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THE SUN, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 1916. DAUGHTER AND MOTHER DEAD; SEEK JUSBAND Ximv Axe anil Hatchet Lie Beside Bodies in Bronx Booming House. POLICE GIVE ALARM FOR XATHAX PULLMAN Their skulls crushed by the blown of an axe and a hatchet, the dead bodice of Mr, Kehecea Pullman. r.O years old, nnd her daughter, .Mm. Ocrtrude Baxcl, Si years "Id, were found last night In n email room In Dm loardln house at 74 Dawson avenue, Tha Bronx. The police have sent out a emeriti alarm for Nathan Pullman, the husband nnd father, who left the house four hours leforo the biKlIrM were found nnd has not re turned. The Pullmans had lived In Th Bronx until three, months when they went to Chicago. 1'ullmsn h.id been In the Insurance business but retired. Three. d( ago they enmn to New York to vllt their three married daughters, Mrs. Bajell, who lived at T12 or 7S2 Prospect aer.ue. The Bronx. Mr. Ida Oabbe of Astoria, I.. I., and Mr-. Minna Kasinltz of Sfin East lMth street. There wan a family reunion, with dinner nnd theatre parties, nnd every body seemed n happy as could be. There waa not a hint of n quarrel. Slother Looked for Daughter. Mrs. Pullman looked for her daugh ter, Mr Bazcll, who expected to be come a mother, to visit her yesterday afternoon. Nobody rould be found who aw Mm. llaiell enter the boarding house, but nt 3:30 o'clock I'ullman went out, telling MrH. Ktlzaheth Palmer, who runs the house, that his wife wan HI and that he was going for medicine. Mrs. Palmer heard no noise from the small front room the Pullmans occu pied and when Pullman had not re turned at 7 .30 she went upstairs to ce If she rould do anything for Mm. Pullman. The door was locked and he eot no answer to knocks. When Mrs. Palmer and Patrolman Knnwles, whom she summoned, broke open the door they stumbled over the body of Mrs. Baiell, which lay almost touching the door. She was fully dressed and wore an outer coat and hat and carried a muff. The police thouicht she had been struck down the moment she entered the room. Across the bed lay the body of Mrs. Pullman, her head crushed. Under the bed lay a new ax and a new hatchet, both bloodstained. The room showed few signs of a struggle. Kvtdently the blows had been struck heavily. Marderer Washed After Crime. After on Investliratlon by detectives from the Fifth Branch and Inspector Cray from Headquarters, It was said that the murderer had spent some time In the bathroom after committing the crime, supposedly to wash his hands. Tha detectives could find no distinguish ing marks or labels on the axe and hatchet, but did find plenty of work for finger wlnt experts, and the Im pressions they obtained will rlay an Important part In their Investigation. Mrs. Kaslnltz and 31rs. Oabbe, the rullmanV two surviving daughters, were at a loss to account for the murders, aayin that they knew of no quarrels either within or without the family. Po far as the police could learn nothing had been stolen. After talking with them, and with Mrs. Talmer the police decided to send out a general alarm for IuUman, as he was the last person to be In the ro.,m before the discovery of the bodies. Un til late last nlg"ht tie had not been iJen or heard from since he left the house. DR. HILUS'S NEPHEW WITHDRAWS LIBEL SUIT Arbitrator Finds Pastor's Pay ments Wore Not to Settle Kclntive's Debts. The misunderstanding between the Rev. Newell Dwlght l!lllls, pastor of Plymouth Church, Hrooklyn, and his nephew, Percy I). Illllls, over a state ment made by Dr. Mills was submit ted to an arbiter and settled In Chi cago recently. Dr. Hlllla had declared that he was paying the debts of his nephew when he gave out a large sum, said to be shout JIO0.00O, to men whom he had recommended to Invest In a company In which his nephew was In terested nnd which proved a poor In vestment. Following the publication of an Inter, view In which Dr. Hlllla repeated this statement, his nephew brought suit for libel. Charles T. I.ark of CO Broadway gwve out a statement yesterday with the ad monition that no comment was to be made upon It. The statement, dated January 20, ond addressed to Dr. N, D. Illllls and P. D. Hlllls, said; (iENn.EMKN.- You have asked mo to be the boIc arbitrator of two questions rising out of the Interview puhllshed In the Brooklyn Knplr of .July H and tn the Orejonlmi of July 15, 191S. The two questions that you asked we to arbitrate re, namely, (a) Did TV. P, Hlllls pay the debts, of his Bephew as staled In the article? and (b) Did the article n question dam age the reputation and cause a money loss to said P D. Hlllls? Rarh of the gentlemen has made to me a statement of his side of the case and exhibited his evidence. 