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Light snow with rising temperature, to-day; fair to-morrow. 'Dtulled weather reports will he found on page II. VOL. LXXXI.-NO. 169. NEW YORK, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1914 .Copyright, 1014, b'j the Sun Printing and PublUhtng Aitociottcn PRICE TWO CENTS. i m mm 7 - U. S. TO AID JOBLESS IN OBTAINING WORK Commission Will Trobably Kec ntntnend Non-Employment Insurance Mho. TO STATIT INQUIRY HERE democrats Minimize Reports nnd Say Republicans Make Capital of Them. Washington, Feb. 15. The countrr trill roan have exact Information aa to linemploycd men In the United States. Announcement won made to-night by President Wilson's recently appointed In duttrlal commission that, It will Imme diately undertake an Investigation Into conditions of thin character, notably In York city, whero It lias been esti mated that 350,000 men nnd women are. jiow out of work. This extraordinary Investigation ts to be undertaken for the purpose not only rf ascertaining the facts but with a view to recommending Kcderul legislation, es pecially a measure establishing a Fed eral bureau to serve as a clearing house for rubllc and prlvnte employment agen cies and to direct the movement of "mi gratory workers." This I a brand new departure In Fed eral activity and will undoubtedly arouse spirited discussion In Congress. Presi dent Wilson's Industrial commission sug gests the possibility of n system of In surance against non-employment. Democratic leaders learned to-night of this Investigation with great .Interest, (ieme of them were plainly angry over the move. They feared It would be selxed bv the Republicans to support their contention that the country' Is experiencing a seri ous business depression. The Democrats rpparenlly feared, loo, that the result cf the investigation might substantiate the statements that have been made by Republicans on the llnnr of thu House that thousands are now out of work. Viewed a Steady Problem. The Industrial Commission Itself draws harrowing picture of conditions, but seeks to regard the problem a one mure permanently confronting the country than one that had arisen recently. In the preface of the commission bul lull, this statement Is made: Stirred by reports of 350,000 men and women out of work In New York city alone, the commission has undertaken an Immediate Investigation looking toward action by the Federal Government to re lieve unemployment. During the next six tinks the activities of four of the com mission's Investigators will be restricted to a rapid survey of unemployment In Industrial centres from Biudon to Kansas City and a critical analysis of public and private employment agencies." , According to Mrs. J. Borden Harrlman. ho Is a member of the commission, re ports concerning unemployment through out the country come from the commla klon's field agents. The greatest problem to be dealt with tn this connection Is to provide for men who are engaged In seasonal occupations," aid Mrs. Harrlman. "Many men are en gaged In trades that keep them busy for atated periods In the year. At other periods they find It dllllcult to get em ployment along other linen. "The result In that there is often great suffering among such classes. Present tondltlons are not ubnormal. saariVorta Are "Laasjarrated. The reports that appear from lime to lime relative to tho unemployed and bust r.'sa depression are undoubtedly exag gerated. Just to what extent they are exaggerated will be developed In the rourse of our proposed Investigation." Mrs. Harrlman said that .the commis sion would probably divide Into aub-com-ailtteca and hold hearings In New York. Chicago and other large cltlea. The com bil.alon will visit also the mining- regions and other places where men are said to hi oi't of employment. The statement was authorized by Frank V Walsh, chairman of the commission. Concerning conditions In New York city tie salil "Kulmates of charitable organizations In New York city that 350,000 persons ar out of work there will be examined rrltlcally. The conimltslon realizes that prcnent conditions In the labor market lire practically the same as In every year at thlb season and that the problem Is a t'ntumnt one. "As a superficial remedy the commls alon will gather material for the prepara tion of a measure establishing a Federal bureau to serve as a clearing house for public and private agencies and to direct movement of migratory workers," tho ttalement says, Many Seeking Work. Mr, Walsh pictured conditions In big In duUrlal centres under the present system in tills way: "Groups numbering from 100 to 1,000 Und outside our great Industrial planta 3ch morning at 0 o'clock hoping the fore men will pull them out of line and put thrill tu work. They are thankful Ifhey M only a few hours work. 