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NEW HAVEN. CONN., FRIDAY MAY 4, 190G. PRICE TWO CENTS. THE CARRINGTON PUBLISHING CO. SENTIMENT VERY STRONG FOR HARD COAL STRIKE PRACTICALLY ALL DELEGATES TO THE MISERS CONVEX "' HON FOR ONE. Nothing Short of a Miracle, It Seems, Can Prevent It Mitchell Uses the Word "Strike" lor the First Time Since Present Negotiations Started Matter Likely to be Decided To-dny or To-morrow Feeling of Miners In tensified by the Mount Carmel ffulr. Soranton, Pa., May 3 To-day's ses sions of the miners' tri-district con vention, were unprofitable, except in so far as they revealed that the sentiment of practically all of the 600 delegates in attendance is for a strike. To-night Jt is believed that nothing short of a miracle can prevent a strike being de clared, either to-morrow afternoon or Saturday. , At the conclusion of the afternoon session President Mitchell made a statement, in the course of which he ,ispi .the wnrr! "strike'' for the first itime since the present negotiations bs-J gan. liere is wnat ne saiu. u uw uc paper men: 1 "There is not much to say at this time. As was indicated while you were present at the opening of the after noon session, the sentiment seems very , strong against accepting the conditions and restricted arbitration scheme pro posed by the operators, or renewing the award of the anthracite coal commis sion for a period of three years. The strike feeling has been Intensified by the unfortunate and unjustifiable action of the state constabulary at Mount Carmel, as well as their conduct in other parts of the coal regions since the .en a tip n silnn went into effect. Of course it cannot be stated positively what the (vote will be. That will not oe Known until Friday afternoon or Saturday." The morning session of the conven tion was held in the main court room of the court house, and was purely formal. ' . ,, President Mitchell was loudly ap plauded when he entered the room. He . . i.j Aknl w. a n was unanimously eiec-ieu uuu rrnotrlp.t President T. X. Nlctiois 01 Vis trict No. 1 . was .elected secretary, but he withdrew in favor of J- P. Galla gher, of district No. 7. - After the cre dentials had been taken up the con tihri' WAimnitml until afternoon. At the opening of the afternoon ses eion the credentials committee made 4ta rsnnrt. which was adopted. Then Mr. Mitchell made a brief speech in lieu of the report of the Joint scale commlt . tee which report had been sent to the printers. tr ivvnioflir i-ovIbotpA the negotiations In so far as they have progressed and said the committee had perhaps gone even further than it should have gone, In endeavoring to bring about a peace ful settlement of existing difficulties. He told of the propositions 1 made by both sides, and then said: "We have offered to arbitrate til the demands we made upon them, or, in other words, we have offered to arbi trate the differences between us, either througn the board of arbitration with Judge Gray as chairman, or through the anthracite strike commission. "We have made the reservation, however, that it must be a full commission, not a part of it. "That, gentlemen, is the status of the affairs at this time,, and I am sure I voice the sentiment of every member of the committee the memlbers of mrhrtph have worked in entire harmony during these months when I say that we regret that we have not been able to make a report that would be satis factory to you. We regret that we have mot been ame to mane a tentative agreement that would secure for you better wages and better conditions of employment. A motion to adjourn was then made and was discussed at some length. A large majority of the delegates were opposed to adjourningand in express ing their opposition they gave an in sight into.. their feeling as regards a strilCB- The delegate from Jermayn said that neither he nor the men he represented would go back under the old conditions. "We had better stay out," said he, "until we find some way of remedying our grievances." His speech was loudly applauded and the next moment a delegate "from Lu zerne county moVed that the suspension be turned into a strike. His motion vib not seconded, and then a motion to go into executive session was made and adopted. session until 6 o'clock, when an ad journment was taken until to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock. As far as could be learned, the discussion was purely general. ' Strike talk prevailed all through it. Mr. Mitchell denied to-night that he had considered the matter of referring the entire question to a referendum vote of the mine workers. Denial from British Foreign Office. London, May 3. The foreign office here says that there is no truth in the report from St. Petersburg that, in view of the bubonic plague situation, Great