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Amusements.
ACADEMY OF Ml '— S:ls— Ra«ed Robin.
. AMBRA— 2— — Vaudeville.
ASTOR— fc:l. r . — Seven Days.
BKL.ASCO Is Jlarriag' a Failure?
I^!JOU-^:2O— The Lottery Man.
BROADWAY— S:IS— The "Jolly Bachelor*
CARNEGIE IIALL— «:IS— Concert.
CASINO— -15— The Chocolate Soldleer.
<X>LONlAL— 2—*— Vaudeville.
COMEDY— «:IS— The Watcher. '.
CRITERION— s:-~>-The llachelor's Baby.
DALY'S — — The Inferior Bos
EDEN- MfSEB- World In Wax. ,
KMPIRK— S-^O— The Mo'.lusc
GAIETY— > : I«'>— Th* Fortune Hunter.
GARDEN— — The Little Town of Bethlehem.
GARRICK — £:!.*» — Your Humble Servant.
GLOBE— >-:15— The Old Town.
HACKETT- 2:15 — 8:15 — Prince or Dobemia.
HAJIMERSTEIN'S— VaudeviIIe.
HKRALD SQUARE— S:IS— Dutch.
HIPPODROME — 2— 8 — A Trip to Japan; Insld«
th« Earth; the Ballet of Jewels.
HUDSON —3 — Hindu Dances— — Lucky
Star.
IRVING PLACE— S-.ls— Die FOrster Chrisfl.
KNICKERBOCKER— S— The Dollar Princess.
LIBERTY— S— The Arcadians.
LYCETTM— 2:15 ■*:!* Mrs. Dot.
LYRIC— S:IS— The City.
MANHATTAN OPERA HOUSE— S— Samson and
Delilah. „
MAX IKK ELLIOTT'S THEATRE — S. '3o — The
PassinK of the Third Floor Back.
MENDELSOHN HALL— B:l3— Recital.
iPOUTAN O?E»A HOUSE— I:3O— Die
\V*lk<ir* — s— Elislr d'Amore. ' , • •
NEW AMSTERDAM— *:IS— The Barrier.
NEW THEATRE— 2— Don— S:ls— Twelfth Night.
NSW rOßK— B:lft— Tlm Man Who Owns Bread
■ - way.
SAVOY— 2:IS— The Faith Healer.
FT. NICHOLAS RlNK—^:ls— Skating.
t;TUY\*ESANT— 2:IS— X:IS— The Lily.
IVAL"LACK'>" — Alia* Jimmy Valentine.
WBBEK'S — v.l". Mr. Buttles.
WEFT END— S:IS— The KlnK of Cadonia.
Index to Advertisements.
' Pa*e. Col. | Tape. Col.
Amusements ...14 &-7 j Mff t:n|ts 12 1
Automobiles 9 7 Prop<«tls 11 4
Bankers and I Real Ketatr 11 7
Hrokrrs 12 1 IJeal Estate for
Board 1 Rooms.U 5: Sale 11 7
Ru*. Chances... ll .". Real Estate for
City HoieU 11 C Exchange 11 7
I**Jt« and Offlce : I Resorts 11 4-5
Kurnitur* ....II 4! School Aemcifts..ll . R
r>i\i'i(l Kotlee«.l2 1 1 Special Kotlce*. . 7 7
Domestic Situs- ■ ISorropates' No
tion* Wasted. ll 3-4 tices 11 «
Excursions 11 ■« I Timetables 11 G-7
T""ta*n<»ial 12 71 To LSI for Busl-
F* closure Sales.. 13 5-71 n^ss Purrrops. .11 7
?w Si>..: 11 61 Tribune SuhscriD-
T?elp vwnte<!...llv wnte<!...ll 1-r; tlon Rates 7 7
TtiFtruotl««i It II Trift Oompanf^s.l2 7
TdOßt & Found.. 11 6lXTnfurn'd Anart
il«rri«f-es and I rrents to Let.. ll 7
lV»t*»« 7 7lKi»it -n-.nt-^.. n 2-3
3rcm-?iarli aribtme.
THURSDAY. JANUARY 'J7. miO.
77/ is newspaper ix owned end pub-
Itelied "bit The Tribune Amociation. a
V(Bjp York corporation; offer and prin
cipal place of business. Tr^aiivc TtuiJd
*\»7, .\'o. 1T.4 y assau street. New York:
Ofidcn Mills, president: Ofjden If. Reid,
secretary: James if. Barrett, treasurer.
The addrc** of the officers is the office
of ihix newspaper.
THE VEWB THIS HORXIXG.
CONGRESS.— Senate: The cost of
living, Sunday observance and Alas Van
affairs iw-ro discussed. ■ -- House: The
Mann "white slave" bill was passed.
FOREIGN. A special dispatch from
London says the coalition of Liberals.
Laborites and Nationalists has now
••lected more than half the membership
'of the House of Commons. == Paris
suffered still further from the rising
floods and the property damage was
placed at $200,000,000. -■ -■ The Court
of Appeal in Paris ordered the removal
of the seals, that had been placed upon
the Chateau Balincourt. the residence
•presented to the Baroness Vaushan by
• the late Kin? Leopold. . :■ The United
Slates Banking Company of Mexico City
suspended yesterday. = - ■ : Lima, Peru,
presented "William J. Bryan with a gold
medal and also crave Mrs. Bryan a medal
studded with diamonds and rubies. ■ v■ ■■
At the trial of an alleged Indian con
spirator In Lahore it developed that the
conspirators had planned to have a na
. tive king- and a parliament.
DOMESTIC. — The er-Pinchnt
investigation began in Washington, the
first witness being L. R. Glavis. who re-
Iterated his charges against the Secre
tary of the Interior. - It is believed
in Washington that a tariff war with
Germany will be averted, while one with
France appears Inevitable. ■■ ■ The
Helen Culver medal was presented to
Ccmmander Robert E. Peary at Chicago
= The federal inquiry' into the meat
packing industry was formally begun in
Chicago: it was apparent that it would
be national in scope. ■.- A reduction
In the prices of meat, butter and esrgs
»|v.-a5- '-ported in several cities. ■ The
•/.Senate at .Albany adopted a method of
pis' procedure for hearing the Allds- Conger
charges; eighty-six bills were introduced
in th Legislature, the largest number
. for any one day this year. ■■■ ■ _;. Thomas
M. Osborne indicated to Governor
Bushes at Albany that he would resign
as Public Service Commissioner on Feb
ruary 1 = One boy was killed, an
other fatally injured and a girl was se
riously hurt in a coasting accident at
Theresa. N. Y.
