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m. .. . .. LAST EDITION. FRIDAY, APKIL 3, 1896. - VOL. 56. NO. 93. - 14 PAGES. THREE CENTS. CONSOLIDATIQNISTS ANXIOUS, Beferendum Anchor Put to Wind - waid in the Assembly. X.OYAL BEtOOKLYNITES SMILE. First Indication of "Weakening on the Fart of the Machine Assemblyman Andrews Introduces a Bill "Which Is a Combination of Lexow and Wray Measures Civil Service for the Entire State. (Special to the Eagle.) Albany. N. Y., April 3 That the consolida - tlonists are becoming 'a bit anxious for the future of the', greater Now York bill became evident to - day when one of the minor supporters ot the bill sprung on the assembly a new measure, which is to come in as a compromise If the bill should be returned from the cities below and defeated. Assemblyman Andrews was the man who presented the bill. There is absolutely nothing new in it, as It simply comprises a combination ot the Lexow bill and the Wray referendum. It is the object of the introducer of .the new bill, and those behind him, that if the bill now in the hands of the mayors should be defeated in either house when returned from the cities below, the combination hill may be on deck, as a sort of compromise measure. It is argued that some of the members here are much disgusted that the consolidatlonlsts . are pressing their bill without any consideration for the properties o rother more substantial grounds that should appeal to them. It is hoped that the referendum attachment will win over these persons and will overcome such objections as they may hold. The antl - consolldationiscs had a good and quiet smile when the existence of Andrews' bill was made known. They feel that no surer indication of the fear the consolidatlonlsts entertain for the future of the greater New York measure could be given. New Mediation and Arbitration Commissioners Nominated. Governor Morton to - day sent in the names of Charles L. Phipps ot East Rockaway and William' H. Webster of Buffalo as members of the hoard ot mediation and arbitration. Webster Is the labor member and Phipps represents the Republican party. The governor has not yet named the Democratic member. The friends of Edward Feeney of Brooklyn have been warRIng like beavers for his appointment as tho Democratic member. He has served on the commission as the labor representative for some years and is considered a man eminently fitted for the position. The suggestion ot the man Is in the hanJs of tae Democratic party. Brooklyn legislation reacned the high water mark to - day and at the rate the committee disposed of it in both branches It will not take long to reach the end. Various Local Measures Progressed in Both Branches. The cities committee of the assembly this morning reported favorably on the following bills: Livingston's, providing for tho abillsh - meht of the office of constable in the city and creating marshals in their place. The meas ure provides that after December 31 the office of constable shall be abolished. It is provid . ed than on January 1, 1897, each justice of tho peace snail appoint six persons to be known sl& city marshals, who shall have tho samo powers as those now held by constables and receive the same lee. The bill provides furth er that these marshals shall hold office for lour years from January 1, 1S97; Stahl's bill revising the charter ot Long Island Citv and also his bill providing for parks In the same city. Senator MoCarreu's bill providing for tne wiaemng oi .ent avenue, with an amendment providing that the work shall begin with the consent of the mayor; Audett's bill providing for more thorough boiler Inspection; Perkins' bill appropriating $40,000 for repairs on the old Twenty - third Regiment armory now used by the Third battery; Waldo's bill authorizing the commencement ot condemnation proceedings for the opening of Avenue U through the old town of Graves - end. This bill, does not, as was thought first, cut Into any part of the Gravesend race track, but simply cuts oft a projecting corner of the association's ground upon which are now located a few stables. The avenue will he paid for by abutting property owners, and will give a much needed Ingress from the ocean boulevard into Gravesend village. . Audett's bill, providing the means of creating a pension tnnd tor the park police was also reported; Newman's bill, providing for the erection of frame houses within the fire limits, also his certificates of exebptlon for volunteer firemen of New Utrecht; Rudd's bill for exempting part of Montrose avenue from railroads; Wieman's reindexing bills, Htghes' bill providing for; the election of seven new police justices by districts In 1809. The senate committees reported out Brush's hill providing for the sale ci the old Thirteenth regiment armory and appropriating $35,000 fo the proceeds to the uses of . the now armory; Wilson's bill exempting Clas - son avenue from railroads, also his bill for the payment of principal and interest of bonds of 1886 jpf New Utrecht, also his' bill granting $10,o9o to the civil service commission, also his bill relating to electric light on the BZrooklyn bridge; Marshall's bill making assessments payablo on December 16; Livingston's for the improvement of sewers and drains In the Twenty - sixth ward; Waldo's bill requiring notice to mortgage holders from the registrar of arrears; Marshall's bill transferring unexpended balances to the revenue fund, also his bill providing for improvement to the driveway, also his bill repealing the Second avenue extension; Waldo's bill transferring the duties of street and sewer commissioners of Flatlands to the city works department. In the senate when general orders was reached Brush amended his bill for an additional deputy auditor to read an additional clerk. Then Wi - emau's bill, extending the term of the coroners to four years, was taken up. Senator Gallagher objected. He said he failed to see the reason for such an extension. Two years he thought a sufficient time. Wie - man and Wray replied for the bill and it was finally advanced. Wilson's bill appropriating $10,000 to the elvl service commission came up and Dr. Brush ottered to substitute it for his own bill of the same Import. Mr. Wleman objected to the substitution, saying It was misleading in many respects, as It actually paid deflciences of lost year, while It failed to say so. Ho declared he was not in favor of the ball at all. McNulty