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!<"■ LXV111....V- 22J87.
'Jsks 'About Stifling of Bills in
Committee and Activity of
"Clerk's Desk."
i By pas* to The Tribune. ]
Albany. April 5 — Pent up protests at the
stifling of legislation by chairmen of committees
and the activity of the Assembly desk force in
regard to legislation burst out to-night without
a moments warning when Assemblyman Will
iam M. Bennett, of New York, declared in a
caustic speech, which later was expunged from
• ■< record, that he would object to the advance
ment of any legislation and fight all along the
line until the telegraph and telephone amend
ments to the PuWic Service Commission law
and other Important measures were reported for
a fair vote.
Hi? protest, tin renewal of a similar revolt
on the part ■ ■'. some of the members of the As
sembly at the end of last years' session, threw
the leaders of the Assembly machine almost into
a panic. Assemblyman Phillip?, chairman of the
Judiciary Committee and one of the most active
of use anti-Hughes leaders, and one of whose
bills served as the excuse for the outbreak, gave
s -■ Q D signal, which brought to his aid th»
majority leader. Mr. Merritt. and others hostile
to tie Hughes poli« -s. By a vote of 55 to 11»
ijsey final!) expunged Mr Bennett's speech from
record, but he forced the laying asi-ie at the
bill to which he was objecting, and later, in a
formal statement, he carried the war into the
enemies' country, declaring that the time had
come for Assemblymen to show they were not
merely **rubl>er stamps for five or six of the old
Th* report was circulated by Assembly lead
«r* after the session to-night that a "dean
f«?ep" wa;- to be made of all Hughes legisla
tion. Speaker Wadsworth's statement of ap
proval of the telephone and telegraph measure
was not to be taken for anything more than its
purposes on the record, the word went. That
bill was to "re slaughtered along with the direct
nominations bill if the wishes of the leaders
■*tr< to be resptcted.
"I don't b«-lievo Wadsworth ever was for the
telephone and telegraph bill." declared one As
sMnblymsn who will work Tor that measure.
'He ki!K-d it last year, and I think this year he
feels just the affection for it he felt then."
Mr. Bennett's protest was called forth by a
bill which he considered a "corporation mea«-
BR "Several members,"' he said, "have made
•cp thfir minds to find out whether there is an
.umbilical cord between the telephone and tele
graph companies and the clerk's desk."'
Kay B. Smith, of Syracuse, clerk of the Assem-
I bh\ never made a secret of the fact that he had
. a hand in drafting amendments to the original
telephone and telegraph bill last year, which
'■ ■pSEseqaently -was reported in such shape that
'Assemblyman W'alnwrigtit. who introduced it,
4isoun-»d it. Later it was killed in the Rule?
"For $0 per cent of th" bills thus far reported
from committee/ said Mr. Bennett in his state
ment, "there is no general demand whatever.
The bills for which there is a state-wide demand
lor tome reason or other are being h- !d in com
Newspapers, he said, were able to learn the
plans of the men in control of the legislature,
but in the lower house a member could not learn
if a bill on the calendar was considered "an or
ganization measure* until Mr. M^rritt rose to
indicate his views.
"There is a growing feeling of discontent
un«n» the members at this situation and at the
apparent stifling: of certain Important bills by
chairmen of committees," he continued. "The
feeling is growing that certain committees exist
simply for th" purpose of reporting out bills in
troduced by or pleasing to th? chairman of the
particular immmltli r Further than that, certain
persons, not members of the Assembly, seem
to have more power than the individual mem
birs of the Assembly, or. indeed, than the com
bined Assembly. For example. 'The Albany
Argus' of March C. 190?. ends an article out
lining the proposed plans of the inner circle of
the Legislature with the following paragraph:
"N. hearing will l>e ask^d for on the tele
phono and telegraph bill in either Senate or As
sembly. For two years the bill has been killed
In the Assembly with neatness and dispatch,
find to get the asm c through this year would
intan that the desk force would have to be elec
SEEK light ON "CLERK'S desk ■
"I know th» Speaker well enough to know that
the term desk force' does not mean the Speak
er"? desk, and I also know that it does not mean
the force of men that sit back of the members'
d»*k«. There is but one other desk in the AS
nembly. and the various articles which appeared
day aft?r day in the papers in May of last year
with regard to this same bill, under the title
'A*«embly Clerk vf. the -Governor.' show clearly
what, is meant by the term 'desk force/
"Several members have made up their minds
•••. find out whether there is an umbilical cord
between the telephone and telegraph companies
sari the clerk's desk. From what I know of the
temper of the members of the Assembly and of
the citizens of the state. I shall be very much
surprised if within the next ten days certain
members of the Assembly are not deluged with
*ueh a demand for the reporting out of com
mittee and the passage of this bill to put the
telephone and telegraph companies under the
Public Service Commission that the connection,
whatever It is. shall i>e cut.*!
