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Tut Evening Star Newspaper Company*
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Sunday ^Lar. one year, $1 50.
Offiriol flnrnuiifiorvicnt nf I
^ iiitiui niiiiu'viiiuuiiiviii \j i
Transfers and Promotions.
Two Headquarters Detectives Given !
New Assignments.
Inspector Swindells to Give Entire
Attention to Duties as Assistant
Commissioner West and .vlaj. Sylvester
c? nferr?'<l this morning about the muchta'ked-of
changes scheduled to be made in
the pallet* department, and about noon the
announcement was made. Two members
of the detective corps were relieved from
duty tii?re and assigned elsewhere. They
hi Detectives Edward Home and Lawrence
A O Pea. The former is to be given a
L. detail nf the Pennsylvania depot and the
lailer will go to a preinct. Charles R.
Mullen who has been deta led at the Pennsylvania
depot, and I'ree!nct Detective
Howard Vermillion "f the Jirst precinct get
the promotion to the vacancies in the detective
other changes announced in the order
affect the working force at headquarters,
but none of them is of a radical nature.
Inspector Harry i.. Gessford, whose duties
have kept him closely confined at head
?iuarters and whose health lias not been
g< od, Is to hereafter perform the duties
heretofore assigned to Inspector (.'loss. This
new work will be the means of giving him
outdoor exercise and. It Is believed, will
Ixnelit his health. His transfer to the
r.ew position effects a change in the duties
to be performed by Inspector Cross. The
most important change, however, is mad.; in
connection with Inspector John A. Swindells
who is hereafter to perform the
duties of assistant to the superintendent of
Changes Explained.
The changes in the duties of those af
fected by the order Is explained in the
communication of Maj. Sylvester to Comin:?stoner
West, as follows:
"In view of the small working force in
the office of the maj ?r and superintendent,
consisting of two officers, it is recommended
that Inspector John A. Swindells be relieved
of the labors incident io the trial board,
to enable that officer to devote his full
time and attention lo the duties of assistant
to the superintendent; that Inspector H. L..
tifH?tunl be assign.-d to the duties now incumbent
on In%>??ctor Cross, in supervising
^ the property, wagons, horses, harness,
? equipment, requisitions, leaves of absence,
> keeping record* at the several stations, supplies.
revolver practice and police matters
as pr?-s< ribed in general orders and
the regulations.
"Thai Inspector Francis K. Eross, "mount*ti,
bf assigned to general inspection of the
fiiHC ami station bouses, as to the bearing
411 1 attention to duty r{ the members of
the force in all its b> :i? i hes, as required by
the la?\ and icgul vions, visiting the polite
f,rei lncts. polico and juveni e courts,
l.ouse oT detention and haruor prtcinct,
nt serving that the discipline and rnoraie of
the force is maintain* d. and to report infi
actions s.nd deficiencies.
"In this connection Inspector Oin*s is to
employ the four bicycle sergeants in that
? i-vlce and to ke<-y dally records of his
?<. lions and recommendations The rules
and general and special orders to he ob
nerved in carrying into effect these changes,
uml the several officers named t?> be reBpected
in their several capacities. '
in his communication Maj. Sylvester adds:
"Owing to the limited numerical strength
of the lorce and the many and Incessant
demands made upon It in all the precincts.
It lias been necessary to forego the needed
he p In the superintendent's office to the
end that the public n- glit have every possible
assistance. This change. It is expected,
I * 11 remedy the situation in a measure."
Future Probability.
It had been the intention of Commissioner
West and Maj. Sylvester to have
i Inspector Hoar dm a 11 relieved from duty in
act as assistant to the superintendent and
perform the duties of the latter during his
absence, but th? > readied the conclusion
that the 111? vt < uuld not be made at this
' lime, ?>win? to the l.miied number of men
lki be selected from. It will be made later,
however, and t is lik -U to be done when
Inspector Swmdvlls retires. A numb r ot
months a*;o Inspector Swindells wanted to
retire, but i<- ou .>cr!?*d to remain upon
active duty at th? earnest sol c"tat!on ol
>iaj. 8yh si !1 i4 Uk >. however, that
i he will rt-mai;: on ti. . or x* only a short
| ahile lon^-i and that upur. liis retirement j
luij^rtant e. \\,.? h? ii.au-. Inspector |
i>\\inu? ii.t> t-i-fii roiiiic t? (i wiixi me rorce |
nany years, and K.is ?. wa\s n r<. ?ardrd |
a.- on? of the most tfli i?n: int-mbiis of
|h?- de^arim ill.
