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LABL1SHED 1832. NEWARK, N. J., FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 1914.— 22 PAGES WEATHER: PROBABLY RAIN SATURDAY.
HUERTA
IS AGAIN
PARLEYING

Simultaneous Return of;
Salute, Gun for Gun, Is
New Demand Made at
the Eleventh Hour.
WILSON !S CERTAIN TO
REFUSE THESE TERMS
Action of Dictator Confirms
Fears of Many That He
Would Equivocate at Last
Minute—All Intention of Re
calling Fleet Abandoned.
WASHINGTON. April 1".—Huerta
has parleyed again. He demands
tiiai his salute to the 1'nited States >
Mag shall be returned simultaneously
gun for gun. This President Wilson
Is practically certain not to accept.
This latest hitch at the eleventh !
hour, when officials here expected the
situation was as good as closed up,
was disclosed in dispatches from
Charge O’Shaughnessy. President
Wilson discussed it with the cabinet.
Administration officials said privately
Huerta's counter proposition would
not he accepted.
The dovclopemr nt confirmed the
fears of those officials who expected
Huerta would equivocate again. Any
intention of recalling any ships of the
Meet now bound to Tampico was
abandoned aiel those close to the ad
ministration expected to see Presi
dent Wilson's demand for an un
qualified apology backed up.
Cruiser Tacoma Touches
Newport; Continues On
NEWPORT. R. April 17—Tho
cruiser Tacoma, which arrived here
last night after a stormy passage,
from Boston, sailed today to join the
Atlantic fleet at Tampico.
Mighty apprentice seamen and
right general service men, mostly
petty officers, who had been in read
iness at the naval training station,
boarded the cruiser here. This draft
overtaxed the ship's complement and
extra stores had to lie placed on
board.
Tin Tacoma will proceed at once
for Tampico, where the apprentice
and service men will be distributed
among-other vessels of the fleet.
TRIFLE PREMATURE
Wild Ride and Wreck in Effort
to Evade Irate Husband
Unnecessary.
After causing an automobile wreck,
in which two persons were injured
and considerable anxiety on the part
of her relatives, Mrs. Anna Hutchins,
who is stopping with her mother,
Mrs. Ida Sorensen, at 260 Bellevue
avenue. Upper Montclair, today had
to admit that her fears of her hus
band, who lives in Pittsburgh, was
going to come to Montclair to murder
her were u trifle premature.
Night before last Mrs. Hutchins’s
lister. Miss Frieda Sorensen, her
brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and
Mrs. Obic Cole, of 276 Fourteenth
avenue; two-year-old Winifred Cole
and Stanley Mltton, of 433 Grove
street, Upper Montclair, started in
an. automobile on a mad dash for
>V'wark police headquarters to ob
tain a guard of policemen for Mrs.
Hutchins. At Kinney street and
Fourteenth avenue the machine was
hit by a Kinney street car. Miss
Sorensen and Winifred Cole were
hurt. The ear, by the way, belonged
to Mitlon, who hud started a hacking
business in Montclair only two days
before.
Today, however, Mrs. Hutchins is
regretting sending her relatives Into
the accident. Her husband is not on
bis way to Montclair; moreover he
hasn’t made up his mind to go there
*\t all. This she learned from the
Ciief of police of Pittsburgh.
’< was this official, however, more
thai Mrs. Hutchins, who was re
sponsible for the motor wreck. The
chief had sent word to the Montclair
police that Hutchins was already on
his wp^f.vm Pittsburgh in search
of his wife
NEWARK SALE OF
$222,000 uf Temporary Loan
Issue Go at 3,15, Lowest Rate
Ever Received.
City Comptroller Tyler Parmly to
day sold $220,000 -worth of temporary
loan bonds foi 3.15 per cent. This Is
the lowest interest rate the city has
ever received for bonds In large
quantities, and ntay'be due to the
great New York city sale this week.
More than twenty-five years ago a
small issue of Newark bonds was
sold for 3 per cent. The 3.15 rate,
however, establishes a record for low
interest charges on bonds of a ma
terial amount, and shuws the faith
the New York brokers and bankers
have In Newark.
Tho bonds were purchased by L,.
Von Hoffmann & Co., of -Manhattan.
There were eleven bidders who ap
plied for the bonds, inoluding three
local bankers. This is an unusually
large quota of applicants, and shows
the demand for Newark bonds in
New York city.
