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Old Reaper Closes the Year Book of 1907. EVERYBODY CELEBRATES Gotham Kept Its Spirits Up by Putting Spirits Down. PARIS ALONE WAS VERY QUIET Charlemagne Tower in Berlin Speaks of Our Good Relations With Germany. Special Dispatch f? The Star. NEW YORK. January 1.?New York spent a vast amount of spirits last night, in the late and the early hours, in wel coming among the glare of its lights a new year that looked, after all. much like its predecessors. Never, it is safe to say. lias there been a greater blowing nf horns singing of chimes, overcrowding ..f cabs than last night, and that not because of any greater welcome for l'JOs than for the years that came and went before, but just because the town always gets out snd blows its hardest on the eve of the year, come thick or come thin. For once the citv lived up to its cheer> b<>.ist of being the city that never sleeps. On all other nights >< may keep just to the good of being altogether asleep, yet it is but a few of its thousand eyes that .?main open. Oniv New Year morn sees the sight of a town lighted up from the bouse parties i-. Harlem clear down to the brokers* offices on lower Broadwa>. where the lights over the ledgers of an r.tmv of clerks gave sign that the pass ins of a year was not altogether a mat ter of play. Last Night's Festivities. NEW YORK. January 1.?With hearts m;- light as the confetti that swirled, b!iz zard-like. about the Broadway revel route. New Yorkers tore the last leat from the calendar of 1907 last night and set their laces toward the new year. Of all the boisterous New Years never was one more noisy and hilarious. Early yesterday the word was sent out lrom 1'olice Commissioner Bingl-.am's office: "Let the crowds have a good time. Sup press rowdyism, but allow them to make ?i noise " In this way Gen. Bingham recognized the fact that the night before New i ear in the metropolis is primarily for hubbub-making, the like of which can he compared only with the racket ttiat ushers in the glorious Fourth. It had b^-en promised that last n.ght's demon stration would be the noisiest ever, and the whole thing came off as advertised. Karly in the evening the fun began, ear splitting horns, cow. ells and every other din-produojng device that the cult of hucksters has discovered sounding in hor vihle dissonance and increasing in vol ume until the midnight climax, when shrieking whistles, pealing bells and shouts from a millions throats marked the passing of the old and the advent of the , new. Cost Much Money. Last night's celebration cost New York ers about three-quarters of a million dol lars?the exact amount will not be known until today. But those considered au thorities on the subject said that S'-'oO.OOO was expended in the restaurants and .afes; that the theaters got $100,000, and the musicians, florists, cabmen and wait ers the balance of half a million; while ? lub parties, private entertainments and the thousand and one attractions along Broadway put at least a quarter million into circulation, j In the early evening the crowds were divided between tlie street parades and the theaters, which' were crowded. When the playhouses turped loose tr.eir audi ences things began to liven up at the ho tels and restaurant p. In the most fash ionable places tablis had been engaged weeXs in advance, land the aggregations ^?xfijkijiers rivaled earh other in brilliance and^pi^ctacular gajyety. luitiinJt of the nfaees only champagne nnsUflrCcd for dr/nk. and the minimum ??hargevor ratahli/s was $4 a cover. De hci?fu| ynusic. beautifully gowned wom c^iyfcndAbe clinW of glasses at Martin's, l;?Cw*s I Murray's. Shanley's and other r .Tht.? rh\? the approaching year a rr>sv tint. The/ dining rooms of the big hotel* also hold thousands. C?wM*"Were Popping. k of corks popped at the Knick ?rT.ocker, Astor, St. Regis, Imperial, Plaza Waldorf-Astoria, just as though there l^*| never beena. financial stringency. At Martin's an Irmnvation added spice to the mW' vmaking. For the first time, and for last night only, women patrons were allowed to smoke in the public dining ? ai11" Th'- sc<,np 'n the hig dining room 91' i lie I'laza was an unusual one. In this r?K'ni. at the stroke of 32. Caruso, the optra tenor, sang the chime song from tl>#?Clumes of Normandy.'" 'rt Of i he cafes the diners rose at a in ill tlte before midn'ght and with glasses poise?f In the air shouted good-bye to the old and a welcome to the new year. PRISONERS IN GLEE. Tombs Inmates Usher in New Year With Horns. Imperial l>i*patcb to The Star. NEW YORK. January 1.?The Tombs prison rule that all prisoners be up at 7 a.m. ?*.- relaxed today. Many of the prisoners succeeded in getting horns, and they saluted the new year with all the noise they could produce. Those who had no horns joined in the din by rattling their tin cups and plates together or beat ing tin pans. In murderers' row Harry Thaw led the jollification, tooting vigorously on a tin horn. While the celebration was not sanctioned by the commissioner of correc tion, there wa.? no attempt to stop it. and the prisoners were allowed to "celebrate" to their hearts' content. Thaw received hundreds of New Year cards today. Many were from persons who arc strangers to him. hut all wished him a "llappy New Year" and success in his trial, which begins Monday. "We know you'll be icquitted." wrote some. "We hope you'll be set free," said others. King Momus Reigned. Special IMspatrh to The Star. PHILAPEEPHI A. January 1?King Momus. that genial monarch of merri ment and frivolity, was upon his throne asain today, and thousands cast aside the tiafiitions of this republican city to pay liomagc at his court. His jovial majesty, with 5.000 courtiers in his train, took the city. Returning Caesar was given no greater ovation than this merry monarch received on his tri umphal march up Broad street through a long lane of cheering crowds from Wolf street north to Columbia avenue. Even if it were more than an hour late in starting. It was one of the best New Year parades that this city has seen. The members of the fancy-dressed clubs