Mr. Bennett said the Phillips bill was a good
example of the way "certain bills. favoring cor
porate promoters and dishonest directors can be
aahatssi out of committee, not necessarily with
totent, but with ease. It is easier for a camel
to crawl through the eye of a needle than for
*■* telephone and telegraph bill to get out of
**** Committee on Electricity, Gas and Water."
President Asks About His Horses, and Both
Chat About Golf.
■ c- .April 5. — Richard Crokor oatl d on
P^'Went Taft at th White House this afternoon.
( H« U jv-turrinj, .in a winter spent in the South.
Principally •''■ Palm Beach, Fla. His call on the
Pnssitjer.t wa« purely a focial one. this hoinj; the
fiot opportunity h«- has bad to inert Mr. Taft.
Th«- two chattf-d in the • :-■ • iti« offices principally
o" liorseK and golf. Mr. Taft asked about Mr.
'-ifiki-r'K Itorfcte. one of which nun the Knjcli&n
****»■- Mr. CrokT I* mi inxeterate golf player,
•and on tv.l,, he and the President were at
fcomV Mr. <"!.,k»r will be in the city a couple, of
ri*»* ;,,. v «rkt-.l >«.ur KTorer tor a !•<- im« k»t of
«;iln«!r." TV«? At **>lut«rl\ pure and yf incomparable
a/aiujr.. A4vt.
To-d»j. rliradr.
To-m<»rr<m, cloudy ; south winds.
TO GIVE MR. TAFT $25000.
Effort to Get Travelling Fund for
[From The Tr!l,un» Bureau]
Washington. April 5. — Western Senators and
Representatives are bo anxious that President
Taft shall visit the Pacific Coast states this
summer that they have started a movement to
have passed at this session a bill providing ■
fund to defray the President's travelling ex
penses. The last Congress increased the Presi
dent's salary to $75,000. but made no allowance
for travelling expenses. Mr Roosevelt's salary
was $50,000, with $25,000 for travelling expenses.
Senator Bourne and others sought to have the
President's compensation increased to 1100,000
and the $75,000 provision was a compromise.
The Pacific Coast Senators and Representa
tives have been urging Mr. Taft to arrange his
summer plans so that he may attend the Alaska-
Yukon Exposition in Seattle Mr. Taft would
like to g<-, but he is not sure that he will be
able to spar, the money necessary for the jour
ney. Senator Jones, of Washington, who is
chairman of the Committee on Industrial Expo
sitions, introduced a bill to-day to authorize an
appropriation of f2.?.00rt for travelling expenses
of the Executive. A similar bill will be introduced
in the House by on« of the California Repre
sentatives. While the business of Congress has
been confined to the tariff bill and the census
bill, the Western men will make an effort to
have the leaders consent to relax the rule so
that It will be possible for them to get through
their bill, and thus insure to the Pacific Coast
a glimpse of the President of the United States.
Children Cling to Burning Skirts -
Woman and Girl Dead.
Mrs Grazia Pettinato, who lived with her hus
band and fi\e children on the first floor of No.
:".41 East 114 th street, and her daughter, Leah,
three j rar* old. were burned to death last even-
Ing. Her youngest son. Jotm. five years old, is
dying from burns in the Harlem Hospital.
Th^ fatal fire was started when Mrs Pettinato
poured kerosene on the wood In her kitchen
stove, preparatory to getting dinner. She poured
the oil on the flame from a three-gallon can.
An explosion Followed, and the mother was en
veloped in flames.
John and l>at,. playing in the kitchen, be
came frightened at their mother's screatna and
tht 1 sight of the flames which covered her, and
they rushed '.<• her side, .-linging to Her skirts.
Before rescuers arrived the little ones had
terribly burned. Neighbors rushed into th~ Bat
and threw blankets and rugs over the three suf
ferers, but the mother was dead w h- n the Bre
was stamped out. The children were rushed to
:he hospital, w here Leah died late last night
The boy is in a critical condition
Prevalence of Grip Cau.-c of Higher
Death Rate. Official Sai/s.
