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1,000 Face Loss
Of P. S. C. Jobs
As Board Meets
Qtv Must Grant Appropria
tion To-morrow or Throw
Transit Men Out of Work;
Requisition for S557,060
*$ hitnry Deelarcs Hylan
and Craig Throttle All;
Initiative in Departments!
Thc Board of Estimate at its meet
jn,r to-morrow will have to choose be?
tween making an appropriation suffi
cicnt to pay salaries of the rapid tran?
sit employes of the Public Service
Commission or throw 1,000 or more
men out of employment. If the latter
glternative is taken all construction
work will have to be stopped.
There has been before the Estimate
Board since thc beginning of the month
g Tequisition for $557,060 to pay the
expenses of the commission for the
second quarter of the year. As the
board so far has taken no action, they
miist decide to vote one way or an?
other to-morrow. Xo vote at all would
hgve the same eft'ect as denial of the
request in that the employes of the
commission would have to be given
Situation Has 8 Frecedent
A similar situation was crcated at
the beginning of the year when, in ap
propriating funds for the use of the
commission, the board lopped off
enough salary rcquests to throw 400
men out of work. It took a month and
an appeal to Governor Smith to se
cure an appropriation sufficient to
permit thc return of the men, although
one branch of the work is still with
When the appropriation for the com?
mission was made on December 30 last
it was decided to vote money for cer?
tain expenses during the first quarter
of the year. only so the commission
would have to come before the board
again to get funds for the 3econd
quarter. When the second quarter's
budget was sent to the board, the com?
mission siiggested a conference to dis
etiss the details.
No conference has taken place.
N'either has the board signified its in
tention to participate in one. The !
board likewise has given no ofTicial
notice that action will be taken to-mor?
"The do-nothing policy of the Board
of Estimate upon every matter of im?
portance constitmes such misconduct
m public office that it should have the
immediate attention of ihe Governor
snd of the Legislature," declared
Travis H. Whitney, acting chairman
of the commission, last night. "Gov?
ernor Smi-h the other day said that
this was a government of laws and not
Charges Initiative is Throttlcd
"Yet in New York City it is actually
true that government is no longer one
of laws but of men?two men?Hylan
and Craig. They have throttlcd the
initiative of every city department,
hare hlocked every plan of develop?
ment so far proposed, and have halted
tae progress of rapid transit construc?
"Here is work that will give employ?
ment to thousands of men and will
provide additional facilities, so
much needed. Yet, with calculat
ed deliberation, they so have with
held action on rapid transit mat?
ters as to have added at least
aix months' delay in completion
of the work and to have demoralized
the engineering and other technical
forces in charge."
The Commissioner remarked that
the Legislature, instead of deciding
to investigate Bolshevism, should give
its attention to the breakdown of the
present form of government in this
city. Continuing, he said:
"It may be that, aa Mayor Hylan has
now been welcomed home again, he
may be sufficiently wearied of the
plaudits of the populace to give seri?
ous attention to the affairs of the city.
Soldiers Anxious About Jobs
"He may De interested in the fact
that in the 27th Division there are
about twenty employes of the commis?
sion, a!l r,f whom have been in to see
about their jobs which, of course, are
Qependent upon action by the Board
?f Etstimate. In addition thero are
?bout forty other employes in other
"mitary units near the city awaiting
oiJcbarge, who are also interested in
'leir jobs more than in parades."
"r. Whitney added that virtually
ev?ry department of the city is at a
?Just wait until these boys
get a chance to change from
khaki to civilian clothes.
The fair sex will look upon
w-m with envy,?that is if
toey follow the example of
their friends who have dis
covered the shops that sell
?hirts that are a bit "differ?
