STORM SPREADS ALARM IN CITY AND SUBURBS
Wind Velocity in New York Streets, Sixty-six Miles an Hour.
A WOMAN DIES OF FRIGHT
In New Jersey Towns Lightning Strikes in Many Places, the Wind Attaining Hurricane Force.
All signs pointed to a day of extreme heat as the sun rose yesterday, but this was in a great measure averted by one of the severest thunderstorms that has swept over the city this year. The storm broke at a few minutes past 9, and in the following twenty-five minutes caused a drop in the temperature from 83 to 73 degrees. The accompanying rain had something of the fury of a cloudburst, the downfall measuring 15-100 inch between 9:10 and 10:30 o'clock.
Wind of almost hurricane power accompanied the rain, attaining a velocity of sixty-six miles an hour during the five minutes following 9:15 o'clock. It carried sheets of water through the crowd of thousands of men and women who sought shelter at the Manhattan entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge and through the curtains of the trolley cars crossing the big structure, while small mountain torrents swept down the promenade and driveways over the feet of the surging throng at the terminus and formed a turbulent lake in Park Row.
Most distressing sights were seen about the Third Avenue car barns of the Metropolitan Railway system, at Sixty-fifth Street. While the. storm was at its fiercest no deviation was made in the practice of sending alternate cars back to Harlem from that point to bring down more passengers, although all came in crowded. The passengers on these cars, protesting plaintively or profanely, according to sex or habit, were turned out into the downpour with the choice of running to the crowded car ahead or trying to board the crowded car behind. One cripple was thus served. He started forward, but could make but slow progress, and the car started oh without him.
Just before the storm burst a switerman at that point tried the oft-repeated experiment of sending a car along both tracks at once, with the usual result that the car had to be dragged from the rails by sheer muscular effort. It took about half an hour to get the tracks cleared, and then the electric plow, which had been broken off, was left wedged between the slot rails. A policeman and a whitewasher mounted guard about it and kept the crowd from it, while a mechanic with a sledge tried to drive it into, the channel below, producing at every blow blinding sheets of snapping elpctric flame.
Passengers on a train from Hackensack told of exciting experiences when they reached the Erie Station in Jersey City. The storm struck the train near Carlstadt with such force that they feared the beating water would drive in the windows, and all left their seats and stood in the aisles. Much rain did drive in through chinks and crannies and many were drenched.
Lightning struck a small building on the plant of the Brooklyn Union Gaslight Company, on the East River front near North Twelfth Street, just as Michael Hardiman of 878 Metropolitan Avenue entered it. Instantly there was a tremendous explosion of gas in the sewer beneath, and the little house flew into splinters, while Hardiman, so some witnesses declare, soared forty feet in the air. He was picked up unconscious when he fell and sent to the Eastern District Hospital. There was a severe burn on his left side and he was badly bruised, but the doctors said his condition was not dangerous.
Hannah Fogarty, forty-five years old, a homeless frequenter of the streets about Believue Hospital, was found dead in the hall of the tenement 339 East Twenty-fourth Street after the storm passed. Tenants said she seemed insane with terror as she ran into the building, where she fell dead [on] the stairs. Dr. Rogers of Bellevue Hospital was called: The woman had a weak heart, he said, and fright probably caused it to give way.
Deaths from the heat reported yesterday were Walter Mchaton, four months old, of 4[??] West Twenty-sixth Street; Alice Roopey, seven months old, of 744 Greenwich Avenue, and Philip McLarney. twenty-eight years, of 415 West Twenty-fourth Street.
William Leach, thirty-two years old, of 281 West Fourth Street, was overcome by the heat at Fifth Avenue and One Hundred and Fifteenth Street and taken to Harlem Hospital.
HOTTEST JULY IN 31 YEARS.
Records of the Weather Bureau Show that July, 1887, Alone Approached It in Temperature.
The month of July just past was one of the hottest Julys ever known in New York. The United States Weather Bureau has kept records of temperature here for the last thirty-one years, and there is nothing in them which can equal that of this month of this year. July in 1887 came the nearest, with a mean temperature for the month of 77 degrees.
The" highest temperature for July, 1901, was 99 degrees, on the 2d mst. The lowest was 64 degrees, early in the morning of the 2[?]th. The mean miximum temperature was 87 degrees for the month and the mean minimum was 71 degrees. The mean temperature for the month was 78, or 1 degree than that of 1887.
Local Forecaster Emery said last night that the thunderstorms during the month, as compared with other years, were light or moderate, the only storm which carried a high wind being that of yesterday, when it attained an unusual velocity.
The relative percentage of humidity during the month was higher on the partially [...] days than in most previous years, and for the last week than is what has caused the suffering of man and beast.
Up to a few days ago Mr. Emery expected that the mean temperature would be at [...] 79, but he was disappointed agreeably to the extent of 1 degree.
As in all other things," said Mr. Emery, "New York is creating a record for itself in the weather, and this year has excelled itself. Our records show that this has been the hottest July for thirty-one years, and I sincerely hope that this record will never be exceeded."
FIERCE STORM IN NEWARK.
Houses Unroofed and Stores Flooded—Lightning Strikes in the Oranges and Bloomfield.
NEWARK, N. J., July 31.—A storm of unusual violence struck this city this morning, doing much damage. The wind blew with terrific force, unroofing a number of houses, demolishing chimneys, leveling trees, and knocking over fences. The rain fell in torrents, and in a short time many cellars were flooded. In some cases the water reached the first floor of houses and stores, driving the occupants to the upper floors.
