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Treasurer of Drygoods Concern
Admits Peculations Covering
Period of Ten Years.
We are prepared at all times to
submit new and original designs,
carrying out any idea that a
prospective client may suggest.
We vill furnish the Tecla Gems
and , enuine Diamonds, or use
any of your own precious stones
and supply only what is required.
398 Fifth Avenue 10 Rue de U Pak
7Old Bond Street 16 Ave. Minen?
Philadelphia. Walnut Kt.. at tfth.
Washlagtoa, r>. C. V St., at lith.
Si Ixiul?. ?21 LSeaat Ktr*n.
Berlin, 15 l'nt-r ?l?-n Linden.
?i i. '.: Kiirnt line-rat l
So oiinr n, ^<? or -Agents.
Percy G. Vanderoef Surrenders
to District Attorney, Pre?
pared with Valise for a
Sojourn in Prison.
From a modest horn?? In East Orange.
*\*. j where he lived with his mother
and sister, whose means of support ht
was. to a cell in the Tombs as a self
confessed defaulter of nearly flOO.000
from the dryfOOdl firm of the Van Kou
ren * Thornton Company, at No. 18
Thomas street, of which he was trecs
urer. wai the experience of a day yester?
day for Percy G. Vanderoef. The firm
was solvent and would continue busi?
ness, it was said.
Appearing with his counsel. Terence
J. M? -Manila, and Detective Rarney II?
Conville, who had taken him into cus
nfier he had voluntarily surren?
dered himself to the District Attorney.
Vanderoef was arraigned before MaK
istratv Fresehi. in the Tomb? court, and
hekl Without bail for examination to
v. at 1i> a. m.
Th<* prisoner's formal arraignment and
P>a of not guilty to the specific charge
of the larceny of $900 was merely per?
functory, as. Recording to Mr. McManus,
he had been ready to give himself up
since the irregularities in his books wore
vered. on Thursday. He had made
a ?lean breast of his pe?:ulations to his
employe!*! anil admitted that they COT?
a period of about ten years, Mr.
.,1? Manus Mid The sum total would
amount to between $141X000 and |1S0,?
? ??'. his counsel said. No bail was
?sked. District Attorney Whitman said
the case would probably l?e presented to
the grand Jury to-day.
The defendant evidently had antici?
pated at toast a few days' sojourn in
the Tombs, as he brought with him to
? ourt a large valise, which was said to
?ontain a fresh assortment of wearing
.?pparel and some toilet articles. He
had the appearance of a modest man of
middle age. and the heavy eyeglasses he
?ore gave him the tone of a school
tea. her rather than that of a business
man. He was soberly dressed In a neat
but inexpensive dark suit and gray over?
coat. He showed the first sign of nei
vousness when the photographers clicked
K dozen cameras at him in court, and
seemed relieved when the proceedings
were over and he could get .downstairs
<>n his way to the City Prison.
Surpris? in Trade Circlet.
Vanderoef was widely known in dry?
?clods circles, and his arrest caused no
?*nd of surprise. He had be?m secre?
tary of the Arkwright Club until re
? ently, and was a member of the Mer?
chants' Club. Mr. McManus, his coun?
sel, said that he had lunched with him
nearly every day at the former club ior
several years and that he was one? of
the most popular men in the club.
"The moral is for business men to
have an expert aocountant go over their
l?ooks at least once a year, and trust no
one," said Mr. McManus. "Vanderoef
had been treasurer of the Van Keuren
& Thornton Company for fifteen years,
and his Integrity had never been ques
ttonad. It wag purely by accident that
William Thornton, president of the com?
pany, discovered an in-egularity in 4he
treasurer's accounts In connection with
the annual Inventory. When Van?
deroef? attention was called to it he
made a clean breast of the whole busi?
ness. It appears that he had been draw?
ing checks against the firm for ten years
or more and applying the money to his
own uses. I am convinced he never
used the money for gambling or specu?
lation in the market. He simply lived
heyond his means and thought he had to
?tea! to make up th* difference. He re?
ceived a salary of $4.IKK? a year and
lived at the rate of about $15,000?. He
was divorced several year.?* ago and had
been Paying ?_,400 alimony. He trav?
elled with business men of large means
and was trying to keep up his end."
Vanderoef held a stock Interest of fltg,.
<XX> In the Van Keuren firm, which he
turned over as part restitution, it was
said. He had not "planted" any of the
stolen money, his counsel declared.
Firm's Ability Not Impaired.
Frederick B. Mabhett, of No. 38 Park
How, counsel for the Van Keuren ?_
Thorton Company, said that the de?
falcation would not impair the firm's
ability to meet its obligations. The loss
would fall entirely on the stockholders,
be explained. At a meeting of the cred?
itors at the Chemical National Bank
on Tuesday a committee consisting of
D. O. Tatum. a cotton broker and small
stockholder in the company; Andrew G.
