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In CUr of »w York.
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Figures Show Prosperity and
Constitute Argument for
Payne Tariff' Late.
From The Tribune Bure«n.J
Washington. Dae. ?A.— Official figures
of foreign commerce for 1909 made pub
lic to-day by the Bureau of Statistics
may be used as a strong argument by
President Taft and other defenders of
the Payne tariff law. In his Wlnona
speech." on September 17, Mr. Taft said:
"On the whole, however. 1 am bound to
Fay that the Payne tariff bill is the best
tariff bill that the Republican party ever
••-assed.'" This utterance of the Presi
dent had been widely criticised by op
ponents of the Payne law. who alleged
that time would show the rates of duty
to be so excessive that there would be a
falling off in imports into the United
States. . ■
Mr. Taft will now be able to cite the
old adage that "the proof of the pudding
Is in the eating." The imports for the
present calendar year will exceed by
more than fSQAOOuOOO the highest im
port record of any year in tjhe nation's
history. It is estimated th'M the im
ports for 1000 will show that foreign ar
ticles to the value of $1,475,000,000
entered American ports. With the single
exception of 1007. the foreign commerce
of the country this year will exceed in
value that of any earlier year. While
the imports were larger than in any
other single year, the exports fell slightly
below those of I00t» and 1007.
Not only were the imports greater this
year than ever before, but the statistics
Ehow that more foreign articles entered
American ports free of duty in 1000 than
in any previous year. Articles imported
free were valued at $700,000,000, as
against $G3<?,000,000 in 1007. the high
water mark up to 1000. Dutiable im
ports this year amounted to about $780,
000.000. which is greater than in any
preceding year except 1007. when the
total was $787,000,000.
The statistics made public by the bu
reau fire based on official figures for the
tleven months of thi? calendar year.
The December figures, of course, are
not yet available, but those for the pre
ceding months have been consulted, and
«an estimate for the year has been made
QD the assnmption that the twelfth
month of 19O<t will show imports and
exports approximately equal to those of
the immediately preceding month.
Of the imports this year about (525,
- •«• was raw material for use in
TDHtiufarturing apd $280,000,000 partly
manufactured material, making the to
tal value of manufacturers' materials
inverted nearly fMOjOOO,<RM>, or more
than half the entire imports of the.
All the grand divisions and practi
cally all the important, countries shared
in the increased imports. From Europe
the imports in the ten months for which
detailed statistics are now available
■how -jin increase from $436,000,000 in
];.ns to SfiIG.OOO.OOO in litOO;- North
America, from $104,000,000 to $241,000.
<V»0; South America, from $101,000,000
to $1.43,000/000; Asia, from $137*000,000
to $157,000,000; Oceania, from $21,000,
«iO0 to $25,000,000. and Africa, from $18,
000.000 to $14,000,000.
Exports for the year were approxi
mately of the value of $1,7rj0.000,000.
More than half of these exports under
went a process of manufacture before
leaving the United States. Exports to
the countries of North America were
preater than in previous years, while a
decrease in exports from last year was
Fhown in trade with Europe, Asia,
Oceania and Africa.
The trade of this country, with its non
contiguous territories was greater this
year than in any previous year. This
trade aggregated about $173,000,000, of
■Mdi $78,<«00,0O0 consisted of exports.
It Trill surprise many persons to learn
. that more than $40,000,000 worth of
diamonds and other precious stones were
imported into the United States for the
first eleven months of 1009. These_ fig
ures represent an increase of $28,000,000
over those of 1906 and more than $S,
000.000 over 1007. the previous record
year for the Imports of Jewels.
An increase in customs receipts of
•530,743.720 and in internal revenue of
?5,412.000 in the first six months of the
fiscal year 1010, as compared with the
corresponding period of the fiscal year
1900, is the showing of the operations of
the Treasury, according to the latest fig
ures available, which lack one or two
days of being complete The deficit for
1910 thus far in ordinary receipts and
expenditures is $20,140,025, as against
$r»6,447.«503 in the first six months of
11)00- These figures do not take into ac
count postal revenues and disburse
ments, except the postal deficiency, nor
do they include £10,31 1.97S paid for work
on the Panama Canal.
