New York Times, June 18, 1909

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New York Times (Newspaper) - June 18, 1909, New York, New York HEAR CHIEF GROEEE mi SOON RETIRE .JReport in the Department That He Will Resign at an Early Date. LANGFORD FOR HIS PLACE? General Impression That Tammany Has Arranged to Put In the Deputy Chief. It was common gossip in the Fire Department yesterday that Chief Edward P. Croker Is soon to retire. According to the report that has reached the rank and file, Hhe Chief will send in his resignation within the next two weeks. While the report is generally believed by the firemen, none of the department officials, however, would substantiate it yesterday, and the politicians merely looked wise when asked about it. The Chief himself was said to be out of town when a Times reporter tried to reach him at Fire Headquarters, Chief Croker, the report has it, is to step out so as to enter the Rcebling Construction Company, in which his uncle, Richard Croker, is interested. The Chief is 50 years old, and, while his position at the head of the fire fighters can be his as long as he is physically able to perform his duties, it is given out that he is no longer fascinated with the life, and is anxious to go tnto a business career. On June 22 the Chief will round out twenty-five years of service with the Fire Department, and on that day there will be presented to him a costly testimonial, to be purchased from a fund now being raised among the firemen. Dr. Harry M. Archer, honorary surgeon Of the Fire Department, who is a warm admirer of the Chief, has charge of the fund. From remarks Dr. Archer has _ dropped an impression has obtained among the firemen that this testimonial will be given as a farew'ell token ta the Chief. Gift of the Department. The gift will be presented at an informal dinner to be given to the Chief, and it is believed that on this occasion he will announce his intention of leaving the department. A Times reporter was told yesterday by one in touch with Fire Department affairs that information had gone out to certain of the Deputy Fire Chiefs to prepare for a civil service examination, which, it is said, will shortly be held to choose a successor to Chief Croker. There are twelve Deputy Chiefs eligible to take the examination, and, if they all hîippened to strike the same average, fmy one of them, under the law. might ie appointed Chief. Tammany Hall, according to current report, wants to have i5^uty Chief Langford appointed to Chief Croker’s place. So there will be no chance Of his not attaining an average among the first three the plan to limit the contestants to that number has been hit ^^angford is a member of Charles F. 1 Murphy’s Tonaw'anda Club and has been a stanch Tammany worker. It is said to toe Murphv’s desire that Langford be made Chiet of the Fire Department, and it is in keeping with Murphy s orders that W’ord has been passed around to those Deputy Chiefs who are not expected to compete in the civil service examination. Those who are to compete with Langford are said to have already been selected. and the others, who are not to try for the place, know that they are to stay ^l^nqiiiry from the Municipal Civil Service Commission yesterday failed to elicit I any information concerning the. exam-* Inatlon of Deputy Fire Chiefs except that there was a rumor that one would soon be asked. The custom is for the depai t-ment having vacancies to be Idled through civil service to;ask for a list ot eligibles and for these to be notified bj the Civil Service Commission when to appear for examination. compelled to include all the eligibles. and if any one Is overlooked a new examina- tiTe'^money from the firemen. That he has elven his permission is taken to mean thitthe Commissioner and diief have • ^     Trip JAMES B. GENTRY PARDONED. Actor, Slayer of Madge Yorke, to be ^ FreecL.After Fourteen Years. Special to The New York Times. PHILADELPHIA. June 17.-James B. Gentry, an actor formerly well known, who murdered his sweetheart, Madge Yorke, an actress, in this city fourteen years ago, was pardoned by the State Board of Pardons at Harrisburg to-day. An organization composed of some of the most prominent member,s of the theatrical profession has worked hard to obtain Gentry’s release. Thousands of dollars have been spent for counsel fees, and after Gentry’s sentence to be hanged was commuted to life imprisonment his case came periodically before the Pardon Board, but the plea was always denied until now. Gentry, who is confined in the Eastern Penitentiary here, will be notified of his pardon to-morrow. The murder of Madge Yorke, for which James B. Gentry was sentenced to be hanged and finally sent to prison for life, was committed on the afternoon of Feb. 17. 