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TWELVE PAGES TWELVE PAGES 1 i J VOL LXX. NO 304 MINISTRATI LARGE INSURANCE VOTE RESULT OF FIGHT IN THE NEW I"OBlC XF AND ?j MUTUAL. i I I In Number of Ballots Cast and In Ei f penditure of Tlyie and Money the I Election Approaches That of the I States of the Union Total Vote Cast ,r by Both Companies Will Probably I Approximate 800,000. i New York, Dec. 18. Probably never i before in the history of the country has 3 there been anything to compare with the election in this city to-day of trus r tees for the New York Life and the ' Mutual Life Insurance companies. In number of ballots cast, and in the ex- penditure of time and money, the elec : tion approached that of one of the states of the Union. Certainly no cor- poration or society election ever meas- iurea up to it in magnitude and interest, t The fatal vote cast in both companies will approximate 800,000, of which about 500,000 will be in the New York Life, in which the contest has been more vigor ously and more bitterly waged. It is ex pected that it will be weeks before the votes are counted and the results of the campaign known. The Equitable Life Assurance society, the Mutual Reserve Life Insurance 1 company and the Security Mutual of ' T?;nnV.n.f ll.a 1H J .t xjjuBiiaiiiLuii, iijau jieiu Kieuuuiia u)-uay, j hut as there were no opposition tickets - in the field in these companies the elec J tion of their administration tickets were j but perfunctory proceedings. ! Officials of toth the New York Life f and the Mutual companies declared to i night that the administration tickets i had without doubt been elected by large I majorities. ; The International policyholders' com mlttee, through Samuel Untermeyer, its 'i general counsel, expressed the convic i i tion that the reform tickets would win , in botn companies, but by comparative- ly close margins. , . .While the ballots were being turned fin at the companies offices to-day, the grand Jury was investigating the af fairs of the New York Life Insurance corfipany, as brought out before the legislative Investigating committee. District Attorney Jerome examined sev 'eral witnesses, among whom were Ed ;mund Randolph, treasurer of the New lYork Life, and his chief clerk, M. M. 'oiatison. Both will be recalled. William Nelson Cromwell of counsel for the New York Life Insurance com pany, after the close of the election to day issued a statement in which he 'saldi j "The number of ballots received at the home office and delivered by the administration to the inspectors of elec- ion, was 192,568, and the votes by proxy -last by the administration ticket were 114,000, making a total of 306,000. ,h "Prom the fact that the ballots in J,avor of the administration have gen- rally been sent to the home office, and those in favor of the international com- fnlttee.to the office of the latter, it is 'easonable to presume that at least 'rom eighty to ninety per cent, of the ) allots sent to the home office are in 'avor of the administration ticket, ,'hich makes total administration ote of considerably over 250,000. I "Both 'Mr. Untermeyer and Mr. icrugham, who cast the votes of the in ternational committee, stated under my public questioning upon the tender of tieir votes, that they did not know how lljiany votes they were casting, and iould not state. I make no comment 1 (pon this curious statement, but I have ivory reason to believe that the total 'oto of the international committee iocs not exceed 150,000. I believe that ihe administration ticket has been cat tied by lOO.OCU, after making all allow ance for errors and duplications." j Samuel Untermyer estimated that ihe united committee's ticket of the llutual Life would win out by a ma- firity of about 19,000. Mr. Untermyer tated that 207,000 ballots were sent O the home office of the company by hall and otherwise, up to find includ hg yesterday. .