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PHILADELPHIA'S BIG BOODLERS
AND THEIR DARING PROJECT
HOW THE GREAT CITY WAS TO BE ROBBED OF
ITS PUBLIC UTILITIES AND THE MEN OF
HIGH RANK WHO WERE IN THE SCHEME
WILL PHILADELPHIA COMPLETE THE GOOD
WORK IT HAS COMMENCED?
(This is the second nnd concluding
article by Itarlen K. Pew on the cor
rupt gang that ruled Phlladi lphia.
The first article dealt with the "pea
nut" section of the commercial 1 I
lers. This article tells of the big
By Marlon E. Pew.
Staff Correspondence to the News
paper Enterprise Association.
PHILADELPHIA, June 7—The
Villainy of the occasional bankwrcck
rr, the fiendish design of the common
incendiary, the crimes of Wall street
modern high finance, the Iniquity of
the usual forms of political grafting
—nil these combined and added to
the nnciet.t nnd honorable methods
of Coptaln Kidd and Robin Hood now
fade into thin Insignificance. They
nre trivial ns compared with What
turns out to i>e the abominable p illt
lcal and commercial COrruptionlstß
who nre now held under arrest by an
The "peanut" methods of the dis
rupted gang have been shown, to
preface this account of the great
conspiracy which was forestalled
only by the notion Of Mayor Weaver
nnd those associated With him in the
present moral revolution.
The ultimate object of the gang
nnd its respectable employers was
to force into bankruptcy the city of
Philadelphia hy prodigal public ex
penditures, that her valuable munici
pal utilities nnd franchises might be
The plot of the conspirators was
to seize cor.trol of the city's streets,
lighting rights, filtration snd water
system, telephone franchises—in
fact every valuable city asset. All
these were to be combined 1n one
great municipal trust. It was tn be
called "The Public Service Corpora
tion.'' To affect this Ross Durham
nnd his party Of boodlers were In
combination with 'he heads of the
I'nited <"?as Improvement company,
the Rapid Transit company, the
Philadelphia company nnd the Key
stone Telephone company. When
Mayor Weaver vetoed the bill to ex
tend the lease of the city's gas plant
to the I'nited t'.as & Improvement
company for 7"> years he not only
nipped In the bud an individual plan
to lent the city treasury of Jion,-
--000,000, but he instituted an Investi
gation which now reveals the as
tounding truth that this steal was
merely incidental to the \ast and
almost Inconceivable plan to make of
Philadelphia a municipal trust oper
ated for the benefit of a few of her
most greedy captains of finance —men
who would indignantly repudiate Im-
LAST DAYS RAGING
IN OLD MISSOURI
JUNE 16 MARKS CLOSING OF FOUR TRACKS AS
THE RESULT OF LEGISLATIVE ACT MAKING
RACE TRACK GAMBLING A FELONY.
ST. LOT'IS, Mo.. June 7.—When
Judge Edward Maginn tolls the bell
at tbe historic fair grounds track at
the conclusion of the sixth race June
16 he will sound the knell of tho rac
ing game In Missouri.
I'pon that day the Breeders' law,
under which betting on the races haa
been legally conducted in Missouri
Since 1197, will become a dead letter,
and the statute passed by the Inst
legislature, making race track gam
bling a felony, will go into effect.
Not oily Will It be Illegal for Mis
aourians to bet upon races run with
in the state, but it will be a peni
tentiary offense for them to make
wagers on races tun outside of the
The effect of the new law can best
be in iged when It is stated that over
11f.0G0.000 was wagered at the four
Bt. Louis tracks during the racing
season of 1304. Of this vast sum,
VV'hn hullt Union race track to huck
the "Big Three," and went broke,
He whb Corrigscn's agrtit In the
fight on the Western Jockey club
this year at Bt. Louis.
statistics show thnt fuljy one-half
wmt into the pOafceH of the book
makers and tra"k 0 WOO re.
