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NEW HAVEN CONN., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1897. THE CARRINGTON PUBLISHING CO. THE TWO BOOTHS TO MEET I1ALLIXGTOX WILL QllAXT Dig 1'ATiiEii ax ixrmtriEtr. Tho Goneral Will Arrlvo In America Next Month The Commander Says lie las Never Offered Any Objection to Seeing; Him No Auuitlrnmation of Army and Volunteers. New York, Dec. 10. Commander Bal llngton Booth for the first time since his separation from tho Salvation Army received a letter from his father, Gener al Booth of England, asking for an In terview when he (the general) arrives in this country next month. In reply Commander Booth has declared not on ly his willingness, but his pleasure at meeting the general, as father and son, but adds: "In view of the repeated and strenuously circulated reports that I have refused to see my father. I deem it both right and fair to state that I have never offered any objection to seeing him, but the grand field council of the Volunteers has advised that, ow ing to the wilful misrepresentations of my last interview with a member of my family and as I no longer represent my self alone, but a. large movement, that every safeguard should be taken against a repetition of this, and fur ther that in the interview no allusion should be made to questions of contro versy regarding the Salvation Army. "Furthermore as the object of such an interview has already been stated to be an amalgamation of the Volunteers of America with the Salvation Army. Mrs. Booth and myself wish to state with all emphasis, that considering the essential differences in our government and principles such a union would be inconsistent in the face of our people and our God, and therefore is Impossi ble. "The Volunteers of America is now a thoroughly organized and recognized religious movement, having nearly sev en hundred commanding officers, exclu sively employed. After eighteen months experience we have proved that the , work of reaching the unreached masses of this country can be done equally well without the limitations and re strictions involved in the form of gov- . eminent of the Salvation army. Our people have well learned the lesson of self-government. It will be seen there fore that amalgamation is as impracti cable as it is undesirable. To give countenance to this amalgamation my name has recently been used in con nection with colonization schemes.- I cannot too strenuously appeal" to' the press and public at large to place me right in this matter. Not only am I not connected with any schemes, but all' will admit that it is my right to pro test Commissioner and Mrs. Booth Tucker allowing themselves to pass a3 -'Commander and Mrs. Booth.' steel trims Atii XAir, thust. Proposed Pool Involvlne Capital That Will Exceed 860,000,000. Njw York, Dec. 10. The representa tives of the steel wire and nail manu facturing, firms of the United States, who have for months been negotiating to form a steel wire and nail pool, are nearing a conclusion of their work. It Is sajld that about, twenty of the largest steel wire and nail manufacturers will enter the pool and the capital involved will exceed $60,000,000. The legal fomal Jties for forming the pool will probably not be completed until after the holi days. Already many of the small wire and nail concerns throughout the coun try have been bought out and negotia tions are pending for the purchase of others. According to Judge Gary of Chicago, G. H. TenBroeck of St Louis and others Interested, the combine will not result In raising the prices to the purchasers of wire and nails, but will enable the manufacturers to operate the plants upon a more economical basis. The only meeting In connection with the combine held to-day was that of the di rectors of the Illinois Steel company. The business of the meeting was such as usually comes before the men who are interested in the company. It was admitted, however, that discussions of the proposed wire and nail pool took up a great portion of the session. cijEVELAXn ix wa&hixqtox. He Did Not Leave His Car Is on Another Hunting Trip. Washington, Dec. 10. Ex-President Grover Cleveland arrived here to-day from Princeton en route to South Car ollna on a hunting trip. Although this was the first time Mr. Cleveland had been in Washington since he left the executive mansion last Maroh, he did not leave his car during the two hours that It was in the city. He was met at the station by Captain Evans of the lighthouse board. General Anson G. McCook, United States Marshal Wilson and two or three other friends. Mr. Cleveland declined to discuss pol itics or public affairs. He is on his way to South Island, about thirty miles from Charleston, where he will be the guest of Hon. E. P. Alexander, the chief of the Confederate artillery forces nt the battle of Gettysburg