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VOL LXVI.-NO. 242. NEW YORK, SUNDAY, APRIL 80, 18 90. -COPYRIGHT, 1899. BY THE SUN PRINTING AND PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION.-TIIIRTY-TWO PAGES. PRICE FIVE CENTS. ' . ... . - - . . . -. . . . . - tH3 OTIS REFUSES A TRUCE. rxcosniTiosAL burbexder tijb OA.V TERMS FOB FILIPIXOS. President Sehurman of the Philippine Com. minion Talks with the Knvoys-They He turn to Agulnaldo with Gen. Otls's Re-plr-rullAiuuestr Promised It the Rebels l.sr Down Their Arm l Relief Hint the End ' Near Gen. MnrArthur's Praise of Col. Funston and IIU Knnsns Fight-trs-Lleut. GUlmore and IIU Men Alive. .'I inl Call DapatcA (a Tub Box. Manila. April 20-8:30 P. M.-Durlng the nference of tho Filipino emissaries with Major-lien. Otis yesterday tho Filipinos told Gea. Otis th.it they had been conquered, but did that they had nopowertosur-endorwlth-eut the authority of tho Filipino Congress. At the second conference, which took plaoe this rooming, in which Admiral Dowoy and Chair jiin Sehurman of tho American Philippines Commission participated, tho request of the FIUdIqos for a cessation of hostilities pending th convening of Coneress was renewed. Gen. 1 Otis eal.l that he had no authority to grant nn armistice on tho basis suggosted. The Fill- plno envoy returned through tho linos this afternoon, after taking luncheon with Mr. fthnrman. Gen. Otis, In his conference with the envoys. prom toed amnesty to all offenders, provided that tho Filipinos surrendered unconditionally. The at rearnnce of the Filipino Commissioners la the streets, driving; with Aide-de-camp Shi den, aroused thogreateat curiosity to-day. na tive! and foreigners alike rushing to tliolr window to ico them. The Commissioners tls.ted the Filipino wounded In the hospitals, talking: freely with them and glvinn each pa tient a half dollar. They expressed themaelvos at greatly pleased at their reception and treat ment. Col. Arcuelles. the senior envoy, was a mem ber of the Filipino commission appointed to treat with ths Americans last January. He aid he. believed that Lieut. GUlmore and the missing Bailors of the Yorktow'n were now prisoners in the hands of the Filipinos and were being brought across the Island from the vicloltr of Baler by their captors. This morning fifty pack mule and twenty wagons with supplies were sent to Gen. Law ton at Korea garay by way of Bocave. Chairman Sehurman of tho Amorlcan Phil ippines Commission. In nn Interview this after noon, ald that he had attended tho conference between tho Americans and tho Filipino en vois, and at the request of Gen. Otis had given expression to the sentlmonts of President Me Einley regarding the future government of the Philippine1. After this conforeneo closed Col. Arguelles requested a further conference with Mr. Sehurman alone. The request was granted and the conference lasted two hours. Arguol les began talking about independence and then about a suspension of hostilities, but Mr. hchurman declined to discuss those matters. Awuelles said he thought a suspension of hos tilities pending the convening of the Fili pino Congress and the discussion of the situa tion by that body would satisfy tho sentiment ol the Filipinos, siting peaco with dignity. Mr. Sehurman explained that the Insurgents were merely fighting for a constitution. They could. If their arms were laid down, now help the American Commissioners to framon scheme of government for recommendation to Presi dent McKinley, thus influencing tho deter mination of a future government, and giving them more dignity than a suspension of hos tilities w mid Mr. Sehurman, was requested fy Arguellcs to write to Agulnaldo, but he de clined to Jo so. Oil. Arguellcs improsed Mr. Sehurman as I eing sincere and honorable, but not as being conversant with the. secrets of the insurgent politicians. Arguelles's statements led Mr. Fehurman to believe that tho action of tho Filipinos in sending him and his fellow envoy into the American lines was the beginning of thetnd. Arguelles's mission. Mr. Sehurman said, had notsurprled him. as tho Commissioners bate held conferences with former Insurgent Cabi net officers, who last week advised Aguinaldo's leaders to lay down their arms, as their cause was hopeless. Gen. MacArthur said to-day that the forcing by the Americans of the Rio Grande do la Parn pan8a.au almost Impassable river, defended bra strong force which had a chosen position strongly Intrenohed. was a remarkable mili tary event, and must, in tho nature of things, produce a stronglnfluence upon the moral tone of the Insurgents, who regarded the direct passage of the river on their front Impossible. The oredltof tho achioveraent. ho said, was due to the splendid daring and ingenuity of Col. Funston of the Twentieth Kansas In fantry, under the skilful control and super vision of Gen. Wheaton. AQOSCII.LO TALK OF IXDEPEXDEXCE irt It Was Promised by Tills Government When ITe Wanted rillplno Aid. Soecial Catlt DenpaltK to TBI Son. Piws. April 20. The Matin publishes a re port of an Interview with Agonclllo. the repre sentative of Agulnaldo. In which he says that he has hitherto maintained silence, first, to avoid exciting fresh difficulties, and. second, because the engagements undertaken by tho American Consuls at Manila. Hong Kong and Singapore toward the Filipinos, and subse quently ratified by Admiral Dewey, did not ripen until peace was concluded between the Cnlted States and Spain. Nevertheless, he as, the Filipinos took the precaution to lodge Protest with the Paris Peaco Commission, re serving the rights of the Filipinos. ABonelllo proceeds to say: "Early In April last, leing In Hong Kong with Agulnaldo and other chieftains, the Captain of the American Cuntoat Petrel, accompanied by u Frenchman, came to ask Filipinos' aid in case of an out break of hostilities witli Spain, promising in theriumeof the American Government com tleto Independence. A lew days later dipt, ood, an American marine, renewed tho pro Usal, giving the sumo nssurnnce. After tho f!"t interview Agulnaldo went to Singapore and. hostilities breaking out. United States Consul Pratt opened fresh negotiations to ob lo Filipino corporation, porsuadlng Agul naldo to return to Hong Kong to meet Dowey." Agonclllo gives the text of Consul Pratt's "hie despatch to tho Secretary of State at Washington on April '-N, recording the. fact, and !' the text i,f Iran's cable gram to Doner and Newsy's reply "Tell Agulnaldo to come as soon as possible." Agulnaldo nrtited at Hong ht-ng the day after Dowey sailed, leaving a message with Consul Williams expressing ro Kret that he whs unnblo tn nwult Agulnnldo's "nival After tho tight at Cnvito Dewey sent the MrC'ulloeh lo tiausport Agulnaldo and Ills h.efta.ns to Manila. Arriting nt Manila. Ac unaldo boarded tin Olvnipla, whero Dewey