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jhe Puritan Subjected to Movd
Test en Historic Spot in
Hampton Roads.
Captain Knight and Four Sailors
Remained on Board — Extent
of Damage Will Be Ascer
tained in Drydock
Fort Monroe. Va.. Nov. IT,.— High ex
fjoslve tests on the monitor Puritan.
snehored •:. Hampton Roads, to-day
<*a:naged the ... so seriously that it
was necessary to send a hurry call to
the Norfolk Navy Yard for tups to tow
The battered warship to drydock. The
tests wore required by a provision in
;I?e ordnance appropriation bill passed
by tho last ses n of Congress.
Two explosions wore made, each with
two huudrod pounds of nitro-grlycerine
gelatine, unoonfined except as to a thin
covering of sheet iron. In the ilrst
teflt the high explosive was placed
cgainst th»- side of the after turret of
the monitor: in the second, against '•
Fide of the vessel just above th water-
Xaval offi cor? and eaq rts present ac- j
kTuuvledged that more damage was done
than tho. had expected.
The first explosion cracked the side
plate of the turret, which was ei?ht
inches thick, and I need it inward about
eight inches. A cat and two chicken?.
placed inside .... positions that
tlio gunners and sisrhter would occupy.
w^re not killed.
Big Hole Below Waterline.
The socond explosion ent in so badly
the l<>-inch side plate of the vessel.
thereby opening a big: hole below the
v.atorlino. that the rear end of tho ship
sank to tho bottom in less than two
minutes after the explosion.
As the Puritan draws .t-rr. feet
end was only In nineteen feet of water
she did not disappear below tho surface.
but in a. few minutes at Joast one of the
big compartments was almost Jilled and
■uator was pouring up from below deck
and over the stern of tho monitor.
Until the vessel is drydocked it will be
Impossible to determine the exact ex
tont of the damage below the v.-ater Hne
or how much of the lower part of the
vessel is flooded. It was not believed.
however, that the armor plate was
< racked, although it was bent and stove
In. The water entered, it was thought,
through holes below the armor belt,
which ■ •• nded th:- and one-half feet
under v.-ater, or throutrh seams causod
by the tt-arlne apart of the pitrn At
the : olnt where the second topt was
ir:ade the plate was ton inches thick.
1 'f the two explosions the second was
;the.v-inore severe, the hydroglycerine
<i: using tho monitor to shake ay if she
had boor, struck ': v a small earthquako,
a:?d it was even felt slightly nn other
•\-ssols Jyinifr five hundred yards away.
Captain Austin M. Knight, president of
tho special naval ordnance board, who
remained on the Puritan to discharge
Xhf t-xrJosivo, said the shocks wore se
First Ironclad Recalled.
Alr.:ost on tho spot whore the suj>e
rioriiy of a new form of fighting vessel,
t,V- ironclad, was dotormined forty-eight
y-ars a?:o. there was discovered to-day
a IKJssible new destructive force in war
2*rv. While it was not shown positively
that tho now explosive — tho invention of
XTiHaxd S. Isham — is more destructive
than the present form of explosive which
does its work from the inside rather
I'r^.n from tho outside, nevertheless R
v.as practically acknowledged that seri
ous consideration must be given to the
lion- outside explosive.
Mr. Isham himself was presont to wit
n~£s tho tosts. "With tho first test be
"«ras not satisfied, claiming that if it had
b^t-n agrainst a flat nstead of a rounded
- it would have worked much
frtator havoc The second explosion
Eowimpllshed nearly as much as ho ex
r^ttd. Tho resistance of the frames
tni \h*- effoct below tho armor belt wore
vhat he wanted to h.ivo dotorminod by
th*- test, and he paid afterward that h«
felt sur<- examination in drydock would
prove him rig-Jit.
