|COPYRIGHT. 1901, BY THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY.||
|VOL. L...No. 16,089||NEW YORK. THURSDAY. AUGUST 1, 1901. —TWELVE PAGES.||
SENATOR PLATT DID NOT DINE WITH GOV. ODELL
One Ate at the Oriental Hotel, the Other at the Manhattan.
Intimated by Politicians that the Governor Was Not Pleased with His Reception.
Gov. Odell, accompanied by his private secretary, James E. Graham, Senators T. E. Ellsworth and F. W. Higgins, Speaker S. Fred Nixon, Assemblymen Jotham P. Allds and Otto Kelsey, reached Weehawken from Middletown at 11:15 o'clock. The party was met there by Dr. A. H. Doty, Health Officer of the Port of New York, and escorted on the Quarantine boat Governor Flower. They inspected the House of Refuge and other buildings at Randall's Island. Then a trip was made to the Quarantine Station, from where the party went to Coney Island, and thence to the Oriental Hotel at Manhattan Beach. Senator Platt was there, and the expectation was that the Gubernatorial party would dine with him. But the Governor had been at the Oriental a very few minutes when Secretary Graham telephoned to the Manhattan Hotel to prepare dinner for six persons.
The Governor and the officials who have been with him on his tour of inspection of Institutions at once went to the Manhattan Hotel and sat at a table on the near the entrance to the theatre. They ate leisurely, and supplemented the meal with coffee and cigars. It was nearly 10 o'clock when they left the table. Senator Platt always retires early.
Soon after Gov. Odell left the Oriental Senator Platt sat down to dinner with his sons, Edward and Harry, and Mrs. E. T. Platt. At a table nearby was Reuben L. Fox, Secretary of the Republican State Committee. When Gov. Odell returned to the Oriental about 10 o'clock Senator Platt had retired. He invited Gov. Odell to his room. The latter said he would not disturb the Senator, but would see him to-day.
Gov. Odell. and his party left Manhattan Beach and went to the Fifth Avenue Hotel, where quarters had been secured. They will leave Long Island City on a special train at 8 o'clock this morning, going to King's Park, and then to Central Islip, where they will inspect the insane asylums there. The Governor will then return to New York, will see Senator Platt, and will then go to Lake Mohonk to rejoin his family.
Talking with a New York Times reporter, Gov. Odell said:
"We have had a pretty long trip, having been on the road seventeen days. We have traveled nearly 2,000 miles and halve inspected more than forty institutions. I am not going to say anything at this time about the Inspections made. I shall reserve all that for my next message to the Legislature.
"We also inspected the sights at Ray Brook, Clear Lake, and Dannemora which have been suggested for the proposed tuberculosis hospital. No objection was made, as that matter is in the hands of a commission which will report to a board composed of Senator Ellsworth, Speaker Nixon, and myself."
Asked whether he had discussed the Mayoralty question with Senator Platt, the Governor replied:
"I only had a few words with the Senator, and nothing was said about politics. I did expect to see the Senator again after dinner, but when we returned to the Oriental he had retired for the night. He sent word to me to come to his room, but I decided not to disturb him, and will see him to-morrow."
"Have you done anything yet with regard to the appointment of a successor to the late Adjutant General E. M. Hoffman?"
"No," replied Gov. Odell. "nor will I for some time to come."
When Speaker Nixon was asked how it was that Senator Platt and Gov. Odell had not had a conference at the Oriental he said:
"When we reached the hotel there was a bunch of people with the Senator. So we went to the Manhattan Hotel. When we returned to the Oriental the Senator had retired."
Politicians at the beach who noticed the events as they transpired, expressed the opinion that the gubernatorial party did not appreciate the reception accorded to them at the Oriental, and resented it by going to the Manhattan for dinner, and remaining there until such a time that assured them that on the return to the Oriental the Senator would be in bed.
BRITISH WARSHIP ASHORE?
Report that the Battleship Glory, Admiral Rawson's Flagship, is Aground on the Chinese Coast.
HONGKONG, July 31.—It is reported that the new British battleship Glory, flagship of the British China Squadron, is ashore between here and Shanghai.
The warships Eclipse, Daphne, and Pigmy have left this port suddenly. No explanation of their departure is given.
The first-class battleship Glory was launched early last year at Birkenhead, and went into commission in November. She is one of the ships of the Canopus class, regarded as among the finest vessels in the British Navy. She is of 12,950 tons displacement, and has 13,500 horse power. She is heavily armored, and carries four twelve-Inch guns, twelve six-inch quick-firing guns, and eighteen smaller quick-firing guns. She has a speed of over eighteen knots and carries a crew of 700 men. She cost £844,057.
The Glory flies the flag of Vice Admiral Sir Harry Holdsworth Rawson, who succeeded Vice. Admiral Sir Edward H. Seymour as Commander in Chief on the British China station.
KILLED WHILE MAKING A RAID.
Keeper of a New Haven Disorderly House Shoots a Police Officer.
Special to The New York Times.
NEW HAVEN, Conn., July 31.—An Italian by the name of Andrew Laudano shot and almost instantly killed Officer Hugh McKeon and dangerously wounded Officer Turbett to-night, as they were making a raid on Laudano' s disorderly place in Prindle Street. The place has had a bad name, and has been raided several times.