CITY. — Stocks were strong. = The
grand Jury began an investigation into
the milk situation in addition to the in
>. quiry instituted by the Attorney General.
===== Large dealers admitted that the
wholesale meat market was demoralized
.-and that prices would continue to de
cline. r=^= The two women charged
•with robbing Warner M. Van Norden
§-were held in $30,000 bail each. ===== Se
cret Service men were assigned to guard
a witness in the trial of eight Corsicans
and Italians on counterfeiting charges.
~~ — James R. Keene will be sum
moned as a witness in a suit growing
. out of the Hocking pool crash of last
■week. =r_r= The Board of Education re
flected Dr. Maxwell City Superintendent
. and also named again ten of his subordi
'. nates. =^z= Herbert James Dennison
was held for a further examination in
•<x>rinectlon with the killing of two boys
la High bridge Park.
THE WEATHER.— lndications for to
day: Warmer and clearing. The tem
perature yesterday: Highest, 36 de
grees; lowest, 24.
NOT NEW OR TRIVIAL. ■
Justice Goff in Lx i charge to the grand
jury which is to investigate allegations
of conspiracy to regulate prices iv the
milk busi] ess culled attention to some
facts apparently lost sight of by many
operators in the necessaries of life. So
ciety has always regarded with aversion
the speculator or middleman who seeks
to create an artificial scarcity in food
"supplies or to exact by cunning an ex
cessive price for some food article which
be has cornered. In ruder times the
forestalls was liable to capita] punish
ment, the Ktat* holding his offence to
be *\v,'*t m ominous as treason. With
taaCfint gnmtb in production, commerce
a.**) *<yrl2v;<te exchanges, the function
*jt it* 41xtzil*atr;r has been magnified
aod t&* eeooomic and social importance
et fci* &ei}?Ul*% him been more freely
jnceKgS&ed, lit the Industrial and com
mietetti '/rticr of the present day he ex
*r»:J*/-* «uienn,m\% Influence, and plays a
role of oagoestioned. utility. Yet in the'
dlwiart'fe of his enlarged functions he
Is doubt leg* often tempted to forget his
obligations to the community. It has
never surrendered the right to demand
that he shall do nothing to destroy a free
market, to put artificial restrictions on
the sale of commodities, to combine 'to
control prices or to interfere with the
unrestrained operation of the law of
Competition.
The State of New York in the Don
nelly anti-trust law has expressly ex
tended by statute the prohibitions
asafojrtrjolnt action tending to create i
monopoly In the manufacture, pro
duction or sale of any article or comm
odity of common use or to restrain
competition in Urn supply of any such
article. Th<» provisions of this law. ?ow
crcr. have not lw?^rj taken so seriously
as they ought to have been, and it J« to
be feared that distributers, absorbed in
plans for controlling as well as suppl.v
inu the local market, have sometimes
failed to realize that in so far ii- 1 they
have sought to supplement supply by
OSirol they have been committing au
saTenca against the political and social
order.
M. >noi>olization in any market is
agatasi the ps&Uc interest and is forbid
(li n by law. Hut monopolization or par*
tin] inoiMMjOlliajllupj in the food market
is | particularly serious thing. One in
dividual may despoil another anil the
iit>t harm to tli«< community be small.
Hut when a few individuals or corpora
tions corner the market for a nece-sary
of life they commit a cumulative offence
against millions of victims, doing the
greatest wrong to the most helpless
members of society.
Public opinion bns net been sulFiclent
ly alive to the quality of the act of con
spiring to put an artificial value on
food products. It is more so now, and
If behooves the distributers of every
class of necessities" to avoid even the
appearance of a concerted movement to
control supply or prices. If this country
is to maintain its present competitive
system in industry, trade and production
free markets nnat.be restored. Restraint
of trade must be done away with and
the monopolist and forestalls dealt
with in his true character.
TIIE "BICAMERAL BOX."
Mr. Choate deserved the congratula
tions he received from fellow members
of the bar on the skill he displayed in
presenting the ca. c of his client, the re
ceiver of the New York City Railway
Company. In particular, th° use he
made of the plea of the defence that the
shifting of assets - inplainwl of was
simply from one to another chamber of
v "bicameral box" showed that he had
lost none of his adroitness and pungency
of speech.
The "bicameral box" is a phrase which
is not likely to lose its place in the vo
cabulary of "high finance." In the
transaction complained of the New York
City Railway Company made its notes
for something more than £9.000,000 to
the Metropolitan Securities Company,
controlled by the same directors, which
company accepted them at 70 — that is
to say. paid about $0,300,000 Into the
treasury of the New York City Rail
way Company. A month or so later
the New York City Railway Company
redeemed its notes at par, paying out
more than 59.000.d00 whore it had just
taken in only about 5U.300.000. Thus
$2,707,200 of assets disappeared from
the New York City Railway Company
chamber of the "bicameral box" into the
Metropolitan Securities Company cham
ber. Tbe receiver of the New York City
Railway, havinsr access only to the
empty chamber of tbe box. thinks it does
make a difference in which compart
ment assets are kept.
THE PLIGHT OF FRAXCE.
A high official in France expressed a
fear a few days ago that the damage
from the prevailing floods in that coun
try would reach the proportions of a
national disaster. Two members of the
French Cabinet now estimate the losses
at $200,000,000, and the crisis has ap
parently not yet passed. Though more
is known about Paris than about the
rest of France, calamitous conditions
evidently exist in a vast area outside
the capital. A pitiful picture is drawn
of the lack of shelter and food from
which thousands are suffering, of the
general paralysis of business and the
uncertainty alout the safety of hun
dreds of buildings used for residence,
commerce and public purposes. So
powerful an appeal will this situation
make to the sympathies of foreigners
that relief measures will quickly be
adopted In many other countries If
Fiance intimates thar such help would
l>e welcome. Meantime the French gov
ernment is meeting the heavy responsi
bilities suddenly thrown, upon its shoul
ders with courage and a line spirit of
devotion.