On the- Puritan with Captain Knight
*t th* ti^ie of tho explosions was a black
cat. which Mr. Isham brou«hl alon? to
Place to tiie turret, the chickens and four
lion of th*- navy and army officials
end ponder <-xj crts who went down to
*&*?» the tests wore aboard th- tvs
Amons them wore Rear Ad-
iiasor.. Chief of tho Bureau of Ord
*?*«: Chief Constructor Watt, of the
5*?T ; ■ O'Horn, of tho Ordnance
£*?nmeni. and General Arthur Murray.
""^ of the coast artillory.
As won ag the pu rltan is drydocked
c special board on naval ordnance,
<«nj>ois«-d of Captain Knight, . •• - .• nt;
"eEUaiant Comm^ndt-r Richard H. Jack
«m. «ad Philip R. Alger, j rofossor of
*rath«aatics at Annapolis, will examine
«" injuries carefully and make a re-
Xt. lf.ia.rns explosive is composed of
r:r *'y-t«o jjarts nitroglycerine, seven
J«-.s guncotton and one part marble
Ii forms a gelatinous substance.
- >* assorts that it is far more powerful
njore destructive than tho present
*'-£* " f explosive.
Tbf ntval exjxrts who were present
'»' said, howtvor, in spito o f the dam
*Z* '-T:- thai a modern ll'-inch shcli
l '-'j »iav*- don*- ,Tl(,re, Tl( , re harm. Th«=-y
lc:.^t..j to u^, s on lhe FJorida a few
! rs " aß'>a B'> v " proof. Fi!.-th«-rmoro, it was
ra&feil out t!:at the Puritan is an old
" M * i< tsla t h< r armor j)lait- is not as
,l''T". as lhiit «f modern batlleshipa.
l^ L t2!tT< - was no lockins and that !«jth
IZ7 v/ r * niado uKiiinst perpendicular
surfEc'e* ?M!? M!t * ad ol against a slanting
ir.iry, : , Af ., ue Kan.. Nov. IS.-lTaokally
'*«">• aW»- b.,ii«l tnan in thH equiitj- lo
«*» 'Tit a hund t., building s iv v rouri
!i^ ft . a: . d coff«yvll!^ .-: :!;i< en
vVr,' ■V" :<i J . A1 -<J-'i JiJietn hi:::-Jrtd men
JrJnJS load Ua * 'Vmirieted. With the ♦>*-
— ■ ' ' ' '" - ■ I ' ' ' • . J
To-t]|i T an .j to-morriiw,
C«'iirrHll\ fair.
British Agent in Egypt May Pos
sibly Succeed Mr. Bryce.
FBy Cabl<> to The Tribune.]
London, Nov. i;,.-Rumors are paining
strength In Cairo concerning the possi
ble departure of Sir Eldon Gorst, owing
to an imrKndinp change In Egyptian
policy on the part of the British g-ovcm-
BH nt.
It is asserted, says "The Standard"
correspondent, that the British agent
.will receive a peerage and go in a dipl"
matic capacity either to Brussels or to
Rutland Woman Ends Proceed
ings by Taking Her Life.
Boston. \nv. is. — Divorce proceedings
recently Instituted by M. A. Winslow, a
Worcester restaurant m;i:uig->r. came to
v sudden end to-night, wiun his wif<
ooounitted suicide in a hotel in this city
Mrs Winslow was forty years old
She cam* i.. Boston from her home in
Etatland. Mass., last Sunday, hringrine
her daughter, Elmira, eleven years old,
• r, and r«^isterinpr at a hoteL This
- Mrs. Winslow was found lyins
•■ ith her throat cut and
carving knife by her side.
Ears and Thumbs Cut in San
Francisco Hookworm Tests.
[Bj " - pgrapti to Ihe Tribune.]
Pan Francisco, Nov. 15. — Indignation
in Chinatown has reached a white h« . t
over the most recent form of examina
lafred by the immigration author
ities. It is a test for bookworm, and th«-
Chin- s ■ tt as so humiliating that
have telegraphed protests to theii
minister In Washington, and arc threat
ening reprisals in the form of a genera]
boycott ;i.srainpi American poods.
examinai i i sists <-f thorough
1". ■■■ ears arc jijf r<-. d and the
thum': c the purpose. The Chi
nese ii thai they are required to
strip for ill-- physicians like pr>
and i.<r< subjected t.« other humiliations
! English Club Asks Delay in Pay
; ment to Moisant.
John P.. Moisant. the rican who
Hew from Belmont Park to the Statue
of Liberty and return in a r>o-horser>owor
Bleriot forty-three seconds faster than
i the Englishman, Claude Grahame-YVhite.
| who used a Bit-riot of I<HJ horsepower,
j will not rea i the Thomas F. Ryan
| (10,000 pnzo if the Royal Aero Club of
I the United Kingdom can prevent.
A cal message was received from the
; English c!;;: by the Aero Club of Amer
ica yesterday DUStroctißg the latter not
Ito pay the $10.000 to Mr. Uoisant, await-
I ing action by the International Aero
nautic Federation. Mr. Grahame-White
protested during iht- international tour
nament that he should be permitted t(
fly again on Monday, October 31, the
actual last day of the meet. The statue
race was flown on Sunday, October 30.
which vraa the day first advertised to
cla«e the tournament. Monday was add
ed after the meet began because on one >
of the early days there was no flying by
reason of adverse weather.
Mr. Ifoisant Insisted that the man
agement must stand by the closing hour
officially named in the first place and
was upheld Mr. Grahame-White says
the meet was open until it closed, and
hr should n"t have i>--<;n prevented from
trying again on October 31. He will
Boon sail for London, to be present at a
dinner to be held in his honor by the
Royal Aero Club of the United King
Mr. .Mojsanr i.-ft th" city last night for
Cuba, presumably to see about exhibi
tion eiigapemeiits for the Moisant Fly
ing <"irous. He Is expected to return in
Court Rules Executor Must Pay
for Flowers He Bought.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune.!
Poughkecpsie. X. V., Nov. in.— That a
woman should not be expected tc pay for
flowers for her own funeral was the de
cision of Surrogate Hopkins here to-day.
The Surrogate handed down this de
cision when he struck out of a bill of
expenses against the estate of Eli.-n
LJeattie, of Fishkill Landing, a charge
o' $v! made by Michael Cavanaugh, the
executor of the estate, who said the
charge was for flowers he had sent to
lira Beattie's funeral.
.-. i.auph was a cousin of Mrs. Beat
tie, v ).•• when she made her will, t-.vo
yean aed him executor of h<-r
>_• --• estate When Cavanaugfa buo
aceounts before Surrogate
relatives objected to oer
"Mrs. Beattie was fond of flowers,*'
explained Lnaugh. "and I thought Jt
no more than right that I send a bou
quet to her funeral."
. had a perfect right to send the
bouquet, bn ■ I Mr*
Beattie to pay the bill." replied the Sur
r igate, :m he di . . the MIL
Admits Marriage to Miss Eastman
Took Place on November 3.
H Walter H/ebb announced la« nignt
that the report that he had married Miss
Constance Eastman, the actress, wa^ tn.-
He said that the ceremony took phtce in
Stamford, Conn., on November 3, and w«
perforated by a Justice of the peace. Tne
marriage, he add*], had not been pla< d
on record, as he did not wish this done until
it couM be Eupplemented by a religious
.Mr. W ■••'■ is twenty-four years old an.i a
son of the late Henry Walter Webb, who
was a brother of Major G. Crolshton Webb
and Dr. Seward \V*-bb. Hj H mother wa* Ali-s
l^iia. Howard (Jriswold. daughter of John
A. Griswold. who wa s connected with the
iron industry at Troy. .\ Y. He is a kins
man of the Vandtrbilts. Jlis norrie is st
No- 1* Eai-t 51st Mrett.
Hiss Eastman lived « ith lier mother at
No. ;*-' River>l«i<t Drive. She baa v- on
tht * Ia «* J IiV *" > ei:r s, her J.ist appearance
bavins been ultt! Montgomery urd Stone
in -The 01.l Town."