coincided with Wieman's objections. Dr. Brush fought on for the bill, but It was finally laid aside. Brush's bill providing for the payment of $26,000 on principal und Interest of Gravesend bonds was advanced. In the assembly Zurn introduced a bill providing that no sign or advertising bill boards over six feet high shall be erected on any building In any city of the first or second class, nor shall a fence over ten feet high be Used solely for advertising purposes. A penalty of $50 and $10 a day Is provided for violations. DeGraw introduced a bill establlshlnc a new dally law journal In tho City ot Brooklyn. Marshall Introduced a bill providing for the incorporation ot tho American Tltlo Insuranco company, with a capital of $10,000. During the session ot tho assembly these bills were passed: DeGraw's transferring the duties oi the assessors of the old town ot Flatlands to the beard of assesors of the City of Brooklyn, Wilson's bill empowering the Atlantic avenue mission to convoy Its real pioporty to the Clinton avenue Congregational church, Marshall's bill compelling public accountants to pass examinations, Forrester's bill providing for tho improvement and paving of Lobnard street with asphalt. When Audett's bill, providing for the increase of salary of the president of the board of alder - en. to $4,000 came up Assemblyman, JUc - Keown made a vigorous protest on the ground that the measure was not in accord with the constitution and the bill was finally laid aside. Assemblyman Sanger's Sweeping Civil Service Bill. There was some surprise manifested In the houso this morning when the Judiciary committee reported favorably the bill of Assemblyman Sanger relating to civil service. It provides for the appointment by the governor of three commissioners at a salary of $3,500 a year and expenses. There are no exemptions ot any person serving In any official appointive capacity unless the commission by vote exempts them by placing them in an unclassified list; even this list is limited, laborers being examined "as to their habits of Industry and sobriety and the number of persons dependent upon them for support." Soldiers and sailors are given preference. The only exemptions allowed by vote of the commission are tho heads of state or city government, Judges and surrogates, private secretaries and confidential stenographers ot tho governor and mayors. The registration of laborers on the plan now in force in Brooklyn and New York is prescribed for all cities. Fiscal officers are not permitted to pay salaries to any person not properly enrolled thereon. Maynard Clement "Will Be First Deputy Excise Commissioner. When the finance committee reported the appropriation bill In ten senate this morning, It contained an appropriation of $150,000 to run the new excise department from Oc tbber 1 next for one year. The BUpply bill contains an item ot $80,000 to run the' same department up to October 1, making the total appropriation $230,000. The excise coinmls sioner will appoint as his first deputy Maynard Clement of Ontario county, the candi date of Senator Raines. Mr. Lyman denied this mornln that he had appointed or select ed his special deputies for New York, Kings or Erie counties. Commissioner Lyman has made the follow ing temporary appointments from the civil service eligible list: Clerks William - L. Marshall of Syracuse, William J. Charlton of Peekskill, Henry A. Oozzens of Brooklyn and E. A. Kempton of Dutchess county. Messenger, William M. Bennett of Albany. Sten ographers Miss Grace Dora of Eltnira and Miss Anna L. O Connell of Seneca Falls. Attempt to Abolish Coroners Defeated. The new coroners bill drawn by the State Medical society and the New York State Bar association Is killed. The bill was drawn by a special committee of the State Medical society, aided by Tracey C. Becker of the bar association and aimed to abolish coron ers. The committee had worked with three main ooin - bs In mind. One was to do away with the system of coroners' inquests with the attendant expense of summoning Juries For this was substituted a plan that a re sponsible body of skilled experts in each district would merely ascertain the facts leaving to the district attorney the prosecu tion. Second point, to remove the system from politics. To do this the committee placed the appointments In the appellate division of the supreme court and made the term ot office six years. Third, to build up a system of skilled state experts on medico legal matters. Mr. Rohblns introduced the bill and the committee on judiciary to - day reported a substitute maintaining the office of coroner but abolishing coroners juries In other words, allowing coroners to carry on inquests all by himself. The principal objec Hon to the bill raised by the committee was the placing of the appointment of the med ical examiners In tne heads of tne appellate supreme court Justices. The committee thought that it would bring It Into politics more than ever. An extremely important measure reported favorably to the house this morning Is the pawnbroker bill of Mr. Carlisle affecting all places In the state. Under the present act in terest Is 3 per cent, a month for the - flrst six months and 2 per cent, a month for the second six months upon loans under $100; 24 per cent, a year for the first six months and 12 per cent. for the second six months for all loans over $100. The bill reduces the interest to 24 per cent, a year for the first six months and 18 per cent, for the second six months upon loans under $100 and 16 per cent, for the first six months and 12 per cent, for the second six months upon all loans over $100. Instead of an average yearly interest of 30 per cent, on small loans, which is now exacted, only 21 per cent, can be charged and instead of 18 per cent, as an average yearly rate only 15 per cent. The entire second section of the bill relating to Hens upon personal property which provides that the pawnbrokers shall not demand any additional compensation is stricken from the bill. Immediately after the assembly had con vened this morning Mr. Butts of New York arose to a question of privilege. Certain papers In New York city stated that Mr. Kempner had appeared before the grand jury of Albany with the express purpose of having omciais of tne nouse indicted lor their action when the Raines bill was passed. The articles further stated that Mr. Kempner represented the minority in the matter. Mr. Kempner