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TAFT RAILROAD BILL j PASSED BY HOUSE president Expresses Much Grati fication at Retention of Commerce Court. INSURGENTS JOIN REGULARS \ Thirteen Democrats Support Ad ministration Measure — Final Vote 200 to 126 — Harmony in House Thought Assured. f From Th<» Tribune Bureau. 1 , Washington. May 10. The administra tion railroad bill was supported by every Republican In the House of Representa tive* this afternoon and passed that body by a vote of 200 to 126. Thirteen Demo crats • recorded in favor of the JSeasorei As passed, the bill is Identical <nth that agreed on by the committee of - ihe -n-hole last week. Representative » damson, of Georgia, moved to recom mit the bill -with instructions to elim •nfite the Commerce Court, but this mo tion failed by a vote of 131 to 150. Rep rffontative Mann offered an amendment trfcich practically restored the merger sretion stricken out by the committee, >,. this -was defeated. 169 to 160. The Democrats who voted for the bill rrere Representatives Havens, of New York; Bartlett. of Nevada; Jamieson. of ] nWB ; Hughes, of New Jersey: Hardy, Smith. Russell and Gillespie, of Texas: bunders, of Virginia, and Webb, Pou, Kitchin and Page, of North Carolina. The vote of oach Democrat was applaud ro by the Republicans, and when the im-asure ■ ad been passed (here were mary predictions that from now until the , »nd nf the session the relations between Insurgents and the regulars would be decidedly more harmonious. Gratifica tion was expressed by Speaker Cannon ?nd others that there were sufficient Re rublioan votes alone to pass the measure.. President Taft said to-night that he Ti-as much gratified by the passage of ♦h« bill. Hi -was especially pleased with the ooTnfortable margin by which the Commerce Court feature was retained, for he regard? this court as probably the ■net important forward step in the pro poped law. •Rfjrardiug the amendments made and rroviFinns aa*drif la the House, the Pres ident said he did not fed that this was Ihe time and he was not fully enough f-sua!nted ; ,th. the changes to discuss t"T>rn. Referring to the clause providing f^r a steal valuation of railroads, Mr. Taft said that this power practically now re?ts with Our Interstate Commerce •"ommipsion and that i>ie difficulty in ■ arrying out norn ■ plan has always been found in the enormous cost of the under taking. • Motion to Recommit Lost. The Adamson motion to recommit was rcf«»at-d by a much lare*-r majority than V.po been expected. Only twelve Repub licans supported it. and they, with the rxception of Representative Fowler, of »tv .Ters*»y. were followers of Senators Cummins and La Follette. These ultra insureentP mere Representatives Cary. Nelson and L^nroot, of Wisconsin: I •avis and T.indt^rg. of Minnesota: TV-wier, of New Jersey; Gronna, of North Dakota; Haucen. Hubbard and Woods, of 10-sva: Norris. of Nebraska, and fester, of Washington. The failure to adopt th- Mann amend m*>nt prohibiting railroads from acquir ing interest in the capital stock of. or Tiirchawng another railroad when the linos are competitive was due to the vo^es of --.. New England Representa tives, who believe that such manners as the Tfcr-r\t one between th*» New York. Ne* Haven a.- Hartford and" the Boston * Hate* should not be prohibited. A 'cv irreconcilable insurgents joined the« • ... in voting against the, Mann. *rr>*>n<3TT)*nt. Those wfio joined the Dem ocrats -were Representatives Cary, I^en ror«t and Nelson, of Wisconsin; Gronna, ■< North Dakota; I>rap<?r, of New York: Davis and Lindbergh, of Minnesota; furrier, of New Hampshire; Gardner, Gr^ne, Tirrell. Roberts. Washburn and ■ttV-eks. of Massachusetts; Haugen, Hub- Yard. K*>ndaJl and Woods, of Iowa; Hip rinE. Hill. Dptlll and Tilson. of Con- Tier-ticut; Madden, of Illinois; Sheffield, of Rhode Island; Parker, of fren Jersey, and Polndexter, of Washington. Three Ttpmorrats — Representatives Havens, of New York, and Russell and Gillespie, of Texas— voted with the Republicans. It has been tedded by the Insurgents -.o make no effort to elect the Republican • nferrees. They have every confidence in Representative Mann, and it Is con fluently pr<-dictefi that the conference re port will be adopted by a substantial majo~-stv. Th^re was no debate on the MB to-day, although Representative n»srerald. o? New York, attempted to .»]av the >r.f- by numerous points of veer. Hew the Bi!! Would Change Law. The rr'l makes many changes in exist ;as la-w -which, if accepted by the Pen • 1<". win greatly affect interstate com r-*rce. The Court of Commerce is creat "3 to adjudicate cas»*s on a ppeal from • i^e Interstate Commerce Commission. *t i 6 provided that this court nhall be ' rear, :ze<3 by t.h<i justices of the