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HIDDEN CHAPTERS
IN CITY FINANCE
VHAT THE 1907 CASH
ACCOUXTS SHOW.
MsJl9^i2 Received to Pay
Contractors' Claims — Still
.Xo Money on Hand.
In a prrrloo* article The Tribune stated:
Xl^t durtnr the first nil.' months of
Itj: ai4.»4».l** we* taken from proceed*
„ ,sle of rorpormt* utork and u»cd to pay
th» («<t •* *** cl *y Corernmeat.
That •* th«» t«t *»««>• the Controller
_« B«idinc op «se.eae.ooo of claim* pay-
Mr from nirsiMWt tmprovem«ait a<*ount»
.- W hl<-h the $t4^40.17t had been
BSW 4
jt^t mNMtf to pay w«w. In conße
_,„- roldrd la many coatrmet*.
in the artlrie km pobll*«l The Tribune
„,, ( be« rrom an analysts of the ham
j-tUlb» rash acco«Bt# for 1907:
that th* *taUsment» made above are
, „1,1 rt- «rrar»t«< m far »a the diversion
J^elpt* »• concerned, and will dIM-lone
i, method by which the diversion was
■w— p»»boa-
Xtat the reawm why the city wm un
all, t» meet it* current oMlcatloas in 1907
"_T farcanse receipt* of the city treasury
b% & ben misapplied, and «ha* there outfit
TT tore been »•»•» on band to meet
cl»l»» payment of which was refused on
U* plea that there wa« no money avail
*b Tt«t $6.«9.410 of permanent lmprove-
Ttot •».«».*»• •* perma»eit lmprove-
BttA account receipts were dlrerted and
*rd to p.T ranßlng expeases durtn the
Vl r and that thi» money ha* not been
rtinnied to the account* from which It
«- taken. '■ - -
V.
Daring the financial panic of 1907 the
Controller declared that the city had no
■Lw*S to pay $50,000,000 of contractors'
claims, and former Commissioner of
x>ub'lc "Works Thompson of the Borough
'd Manhattan stated in the newspapers
that he »ac unable to get enough out of
the trust funds to pay maintenance
hogbacks on old paving contracts. At
this very time there should have been
in the city treasury, according to the
Chamberlain. $33,319,452 available ■ to
meet these claims. Most of the money.
however, had been misapplied and used
to redeem revenue bonds, although the
taxes out of which these bonds were
legally redeemable had not yet been col
lected.
These facts are not revealed by the
Controller's charier report, but are to
be found In transcripts of the city's
cesh accounts published each week by
the Chamberlain In "The City Record."
These cash statements show every re
cefpt a- every expenditure of the city
treasury in the game manner as a mer
ffcar.t's cash bonk shows the income and
csttjro ••' Ms business each year. They
■ttttute. therefore, the basic figures
'*$on which the' whoT? cash records of
ii* city are founded, and consequently
(cpply the most reliable data available
for ascertaining th. exact method by
*hJeh the cify'fi finances have been ad
ministered The fact that they are
published from week to week as trans
actions arf being carried on practically
jrec'.udes the possibility of readjustment
Uter on. The Controller's charter re
port, on the other hand, is made up at
the end of the year, and does not dis
pose '■ • actual tirnjon— by which the
fity's finances have been administered.
BOW RECEIPTS WERE DIVERTED.
Tip Tribune has tabulated the in
formation secured from the Chamber
2tin's ca«h statements for 11*07. The
table* given below show that during the
£m throe months of the year the city
treasury received on budget account, in
cluding- the cash balance that came over
frum the previous year, $39,532,275.'
vhi'e the expenditures on account of
I> ! J<JS<>l appropriations were $45,y51,<»54.
T!* deficiency of $H,449.410 was sup
piif-tl t>y money taken from trust funds
and from the proceeds of the sale of
ciTporatf- t--rock and assessment bonds.
The money thus diverted was used to
pay the current administrative cost of
city government.
during the M-cond quarter budget ac
eounta received $44,5U5.026 and paid out
N3.05i.823. Thls made it possible for
those accounts to refund a part of the
money taken during the first period of
three month* from trust funds and the
proceeds of the aJe of corporate stock
*--<-i assessment Umd3. There still re
mained, however, of the amount so taken
* 4 ''•''■" to be refunded.
In the third quarter budget accounts
peid ont $19,7^4.804 more than they took
•"• Again the receipts of trust funds
ar-d the proceeds 4 the sale of corporate
*tock and assessment bonds were drawn
Upon to Bake up the deficiency, making
■M total amount en taken during the
Ms» months *24.340,172. It was at this
Vp ry time that contractors who had
nsjsaj agaln6t the city payable from
these very •.<]> were vainly clamoring
iOT their money. In spite of the large
•mount diverted; the records show that
■■wj I'rmanent improvement accounts
■*■ a ash balance to their credit of
£'-&>.'!&'.. so that there ought to have
•**■»> availsble at the end of the third
quarter of the yt ar :r,y,::.>.S>! to. pay
**ltas Tf>i;i±nt(d against permanent im
t*<n; tm*nt accounts.
f*OW .MO.VLT WAS OBTAINED.
