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   New York Times (Newspaper) - October 31, 1902, New York, New York                                 “All the News That’s Fit to Print”  THE WEATHER.  Showers, followed by fair and warmer; winds southwest.  VOL. LII......ÎÎO. 1(),480.     ■    PAÜi    1 n          jAN    J nl     i GÜATEÍLA  Flames and Ashes Devastate tiie Coffee Zone.  SANTA MARIA IN ERUPTION  Mountain Sending Forth Deadly Fumes, and Eruptions Continue.  Quezaltenango, San Felipe, and Maza-tenango Likely to be Destroyed— One City Six Inches Deep in Volcanic Matter.  .vN FRANCISCO. Oct. 30.-The entire coffee zone of Guatemala has been tle-etroyed by flames and ashes from the volcano of Santa Maria. Eruptions threaicn the destruction nf every living thing within reach of the fumes and fire that pour from the burning mountain, according to a caole tlispatch to Castle Brothers, importers, of this city, received from their coffee plantation in Guatemala. Only meagre details are given.  “ La,st Monday,”- said Louis Ulrsch of Castle Brothers, ^ wired to our representatives there asking for news of the eruption of Santa Maria, and last night I received in reply this cable dispatch: ‘ it Is true. Enormous losses. Probable volcanic eruption.^ Coffee zone destroyed. Our lives me in danger. Further reports will follow.’  “ The coffee districts referred to,” said Mr. Hirsch, “ are the Costa Cusa and Costa flranda. They are the finest plantations in the country. If the coffee district is de-tfroved, as the cable seems to indicate, t.nc-third of the crop is most likely in-VuUvd.  •• The voli ano of Santa Maria is located b. I ween Retalhulue and Quezaltenango. !l tie towns in the neighborhood most likely to be destroyed are San Felipe, Maza-t. Tiaiigo, and Quezaltenango. The volcano Ins been quiet for many years.  ■ I was^Jin the district last April at time when earthquakes racked the country. No volcanic eruptions accompanied the quakes, however.”  cisco, wlio went to Guatemala from South (,’arolina about twenty years ago, baa a plantation in that section for which be was oflered .silOo.tMM) in gold a few years ago i>.\ a German firm; but he refused the ottet, and. if reports arc trin*, his plantaiion nas been entirely ruined along with the others. It is unfortunate that the harvesting of J^e coffee is just ending at the present so that the crop has undoubtedly been greatly injured by ashes lalling trom the  ■' Coffee berries are very easily shaken from the trees when they once on the ground no attempt is    to  pick them up, so that undoubtedly the loss in that regard will be_ irretrievable. Just around the city of Quezaltenango there 1.S little coffee grown, as the elevation is too great and it is too coid, but in Tumbador there is little else grown. nearL' all the lands being coffee tineas. 'Vnat would make the situation worse is ‘ h^ f  coffee trees are extremely delicate, c.nd  the presence of a foreign substance in large quantities about them is to kill They require much attention in wa> of fertilization Some years ago which was .said to have been in an entire^ different part of the country, away fr^ th" Department ot rumbador. became active. The leaves of the    trees were  covered with the ashes, ev^n at that distance. and the crop was badl> damaged, ■thcugh not entirely ruined. considered that Santa Maria is a comparatively short distance away, an idea of the havoc wrought at the city of Quezaltenango can be gained. _    *    nf  ” At this time of year, just at the clo.se of  the rainy season, roads are almost impassable. The resident.s must have had little opportunity of saving their household goods or personal belongings, as it is almost impo.s.‘iible to transport goods except on mule back, and little can be carried in that manner.  “ The nearest port on the Pacific to Tumbador and Quezaltenango which is fifteen or twenty    4«  Mexican frontier. It is there that the cific Mall steamships touch ^mg and coming about every ten days. This is merely a little town on a sandspit, tsith or  5U0 inhabitants, and containing only a few frame residences. The United States Consular Agent there is Samuel olford, ana his wife is a Philadelphia woman. ine town undoubtedly suffered severely, as it is located just at the foot of ^he slope^of the mountain. Champerico is another port of Guatemala, about twenty miles furUier down the coast. Much coffee is shipped from those ports.  “ The British Consular Agent at Quezaltenango. Hugo Fleischmann. j;;?. one of th.‘ best-known foreign residents ot Guatemala, and is interested in a large general store, which does business throughout the country. If the reports are true giving the coi -rect estimate of damege to Property, miH-ions of dollars’ worth must ^ave been destroyed, and the coffee ^cowing must have received a set-back from which it will take years to recover.”  NEW YORK. FRIDAY. OCTOBER 31. 1902.-SIXTEEN PAGES.  тГ1ш^т~шт  ONE GENT  111 iircHler    Л'огк.    ?  Jersey Cil> . ят1 Xe»vark. i    О CEXTS«  Make-up of Yachtsmen Committee for New Defender Announced.  N.Y.Y.C. MEETING HEARS PLANS.  Skipper Barr to Command New Craft, for Which Orders Already Have Been Placed.  son.«e of the term, li.s gold re.sources are limited, and it must at the best be a matter of several years licfore a change can be satisfactorily effected.  “ President Diaz has for a long time had the matter under careful consideration, and it Is also true that he has recently made inquiries in New York with reference to the best course to pursue in bringing about a change. Nothing of a definite character in this direction has been decided upon.  mSTIIIN SCIENTISTS MUST STANO TUIAl  CHARGES AGAINST A  BANKNOTE COMPANY.  MGR. FALCONIO TO BE PAPAL DELEGATE AT WASHINGTON.  VOLCANOES IN GUATEMALA.  WASHINGTON, Oct. 30.