did not represent the minority and he was acting solely on his own account. Mr. Kempner re - piiea tnat no naa made no attempt to reore sent the minority, but was acting solely on his own account. Leader O'Grady took occasion to direct a shot at Mr. Kempner, whose chagrin, he said, at the passage of the Raines bill was deeply rootea ana wno aesirea to seek notoriety. ATTEMPT TO WRECK A TRAIN. TIES PILED UPON THE TRACK AND RAILS LOOSENED. Kansas City, Mo., April 3 An attempt was made last night to wreck the Chicago and Alton passenger train which leaves here shortly after 8 o'clock for St. Louis and Chicago. Just out of Grain Valley, twenty - five miles east of bore, the engineer Baw an obstruction on tho track. Ho stopped his train quiokly, but not in time to avoid the derailing of his locomotive. A pile of ties hod been laid across the track and the rails loosened. The stopping of tho train quickly was all that prevented a serious accident. Bolioving that a train robbery had been planned, guards were at onco put out, but the train was not molostod. It was over an hour boforo tho wreck could bo cleared. It is thought hero that robbors had calculated on a bad wreck and that it was thoir purpose to loot the train during the confusion that would have followed. Six weeks ago a similar attempt was mode in tho same vicinity. PAWNED THE CLOTHING. WHAT MRS. SUTCLIFF DID WITH MISS SCRANTON'S PROPERTY. Mrs. Annie Sutcllff of 12S North Portland avenue was charged In the Myrtle avenue court this morning by Annie Scranton of 134 Bridge street with retaining clnthlnir h - loneine to her. Mrs. Suteltft to court on Monday by Miss Scranton, who umiuieu Linn, ui wumau, witn wnom sne once boarded, had a valise containing cloth - up. Justice Haggerty instructed the woman w jkluui tuw vuaac. iviibs acrauton statea this morning tha she recovered the valise, hilt thnt fi wrth nf rlr,tv,nn - . i V" . - ...UbUJUt, LQ UllBBlUg from it. When questioned by Justice Walsh Mrs. Sutcliff confessed to having pawned the clothing. She promised to redeem it and was given until Monday to do so. EXCITEMENT AT A FIRE. (Special to the Eagle.) Long Island City, L. I., April 3 Fire broko out early thiB morning in the paint store of William H. McEvoy, at 57 Groenpoint avonuo, in tho Blissvillo section of tho citv, and created much constornation among residents living in tho vicinity. The clanging of the tiro onginos awoke people from their Hinmbors and many scantily attired and greatlv frightened women ran into the street. Tho houses in tho neighborhood aro ail frame dwellgs, and it was only by dint of much energy on tho part of tho firomon that tho flro was kept from spreading. Tho damage was slight. "Old Easter. By Ruth McEnery Stuart, Easter Eagle. Next Sunday. NEW RAILROAD CONVENIENCES, Which Will Be Put in Operation Tomorrow at Midnight, BY THE NASSAU - TRACTION LEASE A Number of New Routes Reaching Out Into All the Suburbs New Time Tables and a More Rapid Headway. Manager Johnson's Ideas Atlantic Avenue Employes Dismissed A New Office Building to Be Erected. Unless something unforeseen happens the Nassau Electric Railroad company will take possession of the Atlantic avenue railroad system to - morrow night at 12 o'clock. The stock of the Nassau company will be voted In favor of the plan to lease the property at 11 o'clock to - morrow morning. There is no doubt of the way the stock will be voted for every share of It Is held by a voting trust which has already informally approved the plan. The stock ot the Atlantic avenue company Is owned entirely by the Brooklyn Trac tion company. Stockholders of the latter who own more than 90 per cent, of the shares of stock have deposited their certificates with a reorganization committee which Is in favor oi the plan. There is no doubt, therefore, that more than the required two - thirds of the stock will be voted m favor of the lease. Contractor Hart has been wor - kine - several hundred men every day for the past two weoks to complete the route through Fifth avenue fo Fort Hamilton, so that cars can be operated from the bridge to the fort as soon as the lease goes tot effect. It will proba - oiy oe completed so tnat cars can be run, but it will not be double tracke al 1th e wav. nl addition to this, curves and connections have been nut in. so that a n - umhor of through lines will be operated during the weeK. There will be a line from Fulton ferry, by the Brooklyn bridge, throueh Adams street. Atlantic and Fifth avenues, to Thirtv - sixth street, where one car will continue to Fort Hamilton and the next will run over the Brooklyn, Bath and West End Railroad com pany tracks to Coney Island. Another road will be from Coney Island through Bath Beach. Bensonhurst and Eighty - sixth street. to Fifth avenue, to Hamilton ferry and theuce over tne sackett street route to Bergen street, to Marcy avenue and thence to the Broadway ferry. Another line will be from Fulton ferry, bv the bridcre. thrmie - h Atlan tic avenue, Washington avenue and Butler street, to the Rogers avenue line of the Nas sau road and thence to Manhattan beach. Alternate cars will be run to Canarsie tnrough Douglass street. East New York ave nue and Liberty avenue. The Atlantic ave nue railroad has tbe right to build on Buffalo avenue, from Bergen street to Doutrlass. and the Bergen street cars will be operated over that route as soon as the connection can be put in and those cars will be also run to uanarsle. The idea of Manager A. S. Johnson of the .Nassau company is to give to the people living in the suburbs of the city the very oesc lacimies to reach the heart ot the city, the shopping district and the business sm. tlon. For that reason he lines from Flatbush and from New Utrecht and Gravesend will be operated under a nrettv t - nnfl hpaflumr The Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and Bergen and uuciei - routes win De made regular twentv - hour lines with cars every few minutes. On the other hand, cars which run to the Hamilton, Wall and South ferries will Tint hA run under a greater headway than to meet me Doats. as Mr. jonnson says any one who goes to the ferry is going to New York and he can't go before the boat leaves. The Nassau company has rented an office uuuaing at tne corner of Twenty - third street and Fifth avenue and will in the future erect a building of its nwn nonr tho place. By so doing it will be on the line of uuo rouu, ana