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CvM"asV Tm Caw . MAR 13 '903 cuts Us . m. THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE. V 4 W i ... , - FOUR O'CLOCK. Entered at Brooklyn, . T.. P. O. second Claaa Matter. NEW YORK. THURSDAY. MARCH 12. VM). OL. Ci. NO..70. 20 PAGES. Cc;r!tlit. ro- n i. n-oekun n:tir Eagle. Trait- Mtik "El" nrttrt. THREE CENTS. PARSONS' GREAT TRANSIT PLAN FOR BROOKLYN NEW TUNNELS, SUBWAYS AND ELEVATED LINES. I.Ot 'At. WKlTllKll I'HOII nil ITIK. ("") fair In-nlatM and r'rl.lai llarht to frral. anrla tu mat nlails. ! Rapid Transit Engineer Would Remove All L Traffic From Old' Bridge. ALL ERIDGES TO BE LINKED. A Tunnel From Orange Street to Maiden Lane to Handle L Trains, With Bridge Connections. SUBWAY TO THE PARK PLAZA. Branch Subways to East New York and Fiatbush New L Line to the Black-well'a Island Bridge. The plim of William Barclay i'arsous, chief engineer of the Rupid Transit Commission, for traffic extensions in anil for Brooklyn, was made public to-day by transrais-sloii to the commission at its meeting this afternoon. The plan, beside including a number of transportation lines already proposed, suggests several entirely new lines. It is a most original contribution to the development of the transit facilities of this borough. Many of its recommendations are of a radical nature. Mr. Parsons would remove all elevated trains from the Brooklyn Bridge, their place to be taken by trolley cars. To handle L traffic he would build a second tunnel between Orange atrcet, Brooklyn, and Maiden lane, Manhattan, with connections with the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn and with the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Wlllinmsburtjh bridges in Manhattan. He would build a four (lack subway from the Junction of Flatbusli and Atlantic avenues to the Prospect Park plaza, with a loop at that point, a three track extension to East New York, nnd a two track extension along Flatbusli avenue as far as East Broadway. Ho is also in favor of tho Fourth avenue subway to Fort Hamilton and a third tuiipe! from Atlantic avenue, Brooklyn, to niteiiaii street, uannaiian. He would have the Brooklyn Rapid Transit put extra Jrck for express trains on all Its L lines. Ho favors an entirely new elevated road from Franklin avenue and Fulton street. across Brooklyn and Into Queens, connecting with the Blackwcll's Island Bridge. He favors other developments of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit elevated system by a series of connections of existing lines. He is in favor of tho abolishment of grade crossing on the Brighton Beach line. ' The problem of connecting Richmond Borough with Manhattan is practically abandoned by Mr. Parsons. He says the expense would be entirely out of proportion to the population which such a connection would serv. Speaking concerning the feature of his report which advocates the abandonment of L traffic on (he old bridge, Mr. Parsons said this afternoon that he had given that matter much careful study and was conviuccd that the bridge could best be utilized by a return to Its original purposes. He believed it impracticable to niter It as proposed In some quarters, and thought the city and the public would best be served by creating new routes, boih subwuy ni I elevated, us planned by him. His report Is as follows' Engineer Parsons' Kepor.. BOARD OF RAPID TRANSIT RAILROAD COMMISSIONERS. Chief Engineer's Office, No. .120 Broadway, New York, March 12, 1903. ilon. A. E. Orr, President, Rapid Transit Board: Sir On February 10 I laid before the board plan for extending the existing rapid transit facilities 'of the boroughs' ol Manhattan and the Bronx and for creating new facilities where there seemed to be greatest Immediate demand, and at the same time explained to the board that I would, within three weeks., submit another plan covering the Burough of Brooklyn, n3 the latter could be more Intelligently treated It considered on its own merits. Such u plan I now beg leave to submit for yuur consideration. Whin the to plans and their accompanying reports are combined the instructions of fhe board directing the chief engineer to prepare a comprehensive plan of rapid transit .vienslon lor the whole City of New York will have been compiled with. When the Rapid Transit Board -was organized Its Jurisdiction extended over the City of New S'ork as It then existed, a territory now Included within what Is the Bor-otigha of Manhattan and the Bronx, and It was not until the limits of the city were extended so as to Include the C ity of Brooklyn. Richmond County and a part of Queens County, that the board hod any power