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LOSS IS $16,760,000
Canadian Car and Foundry
Company Relieves Blnzo
Wm Incendiary.
, Investigations to Fix Blame
for Spectacular Explosions
Arc Started.
The people of Klngsland, N, J went
ck 4o their shell rlddlod houses on the
tic bluff overlooking the ruins of the
Canadian Car and Foundry Company
munition plant yesterday, while eevcral
Investigations by municipal and county
officials were begun to determine the
cause of the moat spectacular explosion
Ince niack Tom.
There is little likelihood that the plant
will 'be, rebuilt, although several of the
soagailnes still stand, and It was
rumored yesterday that rebuilding would
ba begun on Monday, when, It Is be
haved, It will be safe to go near th
moklng ruins.
Mayor C4ay suld Yesterday that a
company official had told him the plant
would be reconstructed, but that If he,
Mr. Clay, found that a single building Is
feeing erected he will Instruct the attor
heys for Union township, Shafer &
Conklln of Uutherford, to begin leral
proceedings to prevent the rceitabllah
ncnt of n menace to the community.
Incendiary, Saya Coaiaanr.
A statement Issued by the company
ytatcrday said there Is reason to believe
that the tire which caused the explosions
,waa of Incendiary origin, but county de
lectlvps and bomb experts from New
York who made a preliminary Invoatlga
tlon of the cause came to the conclusion
that the flro was accidental. This deduc
tion Is based on the story told by Dam
inlek La Hcala, who was within ten feet
of where the fire started, and who said
that sparks from a bulling machine set
Ira to gasolene.
The total damage to the plant and
war property was estimated by the com
pany yesterday at $16.7J0,o00, of which
I13.7fi0.000 is a total loss. The re
mainder Is cocrcd by Insurance. About
$6,000,000 of the loss falls on the com
pany and $10,000,000 Is borne by tlio
llurslan Government, for which the
.shells were being manufactured, llecause
of this It is believed that the Russian
Government Itself may make a special
lavestlgatlon of the accident.
House Kaot fmll ot Hales.
Tlio fire damage to private property,
the homes of thoie who lived on the
big IT, was estimated yesterday as pot
more than $5,"00, "ml the damage from
hell flrn about $50, 000.
The urea directly on top of the bluff.
Where homes were shot us full of. holes
W a Swiss cheese, was roped off yes
terday and the sightseers who came
from tturroundlng towns by trains, trol-1
lay and automobile, were kept back by
.company guards. For u time these
guards tried to prevent even the families
WhOBo homes were Inside the ropes from
passing, but Mayor Clay told them that
they would have to permit people to jo
freely to their homes.
Early In the day rescue parties headed
by Father Thomas J, McDermott and
Mark M. McDcrmut, editor of the south
ern Bergen fition, went about through
the desolate area unci found some
untuilug Instances of narrow escapes. In
one house they found nearly ii dozen
Women and children who had taken rcfugo
In a cellar, without food or water and
who rtiulred considerable coaxing lie
fore they would leave. In another cellar
Was ii 1 1 eighty-) ear-old man, Anthony
Eula, nnd n boy, who were so nearly
frozen that thevhad to be carried out.
lare Looked Like a Sieve.
In a boarding house kept by a Mr.
Crowley were more than 100 shell holes.
The place looked like a sieve, And John
Blawinskl, whoso house also sets on the
bluff, made two big piles of shells and
hell splinters that he picked up In his
house and yard.
One. woman, who had given birth to
a child Just before the explosion, had
a marvellous escape when a shell came
through the roof of her house and
Crashed through the bed on which she
and her child were lying without caus
Ink her any Injury save from fright.
.The T 1 rka w ii n ni c ir .hn. A
New York and New Jersey Brick Com
pany pi.ini near ny were damaged about
$30,000 each. Four ofllcerH of the lied
CrtSss organization headed by Krnest P.
Blokncll of Washington, went to Klugs
laid yesterday to offer their i-ervlcea,
but were told that -the township was
able to take care of all the refugees.
Statement by Company.
The Canadian Car and Foundry Com
pany Issued the following statement yes
terdty :
."In March. 1915. the Canadian Car
ana foundry Company. Ltd.. of lion
treal. entered Into contracts with the
Jtusslan uovernment to supply 5,000.
0n rounds of 3-Inch ammunition, haft
shrapnel und half high exploitive shells.
"These contracts were partly rom
pleted by March, 1916, and on March 8,
1016, were assigned to a New York cor
poration, an agency of the Canadian Car
anil Foundry Company, Limited, which
took over the two main Russian con
tracts and all subsidiary contracts and
supplies, and undertook to complete und
eJ-Jlver the full quantity of 5,000,000
"Agency of Canadian Car and Foun
jy.Company, Limited, had a large plant
near Klngsland, N, J for the purpose
ef assembling, packing and preparing
tleee shells for shipment. No shells
were minufaetured on the premises.
There were etupioyed from time to time
at Klngsland from 3,000 to 4,000 men.