and now president of the Georgia Central rail road. Mr. Cleveland left Washington at 3:46, accompanied by Captain Evans, General McCook and Captain Lamber ton. Mr. Cleveland and General Mc Cook will remain In camp for ten days or two weeks. Captain Evans will re main with them for a week. Fiftieth Anniversary. The fiftieth anniversary of the found ing of the Patriotic Order Sons o America In the United States was ap. propriately celebrated by Washington camD In St- Aioysius nan lasx evening. There was a large attendance, the hall being completely filled. Beside a patrl otic address by W. H. Street of Camp No. 8 of this city a pleasing programme xiS.9 given. AX JXEXPEICAKI.E SUICIDE. James liooitey, Who Married but Three Weeks Ago, Found Dead. Norwalk, Dec. 10. A suicide of an Inexplicable nature came to light to night when the lifeless body of James Itooney was found hanging in an unoc cupied cottage on East avenue, owned by Rev. C. M. Seleck. Rooney had at tached the ropo to the balustrade on the second landing, then slipped the noose over his head and apparently de scended the stairs to the end of the rope, then stopped over the railing and allowed himself to strangle to death. The man has been missing since Wed nesday. Rooney was about twenty-eight years old and had been employed by Rev. C. M. Seleck for some time, but got through last Monday. About two weeks ago he was married to Miss Nora. Sulli van of 11 Hanford street. South Nor walk, and he was last seen by the newly wedded wife Wednesday morning. The couple had secured a tenement to go housekeeping and Rooney had sent his trunk from Rev. Mr. Seleck's to the new tenement. Suicide is unaccounta ble from the fact that Rooney was not a drinking man and was apparently happily married. The body was discov ered shortly after 7 o'clock to-night and Captain of Police Wallace Dann at once notified Medical Examiner Dr. Burke. It was the opinion of the doctor that the man had been dead over twenty four hours. MOVE aoaixsv thust. Action of Attorney General Against Coal Healers' Association. AVashington, Dec. 10. The attorney- general to-day directed United States Attorney Foote at San Francisco to file a bill In equity against the Coal Deal ers' association of California for viola tion of the anti-trust law of July 2 1S90. It is stated that the association s composed of retail dealers of San Francisco and has for its object the control of the retail trade. The con stitution and by-laws of the association are said to disclose the fact that the members are bound under severe pen alties not to sell coal at a lower price than is fixed by the association, and otherwise to observe all of its rules. Wholesale dealers in Washington, Ore gon and British Columbia are said to have entered into an agreement with the association under which violations of the rules, including the sale of coal under e&rd rates, reported to them, would be punished by an increase in the wholesale rate to such offenders of two cents a ton or a refusal to sell to them except at the prices charged con sumers. There are said to be other conditions imposed upon members which bring the ' organization within the anti-trust law. COMICS TO DAVEXVOIIT. The Kcv. Mr. Prentiss Accepts nig Call to This City. The Rev. George Foster Prentiss of Winsted has given notice to the soci ety's committee of the First Congrega tional church of that place that he will leave Jan. 1. The formal resignation will probably be read from the pulpit of the Winsted church at the morning service to-morrow. Mr. Prentiss has been called to the Davenport church in this city to succeed Dr. I. C. Meserve. Last night's Winsted Citizen says: "Mr. Prentiss came to Winsted in 1894 from Bridgeport and since that time he and Mrs. Prentiss have won a place in the hearts of his congregation and the peo ple which Is to be envied. While Win sted is glad to Bee Mr. Prentiss take a forward step, she is sorry to lose such an able divine and citizen. No arrange ments have been made as yet by the First church as to Mr. Prentiss' suc cessor, but two or tnree applications have been already received." KOTiHKltY AMOUXT1KG TO $100,000. One of the Biggest in History of New York I'ostofflce. New York, Dec. 10. It was learned to-day that one of the biggest rob beries in the history of the New York postoffice occurred on November 9. The amount involved la stated to be In the neighborhood of $100,000 and was taken from registered letters in the railway mail Service on that section of the Central railroad of New Jersey known as the New York, Somcrvillo and Easton branch. On November 9, It is stated, two bags containing $30,000 were taken. How long the defalcations had gone on before that date has not yet been ascertained. Mijor Charles F. Lewis of the Philadelphia branch of the government secret service was In this city