■ACAttKMV OF MUSIC— S— The House of a
.M.HAVBRA — — 8 Vaudeville.
A>! CRICAN— 2 — — Vaudeville.
v-TOK — — The Aviator.
BELASCO— The Concert.
BIJOU— «:2»— The N»»t En*.
BROADXVAT— TweIfth *-**£, v^
CASINO — S:15 — He Came from Milwaukee.
CIRCL.K — S:ir — Mother. • '.;">;;-■
OOIjONIAX, — £— Vaudeville .<.• ■ > ••
OiIIEDV- S:15 — ril'Bfl Haniced If I Do
• KITEKION S:l*O — The Commuters.
PALIS -(•SO— Mine. :
EMPIRE— S:ls— Secret Service.
T"iitTtt A\"E\CE 2—2 — B—%8 — % aiidevlllc.
OAIETT— eTIS-Sm Rich Quick . Wallinsford.
GARRICK— S:2O— The Impostor.
,:U>KK '-— Camflle— 8— IVAUrlon. . *jy > ■
TIACKKTT— *:»►-■ L>ad»iy l>ufaro
i«Mi.-n-iTV!N')>--'' — B:l3 — Vii\ine\"tlie. the
HEWMMQrABE-<:Jwfb« irl alld the
HIPPODROME — — The International " Cup
—Ballot of N?arara--Tl Earthquake.' /-
7't'DKON—S-:;o — Nobody's 'Widow-.
IRVING TL.ACK— S:I*— Die. Fledermaus. _
JOK WEBER'S— S:I5 — Alma. Where Do You
KNICKERIX>CKER— S:2o— The Foolish Virgin.
I.TKKRTY— V.I.V- Th« Country Boy. -,-•__
XTCECM— — Th«? Importance of Being
J.YIU* — — Two Women.
MAJESTIC — •>.?•« The Blue Bird. ■, ,
MANHATTAN OPERA HOCSE— 2— S-A *««*
MAXTNE El-LlOTrs The Gamb>rs.
T.frrni«} > «")L.ITAN OPERA HOU 6E— S— Alda.
NAZIJIOVA'S— S:IS— Drifting.
NEW* *MSTET»riAM — S:15 — Madame Sherry.
NEW* THEATRE- *:30 ' Heidelberg.
>:nw YORK — S:ir» — Nau«htv Marietta.
REI'ITBMC —•■ I."— Rebecca of Sunnybroolc
Farm. ■ . .- ■
WALLA CK*E— 6:ls— Pomander Walk.
Index to Advertisements.
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Rankers & Bro- Proposals 11 2
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Bus. Chancfs...ji •'■ R. *:. for Sale or
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Furniture 11 - r ' R«*ti« 11 . -?
T-h Notice* ...12 • Pa-.-ires 8ank*. ..12 1
3>f»m#«tlc «!tu«r- <School Ancndes.li «
tlon» Wanted. ll .'. Special Notices... 7 _«
"F>cc- rsfors . . 11 "(Timetables 11 "«
Financial 12 «-7tTo L*>t for Bus.
Tot Sale 11 6 Purposes * &-•
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FOREIGN. — The French government
announced measures to prevent strikes,
especially in public service utilities, by
means of compulsory arbitration. ==
The Mauritania reached Fishguard,
■Wales, having accomplished the remark
able feat of making th. round trip to
this city in twelve days. :: ~ Cecil
Grace, who made a successful flight
across the English Channel front Dover
•to Calais, started to recross the Channel,
and as he had not been heard from at a
late hour fears are entertained for Iris
safety. -== Captain Trench and Lieu
tenant Brandon, of the British army,
■iv<?r«» convicted at L<;ipsie of espionage
••n German fortifications and sentenced
to four years' imprisonment. == Love
letters alleged to have been written by
th*- Dan heat de Choiseul-Praelin. when
she was Mrs. Charles H. PaSne, to
'Count" dAulby do Gatigny, were read
hi court at Tours, France, where the
"count" is on trial for swindling; the
Ouchess repudiated the letters.
DOM EtSTlC— Fire Chief James Horan
and twenty-two men were killed under
(ailing walls, at a iii< in the Chicago
•siockyards. ===== As a result of the fire
in the Friedlander morocco factory In
Philadelphia, fourteen men are known
«•» be dead and forty injured. -==^
Pr«a(dcsM Haft and Secretary Kin held
.. conference on negotiations for rtci
pr<jcity with Canada, which Washington
officials expect BO be successful. —
It was said at Albany that Governor
*U?ct I>ix, hi order to effect a retrench
ment In state expenditures, would rec
.rnm^v,<i In his annual message to the
legislature the reorganization of pome
of the state departments and tin- aboli
tion of others. ... Th*> threatened
Ftrike of express men in New England
*Id not take place, the employes refus
tag to obey the order to quit work. • ._•;•
CITY. — Stocks were dull and heavy.
• — -— The Board of Estimate and Ap
iwrtionment referred the Public Service
Commission's letter on the Interbor
«is;ph*s new subway plan to its transit
committee, of which Prendergast and
Mitchell, who oppose it, are a majority.
with the Mayor as a minority member.
■■■ : A major of the Medical Corp?,
1" S. A.. BSaa arrested with two com
panions at tlie North German Lloyd
I-i<=r ii: Hoboken. on charges of disor
derly conduct. -- Dr. Frederick A.
Cook returned on the George Washing-
Yon. • - The death of an engineer
bxotujht the death list up to eleven as
a result of the explosion in the New-
York Central terminal yards.== Fraud
in issuing lire insurance policies among
East Side residents and the gambling
element In the business done in the heart
of New York were brought but in testi
mony before the legislative Investigating
••omfnittee. = A lad in an extreme
condition of neglect, who was seized by
»gents of the Children's Society, said be
had been a nrlFon»»r in a room in The
Bronx for two years. = Robert
Mather told the Taft Commission on
Securities that federal regulation should
Include giving railroads the benefit of
th<- government'^ credit. =— The Stock
Exchange Recovered that it had an
amateur band, which ii going to play to
THE WEATHER.— lndications for to -
A:iy: Fair. The temperature yesterday:
Highest, lit* degrees: lowest. 14.