Supreme <:ourt of the United States, future ai> menta to membership in the court to b^ made by th* i m. ~tork anC bond naves of railroads are ccziiro&ed by the b'li. Under this clause a railroad, before naming ilrl^ additional •toci, rr.ust obtain an order from the commission, which mast, among other • *:ings, ■a ■■■ pries at which the se • -Titles may be sold. a attar provision is earned In respect to railroads Welch •re organized through the courts. A rrorision is made that on the reor fa.ji^t'cn of a railroad through court' r oceedjngs' ■• hi and bonds cannot be .ss-jp-d for more than the. fair value of lac property. Ike long a?.l-r !ior ; -h' 1 clause p»o } ! <3ts that a railroad cannot, without tirrt" obtaining permission, charge more • "i" a thorl than for a long haul over the ►a*ne «h.«. The Interstate Commerce Ctvr.rairsion saw hi authorized wh .never • a»>\ rate is pioposed to suspend the Centiaut-d ma M>cond i-n#«-. Ws%^Vs%s+ i^^H t^^^^^^ v^^r^ "V"^" f >dr ■-•*" vtJm P fj^^^^^^jf^^^w^^w^K I^^^^^^* t^^^p**^^^^ . ,^^ ™ ,_^^_ —•- • -^™ *■*■ ■ . " w To-day, partly rlomi.y. J"o-inorr«>w . nhnurrk. MORE RJOTSJN CHINA Inland Mission at Yuen-Chow Reported Destroyed. <"han£r-Sha. China. May 10. — Word has reached here that riots have oc curred at Yuen-Chow, which is 225 miics from Chang-Sha. and that the Inland Mission has been destroyed. No details are given, as the telegraph wires save been cat. FREEDOM IN CHINA ' Imperial Decree to Emancipate . Millions of Slaves. Washington, May 10.— Chinese government by imperial rescript has abolished slavery throughout, the. em pire and has prohibited henceforth the purchase and sale of human beings under any pretext. The reform, how ever, is not altogether complete, as by the rescript certain forms of slavery will still be tolerated. In a report made to the State Department it is stated that the retainers of Manchu princes are not emancipated, but it is forbidden to call them slaves. They have long enjoyed educational and other privileges, al though still bound to their hereditary masters. The household slaves of the Manchus are also not emancipated, but their status under the law is Improved. They are to be regarded as hired servants, but their service is due for an unlimited term of years, so that they are in re ality perpetual slaves. Under this re script the immemorial practice of selling children in China in times of famine is abolished, although they may be bound for a specified term, but never beyond the ape of twenty-five. Concubinage is still to Ue permitted, but there is to be no bargain and sale. Such oonenbinea are t<« be married with proper legal formalities, and they will enjoy the protection of the law, but in reality they will be no better than per petual slaves to the principal wife. The rescript is said to he a compromise measure, but it will eventually srive free dom to millions of human beings, and is declared to mark a distinct advance in civilization. TAFT WARNS COMMITTEE Will Hold It Responsible for Suc cess of Postal Banks. Washington, May — President Taft summoned the members of the House Committee on Poetoflices and Post j Roads to the White House to-night, and. it is reported, told them plainly^ that he 'intended to hold them respon- j Bible for the success of the postal sav ings bank bill, which They have held up by their refusal to report it favorably. That the conference was earnest was indicated by the fact that Representa tive Weeks, chairman of the committee, did not peach his home until midnight. The others left the White House earlier. PRICELESS PANEL SEIZED Genuine Michael Angelo, Says Claimant of Painting. \i th< Appraiser's Stores experts are puzzling "\er h painted panel that was brought from Trieste on the steamship Oceania by the steward, captured by a ruetoms watchman at th»> Push docks, in Brooklyn, where the Oceania tied up. :md seized by Collector I^oeb's inspectors because it was not declared. The paint ing was addressed to A. I*. Cereis, of this city. Mr. <ler<is was sent for. He de clared Hi it the painting was a genuine production of Michael Angelo and of priceless value. The government obtained from Mr. Go mis the information that the painted panel had been the property of relatives for many years, and that they had sent it as belonging rightfully to him. If the experts at the Appraiser's Stores are satisfied that the painting is more than twenty years old it will be surrendered t" the owner. All works of art, like paintings, that are more than twenty years old are admitted free of duty. Under that clause in the tariff act th failure to declare Is not a punitive of fence. BAD WRECK BLOCKS ERIE Passengers Delayed for Three H our s — Suits Threatened. one of the worst wrecks with which the Kric Railroad has had to contend in years occurred last night when a car Of B heavily loaded freight train jumped the track in the tunnel just outside Jer s.