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^ ESTABLISHED 1832. , NEWARK, N. ,|„ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 1914.—14 PAGES. WEATHER: PROBABLY CLOUDY THURSDAY
Abandon Hope of American*
Bri*;sh Examination of Slain
Man’s Body.
WASHINGTON, March 4.—General
Carranza's announcement that he
had appointed n special commission
to investigate the recent execution
by General Villa of William S. Ben
ton, a British subject, coupled with
the declaration from Great Britain
that she would not look to the United
States for action as a result of the
incident, was generally accepted to
day as meaning the abandonment of
the expedition of American and Brit
ish representatives who were to have
gone to Chihuahua to examine Ben
tons body.
There is every reason to believe
that Great Britain has closed the
Benton case for the present, though
sin has reserved the right to exact
reparation in the future. England’s
withdrawal at this time and Car
ranza’s determination to investigate
the Benton killing of nis own accord
will put the United States, it is be
lieved. in the position of a patient ob
server of developments with no pres
ent necessity for further inquiry into
the Benton episode.
The decision of Carranza to ferret
out the truth of the Benton execution
will mean a test of his authority over
General Villa, according to many of
ficials here, and will further demon
strate whether the Constitutionalists
intend to afford protection to foreign
ers and make reparation for Injury
done them.
One of the reasons why there is
little tendency to press the inquiry
on the part of the United States or
Great Britain is the fact that Ben
ton's body already lias decomposed
considerably and evidence of a eon
elusive character as yet undisclosed
nas been in the hands of officials for
several days
Next steps in the situation seemed
ro depend on General Carranza. His
deciaratlbn that tlie United States has
no right to inquire about the welfare
,nf any foreign subjects but her own
will not be accepted by the Washing
ton government. Carranza's friends
here were hopeful' today that he
would eventually alter his position on
this point and reveal a friendly atti
tude toward the United States.
Hryaii to Talk Today.
While pressure towurd that had
been expected from Great Britain over
the Benton case has heen removed
the American government is much
concerned over the reported murder
of Gustav Baucli and Clemente Ver
gara. both American citizens, the one
hy Constitutionalists and the other
hy Mexican Federate. Demands for
information in each case have gone
forth from the state department. Tt
is expected also that messages will
he presented by American consular
r,gents to General Carranza, making
representations on behalf of Spanish
subjects. George C. Carothers is ex
pected to discus* tllii with General
Carranza today on behalf of the state
department.
Secretary Bryan hud an engage
ment to appear before the House
committee ori foreign affairs today.
His frankness with members of the
Senate committee on foreign relations
has prevented agitation of the Mex
ican question in tlie open Senate.
Many Republicans in the House have
been making speeches lately attack
ing the administration's Mexican pol
icy and calling for information. Sec
retary Bryan hopes to satisfy that re
onest today.
I£l, PASO. ’fexRS. March 4.—Al
though word had been received from
Mogales. Sonora, that General Car
ranza hud appointed a special com
mission to investigate the recent exe
cution by General Villa of William S.
Benton. American and British repre
sentatives who were ordered to ex
amine Benton’s body at Chihuahua,
continued today to await definite in
ti ructions from the state department
at Washington.
in view of General Carranza's ac
tion the commissioners was expected
that the state department would
order abandon the trip to Chihuahua.
.Marion Letcher. American consul
Si Chihuahua, who had expected to
accompany the commissioners on
their trip, remained here today on
orders from Washington.
Plew Handed for Murder as
Mrs. Wakefield’s Death
Is Stayed by an Appeal
HARTFORD. Conn.. March 4.—
James Plew. who murdered William
Wakefield, at Middlebury, Iasi. June,
in order that lie might marry Mrs.
Wakefield, was hanged in the State
prison at Wethersfield today. Plew
went to his execution calm and un
a fra id.
fn a cell in the "death row," not
r any hundred feet away from the
execution chamber, was Mrs. Wake
field. under sentence of deatli for
complicity in the crime. She was
originally sentenced to die with Plew.
hut by a strange coincidence, argu
ments were made for a new trial be
fore the Supreme Court on the very
day she was sentenced to be hanged—
the appeal acting as a stay of execu
tion.
Mrs. Wakefield was awake and
praying at the hour Plew paid the
penalty of the law. Plew made a re
ouest that he see Mrs. Wakefield be
fore he died, but this privilege tvas
denied him by the prison rules.
Plow made no written confession
I,,fore his execution, but talked free
ly of the crinr to the prison chaplain
and officials. During the day he was
visited by his brother, Isaac Plew,
of Salisbury Hills, Orange county, N.
