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Tills YEAR.
nrf Control of Balance of
Poser in Commons
[By C*N<» to The Tribune]
London. Jan. 23- The Liberal govern
—^ »-'! depend for existence on the
... vote.
TT,^ must have been rendered practl-
by the course of last week's
Sections, and it is not at all likely that
tif results of the pollings this week will
raT *'-.?..:-- alter the final position. Of
,j* one hundred and sixty-seven seats
«-birh Sin remain* undecided, only thlr
"l- x wen bets' by the Unionlsts in th?
fat parliament. The gain of another
third is probable, but this would put the
Utiori majority roughly at a hundred.
jve situation recalls the election of
itjr 1 when Mr. Gladstone was enabled
*2'fitc purport •f eighty- three Nation-
Lg£a to take office with a majority of
tocif. In that ear Mr. Gladstone in
troduced the second Home Rule bill.
vtich passed the House of Commons and
T-as thrown n-.x by an enormous ma
jority by * h<? House of Lords.
Mr. Asquith is pledged to introduce a
_ , Home Rule bill if the Liberals con
tinue in office, but before this can be
tost the question of the Lords' veto and
feet year's budget will have to be settled.
There are now a few independent Na
tionalist ir.err.bers, and the number may
be increased to seven or eight, and it is
expected thaT they will assert their in
dependence by voting against the bud
m(, which is unpopular in Ireland, but
izt nain body of Irishmen possibly may
it induced to vote in favor of it.
Xfc e L^rd? will point to the election
v s Justification of their action In re
jfctisg Chancellor Lloyd-George's nnan
cal proposals, but the general impres
fian is that they ■'.'.'. not throw them
cst again on their Auction in the
Tipper house. It is thought, however.
lhat they will refuse point blank to
iaprfesce in any limitation of the veto
erto a?r*«r to pass any measure of Home
Rule for Ireland.
■ rophets find it difncr.lt
■ ■ level ; m-nts arising
illeftel state of affairs.
al! part:*"-? axe agreed
election must be
fsogfct this year I. V. F.
Likehi To Be the Result of
Election in England.
fßy M Associated Press.]
I/Hcon. Jan. _ — Never in the recollection
cf the oldest politicians have he British
jsrrks be^n in such a perplexing position
v they find themselves to-day and are
Hair'to face when the next House of C'om
mont is organized. So evenly divided will
it* the irerr.t-?rship of the next House, and
b close is the popular vote, that the result
ef th* election for all practical purposes
ray be considered a tie.
TCiich of the questions before th° <»lec
va had the most inSuence at the polls, or
rtifcer the results mean that the people
•scar.. Tariff reform, or are loyal to the
ler&s or anxious to reject Chancellor
U&d^George's budget, or whether all three
>£ these h'd an equal effect, is uncertain.
" '*■-" these circumstances neither party
t'i 'he responsibility of attempting to
-tgslare, and, since a division must be so
«toe. the Unionists are better sat -'. lO
1* in opposition than toy. have won by a
ssy Hma:i :r.a;ority.
Mr Ealfo-jr's speeches show plainly that
*:th the existing conditions he is glad not
tc have control of The government. Mr. As-
S^ta, the Premier, would be equally
•■**«: to escape Che perils cf piloting the
Krty through the troubled waters There
tT « preceder.it tor him to ask the King to
*22~0e another leader to form the govern-
c *nt, but no or<? expects him to haul down
™ 2*e All the prophets -make the pre
fißlnj that the new Cabinet will rind itself
-the minority within a year, and that the
•attry •will plunge into another general
remarkable figures recorded at this
*'^' of the balloting foreshadow clearly
*•?* nearly equal both the popular vote and
nsineßbersbip of the House of Commons
_ffi i* divided between the two great fac-
Th* popular vote stands: Unionists.
-»*,-27: liberals, 2,324,315; Labcrites. 353,
•» Th:s gives the united Liberal-Labor
Wa^»- majority of . - MB in a total vote
- =.X.:ST. To-day the membership oZ the
**** cf Commons is a tie, the Unionists
" *** combined Lireral and Labor parties
* iiv;r.g elected 21S representatives. '
Ote hundred ar;d sixty-seven seats remain
i- * fille<J - ot which 102 are English. In
%'. p £S"-arnent these were: Unionist.
•Liberal, 125, and Nationalist, 16. Should
JLff 1 '* 111 trend of voting continue,
■Etc the Unionists nor the Liberals can
-•JR*r a majority .of more than a dozen,
,v „ " torttonalista, with 83 votes, will be
Z*-y masters of the situation.