1 And that N. D. Hlllls hsa paid nut large sums of money, In which his nephew was more or less Interested, and that he has paid nut large sums of monev to parties who Invested on Ms recommendation after the said Investment proved to be of uncertain Value, I And, however, that these were rot debts of his nephew and therefore that Dr. Wllls's statement was In correct In that lie said he paid the debts of his nephew, While 1 believe that this Interview was given nut with the het of inn tlves, 1 have no douht that It has In certnln circles conveyed an Inipres alnn that It was detrimental to his nephew. It is desired on the part of both ertlea that a public statement e hove shall lie made, and the said Percy D, mills hereby withdraws the suit which h began In the Hupreme Court of the Ktate of New Vork, Th entire conlroersy Is settled amicably between the parties, The M'ltement was signed hy T 17, 1 Master and Indorsed hy Newell T'wlghl mill nnil perry 1), Millie n these words: "I heteliy express my a p. Mrs. Mohr Swears She Loved Husband Too Much to Kill Him, Despite Cruelty Although fast Off, She Sn.vs Reconciliation Was Her Only Ainu OX STAXI) AS FIRST DEFENCE WITNESS Provipknce, n. I.) Jan. 2. The eagerly awaited moment In the trial of Mrs. Kllaabrth Trances Mohr on the charge of Instigating; the murder of her husband came this afternoon when, as the first witness for the defence, ahe took the stand and told her story of the brutality he suffered at the hands of her husband up to the time when she ceased to live with him. Only twice was her colorless voice raised from the monotone that barely carried to the Jury box : when she denied that she had ever plotted ngalnst Dr. Mohr'a life and when, with her last words of the session, he reached the climax of her narrative In protesting that "despite all the Indignities she had endured she loved her husband nnd al ways wished for a reconciliation. Kor nearly two hours, plufclng ner vously nt her suit nnd seeming to force her words wet her teeth by sheer will power, she held the attention of her hearers with n narrative that contained almost nothing dramatic except Its ac cumulative description of cruelty. Her face was palld, nccentuatcd by her black hat and black fur that came up under her chin. Two locks of her dark hair fell down below her ears. There was n drawn look about her mouth and receding chin which produced nt times nu effect almost as though she were grinning, nnd her eyes were opened wide nnd roved restlessly from the fnce of her counsel to the throng on the benches. .Mad From Drink and Drugs. Khe pictured her husband during the last years of their unhappy married life ns n man made mad by drink nnd the use of drugs, whose rage when she dis pleased him turned to blows and threats ngalnst her life her own attitude as that of a wife trying to save her husband from disgrace, hoping to win him bick nnd fighting to save property he had given to her for her children. She reiterated ngaln nnd again her love for her husband, even when relating how he ran Into the night after be bad beaten her and Mayed In the ynrd out side of her house until she dared to crawl Into the cellar window. Whn he was tried for an assault upon a servant In their home the left the State In order, she said, to avoid appearing against him. "1 didn't want anything done to him." she said evenly, and then came a catch In her voire as she added: "If anything had happened to htm It would Jus: about have killed me." She explained her correspondence with Heal I, which the State has claimed showed evidence of conspiracy because or Inquiries In the letters about Dr. Mohr, by saying that, although she wantee. to be reconciled with her husband, she wanted to know what he was doing and wrote to his servants to And out. When asked hy Arthur Cushlng, of her coun sel. If she was working up a plot against her husband with the negroes she exclaimed ; "Oh, I certainly did not. Mr. Cushlng!" Mrs. Mohr was called to the stand at 3;1J o'clock as soon as Mr. dishing had finished his Introductory addicts to the Jury, and plunged -it once Into all the details of her life with Dr. Mohr. Their life together was happy until 1909, she said, when they had their nrst dis agreement. "It was In February," she said "The doctor had been taking drugs and drink ing and ho gave mo n dreadful beating nnd told me to get out If I wanted to, that 1 didn't have a record of my mar riage nnyway " Did you get out?" "Yes. I said I was rolng to my mother, and 1 did " Her voice became so low that Judge Stearns halted the examination to sug gest that she raise her veil and had a glass of water brought to her "I said I wouldn't live with him any more. I had a record of my marrltge. 1 was quite 111 nnd went to n private sanitarium, until ho came for me nnd told me not to be foolish, and that the marriage was all right. 1 wouldn't go bjck, nnd so we went to I.ynn nnd were married again. I did It for the sake of the children." ' toon after this second ceremony Dr. Mohr went to Nova Hootla with a "lady friend," she said, nnd when he came back and she spoke to him about It he beat her uguln. "DJM you ever have any trouble with him In "reference to an Insurance pol icy"" she was asked, "Ye, when my mother died," she re piled. "Dr Mohr wanted the policy. I told him Mr. Page had It. He wanted to know why 1 gave It to Mr. Page, and I said for safe keeping. He got so mad ho struck me and knocked me to the floor and I lay senseless. When I came to I ran upstairs and he followed me and struck me aaraln." Tnrna to Mls Burger. Then Mr. dishing switched the ex amination to the subject of Miss Kmlly Burger, Dr. Mohr's housekeeper, and asked when he first met her, "In 1911: she was a patient of his and that Is how he got acquainted with her," she said, "She kept company with him for a year. I overlooked a great many things and then I couldn't go on doing so, they were so much In public. "One Saturday night 1 heard him tele phoning to her and making an engage ment for that night. When 1 got a chance I called her up and said I wished she would stop going out In public with him. I told her I had two little children to think of. She wouldn't answer at first and then said! 