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Fair and warmer to-day; fair to-morrow;
tj, t uiisn cuuiiiwvm iu wcm winus.
Detailed weather reports will be found on page 15.
jt VOL. LXXX.-NO. 101.
NEW YORK, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1912. Copyright, J9t2. by the Su-r VrlutlS ami PuH.Vtl.tf AwortoMow.
27,000 of Funds for Monu
ment Work Said to Be
Members Have Nothing to
Sny About What's Said
or Done.
Commission's Office in General's
House, So y cm hers Aro
Named in Action.
There has been some talk recently
between Gen. Danll K. Sickles, whose
financial and domestic trouble? havo
kept him before the public, and the
State Comptroller over u matter of
This news came out yesterday after
meejln of the Monument Commis
sion In the home of (Jen. Sickles, at'
23 Fifth avenue, whero the commission
has had Its headquarters for years.
Gen. Sickles. Is chairman of the com
mission and always has been Its guld
1ns spirit, It Is said, assisted by Gen.
A. J. Zabrlskle, Its secretary.
The Comptroller wants an account
In? to the Statu Treasury of $27,000 of
moneys which hnve been appropriated
to the commission by the Suite. It Is
understood that the Comptroller lias
been promised that he will get the
At the same time It became known
that (Jen. Sickles, his wife nnd the
inmbors of the Monument Commission
have loen named defendants In a suit
brought by the Bowery Savlncs" Hank
to foreclose a morteaite of $11S,000
on the Fifth avenue home of Gen.
Sickles and the house adjolnlnn It.
There wa much mystery about the
meeting of the New York Monument
Commission, which l.ns an office on the
first floor, back of the rooms occupied
by Gen. Sickles tit 23 Fifth avenue.
The commlilon ha been In exxitence
about twtnty years, and Its business
has been tho erection of monument
on Gettysburg and Chattanooga but
tleflelUs where New York regiments
were In action. Fach year the Legis
lature ha appropriated certain sums
for the commission.
The membets present at yesterday's''
meeting were Gen. Sickles, Col, 1-wls
n. Steimian, Gen. Aukoii ,Mc'ook,
Col. Clinton Iteokwlth of Herkimer.
Congressman Thomas V. itrudley of
Walden, Gen. Horatio C. King ami Gen,
Zabrlskle. Mrs. SlekleM was. In the
house while the meeting was coins on
nnd was in tho room with the commis
Hion part of the time.
The members were disinclined to talk
about what happened at the meeting.
One said It was a public meeting; an
other said It was nn executive session,
nnd two or three begged otT from saylntr
anything alut the meeting.
Gen. Zabrlskic at tlrst objected to
telling the names of the memler.s at
the meeting. Then hu said that be
wouldn't call tho meeting a private one
nor would he cay it was u public one.
"Talk to Gen. Sickles or Col. Steg
man." he said. "They'll tell you. To
whom does tho commission report" To
the Governor, t guess, but there liUHii't
been a report in years,"
" Gen. Slckles's negro attendant said
Si that the General was asleep at .'1:30
U o'clock. At 6:30 the General wan still
asleep, the attendant said, and even If
tie were awake he wouldn't tall: about
the meeting.
Gen. King said the commission held
nn executive session and nothing con
cerning Its financial affairs was dis
cussed. When asked If CScn. Sickles
had not been asked to refund money
appropriated to tho commission Gen.
King said:
"That has been sottled to the satis
faction of the Comptroller, and you
. must get from him all Information on
the subject. I decline to say a word
nbout It."
When Gen. Sickles was In Albany last
week he talked with Gov. Dlx. It was
le.arned from a source familiar with the
affairs of the commission that Con
gressman llradley had gone to the Stite
Comptroller's office and had said that
ihe money would tie paid and that It
would probably come from Mrs. Sickles.
iTlie understanding was that the money
?"""1wss to be paid by December 6, but 11 Is
almost certain that the Comptroller has
V ' not Rot It yet.
'A Col. Stegman, who lias been a m"tn
her of the commission for seventeen
years, said that the only persons who
would know of tho financial accounts
of the commission aro Oen. Sickles and
Comptroller Sohmer.
"You see," he said, "General Sickles
a chairman of our body has complete
control nnd supervision of atl funds and
of everything that pcrtulns to the jlnan
. cfal end. He even pays all the run
Vilng expenses nnd none of his associates
knowH how matters stand. The only
' thing we havo to go by Is the book
report, the formal financial statement
which is rendered every so often ac
cording to our rules. If there was n
dispute over $27,000 I would not Know
a thing about It. Gen. Sickles would
havo to account for It.
"All I can say Is thnt during tho
seventeen years of my connection with
the commission the book reports liavo
shown a clean financial sheet each time.
