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   New York Times (Newspaper) - December 30, 1908, New York, New York                                 ¡VOL. LVIII...NO. 18,603.  NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1908. EIGHTEEN PAGES.  ONE CENT  *  MEERS CHOSEN V FOR CANAL INQUIRY  t)avis, Freeman, Hazen, Ran-4 dolph, Schuyler, and Steams Will Accompany Taft.  TWO FAVORED LOCK PLAN  President Wants an Unbiased Report on Which to Act Before He Leaves Office.  V Special to The New York Times.  * WAÄHINGTON, Dec. 29.—Formal an-  GIRLS AVERT OPERA SCARE.  *t was made at the White to-day of the composition of the new Board of Consulting Engineers who to make an examination of the Pan-atna Canal for the special purpose of repotting to President Roosevelt their opin-to the proposed Gatun Dam and the comparative advisability of the board, iiK& civilians, and all but one outside the |Government service. They are:  ARTHUR P. DAVIS, chief engineer of the lerls mi tion Service.  JOHK R. FREEMAN, Providence, R. I.  ALLEN HAZEN, New York.   ;  XfiSAM RANDOLPH, Chicago.  JAMRS DIX SCHUYLER. Los Angeles. Cal.  FREDERIC P. STEARNS, Boston.  5 Of the six Messrs. Randolph and Stearns Ware members of the consulting board, Consisting of American and foreign engineers, which reported on the type of Canal in February, 1906. The majority t>f eight said a lock canal was not feasible. Messrs. Randolph and Stearns were included in the minority of five who favored a lock canal. President Roosevelt and Congress upheld the minority, and the canal is being built according to the plans they outlined.  All six of these men were chosen by the President upon the recommendation of Alfred Noble, who was the first man asked to undertake this commission. Mr. Noble, who also was of the lock canal minority in 1906, would have been Chairman of the board if he could have accepted the appointment, but lie was compelled by his private engagements to decline. It Is expected that the board will sail for J’anama with Mr. Taft the latter part of next month, but it may be that they will  go down io the Isthmus ahead of him and be there when he arrives  The purpose of the President in sending this new board to the" Isthmus is simpljr to secure a last disinterested judgment of the work he has directed before he goes out of office. He has chosen the most competent experts ne could find and is prepared to abide by their opinion. There lias been a great deal of talk, v.ery little of it, it is true, reaching higher than ft mere gossip, to the effect that the adoption of the lock level for the canal was a stupendous blunder. Every accident that happened, serious or insignificant, lias to farther assertions that the lock was wrong, and there has been a f- fire of accusations and argument Certain men who have either been am I imestly in favor of the sea-level    ©F were disgruntled for one reason  w another.    .    .  It ie, Of course, possible that such an li$ examination now will lead to the ten that "he sea-level type is pref-^ The President has not the slight-. expectation that such an opinion will formed by the special board, but if it ►Uld be the result of their examination  B  wants to have it known before the  Ed of his term of office, so that he may’ t upon it.  It Is obvious, of course, that if a change tei the plan of the canal Is to be made at all, it is desirable for Mr. Roosevelt, from the point of view of his record, to have it made, or at least recommended, While he is in office. That would avoid Several possibilities that might be un-  Keas&nt hereafter, and would forestall a t of gossip of a certain kind that would trely follow a sea-level recommendation an the part of Mr. Taft.  The special board will have the benefit ef the fullest assistance from the army engineers, and will have at Its disposal the material bearing on the engineer-tng problem that has been accumulated itnce the beginning of American interest In the Isthmus. It will go over the whole ground, with particular study of the liatun dam proposition, and it is expected it will be ready to deliver its verdict in ample time for the President to consider it and take any action he deems wise before March 4.  At the War Department it was declared that the reports of the army engineers had convinced Secretary Wright that there was a perfectly secure foundation on which to build the great Gatun dam. The most elaborate and careful soundings had been made and an emphatic denial was made that a great subterranean lake underlay the dam site.  " There may’ be a lake beneath the Site,” Secretary Wright said, his eyes twinkling. “ but if it is there it’s pretty close to China—at least it’s so far down that we haven’t discovered enough evidence of its existence to cause us any worry. Capable engineers, in whom we all have the utmost confidence, have declared the foundation is amply sufficient to support the Gatun structure. That’s all we’re interested in.”  