'Poorly nourished and thinly clad, lhck men gather each morning and then uy drift away to the cheap saloons or rheap lodging houses to wait for any ether chance. ' Xortn can w thla spectacle without trailing that It ts something society can not dtTord to tolerate. An employer never thinks of laying off Ills bookkeeper or I'rlt afier employing him three or four hours In a day or three or four days In a V'l(, "The problem of contlnuoua employ. Mtnt for laborers Is more difficult, but it a a problem that must bo solved if wo "to to ihcck the Increase In our great hrmv nf hocH, homeless men. If noth ing ilsc will avail It may be necessary to nice, Insurance against non-employ nuit," f'hulrman Walsh said that Federal con y.'......... , 1 VILLA 8UCCEMFTJL AT RACES. Wins $1,300 -With 400 ayid Hands 1000 to Tipster. El Paio, Feb. IB. For the second time thla season rancho VUla and his staff attended the Juarez races thla afternoon, occupying private boxes. Just before the opening event of the day one of the horse owners Interviewed Villa and advised Mm to wager a bet on a certain horse. Villa, accepting the tip, wagered a J400 bet and soon realised ho had won. 11,200. lie Joldng over hla success, he Immediately handed his adviser $500. The rebel chief was cheered by the crowd and many racegoers sought hl advice as to what horses to bet on. In addition to hla wagers on the track I'ancho Villa gambles occasionally tit monte In a Juarei gambling hall. CANNON JOINS THE Y. M. C. A. Kx-flpeakrr Iterralted In .Member ' aala Campaign In saglsan, Haoikaw, Mich., Feb. 15. Uncle Joe Cannon has Joined the ranks of the Young Men's Christian Association. It Is not known whether or not he look this step to refute erroneous Impressions that he ts sometimes addicted to unchrlstlanlike profanity. The membership was obtained for Mr Cannon by Itepresentattve Joseph W. Fordney, tin old friend of the ex-Spcakar of the House of Itepresentathes. The recruit become a full fledged member during the campaign of tho local organ Iratlott for an Increase In He rolls. EXPERTS MAY STUDY MAYOR'S HEADACHES H Bruere Suggests That Rocke feller Institute' Seek Cause of Attacks. The Rockefeller Institute may make a scientific study of the cause of Mayor Mltchel'n frequent headaches with a view to prevent their recurrence. City Chamberlain Brtterr, the Mayor's most Intimate friend, said yesterday he suggested such a study to Dr. Simon llexner. head of the Hockofeller Institute. Many of the Mayor's friends feel concern over tljai recurrent headache suffered by Mr. Mltchcl. No sufficient explanation of their cause has been obtained. Mr. Martin J. Dwyer, the Mayor's physician, has ad mitted that the attacks are much of a mystery. "I was dining with Dt. Flexner the other evening," said Mr. Uruere, "and In the course of our' talk I suggested to him that 4i,would be a splendid .thlngjf the Rockefeller Institute should "investigate the recurrent headaches which afflict Mr. Mttchel. Their cause never has been ex plained satisfactorily. "Dr. Flexncr said he thought the sug gestion most Interesting and that he would give It further thought. "Mr. Mltchel has had the headaches for about eight years. He ascribes them to a bush fever which he contracted In South America. AlmOMt Immediately he became subject to the attacks of headaches. For several years he suffered from them every two or three weeks. "I myself um Inclined to think h Is getting better und is less subject to them now than he was several years ago. Tho headaches are, however, somewhat of a mystery. He seems subject to them when fatigued. "1 received a letter from him which was written yesterday morning In the Murlborough-Illenheim. He said he felt much liettcr and would lie back at his office to-morrow." The Mayor suffers from headaches at present only about once In four or five weeks. The suggestion that the Itocke feller Institute take up the Inquiry re- celved approval on general grounds be cause there are many persons who suffer from such attacks. Men who take the best of care of themselves often have them. HOTELS BAR EVELYN THAW. ralllaa- to Find Room, She Saeada Nla-at la "leealaa; Car. Ckarlottc, N. C, Feb. 1G. Mr. Evelyn Ncsblt Thaw, who appeared here last night In a theatrical performance, was unable to secure hotel accommodations, though application was made for a room for her at several first class hotels und at one second rate house. Mrs. Thaw spent the night In u sleeping car In the railroad yards. None of