COXSIDERIXO SUBWAY PLASG.
It is not to be supposed tliat the Board
. of Estimate »nd Apportionment or any
member of it is merely factious or ob
structive In deferring for » fortnight
the Interl- company's «u».\vht ex
tension proposals. There is no reason for
suspecting U»e existence of any such dis
position nor can any motive for it be
-..•r.-.-ired. Mr. Prendcrjrnst nnd Mr. M<-
Aneny doubtless ba'/e in view nothing
hut %v feat they conceive to be the public
v,elf;<r." in I matter of inim^nw impor
tance. If thp Controllei'.H conception of
ilie situation is correct there would
appear t>j be "•-'■'' of making pome more
.... agreements before the linal vote
is taken, though the delay need not Via
I«iu;r aiui ngre^mvr.ts should not be dlf
licuit to make.
Mr. Ptendergast think* that the Pub^
ilc ...-., Commission > somewhat
■ mm'- in its attitude. toward the liiter-
Jjorougb projKmal, taking exception to
vrtain details without, telling precisely
v hat they .-.;••■- and if suspects that it
js 'seeking •.. draw out the opinion of the
IV/ard of Estimate and Apiwrtiomnent.
It irculd not ;-• •■].•! -.iTir-t- -l!;i !>■•■. in that
>;:.->■. to M^pMl the cdmmlsdon to be
m«-«re . \i licit, ah of course it will not be
ts» .',;«•<■• the Uvirtl |M>-llJ]<t:.\ to |«»st
v;»"l] the plans when tlifV :u<- laid »»«-t <•;■«•
5t in a fcatisfaetorily fxitli'.-ii form. By this
time :k»!). Jli< •-< .in mission and tin )->■■•■'
should be sufficiently familiar with the
.-•-.•i : lal phases <■! the subject '■'■■■
qualified to pass jud^m^nt uin.n them
■without tedious rlHa>. As President.
Taft once said about tin- plans for the
Panama Canal, It iv ueevssarylo have
consideration, discussion. >-rit i ism: but
there comes a tin" ivhon wo. must re
gard the last vrord as havinjr fte^n
4token and must tlicu so ahead Tilth
the work. We should say that that time
in the history of subway extension was
pretty near at hand.
Of course neither the commission nor
the board fails to]" appreciate the im
l»ortance of the decision which' is now
to l»e made. It is not merely a question
of routes and agencies. It is a question
of permanent policy. If the new lines
are built by the existing company as
integral parts, of its system the city
will look to see all further developments
of underground transit in the hands of
I single company. Under proper man
agement a single comprehensive system,
giving transit between any two points
for a single fare, would undoubtedly be
the ideal. Under bad management a
system which would exercise a monop
oly with as unsatisfactory service as we
have had in the last year would be in
tolerable. Bui if the city finally de
cides to grant the monopoly it surely
ought to be able to control its own prop
erty bo as to secure the good and to
prevent the evil result-? of the single
In view of the earnest and highly sne
| cessful efforts of Tin 1 Taft administra
tion to reduce national expenditure -t
is astonishing, to liud the House Com
mittee on Invalid Pensions reporting a
Mil which, if it becomes a law, will in
crease the government's annual outlay
for pensions by more than $45,000,000.
The bill itself gives little indication of
its cost. it merely proposes to increase
the pensions allowed under the lloCom
ber act of February (>. 1007, to veterans
who have reached the age of sixty-two
and who are not required thereafter to
jrive the Pension Bureau any proof of
either dependency or disability.; 7At
present the monthly rates are as fol
lows: After sixty-two years, $12; after
seventy years, $1$; after .seventy-five
years. $L'o. The bill just retried raises
the sixty -two-year rate <<> .sls. the sixty
five-year rate to $30, establishes a new
rate of (23 after seventy years, and
raises the seventy-five-year rate to $30.
The Commissioner of Pensions reports
; that the actual animal increase which
these advances involve for the three hun
dred thousand eligible? on the rolls will
exceed $4.',000.000. The government's pen
sion outlay for the fiscal year of lOOS-'OO
was the largest in its history, the
amount. paid being $101,973,703-^-811 in
crease from the total for 1906-W of
nearly .«"_' 1 .<««».< m». That increase was
caused by the Met 'umber act. which was
proclaimed by its supporters as the fin
bbing touch to the federal pension sys
tem. Since 190S-*O9 there has been a de
crease in annual expenditure, of about
iZjBOOuOOO, and the country had began to
hope that at last— forty-five years after
the dose of the Civil War— the pension
burden would begin to be lightened.
The pension system is now in equilib
rium, and it should be left undisturbed. ;
The government baa fulfilled with great
generosity its obligations to the veterans |
whose only claim is service, after dis- j
charging with equal liberality its debt
to those who suffered injury and to their
dependents. "We do not think that the;
more conservative element among the j
ex-soldiers favors pressure for a further'
unwarranted extension of pension pay
ments. At the last encampment of the
Grand Army of the Republic the Com
mittee on Pensions reported adversely on
a. proposal to give each surviving soldier j
or sailor of the Civil War a minimum j
pension ->f at least SI a day.- The $1 !
a day scheme would have required an.
increase in the annual outlay for pen
sions of about $87.000.< and the Grand
Army rejected the proposal as unreason
able and extravagant. Yet the House
committee unhesitatingly reports a bill j
Involving a new expenditure of more
than (45,000/JOO, without any apparent
demand for it. even from the limited
public which it would benefit. The com- 1
mittee could hardly have framed a ;
measure more uutiineiy or immoderate, j
The warning to investors which has
just been given by the Kicaragtmn Con
sul in this city is timely, iii view of the
reported action of the Nicaraguan gov
ernment, and may profitably be heeded,
with some degree of gratitude. It is
presumably offered in entire good faith
i and in pursuance of perfect equity. But
lit — the governmental action to which
jit calls attention — is by no means devoid
of grave peril and strongly suggests one
I of the most prolific sources of interna
tional controversy and strife.