Our 17 shirt specialty shops
?eil shirts that are in a class
Silk and Linen
A new material and a
new value that ls one
of the "different" kind
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****. $"*?*'<** mJnIWM,m
ff** W.f*rb?? ""'bI^
standstill because every matter rcquir
iug the approval of tlie Board of Esti?
mate is referred to Controller Craig,
who never reports on it in time. The
Commissioner also spoke of the "ban of
silence" placed on city department
heads, whereas the commission has
been able to place its difliculties before
"To extend thc censorship and to
silence official critics," c went on,
"Hylan and Craig are expectant ,that
the Legislature will lcgislatc the Pub?
lic Service Commission out of office.
Then appropriations can be increased,
contractors' claims settled without of
fensive publicity and new contracts
let, provided the new Rapid Transit
Commissioner is sufliciently subscrvi
"If the cntire working season is not
to be lost; if unemployment is not to
be increased; if transit facilities and
benclits are not to be postponed, then
there is real need of legislative inves
tigatioii' and of real legislation that
will compel action."
For ISeeds L p to April J
Arrangements have been completed
for taking care of the pressing cash
requirements of the railroad com?
panies up to April 1, estimated at from
J70.000.000 to $75,000,000. This an?
nouncement was made here yesterday
by Howard Elliott. presiden't of the
Northern Pacilie Railway and chair?
man of the committee of railway
executives cooperating with the rail?
road administration in handling the
financial situation created by the fail?
ure of the last Congress to replenish
the railroad revolving fund.
"The Director General of Railroads,"
said Mr. Elliott, "will issue certificates
of indebtedness of the government to
various railroad companies needing
money to meet requirements on April
1. The War Einance Corporation will
make loans upon these certificates as
collateral up to 80 por cent of their
Warden Moyer Announces
That He Has Resigned
Head of Sing Sing Prison Sayg
He Will Leave There
On April 15
OSSINING, March 26.?William H.
Moyer, for over two years warden of
Sing Sing, in an intervicw to-day con?
firmed a report that he has resigned
and gave as his reason that he dc
sircd to give Superintendent of Prisons
Charles E. Rattigan a free hand to
name his own waraens.
Prjson reformers, led by Thomas
Mott Osborne, former warden who en
thusiastically supported Governor Smith
in the last election after he declared
for more liberal prison management,
are exerting pressure upon the Albany
officials to have an out-and-out prison
"I believe the Superintendent of
Prisons should have a free hand," said
Mr. Moyer, "to name his own wardens.
So I informed him on February 18 that
he could accept my resignation any
time. He wrote me March 20, saying
he had decided to have it take effect
Rattigan Says He Has
ISo Word From Moyer
ALBANY, March 20.?Charles E.
Rattigan, Superintendent of Prisons,
said to-day he had not yet received
> the resignation of William P. Moyer,
I warden of Sing Sing Prison.
"I expect the resignation any min
I ute," said Superintendent Rattigan. "I
i shall not act on it formally until Tues?
day or Wednesday of next week. I
j have not yet decided on a successor
\ to Mr. Moyer, although I am consider
! ing several applicants for the place."
1 Warden Moyer's successor will be a
i Wcstchester County man.
jDinner Late; Butier
Had Hanged Himself
After waiting almost an hour for his
| butier to serve the family dinner last
! night, Charles McAlpin, a real estate
| man, of 520 Fifth Avenue, investigated
? to ascertain the cause of the delay.
Suspended by a clothesline thrown over
! tho botton of thc transom frame in
| his room in the servants' quartcrs. the
, butier, Frederick Wood, aged forty
i live, was found.
John O'Connell, superintendent of
j the building, who used a pass kcy to
; enter the room, telephoned for an
I ambulance. A surgeon from the
> Flower Hospital pronounced Wood
: dead. He had stood on a chair with
I the rope around his neck and fastened
i it above the door, and had then kicked
; the chair from under him.
I Despondency over the death of his
I wife is bclieved to have prompted the
, act. She died four months ago, In
l an unsealed letter, addresed to "Jack
j Wood," said to be his son, the man de
i clared hc was "tired of life and wanted
| to join his wife."