Eighty thousand dollars’ worth of
the issue are for the new, almshouse
and $140,000 are paving bonds. This
issue is the renewal of a former issue, i
which was sold to Solomon .Brothers ]
& HiUzlcr for *7/i Per cent.
F.
j Custom to Acknowledge
Salute, Say Officials
WASHINGTON, April lT.-Navnl
officers declared today that u de
part mental regulation which forbids
a salnto “in honor of any nation or
of any official of any nation not for
tnally recognized' by the government
of the United States/' would not pre
vent an acknowledgment of the salute
Huerta has promised to tire to the
American flag.
Ranking officials pointed out that j
when the commandant at Tampico j
tires the salute President Wilson has |
demanded, the reply of the American
ships, according to precedent and
j form, will be directed, not to Huerta,
nor any other individual, but to the
Mexican nation. Officials added that
should Huerta himself appear in per
son, he would not be saluted.
An official statement by the navy
department was pointed out as ex
plaining the situation.
It said: “If a national salute is
tired as an amende honorable, it is
invariably returned gun for gun by
a vessel of the war power whose Hag
has just been saluted. This is in
accord with international comity and
there urc many precedents to estab
lish the custom.”
FOUR BODIES OF
WRECK VICTIMS
WASHED ASHORE
One Is of Captain Dudley’s
Wife—Lone Survivor Tells
of Heroism.
[kmvial to the Evening SUr.)
MONMOUTH BEACH. April 17.—
The bodies of four victims of the
wreck of the schooner Charles K.
Buckley, of Elizabeth, which went to
pieces on a sandbar off Long Branch
on Wednesday night, were cast up on
the beach here today. One of the
bodies is that of Mrs. H. G. Hardy,
wife of the captain of the wrecked
vessel. The others ure believed to be
those of members of the crew, al
though one may be Captain Hardy's.
There is now way of identifying the
bodiesat present, as the sole survivor
of the wreck, Emil Malkuson, a sea
man, is in a dangerous condition in
the Monmouth Memorial Hospital.
<< ni.llmi.il »» n-igr « Column t.i
ASK GOETHALS
TO TESTIFY ON
TOLLS REPEAL
Amendment Providing for Main
taining Canal Sovereign
ty Pushed.
WASHINGTON, April 17.—Colonel
George Goethals has been summoned
before the canal commission to
testify on the economic features of
the Panama, tolls exemption for coast
wise vessels. He Is expected to favor
repeal.
The Colonel was asked to come at
the request of Senator Simmons, but
may not reach here before April 24,
the day set for the closing uf the
hearings. In that event Senator Sim
mons will not ask for an extension
of the hearings, but will either re
quest that. Colonel Goethals's testi
mony be incorporated in the record
or presented on the floor of the Sen
ate.
Sentiment was said to be crystalliz
ing In the committee today for an
amendment to the Sims' repeal bill,
stipulating that the United States
will give up no rights of sovereignty
over the canal by the repeal of the
exemption. Supporters of that Idea
hope to win the President to that
view'.
Bondsmen of Contractor Who
Defaulted Charge City’s
Tests Were False.
l>pwlnl to the Krenlnx Star.)
SUMMIT, April 17.—Papers have
been filed in the suit for the recovery
of damages to the amount of $28,000
brought by the Massachusetts Bond
ing and Insurance Company against
the city of Summit. The answer has
been made returnable in the United
Stat.-s District Court for the district
of New Jersey in twenty duys.
The insurance company had bonded
Michael Loprete, of East Orange, who
had contracted with the city of Sum
mit to construct the West Summit
sewer system. Shortly after he had
begun the work Loprete became dis
couraged and left the job unfinished.
The company was consequently com
pelled to attend to the completion of
the work.
In its suit, however, the company
claims that it had been defrauded by
tests alleged to have been made by
the city engineering department of
Summit, and had been forced to spend
on the construction of the sewer a
sum of money greatly in excess of the
amount stipulated In the contract. It
claims that according to the tests of
the city’s engineers, one section of the
sewer required excavations through
rock at a cost estimated at $8 per
cubic yard. In reality, however, al
leges the complainant, it was found
that the excavations had to be made
through water and quicksand, at a
cost of $36 per cubic ya~d.
Herbert Boggs, former city counsel
of Newark, and at present assistant
attorney-general of 2fle State, will rep
resent the company*
HOI RULE ACT
DEALS PENSIONS
STUNNING BLOW
Police and Firemen’s Funds
Seriously Affected, Says
Trenton Commissioner.
CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES
ARE DIVESTED OF POWER
Hennessy Bill Strips Commis
sion-Governed Cities of Au
thority Facilitating Business.
ISperiiil to the livening star.]
TRENTON, April 17.—In a care
fully prepared statement issued yes
terday, Commissioner La Bar re
points out some new and startling
disclosures in the operation of the
Hennessy "homo rule" act. so-called.
In the estimation of the commis
sioner the Hennessy act works a
revolutionary and perhaps a ruinous
change In the management of the
affairs of municipalities governed by
commission rule. The changes will
affect revenues und have a serious
and emharrastng bearing upon meth
ods of government created for the
purpose of facilitating court work.
These things are exclusive of the
doubt surrounding the power to issue
bonds for public Improvements.
Cities like Newark and other mu
nicipalities not under commission
rule are, of course, safe from the
troubles and hardships that the
Hennessy act is imposing, and will
remain free from its disturbing in
fluence so long as they adhere to the
old and popular form of government.
According to Commissioner Lu
Burro. the city and several of'its de
partments are hit in one way or an
other. Ho says that included in the
various departments afflicted arc the
police and tlremeh’s pensions, police
lines, salurtes of policemen and the
power of police sergeants to take
bail. The statement in full follows:
•‘Provisions of the Hennossy ‘Home
Kulo Act1 providing ‘Such munici
palities shall be. and arc hereby de
clared to bo. a dist ort class of mu
nicipal ties, and shall be subect to
uny laws of this State, except laws
applicable to all rounic pal ties of this
Stale oilier than co,unties and school
districts,' have suspended the power
and authority conferred by certain
laws upon tile city and its muntc*pal
officials. Among theso laws are: ‘An
act to remove the Are and pojtce
departments in cities of this State
from political control.’
reunion Fund* Aff<Ttei|.
‘"The Pol CC Pension Fund Is ma'n
ta'ned, managed and controlled un
der the provisions of a supplement
to the above mentioned act. approved
April 3, 1902. This law designated
tho Board of Police Cmnm ssioners
(now th ■ Board of Commlss.oners) as
the trustees of said fund and the
secretary of the board as the treas
urer of said fund, and requires a poy
mc.nt of 1 percentum of each officer's
salary in order to entitle such officer
to the benefits of tho pension.
"As the authority conferred by
said law bun been siup'nded the re
suit is that there is a Police Pension
Fund without, trustees and a treas
urer to sign checks payable to those
entitled to receive pensions.
"Tho supplement to the fire and
police act requiring the city to ap
propriate and put in the annual tax
levy a sum equal to at least 1 per
centum of the salaries in he aggre
gate paid to the police force >f such
city for the maintenance of a pension
fund, is likewise rendered inopeta
tive.
“An act entitled 'an act concerning
paid fire departments in certain mu
nicipalities of this State, and for the
relief of members thereof, their wid
ows, dependent parents and children,’
approved March 28, 1905, is likewise
Inoperative.
Kltwt on Inniiranco Premium*.
“The Hennessy act eliminates all
these sources of revenue. The loss of
one-half of the 2 per centum of the
premiums for insurance will be es
pecially felt. The entire 2 per cen
tum will now go to the Fin-men’s Be
lief Association, as provided by an
act entitled, ‘an act to facilitate the
collection from lire Insurance com
panies.
"Hereafter retirements and pen
sions will be controlled by the pro
visions of an art entitled, ’an act
concerning the fire departments of
this State and to provide for the re
tirement of firemen and employes
therein.’
"Under this act the city must bear
the whole, burden of pensioning fire
men, and the curious anomaly is pre
sented of the current pension fund
amounting to about $28,000, to which
the city has contributed u large por
tion vested in lhe hands of a corpora
tion, and which can only be used to
pay tho pensions now in effect, and
the city compelled to hear the bur
den of additional pensions.
Limitation* on m*riplliu'.
"A supplement to the fire and po
lice act, approved May 22, 1906, per
mitting the imposition of tines or
other penalties not exceeding thirty
days for derelictions of duty, Is inop
erative. Suspensions without service
and without pay and dismissals are i
now the only penalties that can be
Imposed.
“The maximum salary law of 1905, j
adopted by the voters of Trenton in
1907, is inoperative, but the salaries
cannot be reduced by reason of the!
adoption of the amendment to the
Walsh act in 1913, which provides!