Large quantities of these shells have
keen shipped to Itussla,
Contracts' Nearly Completed,
"The two contracts were practically
completed, a large quantity ot shells had
been delivered In storage at Klrigslnnd
to the representatives of the Hussion
Government, and the balance of the
shells were being assembled and packed
yesterday when n tire took place in one
of the large buildings used for cleaning
"The buildings destroyed were valued
at about $750,000. The value of the con
tents or the buildings destroyed amounted
approximately to $li,O0o,O0O. The com
pany v.a protected tu the amount of
about $3,000,000 in Insurance on the
buildings und contents, the rest is n total
less. ro far aa '.r have been able to
ascertain no one whs killed or seriously
Injured as a. result of the fire and aubse
quent explosions which took place.
Blase Was Uneplcloaa,
"An examination Into the circum
stances attending the origin of the fire In
building No. 30 has creuted the Impree
elotl that It Is possible, If not probable,
that the lire was of Incendiary origin,
The otHn.rs of the ompan do i-,t wM,
to make an further definite statement
with rtiard to this until the Irivrstlva.
tlons are completed, tt Is quite probable I
mat the buildings will not be recon
structed. r
"The entire plant was most carefully
guarded and every safeguard known to
science had been Installed, and every
possible provision made to safeguard the
adjoining premises against injuries re
sulting from explosion. The company
had secured Insurance In favor of the
Inhabitants of Klngsland, which we un
derstand will more than cover any loss
or damage to buildings in that town.
The reports with regard to tlio lire are
somewhat exaggerated and sensational."'
The common and prefeired stocks of
the ' Canadian Car and Foundry Com
pany, in which there Ijave not been any
sales since last fall, opened on the Uroad
street curb market 24 and 18 points off
respectively from the last previous salos.
Both Issues subsequently recovered from
the big losses at the opening, and the
common closed at 33, showing a net loss
of II points, white the, preferred closed
at 74, a net loss of 14 points. The fact
that trading In both Issues was tight
yesterday Is explained by the circum
stance that the two Issues are narrowly
held. I
t'oiiffniirtf from Fint Page.
and the heroic efforts of the men Inside
In trying to check Its spread.
liocturs and nurses from t'ompton
Lakes, Illoomingdalc. 1'aterson and other
towns were called, and the wounded
Were attended as fast as they were
carried Into the company's hospital at
Itnskcll. Most of the men were cut by
falling fragment", but several of them
wero badly burned by the ponder flares.
They were then .placed In the ambulances
which had brought the doctors from
outside hotfdtaia and hurried back to
where they world be away from the
noise of the disaster. If there ure any
bodies In the mixing houses it will be
some time before they can toe found, as
the whole place is like a furnace, al
though the spread of the flames has
been checked.
l ire Qalcklr Spread.
It was found Just before midnight
that the three houses which were first
exploded, which caused the heavy
shocks, were those used for blending.
The Arc spread from one to another
with about five minutes between each
explosion. There were two men In each
of the three housed and no trace of
them has been found. They were work
ing on pyro, as the explosive In these
houses was called, confined In large con
tainers. While the Are was still burning fiercely
a rescue squad with gas masks and equip
ment entered the ground and found eight
men oadiy burned and unconscious,
They lay on the ground near some of the
buildings which had exploded and were
rendered unconscious by the shock and
the gas from the burned powder. Their
condition was so serious that they were
not moved and were kept in a temporary
hospital near the grounds.
They wero Henry Johnson. John Mc
Cormlck, August Strelttrr, Louis Kn
deskl, John Myrak and Morton Meade
of liaskeJl and Henry Miller and George
W, A Id rich of Uutler, N. J.
flupt. Lynah telephoned to the hospi
tal about midnight saying that he
thought all the injured had been found
iind that they need expect no more
patients there.
Flames .Spread to Woods.
The fire rpread to a woods which
surrounded the south end of the plant
and nearly 200 acres' was burning
fiercely. This with the 'burning of the
ruins of the powder houses made n
tremendous glow In the sky visible for
Dozens of houses in Haskell were en
tirely destroyed and the post olllcc was
literally blown to pieces. Hundreds of
people llilng In Haskell, I'ompton likrs,
Midvalo nnd surrounding villages within
a radius of ten miles were -ut and in
jured by flying glass and falling timbers.
In almost every household some mem
ber of the family had to be given medi
cal attention.
The township commission of Haskell
met and started relief work Immediately.
Homes thnt were standing In the safety
zone were turned hito temporary hos
pitals, and dozens who were slightly In
jured from glass and'tlmhers were cared
for there. Officials of the plant from
out of town hurried to the scene and
helped Jn the rescue and supervision of
the work of fire fighting. Those who
were driven from their homes by the
danger of collapse suffered greatly from
the Intense cold.
Loss About a , OOII.OOO.
When the tiro was under control a
company official said that the damage,
although hard to appraise, would prob
ably reach $1,000,000 to the Du Pont
plant atone.
Most of the injured were at work In
the cap works. About 150 men and girls
were employed there, of whom about
thlrty-ftve were Injured. These were all
taken to the hospital on the company's
Seven buildings of Important size were
destroyed In the explosions or the sub
sequent fire, as well as a number of
mall outbuildings, tool houses and the
like. There were about BOO buildings
on the grounds, which cover two square
Three dry houses, a barrel house, the
blending house, the cap -works and the
shaker house were those destroyed.