The personnel of the Board of Inspection was very’ carefully’ chosen by Mr. Roosevelt. Arthur Powell Davis. Chief ' Engineer of the Reclamation Service, is well known as an author of engineering works and has had personal supervision of many Important Government works. Important surveys in Arizona were intrusted to him. and for a time he had Charge of all Gulf Stream measurements. Ha is also fa liliar with the ground he trill now have to go over, having been fe charge of the hydrographic examination of the Panama and Nicaraguan routes in the first Instance.  ¿John R. Freeman of Providence, R. I., £frst attracted public attention in his extensive studies for the water supply of Greater New York in 1899. though before that he had stood near the head of many Important engineering undertakings of a private nature. Several years after this he was appointed Special Commissioner to provide a greater supply of water for the city. He has twice received the Normal Medal of the American Society Of Civil Engineering.  Allen Hazen was in charge of the sew-  Alcohol Lamp Explodes Behind Metropolitan Boxes, and Set One Afire.  The presence of mind of three | young girls, it was learned yesterday, averted what might have been serious consequences of a small fire at the Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday afternoon. The accident was kept quiet then, but the facts leaked out yesterday.  The Directors of the Opera House have established a refreshment stand in the large room back of the grand tier boxes. This stand is in charge of three young girls—Miss May Mae, Miss Anna Brummer, and Miss Bessie Harris—whose duty it is to serve the patrons of the house between the acts.  On Saturday afternoon the double bill  of “ Le Villi ” and “ Pagliacci ” drew an immense audience to the house, and the crowd at the refreshment stand between the acts became so large that the gins were compelled to move a small alcohol lamp used for heating coffee froni the stand to a table near by.  After the curtain had risen on the first act of " Pagliacci,” when the crowd had returned to the auditorium, Miss Brum-mer went to the table to carry the lamp back to the stand. As she reached the table she noticed that the lamp was burning queerly. She called to Miss Mae, who hurried to the table and picked up the lamp. As she did so the alcohol exploded, setting fire to Miss Mae’s skirt and sending a shower of sparks all over the room.  Miss Mae, stifling a scream, dropped the lamp and attempted to beat out the flames with her hands. This she was unable to do. Miss Brummer, seeing her companion afire, snatchec^ the cloth from the table and told her to lie on the floor. Miss Mae did so and Miss Brummer wrapped the cloth about her, an’d, rolling her around vigorously, succeeded in extinguishing the fire.  In spite of the fact that the hands of both girls were severely burned, and Miss Mae’s skirt was in ruins, they then, with the assistance of Miss Harris, began to stamp out tne sparks which were threatening to set fire to the heavy window curtains. Then, when all further danger had vanished, Miss Mae went home to get a new skirt. Miss Brummer and Miss Harris returned to the stand to serve patrons as if nothing had happened.  Had the room caught fire the consequence might have been serious, as boxes, orchestra, and galleries were crowded with an audience consisting mostly of women and children, and the room is directly behind the main stairway. Even had the girls lost their heads and screamed the result might have been different.  AMERICA DECLINES A CHINESE ALLIANCE  NEW YEAR IN TIMES SQUARE.  Times Tower Illumination Will Announce the Arrival of 1909.  As in former years. Tim* Square Is  SHOT IN THE HEART BY FLEEING BURGLAR  Ambassador Tang l^ails to Commit United States to His  i  Government’s Plan.  EASTERN WAR NOT WANTED  Assurances Given, However, of Amer-lean Sympathy with the Development of the Empire.  Special to The New York Times. WASHINGTON, Dec. 29.—It was learned to-day that the real diplomatic mission of Dr. Tang Shao Yi, the special Ambassador of the Chinese Government, is practically a failure. He is aiming at something which would have practically the effect of an alliance between China and this country. An alliance in form, he knew, of course, when he came here, was impossible. But an alliance in effect, he hoped to obtain by diplomatic means. He will get nothing from this Government that can by any construction be made to serve the purpose of an alliance.  Dr. Tang came to the United States with two missions, one apparent and one real. The apparent one was to convey to this Government in the most formal and cere monious fashion possible the thanks of the Chinese Empire for the remission of about $14,000,000 of the unpaid indemnity growing out of the Boxer outbreak of 1900. He brought with him an elaborate retinue, took a house here, and prepared for a season of social festivities, all of which should obscure his diplomatic ac tivity.  That part of his mission having to do with the communication of China’s  likely to be the chief centre of the New Year’s celebration in this city. The restaurants are already booked to their utmost capacity.  