out did their efforts of other years, and there was more pink silk and purple plush on some of the costumes than could be found in a department store. Crowds Watched the Line. The captains of the four fancy-dressed ?bibs struggled along under the weight of iieavy costumes, their gorgeous trains, ippllqued w th vclevt flowers. supj>orted hv a score of pages. In the comic section the twenty-three clubs which were represented in line tra vestied every event of importance of the papt year, from the stock market panic to the State capitol investigation. There was plenty of music, and nearly every club In line bad one or more baads In the proces sion. to the strains of which the members danced their way up Broad street. At the head of the procession was the tar-famed Silver Crown Association, more gorgeous than ever, with two bands and 1.000 men in line, representing heralds, clowns, girls. Indians and other pic turesque characters. ^According to police estimates, at least 250,000 viewed the pageant. Of this num ber a large percentage came from out of town, and Inbound trains on all the rail roads were crowded today. Although the sun did not shine, there was no sugges tion of rain, and the temperature suited the spectators as well as it did the mum mers. TOWERS GLAD HAND. Speaks of Our Good Relations With J Germany. BERLIN. January 1.?The Lokal An zeiger today publishes a series of inter views with the ambassadors in Berlin of the United States, Great Britain, Rus sia, France. Spain, Austria-Hungary and Turkey and the ministers representing most of the other nations of the world relative to the condition of international relations at the beginning of the year li>08. Charlemagne Tower, the American ambassador, said: "It gives me great satisfaction to be able to declare that the long-standing good relations between the I'nited states and Germany have become closer, if possible, during the past year as a result of the efforts made by both gov ernments. The understanding reached by the American tariff commission and representatives of the German govern ment has resulted In an agreement which will facilitate commerce, and it is to be hoped that the trade relations of the two nations will expend and strength en on the basis of this agreement. "The exchange of German and Amer ican professors, an outcome of the genial idea conceived by Emperor William, nas had a stimulating and fruitful effect in the spheres of culture and science and has brought the learned men and the students of Germany and the United States into closer touch. The influence of these exchange professors has not been confined to the lecture halls: it has ex panded to the entire people, and the educated classes of both countries have been brought into more intimate relations. As a result there has grown up a better mutual understanding of the peculiarities of eacli people, and the idea of the em peror when he Inaugurated this movement thus has been fulfilled." I The other diplomats whose views are quoted all entertain the most satisfac tory opinion concerning the outlook for the coming year. PARISIAN NEW YEAR QUIET. Death of M. Guyot Canceled Official Receptions. PARIS. January l.?The abandonment as a result of the death yesterday of M. Guyot-Dessaigne, the minister of justice, of tlie official receptions held regulariy on New Year day by President Fallieres and the members of the cabinet, robbed the Parisian New Year of Its chief tra ditional features. Nevertheless, there was much gayety in the city, and the mantle of snow which covered Paris this morn ing added a charm to the general holi day appearance of the streets. The foreign ambassadors and m*.listers with the exception of Henry V.'nlte, the American ambassador, who has just moved into his new residence, all held receptions. Consul General and Mrs. Mason did the honors for the American colony. French society celebrated the day with the usual receptions and functions, and the customary popular fetes, including free performances at some of the theaters were given. OLD WORLD GREETINGS. Duke of Argyle and Dr. Adler Send New Year Messages. LONDON, .January 1.?The Duke of Ar gyll writes this New Year message: "You can best help Christian socialism the world over by helping the community to safeguard and respect individual merit." Dr. Adler. chief rabbi of the British em pire. writes: "We may confidently hope that the en suing year will be blessed in the truth, the high aspirations and the sterling achievements of the nations which are not wise in their own conceit, but strive for divine light." EXPRESS KILLS TWO. Strikes a Vehicle Containing Aged Man and Woman. Special Dispatch to The Star. PHILADELPHIA. January 1. A northbound Atlantic City express on the Reading railway, due at Camden, N- J-, at 11:15 o'clock this morning, struck a carriage in which an aged man and woman were riding, at the Cherry street crossing, in Elmswood, N. J., and instantly killed them. The horse drawing the vehicle was injured so badly that it was put to death. The carriage was smashed to pieces. The victims of the accident were William B. Dick, eighty-two years old, a retired farmer, living on the out skirts of Elmswood, and Emily Horo tage, a sister of Dick, seventy-six years old. who up until a few week* ago is said to have resided at 111 South 18th street. Philadelphia. According to the engineer of the train. No." 10. which struck the car riage. Mr. Dick, who was handling the reins, failed to observe a shrill toot of the whistle and attempted to cross in front of the express, which was going at a speed of forty miles an hour. TIFF OVER SPEECH. Gen. Brayton Dislikes Remarks Made by Justice Blodgett. Special Dispatch to The Star. PROVIDENCE. R. I., January 1.?The tiff between Gen. Brayton and Justice John T. Blodgett, chairman of the Rhode Island commission for the Jamestown ex position. and which Is the talk of the town, grew out of a speech which Judge Blodgett made before the Society of Co lonial Wars at its annual dinner Mon day night. Judge Blodgett said that the exposi tion was a failure financially because the people did not attend It. the railroads