- The Weather Bureau reported that the storm, although of short duration, was the heaviest in point of precipitation during July, three-quarters of an inch failing within fifteen minutes.
When the worst of the storm appeared to be over, lightning struck a pole in the yard of Edward Balbach's residence, at Passaic Avenue and Ferguson Street. Wires are strung from the pole into the attic of the house, and the bolt traveled along these and set fire to the framework around the window, through which the wires en ter. The members of Engine Company No. 5 put out the fire with a chemical extinguisher.
The Erie train due at the station at Riverside at 9:36 o'clock ran off the track. The rails were covered with water, and the engineer could not see that some rocks had been washed on the tracks. The forward wheels of the locomotive struck the rocks and left the track. It was nearly 1 o'clock when the road was open for traffic again.
Two Polish women, having in the basement of 25 Boyd Street, were rescued from the flood as it poured into the front windows during the storm. Some one crying for help attracted the attention of Louis Bailer, who lives across the street. He ran to the house and with difficulty found the steps which were already under water. In the back room were the women, clinging to each other, the water already up to their waists, and fast rising. Bailer hurriedly led them to the street.
A westbound Irvington trolley Car at Market Street struck a heavily laden truck at Jackson and Market Streets while the storm was at its height. The car was running at a high rate of speed and pushed the wagon along almost twenty feet. The front of the car was crushed and the passengers were badly shaken up. The rain was blinding at the time of the accident.
Lightning struck a heavy feed wire leading into the power room of the hat factory of McGill and Crowell, on Central Avenue, West Orange. The fuse blew out and a hole was burned in a gas pipe near by, igniting the gas. The wall was quickly in flames, and an alarm was sent in. The employes of the factory then got a stream on the fire and put it out before the firemen arrived.
Lightning struck the roof on the Cleveland Street public school in Orange.
EXCURSIONISTS IN PERIL.
Long Island Church Party Caught in the Storm in Great South Bay.
SAYVILLE, L. I., July 31.—One hundred men, women, and children, members of the Sayville Methodist Church, had an exciting experience this morning in the rain, hail, and thunder storm which passed over this section between 9 and 10 o'clock. The party was bound on the annual outing of the church to Cherry Beach Grove. The sail up Great South Bay was to be taken on the big sloop Salmer, which has only a "cubby" cabin, and no shelter was afforded for the excursionists.
They had been out about an hour and were making good progress, when the storm loomed up in the west. It was useless to seek harbor, as there was none near enough to be reached before the storm came. Old sails were gotten out and wrapped about groups of women and children. The crew of the Salmer also lowered the sail, and under a little piece of canvas waited for the downpour.
It was not long in coming. The thunder rolled continually, and the lightning terrified the women and children. The wind blew away their hats and parasols, which had been hoisted in a vain endeavor to keep dry. Then the rain changed to a torrent of hail, and the big stones cut and bruised the exposed ones. Many women fainted and the rest screamed, while the children set up a general howl.
The food of the party was soaked, and from the heap of baskets near the mast ran streams of colored water as the rain melted pies and dishes which had been carefully prepared for the dinner. When the storm passed and the sun came out not one person on board had a dry article of clothing. The provisions were all ruined, and the excursionists were glad to sail for home.
LIGHTNING KILLS A BOY.
Struck Dead In a Cottage While Reading: to His Mother.
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., July 31.—While reading to his mother, about noon to-day, in a cottage at Steelmanville, a bolt of lightning came through the window and instantly killed thirteen-year-old Davis Weaver, son of E. Forest Weaver of Philadelphia.
The mother escaped with a shock which, while it stunned her, did no physical injury. Other occupants of the cottage were also stunned.
MAY PAY FOR BLOW WITH LIFE.
Aged Italian Drives a Butcher Knife Almost Through Man That Struck Him.
Loungers at Canal and Mott Streets, in the Italian quarter, last night were astonished to see an old man bareheaded, with long, white hair streaming behind him run out of the saloon at 89 Mulberry Street with a large butcher's knife in his hand to two men who were talking peaceably on the corner, and without a word plunge the weapon up to the handle into the body of one of them. The stabbed man fell to the sidewalk without even a groan, and Policeman Roth of the Elizabeth Street Station called an ambulance and arrested the old man.
The victim was Frank Robino, thirty-nine years old, of 89 Thompson Street, and his assailant was Nicolo Gogliordo, seventy-one years old, of 81 Mulberry Street. When he was brought before the Sergeant he shouted:
"Me no 'fraid of the electric chair. Me hope he died. No strike old man any more."
Investigation proved that the men had been in a party in the saloon discussing the plans of the Anarchists to murder the Queen of Italy, when high words ensued in the course of which Robino struck Gogliordo in the face. The old man then seized the butcher knife, lying convenient on the bar, and tried to stab Robino, but was prevented by friends.
Robino left the saloon with an acquaintance, and, after the old man's rage appeared to have subsided, those who were holding him let him go. He at once seized the knife and started on a run in the direction Robino had taken. At Hudson Street Hospital it was found that the knife had almost transfixed the body, and that the man was dying. Coroner Hart was summoned to lake his ante-mortem statement.
TWO MEN SHOT IN A FIGHT.
A Romance Leads to Riot in Mulberry Street—One Man Dying.