-y City. Six outgoing trains, including two Chicago expresses, and twelve incom ing trains, were held up for three hours, in the mean time the station at Jersey City became thronged with commuters and others who had not been told that they would be delayed in getting to their homes. Many business men Of New York were In the throng, and some of them threat ened to bring suit against the road for not living up to the law which provides that a notice be posted whenever the road officials know the schedule cannot be maintained. Th.- incoming trains were stalled out In the Jersey meadows. Nearly two thousand passengers, be coming impatient at the long delay, walked through the marshes to reach trolleys. The uproar on the part of pas sengers bound for Chicago became so great that the road; management ar ranged to have one of the expresses switched on to the "Teal Shore track" at vTeehawken. This necessitates ■ long detour around Bergen Hill. The wreck occurred at 8:30. and it was not until 11:36 that the tracks were cleared. Four cars left the tracks and two were completely iieinolish"d. No one was injured; REMEMBERS NURSE AND CLERK Wealthy Woman Leaves $50,000 to Former and $10,000 to Latter. Boston, Mi li.— The devotion of a nurse and the ..:,,- of a banlt <-]<Tk were luU nd to have been rf-r.-arded when the v ill of Mrs. ami ■- Preston Lincoln, of No. 23S Comrr.onv.eaHii uvftnuo, was filed for probate iii Suffolk Count) to-day. Mrs. ,_,,.... «li«ri yesterday^ leaving a !jrg««s tate. To Mlss'Neltle K. Mclsaacs. a nurse in tbe faircHy for • .... >*virs. v.as left $50, sja. To Otto Ken ■. a clerk in taa State •-•tT«»»"t ■<!-! omtMJ was left 510,000,* be c»u>f of "Id* rK>Htenc-^s »'»<* kindness in b::s*ir;*ss de&it«ips.V 'V«- ■ One public letjurot v. , ? •:n-a<\ ..hut " r J**" <vx) to Grace Hospital, JJvstcn. NEW-YORK, WEDNESDAY, 'MAY 11. ' : idi6.— FOURTEEN PAGES. *•* WHO QUEENS BUME HINDU SOCIETY MESSAGE 10 NATION FOR DOUBLE MURDER A Pathetic Note ot Thanks for the Sympathy of the People. CATHOLICS ASK A CHANGE Cabinet to Introduce Bill Amend ing Royal Declaration — Mr. Roosevelt Not to Speak on May 18 at Oxford. London. May lO.— While the rulers and representatives of foreign nations are assembling here for the funeral of King Fdward VII the necessary formalities incident to th? ceremonies are being gradually completed. The widowed Queen has sent a touching personal mes sage to the nation, written in unassum ing style and recalling similar intimate messages which Queen Victoria was in the habit of addressing to her people. King George has addressed messages to the navy and army, expressing his thanks for their loyalty and devotion and his solicitude for the efficiency <<<" both services. A message also has gone from the King to the Indian princes and people mentioning his profound grati tude for their sympathy. Late to-night the body of King Ed ward, inclosed in an oaken casket, was transferred to the Throne Room of Buck ingham Palace, where it rests on a cata falque covered with the same purple pall which enshrouded the coffin of Queen Victoria. A silken royal ensign has been spread over the pall. Many floral offer ings coming from abroad will be de posited in the Throne Room, where the body will remain until its removal to Westminster Hall. The Queen Mother Alexandra's mes sage follows: From the depth of my poor broken heart I wish to express to the whole na tion and our own kind people we love so well my deep felt thanks for all their touching sympathy in my overwhelming sorrow and unspeakable anguish. Not alone have I lost everything in him. my beloved husband, but the na tion, too. have suffered an irreparable loss by their best friend, father and sov ereign thus suddenly called away. May God give us all His divine help to bear this heaviest of crosses, which He has seen fit to lay upon us. "His will be done." Give to me a thought in your prayers which will comfort and sustain me in all that I nave to go through. Let me take this opportunity of expressing my heart felt thanks for all the touching letters and tokens of sympathy I have received from all classes, high and low. rich and poor, which are so numerous that I fear it would be impossible for me ever to thank everybody individually. I confide my dear sen into your care, who, I know, will follow in his dear father's footsteps, begging you to show him the same loyalty and devotion you showed his dear father. i know that both my dear son and daughter-in-law will do their utmost to merit and keep it. On* 1 " of the first messages issued by King George, who has long been known as "the sailor prince.'' was addressed to