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tlcr.s — th? interest rats of city bonds also. The 54,900.000 city bond loan of T*lttaburg bears S s i per cent, and the rat-> Ii the same on the world's fair bond of 3002. issued by St. Louis. Philadelphia lias two small bond issues, one of which bears 33 S4S 4 per cent and the other i\. «nd Cincinnati lias .several minor Issues bearing interest at 3.65 per cent. There was general satisfaction at th? clear and able financial statement of the city published by Controller Prcnder&a3t yesterday. Mayor Commends Controller. Th? Mayor wrote a letter of com tnendatien to the Controller, in which he expressed bis belief that the bonds of the city would rise in value and occupy the place they should in the list of mu nicipal securities. He said he hoped that the small investor would bid at the forthcoming sale, as under the law such a bid may receive the preference if !t in larger than that of a bidder for a" large ■umber of bond?. The Mayor wrote Allow the Mayor to thank you heartily for your clear and able statement of the eity'e financial condition, published to-day. There' is no safer security In th« world than a bond of this city, as you show. The more* than loc-t-e talk about the city's credit during toe last few years i* much to be regretted. The constitution of the state provides that the debt of the city can iKvcr <?vee<Hi 10 per i e;it of the real es tat* valuation on the city tax rolls. in that way, and In that respect alone, the bonds of the city (or corporate stock, as ihe accurate phrase is: are as safe as real estate, llrst mortgages on 10 per cent of th* value of the real estate- covered by them. In addition to that, they have back of them the taxuiK power of the suite for the payment of interest and principal. In addition to that, the city owns in fee. simple, real eM&te assets of the value of ever C<W.O<W.«WO. whereas its net deM is only about one-third of that Bum— namely. . I' « than I6SO.OQb.WQ- And finally, as you also point out, our iiet city debt does" not exceed th© total of the city's revenue* for four year?. withstanding ail of this, our 4 per rent bonds sold last summer for 1 00.14, when t!ir bond* of Baltimore, for instance, fold for 105.17 and the bonds of other cities fold equally well. This was caused by loose and baseless talk concerning our financial credit, no ttmid is capital. i feel certain that our bonds will now continue to ■■■•'- until they sell as they for merly did- namely, as Mail as those of any city. I hope that even persons who want to Invest only a small amount will bid at the forthcoming sale, since the law BOW Is that the small bidder is entitled to have his bid complied With if he. is the highest bidder. Instead of a bid for the whole issue being given a preference. Borough President McAneny, speaking of the financial statement of the Con troller. 6.i!d: "The appearance of this clear state ment at a time before the Board of Es timate and Apportionment la committed to any parti* line of expenditure in detail ip especially opportune. it is In line with the policy of the board an nounced at the first of the year. * "The frank declaration of the plan for ridding ourselves of the incubus of paper assets cf uncollectible taxes Is moot ad mirable. We will not be burdened from year to year in the future by this in creasing debt, as an allowance will be made each year for such taxes as we may have reason to expect cannot be collected. McAneny on the Budget. "Thi? statement of the Controller is one of the first steps in the general pol icy of the administration in clearing the decks, so we may know just where we Ftand and may go forward with im provements with a* clear understanding of how far we may safely carry them. "The next step in shaking things into workable shape will be the preparation cf uur corporate stock budget. I under stand that the various departments have put in their requests for the budget and ail that remains is to collate and relate them: Then the Board of Estimate will be able to lake Into consideration the re quests of all the departments and square them with what we consider the most pressing needs of the city. We ought to be able to provide for almost all the ex penditures of the year in this way, al ; though, of course, some allowance will have to be made for emergencies. •'1 hope that in the future the board will be able to apportion pro rata. in advance with more or less precision our resources among the various im provements, such as subways, schools, docks, parks, etc. The corporate stock budget we are about to issue will be an example for those that will follow." CA PITOL S EXTEXC ES. Confirmed by Supreme Court -State Sues for $5j000,000. March «.