For one night, at any rate, there will be no sign of financial depression, and the resources of the kitchens and cellars will be ransacked to meet the demands of the feast. Not a customer will be permitted to enter the restaurants unless he can show proof that he has already engaged a table.  The Times will announce the arrival of the new year to all within sight of its tower, which is practically the whole city. All evening the building will be illuminated. Every window will be ablaze with light, and from the summit of the building a searchlight of 2,000,000 candle power, the largest in this part of the country, with the possible exception of the Sandy Hook light, will play.  This light can cast its beam for twenty miles. A ball of light will also burn all evening at the top of the flagpole. It wil be five feet in diameter and will consist of 350 electric lights.  At midnight precisely, by official time, this ball will drop. It will herald the coming in of the new year to the thousands waiting in Times Square. As it touches the base of the mast it will establish a connection, and immediately, in figures six feet high on all four sides of the cupola, will shine forth—1909.  It will be the announcement of the passing of 1908, and will give notice to the throngs in the cafés near by to drink to the coming year.  BURIED IN THE CELLAR.  Missing Woman** Body Dug Up—Husband Accused of Murder.  The bpdy of Mrs. Matilda Breitag, 40 years old, whom her husband had reported to the police as missing three weeks ago, was dug up by the police in the cellar of their home at 221 Fifty-third Street, Brooklyn, last night. She had been choked to death.  The house is a two-story affair in South Brooklyn. The whole house is occupied by the Breitag family, consisting of Charles Breitag, a foreman employed at Bush’s stores, his wife, and his stepdaughter, Aloina, who is 16 years old.  The neighbors have t>een commenting recently that they had not seen Mrs. Breitag since Sunday, Dec. 6. They talked to Breitag about it, and he said she had gone away somewhere, he did not know where.  Later Breitag reported to the police of the Fourth Avenue Station that his wife had disappeared. A general alarm was sent out for her.  Last Saturday Breitag bought some cement and refloored his cellar. Meantime the suspicions of the neighbors had teen growing. Yesterday some of them communicated these to the police.  Last night detectives went to the house to investigate. When they started to the cellar Breitag seemed to be uneasy.  When they proposed to dig up the floor Breitag objected. When they insisted he confessed that his dead wife lay under there. He had choked her to death, he said.  The police dug down two feet under the concrete and exposed one of the woman’s feet. Then they called for the Coroner and arrested Breitag.  Pending further inquiry, the police detained Breitag’s stepdaughter at the station. The murder is supposed to have been due to the wife’s jealousy of this girl.  thanks was duly carried out. The social activities were delayed by thp death of the Emperor and Dowager Empress. Jut the diplomatic activities have been, carried on with unremitting energy for some time. Despite the caution of Ambassador Tang, It has been noted, especially in diplomatic circles, that he was frequently In consultation with Secretary Root at the State Department.  It is learned from a well-informed Administration source, however, that there  no disposition on the part of this Gov-  îment to accede to the wishes of Dr. T .ng. Th^re is no question that this Government is in sympathy with the Chinese Government, but Dr. Tang has been informed plainly that any form of alliance is out of the question.  Dr. Tang has given this Government to understand that he appreciated that fact before he started from C^iina, but his superiors in Peking were lncltned to believe that some kind of an arrangement might be brought about which would give assurance to China of more than the merely moral support of thé United States.  The repeated declarations of this Government concerning the preservation of the territorial integrity, the Independence, and the administrative entity of China had led some of the Chinese authorities to hope, if not to believe, that the United States would take a more positive stand in the matter than had been done heretofore.  Dr. Tang’s appreciation of the difficulty of the diplomatic task which was laid upon him has not diminished his activity in the effort to make some progress with it, and he is continuing his visits to Secretary Root. He has been assured that  $10,000 FOR WIFE’S LOSS.  Pursuer Killed at Lakewood After Second-Story Thief Attempts to Rob a Hotel.  Boston Jury Convicts Promoter on 27 Counts in $25,000 Larceny Case.  BOSTON, Dec. 29.—Guilty on twenty-seven counts was the verdict returned by a jury in the Suffolk County Superior Court at midnight against Cardenio F. King, formerly well-known as a financial agent and promoter In this city and New York.  King has been, on trial for two weeks for the alleged larceny of $25,000 from patrons.  BELLBOY GIVES THE ALARM  Police Overhaul the Desperado a Moment After He Shoots  Down His Pursuer.  Special to The New Yotk Times. LAKEWOOD, N. J., Dèe. 29.