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THE SUN, SUNDAY, MAY 18, 1918.
TRAIL OF GRAFT ON STATE ROADS Sulor's Investigators Find Millions Stolon und AViistod. lXIUC'ni KXTK I IK ELY Commissioner Stops All Work Till Depart incut Is h'coriranizcd. rONTKACTOHS ROT TtlCli tvliii rp Turns ami Shrewd Prne hVcs Many Ways to Mulct the Stttte. The Mmple ptory of New York Ktato h.Khwny I'onstriictinn under tho nix art ministpatlon ns Ciov. Sulzcr's InvcMl-pator.- have found It Hppeurs in thcie Sp.nt K2.ooo.oon tpent well l3,:oo,00 Wasted and Ptnlen. And If 3"u FUbdlvldo S, 500,000 tho Item of wnne ana tnerts you nnu mm fume berty who wasn't entitled to It pot o.- 000 000 of Hip State's money. The 3.500.000 remainder 1 churned up to fad that didn't work. The sinister thine about It nil Is not th" locp of 41' per cent, of all the money that .holiM have Rone Into Rood roads', but, as Gov. Sillier nnd his udvlsters point out. that the persons who got so tar Into the State treasury under Mr. Plx intended to go Juht ub deeply In th administration of Mr. Sulzer. Ap i!lns the 40 tier cent, ratio out of the JTO.000,000 which Gov. Sulwr Is cmpow- 1 rd to spend on Kood roads they would have pocketd or wasted at least f28, COO.uOO. ijov. Sulzer fiom what he has he.i'td and from what his investigators 1 ave learned does not doubt that they tiki .1:1 tlu-y could to accomplish Just that MiinR .1 hn A. Hennessy, Gov. Super's ox ni!ive .auditor, has been reading old hlchway contracts, looklns over the road tbemselvi and examining wlt r.r . s i'.iu'i' l.u-t January. Mr. Hen r. . It tli i"iei" of subtsna and l.a;. ,;.l man:.- road bul.ders to t'lt'y t.s t.t ii.H ciuseil the id conditions wh -li '. found in many of the newly M 1 p..ids. Tin i;.'Vi rniir thinks that the investl pat.' j u'.vn at l ist h L completed will ts'i;; 111 the indictment of eonif of the rw n wl r Extraordinary Sale TO-MORROW (MONDAY) 5000 Waists and Blouses Vs to 1 ,'2 less than Regular Price Lingerie, Voile and Novelty Crepe Waists -All New Models, 2 50, $3.75, $5.00, $7.50 Crepe de Chine Waists Hemstitched Plaites Collars and Cuffs, also with Hand Embroidered Collars, $5.00, $7.50, $9.75, $11.50 Net and Lace Blouses New fichu effects, shell pink or white linings, $5.75, $6.95, $8.75, $12.50 French Hand made Crepe and Marquisette Waists, $12.50, $16.50, $19.75 s t their fingers into the State till 71 far Mr. Ileiinessy lsn t men tion!!'..: . n narm-s. but !. has a. pretty il!1n..' ..a.. to where the trails lead. Many . '-r.'raetors and many engineers and .-..-ii.-'ters .Hid others nearer the top of th. St.it adnt'.nl-itration and MV- po'.IUc. ajtiteiir to l,,iv had a hand lit tlu apportionm nt of s-poils. Work on .MI HiiiiiI Mopped. .I.hn N. L'arllile. th" newly appointed Commissioner of Hiphv.avs has Bunnell all work on the mads l'i-' he can whip l.is depart K ' into shape. He has sutn nord toL William de H. Washington c N-w i'prlt and HaroM I'arker. who n- i r years i '( nimi.-sloner of Hish- m Mafctuchuset's. to advisfj him i" d loping a consistent policy of road cns'rui i .on. dr Tarler i- an expert In usinc the nurerU!? at hand in the districts where ruds are under construction. If he n put into effect such a system In Now York Ptato and Mr. Carlisle. i'wrn't doubt that he will do t-o New Vnrk will do away with one of th5 chief (actors ef wast u they appeared un- r the Dix regime. the sham turns arid all the nri-wd practices Mr. Hennor-sy has dls ifvered non bee.ms to have done quit's th etfi'Knt Frvlce to the grafters that th "suuiilementary uirreement" did. It was a neat scheme, done under tho fnrw of Jaw and et no productive of nal money to tho interested parties that tr- Statu Ion millions because. Hi It The law provide that all bids shall ! onen and aboveboard. They were in k far as an;, nody on tho outside could tell. Th" contractors, r.lx or eien or e sh' of them, put In bids for t. crta.n ti'm of used road. Tho trwlnritv 01 the bids, probibly all bu ft er.' In'iift They were received 'he llic'r.i.o Peparlment, opened ar.d rHd 'u jiubllc. Thus far not a r'st-er could be pointed, not a doubt i 'i. I be entertained. All the coatrac t"-- ! ad arcosti tn the records and they e y. tee for themselves that tho cross I d ef John Smith - V. T.