L.,Th?bu."'"nB of t,,e ""man Artistic
Silk Works In Haskell was Joggled up
no by the explosion that its damage was
at least $75,000. The ceilings were
tumbled down, the windows broken, the
looms piled Into masses of twisted steel
and Iron.
Windows Broken Tar Anaj.
The force of the explosions war. In
credibly heavy. Windows were broken
and pictures hurled to the floor at dis
tances of many miles. In Upper Mont
clalr persona were thrown from their
beds, nnd in Manhattan glasses were
Jingled from tables, in Hoosio Falls,
Y V.. 150 miles away, windows were
broken, und within a radius of ono hun
dred miles the upheaval waa heard In a
faint rumbling that people thought was
un earthquake. Sprlnglleld, Mass.. felt
the tremor.
In Uutherford the Inhabitants, fear
stricken from the Klngsland disaster ot
Thursday, felt the Drat shock ami be
lieved another magazine had been set oft
on the meadows. Within a half mile of
the Klngsland plant the shock last night
wua greater than that of the previous
night, though It occurred fifteen or more
miles away,
About half a mile from the barriers to
the Du Tout jilant were long wooden
hunk shacks for the workmen. At the
first shock the day men who were sleep,
ing were thrown to the floor. Several of
the buildings were rocked and shaken
until they fell apart like houses of cards,
with the men inipiisoned within,
Damage In Pompton l.akrs.
Nearly every house In I'ompton Lakes
was damaged and not a window was
left as for as could be seen In u quick
glance through the town. At the Pomp
ton Lakes Hotel the floors were forced
up und the guests ran to he street, some
of them thinly clad, where they stood
shivering In the cold for gome time be
fore they dared return. Doors wero
blown In nnd chimneys knocked over.
unn of the most terrifying rvpcrloncea
ua that of pascnger on a New York,
Hiisquehanna and Western train, which
arrives at Pompton Lake at t:10. It
came Into tho nation with the windows
on Uie north side blown In and many of
me passengers oaujy cut vy nying glass.
Doctor's Wife Describes It.
The whole countryside near Pompton
Lakes rocked and trembled, according
to 'Mrs. William 8. Colfax, wife of the
chief physician for the Du Pont com
pany. Her home, wiilch Is morn than
a mile away from the scene, was nearly
wrecked. The plaster fell, every window
In the house was broken and furniture
was toppled over and damaged.
"I was In the automobile with my
husband when the terrible crash came,"
Mrs. Colfax said over the telephone last
night. "We wero going to call on some
friends and were driving toward Pomp
ton Lakes. Our house is a mile from
I'ompton Lakes, and we had gone about
half way when the explosion came. The
deep banging and thundering sound was
first, then there was a peculiar whistling
sound and the earth shook. A second
flareup came, followed by a third more
terrific that the others. We could see
the light, and I decided it was the Fuso
ami Cap Works at Pompton Lakes.
"My husband turned the car around
nnd drove me back to our home. Tho
telephone wa ringing, and he was told
lo come Immediately. I take It there
was work for him there. The night
shift must have gone to work, and there
are 800 of them there."
Pompton Lakes Implosions 8 hook
Territory Many Miles Array.
The scene of last night's catastrophe
was twenty-seven miles northwest from
City Hall In New York, that Is to say,
nearly three times as far away as Kings
land and nine time as far distant as
Black Tom. Yet the two explosions last
night were felt distinctly In Manhattan.
Tho first great bang, at 9:30 o'clock,
sent night workers In downtown sky
scrapers to the roof. They saw a great
cloud spread Itself over the western sky.
It was not a fiery red or orange, as might
have been expected, but a peculiar blue
that was due, no doubt, to the character
of the combustibles ablaze. Even from
some of tho higher apartment houses up
town the blue blaze was visible.
Severe as was the concussion in Man
hattan, and It was enough to wake up
nearly all tho early sleepers and send
thousands of eager queries for Informa
tion over the telephone wires to the New
York Telephone Company, Police Head
quarters und the various newspapers. Its
radius was not limited to this borough.
Perhaps the furthest point which re
ported liming felt the "quake" was Far
Itockaway, L. I., forty miles from Has
kell, where windows were rattled and
residents alarmed.
Mount Kisco, tnirty miles up river, sent
a query over the telephone wires to New
York to ask what had happened. All
through the live Itoroughs of the greater
city tne shoe:: was plainly felt. In Oy
ster Hay brlc a brae was tossed from
shelves, windows shook und one excited
citizen swore he had been tossed from
nls bed by the concufcflon.
Thirty miles north In 'Westchester
calls began pouring In to local sources
of Information asking for news. New
Itochelle, Fordham, Tarrytown, Yonkers,
White Plains and practically every other
community was alarmed.
13.1 Injared In 20 Ksploslena of
Monition Plants.
Preceding latt night's disaster, the
plants of H. 1. du Pont dc Nemours &
. I Hid twenty explosions since the war
began In which ono or more perrons
were killed or Injured, besides many
more which caused great money losses,
but in which no one was seriously hurt.