rvi!!,.,i the engagements undertaken by t lie ' cam's, guaranteeing absolute Filipino Indo tenuenenat the conclusion of hostilities with hi an, 'IhertuK'ii Aguinnldo constituted a r'r,ternment, organ zed an nrinj. and caused he election of an Assembl) Meanwhile, Agonclllo say-., hn purchased hrouuh Consul Williams munitions of war hch woro entirely paid for with Filipino money at Hong Kong, Agonclllo declares that these undertakings were known In Washing J ton. quoting as proof thereof a letter which AKuiiialdo sent to President McKinley. thank- log the President for undertaking to seouro Ullplno Independence Agonoillo quotes Ad I ,rlDevferslettorof Aug. 20.1n which hesays that the Filipinos are better prepared for Inde pendence than the Cubans, as evldenco that the Americans only decided that the Filipinos were unfit for Independence when their help was no longer wanted. Throughout the war. he sars. the Americans rocognlzed Agulnaldo. granting him military honors and saluting the Filipino flag. Respecting the Spanish prisoners In the hands of tho FlllplnoB. Agonclllo says that they number 10,000. and are subject to rolcase any day that the Spanish Premlor. Slltela. does the right thing, adding that It Is not the business of tho Filipinos to Instruct the Spanish Cabi net In a matter of usual procedure. Agonclllo declares that If Spain lost Cuba through her Generals and functionaries she lost the Philip pines through the monks. Ho concludos. with nn expression of rogret. that tho Americans and Filipinos, who wero former comrades In arms, aro now killing one another, but de clares that the rillplnos are determined to obtain their ludependenco. OTIS OFFEttS AUSKHTr, Cables That He Rejected tl.r Hequrit for the Cessntlon of Hostilities. WARniNOTO. April 1.-Gen. Otis Informed the War Departmont this morning of the na ture of the proposition of the Insurgent repre sentatives who called upon him yesterday. That tho rebels have not ret surrendered Is mado ovldent In Gen. Otls's cablegram, but ho belloves that they aro tired of war and anxious to secure poace as soon ns possible. War De partment ofllclals continue to express their confidence in Gen. Otls'a ability to handle the situation. Gen. Otls's despatch was: " Manila, April 20. " Ailjulant-arntral, IFaMngton; "Conference with insurgont representatives terminated this morning. Tlielr request was for a cessation of hostilities Tor three weeks to ennblo them to call their Congress to decldo whether to continue the prosocutlon of tho war or propose torms of poace. Proposition decllnod and full amnesty promised on sur render, llolleve Insurgents are tired of war. but seek to secure terms of peace through wlint they denominate their representative Congress. Otis." Uen. Otis nlso cabled tho depnrtment n reply to President MeKlnley's message of congratu lation. He said: ....... . . . "Manila. April 'JO. Adjutant-General, Wathxnptnn . "The congratulation of his Exoelioncv the President, for which all are grateful, will be conveyed as directed. Otih." The War Department olllelnls nre Hatching with Interest to s..e what Agulnaldo's next movo will bo. It Is hardlv believed that Law ton's command Is so situated ns to cut off the rebels' retrent to the mountnlns should the insurgent leaders deeid on that incitement. The enemy Is well hemmed In on the south and east, but tho way is apparently open to tho high ground to the north and northeast. The military authorities appear not to be concerned over the fnilureof the Philippines insurgents to accept Major-Gen Otls's terms of unconditional surrender They say that such a contingency tvns expected, ami that the conservatism dismayed yesterday at the War Depnrtment In regard to the effect of the Fili pino otertures was based on the knowledge that there would bo "o, great deal of hacking and fllllnc." to quote Adjt.-Oen. Corbln, on tho part of the insurgents before tho end could bo bald to b in sight. While Gen. Otls's despatch of tho morning is not clear as to whether tho trueo has ended, tho authorities believe that the hostilities may be resumed at any time. SECltETART r.OSd COXFtDEXT. Looks for Peace In the Philippines Soon Amaied at Atkinson. Boston. April 20. The Hon. John D. Long. Secretary of the Navy, In an Interview to-day at his home In Hingham. spoke confidently of the coming peace in ths Philippines. Ho said: " I have no doubt that we will arrive nt a satisfactory adjustment. The conditions of peaco and order nre, of course, requisite. These will come In good time. I doubt If there is a man In the country better qualified for set tling the business with the Philippines than Mr. Sehurman' . , . Speaking of Edward Atkinson, the Secretary said: "There Is no Intention to prosecute him nt Washington. We have been somewhat amused at some of his recent utterances." Tne Secretary also said that the letter of reprimand to Capt. Coghlan may be made public. AX AXGlO-nVSHIAX AOItEE-VEXT. No Ttnllwny Concessions to lie Obtained in the Ynngtse Valley. Xweeinl Cable DtlinlcK to Tus Son. London. April 20. A report from St. Peters burg says that the Anglo-Russian railway agreement was signed yesterday. By tho terms of the agreement Russia contracts not to ob tain or to assist any other power to obtain a railway concession In the Ynngtse Valley, while Great Britain slmllarlr contracts in re gard to Manchuria. The agreement does not make any explicit declaration in the matter of maintaining the Independence of the Chinese Government, but merely alms to put an end to the two rears' battle for concessions. Lord Sallsburr. speaking at the annual ban quet of the Royal Academy this evening, con firmed the report that an agreement had been signed between Great Britain and Russia re specting China, which, he thought, would nre ent tho likelihood of a collision of interests anil objects In the future. Referring to the coming disarmament conference at The Hague, he said he was unable to foretell results, but the fact that that conference was summoned by a nation in material respects the most power ful on earth was a good omen for future peaoe. CHINESE FLATTEltT OF A PEIXCEBS. Told That She Was 38. the Mandarin Re plied I "Prlncesa, You look 00." Special Cable DetwatA ta Tax Btn. Biblin. April 20. The ourloslty as to peo ple's ages, which afflicted LI Hung Chang. Is apparently n Chinese characteristic. While Prince Henry of Trussla was visiting a notable Mandarin the host asked the Interpreter Prince Henry's age. He was told 30. The Mandarin turned to the Prince and said: "You appear to bo 50." Then he asked the ago of the Pilneess. who replied 32. The Interpreter. Volgt. an honest Stettlnnr. hesitated to give the Princess the Mandarin's reply. She laughingly said: "Out with It. Volgt." The Chinese flatterer had said: Princess, you look 1)0." LAKES OF KtLLAKXET FOIt SALE. 8100,000 to Be Asked for the Molt Ad mired Portion. Special Catlt Delpaleh ta Tax Him. Dublin. April 20.