AlUio-jgh the records demonstrate that
tfur:n X th« first ui;it months of the year
•24,340.172 was taken from the receipt*
°' Jfrmanent improvement accounts and
■»< for the purposes of budget accounts,
" is evident, also, that budget accounts
<r ' iv haA -[,;•).• It was just about
this time that city employes were kept
*iiHicg for -vcek* before they could get
t?*'!r *iilarj»-s and wages. The taxes be«
Can ll « tome in during the early part at
tt>e lan quarter of the year. This made
" possible for the Controller to io
* lilth- icfunding. City o'!i< i;:l.s were
•* ] ( l- «nd some of the more pressing
against j>ermanent improvtr.'.ent
■ceranu v,<r«- liquidated. Hut tax col
"<"U<jns were not ii.rK<- enough to enable
**•«= Controller to do all the refus ling
that v.as sjoceassry and meet the «hars-**
of <Jiy government us %sc!l.
M v.as at this juncture of afialra that
*•* t*Bkia* firm of J. P, MorKan & Co.
Continued «• OSih twee.
To. morrw To ;^V" l !; d w . rnw NEW-YORK, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, TWELVE PAGES. PRICE ONE ( EOT * t *'i3Sm£?Zf&
MORE CONGO CRIMES.
Official of Rubber Firm Tells
of Atrocities.
Brussels. Oct. 24.— New atrocities in
the Congo Independent State have been
revealed by an official of a rubber com
pany. He charges that between 1&07
and 1909 a number of the company's
agents tortured and killed many natives,
posted armed sentries, chained and im
prisoned the natives to force them to
■work, and burned villages. The Minister
of the Colonies has ordered an inquiry.
ZELAYA DEFEATED.
Rebels Kill 100 and Wound 300
of His Followers.
Blueflelds. Nicaragua. Oct. 24 (By
wireless telegraph via Colon) — The tug
Blanca, which has arrived here from
Greytown. brings news of the first im
portant battle of the rebellion. General
Chamorro's forces fought an engage
ment on Friday with one thousand of
President Zelaya's troops at a point be
low Boca San Carlos, on the San Juan
River. The revolutionists won a de
cisive victory, one hundred of the- gov
ernment troops being killed and three
hundred wounded. General Chamorro's
losses were slight. The insurgents capt
ured two Krupp siege guns and four
hundred rifles.
This defeat for President Zelaya will
doubtless have a deterrent effect on re
cruiting for the government service at
Managua, and is likely also to bring ad
ditional reinforcements to the stand
ards of the insurgents. General Cha
morro is now advancing slowly.
The steamer Yulu, belonging to the
Emery company, also has reached here,
with the details of the capture by the
revolutionists of Cape Gracias a Dlos.
This port was easily taken, not more
than five or six men being killed and a
small number wounded. This gives the
revolutionists control of the entire At
lantic coast.
OFFICIAL ADVICES LACKING.
Nicaragua". Minister Fails to Get News
from Government.
Washington, Oct. 24. — The Niraraguan
Legation in this city received no official
advices to-night regarding the reported
victory of the revolutionists in Nica
ragua. Minister Espinora said that lie
had received no dispatches from his gov
ernment for several days relative to the
revolt, but explained that this was prob
ably due to communication having bt-en
cut off between the centre of the upris
ing and the Nicaraguan capital.
COAT FOR MRS. TAFT.
Made of 183 Bay State Skunk
Skins.
[By Tele graph to Thf Tribune]
Boston. Oct. 24.— As a tribute to the
mistress of the White House, as well as
to his own ability as a hunter, a Bay
State trapper will soon present to Mrs.
Taft a coat made entirely of skunk
skins. To James A. Goff, of East Nor
ton, belongs the credit of having origi
nated the idea, as well as collecting the
skins.
The coat is made of Ifvs s^kins. Each
of these has been specially chosen for
the purpose, and is cured by a special
process known only to Goff.
TILLMAX WON'T GO.
Objects to Taft Dinner at Ten
Dollars a Plate.
Columbia, S. C, Oct. 24.— Because he
was asked to pay $I<> for a plate at the
luncheon which will be given to President
Taft on the occasion of his visit to this
city on November ♦>, Senator B. R. Till
man has declined to attend, and states
that ne may not serve on the reception
committee.
Senator Tillman. In a letter addressed
to the secretary of the Columbia Cham
ber <»f Commerce, after stating that he
'had received an invitation to the lunch
eon and with it an invitation to send a
check f'»r $I<>, goes on:
This may be a new way of conducting
entertainments in South Carolina that
will find favor in the future, but it Is
wholly contrary to all the ideas of cour
tesy and hospitality that I ever heard of
in this state, and I do not propose to lend
any aid or countenance Ho it.
