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NEW HAVEN, CONN., THURSDAY, DECEMBER' 19, 1907. IrxtJCE :TWO CENTS. DEATH HARYEST OF COAL MINES t- Startling Facts Gleaned, by the Government Experts In vestigating Recent Disasters. 2,061 KILLED IN 0NEYEAR List Constantly on the Increase and Three Times as Great as Any Other Coal-Producing Country. Washington, Dec. 18. The ' coal lines of the United States are killing three times as many men per 10,000 men employed than those of most Eu ropean countries. In the last seven-, teen years 22,840 men have given up their lives in the mines of this coun try. As many violent deaths have oc curred in the mines during the last six years as during the preceding eleven years. The number of fatali ties each year is now double that of the year 1895. In 1906, 6,861 men were killed or injured in the 'mines, the dead numbering 2,061 and the in jured 4.800. These terrible facts have .been gleaned by government experts acting under orders from Secretary Garfield of the interior department to investi gate the nature and extent of mine accidents, particularly those resulting from explosions, and also to make suggestions as to how mining condi tions may be improved and accidents prevented. The secretary's request for informa tion was sent to George Otis Smith, di rector of the geological survey last June. Carrying out. the suggestions, Joseph A. Holmes, chief of the technol ic branch, Clarence Hall, explosive ex pert, and others made a number of examinations of the more dangerous coal mines of Indian territory. In ad dition, Mr. Hall and his assistant, Wal ter O. Snelling, have investigated the nature and causes of a number of dis astrous coal mine explosions In Several of the states, ' The conclusions of the experts are found In a bulletin Issued to-day on "Coal mine accidents; their causes and preventiot ." , ' , .The statement of Mr. Holmes in the bulletin that an increase in the num ber and th the seriouseness of mine ex plosions may be - expected to continue has, already proven fateful, for since j the words ,were -written. . the country', has bOen. startled withVthe news of three mine explosions, costing nearly i BOO lives. The first explosions occurred in the Penna in the early part of De icember and cost 32 lives., Then came i.Jthe Mononagh mine disaster in "West I j, Virginia with a loss of nearly 400 lives Sand the explosion in Alabama the other 1 day with 61 lives lost. If Mr. Holmes, in summing up the sit uation; says:. ,' '' "The figures indicate that during 'the year 1906 nearly 7,000 men were killed or injured in the coal mines of jjthis country and a number of these laecidents were caused directly or in directly by mine explosions has been Hteadily increasing. It is also Indicat ed that this Increase has been due in 'j?art to the lack of proper en forcible rnine regulations; In part to the lack I )f reliable information concerning I he explosives used in mining and the I conditions under which they can be used safely in the presence of the gas nd dust encountered in the mines; nd in part to the fact that in the; i lovelopment of coal mining, not only i the number of miners increasing, !ut many are as from which coal is leing taken, either deeper or farther l.-om the entrance where good venti- ' , ition is more difficult and the dan- 5- erous accumulations or explosive gas ifiore frequent. , 1 "The increase both In the number j tid seriousness of mine explosions dur , hg the past few years may be expect ( ;1 to continue unless, through inter- Siptions such as have been proved ef- ctive in other coal-producing coun I lies, information can be obtained and ! iibished concerning the explosives us I a, the conditions under which they I Jay be used safely and the general i ihditions which make for health and 1 Ifety. Such information may serve as J i intelligent basis both for legislative I actment and for arguments among I Irsons associated with mining opera- I ns. The bulletin shows that In' all Euro- , 'an coal-producing "countries the out ' ;t of coal has increased greatly dur- the last ten years but the number ' i deaths per thousand miners instead ' increasing as in this country has s dereone a marked ' decrease. Considered in regard to the num- of deaths per 1,000 men employed 1 United States occupies a less fa- l-nble position than any other of the ' a-producing countries, more tnan ? tee times as many men out of each 00 employed being killed as in I ie countries." 