<*""*£ !££'^— "o «-.,0 i lun,i
•■"*" -'■-••: ... jj Maiden Luie.
m:vv.Y(>kk. wkdxksdav.
' Mayor Promises Policeman for
Every Vehicle Going Out,
if Necessary.
No Escape in Sight for Patrons
of the Horse Shew and the
Opera — Closed Shop
Instead of the taxicab strike being set-
I yesterday and thus pr< from
ning further Into the opera season
and horse show week, with all the im- i
plied inconveniences in it:-- train. The >
.—trie entered upon an even more se
s stage then, following a five-hour
pence between the opposing sides.
Not only did the men refuse u> go back,
■ th>- companies decided to resume
! i.usinesp to-day ii; yr^ite. of the strik< rs
Mayor Gaynor urp^r chauffeurs to return
td their work ;<nd promised tht.m police
protection, but it was not thought that j
the timidity of the public would b«
: greaxly relieved thereby.
Th<- Motor Cab Owners' Association,
which announced last night, after the .ill
day conference at the Imperal Hotel,
th.it th. y would resume business to-day
and send out thi-ir taxicabs. Includes the
seven lartce companies affected by the
strike. Not a wheel has stirred from
the garages ("!::rii;^ the last few days,
while the owners and representatives of
trtkers hav< been dickering for a
settlement of the strike.
The Issue hinged upon recognition of
th-- union. Other matters could have
been amicably adjusted. The strike
]< aders remained obdurate yesterday in
th,-ir position that the strike would con
tinue until the companies granted full
. nition of the union. They declared
that th mpanies could not gel a suf
ficient numi ■ ■ . . ■: ■ 3 to resume
service with any material showing. They
said that, reports to the contrary, prac
tically none of the old chauffeurs would
return to work, but would stick to the
An order was Issued from Poli ■•■ Head
quarters shortly before midnight last
| night, assigning eleven hundred men to
j <?p» cial duty in connection with the
strike. Most of the men assigned to the
: work will be taken from th«- Traffic
i Squad. They will ride in the taxicabs
until the strike is discontinued. Th<
main thoroughfares, from 14th street to
90th street, will be thoroughly policed,
according to the new order.
Mayer Against Closed Shop.
Mayor Gaynor issued a statement last
ni^ht censuring the attitude of the rep
resentatives of the strikers in holding
out for a. strictly closed shop, lie prom
ised ample police protection to the em
ployes of the Wecott Express Company
and the Connecticut Cab Company, two
of the companies Involved.
Committees of Htrikers from these two
companies called upon the Mayor on
Monday and told him that the men were
remaining on striki against their will
and were anxious to return to work
The Mayor advised these men to go back
to work at once, and said he would send
a j.oli'-eiiian out on each cab If th«
chauffeurs were in danger of attack, It
is onderstood that the Mayor's promise
of police protection will extend to the
employes of any " the other companies
who desire to return to work.
Allan L,exow. president of the I ab and i
Taxi ('••rui'i'.n.v. the largest company af
ted by the strik< - sai( J last nignl mat
t!#- companies expected to draw upon'
many ot ll " o!<1 c ! ia ufl*urs ■>■'■• had j
rojnts & '" '"' '" : to work to man their !
cabs to-day. He said that then- were j
many rtpu lariy !iCt ' nKttl chuufTeurs vtiu I
had not been Involved In the strike ready ■
tje° to vol!: I<;: ' LL * iV '"-'Panits to- j
* c Perkins, president or the local
Cbauffeurt and Cab Drivers' Union, de
elarcd tbct.thf Mayor was laboring
fuutiuued ou octouU imge. *
XOVJLAiBER 16, 1910 -^T\tken PAGES. •• I>R ICE ONE CENT "■ " M °LZZ^?™ti l^" ob1 in '
. : ... WILLUiI !1. M<» >}::■:. \\ :io l.;;Al»S TUB BLUE RIBBON WINNERS
Naiicnai Association Provides
Entertaining and Thrilling
j His Biggest Victory Is in Contest
for Park Four-in-Hands, in
Which He Defeats the
; Watson Entry. <
It's either the wings of Pegasus at the
opera or his body at the Horse Show
j these days, and opinions are ev< nly
i divided as to which contains the more
j poetry. As the opera took a night off
j terday, the Horse Show benefited to
i Ihe extent of the fullest and most
i brilliant house this year, rivalling the
best in former years.
