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you IATX >° 23.071. T~m^£'£*'ZS£ n « wMm NEW-YORK, SATURDAY/ JANUARY 15, 1910. -FOURTEEN PAGES. ••PRICE ONE CS^^'^'^i^^^iSS^^, 3IAYOR IN PERIL U BLIZZARD yonCFD TO ABANDON HIS TRAIX. friend Hurt in Fall Through Trestle— On Way to St. James. Mayor Gaynor. who started for his country home in St. James. Long Isl and, yesterday afternoon, had a perilous trie in the great storm when his train «as stalled between Hicksville and by csset and he had to tramp through the huge drift?. The Mayor did not reach Hicksville until ■early 11 o'clock, and then he was completely fagged out. His condition •uas due chiefly to hi? efforts to assist Charles E. Bhepard. an editor, of Hunt irjgton. Long Island, who had accom panied him when he left the train. Mr. Shepard slipped through * trestle on the railroad and was badly hurt. When the. train became stalled by the drifts of snow on the track the Mayor decided to g^t off and walk back to Hicksvillc. As he jumped from the train Mr. Shepard and another man said they voald accompany him. The third man *oon had enough of the battle in the enow and rm*- hack to the train, but the i ihors went on. The two men had battled against the sweeping winds that blew with fury across the level stretch of ground, and •Tvere rapidly becoming exhausted. They fouTid it difficult to keep on the railroad tracks. After tramping a distance of about two miies. when they struck what they thought was a footbridge across a f-tream. but proved to be a trestle, Mr. ■pard met with bis accident. The wind blew with added fierceness as it struck the trestle, and Mr. Shepard, uho was almost exhausted by this time. reeled in his tracks and tottered toward the Mayer. Before the latter could put rut IS arm to help the editor Mr. Shep ard fell over the trestle and disappeared. The Mayor went to Mr. Shepsrd's help. While Mayor Gaynor was doing what Y." couid for thf injured man. he saw the flaj-h of a lar.iem through the storm and yelled at thr top of his voice for help. The lantern was in the hands of a train man, who had been sent after the Mayor and Mr. Shppard to give aid in case of an accident. He immediately climbed down the side of the trestle to the little hollow where Mayor Gaynor was work ins over the editor. Leaving the almost frozen editor in £targ of thejtraianian, the Mayor start »Mi again Tor HicksvilVs unattended, to -r^H help for Mr. Chens rd. When he had gone ■ few hundred yards he was lost i-^ain and had a hard battle with the -mow before he found his bearings. It t«ok him half an hour to reach Hicks rille. His face «-a? coated with ice and be wa«= suffering from exposure. The Mayor told of the accident to Mr. t-h.ppard and help was sent at once. While th? Mayor was wanning himself V>fore a stove Dr. Adolph G. Rave, of Hicksville. was called in, and. after treating the Mayor. h<? insisted that he nay ,?t his place for the rest of the righ*. Th" Mayor was driven to the coctor's hcuso in a sleigh, while Dr. Rave r.ent to help Mr. Shepard. who ivas taken to Dr. Rave's house, where b»> and th« Mayor spent the rest of the tight. Six train? on the main line and the tranches of the Long Island Railroad "r?re rfpurted stalled at various point.<= in a statement given out at the offices of Ihe company at 11 o'clock last night. T<*-\i*f trains and snow ploughs wen hur riedly dispatched in all directions where trouble v as reported in an effort to res- CW the several hundred passengers, but the increasing winds drifted the snow so badly that the road was not capable of *"op:r.g wi*n the situation and the lin«*s b^ame completely blocked shortly after Tnitlnight The Know wa? coming down liarder than ever si that time, and there ••as mu«-h anxiety as to the condition of th« imprisoned r-assengTe. According to the trainmaster in L«ong lilanrj City, besides the ■ astbound train rrj t'n*= Wading River branch, carrying 1h«. Mayor, ahich was stalled at Hick-s viiK the Ronkonkoma express, on the main line, was tied up at Farmin^ tiaie. On the Montauk line the west '•ound express leaving Montauk Point at « p. m. and due in Long Island City at •£$ p. m. ■ •- stalled at Springfield. *I>o loca] trains veer reported stalled — «>e at Ham<=;.^. on the Rockaway line. «n<3 the other at Pheopshead Bay. A •".'ftbound train due at Long Island City at S p. m. stopped .-it \Ve.