Francisco Maltucci, thirty-two-years old, of l2 Hanover Square, Brooklyn, is dying in the Hudson Street Hospital, and with his dying words, he accuses Genirio Spadetti, twenty-seven years old, of 109 Mulberry Street, of being responsible for his wounds. Detective Bernstein of the Elizabeth Street Police Station had a narrow escape from death, and lost three fingers of the right hand.
Cicero Padula, 22 years, of Mill's Hotel No. 1, is badly bruised, and May Rossi, eighteen years old; of 210 Second Avenue, who was the indirect cause of the attempt at murder and incipient riot, which required the calling out of the Elizabeth Street Station reserves, is detained as a witness.
For a long time Maltucci and Spadetti have been rivals for the girl's hand. Last night May was walking with Maltucci along Mulberry Street, near Canal, when they met Spadetti.
The moment he saw the pair Spadetti made straight for them and in an excited tone declared that he was going to kill both of them. The girl screamed and fled.
Spadetti drew a revolver and aimed at Maltucci. His second shot brought Maltucci to the ground. Detectives Henry Bernstein and William Burns of the Elizabeth Street Station heard the shots and they started in the direction whence they came. Bernstein ran after Spadetti, when the Italian turned back and leveled his pistol at the detective. Bernstein sank to the ground. It was only a ruse, though. He had not been struck.
But Spadetti shot again. Bernstein raised his hand to his face, just in time to receive the bullet through his hand. Three fingers were almost torn off and the scalp grazed. Burns was running as fast as he could, to rescue his partner when Cicero Padula tried to knock him down so as to cover the flight of Spadetti.
The detective aimed a blow at Cicero, which knocked him down. There Cicero lay unconscious until the trouble was all over. Then Burns turned his attention to Spadetti and beat him over the head with his pistol, finally subduing him.
But an enormous crowd of yelling, shrieking, and desperate Italians had followed. Some clamored for the life of Spadetti, while others wanted the police wiped out. The fighting was furious over the prostrate form of Bernstein, while a little further away, Maltucci was lying groaning and gasping. Then the reserves arrived, and with drawn clubs they charged the crowd.
Charles A. Schott Dead.
WASHINGTON, July 31.—Prof. Charles A. Schott, for more than half a century an assistant in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, died here to-night, aged seventy-five years. Several years ago the French Academy conferred on him its its highest honor—a medal for his researches in terrestrial magnetism.
Charles Anthony Schott was born at Mannheim, Baden, Germany, Aug. 7, 1826. In 1847 he was graduated from the Polytechnic School, at Carlsruhe. The following year he came to America and entered the Coast and Geodetic Survey. In 1856 he was promoted to the grade of an assistant in the service. Mr. Schott was a member of the Government parties that observed the total eclipse of the sun in August, 1860, at Springfield, Ill., and at Cantania, Sicily, in December, 1870.
In 1808 he was a delegate to the International Conference on Terrestrial Magnetism, which was held at Bristol, England. Mr. Schott was a member of many scientific societies, among them the National Academy of Sciences, Washington Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also the author of many papers on hydrography, geodesy, tides, and meteorology, and physics of the globe in Smithsonian institute, publications.
THE NEW SUGAR REFINERY
Robert Crooks & Co, Behind the New Jersey Project.
The Plant Will Have a Daily Capacity of 15,000 Barrels — The Contracts Given Out.
E. H. Laing. of the firm of Robert Crooks & Co. of Liverpool and New York yesterday said that this firm is behind the plan to build a sugar refinery on the New Jersey shore of the Hudson River, opposite Grants Tomb. The refinery will have a daily capacity of 15,000 barrels, and will be built by the G. M. Newell Engineering Company of Philadelphia, which built the Arbuckle, National, and McCahan Refineries. Contract's for the building and machinery are said to have been let already.
The firm of Robert Crooks & Co. for years made a specialty of importing foreign refined sugars, but subsequently entered into an agreement with the American Sugar Refining Company to handle the trust's sugar. Last Spring the trust terminated this agreement on the ground that Crooks & Co. were shading the prices of the company's product.
During the last few months the firm has been again importing foreign refined sugar, and has represented the Tate Refinery in Liverpool, one of the largest refineries in Great Britain.
FIGHT AGAINST BEET SUGAR.
Henry B. Oxnard, President of the American Beet Sugar Company, talking of the opposition of the Spreckels syndicate in California to beet sugar interests west of the Missouri River and the increase in the capital of the American Sugar Refining Company, partly in view of a purpose to secure from Congress the reduction or removal of the duty on raw sugar from Cuba, is quoted in Wall Street as saying:
"We have under way twenty-eight factories for the production of beet sugar, and expect to build at least ten more this year. This Has aroused the Spreckels syndicate, which recently attempted to persuade Denver grocers to promise to make 75 per cent. of their whole sales in the product of the trust.
"Recently the syndicate reduced the price of its product here one-fourth of a cent a pound, and increased it in the East, where there are no considerable beet sugar factories. This, of course, forced us to cut prices and takes so much from our profit. My company has recently bought 80,000 acres of land in the Arkansas Valley, and expects to erect a factory there.
" The syndicate handles crude sugar, bringing it from Hawaii. Java, India, and the West Indies, and refines it and sells it as American sugar. So it will attempt at the next session of Congress to have the duty on crude sugar lowered, and perhaps abolished.