-Out of this amount he ilolmn thai- "Ifl npr cent Wfipfl rlpfov ive. Mr. Untermyer i?aid further I hat he believed that 30 per cent, of the iemainder left after deducting the 16 lor cent, f or defectives are votes cast or the united committee's ticket. Ac ordlng to his estimate ' this would ?ave 120,750 votes for the adminis ratlon ticket plus 20,000 proxies which Ir. Untermyer claims . were cast traight for the administration ticket. )n the other hand he claims that the hternational committee cast exclusive f the above ballots 103,000 straight allots for the united committee ticket i which he adds 51,750, the 30 per cent. t the vote cast at the home office, 5ss the deduction for defectives. Five iousand proxies which the committee otes for the united committees is add p. to the estimate for the united com mittee's ticket. According to Mr. Untermyer' s- flg "hes, the united committee's ticket has tscelved 159,750 votes while the admin- Stration ticket received 140,750. 1"Vice President George T. Dexter of ne Mutual Life Insurance company redlcted an overwhelming victory for ,m administration ticket. Mr. Dexter lated that from reliable information hich he had secured he was con- inced that the administration ticket .ceived 220,000 votes while on the oth (! hand the united committees ticket tceived between 75,000 to 80.000 ballots 3id tToxies combined. Mr. Dexter '.ated that he was confident that er thirty of the candidates for trus ses on the administration ticket ould receive the full vote of 226,000. snly an insiflnificant amount of the I ii'-'.ots sent direct to the home office j ? the company, according to the , Continued on Eighth Page.) PRICE TWO CETS. Ol FICEK POWERS DISMISSED Pollee Commissioners Sustain Charges Against Him. The board of police commissioners at its meeting last evening heard, the case of Thomas Powers, charged ..with drunkenness. It will be remembered that Powers recently had a fight with two policemen who were sent to arrest him and later appeared before Chief Wrinn in an intoxicated condition handed in his badge and said he was resigning. The board voted to dismiss him from the service. Percy tan-ell and James T. Hayes were chosen supernumeraries. Michael Hogan was made a special constable, The commissioners voted to ask the civil service board to hold examinations for a lineman. A letter was read from Dr. Heery commending Patrolman Carey for bravery at the fire at 184 Wallace street on November 19. The petitions of Detective McGrath and Patrolmen Coonan and Carey for pay for time lost through injuries In the performance of police, duty were granted. GOVERNOR -GOAS 1SV1TID Will Hear Discussion on Embulming n Affecting Patrick Cnse. JNew York, Dec. 18. Dr. Clark Bell, president of the Medico-Legal society, said to-day that he had Invited Givern or Higgins to attend the dinner of the society in this city to-morrow evenine, The report of a committee which has investigated the matter of embalming in relation to the case of Albert T. Pat- ncK will be discussed at the annual meeting of the society preceding the ainner. CREDIT CURRENCY BILL HOUSE COMMITTEE WILLlMAKb A FAVORABLE REPORT. Measure But Slightly Different From mat Advocated by the American Bankers' Association No Change In Provision That National Banks May Also Take Out a Future Amount of .national Bank Guarantee Credit Notes. wasnington, Dec. 18 The house committee on banking and currency decided to-day to make a favorable re port on a credit currency bill which Is but slightly different from the measure advocated by the American Bankers' association. Ten republicans attended the committee meeting to-day and all supported the measure agreed upon, while the four democrats present op posed it. In the bill advocated by the bankers it was provided that a tax of 2 per centum should be paid by national banks on credit currency equal to 25 per centum of their capital. The com mittee increased the tax on such bank notes to 3 per centum. No change was made In the provision that national banks may also take out a further amount of national bank guaranteed credit notes equal to 12V per centum of its capital, with interest at the rate of 5 per centum. Another change of importance made by the committee is one providing that national banking associations desiring to take out credit notes and having notes outstanding in excess of S2 per centum of their paid-up capital may re deem such excess without reference to the limitation of ?3,000,000 each month prescribed by the act of July 12, 18S2. The bill as reported extends the prlv ilege of issuing credit currency only to national banking institutions which have been in business for one year and have a surplus equal to 20 per centum of their capital. The national bank guaranteed