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MM V- .4, FULL LOCAL AND ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWS. WEATHESI FAIB TO-DAY. 1' NEW HAVEN, CONN., TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1S07. PRICE TWO CENTS. VOL LXII., MO. 315. CODRT MARTIAL OF GELSTOESSEL Final Stage of Trial of Rus sian General Who Sur rendered Port Arthur. SIDE LIGHTS ON GREAT CAMPAIGN SOther Generals Involved Ku- ropatkin Sits as One of the Judges of the Court. ; St, Petersburg,, Dec. 9. The final i etage of the court martial of Lieut. IGeneral Mikhailovltch Stoessel will be- in In this city to-morrow. There havve testimony of the witnesses in the xar i east, but now all this material is in or- Ider and the proceedings will go on rap- yji.. Pul. . . General Stoassel Is accused of having , ----- ... . t,. . surrendered the fortress at Pert Ar khur before he had exhausted all thfl of defense. The punisn- ; nent for this, under the , -" s aeatn. xie s u v uu - - --- charge of lacking Ma "a . "n ' lavmg u i IFock and Gen. Reiss are co oeiemmuia JW11U mill. tllO 111 1. "- - .. l nn,ni th Riirrender of mhi icortresa and the second with having Executed the order of surrender. Gen rnoVlltoessel, most jitter enemy, is to be tried on a minor bount. The court will be composed of nine generals under the presidency of Vice Admiral Doubassoft. It will include hett't ! Kuropatkln and others. The basis of the Indictment Is prac ioally Identical with that set forth in he secret report of the defense of Port vrthur made by Gen. ' Smirnoff, but ounsel for the defense have announced hoir intention of broadening the scope f the Inquiry to Wing in the oonduct f the ministry of war both prior to tnd during the war with Japan. The trial is exciting intense interest ii army circles. Every ticket to the ttje auditorium in the Army and iavy club, where the hearing will be told, has been taken by army officers f high rank. It is a curious coinci ence that this room in the club was he scene, some months ago, of the ac eptance, by ie minister of war of the word of honof purchased by public ubscrlotlon In France for presentation o General Stoessol in recognition of Is heroic aersnse oi .fori Armur. ai ar the accusations brought against Jeneral Stoessel the contemplated in cription was changed and the sword -as presented Instead to the iRusBlan rmy. The trial will last a fortnight, lajor Temnova, cf the Japanese nftvy, ho was General Nogi'e chief of staff ,ewspa:p9r correspondents have been during the war, as well as several ummoned as witnesses but their at- sndaace Is uncertain ' Geaeral Stoessel is to-day in a pitia ble state of excitement over the final paring of his case. The doctors are pprehensive of the effect of the trial pon the veteran officer, who has suf ired two paralytic strokes since "The ill of the fortress. The general told le representative of the Associated 'ress to-day that he was very glad ideed that the trial, after Its endless slays, was Anally coming to a close, le expects to be fully rehabilitated. The Indictments against General toessol, Reiss, Fock and Smirnoff are ill oi sidelights on the final stages of f ie fortress and on the confusion which Uvlsted in the direction of the defense I'wing to the ambiguous position of ;eneral Smirnoff. Nominally this gen ital held the chief command of the i;uueas, uui actually ne was suppiam- 1 by General Stoessel who was little :iore than the mouthpiece of General oclc. v. ' Before communication with Port rthur was finally cut off Gen, Kur- (oatktn both telegraphed and wrote to en. Stoessel instructing him to hand f'er the command of the fortress to 1 en. Smirnoff and rejoin the 'Manchur- n army. Gen. Stoessel did not follow I lese instructions. On the contrary he 1 ;mained at Port Arthur and arrogated f i himself the supreme authority. Gen. Imlrnoff found his hands completely ed. His suggestions were ignerea, his ders countermanded, and his subor ri(ftived direct orders from mself. Much of the evidence at the prellm ary inquiry turned on the allegations rainst Gen. Stoessel of military incap ilty, lack of foresight in regard to the Election of food supplies, and failure make the best use of his troops by oviding them with adequate rations. ,t a military council held on Decem r 7 the food condition was formulat l in Gen. Stoesscl's name by Gen. eiss, chief of staff. This proposal was jectcd by the council. A week later Gen. Fock Is considor l to be responsible for the evacuation I vitally important forts between De- inber 18 and January 1, and the evi nce cn this point is