the other mem bers of her company waa thus Inconven ienced. , At every hotel to which she applied for lodging she waa told there wero no rooms to spare. One hotel clerk frankly told newspaper men that Mrs. Thaw was not the kind of guest his hotel wanted. The hotola really were crowded. People camn from as fur as fifty mllea away to attend Mrs. Thaw's show. The city was filled with visitors for the event. Kvory seat was taken In the theatre. THIEF'S DRUG KILLS AGED MAN. Mystery Sarroanda Harder aud Hob berr In a Farmhouse. Dunkirk, N. Y Feb. 15. George 1.11 lle, aged OS years, who had lived on a farm on Main road two miles west of Silver Creek, N, Y" died mysteriously to day. The family consisted of Oeorge 1.1111c, his son John, 26 years old, and his daugh ter Kmrna. 32 years old. John Ltllle was In Silver Creek Saturday evening, return ing home at 10 o'clock. Finding the house quiet, he went to bed. Ho rose at 7 thla morning, as also did his sister, although she complained of being 111. The father said hn was too III to get up. A doctor waa called, who said the father and daughter had been drugged. The daugh ter's recovery la considered certain. This morning It was discovered that 600 had been taken from u tool chest In tho kitchen and from a bureau upstairs. There Is as yet no clue to the Identity of the robbera. DIES AS HE JESTS WITH WIFE, Hearr Miller. Heal Estate Operator, Sadden Victim at Heart Disease. Henry Miller, ti! yeara old, a real estate operator of Oil Fulton street, Union Hill, waa atricken with heart disease yesterday ..." I.li.il w 1 1 Vi hli. ulfA n t. rl .l.n. an n jw. '.- daughter Immediately after leaving hla dinner table. . . He died without regaining cvnscious MANY FLEE STUDIO FIRE IN NIGHT GARB No Time io Save Anything as Gibson Ruilding Burns Iiikf Matchwood. C. II. ALDRICH SAVES SISTER Stanford White Among Those Who Have Had Studios in the Building. Fire that ruined tho old Otbson Studios at 142 East Thirty-third street, near Lex ington avenue, at 12 :30 o'clock thla mbrn Ing, very nearly cost the Uvea of Chester Holmes Aldrlch. the architect; his sister, Amy, and other nrtlet tenants of the building. The building was nllre shortly after midnight and went like a box of matches. Thcr was an explosion, so passersby told the police, and then a furious uprurh and outburst of flame which made a lon h of the old building In ten minutes. Mr, Aldrlch nnd his sister were asleep In their apartments on the second floor. Aldrlch was awakened by shouts and b the crash of policemen's clubs against his apartment door Ho got to his feet, groping In the smoke, made his way to his sister's room, dragged her from bid and stuggered with her to the hallway. where u policeman assisted them to the street. They had had no time to get clothing and they fled Into the street In baro feet and night clothes. They found shelter In the home of Mrs. Hobert F. Putnam, who lives across the street ut 1 tT Iist Thirty-third street. A minute afterward tenants of the building who lived on the third and fourth floors were helped to the street. 4"ulrf Order Men Out. Chief ICenlou, arriving In u red motor car that sklddc-d and slewed down Isl ington avenue as It hit Icy rails and snow bumps, was yelling for his ftrvmrn to back out of the roaring furnace. Thes- were th" men of Engine Com pani IIS and 21 who had charged Into the building with thlr hose lines on the first alarm. Kenlon saw the howf w.t hs dangerous as a powder masailnc and that his men were within seconds of death. His orders ptucked them out Just In time to prevent them from being crushed In the collapse of floors. For ten minutes the-chlef and his aids feared that several of the tenants might have been trapped and killed. Among those wfio were known to" have studios there ben Ides Mr, Aldrlch were Mrs. P A. Fcazer, Mrs. A. Clark and lanbert Iteed, but It doteloprd that they were not In the building when the tire started. Ordinarily on Sunday nights there arc gy parties in thr old studio building. Iist night, ns it haipned, there, was no party and few people were there. On Saturday night l.llllan ltuscll was th hobtess for a company of artists and stage folk In the rooms of the Gamut Club and the feature of the entertainment -wns the cutting of a gift vakc which contained Jewelled ornaments for the . women ami diamond scarfplns for the men. Hotel fiuriti See lllafrr. Patrons of tho two nearest big hotels, the Vanderhllt and the I'ark Avenue, at 1'ark avenue and Thlrty-fourth street. were aware of tho lire nlmo't an quickly as Chief KciiIoii'm force. From the win dows of these hotels fVople saw a great burst of flume a block to the cast