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) THE CIVIL SERVICE LAW.
I MM. 'pTANB XBX,LB,UOW XTWOJtKB IN
U ,,Vt xnn pension bvjieav.
A -.Save the Incut Men Onm In Throata tha
1 Mall IliCcm, ana That He Could Drop IOO
I Inefficient Clerk If He Were Hot Tram
K mellaa by Canarreomen and th Commtaaloa.
'. j. Wabiunutok, Dec. 20. Commissioner Evans
" jt Ab,q Pension Uurcnu was before the Scnato
I Bub-Commlttce on Civil Service to-day.and save
the result of his expcrlenco with tho workings
P ' ot the Civil Borvlco law In connection rrith tho
1,800 clork lu his bureau. Ills testimony
f brauchtout tho fact that the Government monojr
was being squandered on 100 clerks In the Pen
sion Ofllco whom tho Commissioner was un
able to dlschargo owlntr to the Innuenco ot Sen
ators and llepresontntlvcs. Ihls samo condi
tion undoubtedly exists In tho othor departments
1 o(; the Government, and olerks who will not
or cannot attend to their duties are retained
becauso of tho powerful Influence they bring to
beatf Secretory Uago found many ot this class
lnJtlieTreaiury Department, and endeavored to
remedy tho evil by creating a roll for superannu
ated employees, but It Is said now that thero Is
no warrant of law for such action.
Senator Lodgo wnsllho principal Inquisitor for
I the commltteo to-day. lie betran by asking
Mr. Evans how he looked upon the Civil Ber
Tlco law as applied to tho Pension Offloo, wheth
er ho was In favor ot continuing; tho clerks
under tho classified service.
Air. Evans said that ho had been n civil ser
vice reformer, eo-callod, but In his oxpcrlenoe
It was a good deal freo-traded. It did not
work out. Tho best men In his bureau, ho sold,'
had como lu through the bdoIIs system. Thoy
were men who did their duty and expected to
hold their positions theroby. Instead of appeal
log to tho Civil Bcrvlco Commission. A head
of n. bureau, It he attended to his buslnoss,
should know who vt ore the most ofllcicnt clorkB.
When Mr. Kvans became Commissioner ot Pen
Ions he had, ho sold, undertaken to reorganize
the olllco gn tho basis ot Rotting better work
out nC the force; and for results ne iwlntod to
tbo records, which Bhowed Unit 30 per cent,
tnore claims had been adjudged than In any
like period during tho post throo years.
Senator Lodgo having referred to tho asser
tions .made that there wero in nearly all the do
Bailments clerks whoao usefulness nod become
Impaired, but who yet remain in ofllco and
draw the salaries thoy had received for years,
jet do no real work, Mr. Kvans acknovtl
ai edged that there were such clerks In his buroau.
Tho House Appropriations Committee hal
V " made Inquiries along that line, and he had told
them that he could drop 100 clerks without
I Impairing tte efllciency of the forco if ho wero
not trammelled and influenced by Senators,
Representatives, and tho Civil Service Com
al mission. If a clerk wero dropped for Inefll-
clency, Senntors and Hepresontatlves would
BP Yrrito to tho commission, and they would writo
to him inquiring why it was done. However
Inefficient tho clerk might bo, he would claim
that he was ona of tho best olerks in the buroau
and would bring Senators and Representatives
to Drove it, Tbo Inefficient clerks usually had
i the most influence, for they were engaged in
II ' getting influenco rather than attending to tholr
ill duties. Ho was already receiving lottcrs in an
il tlclpatlon of tho reduction next July. Every
H clerk seemed to think that ho was the best in
,W the bureau, and the result was that the influ
It enceof Senators and Representatives was used
ui . to obtain promotions. He found the same con-
Kfc dltions in tbo Post Ofllco Department when ho
i (In Mr. Evans said he would remedy the evil by
I W placing under the classified servtco charwomen.
n laborers, and olerks who received up to $1,400
Ib per annum. All above that could take tholr
mi chances. He did not Believe chiefs of, divisions
V or others occupying places in tho special confl-
PJ deuce of the head of tho bureau should bo se-
( lected by the civil Bcrvice. He never heard, ho
said, that Grant selected his advisers from
among the enemy. So far as the politics of the
clerks wero concernedhe Bald, there was noth
ing in that. They could change quicker than
tho Administration. Mr. Evans's idea of re
forming tho system wos to limit tho term of of
Sco to eight or ten years. Tho present polloy of
fe tenure had a tendency to divorce the peo
ple from tho Government. The rising genera
tion naturally felt that it hod no Interest in the
Government.
I "The Antl-CIvll Service Reform League was
represented ot the hearing1 by forme Hepresen
1 tatlve Bakjr ot New Hampshire. He wished to
cross-examine Mr. Evans, but the committee
concluded to refer the question as to his right to
do so to the full committee. The hearing was
1 then adjourned until Jan. 0.
, crowd at inn. white house.
OenatoH a Representatives aaa ta mat.
fjt ""'",'", About' Offices.
'Wjjniratnxm, Deo. 20-The number of Bena
I tors and Representatives who visited the Pres
I ldent to-day was Increased rather than dimln-
Uhedbythe fact that Congress has adjourned
for the holiday recess. The waiting room out
I aide .Secretary Porter's door was crowded all
I dayWrith men who wanted to see the President
about offices, and the Secretary's room was oo
H I onpled for several hoars with Congressmen
A) wslttng.thclr turns to bo admitted to the Presl
W dent's.ofnce.
HJ Representative Brossius, as Chairman of the
H subcommittee of the House Civil Service Com-
B -Jalttee to consider questions of repeal, talked with
B the President about the contemplated modlfl-
jH cations in the civil service rules. It was said
S3 , after this conference that the President does
mi I sot expect to give the subject ot the civil ser
W i Tloe any partloular attention during the recess
M , of Congress, and that no new order with refer
Wm,. ' enoeto the system is to bo expected lmmedl-
mwM ately.
f Senators Allison, Gear, McMillan, Kelson,
P Hoar, Hawley, Thurston, Baker, and Davis
Kt were received Individually by the President
jH during the day. 'Mnstof them called to) speak
r of small matters ot local office. Senators Gal-
V linger and Chandler of New Hampshire asked
the President to defer all appointments of New
PJ Hampshire men until after the Stato delegation
can meet to consider the subject.
"Attorney-General McKenna, accompanied by
R fanner Representative Coombs, a director of the
Hi k Paclflo railways, had a conference with the
Jf'N. President with regard to the approaching sale
J - of 'the Kansas Paclflc
1 Representative Johnson called to ask the
President to veto the bill passed by Congress
prohibiting pelaglo sealing ny citizens of the
united States. Other visitors were Representa-
Uvea McCleary, Taylor of Ohio, and Loud of
California. '
H) The President this evening assured a delega-
M tlon of visitors from Buffalo that be would send
TH to the Senate early next month tho nomination
H of Charles1 A. Orr ot that city to be pension
K agent for the Western dlBtrlct of New York. The
I party calling In Orr's Interest consisted of Rop-
(mk rssentatlves Alexander and Mahany of Buffalo.
District Attorner Emery P. Close, George E.
mm Matthows, and William L. Marcy. All oxcept
ami Matthews ware In favor of Orr's appointment.
j Tholntervlow with the President lasted for two
hours.
H , ,jtnrssux:a iir November.