1895, in this city. Miss Yorke was playing here with “ The Baggage Check ’’ company. Gentry, who was Tilling an engagement in Boston, had, his friends alleged, been seriously ill with the grip and was drinking heavily. He had an engagement to meet Miss Yorke in New York early in February, but through a misunderstanding he missed her at the railroad station. Some friends in New York Jokingly told him that Miss Yorke was receiving the attentions of another actor. From that time all trace of Gentry was lost until he burst unannounced into Miss Yorke’s room in a Walnut Street Hotel here and, wdien she greeted him coldly, shot her three times in the brain and fled down a fire escape. Lydia Clarke, another actress, was in the room at the tme. Gentry fell from the fire escape, broke three ribs, and his ankle, but managed to reach Fairmount Park, where he hid three days and nights, during blizzard weather. Then he gave himself up to a park guari He was'convicted and sentenced ttyhe hanged June 27, 1896, but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Gentry has always rhaintained that he has no recollection of the murder of Miss Yorke; that his mind was a blank until he found himself in a hospital In this city. CLOUDS HID SUN’S ECLIPSE. Folk In Other Countries, However, May Have Been Luckier. Astronomical enthusiasts near this city were disappointed yesterday because the clopds which shrouded the western sky in the evening shut off all view of an unusually interesting eclipse of the sun. At 7:12:18 o’clock the moon, according to calculations, was to slip gently between sun and earth. The eclipse was to last for twenty minutes, until, in fact, the sun sank behind the darkening Palisades. Unfortunately for the astronomers, however, the clouds over the western sky kept growing deeper and deeper all through yesterday afternoon, .and, at IT28 P. M., there was not a single patch of azure visible. WASHINGTON, June 17.—Although preparations were made at the United States Naval Observatory here to take observations of the eclipse of the sun today, the cloudy weather spoiled the plans of the astronomers. The eclipse here, how’^ever, was but partial. thè only place where It was total being near the north pole, where few, If any, white men. with the exception of Commander Robert E. Peary and his crew, now in search of the north pole, had an opportunity to observe it. The eclipse .was visible over Eastern Asia and almost the wnole of North America, Greenland, Iceland, and the northern part of Finland. $4,000,000 FOR COAL LANDS. Jones & Laughlin Make Purchase in Anticipation of Keavy Steelmaking. Special to The New York Times. PITTSBURG, Penn, iune 17.—In anticipation of years of heavy steel making the If any one is ovenouKcu a ..^w  ........ Jones & I^ughlin Steel Company to-day tion may be demanded. So it is wholly    a    deal    for    coal    lands    involving the the affair of the eligibles themselves it expenditure of $4.000.000 In cash, though expenditure of $4,000,000 In cash, though the coal lands thus purchased will not be developed for years. President B. F. they fail to compete. Considerable comment has been occasioned in the Fire Department over the l^lVnrtim^w^ cS    bitt?r    Jones    explained    the    big    outlay    as    neees- Intagfnist in the department, has per-    sarv "because    it    is    desirable    for    the    fu- mitted the fund for the chief’s testimonial to be raised. Without the.Com- sary " because it is desirable for the future coal supply of the steel company. monial to be    avi.vior rmOrt The new tract is contiguous to coal land ?ive‘^SndlrSken”the work of collecting already owned afld will be held In reserve, so no developmc.its will be made there at dnce.’’ The fact that the Jones & Laughlln atched up their differences and that th^    considers    it    good    to tie up hief will leave the department on the ^4.000,000 admittedly for some years is wu-vi his siine.riors. -.o/isidered bv business Pittsburg as an in- friendliest of terms with his superiors. i.o/isHiereo nv ousmess r-itisuurg as un m-Commissloner Hayes’s fight with Chief j ¿jcation that there is faith in future busl- Croker began during his first term as ---- Ccmmissicner, when the latter mdde various shifts of men that displeased the Chief They were soon at loggerheads. Chief Croker declared that Commissioner Hayes made the shifts so as details at Fire Headquarters to satisfy Tammany politicians. Chief Croker s pro tests were of no avail. An Old Fen^. ' After Hayes’s election as Sheriff Chief Croke/determined to.even up their score. The night before the Commissioner’s term expired the Chief quietly sent out an order rescinding all the details Hayes had iT»ade The Commissioner heard of it Just before midnight, and immediately countermanded the Chi^ s    who Commissioner Jph» lU I succeeded Hayes, followed the latter s TinHcieq to a large degree, and the fi&bt againit Croker continued. If came to be rFaarded in a way as a war of Tammany nfS against Croker. The Chief, although things were made uncom^rtable refused to quit office. He ic'^^ht Commissioner Lantry, who    ®    can- When I>antry resigned owing to the scandal irrowlng out of rotten hose^two years ago, and Hayes was appointed Commissioner a second time, the old fight with ^A^^^effoirt *waa^ for the rotten hose Chief Croker, but , be proved that it had been bought whde ^ Kayes was Commissioner, during nis iiist ^^c^ker emerged triumphant, and soon aft« this the Commissioner’s attitude toward him underwent a change. Commissioner Hayes ceased making details objectionablev to the Chief, and for the Sait year Croker has been allowed to afreet the affairs of the department un- ^oke^has been reported several times during his eight years’ service as the head of the fire