1 niCCCRFMT AT Yfll F Lll I billbill I III I I M. M J .fef.'-or of Literature in St. Peters- burg Sentenced for Long Term. ? : Petersburg, Dec IS. Professor :hkoff, who heads the chair of ature in the University of St. Pe burg, ias been sentenced to con jnent in a: fortress for one year and i If for being a member of the peas- league of Novgorod. AKrZMAN UNDER WHEELS .s from Train Near Hartford and 'cral Trucks Pass Over Body. ;'rtford, Dec. IS. Michael Markisi, (keman enployed by the Connectl- ou.pany, was killed this morning .lewington. He fell under a train several of the trucks passed over j jody. It was necessary to jack up l-ars in order to remove the body, (deceased is survived by a wife i three children, MAYOR DINES FINANCIERS Members of Two Boards Meet at the Union League. On the invitation of Mayor John P. Studley the members of the present board of finance and the board thut served last year also, with City Clerk Street and Secretary Sedgwick, gath ered at the Union League club last night for a final reunion and dinner before retiring from their official du ties. A delightful evening was spent by all present. After the eatables had been disposed of, short addresses were made by each of the gentlemen present and a round of witty stories closed the evening. Present were His Honor Mayor Studley, City 1 Clerk Street, Secretary Sedgwick, Edward G. Frederick, George W. Lewis, Henry Townshend, James Logan, Henry Far rell, Edward P. O'Meara, Jonathan N. Rowe, Franklin L. Homan and P. J Kelly. DANBURY HOTEL ROBBERY Youth Enters Room During Pinner Hour, But is Later Captured. Danbury, Dec. 18. During the din ner hour at the Savoy hotel to-night the room occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Brockway, theatrical people, was broken into and articles to the value of about $100 taken. Later in the evening a young1 man was arrested, on suspicion, who described himself to the police us Harry Smith, aged twenty-three, of South Norwalk. When searched various articles identified as having been taken from the hotel room were found on hinf. Everything was recovered with the exception of an overcoat, which, it is thought, may be found in a pawnshop. Smith will have a hearing to-morrow morning. CAUSE OF COMMENT Many Think it Strange That Director Coe Appointed a Democrat. FOLEY' CANDIDATE RUMOR Report Around Town That He Planned t to Give the Elevatorship to .' Peter Hart. Considerable political Interest and some gossip has heen occasioned by the appointment by Director of Public Works Coe of John P. Carney, son of the late general registrar,' to succeed Bartholomew Callahan as director of the elevator in city hall, i The appoint ment of a democrat by a republican office holder, even at the close of his term, has led to some discussion. It Is pointed out, however, that unless an understanding that the appoint ment of a democrat be made Registrar Carr could have withheld the appoint ment in his office until the new ad ministration came into office, so that the new director, Francis Foley, would have tJie appointing, ensuring the placing of a dem'ocrat In office. The whip hand of the situation thus appears to have been in Registrar Carr's hand. The rather unexpected anonuncement of the appointment naturally leads to the question as to why Mr. Carr did not wait until Mr. Foley was In office to make the ap pointment. It is suggested that there might have been a conflict as to'canr didates between Mr. Foley and Mr. Carr, and that by this present action Mr. Carr has placed his man in the berth. Countenance is' given to this view by the report which is in circulation that Mr. Foley wished a man by the name of Peter Hart, a prominent Eleventh andTweM'th ward worker, appointed to the position. A prominent member of the incoming administration, in speaking of the matter last evening said that although he had very recent ly talked with Mr. Foley he did not mention any candidate, and he had not heard that the new director had one; He pointed out that the ap pointee is the son of the former gen eral registrar, under whom Foley acted as a deputy, so that he did not think Mr. Foley would be likely to object to the