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THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAdLE. NEW YORK. MONDAY. JANUARY 11. IDOL 20 PUBLIC SAFETY BUREAU FAVORED 3! LITTLETON Present Borough Officials Should Serve Without Swelling Salary List. SINGLE CONTROL DESIRABLE. Bureau Would Have Supervision of Play Houses and Assembly Pooms Mixed Situation Now. Borough Pivsidciu Littleton announced thin moraine: tli.it he is considering the advisability of appealing to the Legislature to amend the city charier so as to provide for a bureau of public safety for each of the boroughs. Such a board is needed, Mr. Littleton said, to have jurisdiction over the construction and management of all places of assembly for entertainment or recreation and to deal with sudden perils which might menace the safety or health of the people. The Bureau of Public Safety, Mr. Littleton said, should be composed of the head of the Fire Department in the borough, the head of the Police Department in the borough, the superintendent of buildings and the sanitary superintendent or other offt of the Health Department in charge of the borough and should be presided over by the borough president, the latter to have a vote only in case of a tie. This board, Mr. Littleton, explained, should act in all cases of epidemic and supervise the general sanitary conditions of the borough as wel as supervise all theaters, lecture halls, and indoor and open air gathering places. If such a board were created, re-sponsibility would be directly fixed for the public, safety of citizens in all public places. During the recent investigation of the condition of the local theaters, with regard to the safety of their patrons, made as a result of the Chicago disaster, Borough President Littleton received reports from Superintendent Collins of the Building Department which indicated that the building superintendent was continually crossing the lines of other officials of the borough government, each of whom had partial Jurisdiction and considerable responsibility in the premises inspected. It was shown that there eoultl be no thorough and uniform investigations of all the features of the questions involved in the inspection so long as the different heads of departments were crossing each other and were compelled to be on th& watch for fear of overstepping their bounds. Complaints were made by several officials in different departments that they frere not Just sure of what to do as they were continually in fear of running into the work of other departments. These reports suggested to Mr. Littleton the advisability of co-operation on the part of all the officials upon whom the law places responsibility for public 'safety. , The Borough President believes that there should be a central, co-ordinate body which could deal harmoniously and effectively with every problem of this kind which might rise. Mr. Littleton said that the members of tbls board should be appointed by virtue ot the offices they hold in the city government and should serve without additional pay. The ; secretary of the board, Mr. Littleton said, might be the borough secretary, also to serve without extra compensations. The plan will at once be considered by the officials of the other boroughs and it is hoped that the- matter may be taken before the Legislature at an early date. OBITUARY. Alexander A. Ganiard. Alexander A. Ganiard, a veteran letter carrier, and the first to deliver the mail under the free delivery system In Bath Alexander A. Ganiard, Veteran Letter Carrier, Who Died To-day and Who Carried Mall on a Krnncho When Free Delivery Was First Extended to Suburban Localities. Beach, died yesterday of heart failure, at his home oh Bay Thirty-fifth street. Mr. Ganiard was born in Rochester sixty-eight years ago, and served during the war for the L'nion in Battery L, First New York Artillery. He was quartermaster for three years, and had an excellent record. He had been in the postal service for 27 years, anil was put in the Station H district when that was first started. His district then included the settlements known as Vnlonville, Gravesend Beach, West Meadows and South Kensonhurst. Joseph C. Ilendrix was postmaster of Brooklyn at the time, and at lust Ganiard used a wagon for the mail tielivery. After a while he secured a broncho that was formerly used in the Buffalo Bill show, and traveled about on him. It was a gray horse named "Babe," and the animal was a difficult one to manage ai times, but Ganiard always ald, "It whs bettor than walking." The carrier would go through water or snow, or any such obstruction and deliver mall at the front doors of the collages. Mr. Ganiard was a member of MePherson Doane I'ost, G. A. It., and attended the Cropsey Avenue M. K. Church, where the ftinerai services will be held Wednesday morning. He leaves a widow. Some of his relatives live in Voughkeepsle. Swen Peter Sweuson. Swen I'eter Swenson. who died Friday at 11 Greene avenue, was a resident of Brooklyn for forty-five years. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon. The deceased was born in Sweden, April 21, sixty-seven years ago. He was one of the organizers of I he Sweden Immanuel Church and for twenty-five years was Its treasurer and member of the board of trustees. He leaves a widow, threo sons and three daughters, Caroline Hamilton. At the Graham Home lor the Aged, on Washington avenue, .Mrs. Caroline Hamilton, the widow of Peter Hamilton, died Saturday of old age. She wan born in New York City eighty-seven years ago. She was an old member of tho Church of the Messiah and had resided in Brooklyn nearly forty years. The Interment was in Greenwood. John Barry. Funeral services for John Barry, a resident of the Stuyvrsant section for forty-five years, who died last Friday, were held yesterday afternoon at his late home, 601 Putnam avenue. He was horn In Glasgow, Scotland, Seventy-four years ago. Five daughters and three sons survive the deceased. The Interment was made In Greenwood Cemetery. John Timmes. Funeral services over the remains of John Timmes, who died early Saturday morning at his borne, 169 Bushwick avenue, will be oaa.uxted. to-Biarrow aiornlug tl tb C'burch of 'he Most Holy Trinity. Montrose avenue. 