,000,000 in doing this, but they
might as well save their money. It may be
somewhat inconvenient for us to do it. but If
they carry out their plans we will build a high
ditch line back si theirs and get the water for
irrigating our land, in spit.' of them.
Evidently Mr hirriman thinks that the
Southern Pacific did ■ great work in savin? the
Imperial Valley and that the government is act
ing shabbily in trying to take advantage of the
dam to use the water in Irrigating other lands
at the* expense of those through which the
Southern Pacific runs. /
As for the conflicts over regulation between
the railroads and the national and the state
governments, Mr Harriman seemed to think
that a more conservative policy would be adopt
ed in th. future
'It is up to the federal government." he ?ald.
"to begin a retreat, or. I should say. a read
justment of relations. I think the federal grr»
ernment will adopt a policy, which will be an
example to state governments, of letting the
more conservative forces lead."
"Then you think there will be modification*
In the Sherman law and in some of the atr.t-s
laws regulating railroads?" was asked!
"I certainly do," replied Mr. Harriman. "I
think that public sentiment will demand it.
Under the Sherrr.an act we cannot even meet to
consider strong companies giving aid to weaker
railroads. Sense lines, through lack of fortune
or of for"«;!»ht. have been becoming weaker. I
want to see these weak lines become more ef
ficient, for their delays and shortcomings affect
the stronger lines. There should be no reason
why long term contracts should" not be made
with parallel or competing lines without chang
ing the ownership for the mutual benefit of th«
railroads and the public. ; •
The Sherman act is at the bottom of all
these purchases of railroads by stronger in
terests, because rht» people interested could not
control the '.v*ak-r lines in any other way than
by purchase. "'
Mr. Harriman said h- had no fault to find
with th? principle of government inquiry, but
he Objected to tho methods that had been used.
It was the infliction of a big fine by a "■sub
sei tlenl court." he saM, which brought on ths
panic of 11<«>7.
"I>i>n"t you think tne Standard Oil Company
should have been investigated.*" was asked.
"(>h. yen," he replied with a smile. "They
probably needed some inquiry. But all the :n
qntrles of the government seemed to be turned
in . -rtain dire, tions. Th-y might have been
turned in other directions as wefl, and witll
much profit "
N >T i;<>lX(; T<> RETIRE.
Browned by his exposure to the weather ia
the Southwest, Mr. Harriman declared he was
feettng fine, and those who saw him nsfisrs h*
left said the improvement was marked.
"What about the date of your retirer
he was asked.
'Why. I am not thinking about that." he re
plied with a smile. "There are some people
managing properties out West who want to im
prove their lines, and they want some help."
"Does that foreshadow some more financing
in the near future?" he was a.-ked.
"We have been financing all the time." he
Mr. Hail Unas reached New York at 5:50
o'clock last night, his special running from Buf
falo as the second section of the Lake Shore*
Limited. From Chicago his train of four cars
had been sent over the Michigan Central, be
cause, as he put it. SOSSS of the women wanted
to see Niagara Falls. "But I assure you." he
said, "I did not get up at 6 o'clock to admire
the beauties of the scenery."
Usually Mr. Obi i linns in returning from his
West trips has come in by the Erie, in which
he is interested. But now he is a director in th*
New York Central and other Vanderbilt lines
and this was his first trip over them since ha
entered the management.
"Is it true." he was asked, "that you are to
take an active par! in the manaseroent of the
New York Central lines?"
"Well. I cant say about that." was the reply.
"I haven't been asked yet."
When the newspaper men who had been asks-!
to join Mr. Harriman at Tonkers walked to the
end of his special train of four cars, which
Mopped for them at 5:14 lock, they were con
fronted by a battery of cameras in the hands of
members of the Harriman party. It was April
Fool's Day. and the Joke was on the newspaper
men. as one of the party expressed it. Mr.
Harriman acted us master of ceremonies, an.]
commanded the newspaper men to stand in tho
sun and "look pleasant" 'while their pictures
were taken. Not until this was done woul-I
Mr. Harriman pose while the newspaper pho
tographers took a shot at him and the member*
of his party.
Bui Ming ever with good humor. Mr. Harri-*
man invited the newspaper men into his car.
and so interested did he become in answering
the questions put to him that the. train had been
Sn the 'Irani Central Station ten minutes before
be realized It.
Last night he IBSBVt in his Fifth avenue home,
instead "f Roing to Arden. As to whether h*
would b^ at his office to-da>. Mr Harriman sail
he did not know [ am still drifting:." he saiJ,
with a laugh
i>:;irr members of the partj ■rtere Miss Mary
Harrinum. Dr and Mrs. George A. Dixon and
Mr and Mrs. Robert Goelet.
Mr. Harriman said he wanted to Correct some
things sent oxf. as having been said him In

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