«tbury. Th« was the worst experienced by the road in years. The suburban and locaj trains were all started off early in th* evening, and. although considerable Enow had fallen, the lines were open and the officials fully expected that they '••juld handle the situation. But about * o'clock a high wind sprang up and the *nov began drirting. Then the trouble start) The first to send out th.- call for relief were the late train*, due to arrive from Hempsteiid and ih«* south eide villages In County. Six freight cars biocked tJw roids near St. Albany. ;*nd the trains f'oni the south side tried to us.- the cut **ff between Jamaica and Springtield. but 't was a hopeless task. The tracks were ■ r nv,e^i under and the trains were soon ►tailed. Th*- freight cars were reported u > have jumped the tracks while th» en *"n- wi bucking the drifts. PEAN WOPXESTERS VICTORY Awarded a Verdict of $50,000 for Libel m Manila. Manila. Jan 14.— Dean C Worcester to- W *as awards a verdict of J&t.OOO as «iaira 8 f or libel from "El Renacimiento," tn * leading organ of the Nationalist party J a the i*!an«!s. Mr. Worcester, uho is a member of the j pM!ppin<-sp M!ppin<-s Commission, charged that the/ ]•*••;*» r*r assailed him politically and SCO- • f *■*•■*">' and that his personal character *«o "■ * teen &i object >f libellous utter i SC KXKS ABOUT THE STORMSWKPT CITY YESTERDAY. TRYING TO KEEP PARK ROW TRACKS CLEAR. THE HORSES WERE AMONG THE WORST SUFFERERS. LINER TOTAL WRECK. M. £ M. SteamMp Chatham Ashore in Florida. Jacksonville, Fla.. Jan. 14.— The Mer chants and Miners' Company'? steamer Chatham. Captain Freeman, from Balti more for Savannah and Jacksonville, ■with thirty-eigrht fir?t class passengers, went ashore on the north jetty at th* entrance of the St. Johns River at 5:30 O'clock this morning, and ■will be aban doned as a hopeless wreck. Just what caused the accident has not yet been learned. The Clyde liner Mohawk, from New York, which was close behind the Chat ham when she went on the rocks, im mediately sent small boats to her as sistance and the passengers were taken off. There are fourteen feet of water in the Chatham's hold, making: it impossi ble to save any portion of h«M- cargo. Lighters have been sent to the ship to remove its furnishings. MR. MORGAX WOK. General Gill Will Give Dinner at Baltimore To-day. f By Telegraph to Th* Tribune.] Baltimore, Jan. — General John Gill, while returning from Europe in com pany with J. Pierpont Morgan on a White Star liner last summer, made a wager with the financier on the number of miles logged in one day. If Mr. Morgan lost he agreed to give General Gill a dinner at his home in New York. If General Gill lost he was to give Mr. Morgan a dinner at hi:- Bal timore home when the canvasback duck was most delicious, when Chesapeake Bay terrapin was most attractive to the palate and when oyster and other good things for which Maryland is famous were at their best. General Gill lost. Mr. Morgar. named January I~> as th« date for the feast. Th« dinner party to morrow will include James T. Wood ward. Colonel Osmond Latrobe. Watts Sherman, and E. R. Bacon, of N>w York, and W TV Fin ley. John B Thayer and Bayard Henry, of Philadelphia. TELEGRAPH MERGER' May Mean Move to Centralize Business of Country. An unassuming petition of Vice-Pres ident Charles C. Adams of the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company for permis sion from the Supreme Court of this state to charge the name of his com pany to the Transcontinental Telegraph Company revealed facts yesterday which are believed to point directly toward a centralized control of the entire tele praph business of the country. "Some years ago." said Mr. Adams in his affidavit, "the Postal company dis posed of its telegraph business to the New England Telegraph Company, which has continued the business in the name of the postal The New Eneh^nd company is con trolled by the American Telephone and T- legraph Company, which recently ac quired -i majority of the stock of the Western FJnion. In turn the American company i< in sympathy with the Mackay ("ompanie>. which own the Postal, and are th*» largest single shareholders in the American company MR. HOG AX RESIGXS. Edwards'* Assistant Goes from Street Cleaning to Law. James J. H"?an, Deputy Commissioner of Street Cleaning, announced his resig nation from the department last night, after a conference with Commissioner I,dward.