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Vi\%^?^JS^SSi"* WHOLE NUMBER 18,886. RICHMOND, VA., MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1912. TOrmrraavrrxwrwv.,,
PRICE TWO GENTS.
ENDED Dl DEATH
. IN SUICIDE PACT
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick
Noble Found Dead in
LEFT NO WORD
Woman Was Former Wife of
Walter L. Suydam, Millionaire,
Whom She Deserted for
Were Married Just
One Month Ago.
Now York, February I.?Double aul-1
oide to-day ended the b< nsatlonnl ro-j
mancc of the former wife of Waller i
L. Suydam and Frederick Noble, the J
young plumber, for the love of whom
Mrs. Suydam ran uway from her mil - j
llonatrc husband and married. Tho
bodies of Noble and his bride of a
month were found In their Sow Yonc
apartmentc to-day. The rouplc had
been asphyxiated by gas.
Tho suicide pact, the discovery of!
its results by Mrs. John J. White, of j
Washington, D. C. the mother of Mrs. |
Noble, and other featured of the case
Mrs. While, who has an apartment |
on Lexington Avenue, had her daugh
ler as a visitor last n'ght, and sup?
posed the daughter would remain over?
night. When, however. Mrs. Wh.lo1
awoke thin morning she found that '
her daughter had fled the house. She
hurried Immediately to the daughter's
apartment on West Twelfth Street In i
her automobile. She became alarm^l
when there was no answer to her i
repeated knocks, and summoned two j
policemen, who forced an entrance, j
The door had been harrleadcd with j
chairs and tables, and the doors of |
all tho room.-: of the largo apartment
also were locked and barricaded,
?ladles Found ToKdhcr.
When the party forced Its Way 10
tin dinlr.g-room. the odor of gas was '
tirst detected, and the mother became
hyster'cal. Breaking through the
next door, which led into the kitchen,
the party found Noble and hid wife
lylrit: d<;ol on the floor, their heads al?
most inside the oven of the gan r:v?gc.
They were partly undressed and clasp?
ed In each other'* arm*". A great
volume of gas was escaping from five
burners of the range, and the oven
;<M- ah o were turned on. The wo-!
man was clad In a silk klmoro. and !
?be lay with Noble's left arm encircling j
her body, their faces being close to- j
gt ther. Bvory window in the apart?
ment won closed and bolted.
Mm. White, who wan the flrtt to see
the bodies shrieked and fainted. She
?was carried to a physician's office and
resuscitated with difficulty.
The suicides left no notes to explain
their act, but the police wore con- I
vJncod that It was a case of double ,
hulr.ide. The coroner also declared
that the circumstances left no doubt
that such was the case. He said they ,
probably had been dead three or four j
hours before their bodies were found.
A few minutes after the discovery, !
Mrs. Noble's former husband. Walter;
Lisponnrd Suydam. a millionaire, was
summoned by telephone and arrived I
quickly In his automobile. He was '
much affected by the .,ews of tho sul-j
ctdc of tho woman. He was not al- |
lowed to view the body, which later
was given over to the. custody of the
Employes at the apartment house
nald that Suydam frequently had visit?
ed his divorced wife since her mar?
riage to tho young plumber. Asked
what he thought might havo been the
motive of the suicide pnet. Suydam i
aald, "I can't tell you anything. She I
Irj not mine now, and I am only here
ns a friend to soe what 1 can do."
Mr. Suydam picked up In the apart?
ment a chock for $110, which he said
his former wife told him yesterday
ehe had drawn on his account. He put
the chock In his pocket.
Suydam Is TL'nnrrved.
