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   New York Times, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1908, New York, New York                                t. LVIII...NO. NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1908. EIGHTEEN PAJGES. Gieater Now Tork, Jer8ey CUy> and Newart JTWO CENTS.. Freeman, Hazen, Ran- Schuyler, and Stearns Accompany Taft. FAVORED LOCK PLAN President Wants an Unbiased Report !r. on Which to Act Before He Le.aves Office, V, Social io The New York Times. Dec. an- was made at the White Souse to-day of the composition of the new Board of Consulting Knglneers who sag to make an examination of the Pan- Canal for the special purpose of re- portins to President Roosevelt their opin- ibjj- as to the proposed Gatun Dam and comparative advisability of the board, j'Wl .civilians, and all but one outside the I Government service. They are: ARTHUR P. DAVIS, chief engineer of the I Reclamation Service. JOHN R. FREEMAN, Providence, R. I. ALLEN HAZEX, New York. ISHAM RANDOLPH, Chicago. JAMSS DIX SCHUYLER, Los Angeles, Cal. FREDERIC P. STEARNS, Boston, i Of the six Messrs. Randolph and Stearns members of the consulting1 board, Scmsiatinjy of American and foreign en- gineers, which reported on the type of Canal in February, 1006. The majority Of eight said a lock oanal was not feasi- ble. Messrs. Randolph and Stearns were the minority of five who fa- Vored a lock canal. President Roosevelt arid 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. Koble, who also was of the lock canal minority in 190G, would have been Chair- man of the board if he could have accept- ed the appointment, but lie was compelled by his private engagements to decline. It Is expected that the board will sail for Panama with Mr. Taft the latter part .of month, but it may be that they will GIRLS AVERT OPERA SCARE. Alcohol Lamp Explodes Behind Metro- politan Boxes, and Set One Afire. The presence of mind of three j young girls, it was learned yesterday, averted what might have been serious conse- quences of a small fire at the Metropoli- tan 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 May Mae, Mies Anna Drum- mer, and Miss Bessie duty it is to serve the patrons of the house be- tween 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 !arge that the giris were compelled to move a small alcohol lamp used for' heating coffee from the to a table near by. After the curtain had risen on the first act of the crowd had returned to the auditorium, Miss Brum- mer went to the table to carry the lamp Ambassador Tang to Com- mit United States to His Government's Plan. EASTERN WAR NOT WANTED Assurances Given, However, of Amer- ican Sympathy with the Devel- opment of the Empire. go down, io the Isthmus ahead of him and tie there when he. arrives. The purpose of the President in sending- j. this new board to the' Isthmus is simply f 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 iias been a great deal of talk, very little of it, it is true, .reaching higher than mere gossip, to the effect that the adop- tion of the lock level for the canal was a stupendous blunder. Every accident that fl '3ms happened, serious or insignificant, has led to farther assertions that the lock plan., was wrong, and there has been a Steady- fire of accusations and argument irom certain men who have either been h jnestly in favor'of the sea-level were disgruntled for one reason another. It is, of course, possible that such an expert examination now will lead to the conclifisjoh that xhe sea-level type pref- T-he President has not the slight- expectation that such an opinion will pa formed by the special board, but if it ipkould be the result of their examination lie wants to have it known before the end of his term of office, so that he may act .upon it. It Is obvious, of course, that if a change 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, he Is in office. That would avoid Several possibilities that might be un- pleasant hereafter, and would forestall a. lot of gossip of a certain kind that would surely follow a sea-level recommendation on the part of Mr. Taft. The special board will have the benefit of the fullest assistance from the army engineers, and will have at its disposal all the material bearing on the engineer- ing problem that has been accumulated since the beginning of American interest in the Isthmus. It will go over the whole ground, with particular study of the CJatun dam proposition, and it is expected it will be ready to deliver its verdict .in ample, time for the President to con- Bider it and take any action he