<oe<* P^ rS ""* the Irishm en will be the
j?*™«a* forces of the next Parliament.
fDr~ T !th has two battles to fight: to re
*a-hf* Lord 6 and to pa.-.-, th budget
!<ar T^ an 4 the bud S«t for the coming
ltd t> £ ros f*ct is that both the p^era
RU -" aliG n&li£ts will vote for the bud
fcy"** vr"** Cf Lor<ls ca be reformed only
?t, y ' whlch t! "'* Lords must swallow.
« "a."**' *"° T that th * country- ha* given
•*« Vbt^t tOT thlS - Th * Unionists insist
* CtioriS hay « SOt proved that the
ti» tjrL, £** a iSjga in the status of
*»Jor«.' * They ar;?lJe that a bar «
*ritt. 2 COt enough No country with *
States' <^ nstlt ' Jti on. such as the United
«a»ct« . nf y point oul - can make such
■*» b >' a mere majority.
n *atio.valist position-.
tiu4li2r SIUOB -° f **■ WaOaßaUsts is «
•akservi-. Wlth thetn all Q'^ions are
•'-..' , « tO hom *' rale The traiff re-
u «oni it ; „ that th « Irish are all pro
**-aoct r tb -■- cou!d vote that issue
*tb/ lasTp lllloß^ 0 " 8 - Th * Nationalists
■Mat rr. rtlarnent declared against the
Past l0 I '? nci * mI! y because they were op
%< *$4 ■*»■»•< • whis^ey taxes, but they
Sou* ' y hei I J " through the next
li <KaTr a t m ? aß '' * ' ? Political strategy.
*»** . te not llk^'y to get far next
d** COn3ln « to wen versed politi-
v., , ** reform of the House of
HBtt 't»'« he H^ Prime Minister lias writ
* f --. «r, eiJd Ot his prOKrami » e . promises
■^•*»c- John Redmond, leader of
na second nog*.
jStftm^inlt &s£tsßߣs& Sttbtttu.
To-a«y »nd to morroir,
M Hit an t Su frmgetU Released
from Jail.
Liverpool, Jan. 23— Lady Constance
Lytton. sister of Lord Lytton. who has
served a week of a two weeks' sentence
in Walton jail, under the name of Jane
Warton, for smashing the jail windows,
was liberated to-day.
Lady Constance compelled the author
ities to imprison her so that she might
prove her assertion that Home Secretary
Gladstone's recent action in releasing
her from Newcastle jail on the official
pround that she had a weak heart was
really on account of her social position
and the agitation aroused by the treat
ment of the women prisoners.
Lady Constance was liberated a week
ln advance of her term on orders from
the Home Secretary. She is in an ex
hausted condition. It is said that she
h*i= bfpn forcibly fed since January 18
p.r.d subjected to gross insults at the
hands of the prison officials.
Man Who Asked for a "Lift"
Killed— Another Badlji Hurt.
A man was killed and another injured
in an automobile accident on the New
ark Turnpike Road, between Kearny
and Jersey City, early yesterday morn
ing. The dead man is John Lavin,
twenty-one years old, a trolley con
ductor, who lived at No. 4.">8 Jackson
avenue. Jersey City. The injured man
hs John J. Egan. a clerk, of No. 680
Tenth avenue. Manhattan. H-e has a
compound fracture of the nose and is
injured internally. He is a patient in the
Jersey City Hospital..
The automobile was driven by Lee
Bradford, of No. lStil Broadway. Man
hattan, and contained Robert Clark, of
the same address, Lavin and Egan. It
on its way from Newark to New
York. T.avin, who had been to Newark,
hailed the automobile and asked if he
i "uld ride into Jersey City. He was ac
commodated and took a seat in the rear
of the car alongside Clark and Egan.
The car was moving at a high rate of
speed, and in n^aring the bridge over
the Hackensaok River it started to skid.
It finally slid over against a guard beam
on the road a few feet from the bridge
with such force that it turned a com
plete somersault and dropped down an
embankment into three feet of water.
Lavin was pinned under the car, and
when hauled out by Bradford and Clark
was found to be dead. HLs body was
taken to the morgue in Kearny. Egan
was thrown out when the wheels of the
automobile struck the edge uf the guard
beam and was hurled down the embank
Ferrari Autopsy May Bear on
Patrick Case.
Facts having an important bearing
upon the established medical theory of
the effect of chloroform on the human
body which may have some influence in
the case of Albert T. Patrick, were
learned yesterday by physicians who
performed an autopsy on the body of
Giovanni Ferrari, the wine dealer of No.