There has never beon a suit against, the
commission In those years, and we liavo
paid every liability on the minute.
"I do recall, however, that In March,
IMS, Stanton Sickles, the General's son,
made a statement In which he said that
hla father had come to him nnd told
him ho had spent $40,000 of the com
mission's money and that If Stanton
or somebody else did not make good
the General would he In a bad tlx. I
riant recall what happened In that case,
but I think that nothing further ever
came of It. Anyway, tlic General nc
counled o the .Stale for all the money
ho rocolwd. Vou couldn't ask any more
than thai."
It was explained that the accounts
of the commission had been mixed up
with ihc General's private, bank ac
count. In the foreclosure stilt the morlcnKC
on the Sickles house Is $SS,000 and the
rest of the $UX,noo on the adjoining
properly. The member of the commis
sion ale probably named as defendants
because they aro tenants of Hon.
Hlcklca's limine.
Theatre Owner Fined for Dlnlln Ins
'rime Pletnrra In Mrrrl,
l'hlllp Morn, who owns a moving pic
ture theatre nt 142 13,ut Fourteenth
street, was fined $25 by Magistrate
Murphy In tho Hssex Market Court
yesterday for displaying pictures ot
(rlmo and vlolance In front of his
The attention of Patrolman Smith of
tho Central otllce .Uad was attracted
on Sunday afternoon by a gayly colored
lithograph advertising a film entitle!
"The Shadow of a Great City." The
picture showed the villain of melodrama,
with a curling black moustache and Im
maculate evening dress, pointing a re
volver at a flaxen haired woman bang
ing by one arm from a bildge.
Patrolman Smith recalled section 27
of the cily ordinance, which prohibits
the public dNplay of any picture of a
crime, or of n picture which might
Incite the Imagination to thoughts of
crime. He entered the theatre and ar
rested the proprietor.
This Is (he flr.t conviction of Its kind
In New York.
Dentil of Coal Merchant Halts
Larue Crowds of Homc
K'oers. While buying candy in Loft's at 41 Park
row last night Harry G. Barber, a coal
dealer with yards at 357 Water street and
living at nil Clinton avenue, ltrooklyn,
was stricken with heart disease. He
died before tho arrival of a physician.
Mr. Barber was standing at the counter
where one of the salesgirls, Miss I.owen
thal, luul ju-t handisl him a box of candy.
Ho drew some money from his Kcket
and as he was passing it to her he reeled
and fell backward to the floor. The
store was crowded with customers mid
the sight of the well dressed man
struggling on the floor came near caus
ing a panic The manager ordered th
curtains rawnd nnd while thos who were
in the "tore were waited on no one was
admitted until the body had been taken
A hurry call was fent to the Volunteer
Hospital, but Mr Harlxr was dead when a
doctor came Word that a man had fallen
dead in Ixjft'.s spicad rapidly anil in a few
momenN thwv was a largf crowd in front
ot the doors
In the store witli Mr. HarN-r ii,n lie was
stricken was his Monographer, Mi Mar
garet Hutt of 270 Van street, Brooklyn.
She wept when she saw what had lefallen
her employer. She was led away by a
friend, Miss K. "oyi ol lfio Washington
street. Brooklyn
Mr. BurlxT was about 4.1 years old. He
owned the business carried on under the
name of Alfred BarUjr'H Son, with coal
yard in Manhattan and Brooklyn. At
his home last night it. was said that ho had
had a previous attack of heait diseas-i.
In March, 1010, Mr Barker was ac
quitted of charges nu-ide against him by
a young girl Several years ago the city
bought from him a olot ot land on South
1 Oliver street for I91.0(I0. It was alleged
tliat he had formerly offered to sell the
land to the city for MOO.fJOOand Dull when
lie came before the condemnation com
missioners he committed perjury. He
denied this charge and said that while
he did not deny that there was graft in
tho deal ho got none of it.
When Mr. Barber's clothes were ex
amined last night at tho police station,
whore the body was taken to await tho
arrival of relatives, it was found that ho
carried a considerable quantity of jewelry.-
UN watch, pencil, stickpin, key
ring, cut! links and knife, all of gold, we're
plentifully set with diamonds nnd other
Pnrltj Oraiinlintlnti So Tell Senate
Wahiunoton, Deo. 0 Iieprepnntativen
of the Woman's Christian- Temperance
Union, tho World's Purity League, tho In
ternational Heform Bureau, the Gospel
Mission mid other purity organizations
gave to-day to tho sub-committee of the
Senate Committee on District of Columbia
Affairs detailed information of tho exist
ence of n red light district in the shadow
of the Capitol, Tho hearing was on n bill
introduced by Senator Kenyon of Iowa
to wlpo out tho underworld district of
Washington and was attended by half a
hundred persons, women predominating
Henry M. IViiigle, assistant superin
tendent of the International Iteform
Bureau described a visit to a hotel which
he said was used for Improper purposes.