1 The deceased, who was years old, was well known in the Kas!ern District where he had resided for many years. He was born in Germany and at an early age with his j brother. Peter, came 10 America. He first . served as an apprentice to a nail maker and later established a large concern of his own. j At one time he was the recognized Demo- eratic leader of the district in which he lived and ran as a nominee for Alderman j in liStio. againsi John Kaber and was defeated. During the Civil War he enlisted In the Sev-! enlieth New York Volunteers and later com- I mantled Batteries B and C. Light Artillery, i and before the close of the war was breveted ; major for gallantry on the field. He was ! one of the organizers of the Church of t lie j Most Holy Trinity. He is survived by a widow, two sons. John and Joseph, and a daughter, who is a nun in the Convent of the Christian Charity and known as Sister Melaia. John Meurer. After a short illness, John Meurer, a manufacturer of mineral waters, at 5 and 1 Moore street, died, yesterday morning, at his home. Death was due to hemorrhage of the stomach. He was 62 years old. was born in Coblenz, Germany, and came to America when quite young, and, with his parents, settled in the old Fourth Ward, New- York. He first peddled fruit and In 1SS1 established the manufacture of mineral waters and became wealthy through a patent medicine which he manufactured. He leaves a widow, six soiis and one married daughter. Ftinerai services will be conducted Wednesday at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Montrose avenue. UNKNOWN MAN DROWNED. Silver Watch in Pocket of Biver's Victim Still Going When Body Was Taken From Water. Captain Joseph C. Green ot the canal boat Ivy. lying at the foot of Clymer street, was looking after his craft, Saturday ntght, when he discovered the body of a man floating in the river. The body was kept from sinking by floating ice, and, with the aid of a pole, Captain Green rescued it and nolifleci the police of the Lee avenue station, where it was removed. The man was about 43 years old. 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with brown hair, mustache and beard. He had a scar over the left eye. He wore a brown cutaway coat and vest and dark trousers, three undershirts, black stockings, lace shoes and brown derby hat. From all appearances the body had not been long In the water, as a silver watch found In one of the pockets was still going. There were no marks on the body which would indicate foul play. Th-body has been removed to the morgue to await identification. ICE CAUSES CRASH IN RIVER. Ferryboats Englis and Dakota in Collision, but Little Damage Is Done, The heavy ice which filled the East River, this morning, together with the tide, is said to huve been responsible for a collision between the ferryboats John Euglls, ot the Forty-second street line, and the Dakota, of the Grand street line. The Englis had left the slip at the foot of Broadway, bound for Manhattan, while the Dakota was making Its way across the river from Manhattan. There were only a few passengers on each boat. The captains thought they would pass each other with sufficient space, but the ice swept the Englis against the starboard bow of the Dakota. The railing of the latter boat was carried away, while the Englis was uninjured. A little excitement occurred among the passengers on the boats, but it was quickly quieted by the deck hands. The Englis remained near the Dakota until it was ascertained that the damage was not serious, when she proceeded to Manhattan. The Dakota was withdrawn for repairs. CHARITIES BUREAU NEEDS. Asks for Money to Pay for Rent for Destitute People. The Bureau ot Charities appeals for J30 to pay rent for a family consisting of tho man, woman and two young sisters ot tho woman, the man being ill and unable to work. The man is a Hollander, who has been in prosperous circumstances, but who is willing to do anything and has been at work in a factory at small wage, it being the only work he could get in this country. The doctors say he will be able to work after i short time and advise his being helped tern porarlly with rent. The bureau also appeals for $:J0 to pay rent for a time and help In food a deserted wife with four children. Her friends are helping somewhat, but are unable to carry the whole burden of the woman's support, she being now in ill health, but on the road to i covery. When well it is hoped with the help of her friends she will be able to cure for herself and the children, only temporary help being needed. The bureau desires to acknowledge the following responses to its recent appeals: 7A Class of Boys, J2; W. R. H, $1; R. H. D., $2 Mrs. S. E. D., $2; W. H. D, 1; Cash, SI Mrs. Artebee, $10; J. B. A., $5; C. D., $2 J. H. F., $1; E. R 1; Cash, $1; P. M $2 K. G. P., $5; C. A. S. H., $1; John Todd, Iff.. Contributions should be sent to the Cen- fral Office, Ml Schermerhorn street. WAGNERIANS' OFFICERS. At the annual meeting of the Richard Wagner Quartet. Club, held in Ritting's Hall last night, R. Weber was re-elected president; 1). Stanch, first vice president; G. Brock, second vice president ; L. Mayer, recording secretary; H. Kasten, financial secretary; H. von tier Schuyt, treasurer; Herman Zenker, trustee; Ernst. Kampermann. musical director; H. Weimann, assistant conductor; F. Funke and T. Baumann, librarians; I. Mertz, colorbcarer; H, Weimann and F. Weimann, aids, and F. Schnrb, stewards. CARRIED RAZOR IN HIS MOUTH. Alexander Dallas and Samuel Johnson, negroes, were before Magistrate Naumcr, in the Myrtle avenue court to-day, on a ehargo of fighting on the street. Dallas said Johnson had drawn two ugly looking razors and carried one between his teeth; that he had not been fighting, but merely disarmed Johnson. The magistrate fined Johnson $2 and discharged Dallas. EXPECTORATED ON THE BRIDGE. Frank Cohen ot 1,792 Second avenue, Manhattan; Charles Stern of 1,881 Broadway, Brooklyn, and Felice Erront of 2,784 Atlantic avenue, Brooklyn, were arraigned In the Tombs pollco court, Manhattan, this morning, charged with expectorating on