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V" LXVIII- -N° 22,789.
"Insurgent*" and Democrats Win—
Other Ways and Means Amend
ments Upheld.
'Prom T>>» Trlt"in» B^rea'i 1
stash ing* on. April 7. — By far the most crush-
Ins and unexpected defeat which has been en
countered by the House organization since
Speaker Cannon assumed control was experi
enced to-day when the duty on petroleum and
Its products was fixed at the nominal figure of
i p*r cent ad valorem. This action -was taken
5n the face of a vigorous speech In opposition
by Speaker Cannon and over the protests of th»
VVavp and Means Committee, which had agreed
t.-» Dm substitution of a 2S per cent duty in
■^lace of tfc» countervailing provision contained
in the Payne bin when it was reported to the
Heus 4 !.
■py ' -.' the most (leant feature, of the
«:•--,:£:--■ was the fact that the vote was taken
<r tho committee of the whole House. where no
record is kept. ThG original "insurgents." aug
iu ulnl by half a d^en regular Republican mem
>>o-^-. made the defeat of tli« organization pos
sible This, coupled with the loud denunciations
„' Standard Oil which filled the debate. will
probably prevent the House leaders from chang
ing the vote when it is taken into the House
proper on Monday. The only test vote taken
*ge en sn appeal from the decision on a point
of order by the chairman. Mr. Olmsted, of Penn
sylvania, which resulted in a defeat for the
organization by 16s to 136.
The Ways and Means Committee was upheld
in all ■• " other amendments. The duty on bar
ley was retained at 15 cents a bushel; the tax
on barytas was raised from 7.". cents to $1 50 a
son: tea and coffee were placed on the free list.
while minor changes in the lactic acid and glue
schedules were also agreed to.
The responsibility the victory of the "in
surgents" and Democratic forces rests largely
upon Representatives Olmsted, of Pennsylvania,
and rreeland, <>f New York, both of whom were
anxious that the oil duty should not be reduced.
When the vote on the barley schedule had
been announced. Representative Vreeland of
'■■"■ his amendment, which was provided for
under the ruk, to strike out the countervailing
duty on oil and replace it by a duty of i:r> per
c»nt ad valorem. The amendment was reported
and Mr. Vrcr-land spoke in favor of oil. At this
point Representative N'-rris. of Nebraska, of
fered an amendment reducing the duty to 1 per
cent. The point of order was made that the
rule specifically provided for the amendment al
lowed by the committee. Representative De
Annond. of Missouri, pointed out that the
amendment had been offered by Mr. Vreeland;
*mp, therefore, not a committee amendment,
ard was susceptible of further amendment. A
Icnr and, .technical debate ensued and Mr. Olm-
Ktcd ruled that the Norris amendment was out
oT -order. Representatives Clark, Shirley and
Norris immediately appealed from the decision
of the chair, and Mr. Olmsted entertained the
motion. It was here that the iron hand of the
Speaker might have changed the proceedings.
It is asserU-d that he would have refused to al
•<-iv a vote on the appeal, but Mr. Olmsted. who
ii* being lauded by the Democrats as an idea!
presiding officer, called for a vote, and his rul
ing was overthrown. IGS to 136. He is being
rrnicised to-night for having taken this course,
although it is pointed out that if be had re
fused to entertain the peal, a procedure al
lowed by the rules, but seldom exercised, he
have been subject *o mucil harsher de
nunciation for "gagging the House."
When th* 1 viva voce vote on the appeal was
iok-?n Hi Olmsted announced that his ruling
had been sustained, but Mr. Norris immediately
«>rrjaj:ded tellers, and the result was" the re
verse. Among the Republicans who passed be
tween the- fellers in favor of the Norris amend
ment were Messrs. Gardner, Hubbard, Ktistor
mar.n. Madison. Townsend. Martin. Poind<
Murdock. Holland. Hanna. Oillctt, Nelson
Morse. Gronna, Lindberg, Volstead, I.enroot.
JCopp. Miller, Steenerson, Good. Davis. Morris
snd Cooper. Messrs. Broussard and Clark,
T^nvjcmis. voted with the House orgai
When the vote was announced it was evident
the House loaders were dismayed, but after
»=orr:e consultation they decided .... could
defeat the Norris amendment if sufficient time
wen given them to collect their full strength.
Champ Clark, the minority leader, moved,
however, that (■.■■•■ on the amendment he
closed in fifteen minutes. and when this carried
the leaders lost heart Representative Camp
bell, of Kansas, made a strong speech against
the amendment, and was followed by Repre
sentative Cpoper. of Wisconsin, who castigated
The Standard Oil Company and the House lead
era in a manner seldom equalled in the House.