would nijt gra*it excursion rates, those who did go spending but a day at the fair, preferring to visit other places, and that Congress, by tying up the million dollar loan for six months, practically | killed the enterprise. Gen. Brayton said the explanation was j not correct, that the exposition was "a dirty land exploitation scheme." foisted upon the country by a few speculators who proposed that the national govern ment should pay the expenses of de veloping a big swamp tract. Had lie realized what was up he would not, he said, have permitted the appropriation to get by the general assembly. Seaboard Dispenses With Clerks. NORFOLK, Va., January 1.?Official confirmation Is given of the report that the Seaboard Air Line from today will dispense with as many of its clerks as the department heads shall determine this It is declared, having been made neces sary by the general falling off of business In the south and bt-lng the same course pursued by other railroads. Old-Time Theatrical Man Dead. KANSAS CITY, Mo., January 1.?Henry D. Clark. an old-time theatrical man ager. died today. He was one of the youngest soldiers in the civil war. hav ing enlisted in the New York Heavy Ar tillery when only thirteen. After the war he Started in the theatrical busi ness in Chicago and once performed, a song and dance with Eddie Foy. Mr Clark came to Kansas City In 1877. and amassed a fortune. His first venture here was the Coliseum, a play house that was famous thirty years ago. He leaves a widow and Ave children. RESUME STUDIES TOMORROW PUPILS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO RETURN TC DESKS. Continuation of Trial Superin tendent of Public Instruction Will Also Be in Order. interest among school teachers and pupils centers in two events scheduled for tomorrow The first is the reopening of the schools after the Christmas recess. The second is the resumption of the trial of Dr. William E. Chancellor, superin tendent of public instruction, on charges of incompetency and insubordination. The vacation for teachers and pupils has been in*progress since the afternoon of Friday. December 20, the board of educa tion authorizing the closing of the schools that day instead of Monday, December -If. The suggestion has been made to the board that little can be accomplished the remaining two school days this week, but the board declined to lengthen the vaca tion until next Monday. Superintendent to Appear. Attorneys Leckie and Fulton, on behalf of Dr. Chancellor, stated today that the superintendent expects to attend the ses sion of the board tomorrow at :l o'clock p.m. The continuance until tomorrow was granted on the appeal of Dr. Chancellor's representatives, they declaring that the delay was necessary to allow him to prop erly recuperate from his illness. They say that the reports from him are encour aging. and they expect him to come from the Maryland sanitarium, where he has been staying, to his home here this after noon. Tomorrow morning, it is expected, he will have a brief conference with his attorneys, preparatory to taking the stand in his own behalf. Attorney Fulton says that the defense will put several more witnesses on the stand, in addition to Dr. Chancellor. Some, it ^s expected, will testify tomor row before Dr. Chancellor makes his statement. The others, who will be used to corroborate the superintendent, will take the witness stand after he has concluded. Dr. Chancellor is expected to occupy several hours of the trial. He will, ac cording to his attorneys, tell the entire history of his relations -with the board of education, from the time the overtures were made to hiin to come here as the head of the schools until the filing of the charges. It has been hinted by the defense that several members of the board will not be spared from criticism. Says Teachers Are Satisfied. Ca-pt. James F. Oyster, president of the board of education, stated today that he is convinced that the general teaching body of the schools is well satisfied with the existing conditions as worked out under the present law. He added that he has no personal knowledge of contem plated desertions by teachers. "Since the present controversy started I have had many teachers and other offi cers of the schools tell me they were well satisfied with the work of the board and with its attitud" toward the schools." the president explained. "I pointed out to the teachers that the board had only been carrying out the law and that it is the law with which they are satisfied: and they saw that it was really the law. enforced by the board, with which they were pleased. We have had many as surances of this attitude from teachers. "I have heard rumors that a few teach ers were afraid of upheavals in the schools through congressional action and would seek other positions. But I do not know of any cases. I do know that the teach ers seem well satisfied with their posi tions under the present law." Hughes to Chancellor. Assist. Supt. Hughes, in a communica tion to Dr. Chancellor, acknowledges the receipt of the communication purporting to revoke certain authority delegated by the superintendent to the assistant. Mr. Hughes explains that as he had not signed any papers which should have been signed by the superintendent, nor exr reeded his authority in any way, the let ter written by the superintendent will not change the situation in the least. ECONOMISTS AT MADISON. Closing Joint Session Marked by a Number of Papers. MADISON, Wis.. January l.