Suydam was so unnerved by the
tragedy that later when driving his
nutomohlle on Fifth Avenue he ran
down Edward Rappold, a mall carrier,
lie took the injured man to a hos?
pital, leaving orders that no expense. \
bo spared In treating his Injuries. It l
was said that the man would recover, j
In the absence of explanatory notcj j
the motive for the suicides probably
?will never be known. The woman was !
still In tho twenties. She was
married to Suydam about pine years
ago. and they made their homo on a
magnificent estate at Hlue Point,
Mrs. Suydam had a strong intolloct
and moved In tho upper circles of so?
ciety. Early last fall sensational re?
ports developed regarding her rayste- j
rloua disappearance. The sensation
was heightened when It turned out
that she had deserted her wealthy
husband and magnificent home to bei
with Noble, the son of a Brooklyn
plumber. Noble was learning the
plumbing trade. Suydam Instituted
divorce proceedings and obtained a
Tho divorced wife'; ftcrward married
the plumber's son. Vue wedding took
place In Jersey C'ty Just a month
ago. and tho couple established a
home at 82 West Twelfth Street,
^here the suicide pact' terminated the
SITE IS SELECTED
l/Incoln Memortnl Will Kc Krcc*ed In
Washington. February 4.?The $2,
000,000 memorial to Abraham Lincoln,
money for which was recently appro?
priated by Congress, will he erected In
Potomac Park, this olty, within a few
hundred yards of tho river. This was
decided at a meeting ot the Lincoln
Memorial Assoc iation held :il tho White
Houoe. Tho design for tho memorial
WfU, ho aolcoicd later, 1
Throne of China Topples
Over Before March
Abdication Kept More or Less
Secret, and Transition Effected
So That There Is Little Dan?
ger of Disturbances?Two
May Be Established.
Peking. February 4.?The Emprws!
Dowager issued an edict this
evening instruct.ng Premier l'uan Shi
Kal 10 estubl.sh a republic III co-oper
ation with the southern republicans.
The edict hau not yet been puollshcd.
and It is expected that it will be kept
more or Icsb aecret s.o tar as the pub?
lic Is concerned unt.l arrangements
m the south have been completed.
Yuan Shi Kul now Is nedeavorlng to
persuaae the Nanking government to
hand over the control of uitalrs to
enable him to carry on the adm.nis
trallon ot the whole empire until the
natlonul convention appoints a perma
net government und adopt.', a constl
It Is doubted here that the rcpu'oll- '
cans In Nanking will consent to tola. '
It i? believed that the only solut.on ?
possible Is the creation of two pro?
visional governments, and the con?
tinuance of temporary control.
Yuan Khl Kai I? opposed to the '
tranter of the capital to Nanking, but
there appears to be a close under?
standing between the imperial Premier
and the republicans who have again
offered him tue presidency.
The fact that the abdication of Ihc'.
throne has been decided upon la not
known to the general public in Peking. I
and the skilful manner in which the
transition Is being effected .leaves,
small apprehension of disturbances, i
Many of tnc Imperial princeB are I
leaving Peking. Prince Kung. leader!
of the Mongolian antlabdl cation.sis,
and Prince .Su, of the board of de- I
pendencies, have gone to Manchuria. I
General C'hno Erh-Hstin. viceroy of I
Manchuria, has espoused the republic,
but ChanK Chou Lin, commandant of I
troops, Is Irreconcilable.
TAFT COMING SOUTH
Will Mnkc Another Trip In April or
ISpeclal to The Times-Dispatch.]
Washington, February 4.?President
Taft Is to make another Southern trip
some time In April or May. Yesterday
a delegation of Georgia Congressmen,
composed of Senators Bacon and Smith
and Heprescntatlvcs Edwards and
Brantley, called at the White House
and tobl the President that if he still
found It impossible to go to Savannah
on March IS to attend the centennial
of the Hibernian Society of that city,
because of a previous engagement for
that date In Boston, that the celebra?
tion would be postponed to suit any
date that might be convenient to him.