He charged that the leaders had allowed a vote
/■•n free lumber, free hides and free barley, but
that they would not allow a vote on "free
Standard Oil." Miring his speech Speaker Can
non ast Immediately in front of him. and Mr.
Cooper's finger was repeatedly shaken In the
face of the "iron duke."
Hardly had the member from Wisconsin taken
his Hart than Mr. Cannon arose, and after ex
1 laining that lie took the floor only to defend
the Independent oil producers In his own dis
trict, began an assault on demagogues and agi
tators which was plainly aimed at the "insur
gent?." He declared that no man would go fur
ther ■ h?.n he in the suppression of the Standard
Oil Company by Interstate commerce regula
tions, but that he was disgusted with these
demagogues "who crow and flap their wings
without facts behind their ravings." During his
tMMiI lie waxed vehement, pounded th« desk
and waved his arms in * characteristic manner.
Taw speech, however, availed little, as the Nor
>ii» am^ndmeni ivas immediately passed on a
mkc \o| .
The barU-y • .(ink was thrashed out imme
diately after the session began. The pending
• 'i'nents were one by Mr. Miller, Of Kan--;-.'-.
increasing the Payne Bill rate from 15 to 25
"nts a bushel and the other by Mr Alexander.
Hf New York, fixing the rate a 10 per cent aid
valorem. As a substitute for both amendments
Mr. Humphrey, of Washington, offered an
ii. Nt placing barley ori the free list.
«"halrTTmn Payne earnestly opposed all three of
:«'• amendments.
After twenty minutes' debate the vote was
• i» .t i-» 'to taken on the Miller provision, when
' "iitiourd on third p *.
xo-dar. fair and enow. NEW-YORK. THTT*ST)\Y APRIL 8. 1909. -FOURTEEN PAGES.
To-morrow. fair and ro«l; twt wind*. i-> -Li »» -JL V_J£ViX» inLIlOUnl, .^W HLJ^ «_>, J-^w J
Mr. Roosevelt Tells of the Work of
Relief at Messina.
Messina. April 7. Just before hi? departure
iast •'•nine: on the steamer Admiral for Mom
basa. ox-President Roosevelt wrote the follow
ing message to the American people:
Before leaving: Messina T desire to say that T
am sure the American people do riot realize the
splendid work that is being done at Messina and
Reg-gio with the lumber sent from the United
States. 1 have visited the American camp and
seen 50 houses already completed, and arrange
ments have been perfected for the rapid con
struction of 1.250 more The hoi* work, which
is under the. general direction of Ambassador
• J-riscom. has been organized and perfected by
Lieutenant Commander Belknap, with the as
sistance of Lieutenant Buchanan. Ensigns Wil
cox and Spofford. Or. Donelson, Paymaster
Rogers, forty enlisted men of our navy and a
number of stalwart American carpenters In
addition, there is a fine group of Americans,
such as J. Elliott, Winthfop Chandler, .1 Bush
and R. Hale, who are giving their time and
energies to help the philanthropic work.
I wish to say I consider that the American
people are deeply indebted to each and every
one of these men. 1 cannot exaggerate the
pleasure it gave me to Bee the officers and en
list* men of our navy adapting themselves to
strange and unexpected circumstances, and suc
cessfully performing with ability and thorough
C>>od will this most difficult task. Our nation
can well be proud of them.
Kins; Victor Emmanuel, who came here yes
terday on the battleship Re Umberto to
cx-Prcsiri.nt Roosevelt, made a long trip of
Inspection on both sides of the strnit to-day.
H< • rnresscd satisfaction at the progress
instructing the devastated district
A oted Handrcriting Expert Expire*
in Philadelphia.
•:• Iphia, April 7. — r>r. Perstfor F
the well known scientist and handwriting ex
pert, died to-night, after s month's Illness from
Ik art disease.
His father was a former vice-provost of the
University of Pennsylvania, an<i Ik was the first
gner ■•!; whom the University of Prance
conferred the degree of B. S. Dr. Frazer was
sixty-ftve years old.
At Peace with Every One. lie Mur
murs. Smiling at the Bursting Buds.
Mayor lfcdellan. speaking not exactly seri
ously, but with perhaps ail the solemnity de
manded by political conditions in the month o£
April, said yesterday that he was at peace with
all the local as well as the state and national
Democratic leaders.
"I'm like the fellow down South who said h»
'didn't have nothin' agin' nobody." said the
Mayor, laughing softly and looking out of his
office window at the bursting buds.
"Are you going to the harmony dinner for
Richard Croker at the Democratic Club the lat
ter part of the month?" was asked.