credit notes authorized by the bill may be taken out for issue without a deposit of United States bonds, as now required by law. The notes will .be of form and denomina tions designated by the comptroller of the currency. If the measure be passed as reported by the house committee every national bank meeting the requirements of the bill will be permitted to issue emer gency or credit currency in the sum of $37,500 for every $100,000 of its capital It is maintained by the supporters of the bill that it will afford sufficient elasticity in the currency to relieve the pressure for money which occurs at crop-moving time and in great emer gencies. Bankers estimate the amount of additional currency which the meas ure would afford at $200,000,000. INDICT Ml lTSO 155 COUNTS. Returned by V. S. Jury on Rebate Cases in Toledo. Toledo, Dec. 18. The United States grand Jury to-day returned indictments on 155 counts against both the Ann Ar bor Railway company and the Toledo Ice and Coal company, the former for giving and the latter for accepting re bates on ice shipments. The maximum penalty is $20,000 fine on each count. If convicted on all counts the fines will amount to $3,100, 000 in both cases. Six indictments were returned against the Great Lakes Dock and Dredging company for violations of the federal eight-hour law. No Agreement on Educational Bill. London, Dec. 18. Conferences were held to-day between the political lead ers of both houses of parliament in an endeavor to reach an agreement on the education bill, but were without result. They will be resumed to-morrow. In consequence of the conferences the de bate on the measure in the house of lords was postponed. NET7 HAVEN", CCXNTN., WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9 190 AN ATTftMMT FI1R I S15.G00 IS BROUGHT FILED AGAINST NEW II AVIS AND MAINE MANUFACTURE JAG CORPORATIONS, Action Made In Favor of the Mechanics National Bunk of New York on Note Made by the National Wire Cor poration of This City and Payable to the Order of the National Steel and Wire Company. New York, Dec. 18. The sheriff -to- day received an attachment for $15,000 against the property of the Nati'onal Wire corporation of New Haven, Conn., and the National Steel and Wire com pany, a Maine corporation, in favor of the Mechanics' National bank of the city of ,New York on a note made by the National Wire corporation at New Haven on November 16, payable to the order of the National Steel Wire com pany. The note was transferred to the bank. A deputy sheriff served a copy of the attachment on an officer of local bank. COLONEL MAAN'a TRIAL. Mr. Garvan Outlines the Cnsc of the Prosecution. New York, Dec. 18.-In outlining the prosecution's case against Col. W. D Mann, editor of Town Topics, charged with perjury, Assistant District Attor ney Garvan said in court -to-day that Colonel IMann had published in Town Topics several articles attacking Regin ald Ward. After Ward has "paid him his price, had donated the peace offer ing in the shape of Rico Mining stock. he then published articles very com mendatory to Count Ward," said Mr. 'Garvan. "This," he added, "was Col. Mann's state of mind when he was call ed as a witness and shown a letter from Count Ward which had been O. K.'d by -this defendant for the purpose of putting Ward on the free subscription list of Town Topics." Mr. Garvan said Colonel Mann want ed Ward's name on the free list so that he could see the pleasant articles writ ten about him and the Rico mining stock. On protest by Colonel Mann's counsel, Recorder Goff Instructed Mr. Garvan to stick closer to the facts at issue. Col. Mann's counsel -denied the statements made by Mr. Garvan. Mr. Garvan tried to offer in evidence several extracts from the minutes of the Hapgood trial, but on the objection of Mr. Littleton, counsel for Colonel Mann, that they were immaterial, the recorder would not admit them. Mr. Garvan called on Moses E. Woos- ter, a former employe of Town Topics, to take the stand. 'Mr. Wooster was not in the court worn, and the court ad journed for the day. IIUGHKS APPOINTS STAFF Henry and Trendnay Are Included Among Appointments. iNew York, Dec. 18. 