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VOL. LXV. NO. 296. PRICE THREE CENTS.
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family and as I no longer represent my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
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