H
J SIOO.OOO Lm Than Ijist Year, Altboasb In-
WM ternal Revenue Increased 81,3SX,037.
jH WBirmoTON, Dec 20. Although the total
receipts of tho Government last month were less
IH bylQO.000 than those of November, 1800, the
H collections of Internal revenue Increased consld-
H& erably. These collections amounted to ?13,-
H 050,200 last month. In tho same month a year
ago they wore $1'.',701.'JG0. Of last month's
1 oolletiqns. Bplrlts contributed 99,071,070, an
I lncreasa of $814,003 over tho receipts from the
same snutce In November of last year; to-
H baoco, S'.'.H 1,1I)7, Increaso $438,008: tormented
l liquors, ii'.VJ-lO.OO'.', decreano (1,001: oleomar-
Srorlne, Sl&i;340. Increaso 870,041; tilled cheese,
S2.201I, lnereno$l,(i51; miscellaneous, $34,700,
ncreasef 1,1)03.
WmW Clara Uarton Bnjm She lias list Been III.
H Wabiunqton, Dec. SO. Miss Clara Barton,
Hj PrceWout'of tho Red Cross Bocioty, is living at
WK Glen Echo, a suburb ot Washington, ten miles
aM from the capital. Tho headquarters of tho so-
111 clety aro at this point, which was formorly the
Billl summer homii of thn Chautauaua Society of tho
111) United States. To Tiik Su.v reporter wno vUIt-
Hiln ed her to-day Miss Barton expressed great sur-
l!ll prise at the reports of her serious Illness, that,
III judging from hrr dully mall, had spread broad-
ll cast over the country. Shu salil thut she had not
i,( been 111 ami does not expect to le. Shnlsat
ill) tending clally to tho work of thu lied Cross, and
Ul says lior licnlth Is as good ns could be expected
01 or wished for.
Hfl nuprfnt I'uurt Takes n Holiday Itrccss.
H WjtsillNoro.v, Dec. 'JO,-Tlio Supreme Court
H of tbo Unttud Stated, beforo ndjournmont for
PHft the holiday recess, reassigned a number of canes
f jL to the docket for ronrgument when tho new
I mm Justice hhull hato taken his plaeoon thu bench,
m but the Nebraska innximum frolght rate cases
ifJjH were not umoiig them. The Joint Ttalllo Asbo
WW elation case, involving the validity of that
BM organization under the Autt-Trust law, will bo
M heard Fob, ill.
WM Mrs. Fstrr Admitted to IheHupremet'ourt star
kV Washington', Doc. 20. Mrs. L. Ellen Foster,
rm the well-known temperance and political worker,
JH was to-day admitted to tho bar of tho Supremo
LH Court on tho motion of Mrs. 11. D. Mussey. Mrs.
fJM Foster is No. 10 of woman attorneys on the
JM seats of the court and the fifth to be admitted
'SwM ou tbo motion of a woman associate,
I.''
ILL. . aJJW.Aw , -..:.....l.
MAKtAKO'B 'JttSOXBTSATXOH.
A TetaHlf S.asl, Against B,eT ! Tear
Mimical BelielarshlB.; v - i
Camdiudob, Mass., Deo. !0. Tha Chrfcttnsf
vacation for Harvard students extends frctm
Dec. 23 to Jan: 2, Inclusive. Every student
required to register between 0 and 12 o'clock on
the morning ot Monday, Jan. 3. College exer
cises will be hold as usual on thattfay. Owing
to tho dolay In bringing out the catalogue for
1807-98, which will not be Issued before Febru
ary, a special Index, published bv tho univer
sity, was placed on sale this morning at
tho Cambridge bookstores. It shows that
the total registration is 3,821, as against 3,074
of last year. Tho officers of Instruction for the
present year number 447, ns follows: Professors,
80; associate professors, 3 assistant professors,!
37; lecturers. 15; tutors, 1 Instructors. 142;
assistants, 114; preachers, 0; curators and li
brary ofllcors, 14; proctors and other ofllcer,30.
It is expected that tho forthcoming cataloguo
will bo much larger than tho issue ot lastyoar,
which contained 080 pages.
Tho following assignments of scholarships at
the Harvard Medical School for 1807-08 have
just been inado:
BsrrlnKtr Scholarship No. 1 W. P. Orsrss, A. tt,
third clssi .
Iisso SwMtser Scholarship W. B. Csnnon, A. D.,
second class.
Clsudliii H. Jones Bcholsrshlp R. Collins, A. It,'
second class.
Durlnter Bcholsrshlp No. 2-M. Lsdd, A. B , fourth
class, .
Alfred nosmer Under Bcholsrshlp J. B. Uacrain,
A. U., fourth class.
Faculty bcholsrshtpi J. T. Csllshsn, third elsss)
II. CI. Wxer, A, n., second classt D. C. Qreene, Jr,
A. 11.. third clasii C. II. Turner, A. B., fourth class.
F.lneth SehoUrshlps II. L. ssntord, A. B.. soooad
elassi I.. It. O. Creadon, A, B., fourth clstst II. Ussly,
Jr.. second cists.
Kdwsnl ligletworth Bcholsrshlp F. H. nssklnt,
A. B., thlnl elsss.
Orlando W. Doe Bcholsrshlp O. O. Wllklns. third
elsss.
Charles Pratt Strong Scholarship C. B. Warmelee,
fourth elsss.
SXVAJj OltDEItS.
Leave or Absenea Revoked Chancea la ta
tleas and Dntlee of omefri
WAsniKOTON, Dec. 20. The unoxplred leaves
of absence granted u number ot naval officer
havo been revoked by Secrotary Long and or
ders Issued for thorn to report without delay at
new stations. There Is said to be nothing signifi
cant In tho orders beyond a purposo of the de
partment to have a number of places where
naval officers aro required filled at once.
To-day a number of changes in tho duties and
stations ot officers wero ordered, Including the
detachment of Commander E. C. Loutze from
duty with the Ninth Lighthouse district to tho
command of tho Alert, relieving Commander B.
8. Richards, who will remain under treatment
on the sick list. Commander G. C. Reltor has
been ordored tcduty as inspector of the Thir
teenth Lighthouse district at Portland, Or., re
lieving Commander J. P. Merrell, who is as-'
signed to the Newport War College. Lieutenant-Commander
C. O. Alllbonn has been de
tached from the Portsmouth, N. H.. Navy Yard
and ordered as Inspector of the Ninth Light
house dlstriot.
Tho unexpired leave ot Lieut. W. B. Whittle
sey Is revoked. Paymaster G. M. Read is de
tached from the Now York Navy Yard and
ordered to settle accounts. Medical Inspector
J. B. Parker Is relieved from the Portsmouth
Yard and ordered as amomber of the Examining
Board In Washington. The unexpired leave of
Ensign T. A. Trout is revoked, and be is ordered
to the Constollatlon. Medical Inspector J. Q.
Ayres Is ordered to Portsmouth. Ensign G. L.
P. Stone has been detached from the Puritan
and ordered to the New York. Chief Engineer
Webster is ordered to Immediate duty with the
Navy Department. The unexpired leave ot En
sign G. C. Day is revoked, and he Is ordered to
Cleveland, O.
Civil Engineer Prlngle is ordered to report at
the New York yard at once.
TO RELIEVE KZOXD1KE MIXERS.
Secretary Alger Acting Promptly la CarrrlDg
Out the Behene.
WabhinotoS', Deo. 20. Secretary Alger hod a
conference with Assistant Secretary Day ot the
State Department this morning about securing
permission from the Canadian Government to
send United Stages troops through Canadian
territory and for tho admission ot tho Klondike
relief supplies free of duty.
Negotiations with the Dominion authorities
will begin at once, and probably lead to an invi
tation to them to participate with the United
States In sending relief to the miners. Secret
tary Alger also sent a cable message to William
A. KJellmann. assistant superintendent of the
Alaska reindeer station, who is now in Alton,
Norway, within the Arctio circle, directing him
to purchase GOO reindeer and secure a number
ot Lapp drivers at onoe, and to notify the Secre
tary about the means of sending them to tha
United States.
Telegrams were sent by the Secretary to a
number ot business bodies throughout the coun-
try asking for information to enablo the depart
ment to secure evaporated potatoes and onions,
and concentrated meats and foods of all kinds,
to send to the starving miners.
norEHEirrs or war tessezo.
The Detroit at Pert an Prtnee The Torpedo
Boat Flotilla at St. Augnstlne.
WAsnrNQTON, Dec. 20. The Navy Depart
ment was notified to-day of the arrival of tha
crujser Detroit at Port au Prince, Haytl, this
morning. The cruiser Marblehead left Port
au Prince for Key West at 1 o'clock this after
noon. The torpedo boat flotilla, whose projected
manoeuvres In the Gulf ot Mexico caused such
a furor in Spain, has arrived at SU Augustine,
Fla.
The gunboat Newport, with the members of
the Nicaragua Canal Commission on board,
reached Port Llmon, Nicaragua, yesterday.
BOOKBZZZ MAT OO TO OUIXA.
Bryan's nomination Withdrawn and Tie Hay
Be Bent to Greece.
WABimtaTON, Dec. 20. Secretary Porter said
to-day that the President had withdrawn the
appointment of Charles Page Bryan to be Minis
ter to China. It Is eald that President McKln
ley has lately thought that the appointment of
Mr. Itockhlll to the Chinese mission. Instead of
Greece, and of Mr. Bryan to the latter country
would have been a highly satisfactory arrange
ment in tho light ot recent events, both In con
nection with Bryan's candldaoy and the state of
foreign affairs In China.
Poisoned by Mistake Attar She Had Passed
tho Century Mark,
Wabhikoton, Deo. 20. Lucy Collins, colored,
believed to havo been more than 100 years old,
died It her home in Georgetown, on Saturday
evening, from the effects of a dose of carbolic
acid administered by her granddaughter
through mistake. Tho old lady had been 111 sev
eral duys, and a bottle of medicine stood on tho
bureau alongside one of acid. In tho gloom the
grnnddaughter picked the wrong bottle, and
Mrs. Collins died shortly In great agony. Nearly
all of her life, in slavery and In freedom, she had
resided in the District of Columbia.
Fourth Class Pesttnnstero Appointed.
Washington, Dec. 20, Elghty-flve fourth
class Postmasters were uppolnted to-day, among
them tho following for New York: Bethany,
Genesee county, Ira Page; Hollywood, St. Law
rence county, A. C. Day; Jonosvllle, Saratoga
county, W. C. Shepard.
A lo. Year-Old Lnd Commits Suicide.
Wabuinoton, Dec 20. Frank Matthews, a
Virginian, 10 years ot age, employed as tho
driver of a milk wagon, committed suicide to
day by taking a daso of carbollo acid and lauda
num. An unhappy lovo affair Is supposed to
have been the cause of tbo act.
tilas Factories to Start Up.
Auexanduia, IndDoc. 20. Tbo three win
dow glnss factories of this city will resume
operations on Jan. 1, giving employment to
1,200 men.
Kokomo, Ind., Doc. 20. Tho 1.000 men who
were employed in tne Kokomo and Elwood plato
glass factories having accepted tho manufac
turers' proposition that polishers be puld for
piece work, tho big strike la ended. Both fac
tories start up this ucok. ,
Mattawoks Celebrate Consolidation.
The union of Now York and Brooklyn was
col o brat od by tbo Mattauok Democratic Club at
thu wigwam, Gales and Throop avenues, Brook
lyn, last night. There wore about ISO mombers
at tbo table. Addresses wero mado by Rufus
L. Scott, who presided; Bernard J. York, John
1,. Hhea, Andrew McLean, James I). Bell, A. II,
Trick, and W. H. Green.
Portrait or Jersey City's Ki. Majors Prrseatrd.
The City Hall Commissioners of Jersey City
havo decided to hang portraits of all the city's
ex-Mayors that can bo procured on the walls of
the assembly chamber. Tho portraits of John
II. Homar, who was Chief Executive away back
in tha early sixties, and Peter F. Wauser, who
retired from ofllco last May after serving nvo
years, were formally presented last nlghu
hMess tunnel plans.
ItAPlXi TRAHBIT COMMISSION OOJT-
Fjuta rrxrn' oojubaotosb.
Tryltte; toPlad Oat Hew Uerge a Bead They
Can osmr ta the Court ir They Find It Hope
leesta tlet a ejI8.000.000 Bsnd. Which
Mast Ran for Front Thlrty.flveto Fifty Year,
Tho Contraot Commltteo of the Rapid Trana
It Railroad Commission began yesterday the
work- ot -finding out what kind and amount of
security tho various syndicates of possible bid
ders for th' tunnel road can offer. Tho com
mittee consists of Aloxander E. Orr, Charles
Btowart Smith, nndGcorgo L. IUvos. Secre
tary Lowls" li Dclaflold, Lawyers A. B. Board
man and Edward M, Bhcpard. William L. Tren
holm, President of tho American Surety Com
panyl'Theodore Coopor, the well-known civil
engineer; Claronco Cary of Cary & Whltrldgo,
lawyers, of 50 Wall street, and a number of
others met tho committee in the rooms of the
Chatdbor of Commerce. It was declared that
satisfactory progress had boon made In getting
information.
Mr. Cooper and Mr. Cory admitted yester
day that they represented syndicates which
wero preparing to bid upon the contract to
build and oporato tho proposed road, if tho mat
tor ever got so far. Bosldes preparing a list of
securities which tho contractors may bo able
to offer, the Commltteo on Contraot Is also hav
ing list made up showing tho amount and char
actor of .the bonds or securities which have been
exacted from contractors here and abroad nnd
those "exacted .from the greatest flducinry offi
cers Of the World. ... .
After' reading over tho opinion of tho Appel
late Division and tho language of section 34?
of tho Rapid Transit Railroad act, the lawyers
for the commission are nrottv well convinced.
it Is Bald, that tho court meant to apply, tho
Bl 5,000,000 bond requirement to tho wholo
term of tho contract for both building and oper
ating tho road. This contract, under the law,
must, run from thlrty-flvo to fifty years. Even
If tho court could be persuaded to modify tho
Blzo ottho bond, tho law docs not appear to leave
the. Rapid Transit Railroad Commission any
option, except to obtain a continuing bond.