Pierce, of Fall Hiver. Mass., a brother
in-law of William Tlwnton. the presi?
dent of the company, and Mr. Thornton
was appointed to liquidate the firm's r.f
f 1rs, Mr. Mabbett said. Mr. Van Keu?
ren. the senior member of the firm, 1t.s
been dead several years, and business
would be continued probably under the
name of William Thorton & Co.
The checks the defaulting treasurer
drew wars comparatively small, the
1,irrest OSM heu.g for ?*;,1_'. The specific
larceny charged In the complaint yester?
day was for a check of J??? which Van
deroef IS alleged to have cashed at the
Imperial Hotel on July 6 In payment ot
a poraonal hotel bill. Affidavits by Wlll
l.'.i.i Thornt Ml nnil Harry Chapman,
cashier of the Imperial Hotel, where filed
v.Uli the oof?.plaint.
Vanderoef was not so well known
nmong his .?cighbors in East Orange as
h? was in business circles in this ?.-itv. |
He bad live.l quietly at No. 4s Wash?
ington Terra? s fot the last four years,
vith hi? mother and sister, and they
look no active part in the social affairs
of the ??ratgis. He rented the house.
which is comfortable and unpretentious.
He formerly lived in Orange P.?.nl.
Ilontclair, where he was a member, it
's raid. Of ihe Montclalr Club.
Vanderoef was married at the ?Church
Of the Epiphany in Brooklyn on April
1?, IM*?. He and bis wife lived at No. j
*'.?1!? Seventh avenue. Manhattan, for
several years, but separated on August
11, 11???.?. In October of that year she
6ued him for absolut?- divorce. Justice
Truax appointed Delano E. Calvin as
referee to take evidew?* in the case.
Former Justice Leventritt granted Mrs.
Vanderoef ? final decree of absolute di?
vorce on March 8, IS???'? The husband
offered no testimony at the hea-lngs be?
fore the referee. Mrs. Vanderoef also
received tho custody of their only child,
Norman Maitland Vanderoef.
Detectives employed by the plaln'iff
testified at the hearings that they re?
covered Vanderoef and a woman, whose
name waa Dot mentioned, at the Hotol
liartholdi, Broadway and 2.'.<1 street, on
the night of August 11. ISM?."?. Tho de?
tectives occupied a room across the hall
from Vanderoefs room. According to
th" testimony he had register?-d ns
"J. H. Mardaunt." Morton Stein, of No.
."?7 Liberty street, appeared as counsel
for Mrs, Vanderoef in the divorce ac?
Mrs. Vanderoef figured In a sensa?
tional episode in July, IMG, when the
wife of an actor named Wilson attack? d
her in the street, alleging afterward that
Mrs. Vanderoef was too friendly with
her husband.
So Said Maid Who Robbed Em?
ployers Here for Three Years.
A quantity of Jewelry, laces and f.ne
wearing apparel gathered together by
Eugenie Schuman, a maid with a paeaioa
for Paris and mementos, Is at Police Head*
?luarters awaiting identification.
Tho value of the unclaimed articles wa?
estimated at 86.000, but two claimants who
put In an appearance yesterday hlentlfted
an approximate half of the projwrty.
The maid was employed by Conrad Ellas,
of the Hotel Lucerne, 7i?th street and Am?
sterdam avenue, at the time of her arrest
last Monday.
Mr. BUM had missed several small
articles in his apartment and had SOBsalted
the poli.? Detective Haley, of the 2l?th
Precinct, was sent to investigate, and
choosing a time when the maid was out he
examined her trunk.
lie found the articles missed from the
?Bias apartment and In addition a ?piantlty
of Je wall y, which aroused his suspicion. In
particular there was a large diamond s?li?
ta in- ring. The detective called up George
E. Chatlllon. of No. 3 4 West 95th str.-et,
who had employed Eugenie before she w?nt
to Mr Klias. Mr. chatlllon, In answer to
inquiries, said he had mlss?-d s?:veral arti?
cles from his house after the departure of
Eugenie, and that Mrs. G. A. Powell, of No.
|| Fast 9Ctb street, t? whom he had lent
her while he was In Europe, had lost a ?lla
iinm i ring
Detective Haley arrested the girl ab .?-??on
as she returned to the Ellas apartment, and
(Sl Ih? Harlem court Magistrate Lutta held
her for trial on a charge of grand lawny.
She confessed to the police that she had
taken things in the various families In
which she had been employed, and said she
stole in order to get enough money to go
back to Paris.
At Police Headquarters jestcrday Mrs.
QehgS-Srg, of No. 3U1 Waal (?1st street.
wife of F. I-. Seitgsberg, a banker, at No.
39 Wall street. examined the coll?-? tlon and
Identified a'diumond bar pin, a gold brooch
and a gold neck chain.
Mr.. Chatlllon hlentlfied several pic-ces of
Jewelry ar*d also laid claim to $100 which
whs found in the maid's trunk.
Eugenie Schuman has be-en in the coun?
try for thre?e years, according to the police,
and as she has been employed In Louisville
and several Western cities, as well as New
York, they llueve- It will l>e some time
b?-fore her collection of mementos Is prop?
erly catalogued.