Deaths from pneumonia showed an h
in th«- week ended Saturday of 133 "MT the
corresponding period last year This was said
yesterday by Dr. William H. Guilfoy, register
of records of the Health I>e|artmeni. to be due
largely to the great prevalence of grip. No
record of grip cases or deaths is kept by the de
partment, hence 'he number of victims of this
disease cannot be given; but the results of its
prevalence were said to be shown always in the
increased deaths from pneumonia and tuber
culosis. The total deaths from pneumonia last
week were 378. as against '£X B y< <r ago
There was also an increase of deaths among
children under one year old, 334 for I*- X t
week to 2M a year ago. The total deaths were
1.71<>. n& against 1.4'.«T a year ago. and the d< ath
rate for last week was the greatest, !'.». •".'■. since
February 15 of last year, when the rat. was
SOIQC. Dr Guilfoy said that the greater death
rate was possibly due to the frequent and great
changes in the weather.
Commissioner Coming to Reach
Agreement 1 on Emery Claim.
Washington. April s.— The gratifying information
«r&a conveyed to Secretary Knox to-day that the
BCleamcuafi government would make an parly ef
fort to settle, either by compromise or Arbitration,
the claim for damages of the G I). Emery Com
pany, whose concession for cutting mahogany was
cancelled about two years and a half ago, for an
alleged violation of the terms of the concession.
Through Minister Esplnosa the Becretarj was
told that a special commissioner would leave Nica
ragua Immediately for this city, carrying full In
structions, which would empower Senor Bspinoza
to reach a settlement. If a compromise is not
readied, the minister will sign a protocol submit
ting the ease to arbitration.
Kate O'Dwyer Had Been Sentenced to a Year
on Georgia Chain Gang.
Athens. Ga., April r.Kate O'Dwyer last night
broke the shackles that forced her to wort on the
chain gang and escaped by sawing the bars of her
cell. She bad been sentenced to the gang for
twelve months for disorderly conduct. The sen
tence was suspended on condition -that she leave
the country and never return. She returned a
month ago and was arrested. She was ordered
Shackled and chained day and night, as desperate
men convicts were. Her treatment became public
when an attorney asked for a writ of habeas corpus
on me ground thai no one can be condemned to in
famous punishment except by a Jury. Governor
Smith took up the case, and the prison commission
issued an order that no Woman prisoner was ever
to be shackled hereafter.
But She Is Martyr in Dispute with Neighbor
and Not for Women's Cause.
.(C". April S Mrs Kriniia E. Kershaw, v Buf
fragisl and wife ot otto Kershaw, a wealthy busi
ness mi***. Is in J''i ; because she refuses to pay »
ludgment of $1* obtained !>• ;■ neighbor. Mis Belle
McCtellanC who alleged that Urs. Kershaw had at
tacked and slandered her following a dispute ovei a
living spartment owned by the Kershawc and oc
cupied bj the McCteHands.
Mr. Kershaw. fully In sympathy »nh Ms »ife. v
planning to stake ha incarceratloß as comfortable
a> possible
(By TWSSSSSB to The Tribune. 1
WilminKion. Del.. April i.—. After trundlins his
wife and four children in a pushcart one thousand
miles, starting from Wjuerville. N. V.. last Septem
ber, going to Winchester. Va., and then coming
here. William W. Bishop obtained work in Wil
mington to-day. it was- lack of employment that
made him begin the weary trip. The total weX'iH
•if the pusliuart, with two children iuslJt:. •>*« --ur
hundred pou^.-.
Leaves Letter Telling Wife There
Was Not Enough Money for Two
Friend Finds His Body.
Captain Chambers .\i Craig, said to have !>•■ n
a retired army officer, shot and killed himself
last night in the apartments thai he bad oc
cupied for the last four years in the Hotel Bar
nett. ai No. •'>'; Madison avenue. The body was
discovered by Hugo Alfano. of No 4:: We-i 27th
street, when he weni to '.ill Captain Craig for
dinner. The doer of his apartment was not
locked, and, receiving no reply to his knock.
Alfano entered. The lights were up, but th<
front room was vacant. Passing through to the
rear room, he saw Captain Craig sitting in a
• •hair with a revolver in his hand and a wound
in his temple.
When Coroner Acritelli arrived Alfano told
him the circumstances of the suicide. He said
th«t he had met the Craisrs in Italy last sum
mer and had been a frequent visitor al their
apartment during the ivintei !!• said he was
assistani manager ol tin- Barnett, but Troy
Alexander, the manager, said thai Alfano had
no connection with the house.
Coroner Acritelli took ; - of Craig's
ctTccts. Th< revolver was an old-fashioned
duelling pistol. Several letters had been written
bj the suicid* bearing th uat< of March 151.
■»howius that Captain Craig had Jeliberately
plan n< d self-destruction
According !*• Mr. Alexander, Captain <' aig
must have tried to take his life bj poison on
the day he wrote the letters, foi he was ill at
the time and required the services of a physi
cian The Coroner said that the man had beei
dead about two hours when he arrived. Among
th< letters found was on< addressed to Mrs.
