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.19 DEAD 22 HURT,
IN TRAIN WRECK
Three Missing and Many Injured,
in Addition to Listed
Trains on the Boston & Maine
Railroad Crash Together
in a Fog.
Lincoln, Mass., Nov. 27.A revised
list of tnw. dead, missing and injured
in connection with the Boston & Maine
railroad collision at Bakers Bridge sta
tion last night follows:
The known dead number nineteen, the
missing three and the injured twenty
James Wetherbee, Acton, Mass., as
sessor leaves widow and three chil
Miss Annie O'Brien, 20, of Aver,
May Campbell, Maynard, Mass., 25
Margaret McSweeney, Concord, Mass.
Charles E. Barnard, Charlestown,
Mass., fireman first engine.
Annie W. Hartwell, Littleton,
W. J. Barris, Maynard.
Barris, 2 years old, son of above.
Byert Tydeirier, Russian.
Josephine Karlson, 23, Maynard.
Six unidentified men at Briggs, un
Fragments of skull at Lincoln.
Unidentified man found in engine,
believed to be Donor Gauthier, rear
Albert John, Maynard.
May Burt, South Acton, 7 years old.
L. Mabel Campbell, Acton.
The injured include:
Albert Batley, Maynard fractured
thigh and skull: dangerous.
Mrs. Albert Battley, Maynard leg
Matthew Campbell, Maynard thigh
Mrs. Margaret Campbell, dangerous.
Alice Parris, Maynard, dangerous.,
Harvey Bent, South Acton, danger
Clara Fuller, Leominster, dangerous.
Andrew Carlson, Maynard, dangerous.
Mrs. Andrew Klavu, Maynard, right
The wounds of the others injured in
the wreck consist chiefly of lacerations
Many Others Hurt.
Many in addition to. those named
were attended by surgeons at the scene
of-the wreck and were able to go "to their
homes. Early today no deaths had oc
curred at the hospital in Boston, altho
at least half a dozen of the victims are
in critical conditions.
Aside from the work of identifying
in-some way misunderstood.'
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t.K *oioaixia'_..irii^..':*hVKTnux^'e^i^Bk. 4^utualV Lif e'' appointed an investigat
the charred ruins, the greatest- interest:
centers this forenoon in the investiga
tion of the cause- of the disaster.- Pres-
ident Lucius Tu'ttle of the Boston &
Maine railroad stated that orders had
been issued to institiite a searching in-1 dale, president of the Delaware, Lack-
quiry. He said: I cannot understand I awanna & Western railroad company
how' such a frightful accident could John W. Auchincloss, a New York mer-
tiave happened, unless the signals were chant and
Those who were witnesses of the col-j Philadelphia. Mr. Morris was unable
lisionsaid the local train, which con-! to serve, and in his place was selected
sisted of four cars, three of them pas-1 Stuvvesant Fish, president of the Illi-
eenger coaches, had just pulled out of nois Central railroad. James B. Dill
Baker Bridge depot, a small flag sta- was chosen counsel to the committee,
tion about a mile and a half west of On Nov. 16, the committee made a
Lincoln station. Just west of the flag preliminary report recommending radr-
station is a highway bridge over the
Crashed into Bear.
The train had entered a deep cut af
ter passing under the bridge and the
rear car had .iust cleared the structure
when the heavy Montreal express, con
sisting of nine cars and two locomo
tives, crashed into the rear.
The impact was terrific, and prob
ably a majority of those killed met
death almost instantly.
The forward locomotive telescoped
the rear car and passed part of the way
thru the coach immediately ahead. The
second car of the local train was also
badly damaged, but the first car and
The leading engine of the express
was practically destroyed in the colli
sion, and the wreck was completed
when fire immediately broke out among
the wreckage, consumed all the wood
work of the two rear cars which re
mained on the roadbed and inciner
ated a number of the victims.
The fireman of the leading locomo
tive, Charles E. Barnard, was burned
to death in his cab, but Engineer Con
ners managed to escape in seme strange
manner. He was found under a tree
on the embankment near the scene.
His injuries were not regarded as se
No Injury on Montreal Train.
The second locomotive of the express
was badly damaged. The engineer and
fireman of this engine escaped injury
and no person in the coaches of the
Montreal train was injured. All the
eras remained on the rails. Many of
the passengers of this train assisted in
the work of rescue.