"I haven't received an Invitation." said his
"Are you In favor of peace in the Democratic
"Certainly," was the prompt answer. "So far
as I am concerned 1 am nt peace with God and
man. 1 am at peace with local, "tate and na
tional leader ■ "
"To make It specific, are you at peace with
your local Democratic leader?"
"Tea.- nodded the Mayor, his fare breaking
into a smile, "I have been at peace with my
honored local leader for the last year."
After tnc Interview the newspaper men held
s. sort of inquest on the Mayor's deliverance.
and decided that he might have meant every
word he said, and then again he might npt.
Woman. Giving Two Names, Con
fesses to Shoplifting.
■] misrh- as ■■>•■!' pay I'm guilty and he done
with it; T never told a lie In my life."
This was the admission made by a woman
who was dressed in deep mourning when she
was arraigns I in the night court last, night
before Magistrate Herrman, charged with petit
larceny. Miss Nora Bennett, a detective for a
Broadway store, was the complainant.
The prisoner first described herself as Mrs.
Lucy Gimbrede. . .<• Pittsfleld, Mass; later, she
said her home was in Hackensack, NT. J.. and
then at the night court she said she was Jean ■
ette Gimbrede. of Pittsneld, Mass. she said
she was fifty-one years old. When the woman
was searched four passbooks on that many sav
ings banks were round. All of these, the police
say. were made out to Mary C. Hall. Maplewood
avenue. Pittsfield, Mass.
According to the store detective, she saw the
woman pick up a pair of, silk stockings, a cruci
fix from another table and a prayer book from
another. The magistrate held the woman In
S.-Wni bail for trial.
Chauffeur. Found in Texas, Admits
Having Hit the Trimble Boy.
;■.?■< Arthur, Tex- April 7 William Darraph.
i it, New York City, charged v\ith hiving
run down and killed Ingvaar.i Trimble, the thir
teen-year-old son of R, j Trimble, of New York,
rrested when he arrived here to-day, after
"tramping* from New York Imrragh when
arrested admitted his identity and expressed a
willingness to return lo New Y<>rk.
Darraj?h admits that he was driving the a;i
tomobile which ran down Trimble, but Rays the
accident was unavoldahle, that he struck the
boy while «-nd»'avorinpr to avoid running down
..th^rs He attributes his arrest to a letter he
-,) a young woman in New York when be
left the city, Immediately after the accident. In
forming her <>f his destination. The missive, ho
■-i.x:-. fell Into the hands of others.
Detective John Donoh'ie. of th" Sixth avenue
detective bureau, started last night for Fort
Wort!-. Ti -\ . to Jirfnp bark William Darragh.
Frank T. Glasgow Shoots Himself in Richmond
—Had Worried Over Illness.
[ By Telegraph to Th*> Tribunal
Richmond. Va.. April 7.— Frank T. Glasgow, jr..
a brother of Miss Ellen Glasgow, the Virginia
author, shot and Instantly killed himself this mom
ing at the Tredegar Iron "Works, with which he
was connected. 11l health la given h« the cause of
the act.
Some month* ago Mr. Glasgow suffered a severe
attack of typhoid fever. It It thought his mind
suddenly b«v way under the strain of continued
illness. Mr. Glasgow was thirty-eight yea old
and unmarried. $
Miss Ellen Glasgow is now on her way to Eu
rope, having sailed from New Sfocl: Saturday.
Many Hurt by Glass, Bricks and
Signs Strewn About hj/ Gusts
Steeple Totters.
The most disagreeable -wind of the year came
out of the west yesterday and blew everything
light and movable into the east. There were
moments when the gusts attained to a speed of
sixty-four and sixty-five miles an hour. The
longest period of high velocity was recorded be
tween 9:15 and 9:20 p. m.. when the gale blew
at the rate of seventy-two mile?.
The entire hay was like a boiling caldron,
and the spindrift made the ferryboats, cutters
and tugs look as if they hail encountered a rain
storm. Passengers on the Incoming liners were
entertained yesterday as they came up from
Quarantine by an unusual spectacle. Sand on
the new parade ground on Governor's Island,
dumped by the War Department at great ex
pense, w.is hurled by th«» gale against the. new
buildings and officers' quarters on the south side
of the island.
• The absence of rain gave the wind plenty ot
dust to blow in the faces of passersby. and
throughout the day many persons were forced
to turn abruptly into doorways to remove the
motes from their eyes. Signs, plate glass win
dows and fences wrecked by the blasts and sev
eral accidents to persons knocked down by the
wind were reported. The ale hit the J>riek
walls of a four story building In course of con
struction at 7:.th street and Twelfth avenue, in
Brooklyn, at 7:30 p. m.. and sent them a crumb
ling mass into the street and surrounding lots.