Millions ttnnn mltllrtna .1 ... f ... ...
of damage has been done by these ex-
I'lusiuns, many ot winch were thought
to have been caused by incendiaries.
At all the plants strong guards were
Installed by the company: armed men
who have been tinder nr,i.M ... .
hesitute to shoot at prowlers who failed
iu oney commands to stop and tell their
In nil slvtv.siv ! , .
In thesu explosions and 153 persons have
urrn injured ; some of them maimed for
The worst disaster of the series was
that of November 30, 1915. when the
Hagiey yard plant ar Wilmington blew
up. Thirty were killed there and five
were hurt. The explosions of sufficient
size to nttiact niililln aii.nnn
beginning of the war were as follows,:
august ivii Du Pont storehouse
ut Pompton. N. J blown up. One dead
February 13. 1015 Du Pont plant at
Haskell, wrecked by explosion. Three
March C Two explosions In drying
houses of Du Pouts at Haskell. Five
killed, one hurt.
March 34 A mysterious prowler found
near Haskell Plant. Du Pont nUni i.
May 10 Du Tont plant at Carney's
Point blows o. Six hurt.
May IS Twjo explosions In Du Pont
plant ut Habkell. One hurt.
May 13 Still house of Du Pont plant
at Carney's Point ilealrnvnt l,..
May ;s Du Pont plant it Carney's
Point blows up. Five hurt.
June 36 Du Pont plant at Wayne de
molished by explosion.
September 29 Solving house of Du
Pont plant at Haskell hinw. ,,n v.
dead, one hurt.
October 1 Bxploslon In mixing house
of Otl Print nlfinl ... -.
, . . ' fc " viiiivivii unites.
Ofie dead, nine hurl.
October 13 Fulinlnaie
plodes in Du Pont plant at Pompton
Lames, reven nun.
October 25 Two power plants of Du
rout plant at Jlopewell, Vn destroyed
by tire, believed to Imv. hn r i-
cendlary origin,
November 30 Du Pont plant at Hug
ley yaid", Wilmington, blows up, Thlrtv
dead, five hurt.
Februarv 7. lMft nit Pnm nin
Tofoma wrecked,
February 2S Three hundred letters
tecelved by workmen at Du Pont plant
near Ashland, Wis., warning that plant
would be blown up March 1.
AT) HI 12-Herle of .vnlnalin. r. 1 .
du Pont plant near Uluefleld, W. Va,
mrce Kineu, peven injurea,
May lo Ilepauno Chemical Works at
(ilbllHtnwn. V f nii-n.H !., .1..
wrecked. Eleven dead, thirty Injured,
.iuiio o uu i-oni piant near Wayne,
N. J., blows up. One dead, eight hurt.
iui) id ixmg nouse or au I'ont at
Huhkcll wrecked. Four killed, twenty
eight Injured,
AUSllSt 11 Pfllt nf Hit rnn n)nHl
Carney's Point wrecked. Three killed,
tnu llljuiril,
August 21. Dynamite plant at Barks
dale wrecked. Two killed.
Aumilt 21 KliuL'fr rnntn nt .1.. r...
. ai-iii.
plant at Carteret wrecked. Six hurt. I
' - --."- "II, I win
nlant neat- Pnninfnn l.nkau Hfri.rtb v..
lightning, causing explosion One dead,
iM-m,v injured,
Senlcmber 19 live littnrlreii m-iitiwla
of powder in mixing house of du Pont
i'iaiii i uMsi.trji capioucii. reven nurt
October 12 Quantity of fulminate of
mercury explodes In metallic cap worl.B
of du Pont plant at Haskell. Seven
ilgsbee's Condition Improves.
near Admiral Charles D. Slgsbee, U. 8.
N retired, 539 West 112th street, who
was commander of the old Maine at tho
time of her destruction in Havana har
bor, was reported yesterday ns recover
ing from u sure attack of intermuscu
lar neuralgia, from which he has been
rufferlng jevtrsl weeks.
Five Hundred Members of the
Fraternity Sec Rites En
acted to Music.
Members of the Delta Kappa Kpsllon
fraternity gathered last night to cele
brato the formal opening of their new
clubhouse, the twelve story building
previously occupied by tho Yale Club, at
30 West Forty-fourth street Five hun
dred fraternized In good old Dcke fash
Ion. Due to Arthur Farwell, the author of
Caliban's music. "D. K. U a Masque of
Fraternity." was staged reflecting In
Greek mythology the glories of the
brotherhood. .Athena, the tutelary god
dess of the fraternity, vis the central
figure of everything "Dekelan." To
Athena In the temple came a suppliant
George B. Goodspeed, Hrown University
offering the spirit of D. II. Ii The titer
ropantif of the Temple Herbert Wether
spoon of the Metropolitan Opera com
pany at first gravely rejected the offer
ing, but finally opened the door Jnto the
mystery of mysteries.
Forty-three youths In classic costume,
each carrying a chapter banner, strode
down the aisle and stood before the blaz
ing vision the seal of the fraternity.
