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jpommissioner of Corporations
\ r Sharply Criticises Neic '
York Method*.
"STasMnston. Dec 6.— That both pro
ducers of cotton and dealer in that
saaai " re the victims of the system
cf trading in vogue on the cotton ex
charges cf the count is the conclusion
drawn In Parts IV and V of the report
of Herbert Knox Smith. Commissioner
c* Corporations, on the conduct of such
exchange. The practice of dealing in
futures, as carried on at present. is con
rt-— -• •-• ■■ •"•"■£■ the report does not
condemn the existence of the exchange.
•The brief discussion of general spec
elation in this report." says Mr Smith,
"recc-gnircs the possibilities for pood
Inherent in a great rural market like
• cotton exchange and the need that
this good be developed and evils elimi
aated by regulations in line Ml econo
mic lav."
The report especially condemns deal
legs in futures, denouncing this form of
rpeculation as •-•• gambling and highly
Isjurious to legitimate trade. In quo
tations for future" deliveries of cot
ton, it f.ays. the rr.arket is so uncertain
nn-3 50 many dements of chance enter
into the transaction that all bids are
rr.RSf at a much lower figure than those
offer* Jor cotton actually in existence.
The effect of these fictitious quota
tions, the report points out. tends to mis-
Ifai tke cotton planter as to the true
value cf his croji. honestly grown. In
addition, it leads brokers to "play" both
eides if the market to protect them
fcJvts against loss in such trades, with
the result that the producer is forced
to pay in the end while the farmer alec»
The report, while recognizing that the
ex^har.res in New Orleans and New
Terk are necessary, does not mine*
*-ords in criticising the New York ex
eherg? After declaring that the New
Or'tar.s methods ci conducting trans
actions in cotton follow natural lines.
the Commissioner says it has been proved
thst the abnormal depressions In the
future rrice in New York "were almost
wholly flue to improper artificial condi
tions now maintained by the New York
Cotton Exchange. By maintainins them
the New York exchange is responsible
for a very real injury to the producer
«.r.i merchant."
CcmmenthM/.en the methods of the
*Cew York exchange, the Commissioner
«ay*. in r*rt:
as shown" in this report, the successful
us* of the futu:« market by 'he cotton
trafle depends on th« maintenance of a
■utet&su&lly constant margin between the i
price of middling cotton and the price of
future contracts.
The New Orleans Cotton Exchange dis
t:s«ly provides that the grades other than
r?.:&£.hr.t shall be deliverable only on the
Vt-ms Just described— that is. at the actual
'•urr.mercual differences on or oft middling
<t>tton et the time of delivery— and. in the
train, the normal martin between th«
price of current future contracts and the
♦Tot r'-ce of middling cotton has been |
fairly well, although by no means perfect
ly, ir.a'.r.t&ined at New Orleans.
At New York, on the other hand, the
frames other than middling are deliverable
•t arbitrary price differences established
bjr a revision committee only twice a year
at nr.-t, ©n<-e in September and again in
»verr.r;er. This committee Is allowed virt
ually complete discretion in determining
rlci-e arbitrary difteicnces. Frequently the
differences iixed by it have been widely
at variance with the true commercial dif
ferences *t the very time they were estab
lished. In other instances these arbitrary
cifTrrenees. although original I y in accord
•rtUj the true commercial differences In
th# spot market, have later become far
out of line with these commercial differ
ences, which fluctuate with chances In
Snsdy and demand for specific prad*-». .
This arbitrary method of establishing
eon:r«rt differences at New York works
tcrwX irr-jry to dealers in exchanse '^on-
Tra.'s and especially to buyers. £in<-e
tli« sc'.ler has the complete option of «c-
Jt-ction. he naturally delivers thoee grades
*tl">i, S^cause of thes* erroneous dlffer
tnr-j. are most overvalued as compared
»j*ri middling. This means that the pur
chaser wi.! ruffer an unjust lose, since
<rfan he disposes of the cotton in the spot
market he can ootain on!y the commercial
differences. Consequently, buyers of eo»
tra<-:» «eek to escape this loss, either by
loweritic th'ir bids for contracts at the
tor of purchase or. if they have already
T-rchaw-d eurh contracts, by telling them
"tit. 2r. the latter e-as* they mun 6ell to
bepen who will similarly endeavor to
protect themselves. Either effort, there
to*, results in an abnoimil depression e>r
<ifpoi-Tt of the future price In comparison
*:t! the actual or ex>ot price of middling.
'T'* i>ri:.cipal either evils of cotton con
tacts are, lirM. the overtrading of cotton
for contract delivery, and second, an un
"y'v vidf ranee of d<-!iveraMe. grades.
Tfe» fr>?r.jer «*vil has existed chiefly in the
New York market. The effect of such
<v«rsr*di!*K if substantially the name as
•h* ->\ evaluation r>y meens of false differ
•••■«■*, namely, to produce an abnormal
ci«-L"jr.t oj the contract price.