to deal with the last named territories. It l for this reason that the work of the board Is foend to be In a more advanced condition In Manhattan. As soon as possible ofter rt. I solid. itlon wis effected the board took up the question of extending the subway system across the Knst River, and pushed forward as i avidly as possible the work of preparing plans and securing the necessary cunsonts. In due course a most advantageous contract was let, and such work is now actually In progress. When this second contract Is completed the municipality will own a subway system extending from the Borough of the Bronx, passing the whole length of Manhattan to the Intersection of Kiatbuth and Atlantic avenues, in Brooklyn, with a total length of railway of 24.1 miles, over which passengers can ride In through cars for a uniform fare of 5 cents, and with J Removal of all elevated trains from the old Brooklyn Bridge, trolleys only to be operated on :ne present h tracks and the roadways restored exclusively to vehicles. A second East Biver tunnel from Nassau and Orange streets. Brooklyn, to Maiden lane, Manhattan, to handle L road traffic by means of connections with the Manhattan and Williamsburgh bridges. This plan involves a new subway in Manhattan from Maiden lane to the Williamsburgh Bridge, connecting with the old 3ridge and the Manhattan Bridge. A temporary arrangement for handling traffic at the Manhattan end of the Williamsburgh Bridge, pending eompletion of the Center street subway. A four track subway from Flatbush and Atlantic avenues to the Prospect Park Plaza, with a loop at that point and a three track subway continuing along Eastern Parkway to East New York avenue. Also a continuation along Flatbusli avenue to East Broadway by me'ans of a two track subway. A combination subway and elevated from Elatbush and Atlantic HVfnilP4 fllnTlo. Pnurri ovfrviiij. tn Tnrt Womiltnn wifri a tunnel enn. I nection from Atlantic avenue, Brooklyn, to Whitehall street, Man-I hattan. . Additional tracks on the present elevated lines for the handling of express trains by the Brooklyn Kapid Transit Company as follows: X One extra track on Fulton street, two on Broadway, one on Myrtle avenue and one on Fifth r.venue. X An L road connection between the Fulton street .line and the Jamaica t Plank road and a connection between the Fulton and Fifth avenue lines in the shopping district. A new elevated road from Franklin avenue and Fulton street, along Franklin to Wallabout street, to Gwinnett street, to lorimer street, to Manhattan avenue, to Vernon and Jackson avenues in Long Island City, to the Blackwell's Island Bridge. A spur from this line from Lorimer street to the Williamsburgh Bridge. Other suburban extensions of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit elevated I 2 road system. X Removal of grade crossings on the Brighton Beach line. both express and local service over the greater portion of the route. Brooklyn and Manhattan Transit Developments Have Been Separate. Owing to the fact that until recently the municipalities of New York and Brooklyn were quite separate, there have been devel oped in the two cities two distinct systems or transportation facilities without any eore-latlon. in each case as If the other city did not exist, and as If neither city had any re lation with the other. In consequence we have the great network of railway lines of Brooklyn, consisting of 30 miles of elevated railway and 4'V miles jf aurface railway (the latter expressed as single track i focused to one bridge with one pair ut tracks tor elevated trains and one pair of tracks fur surface cars. These four tracks carry annually about 110.0o0.ihh) passengers, ihe greatest burden of traffic carried by any railway lu the world. This extraordinary condition produces not only a congest inn at the Manhattan terminus of the bridge liinl is a disgrace to municipal management and modern technical skill, but ll also InftietK on the great majority of the passengers a tremendous burden of inconvenience in deimsitiui: them at a point considerably renin; from their points of i ultimate destination. However Important a i center may be the City Hull. It la evident j that only a small port inn of ihe people coming from Brooklyn have their places of business in that immediate vicinity, (he others being ohligrd to go by foot or vehicle to other points In the wholesale and finaKial districts I extending from, sa.e, Howling .