—A cable dis-l>atch from Guatemala was received at the Btate Department to-day from Consul General McNally reporting that the eruption of the volcano at Santa Maria, adjoining Quezaltenango, continues; that the city is covered with six inches of volcanic matter; that rich coffee plantations on the coast Bide are buried under seven feet of sand and ashes from the volcano, and that detonations from the eruption were heard in the capl^ There have been frequent earthquakes, and another eruption is reported In the Department of Tumbador. Much excitement prevails.  Some of the Mountains Are Active, with Records of Destruction.  There aro a great „number of volcanic summits in Gtiatemala. Those which are decidedly active are Pacaya. on the southern shore of; Lake Amatitlan; Volcan do Fuego, 12,121 feet in height, near Old Guatemala; Atltlan. 11,840 feet in height; Quezaltenango, 0,3r>8 feet, and Tajumulco. The last was observed in eruption by Bernoulli on the occasion of the great earthqual of l>sii3. Like Quezaltenango. it funushe.s great supplies of sulphur. More famous, how^ever, than any is. the Volcan de Agua, or Water Volcano, so called because it destroyed Old Guatemala in l-"4l by a  deluge of water.  Fqr the foreign trade coffee is the most important product of the country. While in 1859 the Whole export w’as only 390 hundred w^elght. by 1876 it had increased to upward of 185.200 hundred weight. In 1899 the  vnliie of coffee exported amounted 390 477 The coffee of Guatemala is held in such esteem by the coffee traders that it mielv gets into the general trade, being, S a ride bought on the bush for special markets. In 1900 coffee to 10.712,000 pounds w'as cleaned and sold, w’hile 3.336,200 pounds w’ere ^^old In null. The cultivation on a large scale be^n in 1872 and has gradually displaced cochineal  .he past  two vears has forced the change the conditions under v.hich tneir laborers have formerly worked. Labor U naturally cheap, and there seems to ha\e been no great ambition to ma^e the mo-oSt of the possibilities for a big crop It  Ss’Ss&tliHS  in its history.    ,  CONDITIONS IN GUATEMALA.  A C6ffee Grower’s Views of the Extent of Disaster—Capital Affected.  A coffee grower who recently returned from Guatemala last night said:  ” The Department of Tumbador, which is mentioned in the dispatches as being In the zone of the volcanic eruptions, gets its name from a peculiar rumbling in the earth, caused, it is supposed, by ft subterranean volcano. Tumbador means •‘The Thunderer.” The centre of the department is about forty miles from the Pacific Ocean, in the mountains, as the land rises from the sea as far as Quezaltenango, which Is about 100 miles from the coast. Last Summer Quezaltenango suffered a severe earthquake, which partially destroyed the towm. The city Is located In what is supposed to be the crater of an extinct volcano, and is at an elevation of about 7,000 or 8,000 feet.  ” Santa Marla, which is reported as having been in eruption, is not far away. Another v’olcano towers above the town Itself, but that has been extinct for many years. It is probably 10.000 feet in height. The Departments of Quezaltenango and Tumbador are among the richest coffee-growing sections in therState. The coffee Is said to grow best at an elevation of . from 2,000 to 4,000 feet, so that those departments are admirably suited for the purpose of colfee growing, and the coffee produced there Is recognized in foreign markets as being sopie of the finest in the world.  “The Germans have invested heavily all through Guatemala, and particularly in the section reported to have been devastated by the eruption of the volcano. Mortgages are held by German firms on most of the plantations or ‘ fincas. Earthquakes in that Dart of the country are frequent, but until last Summer they had not caused destruc-• lion for many years. Some of the fincas-lire owned by Americans who have gone Uowm there, cleaned out the virgin forest, and planted the land with coffee. Two  VISIT VOLCANO SOUFRIERE.  brbthers-In-law of Charlemagne lower have or had a plantation in the Department of Tumbador. Alexander Now'ell of San t ran-  INDEX TO DEPARTMENTS.  rommerclal W’orld.—Page 11. Amusements.—Page 9.  Arrivals at Hotels and Out-of-Town Buyers—Page 7.  Bu.slness Troubles.—Page 11.  Ccurt Calendars.—Page 11. insurance Notes.—Page 12.  I.egal Note.s.—Page 16.  Losses by Fire.—Page 11.  Marine Intelligence and I'oreign Mails.--Page 10.    ^    ^    f    ‘  New «.'orporations.—Page 11.    j j  Kallroads.—Page 7.    .    7  Real Estate.—Page 14.    I  Society.—Page 9.    "  I'nlted Seryb e.—Page 13.  V’eatlier Report.—l^age. ».  Yesterday s Fires.—Page 10.  Explorers Find the Crater Active— Sl+sht Eruption Oct. 28, and a Serious One Is Feared.  KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, B. W. I., Oct. 30,—Henry Pow’ell, Curator of the Government Botanical Station here; J. P. Quinton of the British Botanical Station In Sierra Leone. West Africa, and E. W. Booster of the British Botanical Station at Lagos, West Africa, accompanied by guides, visited the Soufrière volcano Oct. 28 and spent an hour and a half on the summit.  The party found the crater to be active; it was emitting volumes of steam and »throwing up numerous cones of ashes from the fissures close under the southern w’all to áOt^ight^f forty feet.  During th^ast half hour of the explorers’ stay th^ crater became violent. Mr. Powell, who, from his frequent visits is well acquainted with the features of the mountain. Is satisfied that the new crater shows no sighs of having been ifi eruption. The old crater has become more funnel-shaped than formerly, and is now’ deepest  in its centre.  