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra
.supplied music for the occasion, while
mystic songs were rendered by fraternity
Herbert Hartwcll lilbbs. nret-ldent of
the fraternity, took the part of Kronoa,
a gray icnrilcl classic. The First Prlett
of the Temple was Herbert C. Konkllng,
Amherst ; while Herbert L. Gray, Colby,
was the second ancient priest John
Clair Mlnot recited a fraternity poem
composed for the masque.
Frederick B. Jennings, who U presi
dent of the club, was toastmaster at the
dinner which followed the masque.
Three speeches were delivered, one by
Itobert 1-:. Peary, who planted the D. K.
L. flag on tho north pole below the
American colors. The two other speakers
were Albert J, Heverldgc, formerly
United .States .Senator from Indiana, and
Almet F. Jenks. Justice of the Appellate
Division of Brooklyn, A. Barton Hep
burn, James C. Colgate, Ogdcn Mills
Held, the Itev. Dr. Charles E. Burcli. tho
Itev. Dr. Carl K. Ttellund and Charles
K, eSherrlll were ameng the others
Tells 1 1 11 in il ton College Alumni
Students Are Going- After
Stransc Gods.
Dr, Melancthon Wooisey Stryker,
president of Hamilton College, who will
retire at the end of the collegiate year
after rounding out twenty-five years of
service ns "prexy," preached what he
called his "last sermon to the old
crowd" yt the forty-ninth annual re
union an.l banquet of the Hamilton Col
lege Alumni Association of New York
city at the Hotel Savoy last night. The
sermon waa Interpreted as a plea for
more study and less athletics nt college.
"I shall carry off the hill Just the
aime convictions in pedagogy and educa
tional theory that I began with and
have served with," Dr. Hlryker said
after expressing his grateful app dela
tion of the many kind tilings that haxl
been said of him by Kllhu Iloot, Chester
S. lord, formerly managing editor of
Tiik Sun; George K. Dunham, editor of
the rtlcu Dollp Press : William A Jlart
lett. '52, and Itobert Gardner McGregor,
'97, the toastmaster
Ills i'rlbolr t Hoot.
After declaring that he would like to
say some of the things that were bub
bling In his mind, he turned toward Mr.
Iloot and said : "The American people
did not know the time of their visita
tion. The man who was the most com
petent In all this country lo lead this
land wus not appreciated. 1 think none
the less of him for that, but less of my
land. If that is politics, make the most
of It."
"The American collsgc," he continued,
Is on trial and probation as to whether
u is wortn while or whether the men
who go to college get the thine for whleli
they started. I say that a student who
aoesn t study six hours of the day Is
wasting his time and his father's monev.
If he Is not to study he ought to go away.
I shall always say it that I think that
when the American college goes In for
atmetlca It Is going after sttange gods.
I think the college Is, first, n nlace to
study, nverythlug in college life is tribu
tary to manliness, dignity and lomanre
of herd brain work."
"Inanence Will Continue. '
Mr ltoot, who has been a member
or the boaid of trustees of Hamilton
for thirty-four year, said that the
greatest, strongest ana most command
ing" of all Its presidents is the president
who Is about to retire, llq nald that
Dr. Striker's Influence will eontlnue and
will be productive of greater things In
the future.
William A. Uartlett, Introduced as the
"youtiaest alumnus here." .ih i.-.
college should "mske svlf-onutrolled
cuuracier ami a man who thinks good,
does good nnd Is good "
Chester S. Lord, speaking on the
"N'ewsDaner and the War" nm i. ..
good word for schools of Journalism,
K3llnp HierA In nn An. .V... . u
which they provide are going to uplift
the business of newspaper making. He
rnimrca o irfjra .NormcillTe ns the
"most conspicuous newspaper editor In
the world."
Mr Dunham. 'Tfl. inlH nt n.. .....
work the college growth committee is
doing In getting new students for Ham
ilton and nnnmineed ttm. sr.- tt... i
offered to loan 1500 for four years to
carry two students through college,
The loans are returned by the students.
They are paid Into the "Theodore M,
i umoru lunu. Mr, ininiiam said the
growth of Hamilton College which has
been mnkl -nui-tli Tvlilt l.o. k..
........ ...... . i H.i i.ri, ticconi-
Pllshed during the administration of Dr.
ki ) nci
Dr. Strvker recently fnh,-itA ctaa
000 from a cousin. Thomas II. Stryker
ll. 41UIIIC.
Il'lntln Had .Vat am I Death,
Wabiiiniiton, Jan. 12. Louis d'Antln
died of cerebral congestion aeconllng to
si report rcclvrd t the Blatn Depart
ineiit tn-day from thit American Vice-
'onsiil nl .s.in Luis Potosl. The fact
that D'Anttii wus an American cltlieu
despite his position on the staff of the
Mexican Ambassador-Designate, Kllseo
Arrsdondo, led tho Htate Department to
mako Inquiry concerning his sudden
death hi Mexico In response to a re
quest from his widow.
Arnold Daly Doing Well.
i The condition of Arnold Daly, who was
operated on Tuesday for appendicitis,
was said hist night ut Roosevelt Hospital
to be considerably better. Ho had a
viiiiifdn.ibiw i-vcuing uiul those in attend
ance said he seemed to be on the rorl to
Action of Governor in Ap
pointment Stored by Lcnd
cps of Factions.