— The conviction r: v\ Hham P Snyder and James M- Shu maker, chained with conspiracy 1 • defraud nectlon w:th the furnishing of i . state Capitol, was affirmed by the -•. •* Supreme Court here to-day. Snyder . . former Auditor General md Shu n,«ker a former Superintendent of Public and Groun Snyder and Binimaker were convicted In the Dauphin County court at Jlairisburg " on ember 18, 1908. and sentenced to «erve two years each and to pay 'i fine of $:,<>« each and the cost of prosecution. John H. Henderson, of Philadelphia, who had the furniture contract for the capltol, and ■William L. Mathuea, of Media, former .'FUite Treasurer, who paid «he alleged fraudulent furniture bills, were convicted .aid received ■ similar sentence at the same time. Sanderson and Mathues have since "died. At the Ime time the Supreme Court decision was handed down here 1!j<? Mate was instituting proceedings at i larrisburg to recover 55,00d,000 from all t -one the state charged with bein;? in the conspiracy to A> Fraud the commonwealth^ The commonwealth charges that Sander pon, who was the principal contractor, re eafrad over 15,003.000 for furniture and equipment which was not worth more than J1.r40.00d, and that the Pennsylvania Con ettuction Company received over $2,000,000 for metallic filing crises, wardrobes, etc., wjiichwcre not worth more than y 'j>,in>>. William P. Snyder, speaking of the Su preme Court decision to-day, «aid: "1 am coirjp<-!ied to suffer an .•!.:■:..-..■: iiifiit that vi me is worse than death Itself without having «lo:ie jny fellow men or my state an Intentional wrong or ever hav ing knowingly committed a criminal act. I li.v.c the fullest confidence in our courts, ?«!vl from my youth ;:p v.as taught to fe- Fptct our judges, ond feeling's remain unchan^cJ. Although in my own case J ti.ov .l;<*r<> iiiis been an awful miscarriage • of Jjstlce." • . - ffsu cycles a JAiios Natural Laxative Water Quickly Relieves:— Biliousness. Sick Headache, Stomach Disorders. Mtest remedy for CONSTIPATION WILL HKLPTHE CITY SATS CONTROLLER OF STATEMENT. Praises The Tribune for lU Work ■-- Approval of Pren- dergast's Plans. •Speaking of the publication of his finan cial statement in The Tribune yesterday. Controller Prendergast said: "I appreciate the way In which The Tribune pave public ity to niy statement. I also wish to com mend the able way in which you analyzed it. I am pure that the wide publicity given to the entire report will be of great advan tage to the city as well as to investors In city securities." controller Prendergast's statement aroused attention and much interest among busi ness men and other interests In the finan cial condltlo'- of the city yesterday. Allan Robinson, president of the Allied R"a! Estate Interests said: '"Controller Prenderjrast i* to be congratulated on the frank and clear statement he ha? made on the city's finance.", and The Tribune is to be congratulated in that it was able .nontho ago to point out the defects in the city's financial transactions which require cor rection •The question that immediately arises in one's mind is: "Who has been benefiting from concealing the true facts as to the city's finances'* Certainly not the taxpay ers, for they are now called upon to pay taxes on a fifteen point rise this year. \Ya« It tbe late administration, which desired to be retained In power, or was it financial Interests who preferred a high rate of in terest on temporary certificates to a low rate of interest on corporate stock? It Is no wonder that the city's credit has been damaged and that 4 per cent bonds are selling to-day between 9$ mid 99 and below the price which bonds of other cities in the Tnlted States are selling in the open market "A huge- floating d^bt. the exact propor tions of which no one, hut the late Con troller and bis confidants knew, has been hanging over this city for years. J believe that now the matter has been clearly set forth and the size and character of this temporary debt hay.< been disclosed, the cff>r? will be favorable on the market for New York City securities. Duty to Uphold Administration. •It Is now incumbent upon every citi 7en having: the interest of New York at heart to uphold the Mayor and ths Con troller In their efforts to improve the credit of the city. If the Controller's plan for specifying the purposes for which the. proceed? for corporate stock arc to be used is carried out It will form a precedent Which would make it impossible for city officials in the future to divert public fund? from th« particular purposes to which they should be applied, as has been done in the past. Private corporations, if they are properly conducted, do not raise money on thp pale of securities and then appropriate th© proceeds for some other purpose than was announced in the advertisement of sale. Public officials ehould maintain the «am© high standard, and if they will not do so i>f their own volition, then they should be compelled to do so by law. "I doubt if the Controller has the legal right to wipe out any portion of the deficit due to uncollectible taxes of former years by appropriations authorized in future budgets. As I understand the law. It spe ciflcally states that this deficit must be wiped out by an issue of corporate stock. If I am ri^ht In this regard it simply means that the taxpayers will have to bear the additional burden in the shape of an increase in the interest charges upon the funded debt, Instead of being com pelled to make up the shortage out of the tax revenues through appropriations in the annual budgets." Edgar 1. Levey, president of the Title Insurance Company and former Deputy Controller, said: "Controller Prendergast h«s faced a diffi cult situation frankly and honestly, and deserves to be congratulated. The fact lhat this situation was not BO fa. Ed by the preceding administration is the best evidence that H was no easy task. Should Fund Debt Quickly. "While I fully appreciate the difficulties of the ControlleVs position. I must confess thai 1 was a little disappointed at the length of time it is proposed to take to extinguish that part of the city's temporary d<-M which it is now officially admitted is outstanding against taxes that cannot re collected. This debt should be funded at the tarliest possible moment, end I hope that conditions will be such that it will be i>ossii le to get rid of it at a much great .