'Yes, I will.' "Later Dr, Mohr came In and struck me and knocked me down and said, 'Now will you leave my Herman friends alone.' I heard him coming downstairs after me when I ran and 1 went out of the house and stayed till i o'clock In the morning and then got In through the cellar window. "Monday night I went to Kmlly Bur ger's father's saloon and told him who 1 was and spoke about his daughter." Then Mr, Cushlng had Mrs. Mohr de scribe the property acquired with the Insurance money and given to her by Dr. Mohr, Her husband gave her Montpeller, the Newport home, as a Christmas gift, Finally all the Mohr property and money waa lu her name, In 1913, when Rmlly llurger bobbed up again to disturb her, Dr. Mohr Insisted on his wife deeding back the real estate to him. llrtnerd lo Heed Rack Property, "I told him I wouldn't give It back," she said. "1 wanted It to protect my self and the children ami him, If lie got Into trouble, The third time he asked mo and I refused ha said, 'Well, I'm going to kill nu, That's nil there I to It." Ho bought n revolver and showed It to me nnd said ha would kill me, meaning unlese I signed over the prop el ly, that night, 1 told Mr. Cushlng (who was then Dr. Mohr's attorney) and lie told me not to worry about threats like that, but he wished me to sign ner lh property and I did. "When my mother was not expected ggggggggBkSggm TH fgjl 1ggggHgte' iMttfMM aaaaaav. jcs. w. ;ra M i HBm'' ,ggggH ' rr ' H, . . - v vjrr, -. i Copyright International Film Fervlc. Mrs. Elizabeth C. Mohr. to live, he said he would ao with tne. Wo started for Taunton, and when we got as far as the Oreen. he iald he wouldn't go down, and that he would wait nt the hotel for me until 10:25. I said, 'If mother doen't recover. I'll want to stay.' I stayed, and mother died the next morning. When 1 got home, he met me at the door nnd struck me. and said, 'Why didn't ou keep your en gngemsnt,' and he struck me agnlu," They spent the summer of 1913 to. gether at Newport, slid In the fall she wanted to return tu their Providence home, but, she said, he would nut let her. After she had pleaded to be per mitted to return to the city she got a letter from him, In which ' he said he didn't want anthlng more tu do with her. Ilara Her From Ilia Home. The letter, which was read to the Jury, who now showed some sympathy for the .woman for the first time since the opening of the trial, read: Madam: i was up to see the laun dress, when ehe told mo that jou phoned. Don't bother about my cur tains. I don't want anything almut that reminds me of you, If ou ever put foot on this place. I win "kilt ou. Toy are absolutely barred from all my places In Providence. I will never again associate with u or have any thing to do with you The onlv time we will he under the same roof Is when I may happen to come to Nen port. When ou have left there, ou have left everything, nnd t don't care when jou leave. I put up a sham front Tor you all summer, but I -ould never do so again. If I did, It would mean ruin, completely I am Jut tot. terlns now and 1 will have no more if It. When ou onme down on some thin Important you can get jour knife and fork. They will he very useful when jou arc shifting for your self, You ran also have your leather pillows. Ta ta. When Mrs. Mohr went to see Ml llurger' father, she showed him an eve that had been blackened hv her hu's band's blows, nnd later she sent for George W. Itookes, Miss Hurler's brother-in-law, and naked him to aid her. She showed him her nrme, bruised by blows. "ills eyes filled iiti with tears." nhe aald. "He paid. 'My (Sod, that Is ter rible !' J said, That It all on account of your alster.' nnd he naii he would put a stop to that right away." F.xplatna Threatening Letter, Then Mrs. Mohr referred to the letter which she sent to tlss llurger threaten lug 'her unless trim stajed awav from the doctor. "I wanted to scare her," ahe said, "I know It would me If I gvt a letter like that." Christmas of 1913 wtis the laat Ohrlst- PRIEST FROM MEXICO , BECOMES A BOOTBLACK Kxpellod Rpfutroo BlookR Trnf- fie in City Hnll Tark and Ir Arrested. "I am a Catholic priest expelled by Mexicans. Shoe shine 5 cents llmpla botan." I The.ee words, printed on the ntdea of a bootblack's box, and the clerical gurb worn by the man who carried the box, caused a large crowd to gather In City Hall park jesterday morning nnd block traffic. Policeman Tlnkham dispersed the throng, an the man was ollcltliiaj whines" ami the onlookers were throw ing him nickels end dlmen. Through an Interpreter the man said taint he waa the Hev. Father Peter Bel anstegln, 42 yeans old, living at 313 Weat Fourteenth street. He said he escacaed from Mexico city after two months Imprlaonment, but waa unable tn find any occupation here. Helng penniless, he had decided on the boot blacking venture, Itelnnstegln haal a letter hearing the name of H. t. Agullur, editor of La 'rcturt, 21 Btono street, which stated that tho bearer was a pianist of a high order nnd had officiated here at several chufchf-s Father Dlainond of the Church of tho Transfiguration, Mntt street, said, lifter talking with the man, thnt he w-as evidently an oHnlned