Britain is concentrating British Indian troops on the border of Persia and Af ghanistan. To Capture Band of Outlaws. Manila, May 3. Next week a force of constabulary, acting in conjunction with Governor Juan Schaick, of the province of Cavite, will begin a move ment to capture Montalen and his band of outlaws, iiuw located .south of the Taal volcano. DIED WATCHING THE BOARD, Prominent St. Louis Capitalist Stricken at Exchange in That City. St. Louis, May 3. Corwin H. Spen cer, a leading grain trader, capitalist, vice president of the world's fair and former president of the Merchant's ex change, collapsed this afternoon while watching the stock quotation board at the Planters' hotel, and died soon aft erwards. Mr. Spencer was sitting in a chair watching the board when he suddenly lurched forward. His son, Harlow B. Spencer, and his former partner, Thom as Akin, at the Merchants' exchange, a block distant, were summoned, and upon their inquiry Mr. Spencer replied that he had eaten pickled pigs' feet for lunch and was suffering with cramps. He grew worse rapidly and was car ried on a cot to a hotel. Mr. Spencer's wifeand daughters were called, and wife and daughters were called, and Death was dueto uraemic poisoning. LAST EIGHT-HOUR APPEAL. Gonipers Speaks Earnestly ' Before House Committee. Washington, May 3. President Gom pers of the American Federation of La bor to-day made what is hoped would be his last appeal for congressional ac tion on the eight-hour bill. He talked to the house committee on labor with great frankness and earnestness. Year after year, he said, the arguments and printed record had piled up. All that could possibly he said against the ques tion had been said and repeated. The present Gardner bill was practically the same which passed the house two con gresses ago. The laboring people of the country were earnest in their de sire for the legislation;' patience was exhausted and it was earnestly hoped that the present session of congress would not adjourn without action. M'WADE ACCUSES PEIRCE THIRD ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE UNDER FIRE. The Dismissed United States Consul at Canton, China, Declares to House Committee That Charges Against Him Are False Instigated by Ene mles A Criminal Conspiracy to Have Him Removed, Washington, Way 8. The house com mittee on foreign affairs to-day lis tened to a statement by former Consul General at Canton, Chlna,M.'Wade lnre ply. to the chaises made against him by Third Assistant Secretary of State Peirce. Affidavits were presented by Mr. McWade to show the unreliable and criminal character of those who instigated the charges. The hearing was behind closed doors. At the outset Mr. McWade was given ten minutes, but his time was extended to nearly two hours, and when he had concluded members of the committee congratulated him on the showing he had made. (Mr. McWade made charges of a sen sational nature agalnBt Assistant Sec retary of State Palrce. It is consider ed quite probable that congress may take up the matter of these charges at a later day. The only statement of record made by McWade Is a letter addressed to the committee. This letter was dated April 26, 1906, by McWade and is as follows:" "For upwards of two years I have persistently and vainly endeavored to learn from Herbert H. D. Peirce, third assistant secretary of state, the charges which he had, I was Informed, pre sented to President Roosevelt In his re port concerning me and my adminis tration of the United States consulate generalship at Canton, China. "Again and again Senator Penrose requested a hearing for me from the president, who told him that I was re moved, but not on account of any charges, and that my head was off, and that I did not appear to know it. "A littfe over ix months ago H. H. D. Peirce assured me that I was re moved because the president wanted my place and for no other reason. I now learn through the persistent In dustry of some anonymous person the nature of the charges preferred against me by H. H. D. Peirce and I solemn ly declare them to be false in every es sential particular. I also absolutely de clare that they are made by men who had been charged before me for various (Continued on Third Page.) STRIKE THROUGHOUT AUSTRIA. Threatened if Universal Suffrage is Not .Granted. Vienna, May 3. Should universal suf frage be not carried in the present leg islature, strikes throughout the whole of Austria will be organized. The chief board of the Austrian social democrats to-night decided to use decisive meas ures to get the wishes of the laborers fulfilled. Capture of American Fishing Vessels. Washington, May 3 No advices were received at the state department over night relative to the cases of the three American fishing vessels captured by a Mexican