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PARIS FLOODS
THREATEN LOUVRE
jyOHKMEX TRYIXG TO
SAVE GALLERY.
Property Loss Placed nt $900,-
' <> snd Death Rate
Is Growing.
- Jan. 27. -At 1 o'clock this morn
inf the water was rising ranidly. and
had reached to within a few inches of
t he para^t of the quay at the Louvre.
mI threatened momentarily to in
|adßte the eea%C*M gai!er> . wbera -ire
ptgj the Venus of Milo and other price
- ri LreasvMß,
The danger to the Louvre is increased
by the presence at this point of a big
,-ewer which it is feared will hurst. A
-an? °f masons was hurriedly assem
bled. a nd are working under high press
ure, in the glare of flaring gas lamps.
fcuiMing up a concrete wall to keep out
;he water.
At 2 a. m- the walla of the Qual d'Or
c y 3 railway station gave way under the
enormous pressure and a vast volume of
vatrr poured under the roadway, lifting:
it bodily and washing the blocks of wood
s!on? ' Ik " straws. The whole quarter is
jjow flooded to a depth of two feet.
The subWay Nation at Bercy collapsed
rith a terrinc roar early this morning,
jjearly tarrying: to ruin a nearby police
ttstion, in which a number of flood suf
ferer* had sought refuge. The yellow
water? boiled through the chasm and
fr *pt all before it.
Forty houses in the vicinity had to be
evacuated, storekeepers therein abandon
4J.J. evrr>"Lh i:i p- As the gas mains burst
•when the station collapsed, darkness
Edded to the terror of the people.
Late dispatches from the provinces
brlnp a ray of hope. These indicate that
the situation there has improved, and
that th«" floods have at length reached
•heir crest. The affluents of the Seine
tr e even beginning to show a tendency
to drop. The Rhone and Saone rivers,
laacrer. are still rising.
:" villages submerged and
. ibsolutely without food are reach
'rx Par ? mnstantly. Saint Laurent is
flp-wied. the |»eople are without
water. At Conflans-sur-Marne
a Feore of houses have fallen in and
many people » rP homeless. At Sevres
the famous government porcelain factory
it compj-- tf !y surrounded by the flood.
Paris. Jan. 26.— snowstorm has
ceased and the weather. Is moderating.
■but the Seine is still rising, and Paris,
lite a doomed city, is holding its breath
in tenor. Half the city is in darkness.;
In th« i gloom galloping orderlies are
)sfAriri rjiistruct!ons_uliiol»-««J»r jiistruct!ons_uliiol»-««J»? J » <> ;l; lf «u:fir ¥i
be sect by telephone- The army of po
lice, firmeD and 'soldiers give the ap
pearance of a city fighting for its life.
Every minute brings graver danger?.
New areas are being inundated, quays
aw collapsing and yawning chasms ap
pear in the streets. The water of the
Seine has invaded the entire labyrinth
cf underground Paris. It threatens ruin
»nd destruction everywhere.
■That new disaster will come to the
rater-logged city before the Seine be
pus to fall no one can predict. Already
the damage is officially estimated at
$300,000,000. and every hour adds
millions more. The __ catastrophe prom
ises to exceed the limits of a national
disaster and become international.
The death rate also is growing at a
frightful rate. Scarlet fever has ap- |
peared among the refugees at Ivry.
Among the superstitious there is talk
of the destruction of Paris as a result of
the appearance of Halley's comet.
The. authorities are facing the situa
tion bravely, and are bending their en
opes to the rescue of the imprisoned
tad th succor of the homeless. The
public subscriptions opened by the newa
tapers have reached nearly $100,000.
*+.ile the Red Cross and other relief so
cieties have gone nobly to work.
Th* extent of the floods in P^ris may
he judged by the fact that about half
the length of the quays within the city
*'« under water, which is pouring into
**he streets, and thousands of laborers
f nd soldiers are working lik* mad to
build cement walls to hold back the cur
rent. The Foreign Office and the Hotel
Palais d'Oraay have been abandoned, as
the cellar? are full* of water.
ABANDON HOTEL CONTINENTAL.
The Continental Hotel and many resi
dences in the aristocratic quarter are
*M>i<!h being evacuated. There is ten.
t**t of water in the subway station in
front of the Gare St. Lazare, and the
siting of the square threatens to carry
<>'»n the adjacent buildings.
At a conference between the officials
the Chamber of Commerce and MM.
<-Vfcery and Dupuy. Ministers of Fi
r-anr c and Commerce, respectively, it
*** decided to ask Parliament to author
*•* m extension of time for commercial
j*J*r because of the general disorgan
lz ±Uon of business.
With the failure of the gas and elec
w - fighting plants, Paris is confronted
**«*> oil famine. Scores of oil barges
•r°ra Rouen are tied up in the Seine, and
* great depots of distribution In the
* utski rt 8 ■■'. Paris are flooded. The oil
at Rouen are endangered. The
vati °n in the provinces is no better
. 11 In the titv. as the/ are supplied
• * h oil from Paris.
An official bulletin to-night stated that
water at Pont Royal will reach the
jj ly ''° ot aiark to-morrow morning.
Jt £1 1Jr °syect for the immediate future
L v«-, as |» is estimated that the Seine
v '" glu an ' to-morrow will rise from
y' t0 lfar *c feet. Moreover, it Is feared
»*2j thtt high lid " which in setting m.
SS 1 ? to-atejit. will aggravate the
,1,.', 1 ,.'^ t " <n - lourin * In an additional \"i
%i x * t Ot * a '< »* and adding strong press
«itv thHt s* lch is -'ready invading the
> L ground.
Hj a^? rls re «'»ved here from Rouen say
«r*,, quaya and li. -Ids for many mßt I
p^Wer w a tf r Half of the town of
•-uhh. rr ' f< *" in the Department of Gers, is
PW - and hundreds of refugees
~~~~ __ ♦•""ir.,,^) ,„, third i»a«r.
EWEVs SPARKLING MOSELLE.
L?' r »f»fi!« c iik. ' Champagne. . _
-Aflix r .• i Sons <'„., i3s Fulton St.. V?•
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TWO OF THE BRIDGES AND THE HEART OF PARIS ENDANGERED BY FLOOD.
THK TAi.Aii m ■ THiTirE. iWTTrr,TT"»-^ ' '' Tft-fifT l^-nTi, *«»€» van
? ,7T^. - POST AU CHANGE. V'^ : * _'">—- " S^s
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ADMITS TAKING GEMS.
Dr. Wileij Blames Arrest on
"Conflicting Temperaments."
IBy Trte(rraph to The Tribune.]
Pittsburg, Jan. 2U.— Dr. C. C. Wiley,
the alienist, who was arrested on Janu
ary IS, charged by Miss Dora Pedder.
one of his patients, with having taken
$1,400 worth of jewelry from her. ac
knowledged to-day that he had taken
the gems, but declared his arrest to be
due to "the artistic but conflicting tem
peraments of myself and Miss Pedder."
This acknowledgment was made after
th* jewels had been found in a Smith
field street pawnshop, where they had
been pledged for $."J.~7 SO. They were,
pledged under the name of Martin, but
the pawnbroker identified the former
Thaw alienist as th« man who hypothe
cated them.
BIG DEAL BY WOMAN.
vis Heal Estate Broker She
Sells $800,000 -Property.
A Manhattan real estate deal involv
ing property valued at about $800,000
was negotiate! yesterday by a woman
broker. The transaction was the lead
ing feature of the market.
Up to about five years ago there were,
only a few wonier- identified with the
private sales market, but recently the
■women have been employed on an equal
footing with the sterner sex. In the
Manhattan district Miss Mary Monahan,
Mrs. Blakley and Mrs. L,. G. Johnson
have figured prominently for some years.
Mrs. Johnson made about $8,000 yes
terday by selling the Raleigh Hotel. No.
063 and "»><m Broadway, opposite Bond
street, for the Stephen Whitney estate
to the Robert Fulton Realty 'Company.;
In part payment the company gave. th.- ;
Robert Fulton, a six story, apartment!
house at the northeast corner of 96th
street and Riverside Drive. On the 1
Broadway site a twelve story loft and
store structure will be built for Isaa-:
Brothers, clothing merchants and manu
facturers. « . .-. /. . .