The officers went to the door to-night, (illegible text) telling who they were were refused (illegible text)ance, whereupon they forced the (illegible text). As soon as they got over the thresh(illegible text) Laudano fired at Officer McKeon, and (illegible text)tter tumbled down the steps to the (illegible text)walk where he died in a few minutes. (illegible text) Italian then struck Officer Turbett over the eye with the butt of his revolver, inflicting a deep and painful wound.
Laudano escaped through the back way, and up to a late hour had not been captured. Every avenue of escape is guarded, and the whole detective and police force is looking for the murderer. Officer McKeon's body was taken to the New Haven Hospital. He was a popular officer, and had been with the force for about fifteen years.
INDEX TO DEPARTMENTS.
(illegible text) weak. Financial Affairs.—Pages 8
(illegible text) No. 2 red, 76c; corn. No. 2 mixed, (illegible text) c; oats, No. 2 mixed, 38c; cotton, mid-(illegible text) 81-16c; iron, Northern, No. 1 foun-(illegible text) $15.25; butter, Western creamery, (illegible text) Commercial World.—Page 9.
(illegible text)ments.—Page 7.
(illegible text) at Hotels and Out-of-Town Buy-(illegible text)—Page 5.
(illegible text) Troubles.—Page 5.
(illegible text) Calendars.—Page 9.
(illegible text)ance Notes.—Page 8.
(illegible text) Notes.—Page 12.
(illegible text) Fire.—Page 2.
(illegible text) Intelligence and Foreign Mails.—Page 5.
(illegible text) Corporations.—Page 8.
(illegible text)roads.—Page 2.
(illegible text) Estate.—Page 10.
(illegible text)ty—Page 7.
(illegible text) Service.—Page 7.
(illegible text)r Report.—Page 8.
(illegible text)day's (illegible text).—Page 2.
AMERICANS ALLEGE MEXICAN OUTRAGE.
Unprotected Women Arrested for Defending Their Home.
Special to The New York Times.
AUSTIN, Texas, July 31.—According to the story told by some Americans who are returning to their homes in Cincinnati, Ohio, they underwent a severe ordeal in Mexico. The Americans are Mrs. J. J. Kauffman, wife of the manager of the gold mines of W. A. Perry at Santos Varones, State of Guerrero, Mexico; Mrs. McLaughlin, mother of Mrs. Perry, and John Perry.
They say that at night, about two weeks ago, Mrs. Perry and her mother were in their home at Santos Varones, when an attack was made on the place by brigands. Mrs. Perry shot and fatally wounded one of the Mexican outlaws, who tried to force an entrance to the house. The news quickly spread, and the commandant of the district soon arrived with a posse of soldiers, surrounded the house, and commanded the two women to surrender. W. A. Perry, his son John, and T. J. Arthur, an American mining man, who had just arrived at the place, were placed under arrest with the women. The following day they were moved forward to Tetipac, where they asked permission to communicate with the City Judge, at Tasco; but the privilege was denied them.
When the Judge and his secretary had gone to dinner they prevailed upon the guard to allow them the use of the telephone.
Immediately upon being informed of their predicament, the City Judge ordered the release of the prisoners and the arrest of the commandant, who, it is charged, had heaped indignities on his prisoners. Messrs. Perry and Arthur returned at once to their camp and took their families to Tasco, the home of the City Judge, where Mrs. Kauffman remained to make her declaration before the court.
Action in the matter was delayed by the Judge at Tetipac, who it is alleged, failed to promptly forward the report of the affair. After several days, Messrs. Perry and Arthur obtained the assistance of higher officials in liberating the women. Upon being advised of the affair, Gov. Mora wired instructions for a thorough investigation.
Mrs. Kauffman was allowed to leave after making her statement, and the other prisoners were also released.
CANADA AND RECIPROCITY.
Montreal Paper Says the Dominion Does Not Want an Arrangement with the United States.
Special to The New York Times.
MONTREAL, July 31.—The Montreal Star devotes a long editorial to replying to the editorial in The New York Times of July 29, entitled "A Neglected Field."
The Star refers to the campaign con ducted in favor of unrestricted reciprocity by the Liberals in 1891, which resulted in their defeat, and says it is buried as a rallying cry just as thoroughly as is the silver question in the United States.
In regard to that portion of the article dealing with the transfer of American industries across the Canadian border, the Star says Canada is familiar with that argument (illegible text) adds that the union of the spider and the fly developed the energies and industries of both parties.
"Canada," the paper says, has resolved firmly upon the policy of developing her home industries. Whatever party is in power will be obliged to recognize this as the wish of those who think on such subjects and influence people who do not. We have already done too much to build up the industries and advance the prosperity of our neighbors. We buy too much from them, and sell them too little, but there is grave danger that in any new deal our lot become worse instead of better.
The hope, the ambition, the dream of patriotic Canadians is to see Canada a country filled with an industrious, prosperous population, developing her marvelous natural resources, selling the world her finished product, and not the raw material to be used in furnishing skilled labor with means of livelihood in foreign countries. This end can be attained by a policy of protection of home industries, not as retaliation against our commercially inhospitable neighbors, but as the deliberately decided upon policy of Canadians of all parties.
"The condition, which protection has brought about of bringing industries and investors from the United States into Canada, is better for us than to be sending our raw material to be worked up on the other side of the line."
MINER MAKES RICH STRIKE.
Finds $3,000 a Ton Silver Ore in the Back Yard of His Home.
