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   New York Times (Newspaper) - May 27, 1902, New York, New York                                 "All the News That’s Fit to Print”  THE WEATHER.  Fair ; fresh northwest winds.  VOL. LL...NO. 16,345.  NEW YORK. TUESDAY. MAY 27, 1902.-SIXTEEN PAGES.  ONE CENT  In Greater New York, Ì ElMwher«, Jersey City, and Newark. > TWO CENTS.  CONFER IN CHICAGO ON THE COAL STRIKE  President Mitchell Meets Members of Civic Federation.  He Consults with Officers of the Illinois Miners’ Organization—Expects to Call a General Convention.  Special to The New York Times.^ CHICAGO, 111., May 26.—President John Mitchell of the United Mine Workers reached Chicago last night to learn the sentiment of the Illinois men toward the strike In the anthracite fields. He met Secretary W. D. Ryan of the State organization at McCoy’s Hotel and held a short conference with him to-day.  President W. R. Russell and several members of the Executive Committee left the city in the morning, just missing the National President.  Mr. Mitchell insisted that his visit was purely personal, he haying come to Chicago to meet his wife, who arrived In the afternoon from their home in Iowa.  He declined to discuss the possibility of a strike of the bituminous men in sympathy with the anthracite workers or even to admit that it would be considered.  “ Undoubtedly,” said Mr. Mitchell, “ there will be a National Convention called to discuss the advisability of calling out all the members of the National organization. I am compelled by our constitution to issue a call for a convention when five districts demand it. Four already—three in Pennsylvania and one in Michigan—have signed a request for a call. I have no doubt they will be able to obtain another signer, after which I will issue the call as promptly as possible.  "I do not care to say anything about the situation in the East. It promises to be a hard fight.”    .    ..  During the day President Mitchell met Frank P. Sargent and Franklin MacVeagh of the Civic Federation and Samuel Keefe of the Longshoremen’s Union and plans for further arbitrative endeavors on the part of the Federation were discussed.  The meeting between President Mitchell and the members of the Civic Federation was executive, and definite statements as to the details of the conference were not given out. It Is understood, however, that the plan agreed upon contemplates calling another conference of the mine operators and the whole committee of the National Civic Federation at New York, with a view of arbitrating the strike question. It is said that the plan will be sent to Senator Hanna for approval before a recommendation for further arbitration shall be made. If the plan shall be carried into effect, it is expected that some definite announcement of it will be made within a week or ten days-  TWO MINES RUNNING.  Men at Bernice Drift and Lykens Drift Refuse to Strike.  Special to The New York Times. WILKESBARRE, Penn., May 26.—Despite the efforts of the strike leaders, two anthracite mines remain in operation and produce 15,000 tons a- day for an active market. They are the Bernice Drift of the State Line and Sullivan Railroad Company and the Lykens Drift, owned by W. B. Gunton, at Bernice. This Is in Sullivan County, a little offshoot of the anthracite field where the coal is not of as good a quality as here in the heart of the field. But it Is attached to the First District, under the direction of President T. D. Nichols.  The Bernice mine is run by 400 non-union men, the union men having been on strike since February, 1900, when the owners refused to pay the 10 per cent, increase granted by the other companies. Since then the strikers have been evicted from their houses and their places filled with nonunion men.  Gunton gave his men 10 per cent, and they have been so well satisfied ever since that when the strike was ordered two weeks ago they refused to go out. ' Since then several strikers from here have obtained work with them.  Vice President Adam Ruscavage of this district was sent to Bernice yesterday, but could not induce the men to strike. Now an effort is to be made to get the Lehigh Valley railroaders to refuse to haul tho non-union coal and the men at Lyken’s Drift will be declared non-union at the same time. The coal is sent via the Lehigh valley to Northern New York and Canada, and finds a ready market there.  The cojnpanies have a number of detectives on guard, but as there are but a hundred of the original strikers left, and as the region Is some forty miles from the fnain basin, there is not much fear of serious interferences with the workers.  It is still a matter of conjecture w’hether the mines in the anthracite region will be compleely shut down next Monday when the order issued by the Executive Boards of the United Mine Workers, governing the hours of labor and wages to be paid engineers, firemen, and pump runners, goes into effect. The operators claim they will have all the help necessary to keep tha pumps and engines in running order.  The United Mine Workers and the officers of the Stationary Firemen’s Association on the other hand claim that unless the coal companies grant the demands made upon them the great bulk of engineers, firemen, and pumpmen will quit w’ork. There seems to be no question but that both sides are straining every nerve to make the best showing possible.  