-. Mr. Hopan will «*nter the law firm of Simpson. Thaeher * Bartlet*, :>r No. €S Csdar street The resignation will jiot take effect until Wednesday, and until th*»n Mr Hoaran will continue to assist in directing the removal of snow from the streets The resignation of Mr. Hogan was not ;.. surprise, to the official, of the Street Cleaning Department. He announced hi a Intention of re-entering law practice several months ago, and when he was appointed llrst deputy a year ago he accepted the place with the understand ing that his term would end with the last administration. Mr. Hogan assured the. Commissioner that he would not retire until the con ditions due to the snowfall had been uraightened out He was active at all the principal street cleaning stations last night, and directed much of the work of cleaning away the snow throughout the ■:.. THAT SOUTHERN AIRSHIP AGAIN. Chattanooga. Term., Jan. 11.— For the third Kucces£»ve (jay a mysterious white air craft parsed over Chattanooga ai>out noon to l, v it came from the north and wU iravellln* southeast, disappearing over Ml* fonary Rfu-;*- On Wednesday It cam- bo»~>i and en Tl««Jay .lt returned north. FOR CONSERVATION MR. TAFT DE FIXES HIS POLICY. To Guard Public Lands and Power Sites — Reclamation Bond Issue. | From Th» Tribune Bureau.] Washington, Jan. 14. — President Taft sent to Congress to-day his special mes sage relating to the conservation of the country's natural resources. It was read in the House, and will be read In the Senate on Monday. . In less than eleven printed pages Mr. Taft outlines comprehensive and prac tical methods for solving the most dis cussed cpaer^or. -flew before "the public. The friends of both Secretary Ballinger and Gifford Pihchot paused long enough in their dispute to-day to approve Mr. Taft's recommendations and to say that if Congress follows them everybody will be satisfied. The President's message is a concrete and explicit statement, which, it is be lieved, will be accepted as a platform of principles by all real friends of the con servation movement. It contains prac tical recommendations as to how con servation can be made effective. "Pro gressive and practical" was the comment at the Capitol to-day following the read ing of the message. Th" keynote of Mr. Taft's recommendations was contained in an introductory paragraph, in which he said: "The problem is how to save and how to utilize; how to conserve and still develop; for no sane person can contend that it is for the common good that nat ures-- blessings are only for unborn gen erations." With this as his trxt th^ President takes up the problems involved in the. question ->f power site-;, coal land.-, recla mation and inland waterways. He makes specific recommendations for legislation to solve each of r.iese questions, and says his views have been incorporated in bills prepared by the Secretary of the In - terior, which are at the disposition of Congress. In the closing paragraph Mr. Taft refers to the proposed Ba I linger- Pinchot investigation, and urges that the reforms recommended be taken up and disposed of promptly without awaiting the investigation. The President calls attention to the pressing need of legislation to govern disposal of the public land?, prevent mo nopoly of water power sites, and carry on the work of the reclamation service and the improvement of waterways. He earnestly recommends that the bills pre pared by Secretary Ballinger in respect to land withdrawals and conservation of the public domain be enacted, and advo <•: tcs a law permitting the issue of 530, 000,000 bond.« to aid reclamation proj ects. The immediate carrying forward of the Ohio River and Upper Mississippi River improvement is urged- To the deeper waterways Representa tives in the House the President's m* sage on conservation is entirely satis factory. They view his recommenda tions with intense enthusiasm and prom ise their loyal support in carrying them out, not only in regard to the subjects which most interest them, but to the entire conservation scheme. The conservative House leaders, how ever, make no comment on the specific recommendations other than to say that the message is a strong document and shows that. President Taft is a sincere advocate of conservation. They say that the question is one of Intricate techni calities and that it requires careful de li Iteration. Speaker Cannon said that the message was "convincing," but he made no assertion regarding the disposi tion of the House to carry out Mr. Taft's programme. As a matter of fact, a great number of Representatives have : ot yet road the message- The insurgent tangle and the excitement attendant on, it have left little opportunity or inclination for serious reading, and a prediction 33 to the probable disposition of the. President's recommendations would be hazardous. (The full text of President Taft's mea- K.ig^ will be found on page 4- I THE SEABOARD FLORIDA LIMITED Only olob car train to Florida Eleetrlr lighter, aii Pullmans. Via P. R. n .mi board Air Line. Office, 11S3 B'way.