"Should it succeed, it would be discouraging to the beet sugar industry, which is in its infancy. All of this is of the greatest interest to Colorado, which is the finest country in the world for the culture of sugar beets."
INDEPENDENT SUGAR COMPANY
ELIZABETH, N. J., July 31.—The Independent Sugar Refining Company filed today with the County Clerk articles of incorporation. The capital is put at $125,-000, but this can be increased at will. The home office of the company will be at Fanwood, in this county, where Harry C. Christensen, one of the incorporators, resides.
The other incorporators named are Henry L. Hobart and George R. McGinnis. Their addresses are given as Front Street, New York City. While the details of the concern are not made public here, it is said that the formation of the concern is the foundation or development of a strong rival to, the Sugar Trust. Mr. Hobart is said to be already interested in fighting the trust, and that his supply is obtained from a refinery in Hoboken.
The charter is ample to cover almost anything or to be expanded in its scope at any time. It is drawn under what has become known as the "blanket clause."
LYNN'S GREAT INDUSTRY.
Shoe Manufacturers Show an Increase of About 20 Per Cent.
Special to The New York Times.
LYNN, Mass., July 31.—The output of shoes from Lynn factories this year will be the largest in the history of the city, and its value will far exceed that of any previous year. There is hardly a factory that is not running full time, and many are advertising for help, a remarkable situation for July. Most of the boxes made here are used by the local concerns, and the- business of the box factories is an unerring indication of the shoe trade. From figures obtained from the box men, it appears that there are between 70, 000 and 75,000 pairs of shoes now being made in Lynn, an increase of 20 per cent. over last July.
The increased business is shared by nearly all the manufacturers. Two years ago there were not more than four or five firms in Lynn that manufactured directly for the retail trade. To-day more than half of the manufacturers sell the whole or part of their product to retailers, several have established shoe stores in this and other cities, and, with a few exceptions, this change in business has been fraught with good results to the manufacturer and the community.
A Score of Students Fail to Pass at the Spring Trials.
Special to The New York Times.
PRINCETON, N. J., July 31.—A surprise which will come as an eye-opener to a number of Princeton undergraduates was sprung here to-day when it became known that a score or more of students from the incoming sophomore, junior, and senior classes had failed so completely in the June examinations that they nave been dropped from their respective classes. Some of those who failed will be allowed to enter lower classes in the Fall, while others will be marked off the university rolls.
A striking feature of the failures is the fact that three of the best athletes in the university, two of whom are on the baseball nine and one on the football team, are said to be on the list. As Princeton's eligibility rules defer for one year a student who has been dropped to a lower class, these men will not be allowed to play in any regular games with other colleges during the coming college year.
The registrar has not given out the names of the dropped students, but he has notified the deficient students themselves. Several of them have returned to Princeton in the hope of obtaining permission to take examinations over again in the Fall. As yet their efforts have met with no success, as the Examination Committee refuses to grant them such a privilege.
A member of the Faculty, when asked for his opinion on the matter, said he thought it was a good thing that the recent examinations proved a severe test to some of the less ambitious students, and that it might serve as a warning to others who depend so largely on getting through the examinations merely by a few days of hard work near the end of the term.
THE OPHIR OF SOLOMON.
Dr. Carl Peters Believes that He Has Found It in Africa.
LONDON, Aug. l. Dr. Carl. Peters, the German explorer, writes to The Times asserting his belief, as a result of his discoveries in South Africa during the last two years, that the country between the Zambesi and the Sabi is the Ophir of Solomon.
From traces of Egyptian civilization Dr. Peters believes that the mining district was originally discovered by Egyptians, and that there was an Egyptian colony there before the Phoenicians took the country, between 1100 B. C. and 1000 B. C. He intends at an early date to lay all his evidence before the public.
LOSSES BY FIRE.
MANISTEE, Mich., July 31.—The Manistee iron works were burned this evening. The loss is estimated at $50,000, with insurance of two-thirds.
(From 12 o'clock Tuesday night until 12 o'clock Wednesday night.)
2:50 A. M.—505 West Fifty-fourth Street; Arnold Bringman; damage, $50.
2:15 P. M.—2,231 Amsterdam Avenue; D. Coffer; damage, $2,000.
8:30 P. M.—173 Delancey Street; owner unknown; do damage.
9:30 P. M.—259 Delancey Street; owner unknown; no damage.
A DIVVER PLOT FAILS.
Effort to Disposses Foleyites Foiled by Victims Leasing the Whole House.
A new political wrinkle was sprung in the Divver-Foley fight for the Tammany leadership of the Second Election District Tuesday afternoon, by the Divver braves, who tried to dispossess Foley voters. Their plot was met by a counter-plot, and the Foleyites won by leasing the entire house, and, from last accounts, were threatening to put the Diwer sympathisers out on a cold curb in the starlight.
The house is the old school building at 66 Elm Street, which the city, has leased to Mrs. Alice Grady at $40 a month. Until the present row, Mrs. Grady rerented the house by floors to tenants, and made a comfortable profit out of the undertaking.
Cornelius Sullivan, one of the Divver Captains and step-father of Mrs. Grady, lives in the house. He noticed about two weeks ago that letters bearing the Foley stamp were being delivered in the house to one of the tenants. To make sure that his suspicions were well founded, he approached Henry Schierhorst, who had lived with his mother and his brother George at the house ever since Mrs. Grady began to rent it five years ago.