The operators are bringing all the influence they possibly can to hold the men now at work, while the striking miners are also doing missionary work. Many of the engineers do not like the predicament they are placed in. If they quit work they will displease the company officials and may never be reinstated, while if they remain at their posts and the miners should win their strike, they would probably find that things, would not be so pleasant for them at the collieries in the future.  In order to reach those who are wavering a call was issued to-night for a mass meeting of all engineers, pumpmen, and firemen in the Wyoming region in this city next Friday evening. At a largely attended meeting in this city to-night a committee from Local No. 484, United Mine Workers, reported that they had called upon many engineers during the day, and that nearly all had given their word that they would join the other strikers next Monday unless the demand for a shorter work day w*as granted.  While the position that will be taken by  Continued on Page 2.  INDEX TO DEPARTMENTS.  ¿tocks irregular. Financial Markets.—Pages 12 and 13.  Wheat, No. 2 red, 89^4c; corn, No. 2 mixed, 71V>c; oats. No. 2 mixed, 45^c; cotton, middling, 9 9-10c; iron Northern No. 1 foundry, $20; butter, Western creamery, 22i4c.—Page 14.  Amusements.—Page 9.  Arrivals at Hotels and Out-of-Town Buyers.—Page 5.  Business Troubles.—Page 11.  Court Calendars.—Page 10.  Insurance Notes.—Page 13.  Legal Notes.—Page 16.  Losses by Fire.-Page 5.  Marine Intelligence and Foreign Mails.— Page 10.    _  New Corporations.—Page 13.  Railroads.—Page 2.  Real Estate.—Page 14.  Society.—Page 7.  United Service.—Page 5.  Weather Report.—Page o.  Yesterday’s Fires.—Page 5.  f your »ystem is run down or you are rworked take Johann Hoff's Extract. BE Utont JOHANN  DANISH KING’S YOUTHFULNESS.  Astonished M. Loubet—Latter’s Visit to Copenhagen Has Made an Agreeable Impression In France.  London Times—New York Times Special Cablegram.  LONDON, May 27.—The Copenhagen correspondent of The Times says those present on Sunday when King Christian visited the French warship Cassini could hardly realize that the King is in his eighty-fifth year. President Loubet was astonished to see the Czar's grandfather so youthful In appearance, and complimented his Majesty on it. “The King smilingly replied:  ” I am not eighty-four, but still sixty-four.”  At the luncheon at Amalienborg Castle the private conversation was of a lively character. The King, again referring to his age, said:  “ And you, M. le President, have an old mother. You will allow me to offer a toast in her honor? ”  M. Loubet, displaying emotion, thanked his Majesty.  The Paris correspondent of The Times says M. Loubet’s visit to Copenhagen has made an agreeable impression in France. The President’s long conversation with the Princess Waldemar of Denmark, the daughter of the Duc de Chartres, (a member of the Orléans family,) has not escaped the notice of thoughtful Frenchmen.  FIGHT TO DEPOSE CARROLL  Hostile Circular Sent to Enrolled Democrats in His District.  CHARGED WITH NIXON’S EXIT  Manifesto Signed by J. D. Crimmins, J. F. Daly, William F. Sheehan, and Others—The “Gambling Combine’’ Denounced.  TO CELEBRATE THE CORONATION.  Men on British Warships All Over the World to be Enabled to Do So.  London Times—New York Times Special Cablegram.  LONDON, May 27.—The Times states that, on the initiative of the Prince of Wales, the Admiralty has prepared a general scheme by which, all over the world, an opportunity will be given to the British fleet to join in the celebration of King Edward’s coronation in a befitting manner.  Warships will be sent to each of the principal ports of each station.  THE CRETAN PROBLEM.  London Times—New York Times Special Cablegram.  LONDON, May 27.—A dispatch from Athens to The Times says it is reported that Prince George of Greece, High Commissioner of Crete, is about to make another tour of Europe in order to confer with the powers regarding the future of the island.  KAYNOR’S WARDROBE SCHEME.  Being Investigated by Pittsbnrg Police Wbile He Is Under Arrest.  r- Special to The New York Times.  PITTSBURG, May 26.—H. W. Raynor, President of the National Wardrobe Company, New York, is under arrest here, while the methods adopted by his concern are being investigated by the police. Chief Titus wired from New York that the office there had only been open a few weeks. In Pittsburg the concern had collected about $5,000 from 500 subscribers.  The scheme of the company is to keep men’s wardrobes in repair and cleaned for a year, each patron to pay one year in advance. The police learned a similar scheme had been worked In Springfield, Mass, Bridgeport, Conn., and other places, where the money was collected in advance, the place kept open only a month, then closed, and no accounting made of the money collected.  It was said at Police Headquarters late last night that inquiries had been received from Pittsburg about Raynor and the wardrobe scheme, but that while no such institution as that described had been found existing in New York, there had been found evidence of one of the kind in Boston. The Corporation Directory contains the following entry: “ National Wardrobe Co., (N. Y.) (Capital, $25,000. Directors: W. H. Raynor, J. M. Shaw, E. L. Hunt; further inf. unattainable) no address.”  KILLED BY LIGHTNING.  Electrical Storms Around Newburg Destroy Life and Property.  Special to The New York Times.  NEWBURG, N. Y., May 26.