priest. In the Toinbn pollco court Magistrate laevy committed the prleat to llellevue hospital for observation, liny Arrnaeil of 4llO Theft. Harold Hechlnger, 13, of 1.S9 Fast IftSth street, was held for Investigation by Justice Hoyt In Ihn Children's Cour .vrsterday charged with breaking Into the jeweh y stole of Philip WalHi, IH7! Third avenue, nnd taluiigHUU worth of valua bles. iims the doctor and hN wife spent together. They pl.ijeal with tho chil dren nnd were erv hipp, Rhc said, nnd then the old troubles started osrvln. He wanted her to glv(. him her Jowclry and who refuse n.l whs again threat ened with death. Jlor in-vith wns eo drawn tn she told of thi that It gave her face a eorl of twisted Hmlle, not pleasant to look uimn. "Ho wanted me to go West and get a divorce." he continued, "and I toll him 1 would never get a divorce. He was under the Intluence of atrugs nt this time, nnd for live air six wenks. and I did all I a-ould to help him. When he threatened tne ninJn 1 left "with the boy and a maid anal went to the llelle viow Hotel tn Newport." fhe then brought mlt for separate maintenance In an effort t bring him to his senses, she wild, and filed a peti tion to have tho properly restored to her. It was while this sul! was pending that Dr. Mohr laea-atne Involved In . case brought by a maid in their home and Mrs. Mohr left the State eo ns not to he compelled to testify a:rilnt him. Why ahe Wrote tn irnri. The question of her relation with the negroes waa brought up and she explained that she tiseil them to get Information nhout her husband, but de. tiled emphatically that she ever gave Itrown money with whtch to buy a mo tor cycle. "I did not have any money then," she shiiI. While she was at MrKwnnvlle, Pa., visiting Dr Mohr brothers and sis ters, she got letter from lle.ilis which she showed to them and dlcufed with them, she said, This was m an effort In show that her a-orrcspondenoe with the servants was not one of the things that led up to the murder And then came the one rrj of emo tion from the nervously shaken women, when Just before the court adjourned Mr Cushing asked her if she still hoped at the time of the Mi'Kivanawlle visit to liw with her husband again. "Yes. oh, es, ' she said, her voice trembling. "I was ulwajs ready, be cause I loved him so." Tho State closed Its case, which was opened January 10, at 11.211 this morn ing. Then Mr. Cushlng begin his ml dress t the Jury. In which In- dtrlnlmed any desiie on the part of tho defence to invoke the unwritten law. Hu took up the threat motives suggested In the State's outline, which were Jealousj', cu pidity and fear of the revelations that might follow illvorce proceedings, ne admitted that Mrs. Mohr was Jealous because she loved her husband. He pointed out to tha Jurj- that Jealousy unci covetousne-s ran't exist lu the same head, nnd n,s for the alivorce, that Mis Mohr had nothing to fear from the case. The trial will l resuineil to-morrow morning, when Mrs. Mohr will continue her storj-. ESKIMOS WHO KILLED U, S. EXPLORER ESCAPE No Trace of Men WJm Jfnilp Away With Hmlfonl and .Street. WiNMfru, Man, Jan. 2fi Three constables of the Canadian Mounted Police detailed to Investigate the mur der of Harry V, Hadfonl, an American explorer, and George Street of Ottawa by Ksklmns on June B, 1512, have re. turned to lleglna, Snsk They found a cabin of the exirers, Identifiable hyi the najnes of Itailfnnl and Street, which were on tho outer wall, hut they failed to tlnd any trace of the Csklmos who nre supposed to have killed tm men, After news of the murder was re ported to the Government In tho fall of 191.1 the three men were sent lo Investi gate, They went north to H ikers Lodge on Hudson Day, then to Chesterfield Inlet. There they found the cabin, The story of thai inuiilers as told hv an Ksklmn wiih that one of the Ksklmns who had agreed to mvompany Itadfnrd and Street to the far North hacked out at the IhsI minute and that llailfont struck him. A light eimued, alurlng which nun of the KsklmiH knifed and killed Itndford Street tiled to escape, but the KsklmoN caught mill killed him! Mr. I lad ford, a fellow of the Ainei'. can Gengiiiphlcal Society ami member of the Arctic Club of New Yin It, left hern on Febiuiity 13, lilnn, for n year's trip to pursue gengraplilc.il nnd zoological In vrntlgatlon In noiihern Canada, He was drawn to the region hv tliei fact that Samuel Hearne, who made trip from Hudson llaj. to the Arctic Ocean In 172, repmted Unit lie found wood hlson theie, a rare species ulilch never has been shot anil which has been seen hv ulllv a few laerauaaa Mi o,.