-en to Grand i street. t In considering any plan for the relief of Biooklyn -for however great is the need of relief from the present lack of transit facilities In Manhattan, similar relief for Brooklyn Is quite as pressing the queitlon of congestion at the Manhattan terminus of the Biooklyn Bridge stands pre-eminent. The capacity of the bridge and the choking of the avenues lesdlng to It in Brooklyn limit the capacity of all lines In Brooklyn. V,th Increased capacity of outlet every elevated and surface track could Immediately carry more trains or cars. To afford such relief certain improvements are In hand, and some nearing completion. The subway system Is already being extended as above explained; the Williamsburgh Bridge is nearly finished, and the Manhattan Bridge Is well begun. When these works aie completed by tho city, at a tremendous ccet, the opportunities will be presented to materially Improve the situation. In order that such Improvement shall he thoroughly effective some plan must be devised to bring (he new bridges Into harmonious relations with the transportation facilities. Such a plan has not hitherto been devised. Makeshift Belief Plans for the Old Bridge Unsatisfactory. ' Many plans have been proposed for im proving the conditions existing on the Brooklyn Bridge, but no entirely satisfactory plan has ever been devised, for the reason that no plan has ever been proposed sufficiently drastic, or comprehensive as to provide a definite solution. Every plan has included somo makeshift alteration of the bridge. ' As originally designed, twenty-five years ago. the bridge was Inteuded to carry one pair of tracks in the center, on which trains were to be run to and fro across the bridge, with an estimated capacity of HO.OOti.-000 passengers annually, a figure not realized for many years. After n time the Inconvenience of changing ears ut tho Brooklyn end, and the burden of paying two fares, led the city authorities, very wisely, from the point of view of the Imbllc, to lease the bridge : railway 10 the local railway company, thus 1 permitting it to run i's elevated railway trains direct to Ihe Manhattan terminus, j and lo pl.ne tracks on the brldee roadways t for ihe mirface trolley ears. These r.ad- j ways, wide enough tor vehicular traffic. If aiven no whollv to lhat nurnose as originally planned, are seriously overburdened with I both ears and vehicles: as the former, neing on fixed lines, necessarily impede, mid are impeded by tbe latter. To obviate this last dithVulty it has been proposed to reconstruct the bridge superstructure ai a cost lo the cily of more than 2.IW0.0o0. The bridge Is now carrying r.e -.rly four times as many rallwav passenger, as the original utmost maximum estimated capacity, with a similarly Increased vehicular traffic. It Is simply impossible for the present structure to perform this service properly. One plan thnt has been proposed for bridge relief took Into account one of the great defects, namely, the congestion nt the bridge end. to relieve which it was thought neces sary to build distributing railways north and south. This was the plan recommended by Messrs. Prout. Boiler and Whinnery. The railway extensions proposed were elevated, however, thus Inviting hostile attack by abutting property owners: and they also failed to recognize the limitations of the bridge Itself. Old Bridge Should Cease to Handle Elevated Train? Inasmuch as the most Important details In the solution of the Brooklyn problem nre the utilization of the bridges and distribution instead of congestion In Manhattan, they should be given lirst place In the consldcra-1 tton of the question. As more people can be carried in train units thun In ear units the facilities for distributing people by ihe Brooklyn elevated trains should be developed as much as possible, and arrangements made to utilize both the Williamsburgh and Manhattan bridges, the western termini of which, however, are too far away from the sreai commercial centers to be reached conveniently without special transportation lines. Afler a very careful study of the Brooklyn bridge, and after studying all the plans already p o-posed and limiting many others, 1 am convinced that It should be restored to its original purpose and cease to bo a factor In the handling of elevated trains. As It can only be made use of by some makeshift Inn. it Is better to face tho problem with til Is tl;iH-ciiltles nnd create a new plan .td.pled to the requirements of to-day. lo this end I beg leave to propose 'he Icl-lowlng: A Second East River Tunnel to' Handle L Road Traffic. In connection with the Brooklyn end of the .Manliattan-brld,;i . the city authorities propose to construct a new thoroughfare along the nxls of the bridge produced to the Intersection of Fiilion street and Flatbusli avenue. Such a at root Intersects or reaches all the elevated lines now