• 'rain, who has been in Atlanti Cit> for i
four weeks. It ran:
Dear Annie: The inevitable smash whit
ways follows living beyond your means has
come It has been delayed somewhat, and might
have gone on for some time but for the )•!-■ vt
lent hard times 1 have left enough for you,
but there Is not enough foi both ol us. and you
will (»• better off without m--. 1 wis«h you hap
- and wish I •■■•uld remain with you
In the letter i "aptain Craig ■ ed of se> -
era! trinkets to frienUs. I'.-f-i-n. • ■•
a Major Edward G Craig, of Albemarle C
Va., evidently a brother of the dead man A
book. -■ .'■ •! and diret t. .1 in Mn Craig
marked, "The Life of Major Craig." Memo
tting to :■ .' ; estate In Atlanta were
found *itl • ' rence to i
ortgagi ropertj In I ourth avenue.
The lett« r said I t 1 would 1 n in< ome Of
at least $75 a month for Mrs. < ?. Th<
,ud that i • '■■ promi
nent Pittsburg famllx
■ Th. re Is a not« ."''■•
■will us" as you t'rnh best, for I • rrom Alfano
]r has no legal value, but he will promptly pa:
It m h«*n he bcconiM •■'
Six Horses. tjiOO Chickens and
Lumber Piles Destroyed.
Several small frame houses. «i\ horses, 1.300
rhickens and W».Om* feet >< r lumber ■■ U
Btroyed In a $!H».OiM» tarted last
night in a ragshop adjoining the !.■ hi«rh Valley
freight depot a 1 I"4th street and the Harlem
\ at.uti ■ . si h Ind kept the fiamei from
the fr< Ight dei ot
The Hi* had swept through th« ragshop. the
chfeken market, owned by H. I. Goldberg, at
So. li:: East 124 th street, and the Wise
proofing Company's building at No 111
an alarm was sounded
When Acting Battalion Chief Law lor arrived
he summon.-. I the flreboal George B. McClellan.
Chief Croker answered the second alarm Two
tugs of the New fork, New Haven A Hartford
Railroad also helped to fight the blaze
Before the fire was checked it had eaten into
the yard of the Herrmann Lumber Company,
where the six horses were burned, eight animals
being «aved. The fire also damaged th- build
ins at No. 407 East 124 th street, which was ••■
tupied by Andrew Martoni, a carriage dealer.
Nineteen Out of Twenty-*: yen Coun
ties Vote Out Linuor.
Detroit, April .'• Definite returns at midnight
to-night show that ol the twenty-seven Michi
gan counties which voted to-daj on the question
of abolishing the sale or manufactun of liquor
in th<ir borders nineteen had Ron., -dry." seven
had gone "wet" and Indications were that the re
maining county. Jackson, had voted for prohi
bition by the slender margin of thirtj votes.
Befon to-day's election eleven of the eighty
three counties of the state were "dry."
Following are to-day's results: "Dry" Al
eona, Allegan. Benrle, Branch. Calhoua Clare,
Eaton, Emmett, Genesee, Hiilsdale, lonia, 105e...
IsabAla. Kalkaaka. Livingstone. Newaygo, San
llac, Tuscola and Charlevoix. "Wet" Benien.
Huron. Montcalm. Mecosta, Ottawa, Washtenaw
and Monro^ Allegan, Berrien and Ottawa in
• - 1 1 1 <1 • - man) summer resort towns, and In the
former ahich voted "dry." t: "' business will be
hurl appreclablj The LTnlversltj of Michigan
Is situated In Washtenaw County, which remains
In a Trance for Two Weeks, but Shows Indi
cations of Awakening.
Ban Bernardino. Cal.. April •".. — Charles Mulr, a
mine owner of Wild Rose Canyon, has a queer equine
case on his hands. His horse went to sleep two
weeks ago. and despite in* most strenuous efforts
to arouse it. has remain«rd In deep slumber ever
Thai It la slowly coming out of Its queei repose,
Mulr says. Is evident by Its Increasing susceptibility
to the repon of a shotgun, with which In- has daily
tested its power of hearing.
EJvdney, X. i W. April 5.— A cyclone an March
29 swept over the New Hebrides, according to news
just received here, and the Island of Teouma was
inundated by a tidal wave, which destroyed the
crops and many < f the buildings. A number of
vessels were stranded on the shores of the various
ItUSkCKSe, Okla.. April o.— Crazy Snake's son was
taken from the federal prison here this afternoon
by United States Deputy Marshal William Martin
on the promise to lead th« officer to the hiding
plate of Crazy Snake, who lias been sough- lor
the U»t we-k by ''"> state militia
Visit to the Duke and Duchess of
Aosta -Party Boards the Steamer
Admiral for Mombasa.
