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r 'S.', NEW HAVEN CONN. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 1804 THE CARRINGTON PUBLISHING CO. HIS NECK WIS BROKEN. The New Automatic Gallows v ' At Wethersfield Is A Success. PRISON WARDEN PLEASED. EXECUTION OF JOBN CRONIN WAS A MOUX BVCCMUirVL ONE. Tha Condemned Has Soaad Aaloap Whan Its was AkMd by Wardan Wood' bridge About Midnight Whs IUd tho Death Warrant to Him Uurtl 1 1 I lead Ing Hit Hands Twitohad eiTouljr Thar Were Mo Kollglutu Ceiemunlet Tho Condemned Man Never Filnch.'d and Did Not Even Glaaee at the Gallon, Hartford, Deo. 14 Cronln met hla fate like a nan at 1:02 this morning, showing no sign of weakening- at any time during the ordeal. It was Just before: midnight this morning when Father John T. Lynch, assistant pastor of St Peter's church bis spiritual adviser, ana teener Thomas W. Broderick, the pastor of the church, reported to Warden Wood bridge. In a few minutes Warden Wood' bridge was ready, and Deputy Warden Baisden and Surgeon Fox escorted the clergymen to the cage. Cronln was sleeping quietly, not hav ing been informed of the hour of execu tion, knowing only that it was to be on December 18 before sunrise. The night watch, Keepers Frederick Knight and T. A. Fuller, were on duty when Warden Woodbridge unlocked the door of tha cage room and ushered the clergy, men in. Cronln was aroused, looked around and sat up in bed, while outside the cage Warden Woodbridge reai the death warrant. The condemned prison' er listened attentively with downcast eyes and his hands twitching nervously, but without other sign of emotion. He looked relieved when the warden ceased reading the lengthy document . The V prison surgeon, Dr. 'Fox, was .present to administer an anodyne or a stimulant. m nmudnn " mlmhf rimiiin tout Cronln- din not need it, and the priests decidedly objected to anything of the kind. After Warden Woodbridge had read the death warrant "he said: "John, if you die by my hand you must remember that it is in compliance with law and I have no alternative but to carry out the order for your execu tion." Cronln replied: "I have no hard feelings against you, warden." The warden then withdrew and left Cronln with the priests. At a few minutes to 1 o'clock the priests signified they were ready for the execution and Cronln was led out of the cage. He was then asked if he had anything , to say. He replied in the negative, but expressed .sorrow, for his crime. During this time Deputy Warden Baisden pinioned Cronln'B arms behind his back, and then the door to the exe cution, room was opened. Cronln en tered firmly and never flinched. He did not even glance at the gallows or the small 'company, but with eyes downcast walked as directed. . The slightly raised platform on which the murderer stands and which springs the automatic gallows is only-ten feet from the door and Cronin was led di rectly to it. Before Cronin stepped on it, how ever," the black cap was adjusted by Deputy Warden Baisd'en. Cronin then stepped upon the plat' form and at once the hand on the dial showed that the machinery of the automatic gallows had begun to work. - Meanwhile Keeper Doolittle fastened the strap about Cronln's legs and Deputy Warden Baisden adjusted the noose about his neck. This com pleted the arrangements and only twenty seconds ted elapsed. The ma chine was set for forty seconds before the trap would, spring, but there is an arrangement by which the warden can spring' the trap at any instant and as the deputy warden completed his ar- rangements he raised his right (hand and immediately without waiting for the shot to run out of the automatic spring the warden pressed a lever and Cronln's body shot into the air. ; This was at exactly 1:02. - " The body fell the .length of the rope lifeless and in seven and one-half min utes the man was pronounced dead. Warden Woodbridge pronounced the v As soon as Cronln was pronounced dead and the spectators of the hanging had retired, his body was taken charge of by an undertaker and placed In a neat casket It was then placed in the morgue. At day light this morning It will e Conveyed , under charge of Deputy Warden Baisden and buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery at Blue Hills. ' . . - ..' There were no' religious ceremonies, such being forbidden for murderers by he tenets of the church. -i But little it any change was noticea- bte In Cronln's demeanor the last twen ty-four hours of his life. He slept well Sunday night, retiring about 11 o'clock after having spent the evening In read