—There have been a succession of electrical storms in this locality within twenty-four hours. Last evening lightning struck a tree near the city limits, killing four cows that had taken shelter from the storm. At Florida, Volly Bigart, a Polish girl, seventeen years old, was killed while seated in her room. The electric fluid entered a chimney through the stove pipe into the room, striking the girl on one side of the body and killing her instantly. A companion in the room escaped.  Lightning struck the cow sheds of S. F. Barnes, near Goshen, injuring Charles Parker, who was milking a cow. The parsonage of the Associate Reformed Church in this city was also struck. Mrs. i3arr, wife of the pastor, had a narrow escape. The current passed down the lightning rod, leaving it at a point midway from earth, entering the building, and tearing things up generally. The barn of Gregory Brund-age, at Salisbury, was struck and burned last night.  A COPPER COMPANY RUMOR,  The Greene Consolidated Is Reported  Selling Its Interests for $30,000,000.  Special to The New York Times.  AUSTIN, Texas, May 26.—A dispatch from Hermosillo, Mexico, says: “Officials of the Greene Consolidated Copper Company who have just arrived at Hermosillo confirm the report that the extensive interests of the company have been sold to parties who are closely associated with the General Electric Company.  ** It Is said that the transaction involves about $30,000,000. The new owners have in contemplation the building and operating of an extensive system of railways in connection with the mines in Mexico.”  A Director of the General Electric Company said last night that certain persons in Mexico are sending out every now and then dispatches to the newspapers about their mining properties, and that he knew nothing whatever about the General Electric Company having bought stock from the Greene Consolidated Copper Company.  $50.00 to California  and return from Chicago, May 27th to June 8th, via Chicago & North-Western, Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Rys. The electric-lighted ” Overland Limited ” provides the best of everything. Offices 461, 287, ft 349 B’way.  AAtr  The fight to depose John F. Carroll as the Democratic leader of the Twenty-ninth Assembly District is on in earnest. A circular has been spread broadcast through the district and was sent to every enrolled Democratic voter, stating the political record of John F. Carroll, as viewed by his political opponents in Tammany Hall. In the list of those who have signed the anti-Carroll circular appear the names of John D. Crimmins, Joseph F. Daly, Edgar A. Levy, Alfred F. Seligsberg, William F. Sheehan, Thomas C. Dunham, and Myer J. Stein.  The circular opens with a statement of the condition of the Democratic Party in New York County and says:  " The Democratic Party needs reorganizing. The machinery of that party is at present in control of the combination that runs Tammany Hall. This clique is referred to by the public press as the * Gambling Com* bine.’ It consists of the limited circle of men who controlled the Police Department under the last administration. It regulated vice to the tune of millions. The * Gambling Combine ’ Is on the top in Tammany and means to be while Tammany lasts. It forced Lewis Nixon out. Croker and the  * Gambling Combine ’ act in perfect harmony. It was a characteristic piece of strategy on Croker’s part to make Lewis Nixon nominal leader of Tammany Hall.  “ Nixon was to be leader as long as he did nothing contrary to the wishes of the  * Gambling Combine.’ But when he opposed Van Wyck for the position of Grand Sachem of the Tammany Society, he had to go. Now he says he could not remain leader of Tammany and maintain his self-respect. It would be a hard blow to the  * Gambling Combine ’ if it lost the Twenty-ninth District. Rochard Croker votes in the Twenty-ninth District, although his home is Letcombe Regis, Wantage, England. John F. Carroll is the Tammany leader of the Twenty-ninth District  “ Carroll tried to make Nixon responsible for Van Wyck. Carroll kept in the background. He still wants to put Van Wyck on the Supreme Court bench, but he did not want to appear in the open for him. He hated the cry of * Ice Trust.’ He ordered Nixon to undertake the responsibility. Nixon refused, consequently had to go. Carroll, In defiance of popular uprising of the people last Fall, wanted to put Van Wyck in control of the Tammany Society without appearing as his sponsor, just as he brought about his nomination for Mayor in 1897, and was responsible for his nomination for the Supreme Court bench- last year.  “ The future of the gambling combine depends upon whether it will win in the Twenty-ninth District at the coming primaries. It is necessary for it to have the Croker-Carroll delegates sent to the State, Congressional, and City Conventions. Neither Carroll nor Croker desires to lose the district In which both vote.  “ The primary is the new secret of the people’s power, the new foe of the tyrannical political boss.”  The Greater New York Democracy will also make a contest for the control of this district.  DEVERY IN DISTRICT FIGHT.  Friendly to Frank P. Goodwin, Whose Leadership Is Opposed by the Carroll Forces.  William S. Devery, ex-Chlef of Police, Is scheduled to take an active part in the political fight in the Ninth Assembly District, according to the statements of several Tammany politicians. The fight In this district is sure to be a three-cornered one.  Frank P. Goodwin, the present district leader, with the assistance of Thomas F. Smith, will try to hold control of the regular organization.  