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VO L . X X I I . YOUNGSTOWN, N. Y., F R ID A Y . JUNE 13, 1902. NO. 19. COAL STRIKE PROSPECTS M itchell S t a t e s a Settlem e n t is As Far Off as Ever, E F F O R T S TO PR E V E N T VIOLENCE C o a l a n d I r o n P o l i c e Q u i t — M e n W i l l N o t M a n t l i o P u i n p i — D i s a s t r o u s R e s u l t s t o t h e W o r k i n g s — F e w O u t b r e a k s A r e E x ­ p e c t e d t o O c c u r — P r e s i d e n t R o o s e v e l t W i l l N o t I n t e r v e n e i n t h e S t r i k e . W ilkesbarre, Pa.—President Mitchell, o f the United Mine Workers, has made an important statement which nega­ tives all the peace rumors that have been flying around the country for the la s t few days. He said: “ The prospects of a settlement of the -strike are not near. I must confess that, so far as I know, all negotiations looking to peace are off, and I have no -knowledge of any further steps by the National C ivic Federation or any one ■else.” E v e r y effort has been made by Sheriff Jacobs, President M itchell and the op­ erators to prevent further violence. The Sheriff called on Mr. M itchell and asked him to order the strikers to re­ m ain aw a y from the collieries, prevent the collection of women and boys and abstain from any kind of demonstra­ tion. Mr. Mitchell assured him that th is should be done, and the operators, whom he also saw, said they would do w h a t they could to prevent their spe­ cial officers from causing any trouble. As a consequence it is expected that few , if any, outbreaks w ill occur. The coal guards at the Stanton col­ liery have deserted the colliery in a body and came into the pay office, es­ corted by miners, who had agreed to give them safe conduct. They were paid, and then departed. The colliery is now without guards. The guards at the M a x w e ll colliery of the Lehigh and W ilkesbarre Coal Company have been xemoved, the bosses refusing to work .if the guards were retained. The mines w h ich have been deserted were slowly filling w ith water, and probably w ill be much damaged. The Rev. J. J. Curran, of the H o ly Saviour Church, has issued a long open letter to the strikers calling upon them to be peaceable. The large number of non-union men nnd the several hundred new ly landed Slavs., Poles and Lithunians who hai|e been rushed into the Hazelton region,, have caused much speculation as to the operators’ intent. Some light was throw n on the matter when a reliable authority stated that the intention of some of the large individual operators in that region is to give the first blow tow a rd breaking the strike by trying to mine coal w ith imported labor. They believe that they w ill be able to protect the non-union workers and get out coal. F r c k Z / c z i t W i l l N o t I n t e r f e r e . W ashington, D. C.—A fter a confer­ ence with the members of his Cabinet President Roosevelt has decided that there is no legal ground for interfer- ■ence by him in the settlement of the dispute betw'een the coal operators and striking miners. The resolutions -of the New York Board of Trade and Transportation requesting the Presi­ dent to appoint a commissioner to visit the anthracite regions and investigate the situation were discussed at great length, but as the law of 1892, which •conferred authority upon the President to appoint such an officer has been re­ pealed, the President has no desire to assume the responsibility which the N e w York Board of Trade suggested. S o f t C o a l M i n e r s G o O n t . Elkhorn, W . Va.—W e s t V irginia’s great coal strike is now on in the F la t Top, Elkhorn, Tug R iver and Dingess fields. Ten thousand miners, all mem­ bers of the United Mine W o rkers of A m e ilca, have left the mines and de­ clared their intention to remain out un­ til the operators make them the con­ cessions demanded at the Huntington meeting a few weeks ago. W A R ON SA L E OF BIRD PLUM A C E. . A u d u b o n S o c i e t y T h r e a t e n s t o P r o s e c u t e M i l l i n e r s i n C h i c a g o . Chicago.—H a v in g accomplished noth­ ing by morhl suasion, the Illinois A u ­ dubon Society has begun aggressive .action to stop the sale of birds and bird plumage in Chicago for m illinery purposes. Notices citing the law and threaten­ ing prosecution were sent to every m il­ lin e r and dealer in m illinery goods in Chicago. The action was taken after conference w ith State and Federal officials and directors of kindred soci­ eties all over the United States. The law forbids the killing or catching of other than game birds, English spar­ rows, crows, blackbirds and chickeu- hawks. , BRITISH LOST 97,472 SO L D IERS; T o t a l R e d u c t i o n o f A r m y I n S o u t h A f r i c a b y A l l C a u s e s . London.