Section 34 says:
"The I person, Tlrmor corporation so con
tracting for tho construction, equipment, main
tenance and operation of said road shall give
a bond to said city In such amount ns said
Board of Rapid Transit Railroad Commis
sioners may rcqulro anil with Buretlos to bo
approved by said board, who shall Justify in
tho aggregate In doublo tho amount of said
bond. Bald bond shall boa continuing se
curity and shall provldo for tho prompt pay
ment by said contracting person, firm or cor
poration of the amount of annual rental speci
fied In tha aforesaid contract nnd also for the
faithful portormanco by said contracting per
son,' Arm pr corporation of all tho conditions,
covenants and requirements specified and pro
vided for in said contract." .
The risks of construction are provided against
separately in tho law, for the somo section pro
Tides that in addition to tho bond Just spoken
of $1,000,000 shall bo placed in the hands of
the. cltV) Chamberlain by tbo contractor, and
that this shall be returned when tho road shall
havo been fully constructed and equipped and
the operation of tho read shall have actually
boon begun, and tho interest which the $1,000,
000 has earned In tho mean tlmo is to bo
credited to the rental account of tho contractor.
Tho wholo chance, then, of the Rapid Transit
Railroad Commission being ablo to go ahead
with its present plans rests upon what tho
members of the commission Itself and its coun
sel havo sold Is Impossible tho gcttlngof a $10,
000,000 continuing bond or In inducing tho
Appellate Division to review itself and reduce
the amount of tho bond to perhaps $3,000,000.
Until tho commission has had a reasonable
opportunity to comply with the requirements
of the prevailing opinion of tho court, tho op
posing parties can do nothing toward having
an order entered. If, howover, no action bo
taken for such a time as to indicate to the court
that the commission has no Intention to comply
with the stipulation regarding tho bond oris
unablo to comply, tho lawyers for tho property
holders will move to enter an order which
would virtually end the tunnel plans.
CHRISTMAS XturAX XURJtB XTF.
ns 'Will Spend the Holidays, as Caaal, In the
tVorkhonoe.
"Christmas Duval" was In Centre Street Court
yesterday on a charge of disorderly conduct.
His presence relieved the polloe of the court
quad, the keepers of the Tombs and the keep
ers of the workhouse of much worry, as they
feared that he was dead. For Christmas Duval
was a week lato in making his appearanoe.
Ct)rlst.TOaB"PuvorB real name is George, ns
is'40 years' old, and tradition has it that years
ago he was a painter by trade. For the past
nine years ho has spent his Christmas In tho
workhouse. Always in the past he had himself
arrested two weeks before the holidays, and it
was his lateness in appearing in court that caused
tho anxiety about him. Ho is one of tho star
members of the Panhandlers' Benevolent and
Proteotlve Association, which has its head
quarters on Cherry street. On Sunday night
Duval forced Policeman McCarthy of the Oak
street station to arrest him for bis persistent
soliciting of alms along Park row. In court yes
terday he explained his case to Magistrate Kud
llch. " I believe, your Honor," said he, " that every
man should celebrate Christmas. It Is his duty
to do so. Now, I always celebrate mlno by going
to the workhouse, whom I can get a warm meal
and have warm lodgings."
"Ill send you to the workhouse since you
wish it," sstd Magistrate Kudlich,
" I thank your Honor, and I wishyou a merry
Christmas and a 'felicitous New Year," said
Christmas Duval, as he bowed to the Magistrate.
" That stands mo good for 180 days' shelter
and a fat Christmas dinner," chuckled Duval as
ho was led away toprison.
BCnOOXER X.VGY OS A REEF.
Ultle Hope or Bavlna the Vessel or Her Cargo
or Coal.
' GnmtNPOrtT, L. I Dec. 20. The big three
masted schooner Lucy, Copt. J. D. Nlckorson,
was dashed on a sunken reef near Plum Island
at 0 o'clock yesterday morning. The Lucy had
a cargo ot about COO tons of coal, which was
loaded at Philadelphia and consigned to parties
east Sag Harbor. Yesterday morning at 0 o'clock
while In tho Sound north ot Plum Island the
vessel was suddenly overtaken by a fierce squall
from tho northwest,' Capt, Nlckerson lost his
reckoning, and the shlpwas allowed to run for
what appeared to be tho main ship channel be
tween Gull .Island and the eastern point of
Plum Island.
The coast in this vicinity is covered with Jag
ged rocks, which form an Immense sunkon reef.
It was on tho outcr.lcdge of rocks that tbo Lucy
plunged In broad daylight with all sails Ber,
Capt, Nlckerson was not aware of his danger
until n crashing of tho boat's timbers was heard.
Tbo crow of.ftvo men wero pnnlo strlckon, and
rushed for tho rigging, oxpecting tho boat to
sink. As dho became more firmly Imbedded
among tbo rockB.tho hazardous work ot taking
in the sails in 'tbo blow required tho united
ofTorte or tho entire crew on each sail. All night
the crow remained, on board, and this morning
the first nuw'd. from tho boat reached the main
land when 'the passenger steamer Manhanset
arrived bero,wlthi Cupt, Nlckorson, who hod
been taken'off by a boat from tho Manhanset.
Nlckerson sent despatches to his employer, and
tugs will bo sont to tho place from New London.
Tho vessel lies on tho north side of Plum Island
about one-eighth of a mile from Old Silas rock.
Thero is a holo twenty feet long In tho bottom
of her hull, A northeast snow ntorm prevails
to-night, and thero is little hopo of saving the
vessel or her cargo.
WAS trA'O1 KICKED TO liKATUt
Coroner tfssoo Thinks Bo, and tho Feester
Brothers Are Held.
An autopsy yesterday on tho body of Thomas
Lynch, who died on Saturday evening at his
home, 140 Bayard street, Williamsburg, Bhowod
that death was due to bemorrbago and peri
tonitis. Coroner Nason thinks a kick in the
groin brought on Lyncb's injuries, Frank and
Jacob Fesslur of 75 Wytho avonue wero ar
raigned yesterday in thu Leo Avonuo Polloe
Cdurt and committed without ball for a hearing
next Tuesday, Lynch was employed in Tuttle
& Bailey's pattern shop at Wytho avonue and
North Eleventh street. Jacob Fessler is em
ployed In tho same place. A week ago yester
day the inon hail u dispute, and In tho evening,
af tor leaving the building, they resumed it, and
It is alleged that Lyncli wus thrown down,
Fcssler's brother, Frank, It was s.ild in court,
tried tu act us peacemaker. Both prisoners de
nied striking Lynch.
CUOUED TO HEATH AT SUPPER,
A Piece or lifer lodged In an Elderly Nan's
Throat,
Peter Sweeney of 223 East Forty-fourth
street choked to death last night at the supper
table. Sweenoy, who was a widower, 61 years
oln, lived with his brother John,
When bo returned from work last night John
cooked him a supper of fried liver, to which be
sat down at 8:30 o'clock. He choked on the first
mouthful, and died within five minute. .
MsfaBsmwBmWBHe
hvztxr xir BRApt ron 1$ mokxmb.
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McBeaatd inanity Bird-Man Who (hot His
Bxoaeratea by a Coroner's Jury.
Coroner Tnthlll and a Jury held an Inquest yet- ;
terday In the case ot James McDonald ot 8 Caro
line street, who died' on April 20 in Bellevuo ,
Hospital ot abscess of tha brain, resulting from
pistol-shot wound.
McDonald was tho man who went around fat
a year and a halt with a bullet In his brain and
astonished tho learned professors at the New
York- Academy of Medicine. Ho was a laborer
and was working in tho Slogol-CSopor Company
building, then in course of erection at Eighteenth
street and Sixth avenue, when ha was shot.