IIOLD-I PMAX (AUGHT
New Yorker Tried : to Hob
Banker in His Home.
| By Telegraph to The Tribune]
Philadelphia. Jan. *>.-A man who
cave his name as Stephen Brown, of
New York City, was arrested to-night
after he had entered the home of Henry
Huetchlin. president of th« Textile Na
tional Bank, and demanded $300 at the
point of a loaded pistol. The police were
attracted by th screams of Mrs. Ruetch-
Un who had fled from the house, where
her husband was engaged in a desperate
tussle with the intruder.
The stranger entered the front door
. .,-„.,. ringing the bell, kicked the door
shut with his heel, and at the sam« in
stant bhoved a pistol into the face of
Ru'ctchHn; who met him in the hallway.
TIM light that followed led through to
„,.. rear of the house, where the police
found him still struggling under t h «
bank er on the kitchen floor.
rr ccaBOARD FLORIDA LIMITED.
THE SEABOAKu^ Florida. Rlectrio
Only <-•'• .L. L ■■• ,„.... Via P. R. Jt. hi,»l
tttprAtr^ Office, 1183 B'way.l!
LIBERALS NOW SURE
WILL HAVE MAJORITY
OF POPULAR VOTE.
With ihe 'Approval of Elec
torate Lords Must Pass
the Budget.
JRITISH ELECTIONS TO DATE.
With the return of the Premier. Mr.
Vsquith, and War Minister Haldane,
II the chief Cabinet ministers have
iow been re-elected. Only a few ad-
N'tional returns were received last
ight, and the parties now stand:
Govc ..nent coalition —
Liberals 233
Laborites 38
Nationalists 74
Total 345
Opposition —
Unionists 255
Net gain of the Unionists
to date, 98.
I By <'ab!<> to Ihf Trihun». !
)>ondon, Jan. !.'»>. — The coalition passed
the halfway line to-day and went ten
points beyond it, wher. the deferred re
sults wer- declared, and the coalition
had 345 t<nt.~. Its ;trtual majority over
the Unionist.' was '••'•. with seventy di
visions unpolled. Of these remaining
divisions thirty-two were in Scotland,
Wales and Ireland, where gains could
not be expected by the Unionists. There
were 4- English seats in which their net
cain might be slightly increased from f»S
;*' midnight, but with few exceptions
the Liberal majorities were ton heavy to
be overcome.
Only two results of to-day'a twenty
seven elections were announced up to a
late hour, and they caused no alteration
in the state of the parties. It is a some
what remarkable circumstance that
while several minor members of the gov
ernmeni hav<- r-ome to Rrief at the polls
all the Cabinet ministers have now been
successful. The Unionists expect to win
another government seat in Ireland to
day, as Redmond John Barry, the Irish
Solicitor General, only held North
Tyrone in the last election by 7. The
Nationalise \<.tc is believed to have gone
solidly in his favor, but the Presbyterian
farmers, knowing that the Liberal gov
ernment fa definitely committed to
Home Rule, have probably supported
the Unionist candidate In sufficient num
bers to turn the balance.
The government will have an absolute
Überal*Labor majority of 90, and pos-
Kibiy of 40, without the 82 Nationalists,
and there will he a popular majority of
about :«khnm> against the LoMs and in
favor of the budget, without reference to
Hie uncontested constituencies ) n j re .
land a»d elsewhere.
This ouglil to put aii end t.j the wild
r Onllnurd on third pugr.
Only Solid Through Train to St. Augustine;
through weeper* to nil "Bust Coast points:
connection* for Nassau nod Havana— "N V
x Florida ..Special," 1:25 p. m - Atlantic
Coast Ui.o. QuickC* t Hcrvlce. 1213 B'way.
— A<3vt.
TFIE PONT DE LA CONCORDE. WHICH CROSSES THE SEINE FROM
THE CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES TO THE PLACE DE LA CONCORDE.
The river has risen to the level of the high stone embankments and is pouring
Into the streets. On the far side of the Place are seen, left to right, entrance to the
Champs Elys^es, the Automobile Club, the Hotel Crillon. the Rue Royale with the
Madeleine at its head, the Ministry of Marine and tbe Tullleries Gardens.