—The W a r Office has issued n statement showing that from the beginning of the Boer w a r to M a y 30 last the total reduction of the British forces in South A frica w a s 97,477. This includes killed, wounded, pris­ oners. deaths from disease, and men invalided home. Of these many have recovered and rejoined their regiments, leaving 2S.434 dead or permanently in­ capacitated. The total number of troops killed in action, or who died of wounds, is 7792, w h ile the total number of deaths from -disease is 13.250. M U R D E R E R S G A R R O T T E D Four Porto Ricans Put to Death After Long- Legal Fight. P u b l i c S e n t i m e n t S t r o n g l y A g a i n s t t h e E x ­ e c u t i o n s — S o l d i e r s B u i l t t h e P l a t ­ f o r m o n W h i c h t h e M e n D i e d . San Juan, Porto Rico.—The four mur­ derers, Bernabe Acevedo, Jose Torres, Ramon Oadeno and Ju a n Torres, who were convicted of murder, robbery and outrage committed four years ago in a suburb of Adjuntas, have been gar- roted iu the Ponce jail. Only about thirty official witnesses were present. A convict murderer acted as execution­ er, as no other person could be obtained to perform tbe duty. A t the garroting of murderers last year this same con­ vict acted as executioner, for which service his term of imprisonment was commuted. H e w ill now be set at lib­ erty, and w ill receive $100 for liis work. The garroting of these murderers had been set for M a y 31, and was to have been carried out secretly. It had to be postponed on accoun^ of the tremen­ dous sentiment against capital punish­ ment. No workm an could be found who would build the platform, and uo one would sell nails or timber to be used in its construction. It was finally constructed by soldiers. The four condemned men occupied the corners of the rude platform. They were brought out separately and screens were arranged so that none of the murderers saw the garroting of the others. In each case death was practically instantaneous. The men were pronounced dead as soon as the doctors examined them. Notwithstanding the fact that all the men admitted their guilt of a terrible bandit murder and assault on women, in the last moments prominent citizens appealed to the Governor and Supreme Court to suspend sentence. From S o’clock until 11 the court listened to ar­ guments as to the unconstitutionality of punishing criminals without indict­ ment by the Grand Ju r y . The point was finally overruled. Originally five men were convicted of these crimes. The Governor, however, commuted the sentence of one to im ­ prisonment for life. The men were first convicted in June, 1900. and the case was fought through all the courts. Then the press of Porto Rico started a campaign to have the Governor pardou the men. H e re­ ferred the cases to the Attorney-Gen­ eral, who affirmed the convictions. $100,000 FLOOD AT JO L IET. T l i r e e D i v e s D o s t a n d 1 0 0 F a m i l i e s D e s ­ t i t u t e — C l o u d b u r s t C a u s e d I t . Joliet, 111.—One hundred families des­ titute, three lives lost, property dam­ aged aggregating close to $ 100,000 and almost complete suspension of business are the more important re­ sults of the flood which swept over Joliet, washing out miles of railroad track, inundating the principal streets of the city, arnj wrecking the homes of scores of millmen who resided in the lowlands in the south end of the town. The flood was caused by a cloudburst which precipitated over four inches of rainfall w ithin two hours, caus­ ing H ickory Creek and Spring Creek to overflow their banks. A vast tor­ rent of w a ter swept down through the chief streets from the east. The drainage channel did uot contribute to the flood water. Those who lost their lives in the flood -were: Mabel Kennedy, sixteen years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jam es Kennedy; Ed w a rd McGovern, eleven years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Felix McGovern, and Lizzie M cGrath, twenty-two years old. Two Rivers, W is.