gunboat and taken Into Pro. gresso. The American minister has re ported, however, that he has sent by mall an account of the incident. Grand Chief Templar Dead. New York, May 3 Dr. D. H. Mann, grand chief templar of the Internation al Order of Good Templars in this state, died to-day at his home in Brooklyn. He was born seventy years ago at Del 1, N. T, PRESIDENT SUBMITS DRAFT OF BILL FOR THE PUR POSE. Foster, Melvin and Dessausure the Men Affected Reduction to Next Lower Class Would be Better for Interests of Naval Service Than Complete Sev erance from the Service by Dismissal To Make Punishment Fit the Crime. Washington, May 3. Three midship men, dismissed from the naval academy for hazing, have been recommended by the president for restoration to the academy with a loss of one year- The midshipmen are Worth W. Foster, a member of the first class, and George H. Melvin and Richard I Desaussure, members of the third class. . President Roosevelt to-day sent to Senator Hale and Representative Foss, respectively, the chairman of the sen ate and house committees on naval af fairs, an identical letter accompanying the draft of a bill providing for the res toration to the academy of the three midshipmen. , In his letter the president says: "After careful consideration of the history of the recent trials for hazing at Annapolis I am satisfied that in the case of each of these young men jus tlce and the Interests of the naval ser vice will be best served, by making the punishment in effect a reduction to the next lower class at the academy, in volving a loss of nunlbers with corre sponding loss of rank and pay, in his later naval career, rather than a com plete severance from the service by dismissal." The president then points out that under the drastic provisions of tne old law it became the duty of the super intendent of the naval academy to court martial midshipmen who commit. ted any act of hazing without regard to its character whether grave or critical, and If found guilty sentence of dismls. sal was mandatory leaving the court "without discretion to fit the punish, ment to the crime." The president says it was subject "to those inflexible statutory requirements the midshipmen In question were tried, found guilty and dismissed, the cases not being brought to my attention too late; for me to exercise the pardoning power." " He then recalls that congress, by act of April 9 last, has done away with the inflexible features of the law and has conferred a measure of discretion upon the superintendent of the naval acad emy, the secretary of the navy and the president in the disciplinary admtnls tration of the naval academy, and adds: 'The acts of hazing disclosed by the records of the court-martial in the cases of Foster, Melvin and Desaussure were of such a nature that, under this statute of April 9, 1906, which may be considered as giving the present views of the congress in the matter, they would have been appropriately punish ed by reduction to the next lower class, as provided In theenclosed bill. The punishment of these young menln such manner would be ample, it would be in accordance with the spirit of the new enactment on the subject, and would be a wise and discriminating act of justice, preserving to them the career of their choice, and to the navy their much-needed services, for which they are in part trained. I, therefore, com mend the measure to favorable constd eratlon by the committee. 'It has been deemed advisable to pro vide in the I proposed bill that when they re-enter the academy these young men sha.U be treated as addition to the number of midshipmen now authorized by law." .ELECTION LAW AMENDMENT. Governor Stokes Signs Bill Providing Punishment for Certain Offenses. Trenton, N. J., May 3. Governor Stokes to-day signed a bill amending the election laws which provides a pen alty of five years' disfranchisement to expend any money to improperly Influ ence voters, or for employers to exer cise any duress or threats to Influence the votes of their employes. For a second offense an additional disfran chisement of five years and a fine of $1,000 Is provided. It Is provided that no person may refuse to testify on the ground of self-incrimination, but It is further provided that testimony so glv. en shall not be used against the person testifying. Another bill prohibits the expenditure of money to influence the election or nomination of any person for any of the following purposes: The furnishing of meat,, drink or entertainment; the payment of rent of club rooms or the purchase of uniforms for organized clubs. It is also provided that no mon ey can be expended for advertising to influence voters, unless such advertise ments contain the name of the adver tiser. Disfranchisement for two years is provided as a