The President told the delegates that
he would choose a date and advise
The first invitation, extended some
time ago. would have been accepted hut
for the fact that the Boston date could
not be broken. It Is practically cer?
tain now that the trip South will ^e
made either In April or May. With
the Congressmen was M. A. O'Bryne,
of Savannah, a leading member of the
Hibernian Society In that city.
MILLION DOLLAR BLAZE
Three I.nrge Fnctory Buildings In
Philadelphia. Pa... February 4.?Fire
which was discovered shortly after 5
o'clock to-day flestroyed three large
factory buildings in the block bounded
by Wood. Vine. Eighth and Franklin
Streets, causing a loss of more than
$1,000,000. The principal loser was
the Hensol-Colladay Company, manu?
facturers of millinery and dress trim- i
mings. This company occupied a slx
storv brick building extending from
Wood to Vine Street on Franklin, with
a four-steiry annex at 711-717 Vine
Street Both buildings Were complete-,
ly destroyed. Members of the firm es- I
tlmate their loss at more than $S00,- !
000. covered by Insurance.
The flames were first discovered
shooting from a window on the fourth
floor of the building 719-723 Vine
Street. The building woh occupied by
H. P. Feld, manufacturer of women's
shirt waists, on the second floor: the
Economical Shirt Manufacturing Com?
pany, on the third floor, and H. Welnt
raugh. manufacturer of men's shirts,
on the fourth floor. This structure
was also destroyed.
FIRE AT NEWBERN |
Newspaper Man mid Wife Have Narrow
[Special to The Times-Dispatch.] I
Newborn; N. C. February 4.?Fire I
discovered at an eairlv hour this morn?
ing completely destroyed the Stewart'
building, on Middle Street. The lower]
part of the building was occupied by:
mercantile establishments, and it was
in one of these, operated by George!
Adler, that the blaze, started. On the;
second story was located an apartment
house and the office of the. owner. H. '
I. Crutnplor, city editor of the Now- j
born Doily Journal, and his wife oc-1
cupled one of the rooms on the second
llodr, and but for the fact that Pollco-;
man Fred Howe bursted down tho door |
and pulled them fro-- tholr bed, theyi
would have been incinerated. As It
was they lost all their household goods |
and barely escaped with tholr lives..
Occurring at an early hour, thoro was
little chance for saving tho building. I
The loss is estimated at $50,000, with!
about $10,000 Insurance.
Pinn "Women's Ticket."
Denver, Col.. Fibruary 4.?Tired of
supporting men candidates for munici?
pal office, th.d women of Denver ore
planning to place a "women's ticket"
In tho field at the coming municipal
elections. Several worn in have been
tentatively agreed upon for city offices'
In the evont the charter amendment
providing for a commission form of
government-Is declared illegal by tho
OF ALL CHARGES
Sugar Trust Attempts
to Show That Hands j
Stresses Federal Accusation of
Customs Frauds, Admitting
Only That Certain Employes
of Single Refinery Were
Guilty and Money Was
Repaid to Government.
New York, February -i.?The Ameri?
can Sugar Refining Company to-mor?
row morning will file Its answer In tne
United States District Court to the suit
brought In November, i'jli, by the
F:<leral government for Its dissolu?
tion. The answer Is a ileniai of the al?
legations ot unlawful combination or
conspiracy, or of any oamtunatlon In
restraint, ot trade. It comprises, to?
gether with the cxhlblw. Jai printed
pages and constitutes the joint and
several answers of the American Sugar
Kefinlng Company. Washington B-j
Thomas, Arthur Bonner. George H.|
Krazier, Henry Enlzc, Henry C. Mott.J
.Samuel C. Hokcr. Samuel Carr, Edwin
S. Marston, Edwin I". Atkins, Charles
Hi Allen, Joseph E. Freeman. Tho
American Siu;ar Refining Company, of;
New York; tho Franklin Sugar Refin?
ing Company, William W. Harrison,
William W. Frazier, Jr.. and the
Spreckels Sugar Refining Company.