the Brook lyn Bridge. They pleaded that, no cuspidors were handy. Magistrate Breen said spitting was a very uirty nabit and tinea each man HI. TROUBLE AT PUERTO PLATA. The Clyde Line steamer Cherokee arrived to-day from Dominican ports. Captain Archibald reported little or no trouble at the various ports of call excepting at Puerto Plata where the steamer loaded only a portion of her cargo, the authorities refusing to permit lighters to go alongside the steamer lo finish loading. Tho I'nlted States steamer Detroit was at Puerto Plata and the Newport at San Domingo City, when the Cherokee sailed. L TRAFFIC DELAYED AN HOUR. Motor ear No. 144. attached lo a train on the West F.nd Ilallroad. Jumped the track at Bay Nlmteentb street and Hath avenu nt 1 1 ; MO. delaying traffic In both direction;' for an hour. No other damage was done. CONCERT FOR E. D. HOSPITAL. Too annual promenado concert and hall for the benefll of Hie Eastern District Dispensary and llosplinl will be held at the Pouch Oallery, In Clinton avenue, en Wednesday evening, February I, GALLERIES ARE CLOSED IN SEVERAL THEATERS. Park Is Not Affected and Star Gets Restriction Partially Removed. AMPHION PUZZLES OWNERS. Ready to Do All They Can to Make It Safe Corse Payton Explains Improvement Plans. The order closing the galleries of six Brooklyn theaters was partially modified today in regard to the Star Theater. A force ot carpenters worked within that playhouse yesterday and made certain required changes in the gallery aisles; several of these passageways were widened and one or two blind aisles removed. Upon the completion of this work the ban against the house was partly removed. Superintendent Collins of the Building Department to-day ordered that the house should be allowed to use half of its gallery seats for the present. This flual restriction will be removed when an iron fire escape stair shall have been placed on the front of the theater. This construction has already been ordered by the owners of the property. The Amphion Theater seems to be the chief consideration of the Building Department at the present time. It offers the most serious obstacles, by reason of its very location, to certain changes that seem most necessary at the present moment. The Amphion has no side exits. On its north and closely adjioning it is a three story brick structure and a two story wooden building stands against it on the south. The exits from the house are almost entirely from the front out upon Bedford avenue. The exception is a solitary reach from the stage through a long and narrow wooden hallway to Division avenue. The management of the house is most embarrassed by the gallery ban which has been placed upon it. The minor recommendations of the building department, removing stored wooden appurtenances and placing Iron doors in the proscenium wall will be met at once. Both the owners of the property and the lessees, Hyde & Behman, are most receptive. Their desire to make the house absolutely safe is most evident at the present time. "The directors of the Amphion Academy Association," said Frank G. Jenkins, Its president, to-day, "is to meet tho requirements of the Building Department In every way. If there were no Building Department we should be not less urgent in our desire to safeguard tho building in every possible way. The property has never been much as a dividend earner, but there is not a director in the company that would not prefer to lose every dollar that he has in it rather timn a single life should ever be sacrificed :n the structure." "We feel that there is nothing that can be done that we will not do cheerfully," said S. M. Cohen, the manager of the house, to-day. "We do feel though that our gallery was closed with altogether too much haste. Over in Manhattan the mayor called the managers to him and outlined to them what changes he wished made. If they do not make these changes he can and probably will order the offending theaters closed. No such drastic and hasty action was taken as here in Brooklyn. The managers here are quite as willing as those in Manhattan to make their houses safe and comfortable." The Amphion is the only theater which plays "regular price" attractions which was hit by tho gallery closing ordinance. It Is a very handsome and comfortable ground floor house, and even with its lack of side exists is immeasurably safer than such upstairs Manhattan playhouses as the Princess and Casino or a narrow structure with a narrow entrance like the Bijou. The Amphion was built In 1883. It represented in its construction a dollar in value for a dollar expended and was designed by the well known Me-Elfatrick concern. The house was chieily planned to accommodate the singing concerts of the Amphion S'ocibty. Its larger mission was that of an auditorium to serve Williamsburg, as the Academy of Music served downtown Brooklyn. It tailed after two or three seasons to pay its expenses in such a field and was transformed into a regular high class playhouse which gradually has become a popular institution and a well paying proposition. For a long time past the owners of the properly have sought to acquire such rights at either side of their property as would give them open courts there, each receiving six exit doors, four ot them opening on to broad stairways. Such an arrangement would make the Amphion one of the safest houses in the town. Realizing the necessity for acquiring this property one of the adjoining owners has placed a prohibitive figure upon his bohiings. The owners of the property have another recourse. They can greatly ,enlarge it heir lobbies and make the entiro front of the building practically one mass of exits. It is not Impossible that this will be done. ' Corse Payton escorted Superintendent Col lins over the Lee Avenue Theater yesterday. He made one or two interesting discoveries. One of these was that the theater was not a wooden structure, as has been imagined, but has good thick brick walls In every case execept In front. Another was that a mass of dressing rooms, store rooms and sheds thpt surround the building can be removed and will give room for two splendid exit courts, outside of the fire