"Bout time you fellers were to join the Divver Club, ain't it?" asked Sullivan.
"We've joined the Foley people already," answered Henry Schierhorst, and with that the war was opened.
Mr. ,Sullivan informed Mr. Schierhorst that he would have him dispossessed and would prevent him from voting at the next election. That same afternoon a City Marshal appeared and served a dispossess notice on the Schierhorsts. The notice had been issued by Civil Justice Bolte, a member of the Divver Club. The Schierhorsts consulted with members of the Foley organization and a plan of campaign was mapped out.
They learned how much Mrs. Grady was paying for the house and went to the Controller's office and offered $50 a month instead of Mrs. Grady's $40. The bargain was made and signed and Schierhorst put up $100 as security for rental for the next two months, the date of the lease to begin to-morrow.
Within an hour after the signing of the lease the Controller's office notified Mrs. Grady of the new lessee of the house, and that by Aug. 1 he would take charge of his property. Mrs. Grady at first paid little attention to the notice, until Tuesday an officer of the Controller's office called on her and notified her of the change which had taken place. Mrs. Grady said that she would take no notice of the new lessee, and she vowed that she would have him put out of the house by to-morrow. Lawyer Hoyer, counsel for the Schierhorsts, said:
"My clients have an iron-clad agreement, and we hold the upper hand and will do as we please." When seen last night the Schierhorsts had little to say.
"There is talk of a settlement in some way; and we' do not want to make things disagreeable."
BOURKE COCKRAN SAILS.
Before Leaving for Europe Denies that he May Be the Anti-Tammany Mayoral Candidate.
Bourke Cockran, sailed for Europe on the White Star liner Teutonic at noon yesterday. Soon after he reached the ship Mr. Cockran was approached by a number of newspaper men, and asked if there was any foundation for the story, published in the morning papers yesterday that he was being considered seriously for the anti-Tammany nomination for Mayor.
"I know absolutely nothing about the matter," he replied, "except what I read in the papers. As far as I know, there is no truth in the story. This is a time of the year, you know, when a man, no matter how obscure, is liable to get his name in the papers."
In reply to the question as to whether he would take an active part in the campaign this Fall, Mr. Cockran said that he knew nothing about politics, as he had been too busy to give the subject any attention. Mr. Cockran said he was going abroad for rest and that he expected to be back in New York about Sept. 10.
MARYLAND DEMOCRATS GATHER.
Platform Will Probably Be Confined to State Issues.
BALTIMORE, July 31.—The Democratic State Convention, which will meet at Ford's Opera House, this city, at noon tomorrow, promises to be thoroughly harmonious. The only nominations to be made are for Controller and Clerk of the Court of Appeals. At this time there seems no reason to doubt that Dr. Joshua W. Hering will be renominated for Controller and J. Frank Turner will get the other place.
As to the platform, it seems clear that, no mention will be made of National issues, but every plank in the platform will be confined strictly to State issues. Prominent among these, it is understood, will be the negro voter problem. Although the leaders will not admit it, there is every reason for believing that a strong declaration will be made upon this subject, following closely along the lines laid down by the Democrats at their recent convention in Frederick County, the home of Col. L. Victor Baughman, one of ex-Senator Gorman's lieutenants, in which it was declared that the danger of negroes ultimately holding the balance of power in Maryland is imminent unless something is done to check their right to vote.
OKLAHOMA LAND LOTTERY.
More than 2,000 Names Drawn from Each Wheel Yesterday, Giving That Many Homesteads to Claimants.
EL RENO, Oklahoma, July 3l.—Two thousand one hundred names were drawn from each wheel in the Government land lottery to-day, making the grand total 8,700. The list of prize winners will be completed to-morrow. The drawing of numbers will continue until about 10,000 names for each district shall be drawn from the wheels, making a total of 20,000 names. As there are about 13.500 claims in the new country, the drawing of 20,000 names will go beyond the point where persons above 13,500 can get land. The remaining envelopes will draw blanks, but as the commission desires to impress the public with the fairness and honesty of the drawing, every one of 165,000 envelopes will be drawn. When the names entitled to homesteads have been exhausted the work to follow will be merely perfunctory.
The Commissioners are notifying by postal card each person who draws a number. The card also gives the date upon which the recipient must appear at the office of his respective land district and file his entry. The date upon which a man must appear to make entry is easily determined. In each land district 125 persons daily will be permitted to file. Those holding Nos. 1 to 125 must file Aug. 6; 126 to 250, Aug. 7, continuing, in this manner until all the homesteads in each land district shall be filed upon.
PUGILISTS MAY GO TO GEORGIA.
Southern Governor Not Opposed to Jeffries-Ruhlin Fight.
Special to The New York Times.
SAVANNAH, Ga., July 31.—It seems pretty certain at this time that a strong effort will be made to have James Jeffries and Gus Ruhlin engage in a boxing contest of twenty-five rounds for the world's championship in Savannah in the early Fall.
Savannah is to have the Georgia State Fair early in November, and an effort will be made to bring the big fellows here during that event.
There was some anxiety to know what Gov. Candler and the State officers would think of the plan. Gov. Northen sent out a special company of State cavalry to keep Corbett and Mitchell out of the State when they fought in Florida.