'Governor-elect Hughes to-night made known his ap pointments to his military staff. They nclude: Adjutant general, Brigadier General Nelson Herrlck Henry. Military secretary, Colonel George Curtis Treadwcll. ,Mr. Hughea also announced the se lection of Ernest W. Huffcutt, dean of the Cornell law scho-nl, to be his lestal adviser. Dean Huffcutt succeeded Mr. Hughes as professor of law in Cornell. Huffcutt was born in Kent, Conn., on November 21, 1860. He became the private secretary of President White of Cornell in 1885, and was Instructor n English in the university until his graduation from the law school, when he left to practice in Minneapolis. He ater became professor of law in In diana university, then filled the chair at Northwestern university, eventually returning t'o- Cornell to become dean of the law school faculty. Governor Higgins made him his legal adviser ast July when he appointed Judge Cuthbert W. Pound to the supreme court bench. iHRlNERS ARE INITIATED. Ceremonies Carried Through With Great Pomp. The initiation of seventy-five candi dates into the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles Kof the Mystic Shrine in this city last evening was attended by a large delegation from Bridgeport. The affair was a great success. At 3 o'clock in the afternoon the past potentates of the temple "vere enter tained at dinner in Heuble'in's cafe by the Nobles of this city, and at 5 o'clock the officers rf the temple dined in the same establishment. There was a gen eral banquet arter the temple exercises. The Sphinx brass band of Hartford rendered music and Shriners from all parts of the state gathered at the ses sion, which was one of the largest at tended and most elaborate ever held in tnq statu. FOR UNItORU CLASSIFICATION. Railroads Endeavoring to Bring About This Desided End. Chicago, Dec. 18. An effort is to be made by the railroads to adopt a uni form classification of freight in re sponse to the demands of the shippers, and to the suggestion of the interstate commerce commission. The first step in this direction was taken by the Cen tral Freight association to-day, which has asked the eastern lines to join it in considering the question. The plan is to appoint committee reD. resenting the western and eastern lines, men win corner, ana see it a uniform classification cannot be agreed upon. Seems tittle Doubt He Will be Next British Ambassador. London, Dec. 18 Although it is stat ed in highest official quarters that the selection of an ambassador to Wash ington has not yet been quite settled, little doubt remains that James Bryce W'ill be named, unless he positively ve toes his appointment. One of the Irish leaders in parliament, with whom' Mr. Bryce was Intimately associated while drafting the new Irish bill, said to night that tire chances were a thou sand to one that he would be appointed. "We would be sorry to lose him," said this gentleman, "as he has been a home-ruler all his life, and as the pres ent chief secretary for Ireland has been devoting all his talents to finding a so lution for the Irish question acceptable to both Ireland and England. How ever, the measure will probably go over for another year; and even if a fight were undertaken now Mr. Bryce is rather advanced in years to stand such a struggle. Therefore, he could turn over the work to his successor without serious detriment to the Irish cause." Mr. Bryce spends much of his time at the Irish office, where, it is stated, he Is closing up affairs prior to the Christ mas recess of parliament. He is keep ing his own council, and even Sir Ed ward Grey, the foreign secretary, was not aware to-night what the Irish sec retary intended to do. ALDERMEN HOLD BANQUET. GOOD WILL AND FELLOWSHIP PREVAIL. Annual Fcnst Last Evening President Townshend and Mayor Studley Cora mend the Board for Earnest and Efflclent Service to City Personali ties Should be Suppressed at Public Hearings Says President Townshend Alderman Johnson Speaks on Library Matter. The retiring board 01 aldermen held a very enjoyable banquet at the Hotel Oneco last night. Thirteen aldermen were present, and they had as their guests Mayor J, P. Studley, City Sher- iff Kollerstrom, H. W. Lincoln, page of the board, nnd tha n...ntlfl,... tne morning newspapers. Aldnrmnn n,n . u John C. Johnson, chairman of the ar- rangements committwefwas- in charge ana as soon as the dinner had been served, and the tables clearer for ac tion, he introduced Alderman Henry H. Townshend, the president of the board. as loastmaster, President Townshend exnremert the pleasure it had given him to act as tha presiding officer of such an earnest body of workers, and.urired ,thoA wh ' K& I V FA HK I STRIKE OF SEAMEN. returned to the new board to insist on for Perlods ranging from ten days up it that persons who appear before them wards. They declared this had serlous- at public hearings should refrain from personalities. This, he said, would in- duce more citizens to attend, and would make the work of the committee oleas- anter. 