•> rate than $",'XN>,OOO a year. "The statement that the Controller Is seriously considering a plan to <!■> away with the selling of corporate stock under the blanket designation of 'various mu ni' ipal purposes' is a move In the right direction. That custom should never ha\e been introduced, ;inj the quicker it Is done away with the better foi the credit of the city." "The Controller la to be eongrsi for the full and fmnk statement he i.. glv. n the public regarding ;!;•• city a flnan 1 Lai position," said Andrew Mills, president of the Dry Pock Savings Bank, "It was the right thins to do from ev< i\ btandpoint .Vot only will It give the taxpayers confl denoe i:i the good intentions of ihe Con troller, but It will certainly strengthen the ■ red It 01 the city. "Personally, I was glad to read Lliat the Controller Is seriously considering a plan to do away with the custom of skiing the city's corporate stock under the blanket designation of 'various municipal pur poses.' Such a change, making more spe cific the purposes for which th-"* money is borrowed before the sale of the bonds, would be welcomed by those who invest their money In city securities, md would also be a guarantee that the proceeds would not be used in the future, as they have in tho past, for purposes other than the pur poses for which the bonds were sold. "In fact, I consider the whole attitude of the present administration « distinct credit to the city. It jdvts pood promise of a Kreat chance for the better in the adminifl nation of the city's affairs, a change which 1% bound to do a very groat deal of f,00d." Henry Bruere, director ><( the Bureau of Municipal Research, praised Controller Prendergast for Issuing his statement «m tho funds in the city treasury and Ji> under taking to provide for the deficit which has accumulated throual] uncollcctlblo taxes. "Both moves of the Controller," Mr. Briidre raid, "are .-' pa in the right direc tion. 'I i.e. Issuing of corporate stock to provide for '..«- deficit from uncollectible taxes was a development which had to come as a part of any movement to put the city on a sound business basis. I wish the Controller could nave Rone a :■•,;, fur ther and treated the deficit as a liability, but ills plan i.s a great Improvement <>n the former eystenf." SCOLDED, C Teachers Reprimand Too Mnch for Fourteen-Year-Old Boy. Maple Hill, Kan., March 7.-A aiding by a young woman school teacher was moie i than Gay Mosea, fourteen fears -.;, could jf-ndurc: fo h» killed himtelf. Hie parents ] foan.l his body to-day when they vent to I arcut c him ?o that ho rnisijt so to school, j The boy left a note, v hrh read: ."I don't [care to live, because teacher fcuoided me." ADVANCE TAXI BILL. On Order of Final Passage in Assembly. lEy Teicsrraph to Tile Tribune.! Albany, March 7.— Because of the lack of what lie termed' "lobster palaces" In Co lumbia County and the fact that .the peo ple there go early to bed. Assemblyman Callan declared to-night that Columbia was not so much In need of his taxlcab meter bill as certain other counties In the state. The. argument aro.?& when his bill providing for the inspection of the sealing of taxlcab meters throughout the state, with the exception of New York City, was reached on the ECcond reading calendar. In quick succession Assemblymen Walters, of Onondaga County; Goodwin, of West chester, and Wilkle. of Erie, offered amend ments to exclude their respective counties from the provisions of the bill. "From these amendments," said Mr. Cal lan, "somebody might Just as well amend the bill so as to exclude New York State from its enactment." After telling the reasons why he was not so solicitous about his own county, he said that he excluded New York because the city already has a bureau regulating taxi cab meters. "Then why are you solicitous about Erie County and the rest of the state?" asked Assemblyman MacGrrgor, of Erie. "Because I've ridden in one of Erie's metered taxicabs," replied Callan. The amendments were finally withdrawn and the bill advanced to the order of final passage. AMENDS TRANSIT ACT. P. S. Measure Relates to Oper tion of Subways. [By TclPßraph toTh*> Tribune. l Albany. March 7— Senator Brough and Assemblyman J^ce to-night introduced a bill, prepared by the Public Service Com mission of the Ist. District, amending the i;:pid transit act of New York City, par ticularly In regard to the operation of sub ways. It permits moving platforms In subways and operators of rapid transit routes to secure their motive power by pur chase instead of by building power houses, provided the contract for the purchase of the power is approved by the Public Service Commission. The commission is to be al lowed to lease property acquired for rapid transit purposes, and receive rent for it between the time of