The glare of the burning wreck light
ed the awful scene, and above the hiss
of escaping steam and the crackling of
the flames arose the shrieks and groans
of the victims and the excited cries of
the rescuers. Several passengers in the
rear car of the Marlboro train were
caught in the ruins of the locomotive
and coach and the flames prevented help
from reaching them.
Calls for assistance and medical aid
were sent to Boston, Concord and oth
er places. The fire department of Lin
coln arrived within half ah hour, but
the men were unable to make much
impression on the burning pile. They
succeeded, however, in saving portions
of the third car.
Pullman as a Hospital.
The Pullman car of the express was
used as a temporary hospital. Two of
the victims, little Anna Hiilbridge and
a man, died in this car.
.As the flames from the burning
wreckage died down, bonfires were
lighted to assist the surgeons and the
rescuers. Many of the injured were
carried to the nearest dwelling house
and to the little station house
About 11:30 a special train, which
has brought a dozen surgeons with
stretchers and other appliances from
Boston, returned with thirteen bodies
of the dead and fourteen of the most
seriously injured.- The living were tak
en to the Massachusetts general hos
Appointments of rural carriers commencing
Dec. 15:. MinnesotaBrookfleld. Charlie Lar
son, route 2 Goodhtfe, William Sehultz, route 1-
St. Cloud, Mrs. Lillian A. Street, route 2: Svea'
John O. Asiaas. route 1.
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IS FORCE OU
Head of Mutual Life, His Son, and
His Son-in-Law, Resign
Resignations Follow Exposures
Which Result in House-'
Cleaning by Trustees.
Journal Special Service.
New Xork, Nov. 27.Eichard A. Mc
Curdy, president of the Mutual Life
Insurance company, has resigned. The
date of his resignation depends only
on the time required by the trustees to
find his successor.
The investigating committee did not
accept Mr. McCurdy's offer to cut his
salary in half, because such acceptance
would have pledged them to a continu
ance of the McCurdy regime.
Quickly following the retirement of
President McCurdy, his son, Robert.H.
McCurdy, general manager of the Mu
tual, and his son-in-law, Louis A. The
baud, the favored general agent for
New York, have resigned. Each of
these three men has been drawing ap
proximately $150,000 a year in salaries
and commissions from the company, be
sides their indirect profits in financial
transactions with Mutual money.
A tentative offer to head the company
was made to James B. Forgan, president
of the First National Bank of Chicago,
who once was an Equitable director. His
bank is oH-e of the leading financial in
stitutions in the middle west. Mr.
Forgan declined to consider the offer.
Exposure Was Late.
Thruout the long preliminary expo
sure of Equitable corruption, the Mc
Curdys kept aloof from the insurance
mire. Not until the legislative com
mittee got after the venerable president
was the worst condition existing in the
Mutual brought to light. Then it was
That President McCurdy, his son, his
son-in-law and numerous relatives had
drawn enormous sums in salaries and
commissions from the company, aggre
gating millions of dollars.
That a house and costly establishment
was maintained in Albany for the use
of the Mutual *s lobbyists influencing
That contributions of $50,000 were
made every four years to the national
That $10,000 was given to Senator
Piatt for each state campaign despite
the sworn statement of cCurdy that
he never paid such money.
That private graft was made out of
syndicates and trust companies with
policyholders' money, and expenses for
luxurious traveling were paid out of the
That the testimony given by Presi
dent McCurdy was impeached in numer
Probe from Within.
On Oct. 25, closely following upon
these revelations, the trustees of the
Iio commrttee of ~threeji^ -Mr_.P,CTkins_salcL wasjin part
nunibjer to examine into the organiza
tion rtnfl management of affairs, and
to report recommendations. The trus
tees named were William H. Trues
I iden of the Girard company of
cal managerial changes in the interest
of economy, the.closing of the Albany
house of legislative corruption, the
abolition of legislative bribery thruout
the country, taking away the autocratic
powers of the president to make fa
vored contracts, cut off the enormous
commissions of Son Bobert and Son-in
Law Thebaud, and, finally, let Presi
dent McCurdy voluntarily cut his salary
from $150,000 to $75,000, but without
guarantee of retaining him in office.
Trustees Cleaning House.
Expert accountants employed by
Messrs. Truesdale, Auchincloss and
Fish are diving into every financial
transaction of the McCurdy's regime.