nearly all or the cars of the company will pass at some time during tho day in front of the office, where they can be overlooked. In taking over the new system all of the conductors and moto - rmen, with a few exceptions, will bo retained, but after Saturday uj - mil ue para at ine rate of 20 cents an hour, instead of by the trip, as heretofore. The clerks and other nmnlnvns win i tt probability without exception lose their posl - .ivu. euureiy new system of time tables and new methods will be nut Intn effort ,i a long suffering public Is hoping for better ei vivu Loan it nas yet naa. The uniting of the two systems will provide the people of nearly every section of the city with through routes for a single fare from the Business centers to the suburbs and summer results. BURNED TO DEATH. ' AN OLD TIME ATHLETE KILLED WHILE FIGHTING FIRE. Anaconda, Mont.. Anrll 3 Thnmna - Rnr,. nan was burned to death yesterday while engaged in putting out a fire. Th Mno on unimportant one. was In a waste flume, which is timDerea as a tunnel. Ashes had been dumDed over a rwrt nf it f. .u timbers wore ignited. Brennan and Tom oiimu wem mxo tne nume with a line of hose and a stream nf wntw woe ti,mn - - - - ' VUl uuu Kill LUC fire, which loosened the blaze and a mass of ashes fell In, filling the space with steam, wuuciis ituu iim air. ine men were able to run to outer air, but were horribly burned and SOftlfl3. th flftnh nf - thol,. nm.D i i , ' - . - v... u.(u(a auu 1.1U.UUH hanging In shreds. Brennan died in the hoB - f'H". uunw iutxy letuvtir. brennan was ror about ten vears wpll Wn cles as the champion sprinter of the world. wu cotaunauw reuoru oi iy seconds tor 200 yards at Allensdale, Pa. He was as - EOClatpfl - witn mi, man no T rr tt. ... iv - riA, v.r 1 1 J - son, Bethune, Slattery, Ed Tisdale and other men ul a uecaae ago. since his retirement from the path he was offered bier money to visit Australia, but declined. He was best known in the West as a trainer of fire department hose teams for races, and n,n.1u T .1 fit it , vMn.u iu urou vyiLj, wuio ijaKOta, san Francisco, Portland and in Colorado cities. HAD UNSTAMPED CIGARS. ANDREW KROEMElt HELD FOR A FED ERAL GRAND JURY. Policeman Arthur J. Britton fnnnrl AorAn. KToemer standing at tho corner of KnatTn - n and DeKalb ovenues at 1 :30 o'clock this morn ing with a suspiciouB looking package in hio n.rma. Ki - nonm. i " ... ..... - .. . ,u UK. waH n rlalcnr. nut nnmi nnomnrr i Britton fonnd it contained four boxos of unstamped cigars. Kroomor then said ho was a cigar manufacturer and was taking them to Sonne friRiidR. TTa ttjih rln.l Aln.. 1 . - j Lt.tuui uixunbiwiu arraigned tbi morning boforo United States wuiujidwuudi niuiiu, Miiuii no pienaeci guilty and was held In OO hnil fnr tl, j , . . .KMUltvi KittUU jury. He gave his address as 37V Tompkins avenue. STRUCK BY FLYING GLASS. William Ryan, aged 16, of 1 Duflleld street was entering the door of Lee Chong's laundry at 112 Nassau street to borrow a match last night. Just at that moment a bad boy threw a stone through the laundrvmnn'R win. dow and Ryan was struck by the missile and some ot tne splinters or the glass. Hh uns tained a severe scalp wound. RUNAWAY ON LOWER FULTON STREET. At 2:45 o'clock yesterday afternnnn n team of horses attached to a brewer's trupk ran away on lower Fulton street and crashed Into thfi winlow nf tho qhnn ntnrn ot C7 lnUnn street, breaking the glass. Nobody was hurt. LANGDON HELD FOR THE GRAND JURY. Philadelphia, Pa., April 3 Tho coroner's Jury this afternoon hold Samuel P. Langdon for the action of the grand jury in connection with the Annie MoGrafh case. Lloyd's Easter Puzzle. In the Easter Eagle nest Sunday. TEACHERS' COMMITTEE TIED. STOOD THREE TO THREE OH RAINE'S APPOINTMENT. Tho teachers' coramitteo of the board of education last night took a vote on tho question of confirming Raine's appointment as principal of Public School No. 43, and tied, standing 3 to 3. The deadlock was not broken and nothing further was done in the matter. TO MANDAMUS JUDGE BENEDICE. COM. LOCHHEN SEEKS TO COMPEL THE ISSUANCE OF. A SUBPENA. (Special to the Eagle.) Washington, D. C, April 3 Application has been made to the supreme court for leave to file a petition instituting mandamus proceedings against Charles L. Benedict, United States Judge for the eastern district of New York, and Benjamin Lincoln Benedict, clerk of the district court for that district. The application is made by Holmes Conrad, solicitor goneral of the department of Justice, acting as the counsel of Commissioner of Pensions William Ijochren. Tho application for this writ is the result of an interesting controversy that has been going on betwen Judge Benedict and Commissioner of Pensions Lochren. Some time ago Michael S. O'Brien, alias Michael Sullivan, of Brooklyn, formerly a second class fireman in the navy, applied for a pension under the act of June 27, 1800. granting pensions to soldiers and sailors who aro Incapacitated for the performance of manual labor. After considering the paper In the case Commissioner Lochren appointed Thomas P. Randolph, a special pension examiner, to investigate the merits of the claim. O'Brien, In filing his case, claimed that he was suffering from a disease of the spine and back, and that the only person living who was able to give testimony concerning the origin of his injuries was Matthias Fugue - Ira, a physician residing in Brooklyn, who attended the claimant during the latter's Illness. Upon the examiner applying to Fuguelra for testimony In regard to the Injuries of O'Brien the doctor refused to give any Information whatever. Commissioner Lochren then applied to Clerk B. Lincoln Benedict for the Issuance of a subpena to compel Fuguelra to submit the testimony desired by the government. In replying to this demand for a subpena Mr. Benedict inclosed an opinion to Commissioner Lochren, from Charles L. Benedict, denying the application upon the ground that the act upon which It is based is unconstitutional. Mr. Benedict also stated in his opinion that congress cannot make the judicial department perform the routine wcrk of compelling witnesses to appear before administrative officers. Most of the United States judges have been Issuing subpenas under this statute, without question, but in order to test the constitutionality of the statute the solicitor general has applied to the supreme court for a writ of mandamus compelling either