Xba fixed -difference - . »-'tin cf the Nfew
Vo.ic *-x<:>kiiFn r«-i>r«6*-rits iho persist
»ljouch perhaps unconscious effort of i*|»e<'
ulitrve uwrnor* to »void the riik Involved
i'< t!.». iiuturr performance of their marxe-t
timrll «_ while Sf.kiTig to ret*in all the
ir f<-.!»f <-.!» there-! rorn.
AT^otht-r f rtniM objection is that per
tr:»ti< nt difference?, like the •fixed" «<-
iTcivt! now employed by the New lorK
•-via r**, throw nn unju«t burden upon
J'um* of contract*. As conclusively
»t.<»i,, the Keller lias no risht to expect re
•"■f rrofi, ih». risk of ciiatire* in grails
<:*>r*-n'*-ti unl«-5S he is willing to ruler
>i «o a t-i«*ci:ic contract with tiie buyer, at
l«Mt until (onie iratca »* devised ■mo
r i!: kx ♦ )•* .... protect the non
••;♦ • 'j'fe'lv*: buyer. This argument really
>- * "l.e-ac^ J win. tails you lose' proposl
*» f n; it i«. a p'.ea that the teller be eivca a
* Mjr» thing
i«rman«si dift'ren^s f*»7«i n 'V
V'uld pfcrj.ftuate the evil fir which tlm
*>>» York «jotion Kxclw-nc*- »as bn-n mow
Kftamhr iiiirifd namely. abnormal
* ' ■ • -wMr^.fi in the dls«*o>int of the future
in.r . A4vo.«ft of «u<h iiermatunt Jir
ltt«an«i ihcmmlves admit that since the. c
<2:rVr*!)»-<e*, e\t-n on a ,'„ '.,< t■ ■„V basis, are
beead U time-* to «>*■ at variant wlih ' '■••■
<tue omnw-rrlaJ eliflerenre-s. th« nt ",
Vnrf nnm fluctuate r*-laUve!y to the nit'i
•*l»i<K price in order to correct this -11 -"
fanTy . .....' two f>ets ■■• dlfl«'renr.s^
In other r.ords. that the f ontract jmco
niujrt. mor- or I*fs frequently, co to an
<3isc-ount v ThU mwin« t! »4 pat*
jr.« primary function, of the exchanpe will
1- i*rvett*4. namely, the for«-ca fe tlnr of
pnob* and hedrinir. A future pr£e «»'i. »i
»>••. y be distorted simply as •■ re-rolt of "' ■•
fl'-lil diffcT^rcs obviously «*•**• «' mid
'rue reflation of the ra-rk't # a!ue of inld
clin* cotton. whl>, repeatedly ■**«";
n eh Ructuation* in the future price ' taJß^
: the •':"*,: of «J»* Tr V -•►
fc^dClng purposes. It is dlfncult to •*•
In conflict with th« two fu , nd "^r n^d
I>o»r* of an exchange can be Justmea.
«i* rule* of the N>w York oUon n^ r : i r r J ,' a " m
chould be co framed that t« c Oßirsrt *^«
at •!! tlwe* '■„ '.-'. i- !■-'••■■ c«" on b ■"*"
P«nicuUrly middling e^otton ih * I «««
In contending that it does not Injure in«
* * S ' - ; ."C«bUbm«'«i fourth '»•«•• ;:.li££&
'r-^^^twuiaa, NEW-YORK. -.MONDAY. DECEMBER G, 1909. -TWELVE PAGES. ** PRICE ONE CENT *** "*ZZ*™Jr&ot™S*** m '
He Reconsiders Refusal to Ac
cept Chinese Post.
Chicago. Dec. s.— William J. Calhoun.
■ Chicago attorney and diplomat, to
night said that Secretary Knox had of
fered him the post of Minister to China.
The admission came in denial sf a report
•hat he had declined to accept the offer.
Mr. Calhoun explained that he had been
induced by Secretary Knox to reconsider
a determination not to accept the ap
pointment, which was offered two weeks
Two weeks ago In Washington I dis
cussed with Secretary Knox the Ministry
to China," said Mr. Calhoun to-night.
"The off or was made to me and I asked
for time in which to consider the matter.
I came back to Chicago, and early :ast
week I telegraphed Mr. Knox that I
could not accept. I received a reply
urging me to reconsider my decision.
Finally, on Friday I telegraphed Secre
tary Knox stating that if my acceptance
was urgently desired by the Preside nr I
wculd consider the offer further."
"Since my last communication to Mr.
Knox I have heard nothing further, and
do not wish to state at this time what I
shall do. because the post has not been
formally tendered me by President Taft.
President Taft was not in Washington
during my visit there, and I have had no
direct communication with him concern-
Ing this affair."
Mr Calhoun spent much of the day in
consultation with his law partners at his
office, and among hie friend* the opinion
prevailed that he would go to China.
Church Members Search for
Pastor s Onhf Daughter.
[P> # T>!efraph to The Trtbrjr.f."