Ing Roman Catholic religious book. He was as taciturn as usual and moved about his cage slowly with the air of a preoccupied man. He rose early Mon. day morning and put on prison clothes In preference to the black suit of clothes which was given him Sunday in which to have a picture taken for his mother. After eating a good breakfast, furnish ed from the warden's table, he made his bod, tidied up the cage and settled down to read until Father Lynch, his spiritual adviser, came to give him the last religious consolation previous to ad. ministering the solemn ceremony of ex treme unction, just before being hang ed. Cronln denied himself to all visitors, as he has done ever since he was sen tenced, except that on Sunday after noon he gave an interview to the rep resentative of the New England Associ ated Press. In that Interview Cronln denied having any recollection of the deed, his subsequent threats and the foul language he used when told Skin ner was dead. He also declared that he could not remember a previous quarrel with Skinner, when he loaded a revol ver in the house and Skinner choked him Into submission. He attributed hi lapse of memory to whiskey and cl der drinking, and to the fact that he had taken large doses of quinine to al levlate pain. .He was Injured while getting on a train about three years ago. Cronln ate a light meal at noon, but a hearty supper. After Father Lynch's ministrations in the morning he seemed more cheerful and told the day watch that he was prepared to die and would not care to live a term of years In pris on. He would, he said, like to live If he couM in some way befriend those he had wronged in life. Late in the afternoon Mrs. Wood brjdge, the warden's wife, took Cronin a bouquet of roses and a box of candy, for which he thanked her. Mrs. Wood bridge was the last female he saw. His half-sister, Mrs. George Somers of this city, and her husband called to see Cronln in the afternoon, but did not see him, as he had expressly deelr ed that none of his friends or relatives be admitted. It has been evident all through that there were no ties of af fection existing between Cronin and his relatives, and whatever Interest they have shown lit him has been more in the line of curiosity. In return for Mrs. Woodbrldge's kind ness Cronin sent her by one ofthe guards a hand-painted card with the words "May God Bless You." He was not notified of the hour of execution. and t about ,10-.ft'clockulrafcfor-the night The watch Jiad strict orders not to disturb him1 until the warden ar rived to read the death warrant after midnight. He expressed much pleasure, when shown the proofs of the picture taken Sunday, and selected one to be printed for his mother. A curious crowd gathered about out side the prison during tfte evening and congregated in that part where the ex ecution house la situated. The earliest arrivals came about 8 o'clock and from then on during the night the number increased. Every one in the crowd was discussing the approaching tragedy which was to take place within the lit tie building adjoining the main prison. The conduct of some in the crowd was disgraceful, and the unfortunate vic tim of the gallows was made the tar get for a joke by many In the curious assemblage outside. The entire force of prison guards were on duty all day, and this evening a number of the guards were stationed along outside the prison. The members of the board of prison directors' arrived at the prison at 8 o'clock and immefii ately organized in the warden's private office. All of the members were pres ant Ohnrlaa 1? T?rl Imnnn nf Nnv IT a venj president, Frank C. Sumner of Hartford, Michael W. Lawron of Mid dletown, Frederick A. Spencer of Wa terbury and John N. Chittenden of Madison, Marvin H. Sanford of Sims- bury and Edward M. Chapin, secretary of the board from Pine Meadow, were not present. The latter sent word to the warden this evening that he was ill and would not be able to be present at the execution. In addition to these there were pres ent in the death chamber the Rev. Father Lynch and an assistant curate, the prison physician, 'Dr. Edward S. Fox of Wethersfield, Sheriff Preston of Hartford county, representatives of the four-newspapers in this city and in the county, with a number of guards who assisted the warden in the execution. There were also present Officers Doo little, Perkins, Knight and Fuller of the Hartford police force. ; THE STORY OF THB CRIME. The crime for which Cronin paid the death penalty was for the murder of Albert Skinner, a prominent farmer, who lived in what Is known