."s3l East lO>th street, who was chloro
formed to death on Saturday.
coroner's Physicians Philip O'Hanlon
and Timothy Lehane and Professor John
H Larkin. ot the College of Physicians
and Surgeons, announced that in the
< ase of Ferrari they observed large
areas of the lungs which showed no evi
dences of congestion, and that the ante
rior a.nd lateral regions were quite nor
It was stated in the first Patrick trial
that in chloroform poisoning congestion
was r-(. -extensive with the lungs. The
result of their post-mortem yesterday
led the doctors to declare that the the
ory accepted in the Patrick case was
faulty, and has no weight as a medico
l^ga! fact in cases of death by chloro
Detective John Archipoli. of the Har
lem Detective Bureau, made what he
believes to be an important arrest in
connection with the Ferrari murder
"hen Agostino Dono, of No. 333 East
l«*sth street, was apprehended. Dono
admitted that he was in the wine cellar
on the morning of the murder.
Guests, Who Lose Everything, Buy New
Clothing on Sunday.
Hot Springs. Ark.. Jan. 23.— The new
Waverly Hotel and bath house here were
totally destroyed by fire early to-day. All
of the guests escaped uninjured, but none
of them saved th^ir basgagp. Local shops
were opened this morning that they might
buy rsf-w clothing.
The hotel was- a frame structure and was
valued at $100,000. The fire started at 2
o clock in the morning and spread rapidly.
T:.e rause is not known
If He Isn't Home by 8 'Clock He'll
Go to Jail.
East Orange. N. J., Jan. 23 (Special).—
For continually disobeying his parents and
for having, as he confessed, obtained
money dishonestly in order to. see moving
picture shows. Clarence Vender
fourteen' years old. must, by order of Re
corder Nott, of this city, be at home every
night by 8 o'clock, or else be arrested
and committed to the Essex County Juve
nile Court. The lad was shown last night
to the night squad of policemen, who were
instructed by Chief of Police James Bel]
to keep a watch for him and arrest him if
they saw him abroad after the prescribed
His mother, Mrs William H. Vandervoott.
of No 3 Steuben street, was the complain
ant against the lad. She told the court
that he had made a practice of going
about from house to house and among his
friends soliciting magazine subscriptions
and putting the proceeds in his pocket.
Th» youngster admitted he had done M
and replied, when asked if he would like
to be sent away. "I suppose I deserve it."
, Os Angeles. Jan. 23— Two girls and
two boys arrived at the home of Mr. and
' . -vv W. Wilson, in this city, yester
day" making twelve children born to then
in nine years. They were married twenty
nv,. years ago. Two sets of triplet and
one pair of twins have previously been
born to the coupl*-
Was Best Known Thief Taker
on Force and Friend of
Man if Financiers.
Lieutenant John J. EHinn, for nearly
thirty years head of the Wall street
branch of the Detective Bureau, died
early yesterday morning from Bright*
disease, at his home. No. l'4O East Tlst
So often were his exploits successful
that his name had long been familiar
tr. the general public as one of the most
painstaking and enterprising members
of the New York police force. They
called him the "Grand Old Man" down
in the financial district. He was sev
enty-seven years old and was a member
of the Police Department in various ca
pacities for fifty-three years.
His retirement was forced, when, in
the spring of 1907, Police Commissioner
Bingham ordered him from the Detec
tive Bureau to desk duty at the Canarsie
police station. The brave show he made
to pretend not to feel his humiliation
was said yesterday to stand forth clearly
among the long list of "Sir Johnny's"
victories. The transfer was made when
Dunn was in his seventy-fifth year.
The morning he was to begin his now
duties he arose before ."> o'clock, took liis
cold bath, and. spotlessly attired in
Wall Street fashion, even to the silk hat
and white waistcoat, and carrying a sil
ver headed cane, he started for the new
precinct, which is described as baring
a fishy smell. He reached his post at
7 a. m., an hour before he "was due.
For more than a quarter of a century
he had worn no uniform, but his new
occupation called for one. H« told them
his troubles at <"an«rpie and the nvMi
found an old cap that would do and an
old blouse that did do, although it was
longer than nature required. His six
children, thirteen grandchildren and
evn the more mature among his srreat
grandchildren were concerned that day
how the famous detective would endure
his new position.
"It's orders." was his reply to all sug
gestions by his family and friend? that
he retire instead of assuming the new
duties at Canarsie. Day and night work
so far from his home proved too much
for him. however, and he asked for re
Great secrets of Wall Street lodged in
the brain of Dunn. He knew Jay Cooke,
William H. Vanderbilt. Jay Gould and
"Jim" Fisk intimately, and among the
financier? of to-day who were his friends
were J. Pierpont Morgan. Thomas F.