--. Joined the party. STRANGE SHOOTING NEAR MURDER SCENE K. T. Barrett, Aged Civil En gineer, Probably Fatally Wounded at Dobbs Ferry W0MF.X CONFESS A PLOT Kllsha T. Barrett, a civil engineer living In Dnhbs Kerry, was shot and perhaps fatally wounded there yesterday In an attnrk as mysterious as wns the murder of Oregorlo George a week ago last Saturday, and linked with the latter In a way that has made the police sus pect that the two crTmes may1 he a part of one plot. Mr. Ilarrett, who Is St years old and employed on the new aqueduct work at Peekskltl, was ahot while on his way from his home on Ashford avenue lo the post office. Joseph Denardo, a former saloon keeper and now a gardener, who has taken the Job formerly held by the dead Oregorlo (leorge on the estate of C. A. Cass at Ardsley-on-Hudson, was arrested charged with attempted murder. The shooting took place In front of Denardn's home on Ashford avenue, a short distance from the home of his vic tim. Ilarrett felt with a bullet in his right lung. He told the police that there had been no quarrel, and that he had never spoken to Denardo. Denardo, when arrested twenty minutes later at his home by Policeman Edward Fay. refused to talk. He had done the shoot ing for personal reasons, the police say he told them, nnd would go Into no de tails. Denardo was taken to the White Plains Jail and locked up by Sheriff Welsendanger, who has been working mi the Oeorge murder. It I the theory of the police that Ilarrett was mistaken for some one else. Mnrder Iteceiitla In Ills Saloou. Dentrdo besides getting edorge's posl. lion, formerly ran a saloon In which Frank Ixmbardl, a friend and boarder of Oeorge's, was Hilled In a brawl some time ago, the police say. A new development In the search for tho killers of George was announced jesterday when the police of Hoboken reported that Kitty MacCorniHCk broke down under a long grilling nt the hands of Capt. Thomas tlarrlck of Hoboken and Sheriff Welsendanger of Westchester countj" and confeesd that she had hired the two men under arret to kill Oeorge. She described In detail. It was said, the negotiation" entered Into between her self and Mrs. Mary FIgnllo. who was arrested soon after the murder. As a result of their Investigations the police last evening arrested William Kelly of 91? Savoy street. No-th Per gen. N. J., and Adolph Itlso of M2 Jef ferson street, Hoboken Kelly was ar rested at Kitty MacCormack's home, where he was hiding. lllso was at St, Marj's Hospital, being treated for some wounds on his leg which he said he had received from being thrown off a train. Two men who described them selves as John Craven and James Madi son were also arrested, being taken at 7 Madison street, Hoboken, where they boarded with Mrs. Serlo, the mother of Mrs. Flgollo. Mrs. Serlo was taken from the Westchester county Jail to Hoboken In a closed limousine, ilressed In men'a clothing so that she might not bo recognized. When shown Craven and Madison she admitted that she knew them, but denied that they had killed George. The two men were released, Olri Rx plains Kllllnir Plot. Tile story that the police nay was toM by Kitty MsarOormack was that Mrs. Flgollo had asked her to get two men to kill George because ehe wanted to marry exmie one else. Mrs. Flgo'.lo aiffcred HOC. the police understand, but the men refused to do the Job tor less than I.Mlo Th MncCormacV girl enld that the two men, whose name she gave the police, obtained Iron barj from Mrs. Serlo'e home and went with Mrs. Flgollo ta Dobbs Ferry. There the wnmnn met the victim, Htarted towanl his lu.me with him and then gave the s'gnal which brought the two thugs down ain George One struck Mm down with the metnl club and the other drew a rar.or across his throat. Then they tunal Mrs Flgollo with clothesline, as agreed, The nix1 that was used, the ollco learned, was taken from Madison street, Hoboken, the home of Mrs. Srlo. Jt wan this that formeal the nvaist Important clue on which the detective worked, Kitty 'MaoCormack waa arraigned on n charge of being n disorderly jierevm nnd remanded for thirty dajs to nlllaw time, for the mvesear.v extradition papera to bo ijbtalned by the Westchester authorities. BOATS BUMP AS FOG VEILS BAY AND RIVER Some Ferries Stop Others De layed Summery January Weather. The unusually high January tempera ture of til nnd a warm xephyr from tha una Invest blowing on the cold surface of land and water reared a vapor fab ric that veiled craft from craft nnd hid the towers of the town yesterday from dawn until late nt night. There were many bumpn In the har bor nnd all ferry t rattle was delayed The Ktaten Island boats rn cautiously, losing from tlve to ten minutes on the trip when the fog was densest. The long distance West Siiore ferry from Cortlandt street to Weehswken was suspcndeil and that between Forty second street and Weehawken was ten minutes late. The Central Hallroail ferry between Liberty street nnd Com- I immlpaw ran Irregularly and the boats were about ten minutes late. All team boats were Huspcnded, train boats only being run. All of the vessels artoat In river or bay were playing hlkid man's bluff or at anchor. This anchoring of many es. sels accounted for the eomparativn lib hence of hoarse tooting In the waters about the cltj LINER RAMS TANKER IN FOG. Proteus Ovrrhnnlaa the llraliant anal lnltrr Ship .Must Dork. The Morgan Line steamehlp Proteus, with passengers and freight for New Orleans, while In a heavy fog off quar antine yesterday afternoon tan head on Into the stern of the Texna Oil Com panj'a tnnk steamship IlMbant, liounil for Tntnplro. The overhang of the tanker was badly stove and nhe an chored above Quarantine. Tho Proteus stopped and her skip per, Capt. Nelson, made a swift ex amination forward, He found a small hole In the port bow. Just abaft tho stem, and the upper part of the stem bent. He derided that the damage, being far above the water line, did not warrant putting hack, and proceeded, passing nut to ea at 1 :3fl, The Urnhant'H steering gear was badly damaged, She will go Into drv dock for repilrs befote proceeding, As the Pinteiis wns the inci taking