Volcanic ejecta, almost red hot and smoking profusely, has been heaped up around the interior walls of the crater to a height of several hundred feet. The riui of the crater is considerably wider than it was, and the depression on the western rin^ overlooking Morne Ronde, has been much lowered. In the centre of pe craher a caldron of boiling water and close imundei  a«onow the trend of  the depression under the southeastern wall, and gaining the summit df the volcano, are blow’n to the westward, thus giving tne appearance of having come from the new'  party found no lava. The configuration of the mountain has been coii-«siaprablv altered. The sea is still -cii-crSing upon the land at the Wallibou estate The Wallibou River is dry at Its mouth, but far inland it is running with fair volume in the small'chamiels.    ^  The journey from the seashore at Wallibou to the first ridge leading to the Soufrière is exceedingly difficult, as there are cliffs and ravines to be passed. From the first ridge onward, with few' exceptions, the road is easier. It is now impossible to cros.s from the leeward to the windward side of the island, over the mountains, because the southern rim df the crater is more sharply defined than it was and the masses of ashes are almost red hot.    _  There was a slight eruption of the Soufrière the night .of Oct. 28, wdien. at 8:1;», loud groaning sounds W’ere heard ^d a cloud of dark vapor was thrown out. These I disturbances have continued and are caus-Ink much excitement at Georgetown, w’here earth tremor.s are continually felt.  I'* From the general appearance ol the volcano another eruption of a serious nature can be expected.    ^  The Administrator of St. \incent visited the Georgetown district Ocf -b. He has advi.sed the Governor of the \V Indward islands. Sir Robert Llewellyn that it is ailvisable permanently to locate the Peo-nle of the disturbed part of the Islands_at North Union, which i.s at an appreciable di.stance irom the volcano.  As was stated in The New York Times a fortnight ago, Cornelius Vanderbilt will be an active member of the syndicate that will build a new yacht to defend the America’s Cup against Sir Thomas Lipton s Shamrock 111., and the boat will be managed by e. Oliver Iselln, with Capt. Charles Barr as skipper. The news was given out at the adjourned meeting of the New’ lork Yacht Club held at'the clubhouse last even-ing.    ,  The composition of the syndicate is a decided surprise. No inkling of it save as to Mr. Vanderbilt had leaked out. and none of its members except Mr. Vanderbilt had been even thought of in this connection. None of them has been active in yachting heretofore, and they represent an altogether new’ element coming to the front in international racing. The syndicate consists of Elbert H. Gary. Clement A. Gri.s-com, James J. Hill, William B. Leeds, William Rockefeller. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Henry Walters, and P. A. B. Wldener.  Mr. Vanderbilt is a prominent Corinthian, He ow'iiS and successfully has sailed the seventy-ratcr Rainbow for two seasons and, recently has become the ow’ner of the steam yacht Cherokee, iprmerly owned by William Clark and renamed by Mr. Vanderbilt the North Stär. He also owns the small steam yacht Mirage. William B. Leeds ow’ns the steam yacht Noma, that was built for him last year and launched early thi.s season. He is President of the Chicago. Rock Island and Pacific Railroad and a Director of the American Can Compan>, the Audit Company of New York, and the United States Mortgage and Trust Company. He has been a member of the New York Yacht Club only since last March, Jame.s J. Hill was elected a member of the New York Yacht Club in February, lOiil. He ow'ns the 243-foot steam yacht W’acoiita. He is President of the Great Northern Railway Company and the Northern Securities Company, and is one of th« foremo.st railroad men and financiers of the  Clement A. Griscom is the prom^lnent Philadelphia financier and steamsWp builder and owner, best known as the President of the International Navigation Company. He is the owner of the schooner Alert, aiid has been a member of the New' York Yacht Chib .since 1877. Elbert H. Gary is best known to the public as the President of tue Federal Steel Company and Chairman or the Execuliye Committee of the United Slates Steel Corporation. He is a new' member of the club.  P A. B. Widener is the Philadelphia street railway magnate and financier and renow’ned as an art connoisseur. He owns the big steam yächt Josephine. HLs membership in the New York Yacht Club dates from P’tbruary, 1896. Henry W^alters of Baltimore became a member of the club In May, 1890. William Rockefeller has been a member of the club since 189U. Norman B. Ream is a new member.  In connection with the announcement of the syndicate it also was stated that the contract for the new boat to be designed 'and built bv the Herreshoffs has been signed. Notic'e was given of the purpose of the ow’ners of the Columbia and ILe Constitution to put those boats in commission next season to compete with the new boat for the honor of defending the ^P-The Constitution w’ill be managed by E. D. Morgan and her sailing master will be Capt. Lemuel Miller, W’ho w:as mate of the Columbia in 1901, and who has been sailing the Navahoe in European waters this .season. The Constitution will be in the hands of August Belmont. He will have on board with him Capt. Urias Rhodes. W’ho sailed the Constitution last year, and Capt, Norman Terry, the w'ell-know'n skipper of the famous Grayling.  About one hundred and fifty members W’ere present at the meeting, and forty owners of yachts took part in the proceedings. Commodore Lew'ls Cass Ledyard, having recovered from his recent illness, presided. The amendments to the measurement and racing rules that were adopted at the meeting of the club last w'eek w’ere adopted again after several minor amendments had been made to them.  The new’ rules now’ become the law of the club. Resolutions of thanks to the Eastern Yacht Club of Massachusetts for courtesies extended during the cruise of the New’ York Yacht Club last Summer were adopted. The subject of a cruise to the West Indies some time in the coming Winter was brought up and discussed with much animation.    .    ,  A committee w’as appointed to take the matter under consideration and formulate a plan. The committee consists of Capt. Anson Phelps Stokes of the Sea Fox, Capt. Lloyd Phoenix Of the Intrepid, and Capt. Robert E Tod of the Thistle. Tke meeting was adjourned to meet three weeks from last night.  Representative of the Vatican Now at Ottawa Selected as Successor to Cardinal Martinelli.  Sfccial io The New York Times.  OTTAWA. Oct. 30.—Mgr. Falconio, Apostolic Delegate to Canada. this afternoon received official intimation by cable from Rome of his selection as successor to Cardinal Martinelli as Apostolic Delegate to the United States at Washington.  Though no date has been fixed for Mgr, Falconlo's departure from Canada, it is expected that it will not be long delayed. Repeated rumors had indicated him as thè choice of the Pope for the office, and dl.s-patches within recent months had given assurance that the appointment had been determined. These, however, were alw'ays met with the assurance that Mgr. Falconio knew nothing of the matter beyond the reports In the press.  In certain circles it is believed that the negotiations for the settlement of the Philippine friar problem may have influenced an early appointment of Cardinal Martinelli’s successor. Mgr. Falconio arrived in the Canadian capital on Oct. 12, 1899, and has made many friends In this country. His departure will be deeply regretted.  Archbishop Bruchesi of Montreal was received yesterday in private by the Pope, whcyt as reported by special cable dispatches, referred to the appointment of Mgr. F^coaio to Canada as proof of his deep affection for the Canadian people. To-day’s announcement of his transfer to Washington has therefore been received with astonLshment.  John C. Lathrop and Mr. and Mrs. Quimby Indicted-  Westchester Grand Jury in a Presentment Also Condemns Practices of “Healers”  As Dangerous to the Community.  J. J. HILL PROJECTS HUGE STEEL PLANT IN MONTANA.  Establishment at Great Falls, It Is Said, Will Rival Any in the World—Converting Old Silver Smelter.  Special to The New York Times.  HELENA, Mont., Oct. James J. Hill, President of the Great Northern Railway and the Northern Securities Company, has begun the creation of a steel and iron industry in the West, w’hich will rival anything of the .sort in the world. He arrived in Great Falls. Mont., to-day to arrange the first definite project in his great enterprise. That i.s the transformation of the old silver smelter of the AmeHcan Smelting and Refining Company, which has not been in operation for three years, into an Imrrenae iron and steel mill. 'While no definite announcement was made to-night, it is believed the purchase of that plant has been effected, already, as only last week a party of the Smelter Trust «rfflcials from New Ycfk visited the Great Fall^ plant.  On his visit to the West last August, President Hill closed a deal through which he obtained a controlling interest in the largest iron deposits known in Montana, located about 100 miles from Great Fails, in territory reached by the Great Northern Railway. With that purchase it developed that President Hill had obtained extensive manganese deposits near Boulder, also on the line of the Great Northern Railway, which was one element necessary to flux and smelt his iron ore. It was given out  at the time, on good authority,  Mr. Hill’s intention to erect at preat Falls a steel and iron plant to rival-Uie Eastern industries and. to use words of Mr. Hill himself. ” to create an industry that would en>ploy more men than a raii-  understood that plans plant have been In the hands of the engineers for several weeks. Part of the contemplated programme is the  1    f A*« int/x on iron 3.IiQ  the old silver smelter  steel plant, 'fhe works are situated on the banks of the Missouri River, and limited amount of power is available from the many falls of water adjacent.  President Hill has In the State of W ash-ington about 100 men actively at work on a group of iron claims which ^ acquired fn the ?arly part ot^the year. His «perts are also in the Neihart range of mountains examining the iron deposits there, and from present indications Mr. Hill soon will control every iron property of note in Northern Montana.  MALLEABLE IRON COMBINATION  VETERAN’S VIEWS ON TARIFF.  Ex-Senator Dawes, Elghty-six Years Old Yesterday, Favors a Middle Course in Policy of Revision.  Special to Tne New York 'I tmes, BOSTON. Oct. 30.~Venerable ex-Senator Dawes, alert and vigorous, to-day celebrated the eighty-sixth anniversary of hfs birth. In giving his views on present, political conditions he said:  “ After the civil war a condition obtained in the Republican Party very similar to that which w’#t now see. It was necessary to reduce the war tariffs, and it w’as not so certain just bpw it should be done. There were then as now’ three parties w’ithin the Republican Party—those who would have the tariff precisely as it was, tho.se who would reform it violently, and a middle party in favor of ihoderate re duction along certain lines Neither an ex--tremely high nor extremely low tariff bill was enacted, but my hill ^akhig a rnidche ground was passed in 18. L. That will be the standard tariff policy, I think, namel>  '^M^^Dawe^^*spoke favorably of the new’ nolicv of taking away the^rations provided for the Indians by^the Government, and firding w'ork for them instead, so as to train them m self-dependence.  New Concern to Have Capital of $20,-000,000—^Three Companies Stay Cut.  Special to The New York Times. SHARON. Penn., Oct. 30.—The malleable iron combination has been completed. The deal had been pending since last July. The National Malleable Casting Company, owning plants at Sharon. Toledo, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Chicago, refused to enter. as did two other concerns.  