as the "Black House" on the road between Windsor and Wapplng, and the tragedy took, place on the morning of October t, 1893. It appeared that Cronln, who was formerly In the . employ of the murdered man, had owed Skinner a board bill amounting - to about $40. Skinner had spoken to Cronin several times about it, and tried to secure the money from him, but Cronln always de layed settlement by promising to come around to Skinner's house and paying the bill himself. -.' When a settlement was not made by Cronln Skinner threatened to take legal steps to collect the amount due him. and when he made this known to Cronin it angered the latter. Skinner had some warm words with Cronin oyer the mat ter, and as they passed along the road way Skinner, In an attempt to make fun of Cronin, remarked to a neighbor ing farmer, that Cronln was his "dog." This enraged Cronin and the following morning Cronln was seen loitering about the 8t )er place, recklessly discharg ing a, tfol. To n bors who saw Cronln acting so wild" the latter said he was going to "tlx" Inner for calling hlra a "dog." Cronln's conduct Indicated that he had been drinking heavily. He went to the door of Skinner's house and called him out, but Skinner was aware of the wild actions of Cronln outside, and he would not leave the house. Soon afterwards, while Skinner was sitting at the breakfast table, Cronln entered the kitchen and raising his re volver flred at the farmer. The ball tok effect in Skinner's left side and In front of the lower angle of the shoulder blade. He fell to the floor and died a few minutes after the Bhootlng. Cronln fled, but was captured soon after the tragedy by several of the neighbors who heard the pistol shot. Cronln was tried at ,the March term of the superior court In this city, and found guilty of murder In the first degree. He was sentenced to death by Judge Ralph Wheeler or New London, but Attorney Middleberger of this city, counsel for Cronln, loo'.c an appeal to tv.e supreme cou: t, which In the following May denied the motion. Then an at tempt was made by Cronln's cousel to show that Cronln was insane, when he committed the act. A board of physi cians examined Cronln and found that he was sane, and the board of pardons confirmed Cronln's sentence. He leaves a mother, who is now in the poor house in this city, a half brother and a sister-in-law, whose address Is not known. WILL RUN TO PICO PARK. le cript',in of New Nteamcr to be BuHt by tha t lant 8te:trnhh I,-B. M. F. Shanley of 28 Churcrt street has received a letter from Captain John Fitzgerald of the steamer Margaret, which during the past season piled between this city and Pico Park. Cap tain Fitzgerald is at present at Port Tampa, Fla. In his letter he says that Mr. Plant of the Plant Steamship line has decided to build a new steamer to be run cburthg the coming summer be tween this city and Pico Park. He also says that the boat will be the finest, fastest and most up to date steamer in these waters. He then gives a description of the now steamer. The steamer will be 186 feet long, 33 feet beam, with steel 'hull. Her speed, will be . Ji"om seventeen to eighteen miles an hour. She will carry 1,200 passengers and will have engines' like those on the Fall River line steamer Ply mouth. She will be lighted throughout with electricity, Witts electric search light and steam steering, gear. . The contract calls foP' the finest equipped boat in New York harbor. Every con venience known to modern steamboat building will be found on this vessel and the management will spare no pains nor money to make this steamer perfect in every respect gompers is yow deposed. J'jhn McBiide, a Mine Worker, Elected a th i Fres dent. Denver, Col., Dec. 17. The first mat ter to come before the federation this morning was the selection of a place for headquarters, the convention hav ing decided to remove the same from New York city. Indianapolis was se lected by a majority vote. The elec tion of officers was the next Order of business. Mr. Samuel Gompers of New York, and Mr. John McBride of Colum bus, president of the United Mine Work ers, were placed in nomination. The vote stood: McBride 1,152, Gompers 1,099. The corrected votewas:. Gompers 937, McBride 1,162. President -Gompers moved that it be made unanimous, but a delegate objecting, that vote failed, Mr. Gompers wired his congratula tions to McBride. Vice presidents were elected as fol lows: First, P. J. McGuire of Philadel phia; second, James Duncan of Balti more; third, Roady Kenehan of Den ver; fourth, T. J. Elderkin of Chicago, For