Fiahkill Landing. N V . D*c. s_More
than fifty persons started out early this
evening in search .of Miss Margaret
Doherty. nineteen years old, daughter of
the Rev William H. Doherty, pastor of
th- Presbyterian Church of Hughson
vl!le. Dutchess County. They are all
rhurch members, and the Sunday even
ing cervices were dispensed with while
they made vigilant search for th« only
daughter of their pastor
In September Miss Doherty entered
Vassar College. She was of a particu
larly studious nature and closely applied
fto her work About three -weeks
ago came a mental breakdown, her hard
work at Vasfar having brought on ner
vous prostration. She was forced to re
turn t* the- Presbyterian ra.r-s°n a £* at
HughsonviUe She showed some lm
ment and of late had taken short
Between 2 and 3 o'clock this afternoon
Miss Doherty left her home, 6aying she
was going for a walk. When she did not
return at 5 o'clock her parents became
alarmed. The police were notified and
posses of church members were formed
to search for her. At $ o'clock she was
traced on the Fishkill road, about four
miles from her home, but there the clew
was lost. Mies Doherty was hatless and
wore a red sweater and black ekirt. At
s o clock bloodhounds were p!aced on the
trail. It is believed that the girl, who
was of a melancholy nature, has become
suddenly demented and wandered off
through the woods.
Rockefeller's Church Seeks
Temple man -El's Aid.
The Fifth Avenue Baptist Church may
hold its regular Sunday services in a
Jewish synagogue for the next few
months. if negotiations at prc/ent pend
ing between the trustees of the church
and of the Temple Emanu-El. at Fifth
avenue and 43d street, are brought to a
successful close. The trustees of the
Baptist church asked the officers of the
Jewish house of worship for the use of
their temple in which to hold services
while thjStff own church sjaja being re
The Jewish congregation has made
no objections to the plan of having the
Christian Gospel preached from its pul
pit by dM Rev. Dr. Charles P. Abaft
pastor of the Fifth Avenue Baptist
According to Louis Marshall, a trustee
of Temple Emanu-El. the only possible
hindrance to the plan would arise from
the fact that the hours of worship could
not be satisfactorily adjusted between
the two congregations.
The Rev. Dr. Magnus, of Temple
Emanu-m. also said that lie had no
objections to offer on religious grounds.
He was asked if any of his congregation
would object to Dr. Akcd'B presence be
cause of the statement he made from the
pulpit, shortly after his arrival here,
when lie said that a man had to be a
good Christian in order to be a good
Cl The l " rabbi replied that th* statement
, ad- by Dr. Aked had been forgotten
onfaS in view of his explanation of
„. mVanin* of his words, when he said
that IM ! "d used the word "Christian"
in a r'n-ral. not a denominational, sense-.
_— — •
Lonsdalc Soon to Tell Explorer's Plans
—Cook at Pier Here.
Cbristiania. Dec. I -Walter Lonsdale.
secretary to Dr. Frederick A. Cook, arrived
to-day at Chrtstiaasaai aboard the steam
ship United States. He said that be had
«jtb Mm all of Dr. Cask's records and
report concerning his North Pole expedi
tion Mr. t/>n»dal« said that when he left
New York Dr. Cook w*s suffering from
overwork but could not be described *v
-broken down." He added that when he
delivered the documents to the authorities
of the Unlxertity of Copenhagen, he would
he ready to five information concerning Dr.
Cook's plans. •
Other passengers on board the. I ntted
fitates aid that they observed Dr. Cask
-riving direction* to hi* secretary just be
fore the steamship left New York.
I By Telfrr«ph t° Th« Trlbun«.)
Jtutland. Vt.. Dec. S.-The net. 6. W.
Hidwell. of East Mlddlebury. »a»d to be
the oldest Methodist clergyman In tn«s
world preached a eermon at the village
church to-day during a service held to
celebrate Ills one hundredth birthday.
Although lie gu\t tip active pastorate* si
ninety be ha* filled ••'« pulpit many time*
trfnc*. havins preached the . ■•• -■ enti
t.X ,U!». .. • * '
Mrs. Relmont'thc Hostess at
Merit al Cheer Meeting in
Was it the ,-.-.,,;«„ of woman suffrage or
the (strikers? it was hard to tell. There
were many thousands there, members of
the Ladies' Shirt Waist Makers' Union,
now striking. They were the guests of
Mrs. O. H. P. Belmont, at the Hippo
drome, yesterday afternoon. Whether
the full forty thousand were there pres
ent Is questioned, as nobody counted.
But there was enthusiasm, and there
vere speeches — speech*-*— on a va
riety of subject?.
The meeting was held under the
auspices of the Political Equality Asso
ciation, of which Mrs. Belmont is presi
dent. In the interest of the strikers, so
the advance notices said. Yet the trou
bles of the strikers occupied only a small
part of the numerous speeches. The
Rev. Anna Howard Shaw took occasion
to speak for "the cause" — that is, wftman
suffrage. When William A. Coakley. of
the Central Federated Union, ventured
to mention the strikers Mrs. Rose Pastor
Stokes took exception to what he said
and launched forth on a plea for so
cialism. •
And the strikers sat through it all
hours of it. A smile went around when
some suffragist waxed enthusiastic, but
the talk was too lofty for most of them.