to-day investigating the robbery, which has been kept so secret until now by the postal authorities. THE UEltMAX BUDGET. Baron Von Thlelmnnn Says Surplus for 1897 v"ill be 20,000,000 Marks. Berlin, Dec, 10. The secretary of the treasury. Baron Von Thielmann, in presenting the budget to-day, said the surplus for 1897 would be 20,000,000 marks, while the customs and tobacco tax would probably be 70.000,000 marks over the estimates, of which 32,000,000 marks were assigned for debt redemp tion. Continuing, Baron Von Thlel mann sakl the negotiations for the abo lition of the sugar bounties were at a standstill, but the United States tariff would perhaps have a reviving influ ence. The home consumption of sugar, the secretary said, had increased, but Germany would always have to depend upon her export trade. Itecord Breaking Mall Train. Cheyenne, Wyo., Dec. 10. A record breaking fast run was made by the Union Pacific east-bound fast mail be tween Cheyenne and North Platte. The train made the run between Tipton and Wampsutter on the Wyoming division at the rate of seventy-eight miles an hour. From Cheyenne to Sidney, a distance of 102 miles, the tunning time was ninety-seven minutes. From Sid ney to North Platte, 114 miles, the time was 117 minutes, being the fastest run in the history of the road. THE SIX DAYS' CYCLE RACE lllYIEllltE LOSES HIS MIXD AXD IS iriruviiAHX ton good. Under Pressure of the Police Authorities the ltldors Are Compelled to Submit to Examination by Surgeons Who lieport That the Men Are Fit to Continue tho Contest The Record. New York, Dec. 10. The great six day bicycle race at Madison Square Garden has narrowed itself down to fif teen riders. Miller still retains his lead of nearly a hundred miles over Rice, the Wllkesbarre miner. At midnight he was something like 235 miles ahead of the world's record, and with twenty four hours to spako he had covered a distance up to within a few miles of the great record established by Hale last year of 1,000 miles. The great surprise of tho night was the retirement of Ri vlerrc, the Frenchman. 'He is believed to be actually out of his mind. He is in a pitiable physical condition and Is now under the care of physicians. Like most of the others in the race Rivierre has given evldenoe during the frightful contest of having partly lost his mind. The awful strain after the first day of riding had In a measure mentally unbalanced him and this af ternoon he leaped from his wheel and made an assault on an imaginary foe" in one of the boxes, swearing and jab bering in his native tongue. His train ers rushed for him and put him on his wheel, but after making a few more laps he repeated the performance with even more Insane rage than he had at first displayed. The result was that Rivierre had again to be taken from the track to return no more. To-night the police authorities insist ed upon examination being mada of the men by the police surgeons. The result was a report by the surgeons, which, so far as statistics go, showed a very satisfactory condition of affairs, except in the case of Rivierre. Ofllcially this report "goes," as it were, but it gives not the falntostjdea of what the real condition and appearance of the ma jority of the riders are. They are all strong enough to go on with their ped alling until midnight to-morrow, and It is not likely that there will be any fur ther withdrawals, unless for cause of accident or unless another of the ambi tious riders goes Insane. The score at 1:15 a. m. Miller, 1,900-4; Rice, 1,809-3; Schinneer,l,792-2; Rivierre, 1,748-7; Hale, 1,705-3; Waller, 1,685-7; Pierce, 1,637-7; Moore, 1.495-4; Elkes; 1.550-5; Golden, 1.534-1; Enterman, 1,-517-R; Gannon, 1.514-5; Kinz, 1,425; Ju lius. 1.320-2; Roaoon, 1.136-8; Gray. 1.050. 1; Johnson, 1,109. Miller was 243 miles 4 laps ahead of record for 121 hours. Till A T, OF CIIAtlhES 11UIXAT. Miss Nichols Positively Identifies Him He Shows Emotion. Bridgeport, Dec 10 To-day for the first time since Charles Boinay was placed on trial for his life, charged with the murder of George Marcus Nichols, the all but proven murderer manifested signs of emotion. He broke down when his counsel, who is making a heroic fight to save him from, the gallows, read a passage from an authority on evi dence, touching the rights of prisoners and confessions or statements made by them. During the argument on this point Attorney Lynch read an extract from a decision ruling against the con fessions made by a prisoner, deserted by the world, who would seize at the last ray of hope and when Mr. Lynch referred to his despairing cry, "You talk as if you were going to hang me" the tears trickled down the prisoner's cheeks. His weakness lasted but a mo ment, however, as he quickly recovered his composure and resumed his former demeanor. Detective George Arnold, one of the men who has helped to weave the evi dence against the prisoner, was the chief witness to-day and his evidence was In the main a narration of an In terview he had with Boinay after his arrest, in which lie admitted that lie was at the Nichols house when the murder was committed, but would not acknowledge committing the deed. The testimony offered by the detective bears out in every detail the confession made by Weeks. An important ftalure of to day's proceedings was the almost posi tive identification by Miss Nichols of the accused man as the one who led her about the house In the hunt for money and told her that he "didn't care if he had killed her brother, he couldn't die amy younger." She Identified him by his curly I air. The court was In session until 4:30 p. m., and will meet again to morrow at 10 o'clock for a hearing, un til 1 p. m. l'OLO fLATEItS IV A SCltAP. Several of tho Watcrbnry and Meriden Players Get in a Mix-Up. Waterbury, Dec. 10. The chief excite ment In the polo game to-night between Waterbury and Meriden, which resulted in a victory for the home team by a score of 11 to 2, was furnished a few minutes before the close, when several of the players got mixed up in a scrap. It was brought about by Knowlton, half back for Waterbury, striking Pur cell, Merlden's'center, on the leg in try ing to make a drive. Purcell at once resented being struck and there was a mix-up between the two men. C. War ner, second rush, went to Purcell's as sistance and was knocked down by a Jab in the face, and then two other Mer iden players Joined in the pcrimmage and matters were progressing very live ly when Captain Griffin and Referee Leahy finally succeeded in separating the men. Knowlton was fined $5 and Warner $2. Knowlton got a severe hit on the neck with a hockey stick. Bryan In Mexico. Monterey. Mexico, Dec 10. Hon. W. J. Bryan is in this city to-day. His visit has aroused great enthusiasm. The distinguished American is being made the recipient of high municipal, state and federal honors. SX HAK Til 1 1: t'ES CA U(i II T. Thought to he professionals Valuable Plundor Found. Through the capture of Samuel Gold stein, a burglar in his house by John Henney of 1210 Chapel street, the police have now in their hands two men whose arrests are probably among the most important o the year. When Goldstein was taken to police headquar ters, yesterday morning, Detectives Donnelly and Daly were sent to his house at 3S Oak street with search war rants and timers arrested Max Josephs, an accomplice of Goldstein's. In searching the house the officers found a valuable lot of stolen goods and pawn tickets, which showed that the two men had received on the articles pawned for those tickets alone about $1,500. The pair are professional sneak thieves, judging from the evidence which has been secured against them, and had only just begun to ply their trade in New Haven. It has been found that they have done proftta-ble business in St. Louis and in Philadelphia, and the police authorities of those cities will be communicated with by the local authorities. At 38 Oak street the officers found twenty valuable gold rings, nine pock- etbooks, all somewhat worn and evi dently stolen, a pair of gold eye glasses, a pair of opera glasses, a valuable gold handled silk umbrella, silverware, two ladies' gold watches, and thirty pawn tickets, some for diamonds on amounts ranging from $35 to $50 had been re ceived. It seems that the plan of the men has been to take turns In plun dering and while one would pilfer the other would be busy in some other city pawning and otherwise disposing of stolen goods. Both Goldstein and Josephs arc married and their families live at 83 Oak street. Goldstein has two children and Josephs five, and when the officers entered the place yesterday the membrs of both families began in dustriously to endeavor to hide articles that had been stolen. Three pocket books were found under a coal box and other articles were found where they had been hidden. It is thought that the two gold watches were stolen in New Haven. Both are small ladies' hunting case gold watches. One has engraved on the back the monogram E. W. C. and on the front M. G. J. The other has engraved on the front case tho mono gram. Ij. S. FAVOItS A COSI'EltEXCE. The Feeling Resulting from tho Wago Cat In Fall Klvcr. Fall River, Mass., Dec. 10. Until the new wage schedule ordered by the man ufacturers has been issued there will be little change in the situation in this city. The feeling In favor of a confer ence of the manufactures and repre sentatives of the labor unions is gaining strength and there is a strong probabil ity that the committee may recommend such action that the true condition of affairs may be understood by the oper atives. The demand for a general cut down, if any is to be made, which will include agents