secretary, A. A. McRaith of Bos ton; for treasurer, John B. Lennan of New York. , Mr. Gompers, speaking of the election of McBride, said to the convention that he felt greatly, relieved from a burden of enormous responsibility. The posi tion as president had made him prema turely old. He had stood for principle and had fought a hard fight. Standing thus, he preferred to be mowed down rather than surrender to opposition. He regretted no official action and would recall nothing in his past admin istration for correction. He promised the fame devotion to the cause of labor in the future as in the past If defeat had come to him in the Chicago conven tion he would have gone out broken hearted; now he left it with a reputa tion as clear as the noonday sun. . (Ap plause.) .,-.. ; ' He proposed to support McBride and would defend any attempt to drag him down from Ms high position by the enemies of the American Federation of Labor. He thanked the delegates for their loyalty to the federation and part ed from them with the best of wishes for a united effort in favor of. the labor cause. " -" . New York was selected as the place for the holding of the next convention. BURGLARS IX WEST HAVEN. Warner's Groe-ry Store Entered Early .. -This Morning r-4''t''i ' Shortly after 2 o'clock this morning burglars entered the grocery store of George W. Warner on Campbell avenue. West Haven, and secured several hun dred dollars worth of booty. The burg lars effected an entrance by breaking open the rear door of the store. After securing their plunder the burglars, it hi thought departed toward this city. The local police were notified but up to press time had not succeeded in obtain ing any clue to the burglars. The burglars succeeded in getting away with about S2Q0 worth, of bootft .-. : . IT WILL LEAD TO A PANIC. REPUBLICAN MKMBBRM II l: PORT Off THE CARLISLE BILL. They Cay That the WhoU Aetlnn of tha ra-ty Majoilly of tho Oinm Hoe V Mnat Extraordinary rl-ctli. nf the Bill Are Khar,ly t rltlolsail. Washington, Dec 17. Tine report of the republican members of the house banking and currency committee on the Carlisle banking bill begins with the statement that the signers "most heartily and enthusiastically j,ln with the democratic majority of rhj commit tee In repudiating the measure." The report states that lite whole action of the party, majority of the committee was most extraordinary and not approved by Its voting majority. The bill was only jvad in thr committee In part on one occasion, and an oppor tunity to consider or amend It was re fused both to the democratic and re publican members. The report says t'Wat It Is the opinion of a number of the most ckar-headed and eminent fi nanciers In the country that If the Car lisle bill Is enacted Into a law it will within twenty days precipitate a panic far more severe than that of 1893, as it would compel the forced sale upon the market of nearly $200,000,000 worth of Unitedl States bonds within six months. "THs haste to ..report the hill Is all the more Inexplicable," the report adds, "when it Is remembered that Secretary Carlisle testified that this bill which tie had drafted himself for the relief of the treasury would, not In any event relieve it materially for five years and might not for twenty years." The report calls attention to certain sections of the bill and sharply criti cises them. Thle shortcomings of the bill, from the minority standpoint, are accounted for by the probable haste with which the bill was drawn, asec retary Carlisle-informed the committee that he had dictated it hastily to Ms stenographer, "when it Is the opinion of many that there Is nb$' a man In the country who can draw any bill to ac complish what the, secretary has at tempted without' ' spending nearer a month thanst: week in studying the far-reaching effects of its provisions, in order to make It safe to enter upon legislation of such magnitude." . "Whatever teglsla)tjonv" the report continues, "Is had tvltlvroferepce to the finances ol lie. country or banking In Us effects upon Rational bnUs,shouldbe peVrhisslve and not matfSatory, as to national banks while tbelr present char ters continue. To provide, as In sec tion 7 'that every .national banking as relation heretofore organized and hav ing bonds on deposit to secure circular tion shall on or before the first day of July, 1895, j withdraw such bonds and deposit with t'rte treasurer of the United States a guaranty fund consisting of United States legal tender notes, In cluding treasury notes,' cannot be jus tified upon any principle of safe legis