‘That the salary or compensation of j
any member of the police or fire de-,
partments shall not be fixed at a less
amount than that received by the
said member at the time of the adop
tion of said act.'
“The provisions of the act entitled
‘An act authorizing sergeants of po-1
lice in any first or second class city
to take recognizances of ball from
any person charged with having com
mitted a misdemeanor, or any offense j
against the vice and immorality act, I
or the provisions of an act concern
ing disorderly persons,' approved April
14, 1913, Is Inoperative."
Hundred Horses Die in Fire
That Makes Many Homeless
CHICAGO, April 17.—More than 100
families were driven from their homes
today by/an early morning fire which
damaged the stables of the Adams
Kxpress Company and flat buildings
In the vicinity to the extent of more
than 5100,000.
The tiro broke out in the express
company's stables and 100 horses
were burned to death before firemen
xashsJ tk# building
FIELDER CALLS A
Meet Next Friday to Name
Board Under New Prison
Reform Bills.
NO-OTHER BUSINESS TO
BE CONSIDERED, HE SAYS
New Acts Legislate Out Old
Commissions and Reorgan
ize Management.
[Speelitl to the Evening Star.J
TRENTON, April 17.—Governor
Fielder today issued a proclamation
calling a special session of the Senate
to meet at noon next Friday to re
ceive and act upon nominations for
members of the new Hoard of Prison
Inspectors, the new Prison I.abor
Commission and the new Board of
Trustees of the State Home for Girls.
The real necessity for the special
Senate session is caused by the new
prison reform bills.
Discussing his proclamation Gov
ernor Fielder said that the session
would be confined strictly to receiv
ing and acting upon his nominations
and that no other business viould be
considered.
"The session should be all ove.r in
one hour." sahl the Governor.
The three prison reform bills ore.
Senate 147, creating a new prison la
bor commission; Senate 14S. abolish
ing the present parole board, com
posed of the head keeper, the, resident
physician and the moral instructor,
and Senate 1411, which creates a new
board of prison inspectors and reor
ganizes the management of the
prison.
These ucts legislate out of office
the present prison labor commission
and the board of prison inspectors.
The new hills provide that the ap
pointments to these boards shall be
made by the governor with the ad
vice and consent of the Senate.
ESSEX COUNTY
Forty Institutions Represented
at Gathering—Protest Made
on Regional System.
After formally organizing the Essex
County Bankers' Association at a
rlInner held at the Down Town Club
last night, the bankers of this city
went on record as being opposed to
the Federal reserve ' district plan
which makes Philadelphia the dis
trict for this State. The association
also protested against provisions of
the Clayton bill, now before Congress,
adopted by-laws, elected officers and
appointed an executive committee.
The newly organized association is
the result of efforts of "the Juniors”
who for some time past have been
bolding meetings at Irregular inter
vals. A committee was recently ap
pointed to go into the question of
the formation of a county bankers
organization ns a sort of a branch
of the New Jersey State Bankers’
Association. That committee report
ed last night.
On the committee were: John D.
Everett, president of the Orange Na
tional Bank: Alexander S. Ward,
treasurer of Howard Savings Institu
tion: li. H. Holmes, cashier of tin
Bank of Montclair: W. M. Van Deu
sen, cashier of the National Newark
Banking Company; Arthur W. Clrea
son, cashier of the National State
Bank; Charles 11. Clark, cashier of
the People’s Bank of East Orange; F.
A. Shilling, treasurer of the Bloom
Held Trust Company: Rufus Kiesler,
Jr., treasurer of the Iron bound Trust
Company, and Spencer S. Marsh,
cashier of the North Ward National
Bank.
The report contained a reconrnn ml
ation for the organization of both
junior and senior officers, the object
being toward the “general welfare of
the banking institutions of the coun
ty, the interchange and discussion of
ideas relating to banking in general
and to the banks of Essex County in
particular.”
An amendment was attacheil to the
by-laws, after which those present
voted to accept it. The amendment
provided for the consideration of
legislation affecting the banks of the
State, ami particularly those of Es
sex county. The amendment was met
(Continued on I’nice X, Column 2.1
insult; says
EDGE, IN REPLY
Declares Hudson Assemblyman
Was Realty the Partisan Mem
ber of Economy Board.
to the Evening Star.I
ATLANTIC CITY. April 17.—Sena
tor Walter E. Edge today issued a
statement replying to the statement
of Assemblyman Walter L. McDer
mott, of Hudson county, explaining
the latter man’s resignation from the
economy and efficiency committee, of
which Edge is chairman. Senator
Edge denies any action of his was
responsible for McDermott’s resigna
tion, and says his ‘‘ins.nuations” are
a direct insult to the other member
of the committee.