McDonald got Into a row with th foreman ot
tho building on Oct, 2, 1805. After' hit, death
hit wlfo told the police that her husband was
shot by a watchman in tbo building, named
James Cassidy. She said that Casstdy, Inter
, fered In tho quarrel and shot her husband in tho
leftlemplo. . . . .. ., ... . ,
Cassidy wat arrested at tho time ot the shoot
ing, but discharged in the pollco court. In tbo
meantlmo McDonald was taken to Bellevuo
Hospital, where his skull was trtphlned. He
subsequently left tho hotpltal without the bul
let being extracted. The prosenco of the bullet
In his brain did not seem to Intortere with Mc
Donald's general condition, and ho went about
in apparently good health,
Ho was takon to Hudson Street Hospital on
March 0. and Superintendent Knowles located
tho bullot In tho skull by means of an X-ray-photograph.
Whon McDonald died Coroners'
Physician O'Uanlon made an autopsy and found
the bullot, ... . ,.
Cassidy took tho stand yesterday, and said
that McDonald trled-to hit him with a heavy
bar, and that whllo ondeavorlng to protect him
self tho pistol went oft accidentally and shot
McDonald In tho left tomole. The X-rar photo
graph of the bullet was exhibited to tho Jury.
The Jury returned a verdict, that " McDonald
camo to his death bv the dischargo ot a revolver
In the hands ot James Cassidy, whom wo ex
onerate from all blame on the ground that the
said wound wat inflicted In self-defense."
KID M'GOT ROVQIIZ.T HANDLED.
Aetor-nnrslar Thrown Down Stairs ror Beat
lag His Wire.
Kid McCoy, the actor-burglar, not the prize
fighter, wat injured in n Park row saloon brawl
yesterday afternoon. It was at first supposed
that ho was mortally hurt, but ho Insisted on
quitting Hudson Street Hospital last night de
spite the remonstrances of the physicians.
McCoy's fame as a burglar, according to Act
ing Captain McClusky, is principally derived
from the melodramatic manner In which ho and
bis fellow actor, Splko Honnessy, blow open a
safe every night for two years In tho third act ot
"The Stowaway." 'ihoKidhos been in prison
in the West, and has had an excellent practical
education In the art of picking locks. In tho
playbills the Kid was extensively advertised aa
''reformed." When tho drama ran Its courso
and thero was no further demand for "a real
burglar to crack a real safe In full view of the
audience "McCoy came precious near to being
a beggar.
A little more thonayearngoh'ebegan peddling
a contrivance of twisted copper wire, which, ho
said, could be used to make any lock safo from
picking. He went from saloon to saloon giving
exhibitions which tended to prove tho fallibility
ot locks that wero not fortified with bis eafoty
dovlce.
Lately McCoy has been working In the World
Hotel, 140 Park row, where many of his kind
live. McCoy's wife has been employed there for
a month or more to do such cleaning as wbb ab
solutely necessary. Onco In a long whllo Mo
Coy himself would do scullion work about the
saloon.
Yesterday, as tho story was told beforo Magis
trate Wentworth In the Centre Street Court,
McCoy went to the hotel nnd demanded money
from his wife. Ho was drunk and Inclined- lo
brutality. He struck Mrs. McCoy several times,
and Mrs. McGlnnls. who camo upon the scone,
called for help. Her husband responded to tho
appeal, and atter kicking McCoy down stairs
belabored him on the sidewalk with a bouncing
club. Ho was arrested later and held in $2,000
bail.
OUM BLOT MACHINES ROBBEX.
A Boy or lo Caaaht Breaking Oae with ot
Jimmy Held ror Trial,
Sixty-three Blotmachincs for dispensing chew
ing gum at one cent a hunk wero broken open
in various parts of tbo city last week, and the
cash contents wero abstracted. Over ISO have
been despoiled in the past three weeks, and the
machine company has had sleuths watching
its property to try to catoh the thieves. Over
$100 must have been realized by thero, as each
machine contains one dollar's worth of gum.
Roscoe Dewey, 10 years old. of 139 Eighth av
enue, wos held for trial yesterday in tho Jeffer
son Markot Court on a charge ot attempting to
rob one of the machines In front ot an Eighth
avenue shop. N. R, Ward, ono of the company's
sleuths, alleged that he saw the boy trying to
force the machine open with a Jimmy on Satur
day. Several other boya were with Dewey, but
they escaped. ,
Dewey's mother, who was In court, said that
the boy was good and obedient and her only sup
port, out he was locked up in default of $100
Ball for trial.
WOOD ALCOHOL KILLS TWO WOMEN.
They TTere Both Cbarcee at the Poor Farm In
FlstnOeld, M. J.
PlaihiteU), N. J., Dec 20. Ann Kelly and
Mary Balrd, 05 and 80 years old respectively,
charges at tho poor farm, died tboro to-day
from the effects of drinking wood alcohol. Tho
charges have a day out once a month. Satur
day was Mrs. Kelly's day out, and she loft the
poor farm oarly In the morulng. She returned
at 3 o'clock under the Influence of liquor, and
was put to bed. She was unconscious all day
Sunday, and as she had not regained conscious
ness this morning the city physician was called
in. She died at 10 o'clock.
A bottlo which bad contained wood alcohol
was found beside her bed. Miss Balrd was found
this morning In the same condition as Mrs. Kel
ly, and at 0 o'clock this evening she died.
LA NORMANDIE HITS LUOANXA.
Drifted Against the Big Cnnarder at Her Pier
and Stove a Boat.
The French line steamship La Normandle
docked yesterday morning at the south side of
her pier at the foot of Morton street. North
River, a short block above the Cunard steam
ship Lucanla. Two tugs assisted the French
shlu to got Into her berth. The tide was rushing
out. The warping hawsor of the Normandle
parted und sho drifted down against the storn
ot tho Cnnarder. Before the tugs could got con
trol of the French liner her starboard side had
smashed against tbo Lucanla. The Normandlo'
lost about twenty feot ot ber upper starboard
rail, abaft the beam, and a few stanchions and
ono of her lifeboats was stove. The Lucanla
was not damaged and nobody was hurt.
This week
$2,50 and $3 Hats
for $175,
Every Hat has our trade
mark, which in itself is a guar
antee of worth.
J 3th St. store open evenings until Chrbtrru.
HACKETT, j Broadway,
carhart sr,ra.,
OS Ut ) Noitr Chain bora.
HOLIDAYS,
MACKINTOSHES.
CAMP & BERRIAN,
17 MAIDEN LANE, K, Y.
TUB OS.U ItULIABLK UUUBKB ITOBH.'
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PMK-POJLICE PROMOTIONS.
i
A, SKCONX. 'CAPTAIN AND TBKXB
MORE SERGEANTS APPOINXJOi,
Capt. nitpatrlck to Blvlde tho Commend with
.Cast. Collins Deeerallaas for tha Melrosel
Han Musenm's Mew VHng-Pronoeen Iforlc
n th Pnhlla Field en Jerome Avenne.
Tho rark. Board,- In excoutlvo nesslon yester
day, promoted Sorgcant Hugh Flupatrlck ot
tW Park police; who is now statlonod at Clare
mont, to tho rank of Captain. Heretofore Capt.