The new government In Nicaragua, we
are told. has revoked certain mining and
other concessions which were granted
by its predecessor, and accordingly in
vestors are warned against buying
stock in schemes based upon them. Of
course since the concessions have been
revoked it is proper and. Indeed, impera
tive to give notice of the fact. And the
revocation may be entirely right and
proper and justified by circumstances.
But from such revocations in the past
much trouble has arisen, and the process
is always a delicate one and one which
is peculiarly subject to abuse.
There are probably not two more gen
erally accepted principles of law and
equity than these, that contracts ore in
violable and that a change of govern
ment does not invalidate the obligations:
of the nation. How these concessions
wore contracts, and as such were *';!'-
UOBOllr inviolable. They were under;
takings of the national government, and
therefore of the nation, and as sucli
wrre mppiinrdlj binding upon the coun
try under whatever changes of govern
ment might occur. It Is said that they
were granted In violation of the laws
of Nicaragua and that the government
and nation did not profit from them,
but only the former President or his
cl«»rk, personally. This may be true, in
view of some of Zelaya's known actions.
And if It hi true, it affords ■ pretty
good primm facie reason for annulling
The trouble, however, is that it nay
be difficult to draw the line couyiuciug
■'. .:■.,.] satisfactorily between fraudulent
and honest concessions, and also that in
some cases uuhulmcnt Of a concession
might work hardship to some entirely
Innocent Investors. in ■ country where
one President fraudulently grants con
cessions foe his own dishonest profit
there is always danger of suspicion that
another President might improperly and
for his own hellish advantage annul a
perfectly legitimate concession and abro
gate ■ contract which ought to be held
sacmL near not Intimating that this
U now the case hi Nicaragua. In fact,
we nre ready i" assume that Mr. Estrada
\& acting in perfect good faith and is
not revoking a single concession which
deserves to be maintained. But it must
1k» obvious thai then ir* always danger
of embarrassment in buob proceeding*;
■ -i tbat the government which If con
i i .-. i> .si io rijroke cuui.*ta>sioiis owes it
to itself as well at to the rest of the
-yEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUNE.' FRIDAY. ])ECEM^R^2g^j>L
world to make its reasous for doing so
uiiniisl,ik;ibly plain and convincing.
TUM/IVI'V FIRST FRUITS.
•The New York Times" has worked
itself into I mther remarkable state of
agitation over Murphy's intention to
elect Thomas K. Qtadj temporaty presi
dent of the state Senate. As a political
Scheme, "it is dull, it is stupid, it is in
comvivaHy idiotic." Also '-it is base,
"depraved, flagitious and despicable
■•from the point of view of common
"morals and decency." The Tribune
docs-ri feel Inf II Ui il to take ex'-eptio"
t<i any ot :'H Of this. But why. find
again win. such sudden anxiety and Sa
ui;L r iiaiiou "ii t lie part of "The Times ''
And why ihe intense solicitude whether
Murphy shall "let the public understand
•'that be is bhnsetf a rnnn of the r,rady
In the recent campaign "The Times"
bad excellent opportunities for study and
nftuciTßtion Sureiy. then, the elevation
of Grady— •'Sen. g.." our contemporary
rechristens him— should be no such
shock. For what. pray, was Grady re
nominated, despite his absolute, last and
positively hn;:i farewell to public life.
delivered at the end of one of his nu
merous illnesses last spring? That other
.nuide and mentor of Democracy. "The
New York World." labored under jio de
lusi. as. It sought openly for some tit
candidate to support against Grady and
proclaimed aloud as soon as he was re
nominated what be would do to tue pnb
li-- if returned to Albany.
Bo Car ;<s the izeneral welfare is con
oemed, we shudder with •'The Times"
at the prospect. Moreover, we suspect
the public has pretty well made up its
mind that Murphy is "himself a man
of the Grady type." But ever since the
Rochester convention, and especially
since November 8, it has been borne
in on us more and more that Tam
many Hall's success was likely to prove
a little disconcerting, even to Democ
racy's best friends. .\'.^\ Gmdy is
merely Tammany's first fruits.
ITO LORIMER VERDICT.
Our neighbor "The World" complains
! because thf- Senate Committee on Privi
leges and Elections did not declare va
cant the seat occupied by William Lori
tner on the ground that certam members
of the Illinois Legislature who helped to
elect him were bribed to give him their
votes;. It says that the British Parlia
ment is mere particular about nullifying:
elections in which corruption of any sort
is proved than either house of the Amer
ican Congress. But it must be admitted
that if Congress lias laid down rules for
determining the extent to which corrup
tion vitiates an election it is justified in
following those rules- rather than set
tling a new case offhand according to
the practice of s< me other nation. Even
Senator Frazier. of Tennessee, who dis
sented from the majority report, admit
ted that the precedents now recognized
as Minding in de f enninini; the validity
or invalidity of a title assailed on the
ground of bribery are these:
Fir?t— lf the proof established the fact
that the member whose seat is in ques
tion because of alleged bribery or cor
rupt practices resorted to in his election
lias himself been guilty of bribery or
corrupt practices, or knew of or sanc
tioned such corrupt practices, he may be
unseated without reference to the num
ber of votfs thus corruptly influenced.
Second— lf the proof fails to show that
the member knew of or participated in
or sanctioned such corrupt practices,
then, in order to justify unseating him,
the proof must show that enough mem
bers of the Legislature voting for him
were bribed or influenced by corrupt
practices, that, deducting- their votes
from the total vote received by him,
would reduce his vote below the legis
lative majority required for his election.
No member of the committee contends
that nny pro< f whatever has been ad
duced that Mr. Lorimer himself cor
ruptly influenced legislators who voted
for him. The only question to be de
i ideii was whether the evidence indi
cated that his election depended on the
votes of corrupt ionists. His majority
vras fourteen. Mr. Frazier makes the
number of the corrupted seven, while
the other members of the committee
make it four. The difference is not one
involving the application of a principle
but merely the interpretation of facts.