iorce as verge of resigning, but up to this time he has always declared he would never quit while any one was trying to get ^^He ^showed his real fighting spirtt after he was dismissed from the department m 1902, three years after being m^ade Chief. Commissioner Sturgis suspended him after i various charges had been preferred. Including those of falling to safeguard the Park Avenue Hotel, improper management of several fires, accepting free gasses of transportation, and secreting ose at the Polo Grounds. The charges were sustained, and after his dismi^al the ex-Chief fought the case to the Supreme Court, which, in 1904, ordered him reinstated. DKWEY’S SAUTEBNB AND MOSELLE. I    Exceptionally    fine    Table    Wines, p. T.Dewey & Sons Co., 188Fulton St., New .YorK. ness. The Spang-Chalfant mills of Pittsburg report the booking of pipe orders In June up to date of 100,000 tens, which is a greater record than that of any whole month heretofore. Specifications were ordered to-day for a new pipe mill to be rushed, since the present mills cannot handle the business. INVADING FLEET SUNK. 60TERNHENT BEGINS SUGAR INQUIRY HEBE Subpoenas Issued for Earle and His Aids in Proceeding Under Sherman Law. THE PAPERS CALLED FOR Books and Correspondence to be Produced Before the Grand Jury on Monday—WIckersham Here. It became known last night that subpoenas have been issued here for Receiver George H. Earle of the Pennsylvania Su-gar''^Refinlng Company, his counsel,' and the witnesses in. the suit brought by that company against the American Sugar Refining Company to appear before the Federal Grand Jury here In a proceeding brought against the latter for alleged violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust law. The subpoenas, Tt was said, call for the appearance of several of the witnesses before the Grand Jury next Monday. It was learned further that representatives of the Government have already examined the evidence in possession of Receiver Earle, and that this will be used in the prosecution of the first great anti-trust case brought under-President Taft’s Administration. One of the* subpoenas served yesterday called for the production before the Grand Jury of documents used in the Pennsylvania Company’s recent action which the trust. setled out of court. The papers called'for include the stock books of the company and j)ractically the whole correspondence between Adolph Segal and Gustav Kissel, useÎ in the recent suit. Special to The New York Times." WASHINGTON, June 17.-Attorney General Wickersham had a long conference to-day with President Taft, after which he left hurriedly for New York. No information could be obtained at the White House as to the subject discussed or the occasion for the Attorney General’s sudden departure. At the Department of Justice the same mystery that has marked that branch of the Government under the new Administration was maintained. There is ground for belief that the Attorney General is Impatient over the delay in getting final evidence in the Sugar Trust investigation. It is known that President Taft Is deeply Interested In this special bit o£r inquiry now In the hands of the Department of Justice, ahd, although two special agents have presumably been at work, no reports have been forthcoming, at least so far as the public is advised. In the last tve^ or ten days the Attorney General has'been deeply immersed in the study of a mass of documentary evidence, and the belief here is that a great part of this was collected and submitted by George H. Earle, Jr., Receiver for the Pennsylvania Sugar Refining Company. This company. It Is charged, was deliberately crushed by the Sugar Trust, who saw In it a rival that might In time become dangerous. Only a short time ago the trust practically acknowledged its acitivities toward eliminating its rival by returning a large sum of money to the men It had downed. Mr. Earle denounced the Department of Justice in scathing terms, and declared that there- was no possibility of getting justice! under the present administration of the department. He went further than attacking the department, and was quoted as making a personal attack on Mr. Wickersham, his motives, and his former corporation connections. To this attack the Attorney General made no answer. It Is probable, however, that the investigation into the Sugar Trust’s methods will deal as much with its suppression of a rival as with Its defrauding the Government In weighing sugar at the port of New York. This has been acknowledged. and heavy restitution was made to the United States Treasury by the corporation. At the time the Government accepted the money from the trust It specifically reserved the right to prosecute it criminally at any time the Administration might see fit. Although the department maintains Its silence, it is well known that it is smarting under the acc%isatlons that have been made against It. The denunciation of George H. Earle, Jr., followed by the bitter criticism • on Tuesday of Samuel Un-termyer, counsel in the cases against the Sugar Trust, have nurt. The appearance of Henry A. Wise, District Attorney at New York, at the department this week and his long conference with Mr. Wickersham is taken as Land Forces at the Han^or Forts Win a Sham Battle. The first