deems wise 1 before March 4. At the War Department it was declared that the reports of the army engineers 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 made that a groat subterranean lake underlay the dam site. There may be a lake beneath the Secretary Wright said, his eyes twinkling. but if it is there it's pretty close to least it's so far down that we haven't discovered enough evi- derice of its existence to cause us any Capable engineers, in whorp we all have the utmost confidence, 'have declared the foundation is amply suffi- cient to support the Gatun structure. That's all we're interested in." The personnel of the Board of Inspec- tion was very carefully chosen by Mr. Roosevelt. Arthur Powell Davis, Chief Engineer of the Reclamation Service, is ?vell known as an author of engineering and has had personal supervision of many important Government works. Important surveys in Arizona were in- trustefl to htm. and for a time he had charge of all Gulf Stream measurements. He is RlbO fo iJllar with the ground he JHH now have to go over, having been In charge of the hydrographie examlna- back to the stand. As she reached the table she noticed that the lamp was burning qxieerly. She called to Miss Mae, who hurried to the table" and picked up the lamp. As she did so the alcohol ex- ploded, 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, snatched, the cloth from the taole 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 ex- tinguishing 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 threat- ening 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 conse- quence might have been serious, as boxes, orchestra, and galleries were crowded with an audience' consisting mostly of women and children, and the room is di- rectly behind the main stairway. Even had the. girls lost their heads and screamed the result might have been dif- ferent. Special io The New York Timet. WASHINGTON, Dec. was learned to-day that the real diplomatic mission of Dr. Tang Shao Yi, the special Ambassa- dor of the Chinese Government, is prac- tically a failure. He is aiming at some- thing which would have practically the efr feet of an alliance between China and this country. An alliance in form, he knew, of course, when he came here, 'was im- possible. But an alliance in effect, he hoped to obtain by diplomatic means. He THE CELLAR. Missing Woman's Body Dug Hus- band Accused of Murder. The body of Mrs. Matilda Breitag, 40 years old, whom her husband had re- ported 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 occu- pied by the Breitag family, consisting of Charles Breitag, a foreman employed at Bush's stores, his wife, and his step- daughter, Aloina, who Is 16 years old. The neighbors have commenting recently that they had not seen Mrs. Breitag since Sunday, Dec. 6. They talked to Breitag about It, and ha 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 ce- ment and refloored his cellar. Meantime the suspicions of the neighbors had teen growing. Yesterday some of them com- municated these to the police. Lost 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 de- tained Breitag's stepdaughter at the sta- 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 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 thanks was duly carried out. The socia activities were delayed by thfc death of the Emperor and Dowager Empress.' _ .Ju the diplomatic activities have been, car ried on with unremitting energy for some time. Despite the caution of Ambassador Tang, it has been noted, especially in diplomatic circles, that lie1 waa frequent ly In consultation with Secretary Roo at the State Department. It is learned from a well-informed Ad ministration source, however, that ther no disposition on the part of this Gov mient to accede to the wishes of Dr ,T..ng. There is no question that thl Government is in sympathy with the Chi nese Government, but Dr. Tang has been informed plainly that any form of alllanc is out of the question. Dr. Tang has given thla Government t .understand that tte appreciated'that fac before he started .from China, but his su periors in Peking were inclined to believ that some kind of an arrangement migh be brought about which would give assur ance to China of more than the merel moral support of the United States. The' repeated declarations of this ernment concerning the preservation the territorial integrity, the Independehc, and the administrative entity of Chin had led some of the Chinese authoritie to hope, if not to believe, that the Unite States would take a more positive Stan in the matter than had been done here tofore. Dr. Tang's appreciation of the difficult of the diplomatic task which was lai upon him has not diminished his activit in the effort to make some progress wit it, and' he la continuing his visits to Sec retary Root. He has been assured tha this Government -will unfailingly use good offices with other Governments in behalf of China wherever possible, and will do all it can to further the diplomat- ic efforts of the Ch.