-The clos ing joint session of the American Eco nomic Society and the American Political Science Association was held here yes terday. "Public Service Commissions" was dis cussed bv Thomas N. Osborne, member of the New York Public Service Commis sion; State Senator Hudnell; Prof. John H. Gray, of the University of Minnesota, and former State Senator W. H. C. Hat ten. of Wisconsin. Franklin H. Giddings. of Columbia Uni versity, at the closing meeting of the American Sociological Society, read a paper entitled "Are Contradictions of Ideas and Beliefs Likely to Play an Im portant Group-Making Role in the Future?" The paper was discussed by George E. Vincent, University of Chicago; Herbert Frledenwald. New York: Jenkin Lloyd Jones, Chicago; George A. Coe, North western University. TELEGRAPHIC BRIEFS. MANILA. January 1.?Gov. Lop<>z of Iloilo has been shot and seriously wounded by a disappointed politician. It is not believed that the wound will prove fatal. * EL PASO. Texas, January 1.?Olee Finstad anl "Shorty" Coughener. Ameri cans. from Los Angeles, sentenced two years ago in Chihuahua to twelve and one-half years each in the penitentiary for the allegfd murder of Robert Ruth erford of Philadelphia, have had their sentences reduced to seven years by the supreme court of Chihuahua. KISHINEV. January 1.?There was a collision yesterday at the village of Dercn evo between peasants and a detachment of the guards who accompany the local tax collectors. One of the guards was wounded, whereupon his comrades fired a volley at the peasants, kiting four of them and wounding others. Troops have been sent to the village. WARSAW, January 1.?A cablegram has been received here from Ignace Paderewski, who is now in America, jn which the well-known pianist accepts the directorship of the Warsaw Con servatory of Music. NEW HAVEN. Conn.. January 1.? Prof. Thomas Day Seymour, senior pro fessor of Greek in Yale University, died after a short illness of pneumonia. NEW ORLEANS. January 1.?The fif teenth annual meeting of the institute of dental pedagogy of the Unltefl States began here today. About fifty teachers in dentistry, representing many Ameri can dental colleges, were in attendance. Discussions of technical subjects will occupy most of the meeting. MANILA, January 1.?A bill has been introduced in the assembly to make the speaker of that body vicc governor of the islands. This matter has been agitated for several weeks. The office of vice governor has been vacant since the promotion of Gen. Smith to be governor general. Members are generally in favor of the measure. SHREVKPORT, La.. January 1.?A special from Hodge, Winn parish. La., reports that on hearing of an -attempt by a negro to enter a young girl's bed chamber Sunday night a mob ordered all the negroes In the town to leave before sunset Monday. Forty-live fam ilies. numbering more than two hun dred persons, took part in the <x"dus. LONDON*. January 1.?A collection of antiquities that belonged to the late T. G. Mlddlebrook will be auctioned off January 211 and IW. It includes an American flag that was captured in the engagement between the Shannon and Chesapeake. The authenticity of this flag is vouched for in a written history of ownership since Midshipman k Grundy captured the trophy. j / TRIAL NEARING CLOSE ATTORNEYS TO FINISH ARGU MENTS TO JURY TODAY. Special Dispatch lo The Star. LEXINGTON*. Ky., January 1.?The first day of the New Tear is dark, dreary and rainy, but renewed hope came to the heart of Caleb Powers in jail at George town, because before this day is over the fourth jury that has tried him will be de liberating. It will be very late before Commonwealth Attorney Franklin com pletes the closing argument in the case, and it may be that the deliberations will not begin before tomorrow morning, but Powers knows that before Thursday night he will know whether lie is free or whether his jury has disagreed. He says he confidently expects acquittal, while others declare a hung jury will result. Maj. W. C. Owens and Col. Robert B. rrar.klin are being heard today. Each man recognizes that this is the time for a supreme effort, and is making it. The courtroom is packed to the very walls with a dense mass of humanity. .Maj. W. C. Owens began the closing speech for the defense at ? o'clock, and will speak for four hours. Col. Franklin will speak at the afternoon session. The other defense attorneys had virtually flayed Youtsey, Noakes and Golden alive, but for real denunciation they were com paratively weak as compared to Maj. Owens utterances. He took up the testi mony of Youtsey, Golden and Noakes and carefull dissected it and Its au ]ors- speech throughout was full of ringing invective, sarcasm and scorn directed at the star witnesses of the prosecution and full of pathos for the defendant. He also paid his respects in strong terms to the witness farm at Madeira i?V.w^here 11 is aHeced Arthur Goebel and Col. Thomas C. Campbell kept wit nesses and coached them as to what to testify against Powers. MAY HAVE PERISHED NO WORD FROM YACHT WITH "HOLY GHOSTERS" ON BOARD. NEW YORK, January J.?As mys terious as has been nearly every move of the Rev. Frank W. ("Elijah") Sandford since he established the Holy Ghost and Us Society;- at Shiloh. Me., is the vhereabouts of the schooner yacht Coronet, on which lie and thirty of his followers were supposed to be returning from the far east under the flag of the apostle. No word of the yacht, said to be long overdue at the island of San Salvador, the landing place of Columbus in the Bahamas, has been received by the maritime exchange, and, because of the schooner s age, fears are expressed that Sandford and his followers have been lost at sea. First Reported Overdue. The Coronet was first reported over due by Capt. Moses, skipper of the barkentine Kingdom, which sailed from Freeport, Me., and was to have met ?..e ( oronet at San Salvador. The Kingdom J?/1- Freeport October 31. and touched at St Thomas December 10. She has been at San Salvador more than a week. i.A.1 ,lie time Sandford, in the spring of IJO.j formed the Kingdom Yacht Club of blulon, to carry his followers broadcast in an effort to spread his religion, it was wondered at that he purchased the Coronet. She was then twentv years old and her battles with the 'seas which began with her beating the late Caldwell P. Colt's Dauntless across the ocean in 1887, had told in her every seam Sandford bought the vessel from Doirts Dossert of Dong Island City, who. in the summer of 1004, lived aboard her in Jamaica bay. Old Lorillard Yacht. With the Coronet Sandford purchased the Wanderer, once a famous craft owned by Pierre Dorlllard. the tobacco king, which was later converted Into a slave ship. It was considered the irony of fate that Eihe should be purchased to save souls. 