acquisition and the time it is required for the construction or operation of a rapid transit route. This amendment is for the purpose of clearing an ambiguous situation which exists between the ■commission and the Controller's office,'"and Is acceptable to both. It also provides that an easement ac quired by the city under the rapid transit act shall not be deemed an encumbrance under the law relating to Investments in real property mortgages. Provision is also made that where commissioners of ap praisal are appointed pursuant to the rapid transit act the Corporation Counsel, instead of designating assistants to act as clerks to the commissioners, without compensa tion other than their salaries, shall appoint clerks. This means that th» clerks shall not be taken from the assistants In the Corporation Counsel's office. FOR IIARUIMAS GIFT. Bayne Introduces Bills to Se cure Land. Albany, March 7.— To make possible th» acceptance by the state of the j;ift of a 10.000-acre tract of forest land offered by Mrs. Edward H. Harriman for park pur poses, Senator Bayne. of Staten Island, in troduced three bills to-night, which, if en acted, will make possible the establishment of a park from tha border line of New Jer sey alonj; the n^t bank of the Hudson River '.<> Newburg. "ne pf the bills authorizes the abandon ment of the Bear -Mountain prison site in Rockland and Orange counties, which the state purchased In HM! for prison purposes, and places the tract under the jurisdiction of the Palisades Interstate Park Commis sion. The second 1>>!1 repeals the law en acted last year creating the highlands of tho Hudson forest reservation, and the third measure authorizes the Palisades In terstate Park Commission to acquire addi tional lands in Orange or Rockland coun ties and other lands west extending into the Ramapo Mountains. The acceptance by the state nf Mrs. Harrlrnan'a f-ift was recommended by Übv emor Hushes in his annual message. In the Assembly Mr. Merritt, majority leader, and Mr. Frisbie, minority leader. joined In advocating a .ioint resolution in troduced by Mr. Merritt instructing New York State's representatives in ('ongress to promote the passage of the hill to re. tire Major Geneial I>aniel E. Sickles with the rank of lieutenant general. The reso lution w.ik adapted without dissent. A bill by Assemblyman Walker would prohibit marriages between negroes and whites. P. S. AMENDMENT IN. Francis Bill Extends Power to Include Wire Companies. [By Telegraph to Th« Trihun-- I Albany, March 7. To before the As sembly the proposition of putting the tele phone and telegraph companies under the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commis sions, Assemblyman Bennett to-night in troduced the bill making that provision which w;is- introduced last year by Assem blyman Francis. ■As the rules of the Assembly." said Mr. Bennett, "provide that, all committees shall make their final report by April 5, J intro duced this bill to give the House a chance to consider the proposition before that time. The Assembly, in adopting the resolution creating an investigating committee last year, practically pledged itself to favor the i-ia<-inK of telephone and telegraph com panies under the Public Beryl c commis sions. •Senator Davis, tbe chairman of the in vefctigatlng committee, has been delayed he-cause uf the Alld* investigation, and I have l>ee:i unable to ilnd out whether the committee or the Governor will iia-.e a bill ready be.for« April 5 or no». i ahall with draw my bill if such a measure is intro duced. CANT TAP Assembly Kills Bill Enabling Mount Vernon to Do So. [Ey Telegraph to The Tribune I Albany, March 7.— Assemblyman Coffey, of Westchester County, to-night was un able to get enough votes to pass his bill to enable the city of Mount Vcrnon to tap the New York City water supply from the Croton Reservoir. The vote was 88 for and 4.1 against. The Introducer moved to reconsider the vote and the motion was laid "i, tli? table. During the argument on the measure Mayor Edward \V. Flak of Mount Vernon and Senator Wain wright, of Westchester, were Interested spectators in ths Assembly chamber. A. K. Smith, In. speaking against ths measure, declared that New York would not have enough water if Mount Vernon lapped the Croton Reservoir pipes, and the Broil x members of i, ,ii parties followed him in opposing Hie position, Assemblymen Mndon, Bates, Bennett and • 'onkliii. neptihHcaii member* from • Mew York. »pok« in favor of the bill, saying thai New Yoik's intereMf. Mould I" safe guarded, us th* PiHt*» Water Supply Com mlaslon v.Ms the final arbiter and ap th* amount of rater Hounl Vrrnon could 1 take and tl- prfes to be paid for it were tub. Jcct to ■ cuntiscf to which the 'city of New York would be a party 'MMITS SUICIDE. XEW-YORK DAILY TRIRTTNE, TT'FSDAY, MARCTT 8, 1010 IW YORK MAINS. COBli MEN ALAItMED CAUL I'Oli MEETING. Possibililji of Hinman'i Choice Causes Act hit jt. [P.- Telegraph in Tiie Tribunal Albany. Marcli 7.