Whitman Defends His Candi
date as a Hard, Conscien
tious Worker.
Gov. Whitman succeeded esteidsy at
the meeting of the Republican State
committee in having his executive au
ditor, George A. Glynn of Syracuse,
made State chairman to succeed Fred
erick C. Tanner, but In doing so lost the
allegiance or William 1.. Ward, Repub
lican boss of Westchester county, who
until yesterday was regarded ua one of
the strongest members of the Governor's
"kitchen cabinet."
In addition tn iltn ImIkaa,, (I.a
Governor and Ward, which caused a sen
sation at Ihn meellriv l-niir,! , 11. 1 Vlor.11
a member of the State committee, openly
voiceu tne private sentiment of the antl
Whitmnn m.mh,M wh.n 1.. ...,)..i tt,
the Governor, In putting Mr. Glynn at
the head of the State committee, was
cnacaonng lo promote his own political
Mr. Nlcoll followed up this remark by
protesting against giving the Governor
"enough ropo to hang himself or to
commit political hara-karl." He put his
objections In the form of a resolution.
wnicn was siaeiracxed by the Governor a
supporters. George W. Aldrldge and
Charles II. Iletts, who Jumped to their
feet and moved that the resolution be re
ferred to the executive committee, which
was done.
Drop Salary Plan.
The selection of Mr, Glynn as State
cnairman did not carry with it u salar.v
of 310,000 as was expected. This phase
01 tne matter was Ignored, owing lo the
opposition by some of the leaders before
the meeting, but It la understood that
Mr. Glynn will continue to act as execu
tive auditor to the Governor at a salary
of 1,000 a year. It Is believed that later
on the salary proposition will be put
through tho State committee.
When the meeting was called to order
at the Republican Club, many of the
lejders. Including Ward, were nt tho,
opinion that the Governor intended tu
follow out the programme previously dis
cussed of having a committee on nomi
nations appointed to recommend a man
for the State chairmanship.
This was tile suggestion of Ward, who,
although he first sponsored the idea of a
paid manager, with the hearty Indorse
ment of the Governor, recognised the
strong- opposition to the plan and de
cided It would be best to have a com
mittee solve the problem. Tho action
of I.leut.-Gov. Schoeneck in placing Mr.
Glynn in nomination for State chair
man, therefore, came as a complete sur
prise to WnrI and other leaders, who be
lieved tho Governor was In favor of the
committee plan.
After Glynns nomination had been
seconded by George W. Aldrldge, a vote
was tiken, and when Mr. Ward was
called uiHjii to vote he shocked the meet
ing by arising und opposing the elec
tion. "I have no personal feeling In the
matt, r," began Mr. Ward, "but 1 have
certain convictions which arc backed by
the majority sentiment of my county,
I have nothing against Gov. Whitman
for taking a hand in this election of a
new State chairman If he feels It la
the right thing for him to do.
Will I.hr n ltrKret.
"Hut I don't believe the party can
grow in titrcngth by having the Gov
ernor name a member of his own house
hold as chairman of this committee. If
we swallow his choice ynu will U live
long enough to i egret It. I insist on
my right to protest against what I think
will surely Injure the Republican partv
In this State."
Immediately the meeting was in sir
uproar. Opposition to the Governor's
plan from such a quarter was the last
thing expected by the other members
of the State committee. Along with
George W. Aldridee and Franelu w
Hendricks Mr. Ward has been rtcog.
nlied us one of the Governor's closest
advisers. It was also recalled that
Ward had advocated Uie paid manager
For a time there was pause In ths nrn
ceedlngs. The other members looked to
vtaru to nominate another candidate,
but as he did not put such a motion the
roll call proceeded. W.nd arose and
asked that he nnd the other three mem
bers of the State rimmitio from West
chester be, excused fuin vntmi; The
final vote showed 131 in favor of tho
election of Mr. Glynn, four not voting
anil fifteen members absent.
Ill explaining Ills attitude last night
Mr. Ward Mated thut he was of the
opinion, and had understood that tho
Governor shared the ssamo view, that a
nominating-committee should be selected
to name a man.
"I regard the present situation of the
I'nlted States as extremely grave," he
said, "and the Republican party
throughout the country should select
only the strongest men to lead the vari
ous State organliatlons In order to pre
pare for the future. 1 was of the belief
that Gov. Whitman was of tho tamo
, Gov. Whitman In commenting last
night on tho selection of Mr. Glynn said :
"Of course. I am gratified that the
committee selected Mr. Glynn. I pre
fume every Republican Interested In the
welfare nf the party feels the bame way.
Mr Glynn is a hard, conscientious
woiker and n capable man, and 1 believe
no mistake was made In choosing lilm
as r halrinan." '
Regarding the report that the Gov.
ernor Intended to appoint Public Service.
Commissioner Charles S. Jlertey Super
intendent of Hunks to succeed Kugene
Iamb Richards, whose term has expired,
slid to appoint F, ,1. II, Kracke- Public
Service Commissioner to succeed Hervey,
I lie Gocrnor tald :
"There Is alwolutely not one word of
truth in such a report."