TAX MONEY Ux^PAID
XIEDERSTEIX FA ILS
TO ANSWER.
Queens Former Count?/ Clerk
Had Been Told to Settle
hi/ January 24.
by the clerk of Queens County for De
cember, 1909— estimated at about $12,000
—has not been received by the City
Chamberlain. The report made to the
State Tax Commissioners for the quar
ter ended December 31. which was
signed by Henry J. Walsh. Deputy
Chamberlain, contains a blank where the
amount of the Queens collections for De
cember should be.
John Niederstein, of No. 422 Beech
street, Richmond Hill, who retired as
County Clerk of Queens on January 1,
and is responsible for the money, is said
to be sick in Sullivan County. Mr.
Niederstein ran for Sheriff on the Cas
sidy ticket in the election, but was de
fented by the fusion nominee, Sheriff
Quinn.
Frank Klinjconbeck, who acted as sec
retary for Mr. Niederstein when the lat
ter was Ovunty Clerk, said last night
that he knew nothing about the failure
of his former chief to send in the mort
gage tax money for December.
"It was his custom to send this money
tii the City Chamberlain about the Ith
or sth of every month," said Mr. Kling
enbeck. "He was taken sick or. January
4. He had one operation and then v.'^nt
to his cottage in Mongaup Valley, about
seven miles from Monticello, to (prepare
for another. Tn his la.=t letter he said
it was so cold at the cottage that he
might go to Monticello. I expect an
other letter to-morrow."
Although his official connection with
the former County Cl^rk ceased with the
first of the year, Mr. Klingenheck said
he was still working without salary in
cleaning up a few odds and ends of the
business. "Mr. Niederstein is a man of
m^ans," said his former secretary. "H";
had $101,000 when h" went into the office
of County rMork, and everybody knows
how lucrative that is. If he has not
turned over the December mortgage, tax
money, it unquestionably is due to his
sickness."
Martin Mager, the present County
Clerk, at his home in Middle Village,
f.aid: "Mr. Niederstein left no money in
the office or on deposit subject to my
order, and anything due the City Cham
berlain from him I know nothing about.
My own system is to deposit mortgage
tax money in the bank in a separate
account. This money will be sent to the
City Chamberlain the fifth of each
month."
The money collected as a mortgage
tax by the various county clerks of the
four counties making up the elty is
turned over to the City Chamberlain
monthly. He in turn makes a qunrterly
report to the state tax commissioners,
turning ovr to them one-half of the
collections, according to law.
rhamherlaln Hyde paid yesterday that
when his office wrote to Niederstein
after the December money from Queens
was overdue he received word that the
former <"ounty Clerk whs sick, but that
the matter would be attended to within
a fhort time. Not getting any further
word. Chaniherlaln Hyde on January 14
*ent n second request for the money.
The letter, addressed to Niederstein,
was registered. The receipt fn r It was
signed by Mrs. Niederstein, but it was
not answered.
Then It was that the State Tax Board
took up the case, ,, and, • according to
Chamberla'n Hyde, sent word to Mr.
Nlederstein that tiny would- give /him
until the close of business on January
•Jl to send in the money. Hut Mr. Hyde
had not seen any of it when his, 1 office
closed . yesterday. -
MEAT STILL FALLING
WHOLESALERS YIELD
TO PRESSURE.
All Heavihi Overstocked Be-
cause of Agitation— Eggs
Also Go Doom.
i-t •T«f meat marK^T xo-aay is
demoralized," one of the largest dealers
said yesterday. ! "At least, 'demoralized*
Is the word I should use.. Beef prices
are quoted at about where they were
yesterday— that is."sS to $9, or $1 off
from Saturday's closing ' prices. But
there is very little trade. ; By the end of
the week I think there will be a consid
erable- decline all along the line. I never
knew prices to be. higher than they were
last week. On the other hand, I believe
that this . agitation will blow over in a
few days, and that trade will pick up
again."
Wholesale dealers and retailers alike
made it evident yesterday that, after
five days of comparatively mild agita
tion for cheaper food, the people of New
York City have brought enough pressure
to bear to bring prices tumbling down
from the heights which they reached a
few days ago. Already the price of pork
has fallen in the retail shops, and beef
hits gone down in many instances. To
day the retail butchers will probably be
offering their best cuts everywhere at
two or two and one-half cents lower than
yesterday's figures.