Mrs. Klizabeth Grady, forty-six years old. of
No. 79 East 12oth street, while trying to make
her way west along 148 th street, near Broadway,
was carried east and hurled against a tree near
the curb. She fell at the base of the tree and
was unable to rise. When taken later to the .1
Hood Wright Hospital it was found that hy
right leg was broken above the knee.
At 175 th Street and Amsterdam avenue a gust
caught Robert Wagner, six years old. of No. 526
West 174 th street, as he was running south in
the middle of the avenue and forced him against
a northbound car. The child's mother, who saw
the accident carried her son home, where he
was treat. -.1 later for a. bruised face and head
and an Injured knee.
Harry Shaw, twenty-six years old. of Hart
ford. Conn., was struck by a sign blown from
the second floor of a building at 120 th street and
Lexington avenue, and was removed to the Har-
Km Hospital suffering from bruised shoulders.
a portion of the steeple of the Pilgrim Con
gregational Church, at Madison avenue and
121*1 street, came rattling to the sidewalk with
a resounding crash shortly before 10 o'clock,
narrowly missing several pedestrians. Both
Madison avenue and VJlat street were strewn
with large fragments of brick, tin roofing and
timbers, and th" traffic on the Madison avenue
line was delayed for fiftei-n minutes while, the
debris was removed. The tower of the church
•was regarded as so unsafe by the police that
Captain Wa'eh. ot the East l'Jtith street station.
ordered the corner roped off. and stationed two
patrolmen there for the rest of the night.
In the open stretch of water on Long island
Bound near Casino Beach, the gale gave full
vent to its force, and it was here, while coming
down the Sound without cargo, that a 100-ton
schooner. In charge of a captain and crew of
three, was driven on the rocks near Casino
Beach, about a mile and a half north of Hell
Gate: While the waves dashed o\er her bow
the captain and his men managed to sling a
line to the shore, which prevented her drifting
further in the. event of the tid< rising during
the night, if the storm continues it i>: feared
the schooner will be completely broken up.
The wind blew down a three-story frame
house, in course of construction at Woodside
and Lenox avenues, Wlnneld, Queens. The house
had been completed as far as the woodwork and
roof were concerned, while the l>rick construe
lion bad been built as far as the first floor.
When the wind struck the house in full force
the complete structure collapsed and sections of
it were carried as far us a hundred feet. At
one point, more than a hundred feet from the
wrecked building;, windows In Public School l
at Woodside avenue, were broken by pieces of
flying timbers carried by the wind. The yards
of the I. one: Island Railroad, near the school,
were also littered with wreckage from the same
•.;..;..■ thr storj frame house b^ine h\iilr
..• , press ■■ ■ • -"id 20th street. Flushing,
collapsed wljen the wind struck it.
Cunard liner Caronia, from Liverpool,
which I- ft Quarai • ■•' 6 .".'> p m.. started for
;, t pier with a ■ - complement of more
one thousand persona She had proa
only half .) mile when Captain I»■ <\-. decided !■>
anchor again Word waa received at the Cunard
;i-r tiiat the captain would not take ,i
■ of docking t!i" big liner in the wind, and
• . large crowd of friends "f returning travellers
went home
Captain Haddock of ti:° White star liner
Oceanic brought up his vessel, and despite t!-
•,• ir,.i and t;..- tide put her safely into her dock
at s p m.
A heavy door in the fence that surrounda i
lot us«-d for storing wagons at No. 24 dark-
street Injured two women within Ove minutes,
both of whom were taken to st Vincent's Hos
pital by Dr. Hartigan, one of them In a serious
condition Miss .Millie Jotklnsky. of No. 11 ! »
ThomjiMon street, had her skull fractured and
Mrs Amelia Aratla, of No. 204 SprinK str. it,
suffered a scalp wound and contusions. Th> .
v.>-r>> taken nv.av in the sam<^ ambulance
Collector Loch Says Sugar Com
pany Will Pay $300,000 More.
Th« American Sugar Reiining Company has
paid reliquidated bills for duty on imports said
to have been of short weight, amounting to
$871.806 14, and William Loeb. Jr.. Collector of
Customs, said yesterday that the remainder of
the government's claims, or about $300,000.
would be paid to-day.
The government through H. L. Stlmson, who
resigned recently as United States attorney, but
has been retained in this case, sued to recover
nearly $1,250,000 on charges of short weighing
at the Havemeyer and Elder piers prior to No
vember. 1907. and for amounts aggregating
about $1,000,000 for duties at other refineries.
Should the sugar company pay the additional
$1,000,000 It is said, the suits would be dropped.