Naples, April 5. Ex- President Roosevelt spent
«..••. ■■:al hours in Naples to-day, and in that time
many marks of his personal popularity with the
Italian people and of the admiration which the>
have for !,is services to his country were shown.
The steamer Hamburg, on which Mr. Roose
velt >\as a passenger, arrive,! here soon after
noon sh. was greeted on her v.mv to her an
i horage with the blowing of whistles, the fiuttor
.nir of many flags and the playing of bands. Ital
ian warships in the. harbor, steamers of various
nationalities j » i- i \ ; < t • ■ yachts ami craft of all
kind-, dressed in bunting and signal Ha^s from
stem to stern, added to the picturesqueness ot
the scene* which Mr. Roosevelt himself charac
terized aa "magnificent."
Great crowds waited for him on the streets,
land when he drove along in an automobile he
was preetcd with enthusiasm which astonish'-.!
him. II" mefvarioua official delegations al the
Hotel Excelsior, where apartments had been
reserved for him, scores of prominent .Americans
"and the representatives of other countries, and
to them all he expressed h ; s warmest thanks for
the welcome which he had received. He visited
•i Duke and Duchess of .\osta at Capo di
Monte, and later dined In private at the hotel.
on board the steamer Admiral about 10
o'clock it; the evening. The Admiral, which
will eonvv Mr. Roosevelt t •>* Mombasa, was
read: to sai! at midnight. The ex-Presidents
■ rs i arl were filled with flowers, which
had .ome from admiring friends. Chief among
the*., v,,- bunches of red. white and black car
nations from the German Emperor anJ a great
,( blossoms from the Empress.
Emperor W'llHam showed particular Interest
In the forme. President. The German •
General, In the name of the Emperor, carried to
Mr. Roosevelt the warmest greetings and a let
ter in which the Emperor expressed the hope
iould see Mr. Roosevelt in Berlin on
■urn In reply to this Mr Roosevelt told
the i ' tnfofm the Emperor thnt
he would certainlj k'< to the German capital, and
would tell his majestj 'how the white man can
nnd licit In Africa "
Thp Emperor closed his letter w.th "Weld
mannsheil!" ("Hail to the huntsman!") Mr.
as particularly touched by this, and
ressing his thanks said: "In a year from
„,,w „ . In ;t position tO see whether I
deserve such a v
A letter was received by Mr. Roosevelt dur
ing the afternoon from an American prelate
who lately was in Rome. The writer said that
he had gained the impression that the Vatican
would have great pleasure in* receiving Mr.
Roosevelt, because of the admiration and high
esteem in which he was held there. Mr. Roose
velt told the American Ambassador that 1 lie
would surelj go to the Vatican to see the pops
If he visited Rome.
Three hours elapsed between the arrival of
the Hamburg and the landing of the ex-Prest
,;. • ■ as Mr. Roosevelt wished personally to
superintend the handling of his baggage, of
which he had a large quantity. Meanwhile he
ontinuallj ■ I cere i bj the Italian cmi
Nu ■ . steamed Into the harbor the
Italian men of war, ■ rman ships and
s lar^ contingent of yachts and craft of all
kind ran up their bunting, which fluttered in
the high wind. The sun succeeded for a mo
mmt In piercing the clouds and heightened the
bright colors The bands on the various ships
struck up the American national anthem, and
as Mr. Roosevelt Btood on the bridge he re
marked that it was somewhat earsplltting, bul
picturesque and magnificent
The great crowds ashore, awaiting for hours
the ; ,rri\ ;i 1 of the ex President became ■ i
inglj Impatient at the delay, but when the
Scorpion's launch, with Mr. Roosevelt aboard,
did come ashore, they »en Ignorant of the
fact, .<nd Mr. Roosevelt reached the landing
stag, practically undiscovered. When, however.
1: ,. appeared In an automobile and started for
the Hotel Excelsior, a great roar broke from the
crowd, and he was cheered continuously all
along the route The ovation moved Mr Roose
velt to remark: "It seems that, the Italians tun
make as much noise as the Americans, after all."
Arriving at th<> hotel, the ex-President re
ceived with the greatest cordiality the Ameri
cans and foreigners who bad gathered there to
welc ■ him. He spoke for some minutes with
GugMelmo Ferrero, the historian, who das re
cently returned from an extended visit to the
United States, and whom Mr Roosevelt recog
nized Immediately. Many of the visitors, how
ever, could receive onlj ;> smile and a hand
shake, as there was little time for words, it
being th.n nearly :: o'clock.