—While  Actor McCullough Wins Alienation Suit Again&t Dr. Henninger.  Special to The New York Times.  CHICAGO, Dec. 29.—Walter O’Meliah, known on the stage as Walter McCullough, recovered a judgment for $10,000 to-day against Dr. Joseph Henninger for alienation of the affections of his former wife, known to theatregoers as Mabel Montgomery.  The suit recalls the marital difficulties of the O’Mellahs and of Dr. Henninger and his wife in 1905. One of the many incidents in the tangle was the horsewhipping of Mabel Montgomery by Mrs. Henninger. Following this Mrs. Henninger was placed in the insane asylum at Elgin, but soon afterward she was released through the aid of friends, and she charged that Dr. Henninger had caused her to be placed in the institution so she could not interfere with him and the actress.  A divorce suit followed and Mrs. Henninger got a decree.  LEEDS ESTATE $14,064,455.  Widow Gets the Bulk of the Property Under the Will.  Specia! to The New Yòrk Times.  MINEOLA, N. Y., Dec. 29—Eugene Klrwin, Nassau  N  County Tax Appraiser, filed numerous appraisals on the estates of prominent persons to-day in the Surrogate’s office here. Among the most prominent was that on the estate of William B. Leeds, who died in Paris last June 23.  The estate is valued at $14,064.455. In payment of debts and expenses of admin Istration, the sum of $5,854,215 is deducted, the balance being $8,210,250.  To his wife, Marie Stuart Leeds, Mr Leeds left $5,493,533, the house at 987 Fifth Avenue, valued at $255,050, and the building at 114 West Fourteenth Street, valued at $190,000; wearing apparel, bric-à-brac, automobiles, stable, box at the  practically all of the Winter colony here was attending amateur theatrical performances in the theatre of the Hotel Manhattan to-night at 10 o’clock, a burglar got a ladder and set It up against one side of the hotel. ^Ie was seen and an alarm given. A posselttarted in pursuit. Frank Jankowski, one of his pursuers, was shot and killed. The burglar was then arrested. He refused to say a word about himself.  There were two one-act plays at the  Manhattan. One of them, “ A Happy Medium,” written by Miss Bettie Hammond, a sister of John Hays Hammond, was on the stage at 10 o’clock. Nearly everybody in town who could get out was there, and all the patrons of the hotel were In the auditorium, far removed from the side picked out by the burglar.  One of the bellboys happened to go out Into the yard and saw the burglar fumbling at a second-story window. He shouted for help and' Policeman George Matthews, who happendft to be within a block, ran up to the hotel, firing his pistol in the air to call to his assistance his brother protector of Lakewood, Walter Curtis.  Curtis soon joined Matthews and the two gave chase to the burglar. Meanwhile no one in the theatre knew what was going on. The burglar ran through Sixth, Fifth, Fourth, and Third Streets. At Lexington Avenue and Second Street stands the Bartlett Inn, and out of that was coming at tne time Frank Jankowski, the bartender, on his way home.  Jankowski grappled with the runner They struggled a moment. The burglar slipped through his hands and ran on, followed by Jankowski, with the two policemen close behind. They kept fir ing their pistols, hoping to frighten the burglar, but he paid no attention to them The burglar was getting into the oark when he was overhauled by Jankowski. After a brief struggle the burglar whipped out a pistol and shot his captor through the heart. The one bullet killed him.  By this time Matthews and Curtis had come up. They arrested the runner ard locked him up, charged With attempted burglary and homicide. }  NOGALES, Arizona, Dec. 29.—The long war with Yaqul Indians in Mexico, in which scores have been killed at different times, including many Americans, has been terminated In a treaty of peace agreed upon by three Indian chiefs and 166 of their followers and the Governor of the State of Sonora, Mexico.  The scene enacted at the treaty agreement was a remarkable one, concluding with the Mexican soldiers embracing the Yaquis and participating in a joint celebration lasting all night.  reiary nOOl. He IlaS DGCn assured LllciL j a-orac, aulUIIiUUlice, oiauic,     V11   this Government will unfailingly use its Metropolitan Opera, amounting to $56, good offices with other Governments in "  behalf of China wherever possible, and Jo8.     f   will do all It can to further the diplomat  ic efforts of the CL.nese. But at the same time he has been told bluntly that the United States will not do anything which might involve them in a war upon the  The Newport house and furnishings, which are given as not taxable, are valued at $209,085. The tapestries in the town house are valued at $5,000, while paint-  inignL lIlVOI\ 6 inCIIl 1H cl Wal UpUll 111“ riOLlSG dr6 V diucu **l    tv iii¿scvauw  Asiatic mainland. He has been informed i  inffS are  valued at $20,000. Other house-that the American people would not sup- j °    a«* fallow«*-  port any administration in a war arising !  