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< THE Jl'DGE! J ■J A luuge who lor w.»- 7 iloiu wm film on s, 7 When asked the best 7 ‘ paper to uame fis, 7 J Said “Why here you 1 3 nre~ < Thcgrrat EVENING T « STAR r j So In quoting him, T < how can you blamo T J UB? ♦ j- . ESTABLISHED 1832. . NEWARK. N. J.. MONDAY. FEBRUARY 17, 1908. —14 PAGES. FAIR AND COLDER TONIGHT AND TUESDAY. MORSE, DEFIANT, DENIES CREDITORS’ CHARGES IN COURT Ice Magnate Attributes His Indictments by State and Federal Juries to Personal Malice of His Financial Enemies. SAYS HIS TRIP ABROAD HAD NO TAINT OF FRAUD ____• Snapshot of Charles W. Morse and Mrs. Morse Just After fie Was Admitted to $20,000 Bail. / ---■— NEW YORK. Feb. 17—The nervous shock that made Charles W. Morse seem like a second Abe Hummel when he was served with an arrest warrant on the Etruria yesterday had entirely disappeared when the multi-millionair; was arraigned in court today. He war, defiant when he responded to hts name before Judge Dowling in the Criminal Branch of the .Supreme Court. He said that the charges of grand larceny under which he lias been indicted on two counts were the work ol enemies, and that he would fight these to the end The financier looked older than be fore fie set sail for Europe two weeks ago. There were new streaks of gray In his hair and finds about bis face that showed worry and loss of sleep. Tet In nuumcr he was the same fight ing Morse who before the. October panic kept Wall street excited by bis stu pendous deals. Morse came from ills borne, 728 Fifth avenue, under *20,000 bail, to plead to the larceny charges just about as he used to go to his ofiiee. Except for the extra- gray in bis hair and the new lines in his face, he was the same Morse--full of fight, full of vigor and Ideas. Speaking of the two indictments found agpinst him in the State courts, Morse said: "Well, if that's the worst they’ve got against me. I'm not worried.” Morse w'us informed last night that an attachment for *200,COJ had been i filed against him in Lawrence, Mars., ' lr: u breach of contract action by John C. Reed a.nd Louis Fuehelu, of New Jersey. Mr. Morse said: "I do not know either of the men mentioned in the dispatch, and 1 have no interests whatever in Lawrence, Mass., and never did have. 1 think there must be some mistake, and that tfils suit Is against some other person than myself.” Refreshed by a good night’s sleep, Mr. Morse had recovered from the iii the offices of his counsel, A. B. Boardman and Frank Platt. He was immaculately dressed. His eyes were bright and ho spoke with the sharp accent ni u man accustomed to conn maud and who does not expect soon to lose that command. “I am innocent,” he declared. “Inno cent of any Criminal Intent, and it will be impossible to1 show that I did any thing that should ‘Ubject me to the treatment that was accorded me by the city and the Federal Government dur ing rny absence. “I did not fiy. I was no fugitive. I went away for a rest. If the case that Is based on the use of the notes of Judge O'Brien is all they have against me J have no reason to fear. '•I had straightened out my financial affairs when I left New Fork, so that there were no actions pending against me, except one brought by a creditor to whom I had given valuable collat eral security, and I was informed by my counsel , hut he had arranged with this creditor not to press his suit. As I had no obligations maturing for three weeks from which I anticipated any trouble, I saw no reason front the standpoint- of my obligations to credi tors why I should not take a fort night's rest. “I had no knowledge that District Attorney Jerome contemplated taking any proceedings.’ In a statement published before his arraignment Mr. Morse said that the personal malice of hie enemies was be hind the Indictments that had bear, found against him. Morse pleaded not guilty and asked for a postponement of two weeks, wiih permission to change bis plea If dej sired. The court fixed the hearing for next Monday. BURGLARS LOOT UNION ST. HOME. Leonard Herrick, of 107 Union street has reported to the police that his house was entered and robbed Satur day. A gold ring, a silver watch, and a iady’s gold watch, with the Initials K. 1’. E., were taken. —___________ Divorce Suit Plaintiff Also Indig* nantly Denies Throwing Old Shoes at Him. “WESLEY J. DUNN BOUGHT BOTH RAIMENT AND DRINK” Mrs. Dunn Says So—Besides, There's Another Woman in thf Case. Mrs. Olive Blanch Dunn, who issuing Wesley J. Dunn for divorce, todoy de nied to an EVENING STAR reporter, denied charges contained in her hus band’s answer to the effect that she hud monopolized his earnings. Shq de clared she did not refuse to give him money t > buy collars and gt shavd, and Indignantly dnled thru statement that she had thrown a irair of her father's old shoes at him when he came to her for money to buy a new pair. Mrs. Dunn started suit for divorce some time ago In her bill she charged non-*upport, cruelty and adultery. The hearing on the last charge came up this morning before Vice-Chancellor Emery. With her mother, Mrs. Henry F. Blckcl. she entered the court room, wearing a large picture hat trimmed with violets. Mrs. Dunn is 23, striking ly pretty and vivacious. She looked In tently at her husband while he was on the witness stand, hut ho avulded her gaze. The morning was taken up In the testimony of P. B. Hodge, a Plain field druggist, v\ho had fill'd the pre scriptions for the defndant In 1906. To a reporter of THE EVENING STAR, Mrs, Dunn hud this to say: "We were married in August. 