lation. It could not fall to produce a panic, and the recklessness of such lesrisla'tion would startle not only nnan Clers In this country, but also those of the worldL" In -the opinion of the minority, the provisions of exemption as to state banks would drive every existing na tional bank that desires to take out circulating notes into the state bank system. The taxing of national banks would amount to 5,000,nuu annuany un der the nresent bill, Which there no reason to believe would be imposed upon them under the state system. fur thermore the states, even the most con servatlve among them, would be far more liberal than the United States as regards bonds, or any otner security or quire the deposit of no bonds what- pvpr." The minority cannot believe that it was the Intension of the framers of the bill to discriminate in favor ot state, banks or to force the national lianas to ooerate under state charters Yet such, in their opinion, would be the inevitable effect of the bill. The re port directs attention to the fact that many of the eminent nnanciere wuo appeared before the committee objected seriously to the bill, and those who did not repudiate many of the sections upon cross examination. If asserts that scores of eminent financiers would gladly have appeared and spoken against the bill, and says: 'The chairman, Mr. springer, pre sented a letter to the committee, read It and proposed to put it in the record, approving the Carlisle iblll, from a western banker, and when asked If he had other letters from bankers concern ing the bill, replied, 'yes, many,, fifty," and when asked if they all approved of the bill, his reply was, 'No; only this e." Continuing, the minority say: The passage of the Carlisle bill may meet some .political exigency of which we do not know, but we do know that Its pas sage will aggravate rather than relieve the perplexities of the financial situa tion, and especially that or the United States treasury. The United States le go), tender notes withdrawn from cir culation, did all existing national banks take out all their circulation permitted under the bill, would only be 3151,000,000, leaving $350,000,000 to vex the treasury. This would not afford any substantial relief to the constant drain of gold from the treasury. It would make still more conspicuous and thus more urgent the demand for gold upon the treasury, and the notes issued under, the bill would make confusion worse confounded in the currency by adding from one to forty-five-more kinds of money to those al ready existing. Twice within a short time' has the house declared Its unal terable opposition to. allowing state banks to issue currency notes once on June 6, 1892, by a vote of 84 for to 118 against It, and again under the leader Ship of the Hon. Winram M. Bprlnger, on June 0, 1894, by a Vote to repeal the 10 per cent, tux of 102 for to 172 against Therefore we protest against consum ing the time of the house In a profitless discussion ot that objectionable section of the Carlisle bill. Finally, we are of the opinion that It I not safe for the house to enter upon the line of legislation proposed until .omc bill Is brought before It that has received far more attention than the Carlisle bill, and we recommend that It bo Indefinitely postponed. The report Is signed by J. H. Wulker of Mn8r-ac!ii.'8?ttB, M.'Brostus of Penn sylvania, Thomas J. Henderson of Illi nois, Charles A. Russell of Connecticut, Nile P. Haugen of Wisconsin and Hen ry IT. Johnson of Indiana. When the Carlisle currency reform bill reaches the senate, It Is asserted that It will probably be antagonized by a measure which Is now receiving the consideration of some of the leading democratic senators. ' This ' senate scheme Is not yet perfected In all Its details, hut a senator who ha taken an active Interest In the matter says that It Is designed to bring the cur rency question back to solid democratic foundations. As outlined In a general way, the new scheme contemplates: The Issue by the United States of all the money necessary for the people; the retirement of thte paper money of all kinds now issued by the government and the substitution therefor of a sin gle paper issue to be denominated United States notes; no note of this character below the denomination of $u to be Issued; the retirement of all na tional bank note circulation; the na tional banks to be continued, with this exception as at present, and under as at present, government control and supervision; and the free coinage of gold and silver alike at the mints of the United States. Thle advocates