hol d furnishings are &tyen as fol ows.  out of the question whether Chinese or j Dining room silver, $2,250; dining room  X A M r, M AAA    4««    a4    A    «A    A    A    A    Vt    All    1    OA    n    4    t»AI    OOA       ?__-1-1        1.    T“1    am«    T*»    —- —  Japanese, for instance, should control Manchuria.  Both President Roosevelt and Presidentelect Taft are much interested in the Far Eastern question. Both are firm believers in the great destiny of the Chinese Empire, and are anxious to do all they can to further the rapidly progressing Chinese development. Neither has the  least concern about the so-called “ yellow peril.” Neither gives any credit to the  age system of the World’s Fair at Chf-) In 1893, and as Chief Engineer of  Albany water filtration plant has  _______   l    pit ________  ^an in New York since 1897. He is the author of several technical works.  Isham Randolph is equally well known. He is a Past President of the Western Society of Engineers and Chief Engineer Of the Chicago. Madison & Northern Railway. after beginning as an axeman on the Baltimore & Ohio.  Dams have long been the specialty of James D. Schuyler. He built the Sweetwater Dam and later the Hemet, the highest masonry d&m In America at the time. Since that time he has been engaged in irrigation work in the West, and has written a number of scientific treatises.  Frederick P. Steams of Boston has long been regarded as an authority on engineering subjects.  STEVENS DEFENDS CANAL.  John F. Stevens, formerly Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal, in a letter to be published in this week’s issue of Engineering News, defends the Gatun “> m, declaring there is no justification for the Sensational reports attacking its design which recently have been circulated.  He states that the dam is being built actually much wider and higher than Safety requires, but merely as A conces-  RICH BOOK BUYERS CALLED.  Purchasers of “ De Luxe ” Editions to Testify in Chicago Cast.  Special to The New York Times.  CHICAGO, Dec. 29.—Several wealthy people have been subpoenaed to appear as witnesses against W. N. Cooper and Samuel Warfield, who are accused of defrauding Mrs. James A. Patten to the extent of $22,000 on “ De Luxe ” books.  Alexander Sellers, a retired manufacturer of Philadelphia, and Ferdinand A. W. Kieckhelfer, a Milwaukee business man, appeared in court to-day prepared to tell of their deals with the bookmen, but were not called as witnesses. It is likely that they will be asked to testify tomorrow.  Among the other lovers of “ De Luxe ” editions and ” art publications ” who may be called to tell of the methods of the accused men are Mrs. Hoxle, Chicago; Mrs. Mary J. Mermod. St. Louis; Mrs. I. L. Ellwood. De Kalb, 111.; Mrs. A. L. Root, Alton, 111.: Mrs.  T V. J. Conselman, P kin, HI.; Mrs. Warren Lamson. Chicago; Mrs. Ludy A. Roe, Evanston; Mrs. A. L. F irt, Lacon, 111., and Mrs. W. F. Wolfner, Chicago.  All of these women are scheduled as among the purchasers of the high-priced literature, the amounts they paid ranging from $10,000 up to $44,000. Mrs. Mermod Is declared to have paid the ^tghest  talk of the military menace to the 1  rest of the world of an awakened and militant China.  The    President believes    that China in  her present enfeebled and helpless condition    is    a far greater    menace to    the  peace    of    the rest of the    world than    she  would    be    with her army    reorganized    and  on such a basis of preparedness as would enable her surely to protect herself from foreign aggression. Both the President and Mr. Taft are concerned to see the Chinese complete the army reorganization which they have begun, and carry on the general progressive development which has been so well undertaken.  In discussing the matter with an Administration official this evening it was  tapestries, $1,000; painting by Rosa Bon-heur, $250; painting by Watteau-, $3,570; painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence, $2,500. The yacht Nora, which is also bequeathed to Mrs. Leeds, is valued at $150,000.  William B. Leeds, Jr., the eldest son, benefits from the will to the extent of $1,611,159; Rudolph Gaar Leeds of Rich mond, Ind., receives $1,000,000. James N. Elder, Mr. Leeds’s secretary, gets $25,-000 outright. The tax amount is $82,296.  MRS. LONGWORTH’S ESCAPE.  C. F. KING GUILTY.  YAQUIS MAKE PEACE.  Indians Sign Treaty with Mexican Authorities—Hold a Love Feast.  DEPUTY SHERIFF DROWNED.  W. C. Forest of the Watershed Police Loses His Life While Skating.  WHITE PLAINS, N. Y., Dec. 29.—Deputy Sheriff William C. Forest of Tucka-hoe, who was attached to thè New York watershed police, was drowned this afternoon while skating oh the Cornell reservoir near Purdy’s Station, Westchester County.  The Deputy Sheriff was alone on the lake. James Brearton and Howard HoL brook, who Were skating home from school, heard his cries and tried to save him, but they were too late. The body, which was under the ice, was reco^p^d  Forest was advised not to go on the reservoir, as the ice was too thin. He leaves a wife and family at Tuckahoe.  TAUGHT IN CHURCH 71 YEARS.  