— Alarmed at the Hkeli hood of Senator Hinman's beta! v^ r^ in the field Si a candidate for temporary President of the Senate, with the backing of eminent Washington Republicans. Sup porters of Senator George 11. Cobb tn-night circulated a call for another conference of Republican Senators for to-morrow evening. At midnight they still lacked the necessary number of signers, but f«lt confident they would pet them to-morrcw morning. Senator Cbbb's friends say they have the necessary seventeen votes to name th»ir candidate if the conference is called. The supporters of Senator G'.otga A. Davis, ol Buffalo, the only other candidate hi the field at present, fay the Davit cohort* are standing fast, and that a deadlock must result if the Cobb men now force another conference. When the last conference adjourned with out electing a successor to Jotham P. Allda several Senators took. the ground that ac tion before the Allds bribery Charges were disposed of would be manifestly Improper. Some of them have changed their position on that question now. They believe that the factional fight which seems in prospect over tiifs place will do more harm than the election of a Senator, even if such action seems to prejudge the Allds case. Some of Senator Alids's friends have urged him to write to the chairman of the conference recommending that, in view of this situation, a temporary president be elected without reference to hi« trial. Sen ator Allds seemed to fall in with this suggestion, bui it could not be learned whether lie had written such a letter. The Cobb supporters seemed to realize that if their candidate is not elected very soon it will he impossible ever to ele< t him, because of the effect of the support of his candidacy by State Chairman Woodruff and William Barn«s, jr. "Cobb Is as pood a Hushes man as Pavls in every respect," said a Cobb Senator to night. "All this trouble has arisen because •Tim" Woodruff persists in butting into a Senate situation where lie has no business. He did enough damage when he forced Allds on us. Now you'd think he'd know enough to keep his hands off, but not Tim othy—oh, no! And 'Bill* Baltics saw this tiling was shaping up nicely for Cobb, and that wo had the votes to elect him. Ro they jump aboard, thinking, I suppose, to Ket some credit out of- it and td make the rest of the state believe that they control the- Senate, as they do the Assembly through "Jim" Wadsworth. "Naturally, these rabid Hu^t'^s people Ry off the handle and yell that Woodruff is hutting in and trying to kill the Hughes legislation. There's our Cobb programme knocked to sn»sh. and Woodruff has pre cipitated a fine factional tipht here."' With the Qobb and Davis surportei-9 feeling; so strongly as they do over this contest, the result to the majority in the Senate will be distinctly unhappy. It is on this proposition the Senators wiio be lieve Senator Hinman to be the logical n.an to elect at this time are working. They say the selection "f Senator Hinman would do violence to the feelings of neither faction. Jt would s»rv» notice to the state at large that the Republicans in the Sen* at° had determined to back up Governor Hughes at this critical time. Much interest is being displayed h e re r^K.irding the likelihood of some word coming from Washington regarding the situation. Many Republicans are looking to Lloyd c. Griscom to pive an Indication, if nothing more direct, of the way Senator Koot and the Xew York delegation in Con gress feel as to Alids's successor. "It oughtn't to lie necessary to have any sucb word," declared one Senator to-night. "I ti.ink we all know pretty well the Presi dent and Senator Root approve Governor Hughes's Ideas on this general situation which confronts uf. and some of us have a not ion that Washington would smile if Hinman were elected president pro tem por<\ But a lot of our colleagues can't lnakf up their minds and are waiting for a si^ti from Washington "before reaching any decision." If the Cobb Senal irs cannot pet enough signers to then call for a new conference to-morrow morning they will let it go over until, next week unless the Senators chosen to attend the piatt funeral should be all Davis men. In any case it is hard ly llk»!y that the conference will be hfid this week if it dops not tnkf- place to-mor row. CONGER SPEAKS OF WEAK SPOTS Says "Osborne Has Got Something for Allds, I Gxalss." •:;■ Telegraph x>> Th* Tribute.] Auburn. N. V, March 7.— Expecting an interesting week at Albany, Senator Benn Conger passed through here to-night. When asked whether his Groton visit had turned up anything in the way of evidence to rebutt statements made by Senator Allds. he answered with a significant smiie «nd the words: "Osborne has pot some thing for Aiids, 1 guess. He certainly left a lot of "t.-ik spots for us. ' Continuing, he said In reply to queries: "I do not think that Senator Platt'fl death will affect the Investigation in t he Slightest iiepree. All of the Piatt evidence they were to produce has been put In, and the only effect that I can see by his death will be a day's delay, for 1 assume the] will adjourn «'v Wednesday for the funeral." "What do you think of Senator Alids's clerk's t« stimony?" "lie showed a verj queer memory for he remembered distinctly the events of the day of the bribery, hut he could n<ii re member occurrences of only last Thursdaj osborne *nade his testimony look ridicu lous." in answer to another query concerning the propriety of the Insurgents voting on Aiids s guilt, Mr Conger said that by Bgreemeni when they took the stand their right to pit in judgment w.is conceded. HUDSON ICE GORGE BROKEN UP. Albany, March 7. The ie.