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''you] LXX. . . .N° 23,418. T«-m««Trtm. ratn; •rath wted«.
Gagged Her. Burned Books and
Stole $8 Out cf $76 on Hand,
Uttering Threats.
Vild West Hold-Up in Cliff
Street Plumbers' Shop Ex
cite? Interest by Un
usual Features.
Here's a Wild West story in the heart
of New York's business section — and
below the famous "dead line" of Fulton
irtrect, beyond which no crooks, thieves
-- 1 . handlers are supposed to g-o. Miss
Aca Piers, a twenty-one-year-old girl.
vho is bookkeeper and cashier for Paul
Schnad & Co.. dealers in plumbers* sup
plies, at No. 26 Cliff street, said she was
gapped yesterday about noon by a rob
ber, who rifled the cash drawer and af
terward tried to burn up some of the
Captain Hcgan. of the John street sta
tion, which is not far around the corner,
put Detectives Haynes and Bedner on
the BMC and is trying to find the man.
Nothing is known of him. but Mr. Schaad
said be thought he might be a beggar
who camo in a week ago and looked the
cSce over while asking for money.
Miss Piers, who lives at No. IS 1 East
207 th Street, said after Mr. Schaad and
his cashier went to luncheon yesterday
eh? was alone in the office. Clifford, the
oSce boy. was down in the cellar twid
dlir.s: his thumbs while he watched "Joe"
Bruni;«r. the porter, shove boxes around.
Miss Piers had just had her luncheon
sent fa and was eating it when the short,
stocky, roughly dressed man came In.
She asked him what he wanted, but
before he answered her he opened the
stove .'"■'. deliberately put some coal in
it. Then he paid one sincle word.
••Money," Was All He Said.
"Money." That was all he said, ac
cording to Miss Piers.
Refused, he went out and dosed the
door behind him, and Miss Piers went
on with the sandwiches. But the door
opened once more and the man came
back, and while Miss Piers watched him
he put another shovelful of coal in the
stove. Artistic burglar, this! When,
•wheeling on one heel, he yanked out a
revolver, pointed it at the girl and said:
"I want that money now and I want it
quick!" and he added, as an after
thought. "I gTiess you better close those
■ shutters." Miss Piers, convinced by the
blue revolver, pulled in the big iron
shutters at the back of the store; and
then, according to Miss Piers* the burglar
gagged her. still holding the pistol in
one hand tying a towel around her head
with the. free hand. This interested Cap
tain Hogan and., the; detectives- very
much, as it show>d the man was a smart
crook indeed.
Tricked Him Out of $50.
"Now. Where's the money?" asked the
robber, and Miss Piers pointed to the
cash drawer. But as the did. she said
she pushed a book back on the desk, and
about MS in -greenbacks went over the
.reer edge, and so when the man opened
;! • drawer he found but $8. He stuffed
it into his pocket; but he was a delib
erate adventurer, and so. Miss Piers
said, he set fire with a match to some
trial balance sheets and the petty cash
books. The blaze began to rise before
the man walked oat of the office door.
and through the store to Cliff street.
Miss Pi^rs was on the floor a few min
utes later when Clifford sauntered non
chalantly from the cellar. Seeing the
flames through the glazed office door he
yelled to "Joe" Brunner, who ran up
from the cellar, and the two unbound
the towel from the girl's face and put
out the fire. Thc-re JOS was found on
the floor behind the desk, and the books
were not badly damaged. Mr. Schaad
returned from luncheon just about that
time, and Patrolman John Mallon, of the
John street station,' reported the matter
to Lieutenant Hart.
Captain Hogan and the two hawk
shaws from the Central Office went over
and called on Miss Piers, who said she.
thought th" robber must have been a
lunatic, as the constantly uttered threats
to bum the store, "do up Schaad" and
other villainous things.
Mother Finds Her Two Boys and
Girl Dead from Smoke.
When Mr?. Julia Jamison, a negro,
living at No. 78 Irvine Race, Brooklyn.