Special to The New York Times.
CENTRAL CITY, July 31.-To-night all interest and most of the floating population centres about Leopold Feissner's house, in Dory Gulch, near here, the news having leaked out that Feissner had opened up silver ore in a tunnel in his back yard that assays nearly $3,500 to the ton. Feissner is employed in a mine here and has worked his little tunnel after supper and on Sundays.
The silver ore is found in slabs on the walls, some of it being almost the pure metal. Every foot for half a mile in the vicinity has been staked, even up to the front yard fence of the miner's little home.
HURT IN RUNAWAY ACCIDENT.
Party of Four Thrown on Rocks—Woman's Skull Fractured.
Special to The New York Times.
PORT JERVIS, N. Y., July 31.—Dr. Stanberg and Arthur Sullivan of New York and the Misses Lillian and Jeanette Mott of Milford were seriously injured in a runaway accident last night, Miss Lillian Mott sustaining a fracture of the skull.
The party had gone out for a drive early in the evening. On the way home Miss Lillian was driving, and while descending a steep hill a mile from Milford the team became frightened and ran away. When they reached the bridge that spans the Sawkill Brook at the outskirts of the village the wagon struck the railing, precipitating the vehicle and its occupants ten feet to the rocky bed of a mountain stream. Near-by residents heard the crash and assisted the injured people from the stream to Seitzville, where local physicians attended the injured.
NEW SHIP FOR CUNARD LINE.
Designs Have Been Prepared for a Vessel of Twenty-five Knots.
LONDON, Aug. 1.—The Cunard Line has decided to fight, for the Atlantic record. Designs have been prepared and estimates invited for a vessel of 25 knots, although, owing to the high price of iron and other causes, the order has not yet been placed. "This determination." says The Daily Telegraph, "will cause the liveliest satisfaction in Great Britain."
Alabama Interests Consolidated.
Special to The New York Times.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 31.—E. M. Tutwiler of the Tutwiler Coal and Iron Company and Edgar Adler and associates to-day filed a deed in Probate Court, by which their interests are merged in the Tutwiler Coal, Iron and Coke Company.
The capital stock of the new concern is Sl,500,000, of which the Tutwiler interests are placed at $1,000,000. The property includes a blast furnace at Birmingham, coke ovens and coal mines in Jefferson County, and ore mines in several counties adjoining the Birmingham district.
Finest fishing on Jersey Coast—Berkeley Arms, Berkeley. N. J. Special rates to families or parties.—Adv.
TRAIN ROBBERS BLOW OPEN WRONG CARS
Stop New York Limited Train 31 Miles from Chicago.
ONLY BOOTY A GOLD WATCH
At Revolver's Point They Force Engineer to Uncouple Mail Cars— Vain Quest for the Express Safe.
CHICAGO, July 31.—The Baltimore and Ohio New York and Washington passenger vestibuled limited train from the East, which was due to arrive in the Grand Central Station, Chicago, at 9 o'clock tonight, was stopped by five masked men at 8 o'clock between Edgemore and Grand Calumet Heights, Ind., thirty-one miles out from Chicago. One of the mail cars which contained no money was blown up with dynamite and wrecked. The attempt at robbery was made after the two mail cars had been detached from the train and run a quarter of a mile ahead.
The failure of the robbers to make a rich haul was due to the fact that the express car which contained the train's treasure was in an unusual place. It was the third car in the train. After wrecking the mail car and obtaining no booty, the robbers disappeared in the darkness. The only loot that they carried away was the gold watch of the engineer. Most of the trainmen were shot at, but none was injured either by the dynamite or firearms.
The train was running at high speed as it passed Calumet Heights, and immediately after passing out of sight of the station Engineer J. W. Collins saw directly in front of his engine a large fire on which some rails had been placed. He slowed down, and as he did so three men wearing masks jumped into the cab, and covered Collins and his fireman, James Whipple, with revolvers. Just before climbing into the cab the three men discharged their revolvers. The shots caused a panic in the sleeping cars, where the passengers made every effort to hide their money and valuables before the robbers could get at them. No attempt was made, however, to rob any of the passengers.
After mounting the cab of the engine, the robbers, covering the engineer and fireman with their revolvers, made them step down, and go back the length of two cars. They ordered the men to uncouple the first two cars, which was done. They then hustled the two trainmen back into the cab, and still keeping the engineer covered with revolvers, directed him to pull up some distance from the rest of the train.
Collins ran up 200 feet and was then directed to stop. He did so, and while one of the men remained to guard him, the others jumped off, and, hurling dynamite at the door of the car which they judged to be the express car, burst open the door. Hastily climbing in to get the safe, they were astonished to find that they had broken open a mail car.
They threatened the engineer with death for not telling them that the cars which he had uncoupled were not express cars, and ordered him to return at once and uncouple the next car behind the baggage cars. Climbing once more into his cab, Collins backed his engine down, coupled onto the third car, which the fireman was made to uncouple at the rear end, and still with the muzzle of the revolver at hie head, Collins was ordered to run down the track as before. He drew away from the remainder of the train about the same distance as on the first occasion, and the robbers, still leaving him under the charge of one of their number, made for this car. When they reached it they found, to their wrath, that they had attacked another mail car, and that it contained no money.
The train had been delayed now fully thirty minutes, and fearing that if they delayed it any longer help would be coming to the train crew, the robbers gave up their attempt and disappeared in a thicket of scrub oaks at the side of the track.