appointment. The late Mr. Carney was a very Intimate friend of Mr. Carr and he ascribed the ap pointment to this friendship. PRESIDENT irASTAlTH ' Tells Hitchcock- He Knows Insinua tions of Disloyalty Are False. Washington, Dec. 18. A brief but im portant contribution to current politi cal comment was made this evening by Fflank S. Hitchcock, first assistant post master general in the following state ment: "I have read Secretary Cortel yous statement -as published by the morning papers. I am sure that the public will accept It as a truthful de claration of a thoroughly sincere man. It disposes of the charge that 1 have been in any manner disloyal to Presi dent Rosevelt. That charge is abso lutely false; in fact the president has told me he knows it to be false. "I do not care to discuss the matter further. I should not say even tills, were it hot for the apprehension that some people who are unfamiliar with the facts may be misled by the state ment circulated." BREWERS SIGN PLEDGE St. Louis Makers Will Cut Off Supply of Violators of Liquor Law. St. Louis, Mo.. Dec. 18. Excise Com missioner Mulvlhlll announced to-day that every brewer in St. Louis and East St. Louis and the four leading brewers of other cities having depots here, have made a written pledge that they will not sell beer or other sup plies to 'any saloon or "lid" club which the commissioner places on a blacklist which he will furnish the manage ments. The blacklist will comprise the names of saloons or clubs that vio lates the liquor law.' EYAHS PLEASED WITH IAHEUYER Fleet Brilliantly Carries Out Order to Move from Four Columns to Double Formation. ADMIRAL SAYS, WELL DONE Ships ' Are Now Beyond the Gulf Stream Wireless Telephones Arc Being Used Suc cessfully. Wew York, Dec. 18. The following message from its correspondent on board (Admiral Evans' flagship was re ceived by the Associated Press by wireless telegraphy to-night: "On board U. S. S. Connecticut, Dee. 18. (Noon.) The battleship fleet at this hour is 750 miles north by north west of St. Thomas. The weather is fine." A later message from the fleet re ceived through the Deforest wireless station here this evening reads: "U. S. S. Connecticut, at sea, Dec. IS. During the 24 hours since noon yes terday the fl et made 240 miles, the course continuing due southeast. This afternoon Admiral Evans signaled the squadron - commanders to align their ships, which j had been moving in four perfect columns, in double formation at intervals of' 1,600 yards. The move ment was splendidly executed and in voked from the comniander-inJchief the signal 'well done.' , "We are now beyond the Gulf stream and only a moderate swell disturbs the surface, of the sea. The weather is magnificent and between the blue of the sky and the blue of the waters, the two white lines of battleships moving with'-stately precision make a magnifi cent picture. "The squadrons scarcely can be said to be shaken down as yet and still they keep at perfect distances."' . Savannah, Ga Dee. 18. The Savan nah Deforest Wireless station this af ternoon was In communication with the flagship Connecticut, the Georgia and the Minnesota of the battleship fleet. Many official and private messages to Norfolk, Washington and New York, from officers and correspondents with the fleet were caught. : The messages allowed that the wireless telephones are being used on the trip and are proving successful. The ships In the squadrons carry on conversations and receive orders for formation by wireless tele phone. . , At 8 p. m. the fleet was reported In communication with the wireless sta tion at San Joan, Porto Rico. The following message was caught at the Savannah station: "Wednesday noon, 240 miles course remains south easterly; fleet &50 .nlles southeast Jack sonville; ante-noon Evans signaled double column Interval 1,600 yards; well executed: special flagship's signal 'Well done, Louisiana.' Beyond Gulf stream, moderate swells; day perfect; magnificent picture, blue water,' two lines white ships, crew white dress; squadrons early shaken down; keeping perfect distances." REPORT DISCREDITED Pacific Fleet Not to Return by Way of Suez Canal. Washington, Dec. 18. Not a single word in the shape of an official mes sage was received at the navy depart ment to-day from Admiral Evans' flagship nor from any of the