The answer denies every allegation
of the government's bill, and defines
the position of the company in respect
to the charges brought against it from
time to time.
Among the most Important allega?
tions of tho government's bill dealt
with are the general rharger, of con?
spiracy and combination; tho reason
urged hy the government as guiding
the company's formation, its acquisi?
tion of an Interest In the refining in?
dustry of the Pacific coajt through the
Western Sugar Refining Company. Its
purchase of Philadelphia rsfineries. in?
cluding the Segal Refinery; Its Invest?
ment In the National Sugar Refining
Company and In various beet sugar
companies: the so-called custom frauds
and Its conduct In regard t?< tho prices
of refined sugar and Its attitude to?
The answer denies thit the American
Sugar Refining Company, .'n January.l
1S91, or at any other time, has been a!
monopoly or In restraint cf trade, orl
that in January, 1S91. toe corporation,
acquired title to the entire sugar busl-l
ness of the United States. It avorsl
that prior to March. 1S92. the company
carried on "not to excee.l 65 per cent,
of the business.
Denial Is also made that tho busi?
ness of the company for many years
has equaled or approximated 90 per
cent. The company, it says, refines
not to exceed 40 per cent of the total
amount of refined or manufactured
sugar produced In this country.
Continuing. the answer declares
thai since the organization of the
American Company competition In:
the manufacture of rennen sugar has
been open and free, and that tho total
output of the company has not in?
creased in the past ten years..
Denies Custom Franda.
The question of the alleged custom
frauds Is treated very fully. Tho
answer denies that In order to enrich
themselves, or to destroy competition
tne defendant companlos or their of?
ficers secured entry of their Imports
at weights below the real weights orj
that they defrauded the government
out of any sums of money. The de?
fendants admit, however, that, prior
to the year 1007, certain employes ot
a singio refinery of tho American
Company, for the. purpose of malting
a more favorable Bhowlng of the
business of this refinery did wltaout
the. knowledge of any responsible of?
ficer of the company cause the govern?
ment to be defrauded out of consider?
able sums of monoy."
When these practices were discover
Od In ? 1907 the American Company a.t ]
onco repudiated them, ana placed all;
tho information it had concerning;
those occurrences at tho disposal of
the Fodoraj government. The amount
lost to tho government through these |
practices was $200.000, which sum<
was subsequently paid to tho govern- I
CAUGHT IN ICE JAM
Six Oystcrmen Arc Believed to Have I
TllgUmans, Md., February 4.?Six
oystcrmen aro believed to have heen
drowned In the Choptank River when
their hoats were carried Into tho open
waters In the Ice Jam that began to
move early this morning with the galo
that swept over Tllgman's Island. The.
iceboat Annapolis, up to a late hour,
had found no trace' of the boats or
men. The missing boats aro:
Daunch and dredge of tho Tllgman
Packing Company and her crow of
Launch of Capataln A. P. Mister with
three men aboard.
Five other launches, caught in the
swirling Ice and water, managed to
tight their way through tho. buffering
cakes and made clear water. They
are now anchored In the middle, of the
Choptank, trying to ride down the
gale, Tho fight was watched by Tllgh
men Islanders, who stood on the wharf
and shore, powerless to give assist?
Distinguished Priest Dead,
Kingston. N. Y.. February 4.?Mon
slgnor Richard Lalor Burtsell, a noted
Catholic priest, and pastor of St Mary's
Church, In Rondout, died to-day - of
pneumonia at the Benedictine Sana?
torium here. Mlgr. Burtsell was a
member of th? sulto that recently ac?
companied Cardinal Farley 'to Rome.
Dr. Burtsell was about seventy-two
years of age, and was regarded nv. one
of the most distinguished Catholic
prJoau iu this country,
Ice Bnage at Nwgara Falls Which Cost Three Lives
SAFETY OF NATION
DEPENDS ON NAVY
Secretary Meyer Urges Con?
struction of Additional Mod?