Partlsansh p was Introduced in the
board by McDermott, he says, not by
him. In reply to McDermott’s charge
that he thwarted the work of ihur
commission of labor to aid his friend,
Colonel Lewis T. Bryant, ho says ho
hopes ho will never be accused of
anything more serious than standing
by a friend, f _ ....._
if
| SCENE OF FIRE HORROR IN NEW YORK |
u
HEARINGS END
Commissioners Name Two Days
for Argument—Buildings
Valued at $19,500,000.
The last of the testimony to he
taken by tin* commissioners ap
pointed to tlx the value of the stock
of the Prudential Insurance Com
pany prior to the mutualization of
the company, was taken yesterday
afternoon. It. was decided by the
commissioners, after a long confer
ence with the lawyers who are ap
pearing before them, that two days
would be allotted for argument. This
will be May 8 and May 9.
In the course of the proceedings
yesterday afternoon. Francis H.
Kimball, an architect, was called to
the stand to testify to the value of
the buildings now occupied by the
Prudential in Newark. He tlxed this
at 519,500,000. This is somewhat
higher than other estimates, and
Richard V. Lindabury, representing
the majority stockholders, started to
cross-ex; 1 rpine him.
Mr. Kimball is a farmerlike per
son, possessing a beard that would
arouse the envy of any person in the
alfalfa belt. He wears big steel
rimmed spectacles and does not look
like an architect at all.
'“Now,” started Mr. lands bury,
“you are an architect. What firm
do you work for?”
“For myself,” replied Mr. Kimball.
“What largo buildings have you
designed?” was the n* xt question.
Mr. Kimball lost no time. He be
gan with the City Investment build
ing in New York and reeled off a
score of the biggest buildings In that
city, including the Trinity and the
Kinpire buildings, while the rest of
the lawyers present enjoyed Mr.
Kindabury’s discomfiture.
Militant Bomb
Wrecks Theatre
GREAT YARMOUTH, England,
April 17.—The theatre on the great
recreation pier here was destroyed
today by a fire caused by the explo
sion of a bomb left under a seat by
a militant suffragette.
At 4 o'clock this morning a violent
explosion woko the inhabitants of
Great Yarmouth. A few momenta
later the theatre at the end of the
pier burst into flames. It was re
cently rebuilt at a cost of $100,000.
The usual suffrage literature was
found strewn along the pier and on
the beach.
Vincent Astor “Comfortable;”
No Wedding Postponement
NEW YORK, April 17.—N arrange
ments for u postponement of the wed
ding of Vincent Astor and Miss Helen
Pinsmorc Huntington, set for April
ISO, has been made, notwithstanding
Mr. Antor's Illness. This announce
i nmnt was piadi at the Huntington
1 country home today in contradiction
of reports (hat the ceremony had
been indefinitely postponed. A post
ponement may yet be found expe
dient, however.
Mr. Astor spent a comfortable night
and wus pronounced "about the same
today,"
APPEAL BEFORE
!
Union and Middlesex Counties
Ask That Rate from Five
Companies.
Officials and citizens representing
towns in Union and Middlesex coun
ties appeared before the Board of
Public Utility Commissioners at a
meeting held In the Court House in
this city today for a hearing on the
reasonableness of rules and regula
tions of live gas companies in the
two counties In allowing discounts
and rebates.
The citizens who are served by tlie
live companies are endeavoring to se-'
cure a flat gas rate of ninety cents.
At the conclusion of the gas rates ar
gument, President Ralph W. 10. Don
ges, of the hoard, stated that the
board’s decision on the question would
be reserved. .
The complaint was made against
the Dover woman at police headquar
ters. It was said that it was probable
the woman l might have acted Inno
cently in using the counterfeit
DOVER WOMAN
THE POLICE SAY
Two women who said they were1
from Dover purchased a fifty-cent
flower at J. Llssner & Sons, 693 and
695 Broad street, today. They ten
dered to the clerk what the latter said
was a counterfeit flve-dollar bill. De
tectives from police headquarters
were called and they said that the
$5 bill was good.