Incontrovertible. le indictments give a terribly graphic scription of the straits Jo which the fmfendlng forces were reduced by J ell and rifle fire, mines and hand t -enaaes. xne lustes wcio euunuuuo, ( f one position alone the casualties ex I Seded 400 in a single day and at an ? her point there were but thirty eur yors from a detachment of over 300 J ien. Nevertheless neither Gen. Gor- Htowsky nor Gen. Smirnoff admitted 5 possibility of voluntarily evacuat- f g the defences and they both tit- Tly upbraided Gen. Fock when they 1 :arl of bis order to d to. STATE MAYORS MEET Governor Woodruff Made an Honorary Member. Derby, Dec. 9. The regular semi-annual meeting of the Connecticut May ors' association was held with Mayor I'A. T. Howe to-day. The president, former Mayor M. "Wilson Dart, of New Xondon, presided, and after it was an nounced that there was no special bus iness on hand, a general discussion be gan. There were sixteen members present, seven out of the eighteen citis of the state being: represented. New London was decided upon as the place of meeting- next June, when pa pers will be read by Mayor Landers, of New Britain, and Mayor Boone, of this city, the former's subject being "Keeping the Lid On," and the latter's "Collection of Poll and Military Taxes." Governor Woodruff was elect ed an honorary member, he being the second person to receive that honor. Among those present to-day were Gov ernor Woodruff and former Lieutenant Governor Keeier. HIGH OFPICIAL ON TRIAL - Charged With Manslaughter. New York, Dec. 9. Alfred H. Smith, vies nrosldcnt and e-enprnl manager of ,, , . . ine new lorn vcuurui raiiiuau, naa ,., An t,, t,,-,;,. . . .. Mftrom t nn ' "ZS"" derrea. growing out of the wreck of thft Brew8tw exprPS3 at Woodlawn last February, in which twenty-four per- sons! Inst their lives and sixty-seven jwere Injured. Gross negligence was - - - - - - - . - h - .o - .J l tv. 1r,flltmt - ,""v".'" The trial moved with marked expedi tion to-day and when court adjourned a Jury been selected Testjmony AHEARN jSREIOYED Borough President of Man hattan Charged With Of ficial Misconduct. HUGHES USES POWER Governor Charges Official Neg; lect, and Not Personal ... Graft. .;. Albany, Dec. 9. Governor Hughes to-night ordered the removal from of fice of JoWi F. ' ArreftrwiMsldent of the Borough of Manhattan, Mew York city, en the charges preferred against him toy the City club of New York, holding that the "neglect and misconduct al leged to exist in the president's office "were for the most part made possible because of the want of that adminis trative care which it wss the plain du ty of the borough president td exer cise." ' The disrepair and neglect which President Ahearn permitted in the paving of the streets of Manhatta: borough, especially those pa-ed with asphalt, is the principal ground upon' which Governor Hughes bases his ac tion, but he refers also to "grave abuses in the administration of the bureau of public buildings, and offices," one of the departments under Ahearn'g jurisdiction. The governor takes pains to call at tention to the fact that personal cor ruption was not alleged or proved fegainst the borough president, "that is," he says, "it is not shown and it Is not claimed that he has converted pub llo money or property to his own use er has personally profited in an lunlaw ful manner by his official conduct. "Justltce to Mr. Ahearn requires," the governor continues, "that this should be stated emphatically and -clearly be understood. But that does not end the matter. A borough presi dent, as has been said is removable up on charges. And without attempting to state comprehensively what conduct bearing upon character or fitness mlg'U be regarded as a proper subject of charges, it is clear that a charge will lie for breach of duty." OFFICIALLY DENIED No Change of Yardmaster of New Haven Road in This City. The report published in another pa per that another change In yardmaster of the New Haven road in this city has been made, is incorrect, as no such' change has been made or Is contemplat ed, says an official statement of the Consolidated road. Andrew Ross, assistant superlntedent ent of the New York division, has been transferred with the same title to Har lem river, with Increased responsibili ties and a substantial increase of sal ary, as a recognition of his good ser vices at New Haven. A. R. Horn, assistant superintendent of the Worcester .division, has been transferred to the same position on the New York division at New Haven, to succeed Mr. Ross, in accordance with the established policy of the road to advance men in line for and entitled to ; promotion. REYNOLDS PLEADS NOT GUILTY. 