sham battle, by which the members of the Thirteenth Regiment, N. G. N. Y., are trying to school themselves In the art of war. occurred last night and ended in ¿1 victory for the land forces which manned Fort Hancock, at Sandy Hook, and Forts Hamilton and Wadsworth, at the Narrows. Fort Hancock was captured by the Invaders, however, before the fleet was sunk as it tried to come through the Narrows. The battle began at Fort Wadsworth and Fort Hamilton shortly after 8 o’clock when one of the numerous searchlights from Fort Wadsworth picked up one of the two lighters which served as warships and the two Government launches repreisenting cruisers. The Invaders were off Swinburne Island, about two miles from the forts, when they were sighted, and fire was opened upon them imme diately. Crews put off In small boats and tried to land in Gravesend Bay to attack Fort Hamilton from the rear, but after a iiVely fire from the big guns It was decided by the judges that the battleship^ and cruisers as well as all the small boats had been sunk. PinSBURG-BUFFALO RUN CUT, New Train Will Clip Three Hours from Old Time of Eight. Special to The New York Times. PITTSBURG, June 17.—The New York Central Interests at Pittsburg threw a bomb into the camp of the opposition roads leading to Buffalo, to-day, by announcing a train which will make the run from Pittsburg to Buffalo in five hours and fifteen minutés, a cut of three hours In the former running time. -The fast tram Is the result of a fight ever rates. "Delatour” Ginger Ale, warBapaMIla CTub Soda, and Lemon Soda. The ver}’best. Estb.1808. -Adv» __________:__—^--L evidence that the fight is being rapidly and thoroughly outlined. Mr. Wicker sham’s unexpected trip to I^w York Is looked upon as part , of the general plan of preparation.^ SUE FOURTEEN HAT FIRMS. Settlement with Hatters' Union Alleged to be in Violation of Agreement. DANBURY, Copn.,'June 17.-Suits were brought in this city this afternoon by the Associated Hat Manufacturers, Incorporated, of New York, against fourteen hat manufacturing firms In Danbury, Bethel, and New Milford for damages of $26,000 from each for alleged violation of the terms of agreements, and the bonds that figured in theTecent tie-up of the hatting industry in Danbury and throughout the country. Attachments aggregating more than $300,000 are being placed upon the real estate and- bank accounts of the firms and corporations which are made defendants In the suits. The sixteen concerns sued made a settlement with the Hatters’ Union last week, arid the suits are the outcome of that settlement. The seven Danbury concerns which effected a settlement during the present week are not being sued, and their names appear In the list of those who figure as plaintiffs. MANY HÜRT JN CELEBRATION. Fireworks and Pistols Injure SIxty-flve on Bunker Hill Day. BOSTON, June 17.—As a result the Bunker Hill celebration to-day sixty-five persons were treated at the hospitals of Boston and vicinity for Injuries caused by fireworks and pistols, and many more were attended by physicians at their homes. There were no serious casualties, the' efforts of the police to diminish the use of firearms and to confine the celebration to firecrackers and light explosives having been partially successful. $25.50 TO CINCINNATI AND RETURN June ID to 22, via Pennsylvania Railroad tickets good to return until June 28, Uiclus In order not to miss the many notable features of^ Sunday’s Times, advertised elsewhere, it is important to place your order with your newsdealer to-day. JAPAN NOT TO AID STRIKERS IN HAWAII Her Consul Reports That Ignorant Workmen Are Misled by Anarchist Agitators. LEADERS again INDICTED -A— Several Accused of Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Incite Crime—Editor’s Replevin Suit Dismissed. TOKIO, June 17.—The report that the Japanese of Hawaii had appealed to Tokio charging violatidn of treaty rights as an outcome of the strike agitation in the islands is based upon the fact that one of the agitators who were arrested at Honolulu sent a cablegram to a brother living In Japan requesting him to endeavor to secure the intercession of the Government in his behalf. Although he knew it was useless the brother conveyed the appeal to the Government. A dispatch from the Japanese Consul at Honolulu says the strike situation Is improving. All the- men In two districts have returned to work. The strike, he says, is a result'of agitation on the part of Anarchists, the worst element amqng the. Japanese, who have been trying to persuade all thefr countrymen to join a union. They claimed that they would be able to Increase wages, but in reality their purpose was to collect money. The Japanese Consul speaks highly of the attitude of the local planters. He says also that after the arrest and conviction of the agitators the condition of Japanese labor In Ha-iraii would be improved, but he Is advising the planters not to yield lest the men reiurn to work wlthou^ conditions. The affair Is not regarded seriously In Tokio. The Government gave assurances to-day that it had not interfered in the matter, and that it had sent no instructions to the Consul at Honolulu. HONOLULU, June 17.