and superintendents, is evidently to he an issue upon which the operatives will center much of their .opposition, and it is believed by many that such a reduction would avert a strike nt least until some future time. It is known that some members of tho committee favor this plan on the ground that It will do much to better the feel Ing which is bound to be strained be cause of the reduction. The Seaoonnet mill is likely to be an important factor in the situation, as Its managers are oposed to a cut clown and will probably continue to run under the present schedule should the new one result in a strike. I.nck Important Returns. Washington, Dec. 10. The agriculture department to-day issued the follow. ing: The department's special wheat Investigation is still lacking a few im portant returns, but the general result wil be determined by Monday noon and will then be made public. The depart ment's final estimates of the produc tlon of the principal crops are based largely on the December returns and in accordance with the department's practice they will not be made publl before the 13th of the month at the ear liest- I.ectnre on Electricity. In Harmonie ha.11, last night, Pro! sor Rosa of Wesleyan college gave tho third of a series of four lectures on "Electricity and Magnetism." This se ries is in the New Haven Unverslty Ex tension Center. His lecture last, nigh was devoted In the main to the (lesrrip tion of motors and magnets and their co-relutlve lines of force. Many inter esting explanatory experiments were made In the course of the lecture. There was a large attendance. Will lay tho Price Icmnnded. Streator, 111., Dec. 10. The miners' strike in this vicinity came to an end this afternoon when A. L. Sweet, gen eral manager of tho Chicago, Wilmlng ton and vermiuion Loal company agreed to pay the price demanded by the men, whicn is sixty-four cents ton for gross weight mining. Thi practically settles the strike in ail northern Illinois and will put 2,000 men at work at once. A Mortgage for 817,500,000. Boston, Dec. 10 The largest amoun ever represented in a mortgage deed recorded at the Middlesex resgistry of deeds has been filed at East Cambridge. The amount of the mortgage is $17 500,000 and was filed by the New Eng land Coke and Gas company to thi Central Trust company of New York. l'lncards In Anstria. Vienna, Dec. 10. A great sensatio has been caused here by the postin; broadcast yesterday evening of red pla cards, even in the inner town and Hof- burg, inscribed "No Ausgleich"; "Abol ish the language ordinances"; and "German is the National language." The police tore the placards down. Democrats to Caucus. Washington, Dec. 10. Chairman Richardson of the house democratic caucus issued a call to-day -for a caucus I to be held on Tuusday evening' next. VANGELIST MOODY TALKS MAKES EFFECTIVE AI'FEAL FOK WOHK AMOXG 1'ItISOXEltS. targe Audience Greets Him at First Bap tist Church Attempt to llench Every Prison Cell in tho U. S.-The Great E hortor Tells Some Interesting Incident Out of Ills Personal Experience. Mr. D. L. Moody, the great evangelist, lectured at the First Baptist church, ist evening on evangelistic work among prisoners. Tne evangelist hub changed little in appearance In recent years, a little more gray-haired, and a ttle more portly, perhaps but for all these signs of added years the same earnest, vigorous expounder of the Bible and active evangelistic worker he has always been. He is at present in the city on a visit to . his son, Paul, who entered Yale college this year, and it was arranged to have him speak at the First Baptist church. His audience there was large and appreciative. He said at the outset that he had seen by the papers that he was to speak on prison reform and protested his total ignorance of that subject. He was, first utcrested in evangelistic work among the prisoners in the pemtentlartles ana jails by the statement of a woman who had heard that there were 7;0,0W) pris oners in tne various penai iiisiuuuuus of the country, and this fact led him to getting evangelistic books placed in every prisoner's cell In the country. In the Dominion of Canada every prison er's cell has been supplied with one of these little pamphlets and the work is being pushed in the United States. 