'Springfield, Mass., Dec. 9. Frank L. Reyenolds, arrested Friday In Lmolne, Me., on the charge or larceny ot M0 from the E. !A. Rale Co., of this city, of which ho wa3 manager, plrad- ed r.ot guilty in court to-day, and the case was continued one week for hear- nS ADMIRAL EYANS UNFURLS HIS FLAG Assembly Day in Hampton Roads for the Great Pacific Cruise ? Fleet. SIXTEEN WARSHIPS SAIL ON MONDAY Connecticut the Flagship of the Famous Admiral Who Will Lead the Array. Old Point Comfort, Va Dec. 9. The double-starred flag of blue, em blem of the commander-in-chief of the Pacific-bound battleship fleet, was flung to the "breeze from the main truck of the battleship Connecticut to day and Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans formally assumed his position as leader of the greatest naval move ment in the history of the American people. , This was assembly day for the fleet which is to set sail next Monday, and If the sixteen great fighting machines, ordered to skirt the southern end of the Americas and to begin a new naval era in the Pacific ocean there were but two laggards. These were the 18,000 ton Minnesota, flagship of Rear Admiral C. M. Thomas, com mander of the second squadron of the fleet; and the Kentucky, whose 11,525 tons relegate her to the end of the column. The Kentucky is also the oldest vessel among the sixteen, "hav lng been laid down with her sister warship, the Kearsarge, in 1998, at the beginning of the war with Spain. Nine years ago is remote in modern battle ship construction, so great have been the strides in American naval archi tecture. ' The Minnesota and the Kentucky are both expected to anchor In Hamp ton Roads to-morrow and then the historic fleet will be complete. The new Maine, which two short years ago was the flagship of the comma der-ln-chief, tout is ,now in eleventh place in the list, came In to-day, mak ing fourteen battleships at anchor off here. The ships are disposed In two long lines leading In a crescent which De gins Just off Old Point Comfort pier and points toward Norfolk. - SUCCESSOR TO WEED Choice To-night Between Cap tain F. W. Brown and Ad jutant A. W. Mattoon. The election of a new major to sue ceed Major Smith G. Weed, resigned of the Second company, Governor's Foot guard, will take place at the Fobt Guard armory to-night. The election hat created a great deal of Interest, not only among the Foot guard itself but also among the upper military men of the city. The contest undoubtedly rests between Captain F. W. Brown and Adjutant Albert W. Mattoon. Captain Brown hag conducted aatrenuous cam paign to land him as the commandant, while Adjutant Mattoon's friends, who have urged him to allow his name to be used, have done some quiet work in his behalf. The resort that Mr. Mattoon had withdrawn from the race turned ut last night to be absolutely untrue, He has not devoted any of hi time to ceniuctlng a campaign, being satis fled to lcavo it in the hands of hlo friends He went Into the race on their solicitation, and his friends say that he is going to stay to the finish, and has evory confidence in the result. NEW COUBT STARTED Independent Foresters Institute, VVJtli Twenty-six Charter Members. Court Yale, a new branch of the In dependent Order of Foresters was in stituted last evening In this city, in room 13 of the Insurance tmildlng, with twenty-six charter members. The cef' emony of lnstitutlen was performed by Deputy Supreme Ranger Henry A Evison, asslsteO by John W. Hutt as supreme nrarshbU. After, an intdi jst lng ceremony there was a socl . ss sion and refreshments were enjoyed by all present. The court consists of both men and women. The following ofR cers were installed as the first officers of the court: Court deputy, Thomas Foote; past chief ranger, S. P. Butler; chief ran ger, John H. Ward; vice chief ranger, William Kelllher; recording secretary, William Barr; financial secretary, Frank Barnum; treasurar.Eurl Brown physician, Dr. J. Edward Hugo; senior woodward, Fred Kelllher; Junior wwd ward, William Uylle; organist, Wll Ham Neenan. STATUS OF BRIGADE STAFF Probable Tliat Governor Will Smother Oplitlon of Attorney-General. Hartford, Dec. 9. There is a possl bllityx that the opinion of Attorney General Holcombe, In relation to the military status of Brigadier General Frost and his staff (nay not bo made public. It has been In possession of the governor about a week now, and Its disposition Is dlscretlonafy with him. Military men Incline to the be lief that the opinion will not be given