In St. Louis, Cella, TillSS and Ad
ler, known us the "Big Three," who
eontroi the Del mar, Fair Grounds
and Kiidoch trads. have become
Biultl-mlllloitalres within a few yours
Ten years ago Louis Cella, known
then aa "the Dago Buloonkeeper."
was a poor won. Today his wealth
putations of their morality, Integrity
Following the gas graft the gang
Intended t" pilfer the great 118,000,-
--000 city nitration plant, now under
course of construction. Jim Mc-
Nlchol. tine of Durham's chief lieu
tenants, is the contractor In charge
of this big work.
Then was to come a merger of the
Philadelphia Electric, which has a
monopoly Of street lighting, with the
Keystone Telephone company and
the I'nited U.ts Improvement com
when the I'nited Gas Improvement
company gut control with Its presei.t
lease of the city's magnificent mu
nicipally built gas works, there was
ho dissatisfaction upon the part of
the well-deluded public. The lease
was given to expire In 1908, The
gas plant was bo grossly mismanag
ed while it was under the control of
the city that the various plants wen
out of repair, with no money In the
treasury with which to improve
them, and the leasing proposition of
the I'nited Has Improvement com
pany was hailed with delight by the
disgruntled clt izens.
It is now known that the gang nnd
the gas company were leagued In a
plot tit that time to have the city
plant so mismanaged that the dis
gusted citizens would give no opposi
tion to the lease when proposed.
Remembering this victory of chi
canery, the promoters of the munici
pal trust proposed to repeat the op
eration to gain control Of the filtra
tion plants. With 'ho city sorely In
need Of funds, they proposed to take
advantage of the fact that the filtra
tion plants are now defective, and on
pain of an advanced tax rate bid in
the wale,- works at their own price.
By forcing through blanket fran
chises street railway privileges were
to be gained In every desirable thor
oughfare. With control <>f the gas
and water works Philadelphia would
hnve been left threadbare,
The chief financial members of
thla remarkable Public Bet vice Cor
poration scheme rank now among the
wealthiest, nnd most aristocratic, "tf
such a term could be applied, of the
Thomas Dolan, for Instance, is the
president or director of several of
the most Important enterprises of
the state, a member Of the national
committee to promote the University
of the I'nited States, and is one of
the trustees of the McKlnley Na
tional Monument association. He is
noted as a philanthropist and pro
moter of educational enterprises.
Peter A. Brown Widener is one of
the wealthiest of Philadelphia capl
ls estimated at 16,000,000. Ben Adler
and C. A. Titles, his partners, are
From a saloonlst, Cella became a
bookmaker In the notorious "pool al-
C. A. TII.LKS
One of Cella'a partners, who made
millions aa a track owner.
ley," which was permitted to run
wide open in the heart of the St.
Louis business district in the curly
Public sentiment finally became so
strong, however, that the police'Wr re
forced to raid thi place. It was then
that Cella became Interested in the
old south side "Electric Light" track,
where races were run at night. Later
he associated with Adler and Ttilca,
and when midnight racing was forced
out of business, they secured the
passage of the Dreaders' law.
Under this protection, from 189?
until ]!>O4, the "Rig Three' had a mo
nopoly on St. Louis racing. Then
Patrick Carmody built the Union
track and declared war upon the
Western Jockey club. The venture
was a failure, and the plant went
Into the hands of a receiver at the
close of the lirst season.
This spring th< property was sold
at auction, and waa bought In by
Carmody, who wns hacked by Ed
Cnrrlgun, owner of Hawthorne track
at Chicago and the new Panama track
at New Orleans,
The track has been operated this,
season In opposition to the Western
J< ■ key club, and as a result both
plvccs have maintained free gates.