1 he two yachts cost Sandford more than $J1>0.000 to purchase and refit, it was said. As soon as the Coronet was overhauled she was loaded with missionaries for southern Europe, but she collided with the Wanderer in Portland harbor after the start, and that trip was postponed. A month later srfie got to sea and arrived safely in the Mediterranean. That was in July, Sandford himself was on board and fears were expressed then for the yacht's safety. No word of her was received from the time she sailed until she passed Gibraltar, many davs over due. Reported Wrecked. Th1 following year the Coronet was re ported to have been wrecked at South Freeport, Me., and the Holy Ghost colony held forty days of continuous prayer to ' replace her. Money poured into Shiloh at the rate of $1,000 a day. Sandford in creased his fleet then by purchasing the brigantine Rebecca Crowell, which he re named the Kingdom. In July, 1906, the trip of the Coronet to the far east was planned, and it was a mysterious one. After a thorough over hauling she sailed August 24 with the Kingdom. The latter went to the Medi terranean and returned, reaching Port land last April. It cojild not be learned whether Sandford sailed aboard the Coro net, and that she was bound for the Holy Dand was the only thing made public. TORPEDO BOATS AT PARA. Flotilla Arrives Safely at the Bra zilian Port. PARA. Brazil, January 1.?The tor pedo boat flotilla, which Is preceding the battleship fleet to the Pacific, arrived here yesterday. The boats left Port of Spain December 5.">. and are now five days behind their original schedule, due to accidents to the machinery of two of the destroyers. The transport Arethusa arrived Sat urday. Para is on the Para river, about sixty miles from the sea. It is a modern city of broad and well-paved streets, sur rounded by pleasant rural suburbs and has a population of 75,000. It is an im portant shipping port, and has a fairlv good and deep harbor. The torpedo boats will remain there several days. Search for Negro Murderers. Special Dispatch to The Star. WHEELING, W. Va., January 1.?The police of all the cities and towns along I the Ohio river, assisted by a score of Bal timore and Ohio detectives, are looking for two negroes who are thought to be the |men who murdered Ed Hutchinson, the | telegraph operator, at Welcome, across the river from Clarington. Ohio. Two men, both of whom are known to the police, were ejected from the station at Wel come Sunday by Hutchinson because they were disorderly, and It Is quite likely that the telegraph operator was killed for re venge. The crime has aroused the people in the vicinity of Welcome to a frenzy, and if the two negroes are captured they will receive quick justice at the hands of the Marshall county farmers. Cincinnati's New Mayor. CINCINNATI, January ].?Retiring Mayor Edward J. Dempsey, democrat, to day swore in as his successor Col. Deopold Markbreit. republican, veteran soldier, editor and diplomat. Eagle Editor Still Alive. WICHITA. Kan.. January 1.?Col. Mar shall W. Murdock. veteran editor of the Dally Eagle, who is ill at his home here, was resting comfortably yesterday, but there is no. hope of his recovery. Representative Victor Murdock- was ex pected to reach home last night from Washington, s MANY PASSENGERS INJURED ON THE PENNSY EXPRESS. Train Struck a Shifting Engine Us ing the Cross-Over?Traffic Delayed Four Hours. SUNBl'RY, fa., January 1.?The Penn sylvania railroad express which left Buf falo at 9 o'clock last night and which was due in Philadelphia at 7:32 a.m. to day. was wrecked at Montandon, ten miles west of here, early today, and more than a dozen passengers were injured. Among those hurt are: List of Injured. D. F. Raiman, New York: back sprained. Mrs. A. M. Pollock, Camden. X. J.; hand and hip bruised. Mrs. W. T. Coleman, Philadelphia; leg bruised. Mrs. F. C. Nelson, Philadelphia; leg bruised. George Benedict. Lebanon. Pa ; leg bruised. W. W. Muma, fireman. Lykens, Pa.; hand and shoulder bruised and arm burned. L. Gamble, engineer. Harri?burg; hand and face cut and arm burned. J. A. Lerch, Berwick. Pa ; siue bruised and arm sprained. R. W. Burroughs, Washington. D. C.; leg hurt. O. Stephens, East Emporium, Pa.; leg bruised. Mrs. Rene Mawrer, New Berlin, Pa.: arm sprained. Traffic Delayed. The express was approaching Montan don and was running on time, when a light locomotive crossed from a siding to the main track. The engineer of the express was so close that he was unable to bring his heavy train to a stop, and it crashed into the shifting engine with con siderable force. Both locomotives were completely disaoled and a combination car. a day coach and a Pullman sleeper were so badly damaged that the pas sengers had to be transferred to other coaches and the wrecked cars cut out. Most of the passengers received medical treatment here. The train was delayed four hours. Mr. R. W. Burroughs, reported injured in the wreck on the Pennsylvania road near Sanbury. Pa., today, is a law clerk employed in the pension office and resides at 'JOS F street northwest. Mr. Burroughs arrived in the city at 2 o'clock today. He was severely shaken up in th" Wreck and one limb badly lacerated. GOV. WARFIELD'S MESSAGE. ! Biennial Session of Maryland Legis lature Assembled Today. ANNAPOLIS, Md., January 1.?In his annual message to the state legislature, which assembled to-ay in its regular bi ennial session. Gov. Edwin Warfield dis cussed state affairs at considerable length. He advocated an amendment to the edu cation law, fixing a higher standard of qualification for the election franchise. He was satisfied, he said, that there is a de mand upon the part of a majority of the citizens of Maryland for such an amend ment?"a demand for the elimination of the ignorant, unreflecting, thriftless negro vote." Whatever amendment is proposed, he held, should protect the citizen who voted in 18C0 or prior thereto and his descend ants and the foreign-born citizen who has become naturalized, and it should also contain as an alternative right an educa tional qualification. The taxpayer, he