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 Asiatic mainland'. He has been Informed that the American people would not sup- NEW YEAR IN TIMES SQUARE. Times Tower Illumination Will An- nounce the Arrival of 1909. Aa in former years. Square !a kely to be the chief centre of the New ear's celebration in this city. The res- aurahts are already booked to their tmost capacity. For one night, at any rate, there will a no sign of financial depression, and he res'ources of the kitchens and cellars be ransacked to meet the demands the feast. Not a customer will be ermitted to enter the restaurants unless can show proof that he has already ngaged a table. THB TIMES will announce the arrival of he new year to all within sight of its ower, which is practically the whole Ity. All evening the building will be luminated. Every window will be ablaze rith light, and from the summit of the uilding- a. searchlight of candle ower, the largest Jn this part of the ountry, with the possible exception of he Sandy Hook light, will play. This light can cast its beam for twenty dies. A ball of light will also burn all vening at the top of the flagpole. It vil be five feet in diameter and will con- ist of 350 electric lights. At. midnight precisely, by official time, hiB ball will drop. It will herald the coming in of. the new year to the. thou- ands waiting in Times Square. AB It ouches the base of the mast it will es- ablish a connection, and immediately, in igures six feet high on all four sides of he cupola, will shine i It will be the announcement of he passing of 1908, and will give notice the throngs in the cafes near by to drink to the coming year. SHOT IN THE HEART BY FLEEINd BURGLAR Pursuer Killed at Lakewood After Second-Story Thief Attempts to Rob a Hotel. BELLBOY GIVES THE ALARM Police Overhaul the Desperado Moment After He Shoots Down His Pursuer. Special io The Nrw Yodt Times. :EWOOD, N. j., LAKEWOOD, While practically all of the Winter colony here was attending amateur theatrical per- formances In the theatre of the Hotel Manhattan to-night at 10 o'clock, a bur- glar got a ladder and set It up against one Bide of 'the hotel, fie was aeen and C. F. KiNG GUILTY. Boston Jury Convicts Promoter on 27 Counts in Larceny Case. BOSTON, Dec. 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 from patrons. PEACE. Endians Sign Treaty with Mexican Au- a Love Feast. NOGALES, Arizona, Dec. long war with Yaqui Indians in Mexico, in which scores have been killed at differ- ent 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 agree- ment was a remarkable one, concluding with the Mexican soldiers embracing the Yaquis and participating in a joint cele- bration lasting- all night. DEAD IN QUAKE MAY BE leports Slowly Reaching Rome Show Disaster to be Greater Than Was Thought. an alarm given. A pos; :se sta: rted Jn pur- FOR WIFE'S LOSS. Actor McCullough Wins Alienation Suit Against Dr. Henninger. Special to The New York Times. CHICAGO, Dec. O'Meliah, cnown on the stage as Walter McCul- ough, recovered a judgment for 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 -horse- whipping of Mabel Montgomery by Mrs. Henninger. Following this Mrs. Hen- ninger was placed in the insane asylum at Elgin, but soon afterward she was re- leased' through the aid of friends, and she charged that Dr. Henninger had caused her to be placed in the institution so she couM not Interfere with him and the actress. A divorce suit followed and Mrs. Hen- ninger got a decree. LEEDS ESTATE Widow Gets the Bulk of the Property Under the Will. Special Io The MINBOLA, N. New Times. Y., Dec. Kirwin, Nassau Coun-ry Tax Appraiser, filed numerous appraisals on the estates of prominent persons to-day in the Sur- rogate'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 in payment of debts and expenses of admin- istration, the sum of is de- ducted, the balance being To his wife, Marie Stuart Leeds, Mr. Leeds loft the house at 987 Avenue, valued at and the building at 114 West Fourteenth Street, valued at wearing apparel, bric- a-brac, automobiles, stable, box at the Metropolitan Opera, amounting to S58. The suit. Frank Jankowski, one of his pur- suers, was shot and