Even Bad Whiskey Worth
Price, Decides Jury
ORANGE, N. J? March 26.?Whether
whiskey sold by Rudolph Heller, of
209 Plane Street, Newark, was all that
Heller claimed it to be, or whether it
was only "70 per cent proof, deficient
in quality and unfit for sale," as con
tended by Harry Kurtz, a saloonkceper
at High and Warren streets, Newark,
who purchased it from Heller, was put
up to a jury in thc East Orange Dis?
They solved the question by takinp
a bottle of the whiskey into thc jury
room with a dozen glasses, and a half
hour later returned with a verdict
favoring Heller, who had sucd Kurtz
to recover **9;i.46 on a book account.
The verdict announced the "booze was
not all it should be, but it was worth
every cent that Kurtz had paid for it."
Several witnesses tested the whiskey
in court and one of thern declared it
had a swect taste but could be used
for rum punch.
It was because of the disagrccment
of witnesses that the jury decided to
sce for themsclves whether or not the
whiskey was worth the money.
Police Inspector Morris
Is Reduced to Captaincy
Enright swun*? the axe which he
last used on Costigan, again yesterdav"
As a result Inspector Frank A, Morris
of tlie Fifth District will henceforth
be known as captain in chnrge of the
Richmond Hill precinct. He takes tho
place of Captain John Harnes, who
died while on duty at the 27th parade
on Tuosdav. No successor to Morris
has been named and for Ihe present
Inspector Thomas V. Underhill, in
eornrnand of the Rureau of National
Defence, will also have charge of the
5th Inspection District. The trans
fer of Morris became eff'ective at 4 yes
t'T'l.i v afternon.
ff Morris had remained an inspector
a f'*w months longer, he rnight have
retire. on an irmpeetor's pension. No
explnnation for hia reduction was
fo rthcotninjg at heAdauartor-i, Com
ffllMiOntT Rnnghf. Mfldlng word to re
porters that he had nothing to say.
Morris joined the force in ixk'",. He
hStStftt tt sergennt in 1X95, ? lieut? n
?nt in IH'if,, a Mptcifl in 1000 and ln
ttpeetO! in AutfiK' 2, i'.ili. Ha live? 1*1
Ws?t l&Ut HUtt-l.
Confident of Seeing Missing Child,
Mrs. Thorne Dejected When Writ Fails
Joel, Jr., Not at Grand
mother's Home During
Parade, Say Affidavits
of Uncle and Butier
Mother's Hopes Dashed
j Still Believes That She Saw
the Boy in a Window of
the Fifth Avenue Home
Mrs. Mary Casey Thorne, though
I positive she saw her four-year-old son,
: Joel W. Thorne, jr., on Tuesday
; watching the 27th Division parade
i from a window in the home of his
i parental grandmother, Mrs. Samuel
j Thorne, at 914 Fifth Avenue, received
a setback in court yesterday.
lt was the first glimpse the dis
; tracted mother has had of Joel, jr..
; since last September. when a nurse took
? him for a walk and never brought him
j back. The mother, believing that her
; son was at the home of his grand
I mother, went to Central Park Tuesday
j accompanied by her lawycr, Randolph
I A. Gerard, and "two friends, and believes
she saw her son through a pair of
opera glasses. She was overcome with
I emotion and fainted. While she and
her friends took seats in the parade
stand, Mr. Gerard crossed to the
Thorne residence, where he made an
unsuccessful effort to see Mrs. Thorne,
grandmother of the child.
The next move was to obtain a wric
cf habeas corpus, dirccting the pro?
duction of the boy in court yesterdaj*.
Joel, jr., was not present when Justice
Cohalan called the case, buj. Albert
Stickney was there as attorney for
the boy's grandmother and, supported
by affidavits, one by an uncle of the
boy and another by a butier, assertetl
the missing boy was not with his grand?