Recent dispatches have contained in
cidental references to heavy rains and
earlier snowfalls, but a deluge which
has had no precedent for a century re
mains insufficiently explained in the re
ports from France. A prolonged warm
wave, with heavy rains, might well raise
the level of the Seine to a notable de
gree; but winter is only half over, and
«^ven at the time for vernal freshets
nothing like what is now witnessed at
the French capital could be expected.
BIENNIAL SESSIONS.
The movement in this state for bien
nial legislative sessions and elections
and a four-year term for the Governor
and other state officers seems sure to
gather headway. Hitherto the politi
cians of both parties have been avfrse to
restricting the scope of their political
activities, but as the tasks put upon
them are being multiplied by demands
in every party organization for a larger
measure of popular rule, and old-fash
ioned "easy" leadership is going out of
date, their own interests require a
slackening of the pace, and to that ex
tent coincide with the best interests of
the public. Less frequent elections,
fuller popular control of nominations
and a concentration of responsibility in
the hands of fewer elective officials
would probably better fit the political
conditions of the near future. :'
The experience of most of the states
of the Union has been that longer terms
and fewer legislative- sessions not only
save public money but insure a -more
economical and advantageous expendi
ture of political energy/ When popular
government was being extended in the
first half of the last century Its advocates
thought that they could not have too
much of a good thing. Frequent legis
lative sessions were the rule. Pome
states even maintained two capitals and
indulged in the luxury of two. meetings
of the Legislature each year. The 'wo
capital habit persisted up to within
twenty-five or thirty years, and one
state, Georgia, only recently gave up the
two sessions a year practice. Only
those states in which the traditions jf
the past are most deeply rooted have
continued to adhere to the annual ses
sion plan. They are Massachusetts
Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey)
South Carolina and Georgia. All belong
to the group of original states. Every
commonwealth of later origin has been
influenced by the more modern tendency
toward loss frequent sessions, and the
seven other original states have also
conformed to it. Some states.' in remak
ing their constitutions, have gone to the
extreme of introducing quadrennial ses
sions, but that experiment was forced
by artificial conditions. It has been
tried in Alabama. Mississippi ami Louis
iana, all three states having a large dis
franchised population and an Interest
in confining political activities of all
sorts to a minimum.
The use of the star - wlf i e primary for
nominations has been coincidental with
the adoption in those commonwealths
of the quadrennial session plan. There i
f«tr.rOßK DAILY YRIBtTNE, THTRSDAY, JANUARY 27, 1910.
oau be no doubt that the introduction
of tbe primary will necessitate a reduc
tion in the number of elections. Tlu>
primary is, in fact, another election, and
states with the annual system, using the
primary, would overtax the voters. A
multiplication of elections would be ex- ,
pensive and onerous. Pennsylvania
found that out after its new primary
system was put in force. As a conse
quence the constitution has just been
altered so as to abolish the odd-year
state elections and to shift the munici
pal and local elections, formerly held m
February, to November in the odd years.
This change will* avoid the inconven
iences under the present system of prac
tically four elections in one year. New
York can easily amend its calendar, be
cause In state elections it is nlready on
the biennial basis. The term of the
Governor could be lengthened to four
years, that of state Senators to four
years and of Assemblymen to two years.
Pennsylvania has that plan now. and it
works satisfactorily. It is also in use
in Maryland. Virginia. North Carolina.
Florida, West Virginia. Delaware, Illi
nois, Kentucky. Oklahoma. Missouri,
Montana, Nevada, Oregon. Washington
and Wyoming. If an emergency arises
the Legislature can be called in special
session at any time. A regular i°srts
lative session every other year would
apparently insure greater tranquillity
and probably produce better political
results. . • •
TIIE PANAMA LIBEL SZ'IT.
Judge Hough's action In quashing the
Indictment for libel found against the
publishers of "The New York World" 1
may or may not end the government's
efforts to have the charges considered In
a federal iastead of a state court. The
judjre expressed the hope that an appeal
from his ruling would be taken to the
Supreme Court at Washington, and it is
certainly desirable that an authoritative
interpretation should be given to the
federal statutes which make criminal
offences committed on federal reserva
tions triable in federal courts under the
penal codes of the states in which those
reservations are situated. The govern
ment lias held that the libel of which
"The World" is accused was committed
on the West Point reservation and id
the Postoffice Building here, and that
the federal courts of the Southern Dis
trict of New York had full and original
jurisdiction to try the ease under (he
New York penal code. Judge llougb
has ruled, however, that since the al
leged offence was committed in other
puts of New York as well as in the
West Poiut reservation it is primarily
within the state jurisdiction and the
state courts should be resorted to i tho
first instance by those alleging an in
jury. He holds that Congress did not
intend to intrust to the courts of the
United States the punishment of offences
other than those primarily and exclu
sively committed in United States terri
tory.
The government thus far has not been
fortunate in its plans of attack in the
Panama libel suits, for its request for
leave to remove the case against the
publishers of "The IndianajKilis News"
from Indiana to the District of Columbia
was deuied by Judge Anderson, of the
Indiana District Court, and the law
which it has depended upon to keep
the case against the publishers of "Tbe
World" within the federal jurisdiction
here is now pronounced inadequate. The
pro treed i:»jes so far liuvu beou abortive,
but they have had soni3 value in con
tributing to an -itimate ('etermination
of the powers of the federal courts in
similar cases.
FOR A QUIET FOURTH.
There is ground for a considerable
degree of encouragement and comfort in
Ihe announcement that the governors of
nine states have formally signified their
willingness and. indeed, their determina
tion to do all that lies in their power
this year to suppress the noisy and de
structive brutalities of Fourth of July
celehrations aud to confine the festivities
of that day to forms befitting a humane
and enlightened nation. We shall hope
to see similar action taken by other state
executives—by most if not all of them.
It would have been a graceful aud
patriotic thing for the recent eouference
of governors to adopt a concerted course
of action iv behalf of a safe and sane
commemoration of the nation's birthday.