Ryan and John W. Gat^s
The Wai! Street Detective Bureau was
originally in a small room on the second
floor of th<* old marble building that
stood on the southwest corner of Wall
and Broad streets. It is now in the
Stock Exchange. At first the bureau
was an artive agent, expelling "crooks"
from the Wall Street district and a< ting
aggressively and having plenty to do.
The immense amount of money concen
trated in the neighborhood was a tre
mendous tynptation to thieves, from the
most sneaking- to the most desperate.
Dunn established in 18S0 the "dead line"
for crooks, extending from J^hn street
to the Produce Exchange, and from
Broad way to Pear! stre.r
Although Dunn had scores of big capt
ures to his credit, it was the work he
did in the Wall Street bureau that made
him a detective of international promi
In IS7O he arrested John Ward, orig
inator of the "panel game." He took
into custody John P. A very, at No. 143
Thompson street, for the murder of E.
F. Clark, a merchant of So. 330 Broad
wa;., who was killed in his home at Cris
kill. N. J. Avery was executed. With
Detective \'x>n Gerichten he arrested a
thief named "Gus" Milier for stealing a
trunk belonging to Don Visconte Dar
deen. Minister of Guatemala to the
I'nited States, containing .sl,.Vm>.<m>
worth of bonds, taken from one of
Dodd's Express wagons. Mary McDer
mott, "queen of the confidence women,"
was found out and captured by Dunn.
She swindled ministers, priests and nuns
out of thousands of dollars, after coming
here from England.
Dunn was terribly beaten in 1881,
when he arrested "Danny" Driscoll. ex
convict and leader of the Whyo gang.
Driscoll had escaped from Sing Sing, but
the detective subdued him and the pris
oner was executed the following year
for the murder of "Beezy" Gerrity. The
only cases where Dunn failed to bring
the criminals to justice, it was said, were
the robbery of A. T. Stewart's grave and
the kidnapping of Charley Ross In 1860
hf- distinguished himself i n the 'Draft
He was a short, stocky man, scru
pulously neat, who wore his silk hat at
just enough of an ;ingle to hint at the
genial nature that was his. He was
born in Ireland. His carriage and gen
eral nobility of character prompted
financiers yenrs ago to call him "Sir
In IS*>4 Lieutenant Dunn and his wife
celebrated their golden wedding anni
versary. Mrs. Dunn two years Liter
was accidentally burned to death in her
home. His three sons and thrteTlaughters
are Thomas J. Dunn, former deputy col
lector of customs; John J. Dunn, jr , an
actor; Charles i 'lark Dunn, of the
I'nited States Genera] Land Office, in
Denver; Mrs. Eleanor I>. Dunn, who
kept house fur him; Mrs f> A |fc-
Laughlin, wife of the asststaajt clerk of
the Appellate Division of the Supreme
Court, and Mrs. James J Larkln, ail of
Whom were present when he died.
A requiem mass will be celebrated to
morrow morning at 10 o'clock in the
Church of Bt vine, m Ferrer, Lexing
ton a\enue and 85th street, by F;ither
Mahr From the church the body will b*
taken to Calvary Cemetery for burial
Oklahoma City, Okla., Jan. 23. — Joseph J.
Rickey, ■ '"' ! contractor, was instantly
killed and hi* father, John Hi.-key. of Syra
cuse, was bady bruised to-day when an
automobile, driven by th« former, was it
collision with <*» interurban car. An in
quest will be held to-morrow.
Veteran Detective, Who Died Yesterday.
Alleged Assailant and Other
Chinese. Members of Four
Brothers, Captured.
Mistaken for one of the members of
the <>n Leong Tong. a Japanese, who
gave hi? name as Yosito Paito. of No.
I<T Cherry street, was shot through the
back late last night in front of No. 4
Doyers street and died shortly after
being removed to St. Gregory's Hospital.
The shooting caused sreat excitement
in Chinatown. Saito was no sooner*
taken to St. Gregorys Hospital than the
doctors pronounced his chances of re
covery as almost too slight to be con
Captain <^.!vin. of the Elizabeth street
station, who arrived on the scene shortly
aft^r the shooting-, had one of his plain
clothea m<=n arrest Jung Hingr. who said
thiit he was a student and lived at No.
4 Doyers street. The police have also
two material witnesses. Jame? Mitchell,
of No. 11 < "hathani Square, and James
Blink, of No. 1 Doyers street. Both men
say that they saw Hing shoot Yosito
and then run upstairs over the prostrate
body Patrolman Hayes caught Hing
after a chase through the building.