maintained, also should be given the right of suffrage. This was Gov. Warfield's last annual ! message. He retires from the governor ] ship January S. when he will be succeeded by Judge Austin L. Crothers of Elkton. The legislature's most important func tion will be to officially indorse the quasi public vote electing ex-Gov. John Walter Smith to the United States Senate for the long term and Senator William Pinkney Whyte to the short term. Gov. Warfield's farewell message Is to be read this afternoon, and then the ses sion will be adjourned until January K. The important questions coming before the legislature will be the disposition of the temperance# or local-option question and the light for a public utilities com mission. Some important legislation against fire insurance underwriting asso ciations is also planned, and the disfran chising of negroes will be brought up. I GOTHAM LANDLORDS WEAKEN. Many Declare They Are Ready t?> Reduce Rentals. NEW YORK. January 1?The sys i tcmatic campaign for lower rents by thousands of tenants on the lower East Side began to show material results yes terday when many landlords announced that they were ready to make reductions. Many of the landlords are offering com promise propositions, but in the main the tenants are holding out for a material re duction. The rapidly increasing number of men and women out of work is .an added argument which the tenants are advancing for a new-?rent scale. The United Hebrew Charities Association last night announced that It would send out $7,000 today to aid, in a measure, the army of unemployed people to pay their rents. The work of organizing the tenements goes unceasingly on. It was stated at the headquarters of the tenants' organization yesterday that 6.000 big tenement houses had already organized to demand lower rents when the rent collectors call today. As there are from twenty to thirty fam ilies t<i a tenement and live persons on an average to a family, it means that the landlords already have over 75,000 people to contend with. Several labor organiza tions have indicated their Intention of aid ing the tenants. It is generally agreed by the tenement organizations that when tenants are evict ed for refusing to pay the old rent scale they will be sheltered by tenants in the same house. The tenants demand reduc tions of $2 a month. There were sev eral mass meetings of tenants last night to discuss the situation. The police do not apprehend that there will be any riots or disorders arising from the rent situa tion today or later. The strike has been conducted so far with peculiar quietude. Lines Closely Drawn. Lines are closely drawn in the rent strike, for today marks the crisis In the struggle between the landlords and the tenants of the great East Side. Although some of the owners and the lessees have made reductions, the major ity of them are disposed to fight back, and yesterday there was a lively broad side of dispossess notices. Nineteen re turnable on January :! were tiled at once in the fifth district municipal court, and there are twenty-five more with the same tribunal which cite the tenants to appear and show cause why they should not be ejected. More notices undoubtedly will be served with the new year, and there are evictions on the books which will now take place as the holiday season is pass ing. Socialist lawyers are being detailed to look after the tenants who have been summoned, but owing to the lack of or ganization advisers and clients often fail to meet. The number of houses "organ ized" is constantly increasing, and reports from #ie Bronx and also from Little Italy, at East 10th street, show that discontent is spreading rapidly among tenants In all quarters of the city. OCEAN LINER MOVEMENTS. NEW YORK. January 1.?Arrived; j Steamer Finland, from Antwerp. Taft to Attend Yale Banquet. Special Dispatch to The Star. HARTFORD, Conn., January 1.?Secre tary Taft has sent word to the Yale Alumni Association of this city that he will attend their annual banquet on Feb ruary 7- w WEALTHY GIRL GONE LEAVES LETTER HINTING SUI CIDE. NEW YORK. January 1.?The mysteri ous disappearance yesterday of a rioli and accomplished young woman from her home in this city was revealed last night in a general alarm to the police for some trace, dead or alive, of Elvira Pescia, twenty-two years old. the daughter of Francesco Pescia. a retired real estate dealer, living at No. 154 East ll<!th street. It is believed the young woman has committed suicide, though for what rea son, or in what manner, is a puzzle to her family and the police. The notice of Miss Pescia's disappearance came to the police from her brother. Enrico V. Peseta, a real estate dealer, of No. 07 Nassau street. He said ,"?he left her home at (* a.m. yesterday. At - p.m. her parents received a letter from her. in Italian. maiied at the Grand Central postal station at 9 a.m. It read as follows. Too Weak to Struggle On. "To All the Family?Suicide is certainly a crime. My feelings rebel at the thought. | but this is the only road open to oblivion | and to c-nd this miserable existence of | mine. I have suffered morally, and have sought comfort in prayer, and this, my last moment, my mind goes to the Su preme Being, from whom 1 implore for giveness. It is certainly a great rorrow. and I feel too weak to continue the strug gle. "To My Mother: 1 want you to under stand. mother, nothing else leads me to | this fatal step except that I am tired of I life. You know, my dear mother. 1 j am much too proud and skeptical of love I for you to think any such thing, to com mit this act. Your loving daughter. "ELVIRA.