'Each alderman present and the rep resentatives of the mornings pabers who were invited guests, and the page of the board, were called upon for a tew remarks. Mayor .Studley, the prin cipal guest, was first Introduced. He commended the board for the earnest work that had been done during the year, and stated that they had solved eome of the most Important questions that had ever come before any board of aldermen, and in a manner that was for the best good of the masses. He outllned some of these and spoke a few words in extenuation of the improve- i ments that it is designed to accomplish with tlifc money obtained through the bond issue should the measure be pass- ed at the meeting which will be held Friday evening, December 28. These mprovements, he said, were for the benefit of the working people more than any other class. The playgrounds would luuii-iii mo vvuiiVKia ui me city Willi an, opportunity for needed recreation as well as the school children. He recall ed the attention of his hearers to the difficulty which was experienced in trettlnB- thrnne-h the TT.qsf T)n,,ir 4,,..v.lU U U .1,.. ... purchase in 1879, and said that the new; measure for the building of a lake and : drive would be of as much pleasure and; benefit to the city as that had been. Alderman Courtney said that he would alwavs look back to his onnnop- tion with the board of aldermen with pleasure. He expressed his satisfaction at the treatment that had been ac corded him as a member of the minor ity. These sentiments were heartily endorsed by Alderman Richard Healy. Both of these gentlemen said that al though they had at first questioned the feasibility of a lake and drive at the foot of East Rock, they now consMprprl it a proposition that must be carried througl" Alderman John O. Johnson was call ed upon by the toastmaster, and said that ln his opinion the fact that each of them had been a member of the board of aldermen that had accepted the generous offer of a public library from iMrs. Mary E. Ives would be a source of pleasure to them in after years. He said that an embossed copy of the letter of gift of Mrs. Ives with the names of every member of the board engraved upon it would be placed in the new library when it is complet ed, as a lasting memorial of their actio During the evening Alderman Francis Pro'" Brewer Arctic Club's President. S. Hamilton entertained the banqueters New York, Dec. 18. Dr. Frederick A with a number of songs, which were Cook described his ascent of Mount very much appreciated. McKInley, at the annual dinner of the Others who epoke were Alderman Arctic club to-night. The club voted Franklin L. Homan, Hamilton, a5ar- its congratulations to Commander Rob lowe, Curtiss, Loos, Burke, Assistant ert E. Peary. Professor William H City Clerk Pallman and H. W. Lin- Brewer of Yale university was elected coin. 'resident, ) . tuiiuiiuituu I IliUUIIU I Ifl FURNISH LAHGE CAES FEATURE OF CAR SHORTAGE DEVELOPED BY COM MISSION. Milppcrs Complain That Small Cars Prevent Them From Getting; Com modity Rates to Pacific Terminals Counsel Claims Failure Is Due to . Shortage of Cars All Over Country Complaint Helnif Heard Is Made by 78 North Carolina and Virginia Man ufacturers. Washington, Dec. 18 A feature of the car-shortage question about which the interstate commerce commission is receiving so many complaints develop ed to-day in the hearing by that body of the case of the North Carolina Case Workers' association again3t the Southern and a large number of other railway companies, whose connecting lines do a transcontinental business. It concerned the failure of the companies to furnish forty and forty-two-feet cars to carry the minimum of 20,000 pounds of furniture shipped to Pacific coast terminals which entitles' the shippers to a commodity rate. 1 Instead, most of the