Committee May Look Into Copper
Financing and Railroad Speculation.
Washington, Jan. 3.?How the Amalga?
ma ??-?l Copper Company was financed and
what si>eculatlon has been carried on In
the ?'entrai of New Jersey and Reiuling
railioads by those controlling the National
City Hank of New York are some of the
thin?? named for spcclhc investigation In
[??solutions presented to the House today
by Representative Lindbergh, of Minne?
sota, . In furtherance of the proposed In
qulry into the Money Trust.
Th? ownership of stocks In other linan
< lal Institutions by national banks alao Is
to b? looked lut"? Mr. Lindbergh cite?! the
organisation of the First Trust and Sav?
ings Bank of Chicago by the First Na?
tional Bank there, th? formation of the
First S.'corlty Company by the First Na?
tional Bank of New York and the repeal
organization of the National City Com
panv by BtStiMllSlaaiS of the National -City
- ' ?s
Msilsd anyvhere in the United States
fer t>2.&0 s y??f?
18-Year-Old Clerk Borrowed Big
Sums: Got $10 a Week.
Says Maxwell, Gow and Campbell
Wrecked Borough Bank-De?
scribes Directors' Meetings.
Inquiry Into the affair* of ?he defunct
Borough Bank wns resumed yesterday In
Borough Halt Brooklyn. Some new and
interest!.-:- information came ^to light In
tkm testimony of William F. Schuter. a
former employe of R. W. Haff. He testi?
fied that ?inder the direction of his em?
ployer h?. had signed notes made out by
Haff borrowing; money from the hank. He
said that h<- had never received any of
the money nor did he ever put ?ip any col?
lateral. Th? witness wit.? ?hen eighteen,
had no property ami re.istved $1?? a week In
salary. Other notes, he said, were signed
hy different ? mplovvs ?n Huff's office.
One of the n??t?s be identified bore on
the face of It the figures J24.0*i? 10. and in
the body of the note was written the sum
of J2.4K6 lu. Jeremiah T. Mahoney, spe?
cial Investigator of the Banking Depart?
ment, sabl the note had been discounted
it the InrK? r figure.
Richaiw \V. Jones, a f01 mer president of
the Oriental Bank, testified in regard to
the VMM note signed by Maxwell He said
that to the best of IiIh knowledge the
money had been rals??l for th?> capitaliza?
tion of the international Trust Company.
which was to :uke peat the Bi>r?>ug;i Hatik.
}!?? said Maxwell, i'?>w und Jenmne, as
i minsei for the bank, lud offered a note for
H4MN eigne-] by j. s. Jenkins and one
other, and mother note for th? same Rgure,
signed by Nelson 1*. Burr, as collateral
Jones said tue collateral was Rood at the
John W. Walker, Of the John W. Walker
Company, ??ni<i his company still owed the
hank t>.???0 and that Hurley had taken ?he
stock of th?- company as *? rarity. n< a?i
mitted that when tlie company was first
organized none of the stockholders put up
any moiiev. and that whatever money the
concern use?l In doing business was secured
from the Borough Bank,
Charles ]?'. Darlington toM Bf ? note giv?
en to Jenkins for |ltttt6 e/lth which to
buy stock*, ?m margin. Darlington 9sM be
made out ?h,- note .in?i that it was payable
on the hank. Darlington testified that this
Was done because Jenkins said that be ?a?
a depositor at the bank. No eoUatori
put up by Darlington, who understood thai
J'-nkins was "good" f??r it. No Indorse?
ment appears on the note, and according ta
the witness It was renewed s?.v?-rMl times
to permit them to continue business on the
same tlO.cOO.
George a. Zabrlskle testified ?hat hi first
learne<i of the transference of thle sfAAAfl
loan from the Borough Bank to t!i?> F?eo- \
ph's Trust Company "n October 23, lt07,
from Wlllla'ii S. Hurley. He sabl he ob?
jected to the transfer, bol s.nt over a
check next m?>rning and that it was never
returned to him.
Albert B. Kleinen, one ?,f the directors
of the bank up to the t.nie <>f it? ?losing
the tlrst time, said that at the meetings
of the bariK commit tee h<> only saw mi,
half of Ihe notes, us part of them store
examined by <-,inipbell and Button and tfce
rest by himself and fjoo
He never examined the collateral. i?u?
accepted tt ? etatement of others that it
was all right. an?l he also testified that
the notes f??r large sums of money HOTS
not ruad uff In ths ?lire? tors' meeting*
When asked what hi.? opinion was as to the
cause of the disaster, be replied, "tn
doabtedly <?ow, llaxwell end Campbell
wrecked the hmk "
Kleinert said off!? ials of th? BoTOUgh
Bank had received letters from Ihe Mate
Banking Department praising the standlnt
Of the Institution.