killed. The burglar was then arrested. He refused to say a word about himself. There were two one-act playa at tha Manhattan. One of "A Happy written by Miss Settle Ham- mond, 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 fum- hling at a second-story window. He shouted for help and' Policeman George Matthews, who happenefl 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 Jankowskl, the bar- tender, 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 eapt'or through the heart. The one bullet killed him. By this time Matthews and Curtis had come up. They arrested ihe runner ard .locked him up, charged 'slirith attempted burglary and homicide. j DEPUTY SHERIFF DROWNED. W. C. Forest of the Watershed Police Loses His Life While Skating. WHITE PLAINS, N. Y.', Dec. uty Sheriff William C. Forest of Tucku- hoe, who was attached to the New York police, was drowned this after- noon while skating oft the Cornell reser- voir near Purdy's Station, Westchester County. The Deptity Sheriff was alone on the lake. James Brearton and Howard Hoi- brook, who were skating home from school, heard his cries and tried to save hirri, but they were too late. The body, which was under the ice, was recoipjtd. Forest was advised not to 5TO on the res- ervoir, as the ice was too thin. He leaves a wife and family at Tuckahoe. TAUGHT IN CHURCH 71 YEARS. Some of Mrs. Van Tassel's First Pupila Now Given Her. Mrs. J. W. Van Tassel, who has lived all her ninety years in Tompkinsville S. I., where she was born, arid who for seventy-one years has taught the In- fant claps in the Sunday school of the 'Brighton Heights Reformed Church Tompkinsville, and is still teaching it, re- ceived a purse of last night at t Christmas celebration in the church. .Ex-Superintendent A. L. Schwab of th< Sunday school in his speech noted tha' Mrs. Van Tassel had taught Tompkiris ville infants in her class who were notv grandmothers in the neighborhood. Mr Schwab presented the purse to MTB. Van Taesol, who rose and bowed her thanks The Rev. J. C. Lenington, pastor of th church, spoke. MRS. LONGWORTH'S ESCAPE. Newport house' and furnishings, which are given as not taxatjle.are valued at The tapestries in the town house are valued at while paint- nrp at are valuea at hnnsn utnei house- port any administration in a war arising j hold furnishings are given as follows: ..._.. dining room out of the question whether Chinese or Dining room silver, instance' should contro1 tapestries, painting 1 R03a Panama and Ni first Instance. caraguan tion of the routes In the _ ____ 'John R. Freeman of Providence, R. I., '.first attracted public attention in his ex- tensive studies for the water supply of Greater New York in 1800, though before that he had stood near the head of rrtany important engineering undertakings of a private nature. Several years nft'fr this he was appointed Special Commissioner to provide a greater supply of water for the city. He has twico received the Normal Medal of the American Society Civil Engineering. Allen Hazen in charge of the sew- age system of the World's Fnif at Chi- cago in 1893, and as Chief Engineer of Albany water filtration plant has oeen 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 Western spoclety of Engineers and Chief Engineer Of the Chicago. 'Madison Northern Rail- way, after beginning as an axeman on the Baltimore Ohio. Dams have long been the specialty of James D. Schuyler. He built the Sweet- water Dam and later the Hemet. the highest masonry dam In America at the time. Since that time he has been en- gaged in- irrigation work in the West, and has written a number of scientific treat- ises. Frederick P. Stearns of Boston has long been regarded as an authority on en- gineering subjects. STEVENS DEFENDS CANAL. tfohn F. Stevens, formerly Chief En- grmeer of the Panama Canal, in a letter to be published in this week's issue of En- fSneering- News, defends the Gatun m, oclarmg there is no justification for the sensational reports attacking Its design which recently have been circulated. He Bteteg that the dam being built actually much wider and higher than eatety requires, but merely as a'conces- sion to prejudice-, and that if the canal wora being built by private interests a much less. massive structure would have been coneic'Ted entirely Bpsure. Mr. Ste- The murder is supposed to have due to the wife's jealousy of this tion. been irl. RICH BOOK BUYERS CALLED. Purchasers of De Luxe Editions to Testify in Chicago Case. Special to The New York Times. CHICAGO, Dec. 