walls and leading to the street from each side of the auditorium Theso courts will be provided at once and such a number of side exits cut into them from each floor of the ploy' house as to make it onu of the safest In the city. Some steps have been taken to remedy con ill t Ions at the other playhouses under the especial ban. Percy o. Williams, the lessee of the Novelty Theater, In lirlggs avenue, has notified Daniel Voekson, the owner of the property, to mnke the required changes and the house will bn quickly placed In proper shape. The I niqiie In Grand street has Its changes already under way and little delay Is to be expected at Phillips Lyceum, in Montrose street. Contrary to an impression that had gained some ground, the Park Theater has not had Its gallery closed. Certain provisions for extra exits have been asked and these wili bo Installed without delay. MoClellnn Likes Secrecy Policy. Mayor MeClellan said this morning that the reports of the departments on the theaters of I he clly made to him will not be made public. "The theaters will be made safe," Mr, MeClellan said. "The managers have been or will be notified of the changes to be made, and they will mnke them. The reports made to nic will not he given out for publication." The Mayor was asked what he thought of the activity displayed by his police commissioner. "I think he has begun very well." he replied. "Do on expect that he will keep It up;" somebody asked. "That's what he was appointed to do," replied his honor, with ti smile. BOY'S FEET FROST BITTEN. Thirteen year old Joseph Morris was fond of playing In tho snow and every chance he got he run out of his home at 2ti Fifty-third street lo find sport In the snow banks In the ttreet. Last night he slipped out iin-nb.eived and with some oth.u boys was having the time of his life. He was so engrossed In Ihe fun that he didn't pay any iiUeiilion lo the wet condition of his feet and the next thing he knew they were frostbitten. He was carried to his home In great agony, where he was all cutlet by Dr. Walter Hlrseman of the Norwegian Hospital, Joecpii will be more careful the next time. JUDGE GOT HIM A JOB. Half Frozen Negro Aided by Magistrate Furlong. During the recent cold snap George Eisell. a negro janitor who had been caring for at apartment house on Putnam avenue, was found overcome in a snow bank. He was taken to the Ralph avenue station house and later, by direction of Magistrate Furlong, sent to a hospital. To-day Etsell. niuch Improved physically, appeared agaiu in court and said he was quite able to take care of himself, if given a chance. "I will not only give you a chance to care for yourself, but 1 am going to help you get a position." said Magistrate Furlong. When court adjourned Etsell was taken In charge by the magistrate, and after getting a hot meal, was placed In a position. "One of the pleasures I get out of my office," said Magistrate Furlong, "is the opportunity to help an unfortunate now and then." ROBBED A CHINAMAN. Young Man, Trying to Help Victim Out, Arrested Burglars Escaped. Joe Wen, who keeps a laundry at 307 Atlantic avenue, went over to Manhattan yesterday to make purchases at his favorite Chinese grocery and to meet his fellow countrymen from the flowery kingdom. Relief flora the washtub was joy to him and he stayed until nearly 11 o'clock last night. It was about 11:30 when he reached his shop and he was amazed to find that the front door was open. He entered fearlessly and saw two men in the back room, rummaging about in his trunk, which contained some of his savings and many articles of value. He was taking no chances with desperate burglars, so he ran out to the sidewalk and yelled like fury for a policeman. Officer Fay of the Adams street station was handy and when he heard the Chinaman's shouts he thought murder had been committed. There was a young man running along the sidewalk, yelling, too, and Fay grabbed hint and placed him under arrest with the thought that he might be the burglar, or murderer, or whatever. The Chinaman was quite willing to say that the prisoner was a burglar, although the young man explained that he was no such thing and that he was simply trying to help out the Chinaman. The prisoner proved to be Edward Kulia, aged 20 years, of 30a Atlantic avenue, a near neighbor and well disposed to Wen. But Kulis was held until this morning, when the parties concerned decided that Kulis was not a burglar, and he was let go. The thieves who broke into the laundry carried off about $5 of Wen's money and some of his most cherished trinkets. They had prepared a bundle of other stuff which they left in their panic to get away from the consequence of the Chinaman's yells. INVESTIGATE ELECTION FRAUD. Over 100 Witnesses Before Queens Grand Jury to Testify to Vote in Twentieth District. (Special to the Eagle.) Long Island City, L. I., January 11 The Queens County Grand Jury is to take up the alleged fraudulent election cases in the Twentieth Election District of Long Island City this afternoon, and over 100 witnesses have already been subpenaed including beside the four election inspectors, held by Justice Dickey, a large ..lumber of electors who have made affidavits that they voted the straight Fusion ticket at the last election. Justice Garret J. Garretson charged the G;and Jury to thoroughly examine into the ease. Only two straight Fusion ballots were returned as having been cast at the last election at this poll and sixty or seventy Re publican witnesses are ready to testify tuts afternoon that they voted the straight Fusion ticket. BOY ACCUSED OF ARSON. Eleven Year Old, Schoolmates Say, Set Fire to Public School No. 108 and Other Buildings. Acting Fire Marshal Reardon this morning began an Investigation Into the alleged in cendiary fire which broke out in the basement of Public School 108 last Tuesday morning. As a result of the investigation, Russell Luckenbauer, 11 years old, a pupil in the school, was taken to the Children's Court, to be held on a charge of arson, pending a further investigation. George Miller and Charles Hearney, 10 and VI years old, both pupils in the school, testified during the hearing that Luckenbauer