To entertain and thrill it the national
association offered two classes of neat
1 little polo ponies, which tripped and
| danced about the fragrant tanbark under
their owners or the members of polo
J clubs; a class of big saddle horses rid
j den by men and women, and then, in or
! der, five pairs of horses shown to vic
torias, six tandems and thirty-odd
women's qualified hunters, ridden by
: women, sides, of course, the audience
I itself.
i Of all these drawing cards the hunters
proved the grt;itcst. since everybody
longed to 1" in at the death or ne:ir
d< ath, hiche^ it might happen to be.
But neither happened, and this per
! haps constituted the only disappoint
ment of the evening. To offsei it. how
: t ver. the ■ ager audience saw a better
exhibition than during the officers 1
jumping contest on Monday night All
the women rode sid< sadd except Miss
Lucy Cherbonniere. of Baltimore, who
took Reggy Comer. Blenheim Farm's bay
; gelding overhurdle. stonewall and both
sets of bars twic« in a clean perform- .
ance and won the first prize of ?200 and j
I $50 in plate.
Mrs. Belle Beach-Bain rod- E. H.
: Weatherbee's Taconite, Iso a bay geld
ing, to ond place amon ■ winners, :
| and Mrs. Adam Beck, of London, |
Ont., took third priz with Sir Thomaa |
So it remained for the women riders to |
: win back for America t.. | impin j
laurels carried away by the English offi- Jeers
' cers th. night bel ire. .
There was not a spill, though Bally- |
hooly, Miss Bhoti brown eldlnj ai j
tacked the barriers so savagely that he
almost shook Mrs. T( ssie V\»n Klein, his
rider, from the eaddl< . The list fence ;
... aa knock* .i over ntirelj by John .1 ;
O'Don'.hue's Merry Widow, by Frederic
Hull's Sunday Morning. H. Bti arl Hoi- ;
lis's Confederate, Mrs. Adam Beck's
Blackbird end .- Misa V< n Morris's \
era. la
6raham«-White Interested.
•; •>.,. P menadini ceased noticeably as
the pink coated ring grooms half Huoded j
tli ■ arena to put the jumps in place, and j
the r.til liinis pressed closer than ever,
gently but Mnr.ly Impelled from behind
by would-be feathers-d ones. b< •■• was
even' enough ol the ueriul in the show to
interest Claude Grahame-Whlte, the
English aviator, who contributed that
lai touch of r;i'«* al l' needed lor the utter
Cuiiliuued *>v eJcicnth paije-
Suggests He Back Some "Real
Progressive Like La Follette."
[n>- T< ri?i-aph to The Tribune.]
Muskoge< .Nov. William J.
Bryan passed through here to-day on
his way to his Texas farm. "If I can
make trees prow ; the place -J will
spend -much time- there in th«- ; future,"
be said.. . . . - .. - ■•
• Jlr. Bry«rn much pleased with the
defeat of Dahlmari in Nebraska. When
askod his opinion of the New National
ism he laughed and declared there was
nothing to it. With reference to Mr.
Roosevelt being a possibility for a third
term Mr. Bryan said: "Mr. Roos?vi-!t
lean yet do his country much good if he
Tgets back of some real Progressive, like
1... Follette, tor President. His defect
eliminated him as a possible third
i termer."
Cramps to Build a Cruiser and a
Training- Ship.
; Havana. Nov. 15. — President Gomea
I sent tn Congress to-day the budget for
1!»11-'12. This amounts to $34,024,582,
j including the fixed budget of $7JZ32,VA)6.