V., and his sister, Mrs. Mary E.
/Cedenburg, of New York.
Moore Quits
State Dep't
WASHINGTON, March 4. — John
P.assett Moore, counselor of the state
department, who ranks as acting see
rei ii v, has resigned and his resigna
tion lias been accepted by President
Wilson.
For the present Mr. (Moore will con
tinue bis work here for the Carnegie
Institute, and later will resume his
connection with Columbia University.
Xo announcement as to a probable
successor was made today. Mr.
Moire'S pending resignation has been
rumored for several weeks, and each
Ume had met with unqualified denial.
Various reports have had it that
: here wu a lack of harmony in his
jpvvs and those of higher olHcials,
out they never were supported by
anything official.
Mr. Moore is an authority on inter
uuliouul law.
Four Reported Frozen to
Death in Barge Tender
Four men were found early today
frozen to death in a small boat off At
lantic Highlands, according to a re
port that reached this city.
It is impossible to get into com
munication with Atluntic Highlands
or any nearby place, because there
are no telegraph or telephone wires
running Into that section since the
storm of Sunday night.
The information was brought to thiB
city by a t old fisherman who boarded
a train at Atlantic Highlands this
morning, just as the bodies were be
ing brought ashore. The train left
before he could learn any of the de
tails.
He thinks, however, that the bodies
are those of men who were members
of a crew of one of the eight barges
that have been reported missing in
this vicinity. The boat in which they
were found, he says, was one of the
kind used as tenders on barges.
The boat was picked up between
Atlantic Highlands and Water Witch.
The fisherman says he was told that
it was found by the members of a
United States volunterr life-saving
station.
FORTUNE OF NIECE,
WHO HATED ACTOR
Gets Bulk of $2,500,000 Estate;
Left by Mrs. Minnie Hack* |
ett Trowbridge.
NEW YORK, March 4.—James K. j
Hackett, the actor, will be notified '
today that he inherits the bulk of i
the $2,500,000 estate left by his niece, i
Mrs. Minnie Hackett Trowbridge. |
who died yesterday at her home, 72 !
Park avenue. A strange feature of I
the amazingly unusual story is that !
Mrs. Trowbridge had always refused
to receive or have anything to do
witli the man who is to come into ;
her fortune, and it is doubtful if she ;
ever even saw him.
It is likely the courts will be called
on to untangle some of the intricacies
of the situation, but lawyers familiar
with the facts did not see today how
Mr. Hackett could bo prevented from
coming into the fortune of a niece
who hated him. as lie is the nearest
of kin and entitled to the residuary
estate, willed to her husband, who
died before her.
The beginning of the story dates
back many years. Mrs. Minnie Hack
ett Trowbridge was the only child of
John Keteltas Hackett, for years re
corder of New York city, a distin
guished lawyer, and son of James
Henry Hackett, “Falstaff” Hackett, J
a famous actor of the first half of
the nineteenth century.
How Family Feud Started.
John Keteltas Hackett's mother
died in 1845, and ''Falstaff" Hackett
some years later married a second
time, against the wishes of the en
tire family. James K. Hackett, born
1869, when his father was sixty-nine
years old, is the only child of this
second marriage.
The opposition of Recorder Hackett
to th second marriage was so pio
fiounccd It had clung to his daughter,
.njA ii-ov.'brtdge. until the end qf
her sfxty-seven years. Recorder
HacUett’s wife was Miss Laura Jane
Hall, member of an old family and
a relative of A. Oakley Hall, one time
mayor. Among Mrs. Trowbridge’s
distant cousins are T. Oakley Hall.
Mrs. Oeorge Peabody Wetmore, wife
of the United States senator from
Rhode Island: Miss Alice Keteltas
and Mrs. James L. Clancy, wife of
the warden of Sing Slug prison. The
old Keteltas home on Second avenue
was the last of the old family resi
dences to remain on that thorough- l
fare.
Miss Minnie Hackett inherited
three fortunes. Her father left her
a large amount and her mother left
her the home at 72 Park avenue and
the house at 728 Fifth avenue, later
owned by Charles W. Morse.
I( oullnurd on Pagr 4. Column 7.)
10 RESUME LABOR
Economy and Efficiency Com
mission Sets Date—Awkward
Situation Arises.
I Special to the Evening Star. |
TRENTON, March 4.—The Investi
gation of the State labor department
by the Economy and Efficiecy Com
mission is to be resumed next Mon
day morning, it was announced last
night from the offices of the commis
sion. The hearing was to have been
continued on Monday of this week,
but the storm prevented the principals
from reaching this city. Commis
sioner Lewis T. Bryant will resume
his testimony as a witness on that
day, and Assemblyman Walter L.