000 have been placed In New York state institutions and 18,000 in Penn sylvania institutions. In all over 216,000 of these books have been distributed. As usual, Mr. Moody told several of his numerous fund of incidents and stories which he has accumulated in his wide experience. "A lady told me that he had seen a young man lying ill in jail. He told her that he had been giv ing an assumed name because he was ashamed to have his, parents know his whereabouts. Now that he was about to die he had been converted and had found peace for his soul and he was very anxious that his parents should learn of his changed life. I told his story in the meeting that evening and there were many prayers for the poor fellow. That night at the hotel many were the anxious inquiries after the poor felow. I had to tell them that he was dead. We looked up his father and mother and broke the news to them. It drove the mother insane and the hair of that father was turned white in al most a single day. Don't you think these men are worth trying to save? You can put one of these little books for ten cents Into a prison cell. I hope there are many here to-night who will do that much at least and as much more as possible. 'In the Toronto Y. M. C. A. a young man came to the secretary from an ad joining county and asked him to assist him to get work. The secretary told him that what work he had he felt h must give to those who lived in the county and sent him away. Repenting his action he went after him and told him he would give him work selling these little books. The ap plicant for work blushed and appared much embarrassed by the proposition. Surprised at this, the sec.-o.ary asked him if he was ashamed to do such work. 'No.' replied the young man, Mf it had not been for those little books I should not have come asking you for work. Nothing would please me better than selling those books.' He went to work on the street selling these little books and was so active and successfull that a prominent business man took him in to his employment and he now has a position of importance." The speaker closed with an earnest exhortation to try and help those in jail. A collection was taken for this purpose and many purchased the books which are gotten up for prisoners. SEVEHED TUE TEMFOHA T. A BTEIlt. Professor Alger Injured While Examining Now Government Rifle. . Washington, Dec. 10. While Profes sor Alger, one of the foremost ordnance experts in the government service, was to-day examining one of the new rifles a cartridge was accidentally exploded while the gun was in his hands. The bullet, propelled by the big charge of smokeless powder, struck the heavy Iron window and smashed the half-Inch Iron, which flew back in small frag- ments. Professor Alger was struck and cut by several pieces. One piece of material severed the temporal ar tery. The wound was held closed un til the surgeons arrived and stopped the flow. Professor Alger is now in no danger. Text of the Definite Treaty. London, Dec. 10. The text of the definitive treaty of peace between Tur key and Greece, which will be pub lished here to-morrow, contains about 2 000 words, including two protocols re ferring respectively to the commercial convention and consular immunities, The treaty amplifies the preliminary peace terms, all the points of which have already been published. Doctored the Payroll. Schnectady, N. Y., Dec. 10. William Frost, a timekeeper in the employ of the General Electric company, was ar rested to-night for embezzlement. Frost has for the past twenty months, it Is alleged, been carrying people on the payroll who had left the company's em ploy. The company lost by Frost's op erations, it is said, several thousand dollars. Sperry Re-introduces Bill. Washington, Dec. 10. Rwpresentaive Sperry of Connecticut re-introduced to. day his bill giving free delivery wher ever twenty or more postoffice patrons petition for the same, the carriers to be paid by such citizens at not exceeding one cent for each letter or package, I'AUK COMMISSIOX KEFOllTS. Submitted at Last Night' Meeting Make up of tho New Cominislons. ' At the regular monthly meeting of the park commission held last evening annual reports were submitted by the chairmen of the committees on the sev eral parks and also by the treasurer. The treasurer's report was In substance as follows: Total receipts, including balance from the old account, appro priations, cash donations of $500 from Henry F. English and $664.39 from Mrs. Henry Farnam, interest on loans and sale of hay and wood, were $22,071.70. The total expenditures were $16,111.45. The amount spent on East Rock park was $0,555.58, on West Rock $945.79, Fort Hale $1,152.39, Bay View $1,192.82, Wa ter Street, $1,210.98, Edgewood $2,733.53, Beaver Ponds" $974.25, Fort Wooster $499.85, Quinnlpiac $64.25 and Clinton $15, on engineering $277, on contingent account $482.81. Hay, wood and old materials were sold to the amount of $140.26. A balance of $5,960.25 is left to the new account of the department. Robert E. Baldwin, who has served three years on the board of park com missioners, representing the board of selectmen, met with . the commission last night for the last time. He was complimented by the commission last night for his work in securing land for the extension of Beaver Ponds park. It is stated on good authority that Mayor Farnsworth has decided to re appoint on the park commission Gen eral