Gov. Candler has, however, expressed a willingness, to have the contest pulled off at Savannah and within the State bounds. He announced to-day that he would have no objection to a sparring contest in Savannah provided the law was not violated, but if the law was trespassed in the slightest degree he would take steps at once to punish the trespassers. This announcement was made in Atlanta to Major G. M. Ryals of Savannah, a prominent citizen, who called on the Chief Executive this morning for the express purpose of asking him about the Ruhlin-Jeffries prizefight.
When the situation was fully explained the Governor said: "If the law is not violated I have no objection. If the law is violated then somebody will have to suffer."
The backers of the movement say this assurance from the Governor is all they want. They have no idea of violating any law.
English Post t or Harvard Professor.
LONDON; July 31.—The Council of the University of Birmingham has appointed William James Ashley, Professor of Economics at Harvard University, to be the incumbent of the first, or organizing, Chair of the future Faculty of Commerce.
IMPORT AGENTS MAY GO
Railroad Companies Favorably Consider Abolition of the Office.
The Agents Held Responsible for Demoralization of Rates—A Commissioner for All Roads Suggested.
If plans which are now under consideration by the roads terminating on the Atlantic seaboard are carried out, as they probably will be, the abolition of the socalled import agents is in sight, and with such abolition one of the most persistent causes of rate demoralization in west-bound freight.
Import agents are those representatives of American railroads who contract with foreign, mainly European, shippers for the carrying of the merchandise which is imported into the United States. These agents mostly have their offices abroad and are well paid, as they receive 16 per cent. and upward as commission on the amount of business they secure. Being far away from home and not within easy reach of the main offices of the companies they represent, it is very difficult, it is admitted, to exercise much control over them, especially in the matter of executing contracts ahead for the carrying of goods, which may not move for months after the contract has been made.
Because of these conditions and in an effort to secure as much business as possible, these agents resort to the practice of splitting their commissions with the foreign merchants, thus opening up a system of reducing rates, which generally results in complete demoralization of the rates on all imported merchandise, this in turn affecting other west-bound rates. This demoralization begins each year with great regularity some time in April, and after it has once commenced, spreads and continues until all the import business for the year has been contracted for.
Efforts have been made before to stop this rate disturbance, but the plans proposed were never executed because of the opposition of some of the roads. These roads have now come together once more, and a meeting was held yesterday at which every railroad was represented which has terminals at any harbor between Portland, Me., and Norfolk, Va. A committee was appointed to investigate the matter and report its conclusions on the various suggestions for improvements at the next meetin S which is to be held on Sept. 5.
The committee which will commence its sessions next week is composed of one representative from each of the following ports: Portland, Me.; Boston, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Norfolk.
The plan which is regarded with most, favor by many of the roads contemplates the entire abolishment of all import agencies. Instead there is to be an association of the railroads concerned on the plan of the Buffalo Grain Committee. At the head of this association is to be a Commissioner, or Chairman, who is to take care that the interests of every road are recognized. The scope of this proposed association will be very much like that of the Immigration Bureau, only that its workings will be more intricate, as required by the nature of the business.
UP-STATE TROLLEY MERGER.
Hudson Valley Railroad Company Will Consolidate Several Lines.
Special to The New York Times.
TROY. N. Y., July 31.—An important consolidation of surface railway interests in this vicinity has been practically consummated. The company will be capitalized at $2,600,000, and will be known as the Hudson Valley Railroad Company. The roads to-be merged are the Stillwater and Mechanicsville Street Railway Company, Glens Falls, Sandy Hill and Fort Edward Street Railway Company, Greenwich and Schuylerville Electric Railway, Saratoga Traction Company, and Saratoga Northern Railway. The Boards of Directors of these companies have voted to take part in the Consolidation.
There are at present about ninety miles of track on the lines of the various companies, and with the completion of the work now in progress in Warren County and between Ballston and Mechanicsville there will be over a hundred miles of track. The lines connect Troy, Waterford,. Mechanicsville. Stillwater, Schuylerville, Greenwich, Fort Edward, Sandy Hill, Glens Falls, and Caldwell, and by the middle of September Warrensburg will be reached. Saratoga and Ballston are now connected by the Saratoga Traction Company's lines, and by Fall these places and Round Lake also will be connected with the main lines. Ex-State Treasurer A. A. Colvin of Glens Falls and Joseph A. Powers of Troy are the principal capitalists interested in the new corporation.
SHIPS FOR NORTHERN PACIFIC.
Dodwell Oriental and Alaska Vessels Turned Over to Railroad.
TACOMA, Wash., July 31.—The Dodwell Oriental and Alaska steamships are being turned over to the Northern Pacific Steamship Company, a Northern Pacific Railroad corporation, as fast as they arrive in this port. The sound fleet will continue to be operated by Dodwell & Co. as their own property, and the company has been made the agent of the Northern Pacific Steamship Company under a long time agreement.
Articles of incorporation for the new steamship company have been filed. C. S. Mcllen, Thomas Cooper, F. M. Fenwick, Alexander Stewart, and Frank Wilsey are Trustees.
The Northern Pacific will, it is said, make no changes in the policy which has governed the steamship line, in the past. At present there are seventeen steamships on the Oriental run out of Tacoma, which are secured by the Northern Pacific. Only three of these—the. Tacoma, Victoria, and Olympia—are owned, the rest being under charter.
SEABOARD AIR LINE DIRECTORS.
Board Increased to Twelve and Four New Members Elected.