•WUiued home from her day's work last
•ev*-nins sh* discovered that during her
a*aKooc her three children had been f=uf
fr.rat*d by awake. The children •'"•
John and James, twins, three years old,
and thf-ir sistfr. Frances, four years oJd.
The mother is obliged to work every
<3a>\ and had i<ft the little ones to their
own resources.
Patrolman .Louis J. Lowe, who passed
the house late in the afternoon, saw
smoko issuing from the basement. He
ran in and picked up Frances. Alexan
der Smith, of No- 103 Park Place, and
Cbsrte* Kerr. of No. 33 - Moffat street.
Tho were on the street near tb- house,
also went in and brought out the twins."
Dr. Moore, of s- John's Hospital, who
was sent far. pronounced the children
dead. J
deceives $10,000 Bracelet from Mr.
Peabody, W>>o Gets Bust of Fiancee.
[By TeUzraph to The Tribune.
Boston. Dec. IT mm Edith Deacon, who
Js to marry George I>e I '•:>:■■•■''• as soon as
he recovers from the illness which now
y-f^-vs him an invalid, in the home of his
Kj'iher, Mrs. S. Endicott Peabody. received
i; a Christmas gift from Mr V- ■■ ■■'■:■ a
diamond bracelet valued at $1O."JGO.
-.•■•■.. fame lime there appeared in the
fcickroom of Mr. Peabody a bust of Mies
Deacon by Thomas Alien, an artist and
fe'tilptor. of this city. Mr Peabody is re-
I*-ned as on the road to improvement.
<"hampapries. Wines or Grape Juice.
H. T. liEWKY & SONS CO.. 128 Fulton St.,
■■ Aavt. ■
General Duva\l Orders Inquiry in
Manila for Explosives.
Manila, Dec. 27.— Pursuant to the re
ceipt of secret Information. Major Gen
eral Duvall. the retiring commander of
the : Department of the Philippines.
U. S. A., caused military agents 'to ob
tain the assistance of the police in
searching one store and several Japan
ese homes for explosives.
The search -was futile and has caused
resentment in the Japanese colony. The
residences visited included that of the
agent of the mercantile house of the
Mitsui Bussan Company, Limited.
Washington, Dec 27. — Xo instructions
have gone forward from Washington to
General Duval! or to anyone in authority
at Manila to conduct a search of the homes
of the Japanese there. It is assumed that
General Duvall is acting in conjunction
; with the civil authorities. It was " re
ported by Secret Service agents that stores
of arms and ammunition had been col
lected and secreted by civilians in the
Philippines. ",ir '•<£ • '-V i-
It is pointed out here that, following the
European custom, . the Philippine govern
ment has enacted very severe laws against,
the illegal possession of arms and weapons.
Xo civilian is allowed to have these with
out a permit issued by the authorities, and
it is assumed that this last search was
general in character and not directed espe
cially against Japanese.
Xo report of the incident has reached
Washington from any official source.
Former Driver for a Department
Store Shot in Street.
An unknown man. dressed in the uni
form of a driver of a department store,
stepped up to Charles .Flanagan, twenty
five years old. of No. 401 West 17th
street, as he was standing: at Avenue A
and 17th street, yesterday afternoon,
and fired a shot into the left side of his
abdomen. Flanagan died shortly after
ward In a nearby drug- store. Though
he was conscious until a few minutes
bef-ire his death, all he was able to do
in response -to the questions of the po
lice was to indicate by nodding his head
that he knew who shot him.
Flanagan had been employed by James
MeCreeiy & Co., as a driver, and at the
end of the holiday rush last Saturday
had been discharged. The street was
crowded with people returning home
from work when he was shot, but the
excitement was so great that his slayer
got away without any one trying- to
stop him. "Tom" Hamlin, a driver em
ployed by McCreery's identified the body.
The police believe that some bitterness
arising out of the recent strike was re
sponsible for the murder.