vessels of the fleet. Both the White house and the navy department discredit what purports to be a wireless message from the. battle ship Connecticut to the effect that President Roosevelt had informed Ud mlral Evans that the fleet would .re turn by wrfy of the Suez canal. Secre tary Loeb to-night said that no plan for the return of the fleet had yet been formulated. N6ne of the navy depart ment heads. Secretary Metcalf, Assis tant Secretary Newberry or Admiral Erownson, through whose hands must pass all orders for the fleet, knows the itinerary for the homeward voyage. They decline to give credence o what they term "ward room gossip." From the position of the ships when last recorded it would not surprise the department officials if the wireless shore station at Sa.n Juan, Porto Rico, or Guantanamo, Cubs., should be able to pick up the fleet within a day or two. TRAVEL INCREASING Special Sleeping Car Attached to Fed eral Express for Use of Students. The holiday travel at the railroad station began in earnestvesterday aft ernoon. The outward bound travel was very heavy, especially in the even ing, when all express trains going in both directions were sent, out with heavy' passenger lists. Many Yale men took the evening trains for their vari ous homes to spend the Christmas and New Year holidays. On the Federal express leaving at midnight a special sleeping car was placed on the train at this city for the accommodation of students. The car is run through as far" as Chicago. With few exceptions the various trains were run on sched ule. time. The station officials are looking for very heavy traffic to-day, and when necessary the trains will be run in sections. BARBER'S WIFE SEEKS DIVORCE. Service was made by Deputy Sheriff Hutt upon Lewis S. Felter, a barber of West Haven, of pupers in an action for divorce against him by his wife, Mary M. She alleges Intolerable cruel ty, and asks the custody of two chil dren. They were married April 15, 1300. The case is returnable next month. NEWS SUMMARY. GENERAL. Walker Taken into Custod... Evans Pleased With Maneuver. Booker T. Washinton's Masonic Degree Schooner Sunk Near Vineyard Haven. Thinks He Sees Bryan's Election. Cotton Mills Begin Curtailment. Self-Government for Cuba. , Decision on Rate Law Case. President Has Faith in Hitchcock. Panama Bonds Held Up. P STATE. Capitol City News. Bee Stings Cure Rheumatism. Contractor Disappears With $1,000. Assyrian Would Kill Turk. Decision Removing Executor. Storm Adds Land to Steeplechase Island Danbury Hotel Robbery. Braktman Falls Under Wheels. CITV. Ailing for Telephone President. Cortelyou May Deliver Dodge Lectures. Mellen to Sneak at Providence Dinner. Spehs Return from Trip to Havana. License Costly to Hamden Constable. Knife and Fork Club to Dine Dec. 31. Coe Aonolntment Causes Comment. j Rowe Gets Daggett Opinion on Record. rour Montns to (.ompieia vauus. Mayor Dines Finance Board. ; City Shy $600 on New Fountain. Cheshire Academy Trustees Act. N. H. Sykes Seriously 111. SPORTS. Interstate Team Defeats New York. R. R. Y. M. C. A. Bowling Schedule. Watt at Y. M R. C To-nlsrht I'assadena Wins at Fair Grounds. "Ws" Awarded lit Williams. Harvard Basketball Schedule. Hartford Moves Into First Place. Williams-Dartmouth Relations Renewed Local Card of Prize Bouts To-night. . Yale to, Play Carlisle at Baseball. K VENTS TO-DAY. Congregational Church Council Meets. "Turned l.'n1 at the Bijou. Big Vaudeville Attraction at Poli'e. ALLING FOR HEAD' Prominent Attorney Slated for Presidency of Telephone Company. ELECTION COMING SOON New Choice is at Present President of the Security Insurance . . Company. , The death of the late Morris F. Tyler left vacant a. position, the successor to which will fill a prominent place in the. commercial life of the city and state. Since the decease ; of the late head of the Southern New England company there has been much interest ed speculation about the clty-and for that matter about the state, for this ii a company whose doings are of great Interest throughout all Connec ticut, as to the man who will be chosen by the directors to assume the duties of this important and arduous office. At present, and Indeed for soma lime before the death of Mr. Tyler, when 111 health forbade his undertak ing all the duties of the office, the dl rectlon of the