There were guests present, too, invited
to hear the grievances of the strikers.
Some stayed an hour, some three, but
few began at the beginning and waited
for the bitter end
In Mr*. Belmont's private box wera
Bishop Greer, Controller Metz. Dr. Will
iam D. Maxwell. Dr. Thomas Darling
ton, the Rev. Dr. E M. Stlres and Mon
6ignor Le.velle, representing Archbishop
Farley. Others were invited. Mrs. Bel
mont told them not to answer her with
out realizing that what they might say
would be made public from the striker's
platform. Their answers, duly read by
NM chairman of the meeting, the Rev.
Dr. John H. Melish, rector of the Church
of the Ho'.y Trinity. Brooklyn, indicated,
according to the chairman, the utter in
difference of public officials to the claims
of the women.
Mayor McClellan braved the threat
and sent his regrets, saying that he was
not interested in forty thousand women
on strike and expected to be out of town.
District Attorney Jerome expressed the
same indifference. E. L. Winthrop, jr.,
president of the Board of Education,
said h* would try to be present, but
doubted very much whether it would be
convenient, and so on.
William A. CoakUy was the first
speaker. He said that the strikers de
served the sympathy of rich and poor
in demanding better pay and working
conditions, but he hoped the day* was
not far distant when there would b* no
further need of strikes, as the interests
of labor and capital were identical.
Mrs. Rom Pastor Stokes followed, say
Comrade Coakley prlv^s himself th* lie.
if you will, ■when he says that the Interests
of capital and labor are Identical. The
philosophy of Karl Marx has mad« clear to
me where the struggle lies, not through th*
fault of any man. but because there are two
preat classes— those who own and control
th.- land »nd Industries of a country, and
those who apply to them for work— between
those who arc exploiters and we who are
Then Dr. Shaw took the platform.
After outlining the status of women In
the world to-day as compared with for
mer generations, she emphasized the
need of organization among the sex and
the necessity of having the ballot to ob
tain their rights. She said;
W> want no man to decide for us where
we are to work. We want no man to de
cide for us where we art to live and under
what conditions or what we are to do. We
want to decide for ourselves what we shall
do. where we shall work and under what
conditions we shall work. How are we go
insr to accomplish it?
What we stand for is equal rights to all
an«i special privileges to none.
I «ay that the interests of one class of
people are never safe in the hands of an
other class of people, and I also say iliat
th" Interests of woman are never safe in
the hands of man, and the interests of man
Bra never safe In the hands of woman.
President Taft said in San Francisco: "No
clafs of men are altruistic enough to gov
ern another class of men without their con-
Knt. -i If «his is true, it is certainly true
that no class of men can govern, or are
wii-» (nfluj.i to govern, a class of women
without their consent.
When the women of this city go to Al
bany and demand of the Legislature an
<l(fh"t-hour day anJ equal pay sr< should k"
there backed up by the power of the ballot
box and it is only through the strength of
that power that we can ever accomplish
anything. When the women of this city go
to Albany and ask for sanitary conditions
to work "in. ask for sanitary condition* to
live in. our demand should have behind it
tlie strength and power that the ballot box
ran elvc '"'• When an ofhciil knows that
we have the power to put Mm out of office
»nd keep him out he will listen to our pl<»a
for justice and fair play.
The Rev. Alexander Irvine had con
siderable to say about the police. sonv»
of it not complimentary. H« went on t.i
point out the similarity between the
Irishmen and the Jews. They were alike,
he said, because while they had never
rulHl their own country they had ruled
nearly every other country in the world.
Miss O'Rfilly. vice-president of ts»
Women's Trade Union League, made a
plea for th« organization of the working
women, and after a resolution was
passed indorsing the strike the meeting
adjourned. The greater part of the
aawVeaas. had be*n in the hall for four
Wh» '■•> the meeting *as About t\v>
tl:ird» through the saw. Dr. Howard
Mflish put * motion which, however, ha
admitted he inighi have made himself,
the meeting 'express Its apprecia
tion to Mrs. Belmont fsf the use of this
hall ' This whs carried by a standing
The chairman made a formal an-
MaaeaasaaJ of tli* result to Mrs. Be!
sjaat, • h<> rose In ncr l»i\ and bow.-d
emllingly snd silently in laaaaj
Rome. Dec. 6. — TJaron Sidney Bonnlno.
who was Premier hi I** »i:«r been sernl
crucially chosen to form a n«w cabinet.
„ , niolltU- Cabinet having , resided
Thursilav. -^ • ■ — «- "-■ ' ' "*
Ashes of Cannon and (iroce
Then Thrown in PuJ>lic Road.
\>v ( irleans. Dec. s— "The Times
Demxrat" to-day says that confirma
tion of the cremation of th* bodies of
the two Americans, (Jroee and Cannon
by President Z*»laya's forces was re
ceived here yesterday in private letters
t MeaimOM families living in New
The letters say the executions took
.place on the banks of the San Juan
River, within Bight of El Castillo, the
bodies being burned. It Is said that
some of ti|.' soldiers spat on them, say
ing words of contempt for the "dirty
American traitors." It is added that or
ders were given that the ashes be swept
along the public road with the dust and
filth and finally Into th« San Juan River.
Thif was considered the greatest indig
nity which could be heaped on the Amer
icans, and according to the letters it was
done In the vilest manner.
Tenant in New Apartment
Kills Strange Man.
James Allen, a fourth floor tenant of
the apartment house atNo. 19$ Third
avenue, shot and killed an unidentified
man in his apartment shortly after 2
x>clock this morning. Th* dead man Is
supposed to have been a burglar, the
police say.
Roth Allen and his wife were asleep
Mi th» apartment Into which they moved
on Wednesday, whrn Allen was awak
ened by the barking of hi< foxterrier
at the foot of the bed.
He told the police he stepped to the
bedroom door and down the hall he saw
a man. He cried, "Who's there?" There
was no answer. He jumped back and
obtained his revolver. Again at the
door he cried. "Who's there?" and added,
"I'll give you a chance for your life."
The figure came on. said Allen, and then,
according to his story, he fired.
The supposed burglar entered the
apartment by an alrshaft window, ac
cording to the police. An examination
showed the man's finger prints on the
glass and these will be examined close
ly by experts.
The dead man had on two vest.«, two
shirts and a coat and overcoat. He was
about thirty-eight ytars old. five feet
nine inches in height, had dark eyes and
hair and a close cropped black mustache.
Th« clothing was of good quality and
Allen was taken to the Eaat 22d street
station and locked up on a charge of
Swedish Ruler's Plan to Ob*at»
l'ieivs of Workmen.
Stockholm, Dec. s—KingOustaf5 — KingOustaf dis
guised himself as a stevedore on Satur
day and spent most of the day carryinS
?acks of coal from a lighter. In an in
terview afterward the King said that
this was only the beginning. He in
tended to mix with all classes of labor
ers, so that he might ascertain their
opinions and wishes. Already, he added,
ha had obtained many valuable hints
from the men with whom he worked.
Th« determination of King Oustsve to
Warn the conditions of the workingmen
ay mingling with them and sharing in
their labors has resulted from the recent
seneral strike. King GhsstSTS vainly in
tervened last August to obtain a com
promise. The strike lasted for months,
involved thousands of men. the Employ
ers' Association paying $40,000 dally to
saaasrl Its weaker members, while the
trades unions and other workingmen's as
sociations exhausted their funds to keep
the strikers from starving.
BveataaUy arbitration was undertaken
by the S'.vedith government, and in the
interim many of the workmen returned
tr> their tasks, although the number of un
employed remained large. The king and
royal family contributed to a national
fund for loans to workmen. Homesteads
have been apportioned among the unem
ployed, but conditions still cause the gov
ernment anxiety
Maid's Ignorance of Hiding
Place Cause 8 #1,500 Loss.
A maid in the home of Benno Siegel,
ik manufacturer, at No. 1479 Wash
ington avenue. The Bronx, threw f] ■ •■
worth af diamonds and Jewelry into the
street last evening wh»-n she shook a
pillow case out of one of the upper win
dows. Detectives later found the
chamois bag in which the diamonds had
been, but no traoa of the gems lias been
found. The diamonds and jewelry, the
property of Mrs. Skgel, were kept se
er*-t«d in the pillow case, and the maid
iware of their presence there.
When Mrs. Si«gel went into her room
a few minutes lat*r to get her rings and
found what had Income of them she be
t ame hysterical.
The Jewels consisted of one diamond
stud, U\i carat stone, one diamond ring,
2*2 carat stone; a princess ring, twenty
five diamonds; one large gold pin. en
graved with initials "K. B. A. — MM
<ne gold carved ring, two diamond rings,
i, carat stone ea«h; one ring with two
diamonds and a gold d
First Case of , the Kind Before Hacken
sack Courts.
Hackensack. N. J.. Dec. 5 (Special).— For
tne rlrst time in the history of Bergen
County a man will on Wednesday next be
placed on trial in the. Hackensack courts
for attempting suicide. Albert F. Haley, of
Enclewood. is the defendant. He tried to
end his life with carbolic acid on Thanki.
elvine Day while under the Influence of
liquor. •
••There are many lawyers unaware of th<»
fact that there Is a law on the New Jersey
books under which we can prosecute such
a case," said Assistant Prosecutor Ma. key
to-day. Haley will be tried at Special Ses
sions before Judce Milton Pemarest.
At the Morrue yesterday Coroner's
Physician Schultze performed an autopsy
on the body of Met* M Weser, of
■aarM N. T., a piano manufacturer, who
riled suddenly on Saturday night in the rear
Of hi* show and lies room, at So. 113 .Ve«t
23d street. Death, the physician found.
«a* due to a rupture of the heart muscles.
Mr. Tnft and Secretary Knox
( 'onfer — Estrada Reported
in Field.