"How far Is that from the Capitol?"
asked Senator Kenyon.
"About five minutes walk," replied Mr,
Mrs, II. E. Monroe of the Gospel Mission
declared that automobile were seen fre
quently stunding In front of thedlsordrrly
houses in the viclnUy of thn missions
anil that they beloifg to the rich men's
rous, who brought tho daughters of tho
poor to t hose houses.
"'I hero are within one block of the White
House," the said, "fourteen disorderly
II W Kline, superintendent of tho Gos
pel Mission, Mild
"I have never seen anything equal to
tho row of pest houses south of Pennsyl
vania avenue and bordering tho Botanic
"How far is that from the Capitol?"
Senator Kenyon uskisl
"Not more than three minutes walk."
replied Mr Kline.
ANTi;i7l.t UX nlllSKKT
The reason ur ull iou About ,MitrJurln
it Wet-nuie 11 b moiUi ft. Jaiytlci l)rt W. V.
,,- , . , ... I
Women 1 nilllpers ill Ask THin ;
to T'lisli Aiiioiiilmpiil (iv.
inir Them Votes.
Many Will Mnke the Stnrt nnd
Three Kxpeet to Stick
Whole Wny.
The Riiffraslsts are going In tn.mp to
Albany carrying a message to Gov. Sulzor.
He' isn't Governor yet, but he will l the
day after they get Ihnro.
They xieot to leave New York, at the
subway station, Broadway nnd 242d street,
Monday morning, IV(snil,r HI, nt a quar
ter past 0 o'clock. Fiftsn days later tho
"Votes for Women I'ilgrimago" (official
title) wiM enter Albany.
That will U. the last tlav of the year, just (
in lime lo caicn .Mr. Miir witu a iition
that he put into his niewigo a statement
favoring the submission of n sufTrago
amendment to, the voters in tni,V
Suffragists who don't feel like taking
tlie whole loii mile walk will join for as
much of a jaunt m they ran manage In
fact the pilgrimage to l a sort of relay
nffair But Mis KoK-ilie Jones, witli whom
the idea originated, cxect8 to lo a
through pilgrim.
"I think thns of us will walk all the
wav," she said yesterday. "But a good
many will walk only one day I leave
to-morrow on a three days trip to arrange
the schedule. We shall not trVto cover
more than ten or twelve miles a lay
and shall hold meetings every evening
at the town where we s'nd the night. "
Tho idea was enthusiastically received
nt tho various headquarters yesterday.
Some of tho women said thejr couldn't
go far. but they would ls on ham! at
the start and would do tho first day's
stunt At Vonkers tho first day a huffnt
luncheon will ! served the pilgrims
nt the headquarters of tho local suffrage
club. The second day Mrs. Anna Boss
Weeks will entertain the footsore hikers
nt luncheon at the country club at Scar-boro-ou-Hudson.
Knnsacks and pilgrim's staffs will he
sold to the tramiers at the starting (sunt.
The knapsacks aro the regulation ones
used by the loy scouts, but they will b-
emblazomst with the "Votes for Women"
motto. Thesfl knapsacks are to contain
only literature for distribution, as the
tratnxrw intend to forward their suit
cajxsi eacli day from ono stopping placo
to the next.
MiH Jones and Miss Ida Craft, who Is
to be one of the long distance pilgrims,
will wear the wliito and yellow hats which
were the official headgear in the recent
torchlight parade. Both say they are
good walked and that they exect to have
no trouble keeping the pare they havo
set for themselves. Miss Craft said that
shoes will be the most iinHrt.tnt con
sideration and that she is having extra
heavy soles affixed lo a walking pair so
as to l projs'rly fitted out.
Miss KlUabeth Freeman, who is now
on a speaking tour up the Stafp. will
join the pilgrimage the second week.
!,ocal suffragists alongthe route will meet
the advancing contingent and go along
for an much of a hike as they are able.
Some of the weaker sisters will fall back
on the railway trains nt Intervals, but
will be on hand nt the stopping place to
help with the meetings.
Each of the seven suffrage societies here
in New York will have at least ono repre
sentative with the pllgrimngo when it
finally comes tramping into Albany.
Others from Albany will go out to meet
them and sympathizers from thn towns
along the route will swell tho ranks. Tho
right bank of thn Hudson will be followed
all the way.