FAVORS DREADNOUGHT TYPE
Presence of Strong Fleet, He
Says, Would Have Averted
War With Spain.
[Special to Tho Times-Dispatch.]
Washington, February ?:.?The action
01 the Houao Democrats In agreeing In
party caucus the o'.het niuht to coun?
tenance no appropriations for battle-?
ships this year has precipitated u crisis
in the development of the sea power of
the United States, in tho opinion of
Secretary of the Navy Meyer.
In an interview with The Times-Dis?
patch correspondent, secretary Meyer
made it plain that the Culled States is
under obligation to maintain a navy
commensurate with those oi other pow.
era with which this country Is con?
tending tor the commerce of the world.
"Atter long and exhaustive stuuy of
the building policies adopted by other
countries," said the secretary, "the
general board of the navy has outlined
the number of battleships they coo
eider necessary properly to protect our
country's Interests, it is only on ac?
count of the most urgent necessity for
economy that 1 have rJcr-rnmended to
Congress the authorization of but two
battleships each year.
"It is with no desire to outstrip oth?
ers," Mr. Meyer continued, "but merely
that the United States keep in a posi?
tion to hold its own that this policy
is so strenuously urged.
"Tho responsibility of once depart?
ing from such a policy is very great,
and tho price the country would have
to pay if the effective strength of the
fleet is reduced by two battleships this
year, is Incalculable.
Not to lie AffgrCsslve.
t "We do not hold for an adequate
navy so that we may be aggressive, but
simply as a reasonable cssuranco upon
the wealth of the country. According
to the last official estimate, its value,
had reached the vast '.otel of about
$100.000.000,000, of which the navy Is
perhaps the chief defender. As Presi?
dent Taft himself said, not long ago.
prudence and patriotism demand that
the United States maintain a navy
commonsurate with Its wealth and
dignity, at least until peaceful means
(Continued~?n second page.)
Washington, February 4.?Bitter?
ly cold wentber will visit the East
ern aud Southern States the first
I of this week, hut there trill be lit?
tle snow or rain. The vreekly fore
cant of tho Weather Dureau to-night
can sec nothing but pleasnnl winter
conditions jreuerally after the cold
nave skull have passed. The fore?
cast says I
"Insensnnnbly cold weather the
[ first two days of the vreek In the
Eastern and Southern States will
be followed by n reaction to higher
temperature In these regions by
I the middle of the week. Over <bc
Middle West, the itneky Mountain
1 region anil the Pacific nlope tem?
peratures during the week will
I average near or above the normal.
There nre no Indications nt the
present time that another cold
wave will cross Ihe country during
(be coming week.
I "The wentber during ihc week
Mill be generally fnlr, except for n
j short period of snows and rains
attending n disturbance that will
appear In the far West on litesdny
or Wcdncsdny, cross the Middle
West abont Thursday nna the East?
ern States nbont Friday or Sntnr
"Cold rolns are probable In the
Northern Pacific States durltg the
"Stormy weather Is likely to con?
tinue Ihe coining week over the
North Atlantic slenmsblp routes
GOES 10 BOTTOM
Flame-Swept Vessel Loses in
Desperate Race for
TRIUMPH FOR WIRELESS
All Members of Crew Taken Off
by Ships Which Heard
Norfolk, Va., February I.?Tho
British steamer Consols, cotton-laden,
from Galveston for Hamburg1, flame
i swept In u long, futile race for port,
J sank early to-day forty miles south of
Cape Henry. Her crew of thirty-four
men, refugees on the British steamer
I Castle Eden, were landed at Newport
i It was another triumph for Inter?
communication among ocean craft, for
i tho Castle Eden, headed from Savan
i nah for Danish ports, picked up the
' wireless call for help from tho Im?
periled crew on the Consols and rush?
ed to their assistance. The battleship
New Jersey, on her way north from
tho Guantanamo drill grounds, also
heard the call. The New Jersey sent
the first word to shore of tho rescue
of the men by the CastlC Eden after
the lire, which had started early yes?
terday morning off tho North Carolina
I coast, had gatnad such headway as to
j Imperil the lives of the crow. The
revenue cutter Onondaga stood by tho
burning vessel as It sank. The Onon?
daga returned to Hampton Boads to?