Eggs fell two cents a dozen in the
wholesale market yesterday, meaning a
cut of several cents by the time they
reach the consumer. Julius D. Mahr,
president of the Mercantile Exchange,
said that this decline will go on steadily,
and that by the seoond week in Febru
ary eggs will be selling at normal fig
ures. Butt-T was quoted at half a cent
higher, wholesale, than on Tuesday.
Nine milk companies in Brooklyn and
Manhattan have announced that milk
will be reduced to eight cents a quart,
either on February 1 or at once.
EXPECT CT'T IN BEEF.
Retailers and wholesalers agreed that
prices are falling fast, whatever may be
the reason, and that the consumption of
meat has decreased enormously since last
week. A representative of A. Mc-
Carthy's Sr.-ns, a large retail firm, said:
"Everybody thinks, and that includes
the wholesalers, that beef will have
fallen off another half or three-quarters
of a cent a pound, wholesale, by Satur
day. The big houses have sold only
about r,ne-fourth of their week's supply
so far, while ordinarily at this time of
ihe week it is half gone, or rather more.
The trading week for the wholesale peo
ple practically closes on Friday. Rather
than carry over the surplus and curtail
next week's supply they will cut the
price.
■Already we have put down the steaks
we are selling at retail, cutting two cents
off the higher grades and a cent and a
half off the lower. Porterhouse steaks
that we sold yesterday fob 22 cants r->
for 20 cents to-day, and chuck steaks
that were 11 cents are 0 or Bq£ cents.
"Pork is already two cents below
Monday's opening, wholesale, and it is
going a great deal lower. It is n,.w
quoted at IL'4 cents a fx.und. We have
offered 11 cents for several thousand
pounds for Friday delivery', and several
of the big houses are considering our
offer. That is a cent and a half off the
l>resent price. By Friday we expect to
retail roasting loins, the best of the pork
at 12)6 cents. :i .s iigalnst 11 rents, the
present price."
Inquiries at S^ift & c o .- s o«Beag
brought out what was practically an ad
mission that the uho|,s:i|. ft have*
great deal more of th-ir week's upph
left on their hands than is usual)] th..
case.
WHOLESALERS OVERLOADED.
"The market seem* to be going on
o bout us usual," it was said. "Often
Continued on second p« e. „
BRITISH NAVAL PLAXS
Reported Four New Dread
noughts Are Provided For.
Portsmouth, England, Jan. '2A. — la well
Informed naval circles It is understood
that the next British naval estimates
will provide for four Dreadnoughts, two
armored cruisers. eight small cruisers,
twenty-four torpedo boat destroyers, ten
submarines and five thousand additional
men.
A KISG OF INDIA.
Anti-British Cnnsjuratnr* Also
Arranged for Parlitnvrvt.
Lahore. British India. Jan. 98L— H de
veloped at the trial to-day of an alleged
Tndian conspirator that the plans el i-on
spiracy against the British IndaM •-
ernmr-nt included the establishment of
an independent kingdom with a king, an
Imperial council of fivo, a house of
prtacea anil a house of commons, the
latter having a membership of thirty.
The seat of government was to be at
Delhi.
NOVEL CITY OFFICER.
''Public Defender" Will Guard
Rights of Cleveland Poor.
Cleveland. Jan. 26. — Announcement
was made to-night that a new post. >o
be call-d x\w "public defender." will be
created at one?. The defender will be
an assistant to the city solicitor and it
will be his duty to oppose the prosecutor
in th^ trial of poor prisoners in the po
lice courts.
MRS. SOL SMITH HURT.
Actress in Auto CoflatHM
After the Theatre.
Mrs. Sol Smith, the actress, was pain
fully injured early this morning when a
taxicab In which she was riding collided
with another automobile in Broadway.
brnv^n 62d and *53d streets. Mrs. Smith
was thrown against the window of the
taxicab. breaking it and receiving severe
cuts about the head. Her daughter, Miss
Alice Brown, and Joseph S. Goodman, of
No. 157 East 73d street, were thrown
from the cab, but escaped with slight
bruise 3
The party had attended the first per
formance of "Twelfth Night" at The
New Theatre and were on their way to
Mrs. Smith's home, at Xo. 230 West S4rh
street, when the accident happened.