the navy. In it the King says: It is my earnest wish on succeeding to the throne to make known to the navy how deeply grateful I am for its faithful und distinguished services rendered to the late King, my beloved father, who ever showed the greatest solicitude for its welfare and efficiency. Kducated and trained in that profes sion which I love so dearly, retirement from active duty has in no sense dimin ished niy feelings of affection for it. For thirty-three years I have 1 ad the honor of serving in the navy, and such inti mate participation in its life and work enables me to know how thoroughly : can depend on that spirit of loyalty and zealous devotion to duty, of which the glorious history of our navy is the out come. That you will ever continue to be as in the past the foremost defender of your country's honor I know full well, and your fortunes will always be fol lowed by me with deep feelings of pride, affection and interest. GEORGE R. John Redmond, leader of the Irish Par liamentary party, has written to Pre mier Asquith reminding him of the fa vorable expressions when recently th? question was raised in Parliament by the Duke of Norfolk, the foremost Cath olic in Kngland. of abolishing from the declaration which the monarch must make before a new Parliament the ancient words "abjuring the Church of Rome," which. Mr. Redmond says, are most offensive to all Catholics. The Cabinet decided to-day to introduce a bill amending the declaration of the King wherein he asserts his disbelief in the substantiation and adoration of the Virgin and saints, and that he makes declaration without mental reservation or dispensation from the Pope or other authority. For the declaration that the foregoing doctrines and the mass "are supersti tious and idolatrous," it is proposed to substitute the words "are contrary to mv belief" and to omit reference to the Pope. The majority of the members of Par liament are believed to favor these changes, but the Orangemen and ex treme Protestants will oppose them. The Catholics wish the entire declara tion abolished, but the. law officers of the crown consider, such a safeguard against a Catholic monarch necessary. Roosevelt Lecture Postponed. It was definitely announced to-night that Mr. Roosevelt's lecture at Oxford University, which was scheduled for May 18. has been postponed. The city is again assuming a compara tively normal aspect. Except for the appearance of mourning emblems along the streets, the fluttering of flags at halfmast and the drawn blinds at the leading clubhouses and in the govern ment offices, a stranger visiting London to-day would find little outward evidence of the occurrences which have attracted the attention of the world for the last three' days. Meantime, however, preparations are going forward for the. imposing state funeral of the monarch. The arrange ments are being made behind closed doors tli*» chief " "'" 8 "' the royal household and of the Cabinet shaping the various preliminaries. Kc.v details have been made pubßc. Chief interest to-day was in the first meeting of the Cabinet suite the return <if premier Asquith. It does not appear, however, that the ministers gave any special consideration to the momentous ioii:nH'<l on »«i«.i.il r'nf East Indian Organization Punch aya Called Worst of Secret Orders. POLICE ARE BARE OF CLEWS Oriental Vengeance Believed to Be at Bottom of Baffling Crime in Dr. Can non's House. The baffling murder of Mary Meehner, the housekeeper, and William Benan, the Hindu butler, in the home of Dr. Mott D. Cannon, at No. 131 West 121' d street, on Monday afternoon developed yester day into a deeper mystery, when the slender clews which were found by the detectives failed to provide any basis for the solution of the double crime. While the police considered robbery as a possible motive, detectives familiar with Oriental crimes sought to connect the murders with the Punchaya Fociety, which is .«aid to be feared by the Hindus as the most diabolical of secret orders. In the commission of their crimes the society members are known to aim to deface their victims and leave them un recognizable. Benan. whose real name was Danukal harie. fled from Calcutta two years ago. He left his wife and c. Idren, who be longed to the middle caste of the Hindus. He guarded his whereabouts in Trinidad, W. 1., until a year agro, when he came to New York with A. Tulsie, a Hindu dental student, who lives at No. L'Ll) East 53d street. Since that time he had been employed at many places and had always left with good recommendations. Each time Benan showed fear as he gave up his place. The detectives have not learned that the Hindu had received threats from the Punchaya. Hindus in this city said that the organization planned its mur ders with deeper