No ex* /ma;, hi is k wn <f : i?- i? a.^ciis for
III, change* \n li.? ; : ' ? t the detecuv?*
fort It It ttntvil i hat Detective O'Uea
Intel i ? n sutlt> ol .t.. inUis ret ion in the
Matter * : tlis< usti ig the handbook Situation.
t '-t ; .. i s ii*? .t.* 11; :i that he was
on frt?-iully or : terms w.th the men
who v\-. gi i . ... ! t gambling buail..
It is* recalled that Pete? tive O'Dea in tlie
onlv member of the detective force who
made a case against a lianUbook man before
the crusade against the irainbler.t uas
b Started bv T)m Siar His remarks, it is
? Said. ?frt rii.nie n connection with the case
of lieorup tioodacre. but lie den!< d that he
'? ha,I >tl ur done anything against the
proper administration of Justice.
His Own Request.
Hetective Home some time ago requested
that he be Klvtn n detail at one of the
railroad depots, and today's order came In
the nature of KruntliiK his request. Ed
Home. fc? he is so well and familiarly
known, enjoys the reputation of being
fciiilliar with the fares and records of
more criminals than almost any other detective
In tiie country, and when professional
crooks are arrested he has usually
been the tirst member of the force to be
consulted. It Is believed he lias a wider
knowledge of criminals and of their work in
tin I'1st riot than has any other member of
II. It >rre
T1 lianees announced today, it Is
slated. art to he followed by other changes
of mii.i r .mnorianrc S> veral transfer* are
to be made. b.it tbev w:ll nut be announced
until next wi ek
Panama Labor Surfeit.
M A KSEII.l.K, France, August 31.?Six
hundred Italian workmen, wlio have ariWved
here expecting to uo to Colon and
~ *^ituln employment on the Panama canal,
ill not proceed to the isthmus, as their
services ai - not needed, the canal authorities
having discontinued hiring labor
broad, the men now at work being
sufficient tor thv prevent.
Tnec> to Murder Whole Family
by Asphyxiation.
Exciting Man-Hunt in a Dark New
York Flat.
Leaped a Tour-Story Chasm Trying to
Escape?Killed in the End. J
Slayer Free.
Spt'i inl r>if*pim-h to Thr Star.
NEW YORK. August .'{1.? After trying in :
vain (<> kill an entire family, burglar was j
himself shot dead this mcrnins: by one of
th.ieo ! ?. linii tri il to kill. The shooting j
took Dluce in the kitchen of a neighbor,
after the btirclur had made three visUs to
the rooms he desired to rob. On the first
visit he was scared away. The second
time he opened wide two gas cocks in the
kitchen gas range. The third time he went
back to turn on five instead of two, the
first attempt at murder having been discovered.
Fate was kind once more to the
sleeping family, and they all escaped. Then
a man-hunt began all through the rooms
on the fourth floor of L'i) East 83d street.
It was a hunt in the dark, with a thief
slipping from place to place, desperate
enough to do anything, and a determined
man following up each step, revolver in
hand, waiting to ?get a good view of his
target. Cornered, the burglar took a terrible
chance and leaped from the lintel of
a window four stories above the sidewalk
to the lintel of another, a yard away. Then
he ran through a room full of screaming
children and women to the kitchen, trying
to find an exit by way of the rear fire escape.
Here he fell, with three bullets out
of four in his body. The other missed. The
thief died at once.
Charles Verrall, assistant superintendent
of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was
the man wh(f did the shooting. He lives
on the fourth floor of the five-story brownstone
house In 83d street. Verrall's family
includes his wife Bridget, nis son Thomas,
four years old, his son, Charles, six months
old, and liis wife's brother, Patrick Kiernan.