- gorge In the Hudson River, near Coeymans, below Al bany, was broken up 10-duy, and the two powerful bouts which have been battling with the l-i; for several days succeeded in opening v channel and reached Albany about C o'clock to-night. The river foil two feet soon after the Ice began to move. "JIM" HOGAN OUT OF DANGER. I By Teli graph to Tb« Tribune 1 Winsted, conn., March 7.— James J. Hogun. Yale's former football giant, now Deputy Street Cleaning Commissioner of New York, who his been dangerously ill from at) Jleuto kidney trouble, at his father's home, in Torrington, Is thought to be out of d:niKer to-nif?ht by his physician, Dr. w. J. Hogan. l><. Mogaa said the affection was brought On by overwork and mental strain. p O VJ />-DISCOUNT RBAL-AND % V^ .-**# iittMM/tjLn&r iNr 1 1 ;niN(? our - X^fLjr***™ rT^n'** PF API C _/T^ STRIKE A FAILURE? < ..nlinuofl from flr«t I«»»K'- strike movement was a parnde of a SSaaß band of men In Allegheny avenue, which "fis broken up by the police— without Just cause, the men assert. An American nag was carried nt the head of the strag gling: procession, nnd as the marchers Passed a hosiery mill on the avenue, near Front street, onlookers said they made an attempt to persuade the workers at that factory- to join the sympathetic strike. Their effort was unsuccessful, and the Police say thai the marchers became dis orderly and their ranks had to be broken up. Clubs were used freely, and the marchers were dispersed. Two arrests were made. The master builders met late to-day at the Builders' Exchange, adopted resolu tions condemning the sympathy strike and discussed tentatively action asainst spin" of the bodies of men who Joined the genera] strike movement. It is as serted that agreements made by the em ployers with more than one of the bodies in the building trades have been delib erately violated by the men walking out in the sympathetic strike! The resolu tions call upon th« lead'-rs of the labor organizations which ordered the general strike to reconsider their action at once. Many at Mass Meeting. Four thousand men and women to-day attended a mass meeting of the strikers In Labor Lyceum, at 6th and Brown streets. An overflow meeting was held in another hall nearby, and hundreds who were unable to gain an entrance to either gathered on the sidewalks outside. Pratt, Mahori, Murphy. Tracey and oth ers of the strike leaders addressed the crowds. The city administration was bitterly denounced for its attitude In the present crisis and the speakers were es pecially vehement In criticisms of the employment of negro policemen. One of them declared: "Our rulers have put a club into the black man's hand with which to club out the white man's brains. Every reference to Mayor Reyburn or the City Hall "ring" was greeted with groans and hoots by the audience. The assertion by several speakers that the present fight was one for organized la bor's very existence in Philadelphia evoked a noisy demonstration. Lueiia M. Twining, a woman organizer of the Western Federation of Miners, was one of the speakers. Her praise of Eugene V. Debs and the socialist move ment aroused enthusiasm. John M. Wall, an official of the Massa chusetts Centra] Labor Union, assured the Philadelphia strikers that they would receive financial support from his state. Resolutions calling upon every man, woman and child in Philadelphia to quit work were adopted with cheers. There was a slight disturbance outside the Lyceum before the meeting, when a few stones were thrown at passing cars, but the police quickly cleared the streets without making any arrests. As the crowds were leaving the hall, however, there was a graver outbreak of disorder. Several cars were stoned in Gth street, in front of the strikers' meeting plac*. The police, of v.horn there were at least fifty within the radius of a square, charged the crowd, which was, however, so dense that it dispersed slowly. The blue,. cits swung their clubs, felling sev eral persons to the ground, three of whom were so badly beaten that they were taken to a hospital. When the po licemen fired their revolvers several times in the air the people scattered in all directions. Six arrests were made. After considering the strike situation for more than three hours this after noon the board of directors of the United Business Men's Association appointed a committee of seven to call a convention of the nankin*, commercial and trade bodies, business associations and re ligious and fraternal organizations to take all just and honorable means to effect a settlement of the streetcar strike. In the proposed convention each organization will be represented by three delegates. Reports that the city administration contemplated the arrest of strike leaders on a charge of conspiracy were denied by Director day to-day. The strike leaders did not tak* the reports seri ously, but at the same time they took the precaution of looking up bail. Eighty persons charged with rioting yesterday were arraigned to-day. Boise were held fT bail, others were fined and many were sentenced from sixty to ninety days" imprisonment. \Y. TV Mahon. president of the Amal gamated Association of Carmen, denied this afternoon that .1 streetcar strike was contemplated in other cities. "Such a