—The eniire north­ ern part of Manitowoc County was un­ der water, caused by a heavy rain ­ storm lasting twenty-four hours. The storm was undoubtedly the worst that has visited the eastern part of W iscon­ sin in several years. A t Mishicott, seven miles north of here, the entire village was under water, which cov­ ered the principal streets to the depth of two or three feet. The mill dam has gone out. A t Tisch M ills three bridges were carried away. FARM E R NAILED TO A T R E E . T w o M e n H o b a n d M a l t r e a t a R e s i d e n t o f A l a b a m a . Huntsville, Ala. — Tom Harless, a farm er living near Berkeley, was as­ saulted and robbed by two men and then nailed to a tree. He was rescued alive, but his hands were badly torn, and he w ill not be able to work for sev­ eral months. Harless had been plowing and was eating his dinner at a spring when he w as confronted by two strange men with pistols, who robbed him of $4 and then backed him against a tree and nailed him there. In this condition the man remained until dark, when he was rescued by a farm hand. D r o w n e d T r y i n g t o S a v e a C h i l d . Oliver 51. Tishner, of Princeton, Ind., was drowned at Long Pond, a pleasure resort, while trying to save a little girl. The girl was iu a boat w ith Tish- uer, his six-year-old daughter and an­ other child. She fell overboard and Tisbner jumped into the w a ter after her. Both were drowned. M i n o r i t y R e p o r t o n C a n a l s . The minority members of the Com­ mittee on Isthm ian Canals of the U n i­ ted States Senate have prepared a re­ port opposing the views of the m ajor­ ity and showing the im practicability of the Nicaragua route ou account of volcauic disturbances. It favors the Panam a route. MOT RIOTS IN CHICAGO Police Attacked Mobs Repeatedly and Used Their Revolvers. SCO R E S OF v PER S O N S INJURED T h e W o r s t D a y i n t h e S t r i k e o f t h e B e e t P a c k e r s ’ T e a m s t e r s — C r o w d s A t t a c k e d t h e D r i v e r s a n d O c c u p a n t s o f M e a t W a g o n s — P i t c h e d B a t t l e s i n t h e S t r e e t s — O n e S t r i k e S e t t l e d . Chicago.—Driven by men covered w ith dust and blood, many of them barely able from exhaustion to hold the reins in their hands, thirty-six meat wagons entered the main gate of the Union Stock Yards amid a show­ er of stones, bricks, bottles and sticks. The wagons, guarded by five police wagons, filled with, blue coats, and two omnibuses, crowded to the fullest ca­ pacity w ith policemen, were on the return from a delivery of supplies to downtown provision houses, after one of the fiercest days in the strike of the beef packers’ teamsters. The troops of the F irst Regiment, National Guard, were notified to be prepared for a sudden call to serve. More than a dozen battles were fought during the day between the rioters and tlie police, and the hospitals were crowded w ith the injured. The fiercest battle of the day took place at Sixteenth street and M ich­ igan avenue. The rioters stood on the viaduct and hurled stones at the meat wagons passing underneath. Tiie throng was the most formidable in numbers and in daring of any of the crowds that fathered during the day. Before this mob could be dispersed the police were compelled to use their re­ volvers. More than fifty shots were fired over the heads of the rioters, who finally became frightened and scat­ tered, but not until many of the rioters and policemen had suffered Serious injuries. The police used their clubs w ith the greatest vigor, and scores of rioters had to be sent to the hospitals. The number of injured reached 150. The progress of the cavalcade of meat wagons through the streets was slow, and every inch of ground was stubbornly contested. Cable trains along the route and trolleys were blocked. From the elevated structures and from windows along the streets men and women hurled missiles. H u n ­ dreds of persons suffered broken beads, but were hurried aw a y by their friends before tbe police could assist them. W h ile the rioting was going on the strike of the delivery wagon drivers was being, settled. President Job, of the State Arbitration Board, got repre­ sentatives of the dry goods companies and of the strikers together and they talked matters over. An agreement was soon reached. The demands of the men in regard to wages were granted, and the stores agreed not to discriminate against union men, and to furnish uniform coats and caps where required. The agreement was the result of conces­ sions ou both sides. The men at once returned to work. B E E F T R U S T MEN ENJOINED. S w e e p i n g O r d e r I s s u e d b y J u s t i c e C h e s ­ t e r a t A l b a n y . Albany, N. Y .