The train was hastily made up and came on to Chicago, arriving here late, a stop having been made at Whiting to report the robbery. Policemen were at once sent after the robbers, and within an hour after a large posse was on their trail.
F. A. Applegate of Newark, Ohio, was the express messenger and was alone in his car. He had no idea that a robbery was being attempted until he heard the shooting on the outside. He then seized a rifle, and climbing on the top of the safe awaited developments, determined to make the best fight in his power. He was not molested in any way. He said that there was considerable gold and silver in the car, and that the robbers might have secured a rich booty if they had come to the right place.
"I had no idea of what I was, going to do," said Appelgate. "except that I had made up my mind that there was going to be a fight, and that I was going to do the best I could."
Local express officials refused to say tonight how much money there was in the car.
It is estimated that $50,000 was stored in the express car, and it is believed the robbers knew of the large amount of money and valuables aboard.
AMERICANS WANT LEASE OF A BRITISH RAILWAY.
Offer to Guarantee Dividends to South Eastern Road Shareholders—The Line Now Running at a Loss.
LONDON, Aug. 1.— Mr. Lander, a shareholder of some magnitude in the South Eastern Railway, announced at the half-yearly meeting yesterday that an American syndicate desired a forty-year lease of the line, and was ready to deposit £1,000,000 as a guarantee of a 3 per cent. dividend during the first year and ultimately a 5 per cent. dividend.
This statement was made after the Chairman of the company, Henry Cosmo O. Bonsor, had reported that no dividend could be paid this year, that the accounts showed a deficiency, and that it was necessary to issue, additional stock to the amount of £l,666,000.
This issue was authorized, Mr. Lander caustically commenting upon a state of affairs showing no dividend after sixty-five years of working.
Although nothing was done with reference to the proposal announced by Mr. Lander, the latter, after the meeting, told a representative of The Daily Mail that the last had not been heard of it.
The South Eastern Road has now 608 miles in operation. Its London termini are Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Victoria and London Bridge. Trains runs to Tunbridge Wells, Dorking, Guildford, Reading, Canterbury, Ramsgate, Margate, Dover, and other points south of London and on the south coast.
The road operates a fast service to the Continent, via Dover and Calais.
Low Freight from Canada to Glasgow.
Special to The New York Times
MONTREAL, Quebec, July 31.—Ocean freights from Montreal are abnormally low at the present time, corn having been carried to Glasgow as low as 6d. per quarter. The rates to London and Liverpool from the St. Lawrence are also depressed. The dullness is attributed to the effects of the drought in the West, which has caused corn to advance in price with the result that English buyers are holding off for a break in prices. The scarcity of orders is causing many ships to leave the St. Lawrence light. Rates generally are about 50 per cent. lower than last year.
Pittsfield in 4 hours, North Adams in 5 hours, from New York, via Harlem Division of the New York Central. Luxurious through trains. Inquire at New York Central ticket offices.—Adv.
BRYANITES CONVENE IN A COLUMBUS BEDROOM.
Small Stir at Birth of the "Progressive Democracy"—Ohio Followers of the Nebraskan Against Trusts and "Hannaism"
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 31.—The Progressive Democratic Party" was organised here to-day. The attendance was so small that many doubted at first whether any attempt would be made to hold a State convention.
The week following the recent Democratic State Convention a conference was held at Cleveland, protesting against the platform adopted by that convention, which ignored Bryan, free silver, and other issues, and which did not reaffirm either of the National platforms on which Bryan made his runs for the Presidency. At that conference a call was issued for a State convention of "Bryan Democrats" and others opposed to the Democratic and Republican State platforms to meet here today. Fewer than a dozen men responded to the call, and to-day attended the launching of the new party.
George A. Groat, who called the conference at Cleveland and presided over it on July 17, was Temporary and Permanent Chairman to-day, and was made Chairman of the State Committee of the new party. His name was presented for Governor, but he said he did not want any office. He was afterward put on the ticket for Supreme Court Judge, but he declined to accept the nomination. The convention was held in Mr. Groot's room at the Great Southern Hotel, and in that small room he made his keynote speech of about 4,000 words.
Those who met with Chairman Groot were J. W. Lindsay of Delaware, Dr. Abner L. Davis of Findlay, Bernard Hubart of Toledo, Richard Inglis of Youngstown, R. B. Connell of Columbus, George W. Moore of Greenville, and H. M. Huber of New Richmond. The reporters, who were perched on and about the bed, outnumbered the delegates two to one. A few spectators stood at the open door. The total attendance did not exceed thirty, while the forms of a State convention were carried out between the course of 2 and 4 P. M.
A delegation from the Hocking Valley headed by Henry Leonard of Logan and including Hiram Tanning, W. P. Bates, George Guthrie, and two men from New Lexington, reported to-night that they had come to the city to attend the convention, and being unable to find it they went to the races. Even the promoters of the movement did not disguise their disappointment at the small attendance. At the conclusion of the proceedings a vote of thanks was given to the reporters, and they returned the compliment to the minority.