ship she will be held responsible for the lira lanl'u damage. DEFENCE SOCIETY OUSTS CHIEF FUND COLLECTOR Hasty Action Taken After Publication of Story About George M. Baxter and Press Artists' League Say He Brought in $60,000. The active heads of the American Defence Society found It advisable -e-terday tn cut off the hand thnt fed them. That same hand, metaphorically epenk Ing, was George M. Baxter, the publi cation of whose name as the society's chief subscription collector caused a rat tling of skeletons of check chasing or ganizations of the past decade and a half that was not nt all pleasant to hear. It was such a shock In fact thnt Baxter's resignation as the aoc.lety'a manager of neld secretaries wns demanded In great haste. Until yesterday apparently the aotlve heads of the American Defence Society did not rcallie their closo proximity to the skeleton closets of such money rais ing schemes ns tho "Press Artists League," of mendicant ame, and others which thrlveal periodically by appeals In the nnine of newspaper men nnd artists. George M, Baxter, the American De fence Society's financial secretary, was nt one time nssoclnted with the Press Artists League, but yesterdaj', when his resignation from the American Defence Society waa demanalcd, he denied any connection with tho well known "We Iloyrt" or other similar operations. He asserted that others who took up the wairk of the Artists 1-eagiie were respaaiislble for It reputation. He hr.iniled the action of the xoclety In trying to aaiist him following the dis closures published yesterday afternoon ns "hlaleously nnd damnably cruel and unjust" and the publication of the ar ticle containing hla name no "a ven omous attack." Qnlrk Action Taken, However, less than an hour after the publication of BaxVr's name. In con nection with the society, tha executive committee of the boaril of trustees held a meeting at the home of C, S, Thomp son, chairman. Because Baxter hail succeeded In collecting some 100,000 for the society since last September and actually enabled the eaaclety to drive the wolf from the aloor. It was with apparent reluctiincy that thej- voted to sever his relations with the organization, Then the eecutltie committee Issued this .statement : "At a meeting of the exeetitlv com mittee nf the board of trustees of the American Defence Society held to-day It was aleelded that In view of the story printed In the evening jnpers .Mr. George Il.txtci's usefulness to the society ns manager of field secretaries has terml n.iteal nnd that his connection with the society should cease forthwith. Mr. Bax ter was accepted for the position only after u thorough Investigation had been made nf his references. "We are not ready to believe the truth of the newspaper reports, but we fee', that the fact that these reports have heen Tiuhllehed makes It advisable for the society to sever the connection. Proof that the finances of the American De fence Society have been properly handled Is to he found In the fact that we pre sented a statement to the advisotj- board on the fifth day nf January, showing where every cent of the socletj-'s money has come from and Just exactly how It has been expended, that statement cov ering tho work of the society from Its foundation In August up tn December 15, 1915." Second Statement Issued. 1-iater In the alay another statement was tvueil. It w'as as follows "Mr George Baxter came to the Amer ican Defence Society with the best of references, Including one from a leading publishing house, a bank reference and a reference from n former member of the Fnlteil States State Department. All of Ins references were investigated dur ing ai period of two weeks nnd proved satisfactory At least a dorrn men were refused because their references were unsatifnrIor Mr lt.lxter has turtjed enrr to the American Defence Society !il"iiil Hi' 0011 nnd to far as we know tint is n'.l the inones that has been col lected for the t-aiclety by Mr. Uaxter or through nn of his nieu during the pe riod he has been connected with the society "We have no Information that Mr. Baxter or any of his men have collected nmHiIng that has not leen turned over to us, either chci'ks air money. We shall take Imuiedlato steps to find out whether any a'amtrlbutions have been made to ths society which have not been received by the eocletj and In airder to alo so wo are sending out a letter to nil our members reuuestlng them to glvo us Information which we hope will alemonstrate that none of the methods attributed to Mr Uaxter have been umi1 by him In his canvass for the American Defence. Socletj-. The letter to the memlwrs of tho society is a faillows: "Dk.ii Stu : We havo your name on aiur liooka as a contributor to the American Defence Society in the amount aif . Owing to newspeper re ports w-e are leal to believe that there Is a possibility that you have contrib uted money to tho society which has not jet reached us, If you havo con tributed any more than the aliove sum may we ask you to let us know? If j-ou have reason to believe that any of -our friends havo contributed tn the soci ety would you be so good ns to nsk them whether they have received a let. ter similar to this one?" Noted Men nn Hoard. Ill spite of thn h.ute In which the executive committee nrted In the case of the fund collector It wns generally believed that jesterda''s disclosures would lead to