—Following the indictments of several Of the Japanese strike leaders last# Friday, the Territorial Grand Jury returned addi|tional indictments to-day * against i Y. p<>8ro, F. Maklno, M. Negoro, < K. I Kawamura, Y. Tasaka, and Y. Anashira for conspiracy others to to commit murder and to incite crime. An Indlctm.ent for asskult was found against Y. Sugawara, wlio Is accused of attempting to collect funds for the strikers by violence. In addition to these Indictments thirteen of the striking Japanese at the Waipalu plantation were Indicted for attacking a police officer and rioting. As a result of rltles the the vigorous action of the authc strikers ar^ discouraged. The replevin suit brought to recover the papers seized in the office of the newspaper Jlji by Sheriff Henry has been dismissed Japanese Consul Uyeno is investigating the alleged destruction of the safe of Editor Soga of the Jlji, which was broken open by the àuthorRies. Forty-five delegates from the i Japanese Union on the Island of Hawaii, Representing 9,000 laborers, have just coricluded a session lasting four days and nights. They resolved not to strike or tò help the Oahu strikers, but to present a statement of their demands and trust to thè fairness of the planters. They ask for a; ten-hour day at $1, for time and a half for overtime work and on Sundays, and for quarters e^ua. to those of the Spaniards and Portuguese. These* demands will be presented to the ’ .y. planters’ association on Monday HOKE SMITH FAILED THEM. Pfesbyterian Alliance WondeiJd Where He Was—Expected to Speak. WRIGHTS WORK Oil IN MIDST OF HONORS Salute of All Dayton’s Whistles Finds TheiTi in Shop—But They Are In Parade. ‘THANK YOU,” ALL THEY SAY Welcomed by Fellow-Townsmen with Pomp and Pageant as Kings of Air, Brothers Work Spells In Between. " Where is Gov. Smith of peorgla?" was anxiously asked last plgbt at the convention of the Alliance of Reformed Churches holding the Presbyterian System. Gov. Smith remained in Atlanta, Ga. Gov. Smith, who was supposed to be In New York, having come from Atlanta to represent the laymen of the Southern Presbyterian Church, was to have spoken on the subject, " Calvin and the American Republic.’’ That he was absent was not noted until the Rev. Dr. Alexander Phlmister of Newcastle-on-Tyne, who presided, announced as the next speaker " Gov. Hoke Smith of Atlanta, Alabama.” Previously he had referred to him as one of " four eminent divines ” who were to address the session. There were four speakers on the programme, those besides Gov. Smith being the Rev. Dr. George William Knox of this city, whose subject was “Calvinism and Liberty”; the Rev. David Woodslde of Glasgow, Sc.otland, who talked of " The Influence of Calvinism in the World Today,” and the Rev. Dr. J. I. Vaiice of Newark, who spoke .of “ The 'Worldwide Mission of Calvinism.” Gov. Smith was to have been the second speaker. “ We wiil now have the pleasure of listening to Gov. Smith of Atlanta, Alabama,” said Dr. Phhnister, -vihen Dr. Knox had finished. “Where Is Gov. Smith? Will he please -com© forward? ” added Dr. Phlmister when no response came to the introduction. Everybody In tl^e church looked around to see If by chance the big Governor of the Cracker State was present and failed to hear the introduction. But he was not to be found. As he had not sent a letter of regret it was hoped that he would appear before the session adjourned. After Mr. Woodside had spoken. Dr. Phimlster again called for the Governor, and one or two of the Southern delegates who knew him personally got up and looked around in the hope of discovering him. After the meeting had adjourned an effort was made to find out if word of any DAYTON. Ohio, June 17.-In the city In which a few years ago they began in obscurity their first experiments with flying machines, Orville and Wilbur Wright, the aviators, to-day received the homage of their townspeople. Escorted by brass bands, led beneath triumphal arches, through streets decorated with models of their aeroplanes, and praised In public speeches, the Wright brothers appeared not the least conscious that anything unusual was going on, and when that part of the programme was reached which read,.“ Responses by the Wrights,” Wilbur and Orville each arose and said: “, Thailk you, gentlemem” In the first day of the two days' celebration in their honor this Is what the Wright brothers did: 9 A. M.—Left their work In the aeroplane shop and In their shirtsleeves went out in the street to hear every whistle and bell in town blow and ring for ten minutes. ' 9:10 A. M.—Returned to work. 40 A. M.—Drove In a parade to the opening ceremony of the “ Homecoming Celebration." 11 A. M.—Returned to work. Noon—Reunion at dinner with Bishop Milton Wright, the father; Miss Katherine Wright, the sister; Reuchlln Wright of Tongonoxie, Kan., a brother, and Loren, another brother.    ^ 2:30 P. M.—Reviewed a parade given In their honor in the downtown streets. 4 P. M.—Worked two hours packing up parts of an aeroplane for shipment to Washington. 8 P. M.—Attended a public reception and shook hands with as many Day-tonians as could get near them. 9 P. M.