It was announced that the platform sent out from Cleveland on July 17 in circulars and published at the time had already been adopted on the referendum system by many subscribing to the same. The features of the platform were the following:
The laudation of Bryan and the reaffirmation of the Kansas City platform. Planks were also inserted calling for the public ownership of all public utilities; that all money of whatever kind shall be issued by the Government without the intervention of banks; that the "money trust, the parent of all trusts," shall be destroyed for "without a money aristocracy, there can be no imperialism" The destruction of all trusts is demanded. Such Democrats as approve a gold standard and who supported McKinley for President are told henceforth to affiliate with the Republican Party.
On returning thanks for his election as permanent Chairman, Mr. Groot said great reforms had sprung from humble beginnings, and he was glad to know that there were, some who refused to be led around by the money trust with rings in their noses.
The following ticket was nominated:
- Governor—Dr. RUDOLPH REEMLING.
- Lieutenant Governor—HENRY C, CORDERY.
- Supreme Court Judge—RIAL M. SMITH.
- State Treasurer—J. C. SHEPARD.
- Attorney General—S. L CLARK.
- Clerk of Supreme Court—CHARLES BONSALL.
- Member of the Board of Public Works—R. B. CONNELL.
It was decided to call the new organization "The Progressive Democratic Party." Other names proposed were: "The Bryan Democratic Farty," "The Independent Party," and "The Reform Party."
Harmony prevailed throughout the proceedings till (illegible text) came to the selection of a name. J. W. Lindsay, who last night, with three Populists, met in the State conference, wanted to call the organization "The Independent Party," so as to include all "who were opposed to Hannaism." He insisted that the Democratic State Convention in Ohio "had veered around into Hanna's lines."
When Chairman Groot announced that the convention had voted to name the organization "The Progressive Democratic Party," Lindsay said he would not co-operate any further. Lindsay, wanted the Populists last night and the Progressive Democrats to support Mayor Jones of Toledo for Governor on independent lines.
A State Executive Committee of nine members was selected, with George A. Groot as Chairman and Bernard Hubert as Secretary, and this committee spent the evening in Mr. Groot's room or in the elevator arranging for campaign work.
It is customary for conventions in Ohio to authorize their State Committees to fill vacancies, but this was not done to-day. After Chairman Groot and others left to-night, Dr. Reemelin positively declined the nomination for Governor, and it was reported that the others would not accept.
MR. BABCOCK'S TARIFF BILL.
Its Author Says It Is Not Aimed Against All Trust-Made Goods.
Special to The New York Times.
MILWAUKEE, July 31.—A letter has been received here from Congressman J. W. Babcock, in which he defends his Tariff bill. He admits his bill is crude in some particulars, but says it could be amended in committee. He says:
"Those who have attacked my proposition assume that I want to have the tariff removed from all trust-made goods. This is not so. The theory of Republican protection has been to protect labor and material. We are now producing some articles at a less cost than any other nation.
"After many of these industries have become giants such as the world has never before known, shall we continue a tariff on articles that yield no revenue, need no protection, and that, in fact, like the produce on our farms, are articles of export? If Congress maintains a tariff on such articles the whole theory of protection falls to the ground, and it simply inures to the benefit of those who may secure the control of any such commodity.
"I maintain that it is a part of the policy of protection to protect the consumers. I would not touch a schedule where the tariff was needed to protect labor."
SCHOOLGIRLS AS SMUGGLERS.
Forty Students Found on the Swiss-Italian Frontier with Cigars and Cigarettes Worth $30,000.
ROME, July 31.—The frequent walks across the Swiss-Italian frontier of girls of a seminary near Maslianco aroused the suspicions of the customs officers, who finally stopped a procession of forty, walking two by two.
It was ascertained that each girl was smuggling cigars or cigarettes of the aggregate value of $30,000.
HAD TOBACCO IN HER TRUNK.
American Saloon Passenger on the Furnessia Fined at Belfast.
LONDON, Aug. 1—Mrs. Sarah H. Collins, American, and a first-class passenger on the steamer Furnessia, from New. York, July 20, for Glasgow, was yesterday fined £2 17s., with costs, at Belfast for having three pounds of tobacco in her trunk.
Rest, recreation, and recuperation may be found at Hygeia Hotel, on the picturesque Virginia Coast. Eighteen hours by Old Dominion Steamships. Fast express trains by Pennsylvania Railway.—Adv.
CAPT. DIAMOND STOOD BY HIS DETECTIVE
Fierce Examination During Bissert Trial Failed to Shake Him.
Kept His Temper and Dodged All Leading Questions—Said He Never Heard of a Ward Man.
Police Captain Thomas J. Diamond of the East Fifth Street Station, taking the witness stand in behalf of his precinct detective, George Bissert, charged with bribery, last night in Recorder Goff's court, in General Sessions, engaged in one of the most interesting verbal fencing matches ever heard in the Court of General Sessions.
The Captain, in an earnest, emphatic manner, told the jury under Bissert's lawyer's skillful questioning, how well his detective, Bissert, watched the disorderly house at 27 Stuyvesant Street, and how they were unable to close the place up until six or eight months after complaints had been made against the house. He was also on the stand in the afternoon, and his story told there evidently impressed the jury.
When court reconvened at 8 o'clock in the evening, the Captain, in full uniform, tightly buttoned, and clutching a fan in his right hand, again took the stand to undergo the cross-examination of Assistant District Attorney Osborne. Capt. Diamond wore a confident smile and began his answers in a self-possessed voice. Shortly thereafter things began to get warm and the Captain began to mop his forehead. When his two hours cross-examination was concluded his collar and cuffs were wilted and his naturally florid face was some degrees redder.