Washington, Dec. "..—President Taft
called Secretary Knox Into consultation
at the White House to-night, and the re
port spread that the topic under discus
sion was the matter of sending to Con
gress a stinging special message on the
imbroglio with Nicaragua. Neither the
President nor Mr. Knox would say any
thing about their conference. It Is re
garded as likely, however, that the Nic
araguan matter was uppermost, and it
is also Intimated that the discussion took
the form of outlining a policy which will
cover the whole Central American coun
As far as actual news was .-n»i.-«rn«»'l
the day was uneventful. The Sra.f> T<*
partment received no advices, according
to a statement made late this evening,
while the Navy Department lik»w ise was
without fresh information
Sen^r Salvator Castrillo. the repre
sentative here of the insurgent forces
under General Estrada, the President of
the provisional government, received a
message to-night which said that Gen
era! Estrada had left Bluetields and had
taken the fleW. A decisive battle, the
dispatch continued, was imminent in tne
vicinity of Rama. It is believed, in view
of the reported desertions from Zelaya's
nnks, that this fight may determine
the war, especially because reports say
that Zelaya's men are both short of am
munition and in extremities for fats'
Marines and Stores for Colon
Removed to the Dixie.
Philadelphia. Dec. 5. — Despairing of
quickly freeing the auxiliary cruiser
Frairle from the mud flats at Pea Patch
Island, in the Delaware River, where she
has been stuck since .last Thursday, the
marines and stores aboard the stranded
cruiser were removed to-day to the aux
iliary cruiser Dixie. It is probable that
the latter vessel will get under way to
morrow and continue to Colon, the origi
nal destination of the Prairie.
Two more vain attempts were made to
day to free the Prairi*. Lighters had
removed more than eight hundred tons
of coa! and all the eight hundred thou
sand rounds of ammunition before half
a dozen tugs strained to s»t the Prairie
into deep water at high tide this morn
The vessel did not budge from the
shoal, and when the tide began to re
cede again the work of removing addi
tional stores and the eight hundred ma
rine to the Dixie was begun. This work
continued all afternoon, and at flood tide
this evening the tugs Sommers N. Smith,
Newcastle, Modoc. Samoset and Vidette
and the steam dredge Delaware were at
tached to the Prairie and another effort
vas made to pull the vessel clear. This
attempt failed, and to-night the Prairie
remains stuck in almost the same posi
tion as when It first grounded.
The cruiser Dixie, which will probably
sail to-morrow. is a sister ship to the
Prairie, and has been in readiness at
th«» Philadelphia Navy Yard for some
Orders from Washington that four of
the warships now at the navy yard here
be prepared for immediate sailing caused
p»-eat activity to-day. The new battle
ship Michigan has been ordered put into
commission, and is to sail for Hampton
Roads on next Thursday. Another bat
tleship, the Idaho, is also being prepared
to sail at a moment's notice, but her
destination !s being kept secret. The
triple screw cruiser Columbia, which has
been laid up for year*, has been ordered
to the Brooklyn navy yard, where she
will be converted into a transport and
held in readiness to convey additional
marines to Central America if necessary.
The new torpedo boat Smith, which re
cently completed its trial trip and was
accepted by the government, is being
I'reparfd to sail for the torpedo station
at Newport. R. T.. on Tuesday.
Centrnl A men, an Ministers
Bnsihf Conferring.
Washington, Dec. 3.— Thfl Central Ameri
can junta, composed of diplomats and
p.-itrio 1 ;, ?r.--m the. five republics of Central
America. Is one of the latest acquisitions
of this city. While it has been meeting
rt-nilarly ever since Secretary Knox sent
Ma famous letter to President Zelava of
Nicaragua, it has managed to shroud itself
in mystery. The Junta is working steadily
on plans that have to do with the future
of the turbulent little states. Its sessions
are held In the cafe <<t a leading hotel fre
c,uented by South and Central American
diplomats, and the policies of the Central
American states are thrashed out dally and
nightly. The junta is the clearing house
tf'V all the information wMeh leaks unof
ficially from Nicaragua, and the diplomats
have framed up a half dozen new align
ments of the five republics, each with a
view to the distribution of the "balance of
Among the members of the Junta who
daily gather at the appointed place are
Fedcrlco Mejia. Minister from Salvador; J.
B. Carve* Minister from Costa Rica; Luis
Toledo Herrarte, Minister from Guatemala;
Luis Lazo Arrlago. Minister from Hon
duras, and Luis F. Corea. former Minister
from Nicaragua. In addition to this distin
guished group there are Luis Adderaon.
former Minister of Foreign Relations of
Costa Rica: Senor Don Luis Felipe Carlo.
Minister from Ecuador; r»r. Sal va tor Cas
trillo. special agent here for the Nlcaraguan
Insurgents; Anlbal dux. Minister from
Chill, and a score of attach** from the
various La tin-American legations. Debates
ar« curried on In Spanish and In low tones.
The Central American diplomats hare
much material for debate. According to
on« of them, they are torn by conflicting
(■muttons. While none, except the former
representatives of the Niraraguan govern
ment. Is disappointed at the action of the
United States In aiding the movement pa
overthrow President Zelaya. all would Mm
'■■ know Ikiw far this government is prs
pareil to go In Its work of policing "and
ass'-iUtlug the affairs of saasttei America, .
Reported Combination zvith
Gren fells in London.
London. Dec. — According to "Th«
Standard." J. Pi^rpont Morgan & Co, of
New York, and Drex«l & Co.. of Phila
delphia, win become the partners of a
London firm, which will be styled Mor
gan, Grenfell & Co.
Reaches Jacksonville, Whence
He Is Coming North />// Train.
Jacksonville. Fla.. Dec — Colonel
John Jacob Astor and party, on his
steam yacht Nourmahal. reached port
this morning from San Juan. P. R.. by
way of th« coast of Cuba, and remained
aboard the yacht to-night.
The party will leave to-morrow even
in? on Colonel Astor's private car for
the north. Colonel Astor could not be
s«-en. being Indisposed on account of a
.slight fever contracted •while in San
KiVed htf Colleague >" a Dud
, at La Pa-.
La. Paz. Bolivia. Deo. ,\— Senator Ter
nandez Molina was shot dead to-day in
a duel with Senator Adolfo Trigo Acha.
The men quarrelled in th* course of a
discussion in the Senate over the proOk»>
tlo^ of the ex-President of Bolivia, Colo
nel Ismael Months, to the rank of gen
eral. They fought at an early hour this
morninsr with revolvers, and Acha's bul
let struck his adversary* in the head.
Molina died. 'r>t a ntly.
Rrd (roan Steamer Rosalind
Caught in Gale.
Halifax, Dec. s.— lt Is feared here to
night that the Red Cross liner Rosa
lind, commanded by Captain Smith, and
bound for New York by way of St.
John's, N. F., was a victim of the furi
ous six-day gale which swept the seas
off Southwestern Newfoundland last
I -<>k. She had a large passenger list
but a small carg>.
The steamer, which sailed from here
for St. John's on Tuesday morning, was
fast heard from by wireless on Wednes
day morning, when she reported a ter
rific gale and a hard passage.
Since then she has been unknown. <!•
■pMt the fact that she should have been
in touch with one or more wireless sta
Th* run from Halifax to ?r. Jo!— I I
usually made in forty-eight heirs,
the steamer at midnight was about one
hundred hours overdue and the Cape
Rare station, whioh she rrust pass to
h St. John's. h*s not reported her.
Eight 'Americans and Escort
Lost on a Cannibal Island.
' {Djr Telegraph to The Tribune 1
El Paso. Tex., Dec. — Missing for a
month on the cannibal Island of Tiburon.
in the Gulf of California, eight Arizo
nians and fifty Mexican soldiers are be
lieved to have met the same fate as Pro
fessor Thomas Grindell. who was killed
on the island several years ago. while
heading an exploring party.
Eight adventurous Arizonians recently
organized at Bisbee to explore the island
and were given an escort of fifty Mexi
can soldiers. They sailed in a sloop
from Guayamas over a month ago. to be
absent twenty days. They carried pro
visions for no longer, and have not yet
Americans at Xogales and Bisbee are
preparing t-"> ask Governor Torres of
Sonora to send a rescue party of several
regiment* in a jrunb<xif.
Appeal It Pozvers Against
Russian Control.
Peking. De'\ "«.— The Chinese govern
ment has sent a circular note to the
powers protesting against Russia's
claims to th<> right of administration
over the Manchurian railway zones. The
protest deals at length with the Russian
communique which was sent to the pow
ers at St. Petersburg on <3ctober e\ and
was formally handed to the Chinese For
eign Board a month later by M. Kokov
soff. the Russian Minister of Finance.
This communique had to do with the
Russian intentions regarding the rail
way zones In Manchuria, and the pro
test declares that it Is a violation of the
' rtsmouth treaty, as well as the Har
bin agreement of May. 190 ft
John D.. Jr. Motors Through Tarry
town with 'Eyes Front.'
John D. Rockefeller. Jr.. has taken to
motor cycling. Residents of Tarrytown
were much surprised yesterday - afternoon
when they saw him on his machine coins
north toward Tocantlco Hills. Mr Kocke
feller wore a khaki suit and had a sweater
under his coat. Although running slowly.
Mr. Rockefeller's close attention to the ma
chine indicated a keen appreciation of his
novitiate rather than of th* scenery-
No one had heard of Mr. Rockefeller's
new diversion, and his appearance caused
great surprise. Mr. Rockefeller is fun. l or
driving out with his horses, but is opposed
to automobiles and seldom rides In one.
Friends Say He Wont Take Equitable
Presidency, if Offered.
G«org« B. Cortelyou. president of the
Consolidated Gas Company and former
Secretary of the Treasury, Is not likely to
accept the presidency of the Equitable Lire
Assurance Society, if it should be offered
to him. as It has been reported it would
b«. Rumors that he would succeed Paul
Morton were started soon after th« news
was made public that Mr. Morgan bad ac
quired the majority of the Equitable stock.