As a result of the developments of
yesterday's meeting It Is expected that
henceforth the autl-Whltnian faction of
the Republican p.uty, augmented by Mr.
Wunl. will be piepured to take advantage
of any mistake made by Mr. Glynn uh
an argument against the renomlnatlon
of Mr. Whitman in 191S. Republican
leaders frankly admitted that unlets tin
Governor Is able to amooth over the ruf
fled feelings of Mr, Ward there will be
serious objections raised In 191S agalr.M
u third nomination.
Held for Strallnu' Diamond.
Charged with snatching ,i 137 J diamond
ling from the counter of Abraham 1..
Rubin, a Jeweller of "52 Westchester
avenue, and running away with It. u. man
wiio gave nis name as Harry Gordon, 20
years old, of Jersey City was held In
,2,500 ball yesterday by Magistrate
Mural) In tho Morrlsanla court. Ho wa.
caught after a chase of three blocks.
"even Ships Pass Calebra.
Pavima. Jan. 12. Tli .nn.i . i.
Panama Canal east of the Culebru slide
und north of Gold Hill, where eurth
moveinents ooeutred recently, Is now 27
feet deep, Seven ships were able tn
pass through tn.day.
Continued from Firnt Pugc.
to-night Issued this statement In re
sponse to a request for an explanation
of his reasons for applying for n writ
of habeas corpus.
"It may prove Interesting to the State
of Pennsylvania to determine whether
Mr. Thaw is mentally competent or Is
nui. n nmy aiso prove interesting lo
I the State to determine whether or not
me mate ot .New York has a reasonably
good prima facia case against Mr. Thaw
lieroro It permits his extradition to that
Stale on the charges there preferred
against him."
Mr. Scott had been In conference much
of the day with representatives of the
Thaw family.
That there is an alliance between the
Thaw Interests and those of Hroncr be
came manifest thiough this conference,
although Mr. Scott said In court to-day
when he asked for IJrower'e release:
"This man Is not responsible for what
Thaw did. The real person wanted In
New York is Thaw and yon have him.
There Is no need of holding Ilrower."
Despite Mr. Scott' t plea Urower was
sent back to Moyamcnslng. This put In
motion tho first application for a haba?s
corpua writ. Juihse. Patterson of the Su
perior Court granted the writ, but before
It Is returnable the New York authorities
extect to have the extradition papers
teady for his surrender to them by the
Philadelphia authorities.
William Harmon Black. Assistant Dis
trict Attorney, and Detectives John Cun
nlff and nernard Flood came to Philadel
phia to-day for an hour. Thev tried to
Interview Thaw, but because of his con
dition they were refused admission to his
District Attorney Srrann Sny He
Will He neaily In a Week.
t.-iTl.ffcia" be re.ad' ,0 nut Tnaw on
trial with n a week 'after he arrives In
New lork," District Attorney Swann
m v'9'ri1a"- "I cannot say action
will really be ns speedy as that, but I
shall make what Is called a preferential
motion asklnc the Sunremn rvmn i
the Thaw case ahead of others on the cal-
i-iiuor. me peoples case Is virtually
complete right now."
T,K..rJSa.,,", was as,"'J lf 1,B 1iougl)t the
Philadelphia authorities would endeavor
to try Thaw on a charge of attempted
. "!i,h,?P n0t'" 1,e ""I'""!- "If they do
t win bo n subterfuge und will mean that
they are not giving us a squaro deal."
He had nothlngbut praise for the atti
tude of the Philadelphia District Attor
ney, but thought that the other 'nuthorl
ties were acting peculiarly. Mr. Swann's
assistant, William Hnrman Black, tele
phoned from Philadelphia that the police
refused to hold Oliver Ilrower, Indicted
here with Thaw for kidnapping, longer
than twenty-four hours unless extradl
lion papers wero served. Gov. Whitman
was at the St. Regis. He wax willing to
sign the papero Immediately, hut the
stamp of the great seal of the State was
also required, and tho seal is In Albany.
Mr. Swann got on tho telephone, and
finally Philadelphia agreed to hold
Hrower until Monday. Then Mr. Swann
sent to Albany a man who will have the
extradition papers stamped and take
them to Harrisburg for the counter sig
nature of Gov. Brumbaugh and then to
"It seems that Urower wanted special
Indulgence," Mr. Swann said last night.
"Ills counsel desired to have him set free
In Philadelphia on ball, although the in
dictment was found here, and then have
Brower come to New York. That seems
extraordinary. I replied that so far as
this office was concerned there was no
difference between tho Thaw case and
any otner. vi e arc not open to any com-1
promise. The Stato of Pennsylvania lias
got to hold Urower until we can bring
him to New York or go on record as re
fusing to hold him. In this State the
fact that a man has a great ileal of
money Is not going to affect In any way
the administration of the law."
1 - 11
Col. T. (. Donaldson of Gen.
Wood's Staff Reports to tho
War Department.
31 tin Lashed to Gun Carriage
Wheel and Five of His Com
rades Arc Held.
I i'houRh Batteries D and li of the
Seeonil )."lel) AptlllArt' ..a rn mii,l0p,l mi.