executive affairs of the company has been under the charge of committee of five men, consisting of General Thomas Sherwln, Max Alder, Heaton IRobertson, John W. Ailing and James T. Moran. Tho meeting of the directors, at which the new head will be chosen will be held in a few days now. The three most prominent men whose names have been mcntlonel in connee tlon with the office are James English, James T. Moran and John W. Ailing, the former vice-president of the com pahy. It was learned last night, however, that In all probability the man who will be chosen as Mr. Tyler's successor will(be Mr. Ailing, who Is a prominent member of tho Connecticut bar and the president of the Security Insurance company of this city. It is considered that Mr. Alling's appointment would be an exceptionally good one, It was stated last evening by a close friend of Mr. Moran,' who has been strongly urged for the office, that his time is so occupied now with the press of, business and professional duties that he would not be able to give the time which would bo required for fulfilling the duties of this Important Dost. Mr. English, It is stated, does not de sire the office. Ju. INDIANS ON WARPATH Twelve Men Jfurdcrcd in Arizona by Band of Yaquis. iNogaies, Ariz., Dec. IS. Word has just reached here telling of the mur der of twelve men by a band of 150 Yaqu! Indians, forty-five miles south east of Magdalena, state of Sonora. Mexico, last wednesdayi P. J. Mcln- tyre and a party of mining men of this section, viewed the bodies of the mur dered men. The Yaquis captured the party of thirteen men. Among the number was Jose Fernandez, son of President Fernandez of the town of Cucurpe, and owner of the Mescal plantation, on which the killing oc curred. The others were Mexican la borers on the ranch and some Canaes miners looking for work. The man rescued was an American, He was rescued by men who told him they were Americans, The remain ing twelve were stripped naked, stood up against trees and shot through the head. A band of Yaquis is reported to be on the warpath. COLUMBIA VICTORIOUS Defeats Princeton 29 to 15 in First In tcreollegiHtc Basketball Game. New York, Dec. 18. Columbia defeat ed Princeton In the first intercollegiate basketball ganvj or the season In the Morningside gymnasium to-night by a score of 29 to 15. The blue and white team was never headed. The game was rough throughout, eleven fouls being called on Princeton only three of which were caged by ruenai, anu ica ueing cnaiKen up against Coluivbla, nve of which R, Ryan converted into scores. RAILROAD SHOPS RUSH ED. Altoona. Pa., Dec. 18. The I Pennsylvania railroad shopmen In .000 thl city who three weeks ago were reduc ed from ten to eigm nours a day, hav received orders to return to the ten liour-a-uay system lo-morrow. FIFTY TEACHERS LOSE THE RAISE State Will Benefit by That Re cently Allowed by the '' City... N THE DWIGHT DISTRICT Certain of Teachers Under Contract With State to Work for a Year at the Old Salary. The latest development in the teach ers' salary question came out yester day. It seems and unfortunately, too that the state bevard of education will be the richer for all the monev that the city has voted to the teachers in the schools of the Dwight district, which are run by the state. These schools comprise the iDwighti Place, the Roger Sherman and the Orchard street. Over them Frank 0- Jones acts as su pervising principal. ' It seems that all the teachers in this school district, and there are some fifty of them in all, were asked to sign, and did sign, a contract with the state last May, in which they agreed to teach under the direction of the state boara of education for at least one year be ginning last September, at the prevail ing salaries. The state board, of which Charles D. Hines is the secretary and, in many ways, 'the controlling figure, had evidently "smelled a rat" and had foreseen the general raise in the teach ers' salaries, which the city of New Haven has just made. "r The board of education of New Ha ven has a contract with the state board of education whereby the state makes use of the schools of the Dwight District ns model schools fcr the pu pils In the Normal school to be trainedJ In. The regular teachers of the schools of the district are paid the same salary as' the other teachers of the