leslgnatlons from the society's advisorj" board, which Includes melt prominent men as David .lajne Hill, president, ex-Ambassailor lo Ber lin: Perrv Belmont, vice-president; ex-Attorney-General Charles J. Bonaparte, President John Grler Hlhben nf Prince ton. Henry alt. Joy, president of the Packard Motor Cnr Company; Hudson! Maxim. William F McCombs, ex.Secre- I tarv of the Navy Truman II New- 1 bem and Col. Theodore Boosevelt Although Baxter's force nf tj-pewrlters and trained solicitors saveal the society from financial embarrassment shortly after he tnnk hold of Its coffers, his ofllce was a dozen blocks away from the headquarters of the society at SOS Fifth nvenue. Also, In spite of his Im portance to the life nf the organization, admitted by those who deniandeal his teslgnatlon yesterday, his name does not appear anywhere iimnng the amtlety'a long list of officers and committees, Mention of his connection with the socletj- Is confined tn this paragraph In Chairman Thompson's report of Decem ber 16! "In August arid September, when we were taking the nrst steps toward the organization of the American Defence Society, both Mr Stetson ICushlng Stet son, (-eiTetary of the board of trustees nnd myself tried to enlist the aupport of many men. In this period we went literally begging for help, but the sums we got wens not enough tn pay for postage, to Miy nolhiug of ofTice rent, telephones, HtrnngraplierH, stationery', printing, &c. It waa not until October lliHt our appeals, under the direction nf George M Uaxter, began tn show those giatlfylng results whlili entitle Mr Bax ter. I shall always believe, to ,i lasting vnli' of thanke." "It la curlulnly truu," aid Mr. l'homp son yesterday, reiterating this sentiment, "that but for Mr. Baxter's work the society would not exist. Now he Is In the peculiar position of being disowned by the organization which he saved nnanclaltj'. He showed himself to be a genius at financiering." Clla Action Unjust. The executive committee members who met hastily j'eaterday and asked Baxter to resign were, besides Mr. Thompson, Cushlng Stetson, Philip Roosevelt, rela tive1 of the Colonel and editor of the socletj-'s official organ. Amrrtrnn De fence; Cleveland Moffett, J. P. Hubbard, chairman of the society's organization committee, and George F. Sweenej'. executive secrctarj-. They formulated a letter which Mr. Sweeney carried to Mr. Baxter's home, 311 West Ninety-fifth street, where he waa sick In bed. Five minutes later Mr. Baxter received re porters, to whom he showed the aoc!etj-,a letter demanding his resignation Im mediately. "I have refused to resign," enld Mr. Baxter, "anil have asked Mr. Sweeney to have the demnnd for my resignation .withdrawn. The action of the society Is wholly unjust and cruel. The article Itself (In an evening paper) Is a hideous, venomous attack. I suppose I have been caught between the upper nnd nether millstones. I have decided to consult my lawyer, Kdwnrd J, Welsh of "i William atreet, to ascertain whether a suit may be brought ngalnst the society on Its contract with me, which extends until December 31 of this year." The analogy .Mr. Baxter drew from hie reference to upper and nether millstone was politics. He explained his activity In connection with the Press Artists league by eajlng that the league wax formed to hold exhibitions and sales of the work of newspaper artists on n 50 per rent, basis. Every dollar trsat was taken In by the league's officers, he said, was accounted for. Others, he salal, who resurrected the league later, after he had severed his relations with It, might have exploited It for their own ends. Mr. Baxter about fifteen j-eara ago was a newspaper man In the middle West. About twelve years ago, he said, he went to Kurope und started n weekly publication called the merlrnn Abrnail, which collapsed when the war began, Then he returned to this country Last summer, he continued, lie saw nn article about the American Defence Society nnd npplied for the podtlon of financial man ager. In charge of raising funds for the organization's work. He wns accepted, nnd immediately organized his on staff of solicitors. Term nf III Contract. He had a contract with the American Defence Society, which entitled him to a weekly drawinr account of $150 on a basis of 10 per cent, of his collections. He was to maintain his own staff of workers, but the literature and station ery were to be supplied by the society Mr. Baxter denied that he had "cleaned up IIS.00O within the last few months" as yesterday's published article stated The defence society's reports show that up to December last $45,000 had been collected, of which $35,000 mas dis bursed In the society's business. Mr. Baxter's collections, as shown by the society's records, averaged about' H1- a daj. The American Defence Society Is an outgrowth of the National Security league. It waa formed by C. S. Thomp son, Cashing Stetson and J. F. Hubbard becaue the National Security League refused to eanctlon a preparedness cam paign antagonistic to the Administra tion Thereupon the American Defence Society was organized to act as "a na ttnnal publicity headquarters and clear ing house In the campaign for an ade quate defence, to wage an tiggresstve. fearless fight for better national de fence" and to oppose those who urged disarmament. Prominent men lent their influence to the furtherance