and south and observed that almost at once the fire apurtcd fifty feet above the roof tops. In a few minutes the hotels w ere emptied. of patrons and most of their working staff. Moat of these were In evening dros, having been at supper or dancing. but they stood In the cold and snow for more than an hour watching the men of twenty engine and hose companies tight Ing not only Are but the dlfllcultlea of icy, snow heaped streets. A second alarm was followed nwiftly by a third and fourfh. which brought most of tho nvallable lire force fixnn Muth of Fifty-ninth street. The heavy apiuratus wus almost unmanageable In tho sllpjiery, hummocked streets. Horses fell to their knees. Motor trucks skidded to the curbs. Accidents Caused Delay. These accidents caused delays, but they made no real dlfforcnco so far as the studio building was concerned. It was flaring from cellar to garret In twenty, minutes and tn forty It was a red ruin, floors fallen In, back wall collapsed, After Kenlon had snatched Ills two companies from death he gave most of his attention to the adjoining buildings. The principal one was the Astor Stables on 'the southeast corner of Lexington avcnuo and Thirty-third street. Although the studio building had a frontage of only twenty-five feet on Thirty-third street It extended back of the Astor Stablca for 100 feet. James Notorln, proprietor of the stables, with hla employees labored until lie had got seventy-five horses Into the street. Many of these wete nervous t.nd hard to manage, and tho stable crew had to muffle their heads. Notorln was able to remove also twenty automobiles and vehicles from hit stables. In the apartment houses adjoining tho studio building tenants were In real dan ger for, a quarter of an hour. A family of Peruvians were asleep on the fourth floor of 144 East Thirty-third itreet. Koand by Firemen. Carlo Facundo and his eleven-year-old son, AJiota, did not know of their danger until firemen broke down the door of their bedroom and dragged them out. Louise Fabre, on the alxth floor, wua overcome by smoke und assisted to the street Chief Ktmlon ordered tenants out of six bouses that were closest to the studio building. Hla men made 'such a good Job of cori- Continued oh Second Page. Mardl Orae Bedaced tares New Orleans, Mobile. Psnaaeola. Pennsylvania Railroad. I February It e It Coaeult Xlcktt Aetata ev. y PREDICTS A HEALTHY BOOM. ! Denrraalon la Vanlaalna. Mats lleait or Westlnakoaae Co. j Pittsburg, Feb. IB. President E. M. I II err of tho Wcstlnghouae Electric and j Manufacturing Company contributed largely to the general feeling of hopeful ness In the Plttaburtf Industrial district when he said. In the presence of newspaper men and others : "1 can tell you that the business depres sion which began last November Is fast anluhlng and all the Indications aro for an improvement, not rapid but steady and permanent, and It la bettor thus than to have one that Is spasmodic and then to surfer a slump." WILLIAM ROCKEFELLER BETTER Tie port nf Hla fterlnaa Illness on Jelryl Island la Denied. Brunswick, On., Feb. IS. Itcports that William Kockefeller, who Is spending the winter months on Jekyl Island, was In a serious condition and that ho had almost lost the use of hla voice were denied to day. It Is stated that ho Is In better physical condition now than he has been for several months. Mr. Ttockefeller was not accompanied to Jekyl by n physician, which has nlways I been his habit In tho past. His voice is weak, but not morn so than It has been I for the past two years. His speech. It Is repotted, will never b -folly restored. ( . CLARK IS COUNSEL IN ASSEMBLY GRAFT HUNT Whitman' Assistant Nmnod nt Conference Held Lii.sl Xirht. Arlsl.tnl Dlttrlet Attorne) John Kirk land Clark will be chief coun.iel to the Assembly graft Investigating committee If the full committee aceepts to-night the recommendation of the sub-committee, which conferred with District Attorney Whitman last night. The District Attorney hail refused to lake this position, as It was known he would. He averred that he frit In duty bound to continue, as District Attorney, He promised the committee Ids full co operation, however, and will probably ha a large share In the direction of the Inquiries. Speaker Thaddeus C Sncet Assem blyman liurllnzamc and several others who are Interested In the fortunes of the Republican party In this State attended the conference, which was held Imme diately after Mr. Whitman's return from Washlntton. Several .iume were nus gtsted after It wa made known that Mr. Whitman would decline Harvey 1. Illiimau of Itlnghamton and IMwnrd Sanfonl of Albuny were: promi nently mentioned