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 on De Luxe books. Alexander Sellers, a retired manufac- turer of Philadelphia, and Ferdinand A. "W. Kleckhelfer, a Milwaukee business man, appeared in court to-day prepared to toll of their deals with the bookmen, but were not called as witnesses. It is likely that they will be asked to testify to- morrow. Among the other lovers of De Luxe editions and art publications who may be called to tell of the methods of the ac- cused men are Mrs. Hoxie, Chicago; Mrs. Mary J. Merthod. St. Louis; Mrs. I. L. Ellwood, De Kalb, 111.; Mrs. A. L. Root, Alton, 111.: Mrs. Tv. J. Conselman, P-'kln, 111.; Mrs. Warren Lamson, Chicago; ATrs. Ludy A. Roe, Evanston; Mrs. A. L. Fort, Lacon, 111., and Mrs. W. F. Wolfner, Chi- cago. All of these women are scheduled aa. among the purchasers of the high-priced literature, the amounts they paid ranging from up to Mrs. Mermod is J declared to have paid the highest Both President Roosevelt and President- elect Taft are much interested in the Far Eastern question. Both are firm he- iievers 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 talk of the military menace to the1 rest of the world of an awakened and militant China. The President believes that China in her present enfeebled and- helpless con- dition is a far greater menace to the peace of th? rest of the world than she I would be with her army reorganized and 1 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 Ad- ministration official this evening It was suggested that possibly there might be an 'exchange of notes between China and the United States, following the Japanese precedent, which would cover some of the points of Dr. Tang's mission without giv- ing more than moral force to the agree- ment. 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 con- fined practically to the very successful expression of the thanks of his Govern- ment for. the remission of the unpaid Boxer indemnity, and thai he will not get much beyond that, heur. painting by Watteau-, painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence, The yacht Nora, which is also bequeathed to Mrs. Leeds, is valued at William B. Leeds, Jr., the eldest son, benefits from the will to the extent of Rudolph Gaar Leeds of Rich- mond, Ind., receives James N. Elder, Mr. Leeds's secretary, gets 000 outright. The tax amount is FEW GUNS FOR AN "ARMY. Almost Run Down in Washington Saves Her. Io The New fork Times. WASHINGTON, Dec. Alice Roosevelt Longworth had a narrow escape from death or serious injury to-day be- neath the feet of a pair of spirited horses, and only for the prompt action of Police Sergeant John Catts .might have been trafiipled upon. Mrs. Longworth was hurrying to attend the'afternoon concert of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, at which she was the guest of Mrs. Lawrence5 Townsend. She drove her electric runabout to the curb across the street from the theatre, and, bringing it to a stop, alighted and hurried thro e crush of vehicles. price named. t Latest Shipping News. Reported by Wir DlsiS.SB. Teutonic was reported by Marconii west of the lizard Plymouth 5 P. M Arrived-SS, Dec. 17. C3S 300 miles Due at London, DWIGHT T. GRISWOLD DEAD. Yale Oarsman Who Collapsed in Har- vard Race Never Regained Health. NEW HAVEN, Conn., Dec. cording to a. message received here to- day, Dwlght T. Grlswold, who stroked the Yale 'Varsity eight-oared crew at New London last June, died to-day in San Francisco. Mr. Grlswold's home was in Erie, Penn. No particulars are known. Dwlght T. Griswold was 24 years of 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 Sum- mer, and as Yale was short of material for the stroke position Griswold received the place. Griswold stood G.feet 1 in his stockings and weighed loll pounds. He was always inclined to be nervous, and for this reason there was some discussion as to his fit- ness when it was discovered that he would .uguBtlne, Palm Hondaomcs' and -service Jftffl. Florida Florida, also Cwgboard Air row in the big race. He trained hard for the contest. hut 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 university and left for the coast to regain his nealth. ATTGW8TA, IXOBtDA, CUBA, SOUTH. fl 29 A. and 0 25 F at Unexcelled Mrrice tad Atlantic ''Ccaat-Z4ne. Bureau, B'way, cor. SOtfe Just as she reached the middle of the street a brougham, drawn by a pair of mettlesome horses, swept down on her. Seeing her peril, Sergt. Catts sprang from the and, seizing the horses by their bits, threw them almost on their haunches. Ho escaped Injury. Mrs. Longworth looked frightened as she hur- ried into the theatre. A moment later Representative Long- worlh came along, and