All of the payments made have been under pro
test, so that the bills may be appealed to th-i
Board of Anuraisal.

PAY BACK $692,292 82
Suit Against Ryan, Widener. Dolan j
and the Whitney and Elkins ■
Estates Discontinued.
. ■ j
Thomas F. Ryan, Peter A. B. Widener and
Thomas Dolan and the estates of William C.
Whitney and William I. Elkins have paid back !
to the Metropolitan Securities Company the j
sum of $(i 92,292 82, which amount the company j
paid to Anthony N. Brady "for distribution" .?t
the. time of the purchase of the Wall & Cort- |
landt Street Ferries Company, the. fa- j
mous "paper railroad" property, the history of ■
which was disclosed at the Public Service Com- ,
mission's traction investigation in the autumn of j
I!*> 7.
Of the money thus restored the Whitney es- ,
tate paid $245,683 70, which was the amount j
originally received by Mr. Whitney, and the
others $111,632 78 each. Th«» suit which was
brought by the Metropolitan Securities Com- ;
pany in 19<"»7 has been discontinued.
The defendants, while returning the money. ;
state that they reserve the right to demand re- j
payment from the Metropolitan Street Railway j
Company, to which they assert the money was ,
originally lent. No interest was paid by the de- !
fendants in making the settlement.
The announcement of the restoration .of the
money and the dismissal of the suit was ma >
yesterday in the form of letters which passed ;
between counsel for the several defendants and :
ex-Judge, William J. "Wallace, counsel for the
Metropolitan Securities Company, the plaintiff j
in the suit. This is the first restitution of
money made in the clearing up of the numerous
local traction cases.
The letter from the counsel for the defend- j
.ants to Mr. Wallace, bearing date of March 25. ■
Dear Sir — Referring to our recent conversa
tions with you with respect to thiij suit, we are
writing this" letter in order to acquaint you with ,
the position taken by our respective clients.
Upon a full investigation of the matter, it has
been established that In 1900 Mr. Whitney ar
ranged that certain advances should be made
for the benefit of th. Metropolitan Street Rail- ;
wav Company with the understanding that they ;
should ultimately be repaid. Such advances j
were, made by himself and by Messrs. Elkins. j
Dolan. Ryan and Widener. Some two years i
' later each' of those v.ho had made advances was j
reimbursed the exact amount advanced by hir.\ |
i with interest. This reimbursement was effected ,
! by the Metropolitan Securities Company at the i
' time of its purchase of the securities of the Wall
& Cortlandt Street Ferries Railway Company.
None of the gentlemen named made any profit
whatever out of the transaction. Each received |
the exact amount advanced by him. with inter- j
i st. and no more. ;
Th« suit which you have instituted on behalf i
of the Metropolitan Securities Company is to ,
recover the amounts thus repaid on the theory \
that the moneys with which the reimbursement ;
: a.« made were furnished by the Metropolitan ;
Securities Company and not by the Metropolitan
Street Railway Company, for whose benefit the i
advanV* ■ It- . made. In view of the inter
■ est of the Metropolitan Securities Company in |
i the Metropolitan Street Railway Company an 1 ■
1 its obligation to furnish moneys for the payment
: of the debt of the latter company, our client-*
■ believe that, had the requisite and formal cor
porate action been taken, a repayment by the
securities company of the street railway com
pany's debts would hay«» been entirely legal. ',
Our clients, however, recognize that this was J
not don<- nnd that it is now claimed by the se
curities company that the amounts which were j
repaid to them In reimbursement for their ad- j
vances f o , the benefit of the Metropolitan Street j
Railway Company came from moneys paid by
the securities company to Mr. Brady as the |
purchase price of the securities of the Wall & i
Cortlandt Street Ferries Railway Company.
While it is clear, after a full examination of ;
the facts, that the moneys of the securities com- i
pany v/ere used to repay advances made to the j
street railway company, our clients have been
advised that the securities company may be en
titled to follow these moneys, notwithstanding
the Indebtedness of the street railway company
to "them. They have, therefore, determined to i
return to ;li" securities company the exact
amount received by them, respectively, reserv- j
ing. however, and not surrendering their right i
to repayment by th« street railway company of I
the advances made by them for its benefit. We.
accordingly, inclose herewith a check to your
. -,;, ■ for $692 292 82 in settlement of this litiga
tion Very truly yours.
Counsel for the estate of the late William C.
Counsel f<T Thomas F. Ryan:
Counsel for Peter A B. Widener and Thomas
Dolan arid for thi* estate of William Elkins, de- j
Mr. Wallace, under the same date, replied as j
I have received your favor of March 2;.. in
closing check for $6'.t-'._!cj 82 This check covers
the full Bum received by Messrs. Whitney. Ryan,
i Widener, Klktns and Dolan out of the purchase
: money < $365,607 19) paid by the Metropolitan
Securities Company to Mr. Brady for the bonds i
and stock of the Wall & Cortlandt Street !