One man said that he wants to go too
nnd the pilgrims have assured him that
he will bo welcome. The boy of nil work
at the State headquarters, ISO Madison
avenue, says he is just pining to go along.
Ho wants to walk all the way, but he didn't
know yesterday whether he could re
main away from his important
for so long.
Jusller (ioff t'oinnients In rn of
Tito Youths.
Justice Goff had before him In tho
Crlmlml Dranch of the Supreme Court
yesteiday two young men charged with
carrying concealed weapons. Both
plended guilty nnd Justice Ooff asked
Lawyer Abe Loy to question the boys
and report.
Mr. Levy replied that one prisoner
was Joseph (lalvln, 16 years old, of
Dorchester, Mass., who said he had
stolen his father's revolver. The other,
Tony Muzztcatto. 24, a bartender, of 132
Fast 110th street, said ho had a weapon
because ho was obliged to pass through
a dangerous m Ighborhoou,
"This Is nnother Illustration of the
terrible pleco of legislation called tho
Sullivan law," suld Justice Goff, "It Is
a law that works Injury to the honest
citizen and affords no protection to tho
citizen against tho crook,"
The Justice remanded the prisoners
for sentence Friday and directed n pro
bation officer to look them up.
Poller Pro lile "Clolhlna" After II.
morn! nf Stolen Knit,
I'liH.AUiariitA, Doc. 0, Frank Itice
started to-day, clad only in a burlap bag,
a six months vacation trip to tho work
house Whon Hicsi was arraigned Istforo
Magistrate Mad'arlaml ho was attired
in u stylish suit which later was identified
by liovi Scotlold, a l'utorsou, N, J.,
resident. Ho also identified Hico as thn
man who last night led him lo a local
saloon whore ho could obtain "cheap
drinks," Alter imbibing it few dilukx
Scnfield said lie was disrobed,
Magistrate MucKurland ordered that
Hico be taken to a retiring room and that
tho clothes he was wearing lm given to
Seofleld. A policeman supplied the bur
lap Iwg in which Woo was attired when he
wan sentenced and In which he inude the
trip to tba workbouM. ,
1 i -
Pill i;nglne's Tender Clone Ilchlnrt
It limns Hlexnlrd Pillar.
An nhrin of fire from forty-fourth
cel. and Find avemio early yesterday
evening took I'.ngiiie S nnd tender on tho
between Lexington and Third avenues.
As )rier George Ilrannignii of tho en
gine started to lurn down First avenue
lie kiw a white hnrn nnd buggy Roiim
south on that avenue. It" pulled his
.'hordes hack as haul an lie could mid
turned them up on First avenue.
The engine frightened the horse on the
buggy nnd ho (-hot down First avenue,
dragging the buggy, containing A. ieger,
of 311 Kat Forty-llfth street, and a woman
and a baby
IJown the street a few blocks Joe Dono
van, .lr., son of ('apt. Donovan of Knglne
S, stoppeil the runaway. Meanwhile tho
engine swung around to the curb without
overturning, but closo behind tho en
gine was the tender, driven by Alexander
llurgait. Durgart swung Ills horses by
tho engino and crashed into tin elevated
The pole of the tender snapped short
and the tender Itself was jammed against
tho pillar llurgart was hurt by the Im
pact, but clung to his horses. The live
llremeii on the tender weru thrown to tho
vlrwt ,ml ,u.rc ullllUrt.
Hail Keen
Awnitinu- Trial Since
in Kiverhead. 1j. I.,
A woman who has Wen routined In
the new $250.01)0 county J:ill nt Itlver
head, 1.. 1.. since last spring awaiting
trial on an Indictment for robbing Miss
Helen Lowell, nn actress In "The lied
Petticoat" company now playing Iri)
Daly's Theatre,! escaped either Sunday
or yesteiduy.
Her disappearance has recalled to the
minds fif many persons In this city, Mt.
Vernon. N. Y Asbury Park. N. J., and
Chicago n Mrs. F.sthor Harris, who also
was known as Mrs. Kllzals'th Wells, and
who represented herself as an agent for
tin- Authors Club of Chicago, In which
guise she Is said to have secured sub
scriptions from wealthy women for
starting suffrage papeis in the various
cities where, she operated. Mrs. Julia
F. Itajier. i4 wealth! nnd nged woman
of Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. 1-aura I,.
Houghton, also elderly and well to So
of Asbury P.uk. were sorry to hear that
KMlier Harris hail walked out of Jail.
Mrs. lioughton ,says the woman
secured $1,700 from her on fale prc
tentes and Mrs. Maker Is said to have
lost some jewelry and money In the
same way. The trial of tho Harris
woman was set for Thursday of this
I Miss Lowell and Mrs. Daisy G. Arm
, stront, of this city have u farm together
at Rast Northport, L. I. In the fall
I of 1911 they advertised for a house
) ke per and F.sther Harris got the Job.