had told them a lew days before the fire iu the school building occurred that he had set fire to Kohl's liquor store, at 2,957 Fulton street, and to a candy store between Ver mont avenue and New Jersey avenue, on At' lantic avenue. The boys when put on 1 he stand told exact ly the same story. They said that Lucken bauer had told them in strict confidence that he liked to burn up buildings and that he wanted to burn the school building so that ne would not nave to attend school. Luckenbauer denied the. whole story and said he did not try to set the school build ing on fire. He said the story told by the other boys of his having confessed to set ting two stores on tire was absolutely false. He, in turn, accused Miller and Hcarvey of having attempted to burn the school building. The two boys, Miller and Hearvey, also swore that thov saw Luckenbauer in tl- basement of the school building last Tuesday and that they saw him place some rags and papem In a heap and try to light them with a mntch. They were rather uncertain in this part of their testimony. Principal Best ot Public School No. 108 and Beveral other porsons who were In the building at the time the fire broke out were called as witnesses. All they knew of the tire was that It had been discovered and that they saw some papers and light wood, which evidently had been accumulated nnd find. They said that they saw several burnt matches on the basement floor. The Investigation was conducted at Fire Headquarters this morning behind closed doors and lasted for nearly four hours, Deputy Fire Marshal Beers assisted at the examination, i ne omcials would say noth ins about what transpired at the Investiga tion. They would bo better able to reach a decision in the ease, they said, after they had finished the Investigation. D0RMEY IS PROBABLY DYING. Man Who Shot Wife and Himself at Elmhurst on Saturday Not Expected to Live. (Special to the Eagle.) Long Island City, L. I., January 11 The condition of Thomas Dormey and his wife, who were brought to Si. John's Hospital from Elmhurst on Saturday night, suffering from bullet wounds Inflicted by the former, as told In yesterday's Eagle, Is very serious to-day. Dormey Is very much worse, and It was said nt the hospital to-day that It Is hardly possible for him lo recover. Mrs. Dormey's condition Is less critical, and she has. It Is thought, a chance to live, although her wounds are very serious. Dormey., it will he recalled, shot his wife twice through the head upon her refusal to again live with him. After shooting her tho Infuriated man turned the revolver upon himself and sent a bullet crashing Into his right temple. SLIPPED AND BROKE A LEG. Palrlck Connelly, 34 years old, of 701 Lex-Inglin avenue, slipped on loo at Lexington and Lewis avenues, this morning, and fractured his lift leg, He wns taken to the Xushwlck Central Hospital by AiDbulauoo Surgeon Urowu. SI SEES ViSl Bi S. COLEH I CALLER Nebraskan No Candidate, Foe Only to Bolters Sure Parker Was "Loyal." THREE POINTS CLEARLY MADE. Coler Comes Away Convinced That Jurist Is as Good as Nominated for Presidency, Before sh.ikiug the snow of New York from his shoes Colonel William J. Bryan of Nebraska told a couple of eminent Brooklyn Democrats who railed on him at the Victoria Hotel so much of his political plans as he thinks it well to disclose at this time. Having told his story he went to bed and had a fine night's rest, and started the sleepy waiter by a request for a 7 o'clock breakfast in the morning. After being refreshed Colonel Bryan started for New Haven. Among his Brooklyn callers yesterday were ex-Controller Bird S. Coler and Edward M. Shepard. To his visitors Colonel Bryan was cordial, and frank. He let these three things be known in an unmistakable way both to the Brooklyn callers and to others whoso prominence justified discussion of the pending national campaign and its issues; (1) That Colonel Bryan Is not, nor will he be under any combination of circumstances, a candidate for renomination in the national convention. ' (2) That he will not support any candidate for President who did not vote for him four years ago. (11) That he knows Judge Alton B. Parker of this state voted for him four years ago. Taking these three propositions together one of Colonel Bryan's visitors, who had a long and confidential talk with the Nebraska statesman, said to-day; "Bryan will not go to the national convention as a delegate. His friends will control the delegation from Nebraska, but his name will not be presented in the convention, nor will the Nebraska delegation present any other name. While Mr. Bryan was in New York, yesterday, half a dozen men interested in Democratic success ailed on him, and found that he had broad ened wonderfully in the lust few years. He will not insist on tt reatlirmation of free ilver in the next convention or campaign. but he still believes that the expansion policy of the Federal administration is unpopu lar, unwise and unjust." From another source it was learned that Colonel Bryan listened to a eulogy of Judge Parker from one of his callers, .tnd die! not. dissent from any of the conclusions reached by the visitor. Indeed, the. colonel intf- matod that, he had busied nlmself with an examination of Judge Parker's political lec-ord, and was glad to discover that the judge had not bolted the Democratic - national ticket in 11)00, or indeed at any time. Ex-Controller Coler would not disiuss his call on Mr. Bryan. Mr. Coler, however, sub mitted to the Nebraska man a statement al leged to have been made by Justice Harlan of the United States Supreme Court, iu which the expansion policy of the Roose velt administration was attacked. if they want a man who did not vuie for me," Colonel Bryan said lo Mr. Coler, why don t they take up Judge Harlan. His sentiments are sound and Democratic." Mr. Coler gave it as his own opinion that the nomination of Chief Judge Parker for the presidency Is as good as made. "Judge Parker is one of the ablest men in the United States." Mr. Coler said, "and will be nominated and elected. Some of the opposition newspapers are trying to moke the point that he is loo friendly with ex- Senator