— A<i\ i. BROADWAY IN BLIZZARD'S GRASP. LIGHTSHIP ADRIFT. Xan tucket Shoals Vessel Lying To in Blizzard. Siasconset. Mass.. Jan. 14.— Tugging violently at her moorings under the ex treme pressure of the easterly gale, the Nantucket Shoals Lightship parted her chains late to-day and was forced to abandon her office as a guiding beacon for ships. Under her own steam the lightship started for N»w Bedford, but after bucking the blizzard for two hours with little progress. Captain Frank S. Doane. her commander, decided to lie-to until the storm abated. By wireless he reported that he was in no immediate need of assistance, thougrh his vessel was riding very roughly on high seas. "With Captain Doane on the lightship are fif teen men. composing the crew, and two naval wireless operators. The revenue critter Aeushnet has been notified by wireless of the plight of the lightship, and if the iatter"s position becomes dangerous the cutter will pro ceed to her aid. The lightship referred to in the above dis patch is the new South Shoals lightship, the first to be equipped with wireless te legraphy. It is anchored twenty-six miles from Nantucket, farther from shor^ than any other lightship in the world. It is the first American outpost marking the pofnt where all westbound transatlantic liners turn on their way to this port. The shoal it guards has in times past been literally strewn with the wrecks of vessels. BLOWX FROM BRIDGE. Workman Killed in Fall from Queensboro Structure. A man believed to be William Rod amer. an employe of the New York Edi son Company, was blown from his perch nhile working on some wir°s under the south walk of the Queensboro Bridge. last nisrht by the high wind and fell :i hundred and twenty-five feet to the ground. !!►■ was instantly killed, his skull and both arms being fractured So blinding was the whirl of snow that fellow workmen were not sure what had happened to the man. and it was not un til he failed to check off at 5 o'clock that the supposition that he had been blown off the bridge was advanced. Th<Mi De tectlve Kejiney, of the Edison company, was hurried off to look for him. He found and identified the body at the Morgue, whither it had been sent by <"oroner Feinberg. The body had been discoverer! under an arch of the bridge at aboat *:30 o'clock by two men on their way home from work. They told the po lice, who took charge of the body until the Coroner arrived. GEN. YOUNG GREETS A NEGRO. Former Member of His Bodyguard a Discharged Brownsville Soldier. Wasliinston. Jan. 14. — After John Kirk p;ifrick, one of the discharged soldiers, had finished his testimony to-day before the Brownsville court of inquiry he was dls mis.verl from the witness stand by Lieuten ant Oneral R B M. Voting, president of Hie court, who had questioned him care fully. •Reform I t?o I want to shak* hands with (Jeneral Young," said the soldier. "I was In his bodyguard at the battle of San Mateo." General Young recognized the private who had been so loyal to him in the Philip pines and readied out his hand. The pro ceedings of the court were interrupted while the general and the negro soldier held a reunion. GENERAL JEFFRIES ACQUITTED. Was Tried on the Charge of Killing a Panama Editor. Panama, Jan. 15 —General Herbert O. Jef fries, who last August struck William Nich ols Chandler, editor of 'The Panama Press," on the- head with a large revolver, from the effects of which Chandler died, was tried to-day and acquitted 'of the charge of murder. The killing was the result of an article printed ■ In the newspaper reflecting upon one of General Jeffries woman relatives. General Jeffrie. Is a graduate of Wast Point and has been prominent ■ in nearly every revolution for many years past in Central America. Chandler hailed from insnoro, S. C. ,-- y: . ROYAL BETROTHAL. King Manuel May Wed Prin cess Victoria Patricia. Paris. Jan. 14.