The second floor of the hoiitfp is mmii
Some time early in the evening the man
slipped into the house, and after jimmying
the door of a vacant room on the second
floor, concealed himself inside to await
his opportunity to rob.
First Attempt.
It was about 1 o'clock this morning that
Charles, the Verrall baby, began to toss
uneasily and cry. Its peevishness awak
ened the mother. She tried to soothe it,
and then arose and went out to the kitchen
to warm some milk for It. When she
stepped into the kitchen she heard a hissing
noise, the location of which she could
not identify then, and saw that the rear
v. ndow looking out on the fire-escape was
wide open. There was an odor of gas, but
i; w.is not strong enough to affect her, and
she went on with her preparations. The
milk was warmed and the baby became
ijuiet when he found the nipple of the bottle
in his mouth. Mrs. Verrall told her
husband about the odor of gas she had
noticed and asked him what he thought ot
it. He made light of ttie matter. In a
few minutes they were ail asleep again and
the llat was quiet.
It may be that when Mrs. Verrall went
out to warm the baby's milk the Intruder
was hidden somewhere on the premises, or
it may be that he had slipped down the fire
csiaw atrain and returned latpr Whotaror
the circumstances, it Is certain that the
next time he manipulated the gas he turned
on every jet that he could find. He soon had
the gas flowing from the two In the range, a
jet suspended from the center of the kitchen
ceiling, and two in the dining room. With
all going full blast the family would Boon
have been dead had not Mrs. Verrall, who
did not sleep well after the baby had
aroused her the first time, again awakened
with a peculiar : ensatlon In her throat and
a reeling as if she were stifling. That was
at o'clock. She instantly came to the
conclusion that something was altogether
wiong In the flat. Then she awoke her hustiand
a:;d children one after another. They .
I made an investigation. Vne husband
i thought tlrst of striking ? match, then he
reflected that if lie did this an explosion
would follow, so the investigation was carried
on in the darkness. In turn the various
Jets were found ojen and shut off.
Stabbed the Robber.
Verrall marshaled his family and led
thi-m acros- the hall to the rooms of
Thomas Kiernan. There the two families
sit and talked it over. Then Mrs. Verrall
, i :d .1 noise ait if *r>me im? ? ?. .. .TL-i?.,
? - ?- ~. "u'Aine
al.out !n her rooms, and she cried out:
"There he Is now. We'll pet him, Tom."
While the children and Mrs. Verrall eowt
ri d in Kiernan's rooms, Kiernan, arming
himself tvilh a shovel, and Verrall, taking
his revolver, started to trace the source of
the noise. Verrall, gun in hand, went to
the rear and. entering the kitchen, started
to work his way very slowly toward the
front of the house.
Through the kitchen, drtiing room and
bedrooms the pursuit led. When the burglar
reached the front window he threw it
open, got out on the narrow lintel, and
then, pausing a moment, risked his neck by
a leap from the lintel of the window looking
into Kiernan's rooms. Kiernan's daughter
Jennie saw the man land on the sill
and come through the window. She
screamed loudly. Her father, lifting his
shovel and crying, "He's in my rooms now!"
ran in the direction of the sound. Verrall
also came bursting out of the room in which
he was.
Slayer Is Commended.
The thief ran right through a group of
crying children and gained the Klernan
kitchen. He was within a few feet of the
fire escape wlren Verrall g(?t a fine view
of him In the full light. He fired four
shots as rapidly as he could pull the trigger.
One bullet struck the intruder in the
arm Another hit him in the chest. A
third lodged in his abdomen and the fourth
went wild. The burglar fell where h?/j
stood. |
There were no papers or anything on
the dead thief which would furnish .lJ
clue to hi-s identity. The man was sligl.T'i'
ly bald and abJ^it thirty-five years of age.
lie had gray eyes and a sandy mustache.
His clothing was biack. The police maybe
able to find out who the man is through
the circumstance that five of his upper
teeth are missing and two of the lower.