The action of Leader Goodwin In leaving the Carroll forces and throwing his vote to the Croker-Sullivan contingent is said to be responsible for the determination to oust'him*from leadership, if possible, by the friends of John F. Carroll. It is known that ex-Chief Devery is a close friend personally of Leader Goodwin.  had charge of the languages in the semi nary for the past year. The necessary books of reference to establish a complete library for advanced study are to be provided. Five separate courses have been established in Hebrew, two in Arabic, one in Aramaic, one in Syriac, one In textual criticism of the Old Testament, and one on the eeptuagint. Undergraduates and post-graduates can have access to the courses.  MR. HARRIMAN’S VIEWS.  He Declares Pools Are Obsolete and Commission Members Generally Know Nothing of Railway Operation.  Special to The New York Times.  DENVER, May 26.—“ Pools are obsolete, in my opinion, and commissions are generally composed of men who know nothing of the operation, of railroads. I do not say this unkindly or to criticise, but because I am willing that the public shall understand my views.”  E. H. Harrlman, President of the Southern Pacific, gave utterance to this expression at the Union Station this morning after Inspecting the Western Division of the Union Pacific.  ** Why don’t the people of Colorado force the railroads to combine for economic reasons,” he continued, “ and do that which will benefit all by enabling them to operate over the roads having the best grades and shortest mileage? We have just abouf reached the limit of economics in reducing the cost of operation by reducing grades and shortening mileage. It is wonderful how cheaply business can now be handled.  " If cost of carrying freight can be reduced the railroads can name lower rates. Instead of this restrictive legislation, constantly agitated, why does not somebody come out for the rights of the railroads? Give us the same privileges enjoyed by other people and we will try to show what can be done.  “ I believe the mass of politicians who are fighting railroads and striving to create heavier burdens for them to bear do so because they think it is the popular thing to do. The people and the railroads should get closer together. I believe the people are understanding this more every day. I believe in combinations, but not in commissions. By combinations we may be able to further reduce expense of moving traffic. If we can the cost to the public will be reduced correspondingly.”  IRON WORK ON SUBWAY TIED UP BY A STRIKE  500 Men Stop Work, Many Do Not Know Why.  Ordered in Sympathy with a Firm of Contractors — Question of Wages Involved.  BURGLARS GET LIFE SENTENCE.  John Gllday and John L. Barry, Yonng Burglars of Newburg, Heavily Punished.  Special to The New York Times.  NEWBURG, N. Y., May 26.—Judge Beattie to-day sentenced John Gidney of this city and John L. Barry, alias McArdle, of Kingston to life imprisonment for burglary in the first degree. They are about twenty-five years of age, and have already served terms in State prison for burglary. The second indictment, under the law, carried with It a double sentence.  The men, while in the act of robbing the Brush residence, on Liberty Street, were arrested through the coolheadedness of Mrs. Brush, who rushed to the home ot James G. Graham, Gov. Odell’s secretary, and telephoned the police.  The sentence is the heaviest ever passed in the county for the crime of burglary.  PAN-GERMANS NOT PLEASED.  They Do Not Regard Favorably Emperor William’s Proposed Gift of a Statue to This Country.  BERLIN, May 26,—The Pan-Germans do not approve of Emperor William’s proposed gift of a statue of Frederick the Great to the United States, nor, for that matter, of any special efforts on the part of his Majesty to win the good-will of the people of the United States. Dr. Hasse, a member of the Reichstag, a prominent professor of Leipsic, spoke in this connection as follows before the annual meeting at Eisenach of the T’an-German Association: ” The present official German effort to promote German culture In the United States rests upon a misconception. German culture can never make the Yankees Germans; It will only result in Increasing the nobility of the race, in adding to their education and their wealth, and, consequently, making them more dangerous, in tne same manner that the Poles were affected by the introduction of German culture. The United States is and will remain the grave of German characteristics.” Dr. Hasse’s remarks were greeted with applause.  Another speech delivered before the Pan-German Association in which the granting of English scholarships to German students by the late Cecil Rhodes was denounced as a “ shrewd plan to get Germans to act as Anglomaniac apostles in Germany,” was received with enthusiastic applause, and resolutions calling upon German students to reject the Rhodes scholarships were unanimously adopted by the as sociation.  The Berlin Tageblatt says it understands that a committee of New York citizens is arranging to offer Emperor William a statue of George Washington in return for his gift of a statue of Frederick the Great to the United States.  BIG OIL GUSHER ~STRUCK.  It Is Near Findlay, Ohio, and Has Created Excitement Among Operators.  ■ Special to The New York Times. FINDLAY. Ohio, May 26.