The Recorder at one time was constrained to say that he would not permit the cross-examination to descend into a personal wrangle between the District Attorney and the witness.
Bissert went upon the stand, as did three of his brother officers, and denied all of the charges of Lena Schmitt, the Stuyvesant Street disorderly house keeper, and stood well the terrific cross-examination of District .Attorney Osborne.
LAWYER AND RECORDER WRANGLE.
The day's session was marked by frequent wrangles between Lawyer Levy for the defense, and Assistant District Attorney Osborne, and by several wordy encounters between Messrs. Levy, Unger, or Vorhaus for the defense and the Court. Recorder Goff on several occasions directed Mr. Levy to take his seat.
Lawyer Vorhaus, after the State closed, made several motions to dismiss the indictment and to acquit the prisoner. All were denied. Mr. Vorhaus then opened the defense and said that it had been considered seriously by the defense not to put in any testimony, but simply to let the caste go to the jury upon the State's evidence.
Bissert on the stand denied that he had ever received any money from the Schmitt woman. He declared that he had chased the girls out of the place nearly every week and had finally raided the place in May, when two citizens got the evidence for him. He denied that he was in the house on the morning of Christmas Day last year. On cross-examination he admitted that he had never arrested any one of the women in the house or Lena Schmitt, or made a charge against the latter. He couldn't remember, he said, when it became a "parlor" house.
"How long did you think it would take you to break up this house by driving the girls away, when they came back in half an hour?" asked Mr. Osborne.
"That wasn't my fault. I had other things to do. I couldn't stay there all night."
Mr. Osborne asked if Bissert did not know of the character of the house in November of last year. Mr, Unger said at that time Bissert was in a murder case before Mr. Osborne. Mr. Osborne then declared that the State, in important murder cases, had to depend upon the testimony of policemen who were allied with the houses of prostitution.
CAPT. DIAMOND ON THE STAND.
Capt. Diamond went on the stand in the late afternoon. Court had opened at 9:40 o'clock. It adjourned at 10 o'clock in the evening. He testified on direct examination that that he had about seventy-five policemen to police a precinct with a population of about 150,000. He said that he had established a special post in the vicinity of Lena Schmitt's house upon Bissert's suggestion. One day he saw an arm beckon from the window and went in himself and told the woman he would send her to State prison if she did not stop it. He told of arresting the Schmitt woman three times in May and June of this year.
Mr. Osborne began his cross-examination immediately after the jury returned from dinner at the Astor House.
"Did you say you never heard of a 'wardman,' Captain?" he asked graciously.
"Only in the newspapers," returned the Captain, smiling.
"You say Lena Schmitt was the most persistent disorderly house keeper you ever knew?"
"Ah, no," replied the Captain shrewdly," I said she was the most persistent violator of the law I ever knew."
"In what respect was she a violator of the law if not as a disorderly house keeper?" inquired Mr. Osborne.
"Why," explained the Captain, "she let her rooms to disorderly persons."
From this moment the battle was on Mr. Osborne pugnacious and persistent, fired question after question at the big Captain. The latter parried and fenced and sparred for time, quibbled, protested, explained, argued, and talked most volubly. Mr. Osborne would shout out some question, and the Captain would shout back an answer which told little; or at least, as little as possible. Mr. Osborne frequently asked that the Captain be directed to cease arguing and expostulating and to answer the questions.
"Did you put an officer in front of Lena Schmitt's rooms because she was a persistent violator of the law?"
"Because she let her rooms to disorderly women. I put the officer there to stop it. My idea was to harass her and make her business unprofitable and make her move from the precinct."
"Was that your idea of all you should do?"
"We could not bring the responsibility home to her."
"When you came to the conclusion you aught to stop it, didn't you do what you could have done months before—get citizens to get your evidence?"
"You cannot always get citizens. I didn't get them till my men reported their inability to get evidence, because they were so well known there."
"Tell me some one you arrested from that house from October, 1900, to May, 1901."
"My records will show."
"Your men have sworn they made no arrests there?"
"There are more plain clothes men in the precinct than the three that testified here. The records will show the women arrested in that vicinity."
"Can you show one arrested from that house?"
"I can if I can look at my records."
"Did you report this as a disorderly house to headquarters?"
"Not till I got evidence."
PRESSES THE CAPTAIN HARD.
"Are you familiar with Rule 45, b, which requires all Captains to report monthly the names and locations of all disorderly houses?"
"Yes. I first reported it after I got proper evidence."
Mr. Osborne showed by reports that this was on June 10, 1901.
Mr. Levy objected to this line of questioning on the ground that Capt. Diamond was not on trial. He was overruled.
"You had this woman, Lena Schmitt, you say, under surveillance." continued Mr. Osborne, returning to the attack, "from some time in 1899, yet you moved the policenian you put in front of her house when she asked you to?
"Yes. Upon net promise to let her rooms to respectable persons."
"Did you believe her?"
"No. That was a little trap I set for her," answered the Captain with a wink.
"What!" shouted Mr. Osborne, "did you not just now tell the jury you moved him because she begged so piteously?"
"Yes. I knew my men would arrest the women if they continued violating the law. I have closed up fifty disorderly houses that way," said the Captain, mopping his brow.
Have you got any record in your station house against this woman up to June 10?"
"Made no record until I got the evidence?"
" Receive many complaints?"