1902. I was IS then, ami wo lived for a while WJtn my parents ut 63 Wester ville avenue, Plainfield. In 1904 my TS.'Sban'd iod lim'd a disagreement one night, and he left home. I didn’t see him for ten BWInths after that." "His answer declares you refused to give him money for clothes.” “My! He had all the clothes he wanted. I never refused to give him money. And as to getting shawed, he always got shaved In a barber shop. I notice be says he hasn’t spent a dollar drinks and cigars since ho married me. I wish I had all that he spent that way. "no, i never tnrew any ora snoes ai him, cither, like he says. He always bought his own clothes, ami never asked me about It. lint wc had several scraps, and I left him. ■'Since then I have lived with my mother. Mrs. nickel, at 571 West l$2d street. Now York." Mrs. Dunn asks for counsel fees and alimony. She is represented by W. L. Anglemun. a Plainfield lawyer. Dunn | la represented by Assemblyman S. S. i Swaackhamer, also of Plainfield. The hearing will be continued this after noon. HITCHCOCK GIVES I UP P. 0. PLACE TO AID TAFT BOOM Meyer s First Assistant Con* gratulated by President for His Past Work. WASHINGTON, Feb. 17.—Frank H. Hitchcock today presenteef to the Presi dent Ills letter of resignation as first assistant postmaster - general. The President accepted the resignation and made a felicitous response In which he referred to Mr. Hitchcock's services in the Postolilce Department. Mr. Hitchcock expects to enter Im mediately upon his duties as manager of the presidential campaign of Sucre 4 lfni'4 IlfflccO tirlttnll Of.-, * »» 1 used as headquarters, have* been en gaged In the Union Trust Company's building in this city, und in a day or two Mr. Hitchcock expects to have a force of clerks at work. It is possible that offices may be established also In New York city, but that lias not been determined definitely yet. PAPA SHOWS DIDN’T GIVE UP A CENT TO THE DUKE. NEW YORK, Feb. 17,—Not a cent was given to the Due de Chaulnes by the father of the nobleman’s bride, who was Miss Theodora Shonts, according to a story published today. This re port says that $00,000 was all the mill ionaire settled upon his daughter at the time of the marriage. The tilled hus band of this American girl is wealthy In his own right. BATHING IN WINTER AT SHORE. ATLANTIC CITY, Feb. 17.-The Boardwalk throng turned out in full glory yesterday. A rise In the tempera ture made wraps superfluous, and some of the women wore new spring cloth gowns. The day was ideal until a chilly breeze sprang up In the afternoon. Several daring bathers took a plunge JOHN F. RANDOLPH, TREASURER OF ALL THE EDISON COMPANIES, PUTS END TO LIFE BY SHOOTING I WEST OkANQE MAN WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE TODAY. | SHOES OF A BOY WEDGED TO RAILS Paterson Brewer Helps Father Rescue Young Williams from Brie Train. [Special to the Evening Star.] PATERSON, Feb. 17.—With train bearing down on him and hundreds of excited passengers standing on the platform of the Market street depot, former Senator Robert H. Williams, of this city, and Senator John Hlnchliffo knelt on the frozen tracks and un laced both shoes from the ex-Senator's 12-ycar-old son Harry. With the shoes unlaced young Will iams pulled to one side, while his father and Senutor Hinclillffe wrested the shoes from their wedging point be tween the car rails and the wooden guard. Had the boy been alone there is no doubt but that lie would have been mangled under tile wheels of the Erie train due in Paterson at 8:14, bound for New York. Attend* IVcwiirk School. Young Williams attends the Newark Academy, and is e regular traveler on the 8:14 train. This morning young Harry was accompanied to the train by his father. The latter entered the station to talk with Senator Hinclillffe, while young Williams and his companions romped on the outside. While running across | the tracks the boy’s left foot slipped i between the rail and wooden guard j and he fell. Raising himself, he found | his foot wedged in tightly, and using : that member became fastened, too. The boy’s companions saw their chum's predicament only from the funny side. The rumbling noise of the approaching train was a signal for the former Senator to h ave the depot and look for his son. Both Senator Hinehliffe and Mr. Williams rushed to the lad’s side and began tugging away ul the laces in his shoes. The engineer saw the men working and tooted hie whistle, but both Sen ators paid no heed, ami till the time young Hai ry stood smiling, while his I companions crouched near the depot In tear. With the shoes loosened the boy stepped out of them, and all danger had passed. TREE CAUSES ICE JAM, FLOODING ENTIRE TOWN. ROCHESTER, N. Y., Feb. 17.