city by the city government -and, In addition, a certain amount by the state for the extra demands that are made upon them.' Jus' what the extra pay from the state amounts to they art lot at liberty to divulge. , . ,; The teachers in question are paid dl- reetlly by the state board. The checks to cover tho city's share of their sal aries' are sent to Hartford. . To these chocks Is added whatever ' the state pays them extra. In accordance with tho newly made raise in tho teachers' salaries made by the city of New Haven, checks have already been sent to Hartford for the teachers of this district. As the state has contracts with each of these teach" ers whereby they have to teach for a year at the old rates, tho teachers are not in a position to sue for the amount 6f .raise th'U the city of New Haven has voted them and the extra amount will go into the funds of the state board of education, 1 PANAMA BONDS HELD UP By Petition of Bidder Seeking to En join Cortclyou'sj Allotments. . Washington, Dec. 18. Justice Gould of the District supreme court to-day cited George B. Cortelyou, sec retary of the treasury, to appear in court Friday, January 3, 1908, to show cause why he should riot be enisined from turning over or delivering the balance of the $21,450,000 of the Pan- ama bonds to certain banks and per sons to whom he has announced allot ments. The citation issued by Justice Gould Is based on a petition filed by George W. Austin of New York, who describes himself as a taxpayer and property owner in the United States and declares he made a proposal to purchase bonds of the advertised i.isue of tne face value of $3,000,000. He avers he had agreed to pay at the rata of 103.375 and accrued Interest ' per $100 dollars and on notice of the ac ceptance of his subscription stands ready to deposit the amount with tiio assistant treasurer at New iork. STATE OF TURMOIL Persian Crisis Leads to Intervention of the Powers. Teheran, Dec. IS. The Turkish, French and Austrian representatives to Persia were given a formal audience by the shah at noon to-day, the Tur kish representative personally stating that it was desirable that a settlement might be concluded without a resort to force. The situation may be said to be un changed. The shah is declared to be yielding to the constitutionalists, whose numbers are rapidly increasing, and who carried out a great demonstration to-day. The provinces are in a state of turmoil. i SHORTEST MURDER TRIAL t Verdict Forty Minutes After the Case Was Called. "New York, Dec. 1 8. What is said to have been the shortest murder trial on record yas held in the criminal branch of ,the supreme court to-day when Mil ton Albin. a plasterer charged with killing John Reilly, a workman, last July, was found not guilty of murder on the ground of Insanity. IWthin for ty minutes from the time the case was called before Justice Dowling, a jury was selected, the testimony taken, the verdict rendered and Albin was sen tenced to the insane asylum at Mattea- wan. Justice Doyling's address to the jury was short and to the point. He wll preside at the second trial of Harry K. Thaw, which is down on the caleu dar for aJnuary 6. BIG REGISTRY BUSINESS. The registry department at the New Haven post office is doing its larges business of the year just at present Yesterday an extra clerk was put on at the registry window, and Assistant Postmaster Tuttle said that heC'pectei that still another would be 'pu t at work there within a (jay or two, sdgreat is the demand lor that class of service. DRESS-SUIT CASE TAKEN Trained Nurse Loses Clothing at Cedar Hill Station. Margaret M. Moran, a. trained nurse. residing at 227 Blatchley avenue, lost a dress suit case yesterday afternoon at the Cedar Hill railroad station. Miss Moran was called to Guilford yester day afternoon and she hired a cab to ride to the Cedar Hill station to catch the 6:10 train from there. When she alighted the cabman took her suit case and set it down in the station. He had not been gone more than a few mo ments while Miss Moran was elsewhere occupied before she began to look for the suit case and found it missing. Two men who had been hanging about the station wore also gone and are be lieved to have stolen the case. It con tained the clothing Miss Moran had packed up for her stay in Guilford. The loss was reported to the detective bureau last night. .'