—'The largest flowing oil well drilled In Hancock County in the last ten years was completed on the V, H. Conns farm in Marion Township by the People’s Oil and Gas Company, of which D. T. Davis is President. The well for about five hours flowred continuously over the top of the derricks. It is estimated that over 3,000 barrels of petroleum and water poured out of the ground. It was fully ten minutes after the shot was exploded before there was any response, and the drillers had about given up hope. The fluid came with a rush like a volcanic eruption, spurting a hundred feet above the top of the rig.  The yellow fluid continued to rise high above the derrick, and three hours afterward was still flowing 30 feet above the ” gin pole.” Mr. Davis said he had not witnessed such a flow since the early days of the boom In Findlay. A creek running near the well was filled with crude petroleum to a depth of three feet. There is much excitement among the operators who own leases in the vicinity.  bishop mcdonnell sued.  Chattanooga  Chamber of Commerce Suit.  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., May 26.—Judson F. Clements of the Interstate Commerce Commission arrived in this city to-day, and began taking testimony in the long litigated suit of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce vs. the Southern Railw’ay Company and others, involving the freight rates to this city from the East. This case was decided adversely to Chattanooga by the United States Supreme Court recently with a proviso allowing it to be reopened for the introduction of further testimony.  Semetic Languages at Princeton.  Special to The New York Times.  PRINCETON, N. J., May 26.—The first advanced course in the Semetic languages ever attempted in American seminaries has been added to the curriculum of the Princeton Theological Seminary. The course is to be opened next Fall under the personal charge of Prof. Robert Wilson, who has  Lackawanna Railroad Has Two Men  from the ML. Pocono and Delaware Water Gap resorts at its ticket office, Broadway, corner Howard St., to arrange hotel accomnodations for the five-day Decoration Day excursion«.— Adv.  Coyle Estate Action Attacks Brooklyn Cathedral Legacy.  Bishop McDonnell of Brooklyn has been made an individual defendant In an action which was begun yesterday afternoon before Justice Gaynor, In the Supreme Court, Brooklyn, to declare invalid the will of Catherine Coyle. The Bishop is the executor of the will.  The estate, which amounts to about $40,-000, was left to him, to the exclusion of a large number of relatives of the testatrix, with the provision that the money was to be used in the erection of a Roman Catholic cathedral in Brooklyn. The plaintiff In the action is Ellen Kenney, a niece of Mrs. Coyle, who desires to have the will set aside and the estate partitioned. The claim is made that Mrs. Coyle was undulv influenced and that she was • mentalv incapable of making a will -when it was executed, on the day of her death.  Several witnesses, who were with Mrs. Coyle when she died, testified that one of them read prayers to Mrs. Coyle and that she seemed to be rational. The case was continued.  CUBAN CONGRESS VOTES MONEY.  All the Ironwork in the rapid transit tunnel "was tied up yesterday by a strike, ordered by the Housesmiths and Bridge-men’s Union, of the 500 ironworkers in the tunnel, most of the strikers being unaware of any reason why they should quit work.  Another peculiar feature in the strike was the fact that it wasV ordered In sympathy with a firm of contractors. The favored contractors are Terry & Tench, who, about a year ago, leased the contract for the iron work on the rapid transit tunnel from the sub-contractors, but abandoned It a short time ago because on account of the high wages demanded by the union it did not pay.  The union decided on the strike late last week at a meeting in Central Hall, 147 West Thirty-second Street. As the union Is used to strikes. It has no fewer than three walking delegates of whom Samuel J. Parks is looked on as the chief. The other two are J. W. Kelly and Henry Roche.  The three men started on a bee line for the various sections of the tunnel early yesterday morning and ordered the ironworkers to quit. Most bf them did not know what the strike -was for, but went out promptly like disciplined soldiers. The iron work was tied up in! the tunnel from end to end by the strike.]  The following are the sections of the tunnel involved In the strike:  City Hall to Great Jones Street; the Degnon-McLean Company, contractors.  Great Jones Street to Thirty-third Street, Holbrook, Cabot Daly, contractors.  Thirty-third Street to Forty-second Street, Ira H. Shaler, contractor.  Forty-second Street to Forty-sixth Street, the Degnan-McLean Company, contractors.  Forty-sixth Street to Forty-ninth Street, Naughton & Co., contractors.  Sixtieth Street to One Hundred and Fourth Street, William Bradley & Sons, contractors.  One Hundred and Fourth Street to end of tunnel, John Shields, contractor.  The members of the firm of Terry & Tench said when interviewed on the subject last night that they did not know what the strike was for.  ” I have been trying all day to find out without success,” said Mr. Terry’.  Henry’ B. Seaman, chief engineer for Holbrook, Cabot & Daly, said that no complaints were made and that union wages had been paid and union men employed. He also said that he had questioned a number of the strikers, and they could not tell why they’ quit work.  Samuel J. Parks, the principal walking delegate, made the following statement late last night:  “ We had a fight a y’ear ago for union wages in the tunnel and w’on It. At that time Terry & Tench had only’ a small proportion of the ironw'ork, but afterward leased iti all from the sub-contractors for the various sections. Terry & Tench employed union men and paid the union wages of $4 a day for eight hours’ work.  “ The price they received for doing the work was so low that they lost a great deal of money, and a few’ days ago were compelled to abandon all the contracts which they leased from the sub-contractors for the iron work. We thought it no more than right that as they stood by us we should stand by’ them. They’ paid good w’ages to our men and why should we not help them out of their difficulty? ”  The sub-contractors w’ere bewildered over the situation last night. Some of them said they’ could see no way’ out of the difficulty. The strikers themselves had caused a dead-lock and the contractors were powerless to end it.  ” The only’ thing we can hope for,” said one of them, “ is for the strikers to come to their senses after a night’s sleep.”  ARREST IN HUMBERT CASE.  I  Identity of Prisoner Locked Up in Jei> j sey City Withheld — Other Captures Expected.  It leaked out at Police Headquarters last night that Detective Sergeant Davis had arrested in Jersey City yesterday a man who is said to have been the valet of one of the Humberts, the French swindlers. The officials at the Detective Bureau refused last night to give the name of the man arrested in Jersey.  It is understood that the prisoner made a partial confession, on the strength of which the police expect to make more captures. Capt. Titus and fifty’ detectives w’ere working on the case last night. The prisoner, it was learned, had been living in Benson-hurst, L. I.  A part of the Information said to have been given to Capt. Titus by the prisoner was that the swindlers when at Monte Carlo purchased a yacht on which to take their flight.  LONDON IS CONFIDENT THAT PEACE IS NEAH  Dally Mail Expects It Will Be Announced Friday.  MR. GERRY’S SON ARRESTED.  Charged with Driving an Unfit Horse Attached to the Coach Pioneer.  YONKERS, May’ 26,—The coach Pioneer, which runs from New York to Ardsley daily, was held up in Hastings this afternoon by’ Agent Berbert of the Society’ for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Driver Gerry’ was placed under arrest for driving a horse which had two sores under tho collar. He was taken to a Justice and admitted to bail.  Several of the men on the coach accompanied him to secure his immediate release, and while this was being effected, others scurried around looking for a horse to replace the one with the sores. The arrest delayed the coach only about twenty minutes.  The Mr. Gerry arrested at Hastings while driving the Pioneer is a son of Commodore Gerry of this city.  TURKISH TROOPS MASSACRED.  A Whole Battalion Said to Have Been Annihilated by Rebels Near Mocha, Arabia.  LONDON. May 27.—A dispatch to The Daily Express from Cairo says a report has reached there that a whole battalion of Turkish troops has been annihilated by-rebels near the seaport of Mocha, in the Turkish Vilayet of Yemen, southwestern Arabia.  The Governor of Mocha is said t» have been carried away by the rebels as a hostage.  The rebels; It is further reported, are being joined by numbers of Turkish troops, who are deserting.  GEN. BROOKE FOR GOVERNOR ?  It Is Thought Senator Quay May Support Him for Pennsylvania’s Executive.  Special to The New York Times. WASHINGTON, May 26.-Senator Quay to-day Introduced in the Senate a bill permitting the President to promote Major Gen. John R. Brooke to the rank of Lieutenant General and retire him. The Republican State Convention in Pennsylvania meets on June 11, and the politicians at once saw in Mr. Quay’s action an indication that Gen. Brooke might be the candidate for Governor.  Mr. Quay’s candidate is supposed to be Judge Pennypacker, and the supporters of Attorney General Elkin have been making their figlrt strictly against that gentleman. A w’ell-known Pennsylvania man in Washington said to-day, in discussing Mr. Quay’s Brooke bill, that State Senator Fotilke, an Elkin man, yesterday offered to bet a Quay leader $5,000 that Judge Pennypacker -would not be Quay's candidate, and the Quay man refused to take the bet. Several Pennsylvania Congressmen are authority for the statement that the President told them some time ago that he favored Gen. Brooke for the nomination.  Gen. Brooke would not retire until July 21, over a month- after the convention, if the matter were left to the operation of the general retirement law. The Quay men are averse to discussing the matter, and their explanation of the Senator’s action is that he merely wants Gen. Brooke to have the rank of Lieutenant General when he retires.  Nevertheless, Mr. Quay has done one or two things in connection with his bill that are rather hard to explain unless he has a strong Interest in Gen. Brooke's position before the people. Most noticeable Is his action in securing the printing, as a miscellaneous document, of a transcript of Gen. Brooke’s military record. The usual course, when a bill for the retirement of an officer is presented, is not to print his record.  If Mr. Quay designed to nominate Brooke for Governor of Pennsylvania and. were anxious to secure some effective campaign literature, he could not get a better document than the three pages of typewriting which he has had sent to the Government Printing Office to be made into a pamphlet.  Of course, this transcript of his record would go before the committee, anyway; but It is Senator Quay’s unusual action in having it printed which arouses curiosity.  But a Dispatch from Pretoria Says It Is by No Means Certain That the Struggle Will Not Be Continued.  NAVY COLLIER TO TAKE  LUMBER TO ST. VINCENT.  WEST VIRGINIA LAND SALE.  Allows President Palma $300,000 for Current Insular Affairs.  HAVANA, May 26.—Both the Senate and the House have passed a bill granting President Palma $300,000 for current expenses in connection with insular affairs.  The Senate consumed the entire afternoon of to-day in discussing the best method of recompensing municipal Judges, whether by salaries or by fees.  Discussion of the question granting amnesty to the Americans now in prison or awaiting trial in Cuba has been postponed until to-morrow.  TtM Hudson River Day Line begins to-morrow from New York, and complete service on and after May 10th. Unrivalled for Decoration Day Outturn. Xuale.—Adv.  Special to The New York Times.  HUNTINGTON, West Va.. May 26,— George F. Miller, Judge Thomas H. Harvey, Mrs. S. S. Altizer, and Mrs. Malina NIbert to-day sold to a Boston syndicate almost 40,000 acres of coal and timber lands In Logan County. The consideration was about $500,000.  The purchasers, incorporated as the Island Creek Coal Company, will build twenty miles of railway to connect with the Norfolk and Western at Dlngess, to give them an outlet, and will then open extensive operations. . This same land sold less than a dozen years ago for $3 an acre.  Explorer Peary’s Vessel.  NEWBURG, N. Y., May 26.—Arctic Explorer Peary’s vessel, the Windward, Is receiving a new boiler and engine at the shipyard here. Capt. Bartlett expects to sail for Cape Sabine in July with Mrs. Peary aboard, to meet the explorer.  DRINK CRYSTAL SPRING WATER, bottled at the Spring, delivered fresh daily at Home or Office. Tel. 3088—Riverside. Office, 2,231 Broadway.—Adv.  No Duty Will Be Charged on It in This Country—It Is Needed to Rebuild Homes, and Has Been Given by Canada.  WASHINGTON. May 26—The Navy Department has added one more to the good offices which it has been called on to perform on behalf of the West Indian sufferers by undertaking to transport to the homeless people of St. Vincent a large quantity of building lumber which the Canadian Government has donated. The lumber is coming by rail from Canada through to Norfolk, the Treasury officials authorizing its passage through the United States in bond, and without payment of duty. At Norfolk the lumber will be loaded on the collier Leonidas and transported directly to St. Vincent.  Having relieved all present necessities of the inhabitants of Martinique and St. Vincent, the Navy Department has decided to suspend further activity in that direction, and merely to “ stand by,” ready to respond to any call for assistance. The little Potomac, which, under the able direction of Lieut. McCormick, has performed such splendid service in the relief work, will not be sent back again unless new and worse conditions develop. She sailed to-day from St. Lucia tor Porto Rico.  The Dixie will probably finish unloading at St. Vincent to-morrow, and she, too, will be withdrawn from further service in the West Indies, returning to New York.  Adjt. Gen. Corbin has received the following cablegram from Capt. Hugh J. Gallagher, Commissary Department, dated St. Vincent, May 24:  ” Area of devastation St. Vincent about twelve square miles in northern extremity. Population of this area was 8.000, of which 1,600 lost their lives. Remainder escaped by flight to Kingstown and other places. No such overwhelming catastrophe as at St. Pierre, yet many people to be sustained by public because many escaped. Outside of area devastated no great damage done, but people very apprehensive. This condition will not abate until volcano, j which is still active, subsides. Second eruption occurred 18th. but no additional damage wrought. Supplies of all kinds from Dixie most gratefully received, and will, with what was on hand, provide for present population for three months. Lumber for rebuilding is asked. Nothing is known of any disturbance outside of St. Vincent and Martinique.  “ Now that emergency has been met, would advise sending supplies gradually and only after inquiry as to actual needs, as a great quantity sent at once might  Srove more embarrassing than beneficial, tores on Dixie well selected.”  Secretary of the Navy Moody received the following cablegram from Capt. Berry of the Dixie, dated St. Lucia. May 26:  “ Dixie discharging remainder stores at Kingstown, wrhere most need. Provisions i now on hand for several months. Lumber for houses needed. Volcano active. No additional damage. Care of refugees and injured, approximately 8,000, well in hand by local authorities.”.  LONDON, May 27.-Tha Daily MaiKthlS morning says that the Cabinet Council to be held to-day will decide upon pointa of detail, mostly of a financial nature, which have been raised by the Boers in the peace negotiations. The British decisions will then be communicated to the Vereen!gin$ conference by the delegates at Pretoria, and, being the best obtainable terms, they will almost certainly be accepted. The results should be announced officially either on Thursday or Friday of this week, probably on Friday.  Peace Is quite certain, says The Dally Mail, and the delegates at Pretoria are only engaged in endeavoring to gild the pHl for the Vereenlging conference to swallow. The Daily Mail says further:  ” Our dispatches from Pretoria assert that numerous communications are passing between Lords Kitchener and Milner, in South Africa, and London.  " Lord Kitchener, although he is still full of energy, is much aged in appearance as a result of the severe and continuous strain which he has undergone. The consensus of opinion is that the recent negotiations have proved Lord Kitchener to be a great diplomatist as well as a great soldier. It is difficult to appreciate the magnitude of the difficulties Lord Kitchener has had to contend with. The Boer leaders are all deeply impressed with his personality, and trust him implicitly.  " It is understood that Lord Mtlner has gracefully admitted that the ultimate credit for the accomplishment of the great task is due to Lord Kitchener.”  The Government leader in the House of Commons, the Right Hon. A. J. Balfour, declined yesterday to “ make any forecast ” as to when the Government w’ould be able to say anything definite regarding peace in South Africa. Well informed people did not anticipate that the Government would be in a position yesterday to give out anything of Importance in this connection.  Just before Parliament rose after midnight, a rumor reached the lobbies that a hitch had occurred in the peace negotiations. Nothing official concerning this rumor could bo ascertained, but the dispatch to The Associated Press from Pretoria, in which it is said that the prevalence throughout South Africa of optimistic feeling is hardly based upon solid facts may be regarded as an indication that such a hitch has occurred.  Little information from Pretoria has recently succeeded in passing the censor there.  PRETORIA, May 20.-The prevalence throughout South Africa of optimistic feeling in regard to the peace negotiations is hardly based upon solid facts.  The protraction of the conference at Ver-eeniging is not necessarily a hopeful sign. The delegates at the conference, although they have abandoned their hopes of securing independence, still have many pointa of difference Avith the British Government, while an obstinate minority continues to regard the resumption of hostilities as the best outcome of the present situation, and at any moment these pointa of difference may be accentuated into a refusal to continue the negotiations.  It is most unlikely that those who are in favor of peace will throw up the sponge as long as a decent minority Is desirous of continuing the struggle, and all these dissonant elements must be taken Into account before It is possible to give any sort of pre-, diction as to the issue of the present negotiations.  Forty-six Boers, with wagons and cattle, surrendered at Balmoral, Transvaal, yesterday.  THE HAGUE, May 26.-It is said In Boer circles here that the peace proposals made to the conference at Vereenlging included the condition that the Boers in the field be allow’ed to consult with, the Boer delegates in Europe before a definite settlement was reached.  It is declared also, upon the same authority, that the British Government refused, on May 23, to accede to this request.   44  The Prophet*« Chamber.”  a wonderful story from the Four-Track News for May. Sent free on receipt of 4 cents by G. H. Daniels, Grand Central Station, New York.— Adv.  Barnett*« Vanilla Is Pare.  Don’t let your grocer work off a substitute.— Adv.  GRAIN TAX MAY BE DROPPED.  If the Boer War Ends It Is Believed the British Government Will Gladly Withdraw It.  LONDON. May 27,—That the Government  yesterday fully anticipated the speedy conclusion of peace in South Africa is believed to be shown by the postponement from yesterday until Friday or later of the Budget bill in the committee stage, with the view,' as was frankly admitted on the Government side of the House, of enabling the recasting of the budget in the event of peace bring secured.  Th< tax on grain lias proved so unpopular throughout the country and has had such an unexpected effect in reuniting the Liberal Party with a most effective election cry that there is little doubt that the Government would welcome an excuse to drop it.  Another strong reason for the desire to do away with the tax is the effect it has had ii. the coloni< s. where it has been regarded as an opportunity to demand preferential treatment— a demand which will be strongly pressed at the coming conference of Colonial Premiers Tn London—and as likely to cause the Government considerable difficulty by emphasizing*a sharply defined divergence of opinion in the Cabinet. There the Chamberlain party is advocating a “ Zollverein ” policv and the retention of the grain tax. while the Balfour party advocates just the reverse. Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is said to be quite willing to surrender the tax on grain.  The Daily New’s predicts that, once peace is secured, the present Ministry will go to pieces in twelve months.  In the meanwhile Lord Rosebery is drawing the Liberals closer together. He has consented to preside at a Liberal meeting to be held in London to protest against the Government's Education bill. This bill has al.-o proved to be an unpopular measure, so much so that many of the Government's supporters are urg.fcig its modification.  Long Island Railroad.—The Spring Srhedula with Important changes will take effect May 28. The Shelter Island and Hamptons Express will leave 34th Street, E. R., at 3:20 P. M. Flatbush. Brooklyn, at 3:22 P. M., except Decoration Day. —Adv.  tl   

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