—Attorney-General D a ­ vies has obtained from Supreme Court Justice Chester an injunction order un­ der the Lexow-Donnelly Anti-Trust lav/ on the same lines as tlie Federal injunction granted in Chicago, but somewhat stronger, restraining Armour & Co., Sw ift & Co., Nelson Morris Co., Hammond & Co., the Cudahy^ Packing Company and the Schwarz- sciiild & Sulzberger Beef Company from maintaining in this State a com­ bination of prices for beef, and from carrying out any agreements as to cred­ its or cartage and from maintaining a blacklist of retail dealers. The order also restrains these defendants from entering into and m aintaining any combination respecting the salaries or wages of their employes'. Accompanying thesummonsand com­ plaint was an affidavit of D. W . Mere­ dith. formerly a New York City mana­ ger for Sw ift & Co. In obtaining the injunction Attorney-General Davies asked that it be made permanent, and Justice Chester directed that it “ con­ tinue until the other or further order of the court.” N E W BRITISH AMBASSADOR. H i e H o n . M i c h a e l H e n r y H e r b e r t A p ­ p o i n t e d t o W a s h i n g t o n . London.—The Hon. Michael H e n ry Herbert, Secretary of the British E m ­ bassy at Paris, has been appointed A m ­ bassador of Great Britaiu to the United States, to succeed Lord Pauneefote. Washington, D. C.—Two important changes in the diplomatic representa­ tion in Washington have been an­ nounced. The Hon. Michael H. H e r­ bert succeeds Lord Pauneefote as B r it­ ish Ambassador and Senor de Ojeda succeeds the Duke de Arcos as Spanish Minister. The change in the Spanish Legation here came as a surprise to all but in­ timate friends of the Duke de Arcos. It is understood that the change is at­ tributed entirely to the retiring M in­ ister’s desire to secure the best possi­ ble treatment for his impaired vision, which has caused him much and grow­ ing concern. Therefore he has secured a transfer to the Spanish Legation at Brussels. There he w ill be as near as practicable to an eye specialist who already has undertaken his treatment at inconvenient intervals. D R O W N I N G F A T A L I T I E S M any Persons Lose Their Lives in and Near New York. S t o r m s a n d T o r n a d o e s I n I l l i n o i s — T w o K i l l e d b y D i g h t n i n g I n G e o r g i a — W o m a n F r i g h t e n e d t o D e a t h . N e w York City.—Fou r young men who had been fishing from a rowboat in the East R iver off H u n t’s Point, on the Bronx side, opposite College Point, wfere caught between two sand barges that wei*e being towed up the East Rfver. The rowboat avas smashed tc bits and three of the boys were drowned. They were W illiam Helfer- ich, nineteen years old; Alexander W illow , twenty-one years old, and Maurice Silvers, twenty-two years old. John Helferich, avho was two years older than his brother avho was drowned, was the only one in the party saved. The Helferich fam ily has been a most unfortunate one of late. Tbe father, who was a policeman, avas shot and killed a few years ago. A son, avho was a piano mover, w a s killed by a piano falling on him, avhile another son w a s rendered totally blind not long ago in a Fourth of Ju l y celebra­ tion. T H R E E D R O W N E D W H I D E F I S H I N G . O n e F e l l O v e r b o a r d , a n d i n H i s S t r u g g l e U p s e t t h e B o a t . New Rochelle, N. Y.—A rowboat con­ taining Ernest and H a r r y Leiffler, of Neav York City, and tavo other men, David K e r r and Hugh M cKean, of Mount Vernon, avho avere fishing in Long Island Bound, off this place, cap­ sized, aud Ernest Leiffler and the two Mount Vernon men drowned before help could reach them. H a r r y Leiffler was the only one in 1 the party avho could swim. Leiffler says that while he w a s fixing the bait he heard a splash and saav one of the Mount Ver- aon men, avho had been leaning over the side of the boat, struggling in the waten The man grabbed the side of the boat and in trying to get in cap­ sized. it. T O R N A D O ’S H A V O C I N I E E I N O I S . L i v e S t o c k K i l l e d , W i r e s D o w n a n d M a n y B u i l d i n g s D e s t r o y e d . Chicago.