time, supply cars smaller In size were sent, in which the shippers can place but 12,000 pounds. The North Carolina Case Workers' association is composed of seventy-six furniture man ufacturers of that state and Virginia. In their complaint to the commission they say that the roads give them a thirty-six-foot car and charge $1.70 for each 100 pounds, with a minimum of 20,000 pounds per car, thus subjecting them to payment for 8,000 pounds more than the actual weight shipped. They have asked the commission to compel the roads to give them a rate of $1.70 a hundred at minimum of 12,000 pounds, which, they say, is enjoyed by furni ture shippers in other localities. Counsel, in reply to the complaint, states that, as provided in the western and southern classifications, the thirty- six-foot cars take a minimum of 12,000 Poun(iH' but tha' the $1.70 rate is a spo clal commodity rate applying to Pacific coa.st terminals oniv. nnrt rnvora a plno of cheap and medium grade furniture that, if subjected to the regular rating, would require a rate of $2.40 a hundred, The counsel further declared that their inaDinty to supply cars of larger di menstons is due to the shortage of cars a11 over the colmtr- and that the rail- way companies ar? doing everything in their power to supply their shippers. The whole of to-day's session was consumed In hearing testimony offee'd j by the complainants! In which- the wit- nease3 &ve 'n detail instances in which tne companies had riot furnished the cars cal,ed fi". an(l others (n which the snippers naa Deen compelled to wait ly embarrassed them in their business, ln many instances causing mosses re suiting from countermanding of orders, To-morrow the commission will hear the defendants' side. CHAMBER GRANTS WISH. Will Not Press Treatment of Recalci trant Priests as Foreigners. Paris, Deo. 18. The cabinet to-day among- other formalities decided not to t'cj'arate Into several bills the amend- rnents to the church and state soeara- tion law of 1905, which were rad in the chamber of deputies December 15 by M. Driand. minister of miblic wnr- shi; and Instructions, and then sent to the committee t-f the rfi-mw Tha chamber committee this evening fiereed to abide by the cebinet's wish not to press the nuestion of treatlns- recalcitrant pris as subjects of a foreien nower until its rreli mlnnrv nr. aminalion of the clauses nf thA proposition except the one reiniW pensions and allowances of the elcrev an asreement on which was left over, has been completed. DENTISTS ZLECT OFFICERS. 1 Anvla" t the Tnlon League Yesterdny. At the annual meeting of the New Tr,,wn r,tr,, , 4 , . " C.0Unty Dmtal SOciety' hed at tne Union League last night, it was ,r'oted to cnanse the name to the New Haven County Dental association. Otlicers were elected as follows: Dr J. T. Parker of Wallingford, president; Dr. E. R. Bryant of this city, vice president; Dr. G. H. Nettleton, secre tary, and Dr. George C. Fahy, treasur er. The finance committee as elected were Drs- Ba-Wwin. Church and Vroom. Dr- Herbert C. Wheeler of New York g&ve an enJ,3yable address. About thir- ty-five members were present. Wants Life of Charter Extended. Winsted, Dec. 18. Announcement is made here to-night that the Connecti cut Railway and Lighting company, whose principal office is -in Bridgeport, will petition the incoming legislature to extend the life of its charter, in or der that it may carry out its trackage plans in Waterbury, New Britain, -Wolcott, Naugatuck, Milford, Orange, Stratford,' Bridgeport, New Britain and Norwalk. fcTHE CARKEGTON PUBLISHED CO. 25,000 Emigrants Now Held at Genoa by Labor Difficulty. Rome, Dec. 18. The general strike of seamen is causing considerable anxie ty. At Genoa 25,000 emigrants are pre vented from leaving for their destina tions because of the trouble. The In ternational Federation of Worker on sea and land transportation at Ham burg has promised to support the strike. This movement is taken in ac cordance with the asreement reached at the recent congress of the federa tion at Milan -at which it was decided that when an affiliated body of the federation should go on strike tha or ganlzatlns in other countries would support It. The government has ordered war ships kept in readiness for the postal service between the peninsular and the islands ln case the strike