VerraU went to the station with tUe x>o
lire. Ho was later arraigned before Magistrate
Corrigan in the Harlem police court
and was promptly discharged when all
the facts in the case were indited in the
"I have looked up the law in this matter."
said Magistrate Corrigan to the policemen
who arraigned Verrall before
him. "and have found that tlie prisoner
Is entitled to his liberty. There is absolutely
no reason for either of us holding
him. There is one undesirable citizen less
in the world."
NEW YORK, August 31.?When the
eight candidates that are to start in the j
Futurity were saddled today for their last
exercise gallop they were led upon a track
that was fast and tit for a record-breaking
pace. A summer sun beamed smilingly
on the great stretches of green that lay
encircled by the course, while out of the
wt-st trippeu a genue, cooling urecze,
which tempered the air and made it an
ideal day for the sport. The horses were
put through paces today and all drew up
without a limp or sprain. The gallops were
take easily in order to work out any
possible stiffness.
The advance guard of racegoers started
early for the track, and long before "boots
and saddles" for the first race the grand
stands were fairly well filled with spectators.
The highways leading to the
course throbbed with automobiles carrying
parties of gaily dressed women.
Klevated trains and trolley cars,
crowded to the doors, moved in one direc
tion irom tsrooKiyn Driuge 10 me rate
track, while vehicles of all ancient and
modern make were pressed into service to
care for the overflow. The clicking turnstiles
forecasted a record-breaking attendance.
Society came back from the mountains
and watering places to witness this
classic event, and the verandas of the
clubhouse were thronged with tastefully
gowned women and their escorts.
Woman Skipper to Handle Famous
Cup Defender.
NEW YORK, August 31.?Mrs. Eva M.
Barker, who owns the old America's cup j
aeienaer aiaynower, nas entered me yacm
in the coming ocean race to Jamestown and
will sail the famous schooner herself.
The contest, which will be held under the
auspices of the Indian Harbor Yacht Club
of Greenwich, Conn., will start in Long
Island sound next Thursday morning.
Mrs. Barker, who has been one of the
most enthusiastic yachtswomen in America
since she acquired the famous craft that
beat the Galatea in 1886. is undaunted even
by the fact that the Mayflower will have to
compete against such racers as the Ingoraar,
which Capt. Barr will sail. She really
hopes to win, but says she is only gotng for
a Jolly sail.
Sunday, September 8, Designated a
Special Day in Churches.
NEW YORK. August 31.?Sunday, September
8, is to be observed by churches
throughout the country as a day of special
prayer for the public schools. The
plan was suggested by the National Reform
Association and has been indorsed by the
Presbyterian general assembly and other
church conventions.
The fall term of the public schools begins
on the day following in New York and
Portuguese Troops Severely Punished
Rebellious African Subjects.
S|>ei'ial Cablegram to The Star.
LISBON, August 31.?Official dispatches
from Mossamedes announce that a battle
has taken place near Musi!o between the
ilartuguese and 7,000 natives, resulting in
a brilliant victory for the Portuguese. The
losses of the enemy were heavy. The
Portuguese lost ten killed and twenty-two
Mossamedes is a town in Angola, Portuguese
West Africa. The natives have been
in rebellion for several months. A military
expedition left Lisbon 011 May 1 last for
I lien auypressiou.
The price of this paper at
There has been no change
of any kind in the price of
the paper to newsboys, and
readers should pay no more
than the printed price.
Special Dispatch to The Star. *
QUEBEC, August 31.?With the cause
that led to the collapse of the mammoth
cantilever bridge over the St. Lawrence
river, above this city, still in doubt, the
task of fixing the responsibility for the
disaster promises to be a difficult qne.
Relatives of the dead bridge builders declared
their Intention today of instituting
suits for damages, as they said they had
good claims. This lias opened up a dis
CUSSlOn as lo wnu II) lift L shuuhu'i iuc uuiden,
and it is clearly evident that neither
the Transcontinental Railway Company,
for which the structure was being erected,
nor the Phoenix Bridge Company, the contractors,
will accept the responsibility
without a long-drawn-out legal battle.