In order to make certain the police
man took the bill to the Union Na
tional Bank. Under a microscope its
aleged defects were found. The bill
was declared to be bogus. One of
the women was detained pending an
I examination.
During the last week or two a
number of counterfeit flve-dollar bills
I have been passed in this city. The
j l an notes are of the Indian head sort.
“Dynamite Johnny” O’Brien,
Filibuster, Much Improved
Dr. Siegfried Husserl, of 775 Clin
ton avenue, who Is attending Cap
tain "Dynamite Johnny” O’Brien, the
Cuban filibuster, who was stricken
recently with paralysis in his home,
896 South Orange avenue, today an
nounced his patient, is Improving, and
that the attack probably will not
prove fatal.
Dr. Husserl said, howeverfl, the
veteran’s cuse probably will leave
him crippled. Captain O'Brien was
taken 11 when at dinner with Ills wife
and family a week ago Sunday.
HOLDS ALLEGED
Accused of Threatening Hotel
Man With Death Unless
He Paid $250.
United States Commissioner Kd
wln R. Semple after an examination
today continued the bail In the eases
of two alleged Mlaek Handers, said to
be members of dynamite and kill imp
ing gangs that have been operaing in
New Vork, pending the action of the
Federal grand Jury. Hall fixed at the
arraignment was $2,000 each.
The defendants are: Francisco
I'amraarato, aged twenty-six, and
Frank .Outrantin, aged twenty-one
years, both of Lodi. They are charged
with having written a letter to George
Kmetz. a Lodi hotel keeper, demand
ing $250 under a penalty of death.
Attorney William Tyacke, Jr., who
defended the Black Handers who
threatened the life of I'resident Wil
son several months ago, represented
the prisoners during the examination
today, in behalf of his client he
pleaded not guilty.
Postofflcc Inspector Frank A. But
ler was first placed fin the witness
stand. Ho told of receiving the
threatening letter from Prosecutor
W. J. Wright, of Bergen county, and
of his subsequent arrest of the pris
oners. j
Kmetz. the complaining witness,
was next placed on the stand. He
declared hr received the letter in
question October 3. and met the two
defendants the following night in a
dark spot along Main avenue, Lodi.
He said he turned over to them $50
in cash. He could not identify the
prisoners positively, he said, as the
ones to whom he gave the money.
Attorney Tyacke asked for a dis
missal of the complaint on the ground
thut the government had failed to
prove that the prisoners mailed the
letter. The motion was denied by
i 'ommlssioner Semple and the hail
con Untied.
White House Announcement
Also States That Few Will
Witness Ceremony.
WASHINGTON. April 17. — The
President and Mrs. Wilson an
nounced today that the wedding of
their youngest daughter. Miss Elea
nor Randolph Wilson, and Secretary
McAdoo would take place on Thurs
day, May 7.
The announcement from the White
House, giving the date of the wed
ding, also said: “In accordance with
the wishes of Miss Wilson and Mr.
McAdoo the wedding will be very
small, only the Vice-President and
.Mrs. Marshall, the cabinet and the
immediate members of the two fam
ilies- are to be present."
Hundred* of sample suits. Including Eng
lish styles. half price. Rich'*, Market and
Mulberry street*.—Adv, >
ELEVEN
PERISH IN
FIRE TRAP
Eighth Avenue Apartment
House in New York Is
Scene of Horror-Three
Women and Baby Die.
MANY THRILLING RESCUES
ARE MADE BY FIREMEN
Building Had No Fire Escapes
on Front and Those Who Die
Are Trapped by Flames as
They Rush to Rear—tnquiry
Is Started._
NEW YOI'K. Ajiril 17.—Eleven per*
sons perished in a tire that swept
through a five-story apartment house
at 741 Eighth avenue early today.
Ten pel sons were burned to death in
the building and a woman who wat
taken out succumbed to her injuries
later.
Only four of the ten bodies taken
from n theatrical boarding-house,
which occupied half the building,
could be identified.
TIIK DEAD:
WALLACE, William, fnrty-.ix year, old,
WALLACE, Mrs. Nellis, lit. wife.
SI’KNI'EK, Mrs. Nellie, n clmik model.
DAY IN, Muriel, three year. old.
DAVIS, Air,, fieorge C„ mother of burned
ulrl mill wife of nn itetvr.
SIX MEN, burned brynml reeognition.
THE INJURED:
ME,SSK.lt. Joseph.