E. E. Bradley, James M Town- send and Henry T. Blake. The other members of the commissions, Messrs. English, Farnam and Judge Baldwin, are life members. OWNER OF THE A USA SUED. He Holds 7,000 Worth of Jewelry Be- longing to His Wife. London, Dec. 10. In " the queen's bench division of the high court of jus tice to-day -Mrs. Edith Walker sued her husband, Mr. A. Barclay Walker, the owner of the well known racing cutter Ailsa, to recover jewelry valued at sev en thousand pounds. Counsel for the plaintiff said that the jewelry was giv en to the plaintiff, who was a wddow, after the engagement. ' Afterwards, counsel continued, the defendant teok to drinking and had delirium tremens. While the couple were on board the yacht In August the defendant, coun sel also said, approached his wife In an excited state and told her to go on the streets, adding that she belonged there. The wife then, commenced proceedings for a separation, which ehe obtained with alimony to the amount of twenty- five hundred pounds yearly. Immedi ately, according to counsel, the defend ant obtained possession of the plain tiff's jewelry, which he refused to re turn. The plaintiff confirmed the state ments made by her counsel and the jury returned a verdict Mrs. Walker's favor. .' KXIGHTS OF ST. PATRICK. Decide to Hold Annual Ball During First Week of February. At a meeting of the Knights of St. Patrick held in their club house, No. 128 Temple street, last night, it was der elded to hold their annual ball some time during the first week in February in the Hyperion theater. A committee on arrangements was appointed con sisting of William Neely, Michael Dil lon, Captain J. J. Kennedy, Dr. J. A. Moore and W. J. Maher. The club will give a ladles night in their rooms on Tuesday evening, December 28.' At last night's meeting six new members were received and four applications for membership considered. Woman's Relief Corps. A large crowd gathered to-witness the entertainment and social given by the Woman's Relief corps at the home of Mrs. Reynolds at 571 State street last evening. A very attractive programme was presented and a very., pretty sum was added to the relief fund. The au dience was entertained "by Miss Lizzie Miller in southern dialect Bongs, Miss Conklln in songs and recitations, Miss Fredaj Miller in recitations, Miss Mar garet Merwiri in songs and fancy dances, and by Mr. and Miss Reynolds in a laughable sketch entitled "The Train to Mauro." Pequot Banquet. The Pequot club held the most suc cessful banquet the club has held thus far at the Tontine last evening. After tho banquet several impromptu toasts were responded to and Burdette, the charming impersonator, recited several selections, illustrative of the way some prominent public speakers, of the day talk. Music was furnished by an or chestra. About 150 were present. Unconscious in the Street. A man was found in a fainting con dition about 12:40 this morning by Cap tain Woodruff on Meadow street, near Garde's hotel. The ambulance was summoned and the man was taken to the hospital unconscious. He was later revived and gave his name as Louis E. Warren of Rochester, N. Y., an agent for the Rochester brewery. . -Arrested for Burglary. William Richards aind John Govern, two boys about fifteen years of age, were arrested last evening by Detec tives Daly and Spang for burglaries committed at Frederick Bros.'s, comer of Norton street and Derby awenue, and Vlsel's saloon, 781 Dlxwell avenue. Itlchard Mansfield Arrested. Philadelphia, Dec 10. Richard Mans field, the actor, was to-day held in $600 ball to answer a charge of assault and battery preferred by John Metzger of Cleveland, O., who has been in the ac tor's employ as a dresser for the past seven years. Mm, McMinley's Condition. Canton, O., Dec. 10. 11 p. m. The night so far at the McKinley residence has been one of anxious watching. The family have no hopes that the aged in valid will last through the night. THE BOARD Of EDUCATION IXTETtESTIXa D1SCUSSWX OF KXOT IT QUESIIOXS IXXE1V CUAIITER. Held at the Meeting Lust Night Principal Scudder's Report on the High School Lunch Couuter Resignations and Ap pointmentsBoard Employes Must Com ply With Civil Sorvioo Rules. The board of eduoatlon held a regu lar meeting lat night In the board rooms on Center street, with all the members present. The business trans acted was chiefly routine, the most in teresting part of the session being that devoted to a discussion of those sec tions of the charter concerning matters pertaining to the board of education. Some time ago ai letter was written by Clerk Hewlett of the board to Mayor Farnsworth, asking information as to " the interpretation of certain sections of the charter in so far as they effected the rules and business of the board o'f edu cation. This letter was referred by the mayor to the corporation