BALTIMORE, July 31.—At a meeting of the Directors of the Seaboard Air Line Railway, held in Baltimore last «night, the by-laws of the company were amended and the board increased from eight to twelve members. The meeting was called to be held in New York, but owing to the lack of a quorum the Directors, who assembled there came to Baltimore, where the necessary number was secured and the meeting held. Following are the four Directors chosen: James M. Barr of Portsmouth, Va.; F. R. Pemberton of New York; E. B. Addison of Richmond. Va.; and George W. Watts of Durham, N. C. The four new Directors are all conspicuous as active and successful men. Besides these gentlemen, the other members of the Board of Directors are: John Skelton Williams Of Richmond. Va.; William F, Cochran of Younkers, N. Y.; C. Sidney Shepard of New Haven, Oswego County, N. Y.; James H. Dooley of Richmond, Va. ; J. W. Middendorf; William A. Marburg, S. Davies Warfield, and Robert. C. Davidson of Baltimore.
TO ISSUE $25,000,000 IN BONDS.
Iowa Central Will Refund Old Securities and Improve Road.
CHICAGO, July 31.—Stockholders of the Iowa Central Railway met here in special session to-day and authorized the Directors to issue gold bonds not to exceed $25,000,000 and bearing 4 per cent. interest, to be secured by a mortgage executed in favor of the Morton Trust Company, as trustee. The bonds are to be used for refunding purposes, paying or redeeming the outstanding obligations of the company, and of such other companies as may be acquired by consolidation, construction, or purchase.
Bonds for $2,000,000 will be issued at once and used for physical improvements. Interest on the new issue will be only $17.000 more than on the obligations which will be retired, while by the new financial arrangement the system will be unified.
CHICAGO ROADS TO CONSOLIDATE.
Union Loop Will Pass Into the Hands of the Northwestern Elevated.
Special to The New York Times.
CHICAGO, July 31.—The Union Loop will pass into the hands of the Northwestern Elevated Railroad Company to-morrow afternoon at a meeting of the shareholders. The agreed price is $125 a share for the stock of the union Elevated Railroad Company, the legal name for the Union Loop. Most of the heavy holders of Loop stock are officials of the Northwestern Elevated.
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President Clarence Buckingham of the latter road says that a majority of the stockholders have agreed upon the consolidation of. the two roads. It is understood, however, that some of the minority stockholders of the Loop are opposed to the plan, and may refuse to turn in their stock at 125. It Is officially stated that no attempt will be made for the present to consolidate with other roads using the Loop.
Brief Railroad Items.
E. H. Harriman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Union Pacific, has returned from the Pacific Coast.
Regarding the report that President Feltoh of the Alton is to succeed President Hays of the Southern Pacific, a Director of the Alton states that so far as he knows such a move has not been considered.
W. S. Howell, heretofore General Eastern Passenger Agent of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul in this city, has been appointed General Eastern Agent, with supervision of both freight and passenger traffic.
TO PROBATE MISER'S WILL
Catharine Murphy, Supposed to Have Died in Poverty, Leaves Nearly $12,000 to Four Sisters.
YONKERS, N. Y., July 31.—Surrogate Silkman of Westchester County has issued citations for the probate of the will of the late Catharine Murphy, sometime known as Catharine Griffin, which has been filed in the Surrogate's, office, returnable on Oct. 5.
Mrs. Murphy was a miser and was supposed to have died in poverty in a tenement here, but after her death property was found worth about $12,000, all of which she had willed to her four sisters, Mary Carmody, Catharin Brown, Ellen Kennedy, and Delia Murphy. The will is on one side of a piece of foolscap paper, and was executed Aug. 8, 1885.
The mystery, ever since her death has been where she got the money. It was deposited in nearly a dozen banks, and she had not drawn the interest on some of it for over a dozen years.
DETECTIVE A HOMICIDE.
William J. Mulcare of the Central Office Accused of Killing Joseph Bulkley.
Detective Sergeant William J. Mulcare, attached to the Central Office, is in St. Vincent's Hospital, a prisoner, of the Charles Street police, charged with homicide. He is suffering from a possible concussion of the brain and fractures of both nasal bones. The detective, it is alleged, shot and fatally wounded Joseph Bulkley, thirty-five years old. of 237 West Tenth Street, during a fight shortly after midnight Tuesday night, at Charles and West Streets. Bulkley died in St. Vincent's Hospital yesterday afternoon.
Considerable mystery surrounds the shooting. Capt. Martens of the Charles Street Station said he believed he knew who had fired the shot. He refused to give the man's name. Shortly before 9 o'clock last night Mulcare appeared at the station house, and, it is said, gave himself up. He complained of pains in his head. Capt. Martens summoned an ambulance. At the hospital it was said that Mulcare's injuries were not serious, and that he would be out in a few days.
Bulkley made an ante-mortem statement to Coroner Hart at St. Vincent's Hospital yesterday morning, saying that he and a friend had been assaulted by a stranger, who, when he (Bulkley) had interfered, had shot him.
Mulcare reported to Commissioner Murphy yesterday morning that he had shot a man. He was at once suspended pending an investigation. Mulcare was appointed to the force May 20, 1885, and has a good record. In his report Mulcare stated that he had been assaulted by five men, and that one of the men threw a brick at him, striking his face.
PRESIDENT RECEIVES CALLERS.
Some Come with Political Missions, Others to Pay Their Respects.