of the society's work, which has been country- Ide. The name "We Hoys" was applied to groups of men who operated vatious schemes tu taise money- presumably for poverty stricken newspaper men and newspaper artists. Their periodical ac tivities spread oer a decade and a half, dating back to the Blue Pencil Club, the Pen, Brush and Ink Club nnd aither simi lar organizations. The Press Artists League was formed avowedly to exhibit and sell on n 50 per cent, basis the drawings of newspaper artists n ml lo rnlse money to obtain art scholarships In Paris tor deserving news paper artists, When It was started Mr.' Bixter waa the treasurer. Jt has been revised from tlmo to time, but In the summer of li05, when the activities of the league was exposed In the newspapers, it was stated In behalf of Mr. Baxter that he nnj some others formerly In the league had stepped out when they "found that certain persons who pretended to be iictlng In a legitimate way were In realltj 'grafters.' " Col. Jtooarvelt Silent. An effott was made last night lo get an opinion from Col. Booscvett on the Hctlon of the Defence Society's executive committee, but his secretary, John Mc Grath, announced that tho Colonel would not discuss the matter. Karller In the day William V. McCombs said he was Rstounded by the publication of the arti cle containing Baxter's name. riilllp J, Roosevelt sent a telegram last night to Truman II. Newberry, John Grler Hlbben nnd Henry B. Joy, mem. bers of tho finance committee of the society's (advisory' board. In reference to yesterday's developments In the society. The telegram read as follows "Nasty newspaper reports here In sinuate our manager nf Held secretaries. Georgo M. Baxter, who has been m charge of raising money for us, is In terested in self-e.xplnltatlon. Suggest, if you think it advisable, that some firm of chartered accountants such ns thn Audit Company of New York or Townsend & Dlx he appointed by you and the report to you be placed on our bonks. Imme ikate action Imperative," Huston Iwrer Arratcned. George A, Gray, a Boston lawver, was arraigned yesterday before Msgls. Irate Slmms In the West Side court charged with being a fugitive rrom Jus tire, He was held without ball to nwalt requisition papers. Gray Is alleged to havo stolen $SO,000 In Rostnn. GOTHIC Arrow Collar i Fits the knot of a four-ln- hand or bow perfectly. 2 fat 25c. Claett, 1'rnbody fcl'o.. Inc., Makrri IF WITHOUT TEETH OR A KNIFE, DON'T SMOKE Tlinf.'s TTrnKh DopnrfniPiif n. vice in Warning Aliout (iprin in Ciprnr Cuttinir. The Health Department, after ft.. tacking the smoke nuisance fmm en. angle, has now etarteal nfter the 1 from "smokes" nf another kind it , hoped thnt Dr. Pease and Annette, lVl will give close heed to the fnlloirituj Injunctions Issued yestenlay by ih d. partment : Never moisten a cigar Wore diea,;i;. tatlng It. Avoid common cigar cutters n tn. bacco shops, for they nre deadlier irns, a Malay kreese because of the mMib' Infection which they may tranmn from one stogie to another. Don't borrow a friend's cigar aittr not because borrowing cigar rtmr, a bad habit, but borrowing germs Let each smoker operate on h s l()r with hts own knife or ilse gnw th( end off with his tenth. If the smoker hasn't any kn fe or teeth he shouldn't smoke This latest bit of hygiene w,si,m comes from Dr. Charles F, Hnldtun r. rector of the"Tjurenu of publ.c health education. The director appeared t be In earnest when he gave ojt thla statement; "There are a number of .1 ffe-.iit types) of cigar cutters In ue. In fm only the knife blade rumen i-nt. -a, t with the cigar. In others ti,, ,,,, 0( the cigar presses Into a ronica1 -neke! nnd the knife cuts off the projer'lns f.n(j' "If cigars are moistened in the mn:uh the type In which the cutting edce only comes Into contnet with the clgHr wnuM not be apt to carry much Infect on, bu! the one with the conical socket woiij be very likely to transfer the en n of persons wetting the cigar to the m,. of the next person using the cut er To Increase the gloom further, I). Bolduan said that hnrterinlngiea studies at the department's laboratory showed that diphtheria bicltll rvn t removed from a cigar cutter whlaii 'wo cut off the end of a clgtr that had h held In the mouth of ta. person , the allseiise. And the clipper whsi . partial to these bacteria nnli A conference is to 1 heid soon Is. tween health officials ami proprietors retail cigar istores with view to urcmar on thetn the aleslrahllitv aif sanltar cigar cutters. Hurrah, boys! Savings to-day that arc some savings! Boys' shirts. lift! regularly $l.nn. 1020 rcpularly S1.."0. 65c. Boys' shoes mostly tan lace. 1119 pair were $2 .V). 'J(kl pairs were sa.on 19.1 pairs were Sl.oo. $1.95. Boys' hats cloth and felt. '200 were ?2.,"iO. ' $1.15. Boys' caps. 345 were SI. oo. 1 10 were SI..-0. 55c. Children's hats- plush, velvet and felt. 15.1 were- 1..'i0 and $2 00 85c. 2,10 were $2 .10. I as were $:i.oo. 103 were J3..10. $1.35. Boys' underwear, shirts and drawers. 120 were J1.O0. nio were $1.2.1. 65c. Boys' pajamas. 207 formerly ?1 oo. 111 formerly $2.00. 65c. Boys' washable glows 266 pair were $1.00. 55c. Boys' Sport combin.it mns shirts and drawers at tached. 301 were $2,00. 65c. Savings in Boys' suits, too, that are not to be sneezed .it. Rogers Peet Compaq' Broadway at 13th St. "The at 34'tiSt Four Broadway Corners" V'" t Warren miitSt.