Coasting on New Sled She
Dive* Under Truck*.
While coasting on the sidewalk in
ioatosl Road, between 108 th and IHTth
streets, on her new sled last night, ten
ye.ir-old Catharine Witlke lost control
of the sled and riiot into the roadway
and between the trucks of a southbound
West Farms trolley ear. The rear truck
struck the filed, and after crushing it,
Jiuis<?d th*- girl and the broken part* of
the filed clear of the track*
The girl's upper and lower jaws were
lacerated and fractured, her left log was
fractured in two places and her left fore
ar;n was broken. She was removed to
Lebanon Hospital, where it was said her
condition was critical. Tl:e motor-nan,
v.r.o taid he was John Mason, was ar
rttted on a. charge of assault and locked;
VP In the Morrlsar.ia station.
To-day and to-morrow,
fair and warmer.
Patients Carried Out of Beth-
Israel Institution.
Fire, which broke out on the second
floor of the six story building: at the
southwest corner of Jefferson and
Cherry streets earls' this morning,
spread quickly, through the building,
and the flames burned into the struct
ure at No. 270 Cherry street. Patients
in the Beth-Israel Hospital, on the op
posite corner, were panic stricken, and
tenants of surrounding houses rushed
into the streets in terror as the flames
spread, in spite of the efforts of the
firemen to control them.
On the ground floor of the building
where the fire started was a saloon,
which was completely wrecked by the
firemen in their attempt to get at the
base of the flre on the second floor.
The upper stories of the building were
occupied by a sweatshop and were filled
with highly inflammable material. The
firemen had a hard time keeping the
fire from spreading to other buildings.
. The clanging of fire gongs and the
noise of the firemen at work alarmed
the patients in the hospital across the
street, and when Chief broker arrived
on the scene he ordered their removal to
places of safety.
Algonquin Reported Disabled
Off Cape Hatter as.
A dispatch was received in this city
early this morning saying that the steam
ship Algonquin, of the Clyde Line, broke
her crankshaft at 11:45 -oVlock last night
and that rhe was drifting helplessly near
Fodie Island, off Cape Hatteras. Al
though she is at the mercy of the waves,
there are no fears expresed for her safety
unless a storm blows up.
The Algonquin was southbound from
Boston and had been battered by strong
winds for three days. When the accident
happened a "C Q D" dispatch was sent
to th^ wireles station at Cape Hatteras
asking for aid. The operator on the Al
gonquin was also able to get into com
munication with several other ships,
among th°m h«»r sister ship, the Apache,
which is northbound and is rushing to
her assistance.
New York Relatives of C. F.
Wright Get -$200,000.
Boston. Dec. HI.— A fund of $70,000 to
rare for favorite horses and dogs and
niorp than ?2f>,000 left to household
servants are among 1 the bequests of
Charles Francis Wright, who died on
December 27 and whose will was filed
to-day in the Suffolk County Probate
Court. The bulk of the estate, which is
estimated at several million dollars, is to
Vie divided between the New England
Peabody Home for Crippled Children of
Boston and the Free Hospital for Wom
en of Brookline on the death of a rela
Two cousins, Anna B. Taylor and
John H. Wright, of New York, receive
$100,000 each, and two children of the
late Eben Wright, of New York City,
receive $50,600 each.
On Train with Taft— Visit
Causes Man?/ Rumors.
'"ashington, Dec. 31. — J. Pierpont Mor
gan, who arrived here to-day on the train
that brought President Taft from New
York, did not visit the White House or
the departments, so far as could be
learned to-night. Word was received by
his friends late this evening that he was
back in New York
There is much speculation as to the
cause of Mr. Morgan's visit here. Many
ascribe it to the opposition offered from
cr-rtain quarters to the proposed issue of
3 per cent certificates by the Treasury.
According to Fred Carpenter, secre
tary to the President, Mr. Morgan did
not Bee Mr. Taft while on the train com
ing over from New York.
If ''am an Shot Down When She
Refuses to Welcome Him.