-Tho Irish Land Court will shortly offer the most ndmirod portion of the Lakes of Klllnrney for sale. The Muckross estate has already been sold to tho tenants. and tho mansion, doer park. Ac. will bo offered with the lakes. The sum mentioned as likely to bo the price asked Is 30.000. It is feared that the purchaser may exclude the public from tho lafces oir, rov i i.ooii xick, itEinrAititf A Coster Girl's Itemnrk to the Prince of Wnles. Who ArkitoHleitced the Compliment. .sj.ma Cahle Ixipatm tit Tbk Srs. London. Apiil 20. An nmuslng and authen ticated incident occurred on tho day of Lord Roseberv's daughter's wedding. The Prince of Wales's carriage v.as bl.icked by a crowd. Two Last Lnd costor girls peered Into tho window, and ono cried: , . ,, "Ow, you do o.k nice, oha-e me, Hedward!" Tlu" Prince uncovered and laughed heartily. The Lake Shorn Limited of the New York Outrl leaving New York for Clave. lnd and Chicago at 6:UO every af einoon, will, on ind ititr Imj 7th, tk psasenners only for points trtit "r Bunalii this trun being icIbsivI for thnuuh business, the parlor car ou this train will l ira.wiott;MforBlrMslvlaewYork telMlwU DEATH OF MISS JULIA NAST TJ7B CA ItTOOXIST'S DAVOIITEtt LEFT HBrEHAL LKTTEJIS. Evidently In Great Distress of Mlnd Ilad linen Working Ilard ns n Trained Norse Died in Her Room In Mrs. Ornn nls's Doardlng House Cause Uncertain. Julia Kast. daughter of Thomas Ntut. tho cartoonist, died yesterday morning In her room In tho boarding houso nt .13 Last Twenty-second street. For some weeks she had been suffering with a severe cold, and she was known to have been In n highly ner vous condition. There is Homo reason to supposo that hor death was due to drugs, of which she was a habitual user, but this can not bo determined until the autopsy to-day. She was found yesterday about noon Iving dend on her bed by Mrs. Llizaboth Grannis. Presi dent of the Social Purity League, who lenses the houso at 33 East Twenty-second street. Miss Ji'ast was 3." years old, was understood by her fellow boarders to be a trained nurso by profession, and was a strlMuglr hundsnmu woman. Mrs. Grnnnls's acquaintance with Miss Knst dates from ubout three years ago. when tho joune woman came to her house mid took .1 room. Skilful trained nurses are very much in demand, and, consequently, very little nt homo, and the room In the East Twenty-second street house was Miss Xast's domicile chiefly in the sense thut she kept her trunk thoro. Between her engagements, or when she felt tho need of rest, she would spend n few days there, but she did not take her meals in the house and Mrs. Grannis saw but little of hur. About a year ngo she had a vase tvhluh occupied her six months, and Immediately after that u number of other cases of several weeks' duration ench, so that she was hardly at the house at all. Three weeks ago she camo there saving that she wasn't feeling well "I've got a liard cold," she told Mrs. Gran nis, "and I'm going to bo heiofora few days until I get otor It." She did not seem to get better and told Mrs. Grannis that she was undor her doctor's care. He did not visit her at thu house and sho occa sionally went out to see him. Ten davsnt,o she told Mrs. Grannis that she had another case requiring her attention and would ho away for some time; but in u day or two sho was back again, suying that sho was not lit to work. From that time she was in the houso nearlyall tho time. Once she sent for ti young woman who camo to call on her. but most of tho time she remained alone in her room. Her doctor adtised rest, she said. On Friday Mrs. Grnnnls dldnot see hernt nil. In tho evening, nbout o'clock. Mrs. Grannis's sister went up to the third floor back room, oc cupied by Miss Nust. and knocked. " What do you want?" said Miss Nnst. " The door Is locked." "I came up to ask how you are fouling to night." was tho reply. "Very well; thank you." said the lodger. "Come In nnd sco me to-morrow morning. I can't see you to-night." Tho caller heard Miss Nast walking up und down tho floor The first person to go to her got to the room at half pastil. The door was not locked now, and she went In. Then she ran downstairs, calling for Mr Grannis. "Go to Miss Nnst. ma'am." sho crlod. "I think she's breathing her last." As soon as Mrs. Ginnn s reached the room she sawthat her lodger was dead. The body was already cold. It was lying on the bed with the head toward the window, which wis open. It was partly cotered by n reu dressing gonn. Tile position of the body was natural mid the face was peaceful. Atthefootof the bedwnsan open satchel containing tho dlstlnctite gam ' f the Bellevuo Hospital trained nurse. On tho dreaserwerea sllverdressing nnd manicure set and some kniokknaeks. There was also u tin tvpeof a group of young men and women. Miss Nast tvns prominent In the gioup. and next to her was a young man who rested his baud on her ehouldor and looked up intu her faci There was no date to show when tlieplctuie was taken. Near this picture lay ,i sealed letter addressed to a son of Kit?. lolm Porter, who married a daughtor of Thomas Xuit. There were two unsealed notes nearby. Aohair stood near tho lied nnd on it lay a book ou drugs which wus open at a page i on talulng a quotation to the effect that knots,, edge Is power but brings witli it suffering. At tho bottom of the page v. as a footnote In Mis Nast's handwriting indicating that she was deeply troubled and despondent nt the time It was written An emptv bottle which had con tained a bromide solution stood on n shelf near tho bod. Coroner's Physician O Hanlrui could not determine from a suiierllclal examination the cause of death. The body was taken to the Merntt Undertaking Company's place In West Twenty-third street Mrs. Grnnnls told Dr. O'Hanlon that Miss Nast was n hubltunl user of opiates Of the two notes left unsealed on tho bureau, one Indicates a condition of nervous strain. It is written on ordinary note paper which has not been folded, nnd there Is another sheet on which tho writer hail begun to copy the letter with a few unimportant changes, but had broken off after a few sentences. The orlglnnl Is dated "Tuesday." and Is headed "Deareat Lillian." It Is In part as follows: "You must think me a nig Well, lam. Ldlo said I treated you dreadiully. My mind and nerves are all gono. lum back hero at 33 Last Twenty-second street beeuuBO I don't Know anywhere else to go." Then fo'lowed some matters In referenco to Edle and other friends. Tho letter continues: "Edle nnd I don't hit It off nnd I lint e left her. It t as too expensive, living ttltli her. I took all her friends out to dinnor nnd no thanks at all. I don't know what to do next. Worst of all, I'm in love with a married man. nnd he's in love with roe. So what shall I do' Isn't It dreadful? He is .with the fleet, nnd will bo back In June. Affectionately. Julia." Tho otho note Is writton on a piece of card board which looks like the blank Interlorof a danco programme. It Is addressed In pencil to Mrs. 1'ourman. 340 West Thlrtv-soteiitli street. The rest of the writing Is In Ink, nnd the ohirogrnphy is unsteady, a word being omitted and another being erased. It Is as follows: , "Maooir: Come as soon as you to 33 East Twenty-second street. J. Nabt." Mrs. Grannis sent word to the Nnst family at Morrlstown. where ther live. rrrrr lebxaxx to sisa foe ihesi. The Girls, However, Must Agree to Stop Decorating Their Tints with Feathers. Nsw Brunswick. N. J.. April 20. Mmo. Lllll Lehmann will probablr sing to the pupils of the Livingston Avenue High School of this city next November. M rs. Mary R. Jordan, the Instructor of muslo In the high school, met Mmc. Lehmann recently, and thelrconvorsation turned upon tho efforts of the lovers of 6ong birds to dlscourngo the killing of birds for the sake of their plumage. Mme. Lehmann ts enthuslastlo about the work of tho Audubon Society, and she asked Mrs Jordan If she did not think she could get hor pupils to ncreo not to decorate their hats with birds and birds' feathers. Mrs Jordan was doubtful about it. but promisod to bring It to tho nttentlou of the High hehool girls. Mmo. Lehmnnn Piomtsed that If tho glrTs agreed to do as she had asked she would come to the school in tho fall and sing for them She was very willing to make this agreement as an indication of her interest In the preservation of the feathered slngeis On the pur of tho moment a grent many of the high school girls promised Mrs Jordan that they would ciiry out their part of the compact, and declared that they would reslct the temptation to decorate their lints in the pretnlllng fashion, and It Is believed that nil, or nearly all, will so agree, with the consent of their parents. To Ilnr Outl'ndrslrnbl Italian Iminlgrnnts. For more than a week official neyu'lat Ions for h new commercial treat between tills country and Italy hate been under war. and it is said thatu Arm stand has been taken hr tho I nited States on tho question of undesirable immi gration from Italy The authorities at Wash ington hate been Informed that the Italian authorities hate not only not taken care in preventing released coat lots from Cuming here, hut have released men from prison on the promise, that they would emigrate to tills country. It iscten said that the passage of some released convicts was paid. This will bo amply provided against in tho new treaty. Mnnhnttan-Thlrd Avenue Transfers Now in (fleet. Bee map on all elevated stations show ing points of transfrrs. CroMtown; iranklln, Do.. brosisa, Oraod, dual. 42d. t2Sth. IBSth. 18tb. 14VtU. I01lt and 177th streets. BalUry to Ilronx district and parka, Xonken. Mount t union and New ItochelL). a MoU,-idi, A 1ILAST SMASHES TIIIXOS. Showers of Stone Wreck Windows, Furni ture mid Tahletvnre In St. Ann's Avenue. Workmen oxcntntlng a cellar In Faglo ave nue, between 1. "fit h and Ifjtlth strocts. blastud a bod of rock with dynamite yestordny after noon and almost made n wreck of all the houses In tho neighborhood. Pieces of stone wolghlng over n hundred pounds were thrown 300 yards, crashing through windows, smash ing household furniture, and causing havoc tn thu neighborhood. Tho blast shook four houses almost off their foundations. These houses ure at 720, 731, 733 and 735 St Ann's avenue. All were badly datuuged. A shower of stone fell on the side walk opposlto thehousus, where n few minutes before llftj children had been playing. But when tho shower came thu children wore a block away, hating followed nn Italian organ grinder with n monkey, A stone weighing 200 pounds landed on tho piazza of 720, tearing a big hole In It. All of the windows In the house wolo broken. Tho four-story tenement nt 731 St. Ann's av enue was struck by half it hundred chunks of stone nnd all the windows ucre smashed. One piece weighing nbout 100 pounds demolished tho show window of Jacob Heltz's cigar store on tho ground floor, bowled down tto showcases and broke tho fixtures In tho stoic. lieit. wan in a rear room. Ho said ho " thought tho end of the world had come." Another big chunk of stone crashed through a fouith-storr window Into the apartments of Frank Grcis, breaking his parlor furniture nnd smashing a large mlr rorin a rear room In tho same house mem bers of u family eating lunch on the second floor were Interrupted by a shower of s'eno falling upon the dining table and smashing dishes. Twenty windows were broken In the tene ment ut 733 St. Ann's avenue. Mrs. Annlo Lucas, who lives on tho first floor, was startled by seeing her 11 ro-cscapo garden hurled through a window into tho parlor. On other ".-ors tables and chairs were broken and kitchen utensils ttoro scattered. The police of tho Morrlsanta station arrested tho contractor having charge of the blasting. Charles Dempsey of 10'M Third avenue. TAXGLEU FAMILY 3IACt,l.S(!. Dr. C'llllkc's Wife lleglus It with Mrs. Albeit Aaron lluth Arrested Other Arrests. The sight of one woman slaslilng nt another with a whip, and both pulling hair, drew u crowd at 103d street and Manhattan avenue at H.30 o'clock last night. Tim woman witli the whip ttns tile wife of Dr. William .T.CIarkoof73 West 103d street, and the other woman was Mrs. Ella Aarons. tho tvl'o of Albert Aarjns. manager of Koster .V Hull's. Dr. Claio has :i large iiractica numng th theatrical profession. His wife on Thursday lu-t brought suit for it separation. In her afllcat t she al leged that Dr ( larke had troited hci ind tlielr tto children cruelly, and that he had put th"m out of the house on the night of Ma'ch 1H. Since that time she has been living tlth Mrs. Daus of 342 Willis avenue. Mis Clarke hud frequently unhmlded the hsiui,in for his at tentions to Mrs. Anrons, but I ir. Clarke main tained that Mrs. Aarons was merely his patient. At 8 o'clock last night M-s Clarko went to 103d street nnd Eighth at enue, and watched her husband's apartments. Half nn hournf'or ttard sJio saw Mrs. Aaronr- como out of tho houso and walk rapidly In tho direction of Mnnhattan avenue. Mrs. Clarke pursued hor and caught up to her nt the unnoi. bhe said nothing, but grabbed Mrs. Aarons's back hair, giving it n good pull. Mrs. Aarons lost no time In taking a similar hold on Mrs. Clarke. After a, minute Mrs. Clarko drew a mthldo whip from under her capo and slashed twice at Mr. Aarons. Mrs. Anions wrested the whip tittny from her aud threw It into tho street Policeman Kerns and Kellv then came up and arrested them At the West 100th street police jtation eaoh woman refused to make a complain: against the otlior, and tln-y wero locked un -n n charge of disorderly c nduct Mrs. Aarons tbld tbe Sergeant that Dr Plirke would bail her out and nskod that a me-sengor be sent to him. Tho messenger wert and Dr Clarke soon ap peared at tho station l!n did not mention hla wife's name, but sa1 1 that ho wished to ste Mis. Anrons. " Did she horsowhip you i" lie asked hor. "Yes, she did, tli I orrld thing," replied Mrs. Anrons. Dr. Clarko got a bondsman for Mrs. Aarons and went awnv with h t-, leaving lus wife still n prisoner. An hour later Snmul L. 1 tickling, an undeitakerof 7.ril Amsterdam aei..:e. fur nished bonds for Mrs. Clarke. Both "women were instiueted to be in tho West Fifty-fourth Street Court to-day. At 11 o clock Aarons hurilcdly entered the station. Ho was in evening dress, und said ho had heard at the the.iiie ihat hK wlfo Mad been arrested Ho was accompanied by his brother-in-law, James II. Rich, nnd by Treasurer Gordon of Daly's Tlieaue. 