..'. PORTER SUSPECTED Of Knowing How $32,000 in Dia monds Disappeared from Wagon. New York, Dec. 18. Richard Gordon, a negro porter at the branch office of the United States Express company, from which a package containing $32,- 000 worth of diamonds disappeared last Saturday nlgni, was arrested to-night on a charge of being a suspicious per son. . ' , The agent of the company states that the negro was In tho room when the package containing the diamonds was called off and that Gordon rode on the wagon from which the diamonds dis appeared. Gordon denies the charge. No trace of tho diamonds has been dis covered. , - BARBOSA DECLINES Brazilian Statesman Unable to Deliver the Dodge Lec ' ; tures at Yale. HAGUE WORK TOO, HARD Secretary George B. Cortelyou Sug gested as a Possibility Stokes Remains Silent. 1 Senor Ruy Barbpsa of Brazil, who was to deliver the Dodge lectures on gooa ciuzensnip at Y'siia tins year, has cabled tjiat it will be 'impossible; for him. to cbriie on account of his health. Senor Barbosa says that his duties in connection with the Hague conference have fatigued him very much. The lectures are among the chief ones delivered each year at Yale. , Secre tary. Taft delivered them one year and Secretary Root another. The announce ment of who will deliver the lectures In place of Barbpsa will be made with in a few weeks,' as soon as the m'atter is settled. .''' ' ) Several prominent men have been suggested and correspondence between them and the university is now being carried on. It is said that prominent among the names is that of Secretary of the Treasury Goorge B. CortelyOu. The fact that both the departments of war and of state have been represent ed in the (Dodge lectures makes it probable that if procurable the head of the other most important department of the government be the man for the lectures. That 'Mr. Cortelyou is busy with presidential booms just now and that this would keep 'him from the work recalls to mind the fact that Secretary Taft delivered his' lectures just following the San Francisco dis aster. ... Secretary Stokes last night refused to discuss the matter. PROFITS IN TOBACCO Startling Figures and Monopoly Meth ods Brought Out in Hearing. New .York, Dec. IS. That one job bing firm affiliated 'with the lA.merlcan Tobacco company does a business of $13,000,000 a year In New York city and Yonkers, was brought out to-day in the hearing of the government's ac tion against the tobacco company be fore United ' States Commissioner Shields. Adolph D. Bendeim, president of the Metropolitan Tobacco company, so testified with reference to this con cern. ' i ' Over 75 per cent, of the jobbing busi ness of New York city was controlled by the metropolitan, Mr. Bendeim continued, which had bought out twen ty smaller jobbers, most of whom had been required to sign an agreement. Jiot to re-enter the tobacco business with in a specified time. M. W. Reed, president of the Am sterdam Supply company, organized to purchase supplies for the American To bacco company and subsidies, said the supply company recently had earned enough to decare a stack dividend of 60 per cent. The stock was owne4 chiefly by the corporations purchasing through the suppy company, he added: RATE LAW CASE Constitutionality of North Carolina Law Will be Decided To-day. Washington, Dec. 18. The supreme court of the United States to-day be ang the hearing of arguments in the case of Sheriff Hunter, of Buncombe county, North Carolina, against James H. Wood, of the Southern railway, in volving the railroad rate law of the state of North Carolina. Tho case is regarded as of very great importance, as it is expected to form an important precedent and to establish the consti tutionality or unconstitutionality of the North Carolina law. The argument will not be concluded before late to morrow. JANUARY URST RESUMPTION. Millsbury, Mass., Dec. 18. The Bow den Felting Works, which have been shut down for the last four weeks, will resume operations on full time on De cember 30. The company employs 3)0 hands. WALKER TAKEN INTO CUSTODY His Arrest Made at Mining 'Camp in Mexico. Con firmed by Dispatch to New Brit ain. ALSO BY PINKERTONS Absconding Treasurer Attempts to Take His Life Admits His Identity and Will Return Without . ' t Trouble. San