necessitates the use of these vessels for carrying tha malls. PARKER CHOSEN CAPTAIN. Harvard Men Elect Leader Season's Eleven. of Next am-orldge, .Mass., Dec. 18. Bartol Parker, 1908, who has played center for the last two seasons was to-day elected captain of the Harvard football eleven of next year. Parker os a son of "Har- old Parker, state highway conimis- oiwicr. ne preparea lor colleee at Milton academy, and for two years was captain of the academy football iteam, OUSTER ACTIONS CONTINUE MISSOURI RESUMES ANTI-OIL COMPART PROCEEDINGS. Two Witnesses Examined Yesterday, uuin connected with Standard Oil Company J. A. Moffatt, President of "" oi inaiann, Attempts to Show That Republic and Waters- Plerpe Companies Were Independent Says There Was No Agreement in Restraint of Trade. rxew York,- Dec. 18.-Proceedings brought by the state of Missouri to oust the Standard Oil company of In diana, the Waters-Pierce Oil company and the "Republic Oil Company from Missouri were resUmed before Commis sioner Robert A. Anthony to-day. The hearing, which began in this city sev eral weeks ago, had been adjourned to several cities and was ' resumed here that the Standard Oil company might present testimony in rebuttal. Two witnesses were examined to-dav. J. A. Moffatt, president of the stand ard Oil company of Indiana, and AVal- ler u i eagle, who is connected with the export department of the Standard Oil company. By Mr. Moffatt the company attemnt- ed to show that there was no restraint ot tne oil trade, and that the Republic and Waters-Pierce Oil companies were naependent companies. By Mr. Tenele former vice-president and general man ager of the Republic Oil company, it was attempted to show that that com pany started out as an independent concern. , Mr. Moffatt, in replying to a question as to whether there is an agreement as to restraint of trade between the Waters-Pierce company and the Standard Oil company of Indiana in Missouri, said that there was not; that there ex isted simply an agreement as between wholesaler and retailer. He said that the two concerns had divided the state between them to a certain extent. The hearing was adjourned until to morrow. DENIED BY ROCKEFELLER. Neither Him or Any of His Family In- terested ln Congo. London, Dec. 18. Rev. Dr. Charles F. Aked, pastor of Pembroke chapel, Liv erpool, the well-known preacher who has been tendered the pastorate of the Fifth Avenue Baptist church in Newi York, and who is said to have been of fered later the most famous pulpit in this kingdom, in a letter to the secre tary of the Congo Reform association, published to-day, says that Mr. Rock efeller assured him that neither he nor any member of his family has a penny invested in the Congo concession grant ed by King Leopold to an American syndicate. MERIDEN ELtClION. Republicans Carry Their Men Into Of fice of Treasurer and Auditor. Meriden, Dec' 18. In a hotly-contested city election to-day the republicans elected Floyd Curtis treasurer and F. C. Borst auditor and a majority of the city council. The democrats elected both city sheriffs. The council will stand: Aldermen, republicans 6, demo crats 4; councilnien, republicans 10, democrats 10. The republican majority on treasurer was 316 and on auditor 30. CHEAP COLOSIST RATES JO CAZI FOSMi. . Via Washington-Sunset Route. Per sonally conducted excursion. Sleeping cars without change from Washington. Berth, JS.50. Southern Railway, No. 228; Southern Pacific. No. 170 Wash ington street. Boston, STATE HAS A HOT Ifl INDUCE IHICRATIf SECRETARY STRAUS HOLVS SOUTH CAROLINA DID DiOJC VIOLATE LAW. Had Induced Laborers to Come to State and Paid Their Expenses-Agricultural and Manufacturing Indnstrles Retarded by Luck of Men Question of Violation of Alien Contract Labor Laws Decided ln the Negative States and Territories Excepted from Pro. hibition According to Solicitor Eurle. Washington, Dec. 18.-An important decision has been . rendered by Secre tary Straus of the department of commerce and labor as to the right of a, state to induce immigration to- that w.u. j.ne decision . holds, in 'brief, that In the circumstances there is violation of the immigration laws, m of the law to prohibit the Importation, of alien contract laborers ln the action of the state of South Carolina in this particular case, in ; encouraging imml- ' gration to that state, or in faying tha necessary expenses of the Immigrants In earning to the State. ' . For some time past the agricultural and -manufacturing industries of South Carolina have been retarded and wero in danger of material injury on ac count of the lack of labor. In order to relieve this the legislature of South Carolina passed an act creating a state department of agribulture, com' merce and Immigration. E. J. Watson, as commissioner, was empowered by the act to make such arrangements with steamship companies and the Im migration agencies in thi,s country and abroad as would serve best the inter ests of successful immigration. The act authorized the commissioner To ac- ' cert contributions from such citizens of the state as might wteh to assist. In November, 1906, the steamship Wittekind arrived from, Bremen at the port iu.f Charleston, S. C, having" on board about 475 aliens destined to va-' rious points in the state. About 300 were Belgian -mill operatives, their wives and children, the remainder be ing Gorman farm laborers and women seeking domestic -service. IA11 of tha;e aliens were induced' to migrate to the United States by South -Carolina. The -passage money of the aliens wa9 paid " by the stete. : The commissioner of im-micratinn South Carolina found employment and aisxriputed these aliens ' to various Joints in the state. v The facts ln this case were brought -to the attention of the secretary ef commerce and1 labor by the immigra tion officer at the port iof Charleston, ' and he in turn referred the matter to the-solicitor of the department for his opinion as tw whether or not the action of. the commissioner of immigration of WJUtn Carolina In bringing these aliens to the United States was a vio lation of the alien contract labor lawii. U The immigration service was duly xio- tinea or the expected arrival of the Immigrants in question and the ; right : of such aliens to land was left to tha determination of the officers adminis tering .the federal administration laws. The question of the right of ai state, under the national immlerallon laws, to encourage immigration was raided by the officials southern state.' It Was referred tn th department of commerce and lahnr. Realizing the importance of the case. Secretary ' Metcalf referred the lecal question Involved to Solicitor Earl. Mr, Earl arrived finally at the conclu sion that there had been no violation of the national law. He finds that so far as the prohibition against assisting the inuortation or migration of for eign' laborers by promises of employ ment through advertisements abroad is concerned states and territories aro expressly excepted from the operation of the law. He says further: By the term of the proviso, states and territories may offer inducements or make promises to foreign laborers ty advertisement rrinted and publish ed in foreign countries and they are not forbidden to 'assist' In the migra tion of the foreign laborers to whom such offers are addressed." While the opinion of Solicitor Earle is general in its application he makes it clear that it relates to the facts of this particular cae and indicates that different questit-ng might arise if the facts themselves were slightly differ ent. Robber Kills Himself. New York, Dec. 18. William Madison, also known as McPherson, and whose photograph is in the Rogues' Gallery, shot himself in the breast three times to-day to avoid capture for a robbery committed in Mount Vernon last night. He died while being removed to a hos pital. Madison might first have killed an officer or two had he been so in clined, but after holding up his pursu ers he deliberately turned the weapon upon himself. Shipping News. New York, Dee. 18. Sailed: Steamers Yorck, Bremen; Pannonia, Liverpool via Queenstown. Sable Island. N. S.. Dec. 18. Steampr Majestic, Liverpool and Queenstown for New York, In communication with the Marconi station 200 miles east of this point, at 9:20 a, m.; will probably dock at 9 a. m. Thursday. Gibraltar, Dec. 18. Arrived: Steamer Koenigin Luise, New York via St. Mi chaels for Naples and Genoa (and pro- ceeded). Trieste, Dec. 13. Arrived: Steamer Carpahia, New York via Naples. Fiume, Dec. 14. Arrived: Steamer Sofia Hohenberg, New York via Naplen and Patras. Naples, Dec. 15. Arrived: Steameri Florida, New York; Madonna, New York.