Like Louis Cella, Barney Kchrelhr
talists. and lias lone; been prominent
in re pub! lean politics, lb' acted ss
. < ity t res surer nf Philadelphia in
Iv7:i-4.1 v 7:i-4. Hp la Hip street railway
magnate, and is Interested in many
other Important corporations. Hp
presented tbe building for tho free
public library In Philadelphia,
Randall Morgan, Qeorge Bikini
nnd w. w. Gibbs, tlie remaining
financial members, are nil wealthy
men who have exhibited private char*
Itable and philanthropic dispositions,
and are all Identified with Phlladel
phia'e must important commercial
ami financial Institutions,
Israel w Durham, United states
Senator Rotes Penrose and "Jim"
McNlchol Were to be the political
members of the Public Service Cor
poratlon. while Dnvid H. I.ane, an
officeholder with corporate interests,
was to be the connecting link,
Philadelphia's reform party, bead
ed by Mayor Weaver and his friends,
are going to battle to regain the
City's utilities which have already
passed into control of those who
would perfect the city trust. The
fact that Durham has laid down In
the fight does not signify that nil Is
to be smooth sailing. Durham has
been n sick man for some time, and
lias been anxious to sever his politi
cal affiliations, tn the face of the
city trust enterprise, however, he had
stink to hi* post. The old machine
will not be without a leader to con
test for a new grip on the rich pat
ronage Of the city, and the tight
Will unquestionably ultimately reach
An effort will be made to reestab
lish, In 1907, municipal management
of the city's gas plant.
An attempt will soon be made to
raise funds for the establishment of
municipal lighting plants to furnish
all Hip city's lighting, which Is now
In the hands of the Philadelphia com
pany, (26,000,000 capital, and a prod
uct of the gang.
Investigators contend that the
franchisee held by the Rapid Transit
company, which are supposedly
granted in perpetuity, are valueless.
In that they contain a clause Which
provides that the city can take over
the liies at any time. If this does
not prove to be so, it is proposed to
take over the lines for municipal
ownership under tlie common law of
So Philadelphia. Instead of being
a municipal trust, may be among
the first American cities to practi
cally adopt ownership of its utilities
The great question is: Will the
ardor ami public spirit of the real re
formers In Philadelphia endure and
successfully compete In the long
light that is to follow the elements
whose contest will be based upon
grounds of mercenary greed? When
public interest dies the power of the
crooked commercial boo, Her will
again move in the ascendant. Phila
delphia Will at least bear watching
by every thoughtful and patriotic
American, who has seen the sign of
BARNEY BCHREIII RR.
The man who distinguished himself
by running a $20 bill up to $1,000,-
--000 in the betting ring.
er, probably the best known turfman
In the west, owes his fortune to the
St. I.ouis tracks. He haa the dis
tinction of having run a $20 bill up
to $1,000,000 In the betting ring.
In 1885 Sohreibor was driving a
grocery wagon In South St. Louis
and was getting $20 a month for his
work. lie was an unsophisticated
boy. and when the "Electric Light"
track was started was a cinch for the
touts. Hefore making the killing
Which made him famous, Barney was
the yictim of some ludicrous jokes.
Upon his first visit to the races, a
tout advised Sehreibcr to play a cer
tain horse "both ways." The tout
stood beside BOfiretber when the bar
rier flew up. Frightened by the flap
ping net, the horse, carrying Barney's
money, wheeled and bolted In the
Known M "The Dago Saloonkeeper,"
and one ol tho "Big Three" who
have controlled three (St. Louis
THU SPOMAFE PRESS
WTOWg Blreotlon. The tout started to!
Console Schrelber on his hard luck*
when he was dumfminded to see his
vh tim dancing around In delight.
"What's the matter, nre you
crazy?" demanded the tout. "Don't
you know you have lost your
COUSIN LIL FINDS
LAN-ZHE-RE AT NEWPORT
SNAPSHOT TAKEN FOR THE PRESS HY MISS EVA DEAN.