in full. The report that if 13 adverse to General Frost la now quote general oCCCf.tcli NEWS SUMMARY. GENERAL. New King of Sweden Greeted. Admiral Evans Unfurls His Flag. Mrs. William H. Taft in JJanjjer. Result o Peace Conference. Chicago Hotel Men Arrested. Engineer Want. Wider Canal Locks. '. Government for a Practical Balloon. , Prosecutor of Oil Trust conapaes. Abandoned at Sea. Manhattan Borough President Removal HiKh Officials on Trial. Taft Advised of Mother's Death. STATE. ' ' ' State Mayors Meet in Derby. Newtown Finances Investigated. New Milford Minister Called. Pullman Liquor Selling. nsurance Embezzlement at futnam. Citizens' Ticket Illesal. Attempt to Poison in JSridgeport. Church Club Meets nt Meriden. The Status of, Brigade Start. ult lor jabo.ooo Against Bridgeport - CITY. Aldermen Adopt All the Estimates. Foresters Institute a New Court. Senator Eutterworth Addresses Club. New Rooms for 11th Ward Democrats. Select Weed's Successor To-night.1 I)r. Berle to Congregational Club. . Resolutions on Rev. wrignrs ueatn. Mllo Deyo Speaks Out. Dr. Diamond Speaks on Schools. Suicide Not John A.. Hill. No Change in Yardmasier. SPOHTS. Burr Elected Harvard's Captain. Waterbury Defeats Brlrtirrvrt at polo Providence Trims New Britain. mlthson Joins Irish-Americans. , Plnltola Wins Inaugural Handicap. Colltitt Picks Up Gauntlet. Stag-g Wants Maroons to Play Yale. yais BasiiU)all Team uereaiea. Results of Danburv Athletic Club Bouts EA'EIVTS TO-DAY. Hearing en Tro'.ley Fpnflers. west Haven Borough Jloetlntr. , Board of Health Meets. Paderew'i at Hyperion. i Ml Hobbs at the BUnn. A Nlsht on a Jloitso Boat" at Poll's.' 'Since Nellie Went Away" at N. Haven ATTEMPT TO POISON "Scoop" O'Brien, Temper ance Leader, Accuses v Saloon Keepers. POISON IN HIS FOOD Servant is Arrested on a Tech nical Charge of. Theft. ' : Bridgeport, Dec. 9. On the com piaint oi matttiew E. O Brlen, , the temperane worker, v Julia Ramplatt was arrested to-day on the technical charge of theft, but according to the story told the police by Mr. O'Brien there was a deeply laid plot to poison him, with Miss Ramplatt, who was a servant at his home, as the chief actor in it. Mr. O'Brien told the police that his servant was in . coriM'irstcy with several tenderloin saloonkeepers to kill him by putting poison In his food. the saloonkeepers thereby gettin re venge for the activity of Mr. O'Brien In attempting to drive them out of business. Mr. O'Brien claims that he discovered some strangepsubstance In some food yesterday. He ateo claimed that the girl packed many'thlngs be longing to him In h6r trunk prepara tory to leaving the house, and It is on this charge of theft that she was ar rested. Miss Ramplatt wUl appear tn the city court to-morrow to answer to the charge of theft, and in the mean time the police are Investigating the Other charge against the girl. SOES FOR $250,000 Damage to Property on Water front by Change of Har borMiine. Bridgeport, pec. 9. City Clerk Buckingham was served to-day with notice of an .appeal filed by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Rail road company from the finding of the board of appraisal of benefits and damages relative to the establishment of the city harbor line in the west sida of the requonnook rlVer. At the same time the railroad carries the mattor to the civil superior court and asks for $20,000 damages from the city. The property that the railroad company Claims is affected and damaged by the action of the city Is the Naugatuck wharf, at the foot of Bouth avenue, the landing place "of the night line; the Rosedale wharf at Stratfori ave nue, used by the day tine, and the wharf property south of Wall street The matter of the harbor lines has been before the aldermen and the ap pralseri for nftflrly two years. Hear ings Wro hold before the appraisal lord, both on tho original line and on the proposition to modify the proposed city line, 'W'. H. Boardman, who acts for the' railroad In the presont appeal, acted at the time of the hearings. A report on the subject was filed by the appraisal board with the common council only a short time ago and al though several of the members of the boar of appraisal haa, it is under stood, expressed the opinion that the railroad would b damaged by the proposed line, their report was unan imously In finding damages and bene fits equal so far as the railroad Com pany was ooncerned. FILIBUSTERING AMERICANS Wounded and In Jail Awaiting Trial by Brazil Authorities. Washington, Dec 9. The state, de partment has received a reply by cable from the American consulate at