The capital of the new concern is placed at .$20,000,000. The concerns Involved are Pratt & Hepsworth, Buffalo, N. Y.', Michigan Malleable Iron Company. Detriot, Mich.; Whlteley Malleable Iron Company, Muncie, Ind.; Chicago Malleable Casting Company. West Pullman. 111., and the  Moline Malleable Iron Company, St. Charles. 111. It is said that Judge Gary and Max Pam of New York are the promoters.  WHITE PLAINS, N. Y., Oct. 30.—John Carroll Lathrop, John Quimby, and his wife, Georgiana Quimby, have been indicted by the Grand Jury on the charge of manslaughter in the second degree. They ha\e not as yet been rearrested, and may not be taken into custody until next week, as the bonds given for their appearance continue to hold good until formally dismissed by the court.  The indictment w’hich was handed in today charged that “John Carroll Lathrop, John Quimby, and Georgiana Quimby did maliciously and feloniously cause the death of Ethel Quimby. aged seven years, by neglecting to provide medical attendance.”  If convicted in the degree of manslaughter charged, all three may be sentenced to long terms in prison. The law’ does not allow the sentencing Magistrate any latitude. It imposes a prison term of fifteen years or a fine of $1,000. or both.  With the indictment the Grand Jury delivered to the court the following presentment:  The attention of the Grand Jury has been called to an evil existing In the County of Westchesier which we deem a source of danger to the healui of the community. Our attention has been directed to the treatment of infectious and contagious diseasi s by person.s wbo are not regularly licensed phvslclans and surgeons, where the rule.s of the local and State boards of health are violated.  We have given careful consideration to a complaint made to us concerning the death of a seven-year-old child from neglect, the child being treated by a so-called Christian Science healer from the City of New' York, who made many visits to the home of the child and mingled with the Inhabitants of the county both upon the street and in public conveyances. This child was allowed to die without any of the remedies known to medical science being used, and medical men called before us testified that the life of the child could have been saved had proper treatment been used and jiroper remedies applied.  This SQ-ealled Christian Science treatment was used at the instance and request of the parents of the child, the father daily attending to business after nights spent In ihe sick room. This child was allowed to attend school while an older sister was sick In the house. The attention of the local Board of Health was not called to the ca.se until a few houns preceding the death of the child.    ,    ^  We feel that flagrant violation of the health laws In this respect should» be sought out by the local Boards of HeMth throughout this county and respectfully request that a copy -of this presentment be sent to the State Board' of Health and to the sevefal Boards of Health In this county, to the end that the quarantine regulations bp more .strictly enforced and the dangtr of the spreading of Infectious and contagious diseases be lessened.  The beticlr warrant for Lathrop was intrusted to Deputy Sheriff Landorn, and the ones for Mr. and Mr.s. Quimby will be Intrusted to a local constable.  The reason that the three accused will not be called to plead at once Is that the court term is practically over. Justice Gar-retson, who has been presiding here this month, has considerable business to clear up before he leaves to-morrow, and a new term of the County Court opens next week.  Coroner Banning, who has been leading in the movement against the “ healers ” in this county, and who took up the Quimby case and pushed it to its present stage, looks upon the indictment as a big victory for him. In his crusade the Coroner has been backed by the medical societies. The Coroner wanted Mr.s. Eddy's writing examined and an effort made to connect her with the case, but District Attorney Youngs and his assistant. Mr. Weekes. both advised the Grand Jury that there was no possible way to bring Mrs. Eddy into the present case.  It is said that strong political pressure was brought to bear to have the case postponed, but that the District Attorney insisted that -the Grand Jury, which retired to-day for the term, should take up the ■matter and either indict or throw the case  out of court.    .  It is thought unlikely that the accused will ask a change of venue, but it is likely that no resident of White Plains will sit  on the trial jury. The matter is too much of a town affair, and in many quarters there is a strong prejudice against the Quimbvs for imperiling the health of other people’s children, as it is charged wp the case prior to Health Officer Birch taking command at the house.  What the defen.se of the Christian Scientists will be is not known. One member of the sect advances the claim that the people will have to show there ds some law compelling persons to swallow medicine.  Circular to Stockholders Accuses the American’s Directors.  Charges of mismanagement ar»^ being made against the present Board of Directors of the American Bank Note Company in a circular which ha been sent to stockholders by Louis H. Porter and W. T. Robertson. Mr. Porter is a lawyer with offices at 45 Broadway. The circular declares that the Directors who control the company represent only 5,811 shares of stock, and that they are not managing the affairs of the com^iany solely in the interest of the stockholders at large. The circular Intimates’ that »several officials are being , overpaid, and that the be.^t offices are held by friends and relatives of E. C. Converse, the dominating power in the board. The circular declares that the stockholders can get no information about the business of the company, and that the statement of its conditions given out at the last annual meeting i.s unintelligible, except that it shows the assets of the company to be only $28 a share, when the par value Is .$r»0.  The men who sent out the circular claim to be stockholders of the company, and they decláre that t’nere are many other dissatisfied stockholders, in proof of which they show letters from various parts of the country indorsing their action and sending proxies to be used at the next annual meeting They claim to own over 3,000 shares and to have already received proxies for 3.000 more, although they have as yet se^ circulars to only a small part of the .*00 stockholders, of which they now represent about 100.    ^-  W’hen this circular was shown to Alfred Jaretski, of the firm of Sullivan & Crom-\^ell, counsel for th« American Bank Note Company, he said that there was not a more representative body of Directors to be found than that of this company, and the fact that the Director.s owned overl.i.OU*! shares spoke in their favor as against most othe-' companies, in which the percentage of stock held bv' Director.s is much smaller. He said that the company was well managed, that no excessive salaries were being paid td his knowledge, and that his firm or Mr. Cromwell, personally, received no large retainer, in fact, no retainer at all, and that thev were paid onlv for the actual work thev did for the company. Mr. Jaretski also said that there was no secrecy about the management, which was very conservative. and that il the stockholders were not satisfied, he had nut Jieard of anv expres.sion of dissatisfaction, lie expected. he said, tiuit the management would receive the same support at the next  The Matthews Business Since the Odell Transaction.  Figures Given at Prohibition Park, Purporting to Show Big Increase in Dealings with State Institutions.  election that it had in the past.  Tlie American Bank Note Company lias a capital of    dividetl    into    »2.000  shares of $-50 eacli. Tlie stock is queded at 57 bid and .59 asked. Tlie President is A. D. Sliepard. th».' Chairman of the board i.s J. McDonough. The other Director.s are  E. ('•, Converse, .T. R. de la Mar. \\ dham Nelson Cromwell. Felix Campbell. M. L. Green. C. A. Moore. J. B. Ford. -T. H. Freeland. P. C. Lounsbury, J. S. Stout, and  F. S. Smithers.  uouls H. Porter, who signed the circular, is a son of tlie late Timothy H. Porter, who was at one time connected with the company as one of its chief proprietors M. T Robertson is a son of the late Touro Robertson. Vice President of the company until 19<X», and W’ho licld most of the [>at-ents used by the company.  DE FOREST LIBRARY SOLD.  BIG FIRE IN MINNEAPOLIS.  About 5,000 Volumes, Valued at $300,-000, Transferred—Rare Editions and Fine Bindings.  George B. De Forest of 14 East Fiftieth Street has sold his library—regarded as one of the finest private collections in this city—to George H, Richmond, a dealer. The value of the library has been estimated at about $300,<.m It has not been purchased for a third party.  Mr. De Forest’s books include many English and American first editions and other rarities, but the feature of the library is  the French books in fine bindings. Many of these are of extreme rarity, including earlv editions of Villon and other authors. The'bindings form the real strength of tne collection. They include one of the tinest specimens in existence of the w’ork executed for Grolier: a number of examples of the work of Le Gascon and Derome, and four mosaic bindings executed by Tranke-Bancommet. Only twenty-two books bound bv the last-named craftsman are known to be in existence, and the four specimens that were owned by Mr^ De Forest W’ere worth, it is said, about $»,aUU  €^n.cVi    •  The collection, which w’as described m Du Bois’s “ Four Private Libraries of -Mew; York ” is rich in books on art subjects and in volumes with original drawings and water-color illustrations, it is the resud ol life-long study; on the part of Mr D«;^For-est whose name as a collector Is known among bibliophiles throughout the world. The library consists of about .>,*Ю0 volumes.  Before an audience filling the big audf* torium at Prohibition Park, Staten Island, , David B. Hill last evening returned lo “ the Matthews charge s,” furnishing near and detailed information concerning purchases made by State institutions from th# Newburg groe.^ry concern since «lov. Odell became interested therein. iVIr. IliU began his speech with reterenta s to the Republican position in regard to home rule, ih# abolition of local Assessors, the canals, and the independence of the judiciary, f»ol-lowing in the main his arguments bn ihosa subjects as presented in previous speeches during the present campaign.  As he approached the subject of th# Matthews charges ' the large audience became visibly more interested, for a rumor had got about that he was going to add . something new to what was already known upon tliat subject. The change in the maa-ageraent of the State charitable institutions under Gov, Odell, he said, had been made in answ'er to no public demand, and that at first it seemed to be only another illui5-  tration of Republii’an desire to concentrai# power in the hand.s of the State Lxeeutlve.  “ The Governor." .said Mr. Hill. “ seemed disposed to want tlu-se places so that he could have greater control for some purpose not tlieu discernible. So tar as the S''h»'me affected the charitable institutions It failed. The be.si people '.d’ the i^taie rose up against it. What did he do.' He final.y abandoned the plan becausw hr- was »-om-pelled to by public sentiment, and he compromised by providing that a Fiscal Supervisor of Aocount.s should be appointe»! oj hinu that the Fi.scal Supervisor .should have the final auditing of the-'C account.s, which should be submitted to him first; that he should have something to say about ili'se purcha.se.s and audits, and the bill was passed III that form. Thus was created an unnecessary officer.  “These accounts had been audited heretofore in the Controller’.s office, and the Controller of the .'^tate was an elective officer not obligated to the Governor foi* his position. The salary of thi.s new official was fixed at $4.000, but was  RUMORS ABOUT C. M. SCHWAB.  SOUTH AND COTTON INBUSTEY.  MEXICO AND GOLD STANDARD.  Round Тг!!! Tickets to t’nlifornJa ^  cn sale at all lb.ket -ffi. o.-.  roilteii EOiritf    rtrlurniili^.    ^    IH    i.hica$fO    ЛПС1  Rorth-Western. Union and Southern Pacific Bys. Ш, a*»7, #ad 349 Broadway.—Adv.  Better Than a Club.  ■Rvery convenience for the buslne.sfi man provided on the penh.sylvanla bpecial. including dully stock reports.-rAdv.  It Is Believed the Change from Silver Will Come, but It Will Be Slow.  Special to The New York Times. BOSTON, Oct. ,30.-An official of the Mexican Central Railway Company who is thoroughly familiar with the business and financial interests of the Republic of Mexico says, with reference to the latest report that the Government Is likely to adopt a gold basis for its currency:  “ 1 am confident that this will be brought  about in due time, but it must come very slowlv. and the change must be effected  with the utmost'caution.  “ Silver to Mexico is. in a sen.se, what wheat is to the United States. Me.xico is a silv’er-produclng country in the largest  Treasurer of Leadlnsr Mill Says Jiew England Is Losing Prestige.  Special to Jhe Neiv York Times. BOSTON, Oct. 30.—The Treasurer of a leading cotton mill of Manchester, speaking of the North against the South in the cotton Industry, says:  “ In my opinion. Fall River is doomed as a leading market for print cloths; The future market will be in the South. Even at the present time the Fall Rlv’er mills are, in many instances, merely struggling  for existence.  “There is no denying the fact that the South is steadily drawing away the cotton industry from New England. At present this is particularly true in the case of print cloths and, the cheaper goods. A capitalist contemplating the erection of a new cotton mill for the manufacture of cheap goods and choosing the North In preference to the South w’ould be committing financial suicide.”  MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 30.-Pire to-night de.stroved - the six-story building occupied by thè Minneapolis Paper Company and owned by J. C. Oswald & Co. The stock of Ih^ paper company, known also as Wright, Barrows & Stillwell, was consumed The value of the contents Is said to have exceeded $200,W The total loss  '^cS’^eorge Smith of Engine Company No. 16 W’as leading a squad of men uP ^ ladder on an adjoining structure in Finst Avenue, when the ladder broke. PJl^^^Ph tating six men to the ground. Smith suffered internal injuries that may prove fatal Firemen George Cheney and Frank  Hes«ick were al-so    the^C^tv  three firemen w’ere able to reach the Citj Hospital w’lthout assistance.  Several adjoining buildings were ipited. but the efforts ofl the entire Fire ment of Minneapolis succeeded in confining practically all of the damage to the J. C. Oswald & Co. building.  ACCUSE MONTREAL POLICE.  Golden State Limited.  Rook Tsland'8 superb new’ train from Chicago to California. 8;rvlce commences Nov. 2 to Uo.s Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco. Most comfortable train In the W’orld. No fare Compartment and standard sleepers, observation. dining, and library cars. Jor particulars address A. H. Moffet, 401 Broadway. N. Y. —Adv.  The President to Have an Outing.  WASHINGTON, Oct. 30.—President Roosevelt and a small party w’ill leave here tomorrow night on an outing of a day or two in Virginia. It is probable some of the battlefields of the civil war will be visited.  Burnett’s cd^oaine kills dandruff, allays irritation and promotes the growth of the Hair.—Adv.  Special to The New York Times.  MONTREAL, Quebec, Oct. 30.—Montreal has its police under suspicion just now. Charges w'ere brought that the Chief of Police and some of his officers Instead of destroying liquor found in disorderly house.s had it .sent to their own houses.  When the Police Committee met to investigate these charges, and a further charge that men of the force were given money to eet drunk and commit crimes in order to Sbtain evidence, th^e committee Chairman announced that he had discovered that the SfHcers of the force had been having their old gteat coat.s brushed up and received by the Quartermaster as new coats, while the rlothlng eontractors had been supplying civilian clothing to the men at advanced rates. Several Captains and Lieutenants admitted this to be true.  Jv resolution was adopted to take criminal proceedings against the c^ntract.3rs for sub-stltuting the labels for those of the makers Hie coats. A dozen pair.s of trousers were also exchanged under the same conditions.  Persistent Reports That He May Retire as the Steel Trust’s Head Denied.  Grave rumors about the health of Charles M. Schw'ab. the P’-esident of thé United States Steel Corporation, are again circulating in Wall Street, and coupled with stories of extravagance sent from abroad, have given rise again to reports of his early retirement as the head of the Steel Trust.  One of the news agencies has several times within the last few days printed stories about Mr. Schwab and his relations to the steel corporation, which generally began with praise of his efficiency and denials of his illness, but which always wound up with some statement about how-well the w’ork has been done in his absence The latest of these stories appeared vesterdav, and close«!, as follow’s: belive that his resignation, would not be received with unalloyed displeasure.  