Work of recovering the dead bodies from
the great mass of wreckage in the river was
resumed today. The list of fatalities has
not been altered, as only eight of the
ninety-two operators on the bridge at the
time it collapsed have thus far been reported
alive. One of the worst features
of the disaster is the impossibility of af
loramg lne majuiu; ui nit uvu?u?
lles the satisfaction of recovering intact
the bodies of their dead.
A number of the bodies already taken
from the water were so badly mutilated
that they could scarcely be recognized.
There is small hope of recovering all the
bodies, as most of them were completely .
crushed by the twisted masses of fallen
steel beneath which they l.e buried.
Dead and Missing.
A revised list of the dead and missing
compiled today was as iuuows: o. .a. iuu- j
ser, American; John L. Worky, American;
G. H. Burks, American; J. P. Aldersolt,
American; P. C. Re>no!ds, American;
George Cook, American; Philip Boisvert,
American; Krnest Joncas, Canadian; Hy.
French, Canadian; Joe Biron, Canadian; E.
Wilson. Canadian; Albert Emond, Canadian;
Michael Hardy, Canadian; Charles
Hanson, Canadian; Staley Wilson, Canadian;
Eugene Desmond, Canadian; Aime
Lebel, Canadian; John McNaughton, Canadian;
Phileas Couture, Canadian; Omer
roniuint?, illleiuiu.il, tnumdo ^aiiuumji,
American: Carl Stevenson, American;
James Bowen, American; Frank Saft,
American; Henry Briggs, American; J. B.
E. Johnston. American; A. J. O. Smith.
American; K. S. Smith, American; G. R.
Brind, American; Albert Smith, Canadian;
Joseph Binette, Canadian; Joseph Boucher,
Canadian; L. Broulx, Canadian; Leon Esmond,
Canadian; Honore Beaudry, Canadian;
Thomas L. Deer, Indian; Ism Angus,
Indian; Louis Diabor, Indian; Peter Diabor,
Indian; Joseph Doig, Indian; John Norton,
Indian; Joseph Dallebout, Indian; Joseph
Diabor, Indian; Joseph Deer, Indian; Louis
Lee, Indian; Joseph Boodleas, Indian; Angus
Blue, Indian; Joseph French, Indian;
M. Delisle, Indian; Thomas Bruce, Indian;
Angus Montour, Indian; Joseph Lefebere,
Indian; L. M. Jacobc, Indian; John JooUs,
Indian; Michael Adams, Indian; Andrew
Price, Indian; James Mitchell. Indian; J.
C. Morris, Indian, and Joseph Dionne, Indian.
The bodies of the victims were all brought
to town today, and are now in the morgue.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier has wired hi^ sympathy
with the city and so has the mayor
of Bradford, England.
The Canadian government authorities
started a rigid investigation today to fix
the responsibility for the accident.
Consulting Engineer Cooper Wanted
3uilding Suspended.
HEW i Oiik, Augi^t 31.?Tiitodore
Cooper of this city, who has been the consulting
engineer in charge of the work on
the huge cantilever brijjge across tlie St.
Lawrence river, which collapsed Thursdayevening,
feels keenly the accidf-nt that cost
the lives of seventy-nine workingmen. In
a statement made to a reporter he rerwrrka.f?Vi#?fl
himself for nnt havino- vieitori the
works In two years, though ill health had
kept him here, and he tried to obtain his
release from the responsibility of the position
for that reason. >
Mr. Cooper a'so made the statement that
on Thursday morning, after his inspector
had come to see him and told him that
things did not look well for the bridge, he
had sent a telegram to tire man in charge of
the work to get off the bridge and stay off
it until it could be examined. Mr. Cooper
?ici? iiui ot-cn liuuncu wueuier ur uul iut
warning was too late.
Worked With Eads.
"Of course, wo believe that the work
as planned was absolutely safe," Mr.
Cooper said, "though in dealing with even
an old type of work on a hitherto unparalleled
scale new and unexpected
problems now and then arise. One cannot
prophesy with infallibility about
something that is absolutely new. I cannot
tell what is coming out of this; maybe
we shall learn about tilings we never knew
Mr. Cooper is one of the most distinguished
engineers in this country, as well
as one of the most experienced. He is
sixty-eight years of age. He was associated
with James B. Eads in constructing
the St. Ixiuis bridge over the Mississinni
river, from 1S72 to 1875. He was superintendent
of the Delaware bridge works,
and has been long considered a bridge expert
in the United States, Canada and
Mexico. Besides a number of engineer
papers, he is the author of "Cooper's
Specifications for the Superstructure of
Railroad and Highway Bridges." He has
twice received the Norman medal, given
by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Special Dispatch to Tlie Star.