DEAD IN QUAKE MAY BE 100.000  i  Reports Slowly Reaching Romo Show Disaster to be Greater Than Was Thought  WHOLE TOWNS WIPED OUT  Entire Population of Reggio,’ Numbering 45,000, Believed to Have Perished.  MESSINA’S TERRIBLE LOSS  Dead May Reach 50,000—Arhee-lean Consul Cheney and Wife Probably Dead.  RUIN BY THE TIDAL WAVS  Vandals Plundering in the Ruin* of the Wrecked Cities—Troope Sent for Police Duty.  1   REFUGEES TELL OF HORRORS  Some of Mrs. Van Tassel's First Pupils Now Grandmothers—Purse Given Her.  Mrs. J. W. Van Tassel, who has lived all her ninety years in Tompkinsville, S. I., where she was /■ born, and who for seventy-one years has taught the Infant class in the Sunday school of the Brighton Heights Reformed Church, Tompkinsville, and is still teaching it, received a purse of $125 last night at a Christmas celebration in the church.  Ex-Superintendent A. L. Schwab of the Sunday school in his speech noted that Mrs. Van TasseLhad taught Tompkinsville Infants in her class who were now grandmothers in the neighborhood. Mr. Schwab presented the purse to Mrs. Van Tassel, who rose and bowed her thanks. The Rev. J. C. Lenington, pastor of the church, also* spoke.  MAY VOTE ON SUNDf Y LIQUOR.  Atlantic City Will Settle the Question at the Polls if Bill Passes.  price n%med.  atea  Pbuilt by private interests a teas masatv'e structure would have  Latest Shipping Now«.  Reported by Wiraltotai* Teutonic was reported by MarcoH^BHpta* 300 miles west of the Lizard    Due    at  Plymouth 5 P. M Arrived—SS. Pi    SttM,    Lqndon,  Dec. 17.  jTba #sebd  Mb' MoliilWi  rWuitì I, p*to LjjBaadBomee* and USM-—rvtae Jaai  suggested that possibly there mightbe jin exchai "    '    .....  FEW GUNS FOR AN ARMY.  Almost Run Down in Washington Street—Policeman Saves Her.  SpeciSP to The New $ork Times.  WASHINGTON, Dec. 29.—Mrs. Alice Roosevelt Longworth had a narrew escape from death or serious injury to-day beneath the feet of a pair of spirited horses, and only for the prompt action of Police Sergeant John Catts might have been tra#npled upon.  Mrs. Longworth was hurrying to attend the afternoon concert of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, at which she was the guest of Mrs. Lawrence Townsend. She drove her electric runabout to the curb across the street from the theatre, and, bringing it to a stop, alighted and hurried through the crush of vehicles.  Just as she reached the middle of the street a brougham, drawn by a pair of mettlesome horses, swept down on her, Seeing her ¿eril, Sergt. Catts sprang from the curb, and, seizing the horses by their bits, threw them almost on their haunches. He escaped Injury. Mrs. Longworth looked frightened as she hurried into the theatre.  A moment later Representative Long-worlh came along, and on being told of bis wife’s narrow escape returned to the street and shook hands warmly with the policeman.  Special to The New York Times.  TRENTON, Dec. 29.—Assemblyman Martin E. Keffer of Atlantic County was at the State House to-day, and in discussing the Atlantic City excise question said that either he or Senator Wilson would Introduce a bill in the coming Legislature permitting Atlantic City to vote on the ques tion of the hotels selling, liquor on Sundays.  He said that he knew that the people of Atlantic City, especially those who catered to the important transient public, favored this, and he held that almost everybody there was in favor of giving the widest liberty to the resort compatible with peace and order.    *  Widow of the Suicide Agrees to Accept $200,000 as Her Share.   nge of notes between China and the  United States, following the Japanese precedent, which would cover some of the  (>olnts of Dr. Tang’s mission without giv-ng more than moral force to the agreement. But it was said by the official that even that much was out of the question, owing chiefly to the fact that China has nothing to give this country In return for such an expression on its part.  From all this It Is apparent that the results of Dr. Tang’s mission will be confined practically to the very successful expression of the thanks of his Government for the remission of the unpaid Boxer indemnity, and tha* he will not get much beyond that.  DWIGHT T. GRISWOLD DEAD.  Yale Oarsman Who Collapsed In Harvard Race Never Regained Health.  NEW HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 29.—According to a message received here today, Dwight T. Griswold, who stroked the Yale ’Varsity eight-oared crew at New London last June, died to-day in San Francisco. Mr. Griswold’s home was in Erie, Penn. No particulars are known.  Dwight T. Griswold was 24 years cf age. He rowed in the freshman crew in his first year, although then considered not fit physically. He went out for the ’varsity crew two years later, but did not make it. He tried again last Summer, and as Yale was short of material for the stroke position Griswold received   tl Grlswofd stood 6 feet 1 in his stockings and weighed 159 pounds. He was always inclined to be nervous, and for this reason there was some discussion as to his fitness when it was discovered that he would row in the big race.    ._.    .    .  