' Captain H. Jones and tne crew of
i the Consols reached Norfolk to-night
from Newport News, where they were
landed this morning by the British
steamer Castle Eden,
j Captain Jones declined to discues tho
j burning of his vessel so far as the giv.
j lng of details was concerned. He said
the fire probably resulted from spon?
taneous combustion. Ho said the en?
tire ship was swopt by flames almost
before the men left her. The crew
fought the names for twenty-tour
hours and took to the boats at 2:30
o'clock Sunday morning. The men re?
turned to the Consols at daybreak, but
the Intense heat drove them to the
boat6 again. The decks began to fall
In under tho men and several of them
had narrow escapes. Two of the four
lifeboats carried hy t,he Consols were
: burned. Tho men did not save any
' thing except what they wore.
Hod Valuable Cargo.
j Galveston, Tex.. February 4.?The
!steamship Consols, of British register
; and rated at 2,239 ton?, sailed from
.this port January 2C in command of
Captain Jonos for Hamburg via Nor?
folk; The vesaol's cargo, valued at
I approximately $520,000, consisted of a
j large quantity of asphalt and cotton
| beed meal and 9,500 square bales of
Schooner Gncs Down.
Norfolk, Va.. February 1?Still an?
other vessel has gone down to tbo
bottom of tho Atlantic, and her crew
lives to tell the tale.
i The steamer Suwancc, of the Mer?
chants' and Miners' Lino, yesterday
I plcekd up a small boat containing six
men fifty miles southwest of Frying
: Pan shoals. Tho men wero almost
;<l?d from exposure, and two of them
i After being fed, the men declared
? they composed tho crew of the sohoon
or Frank S. Low, which caught fire
I Friday night, and sank within five
in.lies of the spot whero they were
! The men fought the flames for
j twelve hours, but the wooden vessel
>oon become a seething furnace, and
I they were forced to take to the life?
boats. They said they drifted around
! for thirty hours, saw several ships In
ithe distance but they passed on wlth
I out seeing the frantic signals of dls
i tress. They said tho Low wont down
two hours after they abandoned her.
I Tho Frank S. Low was bound to
.Savannah from Norfolk with n cargo
of cool. The lire Is believed to havo
been ?caused by spontaneous cntilhus
lion. The schooner was built at Cam
den. Me.. Iii 1909. liar tibpro port was
Boston. She was a vessel of 541: tons
BE GIVEN CHANCE
Manufacturers Are Fighting
Against House Steel Re?
HEARINGS ARE GRANTED
Work of Making Up Report Will
Not Be Started for Two
Washington. February 4?TarilT re?
vision work In committees of both
houses, a renewed attempt to tlx a
date tor action upon the ponding nrbl
tratlon treaties with Great Britain
and France, and a House caucus Wed?
nesday night on the controversy be?
tween House leaders over the proposed
Investigation of the so-called money
trust will enliven Congress this week.
House Republicans will caucus to?
morrow to ratify the selections which
the various State delegations In Con?
gress have made for tho representa?
tive of each State on the Republican
Congressional Committee. This com?
mittee will have charge of the party a
j general work In tho next congres?
The Senate Committee on Flnunce
I will begin active consideration of
tariff matters Tuesday, when the first
i of a long series of hearings on the
i House stool revision bill will be held.
I Manufacturing Interests which have
manifested their opposition to the re?
ductions, averaging 35 per cent, from
I the present law, have arranged to be
I ropresented. Ample opportunity will
be allowed for the appparanco of all
interested in the proposed revision.