on being told of his wife's narrow escape returned to the street and shook hands warmly with the policeman. MAY VOTE LIQUOR Atlantic City Will Settle the Question at the Polls if Bill Passes. Special to The New York Times. TRENTON, Dec. man-.Mar tin E. Keffer of Atlantic County was a the State House to-day, and in discussing the Atlantic City excise question said tha cither he or Senator Wilson would Intro duce -a bill In the coming Legislature per mitting Atlantic City to vote on the ques tion of the hotels selling., liquor on Sun days. He said that he knew that the people o Atlantic City, especially those who catere to the important transient public, favore this, and he held that almost everybod there was in favor of giving the wides liberty to the resort compatible with peac and order. J Mot Enough Rifles to Equip a Force of Men in This Country. Special to The New York Times. WASHINGTON, Dec. 00 men in ..he United States able to bear irms, there are not enough rifles to equip in army of much more than and wo-thirds of these rifles are practically obsolete. In addition, me army estab- Ishment has not enough field artillery of he modern type to equip an army of properly. Brig. Gen. William Crozier, Chief of he Bureau of Ordnance, not only acknowledges this fact, but adds that Jt will require several years to remedy the ack. He blames the conditions on the failure of Congress to appropriate funds sufficient in the past to meet the de- mands. The disclosures of deficiencies in the army came as the result of a quiet in- vestigation undertaken by 'the Inspector eneral's Office. This inquiry started when President Roosevelt recently said :hat if it were necessary to gather an army of 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 000. There are enough. of the now obso- lete Krag-Jorgenson arid old Springfield rifles to equip men, and these are pretty well distributed among the militia of the 'several States. MINE EXPLOSION ENTOMBS 36 Rescued at Four Dead. Lick ROANOKE, Va., Dec. Meagre re- ports uf a coal mine disaster at Lick Branch, Va., reached here to-night. A message received at 10 o'clock at the gen- eral offices of the Norfolk Western Railway In this city says that fourteen men have been taken out of the mine arid that four of this number ace 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, iuas 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. i WHOLE TOWNS WIPED OUT Entire Population of Reggio, Numbering Believed to Have Perished. VIESSINA'S TERRIBLE LOSS Dead May Reach ican Consul Cheney arid Wife Probably Dead. RUIN BY THE TIDAL WAVE Vandals Plundering in the Rulnt of the Wrecked Sent for Police Duty. British Vice Consul at Messina His and Queen Start for Scene to Give Aid. TAFT TO OPEN FLOWER FEAST. To Press a Button to Start Portland's Annual Festival. PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. a letter to the Rose Festival Association of this city President-elect Taft consents to In- augurate Portland's annual feast of flow-i ers on June 7 by pressing an electric but- ton at .the White House in Washington. This Is Bald to be the first function which the newly elected Chief Executive has consented to lend hia official stamp of.approval to. HAAK'S BJESTAUBAWT, Xfeife Sow Tttr'a Bve Celebration. Muaio. J S. P. C. A. SHED WRECKED. Gas Tank Blew Up in Asphyxiating Killed, Helper Hurt. A gas tank exploding in the ehelter shed of the Society for the Prevention of Cru- elty to Animals, at 448 East 102d Street, yesterday afternoon, partly wrecked the shed, killed a dozen.dogs, and 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 hla feet. All the windows in the building were broken. The east wall was shattered and a partition waa knocked Into kindling wood. Dunlevy waa burned about the head, arms, and hands and cut by.flying glass. He was taken to the Harlem Hos- pital by Dr. Moeckel. He could.not .tell what caused the explosion. STORY SUITS ARE SETTLED. Widow of the Suicide Agrees to Accept as Her Share. Special to The New York Times. WHITE PLAINS, N. Y., .Dec. 20.