—Cloudbursts and tornadoes occurred in different parts of the State. X L M t Carroll many persons had nar­ row escapes from death. A large affiount of live stock was killed and property valued at $25,000 was laid in ruins. Elg ia suffered severely. The first bolt of lightning struck the Sw e ­ dish Lutheran Church, where a funeral was In progress. W ires were down. The homes of Jacob Pinkney and George Goff were destroyed by fire from lightning stroke. Mrs. Pinkney was closing a window when the light­ ning struck her. Coming down the chimney, it struck both her feet, tear­ ing off her shoes and severely burning the flesh. E v e r y down-town street was flooded, and Fox R iver overflowed its banks for the first time in years. S i g h t o f D e a t h K i l l e d H e r . Hoboken, N. J . —Thinking she had seen her own boy dashed to death be­ fore her eyes, Mrs. Thomas Feeley cried “ Oh, my Charley!” and sank to the floor. In five minutes she was dead 3 f heart disease. Mrs. Feeley had been ill for three weeks, and had been able to be around tbe house for only a day or two. W h ile she was standing by an open window a neighbor’s child fell from a second-story window. Mrs. Feeley thought it was hers. T w o K i l l e d b y D i g h t n i n g . Columbus, Ga.—A heavy w ind and thunder storm which passed over this rity caused the death of two people, fa­ tally’ injured a third and did consider­ able damage to buildings. The dead are .T. P. W illis, a carpenter, and Louis McClain. They were struck by light­ ning. W e n t F i s h i n g , F o u n d D r o w n e d . Wilmington, Del. — Jacob Oerrwin- sky, aged forty years, of this city, was found drowned at the Delaware R a il­ road bridge, over the Christiana River. The last seen of him was while he was fishing. HISSED AT TH E IR MARRIAGE. 1 0 0 0 W o m e n S h o w T h o i r S c o r n F o r D r . Q u i n n a n d B r i d e i p W o r c e s t e r , M a s s . Worcester, Mass. — More than 1000 women gathered in St. John’s Catholic Church and vented their disapproval of th? marriage of Dr. M aurice W . Quinn, of Brockton, to Miss M a ry E. Donaber, of this city, by a storm of groans and hisses. The detail of police stationed at the church entrance had anticipated trouble, but their efforts to prevent the hissing were unavailing, and not until the bridal couple had left the church did the hostile demonstration cease. The angry women crowded in the church were championing the cause ol Bertha E. Condon, who figured in an alleged attempt to kill Dr. Quinn at Brockton on M a y 14. Miss Condon fired four shots from a revolver at Dr. Quinn, who she asserted had ruined her upon his promise of marriage. The young woman w a s arrested and is now held in $1000 bonds for trial. It was feared that she would make an attempl to kill Dr. Quinn at the altar, but she did not appear, to the evident disap pointment of the large crowd of women who sympathized w ith her. Dr. Quinn and his bride left on theii wedding journey, and the couple were guarded by a squad of police until they were aboard the train. D i o n C h e w B H i s T r a i n e r . A lion in a show at Cleveland, Ohio, fatally chewed a trainer named Josepfc McPhee. BRITISHHANKSOREACE T F P Services Held in London and Through­ out the Em p ire. BOER LEA D E R S ’ OPEN LETTER I t W a s A d d r e s s e d t o t h e B u r g h e r s I n t h e F i e l d W h e n P e a c e W a s S i g n e d — T h e y A x - e U r g e d t o F o i - g l v o a n d F o r g e t a n d t o S t r i v e F o r t h e W e l f a r e o f T h e i r C o u n t i - y — K r u g e r S t a y s i u H o l l a n d . London.—The noisy jubilation with which London has resounded for the past wreek, was succeeded by solemn and impressive public demonstrations of thankfulness for the return of peace in South Africa. , The thanksgiving services held in London were typical of The services held throughout the Em p ire, but the presence of K in g Edw a rd and other members of the royal fam ily at the principal devotional service in London, and the progress of the royal person­ ages to and from St. Pa u l’s Cathedral through cheering thousands of British subjects and visitors in London gave thanksgiving day in the metropolis added features of iuterest. General Kitchener attended a thanks­ giving service at Pretoria, at which 3000 B ritish troops -were present. B O E R S D A Y D O W N T H E I R A R M S . D i s a r m a m e n t P r o c e e d i n g S a t i s f a c t o r i l y , a n d G o o d S p i r i t D i s p l a y e d . Loudon.