Mr. Osborne showed that there was entered in the complaint book of the Captains precinct one complaint, in October, 1900, and one in May, 1901.
"Did you believe the laws were being violated in the place in November, 1900?"
"Yes, but couldn't prove it."
"You didn't report it?"
"Not till I got evidence."
"But you reported others?"
They must have been continued from my predecessor."
"Your suspicion was so strong that it was disorderly that you put a man in front of it, yet you didn't report it?"
" I hadn't made the proper arrests in the house."
"Any other persons in your precinct so persistent as Lena Schmitt."
"I don't recall."
Mr. Osborne showed from the Captain's reports that the place 22 First Street had been reported as suspicious ever since September, 1900, and as late as June 24, 1901.
"You never thought it necessary to put an officer in front of that door?" asked Mr. Osborne.
" No complaints against that."
"You had more complaints against 27 Stuyvesant Street than any other place in the precinct, and yet you didn't report it and did report the others?"
"I didn't have any evidence against it," said the Captain in his deep voice. "I'd keep on reporting them forever till I run them out."
The Captain was keeping his temper well. In fact, he kept it all during the ordeal of cross-examination. Mr. Osborne reminded him that on each of his disorderly-house reports, from which 27 Stuyvesant Street was missing, there was this entry: "There are no other suspicious places in the precinct other than those mentioned."
" Don't you consider a furnished-room house full of dissolute women a disorderly house?" inquired the Prosecutor.
"Not under the law unless you can show responsibility," replied the Captain readily.
"A good jury lawyer was lost when he became a police captain," observed a high official of the District Attorney's office to Mr. Gans at this answer.
"Didn't you believe the Schmitt woman kept a disorderly house?"
"Yes. But I couldn't get evidence that would hold in court"
"Did you receive any communication from the Police Department, from the Committee of Five, about this place?"
"I don't recall."
"Did you receive a letter from the District Attorney about the house?"
"I receive so many letters from the District Attorney recently that it takes nearly all my time thinking up answers."
Mr. Osborne closed at this point, and the defense rested after asking Capt Diamond if he did not have to have the testimony pf one policeman in such cases corroborated before the Magistrate would hold the prisoner. Mr. Levy was willing to submit the case to the jury without argument of counsel. Mr. Osborne wouldn't consider such a proposition.
The jurors, all of whom complained of the uncomfortable night they had spent night before last when kept together, were again locked up last night. The Recorder wished them a pleasanter evening than the former one.
BIG TREE FOR BIG FAIR.
St. Louis Exposition Managers Will Transplant a Giant Red Oak, Roots and All.
Special to The New York Times.
ST. LOUIS, July 31.—For the Louisiana Purchase Exposition an effort is to be made for the removal of a huge tree, root and branch, by water more than 1,000 miles from the wildest section of Arkansas to Forest Park. The tree is a red oak, 100 feet high and 12 feet in diameter at the base. It stands in the forest about two miles southeast of Elgin, Ark., and one mile from tho bank of Black River.
The first thing to be accomplished is the construction of a double tramway with the tracks thirty feet apart from the tree to the river, where it will be floated and towed to St. Louis. It is estimated that this will occupy six months. The tree will be dug up by the roots instead of cut in the usual manner, and none of its branches will be trimmed, but will be put on exhibition just as it now stands in the woods.
TO TAX THE SUGAR TRUST.
Chicago Is Trying to Collect on $500,000 Assessment.
Special to The New York Times.
CHICAGO, July, 31.—From nothing to $500,000 is the advance the Sugar Trust has secured on the books of the Board of Review. The American Sugar Refining Company, which is the official name of the trust, escaped taxation altogether last year. W. A. Havemeyer and his attorney, F. F. Reed, appeared before the reviewers. Mr. Havemeyer began by saying the Sugar Trust did not have any stock here on April 1. It had all been sold before that time.
"You must have the money for the sugar you sold, then," insisted Reviewer Upham, suggestively.
Mr. Havemeyer finally admitted that the Sugar Trust ordinarily carried 2,000 to 3,000 barrels of sugar in warehouse here, and that the filled barrels were worth about $18 each. Then it was that Attorney Reed spoke up.
"I have not had time to look this fully, but I am inclined to believe that you cannot tax this stock of sugar for the reason that such a taxation would be in violation of the Inter-State commerce law," said Mr. Reed. " The company is Incorporated in New Jersey, and whatever stock it sends here is usually sold before it gets here, and therefore does not belong to it, even while in warehouse."
Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock was named as the time at which the Board of Review will listen to Attorney Reed's argument.
Arbuckle Brothers of New York were represented by their local agent. The firm had not scheduled any property, and it was assessed by the Assessors at $125,000. Reviewer Upham made quick work of this case by telling the agent that if he wanted to be heard he should file a schedule.
TO FIGHT QUAY MACHINE.
Pennsylvania's New Union Party to Hold a State Convention.
Special to The New York Times.
PHILADELPHIA, July 31.—The new Union Party, first organized here as "an insurgent Republican movement to fight the city administration and the Quay Republican ticket for the Fall election, and of which Col. Alexander McClure has come to be recognized as the practical leader, now proposes to hold a State convention and to put up a State ticket.