Tine., employee of the Clarendon Hotel
who were ?uhpu-na. d to appear at the In?
quiry yesterday morning sent politely word?
ed iiot-s to Mr. Mahon.y. sayiru- they wero
unable to be present at the proba
The letters wots all irrltea on the same
paper and WtM*M . 9XS Itl] ABBS The r.anc s
?,f the men are a. J. w? -.'????. " P. Warllek
and Chester H. Booda . After r?a?ling the
notes Mr. Mahon-y said ?"the witness? s
would vary soon appear or take the conse
Hiisiifies **
Year 1911 Showed Percentage
of Only 15.13 in 1,000.
kcetrdlag to ftnni calenlattons of tin D?
partment of Health, the year 111 1 hi
? ?bath rate In the Mstory of the ? ity
There wer?- 7M2I deaths recorded, or ?
den i h rule p.r l.oon of li.lt. In IMt the
total number "f deaths ersi v?;.71.. or ?
death ritte ?,f i*,.!?s.
The causes of ?Bosthe showing increase?
last year n*sre Csnoer, KM; organic bean
disease. I?*.:'; dlThOSll O? the liver, 40, arid
homlcid?"?. 4fi.
There was ni.'.i: Mrth? ni fui. as com?
parad with IZt.tM In ltlt. Then* were
4?S.7?"..'. marriages, as compared with I'i.HT
In Iti?
The following statements and tgaraa ?re
based opon e eomparlssn of the mortality
?luring tb<- year just closed with the Asean
Ola] average Of the iinm.-diat.lv preceding
ten years, corrected to correspond with the
Increase of the population.
The total number of dsaths ?lining l!?ll
was 11,111 less than the decennial average
-that Is, If the death rate for the deceO?
nlum lf?0l to 1910 had prevailed ?luring
the year Itll ?hire would have been ?s.'.so
deaths, as against IMS! which actuallv oc?
curred. Continuing the comparison of the
various causes of death, the following de
CrsasSS appear; Typhoid fever. ,23.*,; ma?
larial fever. ||; smallpox, It; measles. |fl;
scarlet f< ver, 284; whooping cough, 23."?;
diphtheria and croup. 97*., isfluenza, 36;
tuberculous of the lungs, 1.3 10? other forms
of tuberculosis, 71 ; cerehro-splnal menin?
gitis. IM ; acute bronchitis, 7M! ; pneu?
monia, 2,4?3 : diarrh'f-al diseases under five
years of age, 2.2J1 ; Bright'? disease and
nephritis. 1,613; old age, 458 ; accidents,
16H, and suicides, 1l?3.
The saving of life ex?en?le?l to all age
group*. but wafl most pronounce?! for the
age group under fn<- : > ars of age, being
7,:?::j less deaths for this age group ; between
the ag??< of five to sixty-five there were
r..942 less deaths, and for the age group of
sixty-five years and over there were 2S3
less deaths.
The dee the <?f male? sheered ? teersoss
of 7,330 and of females 6,247.
There were 781 more deaths In Institu?
tions; 12.816 fewer deaths in bnement
houses and 2,?21 fewer deaths in private
tortillai houses.
?- s
Fine Dwelling Property at 48th Street
Gives Way to Business.
Business Invasion has claime?! another
fine dwelling house in .Ma?lis<.n avenue, the
?ale of the property at 4Sth street, owned
hy the William gJSXSndor Smith estaje, be?
ing annoumt'd yesterday. The house, which
Is on a lot 27x100 feet, was disposed of by
the New York Life insurance and Trust
Company as trustee through Pease & Elii
The buyers aie Halsey ft Din?, who will
make exteneBe alterations on the building.
.hailing the lower part Into stores and
fitting the upper floors for bachelor apart?
ment?. Some time ago pease ft Elllman
leased the proj?erty with ?wi option to buy.
Sheriff to Get Legal Advice as to
Appointing Power.
Annette Kellermann, the Swim?
mer, Would Like to Arrest a
Few Stage Door "Johnnies."
Things did not pan out yesterday as the
woiild-be women special deputy sheriffs
had hop??, and none were sworn In as was
expected. The reason for ?hi? delay In the
IDOVe for the prr.pei conserving of the
mcral tone of Manhattan and The Hronx
was caused by the care with which Sheriff
Harburger Is proceeding In carrying Into
effect his idea about women aids. The
Sheriff does not want to do anything, he
said, that will have to be undone; so to
?'"termine Just h??w far he can g? under
the jaw with regar?! to the teamen depo*
ties he has asked Emanuel 1.lumen?? l?-l.
ths Sheriff's counsel, to search the stat?
utes and write for him an opinion of bis
p??wer. This opinion Is expected this morn?
ing, so that not much time- will be lost In
-wearing in th- n?-w peace of.'.c?rs.
In the meun ttm?- th? re Is still some
doubt as to who of the several wom<>n in
ths race iviii win th<- bestor ?>f being the
first to wear the gilt insignia of office.
Mrs. John 8. ?'rosby, president of the
Women's Democratle Club, was deal?,
nated as the first by Sheriff Hart urger on
TuSeday, bat has not >et besa sworn in.