It Menu to be the official scheme that
tc ask men to meet the President and
have them pay the expenses. I tell you
emphatically no, I will not attend the
luncheon.
Governor Ansel and the other members
of the committee In charge of the affair
have accepted invitations and paid for
tickets.
TO BUY WALSH ROADS.
Eugene Zimmerman Said To Be at
Head of the Syndicate.
Chicago. Oct. at— "The Chicago Record-
Herald* to-da ■ says:
A conference I* scheduled to be held this
morning at the Grand Pacific Hotel, which
,™U "xDCCtro- wlfl result In the Bale of the
John R Walsh railroads to a syndicate of
pr^:^d n «nrto r ?^.^"n"'rcu.atlon .11 .lay
!fe£2£33S£S
the moving BDIrH. „, tee conference to-day
It was Kai.lt <it Vnd 1 Edwin HawJey . In
S?5& fo iYn'^l'h and Mr. Zimmerman,
would be present.
TO OPERATE ON W. V. MOODY.
Playwright Is Suffering from an In
ternal Disorder.
■ , By T-l.r-i.i. to Tho Tribune] '
Baltimore. Oct. 21%WlU»am \au»in
SrSl Dlyldr." 1- « patient in the Johns
Hopkins Hospital, Buffering from an £
unm. disordJr. which will require an oP:o - P
:
perato I' 1 ?..'?"«♦< „ will* be able to
that Mr' JlwJy was rcatins eaeily.
SHOT CHORUS GIRL
EX-CONVICT TRIES TO
KILL WIFE.
Husband Then Commits Sui
cide in Washington
Station.
[From The Tribune Bureau.]
Washington, Oct. I*4— Mrs. William
H. Short, a chorus girl, known to the
stage as Evelyn Howard, was shot in
the back three times to-day by her hus
band as she was leaving a carriage at
the Union Station. Short then turned
the revolver on himself, and fell at his
wife'b feet with a bullet in his right
temple. He died two hours later at the
Casualty Hospital. Mrs. Short will re
cover.
The shooting followed a series of quar
rels between the couple. The husband
was a paroled convict from Sing Sinp,
where he served five years. Recently he
was employed in New York as a trav
elling salesman. When Short was sent
to prison; his wife, obliged to support
herself, found employment as a chorus
girl at the Hippodrome and with a
"Forty-five Minutes from Broadway"
company. When a parole was granted
her husband Mrs. Short returned to live
with him. She left him because of his
alleged cruelty and returned to the
stage. She joined 'The Motor Girl"
company a few weeks ago, and came to
Washington with that company a week
ago to-day.
REGISTERS AS BROOKLYNITE.
Short came to Washington on Friday
and registered at a local hotel, where
his wife was staying, as G. H. Reeves,
of Brooklyn. He endeavored to per
suade his wife to quit the stage and re
turn to New York with him. Mrs. Short
persisted that she had won her right to
her own independence, and again re
fused. Accompanied by Miss Maude
Caldwell, another member of the com
pany, she left the hotel this morning for
the station. She .vainly tried to elude
her husband, but the latter followed, and
told her he would plead with her again
to turn from the stage. When they
reached the station Short made his final
entreaty, and when he was again re
buffed the tragedy ensued.
To witnesses it appeared that Mrs.
Short, much terrified, had jumped from
the cab drawn up at the west portico of
the station and had attempted to run
when Short pulled his revolver, and,
rushing at the woman, fired a bullet into
her shoulder. She fell at the first shot,
and the man then stood over her and
Bent two more bullets through her body.
Without a moment's hesitation, evident
ly believing that he had killed his wife,
Short turned the revolver on himself and
sent a bullet into his right temple. He
fell at the feet of his uncdhßCioiqe wife.
WOMAN HELD AS WITNESS.
Miss Caldwell was detained by the po
lice as a witness, but on Short's death
soon afterward she was released and was
permitted to proceed with her company
to Pittsburg.
In the room which Short occupied at
the hotel the police discovered a card
bearing the following words:
"William H. Short, representing Auto
lite Manufacturing Company, self-light
ing cigarettes. No. 33U-341 Sixth avenue,
Newark, N. J."
Short was apparently without funds.
He had made two ineffectual attempts to
get checks cashed, it is said. Mrs. Mary
Lewis, living at No. 2 East 111 th street.
New York City, who is believed to be
the mother of Mrs. Short, was notified of
the tragedy, and is expected here late
to-night. Short's body is at the morgue
awaiting advices as to its disposition.