—The W a r Office has been notified by General Kitchener that the disarmament of the \J3oers is proceed­ ing satisfactorily, and good spirit is displayed everywhere. The following formalities are ob­ served when General Botha, General De W e t or any of the Boer command­ ants accompapy the British officer who lias been detailed to receive surrenders. The Boer leader goes out to meet a commando and returns at its head. The Boers who come iu are generally dressed in dilapidated clothing, but have a smart and soldierly bearing. The Boers who are to surrender are as­ sembled and the Boer leader deliv-J ? an address to his men, urging them to listen to the British officer who has been detailed on this work. The British officer then makes a speech to the men of the commando in which he informs them of the ad­ miration of K in g Edw a rd and the B r it­ ish nation for the gallant struggle and the bravery of their people and promises that the British authorities w ill do their utmost to help them re­ settle on their farms. A meal ls then provided for the Boers, after wThich the formal surrender occurs. In many such instances the Boers have cheered K in g Edw a rd, and they sometimes have expressed surprise that no arm y w a s sent out to receive their surrenders. The Boers are allowed to retain their horses and saddles, and the m ajority of them appear to be glad that the w a r is at an end, and that they w ill now be able to join their families. Among the men wTho sur­ rendered to the British authorities at Balm o ral, Cape Colony, -were four Americans, who w ill be granted free passage to Delagoa Bay. The open letter of the Boer leaders to the burghers, in which peace is an­ nounced and in which the burghers are counseled to loyal acquiescence, is an eloquent and pathetic document. In it the leaders thank the burghers for their noble sacrifices and express their sym­ pathy for the bereaved. The letter con­ cludes as follows: “ Now tliat there is peace, and al­ though it is not a peace such as we longed for, yet let us abide where God has led us. W e can w ith clear con­ sciences declare that for two and a half years our people have carried on the straggle in a manner almost un­ known to history. Le t us now grasp each other’s hands, for another great struggle lies before us, a struggle for the spiritual and racial prosperity and welfare of our people. Casting aside all feelings of bitterness, let us learn to forget and to forgive, so tbat tlie deep wounds caused by this w a r may be healed.” K r u g e r t o D i v e i n H o l l a n d . Brussels, Belgium .—Mr. Kruger de­ clares that he w ill end his days in H o l­ land. CHINAMAN'S ODD PLICHT. O u t o f N i c a r a g u a , C a n n o t D a n d H e r e , M u s t R e m a i n o n a S t e a m e r . New Orleans, La.—Fong Jung, a Chi­ naman, of Bluefields, Nicaragua, has become, in consequence of our Chinese exclusion laws, a man without a coun­ try, and the Bluefields Steamship Com­ pany has trouble on its hands. The Chinaman has lived in Nicara­ gua for several years, where he ac* quired a small fortune. W ishing to re­ tire from business he took cabin pas­ sage on the steamer John W ilson for the United States. Captain Hansen, of the W ilson, regarded Fong Jung, as a merchant. When, however, the China­ man reached here, the customs officials decided that he did not come under the category of merchants and ordered his return to Nicaragua. H e re the Nicaragua law comes into play, for a Chinaman who leaves that country eannot return. Fong Jung can­ not land here or return to his former home, and the Bluefields Steamship Company w ill have to carry him to and fro until it strikes some vessel at sea that w ill take the passenger to a coun try where Chinamen are admitted. S T A T E N E W S . U r g e s V a c c i n a t i o n . The bulletin of the State Department of H e a lth for A p ril shows the necessity for vaccination in view of the general existence of smallpox in many places. During the month this disease caused fifty-seven deaths in New York City, three in Albany and one in Buffalo. The bulletin says: “ I t is w ith utmost confidence that this department in­ dorses the statement that no person recently vaccinated successfully, ex­ cept it be done too late after exposure to the disease, w ill take smallpox. In saying this we are only confirming by our personal observation the universal testimony of all health authorities everywhere. The medical profession generally believe this to be true, and it is asked that they create a public sentiment in favor of its necessity, since compulsory vaccination, except ,in case of urgent necessity as an ex­ treme measure by Boards