NEWPORT, R. 1., June 7.—Dear
Cousin: Summer finery fairly takes
one's breath. It is so breezy, fluffy,
lacey and wholly exquisite. I have
never seen so many frills. And "this
Is no more true of grown tips than
of children, who are a mass of ruffles
from the crown of their heads to
their knees, where the white stock
Everything is lingerie now-a-days,
and it is absolutely necessary to
know how to pronounce It, and
about one woman out of a hundred
knows how. It is pronounced Bet if
it were spelled lan-zhe-re. The first
"a" is as a in "man," the first "c"
is like c in "fern." and the last "c"
is like c in "episcopal," while the
accept comes on the hist syllable,
It seems to me that little girls'
hair is more fluffy than it was last
year, for every little head looks as
if it just i time from a brisk sham
poo, so light and Hying is the hair.
Once in a while, when the sun strikes
a particularly pretty little head, it
reminds one of a nest of golden cob
Two sister, neither more than S
years old. kept me interested for two
hours. They looked like dolls, so
carefully and exquisitely were they
Their hats were of finest white
lawn. One was trimmed yvtth a great
how of soft white silk ribbon, and the
fScrlpns News Association.)
MEW YORK, June 6.—Superintend
ent of Insurance Hendricks today ex- j
amined William H. Mclntyre. fourth
vice president of the Equitable. Mc
lntyre is a Hyde supporter.
ENGINEERS IN SESSION
BCRANTON, Pa., June 6.—Promi
nent mechanical engineers from many
parts of this country and Canada,
members of the American Society of j
Mechanical Engineers, are gathered i
in Bcranton for the fifty-first meet- |
ing of the society. The Y. M. C. A. I
auditorium will be the scene of the
formal opening this evening, wtten
William P. Mattes, chairman of the
local committee, will deliver an ad
dress of welcome and President John
H. Freeman of the society will re
spond. The business sessions of the
convention will continue until Friday
and will be devoted to the reading anil
dlscuasion of technical papers. Tin y
will be interspersed by visits of, in
spection to numerous industrial
plants In Bcranton and neighboring
cities and towns.
IMI HOT IMf !fl KfiMll
"Whutjyc plug lm fer. Bill?"
"lie ast me <f 1 o'd tell 'lm whur there will a hurher shop."
"Im 'fiaidjyo wuz a little rough, BUI, I don't think he meant nuth
ln' hy it. He mlght've been some stranger th t wuuted f buy a shave."
"I don't see how," replied Schrelb
er, "didn't I r\ny him both ways?"
While the St. Ixuils tracks have
made a few wealthy, the police rec
ords show that a large percentage of
the crimes and suicides In this city
are directly attributable to money
lost in the betting ring.
■ , other with frill upon frill of vnlen
i ' eiennes luce.
, ! The next tlay they cnme out In
1 much plainer costumes, though they
! were still marvels of whiteness. One
i wore a white wool coat with skirt
t to match, The other an almost so
> verely plain White linen suit, which
■ , had a tailor-made air about it.
j Along with tlie little people an ul
, tra swell woman passed my way. She
> wore a lavender silk suit. It was
1 one of the most extravagantly hand
-1 some things I ever saw. Tt was
t ' trimmed with real lace. The whole
t outfit didn't cost a cent less than
' . $800. The skirt was full, hut care
fully so, for the woman was stout.
The fullness was confined In plaits
, : until well below the hips, then it
! fluffed out about the feet. The coat
was short, with real lace. Over the
t shoulders, in cape effect, were silk
' caps trimmed with real lace. Her
- hat was of lavender straw with a
Shaded lavender plume.
' And as an example of how care
t lessly some of the rich people are
- dressed, that woman, with all her
beautiful toggery, had on a white
' petticoat that was a shade too long
1 for her dress. And that little edge
' of white embroidery where it didn't
' belong did much to spoil the whole'
Half the beauty id' swell clothes
I lies In putting them on straight.