Hill. That is all nonsense. Judge Parker is too big a man to subordinate him self to anybody. He owns himself. ' BRYAN IN NEW HAVEN. Attends to Legal Business Connected With Eennett Estate To Speak Twice To-night. New Haven, Conn., January 11 William Jennings Bryan came here to-day to attend lo some legal business and to be the chief guest to-night at. the banquet of the New Haven Democracy in observance of Audri w Jackson Day. He went to the office of his attorneys and completed the inventory of tho estate of the late Philo S. Bennett, of which he Is an executor, and signed the necessary papers to permit, of the appraisal being fiieu at once in the Probate Court. Mr. Bryan will speak twice to-night at the banquet, when he will have as his subject "A Conscience Campaign," and at tho Hyperion Theatei later, when he will deliver the first in the Philo S. Bennett course ol public lectures, his topic being "The Value of an Ideal." Both at his hotel and at the office of his attorneys Mr. Bryan was much sought after by friends. The Democratic State Central Committee will meet this aflernoon and dele, gatlons of party workers are to be here for the banquet. Among politicians It Is understood that to-day's observance is in a sense the opening of the campaign which will have Its consummation in the presidential election in the fall. estate, signed by Mr. Bryan as ait executor, was filed in the Probate Court shortly before noon. It shows the total of Ihe eslate to be $295,744.11, of which amount Mr. Bennett's interest in Ihe Bennett & Sloan Company of New York and a one-hall' Interest In an aijarlment house and land at Fifth avenue anil One Hundred and Thirty-first street, New York, are represented by $281,715.77. Mr. Sloan of the Bennett & Sloan Company, who was designated as one of the executors of the will, did not sign the inventory and has not. yet qualified as an executor. EXAMINED SHIPBUILDING BONDS. Inspection in Schwab's Vault Grew Tiresome and It Was Decided to Use Only a Sample. The $10,000,000 ot United Stales Shipbuilding mortgage and collateral bonds, nearly all of which are owned by Charles M. Schwab, and are on deposit with the Standard Trust Company, nt, 25 Broad street, Manhattan, were to-day made a part of the evidence iu the foreclosure proceedings Instl-luieil by the New York Security and Trtiht Company, and Mr. Schwab against Ihe United Slates Shipbuilding Company, and James Smith, Jr., the receiver. So as to avoid carrying the three bundles of bonds, which weigh altogether about. 500 pounds, through the sireetB lo the Federal Building, Untied Slates Examiner John A. Shields held a session at the offices of the Standard Trust Company, where the bonds, which Louis Marshall described us simply "green goods," and only worth the paper they are primed on, were Identified and marked. The vault In which the bonds are kept has walls four feet thick, made of layers of eleel and concrete, and has a si eel door, which weights twcniy-llve Ions and Is airtight. The bonds, with tho coupons, in bundles of $1,000,000 each, were piled on a Inblo In front of Examiner Shields. Originally thorn were forty coupons on the lop sheet, but now there are only thirty-eight. The, first coupon wan paid on April 1, 1903, bin on the second coupon cut off there was n default In payment on August 1, 19(i:i. This default In payment Is the basis of the foreclosure suit. C. C. Wells, secretary of Ihe Shipbuilding Company, was pill on the stand lo Identify ths signatures Hiid imprint of Ihe seal of tie cooiuany on f ach ot tao bowls, The bonds hore the signatures of Lewis Nixon, as president, and E. E. McWhlney, as assistant secretary. ' It took Mr. Wells ten minutes to go over the first batch of fifty bonds. It was finally decided to submit a schedule, with a genuine bond attached, as evidence, instead of the entire bond Issue. This schedule will be presented on Thursday at 11 A. M., when Kxaminer Shields will resume the hearing at the office of the Standard Trust Company. YOUNG SOUTHERNER MISSING. Mother Fears Her Son Has Met With Violence. The police of tho Lee Avenue Station have been notified of the disappearance of William W. Cornwall, 19 years old. a resident of North Carolina. He has been missing since Wednesday last from the home of his stepfather, William Fellows, of 50 Mid-dleton street, where he had been spending the holidays. On the day of his disappearance he was making preparations to return home and left the house to pur chase a return ticket. He failed to return to the house and his mother, in response to a telegram, received one from North Carolina saying that he had not reached there. A search In this vicinity was made, but without result, and the police were asked to send out a general alarm. The mother of the young man fears he may have met with violence. He is described as being 5 feet 11 inches tall, with fair complexion, dark brown hair and wore a long black coat, dark clothing and a soft black lit. DEATH OF MME. STERLING. Well Known in Brooklyn as a Plymouth Singer in the Great Days of Beecher. Announcement was made from London today of the death of Mme. Antoinette Sterling, a noted singer, whose voice was as fa miliar to all old Plymouth churchgoers as that of Henry Ward Beecher himself. Indeed, Mr. Beecher paid her this remarkable compliment before his death: "I have never preached as well as when she contributed to our services by her soul-stirring singing." . Mme. Sterling was born in S'terlingville, Jefferson County. N. Y., and was the youngest daughter of James Sterling and descended from the celebrated Bradford family of Massachusetts. In 1875 she married John Mackinlay, who died In 1893. She studied vocal music in New York and before she was 18 years old had demonstrated the possession of a pure, rich contralto voice. She sang for a time In Dr. Adams' Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, and whepjihe resolved to com plete her musical education the proceeds of a concert organized by Dr. Adams' congrega tion were given to her. She studied in London and later with Marches! in Cologne. On her return to America she was engaged by Plymouth .Church, and contributed