running to ihe Brooklyn bridge. When the Mniili.iltnn bridge Is completed spurn from the iev.ued 11 103 will Continued on Page 3. JUSTICE DAY'S ILLNESS SERIOUS. Washington. March 12-The condition of Justice Kay of the I nlted States Supreme Court, who has been III for several days with grip, is admitted to be serious. Mrs. Ita and her two sons arri.ed here yesterdiy. Two sons are away at college and it Is stated will not be sent for unless their father's condition becomes worse. BOARD OF ESTIMATE SLEEPS N. Y. APPRAISERS NAMED. Washington. Marcli 12--The President today sent to the Senate the following Humiliations: Assistant appra sera of nierchandl-e in Ihe district of New York. Amos M. Knapp, George Saator, George Roblr.son. When Haste Is Necessary to Protect Business Section From Serious Injury BY TEARING UP OF FULTON ST. Tunnel Construction and Diversion of Trolley Traffic Down Gcid Street a Serious Problem. WATER BILL REPORTED. (Special to the Kagle.l Albany. March 12 The McCarren water bill, providing for a commission to Inquire j into further sources of supply, was favor-! Brooklyn is threatened vvlth the loss to ably reported by the eltlea committee to- traffic and business of the shopping and day. This Is something of a surprise, as the j banking district cf Fulton street for months city authorities hnve opposed It. The hill creates a commission to be appointed by while underground work Is being done In tho new tunnel, as well as by the more serious the Mayor to Investigate and renort. It is1 evil of a possible diversion of trade and In- clalmed that it may repeal tho law which dustry from the established centers by the protects Suffolk County. R. C. FLOWER ARRESTED. ENGINEER PARSONS' PLAN FOR RAPID TRANSIT FOR BROOKLYN. Solid Lines Indicate Existing Lines or Lines Already Under Construction. Dotted Lines Show Proposed New Extensions. j proposition put forward by Borough Presi dent 8wnnstrom to run the various cars now using Fulton street down Gold street until the tunnel work Is completed. Both propositions nre being contemplated and may be carried Into effect while thi Gnrvan Says Mrs. Tavlor Is Only One of I Board of Estimate slumbers on the scheme 1.200 Stockholders Who, He Alleges, i 10 i,ltn '-'vlngslou street from Court street i to Klatbush avenue. It Is recognized by all Were Victimized. (lm1ar wjth ,hc BHu!Uion and desirous of I maintaining property value Intact and busl-R. C. Flower, prominent In connection with ness Interests unimpaired that the scheme to the Hngainnn investigation, and a principal I tlirn Fulton street with an open cut for sub-stockholder In tho Lone Pine Mining Com- way diggers, could bo alleviated by the im- pany, appeared in the Tombs Court, Manhattan, this morning in response to a summons served yesterday. The summons was secured by Mrs. Isabella Gray Taylor, who alleged that she had given Flower $300 to Invest In stock for her, on false representations made to her by Flower. When Flower appeared, Deputy Assistant District Attorney Garvan, who is conducting the Hagnnian Investigation, wns insistent that a warrant he Issued for Flower's arrest. Gnrvan told Magistrate Barlow that the complaint of Mrs. Taylor was only one of 1,200 stockholders wh, he alleged, had been victimized by Flower in the same way. Magistrate Barlow issued the warrant anil Flower was placed under arrest by Detective Sergeant MeConvlllo, charged with grand larceny. Bail was fixed at $2,000, and exnmlnatloii set for Monday afternoon. Flower was not at all disturbed and calmly said he would .secure hail immediately, and sent a messenger for a bondstnuu. I I.HW Itntea to lite Pnellte t'nnnt. The New Ynk I'entiat will si-tl nny dH, until April Lt. tlrkotn lo ihe Rlctde Count nt fruni IS'I t K.'.l. I'nlnnlst Hleeplns cart, from Albany In quire ef tli kei .el nt.- Mv. ' The niriiinii Mint and Woman un tie t'ennpylvtinlM l.lnslt'l. Pfcmm. li rir-n' tt lilab.at t)it uf American transportation fsctlltl" Adv. i I i . , : V W W. . ' X' ' &Cjl " P 'a. ( j VH-- : ?AV . 