Collins has had solo chargo ot the rark police,
hut.now.bo will divide his command with CapU
FlUpatrick, who will probably bo' assigned to
the parks north! tho Harlem River. The new
Captain was appointed n patrolman in 1870,
and-soven years later tho board of which John
D. Crimmlni was tho President made hlra a ser
geant, Capt, Fltzpatrlck is a veteran of tho
olv.ll war. '
The board also created tbreo new sergeants
by -promoting Roundtmon Hubert L. Howard,
Martin Qllmartln, and John Wilson, and six
now. roundsmen by raising Patrolmen Isoao A.
Train, John D. O'Brien, John T. SmlthMIohaol
Madden. Thomas L. Monoghon, and John Mur
phy.to that runk. After Jan. 1 the JPnrk forco
wlll'bo merged into tho metropolitan police,
and Its control .will pa&s from tho Park Board
to tho Polloo Commissioners of Greater New
York.
In the open meeting which preceded the ex
ecutive scsslbn Carl Bitter, tho sculptor, of
' fered lo muko four models for the exterior deo
orattoh of tho new oast wing of tho Metropoli
tan Musoum "of Art for $4,800 and to enrvq
them for t000, if marblo is usod, or 81,000 If
ot Indiana Ilrnestono. Ho also offered to roako
tho models of six medallions four feet in diam
eter for 93,OO0,and to carvo them in marble for
S1.200 or in limestone for 81,000. Tho pro
posals were rliadp through It, M. Hunt, who is
tbo architect ortho building. Thoy wore re
ferred to the trustoos of the museum for ap
proval. 1 Mr.. Hupt alto sent in tho names of tho fol
lowing engineers to assist In tho supervision of
the construction of the new wing: For struc
tural 'work and foundations, Lewlnson & Just:
for heating, ventilation, nnd machinery. Alfred
Wolff; for electrical installation, Vattlson
Bros.; for plumbing work, Henry Dickenson.
Commissioner Mitchell objected to their ap
pointment. "I don't know whether or not It
Is Just right to pay these men for supervision
when we havo an architect who gets 0 per cent.
of the total cost ot the work," ho said.
Experts como high, but wo must have
them, romorked President McMillan, and tha
engineers namod wero appolntod.
The Itev. Dr. E. J. Holt, pastor of St. James s
Episcopal Church, asked the board to'tako tho
necessary steps to Improvo tho public field on
Jerome avenue, between tho Klngsbrldgo and
Fordham roads. A law was passed by the Leg
lBlaturo last year authorizing the improvement,
and Dr. Holt asked that the field be raised to
the grade of Jeromo nvcnuo and a fence built
nrobnd It. A resolution was adopted asking
the. Board of .Estimate to appropriate 825,000
for tho'lmpravement.
SEARCH FOR THE SERIS.
Tain Efforts of a SI eslean Party to Find tha
Will Satires.
nEiuiosn.LO, Mexico, Bee. 20. Capt Pedro
II. SllVa of tbo Moxlcan Army, who was com
missioned by tho Government to viBlt Tiburon
Island and Investigate the recent massacre of
a crow that landed there, has returned to Guay
mas and forwarded tho following report to Gen.
Foilpo Berrlozabal, Secretary of War:
"On the night of tho 11th Capt. Andres Bar
bosa, n First Lieutenant and a Second Lieu
tenant reported to mo for duty at tho head ot
fifty , soldiers. On the 12th everything was
ready and wo set sail. The District Judge and
his personnel were on board. Wo arrived at
Tiburon Island next day. Tbo pilot, Juan
Sanchez, informed mo that thero existed a
ranchcria near tho placo whera tho ship was
anchored. I ordered the troops to take to tho
boats and Jand In ordor to Burpriso the Indians.
"Whon wo reached the shore I gave orders to
proceed with all necessary precaution, so that
our object might bo accomplished. Following
tbo route indicated by our guide, theranrherla
was reached at 11 P. M., but tho place was
abandoned,' probably some days before.
"Atter a careful search nothing of Impor
tance was found except arrows and other
trinkets in common 'Use among Indians. Con
tinuing our march toward tho'north we camo
across other ranchorlas, but these, too, were
abandoned. In one ot theso wo found pieces of
letters and newspapers, two novels printed in
English and several other books in a state of
dilapidation.
"At midnight wo went on board, nnd early
noxt morning we continued our exploration
and all daylong wo came across rancherlas,
but all wcreZompty and no Blgns of having
been occupied for soveral days were found.
However, near one of theso ranchorlas we dis
covered pieces of burnt wood, which upon ex
amination proved to be boards'Jrom the sides of
tho vessel World, and on these pieces of wood
tho words, "World, San Dlcgo,' could be read.
"Other small objects were found buried in the
Band, and near one of tho huts a pair of shoos,
of American make and half worn, to; discov
ered. All of these objects were turned over to
tho DlBtrlct Judge, and tho exploring party con
tinued toward the ranchoria known as "El Te
comate," but nothing of importance was dis
covered, and in order to'call the attention of the
troops accompanying the expedition I ordored
them to set the huts on flro.
"Near Tccomato wo camo across some In
dians, but as they aro well acquainted with the
mountain trails thoy ran away, and wo lost
Bight ot them. BythlB tlmo It was dark, so we
went on board. Next morning we set sail
toward the cast with the hope of finding tho
trail of tho Indians, but our efforts wero fruit
less. AlI.thrOugh our expedition we did not find
any cluo that might lead us to tho discovery ot
the nssaultod Americans, Seeing that all our
cITorts wero frustrated, I sot mil for Giiaymas,
arriving at that place on the 17th Inst."
PllUbvra Gaa Companies Consolidate.
Prrrsnuuo, Dec 20. As a result of negotia
tions which have been pending for three years,
plans for tho" 'consolidation of all the gas com
panies of PlttBhurg and Allegheny were com
pleted to-ddv. Tho now company will havo a
capital ot 8S.000.000, and will build a new plant
in Pittsburg to cost 8300,000.
Sheep Rangeo Burned Over.
Bah Antonio. Tex., Dec. 20. Advices were
received here to-day that the prairie fires are
still raging in Edwards and adjoining counties
vt est of here. A range upon which 78.000 head
of drifting sheep were wintering has been
destroyed.
West 14th St
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TAAOtMASK NV
Q "RELIABLE"
CARPETS
OUR CHRISTMAS CARGO.
Our holiday ship arrived somo tlmo ago,
and was securely moored to our Christmas
dock. She Is still licavlly'trelghted with a
wonderfully rich cargo. Carpets and rugs,
both domestic and Oriental, aro at "low
tariff" prices. Furniture bargains as fresh
nnd cheering as tho balmy trade winds
which wafted the Christmas vessel safely
into this port.
PARLOR SUITES B pea.)
(in Silk Tapestry),
$22.50.
Roam Tfhero you will aboard our holiday
ship, from stem to stern or from hold to
topmast, now goods, now Ideas, and new
inspirations for holiday glfta will greet
you,
"Long Credit" makes it quite unneces
sary for you to pay the freight until fully
convenient.
OPEN EVENINGS.
CASH on CREDIT
(OWPERTHWAIT 8k
104-. 106 nnd 108 West 14 St.
NEAR 6-AV.
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COLVMRIA'S JVNXOS DANCE.
The Christmas Ball Clvea at them kinder
Mistletoe and tha College Colore.