It may be argued that it would be
better to invalidate the election of ft
Senator. tbOUfdl he had n unanimous
rote in both branches of a legislature, if
a single vote was cast for him from cor
rupt motives. But such a course would
in mo.«,i coses sacrifice practical justice
to merely theoretical considerations. The
rules accepted by the Senate have a
foundation in common sense. They do
not try to balance one wrong done by
certain supporters of a successful candi
date without his knowledge or approval
by the greater wrong of depriving him
Of a title which would have been his
without the reinforcement of tainted
"Jl/SADTENTURE AND ACCIDENT.%
■: s - , .
We must henceforth bracket the
''crownpr's quest" verdict in the ease «rf
the recent Newark fire with some of
those classic . Hibernicisms which have
been the delight of Jokesmiths. It was
somewhere about Tipperary that a 'jury
found "the deceased met his death by
-*the visitation of God under suspicious
"circumstances,'' and it was a man whose
head had been cracked with a black
thorn at Donnybrook who was solemnly
declared to have been "killed by the fall
;>f a piece of timber upon his head."'
Hut it was in Newark, N. ,T., that more
than a score of women and girls, trapped
In an oil-soaked building with a locked
door and without adequate fire escapes,
were officially declared to have met thoir
death "by misadventure and accident
"and not as the result of the criminal]
"act. either of omission or commission,
"on the part of any individual or indi
We make no reflection upon the coro
ner's jury or its verdict, which was
doubtless given sincerely and intelli
gently, and none upon the owner or
tenants of the building, who doubtless
complied with the requirements of the
law, nor yet upon t..e building and fire
Inspectors, who doubtless were diligent
and vigilant in making sure that the
building was kept in perfectly legal con
dition. Nobody was at fault. Nobody is
to be blamed. There whs a regrettable
Occurrence, due entirely to "misadvent
ure and accident/ That was all. It
was a misadventure which took the girls
and women into that building, and it
wan an accident which destroyed the
building by lire and incidentally de
stroyed the girls and women with it-
Bui nobody can be called to account
for it in any way, and beyond question
everything is for the best in tin- best
of all possible worlds.
And yet. with due humility and defer
ence to the goodly company of those
who ace taws s«sr et sunn rcprocltc. it
may |- suggested that such misadvent
ures and accidents are unpleasant not j
only to their victims but which
may to some benevolent fo'k Mini more
to the point— to the community, so that
just for the sake of protecting the gay-
Sty of •■nations from : disagreeable shocks
It might be worth while . for legislators
to consider whether it is fitting for an
enlightened Christian state to have a
law under which occurrences are possi
ble which would be disgraceful to Da
homey. No individual nor individuals
can be bfamed for the catastrophe which
destroyed two dozen lives . no. nor for
the laV which permitted conditions in
which that tragedy was made easy, nor
yet for the Ingenious provision of the
law which, while prescribing grisly in
adequate tire protection, debars the suf
ferers from fires from taking action for
damages under the common law. Some
body has described the law as designed
to give protection to nobody but the
owners of buildings. But doubtless it
got upon the statute book "by misad
venture and accident."
Perhaps the most effective plan would
be for Mayor Gayncr to rut an adver
tis^mpnt in the newspapers asking for
enlightenment a? to th« v.bereabouts of
. As ■ for that Christmas dinner for
horses in Kansas City, working horses
are seldom starved by their owners, for
practical reasons, if for no others. The
money expended for this "function"
would he better employed in procuring
a day of release from want for indigent
human beings, of whom Kansas City
must have its full share. Love of ani
mals is a noble sentiment, but it should
not be allowed to run to extravagances
The Senate uncounted Vice-Presiti-nt
Sherman's counted quorum. The upper
house ha? an arithmetic as well afl a
code of domestic intercourse entirely its
Mr. "Wilson, of New Jersey, is very
much in earnest in his insistence upon
the sacredness of the primary election
verdict. Mr. Smith, of New Jersey, is
equally earnest in bis determination to
reap the harvest of his own sowing.
And Mr. Davis, of Hudson County and
incidentally of New Jersey, sides with
Mr. Smith. On the whole, we guess that
there is going to be a lot of fun in New-
Jersey politics this winter.
Misguided modesty .scarcely could go
further than that of the young girl who
bled to death rather than exjxjse a
wounded leg- to women friends.
The coincidence of a number of large
and disastrous fires in various cities this
week looks as though some malign fate
were trying to cast a cloud over the
holiday season. IJut the fact is that for
reasons not difficult to discern this is
just the time of year in which most
The Filipinos are soon to enjoy the
benefits of a parcels post to Hong Kong.
la which packages weighing as much
as eleven pounds are to be carried at
the rate of 12 cents a pound. We can
send packages abroad up to eleven
pounds in weight, paying postage ut the
rate of 12 cents a pound, but within the
limits of the United States we have to
pay at the rate of 1»> cents a pound for
packages limited to four pounds jn
weight. The discrimination seems to be
Wry all this fuss as to whether lob
sters shrink or grow longer in the cook
ing? Any one who knows his Broad
way can tell you that there's no notice
able shrinking in the price under any
Dr. Cook has get here. But he him
self admits that he doesn't feel sure he
THE TALK OF THE DAT.
Tlio sanitary inspector of Salonua. in
Turkey, has adopted a plan for insuring to
the public a. supply of undiluted milk, lie
has ordered a supply of cans fitted with
valve- working in such a manner that a
liquid may be pourtMj out but not in. An
other opening permits the cans to be tilled
with milk. The cans, when they are full,
iir<- taken to inspection depots. \\ :>re their
contents are chemically tested, after which
this second opening is closed and stamped
with an official seal. All the dealers will
be supplied with these, cans and compelled
to use them. New York may learn some
thing even from Turkey.
"Those municipal ownership bosses up in
Milwaukee are painfully Blow."
"They haven't done a thing so far toward
classing the breweries with the other pub
lic utilities."— Cleveland Plain Dealer.
i'LYNN AND DRISCOL.L.