NEW YORK, August 31.?It is claimed
that Richard Manstieid left an estate of
$1)00,000. His will will be read at Ills country
home, Sjven Oaks, New London, after
the funeral Monday afternoon.
Among his possessions v.ere the Grange,
the Homestead and Seven Oaks, worth
$150,000! the mansion at 316 Riverside drive,
worth M30.<>00: liff? insnrnnno 1*111
scenery and costumes and dramatic effects
worth ?200,000; stocks, bondS/ and
rights to plays, worth $200,000.
The will, which is in charge of former
Judge Dittenhoefer, it is believed, bequeaths
all the large estate to his wife and
Notable Case Involving Commissioner
of Pensions Ends.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
CLINTON, 111., August 31.?In a decision
handed down in the circuit court Judge W.
G. Cochran ruled that Mrs. Isabella Robinson
Warner, stepmother of Vespian Warner,
United States commissioner of pensions,
Is entitled to dower and homestead
rights in the estate of hjr deceased husband,
Dr. John Warner.
The court held that at the time of his
death Dr. Warner wgs worth $1,600,000. The
effect of the decision, if sustained by the
supreme court, to which an appeal will be
carried, is to give the widow the old Warner
homestead in Clinton, $l!.j0,000 and an
annuaMneome of $10,000.
Judge Cochran also held in his decision
that the charge made by Vespasian Warner,
that his stepmother was part negro and
that the blood of the children she bore his
father was tainted, was unwarranted and
based purely on hearsay and rumor.
Relatives of Senator Monsy Killed in
Special Dispatch to TUe Star.
GREENWOOD, Mis?., August 31.?Two
relatives ot Senator Money were the v.ctiais
of a feud at Money. Mits., last night.
James Money, jr., was Kilitd-outrigiit and
his fatiier^jnui ta.iy wounded by L?i, Grover
Jiiiuy. i
Superintendent's Resignation
Guarded With Secrecy.
Official Lightning Strikes Member of
Inner Circle.
Civil Service Commission Hears of Alleged
Irregularity in Discharge of
TTmnlAwae oi OTi?^
? - VO U L X i XUL kJilUJ'.
The resignation of Homer K. Collins,
superintendent of the government printing
office building and chief e'ectrlcian, has
been accepted by Public Printer Stilllngs.
This information was not given out of
* J ?- -
select few of the "chief advisers" as a secret
verbal general order. But the order
leaked and the news is out. Mr. Collins
is no longer a member of the exclusive-andselect-order-of-experimentalists
- at - go ^ernment-expense.
It is understood that the
cause of his undoing was that he disagreed
with the public printer as to certain proposed
innovations of an alleged freak nature
In the department under Mr. Collins'
control. Thereupon a bolt of official lightning
descended from the fateful front of
fico and the superintendent was knocked
down and out.
Certain things are known to be fatal at
the government printing office. One of
the "most fatal" is to obstruct by word or
deed any projected experiment or innovation
by the public printer. Who will succeed
Superintendent Collins is as yet conjectural.
The appointment may be announced
in general orders when Mr. Shillings
returns to Washington next Tuesday,
it is saidj.
Sweatshop Methods Condemned.
The story of the "sweatshop" methods re.
cently adopted in the bindery and folding
room at the printing office, which appeared
in Tho Star yesterday, has caused
a wave of indignation. One of the results
was -the rece'pt by The Star of a number
of communications from government offi^VTa
and citizens severely arraigning the
public printer and his ass slants because of
the reduction of the wage s-eale of the union
In the face of recent announcements by
Mr. Stilling* of promotions in the prlntery
and the increase of salaries of thos h'gb
up on the official scale in tha "front office"
and its annexes, his action in cutting down
the Stioend of the woman n-nrVco n
characterized as cruel and uncall*d for.
One of the correspondents wrote:
"You are doing a charitable act to hundreds
of poor suffering beings by the manner
in which you have begun to show up
the abus-s In the government printing office."
Another writer said: "You deserve the
commendation of the people for your ex pose
of the cruel treatment accorded the
poor women of the bindery and fo'ding department
and the reduction of their fr.all
wages that some of the gilt-edge offic'a's
may receive more princely salaries. These
worn -n in nearly every instance have many
i dependents to provide for, and to reduce
| theft* paltry earnings at this time, when the
price of food is going up and rents ard at
their Highest, Is cruelty of the most coldblood
tl character."
A statement was mads today in connection
with the reduction of the price of
piecework in the folding room and bindery
that the expensive audit system the public
printer has installed in the office will require
the services of LTiO woman clerks at
the ratio of one clerk to keep tab on every
twenty compositors or other workers. It
was added that at the proposed increase
of the clerical end of the establishment
there will soon be more clerks employed
there than mechanics, folders, etc.
dinners x lie ^, r" r^'
A number of protests liave been filed at
the United States civil service eommmlssion,
it is said, to the effect that the civil service
laws regarding the employment of "rllglbles"
have been violated by Public Printer
Stillings at the government printing office.
These protests have been made by men
who passed me civil service examination
and were employed on the temporary roll
nf thp nrintprv for n short timp whpn thpv
were "laid off," unjustly and unnecessarily,
they claim, and in violation of the civil
service laws.
Among those who have protested are Fred
C. Chase" and J. F. Moulden. According
to them 1U<> printers were employed by the
printing office several months ago. all of
whom had passed the civil service examination.
A short time afterward Mr. Stillings
discharged forty-five of them with no explanation,
and to the surprise of every one
those who were thus relieved were the lirst
forty-five on the civil service list. That is,
they were the ones who had passed the
civil service examination with the higljest
?uu uivnc nii'J ieitlllieu were
lower on the list. This discrimination,
Messrs. Chase and Moulden declare, is not
in accordance with the civil service laws.
This fact was called to the attention of
the civil service commission and it is alleged
that an explanation was called for
from officials of the printery, but although
several weeks have elapsed no answer has
been received. It is also claimed that these
men who were "dropped" are needed at
tlie printing office and they cannot see why
Mr. Stiliings refuses to take them on again.
Junkets Now in Order.
"Before the advent of Public Printer
Stiliings," said an official today, "junketing
trips by employes of the office were prac
ucu.iy uuufaru 01. unaer iormer public
printers they were the exception; now they
appear to be the rule. While Mr. Stillinga
or one of his high-priced supervisors of
sections of the 'works' are busy retrenching
at the expense of the overworked and
illy paid folder women under what is termed
'the nound of flesh order ' there Frank
Kidd making a tour of the country presumably
gathering data at the expense of Uncle
Sam for the exploitation, no doubt, of more
innovations and experiments upon his reI
turn to this city.
"Hib itinerary embraces Philadelphia,
New York, Buffalo, Chicago. Detroit, .Montreal
and many other places. This government
traveler left here July 4, and is
scheduled to return September 15. I don't
blame Mr. Kidd, but Just look at the airy
mission he is on, and the expense, and then
?look' at the poor, emaciated folding women
toiling their iives out to make a pittance
to keep body and soul together, and
then to have that pittance still further reduced
to a sweat-shop rale."
Frank A. Kidd appears on the records
of the government printing office as an
"assistant foreman," at a salary of $2,400
per annum, lie is a graduate of law.
Weather. ?
Fair tonight and tomorrow?
and probably Monday. Moder*
ate temperature.
Answer Made to Government
Trust Allegations.
Cairc T. 1
uuj- o Mvo|/vuoiuililj A3 Ull IIIC X'tUCIOA
Advanced Wages Uryier Protest on
Pressure From Republican
National Committee.