Something more than such action by
the governors is necessary, however, to
rid the couutry of cheap and deadly ex
plosives. Legislation is essential, and
after that discreet and resolute police
administration for the enforcement of
the law and the apprehension and pun
ishment of lawbreakers. In this city in
recent years the law restricting the pub
lic use of fireworks has often been little
better than a dead letter, fireworks
of the most objectionable kinds being
openly used, with the full knowledge of
the police, at forbidden times. If the
governors cannot compel the enactment
of restrictive laws, they perhaps can in
most states stir administrative otiicials
up to a more effective enforcement of
the existing laws.
If any real improvement is to be ef
fected this year, It is high time for ac
tive work to that end to begin. It
would be fatuous to wait until the
slaughter had actually started, a few
days before the Fourth, and then try
to stop it. If there is to be any legis
lation—in New York and New Jersey,
for example— it must be secured this
winter while the legislatures are in ses
sion. If relief is to be had through
municipal administration, the work must
be undertaken early, before permits for
the sale of death dealing explosives are
Issued. For this reason we particularly
welcome the announcement to which v.
have referred, in the hope that it will
lead to prompt aud effective action on a
widespread scale.
A DISAPPOINTING TEST.
An announcement of much Interest to
medical men and to victims of tubercu
losis was made about a year ago by Dr.
Rosenberger, of Philadelphia. Fie be
lieved that he had discovered a new way
to diagnose consumption before it had
made much progress and when, there
fore, there was an excellent prospect
that suitable treatment would Insure re
covery. Experiments had convinced Dr.
Rosenberger that tubercle bacilli were
invariably present in the blood of a pa
tient even when the disease had not ad
vanced far enough for them to be found
in the sputum, and be described a novel
and Stopple test he had himself invented
for £<*eetißg the germs after ■ specimen
of Ciood bad been mixed with water
and allowed to stand a while
Maay •experienced bacteriologists In
America and Europe have repeated this
experiment, A few of them seamed to
succeed in finding bacilli, but ,|,,. ma
jority have failed utterly, i,, the mean
time Dr. Sweaters* has continued bis
.work, and quite recently reported that
the number of cases In which the germs
appeared to be present had reached
three hundred. A possible explanation
Of the puzzling discrepancy between the
results obtained by different investiga
tors has now been offered In "The
American Journal of Medical Sciences."
Dr. Burville Holmes, who thought he
had detected bacilli in the blood of a
few patients, bns learned that the water
Of the hospital in which these persons
were cared for was contaminated, and
it is uot unlikely that this water wa*
used in making the tests. The same
expert tried l>r. Rospnberger's system
in other Instances, where be knew the
water was pure, and he failed to dis
cover any microbes v.iinte\er. It seems
credible that Dr. Rosenbergcr did not
take adequate precautions to exclude all
organisms from the water he mixed
with patients' blood, and that, ttoajSjh
he really did find bacilli, they did uot
come from the blood, but from the
water. The Philadelphia" himself, it is
only fair to sny, insists that be was
guilty of no such neglect, but the fact
remains that other experts are unable
to find microbes when following his
method.
This situation emphasizes afresh the
need of ample corroborative evidence
before any supposed discovery is ac
cepted. The premature adoption of the
Rosenberger plan might have led to un
fortunate consequences. In a case where
a physician suspected that tuberculosis
bad already obtained a feeble foothold
a failure to find germs in the blood
might have led him to give encourag
ing assurances which were uot justified.
It is unlikely, however, that any serious
harm has yet been done. Judgment has,
been suspended until the truth shall
be fully known. Physicians would have
been profoundly gratified if an easy and
certain method of identifying tubercu
losis in its earliest stages had been
placed at their disposal. Cattle owners,
many of whom have regarded the tuber
culin test for stock with disfavor, would
also have been pleased to find such an
Innocent substitute as Dr. Rosenberger
promised them.
Eggs have dropped two cents, but the
drop was not enough to break them.
An interesting by-product of the con
troversy over the Alaska coal lands is a
reflection upon the indiscretion of those
who too hastily denounced and ridiculed
the purchase of that territory as "Sew
ard's folly." For an "Arctic province"
and an "iceberg" Alaska has turned out
to be an uncommonly good investment.
The natural inference from this para
praph from The New-York Tribune ia that
the sacred tariff was not reduced after all:
"Mr. Bacon may conscientiously think that
he and his colleagues In the Senate worked
for lower tariff duties, but the public will
remain skt-ntieal. sin^e it knows that they
really blocked the only reductions whtcii
their assistance would have made possible."
—Nashville American.
Not at all. The numerous reductions
made were made by Republican votes.
There might have been a few more
downward changes If the Democratic
minority in the Senate had not gone to
the assistance of the Finance Committee
In retaining duties on coal, iron ore and
lumber.
That eminent non-partisan, the Hon.
Charlts F. Murphy, has not been at the
City Hall for several days. We hope
nothing has happened to interfere with
his co-operation in the present effort for
good government.
Hocking Coal has come down, but then
Hocking Coa! is only one of the luxuries
of life.
Tests made in Hartford, show that
local anaesthesia produced by elec
tricity possesses at least one of the
merits of local anesthesia secured in
other ways. It is not followed by nau
sea, as is frequently the case when ether
or chloroform Is administered. Perhaps
further trial will show that the new pain
deadening agent has additional recom
mendations to favor.
Consular reform by Congressional ac
tion is held In Congress to be uncon
stitutional; but consular reform by Ex
ecutive order Is likely to stand unchal
lenged.
Southern Oregon and Northern Cali
fornia want to be amalgamated to form
a new state. The name suggested for
the combination commonwealth is Sis
kiyou. but the other states will hardly
care to admit a younger sister with a
name like that Into the family circle.
THE TALK OF THE DAY.
A prominent business man not lons since
became afflicted with a bad case of "solf
itis": that is. he jo'ned the army of cranks
at the came, wanted to play all the time,
talk of nothing: else. etc. As Is the case
with all "duffers." he had his trouhles u t
the start, and the way he flred questions
at his friends was a caution. His golf ac
quaintances accommodatingly replied with
all sorts of remedies, until finally the be
wildered one got his stenographer to jot
them down. One friend's advice Included
three points: First, keeping the eye on
the ball; second, the necessity of hitting the
ball with an easy stroke: third, the use of
a rocking horse to develop the stroke. The
fact that the friend bad a keen sense of
humor did not occur to the tyro until later,
lie immediately purchased a large rocking
horse, and after business hours seated him
self astride the fiery charger and swung at
the ball, which was securely fastened to
the floor by a strong cord. He has learned
a thing or two since; the hobby horse is
no more, and he has vowed to get square
with "Mr. Joker 11 if It takes a thousand
years.
r'Sor S mi y s7e?? eat mystery! Flft r victims!
"Here. boy. I'll take one.
th'if a ?a '-r "' there ' s nothin S of the kind in
"That's the mystery. guVnoi ; you're the
nfty-first vlctim."-Llfe.
There are. many ways of acquiring a for
eign language, but an unusual method | n
which a reading and speaking knowl,-!^-.
of Itailan was obtained in ten months was
explained In a downtown Importing house
The president of the company expressed a
desire to 'earn the Italian tongue, but ho
said he had little time to give „p to Ht ,j dy
The house had dealings with firms in Italy
and as It proposed to Increase Its Italian
trade the president was anxious to team
{he language. H e spurned studying from
books, and declined to give up any of his
time In the office or at home. Finally, he
hired one of the best Italian instructors m
New York to accompany him In his auto,
mobile going to the office in the morning
and returning to ills home at night. Two
hours of instruction eaoh day going to tn.l
from the ofllee amounted to about tirty-t»\,,
lessons a month, and In ten months the
"boss" had studied 510 hours and 'l-ai ne.l
Italian.
. "You em to . have gotten your boys in
terested in mythology very nicely.-
Fes; I explain. ,\ to th.'ii, that HareukM
held a champion*!. l,,-. „,!,,,, a',.
Four years ago the- Hamburg-America,,
liner Prlnz Adalbert arrived luxe from the
Mediterranean' with Paul O. Htenslund. tho
former president of the wrecked Milwaukee
Avenue State Banlf. of Chicago. She had
put Into Tangier to g Qt 5t, ■„,!.,, ..1. who was
MMI a urlaouer m that Don by men tr»«»
Chicago who had r<ine to Europe to find
him. The Prinz Adalbert came up to Quar
antine on the afternoon of September 24.
1906. and a tug with frderal officials met
lier and took off the prisoner. As the tug
was passing the Statue <>f Liberty Stens
land came out of the pilot house In re
sponse to a request to pose for the news
paper photographers. After the cameras
clicked one of the men on tn? nald. "Don't
worry. Mr Stensland. p.y this time this sMP
comes hack to New York you will be out
of the clutches of the law." Bten»land
smiled and others on deck laughed, but
few on that tvs realized how nearly that
prophecy was to be fulfilled. Through a
change of schedule the Prinz Adalbert was
transferred to another service of the Ham
burg-American Line, and did not come here
again until a few weeks ago. when she ar
rived on a special trip. A few days after
his return from Tangier Stensland was sent
to the Joliet penitentiary. He was paroled
on January H this year, only a few weeks
after the next arrival of the ship that
brought him here in 1906.
"You should bear in mind" said the pub
lisher, "that four-fifths of the people who
read novels are women."
"That's why 1 call my new story 'The
Last Word.' " replied the novelist; "every
woman v. ,11 wrmt it."— Philadelphia Record.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.
A BURNING QUESTION.
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: In the article in Tuesday's Trib
une, "A Year of 80-Cent Gas," it is stated
that "the result of the year's test is disap
pointing, from the point of view of profit
under the n«w law. The lowered price has
evidently not stimulated consumption to
anything like the extent expected."
This is Indeed surprising to one family
who are obliged to burn four gas j^ts In the
dining room, besides rsir.dlts on the table;
four lamps are needed In the drawing room.
and five burners are nightly lighted in the
upstairs sitting room, with most Inadequate
results. The gas bills have never been so
large nor the quality of the gas so poor as
at present. LUX.
New York, Jan. 26, 1910.
NATIONAL LAW DEPARTMENT.
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: During the course of au investigation
for many months past of th? 1 questions con
nected with the enforcement of the com
modities clause against the railroada I have
frequently had" thrust at me by railroad
lawyers or from other railroad sources tho
idea that the sDeaker looked with contempt
upon the efforts of government attorneys tfl
carry out the provisions of that portion of
the Interstate Commerce act, because the
lawyers retained by the capital of the cor
porations could be depended upon to defeat
such a law before the courts, as against ths
Attorney General and his assistants, unless
absolutely no legal difficulties attended its
enforcement.
It was not, however, until only the other
day that the general attorney of one of the
most important trunk lines, in conversa
tion, sneered at "those $1,200 lawyers at
Washington."
Remember that, if the Attorney General
and his assistants can be considered to rep
resent the people of the United States, the
gentleman In question was himself one of
the clients of those men whose small salary
he flouted. It would be shameful, if tru^,
that the public service could not command
competent lawyers. But It Is not true-
While the scale of the salaries In the De
partment of Justice is perhaps regrettable.
there have been many men of eminence in
their profession in the past more than
willing to accept the government title, and
there are, no doubt, others to-day of first
ability (and we have lately had such con
spicuous Instances among members of the
bar of New York City* to whom money ia
uot the supreme regard.
But what of the railroad director or rail
road general attorney who contemplates
with satisfaction the money at ti'.elr com
mand as competent to find a flaw or techni
cality to destroy the effect of any regula
tive etatute. and thus defeat the will of the
people? Does not this seem very much like
prostitution of the noble profession of tha
law?
Mr. Wickersham has been commonly
rated as a lawyer In the highest rank, and
evidently the stricture quoted was Intend
ed for the assistants in the Department of
Justice. Sume of the latter have clearly
shown their cauaclty to grapple success
fully with the highest paid corporation
counsel. EMLEN HARE MILLER.
Now York, Jan. 21, 1910.
TO LOWER MILK BILLS.
To the Editor of The Tril une.
Sir: In this day of high priced food tha
following suggestion In the direction of
economy may be welcome as offering a
solution of the milk question:
Four bottles of fluid milk and two cans
of some reliable brand of evaporated, un
sweetened condensed milk will suffice for
the ordinary needs of two persons for ten
days. A judicious mixture of the two
kinds of milk Is as palatable and certainly
richer in nourishment than the bottled milk
alone, and Involves an expense of only 56
cents, as against 90 cents— no inconsid
erable saving.
If the public generally would only put
this economic measure Into practice, the
unsold supply of fluid milk would fcrins
the milk "barons" to terms more promptly
than tedious Investigations and tardy law.
making are calculated to do.
HOUSEWIFE.
New York, Jan. 21, 1910.
HE'S GOT 'EM ON THE LIST.
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: Gifford Pinchot. the single tax. the
taxation of land values only, down with
the tariff and out with the land grabbers
are likely to be the paramount issues in
1912. I think we are near the time when
a man may be ris;ht and be President.
HENRY DOWLING BYRNE.
New York. Jan. 25, 1910.
THE ELECTION IN ENGLAND.
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: It seems v quite fitting that the
clock in old Trinity, a church founded in
the time of Queen Anne, should of its
own accord stop short yesterday when the
election returns from England were print
ed. Englishmen believe In fair play and
will stand by the result. That the elec
tion will be carried on fairly no one
doubts; there will be no stuffing of ballot
boxes, no demand for a recount.
All the British believe in the use of the
ballot, but not all believe in the use of the
bullet. The writer respectfully suggests
as a catchword for the peace party which
a distinguished citizen of both Scotland
and America has done so much to advance,
the following: "Ballots, not bullets." '
The > hungry man who sits down to a
dinner and the hungry man who sits down
to no dinner cun both understand tho full
force of the words used so often of late
by the Tory party: "Work for unemployed
men." The words used by the Liberals
"Taxing lund rather than bread." and tha
neatly turned phrase. "Land for peasants
not for pheasants." were understood plain
ly by laborers, who might not have under
stood some of the arguments used
■As an English citizen born and bred al
though now for a short time enjoying th
hospitality of the states, permit me to
thank you for the very fair reports you
have givtm of the election and for the full
accounts.
May The Now-York Tribune continue to
print the news and prosper. R. s
New York, Jan. 20. 1910.
JUDGE LANDIS.
From TIM M.trifoni Coarunt
People and Social Incident*
AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
[From, The Tribune Bureau.] . .
Washington. Jan. 26.— President dis
cussed the- New York" political situation
to-day with Senators Root and Depew.
Representatives Parsons, Benr.et and Calder,
Timothy L. Woodruff. Alderman Brown and
Controller William A. Prendergast, of New
York. . ..;;- , - r ..i,- ••: • •
Ex-Governor Hogpratt talked with IflM
Prenldent about Alaskan affair-. a:i<l ex-
Governor Curry discussed aff:ii:? of New
Mexico.
Richard C. Keren*, the new Ambassador
to Austria-Hungary, had a short confer
ence with the President. Mr. Kerens ex
pects to sail for his post in a couple of
■JBjSjhß
Ex-Rppre*>entat!ve Grosvenor, or Ohio,
called to thank the President for his ap
pointment to the Chickamausa Park Com
mission. Mr. Grosvenor will b*» chairman
of the commission, ami han <!»*• ided to
make his home In Chattano< ga, which he
hopes to have Congress establish s« tho
headquarters of the commission.
The President's callers Included Senators
Shively. Gore, Smoot. Nixon and Stephen
son, Representatives Gill. Hamiltun, Palmer
and Kinkaid and the members of the Tariff
Boanl.
The President and Captain Butt went
walking this afternoon.
This eveninp the President attended the
reception given by the Vice-President a:, i
Mrs. Sherman, and later was a guest at the
dinner of the Washington Board of Trad'-.
Mrs. Ta£t attended the theatre this even-
Ing. ■
THE CABINET.
[From The Tribune Bureau.] -
Washington, Jan. 26.— Mrs. Dickinson. Mrs-
Wickersfcam and Mrs. Ballinger held large
receptions- this afternoon, receiving hun
dreds of guests from official and private
life. Mrs. MacVeagh, who returned from
New York last night, did not receive.
Mrs. Dickinson's reception was of partic
ular interest this afternoon, because sho
had assisting her Mrs. "Stonewall" Jack
son, widow of the Confederate general,
who is the house g-uest of Mrs. Lclter.-and
who came North especially Is attend the
dinner given by the President and Mrs.
Taft last night for the members of the Su
preme Court. Mrs. W. J. Calhoun, the
house guest of Mrs. Dickinson, and a num
ber of others also assisted her.
Mrs. Wlckersham had with her • Mr?.
John M. Harlan, Mrs. Samuel Spencer.
Mrs. Gordon dimming. Mrs. Spencer Cosby.
Mrs. Gherardi, Miss Mary Hopkins, Miss
Mary Carlisle and Miss Edes. The Attor
ney General and Mrs. Wickersham are en-.
tertaining John I* Cadwalader, of New
York, who came on for. the dinner at the
White House last nigh* and will remain
until to-morrow. Mr. and Mrs. George
Riggs, of New York, will be their guests
to-morrow and will attend their dinner to
morrow night In honor of the President
and Mrs- Taft. >~ • . ■
The Secretary of the Navy and Mrs.
Meyer to-night held tlie first of two large
evening receptions, for which they have
issued invitations, their guests being sev
eral hundred persons from official and resi
dent gociety, including members of the dip
lomatic corps. Assisting Mr?. Meyer were
th- Nfcjssj Meyer, Mrs. Philip Hichborn,
Mrs. John C. Phillips. Mrs. Frank W. An
drews, Mrs. Peekman Winthrop, Mis.
Wainwright, Miss Levering, Miss Farrish
and Miss Phillips.
\Vith Mrs. Ballinger v.ere Mrs. Tlxomaa
H Carter, Mrs. Charles Henry Butler, Mrs.
Fred Dennett, Miss Keim aud Miss Tur
ner and Miss Graham, of Seattle.
IN WASHINGTON SOCIETY.
[From The Tribune Bureau.]
Washington. Jan. 26.— The home of the
.Vice-President and Mrs. Sherman "was
crowded to^'iilsht-Trom'S'to -n o-ciock with
Senators' and their families '^ and hundreds
of well known persons invited to meet
them. The drawing rooms and other apart
ments used In ; entertaining were made
doubly attractive by an artistic arrange
ment of palms and flowers. Mrs. Sherman
wore a gown of rich silver brocade, with
lace on the bodice, and diamond ornaments.
A section of the Marine Band played
throughout the evening. The guests in
cluded, besides the President and Senators.
Cabinet members and their families, all
the foreign ambassadors and their staffs,
the foreign ministers and their suites, the
chief justice and associate justices of the
Supreme Court, and many from official and
resident society. Mr. and Mrs. Sherman
"have as house guests, besides the members
of their family, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy L.
Woodruff, of New, York.
The Assistant Secretary of the Navy and
Mrs. Beekman Winthrop entertained a large
dinner company to-night, having among
their guests the Secretary of the Interior
and Mrs. Balllnger and the German Am
bassador and Countess yon Bernstorff.
Representative and Mrs. John W. Dwight
entertained at dinner to-night in honor of
the Speaker and Miss Cannon. Their other
guests were Senator and Mrs. Depew, Sen
ator Warren. Senator Burton, Representa
tive and Mrs. Fassett, Representative Olm
sted. Colonel and Mrs. Symons. Mrs. M. A.
Hanna. Miss Boardman and Miss Patten.
The recently appointed Minister to China
and Mrs. W. J. Calhoun were entertained
at dinner to-night by Mr. and Mrs. Charles
M. Pepper, who invited a number of other
guests to meet them.
Major and Mrs. Duncan C. Phillips en
tertained fifty young people at dinner to
night in compliment to Miss Lillian Chew,
and the guests danced afterward.
Mr. and Mrs. George Howard enter
tained a number of guests at dinner to
night, and Mrs. Julian James entertained
a large party at a breakfast this morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Hennen Jennings enter
tained a large company of young people
at a dinner, followed by a dance, to-night,
and Mr. and Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock. of
Rn York, who nave a house here for the
winter, also had dinner guests.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Loose, of St. Louis.
anivtd here to-day for a short vWI to
the Speaker and Mtss Cannon.
Mrs. Arthur Loe will return here to-mor
row from a short trip to Europe, the ocean
voyage having been advised for her health.
NEW YORK SOCIETY.
Magistrate Frederic Kernochan was mar
ried yesterday afternoon in the Church of
the Transfiguration to Miss Elizabeth Law
rence Howland. eldest daughter of Mrs.
Louis M. I low land, who since the death
of her mother has lived with her grand
father. Colonel Frederick Newbold Law
rence. maklnK her debut In society under
the auspices of her aunt. Mrs. Fathall p.
K^eno. She was escorted to the altar by
her grandfather. Colonel Lawrence, and
was arrayed in white satin and old point
lace, her veil being also of point lace,
while her flowers consisted of lllles-of-the
valley. Her only attendants were her sis
ters. Mis?. Hortense and Miss Nathalie How
lai'd, Ux rrooks of pale pink chiffun and
white lace hat* trimmed with bands of
"'ink. while the flowers which they carried
*en» Pink roses. Whitney Kernoehan was
vm bes* man of is brother, who i- n son
°* m and Mrs. J. Frederic Kernoehan.
graduated from Yale In IS9S. servod
trough the Spanish-American War and
was an assistant Corporation Counsel be
■"•' becoming a city magistrate. Only
* rew relatives and intimate friends wovo
jresent at th,. ceremony, which was per
jonned by the R GV , Mr. Bottom*, of Graeo
'i"!. In plan of the ™sht Ut . v Bishop
JJcMckar. of Rhode Island, who was 111.
was followed by a small reception at
.I" home of Colonel Lawrence, in 'West
°>th street. -•<>,:•,
,1, 1 , A '""" I! those seen at the church were
•urs. S '*'""''- Adams Clark. J. Henry Al«-
Ai^!'/' M .\i,-x«. „!,.,.. Jr.. Ml? s Virginia
Aiex an d re# Mr,. William ,-, Osgood Field.
j1".j 1 ". Harry j. M ,K. i; . Mr. and Mrs.
• ■Tederic Kernoehan. Miss Whitney, the
bridegroom's aunt; his sister* Misa »— '
etta and iilss Mary 3. W. Kernoch*^*^
and Mrs. Henry Roger* Wlnthropar-' »•
Mrs. Henry W. Bull and Mr. anT\f 4
Payne Whitney. . ifr *
Another wedding yesterday was th**
MI3S Blanche Oelrfchs and Leona-d £
Thomas, at tho Park avenua home o'ts
bride's parents. Me and Mrs. Coar'e- v
Otirlchr, where the ceremony mm, aw"
formed by Monslgnor LaTelle, of «, pT»"
rick's Cathedral, assisted by hi* --
tary. Father Byrne, and taa R»v^**
William J. Slnnott; in the present Z't
near relatives and a few intimate frie-t.
a small breakfast and reception tsUa! '
ing. for which about one hundred tnv»"
tations had been Issued. The drawbu*
room was converted Into a chapel aCtttk?
and ro3es and garlands of greea Vert
ranged from the centra of the. estsaa al
the walla and large palms wen placed as
onu end of the room, making a backannj
tor the small altar, which was UsntedwiS
candles and decorated with vases of !Hte».
An aisle of white ribbons was fonasa
through the centre of tho room, afid a
prie-dieu of white satin was placed for
tne bride and bridegroom to kneei apt;^
Miss Oelrichs, who was .given awa/ z -.
her father. was dressed In white 'ciii^oa
with a court train of white aatln sa
broldered in roses", and her Ions; taila veil
was fastened with orange nlnsnim Hsr
tlowers .consisted of orchid* and gardenia/
She wore a diamond necklace, the gift «i
the bridegroom. Her only bridal attend
ant wan Miss Cecelia May, of Wasttsa
ton. who was In pink chiffon over' pott
satin and wore a pink hat. Sna carrie
a bouquet of pink roses. Little Catlifiei
Vanderfcilt. daughter of Mr. a d iiri!
Reginald C. Vanderbilt. and the duninuUv*
eon of Mr. and Mrs. Peter D. Mama act.
Ed as" train bearers. Cathleen VaoderbUra
frock was of white chiffon and pa:* bh»
and she wore a blue hat trimmed with lac
and young Charles Martin wore a white
Eton suit. William 3. Hut was thejsestmsa;
and the ushers comprised W. O'Donne^
Jseiln. William Post. James W. Banter
T. Markov Robertson. Adolph Borb aaj
Charles De L. and Harry E. Oelrteha
Among the guests were Mr. and 2lrs.