Bahla, Brazil, to Its Inquiry relative to tt)e fate it thO Americans who participated In the unsuccessful nllbntterln expedition In the province of Minds Giraea Ac cording to the report the four Ameri cans are now In Jail awaiting trial un der thf laws rf Brazil on the charge of rebellion. With" one exception they .are all wounded, tho boy seriously. Tho American consulate is wathclung Uii COLLAPSES IN MIDSTOF SPEECH Frank Kellogg, Government Prosecutor of Oil Trust, Overcome at Ban quet. ADDRESSING THE MINNESOTA CLUB Suddenly Staggers and Falls Into Hs Chair in a Faint About to Criticise President. New York, Dec. 9. In the midst of his speech at the annual dinner of the Minnesota Eoelety of Now York to-night Frank Kollogg, of St. Paul, Minn., who is the prosecutor In the case of the United States against the Standard Oil company for a dissolu tion 6t the corporation, suddenly stag gered, placed his hand to his forehead and sank to his chair in a faint. He was removed to an ante-room, where later he was revived. It was at first feared that the, Illness was serious, but the physician who attended him, afterward announoed that Mr. Kelogg had been overcome only temporarily by fatigue due to ovarwork, combined with an attack of indigestion. Mr. Kellogg himself, upon returning to con sciousness, declared that he would be all right to'-morrovv. Mr. Kellogg had spoke on the pros perity 6f the country and had just de dared there were some things in t resident Roosevelt's administration to criticize when he was attacked ; After uttering this sentence, he paused and added: "I cannot probood genuemen; i am weak ana sick, so you must excuse me." He turned pale and collapsed In his chair. Had not members of the society rushed to him he would havo fallen to the floor. Immediate efforts were made to re vive hitr, but these being fruitless, he was conveyed to an ante-room. There a physician attended him and in a few moments restored consciousness. The attack was due to indigestion, super Induced by fatigue brought on by ov erwork. IAS HOT JOHN HILL Supposed Identity of Suicide Shattered, as Man is Alive. - h , The Identity of the man who com mitted sulelde last Saturday afternoon in tho Hotol Jefferson still remains a mystery, for at a late hour last nlghd tho body, which Is at the undertaking rooms of Lewis &, Maycock, had not been identified. Earlier In the day a man by tlje name of Charles Craw shaw, of Whitneyville, stated that tho man answered the description of a nephew of his by the name of John Hill, of 720 8eqond avenue, Brooklyn, and as tho dead man signed a note J. Hill It was presumed that this was a sufficient identification. A telegram was sent to the home of this man In Brooklyr; for relatives to come hero and make sure the .Identification, and the result was that it became evident that a mistake 'had been made. Tho John HJ11 of Brooklyn supposed to be tho dead man is alive and well at his hetno 1 Brooklyn. No other identifi cation had been attempted up to an early hour this morning. ST. PAUL OR L0TJI3VILLE Democratic National Convention Rests between These Two. New York, Nov. S. No.-inan E. Mack, member 6f tho emoor(u-c na tional oommittee for New Yari;, said to-day while en route to WruHingtu.i to attend tho meeting of tho mmrnlt tee, oh Thureaay, that tho national convention would ba hold either In .S:. Paul or Louldville. Ho said tlit Den ver was not central enough, and that Chtcaio had made ho bid fir it. ' H6 declared that William 3. JJryan should too nominated for prosidunt and said he had heard many promi nent democrats express a preference for eSrGovernOr William E. Douglass of Massaehusettn, for tho soconil place on the ticket. "The demand for William J. Bryan's nomination Is practically overwhelm ing," said Mr Mack, "and I bellsvj thiit he should toe nominatal. i-lo is the groatest all around demwat in the country. I believe that It would bo wlso, in view Of the senttrnant out side thts state, to have the Now York delegated Instructed for him. fj tho state everything is Bryan. N5 oha else Is mentioned." BATES INVENTORY $19,000 Most of the Estate Consists of Beat Property. Tho Inventory In the stato of the late (Seprge Bates was filed yaatarday afternoon In tho Probata court. Tharo Is a valuo of $li,S2T.lf shewn, of this there is $12,630 tn real estate, II 3D in personal property, $3,800.21 tn cash and the remainder is in choses In ac tion. The appraisers were Joseph H. Story and James J. Lawtoa and the ex outor ls-Xiiar4 & -Bta. CHURCH CLUB MEETING Diocese of Connecticut Banquets at Meriden. Meriden, Dec. 9. The Church club of the diocese of Connecticut hold one of its enjoyable banquets at the Home club to-night. About 110 members of the Club were present from all over the state. The addresses of the even ing were made by Rt Rev. William Lawrence, D. D., LL. D., bishop of Massachusetts; Bishop Chauncey B. Brewster, of the diocese of Connecti cut, and Henry E. Reese of Hartford. E. M. Huntslnger, manager of the Connecticut Churchman, also spqke concerning that paper. Resolutions of sympathy , were adopted on the deaths of N. Albert Hooker of New Britain and A. D. Noble of . Hartford.