It was first believed that the shoot
ing was caused by a dispute over a
woman, but op investigation by the
police it developed that the Japanese had
been mistaken for L»e Hung, who, it is
understood, has been marked for death
by the members of the Four Brothers.
Saito before losing consciousness ac
cused the prisoner of the shooting He
said that he saw his assailant's features
and would positively identify Hing as
the man who shot him. A revolver
which the prisoner is alleged to have
thrown away was picked up by Patrol
man Howe, of the Elizabeth street sta
Later four <~"hinamen. members of the
Four Brothers, were locked up at Police
Headquarters and charged with acting
in conspiracy with Hing They gave
their names as Low Kun. Chu Joe, rhu
Horn and Chu P"on. all laundrymea liv
ing at No 4 Doyers street. An -niii
tional charge of carrying concealed
weapons was entered against Horn and
According to the detectives who ar
rested these men. Lee Hung had been
sought fo r three months by the Four
Brothers If is understood that Hung,
who looks exactly like the Japanese who
was shot, was expected in the neighbor
hood and at 11 o'clock there were at
least fifty members of the Four Brothers
near where the shooting occurred.
As Saito approached, according to the
police, a man who was identified by the
victim as Low Kun. one of the prisoners,
was seen making signs to Hing and the
shooting followed.
Well Known Actress Stricken with
Pneumonia After Operation.
Miss Lotta Faust, a well-known musi
cal comedy actress, is critically ill at Dr.
Bull's Sanatorium, No. 33 East 33d street,
and was reported to be dying last night.
She was taken to the sanatorium about ten
days ago to undergo an operation. She
rallied from the operatiea and Dr. H. L.
Constable, of No. 72 West 48th street, her
physician, expressed hopes of her recovery.
Recently pneumonia set ln. however, and
last nieht her condition became t" seri
ous that it was feared she would not live
through the night.
Miss Faust last appeared on the stage
in "The Midnight Sons." She came Into
prominence in the theatrical world with
her song ■■Sammy." in "Tlie Wizard of
Oz," several years ago. She appeared ln
"The * i iri Behind the Counter." an.] a
number of other musical comedies.
Santa Fe Head Says They Buy Food in
Fancy Packages.
Santa Barbara, Cal.. Jan. 23.— "High
prices of food are due as much to the ex
travagance of American women who have
the spending of the wages of American
worktngmea as to the avarice of producers
and dealers." said E. P. Rjpley. president
of the At. -his.,!,, Topeka & Santa Pc Rail
road, in an Interview to-day.
"General increases of wages and the
rapid increase of money in circulation are
among the causes of high prices, but ex
travagance is the paramount cause. Most
l: Hives will pay three to four times
as much for foods done up in fancy pack
ages a;- they will for the same food with
out the frills."
Indianapolis, Jan 23,-The possibility
of saving the sight of the right eye of
Thomas Tagsart, who was wounded by v
charge "' bird shot while hunting near
Natchez, Miss., on Friday, was established
to-day. Ail X-ray examination proved
there was no shot or wounds in the vital
portions or the eye, Mr. Tag art arrived
tome to-day.
Water and Gas Maku Broken,
Trolley* and Electric
Plants Stopped.
Paris. Jan. 23.— The floods to-night
exceed all records, and are fast assum
ing the prop-rtions of a national disas
ter. In the north, east and west hun
dreds are homeless and ruined. Al
though it is Impossible at the present
time to estimate the damage it will be
very great.
The Seine continues to rise rapidly
and at a late hour had reached within a
couple of feet of the roadway at the
Place de la Concorde. Many additional
buildings havf been flooded, including
the printing works of the "Official Jour
The rhrer authorities stato that the
Bfarne will rise thne feet by Monday
and they have instructed the mayors of
all th>-> tipwns along its banks that the
riverside houses must he vacated with
out delay.
Another line of the subway suspended
traffic at midnight, the electric current
Montereau. near Fontainebleau. is to
tally under water and without food. An
urgent request has be»vi sent to the mil
itary authorities at For.tainebleau for
thr<-<=> thousand rations of bread.
Th*> rise in the watprs continued all
to-. lav. At Paris, the Seine, which regis
tered 0 4.S metres yesterday, had reached
740 at noon to-day. The normal height
of the river at this season is 2.4 ft The
torrent almost touched the arches of the
beautiful bridges, threatening their de
struction. The Pont dcs Arts and the
Pont rle I'Alma ar<* in momentary dan
ger and are guarded by police.
The sharp coM of yesterday led to the
hope of abate n* en t of the floods, but
this morning a heavy snow set in. turn
ing In th« afternoon t-> rain, which is
still falling This aggravated the situa
tion and caused gr^at suffering to the
victims. A dispatch from Cha'ons-sur-
Marnp says that a hnip volume of water
Is sweeping downstream toward Paris.