High officers are being summoned be
fore the committee to explain' the sys
tem of using policyholders' money for
private advantage. The trustees are
Like President Alexander of the
Equitable, McCurdy has retired to his
homeill and suffering from his expo
Roosevelt Removes High Official
Because of "Persistent
Washington', Nov. 27,President
Roosevelt todav removed from office
William S. Leib as assistant United
States treasurer at Philadelphia for
"constant and persistent violation of
the civil service law, while in office.''
The president gave Mr. Leib a hear
ing last Friday at the request of Sena
tors Penrose and Knox of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Leib submitted a long statement
in answer to the charges^made against
him and was supported in his defense
by Representative Patterson of Penn
After careful consideration, the presi
dent decided to remove Mr. Leib from
office, it being shown according to a
White House statement that there was'|'"s5
constant .nd consistent effort on your
(Mr. Leib's) part to evade the provi-j
sions of the civil service law. to hamper
its workings as far as pogsible, and to i*j
obstruct in any way the aetibn of tne i
committee.'' The president declared
that the evidence showed fraud in the
civil service examinations, the fraud in
one instance implicating Mr. Leib's sis-1
ter. After reviewing the case fully the
Under these circumstances of per
sistence in wrong-doing^ on your part it
seems to me that there is no alternative
but to remove you from office. You
are accordingly hereby removed from
the position of assistant treasurer of
the United States
THBEADMAKER. IS A BAHON.
Pawtucket, R. I., Nov. 27.A private cable
gram announces the conferring of the title of
baron on James Coats of this .city by King
Edward. Mr. Coats Is the founder of the Dig
thread mills here, employing 4.000, and has
large estates In Scotland, where he spends part
of each year. At present Mr. and Mrs. Coats
are In London.
HAD BIG LOANS
George W. Perkins Explains a
New York Life-J. P. Mor
Declares an Empire State Justice
and Andy Hamilton Had
New York, Nov. 27.In explaining
the testimony of last Friday wheu the
statement was made by a witness that
$56,720 was paid to Andrew Hamilton
"the legislative insurance generalissic
o" by J. P. Morgan & Co.. George j-j*
W. Perkins testified before the insur-J
ance investigating committee todav I
that in 1901 J. P. Morgan Co paid I S
$50,720 to the Central National bank
and the New York Security Trust jg
company.. This payment was made, he i ijj
said, upon the request of President Mc-.j^
Call of the New York Life to take up
loans to Edward E. McCall and An
drew Hamilton,( which those institu
tions had made at the request of Pres*
Edward E. McCall is a justice of the
New York state supreme court, and is
a brother of President McCall of the
New York Life Insurance company.
Profits for "Nylie."
Mr. Perkins said that $40,193 which
was paid,by Kidder, Peabody & Co. of
Boston to the New York Life Insur
ance company in Scpteniher, 1904, as
the profits of a loan to that company
of $930,000, was paid to Mr. Perkins
as trustee of the "Nylie" fund, and
that he (Mr. Perkins had negotiated
the loan for that fund. As the "Nv-
li e" fund did not have that amount of
money to spare, tho New York Life
loaned the money to Kidder, Peabody
& Co. on-
Mexica Centra roalroa
bonds, which was deposited by the Bos
ton company. The life insurance com
pany received interest at the rate of
5 per cent of the bonds as its profits
in the transaction, and the "Nylie"
fund got the $40,193. The "Nylie"
fund belongs to the agents of the New
Mr. Perkins was the first witness
called today. He testified that he was
insured in't he New York Life to the
amount of $310,000. Some of the poli
cies held were taken out when he
was an agent of the company. On six
of them the commissions amounted to
$318, and he received these commissions
Mr. Perkins maintained that the com
missions on his own policies were re
turned to him as trade discounts, and
that .it was not improper for him to
accept them as such. Mr. Perkins said
he did not regard it' as wrong for any
man in any business to receive trade
discount. I was his impression that it
has been the general custom for life in
surance officers to accept these com
missions on his policies taken out by
them. His own acceptance of a com-
because he took if outlluring a prize
competition between agents.
Cause of Rebates.
Under the New York Life, plan %la,e
offering of bonuses,.he said, did not pro
mote rebating. Competition between'
companies he believed to be the cause}
Mr. Perkins said he thought Gage E.