-* The missing girl is handsome, dark complexioned, of medium height and . plump figure. When she left home she wore a dark tailor-made suit. Her father was formerly connected with the financial department of the Italian government. Miss Pescia was educated in n. convent school in Rome, and later studied paint ing in Rome and a'so in Paris. Overstudy May Have Wrecked Mind. According to her family she had no love affair, to their knowledge, nor had she seemed to them to be i:i a moody or du ressed state from any cause. She was. they said, in the best of spirits when she left her home. Except that her mind had become deranged from overstudy. her rel atives said, they could imagine no reason why she had vanished in such a strange | and sudden way. She has two brothers 1 and a married sister. A special search is | being made in the hospitals of the city I and along the river fronts. TRIAL AFTER 20 YEARS RELEASED FROM ASYLUM MAN MUST ANSWER FOR MURDER. NEW YORK. January 1.?In murderers' row? in the Tombs, so near to Harry Thaw that he can see the choice food taken daily to the rlcli young man's door and the well-dressed friends that visit htm. sits a broken-down man of fifty-one. without kith or kin or friends. He had all these once, and money, too. but that was twenty years ago. when Henry Ship man was saved from the death penalty by being adjudged insane. It was while he was in the midst of a "brainstorm"?only that expressive term had not been invented in 1887?that Shipman shot Mrs. Josephine Mason, so the physicians decided. The brilliant young man, whose family was one of the most prominent in the western part of the state, went to the asylum for insane criminals. He was brought down from Matteawan. a few days ago to be tried on the twenty-year-old murder charge. "I have suffered enough during these twenty lost years of my life." said Ship man in his cell yesterday, "to pay the penalty of my crime three times over. If I killed this woman. Josephine, whom I loved?and for years I was not con scious what T had done?it were better that I had been tried at once than to have gone through the hell the last twen ty years has been. Like Escape From a Tomb. "Can you imagine the feelings of a man who lives in a tomb for twenty years?how he longs to w ilk the streets that he knows, to see the faces he has learned to love, to breathe the free air? Yet, when I am a free man in New York. I shall be as much of a stranger as a man from another coun try. These twenty years have robbed me of my home, friends, relatives. I have lost track of them all. My only knowledge of the outside world is from what I have read in the news papers since I have been able to read intelligently. "You don't know what it means to me now to be allowed to converse with sane persons. During these iwenty years I have not known what It was to exchange intelligent speech. When ever I made an effort to talk to the attendants or physicians I would hear. 'Oh, he's crazy!' Over and over again I have thought how much oetter off I would be were I dead. "Without the slightest provocation I was subjected to the most brutal and Inhuman treatment. Time and lime again I was choked into insensibility, and on one occasion an attendant broke three of my ribs. The horrors of such a place cannot be exaggerated. "I have only a few dollars and little influence with "which to tight the state of New York for my freedom. I am not like Harry Thaw, who has wealth, posi tion, friends and youth to aid him in his struggle. If he was insane when he committed his crime I pity him. 1 shail pity him more if lie is sent to the place I have just come from." Jury Found Him Insane. Shipman killed Mrs. Josephine Mason, an attractive woman with whom he was infatuated, and in whose boarding house, at No. 339 West .'51st street, he lived, on February 3. 1SS7. He was declared in sane by a jury in general sessions. He was found by u policeman sitting be side the dead body, a revolver in his hand. When it was taken from him he laid his hands in the woman's blood and ex claimed. "I could take you in my arms and nurse you back to life." In not a few respects the early life of Shipmen resembled that of Harry Thaw. Work and discipline were unknown to him when he was a young man. He was the son of a Rochester physician, who left him $10(1,MM when he died. He also had a comfortable income from the estate of an uncle. For several years lie studied medicine, but on account of some brain disease it was instilled. In later years, lie was never able to concentrate his mind sufficiently to practice his profession. Notable Philadelphia Engagement. Special Dispatch to The Star. PHILADELPHIA. January 1.?An en gagement of much interest to the fash ionable world of this city and New York was announced yesterday, namely, that of Miss Alizon Gowen to Mr. William Frasier Harrison. Miss Gowen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis I. Gowen of IMOti Delancy ilace. She made her debut a year ago at a large ball given In her honor by her parents at the Bellevu<? Stratford Hotel, and has been one of the acknowledged belles of this city-. Mr. Harrison is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Al fred Harrison, and a nephew of the pro vost of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a brother of Mrs. John G?-ary. the Countess von Holsfein and Mrs. John PrentiS3 of New York. He was graduated from Harvard In the class of IMM. New York Legislature Convened. ALBANY. N. Y.. January 1?The 131st annual session of the New York state legislature began at noon today.' James W.'Wadsworth, jr.. was re-elected speaker of the assembly. The second annual mes fSige of Gov. Hughes was the chief fea ture of interest. BRENTON WINS FIRST PRIZE JOHNS HOPKINS MAN ALSO FINISHES SECOND. Cross-Country Run Given by thf George Washington University Athletic Association. The Johns Hopkins University of Bait!, more carried off the honors in the firs! annual open handicap cross-country run, given under the auspices of the George Washington University Athletic. Associa. tion. this morning. F. O. Greyer and B. F. P. Brenton. the oniy two entered from Johns Hopkins, won first and second places, respectively, while W. M. Dunn of Yale University, an added starter, took third place. There was an attendance of about :toq persons along the course when the first men were started, at 11 :.t0 o'clock, and H had increased when the first man fin ished. The day was ideal for cross-coun try running, being Just cold enough foe the runners. The start was made from the loop at the end of the 14th street car line, the course thence running north-northwest t.i the Beach