—High water continued in the Genesee River here, but while the river is at Its "great est height Jn years, freedom from float ing ice will stop danger of a flood. At Genesco, however, a largo tree jammed against the Genesee River bridge, caused a oaqk-up of water and a flood has followed. 1__1_»oS. tvid TM guilty; sobs T WON’T ACCEPT PLEA Taken Before Judge for Destroy* ing Another's Utter, Mrs. Maloney Breaks Down. [Special to the Eveuitig star.} TRENTON, Feb. 17.—When Mrs, Ann Maloney, of Newark, was called upon to enter her plea to an Indictment found against her by the last Grand Jury on a charge of destroying a letter which did not belong to her, Mrs. Ma loney entered a plea of guilty, apd then attempted to explain to Judg^ Cross how the letter canto to be destroyed. Her explanation was broken very fre quently with sobs and weeping. The woman was completely broken down, and at times her condition was pitiful. Mrs. Maloney said the letter was delivered to her, after which she opened it through mistake, after which time one of her children de stroyed the letter by throwing it In the stove without her knowledge. Judge: Cross refused to accept her plea of guilty, and ordered that, she plead not guilty. When the plea of not guilty was recorded Judge Cross or dered that the woman be released on ner own rccugriisu.m.'e* u is iiKCiy mat the Indictment will be nolle pressed at i an early date. — BEFORE JEROME Voorhees, with Combes, Latter Bankers’ Life Secretary, (jive Security. Former Governor Foster M. Voor hees and Frank G. Combes, foriner president and secretary of the Bunkers' Life Insurance Company, today sur rendered themselves to District At torney Jerome in N#w York on the indictment for perjury found against each in connection with their conduct of tho company's affairs. Justice Dowltns in the criminal branch of the Supreme Court fixed bail in each case at $2,500. Surety was furnished by tho Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, a representa tive ot which accompanied both men to court. They will plead to the indict ment on Holiday next. Wealthy West Orange Resident Takes Double Barreled Gun to Goal Bin and With Poker Pulls the Trigger-Found by Wife. “I NEVER DID ANYTHING CROOKED,” HE WROTE, INSANITY BLAMED FOR SHOCKING TRAGEDY JOHN F. RANDOLPH, treasurer of the Edison companies, a man of mod erate wealth and a close business and personal associate of Thomas A. Edison for many years, today sho^ and instantly killed himself in tho cellar of his home at 73 Valley way West Orange. Inherited Insanity I3 given as the probable cause of his suicide by Mr. Edison. A number of letters, among which was one directed to his wife, and which was written last night, indicate that R .ndolph's act was premeditated. In tho letter to his wife, which was examined by Deputy County Physician 8. A. | Muta, was the following remarkable declaration: ‘T never did anything in my life that was crooked. I have always been honest. Any property that ] leave b<longs absolutely to you and to our chil dren.” Randolph planned his deatli with a grim determination that brooked no possibility of a lluke. He personally answered the door-bell ring of Patrice Brody, a chauffeur of one of the Edison automobiles, who called for the treasurer at S o'clock this looming at his residence. ___ SCORE FLEE FROM BEOS 10 STREET US HOMES TALL Heavy Timbers Keep Tons of Material from Crushing Man to Death. BIG BUILDINGS’ FAtL DUE TO RECENT FLOODj Other Structures Tottering and! Pittsburg’s Inspectors Are ; Rushing investigations. i PITTSBURG. Pa.. Feb. IT—With a gront roar two brick dwelling houses located at 22 and 24 Penn avenue, in the district inundated by the Hood waters, collapsed early today and fell into the street. A score of occupants, warned by tiie cracking walls, barely had time to reach the street before tons of brick and plaster tumbled into the streets. F. C. Anderson was cut and bruised by flying debris und a score of other persons narrowly escaped being crushed to death. AH but Anderson rushed to the street in their night clothes just a moment before one of the buildings fell in a heap. Hear ('nils. Hunt Man. For some time great excitement pre vailed as it was reported many per sons had been buried under the debris. Anderson's voice could be heard calling for h'-Ip and frantic efforts were mado to release him. The police and firemen found the man was wedged between heavy tim bers in the basement, and over him were tons of brick and plaster braced in such a manner, however, that ho was entombed, but not seriously In jured. After several hours’ work he was released and sent to a hospital. The escape of the other occupants was miraculous. The loud crackling of the walls a few minutes before the houses collapsed served as a warning and saved all from being crushed. Other Buildings Slinky. Other buildings in the vicinity are in a like condition, and building Inspec tors are makrig a thorough investiga tion of the places. Suffering among the flood victims is intense today, owing to the cold weather, and all charitable orgnniza- I tions are engaged In alleviating the misery. Reports are being received showing the damage to be widespread and heavy. On the norlh side patrolmen in skiffs are distributing coal and food to im prisoned families. For this purpose 4.000 loaves of bread and 1,000 pounds of bologna were secured last night. In the manufacturing district a gen eral cleaning up is In progress, and by nightfall ull evidence of the flood is expected to be obliterated and busi ness resumed. Great amounts of goods have been destroyed by water in the basements of business houses. GLOBE B. AND L. A. HAS $46,001.96. The report of tire treasurer of the Globe Building and Loan Association sliows assets, $49,001.96; average earn nings. 9 2-3 per cent. The election of officers will lie held Thursday night at Gross's Hull, 153 Springfield uvenue. I’Wilmf!*&?'• •‘ft "Just wait, please." Mr. Randolph Mild to the chauffeur. “I will be with you In five minutes.” Then he closed the door, went Into his smoking den, secured a double- j barreled shotgun, which h*' haw often lifted ns 11 f.ioniVer of the Mountainside i * Club, and walked dow n to u. i cellar. There he took a poker from nep-T'tSie -3 | furnace and ordered a < oal bin. Flat. inn the barrel ends over hie heart and using the poker to explode the gujr, he discharged both barrels. There was a tremendous report and Mrs. Randolph, his 5-year-old daughter L'oia, and sev eral servants rushed into the collar. Dr. Randolph was found lying in the coal bin, weltering in Ilia own blood. Death had been instantaneous. Mrs. Randolph fainted and it was neces sary to call a physician to restore her to consciousness. Deputy Couniy Physician Muta and I Dr. William M. llrien were at once ap prised of the tragedy and rushed to the house. The former at once pronounced Mr. Randolph dead and gave Ills opin ion that it was a cage of sniede. Thomas A. Edison, when told of the , 5s tragedy, was deeply affected, lie made the following statement to an EVEN IN'ft STAR reporter: "John K Randolph was one of ipy best friends, and one with who I have been identified over wince tho Menlo Park days. He started work with m<‘ as an office boy, and through his ability worked his way Into the treas urership of all the Edison companies. "His accounts arc, in absolutely sound condition and lie has always manipu lated the finances of our companies In a thoroughly business-like manner. He • j was one of the men I most highly prised, both for his business ability and personal qualities. "I am convinced that his mad act was due to inherited insanity. His brother died several months ago in tho State Asylum for the Insane at Tren ton. where, he was an inmate. 1 can recall that on one occasion Mr. Ran dolph absented himself for two weeks from his business, with no explanation. Investigation revealed the tact that there was a taint of insanity in Ills family." The brother referred to by Mr. Edi son was Uoorge F. Randolph, of Me tuehen, who died at the Htate Hos pital for the Insane, at Trenton, on July 26, last year, of typhoid fever. He was committed for the first time to the asylum on January B, 1905. and was re leased and recommitted three or four 1 times later, suffering from recurrent attacks of insanity. At the time of the suicide, Vivian, the 13-year-old daughter of Mr. Ran dolph, had started for the IVest Orange High School. A servant was sent after her and she was brought back to the home, where her father lay dead. Mr. Randolph was treasurer of the Edison Phonograph Company, the Na tional Phonograph Company, Edlron Manufacturing Company, Edison Stor age Battery Company and the Edison .1 Portland Cemnt Company. He had been thirty years In Edison's employ, jj and was one of the ten oldest men in point of service in the employ of the wizard of electricity. Besides acting as treasurer to the Edison companies, Mr. Randolph was also private secretary to Mrs. Thomas A. Edison. One of the letters he wrote last nig',it was addressed to Mrs. Edi son. Among the other Otters were sev eral addressed to the heads of depart ments of the various Edison companies None of those who received these let ters cared to discuss their content* to lay. Mr. Randolph was fifteen years old when he started work for Edison. Hi was forty-five years old ut the time of his death. Denials were officially made today . rrom the Edison offices that the suicide was caused as a result of overwork. It was stated that Sir. Randolph had avery possible assistance in his duties.