report is entirely without foundation." he declared. "I understand there is a rumor that a strike is contemplated In every city where the Wldenera are said to have railway interests. This is un true." STATE-WIDE STRIKE. May Result from Meeting To day- Political ( 'am paign. Newcastle, Penn., March 1. — Rumors that . neral strike in Philadelphia Is likely in become state-wlds were put up t» presi dent Klmer K. Greenawalt of t':e Pennsyl vania State Federation <>f Labor to-night for confirmation. President Greenawalt came here to-day from his home in Lancas ter to arrange for the annual aseetteflj of the State Federation, which opens to-mor row. "The convention here will ha\ ; > complete authority to call a state-wide strike if it sees iit," said President Greenawalt, "but as to the likelihood of such action. I can ::ot commit myself. "The convention which meets to-morrow will represent three hundred thousand nr ganized worklagmen of this state, a major ity of whom are employed in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh There ar.> about one hua dred !hr,u ? .-u).l in Ptttsburg, The situation iv Philadelphia hi extremely critical. Om great American revolution was started there, and it might be no strange, thing if another one was- but one of ballots? Instead of bullets. "The Stats Federation of i.ni>.. r will K o Into politlca with a vim. Candidates an te be put forward In every ConKresa district and In scats Assembly ami S-natorial dl« triota, a.-.l campaigns »re to b« wactd with extraordinary visor. Th« nomination* will appeal not only to organized workers, but to all wage camera alike." rittsbur*. March 7.— President William Kelly, of the Iron City Trades Council, composed of some thirty thousand affl!iated union men. declares he 1» In favor of a general sympathetic strike over the entire state, to aid the Philadelphia car men. •'The Iron City Trades Council Is ready to aid the Philadelphia strikers in any way ncctssary." said Mr. Kelly to-day. "The annual convention of the Pennsylvania State Federation of I-ibor meets Tuesday in New Castle, and no doui>t action will be taken ref?ardln?r the Philadelphia strike. Whether it will be toward a state-wide general walkout I am not la a position to say. Personally I am In favor of a general strike, and I feel sure if a general vote la taken it will be unanimous for the walk out." Business Agent Thorpe, of the Amal gamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employes of America, said to-day: "Union men will not Stand idly i.v. They Will flßht for the preservation of the labor movement and if necessary a general strike throughout the state will be the result." NO FEDERAL TBOOPS. Situation Must Be More Se rious — Order Cancelled. Wilmington. Del.. Hard) 7. -Trooi not be sent from Fort Dopant, Dataware, to Philadelphia to guard goremasaat pr -p srty daring the strike unless conditions shall become more seriou?. The order from the War Department to th« Pennsylvania Railroad to have a spe cial train in readiness at Delaware City, adjacent to Fort Dupont. to convey the 4oth Company, coast artillery corps. tr> the scens of action, was cancelled this after noon. The train lay near the army res ervation for twenty-four hours With steam up and a crew on board. If the troops are called out later they will take no part In suppressing the rioting unless government property is attacked. They will be used for protection to th mint or oth?r federal property. FEAR PAPER STRIKE. Pulp Sulphite Workers Plan to Go Out Soon. Glens Falls, N. V.. Mar. ".—The Inter national Paper Company is threatened with another general strike. At Corinth. N. V . six hundred men are already out because a back tender wag discharged, and It was learned to-day that the pulp sulphite work era had previously matured plena for a General strike, to take effect March 20. The men at Corinth were ordered out by James 11. Malm. president of th" Pulp Sul phite Workers', in the absence of J. T. Carey, president of the Paper Makers* Union, who is In New York conferring with the Printing Trades Council on what ac tion Bhall be taken looking toward a de mend that the union label be affixed to all paper. He is expected at. Corinth to morrow. The Pulp Sulphite Workers will demand a 10 per cent increase in wages and no Sunday work. When the International Paper Company made a 5 per cent cut in wages, following th«» panic of tS&t, the Sul phite Workers accepted the cut. but the paper makers' union struck. They fought their battle alone and lost. It is thought possible that Carey, on reaching Corinth, may order the paper makers hack to work, thus leaving the sulphite workers to fight it out alone again. NO STRIKE HERE. Union Men and Employers Set Fears at Rest. Persistent reports that labor unions here were considering the question of striking In sympathy with the Philadelphia carmen were set at rest yesterday by both employ ers and union leaders. Ross F. Tucker, chairman of the board of governors of the Building Trades Em ployers' Association, said last evening that he had not the slightest Idea that the New York unions would be drawn into the sym rathetic strike. "We still have confidence in the good sense of the rank and fi!e of the union men." he said. "The conditions in Philadelphia and this city are entirely