— A special dispatch re ceived here from Lisbon quotes from an authorized source affirming that the marriage of King Manuel of Portugal and Princess Victoria Patricia, youngest daughter of the Duke of Connaught, will be solemnized next May and that an announcement to this effect will be com municated officially to the foreign courts soon. FEAR OYSTER FAMINE Many Bed.s Frozen Over in Chesapeake Bay. I By T»>!»eraph to Th« Tribune 1 Baltimore. Jan. 14. — I'nless there is a rapid breaking up of the ice the Mary land oyster pack will be far below the average, because the packers cannot get oysters. A large number of oyster bed? are hemmed in by ice along the eastern and western shores of the bay. Many of the largest oyster beds are frozen over. There has been a scarcity of Chesapeake Bay bivalves of the finer quality for NVw York orders. ROOSEVELT HOXORED. Heads H award Alumni Amo ciation. Vice Eliot. Cambridge. Mass.. Jan. 14. — The elec tion of Theodore Roosevelt. Harvard '8f». ex- President of the United States, as president of the Harvard A'umni Asso ciation, succeeding Dr. Charles W. Eliot. president emeritus of Harvard Univer sity, was announced to-night by the ex ecutive board of the association. If Mr. Roosevelt is in this country at the timo. it will be his duty to preside over the annual meeting of the association here in June. The executive board to-night also ejected James J. StoVTOW, 'S3. the prin cipal defeated candidate in Boston's re cent mayoralty election, as alumni marshal for the commencement day pro cession. Power was delegated the ex ecutive board to choose these officers at the meeting of the association last June. TAFT FLAX OPPOSED. Strong Sevtimcnt in House Against Federal Incorporation. fFrom Th*> Tribune Bureau. 1 Washington, Jan. 14. — President Taft and his advisers appear to have a her culean task ahead of them in obtaining general approval in the House of the federal incorporation plan. Strong op position to that legislation is rapidly de veloping, and there axe many members who are outspoken in the opinion that it should not be enacted into law Few of these Representatives, how ever, are prepared to speak for publica tion on the question. They say that the I resident's bill has not yet come before Congress, that frequent conferences on the measure are sttll being held at th»- Whlte House, and that its most objec tionable features in their eyes may be eliminated before it is completed. There are many who oppose the gen eral scheme, and probably wtll not be converted under any circumstances. Among these is Representative Mann, of Illinois, who believes that such a plan Is the beginning of the end of state gov ernment. It is known, too, that ny ;i single member of the Judiciary Com mittee of the House looks with fa\ o r ..^ the plan as It has het*n thus far outlined, by the President. The Democrat . almost unanimously opposed to it. and its friends acknowledge that the Presi dent's powers of persuasion will psj taxed to the utmost even to obtain a favorable report from the Judiciary i 'ommittee. Chicago, Jan U— Congress was requested to abolish the publicity feature of the new corporation tax law t to-day in a resolution adopted by 'two hundred and fifty dele gates, representing sixty important com mercial and industrial organizations of th« country., The meeting was held under the auspices of the Illinois Manufacturers' As la lon. , .__ :„';. LNDICT C. R. HEIKE SUGAR OFFICIAL OXE OF SIX XAMED. Secretary of Company Is. Ac o cused with Others of Con spiracy and Overt Acts. . "You don't begin the construction of a building with the ridge pole,** Henry L. Stimson. special prosecutor for the gov ernment in the sugar fraud cases, said last autumn when there was criticism because none of the men "higher up" in the American Sugar Refining Company had been indicted. The "ridge pole" in the proceedings was reached yesterday, when the federal grand jury handed down a blanket indictment against Charles R. Heike. secretary and treas urer of the New York company and sec retary of the holding company of New Jersey, and five others. The report on Thursday that action would be taken soon, as published ex clusively in The Tribune, was verified soon after noon, when Winfred T. D»ni son, one of Mr. Stimson's assistants, went before Judge Hough, in the United States Circuit Court, with the grand jury which handed up the papers. In addition : to ■ Mr. Heik», ■ the following ■were re indicted: x Ernest W.Gerbraeht, former general superintendent of the Havemeyer & El der refinery ; James F. Bendernagol, for mer cashier of the same place, who was tried, but the jury disagreed, and two former checkers, Jean M. Voelker and James F. Halligan. jr. Harry W. Walker, assistant superintendent of the docks, was Included in the charges made by the grand jury, making six men in all men tioned in the instrument. There are six counts in the indictment, four mentioning specific acts and two charging conspiracy. In addition, four teen overt acts are mentioned, and the whole embraces occurrences on the docks and at No. 117 Wall street ..he main of fice of the company, within the year 1907, in November of which Richard Parr made his raid at the scales which re sulted in the uncovering of the frauds. MR. HEIKE'S STANDING. Mr. Heike has spent the greater part of his life in the company. He was not a director, but has been secretary for many years and was especially close to the late H. O. Havemeyer and others of the Havemeyer family when they were in active control of the affairs of the company. He fa a director of one of the short lines of railroad controlled by the concern in Butler County, Mo. At the meeting In Jersey City on Wednesday Mr. Heike sat at the right hand of Washington B. Thomas, who succeeded Mr. Havemeyer as president He was cheerful and affable. The report of the hoard of directors to the stock holders was signed by him. In it was the following paragraph: "No attempt whatever has been rnide to shield any one, and your board has no reason to believe and. does not believe that any executive officer or director. of this company had any knowledge of or participation in this fraudulent under weighing." Counsel for the government have fre quently acknowledged that Mr. Thomas and other officers of the company were working in sympathy with the Investi gators, . giving them every aid possible and' expressing a desire to have the whole underweighing frauds thoroughly cleared up. James M. Beck, the new general counsel for the company, was in Philadelphia yesterday. The day before he said that it would not be possible to say whether or not he would be asked to defend an officer of the company, if one were indicted. ,v, v V -^ «* MAY WAIT ON APPEAL. Mr. Heike and Mr Walker may be ar raigned this morning, although there was talk last evening of putting this | part of the rroceedings over until Mon day, when Henry F. Coehrane. counsel for the four convicted former checkers of the company, will appear before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. If the court should decide to consider I an appeal he will ask that the men now on Blackwell's Island serving a sen tence of one year be released on ball. The other indicted men ire under j bond now. and this may be deemed suf- : ficient by the court. One of the men j convicted, Oliver Spitzer. former super intendent of the Wllliamaburgr docks, is recovering from an operation. He will bo sentenced some time in February. It was said' last evening that Mr. Heik and those mentioned with him in the in dictment would be tried in February or early in March. ". .* , ; The indictment includes the six men In the four counts first mentioned, charging false entries of cargoes re- Continued on second pas*. GREAT STORM SWEEPS THE CITY SXOW AXD WIXD TIE IP THE TOM X Street* Harbor in Grip of Wild Bli—nrd with More in Pro* pert. , Some poet evidently wanted to know, and once he asked. "Where are th» snows of yesteryear?** . Those snows came to the metropolis yesterday. It required no poet to notice the fact. It was a storm of glad, sad or bad snow flakes, as the personal preferences sad profits of the- inhabitants of the city were affected. Traffic on land was full oC picturesque interest to those who sat be hind windows and compared the power of yesterday's storm with the relatively puny affair of Christmas. Four lives were lost in the storm, va rious accidents having fatal results. One man was blown from the Queensbor^ Bridge: mother 3llpped and bled to death as the result of falling on a knife in hi* pocket. Exposure and exhaustion caused th" other deaths. The following special weather report, sent out from the local Weather Bureau last night, indicates a continuance of th» storm: "Continued northeast storm warnings. *.». l-"» p. m.. Delaware Break - water to Portland. Me.: northeast and] north gales, with snow during next twenty-four hours." The snow swept dotvn with renewed fury after midnight, and much of th work of removal was wiped