'Iho Sergeant told him that Mrs. Anrons bad been balled through tho Instrumentality of Dr. Claike "I'll get oven with htm." shouted Aaron nnd he and Rich hurriod uruuml to I'luike'e home They rnng tho door boll and when l)r Clarke nppeared both Anrons nnd Rich iell unon him and began to punch him. Jr. Clarko yelled for help and four men came out of his apartments and attacked Aarons nnd Rich Policeman Kerns arrested Aarons ou Dr. Clarke's complaint, and ail hands repnlred again to the West 100th struct Then' Dr. Clarko seemed disinclined topresi the charge of asuault. and Aarons began to re tile him. Dr. Clarke finally did make the charge, and Rich furnished ball for Aarons. "If you are not In court to-morrow I'll kill you." shouted Aarons to Dr. Clarke as he left the station. 1'OWnER MILL 11LOWS UP. Five Killed In on Explosion nt earner's Point, N'. J. Wilminoton. Del., April 20. One of the press mills of the Dupont Smokeless Powder Works at Carnoy's Point, N. J., blow up this afternoon and killed five men. One man was fatnllr injured. Tho killed wore Cart. Sidney Stuart, 15 years old. Government powder In spector; George Yearger, 22 years old, Penn's Grote; Amos Morris, 17 years old, Penn's Grove: William Fro'nt, 28 years old, Penn's Grovo; narry Smith, 52 years old, Tenn's Grote, The explosion occurred shortly niter 2 o'clock. The mill was running at the timo, and, as usual, no one was Inside of it. Yearger, Frelnt and Smith had just come out of the mill nnd wero but a short distance away when nn ex plosion shook the earth. The one. story sheet iron mill was lifted from its foundation aud carried Into the adjoining fields In the shape of kindling wood and scrap Iron. The powder presses weie entlrelv destroyed, and not n trace of them could bo found. What caused tho explosion will nevor be known. It was a miracle that none of the old mills or magazines exploded Hundred of persons from Tonn's Grove and vicinity rushed to the spot nnd began to hunt for relatives and frlendn On the ground near wli'Me. the mill had stood were tlio bodies of Yeargci, Morris. I'toiut. and Smith They were torn and blackened by tho smoke, ami could hardly bo recognized. Near them were Stuart and a man named Prussell, who woro still alite Thev were carried to ths wharf, where the Amanda Powell wa put In readiness, and, iiudei forced draught, hurried the wounded to this city Roth men wero injured about the head, They weie token to tho Deluware Hos pital Stuart died shortly niter being admitted, and Prussell is still lingering between life and death. The members of the Dupont family were among the first to nrilvo on tho scene and, without waiting to hear tho result of the ex plosion, hurriod messengers In all directions for phvslclans. Many phvsieians answered the summons, but their services wore not needed. Only a few weeks ago sn explosion occurred at the same place, killing several men. Removal of an Important Office. May 1st ths ticket office of tha Nsw York Csntral. now at 043 Broadway, will ba removed to 111 JJroadwsT, corner 80lh tUA&i, STRIKERS ON A RAMPAGE. 1,000 MASKED AXD AJIMBD Mm Fit S itLorr vp a mill mm vyxamite. Fired nn Their Own Pickets by Mistake nnd Killed One Stole a Railroad Train and Ran It to Wardner Office Ilullillng and Ilunrdlng House Also Destroyed. WArtPSEB. Idaho. April 20. Ono thousand m nskod and armed strikers stole a train at Burke, came horo at noon, and shortly after ward exploded 000 pounds of dynamite In Bunker Hill and Sullivan Mill, totally destroy ing tho mill nnd brick offlco buildings adjoin ing. The strikers set flro to tho wooden board ing house before letting for Butko on tliolr train, three hours after tliolr arrival. During the excitement the main body of s'llkers fired on tlielr own pickets, killing Jack Smith, ono of the pickets. As thuy loft here Jim Cheyenno. ono of tho non-union men employed In n mill, was shot through tho hips. He was earrlod away by tho strikers. J J. Rogers, stenographer for tho company, was shot through the lip. Ths stolen train arrived at 11:50 A. M.. and consisted of nine box cars nnd n passenger coach. all of which wore crowded. Tho strikers brought with them six hundred pounds of dyunmlte They sent a squad In advance to see it the coist was clonr. One of the pickets filed a shows n signal that all was well. Tha uuln body, thinking themselves attacked hy non-union men, poured a fusillade of Bhots Into the underbrush on tho sldo hill where the I picked stood, killing Smith. About 1.000 shots wore (1 red betorethofntal error was discovered. Snil 'is body was carried to tho mill. Tho mill was deserted. Tho mnnngement havo or dered employees not to risk tlielr live by efforts to save property Heavy dyna mite charges wore placed among the mill machinery and under the office building. Fuses wore lighted and tho boarding house fired, after which the strikers, carrying their dend comrade, withdrew to the side hills about half a mile away. At 2 cjii tho llrst explosion ooourred. It was followed by flte others. The mill and other structures were totally destroyed nnd aro now but heaps of ashes and piles of shattered ma chlneiy. At 2 .VI the strikers boarded their trnln aud started for home. 11 ring a fusillade, as they embarked. Cheyen was wounded during this firing. The strikers did not tisit the mine. The 230 miryrs had been ttnrned and earlv this morn ing took to the hills, from which they hato not rotumed. Tho union miners did not work to day, prHsuraably staying out to take part in rlot.ng nrFFALO's nn.itx strikers. Orn. Doyle Tel! Why He Ordered the Ml lltla to lie Heady for Trouble. BcrrALo. April 20 --The city has been liv ing a'ldir in cvoectntion of riots along the water front. Brlg.