Tarbell was mistaken in saying he was
insured in the New York Life for $50,-
000 thru Mr. Perkins. The policy was'
taken out thru an agent he said. He
knew that Tarbell got the commission,
but it was not so arranged with Mr.
Perkins. The agency which took the
Tarbell policy is discontinued and the
commissions on renewals on the polic.y
are being paid to Mr. Tarbell.
Mr. Hughes asked Mr. Perkins to
produce a statement of all insurance,
policies held by the officers of other
companies in the New York Life.
Continued on 2d Page, 6th. Column.
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PRICE TWO CENTS. MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 27,^1905. 1 PAGESFIVE ^O'CL 3CKr
LAYS DftWN OFFICE
Business Opening and Criticism of
His California"!|?rip Prompted^
J. W. DREGEB,
Who Resigned Today, as Sheriff of Hen
Sheriff,J. W. Dreger has resigned as
sheriff of Hennepin'-county.',-.The- resign
nation was handed to Governor .John
A. Johnson this morning.by the.sheriff
in person. The county: commissioners
have the appointment of s. successor.
Chief Deputy Arthufi3b. Jphes is sup
posed to be slated foi promotion. Gov
ernor Johnson said today that he was
not sure that. it was proper for the
resignation to be ''iinade to him, but
that if it was, he wfjuld accept it.
.The announcement! of Sheriff Dre
ger's resignation, following as it did, so
closely upon his:return from California,
where he went to-arrest Dr. J. E.
Force, was a complete surprise and has
caused wide-spread Comment. In his
letter to the goVernpr, the sheriff ,says
that his action is due largely to adverse
c/iticism made relative to his. California
trip. Business opportunities are also
mentioned, and it has been suggested
by some that there may be political rea
sons as well.
Sheriff -.Dreger was appointed March
10, 1902, to eompleteyithe unexpired term
of Sheriff Megaardeh He has been
Mr. Dreger said today that he would
not render any bilKjOf expense for his
Calif ornia^ trip.
The letter of resignation follows %j$
The Honorable Joha A. Johnson, /gov
ernor of Minnesota*
Sir^For nearjr/iour years ,1. Save/'
labored-hard to pertdjr^f:. the duties-*? my
office 'as Sheriff for ^erinep'ihjgcounty
faithfully:, but as theieware manjTpersons
who dp Pot seean tpfiinJ?!^t ^he wot*:
and strict attention J5-t.jt ^ej iiven: the.,
sheriff's office, ajjfjd^etr tna criticism"of
my trip to!'Caiifol4im for JSPv'?. ffi, Force
are of such- a' natuVe and not justified,
that 1 do hot care *p continue in the
sheriff's office any-longer.
dn account of thei^ reasons and qf
business matters whleh need attention,
hereby tender you my 'resignation ,as
sheriff of- the county! of Hennepin, Min
nesota, to take effect Dec. 1 1905.
Yours very respectfully,
J. W. Dreger.
AT POINT OF DEATH
Chicago, Nov. 27.The physicians of
Marshall Field, Jr., have issued a bul
letin declaring that his strength is. fail
ing rapidly. The family has been .sum
moned to the bedside.
Say, honest," folks, IVe' swoin off already. I won't be guilty of' any rough play or, anything jj
naughty for a year. tvo
UNDE BIG STICK
He Yields to Demands of Powers
Regarding Financial Control
Warships of Allied Forces in
v'. Turkish Port of
TURK WE LL ARMED
SNOW TONIGHT AND TUESDAY OOLDEB TONIGHT
Vienna, Nov. 27.The Neue Frie From a Staff Correspondent,
Presse today published a dispatch from
Constantinople, saying that the sultan
thru Tewfik Pasha, the foreign minis
ter, has announced to Baron von Calice,
the ambassador of Austria-Hungary,
that Turkey accedes to the demands or
the powers regarding the financial co'n1
trol of Macedonia.
Powers Fleet at Mytyilene.
Constantinople, Nov. 27.The fleet
of the allied powers arrived at the
island of Mitylene yesterday.