out. In the afternoon a heavy northeasterly breeze — a gale, some called it— added to the hardships that made navigation in. the harbor a nerve wearing enterprise. Pilots referred to it as dirty weather, notwithstanding the circumstance that all the weather in sight was bein; washed up and down and sidewise by simon-pure. hard driven snowflak«i that should have made it clean. Unable to see clearly at a greater distance than one hundred yards, these pilots of ferry boats, tugboats, lighters and other craft were extremely careful. FERRIES RUN WELL. While it was pretty thick weather on the East River, all the ferry companies kept their boats running. The manage** ment of the 34 th street; the 92d street and the College Point ferry companies reported that all their boats were run ning, but a little slower than usual. The big Sound steamers were not so fortunate. In the vicinity of Whiteston* Point the weather got so thick that 3"v eral of the big boats had to anchor. At one time between Whltestone and Fort Schuyler were anchored the Manhattan. bound for ' Portland; the Naugatuca. bound for Bridgeport, and the City of Boston, bound for New York. These his; boats kept their fog whistles going con tinuously. At Quarantine and Sand> Hook th filmy outlines of «»niy three small in ward hound steamers rewarded th* straining ga^e of marine observer terday morning. It seemed that th* snow came down in especially conducted clouds that burst at intervals and left the scenery similar to that observed - n an upturned Christmas crystal. The ma jestic steamship St. Louis, dv* • dock on Wednesday, lav outside fess> brose Channel subdued by the tiny snowflakes. Surface cars fougkt hard to get down to the surface. In this they were as sisted by snowploughs sent spinning throughout the city by the various streetcar companies. The Metropolitan Street Railway Company operated thtrty sweepers, in charge or. two hundred men. Other lines used sweepers In ptw portion. Comparatively clean tracks, however, did not mean proper progress, because falling horses delayed motnr men for twenty and thirty minutes at a time. Teamsters chose the car tracks because of their temporarily inviting condition, and by the time their Uissis uere coaxed upright the snow ptssjsJß was again the most needed thing in the landscape to drivers of both streetcars and wagons. The only method of transportation that was unimpaired was the pneumatic tube system for carrying first class mall underground. Elevated and subway lines did well under the strain put upon their operatives, but both suffered se verely. GIRLS GO HOME KsVKU On the principle that a train taken In time was better than not to dine with the family, the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company sent out a special warning to its patrons advising them to start boom early. The message was telephoned to factories, department stores, etc. In ac cordance with the suggestion, many of the big Brooklyn shops began closing at 1 o'clock. New York stores let sales women who had long trips go early, too. Trains on the New York Central were reported from two to three hours late. while the Pennsylvania Rail load ons t ials in Jersey City said that only sltgh' delays would result from the storm in the running time of trains floss tas> ■ - - Despite the severe storm and the drift ing 1 , the report at the railway stations in Jersey City and Hoboken was thai there were no serious delays, except on the Southern trains over the Pennsyl vania and the Baltimore & Ohio roads, which were two hours or longer behind time. The other trains were from fifteen to thirty minutes late, as they were run slower than usual, to avoid accidents. • Big Bill" Edwards, of the Strwt Cleaning Department, spread his "white wings" from The Bronx to the Battery and fought an heroic game with the con tinually reinforced foe. The enemy out numbered the Edwards team at th* ratio of about ten million to one. but neither the captain nor his men mut tered aught but "Victory.? . '?.;■ Sickness and death from exposure in the storm and accidents of a peculiar kind for which the byplay of winter -was responsible were reported throughout the day and night. Owing to his exertions in floundering through the deep snow yesterday to get from his home to the village itcss, George P. Bloomer, eighty-two years old. of B»ll»ore. Lons: Island, died suddenly last Bight Mr. Bloomer became so ex. fcauattd that he stopped at' Brown Ho-