. .......i., v v
jisieruay inrre otiicers or uie reg)meni
were retained In the Federal service
pending the result of the Inquiry Into the
"eproadeaglc" punishment Imposed on
Ma:: Kellerman in the armory In Tho
Bronx on Tuesday, Those officers arc
Col. George A. Wlngate, commander ot
the regiment : Capt. Wilbur T.' Wright
of the buttery of which Kellerman was I
a member, and Lieut. Frank A. Spencer,
who ordered Kellerman lashed to the
wheel of the gun carriage.
The three officers were assigned to
Fort Hamilton, where they must do
nominal service until after the War De
partment has finished Its Investigation.
The five prisoners who were ordered to
duty that caused Kellerman to revolt
were sent to forts In the city until the
War Department has passed on their '
cases. Kellerman, Ralph Plngrle, litrl I
PIngrle and Ulmer St. George were sent
under guard to Fort Hamilton. Johu
Foley was consigned to Fort Totten.
col. T. G. Donaldson of Gen. Leonard
Wood's staff was at the Second Field
Artillery's Armory, Franklin avenue and
166th street, The Bronx, yesterday, mak
ing an Inquiry into the rationing of the
men. The lack of food, it is said, caused
Kellerman to refuse to do the work as
signed to him.
Both reports of Investigations made by
. uunoiunun iniu uie fiuiiutnin oi
Kellerman und tho failure to supply food
have been sent to the War Department,
They will be studied by the officers there
and there will be no further Inquiry here
unless more Information is desired by the
War Department.
Lleut.-Ool. Frank A. Hints, who was in
command of the armory on the day the
trouble occurred, and who said he was
responsible for any trouble, wis mus
tered out yesterday. He has been elimi
nated by the army officers apparently as
ot being responsible In any way.
Mnn Sooaht In Case Resembling;
Grace Itobert 31 order.
Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 12. Mona
Simon, 23 years old, said to be a mcmbe
of a prominent family of Grafton, W.
Va., waa found deaU In a room In the
leading hotel of Columbus shortly after
noon to-day. The police arc looking for
a man said lo have been until recently
employed In a biokcra-je ofllce in Kansas
City at the alleged murderer.
The glri's body was found lying on the
floor. A gash in her neck and a bullet
wound in the back of her head caused
death. Towels found in the bath adjoin
ing the room were marked with blood,
Indicating that the murderer had cleaned
his hands before le.ivliw.
The man who occupied the room had
rcglMcrcd as "G. V. Van Brunt of Chi
cago," but a local porting writer told
the polite to-night he knew tho man who
occupied the room in wiilch the girt was
found and that he had tokl him he was
going under the name of "G. V, Van 1
Brunt" here because of a "girl scrape" In ,
Kansas ty. inc spori writer sa)a - van
Brunt" talked to Joe Tinker of Chicago.
new owner of the Columbus kifcball
club, when t lie latter was hero Wednes
da about getting a Job.
Kansas Cut. Mo., Jan. 12. The local
police believe the man for whom Colum-
Sure to see
The Studebaker
At the
Grand Central Palace
bus. Ohio. Dollea ar Keaieliln l
lion with the death of a woman In
hotel there tolay Is n fonner clerk for
Kansas City commission house. Thl
nun Is said to have been traced tonnni
Ohio after a warrant had been Issued tor
tils arrest on a charge ot embcszlcment,
He Gives Rein 1o Verse In li
(laalnt Houtlllea.
Velvet Joe, whose ktndlv feature h,h
homespun philosophy and ere h',
been appearing In tho advertising of th,
Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company t,
last three jours. Is a tiew entrant In n,!
field of almanac writers.
Velvet Joe Is not bound bv h. n.4
Idea of what an almanac should i t,j.
Incorporate) such valuable Infonratmn
as the baseball iccords for mum yM
historical statistics, first aid hints and
postal facts and livens up the Infnrmi.
lion will) Interpolations of hi? Twvni,.,!
. Ul 1.1, . .... " ,r
i luuniitiii itnu ma uiis oi verse riiij
I bacco company Is sending t .e -i "
free to those who write to i.nm. ..'..
I t-l . ...... t.
i , ruirutii tiYciiue, ni, I.OU-
For cold weather revel
lers Skates and skating shoes.
Hockey skates, rink skates, ilgurs
!Skatcg combination rink and hockey
tubular hockey and the famous "au.
tomoblle" skates.
Fur coats.
Fur lined, $60 to $300
Fur outside, $30 to $200
Sheepskin lined coats
and jackets.
Also leather coats, leather e.t.
motor underjackets, sweaters, mufflers,
tnocklnawa and wool socks.
Fur caps. Fur gloves.
Wool aviator caps. Motor caps linej
with Jaeger wool. Wool gloves
Kar muffs, 23c.
Wool toque and scarf
Worn by girls as well n& boss
$2.73, $3.25 and $3.73 per c
Outdoor sleeping suits.
Head, hands und feet all iu onecoiy
wool garment. In addition slctpint
bags which you can't kick off
Warm woolen overcoats
for every size of man and
Rogers Peet Companv
at 34th St
Fifth Ave
at 41st St.
,-.U c
31 131 ol
at Warren

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