Angered because his mother would
not recognize him on the dawn of the
Xew Year, after a five years' quarrel,
Edward Delperino, nineteen years old,
Of No. HJ9 Lorimer street. Brooklyn,
shot and killed her at her home. No.
.V.7 Leonard street. Wllliamsburg,
Shortly after midnight last night. The
\<mng fellow then walked for half a
mil* down the street, and when the po
licr- .ailed upon him to halt he fired at
them. The bullet went wild and h«j was
The police say there is an old grudge
back of the shooting, which began five
years ago, soon after the death of Del
perino's father, when his mother mar
iii 'i again.
Last night Delperino wint to patch up
the quarrel with his mother, but when
she refused to phake hands with him
he find a bullet into her breast, just
above the heart. She died instantly.
The youth was locked up in the Her
bert street police station, charged with
Taken from Cellar Unconscious and
Hurried to Hospital.
Lieutenant Sohultz, of Engine Company
21, was rescued from ■ cellar fire in tho
fivr- ■tor? tenement at No. 336 Bast 38th
street, last night and taken to Bellew*
UospftaU-iinconsoious and in a dangerous
i*jndJUon5 -fichu ll z. with PlMiiKn Lannian
and Hughes Hud others, had been down In
the cellar pl;iy!ng a hose upon the fire for
half an hour. The cellar was In no way
ventilated, and the smoke grew very d^nse.
Laifinan and Hughes felt themselves
threatened with suffocation, and, railing for
aid, were tefctn from the cellar. The ah
sr-noe of Lieutenant Schultz was then no
ticed, and ,the entire s«iuad of firemen
rushed In to,' look for him. One of the men
■tumbled "i"'"" his body, lying fac«i d0wn
,.,.,, • ••■ water. He w..- carried to the
Ktroct. and a* he was unconscious artificial
n-splrntiojY wa« attempted until the am
uulsnco" arrived from Beil'evu*.
Upholds Injunction Agait
Final Payment to Queen s
horo Contractors.
The decision of Justice Dowling on
Thursday making permanent the injunc
>n restraining the city from making
final payment to the Pennsylvania Steel
Company on its contract for the erection
of the superstructure of the Queensboro
Bridgp. sustaining The Tribune in Us
long campaign to prevent the completion
of a bridge that might have been a
menace to public safety, caused much
discussion yesterday among city officials
and brought forth various opinions from
Controller Metz said yesterday that he
approved Justice Dowlingr's action. "It
is simply a vindication of my corps of
engineers and of the head of the corps,
("handler Withington,' 1 he said. "Mr.
Withington raised the question of
whether the contract had been fulfilled
in the summer of 1908 and recommended
an examination of the bridge by outside
engineers The Corporation Counsel's
office took the position that th" 3 contract
had b^en fulfilled and, of course, I had
to follow their advice to k^ep up the
payments to the steel company. The
Controller's officp will have nothing mnr^
to do with the case until therp is a deci
sion from the courts. lam glad that the
injunction is to hold, particularly as it Is
a. support to the dfpartm' it's engineers."
Mr. Withington said:
"Two years ago I thought that the
bridge's design as built would not carry
the contemplated load. Without making
any definite statement, I suggested that
it be referred to a board of pngineers.
This was done, and the engineers re
ported that the bridge wouldn't carry
the loading called for in the contract.
The contracting company's engineers
say that the bridge was safe and the
specified load was exorbitant. We say,
on the other hand, that the steel com
pany is responsible for the load specified
in the contract and for the d^tail^d design
of the bridge. The general design for
the bridge was made by the Bridge De
partment and thf> responsibility for the.
detail plans was put up to the company.
The bridge is not strong enough to hold
the increased loads given in the amended
contract. It was up to the bridge com
pany to figure out the loads and the.
strain and to determine accordingly the
size of the memWs,"
Bridge Commissioner Stevenson said
regarding the action of Justice Dowling:
"I would like to see the whole thing
thrashed out in the court. I am glad
that Justice Dowling took the position
he. did. If anything is wrong I am as
anxious to know it as anybody else."
Mayor McClellan was not anxious to
discuss the turn ■ that the controversy
had taken when seen yesterday In the
City Hall.
"Far be It from me," he said, "to com
ment on the decision of the court."
In reply to further questions the Mayor
had this to say:
"The bridge is safe for all practical
purposes. You may walk across it with
the absolute assurnnre that it will not
fall down under you. Of course, there is
no bridge standing: which you cannot
break if you put enough strain on it."
Tico Bank Robbers Die and
Another Is Wounded.
Guthrie, Okla , Dec. 151. —Five men
who intended to rob the bank and the
postoffice at Harrah. Okla.. early to-day
ran into a party headed by United States
Marshal "Jack" Abernathy, the "wolf
catcher" and friend of Colonel Roose
velt. As a result two of the bandits
are dead, one Is in jail at Guthrie,
wounded, nnd two others are held at
Oklahoma City on suspicion of being
two men who escaped.
Frank Quigg, a former baseball
player, was shot dead. He lived at
Atchison, Kan., with his mother, who is
rich. Frank Carpenter, another robber,
waa mortally wounded, and died late to
day in jail. J. C. Dilbeck. a third ban
dit, was only slightly hurt.
The robbery was well planned, hut
Carpenter told some one of the plot and
postoffice inspectors learned of the af
fair. Abernathy was advised, and when
the robbers reached Harrali he was
ready for them. The officers waited
until the robbers began breaking in the
roar door of the bank and then charged.
The robbers ran ami the deputies fired,
wounding Carpentf-r and Dilbeck at the
first volley.
Ph Had el pit ia S t ree tea r Em -
ploi/cs Also (ret Pensions.
Philadelphia, Dec. 31. — At a special
meeting of the. board of directors of the
Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company,
held here to-day, it was decided to giva
$T>oo free insurance to all employes in
the service of the company
It was also decided to give pensions of
$20 a month to all employes who have
been twenty-five years in the employ of
the company and have attained the agn
of sixty-five years.
A new scale of wages, to become ef
fective on July 1, 1910, was also adopted.
On that dato the wages of motormen and
conductors, which nave been -'- cents an
hour, will be Increased to tents.
These wages will be increased <>ne cent
an hour every two years until tlie maxi
mum of 2S rents an hour Is reached. A
similar increase will be granted the em
ployes of the elevated road. TJip maxi
mum for motormen on thf latter line
will be 28 cents an hour.
Pittsburger's Will Disposes of $15,
000,000—Nothing for Charity.
Pittsburg, Dec. 31.— The late James W.
Friend, by his will, filed for probate yes
terday, disposes of an estate amounting
to over $15,000,000. one-third going to ' his
wife. Martha A. Friend, and the remain
ing portion equally divided between the
testator's four children. There were no
charitable bequests.
Freight Train Crushes Sleeper
in Which Banker Was
Bpencer Trask. prominent as a finan
cier, a philanthropist and a patron of
the arts, was killed in a train collision
on the New York Central at Croton,
N. V., yesterday morning. A fast
freight, rushing to N<^w York with silks
from the Pacific ports, ran into the Mon
treal Express, which had stopped at a
block signal. Mr. Trask was the only
passenger killed. One was slightly hurt
and a negro porter was seriously injured.
The responsibility for the wreck is not
plain, and the Coroner arrested the
tower man and two men of the freight! 1
train crew pending an inquest.
Mr. Trask left Yaddo. his estate at
Saratoga, for his customary twice a week
visit to his office in this city. He took a
compartment in the Pullman sleeper
Escort, which was coupled t(. the second
section of the Montreal Express. This
was an earlier train than the banker
was accustomed to use. The train waa
twn hours late, and reached Proton
shortly before 8 o'clock. A block signal
showed that there was another train
ahead, and the express stopped. Most
of the passengers were dressed, many of
them at breakfast at the forward end of
the train.
The freight, running at thirty mil"? hii
hour, struck the train without warning.
Mr. Trask was dressing in his compart
ment, at the forward end of the car. The
car crdmnled at the impact to a mere
mass of debris as the engine went
through and crushed the car ahead. A
search discovered Mr. Trask dying In the
wreckage. His body was not mutilated,
and he lived a minute or two. An alarm
was turned in, which brought the fire
department and a number of physicians
to the spot.
Scipio Jackson, the negro porter of the
Escort, was crushed and suffered a
broken leg. James E. Bell, porter of the
Eversham, the car ahead, was treated for
heavy bruises, and Charles Simpson, of
Brooklyn, suffered injuries of the back
and arms.
Word was sent to Mr. Trasks part
ners in this city, and Acosta Nichols, a
brother-in-law, hurried to the wreck to
take charge of the body. Late in the
alternoon it was carried to Saratoga on
;\ special train. After an hour's delay
the Montreal train continued to New-
York, arriving at 1O o clock. The wreck
age blocked both tracks, till l':3<> o'clock,
delaying trains for several hours.
An inquiry to fix the responsibility
was started at once. Dr. Amos O.
Squire, of Ossiniig, the Coroner, arrested
Eugene Flanagan. engineer of the
freight; E. Shufelt, conductor, and Will
iam Bellew. the man in charge of the
block station. He also ordered the road
to produce E. B. Ridder, flagman of the
express, who left the scene with his
train. Another investigation was started
for the railroad by C. F. Smith, general
superintendent, who went at once to the
Ridder, the flagman, by the rules of
the road should have started back along
the track as soon as the train stopped
and walked until he had met and flagged
the next train following. Moreover, the
preceding block signal should have been
set showing that the express had
stepped in the block. The engineer of
the freight should have stopped on see
ing either signal. The track was
straight for a long distance back from
the express, and it was daylight.
The block signal next back from the
wreck was found to be set to show
danger, and to be in good order, but the
investigators have not yet learned
whether it was ho when the freight
passed it. Bert Kilmer, conductor of
the express, says that he ordered Ridder
to go back with his flag. How far the
man actually did go is not settled. Pas
sengers say that it was not more than
two car lengths.
The block signals used were automatic,
with manual control, and should Isjura
shown the danger, even If the express
had come to a stop slightly beyond the
block tower. Flanagan, the engineer, is
t-iiiil to have asserted that he had a
, !...r track, according to all signals.
Francis If. Winslow, District Attorney
of Westchester County, is aiding the
Coroner in his investigation. At a late
hour yesterday Flanagan, Shufflt ;md
Bellew had not succeeded in getting
(Sket-h of Mr. TrasU is printed on
Pago 7.) _
Santiago, Chili, Dee. 11. — With the new
year Chill will adopt a < system of Eastern
standard time ; VV v/:jv /:j
(Photograph copyright by Ixirey, of Albany )
Woman Badltf Burned by
Blaze Due to Cigar lighter.
During th»* Xew Year"? Eve festivltv
at the Caf£ Martin. Broadway and 2fith
street, a woman's dress caught fire, and
before the flames were extinguished she
was badly burned and the cafe was In a
panic. The incident happened shortly
before midnight and came as a shock to
the hundreds of pleasure seekers who
were in the restaurant.
Mrs. Charles Ellis, of Xo. fit West
56th street, was dining at a table on the
balcony. With her were her father,
hrothpr. sister and several friends. One
of the men was about to light a cigar
with a patent lighter, when the top fell
off and jgnjfd a lace curtain. The
flames nin up the curtain, and in a sec
ond a Japanese lantern directly over th*
chair in which Mrs. Ellis was sitting
caught fire. Almost immediately the
burning lantern fell into her lap and set
fire to her clothing.
As the flames enveloped her she
jumped up. uttered a loud shriek and
toppled over on the floor. Instantly the
caf£ was in an uproar. Persons who had
been awaiting the arrival of 1910 with
the keenest pleasure ruddenly became
like madmen and rushed for the exits.
A man at a table In the centre of the
restaurant jumped up on a chair and
tried to quell the panic, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, Patrolmen Murphy and Kcn
n*\v, who had been assigned to duty at
the cafe 1 last evening, rushed up to the
balcony to the assistance of Mrs. Ellis
and left the care of the panicstricken
guests to employes of the restaurant.
When the patrolmen reached the bal
cony Mrs. Ellis's clothing was almost
burned from her body and she was prac
tically unconscious. Picking up her
evening coat, Kenney wrapped it around
her and Murphy used his own coat in an
effort to smother the flames. An ambu
lance was summoned from the Xew York
Hospital, and Dr. Thompson, who re
sponded, said that the woman's burns
might prove serious.
As soon as she had been taken away
quiet was rapidly restored among the
other diners, and they gave the new year
a belated welcome, entirely forgetful of
the tragic Incident which had unnerved
thorn only a few minutes before.
Married to J. M. Little Tzco
Hours After Divorce.
[By Telegraph t" TM Tribune. 1
Reno, New, Dec. 31. — Frances Koster
Jones, who was divorced yesterday from
Henry Spies Kip. of New York, waa
married two hours after the decree waa
granted to J. M. Little, local mining rep
resentative of Wendell Phillips, of Sf-w
York. Mr. and Mrs. Little left Reno im
mediately after the marriage for San
Mr. Little, who is wealthy, is a son of
Captain M. C Little, I. S. X af New
port. R. I. His brother. Captain Loull
M. Little, T. S. M- C- is now at Nic
,ira£ua. Captain Little was at one time
an aid to the President and was the rir-t
man over the great wall at Peking lie
also rescued an English army officer
during that campiiixn and was voted a
medal by the British g "V. rnment.
Mrs. Little Is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Alfred Renshaw Jones, nt this city.
Her former husband is the son" of the late
Major William Bergh Kip. of Rhinebeck.
He was graduated from Yale with the class]
of '9*5 and is now associated with the
brokerage firm of Herrick. Hicks & Colby.
No. 7 Wall street. * 7/
Odd things happen in little old New York,;
and here's one. Mayor-elect Gaynor never
was in the City Halt, But he will bo s»e(?n
there rather frequently, after 12 o'clock to
day, when '..ft assumes office. Judge Gay
nor never met Mayor McClellan. Both 1
have been attending dinners and functions
in this city lor the last twenty years, but
they never met. v . V.

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YALE GETS $650,000
Makes Big Contribution Ifl
Unhrrsitjf in Remembrance
of Her Ancestors.
fp v Telegraph -to Th» Trihiinw. ]
. New , Haven. ; Dec. 31.— Mrs. Russell
Sage made' Yale ■ New Year's gift to
day of $600,000. to be used for the pay
ment of the tract of land the university
purchased in 190.">.. but has been unable
to pay for. The property is known as
Sachem's Woods, and was for several
generations the home of the Hillhouse
The purchase was made by Otto T.
Bannard. William M. Barnum and Clar
ence -H. . Kelsey. three well known Yale
alumni of New York City, who ad
vanced a sum necessary to bind the bar
gain. Glfford Plnehot. Lewis S. Welch
and Anson Phelps Stokes, jr.. Yale
alumni, were named as trustees. - The
formal transfer of the property took
place a year ago. Mrs. Sage's gift re
moves not only the original cost of the
land to the university, which was about
$000.000. but the interest on the mort
gage as well.
Mrs. Sage is especially interested in
Yale because -.' she !is- a~ descendant * of.
Abraham . Plerson, \ the. first "president of
Yale,. "and because her family has for
many generations lived on Eastern Long
Island, which has always been closely,
interested in Connecticut affairs.
Yale has decided to erect immediately
the new Sloane -laboratory, which will
cost about §450,000, and a new biological
laboratory on the site.
The gift is the second largest ever
made to Yale, that of f&M&ttt by
John D. Rockefeller Iteing the greatest.
It is by far the largest real estate gift,
and means that future new buildings
will be placed on the Hillhoiise tract,
which is in Prospect street.
In connection with the announcement,
the following letter from Mrs. Sag*;
dated December 28, 1909, is made pubii< :
As a descendant of Abraham Pierson,
the first president of Yale. I have an
ancestral interest in th^t university. I
have known through you for some time
past of the effort to obtain for Yale the
Sachem Wood, or Hillhouse estate, as a
new campus, and I know how important
it seems to many members of the cor
poration and faculty to do so at this par
ticular time for needed development on
broad university lines.