WELSH, Martin.
Ill HKK. Charles.
Mrs. Davis was alive when taken
from the building, but succumbed of
Internal injuries in a hospital. Tha
others were less seriously injured.
The fire started In a pile of wasta
in the basement of a live and ten
rent store, which occupies tha ground
floor of the building. It spread rap
idly up stairways and shut off escape
by them. There were no fire-escapes
in tiie front of the building and tha
largo number of dead and injured
was due to the refusal of the panic
stricken people to remain in the front
windows where many were rescued
by firemen. Ail of the dead and in
jured wore taken from the rear rooms
ami halls,' where they were caught
while attempting to reach the roof
and ltre-eaeupes.
Mitny lliri III 113 Hcnriies.
One man was killed in trying to
i escape over Ttiofs. Tin? tire Was un
der control In less than an hour, but
in that tltm many ihrilling rescue*
i were made by the firemen working
' from bidders in front und free-.
dows of u nearby tenement building.
The proprietor! of tiro rooming
bouse, a negro janitor and several of
the rescued occupants of rooms In
I the building' were summoned to ap
pear today before Coroner Timothy
Healy, who instituted an investiga
tion.
Tho spectacular feature of the fire
was a rescue staged by Captain
Thomas \<\ Smith, of Engine Com
pany No. -. He and n squad of men
were sent around Into SOI West For
ty-sixth street, the rear of which
hacks up to the rear of the burning
building, the two being separated by
an uir and light shaft five feet wide
and almost entirely walled in.
While they wciv trying to get a
line of hose across tills five-foot gap
a man appeared in one of the smoke
tilled rooms across the way. Hi*
window was on a level with that oc
cupied by the firemen, but nine feet
mvay. He seemed ready to jump,
and Captain Smith shouted:
"Don't Jump. I’ll get you!”
Hriig- Man from llcath.
lit? ran back into tho building and
found o frail ten-foot stepladder,
which lie pot across the airshaft to
the window from which the man was
ready to Jump, and told him to crawl
over as the ladder would hold but one
of them. The water was turned off
so it would throw only a small streafn
and keep tile Haines off the mail.
.Smith then straddled the window
sill and. with his right leg dangling
fifty feet above the areway, told five
men of No. 2(1 to hold on to his left
and reached as far ns he could for
the creeping figure on the ladder.
.lust as he clasped the man’s hand
the ladder broke and the man drop
ped, but Smith clung to him. Th»
hose also fell to the areway. f
Uoth Arc Saved.
Great us his strength is. ' Smith
could not lift the dangling man into
the window. But for the live men
holding to his leg, both liy and the
man he was trying to save would
have plunged to the concrete. Finally,
the tlvn iirumen succeeded iti dragging
them both through the window.
The rescued man was Louis Berlin,
thirty-two, one of the roomers.
Soon groans were heard coming
from the bottom of the air-shaft- A
line of hoBO hud fallen from a window
to the bottom of the shaft, and Fire
man John K. Doran volunteered to
slide down it and aid the injured man.
lie negotiated the slide successfully,
hut when he reached the bottom it
was so dark lie could not see any
thing. A llashlighl was lowered to
him and he found tin unconscious
youth about eighteen years old.
Doran found a ladder against the
wall and also that a thirty-foot fence
enclosed one side of the air-shaft from
the cellar to the second floor. With
the limp man over his shoulder he
climbed the ladder, and firemen had a
ladder on the other side waiting for
him. The man was taken away in an
ambulance and the police did not get
his name.
Mrs. Davis, who died in Polyclinic
Hospital, was found Unconscious in
her room with her child, who was
dead. Mrs. Davis, front her position,
little Muriel front the dames.
The store people are exonerated
from blame for the storage of ex
celsior and rubbish that caused the
lire. That, it is alleged, was care
lessly left in the cellar by some one
connected witli the rooming house.
Coroner Mealy is making an investi
gation. assisted by Deputy Fire Mar
shal Kudolph K. Dillman and the
police. He will have ail those held as
material witnesses before him later
in the day.
U. S. Judge Haight Will
Speak on Bankrutcy Court
Judge Thomas C. Haight, of the
United States District Court, will
made an address on the workings of
the Bankruptcy Court, at the spring
dinner meeting of the Newark Asso
ciation of Credit Mon. in the Dot*, n
town Club on Friday evening,
April 24.
A musical program also will be pro*
vlded. >

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