She was a gem for a month and then
one day she disappeared, tuklng with
her. It Is charged. $110 in cash, n $300
fur coat, four diamond rings and
clothes worth $l,50o. In May of this
year Mrs. Armstrong met her on Uroad
w.iy and caused her arrest. She was
Inter Indicted In Suffolk county nnd put
In the Jail tin-re.
Her escape was made with a key that
fitted all the locks, and she left in an
automobile, taking with her all her
I clothes and the typewriter she had in
her cell Hahih C. Oreon. District
Atlorne of Suffolk, Is Investigating the
I escape and may tiring charges against
Sheriff Melville Brush. Mrs. Harris
I had many privileges In the jail, whero
I she had gained the confidence of nil,
' s!li 4. eni' ntil nnil u'na vrv
well educated, her business being that
of a writer
After Mrs. Armstrong and Miss
Lowell had caused Mrs. Harris's arrest
they found she hnd been stopping In
nn expensive suite at the Woodward
Hotel. Broadway und Flfty-ftfth street.
In her trunks was found some of tho
property taken from tho actress to
gether with fifteen pieces of Jewelry
which belonged to Mrs. Uaker, with
wiinm sue Hint liven in aU vernon as a
Further Investigation showed that
Mrs. Harris wont to Mrs, Clark's board
ing house at 601 Asbury Avenue, As
bury Park, on March 1 of this year,
and gave her name as Mrs. Fllzabcth
Wells of California. Shn said she was
u writer nnd rcprcserted the Chicago
Authors Club unci nlso the Chicago
Tribune, Sho got subscriptions for
starting a suffragette paper, but dis
appeared ono day with all the collec-
Mrs. Harris-Wells's next appearnnce
wns In New York. Here shn Interested
many local suffrage leaders In her
story and Is said to have secured a good
deal of money before she dropped out, to
reappear ngaln ns Rather Hnrrls, house
keeper for Miss Lowell und Mrs. Arm
.Man Whn flakes l.lvlnar by Praying
Snr Snlmnr,
A man who says ho is at tho head nf a
new religion had his legs measured in the
Supreme Court yesterday. Tho man Is
F, William Winter of 2IIM Bryant avenue,
The Bronx, who is suing tho Interbornugli
for $IO,Oun damages for injuries ho says he
received in a collision in the subway In
1009, Tho railroad didn't know Winter
had been injured until he brought HUit
but he explained thnt ho didn't leave his
name because lie didn t know he was
hurt. When he got home ho hud to JUre
un Italian to carry him upstairs, he said
Winter declares that he has mado 2.V)
a year from practising medicine, but his
chief Income lias been $2,5oo a year from
praying. Ho has no church but ho re
ceives letters asking for prayers und en
closing money
Testimony us to whether the clergy
man's leg bus grown shorter since the no
cident resulted in an order from tho court
to have both legs measured in the jurv
room, the lawyers reixutrsi that both
, were of llm sumo length. Th.e case wus
not linisnea,
The l.ons Him Tl rhlnei 'nrlo Co.
I'ulnorillniri' display of Hue Chlnrte Jailr, an
Ua.ua rues, al aur ttuwrvom, va 1'Uib t,-A4r.
Surrojrnte, Estimates News
papers nt, ?1 9.000,000 In
stead of .$1,1 !W, 172.
ArrnAisATi is hkjected
Colialnn Tails for Evidence
Safeguard the State's
Surrogate John P. Colmtnn refused
yesterday to approve the report of Trans
fer Tin Appraiser Joseph I. Berry on
tho estate of Joseph Pulitzer, on the
ground thnt the estate was "grossly
under valued. " The Surrogate also said:
"It would seem that an effort might
nt least be mado by the attorney for the
Stato Comptroller to provide evidence
sufficient to sustain a finding that would
remove the suggestion that tho Interests
of the State of New York have not been
pro:rly protected in a matter of such
imKrtnnoe ns tho appraisal of the estate
under consideration."
Appraiser Deny est mated the value
nf the estate at tlA.SSS.UO. He estimated
Mr. Pulitzer's interest in the Press Pub
lishing (Vmwiny, owner of the New York
H'orM and Erenfnu lYorW. at W.0!fl.455
and his interest in the Pulitzer Publish
ing Comiwny of tit. Ixuiis, publishing
the Poaf-Mipufcl, at $1,115,717.
Surrogate Cohalun declares in his
opinion rejecting the report that the
valuation of Mr. Pulitzers interest in
his newsiwpers and tho three shares
held by the publishing companies in
the Associated Press have been under
valued to the extent isjssibly of many
millions of dollars.