Luncheon was served at the hotel, among
those :'t the table with tl x- President being
hia sot, KerraiU. Ambassador Griscom, Consul
Crowninshied and Mrs Crowninshield, Lieuten
ant Commander Logan, .John W. Garrett, secre
tarj of the embassy: Wlnthrop Chanler, Mrs.
Garretl and Miss Cartright The party was a
merrj one. frequent outbursts of laughter being
heard as Mr. Roosevelt described son f his
adventures aboard ship n>- seemed to be in
the best of health and spirits, and expressed
himself as looking forward Impatient!} to bis
arrival al Mombasa
After luncheon, Mr. Roosevelt drove in c
motor car with Ambassador Groseom to Capo di
Monte to meet the Duke and Duchess of Aosta
at then* palace, which is the rtnest in the Nea
politan provinces, with Its extensive garden*
and splendid views. On the way to the palace
Mi Roosevelt said that this visit was Intensely
interesting to him, not only because of his de
sire to meet the duke and duchess personally,
but because of the official nature of the meeting,
the duke representing King Victor Emmanuel
Mr. Roosevelt was warmly welcomed at the
palace entrance, and the duke received him in
private, the two conversing for a long time con
cerning affairs In the United States, thedoyag*-.
the prospective hunting trip and the experi
ences of the Duke of the AbruzzL The duke
expressed the hope that Mr. Roosevelt would
meet the Count' i>f Turin, who is now on a
shooting expedition in Africa. Later Mr. Roose
velt was presented to the Duchess of Aosta, and
they talked for twenty minutes, their conver
sation dealing almost entirely with hunting- in
Africa, where the duchesa has spent some time.
She gave Mr. Roosevelt many hints, which he
laughingly promised to carry out. The room in
which the meeting occurred contained t*9pui«;s
Continued on third puce.
Starvation or Massacre Atcmting
London, April &— A Jippatih from Teheran to
"The Times." describing the situation at Tabriz,
says there is no doubt that a great tragedy is
close at hand. If Tabriz holds out against the
Invaders, the dispatch says, thousands must die
of starvation if Tal.riz falls, probably tens of
thousands wll] be massacre rl The rest of the
country, however, looks on with traditional
Eastern apathy.
Government Urged to Adopt a Two-
Power Standard.
London, April ."».— Great Britain seems to be
waking up to the fact that the other nations of
the world are leaving her behind in the race for
command of the air. While the members of the
House of Commons "ere this afternoon drawing
the attention of the government to the fact that
Germany has built or is building a dozen diri
gible airships and urging the government to
take up with energy the construction of a Brit
ish air fleet, a meeting was being held at (he
Mansion House under the chairmanship of the
Lord Mayor of London in support of the same
object. Among those present were Admiral
Lord Charles Beresford, Prince Louis of Batten
berg-. Lord Ctjrzon, Sir Hiram Maxim and Ad
miral Sir Percy Scott, all of whom heartily
supported energetic action. Admiral Scott ad
vocated a two-power standard in airships as
well as in Dreadnoughts, and mentioned inci
dentally that the navy had designed a new gun
which, at a distance of six thousand feet, could
be exceedingly destructive to airship^-
Weather Prevents Attempt to Re
main .'/ Hours in Air.
Friedrichshafen. Aprri s.— The twenty-four
hours' endurance trip <>f Count Zeppelin's air
ship. which started from here this morning,
failed, owing to unfavorable weather. The
airship ascendp<] at 9: IS a. m. and the voyage
was abandoned at 7:25 o'clock this evening.
During this time the airship descended twice
to the surface of the lake to t;' in water for
Major Sperling, who acted as pilot in place of
Count Zeppelin, finally decided to return to the
ball to refill the balloon with gas. The destina
tion of the trip, which was made purely for
military purpose?, was kept secret. The balloon
travelled as far* as Biberacli and then returned
to the lake, where it engaged for a long time in
manoeuvres. A strong easterly wind sprang up
early in the evening, against which it was im
possible to make headway, although the motors
were working well. Major Sperling feared that
he might be driven Into the mountains, and de
cided to seek shelter In the floating hall.
Turin. April (>.— The "Stamps" says that a big
balloon, flying th» French flag, but with no one
aboard, has descended at san Dalmazzo. It is
feared that the aeronauts have "perished.
Affection of the Serves Appear* to
Have Attacked His Heart.
Hartford. Conn.. April .V- The Illness of Gov
ernor fjeorge 1.. LJlley from nfn»u.« • xh...