When they entered the cab bystanders
noticed that the chauffeur, John Dunn,
of No. 2248 Seventh avenue, seemed un
able to manage the machine.
.Mrs. Smith was taken back to The
New Theatre and after receiving medi
cal treatment was taken to her home
by the director. Winthrop Ames. The
chauffeur was arrested.
Mr. Smith will be eighty years old
on March 13. In her long stage experi
ence she has made many friends, both
on and off the stage. She occupied the
company box last night, and Between the
acts it was thronged with her frienis.
She was resting comfortably, according
to latest reports.
KAISER, SAMARITAX.
Sends Unconscious Man to the
Hospital.
Berlin, Jan. 20.— The Emperor, whose
birthday is to-morrow, acted the role of
a good Samaritan during the course of
his walk late this afternoon. While re
turning to the castle through the Thier
garten afoot, accompanied by an adju
tant, after visiting the hunting reposi
tion in the Zoological Gardens, his maj
esty found an unconscious man lying in
a lonely spot.
He immediately knelt and tried to re
vive him. at the same time sending
his adjutant to fetch a cab. When the
vehicle arrived the Emperor and adju
tant lifted the still senseless man into
it. ordering that he be driven to a hos
pital.
The Emperor continued his walk, and
later telephoned to the hospital and
learned that the man had recovered. He
was one of the unemployed and had
fainted from fatigue and hunger. His
majesty ordered that the man be kept
at the hospital, and promised that he
would give him assistance in finding
work.
SPERRY MISSED FLAG.
Did Xot See It on Merchant
Ship Once During Cruise.
Washington. Jan. 26.— The deplorable
state of the American merchant marine
was shown in a letter from Rear Ad
miral Charles S. S. rry, commander-in
chief of the American battleship fleet on
its cruise around the world, read at to
day's session of the National Board of
Trade. The Admiral said that on the
entire cruise, extending over a year and
covering practically all the important
ports outside of Northern Europe, he did
not remember once having seen the
American flag at sea.
GETS $20,000 FOR A HAND.
Laundress Had It Crushed in the
Cadillac Hotel.
For the loss of her right hand and part
Of her arm a jury presided over by
Justice Keosh. in the Supreme Court at
White Plains yesterday awarded a verdict
for $20,000 to Miss Elsie Harrington Fitz
gerald, a laundress, against the Cadillac
Hotel Company of Manhattan. Miss Fitz
gerald sued for Mai* setting forth that
she would be unable to do any kind of
work again. -'■'**>£"
At the* time " the accident the woman
was In Hm laundry of the Cadillac. work-
Ing at a drying machine, when her arm
u.i drawn between the rollers and crushed
to the elbow* so badly that the lower part
had to be amputated.
KENTUCKY AND INCOME TAX.
Frankfort. Ky . Jan. ;s._The Kentucky
House of Representatives adopted a reso
lution to-day favoring an amendment to
the federal Constitution to allow an in
come tax. I' 1 •- vote was 60 to 7. The Sen
ate has not yet passed on the question.
BROWNS BRONCHIAL TROCHES. Un
■-i illed foi rellevi »5 hoarseness & coughs.
- Au \ I •
NOW
ONE CENT
In City at »w York.
JerwyCltyMtl ,
Ho bob en. ' "
NO TARIFF WAR
WITH GERMANY
OXE WITH FRAXCE
EXPECTED.
Xegotiations -jcith Berlin Gov
ernment Making Satisfactory
Progress -Paris Firm.
[From The Tribune Bureau.]
Washington. Jan. '2\'>.~ There will be no
tariff war with Germany unless all indi
cations fail. The negotiations looking la
an adjustment of the remaining differ
ences are proceed i: favorably, and
point to an agreement whereby this
country will obtain Germany's minimum
tariff and grant the minimum tariff of
the United States In return.