The instructions to the commanders
of the international fleet were to land
dctachmen'fcs and occupy Mitylene at 1
o'clock Sunday afternoon, unless con
trary, orders reached them in the in-
Presumably then the capital of the
island is now in the hands of the allied
It was arranged in the interview be
tween Tewfik Pasha, the minister of for
eign affairs, and the British and Aus
trian ambassadors on' Saturday that, if
by 8 o'clock Sunday night the ambassa
dors received a written notification
from the foreign minister promising ac
ceptance of the demands of the powers,
the ambassadors would telegraph to the
fleet at Mitylene to suspend further op
erations until Monday. No communi
cation, however, was received, so it is
suggested that instructions staying the
hands of the commanders of the inter
national fleet have not been dispatched.
Fortifications Would. Make Attack
'Washington, Nov. 27.The situation
between ^Turkey and the European
powers has aroused great interest in
military and naval circles as to the
Turkish defenses of the Dardanelles. It
is well remembered that the English
expedition to the Dardanelles in 1807
under Sir John Duckworth almost end
ed in disaster for the attacking fleet.
Since then conditions have changed
greatly, but Turkey has spent much
inoney on the defenses, and it is expect
ed that she can put up a successful
fight against a modern fleet.
The principal fortifications of the
Dardanelles* which is a narrow strait
about, three miles long,, are found on
the' end nearest to the We'gT of Marmora.
iOn the ^European side there' are nine
fortifications. The first one of these
has twenty-one Krupp guns of twenty
onevto thirty-five centimeters. On the
Asiatic side there are three well-armed
fortifications. One of these has.twelve
I^rupPi^guhs of. thirty-five, centimeters
eae$uV ^Th086 fortifications are manned
by two regiments. Their position? is:"machine*--
strong, ana, as they are situated on
the high banks of the straits, they are'
able to hold up a large naval force
without great danger to themselves.
The only way to make them harmless
woulci be by. attacking them from the
high hills on the land side. To prevent
this, a continual line of fortifications
has been built closing the peninsula
from the" European side. These for
tifications have all been built under
the supervision of European military
authorities and are well armed with the
.newest" gun's. .The combined nations
could take some of the Turkish islands,
but the opinion of many naval officers
here is, that they will not be likely to
try to. sail up to Constantinople.
MANKATO RESIDENT DIES.
Mankato, Minn., Nov. 27.P. L. Vranizan, a
prominent resident of this town, died last .night
from a complication of diseases. He was active
in Masonic circles. He leaves a wife and one
daughter, the wife of W. G. Hoerr, president of
tle National Citizens* bank.
NORT DAKOTA IS S
FACING A FIGHT
Insurgents Getting Ready for At
tack on Conduct of State
Affairs by Machine.
Opposition Republicans Expect to
Be Well Organized for the
Next State Contest.
Fargo, N. D., Nov. 27.The present
state machine and the "insurgents"
will meet next year in a battle royal
for the control of the republican party
of North Dakota. While admihisitra
tion leaders belittle the opposition
movement, and declare that it yjiil fizzle
out before the convention, one thing is
apparent to the .observer The insur
gents are opening their fight earlier
than ever before, with more system, and
with more application of practical pol
itics than the "outs" have ever be
The preliminary moves are being
made by an executive committee of
five, consisting of B. F. Spalding of
Fargo. Senator Krabel of Clifford, Traill
county, George B. Winship of Grand
Forks, J. J. Nierling of Jamestown and
P. D. Norton of Devils Lake. These
men all avow that they are not candi
dates for state positions, and that their
only object is to overturn the machine
and depose Alex McKenzie, Jud La
Moure and Senator Hahgbrough from
the leadership. The Scandinavian Ke-
ublica league, which made the. effort
year alone, will work with this
committee to organize the state by
counties and to get an anti" "major
ity in the next state convention. The
league will send a committee to con
fer with the Spalding committee when
it meets some time during. December in
Fargo, and at this conference some plan
of merging the reform organizations
will be working out.
At the past state conventions the
machine has found it a comparatively
simple matter. The. majority of the
delegates were often inclined to be hos
tile, but with a compact minority
pledged to their program it was easy
for McKenzie-and La Moure to detach
enough counties by giving them places
on the state ticket, so as to get control,
and sign up" a majority of the dele
gates in an agreement to support the
slate before the convention met.
The insurgents' program is next time
to oppose organization with organiza
tion. The unit rule has been abolished
by law, which will make it harder to
frame up a slate, and the ereneralship
of the contending leaders will be taxed
as it never was before. With forces
anywhere near equal, the experience
and acuteness of the machine heads
would probablyi win, but the insurgents
are trying to organize a revolt that will
swamp the machine entirely.