The annual Christmas ball ot tha junior class
ot Columbia University waa given last night at
Bherry's. Heretofore these dances have taken
place in tho old Columbia College building.
Nojlt yoar and thereafter tho gymnasium of the
new Columbia Unlvorslty will bo the ballroom.
It was not completed so that It could be tho
scene of last night's dance, and President Beth
Low, it seems, was not disposed to have the
library used for rovelry. List night's dance
was both a social and a pecuniary success. More
than GOO tickets were sold, and this moans a,
deal ot substantial aid for untversltv athletics,
Tho ballroom was decorated with bannersnnd
trophies won by teams and crews of Columhla
Collcgo. From tho centre ot the domed coiling
hung n hugo bunch of mistletoe, and fastened
abovo it were Innumerable streamors of the
collcgo colors, blue and whlto, which radiated
around the walls of tho ballroom. Part of tho
Bovcnth Regiment band, led by Neyor,, was sta
tioned up In tho western gallery. Dancing was
Informal, and there wero a great many numbors
on tho cards. Supper was served from 11 until
1 o'clock, ,
Tho committee consisted ot Edward Lansing
Batterleo, Julian Apploton Mahan, Edward,
Stowort Moffat, Jr., Frederio Ashton do Peyster,
James Duane Pell, Charles Howard Elmer,
Arthur Aloxander Fowler, Harold Doyle Oddle,
Frederlok Hevell Kneeland, Bradford 'Darrach,
Jr., Henry Cameron Eldert, Henry Schrooder.i
Horace Cutler Oravos and Hugh JlcCulloh
Blrckhead, Chairman.
Among tho young women present were Miss
Josephlno Drexol, Miss Maizle Delaflold, Miss
Janet Henderson, Miss Beatrice do Coppet,
Miss Martha Townsend, Miss Janet de Kay,
Miss Nathalie Moss, Miss Ladd, Miss Graham,
Miss Darrow, Miss Helen Bahler, Mies Mltchara,
Miss Daisy Grinnoll. Miss Angelica Schuyler
Church, Miss Bartholomew, Miss Julia li. Dela
flold, Miss Hope Drake, Miss Brlgham, Miss
Carola Eldlltz, Miss Julia Rogors, Miss Una
Boloy, Miss Mills, Miss Florence Jacquolln,
Miss Domlnlck, Miss Groves, Miss Emily
Hawes, Miss Sara Thompson, Miss Alice
Sands, Miss Bertha Mundd, Miss Fellowes,
Miss Margaret Nlcoll, Miss Cornelia King,
Miss Koycs, Miss Edith Jay, the Misses do
Poystor, Miss Edith Gould. Miss Dorothy Hlg
ginson. Miss Fanshawe, Miss Boardman, nnd
Miss Crosby. Among tho men wero 8l 'Nichol
son Kane, Stuy vesant Fish Morris, Jr., J. V. 8.
Oddle, -Jr., Qoelet Gallatin, 8. T. Bowers. Copt.
Longacre of tho 'varsity crow, Mortlmor Fuller,
Bonjamin Flncke, II. Evelyn Plerropont, Jr.,
Kudolph Neeser, Henry Simons, Franklin
Batchollor, Hugh Adams, Johnston De horrost,
Henry A. Schroeder, Llndtley, Tappin, Jr.,
Nicholas Lcnssen. J. T. Williams, H. G. Hersh
field, a S. Ualght, W. B. Symmes, Jr., Guy Car
roll, Louts iSoutback, Munson Morris. Arthur
Comstock, T. F. Stevens, Philip Gardiner, Her
bert N. Rawlins, and J. N. Gallatin.
Among tho many patronesses woroMrs. James
Bcnkard, Mrs. Wilbur Bloodgood, Mrs. Daniel
Buttorfleld, Mrs. John Cabot, Mrs. Thomas B.
Clarke, Mrs. Edward F. Coward, Mrs. John E.
Cowdln, Mrs. C. Vanderbllt Cross, Mrs. Jullen
T. Davles. Mrs. John V. Dahlgron, Mrs. G.
B. De Forest. Mrs. Frederio de PeyBtor,
Mrs, Johnston do Peyster, Mrs. Cornelius
Fellowes, Mrs. Wllilarrl It, Grace, Mrs. J.
Hooker Ilamersley, Mrs, Borden Harrimun. Mrs.
Charles It. Huntington, Mrs. Clarcnco Hyde,
Mrs. Edward L.Keyes, Mrs. David King, Mrs.
W. O. Langdon. Mrs. Seth Low, Mrs. Edward
V. Low, Mrs. Thomas M. Markoo, Mrs. Leon
Marrtf, Mrs. Newbold .Morris. Mrs. Henry Parish,
Mrs. Alfred Pell, Mrs. Walden Pell. Mrs. R,
Hopes, Sirs. F. Lo Hoy Sattcrloe, Mrs. C. 8. Van
Rensseluer, Mrs. George G. Ward. Mrs. Georgo
E. Waring, Mrs. Hamilton F. Webster. Mrs.
William Seward Wobb and Mrs. Buchannn
Wlnthrop. The patrons Included Seth Low,
Chauncey M. Depew, Prof. CharlCB F. Chnndlor,
Prof. William M. Sloane and Dean John R. Van
Amringo.
BLAZE ON ELEVATED TRAIN.
Package er Celluloid Combs Pat Under the
Seat Fired by the Ueator.
There was some excitement among passen
ger on two cars of an elevated railroad train
that pulled into tho Twenty-eighth street down
town station ot tho Sixth avenue lino about
11:30 o'clock yesterday morning, and, when
the train stopped, the people watting on tho
station platform, which was well filled, shared
in it, for thoy saw smoke' coming through tho
door and windows of the iast car of the train.
Passengers on that car and tne ono noxt to it
pnshod and crowdod ono another off tho train,
and guards hurried into the car to attend to
whatever was the trouble. Two policemen,
who had seen the smoke Issuing from the last
car, came up to tho station.
Nobody could toll atjlrat what was the mat
ter. There was no flro in tho car and nobody
could bo found who had seen any. but thero had
been a great puff of suffocating smoko in the
forward end of the car and everybody in It had
been badly frightened. They all got oft the car
as fast as they could, and the guards found only
some smouldering paper, which thoy stampod
out. This was near tbo door.
The guards saw among the passongors a much
scared 10-year-old boy, a messenger for Thomas
J. Taylor, a tortoise shell and celluloid comb
manufacturer, of 401 (Broadway, who had a
package under his arm. He bad had two
packages. They contained celluloid combs of
various patterns, tho samplos of Sir. Taylor's
city salesman, who bad Bent tho boy downtown
with them. Tho boy had put tho packagos
partly under tho catCseat to get them out of the
way, as tho train was full. Between tho Thirty-third
and Twenty-eighth street stations one
package ot the combs exploded or ignited, at
any rate combustion took placo In it, and tbo
car was filled with tho smudge In a jiffy.
Tho boy, with his wholo package, continued
blstjourney on tho train on which ho had started
and turned up ot his employer's deoply agl
tuted and wholly unablo to explain what had
happened. Ho knew only that there had boon
an explosion, no Maine, lots of smoko and some
scared pisscngers. Including himself, und that
there was nothing left of ono of his packages
of combs except tho charred paper and ashes.
Tho other package was unharmed. Tho boy
was not hurt. Ills clothes were not damaged.