In the dlscui-sioii. Their names unit by the board, howcNcr, with the Insistence of Mr. Whitman that John K. Clark, having been through the John Doe. Investigation In this county, was best fitted for the larger task. CROWDS IN SUBWAY TIEUP. Traffic la uaprmlrri UiHoivn for fine and One-aalf Honrs, Skaters anil others who enjoyed Sunday afternoon In tho open had. to trudge through the snow from the Van Cort lundt station of the subway to Dyckman street last night or take a chance In a shuttle train when a short circuit pre vented power b'lng transferred to the third rail In that section of the subway and trafllc was suspended fiom ' o'clock to C:30. While the tleup had nothing to do directly with the storm the unusually clouded condition of the subway, due to the general collapse of uptown surface ear service, made the tleup serious. Only tile northbound track waa affected und the middle track was used for shuttle trains. SERUM RESTORES SPEECH. Treatment Improves Condition of Patient NurTerluK From Pareala. Vr.noN. N. J., Feb. 15, Dr. Ouy Payne, medical superintendent at the Essex county hospital at Ovcrbrook, near here, said to-day that the patient suffering from paresis who recently underwent a nei operation had regained hla mwer of apceoli and that there were other signs that his condition had Improved. Tho scrum used Is similar to that em ployed In experiments conducted by the Kockefeller Institute, hut Instead of being Injected Into the spine it wns Introduced Into the sub-dural spacn of thu skull. MoADOO TANGOES FOR ATLANTA. Secretary of the Treasurs Proved a Uarlna- lancer. Atlanta, Ua., Feb. 15. Secretaty of the Treasury McAdon has been showing Atlanta how to dance during the Intervals of the hearings held here as to thu loca tion of a regional reserve bank. There were many social affairs In honor of Sec retaries McAdoo and Houston and Comp troller Williams. Secretary McAdoo wan one of the fea tures nt them. He did the tango with apache movements that caught the spec tators, who u erred that Mr. McAdoo's dancing w-u moto daring than anything ever seen on tho stage. W. J. BURNS FEARS GOV. BLEASE. Won't Lecture In Mouth Carolina Unless Aaaured of Protection. SAVANNAH, Oa., Feb. 12, The old feud between William J, Hums, the detective, and Oov, lllease of South Carolina has caused nil Interesting complication. Hunts has written to President Kua sell llrldges of the Lyceum system, de claring that Ills Columbia, S. C, date must bo cancelled unless the Lyceum peoplo will agree to protect him from all financial lews and pay ull attorney's fees und travelling expenses should the South Carolina Governor carry out his threat to hate Hums urrentrd. Tho trouble dates bad: tu the time, about a year ago, when Hums nnd his agents secured dictagraph evidence In South Carolina which was used by the opponents of lilease In an effort to prove that Mease waa amenable to bribery and that the pardoning power waa for sale la DM Palmetto HLsta, STATE TREASURER ON EVE OF GRAFT Ml " bbbbbbbbbbbK."sbbI jBjJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ BK al bbbbbbbbbbW H John J. Treasurer nf the State of New KENNEDY ACCUSED OF BOND FAVORITISM Treasurer Was to Have Been Questioned Here To-day on GrL.its of Funds to Certain State Depositories. State Ti e.iMirei John .1. Kennedy was to havu been a witness before Chief Magistrate McAdoo thla afternoon and It was the Intention of the District Attorney to question him concerning his selection of banks as depositories for State funds. It lun been charged that Mr. Kennedy chusn those banks which selected the United States Fidelity and lluaranty Company of llaltimorc to go on their bonds for those Statu fund deposits. Previous to lit'mmlnir Stnf. Tramirer Mr. Kennedy was the resident vlce-prel-' dent of the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company In Iluffalo. IIu and' his son went also In the Insurance bus iness as John J. Kennedy & Co. In the bonding business he represented, the samo company that Is represented in New York city by diaries F. Murphy. Jr., the nephew of the Tammany leader, and In Syiacuse by Ucorgo II. McUulre. It Is understood that when he appeared before the llraud Jury on January St Mr. Kennedy declared he had turned over hln bonding aud InMiiaiice business to his son. Itlval Concern Lost Trade. Some time after Mr. Kennedy became State Treasurer In 1V10 It was chargca bye-Clov. Warfleld of Maryland, presi dent of the Fidelity Trust Company ot llaltimorc, that his concern had lost 1700,000 In the business of bonding banks In New York Statu with which State moneys wero deposited. i It wua charged that these losses had ! been felt within four months after Mr. Kennedy became Stute Treasurer und the accusation was brought that Kennedy waa turning the business to the United Stutcs Fidelity and tluaranty Company, Mr. Kennedy promptly denied lie, wus guilty of favoritism. The fact that Kennedy had been In the bonding business was known to the District Attorney before he appeared before, the Urand Jury. That subject waa not Investigated thoroughly by the Grand Jury at that time 1kcuusa Mr, Kennedy had been asted to testify par ticularly us to the awarding of barge canal contractu to Jiunri Stewart A Co. Ills lack of knowledge of what con cerned tne Canal Hoard, a body of which he was a member, led tho -Urand Jury to believe that he should be called ugaln. It must be said that the bonding busi ness lead on which tho District Attorney was working had not been Investigated1 to a point whero any charges could have been made against Mr. Kennedy, I'rraanre un Contractors. Hut In thn Investigation of highway and canal contracts It had been shown that pressure of one kind or another had been brought to bear on contractors who were about to select bondsmen. It was the purpose of the District At torney to learn whether or not the State Treasurer was forcing any of the banks which ho favoied to do 'their business with tm United Statea Fidelity ami Guaranty Company. Whether or not a crime of any sort could have been unearthed Is ques tioned In some quart em. It waa the Intention of the District Attorney to question Mr. Kennedy at length concerning his duties as State Treasurer, Kelinedy had not Impressed th Grand Jury on hla llrat appearance. It Is said that one of the Grand Jurors, becoming exasperated, told the State Treasurer that If he hadi an office boy. who didn't know more about banking than Mr. Kennedy 414 k would fir Mae. Kennedy York, who killed himselt csterday. tSttH.- When Mi Kennedy i.iine fiom the Grand Jury room on January :o he ap peared to be nearly exhausted, Ills subse quent refusal to apear at the mero re quest of the District Attorney did not surprise those who saw and tried to talk with huu after Ills tlrst oideal. Hefused tu Appear Agala. i Mr, Kennedy was not subpa-naed to ap pear on January 29. Ho came, as did other members of the Canal Hoard, In re sponse to a miuest from Mr. Whitman. He was then requested to appear again on February 0, this time before Chief Magistrate McAdoo. When William Dean Kmbrec, an Assistant District Attorney, called Kennedy in Albany by telephone that day he announced that he was not coming. He agreed to talk with Mr. Kmbree again after Mr. Whitman had been consulted. When Knilnee called the rrcond time he was Informed by some one In Mr. Kennedy's otTlco that Kennedy had left for Buffalo. It was then decided to request Mr. Kennedy to appear nt the John Doe Inquiry' on the succeeding Monday. He did not respond to tho request and on Wednesday the District Attorney was Informed that the members of the Canal Hoard had agieed that they would not come to New York again except under pressure. James D. Harry, a clerk In the office of Assistant District Attorney John K, Clark, was sent to Albany Im mediately ami Im served a Grand Jury subpirna on the State Treasurer on Wednesday night. Friends of Mr. Kennedy havo declared, and it is presumed that he ul.-o told the Grand Jury that IiIh nieiiib. rslilp In the Canal Board was not a subject to which lie gave much thought. Under the Constitu tion the State Treasim r Is it member of this board and has a vote In the award lug of contracts. (aided by Others nn Hoard. Mr. Kennedy did not deny that he knew nothing about canal contracts and that In voting he was guided by the word of State Knglneer John A. Hensel and Su perintendent nf Public Works Duncan W I'eck. For this reason he could throw but little light on the Stewart contracts. Henry I'. Hurgaid, the contractor-politician who defeated William II. Fltspatrlck In the Buffalo prlmarlea In r.M", was a eloc friend of Kennedy, It was said that Kennedy had been In tlnanclal dllll cultles and that Iltirgard had come to hi! assistance with several loans. Mr. Hurgard denied thla by telephone to Tiik sun yes terday, Ho waa then In Fulton, N. Y. "The news of the suicide of Kennedy waa a great shock to ine." he Bald, "I can't understand It, He was not In finan cial difficulties so far as I know, and I think I would have known If he had been, I am convinced that he had no connection whatever with any Irregiilai Itici. such as have been uncovered In the graft Investi gation. "So far as I know ho did not allow his public business aud his private business tu liecome Involved. Ills sou did thn