-a.s the low ' So. shouldn't tho contract bo fv rdtd to .loan Smith & Co.? It was, nd then tho ou..er practices began- P'ljipiis-e it was a contract for a, b! t .nuttniiK niacadani road bottom course ' r Inches thick, top course three :ncM thick, with a top dressing of ' r tar Among the items the con t a - ,r had to bid on were earth exca it' n arnl rock excavation and per 1 iri n siib.base course thrm feet or r v- i 'lick of bu; stones for a founda n In ihe orlKlri il pei'flca.tions na made e i' b th" lilKhwayH Department per l.ip.n 1.1'iiU) 1'iibio yards of sub-base i- orn were provided for, Tho figures hr wnrth watching net bid $2.25 on ' ''ill i ubiij yards of sub-baso Btone, a i lar a ruble yard morn than an I in".' contractor thinks proper. Hern Come, thn "Joker," On tock i .vavatlon, estimated by the UtKhway.- Department at 4,500 cubic ards, the net bid was $1,70, And then -hero comc3 the Joker a net bid of -10 cents a cubic yard on 20,000 e r.io yards of earth excavation, also n .cording to the estimates of the High whys P-partment. Forty cents a cubic yard for earth excavation Is 10 or ir-nin less than a straightforward win tractor la apt to bid. But the effect of the low bid Is that John Smith ( i, pet the contract. Then comes thn supplemental rnrree. ment. It suddenly develops that Blstake has been made In the est! rn.ites. There is a groat deal morn o if'Ck excavation than was supposed, ar.d the cheap earth excavation la pro P'irtionately decreased. The change Is made with every appearance of lnno cence how could anybody tell now the fact is that no work has been done on the road, nnd It would have been eni-y to tell what tho conditions ere lief ore the contract was let as afterward. Mr. Hennessy Is perfectly certain that he conditions were known before and that the favored contractor, the man icrhaps who was willing to divide with omebody in authority, knew that he t bidding on conditions that d'd not exist and that when the final nccount- ng came he would be 40 per cent, or so head of legitimate proflts. Of courto tho Increased amount of rock excavation 17,000 yards, perhaps, s In the contract described to Tub Si n SHOE DEPARTMENT FIRST FLOOR O&usins Shoes for women On one shoe of every pair is Cousins' trade mark on its mate is our own trade mark. Cousins' Quality and 1 our own Reputation for Style I are the natural twins of the ' fashionable shoe world. COUSINS MAKE" Shoes require no "breaking in" from 1 the minute you are fitted. They instantly relieve vour foot troubles, real or imaginary, and supplement the smartness ! of your costume. I The Hello 22 to 26 John Forsythe 34th st. west immm Founded 1827 SJJ Q O 'oundcd l3:? l) MONDAY AND TUESDAY Qlj A Remarkable Sale of 35,000 Yards Pongee Silks, Printed Satin Foulards, All Silk Voiles, Values 85c. to $2.00 Yard, 58 in CENTS Pongee Silks 26 inch, extra quality, all silk, in a choice assortment of fashionable colorings, particularly adapted for tailored suits, wraps and garments for steamer, touring, motoring and seaside wear. Regularly $1.25 yard Printed Satin Foulards 23 inch, in a choke assortment of this season's latest de signs and colorings, polka dots, stripes and many other fashionable designs. Regularly 85c. to $1.00 yard Black Silk Voiles double width (42 inch), in a variety of checks and broken plaids, suitable for waists, dresses and separate skirts; black only. Regularly $2.00 yard 58 Gents 58 Cents 58 Cents i went In at 52.25, and meant clear rotlt of $17,000 on that Item alnti.. 15ut that wasn't enough. It is muI- eniy thought necessary t' put in a ih-b.iso course. Just as if the road ero beinK pushed throueli quicksand or a mars. i. That thero wasn't quicksand or a marsh made no difference. It would pay tho contractor more and It would cost the State more If the contractor blasted out three extra feet of rock and put the broken pieces hack n a founda tion to the road. Such conditions Mr. Hennessy found not only In one hut In many of the con tracts made In tho Dix administration for spending tho State's $22,000,000 of oad money. In two cases he found a queer development of the suh-ba.