Insane from Sunstroke, Aged
Mother Cared for Him.
[By Telegraph t o The Tribune ]
Winsted. Conn., Dec. 27.— Bereft of all
I senses and violently mad a good share of
! the time, Cornelius S. Dayton, who
fought in the Civil War as a member of
company F, 2*th Regiment Connecticut
Volunteers, since his return from the
battlefields has lived ir. a one-room
! building ton by ten feet, the interior of
' which is a lattice work of iron.
Dayton's condition was attributed to
sunstroke received on the battlefield. He
is violent at times, nnd when in this
condition t^ars his clothes into shreds.
To-day when Dwierht W. Thrall, state
humane agent, of Hartford, and John F.
Simmons, local agent of the State Hu
mane Society, visited the Andrus farm,
on the Winchester road, where Dayton
is the sole occupant of a small building,
they found him pacing his cell like a
restless tiger.
At times he carries spoons as he did a
pun in the war. believing he is on guard
duty. In one part of the building.
screened by iron bars, is a stove, which
heats the place. Dayton receives a pen-
Bfon „f $72 a month from th<= govern
ment, which is used in caring for him.
His mother, Mrs. Julia A. Dayton, who
is ninety-tttreo years old. resides on the
place with her daughter. Mrs. Cornelius
.Andrus. The humane agents found he
was well <ar^d for.
Inspectors of Combustibles Bu
reau Seize 2,500 Pounds.
About twenty-five hundred pounds of
dynamite and ten thousand percussion
<-aps were found in fifty cases yesterday
afternoon on Pier 8, at the foot of Coen
ties Slip. East River, by Owen Egan. an
inspector of the Bureau of Combustibles.
The cases had been sent from the Na
tional Powder Company. Xo. 3.~><> Fifth
BfcßU notified Inspector Joseph 1,.
Burke, who telephoned to the National
Powder Company. He said he was in
formed that the powder company had
ehipp<-d the dynamite to the pier and had
a receipt from the Spanish Steamship
Company showing that it had been put
OC shipboard.
As Burke and other inspectors were
waiting, a gunpowder lighter came up
and fastened to the pier. The captain
told Egan that he had come for the pow
der, but when he was informed that the
dynamite had been confiscated the
lighter went away.
Commissioner Waldo of the Fire De
partment will start an inquiry to-day.
A fine of 136 on each case may be im
posed on those found responsible.
No Earth Tremors, but a Red
Hot Production of Lava.
Catania. Sicily. Dec. 27.— Mount Etna
is showing considerable activity. There
have been no earth tremors, however,
but red hot material has been erupted.
Making a striking contrast with the
snow capped volcano.
The villagers Mvtag near the crater,
n-membTint' former experiences, are
k'-i'ing a lose watdi on the volcano in
f(ar of being overwhelmed.
Imperial. < 'al . Dec. 27.— A series of light
earthquakes, beginning last night, contin
ued to-day. There were two shocks of
more than usual force. No damage re
Pre-eminently the Florid*, Route.
Atlantic Coast lAne R. R., the standard
Railway of, the Bout!) 3 great trains daily,
10-16 a. m.. IJI A. 9:30 p. m. IT way, cor.
Com, st.-Advt; ■ zt^-rnm.
Secret Service Captures Three
Alleged Counterfeiters in
First Man Taken Confesses and
Then Leads Detectives to
Place Where Work
Was Done.
Otto F. Klinke and Josorh Wishart
Secret Service detectives, went into
Brooklyn late last night looking for the
plant which has beer, making thousands
of counterfeit coins and circulating them
within the last few months, and before
their search ended, they say, they found
the unlawful mint, caught two of the
counterfeiters red handed and arrested a
third man.
All three prisoners confessed to the
detectives and were taken to the Adams
street police station. One gave the
nr-.mo of Frank Stielberg, and said he
lived at No. 101 Varet street. Williams
burg. and another described himself as
Jacob Droos, «>f No. ~S Johnson avenue.
The Secret Service m?n raid t he dis
closure of the identity of the other pris
oner at this time might interfere with
thfir plans to catch other men con
nected with the plant.
Klinke and Wishart went to the home
Of Stielberg, at Xo. 1<)1 Varet street and
took the man by surprise. They hunted
around his rooms, and they say they
found thousands of dollars in spurious
coins piled high in th" corners. Stiel
berg, they add. found it difficult to ex
plain having such an unusual amount of
money lying about in confusion, and at
length confessed that he was one of the
gang who had made it.
"My partners are making it around in
Johnson avenue now. 11l take you to
the place if you wish to go."' Stielberg
promised the detectives.
Stielberg then took the detectives to
No. 78 Johnson avenue, which proved to
be a six story tenement house. The pris
oner led the wa\ through the hall of the
building and the detective followed him
to the rear.
In the back of the yard they came to
a frame shanty. Stielberg halted sud
denly, then gave three measured knocks
on the door, and it was opened. The de
tectives peered into the room and saw
two men. one of them with a ladle filled
with hot metal, which he was about to
pour into a mould.
Seeing the shields the detectives dis
played and hearing what Stielberg had
to say in the Russian tongue, all the
men being Russians, the two men offered
no resistance, and finally confessed.
Droos explained that he was the prac
tical man in the counterfeiting outfit, to
gether -.vith the other prisoner, whose
name could not be learned, and that
Stielberg was the distributer of the coin.
The prisoners told the detectives that
they had no idea of the amount of spuri
ous money they had coined since they
began operations in this country.
They admitted that they had made
counterfeit money in Russia, but the
government detectives there had been
hot on their trails, so they decided to
come to America. The prisoners made
"silver" coins from the 10-cent piece to
the dollar out of block tin.
Financial institutions in this city have
been complaining to the government au
thorities that counterfeit coins have
been coming into their hands. Most of
the coins were found to be in the Will
iamsburg section of Brooklyn, where
they appeared in elevated railroad sta
tions. The Secret Service men traced
Stielberg through a pushcart pedler who
had received a spurious coin from the
It took two patrol wagons to carry
away all the evidence gathered in the
shanty in Johnson avenue. Among the
counterfeiters' tools and paraphernalia
used in the making of the "money" were
at least fifty plaster of paris casts. A
furnace in full blast, a bed not u^ed
and ."? 1 n.OOO in spurious money were
found in the "mint."
Friest Risks Life to Reach
Drowning Girl.
Philadelphia. Dec. 27. — While vain ef
forts were being made to rescue her
and after a priest who had risked his
life on the thin ice had administered
to her the last rites of the Church, Mar
garet Phaw, aged nineteen years, sank
to death to-day under the ice on the
Schuylkill River.
Agn^s Havnee. James Harper and
Richard Faymous. who were skating
with her and had broken through the
ice at the same time, were rescued with
difficulty. Boys playing hockey near by
extended their clubs to the men. and Miss
Havnes was saved by her brother, who
crawled over the crumbling ice and
pulled her out with his coat.
Venders of Jingle -Jangles To Be
Barred from Chicago Streets.
[By TH^fp-aph to The Trihun» J
Chicago, Dec. 27. — "A noiseless New
Year's" is the slogan of the Chicago Po
lice Department this year. Venders of
horns. Of bells and of other jingle-Jangles
and noise makers will be barred from
the streets, and an effort will be made,
according to Chief of Police Steward's
plan, to confine the revels, as far as
noise in concerned, behind doors. It is
considered that in view of the recent fatal
stockyards fire, the mourning city may
veil omit th» usual boisterous merry
Cafes and other places where liquor is
sold will be forced to close their doors
and bars at 1 a. m. on January 1, but
persons inside such places before 1
o'clock may remain if they wish and
may partake of all th« liquid refresh
ments they desire if the same are
bought and set aside before 1 a. m.
The Memoirs of Count Tolstoy now being
published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.—
West Virginia Militia Relieve
Besieged Officers.
Girl's Assailant Better Suffocate
than Fall Into Hands of
Mob, Said Guardians.
Weston. \V. Va., Dec. 2S.— State troops
arrived here at 1 o'clock this morning
and rescued William Furby. a negro,
charged with assaulting and attempt
ing to murder Flora Anglin, a farmer's
daughter, from an infuriated mob of
several hundred persons, which had
waited all night outside the local rail
way station seeking to prevent his re
moval to the Clarksburg jail.
The soldiers took the prisoner from
the safe in the express office at the
railroad station, where the sheriffs had
kept him under lock and key. and placed
him aboard the special train on which
they had arrived and sped off to Clarks
burg. The mob feebly clashed with
some of the soldiers, but most of the
crowd was overawed and gave way be
fore threats to shoot.
At midnight the negro was taken out
of the express vault nearly suffocated
and secreted tinder a stairway. Soon
afterward a special train arrived from
Clarksburg with Lieutenant Colonel Os
borne and the Clarksburg company of
guards on board. Colonel Osborne at
once proceeded to solve the problem by
clearing the station grounds.
Marion White, a farmer from the
Anglin neighborhood, attacked Colonel
Osborne, and was assisted by anofher
member of the mob. Osborne used the
butt end of his army revolver with ef
fect and the Weston police placed the
two men under arrest, after which Colo
nel Osborne met with no further resist
ance and Furby was placed on board
the train.
A rush was made at the train, but the
troops fired in the air, and the angry
citizens fell back balked. Before the
train could be started a number of shots
were fir rt d Into it and nil the windows
were broken.
The appearance of Mr. Anglin. tbc
father of Miss Anglin, an aged man.
with long gray whiskers, on the platform
of the station, telling the crowd that tho
story of his daughter was "as true as
steel," set the mob wild with excite
At 7:15 o'clock the mob burst open the
door of the express room where the
riffs and their prisoner had locked
themselves in. All the ; window • lights
were broken, and: the mob demanded the
negro's life. But the latter was pushed
into the concealed vault of the express
company for safe keeping. He had hard
ly a breath of air in the vault.
After the regro's hearing this afternoon
he was held to the grand jury without
bail, to answer to the- charge of assault
and attempt to murder. Miss Anglin
took the stand herself after all other
witnesses and spectators were excluded
from the courtroom, and told how Furby
attacked her while she was returning
from the dairy on her father's farm last
Saturday night. . While she struggled
he dragged her fully three hundred yards
and was in the alleged act of murdering
her by strangulation when a railroad
flagman came running to her rescue.
The negro ran to a horse tied near by
and made off, but the animal fell, throw
ing the rider. His shoulder was dislo
cated and he was easily captured:
For New Year's niHke your grapefruit or
de««erts dellcioua with flavor of Angostura
[Hitter* world -.renowned appetizer. iUl'uac
substitutes.— Advt. - -
President of the bank.
Search for Murderers of London
Policemen Reveals Plot.
London. Dec. 2S. — According to "The
Daily Telegraph" the search by the po
lice for the Hounsditch burglars, who
shot several policemen to death a few
nights ago. has led to the discovery of
a complete anarchist arsenal in th.c
house in Gold street. Stepney, formerly
occupied by the dead burglar, Gardstein.
In this house the police found larfe
Quantities of materials used in the man
ufacture of explosives, anarchist litera
ture, weapons of various kinds and dum
dum bullets.
_ Jt*
Former Missionary Was Quar
antined for Two Years.
. Aiken, S. .C. Dec. 27.— After being
quarantined at her home in this city for
more than two years. Miss Mary V. Kirk,
a leper, died to-night.
Miss Kirk contracted leprosy in Brazil
nineteen years ago while serving as a
Presbyterian missionary. She had been
treated by specialists of worldwide rep
utation, but was pronounced incurable.