counsel and last night a letter was read by Mr. Hooker, chairman of the finance com. mittee of the board, from Corporation Counsel Ely, giving his opinion on the questions asked in the letter from the board. The first question asked was, "Does article E, section 11, page 3, ap ply to written contracts made by the board of education?" The section in question says that it shall be the duty of the mayor to sign all bonds and deeds and all written contracts of the city made by the court of common council or any officer of the city in accordance with authority conferred on . them by the charter or the ordinances. In answer to this Mr. (Ely replied that it seemed to him that there was no reason to expect the written contracts and the bondsissued for such purposes from any other contracts or bonds in writing. He' stated that the signature of the mayor to a contract was evi dence that the contract was made, and ' the writing itself is an evidence of what the contract was. (He stated that though article 6 of section 11 of the charterapplied to contracts entered into by the board of education as well as those of other departments of the city unless there is some special provision to the contrary, and there is none in this case. Mr. Ely stated further that sec tion 22 of the charter seems very expli cit and provides that the controller shall have the inspection and supervi sion of the accounts of all other de partments and officers and provides all books, stationery and office supplies necessary for their use. Sections 107, 108 and 109 of the charter provide that there shall be a department of educa tion and prescribes the duties of that department. In these sections there is nothing that accepts the board of edu cation from the provisions of section 22. Mr. Ely then says: 'In the absence of any specific provision excepting, then I think that the controller is the proper person to furnish the stationary and of fice supplies of the board of education." Further on in his opinion Mr. Ely say3 that in his opinion all tne employes of the department of education are not excepted and must duly qualify under the civil service rules. , He said that when the board of education is not au thorized to make special contracts it is governed by the provisions of the char- ter and the disposition of cash balance on hand in the department of educa tion at the end of the year rests with' the court of common council, which, may charge such balance up to the board of education as a part of its ap propriation. President Whitney of the board of education thought that the i common council had nothing to do with the appropriations for schools and that the board of finance had sole charge of that. He thought that perhaps Mr. Ely meant board of finance when he said common council in this part of his opin ion. Mr. Moran thought that the only question was as to whether or not the court of common council could decrease the amount allowed by the board of finance, but thought that the common council could not divert money appro priated for school purposes. Another question asked of the mayor by the board of education was concern ing the issuance of the district bonds authorized by a district' meeting about a year ago. The corporation counsel in regard to this asked that a copy of the. vote taken at that; district meeting bai transmitted to him and also further facts in regard to the matter, when ha will give an opinion. The finance com mittee was finally instructed to confer further with the corporation counsel concerning the matters -covered in the opinion. Superintendent Kendall stated that there remains $250 in the library and apparatus account which cannot be spent wisely until January 1, and asked: If there was any one in which this amount could be set aside. The matter will be considered by the finance com mittee. In his monthly report Mr. Kendall spoke of the contributions of school cTTlldren to the charities during Thanksgiving week, and sadd that the children were encouraged in this in or der not only to help the poor of the city but also to teach the children to be mindful of others. He stated that the total contributions of the schools amounted to 100 barrels full. Mr. Ken dall read the following report of Prin cipal Scudder on the lunch counter re cently established at Hillhouse High school: "It was found on investigation that many students come to school after very inadequate breakfasts, some hav ing eaten nothing whatever. They can not get their dinners until 1:30 or 2 p. m., and in the meantime have gone through six periods of work in school. To go so long without food under such; conditions is to the disadvantage of the pupils, for the brain does not work well ta a hungry or insufficiently nourished body. It is a matter of observation, that students have not done so well (Continued on Fifth Page.)