-tlen. Peter C. Doyle's or der establishing guard mount at the arsenals or tho Sixty -fifth and Seventy-fourth regl meuts'nnd notifying his men to he in readiness lor active -.ertUe taunnd the public to believe that danger was imminent. Gen. Doylo did not call our the ml'ltln. He said to-night: "I know veri well that I have no authority to do t .nt without orders from my superior lnilitniy offluors or on demand of ths Sheriff and (Joternoi when local forces have failed to preserve peace. But I have the power to mount guard and to apprise the men of what may happen. I have not overstepped my duty." Possibly Gen Doyle's orders had something to do with I no quiet which Prevailed along the docks to-dav. Tho fifteen hundred members of local Grain SnotellerJ' Union 51 who have refused to a.cent the now schedule of wages observed decorum during tne day. The men are confident that the contractors cannot get unskilled labor to do their wo.k. At 3 o'clock this afternoon the first grain vessel to come down the lakes steamed Into the 1 harbor It was the Columbus, carrying 110. MVi bushels of wheat. To-night she was towed to the eastern elevator, where flttv non union men started unloading her. Three other arala vessels He out at the pier to-night. An attempt will i o made to unlond them on 1 Monday If the strikersjmean to mske trouble thut probubly will be the onportunlty. STEFESS PROPERTY DIFIDEI). Col. Stevens Gets the lloinestend nnd Kach Son a Part of Castle Point Property. fn accordance with the will of thelate Mrs. Martha B. Stevens of Castle Point, Hoboken, her heirs met yesterday In the old mansion overlooking the Hudson to divide her property nrr.on j them. Under the will of Commodore I Stetens Castlt Point homestead was to go to whatever son Mrs. Stevens might select. She selected her oldest son, Co!, Edwin A. Stevens. The rest of tho property was to be divided among the other sons. It was agreed to divide the remainder of the ground among the remaining sons, Richard. Albert, Robert L. and the escate of the late John Stevens, another eon. Richard Stevens received a plot north of the castle on which be now Uvea in a house known as "The Cliffs." The house and plot occupied by Col. Stevens were given to Albert Stevens. That part of the estate south of the mansion was divided be tween Robert L. Steveus and tho estate of his bro'hoi John. The personal effects oontnined In tho home stead. Including family portraits, silverware, furnltute. tapestrlsa and chlnn. were divided Into elx lots, according to their sentlmen'al value, and apportioned by lot. The lots went to Col. E. A. SteteDS. Mrs, 0. B. Alexander. Richard Stevens, Robert L. Stevens, Albert Stevens and the ohlldren of John Steveus. Other personal property left by Mrs. Stevens will be appraised and divided equally among the heirs. MAZET COMMITTEE IX FUXDS HOW And Can Go at Its Work Vlgorously-Tallor Mlere to Be Attended To. The Mazet Investigation Committee, which will resume its sittings In this city on May 10, has written to the heads of all the municipal departments asking for the annual reports and other documents that may be of aid to It. Most of the heads of departments havo sent what ever they had ou hand to Frunk Moss. The appropriation of $50,000 by the Legislature for the expenses of tho committeo will enable it to extend Its work and make its future Inquiries much more thorough than those held heretofore have been. L'p to this time the committeemen and counsel hnte paid all the bills, and as they had no authority to draw nn tho State Treasurer, they hato been hampered. The committee will make an oxamplo of Tailor Miers for the bennflt of other recalci trant witnesses. Mr. Mazet said yeeterriay that Mler would be taken before Magistrate, if such action was thought necessary to bring the case properly before the Grand Jury. IX TJJE WAKE OF A CABLE TRUCK. Klertrlo and Gas Display at University Place and Eighth Street. The Metropolitan Street Railway Company's cable truck, drawn br thlrtr-two horses and loaded with eighty tons of cable, rolled along University Place last night, smashing man hole covers that its wheels passed over. Fol lowing It was a wagouload of empty barrels in charge of ft man whose duty it was to place a barrel as a danger signa1 over etery damaged manho'e. At Eighth street, while the barrel man was at work hedropped a broken coter Into a mun hole, breaking an electric light wlreln thesub war. The end of the wire struck another, causing a splutter of sparks. At the curb there was a capped piece of gas pipe, when n lamp post once stood. The vi brutlons caused by the truck shook the cap from the cas pipe. As the f:as leaked out It caught fire from the sparks ssulng from the broken eleotrlo wire, produc ing a six-foot sheet of flame that lit up the block. Tho break occurred at 10 o'olook. At 11 It was repaired br a sans ot the gas com pany's laborers. JE. H XT. E. A IT. E. A w. "Osceola." "Oaecx." 'rani. AU with Bounded JTrost. ild. TO OR I F.n 13 , AM ERIC AX BXOIXES. lllg Demiiud lu Knglnnd for the Locomo tive, llullt Here. Special Cable Iteittateh to Tnx Bum. Lomox, April 30. 1 ho HVeAfy Dispatch says it has lunrncd that tho Midland Railway lias arranged to plao" another contract for 130 lo comotives with American firms. Tho Great Northern Rallwuy. It is understood, will tilo order a large number of onglnes of the Mosul typo from American builders. AI.VO LEO fOl.lt TO COME HERE. Report Hint lift Will Visit This Country, online on tPr. ltoynl Yacht Albeitu, fjtetal ai le l)tpitch tn Thk Hun. London. April 30. -The correspondent of the Sunday J.nat (1st nd snys that King Leopold of Belgium will sin rl'v visit the United States on board the tovnl yacht Alberta. FAiiutijt ihi: is kextvckv. Shock Lasted Ten .seconds Church Win dows. hliui nnd Glnsswnrn Hrokcn. Louia.vii.i.L, Ky., Apiil 2lt violent enrtli quako sin ck tvns felt in Louisville und Juf fersontille, Ind , shortly after 8 o'clock to-night. Thu tlbnitlotm were from north east to southwest and luuses woro swayed as tiee limbs in a -rile. In this coun ty tl ousniiils of persons wero terribly frightened and nisl.d ftom tlielr homes. Consldernb'c dnn.nge wa' done In n number of drug stoics, where I. itt es worn smashed and medicines spilled lu several of the places of amusement ihe spcct.itois became panic stricken and made u bolt fur tho doors. Handsome stun "i. clans windows In several ot the cliuit lies With siunshed. and in many firlvate lesiduics "Ulna aud glasswaro ware iroken. It Is iinpo.