Judge Benedict or the clerk of his court to Issue the subpena. The matter will be decided In the April term of the supreme court. ROBERT K. MC COY MURDERED. HIS HORSE'S SADDLE CLOTH WAS COV - EBED WITH BLOOD. Huntington, W. Va., April 3 Robert K. McCoy, a relative of the McCoys, who some years ago were so prominent throughout the country through their celebrated McCoy - Hat - fleld feud, moved to this county about two months ago, from the Big Sandy valley. He was here Wednesday night and left at a late hour on horseback for his home. Yesterday his horse was found about fifteen miles south of this city, grazing alongside the road, and the saddle blanket and sides of the horse were wet with blood. Squire Swayne and others living In the vi cinity of where the horse was found claim they heard shots after midnight, and the supposition is that McCoy was assassinated and his body thrown into the creek, as tracks of blood were found leading to the. creek to - day. Bloodhounds will be secured to follow up the trail of the supposed assassins. The Hatfield - McCoy feud has been quiescent for nearly two years and the murder of McCoy cannot as yet be connected with the old time hostilities In Logan county, which extended over a dozen years and cost more than a score of lives. ALICE FAINTED IN COURT. JUSTICE WALSH WILL SEND THIS SHOP LIFTER TO PRISON. Alice Phelan of Van Pelt avenue, near North Second street, the young woman who was arrested just after leaving a pawn shop, where sheh ad pledged silk she had stolen from Abraham & Straus' store, on Fulton street, was before Justice Walsh this morning for sentence. The magistrate deferred decision until Monday and told Alice to choose between the penitentiary and the House of the Good Shepherd. "I will send you away, anyhow," said the magistrate. Thereupon Alice dropped on the floor of the court room in a faint. She was revived in time to go In the prison van to the Raymond street Jail. The young woman has been arrested before. KNIFE USED IN THE FO'K'S'LE. ROW ON THE BRITISH STEAMSHIP BEA BELL1DO. A knife was used in the forecastle of the steamship Bea Bellldo, lying at pier No. 3, Martin's stores, late last night. The vessel, which is a British tramp, arrived in New York from South American ports at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The sailors went out to celebrate their arrival in port and returned to their quarters late at night. A disturbance arose and Louie Harman drew a knife and cut Ferdinand Hain In the left shoulder, face and neck, inflicting serious wounds. Harman was arrested, but in the Adams street court this morning it was shown that Harman drew the knife only after he had been kicked around the forecastle and brutally maltreated and that he used It in self defense. He was ac cordingly discharged. WILL SWEEP OUT VETERANS. MANY MUST GO IF THE NEW CHARITIES BILL PASSES. If the charities department bill just Intro duccd in the legislature becomes a law it will sweep clean the present ranks of the de partment. It provides for the wholesale discharge of employes, with no restriction. The employes ot the charities department are. with but few exceptions, veterans of the late war. By the proposed bill they are legislated out of office. A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE REFUSED. Paris, April 3 The senate to - day by a vote of 155 to 85, adopted the following resolution: The senate, noting the declaration of the government that it cannot add to its explana tions of Tuesday (on the Egyptian question) and considering these explanations insufficient refuses it a vote of confidence." OVERCOME BY GAS. John Cone, SO yoars old, of 239 Hudson direct, Now York, was ovcrcomo by gas this morning at high home. He was attended by Dr. Gorman of Vincent's hospital, who rtiportod that the gas was turned on accidentally. FINED FOR DEALING IN POLICY. Edward M. Smith of Jamaioa nvenuo and Fulton street, better known as Baldy Smith, was fined $25 to - day by Justioo Walsh for Boil ing polioy slips. Ho paid his fine. APPOINTMENT OF A DOCKMA8TER. Controller Palmor has aonointed Chnrlnn p. Alsborgo a dockmastor in the placo of Philip Mayer, resigned. Tho salary is S1,000 a year. "Jarley." Story by John Kendrlck Bangs, In the Easter Eagle. Next Sunday. POLITICS AT THE CONFERENCE, A Lively Contest Among Lay Delegates in Hew Haven. WOMEN TAKING AN ACTIVE PART Four Representatives to the General Convention Are to Be Chosen Ministerial Delegates Were Elected To - day and Include the Revs. George P. Mains and C. S. "Wing of Brooklyn Routine Business Transacted. (Special to the Eagle.) New Haven. Conn., April 3 The third day's session of the New York east conference opened promptly at 9 o'clock this morning, with the largest attendance ot any day, the audience being augmented by the presence of lay delegates, who had an hour to spend be fore the session of their important body. The devotional exercises were conducted by the Rev. S. H. Smith of the Leonard street church, Brooklyn. The first business was the reading of bis report by Presiding Elder Crandall J. North of the New Haven district. He, like tho other presiding elders, had nothing but good words to say for pastors and churches In his field Dr. Joseph Pullman then rose and said he would like to ask the presiding elders some questions witn regard to tbe financial methods of their churches: whether thev all loose In their handling of money or whether mey an naa auaiting committees. Sometimes the money was in tho hands ot irresponsible persons. All answered that the finances were being uouuicu wilu care Dy carerul men. The Rev. A. C. Eesrleston sairt bvbi - v hr ought to have an auditing committee and read the discipline which makes it necessary. Bishop Merrill then called Presiding Elders Van Alstyne, C. S. Wing. J. W. Beach and C. J. North berore him and asked them whether there was anything against the character of any effective elder (or pastor) in their district and they all answered no. This quickly disposed of an important point, as it has heretofore been the habit of calling each pastor separately, thus consuming much time. The names of the pastors were called to get their missionary collections and with few exceptions they had been taken and the aggregate showed a goodly sum. Frank Moody, Frank Marsland, assistant pastor at Nos - trand avenue church; George B. Pardlngton, son of the Rev. Dr. R. S. Pardlngton, Robert J. Beach, Harris