Iff. Leplne, Prefect of Paris, after a
tour of inspection in an automobile this
afternoon, took the gravest vi^w of the
"The Weather Bureau." he said. "fOT«
rasts a further risp of thirty centimetres
to-nieht. I do not know what to do In
the face of this situation."
A serious accident occurred to-night.
One of rhe water mains serving five of
the most populous arrondissfmpnts in
the south and east of the city burst, and
these district! aip now- without water. Tt
is feared that the city will be in a like
condition very soon, as the flood is in
vadiner the pumping stations The com
pressed air factory which supplies the
elevators in Paris has also been forced
to shut down
One of the gr«?ar which pump
the sewerage in the eastern section of
Paris broke down on account of the
flood, and as a result the sewprs threaten
to overflow the streets Several quarters
are without electric light and all the
trolley lin^s to the suburbs art
out of commission. The main track -f
the Ly^ns Railroad has been partially
cut, and it Is feared that traffic on this
line will be completely suspended to
The officials of the pref return are bu~y
providing for the homeless, but they are
finding great difficulty in securing shel
ter. Several of the streets on the river
sides of Passy and Auteuil are uninhab
itable Many of the residents were com
pelled to vacate their quarters yesterday
and about two hundred more vacated to
day. A considerable number of houses
have sunk in the soft mud and water,
and on The Boulevard Saint Germain a
house under construction is tottering
and threatening to fall on the Chamber
Of Deputies
There is a big hole outside of the For
eign Office, and the main gas pipe in the
adjoining street has broken, giving rise
to considerable apprehension. The in
valides railroad station, next d^or, is
partially inundated, while th* cellars of
the Palais d'Orsay Hotel are flooded.
The basement of the Louvre Museum is
invaded and the military storehouse
flooded, the steam beating plant of the
former being ruined.
Thousands of people thronged th^
banks of the river all day, watching the
waters rushing by. One of th< few
casualties reported was the sweeping
away of a man who was trying to drag
out some floating logs.
The situation in the outskirts of Paris
is even worse than within the city
proper. The Prefect of the Seine De
partment made an urgent request to the
government to-night for funds to assist
the homeless. At He Saint Denis, Ivry,
Vitry, Maisons-LaffUte, Argenteuil and
Foissy all the lower quarters are inun
dated. The aviation ground at Juvisy is
half submerged. At Alfortville the dam
burst, overwhelming two hundred houses,
the people being forced to ny, leaving
their belongings behind.
Owing to the widespread interruption
of telegraphic and telephonic communi
cations the exact situation in the prov
inces is difficult to define, but there are
signs of improvement in the situation in
Loire, Rhone, Marne, Tonne, the upper
reaches of the Seine and Aube. On the
other hand, the Saone and Boubs Val
ley is one huge lake, about ten miles
broad. Of six villages, the roofs alone
are showing above th«» water. It is said
that this lake is bow fulling, but a
snowstorm has just set in.
Most of the bakers of the troops are
making bread, as few of the great bake
houses have escaped destruction. The
whole champagne region la In a critical
position Vitry-le-Francois, in the De
partment of Marne. stands isolated in
the midst Of a lake, a mile or two wide.
All the country between Arrigny and
Lurzieourt is under water. At the lat
ter place several houses collapsed.
Several villages a little outside of
Marne are submerged. The dan is
enormous. The main round from Troyes
to Chalons has been cut through the col
lapse of a bridge.
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■X- ■ DDIT*!? n\P i'I7VT ln City rf New York. Jer^r City and Hobok«*
( Ti -tx .si. jtnn.nnn „f Argen
tina's Xaial Appropriation.
fßy T>l«"Kraph to Th* Tribunal
Bethlehem. Perm . Jan. 23.— Charles M-
Schwab's Bethlehem steel plant will get
Oa«e of the new Argentine naval
contracts. It is to furnish the forgings.
armor and armament of the
noughts to be < onstructed at Quincy.
M;iss . and at Camden. N J.
X Q. Grace, genera! manager of the
Bpthlehem works, received a cable mes
sage to-day from Char sssßJfMi
Tnited State? Minister at Buenos Ayres,
forwarded throush Secretary Knox,
telling of the awarding of the contract.
The Bethlehem Steel ■ ompany"s share
of the battleship contract will amount to
*li:.< XX UHto. or half of the entire con
tract, to construct two warships, and an
additional *1 .4MM».(mm» contract for artil
lery, consisting <>f guns, gun mountings
and ammunition for torpedo boats now
being bum in England, France .md Ger
Entertains Professor IVheeler
as One of FcnuUii.