-dblo to tell thu actual damage done by the earthquake. As far ns known no onewasl.uu and no hnusg wero demolished. There was only ono shock, aud it lasted only ton seconds. HETTY OltEEX OFF FOR XEWPORT. Said to Have Leased n Cottnge There for the benson. Mrs. Hetty Green, who, slnco last fall, has been living In a third-story flat In nn apart ment houso at 12-18 Bloomfleld street. Hobo ken. left that city yesterday with her daugh ter Sylvia and went to Newport, II. I., whero It Is said she has leased a cottage for the season. The letter box In the vestibule of tho Hoboken house bore a fictitious name. Somo timo ago it was reported that Mrs Green lind moved, but later It was leurned that she had left her apartments for a wcok or two only, during which time tho nnme on tho letter box tvns changed to "C Dewey" Mis Green was at home yesterday morning looking after the packing of her household property. In answer to a reporter, who nsked through the speuklng tube whether she w,as going to move to Newport, she answered: I am " .VKIK YORKER'S SVICIDE IX FRI!CO. Wllllnm Muhlcnfrls Shoots Himself nt the Iluss House in it Despondent Fit. San Fkancisco. April 20 William Muhlen fels, from Sacramento, committed suicide nt the Russ House early this morning by putting a pistol bullet through his heart. He expected to incut Mrs T. Alkens at the hotel, but she failed to airlve In a' fit of despondency ho took his llfo. He left a letter giving the ad dress of his parents as 010 West 147th street. New York city. Ho was about 30 years old. Gustavus H. Muhlenfels. a broker of 10 Ex change place nnd living at 010 Wet 147th street. Is the father of the suicide. One of the family sala Inst night that they had never heard of Mrs. Alkens, W illlatn had been in San Francisco for four months nnd suffered from heart disease. The family had heard no particulars of his death. OFATIOX FOR O EX. Al.QF.lt. Secretary of Wnr Gets a Rousing Reception In HI Home City. Detroit. April 20 Tho citizens ot Gen. Alger's home city turned out in great num bers to-day to give him welcome. Tho event almost had an international look, as the Brit ish Guards' Band, in the full uniform of tho British Army, marched at the head of tho line ot tho Michigan Society of the Sons ot the American Revolution. Whou Secretnrv Alger and Gen. Wheeler ap peared on the platform of the private carat tho Michigan Central Depot they received atie ' mnndous ovation, nnd all along the lino of march cheers for Alger nnd for Wheclor in termingled with each other. So vast was the crowd uptown that the oity street car system was tied up and nothing but the paiauu was thought of. BIO LIXERS HATE A BRUSH. The Powerful Cannrder Lucnnla Gets a Few Hours the Better of the St. Louli. Tho CunarderLucania. which arrived at the bar from Liverpool and Queenstown nt 10.30 o'clock on Friday night, had a brush on tho voyage with the American liner St. Louis. In resterdar from Southampton. Neither ship made uuusually good time. The Lucania was abeam of tho American, and about live miles to the south, at 5:30 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. The ships had It nlp-and-tuck for several hours. Then tho more powerful C'unarderdrew ahead. In ths fifty-three hours' run to the Hook, the Lucania gained nenrly four hours on the American. This is about the usual result ot a race between the ships in placid seas. MILITARY SERVICE IX MEXICO. Several Thousand Mexicans Flee to Texas to Evade the Service. Austin, Tex.. April 20. The new military servioe law In Mexloo will soon go Into effect, and several thousand Mexicans have already entered Texas to evade the service. Many ot them announce thoir Intention ot becoming American citizens. Brought Dp a Tack from Ills Lung. Nkwbubo, N. Y.. April 20. William O'Don noil Is a young man of 147 Johnston street. Ho swallowed an ordinary oarpet tack eight rears ago. Recently he had been sick, suffer ng much pain in his right lung. Yesterday lis temperature ran up to 100s and he began to cough tiolently. Gradually he felt tho tack coming up his 'hroat.and finally ho threw it out. 'I'll en he said his right lung felt as though being fanned. 0.000,000 Chewing Gum Combine. It was stated In Wall street yesterday that the combination to control tho chotvlng gum mauuineturing industry ot the country had been practically completed Tha pnpers were signed nt the office ot ( harles It Hint The combination will Include all the principal man ufactories, among them those of Adams .t Sons, N bite A Co und lieeiuan Its capitaliza tion will be $11,000,000 lllg Itonusts to Bankers' L'mployee. The employees of tho banking firm of Spencer Trask A Co , will benefit materially by the Im proved business in Wall atreot. The firm Is ac o' s'onud nt the end of Its llscal year, on May, to m.iko a a-li distribution based upon thd profits of the year. The distribution this year, it is eald, will amount to nearly or quite Itxj pel cent on raianes. Mfred Dolge's Good-By. Jiotf.r.tii i.r, N. Y April 20. More than 1,000 neighbors and former employees of Alfred DoiLb v.ro present at the farewell re ception given to Mr. Dolge In the Turn Hall here to-niuht Tho audience was movod to tears lu n M- Dolge's speech He charged In bitter terms two men with cheating him out of hi" properties. Banker Commits ftnlclde. Copen. III.. April 20.-A. N. Miller. Vice President of ths bank that recently failed hero, committed suicide to-day by shooting himself twice in the head. Recently creditors ot ths bank tiled suiis against Miller aggregating $00,000. und this Is supposed to have been the reason for suicide. The Andrews Mansion and Family would bav bsenaavadlf honae had had Steel Cell, lnts: sir yours br putt n'f thSQ In, II, (j. Northrnp.iOOhinrsi.-Uii. ' t'ttt " !7Ki40mki'n sj.y.'iriiiflifff'iiiii'uii.-iniMijej "" '- " ' - " ' FRANCHISE TAX DANGER. 1 TKE.MEXDOVS POLITICAL HXGINK lit VK TA.VM tXY'S Jf.l.Vjy. ?M xthiit Mnr Ho llano with It by Corrupt oif mft Kvrn by Incompetent Tux Hoards Sen , K ntor Depevv on the Appalling PoillblU ,'B ties luipcdliiieiitsto Resort to the Courts. rK Tlds Is an article on tie) Ford Franchise Tax ,'H bill as a possible political engine in tho hands -K of unscrupulous politicians. It was gathered vesteiday from all sorts und conditions of poll- l tlclans. Republicans and Democrats, and from 'B uthcrs directly affected by the bill. Tho unl- H form opinion was that Tammany Hull, through ;B its board of Tax Commissioners, may under' yH the Ford bill lovy blackmail on this or that ,H corporation, and that in future municipal, IW Stato aud national campaigns so long as Tarn- -''-M many Hall Is lu the nscondaney of Now',i'6rat'?!B' I city, the Ford bill will be used to swell Tam-1 :H matiy'rt political corruption funds. "'H Thu operation of tho bill In Now York cltr A will be. according to tho present programme. H for tho next two yenrs In the hands of Tam- -;B ninny's Tax Commissioners. Theoo Commls B sionersnro Thomas L Feltner, Prosldent. and 'fl Edward C.SIieehy. Thomas J Pattornon, Wll- V Ham F. Circll nnd Arthur i' Salmon. This tl -'B thesnmo hoard of Tammany Tax Cora mis- B sloners vvhlcli cooked up Hint job to declare) .B Theodore Hoosotolt inoliglulo to run as ths ,B Republican caudldutu for Governor. B Tho newsimpers prlntod vesterday tliotestl- B mony of Tammany politicians to tho effeol "V that tho Foul b'll will hi lug to tho revenue of, B Now York city ninny additloi.al millions of dol- ,B lnrs. The politician i-ufced with yesterday B smiled nt these .