of Health, is not established in this State.” S t a t e B a n k T a x U p h e l d . State Controller M iller has given his .decision on the long pending contest of the law passed by the Legislature of 1901, which taxes the surplus of savings banks in addition to their real estate. The Controller decides that the tax is constitutional. The matter flow probably w ill be carried to the court. The case arose over a protest made by the Bank for Savings in the City of N e w York against the basis adopted by the Controller fpr the levy­ ing of the tax. The bank asked for a revision of the tax placed upon it and asserted that its realty had been as­ sessed too high. The bank was as­ sessed upon a valuation of $4,310,253, making the tax for the year $46,102. It is understood that the Savings Bank Association of the State w ill bring tbe matter before the courts as a test case. W o o d C o n f e s s e s R o b b e r y . Fran k S. Wood, the traveling sales­ man who, at Rochester, pleaded guilty to receiving a quantity of diamonds stolen from Mrs. French and Mrs. Gardner last October, was sentenced to serve an indeterminate term of not less than one year, three months, and iuot more than four j’ears in Auburn. Wood, it was announced, has made a complete confession of the affair, and he declares that a law y e r of Rochester with a large practice and a Columbia graduate, led him into the ease and got him to handle the stolen gems. W h e n he pleaded guilty the other day Wood named a dead man as the one who had given him the diamonds. B e y o f T h i r t e e n a F o o t p a d . Eugene Gaffney, thirteen,\ 'w a s ar­ rested at Middletown charged with holding up Jam e s Coons. The young highwaym an entered Fran k T. Romer’s house, and among the articles he stole was the revolver w ith which he con­ fronted Mr. Coons and ordered him J o throw up his hands and empty his pockets. Mr. Coons retreated into his barn, and as he did so the young desperado pulled the trigger several times, but the revolver, rusty from w a n t of use, failed to explode. Young •Gaffney, whose home is in Newburg. was sent there in charge of an officer. S u r r o g a t e G l a s s ’ s D e c i s i o n . Surrogate Edgar Glass, of Syracuse, has decided that occasional intoxica­ tion does not disqualify a man for an adm inistrator and that the law means habitual drunkenness. Objections were filed to W illiam and Robert McClure as administrators of the estate of their mother, Mrs. M a ry Ann McClure. W i l ­ liam M cClure testified that he got drunk as often as lie felt like it, add­ ing: “ I don’t deprive myself of any of the luxuries of life.” Robert M cClure 1 swore tbat he drank and would like to see any one that didn’t. Surrogate Glass allowed them to act. G o v e r n o r O d e l l R e t u r n s . Governor Odell has returned to A l­ bany from his extended W e stern trip. He stated that he had had a most de­ lightful trip, and that his health had been greatly benefited. The Governor expects to remain in Albany for three or four weeks, and w ill make a num­ ber of appointments before leaving for his summer vacation. These include a Fiscal Supervisor of Charities, a R a il­ road Commissioner, a St. Louis W o rld’s F a i r Commissioner, and two judicial appointments. 8 3 0 , 0 0 0 F i t e i n D y n d h u r s t . ’ There was a $30,000 fire at Lynd- hurst, near Rhinebeck, the summer home of Colonel Jacob Ruppert. F ire was discovered in the roof of the im­ mense farm barn and the flames spread rapidly to adjoining buildings. The home of Superintendent Henry Ackert, the magnificent coach barn and sev­ eral other smaller buildings were en­ tirely consumed. A ll the horses and live stock and the carriages were re­ moved in safety. A D A r o u n d t h e S t a t e . Geneseo’s public library contains 14,- 000 books. North Tonawanda police w ill crusade against corner loungers. W e llsville trustees have voted $18,- 592.73 for village expenses. Mrs. M a ry K . Boyd has resigned her position as Superintendent of the W o m ­ an ’s House of Refuge at Albion. Salam anca is beginning to believe 'that it is large enough to have a sep­ arate m ilitary company and an ar­ mory. Rev. C. W . Remington, pastor of Elli- cottsville’s Presbyterian Church tor twelve years, has tendered his resig­ nation. The new city directory puts the popu­ lation of Syracuse at 115;000. This is Jn increase of 7000 over the Fede.~l [census of 1900.

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