. • The fact that she was a leper did not
become known here until two years ago.
When an attempt was made to remove
her to the . pesthouse an injunction was
procured, and the case was bitterly
fought .in the courts for more than a
year. She never left her own home.
Mother and Daughter Held Up
by Four Young- Men.
In the well lighted thoroughfare of
Park avenue, with a station house only
a block away, Mrs. Mary yon Grunjgan
and her daughter Clara were accosted
near H7th street last night by four
young men. who snatched a chatelaine
bag from the younger woman. They
tried to get the older woman's purse, too,
but Mrs. yon Grunigen struck one of
them in the face and he let go his hold.
The women live at No. 108 East 6rtth
street, and were on their way home when
Mrs. yon Grunigen noticed four young
men following them. She told her
daughter to keep a closer hold of the
chatelaine bag and gripped her own
purse more tightly. She had barely ut
tered her warning when the men closed
in, two of them grasping the younger
woman's hand and the other two at
tempting to get hold of Mrs. yon Gruni
gen's purse.
Miss yon Grunigan aftrr the attack
went to a garage owned by Grant B.
Schley. a banker. Phe called some
chauffeurs from the place arid they went
in search of the robbers, but could not
find them. The women then went to the
East filth street station, where they told
their story. Detectives were assigned t'»
the case.
Break Through Ice Crossing River
After Christmas Party.
[By T»l»eraph to The Tribunal
Lynchburg, Va., Dec. 27.— George ('. Hut
ter. manager of ■ coal company operating
at Gauley Bridge,- and - his brother. E.
Risque Hutter, of this. city. were. drowned
In the Kanawha River at K ana w ha Falls
Dam, while attempting to walk across the
stream on the Joe about 1 o'clock this
morning. They were going home from a
Christmas party. - > '
The dead men. were cousins* of Mrs.
Charles Dana Gibson", of New. York, who
is a member of the old Albemarle . County
Langhorn© family. Risque Hutter; was
visiting his brother for the holiday)" j
George broke through the ice ." first ami
disappeared below the surface, his brother
plunging: in to Ins assistance. At this time
a friend was attracted to the scene/and he
ran for assistance. When he returned with
help nothing could be seen of the men."
Medical Society Acts Against
Chief of Sydenham Staff.
Will Sue for Reinstatement —
Society's Action Almost With
out Precedent.
The Medical Society of the County of
New Tork last evening, by a vote of 3912
to 38, expelled from membership Dr. Rob
ert Kuriitzer, chief physician of Syden
kam Hospital. According to officers of
the society, this is the first occasion in
the history of the organization, which
was in corporated in lS<>-">. where a regu
lar practitioner had been expelled on
charges other than advertising for prac
The charges on which Dr. Kunitzer
was deprived of membership arose from
an article which Dr. Louis A. Ewald
wrote fur the hospital anniversary a year
ago. in which he said that he had per
formed the operation of carcinoma uteri
sixty-eight times, twenty-seven of the
operations being performed in Syrienham
A number of hearings were had before
the board of censors of the society. Drs.
H. Seymour Houghton, Linnzeus E. La
Fetra, J. Riddle Goffe, Henry McM.
Painter. Charles G. Kerley and Brooks
H. Wells, and their findings were sent
to the organization for investigation.
The charges made against the doctor
wtre that he permitted the records Oi
the Sydenham Hospital to be altered to
substantiate Ewald's statements, and
concealed from the investigators of the
society certain facts in the records of
the institution.
The directors of the hospital. Judge
Otto A. Rosalsgcy, Joseph P. Day. Will
iam Strasshurger, William I. Spiegel
berg 1 and others, expressed confidence in
the veracity of the chief physician. An
evidence of their belief is the fact that
he is still holding the same position.
Two months ago Egon Egghard, a
relative of Dr. Kunitzer, who was hold
ing the place of superintendent of the
hospital, lost his position. He then ap
peared before the board of censors of the
society and volunteered to give testi
mony as to the alteration of the records.