Friends of Mr. Corielyou said yesterday
that he would not leave the Consolidated
Gas Company. They said that he seemed
to enjoy the work that he had taken up
cnty a short' whllo ago. and. further, they
did not bellova he would want to make a
fa CM» of >-«w Tor*.
J«r*»T City sad
H»lM.fc.»a. r*..V.
Sicitchmen Are Said to Hare
Already Filed Their
Chicago. Dec. s.— Th* Switchman*
Union of North America, whose men ar«»
on strike in the Northwest. Is preparing.
according to a report here to-night, to
make a desperate test of Its strength
against the railroad*. " '
Demands for increased wages. it Is <!••
dared, have been filed by their onion in
St. Louis. Kansas City. Cincinnati.
Cleveland. Buffalo and minor points b«
tween Chicago and St. Paul. In Chicago,
too, the switchmen who belong to the)
North American union are said to b«
planning to leave their posts.
Trough local officials denied that %
strike in Chicago was Imminent, It Is
feared that Chicago will be drawn tat*
the conflict.
Unions affiliated with the Chtca«9
Federation of Labor to-day Indorsed th»
stand taken by the striking railroad
switchmen in the Northwest and pledged
the strikers moral and nsaccial s-ipport
Attacks were made In sal federation
meeting on the Brotherhood of Rail-xay
Trainmen for its refusal to support th«
That Chicago switchmen expect to b«
drawn Into the conflict was made plain
by J. B. Connors, vice-president of the
Switchmen's Union of North America.
who declared that if a strike !s ordered
in Chicago the switchmen belonging -to
the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen
will go out with the switchmen who ax*
members of the switchmen's union. •
In his address Connors den:-! tfc« re
cent statement of President XT'. G. L«»
of the Brotherhood of Railway Train
men that members of the Switchmen's
Union of North America had taken tit*
places of brotherhood men on strike in
Texas last summer.
President Lee to-r'<^.i: aaid: "I will
prove by court records that my state
ments'are correct, and that members of
the switchmen's union •eliiyerat^y ?i:»
ned the date on a contract and took t w *
plaets of our men immediately after we
called a stnke."
The General Managers' Association cf
the railroads affected by the switchmen*
• strike issued the following statement to
night after a prolonged confer • v
Late reports indicate that progress in
moving business to-day on all lines ha*
been highly satisfactory. A large -•.
ber of switchmen in excess of the re
quirements of all lines have made appli
cations for positions, which have been
declined, first, because we have all the
men needed, and, second, because the
striking switchmen are fast returning
to their former positions and it si th«
intention of the railroads to allow them
to return where vacancies exist. It
should be understood, however, that th*
new men employed will not he displaced
to make room for the men who obeyed
the strike order.
That the railroads hold no ill feeling
against the strikers is best indicated by
the fact that the men are being taken
back where vacancies exist. The strik
ers have their side; the railroads have
theirs. After five conferences an agree
ment could not be reached. Arbitration
was agreed to by both sides, which th«
switchmen's leaders repudiated on th*
eve of arbitration, a situation practically
without precedent.
We have orders from the lines of th*
Northwest to discontinue employment of
men. and the railroads view the situa
tion as substantially normal. The shoe*
of the Great Northern will again b*
opened the first of the week, reinstating
about two thousand men temporarily
laid off.
Power to Call Out Union
Sicitchmen Already Granted.
Buffalo. Dec. Authority to call a,
strike of all union switchmen between
Buffalo and Chicago, if such a course i*
deemed necessary, rests with a commit
tee of the union which will go to Chicago
to-morrow to meet the general manager*
of the nineteen railroads for a settle
ment of certain demands.
A referendum vote to secure the senti
ment of the organization and to gtv*
their committee a free hand was taken.
some time ago. according to Grand Vice-
President Burt. who is in chart* of tnw
Buffalo district during the absence •€
President Hawley in the Northwest, to
superintend the strike in that territory.
Mr. Hawley has authorized tho state
ment that a conference will be held on
Monday or Tuesday in Chicago between
a board of managers of the railroads
and a committee of the switchmen*
union, representing those employed on
all hries west of Buffalo, but not includ
ing the Northwest, at which time the
switchmen will make a demand for tfce>
same concessions asked for by the
switchmen of the Northwest now on
strike. . .
The district east of Chicago Includes
not only Toledo. Fort Wayne. Detroit
and other important centres, but also
takes in points as far south as ¥
burg, so that the ranks of the strikers
will be increased by between twehre>
thousand and fifteen thousand men ft?
the negotiations at Chicago | <
The demands to be submitted at CW
cago will be for a six cents an hour in
crease In wages, time nnd a half for
• :ne exceeding a ten ho— day.
double time for Sundays aad holidays
and a modification of the physical teat.
Notice of these rtamaaus were asm •»
the general managers of ths lines to flea
Chicago- Buffalo district on TTsTsaißSi «.
<t the thirty days' limit la wMMs
a reply must be made expires to-mo-
Obi resident Burt to-da
I a telegram from President H | |
ley requesting him to notify all termi
nals that the s> the Northwest
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have been no desertions fresa the
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