The Surrogate figured that on a S per
cent, basis of earning power the holdings
of the Pulitzer estate in the Press Publish
ing Company should appraise upward
of $11,0110.0011, instead of $3,1116,455, while
the holdings of the estate In tho Pulitzer
Publishing Company on the same basis
of earning rawer should be upwurd of
$s,oon.0on. instead of $1,115,717. This
would make the estate's interest In the
three newspapers over $19,000,000, instead
of $4,139,172.
Surrogate Cohalan said that the affi
davit of N. II, Botsford, auditor of the
Press Publishing Company, in tho ap
praisal proceeding put tho net profits
for the company for the four years ending
toil at $2,251,321. From this net total
there was deducted 105,0OQ. alleged to
have been paid as bortuaea to employees
of the newspapers. The Surrogate aaid
it was not shown whether these bonuses
were gifts or contractual obligations
'Die Surrogate said that assuming the
bonuses to have been voluntary con
trlbutions to the employees. In my
opinion they havo beon erroneously de
duct ed."
Accordingly, the Surrogato says, the
net profits should have been fixed at
$2,251,321. instead of $2,146,321. which
would moke the average net profit for
each of the four years, preceding the death
of Mr. Pulitzer $502,830, instead of $536,580
as reported by Appraiser Berry,
The affidavit of James T. Keller, auditor
and treasurer of the Pulitzer Publishing
Company, estimated the total not profit
for four years at $1,033,637, or an average
of $403,456 a vear.
The shares in the Associated Press held
by each newspaper wero appraised at their
face value of $1,000 a share, but the Surro
gate points out that tho only testimony
as to their value was given by Melville E.
Stone, general manager of the Associated
I'rees. I lie surrogate believes that a
newspaper's membership in the Associated
Press is worth more than $1,000.
In his opinion the Surrogate estimate
that the indicated return on the holdings
of the estate of Joseph Pulitzer in the
Press Publishing Company tor tho four
years prior to his death was almost IS per
cent, on $3,016,455, the appraised value of
the stock, and 37 per cent, on the stock in
tho Pot-Dipatck, appraised at $1,115,717.
Commenting on certain testimony by
Mr Stone the Surrogate said:
"It is contended on behalf of tho estate
that the personality of Joseph Pulitzer
was in great measuro responsible for the
earning capacity of these two newspapers
and that his death greatly reduced their
earning capacity. If this contention la
made in good faith It would be very easy
for tho estate to show the earnings of these
two papers for the year since thn de
cedent's death, but no testimony of that
kind was offered."
Twrlvr-year-old Harr Pelre Kttab
llshra Claim to Barony.
Special Cable DetttlcA lo Turn Stm.
London, Deo, 0. A girl of 12 years
of age has won a peerage claim before
tho Committee of Privileges of the House
of lords. Sho is Mary Franoea Katha
rine Petre, daughter of Baroness Petro,
thn widow of the fourteenth Baron. Her
mother mado the petition In behalf of
her daughter, claiming thn Baronv of
Furnivnll und submitting the pedigree !
which started in 1283, when the first
I ii (I of Kurnivnll sat in Parliament.
For tho Crown the Attornoy-Geueral
argued that no lord of Fi'irnivall sat
iw Parliament until a century later. The
House of lords, committee, after exam
ining tho evidence, decided that a lord
sat in 1203 and reported accordingly to
the House of lords.
Method of Flub Iteduitloa Fratrs
Attonlihlnxl; Nsrcetntal.
Jnhrutown. I's.-iDvestltallon baa fully elb.
IMied thai lion. It. T. Slctlrr, of ttila city, has
rtiluceit hla wclrht fifty-seven pounds In nn In
crrillbly short lime by wearlui a tlmplr, Invisible
device, nelghlni: Ims than anounra. Thla, when
worn Ulrrvtisl, acts as an Infallible llesh te
Uiice r. itltlirntliiE en llnly th dieting, m,stldnr,
unit emi'lsrv Many I'loinlticiit men amluoinen
have adopted ihl easy means of reducing super
fluouk flesh, aud II ta statist thn Inventor. 1'ruf.
J. S. Uiiina. of So. 17 West Thirty-eighth alreei.
New York, la senalng itoeae buttli on free trial
la U saa wilta liaaa
Snterj ns Postmnster Ponlileit, Now
Ml a Dsr.
fptfiat raVt Dttvateh In Tnr. Srv.
TtoMK. Dec. o. Tho Pope's brother.