Ferries Railway Company, the balance being
retained by Mr. Brady, and to which the Metro- |
' politan Securities Company has never made any
: Your statement that so much of the purchase
' money as was received by Messrs. Whitney.
Ryan. Widener, Klkins and Dolfin represented
advances which had been made, by them on be
half of the Metropolitan Street Railway Com
pany upon the understanding that they were to
be repaid, and that each received through the
Brad] payment the exact amount advanced by
him with Interest, and no more, accords with
my understanding of the facts.
i have advised the Metropolitan Securities
Company to accept the amount actually received
by Messrs. Whitney, Ryan, Widener, Elkins and
Dolan, and waive its claim to recover interest
thereon, partly because of the facts stated in
your letter, and believing this to be more ex
pedient than to incur the delay and hazard of a ]
protracted litigation over disputed questions of
fact and law.
It was at the investigation into the affairs of i
I the Intorborough-Metropolltan Company before
the Public Service Commission in October of :
; r.N>7. which was conducted by William m. '
Ivins, that the story of the Wall and Cortlandt
] Street Ferries Railway deal came out. Anthony j
N. Brady told of the transaction.
The Wall and Cortlandt Street Ferries Rail- j
way Company, which has a capital stock of j
JI.DOO.OOU and $1.000,<100 of bonds, owns fran- I
chises from the Wall street and Fulton street ;
ferries to the Liberty and Cortlandt street for- .
ries, but the road ha« not been built. In 1896
1 the Central Trust Company foreclosed on the
company and took over its asset". The courts ',
; declared the franchises to be worthless.
Mr. Brady, according to his testimony ai the !
, investigation, purchased the franchise, stock ',
! and bonds from the Central Trust Company, In
; tending to build the road. The purchase was J
made on his Individual account, he testified, as i
Continued on third pa*'. '
Ten Thousand Men Go Out — Gen
eral Tie-up Expected.
Chicago. April 7. — Ten thousand lake marine
engineers, firemen, oilers, water tenders and
deckhands went on strike by a vote taken to
night, following the refusal of shipowners to
recognize the marine engineers* union. Tlm
strike was railed after contracts had been sent
to fourteen hundred of the engineers as individ
uals. All but thirty-five were returned unsigned.
Oilers, water tenders and deckhands voted to
go out in sympathy, and as a result every vessel
on the lakes seems likely to remain at its moor
ings until the differences are settled.
Emperor Grants Him a Three
Weeks' Leave of Absence.
London. April 7. — dispatch to "The Dally
Telegraph" from St. Petersburg says that M.
Iswolsky. the Foreign Minister, has tendered his
resignation and is awaiting the Emperor's de
cision. M. Iswolsky had a long conversation
with the Emperor yesterday, and his majesty
granted him three weeks' leave of absence. Thi?.
the dispatch says, Is construed in court circles
as a cushion to break the minister's fall.
Advertising Man Was Then Beaten
Into Unconsciousness and Bound.
Henry Karpen, an advertising agent, with
offices in the Tribune Building, reported to the
police of the Ralph avenue station. Williams
burg, last night that he had been held up and
robbed of $400 as he was about to step from
the door of his rooms in the Geneva apartment
house. No. 172 Ralph avenue, last evening.
Mr. Karpen lives at the Ralph avenue ad
dress with his father, William Karpen. and six
brothers. Yesterday evening when he reached
the apartment, he found nobody home, and
upon entering the front room ho discovered that
the place had been ransacked by burglars.
Without waiting to investigate. Karpen left the
apartment, but as soon as he stepped into the
hall, he says, he was hit on the head with a
blackjack and felled to the ground. He imme
diately grappled with his assailant, who drew
a knife and inflicted a deep wound In Karpen's
left shoulder. The man then clubbed him until
he lost consciousness, bound him with pieces
of rope, and left him helpless, after taking the
roll of $400 from his pocket.
James Karpen, a brother, returning home
about 7 o'clock, stumbled across the body of his
brother, who was still senseless. James soon
unfastened the ropes which bound his brother
and called in Dr. Joseph Loader, who dressed
Ills wounds. A search of the hall resulted in the
finding of a blackjack. The police have not
made any arrests.
Maids Wield Shovels and Bury
Flames Under Sand.
A forest fire In New York City doesn't happen
every day. and it is not often that a blaze In
this '•it;- Is put out with shovels, nor are shovels
often wielded here by young women.