—Saw a pyrotechnlcal display on the river front in which their own portraits, 80 feet high, and entwined In an American flag, were shown. When the fireworks were over Wilbur turned to Orville and said: “ Let’s hurry home; you know we have to get-up early.” Meanwhile Dayton left nothing undone to honor these simple and modest men. Business was suspended, except for the sale of toy airships and postcards Illustrative of the Wrights’ career, the modest two-story frame dwelling in Hawthorne Street, and Huffman’s prairie, eight miles east of Dayton, where in 1905 the Wrights made their first long aeroplane flight. Le Mans, France, the scene of many of the European flights of the Wright machine, was remembered In a banner which bore these words: “ The three great cities—Dayton, Washington, and Le Mans, France.” After the salute of cannon, ringing of bells, and blowing of whistles, with QUEEN BARS PARIS HATS. Helena of Italy Objects to Gigantic Modes and Adppts Mantilla. Special Cable to Thej New York Times. PARIS, June 17.—Queen Helena of Italy has revolted against the mode of gigantic hats which French milliners have endeavored to Impose on Italian women of fashion. She and most of the ladies of her Court do not wear' hats of any description, says the Rome correspondent of the Paris Journal, but instead have adopted a sort of light mantilla to wear In public. The movement of protest against the “ ridiculous fashions inflicted on us from abroad ” is said to be 'spreading throughout the Roman aristocracy. POPE RECEIVES FREGOLI. Stops Latterts Secretaries from Taking Snapshot of the Interview. Special Cable to Thb NEW York Timbs. LONDON, June 17.—Rome dispatch says that Fregoll, the famous quick-change artist, has had an audience with the Pope. His holiness good-humoredly remarked that Fregoli had so bewitched the Inmates df the Vatican and the Cardinals themselves by his astounding performance that for the last two days they had seemed'Incapable of talking about anything else. While engaged In conversation the Pope espied Fregoll's sectetarles on the point of taking a snapshot as a souvenir of the interview. ”No, no; you mustn’t do that!” he exclaimed in protest. “ It’s against the rules. The Pope, you know, Is the servant* of God, but men sometimes make him the servant of interest and the devil.” MANY KILLED BY LIGHTNING. Disastrous Storms In Austria—Ten Dead In One Building. VIENNA,“ June 17.—There have been great loss of life and damage to property In the Sanok district by thunderstorms. Many houses have been struck by lightning, and the occupants killed. In one caseea bam In which fifty people had sought shelter from a deluge of rain was struck, and ten men were killed. McClellan reimbursed. which the day'began, the opening ceremony was held in a park beneath the trees. “Jonathon Dayton,” representing the founder of the city, and dressed in Colonial costume and a wig, with a cast of characters, presented a pageant. The crowds were so great that people viewed the spectacle from fences, trees, and housetops. Casting his eyes skyward, Jonathan Dayton said: “ Mehtinks I see two great objects like gigantic birds coming from the eastward as If riding on the winds of the morning! What manner of birds can these be? ” “They,” Interposed another character, “ are none other than two of Dayton’s Illustrious sons coming home from foreign triumphs with the greatest Invention of the age. Let us welcome them.” It was after the welcome thus suggested that Wilbur and Orville Wright, sitting as spectators on the platform, arose and said: Thank you, gentlemen.” Uonrad J. Schmidt, President of the local School Board, ’ had thanked the brothers for the fame they had brought the city and other speeches had followed. Orville and Wilbur had been escorted by State militia, troops of regulars, and a brass band to the platform before which the pageant passed. The enthusiasm of their fellow-townsmen had known no bounds. A few minutes after the ceremony the Wrights were back In their workshop, where the windows were covered with canvas to keep out the gaze of the curious. Gen. James Allen, chief signal officer, accompanied by Lieut. Lahm of the Signal Corps, arrived here from Washington to-day with the gold medal authorized "oy Congress, which he Is to present to the bright brothers to-morrow. Gov. Jud-son Harmon of Ohio is expected to present a medal on behalf of the State, and Mayor Birkhart on behalf of Dayton. kind hcd been received from the Governor. The only Information to be had was that he had accepted the Invitation to speak, and everybody was at a loss for the re the reason of his non-appearance. NORFOLK ft WESTERN’S NEW TRAIN Leaves New York dally Penn. R. R. 9:25 P. M. Through sleeping cars to Memphis via Washing ton. Bristol. Chattanooga. No cha^e In New Orleans train which leaves N.Y. 3:25 P.M. Quickest time N.Y. to Southwest, Tickets, &c„ 398 B’way. —Adv* WASHINGTON POST FOR GRANT U. 8. Grant, 3d, May Be Superintendent of War and Navy Building. Special to The New York Times. WASHINGTON, June 17.