CANTON, Ohio, July 31.—Congressman Irwin of the Louisville (Ky.) district. and Charles E. Sapp, Collector of Internal Revenue for the Northern District of Kentucky, were among President McKinley's callers to-day. The visit was in connection with the re-appointment of Mr. Sapp to his present position, against which there is some opposition. They had been in Cleveland to see Senator Hanna, and arranged their return trip so as to allow a stop-over in Canton. Both said they felt encouraged to believe that all troubles in Kentucky could be amicably settled, and that there would be no change in the Collectorship. Both said, however, that they did not mean to be understood that the President had promised the place.
There were a number of other callers at the McKinley home to-day, some to pay their respects and others on personal missions. Among them was Mr. Walcott of New Orleans; President of the Cotton Exchange; Gen. G. A. Garretson, Mr. Richardson, Mr. Mather, and E. W. Doty of Cleveland were here to invite the President to attend the Grand Army of the Republic encampment in that city in September. They were told that the President hopes to attend the encampment. He may arrange to go to Buffalo for "President's Day" on the same trip.
Capt E. S. Wilson, United States Marshal for the District of Porto Rico, and Col. John Lincoln Clem, Quartermaster General for the Department of Porto Rico, both home on leave of absence, called to pay their respects to the President.
CLOAKMAKERS ON STRIKE.
Many Went Out Yesterday and Others Will Go Out To-day.
The Cloakmakers' Union, which has been close to a general strike for the last month, started a series of small strikes against individual manufacturers yesterday. The Executive Committee of the union decided that a running fire of strikes would be more effective than a general strike, and several firms will be selected every day for the next eight days as the target of the union.
About 3,000 cloakmakers employed by about ten firms were ordered to strike yesterday for recognition of the union, a new wage schedule, and the signing of an agreement guaranteeing union conditions. Several thousand more cloakmakers will be ordered on strike to-day and to-morrow.
The firms affected yesterday were J. Rosenstein, 31 and 33 East Tenth Street; Gordon & Rom, 65 Greene Street; J. Kamminski, 132 and 135 Greene Street; J. Rosoff, 35 and 37 West Third Street, and a number of smaller firms.
Shop meetinga were held yesterday evening, at which strikes were ordered against a number of other manufacturers, to go into effect to-day. Including cloakmakers who struck on Tuesday, about 6,000 in all were on strike yesterday.
Ovid (N. Y.) Bank Declared Bankrupt.
ITHACA, N. Y., July 31.—The Leroy Partridge Bank of Ovid was to-day adjudicated bankrupt. The case has been referred to Referee Charles A. Hawley of Seneca Falls at the request of creditors.
Corporations not to be Severely Taxed on Land After To-day.
Special to The New York Times.
HARTFORD, Conn., July 31.—Little attention seems to have been given either in or out of Connecticut to the fact that the Legislature at its recent session enacted a law for the organization of corporations which was plainly intended to draw to this State the corporation making business which heretofore has gone chiefly to New Jersey and Delaware.
The new law goes into effect to-morrow. The main difference between the Connecticut law and the statutes of the States mentioned is that the corporations which come here for their charters will, after paying the first fee for* their charter, be forever free from State taxation. New Jersey derives a large annual income from the corporations which have been organized under the very liberal law of that State, but here the requirement is simply that the new corporation shall pay a franchise fee of 50 cents for each $1,000 of capital up to $5,000,000, and for any amount in excess of that sum, 10 cents per $1,000. Thus the cost of a charter for a corporation with a capitalization of $100,000,000 will be 2,500 for the first $5,000,000, and $9,500 for the remainder.
All that is required of the organizers of a new corporation here is that they shall have a "location" and an agent in some town in the State, and it is not necessary that this agent shall be a stockholder, as is required in Maine. It is not required that the annual meetings shall be held here, or that any stock shall be owned by anybody who lives in Connecticut.
The provisions of the law are so minute in regard to the form of organization that it is not necessary for anybody who wants a Connecticut charter to employ a lawyer to do the business for him.
All that he needs to do is to send to the Secretary of State here in Hartford, for a copy of the law, and then to comply with its provisions, transcribing the by-laws for the corporation from the terms of the act. He can engage a resident of Hartford for a few dollars a year to be the agent required in the law. He will then have the best "all 'round" corporation charter and the cheapest one that he can buy anywhere in the world.
JOHN DOSCHER IN JAIL.
Former President of Malcom Brewing Company Held by Justice Hooker.
John Doscher, former President of the Malcom Brewing Company, was yesterday taken before Justice Warren B. Hooker of the Supreme Court, Brookelyn, on an attachment against his person issued some time ago. Mr. Doscher in an action brought by the other officers of the brewing company, was charged with appropriating to his own use between $40,000 and $50,000 belonging to the concern. The suit was brought on for trial before Justice Josiah T. Marean on The 13 last and an interlocutory judgment rendered directing Mr. Doscher to file with the Clerk of the court an accounting of his transactions as President of the company.
Mr. Doscher appealled from this order but did not obtain a stay of proceedings. The fifteen days expired but no accounting was filed, and on Jun 24 Justice Hooker issued an attachment against Doscher for contempt. The writ was handed to Sheriff Grell of this borough, and he yesterday returned the writ with the indorsement "Defendant not found, Jul 30. 1901."
It was shortly after this that the Sheriff did find Mr. Doscher and produced him in court. Justice Hooker then held him in $5,000 bail for his further appearance tomorrow. Being unable to furnish this amount, Mr. Doscher was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff.
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