The total is less by $750,00(i than the
j budget of th.- current year.
: The President has also issued a decr.ee
| awarding the contract for the construc
tion of a 2,<MM>-ton cruiser and a 1.200
ton training ship to the Cramp Ship
building Company, of Philadelphia, the
cost to be $r»lU,000 and $338,000 re
srectlvely. and two LMK(-ton gunboats to
White & Co.. of East Cowes, England.
i List of Victims in Hunting Acci
dents Grows.
; ny Telegraph to The Trilmne. ]
Louisville, Ky., Nov. i"». — Two deaths
i resulted from hunting to-d:iy in Kcn
j tueky by accidental discbarge of guns,
i The first death was that of Orville Wat
, kins, sixteen years old. His death was
caus lij the ins- harge of hi« gun when
he jumped a ravine. Oris A\ r orst, of
i Pottsville, was killed by the accidental
| discharge of his gun.
[By Telegraph to Th*> Tribune.]
I Sturgeon Bay, Wls., Nov. 15.— A. A.
Button was accidentally killed on Mon
: day by a hunter, who mistook him for a
wolf, Frank Lallemont did the shoot
i ing, and is nearly crazed with grief, the
|vi rtim being a personal friend. Lalle-
Imont carried the \\..;iii..' man a rnilo.
[!:.• Telp^raph to Tho Tribune. !
Hawkins. Wls., Nov. l."i. — Ernest
I Thomild, a deer hunter, of Vanceburg.
I \\"is.. was shot and instantly killed on
! Monday. He was tnistak n for a deer |
by his friend, Albert Chickering.
[D> Telesraph to V.-o Trtbur;*.]
Cambria, Wis . Nov. 15.— Joseph San- j
| derscn, while crossing a swamp with i
j Burt Emory and A. X Gordon, who j
■-•.. re hunting, had his right arm slutt-
U red by the accidental discharge of a
ritk- In the bands of one of his com- !
[llv Ti '• P 'I ■■ iv The TrliVneJ
Ladysmith, Wis.. Nov. l"i.— August
Bohmill, while hunting twenty mil< ttist
of this city, "•■• - mistaken fui v u««er
and shot through the head and instantly
'i. •. « laiui, Ni" I" 1 - Two men were i
killed and six seriously injured to-day
a the openinf of the rabbit shooting
BSCID IIW of ti'«-- 'leiiol untl t\\ Ccf the j
wounded were accidentally chot by
comradea. '
asm H AUTO hurt
All of Party Taken to Harlem
Hcspital, Two of Them
Group Returning from Boxing-
Bouts in The Bronx When
Collision Occurs.
An automobile containing seven men
besides the chauffeur crashed into ■
northbound Madison avenue surfs
shortly after midnight rt night, with
th.- result that all the occupants
taken t«i the Harlem Hospital, two of
them bad!-.- bruised and in an uncon
scious condition.
Th" party had attended a boxing con
. tf-st at the Fairmount Athletic Club,
: i:;7th street and Third avenue. The
| Bronx, and consisted of George Stivers.
|oft\Vest I2th street; J.-irr.fs Buchanan,
i a saloonkeeper, of No. 2* Bowery:
Charles Larkin, of Xa 114 East llth
street; Micha I Ilines. former Port War
den and for manj years Republican,
leader of the 2d Assembly District, of Xo.
I 516 Pearl street; Thou - Lee, of No. 214
East llth street; Thomas Floeco, of Xo.
163 Leonard streel ; John < 'ollins, the
| owner of the car, who maintains an auto
mobile prara;_^e at Xo. H*l Broadway, und
| Bernard Geissler, th< hauffeur, oJ Xo.
t>2o Eiprhth .i > • nue.
The hospital surgeons said early this
morning that the condition of Stivers
and Larkin was critical, but that none
of the others was seriously hurt. It
: was sai.l that Stivers had a fractured
spine, and that Larkin had received in
ternal injuries.