The work is cut out for them. They
will have to present an issue to the
voters, something more than the gen
eral cry of bossism. The machine leaders
and papers declare that the opposition
consists of soreheads''-^k men who
have failed to get recognition'frohi th
They -say- it~is~only a case of
the "outs'' against the "ins," .with
no good reasons presented why the state
should turn out one machine and take
in another. In. spite of the charges
that are floating, around, the machine
claims that the state has been given
a clean administration, and that the
opposition cannot put' their fingers on
a thinc/lo the discredit of present state
officyfs. They say that in their pres
ent state of prosperity and preoccupa
tion with business'the voters of North
Dakota cannot be aroused by any mere
fight of "outs" against "ins," and
that, like the man from Missouri, they
will have to be shown.
Will Send Scout to Bismarck.
There is a good deal of political sense
in their claim, and the insurgents re
alize it. They propose, however, to make
good, and present some facts to prove
their contention that the state needs a
change. Within a few days, I am in
formed, the insurgents' committee will
have a representative at Bismarck to
make an exhaustive examination of the
state records. All rumored irregulari
ties will be sifted to the bottom, ant7
the facts as found will be gotten up in
circular,form for the newspapers, and
sent broadcast over the state.
Much of the investigation will relate
to the capitol building deal. The stat
has been stirred to a surprising degree
since the supreme court knocked out
the capitol commission law.- The ac
was put thru by the machine influence
last winter, without much public inter
Continued on 2d Page, 5th Column.
NEC O WOMA N
IT. S. Supreme Court Affirms Ver
mont Decision in Case of
Washington, Nov. 27.The supreme
court of the United States today af
firmed the/lecision of the United States
district court of Vermont in the case of
Mrs. Mary Mabel Rogers, who is under
sentence of death in Vermont for the
murder of her husband. The effect of
the decision will be to again place the
responsibility of dealing with the case
in the hands of the state authorities,
and if, in the meantime, neither the
governor nor the state courts take
action in Mrs. Rogers' behalf, her exe
cution must occur on the day set, which
is Dec. 8 next.
The court held,# in effect, that it was
without jurisdiction in all the points
The opinion in the case concluded
with an order that the mandate issue at
once. This will obviate the raising of
the question of possible postponement
of the day of execution.
il EF TRUST CORNERS
THE TURKEY SUPPLY
Chicago, Nov. 27.A million pounds
of Thanksgiving turkeys, compris
ing a portion of a "corner" said to be
held by the Armours, were shipped
from Cincinnati and central Kentucky
to rChicago yesterday.
Becaus of the
Will" be one of'trf? -f*..tfci!W|
to The Journal'? c. A "Sun-
WOULD NOT STOP
THE BOUGH PLAY
President Northrop Thinks the
"Pennsylvania Idea" Falls
Short of Mark.
Thinks There Is a Certainty, How
ever, of Modification of
President Cyrus Northop does not
think the Pennsylvania remedies for
roughness in football, would prove effec
tive, but believes that the game will be
modified before next season. Altho
the president of the university of Min
nesota is the staunchest supporter of
the game among the college presidents
of the country he believes that some of
the rough features of the game must be
In an interview this morning he said:
I have received a dispatch from the
Chicago Tribune containing a list of the 3
football casualties and accidents of the
year, and asking whether or not I would'
be in favor of modifying the present
football rules with the object of elimi
nating some of the rougn features of
the game. I replied that I was hearti
ly in favor of such modification, and I
believe that before next season rules
will be adopted which will do away with
some of the objectionable features of
football. I do not think, however, that
the. rules proposed, according to press
dispatches, by the University of Penn
sylvania authorities, would be a satis
factory solution of the question. So far
as I can see the proposed rules relate to
questions, which we in the west have
been threshing out for the past few
years and there is no attempt in them to
modify the features of the game which
result in injury to the players. Too
many men are hurt in scrimmages and
some effort must be.made to decrease
the danger of injury in the heavy for
mation' plays. In the list of football
casualties for 1905 I' see that the stat
istician has included one man who was
a football trainer, but who met his
death by drowning. How football can
be held responsible for such an accident
I cannot see."
Dean* Jones' Views.