But shovels and maids conquered such a fire
here last night, aided som«what by sand and th»
efforts of several stanch stablemen.
Sparks from a snorting freight engine on the
New York Central started this forest firs at
I!»7th street at 7:30 o'clock. "With considerable
rapidity it snapped and crackled Its way to
200 th street and eastward from the river to the
Boulevard Lafayette.
The property and houses of C. K. G. Billings,
the horseman, were in danger, as were also the
Abbey Inn. at IDSth street and Fort Washington
avenue; the studio occupied by Tkechul Toyo,
the miniature painter; the home of ex-Mayor
Hugh J. Grant and the greenhouses of Miss
Annie Kinney, in 197 th street.
The chief anxiety was for the safety of the
Hillings house and buildings, as the wind »a.-*
blowing the flames In that direction, but after
two hours of sand digging the fire was buried.
Rlaze Xcar I \oi\ Street Make* Great
Display, but Does Little Damage.
Defective Insulation and a sho'-t circuit com
bined last night to start a Ore under the third
. ,ir of •! seven-car train, aoutbbound, on th>*
West K.ir:!:!= branch of tbe subway, ;'t a. point
on th-- elevated structure of the subway near
14>.»Th streel and Westchester avenue, where the
trails entbr the undergron
Some of th€ women pass^useirs were i:ij ired
in the scramble to escape There were five women
and five men passengers on tbe c;tr afire, and
with Ibe ninety others on the train tin * I
off and walked along the ele\at>-.i struct
ure to the Jackson ivenue station. The power
wns shut off in the section north of 11.* street,
making traffic J.eyonil thai point Impossible.
There waa .t pyrotechni i displaj foUowtag
the breaking out of tbe tire which atti
thousands of spectators to th- - nd an
alarm of fire waa sent in. Tbe Bieasca had to
, ii awas a portion of tbe woodwork under tbe
burning <;ir <•> B*t al tbe Barnes, -''it Anally
succeeded In extinguishing the blase v-ith
damage estimated bj the subway employes and
Deputy Chief Ahearn at about >■ - unba
lance waa called to tbe scene of n.
but none ol the women who said inej ha
Injured would accept treatment
Court Rules That Married Men May Stay Out
Until 10 if They Wish.
[Bjr TelegTitph to Tlie Tribune.)
Richmond, Ya.. April 7.— Police Justice John
: -. ■.. Crutch field added another statute to the un
1 written code to-day, when he ruled that ,i Married
man may stay out a? late as 10 o'clock at night.
Whether his wife forbids such hours or not. Mrs.
I Ilatkin ShlpHn attempted to prevent bet husband
: from smoking a cigar and talking politics on a
! neighbor's porch until that hour. She made so
I much fuss about it that the neighbors had her
; arrested.
••We married men don't have much liberty. I
know, but yon have no right to keep your husband
In the bouse all the time." said the Court. "Your
husband has almost as many rights as you have.
I ■ad you have got to respect them l agree wirh
' you that he should not stay out all night, but you
! must let him smoke his cigar and talk politics if
i he wants to. I mi the protector of down-trodden
men. Curfew shall not ring to-nigttt. nor any other
nicht. in Ki. htnoiui. "
Quality, Sparkle and Dryness are Superb
H T. l>ewey & Sons Co., 13S Fulton St., New lork.
811.1, IS RILLED
Tuo Democrats Only Friends — AU
Republicans Vote So After
Five [four Session.
fRy T-I-gra^^ to Th- Tri»iin».!
Albany, April &— SV» far as the Assembly
and the present session are concerned • Got-
Tnor Hugh?<9 direct primary nominations bill
la dead. It was duly executed at 1:30 o'clock
this morning by the Assembly Judiciary Com
mittee voting Ift Is - to make an adverse report
on it. the only members to vote aye for a favor
able report being r.lessrs. Green and Klein, of
Queens Borough. The vote was:
<"■-•«"• (D.). . "-' Klein (D.V Qo«— i
Phillip* IR.>. -*anr. Howard m>. Ti"««
Fowler. R■. lister Fhr.lfp*. <*. }J. iR. >. Mcnrc*
M*-Gr?jcor iß_>. Er>. Sullivan (R.). Chautauqua.
Waken (R. >. Onondag*. Pherid»n *!>.>. N»w Tor*
■Ward iR->. New York. Stem «DO. N»w Yerk.
The committee voted to report favorably th*
bill of Assemblyman J. S. Phillips, chairman of
the committee, amending the present primary
law. but retaining th* convention system.