I understand that this property was
bought about four, years ago. subject to
a large mortgage, by a group of public
spirited graduates, who undertook to
carry it until a donor could be found who?
would transfer it without debt tc the
T will be pleased, if agreeable to the
corporation, to p;ty its cost, which I
understand to amount, with interest and
( arrying charges, to the si;m of $fi."SO.OP«>.
and to present it to the university ss a
gift from me without condition or re
striction, payment to be made, say, on
or before February 1 next.
Hartford. Conn.. Dec. 31.— Fifty mlnuUs
before, the time limit expired to-night the
&nn,<w> endowment fund for Trinity College,
which was being raised by popular subscrip
tion, was completed, thereby saving $170,000
in pledges conditioned 1 " on the* total amount
being subscribed by 12 o'clock' to-night. At
noon to-day there was lacking $25,291. At
11:10 to-night the book.< were closed with
that amount and $U*."CO additional sub
scribed, < ./- .'•„••?■»
Clyde Liner Safe After Eight
Hours on Romer Mud.
Th* Clyde liner comanehe. which went
aground yesterday at l:3O p. m. on the
mud between the tail of the Romer Shoal
and the Romer beacon, was floated last
night at 9:."><> o'clock. Tbs togs' DtJaaV
line and the c. P. Raymond, of the Dal-
BSfl T"Ui:iET c.mpany. which were sent
to h^r assistance soon after she
grounded, aided hy the revenue cutter
Mohawk, pulled the steamer undamaged
into deep water with th-* rising t_i . i ♦ -
The Comanch<\ bound in from Jack
sonville, went aground as she was enter
ing th<» Bay. It s said her steering gear
broke down.
Turkey's Grand Vizier Wants Free
Hand and Less Militarism. . !
Constantinople, Dec. 31.— acceptance
by Hekka Bey, Ambassador to Italy, of
the office of Grand Vizier Is tentative. Th»'
formation of the Turkish Cabinet will de
pend largely upon the result of his nego
tiations with the committee of union and
Hakka Bey demands a free hand in the
choice of his ministers, the right to re
vise the foreign policy of the empire and
abolish martial law. and SB curtail tha
powers of. Mahmoud Schefket Pacha, com
ninnder of the army, in order to Insure
popular liberty and a real constitutional
regime. „ .. ...
Whether the committee oth union and
progress will- acquiesce in the" demands of
Hakka Bey 13 still unknown. IvQ-S
In rilT of »w \i»rk.
- J«r<wy City and
Letter to Thomas J. Higgins,
Xexv Bronx Park Head,
Said To Be Keynote.
Mayor-elect William . .1. Gaynor. in . »
letter to Thomas J. Hiscgins appoint
ing him Park Commissioner in. The
Bronx, told him he wanted that depart
ment overhauled, and cautioned him
that he must not use political pressure
in the department SPE
He went even further, declaring In
effect that political pressure would not
be countenanced in his "administration.
The letter to -Mr. Hifrgins is looked
upon as a keynote expression of Judge.
Gaynor*s probable policy. If he lives up
to it it will come pretty near destroying
Tammany Hall.
Students of Democratic ' political his
tory said last night that this was ths
first step In a campaign to do >'!»' >
Cleveland did when he fought the Hill
machine in this state. He alienated Hill
and Tammany Hall. but. -- brought
about his own nomination and election
to the Presidency, independent Demo
crats welcoming him as new Democratic
J. Sergeant Cram, chairman of the
Tammany general committee, . on
Wednesday night in Tammany Hall
"I called on the new Mayor yesterday
! to tell him what part Tammany had
taken in the last election. I did not
think it exactly necessary to tell him
about it, as I know he knew it already.
but I wanted to let him know how **■■
had fought the highbinders of Wall
Street, the American Sugar Trust and
all others who opposed Democratic prin
ciples, lam glad to be able. to. say. to
- you that Judge <;aynor assured me that
he would put only Democrats on guard. "
Just how Charles F. Murphy and
Chairman Cram will reconcile .the opti
mistic declaration of Wednesday .night
at Tammany Hall with the sinister dec
laration from No. 20 Eighth avenue. to
Higgins on Friday night apparently is
left to the bedeviled imagination of
bleeding Tammany, which had hoped for
bread instead of a stone.