■ Yours faithfully, LIU
LONDON, June 7.—The British
open golf championship began aus
j plclously on the St. Andrews links
today in the presence of devotees of
! the game from all parts of the Brit
i Ish isles. The presence of Willie An
derson, open champion of the I'nited
States, and Alex Smith, former hold
!er of the Pacific coast and western
' championahips, has resulted In n
keener interest being taken In the
I tournament this year than ever be-
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J.. Juno 7 —
The United States Brewers' associa
tion began Its annual convention
here today with headquarter! at the
Royal Palace hotel. Upwarda of 300
members are in attendance. The ses
sions are to last three days and will
be devoted to the consideration of
many Important matters relating to
the brewing industry in this country.
"I see John L. Sullivan nnd Charley
Mitchell have signed articles."
"You don't say so. What newspaper
is so foolish as to have anything to
do with those two old dubs?"
Cleanses and beautifies the
teeth and purifies the breath.
Used by people of refinement
tor over a quarter of a century.
Very convenient for tourist*.
Carriage Co. Tel. 457. Fares, 25c
Ladles play billiards and pool
every day and evenings at Pflster
For president of the Equitable
Life: Pat Crowe.
Free instructions to ladles every
morning on bowling by experienced
lady instructor at Plister bowling
Why should I carry a bank account
with the Spokane A Eastern Trust
Because a sound financial institu
tion Is responsible for my surplus
"What's the matter with Pauline?"
asked the leader of the march of the
"Oh, her absent-mindedness has
caused her more trouble," replied the
girl with the gilded spear. "You
know, she has two automobiles, and
she can't think where she left either
Our experience Is a surety that we
know sewing machine values —our In
creasing business a guarantee that
we treat our customers tight. Come
here for sewing machines.
Needles, oil and supplies for till
makes of machit.es.
Renting and repairing.
211 Post Street, Audi
Phone Main "46.
Second and Cedar
Special prices for Thurs
day and Friday.
Hams, home cured, lb.. ,14c
Bacon, home cured. Hi.. .14c
Lard, home made. 10 lhs..sl
Lard, home made, 5 lbs. .50c
Corn, best standard 3 cans
Tomatoes, best standard, .'>
Peas, best standard, per can
Beans, best standard, per
Soaps, laundry, 7 bars. .25c
Soap, Fels Naptha, 4 bars
Let us figure with you be
fore buying, we have the
Deposits made first five
days of the month
draw interest from
the first of the month
No withdrawal notice
Open Saturday Evening
Summer Shirt Waist Suits
Any woman who sees these suits and appreciates
pood values and late style will enthuse over them at
once. urr f
Shirt Waist Suits at $2.98
Made of French percale, come in gray and blue
mixed effects. The waists are blouse style, trimmed
with pearl buttons and have strap trimming ou collar
and sleeves. The skirts have 10 and 12 plaits and are
trimmed to match waist.
Shirt Waist Suits at $6.10
Made of linen colored crash. Blouse style waist
with plaited front; trimmed with colored Persian
hands and pearl buttons. The skirt has 12 side plaits,
and is trimmed to match the waist.
Shirt Waist Suits at $11.00
Made of silk finish pongee. Comes in brown, tan
and blue. The waists have drop yoke with shirred ef
fect, and French collar and lace bow. Full shirred
flounce skirt. All sizes, 32 to 44.
OUR GRIP CURE 25c
BTOWBLL DRUG CO.,
Corner Riverside mid Stevens.
Pica* "waul" udH help.
REMOVAL CLEARANCE SALE OF
Lewis & dark Exposition
Portland, Oregon, via
For Full Particulars Call at or Address
CITY TICKET OFFICE
701 Riverside Aye.
H. BRANDT, C. V. ft T. A.
WEDITESBAT. JVmTW T, 1905. J ,
Half Price and Less
An offering that would be
great at the end of a season
instead of at the very begin
ning. Our entire stock of new
beautiful shirt waist suits
made of the very latest fab
rics in the very latest summer
styles, are to be closed out at
clearance sale prices. Prices
$2.98 and Range
Upward to $22.50
Phone M. 464.
504 MAIN ST.