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> •' 1 -» • — — ,i,rtj. To-morrow. §howrr» at ni»hl ; south wind*.
ti&Greaicr Damage Feared Unless
Ice Melt* Gradually Silence Said
T Be .1 /> palling.
Buffalo. April 11.— Twice this year, for the first
tae since the white man has come to the banks
rf the Niagara, the voice of the river has been
nutc. The first time was late in February.
T.iien. following a severe northerly blow, the
Falls ran dry. and now. for the second time, fol
lowing a severe sou'wester, when th* flood is
frozen solid fn-m bank to bank. The damage
is estimated conservatively at $1,000,000.
Unprecedented weather has brought about
the conditions. On Wednesday of last week the
trnrst pale of the season and the most violent
that the records of the Weather Bureau ever
recorded for April tore out of the south*
and. fo'lowhig the lakes and the channel of the
Niagara. left ruin in its wake. The solid Ice
fields of Lake Krie were churned from end to
nd and piled in a huge conglomerate at the
lower enc of the lake.
At Niagara Falls there had been a heavy ice
bridge in the pool belcw the cataract since the
JBiddle of th* winter. Under the impact of the
■a* of ice rom the take above, and th- added
f *<&* brought down by the wind, the bridge
tav« «■•:■ au.j began to surge down the rapids.
bat before it could win freedom in the ample
■naters of Lak~ Ontario the wind shifted again
tr. th? north. ir.Ftantly the moving floes packed
at the mouth of the river. Each instant of cold
cor.^caJed the pack more solidly, and each hour
trocght added pressure from above
tnable to escape by its natural channels, the
frve! of the river rose by leaps and bounds.
Tbp highest flood level recorded from previous
years is twenty-eight fret above the normal.
Cta Friday night ihe river was forty feet above
the normal.
■ftatfr poured "v<r the window of the
ro**r house of the Ontario Power Company.
Jhich had been placed at what all engineers
Onpsfat to h" a safe height above any possible
fecst>r. and flooded the machines. The tracks
of the Great Gorge route were, with few
rtretches excepted, covered from the lower steel
*nrh brid~» to Lewistonl In the lower stretches
tf th^ r:\er. where the Ice is packed the hard
*st even- Ivathriuse, every fishing shack, with
ft* traps, often the sole capital of the owner;
Try private pumping; station that supplied the
■Bttmer homes that line the shores, every pri
vate landing and piers of both the International
Ejlhray and th" Niagara Navigation Company-,
«'. Lfwiston an< j Queenston. are buried beneath
t -*csa:)<!:> of tons of ice. At Niagara-on-the-
th» wharf is also overwhelmed. and all the
sething houses have been swept off their foun
If the Ontario Power Company finds it neces
*"^ to rewind :ts huge generators the cost will
*• trrmej)doup. and then there Is the widespread
**«.t of the interruption of the power service of
'bis station. The. transmission line that carries
*1* current of this station across the river from
Canada to tlie United States has been damaged.
We of the towers on the Canadian side having
Wn torn from its feet and thrown against an
adjoining tower it is likely that the three will
I* carried away by the ice when it moves.
The — is crowding hard about the abutments
«f the great upper steel arch bridge, reaching
kto the network of iron There are tremendous
JnaFpes of Ice between this bridge and the falls.
*n<! ■iild it move toward the bridge the via
dutt might be <t\ept away, for the Falls of Ni-
a ?ara ar.- a frightful engine when exerting full
Po»»-r. At Lewiston a careful watch is being
<»n tli" ice to protect two large hotel?, al
*h»i!^b thought to l»e far out of danger until this
J*m »H:ciirre(J.
All day long a constant stream of visitors
fwre-i <jnwn the railway tracks, the trolley
tracks, ;■:<• ked The trains end the cars and even
r " < fc and walked across country to see a sight
ths t is not lik«!y to repeal itself within the
** B *-vof the present generation. Under a
"illiaat sun, the river lay white and glistening
tf) the horizon. And it was silent, absolutely
rr * k-**'k -**' f,, r ll)e first time within their memo-
r **- Th»' weight of that silence was an Im
*°ns?»»ra!i|e thing, but it hung heavy on all who
wn«:e.j -with a chilling solemnity more awful
ttt " th«- roar <>f the rapids.
"fitixh Marine* Landed at Bushirc —
Russia to lit.
•>,i.,i.. n A ,,, n n Th< ■„■•■ in Persia Is
~*4bbU> •Jeveloping in the direction of Anglo
•'"aiuri it!ier\.-nii<;ti. British bluejackets were
•*■"!'<! fr. m the cruiser He* at Bushire on Sat-
Tda J. cf«,r the British Resident had taiued a
U**-\* nut ion !« ttmg forth tins necessity of this
*'t**. l* iUM . „f , h ,. inability of tb. local ■■
"xn-iti*, ,„ prot«t foreigner*.
»» l» nndmitood tMat the landtag of bkaejack
««» nM..-tl-.r.. .1 beforehand by Russia, and
Bn l^'J Utet the latter government will be
ywUfHi i.. «ut. militmy metres to protect
-"^iSiicr* tit Tubria aod Kosht.
*An Englishman's Howe" Hissed
Off Berlin Stage.
Berlin, April 11.— The German version of Dv
Maurier's play "An Englishman Home" was
produced at the Neves Theater to-nigh: before
an audience which included high court officials.
This is the play which • atised a sensation i"
England, dealing with the invasion of that
country by a foreign force, and it was thought
that the play was aimed at Germany.
Its reception to-night was so hostile thai II la
Improbable that the play will be repeated. It
practically was laughed and hissed off the stage'
The hissing, stamping and hooting began with
the second act, and continued almost incessantly
until the final scenes, which were drowned in
the din.
In th*- opinion of the Berlin forr«*spond<
the London newspapers, th« dismal failu ■
"An Kngii'-hrn.in'- Home" ivai as much i
Ita Intrinsic merit as to Anglophobism Th«
<;erman version of the pla> and the manner "r" r
Its preaentation are described ;i^ ;t caricature
which would have exhausted the patience
of an Kiifrii^M audi< n< ■ This. Joined to tl ■
that the plaj bad been condemned generally by
the press in advance led aa the real i a-
BOn of its pool- reception All admit that the
in the theatre were the most extraord ■
naf on record Besides nearl> causing a riot, an
unrehearsed Incident of a sin il Betting tire to tln
■cenen «»used a pani< and partly emptied th<
You nil Men Spend Night tcith
Small Eire on Huckleberry Island.
Two young men. who refused to give their
names, spent Saturday night on Huckleberrj
Island, in the Sound, off New Rocholle, with
only a small fire. They bad BO •belter ol any
kind and their supply of f" 1 1 was small. They
live on the West Side of. Manhattan, it is sup
posed. It was late at night when word of their
probabie plight was s-'tit to the N'w Rochelle
police by Peter Hagmann, of No. 504 \Wst 33d
Hagmann said he and the two boye bad goat
out in a rowboat from New Bochelie and made
a landing at th> Island. They wandered about
it in the late afternoon When they were ready
to otart h*- entered the boat. l»l ro the rope and
made ready for his companions, but he waa un
skilful, lost his oars and the bo.it was caught by
the wind and Ode. He was swept away in it
Finally, late In the, afternoon, almost exhausted
by the < old and fright, be found himself drift
ing ashore. It proved To be Sands Point, on
Long Island.
Hagmann said it was almost midnight before
lie reached the city. He then s.-nt word here of
the plight of his friends. Bffortfl were made to
relieve them, hut at (his time of* the year boats
«re not plentiful in which experienced men care
to make such trips at night. At daylight yester
day morning Captain John Peterson went out to
the island and found the young men. Almost
frozen, they were Eaaded In New Rochelle and
started for New York.
Spends Day Quietly with His Family at the
Executive Mansion
Mil,-:.'. April U or Magnea ««•- forty
v.-.,,, \.. t! ~ old In daj (!•• si>»iit the aay quietly
with his family nt the executive mansion !)«■ re
.•cjvf.l •o!iirr;inil;iloi \ meeaagea from fri'-nds and
mlinlr. is in out <>f the state,
Copenhagen. April ii A \irtletit earthquake
• ,! on Patiiiflm morning near Bou<Js\-*i|,
swr-i. ii ii lasted neeirlj ■ minute, and, accorUiiia
io rep. ris tisj eßaotderaMe d. image.