-ir stone expedient. IIott the Contractor !et Illeb. It appeared In each of these contracts that some two weeks after work was started th engineer In charge nf the Job. as the representative of th State, sent In word that It was necessary tn charue up more to rock excavation than had been provided for In the contract. The contractor, It was stated In the official notification, had found an old stono wall alone the lino of the rouil and had had to take It out. rock cnch- vatlon, of course. And then ho had put It hack Into thp foundation of tho road as sub-base stone, for which he was paid as freely as though the stone had been carted a dozen miles. This meant that the Stato paid $3.K0 a cubic yard for what oost the contractor a sixth of that amount. Mr. Hennessy nnd his fellow Investi gators bow to tho country contractor. Many of tho up-Stato road builders In dipping Into th State treasury appear to have Bone to extremes which would make a New York paver blush. That thoy wc.ro In leugue with tho local In- apectorH nnd perhaps with tho division engineers can scarcely do questioned Mr. Hennessy thinks. How much hlghor In tho Stato Department of High ways the trail of gran leads the tiov ernor's Investigators do not say lor publication Just now. Hut aa they fol low the leads that are presented to them they keep on climbing that's all they havn to say about It. Thus far Mr. Hennessy ha-i not ex amined any of the principal contrac tors under subpoena. He has concen tratcd on the engineers and the Inspec tors. Where road work has proved to be faulty ho has called them In one by one to explain whoso fault It was The division engineer says that he had to tako the word of somebody lower down and the chief engineer says ho had to take tho word of tho division en elneer and the Inspector sayH ho had to take somebody's word ho had seen the stuff (to Into the road. When they are confronted with their sworn statements that thn work was done according to specifications, and at the same time are shown pieces of road which don't come up to par, they say that sworn etatemonts am "only formal," and that thoy really shouldn't bo held responsible for them. Other Wmrm of "Xrlf-!llp." The new work wasn't the only op nortunlty for self-help from the State nol In Its fine work In repair contracts alto. The Governor has tho record of a concern which built a road in Hock land county lending Into Suffern. The contract price was $2t,00o. but by a supplemental agreement the price was boosted to $3ii,l00. And. after all. the wonst thing about the repairs is thatthey are on roads which were built within two years and H.i.-pt fr th.. faulty construction would not liave to bo repaired now. The repairs cost almost as much as the load cost in the beginning nnd the wink is no more permanent than It was before. So the vicious circle goes on and. according to Mr Hennessy' lnvr.stUn.Uuns, will go on until the wholi- hutiness iione over proper'. As an lnt'ince nf wnsto, Mr lien- iii-.-.-y nas ii'iiui tliitt contractors i.one isiHiid .mil UistehtstiT toads have been utltig ,i certain kind of ment bearing grate) which conies frmn near 1'reksklll. tt Is controlled bv a concern In New York with which Charles 1' Murphy is supposed to have ! h connection. A sample of this gravel was sent two weeks ago to Prof. Tou- ced.i of the. Hensrelaer Polytechnic In stitute, in Troy. Prof. Toucedn nnn- lyzed tt and found that only the flnett particles, tho.-n siimII enough to pass through a scieeu bearing 2U0 holes to the square inch, showed any cemntl tious qualities, and here the cement was present in only 4.45 per rent. t oiniiilsslorier Carlisle Immediately mcelieii ib contracts on eight or ten roads where this grand was in use his countermanding orders went out on Wednesday. Among the roads nf- cted nr the Port .TefToixm. Smith- town, Hay Slioti -Hrnokhavcn and Lit tle Neok-W'estbur.v hlchwavs. The Ciovfrnor wants to get to the bottom of the whole business, not only to run down the offenders, but to show the ciuitrru tors on future hlghwiy con- miction that the State's $T0,U00,il00 nf new loads must be honestly