Somo Republican leaders have figured
February 20 us an approximate date
. when the committee should bo able
' to close the hearings and proceed to
consider its report to the Senate.
Democrat* Oppose Finn,
j The Democratic leaders do not favor
the effort of Senator Newl.mds, of Ne?
vada, to increase the Finance Commit?
tee's membership by one Democrat and
one progressive Republican, and tha
progressive Republicans have ovlnced
no Interest In It. The Increase would
change the political complexion of tho
committee. The regular Republicans
have deferred final determination -?f
their program, and neither the Demo?
crats nor the Insurgent Republicans
have made overtures to each other
looking to such a coalition,
i Tho House work on tile '.nriff w'li ho
I in the Ways and Moans Committee,
I which will frame the sugar schedule
! revision bill for report In ubout a
j Canvasses made by a number of Sen?
ators are cited by advocates of tho ar?
bitration treaties as showing that the
? treaties con now command tho neccs
! 8Ui*y two-thirds vote of the Senate
; for ratification. It Is understood that
'. Senator Curtis, of Kansas, has com?
pleted a poll showing sixty-two Sen
ators for tho treaties, twenty-four
being willing to vote for them with
[out amendments; twenty-two Senator?
I have expressed their opposition to the
treaties In any form, and flvo out of
eight Senators classed as uncertain arei
I expected to prove favorable to the
Trust Probes to Itesame.
Tho House steel trust and sugar
trust Investigating committees will
resume, sessions this week. The sugar
trust commltteo will begin to-morrow
to prepare Its report, which, it is an?
nounced, will not ombrnce any poli?
tical discussion. James J. Hill, of tho
Great Northern Railroad, is expected
to nppoar beforo the steel commltteo
j Rovenne measures also are to com?
mand attention. The army npproprU
? tlon bill, carrying $88.000.000. and pro?
viding for an army reorganization that
? has precipitated a vigorous tight bc
j tween Secretary Stimaon and Major
j General Wood on one side, and Afllu
I tont-Ge-eral Ainsworth' on the other,
j are on the program of the House, a'omx
j with the agricultural appropriation
Hill, carrying Jljl.SOO.000. and the $3,
400,000 diplomatic and consular hill.
Testimony by Secrotary Stimson and
Chief Engineer Ooethuls, probably Wed?
nesday, wll! close the hearings on Pan?
ama Canal legislation before the House
Committee or. Interstate Commerce.
Ii, ((Continued-on uccond"puiic.i .
10 SAVE MM
HHP 111 PERISH
? Two Men Die Rather
Than Desert Help?
Suddenly Yields Before Mighty
Current, Carrying With It Vic?
tims Who Had Been View?
ing River's Winter Wonder.
Niagara Fnlls, X. Y., February 4.??
The great Ice bridge that ban choked
tbc river channel between the cataract
and the upper ntccl arch bridge below
the fall* for the last three weeks
broke from Itn shoring just ot noon
to-day and went down the river, tatt?
ing with It to tlictr death a nino anil
woman, hcllcved to be Mr. and Mrs.
Eldrldae Stnntou, of Toronto, and
Burrell Hcacock, seventeen years old,
of Cleveland, I). Four other persona
were on tbo Ice nt the time, hut man
uged to get anhorc In safety.
Tue brldgo was considered perfectly
safe. For weeks the great fields of
la had been coming down tho river,
piling up against the barrier, until
it was from sixty to eighty feet thick,
and under the Influence of zero weather
the great mass had become flrmly an?
chored to the shore. The jam was
lbout l.O.'O (set In length, ami In somo
places a quarter of a mile In breadth.
For two weeks It had offered safe pas?
sage to tho hardy, and to-day an im?
mense crowd of excursionists came IQ
vlow the winter wonder of the rlvor.
j Had the accident happened an hour
later In the day hundreds would hnvo
lost their lives, for the crowd was
moving Into Prospect Park In tho ele?
vators that run down the cliff for the
purpose of venturing upon the Ice.