road, in Rock Creek Park, along the Beach road south to the Military road, east along the Military road to thn 14th street road, south along the Hth J street road to the start, a distance of about four miles. The Handicaps. E. I.. Beall, Henderson and Hicks. Our ley Athletic Club; P. Wenloek. Western High School, with a handicap of one min ute and thirty seconds, were first away. P. I). Holmes. George Washington Uni versity, and P. S. Herring. Mount Wash ington A. C.. one minute, wore off next. Then followed L. M. Falconer. <?eorge Washington University, with forty-five seconds: W. Heald, Washington Y. M. C. A., with forty-five seconds: E. F. W'en derotti George Washington t'niv. rsit.v, and Tt. Bryant. Washington and Lee Uni versity. with thirty seconds; R. F. Flem ing. George Washington, with twenty-five seconds, and Gill of George Washington, with twenty seconds. The three scratch men. Brenton. Breyer and Dunn, went off together. The runners entered the woods a short distance from tho start and crossed a stream. During the run several of the runners fell and were badly scratched. All. with the exception of R. Bryant, fin ished the race. The institution making the best time received first prize. 'I'll'; was awarded to Johns Hopkins, and con, sisted of a banner. Breyer received a sli ver loving cup. Brenton a silver cup, and Dunn a silver-headed cane. Time of the Runers. The time of the runners follows; B. K, P. Brenton. 23 minutes 20 seconds; F. ' K Breyer, 24.07; W. M.'Dunn, 24.2:1; R F, Fleming. 24.24; P. D. Holmes. 2*>.2t>; W. Heald. 25.53; Hicks. 2R.26; P. S. Herring, 28.27; E. F. Wenderoth, 28.27 2-5: P. Wen lock. 2#; L. M. Falconer, 30.32; Gill. 31.33; Henderson. 40.36. The officials were: Referee, Dr. D. K. Wilier; starter, C. E. Hecox; Judges a I the finish, E. M. Wilson. Dr. W. B. Hurt sen and Dr. W. P. Philips: clerk Of the course. W. G. Stuart; timers, C. E. Beck* et. W. H. Jose and W. C. Thacher; scorer, W. P. Bowie: Judges of the course, Messrs. Newhouser, Baer. Gates. Turken ton. Sterrett, Cornwell. Call. Biddle. W il son. Birney. Horgait. Tewksbury. Hooton and Morrow; manager. R. F. Fleming. LAST OF THE RECEPTION. Citizens Were Not So Many as Last Year. The reception tendered to members of Congress by President Roosevelt, was concluded several minutes ahead ot time, and it was just a few minutes aftef noon when the President begun to receive the officers of the various departments, including the Smithsonian Institution, the civil service commission and all along down the line. There was a good attend ance of assistant secretaries, heads ol bureaus and others. Immediately following the government employes came the organizations, headed by the Socieiky of the Cincinnati, the Aztec Club of 1847 and the Veterans ot the Mexican War. Of these three organ izations there were only a few members. The l.oyal Legion was the first Organiza tion to show a good attendance, the G. A. R. of tho District, headed by Com mander Ferree. coming next with ?* large turnout. They were followed by the Medal of Honor Legion. the Union Vet eran Legion, ti e Union Veterans' Union, the Society of Santiago, the Spanish Wa< Veterans, the Army and Navy Union, tlie Mintitemen and the Sons of the American Revolution. The Spanish War Veterans, headed by Commander Cogan. had the largest turnout, next to the G. A. R The Sons of tho American Revolution wefQ also well represented. Reception of Citizens. The reception of the public was seh? duled for 1 o'clock, but the first of the line was reached twenty-five minutes be fore that time, and from then on was hustled through at a lively rate, the Marine Band playing airs that induced quick stepping. When the head of the line had reached the President the tail was at 17th street. Even after the line began moving, however, there were fre quent accessions to it. and It was over an hour and a quarter later before the last of the public had passed Inside the gates. A Teddy Bear Incident.| Five little girls, all lugging their mot ley-looking Teddy bears, attracted the President's attention as they passed through. It struck him as amusing, and as he shook hands with the girls, he satd: "By George, a perfect procession of Ted dy bears," at which everybody laughed, including the girls. As usual, the secrt>t service officials In charge of Chief Wilkie. kept a close watcti on the visitors. Every man with his hand* in his pockets and every woman with lie hands in her muff were tactfully required to move their hands so that there would be no concealment. 5,845 People Received. When the President had shaken hands with the last person, at 1:57 o'clock, th? counting machine, manlmilatcd by a White House employe, showed that 5.?4.? people had passed through tho line. Two years ago the total number was 9.100. last year 7.2"0. showing a considerable falling off. which is att.-lbuted by officials to tho threatening weather. The President told some of those near him. when it was ull over, that he did not feel tired. Wireless From Alaska. VAI.I-.EJO. Ca., January 1.?Five wire less telegra.ph messages have been re ceived at Mare Island and Point Lorn.* from Sitka. Alaska. Tills Is the rccorif Tor long distance on this coast. Colorado Springs Helps College. COLORADO SPRINGS. Col., January 1. ?Colorado Springs has within twenty days raised $137,081 to complete a $500,ouu endowment fund for Colorado College (non-sectarian) of this city. Included in the *370.000 previously subscribed *era subscriptions of $.',0,000 each from Andrew Carnegie and the general educations I fund, the latter being made conditional upon the completion of the fund by Nety Year day, 1908. Petition in Bankruptcy. CINCINNATI. January 1.?An Involun tary petition in bankruptcy wa? filed in the federnl court last midnight against the Wiborg & lianna Lumber Company, which had previously made an assign ment. The petitioners are the Southern Lumber Company, the Swann-Day Lum ber Company and the Briggs-Coopcr Com pany. creditors. The assets are giv^n by the company at $."175,000, the liabilities, $U50,000, but the bankruptcy petition charges that the concern ia insolvent.