He trained hard for the contest, but after rowing one-half of the course in the contest he collapsed completely. This proved too great a handicap for the rest of the crew and the race was „lost Three days later Griswold was graduated from  the unlve------- --  regain Ms  Not Enough Rifles to Equip a Force of 500,000 Men in This Country.  Special to The New York Times.  WASHINGTON, Dec. 29.—With 9,000,-000 men in die United States able to bear arms, there are not enough rifles to equip an army of much more than 500,000, and two-thirds of these rifles are practically obsolete. In addition, tne army establishment has not enough field artillery of the modern type to equip an army of 250,000 properly.  Brig. Gen. William Crozier, Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, not only acknowledges this fact, but adds that it will require several years to remedy the lack. He blames the conditions on the failure of Congress to appropriate funds sufficient in the past to meet the demands.  The disclosures of deficiencies in the army came as the result of a quiet investigation undertaken by the Inspector General’s Office. This inquiry started when President Roosevelt recently said that if it were necessary to gather an army of 2,000,000 the majority would have to be armed with shotguns and scythes.  The result of the investigation sustained the President’s declaration. It disclosed that there are not enough of the new Springfield rifles to arm more than 200,-000. There are enough of the now obso lete Krag-Jorgenson and old Springfield rifles to equip 350,000 men, and these are pretty well distributed among the militia of the several States.     . _    wviu    wmm Biauu»»v«  the PTtiyer^v ^ond left for the ooost to  Na ton  BBBcpba. navmM  mm UMxcS)te«j£vfc*  TAFT TO OPEN FLOWER FEAST.  To Press a Button to Start Portland’s Annual Festival.  PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 29.—In a letter to the Rose Festival Association of this city President-elect Taft consents to inaugurate Portland’s annual feast of flow ers on June 7 by pressing an electric button at .the White House in Washington This is said to be the first function which the newly elected Chief Executive him consented to lehd his official stamp of approval to.  ion.  MINE EXPLOSION ENTOMBS 36  Fourteen Others Rescued at Lick Branch, Va.—Four Dead.  ROANOKE, Va., Dec. 29.—Meagre reports ot a coal mine disaster at Lick Branch, Va., reached here to-night. A message received at 10 o clock at the general offices of the Norfolk & Western Railway in this city says that fourteen men have been taken out of the mine and that four of this number are dead.  It is now practically settled that fifty miners were at work in the mine when the explosion occurred and that there yet remain thirty-six In the death pit. The rescue work is very ‘slow. The damage to the mine is reported to be great.  The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined, as the rescuers have not yet reached the seat of the trouble.  Lick Branch is a coal town on the Pocahontas Division of the Norfolk & Western Railway.  S. P. C. A. SHED WRECKED.  Gas Tank Blew Up In Asphyxiating D 0gs —Dozen Killed, Helper Hurt.  A gas tank exploding in the shelter shed of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, at 448 East 102d Street, yesterday afternoon, partly wrecked the shed, killed a dozen dogs, and severely injured Hugh Dunlevy, who was in charge.  The tank is used by the society agents to kill the stray dogs which have not been called for. Dunlevy had put a dozen in the tank and had turned on the gas when there was a deafening explosion which knocked Dunlevy off his feet.  All the windows in the building were broken. The east wall was shattered and a partition was knocked into kindling wood. Dunlevy was burned about the head, arms, and hands and cut by flying glass. He was taken to the Harlem Hospital by Dr. Moeckel. He could not tell what caused the explosion.  STORY SUITS ARE SETTLED.  Special to The New York Times.  WHITE PLAINS, N. Y., Dec. 29.-Ac tion brought by Philip H. Adee and Will iam B. Coster, executors of the will of Marion Story, who committed suicide at his home, Brook Farm, near Port Chester, against Elizabeth S. Grey, -to establish certain bequests in the will, has been settled by agreement with Mrs. Story.  British Vice Consul at Messina Least His Wife—King and Queen Start for Scene to Give Aid.  Mr. Story left a large mansion at Rye,  surrounded by hundreds of actes, a]J val  ued at $450,000. The widow agrees that if all litigation is stopped and the probate of the will continued, she will accept $200,000 as her share of the bequest. Justice Keogh has signed an order, accordingly, allowing the withdrawal of the suits.  WITHDRAWS ITS AMBULANCES  Roosevelt Hospital’s Reply to Criticism of Transferring Patients.  At a meeting of the Board of Governors of Roosevelt Hospital, held yesterday, it was decided to discontinue the ambulance service of the nospital after March 1, 1909. It is believed this action of the board was caused by the criticism of the hospital authorities in connection with the transferring of patients to Bellevue Hospital.  