Mrs. Thorne, the mother. who
thought she had her child within her
grasp, was much distressed but still
certain she could not have made a
"I saw my boy," she said, "and I
70 Years Married,
Crossmaii Talks of
Love and Politics
'?'Kiss More, Have Families
and Elect Republican
Prcsidents," Says Veteran
?Looks to Anniversary
NORWALK, Conn., March 25.?It's
love that makes the world go round,
but it's Republican Prcsidents that
j make it revolve smoothly. Captain
Joseph P. Crossman says so, and he
ought to know, for to-day the captain,
I who is ninety-three, spoke from the
i store of wisdom jrained by seventy
j years of wedded life.
! "Kiss more, have families and elect
! Republican Prcsidents," advised one
| half of the oldest marricd couple in
I the state, and added that. this recipe
| was a panacea for most of the ills of
i this world.
; Rut then, you see. the captain as
serts that he and his wife have the
"That," he cxplaincd, "grows strong
er and better with age. It is like old
wme, 1 love Mother just seventy
times as well as when we were mar?
ricd on March 25, 1849."
Very gently he kissed the woman
| who sat beside him.
Division and Multiplication
"These days," he continued, "people
seem to want to divide their love year
; think if a mother knows anything. she
| knows her own child. I siuv him so
'. plainly and recognized even the coat
j he wore as one 1 had purchased for
him before he wns kidnapped."
Mr. Stickney coinplained to Justice
j Cohalan about the manner in which
?the writ was served on Mrs. Thorne. ?
by year rather than multiply it, That
is the way it seems to me, from the
business that the lawvers and courts
Captain Crossman is ns strong as a
well preservcd man of sixty. Last
year he worked his own garden and
: to-day had a calculating eye fixod on
| his fruit trees. "I'M have to climb
I them in a day or so and cut awav thc
suckers," ho predicted.
Mrs. Crossman, who soventy years
ago was Miss Antoinette Jennings. is
eighty-seven. For the last few months
she has been ailinjr, but she retains all
her facultics and is rapidly recovering
There have been bumps and jolts on
the Crossmans' road of matrimony.
Both of them admit that. Quarrels?
Why, there have been hundreds of
Like Summer Storms
"Who hasn't had *em?" the captain
demanded. "Quarrels are like thunder
storms. They come jrenerally when the
weather is hot. There is a lot of noise
and blowing, and after they have
eleared away everything is freshcr and
better for 'em."
One other thing, the captain insists,
is essential to wedded happiness
babie?, and the more the better.
"That's the tie that binds and not
the piece of paper the dominie gives
you." he asserted.
The Crossmans are looking forward
to the celebration of their diamond
wed d ing.
"But I hope nobody sends us dia
monds," said tho captain. "Nettie 'd
rather have her wedding ring, and 1
like my G. A. R. badge better than all
the gold in the Kiondike."
Captain Crossman served as a lieu?
tenant with the 12th Connecticut ln
fantry throuphout the Civil War. He
was in fifteen battles and was wounded
several times. He won his title of cap?
tain not on thc battlefield, but follow?
ing the sea.
He said when a butler refused to
notify Mrs. Thorno that Mr. Gerard
wanted to serve her. tiie lawyer tried
to force his way to the second floor
where she was. Justice Cohalan re?
served decision on thc writ. Since
they have been separated Mr. Thorne
iias been paying his wife $150 a month.
Bvoir to Educate
United States on
I jthuania's Cause
Former Member of Creel's
Staff Employed to Spread
Story of Ambitions of
Nation Amonjj* Americans
Carl Byoir, until recently associate
chairman of the committee on public
information, has been appointed of?
ficial adviser of tho Lithuanian Pro
i visional Government and of the Lithu?
anian National Council, with about 70,
; 000 members in the United States.
This was announced yesterday by the
council, which said that Mr. Byoir's
duties would be to bring at once the
! cause and the ambitions of the nev,
Lithuanian nation of lj.000,000 before
; the American public.