7"7 BURDICK INQUEST TUESDAY. Buffalo Police Judge Expects to Eliminate Names of Persons Who Are Under Suspicion. Buffalo, March 12 Thomas Murphy, Judge of the police court, announced thlH afternoon that ho will hold Ihe Inquest Into the death of Edwin L. Burdlck next Tuesday. , . "J propose to make It the most complete Investigation ever conducted into any death in Ibis country," said Judge Murphy. "I have subpenaed everybody whose name has been mentioned . in connection with this case. There are loo many persons lingering under the suspicion of causing Burdlck's death. Only one person could have killed him. If I can And who he Is I propose to do so. At any rate, 1 expect to eliminate the names of innocent persons. "1 have set the date for next Tuesday In order to allow the police and district attor ney four days more in which to investigate the case. That ought to be long enough to bring out the truth. Anyway, It is as long as Innocent persons ought to be under suspicion when their names have boon In everybody's mouth since the murder was first reported." Arrangements for Ihe funeral of Mr. and Mrs. Penncll have been practically completed and the wishes of the friends and relatives lhat. the services be quiet and simple will be followed out by those having the mnlter In charge. The bodies will he tnken to the late homo at 20S Cleveland avenue some time to-day, probably this evening The services nt the. house will he held to-morrow afternoon. CANAL VOTE ON TUESDAY. Senate Will Pass Colombian Treaty Then and Deal With Amendments . on Monday. Washington, March 12 The Senate has agreed to vote on the Colombian canal treaty on Tuesday. The amendments lo the treaty arc to be consldrretl on Monday. The request for unanimous agreement was made by Senator Frye, us follows: "I ask unanimous consent that tho treaty with Colombia be open to general debate until .Monday morning; beginning with the session of Monday next, the Senate )ll proceed to consider amendments that may be offered, And that upon each amendment speech shall be limited tn Often minima to each .Senator, but that the liulrman of the Committee on Foreign Keln;ions an, I the chairmen of the Committee on Inteniceanlo Canals shall be allowed thirty inltniiei on each amendment. That after all amendments phell h..ve been disposed of. one hour shall be allowed for general debate to the lde supporting the treaty and that one hour shall be allowed to the opponents of the treaty. That, not later than Tuesday next, the volt) upon the resolution lor ratification shall be taken without further debate. Thai the Injunction of secrecy shall then be removed from the npee. hen of Senator .Morgan. alreud primed and submitted io Senators. Iiirludlu that to be made by him on the response to the Senate resolution calling for informal inn as to ihe agreement between the Panama Canal Company ami our government, nnd they shnll he printed In the record, nnd that tho speech or speeches made for and against the ratification of Ihe treaty during tho hour cf general debate allowed each side shnll he printed In the Record In like manner as the speeches of Senator Morgan." On motion of H nntor Gononn the Injunction of secrecy was removed from the agreement. mediate widening of Livingston street, whllo the same Improvement would do away at once with the possibility of diversion of trade by the Gold street route. There are no obstacles to be overcome by the city authorities if they conclude to begin operations In Livingston street. Tho local Board of Improvements, after an exhaustive hearing, voted unanimously on January 8 to widen tho street from 50 to 100 feet. The project had the commendation of Daniel G. lagged, George V. Chauneey, the late Felix Campbell, Julian I). Falrchlld Edward Merrill. Silas B. Duteher, George H. Southard, A. A. Low, Theodore F. Miller. A. S. Bobbins and all Inn banking and business Interests In the neighborhood of the Borough Hall. In addition n number of boards of trade and taxtmvers' associations asked for it, as did all tho big dry goods houses whose Interests are vitally affected. Perhaps the most slg-nlncent commendation came unsolicited from Henry B. Hesse, manager of the New York Fire Insurance Exchange, who, on the part of the underwriters, told the local authorities that the high premiums necessnrlly paid by property owners ninth of Livingston street, and which had been recently In rensed, could be lowered If the street were widened. The proposed Improvement will cost about 31,700,111)0 for tho properly condemned and 3100,000 for repavlng the street. Tho manner of distributing the assessment is not a matter for Ihe consideration of the local board. That will lie determined by the Bonrii gf Eitlmale,- when that body wakes up to the Importance of the project, but It is the general belief that the city will bear a substantial portion of the cost. The local board made its recommendation on January 8 and no more was heard cf Livingston street until February II. when Secretary Jumes V. Stevenson of the. Board of Estimate, called for n map. He got the map nnd except for ihls brief spell of partial wakefulness the board has slumbered on. Just about the time that Mr. Stevenson was getting Interested In the map Borough President Swunstrom discovered that (he Ue- . Kalb avenue