- The deaths of Vice President George H. Day of Hartford and P. C. Royce of the same city were reported and committee ap pointed to draw up suitable resolutions which will be presented at the nox: meeting of the cluto which will bo held at the Hotil Elton, Watertoury. SHATTERS FATHER'S HAND Accidental Discharge of Shotgun by Young Son. Bristol, Dec. 9. While out on his farm with a shotgun and his nine year old son to-day George H. Danlols, a well-known farmed and taxidermist, had his left hand badly shattered by the discharge of the gun. It was found necessary to amputate the thumb, two fingers and parts of the other two fin gors. The doctors fear it may be nec essary to take off the whole hand Daniels snys he had given the gun to his son to hold and was slightly In ad vance of the boy when -in some man ner, accidental, the piece was dlsehavg cd. No blame tie says attaches to the boy. SYSTEM FAULTY Dr. Diamond Shoves Up Schoo Wase at Cham- ber of Commerce. TO UTILIZE THE PLANT Says Investment 6f Two Mil lions Lies Idle Many Nights. IA sweeping criticism of tho school system of the country and of tho city' of New Haven was mado last evening by DK Frank J. Diamond, supervising principal of the Wooster Street school, upoaking -boforo- the chamber .of com merce. Dr. Diamond took for his sub ject "ThOt Efficiency of Our Schools as Measured by Business Standards."' Speaking from this standpoint ho said that our schools are not run on right business principles; that thereturn In values are in. no way commensurat with tho money Invested, and that the schools are a'll run on conssrvatlve ideas that have long since worn out their usefulness. "The business man is tho taxpayer," said Dr. Diamond. . "The ,; taxpayer should know as a business man just what he is receiving for the money ho Is Investing in the .schools." He then proceeded to show where the Softools of the country and of New Haven are not up to tho standard they should have, and just how Improvement should be gone about. . It Is not so easy to reckon out tho return on a sohool investment as it is on a business In vestment, he showed, because tho thing wo are dealing with Is Immaterial, while in business It Is a material ob ject, monoy, that is under considera tion. Nevertheless, some general con clusions may be had. The sohools should ba subjected to an investigation as to their equipment. Wo should determine whether the equipment is as up-to-date as that of the average business. Dr. Diamond pointed out many oases of school build ings In New Haven that have done servloe without any changes o r im- (Continued on Seoona Page.) DOCTORSjX RATE Waterbury Physicians Not to Make Cheap Calls on So ciety Members. Watertmry, Dec. 9. At a meeting of tho Waterbury Medical association to night a unanimous vote was taken to take no more contracts with, fraternal societies at less than the oatabltshed rata of J t each for house calls and $1 each for office oaaii, instead of a stated price per capita for lodge or fraternal work by tho year. It Is understood that rather than meet this Increase in rates many of the fraternal organizations will get physicians to come here from outside tho state, and. do their work unor con tract at the same price now paid local physicians under contract. TAFT NOTIFIED Wireless Communication Advises Him of Mother's Death. On Board tho Steamer President Qrant, In the English channel, Dec. 10, bj( wireless telegraphy to London, via Falmouth the message an nouncing the death of Secretary Taft'B mother, was received at 1130 this morning. The secretary was aroused and the message was communicated to him. He was greatly affected. The secretary had hoped to reach America bforo tho worst. ALDERMEN ADOPT ALLJsSTIMATES Final Session of flie Board Passes them After a Stormy Fight. COMPROMISE COMES IN SALARY CONTEST New Clerk in Whitaker's Office at $840 a Year Just Gets by With Eight to Six ' Vote. After two evenings spent in fighting over the estimates submitted toy tho board of finance, tho board of alder-' men