McDermott will resume his question
ing of the witness.
The probe has aroused more discus
sion than any probe of a State de
partment or institution held for years.
Opinions differ as to the seriousness
of the revelations. It is generally
agreed that the one hour of actual
questioning last Wednesday indicated
the need for further investigation.
In some quarters fears are expressed
that the department of labor is
threatened by the investigation. That
is not the idea of the investigation
at. all? they say. The economy and
efficiency commissioners, who are
both friendly and critical of the de
partment, agree that the department
should not be discontinued, in any
event.
Assemblyman McDermott said to
day that he had heard th&t labor
leaders are fearful of the effect of the
probe on the existence of th depart
mnt. He said that h had nothing to
nay against the usefulness of the or
ganization. except that it. in his
opinion, might be rendered more ef
fective than it has been.
The postponement of the hearing to
next Monday has produced an awk
ward situation. The report of the
Economy and Efficiency Commission
referred to the investigation as being
under way, with a promise that legis
lation would be asked for at its com
I plction, and during this session. The
time limit on the introduction of new
hills expires tomorrow, and the end
iif the probe may not come for weeks.
How the situation is to be met will
depend on the action of the two
houses of the Legislature with regard
tn whatever bill may.be decided upon.
To Probe Canteen Shortage
NEWPORT, R. I„ March 4.—Dis
covery of an alleged shortage in the
accounts of the canteen of the naval
station has led Captain Roger Wiles,
commander of the station, to ask for
(he appointment of a court of inquiry,
r'hti.f Voeman Smith, in charge of the
business, is under technical arreat.
MYSTERY IN CASE
Clark Irwin Believed to Have
Been Struck by Vehicle—Po=
lice Investigating.
A victim of a mysterious mishap.
Clarlc Irwin, seventy years old, of 89
Monroo street, was found unconscious
on the car tracks in Ferry street op
posite McWhorter street early today.
His right ear is nearly torn off. The
right side of his body is badly lacer
ated. He ha« a possible fracture of
t] >• Toll He is in the City Hospital
where the physicians consider his
condition critical.
The discovery was made by Ser
geant Groo. of the Third precinct,
while he was making his rounds
shortly after 5 o’clock this morning.
The man was lying across the east
bound track, and apparently had
been there but a short time.
.Sergeant Groo immediately sum
moned the City Hospital ambulance
and the man was removed to the
hospital. A son of the Injured man,
Robert Irwin, of 101% Lafayette
street, was notified.
Irwin had not regained conscious
ness at the hospital up to noon to
day. and the police have thus far been
unable to learn any particulars of the
mishap.
It is the theory of the police that
Irwin was not the victim of an as
sault, but that he was struck by a
vehicle of some kind. Someone may
be withholding knowledge of the acci
dent, they think.
Captain Christie, of the Third pre
cinct, put several men on the case to
dayfl, and they are making every ef
fort to clear up the mystery.
At the hospital it aw ssaid that
Irwin might die without regaining
consciousness. His advanced age. it
was declared, might militate against
his recover
Irwin tvus employed by Lite New
ark Warehouse Company, of 110 Me
chanic street, and was on ills way to
work.
Local Dealers Declare They
Have Large Supply—Drivers’
Complaint Termed “Joke.”
That there will be neither a coal
famine nor a strike of coal drivers in
Newark is the general impression
among the large coal dealers in this
city. At tlie present time there are
several hundred thousand tons of coal
stored at the Lackawanna and Le
high Valley railroad pockets. From
tills supply all dealers in this vicinity
are privileged to draw, t is estimated
that the supply on hand will lust local
factory and private consumers for
several weeks.
The dealers are at a loss to know
where the coal famine rumor origi
nated. They declare that several
days ago they were avalanched with
orders from private and factory offi
cials. This they can now account for
owing to the rumor.
To supply the demands, local deal
ers have several hundred extra teams
of horses at work. This is made nec
essary by the slushy roads. It is is
pected that conditions will be again
normal in several days.
"We do not care how many nor how
big the orders are. Wc will take care
of them all." may be considered as
a slogan of the big dealers in this
city.
Many of the smaller dealers are
without coal at their yards. This will
not hamper one bit. The large supply
at the local railroad pockets will take
care of the local dealers.
The price of the fuel will remain as
at the present time, i ms morning It
was rumored that the price would be
raised. This was emphatically denied
by the dealers.