Along Basas iin?>t|ier candidate yesterday,
ami went so far as to file th?. necessary
Jiu,??o bend that sack apeelal deputy must
?lei?osit. so If the opinion of the gbetifTs
? B'.nsi-l Is favorable to-day she may be
the lir.'t ?me actually s worn Into the ser
Upare VOS, there was no abatement of the
Interest which the women have shown in
the plan to make them responsible for tho
peats und order Of the e-lty. Sheriff Har?
binger received at least fifty letters, BOOM
nf the?, from men. but m??st from women,
S?klag to be appointed, a few of thosi
?* 11 ? r m ?ame from rrtbsr cities, an?l some
Indleated that the writers had an Idea
tlnre was a salury attached to the offi????
of SSsdSl deputy Bheriff, which Is not the
As soon as the Sheriff gets a little time
he will attend to this voluminous con.
spondence. and he will need some help to
handle the accumulation. One woman In
Philadelphia seemed to think that the
jurisdiction of the Sheriff of Ht m Tort
Coaaty extended to that city, and Just to
Show her brotherly or sisterly love ?he
wrote to ret pel mlBStOB 10 Bet things
straight over there.
A?Other letter was from a woman who
gave the name of ex-Ju?lg<- Alton B. Parker
an on?- of her reference-. She said: "I ?un
a minister's widow. Though not a trained
lujstrie-s wnman, my friends believe that I
bava executive ability that would enable
me to fulfil the duties connected with mi? h
un office."
Many of the appllrnnts. with a gri
BllBStlon <'f the seriour w??rk that aw.ilts
the women depot lea played up strongly Is
their letters their physical qualification? for
the Jut). ? me wrote :
"I am fifty >?-ars of age. I have splen?
did health Also I am BlMOlBtSt"" f.nrless
and ?lo not lnt.-nd to give up while- tl I
any life in m?- "
Even Ann?tte K?Hermann, th? 'human
I?kIi." has plunged Into the subject. Misa
. ? . ?mann Is n??t on the best of t-rnis with
one of h?-r neighlsir? on lUversMs I ?rive,
but she 0?es i?"t dwell on that In h.-r let
t.-r. Her ttpplim'ion Is made in the ln?er
??st ?>f the ?Aiiiiii-n of th?- Stage, who, slu
thlnk.-. need the protection <?f th- v.
Sheriffs. She sal?I :
' It strikes BM th..t stage w?m?-n of New
Yoik are certainly entitled to have a ropr**
ttVB on IhS law ..ri'l Order force of
aWw Voik City. H ?"? ?happens thai the
? ,.. .;? ..n???- ?.f alasost ail ??ut th??tres
ara lea?tal in sUsys ??r side attests Every
night the women going to and from the
stage etitr. "UMBOyed and li.
by t?S li'io'llums that loiter BTOUOd
An??lh?-r important matter ?.i. put Up to
the sheriff paster?ay. it vas in -*ot_*ectloa
with ths .ramped an?l g? m-rally ui.
factory tondltlaas ?f tb? county **burt"
house. Jastlcs Ford ?lug ui? ths law that
gives the b_S-tfl the power to tin?i sultable
?iiiartcrs far ths haldlag of the B-tpreai?
i'?)Urt. In fact, a wilt of nian?Umus from
the e-ourt would mak? It Obligatatrf ?>n tl
bherif to un.i th- ?i tartera Mr. ?Hartmrgei
BbM be would carry out any such onl. r
fpun a Jnst-M "f th?- S'u.t?Mas Court.
Window Cleaner Lands on Feet
in Two Story Fall.
Health Commissioner Le.lerle was in?
formed yesterday of a mont unusual oc?
currence at the Wlllnrd Parker Hospi?
tal Dr. Robert J. Wilson, SOPSCtetl-nd
eut of the- hospital, reported the matter,
While cleaning windows on the second
floor of the hospital an exnirtoye of the
department l?-t his balance and fell
The man landed feet first on the sky?
light over a lahoratory ro?.m in the fan
below and plunged through. Persons In
the room heard the shower of glass and
saw tho win<l"W ? lean.-r land on his f?:et
toar them.
In reporting the incident Pr. WUaoa
told Commissioner Lederlo that the man
who plunged through the skylight had
walked into his office B moment later
and said:
"Dr. Wilson. Pva smashed a skylight
and I want to pay for it."
He was shaken up, but was n.'t even
scratched. Tho skylight was only
cracked slightly, outside of the hole
made in it bv the man's bod?-.
Caipenter't-, Frankness Gets Him Six
Months in the Workhouse.
James Klnsella, a carpenter, was s??n to
the workhouse In Tart 1. Sp?-?lul laset tins,
yesterday morning on a charge of stealing
a "hall runner" from an apartment house,
No M Morton street. Kdna Ho: r. the
Janitor, testified that she saw him steal
tb?- carpet.
Justice Steinert, wh? was presiding,
asked: "Did you take the carpet?"
"Sure I did." was th?- answer, "and It
was not the first, either"
"What?" said Justice Mayo. -you have
stolen 'hall runners' before?"
"Sure, more than once. Why. i tn.k a
tine one from a Harlem house a year or
two ago."
"Sort of a mat kleptomaniac," smile?!
Justice ?Salmon.
"Sure," again replied Klnsella. "i just
love hall carpet?-"
"Sl?c months In the workhouse," sai-l the
three Justices In unison._
.Norfolk, Va.. Jan I bfayef J. Davis
lOed of Portsmouth to-day discovered in
bis pipe at Police lleadouarters a .IS-calihr.
h.a.le? shell. How ***?<i hy whom It was
pUced In the **4po '? unknown.
Newport. R -. '?*" ?T~-'?n ?l?-< trie chait.
similar In every ?ay except as to elz? to
those used for killing murderers \n Massa
ehnsettk and New York. Is to be installed
by ths Newport Animal Refuge to end the
Uvea of stray cats and doga.
* ??"?Inn??! from gnt p.g,.
been led to feel that an effort ts being
made by the Taft people to "smoke h'.m
out," and that he resents such an effort.
Of course, the President realizes that
there are men close to Mr. Roosevelt
who have personal reasons for wishing
to make trouble between him and his
predecessor, and It |8 not difficult to
Judge by the stories and reports which
are brought to the White House of the
character ?f the reports which are tod?
dled at Oyster Bay. If Mr. Taft were to
believe all the reports which come to
him he i.ould never forgive his former
friend, and doubtless the same would be
true of Mr. Roosevelt If he were to be
lleve all the reports carried to him.
However, the mutual friends of both
b?*lleve that those who are most ear?
nestly seeking t?, foment trouble will
soon overreach themselves, and that Mr.
Roosevelt will DOOM to appreciate how
greatly they have sought to Impose en
his friendship and confidence.
In the mean time, however, President
Taft has spoken for himself, and all who
desire his renomination can count on his
making a gam? tight, regardless of wnat
any one else may or may not do.
President Receives Assurances
of Support from Five States.
[?"rom The Trlbuse Bureau. 1
Washington, -Ian. 3?Ohio. New Jersey,
Kansas. Kentucky and Utah will support
President Tuft for renomination In the na?
tional convention next June. Su?h assur
j oncee w?ire giv.-n the president to-day by
Lawrence K. Laogdon, RopttMlCM HOOT
leader Of the otto Legislature, Senators
t, Curtis, Bradley and .-?moot.
Following close on the visit to the White
House of Warron (? ?Harding, who said
that, contrary to the assertion of Walter
V. Brown, < lairman of the Eb publican
State Committee of ?Jlilo, the President
would cany ut,|<?, and that the La Follette
Invasion of that state spelled nothing but
Victory for Taft, Mr. Langdon sail to-day:
' ? ?l.io is for Taft Tb?? daims of a hand?
ful of antt-Taft people are n extravagant
t?i curry their own refutation. The La
Pollette movement surrendered at the first
onslaught, and the invasion of Ohio by a
: of alien Brebrande is now b?ing bit?
terly r.sent..1. Mr. Roosevelt Is tabeo at
hi.? word In Ohio, and is not regarded as a
aandMata Th.- full strength of Mr. Taft'e
support will become more evident irom now
on, ainl he is assured of a unanimous dele?
gation to tin- ?'hicago convention from his
home etati."
lonatov Mra<u?y, oben leaving the white
House this morning after a political con
ference with the President, said:
"Ther- need lie no doubt as to Kentucky.
The Republicans of my state are strongly
for Prelldent Taft, end will support him to
the limit"
The Senator alea predicted a soii.i Taft
delegation to the national convention from
?atore Curt?a Smoot and Briggs ns
sured the President that their states mt aid
Mi hin?, not only In convention, but
at the poll?
Senator Refuses to Discuss
President Taft's Statement.
Chicago, Ian. u.?Without referring to
Qoveraor Chose H. Deborn'e suggestion, the
I .a I BdQUOrtere lu re Issued a
stetaenni 1 1 ?-day denying that Mr. La Foi
lotte bad any Intention of withdrawing.
The statement was given out by Walter
L, Horn ' ? airman ?if the National Pro?
ra Republican Campaign Committee,
,,i d was S : ?lows:
(?r?'.- tor all. r wish to set at rest the
eport ? ' Senator Le Pbllstt? .-m
wlthdi ? hli friends will withdraw
bis name at i andMate for ('resident. The
dgn for bis nomiration will continue
deel irlng who ?s the
the. Republican convention for
Presld? I
Senator La Follette made his first ap
rtee in Illinois on his preeent campaign
trip here to-night In his speech be mid
thai ?? ' ' zati'in of corporations was
the priman egos? of the high cost of
"Overcapitalisation has gone on to the
' that ait th>- M? bustneee of the coun?
try is ?.n stilts. We have got to bring It
down " be eald, "Bui I? cannot he done In
a moment. If von took all of the water out
of It at once it would do much harm and
hurt many Innocent people. Ttie problem of
ih?- b??f, th?- harvester and the steel trusts
ha? to be work-'l 001 sci.-ntitlcally. It will
norksd out icientlflcally, if I have any?
thing to ?lo with It, and I expect to have a
good deal to do with it."
ii?- trae Interrupted by prolonged cheer?
ing. The assertion was tak.-n by his friends
as dispelling any doubt as ??> hie Intention
Of remaining In the race for the nomina?
At one point in lus address some one in
the la?lery yelled "How shout ReoecveRf
Senator l.a POtlCtte raised his luiuJ to re
Store order, and cont'nued:
"I think 1 hear some of you say. 'Now
i.e is going after Roosevelt,1 but thai is
where you'll be fooled. But I will say that
during all that strenuous time ther?- v\.-re
more oomblnatlona than under all the ad?
ministrations that pr?-ceded since the Hher
man law was enastad in 1W0. From Janu
a?-y l. UK tc January I, UN, thai Is f??ur
?an, dOWn tO the end of the Roosevelt
j administration, it sums up a total of 10.">?o
plants brought Into trust organizations,
wilh a total i-apitallzatlon of $31.67'J,0f?.<XX?.
There wasn't anything left Important
enough to bring Into a combine."
KalamaaOO, Mich., Jan. 3.?When aske.t
for ? statement relative t<> President
Taft's aeaiiiIhm that "Only donth" eouM
k?-? p liini 011? Of the Presidential ?-ampalgn
this year, Senator i-'? Foi let ?.-*? said:
?It ?sos't? Wi'll all right; I've nothing
to say "
Never Said Roosevelt Told Him He
Would Refuse Nomination.
Battle ?'reek. Mich, Jan. 3.?Olfford
Plnchot in an interview here to-day <!??
nie?l that he had made any statements in
SpOOehM or Interviews tbat Theodore
Hoosevelt had told him he would not ac?
cept the Presidential nomination If It
were tendered to him.
"I know nothing of Mr. Roosevelt's af
SOld Mr. Plnchot. 'either as to j
whether he wouhl accept the nomination
or whether he believes he could ><e
Cannot Conceive Any Condition That
Would Lead Him to Become One.
Tampa. Fla., Jan. 3.?"1 cannot conceive
any condition that would make It possible
for me to consider the Question of my be?
coming the candidate for the Presidential
nomination of the Democratic party in 1912."
This was the declaration of Colonel Will?
iam Jennings Bryan on his arrival here to?
day from Havana In company with Mrs.
Bryan. Thoy loft to-night for Washington.
Mr. Biv.iii declined ?o comment upon th?
a?tion of the Pr.'greeatve Democrats of'
Ohio In pushing his name lo the front as a j
Packers' Lawyer Nervous When
Confronted by Documents.
"Red Test Cost" Admitted by
Armour Manager?Used to Fix
Prices, Government Contends.
Chicago, Jan. 3.?Henry Veeder. counsel
for Swift & Co., a government witness in
the case against the ten meat packers In?
dicted for violating the Sherman law. in
the course of Ms direct examination to?
day was confronted with letter? sent out
by the packers referring to the shipment
and price of fresh meat during periods In
which he said there was no pool in exist?
ence. The witness apparently grew ner?
vous and declined to deny tbe genuineness
of the document
William D. Miles, general manager tor
the Armour Packing Company at Kansas
City from 11*94 to 11-02, testified that the old
packers' pools were organised to prevent
the glutting of the market with fresh
meat, and that there always was active
competition between the members In all
parts of the country.
Despite the fact that Miles ha'd on two
occasions given testimony against the
packers before federal grand Juries, he
proved an unwilling witness to-day. and
little of value to the government's case
was gleaned from his direct examination,
which was not concluded when court ad?
journed for the day.
"Red Test Cost" Admitted,
The witness brought out for the first
time that there was a "black test cost"
and a "red test cost" used in the book?
keeping of the Armour Packing Company,
the former being used as the flat price of
the animal and the latter Including freight
and other items of expense.
The government contends that the "red
test cost" was secretly used hy the combi?
nation in the fixing of th? price of meat.
Mr. Miles told of the organization of the
fresh meat combination In 1893, and said he
attended its Tuesday afternoon meetings in
the Coun.'-elman Building almost continu?
ously until 1903. He gave a detailed de
scrlntlon of the brslness transacted at the
Tuesday afternoon meetings.
"The day before each meeting each mem?
ber received a statement showing the num?
ber of pounds of fiesh meat shipped Into
the various territories and the average
price received, together with a summary of
the margins of profits for the previous
w?-ek." said the witness.
Under direct examination Henry Veeder
gave from memory the percentages used in
the distribution of business in Territory
"A" under the packers' agreement of 1898,
as follows: Armour & Co., 21.50: the Ar?
mour Packing Company, 5..50; Cudahy &
Co., 5.0a; G. H. Hammond & Co., 12.."i0; Mor?
ris &. Co., 14.00; Schwarzschild & Sulzber
(ST IM, and Swift & Co.. 33.00.
The witness produced no documentary
evidence, declaring that all records of the
?.11 packers' pool had been destroyed, so
far as he knew.
Frederick A. Betts, a former Insurance
< .'ommlsstoner of Connecticut, who was In?
dicted last June for the larceny of $2,000
from Mary H Drake, of No. 1832 Briggs
Place, Washington, defaulted his bond of
??-?>. when the case was called yesterday
1 f Justice Davis, In the Criminal Branch
of the Supreme Court. The Empire State
Surety Company was on the bond. Justice
Davis Usued a b?-nch warrant for Hetts's
arrest. An affidavit attache?! to the indict
men? charges that Retts got the fc.OO? from
Mrs. Drake to purchase real estate.
Dr. S. jAcphtnc Bak.-r, head ?if the olid
liygl. tie work <jf the Department of H.-alth,
who h.,s b??n QOmpsUcd to give Up her
duties for some time because of a break?
down, was said to be much better yester?
day. Dr. Baker was in charge of the cam?
paign Instituted hy Commissioner Lederle
to reduce the Infant death rate. Her Ill?
ness was the outcome of her work In the
milk stations.
By Installing
Automatic Sprinklers
Recommendations from Hundred s ?>f
(sers. F? AppllcstlOO to
General Fire Extinguisher
_?MS Tork ??Sire. I I ?her?, ?irret.
The first minutes of a fire are
the most important ones. The
"GRINNELL" immediately
drenches the flames snd gives
warning of any fire generating
1155 degrees of heat.
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National Democratic Chairman
on His Way to Washing-ton.
Norman K Mack, chairman of the Demo?
cratic National Committee, is In the city
on his way to Washington, where, on Mon?
day, the committee will meet to fix the
place and date of the next national con?
vention. In the course of the day he con
ferre?! with Charles V. Murphy and I'rey
MToadaon, secretary of the committee They
discussed the effort that Is being made to
bring the convention to this city.
"As head of the committee,"' said Mr.
Mack last night. "I cannot favor any city
O-fST another. I may aay, however, that if
New York offers as substantlsl Induce?
ments as other cities I sea no reason why
Its chances are not equally good."
"We have determined that the Hippo?
drome here would not do for a convention
ball, as it is too smalL However, wa sr?
told that the plans tor tearing down Madi?
son Square Garden before the ttme of tha
?--onvention have been abandoned. So that
hall would be available."
Mr. Mack said he understood that Chl
coga. Denver. St. Louis. Baltimore and Mil?
waukee, all se*, .ers for the convention, had
each made up the necestary guarantee?
VAnce McCormick, of Harrlaburg, repre?
senting the faction in the Pennsylvania
organization that la fighting the domina?
tion of ("olonel (ruffey, had a long talk
with Chairman Mack.
Roger ?'. Sullivan, national comrelttee*
man from Illinois, was also In the city
yesterday, but he did not eee Mr. Mack.
chairman Mack had nothing to say in
regard to Presidential poselbllttles? He
hopes that the situation will work Itself
out before the convention, so that thero
wlil not be a contest that will split the
party into factions.
The question of Ifr. Mack's resignation
as chairman of the Democratic State Com?
mittee will go over until after tha meeting
of the national committee. He Is planning
to call the state committee together about
January 15 to select his successor.
Cromwell's Critics Obliged to
Make Another Appointment.
Members of the so-called Committee of
Safety of Staten Island, which was organ?
ized recently for the purpose of discour?
aging Borough President Cromwell of Rich?
mond from going ahead with so many ex
p?nslve improvements, called at the City
Hall yesterday. They wanted to ask the
Mayor to Investigate the ?.fflce of the Bor
<>ugh President through Raymond B. P*a*
ilick. Commissioner of Accounts. The Mayor
bad not return?*! from his holiday at St.
.Tumi's, and the committee made an ap?
pointment through Robert Adamson, the
Mayor's secretary, for to-day.
The Staten Islanders object to the high
taxes brought about through the lmpro? ?
meats of President ?'romwell. "\V> ;?:??
g?)li:g to tell the Mayor," said John Martin,
one of the committee, "that the President
is undertaking premature and unneces?ery
Improvements. We want th?>m all exam?
ined to see whether the cost of the improve?
ments is Justified at present."
Mailed anyvvrier? in the United States
for S2.50 a year.
FuntsFine FW?rnjRE
Ge?CFuntG) 1
4?-47 Vhxrx i*-* tH
??-a? West ????? St.
McGibbon & Co.
The last week here before removal
Specialty Store for House Furnishing
To make way for the newer things to he presented
at our new and commodious quarters ir the upper
Fifth Avenue district, an inducement, in the way
of special prices, is offered on such lines as are
Among the many items we mention a few
of the Most Important. Hand-embroid?
ered Bed Spreads, Sheets and Pillow Cases.
Colored Embroidered Scarfs and Centrepieces,
Women's Handkerchiefs and Muslin Underwear.

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