K. Smith, Herbert B. Mun - son. Royal V. Raymond and W. E. Scboon - noven were reported by the Rev. W. T. Pray as having passed a satisfactory examination, the presiding elders commending their work and they were passed on Into the class of the second year. Roger E. Thompson, who had been in the class of the first year, did not come before the committee on account ot 111 health and on mo tion or jBKier van Alstyne he was discontin ued on this account - Shortly after the opening of the session the mlnlsterlail delegats conference went Into session, and after the usual Dreliminarles tho delegates proceeded to ballot, the first ballot being cast at 11:50. It was announced that the ballots would not be given out until the cnoices nad oeen reached. At 11 o'clock one of the big contests ot the conrerenoe Degan when the lay delegates elec toraj conference assembled in Trinity church chapel. There was great Interest displayed In this conference. Four delegates rae to be chosen and the honor of being a delegate is iibiu m suca - nign esteem mat there are many candidates. The women are strong factors in this election also, having for eight years at tempted to get recognition. The roll call of the delegates occupied half an hour and this part or the programme was followed by the report or tne committee on credentials. Much canvassing has been induleed in and there has been not a little of genuine elec tioneering in behalf of the various candidates. At 1Z:30 the ministerial delegates electoral conference completed its work and adjourned. It was announced that the follow ug clergymen naa Den electee as aeiegates to the general convention: The Rev. J. M. Buckley of New York, the Hev. M. V. Kelley of New York, the Rev. Dr. George P. Mains of Brooklyn, the Rev. C. S. Wings of Brooklyn, the Rev. James F. Chadwick of New York and the Rev. Dr. George E. Reed, president of Dickinson college. DR. CORTELYOU'S MISADVENTURE. HE IS NOW SAID TO BE IN AN EASTERN SANITARIUM. The family and friends of Dr. L. V. Cortel - you of 252 Garfield Dlace are extrprmnlv reti cent as regards his misadventure In San Fran cisco. Dr. Cortelyou started from this city last December to make a tour of th world but his trip was brought to an abrupt and unexpected ending in San Franci6co about Jan uary zo. It is reported that Dr. Cortelyou reached the metrrmnHs of tha To.o no. about the middle of January and spent some time seeing ttfe sights of that city. About a week after his arrival In San Francisco, Trhlle occupying a box In the Eureka Music hall, with his companion, a resident of this city, who was accompanying him, he Is said to have become Involved in a fistic argument witn one oi me waiters oi tne hall, and to have been badly beaten and then robbed. It la now fifl'frl t - hot wnfl tha iroltai. 1 tion languishes in jail at that side of the con - i r. orooiyou is yet languishing in a sanitarium here. At his residence to - day the San FrH.nlfaro ofFolr a little ecrape and the doctor was declared all i isut uiu m me nanus OI rrrenas. TWO ALMOST SUFFOCATED. NARROW ESCAPE OF MRS. GRENDORF AND HER SON. Mrs. Dora Grendorf, a widow, 36 years old, and her son Maurice, 14 years old, were almost suffocated by gas last night, at their home, 216 East One Hundred and Second street. New York. Mrs. Grendorf boards with Mrs. John Grottllen, who lives on the top floor ot the house. The Grendorfs occupy sleeping Dart - ments in the front of the fiat. The mother and son retired at 11 o clock last night and turneu down tne gas very low. in some manner unexplained the light went out during the night Fortunately the gas was not turned on full. When Mrs. Grottllen awoke this morning she detected tne odor of escaping gas and traced it to the room of the Grendorfs. The room was filled with gas and both of Its Inmates were unconscious. She attempted to revive them, but finding this of no avail she summoned Dr. Klelnsehmldt of One Hundred and Second street and Second avenue. They were resuscitated after - some little time and will recover. FALLON AND MACK SENTENCED. Steven Fallon, who gave his address as 86 Now Chambers street, New York, and William Mack of 61 Poplar Btreot, that city, wero tried this morning on the charge of breaking open showcasea on Broadway, Brooklyn. H. Wallace's showcase, at 1,037 Broadway, suffered at their hands and another case lower clown was broken open. August Baun testified to having seen the men broak open the first case. Jus - tioe Harriman gave Fallon twenty days and Mack ten. WALKED TOO NEAR THE CURB. At 9:20 o'clock last night Annie Haggerty, aged 53 years, of 3 - 4 Atlantic avenue, acci - dently fell over a carriage step on Sidney place, near Livingston street, and broke her right arm. She was taken home In an ambulance. Spring - House Clcaulntr If Yon Want yoiu oarpots and tub's well cleaned send them to the Kiouc WiaKirouaE and Stobaoe Co., foot of Fulton street. Telephone i09 Brooklyn. Adv. . SUICIDE RATHER THAN RABIES. Friend. Neb.. April 3 Richard Iliuger, a local merchant, was bitten by a dog several montliH ago. A few days since he was stricken with what was supposed to bo a severe case of gi ip. To - day physicians agreed it was a case of hydrophobia. The victim seized a raznr when ho heard tho diagnosis and almost severed his head from his body before anyone could interfere, dying instantly. SAYS HE WAS JSOYCOTTED. MASTER MASON MC GUIItE BRINGS SUIT AGAINST A UNION. Action hns been begun in tho supreme court by Thoinca B. McGuire, a master mason, to compi. - l the Brooklyn Benevolent and Protective union of this city, in the western division, to reinstate him as a member in good and regular (standing, and for 825,000 damages. His counsel, Franciii A. McCloskey. yesterday obtained from Justice Y. - .n Wyck in supremo court an alternative writ of mandamus requiring the union to reinstate him, or show cause why it should not comply - . It is McGuire's claim that ho has been boycotted by the union and that he has been unable to obtain work. In his formal complaint Mcfiuire says he joined the union twenty years ago and that from May. 18S5. to May, 18S7, he v. - as u member of the "executive committee. As such ho was exempt from paying dues. On July lfi, 1887, he tendered to the financial secretary such dues as became due after his retirement from the executive committee, and the secretary informed him that lie hail been fined - t'5, but refused to state tho reasons or authority for the line. The flue the secretary said had been ordered by Mirhael J. Murray to be collected from the plaintiff before the" dues wero to be received. JIcGuire refused to pay the fine under those conditions. Ho says that he took part in all the meetings in November, 1887, without objections by other members or officials, and on November 17 he paid all his dues, through Mr. Murray, and was informed that his fine had been cancelled. In January. 1888. James IS. McNamee, president of the union, then and now, said to him: "Well, we got square with von and made vou pay 25. McGniro said he had not paid the fine and that his card was clear. The president replied : "Well, yon ought to know." In February. 1888, when he went to pay his dues, he was informed that the fine had not been f aid ond was still standing against his name, n Juno of the same year, he says, the union illegally ordered a strike "against him and be "was idle for two months. He appealed to the Bricklayers' and Masons' International union " of America, a body which controls the defendant, and on June 13, 185. tho matter was referred to the executive committee. Plaintiff was informed later that the committee met at 10S Canton street, that James B. McNamee sat on the committee and voted against him. The decision, he bad learned, was against plaintiff. This action ho declares to have been illegal and that he was prevented from working at his trade. The question is one ihat will interest many unions when the case comes to trial. INSANE MAN'S FATAL FLIGHT. PURSUED BY A CROWD WHICH FINALLY SHOT HIM. Elliott. 111., April 3 When the Lake Erie and Western passenger train passed through this place yesterday, a man fell backward from the steps of one of the cars, striking his head on a tie. Apparently crazed by the blow, he got up and told those around him that some men were trying to kill him and then started to run acroSR the fields. A number of persons started in pursuit. He soon turned, and drawing a revolver, and holding the crowd at bay, fired several shots, hitting no one. He then resumed his flight and, after entering the stable of John White, took a horse, which ho mounted and started on. By this time the crowd was largely increased. At another stable the man changed horseB. Riding on. he was obstructed by a barb wire fence, when he dismounted and resumed his flight afoot. Soon after shots were fired at him by members of tho pursuing party and he was hit in the knee and head, captured and taken to a farmhouse, where his leg was amputated. The man died late last night. His name was John Franklin and his home at Fort Recoverv, 0. He had been traveling with his wife to s't. Louis. His wife was taken sick at Blooming - ton and they turned back and were returning to Ohio when he fell from the steps of the train here. CADET WILLIAM S. BROWNING. ANOTHER BROOKLYN BOY ADMITTED TO WEST POINT ACADEMY. Two hundred candidates and alternates took the examination for West Point this March and out of that number only seventy - nine passed. Among the number was William S. Browning of 155 Reld avenue, who represents the Fourth congressional district. When Congressman Fischer was notified last fall that a vacancy would soon occur at West Point from his district he held a competitive examination, open to all young men in the Fourth district. George H. McDevitt of the Twenty - sixth ward won the appointment. young Browning being second and accordingly being aesignatea as alternate. McDevitt failed to pass on account of defective eyesight, but Browning went through with flying colors and was admitted to the academy on March 29. Cadet Browning was born in Brooklyn on July 5, 1877, and graduated from Public School No. 35 In February, 1S92. For the three years following he attended the bovs' high school. He was a member of the foot ball teams of 1892, 1S93 and 1S94, and In 1S95 was the manager of the team. Ho Is 5 feet 6 Inches in height, well developed and with considerable local fame as an athlete. He is a son of William W. Browning, A. M., M.'D., processor oi anatomy at tne Long island Col lege hospital. THE STUDY OF ALCOHOL TO BE BEGUN IN BROOKLYN SCHOOLS NEXT TUESDAY. The last of the new physiology text books for use in the schools, have been delivered and are now being distributed. The board of education ordered 45,000 for the teaching ot the subjects re quired by the Ainsworth law. at a cost of $15,000. Each book had to be counted and stamped with the seal of the board of education in Secretary Brown's office before its issuance. This work has been very great and the employes of the office have ben on duty at night, in ordor to finish it In time. The new studies will be begun In the schools next Tuesday. On Monday the teaching of sewing in twenty - six schools will be Inaugurated. Mr. Brown has had to furnish the materials for this, also. DID THEY THREATEN TO SHOOT? Joseph Fischer and his sister - in - law, Mary Hynes, of 105 Dupont street were held in the Lee avenue court this afternoon on a charge of threatening to shoot Slgmond Bykes of 116 Eagle street, who yesterday told Fire Marshal Brymer a story which caused the arrest of John Hynes of 111 Dupont street on a charge of arson. Hynes, It is alleged, set fire to the dyewood works at Greene "and West streets a month ago. NAFF AND ONLY MAN SAVED. Minneapolis, Minn., April 3 A special from Crookston says that Colonel A. F. Naff, the United States Inspector who was reported drowned yesterday on the Canadian boundary, has returned to that city. All the party broke through the ice in Rainy River and with the exception of Naff and the United States deputy marshal all were drowned. Those two managed to escape and secured horses on which they reached civilization. STONED ITALIAN WORKMEN. Martin Connors, 622 Hicks street, and James Bennott of Flatlands wero arraigned bofore Justico Harriman this morning for throwincr stones at Italians working on a railroad on Atlantic avenue in East Hew York. Thy' - J! .1 - T $420,000 FOR NEWTOWN CREEK Generous Provision Made in the Eiver and Harbor Bill. $30,000 AT ONCE AVAILABLE. Details cf the Bill as Drawn Up in Committee Bay Ridtte and Buttermilk Channel and Gowanus Bay Also Receive Liberal Consideration in tha Measure Additional Appropriations Made for Neighboring Waters. (Special to the Eagle.) Washington, D. C, April 3 The great river and harbor bill has been made public. It reada as follows: "For improving Newtown creek according to report of Major H. A. Adams' corps of engineers. United States army, dated March 24, 1806, $30,000 provided that contracts may be entered into by the secretary of wah for such materials and work as may be necessary to complete the modified project of improvement, to be paid for as ap - V propriacions may from time to time be made by law, not to exceed in the aggregate ?420,1 000, exclusive of the amount herein and heretofore, appropriated. Other appropriations aro: Improving harbor at Canarsie bay, N. Y., continuing improvement, $1,000; improving harbor at Flushing bay, N. Y., continuing Improvement, ?4,000; improving harbor at Glen Cove, N. Y., continuing improvement, $S,000; improving Bay Ridge, Gowanus bay, Red Hook and Buttermilk channels in the harbor of New York, continuing improvements, $00,000; provided that the work shall be begun at tha southerly end of Bay Ridge channel and continue through it, and the others in the order named until completed, so that each shall have a uniform mean low water depth of twenty - six feet and width as recommended for each, and provided further that out of said sum ?5,000 shall be expended in dredging Gowanus canal, from Percival street to Hamilton avenue bridge, and provided further that contracts may be entered into by the secretary of war for the completion of the whole or any part of said work, to be paid for as appropriations may be made from time to time by law, not exceeding in the aggregate $777,300, exclusive of the amount hereto and heretofore appropriated. And in order to meet the demands of the great enlarged size of vessels, and of increasing commerce, It is hereby further provided that such piers as may be built between Seventeenth street on the south shore of Gowanus creek and Fort Hamilton, may be constructed so that so much thereof as shall be between the pier and bulkheal lines may be of a line or width not to exceed three hundred feet, and whether ot that width or of less width may be filled with solid materials when an equal tidal basin or space to receive the infioor of the tides is provided in compensation therefore, behind the authorized bulkhead line and adjacent to said piers. For the purpose of straightening the channel of Gowanus bay the harbor line of the northerly shore of Gowanus bay instead of extending from a point on the easterly side of Court street, "as said Court street existed and was laid out may twentieth, eighteen hundred and seveny - five," distant twelve hundred fet southerly from the intersection of the said easterly side ot Court street with the southerly side of Bryant street "as said Bryant street existed and was laid out May twentieth. 1S75"; running thence westerly and parallel with said Bryant street J and five hundred feet therefrom three hundred and eighty feet, and thence southerly and at right angles to the last mentioned lino and parallel with Clinton street three hundred and ninety - three feet to the interlot sea wall, as atpresent established, shall extend from the point first above described in a straight line in a southwesterly direction to said point where the above described line parallel with Clinton street and three hundred and ninety - three feet In length Intersects the above mentioned exterior sea wall line. Improving New York harbor, New York; continuing Improvement ?60,000. Improving channel between Staten Island and the New Jersey shore. New York and New Jersey; continuing improvement $13,000. out of which sum ?5,000 shall be used In dredging Lemon creek on Staten Island. Improving harbor at Huntington, N. Y.; continuing Improvement $5,000. Improving harbor at Duck Island on Long Island sound; continuing improvement $24,000. IN FAVOR OF GREATER NEW YORK. FRIENDS OF CONSOLIDATION SPEAK TODAY BEFORE MAYOR STRONG. Hearing on the greater New York bill was resumed to - day before Mayor Strong in the New York city ball. The mayor was on hand promptly at 2 P. M. and made a short speech, in which he said he was in favor of consolidation. He asked that sneakers confine thpmsrtitT - M strictly to the points In the bill just passed by the legislature and . refrain frnm disciTscin . a consolidation In general. The first speaker in favor of the bill was William B. Ellison. Other friends of Lexow's measure will speak during the afternoon. TO PUSH THE NEW CYCLE PATH. WOODRUFF READY TO HURRY THE WORK TO BENEFIT WHEELMEN. Park Commissioner Woodruff was at tho may - . or's office to - day and had a talk with the mayor! about tho Glenmore avenue and return cvcloi path bill which has been received from AlbanvJ the mayor has fixed upon to - morrow morninri at 11 o'clock for a hearing and expoctB thl wjiceinien to turn out in lorco to approve thj mi, an ib wie inn imuueu in ine legislature 1 tho request of the administration there is r doubt that it will receive the mayor's signl Mr. - W oodruff stated that nlans and nraeifid tions for tho cycle path had alreadv been cofa - plcted. and he would advortiso for proposalsfoa the day he received word from Alhanv that the governor had approved the bill. "I shall have that path complotcd bv June 15," said Mr. Woodruff, "even if I have to work on it myself." JAMES MATTHEWS THE RECEIVER OF A BIG NEW YORK FIRM OF IRON CONTRACTORS. James Matthews of the firm of A. D. Matthews A Sons, has been appointed receiver of the firm of Thorp & Bond, iron contractors, at 138 Liberty street, New York. Tho members of the firm could not get on togethor, and Mr. Thorp made application for the appointment of a receiver. Judge Van Wyck appointed Mr. Matthews. Tho largest contract that Thorp & Bond have on at present is tho now post office at Washington, whero the iron work alone will cost $90,000. Tho building itself has been erected and trusses are now being put in for the court below. Those weigh oightoen tons apiece and tho first was placed in position yesterday. The achievement was quite an engineering feat bocause it had to bo raised 135 feet from tho court. WINGATE HELD FOR TRIAL. Lafayette W. Wingate of 272 Sumner avenue, who was charged with abandonment by Emma Beatty of Kossuth place, near Bush - wick avenue, was held by Justice Harriman in $600 bail for trial. "Told at Easter Tide." Novelette by Margaret Lee. In the Easter Eagle. Next Sunday. Soiua'i Band at nxontauk. Thonter Enst - er Sunday. Two concerts. Popular prioos Adv. BUM

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