„ The declaration last night will heighten
interest in the appointments to be mad»
by Mayor Cay nor to-day at the City
Hall. If the tone of Judge Gaynor's let
ter is as an earnest of what his appoint
ments and policy will be. It can be taken _
for granted that Judge Gaynor will not
be welcomed with wild acclaim, the jse^^^l
time speaks In Tammany Hall. i **y
With the couaYty and -borough offices
in the handsw^>f the Republicans 'and
their allies., Tammany district read
ers expected succor from the Mayor.
After reading the letter to Higgins this
mornlngjthe district leaders undoubtedly
will spell 'succor" another way. . . .
The Judge's letter to Mr. HigginS fol
/t. propose to appoint you Commissioner of •
•Parks for The Bronx to-morrow, and I trust
you will accept, for a thorough reform m
that -office is needed.
•' Among other things I find that every one.
appointed to work in the parka there, in
whatever capacity, is required to join a
political club of the present commissioner,
and pay Its .lues and assessments period!
sjsaiuoo AJRiupd ut p^sn aq 01 p.»!A-*[ *■*■
and for other political purposes.
Let all of that he stopped immediately. $
No political Interference or Influence what- a
ever shall hereafter be suffered in any de - ,JB
partment of the government of the city Sfl (M
New York. — *'' HI
• Mr. Higgins said last night* that hi
had not received the letter, and when lc
was read to him he said it-contain?uY 1
welcome news. Mr.. Higgins said he waa ?■ :
thoroughly in accord with Mr nor"*
views as expressed in; the lett^, and
k that he would accept; the appointment..
i, Mr. Higgins is a member o* the Tarrf-' .
many Hall organization of; the 35th As
sembly District. -of which William E.
Morris is leader. He said he was no*
personally acquainted with Juris* 1 Gay- •
nor. but that he had friends whVVer/>
in the confidence of the new Mayor and
that 'undoubtedly they had proposed hljiy*
for the place. He said he was sur» that
politics had not entered into sales
•tiori. Mr Higr-lns lives -at No. 191*
Marion avenue. Th- Bronx. • - ' -
Mr. Higgins is forty-six years old. ;V
member of the Board of Education aiid"""'
13 a partner In the flrnf of Nicoll A Co..'"
tailors, of Nos. 145 and 147 Bowery an.l
No. 1242 Broadway. {
The retiring 1 Park Commissioner, win* -
Is replaced by Mr. Hlggin«. Si Joseph I.
Berry. Ihe latter's . organization ' iai
known as the Ranaehque Club, and ha»
a house at No 47 7 ' Third avenue.
Joseph I. Berry, who up to the present!
time has been Park Commissioner of Tito
Bronx, when seen early this niornin.gr
denied Mr. Gaynor's allegation as to pa-ie
employes being required to join **a politi
cal club of the present commissioner. '
Mr. Berry said few park employes be
longed to the organization, and that th» .
great majority of Bronx Park workers
did not live in the district at all. He said
the charge was not a new one. that tx»":
had received complaints of the kind be
fore and that he had investigated and
found little truth in them, and that t*-!*
employes had been Informed that mem
bership in the club would be of no ai
vantage to the"m.
Judge Gaynor will find ever* thin*
spick and span when he reaches' th«
City Hall, shortly before 12 o'clock, to -
begin his four-year term. The cleaners -1
'have been busy with scrub brushes and
dusters ever since Ryan, the keeper.
iOOk hold, and yesterday they save ■
everything a little extra rubbln* and ■
scouring in honor of to-day, when Me*
Clellan goes out and Gaynor nee i».
The ceremonies, if such tUrv can b#
.^called,' will be. Jeftersonlajf in their sim
j plicity Judge Gaj«cf will reach th«
City Hall .1 few minutes before^ noon.
* and will be received by Mayor McClel
lan. Judge Gaynor never stepped foot
in the City Hall, and he and Mayas; Mc
clellan will meet for the * nrst time to*
day. ,
The retiring Major will escort the M

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