Angelo Kirto, who is postmaster of tho
Vlllagnof Corazlo, called at the Parliament
buildings to-diy to nsk Deputy di Ragnn
to recommend him to the Minister of
Posts nnd Telegraphs for tin Increaso In
Tho Pontiff's brother Is 76 rears old
anil earns n half dollar dally He Is
compiled to walk ten miles every day
In order to carry the mails of his village
to the Mantua st'itinn.
Later In the day tho Minister cordially
received Harto ut.d after talking with him
for awhile willingly doubled his nay, and.
what is more, appointed a postman to help
nmnlnjrrs Find Kill Afler llonr'n
Search In Smoke.
A fire thnt did $50,000 damage last night
In the basement and subcellar of the ten
story building at 627-620 Broadway, be
tween Houston and Bleecker streets,
badly scared four girls nnd four men who
were working on tho top floor. They
finally managed to got out by a fire es-
caiie at the rear of the structure on Mercer
street, nnd then by the firemen's ladders.
but not until they had wandered panic
stricken in the smoke tilled halls for
nearly an hour.
William Wiosel, foreman for the Com
mercial Shirt Company on tho tenth
floor, threo men who work for him, to
gether with Bertha Stein. Frieda Schnei-
der and Sarah and Helen Crow, were tho
persons trapped by tho firo who finally
"I Always Ask People lo Lend Me,,
Not Pay Me," TrIU Court,
A bit of Chinese philosophy crept Into a
suit yesterday before Supreme Court
Justice Hubbs, sitting in New York county
by assignment, in which Ben O. Wong
sued to recover $'!99 from tho former
owners of the Chinee Weekly Herald for
solicltlngadvertlsingforsii years Wong
testified that In addition to getting adver
tisements during this criod he Bold coa I.
engravings, rubber stamps, insurance and
rice cakes He had ills books to show that
his expenses, including hotel bills and
railroad fares, were $10 for the six years.
Wong testified that during this period
he borrowed some money from the de
fendants, and when asked why he didn't
collect what was due htm instead of bor
rowing, he said:
"I always ask people to loan me, not
pay me, because it'a mort) nice."
Wong won his case.
Walter Prtr, Acrobat, Dlea Fran
Shocks to Head.
BaiDOKPORT. Cons., Dtc. (-.Walter
Porter, acrobat, founder of tb Melrota
Troupe and originator of the spectaoular
somersaulting over elephant which was
featured for years in the Bam urn and
Bailey Circus, died here. to-day from the
effects of injuries he got in performing
the thrilling feat which gave him fame.
ha one of his acrobat io performances
he served as base for a broken' pyramid
three men high In which the middle man
displaced hunself, allowing the upper
man to drop upon Porter s shoulders.
The shocks which (Porter received about
the head in this performance caused
nervous paralysis, whioh ended in death.
Porter, who was 41 years old, liad been
with Bamum's since he was a child and
had a worldwide reputation as a tumbler.
Patient Pat Ilia IVeck
nail Before Wheel.
Middustown, N. T., Dec. 9. Clarkson
Nicholas, 32 years old, a patient at the
Mlddletown State Hospital, committed
suicide In an extraordinary manner In
the grounds ot the Institution this
morning. He was out walking with
other natlonts In charge of attendants.
When near a spot running from the
main lino of the Erie Its 1 1 road Into the
hospital grounds, Nicholas lag-ged be
hind. A locomotive was backing down a
car and Nicholas ran to the track and
lying down, placed his neck on the
rjall In front of the car. Ono wheel
passed over him, killing him Instantly.
Nicholas wns committed from Jeffer
sonvllle, N. Y several .weeks ago. His
fiancee dropped dead while Bitting be
side him on a sofa and this unbalanced
his nalnd.
Trala Wll! Re Made, Carryln Flntd
Between Llner'a Sheila.
Sptrtal Cebtt nuphcii lo The So.
Belfast, Deo. 0. It has been decided
to utilize a portion of the three-foot apace
between the outer and inner shells of the
reconstructed White Star steamer Olympio
for storing oil to bo used experimentally
as fuel In ono boiler.
If the experiment Is successful the
space between the shells of the hull of tho
steamship Britannic, now building, will
be used for the sumo purpose.
Aalnpar Show a Mannlaar Had Ttto
I.ohra In Kaeh I.aaaT Alan.
An autopsy performed yesterday upon
tho body of Michael Manning, a laborer
32 years pld, who died of pneumonia In
Bellevue Hospital, disclosed what Dr.
Cyrus W. Field of tho hospital's patho
logical depurtment snld was an unusually
completo coo of sltuslransversus. The
heart wus on the right side instead 'of
on tho left, thn spleen was also on thn
right side, thn appendix was on the left
side, the great stomach was out of place
und the lungs hnd two lobes each.