railrond has a franchise to opernto on Gold street. He lost no time In communicating the fact lo President lohu L. Heine, who was delighted to find a franchise thnt had hitherto escnned his atten tion. Mr. Helns was asked If he would not Iny tracks on Gold street to Wtlloughby ami run some of bis own and permit the Brooklyn Heights Company to run some oi Its ears, on tho newly discovered route. Mr. Helns, President Winter and Borough President Swnnetrom met in the Borough Hall en February 10, and nil agreed tin t the new route was feasible and should be put In operation as a relief measure as soon as possible. So the cose as lo Livingston street stands. The Board of Estimate has not reported on the widening proposition yet. and there are Indications that when Its members consider It there may be differences of opinion as to Ihe wisdom of doubling the width of the street, some holding that 80 feet Is enough. The tunnel engineers are preparing In the fall to open Fulton street in the manner tn which I'nion square was opened in Manhattan, with practically an open cut as far as the surface of the street is concerned, but covered over by planking. The local an , thoritles have provided an alternative route for traffic by way of Gold street, which In the opinion of many Interested In Brooklyn business prosperity will temporarily divert trade from Its present center. 1 As explained by Eugene O. V. Tllson of the Department of Highways to-day, condemnation of the property In Livingston street would be necessarv after the Board of Estimate approved of widening. This should take six months at least, he said, but as there Is no possibility 'hst work on the tunnel will be begun until steel can be procured in the fall It would seem that, by due diligence the city authorities could get Livingston street In shape In time to take over the main railroad Ironic of the borough when called on. "The Board of hsilmale should act In the Livingston streei proposition." President George W. chauneey of the Mechanics Hank said to-day. "If Livingston street Is not. available when tunnel work begins above Court street we shall have Fulion street turned Into nn open cut, over which, of course, no traffic at all would bo possible, Just os 1'nlnn square was when tunnel work was In progress there." "My opinion has not changed," said David O. Leggett, who was seen nt his office in Temple Bar Building. "Livingston street should be widened nnd Ihe work should he proceeded wiih at once. It In the fashion to any that the dry goods houses only are Interested In this improvement. I have no Interest In any dry goods house and 1 am sincerely in favor of (he widening of Livingston street. As a matter of fact, however, l believe that the drv goods houses In the snooping district bring as many people on the railroads as go to New York every day. mey nr.- an important element in our busl- DRESSER RECEIVERSHIP LIMITED. Court Orders Them to Wind Up Business in 45 Days. Judge Holt of the I'nlied States District Court, Manhattan, has signed an order' In the rase of Dresser & Co.. who recently made an assignment, authorizing the receivers to continue the business not exceeding forty-five days. The receivers are not to make any advances on merchandise exceeding 310,-OoO. not lo pay any outstanding Indebtedness without Ihe special order of the court and are nor to take new orders, or enter on new business. ness life here." SHAW NOT TO HELP WALL STREET. Washington, March 12--Secretary Shaw has returned from New York and was at his desk this morning. While In New York Secretary Shaw looked Into the money situation somewhat, but did not see anything In the present eon iltlon to warrant interference on the pa-t of hl department. It is authoritatively elated that It la not his purpose, certainly nt present, to ti.ke any ateps. whatever In the matter. Thp f.lne tn California, rnfineetlns with evsry tranii.contlnsnisl railway, la th Nw York Central-Four tralm s day to Cnllturnn.-A.lv. FATAL STORMS ON THE COAST. Everett. Wash.. March 12-Snowstormi here and In the Cascades on Tuesday night have caused loss of life and property. K heavy snow slide came down the mountain at Wellington Tuesday, demolishing a coal chute and killing two employes. The coast line Great Northern trains are seriously hampered by mud slides. A bridge on the Great Northern has been carried away by, a slide and until it shall be rebuilt the mountain line will be out of use. i Koar Tnlnta of Interest. Oveland, Chlr, St. I.enH and Cincinnati art rarhsd bv th rnnf)ivanla Railroad. Throuah, train service from N'ew York every da. A4v.

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