penalty for violation under this law. President Signs Bills. Washington, May 3. President Roose velt this afternoon signed the bills passed by congress making an extra appropriation of 1100,000 for the Mare Island navy yard, at San Francisco, and making an appropriation of $70,000 to meet emergencies in the postoffice department in the state of California. Aokl Presented to President. Washington, May 3. Viscount Aokl. the first ambassador of Japan to the United States, was presented formally jto the president this afternoon. ABSOLUTE DIVORCE FOR DUKE. Judge Finds Evidence Overwhelmingly in His Favor. New York, May 3. Vice-Chancellor Pitney, in Newark, N. J., this after noon, advised that a decree of absolute divorce be granted to James B. Duke in his suit against his wife, Mrs. Lillian N. Duke. He said the evidence was overwhelmingly in favor of Duke, and that he could do nothing else than rec ommend that Duke be given his di vorce, . , DREADNA UGHT'S PLANS. Not Stolen by British Official and Sold to United States. London, May 3. Ambassador Reld and Lieutenant-Commander John M. Gibbons, naval attache of the Ameri can embassy here, emphatically deny the allegation cabled to New York that the plans of the British battleship Dreadnought were stolen by an official of the British admiralty and sold to the United States. STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE. Republicans to Meet In Hartford May 14 May Fix Convention Date. Hartford, May 3. The . republican state central committee will meet and take dinner at the Hartford club on May 14 at the invitation of Chairman Kenealy. At that time it is thought the date for the state convention will be set, SHERMAN ABANDONS TRIP WILL NOT FOLLOW FATHER'S MARCH TO THE SEA. Return With V. f. Cavalry Detach ment Keenly Hurt by the Criticisms of the People and Press At First Thought He Would Continue Trip Alone but Finally Decides to Give It Up Altogether. Washington, May 3. Rev. Thomas Sherman to-day abandoned his trip over the historic fields which his father General Sherman, traversed forty years ago, and with the escorting party, re turned to Fort Oglethorpe early to-day, A special messenger with orders from General Duvall, commanding the de partment of the.fculf, reached Carter vlll 'at midnight Wednesday, from. Fort McPherson. Mail and telegraph orders were also received by Lieutenant Camp bell, commanding the escort,-, sent by General Duvall, stating that on ac count of the misapprehension by the southern people, the war department ordered the Immediate return :of the party to Fort Oglethorpe. The return march was commenced at 5 o'clock this morning. Father Slier man expressed regret that his mission should have been misunderstood and said he was keenly hurt by the criti cisms of people and press. He declar ed at first that he would continue the trip alone, but Anally decided to return with the military escort, which had extended him the courtesy of the trip WANTS BIG GOLD RESERVE. Secretary Shaw Asks Authority to Hold $100,000,000. Washington, May 3. Secretary Shaw to-day conferred with members of the senate committee on finance concerning a measure he desires congress to enact at this session permitting the treasury department to hold in reserve $100,000,. 000 in gold bullion Instead of $50,000,000 as provided by the present law. The purpose Is one of convenience and to iglve greater elasticity in the handling of the reserve fund. It is proposed, however, that a proviso be added that the excess above $50,000,000 be coined as soon as possible. The committee in structed the secretary to draft a bill and later a bill prepared toy Mr. Shaw was introduced by Senator Aldrlch, JOOSS COMMITTED SUICIDE. Cut His Throat In a Fit of Insanity- Was 37 Tears Old. George Jooss of 48 East Pearl street while in a fit of Insanity, cut his throat and died soon after. Jooss' mind had been unbalanced for some time past. He was thirty-seven years old and leaves a mother. Duke of Abrusil's Expedition. Mombasa, British East Africa, May 3. The Duke of the Abruzzl arrived here to-day. Accompanied by four offi cers and six guides, he will start to morrow on an expedition to Mount Ruwenzori and will try to climb that mountain. He expects to be absent three months. Fields Will Testify. . New York, May 3. It was announced tonight that if his health will permit, Andrew C. Fields, former legislative agent of the Mutual Life Insurance Co., will testify before the special in surance grand jury to be empanelled next week. Russian Commander Assassinated. Viatka. Russia. May 3. Colonel Sabe lelff, commanding the troops of the garrison here, was to-day stabbed and mortally wounded oy an unknown man. The assassin escaped. Dry Dock Dewey Salla from Sues, Suez, Egypt, May 3. The United States drydock Dewey