Because of the somewhat delicate char
acter of these negotiations and the ne
cessity which has confronted the Tariff
Board of making the most, of the point*
In favor of the United States a widely
erroneous impression has gained circu
lation. . This is that the American nego
tiators would cheerfully bring about a,
tariff war rather than make any conces
sion inimical to German importation of
American cattle on the hoof. A con
sistent effort has been made in these dis
patches to prevent the readers of Th*
Tribune from being misled, although tt
has not been wise until now to make
public the exact facts.
THE MEAT DISCRIMINATION.
Germany does unduly discriminate
against American live cattle. This fan
is now acknowledged by the German au
thorities, and with the admission corns*
the frank statement that because of the
political conditions — which means th«»
power of the Agrarian party— it 13 im
possible to waive that discrimination.
Actuated solely by a. purpose to obtain
for American exporters the greatest pos
sible advantages in the German market,
it became the duty of the Tariff Board
fir3t to obtain this admission and then
to utilize It to the fullest extent, if not
to effect a waiver of the discrimination,
at least to obtain concessions in other
directions which might consistently be
accepted as compensation. That policy
has been pursued, and the indications all
point to an agreement whereby the dis
crimination against American live cat
tle will be continued, but in return
therefor Germany's full conventional
tariff will be applied to imports from this
country. The discrimination against
American cattle consists, it must be
understood, of certain sanitary regula
tions, not of the imposition of an exces
sive tariff.
The inability of those charged with the
responsibility for conducting the tariff
negotiations to lay their cards face up
ward on the table for the benefit •' the
American public and of the German ne
gotiators has led to the unwarranted
assumption that the Tariff Board pur
posed to plunge this country into a
tariff war with Germany rather than
yield in the case of a single discrimina
tion practised against a branch of the
American export trade which is not and
in the nature of things, never can be
come extensive. The German press has
naturally emphasized the unimportance
of the cattle trade with a view to check
mating the efforts of the Tariff Board la
utilize that discrimination to gain the
greatest possible concessions in other
directions.
MAY CONTINTE PRESENT STA . -
The existing entente with < iTmany ex
pires by limitation on Februnr »
Should no agreement be reached before
that time the German maximum tariff
\sould go into effect, and the Din«ley
agreement on the part of the United
States would fall. The maximum duties
of the Payne tariff bill will not actually
become effective, however, until Marrh
31. and the negotiators on both sides are>
well aware that it would not be difficult
fee effect an agreement continuing the
existing conditions until tfiat date. De
spite press reports to the contni
sf-ems hardly probable that the German
Foreign Office would risk prejudicing an
ultimate satisfactory agreement whH>
the negotiations -were still pending, and
it is therefore regarded as probable that
unless an agreement is reach
ruary 7 steps will b*» taken to continue
the status quo until the last of March.
From what has been said it will S
seen that too much importance has been
attached to the demand of the 1 - I
Board that Germany waive its undue
discrimination against American
cattle — a result in part, n» doubt, of the
present high price of meats and the pop
ular indignation against the Beef Trust.
It is worthy of consideration, however,
that even should the German discrimina
tion against live cattle be removed, the
Reef Trust, or the packing industry,
would be in no way benefited. A:
. :'.t which might result would obviously
go to the cattle raisers, who wou!;
obtain at least ■ small demand for their
stock from a source uncontrolled by th»
trust. It is also obvious that any ap
preciable curtailment of the dema
live cattle must accrue to the benefit of
the packers, whose business it is m
slaughter and dress and not to ■Apart,
cattle on the hoof.
NO CONCESSIONS BY FRANCE.
A tariff war with France now seems
inevitable. The French government ha*
shown no disposition materially to miti
gate that discrimination against Ameri
can imports which constitutes an in
superable obstacle to the imposition of
the minimum tariff on imports from
France. The diplomatic representatives
of that country-, acting, no doubt, on in
structions from Paris, take the position
that this country imports from France
only luxuries, for which the American
consumers will gladly pay any price in
order to obtain the French brands. They
paM out that chief among the Ameri
can Imports from France are wines,
silks and lace, and complacently remark
that they have no fear that American
hosts will serve other than French cham
pagnes or American women wear other
than French rowns. whatever price these
may command.
Unfortunately for the efforts of tho
Turin* Board, the value of French im
ports continues steadily to increase i n
the live months ended with Decembe
last, the total imports from Franc-

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