Peter D. Martin. Mr. and Mrs. ix&a?
I&elin. Mr. and Mrs. •E. C Potter, vfr,
Emily Potter, Mrs. George C. Thocas, c*
Philafitlphia, mother of. tho bridesj^osj;
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore .A. Ha*e«j|«-
Mr 3. Frederic Ncilson. Mr. and Mrs. Swa.'
broke Jones, Mrs. James P. Kersoesto,
Mrs. Richard Ir\'in, Mr. itni Mrs. Joas j^
L'rtxel, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gaolet. a>^
Stuyvesant Fish. Mr. and Mrs. Alter, z.
Gray and Mr. and Mrs. R. Lhrtassaa
Betckman. •
Yet another wedding of yesterday tv
that of Miss Agnes S. Hall, daus^ta; t!
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hall, to WaDv
Bateman Allen, in the Cbrurch.ef ts*
Ascension at 4 o'clock. Tb« censers,
which was performed by the Rev. P*r;y3.
Grant, was followed by a reception £*&
by the parents of the bride at their sm,
in West 9Ui street. The brido. via vz*
arrayed in white, satin trimmed witafiast
sels lace and wora a lace veil, her flown
being li!ies-o"-th*-valley, was au^ais! kr
Mrs. Charles Dewey. Miss AtaSHH
Grymes. Miss Elizabeth Claiborse. 30»
Adelina Richards. Miss FlQurnoy Msplfirw.
Miss Eleanor Downing and M 133 E!l2*beCx
Steinman. and by two little flower sjisj.
Zaydee de Jonge and Meuora Grymes. Ths
children were dressed in white cciflon wte
large lace hats, and carried basket! S2si
with American Beauty roses. The brides
maids wore white cloth and chiffon sat
carried American Beauty roses. Thomas
W. Russell was the best man and tfce ush
ers included Stanley Resor, Leonard Fris
tie, Richard Cole, James L. Thompson.
George Cotton, John Broadhead. Jtotert
inetctier. Spencer Goodwin. <Ji*h2w/b ' $rr rr,
Arthur Allen and Arthur IWTHSana.
Mrs. Robert Goelet entertained a num
ber of her friends last night at dinner, fol
lowed by a performance, of Bernard St»W»
comedy "How He Lied to Her H'^sbani"
It took place at her house. No. HI Flfti
avenue, where the drawing room bad lieea
transformed into a miniature, theatre.. Ar
nold Daly, Maurice Franklin and ¥iv
Josephine Drake figured in the cast. Wljsa
the play was over Mrs. Goelet took tar
guests on to the reception given by Me. and
Mrs. John Innes Kane at their noose, fa
Fifth avenue, at which Frits Krelsiir
played. - v^.
Miss La Montagne pave a theatre- part?
at the Libe-ty last evening for her dis
tant© niece. Miss Dolly M. La Mentis^,
and afterward took her guests to Shem**
for sunper.
Mrs. Corneliua Vanderoilt. jr. gitSi a
large musical this evening at bet aoust te
Fifth avenue. Miss Geraldlna Fasrar aed
Edmond Clcaient will sing.
Mrs. John Turner Atterbury. ■ ilri
Charles Steele, Mrs. Lewis Cass Ledjarf,
Mrs. Henry R. Hoyt and Mrs. Henry Wr
field Osborn. together with Mrs. Robert *
de Forest, constitute the committee ■»
charge of the second Cinderella CotJUen.
which takes place to-night at Sienya.
Several dinners will be given in csuustlJsn
therewith, the hostesses afterwara taStßS 1
their guests to the dance.
Both Mrs. August Heckseher and Mrs
James B. Haggin give dinner dances tc
night. That of Mrs. Haggle Is at the *
Regis, where Phoenix Ingrahara will leal
the cotillon, while that of Mrs. HecksesJ*
will take place a her house In Fiftn an
nue and Is given for Miss Antoinette Eeci
scher.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Olfn leaw ta«
to-day for Mexico.
— — —
The dowager Lady Hay of Hay** 8 *
Peebles, Scotland. »nd grandmot£«r of & 9
present and tenth baronet of HaTS lOl *
Sir Duncan Hay. and a sister of * *"
Butler Duncan, of No. 1 Fifth avenue, i*
lying seriously ill a t her London hosA* % I
Prince's Gate. It is in order to be •*•
his sister that Butler Duncan has *»!$*
tor England.
Mrs. Richard Irvln is the presMent •■*
Mrs. Prescott Hall Butler. Mrs. Wil!Js»'*
Douglas. Mrs. Alfred Kessler . :idMti-«*'
born© L. Roosevelt arc among tbe ■***
agers of the Samaritan Home tat *■*
Aged, for the benefit of which tIM SB* 1 * 1
St. Valentine's kettledrum will take •■*•
at Sherry's on the afternoon of Saturd»T»
February 12.
SOCIAL NOTES FROM NEWPORT.
THy Telegraph ti> The Trlbune.l .
Newport. Jan. -ii— Mr. and Mrs. K**^' 1
Norman. Miss Alice Uttle. Mrs. Zasrii^»
ami Miss Zabriskte went to New ir *^
day. Mr. and Mrs. Norman as* •■*
Little will sail for Europe at <.«Oo#.
Francis 11. Potter returned »••• ™*
evening from Nev%- York-
MR. FAIRBANKS IN NAPLES-»
Naples. Jan. _ > «.-Charles W. ralHWi
e\-Vice-President of the United S»*»
arrived here to-day from Con»tai*Jl»*"j
He expects to remain at Naples tor
days. Mr. Fairbanks lias been •*" ii at
speak at Rom« on February l~ **^T
occasion of the anniversary of Lincoa
Birthday.
RUSSIAN ATTACHE RECALL^
Vienna. Jan. M.-In connection «£
recent charges that the •'••"•* i tfi
been under espionage. "Die *«^ ntie*
nounces to-day that the military aatno
have obtained what they eons^er v,^
elusive evidence Implicating Colonel J».
chenko. the Russian military attach* n»
who left for St Petersburg 00 .aj»^
The paper a.^- . v*u *
uiiuvied the rtcall mI tiie t-mcer.

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