sailed from liera to-tday B016 EXPLOSION MAY CLEARJPA MYSTERY AFFAIR IN FOREST OF VINCENNES LIKELY TO UNEARTH PLOT. Students Carrying Deadly Missiles Into Woods to Hide Them When One Ex plodesOne of the Men Killed Out right and the Other Dangerously Wounded Belief That Bombs Were Intended for Shipment to Russia Police Now Searching the Forest for u Depot. Paris, May 3. A bomb explosion oc curred in the Forest of Vincennes at 2 o'clock' this afternoon, killing a Rus sian named Striga and dangerously wounding a companion named Sokoloff. The two men were proceeding through the woods, each carrying a bomb, with the evident purpose of hiding them for future use. While so doing the Ibomb which Striga carried exploded, killing him instantly. Sokoloff was struck by fragments of the bomb and frightfully lacerated. The explosion occurred in the out skirts of the forest on the road border ing on the suburban town of Charenton. Several passing people saw the explo sion. Striga's right hand was torn off, his right leg broken and his abdomen torn open, The police found a revolver in Stri ga's pocket. Striga and Sokoloff both were stu dents at the school of mines and mem bers of the Russian Students' union. They also belonged to the revolutionary society. Neither of the men have figur ed in the police registers of suspected foreigners. .,'. The residents of a numlber of Rus sian revolutionists have been searched, leading to the discovery of alleged In criminatory documents. Two cousins of Sokoloff were arrjBted. The authorities have been aware for some weeks that secret meetings were being held, and believed that to-day s occurrence will lead to the speedy clearing up of the mystery. A high official of the prefecture of police re calls a singular coincidence in 1890, when a Russian student of the school of mines lost his fingers by the acci dental explosion of a bomb In the for est of Vincennes, The police shadowed the man, who later was discovered hid ing other bombs in the depths of the woods, where a depot containing fifty bombs was found. Investigation re vealed the existence of a revolutionary society 'comprising students .of ; the school of mines, who manufactured Ibombs In their spare time, and hid them In the forest of Vincennes to await con signment "to St. Petersburg,-where fel low conspirators were In readiness to attempt the life of the late Emperor Alexander III. All were captured. The police are now etigaged In a thorough search of the forest of Vincennes, In expectation of finding a similar depot. MRS- PunnERIORD DEAD. Wife ' Of John C. Punderford Passed Away Yesterday. With deep sadness many will learn of the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Punderford wife of our esteemed townsman, John C. Punderford, the well known real es. tate dealer. She passed away at her home, 131 Sherman avenue, yesterday afternoon. Her health had been much Impaired for the last ten months, and the utmost devoted care and best med ical skill were unavailing. She was a native of this city and was sixty-three years of age. She was a member of Trinity P. E. church and a valuable worker in the church, and she had ren. dered great service to the New Haven hospital as president for several terms of the board of lady visitors of the hos pital. She leaves two children, Miss Annie C. Punderford and John K. Fun derford, general manager of the trolley lines of the Consolidated Railway com pany. The funeral services will take place Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. NIAGARA AGREEMENT SIGNED. International Waterways Commission Forward It to Governments. Buffalo, May 8. The agreement re ported by the International waterways commission on the questions Involved In the taking of water from the Niagara river by the power companies at Ni agara Falls and the Soo was signed to day by the members and forwarded to the secretary of war at Washington and the minister of public works at Ottawa. The commission then adjourn ed, subject to the call of tl:e secretary. The Chicago drainage canal was in volved In the falls question as affecting the water levels. As It also involves the levels of the entire chain of lakes It was decided to treat It separately and It forms no part of the present agree ment. It and the question of the level of Lake Erie will be taken up in the near future. Senator Clark Not a Candidate. Butte, Mont., May 3. In a signed statement appearing to-day In the Butte Miner its owner, Senator W. A. Clark, of Montana, announces that he Is not a candidate for re-election to the United States senate. He says he will return to Montana to operate his In terests at the close of the present term. Cannot Rely on German Support. London, May 4. The Standard this morning says it understands that Count Wolff-Metternlch, the