The final vote was reached after a stormy
session of five hours, and followed a hearing
at which some of the foremost citizens of th«»
state pleaded for a favorable report on th«
measure on the ground that it would make party
government fully responsible and representative
of the voters. At th» hearing; the members of
th© committee did not try to conceal their abso
lute indifference to any arguments presented in
favor of the measure, and set themselves to
slaughter the Governor's pet measure at a mid
night session.
"We are going to consider this measure very
carefully." declared Chairman Jesse Phillips.
with a sardonic smile. "We must heed the good
advice we got this afternoon, you know."
Every member of the committee was present
save Mr. Hams, of Wayne County, a supporter
of the bill. Preliminary polls of the committee
indicated a vote of 10 to 2 against the bilL
Just before the hearing a temporary organiza
tion for a state-wide committee to advocate ta»
enactment of direct nominations legislation was
formed. It Is to be known as trs> citizens' Di
rect Primary Committee. Ex- Judge William H.
Wadhams was chosen chairman, and Darwin R.
James, president of the. Brooklyn Young Repub
lican club, and Merwin K. Hart, of utica. vice
chairmen. A permanent organization will b*
formed at a meeting to be called later. Among
those who began this movement were Rabbi
Stephen S. Wise. Norman Hapgood, editor of
"Collier's Weekly": John H. Burroughs, of th*
Brooklyn Union League Club: I. Batch Louis.
Henri' Hotchner. president of the Common
wealth Club of New York; Robert S. Bmkerd.
secretary of the Citizens Union, and rbe Rev.
John Haynes Holmes.
Mr. Lam and Rabbi Wise Chief
Speakers for Supporters.
[By "•'•icrar 1 * le Th« Tribune?
Albany. April 7 — Probably the most import
ant and significant feature of the hearing on
the Governor's direct nominations bill to-day
was not In any argument on the detain*
of the measure itself, but the keynote sounded
by its two chief advocates, ex- Mayor Scth Low,
of New York City, and Rabbi Stephen S. "Wise-
This was an appeal and an admonition to the
legislators to make party government truly re
sponsible and representative of the voters.
These two men. though differing widely as Is
individuality and method of persuasion, united
In the declaration that Governor Hughes was »
standard bearer in this movement for party re
demption whom it was an honor to follow.
"I think Governor Hughes 13 a great party
asset." said Mr. Low. He warned the legisla
tors not to dismiss hastily the bill before them.
because In two great emergencies, the Insurants*
crisis and the public service legislation fight.
the Governor had devised great, comprehensive
"His 13 the greatest constructive mind I ever
have known." went on Mr. Low, as calmly and
dispassionately as a Judge, "and those of you
who would serve your party best most think
whether this constructive effort of otrr Governor
to eradicate the evils in party organization
doesn't deserve your considerate and sympa
thetic study. Isn't that a wiser party attitude
than throwing it into the waste basket?"
"Governor Hughes is backed by th© unvoiced
will of the people." exclaimed Rabbi "Wia*.
*'The only man of either party who cannot vota
for this Mil Is the man who is not a Lincoln Re
publican or a Jefferson Democrat."
If the hearing last week was scantily attended
and "indicated BO interest in the subject." as
some of the adversaries of the measure declared,
they could not find the same fault with to-day's
hearing. Delegations of citizens who paid their
own railroad fare and received no fees attended
it. From New York City and Buffalo and most
of the Intermediate stations they came, men
from all walks of life. Ex-Judge Wadhama. Air.
Low and Rabbi Wise headed a large delegation
from New York, which included Norman Hap
gool and James B. Reynolds. From the Brook
lyn Young Republican Club came another dele
gation, headed by President James, in . which
were Dr. Madison C. Peters. Canon William
Sheafe Chase and Dr. Metancthon W. stryk^r.
In a group from Utica were ex-Assemblyman
Hart and John V Maher. chairman of the
Chamber of Commerce committee <»n election
reform. Geneva, the largest city in Senator
Raines's district, sent Mayor A. P. Rose. Presi
dent Riajbj of the Common Council. Professor
James M Williams, of Hobart College, and
tie!. g:;t.s from the Geneva Direct Nominations
League. Buffalo's delegation Included Alder
man William H. Crosby and Supervisor George
a Buck, themselves nominated at direct pri
"We know your minds are closed against
this bill because you have received your orders
to kill it- But don't rest under any delusion
that there is no moral issue at stake, as 1 un
derstand some of you are saying. I never saw
an issue more clearly calculated to rouse all the
moral - ..nent In this state. Heed it well,
gentlemen; don't trifle with it too Ion?."
Kx-Judge Wadhams. the first speaker in favor
of the measure, told a little about actual con
ditions under the convention system. "Ther
are men here who. if they heeded the wishes of
their constituents, would vote for this bill." said
w. -But they will vote against It because they

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