built. Also a remarkable offering of 5,000 yards Printed Satin Foulards, Printed Fleur de Soie, all our own regular high grade qualities, brilliant lustre, soft finish, designs expressly made for and confined to us by the leading manufacturers of Europe. Beautiful allover designs and small floral effects including bor ders, dots, checks and other fashionable styles. Imported grades only, made and printed in Lyons, France; double width (40 to 50 inch). Regularly Sold at $2.50, $3.00 to $5.50 Yard, 1.15 nd 1.50 "." I rvtc osn finn- tiot.sn'T KNOW IT. Uli 1U t Oritlinn PROTECTORY IS 50 YEARS OLD. i Htholle Institution to Celebrate on Mriimrlnl Da. Catholic MM'leties in all parts of Greater New York will spend Memorial Day with the Christian Brothers and the Sisters of Charity at the New York Catholic Pro. tectory, Vnn Nest, to help celebrate the Institution's llfty years of vocations! training or bos and Hlrls. Kxerclses will be held on the ball field and In the morn lug there will be a military mass, at which Cardinal Farley will preside In the afternoon there will b concert bv tho boy baud of the protectory, sports and addresses by .fustic, Victor .1. Dow ling, Judge Julius Mayer nnd Judge Hob. ert J. Wilkin. Mayor (iavi.or wj try to be there Comptroller PieinUrgnst and other city officials and iim.'.erous non Catholics interested In tho worl; of chit ilfen will be present The protect cuy record for 1913 shows that the protectory hBS cared for 4,291 boys and gliis during the last year. Of that numner 1.47L' were committed by ths children's courts of Now York city. The Department or pumio Charities sent 167, Weslchcstet county 103 and other coun ties twenty-six, Hni la Heir of t'nrle lie " rillLADKM'itlA. May IT. ftnndil! VV ' Dickinson, the adopted son of t-iinuel r ' Dickinson of Norfolk. Va., and a student I t the AbInton Friends School, In this city, his fallen heir to JSuti.uoo irom an urn'! whom h never saw. William UamUli Ittlssell, a wealth rvnnsvlvanU fanner, made Jh boy the beneficiary of h! will when he died last l,hruar T,i hov was taken from an orphanage sou ii ear go by Mr. Dickinson, a mer chanrtlso broki. II" believed until re ently that he was the real son of Mr, Dick nson. At the suggestion of hl adopted father tho boy will not be told of his Inheritance until h Is o(der. BEST MAN F0RJBEST CITY JOB. MandnrilUatlnn Committee to "hsUe I'p Kmplojeei. The commutes on standardltatlon of salaries and wages In city departments Is preparing a report grouping the work of the city employees according to the value of the nrk and Hie compensation in-olcd, Tho object of the movement is not to throw certuin men out or tneir joos rui merely to in range for tranxfets among the various dtpartments nherehv men who are capable uf doing work requiring err at, r skill than their present duties and who ;iro gctlng paid for expert woik which they are not doing will be trans ferred to positions railing for their best efforts. HAFO00D TO ISSUE STATEMENT. An Addition tn Col, llnner't on "Harper' WeeM" Sale. Cameron MHckrnzle. vice president or the McClure Publications, Inc., informed Thk Si'jf by letter yesterday that "Mr. Norman Hapgood plans to Issue an Im portant statement supplementing the announcement given out by Col. George Harvey regarding the sale of llarurr'n M'crkly," 'i'ho statement Is to be Issued to-day by Mr. Ilapgood at ths University Club. Col. Harvey's remarks regarding ths sale appeared In yesterday's morning papeis. (ilycerlne Tablet Works A Are. Philadelphia, May 17. Firemen had a hard time this morning fighting a blaze In Tine Hros. Olycrrine Tablet works on North eighth street. The blaze looked! Inslnnlttcant until barrels of glycerine and molnssrs swelled up and lost their con tents. Three floors of the building were gutted. th road vu going to turn out? But ! treasury. The supplemental agreement LAWN FETE AT PELHAM MANOR. Hntertalnment In Plentr Provided for N'eit $utorday. Telhain Manor'H lawn fete and cabaret dinner next Saturday afternoon and eve nlng promise abundant entertainment. There will bo a phenomenal baby contest, drawing on all of i'elhum; an exhibit of cubist mid Impressionistic