They smelted somowhat ot tho celluloid smoke.
Tho elevated car was not dnmagod and was
continued In service during tho day.
Tbo first suggestion as to the cause of tho
accident was that tho heat of the steam pipe
under the car Beat was moro than the celluloid
would stand. English cable despatches some
months ago told of a voung woman passenger
on a railway train in hnglund nbo was burned
to death In a carriage of thu train as n result ot
tho explosion of her celluloid hair comb. Thoro
have been various stories and some denials of
tho exploslveness of celluloid, which Is a com-
IHiund of gun cotton nnd camphor. It is used to
mltato tortolso shell as vell as Ivory.
Sehooner I T. TVhltmore Wreaked.
PnovrnENCE, R. I.. Dec 20. The threo-masted
schooner L. T. Whltmoro, Capt. Haley, bound
for New York from St. John, N. B., with a cargo
of 300,000 feet of deals for Simpson & Clapp,
struck solidly on Cntumb. midway tho easterly
I end of FlBbcr'a Island and Watch Hill, nt U
I o'clock this morning. A hugo hole was stovo In
I her bottom and sho rapidly filled with water.
i 'ilia crow ot seven men wero lauded at Watch
I Hill by Capt. Davis and his life savors.
The Weather.
The pressure was low In the Ohio Valley yetterdsy,
where a storm wss developing. It wss rslnlng In all
the Southern Statu. Rnow and rain fell In the Ohio
Valley sud lo pen ot the middle Atlsntto States,
and snow In the lake region, the upper Mississippi
Valley, South Dekota, Jlonuua,' sua Utsh, Fair
weather prevailed on the Pacific coait Htstoi, with
llf lit frost at Hsu Francisco and I.oi Angeles.
Tbe cold ware touohad Its lowest point In the mid
dle Atlantic and New England States yraterdar morn
ing, and wss rapidly niorlng eastward. Tbn tem
perature hsd litea 10 to KO' la all the central States,
and a similar rise is likely to take place In this sec
tion to-day.
In this city the day was thrcatentng.wt tb snow in the
afternoon anddeniofog toward night. It was the cold
est day of the winter so far, Tbe temperature touohed
10,6 at 7 A. M. highest, 28" average humidity 71
peroent.; wind nortb to northeast, avcrago velocity
lOmllea an houri barometer, corrected to read to tea
level, at 8 A. it. 30. US, !l P. M. SO.IB.
Tho thermometer at the United States Weather Bu
reau registered the tcrapertituroycsterday as follows:
1807, 1UII0.I 1807, 1H0O.
0A.M.. .. 17' i)7 6P.M !
ISM SM' 881 UP. M 31- illl
3p.M,. . uo'iiaiiid ,....! ao
WiSIIIXOIOX rOKKCAST KOn TDESDAV.
For Now England, snow or rain, clearing In western
portion! southerly wluds, Lecomlug southwesterly.
For tatttrn .Vie lVrlr, ra$tern Vnmjileanfu, and
NtwJtrntv, nifn or tnow. cltartna Tutiday titsr
noon ; $outhrutterlv iftntti, becoming northwesterly.
For the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware,
and Virginia, rstu, elearlugby uoonisoulhorly wln.'s,
becoming northwesterly.
For weitern Pennsylvania and western New York,
rain, followed by fair In the afteraoom light rrit
erly to noithwestcrly winds.
1 flu
Holiday Sale , IN
.of. . .. JIN
Oriental & IN
Domestic Rugs. ' IN
Antique a?id '" j W-W
Modem Riigsr B
.$6,758 $".' 1
Smyrna Carpets IH
size 6x9 ft. Wmmm
$8.50, -,:; I
formerly tlMS. igJJ
Royal Wilton Rugs ;' J $11
7-size 2 ft. 3 in. x 4 ft. 6 in. - tVH
size 2 ft. 9 in. x 5 ft. 6 in,-' ,, ijlfl
'$4-25- I m
Lord& Taylor i Wk
Broadway & 20th St. 4B
' iftHNl
- ' IN
' -ID
The deepest Tntrrns are tho sim- ,t - (UH
pleat. We've mado clothes for men for ?MB
moro than twenty years. We'vo chal- $mw
lenged comparison and successfully ijmmm
fought compotitlon. With that roputa- Slmmm
tion still behind us, we're doing mora ol
now than was ever dono In men's
tailoring. ' waR
Soft-finish Worsted and imported N mi
Clay diagonal or a dressy black Vt Wrnm
cuna Thibet coat and vest, with Bel WMm
glan striped trousers, for suits. Eer- SfnB
sevfl, Klvslan Beavers, Meltons and, Pmmt
Fr'lezo. Wool Casslmero lining, slllc fl
sleeves and shoulders, for overcoats, V uiH
TO ORDER, f :
$1 A II
JUST - JUST. ,
Full Dress Suits. """' m
Xo or- tCafaxaa 'iMM
der, lined with pure-dyo Lyons JI"i . ,
siik ......:.... & i$M
OPBKEV'OS UNTIL 7; SATURDAYS TJKTIL 10. ' 1 H
J. J. Oestreicherr M
IMPORTINO TAILOR.) Jj
L" BTATIOK AT DOOR. ,'1111
6TH AVE.C0R. 28th STj
Remington I
Typewriter, I m
$10 I 1
Today, Next Year
Indefinitely. 4
Quality Improving, price
unchanged. Tbe Standard 1 M
Machine at a standard price, i "j
at which our business steadily $
Increases. fi
WYCKOFF, SEAMANS & BENEDICT j j
327 Broadway, Now York, s ,'
I. .J
NEW ROCIIEU.E JIULLDOO CASE. f!
! ,
Artist Walker and I he H, I". C. A. Cauea er
aeant Powell's Arreat. '
New nociiBM.E, N. Y,, Dec. 20, Sergeant ff
Clarence C.Pouell of Battery II, U. 8. A., sto- &
tloned at Kort Slocutn, was arrested to-day on sv '-
warrant sworn out by a special agontof tbo 8c-
cioty for tbe Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ,
on complaint mado by U Dart Walker, an sr-
tlst llvliur at 17 I'ark View avenue. The com- '.
plaint alloires tbt Seriteiint Powell, while rid.' 3
Inir on a bicycle in Residence Park on Nov. Si.
shot Mr. Walker's Kngllali bulldog, innlinlngrio -;
for life Powell had u hcnrlnir this afternoon. ,:
Ho contends that bo stint tbo &at in self defence. A
and he asked for a trial by Jury. Tbe case waa '
adjournod until next Monday. fc
HAIR
HUMORS
Itclilnir, Irritated, iralr, crnited 6ealps, dry, thin,
sad fallluif llalr, deemed, purlfltd, aod beautl fLj
od ly warm itiaiupooi with Ccticcsj. Soar, -.vi
and occasional dreulno of Ccriccn, pornt of j:
emollient!, tbo greateil tkln curei. Of
(yticura
Trr.vtu.eiit will produca a clecn. lirtHtiy scalp
wltli luxuriant, luitrcui hair, when alt else full. &
Sold tbrotfboot th world. Pomi Pira i-p Cn-n. ijtft
Ctur , rUiU prii heftoQ Jn
07 How w )wluctj ..murttot Hair, niU4 tir. yjf;
SKINS OH FIRE WSSLZS JB

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