-taloments un I cold that the B citizens of tho city woul I do well to remember ,B fltfiui. alnlnmntilo ai.,1 iln.ii ., t .1... ..n.l nt ll- next two tears to murk exactly how many B more million dollirs tho city hn collected H under the operation of M o Ton! bill. No. no, 'B It was added, on the roi ti u-, there will baa B gieut many morn i.i-lng stables run by Tam B many Hull leaders, n great mai.y more palatial B, residences for ruminant ilua moguls, but the) ' city will not bo ben I'ti..; to nnythlng like the, K amount thai Iho T.uum-iny olllcl lis suggest. Ml Real estate In too vast m -lority of Instnnoei i ! bus a certain fixe I mark, t value upon vrhlels . J taves can bo aise-so ' L.eii with tho ataola ' taluu for rcul eMnte, n ..es , .j valuations can ' boiugglcd and Iivo-.tlsm can be pronounced. t Tho franchise or u coipornllou In many In- j stances is more dlfleul: P. .nine. But it Is not difficult to imac tie Tammany valuing frun- i chlsea for tho liciu :lt of 1'ummany Hall. All who are acquainted vvi.'i Tammnnv'g s) statu ' of doing busine-s in municipal, Stuto nnd na- i tlonal campaign will ie.ulilypei"eive tho tre ! incurious povv ct thu Unl will give Tammany. 1 It may be suunisiug, hut I ! n matter of ! fact, that Intelligent out les ot tho Ford bill ' , wuiitso tarns to say )utrdny that If Tam many Is allowed to ope ato tho provisions ot this bill tho elect' ii. In t 1 Stato next your will perforce bo famm!,,.. to rhu Democratic party. Some of tlie Doiiioi i.i'io ii'-wspapors spoke ot tlio Ford bill yestirlnv ns "ugieat Democratlu ' victory" Ti lends of Senator Ford, tho Republican Sen ator after whom Iho lull Is named, said that at times he hiisn notion Hi it tho citizens of New , , York aro to rlso up within a couple of years and . I demand Id- nomlim, i in for Mayor. That may I turnout to bo true, but 'tammany Hall, with ' tho Fori! hill in i's bauds, wo lid easily wip ', Senator Ford fiom fT the f.io of tho earth as Hi u candid ne for Mnvorof New York city. Jlj Senator Uepew said hist night of the bill: ,K "heritor Ford's Id-a.na expressed before) H tho rennle committee, wi.s to provide for the .1 taxation o.' loc il corporations oporating undor , inunleip.il franchises, and did not contemplate i taxation of the otcai.i lines operating through i the State. Therofuie, I do not think the pro tlslonso' the till apply to tho New York Cen tral Railroad. A franchise tax Is, fundn mentill!', nil right, and I apnrovo of it. That a fraifhiso tax Is just nd constitutional Is proved by tho fact that thero is on the statute books of the hfito of New York a fran chise ta. wdilcn npp'le' to steam railroads. My recoi' ctlon litliiit this tax Is under a law ot 1K0. In the ilrst place, the New York Con- ' ' tral Railroa I pays n lav upon tho assessed j valuation of its real c.tate. In tho socond j place, tho road pays n direct franchise tax. j This tar provl .es tor tin. p.i ymnnt of one-quarter of 1 per cent, upon the dividends of the j company in the case tint tho roads pay no i dividends, the Htnto Comptroller Is empowered to make a valuatu n ot the franchises and lm poso a tax iicoruingli' This Is n Just and j scientific method .f assessme of taxes. i "1 1 ellovo that corpo-atlma operated under ' municipal franchises and making enotmous rovenuo therefrom should pay un equitable aud just franchise tax. The law enacted now i protldesfor n taxon franchises, but kdefinea ;. no method of determining tho .alun of fran- i chlses nor tho system of assessment. Thio f. leaves it dlsoretlouary with evory local board ot taxes in the State how It shall i tax corporations operating under fran- ?. chisesgrantod by tho local government, Th i possibilities of this dlsoretlouary power are) , something appalling. There will bo just as , many mothodsof assessment and tuxatlon ns there are boaids ot taxes, for each Individual f board will have Its own theory of how tha j taxes should bo Imposed. Of course, taxation ijj la open to revision br tho courts, but the cor- , 'Ij I porntlons operating under a local franchise) tji I will healt.tto to antagonize local boards ot '. I taxes, and incidentally the local admin- jj I Istrntlon by taking their case into the ' courts, and will stand as much and n,7 ns heavy a taxation as they cau pos- ) slbly stagger under III this very condition lie li't the possibilities that confer upon the looal If; goternment apownr that was never droamed ffy of by any political leader. In the hands of an IS unscrupulous board it become a fearful & weapon for the punishment of any corporation EM that may hate incurred the displeasure of at Hi local administration Of course. If a corpora- ffji tlon is mndo tho victim of a tax from the looal 4, administration, It has redress In the courts. Ef and doubtless tho courts will establish some BM scientific method ot taxation when tho case Bj comes liefoto them. ISM " I do not tli nk thotaxes will net a.s much as Rs the paiiers say Thlstaxlson valuation over K, nnd nbove the real estate valuation. The taxa- 'K'i tlon in Now York State and of thu New York: Wa Central to-day Is much heavier than any In any ; otherState. The New York Central pays upon 't property nnd other material about equal In ' h value to tli Pennsylvania nnd tothe Baltimore 5 nnd Ohio, $200,000 more than double the taxes .1 of the Pennsylvania and three times that of 'J the Baltimore and Ohio. Local corporations j should pav ft just and equitable amount ' I of taxes, but the law as enacted leaves the i! method of assessment bo tnguo that It puto within tli. power of a local tax board the op- h portunlty to grasp the throit of nny corpora tion against which it tnuy hnte any antagon ism and thro'tln It. If the proper tribunal to exercise such great powers could be secured, nnd If a scleutlflu method of arriving at the 1 tallies for tho purpose ot taxation could be se- ! cured, the wliole matter would stand fair, jual ' ' and entirely right " FORD OX THE FRAXCIIISE TAX. Kxplnln How the Tnxnhle Vnlun May Be Assesbetl No Unusual Dimcultr. A must, April 20, State Senator Ford sees no reason whr local asses ors should hatn any trouble In acting under his bill taxing publla franchises. To-night Senator Ford, In out lining his Idea as to how the law would operate, said: ' "Assessors will cxrerlnee no difficulty In ar riving at a taxable valuation ot punlia (ran- chines, and the bill, when It becomes a law, will, I In my opinion, work without friction or diffl I culty. Criticisms of It, on the ground that It U M erode aud Incomplete, are not warranted. Bo ' BJ I far as It Is crude and Incomplete, such dofects fll are due, not to the form of the bill, but to the .1 imperfections of the general tax's atom of thai BJ I But, for It should be rtmemberea that ths bUM H -J Mw'i'-JBasiiCd?ifr'MfiVil'