The territory covered by Roosevelt Hospital is a large and important one on the west side of the city. The action taken by the Board of Governors follows swiftly on the recommendation of a Coroner’s jury two weeks ago that the facts attend ing the death of a young woman who died in a Roosevelt Hospital ambulance while she was being transferred, to Bellevue be brought to the attention pf the District Attorney, and, if necessary, the Grand Jurv.  The young woman M$.y Davis, died in the ambulance on the way to Bellevue Hospital. She had beert a patient in Roosevelt Hospital, and] her condition was at all times critical. The ambulance surgeon, Dr. Ward, who was in charge of the transfer of the patient, testified at the inquest that the woman was “only  ROME, Dec. 29.—One hundred thousand dead; Messina, in Sicily, and Reggio and a score of other towns in Southern Italy overwhelmed, and the entire Calabrian region laid waste—this is the earthquake's record bo far as is at present..known from the reports that are coming into Roma slowly, on account of the almost complete destruction of lines of communica«  tion to the stricken places.  The death list in Messina ranges from  12.000 to 50,000; that of Reggio, wfctafc, with its adjacent ‘villages, numbOPSi  45.000 people, includes almost the enttes population. At Palmi. 1,000 are reportod dead, at Cassano 1,000, at Cosenza 800, and half of the population of Bagnafa» about 4,000.  The Monteleone region has been devaa» tated, and Riposto, Seminara. San Giovanni, Scilla, Lazzaro, and Canrtltello, and all other communes and villages bordering on the Straits are in ruins.  The jfiret official news concerning Reggio reached the home office this evening from jberace Marina, from which point an army officer who escaped from that place telegraphed that the town had been entirely destroyed, and that the dead were numberless. Five distinct earthquake shocks, all terrible in their effects, had been felt.  Several hundred soldiers were killed at Catar iro, and many policemen were killed and wounded. Thousands' charred bodies have been seen floating in the straits. At Palmi 300 corpses have been discovered, and many hundreds more are still beneath the wreckag# of the town. Every house in Bagnara was leveled. All the railway stations between Messina and Bometta were destroyed. Every little village has its quota of dead.  Latest reports received here state that. 4,000 soldiers in the various barracks at Messina were buried under the ruins.  The Rock of Charybdis now block* th#  entrance to the Strait of Messina. Th#  ;  tidal wave wrecked the llghth^ 118 ®* . * n  the strait, including Faro Beaoon, and they crashed into the sea.  English and Germans Bnrled.  The Minister of Marine received a wtro* less dispatch this afternoon estimating the dead at Messina at 50,000. It added that the bodies of seventy English travelers and thirty Germans are buried beneath the ruins of the Hotels Triraeris, Victoria, and Bellevue at Messina.  The King and Queen of Italy are now on their way to Messina, having salted to-night from Naples aboard the battleship Vittorio Emmanuele.  The Pope has shown the greatest distress &t the calamity, and he himself the first to contribute, giving a sum amounting to $200.000 to the relief of th* afflicted.    r*  It is feared that many foreigners havs been killed, as a number of the ho^s  the Inquest that the woman was onn a charity patient.” Following this testi mony, the Coroner’s jury brought in a verdict censuring the hospital authorities  Post Office Safe Dynamited  HEWLETT, L. I., Dec. 29.—An attempt was made early to-day to rob the Post Office at this place. The burglars effected an entrance to the building by cutting out a panel In the rear door. Inside, .the burglars bored a hole Just above the combination, and after filling it with  dynamite touched off a fuse with a match, and blew the safe up. The report made by the explosion was loud, and it  frightened the burglars so that they de-- - *    -rith—* “““ ***“ “  cided to leave without waiting to take any of the contents of the wreckedsafe. In the safe was more than $2,000 in money, and $500 worth of stamps.  - I One Million People See Year advertisement every day to the Tétephone Pl-  DBWEY’S WINES FOR VEW YEAR'S. .AAv.    i*    “ ,;v "  rmtoryTMWyoles. Dir. Adv. Co.. B'w*y t  -tAdr. ;    ”  at Messina, and doubtless at other plabes, were crowded with tourists.  Little is known of the fate of the diplomatic representatives of the foreign powers stationed at these posts, although the Italian Government is using every effort to relieve the anxiety felt on their account.    «    ?  Italy Stunned with Grief* Stunned at the magnitude of the-: ity which has overtaken fellow-i men, all Italy mourns to-night stricken Province of Calabria Island of Sicily. Accustomed fairies to earthquakes, Italy stands dread, but none was prepared disaster which in the fraction ute yesterday devastated cities and caused the death of «ma atMts M *«***•  mm  aÉntofr-fV 4 . ya'*  ^ SS m I   

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