Of course this Flynn Is quite the lad '
To swat our vice and crime,
And when he sees a mug to hit
He hits it every time;
Still, while he's to the good and ought
To have some diadem.
Don't let him wear it all. because
A part of it fits Clem."
W. J. LiAMPTON.
Fair Customer— Haven't you pome book
that would be especially suitable for a
Salesgirl— I . don't know. How would
"Hints on Household Economy" or "Young
Man, Why Remain a Bachelor?" or—
Fair Customer— Let me see that one,
please. — Chicago Tribune.
Some newspapers point . to Maine as a
state where Prohibition prohibits, but the
Sheriff of Androscoggta County can't see it
that way. He hns been obliged to restrict
the liberty of his "trusties," because they
got into the habit of wandering back to
jail pretty "tight," and, of coarse, too
"woozy" to tell where they got the ex
hi la rat or. Some of the favored ones even
had the effrontery to "pack a bottle on the
hip" and moggie it Into the prison. This,
too, in a state that lias been "dry" since
She— Now that you have looked over my
music, what would you like to have me
He— Whist or dominos.— Tran
Philadelphia's police have taken steps to
guard against knockouts and fatalities in
so-called boxing bouts in that city. The
Director of Public Safety has ordered that
hereafter a physician must be present at
the ringside whenever a tight its pulled oft*.
It will be his duty to stop the. contest
when, in his opinion, either of the con
testants is unfit physically to continue.
This practically makes the physician an as
sistant referee and is a departure, not only
for Philadelphia, but for. the game itself.
Beers— Poor Mrs. DeAlterres has always
been unlucky in the selection Of her hus
Townsend— Why do you say that? "J •■<*-:
Been*— Her first husband was a guide* in
the Adirondacks; her second was a ■>,:-•■
ball umpire; her third wu a manufacturer
of dynamite, and her last was an aviator —
Here is the germ, of the Higher Criticism
In the mouth of a babe. A young man of
Rochester, having seven winters to" his
credit, came to hi* mother the other day,
his small heart full el horror.
"Mamma," he exclaimed, "G<«orge Per
kins ia a bad boy! He say;? there ain't any
Tho mother saw that the ago of digiilu«
sion bad arrived, and (! having theories on
that subject, cently explained that -"Santa
Claus" "was ■ mythological name for the
spirit of Christmas: Fathers. and mothers
and other kind relatives" bearing gifts were
all Santa Clauses. she told him...
The boy listened in grieved *Hence. then
after a moment of pondering said: v
-So there ain't any -really, truly Santa
Claus: Now tell me about tho rest of this
"I don't get what I deserve for my
jokes," wailed the humorist. _ f r i«id
"You're lucky.'! sympathized his friend.
—Toledo Blade. _-
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.
WELCOMING ITALY'S HORDES.
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: I was about to send you a transla
tion of Mr. Pecorinl-s letter to the "Aral—
Italiano" of Sunday last, when your article
IB to-day's Tribune, entitled "Editor An
gers Italians," containing the essential
points Of it. came under my eye.
As a community and a nation we are
doing Just a little less for the Italians with
in our- gates than, for any class or race or
foreigners who come to us. We extend less
comprehension to them, less fraternity Of
spirit, than we do to the Asiatics.
It is not their fault, but ours, that they
they are not more rapidly assimilated into
our national life; not theirs, but ours, that
they do not learn our language. They come
here, as a rule, from impoverished parts of
classic old Italy, eager for any labor, how
ever hard, for any sacrifice that shall ulti
mately give them a taste of human com
fort. They show a heroic capacity for se'.t
sacrifice and for joy while so laboring
which no other immigrants since the days
of the Puritans" have displayed. We need
them, what is more,' and it is our duty to
avoid transmuting their first enthusiasm
for us into resentment by meeting them
as brothers, as human beings, ami not. as
many do, as criminals per se, -»
The Italians la New York City alone arc
said to number between 500,000 and 750.0 X),
only 3 per cent of whom are disposed tow
ard naturalization. Yet among all these
few are paupers actually, practically none
are beggars; there are fifteen hundred or
more earnest lawyers ami five hundred
reputable physicians, besides innumerable
merchants of probity and standing and
workers In other professions and arts.
They are shining examples, in many in
stances, of integrity, of self-respect, of op
timism and charity toward even those who
repel them- Should we not, therefore, in
vite them by a larger sympathy and in
terest to be actually of us. as well as
With us? A. sterling.
New York. Dec. £0. 1910.
SOLVING THE EXPLOSION. .
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: In the face of the riMe disaster at
the Grand Central Station it is disappointing
to see would-be experts ..rid authorities rush
into the ''spotlight*; Pith quasi informa
tion. The president of a great gas company
assures the public that the gas furnished by
his company is less likely to explode be
cause it "contains- less air than ordinary
illuminating gas." Does the Consolidated
admit the presence of air in the gas it fur
Another great engineer assures us that
"no gas can explode unless it is com
pressed." Let us hope that the officers
occupied with the investigation will not be
misled by such information. DELTA.
N«v York, Dec », MM.
To the Editor of Tho Tribun*.
bir: It is too late to shop early, but one
need not leave all the week end ordering
until Saturday, and do not add something"
every time you telephone. Make a full list
to begin with. Everything will keep on
Saturday but time and temper.
"What less wise than to get too tired to
be sweet and merry at this sweetest, glad
oEt of festivals? First of all. it is a relig
kus festival, and nothing is worth whilo
that crowds out church services and the
children's carolo. , JW>ELi
New York, Dec. 22, K»lt>.
A CHARITABLE CRITIC.
To the Editor of The Tribune.
Sir: I was much interested yi the article
on The New Theatre in The Tribune on
Sunday, and I am sure it voiced a general
feeling that the enterprise had not ful
filled expectations. Yet that samt> afttr
noon a woman speakinc on the same sub
ject, but without knowledge ot your article,
gave expression to a thought in the mat
ter that was new to me. and may serve
to temper our disappointment.