When Mrs. Short was not on the road
with a thea'trital company she lived with
her mother in New York. Last year she
was a member of the "American Idea"
company and the "Follies of IJMKV She
was formerly Evelyn Lewis, of Jackson
ville, Fla.. and married Short, who is a
native of Livingston, Ala., about seven
year* ago. They lived in New York,
where he was employed as a bookkeeper
in a bank, but BOOH after their marriage
the man got Into the clutches of the
law through alleged misappropriation of
funds, Mrs. Short told the police, when
she regained consciousness at the hos
pital.
"William H. Short appears to have been
a man of great ability in hoodwinking
people. According to Herman Lioebel, of
No. 39 East 2711) street, the owner of an
apartment house at that address, he in
serted an advertisement ii. a newspaper in
I'AH seeking the services of a man to act
as superintendent of the property while
be was visiting the St. Louis Exposition.
In answer to this advertisement, Loebel
says. Short appeared at the house, and
made so excellent an impression- that he
was engaged on the spot. Loebel went to
St. Louis with a mind free from care, and
Short was left In charge.
When Ijoebel returned, some months
later, It was to find that Short had forged
his name to checks and appropriated rents
to the extent of $2,000. Seeking an ex
planation from Short, he discovered that
his new superintendent had lied. Loebel
started an investigation, and discovered
thai Short had been married a year previ
ous to Evelyn Howard (or Lewis). The
wife was found, and said she had leen left
destitute by Short, and with her aid Short
v.as found a week later, He pleaded with
Loebel, and .said lie would turn over a
new leaf if another chance was given him.
Loebel was so Impressed that he. re-em
loved Short and even raised the young
man's salary. Everything went well for
two weeks, and then Short disappeared.
He was captured hi he was about to sail
for Savannah and taken to ■ cell, where
he cut his throat In an attempt to commit
suicide. He icjovered and was put on trial
despite the pleadings of Evelyn Howard In
his behalf.
At the trial it was brought out that short
had swindled Tiffany ■ Co. and the Stude
baker Carriage Company. He was found
guilty of Ivoebeli barge* and sentenced to
Bin* Sing for » lne >'*" ais -
Five month* ago Loebel received a tele
phone tall from Short, who said he wished
to at- him. Short came to ins house, <x
plained thai lie had been paroled, was for
given and secure* a place as travelling
salesman with a concern In which Loebel
is Interested. ii. worked for two weeks,
hut tot m order* v i »"<> company, and
when upbn.UUd ly Loebel •■•■' lie m ir.-!
to go on the Hta^e with lIN wife ■'""' '""'' !
m.t'ke<P «'»» '"'"•' ■'" liis wurk- xx ' ocUl
.^vu him tiS and never ouw him again. t ■
AUTO GETS RUNAWAY.
Policeman Commandeers Car
and Stops Horses.
By jumping into a passing automobile
and ordering the chauffeur to drive
alongside of a pair of runiway horses
attached to a funeral coach,. Patrolman
Drlscoll. of the Lee avenue station, Will
iamsburg. was able to stop the team on
the Williamsburg Bridge yesterday af
ternoon. Driscoll was on a streetcar
crossing the bridge, when .he saw the
coach in a passing funeral procession
swerve 1 out of line and dash up the in
cline of the Manhattan anchorage.
From the automobile he was able to
reach over and grasp the bridle of one
of the horses when the pair reached the
Brooklyn anchorage, after a race the
length of the bridge. Patrolman O'Don
nell, of the Bridge Squad, who was in
the roadway, attempted -to stop the run
away just before Driscoll came up, but
was rlrapged for some distance. The
driver of the coach was Henry Katz, of
No. 135 Division street, Manhattan. Sev
eral women in the coach fainted when
the runaway was stopped, but were un
injured.
TO SUCCEED PECKHAM
Judge lourUm and F. X. Jud
ton Mentioned.
[From The Tribune Bureau.]
Washington, Oct. -4.— The death of
Justice Peckham to-day has revived gos
sip which was current in Washington
early this year that Judge Horace H.
Lurion, of Nashville, Term., of the Sixth
Judicial Circuit, may be appointed to a
place on the Supreme Bench. President
Taft and Judge Lurton are intimate
friends. They served together fis United
States judges, and it is known that Mr.
Taft has a high regard for Judge L.ur
ton's legal attainments. It is understood
that when Mr. Taft was Secretary of
War he told some of liis friends that
Judge Lurton would make an Ideal Su
preme Court justice. It was stated at
the time that in the event of the retire
ment from the bench of Chief Justice
Fuller an indorsement of Judge Lurton
for his successor would be headed by Mr.
Taft. Judge Lurton is a Democrat.
.F. N. Judson, of St. Louis, is another
whose name is being mentioned to-niglit
as a possible successor to Justice Peck
hani. Mr. Judson and Judson Harmon,
now Governor of Ohio, were the attor
news appointed by President Roosevelt
to represent the United States as special
counsel in the famous Santa Fe. case.
Although Mr. Judson is a Democrat, he
is a stanch admirer of President Taft.