Diego, Cal,, Dec. 18. -A specii I dispatch to the Tribune from Ensens. da,, saj-s: , '. "A man who was arrested in a min ing camp about 100 miles back in the mountains and now In jail here await ing identifiction, is supposed . tO' be William F. Walker? formerly treasur er of the Savings Bark of New 'Brit ain, Conn., who if watitrd: to answer a Charge of embezzlement in that citv He, was only prevented from commit ting suicide by the timely intervention of the officers' ill charge.. ... .... "The suspect . Walker was arrested1 by a posse and chief of police front here, accompanied by a detective, at a mining camp called Balare, in 'the mountains about s one hundred miles from Ensenada. The prisoner is about five feet eight inches tall,: of medium build, wears a moustache and Vandyke beard. A small ylal which is supposed to contain poison was taken from him Just In time, and also a revolver whicii he made a desperate attempt to use." New York, Dec. ? 18.The Pinkert'on detective agency confirmed to-night the roport that .William F. walker, the ab sconding treasurer of the New Britain (Conn.) ' Sayhigr'-bftrtlt:. had 'been , cap, ' tured in Mexico. . Positive identifica tion' ias been made and Walker has consented to return to Connecticut without awaiting extradltioiimvTceed-ings.-. ., .. . '.-. ' Walker was arrested yesterday at a mining camp,. 150 miles from Ensenada, lower California, which Is Mexican ter ritory. He was takeri by a representa tive of tha detective agency at Los An geles and a posse of Mexicans.- The prisoner was removed to Ensenada where his admitted identity was con firmed. He will be transferred to San Diego, Cal., and then brought east at once. ". . ,'...; ARREST CONFIRMED New York Pinkcrton Agency Gives Do tails of Apprehension. The arrest of Walker, wag brought about indirectly by Information, fur nished the officials of the New Britain Savings bank by the United States con sul at Ensenada. -The consul had seen the pictures of Walker sent broadcast after, his disappearance, and recogniz ed the fugitive when he appeared some time ago in Ensenada. . Before his cap ture could ,be affected, Walker, appar ently suspecting that his identity was, known, fled to the mountains lnthe vicinity of lifisenada, .and '"after wan-' dering about for? some time found shel ter in the mining cariip, where he was located. .Meantime Superintendent Hoffman of tho Los-Angeles office of the detective Bureau had been put on th (Continued 'on Second Page,) WEATHER RECORD. Washington, Dec. IS. Weather con ditions and general forecast: Fair weatheT with slight temperature changes is Indication for all districts east of the Rooky Mountains Thursday and Friday. ,.: The windR along- the. New England coast will be light to fresh west. Steamers departing Thursday for Eu ropean porta will have light to fresh west winds and cloudy weather to the grand banks. Forecast for Thursday and. Friday For New England: Fair Thrusday and Friday; light to fresh west-winds. -For 'Eastern New York: Partiv cloudy- Thursday; Friday fair, light to fresh -west winds. . Observations at United States weath er bureau stations, taken at S p. m. yes- v. . Wind. ' Tern. Dir. Vel. Albany....... 28 NE 4 Atlanta . . ,40 NW 24 Bismarck.... 1 :. W 4 Boston....... 34 XV 8 Buffalo.;;,... 24 W 14 Chicago.....1. 22 i W ' 22 Cincinnati..... 28 ' W 10 Cleveland 30 SW 12 Denver 22 S li Detroit.. 28 SW , 12 Hartford 32 SW 12 Hatteras. . .... 44 NE 8 Jacksonville.. 60 NW 8 Nantucket.... 36 NW . 6 N, Orleans.... 4 N 12 New York 34 NW 6 Norfolk .. 42 SW 6 Omaha 22 SW 10 Pittsburg 30 NW 4 Portland. Me.. 28 W - 6 Providence... 32 NW " 4 St. Louts 24 W 8 St. Paul 24 W 12 Washington . 34 NW 4 T. 00 T. 00 T. T. 01 94 00 08 08 T. T. 00 00 02 ',H 00 , T. 00 no T. T. T. Snow Cloudy Clear Cloudy Cloudy Clear Cloudy Snow Clear Snow Snow , Rain Rain- Cloudy Cloudy . Snow Cloudy Clear Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy LOCAL WEVTIIER REPORT. Nw Haven, Dec. 18, 1907. A.M. ' P.M. Temperature SO 33 Wind direction W SW Wid velocity 6 12 PreciDitation 0 0 Weather Cloudy Pt.Cldj Minimum temperature. 27 Maximum temperature. 39 Minimum last year .... 14 Maximum last year ... 34 L. M. TARR, Local Forecaster, .17. S. Weather Bureau. MIMATI.RE ALMANAC. Sun Rises, 7:13 Sun Sets ......, 4;"i Moon Rises 4:35 High Water n: