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OCT 3 1900 FOTJB O'CLOCK. NEW YORK, TUESDAY, OCTOBERBQOOi - VOL. 60. NO. 273. - 20 PAGES. COPYRIGHT. 1900. BT THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGrVE. TEGREE CENTS. at m 1 1 EXPLOSION OF GASOLINE MAY GAUSE THREE DEATHS A Plumber's Furnace Bursts in the Residence of Charles D. Blatchford. BLATCHFORD VICTIM. to workmen were Also Terribly Burned as the Result of an Accident Due to Carelessness. - At 11:50 o'clock this forenoon a plumber's ' . rasoline furnace exploded In the residence ; St Charles D. B;atchfprd, the property clerk of the police force in Brooklyn, at 240 Grand avenue. Mrs. Leonie Blatchford, his wife, was so badly burned that it is feared that she . cannot recover, and the two plumbers woo were in the house at, the time were also so severely injured that their recovery is not expected. Mr. Blatchford lives in a three story brown itone house at the. number indicated, which . 8 on the. west side of Grand avenue, two loors from DeKalb avenue.. The household ;onsists of Mr. Blatchford and - his wife and 'laughter,"1 - and " Mr. and Mrs. Louis B. Day, the father and mother of Mrs. Blatchford. " The Blatchfords had occupied the house but a very short time. This morning there was something wrong with the hot water boiler, attached to the range and' the plumbers were called in. The workmen - were Anthony Brlstman, ged 30 years, of 249 Klrigsland avenue, and Charles Murdoch, aged 22 years," of 137 Steuben street. They had their own way in the kitchen, for Mrs. Blatchford . was ; upstairs with her mother and the baby. ' The latter was having her clothes changed and Mrs. Blatchford had occasion, just before noon, to go down to the kitchen. - Her father was itanding in a small extension in the rear of !he kitchen. The two plumbers were in th titchen working with the gasoline furnace on the range. It happened that they had determined to make the necessary repairs to the boiler without extinguishing the fire in the range, a very unusual proceeding. Mrs. Blatchford had Bpoken to them about it and had told them that they were taking chances. She was horrified when she went into the kitchen to see" that the careless workmen' had placed their - ,' gasoline blower on the shelf of the heated range. Her father, who is the only witness who can give. any account of what "happened,; says that he heard his . 'iughter say to the men: ' I "Why, , that's - a gasoline furnace; take It away; take it away quickly; its dangerous." At that very moment Mr. Day heard the explosion. He was" not in a direct line with the range, for he was but in the doorway of the kitchen extension, . but the atmospheric disturbance knocked him from his. feet, flat on the floor. He heard the screams of - the injured and' mindful of the - safety of - his daughter - went into the kitchen to her as - sistance. She was apparently an entire sheet cl flame npA&ejir&4tnfo'lQi& torlielp.; Mr. Day thre w her tVthe floor and rolled her over and over until he had in a measure extinguished the. fire which was consuming1 her - l - clothing.1 ':'.' ' .''' '. . : The.plumbers were also bn.the .floor scream - i ing for help. . To their cries were added the. shouts of Mrs. Day for assistance. The! mother did not know what happened, but she had heard, the noise of the explosion and ran down stairs to find. out. When she saw that her daughter, was injured and that the men I were , also enveloped in flames which sir.' J Day by this time was trying to extinguish, she ran to the street - imploring help. . The neighbors ran in and a call" was sent to police headquarters for Mr. Blatchford and for ambulances. The operator sent the ambulances of the St. John's and Brooklyn Hospitals to the house in a hurry and the doctors were there, before Mr. Blatchford reached the house. As he got to the door the ambulance surgeon was faking away his wife. He was very much overcome. The doctors lost no time in hurrying the patients off to the Brooklyn Hospital, the nearest institution. There it was found that Mrs. Blatchford was burned all over the body, neck and head. The plumbers were also shockingly scorched. The fingers of one of the men had been blown oft by the force of the explosion. At the hospital this afternoon the doctors reported that there; had been no improvement In the condition of the injured and they would not hazard an opinion as to the possibility of recovery In any of the three cases. ....' The shock of the explosion . had done very little damage in the kitchen, although the .rear windows had been blown out. Mr. Day, who Is 82 years old, was burned on the hands and his whiskers were singed. He was not badly injured, however, and he was attended by, a doctor in the neighborhood. Mrs. Day was overcome when she heard the extent of the injury. "Oh," she moaned, "if I only had gone to the kitchen instead of my dear daughter. Of what use is my life ompared with hers? Mrs. Blatchford had been married only a little over two yeas. She was before her marriage a public school teacher and was considered a very bright woman. She had graduated from the High School as a much earlier age than most girls. Her mental attainments were of a high order, and her marriage was considered a loss to the local public school system. NEW MC COY STJIT. Pugilist's Wife Now Asks for a Divorce. Justice Freedman in the Supreme Court today appointed Daniel P. Ingraham re'eree to take the testimony, in a suit for absolute divorce brought by Julia B. Selby against Norman Selby, better known as Kid,McCoy, the pugilist. The appointment was .made upon the application of Howe & Hummel, counsel .for Mrs. Selby. None of the . particulars of the new suit were made public In court. McCoy some time ago began an action In the Supreme Court against his wife, in which he asked for an absolute divorce. This suit was subsequently discontinued. At the time Mrs. Selby mado charges that the. recont fight between her husband and Corbett was a "fixed" affair. FIRE IN A FACTORY. . Fire was started about 8:30 o'clock this morning In the tinning room of the National Enameling and Stamping Company, at 156 Metropolitan avenue. It was caused by the upsetting of a pot of groase used in treating tin.' Several workmen narrowly escaped1 being burned. For a few minutes the new shipping warehouse of tho company, which was' recently erected on the site of the old Forty - seventh Regiment Armory, was in danger of destruction. The damage done will amount to only $7,500. REED TO LOCATE ON LONG ISLAND P Reported That the Ex - Speaker Has Bought Adjoining Governor Roosevelt. It is reported that ex - Speaker Thomas B. Reed intends to build a summer home at Oyster Bay, L - I., and through an agenthas secured an option on a fine piece of property adjoining the. residence of Governor Roosevelt on Sagamore Hill. '.The property Mr. Reed is said to have secured is on an eminence almost as high as Sagamore Hill and commands a fine, view of the surrounding country. It contains several acres and overlooks the Center Island . property of the Seawan - haka - Corinthian Yacht Club. It is understood that just as soon as the property can be transferred it is Mr. Reed's intention to tear down the present structure and replace it with a handsome building. The grounds will also be beautified to such an extent that the place will be one of the attractions in that part of Long Island. ROOSEVELT AT NORTH PLATTE. Says He Is Ready to Meet Democrats on Any Issue. North Platte, Neb., October 2 Governor Roosevelt arrived at North Platte at 6:30 A. Ml A meeting was held at the Opera House at 8 o'clock, the open air meeting having. been abandoned on account of damp weather. Governor Roosevelt spoke briefly on the Issues of the day, - saying that he did not know now what the paramount issues of the opposition party were. He said he did not think the Democratic party 'was happy in selecting as an issue of the campaign the dishonor of the American Sag. Whatever the issue might be, he said, he was ready to meet them on ' it. SILENCE IN ALBANY ABOUT ICE. Attorney General Has Nothing "Whatever to Say About the Mayor's Answer. (Special to the Eagle.) Albany; October 2 Attorney General Da vies was asked this afternoon by the Eagle correspondent if he had received Mayor Van Wyck's answer to the ice trust charges. "I have nothing at all to say on the sub ject," he replied. "Nothing is apt to develop in that connection to - day." None of the State Department officials care to discuss the Attorney General's reticence regarding the. Mayor's answer. It is regarded as mysterious, however, and in some quarters political considerations are declared to account for the situation. This means, of course, that the - Republican State Organization is pursuing a secretive course in treating tlie ice trust charges, so as to be able to let Tammany ofilclals down easily by eventually dismissing the complaint against the Mayor. The fact that Controller Coler and District Attorney Gardiner both were exonerated from the charges lodged against them with the Governor suggests itself to the minds of those disposed to view with suspicion the manner .In which the state administration has dealt'thus far with the ice trust matter. It Is said William J. Youngs, the Governor's private secretary, will be in Albany to - night to confer with Attorney General Davies as the Governor's representative, about Mayor Van Wyck's answer, and the proceedings to be adopted in disposing of it. There seems no 'doubt that the Attorney General has had possession of the Mayor's . answer for: several, day's.: . . i HARRISON COMES TOf OWN; Former President Undecided Whether or ;'";? - - . Not He Will. Make Any., . Speeches. . . . In spl.te of Senator Hanna's parting Injunctions not to be too confident, the managers at' the National Headquarters of the Republican party are jubilant over the news that dally reaches there and have no fears as to the ultimate result. Scores of prominent men from all over the country are ' - constantly calling in and expressing themselves upon - the outcome. Mr. Odell at state headquarters, usually conservative in his interviews, when asked this morning what the prospect was up the state simply said: "Bang up!" and then he smiled one of his quiet I - know - what - I - am - talklng - about smiles. Prominent business men from all parts of the country continue to express serene confidence in the prospect of McKinley's re - election. They base their predictions on the general prosperity of the country and the desire to continue the present conditions. Here are some sample expressions by visitors in New York City: : Ex - President Benjamin Harrison and his wife arrived" at the Fifth Avenue Hotel' this morning. They went out together after a time, but their destination was not known. General Harrison was asked - if his visit to the city had any political significance and he said it had not. He declared that he might possibly make a call at Republican national headquarters. When Inquiry was made as to whether he would make ' any speeches during the campaign he replied: "Why? Why should I make speeches?" The general said that he has made no plans In regard to speaking and that he does not know yet what he will do in. that regard. He said he Is here on private business. JAMES LEE SAVED A CHILD. His Hands Badly Burned in Extinguishing Her Blazing Clothes. James Lee of 421 Atlantic avenue, a well known resident of the Third Ward, was severely burned about the hands a. few evenings ago, while rescuing a little girl whose clothing was, on fire. He Is employed as a government tally man on the docks in the Sixth District. When passing through Congress street, between Hicks and Henry street last Wednesday evening he saw a bonfire on the street with the inevitable crowd of boys around it. One of them scattered the embers around and they set fire to the clothing of Lizzie Windsor, 11 years old, of 125 Congress street. The child fled screaming to the steps of the adjacent convent, her dress blazing fiercely. Mr. Lee tore off his coat, which - he wrapped around the child, at the same time tearing away the burning clothing. In doing so his hands were severely burned. The child was removed by her parents to tho Long Island College ' Hospital, where she is at present. She was found to be badly burned about the back, neck and right leg. All her hair was singed off before the flames co.uld be extinguished. But for the fact that Mr Lee was right on the spot, her Injuries would probably have proved fatal. SAYS BANK REFUSES TO PAY. Mrs. Martha A. Oliver, who came to this borough with her husband, Dr. John X. Oliver, from Bur'.lngton, Vt., to live, in 1895, and who resides at 577 Atlantic avenue, was plaintiff In a suit brought to trial this morning before Justice Mattice and a juy in Part II of the Suqreme Court for tho recovery of $1,000 deposited in the Burlington Savings Bank, with interest from September 1, 18!)5. She alleges that the money was deposited as a credit and that, although she has demanded it, the bank refuses to pay It to her. O. R. HEWITT A BANKRUPT. Charles R. Hewitt, 11 William street, Manhattan, filed a petition 'in bankruptcy In the United States District Court to - day, showing liabilities of $351,619.88 and no assets. The liabilities arc divided as follows: Secured claims, $66,088.91; unsecured claims. $158,415.16, and notes and bills which ought to be paid by other partles,: $132,015.81. COLER MADE fl BIG ERROR, SAY SOME OF HIS FRIENDS They Believe He Missed a Great Opportunity in - : - Tailing to Appear at Academy. EXCUSE NOT WELL RECEIVED. Local Leadens Pleased With Hill's Address Circumstances Surrounding Alleged Hissing of Croker's Name. The leaders of the Kings County Democracy profess to be greatly pleased with the success of the opening meeting of their campaign. To have brought here David B. Hill after all that occurred at Saratoga was, indeed, something of a feat. The recent convention, as everybody knows, was the occasion for considerable crimination and recrimination between the representatives of this county and Mr. Hill, who took the platform to nominate Controller Coler and incidentally to remark that he was performing a duty that had been neglected by Mr. Coler's home representatives. He even went so far as to declare that the . action of the delegates from the Nineteenth District amounted to a practical violation of instructions from the people. But Senator HilKis a thorough machine man and in his long career in politics has swallowed many a bitter pill. The occasion of his use of the expression "I am a Democrat," now famous, was at the Academy after his defeat for the nomination for President by Grover Cleveland In 1892. The absence of Controller Coler was remarked upon last night and this morning with considerable asperity. The opinion seems to be among some of his friends that he missed a great opportunity. By his failure to accept the invitation of the local campaign committee he lost the chance to demonstrate that he was as good a party man as Senator - Hill, at least. Mr. "Coler seems not to have brought himself to the point of forgiveness where he could appear on the Academy stage and pledge his support to the efforts being made by the local machine to elect Stanchfield, whom it preferred in the convention to him. There is no doubt that he would have had a splendid reception last night as his name with Hill's was received with more applause than Bryan's. Controller Coler's telegram, read at the meeting, did not seem to make the best possible excuse for his absence. Mr. Coler had promised to preside at the meeting, but later let it be known that he had. agreed to speak at Lockport on.the night of - October 2. It is well known that as a rule of political etiquette, a speaker is always to be excused" for breaking an engagement in the event of an important meeting at his home. Mr. Coler's action, therefore, is somewhat inexplicable to the local leaders on any other theory than that he is sore over the treatment he received at Saratoga. . . Commissioner Shea combatted that idea when he was asked, about the matter this morning. He said: . - '. - . - . - .. " . "We, of " course, should have ibeen , very giac tO"nave - naa - - coBtroller.'CoIerrwS 'ius, but I "think his excuse was ampie . under the: circumstances." - '." - - r . ' James 'Shevlin. said: , "The. meeting was splendid, success. .1 do not believe we ever had a better" :one. Bryan is gaining every day." Speaking of the meeting - ' as a whole Commissioner Shea said: "I am more than gratified at the good showing made last night at the Academy. I take it as an auspicious omen of what the. campaign will be. I wish particularly to invite the attention of the reading and thinking public to "the masterly address of Senator Hill. I am willing to rest the campaign with them after they have read and digested that address. It was, as I have said, a masterly one. "I wish to call the attention of all fair minded persons to the definition of imperialism given by Senator Hill. The Republicans tell us that imperialism" is a bogie because it would be impossible to have an emperor in this country. - Senator Hill demonstrated. I think, that imperialism as practiced by President McKinley means the withdrawal from the people of Cuba, Porto Rico and the Philippines of the constitutional safeguards and limitations which give citizens of this country constitutional liberty. His argument on. that point cannot be answered." Assistant District Attorney Martin W. Littleton is being, congratulated for his speech, which was somewhat on Ihe rough and ready sort. It was in marked contrast to the calm and almost dispassionate address of Senator Hill and was full of alliteration and catch phrases. A good many people remarked that Mr. Littleton has good qualities for speaking in public If hewould give less attention to immediate effect and more to permanent impression. He. kept the audience remarkably well under the circumstances. Chairman Shea considers Mr. Littleton one of the best campaign speakers in the country. There was some discussion to - day over the Croker incident at last night's meeting. Chairman Shea said that he did not hear Croker's name mentioned and that there was certainly no hissing of the Tammany chief. As a matter of fact, there was so much noise at the time that the cause of the groans and hisses was not heard everywhere, but nearly everj - body in the galleries and some in the orchestra heard the hisses. It followed directly the entrance of Senator Hill and his escort. Inquiries were first made about Hill, and the enthusiastic response was given: "He's all right." "What's the matter with Coler?" was the next inquiry. "He's all right." again was the response. "Who turned down Coler?" "Croker." This was followed by groans - arid hisses, partly drowned by applause for Hill on the stage. Campaigning at headquarters has at last begun In real earnest. A larger force of clerks 'is at work to - day and meetings by the score are being arranged. Commissioner Shea will be at headquarters every day from now on. and beginning next week will spend most of his time at the Jefferson Building. It was reported this morning that ex - Sheriff Buttling and James Shevlin had made a bie wager on the result in this county. Mr. Shevlin was asked about it this morning. He said: "I am not making any bets. I had a discussion with Mr. Buttling last night. Having heard that be had money to bet even on the result in Kings County. I asked him if it was even money. I found that he wanted 5 t" 4." . , Mr. Buttling said he had made no bet. BIG TAX RECEIPTS. Collector Austen's Report of the First Day's Work. Receiver of Taxes David E. Austen reported this morning tho following collections received yesterday, the first day taxes for this year were payable. CREDITS CITY TREASURY. Manhattan $8,613,505.76 Bronx 625.162.07 Brooklyn 1,1!.2!6.86 Queens 3M.58l.40 Richmond 114.773.99 Total SU.282.S29.17 CREDITS SINKING FUND. Water rents, Manhattan... $15,282.45 Water rents, Bronx 2,359.60 1", 642.05 Total .......Sll.299,971.22 BOSTON PRtBST SHOT. Seriously Wounded by. a. Man Supposed ' to: Be Demerited. Boston, October. 2 John . Gleason, a man who Is supposed to be demented, shot and seriously woundedthejRevi;,Lawrence P. McCarthy, rector of tbeRomEan Catholic Church of the Most Holy Redeemer of East Boston, at the parochial .residence ihis - forenoon. A bullet of large caliber - - lodged In the clergyman's - back,' causing. ,a serious wound, but the attending" surgeons, think that' the ball can be extracted ' and - that the priest will recover. Gleason was arrested. RUSSIAN NAVACt STEttATE. An Increase of Mpre" Thin Ten Million Roubles Provided For. ; ' St. Petersburg, tetbberV'2 - According to semi - official statements.' .'the. Russian Naval estimated for 19blform.sa'rtai:of 97,097,686 roubles, an increase Jupjipar4; of 10,000,000 roubles over those, ior tho ''current year. The ordinary expenditure swallows 60,000, - 000 roubles, of whichU6,M(KaB Intended to strengthen the fleot, 3,000,000 for harbor work at Libau, ,2,000,OOBlVjb.'b ; expended at Vladivostock and 3,000.0(HKat Port "Arthur. - ' . - ;'?. - y GOLD'FROM;ffOJIEE. Seattle, Wash., "October 2 One hundred and thirteen passengers' and $500,000 worth of gold were brought to Seattle by the steamship .Senator, which arrived ; from Nome today. The Senator sailed September 21. Captain Patterson of ...the Senator says there was still a chance torsive the steamship Orizaba when he - leftjithe scene of the wreck, September 22. ''iigii'f STEAMER SUNfr NOLIVES LOST. The Eagle Point Collides With the Biela. Latter vessel .Goes ": - Dowxuj, Philadelphia, October The British steamship. Eagle Point, : Captain; - Hewison, from London for Philadelphia"; which passed in the Delaware Breakwater at 5:40 A. M. to - day, reports that at 1 o'clock yesterday morning she collided with the British steamer Biela, from ;New York September 30, for Manchester, England; and that the. latter vessel sank. The captain of the. Eagle. Point reports that all hands were taken : oft the Biela before she sank and will be brought here. The Eagle Point sailed from London on September 18 and .will reach her dock in this city this afternoon. : - The'Eagle Point had her bow stove in. . . The collision - occurred;. in "a dense fog off Nantucket Shoal. The - Eagle Point struck the Biela amidshjp and,' the latter sank in twenty minutes. i - The Biela was a steel steamer . built at Heb - burn in 1870 and registered 2,182 tons, gross and 1,374 tons net. She. belonged to the Lamport & Holt Line .and hailed from Liverpool. Her New York agents were Busk & Jevoris. .At the office of Busk & Jevons it .was stated that the Biela carried a. .full general cargo, which, was insured. - There was. no insurance on the steamer with any insurance company, it was believed, as the Lamport & Holt Line did its ow - h insuring: - ,;They. did not .care to give an estimate' of theWaluej of the vessel and cargo. : .;"'": ' i" - ' - - - ' The Biela, had 'a crew - of , about twenty - eight meni She' was commanded - , by Captain SENATQIfcjiB Democrats Have Agreed on Candidates' in All. but One Dis - . " trict. " AH the nominations for Senators on the Democratic ticket in this county seem to be practically . settled except in the Fifth District,' to succeed Michael J. Coffey. The contest has apparently , become a four cornered fight. James P. - Farrell - is desired by the Seventh Assembly District; John A. Hennes - sy by the Eighth and P. J. De Cantillon and tex - A'ssemblyman James McMahon are candidates from the Ninth. Mr. De Cantillon. who Is secretary to Deputy Commissioner of Street Cleaning Qutnn. thinks he Is eligible to office notwithstanding the provision of the state constitution that no person Is eligible to election to the Legislature who at the time of his election or within 100 days prior thereto was an officer of the city government. Mr. DeCantillon, who Is a law student, has written an opinion in which he seeks to show that he .is not an officer but an employe of the city and he refers to several court de cisions to maintain his position. He says he has also consulted prominent lawyers who agree with' him. There is a report that the leaders are not disposed to take any chances in the matter. UNIVERSALIST CONVENTION. Seventy - fifth Annual Session to Open in Water - town To - morrow Young People's Christian Union Meets. (Special to the Eagle.) Watertown, N. Y., October 2 The seventy - fifth annual session of the New York State Convention of Universalists will open in this city to - morrow with 500 delegates 'in attendance. The first session of the eleventh annual convention of the Young People's Christian Union was held last evening. Jesse D. Lee, local president, welcomed the visitors, and Miss Cora Wilder of Victor extended the greeting of the central union. President Louis Armin Ames of New York delivered his annual address, reviewing the union's work and financial condition, stating that it was entirely free from debt. He recommended the appointment of a superintendent of post office missionary work and a superintendent of Christian citizens. Mrs. C. M. Harmon of Brooklyn was appointed by President Ames as a member of the auditing committee and F. C. Metcalf of Brooklyn was named a member of the committee on resolutions. The Rev. F. A. Bis - bee, D. D., editor of the Unlversalist Leader. Boston, made an address on "What It All Means." At this forenoon's session Miss Edith M. Brown made an address on the value of the Unlvorsallst's religion. Treasurer James B. Knapp of New York reported the receipts during the year as amounting to $442.69 and disbursements $438. The coming year the Teceipts will be $452 and the disbursements $322.15. Miss Lillian Horsley gave the annual report of the junior department, showing that between 1896 and 189S thirty - two Junior unions Were founded but only eighteen remained, with a membership of 460. Post Office Mission Superintendent Miss Grace A. Rice reported that during the year 46,065 pages of unlversalist literature had been distributed in the state. Promient speakers reviewed the Atlanta convention. This afternoon addresses were made by the Rev. R. C. Horn on "The Relation of the Church to the Child," by Mrs. H. R. Riegel on "The Relation of the Child to the Church" and by Mrs. C. M. Harmon of Brooklyn on "The Junior Union Apathy in the Church." The election of officers occurs late this afternoon. . . Seven Trains Dnlly Leave New Tork Ctty for the principal cities of the Vest, at Convenient hours. All fast, all well appointed: - Adv. BROOKLYN IN NO DANGER OF A'WATER FAMINE. Six Million Gallons a Day Are Now Being Secured From Two Suburban Plants. WATER CAN BE HAD IN QUEENS. Grout Shows How Four Million Gallons Can Be Purchased From Queens County Water Company. There is an Improvement in Brooklyn's water supply to - day. Since the Gravesend and New Utrecht water systems were tapped last week, 6,000,000 gallons of water per day have been added to the borough's regular supply, and the quantity in Ridgewood reservoir has been, increased by 11,400,000 gallons. Local water officials hope now to provide all parts of the borough with water, even though at a reduced pressure, until such time as heavy rains occur. Borough President Grout, who has been devoting considerable attention to the water question with a view to still, further increasing Brooklyn's supply by connecting city mains with those of corporations, sent a letter to Deputy Commissioner James Moftett to - day telling what he had done in the matter. Mr. Moffett and his engineers were all in a pleasant frame of mind to - day because of the change for the better. I. M. De Varona, engineer of the water supply extension, said this afternoon that yesterday, wash day, when much water is used, there had been a' decrease of but 600,000 gallons, as against 8,000,000 last Monday. There was no trouble, he said, in any part of the borough and as long as Gravesend and New Utrecht could continue to supply the same amount of water as for several days past there would be no further trouble. According to the figures posted in the local water office to - day the total storage is 112,509,900 gallons. The consumption of water for the twenty - four hours ending this morning was 85,175.550 gallons as against 87,34.7. - T00 the corresponding period a year ago. When the East New York avenue main was first closed and before the connections with the suburban stations were made water from the central section of the borough was diverted toward South Brooklyn. This resulted in low pressure and scarcity of water on the Heights. Now the tide has changed. Instead of water flowing from the heart of borough toward South Brooklyn it goes the other way, the connections with Gravesend and New Utrecht being in South Brooklyn. Grout "Writes of Plan to Buy Water in ' Queens County. Borough President Grout, in his letter to Deputy Commissioner Moffett to - day said that, he recalls the - fact that' in the early part of 1898 the Queens county Water Com pany offered to. supply to theBrooklyn con - J duit within an early date from two to lour million gallons of water at about $35 per miLiiuu gciiiuiib ui ttaiei - at duuuL mi million gallons 4which is one - half the price , ;Sy; at. about the same time to supply five million I iailons. '.. M 'lis ' - - J - . has ; - made inquiries of both of "these rv ' v;?Fcnit)anre: fie says."'and of Ore' - Flatbush thT kind ineX fTnnimlsWiOTjer of Parks, to see what could, bivl done forthwith to Teiieve the present emer - gency in Brooklyn. In the letter to the 1 Queens County .Water .Company Mr. .Grout"! Sa.f.Ti, , . .. dnns iWi th wav nf nurchasinsr water", and to that itirl T wniilrt lik( a - nrnnosal from von. If vou have any surplus of water, which I can sub - 1 mit to the. Board of Public Improvements on, Wednesday, the 3d of October, statin; 1. What amount of water your company is able to supply. 2. ; At :what price per million gallons per day. 3. , At what point on the line of the Brooklyn conduit - you could furnish such supply. 4. Within what time, and at what expense you could undertake to make the necessary connection from your pipes to the Brooklyn conduit and begin to furnish the supply proposed." President Lord Refers to His Former Offer. Replying to this letter Franklin B. Lord, president of the Queens County Water Company, wrote: "In reply to your note of the 28th ult., asking, in case this company has any surplus supply of water, for a proposal stating the amount we are able to supply, the price, at what point on the Brooklyn conduit we could furnish it and within what time and at what expense we could undertake to make the necessary connection and begin to furnish the supply; I beg to refer to a communication addressed by me to the Deputy Commissioner of Water Supply. Borough of Brooklyn, under date of March .8, 189S. inclosing a proposal to supply from 2.000,000 to 5.000,000 gallons of water a day for a term of five years and to lay a conduit connecting our pumping station with the Brooklyn aqueduct. Copies of the letter and proposal are inclosed herewith. The company is prepared to carry out the terms of this proposal with such modifications of detail as may be agreed upon. It would, however." it seems to me. be desirable that the conduit should belong to the city, and in case the expense of laying the conduit should be borne by the city, the company would make an equitable reduction in the price of the water and agree to refund to the city the cost, of the conduit in case the company should fail to deliver the water called for by the proposal. Since March, 1898, the company has increased its pumping capacity and the pumps with which it is now equipped are ample to deliver from 7,000,000 to 9,000.000 gallons, a day to the City of Brooklyn, beside serving consumers on the company's mains. The company has also acquired additional real estate, and I am advised that there is no reasonable doubt that with Its present wells it could furnish not less than 4,000,000 gallons a day throughout the year, and. except during July and August, not less than 6,000,000 or 7.000,000 gallons, while by sinking additional wells the supply can be largely Increased. While the proposal specifies thirty days as the time after acceptance within which the delivery is to be commenced, it is probable that not more than twelve or firteen days would be required to lay the conduit, so that the company's supply would probably be available within about two weeks after a contract is made. Says Several Million Gallons Can Be Had in Queens. The communication referred to in Mr. Lord's letter follows: Lord, Day & Lord, Cable Address. "Lordatty," Equitable Building, No. 120 Broadway, New York, March 9, 1898. To Hon. James Moftett. Deputy Commissioner, etc.. Department of Water Supply, Brooklyn. N. Y.: Sir On behalf of the Queens County Wa ter Company I submit a proposal for supplying water to the City of Brooklyn. The pro - posal anticipates a supply from the Water ' Company s wells and Brooks, located on its property between Hewletts and Valley Stream, which embraces over 300 acres. The company has at present on this property forty - five shallow wells and sixteen deep wells, which are ample, no only for the present requirements of the company's con - sumers and their prospective requirements for at least five years, but alao for the mini - mum supply mentioned In the proposal. , The company's pumping station is equipped , . . Continued on Page Z. LITTLE GIRL STOLE JEWELRY. Told Fibs About a Man in a Mask, but . at Last Confessed. Katie Cocoran, 14 years old, of 213 Richards street, was arraigned to - day before Magistrate Bristow, in the Butler street court, on a charge of vagrancy, made by her mother, Elizabeth Cocoran. The case was adjourned to Friday next and the girl was remanded to the care of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Mrs. Edwards, living in Van Brunt street, near Coffey, went to the Hamilton avenue station and the Butler street court and said that she had lost $20 in gold. She suspected a young girl whom she had employed to do housework. Mrs. Edwards identified Katie as the girl.' When taken to court this morning Katie was recognized by Detective McGrath of the Fourth avenue station as a little girl who had robbed Mrs. McRoberts, at Fifty - sixth street and Third avenue, of two diamond rings and a gold watch and chain. The rings were valued at $100 each. The girl said that she had seen a masked man steal the jewelry. She afterward confessed that she had taken it herself and showed where it was hidden. BAY STATE DEMOCRATS MEET. Platform Protests Against Killing of Rebels and Demands Restoration of Their Independence. Boston, October 2 The Democrats of Massachusetts men in Faneuil Hall here to - day to nominate a full state ticket. . , Christopher T. Callahan of Holyoke, chairman of the Democratic State Committee, called the convention to order. He attacked the policy of the administration and the Republican party and said that if Bryan were elected he would not drag into the position of Secretary of State a superannuated and mentally unsound Senator in order to make room In the Senate fo - Mark Hanna. Regarding the Philippines, the platform says: . "To the Philippines we owe a speedy restoration of their independence, our assistance in establishing a stf ' le government and our protection of the nc 'nation against the invasions of foreign p. - . We protest i against tne slaughter of tno - u who dare to appear in arms for the defense of their freedom; and against the policy, which makes serv'ilet'BubmlssIon the price of peace. Where the Army of the United States is turned against freedom aud self government, whether 'at home or abroad, its purpose Is perverted and disgraced, and the people should order its return to the defense of liberty." BLUEFISH AND CHOCOLATE. Combination That Sickened the Roberts Family Half Breed Cooks - Suspected. (Special to the Eagle.) - Hempstead, L. I., October 2 Annie Johnson, a half breed Indian,, who acted as. cook for the family of J. A. Roberts here; and. who. it said, is suspected of having put poison in the food at iiic cinper table last evouuiu, uccuu..ieu tg - aay &uu L , for Babylon., where her husband, who - isithe Roberts' coachman, has relatives amon the: Sunday evening, decamped, todav and M nesr and' half breed, colcny. Mr. Roberts said to - day that he had no reason to sus - ; pecc the woman but that. his wife was un - s .1 - , tmn - wt; . - k. w - a - uims " . W having been reprimanded for staying away too long on a recent occasion" when she had her dav out. None of the family was seriously affected though some of them were made sick by eat - I ine: blueflsh and chocolate cake, a combina - tion that wculd be ver likelv to have such an effect. Dr. n.obert Mount, the family I physician, soon had his patients all right I and he admitted that if they had eaten blueflsh and chocolate cake any way heartily only one result could follow pathologically. District Attorney James T. Nieman began an investigation of the case last evening, and - ordered Mr. and Mrs. Roberts not to talk about the case. Then he secured a portion of the food said to have been eaten for supper last Sunday. This he gave to Dr. L. M. Lanehart to be examined for traces of poison and that expert will tell what he has found to - night. CROKER TO NOMINATE WHALEN. Announcement of Corporation Counsel's Selection to Succeed Justice Patterson. It was announced in the Mayor's office to - day that Richard Croker had decided to nominate Corporation Counsel John . Whalen for the Supreme Court justiceship, to succeed Justice Patterson. Mr. Croker, Mr. Whalen and Justice Patterson had a conference at the Democratic Club last night about the nomination. .Mr. Croker said he had only one man in mind: for tbe place,, and that if Justice Patterson was satisfied he could have tbe nomination next . year. The justice acquiesced in this agreement. Mrs Whalen, ever since Croker's return from Europe in August, has been his closest adviser and confidant. He succeeded John F. Carroll as chief lieutenant and was active In inducing Mr. Croker to turn down Controller Coler as a candidate for governor. Between Coler and Whalen there Is a fierce political and personal antagonism, which began early in the history of the present city administration. CROKER'S HORSE WINS. London, October 2 At the second day's racing of the Nottingham autumn meeting, to - day. little American interest was manifested in any of the events with the exception of the race for the Bentinck Plate, of 104 sovereigns, for 3 year olds and upward, at one mile and a half, which resolved itself into a match between , Richard Croker's The - Scotchman II, ridden by Lester Relff, and E. Corrigan's Chimura, on which J. H. (Skeets) Martin had the mount. The Scotchman II won. The Elvaston Castle Plate (handicap) of 200 sovereigns for 3 year olds and upward at five furlongs, was won by Mr. R. More's Ml Novia. guided by Johnnie , Relff. The Sherwood Nursery Plate (handicap) of 150 sovereigns, for 2 year olds, at seven furlongs, was won by the Nemesis filly, owned by Mr. E. A. Wlgan, on which Rigby had the mount. JUMPED FROM HIGHBRIDGE. Peter Burke, 45 years old, this morning jumped from HIghbrldge into the Harlem River. He was rescued by bystanders, but died as he was being taken to the shore. His address and occupation are not known and It is not known if he Jumped with suicidal purpose. , POUND DEAD IN HALLWAY. An unknown man about 45 years old was found dead in the hallway of 19 Monroe street, Manhattan, this morning. There were no marks of violence on the body. The man was 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a black suit of clothing, laced shoes, white shirt and derby. JANITOR KILLS HIMSELF, Samuel Chanowltz, 45 years old, of 82 Pitt street,. Manhattan, janitor of 63 Stanton street, committed suicide at his plaoe of em - j 1 1 V. I.., ,1... xntnating gaa TO INVESTIGATE BIT. CO. Twenty - sixth Ward Citizens Will Air Their Grievances Friday, October I 2. HEARING AT BOROUGH HALL." "Traffic Trust" Accused of Giving Inadequate Service to the Inconvenienc and Detriment of Petitioners. (Special to the Eagle.) Albany, October 2 As the outcome. of the confenrence last Saturday at the BoroughHall in Brooklyn by Railroad Commissioner Baker with a delegation of taxpayers of th Twenty - sixth Ward in regard to the alleged - abandonment of several elevated stations' by the Brooklyn Heights Railroad Company, the railroad commissioners to - day announced that they would give a. public hearing relative - to the operation of railroads In Brooklyn leased to the Heights Xorapany in the Old City Hall, Brooklyn, on Friday, October i2, at 10 A. M. The petition which led to the action of the commissioners is as follows: "To the State Railroad Commission: "The petition and protest of the undersigned citizens and taxpayers of the Borough of Brooklyn in the Twenty - sixth Ward, respectfully shows: "First That prior to the existence of the traffic trust, lenown ae the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company, your petitioners were, and now are residents of the Twenty - sixth Ward in the Borough of Brooklyn; that there then t were .and there have since come, Into operation various separate traffic corporations who have obtained franchises, as common carriers of passengers, under the laws of the State or New York by virtue of the consents of your petitioners and otherwise and which franchises practically embrace and exhaust all the highways of travel to. the exclusion tf any other similar franchise; that your petitioners have invested their labor, skill and capital in the construction of homes, in the establishment of industries and in valuable local investments all with the implied or expressed agreement and promise of . the various traffic companies that they should be perpetual, separate or competitive traffic, facilities. .' "Second That the trust aggregation, known as the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company,, has practically acqulre - l control o, all of the traf - - flc facilities of your petitioners, and although owning but. a few cars and operating less than a - mile of roa'dTvay known as the Brooklyn Heights Railroad Company, it has, by . a - system of' leasehold, secured the exclusive control of practically all of your petitioners' means of transit by rail, and has proved a gigantic combination - in restraint of lair competition and defiant of your petitioners' just i necessities' " it - has diminished facil ' t. " l - Zcr long periods during the cLUrelyV to; opee a .necessities; ,it - has diminished facilities for daytime at certain j.'pohits; . - 4Ti0inp!l'.'70Ur..V9Ut! t.nK'oT - if atbitrarv - anfi unSust; nol tioners to points - from i tae elevat - edito'the surface ' - svptean, and vice 1 v.u.iiV:; . - - ?TC?w? rmS instituted a system of bewildering at'hajn cessant chanse in operation, entirely disr6 - - gardlng the necessities cf the people and their protests. " "Third It has menaced the people with a I general strlki strike; has violated the rights of or - ,' ganized libor. hasreated disaffection, poverty and want among its operatives, by its unjust methods; it has reduced the number and wages of its employes, while compelling them to swing for long periods; has deprived them of Just wages for the support of families; to the public detriment, all to the end that this stock - jobbing trust may produce dividends and increase the value of its watered stock, all violated of the franchise granted by the people and contrary to the laws of the State of New York." ThiS petition is signed by a considerable number of residents of the Twentysixth Ward. The peculiar feature about the petition is that no specific relief is requested. The petitioners apparently are content with a general indictment of the Rapid Transit Company and look to the railroad commission to suggest remedies. WOMAN'S BODY IDENTIFIED. Margaret Geohegan Was Killed While Trying to Get Off a Car. The woman who was killed by a, fall while getting off a car of the Smith street line, at Thirteenth street, ou September 2 last, and who was buried as "unknown" In ' the' public burying ground, has been identified as Margaret Geohegan, aged 40 years. The identification was made by her sister this morning. The latter, Mrs. John Flood of 63 Thirteenth street, believes that her sister was on her way to visit her at the time of the occurrence. She had been living out in a house on South Oxford street,' and it was not until a few days ago that Mrs. Flood learned that she had disappeared from there. Then the search revealed the fact that sbe had died a violent death and had been interred in potter's field. The identification was made through the clothing and a small statuette of St. Anthony, which she had carried for many years and which was found in her pocket - book. The body will be buried now in a private grave. HYADES BADLY DAMAGED. Galveston Hurricane Inflicted Serious Injuries to the Ship. It was not until the steamship Hyades was dry docked in. the Erie Basin yesterday that the injuries she received In the Galveston hurricane were fully known. The pounding that she received started a number of rivets and shook up her decks considerably. A pretty extensive leak was found to exist quite near the stern strake. The strakes Immediately above the bilge strakes suffered the most. Her repairs will not be completed before the end of the week. The Hyades was bound here from Galveston. She encountered the hurricane in the Gulf, of Mexico and she would probably have, been lost, but that a heavy rain broke down the seas that had been smothering her. These were so furious that they flooded halt way up the bridge deck and injured several of the crew. They started the hatches and much oi her wheat cargo was spoiled. YOUTSEY'S TRIAL BEGUN. Georgetown. Ky., October 2 Henry Yout - sey.'a stenographer in the office of Governor Taylor during the latter's Incumbency, , was called for trial to - day In Judge CantriU'a court on the charge of being a principal In tho shooting of Governor ' Goebel. This li the third trial of those indicted in connection with the case, that of James '. Howard having resulted In the death sentence as a Drlnclpal and that of ex - Secretary of State Powers in life imprisonment for complicity. An. attachment was secured by tbe state for Attorney Scott of Frankfort, who, it was stated, will be an important witness. Club, Home and OiBce Combined In the Pennsylvania Limited, the trsto - 4e - luxe of the Centui "" f

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