different." A representative of th" George A. Fuller Construction Company said that I had one large contract in Pbiladelphi lie- had heard of no strike on the building. He ridiculed the idea of a sympathetic strike bere. Roswell D. Tompkins, secretary o? UM Consolidated Board oi Bosum Cl x- If Shopping Tires You reenrim *"*-* • * b Ml The handsomest rest and loung nnH ing room in New York City is on our Third Floor, and our C patrons are welcome to make Oliipany frequent use of it. Dry Goods S|^SS Our Spring OPENING Will occur To-day, Wednesday & Thursday, March Situ 9th and 10th. The public is cordially invited to view the New Spring Styles The Occasion being on Exposition of exclu sive and thoroughly distinctive creations in Millinery, Wraps and Costumes, Waists and Petticoats, Laces and Textile Fabrics To- Day You Can Secure Extra "S. & //." Green Trading Stamps Free In addition to the above* the usual stamps will. ; be given with all cash or charge purchases. DOUBLE Stamps with Purchases Made Before Noon. SINGLE Stamps with Purchases Made A Her Noon. Gre«r.hut and Co ; C, ml Avenue, 1 sth to m.i V ty - ii. Attmaa & Co. bh*!*^ 1 ■• Jivth A\cnue, 1 <Mh to lvthJt. . e_»h ■ m which represents all the unions fa> _ building trades. .»ai«l that the strßw^ I'hiiadflpi v.as looked on he r« as »*■&* a local affair, ami court! n^t aCi; t y York. ' *** SEEK PEACE AT EETHLEfIi^ Strikers Not Downcast at lev.* k President Schwab. Bethlehem. Perm.. March 7.— The « x » t!ve committee of the strikers at Uv» g^J" lehem steel plant to-day announced tfc^ v** IHiliilihsiil of a committee eompr:; - '" member from each organized craft for «* purpose of conferring with th*» eftcJaS ' the steel company In reference to a —»«, ment of the etr!ke. Two hundred machinist* of the "»l*sa* have been encaged by th* "«*r»)11.2 Company. of Philllpsburjr, N. J. The state police received warrants t'z« the steel company to-day for th* an^2 five men. charged with intim'datwa »aj ronsp!ra<-v in attempting to k^p employ from coing to work. The Information itu l» lRe,1 by four employes of tho iteel eaav pany who remain*.! at work. About c thousand men returned to work t't-^j BRIBER VT CASE NOT MSNTIOSE}, Demand for Broad Investigation },\* Pressed in Legislature. Albany, March 7.— Neither Senator jq± nor his accuser. Senator Corner. attagta the session of tho Senate to-r.lzht. an»» ti» business of both lf^sis'atlv© ho^ea .^ (■►(.j".| without reference to the brii^TjTfj. vestigatlon. This failure of the ••tor*. ers" to take advantage of another Jlar.*! risht session to press the demand f» . broader Investication confirms th« £ pression that they will bid* th#'r t*m until tha Senate has paaseri on th* ABej charge*. AlMs's direct examination will r » p^ tin ii- when the Investigation ■ re*ujaei« 11 o'clock to-morrow morning, bat Ctnmef* attorneys expect to Ret their chano» at t5» defendant before the end of the day. The* was a report to-nisht that the dili;»t« search carried on sine* th» investiijatfo; adjourned on Friday to discover resourcn AlMi failed to report on his direct exaicj. nation has been successful. A'Ms and fc 3 attorneys made » strong point of his a*. se-rtion that he was a comparatively pot; man. ANT! ->::; •.• v WET. Orleans County Elected Delegates •-, State Convention. [By Tf I<"srach to T^* TrßoßiJ Albion. N. V . March ".—Orleans C'«iatf Democrats elected th<»ir dPtesafes to-<isy (g this year's state convention, and altso^i this county Is only forty mlle3 from B«V falo the delega ft elected are strong ass- Con ners men. Conners'a friends m tls county started a brisk neht for *satn, but th*> opposition defeated »«n In a lar^ majority of tie districts, th* Conners flji; badly peterins out in the end. ResofcitJoa were pas.-eel in which Mayor Gaycor'j ministration was commended. W. B. Murphy, of Medina; Daniel Hazier, of Albion, and Jay Burns, of .'.bern«, were elected delegates to the state cost& tlon. COMSTOCK MINE MEF " New Yorkers Interested in a Flat to Work the Properties. [By Tei^sraph t» The Tribna-.J . San Francisco. March T.— som'» pre* nent Xcw York bankers and capitalin to-day announced plans for a merger « the principal Comstock mine;, which wtf go into effect on Jun* 1. They have »• cured a majority of the stock of the Buta and those stockholders who do. rut care ■ accept merger stock may <«ell th»ir boldip. Those behind th 3 merger are FrapKh Leonard, jr.. treasurer Comstock T'JJEtI Company; Adolph Lexrisohn, Erneii Thal mann, of I.ad^nburc. Thalmann & Co.; J. L Scheuer, of Probst. WitzVr & Co.; I Parker Charming, of New York; CbarlM A. Kllis, of Boston, and B. F. Sh.iT. W. C Ralston and Janrf MX of Saa Pa» Cisco, are alsi associated. Theao men will furnish money ti tar* on thf deep workings of the- Comst<>!i mire. In Ophir and Mexicasi million? I rakv out between the I*.2*>»> ami 2.J'>'> toet i«e» Below the :*.3o'> foot, level the ground b no touched, and for twenty years it ha 3 bea covered with water. KiTCHIN BETTER; SHERIFF WES Scotland Neck. N. C, March -Depwj Sheriff c W. Dunn died to-day from to effects of the bullet wound received at tb» hands of E. E. Powell on Friday, when * latter also shot Stat? Senator Travis arJ tAssebmsymant Assebmsyman A. Paul Kitchin, brotßffjf 'Governor Kitchi-.i. Travi.t and Kitchia'coi- Unas to Improve.