Held Many Long Sessions.
One session of the board was held, last
ing from S p. m. until 3:15 o'clock the
next morning; another from S:3O p. m.
until 1 o'clock the next morning, and
there were several shorter sessions.
The result of the investigation was the
presentation of a report recommending
the expulsion of the doctor. Tfcl comitia
minora, which decides cases in ethics, re
viewed the work of the censors and pre
sented an indorsement of the report last
evening, which was considered then in
executive session.
Dr. Kunitzer appieared in person to
defend himself, and Samuel I. Franken
stein, of No. 1 1."> Broadway, and Jamea
W. OabenM appeared as counsel for
Kunttzer. hut were not allowed in the
as-sembly hall. The society's attorneys.
Almuth C. Vandiver and J->hn C,. Dyer,
wfre present, however, ami gave ,„ -
easional advice.
The findings of the comitia were
read .by the chairman of the hoard of
censors. Dr. .Houghton. arid the ballot
ing began. sections, of the room being
taken "at a time. The result was re
ceived with cheer after cheer by the
members.' s
Dr. Kunitzer made the following
statement :
The people who know me best and who
are fully acquainted with my character
and my work still stand by me and sup
port me. The board nt directors of the
Sydenham Hospital, composed of Joseph
P. Day. Judge Otto- Rosalsky. Walter G.
Moore, "William Fletcher. Vito Contessa. a
prominent Italian merchant: Aaron Mich
ael, Samuel Bauman, Solomon Wronker.
Gustave Kraus and others, have fully ac
quainted themselves • with those charges
and have exonerated me.
They know, that these charges were origi
nal solely by discharged employes of the
hospital who hate me, in consequence of
their discharge. The medical board or the
hospital have full confidence in my inno
cence. • .
My patrons, such as Isaac Guggenheim,
Judge Rosalsky. and others, still stand . be
hind me anil will-not prevent my work. In
which I take pride, to be Interfered with
by this blow. , "
Time will show that "the County Medical
Society has acted on the unsworn testimony
of prejudiced witnesses, all of whom seek
to destroy me because I reported them to
the management. of the hospital for their
delinquencies. '„..»
Since this trial 1 have obtained absolute
proof of the perjuries of the witnesses who
testified against me. and I made a strong
appeal to the board of censors of th.-
County Medical Society for a new trial,
based upon this new evidence, but the
board of ' censors ' refused 1 to -listen to my
appeal. All 1 can. say in conclusion is that
! «m innocent of these charges, and that I
Intend forthwith to sue out a mandamus
acalrst the County Medical Society, not so
much to obtain a reinstatement as to estab
lish my innocence in, a court of Jaw,'.
State Seizes Institution with
Nine Branches and Deposits
of 57.C00.000,
Joseph 6. Robin, Blamed for Ir*
i regularities, Pronounced a \
Paranoiac and Put in •
an Asylum.
The Northern Bank, of New Tor*
with its main office at N't 215 West.
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125 th street, and nine branches in va-H
rious parts of the city, with deposits of]
nearly $7,000,000. was seized yesterday;'
by " the state Superintendent of Banltrf
and Its doors were closed to business.
A notice to that effect was posted at
the Harlem Bank and its branches prior!
to the beginning- of. banking hours yes-J
terday morning, and as. the report!
spread an excited crowd of depositor^
! gathered to demand their money at *!•
j the institutions. jj|»S
The closing of the bank was the resulfli
jof investigations by both the ?tat«
Banking and State Insurance depart -4
meats which, according to tha authori^
: ties, disclosed such a flagrant state ofll
1 Irregularities in banking methods an<s
in the financing of several insurances
traction and realty companies controlled
by Joseph G. Robin, who owned a •"•«
trolling interest in th» Northern Bank*
that criminal prosecution will follow. ;J
Robin was recently adjudged insane
by' several well known alienists and M
commitment was obtained from J-;3tic«i
Amer| on Monday on the application ofl
menders of his family. He was taken!
yesterday to the private sanatorium "9
Mr. Carlos F. Macdonald at Central Vay-<
ley. N. Y. Robin had been ill at his,
home in this city for several <.'.; and*
on one or two occasions recently had*}
attempted to take his own life, it was*
said. '
William H. Hotchkiss. Superintendent!
of the State Insurance Department, and!