Speaking of the dis?atisfD.ction that ex
ists among so many people at the poor act-
Ing and the unfortunate selection of plays,
she said that sufficient allowance for the
dilliculty in starting a new enterprise was
not made by the public, that we should
realize that even a new dwelling house is
not in running order the lirtt year or two.
that the servants are not used to each
other or the mistress, and that time is re
quired to arrange everything U> our sat
Now, how much more difficult was it to
start such an enterprise when the field for
the selection of proper actor?, managers,
etc., Was much restricted by the fact that
private and rival interests had already pre
empted the best available talent and that
time should be given the organizers of the
enterprise to perfect their plans for pro
viding adequate talent and plays more
adapted to the scheme, as first proposed.
New York, Dec. 20, 1910.
• CHEAP MEAT IN, MAINE.
From The Kennebec Journal.
J. r.. Clark, of Midway, has a dog that
is very fond of running down foxes, wild
cats and other fur bearing animals, but
makes a specialty of wildcats. Mr. Clark
last week put his dog on the trail of a
cat, and after going some distance, came
across a large buck deer that the cat had
killed. It was found that a large part of
the steak in one of the hind quarters had
been eaten by the animal. So. Mr. Clark
cut out the best part of the other quarter
and continued to follow the wildcat's trail
and soon overtook the animal and laid it
low. - ■"*<
AND TO SOME "STATESMEN."
From The Syracuse Herald.
If Canada can't get England and the
United States to sign a permanent peace
agreement, at least She might try to have
th*- British lion's tail docked. As it Is at
present, it constitutes an awful temptation
to American editors and public men who
are fond of practical Join .
IT LOOKS THAT WAY.
From The Buffalo Enquirer.
A Chicago genius bus invent.nl disappear
ing furniture. This will be •» hard blow to
the Instalment dealers. Sgatwst whom the
innovation is possibly directs I
TOO MUCH COMPANY.'
From The Schenoctady Union.
If misery likes company it should finit a
crowd on hand When the present Congress
THEY ARE NOT ENLISTED.
From The Utica raid-Dispatch.
Department clerks at Washington are
talking about organizing themselves into a
union, partly because or' the recent order
adding half an hour to their working day.
They must appreciate the fact that if they
ilon't ilk* their jobs there are thousands
of patriots willing to take their places.
■ ■ m
NOT PROVED BY THIS.
From The Pittsburg Gazette-Times.
Chicago announces the invention of a
bobbtoless skirt which looks like the orig
inal, but doesn't handicap the wearer.
i ■••'"• Fashion does have lucid intervals.
THE STOCKHOLDERS. '
From The Charleston (Caws and Courier,
Mayor Oaynor suyn that if people find It
cold on the cars they can always get out
and walk, Yes. but In thai case who would
uuiku it hot foe Hit; Metropolitan?
People and Social Incident,
AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
• • I From The Tribune Bureau.]
Washington! Dec 22--Tho President spent
this morning- conferring with Senator? ana
Representatives, and devoted this afternoon
to reading the reclamation report of m.
special board of army engineers.;-.--'.
The Secretary of State talked to toe
President oh the- potash question, and later
Senators Money and Swanson conferred
with Mr. Taft. When leaving the White
House Senator Money saW: "If they won t
give us some concessions we must make
reprisals'. I am surprised that Germany Is
unwilling to do a friendly act for this
country in this matter. We ought to be
able, though, to even up scores in a tan.*,
fight. If that becomes necessary-"
The list of candidates for the vacancy In
the sth Circuit caused by the promotion of
Judge Van Devanter to the Supreme Court
continues to grow. John A. Marshall.
United States district judge of Utah, was
recommended by Senator Smoot to-day.
Representative . Nor of Nebraska, and
Ralph Breckenridge. president of the Ne
braska Bar Association, are being con
President Taft has received resolutions
from the "Western Forestry and Conserva
tion Association, which represents the or
ganized agencies for forest protection In
Montana. Idaho, Washington, Oregon a"l
California, congratulating Mm on tho work
of the Forest Service in dealing with re
Senor Don Alberto Yoacham. Charg^
d' Affaires and first secretary of the ChlHan
Legation, called at the White Bl - to
thank the President for his presence at
the funeral of o*ttSS Cruz.
Among the White House callers were the
Mexican Ambassador. Senators Jon"-. >;ur
i-ows and Crawford, Representatives Mann.
Kennedy, of Iowa; Har.na, Ko.<-. Mein
ner. Hollingsworth, Cox and Bonnet and
ex- Representative Kennedy, of Nebraska.
The arrangements for the reception at
the White House on New Tarn's Day were
' announced to-day. The reception will be
; gin at 11 a. m.. wnen the Pr*pi<lenl will re
ceive the Vice-President an'! tho members
of his Cabinet, who will be followed l,y the
diplomatic corps, the members of the Su
premo Court, members of Congress, MM
officers of the army, navy and marine corps
and various patriotic societies. At i p. m.
the public will be admitted, and the recep
tion will continue until all in line have
passed the President.
The President, accompanied " by Captain
Butt, went Christmas shopping late this
The family circle at the White House -viii
be complete to-morrow, with the arrival 0*
Kobert A. Taft from Harvard, where- he is
taking a law course. Miss Helen Taft has
been with her parents sine© the close of
her school at Bryn Mawr last June, and
Charges Taft, the youngest member of the
family, arrived several days ago.
The President and Mrs. Taft occupied a \
box, at the Columbia to-night to see Henry
Miller in "The Havoc." Their guest. Mr.
Worcester, and Captain. Butt accompanied
! THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS-
I[Trom The Tribune Bureau.}
Washington, Dec. 22.— Tho Turkish Am
1 bassador has gone to New York to meet his
son and daughter-in-law,. Ibrahim Zia Bey
and Mine. Zia Bey, who will arrive there
In a cay or two from Turkey. Ibrahim Zia
Bey will be connected with the embassy
as secretary, and for the first time in two
I years the embassy will have a hostess.
Mm.-. Chang, wife of the Chinese Minister,
and her daughters were informally at homo
at the legation to-day.
Jonkheer H. M. van Weede, secretary of
the Netherlands Legation, will leave Wash
ir.gtcn on Sunday for New York, where
he will remain for a day before going to
Cuba, Panama and Mexico. He will be ab
sent a month. His trip Is for pleasure.
Mr. de Thai. ! Russian ( second - secretary.
who expected to sail for Russia on leave,
of absence at the end of this month, will
not go until early in January.
Major yon Herwarth, German military at
tache, has gone to New York, to remain
Lord Eustace, British attache, left here
to-day with his brother. Earl Percy, for
Carada. after a visit from the latter of.
several days. •
! IN WASHINGTON SOCIETY.
i [From Ihe Tribune Bureau.]
i Washington. Dec. E.-Senator and Mrs.
Depew left Washington to-day for New
York. :<nd will spend Christmas at their
home there. They will return here at the
end of next week and hold their usual re
ception on New Year's Day. They have is
sued invitations for a dinner party on Jan
Colonel and Mrs. Eben Swift presented
th-Ir daughter. Miss Clara Swift, to society
at a tea this afternoon, when she met.sev
eral hundred friends of her parents and the
younger members of society. Miss Swift
to the second army girl to be presented this
«-ea«on Miss Helen Taft was among those
TO LEAVE ART COMMISSION
Arnold W. Brnnner Will Retire from
Office on December 31.
Arnold W. Brunner. the New York archi- |
tect and vice-president of the Municipal .
Art Commission, retires from office on tho
expiration of bis three-year term on De
cember B. On motion of Robert vJ . de For
est. president of the commission, and A.
\ugustus Healy. president of the Brooklyn .
Institute, a resolution has been adopted ■
as follows: ;
"The members of the Art Commission de- :
sire to place upon record their deep sense [
of regret that their fellow commissioner. ;
Arnold W. Brunner. Is about to retire from
the commission, and their high apprecia
tion of the fidelity, assiduity and great abil
ity with which he has performed the duties
of architect member of tho commission."
Mr. Brunner is tho architect of the Cleve
land postoffiee, custom houso and court
house, and of the Mount Sinai Hospital
buildings, the School of Mine? at Columbia :
University and of many other public and
private buildings in New York.
BENEFACTIONS OF 537 C.OOO
Mrs. Wiiliam 0. Moseley Leaves $200,
* 000 to Ncwburyport, Mass., Hospital.
Newburyport. Mass.. Dec. Public bene
factions aKgreeatlnj; ?370.<X» are provided in
the will of Mrs. William 6. Moseley, of this
city, which was filed for probate in trio Es
sex County Probate Court at Salem to-day.
Two hundred thousand dollars Is left to the
Emma Jaqu.s Hospital, of Xewburyport,
and $60,000 to Harvard University.
After directing that minor sums be given
to Boston and Newburyport charities, the
will provides that a fund not exceeding V*\
€oo Is to be divided proportionately auion;<
all the beneficiaries hi case there la suffi
cient property for that purpose.
Mrs. Moseley. who had been a widow for
a number of years, died on December I*.
aged seventy-eight years. K. A. M ■•- " ,
secretary of the Interstate Commerce Com
mission, is her nephew.
SENATOR ALDRICH COMFORTABLE.
TVinthrop Aldrich, son of Senator \ld
rlcn. of Rhode Island, at his home. No. 60
Madison avenue, hist evening said that his
father wus resting comfortably In Roose
velt Hospital, and that the surgeons were
satisfied ■ th the improvement shown after
an operation on his hand. He thought
the Senator would be able to leave the in
stitution in a f*w days.
,to - <T or her. Assisting 3^3. i^i» t
Mr«. Jaaaai C. Pilling, Mrs \VH'i ***
Ha;!. Mrs. Howe, Mr- Kate Collin^. ? - ■
Andrew* and Mrs. William Huat/^Tp *
Miss Swift were a number of ,,. |1? m-' 1 ?
I Mrs. Stanley Matthews entertaine-j -*, >: - v
lat a luncheon to-day in' honor of :-'^' 919 1
and Mrs. Mackay-Smith. who ... '**
of their son-in-law and dauKh;er iir"^**
Mrs. Charles I* Marlatt. '«• " " " a: **
Among thi hosts entertaining dinner "c :
ties to-night were Mr. a: Mrs. Koi,'!i*T/
garo and Mr. and Mis William Corr^*"
Hill. . *"
Miss Helen Taft was the*cn*st .- ho B
at ■'.■■'■ with Ilr. and ' '.."*
Horace Westcott as hosts. n '
Ths younger nembers of society **» T>t j
the concert and dancp at the New wklinl
to-night, the former given by the Prir.c<>t/
University Musical Club, and the dance &
lowing the concert by their f rJonil*/ -n,"
Misses Portner were hosts at R;J*a tiS
afternoon in honor of the students.
NEW YORK SOCIETY.
Mr?. William Church Onbom gave -n^
n*r-dance last night at the Madison snv
nu<"! hr>-!"» of her sister, Ml><« Grace> Det»
for the debut of her •!auj?ht*r. jr£
Aileen Osborn. There were about •<£ rr
at the dinner, and some two haniiM
more came la for the dance "**«
There was no cotillon.
Mr?. Artema* H. Holmes al«o ?ar» 4
<Jan« la««t night at her house on Ma<Bja<
avenue for her daughter. Miss WBj|
Homes. It was of the fancy dress *r4»
and many of the costumes- were "*rtr«n>
Iy picturesque. Masks -•-•-- removed a
midnight, when supper was served. Aa^
the young s'rls prp?ent wer; Miss Untfj
Brown, M- - Virginia Alexandra. JEjj
Mercedes de Ace?ta and Mbs ■ ''* ej.
Another fancy dre?s dance I-i.«r nl£btT3 t
that of Mrs. George Walker Jenkins >,
her house on Madison a*.-' for fc?r
daughter. Miss Helen Jenkins, who •§
not come out until next winter. JH
guests included debutantes of the jeasm
as well as girla who have stil! to isah>
their debut, among them Miss HfitJrM
Rives, Miss Cotilse Butler. Miss Manrarr.