It will be remembered that he was the
author of an article dealing with Mr.
Taffs labor decisions when he was a
federal judge. He defended Mr. Taffs
record so ably that his article was
printed in pamphlet form and circulated
by the Republican committees.
Others whose names are mentioned
are Luke B. Wright, formerly Secretary
of Wiir; J. M. Dickinson, Secretary of
War; Henry 11. Hoyt, counsellor for tin-
State Department, and solicitor general
for the Roosevelt administration, and
Solicitor General bowers.
(Sketch of Justice IVckhnm will be found
on hcventh page.)
CHURCH LOSS FEARED
Inquiry Into W. C. Lilley's
Accounts Begun.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune |
Pittsburg, Oct. 24.— A complete In
vestigation of all the accounts of 'Vi!l
iam C. LJlley, the missing churchman,
has been ordered by the Pittsburg Pres
bytery. Expert accountants employed
late last night will begin work early to
to-morrow morning.
In the mean time friends of the miss
ing man, who had charge of perhaps
more different funds than any other man
connected with the Presbyterian Church,
have spent the day quietly dragging thy
Ohio River.*fearing that LJlley may have
drowned himself.
There is not a minister in the Pres
bytery to-night but admits the fear that
Pittsburg !s on the eve of another great
financial scandal in the Chnroh.
At a full meeting of the board of trus
tees of the Pittsburg Presbytery of the
Presbyterian Church, h>-M yestecday af
ternoon, it was decided to move at once
an Investigation of accounts of Lilley,
who has been missing from Pittsburg
since September 27. •
The Rev. Dr. W. L. McEwen presided
at the meeting, sad it was decided to
place the investigation in the hands «f
.-. committee of business men, Instruct:
ing them to go to the bottom. William
< '. Lilley was formerly superintendent
of the First Presbyterian Church Sun
day school, as well as its treasurer, an.i
also treasurer of many different boards
in the Presbytery. He was also trustee
of many private estates whi.-h had besn
left to the Presbyterian Church, and
these will be looked up at once.
TO VOTE ON STRIKE.
New Haven Management Refuses
Clerks' Fequest.
Boston, Oct. Sl.— The three thousand
union clerks at six mm.ii.Mi stations and
mechanical shops of the New fork, New
Haven * Hartford Railroad will vote this
week si to whether or not they will strike
because .>: the alleged Hal refusal .»i the
management of the road to grant r.'-.|u.-*t.-<
which hav< been submitted bj t!:<- Broth
erb lof Railroad Clerks.
The clerks demand, hi general, a nine
hour workday; 10 per cent increase in
wages, with a minimum of $- a day; pay
for overtime work; rlßht of appeal in cane
of unjust discharge; proper classification
of clerks; seniority promotions. ' and dis
charge of obligation to pay premiums on
bonds.
GIVES HIS BROTHER A MILLION.
Fatersnn. N. •'■• Oct. -' (Special)
John Morgan, of Boston, who lias sold for
$7,500,000 part of his Copper mine holdings
In' the Island of Jamaica, lias determined
that his brother. Dr 10. H. Morgan, who is
in moderate V lrcuinstonces In this city,
shall be .i i nan i "> ■ ■>•■* 8O»>d fortune.
The Boston man has offered his brother
f 1.u00.000. which the Pateraonlan has ac
i opted. Dr. X B." Morgan says he will re
i'jrtt from practice.
ISLIP CASE AK&fiST
WOMAN'S HUSBAND,
POLICE SAY.
Allege He Confessed Having
Married Luther Girl — Has
Famihf in Astoria.
Otto Mueller, who, the police say, con
fessed that he had married the woman
whose skeleton was found in the woods
near Isllp. was arrested last night under
the name of Frederick Gebhart, at No.
888 Woolsey avenue. Astoria. Lon* Isl
and. He was taken to Brooklyn Police
Headquarters, charged with being a sus
picious person, in connection with the
murder of Anna Luther Mueller.
The arrest followed a mile chase
across fields and over fences from the
Wooteey street house to Vanderwenter
n venue and Kighth avenue. When the
police reached Gehhart's home his wife
declared that he had gone out. A pho
tographer setting off a flashlight revealed
the man hidden under a clump of bushes
in the back yard, with two savage dogs
standing guard.
Drawing their revolvers, the police
called on Mueller, or Gebhart, to sur
render himself, but he bounded off in
the direction of a neighboring house, and
then led an exciting chase through As
toria.
According to the police, the prisoner
admitted later that he married Anna
Luther, went to Germany with her and
returned to this country with her on the
steamship Amertka. He said they land
ed and crossed to Manhattan, and at
Kourth avenue he and she parted. They
never met again. He admitted that they
had planned to meet again in New Jer
sey, but he said he had never heard from
her again.
WORKED 'IN PIANO FACTORY.