The Reading Company, the Philadelphia
and Reading Radway
Company and the Philadelphia and
Reading Coal and Iron Company
today tiled answers to the suit of
the federal government to break up
the alleged monopoly in the anthracite
coal regions. The answers
make a general denial of the government's
allegations. They declare
the agreements to advance the
price of coal were brought about in
1900 by the violence of the strikers,
by the failure of the United States
and the state of Pennsylvania to
protect the coal companies, and the
importunities of the'late Marcus A.
Hatina, who was anxious to end the
strike on account of the impending
presidential election.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., August 31.-Making
general denials of the charges contained
in the United States government's
sun againsL uie memutrs III uie so-canea
coal combine, b?gun on Juni 12 last, (be
answers of tin three Readlg companies
named a.5 defendants in the silt, whn'h
were filed in the Cnited States circuit court
today, put the ^responsibility for the agree*
ment entered into by the coal operators
squarely upon the shouideis ol tiie golernment.
ll is declared mat me ajrcem 'nis 10
advance the price of* coal wel'e wholly
brought about in liMKJ by til* violence anil
intimidation of the striking mine workers,
by the failure of the United States government
and slate of Pennsylvania to enforce
the law and protect the coal "companies
and the importunities of the late
Marcus A. Hanna, who, It is alleged, was
anxious to end the strike of the miners
on account of the impending presd?ntial
It is asserted that as a result of these
conditions the Philadelphia anJ Reading
Coal and Iron Company was forced to
make contracts with the operatoHt, but
nothing is said in the answer about any
Eubscquftit ieduction In the price of coal
nor is any reason given to shuw why It
has not been reduced.
Separate answes are made to the
charges in the government's suit to the
effect that the three Reading companies
entered into a conspiracy with the other
coal-carrying roads to restrain trade In
anthracite coal for each of the Reading
companies?the Philadelphia and Reading
Rail way Company, the Philadelphia and
Reading Coal and Iron Company and the
Reading Company proper.
Story of the Strike.
General denials are made of the con
spiracy charges in the answers or tne
Reading Coal and Iron Company and that
of the railway. It Is In the reply of the
coal and iron company that the sensatlonal
defense putting the responsibility
on the government is made. t
It Is declared that "for a long time prior
to the 1st day of October, 1SKK), this defendant
and other mine operators in the
region in which their mines are located,
commonly called the Schuykill region,
were peacefully prosecuting tlisir operations
in amity with their workmen, but at
or about that time a voluntary association
organiz. rl und-?r the name of the United
Mine Workers of America and having Its
of Indianx, of which one John Mitchell
was named as president and W. B. Wilson
as secretary-treasurer, inaugurated a
strike of the mine workmen in some portions
of the anthracite coal regions of the
state, whereunder substantially all the
workmen In th<- said regions abandoned
their work, under the forfe and effect of
violence, turbulence and intimidation, ami
the employes and workmen of this defendant
ami others in the same neighborhood
were Indue d or compelled by like violence,
turbuUT.ce and lntlmidat on to abandon
their employment."
Enter Mark Hanna.
The answer goes on to say that "shortly
afterward it was represented in substance
to the officials of this defendant, and the representativ
s of other mining Companies, by
one Marcus A. Hanna, acting as chairman
of the republican national committee. In
the then pending political campaign for the
election of candidates for President and
Vice President of the United States, that
if the said strike should not be speedily settled,
by ?n advance in the w igus of the
workmen in and about the m'nts in the entire
anthracite region, the strik- would extend
to the states of Ohio, Indlma and Illinois,
and that the election of Mr. McKlnley
and Mr. Roosevelt would be tnereby endangered."
The answer declares that Mr. II inna represented
to the officials of the co.ripmy that
he was authorized to settle the strike
through Mr. Mitchell if the oper itors would
agrte to giv their workmen ;t 10 per cent
in.TP:isi. II Myites.
It is set forth that the company <i.d agree
to advance the wages of its miand colliery
workmen 10 per cent, ami that the
other principal min owners who had been
in conference wilh Mr. il.mn.i had agreed
to the sa.ne cone sslon. ir la set lorlli, however,
that the olili iala of the lulled Mine
Workers refused to permit the r sumption
of mining operations in any p?rt of the
anthracite regions until the uniform advance
of 10 pei cent In wages thould be
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