When this statement was shown to one of the    prominent Directors    of    the stee^i  corporation he became very indignant, and asserted vehemently that there w’as no truS in it. “There is nothing to justify such rimors.” he said. ” Mr. Schwab is not Sing to resign. I can’t see why he cannot be permitted to enjoy his trip as he pleases. It is nobody’s business w;hether he stops at the    most    expensive hotels    or hires  special trains, or takes automobile rides,  '’'ln°spit?of^thîse^ dental's, however. Wall Street continues in its belief that things are not as thev are made out to be. es-Sècialiy    as it    U known that    Mr.    Schwab’s  rtntios    have    been assumed    by    ex-Judge  Garv Chairman of the Executive Commit-tèe 'and by various committees appointed for’ the purpose.    ,  .$6.006 because it was said that a naan ot the highest ability was desired. Me ap».j pointed to thi.s position an ordinary wa#^ politiciar. of the City of Albany, 'Who been ja.iitor of the Capitol at Albany, and ^ never had had anything to do with these ^ charitable institutions. The purpose of all | this was thought to he entirely politlcaL Recently it has been discovered that the motive W'as more than political.  COMMERICALISM IN POLITICS.  “ In other words, it has been shown that commercialism in politics, that commercialism in our State Government was creeping into these State institutions.  “ The question of commercialism In our State Government is one that ‘ will not ^ down.’ It can neither be ignored nor; pushed aside nor belittled. It Involves th#'*; issue of common honesty in the administration of public affairs. Its solution will determine w’hether public office is still to b# ^ regarded as a public trust or merely as & means of personal enrichment of the official who temporarily fills the place.  “It is an issue above that of ordinary politics; it is addressed to the conscience of the electors—to their sense of propriety— to their inherent integrity. The evil of commercialism In politics is a growing abuse; it is a wrong which must be remedied if our free institutions are to be preserved in their purity.  “ The temptation to use official position for personal or business ends is very great. The higher the office and the greater the power, the greater are the opportunities for private emolument and gain. Especially is this true in a great State like New York, with its vast patronage under the control of officials who derive their power either directly or indirectly from the Governor. 1 am not now referring to political patronage in its strict sense—to the control or disposition of officeii-but to the patronage involved in furnishing  THE CZAR SAID TO BE ILL.  LONDON, Oct. 3l.-The 'St. Petersburg correspondent of The Dally Express says that Dr. Merzejewski, one of the foremost specialists in Russia, has been .summoned by telegraph to Livadia to attend the Gzar, who is suffering from a nervous complaint.  Goes to a Philadelphia Church.  Special to The New York Times.  PHII-u\DELPHIA. Oct. 30.-The Rev. George M. Bartlett, now assistant minister at Grace Protestant Episcopal Church, New York, has accepted a call to the rectorship of St! Paul’s Church, Overbrook. Since the Tipv Dr Cvrus Townsend Brady resigned ?3 Vector of St Paul’s in October ISWl. the rectorship has been vacant. Mr. Bartlett is a Philadelphian, being the son of the Re\. Dr. Bartlett, Profes.sor of History at the Divinity School, Fiftieth Street and Woodlawri Avenxie.  Inveetor# Read TUe Wall Street Jour nal .—Adv.  Football at West Point.  VfiiA VS West Point on Saturday. Nov. 1st Shore R.  tickets from New York for $1.26. Ad\.  The PenimylTania Spechi  T eaves New York for Chicago dally.  ty hours from city to city; and palatial accom-  Trt ft H fl. 11 on s. A d V.  sary supplies to our various State instltu-tloris.  THE PATRONAGE INVOLVED.  “ There was expended for the last fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 1902. in our State charitable and reformatory institutions (strictly) for provisions alone the sum of $266,381.55; while there was expended for provi.sions and supplies in our State Insane Hospitals the enormous sum of $1,-253.39%3. and in our State prisons for the same purpjose there "was expended last year the sura of $2.54,824.77, making a grand total of $1,774,600.35.  “ This immense business patronage is all under the \'irtual control of the Governor of the State, who through his appointees or their subordinates, can direct the business channels where it shall flow.  “ In the disposition of this vast patronage W’hat opportunities for plunder and enrichment are presented:  “ It has been recently demonstrated by evidence which is absolutely conclusive, that Gov. Odell has been ipterested in a grocery concern in Newburg. whicL during his administration has been engaged in furnishing immense supplies to various  When‘SS‘'Sbosure was first made he allowed it to be understood that his int^-est W’as only $25,0(10, but he. has since been compelled to admit that his interest was at least the .sum of $50,000. acquired, as he lavs, about April. 190l--a few months after hl4 Section. How much more that interest really is may be developed later. He also asserted in mitigation of his condbct that  purchases made from this concern bjj state institutions had been insignificant fn imouni, and much less ‘hh» '»« chases which had been made m pnor >ears bef«?re he acquiredf an interest therein.  • B< ih ihese stateraeni.s are untrue. It has now’ been shown that Hn^ purch|^^ made from thi.s firm since *ifn. 1. amount to the enormous sum of about I3fl^ »)oo. and the Investigations are still pro-  also shown that the. purchai macie in prior years were the c'lnt ’ eves, but the moment Gov, OoeTl cim- interested In the concern to the    ^  toM of >‘50.000 or more, anu his offl^l fluence began to be ^exerted In its 'he purv-ihasrs have leaped up to the nf over $50.uu'j .since that date.  -Take the Hudson River for an e-vample. The purchases for this  A   

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