The car had just crossed the -Madison
: avenue bridge, and startod through
l.'.oth street at an unusual speed, ac
cording to witnesses, when it crashed
into the trolley, which had not been no
[ ticed by th«- men who were laughing and
I talking over the bouts they had wit
The motormao on his part also failed
to cat' h sight of the machine until it v.as
too late. The trolley plunged into the
! front wheel of the aui with a crash
th;it could be beard fur several blocks
and which brought persona tc tbi scene
from every direction. The force of the
blow was so great that the machine wa*; j
lifted from the ground and tossi i sev
eral feet.f c et.
Ail of those in the autonvobile were
hurled to the itr< I Stivers and Larkin
'."ii p:irt i. 1! . buried beneath the wreck- '
age. Patrolman Meenagh. of •:.■ Bast
]"6th street station, was early on the
scene, and Immedlati ■•. telephoned for
ai: ambulance. I>r. Langrocki of the Har
l.m Hospital, responded, but In the
mean time a pa&sin> automobile bad b*i b
chartereiJ to take the more seriously in
jurt-d t.. tl.. hospital.
The surgeon thereupon devoted his at
t.riti.iii to those who had been l>:; be
hind, and then removed tht-nv in HI
Fredertekiburs. \'.: Nov. ii— Wnittun
.\' inn. eighty •, • .ir old, said to be th,- .
t Utest .surviving niembtr o? i'.je Jurj- ihat
convicted John Rrowri ut' treuson at Har
,,,iV Kerry, before tut- Civ:! vx'ar. mariieu
Mr». Belfl* Ferguson tt»-day at Legato,
ETairfex Ctiunty. fh.- bride It htt hus
k^nd's »'■ i' wr by one year. (i( i
Bumper Corn Crop Gets th§
Credit — Other Foodstuffs
Ais- Fail.
Retailers Her? Ascribe Tumble
in Other Places to Overstock
ing — Views of Big
P<~. />L-arc;
A tenors! find substantial decline In
rarat and otrt«>r food prices throughout
••..:;•■ hn«? Vet ir. vrlthiyi the kMI
forty-eisnt hc.ir?. N*"W York City
stands o.it prominently as the lone •»■
cepMoa to ihii lowering of price?, whole
sale dealer*! in this city declaring thaC
tho •■;;•; ■ is op.ly temporary and is du^
to th" fact that the retail merchants are
overloaded and ar*» seeking to dispose
of their p.rc^fs s'.jprly.
Chicago. Pittsburg. Washington. Omaha.
St. Louis and other lurge markets all
report substantial cv.ts la food price?,
the reason for Urn lower prices belnff
ascribed to a bumrer corn crop and the
consequent flooding: of the cattle market
by tho farm'-r?.
Of course, other re?«ons are b"ln^ art
vanced by divers Interests. For In
stance, the Democrats, who BHMh their
battli ry in the last campaign. "Lower
the cost of living!" have «'*n their op
portunity In tho lower cost of foodstuff*
and ire savins "I told j-ou so!" with
monotonous regularity. They cite, «a
the cause of ■•■■ jamming down of
prices, not the extra yield in the corn
crop. bi!t a bumper political crop.
Other reasons derived from clourlv
sources are put forward by some, but alt
that interests the housekeeper and th«
man who has to foot the bills Is that
things arf> cheaper. let the credit hm
given to whomsoever deserves it.
Corn Ha-ve-t Said To Be Caiise.
The large meat packers In Chicago ss*
th.y have been receiving unusually larg »
shipm* nt? <>f ittle at the stockyards.
o'Ting to the gr»at harvest of corn, anl
that thi>- accounts for tbi reduction la
the price of meats. Commission m-i
predict still lower prices on everything
except *gcs. which they sey are hic^i
and will go higher.
-[■■-:• following quotationa show somf •■
th^ reductions in Chicago In the last
Sugar, ftoi one-half a rent to ■ ceni
a icund; flour, by the barrel. 13 cents;
pork] M cents a pound; lamb. 3 cents;
chickens. 2U cents; beef. 2% to 3 cents.
