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Paiher Had Promised Her in
Marriage, but She Had Re
nd to Fulfil Bargain.
£e serves Called Out to Quiet Ex
citement in East Side Tene
ment. Where the Shoot
ing Occurred.
Morris Nathanson. a grocer's clerk,
lay in wait for Jennie Minkoff last night
in the hallway of her home. No. 25 East
Id street, and as she returned from work
thortly before 0 o'clock shot and killed
her. Then slipping the revolver into his
jacket he walked to the ."th street sta
tion hour<\ confessed his crime to the
lieutenant in charge and swooned. Un
requited love was the — mixed with
' Inkoff was a girl of eighteen.
..ng to Nathanson's own state
made later at Police Headquar
n>e had never encouraged him; in
■ riae had at no time exchanged mor<»
c.isual word with him. She was
: piii. one of four daughters of a
working father, who eked out a
: i>d in a grocery store in the base
' the h"use where she was killed,
son lay in wait for her in the pri
■ the third floor, and she was
•^ • town at ht r on threshold, her
\ :■■ falling befoFe the door.
Two Shots Were Fired.
shots were fired. One took effect
right shoulder and the other
: her heart. Xathanson stepped
t • r Che prostrate form and dashed down
The house had been alarmed, doors
ami hysterical voices de
1 to know what the trouble was.
Tne door of the Minkoff apartment
. and the dead girl's younger sis
red oat into the semi
; • At that moment Samuel Fhar
liey, a ttnant of the floor above, dashed
tfowa the stairp. He heard Rose Rffcft
renaa, and hastened into the hall-
Bl led ov*r Jenmc Minkoff's
N'athanson had mad* his way to the
■ • • aad walked hastily toward the
frh str^<->t station.
• Fronting Lieutenant Judge, he ex
claimed: "I've just shot my girl."
Then he drew out the .38 calibre re
volver with which he had done the
shooting, and laid it on the desk.
"Why did you do it?" demanded the
The Prisoner's Story.
Nathanson merely groaned and fell in
f, faint. When he revived he was taken
to Police Headquarters. There, after he
hr;d become ■ bit less hysterical, he said
he had loved the girl for a long time,
but she had never encouraged him. Her
father, however, had promised she
should become his wife, but later he
changed his mind and told Nathanson
That ••• marriage was impossible.
Morris Minkoff. father of the mur
r3*=r«>d pirl. had long owned the basement
prAc-fry. but on March 27 it was sold to
Xathanson's uncle, who. in turn, trans
ferred * l to his nephew. Minkoff. it is
F-.id. tried his hand at several other oc
cupations, but he could not succeed.
Ho bemoaned his fate to the elder
Nathanson and wanted to buy the busi
prss back. He was referred to young
Nathanson. who offered to turn the gro
rtj-y over to Minkoff provided he would
j.ormit him to pay court to Jennie.
Bargain Not Fulfilled.
Minkoff gave his consent, and the store
\*rame his property again But when
Nathanson went to court Jennie, lie
found that the girl would have none of
him. He complained to her father, but
Mr. Wnfcoff declined to coerce his
Doubly rebuffed. Nathanron said at
Police Headquarters last night, he took
to drink, and he was under the influ
ence of liquor when he did the shooting.
Max Reckon, one of the tenants of Mo.
VT< East Id street, told the police that
during the afternoon h*- had seen Nath
ansoo coming down from the roof, to
-uhich he had evidently gained access
from the adjoining house.
The excitement aiming the house
v.h^re the shooting occurred was so
treat that the reserves of the .">th street
friatjon !;ad to disperse the crowd.
Attorney General Hart to Run Against
Smith and Brown.
fCy TVtesrar* to The Tribune]
Atlanta, June Z7.-Deelarin?r that et-Gov
c-nor iioke Smith and Governor Joseph M.
lirown. who are candidates for the Gov
trnorrfnp nomination, are "enemies of pea.-*
in Georgia," Attorney General John C.
Hart announced his candidacy for the pUce
to-day. Hart says the Smith-Brown feud Is
Injuring the state, and declares that he
♦niers the race to end the quarrel and re
no;f p.?ace.
It is be'Jeved Hart's entry will weaken
th* candidacy of Governor Brown. Two
>«-ars ago Brown, who had been dismissed
a* railroad commissioner by Governor
FmiTh, defeated the latter for a second
term: Now Smith ..-ks to defeat Brows
f'.r renonii nation.
Departing Co-Eds, of Wesleyan Sur
prise University Undergraduates.
(By T>l<>*rraph to The Triune.]
MttOletuvui: Corn.. June 27.-The B»d< r-
Eraduai-s at Wc-sleyan University to-day
ver« surprised when President Bhatialin
announced that the Walkley piiz'. awarded
for- ♦-scelleuce in psychology, th« most
Bought far j.iiz* within the gift of the ■■*•
-.♦Tsity, bad bean awarded to Ida Eliza
beth ii.tz. of this city, one of the ■«■*■
Regents, wfaj. by vote of the trustee*, are
to be from the university here
i'i.e of th* ten women students in the
class carried on* prixea and ■..,.- < on-
Mataine Marius I'zjianz.v of MalteH*.
Italy, tu-.-k two prize* and iv.-J '"* class -:>
•>■ j -ize dinner.
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To-day, nhowew.
To-morrow, partly cloudy and wanner.
Patrolman's Prompt Action
Saves Man with Severed Vein.
ErJck Boesch, a butcher, who is em
ployed at a shop in West 125 th street,
■a* sharpening a knife last night when
he accidentally severed a vein in his
wrist. Some one telephoned for an am
bulance. Meanwhile, the injured man
began to grow weak from loss of blood.
Patrolman Behr then came in. He
made a tourniquet out of his nightstick
and stopped the f.ow of blood. Some
time after an ambulance arrived from
the J. Hood Wright Hospital. Dr. Gold
berger dressed the wound and declared
that Behr's action had probably saved
the man's life.
Two Middies-To-Be Marry An
napolis Girls.
I By Telegraph to The Tribune]
Annapolis. June 27.— Coming all the
way from Chilgress, Tex., to enter the
Naval Academy, Alfred C. Bruce, after
meeting Miss Leona Meade. of An
napolis, and hearing that the govern
ment denies matrimony to middies un
til two* years after graduation, relin
quished a naval career to make the girl
his bride. He took the entrance exam
inations, which ended on Saturday, and
the same day slipped away to a Balti
more suburb, where a license was got
and a parson found to tie the knot. The
couple have not returned to Annapolis,
and the elopement did not become
known here until to-day.
Bruce, even had he not married, would
have been in a bad way when he took
the entrance oath. As a midshipman
he would have had to swear he was
under twenty years old. In getting his
marriage licence he gave his age as
twenty-three and that of his bride as
The elopement Is the second within
three weeks wherein the bridegroom was
a naval candidate. The couple who set
the fashion were James M. Saunders, of
Fitzgerald, Ga., and Miss Henrietta
Noma Franklin, of Annapolis.
Students on Way to Frisco Could
Not Resist Fight and Reno.
Reno. Nev., June 27. — In Shakespeare's
time the play was the thing, but just
now the fight's the thing, and no one
realizes this more than the students
from Eastern colleges who came West
ostensibly to see Margaret Anglin's
presentation of "Antigone" in the Greek
Theatre at the University of California.
Interest in the performance under the
direction of George Riddle, of Harvard,
prompted many fathers to open purse
strings and send the boys on to see a
real instructive presentation, but the re
incarnation of Antigone, with all the art
of Miss Anglin to back it, has been un
able to offset the counter attraction of
the gladiators who will meet here in the
stadium on July 4.
Reno, unfortunately, is on the main
line of the Southern Pacific Railroad,
and thereby hangs a tale. Practically
every through train that comes here
brings a noble "Seven Against Thebes."
real Harvard, Tale and Princeton war
riors, bound for the stadium at Berke
ley, but somehow the interest In the
d;:sky Johnson and the grim Jeffries
causes them to throw off baggage here
and cling close to the "big show."
Although the production in Berkeley
will be given on Thursday, giving ample
time to return here in time for the fight.
the students from the East declare that
they must have time to "look the men
over." It is said that the railroad con
templates issuing a rule that no fight
talk will be permitted on trains carry
ing students between Ogden and Battle
Arrest Follows Edwards' s Ef
forts to Stop Growing Abuse.
S<> many complaints have reached
Commissioner Edwards recently in re
gard to persons soliciting financial aid
for the members of the Street Cleaning
Department that he has resolved to put
an end to the practice.
A few weeks ago Joseph M. Lynch, a
driver attached to Station X, snd Joseph
Felix, a sweeper attached to Section 34,
were placed on trial, charged with so
liciting funds, and dismissed from the
Protesting innocence, they said they
knew who the guilty man was. and
asked Edwards if he would reinstate
them if they produced the offender. He
gave the non-committal answer. "Go
They suspected Bryan Quinn. who had
solicited funds before for the Street
Cleaners' benevolent ball, and found
him at a hotel. He was taken to the
V.vst 3<"-th street station, and charged
tffth gating money under false pre
Kdwards said last night: "Lynch and
Felix were dismissed after a fair trial.
The rule is established that no one in
my department shall collect money. De
tectivea are hired to catch the offenders
If possible. I don't know. Quinn: he may
i, f - hired by the others to collect money
f.ir «Jiem."
Justice Morschauser Makes Example of
Man Who Pleads Guilty.
I.H»lifc<'l«lr N. *-. Juu * 27.--Not l'««
than five nor more than t«-n years in BUS
Sin" prison was the sentence dealt out to
reaper Price to-day by Justice Moreehausjr
In the Supreme Court, because Price hal
tired a bullet at a New York Central pas
s"nfffr train.
"This is p. gravr offence." said the court,
"and the excuse that you were drunk .Joes
not go. People riding on trains should be
protected against danger of having bullet '
pass through their heads. An example must
be made in your ca*e to.4et«r others front
men arts." Price had pi— guilty to the
st Petersburg. June 27. -The Council of
the Frnpire passed the Finnish bill to-day
on n< final re«uiing. This measure has •*■
ready baea adopted by the Douma. It
clve «: the Dowm legislative authority over
fie Finnish Diet, and has aroueed bitter
opposition in Kinland :
Hudson River Day Line Spec"! Pough
• »?rsie Service, one hour later than' thru
,oi* return can bo made on same steani-
S * Music and Perfect Servicc-AdvL
Several Men and Woman Capt
ure Son of Rich Brooklynite
Near Albany.
Second Husband of Youngster's
Mother Expresses Belief
That Child Is in Her
Michael L. McLaughlin, jr.. the eight
year-old son of Michael L. McLaughlin,
a wealthy real estate dealer, who lives
at No. ITS Remsen street, Brooklyn, was
kidnapped by several men and a woman
yesterday as he was playing on the
lawn of his father's new home, near Al
bany, and guarded by a nurse. The kid
napping was done in broad daylight and
in sight of the nurse, who was power
less to prevent It.
While the boy was at play a large
touring car drove up the road in front
of the McLaughlin home, which is on
Kenwood Hill, a short distance south of
Albany. Two men jumped from the car,
ran up the lawn and, after grabbing the
boy, ran back to the car. The lad was
placed in the arms of a woman seated
in the automobile and then the party
drove away.
Some time after the kidnapping the
Albany police were informed. Detectives
arrested a man, who said that he was
John R. Hatherly. He was identified by
the nurse as one of the men in the auto,
the Albany police say.
Hatherly told the police that he *as
employed at the State Department of
Agriculture, and suggested that the case
was one for the civil courts. He was set
free. It was later found by the police
that no John R. Hatherly was employed
by the state.
Mr. McLaughlin heard of the kidnap
ping yesterday when he returned to his
Brooklyn home from a trip to Albany.
He left Brooklyn late yesterday after
noon for New Jersey, after receiving in
formation from an unknown source that
he might find his boy in a seminary at
Pennington. N. J.
After a fruitless search for his son in
Pennington Air. Mclaughlin returned
to New York late last night and went
to the Cosmopolitan Hotel, at Wist
Broadway and Chambers street. He
said that he had been in telephonic com
munication with his gardener at Albany
and had learned from him that he
grabbed one of the men in the automo
bile as it was starting away. The man
was turned over to the police, but not
held. Mr. McLaughlin does not know
whether the man captured by the gar
dener was the man who grave his n;imr
as Hatherly or not.
Says Mother Has Boy.
The kidnapped boy is the son of Mr.
McLaughlin by Mrs. Cecelia McLaugh
lin, who secured a divorce from him in
February. 1907. The first Mrs. Mc-
Laughlin is now the wife of Dr. Henry
P. Holt, of No. 24£{ Church avenue,
who has given up the practice of medi
cine to engage in the real estate busi
Dr. Holt said at his home last night
that his wife had not been home since
Sunday, and that he had no idea where
she was. H<* said that he believed that
his wife kidnapped the boy. and said that
he thought she would take the lad to
the Pennington Seminary.
Dr. Holt said that his wife had the
right to the custody of the child by a
decision handed down by Justice Jay
cox, at Patchogue, Long Island, when
the divorce was granted.
"The McLaughlins stole the boy from
u« about a year ago," said Dr. Holt,
"and my wife has m«t been allowed to
spp him. I deny the statement that she
has had detectives watching the Mc-
Laughlin home in Albany. Some time
ago. however, she had a detective watch
ing them, as her mother love naturally
made her anxious to regain possession
of the child. I don't believe that she
will bring the boy to our home. I be
lieve that she will take him to Penning
ton. where the McLaughlins will not find
it so easy to steal him.
Says Wife Was Slapped.
Dr. Holt tcld of a visit which Mr. and
Mrs. McLaughlin and a man. whom he
believes to have been a detective, made
to his home In Linden avenue. Flatbush,
about a year ago. The party had words
with him and his wife, he says, and
M< Laughlin later attacked him In the
He also said that about a year ago
the McLaughlins Invited him and Mrs.
Holt to call on them at the Hotel St.
George, in Brooklyn, that a suitable ar
rangement about the boy might he made.
He said that when he and his wife, with
a detective, reached the McLaughlin
apartments, Mrs. Holt was struck in the
face by Mrs. McLaughlin.
"McLaughlin i 9 enraged at my wife,"
said Dr. Holt, "because she refused to
pay a judgment of $2,500 against him, the
proposition being that she would get the
boy If she paid."
Mrs. McLaughlin, who was Leonora
Jackson, the talented young Boston vio
linist, who was sent to Europe by Mrs.
Grover Cleveland, George Vanderbilt and
General Horace Porter, in 19<>5. said at
her home last night that Mrs. Holt has
no right to the child. She said that by
agreement the boy was to go to Mrs.
Holt's mother and sifter in case of a sec
ond marriage.
Mrs. McLaughlin denied that she or
her husband had ever stolen the boy.
In reference to the affair at the St.
George she said that at the time of their
visit there the Holts willingly surrend
ered the boy to his father.
Mrs. McLaughlin and her husband said
that when they received word of the
kidnapping they were told that when
the two men seized him the boy strug
gled with all his strength, and was only
subdued when blankets were put over
his head The boy is the only child
that the McLaughlins had. Mr. Holt
has several children of his own. Mrs.
McLaughlin said that Mrs. Holt lias
made several attempts to get the boy
from his father.
Mrc. Holt at the time of her marriage
to Dr. Holt was a follower of Mary
Baker Eddy.
Whose resignation as director of the Metro
politan Museu-.n of Art vas announced
Says Doctor Advises Against
Residence in America.
Trustees Name Him Honorary
European Correspondent of
Museum of Art.
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, after five
years of incumbency, resigned yesterday
as director of the Metropolitan Museum
of Art.
J. Picrpont Morgan, president of the
board of trustees, presiding at the June
meeting, laid before the board the letter
conveying; the resignation. He said it
was placed In his hands just as he was
leaving London, less than a fortnight
Sir Purdon's letter read as follows:
I asked my doctor to state his opinion
respecting my proposed return to New
York, a lid although he considers that I
have sufficiently recovered from the
troublesome complaint for which he has
been treating me during the last year to
resume my work in New York, he is de
cidedly opposed to the idea of a con
tinued residence in America, especially
during the winter season. I beg, there
fore, to place in your hands my resig
In accepting the resignation the fol
lowing resolution was adopted unani
Resolved, That in accenting the resig
nation ol" Sir raspar Purdon Clarke as
director, the trustees ot the Metropolitan
Museum of Art desire to congratulate
him upon the degree to which his health
has been restored, and to express their
regret that that restoration is not suffi
cient to warrant continued residence in
America during the winter season.
By his geniality and kindly manner,
as well as by his broad artistic sym
pathies, he has endeared himself to a
large and constantly increasing circle
of friends, not only in our own city, but
throughout the whole United States. His
long and varied museum experience in
Europe and the Far East, which was
crowned with the directorship of the
famous Victoria Albert Museum, in Lon
don, better known, perhaps, as the
South Kensington Museum, a position
which he resigned to take the director
ship of our own Metropolitan Museum of
Art. made his services of special value
tn us. and his sympathy with all kinds
of artistic development, modern as well
as ancient, and notably with industrial
art. has helped to give our museum the
breadth of development which it has
manifested during the last five years in
which he has held office.
Further resolved, that Sir Purdon's
full salary as director be continued for
the year following his resignation— that
is. until June 1. 1011. and that thereafter
he receive salary at the rate of $5,000
per annum.
Further resolved, that he b° requested
to continue his connection with the mu
seum by accepting the position of hon
orary European correspondent of the
Metropolitan Museum of Art.
No successor to Sir Purdon was elect
ed. There was only a bare quorum of
trustees present at the June meeting.
The duties of director will continue to
he performed by Dr. Edward Robinson,
the assistant director, who has been act
ing director during the last year.
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke has for
forty years been a prominent figure in
the world of art. Before coming to this
city in 1905 to become director of the
Metropolitan Museum he had been for
n j nf . years at the head of the South Ken
sington Museum, with which he had been
connected in various capacities for many
years before becoming its director. He
was created a knight in 1902. He was
also a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
Sir Purdon is now sixty-four years
old. He was educated in Gaultier's Col
legiate School. Sydonham; Braucourfs
School, Boulogne. France, and the Na
tional Art Training School, South Ken
sington. He became a medallist In 1864.
Soon after that he began bis work in
the South Kensington Museum. In 1869
he became superintendent of art repro
duction? in Italy. The building of the
legation at Teheran called him to the
Fast in 1*74. He spent some time sur
veying the consular property in Persia.
He then travelled through Greece, Tur
key and Syria, collecting art objects for
the South Kensington Museum. Later
he made collecting tours in Spain, Italy
and Germany.
He was royal commissioner at the
Paris Exposition in 1900, and the St.
Louis Exposition in 1904. He is the
author of many papers on art subjects,
and a member of numerous societies.
New Zealand Premier Predicts
Restrictive Legislation.
Wellington. New Zealand, June 27. —
Sir Joseph G. Ward, the Pren.ier, in a
speech to-day foreshadowing the gov
ernment's anti-trust legislation said
It possessed clear wMance that a pow
erful American company was exer
cising a restrictive and prejudicial in
fluence in X'\\ Zealand He added that
M had created a monopoly of the worst
Uind, which must be stopped. The Pre
mier did not name the company.
Knox Wanted Rome to Promise
to Give Up Italians Wanted
Here Before Complying.
Defence, Believing He Will Be
Set Free, Plans to Put Him
in Sanatorium as Sop to
Public Opinion.
The Charlton case advanced to the
diplomatic calendar yesterday, with pos
sibilities of a new extradition treaty with
Italy resulting from it. Secretary Knox
has made it a condition to the extradi
tion of Charlton that Italy shall agree
to change her practice of the last twenty
years, and in the future return Italian
criminals to this country on the request
of this government.
The first request for the extradition
of Charlton was made by the Marquis
Paolo di Montagliari. the Italian Charge
d'Affaires in Washington, in a telegram
to Secretary Knox, on June 23, the day
of Charlton's arrest in Hoboken.
The marquis, who is spending the sum
mer at Manchester, N. H., was in this
city on the day of the arrest. Gustavo
di Rosa, first vice-consul for Italy, got
in communication with the marquis im
mediately after the arrest, and the fol
lowing dispatch was sent to Secretary
Knox by the Italian Charge :
Porter Charlton was arrested to-day
at Hoboken for a crime committed at
Lake Como. Italy. The Italian govern
ment requests his extradition.
This dispatch was signed by the Mar
quis Paolo di Montagliari, as charge
d'affaires of the Italian Embassy. Sec
retary Knox at once took advantage
of the opportunity to seek a settlement
of the question of extradition between
this country and Italy, which has been
a vexed subject for many years. Two
days later, on June 2.", the following re
ply was sent to the Italian charge :
Do you want a warrant, writ or cer
tificate? We understand that if we ex
tradite Charlton. Italy will in the future
consent to the extradition of Italians
who commit crimes in this country and
escape to Italy. Please let me know
the attitude of your government on this
This dispatch lifted the Charlton case
from a simple position of international
courtesy in the return of criminals to a
diplomatic affair of the first importance.
On it may hinge the making of an en
tirely new treaty between this country
and Italy, or it may be settled by a new
interpretation by the Italian government
of the old treaty which will place this
country on equal terms with Italy in the
interchange of criminals.
Believe He Will Go Free.
There has been a constant interchange
of diplomatic correspondence between
this country and Italy since Secretary
Knox's reply was sent to the Italian
Charge, and so far with unsatisfactory
results to this government. The attor
neys for Charlton, who consider the mat
ter primarily from the viewpoint of the
interests of their client, are so well con
vinced that the ItaUan government will
not consent to Secretary Knox's demand
thnt they will ask for an adjournment
of the Charlton case for two weeks, when
It comes up this morning for a hearing
before Judge Blair, in the Hudson County
Court of Oyer and Terminer.
They believe that in that time the dip
lomatic correspondence will have reached
a crisis and extradition will have been
refused by this country. In that event
their client would go free. Their opinion
as to how the affair will go is so well
settled that they have made their plans
to have Charlton sent to a sanatorium
for a short time after he is freed, in
order to placite public sentiment. And
they have even selected the sanatorium.
The position of Italy is understood to |
be that the interpretation of the treaty i
which this country asks would be mani- j
feptly unfair to Italy. Extradition be- I
tween the two countries rests on a j
treaty made in IS6S and amended in i
1884. This treaty is Interpreted by Italy j
in the light of a statute adopted by I
Italy in IS9O, providing that all Italian i
criminals apprehended in that country
shall be tried in the courts of their own |
land, no matter where the crime might '
have been committed.
Italy's Interpretation.
The result of this interpretation has
ben the consistent refusal of Italy to
extradite Italian criminals to this coun
try. The position is taken that th^
Charlton case is the first one in which
it has been necessary for Italy to ask
the United States to give up a criminal,
and if Italy were, to agree to th«» Amer
ican interpretation the Italians would
be the ones to suffer.
In addition to this the Italian gov
ernment is understood to say that the
Charlton case is one in which it is pe
culiarly the duty of the United States
to forego the present interpretation of
the treaty, as it is a case of one Ameri
can citizen killed by another American
citizen, and it is, therefore, the duty of
America to ser> that Charlton is pun
ished. This can be done only by the
extradition of the murderer to Italy, as
the laws of this country do not give
the American courts jurisdiction.
Italy adds that in the event of the ex
tradition of Charlton she will be at
great expense in the case. Italy will
have to bear the expense of his return
to that country and of his trial. In the
event of his conviction she will have to
support him and care for him during
the term of his imprisonment.
The Italian government feels also that
it has not been any too well treated in
the affair up to the present time. Ac
cording to Emil E. Fuchs. attorney for
Captain Scott, brother of the dead wom
an, the Italian government tabled to
this country after the murder asking
that all ports of entry be watched for
Patd No Att-ntion to Requests.
Sp' < i;i! requests were made also on
Commissioner Williams of Immigra
tion to watch incoming bhips, and I'o-
4...M1 iiiii<-'i un fourth !■•»«»
Blaze Sweeps Block, Doing
$500,000 Damage.
A flr» which started shortly aft^r
midnight in the Vandyk Furniture Com
pany's store, on Main street, Paterson.
N. J-. did .f,"00.(»»» damage before it
was subdued, at 2:.'iO this morning. Th»
fire destroyed the buildings from No.
2SB to No. 304 Main street and swept
through the block to Cross street. By
great effort the firemen managed to get
the blaze under control when It threat
ened the Paterson Opera House, the rear
of which was scorched.
Several tenants in the tenpm^nt house
next door to the furniture store were
rescued with difficulty by the firemen,
who carried them down ladders. Dur
ing the course of the blaze eight firenifn
were more or less injured by inhaling
smoke and falling walls.
The buildings destroyed include the
Vandyk Furniture Company, the Lock
wood Furniture Company, Daly's mov
ing picture theatre. Donahue's caf£ and
bowling alleys, a four 'story apartn; n?
house and a number of smaller build
The scene of the fire is one block
from the big conflagration of 1902.
Passengers on Yale and Middle
town Get a Scare in Hell Gate.
Several hundred passengers aboard the
big Boston steamship Yale and the twin
screw Sound steamer Middletown, bound
for a port on the Connecticut shore, had
an exciting time last evening as the two
boats crashed Into each other sidewise
while racing through Hell Gate again?t
a strong ebb tide, on their way to the
Long Island Sound.
The Middletown was hugging th- As
toria shore, and the Yale was trying to
keep well out in midstream. Almost
abreast they raced, when, as they were
just about rounding Hallet's Point,
the Middletown was suddenly driven
close to the rocks along the shore. She
veered out to deeper water, and at the
same time the Yale was carried inshore
by the current.
Then came a crash and the sound of
tearing and grinding of wood. Panic
stricken diners rushed on deck, but it
was all over in a few minutes. Grind
ing away, they hugged each other until
the dangerous bend was cleared, when
they both straightened out and con
tinued their journey up the Sound.
Attempt to Kill Representative
— A Feud Predicted.
Havana. June 27. — A sensational at
tempt to kill Antonio San Miguel. Con
gressman from Pinar del Rio and editor
of "La Lucha," was made in the lobby
of Congress this afternoon a few minutes
before that body was to open its session.
Congressman Manuel Lores, of Oriente.
was the assailant. The single shot
which he fired went wild, but narrowly
missed another Congressman standing 1
San Miguel was standing in the lobby
awaiting the opening of the session when
he was approached by Lores, who had
several friends with him. Lores whipped
out a revolver and fired at San Miguel
at short range. The bullet missed its
mark, but grazed the head of Congress
man Antonio Gonzalez Lanuza. leader
of the Conservative party, who was
standing behind San Miguel. The latter
drew a pistol, but before further shots
could be exchanged the combatants were
The attempted assassination created a
great commotion, and it was some time
before quiet could be restored. The ses
sion of the House then proceeded. It is
believed that a duel bet%veen San Miguel
and Lores is inevitable.
The cause of th° murderous attempt
was the attitude of Congressman San
Miguel in denouncing editorially as a
colossal fraud the proposal to exchange
th" Villanueva station of the United
Railways, on the Prado, for th«> govern
ment's arsenal lands, a scheme of which
Congressman Lores and his colleagues
are ardent supporters. When the ques
tion came up in the House r»n June 15
there was a violent scene and pistols
were drawn, whereup.m further discus
sion of the project was postponed until
to-day. It had been placed on to-day's
calendar, but because nf the shooting its
discussion was again postponed.
The attempt to kill Congressman San
Miguel, when it became generally known.
caused intense excitement throughout the
city. The prediction is general that the
shooting is only the preliminary of a
bloody factional feud. Sefior Lores was
not arrested on account of his immunity
as a member of Congress.
Commissioner Driscoll Asking
Butchers Leading Questions.
"How many pounds of meat does a
customer get when he buys a thirteen
and a quarter pound ham?" was sub
stantially the question put to a hundred
butchers by Clement Drlscoll. the new
Commissioner of Weights and Measures,
at a hearing yesterday to discuss means
to secure correct weights in meat sal^s
The answer, in the case of the par
ticular ham bought at 1 p. m. yesterday.
was eleven pound?? fourteen and a half
ounces. Including burlap and paper
wrapping A Virginia ham marked ten
and one-half pounds weighed nine
pounds and seven nuni-.-.s, while a piece
of bacon in a wrapper, marked fiv*- and
a quarter pounds, was found to « eigh
only five pounds on the city scales, and
when the wrapper was peeled off it
tipped the scales at four pounds and ten
W. H. Xoyes. of Swift & Co., disputed
the figures of the bureau, showing that
the public had paid for 587,000 pounds
of wood stakes In buylnsr meat last year.
The consurr.ers paid for only BSjtM
pounds of spreaders in himb, he said,
in amount $28,000. which, distribute i
among the sev«*n thousand butchers of
the city, meant only {4 a year each.
Alderman Schloss thought it w«aM b-
■ hardship to pros-rute r.t-nl. rs | r
matters that were beyond their control.
Mr. DriaCoß said: ""Sales must ! •«■ mad.
according to actual ■•ifljlM." The h^ir
ing was continu- >1 ■■ttjGCt t* rail.
Dewey'i "Brut-Cuvee" Champagne
The Wine for thOtf* Who Know Wine
H. T. Dewey & Sons Co.. 13$ Fulton St.. NY.
■— Advt
In City of >>w York. Ur**T City »nd Hobok«-
It Was About Politics, but
Neither Will Say Just What
Kind It Was.
That's What Senator Says About
Ex-President, and Adds That
He Is in Fighting:
Trim, Too.
Oyster Bay, June 27.— Senator La
FoPette. of Wisconsin, one of the in
surgent leaders, spent two hours this
afternoon talking politics with ex-Presi
dent Roosevelt. He left Oyster Bay
wearing a broad smi!-.
Senator Klmer J. Rurkett, of Nebraska,
another insurgent, is coming to Saga
more Hill after Mr. Roosevelt returns
from Boston. He. too. will talk politics.
Representative Madison, of Kansas,
still another insurgent, .in<l a member
of the Ballinger-Pinch >t investigating
committee, will be at Sagamore Hill
probably late this week. His them- will
be politics.
Within the last few days Mr. Roose
vont has talked politics with Gifford
Pinchot and his friend. James R. Gar
Senator La Follette arrived early Ml
the afternoon. He had with him •: E.
Roe. a New York lawyer, who was for
merly his law partner. Mr. Rnopev* t's
chauffeur was waiting for them, and
whisked them away to Sagamore Hill.
The Senator ha.l pulled his hat down
over his eyes, and tried to escape un
seen. But he was caught fairly by a
group of newspaper men. who saw the
Roosevelt automobile. They tackled him
on suspicion, although nobody r^cngnizM
him. for hi? hat hid his famous pompa
"Not a word." he said. "I'm going **
Sagamore Hill, but I don't want a word
said about it."
Get Leave to Talk.
When he returned, just in time M
catch a train for New York, he looked
like a schoolboy who had just won a
medal. He was smiling his moat ex
pansive, persuasive smile. "It's all
right, boys," he cried, jovially. "The
colonel .-ays I may talk t«> you."
The train pulled out, and so the re
porters hopped on with the Senator and
rode to the next station.
"Did we talk politics?" he replied to
the first question.
"We did." and he emphasized the af
""We talked of the legislation of th©
present session of Congress." he con
tinued, "from the attitude of those mem
bers of the Republican party whom the
newspapers are pleased to <- all insur
"Can you go into details?"
"No. I prefer that they come from
Sagamore Hill. lam very much pleased
with the result of my visit with Colonel
Roosevelt— very much pleased, indeed.'"
"Greatest Living American."
The Senator paused for a moment, re
calling the happenings of the afternoon.
Suddenly the smile left his face §Bt the
first time, and he said, impressively:
"I want to tell you that Colonel
Roosevelt is the greatest living Ameri
can, and," he added slowly and sig
nificantly, "he is in fighting trim."
An hour later Mr. Roosevelt received
the reporters, who told him Just what
Senator I^a Follette said about him and
their meeting. He smiled as if he
HfeH it.
"I think there is nothing I can add to
what the Senator has ?aid." was his
Speculation among Oyster Bay politi
cians is keener than ever because of
to-day's occurrences. One story going:
the rounds is that the insurgents have
come, have seen, but have not con
quered Yet there is another group of
equally positive ones who insist that
Mr. Roosevelt has shown clearly by his
acts that he is veering toward the radi
cals. All agree, however, that It is en
tirely a matter of opinion.
Chopped Tree for Reporters.
When Mr. Roosevelt received the re
porters he was standing on the side of
the hill which slopes down from his
home. He wore crash golf trousers and
golf stockings and a soft, brown shirt,
open at the neck. He mm hatles?. On©
of a group of four thickly clustered trees
lie had chopped half through.
"Wait just a moment, plea#." he
ca'iled out. He raised his axe and
struck the tree hard. In another min
ute It quivered and fell.
"Great exercise." .?aid he. as he sat
cross-le??ed «>n the fallen trunk. I
across his knees. "It is about the only
exercise I get out here. I have ju?t beea
in the hayfield."
"I spent all the morning in going
through this morning's mail." he con
tinued. "I am willing to work as hard
as any man. but I like to get somewhere.
It reminds me of the famous cat which
fell into the well, and climbed up one
foot every day only to fall back two feet
at night. The volume of mall has be
come so great that I left word at th*
postofflce to have It all sent to my edi
torial office in New York."
Mr. Roosevelt said that Senator La
Kollette and Mr. Roe were the only vis
itors of the day, except two men who
had come to consult with him about his
Western tour*. He agreed definitely to
day to speak before the Milwaukee Press
Club on his tour, which begins the last
of August. He also decided to make an
other trip early in. October, in which he
will speak to the Knights of Columbus
of Peorla. 111., on October 12. and In At
lanta on Uncle Remus Day. which, h«?
said, he thought was October 17.
Mr. Roosevelt was asked about the re
port which was published to-day to the
effect that an operation on his throat
was to have been performed this morn
ing. Hi laughed aloud.
"Why. the first I heard of It," he said,
"was when Senator La Follette arrived
here and told me" that he had read that
report. I have never even heard of the
doctor who. it was said, was to per
form that operation. How do you suy-

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