art by Otho Cushliig, 11. V. Kemble, Kdward I'enlleld nnd other well known artists, an Indian encampment, a country store, a Dutch tea room, a fish pond and hosts of flower maidens. A military band will play on the lawns of Mrs. Ilobart C. Hlack and Mis. John llntiway, which are to he de voted to tho occasion, , The evening offers general dancing at thn Manor Club and an amateur and professional cabaret. Automobiles will meet Pelham trains from 2 o'clock V. M. until I. P I jfur Storage In Dry Cold Air Vaults on the premises Insurance and Thorough Cleaning are included in the moderate charge for this service. Remodeling and Repairing at a substantial saving during the Summer. ftnporflng " Clcmafbctnnnj fturrias Between 35th and 36tb Sis. Tel. 2044 Greeley. James McCreery & Co. 34th Street 23rd Street On Monday and Tuesday ORIENTAL RUGS Pronounced Reductions Extra quality Persian Stiltanabad, Huluk and Mahal Rugs in a complete ratine of sizes from !)xl2 lo 18.7x13.5 ft. formerly 150.00 to 300.00, 75.00 to 250.00 Extra quality Antique, Danluvtan, Kurdistan, Serebend and Mozul Rugs,- sizes include hall runners from : to 4 ft. wide by 10 to 12 ft. long. Also extra larie si::e lxS ft. Kur distan as well as small")' fine .Sorouks and Kennanshahs. formerly 37.o0 to CiO.OO, 25.00 Domestic Rugs Extra fine Axminster Uiifrs in Oriental designs. Size 0x12 feet. legularly 25.00, 19.50 Best Body Brussels and Seamless Wilton Velvet and Axminster Rugs. regularly ;!2.50, 25;00 UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE 10" to 20 Reductions Colonial Wing Chairs or Rockers,- solid mahogany frame; dull finish; upholstered with hair and moss: denim covered. special. 15.00 Colonial Armchairs or Rockers, solid mahogany frame; dull finish. regularly 10.00, 16.50 Colonial Wing Chairs or Rockers, hand carved: solid mahogany frame. special, 20.00 Davenports, 7 ft. 4 in. long; upholstered with South American hair and moss; double cone tempered steel springs. regularly 81.50, 65.00 Davenports, 6 ft. 10 in. long; upholstered with South American hair and moss. regularly 77.00, 67.50 Davenports, 5 ft. long; spring seat and back. 55.00 regularly 63.00 . Chaise Lounges upholstered in South American hair and moss. regularly 62.00, 55.00 ELECTRIC L AMPS For Country Homes Suitable for boudoir, table and floor, in White Enamel or Wicker. Wicker Lamps with cretonne lined shade . . 3.75 value 5.00 White Enamel Lamps with 10-inch cretonne shade. value 6.50. 4.00 Wicker Covered Pottery Lamps with silk-lined wicker shade. value 18.00 and 22.00, 12.00 and 15.00 Wicker Floor Lamps with 26-inch cretonne-lined shade. value 35.00. 22.50 Electric Floor Lamps finished in White Enamel, French Gray or Old Ivory with 20-inch cretonne shade. 25.00 value 35.00 HOUSEKEEPING LINENS Considerably Below Usual Prices . ..1.75, 2.25 and 3.00 values 2.50, 3.00 and 3.75 .... 2.75 and 3.25 doz. values 3.50 and 4.00 Extra Large Turkish Towels value 1.25, 75c each Extra Largo Huckaback Towels . .. value 1.50, 1.00 each Extra Heavy Hemstitched Huckaback and Hemmed Turkish Towels. value 3.75, 2.90 doz. Hemstitched Linen Sheets 3.75 and 4.75 pair values 5.00 and 6.00 Hemitched Linen Pillow Cases 90c pair value 1.25 Decorative Linens Lace-trimmed and Hand-embroidered Scarfs 2.00, 2.50 and 3.00 each Also Natural Colored Linen Pieces, embroidered in White. One-third less than regular prices. BLANKETS & COMFORTABLES Special Values White Blankets, full size. .2.75, 3.45 and 4.00 pair Comfortables, Figured Silkoline 1.50 Silk Mull with plain border 2.95 Bedspreads, crochet hemmed 1.25 and 1.50 . Satin finish Marseilles, scalloped, 3.25 and 4.00 DRAPERIES FOR COUNTRY HOMES Satin Damask Tablecloths. . Napkins Attractive Offerings Bungalow Canvas, 50 inches wide formerly 1.25 Figured Scotch Canvas formerly 1.50 Washable Austrian Prints, fast colors. Curtains formerly 10.50 Couch Covers " 7.50 Table Covers, 1 yd. square. ' " 75c Table Covers, VA yds. square " 1.25 .50c yd. 75c yd. 3.50 pair 2.25 each 35c each 65c each HAMMOCKS & PILLOWS 760 Couch Hammocks, complete with chains .7. special, 5.75 and 7.75 Couch Pillows covered with bungalow canvas. 95c each valut 24tS i: