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I J, jnjCl lYlwO^JtvA V JCi JCvA 1 I\L* Fifth of Sherlock Holmes_Adventures f . j-This Powerful Detective Serial Will Be Started iu THE EVENING STAR Tomorrow. Tefl Your Newsdealer Today to Deliver THE EVENING STAR at Your Home Hereafter-* _ I ONE CENT_ ESTABLISHED 1832^ NEWARK. N. J.. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1908.—14 PAGES. FAIR AND COLDER TONIGHT AND FRIDAY; BRISK WINDS. WHITMORE CRIES “NOT GUILTY” IN CROWDED COURT Suspected Harrison Swamp Murderer, Clad in Mourning for “My Poor Wife Lena,” Makes Sensational Address to Judge. PROSECUTOR SPRING: A SURPRISE BY SILENCE AFTER PLEA FOR EARLY TRIAL LSpeclal to tlie Evening Star. J JERSEY CITY. Feb. 20. HANDCUFFED to two court officer*, Theodore S. Whitmore, the New York motorman, was arraigned before Judge Blair in the Court of Oyer and Terminer of Hudson County today, charged with the mur der of his wife, Lena Whitmore, whose body was found in the Lampblack swamp in Harrison on December 26. Whitmore, clad in mourning for ills slain wife and. visibly nervous, re gained hit composure when oalied upon to answer to the indictment charg ing him with murder in the first degree and made a sensational address to the court. “5bur honor. 1 am Innocent of this charge,” he cried; "I desire as speedy a trial as possible. ' “t had absolutely nothing to do with the murder of my wife und I desirn to set myself right in the eyes of the public. I am confident that any jury of twelve fair-minded men will acquit me of this terrible charge. .The court room was jammed when__ the accused man entered*. Among tho spectators were a large number of well-dressed women who gazed eagerly at Whitmore. He was clean shaven and clad entirely in black. Hi3 ap pearance was in marked contrast to the time of his arrest, as his eyes wer. sunken and he has lost many pounds in w'ciKbJ. A«k» , Spn-dr Trial. . J». piftiHately • upon Ms* AleWillSer Simpson, chief coutieel for Whf mofe, asked 'lie court for a struck Jury* and moved ihe cab. for a speedy trial! He stated that he knew that the V-’osecution would waive its rights to the required ten days notice for a struck jury. Assistant County Prosecutor Vickers, In charge of the State’s case against Whitmore, interposed no objections to tho motions of Mr. Simpson. The case will now probably come up for trial either at tho end of the week or the beginning of next week. The court remanded Whitmore to the county jail without comment. H TO ENJOIN HOW STOCK Chicago Court Dissolves Injunc* tion Against Illinois Cen« tral Shareholders. , CHICAGO, Feb. 20.—E. H. Harriman .today gained a complete victory in the Illinois Central litigation, which has been in the Superior Court since last October. Judge Ball today rendered a decision dissolving the temporary in junction granted to .Stuyvcsant Fish, by which 286,231 shares of stock were en joined from being voted at the u,nnual meeting of the Illinois Central Rail road Company. Tills stock, which was held by the Union Pacific Railroad Company and the Railroad Securities Company of New Jersey, now can be voted at the annual meeting, which will be held in this city March 2. The decision of Judge Ball comprises 10.000 words. After- citing the history of the cuso, and going at considerable length into the various claims and as sertions made by both sides, the court ' says: / "This.atiit misfit have been brought by tlicf"Illinois Central. Its subject matter is one which all the stockholders of that corporation are equally Inter ested. The bill alleges that complain ants made r,o application to the com pany to bring this suit, because they believe they have tli" Individual right as stockholders to bring this action; and that it would have been idle to have made such application beeauso eight of tile thirteen directors of the Illinois » Central believe that the Union Pacific I and the Railroad Securities Company have the rigiit to hold and to vote the stock severally owned by them; be cause three of these director., have participated in she un awful or ■ com plained of, and live others would have been advised by Hart iinan not to allow the bringing of such a suit and would have followed such advice; and because of the personal hostility of eight of said directors to Fieli they would not have permitted such a suit to be brought. KEYS MAY BE CLEW TO THIEVES. Thieves entered the barber shop of Michael Maseiola. lit South Cabal street, last night, and,carried off funr razors and othetvtools, to the vrtiuo of $19,50. They left tx-hlnd a bunch of keyes from which the police hojpo to run down the thieves. FREED, WIFE NO. 2 WANTS COOPER SENT TO PRISON i Hysterical in Court When He | Fails to Appear in Answer to Indictment. * Theresa F. (i»nnrr. Whu Was Mrs. Cooper No. S. Freed by court action front Joseph ! M. Cooper, who contracted u bigamous | marriage with her in Jersey City on | October 17, I MW, rl Theresa Gormcr, uf 212 . Lafayette street, is content to work ; dally, but believes that the man who I placed a bliglit upon her happiness ! should be punished. With relatives Miss Gonoer was in Jersey City yestc rday when Cooper was to have pleaded in the General Sessions ' Court to the indictment for bigamy re turned against him by the Hudson County Grand Jury. When Cooper failed to appear. Miss Cornier became hysterical, declaring he should be pun ished, and almost collapsed.. Cooper's counsel were given a week to produce him in court or his bond will be for feited. At Miss Gormer's home today mem bers of her family, she being at her employment, declared she was happy to be Iteed from Copper, but that he should not be allowed to escape the law. WOOD QUITS PHILIPPINES FOR SIX-MONTH JAUNT. MANILA, Feb. 20.—Major-General Leonard Wood, commanding the mlli | tury division of the Philippines, is j about to leave for Europe on a six months' leave of absence. Major-Gen- ' erul John F. Weston will assume com- ! mund of the division in his absence. CHEMICAL ENGINE IN NEW HOUSE. 1 Chemical Engine Company No. 1 was: transferred from the old firehouse in i Mranford place to the new building in! Mulberry street this afternoon. The members of the company are very much pleased with the new quar ters, which are liner than anything they have enjoyed in years. Truck Company No. 1 went to the new building several weeks ago. ncTf'HBHS' AND BHOfKBS’ Supplies. Macknct c. Dor»mus Co., 7SC-7K Brood «t.—AOL * Wife of Public Service Corpora*; tion Bookkeeper at Montclair i Admits His Wrongdoing. “WE WILL REPAY EVERY PENNY,” HER STATEMENT Auditors at Work on Accounts. Company's Manager Says Em* ployee Was Dismissed. Auditors are now investigating the books of Charles D. Taylor, head book keeper of tho Montclair branch of tho electric and gas department of the Public Service Corporation, who is be lieved to be between $3,000 and $1,000 short in his accounts. The alleged defalcations are said to have extended over a period of throe years. Unusual reticence is manifested by the officials of the corporation; hut it is admitted that Taylor has been discharged aral that tho auditors ure at work upon his books. Taylor could not be seen today, but his wife made tlic following statement to an EVENINti STAR reporter at their home, 106 Sussex avenue, East Orange. "Yes, my husband has clone wrong, but he will repay every penny that he has taken. The Public Service Corpo ration officials have told nie that they will not prosecute my husband, and i both he and I will do everything in our power to sec that early restitution Is | made.” i The discrepancies in Taylor’s ac ■ counts have not been reported to tho ■ police, and Mrs. Taylor was greatly > shocked to learn that a.tiy news of her . husband's troubles had become public, t She has been practically prostrated at ! her home since her husband's dis charge. He was out today searching for employment. Manager Jacob P. Zingg, of the Mont clair plant of the Public Service Cor poration, whose offices and store houses are at 160 Bloomfield street, said today: "It is true that Mr. Taylor has been discharged. Tt 1s also true that auditors are making an examination of his books." Mr. Zingg would not deny, however, that Mr. Taylor was short between $3,000 and $4,000. In East Orange. Taylor fn known as a. man of cjuiet habits, who lias lived for several years past iti a pretty home there with his wife and two grown children. He is past 30 years of age. Aside from his duties as head book keeper, Taylor had the handling of all the company's money in Montclair. He made deposits in the National Trust Company there, and the deposits were subject to his check. LAWYER CONVICTED IN WILL FORGERY SEEKS A RETRIAL Ready Secures New Evidence and Serves Notice on Prosecutor. Samuel Kaliscli and ex-Judge Thomas Henry, counsel lor Mathew J. Ready, recently convicted in tho Court of Common Pleas before Judge Ten Eyck of forging the will of John Wells Rus sell, served notice yesterday on Prose cutor Young that they would argue on Monday morning In Common Pleas Court for a retrial for their client. It Is understood that Ready’s coun sel lias obtained new evidence In the case in the shape of affidavits, anu these will bo used in his behalf. In the event of tho court's refusal to grant a now trial it is likply that sentence will be at once imposed, and then Reudy's counsel will apply for a writ of error, when the case will be ap pealed. Russell was a wealthy recluse resid ing in Orange. Ilo had a housekeeper named Mary Clavln, and Ready is al leged to have signed Russell's name to a will giving Russell's entire estate to the housekeeper. Testimony of handwriting experts figured largely in the trial, and It was their statements that led to the lawyer's conviction. Ready is now on bail. FORAKER LOSES FIGHT ON BROWNSVILLE RAID. WASHINGTON, Peb. 30.—When the Brownsville question |3 voted upon by the Senate committee on military af fairs next Tuesday, tho majority will indorse the action of the President In dismissing three companies of negro soldiers of the Twenty-fifth Infantry, on account of the raid on tho Texas j town. Senator Koraker will make a minority" report. GIRL KILLED BY FALL OF BEAM FROM BRIDGE Little Coal-picker’s Life Crushed Out While Gathering Fuel for Sick Mother. - .__ | THREE CENTRAL WORKMEN HELD FOR FATALITY Mother Overcome as Death Takes Her Third Child With in Two Months. Struck down by a heavy beam which dropped upon her as she passed beneath the New Jersey Central Railroad bridge spanning Van Buren street to day, 7-year-old Kate Wisniewski died two hours later from Internal Injuries and a fractured skull In St. James's Hospital. The beam was being rolled on a small truck by three carpenters I employed by the railroad in repairing | the bridge, when it slipped and fell upon the little girl. The men, Jacob j Tresch, William Lant and James Hill, I all of Dunellen, are under arrest in the Third Precinct station. In the one room in the squalid tern - j ment house at 57(1 Market street called : home by her, tile child's mother Is j hysterical from grief, for Kate is the I third child to be taken from her in two I months. Unily expecting the advent of | another child, the stricken mother's grief is rendered pitiable by her condi ] tion and the abject poverty of the | family. Fever Claimed Two. The father, Michael, is a railroad laborer, earning small wages, and what -little savings the family had were swept away by the illness of the two children, whose deaths followed quickly j from scarlet fever. Both were girls, Hi ami Hi years old. Little Kate, comforter of her mother ; in the days ot grief following the death I of her sisters, left home this morning to search for scraps of wood and bits | of coul to feed the feeble llame in the one ricketty stove, the warmth from which kept the father, mother and her ! self from freezing to death in the zero duys of this month. Piuned Iloon by Homii. Passing beneath the Central Railroad span in Van Buren street, she was felled without warning by the beam which dropped from the tracks above. The heavy block of wood struck the ! child In the breast, cruelly wounding her little body, mid as she. fell the I pavement against which she was thrown fractured her skull. Bleeding and unconscious, she was i picked up by Patrolman Fitzsimmons, of the Third Precinct, and hurried to i :-it. James's Hospital, where the. sur ! geons gravely shook their heads as 'they gave'no hope. Word was sent b3' the police to the ; mother, who collupsed. | The father was also notified and hur ried to the hospital, arriving just after | the child died. HE6EMAN GIVES HIMSELF UP ON PERJURY COUNTS Indicted Metropolitan Life In surance President Surrenders to District-Attorney. NEW YORK. Feb. 20.—John R. liegeman, president of the Metropoli tan Life Insurance Company, presented himself at the office of the district attorney today, and was formally placed under arrest on charges of per jury and forgery. The charges arc the same on which Mr. Hcgcmaq was Indicted recently. There were, seven charges of forgery and three of per jury. When Mr. liegeman was arrested soon after the Indictments were re turned, Justice Dowling dismissed the forgery charges. Both District Attor ney Jerome and John D. Lindsey, coun sel for Mr. liegeman, expressed dis satisfaction with Justice Dowling's action, and it was agreed that an ap peal be takep. It is said that upon the decision which will result from the appeal will hang all the pending prose tutions against various insurance offi cials in matters of annual reports. VOTE TO OUST KELSEY IS EXPECTED NEXT WEEK. ALBANY. N. Y„ Feb. 20.—The Sen ate today adopted without a dissenting vote a resolution acting February 2ti i for a ilnal vote on the removal from of- ] tico of Otto Kelsey, superintendent of j the Slate Insurance Department, as recommended by Governor Hughes. A discussion of certain details of the reso lution Indicated thru It would be passed without serious opposition. CHARCOAL FUMES KILL BOY; BROTHER IS DYING ^+++++++'fr++++++++-S-v++++*++*+++++++++++’*’+++4-+4'-l"+++*-!’4' ! BOY VICTIMS OF CHARCOAL FUMES I ! AND THEIR FATHER, ALEX. RAINO! + 4* .itiiwnir-T-irTTTnirrTiimim—IBM V *r -- 4 Alexander Ttnlno, the Father* Charleff. Who I» Dead, In Centre, and 4 4* Alfred at lllKkl. 4 GUINDON, HEAD Of fllLLER EXPRESS, COMMIES SUICIDE Millionaire Shoots Himself While in New Yorl Office of the Company--Was Weil Known in the Northern Section of New Jersey. POl E RESERVES ARE CALLED TO CHECK CROWD AT T_CHAMBERS ST. HEADQUARTERS Eugeni: ay. GUINDON. (he millionaire president of Fuller' - Expires Company, and well known nere and throughout North Jersey, shot and killed himself today In the general offices c-f the company, at 118 Chambers street, Manhattan. Gulndon’s act created wild excitement In the building and It was neces sary to call out the reserves from the Church street station. No reason is y et known for the suicide. Guindon has been connected with the express company, which does a large business hetween New York and Paterson, for many years. The company has operated in North Jersey for more than thirty years past. Guindon resided ul the Hotel Marie Antoinette, New York. Guinikm’u suicide was nrotmMv !!!(-♦---* premeditated, ns he transacted a large amount of business prior to taking his life. At the time of tin suicide lie was sitting at his desk. Next to him wen William V. Utter and IV. L. Bruce, offi cer.-: of the company, ile had just dic tated the following note: “Dear Harry—Pleas'- take up the It. J. Dean receivership K IV. -when nls nephew, Harry Thurston, to whom the note was addressed, entered the executive offices. Without a word, Guindon drew a re volver of largo calibre from a drawer of his desk and, placing its muzzle against his hear!, fired. He fell over on his desk dead. The millionaire has been an acute sufferer from asthma for years. He leaves a widow, his second wife. She was formerly the widow of Frederick Allc-n. lessee of the Astor House. It is generally understood that Guindon took over tills lease. GENERAL STOESSEL SENTENCED TO PAT DEATH PENALTY ST. PETERSBURG, Feb. 20.—Lieu tenant-General Stoessel has been con demned to death. General Fock has been reprimanded and Generals Smirnoff and Reiss have been acquitted. The court recommends that the death sentence upon Stoessel be commuted to ten years’ Imprisonment in a fortress, and that he bo excluded .from the service. The charge against General Stoessel was cowardice in the surrender of Fort Arthur to the Japanese. | 1 FORT'S A‘CORKER/ ROOSEVELT TELLS SENATOR COLBV Governor and Dryden Guests ol ! President at White House Luncheon. (Special to the Evening Star.1 \t ISHINiGTON, Fell. SO.—“(iovernei i Furl Ik :i corker," declared I’rcKlilcm | Konsrvelt to Scnntor Everett t'oiby hi the lilKHca fount}'. %. J., lanyrr lot' the White Huuhc. ! Political wiseacres attach groat ns niflcanco to the presence at the White House today of Governor John Frank lin Fort and former United States Sen star John F. Dryden. of Newark, whe were guests of President Roosevelt at luncheon. The President, of course will soy nothing, and as to Fort find Dryden, why, that’s their secret. it Is claimed, however, that the twe distinguished Essex County Rcp toli cans were brought together at the table of the nation's executive in an effort to have New Jersey made solid for Taft. The War Secretary has not Included New Jersey among “his own” .States, but the President, it Is said, sees a possibility of capturing the dele gation for his favorite. It is said thnt ex-Senator Dryden. who lost his seat In the upper branch through the New Idea Republicans’ opposition to him, and his friends are now working in perfect harmony with the. Colby wing of the party, and that they arc inclined to be friendly to the Taft boom. In South Jersey, however, the lead ers appear to favor Speaker Cannon. The situation in Governor Fort's State yas no doubt the principal topic dis cussed at the luncheon.' (Continued un Second Page.) FATHER FINOS HIS j Asphyxiated as They Sleep, with Six Other Children in Beds Nearby. RELATIVE CLIMBS PORCH IN EFFORT AT RESCUE _. | Victims Are Charles Raino, Aged 19, and Alfred, Who Is 16. Taken to Hospital. Poisonous fumes from an open char coal furnace caused the death of Charles Kaino, 11) years old, of 524 North Fifth street, early this morn ing. His brother, Alfred, aged 1G yours, who slept in the same room .with him. lies la a critical condition ut tho City Hospital. The young men are the sons of Alexander Raino. Charles was a carpenter and Alfred is a knife manu facturer. They retired at 9:30 o'elork last night and forgot to remove the furnace t'aom the hall room which they occupied. They locked the door, as the room led Into tnc hallway. When‘their father went to cal! them this morning soon after 6 o'clock, he received no reply and became fearful some accident had occurred to the. lads. The father called to Alexander Bat togillranio, his brother-in-law and owner ot the house, who 'occupied tho first floor, for help. . The latter rushed upstairs and de i cided that it would be best for him to climb to tho front veranda and look Into the room through the window. This lie did, and immediately noticed the lighted charcoal hi the furnace. At once tin truth burst on him, and without waiting, he smashed in the window and unlocked the door. Per fumes and smelling salts were used to revive the young men. and word was i sent to Ur. t\ G. Bernndinelli. He I * worked over the young men for fully j nn hour, and finally telephoned for | till amuiMiiin.v. iu tiiu xiuc'jJivai, whence thi victims were hurried. Charles died soon after being ad mitted. Other Children Slept Acnrbj. The Rainos moved into the building, which is a two-und-a-half-story frame, Inst May, when its owner took boss .s sion. There are six rooms on eacli floor. Halno and his wife occupied ono bedroom and four younger children were quartered in other bedrooms in the flat. This left the hall room for Charles and Alfred. As It opened into the front hall and has a window over j looking the street, and another on tho (north side, it was unusually cold, and the clay open furnace was used every cold night to heat the room. When the boys retired last night tho furnace was in the room, as usual, and both, apparently, failed to think of tv moving it. or, perhaps, decided It was cold enough to allow it to remain. After rescuing his relatives, tho brother-in-law. not thinking the caeo serious, left for his business in/New York. Both of the victims were young men of excellent habits and worked \ steadily. Efforts of I*hy»iolnn* Enil, The house Is within a few hundred feet of Bloomfield avenue, and the trip ! from the hopsital to it was most diffi ; cult. The streets were soft and Mushy .and the horse attached to the ambtt 1 Dance found the going hard and stum , bled time and again. The street nortff inf Sixth avenue is unpaved, and, in <ul (ilition to the soft .pots, there were I many hollows full of water. Although the physicians at the hos • pltal did all in their power to revive ; Charles, their efforts were futile. Win n the Rev. Edward F. Quirk. <’f St. Joseph's Catholic Church, reacted the hospital the elder brother was dead and Alfred was unconscious, As tho young men were of the Catholic faith, the priest administered the lust rites of the church to Alfred. This after noon it whs said at the hospital that the chances for the recovery of the other brother were slight. NEW STATE COMPTROLLER TAKES OATH OF OFFICE. [Special to the Evening Staid 2 ; TRENTON. Feb. 20.—Supremo Court | Justice Garrison today administered the oatli of office, of State comptroller to Henry J. West, of Camden. Tho bond was fixed at $50,009. It lets not gone through the formality of svp provol, because of tho absence of Oov I ernor Fort. Tile bondsmen are David Baird. Robert Hand and Peter C. Iverga. After taking the oath of offieo j Comptroller West was introduced to | heads of State departments by former Comptroller J Willard Morgan.