A Men Man in While Flame I
Trousers. Frock Coat and Panama
Hat the Brightest Spot.
The sun ahone yesterday. bui a nipping east
wind met the Easter processions in Fifth ave
nue. Riverside Drive, Harlem and Grand street.
The fa<t that the sun was shining was the im
portant feature, however. Vari -colored multi
tudes passed through the avenues, parks and
drives of the city throughout the afternoon
As crouds went to the special Easter services
in the churches, an.l later strolled to their
homes or to hotels for dinner, Fifth avenue re
sembled a lane doubly fringed with permabu
latins; posies
The parade moved rapidly, for it was chilly.
Eyes sparkled from excitement and the weather.
Some paraders wore long fur coats, but the ma
jority of men and women appeared In attire of
spring weight and colors, and these did not
Throughout the afternoon the avenue was
filled with stranger.--, suburbanites and New
Yorkers, all happy in their stroll. There were
no hoop .skirts or sheath skirts; there was too
much wind for either. There was marked evi
dence of "a tendency toward economy in the
costumes worn by the women, especially those
who graced Fifth avenue. It was estimated
that at least one-third leas material was used
this Easter than last In the niakjng of skirts
But, after all. an average was probably
struck and the pec capita expense maintained
by the miles of buttons which glistened up and
down and around the- Easter gowns, and the
1 hats, which made new distances, speaking hori
zontally and altltudlnously, as well as from the
: point of view of the tonnage in fruit and vege
| tables which the headgear carried. There were
i hats with birds and beets, whisk brooms and
celery tops on them. The peach basket hat was
there, but it was not the only claimant for ex
j cited attention from the men. The feather dus
ter hats tickled them more than all else, per
: haps.
i Starting dpwn the avenue at 59th street, a
,' stout, elderly man attracted attention. He was
i conscious of the fact and beamed on all in a
: kindly way. His trousers were of white flannel,
: carefully "cuffed" at the bottom. He wore a
; black frock coat, fine in fit and texture. Spats
• of deep blue warmed, it was presumed, the feet
1 that they adorned. A panama hat sat Jauntily
on bis gray hair. The right rim of the^iat was
! upturned in a rakish manner and a white rose
! was pinned to the lapel of his coat. Later In
the afternoon he was still promenading, attract
! ing and satisfying attention.
I On the top a Fifth avenue "bus sat N. J.
McConin, who said he was ■ dealer in cloth
ing in a town forty miles from Indianapolis.
He had been interested in the parade as a
1 whole. When he .saw th. white flannel trousers
and the panama hat he said:
| "I stayed over Easter in this town for a pur
pose. I should have started West on Friday,
but I wrote to my wife that I would see Fifth
avenue on Easter, as I was only a few hour-,
away, so to speak. For sentimental and busi
ness reasons l have always wanted to get ■ look
at » real display of clothing — clothing not
stacked up in ■ clothing stor*. Now that cray-
Continued va third page. '"»
Strong Hope Held Out for His
( 'Itiwate RecoVi m.
Hartford Conn., April 11. -There was marked
Improvement In th ndition to-day of Gkw
g, i. Li Hey. who is ill at his home
hen Earlj In the day he was ah!- to recognise
memtx iof fan and si.pt naturally most
of the afternoon. To-night be is resting com
fortab • then trong hopes for his
ultima : •• !■• c..\ . ■
Young Man Accused of Lareen'i
Prefer* Prison to Breaking Silenct .
.lohn Muldoon t went 3 two years old, of So.
■j.:s .Mst «treet. Brooklyn, was held yesterda> in
S'j.imhi ball In Jefferson Market court, accused
9 rather of stealing a gold watch valued
.it $21." and S"_'.': in cash
It is believed thai infatuation for a tciri
prompted the action liesiit-- t!v assurance
from his fathei and the court t;;.-,i he would
<am hie release if he <li\ il^-d the girls name,
M Idoon remained silent
New Haven Directors Vote Return
to Old Schedule. N
|B] Tetacraph to I'" rnbune. ]
New Haven, April II The New Haven Rail
road Companj will soon formaJlj announce a
restoration of the wage schedule, which was cut
I<> per cent aboul ji year ago because of the
beav; decrease in freight receipts, This it--
crease in receipts made it neceasarj to pay the
quarterly divldenda from the surplus of the
The industrial outlook is so brijeht that a re-
turn to the former wages baa jusl been voted
by the railroad's directors
The cut extended to everj employe who re
ceived a salarj of ,<:_'.<x»<> or over, and Included
President slellen. The receipts for the month
of liarch, as reported at the directors' meeting
yesterday, were exceedingly encouraging.
Pitt*burger* Have Plan to Keep
Young Couples in ('it//.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune. )
PittSburg, April 11.— Wlftiam N. Frew, a
wealthy man of PittSburg, is building an Im
mense house at great coat, n« a wedding present
to his daughter. Miss Virginia, whose engage
ment to Thurston Wright baa Just been an
nounced. The house is to be furnished through
out by the giver, and will ha\ c a well rilled
In this connection a report is current that 1 the
rich of Pittsburg have entered into some agree
ment to erect new houses for their young peo
ple as they marry, also offering them other in
ducements to remain in Pittsburg. One of the
first to take up this idea was Mrs. Harry Dar
lington, whose son married Miss Wier. of New-
York, in London a year since. As an incentive
to the young wife from New York to remain In
Pittsburg the eider Darllngtona have begun the
erection for the young couple of a fI.OOO.UUU
home on the North Side.
'Lima, April 11. The government, has issue.) an or
der prohibiting boxing matches either in public or
in private
Form of Head Worker's Marrimge
Has Created 111 Feeling Among
Both Jews and Gentiles.
1>: James Henrj Hamilton, head work<
the University Settlement, il was reported yes
terda; will r.-sitrn his place, ahich he has held
since ! ( .*<o. when he replaced Robert Hunter.
Since i>: Hamilton married on Januarj 9 Miss
Ethel Brodski, daughter of Benjamin Brodski.
ooklyn, there has been mucb dissa< -
t!on among both Jews .in'l Gentiles In tl* -
tlemeui be< ause the eremonj
Dr. John Elliot, assistant head worker of the
Hudson build which is maintained by il>
ical Culture So. i. tj
Although the University Settlement is con
ducted on non-sectarian lines, it was argued
that the marriage should have been performed
according to either the Jewish or the Christian
form. The bridal pair did not return from the
ceremony to receive the congratulations of their
flock, a marked coolness having already mani
fested itself. The Jew* have maintained that
the couple should have been married according
to rites practised in the bride's religion, al
though they say the Christian ceremony would
have been more acceptable to them than the
••ethical culture" form of unity. The Christian
members or the Settlement have been equally
emphatic in making the "ethical culture" ser-
ice their third choice.
For some time it has been rumored ti.
Hamilton would relinquish his post. .<■•:!■.
be would lw> forced oul ;*; * h- < 1 1 • 1 not i
While others were satisfied to believe he would
realize thai - Inese had ended :<n.l
retire voluntarily. Several members of the
II which governs the affairs of the Set
tlement said ; .-si rdav thai I»; Hamilton had
determine.! to relieve them from further em
barraaament and >mii his place but at the same
time they were unanimous in declaring that no
intimation had been made by them to Dr. Ham
ilton that his resignation would be acceptable.
Thej would not deny that be waa retiring r .>r
ison nam'd. although ti" > were not pre
; a red to .iijrc. w it}i him that his useful:
t lioni was at ii ri end.
iv 'r>re taking >iie place thai lie now Intends
to relinquish, Dr. Hamilton occupied the chair
of sociology at Syracuse Cnlversit: He Is
forty-four years old. After getting the
or Master of Arts ;«t the University of Indiana
h< studied law In Cincinnati He spent several
years in the practice of his m>ression and in
business ami newspaper work. He began the
stud] of soc'ologa In Germany, and returned to
the United s^tes to complete nw .ours.-, -etting
the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the i ni
versity of Wisconsin Mrs. Hamilton is a na
tive of New York. She is a graduate of the
Normal < allegi and '.night in :he public schoola
before taking up Settlement work
The University Settlement has seen man] r»
mancea bud and bloasofn. Robert Hunter, who
preceded Dr Hauiiton ad heaJ worker, married
Miss Caroline piicips afte r .-i courtship begun
while both were working Ifctre. WiUiani B.
Walling and Miss Anna Stransky worked side
by sid. two years and then were married Prob
ably the marriage that attracted the most nt
tention was that of James G. I'h-lps Stokes an. l
Miss Rose Pastor, a cigar ■aaker. Bofb were
workers at the Settlement
Dr. Burgess Suffering at If is Home
— Hud to Quit Services.
Bishop Frederick Burgess of Long Island is
ill at his home at the See House in Garden
City, and it is feared that he will lose his right
eye. The Bishop was attending to the confirma
tion services at Garden City yesterday after
noon when his eye began to give him consider
able trouble. He was forced to quit long before
the services were over.
Some time ago. while riding in ■ Long
Islund v ti..in. Bishop Burgess got a cinder in
his eye. He visited a physician, and apparently
the, cinder was got out. He paid BO further
attention to it until about a week ago, hen his
eye began to pain him. so that he had to leave
the services at St. George's Church. U.-mpstead
Dr. George R. Hare, of No. «> Weal ::*th street,
was called, and he found that a slight opera
tion would be necessary.
Bishop Burgess had apparently recovered.
Yesterday morning he confirmed a class at St.
Georges Church, Hempst.ad. and started to re
peat the services in the afternoon at th.- Cathe
dral in Garden City, but was forced to cut them
short. Dr. Hare, when seen yesterday, Maid
that there was grave danger of the Bishop
losing his right eye.
Bishop Burgess was consecrated a bishop on
January l.'i. lOOl!. He is fifty-six yean old
Since his graduation from the Theological Sem
inary at Oxford, England, In IS7O, he has had
many important charges.
Curtis Hotel and IJtbrary Saved by
Shift of Wind— Mantf Persons
Thrown from Bed by Shock.
Ut>Jl. Mass. April ll.— people lost their
live?, three others were l>atlty bumc*l and a
property loss of between S-Ji «'.<»«) and .*n:xMM">
was caused by a fire in the heart of the busi
ness section of this town early to-day. Four
business buildings, two dwelling: houses and twj
other structures war destroyed >n a section
bounded by Franklin. Main. Housatontc and
Church streets. The fire is believed t<> have
started in the Clifford Bloc!; from spontaneous
combustion. The list of dead follows:
COOK. Ml '«-i« -i ■••' forty year*, bookkefyr.

SPARKS, Miss Mary, rwrenty-six >?ar». s«-h<>«.l t»ac.:rr.
\ K.\l RES, Edward CJ forty-one years, electrician.
VEXTKES, Mr*. Edward C. thirty-five years
'. ENTRES Miss Leslie, twelve years
The injured included Mm Catherine Rout anl
l;cr two sons. George Root and Arthur Root, all""
burned about the face, hands and neck.
Some of the principal losses were:
Mahanna Building; owned by William JSa
hanna. $25,000; F. P. Dumbardi A Co.. of.Ne«
York. Oriental shop, $S.«.»00; B. M. Rogers & Co..
electricians. $4,000. ,-- nM
William B. Bull Building. $35,000.
Clifford Building. $25,000: James Clifford ft
Sons, hardware, $20,000: Murray A. Brown,
sroeer. $10,000.
XI Eddy Building. Charles Eddy estate. iUM".
Tohn Cutwood. plumber. 510.000: Frank Mori
department store. $12,000; James Cassidy. •"•»"
grist, si9.-"»>
The other buildings burned included the
houses of Joseph Regnier and Mrs. Rose Col
bert, a blacksmith shop, an Ice stack and some
smaller structures. The houses of Mrs. Theo
dore Cowhig and B. H. Rogers, both in Main
street, with some adjoining structures, were
badly damaged, but not totally destroyed.
A shift of wind from the northwest t.-> the
southwest saved the Public Library and the
fashionable Curtis Hotel. In the hotel ther*
were several Easter parties from New York and
The loss of lire occurred In the Clifford Build
in?. where the blaze started, and resulted pri
marily from a series of explosions among th*»
1 turpentine, paints, oils and dynamite stored in
1 the cellar of the James Clifford & Beam Com
pany, hardware dealer?. Lenox has only a
small, unorganized volunteer fire departm*
and until aid came from Pittsfleld. Richmond ,
and Lee the flames spread rapidly.
The Ore was first discovered by George
Root, who lived with hie mother and brother in
the upper story of the Clifford Block, a three
story building, shortly after 1 o'clock this morn
ing. Smoke pouring into his room from a partly
covered chimney hole awoke the man. and.
hastily falling his brother and mother, they ran
down the front stairs in their night clothes,
shouting to the other occupants of the upper
floors as they wvnt. They found the froiu ioov—* >•
in flames, but the men wrenched it open and
George and his brother Arthur dashed through,
with their mother between them. All sustained
bad burns, but made their escape just in time.
The Root* had barely crossed the street be
fore there was a terrific explosion in the build
ing behind them. This explosion was heard ■
the surrounding territory for a distance of- six
miles, shattered windows within a wide radius.
and caused the fire alarm to ring. in an in
stant the Clifford Block was wrapped in flames.
Horace Perrill and his wife, other occupants
of the top floor, aroused by the shouts of the
Roots, had got half way down the front stairs
when they saw the flames leaping up to bar
their exit. Three women were below them try
ing to get out through the front door, but Per
rill saw that the attempt »an by that time use
less. He then rushed his wife through a -i?
corridor to the back stairs. where he got out in
safety. All the other occupants of the Clifford
Block l"St their lives.
The death of Miss Alice French was one of th«
pitiful tragedies of the morning. While the fire
in the Clifford Bled was at its height a Woman
was seen to climb out of a flame filled room on
to a veranda on the second story, with her night
clothing and hair' ablaze. Staggering tr> the
railing, the woman leaped to the sidewalk be
neath, landing in a heap within five or six feet
of the bill ilni, walls. Some of the horrified on
lookers attempted to rush in to drag her out.
but the intense heat drove them back, and not
until the flames had practically died out. sev
eral hours later. was the l>ody recovered. Th«
bodies of the other victims are probably in th«
cellar of the building, but they cannot b<«
reached until some time to-morrow, when th.a
fire is finally drowned out by th- water that has
been pumped on the ruins all day.
Within ten minutes of the explosion the flam-» 3
were licking up the Eddy Building, on the smith.
In this structure the people hat! been alrno-t
hurled out of their bods by the explosion, and
they Tost no time in making their way t<« the
street in their night clothes. The temperature
was about ;."•> above em. In the cellar nt the
Clifford Block were several small packages of
dynamite and a barrel o* turpentine, which ex
pled, d
While none of the beautiful summer efiutea
thai have made this Berkshire town famous
were threatened, many prominent New York
and Boston people were at the Curtis Hotel.
which was at one time threatened. They wera
promt in their work el relief for Ihi unfortu
nates driven out Into the chill air of the early
morning. When the explosion was heard many
of the hotel party thought that burglars bad
dynamited the Lenox National Bunk. acr«»ss the
The sudden glare and crackle of the flame.',
however, aroused them speedily to the nature of
the 'trouble, and they hurried to the scene,
where they at once took in charge the shivering
people who were standing helplessly in their
bare feet watching the destruction of their
property. The fire sufferers were taken to the
hotel. . where they received warm clothes and
every care
Plans for the rebel of the twelve homeless
families took practical form at the Curtis Hotel
to-night, whoa ■ fund was started to which five
subscriptions of ST>«!O each were pledged within
a few minutes. The subscribers were Samuel
Kliot Guild. Boston: Mrs Frank K. Sturgis.
New York: Mrs Lindsay Fairfax. Xcw York;
Mrs. •William H. Bradford. New York, and Will
lam D. Curtis. Lenox.
A meeting '■>( the Lenox B«>ard-of Selectmen
has }tcoj% called for to-morrow to take action
toward an appropriation for the relief of th«
fire sufferers.
Edward C Ventres. who lost his life, was a
native or Paris. Me., but has beeti in business
In this town for twelve years, several or which
have been as a member of the electrical coa»
trading firm of Ventres & Jones.

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