largely for a dozen years or more to the popularity of the church. Indeed, as an attraction she was second only to the great preacher who presided over its destinies. Mme. Sterling was a strong adherent of the temperance cause and was a vice president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. SINGERS' NEW OFFICERS. Ernst Scharpf Elected Musical Director of the Schwaebischer Saengerbund. Dr. Felix Jaeger, on account of being un able to hold rehearsals of the Schwaebischer Saengerbund women's chorus on Thursday nights, having withdrawn his name as candidate for the position as musical director of the society, Ernst Scharpf, the only candidate remaining,, was elected conductor, to succeed Karl G. Schneider, who recently resigned, at yesterday afternoon's annual meeting of the society, at Schwaben Hall. It was decided to have in the future the election of a conductor take place on the day of the annual election. Mr. Schneider's term not ending before February, the Saengerbund has to pay a salary to Mr. Schneider a3 well as Mr. Scharpf for the n onth of January. All officers unanimously were elected a3 follows: Peter Bertsch, president; Paul Herrmann, first vice president; Georgo Reischmann, second vice president; Fried-rich Berger, recording secretary; Bernhard Klein, sr., corresponding secretary; John C Kiemeyer, financial secretary; Robert Brass, treasurer; Charles Aichmann, John Welz, John Dreher, directors for three years; A. Newburger, Joseph Frledmann, John Bayer, house committee; Joseph M. Kiisslus, George Messenier, collectors; Otto Triebig, Edward Scharfenberg, Frank Ein-stetler, financial committee. E, F. Konzelmann, Jacob Wlndmtieller and Adolph Merkt conducted the election. H. II. Halin was appointed color bearer. Messrs. Keller and Kussius, aids; M. .Neger and H Weber, stewards; Frank Funk, librarian; Anton Newburger, Paul Herrmann, Otto Triebig, Adolf Merkt, O. Bayer, entertainment committee. From the reports submitted by A. Ege It v-as learned that the receipts of Ihe society amounted to $3,775.81 ; the expenses were $3,024.22, leaving a balance of $751.59; 203 members, including 15 honorary and 10 extraordinary members, are enrolled In the books; 20 new members were elected last, year, 11. died, 12 resigned, and the names of 14 were stricken from the lists. The report of the Board of Directors (showed receipts $8,289.67 and expenses $S.-163.30. leaving $126.37 in the hands of the treasurer. The entertainment committee, that expended $1,500.67, has a surplus of $111' left: Thanks were voted for tho retiring officers, and the annual Inaugural addres3 irade by President Bertsch, and tho other officers. Mr. Bertsch reviewed the successes and shortcomings of last year, and expressed the hope that the forthcoming year may prove as successful as possible. TO GIVE BROOKE HIGHEST HONOR. Washington, January 11 Senator Quay today Introduced a bill authorizing tho President to appoint Major General John R. Brooke a lieutenant general on the retired list. WARSHIPS START FOR PANAMA. Washington, January 11 The Bennington, Preble and Paul Jones have left Acapulco for Panama. INDEX To Classified Advertisements in Today's Eagle. CLASSIFICATION. PAflE Amusement! 3 Auction Sales 9 Hoarding 14 Iluslnens Notices 4 Husluess Oiiportur.illil I; Coastwise Steamships 13 Corporation Not lues n Deuth Notices. 3-20 Dividend 19 Klectlotl Notice 19 Financial 18-19 For Kxehange 15 I'-iirnlMlied Rooms 14 Help Wanted 11 Horses and CarrkirieH 13 HoUIh anil R'l-orts 15 Instiuctiou , 1,1 LeKal Nellees 8-17 Lost and Found ,,,, 20 Mnnhiillan Amusemenli! 3, Miscellaneous , 3-3-6 MurrtiiKeH 6 Meetlimn 19 New Publication a hi Ocean Steamilllp lo JN'Ht. OltU'il Notice 13 I'lopoHitln 17-20 public Notices 17 Railroads 13 Ileal Kwtiitc loans 13 Situation Wanted It S-peiial AtlvertlwemonlB -,f Steamboats ..- ! To lrf-t and For Bale 14-15 Wanted, 14 524 FIRES IN BROOKLYN ' IN THELAST FORTY DftYS December Broke All Records of the Department With a Total of 374. COLD SNAP LARGELY BLAMED. The Woik of the Salvage Corps Has Been Particularly Arduous During This Period. The last month of 1903 and the first week of the New Year brok "all rocords in the Fire Department of this borough for th number of fires for which alarms were ra-ceived and responded to by the departmenl. During this period the number of fires occurring in any month tor 'years past was doubled. In December alone the record for any other month in the history of Brooklyn, according to the authorities, was eclipsed. The records of Superintendent Wafer in the telegraph bureau of the department show that in that month there were 371 fires. More than this number of alarms were received, but many were "false alarms" or second, third or fourth alarms for the same fire; so that the figures given represent the actual number of fires. Since January 1st the records show that over 150 fires have occurred, making a total since December 1 of 524, a remarkably large increase over tho number occurring at thia . period of any year since consolidation. In December of 1898 there were 206 fires, and in the same month of the four suc ceeding years the number averaged 250. The cause of the great increase this winter is attributed by officials of the Flro -Department to the cold snap of the past two weeks. Many of the' fires could be traced to carelessness around Christmas trees, but the number from this cause is not estimated to have been more than usually expected at this season of the year. The number resulting from efforts of plumbers or householders to thaw out frozen water pipes has been unusually large. Tha intensely cold weather was a golden harvest for the plumbers, and many persons in trying to evade plumbers' bills have incurred a. greater loss through fires started by careless handling of torches or other means which, they have themselves adopted to thaw out water pipes. The two salvage corps In this borough, on iu the Eastern and one in the Western district, have been subjected to even a harder test than the engine companies as a result of the exceptionally large demand upon their services. Each corps has a double company and they respond to two-thirds of the