-Ac tion brought by Philip H. Adee and WI1 iam B. Coster, executors of the will of Marion Story, who committed suicide at his home, Brook Farm, near Port Ches- ter, against Elizabeth S. estab- lish certain bequests in the. will, has been settled by agreement with Mrs. Story. Mr. Story left a large mansion at Rye, surrounded by hundreds of acres, all val- ued'at The widow agrees that if all'litigation is stopped and the probate of the will continued, she will accept as her share of the bequest. Justice Keog-h 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 rervlce of the nospital after March 1, It is believed this action of the board was caused by the critici-jm of the hospital authorities in connection with the transferring of patients to Eellevue Hospital. The territory covered by Roosevelt Hos- pital is a large and important one on the west side of the city. The action taken by the Board of Governors follows swift- ly 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'of the District ROME, Dec. hundred thousand dead; Messina, In Sicily, and Regglo and a score of other towns .in Southern Italy overwhelmed, and the entire Calabrian region laid Is the record so fan as is at present-..known from the reports are coming': into Roma slowly, on account. of the almost com- plete destruction of lines of tion to the stricken places. The death list in Messina.ranges from to that of Reggio, whteb, with Its adjacent 'villages, numbfcwd 45.000 people, includes almost the population. At Palmi. are reported dead, at Cassano at Coseriza BOO, and half of the population of Bagnarm, about The Monteleone region has been devaflr tated, and Seminara, San Gio- vanni, Scilla, Lazzaro, and Cannltello, all other communes and villages border- Ing- on the Straits are in ruins. The first official news concerning Rcg- grio reached the home office this evening from JGerace 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 earth- quake shocks, all terrible in their effects, had been felt. Several hundred soldiers were killed at Catar dro, and many policemen were killed and wounded. Thousands' of charred bodies have been seen floating in the straits. At Palmi 300 corpses have een discovered, and many hundreds nore are still benos.th the wreckage of he town. Every house in Baghara waa evelcd. All the railway stations be- weem Messina and Rometta were de- troyed. Every little village has Its qupts of dead. Latest reports received here state soldiers in the various at Messina were burled under the rulhs. The Rock of Charybdla now blocks sntrance to the Strait of Messina. Idal wave the lighthouses In he strait, including Faro Beacon, and they crashed into tho-sea. Knglinh. and Germans Bvried. The Minister of Marine received Attorney, arid, if necessary, Jury. the Grand One Million every day tin the Dir. Adv. Co.. B'way, The young woman May Davis, died in the ambulance on the way to Bellevue Hospital.' She had been a patient in Roosevplt Hospital, and; her condition was at all times critical. The ambulance surgeon, Dr. was in charge of the transfer of the patient, testified at the inquest that the woman was only a charity patient." Following this testl- niony, the Coroner's jury brought In a verdict censuring the hospital authori- ties. Post Office Safe Dynamited. HEWLETT, L. I., Dec. attempt was made early to-day to rob the Post Office at this place. The burglars ef- fected an entrance to the building by cut- ting out a panel in the rear door. In- side, .the burglars.bored a hole Just above the combination, and after filling with dynamite touched off a fuse with a match, and blew the'safe up. The repor made by the explosion was loud, and 1 frightened the burglars so that they de elded to leave without waiting to. take any of the contents of the wrecked safe In the- safe was more than money, and worth of stamps. WIBTB8 FOR "NKW "TEAR'S. always give satisfaction, Co., ISSyultonSt., 4 less dispatch this afternoon estimating the dead at Messina at It added that the bodies of seventy English trav- elers and thirty Germans are .buried be- neath the ruins of the Hotels- Victoria, and Believue at Messina. The King and Queen of Italy are now on their way to Messina, having sailed to-night from Naples aboard the battle- ship Vlttorio Emmanuele. The Pope has shown the greatest tress at the calamity, and he himself the first to contribute, giving a sum amounting to to the relief of the afflicted. It Is feared that many foreigners been killed, as a number of the at Messina, and doubtless at other were crowded tourists. Little is known of the fate of the dip- lomatic representatives of the powers stationed at these posts, al- though the Italian Government is using every effort to relieve the anxiety Celt on their account. Italy Stunned, with Grief. Stunned at the magnitude of Ity which has overtaken fellow men, all Italy mourns to-night etrlcken Province of Calabria Island of Sicily. Accustomed foJr: rice to earthquakes. Italy stands dread, but none prepared disaster which In the fraction ute yesterday devastated cities and caused the death of tho; ia   

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