German ambas sador, has informed the British govern ment that Turkey cannot rely upon German support in the event of a quar rel with Great Britain, CRAPSEY HERESY CASE. Committee to Meet May 9 to Decide Upon a Verdict. t Rochester, N. Y., May 3. The mem bers of the ecclesiastical court who tried Dr. Algernon S. Crapsey for here sy at Batavia last week, will re-assemble in executive session at the parish house of St. James church in Batavia, Wednesday, May 9, to examine the evi dence and decide on a verdict. Judge Stafford North, assessor of the court, received word to this effect from President RcJberts to-day. Judge North has been asked to assist the court in making up the Judgment roll and In giving legal advice regarding the evi dence. May 9 will be devoted to an examina tion of the evidence and on the follow ing day the court will transmit its find ings to Bishop Walker, who is allowed thirty days on. the deliberation of the punishment to be meted out to the ac cused clergyman. fDWARO AND IALL1ERES. Great Britain's King and French Prcst dent Meet. Paris, May 3. King Edward dined to day with President Fallieres at the Pal ace of the Elysee, most of the French cabinet ministers being present. The president toasted the king, saying: "Your majesty's frequent visits are a precious pledge of the cordiality of the relations between France and England. Both are happy to sincerely act togeth er for civilization and peace." King Edward expressed the pleasure his visits to France had afforded him, adding: "I am sure the entente cor dlale will do more than anything else to safeguard peace." MRS. YAUGH AN ARRESTED SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST A WELL-KNOWN WOMAN. Criminal Attempt on Young Girl May Result in Latter' Death Coroner Mix Notified Mrs. Vanghan and Man Connected With Case Both Under Charges of Attempt to Procure Mis carriage Mrs. Vnughnn Brought to Public Notice in 1897 Under Investi gations Then Conducted Is a Woman Forty-eoght Years of Age. A serious case of criminal malprac tice in this city came to' light last even ing In the arrest of Mrs, Gertrude A. Vaughan and John Bngstrom, a Swede, on charges against each of attempt to procure miscarriage. The victim of the attempt, a girl named Hilda John eon, lies In a dangerous condition at the home of a friend, and her chances of recovery were considered so slight that Coroner iMix was notified of the case last evening. Mrs. Vaughan, who came into prom inence in 1897 through an Investigation made regarding the police department at that time, which resulted in her ar rest on a charge of running a private maternity hospital at' that time without a license, is a woman of albout forty eight years old. At the time of her ar rest in 1897 her residence was at 8 Prospect place, but since that affair she has changed her abode to 45 Stevens street. Owing to the difnourty of prov ing the charge against her, she received a fine of $50 and costs on that oocoslon. Under the charge for which they are now held both Mrs, Vaughan and Eg strom are liable to a' fine of $1,000, or five years' imprisonment or both If they are convicted. Owing to the nature of the offence her bonds were set at $2,500. ' There were furnished in a short time by Fred erick A. Brethauer. The arrests were made by Detective Dunlap. Mrs. Vaughan is a little woman, bright appearing and completely self possessed. She seemed to treat the ar rest as a matter of course. When ques tioned as to how many times she had been arrested before she answered in a purely conversational tone that she thought two or three times. The only previous arrest on the records, how ever, is that of 1897. MANY ELECTRICIANS STRIKE. Telephone Men In Three States Dc ' mand Eight-Hour Day, St. Paul, Minn., May 3 Electricians of all telephone companies In Minneso ta, North and South Dakota struck to day. About 800 men are out. The men want an eight-hour day and an In; crease in wages averaging about $5 per month. Cincinnati, May 3. The union llne men of the Bell Telephone company to the number of 200 struck to-day for an increase in wages from $2.50 to $2.75 a day and eight hours instead of nine for a day. First President in Seventy Years. Chicago, May 3 Although McCor mlck Theological eeminary was founded seventy years ago, it never had a presi dent until to-day, when Rev. James G. K. McClure was Installed as the head of the institution. Delegates from a score of theological seminaries and members of the alumni from all parts of the country, took part in the exer cises. Murdered Jesuit Father., Murcla, Spain, May 3. Abbe Morales to-day murdered the Jesuit father, Martinez, In the sacristy of the Santo Domingo church and then committed suicide, ' ' NEW INQUIRY INTO OIL TRUST AND RAILROADS DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO BEGIN THE WORK AT ' ONCE. Basis for the Investigation the Iafor. matlon Recently Submitted to the President by Commissioner Garfield of the Bureau of Corporations Will Determine Whether Rebates Wera Given If They Were the Matter Will be Brought to Attention of Grand Juries. Washington, May 3.