of this plan claim that all the good quali ties of the national banking system will be retained by the proposed method and the only dangerous power the banks possess that of issuing money will be eliminated. They say that if it is necessary to have a basis of circula tion for United States money, a bond issue of $500,000,000 can easily be floated and the money can be kept In the treasury as a basis for the circulation of the United States notes, which are to take the place of the seven different kinds of United States money now in use. tl is pointed out that In the present condition of the gold reserve there is behind each dollar of treasury Issues redeemable in gold but twenty cents, and the difference between this twenty cents ancTthe face value of the treasury issues Is simply the- credit .and good faith of the United States. This alBO is the case with national bank notes. The bank note is based on United States bonds, but the bonds are issued and the money thus obtained has al ready been utilized and the only thing behind United States bonds aggregat ing one billion dollars Is the "promise to pay" at maturity by the govern ment; so that as a matter of fact, it is claimed, all the obligations of the United States, with the exception of gold and stiver soin and gold and silver certificates, are simply flat money, with no substantial basis for their redemp tion except, the good faith and credit of the government ORDERED ON THE CALENDAR, Ca-es Against Police ;fflcer In Oyer and Terminer : urt. New York, Dec. 17. District Attorney Fellows ordered this afternoon that the following Cases be put on the calendar In the court of oyer and terminer on Wednesday for trial: Captain Schmittberger, ex-Captain Doherty, ex-Sergeants Parkerson, Mc Kenna, Clark, Jordan, Leibers and ex Wardmen Hock, Burns, Meehan and Smith, and Policeman Thorne. These comprise all, or nearly all; the police officials recently indicted. In the cases of ex-Captain Doherty, the five police sergeants, and .Wardmen Hock and Meehan the most important witness was Mrs. Thurow. . Without her testi mony It was said they could not be convicted. So far as known the dis trict attorney cannot produce her, and the placing of the cases on the calendar has occasioned great surprise. It transpired this afternoon that three police sergeants of the Leonard street station were indloted to-day and hench warrants issued for them. Ex- Assemblyman John Martin, to whom Captain Creeden swore he paid the money for his appointment, is seriously in with nnralvsia and may not live to testify before the Lexow committee. rARALXStS Oif THE BRAIN. That Wag the Cause of the Death of Bobort : . . Stevenson. New York, Dec 18. A dispatch from Auckland to the Morning Advertiser says:; ; From later advices received from Sa mao it is learned that Robert Louis Stevenson died on the evening of De cember X ; He was talking with his wife, seeming as well as usual, when he suddenly said: " - "I have a strange pain In my head." Afterward-he fell' back Insensible. Within two hours he died. . The cause of death was' sudden paralyBis of the brain, accompanied by collapse of the rungs. Mrs. Stevenson and relatives were present at the closing scene. The funeral . took place on . the 4th. The grave was dug on the summit of Pala Hill,, which stands on Mr. Stevenson's estate. The -coffin was carried up the mountain with great difficulty by the Samoan servants. - An obelisk will be erected over the grave, and this will form a prominent landmark. It is stated ' that Mr. Stevenson had suffered from brain exhaustion. He was haunted by a fear that his poular lty as a writer was waning. He left three unfinished works AWAItnKD $IOO DAHAOKS. nntnTi Uu will Kfwtir That Anvinnf from till. National Voiding Hoi biiH P pr Cn, In the city court yesterday afternoon Judge Cable hsnded down a decision In the case of Gtistav A. Lau against the National Folding Box and Paper com pany, awarding the plaintiff $100 dam ages. Lau was an employe of the com pany, and while working there on Jan uary 16 fell on a slippery place In tho factory caused by the overflowing of u closet and wus so severely injured time he was unuble to attend to his duties for some time thereafter. Mr. Lau thereupon brought suit against the company, claiming $1,000 damages, The case was bitterly con tested In the city court. Attorneys J. B. Tuttle and J. F. Wynne appearing for the plaintiff, and Tyler, lngersoll & Moran for the company. The trial was completed several weeks since and Judge Cable reserved his decision. KOHTII II AVrX TOWN MEETING. The