Berlin. Jan. 2.l— Emperor William has
paid a high compliment to Professor
Benjamin Ide Wheeler, of the I'niversity
of California, whom he had at a family
gathering a night or two ago.
The party included the Empress, the
crown Prince and one «>r two of the
other princes, and Professor Wheeler
spent several hours in their company.
It was a typical German domestic,
scene, the Empress d«">ing needlework
while taking part in the talk, and the
Emperor himself passed around the
sandwiches and oth«»r light supper dishes.
Wife of Senator's Son Will
A si- for Her Two Children.
Columbia. B. C, Jan. 23.— Mrs. B. R.
Ti!!man. jr.. will file habeas corpus pro
ceedings in th*» State Supreme Court to
morrow for the recovery of h«»r two
children, Douschka Pickens Tillman and
Sara Stark Tillman. The proceedings
will be directed against Senator B. R.
Tillman and Mrs. Tillman. who now have
possession of the two little girls. The
suit promises to be of great interest.
Benjamin Tillman. jr.. and Miss Lucy
Frances Pickens-Dugas were married in
1903 at Edgewood. S. C. the old home of
the Pickens family. Her grandfather
was the "War Governor" of South Caro
lina and her mother was Douschka Pick
ens. who was at the czar's court when
her father was United States Minister
to Rossis
Washington, Jan 23 — Senator Ben
jamin R. Tillman said to-night:
"My sen and his wife have been twice
separated- -and are now living apart.
She is in Soijth Carolina. Finding that
his wife showed no inclination to return
to him. try son deeded the children to
■Tie I/r.der the law of South Carolina
this may be done That is why they are
now with me."
Aged Widow Cuts Throat
Rather than Live Alone.
After sorrowing for six years over the
death of her husband, Mrs. Elizabeth
Townsend. eighty-six year? old, of No.
S2M Ridge Boulevard. Bay Ridge, com
mitted suicide early yesterday morning
by cutting her throat with a carving
knife. Despite her age. Mrs Townsend
had not lost her strength, and was able
to get about the house
On Friday night she retired to her
room with the rest of the family, but
early in the morning she apparently
went down to the dining room and took
her life A maid stumbled over the fully
dressed body when she entered the room
about fi o'clock yesterday morning The
servant hurriedly summoned Mrs. Town
s-end's son-in-law. Andrew Mayer, a real
estate dealer, of No. lfieV Montague
street. Brooklyn The family physician
was called, and he said the woman had
been dead several hour^
Mrs. Townsend was the widow of Sam
ue! Townsend. one of the early settlers of
Bay Ridee. and lived in a fine house in
one of the most exclusive sections of
the settlement.
Woman Startles Platform Crowd by
Her Jumps and Yells.
In plain view of a crowd of men. women
and children waiting for a Third avenue
elevated train at the 34th street station
last evening a woman, who said she was
Mrs. Catherine Bowler, of No. 121*1 73d
street. Bay Ridge, jumped up and down
the platform. yelling at the top of her
voice, and then jumped from the platform
to the tracks, where she started to dance a
jig on the wooden ties between the rails.
The woman's yelling was heard by the
ticket agent, and he sent a porter to get
her off the track. The porter did so. al
though Mrs Bowler protested. He then
called Patrolman Lovett. who summoned
Dr. Cody from Bellevue. -where the woman
was later taken.
Record of One Chinese City for a
Amoy, China, Jan. 23— Native 'reports
estimate that a thousand deaths from
smallpox, principally among children, have
occurred at Chang-Chow, one of the larg
est cities of China, during the last week.
The bubonic placue is also reported to
hive broken out again at that place.
Writers Seek to Influence Decision in
Christy Case.
Zanesvtlle. Ohio. Jan. Judge H. C.
Smith, before whom the legal tight for
possession of their child was waged by
Mrs. Howard Chandler Christy, the art
ist, and Mrs. Christy, has been deluged with
letters from -erj*ons who seek to Influence
the decision in the case. The decision is
expected within the next few days. The
letters are from every state in the I nioti
with th« exception of three, although * ne
create? portion •»!«■ from New York. There
is a great diversity of opinion among the
Miner*, and of fully -fourth Christian
Science enters into tts 0 utscusdion of the
la City fit New Tark.
Jen*7 City •■«!