secrecy tliar the Black Hand or the Hunchakist, and that rone of their members ever left a trace after assassination. It was pointed out that Benan was the first to be attacked rind that the old housekeeper had proba bly received her blow when she went to his assistance. The autopsy on the bodies of Miss Meehner and Benan showed that both had been felled by a weapon similar to a blackjack. They were then shot, the bullets being aimed at their faces. Capbun Arthur ( Kuhnr>, of the Harlem Detective Bureau, had all his men on the case yesterday. An elaborate search was made of the house and the grounds. The walls and the furniture were examined for linger prints, but nothing was found to give the least aid to. the detectives. In. reconstructing th* crime. Captain Kuhne.and Inspector Russell held a. con ference. Many, motives were suggested, but all jravr way. The detectives were finally assigned to work on th» motive of a possible robbery, the work of a mad man or the revenue of the Hindu secret order. Helen Hammond, a schoolgirl who att<^n<Wl the class taught by Dr. Can non's sister, gave th* 3 police a clew which led them to believe that the fiend who killed the old housekeeper and the Hindu was in the house for some time after the murders. Miss Hammond culled at the house shortly after 3 o'clock. She bad bpf j n commissioned to deliver a bn« quet of flowers, as Miss Cannon was going to do gome shopping with Miss Julia Freebdrh, who also lived in the doctor's house. "The rough voice of a man frightened me from the bouse." said Miss Ham mond, as she related to the detectives how she rang the bell and how a man opened the door, and then scared her away from th»^ house. Miss Hammond said site was so alarmed that she did not even look up at the man's face. Fn their first search the police found Dr. Cannon's revolver with three cham bers empty. This led them to believe that the weapon was used for the shoot- Ing:. The autopsy showed that four bul lets Mere used, and one of these hull^ts was of soft lead, different from those which were fn the cartridges in the re volver found by the police. In their efforts to trace th' murder to the Puncliaya Society the detectives barned that Benan was hidden at the home of a Hindu in this city for two weeks before the murder. He had re signed h place on a steamship because of a man who. it was learned last night, posed as a negro and threatened to kill him. It was the same reason that led him to give up his place in a Brooklyn hotel. FOUR HURT IN AUTO CRASH Woman May Die as Result of Accident in Reliability Run. Elizabeth. X. J.. May 10.— Poor per sons were badly hurt, one probably fa tally, and two automobiles were wrecked in a head-on collision that occurred In Railway avenue, about two miles out side of this city, at 9:30 o'clock this morning. One machine, a, touring car, carried Mrs. Anna Applegate, of Manala pan, N. J.: Miss Adelaide Meyers, of Newark, and William H. Mount, of Kan sas City. Mo., owner and driver of the car. The other car. a Kohler 40, and No. I.M in the two-day reliability run around New Jersey, was occupied by the owner. Dr. A. Dallas, of Pino Brook, N. J., and N. M. Egerta, his brother-in law, and driven by A. D. Briers. The two cars were proceeding in oppo site directions, and crashed together as tiny swung to the same side of the road to avoid a delivery wagon. Mrs. Apple gate was 'thrown out and v received a fractured skull, contusions of the body and possible internal injuries, she is in a critical condition. jfiss Meyers and Mr. Mount each received several fract ured ribs and contusions of the body. All were taken to the Kt. Elizabeth' Hos pital. Dr. Pallas received a lacerated wound on the forehead and a fractured finger, and was cared for at the General Hospi tal. The other passengers of his car, v ho were slightly cut and br;ii: J-tl, were treated by ambulance Burgeons . PRINCE IYTOSATO TOKL'GAWA. The son of the last Shogun of Japan, who sails to-day on the Mauritania, after three busy days spent in sightseeing in this city. (Photo by Paul Thompson.) NEW BATTLESHIPS GIAKTS Planned To Be Most Formida'ile Vessels Afloat. WILL CARRY 14-INCH GUNS Improvements in Armament, Speed and Endurance Em bodied in Designs. I From The Tribune Bureau. 1 Washington. May I".— The Naval Gen eral Board has before it the tentative designs of the new battleships, the con struct'on of two of which Congress will authorize at the present r.eesion. The naval constructors have completed the provisional plans, which hare gone to the General Board, as is usual each year, for the determination of military- feat ure. Instructions have aga'n been given that th<* chief characteristics and special qualifications of these new ships shall be regarded ?s government secrets, and it is purposed to impart no informa tion relating to them, although there is a suspicion that those who are particu larly interested in finding out anything about the vessels will gain access to all the statistics they desire. The new ships will be on*> thousand tons greater displacement than the Ar kansas and the Wyoming, which are of 2&.000 tons, and it is purposed to use this increased displacement in adding to the armament, and so increasing what may he called the hitting power of the new ships. There will be at least ten 14-inch, instead of twelve lL'-inch. guns, which is the armament of the battle ships authorized last year. Ten 14-inch guns are regarded as better than twelve Il'-inch guns, but it is also recognized that advantages gained in one way must he lost in another. It would be possible to have more 14-inch guns, .but it is altogether a matter of weights. Any thing added to one characteristic must be offset by a reduction in the weight of another feature. It is desired to increase t le hitting power of the new ships, and maintain the speed and. if possible, increase the en durance. The latter feature is brought about by increased capacity for the storage of coal. The new ships wfl! em brace the best features in construction and in a military way. They will have more destructive batteries and will be able to keep the -sea- longer than any battleship under construction. There will be some minor improve ments over the latest design adopted. such as better ventilation and further re duction <>f what is known as "top hamper." such as boat? and o-ther ar ticles wYiich have hitherto lumbered the decks of battleships. The new ships will be the best examples of naval power afloat. The Genera! Board in its part of the development of the plans i P seeking the advice and assistance of officers of the fleet, several of whom have been summoned to Washington for consulta tion. UNIONS TO BUY BONDS Plan to Aid Milwaukee's Social ist Government. [By TVleimipti to Th. Tribune. ] . Milwaukee. May 10. — The trade unions* national organizations which have social istic inclinations .ire planning to come to the. rescue of Milwaukee's socialistic city administration when an effort Is made to float bonds for the carrying out of the socialist programme, by Investing their treasury balances in thepe bonds. ■ ** The first union to take such action as the International Bakers? Union, which, at a meeting in Chicago a "few day* ago, decided to sell its 5200,000 worth of United State* bonds and turn the money into Milwaukee municipal bonds in case Eastern j interests refuse to take the chance of loaning money to the Milwaukee administration. The national brewers' organization said to bo planning to take the same course with Si.uoo.ouo which they have Invested in government bonds. The, mine workers 1 two organizations are also said to favor the plan. •'Illicit.*-' tl'o stylish eyeglass. Bisigh't or Toric Pebble*. spencer », SI Maiden I>ane. - AJM. , T .- ( _^ /vXTtV r^irVT* In City of >'ew York. J«r*ey City awl Hobokea. PRICE • OJV-Ej - I h.> 1 ELSEWHERE TWO CENT?. ; FORBES COMES TO GRIEF Fonnd Unconscious with Yates When Balloon Lands. [By Telesfrap 1 NY? TIMBM ! Glasgow. Ky.. May l».--T-.vo men who have been identified as A. Holland Forbc.-s and J. Oarrington Yates, both of New York, fell with their balloon a dis tance of several hundred feet te a farm near Center. M.tcalfe County, late this evening. Roth men were unconscious and are suffering 'from severe bt - and possible internal injuries On a card bearing the nanK "A. Hol land Forbos." found in ore of the man's pocfcetS. was thf instruction: "In case of accident notify a N>w York news paper." The two men were taken to the home of a farmer and .i physician was called. Forbes regained consciousness to a slight degree "and told in a dazed fash ion of having started out from some point in an attempt to reach New York. The second man had not regained con sciousness and the physician attending them says both were in a critical con dition. Later in the evening Forbes recovered consciousness for the second time. He seemed dazea and talked disconnectedly. From what he said it is supposed that a leakage of gas overcame the men, who lost control of the balloon. The balloon was sighted two hours before it dropped. It was coming from a southerly direction. The food of the balloonists had a'l ben eaten or thrown away, and both men were lying uncon scious in the bottom of their car when they struck the earth. A. Holland Ferbes. accompanied by J. Carringtoii Tates. ascended from Quiney. 111., at 6:50 o'clock on Tutsday night. The balloon ascended almost vrtically for three thousand fact, and then moved slowly in a southerly .iirection. Mr. Forbes took with him a four days' supply of food and a supply of bedding said to exceed any amount ever carried before by a balloonist. Tt was his intention to strike an air current which, would carry him northward over Chicago, the <;reat I^akes. and thence across, the Canadian borfW •• the Gulf of St. iAwrenee. where he planned to land. The flight was made with the object of establishing a new world's record, both for length of flight and time in the air.- The present distance record is UN miles and the endurance record is seventy- two hours. Mr. Forbf won the Lahm Cup. in a flight from St. Liouis to Beach. Va.. twenty two miles south of Richmond. on October 12-13. 190!». by covering S3fX.ll mil<*3 in £9 hours 15 minute?. $10,000 JEWEL ROBBERY Gems Missing from Apartment Uptown in Strange Manner. T«»n thousand dollars' worth of jewels are missing from the. apartments of James P. Traviss, broker, in the Lucerne. at TfHh street and Amsterdam avenue, and detectives from the Central Office and from' the 4th Branch Detective Bu reau are looking for them, although the manager of the apartment house says h^ feels confident that the valuables Have niere lv been mlsJaid. Mr. Traviss and hi? wife are equally sure there has been a robbery. On Monday Mr?. Traviss saw tr» the packing of her trunks preparatory is a trip to Europe, and on Monday after noon went to the Actors* Fund Fair. On her return she discovered, she says, that her jewel rase had been opened and a good deal of jewelry taken. BRAZIL CRUISER ROBBED Safe Holding $35,000 Cut from Captain" s Cabin. Toulon. May H>. An extraordinary robbery has occurred or. board the Bra zilian schoolship Benjamin Constant, which Is undergoing repairs here. A safe containing ?.'UV«>"\ which was fixed to the wall in the captain's cabin, was taken out and carried away bodily some time last night. THE COMET _STIRS FRANCE Views of Scientists Regarding Qualities and Orbit. Paris. May 10.— Astronomers in France arc making observations on Halleys comet »hi<h are attracting great in terest. Maurice Hamy. Of* the Paris Ob servatory, reports that the length of the tail has increased from S to 10 degree in three days. Professor Deslandres. of the University of Dijon, finds a reap pearance in the spectroscope of cyano gen, the poisonous gas which *as ob served in January and February but disappeared In March. In his report he says that the hypothesis that the gas is liable to affect the terrestrial atmosphere would not be at all absurd. On the other hand. Camilla Klani nrcarion thinks that the tail of the rom*»t is simply an op.tieal phenomenon, pro duced by the flight through ether, sim ilar to the wake of a ship at sea. M Mar^hand maintains that the comet shows important variations from Its pre dicted orbit, which presages unexpected surp rises. Genera. N. V.. May I<>. r>r. William R. Brooks, director of th" Smith Ob servatory and professor of astronomy at H^bart < ollege. reports excellent ob servations of Halleys comet this morn ing. The comet was much brighter and the. tall could be traced to a length of 2.~» degrees, and nearly parallel to the great square of Pegasus. The nucleus was brighter than any star In that region of the heavens. Dr. Brooks says the comet is now in its best position for morning: observa tion. RAN INTO FUNERAL PARTY Woman Severely Injured and Husband and Children Bruised. A woman was severely* Injured and five other persons were badly shaken up about' noon yesterday, when- a carriage. in. which were Mrs. Margaret Blumen- Stock. thirty-eight years old, of No. til Floyd street; her husband and their four children, was run Into by a trolley car in Brooklyn. The party was just leaving church tor a funeral. Mrs. Blumenstock was found to be suf fering from shook, possible concussion of the brain and internal injuries. Mr. Blumenstock and the children were bruised and shocked. The family were taken to the home of Mrs. Thomas. No. 183 Park avenue. After bein-" attended by ambulance surgeons they were sent home. JERSEY FIRE LIGHTS UP RIVER FOR MILES Thousands Here Line Banks of the Hudson as Schuetzen Park Burns. GUARDSMEN PUT TO ROUT Stand Not Upon the Order of Their Going as Flame 3 Break In on Drill — Damage More Than $100,000. While thousands in Manhattan and The Bronx lined the eastern sfcarci I tne Hudson River last night, gathered there to watch the spectacular sig-ht. a fire which raged In Schutien Park, t'nion Hill. K. J., destroyed the im mense dancing pavilion and dirt more than JMMM damage to other property. The fire started in the kitchen at tached to the pavilion, probably from an overheated stove, .and rapidly ate its way through the dry wooden structure, soon gaining headway that put It prac tically beyond the control of the fire men. In spite of the fact that the fir» almost completely destroyed a ma; * of the buildings in the park, there was no loss of life and no one was badly hurt. Because of its location atop of the lofty crags of the Palisades elifrs. which rise to a height of more than two hun dred feet at this point, the flames could be seen more than ten miles away. The glare lighted up the darkness of th« river and created a weird effect, and It was not long before great crowds of people, from as far south as Brooklyn and as far to the north as the city limits in The Bronx, were gathered on the river bank to witness the spectacle. Soldiers in a Hurry. The fire started just before 9 o'clock, and at the time of its discovery th« dance hall was being used for drill pur poses by Company M. of the 4th Regi ment, X. G. N. J. According to stories told last night the valiant guardsmen dt>J riot wait to discover the extent or CMSSS of the fire, but made a quick dash for the nearest exits. They apparently did not welcome a, baptism of fire any sooner than might prove to be necessary for th« defence of their native land. Men living near the park were th* first to come to the aid of the employes. They managed to connect several lengths of. ho.«* and started in to deluge th» flames with well directed streams -oZ water, but their efforts in this direction Are not of much use. for the water pressure was anything but robust- and scarcely enough to extend a garden hos<». : Shouting orders in a loud voice. Henry Andes. Chief of Police of North Bergen. ; si the head of twenty constables, was the ! first official to arrive on the scene. Under | his direction his men arranged . them selves throughout the park' and attempt ed to stay th<? advance of* the fir". While they were doing yeomen service with what instruments they, had. the? were cheered by the sound if fire engine bells, and soon the companies of half a dozen different townships were piling Into the glaring breach. With two exceptions these engine com panies are volunteer organizations and are equipped with fire fighting apparatus that was seen in small country town* many years ago. These engines were not drawn by horses, but were propelled by man power. Mid consisted principally of many lengths of hows wound about a rack, with long handles on either side, on ■which the amateur fire eaters leaned their weight, thus pumping th«» water through the pipes. Volunteers Do Good Work. In spite of this handicap and the big start which the fire had gained, the fire men did effective work in stopping the spread of the flames, and when it irai realized that the dancing pavilion was doomed they turned their attention -to savins: other property near by. Many private houses outside the confines of the park were beginning to burn, o^ins: to sparks which had ignited th« wood work.- and these would have gone up also had It not been for the tire fightrra of North Bergen. Tnion Hill. We-^t !»•:>- About four hundred led from the par;, is the Fritz Keuter AltesihefSS, a r« trra for aged Germans, and the high win I which was blowing soon carried spark* to the roof or the building. The Inmate* vere badly frightened, and for a time it was feared that ■ panic might resntt. but undtr the orders of the half dozen chiefs of police quiet was restored. Sev eral of the most feeble of the inmate-* were carried to a roadhouse near by, where they were kept until all danger was over. While the fire wa? at its height and the undivided attention of the fireman and police was being given to the work of extinguishment, some unkindly per sons seized the opportunity to visit the chicken coops in the rear of the burning buildings and disturb the rural birds on their roosts. A dozen of the choicest specimens of the poultryman's art w>r«> removed. At 11 o'clock' it was seen that the fire would .spread no further, and It was de cided to let it burn itself out. It was still glowing at midnight,* and it wm thought that it would continue to burn all day to-day. The only injury report ed was an accident to Charles Hoffman, of the Overlook Hose Company, who re ceived a fractured arm when he was thrown from his seat on the engine. Schiltzen Park was built about twelv« yean ago. and is owned by the various German societies of this city. • About six blocks from the park there ■was a lot of excitement among th» neighbors of the . gas tanks situated there. Sparks flew around th© tanks, and the dwellers in nearby houses mad* a hasty exit. MORE TIME TO COMPLETE TUBE. A years delay has been granted th» Hudson & Manhattan Railroad Company tor the completion of Its line up Sixth ave nue to 33d street and for the building of the Ninth avenue spur. The work was to have been completed by June 13. but on ap plication of the company the Public Ser vice Commission granted th« desired •*'- en - -. ■