—Lieut. Ulysses S. Grant, 3d, Is said to be slated for the post of Superintendent of the State, War, and Navy Building here, In succession to Capt. John H. Poole of the Corps of Engineers. The place Is a coveted one and only officers of the Corps of Engineers are now eligible. DOG BITES PERCY WILLIAMS. Manager Was Lifting Fletcher’s Bull-pup into His Automobile. Percy Williams, theatrical manager, was bitten yesterday by Charles L. Fletcher’s dog. a Boston bulldog, and the dog Is now under observation to see that he hasn’t got rabies. Mr. Williams with A1 Leech, another theatrical man, was stepping Into his automobile In front of the Long Acre building in which his office Is. He lifted the dog, which Fletcher had lent him, to put him in the car. The dog, quiet and docile till then, caught Mr. W’llliams's right forearm in his jaws. The chauffeur and Leech grrabbed the dog by body and throat and tossed him into the car. A crowd began to collect, crying “Shoot him! Shoot him!” Mr. Williams refused to do this, and the chauffeur managed to roll the dog In a blanket, arounu which he wound straps, t^ng them to the car so that the dog could not move, though his jaws were snapping. niu Williams went Into the Long Acre Pharmacy next door, where his wound was washed and dressed. The dog was taken to a veterinary-. MEMPHIS SPECIAL. * Southern Ry. new train eaves hours travel between New York and Memphis. Lv. N. Y. daily commencing June 19, via P. R. R.* ahd Southern Ry., 9:25 P. M. Dining afld Drawing-room Sleeping Cars, N. Y, to Memphia Nj. y. Oiflce* i200 firoadacay.-s'Aiiy» _ Gets City’s Check for $83,576, Part Cost of Defending Hearst Suit. Mayor McClellan received a check for $83,576 from the City Chamberlain yesterday, representing the additional allowance mad© him by the courts to cover the expense of fighting the recount cash. The matter had been held up In the Controller’s office for some time on account of the absence of vouchers from the bill. On the strength of opinions from Judge Patterson of the Court of Appeals and the Corporation Counsel, the bill has now been paid. As Itemized It runs; Eugene Lamb Richards $40,000, disbursements $9,585; ex-Supreme Court Justice Haabrouck $15,000, disbursements $57.87; Parker, Hatch & Sheehan $10,000, disbursements $1,823.32; Dykman & Carr $4,000, and George A. Gregg $2,500, disbursements $610. NAVY BAN ON CIGARETTES. Sale on Ships Likely to be Prohibited on Schroeder’s Recommendation. Special to The New York Times. WASHING'TON, June 17.—If Rear Admiral Schroeder has his way, no more cigarettes will be carried In the stores of the ships of the American Navy. The Admiral made the recommendation to-day to Secretary Meyer that an order be Issued prohibiting the sale of cigarettes in the navy, and Mr. Meyer hfes taken the matter under advisement. The Admiral’s suggestion Is made as the result of a long and thorough Investigation of the matter. He does not believe the sailors should be permitted to smoke tobacco In that form, for, in his opinion, it tends to Injure them physically and does not benefit them mentally. Admiral Schroeder has long been an enemy of the cigarette. MUST PAY $500 DAMAGES. Interborough Ordered to Pay Back Money Dropped by an Italian. A jury in Justice Greene’s part of the City Court returned a verdict yesterday for $500 damages in favor of Geirino Ro-sattl of 207 East 106th Street in his suit against the Interborough Rapid Transit Company over a lost pocketbook, alleged to have contained $500. _ Rosattl contended that In June, 1908, he was returning from Brooklyn with $500, a loan which a friend had repaid, and as he and his child were leaving a Third Avenue elevated train at Eighteenth Street the little one slipped and fell. In his endeavor to assist the child to Its feet the pocketbook fell out of his hand and dropped just Inside the gate. Rosatti testified that he asked a guard to return the pocketbook, only to be told that he must “ go to the office.” He further said that upon inquiry at the ” Lost and Found ” Department of the road, no pocketbook answering the description of his had been found. This was the defense of the defendant company, together with the testimony of J. P. Rogan, a guard on the train, who said that the Incident as told by Rosatti had nev’er occurred. The plaintiff had two witnesses who testified that they had seen him drop the pocketbook. MRS.GOULDATPARÏÏ; HOSTESS IHJURED Footman Saw a Blood-Stained Arm—Quests in Tears, Mrs. Gould in Cellar. NICOLL AND SHEARN CLASH Gould’s Lawyer Charges Blackmail— Broker Chapman Says Mrs. Gould Drank on Yachting Trip. Herbert Schmidt, who was footmaa to the Howard Goulds from October, 1904. TRUANT BOY Ä LIFE-SAVER. Paroled Youngster Rescues a Drown-, ing Boy from Morris Canal. Ten-year-old George 'V\’ard of Barrow and Grand Streets, Jersey City, rescued from drowning yesterday Michael Mll-kuskl, a Polish boy of 176 Grand Street, who accidentally fell Into the Morris Canal in the South Cove. ■Ward was sentenced to the New Jersey State Home for Boys at Jamesburg for eighty-five cases of truancy. He pleaded for clemency, and Judge Carey of the Hudson County Common Pleas Court decided to give him another chance, paroling him. This was several days ago. Since that time he has attended regularly at No. 9 School, where he is a pupil. Yesterday he was late and his clothes were wet. When his teacher, Mrs. Clements, learned what had happened she exclaimed: “ I knew there was good stuff in that boy.”< It was Mrs. Clements who appealed to the Judge for the boy’s parole. Education and pleasure In dellghtul combination on Day Line trips of new Strs. HUD- sOii A»d FULTQ».    .dey«;htt=A*tv to May. 1905, furnished the sensation yesterday In the sixth day of the trial before Supreme Court Justice Dowling of the separation suit brought by Jirs. Viola Katherine Gould against Howard Gould. Schmidt, who Is about 30 years old, went on the witness stand about 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, and from then until court adjourned, at 6:15, had the crowded room listening Intently as he told an extraordinary story of Mrs. Gk)uld’s conduct at a party she attended in this city In March, 1905. The party was given by Mrs. Qeorfs Underwood Kirkpatrick, at her home, S West Eighty-seventh Street. Among those present, according to Schmidt, were the wife of Gen. Henry L. Burnett, Mrs. 3, P. Klssam» and Mrs. Clara Taller, whefls now Mrs. Irving Schmelzel. Schmidts story was that on the morning of the party, Mrs. Gould, who was staying at the St. Regis, sent him with a note^ Mrs. Kirkpatrick, saying that she washu and probably would not he-able <to «t^ tend. Later In the day, however, Mrs„>QotiId changed her mind and decided to go. She ordered her automobile and was driven to the Kirkpatrick home. Schmidt said she was Intoxicated. Arriving there, Mrs. Gould entered the house, leaving Schmidt waiting. In a short time, the latter said, Mrs. Kirkpatrick’s maid came out and told him her mistress wanted to see hiw». Schmidt said he wont upstairs and Oft-tered the dining room, or. the first floor, where he saw five women. Among them were Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Bnraett, Mrs. Taller, and Mrs. Klssam. All the PajTty Gnests Weeping, ”A11 the ladles were weeping,” said Schmidt on his redirect examination. “Mrs. Kirkpatrick ^s awfully upset and had blood on her arm. I saw Mrs. Taylor sitting on a chair, weeping, and holding her hand to her eye. Mrs. Kirkpatrick asked me to go and find Mrs. Gould. I went down the back stairs, looking for her in the yard first, as Mrs. Kirkpatrick said she was afraid Mrs. Gould had jumped from a window. “ Not finding Mrs. Gould In the yard, I went Into the cellar and found her there leaning against a wall. I walked by her without saying anything, and went upstairs and told Mrs. Kirkpatrick that I had found Mrs. Gould. She told me to go down again and ask Mrs. Gould to come upstairs. “I went down and found, her In fhe same place. I asked her to come away. She said: ’ Tell Mrs. Kirkpatrick that I won’t put my foot In her house again.’ I told Mrs. Kirkpatrick this and then went out to the automobile. “After waiting about fifteen minutes, Mrs. Gould came out with Mrs. Kissam and Mrs. Burnett, one on each side of her, and they helped her into the automobile. I took them to the St. Regis, but none of them got out. It was then about 5:45 P. M. I then drove them to Mrs. Kissam’s house, where she alighted, and then went on to Mrs. Burnett’s home, where both Mrs. Gould and Mrs. Burnett got out. I returned to the St. Regis.” Mr. and Mrs. Schmelzel sailed for Europe on the Cunarder Mauretania on May 26 last, saying they did not expect to return until September. Schmidt’s story, told with the assistance of De Lancey NIcoll, counsel for Howard Gould, caused a profound sensation, coming as It did after a compara-^ tively dull afternoon of deposition reading. Mrs. Gould fixed her eyes on her former footman while he was relating it, and, although she frequently broke into incredulous smiles, she was plainly disturbed. Mr. Shearn, on cross-examination, got from Schmidt that he is at present living at 147 West Twentieth Street and Is employed at Consldin© Brothers’ café as a waiter. He said the Kirkpatricks lived on the second floor of an apartmeat house. The back stairway which he wenf down to find Mrs. Gould, he said, was the servants’ entrance. Q. Wasn't Mrs. Gould crying when she came out of the Kirkpatrick house? A, No. but her face was red. Witness Paid to Work for Gonld. Schmidt said that when they got to Mr». Burnett’s house, Mrs. Gould told him to fetch her maid, Bertha, frdm the St. Regis right away, which he did. It was 11 o’clock, he said, when Mrs. Gould arrived back at the St. RegJs, Mrs. Burnett accompanying her. Q.—Wasn’t Mrs. Burnett's maid, Julia, with them? A.—I don't know. Q.—But you borrowed $20 from Julia, which you didn’t pay back. Mr. Nicoli objected to this and w-as sustained. Mr. Sheam got the witness to admit that after Mrs. Gould arrived home she sent him for Holbrook Curtis, and also that Dr. Curtis had been in regular attendance on Mrs. Gould around this time. Schmidt admitted also that he had been active in Mr. Gould’s interests in the suit. Ho said that he had an arrangement with Mr. Watson, the associate of Mr. Nicoli, whqreby he (Schmidt) was to spend his spare time trying to find former employes of the Howard Goulds. He had been successful, he said, in finding the witness Richards, who testified on Tuesday, and two former chauffeurs, Ernest F. Heius and a man named Murphy. Q.—Don’t you recollect telephoning to Mr. Nicoli In the presence of Heins. ‘ How about that $100 you premised me? '    A.—I did not. Heins would "not make a statement saying that he had seen anything wrong with Mrs. Gould. Schmidt admitted that he had been paid for this w'ork at the rate of $5 and $10 at a time, but said that he had not received more than $20 altogether. ‘The morning session yesterday wlt- neassd UiS.    ]}etw««n    thf ;