After the detectives had searched the
house the prisoner was taken to the As
toria police station, where it is said he
also admitted that he was the dead wom
nnis husband. Living with him at the
Woolsey street house was his wife and
two children. He had been employed in
an Astoria piano factory as a cabinet
expert.
He is said to be skilful at his trade.
His hands from the nature of his work
are calloused, as were the hands of the
man whom Anna Luther took to New
ark to introduce to her friends there as
her intended husband, and whom she
afterward married in that city. The
friends of the girl remarked on the con
dition of his hands, which were of a
nature uncommon among architects,
which profession Mueller claimed to fol
low at Jamaica.
When Anna Luther and Mueller left
Germany they brought with them two
dogs of the kind which are used by the
police abroad and which have heen in
troduced into th* "department here.
These dogs in a way led to the finding
of the man arrested last night.
Efforts have been made to trace the
dugs which Anna Luther told her New
ark friends her husband and she had
brought over. These were landed at
Hoboken from the steamship which
brought the pair back to this country
after their trip to Germany on their
wedding tour. The expressman was
found in Jersey, and remembered the
dogs and the boxes which he took from
t'.ie pier, and his retracing of the trip he
took led him to the home of the man ar
rested.
CLOTHING MARKED 'A. L."
The detectives say they found many
traces of the dead woman in the house
when they searched it. They say they
found clothing marked with the initials
"A. L.," which played such an important
part in the case since they were first
found on the watch beside the skeleton.
A glove marked with the two "letters
was being worn by the wife of the man
arrested, and it was said by the police
that when they took her husband away
Mrs. Gebhart started to accompany
them and threw over her shoulders a
steamer cloak which when examined
later was said to have belonged to the
murdered woman.
The beds between which the prisoner
and his wife slept bear the letters of
the dead woman's name, the police say,
and so do all sorts of an outfit such
as the dead woman purchased while in
her home town in Germany, and consist
of the sheets, bed linen, table cloths
and clothing.
A letter written by Mueller to his wife
in Astoria while he was on his Euro
pean trip led the police to connect the
initials "A. L." on the clothes and bed
sheets fovinri in the bouse with the name
Annie Muller. In the letter Muller said
he had bought three trunks at an auc
tion sale in 'Hamburg, and that they
were being expressed to Mrs. Gebhart
for her personal use.
He added that he hail not opened the
trunks and was Ignorant of their con
tents.
T\\<) MORE AI.LKGKD DUPBS,
LVrtha Albrecht, the maid living at
No. T.i Bahtbridge street. Brooklyn, and
Mrs. Amelia Veihlmann yon Mueller,
who conduct! a hardware store at No.
2U53 Third avenue, Manhattan, will be
asked by the police to face the prisoner,
In an effort to ascertain if he was the
man who had niurrieil the lanhattan
woman under the name of Dr. Atnlel
yon Miller, and who had at the same
time become engaged to the Brooklyn
girl. Yon . llller received money from
both women before he vanished. He*
said hi.s parents were living i Munich,
Bavaria, and that he was a nobleman.
This was found to be untru'-. accord
ing to the information given by a
woman last night Who recently returned
from Munich, where she made inquiries
about the man who married Miss Vlehl
maim The photograph of Yon Miller
was 1. ft with the Munich police author
ities, who were ask. d to arrest him on
BiKht.
In the Astoria arrest the police made
careful preparations yesterday. They
ware accompanied by Gottlob Schwer
k«rt. the Newark man who was present
at the wedding of Mias Luther and
Mil. -ll< r. It was through Ilia informa
tion that the detectives found tho 110-
CoaUaued »n second page. „. .
YIELDS OX SUBWAY.
Metz Will Permit His Deputy
to Vote for It.
Controller Met* spoke last night before
the Websterlan Soctety, which meets at
No. v 572 Wllloughby street, Brooklyn, on
"Practical Politics and Municipal Re
form." He said that the only way to
accomplish reform in the municipal gov
ernment of New York City was to change
the charter.
The audience wouldn't let the con
troller get away without making some
reference to the proposed Fourth avrnue
subway in Brooklyn, so he told them
that when the matter comes up again in
the Board of estimate he will allow Dep
uty Controller McCooey to vote in favor
of the proposed subway. "But I haven't
changed my attitude toward the Fourth
avenue subway." said the Controller.
a record' rainfall.
Eighteen Inches in Nine Hours
in iMZOm—Nrw Typhoon.
Manila. Oct. 24.— Storm records were
broken in the recent typhoon which
crossed Northern Luzon and the Ben
guet Mountains. Eighteen Inches of rain
fell in nine hours, and twenty-six in«hes
in the twenty-four hours. The Bued
River rose sixty feet. The wind gauge
at the observatory broke when the wind
attained a velocity of ninety-five miles
an hour. It is estimated that it will re
quire two months to restore the Baguio
road.
Another typh<x>n went swirling across
Luzon, between Manila and Dagupan.
yesterday, but no serious damage is re
ported.
MRS. STETSON'S CASE.
Hints of Secession at Christian
Science Meeting.
During the services in the First Church
of Christ, Scientist. 9*>th street and Cen
tral Park West, the first reader, Virgil
O. Strickler, announced yesterday that
there would be a meeting of the members
of the church on November 4 at 2 o'clock
in the afternoon. It was learned that
the board of trustees would report to
the meeting its position in regard to the
deposal of Mrs. Augusta E. Stetson as
teacher and the deposal and admonish
ment of the seventeen practitioners by
the central authorities at Boston, whose
action was approved by Mrs. Eddy.
A member of the church said yesterday
that the board would either recommend
a successor .o Mrs. Stetson and complete
submission to the Mother Church, or re
fuse to obey the latter, which would be
tantamount to a stand for secession.
The majority of the members. It was
said, including the first and second read
ers, would oppose secession. If matters
should crime to thia pass, the member
said, the trustees might refuse to permit
the majority to use the church building,
and a suit at law would be inevitable.
The effect of the Boston action and the
semi-resistance by the First Church
trustees here was noticeable yesterday
morning in a comparatively small at
tendance at the services. The innn.li is
usually filled, but yesterday there were
numerous vacant places.
MYSTERY IN DEATH.
Man's Body Found; Women
Unconscious.
Canisteo. N. V.. <>ct. 24— The dead
body of John Bowles. In a sitting posi
tion in an easy chair, and his wife and
a nurse employed for Mrs. Bowles in an
unconscious condition, were found about
11 o'clock this morning in the Bowles
home here, and as yet the cause of the
death and sickness has not been deter
mined. The nurse is Mrs. Libbie Scrib
ner, of Greenwood. It is said that the
women have slight chance for recovery.
Both Mr. Bowles and Mrs. Scribner
were fully dressed, while Mrs. Bowles
was found in bed in an adjoining room.
There were no signs of violence or foul
play about the house. Mr. Bowles was
a prominent resident of Canisteo. An
autopsy on his body is delayed, owing to
the condition of the women
CLASS FOR BANNARD.
Mr. Rockefeller's Associates
Also Praise Tribune Policy.
The Bible class of the Fifth Avenue
Baptist Church, of which John D. Rocke
feller, jr.. is vice-president, held an in
formal ballot yesterday after the meeting
of the Sunday school class to determine
the sentiment of the members on the com
ing election for Mayor. The vote showed
that out of a total membership of more
than one»hundred men about 70 per cent
of the class were in favor of Otto T. Ban
nard for Mayor. This overwhelming sen
timent in favor of the Republican-fusion
candidate is considered the more remark
able in view of the fact that the majority
of the members are of the working class,
men who work for moderate salaries as
clerks in business houses.
Throughout the assembly room where
the ballot was conducted there were many
enthusiastic comments on the reduction la
price by The Tribune from three cents to
one cent. A majority of the members said
they would become regular subscribers
hereafter. George F. Tafel. president of
the Sunday school class, said:
"I consider it a great thing that The
Tribune Is now one cent; it will place the
paper within reach of all. I have always
admired the paper, as have the members
of the class, and now there is no excuse
for any young man not reading it dally."
»
DR. SILVERMAN FOR BANNARD.
Had Intended to Vote for Hearst, but
Changed His Mind.
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Sllverman. of the
Temple Emanu-EI. announced yesterday
that he would support Otto T. Bannard,
the fusion candidate, (or Mayor. *
"The purported Interview published in a
newspaper to-day was never had with me.
and I signed no such statement," said I>r
Sllverman "I had Intended to vote for Mr.
Hearst, but lor good and miSlcient reasons
I have chanced my mind and shall vote for
Mr. Bannard."
"The American" quoted Dr. Silverman a*
naying he would vote for William R. Hearst
and the fusion ticket throughout.
NOW
ONE CENT
In City «f Srtr VorX. j
" Jet*-y iUj aail
IMiekn.
CANVASS SHOWS.
BAN NAIID WINNER
PARSONS GIVES HIM
.000 VOTES.
11 "arm An ti-Ta m //? any Men
Not to Waste Ballots
ON Hearst.
Otto T. Bannard will be elected Mayor
by an extraordinary ar.ri-Tamniany
plurality, according to a forecast given
out by Herbert Persons, president of
the New York county committee, last
night. He says he expects Bannard to
get "JSIMMMI votes in the greater city.
The remainder of the city ticket and
the New York County and Manhattan
Borough fusion tickets wIH go in with
an even larger vote, he declares.
Mr. Parsons points out the trick that
Tammany has tried to work in an effort
to get votes away from Bannard. first
saying that he would withdraw and then
circulating the story that Hearst was
cutting into the Bannard
"Those who want Tammany beaten."*
says Mr. Parsons in way of warnin*:.