alarms that come to the fire department, tho East New York section being without salvage corps service. In the case of false alarms, due 'to the freezing of the automatic sprinklers In factories, In consequence of the zero weather, the salvage corps have been called upon to do service to protect property from damage by water, whereas the engine companies have only had to make the run to the fire and return. The result has been that the former have been taxed to their utmost capacity and Captain Cashman of Salvage Corps No. 1, on-Pacific street, stated this morning that never since the establishment of the salvage serv ice, eight years ago, has such a heavy tie-niand been made upon .its service. In December, he stated, nearly two hundred calls were responded to, and 394 covers were used by his corps alone, an unusually large number for one month. An additional horse has been required to relieve the regular equipment at his station and. notwithstanding Ihis fact, the horses show signs of the traveling hat they have been called upou to do during the cold snap. For other Marriage and Death notices, etc., see column opposite Editorial page. DIED. BARNARD-CARP. In Boston, on January 10, 1904, STELLA BARNARD CARP., - wife of lamcB Can- ant! niece of Mrs. William A. Nash of 19 West Seventy-third at, New York. GANTARD-On Sunday, January 10, 19114. ALEX. A. GANIARD. aned 68 years. Funeral services Ciopsey Methodist Church, Wednesday, January 13. 9:30 A. M. L0V1TR1X(5 On Saturday. January 9, at Newton, Mia:., NINA II MR HI MAN. daughter of Susan It. Dow and the late Jas. W. Lnverlntt. H-S LOST AND EOUWD. LOST ON SA'ITRDAY. JANUARY 9, AN OPAb train HHACKLMT. 10 reward If returned to CAMliRDKN & FUKSTEH, D Fifth av. New York. ; LOST LADY'S HOLD WATCH. ON (IltUlf.VHI av or In earn; "L. K." on outside case, "Christmas" Inside: verlmleelll chasing; liberal reward. LOTTIH K Kl.LKH. 4lllj Nostrand av, LOST JIKTWKEN 1 AND I O'CLOCK HA'fUR-!ay afternoon. c,n Piatbuidi av ear. between Av V and Lneser's, a small open faced Kohl VYWTt'tl, I'liasol back. Kinder will be rewarded on returning same tn 2.711 Re.Uord av. Klatbusli, PROPOSALS. pnorosAi.s for bids asd estimates FOIl THE CITY OF SEW YOlllv. .NOTICE TO COXTRACTOHS. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS. The person or persons making a bid or estlunu for any services, work, materials or supplier lor The Utty of New York, ur for any of its depart- nvents bureaus or olllees. ahall tumlsh Ihe nunio In a sealed envelope, Indorsed with the tltltj ot tha supplies, mateiiala work or Bervleu for whletl tho bid or estimate la made, with his or their name or nitmeB and the dale of. presentation to the President or Hoard, or to the head of t'r.u Department at his or lie office, on or before th date and hour named In the advertisement tor tho Banie, at which time and plaoo the estimate received will be publicly opened by the President ot Board or head of said Department, and read, and tho award of the contract made according t law a b soon thereafter as practicable. ljach bid or estimate shall contain the nam and place of residence of the person making tUJ same, tho nnnieH of all persona Interested wlia blni therein and If no other person be bo Interested It Bhall distinctly Btate that fact; also, that It is made without any connection with en other person nialihnt an estimate for the " purpose, and is In all respects fair and without collusion or fraud, and that no member of the) Hoard ot Aldermen, head of a department, chlet ot a bureau, deputy thereof or clerk therein, or other olticer ot The City of New York In. shall b. or become Interested directly or Indirectly. a contracting- party, partner, stockholder, surety or otherwise In or In the performance at the contract, or In (he supplle.. work or buslnen to which It relates, or in any portion of the Prpllt thereof. The bid or estimate must be verified by ho oath. In wrltlnK. of the party or parties milk, ing the estimate that tho several matteri luteal herein are In all respect true. l.'u.'h bid or estimate shall he accompanied b .u- ,.i,nu..,,t. In writing. of two householders or iuarllmVor'n-ery company duly authored by few ti art fl hu':pV. ami .ha I contain J ha niut. freeholders in The City of New lork, or of ? -ur nf ' the Comptroller, or money to the amount I tKH ner of'Tttuin of the amount of the bond re-(lulled, lfi piuvldod In section 42u of the Ureter ne cprtltted viwk or money nhnuld not be In-i!.ri in tho envelope containhiK the bid or eml 1 7. hut should bu either liu-kmed In a nt'pnrat ifiwelope addressed to the head of the Uepurt-liieiit President or Hoard, or MUhmltted perHonally upon the pn'w ntutlon of the bid or oMtiumte Vol mtrtH'Uluri no iu nit' (juajuny nun inmmy nf the suppllff. (,r ini miiure nnii pxtent or th wnrlc reference nniwt be made to the Hpeeifli.u-iIi om' srhcdolPH. lJnmt, etc., on 11 1 In tho wild of lift of the I'l-eatd-nt, Hoard or lJepurtment. Vo bid hnll be accepted trt,m or eontrticl awarded to any person who It In arrears in Tlx citv of New York upon debt or contruet. or who Is H. defaulter, ua surety or otherwise, upon any oldiKatlon to the city. Tho contracts mum bo bid for separately. Th rlwht 1" reserved in earn caso to reject all bldf or estimates If it be deemed to Uo for tin interest of Ihe city so to do, Hidd'TS will write out the amount of their bidi or estimate In addition to lner.l tin the nam tn "bhTers ro r-rjufstrrt to irmke their hldn or ph timuH'H upon llio blunk forms prepared nnd fur ilshed bv the clly. a copy of whlrh. wllh lh i.ropfr envelope in which to inclose the lid. to. K-th-r wllh a copy of ihe contract, lm-nidlng Un Hitwillrationo. In the form nppri'Ved by the Cur poratlon Counsel, can be obtained upon applica tlnn therefor at Ihe office of the Departinf nt fpl wmh tho work In to bo done. Plan and dra .Uuta ot GonitrucUun work may Alio to ua Utrft vl l.l.l or "ntlmnte will be considered unlPBH at n M.nrtiiitin ureuetlent to the reception or conoid- " J11' . prnp..HHl. It be accompanied by a f ? w.i civ' ki l'" ne th(' Httt! or Natlunal c- rtllltHl in f N Y . ,ruwn . lM li

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