-The ' statement Is authoritatively made that the de partment of Justice will Immediately begin an investigation of the so-called oil trust and a number of railroads, with a view of determining whether there have been violations of the anti-rebate aw. ( , ' . i The basis for this investigation will be the information receatly submitted to the president in a report of Com missioner Garfield of the bureau, of corporations, which is soon to 'be made public. The report, It Is learned, deals only with the subject of re'bates, and does not go into the questions of viola tions of the anti-trust law. If it is found that rebates have been given by the railroads and accepted bv ithe so-called oil trust, steps will, at once be taken, it is asserted to bring the matter before the grand juries In the localities where the alleged viola tions took place, with a view to prose cutions in the courts. It Is not thought that the department of justice In con ducting Its inquiries will require the services of any one outside of the de partment proper, and the United States attorneys and other officers under Its Immediate direction. It is stated that Mr. Garfield, in conducting his investi gation, traveled extensively and visit ed all important sections covered by the operation of the eo-called oil trust, from New England to California and the south, and that 'the evidence ob tained Is amply sufficient to warrant the department of Justice In taking the course decided upon. BOXING IS NI.W FORK. Fighters Quietly Arrested So That Test Case May be Made. New Tori:, May 3. For the first time since the repeal of the Hor.ton law governing .boxing contests in this state, two heavyweight (pugilista of promin ence met hero to-night In. a four round contest. The principals were Marvin Hart of Louisville and Mik Schreck of Chicago, and they" appeared In the bout which wound up the first series of- exhibitions given In the Madison Square Garden concert hall by the newly revived Twentieth Century Ath-. letic club. ' , . The men were slow In the opening round but fought each other almost to a standstill in the other .three fcouts. Neither seemed to have trained for the contest and they simply slugged wild ly without any ghow of science or Judgment. Timothy Huret was referee, but his duties were confined to making the men break from clinches, as no decisions are rendered under the exist ing legal regulations. Only club mem bers were admitted. The membership books were open until 7 p. m. Two local fighters In one' of the preliminary bouts were quietly arrested after leav ing the ring in order that a test case may be made as to the legality of the fights as conducted to-night. Other wise there was no police Interference. REBUILDING OF 'FRISCO. No Plait Decided Upon for Securing of , Funds. San Francisco, May B. No plan was decided upon to-day for the securing of funds to restore San Francisco. Al though various schemes, some of them apparently feasable, have been submit ted to the general committee, none of them has yet been given official en dorsement, and financiers continue to worry over the problem. It is proba ble that several centers of the finan cial world will be consulted before any definite scheme is formulated. NEW FIRE CHIEF. Merlden Appoints First Permanent Official oi This Kind. i Merlden, May 3. Fire-Alarm Super-' intendent William C. Lucas was to night appointed chief engineer of the Meriden fire department to fill the va cancy caused by the death of Isaac B. Hyatt. Chief Lucas will still hold the office of superintendent of fire alarm. He is Meriden's first permanent chief. The new chief has been a member of the department over thirty years. Jerome Bailey remains assistant chief. Conspiracy to Defraud Government. Oshkosh, Wis., May 3 Five lumber-' men and bankers representing an aggre-' gate wealth In excess of $1,000,000 were arrested to-day by federal officers on charges of conspiracy to defraud the government by means of alleged land frauds in Oregon. They are Leander Choate, James Matt Bray, Benjamin Doughty, James Doughty and Thomas Daly. Each was placed under bonds of $2,000 and the hearing adjourned to May 11. Died on F.xpress Train. Wilkesbarre, Pa,, May S. W. J. Wright, a merchant from Hamilton, Ont., died suddenly on the Black Dia mond express on the Lehigh Valley railroad Just before the train reached this city this evening. He was oa his way to New York, accompanied by his wife. Heart failure was the Cauaa oi his death,