Dean Jones, Minnesota member of
the big nine conference, is also of the
opinion that the rules proposed by the
Pennsylvania authorities are inadequate
for the purpose of modifying the game.
"Most of the rules proposed," he said,
"seem to relate to the amateur and
collegiate standing of a football player
rather than to a modification of the i
game, which will lessen the chance of
injury. The rules included in this cat
egory have been adopted with few mod
ifications by the big nine conference.
So far as I can see, the only rules in the
list which are intended to lessen the
roughness of "the'-game, are those calling
for a larger penalty for rough play and
for the disqualification of a player in
case of 'slugging' or 'kneeing,' with
the stipulation that no substitute can "t
take his place. This last rule, in mv i
opinion,--would netTTiave the desired-ef- 4
feet. The trouble is with getting offi
ciais that will enforce the rules against '5g
rough play.,-Weakening a team because 7s$
an official stees a man play roughly is
not the solution. Get Officiate that 'will
enforcfe the rules against Tough play
and you will have gone a long way to
ward solving the problem.'.'
CAPITAL FOB BBFOBM
Washington Sees Well-Denned Move
ment to Improve the Game.
By W. W. Jermane.
Washington, Nov. 27.The fact that
nineteen men have been killed at foot
ball this season, breaking all records,
and that thirty have been seriously in
jured, saying nothing- of a series of less
serious injuries, has produced a crisis
in football, according to opinions of
experts in this city.
The last stroke was the death of a
young college player in one of Satur
day's New York games, and prominent
men in that city, Philadelphia, Boston
and W asliin^jton are now mo-ving to
ward an investigation oi football, with
a view to removing its brutalities.
It is admitted here that the present
season's play has been marked by lit
tle deliberate roughness, and that very
fact is emphasizing the situation, for
with deliberate roughness eliminated,
the death roll is still so high as to show
that the game itself as now played is at
fault, and heeds attention, not with a
view to abolishing it, as some of the
radicals are demanding, but so amend
ing its rules as to make it a real col
lege sport and not an enterprise in
which the element of danger and death
is unduly prominent.
College men in Washington express
the opinion today that public senti
ment will probably be so great in the
near future as to compel faculties and
boards of overseers to take notice of
football conditions and hold a national
meeting to discuss them.
BBFOBM MOVE I N EAST
failure of the Rhode Island supply, the
Armours, it is said, have succeeded in xi4+ ixnii w-t ^..i
fixing the price at 30 cents a pound. Eliot WiU Not I^ead.
The shipments will net the Armours 10 Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 27.-President
cents a pound, the. rest going to the Eliot of Harvard last night stated with
farmers and middlemen, the farmers considerable emphasis that he would not
getting an average of 12 cents. invite a meeting of university and col-
Thw profits" to-^the Arwowrs will!"wywembW -LJ. *iuu, JS
ount to something like $100,009,' Continued on
"Pennsy" Calls on Schools to Do What,
&,::'' West Has Done. I
Journal Special Service. '& A
Philadelphia, Nov. 27.Taking the in-"5
itiative in the much-mooted reform ot 7
American football, as suggested by Pres- 5 '3
ident Roosevelt, the University of Penn- rf
sylvania has sent a circular letter to th
heads of all institutions of learning /f
which are actively interested in the
game. This letter proposes that all
schools, colleges and universities form i
an agreement upon rules that shall de
fine the eligibility of athletes to repre- K^
sent their institution in a contest and
incloses a tentative set of rules. Pro
fessionalism, brutality and foul play are
to be eliminated entirely from the game.
The importance of this step, it is said.
cannot be underestimated, and it will
mean a tremendous stride forward to
ward the ideal of placing every sort of
intercollegiate athletics upon a high
After setting forth the importance of
an intercollegiate code^ the letter out
lines the rules. It discusses profession
alism, insisting that no student who has
at any time received money for ath
letics shall represent his school. I ug \?J
gests that no student shall We a member ^Vf
of any intercollegiate team until he has
been connected with his institution for
a year, and then shall not be a member
of a team for more than four years.
As to injuries, the letter asserts that
the danger from mass play is more ap
parent than real. For unnecessary
roughness the letter suggests a penalty
of twenty-five yards, and for any un*
sportsmanlike act of a player, his re*
moval from the game, with no substi
tute for the remainder of the half.