Colgate. Miss Winifred Chisolro atjrj *bj^
The annual entertainment given by t£*
Junior League, composed of the debtttaa»»
of the season, will take place on February
8 and ? at the Plaza. Mi-= Aileen Osbcai
is the president this year.
Mrs. William H. Force gav«* a recepfe
yesterday afternoon at her house. No. a
East 37th street, to Introduce her dangler;
Miss Madeleine T. Fore;. In the r°cenhy
party were Miss Margaret Ma^-kay, 3B*
Henrietta Thaw. Itlis3 Th«>lma Vlakß,
Miss Julia Dick. Miss Lydia Coft Eiit'tr,
Miss Katharine Shaw an : Miss Mary KJ
The first of the new series of dances v
ranged by Miss Annabel la S. Olyphant 5z
girls not yet out will be glv«»n this err:
ing at No. 22 East 49th street.
Mr?, tindiey Hoffman Chapin gives ■
<? inner-dance this evening at her boose 3,
'.'.-- 4?th street for her daughter. 3BjJ
Katharine Chapin. Mrs. Cfcapin will gfr?
another dinner-dance on Wednesday nee
for her younger daughter. Miss Correfla
Cnapin, who will not make her -l<>b>Jt «2
twelve months hence.
Mrs. Edward Dean Adams also sir??!
dance this evening for Miss Ruth Adaa
at Sherry's, and Mrs. Gorham Bacon
a large dinner at the same place. later
taking her gruestr; to the dance.
Mr?. Frederick W. Vanderbilt, Mrs. US.,
lam J. Schieffelin, Mrs. Elliott F. She*aa\
Mrs. Ernesto G. Fabbri and Mrs. VMr
9 r .-.an are among the patronesses of •_-
special performance of • Verdi's open
"Rigr>lettb.** ' which" is to be given at thi
Metropolitan Opera House on >'at*otr
■night, Januarj- 14, for the benefit of is
Society for the Protection of Italian Issbb-I
Mr. and Mr?. John French Jeft r>wnjaw
tt-rday for Woodstock. Vt. fo =;»-nil hj
Mr. and Mr?. Karrick R:=rc? ar? at At
Hotel Gotham for the winter.
Miss Edith Abercrombie-lTiller wffi >
married to Walter R. Tuckerman, £
"Washington, on December 2S, in Gnca
Church. Madison. N. J. The cer»moay ••:
be followed by a reception at the ho«aa?;
the bride's sister, Mrs. F. Ashton *
Peyster, at Morristown, N. J. owing a
the death last fall of Commander Abo
cromi)le-Miller tho wedding will be *iaT
small and quiet.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Redmond *-?taaJ*
to town yesterday from Newport.
Mrs. B. Og3en Ch!?olm will civ* 3 **
ncr on Dccfiaber 23 for her daughter. ••
[CHILI ACCEPTS WARSHIP OFTSS
Gratitude for Sympathy on Death c'
Senor Cruz Expressed.
I Washington. l>ec. 22.— offer of tii»
government to take the body of Seftor I*=
iAnlbal Cruz, the late Chilian iliiuster »
this country, to Chili on an American war
ship, was formally accepted to-day &T
Senor • mam. charge d'affaires of $*
Chilian Legation. He called on Presides*
Taft ami expressed the gratitude o." his S^'
ernmsnt for the many evidences of frt«a»i
ship for Chili and sympathy in her loss C
a distinguished son which have been *•"
played officially by the- United States. sis*
the death of the minister.
The body will I • taken from W i.-hiagW
about February 1. and probably -prill j
placed aboard the vessel in Hampton ' >l * j
The warship will so through the Straus g
Magellan, arriving at Valparaiso a!)e»
March 11 Mme. Cruz, the widow or U»
minister, will precede the body to ChilL f
THE STAY-AT-HOME VOTE.
From The Syracuse Post-Standard. Zc
Mr. Dix received 45.*K» votes less tiianJß
Chanler not in 1208. 11* received, only !*•*»'
votes more than Mr. Hearst got in »*■
Mr. Stlmson received 152.352 vot»-s lessjaw
Mr. Hughes had In 1909 and l^.iG «•£
|«ss than Mr. Hughes had ■■■ ISCti. In ■••»
Mr. Dix owes his election to the K«g?^
cans who did not go to xlv poll*, ti S
Republicans will i..- to ■'-.■ polls in V£
How they will vote then win d. penJ la-s^t
upon events of the next two years at •
NEW YORK FROM THE SUBURS^
A New York man shot himself live tis£
in an attempt to commit suicide, ; **^S,
New Yorkers claim that they do.-wji
thing well down there— Detroit Ire© t--\
Chicago is about closing Its first set**
of grand opera, which has fceen proa"- ;
beyond expectation. There ure *ome "-,
nice people of cull ■en the otn»-r s-u c
the AUegnenles. although It Is iw^S
Heved in New York or Boston.-Pfc"*'*'
phia Inquirer. >
A fashionable New York hotel cow >*?
units women to smoke in its dininS .7 .Ms
corridors or any oth*r old place. ■- ',, n t
smoking "stunt" keeps ou S rowin * : jj^nt'^
the fair sex we us.: soon be coa:r«- -
with divorce suits over the custody •■
"makln's."— Milwaukee Sentinel.
People who have sampled the w «2*^**i
Chicago and also in New York say -^ *%«.
in New York i.i colder than 10 above in \ ;- t
cago. We indignant protest tnat »• .^
flom is only 10 ■■■•■ in Chicago, now. *
frequently the mercury "•>*" ' !sr
above in New York.— Chicago Recora-'
ald. - n
The high cost of dying has tecoo^
Important Question in New \orK. 11 . .. r
there is an Undertakers" Trust and ,<<£
dependents have started a light oyj^VaS
rates. Nevertheless it V* not f x P^f£#3
they will hill!,-.- many people ■t°, x£ »d- .
the subjects of -funerals, '.'.', •«?»• V
vantaso of the cut pnces.-FnH 3l -*"'^.
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