Joseph A. Broderick. an examiner in the}
'office of the Superintendent of Banking, |
called on District Attorney Whitman i
yesterday and presented a large volum»"
of evidence of Robin's alleged flnan-!
ciering irregularities. Mr. Whitman said*
afterward that he was getting the facts \
in the case together for presentation to
the grand jury at the opening of th«
January term.
Insanity No Bar to Indictment.
The fact that Robin had been com*
mined to an asylum a3 insane would not;
interfere" with his Indictment, it" was'
said, pr v*° d the evidence warranted It. •
He could . tried, "on any charge brought^
against him if he should *be cured of hi*
mental illness, It was' explained. It waa*
reported that several officials of the bank:,
were implicated in the evidence present
ed to the District Attorney, and that;
indictments of them also were likely to
result from the grand jury investigation-
Robin Is a director of the bank, but hi»
name is not on the list of officers or
directors of some of the various corpora-;
tions which, according to Superintendent:
' Hotchkiss, he controlled and most of
which are housed in offices on the eighth*
floor of the Times building. % »
Subpcenaa were issued yesterday by
the District Attorney for a number oft
witnesses to attend the grand Jury*?
opening session, on January 3. when it!
will start probing the Northern Bank!
case. Superintendent Hotchkiss's inter- )
est in the case centres in a number of}
loans to and from the bank by the*
various companies In which Robin wa»|
interested, particularly the ./Etna lndem-«
nity Company, of Hartford, Conn., withj
its main office at No. 63 William street,^
In this city, of which former Superin-i
tendpnt of Insurance Cv.to Kelsey 13 1
president. The District Attorney stated
last night that nothing had been dis- '
closed, however, to make any insurance!
company official, criminally liable. '
. When Superintendent Hotchkiss<
learned yesterday that Robfn had been,'
committed to an asylum he was much
incensed because, as he said, the bank:
officials had known for several days that
he was going to take the matter to th»
District Attorney's office. He said that
representatives of the Northern Ban*
had come to him three or four days ago
and asked him to wait until after the
Christmas holidays before presenting,
the matter to the criminal authorities.
Deal with James G. Cannon.
Mr. Hotchkiss said that he understood
that James G. Cannon, president of the
Fourth National Bank, and Is asso
ciates were contemplating a purchase of; j
the Northern Bank, and that matters
might be straightened out so that th* j
bank would be saved and the interest* •
of th » depositors protected. He com- \
plied with the request of the bank rep- ,
rescntatlves on that account, he said.
When asked about this last night Mr.
Cannon said It was true that ho and hi»
friends intended to buy the Northern
Bank, but he added that when they
found out Its condition they declined to
take the institution.
Mr. Cannon said that he had no nego
tiation with Joseph C. Robin, but he re
fused to disclose the identity of the per
sons with whom the negotiations wera
Mr. Hot kiss thought It most remark
able for Mr. Robin to become mentally: 7
unbalanced just at the time when the
state officers prepared to take action and
criminal proceedings were threatened. .
"This is a close parallel of the Mora*
case." Mr. Hotchkisa said, "we hava ,
bet-n after Robin since December 16. and \
would have had an indictment ready for j
him to-day if his friends had not sot '
him committed to an asylum.. If Robin '
Is Insane his insanity would be i re
markably good investment ' for some
financial concerns. The Juggling of this
institution took place within the last
week. He knew we were after him a»
the whole investigation started from th>.»
office. Last week he was ill on his back,
but still aoltt to manipulate things. W#
would havj shut down on him la»t weß3s»i

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