bonding business aud I nm sum Mr. Ken nedy's record Is clear there, lie did not borrow any money from int. I am sure ho did not need to borrow from uny one," District Attorney Whitman received a telegram informing him of the death of Mr, Kennody while h waa on his way from Washington to New York last night. "There Is nothing 1 can say," he said, "The man la dead." John K. Clark nnd William Dean Em bree, the Assistant District Attorneys who have been helping Mr. Whitman In the graft investigation, were shocked by the news. Mr. Clark admitted that tran scripts of Mr. Kennedies bank accounts are among those now under Investigation, but he had nothing to aay aa to what may have been disclosed by them. A SUICIDE INQUIRY HERE John J. Kennedy Kills Him self in Buffalo, Fear ing: Ridicule. ON THE STAND BEFORE Whitman Brought Out, Then His Lack of Financial Knowledge. WORRIED OVER ORDEAL Friends Say His Accounts Aro Straight and Th ink He Was Insane. BKliAN AS SALOON KEEPER BrratiiP Vice-President of Bonrl injj Company Doinff Stitr Business. BurrALO, Feb. 15. John J. Kennedy. State Treasurer under Governor Dlx. Sulzer and Glynn, killed himself In tha Markccn Hotel hcrp this afternoon by cutting his throat with n raior. He wns under subntrna tn testify In the John Doe graft hearing at New York to-morrow, and hla closest friends- de clare thut ho worried hlmnclf Into tem porary Insanity, fearing that his Igno rance of financiering would ho mcd to make, him ridiculous. Out of many rumors no substantial reason for the suicide appears, save that advanced by his conlidanta self-made man's Intense fear of ridicule. llapU Inquiry in Albany showed, .ipr parently, that there la nothing wrong with thr State Treasury. Suggestions that the Treasurer liud been lending tha State's money for persona) profit found no support. . A story that Osborne, the tlovernor'a graft Investigator, was about to go Into the operations of n bonding company with which Mr, Kennedy had been con nected found no continuation. Uumor hod not Incriminated lilin In bnrge, canal or road graft. Ho wus well to tlo. Ilia family life wn unruffled. A Witness In m Vnrk. Two week ago to-inornm Kennedy waa a reluctant witness before the graft Grand Jury In New York. Thn expe rience hurt his pride and to tleprri-.-eil him thut for several days hit. friends havo licllovcd hla mind wn:i breaking. Ho slimmed up his grilling before the Grand 'Jury with thin remark to a friend: "My God' Do they want man's BOUlV" Called before the Grand Jury to te tlfy as to what he knew about the awarding of barge canal contracts 71-A and 72-A, ami about other alleged graft ing opcratlona, Mr. Kennedy was re quired to answer questions which cut nt IiIh pride and which exposed his un familiarity with financiering. He con tided to friends here a few days ago the nature of some of the questions that had been put tu him. "They went into my p.i.M," he Mid. "They naked me If I hadn't been A saloon keeper. They asked mo what waa the largest bank in New York, Offhand, I couldn't answer. They ut-ked inc who the directors wore in Mich nnd Mich a bank, I couldn't tell them. They akcil me whether or not Slate funds liud been withdrawn front this und that bunk, I didn't know. "I believe the whole object was. to ridicule me to show that I didn't know anything nbout financiering. They wanted to mukci It appear that it saloon keeper wan In charge of the Slate's money " Attended a Luncheon. .Mr. Kennedy wan In this frame of mind when he arrived from Albany with Mrs. Kennedy last Friday. He iitteudeil u luncheon yesterduy given by his per sonal attorney, Michael V. Dirnborger, Jr. Other guests were Mayor 1'iihrin.ni Supreme Court Justices Cutlibert W Found nnd Harry I.. Taylor; Henry I' Uurgard, a Democratic Htntn committer, man and a barge, canal contractor, Sn preme Court .lusllco Daniel .1, Kenm tick, District Attorney Veslcy Dud ley und Joseph C. Dudley, These men, long personal friends of the Stuto Treasurer, were uwnro that he had been upset over the Whitman graft Investigation. He said more than once that he waa not afraid of it it Indict ment, that he had done nothing crimi nal, but he was keenly ner ohm over the fear that he waa to be held up to ridi cule, ua an offlclul who didn't know what was or had been going on In his own department. This morning Mr. Kennedv was moir cheerful, more Inclined toward Joklim with members of his family than he hud been for days. In hla tipmtmeiit at thn Markeen Hotel were Mm. Kennedy and their son, .William II. Kennedy, who di rects the Albany agency of the United State Fidelity and Guaranty Company i ti i . , . ,... .. . ,. ... ' i . v J!' m