Professor A. Valdemar. prime mini:
; ter of Lithuania, in a letter to the
council here, says in part:
"I have just come from Lithuania to
Paris. I would myself come to Ameri?
ca, but every call of duty keep!- nie
; here. Your suffcring brothers in a
! land devasted by four years of war
! look to you in America with eyes filled
with hope. I could not call you to a
j higher trust.
j "I specially urge that you ask Mr.
: Byoir, whom you already know, to give
you his active support. Please make
it clear to Mr. Byoir that you do not
I seek his aid with the American govern
A Sale of
72 Fine Hand Bags
At Great Reductions
P'ormerly $20.89 to $99.50
SALE $14.89 to $69.50
LEATHER BAGS SILK BAGS BEADED BAGS
Among ihe handsomest in our
stock; only one of a kind in this Sale,
which includes the three types men?
tioned above, in pouch, envelope and
"Miser" styles, with and without
frames, which when used are Sterling
Silver, solid gold, cclluloid and imita
tion shell. or covered in Ihe same ma?
terial as the bag.
The headed bags are riehlv done in
steel or jet beads, and colored heads.
Some are combined with embroid?
ery and a few of the most unusual are
embroidered in tinsel and colored
threads or angora varn.
STREET SHADES?MOSTLY BLUE AND BLACK
Every bag is silk lined -some have separate compartment for. nioncv
and fitted with purse and mirror.
The exaet list follows: ~"
1!) BAGS $20.89 to $24.8!) $14.89
1!) BAGS $26.50 to $34.50 $19.89
17 BAGS $36.50 to $49.50 $29.50
<i BAGS $47.50 ln $52.50 $39.50
7 BAGS $59.50 to $79.50 $49.50
4 BAGS $82.50 to $99.50 $69.50
$Ju*JXgy?$? Main Floor, 34th street.
ment, but with the American people."
"The Lithuanians in their struggle
for recognition here," said Mr. Byoir,
"after centuries of oppression by Prus
sians and by Russians, have laid aside
all their differences, political and oth- ,
erwise, as well as all qucstions of ter?
ritory and boundary. They seek only
the same privilege and the recognition
to govern themselves that has been ac- i
corded to other racial and territorial j
groups in Europe to-day. To this end i
they are maintainins their eastern
boundaries by a battle line against the ?
Harvard University Gets
Share of Fletcher Estate
Famous Dietieian Also Leaves
Bequests for Old Ladies'
Home and Church
Horace Fletcher, dietieian, who for
many years preached the doctrine of
proper mastication, left the residue of
his estate to Harvard University, the
income to be used in "fostering knowi?
edge of healthful nutrition." Mr.
Fletcher died January 12 in Copen
hagen, Denmark. His will was filed
yesterday in the Surrogates' Court.
Harvard University trustees, the
famous "chew your food" advocate pro?
vided, should offer prizes bearihg his'
name for the best thesis on the sub-,
ject, "Special uses of circumvallate
pupi 11 i and the saliva of the mouth in
regulating physiological economy in
Mrs. Grace A. Fletcher, of 222 West
Twenty-third Street, will receive an an
nuity of $3,600 and all of her husband's
personal property in Venice, Italy. The
Warner Home for Old Ladies, James-:
town, N. Y., receives $500 and the First
Baptist Church, of Lawrence, Mass.,
To Miss Agnes G. Rasmussen, his
nurse, the testator left a life annunity
of fi 1,200, and to Helen de Chamberoy,
of Brussels, Belgium, an annuity of
$2,400, William Dana Orcutt receives
the library of Mr, Fletcher. with in
structions to use $5,000 t" publish thc I
In Wilkins Case
Pepper-and-Salt Suit Said
lo Have Been Taken to
Tailor To Be Cleaned
Three Days After Tragedy
From a Staff Correspondent
MINEOLA. L. 1., March 26.?A crim-j
son stained pepper-and-salt sack suit
which Dr. Walter K. Wilkins is al-1
leged to have taken to a Manhattan!
tailor to have cleaned a few days after j
the murder of his wife at Long Beach1
will be one of the prosecution's ex
hibits when the physician is placed on
This new phase of the case was re- I
voaled to-day by District Attorney
Weeks. He said that five tailors from
Xew York swore that the garments!
were blood stained. This was on |
March 3. four days after Mrs. Wilkins
was slain. The authorities point out j
that Dr. Wilkins. since his arrest, has ,
frequently said he wore a biack cut- |
away and vest and gray trousers on
the night of the tragedy.