The decline from the first of October
varies from Tt> to T."> cents on cattle on,
the hoof, and th- market in general U
50 cents lower than it was a week asco.
Hosts have »-xi'»ricn- th*- greatest de
cline, the price tein^ almost $2 ■ hun
dn 1 lower.
Dealers in this city— is. the r—
tailers— can ste no joy in the alleged
general reduction. They say that the *'
are the persooa most affected, becausi
the public, hearing of the lower price?,
elamora and insists 'iion cheap meat an
"Turkey, f->r Instance." said »•• Wash
ington Market dealer, "is '.' cents a
t oond, and it was five conts better las<
your ai this rim- . But I think prices are
up. .1- spite what rumor says, ami
I believe thai by Christmas tho price
-ill be advanced two to five cents a
P'.cke-s Here Offer No Comfort.
Swift A Co.. tho Armour Packing
Company. SchwarzschtUi & Sulzberg'er
and other big wholesale dealers sail
yesterday th::t they could see no reduc
tion. S< dm of their representatlvos
*ou!d speak in mono«Trllable» and gava
the imrreaslori that thi cow '.'.aa still
jumping over the inm-n.
A t-.mvtps of tho wholesale beef mar
ket. whPo infli"nf!ns that tho price on
potiltrv and cram" is temporarily low
ered. stT>w? that T>eof and tho mr.ro sub
stantial nrats. ujw^n which the country
at* largo subsists, are still at prohibitive)
prices, despite the btimr-er crop of errain.
• cross tho East Kivr. in Brwklyi
some of tb^ retail dealera lowered tha
jrico of pork two or four cents a pnurd.
Th- retail price of poultry also took I
Tn the nation's capital. "^Vash-netori.
wholesale dealers stated yesterday tbat
prices of m^ats were taking a decldej
tumble, with indications that othfr food
stuffs would fol!<uv in the decline.
In tho wholesale iistr-.-t it was said
that the price of beef has b*>«?n reduce J
betvrei four and ttve a nts a pound. It
is expectf-d th;:t otlier meats will taka
a downward trend The retailers had
.-| ■ I
continued to quote tho hifch prices.
A reduction of one ct nt a pound ■ th->
price of lard at retail, ami of from one
tr» two cents a po'ind In tho retail price
of the cheaper grades of b»-ef. was an
nounced at Kansas City yesterday.
"Tou may look for cheaper prices ia
all kinds of meat soon." a Hi dealer
said. Fancy beef will b«- the next ta
come down."
Consumer* Getting the Benefit.
In St. liDVli retail markets bought
fresh —ti from two to three cents a
pound cheaper than a week ago. B*?Z
carcasses ■old at from 11 to U i nts.
•ad mutton from T to 'j conts lower. Ths
consnmcT has derive*! dM benefit, ■ -
cording to retail dealers. The recent
hlsh prices of moat br.iuirht about a
demand for tho cheaper cuts, and those
have advanced, while the choice steaJca
am? portions have declined.
Meat pricrs h.tv« dropped sharply in
Cincinnati, bacon Iteing from four to
five cents a p«>und ami live nogs selling
at SI -o a hundred loss than th<- pricegp
QOOted .• wt«k ago. Co.Toe. butter and
t'Ksr.^. howevt r. show a steady rise.
•'.»\>ian.i reporti very positive drops
In the prices of it- ■ IS. hotrs boms 1 quot
ed a: .t rcdnctloa of $130 a hundred.
Othtr meats have dot-lined in a Iwsarr
tUgref. Rttail prices blm are affected
by the s*neral drop, and it is expected,
that turfce: will Lo so'.lins at 11 cents a
pound for tho T!uink.sgi\nnc trade.
Komi prices in Milwaukee show ■ <■ n
era! reduction • ( fr..M 10 t<* L'O per cent
below the prices uf lust fall. Potatoei

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