1 as assumed a serious aspect, and to-night his
condition is the cause of much uneasiness. Th"
affection of the nenres, which has b.-.-n most
pronounced in hia stomach, appears to bar*
gone to his heart and IcMneys, the change be
ing evident late to-day, although there were
symptoms of this nature present since Saturday.
I>'iri>ic: th.- da: the Governor appeared to be
■living v.el! and he had a comfortable night last
night A number of state papers were sent to
him to sign, as h-- has exercised the functions
of his office since ear!" last week. The change
in his condition therefore comes as a surprise,
and t.> those close to him it lias brought a sud
den realization of his extremely serious llmess.
Governor LJlley has been a vigorous man dur
ing the years he has been in public life, and : f
(s the hope that this stamina will tide him over
the crisis.
If was said to-night that while the Governor
was critically ill there was no immediate
..f death.
Steamer Priir: Joachim Bringing
Schooner A. and M. Carlisle Here.
The three-masted schooner A. and M. Carlisle.
which has been drifting about the Atlantic i "oast
disabled for nearly . ight days, was taken ;n to*
yesterday ly the Steamer Prhu Joachim, of the
Atlas service of the Hamburg-American Line,
and is now on her way to this port The news
wns received by wireless from Captain Van
Leltner, commanding the Prina Joachim, who
reported lhat when he sighted the vessel her
mainmast was broken off near the deck and net
mluentopmast was gone.
The A. and M Carlisle waa reported b] bst
.thl steamers nithin the last three or four day?,
and it is believed lhat. Inasmuch as she had re
fused assistance, her master was making an ef
fort to patch up his sails and make port without
a tow. The Carlisle, which was bound tor
Charleston. S C, from .Norfolk, is owned in
Geographical Society Awards Special Honor
to Lieutenant Shacklcton.
London. April .V The Geographical Society has
awarded the Victoria w starch medal to v
Alexandei Agassis, "f Cambridge, Mass. The so
,i<t>- baa also awarded a special medal t.. LJtmtea
cni Brnest H. SbackJetsn, who i.eentiv ret'irn»<l
Horn an exDrdltioa to the Bouts Psle.
Insular Official Comes to Urg» Admission of
■ • Chinese Into Archipelago.
San Francisco. April s.— Alexander S>dney Lauilrr,
Assistant Attorney General of the Philippine Isl
ands, arrived here to-day on the steamer Chlyo,
. on his way to Washington to arse the admission of
Chinese labor into the inlands.
He' is quoted as saying that the Filipinos are
not Inclined to work, and asserting that the Chinese
are the only people who will prove of real as
sistance in the development of the country.
Purities the Blood and Is »en Nourishing
H T Dewvy a ous "-»*, *•» k'uilon St.. N«w Vark.
— Advt
Lumber, Hides, Tea a>>d Coffes
Among Them T>> Bmiloi on
Ad Valorem Oil Dut/f.
"From Th» Tribune Bureau. '
Washington, April ."».— The Payne tariff Mil
will be voted on in the House at " o'clock on
Friday afternoon. This was decided to-day,
when the House parsed ■ ruTe which allows a
separate vote on lumber, hides, oil. barley, bur
ley malt, tea and coffee, closes the general de
bate and provides that the bill be taken up
under the five-minute rule for amendment to
morrow. The previous question on the rule was
ordered by a vote of I!M> to I **. while the rula
itself was passed by I.* •■■ 17 " As a last con
cession to a number of oil "insurgents" the rula
provides that a vote shall be had on the propo
sition to sb tute for the countervailing duty
on petroleum a specific duty of '2o per cent ad
Although ' was : tanned by the House leaders
to bring the rule in at noon, they were no*.
certain of their forces until "_'.;'>•• o'clock, and
then only after they had made the concession
mentioned on the petroleum schedule. Soon
after 12 o'clock Representative Dwight. the Re
publican whip, announced that he had a sufsV
vient number of votes to isa the rule, but a
little later the report was circulated that th«
organization lacked seven votes, and at a hur
ried meeting the Rules Committee changed th«
paragraph i tins Is petr >!eum. The lowa
delegation held out for a reduction of the duty
on gloves and hosiery, but Representatives
Payne and Dalzell refused to permit this con
cession. As a result, all but two of th lowa
men voted against the rule.
The rollcall displayed twenty-one Republican
"insurgents." chief amnn; whom was Represent
ative Herbert Parsons, of New York, who said
later that he favored a more thoroush con
sideration of the measure by the House and
that he advocated the same minute scrutiny of
such a bill as was accorded to the great ap
propriation measures. The other "insurgents"
were Messrs. Austin, of Tennessee; Cary.