Sentiment Expressed by Fo&tei!
at Recent Congressional »
Committee Meeting. . \
I From Th« Tribune Bu.t«u ;
Washington, Jan. 23.— A number of
the regulars in. the House of Representa
tives, conservative men and little prone*
to political hysteria, have arrived at the)
conclusion that not only must Speaker
Cannon abdicate his throne, but that
there must be a change in the leadership
of the lower body. These regulars are
all part of the so-called Cannon machin
ery in the House, and have been for
years earnest laborers for the success at
the Republican party, and men who con
cern themselves deeply lest it should
make a mistake at a crucial moment.
They do not believe that such a moment
has arrived, but they do feel that ia
order to assure an increase in the Re
publican majority in the House they
will have to announce their unwilling
ness to vote again for Speaker Cannon.
They feel that he would be wise to an
nounce his withdrawal before the cam
paign begins.
That these men have not gone about
openly expressing their opinions is due)
not only to their desire that no impres
sion of discord should go abroad but to>
their extreme regard and loyalty to Mr.
Cannon, whom they feel to b<» more the
victim of unfortunate circumstances and
frequent misrepresentation than of de
served and intelligent criticism. In i.
personal way it is probable that Speaker
Cannon Is more popular and respected at
the Capitol to-day than at any other
time in his career. No friends are m«r»
unsparing in their praise and more)
lenient in their criticism than the men
who now feel compelled to admit that
Mr. Cannon's present determination will
be a detriment Is the party in the com
ing congressional campaign.
These men do not lack the courage.,
however, to tell the Speaker of their con
victions. This was illustrated at th*
meeting of the Republican Congressional
committee on Friday night, a meeting"
which not only appears to have united
it<» members in a course si harmonious
action, but which appears Is have been
unusual in its frankness of opinion and
candid but kindly exchange of views.
Representative Foster, of Vermont, an.
avowed regular and a frequent public
eulogist of Speaker Cannon, was called
on by Representative Tawney. the chair
man* of the meeting, to speak for New
England. He declared that in his opin
ion Speaker Cannon should not again be
a candidate. He said that Mr. Cannon
was too old a man to assume the re
sponsibility again, and tnat it would be>
better for all if he would not make the
fight. He intimated also that the floor
leader. Representative Serano E. Payne,
of New York, should relinquish that po
sition at the end of this Congress in
order that a younger and a more agile
man might take his place. These sug
gestions he made in the kindliest spirit
and. his colleagues assert, in such a
manner as to convince his auditors that
his opinions were formed after careful
consideration and were expressed only
in the "house of his friends."" . ■
Speaker Cannon was not present when,
the speech was made, but he arrived
soon afterward, and it was repeated to
him. Later he replied in a manner
which further endeared him to those
who have been his friends. He admit
ted that he was an old man. and that
he would be seventy-five by the time th©
next House met. "Seventy-five." he is
understood to have said, "and a hun
dred and fifty pounds." To one man he
declared that it was unnecessary to cross
the Speakership bridge until he came to
it. bat he left the impression on several
ho were present that he realized Us]
situation and that he would not for a
rrfbment jeopardize the success si the
party, even for purposes of personal
The suggestion made by Representa
tive Foster that there should be a changa
in the leadership of the House has not
been generally discussed among: the)
members. Some of them, however,
agreed that Mr Payne should relinquish,
the floor leadership to a younger man.
It has not been suggested that he with
draw from the inner councils si the or
ganization, for on all sides he is recog
nized as the most sagacious and sane of
advisers, but it is believed by a number
of his friends that he should be sup
planted by a man who is more in touch
with the Republican members, ho
comes into daily contact with the entire
majority and whose perspective has not.
perhaps, been blurred by viewing for
many years the Republican membership
from a niche in the Speaker's anteroom.
His position on the tariff bill and the
genuine statesmanship which he has fre
quently displayed have made his opinion
more respected among the rank and file
than that of almost any other Repre
sentative, but in the opinion of those
who desire some change he should rm
reserved as a piece of heavy artillery
which can be brought into the legisla
tive fight after the more modern and
sprightly sharpshooters have found the
Among those who are said to agre#
with Mr. Foster regarding the Speaker
ship are Representatives Townsend and
McLaughlin. of Michigan. Representa
tive Holland and most of the Ohio Re
publicans;' Representatives Lafear .wd
Moore, of Pennsylvania; Representatives
Bennet. Foelker and DriscolL of New-
York: Representative McKinlay. of Cali
fornia: Representative Martin, of South
Dakota; Representative Slemp. of Vir
ginia; Representative Hamer. of Idaho,
and others, most or whom have a high
personal regard for Speaker Cannon
There an* several malcontents among;
the regulars who would be against th*
Speaker whether they thought him ben
eficial to the party or not. The insur
gents. t»f course, howl against him
The meeting on Friday night unques
tionably had a salutary effect and will
make for harmony of action. .Various

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