According to the authorities, on the
night of March 3 Dr. Wilkins went to
the tailor shop of Jacob Jacobson. at
Sixty-sixth* Street and Broadway, with
two bundles. One contained a pep?
per-and-salt suit and the other a pair
of trousers. Jacobson discovered blood
marks on the suit, and sent it to L.
Blau, a cleaner, at 151 Avenue C.
Blau, with three men in his employ,
came to Mineola to-day and told Mr.
Weeks about the stains. They said
even the inside pockets were stained.
Jacobson said he had been doing
work for Dr. Wilkins for some time.
Knowing he was a physician, his sus
picions were not aroused by the blood
stains. He said he thought Dr. Wil?
kins had been working on a surgical
The tailor was taken to the jail,
where he identified Dr. Wilkins as the
man who brought him the suit. The
physician denied the assertion of
Jacobson. He demanded that Charles
Wysong, hia attorney, be sent for im
Drop Valera Welcome
DUBLIN, March 26.?The executive
committee of the Sinn Fein party
issued an oflicial statement Tuesday
night announcing that the public re'
ception planned for Professor Edward
de Valera, who had been in an English
prison for some time and who escaped
February 4, has been abandoned.
The statement explained that Pro?
fessor de Valera had sent word to the
committee that he did not believe a re?
eeption for him would justify risking
the lives of citizens of Dublin.
It was announeed on March 22 that
the Sinn Fein party of Ireland would
offer Professor de Valera a national
welcome on Wednesday evening, March
26, when he is exnected to arrive in
Dublin. On Monday of this week a
proclamation was issued at Dublin by
the British government forbidding
His own words!
"Great to be home?and
gosh! how I long to get
into some new Spring
Well, the outfit's all
ready! Have it to-day!
Spring overcoat, suit,
hat, shoes and all the fix
ings. Abundant stocks of
everything you wear.
The same high standard
as when you sailed for
The same guarantee of
you want it.
Sporting Goods for all
those who've learned that
the only way to keep well
is to spend more time out
Golf and tennis things a
Rogers Peet Company
at 13th St. "Four at 34th St.
Broadway Corners" Fifth Ave.
at Warren at 41st St.
meetings and processions there on th*
date of Professor de Valera's orrival.
A Dublin dispatch received on Tuesday
stated that there was some military ac?
tivity in the city and that armored cara
have been landed from Briish steamers.
Yesterday a good
?Today a Better One
THAT is the policy of the Maxwell Motor Company.
It began hve years ago on a single chassis plan
and today 300,000 Maxwells have been built on this
Not 300,000 Maxwells identically alike?for that would
be admitting that the car has never improved in five years'
More than 1000 refinements have been made in the
But the original chassis plan was not changed. It has
simply grown better as the days went by.
The logic of building one thing and thus building it
well is too clear, too sound, too emphatic in results to argue
Like any fine piece of machinery the Maxwell seems to
improve with age.
It runs on and on without end. We have never heard
of a Maxwell salvaged.
There is no car with a better road ability record. And
it saves many a thrifty dollar by shying at the repair shop.
This Maxwell you see today is not a new Maxwell;
though many persons have thought so. It has been so much
improved in appearance that our contemporaries in the trade
repeatedly refer to it as the new Maxwell.
However, good looks have not in any way handicapped
its running. And the latter is the main thing, after all, in a
Maxwell Motor Sales Corporation
New York Branch, 1808 Broadway
Corner 59th St., New York City
Phone Circle 5550