"should understand that they must cast
their ballots for Bannard; otherwiso
they will throw away their votes."
Mr. Parsons emphasized the point that
the Republican organization was work
ing tooth and nail, and successfully, for
Bannard, and denounced the statements
of Bannard's opponents that the Re
publicans were conceding that Bannard
could not win. They were doing this,
he declared, simply with the hope of
fooling Republican voters.
WOULD POLL •_*."::.«»•»» TO-DAY.
As the result of a ■ areful canvass,
which includes every part of the city,
Mr. Parsons says that if the election
were to-day the vote would stand some
thing like this:
Bannard 252J0X0
Gaynor 210,000
Hearst 135,000
Bannard's plurality 42,000
Figuring, however, on the rapid
crystallizing of sentiment in favor of
Bunnard and the rapidity with which
Gaynor is going down the toboggan. Mr.
Parsons reaches the conclusion that on
Election Day Bannard will have not leas
than aBOVwSO votes.
At the rame time that Mr. Parsons's
forecast was l>eing given out, figures
were made public at the personal head
quarters of Mr. Bannard, in the Fifth
Avenue Building, based on polls re
ceived there. They figured that if the)
election were held to-morrow- the vote>
would stand:
Bannard 254J000
Gaynor 204000
Hearst 130000
Bannard's plurality ABJOBO
The statement went on to say that re
ports received daily a.t Bannard's head
quarters showed that the plurality for
him on Election Day would go away be
yond the figures given.
MR PARSONSS STATEMENT.
The statement issued by President
Parsons is as follows:
Were the election held to-morrow
Bannard would have not fewer than 252,
000 votes. Gaynor not more than 210.000
and Hearst not more than 133.000. an«l
Bannard would be elected by a plurality
of more than 42.000. Yet he would hay*
received fewer votes than Hughes did in
1908 or 1906. than Higgins did in I»ft4
and than Low did in 1903. when Low
was defeated. In New York County
Bannard would receive not fewer than
131,000 votes. Gaynor would receive not
more than 110.000 and Hearst not more
than SO.OOO.
The foregoing is the situation as it Is
to-day. Bannard Is growing stronger
constantly and on Election Day he will
have not fewer than 145.060 votes in this
county and not fewer than 250.000 in the
city.
Tammany has worked a ruse that has
succeeded in fooling some people. When
Hearst was nominated Tammany saw
that it meant Bannard's election unless
something could be done to divert the
votes from Bannard. Tammany there
fore put out th. story that BannaM
would withdraw. There was not a word
of truth in it; it was an Insult to Ban
nard; there was no authority for it but
Tammany Hall, and Tammany Hall was
the authority for It. It fooled some peo
ple temporarily. But Bannard did not
withdraw. His campaign became more
and more vigorous.
Again Tammany had to do something
to divert votes from Bannard, and so
•Tammany said the fight was between
Gaynor and Hearst. Murphy himself
put out that story, still striving; to cut
off votes from Bannard. He knew that
only a limited percentage of Bannard
votes would so to Hearst in any event.
but he hoped that they would be enough
to leave Bannard with too few votes to
win.
All those interested in the anti-Tam
many cause should realize that Tam
many Hall has been attempting to mis
lead them, and any man who wants
Bannard elected and thinks of voting for
Hearst is being duped by Tammany and]
is unconsciously playing Tammany's
game.
VIGOROUS CAMPAIGN.
■ :_; ■ --.
No mayoralty candidate has ever had
a more vigorous campaign in his behalf
than Bannard. All kinds of people are
active in it. The heads of the great
mercantile houses in the drygoods dis
trict are taking a vigorous personal In
terest in it. and under the leadership of
John Claflln have started noonday meet
ings on Broadway, are raising such ban
ners as Tammany will let them ar.d are
arousing the community to the great op-"
portunity that presents Itself to put a
business man in the Mayor's chair. Dem
ocrats by the thousands are enlisted in
Bannard's cause, and. In addition, he has
the steady and determined support of the
Republicans, the Committee of One Hun
dred. the Citizens Union and the Cleve
land Democracy.
Our county and borough tickets will bo
elected by an overwhelming majority.
Tammany Hall has known for some time
that Its county and borough tickets wer-j
licked, and that Prendergast and Mitch el
were ejected If Gaynor does not want
to be Mayor if Moore and Galvin are not
to be elected then he had better abandon
his tight.
We have b«*>n liberal in our allowance)
of the Hearst vote. He has many en
thusiastic followers. This is rnrticular
ly so in certain localities. In others they
are moderate in number. Not many of
them come from our ranks.
• Those who want Tammany beaten
and ITnnnard elected should understand
that they must vote for Bannard. for
Otherwise they will throw away their
votes. The Republican vote is holding up
well, ami with the thousands of Demo
crats that have come, are coming and)

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