last night peacefully wound up an eventful career of two ye aw v by passing all tho salary increases pro vided fey those estimates aad approv ing the entire estimates ojcactly as sent in from tha financier. Tho event was not achieved without mteoh debate in which practically every menvber present was on tho floor re peatedly and some of the salary ralaSs were so firmly oontested that they got ' by early with em&il margins. . Arguments bsgon with'tho opening of the session and it looked for a time as if the : meeting would fail to ac OompliBh the work 'before it, lbdut one solid hour was occupied In defeat ing the method -which should fce used In attacking the estimates still tojwmo ' up and especially, the salaries" which were the bone of contention. "Tha house wa3 nearly evenly divided upoft this matter, one section favoring tho cutting out of all salaries and tho other the , acceptance of all tho In creases as a whole. For a titoo It looked as if there might bo a general cutting out of all the Increases, but; the motion to that effect was noti forthcoming and Anally the mattons wafe taken up separately. ; - Tho salary increase for Chief ffan cher was received with unanimous ap proval, but over this matter and that of City Engineer Kelly there arose an other fight. A section of the board with Senator Homan, a ' leading exponent of the argument wanted these increases taken out of the esti mates entirely and treated as sepa rata resolutions inasmuoh as they had beon brought up originally not In tho estimate but in the board which had1 favored ..them, fhto ' Was defeated,, howerer, and they were aXloriK"To' " stay in the estimate. '. When the salary of Clerk Donovan Of the civil servitfe commission camo up thure was a strong opposition to it , and tho matter required a hard fight before , It' went through. . A motion was made to set it at $500, which la the salary now, but an atpondmont 1 was put before the lbord Vo. bring It' back to $700, as provided for in tha estimates. This was finally carried with several votes id tho good, , The general, disposition to oppose U Increase began to be dissipated as soon as one increase had been grantid, Al- . most, all of the members fayewd cer tain (ncraaee and bitterly oppo44 oil ers and It soon bsoanjo a .tor ot cornpf onitso. One had to ho allowed to seoura ethers so that after tb first few had tone J it boatfe the ruU V aocant the rest). Several ot the speak ers insisted that it waa not r&lf to al low some increases and, not the, othora go that it is likely that rawr votes were cart for inate Whore the voton would not have votd ye exoept fee senVo soroie other tnoreaee he thougai was due. One of the hottest lights, of tho ses sion was ever the nW oWks fa tha town clerk's office and la the effUt ol Registrar Carr. The oapoattlon to tha new man In Whitaker's office waa on tered in the s amount of salary t ba pai& Tho ki'ok oame that W ifaa un fair 'to create a new clerkship la tbM office at .W0 which waa in the OstU mates -while the other elerki who hi been there f of years only ftet4 ItBfc A motion Was accordingly mad-to ciU down tho pay to $?2. Aati the amendment method was vo nd tne. original eatery brought fore board f ot a vote on its acceptance. lSor the closest fight of tho ntsht doyeUe4, the! $846 salary of the estimate bst aJ cepted only by. m vote of 1 te t , In yie matter of tfte new oerk ten Registrar Carr the fight was nei wajdad so dangerously, tout there -were several nay votes when tile matter wae put tor the test, tftine -ot tho votes Wore ta kon by roll call, but rlsiag rotes were called for to settle tho question. , On the matter of tho Increases salary of Chief F&noher while the board re-fused to take It up as a separata mat ter apart from the esttjnae It did take a Yote later In which 1 was agreed to sent a note to the hoard of finance ad vocating again the salary of $3,000 which was approved before tho board of aldermen and which tho financiers cut down to $2,760, This shatter wae adopted with unanimity. , The last part of the session was a matter of clear saHl"- Te o'stpnatei (Continued on Stoend Page.) ' WEATHER RECORD.' Washington, Deo. 9. 6tem wernlns are displayed on tho Atlaatlo ooast Irora Jacksonville to Norfolk. The Winds 3 along the New England aeaet wjil b brisk souTneriF, jiicrjsomif -iuiu.y. Forecast for Tuesaay and Wednes-i 'foTngw England: ' Rain Tuesdayl Wednefday cloarlng and eojder, brtsU south wlnd. , , ' For Eastern New York: Rain Tuegi day, collier in northwest portioq portion; Wednesday fair fcnd tolier, Qsk mt emfUliA. U West wlad. 4 i ft