Over ion doctors, professors and medical
students were present at tha autopsy.
Ho far as the doctors could judge. Man
ning hud ttuffnred no Inconvenience
through the transposition of his organs.
A Oltt Audemair Opera Glaases,
distinct dafiatUOO. tl OptDW T Mil
lea Laoc.
British Foreign Minister In
sists that President Taft
Is Wrong.
Railroad Ownership Must
Not Bar Canadian or
Britisli Ships.
Exemption of American Ves
sels Mukes Foreigners Pay
Whole Cost of Upkeep.
Document, Was Sf nt to the Brit
ish Pnrliimipnt Yesterday
Wamhn-gtov, Doc. n. -Formal demand
upon tho Government of the Unlte.i.
States cither to repeal the net of Congress
granting free passage through the Panama'
Canal to American ships engaged in coast
wide trade, or to submit the matter to
arbitration, was made to-night by James
Bryce, Ambassador of Great Britain,
in a lengthy statement presented to Secre
tary of State Knox.
The statement, which tears the signa
ture of Sir Kdwurd Grey, British Minister
of Foreign Affairs, is an amplification
of the original note of protest presented
by A. Mitchell Innes, British Charge d' Af
faires, on July 8. It endeavorj to estab
lish by argument the soundness of the
British contention that the legislation
favoring American ships is In violation
ot tho treaty rights of GreatBritain with
regard to the Panama Canal.
The note further gives warning that
another protest will be forthcoming
from Great Britain If It Is held by the
Government of tho United States that
Urltlsh or Canadian vessels are Included
in the disbarment from the use of the
canal of ships In which any railroad
under the Jurisdiction of the Interstate
Commerce Commission has an Interest
and ships whose owner muy be .ad
judged guilty of violating the Sherman
anti-trust law.
The note states that'tho British Govern
ment now assumes that these two clauses
do not apply to or affect Britisli ships.'
In regard to arbitration it is stated
that the British Government has taken
cognizance of the fact that many per
sons of noto in the United States "whose
opinions are entitled to great weight'
hold thnt tho act of Congress in question
does not infringo the treaty obligations
of the United States, and therefore it Is
dec tred the British Government is per
fectly witling to submit tho question to
arbitration if the United States prefers.
This significant sentence is udded, how
ever: A reference to arhitrationwould be
rendered unnecessary if the Government
of the United States should be prepared
to take such steps as would remove the
objections to the act which his Majesty's
Government have stated."
Though, neither the President nor Seo
retary of State Knox has ever made any
declaration as to whether the United
States would be willing to submit thejeon-
troversy with Great Britain over canal
tolls to arbitration, it has been generally
assumed that this Government would
refuse to arbitrate the dispute. This
statement has been freely made In the
Senate, and some have even gone so far
as to predict that tho Senate would refuse
to extend the treaty of arbitration with
Great Britain whioh expires next May
in order to avoid the obligation of ar
bitrating the canal matter.
Sir Edward Grey in the note presented
to Mr. Knox, hastens to deny that the
British Government is attempting to deny
the right of tho United States to grant
subsidies to Its shipping and thus deprive
it of the rights enjoyed by other nations
which will send subsidized vessels through
the Panama Canal. It is declared that
In advancing this argument President
Taft In his memorandum of-August 37
evidently misunderstood the meaning of
Mr. Innes s first uote of protest, it is
carefully stated, however, that the British
Government does not concede the right
of the United States to favor by subsidy
a special class ot American shipping In
such a way as to placo such shipping at
an advantage in the use of the canal. as
compared with British shipping.
The British argument rests chiefly on
two points. The first is that In inter
preting the Hay-Pauncefote treaty of
1801, the Clayton-Bulwer treaty of 1BS0.
which it superseded, must be considered
with It. The two treaties considered
togethor, it is stated, make It clear that
the British Government retained for
itself the guarantee of equal treatment
of Its vessels using the canal ns compen
sation for giving baok to the United
States in tho Hay-Pauncefote treaty
the right to construct the canal Independently-
right , which the United
States surrendered intlieCUiyton-Bulwer
The second main point of tho argument
is that If any American ships aro granted
the free use of the canal, British ships
using the canal will be forced to bear
more than a proper share of the burden
of the cost or tho upkeep of the oanal
and Interest charges on its coat of con
struction. This, It is claimed, is in vio
lation or the clause of tho Hay-Paunosfof
treaty, which declares that all charge
made by the United States for the uau
or tho canal shall be Just and equitable.
Discussing tho first of these point tho
Britisli note says:
Ho long as tho Clayton-Bulwer treaty
was In force- the position wis that ketk
parties to it bad ulvco up tblr vest el
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