Town Hill ppoii- llnmih-n A Rpa rlal Town Mxeilng Held Ventorilay on tin- r uijrit North Haven by a unanimous vote at a largely a I .. nded special town meet ing yesterday resolved to oppose tho dem'ind of the town of Hamden for a slice of their territory. This demand comes In thte form of a petition to the next general assembly, that a strip of lund with all the buildings thereon lying w.est of the so-called "Ridge Road," amounting In rea to five hun dred acres, more or less, be set to the town of Hamden and the boundary lines changed to conform to such annexation. The value of fhJs property was various ly estimated from twenty-five to fifty thousand dollars. It was remarked at the meeting that the proposed action ot Hamden made It the'slxth occasion that they had attempted to take North Have soil. It was voted to employ suitable coun sel and! in otter ways make it inter esting for the petitioners. UXITT'S FAIR Cloned Las. -ight. Unity commandery fair closed last night. The vote at the close and the winners are: Schooner to the most popular business man George Catlin, 131. Star collar to the most popular mem ber of the O. U. A. M. John Harding, 86. Uniform to the most popular mem ber of the commanderyS. F. Llnsley, 347. " ' '. American flag to the most popular society Company 7, Boys' brigade, 62. Doll to the most popular miss Minnie Betts, 210. Conductor's lantern to the most pop ular railroad conductor Charles Neal, 178. Fireman's lantern to the most popular fire company J. J. Dayton, 21. Ulster to the most popular street rail road man Charles Douglass, 253. Revolver to the most popular police man F. W. Watrous, 100. AN IMPRESSIVE FUNERAL. Bnrlal Yesterday of Herman E. Alderman A Very Large Attendance. The funeral services of Herman E. Alderman, who was for many years a well known jeweler in this city, took place yesterday afternoon at his late residence, No. 29 Sylvan avenue. The house was filled with sorrowing friends, gathered to pay the last sad tribute of regard to the popular and esteemed friend. The solemn and Impressive services of the Episcopal church were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Mulford of the Church of the Ascension. There was also singing by a quartet composed of Prof. Schwickardi, Joseph Lange and the Heinlg brothers. ' There were lovely floral tributes. Among them "were a beautiful piliow inscribed in immortelles "Papa." In attendance at the louse were the members of Connecticut Rook lodge, F. and A. M., of which deceased was a member, and who also escorted the re mains to tnelr last resting place in Evergreen cemetery, where the Ma sonic fraternity conducted the burial services, which were under the charge of Worshipful Master Henry Fresenius, and were deeply impressive. A double quartet of the Arion society members sang beautifully two selections at the srave. t Messrs. Stahl & Hegel had charge of the funeral ceremonies. The pallbear ers were Town Clerk Frederick H. Brethauer, Frederick Lutz, Charles Ihne and Philip Menges, all of Connec ticut Rock lodge, and High Sheriff Charles Spiegel and Frederick D. Grave. Appr piltttfon Bills Reported. Washington, Dec. 17. The consular and diplomatic appropriation bill was reported to the house to-day. It car ries an appropriation of $1,562,778, a de crease of $1,800 from the appropriation for trie current fiscal year. The bureau of American republics receives $28,000, which will be offset by the amounts paid by the other governments for the support of the bureau. ttlgh Fever In Cerrflany'. .' 'Berlin,' Dec. 17. In the relchstag to day Dr. Nieberding, secretary of state for the imperial office of justice, opened the' debate on the anti-revolutionary bill. Should the present measure.whlch was not directly aimed at the socialists, but rather at subversive measures, be rejected, he said, the government would be obliged to demand exceptional pow ers similar to those demanded in 1573,. CLAIMANTS FOR DAMAGES. UKxiDhST WtSTCITT TO COMtBN' BATK THt.M t'OH DAMAQLB. Pxrlnjr I. Kaillli' Hikn Lrg-Koegan't loe W.in lUmaicoil IMiaagra Dun to faker' Cart and a lock of Grorarlcva Other ( lalnia L'unalili-rrd. The final meeting of the committee on claims was held last evening anil was the csum of bringing out about thirty residents and taxpayers who de sired to recover damiigt-s from the city) in consequence of injuries received. Al derman John C. Gallngher, the chair mun of tho committee, was on hand promptly at 8 o'clock, the time adver tised for the hearing, but for nearly; half an hour he was the only repre sentative of the court of common coun cil present. A few minutes later Corl poration Counsel Cornelius T. Driacoll put in an appearance. Then came M long, weary wait for the petitioner until nearly half-past 8 o'clock, when Councilman Frank S. Bishop arrived, and although no quorum was present It was decided to hold the hearing in order not to disappoint those present. Later Alderman Russell came in and! made a quorum. William Keegan, the loe dealer, was, the first claimant for damages to ap pear before the committee. He was. represented by Attorney Charles T. Coyle. The claim was made that its consequence of the poor condition ot Carlisle street on May 28 one of hla wagons had broken down, the axle and some other portions of the wagon being broken. It was also shown that the; street had been plowed up under direc tion of the board of public works' only) a few days before. Perley S. Smith, a driver on the Orw ange street stages, asked for damages for injuries received by falling on an Icy sidewalk in front of 773 Orange street about 8:30 o'clock on the evening of March 16. In consequence of the in juries received at that time h was unable to do any work until after the 1st of July. His injuries consisted! of a broken leg, and he was attended! during his Illness by Dr. C. E. Skinner, who wa also a witness in his behahf. A number of witnesses testified that tlx accident did not occur on either tha 15th or 16th of March. Mrs. Mary McPartland of Columbus avenue asked for the abatement of a sewer assessment amounting to $210. It was shown that Mrs. McPartland was a widow with six children, that the property on which the assessment was laid was only worth $2,000, and that this was encumbered by a mortgage of $1,050. The claim of Annie E. Clark for $609 damages was referred to the board of compensation for adjustment She was represented by Attorney Jason P. Thomson and In her petition states that a portion of her land on Derby avenua was taken for the boulevard sewer, for which she had never received any com pensation. Under these dlrcum stances the committee on claims decided that they had no jurisdiction over the mat ter and consequently referred it to the board of compensation. Attorney Walter Pond representee! Andrea Dl Pino and asked for $100 dam ages In the Interest of his client. DI Pino keeps a grocery store at 19 Union street. In September his store was) flooded In consequence of the raising of the grade of the street and about $100 worth of groceries ruined. George M. Winslow, a baker at S1& Elm street, asked for damages for in juries sustained to one of his wagons on July 10. The accident occurred or Derby avenue, near the boulevard sew er, about 6 o'clock in the morning . Tha wagon was practically demolished and! the horse slightly injured. The claim) was made that the sides of the street were not properly protected, being guarded only by rotten posts and two strands of wire. The petitioner waa represented by Attorney A. H. Maul ton. The committee also heard .the peti tions for damages1 of Anthony Carroll and W. C. Hoadley and of Mrs. John) Smith for abatement of assessment. At 12:10 o'clock, after listening pa tiently all the evening to the tales of woe of the numerous petitioners, the committee went into executive session. At 12:30 o'clock the committee adjourn ed and announced their decisions as) follows: Leave to withdraw was' grant ed to William Koegan, Elizabeth O'Neill, Anthony Carroll and W. C. Hoadley; the petitions of George M. Winslow and Perley S. Smith were ta bled, and that of Mrs. John Smith was granted; Andrea Dl Pino was awarded! $100 damages, and the interest on Mra. Mary McPartland's sewer assessment was ordered abated to March 1, 1895. 1 The committee also made a recom mendation to the effect that the tax: collector be Instructed to immediately collect all arrearages of taxes of over one year's standing. , Officer to be Tried To-Night. The regular semi-monthly meeting of the police commissioners will be held this evening, at which time will take place the trial of Patrolman Richard H. Werner, Charged with gross neglect of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer. E in City DIvLilon. The grand fair of Elm City division No.59, S. of T., which opened? in Pyramid hall, State street, corner of Hlne, at tracted a large crowd last evening. 1 will continue this evening. Standard Oil at Wilton's Point, South Norwalk, Dec. 17. A force ' of workmen under Contractor Samuel Dascom this morning began work on the Standard Oil company's distributing station, which is to. be built at Wilson's Point 1 . . -