Give Lives for Woman.
Somewhere deep In the great whirl?
pool to-night sleeps the man, partially
Identltied as Mr. Stanto'n, who twice
put aside chances of rescue to remain
with his terror-strlckjen wife, ami
who. in the shadow ot death, spurned
assistance for himself and attempted
to hind about the woman's body a ropo
dangling from the lower steel arch
bridge. The lad, Burrell Hcacock, was
cast in tho same mold. Had he not
turned back on the Ice to givo assist?
ance to tho man, be, too, mlg.it havo
made the shore.
On the brldgo at the time it tora
frea from the shore, besides these
three, were Monroo Gilbert, of this
city; Inatlus Both, of Cleveland, Hea
cock's companion; William Hill, an
old riverman; William Lablond, river
man, and an unidentified Italian.
Hill's shack was nearest to tha Ameri?
can shore. When ha heard the grind?
ing and crashing of the ice ho ran at
top apeod towards the Canadian side,
; calling to the others to follow him.
I Lablond gave them warning to safety
j In that direction. Gilbert .and tho
Italian followed their leader, but tho
others became confused. By the time,,
they had regained their composure Cha
bridge was moving rapidly down the
The man and woman started first
j towards the American shore, but they
I were stopped by a lake of open water.
I Buck they ran again towards the Ca- '
, nart'itn shore, turned about and made
for the American side. When hardly
more than fifty yards from the rocky
I shore, the woman fell on her face,
I ut terly spent.
"I can't go on; I can't go on." ahn
i cried. "Bet us die here."
Turn Hack to Deatb.
And all tho tlmo tho great field of
: Ice, driven onward by a southwest
gale and pressed by a jam broken
; free from Its anchorage near the basu
of the lloracshoo Falls, went on breast?
ing the terrible outrush of the Nlu
gara Falls Power Company outtlow,
I the mightiest current in all tho river,
' without being broken. As the woman
' fell, the. man strove to get her to her
I feet again and tried to drag her along
? the ice, calling for assistance to Both
I and Hcacock, who were nearest.
Hcacock turned back to tho couple
j and helped support the woman, Thu
act cost him his life.
Both struggled alone over the. 1mm.
I mocks of Ice, getting close to the open
'stretch of water at the Canadian ond
? of the jam. Thore were men on the
shore ready to give him assistance,
Lablond, Hill, William Conk und 8u-<
; perintendoht Hai ring, of the Ontario
I Power Company. They were stationed
?at the bottom of the cliff Just at the
foot of Eastwood Street. Niagara
Falls. Ontario. Roth was afraid to
trust himself In tho Icy waters. Lab
. londe jumped out to the field of Ice
i with a rope, and half carried and
Idragged the boy ashore.
Word that the Ice bridge had 50110
out Dashed through the city like wlld
I lire, and within a short timo the Amer?
ican shore uf the river was lined by
I thousands of people who witnessed the
1 tragedy being enacted In the deep ra
I vine below them.
After gotting Roth safely ashore
thb meii made an effort to nach tho
other three on the toe floe. . But at
a point about &00 feet below tho upper
l.stcel arch hrldge. the Ice field broke
into two gteat fields.- One section went
towards the American shore and an?
chored on a great rock near tho
hydraulic powerhouse. The moving
floe with tho throo helpless beings
. passed slowly down the river.
General Alarm Sonndcd,
! Meantime tho tire headquarters truck
had boon called out. and a afonfra)
. alarm of Are on the Canadian side
? calod out tho mon there. Thoy were
i stationed with ropes all along the
shore, but the floe was far beyond
1 their reach. The Nlasara Avenue, fire?
men were acnt to the lower steel arch
brldgo and there took station with a
rope. The Canadian firemen had two
ropes down from the cantilever bridge.