Cooper, Kopp. Lenroot, Morse and Nelson, of ■
Wisconsin; Dawson, Hubbard, Good), Kendall.
Pickett and Woods, of Iowa: Hinshaw and Nor
r:s. of Nebraska: Lindberg. si Minnesota: Mur
deck. of Kansas; Poindexter. of Washington;
Wilson, of Illinois, and Young, of Michigan.
Represents, Austin voted with the Democrats
to express his disapproval of the coal and lum
ber duties; the Wisconsin delegation because
they want free petroleum, and the other 3 be
cause of the hosiery and glove schedules.
The following Democrats voted for the pre
vious question: Broussard. Eatopinal, Pujo and
Wickliffe, of Louisiana, and Fornes. of New-
York. Representative Young voted for the pre
vious question, but against the rule; while Rep
resentatives Kupp and Wilson ~ reversed thi*
The reading of the rule in the House was
greeted with • era In the debate rvhlch fol
lowed. Representatives Cushman. of Washing
ton: Ford- of Michigan: Payne, of New
York, and Dalzel. of Pennsylvania, spok"» in
favor of the rule, and Representatives Pou. of
North Carolina*; Randall, of Texas; Fitzgerald.
of New York: Underwood, of Alabama, and
Clark, Of Missouri, opposed it.
Mr. Payne was particularly vehement m dis
cussing the gi.»ve and hosiery schedules, which,
he said, were entirely justified. Mr. Fitzgerald,
who was unable to get time from the minority
leader, spoke in time granted by Representative
Dalzell. He said be would settle any differences
which he might have with his colleagues to hfs
own satisfaction, and further emphasized th»
split w hich has arisen between the Bryan and
the anti-Bryan inc.-- of the Democratic party.
While the House was waiting for the rule to b»
brought in. Mr. Clark, of Florida, denounced
Bryan and Rryanism. Populism and Populists,
and the antiquated issues of the Democratic
An spectator th ighout a i
er.t;r. sesston was Mrs. Taft. who was aocom
panied b\ her two sons and * 'aptain Archibald]
Butt, thi t'a military aid.
Stirring Debate Attends Passage of
Washington. April s.— The House to-day spent th»
first part of the session in considering routine busi
ness and in further general debate. Following a
motion by Mr. Payne to take up the' tariff hill.
Champ Clark made a parliamentary Inquiry
whether general debate on th>- measure could not
he dispensed with and its reading for amendment
begun. He wanted the whole bill considered para
graph by paragraph. While the Chair was ruling
that the question w:is not a parliamentary on© th»
Republicans shouted for "regular order* and th«
House was in great confusion.
The Hr.>t speaker was Mr. Bartictt. of Georgia.
who advocated free lumber and who charged that
the bill discriminated against t^e- South In favor si
New England. Mr. Calderhead, of Kansas, a mem-
■•!- of the Ways and Means Committee, denied that
special privileges were granted tr> anybody by th 1
bill. He contended that the laborer and the farmer
were he principal beneficiaries.
Messrs Hobson. of Alabama, and i.lllespie. of
Texas, defended the South against a charge by Mr.
Calderhead that that section ha l not taken proper
advantage of its opportunity to progress. Mr.
Stanley, of Kentucky, sea that the Ways and
Means Commute*- brin in an amendment taking
t\\i tax off U-af tol»acc> In the hands of the farmers.
Mr. Clark, of Florida, got a round of Republican
applause when be said that incidental protection
was absolutely necessary in certain cases. Mr.
Clark declared: "I am in line with the Democrats
party, but lam not in tea with the Populist ele
ment that has controlled it re vnt!y."
Mr. Clark called attention to memorials of th«
Florida Legislature asking for a duty on lons staple
cotton and on citrus fruits, etc. "1 am Instructed In
that regard." ha exclaimed, "and no hawkers ami
opinionated Democrats can make me violate a sol
emn obligation I owe."
■ We don't tntend." declared Mr. Clark, "so far
as I am concerned, and, I believe, the people I
represent, to follow your Nebraska Populistic lead
er any tr.ore. The Democracy ousht to be pro
gressive, if it •- anything. I do not consider that
you gentlemen (looking around on lac Democrat*!
side of the House > represent Democracy any mor»
than I do. We will meet at the next national con
\ention. and we will then see who Is tr» control and ' ]
who will represent the Democratic sentiment of 1
this great Republic of ours."
Mr Clark, the minority leader, moved th^* tMS) 's.
committee of the whole House, under whlcVt!» i
t'.lscus*lon was proceeding, rise. This teas deslsn«d
to put an tnd to the debate in .committee and I*4' •
the whole propcstU<ui in the air. He was vjgtng*

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