Col. McClure is Chairman of the City and State Relations Committee, which will decide the matter of the State Convention and set the date. The Union Party has already secured representation in fifty-one counties, and will shortly complete the organization throughout the State. Some of the best-known anti-machine men in the State have identified themselves with the movement and the convention will probably be held at Harrisburg after the Democrats and Republicans have completed their tickets.
Thus far representative opinion is in favor of the nomination of Judge Yerkes for Supreme Court and Representative Coray for State Treasurer. The candidates will go on the ticket by means of nomination papers, and the work of obtaining the necessary signatures is about to be started.
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AMERICA'S GOLD FUND LARGEST IN THE WORLD
The Treasury Vaults Contained $504,354,297 Yesterday.
France Comes Next with $478,258,230, Russia Third—Bank of England Holds Only $183,330,681.
Special to The New York Times.
WASHINGTON, July 31.—At the opening of business at the United States Treasury this morning it had in possession the largest fund of gold held by any nation in the world and the greatest ever possessed by this Government. At 9 o'clock the fund amounted to $504,354,297. This in involves an increase during the past month of nearly $10,000,000 and an increase of $(illegible text)4,422,422 over the figures, of the corresponding date of last year.
The fund now held by the United States Treasury consists of the following items: Amount held against gold certificates, $292,535,689; reserve, $150,000,000 and moneys in the general fund of the Treasury, $61,818,508. The amount of gold reserve required by statute to be held from time to time is $150,000,000, so that, the present fund, in its entirety, is largely in excess of the figure obliged to be maintained under the law.
It is said at the Treasury Department that this amount has never been surpassed except once. The Russian Government once claimed to be in possession of a gold fund amounting to $598,700,000, which is the highest amount of reserve on record. On July 25 last reports were received at the department here of the amounts held by foreign nations. They were as follows: Bank of England, $183,330,681; Bank of Germany, $158,383,484, the Imperial Bank of Russia, $345,408,144; Bank of Austria Hungary, $190,314,126, and Bank of France $478,258,230
These banks hold the same relative positions to their respective Governments as the Treasury does to the United States Government, so that the funds indicated are Governmental and not private. The amount niw held by France in its bank is the largest in the history of that nation, so that along with the United States it is now enjoying an unusually large redundance of Government reserve.
For a long time prior to Mr. McKinley's first inauguration the Treasury had a hard time in even maintaining the required one-hundred-and-fifty-million-dollar fund, and during Mr. Cleveland's last Administration it was found necessary to solicit bond loans in order to keep the fund above the danger mark and maintain the formal stability of gold certificates for the Government.
One of the most remarkable features of the fund now held by the Treasury is the fact that a very large proportion of the amount is of home production. Of the $504,354,297 now held, very little is credited to the importation account, the bulk of it coming from the Alaska and Cripple Creek mining regions. During the fiscal year ended June 4 last the net Importations of gold amounted to only $13,128,000.
Of this quantity of metal a large percentage came from Australia. The gold that is placed in the Treasury through home productlon is covered by the issuance of gold certificates, every dollar's worth of which stand's guaranteed by its equal in coin held in the vaults or the Treasury. From time to time exportations of coin and bullion are made by business men to Europe and other points. Thus, for instance, during the month of June last the sum $5,000,000 was sent abroad, while the importations amounted to only $3,260,000.
In speaking of the immense fund of the Government, United States Treasurer Roberts said this afternoon:
"The dimensions of this fund indicate a great area of prosperity now prevailing throughout the United States. It can always be regarded as an accurate barometer of industrial and commercial conditions, and the fact that it is now in excess of anything we have ever held indicates that the volume of our business has assumed corresponding proportions. It furnishes a clinching argument against the free silver theory also, and shows that our currency system is running on rock ballast. No stronger argument against the futility of a change in our currency system could be furnished."
RASH MARRIAGE PREVENTED
Philadelphia Woman Just in Time to Stop Her Daughter Wedding a Hotel Clerk.
Special to the New York Times.
COLORADO SPRINGS. Col.. July 31.—Violette Hempstead, daughter of W. O. Hempstead, a wealthy Philadelphia broker, consented to marry Louis S. Thompson, a young man, until yesterday employed at the Antlers Hotel. Miss Hempstead and her mother are Summer guests at the hotel.
Mrs. Hempstead heard of the affair in time to appear at Justice Ruby's office just before the ceremony was to be performed. A stormy scene ended in the return of the license and a victory for the mother.
Miss Hempstead and Thompson are about eighteen and twenty years old respectively. They met first at the hotel a few days ago.
SIGNOR CRISPI SINKING.
His Struggle a Terrible One—Family Said to Have Refused Priestly Offices.
NAPLES, July 31.—The bulletin issued tonight regarding Francesco Crispi's condition announced that he had suffered a relapse and was weaker.
Signor Crispi's terrible struggle for breath can be heard even in the roadway of the street where his residence stands. The members of his family and his two secretaries surround his bed. It is reported that the family have refused priestly offices.
Telegraph Line to Dawson.
Special to The New York Times.
OTTAWA, Ontario, July 31—There will be direct communication by telegraph between Ottawa and Dawson City to-morrow. The several sections of the line which will in the near future be finished into a complete system are from Ashcroft to Quesnel, 220 miles; from Quesnel to Hazelton, 400 miles; Hazelton to Telegraph Creek, 350 miles, and 570 miles from Atlin to Dawson, making in all 1,754 miles of line. The south terminus of the line is Ashcroft, and Vancouver messages will be accepted from there.
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