The question of a strike among the
drivers is nothing more than a joke
with the dealers. They declare they
have heard nothing about the con
templated strike. They further add
that it will not affect the local situa
tion one bit, as they can secure all
the men they may need.
It was reported that a dozen coal
drivers wcut on strike yesterday.
This could not be confirmed. Oeorge
A. Colby, business manager of the lo
cal Teamsters’ Union, could not be
found today.
Town Wiped Out by Hurricane
Which Devastates Two Islands
SYDNEY. N. S. W„ March 4.—The
worst hurricane experienced in fifty
years has devastated Cook island and
Aitutaki island, in the archipelago
south of the Society islands.
During the storm a huge wave
swept over Mauko island, in the same
group, destroying an entire village.
The condition of the inhabitants of
the storm-stricken islands is pitiable.
Hold Bridge Conference
ISpcclnl to Ihr livening Mtnr.l
BAYONNE, March 4.—A confer
ence for the furtherance of plans for
the proposed bridge across the New
ark bay between this city and Ellza
bethport is being held here today by
delegates front the Elizabeth Council
and Board of Trade, the Hudson and
Union Boards of Freeholders and the
Bayonne Chamber of Commerce.
HHH
Bruce Street Residents in Ter=
ror as Explosion Shakes Sec=
tion—No Damage Done.
Residents of Bruce street were
awakened when a dull report rang
out shortly before 1:30 a. n>. today.
Windows were raised and frightened
householders rushed to the streets In
scanty attire to see a small cloud of
smoke ascending from a snow pile
In front, of No. 19S, the home of Mat
teo Parasi. a banker.
A few moments after the explosion
Sergeant Kull and Patrolman Mc
Connell, who hud been attracted by
the sound, came running along the
street. They found the frightened
crowd in front of Parasl's home.
"What's the trouble?" the officers
asked.
"A bomb has exploded here," they
were told.
Residents of the street, who are
mostly well-to-do Italians, were ter
ror-stricken. The “Black Hand" was
frequently mentioned, and the per
sons in tile street, kept near the po
licemen as if for protection against
some fresh attack.
Kull and McConnell searched in the
snow and found, what was left of a
small, well-made bomb. Bits of metal
of various sizes were imbedded in the
snow, and as the officers kicked down
the pile heavy gases ascended from
the snow.
Kull and McConnell found a piece
of fuse about three feel long near the
snow pile where the bomb lay. After
picking up this and (lie fragments
of the bomb they rang the doorbell at
Parasi'a home.
A head was thrust from an upper
window in response to the ring.
"What do you want?” the banker
demanded.
"(let dressed and come out," he was
told. "Somebody has sot off a bomb
in front of your house."
"Quit your kidding," Parasi said,
"I didn't hear anything."
It was only after Kull and McCon
nell had argued with Parasi and sev
eral of Ills countrymen had fervently
assured him in his own language that
the bomb really had gone off at his
doorstep that he would consent to
come out.
Questioned by tile police, Parasi in
sisted the placing of the bomb in
front of bis homo was a joke. Tl.*
police say, however, in spite of his
apparent desire to make light of the
affair, he was visibly frightened and
threw furtive glances at his fellow
countrymen as he talked. The police
sa ythey learned from residents of
the neighborhood that attempts have
been made to blackmail Parasi In
the past, and the opinion of the police
seems to be that the explosion of the
bomb today was in the nature of a
gentle hint to *'1° banker that the
blackmailers still arc on his trail.
Plainckithesumn Kads is Investi
gating the ease. Toduy he found an
other section of fuse near the bomb.
The police investigation has shown,
he said, the maker ol' the bomb was
experienced in their manufacture and
evidently placed the bomb in front of
Parasi's door, not with the jntentioq
of doing any damage, but merely with
frightening the banker.
Matthews Urges Congress Notj
to Violate State’s Rights
by Legislation.
| to tlte Newark star. |
WASHINGTON, March 4.—Pro-suf
frage and anti-suffrage women had
an all-day inning before the House
committee yesterday. Those who fa
vored women suffrage occupied the
morning and until 1 o’clock, and after
a recess of an hour the antis had
their inning until 5 o’clock. There
were about JOO women crowded into
the big committee room, and the ex
planation was made that there would
have been more but that they were
“lost” on the stalled railroad trains.
The suffrage workers gave it to be
understood in no uncertain terms that
the Democratic partv would be held
for the failure of Congress to take
up and take up favorably the ques
tion of passing an amendment to the
constitution, allowing the women of
the land tlte privilege of voting. Mrs
Crystal Eastman, of New York: Mrs.
Glendower Evans, of Boston, and
Mrs. Antoinette Funk, of the Con
gressional Union, were the chief
speakers for the proposed amend
ment.
Former Assemblyman John J. Mat
thews, of Newark. N. J.. was in the
middle of a storm when he started
to talk at the afternoon session, lie
followed Mrs. Arthur M. Dodge.
Says Its Bocal Question.
When Mr. Matthews took the tlooi
he described himself as a Democrat,
a New Jersey Democrat of the Wil
son stripe, lie took the attitude that
the question was a local one. and, ac
cording to the idea of tlte Democratic
party, it would be a violation of tlte
principle of States’ rights for Con
gress to attempt to solve it. He then
went into figures to show that even
If it were submitted to the States
and carried by t Ire small Western
States, already favorably disposed
toward equal franchise, it wotlid lie
a matter of compelling the majority
of the people to submit to the will of
tlte minority.
He showed that the Western States
which would supply the necessary
three-fourths majority to carry the
amendment were not as populous as
some of the districts represented try
members of the committee in their
congressional districts.
Dr. Mary Walker, in male evening
dress coat and other masculine
habiliments of the near-evening
dress kind, projected herself into
the discussion after t It^ women
who were opposed to *the suf
fragists had concluded their argu
ments. Dr. Walker had obtained the
promise of Chairman Clayton that she
would be heard. She was told that
(( <>ntiniioii on <f, rolnmn 8.)
Mary Garden III
NEW YORK, March 4.—Seriously
ill of grip ami laryngitis. Mary Gar
den, prinm donna of the Pliiladelphla
Chlcago Opera Comp.tnj', is confined
to her bed in her hotel apartment
here. She may not be able to join
the opera company, now on Its West
ern tour. It was said last night. Miss
Garden has been ill since last Friday.
FACTORY SWEPT
BY $15,000 EIRE;
Quick Work of Firemen Saves
Entire Plant from
Destruction.
Between $10,000 and $15,000 damage
was done by fire which broke out
shortly after 5 o'clock this morning
in tile shoe factory of James A. Ban
ister. at 185 Washington street. The
greater part of the third floor, where
more than 5,000 pairs of shoes awaited
shipment, was destroyed. The quick
work of firemen in arriving on the
scene and closing fire-proof doors be- j
tween other apartments, prevented
heavier loss.
The work of the firemen, whose
prompt action saved the building 1
from probable total destruction, was j
facilitated by the presence of mind of j
Deputy Chief John Towey. who di
rected the early work of righting the |
fire. Another feature is that the
firehouse jn Academy street was so
near the burning building that con
siderable time was saved in getting
to work.
The lire was discovered by Firemen
Hugo Brock and Martin Franks, who
were assigned to house watch on the
first floor of the new firehouse, num
ber 24.
Brock's mention was attracted by
the reflection of the glow from the
fire on the rear window of the fire
house. Calling Chief Towey, he ran
j to n window to locate the tire, while
j Engineer Joseph Brown telephoned
headquarters. The chief Jumped
down tile pole and immediately grasp
ing the situation, ordered the men to !
work on the apparatus in the build
ing.
Fight Fire from Firehouse.
Sufficient hose was unreeled to
' reach the burning building from the
firehouse, and ail engine was sent to
the fire plug, at the corner, for the
necessary pressure. The time saved
thus enabled the firemen to cross the 1
partly frozen canal between the tiro- ;
iioitse and the shoe laelory, and climb
the fire-escape to, the third floor. In
crossing the canal the ice broke in
several tire fighters.
Arriving at the top of the fire
escape the firemen were forced to
break down the door. Entering tho !
smoke-filled making room they found ;
that the flames had gained great ,
headway and had burned half of the !
floor Streams of water were brought
to play upon the worst portion of the
blaze, while firemen in the tire-house
summoned other engines by a second
alarm.
Tlie firemen rn the burning build
ing experienced great difficulty in :
fighting the flames, which, for a time,
appeared uncontrolable. Rushing
through the smoke and flames they 1
(Continued on I’ngr 2, Column 7.1 ]
V ' j
Keep Hydrants Free of Snowi
and Lecture Children on
Fallen Wire Perils.
In connection with a renewed re
quest that the citizens continue to
communicate with tire headquarters
through telephone number 1825 Mar
ket, the central office number, <'hief
Paul J. Moore, of the fire department,
calls public attention to a matter, also
of serious importance, and that, is the
need of keeping lire hydrants and ap
proaches thereto free anl clear of ice
and snow or other obstructions.
T( is a physical impossibility for
the lire department to detail men to
this special work," explained the
chief. "We haven’t men In sufficient
numbers. They are out on other duty
and cannot be spared. During the
storm of two weeks ago 1 called upon
citizens anil had company command
ants throughout the city do likewise,
and asked them to co-operate with us
in the task of keeping fire hydrants
clear. Business men and home-dwell
ers cheerfully complied with the re
quest. They cleared away the snow
from hydrants near their places of
business and dwellings ami tbelr as
sistance was Invaluable. It was for
their own protection, in case of tiro
as well as a great aid to the depart
ment.
If they do as well now us they did
two weeks ago, I can assure them
that their efforts will he appreciated
and they will receive the thanks of
the department.
"It wouldn’t be a bad ideu, either,"
declared the chief, "if the laborers
i mployod by tho city to remove snow
would pay more attention to clearing
,i path to the fire hydrants. 1 extend
! my request to them.
A Hint to .School Teacher*.
I hope I muy be pardoned for
ying slightly beyond what sonu
may consider my line of duty,” said
Chief Moore, taking up another
thread, "btit while upon the subject
nf overhead wires and the danger to
life thut lurks therein. 1 will ven
ture ii suggestion, tind let it go for
what it is worth, even inviting criti
cism of being a 'butter-in.' If dan
gling and fallen wires, and the 'dead'
ones seem to be like the 'pistol that
wasn't loaded.” carry death to adults,
l who are supposed to bo careful and
guarded, how much greater is the
peril to children?
"If T were a member of the Board
ol Education J would issue orders to
school principals and school teachers
generally to lecture and caution chil
dren to avoid wires that they may
nil lying on the ground or dangling
Irom poles or trees. Such wires are
usually charged with the deadly elec
tric current, and children are prone
to play with such things.
"My attention was called to this
menace to children and the need of
warning to them by a. lineman In our
department, who yesterday ran across
some children who were playing In
the snow near a prostrate wire. The
lineman discovered that tills very
wire was rharged with electricity,
lie cut it off at a point too high for
children to reach."
Charge O’Shaughnessy’s
Father Dies of Pneumonia
X GW YORK, March 1.—Colonel
James O’Shaughnessy, father of Nel
son O'Shaugbnessy, eharge d’affaires
for the United States in Mexico City,
died here today. He had been criti
cally ill for several days, having suf
fered u relapse from an attack of
pneumonia. He was seventy-one
years old.
Big Events Mark Wilson s
First Year as President
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President Woodrow Wilson.
New Tariff and Currency Laws and Ratification of Arbitration
Treaties Accomplished as First Milestone Is Passed
Today—To Address Congress on Tolls Tomorrow.
WASHINGTON. March 4. The]
Democratic administration was a year
old today. Just t vef\ • months ago at
noon Woodrow Wilson stood on the
east front of the Capitol and took the
oath of office, ushering the Democ
racy into control of all branches of
the national government, for the first
time in twenty years.
At the White House, in executive
quarters generally and in congres
sional circles the day served to recall
the work of the fleeting year. Mem
bers of Congress realised that except
for a short breathing spell at the
Christmas holidays they had beer in
practical!' continuous session.
From the time the President broke
a c'entury-dld precedent unu stood be
fore on assembled Congress to urge
tho enactment of a low tariff, close
co-operation bus reigned between the
chief executive and the leaders of
the dominant party in Congress. The
enactment of a tariff law on October
3, 15*13. making vital changes in the
duties on imports, was followed by
the signing of a banking and currency
act on December 23, till:!. These two
laws and tbo recent ratification of the
arbitration treaties are the things
which the President's friends were
pointing to as the direct result of the
intimate contact established between
the executive and legislative depart
ments of the government.
Mexico t.reatest Question.
Much of the President's time and
energy have been spent in wrestling
with a troublesome Mexiean situation,
as yet unsolved, and the. diplomatic
tangle with Japan growing oat of the
passage by California of a new anti
alien land law. i.ait-U h« lias been
devoting himself to a rehabilitation of
the foreign relations of the I'nltod
States—the drafting, With Secretary
Bryan, of new peace treaties, the set
tlement of the Panama canal tolls
controversy with 'treat Britain, dltll
ctiltiea with Colombia growing out of
the partition of Panama, and many
other subjects of foreign policy.
Five times the President has ap
peared before Congress, delivering
messages on the tariff, the currency.
Mexican affairs, the annual report of
“The state of tin- Union, and trust
legislation.” The recommendations
of his annual message for the build
ing of an Alaskan railway, rural
credits, and anti-trust reform are still
in the hands of Congress with assur
ances of tilt* leaders that they will bo
made law before the expected ad
journment in June.
To Speak on Toll* Tomorrow.
Interest in the President's sixth
message was apparent when it be
came known he would address Con
gress tomorrow in advocacy of the
repeal of the clause exempting Amer
ican coastwise shipping from the pay
ment of Panama Canal tolls. The
chief executive for the tlrst time asks
Congress, particularly his own party,
to reverse itself, but his argument is
that when Congress last passed on
the question, international circum
stances such as now surround the
question did not then exist. The
President believes a general distrust
of the Intentions of the United States
In construing treaties for its own sel
fish benefit has arisen and because of
if ontinued on P>(v i. (oL *>
COASTING FATALITY
While funeral services for thirteen*
year-old Mary Estelle Cooper, victim
of a coasting accident in the Maple
wood section of South Orange Town
ship, were being held last night at
the homo of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Edward W. Cooper, 56S Prospect
street, Maplewood,. the South ttrange
Township Committee, in session at
tlie Maplewood municipal building,
received oflicial reports following a
probe, which placed the blame for
the fatality on the little victim.
Despite the fatal accident, coasting
will not be prohibited on the Oakland,
road hill, on which it occurred.
Chief of Police Arthur J. Hoyle,
reporting on an investigation of the
circumstances which led up to the
Cooper girl’s death on Saturday, said
it was one of those peculiar acci
dents for which no one can be held
responsible. It had been alleged that
the accident was caused by a number
of other coasters, who, ascending the
bill on the centre of the roadway, re
fused to get out of the path of the
sled on which the Cooper girl and
Mabel Williams, a playmate, were
riding down the street grade, causing
the. girls to steer into an automobile
at the roadside in order to avoid col
liding with those climbing the in
cline. The police head said he was
not in favor of depriving the children
ot the entire township of the privilege
of coasting on the few days on which
the sport is possible each year
Starving Wolves Devour Sheep
ROME, Mart'll 4.—Hordes of starv
ing wolves, driven from the Apennine
mountains by the. heavy snows, de
scended today into the valleys of
Abruzzl provinces and in the vicinity
of Rome und devoured hundreds of
sheep. The wolves afterward tools
refuge in the caverns of Ml. Soracte,
about, twenty-live miles north of
Rome- Parties of armed peasants
have gone to hunt them, and, ac
cording to the latest reports, have
killed a large number of the animals.
CHURCH TO HONOR |
A special meeting of the official
board of Calvary M. E. Church, East
Orange, will be held tonight to take,
action on the death of Bishop Thomas
Bowman yesterday . Ever since the
bishop had made his home In the
(•ranges, about fifteen years ago. he
bad made Calvary Church his home
church, and until recent years was
actively identified with its life and
activities, laying aside his work only
when the infirmities of old age made
further service impossible.
He was a regular attendant at the |
Sunday services, frequently partici
pating in them with the pastor, Rev.
Dr. Fred Clare Baldwin, and regular
ly assisting in the communion ser
vices. lie was also a very regular at
tendant at the mid-week prayer ser
vices, where his broad and ripe ex
periences, together with his fine schol
arly attainments, made him the ob
ject of espcciul esteem ami affection.
Rev. Dr. Fred Clare Baldwin will
offer a prayer at the home of Burns
D. Caldwell, High street. Orange, son
in-law of the bishop, where the re
mains are resting, tomorrow morning
at about 8:15 o'clock. Then the body
will be taken to the Market street
depot of the Pennsylvania Railroad
and then to Green Castle, Indiana,
where the services are to be held at
the DePauw University on Friday
rnovning.
Dr. Baldwin arranged today a list
of honorary pallbearers representing
the official hoard of the church and
the Men's Club, Bishop Bowman also i
being a member of the latter, who I
will accompany the remains from the
home to the railroad depot in Newark.
Gunman, Fatally Shot,
Refuses to Name Assailant
NEW YORK, .March 4.—James Cor- ,
rigio, also known as "Jimmy Curley,” ,
leader of a gang bearing his name,
was shot and killed last night on the
East Side by two men who effected
their escape without being idea titled.
City Authorities Prepare for
Downfall. Which May Help
to Clean Streets.
Unsettled weather, followed by a,
warm rain and rising temperatures,
which are expected to clear the
streets of snow. Is the prediction of
the weather bureau for tonight and
tomorrow. Today the mercury is
hovering around 3G degrees and the
melted snow is flowing from the
streets like small rivers. Should the
temperature rise and the rain comt
the city faces danger of flooded
streets and cellars.
In the event of extended rains a
great flood in the Passaic river valley
would be almost certain. The feeders
from the upper Passaic would be sure
to discharge heavily from the water
sheds. Conditions just now would
seem about right for another deluge
that might affect Paterson, Passaic
and other towns in the same manner
as ten years or so ago- In 1902, the
lower sections of Paterson and Pas
saic wero partly covered by the over
flow after a spring freshet. Two
years later there was an even greater
visitation, which was felt as far as
tills city.
Charles M. Shipman, general super
intendent for tho Board of Works,
who is In charge of the work of re
moving the mow from the streets,
has made, preparations to cope with
tlic floods that seem sure to come
when the snow begins to melt faster
tiian at present.
Mr. Shipman sent out 700 men to
remove snow today. Special orders
were given the foremen to keep the
laborers busy removing snow and ice
from gutters and receiving basins. He
plans to have every gutter and sewer
opening in tho city clear and ready
to receive the vast flow of water
which is expected to start by tomor
row.
When the rain begins plans have
been made to take the 700 men front
the work of removing snow from the
centre of tho streets und busy them
keeping the sewer basins clear. By
tills means it is expected much of the
danger and inconvenience of floods
will be avoided.
Except for trouble with telegraph
and telephone lines and the fact that
the rra'lroad freight traffic still is suf
fering from the effects of the blizzard,
general conditions were more near!;.
normal today than since the coining
of the snow.
The railroads reported today their
passenger trains were running in at!
directions close to schedule. The
Public Service Railway Company said
it wo* trying to adhere to Its regular
trolley schedules, although delays
were frequent from unexpected acci
dent.!. The Public Service Electric
Company announced all street lights
would be put on tonight. The city
street department announced the
work, of removing the snow was pro
gressing well.
I*. R. R. Again in Miape.
In the offices of the Pennsylvania,
railroad it was said today traffic had
been resumed on the Long Branch
division, which means that all
branches now re in working order.
The freight department of the rail
road, although admitting truffle stilt
was suffering from the effects of the
storm, said all shipments, outgoing
and incoming, are being handled. Carp
went in and out of the yards yester
day, the freight officials said, and
«cre being run also today. Gangs of
laborers are working in the freight
yards removing snow. It was pre
dicted that freight traffic would he
norma] by tomorrow.
Officials of the freight department
of the Lackawanna railroad, how
ever, today said their freight traffic
was practically at a standstill. Ina
bility to obtain men to remove the
snow from the freight yards wap
given as the principal reason for the
delay in resuming normal traffic. La
borers who were hired to remove
snow on Monday have been working
in the freight yards, it was said
practically without interruption ever
since, but their efforts have been in
sufficient to put matters to rights.
Practically no freight is being re
ceived or sent out by the Lackam-an
na, it was said, although officials of
the company are looking to remedy
ing conditions before tomorrow.
Passenger traffic on the Lacka
wanna was normal today, although a.
few trains were delayed for five min
utes or so each.
In the office of the Central Railroad
of New Jersey it was announced to
day that Hie opening of the Freehold
branch, which runs from Matawan to
Freehold, every line of the road, in
cluding the Long Branch division,
now ie working. Traffic was resumed
between Elizabethport and New York
yesterday, making it unnecessary for
commuters between this city and the
southern part of the State to travel
to New York when on their way to
or from here.
School’s Skylight Falls:
Teacher Narrowly Escapes
(.special to the Newark Star.)
SUMMIT, March 4.—Without warn
ing a skylight over the office of
School Superintendent Clinton S.
Marsh in the Springfield Avenuo
School building yesterday afternoon,
crashed in under the weight of the
snow and ice. Miss Eleanor S. Miller,
a teacher in the eighth grade, was
standing near the superintendent's
desk when the shattered glass and a
heap of snow and ice fell, missing the
young woman only by inches.
Rooks and papers concerning the
schools, which were on the school
superintendent’s desk at the time, it
is feured are ruined in consequence
of being visited by the snow.
New York Cabarets and
Dances Are Halted at I A. M.
NEW YORK. March 4.—Hundreds
of diners in uptown restaurants who
expected to follow the usual custom
in those places of dancing until dawn
were disappointed at 1 o'clock this
morning when informed that I ho
music must stop when the bar closed
at that hour.
The order, which affected only the
theatrical district so far. is supposed
to have come from Police Commis
sioner McKay. It is understood the
dance hall managers will be expected
tonight to give a little earlier notice
of the new rule so that patrons will
know what to expect As some of the
cabaret places don’t start until mtd
nighi. the new order will cut a lot
Into the night’s receipts is umutjr
places.
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