V of L\X. ...N° 23,299
LOOK OF MURDER
IN EDITOR'S DEATH
Body of John H. Bangs, of "White
Plains Record." Found Float
ing in Long Island Sound.
HAD STARTED FOR BOSTON
■Yaßaati Think He Was Robbed
j?ni Pushed from the Deck of
Metropolitan Liner by
-v. body of ■ nu who was late*
r-nt-tivrly identified a? .^ohn H. Bangs.
r < v c? Rorhelie. was found floating in
Is,r,z l^an.l Sound, about half a mile
from Plum Island^on Monday afternoon
by a party nf fishermen from ocean
Beach New London, who were cruising
? h~ut the Tvaters in the yarnt Hobo. The
body was taken to Plan Island to await
the arrival of a coroner from I>ong Island.
snd was later removed to Cutehogue.
I,onc KtewL by the government boat
Nsfhan'.el Greene. It is known that Mr.
Ttar.cs rarried a larce sum of money
with bin when he left His Home last
Thursday^ and M is thought that he
mlsnt have ....... foul play while
on a boat of the Metropolitan Line from
vr-i- York to Boston.
Ml Ranc? t>P^ on* 1 of the best known
pencpaper men " West* heater County.
, _ c editor'find Dart r . r or.ri*to r of "The.
Wrote P'.ains Daily Record. ' and bad!
ct3rt<>^ r,-,, 3 •-. -!.-<-■.-■ vacation on
Thi;rp^sv. tic went to Atlantic City on
that day. intending: 10 <=t3y tV during
Mp ... .--. On Friday afternoon Mr.
paricf tdephened his partner. William
C- P^lls. that he -> =<; BOfnfJ to l e ave At
lantic City and (tq to Beaton, to pee his
father-in-law. Charles E. Parkin?, of
Pramnsn street. I>anv<?rp. •>.!»?= That
message was the last word received
Mr. Fane? wa.s supposed to have taken
the Metropolitan line iteimcr on Friday
evening fr«>m Hector street, K«w York.
*nd. as the boat is due in Boston at 8
o'clock the next morninc it is supposed
that h* 5 m<-t his d«ath between V* and 11
r>vi<,ck or; Friday night, when the boat
T-?f off Kew Jjondnn.
Hs<i Money When He Started.
A h-nth^r'of Mr. Fane? Bald 'i^' :< nieht
thai h*» had been t« e'i supplied with
•ni«->riev wh«n he left his home. but. th«»
cri'^T found only £2 46 were in his
rock<?tF. That malm his friend*: think
iV.5t Mr. ; -•~ct was thrown from the
h<>at ii be -■>= walking 3 lonely part of
tb* derk. it la known that he -was in
c-K«-«=Uerit health and ppJrits when he left
his hero*, |Hd that hip home life was
\"ry hspry. His financial affairs were
f Iro kaawa to nave been in a flouri«h
:njr condiii^n. and it 1« therefore consid
rr«-'i remarkable that practically all of
hi? money, which he always carried in
a wallet, was misf=inc wh«-n his body
was picked up.
When found •-;<- body was dressed in
p blue serge suit, a licht <>vorcoat and a
sfft cap. On one finger of hi« left hand
-<as s sienet ring with the initials
•J. H. P."
In a pocket of hi e waistcoat were
found a pair of eyeglasses and a gold
watch without a chain. A ticket marked
"New York to I soatoa. via Metropolitan
Steamship Line,** and a stateroom key
narked "N<>. "•." were also found in his
-.'■ . . . : en * camim dby
a. at Cutchoeme. he or
lV a| to Greenport, and
... ■ it • c Headquarters
an attempt 1 'md if
• „■ ■ b thia city, as
t wen mknown at
Later yesterday .'...•• Pells. Mr.
f-.ancs's partner, learned of the facts
.-tnri immediately went to Cutcboejue,
v h'fp he vi as taken to Green port by the
Coroner, and positively identified the
body a<= that «>f •■■■ Bangs He paid
ih;!T the drad man had toM him on
Kriijuy thst he was sroing to visit Hr.
IVrkinp. and the name and address of
Mr. rrrkms w«?r<: found in a <•><"■ '••■"•
r;,rrjrrj v.y Mr. Hangs.
Line Ignorant of Death,
AH 'fforts to f.Main som« clew as to
'V- :nar,ner in whi<h Mr. Bangs met his
r>ath were unsuccessful. At the officer
of ih' Metropolitan Steamship Line in
this city as well as in Boston It was gaid
that nothing was known of his death.
John H. Bangs was well known
ifcro-jghout Wcstcbester County, where
h* familiarly tiled "Jerry" Bangs.
He had a wide acquaintance R-fth the
leading politician?, and had much in
f-j«-ne» in county politics. although Be
Ttc\c r h«-ld office or Bought it. He was
N-rn in Tecumseh. Mich., and started to
l<--"-n the printer's trade on "The Waver
l»y <«jhiot Courier" at a very early age.
Aft*r mastering the . tails «.f the print
«r> <,rt Mr. Banes look up active news
I-ajH-T v.urk. getting his first assign
ments froiti ■■■.-..< Sen
After tliat Mr. Hanss'f rise was rapid,
?!.<J he fas soon writing «dit«trials for
TJx rinHnnati Inquirer." While :-til!
•ligacrd in this ... he followed the
'>I--.ib!i< an candidate? in la ea G.
Hl^ -IK? <amf.aiKii ... Presidency.
Hi. reports of iho?«- stirring days were
widely rea<i ;>n«l favorably «ommcnt
KifVTTi y-rars ac« Mr. -•■••'■
"S'v: V-.rk. RHtllns in VTestclKStcr
Ojiinty. and <'mtinu«»d his newspaper
"•-rk. Ho first ... ■. ,i as correspondent
for -evcral Now York dailies and finally
«"juire«i "The White Plains I tail - ':••
">d." in partnership with Hr. Pell *.
This -.vas five jears ago. ana since then
'!"■ rar^r has jrrov. n in .■.•'••■• and
Mr. Rancs leave? a wife and •' • «>
*■*•!<: I) children, one born only two •••■.•
'-ten. hr K id«>s i,jj. mother, » ?>Fter and a
wother. He m?de his home at No. 31
•■ •l..ni a l Plsr*. JvVtv 1... t,. !!".
Tr-e burial will be .■ PoughkcepKie.
" h«r» the body v ill be pent to-day.
Laber Day Trains from Atlantic City.
. -Tc'!B!fT c '!B!f !. a -:« ••>..■.•• Pep. "• for
:''' *W* (09 and 5:30 P. M Parlor canj.
c*^:r.e-«r. -/■s/-b f ,c Pennsylvania Railroad.
'\fetti hH ijTirlf ffiitijpttTi^
To-daj-. partly rlnodjr.
FLIES TO MADISON SQUARE
Unknown Aviator Circles Tower.
Makes Dips, Then Departs.
A biplane visited Madison. Square last
night. It came from Fcmewhcre in the
east. ar»d when its little, social diversion
was ever disappeared in the direction
■whence It came.
It was heard before it was seen. The.
whirrinc sound of a motor high in the
sir caused many necks to be craned tow
ard the Metropolitan tower at 8:45
o'clock when a long black object was
seen fly hie through fhe air toward the
tower. The vague balk, as it came into
nearer view, took on the semblance of
a biplane. It swung past the tower, then
turned and described one graceful circle
after another around the illuminated
structure, its outlines standing out clear
in the lights from many windows.
Round and round it circled, until the
observers lost count, and then it swerved
slightly toward the northwest and di?
appeared for a moment over the roof
of the Flatiron Building, only to come
into view once more to the west of the
It returned to Madison Square and
hovered over the little park, swinging
In a long, beautiful curve, until it had
circled it. and then began a series of
"swooping" circles, a la Hamilton, and
dipped down so that it seemed to brush
the tops of the trees.
Soon afterward it disappeared
MAJOR RATHBONE DYING
Lincoln's Aid. Who Murdered
Wife, Sinking in Asylum.
Hanover, Aug. 30.— Major Henry Keed
Kathbone. who was an aid to President
Lincoln, and was stabbed by Booth while
att^mptinc to seizo the assassin in
Ford's Theatre, ie dying In the criminal
ward of th<* insane asylum at Hildes
heim. where he has lone been confined.
Many years ago. while occupying th«
post of American' Consul her. Major
Rathbone murdered his wife. He was
convicted, but declared to be Insane, and
was committed to the institution, where
he has since remained and lived in lux
ury. For a lone: time he made attempts
to secure his release, but finally gave up
hopp of securing his freedom, and Is
awaiting the end with tranquillity.
BEAR HUNT AT ROCK RIDGE
Bruin Escapes from Gypsies and
Terrorizes Summer Colony.
fFi- 7*!<?Erarb to Ib* Tribune.!
<";r«^nwich. Conn.. Aug. 30.— Diligent
search was made to-day and is being
continued to-nisrht by parties with lan
terns and guns through the woods which
surround the New York summer colony
of Rock RidE^. the summer home of
Percy Rockefeller. William IT. rin<-i<r
teCer. .T. TV. Masury. Max WallersteJn,
Ccmmociore George I,audcr, jr.. and
others, for a bear that Is at large and la
terrorizing that part of the community.
The animal was Been by Mr. and Mrs.
George Cronk at The Bowlders, the es
tate of C. W. Post, the millionaire cereal
manufacturer. Mr. Cronk is superinten
dent of the place, which is being occu
pied by Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Close, son
in-law and daughter of Mr. Post.
Members of a band of gypsies have
been inquiring for a bear, which they
said had escaped from them.
$3,000 DIAMOND ROBBERY
Gems Belonged to Mrs. Kaufman,
Who Is Visiting at Narra.gansett.
X.'irraEan«:<--t7 Pier. R. L, A'ic:. HO. —
Diamonds valued at J3.000, belonging to
Mr?. Louis Kaufman, nf Now York, wrere
reported stolen from ihc home of Mrs.
Archibald Thomson. «rho before her
i!:arrinpr. to Dr. Thomson was the
wj.io-.v of Thomas B n/anamaker. of
Th<-- burglarj occurred at the Thnm
<=. n summer residence at Ra.=-= Rocks
■ llage, where Mrs. Kaufman Is a guest
las' Saturday, while the family were
away. There is no dew to th<- burglars,
but It is thought that the robbery was
the work of professionals, who entered a
over the porch.
TO NEUTRALIZE CANALS
Interparliamentary Congress Be
gins Work at Brussels.
Brussels. Aug. 30i— The Interparlia
mentary Conference, which opened here
to-day; adopted unanimously a proposal
of Herr Pachnike, a member of the Ger
man Reischstag. for the neutralization,
under conditions similar to those per
taining to the Suez Canal, of the Strait
of Magellan and all Interoceanic canals
; : rjd straits. A commission to Study th«
ouestion was named.
Augustr M. F. Beerna^rt. the Belgian
Minister of State, presided over the
eight hundred delegates. He said in his
• idress that despite the rapid progress
of the cause of arbitration and media
tion, the world was living an armed
X*ar<*, with fourteen million men under
arms at a cosi annually of 51.0n0.000.n00.
The conference, will probably discuss
Secretary Knox** proposal to Invest the
International Prize Court with the func
tions of a court of international arbitral
MARRIED ON THEATRE STAGE
Couple Get $100 and Trip to Coast from
Moving Picture House Manager.
.\ few days sg'i Samuel H. Trigger wen!
to his friend. Julius C. Czlto. a chauffeur.
of No. ■-'"«'' Washington avenue. The Bronx,
and offered him ?i"" and a trip to San
Francisco if '•• would K^t married. Tliis
looked easy to O.iio. for he was planning
to wed Ml« Mary Jfolr.er. .1 telephone oper
ator, who lives Ht No. I4fl ISast 66th street.
Tlie rest of the proposition was that the
ceremony should lake pla'-e fore an audi
ence in Trigger's uptown moving picture
i,..,-' and \mM evening tlie Rev. M. ■"• El
liott. a retired Presbyterian minister, ->( No
4i4 i \ve«t 6«h street, tied the; knot before an
audience of twenty-five hundred people |vi I
before the regulai propr^rnme.
The audience included Magistrate Breen,
Captain Hammond of the <;i.-t Poli'-e P«
cin<'t. "Bitr Til Sullivan, ex -Sheriff Foley,
a nuniber ••( other polltirian?, and 'Tom'
TrizsrT lat<=r erav* the coup!" a wedding
«upper at a nearby hotel, and then had*
them BOdsp^ed 01 <hMr thre" wed wed
a\nz jO'jrn.cy. vhl^h •" in !•• te-rtjy.
NKW-YORK, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, IMO.-TWELVE PAGES
SUBWAY TRAIN MISHAP !
CHOOSES RUSH PERIOD
Thousands of Weary Toilers Go
ing Home Lose Tempers
at Long Delays.
LITTLE DRAWBAR BREAKS
Accident Puts Entire Schedule
Out of Gear — Platforms Be
come Congested — Rough
The subway, envious perhaps of the
attention paid by the public to ihe shoot
ing of Mayor Gaynor and Acting Mayor
Mitchcl's clean-up at Coney Island, de
cided last night that it. too, must be no
ticed and not he allowed to sink Into
oblivion. Of course, the time chosen for
the exhibition was the rush hour, just
when thousand* of weary toilers were
imbued with the on» idea of getting
home as soon as possible, so as to be
abl^ to slick up a bit for the evening
The trouble began at the 72d street
station at exactly 5:15 o'clock, and vis
ions of the family fireside rapidly van
ished in first one train and then another
as Mr. Hedley's prodigy of steel got in
its fell work. Visions were not alone in
their vanishing act. however, for in the
crowded cars and on the thronged plat
forms people's entire brain? also dis
pcared. Tn the cars m<>n used language
that clearly showed they had lost their
heads, and on th» platforms it was
worse, for some of them, after climbing
through the car windows, pushed and
shoved helpless women and swore,
fumed and almost foamed.
The worst centres of the?* antics were
at the 14th Street, the Brooklyn Brldg°
and the Wall street stations. At 14th
street the few ewards on duty were
wholly unabl 0 to handle the mob, and
to make matters worse, the ticket sellers
kegt. on selling tickets without warning
the purchasers what the conditions were.
At the Brooklyn Bridge those boarding
or getting off the train- were in con
stant danger of being shoved from the
The brokers appeared to be perfectly
at home in the crush at the Wall street
station. It recalled, doubtless, scenes of
ferocious rushes on the exchange, floor.
The hundreds of women stenographers
and other employes of the financial dis
trict who tried to hoard the trains here
and at Fulton street were not so hap
pily placed, however. They found it al
most impossible to reach the car doors,
and many of those who attempted to get
off at these stations were unable to
Mr. Hedle^ explained last evening just,
how the accident happened which for
nearly two houra afflicted and trier! the
patience of at least half a million New
Torkers. At 73d strw t. the manager
said, a drawbar broke on the train
which left West Farms at 1:39 o'clock.
This put the whole train out of commis
sion. The passengers were unloaded
and the train was taken to the Brooklyn
Krids<\ where it was sidetracked.
According to Mr. Hedley, the accident
caused a delay of twents minutes in
southbound traffic, while the north
bound trains were run at intervals of
seven minutes. Some trains, he said,
had t.. be tak'-n off. with the result that
the entire schedule was affected for
some time after the accident. The run
nine of fewer trains al?o added to th^
congestion on the platforms and in the
POLICE AID POOR WIDOW
Quickly Make Up Rent Money
She Had Lost in Street.
Sobbing bitterly, a frail, little woman,
who fairly staggered under the weight
of a bundle of soiled linen, came in the
new West 2«>th street station house last
night. She told Lieutenant Powers that
she was a widow with three little chil
dren and earned $6 * week by scrubbing
floors and a little extra by washing and
ironing. °n her way home she loft her
pocketbook, containing $1085, of which
$1090 was for rent She gave the name
of Alice Blacklock, of No. 1 (> >" Yarick
Powers pushed th« electric button In
front of him. In about a minute all of
th<- policemen on reserve duty had lin<-d
up in front of the desk.
"Say. >'ou feller-." Lieutenani Powem
said. ' this woman here has lost h^r
pocketbook. There was (1085 In i*. and
all but 35 cent? was for the rent to keep
a roof over the bend of the kiddies. This
la what I'm going to do — whafa your
gay." With that be held up a jrreen
back. Every man "due" and handed th<
money over to the lieutenani.
Powers counted the money carefully;
and his face was covered with a broad
erin ;is he <i< livered himself of another
speech, which r:m thus: •(fere, lady.
If your rent and something over for the
kiddies. God hle.ss you and run along
no, don't thank me no. those fellers
rjont want any thanks, either. Vnu'll
embarrass them if you stay an; longer.
A NEW PITTSBUPwG INVASION
The Vaporcr, P*are Caterpillar, There
by Tens of Thousands.
, Pfttsburg. auk. Pittsbur* has been
Invaded by the Bcaree vapor-r. a hideous,
grayish caterpillar. Ihal is devouring vines,
flowers and irons OB private estates, lawns
Hii'l parks, ■« well HS Invading homes in
the residential • *tlons. Th« insert ap
peared here for th« tit-) time a Week Bfin
Housewives swept it from porches by
sho ,; , i- it crowded the sidewalka bo
that it. was dissgraeabtai to ";.ik thereon.
Specimen* taken t< entomologists rit ■
;n-'-.ri the family of th« species, and many
of th<" less timid have placed them tinder
claF? to observe th« development of th«»
chryFali* into the beautiful moth char
acteristic of the Bcaroa vaporer. Accord-
Ing i., th* Bderitißtß, its principal habitat
is Hnpland an-i Scotland.
So er<pv and delightful! Spencer'e Torfc
rye classes with 'lUkit' -■•■■•■ '?•,;•■■ 1-a.
IS VERA FITCH
Spending Summer in East with
Her Mother. Oakland. CaL
Being Her Home.
NOT ACTRESS, SAYS DOCTOR
Identified by Member of Her
Family, After Refusing All Day
to Tell Name. Though Told
She Might Die.
The young woman who attempted to
take, her own life by, firing a bullet into
her breast late Monday night in the
waiting room of the Hotel A.stoT and
forward steadfastly declined to re
veal her identity was identified by a
member of her family at Flower Hospi
tal last night as Miss Yera Fitch, a
daughter of the late Henry Fitch, of
The identification was made by a man
who called at the hospital about 10:30
last nlpht and was taken by Dr. Rer
nard Hughes, the house physician, to
the pirl's bedside. Pr. Hughes said that
the younp woman recognized the caller
immediately and inquired abe.ut her
mother and sister, to whom she had
written letters found In her clothes, hut
undirected. *fi»r she was taken to the
The physician declined to reveal the
man's name, hut gave out a statement
about midnight disclosing the young
woman's name .^vhieh. he said, the girl's
relative had dfotater] to him.
Dr. Hughes said that the man who
made the identification told him posi
tively that Miss Fitch was not a relative
of the late Clyde Fit. the dramatist.
There is a Miss Vera Fitch, a niece of
the dramatist, who lives with h e r sister
Grace at No. 1570 Broadway and is a.
leading: woman with Dr. perrin. a palm
ist, who opens at Hammerstein's Victoria
Theatre Monday nlsrht.
Case of Mistaken Identity.
Tt was thought at. first thai she was
the girl in the hospital. She was found
at her home yesterday afternoon, and
said that the mistake in identity had
caused her considerable annoyance in an
swering inquiries. The police of the
West 47th' street station visited the
Fitch apartment last night and Investi
gated the report. They were told that
the Misses Vera and Grace Fitch had
gone out to dinner with their mother,
v ho had come from Philadelphia yester
day afternoon tO see them.
The wounded girl was operated on at
the hospital late vopterday afternoon by
Dr. Ralph A. Stewart and Dr. Hughes.
Her condition was improved last night
after the operation, but the physicians
said that her chances for recovery were
slight. Tt was found that the bullet, of
small calibre, had entered the left side
between the seventh and eighth ribs.
pierced the lung and the diaphragm and
punctured the larg" intestine, twice
lodging in the muscles of the back. The
bullet was not removed.
The statement given out hy Pr.
The young woman who attempted sui
cide at the Hotel Astor i.« Mis« Y<~. r a
Fitch, daughter of Henry Fitch, of oak
land. Cal., who died two years ag<>. Mrs.
Fitch and her daughter have been spend
ing tlii- summer at Atlantic City, but
came to New York v few days ago to
visit friends. Sh<- has talked In a man
ner that has caused remarks by her
friends, but no serious apprehension as
to her mental condition had arisen. Miss
Fitch never was a member of any the
atrical company, nor had she ever been
on th>- stage, nor had she any such am
Failed in Literary Work.
She was dejedeu over her literary
ffiilure. which v. as of the greatest in
terest to her. but had no reason other
than that which her family can think.
Now that her name h;is been published.
her mother, who Is prostrated, gives
out these facts, there being no reason
for withholding the information any
l<mgcr. It was hoped that if she lived
her Identity might remain unknown. The
positive identification of Miss Fitch was
made by a member of her family this
The physicians ai the hospital failed
to establish the young woman's Identity
by repeatedly questioning her day yes
terday, .lust before she wont under the
anesthetic the doctors told her that it
would be a serious operation, and rig.iin
asked her name. She appeared Indiffer
ent as to the result of the operation. :<nd
told T>r Hughes she didn't .are to live.
"I Am Alice Cole."
■ If you must have a name.' she said
to the physician. "I am Alice Cole." The
doctors were convinced from her manner
that -he was not telling the truth Shfl
refused to say anything further .■ i bo 1) ;
herself or give any reason for her act
< mo of the physicians asked her why
she had chosen the Hotel Astor, In the
heart of the theatrical district, as a
place to shoot herself if she wanted to
keop her Identity a secret.
The girl said she knew it was quiet
in the waiting room of the hotel at the
time, and that the chances were no one
would be there to prevent her.
She s;iid she had not directed Hie let
ters found pinned on her underskirts, be
cause .die had not decided until the last
moment to kill herself, one of the let
ters was dated August 18, showing she
had contemplated committing suicide for
The ktt>rs were written to her moth
er, sister and a friend, whom she ad
dressed ;<^ "dearest Blanche." They
wore morbid in tone, and dwelt upon
\Uuit sh<> seemed to think had been her
failure In life, withoul stating vb.it her
disappointed ambitions • ere
Letter to Her Mother.
She mentioned in the letter to her
mother that it seemed to be Impossible
for a girl t«. get along in Nes\ York. he
.•;ins** .ihe had to meet men. "cultured
and wealthy, but devoid of morals." 8h«
wrote 'liat her act was not prompted bj
any love Hft'aii
The hospital authorities also found a
partly completed manuscript of poems
pinned under her skirt, with the request
written on it thai it be buried with her
Several men and women called at the.
hospital during the day, who said they
( i:ifi»u?i| on thirl ya<t»
EUCLID HALL BLAZE
THIRD SINCE APRIL
In Apartment of Henry Mendel
son. Where the Others
SON ASLEEP AT THE TIME
Damage $30,000. He Says,
Though Police Put It at $2,000
— Elevator Boy Sticks
to His Post.
For the third time since April flr*>
broke out last night in the apartment of
Henry Mendelson. on the fourth floor -if
Euclid Hall, at Broadway and 80th
street. Mrs. -Jack" Strong, who lives
In t!u- apartment just above th" Mendel
sons sa" smoke coming up through the
floor and telephoned to Thomas droark.
superintendent of the building. He
rushed to the apartment, and failing to
get any answer to his knocks at the
door seized the axe kept in the hall in
case of fire and broke into the apart
There he found William M^ndclson.
the young son of the tenant, asleep, and
in another room Marie, the maid. Young
Mendelson when awakened was almost
choked with the thick smoke which is
sued frotn the tire in h bedroom next
hifl own. but yelled lustily to the super
intendent, to sa\f his mother. Mr. and
Mrs. Mendelson. with their two daugh
ters, had gone out to the theatre, and
when the fire broke cut. at [0:30 r- m..
had not yet returned, but the lad had no
idea of the hour.
OroarU ran to the window and hailed
T.ouis F. Goodyear, a patrolman of the
West 6Sth street station, who turned in
an alarm. By this time the smoke was
pouring out of the apartment, and the
alarm had spread throughout the house.
The negro elevator boy. Alfred Eaton,
ran his car up and down a dozen times
a.id got most of the tenants out. Among
thes»< were ox-Senator Martin Saxe and
''harles Presbrey. the advertising man.
who lived on the sixth floor, and lent
valuable aid In getting out the people
iti the h^use. Young Eaton noticed that
Mr and Mr?. Samuels, who lived o n the
?iTth f.oor. had not <-otne out, so hf ran
his elevator to that fV»or and succeeded
In arousing them, and they got out
In trying to fierht the fire before the
firemen arrived Groark had his hands
and face burned and his eyebrows
When thp firemen arrived Mrs. "Jack**
Strong, -"ho had rirpt given the alarm,
and Mrs. D. Parker, tenants in th°
house, came to the Mendelson apartment
and inai-sted that n door leading from
the parlor should be opened. This was
the third ftre in the same apartment in
Rye months, and they wbnld not stand
for having closed doors, they said. Bat
talion Chief Burns refused to break
down the door, and finally called the po
lice, who ejected the complaining women.
Young William Mendelson found a key
and opened the room, which was found
to contain the wedding presents of his
sister. Mrs. Robert Finkelstein. who was
married four months ago and intends to
take up housekeeping in the fall. Ther<j
was no fire in the room.
Tn the room where the fire started, al
though it nns ;i bedroom, were some
valuable bric-a-brac, statuary and
paintings ami a piano, which were dam
aged by the smoke. Young W'lliam
Mendelson explained that, on account of
the fir which h;id started in the parlor
on April 21, and in another bedroom on
July 3, the piano and pointings had been
placed in the room where last night's
fire started while the other rooms were
being redecorated* and arranged. He es
timated the damages at J30.000. as som^
of the paintings and bric-a-brac could
never he replaced. The p.»li,e estimated
the damage at $2,000.
After the ftre had been extinguished
Battalion f'hief Burns :md his men
made a close Inspection of the room and
found that th>> floor about where the
bl;i7.»- started had been burned almost all
the way through, so that the flre must
have been smouldering throughout the
evening. It took < onsiderable time to
got the tenants buck into the build
ing. a r ; some "f them hesitated to re
turn after they had been half suffocated
by the smoke in getting out. Up to a
Inte hour this morning many of them
had shown no inclination to retire.
Henry Mendelson. the tenant of the
premises, is <\ silk importer, with offices
■\\ N"s. -•'! and 25 Green street.
WALKS TEN MILES AT 102
Aged Massachusetts Fanner Covers
Distance in Less than Three Hours.
[By T«l*ST*pti to The Triton*.]
Worcester, .Mass. Aiir. 30.— Patrick
Burns. 102 years old, the oldest man In
Massachusetts, walked from his farm, near
Urookfield. to th* home of his son. In
North Brookneld, » distance of ten miles.
In the record time to-day of Just two hours
an«l tlfty minutes.
Burns'a feat was the more remarkable
because of the hilly roads he was com
pelled to travel over, but for all this he
was as fresh at the finish of his grind as
when he started, and Fair] that he while! re
peat the performance. Burns takes a walk
daily of about a mile, but to-day's effort
was his first attempt to cover a long dis
tance Since he passed th« century mark.
CENT BOY SWALLOWED KILLS
X-Ray Shows Coin Caused Abscess,
Destroying Wall of Stomach.
Hetnpatead, Long Island, Auk. M.— Will
iam Carman; th« nve-year-old son of Mr.
and Mrs. Daniel Carman, of Freeport. died
at the South Shore Hospital hero in«t nigiit
as the result of swallowing a cent. Three
weeks ago lie was playing: with the coin,
which slipped down his throat.
l-a=t Sunday he complained of frellnj; 111,
nnd gradually grew worse until yesterday,
when V>r. t'arman ordered his removal to
the hospital for an operation.
An N ray examination showed the coin
hud lodged In the stomach and had caused
an abscess, which destroyed the wall of th*
stomach An operation whs Impossible, as
the boy was too weak.
Three Hour! at W-st Point. Hear* of
Highlands, ' Di | ' ■"'" '"" day outing./—
.••prick one cknt
DYNAMITE AT COLUMBUS
Three Cars Wrecked and Four.
Columbus. Ohio. Aug. ."A— Dynamiters
of cars involved in the strike, were mor?
successful tonight than heretofore.
Three cars were partly wrecked and
four persons injured. The dynamiting
was the worst of the strike.
A, Main street car ran over explosives
at Grand avenue. Two men. C K. Fra
back. a druggist, and Harry Hirsko
witz. a tailor, were pulled from beneath
the car. when it stopped. ■ Fraback's
right ankle bones were shattered. HITS*
kbwitz got off with a scalp wound.
A Long street car was dynamited at
Monroe avenue and the rear part blown
out. The conductor was hurled to the
street unconscious. .1. Adams Zwerner
was hit on the head by a piece of metal
from a shattered car wheel. <
Dynamite placed on the tracks at
Broad and Sandusky streets partly
wrecked a car and injured two women
passengers and a man on the sidewalk
near by. Mrs. Ollie McGregor, a widow,
was rendered unconscious. To-day was
th" first time she. had used the cars
during the strike.
SEARCH SEWER FOR CHILD
False Clew Sends Firemen and
Police to Dangerous Work.
While four-year-old Eva I,eiberman. of
Xo. 316 Bristol street, was safe at home
last night, several members cf Truck 57
and patrolmen attached to the Liberty
avenue station, in East New York, risked
their lives in an attempt to find her
body in a sewer at New Jersey and
Louisiana avenues. They were still per
sisting in the search in spite of poison
ous gases and the darkness when Cap
tain Rooriey of the Liberty avenue sta
tion heard that the girl was at home.
He.' drove into the Brownsville district.
where she lives, and verified the rumor.
Eva had been left by her mother early
in the afternoon at the home of the
child's uncle. Samuel Gelrnan, nt No.
40S New Jersey avenue. During her ab
sence Eva- went out to walk with her
cousins. Rubin, five years old. and Sam
uel, a year younger. Two hours later
the boys returned and told their mother
that Eva had fallen into a hole. When
the little girl did not appear Mrs. Gel
man mad" the boys show her the hole
into which their cousin had fallen.
The boys led her to an open manhole
at New Jersey and Louisiana avenues.
Then the policemen and firemen got
busy, and opened manholes for a dis
tance of half a mile and descended .on
Meanwhile. Era h^d wandered away
until she told 8 patrolman of th*
Brownsville station that she was lost.
Her frantic mother found her at the
KILLED BY HIS OWN ENGINE
Engineer on Hell Gate Dredge
Crushed in Machinery.
Henri Koch, engineer of r>redg*» ?>. of
the r. <;. Packard Company, of No. 138
Pearl street, operating in Hell Gate, off
!V»th street, was crushed to death by the
cogs of the giant wheel of his engine
Captain Mar r in Kent, of So. 454 44th
street. Brooklyn, who was in command
of the dredge, gave the signal to raise
the scoop, which was buried in the rock
thrown up by a blast placed at the bot
tom of the East River, hut the ma
chinery did not start. He went to the
engine room, and discovered that Koch
had evidently crawled through a spa< c to
grease the cogs, which caught his Jacket
and drew him into the machinery. Xo
one connected with the dredge could ex
plain how the engine had started while
Koch was working.
None of the other men working on the
job knew Koch's address. On his per
son was found a hook showing that he
had an account of between ?'_*<>•> and S""Xi
with the German Savings Bank, at
Fourth avenue and 14th street, the num
ber of which, the police expect, will aid
in finding whether i<och had any fam
ily. He also wore the insignia of the
Foresters of America.
WOMAN WINS A LONG CHASE
Runs Down Alleged Thief She
Finds in Vacant Rooms.
Mr*. Julia Blacher, who has charge of
the houses at Nos. 'J'l4 and 20<> East
linth street, ran down an allege.] thief
yesterday afternoon. incidentally she
earned the praise of the police of the
East 104 th street station, and probably
earned a reward of $.','. offered by a gas
company. Hearing a noise In an apart
ment which had .lust been vacated, the
young woman investigated, and met -a
man coming from the rooms.
The woman accused the man of being
a thief, when he said he was a collector.
When she insisted on his showing cre
dentials he fled to the roof, with Mrs.
Blacher in pursuit. There he dodged
behind chimneys, and when he had
reached the roof of No. 212 F.ast 11 nth
street, he ran down the stairs to the
With the woman at his heels .-rving
"Stop, thief!" the man ran down Second
avenue to il"?th street, through to First
venue, where Mrs Rlncher's husband
Joined in the chase. At lOStli street
Patrolman Kuhlrrian caught up with the
man a second abend of Mrs. Blacher.
The prisoner said he was William
Meineke, a collector. He was locked up
on a charge of unlawful entry. Investi
gation proved that the quarter gas
meter in the. empty flat above the one
occupied by Mrs EUacher had been
smashed nnd rifled. The gnu company
which owns the meter offers a reward
of $25 for the arrest and conviction of
a person tampering with It.
EIGHT THOUSAND BOWSERS MEET
Pittsbarg. fens. 30.— Bight thousand Bow
sers, all members of th« family whose
name baa been mad* a household word by
funny writers, attended t»i.-lr annual re
union to-day -it Montgomery Arm
strong County, on the farm of Samuel
Crtesman. Th* family gathered from about
a score of Westers Pennsylvania to« ns.
Lieutenant Governor Warren Hardtog
of Ohio addressed th* Bowser Association!
LABOR DAY AT ATLANTIC CITY.
Solid Vettibuled Trains, via New .lersev
Ontral. leave W. 33d »1 week days r>:>'>
A M 3:20 P. M. Saturday* only, 12:50
p M " Sunday; 9:50 A. M.. 5:20 P. M. Extra
trains leave AtlanHc City Sept :. -•< S:SO
and 30 p. M for New York, Newark and
Elisabeth— *■!■ i
In City of >>ir Xnrlt. 4»r«*r City *n«t ttnhtM'n,
n>F.MHKRE TWO C— »
10 BE PRESENTED
Griscom and Allies Announce
Decision as to Temporary
DISCUSS PLANS FOR FIGHT
Declaration for Primary Reform
Plank in Platform in State
ment Following Con
Plan 3 for the Roosevelt direct ■asaji
inations fight to he mad" at the Repub
lican State. Convention and for the pre
liminary battles in the upstate primaries
were discussed at an informal series of
conferences of upstate and Brooklyn
Progressives with Lloyd C. Griacom
yesterday and last night.
In these conferences wore Postmaster
Fred Greiner of Buffalo, leader of Erie
County: Naval Officer Kracke. leader of
the 18th District of Kin? 3; Darwin H.
James, jr.. president of the Young Re
publican Club, of Brooklyn; ex-Mayor
Cutler of Rochester, one of th" leading
Independents in George "W. Aldridge'a
bailiwick: Collector William Lioeb. Jr..
and Senator Davenport, of Oneida
Following these conferences, Mr.
Greiner made public this formal state
Mr Greiner. Mr. Kracke and Mr.
Grlscon are agreed that Mr Roosevelt's
name shall he presented to th» coming
state convention as a candidate for tem
porary chairman, and also that th»"
will use their best endeavor* to hay«» in
eluded in the party platform a direct
This gathering yesterday was the first
of a number of similar conferences
which Mr. Griscom expects to have with
FYogressive Republicans from upstate
counties in the next week or two. No
effort was made to have a formal m«"»r
ine: of a large number of upstaters. Mr.
Griscom will have talks with many men
from all parts of the state who hay«
written to him. and with them endeavor
to work out a fairly general and compre
hensive scheme which shall result in con
trol of the state convention by the Pro
It was the first opportunity the New
Tort County leader has had to talk with
Mr. Greiner since the state committee
meetinc* Mr. Greiner was at Hr. «;ri~
com's office early, and spent most of the
day there. He and Mr. Griscom •«■>
cussed the upstate situation in detail
with Mr. Cutler. Senator Davenport and
the Krooklynites. All seemed, ••■
pleased at the outlook.
Greiner Makes His Report.
Mr. Greiner told them that (he Pre>«
ziessives were easily In control of th?>
Western end «f the state. The only
county there which was in doubt, h*
avid, was Allegany, where the . Witter-
Phillips forces were against direct nom
inations, lie had strong hopes, though,
that this county would fall into line be
fore the convention day. In Niagara
County.' he said. Collector Merritt had
repudiated the vote of Speaker Wads
worth, his proxy, as misrepresenting
him. Mr. Merritt never has been known
as an advocate of direct nominations,
though political condition? in his county
were overturned last fall on that issue.
Mr. Greiner said that if Mr. Merritt dirt
not stick by the Roosevelt-Taft-Hushes
force." on the Progressive issues, his
county would turn to and boat him.
Senator Davenport likewise brought
good news, lie told Mr. Griscom and
Mr. Greiner that Oneida County was hot
over the Sherman selection. Thi*
county is a strong direct nomination*
county. The Vice-President -< political
strength. Senator Davenport said, had
been waning somewhat there. The issue
forced by the "old guard" between him
and ex- President Roosevelt, in which
President Taft sided with Mr Roose
velt and the Progressives, had resulted
in alienatins: many Republicans from
Senator Davenport said that he did not
expect the entire Oneida County dele
gation would be with the Roosevelt:
Taft-Hughes men. but he thought the
majority of Oneida's delegates weald fra
Progressives. This information lAieed
closely with an estimate of the situation
there made by Douglas Robinson, whic'a
he laid before Mr. Griscom on Monday.
Kings Said To Be All Right.
Messrs. Kracke and James reported
that conditions looked aoed hi King?.
They thought from twenty-eight 10
thirty-flve. of the delegates certainly
would vote- with th» Progressives all
through the fight, while on the Roose
velt-Sherman issue a BTaal many mor*
would vote for Mr. Roosevelt.
Ex- Mayor Cutler told the confer reea
that there was a creat .1--*' of Progres
sive sentiment in Monroe County. '.As
affairs stood, though, he thought Georg*
Aldridge would be able to control th*»
entire delegation^ Monroe County, there
fore. Is being conceded to las "old
Mr. Griscom i- In almost daily receipt
of communications from various up
state counties where Progressives <--
his advice and co-operation in contem
plated primary fights against • old
guard" leaders Th.- situation regarding
this phase of th- tight on the "old
Ruard" was discussed thoroughly yester
day. None of those at the conferences
would say anything übotit what decision.
if any. was reached la any of the cases.
Mr. Giisroai early In the tight announced
that he was ready to co-operate with
anybody within the party to overthrow
'the""old guard" element which rejecte«l
Mr Roosevelt at the state commutes
meeting ■'"•' was fighting direct nomina
There was considerable gossip about
Ilia possibility of calling a special •■ •••'
in»; of th» state committee to reverse tba
action taken at the last meeting in
selecting Vice- President Sherman **
temporary chairman si the state con
vention. Mr. Gretner arid IM ■ ■ thor
oughly in favor of such a plan. Mr.
Grlacomb la not. * •»• several of the state
committeemen In th" greater city think
It would " ■' he a ■ toe course.
Word has come from ur?Ut» tc» th^
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